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NEWS FROM THE FRONT

IN BRIEF WAM Song Of The Year 2012 entries are now open to unpublished WA songwriters of all ages and levels of experience, offering more than $30,000 in prizes. Head to wam.asn.au for more info.

ESKIMO JOE

CELEBRATING WA MUSIC A premium selection of home-grown stars will come together for one day in and around the Perth Concert Hall on Sunday 3 June between midday and 11pm for Celebrate WA’s State Of The Art: A Celebration Of WA Music. In the Concert Hall putting on three major showcases are Drapht and Bitter Belief, Eskimo Joe and Jebediah, and Hoodoo Gurus and Kryptonic. Outside will be transformed into a winter wonderland featuring Abbe May, San Cisco, Sugar Army, Brow Horn Orchestra, Split Seconds, Steve Parkin, Felicity Groom, The Ghost Hotel, Ruby Boots, Sunshine Brothers, Carus, Sonpsilo Circus, The Novocaines, Emperors and Boom! Bap! Pow!. The ALL-AGES festival (with drinking areas) has showcase tickets $20/$25 plus BF (under/over 18s) including access to the outside stages, or $10/$15 plus BF for just the outside stages, all via BOCs.

Kimbra has been awarded the $25,000 Grand Prize for the 2011 International Songwriting Competition, while local champs Jebediah and Eskimo Joe have come first and second in the rock category. Ed Sheeran has sold out his entire first run of Australian and New Zealand headline shows practically in an instant, including his Riverside Theatre show. Also selling out, all Splendour In The Grass festival tickets went in a mere 43 minutes. New album Take Something Beautiful brings together some of Australia’s finest independent talent, including our own Abbe May, to interpret Jesse Younan’s songs in tribute to the artist who died suddenly from acute myeloid leukemia, just days after finishing his critically acclaimed 2008 album, A Good Day For A Migraine.

MF DOOM

METRO RAP CITY Hip hop extravaganza Rap City launched in 2010 with DJ Premier, The Beatnuts and more selling out east coast shows, and two years later Rap City is back, expanding nationally to include our little corner of the world. And this year Rap City welcomes co-founder of the legendary Wu-Tang Clan, Ghostface Killah, joined by rap’s most revered supervillain MF Doom and the “Puerto Rican Rhyme Slayer” Chino XL. Sunday 3 June the show hits Metro City, tickets via Oztix and Moshtix.

As a celebration of collaboration, creativity and the concerto form (but not as we know it), The International Space Time Concerto Competition has a total prize pool of $50,000. Visit spacetimeconcerto.com. Tommy Marth, saxophonist for The Killers and a number of other Las Vegas musical projects, has died in his Las Vegas apartment. Tom Hartney, one of the vocalists, songwriters and multi-instrumentalists in Melbourne pop band Little Red, is leaving the band to focus on new project Major Tom & The Atoms.

METRIC

SYNTH-METRICA While so far not so good as far as Splendour In The Grass sideshows go, finally we have some good news with the announcement that Canadian indie darlings Metric are making the trek west, playing Capitol Wednesday 25 July. The group release their fifth studio album Synthetica on Friday 15 June and guitarist Jimmy Shaw describes it as “the sonic culmination of everything we have done”. Tickets via Handsome Tours, Moshtix and Oztix. YABU BAND

British website musicnews.com reported last week The Smiths were in serious talks about a reunion tour. Johnny Marr quickly took to Facebook to vehemently deny them. Gossip site TMZ are reporting that TLC will tour the United States this year with a film projection of deceased member Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes. It has been reported that Jack White will write, produce and perform the score for The Lone Ranger, the Disney film set for release in May next year.

DEADLY SOUNDS 2009 Most Promising New Act Deadly Award winners Yabu Band release Petrol, Paint And Glue – putting a confronting spotlight on Indigenous youth affected by substance abuse and its impact on Aboriginal communities. Touring this May/June, Yabu Band will be supported by John Bennett from the Bidyadanga community, Kimberly WA, playing Fly By Night Saturday 19 May. Head to voiceproductions.com.au for a full list of the surrounding regional dates. 4 • THE DRUM MEDIA

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Roadrunner Records will reportedly see the closure of a number of offices around the world, resulting in major layoffs. No word yet on the Australian arm of the company. In other label news, Inertia and Hub Artist Services have created HUB The Label. The first two releases will be from Sydney’s Dappled Cities and Winter People.

CRISSY CRISS

CRISSY IN JUNE Drum’n’bass takes over Amplifier on Foundation Day long weekend as Crissy Criss rocks into town for a no-holdsbarred three-hour set. Those who saw CC at Shape last year will know why he is regarded as one of the best and most exciting DJs on the planet and, if you didn’t, this is your chance. The show’s Sunday 3 June, supported by Voltron, Gracie b2b Sistym, Mash b2b Bastian and MCs Armee and Seeka. $25 plus BF via Moshtix.

MAT MCHUGH

BEAUTIFUL GIRL It’s been ten years since the rise of The Beautiful Girls and for Mat McHugh – the man at its heart – he’s seen it all. At the end of each album there has always been the unfaltering support and love of those who have come, watched, listened and danced. After releasing his latest album Love Come Save Me for free, McHugh sets out on his own, playing Mojo’s Saturday 9 June, $30 plus BF via Heatseeker and Moshtix.

BEAT SWITCHER Dave Taylor, aka Switch, aka one half of the Major Lazer powerhouse (alongside Diplo), is set to flick the power supply at Villa into overdrive Saturday 9 June. The UK bass-house maestro has had his hands all over the work of massive names like M.I.A, Santigold and Missy Elliot and there’s no doubt he’s one of the most influential producers in dance music today. He’ll be rocking latest hit I Still Love You and more, supported by JMC, Oli and Ace Basik, $33 plus BF via Moshtix.

GYRO BENEFIT Local rock heroes Gyroscope play their first hometown show for 2012 on Friday 1 June at the Rosemount Hotel, with the show itself acting as a benefit for guitarist Zoran Travic’s cousin Dana Vulin, who two months ago was victim to a horrendous burning crime in Rivervale. Supported by The Scotch Of St. James and Boston & Chevy, tickets are $35 via Oztix, with all proceeds being donated to the Foundation For Dana Vulin.

RIVERSIDE ROGERS Country superstar and contemporary music icon Kenny Rogers brings his band and a truckload of hits to the Riverside Theatre Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre, for one night Tuesday 21 August. The multi-Grammywinning legend is one of music’s most enduring and successful artists. The Gambler himself has recorded more than 65 albums, sold over 120 million and is included on the Top Ten Best Selling Male Artists Of All Time. Tickets via Ticketek from next Monday.

THICKER THAN BLOOD Fans have waited a long time, but finally Miami’s Thick As Blood are heading our way with a brand of hardcore that merges metal elements like crushing riffs with brutally honest lyrics, which has seen them take the hardcore world by storm. Tickets via Oztix today, the group play YMCA, HQ Wednesday 13 June in an ALL-AGES affair, before hitting Oh Snap at Villa the following night, with the latter door sales only.

FAITH IN DUBSTEP JesusDied4Dubstep has heavily promoted artists locally and internationally for two years in both in the underground and established EDM scene and in 2012 they launch JD4D Records. They’re celebrating with a massive label launch Friday 1 June at Shape, featuring South Australia’s F3tch and the ex-local, now Melbourne-living J.Nitrious, plus WA dubstep messiahs Killafoe, J Switch, Get More and Jaydee Fordee. $15 door, or grab a JD4D and get in for free.

DIVAS LIVE Female folk finessers Celtic Divas’ voices drift out of some mystical past being reborn onstage in the present. They bring new album Celtic Divas II to Albany Entertainment Centre Wednesday 20 June; Thursday 21 Bunbury New Lyric Theatre; Friday 22 Mandurah Performing Arts Centre and Saturday 23 Octagon Theatre, UWA, tickets via venues.


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Ulla Shay’s debut album Better Place is due Friday 11 May, and that same day she launches it at Kulcha from 7.30pm, with support from fellow Indigenous artists Stephen Gogos and Bryte MC. Saturday 12 May the Swan View Youth Centre hosts a 15-plus quadruple hip hop album launch, featuring Aftershock, Defekt, Omac and Cynical World launching, with 6.0 Krew and Aero D supporting, $10/$15 door. MAKE THEM SUFFER

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There’s some mighty fine happenings going down right now in WA, and we don’t just mean now having two WA-focused festivals to focus on lovin’ in June... Recently signed to Roadrunner Records, Make Them Suffer are headed on a national tour for new single Widower from forthcoming album Neverbloom, kicking off Saturday 2 June at Amplifier and Sunday 3 at YMCA HQ (ALL-AGES), both with In Hearts Wake. Spiritually courageous bastard-fools of boograss and lead by the swaggering charm of Justin Walshe, The Fancy Brothers finally unleash their debut album on Saturday 19 May at Clancy’s Fremantle, supported by Billy Rogers and The Country Gentlemen. Pride WA is once again hosting the 2012 Glammies & Ball, Saturday 19 May at the All Seasons in Northbridge. Hosted by and featuring Nat Ripeppi and Rose Parker, with ReSound bringing the entertainment, tickets include all the perks (food, drinks etc) via eventbrite.com.au.

Human Xerox is a double album compilation of covers of Rabbit Island’s song My Own Private, and it launches Saturday 12 May with Rabbit Island, Frozen Ocean, Runner, Cow Parade Cow, Candied Limbs and Gunns, $15 from 8pm, CD included. Gates Of Perdition present their debut EP In Times Of Chaos, and they’ve got one mother of a launch happening Friday 18 May at The Rocket Room, supported by All This Filth, Cold Fate and Empires Laid Waste. New-wave indie-rockers Place Of Indigo launch new single Changing Ways at The Bird, Saturday 19 May with Runner and Adam Burford (Laika) supporting, $10 from 8pm. Performing shows with fellow heavy rockers The Poor at the Newman Bike Show Saturday 19 May and the Newport Hotel Sunday 20, Rogue Sharks are set for a big return filled with plenty of rock fury. Returning to The Fly Trap is Monday Night Live, including Michael de Grussa and Mitchell Jeater, plus special guests TBA. Doors 7.30pm, May 21. Jade Diary is holding an intimate and acoustic launch for her new EP Love Thy Will Be Done with a four-piece band Sunday 10 June at The Ellington Jazz Club and special guests Jonathan Brain, Astro and Reilly & Chris.

PERPLEXING BEATS From an eager teen taping turntabilism shows from underground radio, to a DJ of world standing, the last five years have seen DJ Perplex aka Ollie Winter, soar. Since moving to Melbourne he has twice triumphed at the Australian DMC Championship and landed an impressive sixth spot in the prestigious world finals in London in 2008. He plays The Manor Friday 18 May, supported by Charlie Bucket and Klean Kicks, $10.

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Next Hype – 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 – launches with UK rising stars Pariah and Blawan, the hotly hyped forward-thinking beatsters who recently co-launched label Works The Long Nights. Geisha this coming Thursday 10 May sees support from Boy Prince, Midnight Mike and Craig Hollywood. $20 via Moshtix, or to win one of TWO DOUBLE PASSES email giveaways@ drumperth.com.au with the subject line “Next Level”. The release of singer/songwriter Daniel Champagne’s debut album Pint Of Mystery along with hundreds of shows, including in North America, the United Kingdom, Europe and here in his homeland, kept him on the road almost all last year. It continues in 2012 with Real Live, a six-track EP recorded at his live shows, and he launches it here Wednesday 16 May at Mojo’s, and Friday 19 at Ya Ya’s. To win one of TWO DOUBLE PASSES, email giveaways@drumperth. com.au with the subject line “Champagne Pint” and state which show you’d like to attend.

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Of course if free live music is more your tip, during the day of Saturday 2 June it’s the WAMi Festival Saturday Spectacular, featuring a bucket-load of bands in heap of venues, so let’s wrap them up: The Perth Cultural Wetlands Stage hosts Paulie P & Rocksteady, Rocket To Memphis, Sisters Doll, The Morning Night, The Siren Tower, The Tumblers and The Ghost Hotel; Northbridge Piazza – The Autumn Isles, Simon Kelly & The Big Bamboo, Seams, The Brow Horn Orchestra, Runner, James Teague and The Stoops; Ya Ya’s – Tusk, The Community Chest, Colour The Sky, Place Of Indigo, Arts Martial and Umpire; The Mustang Bar – Law Of Attraction, The Coalminers Sect, The Love Junkies, Stoney Joe, The Seals, Sugarpuss and The Novocaines; The Universal Bar – The Gypsie Howls, Littlest Fox, Hang On St Christopher, Benedict Moleta Band, Robbie Jalapeno & The Fabulous Band Of Faceless Bureaucrats, Bastian’s Happy Flight and Scenic; The Court Hotel –Spoonful Of Sugar, Shimmergloom, The Big Old Bears, Boom! Bap! Pow!, Mezzanine, Boys Boys Boys! and Palatial Digs; The Bird – Greyjoy, 44th Sunset, Husband, Kit Pop, Hostile Little Face, Russian Winters and Harlequin League; and finally Brass Monkey – Timothy Nelson, Jason Ayres, Patient Little Sister, Chris Matthews, Joel Barker, Morgan Bain and Junior Bowles. As always, spectacularly large, and spectacularly free!

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WAMTACULAR The WAMi Festival (May 26-June 2) has announced their massive opening, closing and awards ceremony line-ups, plus all the details for the Saturday Spectacular shows. The Opening Party Saturday 26 May at The Bakery features Tomas Ford, Ben Witt (The Chemist), MmHmMm, Cow Parade Cow, Sugarpuss, Rainy Day Women, Felicity Groom and the Cut & Paste Soundsystem. The Awards Ceremony and Closing Party both rock The Bakery Saturday 2 June, with the former featuring WA faves in Eskimo Joe, John Butler & Mama Kin, The Stems and Dom Mariani with Hurricane Fighter Plane. Then wrapping up the festival, the Closing Party features Sonpsilo Circus, The Chemist, Voltaire Twins and San Cisco. Tickets

It seems last week’s cover stars and recent visitors Bluejuice just can’t get enough of our sleepy little town. Already announced as heading back here to play Groovin’ The Moo, Saturday 19 May at Hay Park, Bunbury, they arrive a day early to rock Frat House Friday at Metropolis Fremantle, Friday 18. Supported by the Frat-leaders Death Disco DJs, tickets $15 via Oztix, Moshtix and Heatseeker, more door if available.

Celebrated Grammy Award-winning classic rock band America have harmonised their way to the top of the charts on the strength of their signature song A Horse With No Name, and founding members Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnel return to Ausrtralia, some 42 years into a career spent making music and touring the world together. Wednesday 12 September at Perth Concert Hall, tickets via BOCs from Monday.

DIRTYPHONIC SPREE One of the most exciting acts in today’s electronic scene, Dirtyphonics are headed back to Perth Thursday 5 July, hitting the Rosemount Hotel to show off their ability to innovate several types of bass music, back so soon after tearing the roof off the venue like never before. They’ve been around the world partying for the past year and want you to witness the future of d’n’b performance, supported by Terrance & Phillip, Ekko & Sidetrack and Dart & Sardi. $35 plus BF via Loaded Dice and Moshtix.

EDGELING CLOSER Direct from the UK, multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter Phil Edgeley now calls Australia home with his individual style in the blues, folk and roots scene. He heads west for the firs time, promoting third album In The Blood. Drawing on experiences from a lifetime or two his approach results in songs that are direct, soulful and sensitive. Wednesday 16 May he plays for the Fremantle Blues’n’Roots club at Mojo’s.

DUB MANAIA Hailing from Albany and the shores of New Zealand, highly experienced groove/funk/reggae/ dub band Manaia features kiwi singer/songwriter Henry Faulkner, internationally renowned Canadian Percussionist Bruce Aitken, guitarist/ bass player and producer Lez Karsk, and local lad Louis Kingi. They play the Railway Hotel Friday 18 May and The Civic Hotel Saturday 19.

FIRST OF MANY TOUR London-based producer Eric Lau, known for his work with an array of international acts like Lupe Fiasco, Georgia Anne Muldrow, and London artists including Dego, Floating Points, Finn Peters and others, is heading to Aus’ for the first time, playing The Bird Friday 18 May. In addition to his production work, he’s also a rad DJ and will be celebrating The Mission EP and new album One Of Many, supported by Kit Pop, Ben M and Ru-Kasu, $10 from 7pm.

CAPTAIN KIRK After the release of his debut full length album Thank You For Giving Me The Blues, Shaun Kirk brings his trademark style of boogie blues and soul – using a stomp box, tambourine, high hat, cymbal, kick and snare drum – to the Charles Hotel Tuesday 7 May; the Indi Bar Wednesday 8; Clancy’s Fremantle Thursday 9; Settlers Tavern Friday 10; Yallingup Caves Hotel Saturday 11; and Redcliffe On The Murray Sunday 12.

THE ELRINGTON BAND CLUB Having toured the likes of the US and Canada, and extensively throughout Australia, the Mike Elrington Band bring their high-energy and gritty blues-rock on the Goin’ Out West Tour. Tuesday 15 May they play the Charles Hotel, supported by The Dick Beaver Trio and The Bonekickers, and The Paddo Wednesday 16, before embarking on an extensive regional tour that winds up at Mojo’s Wednesday 30 - mikeelrington.com for full dates.

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SHARING THE LOVE Here is a list of the locals that our featured local comedians would see – nice to hear they are such a caring and sharing bunch.

John Conway – “The new guys who have come up in the Perth scene, Adam Peter Scott, Tien Tran and Sarah Furtner. They are all doing their first solo shows and they are very funny around the clubs. I would assume that their shows would be funny too.” Bonnie Davies – “Mike G and John Robertson are hot property on the local circuit at the moment, so their new shows will be ones to watch out for. Emma Zammit is a favourite of mine, and a star in the making, so see her before she costs twice the price.” JOHN CONWAY

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John Robertson – “Werzel, because he is sitting next to me. Mike G, he is in the next room up – we’re on tour together! Also they’re incredible. Werzel is a mentor and a hero and an excellent storyteller – Mike G is stand-up done right, done properly and with a sniper’s aim.” Andrea Gibbs – “Mike G: quick, clever, and filthy. Joel Creasey: cheeky, spunky and hilarious. Jimmy James Eaton: There’s three words in his name but about 150 characters in his body. Brendan Burns: this guy is one of the best standup comics in the world. He is huge in the UK and Australian-born, let’s welcome him home Perth!”

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The Perth International Comedy Festival is set to have audiences rolling on the floor in fits of laughter with its stellar line up featuring international, national and local comedians. Marcia Czerniak speaks to some of the local comedians representing the home front to get some inside goss. As the iconic Lenny Bruce once said, “The only honest art form is laughter, comedy. You can’t fake it.” So with this in mind, it could be fair to say there will be a hell of a lot of honest artists in Perth for the next two and half weeks with the inaugural Perth International Comedy Festival (PICF).

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howcasing some of the best international, national and local comedians to Perth audiences, PICF shows will be held in Mount Lawley, with the Astor Theatre running as the festival hub. Led by Festival Director Jo Marsh, PICF is the new kid on the fastgrowing comedy block and will treat audiences to over 40 events and 140 performances in just 19 days. Not bad, considering a decent proportion of these performances are local comedians such as John Conway, Michael Burke, John Robertson, Werzel, Bonnie Davies and Andrea Gibbs.

“Michael and I have been developing The New Conway brand for the past few years. Now we are pretty tight and are looking forward to taking what we do into uncharted territories.” Developing his craft at local comedy gigs around Perth from 2008, Conway says the Festival will be a great way of highlighting Perth’s talents. “The Perth comedy scene is great, as the isolation of Perth leads to some very unique voices and PICF will be raising awareness of the strong local scene. Nationally, Perth comics always stand out. Perth is a great place to develop as the gigs are abundant and the competition is low. The Australian comedy industry is confused and impressed by our tendency to produce great comedians.”

John Conway’s bio boasts performances at the renowned Edinburgh Fringe Festival and recently at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Conway and fellow comedian Michael Burke will perform The New Conway Tonight Show at PICF, which is described as a unique take on the late shows we all know and (somewhat) love. “Michael Burke and I have just done a successful run at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and we are combining our own brand of eccentric comedy with the traditional Tonight Show format, providing audiences with something completely different and unique. We have big guests booked – Stephen K Amos, Glenn Wool and Felicity Ward, as well as local bands getting out of their comfort zone by performing interesting covers such as The Voltaire Twins and Tomás Ford. Think Letterman if Letterman had a meth problem,” Conway says, before admitting that Conan O’Brien is actually one of his influences. “I grew up on Conan, I used to watch him religiously as a teen.

Bonnie Davies says the Festival couldn’t have come at a better time, bringing the worlds of local and international acts together for audiences that seem to be lapping up the opportunity to laugh. And with Davies’ show I’m High On Life, What Are You On? the laughs are a sure thing. “The show is about my family and how I grew up, so I really relied on them to help me draw out material and get their version of things, and then I wrote down my own. My parents were youth workers and as kids we grew up with a lot of chaos, trouble and tragedy around us, so there’s no shortage of stories to choose from.”

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Davies kicked off her comedy career in 2008 after a friend bet her to take the stage for a five-minute set and has become a favourite on a scene she has seen develop. “The Perth comedy scene boomed a few years ago in the number of rooms and comedians, and it was terrifying and exhilarating at the same time. Now things have settled and I think it was assumed they’d dip, but audiences are getting stronger and stronger. The Perth International Comedy Festival will finally give punters a level of international acts in one place that everyone has been waiting for. It’s so great for local comedians to be swept up in it and part of it too!” Davies says. John Robertson is one performer who will be quite busy during the Festival, with two separate Superdub shows that will see him and partner Werzel tackle aliens and vampires in their hilarious voice-overs that take on some pop culture classics. In addition, he will also be featuring the world premiere of his solo show, The Old Whore, at the Festival. Robertson says that Perth is filled with talent, but there is a need for more local outlets. “On an international level, and people find this hard to believe, Perth is booming, it’s thriving and we’re among the best globally for producing and nurturing new talent. If we had more places for them to go and work – TV, radio, stage – you wouldn’t see such a massive exodus rate. And I wouldn’t have to tour nine months of the year – my mother forgets what I look like!” The travel sentiment is shared by Andrea Gibbs whose show The Allnut St Diaries takes a look at

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To ensure PICF doesn’t only showcase the more established local comedians, organisers have made the programming all inclusive by giving amateurs a chance to be seen and heard as well, keeping in line with their aim to develop and foster new comic performers and comedy works. In order to reach this aim the organisers bring us Next Gen Comedy, which will give Perth’s up-and-coming comedians the opportunity to battle it out through five heats, two semi-finals and a grand final. The winner then goes on to securing a spot on stage for the sold out PICF closing event, the Festival Finale, which not only gives you a chance to again see your favourites from the Festival program, but also includes the presentation of the 2012 PICF Awards which include Best Of The Fest, Best International Act, Best Australian Act, Critic’s Choice Award and People’s Choice Award. With Conway, Burke, Davies, Werzel, Robertson, Gibbs and other local performers like Jimmy James Eaton, Sarah Furtner and Joel Creasey rubbing shoulders with international acts like Stephen K Amos, Neil Hamburger and The Pajama Men, the first Perth International Comedy Festival is set to be a stellar year with laughs abound. And, as Davies says, “You use 13 muscles to smile, and 37 to frown. So if you laugh more, and frown less, you’re not only being entertained, but potentially reducing the signs of aging.”

