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NEWS FROM THE FRONT

IN BRIEF Creative Crops is a new networking site by creative people for creative people in WA. Head to creativecrops. com.au to get involved. TORTOISE

IT IS HERE 2012 sees the doors of sonic perception in our city burst open by way of a shiny new music event, This Is Nowhere, where you are invited to indulge in the subterranean sounds of artists from home and afar. The setting for This Is Nowhere – Somerville Auditorium, Dolphin Theatre and Lawrence Jackson Court at UWA – has been carefully selected to enhance the already enchanting sounds of the line-up, and what a massive one it is. Get ready for Tortoise on their first Perth visit in over a decade; Xiu Xiu launching new album Always; Grails, Beach Fossils and Puro Instinct in their Aus’ debuts; HTRK and High Tea making their Perth debut; The Bank Holidays; Mayor Dadi; Chris Cobilis; and the Somer Love DJs (Adam Trainer, Claude Mono & Andrew Sinclair). Lawrence Jackson Court features ‘The Inglorious Buskers’; sets from locals Rachael Dease, David Craft, Alex Griffin, Andrew Ewing, Peter Bibby and Amber Fresh. As you can see Sunday 14 October is shaping up to be fresher than Will Smith in Bel Air, and keep your ears peeled for the Dolphin Theatre stage announcement, which will feature a line-up of only the most forwardthinking beat-makers from around the world. Tickets $99 plus BF via thisisnowhere. com.au, lifeisnoise.com, Heatseeker, Oztix, 78’s, Mills, Planet and Star Surf. DEVO

The 8th Annual Australian Music Prize will now be free to enter (previously it cost $55). Telstra has launched MOG, a new streaming music service which allows users to access over 15 million tracks. Mog.com for more info. Those wishing to exhibit works in the Hyper Vision Youth Arts Festival best get along to hyperfest.com.au by tomorrow to submit. Warner Music Australia are set to launch IndoChine, a brand new boutique label run by Dave Laing. Josh Ritter, Simone Felice and Dawes are the first acts to join the roster.

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ROLLING HOME Perth Roller Derby’s second home game of the season is set to be a mighty battle between first round victors the Bloody Sundaes and rivals The Mistresses Of Mayhem. Now in their fifth powerhouse year, both teams will blow you away with their amazing athleticism, speed and agility. Enjoy a drink or two at the PRD bar whilst watching your new favourite full-contact sport, and the event finishes early enough to serve as a tasty first course to your Saturday night. Saturday 7July at the Herb Graham Rec Centre in Mirrabooka, doors 6.15pm, game 7.00pm. OWL EYES AND STONEFIELD

Universal will be reissuing every Icehouse album that hasn’t yet been re-released on Friday 13 July. Man Of Colours and Primitive Man will get special 25th and 30th anniversary repackaging, including DVDs of classic Icehouse performances and television appearances.

MIND BLOWING In what promises to be one of the most captivating tours of the year, Simple Minds and Devo are touring the country this summer, and make a stop at An Evening On The Green at Kings Park & Botanic Gardens on Tuesday 4 December. Joining them, and adding more highlights to savour, will be one of Australia’s finest, The Church and eclectic ‘80s popsters The Models, led by Sean Kelly. More than two million Australians have enjoyed the A Day On The Green experience, and with another bumper season planned at wineries around the country, the event continues to go from strength to strength. Ticket via adayonthegreen.com.au. ALPINE

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T IS FOR TOUR Since forming, Alpine have supported the likes of Kimbra, Sia, Cloud Control, The Jezabels, The Naked & Famous and Matt Corby to name but a few, and have graced festivals across the country including Splendour In The Grass, Southbound and Falls Festival. Now they’re headed for Perth in support of their debut album A Is For Alpine, which comes out Friday 10 August, and play the Newport Thursday 23 August; Friday 24 at the Prince Of Wales; and Saturday 25 at The Bakery. Supported by Perth’s own Georgi Kay, tickets via Oztix and Now Baking.

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Parklife-bound French electro duo Justice have just released their new EP New Lands, which features remixes from Sebastian, A-Trak and DJ Falcon.

US composer Richard Adler died aged 90 on Thursday 21 June. Adler is best known for co-writing ‘50s musicals The Pajama Game and Damn Yankees.

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Gold Coast band Oceanics and Brisbane’s own Hungry Kids Of Hungary both signed world-wide publishing deals with Alberts last week, as the company looks to bolster its roster significantly.

THE FRONT LINE High-flying Melbourne artists Owl Eyes and Stonefield are set to join forces for a national, co-headline tour this August. Under the moniker of Winter Road Trip 2012, the regional tour will promote and support the Australian Government initiative The Line, promoting respectful relationships among Australia’s youth and raising awareness about everything from sexting, texting and cyber-bullying, to inappropriate physical behaviour. The groups land in Perth Thursday 16 August to play separate shows. Owl Eyes plays the already announced ArtBar show at the WA Art Gallery, while Stonefield rock into the Newport Hotel. They then team up to play Settlers Tavern, Margaret River Friday 17, and Studio 146, Albany Saturday 18. HOLY BALM

We Are Unified [UNFD] last week announced a distribution and licensing partnership with UK-based Essential Music to start their expansion into Europe.

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Last weekend Scandinavian club phenomena Swedish House Mafia posted an announcement on their website stating they will not continue as a touring act. They say their current tour will be their last and that their journey has come to an end.

POWERS COMBINED Four of the east coast’s best and three of Perth’s finest beat-smiths take over The Bakery, Saturday 14 July for a night of supremely wonky beats. From Melbourne Wooshie launches his Boyfriend Material EP and Adras Fox celebrates his new mini-LP Daydreaming; and Queensland’s Outerwaves launches a split 7” with Sydney’s Rainbow Chain, Grains Vol. 1. If it wasn’t already a night of incredible beat-smithery, locals James Ireland, Kucka and Salamander round out the supports. And it’s only $10 from 8pm, so get down early.

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Irish indie-rock outfit Two Door Cinema Club have announced that they will be dropping their sophomore release, Beacon, on Friday 7 September via Kitsune/ Cooperative Music.

PARTY PEOPLE Sydney dance outfit Holy Balm are to release their debut album It’s You this year, the release of which coincides with a national tour this August. The tour includes a live performance at PICA Saturday 11 August with Perth’s Mental Powers, marking Holy Balm’s first visit to WA. After years of performing on the outskirts of Sydney’s underground music and art scenes, the band have moved through improvised, longer-form beginnings to create their own idea of an endless dancefloor, rendering for non-stop partying at their live shows. $15 entry.

HIGH FREQUENCIES Queensland’s Band Of Frequencies touch down in Perth this August with an impressive amount of shows crammed into nine days. You can catch them on their debut west coast voyage with a show spanning the spectrum of progressive roots, rock, electronic and psychedelic styles at the following venues: the Prince Of Wales Hotel, Friday 3 August; Quindanning Tavern, Saturday 4; Mojo’s, Sunday 5; Indi Bar, Wednesday 8; Pinjarra Pub, Thursday 9; Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, Friday 10; White Star, Albany Saturday 11; and Clancy’s Fish Pub in Dunsborough, Sunday 12. For more info/tickets head to bandoffrequencies.com.


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FOREWORD LINE

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LOCAL LOVIN’

ESCHATON HIVE

There’s some mighty fine happenings going down right now in WA, and we don’t just mean going heater shopping... Upcoming local industrialists Eschaton Hive launch their self-titled debut album this weekend, containing 15 tracks that combine grinding grooves and pulsing electronics with sonically-explosive guitar riffs, basslines and synth. They launch it this Saturday 30 June at the Crypt in Mt Lawley.

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WINNERS Massachusetts hardcore act Defeater have confirmed that they will be returning to this September, just over a year since they were here last. Defeater are a band that play by their own rules; they write narrative songs about fictional characters, release concept albums and mix melodic hardcore with acoustic ballads, all the while tapping into issues such as social awareness and environmental activism. Defeater will be joined by none other than Philadelphia’s ever-evolving Blacklisted, touring Australia for the first time since 2008. They land in Perth Wednesday 3 October for a show at Amplifier, and then play an ALL-AGES show at YMCA HQ Thursday 4, tickets via Moshtix.

King Tito’s ‘90s Hip Hop Party hits upstairs at East End bar Friday 6 July with DJs Joe Macc, Friend, Sparklehaus, Cooker, Sugar Dixon, Shit Graff, Count Dropula, Mick Tha Knife and more. Hardcore locals Cabin Fever are headlining an explosive night of punk and hardcore at The Den Friday 6 July with support from The DeNiros, Listening For Triggers, Blindspot and 10 Past 6, $10. Locals Wolves At The Door have been announced as support for Jonathan Boulet’s show at Amplifier, Saturday 7 July. Black Friday just got injected with a high dose of rock‘n’roll as another edition of Horrorsville has been announced at Devilles Pad Friday 13 July with Rocket To Memphis and Screaming Lord Miff. $10 from 8pm. Prior to the screenings of award-winning documentary Way Of The Morris at The Astor Theatre, Sunday 8 July at 12.15pm and Friday 13 at 5pm, The Perth Morris Men will perform their traditional English dance. If you didn’t have plans Friday 13 July, you do now. Helta Skelta are joined by Cabin Fever, Tikdoff, Worst Possible Outcome and The DeNiros at Beat Nightclub. $10 entry. After a couple of months gigging around England, acoustic duo Minky G and Rosco are launching their debut EP Sunday 15 July at The Ellington.

A Daft Punk Tribute night, featuring Perth’s own Micah and Tom Drummond, spinning Daft Punk bang(alt)ers all night long, takes over the Newport Hotel Thursday 26 July, free entry from 8pm. The second edition of the Insomniac Ball at The Rocket Room goes black tie, Friday 13 July with live tunes from Eal Monsters, A Haunting On Ravenswood, Death Dependant, Reapers Riddle, Nexus and It All Ends Here.

Australia’s foremost female children’s entertainer, Justine Clarke is preparing to ‘pop up’ this summer for a pre-Christmas treat in Justine Clarke’s Pop Up Tour 2012. Justine will bring the stage to life in a pop up book theme highlighting the stories we tell through music and song. Through live music, the magic of story telling and an interactive use of the large screen backdrop, the audience won’t be able to resist being thoroughly engaged with this 55-minute musical odyssey of fun. The Pop Up tour lands in Perth Saturday 1 December at The Astor Theatre, already selling out her 10am show, Clarke has announced another at 12pm. Tickets via livenation.com.au.

FRESH FACTS Trance has been the centre of the electronic music world since its start, ever evolving and elating the masses. Dutch born Australian resident MaRLo is not your typical trance producer, bringing something fresh to the world of electronic music. MaRLo’s studio skills have seen him sign productions to trance super-labels such as Armada, Spinnin Records, Blackhole Recordings and Flashover, and he’s announced a set for Saturday 21 July at Shape Bar with support from GeRmAn, Illuminor, Flare, N.abled. Tickets $20 via Moshtix for this Amon Vision event.

DREAM COME TRUE Australian metalcore unit Dream On Dreamer have had one of the most ridiculous 10 month touring schedules you will ever see. Since the release of their debut album Heartbound, the band has amounted well over 100 shows worldwide – notching up two US tours, two European tours, and running through Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. Dream On Dreamer will be returning to Australian shores with their first capital cities tour since Soundwave. The Homebound tour lands in Perth Sunday 9 September at YMCA HQ for an all-ages afternoon show, then takes over Amplifier that night. 6 • THE DRUM MEDIA

HYTE After stewing away at their self-titled debut EP for the past 18 months, prog-rock trio Hyte launch it at The Rosemount Hotel Friday 3 August with support from The Devil Rides Out, The Sure-Fire Midnights and Between Oceans. $15 entry gets you an EP.

Packing their best indie hooks and cheeky charm, Sydney rockers Little Lovers are heading to Perth on their maiden voyage west. This will be a longawaited return to the home state for the Little Lovers’ songwriter and vocalist Wintah Thompson, who was born in WA but was whisked east before he had a chance to call it home. 28 years later he returns, bringing with him some pop gems in preparation of their forthcoming debut album. The Little Lovers are here to support their friends The Wine-Dark Sea launch their debut release, Friday 29 June at the Rosemount Hotel, and they’ve snuck in a sideshow in at the Velvet Lounge Sunday 1 July with support from Burgers Of Beef, Adem K and Ermine Coat.

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Dead Set Radio launch their debut EP Resigned To This Fate with a small run of shows in WA beginning at the Rocket Room Friday 20 July, then hitting The Railway Hotel Friday 27 and The White Star Hotel in Albany Saturday 28.

GIVEAWAYS SECOND CHANCE

Kicking yourself that you didn’t grab tickets to Tim Finn’s show at the Art Gallery Of WA’s Artbar, Thursday 5 July, before they sold out? Well, we’ve got ONE DOUBLE PASS to give away to the founding member of Split Enz and acclaimed singer/ songwriter’s show. For your chance to win, simply email giveaways@drumperth.com.au with “WIN FINN” in the subject header.

LIVES ON On what would have been Bon Scott’s 66th birthday, Australian rockers Raise The Flag return with their Bon But Not Forgotten show to pay tribute to the iconic rocker, Saturday 7 July at The Charles Hotel. An all-star line-up drives a mean set with The Angels’ James Morley on vocals performing a standout set list of songs written, co-written or sung to fame by Scott. We’ve got FIVE DOUBLE PASSES to give away. For your chance to score two tickets, simply email giveaways@drumperth.com.au with “GREAT SCOTT” in the subject header.

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AN ICY WINTER Fremantle’s Esplanade Reserve is set to play host to the Lipton Chai Latte Winter Festival, Australia’s largest outdoor winter entertainment event, from 6-22 July. The increasingly popular festival tours for the first time in WA, featuring a new and exciting programme of music, nightlife, food and family fun. Welcoming the winter season, the festival will feature special food and beverage options, an extensive entertainment program including special theme nights, amazing figure skating and ice hockey demonstrations, and of course ice skating on an outdoor rink. Tickets and more into at winterfestival.com.au.

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HOT CHELLE RAE

FEELING HOT Dynamic four-piece Hot Chelle Rae, winners of the 2011 American Music Award for Best New Artist, make a triumphant return to Australian shores this October for their Whatever World Tour, promoting their 2011 album Whatever. The band announced themselves as a force to be reckoned with as avid audiences soaked up their special guest performances throughout Taylor Swift’s sold-out national tour earlier this year. This time they bring with them one of the UK’s hot new talents, special guest Cher Lloyd. Bringing their playful, stylish and radio-friendly hits to Perth, they play Challenge Stadium Thursday 1 November. Tickets via livenation.com.au.

PRAYERS ANSWERED Praying For Sunshine is the third brilliant single lifted from Children Collide’s album Monument, recently released to radio and available digitally. To celebrate, the boys are thrilled to announce some extra shows on August’s national Monument Tour due to popular demand. With a second show at Amplifier Saturday 4 August, fans have another chance to catch the band presenting their fiery live show on top of their shows Thursday 2 at the Prince Of Wales and Friday 3 at Amplifier. Most excellent support comes from Dune Rats and Bad Dreems, tickets via Oztix. PO Box 507 Mount Lawley 6929 Phone (08) 9228 9655 General Editorial music@drumperth.com.au Arts/Film Editorial frontrow@drumperth.com.au Club/Dance Editorial mo@drumperth.com.au Gig Guide gigguide@drumperth.com.au Live Editorial live@drumperth.com.au Advertising Sales sales@drumperth.com.au Accounts/Administration accounts@drumperth.com.au Artroom artwork@drumperth.com.au Distribution distro@drumperth.com.au Office hours 9am to 6pm Mon to Fri.

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As part of Revelation Film Festival, Drum Media is proud to present the Australian premiere of the documentary Vigilante Vigilante: The Battle For Expression, where producer Nate Wollman will also be on hand for a Q&A with attendees. The film looks at street art and graffiti, with a focus on self-appointed anti-graffiti vigilantes: lone individuals dedicated to keeping the environment free of all street art, posters, tags and graffiti. Their own activities in many ways contribute to the solution they’re imagining – slopping grey paint over luminescent street art, ripping down posters and more. Documentatians Max Good and Wollman examine street art in all forms, interviewing artists and exploring the visual contributions it gives to cities and how we all engage in the urban environment, highlighting that what may be at stake is nothing less than a right to free expression. Director Good lets his subjects – even those he clearly disapproves of – speak for themselves, and what ensues is an exploration of the need for creative freedom. While there is a tonne of incredible films showing over the Revelation Film Festival, we’re pretty damn excited about this one, and if you’d like to win one of 50 DOUBLE PASSES to see a special Drumpresented screening of the film Thursday 12 July, simply email giveaways@drumperth.com.au with VIGILANTE in the header, for your chance to win.

As the 15th annual Perth International Revelation Film Festival descends onto Perth next week, Troy Mutton takes some time with one of its featured international guests, Crispin Hellion Glover, to discuss his feature works and the un-stupefying of cinema culture.

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o the average cinema-goer, the man gracing the front page of this week’s magazine probably has a recognisable face. Back To The Future fans will recognise him as Marty McFly’s dad; he played Andy Warhol in Oliver Stone’s essential music biopic The Doors; the creepy, rat-loving protagonist in 2003’s Willard; and the ‘Thin Man’ in the Charlie’s Angels movie. Behind these Hollywood roles, however, lies Crispin Hellion Glover, a man whose heart lies in the weird and wonderful world of independent cinema, a screenwriter and director in his own right. As part of the Revelation Film Festival (running Thursday 5-Sunday 15 July), Glover arrives in Perth to personally present his two directorial works – What Is It? and It Is Fine! EVERYTHING IS FINE, and they are as far from the Hollywood norm as you can get. Both feature actors with Down syndrome in the primary roles, along with things like porn stars wearing animal heads and talking snails. The latter film was written by, co-directed by and starring Steven C. Stewart, a personal friend of Glover’s who had Cerebral Palsy, was wheelchair bound, and died only a month after the completion of It Is Fine!... Starting to get the idea? Of most importance to Glover though, is his message. “I am very careful to make it quite clear that What Is It? is not a film about Down syndrome, but my psychological reaction to the corporate restraints that have happened in the last 20 to 30 years in film making. Specifically [that] anything that can possibly make an audience uncomfortable is necessarily excised or the film will not be corporately funded or distributed,” Glover begins via a lengthy and incredibly in-depth electronic correspondence. “This is damaging to the culture because it is the very moment when an audience member sits back in their chair, looks up at the screen and thinks to their self, ‘Is this right, what I am watching? Is this wrong, what I am watching? Should I be here? Should the filmmaker have made this? What is it?’ And that is the title of the film… For the culture to not be able to ask questions leads towards a non-educational experience, and that is what is happening in this culture. This stupefies this culture and

that is of course a bad thing. So What Is It? is a direct reaction to the contents of this culture’s media. I would like people to think for themselves.” So passionate is Glover about these beliefs, the films themselves rarely screen outside of film festivals, and Glover himself is present at any screening to take part in Q&A’s with the audiences to not only discuss the films, but present his book readings, The Crispin Hellion Glover Slide Show (Part 1 & 2) – both of which he’ll also be performing as part of Revelation. “The fact that I tour with the film helps the distribution element. I consider what I am doing to be following in the steps of vaudeville performers. “The live aspects of the shows are not to be underestimated,” he stresses. “This is a large part of how I bring audiences in to the theatre. A majority of how I recoup on my investment of personally financing the films is by what is charged for the live show and what I make from selling the books after the shows,” Glover states, before going into the readings themselves. “For Crispin Hellion Glover’s Big Slide Show I perform a one-hour dramatic narration of eight different books I have made over the years. The books are taken from old books from the 1800s that have been changed in to different books from what they originally were. They are heavily illustrated with original drawings and reworked images and photographs.” And after beginning to make the books back in 1982, and performing the slide show since 1992, has it changed much over the years? “The content of that show has not changed since I first started performing it. But the performance of the show has become more dramatic as opposed to more of a reading. The books do not change but the performance of the show of course varies slightly from show to show based the audience’s energy and my energy.” Glover is quite becoming of the fact that while the Hollywood formula he is sometimes involved in is a major departure from his own personal works, it is a necessary part of financing his own films and distributing them through his company, Volcanic Eruptions. “I definitely have been aware of utilizing the fact that I am known from work I have done in corporate media

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in the last 30 years or so. This is something I rely on for when I go on tour with my films. It lets me go to various places and have local media cover the fact that I will be performing a one-hour live dramatic narration of eight different books which are profusely illustrated and projected as I go through them, then show the film, either What Is It? being 72 minutes or It Is Fine!... being 74 minutes, then having a Q&A and then a book signing. As I funded the films I knew that this is how I would recoup my investment, even if it is a slow process.” It is, of course, not just all about the monetary elements though. “There are benefits in that I am in control of the distribution and I personally supervise the monetary intake of the films that I am touring with. I also control piracy because any digital copy of this film is stolen material and highly prosecutable. It is enjoyable to travel and visit places, meet people, perform the shows and have interaction with the audiences and discussions about the films afterwards. This also makes me much more personally grateful to the individuals who come to my shows as there is no corporate intermediary.” In essence, Glover longs to harken back to the golden era of cinema, before VHS and home theatres destroyed the abundance and popularity of 35mm venues – a time that inspired him as a teenager. “As soon as I got my driver’s license, when I was 16 in 1980, I attended screenings at revival theaters that were quite popular in LA before VHS competition cleared many of them away. The films I saw that played in these venues tended to question culturally-accepted truths with performances that underscored these concepts.” He goes on to list films such as Roman Polanski’s Repulsion and Chinatown, Fellini’s Eight & A Half and Kubrick classics like 2001 and A Clockwork Orange. “I was a regular attendee of David Lynch’s Eraserhead at midnight on Fridays at the Nuart [Theatre, Los Angeles].” And he studied performances from the likes of Jack Nicholson in Five Easy Pieces, Brad Dourif in One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest and Werner Herzog fave Klaus Kinski in Aguirre Wrath Of God. “These films and performances characterized the atmosphere of

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Musical journeymen The Joe Kings discuss the value of on-stage experience and discovering the art of the song with Jason Kenny.

