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NEWS FROM THE FRONT

IN BRIEF AmpFest 2012 has broken its entries record, with 79 applications submitted. The top 15 acts perform across three heats: 3, 10 and 17 August, with the final at The Regal Theatre Friday 7 September.

ELTON JOHN

ROCKET JOHN Forty years ago, Elton John’s single Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going To Be A Long Long Time) was released around the world, and to celebrate the landmark anniversary of its release, Sir Elton has been taking the celebrations global with a world tour. He’s returning to our shores, his Oz kicking off at the new Perth Arena on Monday 12 November. Performing with a full band, John’s shows will of course also celebrate his greatest hits. Who knows, perhaps even an Elton Vs Pnau track or two? Tickets via Ticketek from Monday 6 August.

AT THE GATES

GATEKEEPERS Known for masterfully mixing a ferocious blend of melody and brutality into memorable metal breakdowns, Swedish death metal legends At The Gates have built a reputation for delivering genre-defining albums and frenetic live performances, which Australian audiences will be privy to when the band hits our shows for the first time ever. Celebrate melodic metal, perfectly immortalised from deep within the ‘90s, in all its brutal glory when they play Capitol Saturday 3 November. Tickets via Heatseeker, 78’s, Planet and Star Surf.

The winner of the tenth Sydney International Piano Competition last Saturday was Avan Yu (25) from Canada, who played Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody accompanied by the Sydney Symphony. Yu won first prize of $25,000, an ABC and Naxos recording contract and more. He plays Perth Concert Hall Monday 30 July. Band Of Horses’ new album Mirage Rock will be released in Australia on 1 September ahead of their BDO dates, while Mumford & Sons’ second album Babel is out 21 September, and there are still tickets available to M&S’ second Belvoir show, Friday 12 October after Saturday 13 sold out. Pnau’s latest project Elton John Vs Pnau has landed them at the top of the UK album charts with their Good Morning To The Night album. It’s John’s first time at the top since 1990. Grammy Award-winning perennial classic rock band America are playing Perth Concert Hall Wednesday 12 September, joined by Rick Price. The Voice’s Karise Eden will now play Tuesday 16 October along with Wednesday 17 at St Joseph’s Church in Subiaco. If you’d like to re-visit Hoodoo Gurus’ Dig It Up concerts, head to moshcam.com for footage from the series.

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Dean Ween of Ween has revealed he feels the band will play again, possibly before the year is out. The band split earlier this year. Legendary British metal act Def Leppard are covering their entire back catalogue in response to a dispute with their label Universal Music Group. Australian music promoters KillRockStar Big Dog Entertainment are opening an office in Los Angeles.

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Daniel Johns (formerly of Silverchair) has penned a song featuring in the new Qantas advertisements.

Glen Campbell has been forced to cancel his scheduled Australian tour due to his ill health.

NICKELBACK

HERE & NICKLEBACK Whether you’re an obsessive fan or a devoted hater, there’s no denying Nickelback are one of the biggest bands in the world. Superb news then if you’re one of the millions that fit into the former category: they’ve announced their first Australian tour in three years, supported by Sydney duo Jackson Firebird. Released in November of last year, the band’s current album Here & Now has been their biggest yet, and they’ll no doubt be rocking hits from it and their almost 50 million-record-selling back catalogue at Perth Arena Saturday 17 November. Tickets via Live Nation and Ticketek from Tuesday.

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Mark Ronson, Katy B, Dizzee Rascal, Paloma Faith and The Wanted will appear on the new Fox 8 show The Beat Of London, to be aired during the Olympic Games.

DRUMSOUND & BASSLINE SMITH

TRIPLE THREAT A drum’n’bass triple-header of the most spectacular kind with Drumsound & Bassline Smith (UK), Hamilton (UK) and Optic & BTK (UK/Brazil), hits Villa Saturday 8 September. They’re three of the most active artists in the d’n’b scene, covering the full recordings spectrum from Technique to RAM to Virus. Support from Rregula, Volton and Invicus, plus MCs Xsessiv, Bear and Stylee; $30 plus BF via Moshtix until August 17, $40 plus BF thereafter.

PAUL KELLY

STORIES OF PAUL Paul Kelly: Stories Of Me charts the remarkable life of one of Australia’s most gifted and beloved singer/songwriters. For almost 40 years, Paul Kelly has been mapping out the Australian landscape and its people, and in the film the man behind the music is revealed, as Kelly speaks candidly about the people who have helped shape his life and music. Screening at the Astor Theatre Saturday 27 October, Kelly and director Ian Darling will make an appearance immediately after. Tickets via BOCs.

CRITICAL BASS Since his first forays into drum’n’bass as a burgeoning young DJ, there’s no doubt that Kasra has made an indelible mark on the scene, one that continues to grow as his Critical Music empire prospers. Wednesday 8 August he’s joined by labelmate Sabre at Shape. Hailing from North London, Sabre switched from hip hop to futuristic, industrial-sounding d’n’b and has since become one of the genre’s top remixers. Ekko & Sidetrack, Deflo and Jazza support. $15 via shapebar.com.au.

MORE MILLIONS Brisbane garage-pop marvels Millions have enjoyed a short but busy history after they were hand-picked by triple j Unearthed to open 2011’s Splendour In The Grass. Since then they’ve shared stages with the likes of Gold Fields, The Grates, Bluejuice and more. Already playing Rottofest (Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 September, Rottnest Island), the four-piece celebrate their Nine Lives, Six Degrees EP with a headline show at Amplifier, Friday 7 September, supports TBA. Tickets via Heatseeker.

WAY OUT WISTERNOFF One of the most influential men in dance, Jody Wisternoff from legendary UK outfit Way Out West, rocks a two-hour set at Geisha Saturday 18 August. Wisternoff brings his tripped-out melodic grooves with support from Flex, El Dario and Habitat’s 2012 DJ Competition winner and runner-up, Dawn and Tegz. Being a veteran of the dance scene for two decades, Wisternoff remains more inspired than ever before, with a constant desire for perfection.

REPRESSED PSYCHOS Hailing from Tasmania, Psycroptic have progressively carved a niche of their own within today’s metal scene. The group incorporate many elements of music – extreme and otherwise – to capture a sound that is uniquely their own: a precise blend of brutality, intensity and groove. Celebrating their fifth studio album The Inherited Repression, they play Amplifier Friday 31 August; Eliot St Bar, Bunbury Saturday 1 September; and Newport Hotel Sunday 2.

DIVIN HEART’S WAKE Releasing their debut album Divination August 31, Byron Bay five-piece In Heart’s Wake are proving their worth as one of the country’s hardest working bands with backto-back tours supporting House Vs Hurricane and Dream On Dreamer. They’re joining the former for the WA leg of their tour, playing Prince Of Wales, Bunbury, Thursday 10 August; Amplifier Friday 11; and YMCA HQ Saturday 12.

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FOREWORD LINE KNOW THY WOLF Fresh from Austin Psych Fest, High Wolf is hitting our shores with new album Know Thyself out on Sun Araw’s Sun Ark label. High Wolf’s music mixes cosmic loops, fuzzy guitars, droney synths, mystic vocals and tribal percussion, inspired by primitive and ritual music as well as adventurous modern sounds. A hyperactive artist continuously on the move, he plays PICA Bar Thursday 27 September in his Perth debut.

YOU’RE BEAUTIFUL The Because You’re Beautiful Tour paves the way for Toni Childs to celebrate her groundbreaking Citizens Of The Planet release, due early next year. A three-time Grammy-nominated recording artist, Childs will thrill fans with hits like Stop Your Fussin’, Where’s The Ocean, Zimbabwe and Because You’re Beautiful, along with previewing Citizens... a music and a state-of-the-art live experience at Fly By Night Thursday 16 August. $68.50 via flybynight.org.

GLOBAL KULCHA Kulcha, WA’s premier purveyors of global arts, presents a new season of eclectic performances, kicking off Friday 3 August with Melbourne’s Ruth Roshan and Tango Noir, the former launching her new CD Argentinian Tango. From there the Freo world music hot spot sees the likes of Sydney’s Azadoota, The Bartlett Brothers, Flamenco Puro and many more grace the stage.

DUAL FORCE Having hosted the likes of Dirtyloud and Doctor Werewolf so far this year, Force Majeure are now bringing two of Sydney’s best to drop bombs on Perth in J-Trick and Kraymer, Friday 17 August at Ambar. The former has gained support from the likes of Afrojack, Chuckie and Diplo (at only age 21), while the latter can count Benny Benassi, MSTRKFT and Far Too Loud as fans. Philly Blunt, Punchy & Juicy and Benny P rep supports. $15 from 10pm.

DREAMS LAND Saturday 11 August Gilkisons will house Dreamland, the annual harder beats showcase, featuring a massive line-up that includes Weaver, S Dee, Ravine, Audio Damage, Kazuki, Hardforze, Hektic, The Saint and Ultra Violence, plus a super secret guest. $30 plus BF via Moshtix, forcewa.com and DJ Factory, the venue will host all the bells and whistles; Nexo Alpha sound system, mega lazers, LCD screens and more.

NEWS FROM THE FRONT

LOCAL LOVIN’

SHANNON FOX

There’s some mighty fine local happenings going down right now in WA, and we don’t just mean seeing The Dark Knight Rises again to figure out if we really do love it or think it’s just good... To celebrate the beginning of Radiothon, RTRFM throw a Northbridge-wide blow out on Saturday 18 August. Over four venues you can catch Umpire, The Long Lost Brothers, The Chemist, Simone & Girlfunkle, Husband and DJ Chris Wheeldon (The Bakery); The Novocaines, The Morning Night, The Spitfires, The Painkillers, Rainy Day Women and DJ Shannon Fox (Ya Ya’s); Cow Parade Cow, Diger Rokwell, Kucka, Kit Pop and Leure (The Bird); and Rok Riley Vs Ben Taaffe, Craig Hollywood, Mama Cass, Andrew Sinclair Vs Nick Ridiculous and Wrighteous (PICA Bar). $15 subscribers/$20 non via rtrfm.com.au. Amplifier’s foxy Friday night lady for way too many dancefloors long to remember, Shannon Fox has decided to step down from the DJ booth and, with support from Jamie Mac, she rocks Amps one last time this Friday 27 July from midnight. Regulars have been promised special thank-yous. Further Earth launch their new single World Inside My Head Thursday 26 July at Prince Of Wales, Bunbury with Make Believe Me and Dallas Royal; and Saturday 4 August at the Rosemount Hotel with The Love Junkies, The Frighteners and Japanese Tongue Sisters. Tickets via Heatseeker. The planets and scheduling gods have aligned and The Growl return: Saturday 25 August at Fly By Night, supported by Usurper Of Modern Medicine, Cow Parade Cow and Leure. Tickets via Oztix, Heatseeker and the venue. Joe Black Trio launch their second EP Graveyard Salsa at the Norfolk Basement Friday 3 August with Charlie Mgee and Mitch Becker Trio supporting from 8pm. $10/15 with an EP. Eve Nightclub hosts a massive Silent Disco party Friday 10 August, featuring three channels and Perth wheel spinners The Eve DJ team, Moosh DJs, DJ Reuben, Bass Republic, JumpClimb DJs, Samuel Spencer and DJ Makka. Free from 9 til 10pm, $10 after.

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Brutal death-metallers BloodKlot launch their debut self-titled album at the Rosemount Hotel Saturday 11 August with Armada Vale, Cold Fate, Blunt Force Trauma and Enforce supporting. $10 from 8pm, $10 for the album. Local musicians hitt the pavement to ‘busk’ in Perthcity and Northbridge Cultural Centre Saturday 11 August for On The Street as part of Homeless Awareness Week. So support performers around the area from 12 til 4pm, or get along to PICA Bar from 8 til 11pm where a small cover charge goes towards Shelter WA. Punktured 3 rolls back to The Civic Den with headliners Scalphunter supported by Alex The Kid, Blindspot, Worst Possible Outcome and The Reptilians. $10 from 8pm. Jazz maestro Jamie Oehlers and his quartet tour Australia in August to celebrate his latest release, Smoke & Mirrors, and it winds up Wednesday 22 August at The Ellington. $10 entry, ten bands, ten minutes each… sounds like a Ten Minute Fest. Friday 31 August at 459 Bar you get exactly that from 7pm, with The Choke, Peter Bibby, Eris, Henry Neil McMagic, Agitated, Fur Chick, Negative Reinforcement, Carcass Sniffer, The Hunt and The Dianas all helping raise money for the WA Substance Users Association. For those ponderers that missed out on Pond’s recent sold-out Norfolk show, the group return from their east coast sojourn to play The Bakery, Saturday 15 September. Tickets via Now Baking.

Earlier this year, Casella quizzed the nation as part of The Perfect Lager Project about what makes a perfect Australian beer. This info was collected and two different brews were created – ARVO 34 and ARVO 51 (pictured). You can buy them as part of a six-pack now from all good liquor stores, then vote for your favourite by Sunday 5 August at arvobeer.com, with the final brew on sale by the end of September. If you’d like to make a really informed decision, Drum Media has FIVE CARTONS to giveaway. Seriously! For your chance to win, simply email giveaways@ drumperth.com.au with “ARVO RESEARCH” in the subject header, and which flavour you’d like to tackle for your informed voting. *18+ ID strictly required. This Friday 27 July sees Metroplis Fremantle opening its upstairs doors to C5, a newly refurbished area primed to ROCK! To pop the space’s cherry, Perth-born Saviours – having already no doubt decimated The Academy last night – return for a headline show not to be missed. With Brooklyn and Graveyards supporting, it’s $10 on the door from 8pm, or we’ve got a bunch of DOUBLE PASSES to give away so email giveaways@drumperth.com. au with the subject line “FREO SAVIOURS” to win! If you read the article in last week’s Drum, you’d know Mark Gardener is pretty much a legend. The Ride demigod will be in town next week, playing The Fly By Night along with support from frontmen Sean Pollard (Split Seconds) and Jae Laffer (The Panics). Tickets are still available, though to jump the line email giveaways@drumperth.com,au with the subject line “SMOOTH RIDE” for your chance to win one of THREE DOUBLE PASSES.

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Danish American psychobilly horror legends Nekromantix, led by misfit rock’n’roll rebel Kim Nekroman, have forged their own unique image and identity in the world of modern punk-rock – a place where the decaying roots of early rock’n’roll provide the skeleton for a musical monster that spews forth reverb-drenched punk rock bile with bone chilling riffs. Celebrating latest record What Happens In Hell, Stays In Hell, catch them Tuesday 2 October at the Rosemount Hotel. Tickets via Heatseeker.

COUNTRY CHAMBERS Multi ARIA award-winners Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson release their second album Wreck & Ruin on 7 September return to WA for a heap of shows to celebrate. Catch them Wednesday 5 December at the Albany Entertainment Centre; Thursday 6 Civic Centre, Esperance; Friday 7 Goldfields Arts Centre, Kalgoorlie; Saturday 8 Mundaring Weir Hotel Amphitheatre; and Sunday 9 Rakesbrook Hotel, Waroona. Tickets via BOCs and the venues.

NEXT NEXT HYPE From those who brought you DMZ, Dark Sky, Jon Convex, Marcus Intalex and Jackmaster, Next Hype is a night committed to delivering the most forward-thinking artists in the electronic music scene with a focus on post-dubstep, garage, techno and house. Geisha Bar will be the home base, and the fortnightly event kicks off Friday 3 August with a secret international guest, supported by The Lab Rats, Sgt Kowalski and Boy Prince. $10 via onthatnexthype.com, $15 door.

BONHAM LIVES Celebrating the life and music of his father, legendary Led Zeppelin drummer John Henry Bonham, the Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience heads down under for three exclusive concerts commemorating the 32nd anniversary of the passing of the rock’n’roll legend. Jason has created a multimedia concert experience running through the Zep discography, rocking Challenge Stadium Saturday 15 September. Tickets via Ticketmaster.

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THIS IS NOW WAR Joining an already killer line-up featuring the likes of Tortoise, Grails and Xiu Xiu, This Is Nowhere’s Somerville Auditorium line-up can now add Melbourne post-punk foursome New War (in their Perth debut), who have quickly carved out a reputation as one of Australia’s most intense live bands. Check back in Drum next week to see what the fest has in store for their more dance-leaning Dolphin Theatre line-up.

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ONE PLUS ONE Wanna win two Pampered Camper tickets to Southbound 2013 to catch the likes of Beach House, Boy & Bear, The Flaming Lips and more? Simply email promos@sunsetevents.com.au with two artists (one international and one national artist who you think will be revealed in the next line-up announcement), your name, D.O.B. and contact phone number.

NIGHTWISH UPON A STAR Gracing Aus’ shores for the first time since 2008, Finland’s Nightwish will be performing tracks from their latest record Imaginaerum, plus a selection of their favourites from over the years at Metropolis Fremantle Sunday 20 January 2013. Equal parts epic metal and gothic symphony, their combination of seductive, emotional vocals and gallant guitar melodies set them apart in the modern gothic genre. Supported by Eyefear and Black Majesty.

DREAMING ON With their first big headline tour fast approaching, Dream On Dreamer have beefed up their line-up with the addition of Rise Records labelmates from the US Like Moths To A Flame. Their Sunday 9 September all-ages day show and later 18-plus night show at YMCA HQ also features Still Water Claims, Mandalay Victory and Only Hope.

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LONG FLIGHTS & WEIRD NIGHTS TV GUIDE

In the grand scheme of things, the controversy surrounding Miller-Heidke’s Q&A appearance and follow-up actions are miniscule when compared to other memorable TV moments. Here are some classics:

DAVID LETTERMAN

Back in 2009 David Letterman began telling a story on his show that, although it seemed like a joke at first, was actually an admission of guilt. He admitted having an affair with a staff member and had recently begun getting blackmail threats from someone because of it. For the first half of his story, people chuckled every now and then, waiting for a punch line that never came. While it seemed a little odd at first, it was probably the best thing that he could have done. Had the news leaked elsewhere, it would have made him look much worse.

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The TV show received due backlash after its second reunion special, when one of the acts on the Red Faces skit, the Jackson Jive performers, came out to parody Michael Jackson with their faces painted black. “If I knew that was going to be part of the show I definitely wouldn’t have done it,” guest Harry Connick Jr said on the show, highlighting the fact that Summers and co were still operating in the same shallow pool of political incorrectness the ‘90s drowned in.

Living this year on airplane food and recycled air, Kate Miller-Heidke has had little time to reflect on the game changing events 2012 has thrown her way - a chart-smashing new album and a memorable appearance on ABC’s Q&A. Ahead of her album tour, Daniel Cribb catches up to analyze the chaos. Cover and story photos by Cybele Malinowski.

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f one more person coughs on me I’m going to punch them in the face,” songstress Kate MillerHeidke sings on her latest album, Nightflight. It’s a fair enough statement too. It’s rare that such a powerful vocalist comes along, and it’s understandable considering someone projecting airborne diseases her way could have less than desired repercussions - especially as she’s finding herself spending an increasing amount of time on tour. Waking up in one state and flying to the next, doing the same thing every day for weeks on end is draining for anyone let alone someone using their voice to its extreme most nights. The morning of Miller-Heidke’s most recent performance in Perth, she awoke in Melbourne feeling the need to nurture her vocal cords, which often leaves airport security believing she is a deaf mute. Some confusion at the airport and a day filled with whispers paid off though, as she was in fine form whilst entertaining a packed crowd. The following day a colourful Miller-Heidke tightly grasped a mug of coffee in her hotel room, suggesting the bottle of wine she had on stage was finished post-show. “My voice is still tired, it’s fine though. It hasn’t really happened before like this, but I think it was because I was so jetlagged and then we had to do five shows in a row. I had to do closing night at the Opera in London then fly out the next day and straight away do five shows. And then I got sick,” a reserved Miller-Heidke quietly explains.

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At this stage her husband/guitarist Keir Nuttall and backing vocalist/guitarist Madeline Page were in the air halfway to Queensland for the next show. Jumping around from state to state all week there had been some eventful moments that included a meeting with Michael Cera a few days earlier backstage at her show at the Sydney Opera House. “He was doing a play in the theatre there, but then we kept seeing him. He was staying at the same hotel. It started to become ridiculous,” she laughs, admitting that stalking comes naturally.

The music video for single, I’ll Change Your Mind, narratives such a trait quite well as she plays a stalker who sets up camp outside the house of a young man and tries, on numerous occasions, to get his attention. The video seems fairly tame for the most part, until the end, when Miller-Heidke breaks into the house, thrusts a knife into her chest, removes a very realistic looking heart and gives it to her stalkee. So what contributed to the album’s change of direction and her desire to be seen in a different light? Touring around the world, including a run of shows opening for Ben Folds in North America, Europe and the UK, as an acoustic three-piece over the past couple of years gave her the opportunity to step back from certain elements of her previous work and redirect her musical path, as is apparent throughout Nightflight, a direction well received as it entered the ARIA charts at #2. “To be honest, Ben Fold was a big influence. I sat backstage and watched him play night after night at eighty shows. But this record was mainly a reaction to the last one. Not directly influenced by anything in particular, but just wanting to make something different and surprise myself.” During long international flights, Miller-Heidke began to feel as if she was in purgatory, thus naming the album after the song Nightflight was an easy choice. “The title was applicable to every song on the album and not just the one. It’s more about the word really. Although it’s one of my favourite songs on the record, I like them all. It’s still pretty fresh though, so I’m still in the honeymoon period. I’m sure I’ll hate them all in six months,” she laughs. After Curiosity hit success, Miller-Heidke found herself living out of suitcases and on a diet consisting mainly of airplane food. To get away from it all and clear her head, she and her husband retreated to Toowoomba in Queensland for a few months to workshop material for the next album. Once the bits and pieces of a third studio album were in place and tracked, she escaped the ridiculous heat of the Australian summer and flew to Europe to mix the record in Suffolk with Cenzo Townshend (U2, Kaiser Chiefs, New Order). When the idea for last minute backing vocals arose, Miller-Heidke had an urge to

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record the part outside, in the snow. “It was a beautiful day and, with all the snow, it just seemed like the right thing to do; to go outside. It was hard to set up, but it was worth it for the photo,” she jokes. The photo in question can be located on her Facebook page. Besides a scenic photo, the studio’s location provided an opportunity to try for a position in the English National Opera. Passing the audition for John Adam’s The Death Of Klinghoffer with flying colours, she landed the role of ‘British Dancing Girl’ and became the only Australian cast member. “It was the English National Opera, one of the best companies in the world. To get to play on that stage in Covent Garden felt like a once in a lifetime opportunity - and it was. “They were all lovely people and amazing opera singers. It’s such a weird discipline, but so inspiring in a way. The whole experience of being in the theatre, it’s quite intoxicating… We had seven weeks of rehearsals and two weeks of shows. The first two weeks of rehearsal we were sitting around in a circle, learning about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and doing research and presenting assignments and stuff. It was absolutely incredible. It was like being at Oxford.” Back in Australia, the cycle to promote her new album began. When asked to perform on ABC’s Q&A, whilst nervous due to the nature of subject matter usually discussed on the show and the feeling that she’d need to prepare, she was convinced into thinking it would be a good opportunity to play a song off the new album. The agenda for the evening was to be focused on the upcoming budget, but they promised to throw her a couple of music questions. “As anyone who saw it knows, we didn’t move on and the entire show was about Labor and unions and budgets and interest rates, and I felt about as useful as a waterproof teabag,” she responded online a couple of days after the appearance. During the show Anthony Callea Tweeted “There is one person on the panel tonight that is a total waste of space.... embarrassing rep for Gen Y! #qanda”, to which Miller-Heidke responded: “Pot Kettle Fuckwit.”

