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NEWS FROM THE FRONT

IN BRIEF

PARACHUTE YOUTH

Indigenous Australian singer, songwriter and guitarist Jimmy Little has passed away in his Dubbo home at the age of 75. Chocolate Starfish guitarist Zoran Romic has also passed away from non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

RABBITS OUTTA THE HAT After the first Wonderland helped change the way punters looked at festivals and boutique events with all the oddities that occurred, mini-Wonderland event Down The Rabbit Hole hits The Court Overflow Sunday 15 April. It features Van She live (soon dropping their long-awaited second album); the currently killing-it Parachute Youth; Sydney beats master Flume; party kids Indian Summer DJs; and hip photo/tune project Hobophonics, plus locals Stillwater Giants, Morgan Bain, Audageous and Metric DJs. $35 plus BF via Moshtix to ensure your tea party position, dress-ups encouraged.

Subiaco’s Llama Bar has relaunched following a major renovation featuring a plush French industrial style, café-style alfresco area on footpath outside, VIP lounge and a refurbished garden terrace. It’ll be open day and night, with DJs spinning retro and cutting edge tunes seven days a week. If you want to see nights like Geisha’s The Loft stay open on Sunday nights, get along to change.org/ petitions/department-ofracing-gaming-liquor-grant-apermanent-extended-tradingpermit-for-sunday-nights, and sign the petition quick smart.

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OUTLANDISH TOURING Paying homage to experimental cinema and the dystopian sci-fi films of the ‘60s, Outlands is the accomplished debut full of kaleidoscopic pop songs from Brisbane buzz band Deep Sea Arcade. Currently touring with Children Collide, and also joining Kaiser Chiefs in May, Deep Sea Arcade finally take the spotlight for their Outlands tour, bringing with them what’s already being tipped as one of 2012’s best Australian albums to Indi Bar Friday 15 June; Amplifier Saturday 16; and Mojo’s Sunday 17. $12 plus BF via Heatseeker and Oztix, $15 door.

Short Stack have announced they are splitting up after eight years and two albums. Rumours of a shortage in Australian tissue stocks abound.

Converse are bringing Mark Foster (Foster The People), Kimbra and A-Trak together for the next Three Artists. One Song collaboration: The track Warrior will be available Thursday 5 April, coinciding with the launch of Converse’s latest footwear collection of seasonal colors.

INTERNAL SUBHUMAN September welcomes the arrival of a defining name of 1980s British Punk Rock – Subhumans, embarking on their first ever Australasian tour and featuring the 1981 line-up of Dick, Trotsky, Bruce and Phil that recorded their debut EP Demolition War, and classic albums such as The Day The Country Died – an integral part of the UK anarcho-punk scene. They celebrate a new studio album, Internal Riot, playing Amplifier Wednesday 12 September. Ticekts via Oztix from June 15. BLOKHE4D

Bad Taste Recordings is known and respected as a pioneer of the wilder, energycharged side of drum’n’bass and our d’n’b-loving city gets the chance to experience that energy Friday 1 June at Metro City. Bringing the bass will be high-quality and established Bad Tasters Blokhe4d (last seen here with London Elektricity, and consisting of Swiss producer Uman and Bad Company’s Vegas) and Prolix from the UK, plus up-and-comers, Germany’s Neonlight and Italy’s Aeph. $45 plus BF via loadeddice.com or $48 plus BF via Moshtix. 6 • THE DRUM MEDIA

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Melbourne post-rockers Laura bring their alluring musical wares to WA for the first time, playing the Rosemount Hotel Saturday 9 June with Usurper Of Modern Medicine, The Silent World and Craig McElhinney, and Mojo’s Sunday 10 with The Long Lost Brothers and Race To Your Face. They’ve been melting minds since 2001, and they released their third studio album Twelve Hundred Times last year. Tickets for their first ever visit to WA are $19 plus BF via Life Is Noise, Oztix, Heatseeker and the usuals.

SIX60

ROUTE SIX60 Blending soul, rock, dubstep and drum’n’bass, New Zealand’s Six60’s music features extended singer/ songwriter jams features dubstep sections as bridges, hard rocking guitar work dueling with robust synthetics, and thunderous low-end bass over vibrant percussive rhythms, with infectious melody consistently shining through. Celebrating their first Australian single Forever, they play Capitol Saturday 28 April, supported by The Rooster Police. Tickets via Moshtix.

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MMMBOP BACK Here’s somewhat of a disturbing fact: in 1997 one in ten Australian households owned a copy of Hanson’s album Middle Of Nowhere, featuring their ubiquitous smash hit MMMBop. Here’s another fact: after a seven-year absence, the trio of Taylor, Zac and Isaac are back with a brand new album called Shout It Out and a tour, continuing the ‘90s revival frenzy. Maybe the world really will end in 2012, so you may want to catch them one last time when they play Metropolis Fremantle Saturday 22 September. Tickets via Oztix from next Thursday.

APRA announced last week that an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Music Office would be set up to help with the development of new artists. ABC Books have signed a deal with Skinnyfish Music for the story behind the music and life of Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu to be published in May, 2013. R’n’B artist and ex-husband of Whitney Houston, Bobby Brown, has been arrested under suspicion of driving under the influence in Los Angeles.

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TIMES NEW LAURA

EMI Music have announced an international A&R and marketing network dedicated to dance music, which they are calling the EMI Dance Network. Runforyourlife have just been announced as the winner of the Hilltop Hoods Initiative winning $10,000 towards the release and promotion of their first album.

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The latest ridiculous innovation from Jack White and Third Man Records has been announced; a 3 RPM record. This means the record, which will feature every Blue Sessions song they have released, revolves around the turntable three times per minute.

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OCEAN THEMES Five silhouettes, their backlit bodies moving frenetically in front of the monstrous LED lighting rigs, flashing synchronized to every little change in the music: watching The Ocean perform live is a true experience. It’s also one you can now partake in when ze Germans play Rosemount Hotel Sunday 27 May, supported by local prog professors Tangled Thoughts Of Leaving, playing a special one hour extended set. $26 plus BF via Life Is Noise, Oztix, Heatseeker and the usuals.

METAL CONQUERERS As the very first date of the mighty Impiety’s very first Australian tour, Singapore’s unholiest black metal legends will unleash their devastating sonic warfare at Amplifier Friday 29 June. Featuring the newly recruited drummer Dizazter (aka Louis Rando), Impiety will be blasting new war hymns from their new album Ravage & Conquer. Perth’s finest blackened thrashers Malignant Monster (who Rando used to play for), Nails Of Imposition and Animistic support. Tickets via Moshtix, 78’s and Prime Cuts Music.


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FOREWORD LINE SUMMER OF ‘69 From the producers of the The Class Of ‘59 Concert Tour and Buddy: The Concert, comes The Class Of ‘69, delving into the early years Australian rock’n’roll, when in a male-dominated scene, the first female solo singers began to emerge. From the original class of ‘69, Patricia “Little Pattie” Little introduces these humbling beginnings, with Diana Ross, Lesley Gore, Petula Clark and Dusty Springfield and more. Saturday 1 December at the Burswood Theatre, tickets via Ticketek.

WILLIAM MCTELL In a career spanning over 45 years, legendary English singer, storyteller, songwriter and guitar virtuoso Ralph McTell has amassed a back catalogue of over 350 songs including the Ivor Novello Awardwinning Streets Of London, which has been covered by over 200 artists from around the world. There are of course many more, and McTell makes his final farewell tour of Australia showcasing those and his latest album Somewhere Down The Road. Sunday 13 May, Fly By Night.

CLAIRY BEAR Getting ready to take their soul train on the road, Clairy Browne & The Bangin’ Rackettes are celebrating the launch of their new video for Love Letter and its limited edition 7” vinyl. Shot inside the Old Geelong Gaol, the clip features plenty of dancing, non-stop hair flicks and intensive tambourine action. No doubt the tour will contain all of these things plus more, and they play Fly By Night Friday 11 May, tickets via Heatseeker, flybynight.org, Mills, Planet and 78’s.

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There’s some mighty fine happenings going down right now in WA, and we don’t just mean with our sporting teams… It’s hard to believe the WAMi Festival is already almost upon us. But it’ll be here before you know it, and it even fires up early with the launch of the Kiss My WAMi CD/ DVD Compilation next Thursday 12 April at The Bakery, with Split Seconds’ Sean Pollard, Runner, Husband, Russian Winters and The Stoops. Those attending the launch will also be the first to find out who is nominated for the 2012 WAMi Awards, with WAMi week going down Saturday 26 May ‘til Saturday 2 June. The rise of Emperors continues with their Stay Frosty album launch Saturday 5 May at Amplifier. Sonpsilo Circus, Will Stoker & The Embers, Mezzanine and Dead Owls support, tickets via the usuals or pre-order their album from Bandcamp to receive free entry. After he supports Aus’ legends Cold Chisel at Sandalford Winery this Saturday, Morgan Bain re-launches his Another Day EP at Mojo’s, Friday 20 April, supported by Ricky Green, Boston & Chevy and Spoonful of Sugar. $10/$15 with EP.

Incubate hits Kings Square in Fremantle as part of National Youth Week on Sunday 15 April from 4 ‘til 7pm, and

M A R L E Y

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Local bass culture festival Kings Of Sound rocks new home the Rosemount Hotel Saturday 19 May from 2pm ‘til 1am with another huge line-up featuring: Phetsta & MC Xsessiv; SBX All Stars Feat. Dazastah, Layla & Clandestien; Greg Packer & Assassin; Killafoe & J.Nitrous; Rregula; Qbik & Seeka MC; Ekko & Sidetrack with MC Bear; Complete; Porsah Laine; Voltron & MC Stylee;

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Who knew that a cinema night hosted on top of an inner-city car park would be so successful? Well, the folks at Rooftop Movies certainly did, and after a

To the surprise of very few, Karnivool’s recently announced Rosemount Hotel show on Friday 27 July with Redcoats and Sleepmakeswaves has already sold out, with a new show announced for the following day, tickets via Heatseeker and the usuals. Regional friends can catch them sans national supports Friday 22 and Saturday 23 June at Mermaid Hotel, Dampier, and Wednesday 27 at Prince Of Wales, Bunbury. Tickets via Heatseeker and the venues.

RESCUE ME Australian audiences were given their first taste of Silverstein in 2005 with a whirlwind tour, and the band have since maintained the demanding pace, returning several times to continue building on their loyal Aussie fanbase with unwavering live performances. They’re celebrating definitive 2011 album Rescue and their Short Songs project – 22 songs under 90 minutes each (11 original, 11 covers) – when they play Oh Snap at Villa, Thursday 7 June.

GANGA GIRING UP Rhythmic didgeridoo virtuosos and world electronic fusion band Ganga Giri return west to launch a new visual projection show that accompanies the already high-energy live experience. The show has been produced in conjunction with VJ/artist Meltstation and features footage captured by Ganga Giri on his travels deep into the heart of Australia and around the world. See for yourself Saturday 21 April at Fly By Night; Sunday 22 at Redcliffe On The Murray, Pinjarra; and Tuesday 24 at the Indi Bar.

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To coincide with the release of new single The Sum Of My Parts, Blanche Dubois are heading east to showcase it along with their third studio album Young Heart. The six-date sojourn winds up Thursday 5 July at The Ellington Jazz Club.

Friday 13 April Fools Of April launch their new EP Because You Are Here, Everything Is Better Than I Imagined, with support from Further Earth, Serial Killer Smile and Tired Lion.

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After a cracking first edition, Punktured 2 hits the Rocket Room Saturday 27 April with headliners The Decline, plus 10 Past 6, Blindspot, Silver Lizard, Castle Bravo and Double Shots, $10 from 8pm.

Star Anise launch their debut EP DSM IV at the Hyde Park Hotel Saturday 14 April, joined by very special guests Gombo, Nevsky Prospekt and The Long March from 8pm.

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Sam Carmody & The Warning Birds, now just going by the second half, will support Our Man In Berlin Sunday 22 April at the Newport Hotel, before releasing their single Sally at the WAMi conference, Friday 1 June at The Bakery with Ruby Boots, Split Seconds and Emperors all launching releases on the same night.

Due to the Easter Bunny antics this weekend, Fisherman Style will not go down this Friday, but they’ll be celebrating their sixth birthday Friday 4 May at Mojo’s, with details TBA – check future Drum’s for all the details.

THE MEXICANS With the Remember The Mexican tour going gangbusters and a few east coast shows already selling out, Boy & Bear have added a new WA show plus national supports. Jungle Giants and Tin Sparrow will now join them Thursday 10 May at the Albany Entertainment Centre; Friday 11 at Bunbury Entertainment Centre; Saturday 13 at Fremantle Arts Centre; and latest addition, Mandurah Performing Arts Centre Sunday 13. Tickets via venues and Heatseeker.

Spankers and spankees, get ready for the return of Spank, Friday 20 April at Shape, featuring everything you’d expect the alternative night to be and more, plus DJs Stu V, Jessica Kill and Jono keeping the dark beats rolling. $20, no costume, no entry.

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LOCAL GROOVERS With only a few short weeks to go until the 2012 tour kicks off, Groovin’ The Moo (Saturday 19 May, Hay Park, Bunbury) has added some of the locals to round out the massive line-up featuring the likes of City & Colour, Digitalism, Kaiser Chiefs, 360 and more. Stillwater Giants have won the triple j Unearthed competition, while The Brow Horn Orchestra, Needing Cherie and Rainy Day Women will also be part of the fun, with Groovin’ The Prince and Sonicbids winners TBA. More info/tickets at gtm.net.au, proudly presented by Street Press Australia.

Already announced as playing a special Napoleon Dynamite Rooftop Movies set Friday 13 April (Movie followed by DJ Set with support from Willy Slade, Lightsteed and Dangerous Dan D Lyons), Efren Ramirez aka Pedro himself will kick on after the skyline soiree with a special after-party at Shape, more details TBA.

BOYS N’ THE B’S A minimalist dub band but without all the hippie BS, Melbourne’s Absolute Boys have been crafting hazy, psych bangers since 2008. Catch them at The Bird next Sunday 15 April with support from dub enthusiast acts MmHmMm, The Weapon Is Sound, Billabong (Lyndon Blue & David Egan) and DJ Clunk for $8 from 6pm. They also play the night before, supporting Usurper Of Modern Medicine’s EP launch at The Bakery.

CAMILLIVAN Following two sold-out shows last time she was in Perth and now direct from the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, French-Irish chanteuse Camille O’Sullivan will once again share her captivating performance style Thursday 21 June at The Astor Theatre. Chameleon-like on stage, O’Sullivan transforms the songs of Nick Cave, David Bowie and more, each becoming an intense theatrical experience. Tickets via BOCs.

NEW ADDITION

sell-out first season, they have returned for a second season filled with stunning films to max out your nights. Rooftop continues tonight with the cult classic Donnie Darko; a dark, morbid story of a boy, a time travel-inducing jet engine and a man in a rabbit suit (or is everyone else humans in rabbit suits?). Coming in this weekend is the delectable Grindhouse team-up of Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino with a Planet Terror/Death Proof double bill on Saturday. Sunday’s feature is the Kubrick classic A Clockwork Orange. Then the festivities continue with the likes of No Country For Old Men, Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!, Monty Python’s The Holy Grail and many more. If you would like to win one of TEN DOUBLE PASSES to these upcoming shows, enter via Drum Perth’s Facebook page.

Following the announcement of New Edition’s reformation, the Australian tour dates for Bell Biv DeVoe and Ginuwine have been rescheduled to August to allow for the trio to partake in New Edition’s reunion tour, joining former band mates Bobby Brown, Ralph Tresvant and Johnny Gill. Tickets for their Thursday 24 May show at The Astor Theatre will still be valid for their new show, Thursday 9 August at The Astor. Tickets via BOCs.

COOKIN’ WITH GAS Friday 20 April Devilles Pad hosts Hammondsville, a huge night of organ freakouts featuring Melbourne’s Cookin’ On 3 Burners – Australia’s hardest hitting Hammond Organ trio, joining the dots between deep funk, raw soul, organ jazz and boogaloo. They’re supported by Devilles’ devils Johnny Nandez Hammond Explosion and DJs The Seventh Son and Little Franco Berry spinning vintage wax ‘til late.

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HOODOO YOU LOVE? first album, but we also felt comfortable and confident because it wasn’t completely foreign to us; (a) the songs weren’t foreign to us, we were very confident playing them, we’d been playing them for years and (b) we’d had some experience in studios anyway.” And the songs on Stoneage Romeos have stood the test of time remarkably well – try and put on nearly any other album from 1984 without cringing or wincing with pain. “We were out of time anyway back in 1984; we were competing with the Thompson Twins and bands like Real Life, I guess,” Shepherd laughs. “It was ludicrous but it actually worked in our favour, because it was a real alternative to what was the conventional wisdom for record companies as to what would make them a quick buck. The first album did come out on an obscure indie label – Big Time Records probably became more well known after the Hoodoo Gurus, they were really a small label here in Sydney – the larger multinationals were just not interested in the Hoodoo Gurus; we were laughable to them. Once we started selling some records they became more interested, but we were just on an independent label for that first album and that was as good as it was going to get for us at the time.

ON THE EVE OF THEIR TRIUMPHANT DIG IT UP! TOUR, HOODOO GURUS GUITARIST BRAD SHEPHERD TAKES STEVE BELL ON A TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE AND FIRES UP FOR THE ROCK PARTY TO END ALL ROCK PARTIES.

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Back and Tojo. Now, all these years later, the band are celebrating their birthday by playing this classic debut in its entirety – as well as all the other hits they’ve accumulated over the years – and they’ve invited some of their favourite bands from across the globe to help them blow out the candles. But for true Gurus fans, it’s this trip back down memory lane to 1984 that will be the real highlight of the Dig It Up! concert extravaganza.

irthday milestones are always a time for reflection, especially once a decade when you hit of the big ones with a zero on the end. Some people rue the passing of time and mourn the end of an era, while others take a more holistic approach and accept the moment for what it is, perhaps even see it as an opportunity to celebrate what has gone before. Thankfully the members of Aussie rock royalty Hoodoo Gurus are strict disciples of the latter approach and now – as they celebrate the passing of three decades since the release of their first ever single, Leilani, back in 1982 when they were still known as Le Hoodoo Gurus – they’re throwing a massive nationwide party for all of their closest fans and acquaintances.

“I think maybe we did that once before and that was completely unofficial – we didn’t announce it, we didn’t exploit it at all, it was just something silly that we did in Melbourne once,” Shepherd explains of playing Stoneage Romeos from start to finish. “I don’t think we even made a particularly big deal about it to the audience – we played at The Corner once and I think we did Stoneage Romeos and [1985 follow-up] Mars Needs Guitars! and that was our set! We may have even done it backwards... But it’s not something that we’ve ever really done to any great degree at all and it will be interesting for us as much as anybody there, just to see what happens when we do that and how it’s going to feel. It’s been nearly thirty years since our set was predominantly those songs from our debut album – and it was a typical debut album; it was just what we were playing in the set at the time. So that’s what we’re going back to. It will be very interesting.”

“It doesn’t add up, does it? Thirty years – it’s hard to get your head around that,” Hoodoo Gurus’ guitarist Brad Shepherd puzzles incredulously of the milestone. “When I was a kid in the ‘70s you’d think that World War Two was thirty years ago, you know? It’s really hard for me to get my head around it. Oh well, we just plod along. It keeps me interested – I still love listening to electric guitar. I still love listening to myself play electric guitar! I just love electric guitar period. It’s always been deeply resonant with me; I loved it when I was a kid listening to the Stones and The Beatles. I loved hearing the sound of Ritchie Blackmore’s guitar and Tony Iommi’s guitar and I still love it – it still gives me a huge thrill to put on the second Television album and all that fantastic articulation of the notes. It just doesn’t let up! Thank Christ, because I didn’t have a Plan B really!”

As an album, Stoneage Romeos is up there with the best rock’n’roll debuts in the history of Australian music, alongside such classics as Radio Birdman’s Radios Appear, You Am I’s Sound As Ever, The Saints’ (I’m) Stranded and AC/DC’s High Voltage. Many iconic bands such as Midnight Oil, INXS, Powderfinger and Hunters & Collectors (to name but a few) didn’t really find their feet until their second or third longplayers, but the Gurus hit the ground running.

These days it’s difficult to imagine an Australian rock landscape without the Hoodoo Gurus and their swag of songs that have become ingrained in the national psyche. But back in the early ‘80s they were new kids on the block and it wasn’t until 18 months after Leilani dropped that their debut album, Stoneage Romeos, was released, complete with its iconic cartoon artwork and slew of catchy radio fodder such as My Girl, I Want You

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go into the studio and see what we come up with.’” Shepherd reflects. “Those songs had been around a couple of years, so we’d had time to work out our parts on those and we pretty much knew what we were doing. A lot of it was more or less live in the studio. “And we’re blessed to have Dave Faulkner in the band – he’s deeply entrenched in the notion of classic songwriting and I think that’s our secret weapon. Not only that, but when you’re influenced by ‘70s glam rock and ‘50s rock’n’roll and ‘60s psychedelic and garage rock and ‘70s punk rock and then you mix that together with a songwriter that’s listening to Irving Berlin and Hoagy Carmichael – that’s actually what he grew up with, so he learned a deep appreciation of classic songwriting because that’s what his parents were playing in the house – that in itself is a unique mixture and I think that that stuff is evident a lot on that first album.” Along with their great tunes the Gurus had considerable visual appeal as well – all long hair and paisley shirts – but despite their tender years at the time, they also had the advantage of having been in relatively successful punk bands, particularly Shepherd’s stints in Brisbane bands The Fun Things and The 31st before relocating to Sydney to join The Hitmen. Then there’s Faulkner’s time fronting The Victims. “We’d certainly had some experience before that in the studio,” Shepherd concedes. “I’d probably had the most experience actually, because I’d done two albums with The Hitmen prior to that, the other guys not so much even though they’d made fantastic records. We’d all made pretty well-regarded punk rock singles – although they were all done on the cheap – but [the studio] wasn’t an unusual environment for us. We were excited too – we were still kids and it was exciting for me to go and record at Trafalgar because that’s where Radios Appear had been recorded. So there was certainly an energy of excitement when we made that

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“Oh God, there’s just countless highlights,” Shepherd marvels. “There’s always that nice thing of meeting your heroes and they say complimentary things about your band. Iggy Pop came up to me at a party and told me how much he loved the band and Joey Ramone used to come and see us every time we played in New York. We’ve become good friends with the guys from The Dictators and they were huge heroes of mine when I was struggling with learning to play the guitar in the ‘70s. It’s amazing to me that I’ve been able to stand on the same stage as The Beatles and The Rolling Stones and where Creedence and Led Zeppelin played. It was a huge thrill for me to play at Festival Hall in Brisbane, because that’s where I would go and see bands as a kid – it’s pretty mindblowing. It’s the fan in me I guess. And the thing that excites me when I’m playing is still the show I’m going to play on any given night – that excites me too.”