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t was some night mid-week in early September 2009 when I went for a pint at Leederville’s JB O’Reilly’s with a friend and saw two guys, hair everywhere, playing with reckless abandon. Later that week, at Mojo’s with the same mate, there they were again. For a while, it seemed you couldn’t go out on the weekend without catching at least one gig where The Joe Kings were playing. Those three-hour sets as a duo in JB O’Reilly’s – and anywhere else that would put them on the bill – helped them cut their teeth. “Me and Phil [Leggett, Afro-haired guitarist] had a lot of catching up to do with each other’s musical influences,” says frontman Jack Stirling. “It never got tiring. Easily for about a year or two years we played relentlessly as a duo and it was fun. Our writing style changed a lot. We had the kick drum and Phil would play electric and I’d play acoustic and that stayed the same, but the writing changed a lot which kept it exciting.”

36-date tour for their second EP and finalised the move to Melbourne in February. “We kind of did it backwards,” continues Leggett. “We moved, then we went on tour, then lost our houses and jobs and then moved and got them all again. Now we feel settled. We tried to get in as many shows [on the tour] as possible to say ‘Hello, Australia!’”

It was as much about getting their name out there as it was about getting gig experience and learning to perform. They took any opportunity presented to them, and soon they were snapping up supports or playing down south. They lost jobs over playing gigs instead of working. A by-product of those long sets and discovering new influences was the education of learning those songs well enough to play week in, week out. In some ways it was an old approach – the folk, blues or jazz approach of learning other’s songs and paying one’s dues – the same way that bluesmen like Howlin’ Wolf, Woody Guthrie and even The Rolling Stones did it. But we might be getting ahead of ourselves. “A lot of [it] was that Phil’s influences were really interesting to me,” Stirling says. “He was playing me songs I’d never heard, or he’d say he always wanted to play a particular song and we had a chance to somehow try to pull them off live. We indulged so much then.”

“We’d been moving towards that. Schram brought it out more,” Stirling says. “We’d been moving towards that and shortening songs that didn’t necessarily need to be that long. There were parts of songs that didn’t necessarily have to be part of that song or we could use for another song. In the past we’d try to cram everything in and we’d get so excited about a

It was after two years of playing the circuit as a duo that Stirling and Leggett added the rhythm section of Ryan Brewer and Riley WatsonRussell. They started headlining more gigs, playing fewer shows but to more people. The covers that they chose fitted in with the style they aspired to write themselves. Well, most of the time. “At that last Fly By Night show,” Leggett says, “we did that Beyoncé song, Crazy In Love. So that’s different, but we did make it our own, I reckon.” And to bring it all up to date, they scored a Jeff Martin tour support, did a

At the end of the tour it was time to head into the studio and start work on their first fulllength release. Steve Schram, known for his work with The Cat Empire and Little Birdy, sat at the production desk. But there had been a change for the band, some sort of realisation or moment of clarity, at the end of the tour. “We thought it would be nice to do short snappy songs and give it that punch,” Leggett says. “Like on that Yardbird’s record, [Eric Clapton] sings ‘Good morning little schoolgirl’, and it just goes chorus-verse-chorus-outro or whatever, and it just hits you. It’s a nice little punch.”

were allowing ourselves to jam a lot more,” explains Stirling. “The songs were more bluesy and blues rock and were longer and had a lot of sections that weren’t that necessary for a record. So we got these long epic sets together with all these intros and outros and we found it difficult on the last EP to refine them and to hone in on a song. The biggest change I noticed on this album was that by this stage we’d learnt as a band a lot more about the catchiness of songs and how they had to get to a point.” Schram immediately saw through the long jams the band had worked out and helped refine the songs to the kernel at their heart. Though the band had that direction in mind, it was Schram that helped them navigate those seas and gales. “He knew our style and he knew what to do to get that,” says Stirling. “He knew how to get that part of the music out instead of being taken over by the epic dirty bluesy rock side. We’ve made a definite progression to upbeat and fun songs and [they’re] a bit easier to listen to.” They’re quick to point out that it’s not a huge departure from their sound – fear not, long term fans. Perhaps it’s best described as less of a departure and more of an evolution, or a continued education in the craft of songwriting. Once in the studio, they found the producer made sure that

WE DID THAT BEYONCÉ SONG, CRAZY IN LOVE. LOVE. SO THAT’S DIFFERENT, BUT WE DID MAKE IT OUR OWN, I RECKON.”

new song that we’d try to put in this section and that section and… cram as much in it.” Schram’s influence went beyond a basic producer’s role. Leggett says they now gel better as a band and he attributes that to learning from Schram, and he’s keen to see how that plays out in the next tour. There was also a wealth of experience that be brought to the table. “In the EP before this we hadn’t been together as a band as long and we hadn’t played a lot of shows and we

the simplicity and directness of the songs was more of a conscious decision. At times it was necessary to throw away the embellishments to focus on the performance the song needed. “A lot of the songs on this record, even progressionwise, everyone had changed what they were listening to,” says Stirling. “I was listening to a lot of Paul Simon [songs]; they’re major and not too complicated. A lot of things in the writing I was doing and in Phil’s guitar playing, it all worked its own way into feeling like that.”

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The Joe Kings reveal that there’s more of a stage show and costuming involved with this tour than their previous shows. The mention of costumes is a bit of a relief, really, for those familiar with the lads’ nude Christmas card a few years ago. “There’s going to be more than what we’ve given in the past,” Stirling says, “which has been a bit of costuming. The gigs that I’ve been to and [that have] had a lasting memory and experience, there’s so much more that you can do. If the opportunity is there, why not take it and go as far as you can with it?” Stirling points out a particular Sufjan Stevens show a few years back blew his mind, and the stage show was as significant as the performance. “There’s so many bands up there,” Leggett says, “they never speak down the microphone either. It’s like you’re playing for yourself, and what’s the point?” We’re not talking Pink Floyd lasers or U2’s lemons here. It’s four guys on a stage wanting to entertain. “It seems a bit arrogant and wanky to go over the top with costumes,” Stirling says, “but I think it’s a bit wanky to do the shoegazing thing and being too cool. Gigs are funny when guys can laugh.” It’s more than just having some fun for themselves. “At our launch for the EP at the Northcote last tour we all wore hot pink in shorts and scarves,” Stirling says. “I think being kind of vulnerable and being in a position where others can so easily rag on you at gigs makes people more comfortable and feel like getting up and dancing: ‘If that guy’s up there and he has a beard and short shorts then I can get up and dance.’” Leggett adds: “It’s nice to break that barrier.”

It makes for more than just a snappy record. “We’re doing a number of warm-up gigs for the tour and we tried out a lot of the new songs,” says Stirling. “There was such a different feeling even in the live set. The song started, peaked and then ended instead of all these sections that aren’t necessary every song. Of course, live you can indulge, but you can’t milk it too much.” WHO: The Joe Kings WHAT: Strange Individual (Independent/ MGM) – out in August WHEN & WHERE: Thursday 5 July, Fly By Night; Friday 6, White Star Hotel, Albany; Saturday 7, Settlers Tavern, Margaret River


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THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS Almost half a decade since their last full-length, Sydney synth-poppers Van She are back with a new album, Idea Of Happiness, and a tour. Simon Rundin talks to frontman Nicholas Routledge about what they’ve been up to, their new album, and upcoming live shows.

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t’s been a long time between drinks for Van She – the band released their successful debut full-length V in 2008 and have not released any new material since. So what have they been up to? “I don’t know actually,” Routledge beings, “we finished [Idea Of Happiness] a year ago and we got it mixed like a year ago, and before that we were making it constantly for a year and a half, and before that I don’t know what we were doing – I can’t even remember! “I’m pretty excited about it finally coming out, that’s for sure. [Since we finished the album] we’ve been helping a lot of friends out with their records and just helping people write records, helping people produce them, finish albums… Tomek [Archer, drummer] has been designing a lot of things, we’ve all been travelling around the world doing some projects in other kind of industries, which has been fun but a little bit distracting.”

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Idea Of Happiness follows on from 2009’s remix album Ze Vemixes – a strange move for a band who had at the time only released an EP and an album. Routledge has mixed feelings about the release. “[Ze Vemixes] was pretty weird for us. The label wanted us to do it, but we only got given two weeks to actually do it and mix it so it was a bit hectic,” he stresses. “It was pretty full-on, especially trying to remix your own tracks. It’s pretty damn hard anyway. How do you reinvent something you invented?” Idea Of Happiness’s sound is worlds away from Ze Vemixes. To record the new record, the band set up their own studio underneath a music school. “Our tour manager had a music school and underneath it we set up our own studio, and we built a control room with a mixing desk and then a drum room, and a bunch of compressors, and we’ve been working out of there for the last three years,” Routledge explains.

The end result was Van She’s first completely selfproduced album, which contributed to the cohesive vibe. “I think the last record (V) we didn’t really know what we wanted to do,” Routledge ponders. “[So] we worked with a producer. I think this time we did it by ourselves and we just decided how we felt about what we wanted from this record. A lot of the influences are quite tropical I guess and really upbeat too. It’s kind of what we wanted from this record and we managed to pull it off ourselves; which is really rewarding, rather than spending lots of money in a studio working with big shot producers.” The only outside help the band received on the album was mixing from Tony Hoffer, who has previously worked with Beck, M83, Silversun Pickups, and on Phoenix’s 2004 album Alphabetical. “One of our favourite records was the Phoenix record Alphabetical, we just kind of really liked that sound,” Routledge enthuses. “So we went to [Hoffer]. He’s such a nice guy – he’s so professional and so quick, but he also listens to what you have to say which is a big pulling point for us, considering we produced it all ourselves and wanted it to turn out a certain way. So he was really open to any suggestion we had, which I guess was the main point in why we chose him.” The band is happy with the results. “We were just aiming to make a record that we were all really happy with and we ended up doing that – I guess our job is half-done!” Routledge exclaims. “It’s probably turned out better than if we had [produced the album] with someone else. Now we’ve just gotta work out how to play it live!” Idea Of Happiness is not only the name of the album, but also the first single, which has been gaining a decent amount of play on triple j and online. Routledge is happy with its reception. “It’s good that people like our music. I guess it’s like anything – if you do something and people like it, you’re like, ‘Well, that’s really nice’; I guess if we play [the songs] live and people enjoy them, that’s why we do it.” Performing live is something Van She have no problem doing – the band have toured most of the world. “There’s

not many places that we haven’t been,” Routledge states. “We’ve pretty much played everywhere before… New York, LA, Europe, Japan, South America…” Following a few Australian dates earlier this year, the band played Jakarta for the first time. Routledge recalls that alone was an experience in itself. “Jakarta was good – it was random. We played to like 5000 people. It was cool, we got to meet some of the guys from the Gorillaz… it was pretty fun. Jakarta kind of a strange place, it’s all buildings. We’ve got a bit of fan base there which is strange because we’ve never been there before.” Van She will tour Australia again during the next few weeks, something Routledge is enthusiastic about. “I’m looking forward to it. I’m pretty excited to start playing live again to be honest, it’s just one those things I really enjoy doing. I think our new live show is a bit more involved – we have samplers and MIDI machines and our drummer Tomek also plays xylophone, MIDI pads and has foot pedals for switching between MIDI events. The show is gonna be quite a bit more live than [our previous shows]… Quite a bit more like us interacting and playing all the parts live – it’s going to be great. “We’ve [also] got a really good lighting guy so we’ve got a bit of a lighting show happening this time, and our stage set up looks different, we don’t have the drummer at the back nowadays – we have everyone at the front. Our live stage set up is now how we rehearse, so it’s a bit more fun more us.”

So what have Van She got planned for the next few weeks? “We’ve been rehearsing a little bit, and we’re going to kick into gear with rehearsals this week. We’re going to Jamaica on Saturday to shoot a video clip for the track Jamaica. We haven’t been there before! It’s a bit scary, but I’m looking forward to it. It’s got the second-highest murder rate in the world – it’s a bit freaky.” Although being in Jamaica may not be Routledge’s “idea of happiness”, hanging out in a similar location is. “I guess my idea of happiness would have to be being on a yacht somewhere in the Caribbean drinking coconuts and listening to reggae, maybe a bit of jazz, with really hot girls! That is definitely an idea of happiness.” After this tour, Routledge says Van She haven’t decided what they’re going to do, and he doesn’t seem too worried. “We want to do some more touring, and make some more records, and I guess that’s it. We should actually have more of a plan but we don’t – we’re just going to go with the flow, life’s more enjoyable that way.” WHO: Van She WHAT: Idea Of Happiness (Modular/ Universal) out July 6 WHEN & WHERE: Thursday 5 July, Capitol

A TANTRUM NAMED DESIRE The meteoric rise and sizzle of London’s Tantrum Desire, from pirate radio stations to festival stages around the globe, as told to Jason Kenny.

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t’s a plot worthy of a Hollywood summer flick. Two guys meet at a pirate radio station and combine their DJ and producing talents. They work on a few tunes and then one day in ’05, a CD with some of those tunes gets passed around at a festival in Spain. It falls into the hands of some major players and the beat fighting duo suddenly find themselves soaring into the drum’n’bass stratosphere. They catch the attention of MC Shortston and find themselves as label mates to those same acts they were only a few weeks earlier listening to at the clubs. Truth is stranger than fiction, and that’s the story of Jay Faleye and Devin Smith, AKA Tantrum Desire. They met at a pirate radio station on one fateful day in 2004 and combined their DJing talents with Faleye handling all things on the production side. The duo have been able to enjoy the ride they found themselves on, making the most of opportunities afforded by the fondness of others. “It’s been a great journey from day one, always wondering if the day would come to be constantly playing out every weekend to new audiences,” producer Jay Faleye says. “The passion for d’n’b has only increased from back then til now. Just witnessing crowds in different countries going crazy for d’n’b is so inspirational. It’s so good to see how d’n’b these days is being supported on all types of media, and is accepted as the main genre at many big events around the world, from when it was just mainly listened to on pirate radio stations and heard in a small number of local clubs.” Shortston signed Tantrum Desire to Heavyweight Records and over the next few years the label released The Red Pill, the Dreamscape EP, The Inner Moon and White. They placed the bootlegs they’d been working on with the sibling label Booty. And the increased attention started sending them around the world to play all number of festivals and club gigs. “Having the pleasure of playing in all parts of the world is a pinch me moment, its so good to see that d’n’b has become quite popular all over the world now,” Faleye says. “Being supported by many artists outside of d’n’b is such a great thing. Hearing TV star and daytime Radio 1 presenter Fearn Cotton supporting Get With It was very unexpected.” 12 • THE DRUM MEDIA

Support from presenters like Cotton and prestigious tastemaker Zane Lowe might come as a surprise but Tantrum Desire are getting used to it. Their brand of d’n’b attracts a large amount of cross-genre support, in part to their varied influences and the way they incorporate those influences into their productions and DJ sets. Where others might see a strict guideline of what falls into drum’n’bass and what doesn’t, the Tantrum Desire philosophy is more encompassing. And it works for them, both for their own production releases, and spilling over into their remix work. It also provides some sort of reprieve, a chance to see what other genres have to offer and then bring that back to d’n’b. “Along the lines of making d’n’b,” Feleye explains, “I do and have always liked to listen to a lot of house music, which is where a lot of the tracks I write are influenced from, and also hip hop, rare groove, dubstep and a lot of other genres in the world of music. It’s refreshing when always going back to producing d’n’b.” Three years after their Spanish discovery, and delivering plenty of heavy weight tunes on Heavyweight Records, they caught the cochlear of Bassline Smith, head honch at Technique. They set up their new home with another steady stream of releases, beginning with 2008’s double single Xenomorph/Last Stand 12”. It continued to please the masses, along with their trademark crowd pleasing, energy drenched DJ sets. These days Tantrum Desire have settled into the role of world travelling DJs, getting on planes on the weekends they’re not playing somewhere in the UK and heading to destinations as exotic and diverse as Los Angeles, the Czech Republic, Spain, Belgium and Germany. It’s a demanding tour schedule, but who would complain when you’re able to play every weekend? There’s bound to be a few nights or festivals that stick out in the mind more than others. “There have been so many,” Faleye says. “One to mention would be a gig I played in Sevilla, Spain recently. The amount of movement in the crowd was so energetic, arms and legs were literally flying everywhere. Always good to see a crowd that can’t stop moving!” After seven years of solid releases, numbering over twenty-five singles and EPs, and a formidable club presence, it’s time to turn attention to a longplay release.

Naturally, there’s anticipation. For most debut records, there’s some idea of what it will sound like based on the previous singles and EPs. But with Tantrum Desire, the wide influences and divergent sounds on their releases means the expectations are less clear cut. The expectations just remain high. “It will be a d’n’b focused album and will have a diverse of electronic music, which will most probably include some previous singles,” he reveals. “The whole process will just take a lot more time than a four-track EP, whereas some tracks will be different from what you’ve heard before.” For Faleye, it’s about moving forward, infusing the d’n’b sounds with others, and finding new high energy ways to move the masses. The eventual album, and there’s no release date yet, will take the lessons that Faleye has learnt in the studio on the production over the last decade or so and channel them into something to shake the clubs and have limbs literally flying everywhere. Last year’s Foreplay EP or Play Tonight 12” might point to the direction the album will take. More recent releases have included more vocal tracks, some performed by Faleye’s long

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time buddy Jon Reline. That’s been the more recent developments in the Tantrum Desire catalogue. It’s the latest from the duo, but with divergent influences and developments in Faleye’s production, all the foreplay releases might give little sign at all. There’s been no 2012 release to gauge the direction of the production. For now, all things are being played close to the chest. “I do see some sort of development in the tracks,” he says. “I mean, I like to improve and better the sounds and quality each time I start a new project. To be honest, I don’t ever plan music or walk down the street humming a melody or bassline in my head. When I’m in the studio, I just write what I like to write and try to have fun with it.” What is known is that their DJ sets light up the clubs and it’s not one to miss. Especially when Auckland’s State Of Mind are in tow and their current live album showing just why it’s a red hot date to light up the Perth winter. WHAT: Tantrum Desire WHEN & WHERE: Saturday 30 June, Villa


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ANCIENT SEKRETS Labelling the live debut of his new band, Matt Skiba & The Sekrets, as a “fuckin’ disaster”, Matt Skiba tells Daniel Cribb what went wrong and all about their new album, Babylon.

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rewing in the mind of Alkaline Trio vocalist/ guitarist Matt Skiba was a compilation of catchy, interesting and unique songs long in the works. And while he could have injected them into the next Alkaline Trio album, he found their style and groove rendered them perfect for a solo project – something that he always had an urge to pursue, as evident with his 2010 Demos LP and acoustic split with Kevin Second in ‘02. The songs percolating inside his head finally surfaced this year under the pseudonym of Matt Skiba & The Sekrets and their debut album Babylon. Before entering the studio, he enlisted the likes of AFI’s Hunter Burgan on bass and drummer Jarrod Alexander of My Chemical Romance. “It was a little chaotic,” Skiba recalls long days in the studio with his producer. “I had a lot more songs than what appears on the record. We just went through and started slashing them as the record took shape. The record isn’t really a concept record, but it definitely has this rhythm to it. Going into it I didn’t know what that rhythm was going to be, and I was the only one in the studio with the producer, so it was rather daunting start to finish,” he admits. “I was really influenced by the Southern Gothic movement and I had just finished this book Blood Meridian for like the third time, one of my favourite books of all time. I’m a huge fan of Adam Ant, I’m a huge fan of the Cult… back in the day, Ian Astbury of the Cult wore a lot of feather and paint and stuff. It was just something I wanted to do. I was like ‘I don’t wanna just go out there wearing a t-shirt, I wanna go out there dressed like a total freak,’ and that’s what we did.” So with a ten track album and performance concept locked and loaded, it was time to hit the road. The only problem: there was no band to back Skiba at this point, as Burgan and Alexander were initially just studio members. Thus Skiba made some calls, sent some emails and The Sekrets finally materialized for a live setting. “It was all people that I was fans

of from their previous bands. Nathan Grice, he was playing lead guitar in Heaven with me. Jarrod played on the record; he joined My Chemical Romance right before he recorded the [Sekrets’] drums. Hunter I’ve been friends with for years and I’ve always like AFI’s later stuff and I really dig his playing – he’s a really talented guy and a good friend. And Leslie Hardy [keys], I’m just a huge Murder City Devils fan. I’d never really hung out with her or met her at all before. So I just asked her, she said yes and that was that.” But fast-forward a week after the band’s first jam, to just after their live debut at the Metro in Chicago, and Skiba’s Twitter reads: “Sorry to all who came to the Metro tonight and felt let down. It won’t happen again....thank you all. xo M.” What went wrong? “The first show was a fuckin’ disaster, as you know. But then things progressively got better. I mean, we talked about going home. I got completely fucked up and bummed everybody out, and luckily the band that I play with was very supportive. They kind of knew what I was going through and they cut me some serious slack, because that first show was just fucking god awful. I’m glad that we stuck it out because by the time we were on to the east coast we were really starting to catch our groove. “The only thing I can do about that is just keep firing away and hopefully let that embarrassing evening fade into the annals of punk rock history. I don’t know who that guy was – I basically just totally hijacked myself with drugs and booze and bottomed out in front of a lot of people. But I’m doing great, man. I’m feeling good. I cleaned my system out and I feel like me again. So it was a dangerous and weird night and I definitely don’t feel good about it, but I’m starting to get to the point where I’m like, ‘Okay, that sucked. Moving on.’ We’ve just got to keep our head in the game and throw down at every show.” Skiba’s Twitter apology to fans justifying that illness – of which he was still clearly under attack from during our conversation – and nerves got the best of him and didn’t go down too well with some punters.