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And Gibbs has her Mum to thank for her show, finding the goods that provided the inspiration for the material. “Mum was cleaning up my old bedroom, probably looking for stuff she could sell on eBay, and found all of my teenage diaries. They are comedy gold.”

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her childhood stories, with one performance already selling out. “The programming of international guests this year has been great, it’s quality. Perth comedians travel out of necessity to get to most festivals, so it’s nice to have something at home for once. It means our mums and dads can watch.”

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QUEST FOR ECSTATIC EUPHORIA PARTY TILL YOU PUKE

Although he’s now a happily married man who divides his time between music, motivational speaking and children’s television programs, W.K. still assures us that when it’s time to party, he will always party hard. Drinking, drugs and debauched living is part of the rock’n’roll code and a true rite of passage for the real believers. Let us look at a few of the greats:

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f you ever want your day started on the right foot, simply jump on the phone line and get Andrew W.K. talking; 20 minutes later you will feel ten-feet tall and bulletproof. A parody; a maverick; a hero or just utterly insane; whatever you call the 32-year-old Brooklyn-based musician, producer and presenter, you cannot deny the engulfing energy that seems to emanate from everything he says or does. W.K. quickly rose to notoriety in 2001 following the release of his debut LP I Get Wet. The album was unabashed in its glorious stomp and shout simplicity and instrumental density. Listen to the record and you can hear layer upon layer of guitars and synths, stacked to the ceiling, all set to a senses bludgeoning volume, W.K.’s authoritarian vocals the only thing climbing above the melee. The American has divided audiences ever since; some following him like a Neanderthal piped piper; others decrying his music as the death of rock’n’roll. Whichever side of the fence you sit on, however, there is no denying W.K. as one of the most unique and genuinely electrifying performers on the planet. Calling in from Boston, Massachusetts, a month out from his eagerly anticipated one-man party tour, W.K. wastes no time in professing his love for the land Down Under. “Australia’s been a constant source of joy and power and high energy, but also a place showing extreme kindness, extreme enthusiasm and a deep love of high-energy music,” W.K. gushes. “I think that really spreads across the entire continent as far as I can tell, I’ve never met someone in Australia that, (a) I didn’t like, and (b) that didn’t like rock’n’roll music – it’s one of those places. It reminds me of Japan where there is a real importance put on excitement, celebration and a free-spirited revelry, and there is just so much incredible music made in Australia, performed in Australia and enjoyed in Australia – it’s such a unique place in the world. If you’re someone that likes rock’n’roll music, there really is no better place.” The cynic in all of us might question the unbridled sincerity of such glowing sentiment from anyone else. But with Andrew W.K., it’s obvious everything is given from the heart. He recalls his past tours around the nation with the same intensified levels of fondness and gratitude. “All my friends and members of my team that do this party adventure, we were consistently surprised and delighted when we’d find more than a few folks here and there that also believe in this physical feeling,” he admits. “Because it really is; it’s not so much an attitude or a personality type, it’s more a sensibility that pushes you to find this kind of physical joy in your surroundings.” W.K. then takes it back even further; opening up about what first grabbed him off his piano stool and shoved a guitar in his hands as an impressionable young man in Ann Arbor, Michigan where he was raised. “What I liked about rock’n’roll music was that everything was more intense,” he states. “The sound,

the performance, the delivery, the style – everything was more intense. It wasn’t about comforting you – it wasn’t about placating or soothing or making someone feel safe. It was about blowing your mind and stirring up your soul, and that’s what I look for in culture and the outside world. I have plenty of comfort from within myself. Once you find that comfort then you get to enjoy all the extremes of culture and the radical, mind-blowing, disturbing, freaky, crazy feelings it can conjure up.” Although the white-shirted knight was last in the country as part of the 2011 Big Day Out tour, it’s been over four years since he brought his one-man party show to these shores. Watching clips of his rapturously received slot at that year’s Meredith Music Festival, one thing is glaringly obvious. These shows really provide the best platform for the performer to develop rapport and get the crowd more responsive in a shorter period of time. “It’s a very different type of show,” he explains. “I’ve got my keyboard, sometimes a drum machine, of course a microphone. It’s more reduced to a pure understanding that we have this time together, whether it’s in a room or a festival environment, but we have chosen to be in this particular geographical location for this particular amount of time, and we have to extract the maximum amount of excitement and joy out of this moment as possible. So there is a level of gratitude, appreciation and intent, a very clear focus, that we are here to feel this way, and we are going to make this feeling, we are going to conjure up and manifest this feeling no matter what. So there becomes this moment of camaraderie where the audience becomes the band for me – we’re all making this,” he drives home. Which begs the question – what does a one-man party mean to Andrew W.K.? It’s almost an oxymoron... “If you can’t have a party by yourself and enjoy your own company, then you’re probably not going to be a very good partier when it comes to mixed company or celebrating with other folks around,” he levels. “You want to be your own best friend, you want to find security and strength within yourself and find it in the world around you. Ultimately, you want to be not only a one-man party, but a one-woman party; a one-man army, a one-woman army; an entire universe unto yourself – and everybody is. But realising that can be challenging at times.” Challenging, even for Andrew W.K. Rewind back to 2002 and that gloriously in-your-face debut I Get Wet was handed arguably one of the harshest album reviews ever written on Pitchfork, a 0.6 out of 10, direct from the founder of the website Ryan Schreiber. Incredibly, even with passages like “This is about as empty as rock music gets...”, W.K. still manages to find positives beneath the knives. “Sometimes people are confused and sometimes they wake up in a certain mood that day – maybe his Mum died that day? God forbid,” he says, managing to balance sarcasm and concern in equal measures. “It’s pretty easy to forget about people’s own personal experiences; their own life, colours, perceptions. That’s been an exciting thing for me. Every single opinion, every single critical review, everyone’s perception of what I do or what anyone does is valid and it’s fun getting to

play with those different perceptions. For the most part I only get to see through my eyes. But getting to see through other people’s eyes, especially when you get to see yourself, it’s something else – it’s very entertaining and at its best completely revelatory.” That album review did nothing to derail the direction of W.K. though, the young man following his debut with similarly gregarious rock fare in the way of The Wolf (2003) and Close Calls With Brick Walls (2007). Since then, the albums that W.K. has released haven’t exactly been your typically hard partying fare, the musician appeasing his rabid Japanese fanbase with J-pop and anime music interpretations (The Japan Covers, Gundam Rock) , as well as returning to the ivories with the freeform piano album 55 Cadillac. However, with talk in the media of a new record, is this year going see a return to the hedonism? “There are definitely no returns, and I don’t think it will come out this year,” W.K. states matter-of-factly, “I’m going to continue recording it [the album] as soon as I get back to New York in June after this world tour.” The extrovert won’t let on as to the working title of the release thus far, but goes on to hint at the mental bearing that his musical compass is set to. “We’re always pushing forward to new horizons of joy and new forms of pleasure and trying to find exciting ways to get to that ecstatic euphoria that I think all of us are searching for in music or whatever else we are coming across in life. Music just happens to be a very sure fire and proven way of getting to that physical state of pleasure, and rock’n’roll music especially delivers upon that promise. I’m on a path that was predetermined and I’m following it as best as I can. I certainly have the freedom to interpret it and react to it along the way as I see fit, but when you are doing what you were born to do, you relinquish some of that control in favour of your destiny.” The irrepressible Mr W.K. concludes by offering his tips to those eager to party solo. Expert instructions no less, from the man who all but encompasses the mantra Party Hard. “Bolster, water, stretch and tenderise your hamstring – it’s a four-step process,” he educates in a Zen-like mantra. “You must tender that beautiful muscle running up and down the back of your thigh; I want you to stretch, bolster, tenderise and water the hamstring. Just water it; whether it’s pouring water on it, you can pour water onto the skin of course and hope that it absorbs using thick lotions and oils. You can actually inject water into the muscle tissue; you’ve got to be very careful about that one, but otherwise you can just massage and enjoy that tender, tender tissue fibre and make sure you’re a loose goose and ready to go.” WHO: Andrew W.K. WHEN & WHERE: Thursday 17 May, The Bakery; Saturday 19, Groovin’ The Moo, Bunbury

Guns N’ Roses were one of the most elegantly wasted bands of all-time, and Slash was their depraved commander-inchief. When he wasn’t prepping one litre cups of vodka and juice next to his bedsit for breakfast, you could find him running naked around golf courses covered in blood and glass – as you do.

ANTHONY KIEDIS Kiedis’ danced on and off with Mr. Brownstone for the better part of two decades. It inspired some of the Red Hot Chili Peppers greatest musical triumphs and almost tore the band apart. Mixing high-grade girls, with higher-grade class A, Kiedis is Los Angeles personified.

JIMMY BARNES When Barnesy partied, he didn’t do it in halves. His vodka consumption is the stuff of legend and in Cold Chisel’s heyday, the wild frontman was known to knock down a bottle of Russian water without breaking a sweat. Booze, drugs, girls, venues; Jimmy destroyed them all, his volatile reputation helping Chisel establish themselves as the most dangerous band in the country.

OZZY OSBOURNE Want to clutch to the edges of reality for over three decades? Right, simply get a boatload of acid, consume tabs, repeat continually for a year. Batshit crazy? Yep, and that was before he even bit the head of a rabies-filled critter. The sheer fact that Ozzy can still stand and speak, let alone perform, is a modern-day miracle.


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BE COOL The brains trust behind Emperors, Greg Sanders and Adam Livingston, sit down with Daniel Cribb to discuss their new album Stay Frosty, trendy bogans and tour antics.

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f you’re friends with either Greg Sanders or Adam Livingston, chances are you’ve made your way on to Emperors’ new album Stay Frosty. If you’re not friends with either of the two, but an attractive female hipster that noticed a long-haired mid-20s male staring at you on the bus, you probably received an honourable mention. Vocalist/guitarist Livingston and guitarist Sanders have mastered the art of storytelling; they can turn somewhat mundane situations, such as Livingston staring at women on buses, into catchy melodies backed by fine instrumentation. “You know how there’s new-age bogans now?” Sanders asks. “Bogans used to drink VB and wear flannel shirts and listen to AC/DC and, generally, there’s nothing wrong with that. But now bogans are those dudes who drink energy drinks,

go to Future Music Festival and wear the V-neck shirts with bird shit all over them. They’ve all got really massive arms, but they don’t work out any other part of their body,” he describes, while Livingston laughs. “So they’re really skinny, but their arms are gigantic – so [Hey Dolly] is about that. Most songs are just about things that we find weird or kind of piss us off,” he continues. When their pool of tales runs dry, they simply create new ones – which is why Livingston’s long hair is somewhere in Vietnam and their music videos for Be Ready When I Say Go and Plastic Guns have become somewhat out-dated. “There was a guy on the side of the road in Vietnam and I was like ‘Hey, that’d be cool to say I got my hair cut in Vietnam’ and there was really only one haircut that he knew,” Livingston laughs, discussing a post-recording holiday. Accompanied by bassist Zoe James, Sanders travelled Europe for the month, while drummer Dane Knowles drove down south to unwind with family. Out of all four of them, it would seem the Knowles needs as much energy as he can get for their time over east. ”With [our] blog, we started it with the intention to just write standard, boring tour diary stuff and then we were like ‘This is shit. This is really boring, so let’s just make it about Dane because Dane is hilarious’. So that blog is just about the adventures of Dane. The last tour [Adam] was the one who got really messed up, but the entries are still about Dane,” Sanders says. “The first time we were in Sydney it was three in the morning and he went to the Opera House, and got ripped off by the taxi driver,” Livingston recalls. “The time after that the four of us were staying in this tiny room that wasn’t meant for four people and we had this tiny little bathroom in there. None of us could have a shower or anything because [Dane] ended up spending the night on the bathroom floor in the foetal position. Put it this way: none of us wanted to go have a shower in there after that,” Sanders laughs.

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“I wasn’t sick of stuff before [Vietnam], but it was just like this massive steamroller of a thing, being in a band, and I’ve never just taken that time off before. It had just been continuing and continuing and it was just nice to have that month and then I came back and was like ‘Let’s get going again’,” Livingston explains, excited to hit the road. With the resulting quality it’s not suprising the production of their debut album was a draining venture. After building up a solid reputation for themselves within the WA music community, playing the Big Day Out, releasing a solid EP and touring the country four times, they’ve delivered on the expectations set up when winning the WAMi award for Most Promising Act in 2010.

There’s more to this story on the iPad Spending two weeks in the studio is a considerably small period of time though, when you hear of bands spending months on end tucked away, but intense preparation before entering the studio meant that was all they needed to get the desired results. “I’ve got a little home studio and the two of us will get together. One of us will have an idea and we’ll just flesh it out behind a computer, put down some artificial drums and things and then once it’s all sort of been thrown together and we’ve got a loose structure, we’ll take it into the band room with the other two members and tighten it up a little bit,” Sanders explains. “With the two weeks thing, what we did was go out of our way to make sure there was really as little thrills as possible. Every song, it’s just us; two guitars, bass, drums, vocals. There are no extra instruments, there are no guest vocals. We just went in and we played pretty much exactly what we do live, because we wanted to make a record that we could play live and would sound good live. It’s quite easy, when you’re in a room with 20 different amps and guitars, to want to use as many toys as possible,” he justifies. The pair admits they’re a band stuck in their own bubble of musical influences. While it’s something that appes to a lot of bands, most others wouldn’t dare divulge such information to the public – for fear of their work will somehow lose credibility. Nothing is completely original these days, accepting that Emperors have been able to build off predecessors and take Australian rock to the next level. If you’ve heard their latest single Be Ready When I Say Go blaring on the radio, there’s an unmistakable hint of Perth legends Jebediah in the mix, which partly comes from the unmiastakeable presence of Dave Parkins. “He gets results. Every single we’ve recorded with him has been played on radio. A lot of bands get restless and kind of just want to go to different producers with every album they do, but I don’t really see why. We’re onto a good thing here. You hear of bands spending stupid amounts of money going overseas, going over east quite often just for a name… This doesn’t happen anymore, but if a record label said ‘Here’s $50,000 to record an album’ I think we’d still do it here,” Sanders emphasises. “And just spend the rest of the money,” Livingston laughs. “He’s got this way, when you’re tracking, of making you feel like you’re the best guitarist in the world. As soon as you put the guitar down he makes you feel like a piece of shit again, but while you’re playing he gives you the impression that you’re really talented,” Sanders adds. WHO: Emperors

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ROLL ON In the space of two weeks, Devildriver lost a member to ill health and had gear stolen while on tour. But frontman Dez Fafara tells Lochlan Watt the band’s goals have changed little: “They’re not too lofty, my bro – they’re just to have a good time and keep rolling”.

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en years, five albums, two line-up changes and one of the most constant international touring schedules in the industry could be an apt way to summarise the life that DevilDriver have led so far. DevilDriver (2003), The Fury Of Our Maker’s Hand (2005), The Last Kind Words (2007) and Pray For Villains (2009) were all executed like clockwork with the utmost professional ferocity, and showcased a steady evolution of the Californians’ identifiable sound. The release of Beast in February 2011 provided fresh hardwood to their ever-burning fire – did the band subsequently achieve all they set out to achieve throughout the remainder of the year? “We did some grindy touring, our record came out in the Top 40 in the United States with very little press or radio, and we’ve been having a good time,” singer Dez Fafara quickly responds. “That’s first and foremost for me – so yeah, we’ve achieved our goals. They’re not too lofty, my bro – they’re just to have a good time and keep rolling.”

“We come over to Australia for eight days, and then we go over to do European festivals for six weeks, which will be the longest festival run of our career – all main stages, and all through Europe. Then on 7 July we come off the road for nine months, the first break we’ve had in ten years. The first break that I’ve had in almost 16 years.” And what does he plan to do with that time? “Lay in bed with my wife.” WHO: DevilDriver WHAT: Beast (Roadrunner Records) WHEN & WHERE: Wednesday 9 May, Capitol

Turns out there isn’t exactly a great deal left for the band to conquer, and at this stage it’s more about just keeping the giant metal boulder on a sustained path of destruction. “Our recognition is there. You know who we are. The only way we’re going to get bigger is to go and open for larger bands. What Beast did for us was put it out there that we could make a different sort of record. I think that’s important, that there’s evolution in our music. So we came to the table with something that I thought was heavy, technical and different. It’s making its own statement.” When asked about the dramas that life on the road has thrown them this year, Fafara is quick to say that he does not like to focus on the negatives. However, the mid-March hospitalisation of former Bury Your Dead member and touring bassist since 2010, Aaron ‘Bubble’ Patrick, seems a little too intense to not dig deeper. Diagnosed with Streptococcus pneumoniae, Patrick reportedly suffered adverse effects to his liver, kidneys, and even bone marrow. “You’re on the road, and stuff’s going to happen. Aaron is probably one of the fittest guys you’ll ever know. He’s straight edge, he works out every day, he is a total health nut, but I think the constant running got to him and put him in the hospital for over two-and-ahalf weeks with pneumonia. Between that and some other things, it got real critical, to where prayers were needed, you know.” He reveals that Chris Towning, a current member of Bury Your Dead, is filling Patrick’s place until he can make a full recovery. “Aaron is at home. I don’t want him back out on the road until he’s 100%. He lost a lot of weight. I’ve got to know that he’s 100% before he goes and does the sort of runs that we do. For instance, right now I’m on 22 shows in a row. You’ve gotta be mentally in a good place, and you’ve gotta be extremely healthy to go run like that.” Further to that, guitarist Jeff Kendrick had his guitar stolen by a not-so-smooth criminal in the small town of Mojoes, Illinois, barely two weeks later. “It got returned in two days because we put a lot of pressure on that town on Twitter and on Facebook,” he explains. “We got a picture of him on a video camera stealing it. So we put his picture all over the town, and the pressure just got to him, and he wrote an ‘I’m sorry’ note and turned it in. They’re still going to prosecute, because it’s a felony, it was an almost $3000 guitar, and it caused a lot of drama. Although I accept his apology, I still believe he needs to pay for what we went through. I don’t like a liar or a thief.”

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Fafara’s generally positive outlook once again shines through. “But you can’t really dwell on the negatives, you have to move forward. In everybody’s lives, things happen. Don’t dwell on the negative and just roll.” In terms of moving forward, a question about DevilDriver’s next album reveals that the band have fulfilled their contractual obligations to Roadrunner Records. This may come as a surprise to some, given that Fafara has been operating within the legendary metal stable since his earlier days fronting gothic nu-metal pioneers Coal Chamber.

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“We have moved on from Roadrunner Records. Will we re-sign with the different Roadrunner factions around the world? Who will it be? My personal favourite company is Roadrunner Australia. If I have it my way, within our deal, it’ll be built in that we re-sign with Roadrunner Australia. We don’t have any firm date on when we’re going to release. Right now we’re free agents. We’re talking to record companies. As soon as we’re done touring, we’re going to come off in July and get all of that straight. We’re going to get in with a label, then we’re going to get in with a producer, and figure it out. But right now I have no time and no dates for you. We are yet to see. The business has to be done, and until the books are closed on the business I can’t comment any further on that.” The band have toured Australia several times; with their forthcoming return in addition to Coal Chamber’s run of reunion shows for Soundwave this year, down under must be starting to feel like a second home for Fafara. “I’m actually looking for a house – my wife wants me to start looking for a house,” he reveals. “It’s going to be a side house, so it’s going to be a house where we spend a limited amount of time, but it’s definitely going to be in Australia. We just have to figure out where it’s going to be and we’ll try and work it into things.”

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FULL CIRCLE Alt.rappers Atmosphere may be the most famous musical act to emerge from Minneapolis since Prince. In between tales of performing with The Purple One, Sean Daley aka Slug tells Cyclone that he loves hip hop again and explains why he’s no longer mad at the mainstream.