The Chaser’s Chris Taylor made the most out of an appearance he made on Seven’s Sunrise. During his guest spot he directed the conversation towards his partner, in what seemed to be heading towards an on-air proposal. “My partner, Jo, never misses the show, she absolutely loves it. She’ll be watching today, so can I just put message out there?” Getting the green light from the hosts he proceeds, “We’ve been together for seven years and I just want this opportunity now, live on TV, to say: Jo, get the fuck out of my life!”

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You watch Mission Impossible and see Tom Cruise jumping and swimming through a field of bullets and dodging explosions every five seconds. Then, you turn on your TV and you see him jumping on Oprah Winfrey’s couch, yelling about his love for Katie Holmes. His ’05 couch endeavour is slightly painful and has been the subject for much parody over the years, though his haters have finally received some form of redemption in the fact he’s been dumped by Katie. Never claiming to be an expert on politics, she can, however, claim expertise when it comes to songwriting. So how does this album stand up to her previous works? “It’s more organic. It’s more lush and cinematic and just more real. I’ve loved playing in the duo the last couple of years, doing those kinds of [acoustic] shows that we did last night. I just wanted to harness the power of that; the power of dynamics and simplicity and silence, rather than just adding layers and layers of shit to everything - which was our approach in Curiosity and it worked for that, but it just wasn’t where I was at musically anymore. I think it encompasses a lot of the themes – the darkness, the light, the contrast, the themes of mortality and life.” WHO: Kate Miller-Heidke WHAT: Nightflight (Sony) WHEN & WHERE: Saturday 11 August, The Astor

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Once, Seattle was the place to be. Now, for better or worse, Portland, Oregon has become the new Mecca for aspiring indie acts, as a strong grass roots culture and some influential bigwigs have fostered a scene where many bands have crosspollinated and collaborated. Here’s just a few of those that have helped paint this town all shades of hipster well before the term ‘hipster’ became hip:

KINGSMEN

They may have been short on what’s traditionally viewed as talent, but their 1963 runaway hit Louie Louie more or less invented garage, or at least popularised a new ramshackle style of music that proved anyone could make a killer song 13 years before punk happened. Perturbed by its barely intelligible singing, the FBI had agents trawling the lyrics in a futile search for youth corrupting obscenities.

MODEST MOUSE

Possibly the most lauded and commercially successful group to call Portland home; famous fans include The Flaming Lips and the incumbent Mayor of Portland Sam Adams, who commissioned and hung in his office a heroic looking painting of singer Isaac Brock in lederhosen, playing guitar and standing in front of a wild boar. Presumably the local Wal-Mart was out of posters.

STEPHEN MALKMUS, SLEATERKINNEY, SPOON, THE SHINS ETC

With the dissolution of Pavement in 1999, the permanently cooler-than-thou Stephen Malkmus moved to Portland. Following in a similar northerly direction were slinky rock dandies Spoon and witty hipster commentators The Shins. All-girl politicalpunk firebrands Sleater-Kinney headed a flock of groups migrating south from Washington.

COURTNEY LOVE

Love grew up in Portland and met a certain Mr. Cobain there at a Nirvana gig in 1989. Who could’ve imagined then how their lives were about to change? Besides Mrs. Cobain, Portland has long maintained a respectable lineage of punk upstarts including The Wipers, MDC, Exploding Hearts and…

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Plotting your “headphone stoner” masterpiece is never easy. Christoper H James dons his finest ear cans and lets Grails take him through some of the logistical challenges.

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erth: home of the Eagles, the Dockers (sort of), fleets of Hyundai Excels and Friday nights spent indoors. It takes some effort to “burst open the doors of sonic perception” in our sleepy municipality, however, that is exactly what the inaugural This Is Nowhere festival has promised to do, and with a line-up that includes the hallowed Tortoise, Xiu Xiu and now Grails, Drum thinks that proposition is pretty much in the bag. Coming to Perth for the first time, Grails core members Alex Hall (guitar) Paul Spitz (guitar) Emil Amos (drums) and William Slater (piano/bass) are “super excited” at the prospect. Ballooning to a six-piece onstage, “…it’s easily the best live incarnation in the history of the band,” Hall remarks. “We’re told that it’s the closest we’ve ever come to sounding like the records; customer satisfaction at an all-time high.” What’s more, the band will be previewing material from their forthcoming Black Tar Prophecies Vol 5. They’re not giving away copious details, but Hall has promised ”…more thrills ‘n’ chills for headphone stoners!“ Bless. The variety of “thrills ‘n’ chills” explored by the band has expanded over time, as each Grails release has built on the last. Starting life as doomy postrockers, Black Tar Prophecies Vol 1, 2 and 3 marked a significant realisation of the band’s capabilities, as they incorporated Jamaican-style bass, drones and deconstructed wig-outs. The Natural Man from 2008’s Doomsdayer’s Holiday was an arresting diversion into retro cinema sounds, but their revelation was 2011’s Deep Politics, boasting far flung compositions, a finely manicured sound and plenty of extra instruments such as Moog, Morriconestyle choirs, pipes, soft keys and radiant strings that powered through in moments of high drama. “Doomsdayer’s Holiday was made at the tail end of when we were still touring a lot and represents a little more of the guitar-based/rock song format that was somewhat a result of the instrumentation we travel with,” states Amos. “Deep Politics is made much more like one would make a film soundtrack, with total freedom of instrumentation and the power 10 • THE DRUM MEDIA

to make completely ‘unrealistic’ things happen that flex the studio’s more imaginative capabilities.” Doing all of this on a micro-budget is not easy. “We have the same amount of money now as when we started: none,” says Hall. Although they mainly use traditional instruments, Grails are still “super reliant” on their computers. “Technology has just allowed us to stretch out and make the records we want to make rather than trying to cram all of the recording/ mixing into a few brief days in the studio.” While the band respects “the raw punk rock approach to making records, which is effective when called for,” their goal is to create exquisitely manipulated, beautifully finished works – timeless classics, if you like. “If you grew up listening to records like Dark Side Of The Moon…” Amos ponders. “In the modern paradigm, you have to simulate the amount of time, equipment and money those records used to be made with. [Pink

their upcoming release schedules and tours.” The extra curricular work that Grails’ men do is complex, even confusing. Hall plays in Harvestman with Neurosis guitarist Steve Von Till. Riles plays live with M Ward. Amos releases records as Holy Sons, has produced lovely drone sounds for Yellow Swans and has drummed for reclusive oddball Jandek. Moreover, he’s been one half of the highly regarded stonerswith-exotic-influences outfit Om with former Sleep luminary Al Cisneros since 2008. “I was [in Australia] with Om a couple years ago and had a great time,“ he beams. “Licorice Pie in Melbourne might be my favorite record store anywhere. There’s some killer old Australian surf documentary soundtracks we might go hunting for. After I left last time I was so obsessed with Licorice Pie’s library record section that I had a friend in Melbourne go record shopping for me and ship them back across the world.”

WE LIVE ON COMPUTERS, RE-CONFIGURING OUR RECORDINGS UNTIL THEY AFFECT ONE’S BRAIN IN THE DESIRED WAY.”

Floyd] lived in the studio as though they were making a film and building a masterpiece… so we live on our computers, re-configuring our original recordings until they affect one’s brain in the desired way.”

Hopefully Dada’s satisfies his craving. Record store owners are still smarting from DJ Shadow’s online jibe that the “digging” (hip hop slang for scavenging old records for beats and samples) here sucks.

Besides financial hurdles, the other logistical challenge Grails grapple with is finding a time when the whole band can be convened. “We’ve made it work well for years, but Black Tar Vol 5 has proved that we’re moving slower than ever. It only has four songs and the recordings started three years ago,” Amos exclaims. “Each record we make with our various groups has to be honored with several tours so it gets extremely complicated as our schedules intertwine. Just the amount of emails and co-ordination can be ridiculous when our various bands need to set out

One thing that’s working in Grails’ favour is the seemingly growing acceptance of instrumental bands. “Some people aren’t as baffled by instrumental bands in 2012 as they were seven or eight years ago,” Hall agrees. “Instrumental music seems to be much friendlier now that it used to be. The ceiling of visibility/popularity for instrumental bands is still pretty low, but the music is more easily assimilated.” The negative aspect of this is that pains need to be taken to stand apart from the large, smelly pack of rather average post-rockers plotting predictably

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A notoriously heavy - literally and figuratively, with each member weighing 300+ pounds - hardcore mob, their bludgeoning handiwork was an influence on many punk and metal outfits, including Nirvana, Machine Head and Napalm Death. Their 2005 reformation was brought to an end one year later when guitarist Tom “Pig Champion” Roberts’ “everything that’s bad for you” diet fatally caught up with him.

GROUPER

Portland has also been a fertile pasture for experimental artists such as Emeralds, Yellow Swans and ambient mistress Liz Harris, aka Grouper. Combining gentle acoustics with subtle electronics and hazy, murmured vocals, Harris’ 2008 album Dragging A Dead Deer Up A Hill touched many enthralled ears. similar paths to those set by their idols. “When we started out, most instrumental bands were trying to sound like Tortoise or Mogwai but today most sound like James Horner soundtracks,” he continues. Avoiding that inglorious fate, Grails have sourced inspiration from all sorts of weird nooks and crannies, including Sensations’ Fix – an obscure Italian prog band of the ‘70s – and their current faves, Finland’s Pharaoh Overlord, who might be familiar to fans of Circle. They’re also keen to put as much clear water as possible between themselves and many of the bands that have relocated to their hometown of Portland, which has become something of a magnet for aspiring indie-kids of the US. “Portland is, and has always been, a great place to live… cheap rent, creative culture, et cetera. But these days, Portland culture is just a brand, an exportable commodity. It’s really not something to be proud of, considering that much of Portland’s contribution to the world in the last several years has been some of the most offensively boring white music ever made,” Hall laments. Times certainly change, and “all good things come to a trend” it’s been suggested, but with their commitment to probing the outer reaches of the sonic universe, that’s surely something no one will ever accuse this band of. “Grails is camped out more in the school of mood-control and sonic experimentation,” Amos summarises. “It’s maybe closer to listening to avant-garde, electronic music in that it satisfies slightly less conscious parts of the brain.” Not sure which parts of the brain qualify as “slightly less conscious,” but we look forward to getting them serviced this October. WHO: Grails WHEN & WHERE: Sunday 14 October, This Is Nowhere Festival, UWA


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HERE THEY ARE! With a debut album title that makes article headlines easy, Citizens! are here, and Troy Mutton chats to Tom Burke ahead of their Australian debut at this year’s Parklife Festival.

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e’re pretty hectic at the moment but we’re having a good time, and I’ve never been to New York before as well so I’m excited about that,” relays an in-transit lead singer Tom Burke on the rapid rise of London indie-pop outfit Citizens!. It’s an exciting time for the band – a dapper young group that also includes Lawrence Diamond, Mike Evans, Martyn Richmond and Thom Rhoades – as they release their debut LP Here We Are, in a fashion that perhaps isn’t the norm. “I guess we’ve done things an unusual way around to most bands,” he begins. “When we started we were purely just thinking about it as a songwriting experiment, so we’d spend ages at home just writing demos in the front room.

And then we met Alex [Kopranos, Franz Ferdinand] who ended up producing the album, and he understood what we were going for. “But we didn’t really feel like there was any point in playing gigs until we’d seen whether or not we could make this record, or not that we were imagining. So we went and recorded the record before we’d even really settled on a name or played any gigs or anything. So, after that, we began the process of turning it into a live thing and going around gigging. So there was actually quite a long gap between finishing the recording of the album and it actually coming out while we made ourselves a live band and took care of that side of things as well.” A slightly backwards process to be sure, but one that has paid off for the group with regular appearances on many ‘Ones To Watch’ lists since their early singles like the catchy-as-heck True Romance and more recent Reptile. It’s also meant that, for Burke and co, the transition from the bedroom to the big stage has barely been noticed. “Yeah, it kind of started before we even realised, one day we were at home and the next we started gigging,” the singer laughs. “And we consistently found more gigs were being booked directly after we thought we were gonna go home. And we just kind of ended up not going home. And we’ve been enjoying it; this is what we’ve been working towards since we started the band so we’re having a good time.” Part of the group’s quick success also has a lot to do with having a very clear direction with where they wanted to take Citizens!, one Burke hints at above, and further comes to light in their very pointed approach to the crafting Here We Are – a debut effort as clear and concise as we’ve seen for some time. “There were a load of things that were really annoying us that we wanted to avoid while making the album right. And it seemed too much like every band that had sort of pop leanings sounded like The Killers, ad we really didn’t want to do that. We wanted something that sounded more human and natural. So the album has a kind of old fashioned, lo-fi quality to it, which comes from the way it was recorded, and there’s no Pro Tools tricks going on there. But when we were taking it out live we thought, ‘Well we’re gonna prove that we can make this sound as big as any other band’, and so people see the live show and go ‘Wow, I didn’t realise it was gonna sound as big and powerful as that’.” And on that front, so far so good. “It was really fun actually, we kind of found another level of life to them once we started playing them live, and a lot of people say they’re really pleasantly surprised when they hear the live show.” He goes on to further emphasise the Citizens! live experience: “I think when it’s a live show you want just as much power and energy going on as possible. If you’re sitting at home on your bed listening to a record maybe you can think about it a bit more contemplatively. But at a gig you’re there to have a party really, that’s what you’re there for and that’s what we try and provide.”

There’s more to this story on the iPad Here We Are is indie-pop in its purest form. As Burke alludes to, they’ve strived to stay away from the over-produced sounds that tend to dominate the pop genre, and have come out the other side with an pop album that keeps the balance of remaining ‘indiecredible’, while still revelling in all its pop glory. If I’m mentioning the word pop too much, it’s because Citizens! embrace the term wholeheartedly. So much so that treading the fine line of going too pop is a challenge the group enjoy. “Yeah, it’s sort of like walking a tight rope, really. Because so many people have been there and given their contributions over the years, it’s a tricky minefield.” And like any minefield, you need strict guidelines when trying to get through it unscathed. “We kinda set ourselves really strict rules. One was about the way we recorded – there was no engineer there correcting and tuning everything, and the production was kept quite minimal, because we thought one of things people were doing quite wrong was they were just approaching it clinically. It got to a point a couple of years ago where there was good music, credible alternative music, bands like The Horrors from London, and pop was this other thing which was clinical and it wasn’t credible and people only did it to make money.” Enter, Citizens!: “And we were just thinking ‘Why don’t people respect this pop thing anymore? Why don’t people genuinely love it and try to use the same amount of imagination like these amazing alternative bands are doing?’ So we set ourselves that rule as well. And the third rule was it wasn’t allowed to be a revivalist thing. You know, we get really bored with bands who just take a sound from days gone by. The other tightrope we were walking was an arrangement thing, always making sure the different sounds that make up each recording, they don’t all sound like they come from the same place.” And with those rules adhered to, a cracking debut album to back it up, now it’s time to take over the world. “Yeah I don’t think any of us have been to Australia apart from our tour manager who’s from Adelaide,” he jokes. “I spoke to Amanda from Nero who said they were there at Parklife last year DJing… And she basically said it’s just a massive, massive party, so that’s the only thing I’ve heard about it. We’re gonna come all guns blazing and bring it, so they say.” WHO: Citizens! WHAT: Here We Are (Kitsuné/Universal) WHEN & WHERE: Monday 1 October, Parklife, Wellington Square 12 • THE DRUM MEDIA

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BLIND LUCK Imagine being blind until age 11, then one day being able to see a world that, up until then, you could only dream. For White Arrows’ Mickey Church, such a childhood was a reality, Daniel Cribb finds out how it has shaped their success.

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n tour and walking around the sweltering heat of a Texas summer, vocalist/guitarist Mickey Church poses a question to begin: “Drum Media, does that have to do with drums? Because I have my brother right here if you need any questions about drums. I am not equipped to handle them, but he is,” he jokes. With nothing more than a 7-inch and three-track EP under their belt, the Church brothers and co have been travelling from one corner of the globe to the other, and throw a recently released debut album into the mix, and they finally have a reason to book their first Australian tour. They’ve obtained a fairly impressive tour log for a band that formed in 2010, fresh from school with no lag time to secure a day job. “Things started progressing rather rapidly. We’ve only been a band for two years and I look back at it – how many amazing bands we’ve played with, how many amazing things we’ve got to do and achieved in just a two year period, and now our first full-length record is coming out. It’s all kind of surreal. It’s kind of hard to take a step back from it when you’re doing it. I mean, we’re on tour right now, in El Paso, Texas and we’re going to be gone for six weeks, then we’re home for four days, then off to Australia. “We have no friends out there and it’s just uncharted territory for us,” Church shares. While they’ll no doubt leave with a few, to avoid feeling like loners on their first trip down under they’re teaming up with New Zealand’s Opossom and Sydney’s Jinja Safari. Originally The Blind Date tour was indeed what it promised, a tour that would bring musicians who hadn’t met before together for a tour, but serendipity got in the way of that concept. “What’s funny is, we’d been offered the tour and we were figuring out if we could make it work and we were sitting at a hotel in London at the Columbia Hotel, where we were about to start a Northern European tour at The Great Escape music festival and we were about to take off, sitting in the hotel of the lobby and this guy, who clearly looks like a musician, walks in and I started a conversation with him and asked him if he plays in a band and if he was playing Great Escape.

“He said, ‘Yeah. What band are you in?’ and we said, ‘White Arrow’ and he said ‘Oh, no way! We’re Jinja Safari. We offered you a tour, we’re waiting to hear back from you’ and I was like, ‘We’re about to tell you ‘yes’,” he laughs. “But we only met one of them, so I guess it’s still a blind date,” he reassures the tour’s premise is still intact. But the tour could have quite easily been reference to Church’s childhood blindness. Although, had his vision not corrected itself, such a tour name may have been mildly inappropriate. Growing up Church was legally blind, until at age 11 his eyes somewhat corrected themselves and he began seeing blurry lines, cloudy shapes and shadows, which is when medical attention gave him vision for the first time. His vision still isn’t 100 percent, but is nothing a little surgery shouldn’t eventually fix up. “I don’t think that, that necessarily shaped my [music]. I grew up in a really musical family, so I might have been just as into music without an affliction like that. One thing that I can say is this it definitely helped my imagination, because I was alone a lot in my head and my view of the world was different to everyone else’s, literally speaking. So I got to be in my own world a lot of the time. I just assumed that since I couldn’t see people, they couldn’t see me. “Someone could be standing three, four feet away from me and I’d assume that they couldn’t see me, so I would dance and pick flowers or sing a song and not feel self-conscious about it… It was a gradual [improvement] and then it got to the point where I could see with prescription glasses. But as soon as I put on prescription glasses it was totally different – like I could see a straight line, which I had never seen before and I got physically nauseated and threw up the first time I put on glasses. I became obsessed with straight lines, I’d see the straight lines

in everything and I would take rulers and draw airplanes out of straight lines and trapezoids. It was really weird and intense looking back on it.” His obsession with shapes, colours and lines hits overdrive when White Arrows take the stage. “We like to be completely visceral, like a sensory overload; a lot of visuals, a lot of smoke, a lot of colours and geometric shapes. We have a lot of strobe lights. We don’t like it to be a show where you sit there and you just kind of watch songs in succession. We want it to be a full experience,” he emphasises. But the psychedelic imagery associated with the White Arrows stage show doesn’t end there. It also appears in the music video for their song Get Gone, which caught the eye of a heavy hitting pop singer on Twitter one morning and saw the tune compared to

Phil Collins’ Take Me Home. “I remember I logged on in the morning feeling very tired and saw that and I was like ‘Oh, god. What kind of spambot is this?’ Like some [Justin] Timberlake spambot Tweeting about our video. Then I clicked it and it had that blue checkmark of verified. As if things weren’t surreal enough, we had some megastar Tweeting that our song and video reminds him of Phil Collins – that’s pretty insane.” WHO: White Arrows WHAT: Dry Land Is Not a Myth (Dew Process/Universal) WHEN & WHERE: Wednesday 8 August, The Astor Theatre

POP AROUND THE EDGES On the eve of his first fully live shows in Perth, French producer Yuksek reveals to Troy Mutton he’s in no hurry to move on from last year’s great sophomore record, Living On The Edge Of Time.