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“We were amazed in fact that we could do anything – we were so completely against the grain of what was popular in music then that it was remarkable to us that anyone paid us any attention at all. I don’t know what I was doing – I mean I left The Hitmen and on paper it just didn’t look right; it didn’t seem like the Hoodoo Gurus had a hope in hell! But I loved the band – they poached me from The Hitmen because they had lost a couple of members, Roddy Radalj and Kimble Rendall left within about a week of each other. It was a tough decision. I didn’t know what I was doing and I felt that there was a real possibility that the band would just fall flat on its arse, but I loved Le Hoodoo Gurus and I just felt that there was a real magic in the songs.”

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JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE HATES AIRPORTS, RECKONS ACTING’S A PAIN IN THE ASS AND NASHVILLE PEOPLE DRIVE HIM CRAZY. WHO WOULD’VE GUESSED HE’S THE SON OF NOTORIOUSLY OUTSPOKEN COUNTRY MUSICIAN STEVE EARLE? BUT MORE THAN THAT, HE’S EMERGED FROM THE ECLIPSE OF HIS LINEAGE AND THE THROES OF ADDICTION TO BECOME ONE OF THE STRONGEST COUNTRY VOICES OF HIS GENERATION. BY SAMSON MCDOUGALL.

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ustin Townes Earle plays it down but, whether he felt it or not, his musical pedigree (son of Steve Earle, stepson of Allison Moorer and named after famed country musician Townes Van Zandt) placed a huge weight of expectation on his musical development. His rocky road is well documented, but what’s unusual in his story is that from the cinders of heroin addiction he stands as a man, now 30 years old, who has emerged from the shadows of his lineage to a reputation as one of the strongest country voices of his generation. Set to release his fifth album Nothing’s Gonna Change The Way You Feel About Me Now this month, Earle is hitting Australian roads for a tour in April and, as was duly pointed out by his manager, he’s received equal billing for Byron Bay’s Bluefest with his father. “I was a little freaked out when I first started doing it,” he says of his first forays into writing songs, “but I really didn’t spend a lot of time around my father and his friends.” This was to change dramatically when at a young age he was recruited by his father to tour with his band The Dukes, but, at least initially, he was shielded from the spotlight. “I was a mama’s boy and I lived with my mama so I wasn’t as intimidated as a lot of my friends, who actually grew up going to the industry parties and hanging around with musicians,” he continues. “I was a little more cavalier because I was a little more ignorant I guess. I pretty much started writing songs and within a few weeks of writing my first songs I was already performing live, and pushing things as far and as hard and as fast as I could. My dad told me, ‘If you wanna be good, don’t worry about sittin’ around, just go out and play shows and you’ll get better and you’ll become a better writer’. So that’s what I did, I just played and played and played and did all the shows I could.” The initial spark came via writing poetry and short stories as a youngster. Encouraged by a teacher who saw a glimpse of promise, Earle entered and won a few “little stupid county writing contests” but it wasn’t until his adolescence that he began dabbling with songs. “I found [songwriting] an interesting style of writing because you have to leave a certain amount of room and you have to not say a certain amount of things in order for a song to be good,” he says. “You don’t have page after page to say it, you’ve gotta 12 • THE DRUM MEDIA

get it in there and you’ve gotta get it in in the most condensed form that you can. It’s very challenging.”

me crazy; I go out a lot more in New York ‘cause nobody gives a fuck who I am. Nobody cares in New York.”

Earle’s songs are personal affairs, close to himself. Often penned in the first person perspective, they are songs about love, loss, family and life on the road – typical country fodder. Mama’s Eyes from 2009 album Midnight At The Movies directly addresses his at-times tumultuous relationship with his father (“I am my father’s son/I’ve never known when to shut up/But I ain’t foolin’ no one/I am my father’s son”); new number Won’t Be The Last Time appears to tackle addiction-associated regret. His subject matter never strays too far from his story’s central character – himself. “It does expose me somewhat,” he says about his writing approach, “but the things that are in my songs, I’m addressing things that people already know about me and I’m just clearing up the hearsay.”

Writing from experience opens Earle’s material up to a broad audience. We’ll get a good gauge of this when he tours here in April as he’ll be playing to very different audiences at festivals such as Bluesfest and

A move from Nashville to New York City has allowed Earle the luxury of anonymity. There was a risk associated

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Boogie, and in clubs ranging from inner-city venues to country halls. Having seen him perform in a variety of settings over the years and witnessing vastly dissimilar audience demographics won over, I ask him whether he ever takes stock on stage and wonders how the hell these people found him? “I’ve done that several times,” he says. “Especially out here in the States, I

I MADE A DECISION THROUGH WATCHING MY FATHER’S CAREER THAT I WOULD NOT INCLUDE POLITICAL STATEMENT IN MY MUSIC. MY FATHER… ALIENATES A CERTAIN PART OF THE POPULATION.”

with the move in that the country ‘muse’ may be less apparent in the big city. For Earle it was all about taking a breath and gaining perspective. “It hasn’t hurt me in any way,” he says. “I definitely thought living in the big city might change me as a musician but all it did was inform me more. [Now] I have a broader idea of human nature, which is what a lot of my writing is based on. In New York you have a lot of human contact… I love everything about it, it’s so inspiring. If anything it made me wanna move too fast, I had to kinda slow myself down. “I’m kind of ‘bah, humbug’ about going to see shows. Especially in Nashville, a lot of bands that I’d like to see, I don’t get to listen to them because people just talk. In a small club people are just poking at me all the time going ‘Hey! What are you doin’ here?’ Nashville people drive

get the traditional country fan sometimes – not many of ‘em these days but y’know, they’ll be there. But y’know, I remember this one guy with a big handlebar moustache and a giant cowboy hat standing next to this little girl with cut off shorts, a tattoo across her chest and a ring through her nose. My shows have definitely gotten more on the young side every year but it’s a pretty wild mix… I do ask myself all the time. I think something bad’s gonna happen one day ‘cause maybe they’re all gonna realise they’re all really different and hate each other at one of my shows.” It could be seen that he’s bringing people together through his music? This is a concept Earle embraces wholeheartedly. “I think that it’s a very important thing,” he continues. “I made a decision through

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watching my father’s career that I would not include political statement in my music. Just because somebody votes differently doesn’t mean they don’t have a right to come out and listen to music and have a good time. My father, without question, alienates a certain part of the population.” Despite their past conflicts, Earle and his father are on much better terms these days. As they both appear on the same Bluesfest bill this year, it seemed logical to ask what are the chances of some kind of father/son duo? “It probably will [happen] if we have the time,” he says. “Unfortunately in this business what we always run into is that we don’t have any time to do the things we wanna do – we just gotta do what we gotta do. Hopefully I’ll be able to catch his set. I haven’t seen my father’s show in… It’s been two years since I’ve seen him perform because of touring and not having the time.” The father and son appeared together in (the incredibly good) HBO TV series Treme season one. There’s a coffee-shop scene in which the Earles share a table with John Goodman and you can almost see the younger Earle’s cup shaking with terror. Steve had already acted in HBO smash The Wire – the two shows share the same creators – so for father what may have been just another day at the office, was for son a harrowing experience. “It was absolutely terrifying,” he laughs. “One of the first scenes I was in was the coffee shop scene with John Goodman, it was horrifying. [Acting]’s something that I’m open to but it’s not something that I’m trying to do. I got enough shit goin’ on. Acting’s a pain in the ass! You’re on set all day, you do the same shit over and over. I don’t know if I have the patience for that shit. Those people are crazy.” WHO: Justin Townes Earle WHAT: Nothing’s Gonna Change The Way You Feel About Me Now (out 23 March through Bloodshot/Inertia) WHEN & WHERE: Saturday 14 April, Fly By Night Club, Fremantle; Sunday 15, Rosemount Hotel, Perth


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WRATH OF THE NORSEMEN THE JOB OF A VIKING WAS SIMPLE. GRAB YOUR MATES, JUMP ON A LONGSHIP AND RAIN HAVOC ON WHOEVER THE POOR BASTARDS WERE THAT HAPPENED TO LIVE WHEREVER YOU LANDED. SIMON HOLLAND CATCHES UP WITH AMON AMARTH GUITARIST OLAVI MIKKONEN TO DISCOVER THAT NOT A WHOLE LOT HAS CHANGED.

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ey, hi, I can hardly hear you.” The thick Nordic accent of Amon Amarth’s long-time guitarist and songwriter Olavi Mikkonen is garbled with static and drop outs. “Yeah, we just finished a show in Wolverhampton, England. We’re still at the venue.” This is a key indicator that Amon Amarth are still essentially the rocking band they were in their early days. Their sound, whilst subtly evolving, hasn’t strayed too much from the formula that has reinforced their position as one of metal’s most popular acts. Their latest album was 2011’s Surtur Rising, which marked their eighth visit to the studio. The subsequent world tour has become more of an establishment and landmark date for

global metalheads than perhaps any other band. “They should know what to expect; power,” delivers Mikkonen as a simple statement of fact. “It’s been a while since we’ve played here live so we’re excited to come back on the road. We have a good response to what we do pretty much wherever we play. They like to have fun and sing along, that’s what this is all about.” Amon Amarth’s brand of metal isn’t the most technical, nor is it catering to trends or for genre elitists. For Olavi it is simply about delivering a message from their ancestors in a way that reinforces their history. “Sure, they would have probably loved Amon Amarth if we had been around. Who would not?” His laugh is rich and hearty in true Viking style. Despite being one of the only members not to sport a beard, it is easy to imagine that he should. “You try to make songs that are going to work well why you are performing live. I wouldn’t say we really think too much about it. We are, at least I think, quite a good live band. We write intense songs and we can just unleash them live. We write the songs together and put them all together in the jam room. I’ll come up with some riffs but we put the songs together as a band and I think that is the fundamental essence of creating a good live band. I think by doing it that way they are part of us when we play them. Our goal is always to play them live.” By remaining true to their sound, Amon Amarth have copped their fair share of criticism regarding a similar sound for each album. Considering the fall from grace exhibited by fellow Swede’s In Flames’ misguided efforts at sound development, many long time fans released a collective sigh of relief with the news that the unmistakable Amon Amarth sound is not going anywhere. ”I think that when we recorded Once Sent From The Golden Halls we wanted to know what we wanted to do as a band,” comments Mikkonen. “It was not like ‘Okay, now we’re going to be a thrash band and next album we’re going to be a power metal band’ or whatever. We always knew our style and we didn’t have to look for another style. “The only thing we wanted to do really was learn to write better songs and also we wanted to have a better production sound for every album. A big part of my interest in the band is to preserve our identity. Not to go too far. Of course, you should put in some elements and make it fresh, but we really try to keep our original sound and style as much as possible. I mean, I know that there’s a lot of people going ‘Oh, Amon Amarth is the AC/DC of metal; if you’ve heard one song you’ve heard them all.’ But you know, if you think like that then, sure, don’t listen to us. I don’t want to hear AC/DC sound like Iron Maiden. I mean, I love AC/ DC the way they sound and I love Slayer the way they sound, and I just want Amon Amarth to sound like Amon Amarth.” You’d be forgiven for thinking the process for all of this is an ancient ancestral recipe passed down through the ages, coming from a deep scholarship of ancient Nordic texts with a structure that mimics the fierce battles fought on frost-bitten plains. “It just starts with one riff or one part,” admits Mikkonen. “For me, it comes out when I am just chilling with my acoustic guitar in front of the TV. That’s when I seem to get something cool,” he begins to chuckle. “I know that’s pretty far off the end product but hey, that’s how it happens [laughs]. I think Twilight Of The Thunder God was one of those. I think Pursuit Of The Vikings was also one of those. So from there I have to get up and run across the snow to my next house, which is kind of my home studio and try it out on my heavy set-up. “So then once I have it, or perhaps I don’t, whatever, I go back to the tele,” Mikkonen laughs. “But when I get that one hook and it works then I just start to build from there. When I have almost everything I show it to the other guys and then we take it and try and put it together. Ted [Lundstrom] takes care of his bit and Frederick [Andersson] decides how the drums are going to be and then we start deciding what the lyrics are going to be and all that. Johan [Söderberg] is sitting in the rehearsal listening while we are playing the new stuff and he’s like ‘Hey should I do it like this or that.’ He’s a big guy so we like to listen to him when he speaks. I dunno, we get it all together somehow. I think that’s how we usually do all our songs but we actually get that main idea at random. We never think like ‘Oh now I’m going to do a Slayer riff’ or ‘Now I’m going to do something really heavy’. You can’t really decide. It’s whatever comes, comes.” What has been apparent is that this is a band that loves being together. The digipak releases feature behind-the-scenes footage and 2006’s double DVD Wrath Of The Norseman, featuring extensive edits of life on the road. In a way, this is a life akin to the Vikings of old; fierce warriors that jump on a ship with their mates and head off to faraway lands. Mikkonen laugh and agrees with those sentiments. “Yeah totally. I think we are in way like the Vikings with the travelling around and maybe the fury with which we perform. Except maybe we’re not stealing, killing or raping the girls,” he chuckles. “But yeah, there is something the same. Travelling around and making lots of noise. It is a lot of fun. We are five friends that still really enjoy each other’s company and y’know, we have a lot of fun together as a band and everything is really cool at the moment. I think that is something we have to have otherwise we wouldn’t be Vikings. I think it is amazing good fortune that we can have all our friends in one place and live together.” WHO: Amon Amarth WHEN & WHERE: Monday 16 April, Capitol, Perth

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PERFECT WAY US INDIE LEGEND LOU BARLOW IS ON HIS WAY BACK DOWN TO AUSTRALIA FOR A SOLO TOUR, AND HE TELLS STEVE BELL HOW WE’RE THE ONLY PEOPLE WHO LIKE TO SEE HIM PERFORM UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL.

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t’s a pretty invigorating, albeit hectic time, for Lou Barlow right now. Firstly, both of the major musical projects from his past – Dinosaur Jr, the band he co-founded and which occupied him for most of the ‘80s until he was evicted, and Sebadoh which he founded next and which similarly took up most of his ‘90s – are enjoying a second wind and entering new phases of recording and touring. Then there’s his solo career. Originally just an adjunct to his main day job, back in 1996 here in Australia the then nascent indie label Spunk Records released Lou Barlow Plays Waterfront – a live recording of a Sydney instore he conducted while in the country on a Sebadoh tour – and people fell in love with the honest, forthright nature of his stripped-back catalogue. Since then he’s toured here numerous times in solo guise and even released two solo albums – 2005’s Emoh and 2009’s Goodnight Unknown – and now, even amidst the flurry of band activity, he’s found time to fit in another jaunt down to Australia on his lonesome. “It’s strange, people don’t ask me to do it in general,” Barlow muses of the solo aspect of his career. “When I’ve done solo tours in the States they don’t usually go very well. I’ve opened solo for Dinosaur Jr and it’s always a real struggle. People don’t ask me to do it, but for some reason people in Australia are always keen and manage to twist my arm – it’s the only place where there’s any demand for me to play solo. I don’t know why. But to me it’s great, because generally I don’t pursue stuff – I just wait around for people to ask me to do things.”

I’M ABSOLUTELY THE MOST RELAXED I CAN BE, AND I LOVE THE INTIMACY OF IT, AND I LOVE TO BE ABLE TO HEAR PEOPLE ASK FOR SONGS.”

Despite this laissez faire approach to his craft, playing acoustically is something that the affable Barlow genuinely enjoys. “I love it, I love it,” he enthuses. “I really enjoy every aspect of my career right now. I get to play with Dinosaur Jr which is awesome, and I get to play with Sebadoh which is equally if not even more so awesome. But when I play by myself, when I’m doing my own thing, it’s so intimate and it’s kind of my most natural state, when I’m playing solo. I’m absolutely the most relaxed I can be, and I love the intimacy of it, and I love to be able to hear people ask for songs.” The intimate, stripped-back nature of these solo shows – which find Barlow covering the gamut of his entire catalogue, from the more well-known material of his main bands through to material from side projects such as Sentridoh and Folk Implosion right back to tracks from his first band Deep Wound – also brings his lyrics into focus, his ultra-personal musings having always been one of his main songwriting strengths. “Yeah, right, people can actually hear them, it’s great,” he laughs self-deprecatingly. “As a listener and as a fan I think that the lyrics are basically equal with the texture. I think that for me personally lyrics are incredibly important. Those are the things that really draw people into the music and make it interesting. And when I write songs I have to believe every single word that I’m saying otherwise I can’t remember it. “I had this discussion with J [Mascis – Dinosaur Jr frontman and co-founder] a couple of years ago when we made the last record: ‘Don’t you want to work on the lyrics more? You’ll be able to remember them!’ And he was just, like, ‘No. I don’t care’. So then we went on tour with Dinosaur Jr he didn’t know the lyrics to his own songs for months,” Barlow exclaims. “You make lyrics that mean something to you so then you remember them – that’s my whole thing. I don’t think I’m a poet and I don’t think I write great lyrics, but if I write them about something that I’ve experienced then I will then remember them – it’s very practical.” Barlow is also fond of breaking his solo sets up with some choice covers – not usually songs which are that well-known, but ones which fit seamlessly amidst his own material. “When I just do my own things I feel that I bog people down in ‘my deal’,” he admits. “It can get kind of heavy, I guess, and then when you play someone else’s song it just lightens things up – it just takes the pressure off everybody and it adds a space where people can sort of relax a little bit, because when they know it’s just coming from me it creates this claustrophobic emotional atmosphere. Which is great, I think, but then in a more realistic way it’s not great – it’s good to just let people know that I have a fucking sense of humour maybe, or that I love other songs too.” Although anyone who’s witnessed a Barlow solo set will attest that there’s indeed a sense of humour at play, one that manifests in the form of witty anecdotes and subtly hilarious between-song banter. “I can do, that can happen,” he laughs at the notion of being funny onstage. “It comes pretty naturally, but to be perfectly honest some days I’ll think of something and be, like, ‘Maybe I should say something about that when I play’, but then if I actually contrive something to say it doesn’t work that well, and it makes me more tense if I say it. If I thought about it beforehand and then I say it I’m like, ‘What a fucking cheeseball! What an asshole!’ Ideally it’s stream of consciousness. But there’s always funny people in the audience – I think that other people are funny, and if you give them the space to speak their mind they will make it easier for me.” But for now it’s all about the future, and with both his bands on the verge of releasing new records Barlow is well and truly in creative mode, and he wouldn’t have it any other way. “I’m in a really got spot with writing – that’s totally where I’m at right now,” he attests. “We’re making the Dinosaur album so I’m writing songs for that, and we’re making a Sebadoh record coming up. It’s weird – I realise now that my song cycle is so fucking glacial. It used to be every day, or I’d have a day when I’d write five songs, but these days I end up writing all of these tiny bits and then they just slowly come together. “They’re almost like these things forming in space and then little bits gather onto them, and all of a sudden it’s like, ‘Wow! Holy shit, it’s a song! I had no idea! How did that happen?’ Or, ‘It’s a song with four parts in it – holy fuck!’ I just let it all come together as things come into my head, in between doing all of the other shit that I have to do.” WHO: Lou Barlow WHEN & WHERE: Sunday 22 April, Rosemount Hotel, North Perth

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BRISTOLIAN BASS UK DJ AND PRODUCER TC IS BACK WITH A NEW EP, AND BACK IN PERTH FOR SOME EASTER EGGS THIS SUNDAY. TOM CRESSWELL TELLS TROY MUTTON HE’S PUMPED TO RETURN WITH A FEW TREATS OF HIS OWN.

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he port city of Bristol in the UK has a lot to be proud of/answer for (depending on your stance). It was once named the UK’s most sustainable city, it has a massive aerospace industry (their production warehouses built part of the Concorde jet) and is home to Aardman Animation, makers of stop motion miscreants Wallace & Gromit. It’s also responsible for the ‘Bristol sound’, which began with famed trip hoppers like Tricky, Portishead and Massive Attack, before merging into a world-renowned drum’n’bass – and dubstep – scene. Beginning with the likes of Roni Size, DJ Krust and More Rockers, the legacy continues with the likes of Tom Cresswell, aka TC, back in Australia this weekend to tackle the big bear at the Easter edition of Grizzled, alongside the likes of Skism and Zomboy. And to say he’s pretty excited for the return would be selling it a little short. “I have played in Australia a few times now and they are amazing crowds,” enthuses Creswell. “One time I was in Adelaide and it was 40 degrees at midday and everyone was still dancing like it was night time and cool, amazing!” In addition he’s packing the crate full of fresh beats. “I have stacks of new tunes. I always mash up a few genres in there if I got two hours. So many things I love to play right now.” He’ll no doubt be digging into his own releases, specifically his new EP Bass By The Tonne, which he’s just released on his own Don’t Play label, a four-tracker littered with dubstep influences and a title track featuring frequent collaborator Jakes – their output over the years, particularly from Deep in 2006, has since become the stuff of legend. The response to the record has so far been good, and getting better for the Bristolian. “I think with my tunes are growers and it takes a little time for it all to filter down, but I am finding more and more the people are going nuts to the new EP!” The production was a simple one according to Cresswell. “Really it was an organic [process]. I never approach music from a contrived point of view. I just make tunes to play out and for my DJ friends. The ones that really work I put out.” Easy really, and this thought process extends to his remix output, which features the likes of loved d’n’b artists such as Pendulum, alongside the likes of more commercial content such as Rihanna, Tinie Tempah and Kid Cudi. It seems he’s pretty in demand for this kinda thing. “I have been approached for all the remixes and with featured vocals I am usually asked. I used to do bootleg-style tunes but now I get the official remixes, so I don’t really do the unofficial ones any more… maybe for my own sets.” And he doesn’t care who it is as long as he gets a vibe. “I never find my credibility really gets attacked, it’s not like I am remixing Justin Bieber! Rihanna is pretty cool to be fair. I admit, she is not Noisia, but cool all the same.” In fact Cresswell has kept a pretty simple ethos with regards to production that extends right back to the beginning. “[I] got started by just making tunes every day. Then when I thought they were good enough I started to give them to DJs and it went from there.” And while it’s been a few years now since his 2007 artist album Evolution, he hasn’t given up on the album format like so many producers have. “I think there is definitely room for the drum’n’bass album. I am an artist that likes to take my time. I hate albums with the one hit and a load of fillers,” he explains, before adding, “I am definitely doing another album very soon. Watch this space!”