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tmosphere’s Slug (aka Sean Daley) may have been the first emo rapper. He made it cool to articulate urban neuroses. But alt.rap’s original anti-hero isn’t about to suggest that he opened the way for that sweater-loving introspective Drake. “I don’t wanna claim that I have,” Daley says evasively, “but I’m not gonna argue with anybody else that says that I have.” The Minneapolis native – who, ironically, started out as a DJ – has never been into the braggadocio. As he juggles multiple interviews ahead of Atmosphere’s first Australian tour in three years, Daley sounds like a chirpy receptionist. (“Hello, can you hold for a second, please? Thank you, I’ll be right back.”) The indie hip hop duo – Daley’s partner is lowkey DJ-cumbeatmaker Anthony “Ant” Davis – were once regular visitors. However, there’s a good reason for their absence, Daley reveals. “I decided to have a baby and make a record and so I just stayed at home.” Atmosphere initially left a mark in the late ‘90s with the album Overcast!, after which Daley’s early MC cohort Spawn quit. He and Davis built up their own indie, Rhymesayers Entertainment, an industry in itself. Nevertheless, they signed to the punk label Epitaph for their third outing, Seven’s Travels, which garnered them unprecedented attention – Atmosphere toured with the Big Day Out. The pair have been prolific with not only albums, but also EPs, side-projects and collabs. Indeed, Atmosphere could yet be the most famous act to spring from Minneapolis since Prince. And Daley, “a Prince obsessionist” from the age of ten, has a tale about the R&B legend. In the mid-’90s he was MCing in a small local venue as a member of the jam collective Freeloaded. One night a local newsreader, pals with Prince, brought him along. “We all were just sweating with the fact that Prince was in there listening to us make a mess. Then midway through the night, he got on the stage and got on the piano and played with us – and I got to freestyle with Prince. If you were to ask him about that story, he probably would deny it, but I’m here to tell you it’s true.” A little more than a year ago Atmosphere delivered their seventh album, The Family Sign, following the huge US

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crossover success of When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold. This time the outfit actually involved their band members in the recording process. The Family Sign was, even by Daley’s standards, very cathartic. The MC remembers it as “a lot of fun to make,” although, unusually, he recorded his bits “in solitude” in a garage. “I really appreciated that, because I was able to get a lot of other work done at the same time.” Daley is planning new music. “It’s too soon for me to confirm any details, but I’m always plotting another album – I’m plotting three more albums right now. I don’t know how to not plot and continue plotting more music.” The ongoing challenge for him is to “properly communicate” his ideas – and explain them better in interviews. “It’s never really just about the records,” he says. Self-effacing as ever, Daley worries that he isn’t an authentic musician, his “only real skill” being an ability to “spit”, so he strives to make the best of it. “I wanna be Billy Joel! I wanna be Stevie Wonder! I wanna learn how to write a song that affects a person the same way it affects me.” What hasn’t changed is his easy rapport with Davis. “Overall our dynamic is: Daley cracks a joke, Ant laughs at the joke. That’s kinda been our schtick for almost 20 years now – and in between we make songs.” Their “bond” is strong largely because they are “very similar”. “We don’t agree on everything, we don’t even hang out all the time, but, when we do, it’s always familiar because of the fact that he could have been my sibling.” In 2012 mainstream hip hop is in a strange place, much of it sounding suspiciously like ‘90s Euro dance music, and Atmosphere seem more ‘alternative’ than ever. The group’s bio takes a sly shot at those of their ‘underground’ contemporaries who “are mired in nostalgia and stagnancy,” but today Daley is all positivity. He doesn’t necessarily feel like an outsider. “I don’t know if there are any outsiders anymore – and, truthfully, I don’t know if there ever really were. I think a lot of the times people who thought they were outsiders, or who claimed to be outsiders, myself included, kind of drew those dotted lines around themselves and maybe even exploited the idea of being an outsider or underdog – because we didn’t know any better or because we didn’t feel like part

of the movement. But the truth is every single piece that moves is a part of the movement.” He’s now surprisingly enthusiastic about hip hop culture, no matter how splintered. “It’s gone full circle for me. I love hip hop again. I’m not cynical about it anymore – and I don’t feel mad at the mainstream. I don’t feel like I need to scream that I’m underground or independent as fuck… I don’t feel the need to use any of these different cliché titles to define my identity within this. I’m back to feeling like we’re all a part of this – and we all have our own way. It’s interesting ‘cause there’s so many of us nowadays – and there’s so many different ‘genres’ – but, really, it’s just all about trying to communicate with people. It comes back to that for me again… When you’re caught up in those dotted lines – and genres – it’s really easy to point across the fence and go, ‘Well, that stuff’s bad, what I do is good’. But I don’t really think that’s true. I think that’s more so because artists are fuckin’ insecure and they need another reason to prove that they’re good, so they find something to compare themselves to that must be bad.” Most of the subgenres, Daley holds, are born of “struggle” – even the party music. “I still mostly listen to ol’ school shit when I’m listening to

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rap but, when I do hear some new stuff or a new artist or something, I listen to it like a hungry child – hungry to hear somebody say some shit that really resonates with me.” Atmosphere will perform their unique brand of struggle music when they again tour with a band. Supporting them is sometime Dilated Peoples stalwart Evidence, now aligned with Rhymesayers. Daley is determined to keep things fresh – as well as ‘real’. “We tend to play songs from my whole catalogue. I’ve never been big on just playing songs from any particular record. I like to fuck around and play some of the more popular songs from the catalogue, but also some of the more obscure shit – just because we’ve been doing this for so long that most people have seen us, they’ve seen us more than once. It’s always nice to surprise people with what we’ve decided to slip into the set this time.” WHO: Atmosphere WHEN & WHERE: Friday 11 May, Villa, Perth


25 YEARS AND COUNTING Few believed that Sick Of It All would survive to see 25 years in the game. But all these years later the New York hardcore stalwarts are not only surviving: they’re thriving. Mark Hebblewhite discusses this longevity with vocalist and co-founder Lou Koller.

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e-recording material is an extremely tricky proposition. Often it’s done for the wrong reasons – to get out of contractual obligations, or as a result of intra-band strife when there is a desire to wipe one party’s previous musical contributions off the face of the earth. But even when the intention is good – say a desire to update classic material for a new audience, or to make right some technical problems that marred the original recording – a host of things can still go wrong. Most often the new recordings simply fail to match the spirit of the original. How can you recreate the magic of a time and place long gone? Sometimes it’s the adversity and unfortunate circumstances that make a recording great. Just ask Black Sabbath, who recorded their seminal debut in a day, for a measly (in modern terms) $1200. All this makes Sick Of It All’s Nonstop – an album full of re-recorded material from across their career – all the more amazing. Think you can’t make the likes of Injustice System, Ratpack and Clobbering Time sound better than the originals? Then think again, as these versions simply kill.

“As you get older you do mellow a bit,” he laughs, before going on to note that many members of the band are now ‘punk rock parents’. “But when it comes down to it we love what we do and the energy and excitement is still there, whether it be touring or making new music. So we’ve got no plans to ease up. We’re playing plenty of shows and are in the early writing stage for a new record that will hopefully come out early next year. This is all we know – and it’s too late for us to get nine-to-fives.” WHO: Sick Of It All WHEN & WHERE: Friday 11 May, Amplifier, Perth

“We knew we were taking a risk going in and re-recording these songs,” frontman Lou Koller admits the nervousness the band felt when embarking on the project designed to celebrate the band’s 25th anniversary. “Some bands do it and they’re full of themselves. They try and make the songs reflect what’s hip at the time and they just end up ruining them. Our reasoning for doing this was nothing like that. We’ve always felt that these songs are freight trains when we play them live, but on the old recordings they sound like crap. At one stage we played around with just re-doing the entire [1989 debut] Blood, Sweat And No Tears album, because that’s the one where we really didn’t know what we were doing and our inexperience shows in the sound of the record. But as time went on we each of us got the idea to do certain tracks and so we just ended up doing an album that covered a wider spread of our albums.” Koller credits producer Tue Madsen for Nonstop’s vicious sonic punch. Madsen is the wunderkind knob twiddler who was responsible for breathing new energy into the ‘Alleyway Crew’ when he took the helm for Sick Of It All’s 2006 masterpiece Death To Tyrants, an album that ended up heralding a creative renaissance for the veteran punkers. “Tue has done such a great job on every record he’s done with us, including the new one,” says Koller. “When we came to work with him we’d just left Fat Wreck Records and were at a bit of a crossroads. Everything was great on that label but we felt we’d fallen into a rut. Fat Mike would let us do anything we wanted, but that led us to sort of drift a little because we did have that total freedom. “So we took some time off and thought about what we liked with all the old records and really re-focused on what makes Sick Of It All what it is as a band. So we had the songs; Tue helped us make them sound as good on record as they did when we rehearsed them. For Nonstop he said to us that if we were going to re-record all these songs we had to do it in an old school way. He wanted the songs to have the energy they have when we play them live. So he gave us four days to do twenty-seven songs and we only got through twenty of them. We must be slowing down in our old age [laughs], but there’s no doubt that his approach worked because the songs finally sound how we want them to on a record.” In many ways Sick Of It All are the most high-profile example of the venerated New York hardcore scene. But do the boys really relate at all to the metalised offerings of Sheer Terror, Cro-Mags and mid-period Agnostic Front? “In the beginning we were known as being a very ‘metallic’ hardcore band – or so the punk fanzines thought. But over the years a lot of other New York hardcore bands really did embrace metal a lot more than we did ‘til it got to the point where we weren’t considered that kind of band in comparison. It’s funny, we grew up listening to the whole New Wave of British heavy metal, but as musicians we had limited ability – in the beginning at least – which made us more ‘punk’ than a really proficient metal band. And of course we also grew up listening to all the Oi punk bands and the West Coast punk rockers like Face To Face and Bad Religion, so that was also an influence for our band’s sound as well.” So does the term ‘New York hardcore’ even mean anything to a band like Sick Of It All? “It really is a beast of its own at this point,” Koller reckons. “I think it goes beyond what bands sound like – it evokes different things in the minds of different people. To this day I have friends who can’t convince friends of theirs to come and see us play because they think, ‘Oh Sick Of It All, they’re NYHC and that whole scene is full of violent people and gangsters who’ll beat us up.’ Thing is, yeah, we did come out of that scene, but we always stood up against that sort of thing. But for other people it’s the opposite. The label evokes great respect – and that’s not only among hardcore fans, but punk rock fans and metal fans seem to love a lot of the bands. So, yeah, we acknowledge where we come from but we don’t allow ourselves to be completely defined by the label.” With 25 years under their collective belts, Sick Of It All could be forgiven for easing off on the intensity levels, but according to Koller that’s the furthest thing from their minds.

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CALM BEFORE THE STORM US MONSTER OF DRUMSTEP FIGURE IS A LATE, BUT NO-LESS BANGIN’ EDITION TO CREAMFIELDS THIS WEEKEND. JOSH GARD CHATS TO CYCLONE ABOUT PHAT BEATS IN AMERICA’S FATTEST CITY.

IN CHATTING TO BRITISH FORWARD-THINKER JAMES ZABIELA, CYCLONE DISCOVERS THAT WHILE THE DJ/PRODUCER HAS NO FIXES ON GOING POP, NEW TECHNOLOGIES AND NEW IDEAS ARE CONSTANTLY IN THE EQUATION.

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oes David Guetta have competition? The press release for James Zabiela’s 2012 tour trumpets him as “Australia’s favourite international DJ” – but maybe the words ‘tastemaker’, ‘cred’ or ‘underground’ should be added. Indeed, the Brit has long combined Sasha’s charisma, James Holden’s musical fluidity, and Richie Hawtin’s technical innovation. Many an established underground DJ might be tempted to do something pop, just to buy a house, but not Zabiela. “Yeah, I probably could,” he chuckles. “I did actually buy a house last year, but it’s very modest compared to a lot of superstar DJs’. [But] as long as I’ve got enough money to keep buying music and get the occasional T-shirt, I don’t have that hunger to suddenly start making pop records. I’m happy to do something that I love doing, so why would I change that to something that I don’t love doing?” The Southampton native grew up in a groovy household. Zabiela’s Dad operated a record shop, bringing home acid house records – and James loved them even at 12. He’d later work as a buyer in the same store. The upcoming DJ played a local club and the promoter insisted that a MC freestyle over his set – that MC being an unknown Craig David. “He was great!” Zabiela laughs. “I think I eventually got sacked because I didn’t play enough garage – I wanted to play more acid house stuff.” Briefly a graphic designer by day, the DJ landed his big break winning Muzik magazine’s Bedroom Bedlam competition in the early 2000s. Sasha became his patron, signing him to his DJ agency. Zabiela branded himself, not by producing hit tracks, but with mix-albums – his most recent for Renaissance’s Masters series. He teamed with Nic Fanciulli for the DJ unit One+One, widely compared to Sasha & Digweed. The long-term Space Ibiza resident, ever into his loops, effects and edits, continues to invest energy in developing cutting-edge DJ technologies – but without losing sight of the performance aspect. Zabiela, who has liaised with Pioneer, is now an ambassador for the RMX-1000, a remix station. More intriguingly, this gadget nut is currently

using his iPad in sets. “It’s become a sort of permanent fixture,” he says. Ironically, Zabiela bought his iPad as “a luxury item,” so he could sink into his sofa, surfing the ‘Net. “So I found a good use for it!” And Zabiela believes that the future of DJing lies in such “customisation”, something the RMX-1000 allows, too. More than ever, DJs need a unique ‘point of difference’. “That’s where the competition will be – because obviously now anyone with a laptop for a couple of hundred bucks can be a DJ.” Zabiela did much to erode those divisions between progressive, deep house and techno (aka minimal), yet he also foreshadowed dubstep, introducing breakbeats into tech-house. In 2012 Zabiela still claims to DJ “a bit of everything,” favouring “contrasts”. “I’ll never be able to sit there and play two hours of the same genre – I get bored.” Zabiela is especially enamored with the bass music scene, admiring Scuba’s DJing since he traverses techno, progressive and dubstep. “That whole bass scene at the moment is exciting because it really isn’t just all about the bottom end and basslines,” he says. Zabiela welcomes “the ‘daringness’“ of bass music. (“I know that’s not really a word!,” he laughs). Zabiela has been quiet on the studio front, his last notable issue 2011’s Blame on Hope Recordings. But he’s cranking up things with a new label, Born Electric (formerly Positronik). The flagship release, which has an “organic” feel, is “not a dance record,” the Apparat fan says. “It’s a little bit out-there.” ‘Uncle Sasha’ has remixed the track, to appear on his Involver 3, due at the end of May – and coming soon to Zabiela’s Soundcloud. So what will Zabiela play in Oz – and does he have any previews in mind? “New stuff,” he coyly affirms. “Maybe a few old bits as well.” Rewind! WHO: James Zabiela WHEN & WHERE: Sunday 6 May, Habitat Garden Party, Court Hotel, Northbridge

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Gard has contemplated leaving Evansville. He does enjoy “big cities”. “I think about it a lot – me and my girlfriend actually were considering moving to Nashville or something like that.” The Big Apple has its appeal, too. “If I lived in New York, it’d be great ‘cause I could ride my bike everywhere. Here, it’s separated by highways. Basically, you have to have a car here – there’s, like, two buses in the entire city. I can’t ride my bike, only for exercise.” However, Gard gets his taste of the Big Smoke when travelling, and he appreciates returning to the River City’s “calm”. At any rate, Gard is amped about his first Australian tour as a late – and exciting – addition to Creamfields. For one, he’ll finally hang out with his ‘online’ Melbourne buddy Nick Thayer. What can we expect? “I try to play mostly my own music – three fourths of it is normally my own music. I just constantly switch it up. I don’t like to stay in one ‘genre’ for too long. I like to switch BPMs and keep the energy, not just steady, but constantly changing. So it’s just a really energetic – like right-toleft – show the whole time. I have a great time when I DJ, so I think that reflects back on the crowd. I really play music for people. I think it translates back to the audience, and it just turns into a fun dance party.” WHO: Figure WHEN & WHERE: Saturday 5 May, Creamfields, Supreme Court Gardens, Perth

ONE WEEK, NUMEROUS PHONE CALLS AND A NOT-SOSOBER NATHAN WILLIAMS LATER, DANIEL CRIBB GETS AN UPDATE ON THE NEW WAVVES ALBUM.

t’s September ’05 and hardcore punk band Million Dead has just stepped off the stage in Southampton, England for their final show ever. But what sounds like the end of a story is really just the beginning. Vocalist Frank Turner now finds himself with ample free time and a musical void that desperately needs filling. Having already dabbled in the acoustic realm, he focuses his extreme motivation and unstoppable passion into his solo work and finds his true calling in acoustic folk-punk.

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The horror movie ‘nerd’ hopes to eventually score films – and video games. “I download more soundtracks for movies than I do, say, electronic albums. It just interests me, ‘cause that’s the real sound engineering… I mean, you can put a drum loop behind a collection of synths, but to score something is a whole other world.”

hybrid of jungle and dubstep), has a distinct (filthier!) style, he admires the Californian phenom for his humility. “You would think, going that far, it would get to you a little bit – [but] he always has a huge smile on his face, he’s always really positive.”

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FROM SHITTY PUB SHOWS TO PACKING OUT WEMBLEY ARENA, DANIEL CRIBB CHATS TO FRANK TURNER ABOUT FINDING SUCCESS.

A sea of fans meant that his usual post-show meet‘n’greet, an activity that helped in his rise to success, became an unrealistic venture for one night. “There are certainly nights when I can’t wait to jump in the van myself, but not that many,” he admits, discussing the usual protocol of some bands. “But at the end of the day, I’m doing my dream job; I travel around and play music – it’s incredible. The reason I’m able to do that is because people buy my records and give me their time and attention and money and come to shows… There’s a weird structural imbalance in it, just in the sense that something that might take five seconds of my time – signing a ticket stub or taking a photo – that’s very little effort on my behalf and it has quite a large result. I don’t hold myself above people that come to my shows and if they want to say hi or hang out, they’re more than welcome to.”

The (lanky) Gard was originally into hip hop before discovering the big beat of The Prodigy, their music also sample-heavy. He’d end up championing a harder “electro-house” (or “bassline wobble house,” as he once dubbed it in a blog interview). But then Gard was exposed to dubstep – and it was “love”. “I heard hip hop stuff in all the dubstep – it reminded me of hip hop beats. I just felt like it pulled me more than electro-house did, ‘cause it reminded me of what my roots were – just like heavy beats and stuff.” The Beatport fave, who has his own label in Doom Music, has issued buzzworthy singles, among them Dominate, and the hot Monsters Of Drumstep comps. In January he commenced an album project, laying down 25 to 30 tracks. Yet Gard now feels they’d better suit EPs, the recordings not fitting together as an LP. “I kinda like the idea of installments or chapter, like a comic book,” he ponders. The DJ adds, “I will do an album – I just didn’t feel like right now would be an album time.” Gard recently uploaded another popular track, The Brink.

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Seven years, four studio albums, thousands of shows across the world and an impressive amount of awards brings us to April ’12, where Turner finds himself, accompanied by his backing band The Sleeping Souls, headlining a sold-out show at Wembley Arena, the capacity of which is 12,500. “When I was a kid, my favourite bands were not the kind of bands that would play at Wembley. It was kind of off my radar a little bit, but it came up as a possibility about a year or so ago. When it was mentioned in a conversation with my manager I burst out laughing and said ‘You’ve got to be fucking kidding me – I can’t play an arena show’,” Turner recalls.

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igure, aka Josh Gard, is emerging as the next US dubstep superstar. But the DJ/producer couldn’t come from an unlikelier place – Evansville, Indiana. What’s more, he’s still based there. “It’s really calm,” Gard reveals. “There’s not too much of a music scene. I didn’t really have the Internet growing up, so I have no clue how I got into what I got into – being that where I grew up has nothing to do with any of this [dance music]. Barely any shows happened or anything. It’s more of a really small city, just with a local punk scene – that’s all that was ever there. Well, actually, [laughs] we got rated the most obese city in America twice!”

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he sonic brainchild of Nathan Williams has manifested itself to be an unstoppable force since its origins in his parents’ rat-infested shed in ’08. Even though Wavves has become a full-time affair, he still finds ample time to blow off steam. If anything, it’s given Williams and his bandmates somewhat of a right to party their days away, under the category of rock stars. head before jumping on a plane with the rest of his band, Australia-bound. “It’s nice that I have the opportunity to shift between the two, to be honest. The one man with a guitar is a really iconic and strong template and I think that will remain the backbone of what I do, for as long as I do it. That said, at this moment in time, I love my backing band and I’m really excited that they’re coming to Australia for the first time,” Turner explains. The Frank Turner family extends beyond those on-stage and in the crowd, which is apparent in a photo book which surfaced after The Sleeping Souls’ key player Matt Nasir took his camera on tour for a year and snapped photos of their best and worst moments – from playing sold-out venues to the nine hour hungover van trip the following day. “I have regular guitar techs, sound techs, tour managers, and all that kind of thing. It’s something that I’m quite keen to emphasise as often as I can, because for a show to happen, it takes more than just the people on the stage. There are a lot of people who I work with that work really hard who don’t stand under the spotlight at any point, so quite often if I’m doing a ‘round the band’ introduction at the end of my set, I’ll take a moment to introduce my crew members as well, because they work just as hard as anybody else, if not harder.” WHO: Frank Turner WHAT: England Keep My Bones (Epitaph/Shock) WHEN & WHERE: Wednesday 9 May, Amplifier, Perth

The first time Williams answers his phone he’s playing NBA 2K on PS3 with bassist Stephen Pope. The pair, who have been drinking all afternoon and are admittedly under the influence of more than just alcohol, hung up on another interviewer moments earlier because “they were talking shit”. A directionless conversation, in-between yelling at his TV and constantly losing his train of thought, results in a confusing conversation driven by false-truths, admittance of impotence, their guitarist changing gender and memories from their trip to Australia last year. “I was sober, so that was on my shit list,” Williams recalls of the visit. “I guess I wasn’t completely sober for Australia. I smoked a shitload of weed. I didn’t drink, or do mushrooms. Actually, I took mushrooms. So for me it was sober. I didn’t drink, but I took mushrooms and I smoked weed every day. That’s sober right? Is that sober in Australia? If that’s sober then I’m home in Australia. But yeah, Stephen and I decided that we weren’t going to drink in Japan and Australia for a little bit just to level ourselves, because we had gone through 943 days of straight drinking and we had a big fight – dicks out, pubic hair ripped, all sorts of stuff.” The following week, after sobering up, Williams apologises and reschedules in order to clear a few points up. One of few truths from our initial conversation was a progress update on their new album, hopefully coming out in September. “We’ve been in the studio for two months and we’re probably 85 percent done. It’ll probably be a bigger sound, as opposed to my early recordings. We’re recording the record with this producer, John Hill, who’s done a lot of big pop-

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oriented stuff,” he says, mentioning the producer who’s worked with Rihanna and Santigold. “There are a lot of angles from [last album] King Of The Beach and then a lot of new sounds and stuff like that. Stephen and I wrote together a lot more on this record as well.” The last time Wavves went in the studio was last year for the production of their Life Sux EP. The single I Wanna Meet Dave Grohl received extensive airtime and, despite touring the world and gaining popularity wherever they go, they are yet to cross paths with the rock icon. “I don’t think Dave Grohl is detached from local music,” Williams reacts to his previous, less sober analysis of the Foo Fighters frontman. “He’s the only guy of that stature who knows who Fucked Up is, as far as I’m concerned, so that’s pretty cool. My friend Damian from Fucked Up has met him – they’ve toured together extensively. I talked to Damian and I told him, ‘You’ve got to hook it up’ and he said he was going to, but he never did.” Filtering through previously answered questions, the one other point that remained factual was the band’s view of Australia. “Australia is my favourite place to be,” Williams offers. “Relaxed weed laws, it’s really pretty, it reminds me of home. I feel like I’m in California when I’m in Australia. Our shows were all really good last time we were there. A lot of people came and we had a lot of fun... Seriously, I feel like Australia’s my second home. Australia is the California that I always wanted.” WHO: Wavves WHAT: Life Sux (Ghost Ramp/Pod) WHEN & WHERE: Friday 18 May, Rosemount Hotel; Saturday 19, Groovin’ The Moo, Bunbury


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ELI WOLFE Independent Eli Wolfe’s unique blend of acoustic roots, folk and pop is refreshingly honest and heartfelt and his five-track EP, Cards Are On The Table, shows his depth as a musician. Opening with the title track, the vocals just seem to reach out and grab you. The emotive lyrics continue on the same path for She’s Like A Fable, a beautiful ode to someone obviously special to Wolfe. The EP finishes off with Eggman, which has featured on TV show Futurama. By far the catchiest song off the EP, it is a solid finish to a lovely collection of work.