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ithin the pages of this very magazine, your humble scribe has probably referenced the electro boom of ‘06-’07 more times than a single person has any right too. Kicking off with the Aussie explosion of acts like Modular mainstays The Presets and Cut Copy, it soon lead outside of the country, more obviously to France where Ed Bangers like Justice, SebastiAn and DJ Mehdi (RIP) were blowing up dancefloors around the globe and the summer music festival really came to prominence. One act who was definitely there, but always seemed a little like the kid picked last for the sports team, was another Frenchman, Pierre-Alexandre Busson, better known as Yuksek. Tracks like Little Dirty Trip in 2006 and 2008’s Tonight always felt like they were part of the electro craze, but never quite as big as some of the aforementioned. This feeling was echoed when Busson finally released his debut LP Away From The Sea which, while having a few standouts like Extraball and Eat My Bear, got a little lost in the wash of seminal (for new-to-dance electro enthusiasts like this guy anyway) albums like Justice’s † or Mehdi’s Lucky Boy. Fast forward to 2011 – the days this writer looks upon with rose-tinted glasses are (somewhat) long-forgotten, passed off as the fluoro-fad it was called by many more knowledgeable folk at the time, and Yuksek returned with his follow-up effort Living On The Edge Of Time. Shifting away from the Daft Punk/Justice comparisons, Busson fully enveloped himself in a love for pop only hinted at on previous releases. The more club-friendly stuff is still there, but an unabashed embracing of more pop sensibilities has created a much more fun, and groovy Yuksek. And he’s been enjoying the fall-out since: “The response was really good. We had lot of press, we are on tour for a year on very cool stages. Nothing has really changed except the music a bit; still running [around] the world and loving it,” Busson tells. And while Living... has already celebrated its first birthday, Busson is in no hurry to move on to album number three. “I don’t know what’s gonna be my next 14 • THE DRUM MEDIA

record… I’m not in [any] rush, we had a non-stop tour for all year so I’ll start with a bit of rest… I’ll think about it in a few months.” Carefree French attitude? Yukcheck. What has been driving the boat for the past year has been his new-and-improved live show. Five years ago the (live) suffix you see alongside producer/DJs’ names on festival billboards didn’t really exist. DJ sets were still the norm and there was none of this fancy “live” mumbo jumbo; no massive walls of speakers (doing nothing), 25 LCD panels and fireworks pre-sets. In fact, Busson was one of the earlier members of the live club, and it was an entertaining set – his shows a flurry of keyboards, mixing consoles, wires and drum machines – with a heap of vocal manipulation and interaction. Since then he’s expanded the Yuksek experience to a much more live one in the sense he’s now joined on stage by band members, each playing live instruments. “We’re playing the new live show [in Australia], as we did for Field Day Festival. We are now three on stage with a drummer, a bass player who plays keyboards sometimes, and I’m lead singer and I play keyboards and sequencers,” he explains. And it’s a format he clearly enjoys. “It’s a different experience, more about pleasure and sharing good times on stage with the musicians and the audience, I love to play alone but it was a hard job to manage all the keyboards, mixing desk, vocoders, effects…more a technical performance.” It’s also refreshing at a time when, even though more acts are playing ‘live’, it really only ever feels like you’re watching someone on stage just pushing buttons – something that Busson really has no interest in. “I’ve always been a musician and I can’t even think about staying behind a laptop playing with a track pad.” Not only that, it stems from a history of live instrumentation – he is proficient in classical piano – and playing in bands such as his old group Klanguage. It’s something he’s been able to incorporate into his own music as a producer for a far more refreshing show and attack on the

electro genre. “I had bands before starting the Yuksek project; I played bass, I also did more experimental techno… It’s just that I love different kinds of music and never plan what I will write the next day!” Having been involved in music in some way or another for much of his life in various forms, what is it exactly that does drive Busson? “Everything! It’s a balance between making music for me, producing other people’s, doing remixes, playing live, playing DJ sets… Everything comes together,” he enthuses. And recently he’s been getting back into the collaboration side of things, working on a couple of pretty darn exciting projects with fellow Boys Noize buddy Brodinski to form The Krays, and also the no-longer flying half of Aeroplane, The Magician. Both are in their infant stages, but the output so far has been something else to get excited about. “For both collaborations it started because they needed someone to produce their songs and remixes. And finally we wrote music together, The Krays with

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Brodinski –unfortunately we haven’t had time recently for new productions… And Peter & The Magician with Stephen Fasano that I met when he left Aeroplane two years ago. We released two singles on Kitsuné, the last one, Memory, was released two weeks ago.” The latter is causing much a-flutter in the blogosphere for its nu-disco vibes, something The Magician has been killing since departing Aeroplane, and something clearly Busson knows a thing or two about. And while Busson has been busy with the tour, and mentions plans for taking it easy once touring for Living On The Edge Of Time is finally over, whenever that may be, his plans for the future really seem to show no signs of slowing down. “New music, new production and work for other bands!” WHO: Yuksek WHEN & WHERE: Friday 27 July, Speakeasy, Villa


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HARD TIMES

BEARING THEIR SOULS

Ahead of The Bride’s upcoming national album tour, vocalist Kevin Schwartz tells Daniel Cribb that Australian hardcore is in need of some life support.

Transforming old into new is a difficult feat in music, but it happens to be Big Old Bears’ forte. Nathalie Pavlovic gives Naomi Shimoda the lowdown on their new EP.

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ydney for a long time had, in my opinion, the best hardcore scene in Australia,” reckons The Bride’s Kevin Schwartz of his hometown, “Unfortunately, it’s sort of slowed down a little bit over the last year, two years… Places like Brisbane, it’s pretty much non-existent, the scene’s almost gone because venues are closing down all over the place and no one wants to put on hardcore gigs anymore, which sucks. “But in saying that, because that sort of thing is happening, you’re starting to see a lot more house gigs and that kind of thing. Fans are saying ‘Hey, come play in my living room and we’ll invite everyone and charge a dollar and we’ll put sandwiches on.’ That’s the kind of scene that you saw a couple of years ago, which I think is fantastic, and I think it’s great to see it come back now. So it is on demand and I think it is getting better and better, but it’s only going to be as good as the people coming to the shows and supporting it. So yeah, come out to gigs – don’t sit at home and be lame.” Doing all they can to keep the music they love alive, The Bride have been on the road constantly since the release of their debut album, President Rd, providing ample opportunities for punters to come out of the woodwork. “We really just want to build up our fan base. We’re pretty passionate about what we do, so we try to tour new places and play to people that might not have heard us. Ultimately, the goal is playing as many of those shows as possible – as well as playing the capitals where we’ve already established a bit of a fan base. We want to play as many spots as possible and get the music out there and sort of bring back that community of hardcore that’s gone missing over the past couple of years. “[On tour] we pretty much live in a crappy little eight-seater van,” he laughs, admitting their goal isn’t an easy one. “It sucks, it’s really hard, but you’ve gotta do what you’ve gotta do. Always in a van, always listening to the same songs, and always sitting next to the same smelly feet.”

Although the album came out in November last year and they’ve already circled the country a few times, this is the band’s first headlining tour in support of an album that features vocal cameos from the likes of Jenna McDougall of Tonight Alive and members of Heroes For Hire. The pairing of Sydney pop-punk and hardcore reinforces the strong sense of community that energises The Bride. “For us, [community] is essential. We couldn’t have done half of the things that we do as a band without being friends with so many different people. It seems that over the past year some bands have started to keep to themselves and they don’t want to talk to other people and stuff like that. I hate that crap. I’ll talk to anyone who wants to sit down and have a chat – whether it’s about music, life or fucking sport, I really don’t care. That’s the kind of community that we’ve tried to build up, and is why we have guest vocalists on our album. “I don’t really see the point in being a band if you’re going to sit there alone by yourself the whole time. It’s supposed to be fun and it’s supposed to be about friendship and mates. That’s extremely important to us and we would never change it.” WHO: The Bride WHEN & WHERE: Friday 3 August, Beat Nightclub; Saturday 4, C5 Bar, Metropolis Fremantle; Sunday 5, YMCA HQ

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Band rehearsals are admittedly easy to organize as most of the band members live in close proximity to one another in Mount Lawley. “We rehearse at my house actually, even though we keep on getting noise complaints from our neighbours,” Pavlovic laughs. “But we do it anyway. They haven’t called the police yet!” Besides recording, the band played a mini-tour with The Waifs down south in March. “It was quiet a while ago, but we played a show and I guess someone with the band — the manager or someone involved

With an upcoming gig at Mojo’s this Friday to launch the EP, Pavlovic excitedly talks about her expectations for the show. “This one should be really good ‘cause we’ve been putting a lot of work into it. Hopefully this will be the best!” she enthuses. Fans on the East Coast may be treated to some Big Old Bears goodness as plans for a national tour may be in the works. “That’s definitely in the future, hopefully,” she laughs. “Obviously we haven’t really played anywhere but WA so [we’re] really looking forward to going over east. Now that we’ve got a new release, we should have something to show everyone.” Tying in with their unique band name, Pavlovic reveals Craft has also tested the colourful waters of children’s music, dabbling with songs catered to a much younger audience. So who would Pavlovic consider her favourite big old bear of choice from her childhood? “I was pretty into Winnie the Pooh. I think I’ve got an A. A. Milne poem book somewhere,” she laughs. “Honey is tasty as well. I’m quite partial to honey on toast!” WHO: Big Old Bears WHAT: Big Old Bears EP (Fat Shan Music) WHEN & WHERE: Friday 27 June, Mojo’s, Fremantle

While tech-house champion Joris Voorn might not be pulling in the mega bucks of people like countryman Tiësto, he tells Cyclone his ambitions are as big, if not bigger.

he debut album from Melbourne’s Empra began as a solo project – a way for vocalist/ guitarist Sanny Veloo to pay tribute to Wayne Thunder, his best friend and the drummer of his previous band The Suns, who passed away far too young. It started off as a simple idea and, after a slew of complications and a few happy surprises along the way, became a full band endeavour.

The self-titled debut album from Empra proves that prognosis wrong – but it wasn’t an easy record to put together. When Veloo first entered the studio, a simple handshake deal with an unnamed engineer ended in the loss of his life savings and having to re-record the entire album. “The mixes they delivered sounded worse than my fuckin’ home demos, which I did in my bedroom. It turns out the producer just really didn’t know what he was doing and he did not want to release the tracks. I had to go see a lawyer, then he threatened to sue me and threatened to bankrupt

Spending the last two years honing the EP to perfection, the band has been busy ensuring their distinct sound is stamped on each track. Melding traditional and contemporary sounds incorporating a range of instruments from banjos to ukuleles, their sound is heavily influenced by older music. So how exactly do you make old music modern? “I don’t know if it’s a conscious thing. I think it’s more listening to really old musicians from the ‘30s and ‘40s and also contemporary musicians, so it’s a subconscious thing of their style coming in as modern day music, and that’s what happens really,” explains Pavlovic. Lead single Never Haunting Storm is a personal favourite of Pavlovic’s, who proves to be indecisive when it comes to choosing a preferred track. “It changes every day,” she admits. “It’s hard to say, because even though we just released the new EP, we’ve also been writing, so it’s hard to keep up with favourites,” she laughs.

with the band — saw us and thought we fit the style and asked us to play for them,” Pavlovic reminisces. “They’re really talented performers and entertainers. It was really good to see that in action.” Besides The Waifs, she reveals that Amber Fresh (otherwise known as indie-pop gem Rabbit Island) is a musician she admires, and would be honoured to support if the opportunity should arise.

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”He’s like the coolest famous guy you’ll ever meet. No fucking attitude, man!” Empra frontman Sanny Veloo says of pop sensation Gotye (aka Wally de Backer). Daniel Cribb gets the full story.

Veloo has been overcoming obstacles since his early days on the road with Thunder. One of their earlier bands, Boredphucks, were playing a festival in their hometown of Singapore when, through swearing, they unintentionally incited the crowd to climb onto the stage and go crazy. The power was cut, police called and Boredphucks were arrested and charged with violating the Public Entertainment Act. The band then moved to Australia, which is when they changed their name to The Suns. “Believe it or not, those guys in Singapore had no idea we were the same guys and they got us back,” Veloo explains. But a return to Singapore ended badly after, being the punk rocker that he is, Veloo climbed a Marshall stack during the final few minutes of their set and fell off, landing on his elbow and fracturing it in five areas. Veloo required surgery to replace his joint with a metal one. He recalls the terrifying moment when a specialist gave him this news: “You’ll never play guitar again and you will struggle to regain use of your arm.”

quipped with a charming songbook of modern folklore and crafty lyrics, Perth six-piece Big Old Bears are more than ready to share their new selftitled EP. Characterised by the perfectly-matched voices of Div Craft and Nathalie Pavlovic and their incorporation of multiple weird and wonderful instruments, Big Old Bears promise diversified material with their latest cub. “We’ve still got the same influences, but we’ve sort of, maybe put our new twists on it a bit more. We’re playing with a few different musicians as well,” reveals Pavlovic. “A lot of our friends helped out. There’s a lot more input into it this time.”

me… during that time the band formed, I found a guitarist and drummer and we had a whole bunch of new songs and we were playing a lot of gigs. It started to sound like a band and not one guy’s solo project.” The second attempt at the album allowed for a notable keyboard cameo on their ballad Sabrina. Before Gotye (aka Wally de Backer) was number one on charts all over the world, he played in retro rockers The Basics, who gigged around town with The Suns on a regular basis. “Wally knew Wayne and I called him up and was like ‘Hey, dude. I’ve got this song, can you come do your Gotye thing on it?’ and he said yes even before he heard the song,” he explains. “He’s like the coolest famous guy you’ll ever meet. No fucking attitude, man. Sometimes we do shows with [local] rock bands and some of these dudes have more attitude than Gotye,” he laughs. Starting from scratch paid off and the end result provided the closure he was searching for. “Just by having this thing done I feel like I came to terms with a best mate’s passing. That part of my life has been honoured and I can move on to the next stage of it. It was very important for me, not to give it up, because I made a promise to my best friend and I wanted to honour that.” WHO: Empra WHAT: Empra (Thunderheart Records) WHEN & WHERE: Friday 3 August, Rocket Room; Saturday 4, Prince Of Wales; Sunday 5, Railway Hotel

he Netherlands’ DJs may be identified with trance or ‘dirty’ house, but Joris Voorn, based in Amsterdam, is repping a Dutch techno tradition that goes back to ‘honorary Detroiter’ Steve Rachmad. Voorn’s intricate 2009 Balance 014 was hailed as game-changing – and comparable to Richie Hawtin’s reconfigurations of the mix-CD. This season the Sven Väth-endorsed DJ/producer, again playing Ibiza, has assembled another compilation, Cocoon Heroes (with Cassy). And it, too, is unique. “My approach to the Cocoon CD has been almost like making a ‘light’ version of Balance 14 and definitely more dancefloor-oriented,” Voorn says. “The Cocoon CD is a representation of the club night in Ibiza, at least to a certain extent, so it’s less experimental and more beats-driven for that reason. Still, I’ve used the same techniques as my Balance CD – cutting up all the tracks in Ableton Live and doing a lot of heavy editing. One of the reasons I like doing this is that the mix will be different than any other podcast or live recorded DJ mix that can be downloaded for free.” Like most genres, techno occasionally succumbs to ‘retromania’. But Voorn, who presides over the labels Rejected Music (generally dancefloor-geared) and Green (deeper fare), is one who, like Janus, simultaneously looks to the past and the future – straddling minimal, maximal and the avant-garde. Curiously, Voorn studied architecture, working in the field for two years before fully committing to music in 2003 (his father is a composer). The Dutchman, breakthrough track, Incident on Technasia’s Sino, is progressing on his third ‘artist’ album – the follow-up to 2007’s free-ranging From A Deep Place. Initially, Voorn planned an even more experimental project, “something completely different” – possibly minus four-to-the-floor beats. “But”, he confesses, “it was difficult getting things right.” He’s since retreated to his “comfort zone” of house and techno, while retaining that leftfield stance. As for his sound? “The funny thing is that nowadays it’s not that different from when I just started in 1996 – [there’s] still a lot of house and techno influences mixed in one style,” Voorn says. “In the more dancefloororiented tech-house sound of today, you can hear a

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lot of ‘90s references and samples. I’m working on some very melodic tracks in the studio – they have a more musical approach than some of the stuff I play in my DJ sets, which for me is very refreshing.” Three years ago Voorn suggested that Detroit techno is unlikely to ever make a comeback, being “too deep, too melodic and maybe too specific” – or “dated”. Yet Cocoon Heroes closes with a ‘90s ‘remix’ of Derrick May’s Strings Of Life. ”I was absolutely wrong about that – don’t ever listen to me again,” Voorn laughs. “The last few years I haven’t been much of a flag carrier for the Detroit sound – I think I just wanted to do something else for a change. But what comes around goes around. I’m very much interested in melodies again at the moment. Maybe I won’t play the same notes and chords as in the usual Detroit classics, but their influence might be just around the corner.” On Balance 014 Voorn likewise snuck in Goldie’s drum‘n’bass Timeless. And, early on, he gravitated to dubstep, the music then the ‘new’ Detroit techno. But, he quips, ”the monstrous sound it has today is very far from my personal music aesthetic.” Voorn is well established globally, but he’s not complacent. ”You’ll always have to come with something new – [and] aspire to new generations of people listening to music and going out to clubs.” His countryman Tiësto was recently named the world’s richest DJ, his net worth $65 million. “Hmmm… I’d love to be in that list,” Voorn responds good-humouredly, “but I’m nowhere near.” For now, he’s about fulfilling creative ambitions. Once his next album, Voorn means to embark on more live dates, this time involving something other than the now ubiquitous laptop setup. The DJ is returning to Australia for Stereosonic 2012, with talk of his factoring in some of his beloved club shows. “I hope I can do one or two small things on the side, but we’ll see what’s possible.” WHO: Joris Voorn WHEN & WHERE: Sunday 25 November, Stereosonic Festival, Claremont Showgrounds


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ON THE RECORD

DAPPLED CITIES Born At The Right Time

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THE DARKNESS Everybody Have A Good Time Liberator/Mushroom

After a lengthy hiatus, The Darkness are back making their signature 1970’s pastiche rock. Nearly ten years on from their original explosion as Britain’s favourite power rock band the style is identical but the novelty has long since faded. The production and arrangements on Everybody Have A Good Time are so authentically vintage, Justin Hawkins could easily be singing over an original Queen or Journey studio recording. Alas, there is nothing catchy or exciting about this new offering, and the trademark silliness is totally absent. The sound of the 1970s is there, but the spirit is not.

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To fall in love with a band is one thing. To fall for a record label is another, and Hamburg’s hfn records is currently pumping out some inspiring stuff worthy of investigation. Trentemøller and Kasper Bjørk call the label home, as do Icelandic duo Human Woman, whose debut long player dances darkly, huddled to keep warm from the bitter cold outside. Yes, it’s a winter warmer, folks!

If 2:54 is one thing, it’s consistent. Opener, Revolving, really sets the tone for the rest of 2:54’s self-titled album. A wet steel string guitar shredding a single note, chugs at an increasingly urgent pace before a post-punk styled drum beat catches up to the hypnagogic riff, seemingly heading towards something pretty epic. Just when you think that the song is going to continue that momentum or explode, it slows down and settles into a mellower groove. Picture it as someone who is about to lose their temper, stopping and opting for a heaving sigh instead.

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Marrying studio electronica with bona-fide instrumentation and Jón Helgason’s dreamy vocals makes for a richly textured experience (see the sexy-as double bass drizzled over Helgason’s falsetto in Einn Eftir or the squelchy minimalism of Lazer & Magic). Skippity beats flourish, sometimes driving harder on the feet, sometimes provoking thoughts of herbal chillaxation. These are songs that would reward being played live with a small band, Gisli Thorgeirsson lurking behind the computer bank stage left. The dubbiness throughout often recalls The Orb’s housier excursions from the early ‘90s. With a touch of lite-kink in Red Dress (“She wants me to wear her dress”) and the Death In Vegas-fuelled bassline of Dddi, it’s not all warmth and fuzziness abound. There’s really not a lot to dislike on this record though. Finishing with the one-two blow of aptly titled instrumental Sleepy and the Blade Runner-esque untitled postscript is a well executed play to leave the listener contently horizontal. Human Woman by itself is one of the strongest releases of the year so far, but it also gets one excited for forthcoming offerings from fellow hfn-ites Reptile Youth and Lightbluemover.

Creating an air of sustained tension seems to be the aim of the game on 2:54. And while that aim is all well and good, 2:54 encounter a problem when they too often decide to break that suspension with an anti-climatic release. What feels genuinely nerveracking at first becomes frustratingly stilted and some of the songs end up coming off as half-baked.

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It’s a shame because the band can really nail the dreary, kohl-smeared goth-pop side of late-’80s alt.rock, and at times even early PJ Harvey (check out Sugar for a dead-ringer performance). Ride is a genuinely haunting black-key lament. The raining guitars on Watcher have a darkly romantic quality to them. Even better are the vocal performances of the Thurlow sisters, who make a great pair of musical frontwomen. Their spectral voices manage to cut through the layers of distorted noise, all the while still sounding comfortably numb. Though their debut isn’t perfect, do not write-off 2:54. With time they’ll hopefully hone their song craft to match the dark moods they create so well.

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With a fearless spirit that’s reminiscent of the punk rock bands The Spitfires are so desperate to LIVEthemselves from, their debut record disassociate delivers a set of tracks that stay true to their classic sound yet prove to be limited in scope.

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Their single, Radio Control, kicks off the record with vocalist Sean Regan barking “I don’t need no radio control/I don’t need no sound advice from you”. Featuring their trademark guitar-ridden sound, the track vents about big companies taking over airwaves. D

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strange inbred loons”, Regan obviously refuses to shy away from making strong statements, and Fox News is no exception. The track is dictated by piercing guitars, paving the way to the powerful chorus that contains an ample dose of “fuck you”s to the spawn of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire. This political anthem is a highlight on the record, with a distinct Spitfires touch.

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Local rock royalty The DomNicks, fronted by Nick Sheppard and Dom Mariani, are one of the few bands in town still carrying the torch for honest, unpretentious pop rock. Double A-side Cool Runnings/I Wonder What You’re Doing Now is a short double burst of the kind of rock songwriting that could only come from an experienced group of old masters. For those who yearn for the days when You Am I were still kicking goals, The DomNicks are still bringing the good stuff.

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Every new Dappled Cities record raises the bar another few inches, and Born At The Right Time, from the upcoming album of the same name, is no exception. A joyful melange of surf rock, synths and smiles, Born’ is carried as much by its sense of fun as its big vocal melody and clever instrumentation. It’s not often a song makes you want to shimmy, but this one is as close to shimmy-worthy as this reviewer has ever heard.

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Despite, however, the band’s signature sound, which has been strongly consolidated in this album, the tracks on Songs From The Debt Generation lack diversity. Each song considered individually is punchy enough to garner its own fan base, but with the repetition of fast-paced guitars and stock standard song structures in each track, it’s tricky to distinguish between them when listened to as a whole. With a penchant for throwing a middle finger in any direction they deem appropriate, criticism doesn’t seem to be a likely issue for The Spitfires. Loyal fans will welcome the album for containing more of the stuff they love, but it certainly doesn’t set a groundbreaking direction for the band that will see them miles ahead of the garage punk pack. Naomi Shimoda

HOT CHIP How Do You Do? EMI

Hot Chip’s new album has been one of the most talked about records of this year, and for good reason. The band knows dance music so well, and they consistently bring the best elements of every style they tackle. Second single How Do You Do? is a delightful little love letter to the house genre, minimal and refined, but with the usual array of fine details we’ve come to expect from Hot Chip. Alexis Taylor’s soulful vocals float over a warm, bouncy baseline while a cascade of percussion and synths dance tastefully around each other.