While some fans lashed back – he did initially claim to be “pretty sober” that night – his Tweet did hold merit. “I wanted to do my own thing, and I hired people out and we all became a band together a week before we started the tour, which was kind of daunting and pretty nerve-racking. I wish I could go back and re-do Chicago the way that we did Brooklyn and Boston, those shows were really good… It still is [daunting] when we go up on stage, but we’re starting to get to the point where we’re a ‘band’ and starting to learn how to own it.” Comparing Matt Skiba & The Sekrets to Alkaline Trio, it’s easy to see their main differences. Playing together for years, Alkaline Trio learnt how to “own it” years ago, but also the dynamics of how things operate within each unit is obviously altered. “With Alkaline Trio, it’s a team. With the Sekrets it was just me, until I employed Jarrod – I shouldn’t say employed, it’s such a sterile word. I should say ‘Since I asked everyone to play with me’. Jarrod and Hunter are the only ones who played on the album, but, umm,

wait, what was the question? I just trailed off,” he laughs. “With the Sekrets, until Jarrod and Hunter came in it was just me in there in the studio with the producer. With the Trio we take simple ideas and we turn them into Alkaline Trio song, all three of us.” Clearly tired of being asked about Alkaline Trio when trying to promote his new band, Skiba is almost hesitant to give a quick update on the Trio, but does confirm that they are booked into The Blasting Room Studios in Fort Collins this October to record their ninth studio album with Bill Stevenson of the Descendents. But does this mean that Matt Skiba & The Sekrets is only a one record, one tour kind of project? “We shall see… We shall see,” he answers, holding a cheeky tone. “I’m taking it as it comes.” WHO: Matt Skiba & The Sekrets WHAT: Babylon (Superball)

REINVENTING THE FEEL The man behind the wheel of Say Anything, Max Bemis, tells Daniel Cribb he’s a born-again punk who’s pissed off at the world and likes to party.

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ay Anything first set foot in Australia for their appearance at the ‘09 Soundwave Festival. And while they made a strong impression across the country, fans who found themselves watching the Californians at the festival really only got the tip of the Say Anything iceberg. “That was amazing. For a festival run it was really inviting and awesome; I had a great time in Australia our first time there,” frontman Max Bemis says of Soundwave. “There’s always a mixture [of feelings] when you play somewhere that you haven’t played before. There’s getting used to each other – the fans and the band – and then there’s also this really profound excitement because it’s the first time people get to hear a lot of these songs live. For us, a headlining show is a pretty over-the-top thing. We don’t just go out there and play the songs. It’s a very involving thing; you’re going to leave tired if you’re a big fan. It’s going to be a very different set to our festival set… The very act of how we perform makes every show different. It’s not overly rehearsed and it’s a pretty crazy punk show. You’ll see something different every time you come see us,” he emphasises. It’s not only their stage show that will be different when they venture across the Pacific Ocean for their first Australian headline tour with Melbourne’s The Getaway Plan supporting. Since flying home from Soundwave in ‘09, Bemis and co. have written and released a new album, which came out this year and redefines them as not only musicians, but individuals. And if you plan on questioning Say Anything’s new self-image as a punk band, be ready to endure the wrath of Bemis. “[Anarchy, My Dear] is my crowning achievement. It’s my favourite thing I’ve ever done and I wouldn’t change anything about it. It wasn’t hard to write because my mindset shifted into a place that I think is definitely punk. And if anyone disagrees, you know, fuck them A, and B, it could have been arranged in any way and I think it would have still be as quote, unquote ‘punk’, because the record is written about rebellion and challenging the status quo and freeing your mind. To me, that is what punk is about. So 14 • THE DRUM MEDIA

whether it’s an amazing record or a shitty record or it’s loud or soft, it doesn’t matter. To me, it’s a punk record. It was definitely written from the mindset of what I consider to be a punk rock mindset.” Punk usually comes with connotations of four-chord songs that anyone could play. And it’s safe to say that you don’t need to be a regular Joe Satriani to pick up a guitar and start a punk band in your mate’s garage, but Say Anything has entered the realm whilst perfecting their performance. “I’ve definitely become a better guitar player. There’s a lot denser, detail-orientated guitar playing on the new record. Whereas originally I just had a few tricks that I would just use over and over again. My methods of playing guitar have changed a lot and it sort of lends itself to the music changing in these big ways. Before I would just have to play a few open-ended power chords, but now I can build these complex arrangements. My voice is very different too: it’s not just me gutter-screaming all the time. I think the biggest change is just refinement. I take a lot of stock in what I do. There’s a lot more confidence and effort put into [Say Anything] at this stage.” But the band hasn’t traded in their fun antics and imagery during their punk rock awakening; this much was confirmed with the release of their most recent music video for the song Say Anything. The clip, produced through stop-motion, took the band three days to shoot and features an impressive amount of attention to detail. At one point, Bemis’ brother-in-law makes a cameo inside of a human drum suit taking on members of the band in a boxing match. Impressive doesn’t quite sum up the end result of their hard work. Partnering their new musical direction with such comical imagery, in a tasteful way, is their way of telling fans they’re still a fun bunch of guys to be around. “We were given a really decent budget, but it was actually a very cheap video to make because it was all making things and doing things with household items. As much as it took a lot of effort, it was mostly a very arduous, painstaking process of preparing that was different than the

average music video. The average music video, you just throw a lot of money together and create a spectacle. Whereas, with this, every little tiny thing counted, and that’s where the money and effort went – into making it very detail-orientated. “I was mentally preparing myself days before. I was like, ‘Oh my god, this is going to be the hardest thing ever.’ But it turned out, once we got there and started doing it, that it was really fun. We were able to talk in-between the pictures and we improvised a lot, which was fun. I never got exhausted or pissed or frustrated. I was very aware that this was hard and that I just had to keep my head up and do it.” So what’s next for the Say Anything? Will they default back to poppy lyrics, or continue on their quest to educate the masses? “Until the world really gets its shit together – which is going to be hundreds of years, at least – I think those things

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will be pissing me off. I think I’ll be pissed off at those things as long as I live. It’s just more about making the effort to change them in a small way in my life, even though there’s not much I can do, but I’ll do what I can…I think the foundation of my personal development will be built upon this last record because, you know, it’s just where I’m at, and every record is just a reflection of where I’m at as a person. A lot of the realisations that I had about the world that are encapsulated on this record aren’t going to go away ever. So even if I write about something different, it’s going to be coming from that standpoint.” WHO: Say Anything WHAT: Anarchy, My Dear (UNFD) WHEN & WHERE: Wednesday 11 July, Amplifier


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THAT’S HOW IT UNFOLDS

LIVING THE DREAM

Jaime Meline aka El-P speaks to Cyclone about the five years in between albums and the comeback of his outfit Company Flow.

Sydneyside country-folk duo Busby Marou have carved out a solid niche since their debut release, and Cam Findlay chats to one half, Tom Busby, about throwing off the shackles of daily jobs and living your passion.

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ompany Flow MC El-P (AKA Jaime Meline) has just presented his first solo album in five years, with Cancer4Cure (C4C) garnering excellent reviews. But what took him so long? The laconic Brooklynite, one of the godfathers of the backpack hip hop movement, plays down any suggestion of major creative blocks. In fact, the occasional beatmaker (and jazz pianist’s son) quietly dropped an instrumental mixtape, Weareallgoingtoburnin hellmegamixxx3, in 2010. Still, in the high-turnover world of rap, five years is an eon. “It just unfolded like that – I don’t know why, just life kinda unfolded like that,” Meline sighs. He needed a couple of years to even get started on C4C. “I’m just weird, I’m just fucked up,” he quips. “I wish it wasn’t that way. I wish I did this much easier for me. But in the past I haven’t made records until I was really ready, until I could carve out the time in life, and until I had something to say, you know?” And that, he says, “sadly” tends to happen in five-year intervals. The feted Company Flow fragmented in 2001, Meline issuing the solo Fantastic Damage the following year. I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead arrived in 2007.

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There is a lot to be said for a D’Angelo. He disappears for a decade at a time yet delivers masterpieces. “Yeah,” Meline jokes, “take a few years, go crazy, smoke crack, get humongous, then eventually come back – that’s the method! Nah, it is what it is... I spend longer on the details of my record than probably your average person, anyway – and I have a parallel production career that keeps me busy. So I’ve never had to really desperately pump out these records – and it’s given me the ability to really try to craft something that I’m proud of. I would like to get it [done] quicker, and I think that I will be able to do more quicker, I really hope, because my life has been a bit simplified over the last couple of years.” Indeed, through the 2000s Meline devoted himself to his indie label Definitive Jux, its launch prompted by Company Flow’s unsatisfactory experiences at Rawkus

Records, but it’s now dormant. Lately, he produced Atlanta MC Killer Mike’s RAP Music – big news. Led by The Full Retard, C4C has a dark, strong and provocative title that Meline explains is partly a reference to those daily “battles” we wage that are of our own causing. C4C isn’t a critique of today’s mainstream hip hop culture – a materialist, hedonist and even elitist culture. “I don’t have the time to think about a comment on the music scene when I make music really at this point in my life,” Meline insists. “I’m fighting bigger battles in my head.” That he creates authentic alternative hip hop is a “statement” in itself. C4C has its surprises, with Interpol frontman Paul Banks a guest on Works Every Time. “Paul’s a friend of mine and someone who I got to know over the years. He’s a huge hip hop fan. He knows just as much about hip hop as I do – and that’s a lot. So we had a mutual respect for each other and we just became friends.” Meline originally sang on the track, but decided Banks would do a better job. Meline, touring behind C4C in North America and Europe, hopes to return to Australia. There’s also the prospect of a full Company Flow reunion after they performed a run of dates last year – among them the UK festival I’ll Be Your Mirror, curated by Portishead. “People kinda kept asking,” Meline says. Company Flow realised that they still had something. “By the time we got to the last show, though, I had a feeling where it was just like, Let’s not keep doing the reunion show (laughs) – let’s not keep performing the 15-year-old album [Funcrusher Plus].” He, Bigg Jus and DJ Mr Len plan to cut fresh material. Yet Meline is determined that they not pressure themselves, rather recording as “friends” and “see what happens.” “We’re gonna give it a shot.” WHO: El-P WHAT: Cancer4Cure (Shock)

“In the past we were offered one or two cities, but I guess the time and the cost couldn’t justify the cause,” says Shyaithan, explaining the absence from Australian stages. “Well, we’re pretty much an extreme and demented lot, passionate and dedicated and definitely it will be total violence and terror on stage. Over the years we have established a good fan base so I’m sure die-hards will know the songs, if not all but most once we commence the command to destroy.” That command to destroy extends all the way to Darwin on this tour. “It’s all for the great experience,” Shyaithan tells. “I don’t care for big concerts or small concerts, to me it’s all the same, but what I do care about is bringing Impiety’s carnage to unique places and yes, mainly getting acquainted with true spirited metal bands and experiencing everything else that goes with that particular city.” A somewhat fluid line-up has not hampered Shyaithan, especially when it came to writing for Ravage & Conquer. “It’s definitely my domain. A line-up change would mean pretty little interference with the way I write, compose and conceive albums. In fact, it probably motivates me to do much better. Yes, I prefer to handle all songwriting, and that’s how it has been. It’s totalitarian style. Band members previously would 16 • THE DRUM MEDIA

kind of way. It marked the point where Tom and Jeremy decided to take their passion of music seriously enough do devote their lives to it. “I was working down in Sydney as a lawyer, full-time, five days a week,” Busby tells. “It was a living, and my love of music just really had to fit around that. It was only after me and Jeremy had been working for five, six years that we decided to take it much more seriously.” Which led to the two knuckling down and working on the songs that would make up their debut. So what was it like throwing of the yoke of the working man and embracing your dream? “Oh mate, you wouldn’t believe it,” Busby laughs. “It was the best feeling in the world. That last day... taking off the business suit and realising, ‘Ok, now I live my dream’. It was an amazing point in my life, probably the most important so far, and that vibe is still going. I still can’t believe it, in many ways.” Continuing their roll, the two have just returned from a huge tour of the US and Canada, playing at various world music festivals and countless shows. “That really was an eye-opening experience,” Busby says. “Like, we were just so used to being in the environment where our ideas came from, and then to be thrust in front of thousands of complete strangers... It truly was great to have that experience, to have a set of fresh ears hearing our songs. And now we’re ready to bring it all back, and I feel that we’ve really grown as a band. I just can’t wait to get going now.” WHO: Busby Marou WHAT: Busby Marou (Warner) WHEN & WHERE: Friday 6 July, Prince Of Wales, Bunbury; Saturday 7, Rosemount Hotel; Sunday 8 July, Newport Hotel

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After decades of ruling the underground, Impiety are prepared to Ravage & Conquer Australia. Tristan Broomhall received a communique from bassist, vocalist and bandleader Shyaithan, direct from Singapore.

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Tom Busby, one half of Busby Marou, along with guitarist and instrumentalist Jeremy Marou, gives a rundown of what life has been like for the band since the release of their debut album back in June of last year. “It’s been crazy mate, just really crazy,” he enthuses from his home in Rockhampton. “Both me and Jeremy came into this from full-time jobs, and it’s just been amazing to be able to play in front of so many people, and actually have them enjoy our music. We just started doing it for ourselves, so to have people tell us that they really like it, it’s a great honour.” That music Busby is talking about is their soft, melody-driven take on traditional Australian folk (you may recognise their hit single Biding My Time, which has held high rotation on the j’s since its release). In fact, that oft-used, and arguably cliché, term of “Australiana” is something that is constantly applied to the duo’s music. “Yeah, I don’t really know what that’s about, I guess it’s just something that has to be applied to us,” Busby muses when asked what he thinks boxes them in the category of Australiana. “I mean, me and Jeremy have very different musical tastes. He loves country, and that really comes out in his guitar playing. I grew up on rock’n’roll and all the stuff like that, so really our tastes couldn’t be much more different – most of the time I can’t stand country,” he laughs. “But to hear Jeremy play guitar, it’s just amazing, it just makes a whole lot of sense to me. And that’s what really started off our partnership.” Busby Marou’s debut album was a significant milestone for the duo, and not just in the old first-album limelight

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etal thrives in tough circumstances. However conservative the environment might be, some damn angry kids are going to find their way to the most unapologetically brutal metal. That might explain how a band like Impiety, born in the impeccably clean and ordered streets of Singapore, have grown and sent their blackened tendrils out to conquer the underground. For over twenty years, the band have let loose with dozens of releases, toured from Mexico to Norway, but haven’t looked south to Australia – until now. With Dizazter (AKA Louis Rando of Mhorgl, Malignant Monster and The Furor) at home behind the war drums, the combination of local knowledge and a desire to ravage means Australian audiences won’t be left unconquered.

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he last year has been huge for...” Just a few words that get bandied around a lot these days. It seems that a month or so doesn’t go by with some previously unknown musician or act taking the world by storm and, in many cases, just as rapidly falling out of favour. Not so Busby Marou. The folk/country duo might have been thrust into the public’s peepers of late, but they’re more than ready to put in the hard yards.

Some people hate the new direction Ceremony have taken, says frontman Ross Farrar, but there’s no way this band is changing for anyone. He speaks to Dan Condon. helpfully suggest but their ideas would sometimes get thrown out. It’s maybe because I know where Impiety should head, not in terms of direction but more so with the overall flow of the music. “Impiety’s harsh as hell, extreme metal is music to my ears,” continues Shyaithan. “I knew right after Worshippers Of The Seventh Tyranny and even the single Advent Of The Nuclear Baphomet that things were bound to get heavier, faster and plenty nasty! I am a person who detests complacency when writing music. Thus, I craved to challenge myself further when crafting the new album came to mind.” The intensity of Ravage & Conquer is a testament to Shyaithan’s iron grip over writing and the sheer ferocity of Dizazter behind the drums. “Dizazter grew up with Impiety and I guess the connection between us was easy,” he says. “Initially he had written me and offered to play. And it had good reason behind it because Perth and Singapore are not too far apart: five hours via plane. Atum from Italy, who was the drummer in Impiety at that time, was relieved by me, mainly because perhaps I couldn’t adapt to his personality too well, plus I knew the future of extreme blackened death would probably be hard for him to cope given my experience with him during rehearsals and in the studio as well as on stage.” Whether it’s changing venues two or three times to escaping the police in Malaysia or the struggle of keeping a line-up for more than a few years, Impiety don’t take the easy road, even when it comes to touring. “This year Impiety became the first international extreme metal band to play the Democratic People’s Republic of Laos! It was killer, and a great experience playing to 350-400 crazed fans,” says Shyaithan, and Australia’s next! WHO: Impiety WHAT: Ravage & Conquer (Pulverised) WHEN & WHERE: Friday 29 June, Amplifier

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or a band as dark and as heavy as Rohnert Park, California’s Ceremony tend to be, their frontman Ross Farrar is one chipper-sounding guy. As he sits in his house, sipping a cup of tea having just finished a shift at work, he speaks over the phone about the fond memories he holds of our country. “It was my favourite tour that I’d ever done since being in Ceremony, was being in Australia,” he recalls. “I skated a lot, I got to meet all these really cool kids, the women were beautiful and everything was fun. I got to go in the ocean a bunch; it was just like vacation but I played shows at night.” The band were last in Australia in 2008 and at that point, from a music fan’s perspective, Ceremony were a very different act to what they are now. Their Violence Violence and Still Nothing Moves You LPs of 2006 and 2008 respectively were as harrowing as their more recent material, but executed at a far more furious pace; old-school thrash hardcore rather than the more muscular, perhaps more considered Rohnert Park of 2010 and Zoo, released earlier this year. Musically, this band have changed a great deal, but that’s about where it stops, says Farrar. “It’s still the same,” he considers of what it is like being a part of Ceremony. “We pretty much work the same way, we like to play with good bands that we respect and enjoy, it’s pretty much the same. It’s just the music has changed a little bit, that’s all.” The band have always been favoured critically, but with the somewhat more marked shift in sound on Rohnert Park they received a new level of praise. Zoo, is being given similar plaudits. “There’s been a very positive reaction so far,” Farrar agrees. “At first people didn’t know what to think about it but that was the same with Rohnert Park, people thought it was kind of strange but they got to really like it and enjoy it after a while and I think that’s kinda what’s happening with Zoo. But I think we’re gonna be throwing people off no matter what, every time we write a record.

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Because there’s two years in between each record and what you do in that two years is a lot of stuff, a lot of things happen to you; you might do some bad drugs or you might break up with a girlfriend or someone in your family might die; you’re probably gonna hear like 1500 different bands in that time and no matter what, those bands that you listen to are going to affect you in some way. You’re gonna take a little from each band, no matter what; things are gonna change for you in two years, that’s just the way life works.” But music fans can be tough, and one would imagine that the change in direction from Ceremony’s earlier powerviolence hardcore to their more recent fare wouldn’t have exactly been embraced with open arms by everyone in the punk rock world. “Yeah, definitely not,” Farrar confirms. “Some people hate it. They want us to put out Violence Violence eight years in a row. But I don’t think that’s possible for us, we’re always changing. Trying to do something new with our music is like a baby trying different food as it gets older; you’re not just gonna eat pizza your whole life.” But the difference of opinion isn’t an issue for Farrar. “No, it doesn’t annoy me. I’ve been in a punk band for so long that I talk to kids and have interactions with kids and I know that a lot of them want some kind of concrete band in their life or something, but lately I’ve also been meeting kids who really like the progression and how we change up our style. I’m not really affected by it… if you like it, you like it.” WHO: Ceremony WHAT: Zoo (Matador/Remote Control) WHEN & WHERE: Tuesday 3 July, The Den; Wednesday 4, YMCA HQ (all ages)


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ROCKETS Nothing To Say EP Creative Vibes Sounding like a combination of big names such as Arcade Fire, Kings of Leon and Arctic Monkeys, Rockets are a radio-friendly if somewhat generic indie rock act. The songs on this EP are solid but hardly varied, invariably aiming for a soaring climax but with little to grab onto otherwise. McBird is the only track that pulls it off in a memorable fashion, but even then the closing vocal hook bleeds Arcade Fire so much that you’ll feel like listening to Funeral instead. It’s sparse last track Sparring Partners that finally breaks the mould, with sombre synth lines and acoustic guitar taking the place of derivative melodies.

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Still striving to attain the kudos afforded to his previous band Mclusky, singer Andrew “Falco” Falkous’ lyrics have taken Neil Armstrong-sized leaps. Building on his reputation for scattershot threats, stream-ofconsciousness gymnastics and sloganeering, The Plot Against Common Sense features recognisable subject matter, ranging from assaults on the creative bankruptcy of the movie industry (Robocop 4: Fuck Off Robocop) to middle class student-daytrippers joining in the recent UK urban unrest (Sorry Dad I Was Late For The Riots). Admittedly these themes are relayed through an unrelenting barrage of baffling images, transgressive propositions and questions that swallow their own tails like snakes, but it’s tangible social commentary tackled with the kind of mental resourcefulness that makes Henry Rollins’ witticisms sound strictly civilian.