WASH Quick One (I’m On My Way) Independent Wash is a local four-piece whose grand styles are captured on Quick One (I’m On My Way). This catchy pop-rock offering hits you from the get go. With their mantra being to create pop music that is decadent, passionate and guitar-driven, this track seems to deliver on their promise. While being a little disjointed in some parts, Quick One (I’m On My Way) is a solid effort by this relatively new band.

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Best known for his superlative soundtrack for Amelie, Yann Tiersen is slowly teaching us that his compositional talents are even more diverse than originally indicated. The first song on Skyline, Another Shore, is safely familiar, beginning on an ethereal note and slowly progressing into a passionate instrumental rock track. Immediately we remember Tiersen’s elusive knack for conveying a message or evoking emotion without the slightest hint of lyrics. Merely through the placement of certain sounds and the arrangement of certain chords, Tiersen can tell you what to feel. Thus, when vocals are introduced in the second track, they feel more like a special treat than a crucial ingredient.

Don’t get me wrong; I like Audego’s Abominable Galaxy, I do. It’s just… frustrating. From the word go (actually, the first word is ‘ooooooooohhhh’) there is poise and intent. Paso Bionic’s dark beats are a quality foil for the paper-thin vocal fragility of Big Fella, and for the most part, the album hovers in the upper echelons of what we might term the ‘Bristol’ sound (see: Portishead, Tricky, Massive Attack). In fact, at times it is so similar to the ethereal breathe-hop of Geoff Barrow and Beth Gibbons’ early work that you wonder whether someone’s bet them they can’t trick Shazam.

Although the album is distinctly less French than his past works, there are underlying traces of his homeland throughout songs like Monuments, Hesitation Wound and Forgive Me. Despite this, there is still a darkness to Skyline that makes it distinctly Tiersen, particularly towards the middle of the album. The Gutter is sinister and overpowering, despite the sweet female vocals, with sounds of dogs barking and a French radio station, while Exist 25 Block 20 sounds like a horror film with its brutal screams, eerie whispers and slight impression of spoken word. One thing is certain; Tiersen is unafraid of any musical instrument, no matter what shape, size or sound. You name it, he’s used it – and probably without any help. Once the crescendo of the album passes, the tracks seem to calm down. In fact, Skyline balances nicely, beginning and ending on instrumental tracks, as though cushioning the blow of the album’s core. A milestone not only for Tiersen’s career, but for music as a whole. Sarah Scaife

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Big Fella’s vocal works best when it’s rudely challenged by the moodier elements in Paso Bionic’s beat locker. Behind The Citadel Walls and Rhapsody For The Wicked showcase this beautifully, and this is where Audego can be frustrating. For every moment of brilliance, there is an equal and opposite piece of arse-hattery. The vocal harmonies on Big Fella’s spellbinding lament on her inadequacies are almost drowned out by the incongruity of the title – Polish A Turd. And after sharing 35 magical minutes with Audego, instead of the lingering kiss we want and expect as a goodbye, the album’s final track is squandered on a recording of the finish cycle alarm from my Samsung washing machine (for realsies). Follies aside, Abominable Galaxy is a strong showing from the married Melburnians, and more than enough to pique my interest for a second showing. If you were charmed by Dutch’s A Bright Cold Day (and if you weren’t, clean out your ears), this will sit comfortably in your record collection. Tom Birts

On their 15th studio album, Anton Newcombe, the leader LIVE of The Brian Jonestown Massacre, proves he is still going strong with his prolific career. Currently working out of his studio in Berlin, the new material brings together some familiar players with original member Matt Hollywood and Will Carruthers of Spacemen 3, resulting in an album that shows some collaboration but ultimately is fresh from the mind of Newcombe.

Similar in some regards to recent material, Aufheben, VD like 2010’s Who Killed Sgt Pepper?, works with droning

world influences and non-English vocals amongst repetitive and hypnotic rhythms. This is the case with instrumental opener Panic In Babylon, layering eastern influences and the sound of kookaburras into the mix. It’s followed by Viholliseni Maalla; featuring Finnish vocals, the track builds up to where Newcombe leaves room for his distinct guitar melodies. But not all material is on the stranger side – tracks such as Gaz Hilarant and the playfully titled I Wanna Hold Your Other Hand bring to mind the band’s neo-psychedelic sound of jangly acoustic guitar and tambourine, while Stairway To The Best Party recalls the band’s work of the late-‘90s/early-2000s with its Rolling Stones vibe.

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You know those bands that make music that exudes warmth, enveloping you with their sweet melodies and stories, making music with sheer beauty? Well local band Spoonful Of Sugar is making all the right moves to becoming one of them with their self-titled debut EP. Although released a few months back, this chunk of local goodness deserves a review. Their songs are beautifully written, with eloquent lyrics that are movingly poetic. Singer Karin Page has a voice that has that Australian twang common in country singers, but there definitely isn’t any hillbilly about this band or their songs. Little Sally and Vagrant are standouts and we should expect to see some great things from this band.

Whereas Who Killed Sgt Pepper? became unpredictable in its use of hard distortion and techno beats amongst its foreign influences, Aufheben comes across as much more of a relaxed listen, giving a mix of the band’s recent experimentation and weirdness coupled with the collective’s classic neo-psychedelic, shoegaze sound. It is by far Newcombe’s most coherent work in recent times, and through the group’s ups and downs, is a welcome return to order. Sebastian D’Alonzo

SARAH HUMPHREYS Him ABC/Universal An album of covers can either be good or disastrous. Lucky for Sarah Humphreys, her latest EP Him is the former. With a mix of tracks, Humphreys says the album is dedicated to the men in her life who have made her who she is today. And no, this album isn’t full of angry songs wishing men would die. Quite the opposite really, with songs such as Hall & Oates’ You Make My Dreams Come True and Jimmie Davis’ You Are My Sunshine. But it is Bruce Springsteen’s Two Hearts that is the standout, with Humphreys’ ukulele and earthy vocals bringing it all together.

IMMIGRANT UNION Up In Smoke Longtime Listener Soulful back-porch music is how Melbourne band Immigrant Union describes their sound and, basing it off Up In Smoke, it seems an apt description. The single features a rendition of the Cheech & Chong track that is a little more serious in execution than the original, but you still can’t help but laugh at some of the lyrics. Also included is an original song, Oregon, which is where the back-porch reference comes into play. Featuring members of The Dandy Warhols, Lazy Sons and The Galvatrons, this is the first single off their debut record due out soon, and it’s difficult really to predict how excited you should get from this slab alone.

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PAUL WELLER

SPIRITUALIZED

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Outside, hipster kids are trawling through ‘vintage’ stores and fairs, trying their best to hark back to some era they’ve never seen and at the same time make it their own. On stage and in rehearsal rooms, bands are mixing pop and alternative music from the ‘70s, playing with styles long since invented and played out, raiding their parents’ record collections and trying to absorb that sound into their own.

Topping off an already successful 35-year-long career, singer/songwriter Paul Weller has released his eleventh solo album, Sonik Kicks. His heavy association with the Brit-pop movement and songwriting that is embedded in the English culture has left him with an album that balances extensiveness, focus and inspiration.

Over the course of 20 years, each Spiritualized studio album has not only maintained exceptionally high standards, but also represented a personal watershed for its inspirational, sometimes troubled lead figure, Jason “Spaceman” Pierce.

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Inside a recording studio in New Orleans, however, Dr John – Malcolm Rebennack by birth – is making more of it. He’s not copying nothin’, not trying to replicate the sound of the ‘60s or ‘70s – he was there. The 71-yearold had his first hit in 1959, was an A-list session player through the ‘60s, and had become the legendary, wildly theatrical Night Tripper by the early ‘70s. He’s never managed to grow old, though. Locked Down puts the number of albums he’s recorded as bandleader somewhere close to 30, but the music’s as full of vigour and funk as ever. From the sound of it, making music is like breathing for Dr John and the musicians he’s working with. It’s music as music should be – genuine, gutsy, honest. There’s nothing contrived or forced about it; you believe every word he says. Locked Down is an effort of collaboration, with Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys brought on as bandleader/ producer – and guitarist of course. He enters the blend seamlessly, and probably helps to tie the music to the contemporary era. Because, as much as this is music of an era long gone, it’s also ageless. It belongs anywhere. As the liner notes claim, “[Locked Down] is an invitation to do a dirty grind in a backroom bar at 3am and a call to go to church the next day…”

First track Green has a convincing pulse that catches your attention and pulls you in. Kling I Klang’s adrenaline pushes through, giving it a deeper turn. But, in the somewhat overly-produced album, the real centrepiece is Study In Blue. This track is a curious duet with Weller’s wife Hannah which creates a great contrast from the rest of the album with its versatility. It takes breathless jazz components with doubled echoes and mutates them into a psychedelic dub reggae experience that is quick to build up excitement. The remainder of the album barrels out quite hectically. Each track throws out idea after idea without really flowing, jumping from one extreme to another. The Dangerous Age shows how electronics can be put to good use, adding an extra kick to the beat, but it is really propelled by the old fashioned “shoo-woop” backing vocals. Noel Gallagher contributes to The Attic with former Blur guitarist Graham Coxon, who also performs on a couple of others. Weller styles from punchy beats reflecting on The Jam days instilled with heart-hazy soul, giving the album an enjoyable and interesting twist.

While Sweet Heart, Sweet Light retreads many of Pierce’s obsessions – doomed relationships, death and, most frequently, reconciling religious beliefs with a life of wanton hedonism – there are some new developments. An almost unrecognisably angry Pierce details not only his self-destruction on Get What You Deserve, but repeatedly threatens to shoot his partner in her sleep. Hey Jane raises similarly fatalistic concerns, but is a rumbling, defiant anthem to rank with the best of them. The high point, no pun intended, may well be Headin’ For The Top, a Spiritualized psychedelic opera of over-ridden guitar and orchestral soul. From this peak, Pierce seems to lose his compass, with multiple recurrences of lyrical clichés, the cod-philosophical Life Is a Problem being a major culprit. I Am What I Am is a fuzz-bomb shuffler that never leaves the garage, while Freedom is unnervingly similar to Freedom Isn’t Free from the Team America soundtrack. Perhaps most concerning is Mary. Much of Spiritualized’s brilliance stems from their extreme alchemy of screaming guitar FX with strings and brass. Here, the usually fail-proof formula drags like a weekend chore.

To interpret the “sonic” part of the album’s title a bit too literally, the spacey brain-piercing synths are piled on rather heavily. Whilst you must give the guy credit for his experimental direction, the restless approach doesn’t do him many favours.

With their dedication to pure sound, playing a new Spiritualized record for the first time should be nothing less than a quasi-religious, knee-quaking experience. While the first half comes close, Sweet Heart, Sweet Light fails to deliver a chapter worthy of Pierce’s genius.

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DZ DEATHRAYS

NORAH JONES

THE BLACK SEEDS

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Blue Note/EMI

Studio 101/Remote Control

Spooky Records

Fling the dust off your Mötley Crüe t-shirt and get ready for some wildly abhorrent and assaulting party rock as it’s time for Bloodstreams, the debut release from Brissy duo DZ Deathrays, aka Simon Ridley and Shane Parsons.

Norah Jones’ last record waded into some pop territory with the catchy Chasing Pirates. Moves like that might infuriate some, but to hell with them. She’s one of the highest selling jazz artists of our time not because of any gimmicks, but for her songwriting and her voice. She could lend her hand to almost anything – alt.country, baroque pop, cabaret or just stick to jazz – and do it damn well. Now, she wants to delve into Feist-like pop territory, and she found her foil in Danger Mouse.

Bringing the typical New Zealand reggae soul and infusing that with the familiar off-beat strumming, funky synths and comfortable grooves of The Black Seeds, and there you have their fifth studio album, Dust & Dirt. After a two year creative process, The Black Seeds have put out a release that takes their songwriting and recording duties in an innovative direction. Dust & Dirt introduces the new styles and sounds of the band with energy, a warm vintage tone and an improvisational feel.

The record swings between the two. The opening track leans more towards Jones’ previous releases, then the second comes in with those typical Danger Mousesounding drums and melodies that wouldn’t be out of place on that Broken Bells record. Between them they save the song from heading into some horrible pop territory – Danger Mouse with his style; Jones with her honesty and that voice. She’s 22 is one of those rare gems with a simple chord progression, simple lyrics and simple production but cuts through you with its honesty. Take It Back brings in some more Broken Bells melodies, then rocks out but in a strictly minimalist way. Jones’ time playing on Ryan Adams records shows its influence on Broke Hearts and Miriam.

Out Of Light kicks off the album with a down tempo, spacey-bass vibe that doesn’t do much for capturing your attention but, if you give it a chance, Pippy Pip gives a bubbly and upbeat outburst, followed by the harder-edged funk tune Wide Open. Loose Cartilage is the highlight of the album with its piercing bluesy guitar jam and infectious melody, Love Me Now makes you want to start grooving in a figure-eight form, whereas Cracks In Our Crown rocks it up a whole new level.

Singing of the devil, death and all things ghastly, The Toot Toot Toots are part of Victoria’s prolific ‘dark folk’ family alongside spook siblings Brothers Grim and Graveyard Train. The impressive packaging that envelopes Outlaws is made of 100% recycled material – including nifty cardboard palm cards containing each song lyric. Set around the story of émigré Eli Rayne, the record explores the unsettling, bloody effect his arrival has on the gold rush town of Gomorrah Fields. Ol’ Ted’s Habits kicks off with Giuliano Ferla’s unique grunting vocals and a kicking snare roll, while the horn-led and punk-edged Lily Of Sharon takes the listener on a different journey, concluding with a minute of manic wah-drenched guitar. The Foreigner’s Daughter Part 1 & Part 2 are wonderfully-written tracks, the latter culminating in some magnificent multi-layered vocals. Ferla navigates between Al-Barr-meets-Tom-Waits hardedged vocals, to softer, more melodic folk cries. In My Defence is the darkest song on the album, exploring life living as a suspect in a small town. Initiating the inspiring and fresh concept of a narrative running throughout the dozen songs engages the listener. This is the case moreso, in this reviewer’s opinion, than a totally unrelated collection of songs. Boasting folk, punk, rockabilly and even gospel-inspired doo-wop pop elements across the dozen tracks, Outlaws is a vivaciously versatile listening experience. With an acclaimed live show that includes go-go dancers and a brass section, The Toot Toot Toots are an act worth catching live. Paired beautifully with your dark ale of choice, this collection of devilish ditties will quench the most discerning of sonic thirsts. Tom O’Donovan

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Teenage Kickstarts provides an overhaul of thrash with careless, buzzing guitars – and before you ask, yes, sweat and black leather are mandatory. Dollar Chills uses little inserts of electro to bridge the gap between party thrash and electronica, while Gebbie Street will have you stomping around in Doc Marten’s and throwing back $5 bourbons like there’s no such thing as a brown liquor hangover. Play Dead Till You’re Dead is all mosh as church organ-like echoes and drunk satanic beats paint pictures of smoking skulls with catchy lyricism. A true kick-arse element is the crafty way Parsons uses his yelling as a rhythm keeper, adding another layer to existing instrumental beats. The pop drums that open score for No Sleep make a refreshing and playful introduction to this short and sweet adrenaline-fuelled punk number, while Cops Capacity was made for pubescent punters to play as loud as possible, and is bound to put some fur on their figs. This record does what a good rock record should do; it morphs you into a powerful, sweaty egomaniac that can blow cigar smoke in the shape of the Northern Lights and wear tight leather pants without compromising sexuality. Bloodstreams does not ebb and flow, it punches you right in the chops. I recommend using it as your lifeblood for Carpe Diem and enjoy the motherfucking power trip.

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It’s a sparse and minimalist record. It’s not faultless – Out On The Road is a weak point – but it’s solid and impressive. If these two develop some sort of working relationship and deliver a few other records together then that will be something to really look forward to.

The strength of The Seeds is in their musicianship, with their minimal vocals and well-crafted instrumentals standing out. The smooth vocals of Barnaby Weir and Daniel Weetman compliment the optimistic and relaxed mood, matching the tasty grooves and fresh touches. Dust & Dirt is an album that reveals the band’s newfound creative freedom, mixed with experimental funk, dub, soulful looping, bass beats and vintage roots-reggae. It crosses boundaries for a band that is still holding onto their reggae foundation, demonstrating they are ready to take on a challenge by adding more blends into the mix.

Jason Kenny

Jayde Ferguson

Inès Velour

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THURSDAY 3 West Wind– A love story melodrama, its 1988 and twin sisters from East Germany have been selected to travel to a Hungarian seaside resort to a training camp for the Olympics- as elite scullers. Directed by Robert Thalheim, opening night of the German Film Festival, Cinema Paradiso, 7pm. Asher Treleaven: Secret Door– this dapper Melbournian asks the question in his new show, what makes man Manly? – His take on masculinity, playing with perceptions of machismo and feyness. Part of the Perth Comedy Festival, Opening night, Astor Lounge, 9.15pm until 5 May. DeAnne Smith: Living the Sweet life– a Canadian whose new show is all about how sweet life is. It includes a ukulele (the hippest of hip instruments) and free candy, sweet. Part of the Perth Comedy Festival, Opening night, Astor Lounge, 8pm until 5 May. FRIDAY 4 Hell– a thriller that literally translated as ‘bright’ set in a future world where food is scarce, it doesn’t rain and the sun is very powerful. A debut feature from Tim Fehlbaum, an atmospheric film with simmering tensions and a powerful sense of society under threat. It’s a post-apocalyptic warning. Part of the German Film Festival, Cinema Paradiso, 8.45pm. Puccini’s La Bohème– an elegant, abridged production will be performed by singers and orchestra graduates of WAAPA/UWA. Performed at three unique venues across the metropolitan area, Fly by Night Musicians Club, Darlington Hall North Perth and the Perth Town Hall. Fly by Night Musicians Club, 7.30pm until 10 May. Tales of Hierarchy– a solo exhibition from Western Australian artist Patrick Doherty, featuring a new series of paintings, drawings and prints, Doherty is known for his free-style figurative illustrations that portray sequences and contain rich colourful imagery. This exhibition is an exploration that focuses on both current and historical power structures. Opening today, Venn Gallery, until 8 June.

SATURDAY 5 John Gavin – in the early hours of Easter Saturday 1844, fifteen year old John Gavin became the first European to be executed in our Swan River Colony. He was tried, convicted and hanged within three days and buried without ceremony

in an unmarked grave. HighlyTITANIC skilled aerial theatre, dramatic reconstruction and physical performance will re-animate John Gavin twisted adolescent dreams. Created and performed by Nick Candy, Dawn Pascoe and Steven Finnegan. Closing night, The Blue Room Theatre, 8.30pm. Swan Lake 3D– Matthew Bourne’s production, perhaps best known for replacing the traditional female corps de ballet with a menacing male ensemble, was filmed in 3D at Sadler’s Wells in London last year. The 3D filming creates an illusion of space around the dancers, drawing us as the audience onto the stage and bringing a dramatic realism to the story. Cinema Paradiso, 1pm repeat screening 6 May, 1pm. Three- directed by Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run), a German menage-a-trois dramedy which was nominated for the Golden Lion at the 67th Venice International Film Festival. A provocative drama about a married couple whose relationship is at a crossroads, until they meet another man who injects a new enthusiasm in their relationship. Part of the German Film Festival, Cinema Paradiso, 8.45pm. Charlottes Webb- The E.B White classic children story that adults love, about Fern, Wilbur and Charlotte. Directed by Gary Winick, with the voices of Dakota Fanning, Julia Roberts and Oprah Winfrey. Part of Free Flicks for Kids, Northbridge Piazza, 6.30pm

SUNDAY 6 International Comedy Bowls- a free event where local, national and international comedians will play lawn bowls against the Perth media. The gloves are off, for Des Bishop, DeAnne Smith and Asher Treleaven as they prepare to battle the press . A Perth Comedy Festival Event, the Mount Lawley Bowls Club, 2pm.

MONDAY 7 Monday Double Screening- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Carnage, a night of action and drama sure to liven up any Monday, Luna Leederville, 7.30pm.