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The big bad bass bear that is Grizzled has been rocking the west side for over a year now, with the inaugural edition featuring Nero, Foreign Beggars, Trolley Snatcha and Skism. Since then they’ve hosted 16Bit, Emalkay, Gemini, Inspector Dubplate, Zeds Dead and Kito, with ‘smaller’ offshoot shows including a face-off with partner in crime Big Ape featuring Koan Sound and Dodge & Fuski, a bloody Knife Party last Boxing Day – also featuring Killsonik, and most recently Melbourne’s Opiuo on his Butternut Slap live tour. The madness continues this Easter long weekend at new (for bears) venue Capitol, and Drum gives you the downlow on who besides TC is in town for Grizzled 004. SKISM: The UK’s Skism returns to the scene of his Grizzled 001 crime, in a way celebrating Grizzled first birthday. Skism’s multideck set-up marks him as one of the world’s most awesome-towatch/rock-out-to decksman in the world. He’s also co-owner of the prolific Never Say Die record label, which champions the likes of Eptic, former grizzly bears Dodge & Fuski and also… ZOMBOY: Guildford, UK dubstepper released his debut EP Game Time on the Never Say Die label last year, featuring a sound that is an inventive new take on dubstep, blending it with an extensive array of different electronic dance beats and some of the glitchiest, grimiest sounds your likely to hear in the 140bpm range or, according to the man himself, “blending electro/dubstep and glitching it the fuck up!” INSPECTOR DUBPLATE: Another returning bass bad man and a late edition following the exit of Culprate, the inspector helped Emalkay and 16Bit rock round 002, and will no doubt be bringing some fresh cuts from the Inspected record label, the latest signing of which has been more recent Grizzly guys in Zeds Dead. If there is an artist who has his fingers on the most recent, filthiest beats from dubstep’s dirty belly, it’s Inspector Dubplate. BEATACUE: The other late edition and the wild card of the bunch, Alexis and Médéric are together BeatauCue, a French electro duo signed to Kitsune. First gaining notoriety in 2009 after a remix of Major Lazer’s Pon De Floor caught the ear of Diplo, they’ve since owned the scene with energetic productions and remixes for the likes of Kylie Minogue (which she dug), Boys Noize, Mika, Yelle, Two Door Cinema Club, Steve Aoki and Armand Van Velden. WHO: TC WHAT: Bass By The Tonne (Don’t Play) WHEN & WHERE: Sunday 8 April, Grizzled, Capitol, Perth

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REVISITING THE PAST ON ALBUM NUMBER SIX EVERY TIME I DIE REIGNITED A FIRE THAT MANY THOUGHT WAS LONG GONE. SINGER KEITH BUCKLEY TELLS LOCHLAN WATT HOW THEY GOT IT BACK.

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f we were a human, we’d just be having sex for the first time. It’s an exciting time of our lives,” comments Buffalo native Keith Buckley on his band Every Time I Die’s longevity. Formed in 1998 and quickly banging out a handful of more primitive, sonically unhinged numbers, they soon came to the attention of a wider audience with their second and much more stylistically suave album Hot Damn!, released in 2003 on Ferret Records. Combining the noisy, metallic hardcore of the era with a southern rock swagger, the group set a precedent yet to be toppled. The rise appears to have been consistent for Every Time I Die, who now call legendary punk rock label Epitaph Records home. “The fact that a band that plays hardcore music can still be going it is pretty fascinating. I don’t take it for granted at all,” he states frankly. However, don’t expect the band to do anything special to celebrate their forthcoming 15th birthday – “maybe we’ll have a sweet 16, but 15 is kind of just like whatever.” The newly released Ex Lives is once again turning even more heads. A majority of critics have praised the release as an incendiary return to form, particularly for a band that perhaps became slightly bloated by a few mid-career radio rockers. Buckley is in agreeance with the statement that it is the band’s best record since, or even a better record than the aforementioned Hot Damn!. He doesn’t however necessarily agree that it has all been positive, though that’s not necessarily a bad thing either. “I don’t think it’s great reviews completely across the board. It’s kind of exciting when people argue over whether or not it’s a good record, because it’s obviously just an opinion. People get really heated about it. I think it’s good – some different opinions and a little controversy is always good. If everyone likes it, it means that everyone will not like it in three months. This way it’ll take some people who will have to listen to it a little bit more to get it. Some people will end up hating it. As long as it makes an impact that’s all we want.” As for the Hot Damn! comparisons, the wordsmith elaborates on why he feels this is accurate. “I think it’s because it felt like Hot Damn! when we were recording it. We had a lot of energy, and we were in a good spot creatively. It was awesome because we had a new drummer, and he brought a new element to it. I think that we were just really excited to write. And that hasn’t happened since

the road, and do a normal man thing. It’s cool, obviously he’s been doing it forever. Sometimes you just have to let people do what they want to do, and if it doesn’t work in accordance with you, that’s unfortunate.” Fittingly, former member Stephen Micciche has since returned, keeping their ex-bassist count at seven. “I think that the longer that we go on, the harder it is for new bass players to come into it because we have a work ethic that most people don’t find easy to deal with. I think that once a new bass player comes in, he realises that we’re going to be on the road for our whole lives, 24 hours a day.” WHO: Every Time I Die WHAT: Ex Lives (Epitaph)

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THEY’VE BEEN A FORCE IN THE CELTIC FUSION MUSIC SCENE FOR 22 YEARS BUT THIS YEAR IS A BIT OF A TENTH ANNIVERSARY FOR EDINBURGH BAND SHOOGLENIFTY, COMPLETE WITH A NEW DOUBLE ALBUM. MICHAEL SMITH INVESTIGATES.

ITALY-VIA-CALIFORNIA DJ/ PRODUCER CONGOROCK HAS MADE THE LEAP FROM COMPOSING SONGS TO IMAGINARY FILM SCENES TO ACTUAL ONES, AS CYCLONE DISCOVERS.

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en years ago, Tasmanian mandolin player Luke Plumb got a call from Edinburgh-based Celtic fusion band Shooglenifty. He’d met them on an Australian tour a few months earlier and now they found themselves in need of his services for a Queen’s Jubilee concert in London’s Hyde Park. So he packed his instruments, headed off to London and ten years on, he’s very much a part of the band’s unique take on world music. “In terms of the tunes,” bass player Quee MacArthur, who joined the band about the same time as Plumb, explains his impact on the Shooglenifty sound, “because everybody kind of writes different styles of tunes, Luke plays some more Eastern European-style tunes, but some of his tunes are very Scottish as well. So there’s a bit of shift in that, but I think the shift really was the band starting as a session band, and with bigger gigs there’s a big influence of, like, dance music, ‘cause in the ‘90s there was a bit of an explosion of house music and all this stuff, which Shooglenifty was obviously was never house music, but there was a kind of buzz and James [Mackintosh, drums] used to use a sampler all the time, and he doesn’t now.”

Apart from his pivotal role matching lines with the hirsute fiddle player Angus Grant, Plumb has also become one of the major contributors in terms of composing music for Shooglenifty, though he tends to typically underplay that side of things. “Mmm, in the first album [2003’s The Arms Dealer’s Daughter] I did quite a lot,” Plumb concedes. “On the second one [2007’s Troots] and on the most recent one [the 2CD Murmichan], it’s been… Oh yeah, there’s still a whack of tunes by me but Malcolm [Crosbie, guitars] has always written tunes for the album, Quee’s been writing on the last two and the new music that we’re kind of working up has got some tunes from Quee as well… and Angus, of course.

“He had a bit of a rest there for a while but he’s back writing again. And I think probably, most importantly, is that while the melody might be written by one person, the track is very much collective, and I think probably even more so than it was in the previous line-up of the band. The way the albums are mixed now even, the guitar and the banjo [Garry Finlayson] get far more of a feature than they used to. More and more so, in fact, the tracks are just as much about the guitar riff or the banjo riff or the bass or the drum groove or whatever than they are about the diddley that’s happening over the top.” The latest album, Murmichan, is a two-CD set, and very purposely so, as Plumb explains: “I think everybody had the idea that whatever we did we couldn’t do what the previous two albums had done, which was trying to marry the live, spontaneous, exciting, whatever of the live show. I also think a really important part of the band has been what you can do within the kind of realm of the studio world and making interesting sounds and using ‘found’ sounds and putting it all in the mix. So we had these things that are actually incredibly difficult to try and find common ground. So the idea of having two albums would be a great way of dealing with it – ‘Let’s just take our live thing, go into a studio and play as if it was a gig, and then take another disc and really go studio-mental with it.’” WHO: Shooglenifty WHAT: Murmichan (Shoogle) WHEN & WHERE: Friday 13 ‘til Sunday 15 April, Fairbridge Folk Festival; Wednesday 18, Fly By Night, Fremantle

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The Herd’s agenda has always been one of political awareness over their five studio albums, and despite the political maelstrom that invokes such an opposing opinion in the band’s writings, Kennedy explains new material can sometimes be hard to raise without revisiting subject matter from many of their previous tongue-in-cheek slights at the befuddled balance of power governing this great land. “I don’t know about anyone else but, yeah, sometimes the writing can be hard. And I think the reason is when you have a catalogue behind you, after time it gets hard and you scratch your head to avoid covering the same ground. I think with our focus always on the political theme and in our approach through all our music, with how those in charge are running the country, it’s never gonna be too hard to keep coming up with new subject matter.” 18 • THE DRUM MEDIA

Rampino relocated from the ancient centre of Lecce (“a very nice place to spend summertime”) to Milan, then, lately, the US – though he travels back and forth. “I moved to California because I’m in love with Los Angeles, I’m in love with the vibe in California – I like the chilled-out lifestyle,” he says, ironically, from Italy. “At the same time, there’s a lot of business going on – lots of producers and artists are moving there. LA is blowing up right now. There’s lots of energy. I can get lots of input, even just going out. I think it’s the place where everybody wants to be right now if they’re into dance music, because a lot of things are happening and there’s a big business going on.” Rampino wasn’t always into electronica. He’s an old punk rocker. “I used to play in bands when I was in college, and I was in bands for around six years [one called The Death Of Anna Karina) – and that was before I started DJing as Congorock. That’s my background – punk-rock, hardcore punk, alternative rock – and I still listen to that kinda stuff. But then I starting DJing and that fills most of my time. So I don’t have time now to be in bands anymore.” Rampino’s favourite punk band? Cali’s Black Flag. He discovered techno through artists like Japan’s Ken Ishii. His big break as a producer

Rampino followed with Babylon, remixed by Belgian rave pioneer CJ Bolland – and dropped by David Guetta. Today Rampino, who’s guested on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 program, is part of the same Italian post-fidget movement as Crookers and The Bloody Beetroots. He’s remixed crossover tracks like Swedish House Mafia’s One as well as Mark Ronson’s Somebody To Love Me featuring Boy George. “When I got the remix offer, I actually wasn’t planning to do a new remix at that moment because I’m really slow with production,” Rampino says of the latter. “But I just couldn’t say no to that chance because I’m both a fan of Mark Ronson and Boy George.” Not short on good looks, he’s even modelled for the streetwear company Mishka. 2012 should be an important year for Rampino, who intends to deliver his debut ‘artist’ album. “I’m really excited about it.” He mentions collaborations with names such as Benny Benassi. And he’ll be previewing tracks at Creamfields. “I’m gonna test a lot of my new tracks and see how people react,” Rampino says. “My set will have a lot of new sounds, so I hope people will like it.” WHO: Congorock WHEN & WHERE: Saturday 5 May, Creamfields, Supreme Court Gardens, Perth

WITH A SHARED AFFINITY FOR FULL MOONS, DUBSTEP AND TRANSFORMING NOT ONLY THEMSELVES BUT ALSO ANY CROWD INTO A SEETHING MONSTER MASH, DOCTOR WEREWOLF ARE ON THE LOOSE. ONE HALF OF THE DUO, ADAM ZAE CHATS TO TOM BRAGG.

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The eight-piece outfit is a segmented octagon of producers, instrumentalists and MCs such as Urthboy, Unkle Ho and Kennedy, who returned after his first solo LP, Wild Colonial to co-write Future Shade and insists that the work is the same in either a group or solo record. “It doesn’t matter what you have done with solo work; the hard things are hard and the easy stuff is easy. In some ways it’s a relief to put out a solo record, having total control. When you go back to the collective mentality, it’s also a relief that you’ve got someone either side of you to bounce ideas off and inspire you.”

Indeed, the electro-punk, obsessed with video games, often composes to imaginary film scenes. Still, the jetsetting Rampino is yet to catch Chronicle, only viewing the trailer. Last in Australia for a club tour, and prior to that Stereosonic 2010, the Italian is next joining Creamfields Australia 2012. “The vibe in general in Australia is really great. The crowd is kinda different from the rest of the world. There’s a good energy.”

came when A-Trak contacted him, putting out his 2009 Runark EP on Fool’s Gold Records (Rampino himself used to work at Sony BMG Italy). “We met on MySpace back in the days when MySpace was big,” says the Twitter convert. “He found me, he found my MySpace page, and asked me to release a track on his new label. I was really happy with it – I was surprised because I didn’t expect it… Since then, we are always collaborating, we’re always hanging around. He’s such a big inspiration for me – and a great person, too.”

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“THERE’S SOMETHING TO BE SAID FOR PERSEVERANCE.” THE HERD’S MC OZI BATLA REFLECTS ON A DECADE-PLUS CAREER WITH RIP NICHOLSON. oing what they have always done is what makes The Herd just as intriguing now as they were in 2001. Their longevity in the scene, perseverance and consistency in bringing about change with every record has made them one of Australia’s most premier live hip hop acts. MC and writer for the collective, Shannon ‘Ozi Batla’ Kennedy, highlights this as he explains where The Herd’s long-standing one-headed opinion is at now.

t’s a long way from Lecce in Southern Italy to Hollywood. But DJ/producer Congorock, aka Rocco Rampino, is on the ascent. His track Sirius was licensed for Josh Trank’s surprise sci-fi box office smash Chronicle. “I guess they discovered it because they were looking for something that was really aggressive and atmospheric at the same time,” Rampino ponders. “When I got the news that they picked up the track I was really happy because it’s just great to have my music in a movie.”

The band’s long-enduring career opened in 2001 when the core artists of indie label Elefant Traks collaborated together to showcase the roster. The Herd released their self-titled LP that same year and spawned an Aussie classic, Scallops. But it was their 2002 followup An Elefant Never Forgets that gave the band their controversial tag with tracks Burn Down The Parliament and 77%, the latter attacking the heart of Australia’s racist element. The Herd left behind an indelible stamping of political correctness on their outspoken and controversial reputation. Counting four albums forward (which includes a remix album), and while the politicking still comes thick and ready, having all the artists falling back into step, away from family, careers and other music commitments was not easy, as Kennedy admits, despite him being the drifter of the bunch. “No. No, not at all. For me, I’m the unattached drifter and I’ll do a gig whenever. You know, there’s a whole bunch of kids and jobs and households, so it is a big commitment. Toe-Fu has really been putting in the hard yards recently. He lives in Newcastle and it takes him a good two, two-and-a-half hour drive [to Sydney]. I’m really grateful to my bandmates who do have a lot of other commitments and they’ve stuck with it. At this stage in our careers, when you have the choice of working nearby and making a lot more money and having a lot more free time, it becomes tempting to pack the music in. So I’m really grateful to them that they’ve stuck with it. There’s something to be said for perseverance.” WHO: The Herd WHAT: Better Alive (Elefant Traks) WHEN & WHERE: Friday 13 April, Settlers Tavern, Margaret River; Saturday 14, Rosemount Hotel, North Perth

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Despite their penchant for transforming at full moons, the duo’s forays into production have been hugely successful with Trololo Man, their first single, and a crossover sensation. Although, as appears to be the case with the duo, it is accompanied by an almost fantastical story. “Trololo Man came from a friend of ours at Central Station Records, they wanted to license and sell it as a ring tone. They were in the process of licensing it, and he was talking about it on Facebook, and I was like ‘No way man, we are going to remix this’. And what started out as a joke turned into this track.” And whilst their most commercially successful track was the result of a social media gag, Zae muses that they aren’t confined to social media for their remixing: “We were born to remix stupid Internet crap.” Ever self-deprecating, Zae doesn’t do their remix work justice as they have worked on a number of successful collabs and remixes both in and outside of dubstep. Having just mixed a disc on the Ministry Of Sound: Sound Of Dubstep 3, are they in love with this final product? Zae openly laughs at this suggestion: “If you look at the track listing on our disc it was stuff we suggested, and five tracks we actually produced.” From that it only seems reasonable that

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yes, they are happy. How then do they create such an inspired work environment? “We have just moved into a new studio which is exciting, but the most important piece of kit we have is a Nerf cannon with spider man on top that is controlled by USB. He sits on top of the speakers and fires off missiles.” So when they aren’t planning ambushes on one another, or shapeshifting under full moons, the duo have been working on a new EP on Klub Kids Records and “doing lots of remix work for them. They really are Australia’s best small dance label!” When pressed on what to expect when they land in Perth for Force Majeure Zae howls with excitement – “A real beast of a Rage Against The Machine remix we have been working on. But really it’s a bunch of tunes to spill drinks to, and act a fool to. That’s the mandate, that’s how we choose our music.” When contemplating what the future holds for Doctor Werewolf, Zae muses, “It is very interesting in Australia at the moment; there are so many great Australian producers and DJs who are putting their energy into the sound. Hopefully for years to come we will be able to play with it and get crazy to it. And you know just the number of people that are getting involved in dubstep make it kind of a movement, where anyone can have a crack at it – whereas a lot of other genres are a bit closed and hard to get anywhere.” Whether they continue to make music or decide to try something different, at least they can always fall back on working in the film industry, or the circus – every good horror story needs a werewolf. WHO: Doctor Werewolf WHEN & WHERE: Friday 13 April, Force Majeure, Ambar, Perth


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Independent A band from Perth called Perth is really kinda genius… This Apricot Rail offshoot were originally called Bayswater Waves, but when the local aquatic centre of the same name had a hissy, they decided to screw the pool and just name themselves after the whole city. It all counts for naught if they can’t back it up, and what Perth have crafted is an album that is, quite simply put, one of the best local debuts in recent memory. It’s 12 swirling tracks of summery electronica, with shoegaze, psychedelia and ambient soundscapes bounding throughout. Comparisons to Animal Collective are unavoidable (Seesaw is the chief – but still awesome – offender), though it never feels like they’re just ripping anything off. Seekae, Caribou, Sufjan Stevens and Belle & Sebastian all cop a mention in their list of influences, and Babes, Water, Waves just seems to lift tiny bits of pieces from all of them, and many more, to craft something totally and uniquely their own. The album drifts between ambling slices of folktronica (Original Food), glitchy, blippy electronica (Won’t Stop) to psychedelic pop (Jilted (“We Are Massive Fans Of It!”)) with total ease, and in a way that never compromises the structure or flow of the album. About three-quarters in I was waiting for the inevitable boredom that seems to come with album releases that exist in these sonic realms, but it never did. That Perth have come from seemingly nowhere to release such a cracking album start to finish is one of 2012’s early(ish) and freshest surprises. Next, hopefully, comes a live show, although word on the street is album number two is already in the works. TROY MUTTON

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Chapter It’s amazing to think there was once a need for songs such as these. Who am I kidding, there’s STILL the need for songs carrying their message! Strong Love arrives as both celebration and reminder that whilst we’ve come a long way (baby), there’s still lots to do. Here are 15 songs voicing frustrations and longings from a period where gays were fighting much harsher intolerances. You’ll find earnest hippy protest songs from Everyone Involved and Charlie Murphy, which sound unfortunately comedic today. But when Murphy sings of his “Gay spirit singing in our hearts leading VD us through these troubled times”, any laughs from the dated musical style get quashed by a passion seldom heard today. Political persecution is told of in Robert Campbell’s Dreamboy (“Writing our love on the prison walls”) and of religious hounding in Mike Cohen’s Evil & Lusty (“I’m all that you say/I’ll burn Judgement Day”). There is gaiety at this party, too. The OTT cabaret salaciousness of Hots For A Hustler by Scrumbly & Martin is hysterical (“He doesn’t fill needs/He only fills holes”).

When Somebody That I Used To Know first surfaced on the radio, people all over the world reached for the volume knob to turn up their stereo. By the time Gotye’s super-single was crowned victor of triple j’s Hottest 100 LIVE Vol 19, a lot of those people weren’t as enthused as they initially were, and even more weren’t at all surprised he took out number one. In fact, there were few real surprises this year. If you listened to the countdown on Australia Day you would have noticed the same songs that were ranking were those they flog on any other day. While there were no surprises, the overall quality of ‘11’s Hottest 100 puts most other years to shame. The quality that made its way into the top 100 ensured that the war didn’t end on Australia day. The real winners are those who end up on the actual CD. The countdown may be voted by the public, but what goes on behind the scenes in determining which 42 artists make it into the compilation? For example, why did The Strokes, who came in at 41 with their song Under Cover Of Darkness, not make the cut? It shall forever remain a mystery what magic formula the suits at triple j use to pump out the final product.

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Empty Hands is triple j fodder through-and-through, with a bit of Matt Corby-esque cooing, some soaring Temper Trap-like guitars and powerful vocals from Caleb Hodges in the chorus asking to “Love me like a hearbeat”, all adding up to high rotation. Thankfully it’s also done incredibly well, and Art Of Sleeping continue Brisbane’s current dominance in the realm of superior quality indie pop-rock acts. Relatively fresh, it remains to be seen if they’ll rise above peers like Last Dinosaurs and Ball Park Music, or get lost in the spin cycle.

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Downbeat electronica has been all the rage over the past year; James Blake, The Weeknd, Washed Out… basically half of Pitchfork’s top 50 albums of 2011. Enter Chet Faker, taking his rightful place as a prominent member of the Aussie low-fi contingent. Packing plenty of soul and hip hop stylings, Thinking In Textures is almost a minialbum at seven tracks, and besides the kinda annoying No Diggity, this is gold. While he’s not doing anything particularly new on a global scale, he’s got post-dubstep/hip hop absolutely down; Cigarettes & Chocolate in particular is beautiful.

There’s soulful messages of positivity from Blackberri and Smokey and funk from The International Gay Society, and if you ever wondered what a queer Dylan would sound like, your answer can be found in Cocksucker Blues by Lavender Country. The booklet exhaustively tells the stories behind each song and Strong Love would certainly make for a gripping documentary. In 2012, we may have many more allies than these songwriters did, but there’s nobody writing songs as important as this. Where are our torch songs for marriage equality? There’s still so much more work to be done, and this compilation might just provide the motivation.