Old school R’n’B veterans don’t die; they just fossilise for a while. Despite not putting out an album for 13 years, there were signs that Bobby “I wrote The Rolling Stones’ first number one” Womack was ready to emerge from the tarpit; contributing to Gorillaz’ 2010 Plastic Beach and impressing Damon Albarn so much that he commissioned this album.

Mike Volpe graciously uploaded his second (and free) instrumental mixtape earlier this month via major socialLIVE networking sites. It delivers the same impossibly emotional production as its acclaimed predecessors. The mixtape consists of a number of forwardthinking tracks that could only have been produced by the man that continues to push the boundaries of electronic music as well as hip hop: Clams Casino.

Backed by a repugnant, obnoxious din (yes, it really is that good) mostly comprising adrenaline bursts of drums/bass/guitar, the new four-piece configuration provides greater freedom and opportunities to expand their sonic palette with the kind lo-fi, plinky electronics Brainiac used to dabble in. Without disregarding the bruising opener Sheena Is A T-Shirt Salesman, The Plot Against Common Sense is the mirror image of 90 percent of longplayers in that it gets better, more incisive and more brutal as it goes on, climaxing with the epic deconstruction of mindless celebrity worship on Notes On Achieving Orbit. Whilst comparisons to Mclusky’s triumphs are inevitable, The Plot Against Common Sense proves Future Of The Left to be several steps ahead of their detractors and supposed contemporaries. The Future Of The Left – and possibly hardcore as we know it. Christopher H James

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Joining Albarn in the producer’s chair was life-long fan Richard Russell, who also recorded the great Gil Scott-Heron’s final release. Like that record, Russell provides similarly sparse dubstep-informed (think Burial rather than Skrillex) soundscapes; fine compliments for Womack’s now-croaky delivery. It’s a trait that perfectly fits tracks such as Please Forgive My Heart where Womack seems to be almost suffocating with emotion. Given his chequered personal history, it could easily be read as a sincere plea for redemption, as it sits alongside other philosophical/religious ruminations, including the anti-corrupt evangelist’s torrent Stupid, which is introduced by Gil Scott-Heron (see, I told you old-school R’n’B vets don’t die).

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is where his production allows itself to shine. Not tarnished by B-grade rappers, the sheer emotion of Volpe’s work is left untouched where all its subtleties and intricacies can truly be appreciated. Instrumental Mixtape 2 features stretching entrancing synths, sublimely pitched vocals and colossal-sounding, torrential percussion that conjures inspiring imagery and provokes raw emotion for its listeners.

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The title of this EP, a reference to the diagnostic and statistical manual of psychological disorders, seemed to suggest a dark and borderline experimental sound, but the content turns out to be much more straightforward. It’s a grungy, punchy little number with female vocals and some solid riffing that wastes no time in grabbing the listener’s full attention. The guitar is a real highlight, chunky but always tight, and the hooks are strong on songs such as Mafia Girlfriend and x. The only potential problem though is an excessively polished finish on every track. If they rough things up a little, Star Anise are sure to appease grunge and rock fans aplenty.

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Indie-rock has crossed more or less into the mainstream these days, but Mezzanine have none of the simpering blandness one might associate with current bands of the genre. There’s a real golden-age, ‘90s revival here, and it’s easy to see the influence of classics such as Pavement, Pixies, Sebadoh, and so forth. But it’s never a case of aesthetic over substance. Unlike many other revivalists (Yuck in particular) Mezzanine’s devotion to the ‘90s sound never usurps their own identity. The songwriting and production is promising to say the least – check it out.

There’s an obvious plan to round out the record with variety and some light to balance out the sorrow and foreboding gloom. Love Is Gonna Lift You Up moves into UK funky territory, whilst Jubilee is a banging-on-pots-and-pans hoedown. Both tracks are passable attempts, but hardly memorable.

Angels features big breathy vocals and a whispery echo, complemented by pitter-pattery hi-hats and shattering crash cymbals. Closing track I’m God provides uplifting and harmonious vocals that dance beside its listener, as well as booming, deliberatesounding drums. The track samples Imogen Heap and its vocal version features a collaboration with Lil B, which manages to capture his sheer eclecticism as well as his unique transformative ability.

Womack himself has declared this to be his best work. The jury might be out on that one, but it has opened a new chapter for one of soul music’s most-travelled survivors.

Clams Casino gives his listeners an album that bursts at its seams with innovation and personality, and shows why he’s quickly becoming one of the most sought-after producers in the business.

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TWIN SHADOW Five Seconds 4AD/Remote Control Twin Shadow’s debut Forget was the talk of the town in 2010, and if Five Seconds is anything to go by, similar acclaim is sure to greet their sophomore album, Confess. George Lewis Jr has a genuinely strong voice that occupies a lot of the focus here, along with epic, dream-poppy synths that are equally suited to dancing as to quiet contemplation. Second album syndrome has been common recently among the 2009-10 crop of electronic artists (see Memory Tapes, Toro Y Moi, Nite Jewel), but Twin Shadow seem set for a killer sophomore effort.

SWARM Lolligag EP Independent It’s hard to believe it’s the same band playing throughout this EP, such is the level of variation and experimentation between songs. Seriously, the opening track Ebenezer is all shouting and zany electronic squiggles but the closer, The Breakfast, is a genuinely moving piano ballad. There are moments of promise such as the latter, but ultimately Lolligag is too all over the place and there’s seldom anything to latch onto. A bit more consistency would really benefit here.

STILLWATER GIANTS Walking On Air Independent Stillwater Giants describe themselves perfectly as having a “summery, Corona-swilling sound”, and this single certainly attests to that fact. It has that Coke commercial kind of feel, but with super-catchy melodies to back it up. It’s definitely a lightweight and breezy affair, which might not be everyone’s thing, but there’s no doubt these guys are well on their way to become a festival and radio mainstay. 18 • THE DRUM MEDIA

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HomeTapes/Inertia Both Lights is the long-anticipated third album from Portland, Oregon-based duo AU, aka Luke Wyland and Dana Valatka. Throughout the album the duo continue to inject their frenetic energy into every song, sounding like Animal Collective’s younger brother hopped up on red cordial and let loose in a studio. While it’s a complex, impressive album, the band can be impatient with song structures, and it’s only when they slow things down that you can appreciate it all. Up first is the aptly titled Epic, opening with breakbeat drumming and sweeping, layered guitar lines that continue to build until saxophonist Colin Stetson (Bon Iver) brings it all to a striking finish. The highlight comes with Solid Gold; a fantastic, bombastic single if there ever was one. What starts with sparse piano and Wyland’s lone voice explodes into a pressure cooker of brass instruments and harmonies, threatening to implode from sheer joyous energy. The last three tracks, Go Slow, Old Friend and Don’t Lie Down are a medley that interweaves Wyland’s expressive singing with vocalist Holland Andrews over a mesmerizing classical-inspired piano. The first two songs lure you in before the whole band come in to deliver the final knockout punch for the album. It’s a fine example of the band’s softer, subdued side adding balance and depth to the album in a positive way. Both Lights will satisfy longtime fans and newcomers who have yet to experience the unique sound and power of this great group. It has some great, if not transitory, moments and shows the band have a lot more to offer; they only need to work on not letting it all come out at once.

4AD/Remote Control We are living in an Odd Future. Crews and MCs are sprouting through the newly fertile earth of hip hop’s landscape like so many green shoots. They have noms de mic like Lil Ugly Mane, Jasper Dolphin and Zombie Juice, and are propelled into the listener’s consciousness by a combination of internet groundswell and guerrilla marketing. SpaceGhostPurrp is the leader of ‘new kids with the glock’, Florida’s RVIDER KLVN, and because he’s the biggest he gets to release the first proper album. Mysterious Phonk... is a look into the mind of SpaceGhostPurrp from the other side of a tall glass of purple drank. The beats are as dense as the stickiest sizzurp, the lyrics blunted rhyming couplets with little time given to the fanciful notion of wordplay and nothing as playful as a punchline. Track names give fair warning of the content within: Get Yah Head Bust, Grind On Me, Suck A Dick 2012… The Dirty South indeed. This is not a five-mic shot across the bow of post-Odd Future hip hop from RVIDER KLVN, but it is a bold move into the market. At 14 tracks the album is too long, and the esoteric beats that at first bewitch the ear are but a passing spell. Listener fatigue is aggravated by the relentless provocation and casual misogyny of the lyrics, and by the glaring omission of any guest vocalists – an opportunity lost for the KLVN. Will exposure to a wider audience prove to be an Ourobouros that starts an upward spiral? Let’s wait and see. Tom Birtz

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Exister

Rise/Shock When Hot Water Music’s frontman Chuck Ragan left the band to embark on a solo folk career, it was uncertain whether he would ever return to the fold. After a considerably long hiatus in which the other members got busy with their own side projects and an album without Ragan (as The Draft), Ragan has finally returned and the band has released their first studio full-length in eight years. Produced by The Descendents’ Bill Stevenson (Propagandhi, Rise Against, Frenzal Rhomb), Exister is by far the band’s biggest-sounding and best-produced album of their career. Everything sounds crisp, loud and professional. Musically, the album is a mix between Caution (2002) and 2004’s The New What Next – not as energetic as the former but faster than the latter. Ragan, the most distinctive of Hot Water Music’s two vocalists, sounds like he’s been smoking 20 cigars a day in the eight years since their previous LP – his voice is very gruff on the album. On paper, this may not sound good, but the change in his voice suits Hot Water Music’s new tunes. Chris Willard puts in an admirable vocal performance too, but Ragan is the album’s star. Song-wise, rocking opene Mainline is an album highlight, as is the title track, and the band’s most commercial song yet, Drag My Body, is a surprisingly good listen. However, closer Paid In Full will remind listeners what makes Hot Water Music so special. While some of Exister’s songs are forgettable, and the album is by no means the band’s best, it’s still great to have Hot Water Music back. Simon Rundin


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THURSDAY 28 Living Walls – a showcase of street and mural artists, illustrators and designers. This exhibition encourages audiences to think differently about the potential for street, graffiti and mural art to transform the texture and appeal of urban landscapes and to reach into private and commercial spaces. Opening night, FORM Gallery, 6-8pm. Exhibiting until August 25. No Lights No Lycra – dancing is good for the soul and No Lights No Lycra is a dance collective, open to everyone. It’s all about dancing in the dark, for the pure joy of dancing. Mt Lawley Banks Reserve Pavilion, 7pm.

FRIDAY 29 It’s Dark Outside – a production by Tim Watts, Arielle Gray and Chris Isaacs that uses puppetry, masks and animation to tell the story of an old man wandering off into the wild. Inspired by Tim Watts’ relationship with his grandfather who had dementia, it’s presented in the style of a grand, epic Western, featuring music by Rachael Dease. Exploring themes of redemption and adventure. Opening night, 8pm until 14 July, State Theatre Centre of WA.

SATURDAY 30 Hello my name is…– a live performance with a companion online documentation and exchange project. The performance uses subtle humour, vulnerability and sophistication to subvert the simple idea of a conversation in a community centre. Created by Nicola Gunn, the aim is to create a different kind of experience for the audience. It’s more active, so more

complex. Closing today, The Blue Room Theatre.

ONGONIG Suburban Odyssey – a collection of never-before-seen large scale paintings, small oil sketches, drawings, preparatory video work and personal sketchbooks from Shaun Tan. This exhibition charts the journey of Shaun Tan’s work from carefully observed yet lyrical paintings of Perth’s suburbs to oil studies and drawings that develop characters and narratives which inhabit these vast landscapes. Fremantle Arts Centre until 16 July. Objects. Food. Rooms. – an exhibition from German artist Thomas Rentmeister, whose works play with the traditions of minimalism and show us the beauty of everyday materials usually ignored. PICA, exhibiting until 12 August. Projektet – an exhibition from researchers and artists Ola Johansson and Amanda Newall. Based in Sweden, they examine the uncanny way our immune system has influenced the way we interact with others. Featuring footage from performances where cells from the body are acted out, alongside costumes, props and research material. Fremantle Arts Centre until 15 July. The Cabin in the Woods – five friends go to a remote cabin in the woods for a rustic vacation….bad things happen. If you think you know this story, think again. From Joss Whedon (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, The Avengers) and Drew Goddard (Cloverfield, Lost) comes a new mind-blowing horror suspense film, that turns the genre inside out like never before. Screening at Luna Leederville.

ON THE PROMOTIONAL ROAD Guy Davis plays amateur psychologist based on a 15-minute interview and a Google search (an extensive Google search), and concludes that Kristen Stewart is nowhere near as surly, withdrawn or detached as the Twilight star’s naysayers would have you think. There have been a fair few articles and opinion pieces about the 22-year-old actress’ demeanour, particularly when she’s on the publicity trail (sample headline: ‘Kristen Stewart Is Trolling The World’), but get her talking about what draws her to a project or shapes her performance and Stewart is forthcoming with ideas and impressions. Not all are perfectly formed, but the fact that she seems to be considering her answers rather than relying on ready-made anecdotes and platitudes is actually kind of cool. Along with co-star Chris Hemsworth and director Rupert Sanders, Stewart was in Australia this week to promote her latest film, the revisionist fairy tale Snow White And The Huntsman, a big-budget fantasy that adds a slight shade of darkness to the story of the ‘fairest of them all’ princess. (That said, have you read the original Brothers Grimm fairy tale lately? There’s some pretty gnarly stuff in there.) She plays Snow White, imprisoned and victimised by her wicked stepmother Ravenna (Charlize Theron), a witch who retains her beauty by literally drawing the life out of the young women of the land. When Snow White escapes, Ravenna dispatches Hemsworth’s boozy, brawling Huntsman to bring her back. But it’s not long before the two outsiders join forces to take the battle to the evil Ravenna, aided by a band of dwarves played by the best-of-British likes of Bob Hoskins, Ian McShane and Ray Winstone. Stewart believes that most people’s notion of Snow White is the sweet, demure Disney version of the character (“unless they read a lot of fairy tales as a kid, which I didn’t”), and so she admits that she didn’t

really see the potential of a new Snow White story when she first heard about the film. “I didn’t really see why anyone would want to join her cause,” she says. “Back when the Disney version was made, being a caretaker – being delicate and sweet and maternal – was kind of an ultimate goal. But to do the story today, I think she has to do a little more than sweep houses. When I read it, I could totally recognise Snow White within this very dark context as someone really, really trying to retain light and not harden. “Right now, a lot of female characters that are trying to be strong are promoted as ‘Yeah, female empowerment!’ but in this case I’m glad she remained a girl, someone trying to find her strength, her steadiness, her compassion and her trust in herself. You know, we rip her heart out and stomp on it, put it back in her chest and see if it still beats... and it does. So I thought it was really impressive, the darkness and the light of this world.” It was revealed this week that Stewart topped the Forbes magazine list of Hollywood’s highest-paid actresses, her paydays for the last two Twilight Saga movies earning her more than $12 million (and her cut of the profits ramping it up even more). But her tastes seem to be run more towards the independent end of things, with the actress taking on roles in criticallyacclaimed films like Adventureland, Into The Wild and The Runaways. So she was happily surprised when Snow White And The Huntsman offered her the opportunity to delve

a little deeper into the creative process than she imagined it would. “It’s a big movie with a lot of people involved and a lot of money invested in it,” she says. “The type that’s done by committee... or at least I’ve heard. On this, it was really me and Rupert and Chris – me and Charlize didn’t work much together but sometimes we did – and it felt so intimate. There was a handful of us holding this thing very delicately in our hands. And it changed every day: it was shaped and moulded and rewritten and we were constantly discussing about what we’d be shooting the next day or the next week. And that’s very rare on a big movie like this. I don’t have much experience of big movies but my impression was that smaller movies were a bit freer. But we had a lot of freedom here.” Her next role offers an interesting contrast – in On The Road, Walter Salles’ much-anticipated adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s novel, she plays Marylou, the young wife of the freewheeling Dean Moriarty. It’s a project that’s been in development for decades, based on a book that many, many readers are greatly invested in. “I’ve always felt a self-inflicted pressure,” says Stewart when asked if she feels an added sense of responsibility when attached to such a project, “and as soon as you raise your hand and say ‘Yes, I will participate’, you’re putting yourself in a position to either satisfy or let down a lot of people who really love this thing. A movie takes a lot of passion and a lot of investment, and the greatest part of the job is being able to share that with people. It’s great to share a love for something,

and doing that on this scale is so remarkably unique. It will probably never ever happen to me again. When we first started, we didn’t know what was going to happen – it was something we all loved and were invested in. It was this small, quirky movie that blew up and we were lucky enough to take the ride.” I was thinking about how that last statement seemed a little incongruous when talking about On The Road when Stewart exclaimed, “Wait, were you talking about fuckin’ Twilight or On The Road? I don’t know why I inserted Twilight when you said On The Road!” She laughed to herself before starting over, and there’s now a greater enthusiasm and sincerity in her voice than before. “On The Road was my first favourite book. It ignited something inside of me when I read it, and when I sat down with Walter it was clear we loved it for the same reasons. He didn’t even make me audition, which blew my mind. Our expectations are high, impossibly high, as anyone’s. The way that book should become a movie is to have it feel found, stumbled-upon, spontaneous. The only way you can do that is by knowing everything – we basically spent four weeks in school studying it – and then forgetting everything. I know there are so many people with so many expectations and opinions and criticisms, and I can say to them that everybody involved in this film squeezed the last bit of soul we could into it.” WHAT: Snow White And The Huntsman is in cinemas now

EXHIBITION R E V I E W THOMAS RENTMEISTER: OBJECTS. FOOD. ROOMS. PICA, Perth Cultural Centre, Northbridge Our clever friends over at PICA opened an exhibition last Friday that shouldn’t be missed. If you’re not sold at a giant sprawling canvas painted only in Nutella, how does a towering sculpture of stacked refrigerators emerging from a cascading sea of sugar, polystyrene and various other pure white materials sound? Thomas Rentmeister is the German artist behind the exhibition which truly is a visceral amalgamation of objects, food and rooms. The works are playful, inquisitive and truly unique. As you step into the main gallery, not only are you confronted by the sheer scale of the works, but the room itself is filled with the most deliciously sweet aroma. This is an exhibition where it is entirely acceptable to walk up to an artwork and have a good sniff of it. Who’d want to miss that? Olivia Gardner Running until 12 August, PICA, Perth Cultural Centre, Northbridge 20 • THE DRUM MEDIA

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WILARIOUS TWO MORE SHOWS ANNOUNCED. DON’T MISS THIS ONE! Tickets for the much-anticipated Wil Anderson live stand-up tour Wilarious have flown out the door and two final shows are now on sale in Perth. Shows are Friday 13 July and Saturday 14 July, 9.30pm at the Octagon Theatre. Book tickets at bocsticketing.com.au or 1800 193 300.

VIGILANTE VIGILANTE SPECIAL REVELATION DRUM SCREENING... YOU COULD WIN TICKETS! As part of Revelation Film Festival, Drum Media is proud to present the Australian premier of the documentary Vigilante Vigilante: The Battle For Expression, where producer Nate Wollman will also be on hand for a Q&A

VIGILANTE VIGILANTE with attendees. The film looks at street art and graffiti, with a focus on self-appointed anti-graffiti vigilantes – lone individuals dedicated to keeping the environment free of all street art, posters, tags and graffiti. Their own activities in many ways contribute to the solution they’re imagining – slopping grey paint over luminescent street art, ripping down posters and more. While

there is a tonne of incredible films showing over the Revelation Film Festival (revelationfilmfest.org for a full program), we’re pretty damn excited about this one, and if you’d like to win one 50 DOUBLE PASSES to see a special Drumpresented screening of the film Thursday 12 July, simply email giveaways@drumperth.com.au with VIGILANTE in the header, for your chance to win.


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CINEMATIC GOLD

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Sam Hobson chats to Davy Chou about his documentary, Golden Slumbers, detailing the ‘glory days’ of Cambodian cinema in ‘60s and ‘70s. Davy Chou’s documentary film Golden Slumbers looks to be a kind of sombre cousin to Mark Hartley’s Not Quite Hollywood and Machete Maidens films. Detailing the history of Cambodia’s ‘Golden Years’ of cinema in the 1960s and 1970s, where Hartley’s films explored eras of culturally forgotten films – often guilty pleasure skin flicks and film nasties – Chou’s film charts an age after whose classic and defining films thereafter were physically lost. “The ‘energy’ of [those] films was absolutely incredible,� Chou laments, his French accent thick, and his English clipped. “And there was such a naivety in them. It’s incredible to think that the period in which they produced the most films was 1972 and 1973: they produced like 40 films a year. We as Westerners speak about the golden age of our cinema [very differently], but this was only year 12 for Cambodian cinema – their first film was shot in 1960 – so it was literally the beginning of all cinema for them; quite late for any other country.� Chou was born in France to Cambodian parents. His Grandfather was prominent Cambodian film

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producer Van Chann, a man whose legacy would later inspire Chou to start researching his culture’s cinematic history. “Even if my grandfather was into film,� he recounts, “he was very mysterious to me. I never met him, because he died before I was born. No one else in my close family and friends were into film; there was nothing like that to be ‘transmitted,’ in any way. “So I just started to watch film on my own, first liking the films of any young kid. The first [great] one was in 1995, when I got to see just by accident the film by Michael Mann with Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino [Heat]. After the screening, my life was different: I felt something very strong, and I didn’t know why. From this point, I started to watch all the films from [those two actors] and then all the

films from American cinema from the ‘70s.� After that first film meeting of two of cinema’s heavyweights, and the American ‘70s, Chou, still at a young age, gorged on every other era of modern cinema he could. “I was just watching a lot of films,� he notes, “things like art independents [and films from] the French New Wave, but I [hadn’t] any mind to start actually making films.� In high school, that changed, and, urged on by a friend, Chou began down a path which would eventually lead him to making a short film. It was after that first success that he again recalled his cinematic lineage. “It was a discovery that I had a grandfather who was into films in Cambodia, a country I had never visited, and then I had this kind of fantasy for several years that

I would go to Cambodia and try to make research to make this film. Which I did, setting up in Cambodia in 2009. I stayed there one year and a half, where I made two projects before making [Golden Slumbers]. “I saw this [and his work curating the Golden Reawakening Festival] as preparatory work for my film. [It also helped me] win the trust of the future main characters of my film. They knew my grandfather, so they all liked me like I was family. Introducing myself as this young French filmmaker, it was strange, because I didn’t know anything then about Cambodian cinema.� WHAT: Golden Slumbers WHEN & WHERE: Friday 6 July 8.30pm and Saturday 7 July 3.30pm , The Astor Theatre, Part of the Revelation Film Festival.