ONGOING Milk- the first solo exhibition for Perth artist Mow Skwoz, consisting of creatures, skin demons, and costumed musicians. Bivouac Canteen & Bar, Northbridge until 2 June. SWAN LAKE 3D

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ALL RELISH AND NO CHEESE Often hailed as ‘the anti-comedian’, the hardworking Neil Hamburger proves he’s a perfect gentleman by clearing his schedule (and his throat) for a chat with Baz McAlister ahead of his Perth International Comedy Festival show. “This year we’re on track to do 700 shows,” says Neil Hamburger down the line from Los Angeles, a staggering goal. “Being on the road is less than ideal, I can promise you that. It’s not something I recommend.” It’s quite a shock to be chatting to Hamburger. I’d dialled the number for musician/comedian Gregg Turkington, but somehow, America’s Funnyman himself answered, we hit it off, and we started talking about how he got into the comedy game. “I would not even call it a game, I would call it a nightmare,” Hamburger says. “But jeez, we’re talking dozens of years. Put it this way: there’s things you’re drawn to. If you get a kitten and bring it into your home, and you have a litter box in the corner, you don’t have to teach the damn kitten how to use it. They will just walk up and do their thing. It’s kind of like that with me and the comedy. I don’t remember what happened, but clearly this is all I was built for. I gravitated towards it and now I’m enslaved by it.” Hamburger may sound like he’s no longer in love with comedy – if, indeed, he ever was – but he’s as funny as they come, and his work ethic is indeed second to none. “Some of these comedians, it’s just a hobby for them, but it’s my life,” he says. “I will play anywhere from a pizza parlour to a stadium. It could

be a tiny town with a population of 20, or New York City. Anywhere a laugh is needed I’m ready to go. I’ll tell you, it beats a job sweeping the street or washing cars.” Hamburger says his return to Perth this year is after a nine-year absence, following the time he toured to WA on the Big Day Out bill with “a lot of real garbage-type musicians”. His last visit to Australia was in 2010, opening a string of shows for Faith No More, which he says ranks among the most nerveracking of gigs. “That definitely is tough, because those folks come out with a chip on their shoulder,” he says. “A lot of them are kids with a sour and negative attitude, and some of them are predisposed to dislike me before the show even starts. So you do have to use everything you’ve learned in show business.” Hamburger freely admits his show is not for everyone – “We never said it was,” he says. “There will always be naysayers who will storm out and say ‘What the hell was that?’ but for those folks, there are plenty of rotten things they can go see instead. The Garfield movie and Garfield 2 are out on DVD – you can pick those up as an alternate evening of entertainment if you don’t like what we are trying to do here.” Hamburger does suffer walkouts from audience members who clearly

haven’t researched him enough, nor have the vision to see his genius. Being booed off by crowds who don’t get him has also happened – and it begs the question, is that something Hamburger would almost wear as a badge of honour? “Some folks feel it is a badge of honour, but I would not wear it as a badge of honour,” he says. “A badge of honour would be something you would get when, say, you saved

a village of people from a big fire. Standing in front of a bunch of pigs and calling them names while they boo and throw French fries at you – there’s no honour in that.” WHAT: Neil Hamburger: Discounted Entertainer WHERE & WHEN: Jack High Comedy Club, Mt Lawley Bowling Club, Wednesday 9 to Saturday 12 May

FIRST DEGREE BURNS He left our shores to pursue his comedy career almost two decades ago, but Perth native Brendon Burns hasn’t forgotten his roots, as Baz McAlister finds out. It was 1994 when Australia got too small for Perth’s own Brendon Burns, and he headed north to the UK in search of more comedy stages. After slogging it out on the circuit for years he won the top comedy award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2007. “Since the Edinburgh award, it’s really opened things up,” Burns says down the line from New Zealand, where he’s just landed for a string of gigs. “I’m in a different country at least once a month now. It really lent itself to a very luxurious career. I work where and when I want to.” The luxury of stability has bred Burns’ latest hour-long themed show, Home Stretch Baby. “It’s all about reaching middle age,” he explains. “Middle age is glorious when you’re an ex-rock’n’roll comic. Most people turn 40 and they freak out, but for me it’s like most of life’s struggles are over. For me, it’s a great big bag of ‘Thank god all that bullshit’s over’. [The comedian] Marc Maron puts it very well, saying middle age is just decay management.” Burns was 19 when he started out on the comedy circuit. In his middle age, some younger comics have started to call him ‘Uncle Brendon’, which freaks out the veteran comedians who’ve known him since he began. “Nowadays a lot of people get into comedy a lot younger,” he says. “When I started, nobody was my age. I was the baby. So a lot of

my friends now can’t deal with me getting ‘Uncle Brendon’.” Burns is perhaps best-known for the notorious clips on YouTube of him demolishing hecklers. “Fans do come along specifically to heckle because they’ve seen the clips of me tearing somebody apart, and I’ll rip into them. They’ll be highfiving afterwards going ‘Yeah, he got me’. That happened in Aberdeen recently – a guy started to heckle and the wind came out of his sails. I said ‘You didn’t mean a word of that, did you?’ and he goes ‘Nah, I’m just a big fan. Just wanted to talk to you’. See, if you come and see me at a late-night gig it’s anything goes – but if I write a themed show for a comedy festival, it’s not really a heckling environment. ‘Support act: Dickhead heckling’ isn’t on the poster.” Outside the comedy rooms, Burns’ career has been soaring. He, Barry Castagnola and Paul Provenza are working on a screenplay adaptation of his recent book Fear Of Hat Loss In Las Vegas, which they hope to shoot on spec soon. And Burns says he’s just about to announce a show in the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal with Mick Foley, from the WWE. “Mick started doing stand-up, and I’ve always been a huge wrestling fan, so our worlds were bound to collide,” Burns says. “We got on like a house on fire and we have a few things in the pipeline that I can’t really talk about – but crazy,

boyhood dream, surreal, this-isn’thappening kind of stuff. Since I came out as a wrestling fan, all my Facebook updates have been people sending me wrestling stuff. It’s such a weird secret handshake, and I’ve suddenly got this secondary fanbase

that want to talk to me about wrestling. It’s a real subculture.” WHAT: Brendon Burns: Home Stretch Baby WHEN & WHERE: Jack High Comedy Club, Wednesday 9 to Saturday 12 May

REVIEW BIG TOP TEASE Big Top, Langley Park; 28/4/2012 The circus is in town. The Joseph Ashton Circus, to be more precise. This particular circus is a family affair, performed by one large extended family and aimed at a family audience. They also have teamed up with local burlesque troop, Sugar Blue Burlesque, for something a little bit naughtier. The show is a mix of traditional circus mayhem such as clowns, jugglers, and varying degrees of death-defying apparatus alongside snake-charmers, burlesque dancing and fire dancers. Glued together with lewd ringmaster Baron Frauhausen, the show moved along at a cracking pace. A few sound issues and some not-so-tight local performances were the only real downfall. Overall though, as the Baron himself suggested, there wasn’t a dry seat in the house. Baron Gutter


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From revolutionising punk-rock with Black Flag to narrating nature documentaries with National Geographic, Henry Rollins has done it all. “While the iron’s hot, I’m going to say yes to everything,” he says to Matt O’Neill. Henry Rollins both exudes and inspires confidence. Across his career, he has demonstrated an almost inhuman obsession with personal improvement. He remains in a better state of physical and mental conditioning at age 51 than your average male at age 26. Disarmingly intelligent, he speaks with authority and good humour on politics, culture, music, literature, and countless other topics. “My goal as an artist is to be clear – to get the material across,” the spoken-word artist says directly. “I can’t tell people what to do or how to react to something. They’re going to do what they’re going to do. It’s up to me to make it clear. They can do whatever they want with what I give them but at least they will know what I meant. What I don’t like is grey area. ‘You weren’t very clear about that’ – that’s a fail, in my book.” Such confidence is neither surprising nor undeserved. The past 30 years have seen Henry Rollins

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celebrated across more disciplines and in more capacities than most artists could so much as name. Beginning as vocalist for legendary ’80s hardcore outfit Black Flag, Rollins’ subsequent output has seen him praised as a musician, author, poet, spoken-word artist, actor, television personality, radio host, and photojournalist. “I come from nothing. I come from nowhere. What do I have to lose? My reputation? I don’t have one,” he laughs. “And it’s all interesting to me. It’s all interesting. I just show up. ‘Hey – you want to act?’ Hell yeah, I’ll give that a try. I’ll show up. I won’t go around calling myself an actor but I’ll show up. I mean, I enjoy the touring the most – it certainly takes up most of my time – but I also have to eat every day. If I can do that through doing stuff I find

interesting, I’m going to do it.” What is surprising is what actually drives Rollins forward. His confidence and reputation automatically suggest a figure driven by ethics or ego – and, despite his protestations on both counts, those are clearly both factors in his work – but, in truth, his career is defined through much simpler terms. It’s a matter of survival. Uneducated and operating without any specific profession to his credit, Henry Rollins is simply determined not to be discarded by his own society. “My country is not necessarily a country as much as it is an idea. Democracy is an idea. The constitution is a marvellous thing to aspire to. It is, as much as anything else, an environment that you pass and fail in – it is an environment that

you survive,” he outlines clearly. “I’ve thought that since the summer of 1984 where, as a 23-yearold, I first began to understand Reaganism. At this point, I am hellbent on surviving America.” “I tell you that – and I say yes to work – because, for people like me, it’s over after a while,” Rollins laughs. “‘Thank you, that’s enough, we’d like a younger version’. All of a sudden, you don’t have any work. While the iron’s hot, I’m going to say yes to everything.” WHO: Henry Rollins WHEN & WHERE: Thursday 10 May, Margaret River Cultural Centre; Friday 11 & Saturday 12, Perth International Comedy Festival, Astor Theatre, Mt Lawley

Back in the day when I was at primary school, I loved getting books from the school book club. There was one book I still remember my Mum buying for me, and chances are it’s still in the bookcase at their place. It was called The Second Ha-Ha Hee-Hee Ho-Ho Joke Book and even now I still remember telling jokes from it in the car on family holidays, to my cousins when they came over or to anyone who would give me the time of day. But while my career in stand-up never really took off (which, looking back, could have had something to do with the quality of those jokes), the next two-and-a-half weeks sees some of the funniest names in the comedy business come together for the inaugural Perth International Comedy Festival (PICF). And, as with any festival, it can be a bit overwhelming trying to figure out just who you should se, so scheduling is very important. To make things a little easier for you, here is a snapshot of some of the acts on offer: Opening Night Gala – What better way to kick off a festival than with a gala? This opening event brings the who’s who of the festival together in the one room. The Pajama Men – Their show is “a fast-paced comedy thriller about love, alien abduction, the pressure cooker of solitude and the spirit of adventure.” And that show is “Subject to change. Completely.” In their Perth debut, this duo from the US is sure to have you in fits of laughter. Neil Hamburger – With his show

Discounted Entertainer, Hamburger returns to Australia for the first time in over 10 years. Who else is excited about this? Stephen K Amos – In his Perth debut, this well-known UK funny man is set charm the pants off his audience with his show Laughter Is My Agenda. Sammy J & Randy – Who doesn’t love a puppet? In their show The Inheritance, this human (Sam McMillan) and purple-puppet (Heath McIvor) duo take us on a journey that sees Randy (the puppet) become an heir to some massive fortune and thus the laughs unfold. Lots of local loving – As seen on the cover of this issue of Drum, our wonderfully talented local comedians are in the spotlight for PICF. So take a look at the schedule and make sure you see them in all their glory, because they are worth it. You can catch John Conway, Jimmy James Eaton, Bonnie Davies, Sarah Furtner, Tien Tran, Josh Richards, Adam Peter Scott, Andrea Gibbs, John Robertson, Werzel, Tropical Parodies, Joel Creasey, Emma Zammit and Mike G (although granted he can be considered both an international and local artist, but he is very funny and in typical Australian tradition, when something is good, we like to claim it as our own) in a variety of shows which are bound to appeal to all senses of humour. So go on, do it, go see some shows for the very first Perth International Comedy Festival ever. Laughs are guaranteed*. *Actual laughs cannot be guaranteed, but of course, being a comedy festival, are extremely likely.

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With Fu Manchu’s Southern California roots spanning back to 1985, when they were a hardcore band called Virulence, through to countless line-up changes over their 27-year history, it’s safe to say they predate and have outlived every one of their fellow stoner rock allies. Widely regarded as the visionary forefathers of the stoner rock scene that we know today, Fu Manchu have become one of the most influential and highly respected bands to have come out of the ‘90s Southern Californian desert rock scene. And with tours in 2011 honouring their 1996 classic In Search Of and tours in 2012 honouring their 1997 classic The Action is Go, Fu Manchu are in fine form. In addition, they’ll be backed by special guests in San Franciscan heavy sludge metal duo Black Cobra, Melbourne’s Matt Sonic & The High Times and our own The Devil Rides Out. $45 plus BF via Life Is Noise, Oztix, Heatseeker and the usuals.

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It was a little disconcerting when they missed a year but here they are back again – the annual, clockwork event of The Mountain Goats’ return to Australia. Catherine Traicos warmed us up softly, with guitar and low voice and sultry lyrics. She played beautifully but forgettably, with the main spark of the set coming when she invited Philip Everall up to play bass clarinet – not an instrument you see every day. The people were there for The Mountain Goats though, and it was easy to drift out the back and wait for them to take their rightful place onstage. It was, of course, worth the wait. Finally the three of them entered stage left: Peter Hughes on bass, who’s been around since 1995; Jon Wurster on drums, who’s a more recent addition, joining the band in 2007; and frontman and originator John Darnielle himself. Darnielle said hello, and then they smashed immediately into For Charles Bronson from All Eternals Deck – Darnielle’s mouth open wide, strings flying, his poor acoustic cowering under his violent strikes against it. Soon, the crowd was singing along, a trend that only let up when the band played brand new songs from their next, as yet unreleased, album. During these, everyone became noticeably quieter, listening with closed-eyed attention. Their love for Darnielle and the band was

palpable – everything they did was engaged with and consumed unwaveringly. And Darnielle interacted wonderfully back. Each song had a story and when he wasn’t telling those he was offering some sort of preamble or observation. Darnielle spoke with the crowd like the awkward, kinda geeky best man at a wedding standing on a chair at the very end of the reception to address who’s left, and who then surprises everyone with how articulate and entertaining he turns out to be. Last year’s album All Eternals Deck commanded some of the set but there was a healthy spread of older songs and favourites as well. Towards the middle, Hughes and Wurster left the stage, leaving Darnielle to play four songs all by himself – songs not listed on the set list but chosen on the spot. Much of the gig had this air of spontaneity, the impression that things had been vaguely planned, but this was one unique show, rather than another repetition of every other show they’ve ever played. Darnielle loves what he does. He plays his gigs with little-kid enthusiasm and it’s infectious. The band smashed it. The crowd loved it. And they will no doubt be welcoming him back with open arms when he comes back to do it all over again next year. Only this time, they’ll be able to sing along to those new songs, too. Zoe Barron

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Dear Delta, just because you’re a host on a TV show based on covers, doesn’t mean it’s okay to cover other people’s songs and claim them as your own. It’s quite likely the resemblance wasn’t intentional and just pure coincidence. Either way though, you’re extremely annoying, so can you pleeeeeease you just give up the music biz and focus your time chasing inappropriate lovers so we can laugh about it in the tabloids? Then we promise we’ll go back to liking you. xx

You know rising computing obsessions are pissing out an increasingly flowing waterfall of social problems when Sega finds it economically viable to sell a urinal-mounted computer games system called Toylet where your toiletry actions act as the controller.

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PRINCESS MONAE We’re hoping the rumours that Janelle Monae will be supporting Prince on his Australian reign of purple power aren’t true. Considering he’s not gracing Perth with his royal ways, that’d just be too much to handle.

TAKING THE PISS

SPORT WARNING No matter which team you go for, Nat Fyfe and Josh Kennedy’s injuries are ridiculously bad news for this state’s 2012 AFL dreams. In fact, with all the serious sport injuries going on recently (professional soccer player heart attack fatalities, Olympic swimming champs dropping dead etc), we’re glad we’re more focused on the musical sports rather than fitness. That’s shit’s suddenly looking more dangerous for yourLANIE healthLANE than downing beers and overly loud tunes… PIC BY CC HUA

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DRUM MEDIA IS PROUD TO PRESENTS SHOWS INCLUDING: GOSSLING: MAY 3 The Bird FU MANCHU, BLACK COBRA, MATT SONIC & THE HIGH TIMES: MAY 5 Rosemount Hotel BOY & BEAR, JUNGLE GIANTS, TIN SPARROW: MAY 10 Albany Entertainment Centre; MAY 11 Bunbury Entertainment Centre; MAY 12 Fremantle Arts Centre DEAD LETTER CIRCUS, FAIR TO MIDLAND, TWELVE FOOT NINJA: MAY 11 Metropolis Fremantle; MAY 12 Capitol KIM CHURCHILL, MICROWAVE JENNY: MAY 16 Settlers Tavern; MAY 17 Dunsborough Tavern; MAY 18 Prince Of Wales; MAY 19 Norfolk Basement; MAY 20 Indi Bar ANDREW WK, ALEISTER X: MAY 17 The Bakery GROOVIN’ THE MOO: ANDREW WK, BIG SCARY, BLUEJUICE, CITY & COLOUR, THE GETAWAY PLAN, GOLD FIELDS, KAISER CHIEFS, MATT CORBY, PARKWAY DRIVE, SAN SISCO, WAVVES, 360, ADRIAN LUX, BENI, BALL PARK MUSIC, DIGITALISM, HERMITUDE, HILLTOP HOODS, MUSCLES, MUTEMATH, NAYSAYER & GILSUN, PUBLIC ENEMY, PURPLE SNEAKERS DJS, STILLWATER GIANTS, BROW HORN ORCHESTRA, RAINY DAY WOMEN, NEEDING CHERIE: MAY 19 Hay Park, Bunbury KINGS OF SOUND FESTIVAL: MAY 19 Rosemount Hotel + WAMI FESTIVAL OPENING PARTY: TOMAS FORD, BEN WITT, MMHMMM, COW PARADE COW, SUGARPUSS, RAINY DAY WOMEN, FELICITY GROOM, CUT & PASTE SOUNDSYSTEM: MAY 26 The Bakery JAZZ WA WAMI SHOWCASE: VICTORIA NEWTON, THE GLYN MACDONAL QUARTET, HORIZON ART ORCHESTRA: MAY 28 The Bakery EXPERIMENTAL WAMI SHOWCASE: HEYTESBURG, RACE TO YOUR FACE, USURPER OF MODERN MEDICINE: MAY 29 The Bakery FAIRBRIDGE WAMI SHOWCASE: ENSEMBLE

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SIMONE & GIRLFUNKLE

RELEASING THEIR LATEST SINGLE DIRT FARMER THIS WEEKEND, THE DISAPPOINTED’S MICHAEL STRONG GIVES US THE STORY BEHIND THE TRACK.

Releasing their latest single Blown Into The Wind this weekend, Simone & Girlfunkle’s Gabrielle Lammers gives us the story behind the new video clip. The clip: Budding new producer/director Nat Lewis directed the new film clip for Simone & Girlfunkle’s latest single release Blown Into The Wind. The film captures the vivid imagination of a curious young boy, the very talented Jasper Thomas, stumbling across an old tailor’s shop front. As he peeks through the glass, he is taken aback by a dreamscape of colour and movement that develops as two mannequins (Bridget Turner and myself) fall from the window front and come to life. Spinning a tale of lost and found love, the two mannequins begin to dance across the shop floor with the support of seamstresses, Erin Williams and Catherine Lock. As the emotive song peaks the mannequins begin to move, freely circling the camera as the other members of the band come into frame, the lads. The group celebrates and the dancers become a myriad of light, gold streamers falling from the ceiling. As all good things must come to an end, the mannequins begin to slow down, lose their movement and resume their places. As their eyes finally glaze over, a sense of sadness and loss perpetuates. The seamstresses, once again, get back to work. Favourite film clips of all time: Limahl – Never Ending Story; Queen – I Want to Break Free; and Young MC – Bust A Move. Favourite local clip: Rabbit Island – Space, Man (it is lovely). Tell us about the launch: The single/film clip launch will be held at The Bakery this Saturday, with support from Runner, High Hopes, Sidewalk Diamonds and DJ Tristan Fidler. Punters are invited to choose a song for our exceptional DJ, Tristan Fidler, to play on the night of the launch. Be sure to email us a song that will encourage people to ‘cut sick’ on the dance floor ASAP! A Cliff Richard shrine will be erected on the night too, feel free to donate an item for the place of worship. Photos with Cliff in front of his shrine will be limited to the first 100,000 people to enter the venue. Tickets via nowbaking.com.au. WHAT: Blown Into The Wind (Independent) WHEN & WHERE: Saturday 5 May, The Bakery, Northbridge

THE UNTANNY VALLEY

Tura New Music have announced their Club Zho for 2012 – Kynan Tan’s Consciousness and The Uncanny Valley, at The Bakery, Tuesday 8 May. Tan’s work is an impressive fusion of digital audio and stunning computer-controlled visuals, pushing the boundaries of sound art, while The Uncanny Valley is a trio who create a sensory assault by straddling the boundaries between improvisation and noise music.

WHICH WITCHES

Having been quiet over the last few months recording their debut album, this Thursday 3 May you can catch The Witches showcasing some of these quirky pop songs with an amazing cast of bands – High Horse, The Loved Dead and Jackie Treehorn. $5 from 8pm, with Sons of Rico DJs in the beer garden.

EASTERN MEETS WEST

Some of hardest working folks in showbiz, New Zealand’s The Eastern will be taking the stage at The Mustang Bar this Thursday 3 May, coinciding with the Australian release of their new album Hope & Wire. The rolling, rambling, shambling, family hoedown atmospheres they project in their live shows have endeared them to the hearts of many.

Australian Blues artist PJ O’Brien’s new album Jefferson Blues debuted at #1 on the Australian Blues & Roots Airplay Chart in February. The LP is underpinned by O’Brien’s signature muscular guitar work, soulful vocals and all-original blues/roots songwriting. He plays the Hyde Park Hotel Saturday 5 May with band, plus special guest Chris Mawer.

Wednesday 9 May sees some of Perth’s fave musicians in Timothy Nelson, Luke Dux, James Teague and Jay Marriot spin their fave vinyl for free from 7pm The Bird, with a Fat Shan stall full of goodies. The only thing better than watching bands play live is the quintessential band DJ Set, so get ready to boogie!

Melbourne band Husky will be the first-ever Australian group to be signed to Sub Pop, joining the likes of Fleet Foxes and Beach House, and grunge legends Nirvana and Soundgarden. Once they get back from Europe, Friday 4 May they play The Bakery, supported by The Trouble With Templeton, celebrating the final single from his current album Bleeders, Someday Soon. 24 • THE DRUM MEDIA

The Pakenham Street Art Studios are hosting a new exhibition Friday 4 May displaying works from the artists operating at PSAS, plus City Of Fremantle’s Fremantle Green Skins Project – a project aimed at designing and constructing living walls and rooftop gardens. Masonik will also be on hand to explore improvisation and dub as a medium for remixing popular culture in their live set.