“2011 was the year of the guest vocal,” triple j announcer Zan Rowe says on the insert of the CD booklet, and she couldn’t be more correct. Collaboration seems key in grabbing the attention of listeners – that extra spice that pushes a song over the edge. All in all, there’s lots of fun vox to be found here. DANIEL CRIBB

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We Were In Tokyo & Then We Woke Up Independent This double A-side single from Melbourne duo Brightly is full of shimmering indie electro-pop, with some folkier elements that bring to mind The Postal Service, with vocals that occasionally (and unfortunately) drift between Australian and an American accents. The first track, Tokyo, in particular falls into this trap, which wouldn’t be such an issue if the vocals weren’t so out-there in the production. Likewise & Then We Woke Up, which kinda just drifts along to nowhere and definitely doesn’t warrant existence as just a single. The puzzle pieces are there, they just need to be put together properly.

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The Mystic EP L2S Recordings DYP is a much-loved member of Perth’s bass community, and here lies his debut EP. The opening (and title) track is a summery 2-step number that kicks things off nicely, before Rekab joins him on Call To Arms, a thinker filled with vocal samples, sirens and tricky percussion. This scribe’s penchant for house makes Prayin’ a winner with soulful vocals and plenty of piano vibes, while UK producer Whistla’s re-work of Everyday brings some tougher bass to finish up.

THE TEMPER TRAP Need Your Love Liberation/Universal Need Your Love is The Temper Trap’s first official single from their much-anticipated follow-up, and it’s a ballsy choice. While the already-released single Rabbit Hole fits The TT mould to perfection, Need Your Love sounds rather different, with new-wave synth and a falsetto-less vocal. But the pounding drums are still there, and the soaring (if at times repetitive) chorus comes pre-packed for festival dominance, which will no doubt ensue once sophomore LP Rabbit Hole is released. 20 • THE DRUM MEDIA

WHITE RABBITS

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If one was to pick a word to describe what White Rabbits do well, it would be ‘dynamics’. Their ability to string together odd passages of instrumentation and variations in melody in a single track, and still make it entirely accessible, is such that even if you put one of their records on as background music you’d find yourself helplessly drawn in and involved. Milk Famous is the third instalment for the Brooklynbased sextet, and it definitely follows the trend.

Adult contemporary is a strange beast. By its nature, it runs the risk of losing all edges and becoming too smooth. Like a pebble in the ocean, the best ones still have their own shape and charm, enforcing their own charisma on the polish. Peter Chapman’s voice is the keystone that No Music No Soul is built around. His background as a contestant at age 11 on Young Talent Time qualifies his place as a singer and performer on that particular entertainment landscape of adult contemporary. He fits in with the David Campbell and Human Nature aesthetic, but without the foray into Vegas. Instead, he keeps things close to home.

Generally when you get wind of a Best Of release, the musician in question is over 50, considered attractive only by your mother and clearly desperate to revive their deteriorating career by reminding the world of their once monumental importance. Therefore, it was surprising when Australia’s little blonde soloist Sia announced the release of her own Best Of, although not entirely unwarranted: while she may be young, her 15-plus-year career has encompassed Mercury and Grammy-nominated albums, four Aria awards, #1 worldwide charting singles and collaborations with artists such as Christina Aguilera, Four Tet, David Guetta and Nick Valensi.

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As often happens as a band progresses, Milk Famous is slicker than previous records. It’s most notable in the vocals, which are erratic and somewhat raw on previous full-length It’s Frightening, but enjoy a degree of production and effect here. Milk Famous is also incredibly danceable; maybe it’s the two drummers (is it just me, or is the double percussion set-up becoming more and more abundant?) or perhaps it’s the genius bass lines which feature so phatly. Either way, White Rabbits have achieved a groove here which is undeniably solid. Single Temporary, which has been receiving high rotation on the jays of late and received single of the week in this mag, is a good indicator of the kind of shaking you can expect your butt to be doing. Intelligently crafted and experimental, Milk Famous is definitely a step forward for these lads. It’s early days as yet, but Milk Famous definitely makes the shortlist for this reviewer’s album of the year so far, and if this is the sort of calibre we can expect from the band, then one can only hope they prove as prolific as their namesake. ANDY SNELLING

The title track opens proceedings with a strong rhythm. It’s some sort of mission statement from Chapman that sets the tone for the rest of the album. The lyrics delve into some tough personal territory, including his role as a husband, a father and the ordeal of losing a child. It’s a fitting portrait of Chapman and where he’s at now with the release of this album, a family man who’s gone through growth and loss. That personal element of the lyrics is a defining element of No Music No Soul. It all comes off as well-executed, but lacking something. While the lyrics might be personal, that unfortunately doesn’t make them instantly moving or captivating. The songs come together like a checklist of verses, choruses, bridges and rhythm, suffering from what ails many other similar records – it all fits together with more than decent performances and production but comes up too smooth and what is essentially uninspired songwriting. JASON KENNY

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The songs selected for this compilation are like a series of little bombs, releasing signals of recognition each time they detonate. Tracks such as Breathe Me and Where I Belong seem to exist on the album to symbolize Sia’s softer side and her voice’s ability to execute love ballads with effortless poignancy. Titanium – a recent collaboration with David Guetta – is one of the more obviously familiar tracks, having reached #1 worldwide in the past few of months. Meanwhile, the song Destiny reminds us all of her ambient trip hop past with Zero 7 during the early 2000s. It’s hard to pinpoint what exactly makes Sia so unique; perhaps it’s her husky, soulful pipes; perhaps it’s the capriciousness of her pop sound; or perhaps it’s the shiver-inducing power behind her lyrics. This Best Of collection is not an act of desperate self-indulgence, but an 18-song affirmation of Sia’s talent and diversity. SARAH SCAIFE


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THURSDAY 5 Animator’s Hour – a showcase of local animators through eight free screenings, happening each Thursday night until 12 April. Northbridge Plaza, 8:30pm.

SUNDAY 8 Hijacked III: Contemporary Photography from Australia and the UK – more than 24 artists from opposite sides of the globe offer unique photographs ranging from oblique takes on portraiture and collage to snapshots of society at its best and worst. This exhibition presents far reaching photographic practices which question what it means to look, catch or construct images for the 21st Century. Final day. PICA.

MONDAY 9 The Last Metro – the Alliance Française French Film Festival signs off for another year with one hell of a classic film, François Truffaut’s The Last Metro, set in occupied Paris, about an actress (Catherine Deneuve), married to a Jewish theater owner (Gérard Depardieu), who must keep him hidden from the Nazis while doing both of their jobs. The film will be preceded by drinks. Cinema Paradiso, 6pm.

ONGOING The Contemporary Australian Family Photographic Project – showcasing the socio-cultural landscape of Australian family lives and relationships, featuring 58 curated photographic prints

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FotoFreo 2012 – a month-long biennial festival of photography that showcases the work of Australian photographers alongside leading photographers from Asia, Europe, and North America, consisting of exhibitions, projections, portfolio reviews, workshops, film screenings (about photography), and a programme of discussions about the work exhibited and other issues relating to photography. FotoFreo 2012 will include two photographic projects, one by esteemed Magnum photographer Martin Parr, the other by Western Australian photographer Bo Wong. The festival will also feature exhibitions of work from India which will be curated by Devika Daulet Singh. Various locations until 15 April. See fotofreo. com for details.

Long before I ever saw Donnie Darko and developed a somewhat fear of rabbits that makes me shiver when I see a human dressed up as one, Easter was a happy time that was all about Easter egg hunts and watching cartoons about fluffy bunny rabbits wearing waistcoats and making chocolates for kids all around the world. Oh, and it was also about Jesus stuff too…but maybe a little more about fluffy bunny rabbits and getting a Humpty Dumpty Easter egg. Now as the years get on, it is still about getting a Humpty Dumpty Easter egg, but instead of rabbits and searching for chocolate in Mum’s backyard, there is another event to associate with the Easter long weekend and that is the Fremantle Street Arts Festival. In its 14th year, the Fremantle Street Arts Festival brings the whole of the port city to life, encompassing not only the cappuccino strip but stretching out to Victoria Quay and Fremantle Prison. The Fremantle Street Arts Festival bursts with artistic creativity and diversity, taking the humble act of street busking to a new level and transforming well-known spaces in Freo into pop-up venues. This year the festival has joined up with the Slovenian and French governments to bring us The Invasion and Flochard, which not only gives us what are sure to be some amazing performances, but it also further raises the profile of the festival on the international scene. Joining these two artists is a mass of other acts from Canada, USA, Spain, UK, New Zealand, and Argentina. So with all these wonderful performers it is going to be tough to decide who to see and where to go, but there are definitely a few that are on the priority list.

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MILK – the first solo exhibition for Perth artist Mow Skwoz, consisting of creatures, skin demons, and costumed musicians. Bivouac Canteen & Bar, Northbridge until 2 June.

FRENCH FILMMAKER MIA HANSEN-LØVE IS PREPARING TO SEE THE RELEASE OF HER THIRD FILM IN SIX YEARS, GOODBYE FIRST LOVE. SHE SPEAKS TO ANTHONY CAREW ABOUT HER SINGULAR VISION.

Tribute Night – artist Patrick Miller’s first solo exhibition, an exploration into the multi-layered history of light. Miller examines light from different perspectives including as a physical force, a cultural phenomenon, and a philosophical proposition. The show includes three discrete sets of related objects and examines both literal and figurative illumination and reflection. OK Gallery until 29 April.

Mia Hansen-Løve never went to film school. The 31-year-old filmmaker – already three features into an impressive career – doesn’t think it’s remarkable in and of itself, but being an artistic ‘outsider’ is something she identifies with. Hansen-Løve came to filmmaking via the influence of her love interest, the film-critic-turned-auteur Olivier Assayas; making her debut with 2007’s All Is Forgiven after no time in an academy. This would be a meaningless biographical footnote if not for the fact that Hansen-Løve’s pictures move with an unconventional screenwriting rhythm that no one would ever teach, but is only her own. “I try not to think at all about how a story ‘should’ be told. I’ve always had a strong belief in the importance of thinking on your own,” says Hansen-Løve. “When I write, I try to find a way in the structure of

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by 29 photographers from across Australia. The Bakery until 15 April.

The Invasion would have to be a must-see. These pink aliens are from the artist collective LJUD and from all accounts there is no doubting that we will know when they land here. The aliens arrived on Earth in August 2008 in Graz, Austria and since then have been going from city to city making contact with different cultures and causing all sorts of chaos on the way. With Freo next on the hit list, the port is set to be hit by pink – can’t wait! Shay Horay – or the Rubberband Boy as he is also known – is another one that should be worth checking out. With the image of his face being wrapped with rubber bands being used on a lot of the promotional material for the festival, he is bound to attract a fair amount of interest. Horay has three Guinness World Records and, you guessed it, one of them is for the most rubber bands on his face. If you were one of those kids that liked to play hopscotch but then liked to draw stuff on the driveway with the hopscotch chalk even more, then make sure you check out Ulla Taylor, who was also at last year’s festival and is an amazing street artist. It pretty much puts my childhood drawings of chalk flowers/ suns/stick people to absolute shame. Then there are the paid evening shows that feature a range of acts all in one venue. Sunday night’s Little Creature Buskers Cabaret is bound to be entertaining…and maybe a little bit naughty. Having mentioned just a smidgeon of what is available there is no doubt that there is something for everyone at the Fremantle Street Arts Festival. The hard part will be trying to fit in everything you want to see. Happy Easter everyone!

all my films that reflects my own way of seeing things and my own experiences, not the established rules of scriptwriting... I have troubles with the way some young filmmakers write scripts; they just feel so conventional to me. Sometimes even in films I like very much. There’s something in the way that they write where I can tell they’re trying to apply the rules that they’ve been told about the efficiencies of scriptwriting.” Her latest oddly-moving picture, Goodbye First Love, chronicles a young love affair over a period of years; intense teenage infatuation unfolding into a portrait of two kids turning into adults. It’s about “love and the impossibility of turning a page”, “the passing of time”, “[love] that starts so very young and doesn’t ever really go away”, and “how you become who you are”. The filmmaker talks about taking

inspiration from ’60s acid-folkies the Incredible String Band, specifically their jam First Girl I Loved. It’s telling, because music plays a key part in Hansen-Løve’s particular aesthetic. “I don’t work with composers, so I feel very free with my choices of music,” she offers. “I enjoy trying to find music that is both pertinent and to-the-point of the film, but also unexpected, and will give it a new colour. I enjoy creating my own language with the use of music. I love to not use music for a long stretch of the film – 20 minutes, 25 minutes – and then put in one song, one really important song that you will really listen to because it comes after this silence.” Her idiosyncratic use of pop songs was never more unexpected than at the end of her masterful Father Of My Children – a radically bissected drama inspired by the life of the late producer Humbert Balsan – when

Hansen-Løve flogged the musical dead-horse of Doris Day’s Que Sera Sera without irony. “I feel very sincere about music; I try not to care about what other people think, I try to just be honest to my own sensibility,” she offers. “My mother used to sing that to me as a child, because of Hitchock’s [The Man Who Knew Too Much]. So I’ve always loved that song; Que Sera Sera has always moved me. I knew that some people would be shocked by the use of the song, like it was a bad selection, but it was so perfect for that ending: it’s a mother singing to her children about life going on.”

of an undertaking than a more traditional Tripod show, it was one that was close to his heart, as an avid gamer. The show has been resurrected onto DVD, but Scod says he’d still love to tour it through the D&D heartland; the USA.

get people in who weren’t there to see Tripod, they were just there to see a musical about D&D. It’s nice occasionally to play to a blank slate, people who don’t compare what you’re doing to what you did last year. I think the other two have moved on from this show – but I still always wonder how it’d go in the US.” WHAT: Tripod: Men Of Substance WHEN & WHERE: Astor Theatre Thursday 3 May to Saturday 5 as part of Perth International Comedy Festival

WHAT: Goodbye First Love WHERE & WHEN: Screening in cinemas from Thursday 5 April

AGE SHALL NOT WEARY THEM HAVING SATED THEIR DRAGONSLAYING URGES, BELOVED COMEDY BAND TRIPOD ARE BACK AND ARMED WITH A BRAND NEW SHOW ABOUT GROWING UP, MEN OF SUBSTANCE. SCOD TALKS TO BAZ MCALISTER ABOUT STARING DOWN THE BARREL OF AGE 40. When Drum Media buzzes Scod from Tripod, he’s ensconced in a Melbourne cafe, working feverishly on the one thing he probably takes more seriously than writing a Tripod show – the speech for his bandmate Yon’s imminent 40th birthday party. “I’ve known him since we were 20,” he says. “I’m turning 40 this year too, in August, but first I’ve got the speech for Yonnie’s 40th to write. I’ve just been doing free association at this point – I could read it out to you, but it would sound like the ravings of a lunatic. I’m trying to find the fine balance between ripping shit through him, and genuine affection. Story of my life. I’ve done a lot of ripping shit through him, so maybe I’ll go more for the affectionate.” In many ways, 50 per cent of Scod’s job is ripping shit through Yonnie – when the third member of the trio, Gatesy, isn’t doing it. “Just

for the record, Yon thinks of half of those gags where we’re ripping shit through him – just so people know!” says Scod. After a spectacular dalliance with Dungeons & Dragons-inspired musical theatre last year, Tripod have dialled things back to their more traditional cabaret show style – three men, two guitars, the occasional trumpet, and a whole heap of brand new, spectacularly funny and occasionally moving songs. “It is all about realising that we’re near 40, and wondering if we’ve grown up at all, and wondering whether it actually matters,” Scod says. “But we’re really proud of all the new songs we’ve written for this one – we’ve been testing them out in the clubs around Melbourne. We think it’ll make a great record.” Scod says that while Tripod Versus The Dragon was somewhat more

“I still harbour little dreams of touring the US with Tripod Versus The Dragon,” he says. “We performed it there for a few shows just while we were creating the show [while in residence at the Massachussetts Museum of Contemporary Art], and it was liberating because we’d


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MAKING CONNECTIONS

THEATRE REVIEW

LOCAL DANCER AND CHOREOGRAPHER CLAUDIA ALESSI SPEAKS TO MARCIA CZERNIAK ABOUT HER DEBUT FULLLENGTH PIECE IN THIS AND HOW WE CAN ALL FIND MEANING IN MOVEMENT. Technology and our interaction with it is the basis of local dancer Claudia Alessi’s debut full-length contemporary dance work, In This, presented by STRUT. But don’t think she is taking a stand on our dependency on the wonders of the modern world. “We live in such a technologically laden world. This is merely a comment and not a judgement, as I personally could not live without it,� says Alessi. “What I have observed and what’s driven my research into the wee hours of the morning over the past few months is how the Internet is affecting us both positively and negatively. How our social behaviours have changed and are continuing to shift and morph. I’m looking at how even though we seem more connected via technology, that’s the very thing that separates us and makes us more isolated from each other.� Alessi’s work on In This began two years ago with a development that started as a small residency with STRUT focusing on connections, how they are made and how they break down. “I had three dancers, plus the ideas of working with physical connections, remaining connected and exploring Auslan sign language as a way of generating movement material,� Alessi explains.

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Since 2010, the work has been developed further and will also incorporate audience interaction, where they will be asked to contribute their personal interactions with technology in the form of a questionnaire. “These questions will be collated during the show and delivered or displayed during the work for the audience to read and again give an insight into themselves and those around them,� says Alessi. While a lot of time, effort and personal funds have gotten Alessi to where she is now with the piece, the efforts have paid off, with In This being the first independent dance work to be held at Studio Underground. “It’s been a long time in the planning. I thought I was going to miss out on the opportunity when some funding fell through last year, but it’s all worked out and we’re in. Being the first dance production into the space isn’t the most important element to me. What is important is that we are presenting dance in a new venue on a new platform that carries with it the excitement of a new and interestingly designed space in Perth and the prestige of the State Theatre Centre as a new venue for contemporary dance.� Alessi’s background in movement through her work in not only dance

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but acrobatics, aerial work, physical theatre, puppetry and film has also allowed her to come to where she is now, moving into directing dance and working with her company, Complesso.

perspective and integrating the theatre into it. By theatre, I don’t mean text or script, but the other elements key to our production that sit along side the movement to enhance the theme.

“A diverse dance background helps me with every project I undertake, as it’s the make up of who I am becoming as a director of dance. So far for this work it has helped with seeing dance from a different

“The Company is about establishing a collection and collective of likeminded people who work in a whole and integrated manner. I’m interested in continuing my work regionally as well as presentation on professional

platforms and hope to act as a safe place for performing arts discovery and creation of interesting and diverse work. I feel that by being able to do this, contemporary dance, alongside physical theatre, will become more accessible and popular to our mainstream audience. “It’s been a natural progression for me. I haven’t ceased to dance as a performing artist, I’m merely sidetracked with directing. And I’m

Regal Theatre Taking their seats for Les Ballet Eloelle’s (get it?!) new show Men In Pink Tights, the audience was informed by the chatty MC that the dancers were in a very good mood. Minutes into the first act, it appeared that was an understatement. Prancing and pliĂŠ-ing hither and thither, and dressed in full drag, the male dancers were gleeful in their hammy approach to what is oft viewed as a highbrow art. The show was funny in a Charlie Chaplin kind of way – slapstick sight gags – eliciting hoots and hollers (and even the odd snort) from the gallery. The technical ability of some of the principal dancers also made for several ‘wow’ moments, making this more than a standard comedy gig. At three acts (two-and-a-half hours), the show was a tad long and the jokes somewhat repetitive towards the end, but all in all it was rollicking good fun. Season finished Rebekah Barnett four and a half months pregnant, so I’m supposedly taking a step back for a while!â€? WHAT: In This WHERE & WHEN: Studio Underground, State Theatre Centre of WA Wednesday 18 April to Saturday 21

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WEST COAST BLUES’N’ROOTS FREMANTLE OVAL, 01/04/12

Now in its ninth year, West Coast Blues’n’Roots has become a fully-fledged international music festival, this year’s event providing a line-up and level of organisation to rival any other – a welcome reprieve to the issues that have plagued this year’s festival season. This year’s local contingent saw the chilled-out aesthetic that both Felicity Groom and Ruby Boots frontwomen provide getting the day off to a great start. The Seals continued the cool casualness; the band looked to be having as much fun as humanly possible up on stage, a vibe only slightly brought down by the small size of the crowd. Then the first in a long line of legends to play on the day, Zydecats worked as a platform for the massively talented and world-renowned Lucky Oceans to have a jam on stage with his mates. Playing through a number of Dude Ranch tracks but also a bunch of new material, the ‘Cats never took themselves too seriously. In contrast to the geography of their homeland, Canadian quartet The Sheepdogs peddle powerful southern rock with great authority. They were just the tonic to rouse the midday crowd and impressed here with tightness and great showmanship. Steve Earle took control of the main stage and displayed all the musical prowess that has seen him remain at the top for three decades. Set staple Copperhead Road was all gravelly vocals and thumping drums, while the rich mandolin that underpins Galway Girl was a highlight. By the time Portland natives Blitzen Trapper took to the Big Top stage, the crowd throughout Fremantle Oval was generating a healthy festival buzz. Though frontman Eric Earley is quite clearly the band’s driving force, there was great enjoyment to be taken from the contributions of other members. Guitarist Erik Menteer, for instance, delivered a number of rampaging solos that were flawless, as witnessed on the excellent Fletcher. The anticipation prior to the appearance by blues oracle Buddy Guy was electric, and bedecked in a sharp red shirt, Guy ran through tracks like She’s 19 Years Old and Nobody Understands Me But My Guitar, the latter containing some truly magical sonic moments. Despite his advancing years, Guy’s energy was as strong and vibrant as ever, and his inimitable axe work was buffeted by a band of the highest order. By the time Crosby, Stills & Nash hit the main stage, the punters were loosened up, and this set

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Topping off a month-long celebration for their tenth birthday with a secret show that’ll be ADALITA remembered for at least another decade, our hats off to the Norfolk Basement.

MAD FOR MEXICAN With the tasty El Publico and Mad Mex opening last week alone, this current Mexican food boom is hitting all our right spice spots.