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Liberator/Mushroom From the first second of Let’s Go, Matt & Kim’s smiley, super-upbeat pop is completely infectious. The husband and wife duo’s penchant for positivity goes against the flow of most popular miserable indie bands, who prefer to brood about girls and death. But Matt & Kim don’t care about being cool. They sound like Ben Folds if he’d never had a bad day in his life. Let’s Go is simple, fun stuff; the lyrics are naff and silly, but who cares? You’d have to be made of stone not to get caught up in Matt & Kim’s sheer enthusiasm.

BLUR Under The Westway/The Puritan EMI

When legendary bands reform and start releasing new material, it can be difficult to judge that new material without comparing it (usually unfavourably) to the earlier hits. Luckily, Blur haven’t given us the option of being so cynical. Neither Under The Westway nor The Puritan come off as a bland moneygrab; they’re authentic and honest, and unmistakably Blur. Under The Westway is a slow, melancholy number with a big melody, while The Puritan is a bouncing, schizophrenic pop song with a singalong “la-la-la” section that is pure, classic Blur. 18 • THE DRUM MEDIA

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The electro zealots from Sydney have landed once more with their second album in tow, offering up a heavy tropical sound, which has certainly departed away from some of their earlier efforts. This lurch into tropicalinspired music may sound predictable, tiresome and even lame, but the band have managed to work the trend well – right down to their Hawaiian print shirts.

On first hearing Blood Speaks, you wouldn’t immediately guess that Smoke Fairies hail from Sussex, England. The duo’s second album, it’s an immaculately performed and tasteful collection of Americana folk and blues. It’s a lovely sounding album: the instruments have a clean resonance, the vocals nimbly trill and even the slide guitars sound like they have an extra coat of varnish.

The pop flavoured title track kicks off the album in style, with its easily hummable tune, buoyant melody and (perhaps a tad predictable) lyrics; but it’s perfectly catchy and puts the album in good stead. No doubt, many may have already heard the track Calypso, with its heavy synth and soaring chorus generating, perhaps, mild irritation with its mind adhesive qualities. That said, like the opening track, it somehow works and the result is an uplifting party track bound for ongoing and en masse repeats. Other instrumental tracks throughout the album, such as Radio Waves (I&II), offer up some smoother, retro inspired sounds that make them entertaining to listen to. Elsewhere, the album draws on various equatorial themes made manifest in the tracks Jamaica and Coconuts, each equally enriched with plenty of hyper tropical-inspired beats and summery melodies, abandoning subtlety all together.

The album is very bottom-heavy though, and it takes a while to really hook you. The first half of Blood Speaks is so emotionally and musically tempered, it would almost be rude not to let the girls finish because it is so inoffensive. Objectively you know you should be enjoying this more than you actually are but you decide to persevere out of respect rather than commitment. An example of this is The Three Of Us, one of the dirtier-sounding tracks of the first half. It lacks any true bloodletting or imperfection to feel engaging. It’s adequate if unremarkable.

One of the finest voices in modern music, Glen Hansard’s work is drenched in passion and honesty. Front man of iconic Irish rockers The Frames and one half of award-winning duo The Swell Season, the folk crooner has finally released his first solo offering, Rhythm & Repose. With a career spanning over two decades, it’s a surprise it has taken him this long to release a record under his own name.

Idea Of Happiness

Obviously, however, this is what the band were going for; an enthusiastic approach to making party-appropriate music. In its own right then, it’s a solid album, but I suspect you may need a few cocktails to get the most out of it. Naomi Dollery

Blood Speaks

However, it’s in the second half that Blood Speaks truly says something attention-grabbing. The stunning title track is sparklingly ethereal due to the many swirling vocal lines circling each other like a Gregorian chamber choir, anchored by a deep heartbeat of a drum. Feel It Coming Near sounds like an update on the desert-y dream pop of Mazzy Star. If “blood speaks” about the things in our lives that endure despite a change in our circumstances, the girls need to let their guard down before they can reveal these things. If anything this album proves that when they do rise to that challenge, the Smoke Fairies are capable of creating something quite beautiful and beguiling. Kosta Lucas

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Rhythm & Repose

In the wake of his much-publicised split with fellow Swell Season and real-life partner Marketa Irglova, the general mood and themes are simple on this record; Hansard sings of love, life and a fractured soul, but with an upbeat feeling of hope prevailing throughout the eleven tracks. The strongest tracks are ironically the most strippedback and raw numbers, as Hansard ponders lost love on the heartfelt Love Don’t Leave Me Waiting and conveys sheer emotion on album highlight Talking With The Wolves, with his incomparable trademark delivery, as he wails over a driving acoustic backdrop. Maybe Not Tonight and What Are We Gonna Do ensure the album cruises along at a moderate pace, with the former harking back to a folk-inspired ‘70s era. Rhythm & Repose is an ideal soundtrack to a lazy, melancholic Sunday afternoon, but it certainly won’t top many end of year lists. A debut solo outing that is strong, but by no means life-changing. Tom O’Donovan


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What to consider when making up your mind...

INTRODUCTION For those of you in your final year of high school, the business end of 2012 is fast approaching. It’s capital-D decision time. Choices need to be made, important choices. Sometimes it would be waaay easier to wack your headphones in, turn the music up super loud and just drown out the well-meaning, but thoroughly irritating words of advice from parents and teachers. It might all be just a bit overwhelming, but just think; the rest of your life is about to begin! In a few short months you’ll have finished school and who knows where you’ll be? Travelling the world, starting a new job, or, for many of you, starting a tertiary education that will set you up for your satisfying and brilliant future career.

This Open Day special of Educfocus helps get you thinking about different universities, TAFEs and private colleges and figure out which institution and course is perfect for you. There’s an awful lot to consider, so hunt down Street Press Australia student magazine Spress’ ‘My Open Day’ special if you’d like more info! This handy My Open Day survival guide is chockers with information you need to make the right choice including advice from those who survived the Open Day season in 2011, along with the dates, times and locations of Open Days across Australia.

REPUTATION Do some research and ask people who work in your desired profession or industry which institutions have the best reputation when it comes to your field of study.

ENTRY SCORE How achievable are the entry requirements? How competitive is it to gain a place in the course? Are there are alternative ways of being accepted, like transferring later on?

SCHOLARSHIPS

So go forth and conquer! Good Luck!

Most institutions offer scholarships; considering how expensive tertiary education can be, it’s worth finding out what you’re eligible for!

OPENING THE DOORS

INDUSTRY LINKS A university or TAFE with strong industry links is a major bonus, giving you opportunities to do internships, get on-the-job training and make professional connections.

OPEN DAYS PROVIDE PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS WITH A RANGE OF VITAL INFORMATION REGARDING THEIR FUTURE STUDIES. BEN WEINTRAUB WHO’S STUDYING COMMERCE AND LAW AT DEAKIN UNIVERSITY UNDERSTANDS THE IMPORTANCE OF ATTENDING OPEN DAY BETTER THAN MOST, AND SHARES HIS TIPS ON HOW TO APPROACH THE DAY. Why is going to Open Day important? Open days are important because they allow you to get a feel for the university, and everything that’s available to you like all the different courses, all of the facilities that each particular university offers. They also give you a chance to meet current students and discuss what life is like at university.

Why do you think it’s important to go to a few rather than just one? When you go to a few you have the ability to compare and contrast particular universities and weigh up the pros and cons of what’s available to you and what suits your personal learning styles.

How many Open Days did you attend before deciding where you wanted to study? Probably about seven or eight. I actually started quite early, I went to my first Open Day when I was in year 10 when I was choosing my VCE subjects, I went to get an idea of what course I might want to study. In year 11 and 12 it was more about deciding which university I wanted to study the particular course I wanted to do at.

How should students prepare for open day? In preparation for an Open Day I would advise students do their research before they go so they know what questions they need to ask particular heads of faculty of students. It’s also important to have an idea of what they are looking for in a university, as opposed to going in with no idea of what to expect or no idea what to ask people.

FACILITIES

Is there anything you wish you’d known before you went to your first Open Day? Looking back I wish I had known to do a little bit more research, I mean when I went to my first couple of Open Days I really didn’t what to expect from university which I think is quite common among year 10 and 11 students, especially if they don’t have any older siblings who are enrolled in university. What was the most helpful part of Open Day? I actually found the most helpful part was speaking to the student ambassadors or current students that were there to give campus tours and show me around the different faculties because they gave you a more up close and personal insight into what university is like.

Is the equipment state-of-the-art, or dodgy and dated? You’ll want to be familiar with the latest technological advancements in your field.

OVERSEAS STUDY If you want to spend a semester studying in Paris, New York or Shanghai, see what exchange programs different institutions have on offer. Some Aussie universities have international campuses too.

LOCATION Consider travelling to and from campus. How long will it take? How convenient is public transport? And if driving, calculate the costs of petrol and parking permits.

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UWA

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The University Of Western Australia’s new courses were introduced at the beginning of this year and have drawn record interest from schoolleavers. This year they’ve had an increase in enrolments from high-achieving students who are looking to expand their horizons and boost their chance of success in the global, knowledge-based environment of the future, and you can find out about being a UWA student – and the plethora of career options that will open up to you – at the University’s annual Open Day on Sunday 12 August from 10am to 4pm. In the Future Students’ Marquee, you’ll learn about new courses, study abroad opportunities and scholarships. You can tour the faculties and schools and visit allday displays and demonstrations on subjects including the following: Looking through an optical telescope at the Sun; Meeting Doris the sheep – the ambassador of the clean, green and ethical agriculture of the future; Enjoying the courtroom drama of a mini-trial with the Blackstone moot law students; Seeing invisible information through a state-of-the-art infrared camera; Trying your hand at gold-panning; Converting an everyday car into a plug-in electrical vehicle that almost runs on the smell of an oily rag. Matching the sperm with the species. Chatting with flesh-and-blood Robogals, who aim to increase female participation in engineering and science, and interacting with robots designed by electrical and electronic engineers and students; Extracting DNA from fruit; Peeping inside a beehive and seeing the bee’s knees in an electron microscope. Investigating Jurassic diamond-bearing rocks, fossicking for a fossil and finding out about modern day dinosaurs. Chemistry magic show and its bangs, flashes, coloured flames and eerie glows. Learning about Australia’s biggest science project, the Square Kilometre Array, and UWA’s role in it. Using a radio telescope to see if you emit radio waves. You’ll also be able to enjoy films and music made by UWA students, along with the students’ Motorsport racing car. Head to openday.uwa.edu.au for more info.

MURDOCH MINDS

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where a Murdoch degree could take you. Sunday 19 August get along to the Murdoch campus from 10am til 4pm to find: Course & Career Information – Head straight to the course and career information tents and The Student Centre for information on Courses & Admissions; Careers; Postgraduate Studies; Fees, enrolments & general info. Course talks and information sessions – Helpful lecturers representing every study area talking through what to expect while studying at Murdoch. We even have talks for parents of high school students to help navigate the stresses of Year 12. Hotspots – Positioned all around the campus, immerse yourself in different areas of interest. Participate in hands on activities, talk to passionate lecturers and students, see the displays, watch demonstrations and generally be entertained. You can try you skill at pregnancy testing an artificial cow, practice stage makeup and see how a set is designed, learn how to deliver the news live to the world in a virtual set, test wind patterns using flares or see a chemistry magic show. Food & Drinks – With over 100 mind opening experiences, you’ll sure need energy, and there’s a great range of food and drinks in the Food Court, around Bush Court and in the library. Free campus tram tours – Murdoch’s South Street campus is the largest university campus in Australia, spanning 225 hectares – hence the need for a tram tour. Live Music – Give yourself a break from the talks and sessions and head over to the stage where a number of bands will be cranking out the tunes during the day, including Abbe May, Emperors and Big Old Bears. For a better taste of what to expect on the day go to murdoch.edu.au/ OpenYourMind and download a program.

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OPEN SEASON

As we look forward to spring, this is a great time to shake off those winter blues and reflect on fresh career opportunities. The great news is that Open Colleges has a range of fantastic new resources and information to help you explore your career options. Open Colleges provides you with information and career guidance specifically designed for people looking to extend their passions into a career. This information includes content and materials developed by our industryleading partners. In addition, they’re maintaining special discounts from the last financial year to help you make a great start in this one. Pay in full and receive 20% off your course fees, or start studying for as little as $100. This discount applies across all Open Colleges courses. To view the entire range of courses head to opencolleges.edu.au.

OPENING THE CURTINS

Curtin opens its curtains on Sunday 5 August for their Open Day. Mark the Make the Make Tomorrow Better Marquee down as your first stop - it’s the place where you can enter competitions, chat to current students and get advice from our student advisers. All areas of the uni are also represented at the Courses Expo where you can chat to academics, students and advisers to get the information you need to choose the course that’s right for you. You can also learn about university life, admissions, fees and scholarships, all near the Kent St entrance on Edinburgh Oval. Head to openday.curtin.edu.au to find out more.

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Do you see yourself managing a resort in Dubai? Are you intrigued by cyber security? Do you want to embark on a career in medical science? These are just some of the new areas of study offered by Edith Cowan University (ECU) in 2013. ECU’s Open Day events (Sunday 29 July, Joondalup campus; Sunday 12 August, Mt Lawley) will be the first chance to take a look at the new courses, which include Bachelor of Chemical Engineering; Bachelor of Science (Cyber Security); Bachelor of Medical Science; and Bachelor of International Hotel and Resort Management. Visitors to will also get find: Tours of ECU’s brand new, stateof-the-art engineering facilities (J); WAAPA student performances (ML); How to film with green screen – creating movie magic (ML); Motorsports workshops, where you can check out the 2011 ECU FSAE race car, designed and built by ECU students (J); Life-like 3G Sim Man/Sim Baby from the School Of Nursing and Midwifery (J); Real-life emergency scenario, run by the School Of Medical Sciences (J); and The Facebook phenomenon – an introduction to managing your online presence (J).

Hot off the set Australia’s Got Talent, SAE Perth graduate and supervisor Brad Vellacott is showing the world just what he can do as part of the band Beside Lights. Since initially enrolling into the then Diploma of Music Industry in 2008, Brad Vellacott went on to study in one of the first degree cohorts at SAE Perth. Since graduating with the Bachelor Degree in 2010 he has been active in the live music scene, not just as an audio engineer but also as a performer – he and three friends forming the band Beside Lights. With influences from bands such as Coldplay, Paramore and The Script, it wasn’t long before their engaging live performances and catchy songs built them a strong reputation. They’ve since won Busselton Battle Of The Bands, played Canadian Music Week in Toronto, were in the top 10 for Nova FM’s I Am With The Band competition, supporting The Vines at Astor Theatre. It all lead up to their appearance on this year’s Australia’s Got Talent, where they made it to the semifinals, scoring big raps from the judges and displaying their wares to a massive national audience. Vellacott is just one success story of many to come out SAE Perth over the years. SAE Perth’s next intake is this October, offering courses in the fields like Audio Engineering, Film Making and Interactive Media. For more info head to perth.sae.edu.au. BESIDE LIGHTS

When you get there Open days can be overwhelming, so it’s important that you have a plan of attack. Nothing complicated; just make a list of all the things you want to see or get more information about. Then hit the campus early and take a stroll to get acquainted with the surroundings. Next, head to your faculty of interest. Even if you don’t know the exact course you’d like to do, you probably know the area of study you’re most interested in, maybe it’s Arts, Science, Business or Education. Each faculty will have information sessions and tours that are running throughout the day, so check the schedule and note what interests you. Ask lots of questions! Check special entry requirements, what the course involves and where it can get you. Take along a bag and fill it with handouts – you won’t read them all on the day but they’ll be mighty helpful later on! In your downtime conduct your own campus tour. Check out the services like the libraries, computer labs and student housing. Look at the extracurricular facilities like gyms and theaters. Last but not least check out the food and coffee on offer – you’ll need some serious brain fuel when hitting the books! Most of all, keep an open mind. Even if you’re pretty set on one course or institution, it doesn’t hurt to know all your options.

Questions to ask Head to open day armed with a list of questions. Don’t be shy! Ask away!

CAMPUS SPECIFIC • Do you offer any support networks, like career counseling, health services and financial assistance? • If I need help with an assignment or am struggling in a subject, is there tutoring available? • What kind of student accommodation is available? • What kind computer facilities are available? • What public transport is available? • Do I have the option of studying overseas for a semester? • What kinds of extracurricular activities do you offer? • What clubs or groups can I join?

COURSE SPECIFIC • What are the entry pre-requisites? • Are there special requirements, like interviews or folios? • If I don’t get the required marks, what are my options? • Are there bridging courses, recognition of prior learning or cross credits available? • If it’s a TAFE course, can I get credit for my studies and do a uni degree later? • What type of job does this degree lead to? • What proportion of students land a job in their chosen profession after finishing this degree? • What industry connections and work placements does this course offer? • What sort of salary can I expect after I graduate? • Can I defer my place or take a year off? • Can I transfer from one course or campus to another? • How does this course differ from similar course at other institutions? • How many hours of classes will I be expected to attend? • Are there any scholarships in this faculty that I can apply for?

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Ten Tiny Things – a children’s book being published by Fremantle Press. A collaboration between Fremantle’s Meg McKinlay and local artist Kyle Hughes-Odgers, Ten Tiny Things is about Tess and Zachary’s wonderful transportation machine breaking down, which forces them to venture out on their own. Book launch, State Library of WA, 6pm. 25th Anniversary of Star Trek: The Next Generation – a special screening of two of the most popular Next Generation episodes, Where No One Has Gone Before and Datalore, which have undergone a $10 million restoration with enhanced special effects. Luna Cinemas Leederville, 6.45pm.

FRIDAY 27 The Big Hoo-Haa 10th Birthday – Perth’s premier improvised comedy night is celebrating their 10th birthday. Its founding members will be facing off against a new breed of improvisers in a comedy death match. Join Sam Longley, Damon Lockwood, Sean Walsh, Andrea Gibbs, Kerry O’Sullivan, Mike Djukic, Libby Klysz and Tegan Mulvany as they take to the stage along with special guests. His Majesty’s Theatre, 8.30pm. Spatial Drawing – an art exhibition that investigates contemporary approaches to drawing and features three emerging Western Australian artists: Benjamin Forster, Tom Freeman and Clare Peake. As its name suggests, Spatial Drawing will see each artist explore drawing further through the creation of physical formations and sculptural works that question ideas of how we engage with space. Opens today, Venn Gallery.

SATURDAY 28 Two Bucks ’Til Wednesday – a vintage clothing sale to raise money for Amy Stenning and her incredible efforts to build a health care centre to benefit disadvantaged remote communities in Kenya. Everything

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SUNDAY 29 The Longing/An Aperture – an exhibition by visual artist and fashion illustrators Anya Brock and Sara Winfield. Showcasing the artists’ signature styles of complex line work, bright bold colours and detailed patterns, the pieces deal with notions of desire and yearning and attempt to expose the hidden and surreal world that lies beneath. Closing today, the Moores Contemporary Art Gallery.

MONDAY 30 A Saucy Little Secret – a modern theatre cabaret about the lives of five strong women whose music and attitudes influenced the development of modern music, queer lifestyle and racial tolerance. Featuring performances from Perth’s foremost jazz, soul and blues musicians. A Saucy Little Secret brings the decadent spirit of 1920s Harlem to life. Guests are invited to dress up in ‘20s attire to fully immerse themselves in the experience. Opening night is an early show starting from 5.30pm at the Ellington Jazz Club.

TUESDAY 31 Signs Of Life – The Black Swan State Theatre Company has teamed up with the Sydney Theatre Company to present Tim Winton’s Signs Of Life. The story carries on from Winton’s award-winning novel Dirt Music and explores the ways in which people with vastly different histories form awkward alliances to be able to survive. The bitter yet funny play confronts the idea of unwanted house guests and looks into the theme of trust. Opening night, State Theatre Centre of WA, 7.30pm.