CAL ON YOU

Before he begins his WA tour taking him from Denmark to Derby over the next three months,

WHEN & WHERE: Saturday 19 May, YaYa’s, Northbridge

CROOKS IN CAVES

BANDEEJAYS

SUB HUSKY

WHAT: Dirt Farmer (Independent)

stopping in to spread some musical love at all coastal hotspots along the way, you can catch Matt Cal with his band playing Saturday 5 May at Clancy’s Applecross from 8pm, and then Sunday 6 at Redcliffe On The Murray from 3pm. Full tour dates at mattcal.net.

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Dirt Farmer is a paranoid rant from a confused brain, set to a new wave groove. I was really inspired by returning to the more collaborative songwriting style with The Disappointed, and also really excited to get back to doing edgier, more rock and pop-orientated work. We clocked in a lot of hours tinkering with Dirt Farmer (as well as the rest of the set) to make it as close to perfect as possible, both in the writing and the recording processes. There’s so much excitement in the band right now, we’re all just ready to push as hard as we can and really get shit done. It’s different for all of us to be starting a project out running, releasing a single pretty much instantly and having a set rehearsed and tight. For all my former bands, I feel like the content was there but the execution was maybe a little weak. That’s not the case with The Disappointed. The execution here is paramount. It feels like a coming of age, like everything we’ve done individually in the past was all leading up to this band and this moment. That’s a really exciting feeling to be carrying around, and I think the crowd can feel that when we’re playing. The Perth scene is ridiculously high class right now, and it just feels like an honour for me to be a part of it. We recorded the track with Al Smith at Bergerk late in 2011. We’ve got a run of WA shows on top of the launch to get the single out there, and then we’ve got some great supports (including Dexter Jones and Emperors) and heaps more shows in the months that follow. The film clip for Dirt Farmer is well on its way and should be ready in time for the launch. We’ll be back in the studio to do a follow-up single in a couple of months time. In the mean time, we’ve got a remix competition happening for Dirt Farmer right now, entries are still open for that.

Thursday 3 May at Mojo’s loads of WAAPA students will be at the bar to raise funds for AMSO, a collective of music admin students who are fundraising for flight and living costs when they undertake internships abroad. Get down and have a good time helping out with The Crooks, I Of Ra, Red Engine Caves and Jordan McRobbie for $10 from 8pm.

ON THE EDGE

Direct from the UK and armed with a new album, multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter Phil Edgeley will play his individual style of blues, folk and roots at Fly By Night Thursday 3 May. His live performance is full of dynamics and intensity in both a lyrical and sonic sense, the resulting sound a fusion of transatlantic, traditional and world styles. $13.50 via flybynight.org.

BASEMENT BASH

After a busy start to the year folk-rockers Stray Dogs Of Athens will be returning to the Swan Basement Saturday 5 May, for a night full of rockpacked good times. Joining the local four-piece for a night of partying will be country lads The

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THE FLOWER DRUMS RELEASING THEIR LATEST SINGLE OUTSIDE THE PROVINCE THIS WEEKEND, THE FLOWER DRUMS’ LEIGH CRAFT GIVES US THE STORY OF THE TRACK. The Flower Drums was originally a recording project I started while living in Melbourne. At the time I was completely over the idea of being in a band and just wanted to write music to give to my friends, it’s only since I moved back to Perth that it become a full band thing. Outside The Province was the first song I wrote with the band in mind. The lyrics to this particular song were written while I was still living in Brunswick, and they’re basically a result of my friend Lazarus and I reminiscing about our childhood – like myself, he grew up in a country town, and we often discuss how lucky we were to have grown up surrounded by nature and the opportunity to run around and explore without too many restrictions. I’m very grateful of that, and it often surfaces in my lyrics whether I’m conscious of it or not. Before it was recorded we knew how we wanted the song to sound. The general idea was to take the original acoustic song and inject it with a ‘60s-inspired pop/rock feel, clean melodic guitars, a constant groove and smooth dreamy vocals, but with a more contemporary sounding bridge to add some interesting contrast. Unfortunately we failed on the first attempt, and after much discussion we decided to call on Aden Senycia, who recorded and produced the first EP with me in Ferntree Gully. So we hired a bunch of extra recording gear from Simon Struthers at Forensic, set up a studio in my house and recorded it over three days in April. My house has really high ceilings and oddly-shaped walls, which worked great for the drum and guitar sounds we were looking for. The vocals were set up in my walk-in ‘robe, then we added other instruments such as wood flutes, thingamagoop, piano and organ. Aden spent two sessions mixing and Simon Struthers mastered it. We just finished an EP entitled Suburban Wilderness, which will be released in June through Fat Shan Music and MGM, and we plan to play loads of shows from now ‘til the end of the year. We’re really enjoying the new songs and the collaborative writing process, we also feel as though the music in Perth is in full bloom at the moment, so it’s an exciting time for anyone playing music in this city. WHAT: Outside The Province (Fat Shan Music) WHEN & WHERE: Saturday 5 May, The Bird, Northbridge

Government Yard, alternative rockers Neutral Native and the punk rock sounds of New Erotic. $6 entry.

HOMECOMING

Energetic, raw and feisty; these three words tell you everything you need to know about roots artist Toby. Joined by her WA band, she plays the Freemasons Hotel, Geraldton Saturday 5 May. For an audience, her live show is a deeply emotional and joyous experience. For Toby, she wears her emotions, thoughts and adventures on her sleeve. $10 entry.

TOP BLAZIN’

Street punk road warriors Topnovil return to WA yet again to release a 7-inch split record with Perth brothers Blazin’ Entrails. Thursday 3 May they play Oh Snap at Villa with Chainsaw Hookers; Friday 4 the Rocket Room with Them Sharks, Scalphunter, The Lungs and The Bob Gordons; Saturday 5 Prince Of Wales with Beer Fridge and Silver Lizard; and Sunday 6 Newport Hotel with Lucille and SSA.


ERASERS

album Idle Time getting plenty of plaudits, the rest of the year looks good for The Novocaines.

be supported by good mates in indie-rockers The Leap Year and local noise-melder Craig McElhinney at The Bird this Sunday 6 May. $5 from 6pm.

DISCOUNT DISCO

WIRED WONDER

The rising cost of rent, cigarettes, McNuggets and Farmville credits doesn’t leave much money left over to party. Luckily, Oh Snap! are hosting Broke Ass Disco! full of cheap booze, giveaways and great local music, Thursday 3 May at Villa. Chainsaw Hookers, Topnovil and The Blazin’ Entrails keep the energy flowing with free mi-goreng in the beer garden. Bring your Healthcare card for discount entry.

What better way to start the month of May by getting along to Black Betty’s The Wired Thursday 3 May an exclusive; Muncipal Waste’s The Fatal Feast listening party and CD giveaway night. Rocking live to support it will be Emberville, Jupter Zeus and Cold Fate, plus DJs spinning punk, metal and party choons all night.

ALTONE AJIVE BOY GIRL BOY GIRL

Ever wish you could enjoy an evening watching some awesome local boy/girl duos? Well Sarah Tout does, and for her birthday she decided to make it happen at The Bird, Tuesday 8 May. And so Stacy Gougoulis (and plastic gal pal), Erasers (Rupert and Rebecca duo), Sarah Tout & Peter Milligan and MF Groom & The Turbinator play live, $5 from 8pm.

FOOT TO THE FLOOR

A local band filled out with other band members, The Floors join Sugarpuss and Race To Your Face for another action-packed installment of Fat Shan Thursdays at the Norfolk Basement May 3. Recently celebrating their first birthday, Fat Shan Records is showing no signs of slowing down and has the support of some mighty fine local rockers to back them. $10 from 8pm.

HOLLYWOOD HIT

With their tune Adhere To recently landing a spot on the hit US TV show 90210, Perth indie-rockers The Novocaines are gearing up to tour the state as the main support for DZ Deathrays. The groups play Prince of Wales Thursday 3 May, Amplifier Friday 4 and Mojo’s Saturday 5. With their latest

Altone Comes Alive Saturday 5 May in the Altone Park Leisure Centre, Beechboro from 12 ‘til 4pm with markets, multicultural food stalls, children’s activities, a youth zone and more, culminating with the Kulcha On Swan concert featuring Shangara Jive. Altone Ward Councillor David Lucas encourages “anyone looking for a fun day out to come on down to Altone Park.”

STAR WASO

Presented by the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Star Wars & Beyond features favourites from Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Harry Potter and many more, 7.30 pm Friday 4 May and two shows (2pm and 7.30pm) Saturday 5, Perth Concert Hall. Tickets $45 via BOCs for this special celebrating Steven Spielberg collaborator and music score legend John Williams’ 80th birthday.

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Quirky rockers Minute 36 are back in WA after their visit to Canada for Canadian Music Week, playing Settlers Tavern Friday 4 May with The Spitfires. The trio will be hitting the studio at the end of May to record their next release, and they recently rocked Margaret River for the South West Beer Festival.

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WANTED

THE LOST BOYS

Featuring Simon Struthers, Matt Rudas and Andrew Ryan, The Long Lost Brothers launch their album sampler Friday 4 May at The Bird. Frozen Ocean and Cam Avery support, $10 from 8pm. Prepare for some strange pop poured through guitars, with limited edition copies of the tunes Population and Snakes & Ladders available on the night for $10 a pop on CD.

CURE YOUR BENEDICTION

Following their recent In The Pines appearance, plus a solo trip to Bridgetown last weekend with good friend Leon Ewing, Benedict Moleta Band will

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LETTER LONGING

The first single to be taken from Drum-alumni Jason Kenny’s debut album Fugitive is Box Of Letters is a pop song without a chorus, full of regret, longing and alchemy. Fugitive was recorded over three years in Kenny’s living room and friends’ houses. Head to jasonkenny.com for a free download before Fugitive is released May 4 via jasonkenny.com.

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FEEDBACK POND, THE LAURELS, MAYOR DADI THE BAKERY; 28/04/12

With many braving the wait in line, the pouring rain wasn’t enough to keep fans from missing Pond’s home town show, welcoming them back after US and Canadian tours plus sold out shows across Australia. Local four-piece Mayor Dadi opened, starting slow with building instrumentals falling into rock-out moments. What was a mix of more experimental post-rock coupled with psych jams, laptop loops and minimalist vocals led to an impressive opening set. East coasters The Laurels followed, giving some dark psychedelic riffs in the midst of shoegaze noise. It was the group’s signature sound of fleshed-out tunes rather than loose jams that showed their experience, plus two vocalists each with their own style giving variety as they finished each song with a lasting drone. The crowd had amassed inside The Bakery, sheltering from the weather as Pond opened with psych riffage straight from the get go. New track Zanman was a killer opener, as frontman Nick Allbrook was already tangling himself around the mic stand and swinging the mic around on its lead. It was clear that in the first five minutes, Pond had managed to rock out more than most bands do in their entire set. And being the last show of the tour, the band were tight as hell, nailing vocal harmonies on When It Explodes and not skipping a beat dropping into Betty Davis... as the crowd went nuts front of stage for Allbrook getting amongst them. Playing the older Mist In My Brainforest to a soft outro led into a perfect opening for the epic highlight of Frond before closing on Eye Pattern Blindness. Pond proved that they really have conquered Perth (if not the whole country), from their early days as a lo-fi bedroom jam collective to a full house at The Bakery revelling in their funk psych. Chatting amongst themselves, they came back for an encore, giving the crowd some singalong material with The Band’s The Weight and one last spur of energy with MC5’s Kick Out The Jams. Sebastian D’Alonzo

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SWAN BASEMENT: 29/04/12 The skies opened up last Sunday evening and, as North Fremantle reluctantly welcomed the winter, the Swan Basement warmed up with the arrival of the first band of the night, Empty Pockets. The ‘Pockets are a four-piece indie rock group that can fill a room with a

mastery of bass lines and solo guitar riffs. Their use of harmonies is reminiscent of the tuneful choruses of The Monkees’ early output, especially during their track Love Yourself. You can picture this band on stage at a music festival as the sun shines, stirring everyone’s interest with their jazzinfluenced solos and rhythms that often also bring to mind The Kooks and Creedence Clearwater Revival. Ones to watch. The night took a more tranquil turn as Jay Grafton and her band took to the stage with their modern beach vibes. Grafton has a soothing folk voice that harvests positive elements of a serious recording artist. She is an obvious talent that uses interesting tempo changes and dynamics, though could do with some more variety in her set. This scribe would have also loved to hear more of her on the ukulele, as her confidence and power were strongest during Love The Summer. The Partisan Approach were the last band to entertain the crowd. The obvious, daring alternative rock elements stood out on stage, and when a huge voice pounced out of the tiny face of the lead singer Aaron Tuckey during The Price I Pay, it was clear that we were in for something unique. They are definite masters of rhyming verse, which is emphasised by Tuckey’s precise articulation. The individual skills of all three musicians were not in question as fingers crawled around the fretboard with ease, playing Nirvana-esque intros. They seemed a little disjointed on stage as a band and although the music was tight and flawless, one missed the belief that they were enjoying it. Lynn McDonnell

DIG IT UP!

a few false starts from the audience, who were by now in a frenzied state of anticipation, Hoodoo Gurus strolled on-stage to cheers all ‘round and proceeded to launch into the complete rendition of 1984 album Stoneage Romeos from start to finish. It only took until track two, I Want You Back, for the jovial fans to sing along in reminiscing rock’n’roll bliss. Frontman Dave Faulkner had such charming stage presence, he looked like he was having the time of his life up there, and throughout the show he imparted background banter about the old songs and how blown away he and the ‘Gurus were about the success and interest in the tour. Classic tracks like Leilani displayed the ‘Gurus in all their grandeur, with chanting vocals in unison and explosive wah-wah guitars. The final Stoneage... track, I Was A Kamikaze Pilot, seemed to come up so quick and Faulkner announced the first encore, but without leaving the stage. This next part of the show took the ‘Gurus through at least seven more of the classic hits with Bittersweet getting huge cheers and audience approval and 1000 Miles Away sending the devoted fans nuts. After two further encores, Faulkner happily thanked all the bands who had toured with them over the last month and invited The Fleshtones, Redd Kross and audience members to join them on stage for a foray on Gary Glitter’s Rock And Roll – Part 2, ending a memorable show with grins all ‘round. Michael Caves

SAN CISCO, THE VOLTAIRE TWINS, SEAMS MOJO’S: 27/04/12

ASTOR THEATRE: 28/04/12 Prehistoric rock abounded for the final show of the Hoodoo Gurus’ Dig It Up! Tour, travelling the country to commemorate 30 years of Le Guru recorded music as well as the release of their debut album Stoneage Romeos. While the audience was still filing in, ‘70s New York rockers The Fleshtones began their bluesy garage rock set that was full of over-the-top dance antics from lead vocalist Peter Zaremba and the rest of the four-piece. Ending their bizarre act with a tribute anthem to The Ramones and some push-ups out front of house, the stage was set for anything after their ice-breaking routine. The uber-cool, power pop band Redd Kross pulled up on stage next and filled the dark, moodily illuminated hall with a hard-hitting gritty rock performance that left you wondering where these guys had been all these years. It was obvious many fans had come to see this rare appearance, for each song performed received a worthy cheer and howl. After a stage change, some rearranging of the dinosaurs that flanked the wings of the stage and

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Mojo’s provides an opportunity to get up close and personal with those gracing its stage and Seams were the first to entertain the rapidly growing crowd with the unique sound that is ever-helped by their enigmatic frontman Lyndon Blue. The local four-piece captivated with Magic Circle and Early and set the tone for the evening with their devil-may-care stage persona and the seemingly contradictory attention to detail in their sonic structure. The Voltaire Twins are supporting San Cisco on their national tour and the brother/sister combination, fresh back from a trip to SXSW (which has tightened their sound and set) had the capacity crowd bumping and grinding to their infectious indie pop. There is something that sets this four-piece apart from the indie electro pop set, and this was particularly evident in their new single Young Adult and Tegan Voltaire switching seamlessly between keys and her own set of drum pads in the Air-reminiscent track. The rapturous crowd was particularly patient through the protracted changeover and the energy in the room remained

as Fremantle four-piece San Cisco took to the stage and immediately whipped the crowd into a frenzy with hit single Golden Revolver. Drummer Scarlett Stevens flirted and taunted the crowd, eventually encouraging crowd participation in a far less produced version of the successful track. The set seemingly flew by as the full roster of tracks had the crowd begging for more. Vocalist/guitarist Jordi Davieson delivered with far less produced and more organic renditions, including two new tracks that were born from a marriage between Vampire Weekend and The Drums. It was an evening that showcased some of Perth’s most exciting new talent and for those with stage crushes to get close to their ‘pin-ups’. Tom Bragg

UNESCO INTERNATIONAL JAZZ DAY THE ELLINGTON JAZZ CLUB, NORTHBRIDGE: 30/04/2012

This Monday gone was the first ever International Jazz Day. While celebrations of the art were taking place globally, Perth jazz aficionados gathered at The Ellington for an evening of local jazz musicians. It wasn’t Herbie Hancock who played, since unfortunately he was booked at the official celebration concert in Paris. However, The Ellington lined up 13 musicians that played an immaculate show for the evening. The atmosphere, much like the crowd that had gathered, was intimate. The WAAPA 3rd Year Jazz Ensemble opened the evening’s entertainment with a set of three self-composed pieces. The group of students played exceptionally well, the only issue being that the guitarist looked a little catatonic for the mood of the compositions. Following this group, the eight-piece band Blowfish took the stage featuring Allira Wilson on vocals, two saxophonists, a trombone, trumpet, piano, bass and percussion. Amongst the songs the band played was an up-tempo version of The Way You Look Tonight that featured amazing brass, percussion and piano solos. Dodgy Blues was another notable piece, simply because what is a night of jazz without a little scat and some walking bass? As the crowd thinned and the final set was underway, we witnessed some more amazing solo work, notably one by bassist Karl Florisson and another, possibly the favourite of the night, by saxophonist Carl Mackey. Graham Wood, pianist for the evening and owner of The Ellington, anticipates an incredible three day festival of international musicians for the celebration of International Jazz Day in 2013, and this was a dang good start. Olivia Gardner

original unsigned acts from WA, aged 12-25. 2012 entries are now open at ampfest.com. au – get them in before 5pm Friday 29 June.

SONG OF THE YEAR 2012

Our annual all-ages, multi-genre songwriting competition, WAM Song Of The Year, is also open for entries Monday 30 April, until 5pm Monday 30 July. Head to wam.asn.au/songoftheyear for more on our songwriting workshops in May, the categories on offer, and how to enter.

WAMi AWARD PUBLIC VOTING

Independently industry nominated, with both industry and public voted categories, the 2012 WAMi Awards honours achievement in the WA original, contemporary music industry over the past year. The WAMi Awards will be held at The Bakery in Northbridge, Saturday 2 June – tickets nowbaking.com.au. Public Voting is hosted by iiNet, and closes tomorrow midday – so head to wam.asn.au/publicvoting.

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RESIST RADIO

Ahead of their official June launch for debut album Sovereignty, Resist The Thought rock the Rosemount Hotel on Friday 4 May with Mandalay Victory, Paradise In Exile, Reflections Of Ruin and Storm The Shores, before a big ALLAGES show at YMCA HQ on Sunday 6, with Paradise In Exile, Against The Tide, Ruthless, Without Conviction and It All Ends Here. 26 • THE DRUM MEDIA

CONTEMPORARY MUSIC INDUSTRY NEWS WITH JUSTINE THORNLEY. AMPFEST WAM is once again proud to co-ordinate AmpFest, a live music competition open to

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DIAMOND ON THE INSIDE

Folk-rockin’ singer/songwriter Jacob Diamond has (finally) completed his debut EP, a six-tracker that he launches Friday 4 May at Ya Ya’s. Supported by Patient Little Sister and Stoney Joe, Diamond plays with a band live for the first time, $10 from 8pm, $15 with EP. Diamond is pretty stoked with the release, which is the culmination of four years work.


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THE POOR

LAUNCH PAD

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SHAUN KIRK Your sound: One man blues and soul. Performing solo since: Well, I’ve always played as a solo act. I picked up the guitar about seven or eight years ago and began playing at a lot of open mic/jam nights around Melbourne shortly after. These soon turned into little paid gigs and then I decided to hit the road and tour the country full-time in 2010. What instruments do you play? Guitar and harmonica, and I play the kick and snare drums, high-hat, cymbal, tambourine and stomp box with my feet… and I sing of course. Acts that have inspired your sound the most? Tony Joe White, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Buddy Guy and Lloyd Spiegel. Your worst gig ever and why? Well I don’t like to be too negative, but I did have an absolute shocker of a show in Mackay, QLD a few years back. The venue insisted that I set up in their new beer garden, which was only 30 metres from the main highway, and my fold-back speaker decided it would be a good gig to blow up on me. So I spent the entirety of the show fighting to hear myself against the noise of the passing road trains. Man my throat was sore after that one! Your best gig ever and why? I don’t think I could put it down to just one… There have been so many great, memorable shows. Best achievement? #1 on the Australian Blues/ Roots Airplay Charts in Janaury 2012; Best Debut Album – 2010 VIC/TAS Blues Music Awards. Fave hangover cure? Sleep, water and a swim in the sea. Fave acts playing at the moment in your home state? Lloyd Spiegel, Luke Watt, Tom Richardson, Geoff Achison, Jimi Hocking… The list goes on. I’m so lucky to have grown up in Melbourne where the music scene is so strong! Best three acts ever to come out of Perth? Blue Shaddy, Blue Shaddy and Blue Shaddy! Your day job? Driving to the next gig. Your ultimate groupie would be… Jennifer Hawkins, Angelina Jolie and Mila Kunis all jumbled into one.

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What do you think it was about that release that made it connect with so many people? Is that something still relevant today? It is definitely relevant to us and that is what matters. If you can’t be yourself who can ya be?! I think people like to be told the truth and that is how we relate, no bullshit!

Two decades is a long time to be living the hard drinkin’, hard rockin’ lifestyle. How do you keep yourself from looking like Keith Richards? We are of the motto, “party hard and train harder”. We have always eaten and looked after ourselves on our days off ‘cause there ain’t that many!! You cut your first release with members of the Angels, how did you come about scoring studio time with such big names so early on? Back in the day we sent a demo to Brent Eccles (drummer and manager) of the Angels, who after hearing our demo, wanted to manage us. One thing led to another, we make friends everywhere we go. We are always trying to return the favour to young bands as we know the hard road ahead can be unkind! How was it starting off as fledglings in Darwin? How much of an obstacle was the location in getting recognised? It was pretty hard for the first five years touring off our own back through NT, North QLD and WA until we got noticed and asked to relocate to Sydney by our management. I couldn’t tell you about Darwin these days as we have never looked back!