At a time when we are overrun with reality television shows about cooking, renovating, exercise, celebrities and wannabe celebrities (yes, Big Brother is coming back‌ yuck), it’s refreshing to know there are still some shows being made that are outstanding. So much so, you know they are going to make their mark on the world of popular culture. What current show could do this you ask? Why, the answer is blatantly obvious. It’s Game Of Thrones. While the quality of this show has been referenced here and there in Cultural Cringe, with the recent ending of the second season, it is a fitting time to collect our thoughts on this series and try and establish what it is that makes it so darn good. Based on the A Song of Ice and Fire novels by George R.R. Martin, the television series is created by David Benioff (Troy, X-Men Origins: Wolverine) and D.B. Weiss (Lucky Wanderer Boy). The show isn’t like any other on television at the moment; there is no set central cast that you know will be there for the life of the show. Instead, Game of Thrones gives us an abundance of characters, with multiple storylines woven into the series. While there will be no spoiler alerts here for those yet to experience the shows goodness, Game of Thrones is set in the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros. The story focuses on seven noble families’ fight for control of Westeros, and like any good fight, there is lots of plotting, backstabbing and blood, all undertaken with the intent of taking over the Iron Throne. Within this overarching plotline, arcs

for each of the families underlay the foundations of the series, and from the incestuous relationship in the Lannister family to the ousted Targaryen children and the power Daeanerys Targaryen holds as Mother of Dragons, each family has their own intentions for the Iron Throne. And after two seasons it is clear that with all we think we know about the show, we don’t really know anything. Audiences are constantly surprised by what is happening and how it happens, and the unpredictable nature of Game of Thrones means we don’t get a chance to form any attachments to characters (as they seem to die left right and centre). Now if you have read the books, the plot isn’t so much of a surprise of course, but this definitely isn’t a case of wishing you hadn’t read the novels, because they are so much better than the show – it is more a case of they are both equally as good, just a little different. Demonstrating the impact of Game of Thrones has been the reaction of critics and fans alike, with much hype and talk about the show. And of course, what other way does a television show validate its popularity than by releasing a board game? While it was initially released back in 2003, last year it was revised and re-released and the epic-ness of this board game directly relates back to the show. But don’t be fooled – it isn’t for passer-by fans. No, from personal experience, this game definitely requires commitment and ruthlessness. Because, “When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground.�

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My Brothers A beautiful new feature following three brothers on their quest to recapture one of their father’s favourite moments. Presented by Boheme.

Rampart Woody Harrelson stars as the baddest baddass cop you’ve ever seen in this searing crime drama also featuring Sigorney Weaver, Steve Buschemi and Ice Cube. Presented by The Wire.

The Color Wheel Voted the #1 Best Undistributed Movie of 2011 by the Village Voice & Indiewire. Follow brother and sister as they argue, ďŹ ght and give each other the shots across America.

Beauty is Embarrassing A glorious, joyous, irreverent yet utterly essential and deeply inspiring documentary following the life of free thinking designer, artist, and puppeteer Wayne White. Presented by Future Effect.

The Interrupters Steve (Hoop Dreams) James and Alex (There Are No Children Here) Kotlowitz’s powerful documentary of violence and redemption in Chicago’s mean streets.

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BREAK EVEN

BREAK EVEN FINAL SHOWS @ VARIOUS

After being a band for over six years, local champions Break Even are coming to an end and calling it a day. The group recently had this to say on the topic of their dissolution: “Over time the commitments in our lives other than the band have become more important and despite our best efforts to persist with the band after all the writing and touring over the last few years we have come to the end of the road.” While their actual final two shows will be at Hardcore 2012 in Sydney next month, they wanted to make sure they got to play their home town one last time and make the shows as special as possible. Bid farewell Friday 29 June at Prince Of Wales, Bunbury, with White Oak, Stuyvesant and Nightwalker supporting, $20 from 8pm; Saturday 30 at Amplifier with The Others and Foxes, $20 from 8pm; and Sunday 1 July at YMCA HQ for an all-ages bonanza featuring Vanity, Monuments and Ruthless from 1pm.

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360 HERMITUDE, BAM BAM VILLA: 23/06/12

Mention the name Matt Colwell and most people wouldn’t really know whom you were referring to, but mention 360 and people can’t stop talking about the renowned Melbourne rapper who has recently built a massive profile for himself. Villa came alive for 360’s last Perth show for the already souring and quickly sold out Flying Tour. Bam Bam set in motion the night, bringing to the stage beats that hit you quick and hard. His sidekick DJ Jasper was just as involved in set and the duo were quick to get the crowd pumping. In between busting out break-dance moves, Bam Bam had easily built up a strong connection with the audience by his second track, Black and Blue. Off his soon to be released mixtape, Straight Outta Bedrock, Drink You Sexy was given a humorous introduction about how after a few drinks, that girl/ guy that you said you just wouldn’t go there for, suddenly becomes the sexiest person in the room. A cover of Calvin Harris’ Feel So Close To You was flawless and the set was finished with a bang. Hermitude brought to the stage a mix of electro dubstep that was more visually appealing than anything else. Multi-instrumentalists Luke Dubbs and Elgusto had impressive techniques with a blend of live keys, mixing

FRONTLASH HERE’S TO HARRIET

The world’s oldest known living creature, ADALITA Harriet the tortoise, passed away at 176 years young this week having hung out with Charles Darwin back in the mid-1830s. If that’s not a life well lived we don’t know what is.

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and scratching. Maybe just compared to the previous act, but the crowd wasn’t worked nearly as good. Most of the crowd involvement came from their cover of Lion Sleeps Tonight, which easily puts any other mix of the track to shame. The mesmerising visuals held you in a trance like state with close up shots of them at work, likewise a dance tribute to Michael Jackson was well received with an enticing mix of Rock With You. By the time 360 burst onto stage, the sea of people were craving their dose of the rapper everyone can’t seem to get enough of. Joined by Bam Bam, 360 brought forward his flowing and sizzling rhymes including crowd favorites Just Got Started and Meant To Do. The mood was slowed down with recently released track Child, a song about his family, before introducing the triple-platinum track Boys Like You to the screaming crowd with the super-sexy Miss Gossling making her way to the stage. Heading overseas in April for his first UK show, it’s evident how quickly 360’s talent and personality is hooking in its fans. He knows how to put on an electrifying live show – what you see is what you get, and it was a quality performance that had everyone no doubt grooving and talking about it long after. Jayde Ferguson

OWL EYES: AUG 16 Artbar, Art Gallery Of WA

FASHAWN & EXILE: JUN 22 The Bakery

PASSENGER: AUG 22 Rosemount Hotel

OUR FESTIVAL: FOXES, WASH, THE MORNING NIGHT, THE SPITFIRES, THE TUMBLERS, LANARK, 44TH SUNSET, THE MDC, MISTY

THE MEDICS: SEPT 8 Amplifier

MOUNTAIN: JUN 29 The Bakery TIM FINN: JUL 5 Artbar, Art Gallery Of WA THE JOE KINGS: JUL 5 Fly By Night; JUL 6 The White Star; JUL 7 Settlers Tavern JONATHAN BOULET: JUL 7 Amplifier REVELATION PERTH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: JUL 5-15 Astor Theatre SKREAM, SGT. POKES, JOKER, PLASTICIAN: JUL 18 Villa FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS: JUL 18- 20 Challenge Stadium HIDDEN TREASURES: FREO HOUSE PARTY: ROOSTER POLICE, AMANI CONSORT, ENSEMBLE FORMIDABLE, FUNILIN GUS: JUL 19 FTI HIDDEN TREASURES: THE NEW SCHOOL SIRENS: THE TROPHY WIVES, JUSTIN WALSHE FOLK MACHINE, DIANAS, EDIE GREEN: JUL 20 FTI HIDDEN TREASURES: TEACHER’S FAVOURITES: RICHARD LANE & FRIENDS, THE MORNING NIGHT: JUL 26 FTI

XAVIER RUDD: SEP 25 Goldfields Arts Centre, Kalgoorlie; SEP 26 Esperance Civic Centre; SEP 28 Albany Entertainment Centre; SEP 29 Fremantle Arts Centre; SEP 30 Caves House, Yallingup JULIA STONE: SEP 28 Astor Theatre PARKLIFE: THE PRESETS; JUSTICE; ROBYN; NERO (LIVE); RUSKO; DJ FRESH; BENGA; JACK BEATS; MODESTEP; FLUME; PASSION PIT; TAME IMPALA; CHAIRLIFT; CITIZENS!; ST LUCIA; CHARLI XCX; ALISON WONDERLAND; PLAN B; CHIDDY BANG; LABRINTH; WILEY; HERMITUDE; RIZZLE KICKS; JACQUES LU CONT; PARACHUTE YOUTH; ART DEPARTMENT; LEE FOSS and locals: OCT 1 Wellington Square PAUL CAPSIS: OCT 11 Artbar, Art Gallery Of WA BASTARDFEST: ASTRIAAL, FUCK…I’M DEAD and more: OCT 27 Civic Hotel JOSH PYKE: NOV 8 Artbar, Art Gallery Of WA

ONGOING: GIGNITION: Upcoming band showcases 5-9pm fortnightly on Sundays at Swan Basement CULTURE CLASH & BASS CULTURE: Rotating Thursdays at The Newport Hotel

TWITS & TANTIES

Between Bernard Tomic’s dummy spit at Wimbledon and AFL players’ ill-informed use of Twitter (AIDS Brock McLean, seriously?) our sports stars really aren’t doing themselves any favours.

WINNING

Judgment Day has finally arrived, Google has found a way to make computers recognise LOLCats.

According to the UN the Kiwis and us are the biggest recreational drug users in the world, Charlie Sheen would be proud.

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KFC’s The Double is back. For today only! This is bigger than Ribwich folks.

EVEN, THE FAUVES: AUG 9 Prince Of Wales; AUG 10 Rosemount Hotel; AUG 11 Mojo’s; AUG 12 Indi Bar

MEZZANINE EP LAUNCH: JUN 22 Rosemount Hotel

HIDDEN TREASURES: BACK TO COOL: KIM SALMON, TIM GORDON, GUNNS, GREYJOY: JUL 27 FTI

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SMASHING PUMPKINS: JUL 26 Challenge Stadium

The Spice Girls are reforming for a musical… between this and the cats, we’re out. LANIE LANE PIC BY CC HUA

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TRIGGER JACKETS by GRAHAM CLARK

MEZZANINE by GRAHAM CLARK

MEZZANINE, THE LOVE JUNKIES, TRIGGER JACKETS, DEAD OWLS, FOAM THE ROSEMOUNT HOTEL: 22/06/12

It was a chilly Perth night when five local bands hit the Rosemount stage to showcase the up-coming talents this town has to offer, all there to celebrate Mezzanine with their new EP, Vile Horizons. Foam kicked off the night with their grunge-drenched tunes. Clearly fans of Nirvana (who isn’t), this band aren’t afraid to wear

MEZZANINE by GRAHAM CLARK their influences on their cardigan/flannel sleeves. Dead Owls were up next, and vocalist Jordan Tjhung has an impressive set of lungs with great range. The set was refreshingly diverse, though paring back on the instrumental intros would not have hurt. Trigger Jackets provided more refuge from the cold, and the band are clearly solid musicians, playing a polished set fuelled by their drummer Jack Wagner. Their followers lapped it up, singing along to the catchy choruses. The Love Junkies rounded out the supports and were a highlight of the night. The band possessed great energy with infectious drumming and hearty vocals. More people were drawn in from the beer garden, with the set ranging from almost alt-country to punk-rock. When Mezzanine hit the stage, the bar was full and cosy. Here to launch their sophomore EP Vile Horizons, the band began playing at full pelt with the audience feeding off some high energy. At times the music seemed almost atmospheric before delving into harmonies that would fit nicely in the pop-rock formula. It was obvious that each member of the band brings something different to the stage, yet they feed off each other to bring depth to the songs. Though Mezzanine had good stage presence, some more audience interaction wouldn’t have gone astray. Frontman Corey John Rist did puncture the set with a dedication to “Zoe” as he launched into a pitch-perfect cover of The Pixies Gouge Away, much to the crowd’s pleasure. The set then took a darker turn, with Rist shouting “I miss you, I love” repeatedly into the microphone and showcasing the genre-jumping nature of the band. The guys also threw in a long instrumental number. Whilst this highlighted the band’s craftsmanship, it felt out of place in a bar on a Friday night and more suited to at-home listening. The boys ended the night in the same energetically passionate way that they began, finishing to raucous applause from the crowd. Mezzanine show potential and drive with a cracking live show, and the EP is a solid reprentation of that. Melissa Coci

HOT SHOT

It was a lovely, if a little chilled, evening for my first assignment beside the tranquil waters of the Indian Ocean, and the first band quickly made me feel at home. Juan Dark & The Ocean contained a broad selection of instruments and played them beautifully. The soothing vocals cascaded from the lips in waves over the mellow tunes and draped a peaceful atmosphere over the basement. Then the nightmare began. The basement began to fill with – dare I say – ‘bogans’, and I feared the worst as they began drinking even more beer and became frightfully rowdy. The band they had come to see; Wrath Of Federer took to the stage clad in tennis clothes and started talking about a sport which, last time I checked, was a gentleman’s game.They lounge erupted as they unleashed their sound. The roof shook and threatened to give way under the strain of such loud music, sounding quite akin to a thundering stampede of buffalo armed with machetes doing very bad things. Tennis balls flew and the band unwisely armed the bogans with racquets with which they kicked off a game right there on the dancefloor. I am fairly certain they have ruined my hearing forever. Needles Douglas thankfully played a more palatable style of heavy music, something that you may hear on the radio. It is the airwaves that they are surely bound since the delightful young band were quite dashing in the limelight. The riffs could have been lifted from a catalogue, and I heard a lady next to me remark they had ‘that Aussie charm’ to their work. Very encouraging stuff. Rotaxus finished splendidly with well-crafted compositions. The intelligence with which they wrote reminded me a little of Tool, but with a warm quality that I couldn’t quite put my finger on. I enjoyed the friendly conversation between songs which showed they were clearly the best of friends. Rotaxus exhibited lovely control over melody and tempo as the wove texture and feeling with every breath. It is great to see such talent from such a new band. Rachael Prescott

LIQUID ARCHITECTURE #13, ANTARCTIC CONVERGENCE HACKET HALL GALLERY, WA MUSEUM: 25/06/12

Liquid Architecture and Tura New Music present this unique soundscape and specially-curated program based around the theme of Antarctica and the ramifications of the growing human population in the region. The live aspect of the Liquid Architecture Festival which took place on the first of two special nights at The West Australian Museum saw outstanding performers from Austria, America and Australia presenting their own sound and image scapes. Melbourne’s Philip Samartzis produced a 45-minute display of static and moving images accompanied by surround sound recordings of icebergs, glaciers, sea ice and frozen lakes from the eastern edge of Antarctica. The dichotomy of fluid and static was prevalent throughout the performance. Moving images appeared as photographs expressing the isolation of station life in Antarctica, and the eternal nature of the station was represented through images of the preservation of traditional study spaces and accommodation. The fluidity of nature was in direct contrast to this both in the imagery of melting snow and ice and the sound of atmospheric conditions and motions. It was far from the romantic aesthetic that many associate with the polar regions. One wonders ‘Where is all the ice?’ and ‘Where did all those barrels come from?’ in this realistic approach. The Monolith Trio, consisting of co-curator Lawrence English along with Werner Dafeldecker of Austria and Scott Morrison of Melbourne presented a performance similar to Samartiz in form but, adding to the dichotomist theme of the night, images and sound were filmed in the western edge of Antarctica and consisted more of moving pictures and static sound shapes. The static white element of the area was made fluid by the movements of sky and water and intense colour changes. The sonic range of this landscape was portrayed as strong and eerie, almost to the point of threatening, and listeners may have found themselves cringing from a loud hum similar to bad feedback.

BURIED IN VERONA BY CALLAN GIBSON

Sitting behind the performers as they worked their magic around their laptops, sound desks and mesmerizing software packages, the performance became more ‘real’ and the element of ‘live’ was much more appreciated. Lynn Mc Donnell

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ALBUM FOCUS

BROWN WITH ADAM BROWN Band history in brief? Brown was started by me and Jason Barfoot as a duo in 2005. We all met at various pubs playing gigs. I met the members performing out, decided they were doing great stuff and offered them a spot in the group. The key to a good member of Brown is being able to improvise confidently live, as we don’t ever rehearse. Members must also be capable of making music with non-conventional instruments. This is our first album. We have many handmade CDs out there, but this is our first official release. My favourite highlights are being signed by awesome local label Heartless Robot, having a local feature album on RTR fm and breaking into the old Hydey during renovations to play a secret battery-operated gig to friends and fans. We got front page news for that in the Voice newspaper: the headline read ‘Anarchy at the Hyde Park’. Describe your sound. Home-made instrumental, lo-fi, experimental and improvisational noise music. We do finally seem to have developed an actual sound live, but what that is I’m not sure. Influences – I don’t listen to much experimental noise music to be honest, making it is much more fun. I do like a lot of the local experimental artists though. Laptop stuff tends to bore me, I don’t like staring at a glowing apple icon while the person behind the screen could be checking their emails for all I know. There needs to be a homemade performance factor involved to really get me interested. Tell us about the album: The album has 11 tracks; it’s called Various Shades Of as there are various moods within our music, and almost everything ends up as various shades of brown one day. Album artwork is done by Gidget Duck. Recording process: It was recorded by myself on VHS tape and a Roland Zip disc recorder then mastered by Jason Hayles on custom-made valve/ tube mastering gear. Recorded from 2005 ‘til 2011. You can find B-sides and free downloads that didn’t make the album at bandcamp.brownperth.com. Collaborations? We have guest performances on the album by Steve Hughes of Usurper Of Modern Medicine and Injured Ninja, Max Ducker of Mongrel Country/Cellar Sessions, Scott White of Like Junk and Maurice Flavel of Gutterville Splendour Six. Tell us about the launch: We are all playing on the floor, abandoning the traditional ‘band on stage, audience on floor’ format. Supports include Sub Ordnance, they are opening the night in the beer garden with a live chainsaw noise performance, not to be missed! It’s $5 entry before 10pm, so get there early. I.nO.jaQ is bringing down an amazing experimental instrument you must see and hear to believe, it’s an eight-string, synth-controlled pyramid instrument. Kucka, one of my favourite Perthies, is doing her usual mesmerising thing of beauty. Brown’s buddies Frozen Ocean will be back from a hiatus to F#*! ear holes. Furchick is doing a solo experimental beer garden set, perhaps involving free haircuts or playing plants. Gilgamesh, a three-drummer dynamite act involving some Usurper Of Modern Medicine dudes. Abe Sada, one of Cat Hope’s groups, will rattle the room loose with bass frequencies. Also, there will be amazing projections by Ivan Borgnino. There will be some more freaky random surprise appearances you’ll have to be there to see. What’s on the horizon? Dunno ‘bout the future, Brown don’t think too far ahead. We’ll see who calls and just let things evolve naturally. We don’t go out and push for things to happen or have specific goals; we do it for the love of noise and sound experimentation. We’ll just keep circuit bending a few more toys and keep going to the tip to find more instrument-making junk. WHO: Brown WHAT: Various Shades Of (Heartless Robot Productions) WHEN & WHERE: Saturday 30 June, The Bakery


CONTEMPORARY MUSIC INDUSTRY NEWS WITH JUSTINE THORNLEY. iWANT YOUR WAMi FEEDBACK…

Experienced a 2012 WAMi Festival Event? If so, let us know your thoughts before midnight Friday 29 June. There’s an iPad 16GB Wifi Black 3rd generation, valued at A$539, for one lucky respondent to win! Whether in metropolitan Perth, regional WA, or perhaps streamed online anywhere in the world feedback is very important for planning future events, and takes around five minutes to give. For your chance to pick up the brand new apple iPad, head to wam.asn.au/feedback. WAM WHEATBELT TOUR JUNE WAM’s pilot initiative to develop a new regional contemporary music touring circuit in the Wheatbelt region is back this month with Cal Peck & The Tramps and Rachel Gorman. Third weekend February to July has WA’s brightest acts sharing the stage with the Wheatbelt’s recent harvest of original musicians. The tour bus stops Friday 15 June at The Commercial Hotel in Merredin, Saturday 16 at Grass Valley Tavern, and Sunday 17 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 - such as Driving Tired Can Kill. Head to wam.asn.au/regional for more. WHAT CAN WAM DO FOR YOU? Supporting local live and recorded music is WAM - your not for profit, membership based music association, existing to develop the WA contemporary music industry. Annual subscriptions stay in WA to help your local industry grow with programs throughout the year, while entitling you to exclusive offers, competitions, events and Annual Kiss My WAMi compilation. Visit wam.asn.au or call 9227 7962 to join today.