FIGHT CLUB Throwing Pope-sniffer Cardinal George Pell and gun-slinging atheist Richard Dawkins in the ring for a Q&A Easter special this coming Monday is bound to provide even better viewing than a fight between the Easter bunny and Bruce Willis.

managed to get those of even the comparable generation to CSN dancing between their cardboard seats. Now most definitely elders of the world (David Crosby currently looks like a cross between Santa Claus and a hobo), the trio nevertheless still have their sets down perfectly. Mingling through their albums, tracks from Deja Vu, CSN and Daylight Again being highlights, they met and exceeded the already high expectations of everyone in attendance. Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue were one of the day’s surprise packages, with Shorty aka Troy Andrews leading his band through a spectacular mix of funk and jazz. Andrews ability to sustain a note was, at times, truly extraordinary. The Specials lit up their debut Perth performance and had the huge crowd bouncing with great energy. The band’s many members were full of punch and singer Terry Hall was in fine form, his laconic vocals adding nuance to tracks like Too Much Too Young. Easily topping the day for the largest crowd pilgrimage (and quite possibly of the season), the wall of people that met Drum as we made our way to The Pogues meant that the ten minutes meant working our way through the crowd. Thankfully the masters of Irish drinking songs provided a pretty amazing set. Despite looking a lot better than he did around ten years ago, Shane McGowan is obviously still plagued by the problems brought up by his excessive lifestyle, and his constant butchering of vocal duties took away from the band’s raw power. However, he stood (albeit sometimes shakily) and took it like a proper frontman, and the unity the band portrayed meant that the group were as compelling as they could’ve been. An initially small crowd greeted co-headliners My Morning Jacket (thanks to the aforementioned Pogues exodus), but they tore into a setlist with all the intensity that has seen them become one of rock’s finest live bands. Recent cuts like Victory Dance and Circuital were just brilliant, while the acoustic fave Golden saw Jim James’ vocals soaring beautifully. It was a performance that slapped an exclamation mark on proceedings but, with several albums and a predilection for long sets, one hour simply wasn’t enough. All in all, there was too much seen to pick a favourite, the day filled with musical awesomeness. CAM FINDLAY & RICK BRYANT

BACKLASH SICKQUELS

Dumb & Dumber 2, a Total Recall remake, Anchorman 2… Obviously Hollywood thinks vomiting is an original idea.

STEVE JOBS To be played by Ashton Kutcher? Yep, the film world really has gone completely fucking bonkers.

GOOD BALLS Back pats to the Force, Wildcats, Glory, Dockers, Fever and Eagles for all doing us proud last week. Wipe that goofy smile off your face though, we’re betting this will never, ever happen again. LANIE LANE PIC BY CC HUA

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DEAD MEADOW, PINK MOUNTAINTOPS @ THE BAKERY LA ‘70s-psych-inspired juggernaut Dead Meadow team up with Vancouver legends Pink Mountaintops for one hell of a double bill this Easter Saturday 7 April at The Bakery. Forming in Washington DC more than a decade ago over a shared love of ‘70s hard-rock, ‘60s psychedelia and J.R.R. Tolkien, Dead Meadow’s five studio records deal in reverb-heavy riffage and thudding stoner beats. With a live show that takes audiences on a feedback-soaked, expansive journey, Dead Meadow left Perth reeling after their appearance in 2010. Pink Mountaintops are the side project of Black Mountain’s Stephen McBean. Since 2004, the band has released three records juggling sounds from Smog-esque folk to crazed psych romps with the swagger of the Velvet Underground. Supported suitably by Perth stoner riff masters The Devil Rides Out and local psych/fuzz specialists Sugarpuss, tickets $39 plus BF via Life Is Noise for a night off Easter egged-out, psychedelic bliss.

DRUM MEDIA IS PROUD TO PRESENT SHOWS INCLUDING: HOT CROSS BUNS: TONITE ONLY, THE MEDICS, YESYOU and more: APR 5 Amplifier/Capitol + KISS MY WAMI LAUNCH: SEAN POLLARD, RUNNER, HUSBAND, RUSSIAN WINTERS, THE STOOPS: APR 12 The Bakery PASSENGER: APR 13 Fly By Night SNEAKY SOUND SYSTEM: APR 14 Villa LAST DINOSAURS: APR 14 Amplifier INCUBATE: SONPSILO CIRCUS, WOLVES AT THE DOOR, LUCY PEACH, SLACKJAW, AMANDA MERDZAN, NATASHA SHANKS, JAMES HALL & more: APR 15 Kings Square, Fremantle JAY & SILENT BOB: APR 18 The Astor Theatre BLUEJUICE, LOON LAKE, THE CAIROS: APR 19 Settlers Tavern; APR 20 Capitol BIG SCARY: APR 20 Amplifier IN THE PINES: BENEDICT MOLETA, DROWNING HORSE, THE GHOST HOTEL, THE LOVE JUNKIES, SMRTS, SUGAR ARMY, SUNSHINE BROTHERS and more: APR 22 Somerville Auditorium, UWA + DUB FX & FLOWER FAIRY: APR 24 Rosemount Hotel BLEEDING KNEES CLUB, DUNE RATS: APR 25 Indi Bar; APR 26 Prince Of Wales; APR 27 Amplifier; APR 28 Mojo’s HOODOO GURUS, REDD KROSS, THE FLESHTONES: APR 28 Astor Theatre GOSSLING: MAY 2 Little Creatures Loft; MAY 3 The Bird FU MANCHU, BLACK COBRA, MATT SONIC & THE HIGH TIMES: MAY 5 Rosemount Hotel BOY & BEAR: MAY 10 Albany Entertainment Centre; MAY 11 Bunbury Entertainment Centre; MAY 12 Fremantle Arts Centre DEAD LETTER CIRCUS, FAIR TO MIDLAND, TWELVE FOOT NINJA: MAY 11 Metropolis

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Fremantle; MAY 12 Capitol KIM CHURCHILL, MICROWAVE JENNY: MAY 16 Settlers Tavern; MAY 17 Dunsborough Tavern; MAY 18 Prince Of Wales; MAY 19 Norfolk Basement; MAY 20 Indi Bar ANDREW WK, ALEISTER X: MAY 17 The Bakery GROOVIN’ THE MOO: ANDREW WK, BIG SCARY, BLUEJUICE, CITY & COLOUR, THE GETAWAY PLAN, GOLD FIELDS, KAISER CHIEFS, MATT CORBY, PARKWAY DRIVE, SAN SISCO, WAVVES, 360, ADRIAN LUX, BENI, BALL PARK MUSIC, DIGITALISM, HERMITUDE, HILLTOP HOODS, MUSCLES, MUTEMATH, NAYSAYER & GILSUN, PUBLIC ENEMY, PURPLE SNEAKERS DJS, STILLWATER GIANTS, BROW HORN ORCHESTRA, RAINY DAY WOMEN, NEEDING CHERIE: MAY 19 Hay Park, Bunbury + KINGS OF SOUND FESTIVAL: MAY 19 Rosemount Hotel + WAMI FESTIVAL: MAY 26-JUN 2 Various Venues ONGOING: GIGNITION: Upcoming band showcases 5-9pm fortnightly on Sundays at Swan Basement CULTURE CLASH: Party tunes every second Thursday at The Newport Hotel

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EASTER BUNNIES DRUM GOES EASTER EGG HUNTING WITH THE BANDS PLAYING HOT CROSS BUNS AT AMPLIFIER/CAPITOL TONIGHT, THURSDAY 5 APRIL. Queensland band. Hottest buns in Australian music? Peter Combe, obviously. What’s next for you? We are hoping to release our debut EP in the next few months and our first interstate shows are also coming up in the next month.

CUB SCOUTS WITH TIM NELSON (VOCALS/PIANO) FROM: Brisbane. Your sound: Pop but not ‘normal’ pop. Band’s name comes from? Everybody thinks we all look like babies, so we thought Cub Scouts was kind of fitting. Your band has been around since: We’ve been playing as Cub Scouts for about six months. Band’s greatest strength? We don’t get sick of each other, ever. Band’s worst gig ever and why? When we first started playing together as Tim Nelson, Dan forgot to bring his drumsticks to the show, so I ended up just playing keys and singing solo. The worst bit was that the entire audience I was playing to was made up of the four other members of the band plus one friend that came. I guess it was kind of good that Dan forgot his sticks or the audience would have been one fifth of the size. Band’s best gig ever and why? Our Brisbane show on our recent tour with Pluto Jonze was really fun. It was the first time we’d played in our hometown since our single Evie had had a bit of a run on triple j and there were lots of people singing along which was weird and nice for us. Best achievement? We ate 12 ice-creams between five of us for breakfast and none of us felt sick. Any gig in history which would it be and why? I wouldn’t have to travel that far back in history. Splendour 2010 was so good. Favourite hangover cure? More drinks. Favourite Perth band? San Cisco! Favourite bands from your state? Last Dinos, Ball Park Music, Millions, Jungle Giants. Biggest bands you’ve supported? We played at Laneway earlier this year. Can we claim that whole line-up as bands we’ve supported? Our ultimate groupie would be…a Nandos Master Griller. Fame for your band would mean…being carried down the red carpet in five giant eggs. Any members play in other bands? Zoe plays drums in The Madisons, an all-girl Brisbane band. You should check them out! Also, Dan plays drums in The Dream The Chase. Any releases out? We’ve released two singles Evie and Do You Hear they’re both available for free download on triple j Unearthed, or you can buy them on iTunes! Any releases on their way? We’ll be releasing our debut EP soon! More info: Facebook.com/cubscouts. WHEN & WHERE: Ball Park Music Tour: Saturday 7 April, Amplifier, Perth; Sunday 8, Newport Hotel, Fremantle

THE MEDICS (QLD) WITH ANDY THOMSON (GUITAR) Your sound? The influences of the band have changed over the years that we have been together, with every member’s personal taste making an impact on the sound and the songs. Brief history? Formed in Cairns; released This Boat We Call Love EP in 2010; Unearthed in 2010; won a Deadly Award for Best Band in 2010; have played Big Day Out, Laneway, Woodford, Dreaming, Peats Ridge and Groovin’ the Moo Festivals; and toured with The Grates and Birds Of Tokyo in 2011. With such a hotly-crossed line-up, what are you expecting? The line-up looks really good on paper and we have already met a few of the bands on the bill, so we are expecting a fun party with Perth becoming more familiar every time we get across. What Easter antics will you bring to the show? Haven’t really thought about any extra antics to bring, we were hoping there would be loads of Easter eggs lining the walls of the room. Who are you most looking forward to crossing eyes with? Last time we were in Perth we got to catch the Stillwater Giants on and off the stage, so there’s a good time to be had, as well as YesYou, being a fellow Brisbane band making the trip over, we would like to show them our support. Hottest buns in Australian music? Really looking forward to hearing what The Temper Trap have come up with for their new record, but for current acts on their debut albums, I feel 360 has the most momentum for how he has played the ball. What’s next for you? You Built Walls tour to support Joseph in April. Just made a video for the next single Griffin, and the album Foundations is out everywhere on 18 May.

YESYOU (QLD) Your sound? We’ve been listening to Foster the People, Miike Snow and Friendly Fires lately. Brief history? After being in a (terrible) high school band together, we began writing and recording together at the end of 2010. We released our first single Half Of It in May 2011 with little expectations, and have been collaborating with lots of different Australian artists (Emma Louise, DZ Deathrays, Marcus from Jinja Safari). What are you expecting? We have never been to Perth before, but we’ve heard it’s a beautiful city. So we’re expecting beautiful people, beautiful landscapes and beautiful hot buns. What Easter antics will you bring to the show? The promo clip for Hot Cross Buns has a bunch of girls in bikinis wrestling and throwing cake. We have asked then to join us on stage. We hope they deliver. Who are you most looking forward to crossing eyes with? We are keen to see The Medics, another

Fat Shan returns to the Norfolk Basement for Fat Thursdays At The Folk, April 5. The line-up features The Silent World, Lanark and Antelope, $10 from 8pm. This will also be The Silent World’s last gig for a little while, so head down and say goodbye – for now!

OUT OF THE BALL PARK

After two entries into last week’s Hottest 100, Ball Park Music strike out with their most ambitious national tour yet – The 180 Degree Tour. Joined by Brisbane’s Cub Scouts and locals Stillwater Giants, they play Amplifier Saturday 7 April and Newport Hotel Sunday 8, tickets via Oztix, Moshtix, Heatseeker and the usuals. 26 • THE DRUM MEDIA

From Saturday 7 Friday-13 April Benedict Moleta will be putting on an extended exhibition of his photography at The Kurb Gallery in Northbridge He’ll also be playing some tunes of his own on opening night from 7pm.

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STILLWATER GIANTS WITH HENRY ‘CHOIRBOY’ CLARK (VOCALS/GUITAR). Your sound? Surf-pop/rock/indie. Brief history? Well, we all met in a jail cell in East Perth lock-up one night a few years back! Big night. This wasn’t the first time Angus (drummer) had been there too. All four spoke of music and reflected on previous failed fame and fortune. Since that fateful night we released our debut EP in August 2011, which has been getting a bit of a spin on triple j. We also recently won the Unearthed competition to play at this year’s Groovin’ the Moo Festival, and were stoked to grab a slot at Future Music 2012. Easter antics? Probably throw hot cross buns at people, drink beer, and bring Kyle’s pet rabbit (named Hatred) onto stage to cut looooooose… And also play our miserable excuse for music. Most looking forward to crossing eyes with? We recently played alongside The Medics as a part of the surfing contest festival in Margaret River and digged their vibe – looking forward to seeing them again. The Brow Horn Orchestra always put on a good show, and I’m definitely getting my dance on for YesYou as well. Hottest buns in Australian music? Well apart from Kyle

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SCENIC WITH ERIC HARRISON & ADAM TUCKER Your sound? Cosmic, atmospheric, progressive, pop. Brief history? We’ve been together for one and a half years. Our first release was a single on Joakim’s label Tigersushi Records out of Paris. Last year we released a 12’ on Future Classic, and recently we released a 7” vinyl with Brisbane band Mitzi as part of a Le Coq Sportif and Future Classic collaboration. What Easter antics will you bring to the show? Chocolate eggs for your ears. Who are you most looking forward to crossing eyes with? We are excited to see YesYou do their thing. We’ve played alongside Stillwater Giants before and keen to see them again. Hottest buns in Australian music? Jagwar ma, Erik Omen, Pond. What makes you crossest? Chocolate hot cross buns, original are so much better. What’s next for you? Currently we are working on the next release coming out later this year on Future Classic. We are also planning an east coast visit in the very near future.

The Easter weekend is set to be a big one at The Mustang Bar. Thursday 5 April Adam Hall & The Velvet Playboys take to the stage for some swingin’ good times, with Party Rockers also playing. After a Good Friday break Saturday 7 hosts The Continentals and 10 Cent Billionaire. Sunday 8 dust off the cowboy boots for Peter Busher & The Lone Rangers from 6pm, with Blue Gene stopping by for a late-night gig. Easter Monday Marco & the Alley Cats will be finishing off a massive Mustang long weekend.

A positive feel good folk-rock outfit with homegrown, life-inspired tunes, Arons Crusade are a diverse electric mix of folk, roots and rock. They play Indi Bar Sunday 8 April, supported by surf-pop-soul three-piece Saint Ravine and folk-pop lad Ryan Webb for $5 from 6pm.

GUN TRIGGERS

Forming under a new name after the break-up of former local Perth punk band Cameo Thieves, Listening For Triggers launch their debut self-titled EP Thursday 5 April at The Civic Hotel Den. They’re supported by Afraid Of Heights, Them Orphans and The History Of, $10 from 8pm. $5 hard copies of the EP will be available.

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(bass)’s sexy buns, we love to follow some of the local music like Sons Of Rico and Sugar Army. There is a lot of good Aussie music out there. Angus has a crush on Matt Corby… What makes you crossest? When Angus forgets to take his medication and starts tripping out, Kyle keeps getting pink eye, and Tom (lead guitarist) loses demerit points. What’s next for you? We are about to start recording our second EP in a couple of weeks. We will release it in September, along with a state and national tour. We are also playing in Perth alongside Ball Park Music April 6 and 7, as well as Last Dinosaurs April 14 and 15.

SUN CITY Your sound? Summery electro-pop. Brief history: We had our first live show exactly one year ago…12 weeks later we got booked to open the main stage at Parklife. Since then we’ve played at the likes of Stereosonic, Summadayze, NYE on the foreshore, Sets On The Beach and Speakeasy. We also released our debut self-titled EP in September last year and have had two tracks sitting in the top 10 on the triple j Unearthed charts for the past six weeks. With such a hotly-crossed line-up, what are you expecting? With guys like Electonic and Limelite behind the scenes on this one, we can’t expect anything less than lots of shenanigans, a huge crowd and some great live tunes. Who are you most looking forward to crossing eyes with? We’re pretty keen to meet the headliner Tonite Only. Those guys hold a record for the ARIA Dance Music Charts that is pretty darn impressive! They also make some crazy awesome music. Hottest buns in Australian music? Brooke from Owl Eyes. She’s got some pretty hot buns. In a totally Easterish sense, of course. What makes you crossest? Falling off skateboards. What’s next for you? We’re currently buried neck-deep in keyboards in our studio producing our next EP. If all goes to plan, it’ll be released during winter. Keep up to date at facebook.com/livefromsuncity. SET TIMES: AMPLIFIER 9.15 - 9.45 10.00 - 10.45 11.00 - 12.00 12.15 - 1.15 The Medics 1.30 - 2.30 2.30 - 3.00 CAPITOL: 9.00 - 9.45 9.45 - 10.30 Sun City 10.30 - 11.30 11.30 - 12.30 12.30 - 2.00 Tonite Only 2.00 - 3.00 CAPITOL UPSTAIRS: 10.00 - 11.15 11.15 - 12.30 12.30 - 1.30 1.30 - 3.00

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EASTER EGG HUNT

Thursday 5 April Mojo’s hosts a big blues and indie-rock party to kick off the Easter break, featuring Red Engine Caves, Shimmergloom, The Crooked Cats, The Vans, Misty Mountain, Wrongtown, The Beers and Sirens Of Sounds. Doors 6.30pm, free ‘til 8.30 and $10 after. There’ll be an easter egg hunt, five free beers for the person with the best party shoes and more.

BAD THINGS

Before Good Friday there was…Bad Thursday, April 5 at the Rocket Room. Blunt Force Trauma, Reapers Riddle, Gates Of Perdition and Accursed will be nourishing your metal needs with a array of original local music while you thrash your heads and get festive. DJ Brett Rowe spins all your favourite tracks in between.


MAT & MATT

Sublime With Rome have – in addition to Mat McHugh (The Beautiful Girls) – added local lad Matt Gresham as support for their Wednesday 11 April show at Metropolis Fremantle. After inspiring performances around the world and playing festivals with such artists as Ben Harper, John Mayer and Jools Holland, Gresham’s live act has proven to mesmerise new audiences.

BLU MAN GROUP

Josh Bennett, Andrew Clermont and Parvyn Kaur are all members of the Dya SinghWorld Music Group, who have been twice awarded by the World Music Group of Australia for their Sikh devotional music. They also play in out-there bluegrass band, The Lawnmowers. Playing together as Blu Guru, catch them at Kulcha in Fremantle Saturday 7 April, $20 via kulcha.com.au.

WASH BEATER RETURN PLANS

After a massive sold-out tour late last year, Cold Chisel release their first new studio album in 14 years tomorrow. No Plans features 13 songs and features the final recorded performances by drummer Steve Prestwich. The Aussie rock legends play a special one-off concert at Sandalford Winery in the Swan Valley, Saturday 7 April. Tickets via Ticketek. If that’s not enough, Wednesday 18 April their live show at Sydney’s Horden Pavillion will be screened live to cinemas around the country, including here. Head to cinemalive.com for more info.

DAVEY PICKETT & THE SEANTACLES

IN LIKE FLYNN

Thursday 12 April mini-supergroup Davey Craddock & The Spectacles hit Mojo’s. The band features Sean Pollard from the Split Seconds and Todd Pickett from The Kill Devil Hills, and they’ve been recording and are coming out of their studio hideout to share some golden tunes. San Cisco front guy and girl Josh & Beryl will DJ and Simone & Girlfunkle support live. $8 from 8pm.

Leading Australian jazz vocalist James Flynn returns to the Ellington Jazz Club for two very special nights with two very special ladies; top American Jazz vocalist Cynthia Utterbach and Singapore’s number one female drummer, Audrey Tang. Thursday 5 and Saturday 7 April from 8pm, these two shows promise to deliver a special chemistry between the trio.

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Celebrate Easter early at The Beat Nightclub (formerly Bar Open) Thursday 5 April with a night of crackerjack indie rock’n’roll from 8pm. The massive line-up features Wash, The Spitfires, Mezzanine, Rich Widow and Sulu. Get your ticket from fb.eventpal. com for only $10 and get a free pint on entry.

SKA FACE

Since forming in 1991, French ska-punk stalwarts Skarface have played over 1200 live shows, released 14 albums, and have become regular favourites on the European ska and punk festival circuits. They bring their unique blend of second-wave ska, punk and reggae to Aus’ for the first time playing Mojo’s Sunday 8 April with Special Brew and The Isolites.

FOLLOW THE RUDD

Delicate new album Follow The Sun is the essence of Xavier Rudd’s humble understanding that everything was here before us and will remain, and that every day is a new gift. Rudd winds his way around the country to catch a few waves and reconnect with fans, playing Astor Theatre Thursday 5 April and Palandri Winery, Margaret River Saturday 7. Tickets via xavierrudd.com.