You’ve played with just about every big name rocker anyone could care to name; AC/DC, the Angels, ZZ Top, Van Halen... Which show/tour sticks out as your favourite over the years? The AC/DC tour in ’96 was probably the best ‘cause it went for so long and we became good friends with our idols. But, in saying that, every tour is the best! The Poor went through a bit of a dark period in the early ‘90s when grunge broke and caused the world to forget about everything else. Do you think the time is ripe for a traditional balls-out rock’n’roll revival? Can the rock’n’roll beast survive more rounds to come? That’s why we are still here, ‘cause balls-out rock will never die. People want to feel truth in their heart and tough riffs, so The Poor will deliver! Speaking of rounds, your last two releases Round 1 and Round 2 have seen you tour relentlessly with the likes of ZZ Top and Rose Tattoo. Have The Poor got a knockout punch in store somewhere? We are currently working on our fourth studio album; we expect it to be our best yet!!

Your debut album Who Cares holds legendary status in the rock’n’roll world.

The Poor play the Newport Hotel Sunday 20 May.

Give a brief rundown of your act: Since 1995 Matt Rudas from the Tucker Bs has enjoyed singing along to Adamsaidgalore songs with the audience. During the same period Andrew Ryan from Adamsaidgalore and Fall Electric enjoyed singing along to Tucker Bs’ songs with the audience. The two then drank whiskey together for 16 years. Songs were written together in 2011 and subsequently Simon Struthers was brought in for his fascistic low-end and a certain drummer guy injected the songs with absolute fiendishness. With a band formed, March 2012 saw an album recorded for The Long Lost Brothers. Tell us about your release: The release is the album sampler launch of Wednesday Night Party Club. Two tracks ranging from a half-minute violently catchy rock tune to a five-minute expansive and grilling landscape-like pop song. How did you go about recording it? The ten track album, two tracks of which are on the album sampler, was recorded over six days. The songs were pretty much ready to go when we got to the studio – to our surprise. Beer was used cleverly throughout the recording. Tell us about your launch party: The Long Lost Brothers wrote all the songs in a lounge room. Fittingly, the best lounge room to play in the city, where they serve drinks and all the people are cool and lovely, is The Bird. Pete Bibby has the right attitude for a rock show so we asked his band Frozen Ocean to play and Cam Avery from Pond and The Growl heard our recordings one night and liked them so we asked him to play as well. It will be a great night. Low door fee and it starts at 8pm. What’s next for your act? June 10 The Long Lost Brothers play with Laura at Mojo’s, June 22 we play the Charge Group launch. The single, which is called China, will be launched in July/August. The album Wednesday Night Party Club will be launched in September/ October. We will use beer cleverly and whiskey skilfully throughout this period.

ELTON JAMES

Four years ago Sir Elton John heard Melbourne’s Eran James sing and put him on the road as his support act. James has since worked with John a few times, and his latest supporter and collaborator is Grammy award-winning producer Robin Millar. James plays The Ellington Jazz Club Sunday 6 May, tickets via ellingtonjazz.com.au.

WHO: The Long Lost Brothers WHAT: Wednesday Night Party Club Album Sampler (Independent)

SURE FIRE MIDNIGHTS

WHEN & WHERE: Friday 4 May, The Bird, Northbridge

Do you perform in other formats or acts? Not officially but I do enjoy collaborating with musical buddies when we cross paths at festivals. Any releases out? Cruisin’ (2010), and Thank You for Giving Me The Blues (2011). Any releases on their way ? Hoping to release my third album early next year! More info: Shaunkirk.com. WHEN & WHERE: Tuesday 8 May, Charles Hotel, North Perth; Wednesday 9, Indi Bar, Scarborough; Thursday 10, Clancy’s Fremantle; Friday 11, Settlers Tavern, Margaret River; Saturday 12, Caves Hotel, Yallingup; Sunday 13, Redcliffe On The Murray, Pinjarra

SURE FIRE SOUND

Perth Sound & Found take over The Beat Nightclub Friday 4 May to celebrate and enjoy some local music for a night coined, simply, On The Beat. Doors open 8pm, and for $10 you’ll be rock’n’rolled by the Darren Guthrie, Blank Page Refugees, Dead Set Radio, Twisted Affection and The Sure Fire Midnights. To get a free drink grab your ticket via facebook.com/thebeatnightclub.

ACOUSTIFRIQUE

Join the Afrique Acoustic caravan on its journey from South Africa, through Madagascar to Senegal, West Africa and then onto the musical landscapes of North Africa and the Middle East when the trio play Indi Bar Sunday 6 May. Featuring Senegalese singer, kora/harp-lute player and percussionist extraordinaire Ziggi Bey Jan, Zimbabwean guitarist Ilan Zagoria and superb bassist Brent Purser.

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03 MAY

2012

FLOORED

DROPPING CREAMY BOMBS

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THE BOMBS AWAY LADS SURE KNOW HOW TO PARTY, SO WHO BETTER THAN TO GET AN UPDATE ON THE CREAMFIELDS NATIONAL TOURING EXPERIENCE AHEAD OF THIS WEEKEND?

CLARK PIC BY ANGELA KING

Day 1 – Adelaide

The Bakery; 27/04/12 Whilst it’s understandable that many folks timed their arrival to coincide with that of warped electronics overlord Chris Clark, it was a shame that some missed out on the kaleidoscopic narrative arc provided by the assembled local jocks. Jo Lettenmaier set the ball rolling with her usual lunched-out ecelecticism, which eased into the deep grooves, 21st Century soul and lo-rider funk purported by Ben Taaffe. Zeke followed with a lively set that ranged from the iridescent twinkling of early Aphex Twin to the neurotic, bastard offspring of ‘90s g-funk coupled with large plates of mushrooms. Declan employed his fluid skills by organising some severe digital chaos punctuated by sub-bass implosions that could’ve been mistaken for underground caves collapsing. Whilst his current record Iradelphic contains a glimmering array of chilled out classics, Clark was clearly on a mission to do some serious raving. Eschewing almost all of Iradelphic – despite the night being billed as its launch – he displayed his pure techno roots; unleashing a banging set, replete with highlights from harder albums such as Totems Flare and Turning Dragon, including the burbling Growls Garden and unhinged numbers like Future Daniel. Unperturbed by a total sound dropout within the first couple of minutes, Clark quickly regained his stride; smashing the meat of one track into the next with such unpredictable fervour that no one dared leave the room, even for a minute, for fear of missing something extraordinary. Hemmed

in by two large banks of mysterious gizmos, he remixed on the fly with bouts of ecstatic knob-flicking and a continuous piercing gaze of studious absorption. Despite finishing on the dot, he couldn’t resist a quick encore, and neither could the fans. A rush of optimistic chords and beats was peaked by the triumphant vocal coda of career highlight The Pining Pt. 2, before being submerged under the final fuzz wave whiteout. Modestly acknowledging the applause and frenzied whooping, he handed over to Massiv Trav, who alas did not possess the mastodonic dimensions his handle implies. Not wishing to go gently into the night, Trav ripped up euphoric, bubblethrough tech-house that periodically implored us to “ride a white horse” with some frantic acid confusion; a spot-on finale to a psychotropic excursion. Christopher H James

BEN UFO Secret Warehouse; 28/04/12 The only information that was given about the location of Ben UFO’s show was that it was to be situated in an “inner-city warehouse” and that the “location (will be) passed to you by telepathy and social networks on the day”. It turned out that two of these facts were dead wrong, as the actual location isn’t typically considered central CBD, and telepathy… well yeah, let’s not go there. But misconstrued details aside, the combination of secrecy and the actual setting of the event proved a real winner.

the likes of Clunk, Sleepyhead and Rok Riley, who all refused to hold anything back for the entire night. This is where the madness lived, and it didn’t retreat until the early hours of the next morning. One third of Hessle Audio, and with a regular Rinsefm timeslot to his name, Ben UFO is a respected name in the world of EDM and a monstrous set riddled with old and new Hessle gems, including the likes of techno revivalists Objekt and Blawan, set the crowd in to a bassinduced frenzy. Ben stuck to Hessle’s guns throughout, even finishing up with James Blake’s only entry for the record label, Buzzard & Kestrel, to conclude a set to remember. Some minor audio difficulties scathed an otherwise near flawless performance, but were cleared up with enough subtlety and speed that it didn’t seem to matter one bit. DYP then took the reins, opening with Mike Q’s Let It All (2011 mix), sparking a newfound level of energy within the crowd. There’s something that is undeniably special about dance events being held in a warehouse that clubs can’t seem to emulate, and this one was certainly no exception. Here’s hoping that the success of this event sparks a revolution of I.C.S.S.C warehouse parties to come. James Hunt

Day 2 – Melbourne

Day 3 – Sydney

Somehow waking up in Adelaide at way-too-early-o’clock, after a night of nonsense and no sleep, we were off to the airport, again in the robes, only this time Sketch thought it would be a good idea to have an imaginary conversation with someone on a banana. A group of fans picked out that it was, in fact, not a phone, before rushing us for terrible hungover photos at 8am. Without the luxury of a hotel before the show this time, we were driven straight to the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds for Soundcheck, running on a few hours sleep the night before we arrived there in time to brush our teeth and hit the vodka before getting the 10-minute countdown call! The show went off without too many hitches, Sketch tripping over while jumping back up on stage from the crowd and splitting his lip, Thomas smashing his shin on a speaker during the show and Kronic getting almost entirely naked on stage notwithstanding. We had a bit more time after the show to hang with the other guys from the tour, shake hands with massive names like Dirty South and Guetta, we also ended up spending an hour or two roaming around the showgrounds getting loose with the crowd. Handstand comps, drinking games, boob stickers and robot dances summed up the rest of the day.

Late nights and early flights had been established as the theme for the tour so far. Sunday morning was no different, awake before the sun was up, the theme of the morning was ‘Sunglasses and Advil, last night was mad real.” Again, no time to hit the hotel first, on the plane at 9am and landing before 11, we were into the vodkas before noon, to the chagrin of our livers. Sydney, being the first outdoors event of the tour, was an amazing sight before doors opened. Harrassing DJ Minx while she was setting up gave us the opportunity to take a step back and realise how amazing it is to be in our situation, then we spent the next 10 minutes doing robot dances…again. More vodka, some chicken for lunch, a quick brush of teeth with a bottle of water and we were ready to party! Without picking favorites, Sydney definitely got wild! Within the first few minutes of being on stage the shirts came off the girls in the crowd, and like the song says, “Shit gets crazy when you party naked”. Showering the crowd with vodka, champagne, stickers and CDs was definitely a highlight of the tour so far. Congorock stole the show in Sydney with an amazing set which we were lucky enough to be on side-stage to watch, before once again going out to cause havoc out in the crowd, where we met a crazy bearded guy who went on to take a bit more of a dive than he bargained for, learned some new card tricks (don’t ask) and signed a whole stack of boobs. Weekend one down, Perth and Gold Coast to go!

A dimly lit warehouse set up with its own communal fridge and scattered couches gave the place a feeling of warmth and a real sense of an EDM community. Keep following the wall around this cosy little set-up and you’d find a host of DJs, including

WHO: Bombs Away WHEN & WHERE: Saturday 5 May, Creamfields, Supreme Court Gardens, Perth

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After recruiting Kronic to join us on the tour, we boarded our plane wearing the Party Robes (they’re not dressing gowns, we swear). We spent most of the flight to Adelaide finalising some new bootlegs and mash-ups for the day, and ended up making an entirely new edit of our new track with Kronic, Looking For Some Girls, and an intro for the set, Final Countdown versus Supersoaker. We were yet to see how these would go, but last minute stuff is always the best! When we finally landed after circling the airport for what seemed like forever, we are picked up by the Creamfields staff, driven to the Hilton where we were harassed by an awesome dancing Japanese girl who, after telling us to “Drop da bombs, monkey boys”, was promptly kicked out of the hotel when we started breakdancing with her. Apparently she was being a nuisance at the hotel, but she was more fun than sitting on a plane…and the tour was on! After quickly grabbing some dinner and a quick shower, we were at the Entertainment Centre. Walking through the hallways past the artist rooms was a humbling experience, having our room next to names like Above & Beyond, David Guetta, Alesso and guys who have been our idols for years was mind blowing, we’ve been doing this for a while now but it never stops being a surreal feeling, we keep expecting to be kicked out or told there was a mistake and we shouldn’t be there. It was about that time we hit the drink rider – two bottles of vodka and a few champagnes later, we decided the Party Robes were here to stay, and we were ready for soundcheck. BOOM! We walked on stage to see a massive crowd, much bigger than we expected. Adelaide knows how to party! The show went amazingly apart from one track, which was probably the worst song of the entire day – our new plane-edit of Looking For Some Girls… you win some, you lose some. Quickly deleting that version, we finished the show on Supersoaker, emptying a few bottles of champagne into the crowd for good measure! The rest of the night was a pleasure, we found a perch up in the stands to watch the rest of the artists play – Guetta, Alesso, Dirty South and Above & Beyond were absolutely insane, there’s a reason they’re the best in the game.


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teenage angst. Garnished with techy mechanical sounds and collaborations with Actuator and Boot, this release truly solidifies Sook within the realm of talented Australians making it right within the dubstep scene. The five-track release is out on Paradise Lost now. Back in Perth, WattHz Records have released an EP from Seattleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s TZR. The 4-track output Headhunter has a mournful middle-eastern vibe to it, a remix from Sook and collaboration with Press, while DYP has released five-tracker The Mystic EP on L2S Records that includes a track with Rekab and a remix by Whistla: top quality local dubstep indeed. RAM Records have signed dangerous duo Calyx & Teebee, and will release their LP this year. In an interview with KMag, Teebee was tight lipped on info about the album, however he did say to â&#x20AC;&#x153;expect the

unexpected, and expect massive bangers, retro-future sounding stuff, vocal stuff and loads of really musical stuff.â&#x20AC;? The first single for this hugely anticipated release should be out by July. From the people who put on last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bass Notion gigs (DMZ, Darksky, Jon Convex, Silkie among others) a new event, Next Hype, has been born. The first installment of the night, which purports to â&#x20AC;&#x153;deliver the most forward-thinking artists in the electronic music scene with a focus on post-dubstep, garage, techno and houseâ&#x20AC;? will be UK producers/DJs Pariah and Blawan. Boy Prince, Midnight Mike and Craig Hollywood will be in support for the Thursday 10 May gig at Geisha Bar. Presale tickets are on sale now for $20 at moshtix.com.au. Fluid Vol. 11 features two old-butnew guests in AJM and Ru-Kasu. As usual, The Velvet Lounge will host the free event this Saturday 5 May. Both Dart and Devo will also hit the decks and promise to keep you warm and cosy. Inhibit are taking over Villa these days, with the next invasion to feature Sub Zero & MC Eksman. Direct from London for the first time in Australia Sub Zero will be representing label Playaz alongside MC Eskman. Sub Zero released the six-track Bi Polar EP in February, and will be hitting Perth on Saturday night with Illusiv, Dvise b2b Frantic, Invictus and Blanko in support. Also from Inhibit, we can look forward to Kings Of Sound 3, Crissy Criss and the utterly blasphemous Jesus Died For Dubstep Label launch coming to a venue near you in the coming months.

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CULTURE CLASH @ NEWPORT

DANCEFLOOR OF THE WEEK ALESSO

The Mills crew take over the backroom with T-Mac Vs Cobz, Signalfire, Willinger, Terrance & Phillip and a Battle Royale to finish.

FLUID 11.0 @ VELVET LOUNGE Liquid d’n’b beats to replenish your soul provided by Dart, Devo, AJM, Ru-Kasu, free from 9pm ‘til late.

JAPAN 4 @ AMBAR

R’N’R KARAOKE @ DEVILLES

PDS, DNGRFLD, Tee El, Micah and Philly Blunt bring the right tunes and ‘tude, $12 til midnight, $15 after.

A hell of a night for your vocal cords with host Magnus Danger Magnus.

DEATH DISCO/PURE POP @ CAPITOL/AMPLIFIER

BRAD STRUT @ ROCKET ROOM

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

Aussie hip hop icon Brad Strut returns to WA for the first time in five years, supported by Sever, Defekt and UpHold Tradition (Oath and Fbyds).

THE AVENUE Jon Ee gets you ready for the weekend.

THE CRAFTSMAN Roger Smart brings commercial chart toppers and party anthems.

CLAREMONT HOTEL DJ DD and Matt & Millie rock the bangin’ party tunes all night.

CAUSEWAY 4by4 DJs play mash-ups and house.

BINGAY @ CONNECTIONS Bingo with drag queens, free from 7 til 9.30pm, with Lovers Adult Gift Store giveaways and more.

FRIDAY 4/5 SMILE ON IMPACT

DISTRICT @ AMBAR Ambar’s bangin’ bass night District is back with Phetsta, Melbourne’s Smile On Impact, Kill Dyl, DYP, Tapeheads, and Ol Wright, with MC Deus hosting. CHOPPA

OMAC MIXTAPE @ CIVIC

CREAMFIELDS @ SUPREME COURT GARDENS

OMAC launches his new mixtape, with Complete, Down South Crew, Greeley, Bryte MC and Dista.

Autumn dance freak-out Creamfields is back, this time debuting at Supreme Court Gardens, packing a massive line-up featuring the world’s number one mega-DJ David Guetta, trance heavyweight trio Above & Beyond, recent Stereo’ star Dirty South, next big thing Alesso, trance GO!-er Giuseppe Ottaviani, Armin-faves W&W, Ferry-loved Sied van Riel, prog-trance champ Tritonal, Victorian Beatport killer MaRLo, electro engine Congorock and dubstep cohorts Excision, Downlink and Figure, plus Nick Thayer, Bombs Away and ShockOne. Local killers Ace Basik, Barons Red, Chiari, Doubletech, Brunsonic, Cut & Paste Soundsystem, Electonic, Kippa, Zelimir, Mind Electric, Halo Effect, Illuminor, GeRmAn, Get More, Hykus, Black & Blunt, FTW, Shiftn, Fellis, Minna, Mr Of, Sirco, Tapeheads, Nathan Francis, Misprint, Craig Hollywood, Kno Agents, Herra, Fendi, Axon, Brokn House and Ellilot S open stages and rock the Silent Disco. Saturday 5 May, tickets via Moshtix for this Saturday 5 May. Sunday, featuring two stages, a silent disco and mini market, plus lighting, lasers, yoga, activities and electronic workshops. Artists playing include Molecule-Up; CtrlD; Beni C; Daisycutter; Terrafractyl; Micksir; Hypnagog; Kinshin; Shie’Ox; French Dave; Ed Motive; Mr Hazington; Decibell; The Powder Monkey; Sven; Fluoro and more. Head to trilobeat.net for full info and tickets.

DRAGON FLY @ VILLA Catering to the Asian clubbing audience, Dragon Fly celebrates its first birthday with MC Rami, DJ Junior, DJ Karl Blue, DJ Raji D, Mamaz Boyz Waht! and Dragon Fly Club Dancers.

BASS MUSIC @ SHAPE (UP) From dubstep to drum’n’bass and everything in-between with Zanetic, J Switch, Get More, Joust and Station, $5 before 11pm, $10 after.

SATURDAY 5/5 SUB ZERO

The Fisherman Style crew celebrates turning six old with Earthlink Sound, Simmo T, Choppa Crucial, Isis (Sabata), Future Soundz, Rasta Fyah, Kritical and the original geeza Sorted, doors $10 from 8pm.

AMANI CONSORT @ CLANCY’S FREO The Amani Consort are one of Perth’s best up-and-coming urban soul acts.

JAMES BROWN TRIBUTE @ DEVILLES JB would have turned 79 this week and Funk Club celebrates in style with the Funk Club House Band, guest vocalists and Charlie Bucket spinning all night, $10 from 8pm.

TRILOBEAT @ WOODMAN POINT Local non-profit association Trilobeat is hosting a family friendly weekend-long party from today til

Papa Flava is a rising reggae star in Ghana and he makes it all the way down under to show Higher Fyah at Bar Orient how it’s done, supported by Paul Gamblin, DJ Calvin and The Empressions, free from 8pm.

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

FRAT HOUSE FRIDAYS @ METRO FREO The Death Disco DJs bring the bangin’ indie-dance, plus red cups, cheerleaders and college-themed craziness.

SOVEREIGN ARMS Aidan Wallis fires up with full on dancefloor destroyers all the way ‘til late.

CAUSEWAY Sun City and Jus Haus? play indie, house and electro til midnight, two free party buses to city at close.

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

SUNDAY 6/5 ALEX NIGGEMANN

JAMES ZABIELA & MORE @ COURT HOTEL GARDEN

BACKYARD DISCO @ THE AVIARY

SUB ZERO, MC EKSMAN @ VILLA Sub Zero – one of the hottest jump-up artists blowing up the scene today is joined by MC Eksman. Illusiv, Dvise b2b Frantik, Invictus, Blanko and MCs Bear, Webbz and Seeka support. $35 plus BF via Moshtix and the usuals.

Chilled disco beats with Silence, People Who Play, Laterstyles, Electonic, Troy Division and Gav T, free from 2pm and streamed lived to The Backyard Project.

THE AVENUE Az-T brings the funky/chunky beats.

THE LOFT @ GEISHA Indie, alternative, Brit-pop and j-classics, free before 9pm, $5 after.

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WEDNESDAY 9/5 RAPTURE @ METRO FREO US HOUSE TRIBUTE @ GEISHA Soul Project welcomes Lee Wilson, James A, Sean Morrison and Terry Waites, free before 12.30am.

BRAD STRUT @ PLAYERS BAR Aussie hip hop icon Brad Stru is supported by Bitter Belief, plus Cryptic, Complete, Uphold Tradition, Kings Tongue Elite and Emcee Red, plus DJs Jamu and Misschief.

DOMINATE @ GILKISONS Hutcho, Outtacontrol, Rinski, Josh Cube, Hypodermic and Cyberstruct bring the best in trance and hard styles, $5 til 10pm, $10 after.

CINCO DE MAYO @ DEVILLES A fun-filled Mexican Fiesta featuring Los Hombres Del Diablo, the Musica Puebla DJs, GoGo, Mexican Hat Dancing and more, doors 6pm, $10 after 8.