REVIEW

THE DARK NIGHT RISES Eight years has passed, and in The Dark Knight Rises we find Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) broken and he’s long hung up his alter-ego haunted by the death of his partner Rachel Dawes (Maggie Gyllenhaal). He’s become a recluse, neglecting, it seems, all but shawl-wearing, and grumbling at his faithful butler Alfred (Michael Caine). But, after a chance meeting with spry cat burglar Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway) the desire is awoken in him to again don the hero’s suit. From here, Rises’ story splinters and none of the resulting shards really feel like they’re given enough to do. We lose sight of Batman, predominantly, and we’re introduced to new characters, among them John Blake, a cop, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt; prospective Wayne enterprises exec Miranda Tate (Marion Cotillard), and the series’ newest super villain, Bane (Tom Hardy). At some point, the crisscrossing of narratives shifts into simply ideas alone being cross-cut, images that were great on the page, 24 • THE DRUM MEDIA

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and that look great on the screen, but don’t fit with anything centralised, or cogent, narratively. This fragmented approach is just too disparate for a film-universe that exists really to showcase one man. The way Nolan directs all of this, of course, is deeply engaging and profusely cinematic. There’s Zimmer’s chest-beating and a host of shifting, abstract things at stake. Nolan’s usual juggernaut pacing is present in full force, as is his ante-upping crosscutting between the different stories. It’s all very thrilling to be a part of at the time, but there’s still a sad, sinking feeling that wells in you while you’re watching it. It’s exhausting, then confusion, then ecstasy, never knowing which one will win out. Even though I don’t quite know whether this film is great or isn’t, it is at times a truly rapturous experience, which is almost enough. Nolan’s finale is audacious, and impossibly sprawling, but it’s also really messy because of it. It disappoints the towering promise of Inception, though improves ably on 2008’s The Dark Knight. Samuel Hobson In Cinemas Nationally

TEA BAGGING Bob Baker Fish finds out how Jay & Silent Bob are able to fill 2,000 seat venues by talking about their testicles in a chat with Jason Mewes, who is 70 per cent Jason and 30 per cent Jay. When Clerks first appeared in 1994, it’s wise-arse attitudeladen convenience store shtick demonstrated a writer/ director with talent to burn. The script was witty and funny as hell, laden equally with insight and profanity. It was also the first appearance of Jay and Silent Bob, Bob being director Kevin Smith in a non-speaking role and Jay being Jason Mewes, a young obnoxious foul-mouthed dope dealer with a truly original turn of phrase. Whilst at times the acting in Clerks was questionable, Jay felt truly authentic, rarely had there been such a rough-hewn character on film. He felt real. “Back then it was exactly what I was like,” offers Mewes energetically, sounding like someone has just slipped him a cup of red cordial. “I mean Clerks was an exact replica of things I had said, done and acted like, minus the selling weed. I was very obnoxious and used to speak my mind and do what I wanted to do.” Jay and Silent Bob would go on to star in five more of Smith’s features, with his character remaining pretty much the same, a sex-obsessed marijuana-fuelled slacker with a caustic mouth. In the intervening years however the gulf between

the person and the character has widened. “As I got older I have to be more aware of what I say because I can get in trouble,” he laughs. “I say the wrong thing to the wrong person there’s sexual harassment. Back in the day I wouldn’t care if I said F U to someone in front of a thirteen year old, but now I don’t want to influence them. I’m still obnoxious, but now I know when to say something and when not to. I’m seventy per cent Jason Mewes and thirty per cent that Jay.” Mewes’ troubled childhood and battle with drugs are well chronicled, primarily by him. In an effort to keep his friend sober, Smith set up a weekly podcast in which they discussed everything from Mewes’ addiction issues to imaginary sex positions. As it’s grown in popularity they’ve taken it on the road, and their live stand-up show in the UK, Tea Bagging, was filmed and is now out on DVD. What’s fascinating is their ability to fill 2,000 seat venues by talking about their testicles. “It’s an interesting thing to me that people will sit down and watch our podcasts or get on iTunes and listen to this thing,” Mewes

laughs without a hint of shame. He believes though that listeners are attracted to their honesty. “You’re talking about drug abuse and all the stuff that’s gone on throughout the years. People pull me aside and say, ‘My friend is six months sober now and he listened to your podcast and it really inspired him.’ Kevin talks about shooting movies, and people say, ‘I just made my first independent movie because I listened to your podcast.’ People say that they come because it’s so

honest, from two guys coming from pretty middle-class or in my case poor backgrounds. And then trying to push through some humour in there as well. Who doesn’t want to hear about someone tea-bagging someone right?” he offers with a big throaty chuckle. WHAT: Jay & Silent Bob Get Old: Tea Bagging In The UK Live standup DVD out now through Madmen.

FOR THE LOVE OF LAUGHS As The Big HOO-HAA celebrate turning 10, Marcia Czerniak speaks to comedian Sam Longley about the Perth institution he created and turning double-digits. In the midst of Perth’s love affair with comedy, there is one comedy night that has seen it all unfold. Celebrating its 10th birthday, the improvised comedy institution, The Big HOO-HAA, is unlike anything else in Perth. Created by Sam Longley after a twoyear stint in Chicago to learn more about the art of improvisation, The Big HOO-HAA was developed in 2002 where upon his return to Perth, Longley saw a gap in the market. Gathering his colleagues, he created the night that runs weekly and unlike stand-up comedy, this is one night where the people on stage never know what the punch line is going to be. With the birthday celebration year culminating in a performance at the iconic His Majesty’s Theatre this week, Longley says the secret to The Big HOO-HAA’s longevity comes down to understanding the audience. “It is thinking of the audience first and making sure they get what they want and what they paid for, which is making them laugh,” says Longley. “Theatre in general has a tendency from time to time to become all about the artist and the actor’s journey and sometimes with stand-ups as well, they become quite self-indulgent and you think to yourself, yeah that isn’t what I thought I was coming to see. “We did that very early on and realised that isn’t what the audience are paying for so every week we ask the audience for suggestions and we make the show according to that. We can tell pretty early on what kind of a crowd they are and what kind of humour they are after. It is all about our ability to change it up, be flexible, not to keep showing the same show every week.”

Having performed up to 60 to 70 shows a year since the night began, Longley says he has many memories from the last decade. “When you are onstage, you are so in the moment with improv that you forget what all the good lines were, but we have done a whole lot of charity work and as wanky as that sounds, to say that the charity work have been one of our highlights, it really has been,” he says. “We have performed to kindergarten kids right through to a room full of 300 drunk women where the bar had run dry in Newman, so yeah, as far as I am concerned that is the entire gamete of society. People love the show. When we fail they applaud because we give them permission to laugh at us and when we succeed they go, ‘I can’t believe they succeeded when they were just improvising!’. “That being said, improv is…when you step on stage with nothing and you get the suggestion of, I don’t know, proctology from the audience, which for some reason we get almost every week because people think it is funny. We then create a scene out of nothing from that and when you manage to then make it zing and have an audience entirely on your side, laughing, that is just a magic moment. You look across to the guy or the girl you’re performing opposite and it is like hey, isn’t this fun! And after 10 years, it still is . I enjoy stepping on stage every time.” WHAT: The Big HOO-HAA 10 Birthday Death Match WHERE & WHEN: His Majesty’s Theatre, Friday 27 July th

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STEP UP: REVOLUTION – FREE MOVIE PASSES Thanks to Universal Pictures we have five double passes to giveaway to Step Up: Revolution. About a mob of Miami local dancers who are participating in flash mobs across the city. They are going viral on the internet 20,000,00 hits in under five hours. This is the fourth instalment in the hugely popular Step Up series and you can see it in theatres from Saturday 4 August, To enter email giveaways@drumperth.com.au with DANCE DANCE in the header.


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CONSTRUCTION SIGNS

C U LT U R A L

If setting up a tent is confronting for you then spare a thought for Signs Of Life set designer Zoe Atkinson as she discusses the daunting task of cramming miles of Australian outback into the small stage. Simon Holland reports. “It’s rather similar to the work an architect does; without the fear of your work outliving you,” laughs Zoe Atkinson as she discusses the finer points of her role as set and costume designer for the Tim Winton stage play Signs Of Life. “Lots of technical drawing, model-making, conceptualising the design and then building it up with the director, making sure that it honours the script and sits within what the performers require of it.” The story, set only a lonely farm in the wilderness of Moore River, WA, revolves around themes of loneliness, absence and following the path home. Atkinson’s job is to recreate the feelings associated with a real environment and reinforce the emotional deluge experienced by the characters as a result of the location. “It has been a really challenging one actually,” reflects Atkinson.

“It would be easy to keep going down the same path and to not make any changes but it would be very difficult to then live with it because you know you’ve got to sit in a theatre and look at it while the show is coming together and it’s a terrible time to be courting your mistakes. I thought ‘Well, I can lose lots of sleep now, rework the whole thing and make a second model or I can wait till it’s in the theatre and lose a huge amount of sleep feeling awful because I can’t stand what I am looking at.”

“You need to provide the actors with certain tools to perform from, it needs to provide them with possibilities. It’s a very poetic landscape but Tim’s exquisite language, that Australian vernacular, is very familiar and very grounded. You need to find the right balance between this vastness of space and this world that they realistically inhabit with their body. It’s a fine line I think, to tread between those two things.” The journey of accomplishment wasn’t all smooth for Atkinson and it

was a nagging feeling that resulted in an about turn at the eleventh hour. “Initially I set off on this path of naturalism which is something I don’t do very easily. I went down that path for a good month and then did a double-take at the last minute and said ‘Nooo, it’s all wrong’ and went back and followed my instincts a bit more, which I am really glad I did. We’ve ended up with a very different set but it’s been infinitely more manageable I think and it’s given more possibility to the lighting and sound designers.

Signs Of Life recently toured regional Western Australia to take the play to the types people that inspired Winton’s writing. The production week delivered Atkinson with a chance to tweak the details before the cross-country tour begins. She laughs at the mention of possible O.C.D. “There are lots of little details that I imagine only designers could see.” says Atkinson. “In fact I know that because I’ve watched a show and then gone out for drinks afterwards and I’ve said ‘Oh God, but wasn’t that just glaring at you in the face, I shouldn’t have done it that way, I should have..’ but the person I’m with won’t have any idea at all what I am talking about so I’m ok with it now.” WHAT: Signs Of Life WHEN & WHERE: July 21 - August 18, State Theatre of WA

CRINGE

WITH MARCIA CZERNIAK Every four years we experience the magnitude of the Olympic spirit. For three weeks we suddenly become a nation of people who love watching athletes swim, and those who haven’t run 100m since high school, suddenly feel the desire to catch the latest athletics race. It is all about who wins the most gold medals and whether Ian Thorpe beats Michael Phelps and Pieter van den Hoogenband…oh hang on, Thorpe didn’t make the team this time around and Hoogenband has retired. Awkward. The Olympics have become a time where nations unite in competition and of course there is the extra stuff we all love to talk about around the water cooler. Like the mascot, the logo, the song, the opening ceremony, the terrible commentators, the team uniforms and the debate of just who will get to be the flag bearer for the Australian team and how if it is a female, the world of Australian sporting history could be turned on its head. But aside from the moments of Olympic sporting triumphs, some of the greatest memories of the Olympics would be the commentary shows in the lead up and during the games, like the ones that have been hosted by Roy and HG or The Chaser. For the 2012 though, those shows will be missing in action, as just like Channel Seven, they didn’t quite make the team. Instead Channel Nine and Foxtel won the rights and this year the shows been replaced by some new up and comers both in an official and

unofficial Olympic capacity. For those with Foxtel a familiar face brings us something a little different – Rove’s London with Rove McManus. A five to 10 minute show, the program will look at what is happening outside of race time. The ABC is also screening the Gruen Sweat, a four-part special it will look at advertising around the Olympics programming. But amidst all the races and official programming and off-shoot programs there is something else that is bound to give us a dose of laughs worthy of a gold medal…or at least a bronze. Dom and Adrian from YouTube’s Bondi Hipsters, are headed to the Olympics in search of inspiration for their fashion brand Athleticacaca. After attaining official accreditation, the duo did a shout out for sponsorship back in March to help them pay for the trip over to London and in May it was announced that Google came to the party. The show has been running since 2011 and has garnered a great deal of attention from fans of the ‘totes awesome’ fashion designing pair who live a gluten-free lifestyle in Bondi and enjoy partaying. So imagine the two of them in London, producing their webisodes. With lead up episodes giving us lines like, “all sports people are try hards” and “the Olympsies are the worlds biggest congregation of try hards”, we are bound to get some quality viewing material from the duo, who are played by Chistiaan Van Vuuren and Nick Boshier. Who needs Eddie McGuire when you can have the Bondi Hipsters? Cos remember, just like they are telling the athletes, “you’ll get a gold medal but you’ll never get a daisy chain”. Word.

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TOUR GUIDE GIG OF THE WEEK

THE SMASHING PUMPKINS @ CHALLENGE STADIUM

Having made a splash in Australia with their new album Oceania coming in at #8 on the ARIA chart after it also hit the Top 5 of the Billboard 200 in the US, seminal grunge-rockers The Smashing Pumpkins are in the country to celebrate. The tour kicks off in Perth tonight, Thursday 26 July, and local rockers Sugar Army join them, celebrating their upcoming album Summertime Heavy. The Pumpkins – helmed by everintriguing frontman Billy Corgan – need no introduction, and over a two-decade-plus career have crafted one of the most acclaimed bodies of work in musical history, selling more than 30 million albums and winning multiple Grammy Awards in the process. They will be performing tracks from Oceania alongside selections from a formidable back catalogue that features such classic albums as Mellon Collie & The Infinite Sadness and Siamese Dream. Presented by Street Press Australia, tickets via Ticketmaster.

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HIDDEN TREASURES TEACHER’S FAVOURITES: RICHARD LANE & FRIENDS, THE MORNING NIGHT: JUL 26 FTI

THE BAKERY: 24/07/12

Supporting Ladyhawke at The Bakery on a chilly Tuesday night, the running-red-hot Emperors played a solid set to an appreciative audience. The Perth band are on a winning streak this year, having played the Big Day Out, dropped a critically applauded album, received a heap of j play and earnt the WAMi Award for Most Promising Act. Live, they are intense and loud - classic indie rock. It was a shame the vocals weren’t up higher in the mix, as they tended to get buried under the freight train guitar mashing and drum thrashing. Pip Brown is pretty awkward. Straight up she told the audience she never knows what to say, so she’d better just say nothing. The lady was right – a recurring joke about her potent drink was cringeinducing. She did much better when she grinned at the end of every song and smiled ‘Thank you’, like a kid receiving applause at a school play. Cute and gawky, Brown is more endearing than cool. But as Ladyhawke, Brown is pure cool. Touring on the back of her second album, Anxiety, Brown has quite the collection of radio winners up her sleeve and started out with an early favourite, Back Of The Van. A roomfull of people singing “You set me on fire!” is a

FRONTLASH EYE ON THE SHIRE

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DARK NIGHT

With our thoughts going to all those affected by the Colorado cinema shooting, the light at the end of this darkness is the hope America finally thinks about some decent gun legislation.

ADAMANTIUM SWORDS

We’re not sure if Hugh Jackman telling a press conference that Julia Gillard is handy with a sword was intentional, but we know one back stabee who concurs.

great way to start, and Brown and band kept raising the bar from there. Radio single, Black, White & Blue, was even better live than recorded, the aural equivalent of getting clearer focus on an image in Photoshop. In the hour and a half set there wasn’t one song that sounded like filler, which says a lot for Brown as a songsmith, but also for the energy and freshness imbued in the live performance. Amusingly, despite playing with the force and precision of a beating heart, if the bass player had appeared any more laid-back he may have fallen over. Saving current single, Sunday Drive, for the end, followed by the fantastic Paris Is Burning, Ladyhawke exited the stage, only to pop back a few minutes later declaring, “It wasn’t the end, I was tricking!” For the encore it was a treat to hear Brown’s cover of creepy tune White Rabbit, originally by Jefferson Airplane. Under blue spots and behind a fairylight-wound mic stand, Brown went a little bit Alice on us. My Delirium was saved for the real ending, triggering enthusiastic shouts of “Hey!” from the audience before Ladyhawke left the stage for real this time. Rebekah Barnett

HIDDEN TREASURES BACK TO COOL: KIM SALMON, TIM GORDON, GUNNS, GREYJOY: JUL 27 FTI THE SMASHING PUMPKINS: JUL 26 Challenge Stadium EVEN: AUG 9 Prince Of Wales; AUG 10 Rosemount Hotel; AUG 11 Mojo’s; AUG 12 Indi Bar OWL EYES: AUG 16 Artbar, Art Gallery Of WA + RTRFM RADIOTHON LAUNCH: AUG 18 The Bakery, Ya Ya’s, The Bird, PICA Bar RUFUS: AUG 18 Amplifier; AUG 19 Newport Hotel PASSENGER, THE FALLS: AUG 22 Rosemount Hotel THE LAURELS: AUG 25 Mojo’s THE MEDICS: SEPT 8 Amplifier ROTTOFEST: ANTHONY JESELNIK; TIM FERGUSON; CHRIS FRANKLIN; MEL BUTTLE; DAYNE RATHBONE; NICK CODY; MATT DYKTINSKI; MILLIONS; STILLWATER GIANTS; TOMAS FORD; SONPSILO CIRCUS; SAM PERRY; ANTON FRANC; PATIENT LITTLE SISTER; COW PARADE COW and more: SEP 8 & 9 Rottnest Island 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

BACKLASH

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 MUMFORD & SONS, EDWARD SHARPE & THE MAGNETIC ZEROS, WILLY MASON: OCT 12 & 13 Belvoir Amphitheatre CLARE BOWDITCH: OCT 20 Astor Theatre BASTARDFEST: ASTRIAAL, FUCK…I’M DEAD, DESECRATOR and more: OCT 27 Civic Hotel JOSH PYKE: NOV 8 Artbar, Art Gallery Of WA SOUTHBOUND: BEACH HOUSE, BEST COAST, BOY & BEAR, COOLIO, THE FLAMING LIPS, SBTRKT, THE VACCINES, BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB, FIRST AID KIT, MAXIMO PARK, MILLIONS, HILLTOP HOODS, TOTALLY ENORMOUS EXTINCT DINOSAURS and more TBA: JAN 4 & 5 Sir Stewart Bovell Park, Busselton

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

LANA DEL LAME

50-minute sets, awkward, eager-to-please banter and fluffing lines to her biggest single… We’re not overly dismayed the Del Rey express failed to make the trip west.

DOWN THE ZOO

While we obviously don’t subscribe to the theory that print media is dead, Zoo Weekly’s Search For Australia’s Hottest Asylum Seeker doesn’t help.

JACKSON FAMILY FEUD

The battle between the Jackson family over Michael’s $500m fortune must have him moonwalking in his grave. LANIE LANE PIC BY CC HUA

THE MORNING NIGHT

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ARTY FRIDAYS

INSTANT GRATIFICATION

Friday nights at the Art Gallery Of WA will feature an array of cultural delights from 5.30pm as part of the Artbar series. The fun Friday times continue July 27, where you can enjoy the Manhattan Bar, the Picasso To Warhol exhibition, a Literary Links tour and a live performance from the Allira Wilson Quartet. Head to picassotowarhol. artgallery.wa.gov.au for more info/tickets.

RAISING FUN

A MUSICAL KULCHA

FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS, ARJ BARKER CHALLENGE STADIUM: 18/07/12

Before a sold-out Challenge Stadium got to fly with the Conchords, the expectant crowd took a tour of the ‘Barktic Circle’. Who better to start an evening with Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie than their merchant pal, and Arj Barker showed why he’s a near permanent fixture on the Australian comedy circuit. Hometown mentions get heartier laughs, and Barker didn’t waste the chance to exploit the potential of CAT buses and Dog Swamp. With a nod and a wink at Lady Gaga, Clement and McKenzie entered stage left wearing the first of many outfits. A cardboard box each atop their heads, they launched into club banger, Too Many Dicks (On The Dance Floor), and, briefly, the allseating arrangement seemed shortsighted. We soon settled in to the rhythm of music and banter. Fans of Flight Of The Conchords were wondering how the TV format would translate into live performance. In a nutshell it was a song, sometimes two or three, then a credulous description of the mischief they’d been up to on tour - free muffins from the hotel, being late for rehearsal - you get the picture. Everyone will have a favourite moment from this triumphant show. The piss poor crowd participation in Song For Epileptic Dogs; Barker’s cameos; Jemaine dancing in his socks, thrusting his cordclad Sugalumps at the unfortunates in the front row; the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (Nigel); the cheers that bounced off the ceiling for Hurt Feelings.

Kulcha is proud to host the 2012 ABMUSIC graduation and showcase night, Friday 27 July. Compered by singer/songwriter Ulla Shay, the night will also feature music from Tom Little, Frank Morton, Rebecca Spratt, Maxine Hansen, Kim Batty and Oz Island, celebrating ABMUSIC’s mission to support and nurture Aboriginal musicians in the competitive world of the Australian Music. Tickets via kulcha.com.au.

BASTIAN’S BASEMENT

Five-piece disco-boogie deviants Bastian’s Happy Flight are taking a break from recording their new EP, itself a follow-up to last year’s debut EP01, to make party at a much-loved venue for the group, the Norfolk Basement. Joining them will be dreamy folk-pop rockers The Flower Drums and instrumental indie-rock five-piece Antelope. $8 from 8pm.

It’s been well publicised that the Conchords were coming to Australia “mostly to apologise”. Bros. Most people just send flowers. If they had something to apologise for, it was only their tardiness in hopping the ditch. Come back soon Conchords, we forgive you. Tom Birts

JUGULAR TRAP

The Jugular Collective returns Thursday 26 July to The Fly Trap, and begins with Mai Barnes bringing charm and a keyboard. Following her is a typically diverse line-up, including unhinged noise wonders Furchick, Stuart L Holmes, experimental soundscapers Brown, thrash Lombardo-ravers Instant Gratification, and finally grungey trio FOAM. $5 from 8pm.

NO VANITY HERE

SUPPER TIME

Foodies and arts lovers have declared the City Of Perth’s Winter Supper Club a welcome addition to their calendars and are looking forward to the next and final two instalments at Perth Town Hall on Friday 27 July and 31 August, 5-8pm. Supper Club brings together culinary and artistic delights from talented local creators, to the sounds of contemporary jazz, with alternating sets from some of WA’s best young musos.

The Civic Hotel is a night for the darker side of rock’n’roll with Vanity, No Regrets, Statues, It All Ends Here and Reflections Of Ruin. In their few years of playing shows Vanity have proven that their energetic, abrasive brand of hardcore makes for a live performance not to be missed, and they’ll be ably backed up by some of the scene’s brightest. $10 from 8pm.

UNLEASH THE BEAST

After recently celebrating their sixth birthday by slaying crowds in Melbourne, those damned dirty apes The Devil Rides Out return to one of their favourite locals haunts for the first time in 2012, playing Amplifier Friday 27 July. They’re supported by piledriving three-piece Brutus, blistering new hardcoremetal killing machine Forstora, Human Extinction Project and two-piece feed Goat. $10 from 8pm.

DEVIL OF A TIME

Party people get ready for a night of metal, mayhem, birthdays and booze as Unleashed At The Rocket Room takes over the rockin’ joint Friday 27 July. The four featured acts are death metallers Ininimacy, trashers Cold Fate, tech-deathers Nails Of Imposition and black metallers Advent Sororow. $10 from 8pm.

FOAMING AT THE BEAT

Arguably the sweetest moment though was a delayed punchline to equal The Aristocrats. McKenzie and Clements’s second track of the encore’s trio blew their boring tour stories wide open with the sordid details of piscine/human interfacing on the road. Line of the evening? “We left a hole in your soul / we left a sole in your hole”. Like Shakespeare’s Feste from Twelfth Night, Bret and Jemaine’s gauche personae aren’t quite enough to hide their intelligence. Not just for turning the minutiae of everyday situations into events worthy, and indeed capable, of filling a verse, a song, a gig, a stadium; but in the execution of the tracks themselves. A Conchords live show leaves you in no doubt that the boys can play. Franz Ferdinand pastiche Fuck On The Ceiling and the Bobby Womack-esque What’s Wrong With The World Today are disarmingly, frighteningly good songs - with or without the jokes.

LUCY PEACH

Local three-piece rockers FOAM launch their debut EP Sarpa Salpa at The Beat Nightclub, Friday 27 July, with support from Hunting Huxley, Puck and Energy Commission. Comprised of four songs rich in upper-middle class angst and grungeabilly, the EP was recorded by The Novocaines’ Corey Marriott, and will finally accompany a live set that has worked its noisy way across the belly of the Perth scene.