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CIVIC HOTEL BACKROOM, INGLEWOOD 29/03/2012 Custom Royal suited up for a short but spiffy 30-minute set. Cut Me Loose and Careless Robots were pulled-off almost too easily, their untainted, honest, riffy rock with priceless power chords as comfortable in distortion as a pair of old trackie pants. The grunge-less rock sound was impressively refreshing as current times trend in lo-fi obsession. Russian Winters played from their debut album Last Battles with their epic take on indie underscores. Verhoeven and Execution By Electrocution had rich melodies produced by guitar, keys and touches of brass. Vagabond percussion in Pacific was worthy of toe-tapping but layered instrumentals were trodden on by a lack of live performance. Emperors brought electricity with contagious Nirvana-meets-Kisschasey-style punk as a fuzzy blond went mad kicking his Chuck Taylor-ed heels into the ground. Be Ready When I Say Go had the extra zing of female backing vocals and Plastic Guns heard a sing-a-long scenario thanks to triple j plays. British India started habitually late with This Dance Is Loaded drawing all to the floor. The normally present thrash pit was absent, diminishing people-watching opportunities for the more relaxed. Punters were kept happy with the recognisable March Into The Ocean and Vanilla. A slightly awkward moment during Teenage Mother saw front man Declan attempt to be “über indie ja!” by taking off his babysized jock jacket and pulling it over his head, singing the remainder of the song through fabric. More vocal reverb in early and endeared songs Tie Up My Hands and Run The Red Light was new but not off-putting, and You Will Die & I Will Take Over gripped a frizzy-haired fan who climbed on stage to dish out hugs. It was definitely the combination of short songs, old and new, that made Brindia fans blow their load all over the Civic Back Room. INÈS VELOUR

HOLLY THROSBY & THE HELLO TIGERS

NORFOLK BASEMENT, FREMANTLE 31/03/12 The Basement had a warm feel when stepping down from the Fremantle streets, the combination of fairy lights across the ceiling and softly spoken patrons adding to a relaxed atmosphere. Amanda Merdzan stepped to the stage with nothing more than an acoustic guitar and lyrics that caught the ear of everyone in the room. Beautiful songs that were at times introspective and sad, but never felt sorry for themselves, with mid-song banter that was just endearing. When Hang on St Christopher arrived, it was in solo form, taking with him a set of delay and loop pedals in place of the band. The dreamy quality to the songs, the higher pitch to the picking on the guitar and the echo on the vocals, while alluring at first, by the third song made him distant and hard to engage with. Holly Throsby and her two-piece backing band, The Hello Tigers, soon joined us. Throughout a lot of banter amongst mistimed starts, Holly clearly lead the affair with her delicate, at times coy, voice and a keenly melodious touch to the guitar. Happily sharing the stage, she would step back to let the rhythm section shine out through extended outros. Playing through her own back catalogue, a Lucinda Williams cover, and their take on a Seeker Lover Keeper track, they delivered a setlist with variety to satisfy. One particularly odd moment arrived, however, when the band left stage and Holly sat to a solo piece on the keyboard that dropped her out of the eye line of anyone not in the front row. A sensation of being played to by an empty stage ensued. All in all, it was an evening well-spent underground, one I’d encourage any to seek. MIKE BOWRING

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drenched cover of The Temper Trap’s Sweet Disposition. Unsurprisingly the crowd favoured some of their up-beat numbers such as Feel It and Accidentally, which are arguably already bonafide cult favourites for their soaring choruses, sweet lyrics and delicate acoustic melodies. Between numbers, the band took time out to chat with the audience about their inspirations and personal connections to their songs in a friendly and engaging way, proving they are truly earthy and charismatic performers. The closer, Dink You, ended their set on a high note as their enchanting mix of storytelling, classic Australiana sentiment and artful verses resounded well with the audience bringing an utterly captivating and memorable performance to an end. NAOMI DOLLERY

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ADAM ANT

ASTOR THEATRE, MT LAWLEY 01/04/12 The mainly Generation X audience at the decadent Astor were bustling with excitement to catch the first glimpse of the their 1980’s swashbuckling New Wave hero Adam Ant. Born as Stuart Goddard in 1950’s London, he rose to stardom with his band Adam & The Ants and scored numerous top ten hits in the UK, three number ones and even a Grammy nomination for the international hit album Kings Of The Wild Frontier. With the success of Ant’s 2010/11 revival tours in the UK, it was now Australia’s turn to experience the magnetism of the original pirate of pop. From Ant’s own Blue Black Hussar record label, Georgie Girl & Her Poussez Posse kicked off the action with Robert Palmer’s Addicted To Love, which received generous applause. Ironically, the Posse expressed all the charisma and stage presence of Palmer’s abstract band from the 1986 video, appearing rather artificial and robotic. That said, the selection of accessible alternative rock songs were performed well, delivered with seductive vocals from Gerogie. Adam Ant’s newly formed band The Good, The Mad & The Lovely Posse sported two drummers, lead guitar and bass player who all provided backing vocals at various points. Wearing his iconic pirate attire – complete with knee-high boots, navel pants, a dashing bicorne “cocked hat” with feathers and painted face – Ant was welcomed with immense applause. Opening with an early career demo track Plastic Surgery, it was immediately obvious that Ant had not lost any of his captivating stage presence or sex appeal, and the women in the audience voiced their appreciation at any given opportunity. Moving straight into songs from the early albums, Kings Of The Wild Frontier and Dirk Wears White Sox, it took until the eighth track for the distinctive intro of Stand & Deliver to ring out. A song that entered the UK charts and remained there for five weeks, this was just one of the many classic hits that the fans remembered most and sang along to in unison. The punkish sounds and strength of Ant’s vocals were remarkable, the music style and delivery was top rate and easily could be considered contemporary rock if it wasn’t for the fact most songs were two decades old. After 24 songs, the band retired back stage, only to shortly return for two encores, which included the sing-along favourite Prince Charming and two T Rex covers; Get It On and 20th Century Boy. Ending with a B-side Physical (You’re So), some vocal screams and a few final pouts to the crowd, it was all over in a classic finish to a well-rounded, noble show. MICHAEL CAVES

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WOLVES

AMPLIFIER, PERTH 30/03/12 There can be many bittersweet moments in one’s music career, but no doubt launching your debut album as your final show must be one of the biggest. On the topic of launching, Foxes started proceedings and launched into another fine set. Sounding different each time, the five-piece are fast becoming a consistently awesome band, and tonight was no different - an abrasive short set that aroused the appetite like a fine Camembert cheese. If the aforementioned could be looked at as the thinking man’s punk rock, then The Love Junkies would have to be the partying man’s. Bringing big, fat grooves from top to tail, the threepiece rock through simple, succinct, grunge-groove with some hedonistic blues moments that refuse to allow a stationary knee in the room. Having just recorded their debut album, they appear to possess a plethora of material that would serve well on triple j. Providing main support for the evening, Adelaide (via Melbourne)’s Secrets In Scale made the trip over to warm the stage for their headlining friends, and whilst far from their best set, did still deliver the goods. With the amount of talent in the throat and fingers of their boundary-less frontman (let alone the rest of the band), the falsetto wails and prog bursts of the trio can’t not be enjoyed. Also possessing a debut album ready to be launched, the new tracks exhibited more groove and a vocallydriven ornate sound, almost a heavy trip-hop, that should do plenty to outline the band a place of their own. As a headlining act should, Wolves took to the stage and drew the now filling venue into the band room, rising energy levels far above any previous peaks so far. Turning on the extravagance from the first note, the subtext to the night formed a subliminal narrative that entwined itself amongst the theatrical performance. Causing a ruckus from all corners of the stage, the flamboyant vocals added a poignancy and sense of purpose to its angst-driven surroundings. The customary broken bow-string and friends/fans packing on stage illustrated a band who chose to cease on their terms, leaving the paradox that their final show will go down as their finest ringing in the ears of those in attendance. LUKE BUTCHER

THE LITTLE STEVIES

LITTLE CREATURES LOFT, FREMANTLE 29/03/12 The Loft was a mellow and welcome retreat from the first of the blustery autumn weather outside on Thursday night. The room glowed with candlelight as local support, songstress Lucy Peach (aka Lucy Farley) and her back-up band promptly took to the stage. Her set consisted of some strikingly passionate numbers that she delivered with confidence in a true display of showmanship. Staying true to her folk-rock style, Peach graced the audience with her beautifully organic vocals, bittersweet lyrics and warm demeanour, which complemented the atmosphere of the night to a T. By the time Melbourne’s popfolklets The Little Stevies took to the stage, the room had filled up nicely as the audience looked on in anticipation. The band didn’t waste any time jumping into their acoustic set, opening with a harmony-

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Finnish lords Wintersun have announced their highly anticipated second album – the aptly-named Time is due to be released midyear. I say highly anticipated, because fans have waited eagerly for six fucking years for this album to near completion due to ‘computer issues’ plaguing songwriter-in-chief Jari Maenpaa. It seems a little hard to believe that it should take six years, however local doom-merchant Dan Mazzarol of Perth’s own Noctis had similar issues in the production of 2011’s double album Silent Atonement; “Worst experience ever,” laments Mazzarol from his home studio. “It was extremely difficult and frustrating. End of the day, I’m just glad I stuck it out ‘til the end more than anything.” With Maenpaa staring at the imminent end of the saga, it is probably safe to assume he feels the same way. The Wintersun offering is rumoured to be released in two parts due to the size and nature of the album. Either way, it’s welcome news for the fans. 17-year-old wonderkid Baard Kolsad reunites with Arcturus/Dimmu Borgir legend ICS Vortex to set yet another new line-up for the new Norwegian beasts Borknagar. The drummer who shot to fame thanks to videos of him busking on the streets of Norway going viral is an exciting young talent and a promising addition to the metal ranks. It will be his first show with the titans. The latest album, Urd, still features David Kinkade who left the band to “focus 100 percent on Soulfly”. This marks a new era for the band that, despite featuring a revolving door for its line-up, has managed to release epic album after epic album. Urd is set to continue that trend, and with the addition of Kolsad, the future of the band appears set. Forefathers of the progressive movement, Opeth will be re-releasing Blackwater Park Damnation and Deliverance as well as a special edition DVD, Lamentations. The reissues are part of the acquisition deal that sees The End Records take over the Music For Nations catalogue. Having collectively shifted more 300,000 copies, the three albums plus one live DVD/CD recording present the very best of Opeth from their epic black metal era to their progressive rock transformation. Swedish melodic metallers Hammerfall have announced that they will take an extended break immediately following their festival appearances this summer. “It has been an unbelievable first 15 years, to say the least,” said guitarist Oscar Dronjak to Blabbermouth, “and now we are taking a pause to ensure that we have another 15 years ahead of us.” There will be no Hammerfall activities in 2013, but the band promises to return strong the following year. “The plan is to use the year off to recharge our batteries and come back more vital than ever before with a new album in 2014.” Perth prog-merchants Voyager will be heading to North America to tour as main support for iconic Italian symphonic power metal band Rhapsody Of Fire this spring. Fresh on the heels of releasing their latest critically acclaimed masterpiece The Meaning of I, Voyager will return to the scene of their successes for the ProgPower USA festival in 2011. Voyager are pumped to hit North American shores once more to unleash the ‘V’. Charles Elliott, vocalist of US death metallers Abysmal Dawn, and Steffen Kummerer of Obscura have been announced as vocalists for Death on their Death To All Tour as a replacement for the legendary Chuck Schuldiner. Schuldiner died in 2001 of complications stemming from treatment for brain cancer. The tour is in aid of the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund, a charity that is designed to provide financial assistance to all types of career musicians who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or agerelated problems. The reformation of such a legendary band marks a new chapter in a legacy that has shaped a generation of metal. The metal community mourns the loss of yet another fallen comrade with the tragic death of long-time Slayer guitar tech and popular figure Armand ‘Butts’ Crump. While there is no word on the cause of death, Crump was undoubtedly taken far too soon. Butts will surely be rockin’ out wherever he may be. Rest in peace buddy.


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MOODY BROS

With pumping didge, drum instrumentals and opentuned slide jams, the Mooditj Brothers is the brain child of long standing solo musician Aiden Varro and local artist Ja Greaham, and they’ve been attracting plenty of interest since the project’s recent formation. You’re invited to check them out at The Brighton Hotel Mandurah Sunday 8 and Sunday 22 April.

MICHAEL CAINES

Punk-rockers The Novocaines play The Bird in a last minute announcement, Thursday 5 April. The manic intensity which is The Novocaines is drawn from their many influence, including Iggy & The Stooges, Black Sabbath, Velvet Underground and The Vines to name a few. They’re supported by blues artists Dux & Downtown and Puck, $5 from 8pm.

SOUTH WEST CAL

Those heading down south for Easter can look forward to some hazy autumn grooves from Matt Cal. With a bunch of new songs and an award-winning EP under his belt, Matt will be taking it easy at the Duckstein Brewery on Saturday 7 April from 1pm, and he’ll also be playing at Swings & Roundabouts Winery, Sunday 8 from 2pm.

WAMI MUSIC FILM SHOWCASE Calling all West Australian directors, producers and musicians, the WAMi Music Film Showcase is on the lookout for the best WA films on the theme of music! The showcase celebrates the reel and real life of the West Australian music scene as captured on film within the last ten years. The WAMi Festival will be showcasing selected music related films, documentaries and music videos on the Northbridge Piazza screen in daily screenings held during the week of WAMi Festival (May 26-June 2). Music film submissions close midnight AWST Monday 16 April – head to wam.asn.au/musicfilm for guidelines and submissions. WAM WHEATBELT TOUR APRIL WAM’s pilot initiative to develop a new regional contemporary music touring circuit in the Wheatbelt region is back this month with The Ghost Hotel and Polly Medlen. The tour bus stops Friday 20 April at The Commercial Hotel in Merredin, Saturday 21 at Grass Valley Tavern, and Sunday 22 at Ye Olde Quindanning Inne for a Sunday afternoon session. Shows offer free entry as part of WAM’s audience development strategy, and promote RAC road safety messages. For more information, head to wam.asn. au/regional. Visit wam.asn.au for more!

TRAMP PECKER

Returning to the Hyde Park Hotel this Saturday 7 April, Cal Peck & The Tramps play a special set of songs from their new album, which is being mastered soon for release later this year. Joining them will be The Blazin’ Entrails and The Sure Fire Midnights, doors 8pm, and entry is $10. The rest of the album is under lock and key until its inevitable release – so hear the songs live this weekend!

DOUBLE CAUDLE

Just weeks away from returning to the US, Perth musician Travis Caudle heads south for an Easter tour that coincides with the release of a double album featuring four newlyrecorded songs. Catch him from 6pm Thursday 5 April at Gnarabar, Margaret River Beach Resort; Sunday 8 from 2pm at Bootleg Brewery; and Monday 9 at the Ravenswood Hotel.

FALLOE FOLK

Melbourne indie roots band Falloe are playing a special Easter Sunday 8 April show at The Bird. With sounds that draw from the likes of The Flaming Lips, Augie March and Fleet Foxes, Falloe are five guys who take on 15 instruments in their live blues infused/folk rock shows. Supported by Matt Collyer (with special guest Matrix) and Tokyo Five, $10 from 6pm.

LIVE ON THE FLY

Monday Night Live at The Fly Trap is a new night hosted by Michael de Grussa along with Mitchell Jeater. For the inaugural extravaganza, the ‘Trap hosts the talents of Zack Adams – Perth’s own international funny man; Andrea Gibbs from Barefaced Stories; the musically thrilling Opera Box; and the forever lovely sisters from Blanche Dubois. $15 from 8pm.

SLINKY MINKY

There’s no rest over Easter for jazzy pop singer/songwriter Minky G; she plays Hyde Park Hotel Thursday 5 April for a 96FM Bruce Springsteen Comp with duo buddy Rosco Dwyer, and Saturday 7 she’s joined by her band at Gypsy Tapas House. Then Wednesday 11 will see Minky and Rosco playing the Indi Bar alongside awesome roots guitarist Morgan Bain and the way funky Daniel Firkin Trio.

SHIP SINKERS

Due to the threat of litigation, The Fags will be no more. Back in the closet and proud, they will be known hence forth as the Loose Lips, and they launch their luscious new name at the Norfolk Basement this Saturday 7 April. Supported by The Yokohomos (before they head off to tour Japan), I’m A Spaceship and New Zealand’s Fiona McMartin.

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THE DOORS OF PERCEPTION HAVE NEVER BEEN MORE OPEN ACCORDING TO DOM MARIANI, WHO WITH HIS BAND DATURA WILL ROCK OUT AT PSYCHEDELIC SOUND & VISION. DRUM’S DANIEL CRIBB TAKES A FEW TRIPS WITH HIM...

DUBLIN JAZZ AUNTS Your sound: Intricate layers of simplicity, dynamic electric cello, powerful lyrics and vocal delivery with a tight rhythm section. Band’s name comes from? It’s a corrected sentence of predictive text messaging from an old mobile phone. Around since: October 2009. Band’s greatest strength? We have a lot of respect for each other, this helps us cut through the bullshit and make something real. Band’s worst gig ever and why? We had a real train wreck of a gig at Mojo’s one night back when we first started out. We were a little bit too big for our own boots and we should’ve learned to walk properly before we ran! Band’s best gig ever and why? We played a show at the Norfolk Basement last year where it appeared to be that we were just making up the numbers. Unfortunately for the other acts involved, we had different ideas that night. We gave an incredible performance with so much energy that the audience demanded an encore! Was the ultimate buzz. Best achievement? So far it would have to be playing New Year’s Eve at the Norfolk with the Voltaire Twins, Bastian’s Happy Flight and The Witness. Any gig in history which would it be and why? U2 at Subi oval last year. We managed to get right up the front away from all the lighting and special effects to see four guys playing in a band and delivering a raw and personal performance! Plus Jay-Z opened that night too. Fave hangover cure? Get up and have another beer. Favourite Perth bands playing at the moment? Valiant, One Tiger Down and The Witness. Best 3 bands EVER to come out of Perth? John Butler Trio, Abbe May and Eskimo Joe. Day jobs of those in the band? Chef, scientist, music teacher and sound engineer. Our ultimate groupie would be…Julia Gillard. Fame for your band would mean…Front cover of Drum Media! Any members play in other bands? Daine, our drummer, plays in an Abba cover band. Any releases on their way? We’ll be releasing a sixtrack EP in September, with a north and south of the river launch and possibly a regional tour of WA. More info: myspace.com/dublinjazzaunts. WHEN & WHERE: Saturday 7 April, Ya Ya’s, Northbridge; Thursday 12, Norfolk Basement, Fremantle

ALANNA & ALICIA FROM: Melbourne. Your sound: Original folk/roots/jazz tunes, lyric driven with sweet sibling harmonies. Band’s name comes from? Our first names; we’re identical twin sisters. Around since: 2005. Band’s greatest strength? Lyrics with equal measures of humour and heart and true sister harmonies. Band’s worst gig ever and why? A pub in country Victoria (which will remain nameless) where the locals closed the bandroom door on our gig and cranked up Britney Spears and Guns’N’Roses in the bar at ear shattering volume. Band’s best gig ever and why? Launching our second album at Port Fairy Folk Festival and being part of a huge concert showcasing female songwriters called Women Out Loud at Port Fairy. Hearing 3,000 people singing the riff in Alanna’s song The Waltz Of The Last Lover (which she’d penned alone in her bedroom) was an unforgettable experience. Best achievement? Getting an Arts Victoria Grant to record our second album and another to tour it. Any gig in history which would it be and why? We would love to see the young Billie Holiday performing at a speak-easy in the ‘30s with no microphone, weaving her way through the club singing to individual tables. Or to be on the slum streets of Paris watching Edith Piaff busking in the late ‘20s. Fave Perth bands? The Waifs, The Wise Girls… Looking forward to hearing some more local Perth bands while we’re here. Fave bands from your state? Tinpan Orange, Harry James Angus, Dancehall Racketeers, Flap, Jeff Lang. Biggest bands you’ve supported? The Waifs, Eddi Reader from Scotland, Madison Violet from Canada. Fame for your band would mean…hearing our songs played in the supermarket… Any members play in other bands? Alanna sings in a ‘20’s/’30s swing jazz band called Old Hat, and also in a Latin American trio, Tres Cuerdas. Damien plays in Urban Creatures. Any releases out? Two albums – Funny She’s So Much Like Me (2006) and Two In A Book (2010). We’re also part of the Festival Folk Sing Joni Mitchell 2010 tribute album. Recording out third album later this year. WHEN & WHERE: Thursday 12 April, X-Wray Café, Fremantle; Friday 13 til Sunday 15, Fairbridge Festival

Clockwise from top left - Wes Fuller (Hurricane Fighter Plane), James Dolin and Duncan Strachan (Deep River Collective), Greg Hitchcock (Datura) and Ben McDonald (Sonpsilo Circus). Please give us a brief history of yourself and how they fit into the psych-rock movement? The most well-known band would be The Stems. The early Stems was a band that drew heavily on psychedelic garage-rock influences and were part of the Paisley Underground of the mid to late ‘80s. I’ve been listening to psychedelic music for most of my musical life, so it’s been an influence on most of the bands I’ve played in over the years, whether it was subtle or otherwise. What’s going with Datura at the moment? Datura has been in the studio. We have a few more tracks to record and then we’ll have an album, which will hopefully be out later in the year. Psych-rock has a long and hazy history, how are you making it relevant in 2012? It’s never really gone away and if anything it’s gaining momentum. There seems to be an interest in psychedelic rock at the moment. There’s a new wave of bands coming along and a healthy underground scene with a new wave of bands coming through that all have their own take and style on psychedelic rock. The classic influences are there and remain timeless, but these only inspire new sounds, new songs, new ideas and a fresh approach. How will Psychedelic Sound & Vision transport punters into the past and what do you hope people will take from the show? It’s not about transporting people into the past. We’re not a trying to create a nostalgia trip here. Put simply, it’s a celebration of music we like and has inspired us. We hope people will enjoy the bands and music in another context – something a little different to the average pub show. What is it about Perth do you think that has bred such a healthy psych scene and world-renowned artists over the years? An abundance of sunshine? I don’t know? I always have a laugh about that “Something in the water” line. Like-minded people living in the same place digging the same sounds encourages creativity. What made you choose the acts on this line-up? Over the past couple years Datura has played shows with a number of young bands.

WHEN & WHERE: Saturday 14 April, Fremantle Arts Centre

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KATE GILBERTSON Your sound: Hazelnuts. They are my favourite. Smooth, sweet and delectable. Performing solo since: 2009. What instruments do you play? Guitar, vocals, piano and percussive trinkets. Acts that have inspired your sound the most? Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Cat Stevens, Laura Marling and Regina Spektor. Your greatest strength? Probably being able to develop and project my own ‘sound’ as a musician and to stay true to that. Your worst gig ever and why? Rubix Bar in Perth when a patron projectile vomited at his feet in the middle of me belting out a sweet ballad! Your best gig ever and why? Rottnest Island, 2011 – there is just something magical about Rottnest. I have been going there since I was born and the holiday makers were full of sunshine and dancing. Best achievement? Scoring this support gig for Passenger. The competition for the Perth leg was pretty tough and I feel completely honoured. Any show in history which would it be and why? Definitely Woodstock. If you imagine being involved in such an epic historical event with the greats… Ah what a dream. Fave hangover cure? Salt and vinegar chips and icy cold coke. My Grandma’s special secret. Favourite Perth acts playing at the moment? I recently discovered Simone & Girlfunkel the other night at Norfolk Basement! Their three-part harmonies are awesome. Best 3 acts EVER to come out of Perth? There are so many… Little Birdy, John Butler, Birds of Tokyo to start. Your day job? Self-management, songwriting, and teaching piano. Your ultimate groupie would be…maybe someone who didn’t think they liked hazelnut flavour, but then I converted them. Fame for you would be…playing at a festival like Glastonbury and the crowd singing along to my songs. Do you perform in other formats or acts? Just solo at the moment but I hope to get small trio or band together someday soon. Any releases out? My self-titled EP, recorded earlier this year and available at my gigs. Any releases on their way? I will be doing some more recordings later this year and hopefully will be getting some stuff mastered. More info: Visit soundcloud.com/kate-gilbertson or reverbnation.com/kategilbertson, or if you’re on Facebook search Kate Gilbertson Singersongwriter. WHEN & WHERE: Friday 13 April, Supporting Passenger, Fly By Night, Fremantle.