DJs Andy Reid and CuedUp spin a cool blend of house and electro

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

UPCOMINGS NEXT HYPE @ GEISHA

A night committed to forwardthinking artists with a focus on postdubstep, garage, techno and house. The launch features UK’s Pariah and Blawan, who recently co-launched label Works The Long Nights, doing some late night deep thinking Thursday 10 May. Boy Prince, Midnight Mike and Craig Hollywood support. $20 via Moshtix.

MORD FUSTANG @ AMBAR Recently announced as Beatport’s 2012 Breakthrough Artist Of The Year, Mord Fustang brings his

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SKY’HIGH @ MOJO’S Saturday 12 May sees influential label Elefant Traks’ newest signing Sky’High party into Mojo’s ahead of her album drop and celebrating her first official single Let’s Just from her Your Highness EP. Voted Best Female MC in the 2011 Ozhiphop Awards, live Sky’High takes performance to a whole new level. $15 plus BF via Heatseeker.

KRAFTY KUTS @ VILLA With his mix of breaks, electro, dubstep, drum’n’bass and hip hop, Krafty Kuts is coming back to the country to blow you away like so many times before, playing Villa Saturday 12 May with Bezwun, Tee El and Marty McFly supporting. $40 plus BF via Moshtix.

STEPOFF @ THE BIRD StepOFF is back in May bringing the freshest cuts of ‘80s and ‘90s hip hop with Greg Packer, Pawel, Double Dee, Fonz and Ru-Kasu, , free from 7pm, Wednesday 16 May.

ERIC LAU @ THE BIRD

Habitat’s new garden party series in the outdoor area, kicking things off with a bang, hosting James Zabiela, Alex Niggemann and George Fitzgerald from 2 ‘til 10pm. Industry entry $15, otherwise $20 before 5pm, $25 after.

PAPA FLAVA @ BAR ORIENT FISHERMAN STYLE B’DAY! @ MOJO’S

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adventurously nude, fluctuant, immaculate, rainbow-coated, discobass beats with a wobble Friday 11 May, supported by Dead Easy, Philly Blunt and Beatsmack, $20 via Boomtick, $25 door.

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London-based producer Eric Lau, known for his work with an array of international acts like Lupe Fiasco, Georgia Anne Muldrow, is heading to Aus’ for the first time, playing The Bird Friday 18 May. He’s celebrating his The Mission EP and new album One Of Many, supported by Kit Pop, Ben M and Ru-Kasu, $10 from 7pm.

DIGITALISM, ADRIAN LUX @ VILLA Having pioneered the electropunk and indie-dance movement, German electro duo Digitalism will be throwing down their distorted basslines and thumping rhythms at Villa, Friday 18 May. Supported by fellow moo-groover Adrian Lux, plus locals Makitan, Ace Basik and Kill Dyl. $35 plus BF via from Boomtick.

LAPALUX, OOOOO @ THE BAKERY Hailing from two of electronic music’s most exciting labels, Lapalux (UK/Brainfeeder) and oOoOO (USA/Triangle) bring their unique brand of beatcraft to Perth Saturday 19 May. Lapalux brings sensuous discordant melodies and hypercolour pop synths, while oOoOO deviates from standard electronic conventions by taking shoegazey beats into eerily ethereal territory. $29 plus BF via Life Is Noise and the usuals.

KINGS OF SOUND @ ROSEMOUNT HOTEL Local bass culture festival Kings Of Sound rocks new home the Rosemount Hotel Saturday 19 May from 2pm ‘til 1am with another huge line-up featuring: Phetsta & MC Xsessiv; SBX All Stars Feat. Dazastah, Layla & Clandestien; Greg Packer & Assassin; Killafoe & J.Nitrous; Rregula; Qbik & Seeka MC; Ekko & Sidetrack with MC Bear; Complete; Porsah Laine; Voltron & MC Stylee; Zanetic; Get More; Cortex; King Leonidas; Traction; Hutcho; ST1 & DYP; and heaps more! $30 plus BF via Mosthix, presented by Drum Media.

UPCOMINGS PAPA FLAVA: MAY 4 Bar Orient SMILE ON IMPACT: MAY 4 Ambar SUB ZERO, MC EKSMAN: MAY 5 Villa CREAMFIELDS: DAVID GUETTA, ABOVE & BEYOND, DIRTY SOUTH, ALESSO, GIUSEPPE OTTAVIANI, W&W, SIED VAN RIEL, TRITONAL, MARLO, CONGOROCK, EXCISION, DOWNLINK, BOMBS AWAY, DOWNLINK, FIGURE, NICK THAYER and locals: MAY 5 Supreme Court Gardens HABITAT GARDEN PARTY: JAMES ZABIELA, ALEX NIGGEMAN, GEORGE FITZGERALD: MAY 6 Court Hotel NEXT HYPE: PARIAH & BLAWAN: MAY 10 Geisha MORD FUSTANG: MAY 11 Ambar ATMOSPHERE, EVIDENCE: MAY 11 Villa DENNIS SHEPERD, JAYTECH: MAY 11 Shape (Downstairs) SKY’HIGH: MAY 12 Mojo’s ALISON WONDERLAND: MAY 12 Eve Nightclub KRAFTY KUTS: MAY 12 Villa + DJ PERPLEX: MAY 18 The Manor ERIC LAU: MAY 18 The Bird SHOWTEK: MAY 18 Shape KINGS OF SOUND FESTIVAL: MAY 19 Rosemount Hotel LAPALUX, OOOOO: MAY 19 The Bakery DIGITALISM, ADRIAN LUXE: MAY 19 Villa GROOVIN’ THE MOO: 360, ADRIAN LUX, BENI, BALL PARK MUSIC, DIGITALISM, HERMITUDE, HILLTOP HOODS, MUSCLES, MUTEMATH, NAYSAYER & GILSUN, PUBLIC ENEMY and more: MAY 19 Hay Park, Bunbury THE ASTON SHUFFLE: MAY 25 Ambar S CLUB, BIG BROVAZ: MAY 25 Metro City MICKEY AVALON, KID MAC: MAY 26 Rosemount Hotel NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK, BACKSTREET BOYS: MAY 29 Burswood Dome TIJUANA CARTEL: MAY 31 Prince Of Wales; JUN 1 Settlers Tavern; JUN 2 White Star; JUN 8 Divers Tavern; JUN 9 Hotel Kununurra; JUN 15 The Bakery + JD4D RECORDS LAUNCH: F3TCH, J.NITROUS and more: JUN 1 Shape BAD TASTE RECORDS: BLOKHE4D, PROLIX, AEPH, NEONLIGHT: JUN 1 Metro City DJ CRAZE, CODES: JUN 2 Villa + RAP CITY: GHOSTFACE KILLAH, MF DOOM, CHINO XL: JUN 3 Metro City + CRISSY CRISS: JUN 3 Amplifier ARMADA NIGHTS: TYDI, MYON, SHANE 54: JUN 3 Villa SKOOL OF THOUGHT: JUN 8 Ambar

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THU 03 Stu Harcourt Belgian Beer Cafe Duke Ellington Ellington Jazz Club Phil Edgeley Fly By Night Fremantle Howie Morgan FUSE Bar Chris Murphy High Wycombe Hotel Nathan Gaunt Lucky Shag The Crooks, I of Ra, Red Engine Caves, Jordan McRobbie Mojos Nth Fremantle The Eastern Mustang Bar Git Go Newport Htl Runner, Blackmilk, Sean O’Neill Norfolk Basement Dr Bogus Paddy Hannan’s, Burswood The Witches, High Horse, The Loved Dead, Jackie Treehorn Rosemount Htl Clayton Bolger Rosie O’Gradys Fremantle Bill Chidgzey Rosie O’Gradys Northbridge The Publican Band Settlers Tavern& Fenton Wilde Sovereign Arms Christian Thompson Steve’s Bar The Buttonettes Swan Lounge Gossling, Bears & Dolls The Bird Jen de Ness The Boat Duke Ellington The Ellington Jazz Club One Trick Phonies The Gate Bar and Bistro, Success Dirty Scoundrels The Shed Off The Record Universal Bar Jazz! Jazz! Jazz! X-Wray Cafe Delusions Of Grandeur, Ichora, Midnight Boulevard, Coronal Sky Ya Ya’s

FRI 04 Pop Candy 7th Avenue Bar DZ Deathrays Amplifier Bar Mod Squad Bailey Bar & Bistro Husky Bakery Christian Thompson Bally’s Bar The Other Guys Balmoral Karin Page Bentley Hotel Everlong Black Bettys Chris Gibbs Brook Bar & Bistro Bluebottles Captain Stirling Heaven The Axe Civic Htl Backroom Nick Sheppard, Aires Linares Claremont TLC Organ Trio, Libby Hammer Quintet, Solomon Pitt Ellington Jazz Club

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Halo Empire La Boheme Fly By Night Fremantle Smoking Section Gate Midnight Rambler Gloucester Park Greg Carter Greenwood Hotel Bill Chidgzey Hale Rd Tavern Ali Towers Herdsman Lake Tavern The Damien Cripps Band High Road Htl Riverton Switch High Wycombe Hotel Nathan Gaunt Hyde Park Htl Ruby Boots, The Eastern, Boston & Chevy Indi Bar Jonny Taylor M On The PointKontraband Mighty Quinn Tavern Soul Corporation Moon & Sixpence Oz Big Band, Cheeky Monkeys Mustang Bar Hyte, The Corner, Muzzle Norfolk Basement Nathan Gaunt Osborne Park Htl Stu Harcourt Paddingtion Ale House Flyte Paramount Nightclub The Smith Street Band, Grim Fanbanjo, The Decline, Ex-Nuns Railway Htl Blazin’ Entrails, Topnovil, Scalphunter, Lungs, Bob Gordons, Them Sharks Rocket Room Resist The Thought, Mandalay Victory, Paradise In Exile, Reflections In Ruin, Storm The Shores Rosemount Htl Neil Colliss Rosie O’Gradys Northbridge Howie Morgan Sail & Anchor Minute36, The Spitfires Settlers Tavern Robbie King Karaoke South st Ale House One Trick Phonies Springs Tavern Dove Stirling Arms Guildford Self Made Guru, Chemis 3, The Generators, Neutral Native, New Erotic Swan Basement The Bone Kickers, Figure 23, Kite Magic, Arcande Swan Lounge Greg Carter (Arvo), Better Days Swinging Pig The Long Lost Brothers, Frozen Ocean, Cam Avery The Bird Adrian Wilson The Brass Monkey The Mojos The Principle Micro Brewery Kickstart The Shed The Charisma Brothers Tsunami, Mosman Park Nightmoves Universal Bar Mulder, Sam Perry, Ghost Drums Velvet Lounge

Ivan Ribic Vic Park Htl Clayton Bolger Wanneroo Tavern Dr Bogus Woodvale Tav Holly & Tom X-Wray Cafe Jacob Diamond, Patient Little sister, Stoney Joe Ya Ya’s

SAT 05 Emperors, Sonspilo Circus, Will Stoker & The Embers, Mezzanine, Dead Owls Amplifier Bar Lush Bailey Bar & Bistro Simone & Girlfunkel, Runner, Sidewalk Diamonds, Tristan Fiddler, High Hopes Bakery Ali Towers Bally’s Bar Flyte Bar 120 Christian Thompson Belgian Beer Cafe J Babies Black Bettys One Trick Phonies Brook Bar & Bistro Proud Mary Brooklands Howie Morgan (duo) Captain Stirling Mat Cal & The Black Heart Sun Clancys Canning Bridge The Eastern Clancys Fremantle The Zydecats Claremont Juliana Areias, JL & The Imagin8s Ellington Jazz Club Toby Freemasons Htl Geraldton Cargo Beat Greenwood Hotel Murphy’s Lore High Road Htl Riverton Karin Page Hotel Rottnest Zarm Indi Bar The Other Guys Indian Ocean Brewing Company Rhythm 22 M On The Point Hi-NRG Metro Freo DZ Deathrays, Novocaines, Foam Mojos Nth Fremantle The Roadmasters, 10 Cent Billionaire Mustang Bar Needles Douglas, Hello Colour Red, Jay Grafton Railway Htl Kizzy, Gravity Rocket Room Fu Manchu, The Devil Rides Out, Matt Sonic & The High Times, Black Cobra Rosemount Htl Blue Gene Rosie O’Gradys Northbridge The Mojos Sail & Anchor Matt Gresham Settlers Tavern Shawne & Luc South st Ale House The Government Yard, Neutral Native, New Erotic, The Stray Dogs Of Athens Swan Basement The Flower Drums, Wolves At The Door, Amanda Merdzan The Bird

Huge The Shed Keith McDonald Two Rocks Tavern Soul Corporation Universal Bar The Damien Cripps Band Whale & Ale Burn Habit X-Wray Cafe Castle Bravo, Scalphunter, Kill Teen Angst, Chainsaw Hookers Ya Ya’s

SUN 06 Clayton Bolger Bar Orient Fremantle Jonny Taylor Broadwater Bar Nathan Gaunt Broken Hill Hotel Christian Parkinson Captain Stirling Double Take Chase Bar & Bistro The Eastern Clancys Dunsborough The Zydecats Clancys Fremantle Sunday Driver Claremontr Eran James Ellington Jazz Club CB3 Empire Better Days (Arvo) Chris Gibbs Trio Gate Mike Nayar High Road Htl Riverton Ziggy New Generation Indi Bar Retriofit (Arvo), Dove Indian Ocean Brewing Company Electrophobia M On The Point Calectasia, Rich Widow, The Dukes of Porn, Louis and the Honkytonk Mojos Nth Fremantle Gerard Maunick, Tina Simone Moon & Sixpence Peter Busher & the Lone Rangers Mustang Bar Chris Murphy Ocean View Tavern Big Al & The Deacons Queens Tavern, Highgate Tim Nelson, Blazin’ Entrails, Topnovil Newport Hotel Shawne & Luc Sail & Anchor Howie Morgan Project, Mike Nayar Saint Sean Scott South st Ale House Ivan Ribic Sovereign Arms Empty Pocket, Kathleen Ann, Alteria Motive, The Foctaves Swan Lounge Benedict Moleta, The Leap Year, Craig McElhinney The Bird Sophie Jane The Principle Micro Brewery The Healys, Renegade The Shed Bluebottles The Vic Hotel Damien Cripps Two Rocks Tavern Retriofit Universal Bar The Charisma Brothers Xwray Café

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MON 07 John Sandosham Burswood Lobby Lounge Trinity College Jazz Ellington Jazz Club Michael Battersby Karrinyup Shop Centre Marco & The Ally Cats Mustang Bar Alphanumeric, Saxon, Disasterpiece, Bobby Got, Bangs, Boston Switch, Mindfunkt The Bird The Organ Grinders, Steve Poltz The Brass Monkey Plastic Max and the Token Gesture The Deen

TUE 08 Kynan Tan Bakery Northbridge Edie Green Ellington Jazz Club Michael Battersby Karrinyup Shop Centre Christian Thompson Lucky Shag Cam Avery, Rabbit Island, GUM Mojos Nth Fremantle Stu Harcourt Paddingtion Ale House Erasers, Sarah Tout, Peter Milligan, MF Groom & The Turbinator, Stacy Gougoulis The Bird Open Piano Night w/ Stu Orchard X-Wray Cafe

WED 09 Frank Turner Amplifier Bar Nathan Gaunt Balmoral Blue Gene Black Bettys Devildriver Capitol Victoria Newton, James Sandon, Karl Florisson Ellington Jazz Club PJ O’Brien, Chris Mawer Fremantle Blues & Roots Club Shaun Kirk, Mick Parker Indi Bar Pete Bibby, Joe Bludge, Hayley Beth Moon Cafe Nevsky Prospekt, Hail Mary, We Build Pyramids Paddingtion Ale House Law of Attraction, Further Earth, Red Sky, This Other Eden Rosemount Htl David Fyffe Rosie O’Gradys Northbridge Greg Carter South st Ale House James Wilson The Shed Brad Martin, Ash Hendricks X-Wray Cafe Here Come The Cavalry, Oak Tree Suite, Sound The Rescue, The Bears Ya Ya’s

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DZ DEATHRAYS GOSSLING: Loft; MAY 3 The Bird TIJUANA CARTEL: MAY 3 Mojo’s; MAY 10 Liddell Reserve, Girrawheen DZ DEATHRAYS: MAY 3 Prince Of Wales; MAY 4 Amplifier; MAY 5 Mojo’s TOPNOVIL: MAY 3 Villa; MAY 4 Rocket Room; MAY 5 Prince Of Wales; MAY 6 Newport Hotel HUSKY, THE TROUBLE WITH TEMPLETON: MAY 4 The Bakery PJ OBRIEN: MAY 5 Hyde Park Hotel FU MANCHU, BLACK COBRA, MATT SONIC & THE HIGH TIMES: MAY 5 Rosemount Hotel + SHAUN KIRK: MAY 7 Charles Hotel; MAY 8 Indi Bar; MAY 9 Clancy’s Fremantle; MAY 10 Settlers Tavern; MAY 11 Yallingup Caves Hotel; MAY 12 Redcliffe On The Murray DEVILDRIVER, DARKEST HOUR, SIX FEET UNDER: MAY 9 Capitol FRANK TURNER & THE SLEEPING SOULS, WILLIAM ELLIOT WHITMORE, THE SMITH STREET BAND: MAY 9 Amplifier STEVE POLTZ: MAY 10 The Fly Trap HENRY ROLLINS: MAY 10 Margaret River Cultural Centre; MAY 11 & 12 Astor Theatre BOY & BEAR, JUNGLE GIANTS, TIN SPARROW: MAY 10 Albany Ent. Centre; MAY 11 Bunbury Ent. Centre; MAY 12 Fremantle Arts Centre; MAY 13 Mandurah Performing Arts Centre CLAIRY BROWNE & THE BANGIN’ RACKETTES: MAY 11 Fly By Night SICK OF IT ALL, AGNOSTIC FRONT, TOE TO TOE: MAY 11 Amplifier DEAD LETTER CIRCUS, FAIR TO MIDLAND, TWELVE FOOT NINJA: MAY 10 Prince Of Wales; MAY 11 Metropolis Fremantle; MAY 12 Capitol THE HARD-ONS: MAY 11 Civic Hotel; MAY 12 Prince Of Wales, Bunbury; MAY 13 Indi Bar LANIE LANE, STEVE

THICK AS BLOOD SMYTH: MAY 12 Fly By Night; MAY 13 Amplifier RALPH MCTELL: MAY 13 Fly By Night STEVE SMYTH: MAY 15 Mojo’s; MAY 16 Indi Bar + MIKE ELRINGTON BAND: MAY 15 Charles Hotel; MAY 30 Mojo’s + PHIL EDGELEY: MAY 16 Mojo’s THE HALF PINTS: MAY 16 Prince Of Wales; MAY 17 Ya Ya’s; MAY 18 Swan Basement DANIEL CHAMPAGNE: MAY 16 Mojo’s;’MAY 19 Ya Ya’s DAVID CAMPBELL: MAY 16 Mandurah Performing Arts Centre; MAY 17 Queen Park Theatre, Geraldton; MAY 18 Perth Concert Hall; MAY 19 Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre

MAY 18 C5, Fremantle; MAY 19 Amplifier; MAY 20 YMCA HQ

JOHN WILLIAMSON: MAY 16 Albany Ent. Centre; MAY 17 Bunbury Regional Ent. Centre; MAY 18 Mandurah Performing Arts Centre; MAY 19 Queens Park Theatre, Geraldton KIM CHURCHILL, MICROWAVE JENNY: MAY 16 Settlers Tavern, Margaret River; MAY 17 Dunsborough Tavern; MAY 18 Prince Of Wales; MAY 19 Norfolk Basement; MAY 20 Indi Bar ANDREW WK, ALEISTER X: MAY 17 The Bakery FLORENCE + THE MACHINE, BLOOD ORANGE: MAY 17 Burswood Dome + BLUEJUICE: MAY 18 Metropolis Fremantle ATCHA!: MAY 18 Fly By Night THE GETAWAY PLAN: MAY 18 Amplifier KAISER CHIEFS, DEEP SEA ARCADE, LOON LAKE: MAY 18 Metro City WAVVES, SURES: MAY 18 Rosemount Hotel THE MACCABEES: MAY 18 Capitol + MANAIA: MAY 18 Railway Hotel; MAY 19 Civic Hotel MANHATTAN JINX: MAY 18 Civic Den; MAY 19 Railway Hotel DREAM ON DREAMER:

CITY AND COLOUR, BAHAMAS: MAY 20 Fremantle Arts Centre

+ YABU BAND, JOHN BENNET: MAY 19 Fly By Night SARAH MCKENZIE: MAY 19 Subiaco Arts Centre NATURALLY 7: MAY 19 Perth Concert Hall GROOVIN’ THE MOO: ANDREW WK, BIG SCARY, BLUEJUICE, CITY & COLOUR, THE GETAWAY PLAN, GOLD FIELDS, KAISER CHIEFS, MATT CORBY, PARKWAY DRIVE, WAVVES, MUTEMATH and more: MAY 19 Hay Park, Bunbury THE POOR: MAY 20 Newport Hotel MUTEMATH, THE CAIROS: MAY 20 Amplifier

KIMBRA, DANIEL MERRIWEATHER, SAM LAWRENCE: MAY 21 Metro City THE BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE, THE RAVEONETTES: MAY 22 Astor Theatre ANTI-FLAG, STRIKE ANYWHERE, THE FLATLINERS: MAY 24 Capitol LOOKING THROUGH A GLASS ONION: JOHN WATERS & STEWART D’ARIETTA: MAY 25 & 26 Astor Theatre ORD VALLEY MUSTER: MAY 25-JUN 3 Kununnura, East Kimberley CATCALL: MAY 26 Amplifier BITTER END: MAY 26 Civic Den; MAY 27 YMCA HQ DARREN SIGESMUND: MAY 27 The Bakery THE OCEAN: MAY 27 Rosemount Hotel NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK, BACKSTREET BOYS: MAY 29 Burswood Dome ASH GRUNWALD: MAY 30 Indi Bar; MAY 31 Redcliffe On The Murray; JUN 1 Prince Of Wales; JUN 2 Karratha Tavern; JUN 3 Fly By Night


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