BIG THINGS

The culmination of two year’s work, the second, self-titled five-track EP from Big Old Bears will be launched at Mojo’s Friday 27 July, supported by from Seams, High Hopes, Rabbit Island/Will Stoker and Peter Bibby, plus a photo exhibit from their photographer Lewis Potts. $10 or 15 with an EP from 8pm. The five-track EP captures a selection of new material and new musical direction.

FAT SHAN MUSIC FUNDRAISER What cause are you raising funds for? Fat Shan Music has been going for over a year now, we have a few releases coming up, so the fundraiser will go towards the promotion and marketing of these releases nationally and internationally. How did this idea/show come about? We helped out with an Anzac Day show at Mojo’s and the vibe was really cool, everyone had the day off so were in good spirits, there was some great music and good food. We thought that with the amount of bands playing it would be great if we could have an interactive vibe rather than just another gig. Who’s playing and why did you select those acts? We have our label posse, Sam Perry, The Flower Drums, Our Man In Berlin and Sean O’Neill. Recent additions to the bookings side of the business, Jacob Diamond, Amanda Merdzan and Blackmilk are also playing. James Teague and The Silent World were unfortunately unable to play. In the beer garden we have some sweet acoustic tunes from friends Gerard Mcartney, Heathcote (Lyndon) Blue, Mulder, Lucy Peach and Rachael Dease. How do people get tickets? Tickets are on the door and are a measly $10 for a full day of entertainment. We’ve also got some cool vintage markets, a cupcake stall, a BBQ and even a second hand video game shop! Is there anything people can do postgig to support the cause? fatshanmusic. com is the best place to keep up to date with all of our events and also purchase any music from our acts. We’re going to be putting on another Fundraiser City Side at The Bird on Sunday 26 August for all of those people that can’t make it down to Freo! WHEN & WHERE: Sunday 29 July, Mojo’s

HOT SHOT

SMASHING SUGAR

Local rockers done-good Sugar Army take opening honours for The Smashing Pumpkins, Thursday 26 July at Challenge Stadium. It comes on the back of a recent east coast tour celebrating the single Hooks For Hands, the first single from their upcoming, and highly anticipated album, Summertime Heavy, due later in the year.

JILL BIRT

BRAVO BRAVO

Busy of late recording their debut self-titled CD with Al Smith at Bergerk Studios, Castle Bravo are pleased to announce the launch of their seven-track CD, taking place Friday 27 July at The Den (Civic Hotel), supported by Burning Fiction, Silver Lizard, Blindspot and Amend. $10 from 8pm, and their CD can be purchased on the night. 28 • THE DRUM MEDIA

TREASURE TIME

This year Hidden Treasures goes old school, taking over the old Fremantle Boys’ School building, better known as FTI. This weekend it’s Teacher’s Favourites (Thursday 26 July) and Back To Cool (Friday 27). The former features Jill Birt & Alsy McDonald, Richard Lane & Friends and The Morning Night, while the latter ends the series in style with Kim Salmon, Tim Gordon, Gunns and Greyjoy. Presented by Drum Media, entry is $10 and $20 respectively.

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VAGRANT VICES

KIM SALMON

HOT LOCAL GIG SPOTLIGHT

A travelling gig series, a pop-up club-night with no fixed abode, an open-source platform for eclectic and experimental Australian music… Vagrant hits Perth Friday 27 and Saturday 28 July at Galleria, East Perth and Dada Records respectively. The first show features Queensland’s Per Purpose and Victoria’s Terrible Truths and Rites Wild; while the second hosts Per Purpose and Terrible Truths, with Gunns and HamJam supporting. Both $10.

THE SURE-FIRE MIDNIGHTS

WAM UPDATE SUGARPUSS IN AMPFEST MODE

THERE GOES OUR HERO

THIS IS HOW WE ROCK! Event coordinator Morgan Wildchild rolls out the details for Perth Roller Derby’s fourth birthday celebrations. Who’s playing your event and who should punters be most excited about seeing? The Disintegrates, Loose Lips and The Sure-Fire Midnights. Personally, I’m excited to see all three acts, but Loose Lips carry some serious cred in Perth and our headliners, The Sure-Fire Midnights, are an all-female rock group, so that resonates with us roller derby girls! All three bands have great write ups on triple j Unearthed so it’s sure to be a great night of live music. What gave you the idea/theme for this show? This is Perth Roller Derby’s annual birthday celebration and we do something different each year. Last year was a vintage cocktail party with a DJ, so this year we wanted to get in touch with our rock ’n’ roll roots. Punters are used to seeing us roll so this event will be a chance to rock with us. What does your gig offer that others don’t? Multiple acts on stage, half the crowd dressed in crazy roller derby attire and face paint, give-aways and probably some arm wrestling on the bar. You never really know what’s going to happen around the PRD gang! They’re a crazy bunch of party animals. What made you pick this venue/s? Amplifier Bar is one of Perth’s top venues for live music events — we got really lucky and were able to secure it for the evening. It has a great vibe, the staff really know what they’re doing and the capacity is 500 people so it’s perfect for this type of event. What’s next for your band/promo company? This event is not only a chance for PRD to celebrate the league’s inception, but all money made from ticket sales will help our travel team get to Brisbane at the end of August to compete against the Brisbane City Rollers. Later in the year we have our home team grand final, followed by another interstate game against Victorian Roller Derby’s Queen Bees in November. Perth fans can come to see our home teams, The Bloody Sundaes and Mistresses of Mayhem, compete for the top spot in our home team grand final in September at Herb Graham Rec Centre, Mirrabooka. Check out our Facebook page (Perth Roller Derby) for information. WHEN & WHERE: Saturday 28 July, Amplifier

THE BIG FISH

The High Priest Of Punk returns to the west when Kim Salmon is joined by a full rockin’ band, back to make wild winter audio love with WA fans. Grunge progenitor Salmon is joined Saturday 28 July at The Bakery by awesome locals Sonpsilo Circus, Usurper Of Modern Medicine and Blackmilk, after playing Hidden Treasures at Fremantle’s FTI building, Friday 27. $20 plus BF via Now Baking.

ROCK STOKE

After a recent break from the live scene, Will Stoker & The Embers are on the comeback trail. Beginning Thursday 26 July you can catch them along with Stereo Flower and High Horse for a Special Gun Fever showcase, free at Mustang Bar. Then Saturday 28 it’s down to The Fly Trap where they’re joined by Lucille, Blazin’ Entrails and Paul McCarthy. $15 via flybynight.org.

INNER EARS

Hailing from Sydney, For Our Hero’s highly anticipated first full-length record Strange Days rocketed to number two on the iTunes rock charts and earned a number three spot on Australia’s Independent AIR Charts. Having already toured with well known national and international artists, they play the Rosemount Hotel, Thursday 26 July and YMCA HQ Friday 27. Tickets via Moshtix.

FRESH BLAST

The 10-legged beast that is Karnivool has arisen from its slumbers, announcing the Melodias Frescas tour this June/July. Translating to ‘Fresh Tunes’, the tour will reveal some of the band’s new material, which has been agonised over in Perth over the past year. They play with guests Redcoats and sleepmakeswaves Friday 27, Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 July to play Rosemount Hotel, tickets via Heatseeker and the usuals.

RUSSIAN ROYALE

Saturday 28 July indie-rockers Russian Winters will emerge from the jam room where they’ve been busy writing for album number two to play Hyde Park Hotel, previewing some new tunes they’ve been working on since last year’s debut full-length, Last Battles. They’re supportring Broken Royale’s film clip launch, along with The Love Junkies and Zara Huts.

Sundays are set to tell a different story in Perth as Geisha Nightclub’s quadraphonic soundsystem shall be used for the raw sound that is niche styles of live music. The night is called Innerspace, and so far has played host to an eclectic group of great local acts, continuing Sunday 29 July with Black Birds, Tired Lion, Lanark and Split Cities, plus DJ Unknown Treasures. $8 from 8pm.

CONTEMPORARY MUSIC INDUSTRY NEWS WITH KRIS DIMITROFF. WAM SONG OF THE YEAR Entries close on Monday 30 July. Song Of The Year is an annual, original WA songwriting competition, offering over $30,000 in prizes. WAM invites submission of original recordings to enter 16 genres and special categories. The winner of each category also goes in the running for the grand prize. Head to wam.asn.au/songoftheyear for more. AMPFEST HEATS UP After receiving a record 79 AmpFest applications, the top 15 have been selected to perform across three heats in August. Heat One is Friday 3 August at St Oswald’s Church in Swanbourne and features Bears & Dolls, Nosey Parker, Avie Brown, Jessica Morhall and Lillium Stargazer. The Final Showcase is on Friday 7 September at the Regal Theatre and finalists will share in over $15,000 worth of prizes. All AmpFest events are free entry and all-ages. Head to ampfest.com.au for more. WORK AT WAM WAM is seeking a new Marketing and Communications Officer. Applications are open until Monday 14 August. Details of the role can be found at wam.asn.au/Opportunities/WorkWAM

GRAND WESTERN SUNS

Psych-blues-rockers Grand Suns are emerging from some sort of slumber to warm up the Swan Basement Saturday 28 July. Joining in evening’s shenanigans will be hard hitters Cavefire Cinema, new act Reign and James Andrew Miitel from Head Full Of Steam in solo mode. $8 from 8pm.

HYDE & SEEK

The Hyde Park Hotel has another packed weekend instore, starting Thursday 26 July with weekly student/indie night Thursty. Free from 8pm. Friday 27 Needles Douglas launch their new CD for $10 from 8pm, supported by Dam Few, Living Dying and Stu & Haydn. And Saturday 28 it’s Broken Royale launching their new clip, supported by Russian Winters, The Love Junkies and Zara Huts. $8 from 8pm.

MAKEWAVES WHILE THE SUN SHINES With their July tour supporting Karnivool now sold out, Sydney’s sleepmakeswaves head over to Perth a day early to join Rosetta and Nuclear Summer for a special appearance at Fat Shan Records, Friday 26. $20 plus BF via Heatseeker. Sleepmakewaves also head support Karnivool the following three nights at Rosemount Hotel.

KINGS OF SOUND

Saturday 28 July at Ya Ya’s The Tyto Kings are finally releasing their debut EP We Are Tytos!. They will be performing with a drummer for the first time and be alongside three other cracking acoustic acts in Death & A Cure, Bedouin Sea and Fellow or Foe! The celebrations begin at 8pm for a measly $10.

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SINGLE STORY

Street Press Australia drops Brooke Addamo aka Owl Eyes a line and discovers she’s hooked up with the Stonefield sisters for the Winter Road Trip 2012 to help push respectful relationships. spread a message and educate it. On the actual tour we will really be focused on playing music and making sure everyone is having a great time.

L-R: HOLLY FINDLAY, HANNAH FINDLAY, BROOKE ADDAMO, AMY FINDLAY, SARAH FINDLAY

You’re heading out to some pretty remote areas, how important is it to get the messages from The Line out to smaller communities? It’s really important, smaller communities often get left out and don’t get as much live music so it will be really nice to give back. It is also valuable to actually make a human connection when touching base on topics that The Line deals with because a lot of smaller communities don’t always have as much access to things like the internet and smart phones.

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FAIR TRADE FREO FUNDRAISER What cause are you raising funds for? “If the world’s poorest producers were employed and supported by fair trade principles, they would have enough money to pay for health services, nutritious food and have access to education for their children, clean water and sanitation. Consumers would enjoy the sweet pleasures of coffee, chocolate and much more without the bitter tales of child labour, dangerous working conditions and the environmental devastation linked to so many global industries. Fair trade is a hand up, not a hand out. It is based on equitable business transactions of marketable products that enable producers to work their way out of poverty.” – Fair Trade Freo mission statement. How did this idea/show come about? “Music is the Universal language of mankind” – Henry Longfellow. As a human rights student I decided I wanted to launch a project to give back before I can pursue that in a career. I love music and I see it as a force which brings people together. My concept is based around the idea that every small contribution counts; that not everyone has to dedicate their lives to humanitarian work to be part of the movements, which move towards the realisation of every person’s human rights. Fremantle is my hometown so I really want to see it become a place that embodies things like fair trade. This is why I chose to connect myself to Fair Trade Freo. Shona Hunter and Antonia Taylor, the co convenors of the group, have been truly inspirational in starting up the movement and have already done so much to help. Who’s playing and why did you select those acts? The musicians are Elliot Beaver, Jasmin Campos, The Lucky Numbers and Geronimo. They were chosen because they are Freo locals and were more than willing to donate their time and energy to the event. Throughout the organising process they have been awesome. They’re not just committing to playing on the night but have given everything they can to help get the project off the ground. How do people get tickets? There is an $8 door charge. Is there anything people can do post-gig to support the cause? If people would like to help we are looking for donations for the raffle. So far we’ve had a couple of pieces of art donated and would love anything else that would make a wicked prize. Because of the nature of the cause, if relevant, we would prefer that the donations followed fair trade principles. WHEN & WHERE: Tuesday 31 July, Mojo’s

First up can you tell us a bit about how you came to be involved with The Line; what drew you to becoming involved in the first place? The Line campaign approached me and after doing some research I was really keen to be involved. I think it’s a great organisation, not only for it’s message of respect, but in the way it goes about delivering it. It’s widely aimed at the youth and uses outlets such as the internet and smart phone apps to connect. I like how it doesn’t preach or press issues it just informs and educates in a non-threatening way and I am really proud to be apart of it. You’re heading on tour with the girls from Stonefield, have you seen them/played with them before, and what are you looking forward to about hitting the road with the talented youngsters? I have! They are great and their live show is brilliant. Stonefield and I are label friends already but I am really looking forward to heading out on a tour with so many girls involved, I feel lot’s of girl power vibes coming on!

Focusing on Owl Eyes a little more, you’ve got your debut album coming out this year right? How’s it going and how long have you been working on it? Yes I do and I am really looking forward to releasing it. I have been thinking about it since late last year and had a few songs and ideas pencilled down but it hasn’t been until the last two months that I have actually had a solid chunk of time to solely dedicate to making my album. I have all the songs ready now I am just in production stage and I hope to have it out early October. And you’re back in WA for The Line tour, but also to play as part of the Artbar series… Besides music of course, are you into any other kinds of arts? I used to be really big into musical theatre and drama when I was in school, being involved in all the school productions. I also used to draw a lot. I definitely use the creative side of my brain more but those things kind of got pushed a side when I became heavily in to music. And what can fans expect from your Artbar performance, will you be previewing any album tracks? I have a whole new album worth of songs so I will be testing out a few new songs and ideas, which is really exciting for me, it also makes me a bit nervous too! WHO: Owl Eyes and Stonefield

Will there be any live collaborations or any surprises instore for your shows together? Yes, we have been in talks about putting on a little surprise for the audience but that is obviously top secret.

WHAT: Winter Road Trip 2012

What will you guys be doing on tour to spread The Line’s message? Well we have been talking about it a lot and I feel that is the best way to

I LOVE FRIDAYS

Celebrating a year of chilled parties this Friday 27 July, Friday I’m In Love 14 will feature a headline set from none other than Felicity Groom. Previously hosting acts such as Ben Witt, Sean Pollard, Timothy Nelson and Cam Avery, it’s the perfect setting for an intimate show for the wonderful Groom, supported by Davey Craddock and Run Fox Run. $10 from 8pm.

WHEN & WHERE: Thursday 16 August, Art Gallery Of WA (Owl Eyes only); Thursday 16, Newport Hotel (Stonefield only); Friday 17, Settlers Tavern, Margaret River; Saturday 18, Studio 146, Albany

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Releasing their latest single World Inside My Head this weekend, Further Earth’s vocalist Ryan Carson gives us the story of the single. When and where did you write the song? With World Inside My Head I actually came up with the melody of the song first when I was traveling through Europe, I was near the highest point in Europe in Switzerland in a really awe inspiring place and the melody and lyrics just came to me. When I returned home we worked on the music for the song, it was the first song for the band that has come like that, melody first, music second. What is the song about? This song is an extremely special song for me personally; the song is my way of healing and is a snapshot of a difficult, life changing time in my life. The basic premise of the song is the difference between that powerful self-generated world we create and actual reality. That world we create can bring both; escapism to a beautiful place, but also can trap you in darkness; it can be both idealistic and unrealistic. But like with anything you have to hear it for yourself. Type of sound? That’s always a really tough question for me. I would say it’s a vocally driven song that breaks into big hopeful choruses. To me it sounds like sitting in a dark room alone then breaking open the curtains letting the sunlight in, it’s that realisation of hope, that empowering feeling. The release sounds more organic and natural to our EP, we approached it as a rock‘n’roll recording and concentrated on vibe and feel over anything else, it wasn’t about being perfect, it was about being honest with ourselves. My personal inspirations would be Silverchair and Placebo to name a few. I like extravagant performers/writers that aren’t afraid to be bold and different, I really love authenticity and honesty in music.

Strap on those dancing shoes, jingle those spurs and get ready to dance the night away to the strains of the intoxicating musical collaboration between Random Act and The Urban Cowboy, Sunday 29 July at the Ellington Jazz Club from 6pm. Brightening Sundays with their eclectic mix of funk, soul, rock and jazz, Random Act add a dash of Southern style with Rod Grljusich from Urban Cowboy Band.

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Inspirations?

SOUTHERN SUNDAYS

After a bit of a break from live shows, Saviour are back, headlining their first show at the new C5 Bar (upstairs Metropolis Fremantle), supported by Brooklyn and Graveyard. Savious have built quite the following with their energetic and angst driven style that combines the heaviness of Parkway Drive with the emotion of Carpathian and dark melodic sensibilities of The Ghost Inside. $10 from 8pm.

FURTHER EARTH

Where and when was it recorded? It was recorded a couple of months ago with Tokyo based Canadian rock producer Alan Brey (The Dirty Secrets, The Love Junkies, Novocaines) at Ampersonic studios Leederville. What’s next for your band? Well we have just finished recording our next release after this one so we like to keep busy. We plan to be touring heavily and releasing a lot of new music. We are working towards our debut album at the moment which we hope to record in Norway. This year will be full of playing shows, writing and releasing new stuff! WHO: Further Earth WHAT: World Inside My Head (MGM/Independent)

SAVIOUR

WHEN & WHERE: Thursday 26 July, The Prince Of Wales; Saturday 4 August, The Rosemount Hotel


FEEDBACK Van Halen-esque guitar solos played on rotation by the different guitarists. It was nice to see a group so in tune with each other, with everybody sharing the spotlight. With an almost biblical theme consistent throughout the set, lyrics dealt with the end of the world, creation, the universe and god. The middle act racked up the biggest audience, drawing people away from the cancer area. The final band of the evening, Atacama Giants, produced a solid set despite a few technical hiccups. The band approached the stage with a shy demeanour, but once they began playing all hell broke loose. Screaming vocals and heavy drums meant that sometimes the guitar was lost in the mix, but the cacophony created by the band was definitely solid and unique. So unique, however, that perhaps it did not quite suit the relaxed atmosphere of The Swan Basement. Still, at the very least, the night offered a musical mystery tour, moving from the funk rock of the psychedelic age to the thrashing and shredding of the ‘80s, and then to the unique post-hardcore sounds of the noughties. Nice.