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YELAWOLF CAPITOL, PERTH 27/03/12 Capitol transformed into an underground hip hop club straight out of LA last week; it was hot, heaving and packed with homies. Amongst the tirade of tattoos and flowing JD there was a palpable excitement for ol’ mate Yela to make his Australian debut. Local acts Lenny and Shystia kickstarted things with some cool and witty lyricism, ending the set with a weird but humorous sexy dance. Their act was followed by Smiley and Complete, who are apparently onto the fact that “your nana is an anal whore.” Despite this, these locals laid down some respectable prose and established a suitable atmosphere for the evening ahead. Seasoned Aussie hip hop artist Briggs took over next as the tour’s supporting act. What he lacks in aesthetics he makes up for in prose, taking the stage and demonstrating why it is that he’s come to the attention of audiences nationwide. During the intermission punters could hardly keep it together in anticipation of Yelawolf, and when he finally swaggered onto stage the ovation was worthy of the performance that followed. Admittedly, the acoustics of the venue weren’t amazing, but that was no deterrent for the man, ripping through his freestyles like no-one’s business. He kicked off the show with Beverley Hills and followed it up with an appreciated mix of his old tracks mixed with the new, all the while swigging from a mandatory bottle of JD. The man stalked the stage and was infallible, however there were a weird couple of moments in the middle of the set where we heard a mash of all manner of tunes from Run DMC to some country and metal. All was forgotten pretty swiftly though when Yela’s personal bodyguard ejected a man from the stage by

ruthlessly grabbing him by the neck with one hand and tossing him aside like it was nothing. After this, when Yela popped the trunk, the crowd went mental, and at some point in the night there was even a number of ignited lighters being held in the air. It wasn’t a long set but it was satisfactory, particularly for a Tuesday night show. Even the impressive Yela was a little bit stoked with the turn-out and vibe saying “we should move to Australia!” OLIVIA GARDNER

HERMITUDE AMPLIFIER, PERTH 30/03/12 Elefant Traks must currently be wearing one serious smile as they seem to have a lot of impressive fresh goods at the moment. Enter first, Sietta – one man, one woman, and a whole lot of electronica. Snaring drums, live mixing and soulful vocals struck a chord in Silence with vox recorded and loop-played live. A cover of Marcy Playground’s Sex & Candy circa 1997 tore it up and What Am I Supposed To Do saw some serious arse-shaking as Caiti B boldly popped and locked her way across the stage without any hang-ups. The best producers are horrifically pale from spending their time mixing away in the darkness, so it’s no surprise Dubs and Elgusto of Hermitude are both super white. Unbelievably talented and viscerally live for a predominantly electronic album, Engage dropped to begin and was immediately recognisable with its echo. All Of You had the throaty jazz vocals with horn-like synth, while Sloucho Darx was romperstomper galore with delicious grime. The keyboard solos from Dubs were melodic and samples from Elgusto were crafty and quick, and were recorded live by a camera and projected in black and white to watch, intermittent with fluoro budgies and psychedelic animals. HyperParadise was mashed with In The Jungle amid wildcat roars, slowly snowballing into the recognisable steel drum and multidimensional safari sound of the album’s title track. Hand-pumping and jumping was taken to galactic extremes in Tales Of The Drift and a Michael Jackson tribute medley. An explanation from Elgusto on how

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RTRFM host and all round good bloke Travis ‘Massiv’ Collins for his years of providing the most up to date and beneficial goings on in the world of techno and electronica through this column. Our local electronic stable would be at a miss without the input of such people, so best of luck and cheers for passing on the baton and hopefully the information will continue to run deep into the future. Now let’s get into it. Currently doing a whole heap of damage to the dancefloor’s across Europe is A Murder Of Crows, which is primarily a two-track tensile assault from Berghain residents and dynamic production duo Barker & Baumecker. A Murder Of Crows (Part 1) locks into full-body swing mode with girder-strength bass rhythms offset by kinky, skipping percussion, all enveloped by looming darkside

“We try to keep our shit as live as possible for you guys” built more appreciation for their live combo of keys, turntables and samples. They whirled some unreleased tracks and provided a mellow interlude with Let You Go, before Speak Of The Devil and The Villain took over, the floor threatening to cave in. There is no doubt that Hermitude are “the best shit, the real shit,” and love a good scratch sesh. INÈS VELOUR

N’FA EP LAUNCH THE MANOR, LEEDERVILLE 30/03/12 Manor resident and Think Twice royalty Charlie Bucket kicked off the night with classic hip hop, soul and funk tracks true to form playing everything from Nas to Erykah Badu to James Brown. N’Fa took the stage around 11pm, with eager fans flocking to the front of the venue and around the ‘piano’ to hear the rapper rhyme. Backed by Jimmy Murphy on horns, Mark Turner on the saxophone and Charlie Bucket dropping his beats, N’Fa performed tracks from his Cause An Effect album such as Seduction Is Evil, Universal King and the title track. Standout single from his new Babylondon EP, Wayooy (which originally features Roots Manuva and M-Phazes) saw N’Fa encourage crowd involvement on the chorus, having them chant “wayooy, wayoooooy”. The charismatic artist also performed current single and crowd favourite March On, to which patrons recited lyrics “We march on, we march on”. N’Fa also showcased other future hits such as the upbeat 7 Seconds and the heartfelt Deeper Love. The night ended with DJ Klean Kicks spinning party tunes such as Andre 3000’s Millionaire and other buoyant anthems. Six years in the making, loyal N’Fa fans have been anticipating the release of Babylondon for quite some time, and this live performance celebrated it in a way that made the crowd hope it won’t be so long ‘til the next. CHANTELLE GABRIEL

pads. Part 2 shakes it out on a more stripped-down version concentrating on tucked-in drums and a more teasing sort of build. This is proper techno machinery not for the faint of heart. Peter Van Hoesen and Yves De Mey aka Sendai have recently locked horns for one of their most investigative recordings to date. Since we last heard from them on the Time To Express 12”s back in ‘09, PVH has been standardly churning out sleekly muscular dancefloor movers, while YDM contributed on a seminal mini-LP of deft electro-acoustic experiments on Sandwell District. On Geotope the duo have found a delicate blend of their respective aesthetics primed for sound geeks and home listeners alike. It ranges from finely sculpted tonal investigations on Terminal Silver Box, Alva Noto-esque glitch procedures on Following The Constant, through selected sci-fi inter-zones of Win Trepsit/Brief Delay, all the way through to the NHK-like techy

RUFKUT

WITH A LINE-UP THAT POOLS THE BEST OF THE OLD HEADS TOGETHER, TROY MUTTON GETS THE INSIDE WORD ON THE RETURN OF DRUM’N’BASS CREW TRAFIK FROM JOHN GRIFFITHS AKA RUFKUT. Run us through a brief history of Trafik: Trafik was put together by a crew of guys who had been knocking around for years under the guise of Resin Crew and the Wanneroo Crew. We used to do a Sunday night gig at Scallywags in Joondalup back in the late-‘90s/early-‘00s, which was started by DJ Viper who went onto to run the famous Drum Club. All the main players from Trafik were residents at Drum Club, and the boys who started out at Resin (Viper, Frantik, Rintel, JRippa, Rufkut) after Drum Club finished ended up sticking together and went on to start Trafik. UK visitors MK1 & MC Lurch joined the team and extended their stays from months to years just based solely on how great the scene was at that time in Perth. We eventually met Matt from Heat Nightclub and the rest from there is history. It was a perfect symbiotic circle. Later on we had DJ Armee and Huey from OEP join up to make the team complete. Trafik was instrumental in helping shape the vibrant drum’n’bass scene we have in Perth now. What were you guys most proud of contributing? I think I am proud of the general quality of events that we put on. I think at that stage we were pretty forward-thinking in regards to event production, sound and promotion. Our sound was legendary! We even named our soundsystem; Ernest. We did some crazy stuff like

building a second floor that was elevated over the main floor for the Ragga Jungle Sound System party and for Mad Hatters. We also turned Heat into a jungle for the Patife gig... the dance floor was covered in sand and we covered the walls with actual foliage. Six years is a long time. What prompted the hiatus then, and what’s bringing the gang back together now? Trafik wound up shortly after MC Lurch and MK1 went back to the UK. There were many factors that went into us shutting down Trafik, but I think it was really just the right time. As far as the Reunion, we had heard a little bit of chatter around some social media that got us thinking there might be some interest in us guys doing a reunion show. What are some of your fondest and funniest memories from the Trafik shows? The Ragga Jungle Sound System was pretty much my favourite moment in my DJ career. The place was absolutely heaving and I was playing the music that I loved. I ended my set after I was picked up by a mob who held me above their heads just like I had won the World Cup or something, it was surreal. Also the World Of Drum & Bass Tour saw one of our biggest turnouts and some of our best production, it was also our first complete international line-up. Funniest moments would include MK1 puking on the bar after too many bad boy champagnes! Rintel’s broom closet and Matt (our manager) DJing at our finale and double dropping every track like a beast! What is it about Perth that you think has seen punters reacting so passionately to the music genre? Perth has always been a breeding ground for great music. I have often tried to work out why it is that Perth’s d’n’b scene is so great but it is hard to put it down to one thing or any one group of people. I think it has just been lucky that so many people found a love for jungle early on and the progression since then has been massive. The scene has remained strong and I put this down to the passion of the punters and the

grates of Further Vexations. A big recommendation for fans of Pan Sonic, Rrose or Emptyset. On the gig front we once again have an embarrassment of riches to choose from this Easter Long Weekend. For me, it would be difficult to go past a trip to The Bakery tonight to catch what no doubt has the potential to be one of the gigs of the year. New York City’s Machinedrum (Planet Mu/ Lucky Ma) and Montreal’s Jacques Greene (Vase/Nightslugs) will step up alongside a myriad of local experimentalists including Nik

Ridikulas vs Ben Taaffe, Ylem vs Rachel Dease, Rok Riley, Kit Pop, Solarbarge, Clunk Modo, Oni Cash and Sleepyhead. Tickets are $29 plus BF are available from Life Is Noise, Heatseeker, Nowbaking and the usuals. If you like things on a techier tip then it would be hard to go past a trip down to Shape this evening Thursday 5 April to take in yet another top notch line up courtesy of the crews at Habitat and Lucid Dreaming. Detroit techno demi-god Stacey Pullen lines up alongside Patrick Bodmer from M.A.N.D.Y for

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continued efforts from the performers and promoters on the scene today. What are all the original Trafik head honchos doing now? We all went in different directions after Trafik finished. I went overseas to snowboard, Rintel went to work in the UK. MK1 lives back in the UK, and Lurch is a successful MC in the UK who does a bunch of shows with some of the old school pioneers. Frantik is big into d’n’b in Perth and he still plays shows and tinkers in the studio. JRippa also makes the odd surprise appearance to MC at events in Perth and still is one of the better MCs out there. You’ve assembled a pretty massive line-up. Run us through the history of a few and why you’ve chosen them to play the Reunion. The line-up for the gig is pretty much the best lineup we could put together with the time slots we have. Expect the Roller guys to bring you some smooth vibes from the era to balance out all the chaos that will ensue on the main stage. We put my very good friend Dazz K on the line-up as he was always one of the biggest supporters from outside the d’n’b crew, he is definitely one of the originators of breakbeat in Perth and for that reason we got him on board to bring some of his unique flavour. As far as the main stage line-up goes, it’s the core members of Trafik minus MK1 & Lurchy. Armee will be on the cuts with us during the night. It’s the first time we have all been together on stage in around six years so the energy we will let off will something special. Is it gonna be a night of old skool flavours, or will you be bringing some new beats too? As far as the music policy for the event goes, it will be primarily tracks that capture the elements of Trafik, so it will be mainly early- to mid-2000’s stuff, although the way I said it online was that if it was played at Trafik then it can be played at the Reunion so that may mean the possibility of delving a little deeper into the crates and going a little further back in time. Will this be a one-off show, or is a Trafik comeback on the cards? The possibility of us doing more gigs is very real. We have been talking a lot as a group and I know the general feeling is that we would like to continue to be involved in the scene in some capacity. I personally am absolutely open to the idea of doing some stand-alone shows and even getting back into DJing for other promoters on a semi-regular basis. We will be seeing how things pan out and where our heads are at after this gig. Also stay tuned for a very special event to be held later this year… expect it to be big! WHAT: Trafik Reunion WHEN & WHERE: Friday 13 April, Rosemount Hotel, North Perth what no doubt will be a cracker of a show. Rumour has it that tickets are moving fast for this one so make sure to head down early if you haven’t yet got your hands on one. Keeping it on the Detroit front for a moment, Derrick May will be touring nationally in April, and lucky for us he’s heading to Perth’s own Ambar Nightclub. The date to lock in for this is Friday 27 April, so make sure you’re on the ball if you want to grab a piece of one of the most seminally mysterious techno artist’s in living history.


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How would your mum describe you? Mum’s favourite! What’s one genre you would remove off the face of the Earth and why? Just one? I would have to say trance then! Who inspires you musically? I basically love all kinds of music. I think it’s very important to be open-minded and give everything and everyone a chance, so I check out everything even if I get the feeling it’s going to be crap. It’s only that way that you can dig out that one pearl that makes your whole world stop. So to answer your question‌ ‘everyone and everything’. Name three tracks currently detonating your dancefloor: Cassius – 99 (A Skillz Remix); Micky Finn – Some Justice (Smash HiFi Remix); Plump DJS – Rocket Soul (Marten Hørger Remix). Tell us about a classic dancefloor moment: It’s nine o’clock in the morning on a stage in the black sea just outside of the Krimean Island at the Kazantip month-long festival. Leeroy Thornhill, Lady Waks, Sangers & Ra and myself are playing a backto-back set to a few hundred remaining crazy, screaming, half naked Russians while the sun comes up over the water. Priceless, classic, dancefloor moment! What’s the musical achievement you’re most proud of? Being able to make a living

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out of making the music that I love! No commercial crap, no nonsense, just my very personal vision of good stuff. What’s one record you’re embarrassed to admit you own? David Hasselhoff, I’ve Been Looking For Freedom (yes, he makes music and he’s massive in Germany). Spike Milligan quipped he’d like his tombstone to read ‘I told you I was ill’ – what would be on yours? “Paaaaarty and Bullshit

and Paaaaaarty and Bullshit.� What’s something that really annoys you? People who think that they’re better than anyone else. Imagine you’re on death row. What’s your last meal request? Zwiebelrostbraten mit Kässpätzle (Google it!) Name one person living or dead you would love to party with and why: Damn, it’s got to be David Hasselhoff‌ I got a bit of

an obsession with him. And he seems to be a good drinker. What can we expect to hear from you in the near future? I’m currently working on an album with Leeroy Thornhill as Smash HiFi, it should be out later this year. I’ve also just done remixes for Stanton Warriors and Plump DJs that should be out very soon. WHEN & WHERE: Thursday 5 April, Villa 3rd Birthday, Villa, East Perth

SYDNEY INDIE-DANCE LORDS VAN SHE 1. Was nearly tazered in Perth after a show whilst discussing the finer points of their performance earlier that evening. 2. We all have the same eye colour. 3. We had a large synthesizer collection until recently. 4. We have a new single out called Idea Of Happiness, ahead of our second LP. 5. We’re playing in Perth this weekend in DJ mode as Van She Tech, then fully live next weekend.

6. We love movies and pizza. 7. We wrote our entire record from home. 8. We have Michael Jackson tattoos. 9. We love montenegros. 10. Our idea of happiness involves a hairy old man and a tanning bed. Check vanshe.com to see why and start pondering what yours is. Next shows in Perth: Saturday 7 April, as Van She Tech (DJ set), The Aviary, Perth; Sunday 15, Down The Rabbit Hole (live), The Overflow (Back of The Court), Northbridge

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4 APRIL - 11 APRIL

2012

THURSDAY 5/4

DANCEFLOOR OF THE WEEK

HONEY DIJON

JACQUES GREENE

THE CRAFTSMAN Aidan Wallis delivers the music for the masses in Cannington’s fave night spot.

MKT @ THE LIBRARY HONEY DIJON @ GEISHA MACHINEDRUM @ THE BAKERY Last week’s cover star Machinedrum (also one half of Sepalcure) and Jacques Greene are two of the hottest names in the music biz right now, their mix of down-tempo glitch-hop, jungle, house, hip hop and beyond simply perfect. Nik Ridikulus Vs Ben Taaffe, Ylem Vs Rachael Dease, Rok Riley, Kit Pop, Solar Barge, Clunk, Modo, Oni Cash, and Sleepyhead support. TONITE ONLY

HOT CROSS BUNS @ AMPLIFIER/CAPITOL 15 acts across three rooms including Tonite Only, The Medics and YesYou (WA debut), supported by The Brow Horn Orchestra, The Halo Effect, Death Disco DJs, Scenic, Kno Agents, Sun City, Stillwater Giants, Tapeheads, FTW, Jus Haus? and DJ Cody. Hit Moshtix for this Drum-presented show, more on the door. DJ REUBEN

EASTER @ LEEDERVILLE HOTEL The Leederville Hotel is packing some seductively dancing bunnies to help you boogie down to the beats of DJ Reuben, free from 7pm. Prizes for best dressed bunnies/ bunnettes. HAVANA BROWN

HAVANA BROWN @ METRO FREO Darling of the decks Havana Brown has reached dizzying new heights, receiving two ARIA nominations and smashing the charts with her Crave compilations. Tickets via Moshtix. EKKO AND SIDETRACK

FREESTYLERS

FREESTYLERS, MARTIN HORGER @ VILLA

Villa has brought a string of killer shows to Perth so far, including The Stanton Warriors, Krafty Kuts, DJ Krush, Plump DJs, Steve Aoki and The Bloody Beetroots. So it’s no surprise they’ve called on one of the original fingerlickin’ crew to help them blow their third bday candles out, Freestylers. Over 15 years at the top, acclaimed albums, some of the best tunes in the break and beyond – sorted. They’re also supported by crazed German Marten Hørger, his own club night Stamina recently turning 10, so it’s kind of a double celebration… Local champions DNGRFLD and Black & Blunt support, Thursday 5 April. $35 plus BF via Moshtix/Boomtick.

M.A.N.D.Y, STACEY PULLEN @ SHAPE Internationals M.A.N.D.Y. and Stacey Pullen together for one night, supported by Cam Duff and VJ Martino. $35/$45 via Moshtix.

FORK @ GEISHA Fork shit up with DJs Sneakee, JS, Klean Kicks, Kill Dyl and Marko Paulo. First 50 pay $10 and get a drink, say ‘Let’s fork like bunnies’ for $5 entry til 11.30pm.

KID MASSIVE @ FLAWLESS Given the already impressive career of the Danish dance producer, it’s surprising it took Kid Massive so long to release his debut solo album. After releasing A Little Louder, the first single from the album of the same name, Massive rocks plenty of tracks from it Easter Thursday.

TRAFFIC LIGHT PARTY @ COURT HOTEL Hosted by Hannah Conda, this traffic light party will be complete with Cupid’s mailbox, sexy models and drag Cupid, two rooms of music with DJs Timbee and Wasteland and more. Pick your wristband; Green (available), Orange (open) or Red (taken).

SUPER THURSDAY @ CLAREMONT HOTEL

Another killer edition of the infamous Roller Easter, free entry with Ekko & Sidetrack, Dart, Devo, Kent, Deflo. The rest rolls on as history…

ROLLER AFTER PARTY @ AMBAR Boogie down to Ambar for the after party featuring Jazza, Sempy, Tee EL and the Roller crew, $10 from 10pm ‘til 3am.

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FLUID 10.0 @ VELVET LOUNGE Liquid d’n’b beats to replenish your soul provided by Progress Inn, Mykef, Dart and Devo, free from 9pm ‘til late.

EMPIRE BAR

Bass music, soundsystem culture, the freshest sounds, spaced out beats, straight jacking house and eyes-down dubstep with EveryTeen, BoyP, Vibe Merchants and SaussBauss, $5 from 8pm.

DJs Halo, Bojan and Ben Sebastian spin the beats.

DON’T SLEEP! @ THE BIRD Hyper-coloured club music featuring Rok Riley & Oni Cash, a vinyl-only garage set from Frodo & Bolsty, and all the rest from Clunk and new blood Shadow Nomad.

THE AVENUE Jon Ee gets you ready for the weekend.

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

THE CARINE Special guests Punchy & Juicy blend the best in house, breaks and electro with Little Nicky supporting.

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

CULTURE CLASH @ NEWPORT HOTEL Beats’n’treats in the house with Angry Buda and more, free from 8pm.

GOOD FRIDAY 6/4 – NO VENUES OPEN!

SATURDAY 7/4 BAG RAIDERS

VAN SHE TECH @ THE AVIARY The electric love children of the band Van She, Van She Tech are in town for a rooftop party supported by Jus Haus?, Dorcia DJs, Sam Spencer and Electonic DJs from 6pm til midnight. Tickets via Moshtix.

DOMINATE @ GILKISONS Dominate returns with a huge line-up headlined by dark drum’n’basser J Switch, plus special Melbourne guest Bassraiderz. Tekneeqz, ST, Splinta, JT, Josh Cube, Maloonatic and Cyberstruct support, with Slap N Tickle on MC duties for $10 from 10pm.

DEVILLES PAD Afro-dance with Ziggi & The New Generation, plus DJs Dr Africa and Cheeba Cheeba, Les Sataniques GoGo and more, doors 6pm, $10 after 8.

DEATH DISCO/PURE POP @ CAPITOL/AMPLIFIER

Featuring Split Seconds, Emperors, N’Fa feat. Charlie Bucket and DJs Dan, Double Dee, Jack Masel, Matt & Millie and Jimmy Thorne.

BAD THURSDAY @ ROCKET ROOM

BAD-ASS BUNNY PARTY @ METRO CITY

Blunt Force Trauma, Reapers Riddle, Gates Of Perdition and Accursed live from 8pm, with Extreme Aggression featuring DJ Cain after midnight.

Get in the Tropical Bar with live reggae band Zarm, plus DJs D’Coconut Funksta and Flex.