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AMERICANA

With decorations galore, coloured flag drinks and some red cups, The Academy throws a 4th of July party Wednesday 4 at Amplifier. Helping bring the party alive is We Are The Emergency. Punters are in for a treat, with an exclusive preview of their newest single Bring You Home and its new video clip. Support from Foxes and Ray Finkle. $15 from 9pm, $12 if you know the codeword.

SEEKER RETURNS

THE FINAL COUNTDOWN

AmpFest 2012 applications close this Friday 29 June, so if you’re an original unsigned WA band, duo or solo act between 12 and 25, then head to ampfest. com.au and download an entry form today. AmpFest offers performance and networking opportunities for young WA musicians, plus over $15,000 worth of prizes. Past winners include Goodnight Tiger, Sisters Doll and 2005 runners-up Tame Impala.

Australian icon and original ‘Pop Princess’ Judith Durham is heading on her first solo tour in over a decade on The Colours Of My Life Tour, comprising the best of her music over her 50-year journey. Durham first came to fame as the legendary and much-loved lead vocalist of Australia’s first global charttopping band The Seekers. She plays the Riverside Theatre Saturday 30 June, Ticketek for tickets.

FOLK FAREWELL

Join quirky folk-rockers Rachel & Henry Climb A Hill at the Norfolk Basement Thursday 28 June as they farewell cello/vocalist Jenny May and vocalist/drummer/ guitarist Willem Lieftink. To send the pair off in style, Patient Little Sister, Chloe McGrath and Sarah Pellicano have been recruited for a memorable evening. $7 entry.

Returning home from a successful venture to Melbourne, The Devil Rides Out are laying it down locally at The Rosemount Hotel Thursday 28 June with help from Wizard Sleeve, Ol Bouginvillea and Victoria’s Dom Di Blasio. Planning to record in the coming months, the rockers will hopefully have a new album out in early 2013. $8 from 7.30pm.

STAYING ALIVE

Legendary improvisational vocalist Damo Suzuki (CAN) hits The Bakery Thursday 28 June. Playing his own brand of Krautrock, an experimental gerne of music that surfaced from Germany several decades ago, Suzuki brings something to the table that few punters have experienced before. Local support from Pond and Sonpsilo Circus. Tickets via Now Baking.

BACK IN MOTION

Playing their first major gig in a year, DAVE release their latest single Tumbleweed at The Rosemount Hotel Wednesday 4 July. Support on the night comes in the form of close friends Blue Lucy, FOAM and Sugarpuss. Head down and show your support to ensure their gigs keep flowing. $8 at the door gets you entry and copy of the single.

RIDING HOME

GOOD LUCK

TIME FOR WINE

On Friday 29 June, The Wine-Dark Sea will launch their much anticipated debut EP Stories Better Never Told at the Rosemount hotel. Together since 2010, the band is made up of familiar faces from Perth bands past, backing up the elegantly crafted tunes of frontperson Tracey Read. Flying into town to support is Sydney popsters Little Lovers, and locals Umpire and Archer & Light.

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Back in WA from a ripping tour of the East Coast, Aussie activist and multi-instrumental troubadour Nathan Kaye aka Lucky Man will be doing his famed beatbox routine and underground brand of sun-baked, blues-driven roots live for his Roast Your Rump Tour, Wednesday 4 July at Mojo’s and Thursday 5 at Didgeridoo Breath.

LAST CHANCE

Grammy Award nominees the Gyuto Monks wrap up their daily performances at the Fremantle Town Hall on Thursday 28 and Friday 29 June. Head down and check out their interesting and unique performance using the sand mandala. Their deep overtone chanting is unique, fascinating ethnomusicologists and musicians all over the world. Entry by donation.

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DVD REVIEW

DANCE DOCTOR

THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT

Artist, spokesman, musician and dancer Dr Richard Walley is a Nyoongar who practices multiple art forms with the blessing and guidance of his elders. He and his family will present an enthralling evening at Kulcha, Friday 29 June that features traditional music, dance and stories that connect people, places, plants and animals.

THE BROW HORN ORCHESTRA

HOT LOCAL GIG SPOTLIGHT

ALL AGES AND YOUTH NEWS WITH SHILPA SRINGAR

PINK FLOYD THE STORY OF: WISH YOU WERE HERE (DVD) (SHOCK)

Almost every household in the world (rightly) owns at least one copy of Dark Side Of the Moon and The Wall, but Pink Floyd’s 1975 album (coming after Dark Side) increasingly seems to be the exclusive domain of stereophiles. Yet I challenge you, dear reader, to dig out Wish You Were Here this very day. My bet is you probably know most of what’s on this remarkable record already. What The Story Of offers is new interviews with the surviving Floyds (Waters, Gilmour, Mason and the now-late Richard Wright) each with their own take on the gestation and execution. By this point, the band had long since accepted the departure and withdrawal of Syd Barrett, who had spearheaded their psychedelia. Missing their friend and fear for his wellbeing dominated the sessions. As Gilmour ruminates at the start of this documentary, the solemn four guitar notes that carry centrepiece Shine On You Crazy Diamond somehow captured Syd’s sorrow and reclusiveness. From there, other elements came together organically, the band guided towards themes of mourning, decline and music industry exploitation, Syd coursing through the veins of each song. As the film draws to a close, each bandmate recalls with horror their last meeting with Barrett in a visit to the studio in ‘75. With apparent guilt, all confess to not recognising him at first. He would die of cancer, alone, 31 years later. Not as confronting as The Wall, nor as chromatic as Dark Side, this hour long, modest documentary reminds us that on Wish You Were Here, Pink Floyd could be palpably tender. The Story Of: Wish You Were Here is released on June 29. Mac McNaughton

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THE BEATS BOYS

With the holidays not far in the distance there is no excuse to not go out and celebrate this winter. The best part is, the underage calendar is packed with things to do that will make you and everyone around you feel warm and fuzzy for the rest of the cold season. To get you started, YMCA HQ as usual is host to a wide array of all-ages hardcore gigs with some highlights being Breakeven’s final ever all-ages show Sunday 1 July, Californian outfit Ceremony performing on Wednesday 4, Basement’s national tour on Friday 6, Pledge This! playing Saturday 7 July and finally the Shout it Out! Festival on Thursday 19 and Friday 20 July. The Brow Horn Orchestra has just released their brand new EP Two fires and are playing at The Vault in Melville at 1pm on Saturday 14 July as part of their EP launch tour. Make sure to purchase your tickets from Moshtix for $10 plus BF or you can get them at the door on the day. Aussie Hip hoppers Hilltop Hoods are putting on an all-ages affair at challenge stadium with support from Horrorshow and Briggs on Friday 17 August. Tickets can be purchased from ticket master and start from $58 plus BF. Hyper Vision Youth Arts Festival is holding their annual art exhibition at Midland Gate shopping centre with the theme of ‘What’s on your radar’. Artists between the ages of 12-25 are welcome to submit entries. The two-week long festival kicks off August 6 and is a great starting point to expose your artwork with over 250,000 people vising Midland Gate Shopping Centre every week. Entries close on Friday 29 June. Triple j’s Unearthed High is back on again this year. The competition offers an exclusive opportunity for high school acts to get discovered and if you’re a songwriter, in a band, a producer or MC with at least half the members in your act still in high school, the competition is open to you. All you need to do is upload an original track to triplejunearthed.com and mention which high school you attend before Monday 23 July.

To showcase the Indian and Middle Eastern flavours of The Silk Road infused with rhythm, Michael Zolker of Daramad teams up with Josh Hogan and Glenn Rogers from Taal Naan and Mukti to form The Beaten Luthier at Kulcha Saturday 30 June for a set of original tunes, as well as compositions by such world music greats as Anouar Brahem, Avishai Cohen and Selva Ganesh. Join them as they cook up a mid-winter storm.

BREAK OUT

Taking a break from mixing his debut record, Sean O’Neill, best known as the frontman of Hang On St Christopher, will perform at The Bird Sunday 1 July with special guests Greyjoy, Rachael Dease and Leafy Suburbs (Lyndon Blue). Accompanied by his horn players, O’Neill will give an insight into his solo world and a snapshot of the upcoming release. $5 from 6pm.

FRIDAY THE 13TH

With a line-up featuring The Seals, Rachael Dease and Jake Webb, the 13th installment of Friday I’m In Love at Fat Shans Records is looking like a memorable evening tomorrow, June 29. And while that means Friday 13 comes into play, the only scary thing about the evening will be the amount of talent on display. $10 from 7.30pm.

BIRTHDAY BLUES

The Perth Blues Club’s fourth NAIDOC Night continues the Club’s 20th birthday celebrations with a seven-piece Bartlett Brothers headline, supported by legendary jazz-blues singer Lois Olney, blues stalwart Patrick Woodley and Boom! Bap! Pow!’s Clint Bracknell. NAIDOC Musicians of the Year in 2007, The Bartlett Brothers’ singer/songwriter’s home-grown, outback soul-roots melodies and harmonies are ramped to the next level with a seven-piece vocal and instrumental combo.

DOUBLE DANCE

For one night only, The Rusty Pinto Combo team up with The Rough Housers at Devilles Pad Friday 29 June for a night of non-stop dancing action and DJs spinning vintage tunes until late. The night will also feature the dancing talent of the Les Sataniques showgirls. All up, a set of ingredients that will ensure a good night had by all. Doors from 6pm.

2011 winners Snakadaktal have enjoyed great success and are putting on an-all ages show at The Astor on Saturday 4 August with tickets available at BOCs ticketing for $21 plus BF. In what seems to be one of the coolest offerings of winter, The Winter Festival is coming to Fremantle! For those of you who don’t know what this is, it basically means that a huge iceskating rink is going to be installed in the middle of Fremantle and even though we live in Perth, we can finally get a white winter. The festival kicks off July 6 and will run ‘til the 22nd, so if you want to get in make sure you’re part of the action, check out The Winter Festival’s website: winterfestival.com.au/category/events/fremantle.

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BLUE SHADDY

This week original music night at The Mustang Bar welcomes The Autumn Isles, supported by The Reductors and DJ James MacArthur. Since their inception in ‘05, The Autumn Isles have risen to prominence on the Perth music scene with a series of well-crafted EPs and a reputation as one of the city’s most dynamic and melodic live bands. Catch them at The Mustang Bar Thursday 28 June.

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ISLE OF ROCK

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THE GET DOWN FESTIVAL Who’s playing your event and who should punters be most excited about seeing? Blue Shaddy; Toby; Grace Barbe; Funk Club House Band; Matt Gresham; Simon Kelly Trio; Dilip ‘N The Davs Trio; Mitch Becker; and The Augustines. Perth should be excited to see each and every one of these bands with their own unique flavour and sound, and incredible live performance reps. We’ve kept this festival local to showcase what’s on offer in Perth. What gave you the idea for this show? Perth’s winter nightlife lacks so much in the way of live music. We hope with a lineup like this, we can draw out the winter hibernators. What does your gig offer that others don’t? An incredibly varied night of local music including blues, funk, reggae, Creol, indy, roots and much more. What made you pick this venue? The Fly By Night offers two different stages, working with Perths best sound man, Rick van der Velde, with a great space to get down on the dance floor for only 600 lucky ticket holders. Nice and intimate. What’s next for your band/promo company? If all goes well, we will look at making this an annual or biannual event! WHEN & WHERE: Saturday 30 June, The Fly By Night, Fremantle WHEN & WHERE: Saturday 30 June, Fly By Night

TRAVELING HOME

The incredible upward spiral of Perth metal masters Voyager continues as the band celebrates its return to Australia with a welcome home show at The Rosemount Hotel, Saturday 30 June. After a hugely successful tour of North America supporting Rhapsody Of Fire, the Perth band captivated largerthan-expected audiences at every show, winning over a multitude of new fans. Support from Nexus, Meridian and Bend The Sky.


PSYCHEDELIC SATURDAY

ALBUM FOCUS

Come get your dose of psychedelic melody in towers of rock Saturday 30 June at Mojo’s Bar, courtesy of Sonpsilo Circus, supported by The Love Junkies and Blackmilk. Sonpsilo have been at maximum capacity since the start of the year and thus at an all time performance high, plus they’ll be fresh from their support of CAN’s Damo Suzuki and Pond at The Bakery, Thursday 28 June.

EXPLOSIVE ENERGY POINT DEXTER

Fresh from their Clipsal 500 support for Aussie rock icons INXS, Dexter Jones hit the road on the WA leg of their national tour to celebrate their latest offering, the New York EP. Thursday 28 June they play Breakers Bar, Geraldton; and Friday 29 at The Beat Nightclub with The Disappointed, Twisted Affection, Honeywheeler and iChora; and Saturday 30 at Prince Of Wales.

THE RIGHT WAY

Ahead of his east coast tour, James Teague will be joined by friends for what will be a beautifully intimate night at the Norfolk Basement, Friday 29 June, entitled Inside Out. Support from Mulder, Rabbit Island and Lucy Peach. Join this momentous evening of local music and liberation. $10 from 8pm.

Saturday 30 June the supersonic sounds of The Johnny Nandez Hammond Explosion take over Devilles Pad with their wild and groovy tunes. Mondo Disco Jocks spin tunes all night long that will have even the sheepish party-goes on the dance floor. Also featuring the Les Sataniques showgirls and more. Door 6pm, $10 after 8pm.

RICK STEELE

JOEL BARKER & THE DEEP SEA SWELL WITH JOEL BARKER (SINGER/ SONGWRITER/GUITARIST)

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION Booked out most weekends, Sophie Jane & The Chilly Bin Boys are set to perform all new original songs at the Hyde Park Hotel on Friday 29 June, and upload the performance to the interwebs. Perth solo acts Gerard Mcartney and Ryan Webb, open the night. The Hyde Park Hotel gig marks their foray into all-originals territory, with studio recording scheduled for later this year. $10 entry.

Band history in brief: Myself, Peter Dewing (guitars) and Tom Lucey (bass) are childhood friends from Bridgetown, and Pierre Greenway (drums) and I work together. So it’s been a very organic and comfortable growth for us, and it works really well. You can pretty much plaster ‘debut’ over everything that we are doing at the moment because we’re too young as a band to have experienced much more than the release of the single Into The Storm at Fat Shans as a part of International Record Store Day.

WELCOME BACK BLANCHE DUBOIS

Describe your sound: Our sound is very much a modern take on folk/rock with major influences including Ben Harper, Bon Iver, Ryan Adams and City and Colour. Tell us about the album: Traces is an 11-song experience written as I traversed the globe over a four-year period, from the dusty expanses of Mongolia to the intensity and lure of New York City, all the while seeding thoughts and ideas of an album based on people and landscapes in time. The album focuses on songs of love and loss, places that inspire change, interpretation of novels and a sense of home.

Drum catches up with Adriana Begovich of Blanche Dubois to gather tour stories and how they’ve shaped an even more formidable return live show. It was our first tour in around three to four years, so memories of previous tours are a little hazy! Maybe we were more rock’n’roll then? We dragged a full band along for these shows, whereas previously we’ve tended to tour as a duo. We chose to only perform on weekend nights too, across a few weeks, whereas previously we’ve performed for a whole week with back-to-back shows. It was good to have space in between shows to gather our thoughts on the performances (and catch up on sleep).

How long was the tour and where did you venture to? We toured over three weekends in May-June and took in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane. What was the reason for the tour? We’re promoting the second single, The Sum Of My Parts, off our record Young Heart which came out at the end of January this year. What city/show had the craziest crowd? We don’t really have too many rowdy fans but there was a crazy, drunk German guy in Sydney who licked our keyboardist’s shoe. True story. Favourite venue played at? I’d have to say the Basement in Sydney. It’s a musical institution, rich with history and it’s such a nice room to play; you can really connect with the audienc. And Chris, the in-house sound engineer there, is an absolute gem too. Anything happen out of the ordinary? The drunk German bootlicker in Sydney probably takes the cake. And, on a positive note, I feel we should pay musical homage to our Melbourne support act, Whitaker. Do yourself a favour and check them out. They’re pretty damn good! How does this tour compare to others you’ve done?

Based on this tour, what new song is guaranteed to make your fans happiest? I’d say the title track, Young Heart. It’s one of my favourite songs to play live and one that has definitely resonated with our fans whilst on tour. What advice would you give to any Perth acts planning to tour? Save your pennies. Book your flights in advance (when they’re on sale). Apply for a DCA funding grant. Research your support acts – borrow their backline and return the favour by offering them the opportunity to perform alongside you in your hometown. Don’t be late to airports. And call your mothers to let them know you’re alive. Write any songs when you were away? I came up with a few ideas actually, and we’ll flesh them out in the coming months when we focus on writing new material. In all honesty, they weren’t really inspired by anything in particular. What can we expect from your return show? It’ll be our last Perth show for a few months, as we’re taking some time off to write some new material and do all the fun ‘behind-thescenes’ stuff (like looking into tour opportunities here and abroad). We’ll be playing songs off Young Heart as well as a few oldies. WHEN & WHERE: Thursday 5 July, Ellington Jazz Club

Recording process: The album was produced by UK-based folk/hip hop producer Dom Coyote (musical director for theatre productions such as Unlimited With David Tool (British Council/ Olympics 2011-2012) and ‘The Raun Tree’ (Commissioned by BAC and West Yorkshire Play House - 2011)) and engineered by Shaun Sibbes (Young Revelry, ex Eskimo Joe and Sneaky Sound System) and tie into broader themes of experiences and nuance in places both familiar and distant. The album was recorded at Bang Bang Studios in Perth, Western Australia. Local folk legend Sean Diggins (Astro Shack, Ten Cent Shooters) has overseen the mastering of the album in its entirety. Collaborations? My very talented sister (BAFTA and Ivor Novello awarding-winning singer/songwriter) Emily Barker provided subtle harmonies on the tracks, with support from Shaun Sibbes on drums, Rachael Aquilina (Wolves) on violin, James Ireland (Chemist) on piano and Julien Zanin on bass. Tell us about the launch: Launching at Ya Ya’s in Northbridge on Friday 29 June with guests Justin Walshe and Boston and Chevy. It’s pretty exciting after a two-year recording process to finally have this on the table. What’s on the horizon? Currently piecing together an eastern states tour to promote the album. Generally speaking though, just looking to continue to gig as much as possible and grow as a band and develop our sound.

MEMORABLE MUSIC Perth Blues Club’s ninth annual memorial showcase, A Rhythm & Blues Variety Revue, takes place at the Astor Theatre Friday 29 June. Organised by PBC president Rick Steele, it features a stellar line-up honouring their departed mates, including Dave Hole, Matt Taylor, The Healys, Steele himself, comedian Peter Dee and many more. $30 via BOCs.

TRIO TIME

Pianist/composer Tom O’Halloran won the Limelight Magazine Award for Best Jazz Achievement in 2009, and he’s joined by drummer Daniel Susnjar and bassist Pete Jeavons at The Ellington Jazz Club, Friday 29 June to form the Tom O’Halloran Trio. This well-known outfit ranges from modern, swinging jazz through to ambient, slow landscapes, from Latin influenced compositions to intimate ballads.

RENDEZVOUS POINT

To celebrate the release of his fourth album Cachuma, The Benny Lackner Trio are heading across the ocean to play at The Ellington, Thursday 28 June. Developing Cachuma with a new rhythm section of European musicians further deepens the bi-continental theme, Lackner coming from the USA. The drummer, Matthieu Chazarenc, breathes life into the melodies with a new fire, drive and dynamic contrast that matches the songs perfectly and it shows in their live performance.

POST-HOLIDAY BLUES

Back from their European tour, Vdelli are ready to rock the Indi Bar at a homecoming party, Friday 29 June. After a highly successful two-month tour of Europe, the boys kick start another Friday night residency at the infamous Indian Ocean Hotel. With over 30 shows in 40 days across six countries throughout Europe, the band is coming back home playing their trademark power rock blues. $10 from 9pm.

JAZZ ROOTS

International jazz superstars Troy Roberts (saxophone) and Daniel Susnjar (drums) will share their experiences of working alongside the legends of jazz when the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra presents an exclusive workshop on Tuesday 3 July at WAAPA. Returning to the place where they both launched their international careers in jazz, both Roberts and Susnjar will impart their wisdom upon the next generation of jazz musicians, who will continue to show the world the unique talent being cultivated in WA.

FREE

WHO: Joel Barker & The Deep Sea Swell WHAT: Traces (Independent) WHEN & WHERE: Friday 29 June, Ya Ya’s, Northbridge

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DANCEFLOOR TO BURN PAUL MASTER

90’S FLASHBACK @ THE BEAT Reason for night? Because we had an awesome decade to grow up in for music, and we can celebrate ripped jeans and hypercolour at the same time! Plus, who wouldn’t want to relive their childhood? Who’s heating up the dancefloor? A range of DJs all night featuring Moosh, LGZ, Gareth Bird, Event Cartel

DJs and a special appearance from DJ Hans Moleman. What does your night offer that others don’t? Cocktails, drink specials and a party down memory lane. What makes the venue so hot? The Beat Nightclub makes you feel like you’re at the best house party in Perth (Without the noise restrictions)! We have something for everyone, mixing it up each night with bands and DJs. March to your own beat this weekend.