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RTRFM WINTER MUSIC FEST THE RAILWAY HOTEL, MOJO’S, SWAN HOTEL, NORTH FREMANTLE: 21/07/12

With three venues boasting five stages, Fremantle once again hosted the annual RTRFM Winter Music Festival. Mojo’s was the first to come alive through rockabilly three-piece Blazin’ Entrails. Armed with a sticker-disguised double bass, a Gretsch and a drum kit, they take almost everything you miss about old school rock‘n’roll and infuse it with killer guitar solos and finger-breaking bass energy somewhere between the Dead Kennedys and The Living End. One of the local acts leading the ‘90s altgrunge revival, Mezzanine were the first act to grace The Railway Hotel stage with a raucous set bestowed upon a healthy early crowd. The four-piece ensured the venue’s loud aesthetic was used in their favour with a great set that showed no signs of eight o’clock ambivalence. Swiftly departing to a near full Swan Hotel and seasoned vets Dilip ‘n The Davs turned the up the party with a sweaty set of reggae roots and unmistakable funk. Turning out party covers of the seminal Monkey Man alongside their own tunes, the d-floor couldn’t help but shake to the sexy sax and guitar solos a plenty. As the band’s rogue bassist made use of his wireless, strutting through the crowd and onto the bar, moments of hedonistic indulgence were unavoidable. Heading up stairs, and as their name suggests, The Flower Drums provided variety and knew how to excite. Despite tonight’s vocals forced to hide amongst the strong instrumental combinations, their classic-rock, rag-doll sound had a great feel, making for a very fun live band. Back down stairs at the Swan, Ensemble Formidable eased into a set of ragtime bigband funk that had a now full room sweating along with them. An interesting and enjoyable proposition, unfortunately the sincere and socially conscious messages behind each song got diminished to gimmicks through the patronizing frontman’s antics. Racing back to The Railway in

time to catch Usurper Of Modern Medicine’s set proved a great move as the three-piece pulled off one of the best sets this scribe has seen hem play. Walking the tight rope of live loops as good as ever, the loud cacophony of excess was absolutely spot on. Easing their way into an explosive set, back at the Swan, The Weapon Is Sound filled the basement with deep, hypnotising beats of psychedelic-dub filled reggae. The growling sounds of the sax and trumpet brought the stage to life, with thick sexy bass riffs, soul-fusing abundant keys, crisp inventive drumming and almost spooky guitar riffs of the eight-piece equating to some splendid, pulsating tunes. Back to The Railway and Felicity Groom (with the obligatory Tame Impala fill-in) closed out a house-party vibe with a set hampered by minor sound issues, though ones that only proved quality songwriting will always shine through. On the topic of quality songwriting, Rocket To Memphis at Mojo’s gave another clinic. The dark, voodoo-swampabilly act honouring the quiff-filled, full audience with plenty of swagger and some sultry, zombie-faced on-stage dancers that perfectly personified the variety and necessity of the evening’s hosts, RTRFM. Luke Butcher & Jayde Ferguson

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SWAN BASEMENT, NORTH FREMANTLE: 22/07/12 A variety of tunes were heard on a chilly Sunday night as another round of Gignition kicked off at The Swan Basement. First up were the funk rock stylings of Dadadam, purveyors of a distinctly ‘60s vibe. The three-piece seemed right at home in the underground setting, but unfortunately the audience was rather limited throughout the entire set, and as a result crowd/band interaction was at a low. Playing songs such as Lead Into Gold and Brave New World, the band achieved a very Hendrix/ Clapton sound, with fuzzed-out guitars, vocal delays and infectious grooves. Next to grace the sticky stage floors were Nakedflame. With much more of a punk rock feeling, the six-piece made use of impressive guitar solos and frenzied drums to recreate the thrash punk rock feel of the 1980s. This time travel was also assisted by some incredible

A night dedicated to playing the songs of Radiohead is a place, it is to be hoped, where expectation meets an open mind. First to hit the stage was The Disappointed, a rock four-piece bringing their genre-style to the stage. Definitely punching outside of their comfort zone, they shared the load well, such as when the high vocals certain members couldn’t hit others smoothly slid in. This came together as they absolutely nailed 15-Step. The worst thing about the next band, Sugarpuss, was their lack of crowd interaction. However, with larger than life versions fuelled predominately by excellent drum and bass work, they warmed the crowd nicely. A stroke of genius is to be admitted with the addition of brass horns for a rendition of The National Anthem.

constraints of a festival and confident playing their first ever WA show. First though, The Love Junkies got the crowd amped up with a dose of fuzzed-out rock’n’roll. The local trio kicked things off with new songs Heads Down and Oxymoron, the latter featuring a great riff and an instantly catchy chorus that will hopefully make it a contender for their next single. On set highlight Dirty Lover, Mitch, McDonald let loose with some killer guitar work that got a huge response. As much as it was great to hear the new songs live, and it will be even better when we can hear the whole album. Taking to the stage a short while later, Band Of Skulls opened with Sweet Sour, Russell Marsden and Emma Richardson’s howling vocals locking straight in with Matt Hayward’s simple, yet effective drumming. Fires showcased the band’s beautiful weaving harmonies, which were far more effective with the more subdued instrumentation. Similarly they did a great version of Cold Fame. As much as everyone seemed to enjoy the more all-out rock’n’roll tracks from Sweet Sour, it was the softer, more dynamic songs from Baby Darling Doll Face Honey that arguably drew a bigger response. That being said, The Devil Takes Care Of His Own and You’re Not Pretty But You Got It Goin’ On sounded great live, the latter featuring a blistering echo-laden solo by Marsden and thunderous John Bonham-esque drumming by Hayward. By set closer Impossible, more and more of the audience packed out the front of the stage, culminating in two punters jumping up and trying to stage-dive off of the knee-high stage. Given the band’s improvement since their first visit, this was the only thing that might have been better left to the festivals. Scott Aitken BAND OF SKULLS BY ELENA MARCON

If it weren’t for the headliner, The Love Junkies would be my favourite of the night. Constantly oscillating between being a three- and four-piece, crazy riffs abounded as their sound became grizzlier as the set unfloded. The vocalist also made his mark by favouring a rougher snap on songs such as Reckoner, wherein the original is particularly high and clean. Next, an abridged set of just three songs by Stillwater Giants led to the acoustic numbers of the night, handling the revered High and Dry by including Spanish-style guitar playing, which worked well against the rhythm. Tomas Ford, as always, delights and offends as your own sensibilities dictate. Starting out with programmed rhythms, he showed off a great vocal range not often explored in his usual set. After luring you into the palm of his hand in such a way, a stunningly aborted guitar part led to Ford at his finest, a version of Creep oozing sexual prowess and being all the excuse he needed to caress and finesse the audience. Add in crowd surfing and mass hugs, there’s no finer way to end any night out, let alone this experiment in a cover story. Mike Bowring

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THE BAKERY, NORTHBRIDGE: 22/07/12 Two years ago I was lucky enough to catch Band Of Skulls at Splendour In The Grass, one of their first shows in Australia. Unfortunately they were stuck playing the early morning slot and seemed to be suffering from a combination of nerves and either jetlag or fatigue. This time around this scribe was excited to see them free from the

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After a few years hiatus the DMC Championships have returned to Australia, with the WA leg of the competition juggling its way into The Bakery. Drum catches up with some of the competitors. CHARLIE CHAN

CHARLIE CHAN

Brief background: I’ve been DJing for nine years. Previously battled in DMC 2006/07/08 and IDA 2008 and have supported some big names in electronic dance music, including Zeds Dead, Skrillex and Knife Party to name a few. Dopest deck maestro you’ve ever supported: I really enjoyed playing alongside Californian turntablist DJ Platurn in Melbourne a few years back. Most inspirational DMC set you’ve seen: I-Emerge, 2004. No one has ever brought such raw aggression and a legit battle mentality to a world final like he did. Why is the return of the DMCs in Oz solid news? Given the DJ phenomenon that’s hanging around these days, the return of DMC sheds light on the true origins of DJing in a time when ‘everyone is a DJ’. More exposure to the true roots of DJing can only be a positive thing and will hopefully bring more attention and raise understanding of the artform to a wider audience.

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I’m ’m an MC with a collab album out called Guest Verses on SBX releases with a mixtape album dropping real soon. Dopest deck maestro you’ve ever supported: Warmed up for DJ Qbert this year, he is incredible, but big shout outs to Zeke who could be better! Yeah I said it! Most inspirational DMC set you’ve seen: Plus One, 2001; maaad skills plus he smashed up hip hop and drum’n’bass which is very necessary. DMCs is about skill but your tunes need to bang. Why is the return of the DMCs in Oz solid news? The digital DJing era; Serato etc has opened wide avenues for DJs, the creation process of battle sets allows you to have more fun and control with it. Skills really matter for the heads that know and want to see a club/ venue get smashed up. You scratch like… You’d like to. You juggle like… You’d like to. Most cut, juggled ‘n’ scratched record in your possession? A Tribe Called Quest – Oh My God. Tricks? Maaan, I’m sayin’ nothin’! Believe the cuts will be clean, juggles smart, and tune selection so ill people will be walkin’ out needin’ neck braces. If you win, to the national/ international finals you’ll bring… Defyre! MIDSOLE

Most cut, juggled ‘n’ scratched record in your possession? Heavy Petting Breaks by D-Styles. Tricks you have up your sleeve for the night: You’ll have to wait and see… If you win, to the national/ international finals you’ll bring… The fire!

DEFYRE

Brief background: Been DJing around seven years now, represent SBX the Syllabolix Crew. Also

MIDSOLE

Brief background: Just started over a year ago. I was introduced to turnablism in April of 2011. Sneakerhead/turntablist/ uni student. Dopest deck maestro you’ve ever supported: I’m still new to the game so I haven’t supported anyone yet. I hope to soon! Most inspirational DMC set you’ve seen: DJ Craze, 1998 USA DMC Finals routine. He did everything in that set! It’s also the main reason why I wanted to become a turntablist DJ.

incredibly tight set that kept the crowd on their feet. After that, however, the wind went out the sails a bit. Rooster Police played well, but it was a cold night and a cold building and most of the crowd had gone home to bed by the time they took the stage. Everything went a bit strange and dispirited then, and that’s about where the evening ended. Not the series though – it continues in fine form until this Friday. Get involved.

You scratch like… Haven’t found my scratch doppelganger yet. You juggle like… DJ I-Dee, I think? Most cut, juggled ‘n’ scratched record in your possession? DJ Qbert – Superseal Breaks.

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Tricks? Incorporating my double jointed thumbs into scratching. If you win, to the national/ international finals you’ll bring… My sneakers and my grandma’s chicken adobo (Filipino chicken dish). NELI

NELI

Brief background: More than 15 years honing my trade DJing in the UK and around Australia, currently presenting Mutation on RTRfm on a Monday night, where the mash-up is the king. Dopest deck maestro you’ve ever supported: UK’s finest: Swifty and Audio Q5A. Most inspirational DMC set you’ve seen: 15-year-old A-Trak’s world DMC winning set back in 1997, showed what could be done with lots and lots of practice and plenty of inspiration. Why is the return of the DMCs in Oz solid news? It shows that turntablism here is back on the agenda and that real Aussie DJs still haven’t been superseded by auto-sync and digital fakers.

You juggle like… I’ve been handed eight hot potatoes. Most cut, juggled ‘n’ scratched record in your possession? Run DMC’s Here We Go (Ahh Yeaah!). Tricks? All will be revealed, but rest assured for dope tricks from funk to punk. If you win, to the national/ international finals you’ll bring… The average age of the contestants up by a decade! WHEN & WHERE: Friday 27 July, The Bakery

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You scratch like… I’ve been thrown into a malaria-infested swamp at sundown.

You juggle like… Charlie Chan You scratch like… Charlie Chan

Why is the return of the DMCs in Oz solid news? There hasn’t been a DMC in Aus’ since 2008. Since then, the people have been missing out on a lot of talent and pure madness.

FREMANTLE BOYS’ SCHOOL BUILDING PKA FTI: 19/07/12 The Fremantle Boys’ School building – once inhabited by schoolboys, now inhabited by the FTI (Film and Television Institute) – is this year also providing shelter for the Fremantle Hidden Treasures music series. Thoroughly heritage listed, built more than 150 years ago by convicts, the building is certainly one of Fremantle’s treasures, although whether it’s particularly hidden may be up for debate. The format of the series has undergone a shift in arrangements from last year, when it colonised several venues in the West End instead of just one to the North. Regardless, this one venue was utilised in full, with a fire in the courtyard out back, bands in the main hall out front (where the boys of the boys school most likely said their morning mass), and WA Screen Award music videos and various FTI shorts played in the cinema somewhere in the middle. It’s not often you can go to a gig and spend the time between bands in a full cinema watching music videos and short films. The opening night of Hidden Treasures was opened not by electronica four-piece Funilingus as programmed, but by Leure – electronic solo project of Ash Hendriks of Wolves At The Door. Alone onstage, she kicked off slowly with a delicately beautiful, ethereal set. Then, from one, to eight: the stage-filling, room-filling Ensemble Formidable was up next, turning a cold room and into a heated crush in the space of a single song. They’re the sort of band who will have you dancing before you even realise you’re doing it, even if that’s not what you came for. The vibe that they set was then solidly sustained by Armani Consort, a funk and soul five-piece headed by vocalist MC Armani, who together played an

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THE ROSEMOUNT HOTEL: 19/07/12 When a band is in its infant stage playing their second ever show, more often than not, you’ll find the musicians testing the water, hollowed away in some uninspiring sports bar; playing the shameful handful of shows that years down the line will become gospel for those lucky enough to have seen the band cutting its teeth. Simply not doing things in halves, meet local all live d’n’b seven-piece Freqshow, who decided to create the birth of a new live scene on their second outing away from the womb. Ok, so calling it a ‘new scene’ might be a slight embellishment when the curators performed with only one other live d’n’b outfit, but with a couple of DJs in the gaps and an impressively sized midweek crowd flocking into The Rosemount for a rave, clearly they’re onto something! DJ Mash Jungalist Prime dropped fluid and old school jungle vibes before tag teaming with Deflo and MC Design spitting rhymes over solid groove infused basslines. Hosts Freqshow were up first armed with an atmospheric opener allowing them time to find their feet before hitting home hard with their second number; the crowd ecstatically feeding out of their musical palms. With their own audio engineer triggering dub delays and a great light show courtesy of The Rosemount’s Jedi Master Qui Gon Jim, there certainly were moments where you’d be forgiven for forgetting you’re not at a high budget stadium rock show. As such a young band, there were times when the illusion was broken and things felt a little loose around the edges but with a number of shows under their belt, already seeing all the ingredients in front of you, it’s hard not to expect big things from Freqshow! Taking it home on the live front, Pimps Of Sound were also a delight to watch and a relatively new act to the Perth music scene as well. More soul fused and liquid based, Pimps Of Sound built an incredibly large sound around a simple live setup with a Gotye like drummer triggering samples and playing off

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an electronic kit with a charismatic roaming bass player, incredible soul sister vocals and tasty sax lines forming a very effective four piece. Their show was tight, impressive and undoubtedly festival ready; another act that would simple destroy a large stage on a local dance festival bill. Nic Owen

BIG APE: PLASTICIAN, JOKER, SKREAM VILLA: 18/07/12

Rekab broke the ice in style with some sub bass heavy numbers that got some of the early birds up off their feet and on to the dance floor. DYP then took the reins, playing around with bass music of sorts including tracks from the likes of Katy B, 16BIT and Girl Unit. “Welcome. This is Plastician” a distorted robotic voiceover washed over the audience as the set began. Plastician’s low range EQ was in for a real workout: the bass literally had the venue’s walls and floors shaking as much as the people. His marriage of dubstep and grime has proved a real winner, and the night was certainly no exception. A vicious brawl in the club and some over hyped death circles is unfortunately what’s expected these days for the ‘brostep scene’ though, and sadly that’s just what we got for this round of Big Ape. Joker’s most recent LP may be considered a bit of a disappointment, but the set was nothing of this variety. Speedy transitions allowed for an expansive setlist, which included some of his own works, as well an array of others that slotted in nicely including the likes of The Prodigy and Hudson Mohawke.”Up next we got my main nigger Skream” MC Sgt Pokes announced, jumping on stage. Pokes has been amongst the dubstep scene from the beginning, as one of the most recognised MC’s for the genre, and his presence gave another level to Skream’s set. Skream took to the decks and threw up Snoop Dogg’s Who Am I (What’s My Name) that gave a nice curveball for the audience, who responded enthusiastically to a change in the almost exclusive dubstep that had been played during the night. Skream went on to give an unforgiving performance of heavy duty bangers that had the audience dancing in to the early hours of the morning. It really was a treat to have three of dubstep’s greats here together on the one night, and if you were unlucky enough to miss them this time, you got another – surprise chance to witness their bass fitness on Sunday. Big ups to the Big Ape crew! James Hunt

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OG FLAVAS It’s a year since Amy Winehouse’s tragic death from alcohol poisoning. Yet the Byronic soulstress’ profile is higher than ever. Winehouse’s cabbie dad Mitch has published a book, Amy, My Daughter, with proceeds directed to The Amy Winehouse Foundation, which supports young people in crisis. And Winehouse can be heard on Nas’ latest album Life Is Good, the song Cherry Wine a well-kept secret until its leaking. She and Nas were friends (he inspired Me & Me Jones), sharing an acquaintance with producer Salaam Remi. Nas rapped on Like Smoke for 2011’s posthumous album Lioness: Hidden Treasures. In January designer Jean Paul Gaultier (controversially) paid homage to Winehouse, “a true style icon”, in his Parisian couture show. There have been other tributes. Q magazine has Winehouse on August’s cover, with a brilliant CD, Back To Back To Black, featuring acts as unlikely as Saint Etienne reinterpreting her songs. Richard Norris of The Grid handles Rehab with his acid rocking The Time And Space Machine. Also onboard? Aussies The Temper Trap. Alas, the CD isn’t available here for “copyright reasons” (except through eBay!). Happily, Sydney outfit Lo Five are offering the Winehouse-referencing number Heavenly Ho, actually composed in 2010, free at lofive. bandcamp.com. Then Melbourne rare groovers The Bamboos honour Winehouse in Window, sung by Kylie Auldist, on their spectacular new album Medicine Man. Band leader Lance Ferguson wrote

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Window the day after the singer’s passing. Today he regrets that many continue to “focus on the negative aspects of Amy Winehouse’s personal life,” and not her music. “I can’t think of any other vocalist in the last decade who has had a more far-reaching influence – the echoes of her sound can be heard in the voices of a whole generation of singers,” Ferguson tells OG Flavas. “Back To Black is one of the albums of our time. It pretty much changed my life. The song Love Is A Losing Game is quite simply a heartbreaking work of genius.” Soul music casualties haven’t always been commemorated so. The media neglected Aaliyah on the 10th anniversary of her death. However, Timbaland’s quiet storm muse remains massively influential in avant-garde electronica and illwave circles, sampled by Burial,

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James Blake, Drake and The Weeknd. The xx covered Hot Like Fire. Fallen hip hoppers Tupac Shakur and The Notorious BIG have fared better, their gangstadom (and unsolved murders) assuming a mythological glamour. We all forgot that TLC’s zany rapper Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes died a decade ago this past April. Ironically, Winehouse agreed to work with Remi partly because she loved Lopes’ solo The Block Party, for which he’s credited as co-writer. Winehouse’s legacy is great. She made way for a wave of individualist female artists, including Lana del Rey. (Spin’s Charles Aaron aptly described Winehouse as their “Nirvana moment”.) Beyond that, Winehouse led a resurgence in British music. She was responsible for a soul revival as America’s neosoulsters – among them Lauryn Hill

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– withdrew. Winehouse’s biggest beneficiary has gotta be Adele, one ‘nu Amy’ who forged her own identity. Others have had mixed fortunes. Duffy’s career came unstuck, while Rumer seems ambivalent about fame. And Winehouse revolutionised talent show culture. Simon Cowell has his own ‘authentic’ soulstress in Rebecca Ferguson. Even the cred Karise Eden, winner of The Voice Australia, is a bit ‘Amy’, audiences moved by her hard-knock life as a foster kid. (She performed Back... on the show.) Male artists have prospered from Winehouse’s soul revival, too, the folksy Michael Kiwanuka winning the BBC Sound Of 2012 poll. But, again, Winehouse’s own affiliates have been cast in her shadow. The singer’s soulful goddaughter Dionne Bromfield has aired two moderately successful albums on her Lioness Records. Winehouse’s other ex (and sometime Island Records labelmate) Alex Clare issued the Major Lazer-helmed The Lateness Of The Hour last July, only to be dropped – and then score a US hit with Too Close, as heard in a Microsoft ad. Sure, Winehouse had her critics – Katalyst questioned her ‘realness’ as a “white chick who can kind of sing soul”. But would Bobby Womack, an original soul survivor, be releasing a post-dubstep (and ultra-British) comeback in 2012 if not for her? By Cyclone Wehner

MAJOR BASS @ VILLA

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Indie-dance club night Speakeasy has hosted some killer gigs over the year - with last month’s first birthday celebrations with Flume possibly their biggest yet. Not ones to take things easy though, this Friday 27 July sees arguably the largest one artists-wise we’ve seen. Headlining the night is French wonder Yuksek, in the country for Splendour In The Grass, but bringing his live show to the west to rock Villa with his special brand of electro-pop. In addition, he’ll be supported by Melbourne five-piece Clubfeet. That group are celebrating a new split single foreshadowing their sophomore album later this year, while Yuksek last year released his own cracking second album, Living On The Edge Of Time. Tickets are $33 plus VF

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26 JULY - 1 AUG

2012

DANCEFLOOR OF THE WEEK

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A cultural bonanza of Cuban Latin American origins hits Kulcha with some of Perth’s best Latin bands, Son Latino, and Latin Fusion, keeping the dancefloor hot.

NGATI @ MOJO’S Ngati bring their soulful reggae vibes with support from The Weapon Is Sound and DJ Corby.

DAFT PUNK TRIBUTE @ NEWPORT HOTEL

CHAOS IN THE CBD @ THE BIRD

Micah and Tom Drummond spin Daft Punk bang(alt)ers all night long, free from 8pm.

Dimly lit, moody-as-you-like house music from the future, with NZ’s Chaos In The CBD, supported by NiKrIdIk, Oni Ca$h and Clunk. $10 from 8pm.

DESCENT @ VELVET LOUNGE Old school goth tunes from 7pm til midnight with DJs Jessica Kill, Tyranny and Sutekh, plus VJ Dr Vellocet, $100 bar card door prize at 8pm.

SOUL FOOD @ LLAMA BAR Good food and beats with DJs Danny Boi, Charlie Bucket and Klean Kicks, plus Jimmy Lips live on trumpet/percussion.

BEAT LOUNGE @ THE BIRD Local producers showcase their works in front of peers - peeps get 10 mins to rock their beats, from hip hop, RnB, glitch, future soul and everything in between. $5 from 8pm, food from 4.30.

LOUNGEROOM @ LEEDERVILLE HOTEL Live d’n’b from Freqshow, plus 44th Sunset and Turin Robinson, comedians, Tomas Ford in MC mode and more. Free from 8pm.

DJ JAMES DELA CRUZ

Broken Playground, Store DJ, Rane and Think Twice present the return of the International DMC Championships. A selection of some of Perth’s finest decksman battle head to head; the winner being flown to the National Finals held in Melbourne on Saturday 18 August, before the Australian winner is flown to the UK in September to compete in the World Finals. As a special treat former champion and Avalanches DJ James Dela Cruz (pictured) will be performing a showcase set on the night, replacing DJ Kuya who has had to pull out for personal reasons. He’s also joined by WA champions Junior and Zeke for some big-time party vibes. This year’s entrants are allowed their choice of Digital Vinyl System and their own choice of mixer to create their best six minute routine with two turntables. Check our Q&A with the competitors in Members Only on the pages prior, then get down to The Bakery this Friday 27 July, $15 from 8pm til 1am.

LEE COOMBS

ROSEMOUNT HOTEL

Jon Ee gets you ready for the weekend.

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

EAST END BAR Fiveo headlines the The Prestige.

CLAREMONT HOTEL Institution Thursdays featuring DJs Fiveo and James Thorne, plus a DJ comp.

FRIDAY 27/7 ZEUS ROCK

Scenario launches at the Leederville Hotel’s new upstairs bar, featuring DJs Zeus Rock, Klean Kicks and Dannyboi spinning classic hip hop, R&B and neo-soul, plus live art. $15 launch, then $10 every Friday.

Two aging mods Gaz & Janks bring back the classic soul, motown and crossovers to get you movin’ and groovin’. The Lick returns to Shape, with bangin’ bass music. $15 from 10pm.

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FHF @ METRO FREO

Finger Lickin’ favourite alumni, Lee Coombs brings the tech-funk fun, supported by Marty McFly, Ben Mac and Micah. $15 via Boomtick.

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

LLAMA BAR DJs Jim Pearson, Lee Wilson, Neil Viney and Adam Kelly rock the house, plus live act Alex Koresis on percussion.

AMPLIFIER/CAPITOL Jamie Mac & Shannon Fox spin indie/alt classics from midnight at Amps, while Caps satisfies your ‘90s desires with DJs from 11pm. This will be no ordinary night though as it’s the Foxy lady’s last one spinning at Amps, so expect a massive night!

SNOW PARTY @ LIQUID NIGHTCLUB

SCENARIO @ LEEDERVILLE HOTEL (UP)

SOLID GOLD @ FLY BY NIGHT

THE LICK @ SHAPE

Sons Of Rico DJs takes over the decks outside.