BAG RAIDERS, CASSIAN @ VILLA After mixing Modular’s new Leave Them All Behind compilation, Bag Raiders throw down their own breed of electronic goodness, supported by Cassian, The Halo Effect and Mr Of. Tickets via Moshtix. BITROK

TIGER LILS DJs Bojan and Ben Sebastian drop house, funk, soul, breaks and beyond, with Alex K on the bongos. Free entry.

SUNDAY 8/4 SKISM

TWICE AS NICE @ COURT WINE BAR

Indie-dance and disco bangers from Death Disco DJs, The Great RV spinning ‘80s classics upstairs and Eddie Electric indie/at classics from midnight in Amps.

TROPICAL FUNK NITES @ THE DEEN ROLLER @ ROSEMOUNT HOTEL

New York’s DJ Honey Dijon is known for her unique take on the Chicago and deep New York underground sounds. Terry Waites, James A and Lee Wilson support. $15 before 12.30am, more after.

All kinds of party beats to keep you funkin’, with DJ Vicktor, DJ Richie G, DJ Riki and more.

Featuring mix-masters Matty S, Makka, Stevie M, Slick and Ruthless, plus dancers and prizes for bad-ass bunnies.

ILLEGAL MUSIK @ BAR INDIGO Some of the best DJs straight out of NZ with DJ CXL, DJ Manchoo, Angry Buda and DJ Hamz, $15 from 7pm, $10 after 8.

GRIZZLED @ CAPITOL Melting bass-faces will be touring bad-mens SKisM, TC and Zomboy, Beataucue and Inspector Dubplate, along with Gran Cavalera, Dr. Space, DeadVents and MUV. Tickets through Grizzled.com.au and Moshtix.

THE LOFT @ GEISHA It’s A Call To Arms featuring DJs Monkey, Panda and Pussy Galore rocking a night of classic indie and alternative anthems, $5 before 9pm, $10 after, $15 after 11, til 2am.

EASTER LAUNCH @ ROSEMOUNT HOTEL A massive line-up featuring special guests Reason, Mass MC, AJ and The Master, plus Porsah Lain & DJ Endeva; Smiley; Seasta Chani, Mama Tiger & Cat; Complete & M X Axis; Anomalies; Rukus Napalm; Switchblade; Ranga; Sever; Gusto; Archy Moses; Tera; Synx & Nima; AF Raw; Defekt; Aftershock; LSD & The Missus; Adam Crook; The New Breed; Divine; and Kings Tongue Elite. 3 til 10pm.

GLO @ LIBRARY NIGHTCLUB Spend your Easter Sunday with DJ Matty S and DJ Benny C as they remix popular R’n’B, dance and you favourite hits on two levels all things glowing – bracelets, paint, sexy bunnies, balloons… everything!

GAY PROM @ THE COURT The Court’s annual Gay Prom is on again with a Glee theme. Gun Shy Romeos play live and more, tickets $10 presale over bar, $15 door.

EMPIRE BAR DJs CB3, Riki and Vicktor spins the chilled Sunday arvo beats.

WEDNESDAY 11/4 RAPTURE @ METRO FREO From 9pm til late, DJs Kenny L and Wasteland hit the decks with a cool blend of house, electro, commercial dance and hard house.

STUDENT NIGHT @ ROSEMOUNT

HIGHER FYAH @ BAR ORIENT

METRO FREO

It’s an Easter special featuring General Justice, The Empressions, DJ Mwas, Weapon Is Sound System and many more. Free 7pm ‘til 1am.

DJs Dtuck, Wazz and Darren Briais keep the party tunes rolling in the big house.

Cowboys & Indie Kids brings you post-punk, indie-pop and rock goodies outside in the beer garden for free.

THE WEMBLEY

BAND DJS @ THE BIRD

EASTER KARAOKE @ DEVILLES Dress up in anything Easter and head down for Easter Karaoke, free from 6pm.

BITROK @ AMBAR A little bit electro, a little bit live – Sydney-based duo Bitrok are Japan 4’s guests, supported by Buda, Micah, Dead Easy and Tee EL, $15 door.

Lokie Shaw spins the best of the best right across the board in full on good times party style.

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The Bird’s getting local Perth bands to head on down and spin some beats on the decks, free from 8pm.

UPCOMINGS

KID MASSIVE: APR 5 Flawless TONITE ONLY: APR 5 Capitol M.A.N.D.Y, STACEY PULLEN: APR 5 Shape FREESTYLERS, MARTEN HORGER: APR 5 Villa MACHINEDRUM, JACQUES GREEN: APR 5 The Bakery HAVANA BROWN: APR 5 Metropolis Fremantle BASSRAIDERZ: APR 7 Gilkisons HONEY DIJON: APR 7 Geisha BAG RAIDERS, CASSIAN: APR 7 Villa BITROK: APR 7 Ambar VAN SHE TECH: APR 7 The Aviary GRIZZLED: SKISM, TC, ZOMBOY, BEATACUE, INSPECTOR DUBPLATE: APR 8 Capitol DOCTOR WEREWOLF: APR 13 Ambar DJ PEDRO (NAPOLEON DYNAMITE): APR 13 Rooftop Movies & Shape (After Party) 4 STRINGS, DANIEL KANDI: APR 13 Shape THE HERD, THUNDAMENTALS: APR 13 Settlers Tavern; APR 14 Rosemount Hotel SNEAKY SOUND SYSTEM: APR 14 Villa + DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE: VAN SHE, FLUME, PARACHUTE YOUTH, INDIAN SUMMER DJS, HOBOPHONICS and locals: APR 15 The Court Overflow + ABSOLUTE BOYS: APR 14 The Bakery; APR 15 The Bird ROGER SANCHEZ: APR 20 Villa VIPER: SHOCKONE, METRIK: APR 21 Villa SUPAFEST: T-PAIN, P. DIDDY, CHRIS BROWN, BIG SEAN, MISSY ELLIOTT, NAUGHTY BY NATURE, ICE CUBE, KELLY ROWLAND, RICK ROSS, LUPE FIASCO, TREY SONGZ: APR 22 Arena Joondalup DUB FX & FLOWER FAIRY: APR 24 Rosemount Hotel PANJABI HIT SQUAD: APR 24 Shape GALAPAGOOSE: APR 26 The Bird DERRICK MAY: APR 27 Ambar CLARK: APR 27 The Bakery RUFUS: APR 27 Villa THE FUNKOARS: APR 27 Bar 120; APR 28 Rosemount Hotel + SIX60, THE ROOSTER POLICE: APR 28 Capitol BEN UFO: APR 28 Secret Warehouse KID KENOBI, SURECUT KIDS: APR 28 Villa SUB ZERO, MC EKSMAN: MAY 5 Villa CREAMFIELDS: DAVID GUETTA, ABOVE & BEYOND, DIRTY SOUTH, ALESSO, GIUSEPPE OTTAVIANI, W&W and more TBA: MAY 5 Supreme Court Gardens MORD FUSTANG: MAY 11 Ambar ATMOSPHERE, EVIDENCE: MAY 11 Villa KRAFTY KUTS: MAY 12 Villa SHOWTEK: MAY 18 Shape + KINGS OF SOUND FESTIVAL: MAY 19 Rosemount Hotel LAPALUX, OOOOO: MAY 19 The Bakery DIGITALISM, ADRIAN LUXE: MAY 19 Villa GROOVIN’ THE MOO: 360, ADRIAN LUX, BENI, BALL PARK MUSIC, DIGITALISM, HERMITUDE, HILLTOP HOODS, PURPLE SNEAKERS DJS and more: MAY 19 Hay Park, Bunbury


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THU 05 Hot Cross Buns: Tonite Only, The Medics, YesYou, The Brow Horn Orchestra, Sun City, Scenic, Stillwater Giants and more Amplifier/Capitol Pop Candy 7th Avenue Bar Mod Squad Bailey Bar & Bistro Jamie Powers Bally’s Bar Gotham City Balmoral Wash, The Spitfires, Mezzanine, Rich Widow, Sulu Beat Nightclub Feisty Burlesque Belgian Beer Cafe Karin Page Bentley Hotel DJ Andyy, Lemz Solo Boulevard Bar Chris Gibbs Duo Brook Bar & Bistro The Other Guys Como Htl Sugarfield Edz Sports Bar 1 James Flynn, Cynthia Utterbach Ellington Jazz Club Halo Empire Howie Morgan FUSE Bar Baby Piranhas Greenwood Hotel The Damien Cripps Band High Road Htl Riverton Switch High Wycombe Hotel Nathan Gaunt, Morgan Bain, Minky G, Mama Boots, Switchback Hyde Park Htl Easy Tigers Inglewood Hotel Bluebottles Kalamunda Htl Pretty Fly Kingsley Tavern Tendera Kulcha The Organ Grinders Legends Bar Dorcia Library Nathan Gaunt Lucky Shag Havana Brown Metropolis Fremantle Red Engine Caves, Shimmergloom, The Crooked Cats, The Vans, Misty Mountains, The Beers, Sirens Of Sound, Wrongtown Mojos Nth Fremantle Soul Corporation Moon & Sixpence Dizzy Miss Lizzy Murphys Mandurah Adam Hall & the Velvet Playboys, Swing DJ, Party Rockers, DJ James MacArthur Mustang Bar Angry Buda Newport Htl The Silent World, Lanark, Antelope Norfolk Basement Darryn Dodd Novotel Vines Resort James Wilson Osborne Park Htl Stu Harcourt Paddingtion Ale House Dr Bogus Paddy Hannan’s, Burswood Flyte, DJ Johnny Boi, DJ Jordan Paramount Blunt Force Trauma, Reapers Riddle, Gates Of Perdition, Accursed, DJ Brett Rowe Rocket Room Sons of Rico DJs Rosemount Htl Clayton Bolger Rosie O’Gradys Fremantle

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Bill Chidgzey Rosie O’Gradys Northbridge The Mojos Springs Tavern Retriofit Steve’s Bar Sophie Jane Stirling Arms Guildford Dirty Scoundrels Swinging Pig Jen de Ness The Boat Adrian Wilson The Brass Monkey Listening For Triggers, Afraid of Heights, Amend, The Exit Line The Civic Den Better Days The Gate Bar and Bistro, Success Kickstart The Shed Jack & Jill The Vic Hotel Paul Malone, Adam Kelly, Alex Koresis Tiger Lils Everlong Acoustic Victoria Park Htl Alex Dew Xwray Café Lanark, Sidewalk Diamonds, Sprawl, Sexy Robot Ya Ya’s

FRI 06 Good Friday

SAT 07 Ball Park Music , Cub Scouts, Stillwater Giants Amplifier Bar Lush Bailey Bar & Bistro Dead Meadow Bakery Northbridge Stu Harcourt Bally’s Bar Flyte Bar 120 Runaways Beat Nightclub Karin Page Belgian Beer Cafe J Babies Black Bettys Peace Love & All That Stuff Boulevard Bar One Trick Phonies Brook Bar & Bistro Karin Page Brooklands Pop Candy Burswood Lobby Lounge Switch Burswood Prize Draw Stage Howie Morgan (duo) Captain Stirling The Limelights Clancys Canning Bridge Jay Hoad Clancys Fremantle DJ Al Como Htl James Flynn, Cynthia Utterbach, Empire Ellington Jazz Club James Ess Empire Amateur Miss Pole Queen 2012 Fly By Night Cargo Beat Greenwood Hotel Nathan Gaunt Hotel Rottnest Cal Peck & the Tramps, The Sure-Fire Midnights, Blazing Entrails Hyde Park Htl Matt Gresham Indi Bar The Other Guys Indian Ocean Brewing Company Alitia Martin Kalamunda Htl Grant Hart Kingsway S/Centre Dr Bogus Lakers Tavern Big Boss & The Axeman Leeman Sports Club Steve Hepple Leopold Htl Bicton Rhythm 22 M On The Point

Gumnut Stompers, Wozzo the Clown Malaga Markets Spritzer Merriwa Tavern The Love Junkies, Blackboard Minds, Oh You Pretty Things Mojos Nth Fremantle Blaze Moon & Sixpence The Continentals, Rockabilly DJ, 10 Cent Billionaire, DJ James MacArthur Mustang Bar Kizzy, Gravity Newport Htl Loose Lips, The Yokohomos, I’m A Spaceship, Fiona McMartin Norfolk Basement Passionworks Northwood Alehouse James Wilson Osborne Park Htl The Shinkickers Outhouse Inn Felix, DJ Cornflake, DJ Johnny Boi, DJ Jordan Paramount Sean Scott Port Kennedy Tavern Electrophobia Quarie Bar & Bistro Dead Set Radio, One Armed Scissor, We Stand As Heroes, Jessika Alyce Lawrence Railway Htl DJ Brett Rowe, Kickstart Rocket Room Call Collector, The Siren Tower, The Arsonist, Hoot ‘n Howl, Dead Reckoner Rosemount Htl Blue Gene Rosie O’Gradys Northbridge The Kickstarts Sail & Anchor Michael & Dee South st Ale House Sean Scott Steve’s Bar Off the Record Subiaco Htl The Wishers, Matt Collyer, Falloe, Tokyo 5 Swan Basement Lips McConague Swinging Pig (Arvo) Free Radicals The Boat Antagonist, Into The Sea, The Others, Negative Reinforcement, Driven Fear, Dying Sun The Civic Den Dirty Scoundrels The Gate Bar Huge The Shed DJ Bojan, Dj Ben Sebastian, Alex Koresis Tiger Lils Keith McDonald Two Rocks Tavern Lips McConague Wanneroo Tavern The Damien Cripps Band Whale & Ale Mod Squad Woodvale Tavern Dublin Jazz Aunt, Burn Habit, The Reductors, Simone Taylor Ya Ya’s

SUN 08 Good Karma 7th Avenue Bar After Life: Veil Of Maya, Savious, The Storm Picturesque, Paradise In Exile Amplifier Bar Greg Carter Bally’s Bar Cranky Balmoral Annabelle, Cassie Enright, Cam & Leon, Lazarus Boulevard Bar

Matt Milford Broken Hill Hotel Ali Towers Brook Bar & Bistro Greg Carter Brooklands Skism, TC, Culprate, Zomboy Capitol Christian Parkinson Captain Stirling The Mojos Carine Glades Tavern The Shinkickers Carlisle Htl James Wilson Chase Bar & Bistro The Fancy Brothers Clancys Dunsborough The Zydecats Clancys Fremantle David Fyffe Como Htl Stu Harcourt East 150 Bar The Groovesmiths Ensemble Ellington Jazz Club CB3 Empire Dom Zurzolo Gosnells Railway Markets One Trick Phonies Greenwood Hotel Mike Nayar High Road Tavern The Organ Grinders High Wycombe Hotel Nathan Gaunt Hotel Rottnest Simon Kelly Hyde Park Htl Sophie Jane Hyde Park Htl (Arvo) Aarons Crusade, Ryan Webb, St Ravine Indi Bar Dove Indian Ocean Brewing Company Retriofit Indian Ocean Brewing company (Afternoon) Leighton Keepa Kalamunda Htl Blu Guru Kulcha Jamie Powers Lakers Tavern Ivan Ribic Leisure Inn Bluebottles M On The Point Allen Smith, Hot Suga Malaga Markets Skarface, Special Brew, The Isolites Mojos Nth Fremantle Gerard Maunick, Tina Simone Moon & Sixpence Peter Busher & the Lone Rangers, DJ Rockin Rhys, Blue Gene, DJ James MacArthur Mustang Bar Ball Park Music, Stillwater Giants, Cub Scouts, Timothy Nelson Newport Htl Like a Version Northwood Alehouse Free Radicals Ocean View Tavern Flyte Paddy Hannan’s, Burswood Sophie Jane Duo Pig & Whistle Kevin Conway Pink Duck Lounge Jack & Jill Quarie Bar & Bistro Mister & Sunbird Queens Tavern, Highgate Ngati, Glen Prophecy Australia, DKO, Basement Sea, Ronmak Railway Htl Warning Birds Redcliffe On Murray AJ, Reason, The Master, Porsahlaine, Smiley, Seasta Chani, Complete, Cat, Mama Tiger Rosemount Htl Shawne & Luc Sail & Anchor

Mike Nayar Saint Howie Morgan Project Saint (afternoon) Sean Scott South st Ale House Adrian Wilson Springs Tavern Adam James Swinging Pig Better Days The Gate Bar and Bistro, Success Karin Page The Principle Micro Brewery Renegade, The Healys The Shed Clayton Bolger Two Rocks Tavern Retriofit Universal Bar Neil Colliss Victoria Park Htl Damien Cripps Woodvale Tavern

MON 09 Courtney Murphy Burswood Lobby Lounge Hi-NRG Burswood Prize Draw Stage Wide Open Mic Mojos Nth Fremantle Marco & The Ally Cats Mustang Bar Adam James The Boat The Organ Grinders The Brass Monkey Plastic Max and the Token Gesture The Deen

TUE 10 Chris Murphy Burswood Lobby Lounge Penny King Ellington Jazz Club Ben Merito Lucky Shag I of Ra, Thirty3, Samot Frod, Basso Mojos Nth Fremantle Stu Harcourt Paddingtion Ale House

WED 11 Fresh Faced Follies Bakery Northbridge Nathan Gaunt Balmoral Courtney Murphy Burswood Lobby Lounge Anea Duratovic Quintet Ellington Jazz Club Fenton Wilde Hale Rd Tavern Minky G, Morgan Bain, Daniel Firkin Trio Indi Bar Howie Morgan Lucky Shag Sublime With Rome, Mat McHugh, Matt Gresham Metropolis Fremantle Chris Matthews, Heath Marshall, Eleven Eleven Mojos Nth Fremantle Badger and the Fox, Fliptop, Kyle Bonser Paddingtion Ale House 5 Shots Paddy Hannan’s, Burswood Ashoka, Further Earth, Copious, Archer and Light Rosemount Htl David Fyffe Rosie O’Gradys Northbridge Greg Carter South st Ale House James Gates, Moustache, Richard Lane The Moon Joanney Truscheit, Jennifer Hardy Xwray Café Tomas Ford Ya Ya’s

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TOUR GUIDE

ANTAGONIST YES: APR 5 Riverside Theatre HOT CROSS BUNS: THE MEDICS, YESYOU and more: APR 5 Amplifier XAVIER RUDD: APR 5 Astor Theatre; APR 7 Palandri Winery, Margaret River ANTAGONIST AD, DRIVEN FEAR: APR 6 YMCA HQ; APR 7 Civic Hotel DEAD MEADOW, PINK MOUNTAINTOPS: APR 7 The Bakery

LAST DINOSAURS LAKEMAN, MY FRIEND THE CHOCOLATE CAKE, THE CHIPOLATAS, SHOOGLENIFTY, CHIRIS WHILE, JULIE MATTHEWS, KAVISHA, TJUPURRU, STIFF GINS, THE WOOHOO REVUE, LINSEY POLLACK, MAL WEB and more: APR 13-15 Fairbridge Village + DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE: VAN SHE and more: APR 15 Court Overflow MICHAEL BOLTON: APR 17 Riverside Theatre

COLD CHISEL: APR 7 Sandalford Winery, Swan Valley

WERNER DAFELDECKER, VALERIO TRICOLI: APR 18 Spectrum ECU

BLU GURU: APR 7 Kulcha

SHOOGLENIFTY, THE CHIPOLATAS: APR 18 Fly By Night

BALL PARK MUSIC, CUB SCOUTS: APR 7 Amplifier; APR 8 Newport Hotel JAY HOAD: APR 7 Clancy’s Dunsborough; APR 8 Dunsborough Tavern; APR 12 Prince Of Wales; APR 14 Swan Basement; APR 15 Newport Hotel; APR 18 Mojo’s; APR 19 Mustang Bar; APR 26 Gypsya Tapas; APR 27 Velvet Lounge; APR 29 Indi Bar SKARFACE: APR 8 Mojo’s VEIL OF MAYA, THE STORM PICTURESQUE, STORIES: APR 8 Amplifier; APR 9 YMCA HQ VUSI MAHLASELA: APR 11 Fly By Night SUBLIME WITH ROME, MAT MCHUGH: APR 11 Metropolis Fremantle HI-5: APR 11 & 12 His Majesty’s Theatre; APR 13 Bunbury Entertainment Centre THE NEVER EVER: APR 12 YMCA HQ (Early), Villa (Late) SETH LAKEMAN, CARUS THOMPSON: APR 12 Clancy’s Fremantle; APR 13 Hyde Park Hotel PASSENGER: APR 13 Fly By Night + ABSOLUTE BOYS: APR 14 The Bakery; APR 15 The Bird + CAS & AL: APR 14 Clancy’s Fremantle; APR 15 Redcliffe On The Murray; APR 21 Mojo’s; APR 22 Indi Bar; APR 25 Mojo’s; APR 29 Clancy’s Dunsborough LAST DINOSAURS: APR 14 Amplifier

ROGER DALTREY (THE WHO): APR 19 Riverside Theatre AMON AMARTH: APR 19 Capitol BLUEJUICE, LOON LAKE, THE CAIROS: APR 19 Settlers Tavern; APR 20 Capitol EMILY BARKER: APR 19 Transmission Lounge, Denmark; APR 20 Emporium, Bridgetown; APR 21 Fat Shan Records CALLING ALL CARS: APR 19 Indi Bar; APR 20 Prince Of Wales; APR 21 Rosemount Hotel + COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS: APR 20 Devilles Pad BIG SCARY: APR 20 Amplifier THE SNARSKI BROTHERS: APR 20 Velvet Lounge; APR 21 Norfolk Basement BEN SALTER, JOE MCKEE (SNOWMAN): APR 20 The Fly Trap; APR 22 The Bird SAMUEL DASS: APR 21 Kulcha DEEZ NUTS, PHANTOMS: APR 21 Amplifier; APR 22 YMCA HQ + GANGA GIRI: APR 21 Fly By Night; APR 22 Redcliffe On The Murray; APR 24 Indi Bar LOU BARLOW: APR 22 Rosemount Hotel BURT BACHARACH: APR 23 Riverside Theatre

THE HERD: APR 13 Settlers Tavern; APR 14 Rosemount Hotel

BLEEDING KNEES CLUB, DUNE RATS: APR 25 Indi Bar; APR 26 Prince Of Wales; APR 27 Amplifier; APR 28 Mojo’s

SEAL: APR 14 Sandalford Estate, Swan Valley

AN HORSE: APR 25 Rosemount Hotel

JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE: APR 14 Fly By Night; APR 15 Rosemount Hotel

AUGUST BURNS RED, BLESSTHEFALL, NORTHLANE: APR 25 Amplifier

FAIRBRIDGE FESTIVAL: PAUL BRADY, SHANE HOWARD, SETH

1897 SESSIONS: WHITLEY: APR 26 Newport Hotel

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