What’s next for your crew? Look out for ERA – A journey through the different eras of music, decade by decade. Check out facebook.com/ eventcartelperth or facebook. com/thebeatnightclub to be kept up to date on the details.

SÓNAR SWOONING THE STANDARD SÓNAR LEDGE BY AAROM WILSON

Cost? $10 Entry – dress-ups are most definitely welcome. WHEN & WHERE: Saturday 30 June, The Beat Nightclub (Downstairs)

With the mind-warped dust finally settled, Aarom Wilson takes you deep into three days of complete craziness at Barcelona’s Sónar Festival. DAY 1, THURSDAY 14 JUNE

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GIVEAWAYS LOGISTICS

Growing up on a self-prescribed musical diet made up of equal parts guitar-based compositions from bands such as Rage Against The Machine and downtempo efforts from labels like Mo’ Wax, Logistics finally acquired a taste for drum’n’bass through the Music Box LP, and he hasn’t looked back since.

Celebrating his new album Fear Not, the UK producer/DJ rocks Shape Friday 6 July, with local lads Ekko & Sidetrack and Jezza & Symmetry banging the support. Email giveaways@ drumperth.com.au with “NO FEAR” in the subject header for your chance to win one of TWO DOUBLE PASSES, and a CD pack including his new LP Fear Not and a mix for bass music night The Lick (tomorrow night at Shape).

LOGISTICS

BEN MAC

Split into the Sónar By Day and Sónar By Night components, the first of three days of Sónaring saw only a ‘Day’ officially programmed. Mind, that first By Day half still saw around ten hours of electronic delights taking over from midday. We arrived just shy of 4pm, with hardly a queue to contend with, thanks to security that appreciated that over-zealousness isn’t the best way to put festy punters in a good mood. First stop was Lapalux at SónarVillage, the outdoor, grassy space of the four main Day arenas. Recently touring Australia, his Sónar set was a slightly more experimental one, giving the punters something to think about rather than get too sweaty in the 30-degree sun. Jeremiah Jae stepped up next, reminding us that the programming we’d been witnessing, and would continue to on this stage, was courtesy of the Brainfeeder label. His low-slung, jazz-glitch beats and Wu-Bang rhymes though were largely marred

by sound problems. Over at the SónarDome, the Red Bull Academy were providing the entertainment, with 2011 graduate Eltron John currently taking the reigns. The Krakow DJ and 2008 RBA graduate spun a diverse selection of beats, though his antics were more interesting – his crazed dancing getting the best response, and his deranged microphone SFX the least. With passouts readily available, we snuck outside to grab some tapas and cheaper drinks; one of the beauties of this fest. Then back downstairs in the SónarHall, Daedelus presented his Archimedes Show. Having developed it last year, it was annoying to think that he didn’t bring it with him last time to Australia, as what a show it was. Aided by a wall of 21-ish moving mirrors, Daedelus introduced himself via dripping water that soon saw a heavy gush of post-dubstep beats creating a storm of movement in the now at-capacity room. The mad conductor orchestrated an ominously creeping soundtrack with his magic box, quickly transforming into a frenzy of industrial techstep, crazed-out hip hop and psychinfused big beats that were maximally enhanced by his buffet of light-refracting and movementreflecting mirrors, his performance making Daft Punk look like pussies. Off to work on the lack-of-tan situation - something that threatens

to identify one as a pom-noissette in the Spanish-browned environ – the Village saw Thundercat again struggling with the soundsystem, distortion and a poor mix taking away from the freeform jazz they flicked off in all directions. Still, the crowd appreciatively lapped it up, the extra vox a nice live addition in a day composed of mostly DJs and knob-twiddlers. And this was Spain, so a perfect place to chill to even disappointing renditions of tracks largely plucked from The Golden Age Of Apocalypse. From Thundercat to the Cheshire Cat, the always buzzing Brainfeeder Flying Lotus took only two seconds on stage to reveal one of his trademark grins, setting the crowd into a smiling, beat-loving frenzy. With an Empire Strikes Back-styled strungout intro, FlyLo then brought in an ultra-heavy beat with a strike of applause like Luke Skywalker swooping in on the deathstar. Bang, shit was getting real! A master of making a laptop look interesting, FlyLo used this and what looked like a drumpad and MPC to whiz through around 20 tracks in 30 minutes, his mastery of creating fresh sounds on the run propelling the beats at breakneck speed. He then went on a hip hop rampage, transforming a bunch of familiar lines from the likes of Nas and Jay-Z into a beatsoup worth slurping then licking the bowl. Technology then stalled him, the music suddenly coming to a stop. His grinning stopped as the crowd begged for more, but after a few minutes the Los Angeles king of Fly’s momentum had been lost. As had ours; it was time to make an early exit from Sónar By Day round one and conserve some energy for the next two days and nights. Maybe… For the full write-up check Drum Media Perth on the iPad or head to themusic.com.au.

SINGLE FOCUS CARL FOX

CARL FOX WITH CARL FOX (GUITAR/VOCALS/ MPC1000)

HOT LOCAL EVENT

16TH ANNUAL NOCTURNAL BALL

Reason for/idea behind the night? This is the 16th Annual Nocturnal Ball – a night for Perth’s hardworking hospitality industry to cut loose their weekend shackles and do what they watch punters do every Friday/Saturday/Sunday.

about seeing? There is always a huge collection of the best of the best DJs from the clubs, bars and pubs around Perth. Some of the talent this year includes Micah, Angry Buda, Charlie Bucket, Jus Haus?, Kenny L, Ben Mac, Zelimir and many more.

Who’s playing your event and who should punters be most excited

What does your night offer that others don’t? It’s the night of nights

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for hospitality industry workers – all staff from bars, clubs, pubs, hotels, restaurants and cafes can come together and let their hair down. What made you pick the venue? It’s always at Metro City! WHEN & WHERE: Monday 2 July 2012, Metro City, Perth

Band history in brief? It all began while I was away in a cold country for one year. During that time I wrote an album called Chunky Rainbow. When I returned to Australia, one fox turned into six foxes and we emerged from the den. Since then we’ve played some really awesome shows and have enjoyed every minute of it! Describe your sound: Carl Fox is full of strange samples, which would make a small dog turn its head sideways. It’s kind of simple but full of melodies and interesting drum beats. Tell us about the new stuff: These tracks are so new that the record doesn’t even have a name! But I can tell you that the latest single Pencil Warrior is included in

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the track listing and that all of the songs are really different from each other. Some tracks are heading in a bit of an urban direction with big hip hop beats and R’n’B vocal styles. One track is minimal and abstract and another was brought into this world for partying purposes only. These songs are all quite different, but what they do have in common are simple melodies, solid beats and a gentle male voice. Recording process: These songs introduced an entirely different process for me. Chunky Rainbow was recorded, mixed and mastered entirely in my home studio. This time around my tracks were touched by ‘Magic’ Matt Gio. Matt showed me how to add big bass and maddog percussion to my songs to give them the extra life they deserved. The sessions were pretty intense and often involved the colliding of the digital and analogue worlds. Other times the sessions

simply involved listening to the tiniest part of a song 1000 times to get it just right... Collaborations? There is one very special vocalist on my favourite track... but you will definitely have to wait to find out who that is! Tell us about the launch: We are having a massive night on Friday at Mojo’s in North Freo. This is our first gig in more than six months and we are overdue to have a party. I am proud to say that helping us get the job done will be MmHmmm and Luere, two totally talented and amazing acts. Umphetico and Paper Stacks are on the decks and will be making fresh sounds and carbon neutral beats you can move to. What’s on the horizon? This is set to be a big year for Carl Fox. We are going on our first national tour in July and then releasing a bunch of new tracks in August! So watch this space... and listen to this space. Please. WHO: Carl Fox WHAT: Pencil Warrior (Faber Castel) WHEN & WHERE: Friday, Mojo’s, North Freo


LAUCH PAD

RAISING FUN

CROOKED COLOURS WITH LEON DE BAUGHN (KEYS) AND PHILIP SLABBER (VOCALS, KEYS, GUITAR)

HELP OUT JAMES IRELAND

What cause are you raising funds for: In March of this year, James Ireland was diagnosed with a rare condition known as Sudden Hearing Loss. Left with little hearing in his right ear and little chance of recovery, James has had to completely re-think how he perceives the world around him as well as how he creates and listens to music.

Who’s playing and why did you select those acts? The night is full of a bunch of some of James’ best friends who also happen to be musicians and DJs. On the bill is MmHmMm, Bens M&T, Nik Ridikulas, Jo Lettenmaier and two new bands featuring James; Savoir (a R’n’B throwback group) and Hamjam (garage/ fuzz of the highest order).

How did this idea/show come about? We’re throwing a party to help lighten the load of ongoing medical costs and contribute to the purchase of an “expenno” hearing aid for James.

How do people get tickets? Tickets are $10 at the door from 8pm. It is expected to sell out quite quickly so get down early!

JAMES IRELAND

WHEN & WHERE: Saturday 30 June, The Bird

FLOORED FASHAWN & EXILE, MARKSMAN & WISDOM 2TH, CHARLIE BUCKET, MT5K THE BAKERY: 22/06/12

On the second stop of their first ever Australian tour, Californian MC Fashawn and producer Exile left the audience at their Bakery show completely blown away. MT5k opened the night, playing to a sparse crew early. The DJ, best known for dropping party anthems, kept it smooth with hip hop classics such as Umi Says. As more of a crowd arrived, local MC Marksman took

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the stage, backed by producer/DJ Wisdom 2th. Their set encouraged peeps sitting outside to venture inside the venue. The energetic performance incorporated releases from Marksman’s recent release The Bridges In Spain, including Playing Our Song and the crowd favourite Morgan Freeman (featuring vocals by Sam Bride). By the time DJ Charlie Bucket took the stage, the venue was halfway full and the crowd were hyped up for what was to come. Spinning classics such as Stakes Is High and Shimmy Shimmy Ya, the veteran DJ worked the crowd the way he knows best. Running about half an hour late, Fashawn and Exile graced The

FRAT HOUSE @ METRO FREO

BIG APE @ SHAPE

Bakery stage around midnight. Hip hop extraordinaire Fashawn greeted his audience with this simple line “My name is Fashawn, I’m 23 and I smoke weed.” From that point on, the now-bustling venue was eating out of the palm of his hand. Performing mostly tracks from their 2009 collaboration Boy Meets World, both the MC and the DJ/producer put on a performance that will not soon be forgotten. Standout tracks included The Ecology, Boys Meets World, Father, So Many Stars, Skating Down The Block, The Far Left, Love and show closer Samsonite Man. Throughout the entirety of their hour and-a-half performance both

Fashawn and Exile encouraged crowd participation and kept their audience involved, especially during Fashawn’s incredible freestyle a capella rhymes. Charlie Bucket closed the show playing more hip hop classics as Fashawn and Exile spoke to and posed for pictures with audience members who were keen to meet them. This was one of those shows that you go to expecting to see and hear something great and leave having your mind completely blown away. Both Fashawn and Exile are two names that all hip hop heads should keep their eyes out for in the future. Chantelle Gabriel

SATURDAY @ AMPLIFIER

Give a brief rundown of the history of your act from day one to now: We formed the band mid-to-late last year and wrote and recorded a few demo tracks that we later put down at Couch Studios with the help of Matt Gio. From there we have supported acts like The Rubens and Sampology and now are about to release our debut EP. Tell us about your release: We’re releasing our first single – Four Minutes – off our upcoming EP, which is due to drop mid-August. How did you go about recording it? Four Minutes was tracked and mixed at Couch Studios with the help of Matt

Gio and mastered at Exchange Mastering studios in London. Tell us about your launch party: The single launch is going to be at Mojo’s with support from the amazingly talented Leure (Ash Hendriks of Wolves At The Door), Leafy Suburbs, plus DJ sets from Sun City, Halcyon Youth, Paper Plane and George Mair. $10. What’s next for your act? Releasing our debut EP in August followed by Parklife at the start of October. WHO: Crooked Colours WHAT: Four Minutes (Independent) WHEN & WHERE: Thursday 28 June, Mojo’s

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28 JUNE - 4 JULY

2012

THURSDAY 28/6

DANCEFLOOR OF THE WEEK

CHRIS COBILIS

To lighten the load of ongoing medical costs, The Bird host a fundraiser featuring MmHmMm, Savior, HAMJAM, Ben M & Ben T, Nik Redikulas and Jo Lettenmaier, $10.

DEATH DISCO/PURE POP @ CAPITOL/AMPLIFIER

The last soiree before resident Jessica Kill heads interstate later this year, featuring a special performance from Chris Cobilis, DJ Michael Boxer and Kill herself, $5 from 8.30pm. A night where local beat makers/ producers/beat-smiths get to showcase their beats in front of their peers. Peeps get 10 mins to showcase their beats, from hip hop, RnB, glitch, future soul and everything else in between. $5 entry.

R’N’R KARAOKE @ DEVILLES A great night out with your vocal chords every Thursday, Free entry from 6pm.

CLAREMONT HOTEL DJs DD, Matt & Millie and James Thorne bring the bangin’ party tunes all night.

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

ROSEMOUNT HOTEL Sons Of Rico DJs takes over the decks outside while The Devil Rides Out, Wizard Sleeve, Ol’ Bouginvillea and Dom DiBlasio (VIC) play inside.

FRIDAY 29/6 KARL SAV

DISCOINCORRECTO @ HONEY LOUNGE

WHAT SO NOT

SPEAKEASY 1ST B’DAY @ VILLA

It’s been a year since Speakeasy took over Villa one Friday a month, and they’re celebrating the only way they know how, with another huge party featuring Sydney’s Flume and his side project with Emoh Instead, What So Not, Friday 29 June. Over the past twelve months the Speakeasy stage have seen the likes of San Cisco, The Rubens, Stonefield, Jonathan Boulet, Owl Eyes, Tim & Jean, Snakadaktal and Bleeding Knees Club, just to name a few. Opening the night is Perth electronic outfit Lilt, and of course the Metric DJs will be on hand to throw down plenty of party jams. If past Perth Speakeasy’s are anything to go by (including vintage clothes, raver lights, confetti and a mojito bucketload more), birthday crazy stuff will no doubt be the order of the night. It will be more epic than the final SEASON episode of Game Of Thrones, which is no easy feat. Tickets via Moshtix.

WASTELAND

The Floors and The Freakz Of The Nature play live, plus comedians, Tomas Ford on the decks and MC and more, free from 8pm. Releasing their lastest single Four Minutes, Crooked Colours are supported by Leure and Leafy Suburbs, plus DJ sets from Sun City, Halcyon Youth, Paper Plane and George Mair. $10 entry.

SATURDAY 30/6 GREG PACKER

FRESH PRODUCE @ AMBAR Fresh Produce returns with the bassy line-up of Benny P, Wasteland, 4by4, Axon and ElKymbo. $12 before midnight, $15 after.

LIVE SESSIONS @ THE MANOR Local favourites Accumulated Gestures, supported by local DJs, $10 from 9.30pm.

IHART 2 @ THE CLAREMONT HOTEL A collective of local and international artists dedicated to raising as much money as possible for Make A Wish with a showcase of painted crystal head vodka skulls, limited edition prints, skateboard decks and orignal art in an upbeat fun party atmosphere. Free entry, mind-massaging rhythms and house party vibes from 8pm with Ben M, Ben Taaffe and guests.

One of Australia’s leading exports in the broken beat world, Karl Sav is teaming up with London based breakbeat producer Beta to rock the breaks off Geisha, supported by Dead Easy & Roxright. Tickets $15 plus BF via Moshtix. NICK TOTH

DORCIA @ LIBRARY The usual disc jockey deviants including binging the party noise all night long.

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

THE LICK @ SHAPE BAR The Lick is back for round round two. The delicious night promises more juicy music, tasty people and all party.

FHF @ METRO FREO HIGHER FYAH @ BAR ORIENT This week the reggae club plays host to Sydney’s one and only Nick Toth. Support from DJs Skooby, Jahmin as well as The Empressions, Mumma Trees and Sista Che.

CARL FOX @ MOJO’S Perth indie-pop-tronic artist Carl Fox is back with a new single called Pencil Warrior and a brand new live set, which he’s playing for the very first time, supported by MmHmMm, Leure and Umphetico (DJ Set), $10.

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The Death Disco DJs bring the bangin’ indie-dance, plus red cups, cheerleaders and college-themed craziness.

AMPLIFIER/CAPITOL DJs Jaime Mac and Shannon Fox spin indie/alt classics from midnight at Amps, while Caps satisfies your ‘90s desires with DJs from 11pm.

The discoINCORRECTO! boys bring you acres and acres of underground Disco and House.

SCRATCH PAD @ FAT SHAN RECORDS Paper Chain brings you a night for scratching enthusiasts, hosting an evening scratch session and basic break down of scratching for those who are willing to learn or those with interest, $5 from 8pm.

90’S FLASHBACK @ BEAT NIGHTCLUB Downstairs the second edition of 90’s Flashback plays the hits of the decade to bring back those nostalgic memories.

JAPAN 4 @ AMBAR The sounds of DNGRFLD, Carla, Oli, Tee EL, Mr Ed are set to fall into your mind at the home of the underground. $12 before midnight, $15 thereafter.

MKT @ THE LIBRARY ELECTRIFIED @ GILKISONS Get Electrified at Gilkison’s over two arenas with Damien Blaze, Rinski, Paul Robertson, Hutcho, JT, Ball-Z, mOment, Jason V, Clint Scott, Greg Packer & MC Assassin, Terrance & Phillip with MC LosD, Invictus & MC Rtilary, NVS, Beni C, Auscore & MC Slape N Tickle and Steve Rg & MC Whiskey, plus host MC Whiskey – massive! $10 from 9pm.

Party beats to keep you funkin’, with DJ Vicktor, DJ Riki and more.

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

SOVEREIGN ARMS It’s a Rewind hosted by Rockwell, with retro hits from the ‘80s and ‘90s.

THE AVENUE Jon Ee brings the funk, hip hop, house, breaks and everything in between.

STATE OF MIND

SUNDAY 1/7

RHYTHMATISM @ THE BIRD

BETA, KARL SAV @ GEISHA

WEDNESDAY 4/7

SPEAKEASY: FLUME, WHAT SO NOT: JUN 29 Villa BETA: JUN 29 Geisha Bar TANTRUM DESIRE, STATE OF MIND, DNBASSADOR: JUN 30 Villa ALEX KIDD: JUL 1 Kidfectious Boat Party SARAH ROBERTSON: JUL 4 Air Nightclub DIRTYPHONICS: JUL 5 Rosemount Hotel VAN SHE: JUL 5 Capitol DARK SKY: JUL 6 The Bird LOGISTICS: JUL 6 Shape BOMBS AWAY, KID KENOBI: JUL 6 Villa ALEX SMOKE: JUL 7 Geisha LADY GAGA: JUL 7 & 8 Burswood Dome C&C MUSIC FACTORY FEAT. FREEDOM WILLIAMS: JUL 13 Metro City AJAX: JUL 13 Ambar + WOOSHIE, ANDRAS FOX, OUTERWAVES, RAINBOW CHAN: JUL 14 The Bakery THE SUBSTANCE, DEACON ROSE: JUL 14 Villa NIC FANCIULLI: JUL 15 Court Hotel HOUSE OF SHEM: JUL 12 Wanneroo Tavern; JUL 13 Eliot St Bar; JUL 14 Rosemount Hotel; JUL 15 Leisure Inn SKREAM, SGT. POKES, JOKER, PLASTICIAN: JUL 18 Villa KNXWLEDGE: JUL 19 The Bird BROOKES BROTHER, BARE: JUL 20 Villa KID MAC: JUL 20 Mojo’s; JUL 21 Settlers Tavern MAJOR BASS: RENNIE PILGREM, CUTLINE, NICK THAYER: JUL 21 Villa + MARLO: JUL 21 Shape Bar NGUZUNGUZU: JUL 21 Paper Mountain LADYHAWKE: JUL 24 The Bakery DMC WORLD DJ CHAMPIONSHIPS: KUYA, JUNIOR: JUL 27 The Bakery CLUBFEET: JUL 27 Villa LEE COOMBS: JUL 27 Ambar DOORLY: JUL 29 The Bakery BELL BIV DEVOE, GINUWINE: AUG 9 Astor Theatre Z-TRIP: AUG 11 The Bakery HOLY BALM: AUG 11 PICA HILLTOP HOODS: AUG 17 Challenge Stadium; AUG 18 North West Festival PITBULL, TAIO CRUZ, TIMOMATIC, HAVANA BROWN: AUG 23 Burswood Dome ILLY: AUG 31 Metropolis Fremantle; SEP 1 Capitol EIFFEL 65, N-TRANCE, MR.95: SEP 28 Metropolis Fremantle PARKLIFE: THE PRESETS; JUSTICE; ROBYN; NERO (LIVE); RUSKO; DJ FRESH; BENGA; JACK BEATS; MODESTEP; FLUME; PASSION PIT; TAME IMPALA; CHAIRLIFT; CITIZENS!; ST LUCIA; CHARLI XCX; ALISON WONDERLAND; PLAN B; CHIDDY BANG; LABRINTH; WILEY; HERMITUDE; RIZZLE KICKS; JACQUES LU CONT; PARACHUTE YOUTH; ART DEPARTMENT; LEE FOSS and locals: OCT 1 Wellington Square STEREOSONIC: TIESTO; GESAFFELSTEIN; DILLON FRANCIS; DESTRUCTO and more TBA: NOV 25 Venue TBA

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METRO FREO

LEEDERVILLE LOUNGEROOM @ LEEDERVILLE HOTEL

CROOKED COLOURS @ MOJO’S

UPCOMINGS

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

HEXX @ VELVET LOUNGE

BEAT LOUNGE 4 @ THE BIRD

Spencer, WasteLand, Zelimir, plus live band The Partyrockers.