THE AVENUE

REPOWER ‘90S PARTY @ BAR 138

DMC WORLD DJ CHAMPS @ THE BAKERY

Angry Buda, Grizzly, DJ BC, Klar$$, Kevvy-T, DJ Janic, Mel Mischief, PK, Trenty-T, Darren, DJ Codeak, Shawn Evans, TJ Thom, DJ Cooky, Abby Donaldson, Jazmyn Hypodermic Ross, Jason Matthew Taylor, Boston Switch and Placebo rock a winter wonderland in Rockingham. $10 from 10pm.

LIVE SESSIONS @ THE MANOR The Live Sessions return with Freo favourites The Amani Consort. $10 from 9.30pm.

PLUSH @ GEISHA From 11pm ‘til late, broken down dirty underground beats. $4 before 12.30am, $8 after.

RHYTHMATISM @ THE BIRD Free entry, mind-massaging rhythms and house party vibes from 8pm with Ben M, Ben Taaffe and guests.

THE AVENUE Claremont’s worst kept secret keeps the Friday night party rocking till the sun comes up with JMC.

SATURDAY 28/7 DJ VISON

Yuksek plays a live set for Speakeasy, supported by Melbourne synth-poppers Clubfeet, and locals Audageous, Paper Planes and Metric DJs. $33 plus BF via Moshtix.

Fundsraiser going towards refitting Bar 138 with an Ecocube to reduce electricity consumption. Take a trip down memory lane with DJ Merqury spinning ‘90s tunes all night long. $18 via rotaractperthrepowerparty. eventbrite.com.

JAPAN 4 @ AMBAR The sounds of DNGRFLD, Bezwun, Dead Easy, Philly Blunt and Tee EL bang into your mind at the home of the underground. $12 before midnight, $15 thereafter.

SEVEN DEADLY SINS @ METRO CITY Dress up as your favourite hero or villain to win prizes and giveaways and enjoy some epic DJ battles going down and much more. $5 before 11pm, $10 before 12am, $15 after.

DEATH DISCO/PURE POP @ CAPITOL/AMPLIFIER Indie-dance bangers from Death Disco DJs, DJ Ryan spinning ‘80s classics upstairs and Eddie Electric indie/classics from midnight in Amps.

Dress in Toga for an Olympic kick-off party featuring DJ Vison

CLUB BAYVIEW Round up your weekend as Fiveo blasts out the Sunday Soundtrack.

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

WEDNESDAY 1/8 DTF @ THE BIRD

DTF presents Versace Python - filth, hip hop and grindin’ with Og Sloth vs. Robihusslin, Delrae, Dragon Rock and guests. Free from 8pm, food in the courtyard from 4.30pm.

WUB WUB @ BOULEVARD TAVERN Northern suburbs party night with DJs and MCs mixing up the best dubstep, drum’n’bass, electro and general bass music from 7pm.

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

BEAUFORT BOP @ DEFECTORS

Ru-Kasu, Ben Jam, Ricky Krstic and Flex bring the deep house till dawn. $6 before 12.30am, $12 after.

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

METRO FREO

BLANK WEDNESDAYS @ SHAPE

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

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.

THE CLAREMONT Jon Ee and Fiveo unleashes crazy party games with awesome prizes.

THE CLINK Az-T shakes the foundations from R’n’B to electro and everything in between.

Dreamy and uplifting live electronic outfit Lilt, soul/R&B songstress Mei Saraswati and Freqshow, an eightpiece live d’n’b outfit. $5 from 6pm.

THE AVENUE Az-T rounds up your Sunday Sesh.

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After massive birthday party vibes last weekend, Big Ape are ruining another Monday with special guest Doorly, no doubt rocking some of his heavy remixes of artists such as Prodigy and Dizzee Rascal. Pre-sales via bigape.com.au.

ELEMENT @ GEISHA

PUNCH @ THE BIRD OLYMPIC TOGA FRAT PARTY @ LEEDERVILLE HOTEL

DOORLY @ SHAPE

A swingin’ new night every week, with live jazz and DJ Anton Maz spinning blues, soul, funk and more, free from 8pm.

SUNDAY 29/7

YUKSEK, CLUBFEET @ VILLA

DOORLY

SANTIAGO DE CUBA @ KULCHA

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Blank Wednesdays fire up downstairs with free pizza all night, drink specials, half-price student entry, sweet DJs and party tunes.

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

UPCOMINGS

JUNGLE SHAKEDOWN @ AMBAR It’s time for a fresh new Jungle Shakedown Friday 3 August, featuring Frantik, Rufkut, Sempy, Devo, Menis and Ekko & Sidetrack bringing back the heyday of Perth jungle tech.

CHET FAKER @ VARIOUS Following a sold-out EP launch tour and a European tour with The Temper Trap, Melbourne electronica artist Chet Faker is taking his pleasing beats around the country in support of new single Love & Feeling, making his WA debut Friday 3 August at The Bakery, supported by Shy Panther and Anton Franc; and Saturday 4 at Mojo’s with Leure and more.

UPCOMINGS DMC WORLD DJ CHAMPIONSHIPS: JAMES DELA CRUZ, JUNIOR: JUL 27 The Bakery SPEAKEASY: YUKSEK, CLUBFEET: JUL 27 Villa LEE COOMBS: JUL 27 Ambar + CHAOS IN THE CBD: JUL 28 The Bird BIG APE: DOORLY: JUL 29 Shape + NEXT HYPE: AUG 3 Geisha DUBSTEP INVASION: GLOVECATS, PHETSTA: AUG 3 Shape THE ONLY, ROB PIX: AUG 3 Villa CHET FAKER: AUG 3 The Bakery; AUG 4 Mojo’s + TOPOLOGY: AUG 4 43 Below VENGEANCE: AUG 4 Ambar GIRL UNIT: AUG 4 The Bakery + KASRA, SABRE: AUG 8 Shape HOME BREW: AUG 9 Amplifier ELL BIV DEVOE, GINUWINE: AUG 9 Astor Theatre JONWAYNE, MONO/ POLY: AUG 11 Mojo’s KENNY KEN, DJ SS, MC SKIBADEE: AUG 11 Villa Nightclub Z-TRIP: AUG 11 The Bakery DREAMLAND: WEAVER, S DEE, RAVINE, AUDIO DAMAGE, KAZUKI, HARDFORZE, HEKTIC, THE SAINT, ULTRA VIOLENCE: AUG 11 Gilkisons HOLY BALM: AUG 11 PICA + J-TRICK, KRAYMER: AUG 17 Ambar HILLTOP HOODS: AUG 17 Challenge Stadium; AUG 18 North West Festival + JODY WISTERNOFF: AUG 17 Geisha RUFUS: AUG 18 Amplifier; AUG 19 Newport Hotel PITBULL, TAIO CRUZ, TIMOMATIC, HAVANA BROWN: AUG 23 Burswood Dome TOM PIPER, TIMMY TRUMPET: AUG 25 Villa THE PHARCYDE, COMPUTER JAY, DJ VICKONE: AUG 25 Capitol LIQUID STRANGER: AUG 31 Shape ILLY: AUG 31 Metropolis Fremantle; SEP 1 Capitol URTHBOY, THE LAST KINECTION: SEP 7 Rosemount Hotel + DRUMSOUND & BASSLINE SMITH, HAMILTON, OPTIC & BTK: SEP 8 Villa ROGER SHAH: SEP 14 Shape OCTAVE ONE: SEP 22 The Bakery EIFFEL 65, N-TRANCE, MR.95: SEP 28 Metropolis Fremantle SIX60: SEP 29 Metro City + FERRY CORSTON, SHOGUN: SEP 30 Villa PARKLIFE: THE PRESETS, JUSTICE, ROBYN, NERO (LIVE), RUSKO, DJ FRESH, BENGA, JACK BEATS, MODESTEP, FLUME, PASSION PIT, TAME IMPALA, CHAIRLIFT, CITIZENS!, ST LUCIA, HERMITUDE and more: OCT 1 Wellington Square

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THURSDAY 26/7

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THU 26 Scott Cameron And More Albany Entertainment Ctr Carlos Cascante Bakes Place Chasing Calee Belgian Beer Cafe Smashing Pumpkins, Sugar Army Challenge Stadium Peter Busher, Simon Goodridge Clancys Fremantle Courtney Murphy Como Hotel Rosetta, Nuclear Summer Fat Shan Records Jugular: Furchick, Stuart L Holmes, Brown, Instz Gratz, Foam Fly By Night Fremantle Richard Lane, Jill Birt, Alsy Macdonald, The Morning Night, The Phonetics, The Shalalees FTI Velociraptor Great Northern Hotel Chris Murphy High Wycombe Hotel LIXY Hyde Park Hotel James Wilson Lucky Shag Double Take Merriwa Tavern The Tea Party Metro City Axe Girl Mojos Nth Fremantle Gun Fever Showcase: Will Stoker, The Embers, Stereo Flower, High Horse Mustang Bar Dr Bogus Paddy Hannans Burswood Further Earth Prince of Wales Bunbury Greenthief Rocket Room For Our Hero, The Main Attraction, A Sleepless Melody, Masketta Fall, Emberville Rosemount Hotel Clayton Bolger, Bill Chidgzey Rosie O’Gradys Fremantle Fenton Wilde Sovereign Arms Keegan Ross, Ben Wilson, Mr Bojangles Swan Lounge Empire The Aviary Beat Lounge The Bird Jen de Ness The Boat Zarm, DJ Coconut Funksta, Jamaican Mc Flex The Deen The Mojos The Gate Bar and Bistro, Success

Mod Squad, Tip Top Sound Bailey Bar & Bistro

Munk Settlers Tavern

Dave Ellis, Bakes Place, Christian Thompson Bally’s Bar

Steel Magnolias Stage Left

Higher Fyah Bar Orient Fremantle Everlong Acoustic Belmont Tavern Everlong Black Bettys Nat Ripepi Broken Hill Hotel Saviour, Graveyards, Brooklyn, Surroundings C5 Scott - E Canning District Social Club Aftershock Castle Hotel York The Gare Family Band, Simon Kelly Clancys Fremantle Ryan Dillon Como Hotel Marco & The Ally Cats, The Waltones Devilles Pad Ron & Cass Dudley Park Bowling Club Gaz & Janks Fly By Night Fremantle Kim Salmon, Tim Gordon, Gunns, Greyjoy FTI Chain Reaction Hale Rd Tavern The Damien Cripps Band High Road Htl Riverton Needles Douglas, Dam Few, Living Dying, Stu & Hayden Hyde Park Hotel Vdelli Indi Bar Easy Company Kingsley Tavern John Sandosham Leapfrogs Cafe Wanneroo The Organ Grinders Legends Bar Jim Pearson, Lee Wilson, Neil Viney, Adam Kelly, Alex Koresis Llama Bar Purple Haze Mandurah Bowling Club Big Old Bears, Seams, High Hopes, Rabbit Island, Will Stoker, Peter Bibby Mojos Nth Fremantle Harry Deluxe, Swing Fiesta With The Darling Buds of May, Cheeky Monkeys, DJ James MacArthur Mustang Bar

Matt Milford The Eastern The Glyn McDonald Trio, Nerissa Campbell, Elise Lynelle The Ellington Jazz Club The Flames The Lynwood Nightmoves Universal Bar The Whores, Those Wretched Horses, The Wine Dark Sea Velvet Lounge Ivan Ribic Victoria Park Hotel Yuksek, Clubfeet Villa Nightclub Clayton Bolger Wanneroo Tavern

Kizzy, Gravity Newport Hotel Bastian’s Happy Flight, The Flower Drums, Antelope Norfolk Basement 2che Osborne Park Htl Reapers Riddle, Left To Die, Septillion, Acrimony Railway Hotel Hells Bells Ravenswood Htl Kickstart Rocket Room Indiana Rocky Country Music Club Karnivool, Sleepmakeswaves, Redcoats Rosemount Hotel Boom! Bap! Pow! Settlers Tavern Wicked Wench, The Witch Hunt, Hundred Acre Wood Swan Lounge Chaos In The CBD The Bird

U2ME Woodbridge Htl

Keith McDonald The Burrendah

Two Plus One, Switch Woodvale Tavern

Stratosfunk The Ellington Jazz Club

Cut The Mustard Xwray Café Marksman, Empty, Odette Mercy (solo), FG Ya Ya’s

Victoria Newton, Nerissa Campbell, Ben Falle The Ellington Jazz Club

For Our Hero YMCA HQ Mirasol & Vaughan York Hotel

SAT 28 Kim Salmon, Sonpsilo Circus Bakery Northbridge Mark Dufrense Bakes Place J Babies Black Bettys Switch Burswood Entertainment Complex Loaded Dice Charles Htl Stunning In Red, Patient Little sister, Alex Elbery Clancys Fremantle The Zydeacts, Dj John Ee Claremont Hotel

Peter Busher & The Lone Rangers Mustang Bar The Shallows Newport Hotel Tim Nelson, The Shallows, Room At The Reservoir, Atticus Finch Newport Hotel Kevin Conway Pink Duck Lounge Karnivool, Sleepmakeswaves, Redcoats Rosemount Hotel Jonathon Dempsey Rosie O’Gradys Fremantle Lightning Jack Settlers Tavern Libby Hammer Subiaco Arts Centre Caroline J Dale, Ned Wishart, Riley Pearce, Basement Sea Swan Lounge Lilt, Mei Saraswati, Freqshow The Bird Jeremy Greig The Bohdi Tree Retriofit Universal Bar Neil Colliss Vic Park Htl

The Mustangs The Lynwood

Charisma Brothers Jazz, Click Brown Fox Xwray Café

Alister Spence Trio The Maj Roseen Pearce Wanneroo Tavern Bryan Dalton Xwray Café The Tyto Kings, Bedouin Sea, Fellow Or Foe Ya Ya’s Saviour, Graveyards, Brooklyn, Dropbears, Averia Skies YMCA HQ

SUN 29

MON 30 Wide Open Mic Mojos Nth Fremantle Plastic Max The Deen A Saucy Little Secret The Ellington Jazz Club

TUE 31 The Two Daves, Diamond Dave & the Doodaddies, Road Masters Charles Htl

Good Karma 7th Avenue Bar Peral Django Bakes Place

Beaver, Jasmin, Campos, The Lucky Numbers, Geronimo Mojos Nth Fremantle

Debbie & The Dennie Dennies Devilles Pad

déjà vu Canning District Social Club

The Zodiacs Osborne Park Bowling Club

Ben Merito Elmars Shanks Pony Fenians Pub

The Shinkickers Carlise Htl

The Yesberger Band Bakes Place

The Zydecats Clancys Fremantle

Mark Gardner, Jae Laffer, Sean Pollard Fly By Night Fremantle

Nearly Famous Peppers Bar & Lounge

Paul McCarthy, Kerry Fletcher, Yiannos McStarvos, Darren Guthrie Ya Ya’s

Allira Wilson Performing Arts Academy

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Castle Bravo, Burning Fiction, Silver Lizard, Blindspot, Amend The Den

The Rusty Pinto Combo with Rockabilly DJ, Milhouse, DJ James MacArthur Mustang Bar

Tod Johnston & Peace Love Burswood Entertainment Complex

Off the Record Universal Bar

The Devil Rides Out, Brutus, Forstora, GOAT Amplifier

Deuce The Boat The Clink

The Rough Housers Mundaring Weir Htl

Fat Shan Fundraiser: The Flower Drums, Our Man In Berlin, Sean O’Neill, The Silent World, Heathcote Blue, Lucy Peach, Rachael Dease, Blackmilk, Jacob Diamond, Sam Perry, Gerard Mcartney, Mulder, Amanda Merdzan Mojos Nth Fremantle Fucking Teeth, Sean O’Neill Moon Cafe

Leighton Keepa Como Hotel

The Healys The Shed

Pop Candy 7th Avenue Bar

Lillian Stargazer, Lucas Jones, Adam Davies, Trojan John & The Living Salvation, Savannah Wood Swan Lounge

Passionworks Morley Ale House

The Gypsie Howls, The Llamas Tide, Misty Mountains, The Insatiables Norfolk Basement

Flyte Paramount Nightclub

FRI 27

Chase The Ace Seven Mile Inn

The Flying Piranhas Princess Road Tavern Dead Set Radio, A Band On Earth, Ichora, Jessika Alyce Lawrence Railway Hotel Advent Sorrow, Nails Of Imposition, Cold Fate, Inanimacy Rocket Room Karnivool, Sleepmakeswaves, Redcoats Rosemount Hotel

Will Stoker & The Embers, Lucille, Blazing Entrails, Paul McCarthy Fly By Night Fremantle Broken Royale, Russian Winters, The Love Junkies, Zara Huts Hyde Park Hotel Ben Merito Indi Bar Blue Shaddy Indi Bar Ivan Ribic Leapfrogs Cafe Wanneroo Indigo Duck Mighty Quinn Tavern Ngati, The Weapon Is Sound Mojos Nth Fremantle

New Trix Freo Workers Club Innerspace: Black Birds, Tired Lion, Split Cities Geisha Two Rivers Blues, Jnr Bowles, Matt Southon Indi Bar Weapons of Mass Satisfaction Indi Bar Watch This Space! Leapfrogs Cafe Wanneroo

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Kenji Indi Bar Celectasia, Mr & Sunbird, Jesse Woodward Mojos Nth Fremantle Sarah Pellicano, Ellen Oosterbaan, Jessica Morhall Moon Cafe The Decline, Silver Lizard, FAIM!, Latch Key Kids, Leeches! Rosemount Hotel Hullabaloo RSL Belmont The Collaboratory The Ellington Jazz Club Paul Burgess Ya Ya’s

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TOUR GUIDE

MILLIONS ROSETTA, NUCLEAR SUMMER, SLEEPMAKESWAVES: JUL 26 Fat Shan Records THE SMASHING PUMPKINS: JUL 26 Challenge Stadium THE TEA PARTY: JUL 26 Metro City FOR OUR HERO: JUL 26 Rosemount Hotel; JUL 27 YMCA HQ CLASS OF ’59 TOUR: JUL 26 Albany Entertainment Centre; JUL 27 Mandurah Performing Arts Centre; JUL 29 Astor Theatre KARNIVOOL, REDCOATS, SLEEPMAKESWAVES: JUL 27-29 Rosemount Hotel + SAVIOUR: JUL 27 C5 (Upstairs Metropolis Fremantle) KIM SALMON: JUL 27 Hidden Treasures Festival, FTI; JUL 28 The Bakery VAGRANT: PER PURPOSE, TERRIBLE TRUTHS, RITES WILD: JUL 27 Galleria, East Perth VAGRANT: PER PURPOSE, TERRIBLE TRUTHS: JUL 28 Dada Records + AVAN YU: JUL 30 Perth Concert Hall MARK GARDENER, JAE LAFFER, SEAN POLLARD: AUG 1 Fly By Night ROY HOWAT: AUG 2 WAAPA CHILDREN COLLIDE, DUNE RATS, BAD DREEMS: AUG 2 Prince Of Wales; AUG 3 & 4 Amplifier RAI THISTLETHWAYTE: AUG 2 Friends Restaurant; AUG 3 Charles Hotel; AUG 4 The Blvd; AUG 5 The Indi Bar MONIQUE MONTEZ, DENI HINES: AUG 2 Bunbury Entertainment Centre; AUG 3 Astor Theatre; AUG 4 Mandurah Performing Arts Centre + MASSACARE: THE BRIDE: AUG 3 Beat Nightclub + RUTH ROSHAN, TANGO NOIR: AUG 3 Kulcha 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; 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

THE TEA PARTY JINJA SAFARI, OPOSSOM, WHITE ARROWS: AUG 8 Astor Theatre TIM BARRY, JOSH SMALL: AUG 8 Civic Den HOME BREW, SKY’HIGH: AUG 9 Amplifier EVEN: AUG 9 Prince Of Wales; AUG 10 Rosemount Hotel; AUG 11 Mojo’s; AUG 12 Indi Bar ICEHOUSE: AUG 10 Astor Theatre 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. + TONI CHILDS: AUG 16 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: AUG 18 Port Hedland Turf Club JAMES MORRISON: AUG 18 Perth Concert Hall RUFUS: AUG 18 Amplifier; AUG 19 Newport Hotel KENNY ROGERS, GLEN CAMPBELL: AUG 21 Riverside Theatre ADAM PAGE: AUG 21 Ellington Jazz Club BURNING LOVE: AUG 22 Civic Den PASSENGER, THE FALLS: AUG 22 Rosemount Hotel ALPINE: AUG 23 Newport Hotel; AUG 24 Prince Of Wales; AUG 25 The Bakery KING SALAMI & HIS CUMBERLAND THREE: AUG 24 Devilles Pad BONNIWELLS: AUG 24 Velvet Lounge; AUG 25 Dada Records; AUG 26 Mojos PSEUDO ECHO: AUG 25 Charles Hotel THE LAURELS: AUG 25 Mojo’s KEITH BARRY: AUG 25 Octagon Theatre MARIA MINERVA: AUG 26 Maylands Yacht Club PENNYWISE, THE MENZINGERS, SHARKS: AUG 29 Metropolis Fremantle

SLASH, MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS: AUG 30 Metro City THE SMITH STREET BAND: AUG 31 Rosemount Hotel TIM HART (BOY & BEAR): AUG 31 Ellington Jazz Club; SEP 1 Newport Hotel + PSYCROPTIC: AUG 31 Amplifier; SEP 1 Eliot St Bar, Bunbury; SEP 2 Newport Hotel 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 + MILLIONS: SEP 7 Amplifier DAMIEN LEITH: SEP 7 Mandurah Performing Arts Centre; SEP 8 Astor Theatre THE MEDICS: SEP 8 Amplifier ROTTOFEST: MILLIONS and more: SEP 8 & 9 Rottnest Island BARRY ADAMSON: SEP 9 Fly By Night DREAM ON DREAMER: SEPT 9 YMCA HQ (2pm); SEP 9 Amplifier JONAH MATRANGA’S ONLINEDRAWING: SEP 12 Amplifier AMERICA, RICK PRICE: 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 + JASON BONHAM’S LED ZEPPELIN EXPERIENCE: SEP 15 Challenge Stadium RICHARD CLAPTON: SEP 15 Astor Theatre 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 MNOZIL BRASS: SEPT 19 Perth Concert Hall WHEATUS, NOVA & THE EXPERIENCE: SEP 20 Metropolis Fremantle GYROSCOPE: SEP 22 Rosemount Hotel HANSON: SEP 22 Metropolis Fremantle 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


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