ALEX KIDD @ A BOAT TANTRUM DESIRE, STATE OF MIND @ VILLA Two of the most exciting and respected producers in drum’n’bass right now - Tantrum Desire and State Of Mind are supported by Adelaide’s DnBassador, Voltron, Dvise & illusive and MCs Xsessiv and Stylee. Saturday 30 June, tickets $30 plus BF via Moshtix, Planet, Mills and The DJ Factory.

SIDESHOW @ CONNECTIONS Ruby Jewels will be back in the club to predict where everyone’s night will lead them. Milling about selling your favourite carnival treats once more will be Veronica Jones and Marsha Candy, plus so much more. Free entry until 11pm, $15 before 1am, $20 after.

SEVEN DEADLY SINS @ METRO CITY Shake off those hours of cramming and sleepless study sessions with an end of school party featuring DJs Angry Buda, Matty S, Makka and Stevie M. $5 before 11pm, $10 before 12am, $15 after.

HELP JAMES IRELAND @ THE BIRD Brill’ beatsmith James Ireland has recently been diagnosed with Sudden Hearing Loss in his right ear.

Alex Kidd (UK) brings a two-hour set to the Kiddfectious Boat Party, featuring an Air Force 1 sound system, full colour lasers and live visuals, supported by Josh Cube and Splinta.

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

THE CLAREMONT HOTEL Sunday Driver & DJ Double Dee spin out your weekend.

THE AVENUE Az-t rounds up your Sunday Sesh in full on green light mode.

BACKYARD DISCO @ AVIARY Chilled disco beats to ease out the weekend, free from 2pm and streamed lived to The Backyard Project.

MONDAY 2/7

NOCTURNAL BALL @ METRO CITY The 16th Annual Nocturnal Ball is back for peeps in the industry Monday 2 July with a Myths & Legends theme, with entertainment from the likes of Angry Buda, Ben Mac, Charlier Bucket, Halo Effect, Jus Haus, Kelly L, Makka, Meet Mark, Micah, Offset, Samuel

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INDEPENDENCE DAY @ AIR International DJ and model, former Playboy Bunny and Playboy Club Resident DJ Sarah Robertson jets in for one night only to host Independence Day celebrations at Air Nightclub, $10 entry.

DTF @ THE BIRD Breaking it down with an assortment of DJs each week. Partytime DJs on the go from 8pm each week, free entry and cheap drinks all night.

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

ROULETTE @ VELVET LOUNGE Weekly bass music at the Velvet Lounge, free entry from 8pm.

BEAUFORT BOP @ DEFECTORS The Flying Scotsman has put together a swingin’ new night at Defectors Bar every Wednesday. With live jazz and DJ Anton Maz spinning blues, soul, funk and more, free from 8pm.

UPCOMINGS DARK SKY @ THE BIRD

If anyone is to categorise the disparity of club music in 2012, it would probably be production/DJ unit Dark Sky, otherwise known as Tom Edwards, Matt Benyayer and Carlo Anderson. They’re back in Perth Friday 6 July, playing The Bird with supports TBC.

AJAX @ AMBAR No stranger to WA shores, Ajax is Australia’s prince of party mash-ups. Ajax hits Ambar Friday 13 July with support from Audageous, Mo’fly, DNGRFLD, Meet Mark, $20 entry.

BIG APE 1ST B’DAY @ VILLA After a year of rocking some of the best bass parties going around, local dubstep night Big Ape is finally going national to celebrate its first birthday. They’ve called in the big guns to help celebrate, with dubstep forbearer Skream joined his partner Sgt. Pokes, plus bass bad guys Joker and Plastician. It smashes into Villa Wednesday 18 July. Proudly presented by Drum Media, tickets via bigapetour.com.au.

BOOTLEG @ AMBAR Another edition of Bootleg sets up shop at Ambar Friday 20 July with DJs Mind Electric, Joe Revell (NZ), Tapeheads, The Bootleg Brothers (Philly Blunt & Ben Mac) and DNGRFLD. $12 from 10pm.

DMC WORLD DJ CHAMPS @ THE BAKERY Friday 27 July The Bakery plays host to the WA leg of the DMC World DJ Championships, where eight DJs including Beni Chill, Charlie Bucket, Zeke, Midsole, Da’Fya, Rob Shaker, Klean Kicks and more TBA will go head to head for their chance to progress further in the world championships. Also on the night special guest and Melbourne scratch god Kuya as well as WA’s own turntable champ Junior will be in the house throwing down their best skills for all to see. Head to dmcdjchamps.com/enter. php to enter.


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THU 28 I Am Giant Amplifier Bar Damo Suzuki Bakery Adam James Belgian Beer Cafe Midnight Escapade, Lucas Jones Bouvard Tavern Courtney Murphy Como Htl Nadia Ackerman Ellington Howie Morgan FUSE Bar Chris Murphy High Wycombe Hotel The Spitfires, Benny Mayhem Hyde Park Htl Easy Tigers Inglewood Hotel Nathan Gaunt Lucky Shag Crooked Colours, Leafy Suburbs, Halcyon Youth, George Mair, Paper Plane Mojos Nth Troy Pearson Mt Henry The Autumn Isles, The Reductors Mustang Bar Bass Culture: Newport Htl Rachel & Henry Climb A Hill, Patient Little sister, Chloe McGrath, Sarah Pelicano Norfolk The Devil Rides Out, Wizard Sleeve, Ol’ Bougainvillea, Dom DiBlasio Rosemount Htl Clayton Bolger Rosie O’Gradys Fremantle Bill Chidgzey Rosie O’Gradys Northbridge Fenton Wilde Sovereign Arms 11:11, Claudette Mckelvie, Rob Hinton Swan Lounge Jen de Ness The Boat One Trick Phonies The Gate Bar and Bistro, Success The Healys The Shed Off the Record Universal Bar Hexx, Chris Cobilis Velvet Lounge Jack Doepel, Alex Dew Xwray Café Solomon Drive, The Loved Dead, Neutral Native Ya Ya’s

FRI 29 Pop Candy 7th Avenue Bar Impiety Amplifier Bar Mod Squad Bailey Bar & Bistro

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Foxes, Wash, The Morning Night, 44th Sunset, Lanark, The Tumblers, The Spitfires, The MDC Bakery Northbridge Christian Thompson Bally’s Bar Dirty Scoundrels Balmoral Everlong Acoustic Belmont Tavern Dove Bentley Hotel Everlong Black Bettys Chris Gibbs Brook Bar & Bistro Bluebottles Captain Stirling Chasing Calee Chase Bar & Bistro The Limelights Clancys City Beach Tom Fisher and the Layabouts, The New Beast Clancys Fremantle Trevor Jalla Como Htl The Rusty Pinto Combo, The Rough Housers Devilles Pad Luke Dewing East 150 Bar One Trick Phonies Edz Sports Bar 1 Tom O’Halloran Trio, Natalie Gillespie, Danny Martin Ellington Halo, DJ Bojan, Ben Sebastian Empire 3 Kings & A Queen Fly By Night Fremantle Greg Carter Greenwood Hotel Sugarfield Herdsman Lake Tavern The Damien Cripps Band High Road Htl Riverton Sophie Jane and the Chilly Bin Boys, Ryan Webb, Gerard Mcartney Hyde Park Htl Ben Merito Indian Ocean Brewing Company Richard Walley Kulcha The Organ Grinders Legends Bar Dom Zurzolo Lesmurdie Club Carl Fox, Mmhmmm, Leure, Umphetico, Paper Stacks Mojos Nth Fremantle Oz Big Band, Cheeky Monkeys, James MacArthur Mustang Bar Party Rockers Newport Htl James Teague, Rabbit Island, Lucy Peach, Mulder Norfolk Basement Darryn Dodd Novotel Vines Resort

Simon Kelly Paddingtion Ale House Break Even, Toy Boats, Jamie Hay, Miles Away, Nighthawker, White Oak & Stuyvesant Prince of Wales Bunbury Tall Poppy Syndrome, Oak Tree Suite, The Government Yard, The Littlest Fox Railway Htl Chainsaw Hookers, Blunt Force Trauma, The Shakeys, Lucille, Leeches!, Worst Possible Outcome Rocket Room The Wine Dark Sea, Umpire, Archer and Light, Little Lovers Rosemount Htl Howie Morgan Sail & Anchor Rachel & Henry Climb A Hill, Bastains Settlers Tavern Margaret River Mat Cammarano, Queens Blvd, Violet Scene Swan Lounge Ben M, Ben Taaffe The Bird Deuce The Boat Bernadine The Brass Monkey Matt Milford The Eastern Midland Smoking Section The Gate Bar and Bistro, Success B.O.B The Principle Micro Brewery Adam James The Rose & Crown Paul Malone, Adam Kelly, Alex Koresis Tiger Lils Nightmoves Universal Bar Cape Town Lullaby, Starcleaner, Rich Widow, Moustache, Zealous Chang Velvet Lounge Ivan Ribic Victoria Park Htl Clayton Bolger Wanneroo Tavern Dr Bogus Woodvale Tavern Brooklee Rose, Rose Barker Xwray Café Joel Barker, Justin Walshe, Boston & Chevy Ya Ya’s

SAT 30 Break Even, Miles Away, Toy Boats, Jamie Hay, The Others, Foxes Amplifier Bar Chris Murphy & The Holy Rollers Bailey Bar & Bistro Brown Bakery Northbridge Sophie Jane Bally’s Bar The Recliners Balmoral Flyte Bar 120 Howie Morgan Belgian Beer Cafe John & Shaun Sandosham Burswood Lobby Lounge Jehst Civic Htl Backroom Zarm Clancys Canning Bridge The Urban Gypsies Clancys City Beach Tourist, Saint Ravine Clancys Fremantle The Zydecats, Jon Ee, Fiveo Claremont Hotel Luke Dewing Como Htl Johnny Nandez Hammond Explosion Devilles Pad Penny King Trio, Jade Crompton, Graham Wood Quintet Ellington

Blue Shaddy, Toby, Funk Club House Band, Simon Kelly, Mitch Becker, Matt Gresham, The Augustines, Grace Barbe, Dilip and the Davs Fly By Night Fremantle Pretty Fly Greenwood Hotel Losing Julia High Road Htl Riverton Karin Page Hotel Rottnest One Armed Scissor, Sticky Sweet, Wrongtown Hyde Park Htl The Mojos Indian Ocean Brewing Company The Beaten Luthier Kulcha Midnight Rambler Lakers Tavern Steve Hepple Leopold Htl Bicton DJ Riki, DJ Vicktor Library Wozzo the Clown Malaga Markets Switch Metropolis Fremantle Sonpsillo Circus, The Love Junkies, Blackmilk Mojos Nth Fremantle The Continentals, James MacArthur, Milhouse Mustang Bar Kizzy, Gravity Newport Htl Freya Hanley, Sean O’Neill, Joe Black Trio Norfolk Basement Stone Bleeder, Subject to Change, Pokkets Of Resistance Railway Htl Kickstart Rocket Room Voyager, Nexus, Meridian, Bend The Sky Rosemount Htl Blue Gene Rosie O’Gradys Northbridge Sun Orchestra, Lucy Peach Settlers Tavern Margaret River Brendan Taylor, Trouble On Deck Swan Lounge Mmhmmm, Ben M, Ben T, Nik Ridikulas, Savoir, Hamjam, Jo Lettenmaier The Bird The Organ Grinders The Boat Dirty Scoundrels The Gate Bar and Bistro, Success Huge The Shed The Damien Cripps Band The Whale & Ale Mod Squad Woodvale Tavern Jon Madd, Cyclone Tess, Elk Bell, Funkarello Xwray Café Young Alaska, Sparks Vertigo, Spilt Cities, Japanese Tongue Sisters Ya Ya’s

SUN 01 Good Karma 7th Avenue Bar Annabelle, John Winter, Jason Baker Bouvard Tavern Chris Murphy Broken Hill Hotel The Shinkickers Carlisle Htl Dillip & the Davs Clancys Dunsborough The Zydecats Clancys Fremantle David Fyffe Como Htl Juliana Areias, Sean O’Neill Ellington Darryn Dodd Gosnells Railway Markets

Hundred Acre Wood, Sun Orchestra, Dirtwater Bloom Mojos Nth Fremantle Peter Bibby Mojos (afternoon) Peter Busher & the Lone Rangers, Rockin Rhys Mustang Bar Tim Nelson, The Reductors, Sidewalk Diamonds, Nosey Parker Newport Htl Fenton Wilde Ocean View Tavern Kevin Conway Pink Duck Lounge Jonathan Dempsey Rosie O’Gradys Northbridge Mopoke Blues Band Seaview Htl Sth Fremantle Mike De Velta Settlers Tavern Margaret River Ivan Ribic Sovereign Arms The Basement Sea, Kathleen Ann Swan Lounge Sean O’Neill, Greyjoy, Rachael Dease, Leafy Suburbs The Bird The Healys, Renegade The Shed Retrofit Universal Bar Little Lovers, Burgers of Beef, Adem K, Ermine Coat Velvet Lounge Neil Colliss Victoria Park Htl Damien Cripps Duo Woodvale Tavern The Charisma Brothers, Click Brown Fox Xwray Café Break Even, Jamie Hay, Miles Away, Toy Boats, Vanity, Monuments, Ruthless YMCA HQ

MON 02 Callum G’Froerer Quartet Ellington Marco & The Ally Cats Mustang Bar The Organ Grinders The Brass Monkey Plastic Max and the Token Gesture The Deen

TUE 03 Allira Wilson, Ecila, Cal Squared Ellington The Crooked Cats, 44th Sunset, Red Engine Caves, Wendy’s Chamber Mojos Nth Fremantle Ceremony, Warthreat, Helta Skelta, Frozen Ocean The Den The Government Yard, Tuxedo Pig, Figure 23 Ya Ya’s

WED 04 We Are the Emergency, Foxes, Ray Finkle Amplifier Bar Freddie Grigson, Jeremy Gregory, Lewis Moody Ellington Nathan Kaye, Jordan, Charlie McGee, Sanshi Fremantle Blues & Roots Club Mei Saraswati, Rae, Hyclass Moon Cafe David Fyffe Rosie O’Gradys Northbridge Martin Bogren, Dave Robertson Xwray Café Wisdom 2th, DVS, FG, DJ Silence Ya Ya’s

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HORRORWOOD MANNEQUINS DAMO SUZUKI (CAN): JUN 28 The Bakery I AM GIANT: JUN 28 Amplifier DEXTER JONES: JUN 28 Breakers Bar; JUN 29 The Beat; JUN 30 Prince Of Wales IMPIETY: JUN 29 AmpS + LITTLE LOVERS: JUN 29 Rosemount Hotel; JUL 1 Velvet Lounge JUDITH DURHAM: JUN 30 Riverside Theatre CEREMONY: JUL 3 Civic Den; JUL 4 YMCA HQ NATHAN KAYE: JUL 4 Mojos; JUL 5 Didgeridoo Breath TIM FINN: JUL 5 Artbar, Art Gallery Of WA VAN SHE: JUL 5 Capitol BASEMENT: JUL 5 Amplifier; JUL 6 YMCA HQ THE BAMBOOS: JUL 6 The Bakery RAISE THE FLAG: JUL 6 Players Bar; JUL 7 Charles Hotel BUSBY MAROU: JUL 6 Prince Of Wales; JUL 7 Rosemount Hotel; JUL 8 Newport Hotel JONATHAN BOULET: JUL 7 Amplifier LADY GAGA: JUL 7 & 8 Burswood Dome SAY ANYTHING, THE GETAWAY PLAN: JUL 11 Amplifier TERROR: JUL 12 Amplifier HOUSE OF SHEM: JUL 12 Wanneroo Tavern; JUL 13 Eliot St Bar; JUL 14 Rosemount Hotel; JUL 15 Leisure Inn SET SAIL: JUL 13 Rosemount Hotel; JUL 14 Melville Youth Centre (early), Mojo’s (later); JUL 15 Clancy’s Dunsborough FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS: JUL 18-20 Challenge Stadium AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA PRES. THE REEF: JUL 18 Perth Concert Hall MELISSA ETHERIDGE: JUL 20 Riverside Theatre HORRORWOOD MANNEQUINS: JUL 20 Cue Bar BAND OF SKULLS: JUL 23 The Bakery LADYHAWKE: JUL 24 The Bakery ROSETTA: JUL 25 Rosemount SMASHING PUMPKINS: JUL 26 Challenge Stadium THE TEA PARTY: JUL 26 Metro City CLASS OF ’59 TOUR: JUL 26 Albany Entertainment Centre; JUL 27 Mandurah Performing Arts Centre; JUL 29 Astor Theatre

TERROR

KARNIVOOL, REDCOATS, SLEEPMAKESWAVES: JUL 27-29 Rosemount Hotel KIM SALMON: JUL 27, Hidden Treasures Festival, FTI; JUL 28 The Bakery INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMP WINNER RECITAL: JUL 30 Perth Concert Hall MARK GARDENER, JAE LAFFER, SEAN POLLARD: AUG 1 Fly By Night + CHILDREN COLLIDE, DUNE RATS, BAD DREEMS: AUG 2 Prince Of Wales; AUG 3 & 4 Amplifier MONIQUE MONTEZ, DENI HINES: AUG 2 Bunbury Entertainment Centre; AUG 3 Astor Theatre; AUG 4 Mandurah Performing Arts Centre + BAND OF FREQUENCIES: AUG 3 Prince Of Wales; AUG 4 Quindanning Tavern; AUG 5 Mojos; AUG 8 Indi Bar; AUG 9 Pinjarra Pub; AUG 10 Settlers Tavern, Margaret River; AUG 11 White Star Hotel, Albany; AUG 12 Clancy’s Fish Pub, Dunsborough. EMPRA: AUG 3 Rocket Room; AUG 4 Prince Of Wales SNAKADAKTAL, SURES: AUG 4 Astor Theatre THE BRIDE, TRAINWRECK: AUG 4 C5, Metropolis Fremantle; AUG 5 YMCA HQ ED SHEERAN: AUG 6 Riverside Theatre JINJA SAFARI, OPOSSOM, WHITE ARROWS: AUG 8 Astor Theatre TIM BARRY, JOSH SMALL: AUG 8 Civic Den EVEN, THE FAUVES: AUG 9 Prince Of Wales; AUG 10 Rosemount Hotel; AUG 11 Mojo’s; AUG 12 Indi Bar HOUSE VS HURRICANE: AUG 10 Prince Of Wales; AUG 11 Amplifier; AUG 12 YMCA HQ KATE MILLER-HEIDKE, THE BEARDS: AUG 11 Astor Theatre NASUM: AUG 15 Amplifier TRANSIT: AUG 15 YMCA HQ; AUG 16 Amplifier THE BEAUTIFUL GIRLS FAREWELL TOUR: AUG 15 Prince Of Wales; AUG 16 Settlers Tavern; AUG 17-18 Fly By Night. + STONEFIELD: AUG 16 Newport Hotel + OWL EYES: AUG 16 ArtBar + OWL EYES, STONEFIELD: AUG 17 Settlers Tavern, Margaret River; AUG 18 Studio 146, Albany

HUNTING GROUNDS: AUG 16 Prince Of Wales; AUG 17 Amplifier NORTH WEST FESTIVAL: HILLTOP HOODS, THE LIVING END, THE CAT EMPIRE and more TBA: AUG 18 Port Hedland Turf Club JAMES MORRISON: AUG 18 Perth Concert Hall KENNY ROGERS, GLEN CAMPBELL: AUG 21 Riverside Theatre BURNING LOVE: AUG 22 Civic Den PASSENGER: AUG 22 Rosemount Hotel + ALPINE: AUG 23 Newport Hotel; AUG 24 Prince Of Wales; AUG 25 The Bakery BONNIWELLS: AUG 24 Velvet Lounge; AUG 25 Dada Records; AUG 26 Mojos KEITH BARRY: AUG 25 Octagon Theatre PENNYWISE, THE MENZINGERS, SHARKS: AUG 29 Metropolis Fremantle SLASH, MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS: AUG 30 Metro City THE ENGLISH BEAT: SEP 1 Astor Theatre HOWARD JONES: SEP 5 Astor Theatre JOSE FELICIANO: SEP 5 Regal Theatre THE BEACH BOYS: SEP 6 Burswood Dome DAMIEN LEITH: SEP 7 Mandurah Performing Arts Centre; SEP 8 Astor Theatre THE MEDICS: SEPT 8 Amplifier ROTTOFEST: SEP 8 & 9 Rottnest Island + DREAM ON DREAMER: SEPT 9 YMCA HQ (2pm); SEPT 9 Amplifier AMERICA: SEP 12 Perth Concert Hall SUBHUMANS: SEP 12 Amplifier PATRICK WOLF: SEP 14 Fly By Night KATCHAFIRE: SEP 14 Astor Theatre; SEP 15 Settlers Tavern; SEP 16 The Prince Of Wales EARTH, MARGINS: SEP 15 Rosemount Hotel HISTORY II MICHAEL JACKSON TRIBUTE: KENNY WIZZ: SEP 15 Perth Concert Hall RUFUS WAINRIGHT, KRYSTLE WARREN: SEP 19 Riverside Theatre WHEATUS, NOVA & THE EXPERIENCE: SEP 20 Metropolis Fremantle GYROSCOPE: SEP 22 Rosemount Hotel HANSON: SEP 22 Metropolis Fremantle


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Drum Media Perth Issue 294  

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