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Jupiter’s Hotel and Casino are bringing the best in stand-up comedy the likes of, Russell Gilbert, Celia Pacquola, pictured, and Troy Kinne for the tenth installment of Laugh Your Pants Off this Friday.
This Friday a touch of Vegas comes to the Goldy with Viva Surfers Paradise, a ten-day celebration of all things Elvis! We’re talking concerts, tributes, car shows and a whole lotta dancing – the great man may have left the building but we can still party Presley style!
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The Short + Sweet Festival 2015 kicks off this Thursday at Brisbane Powerhouse, featuring bite-sized segments of theatre and cabaret covering all gamuts of the creative spectrum. Each piece is over in ten minutes and onto the next one! BRISBANE
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NO HIDING ATTENNN-SHUN!
Adelaide punk three-piece Grenadiers are hitting the road once more, this time under the banner the Grenabeers Tour. Fresh oﬀ their support role on the British India tour, you can raise a bevvy to the rock’n’roll soldiers 28 Aug in the Ding Dong Lounge in Melbourne, 29 Aug at Newtown Social Club in Sydney, 9 & 10 Sep when they take part in BIGSOUND in Brisbane, 11 Sep at The Northern in Byron Bay and 12 Sep at Quiksilver Boardriders in Coolangatta, presented by The Music.
TONI TAKES OZ
One of the world’s most politically and socially conscious punk bands, America’s Rise Against are returning to Australia once more for a lightning east coast tour. Last here in Feb/Mar as guests of the Foo Fighters, this visit gives them another chance to showcase their latest album, last year’s The Black Market, which lead single, I Don’t Want To Be Here Anymore, made the 2014 triple j Hottest 100. Catch them 2 Dec at Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne; 4 Dec at the Riverstage in Brisbane; and 5 Dec at the Hordern Pavilion in Sydney.
She’s sold more than 66 million albums worldwide, earned seven Grammy Awards, has her own reality TV show and is executive producer on a show titled Tamar & Vince, yet Toni Braxton has never toured Australia – until now. She’s sure to feature tracks from last year’s collaborative album with Babyface, Love, Marriage & Divorce, which debuted at #4 in the Billboard To 200, as well as all her big hits when she plays 11 Sep at Hamer Hall in Melbourne; 13 Sep at the Sydney Opera House; and 14 Sep at QPAC Theatre in Brisbane.
No, this isn’t a ﬁnal Johnny Depp shoutout as shooting on the next Pirates Of The Caribbean ﬁnalises. It’s way bigger – Alestorm are heading back to Australia! The self-styled “True Scottish Pirate Metal” ﬁve-piece will be showcasing their latest album, last year’s Sunset On The Golden Age, and all your faves from their back catalogue, and have invited Brisbane six-piece Lagerstein along for the ride (and beer, lots of it!). Catch them if you can 26 Nov at Max Watt’s in Brisbane; 28 Nov in the Manning Bar, Sydney; and 29 Nov at 170 Russell in Melbourne.
Following their upcoming appearance at Splendour, SAFIA are heading out on tour to celebrate the release of their new single, Embracing Me. The national run, which features support act Boo Seeka, stops by Karova Lounge, Ballarat, 20 Aug; Bended Elbow, Geelong, 21 Aug; Corner Hotel, Melbourne, 22 Aug; Uni Bar, Wollongong, 27 Aug; Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, 29 Aug; Woolly Mammoth, Brisbane, 3 Sep; Beach Hotel, Byron Bay, 4 Sep; Factory Theatre, Sydney, 11 Sep (all ages); ANU Bar, Canberra, 12 Sep.
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Adelaide four-piece Bad//Dreems ﬁnally release their debut album, Dogs At Bay, 21 Aug, and have announced it with a ﬁrst single, Hiding To Nothing. Also in the works is a national tour, presented by The Music, that will see them play 9 Oct at Oxford Art Factory in Sydney, 16 Oct at Woolly Mammoth in Brisbane, 17 Oct in the Miami Shark Bar at Minimum Wage Club on the Gold Coast, and 24 Oct at Northcote Social Club in Melbourne, all dates including special guests, Sydneysiders Green Buzzard. Proudly presented by The Music.
The Splendour Comedy Club is back over the Splendour weekend with four nights of fun courtesy 30 handpicked comedic talents, among them Celia Pacquola, Steen Raskopoulos, Matt Okine, Tommy Little, Gen Fricker and Michael Hing, delivering the funnies over four nights, 23 – 26 Jul, in the dedicated Comedy Tent. And for those up for a little intellectual challenge, The Guardian presents Splendour Forum, with discussion panels, debates, interviews, Q&A sessions, literary salons, scientiﬁc talks and more, among the guests speaking are former CIA Director of Counterterrorism operations in Pakistan John Kiriakou, former ACT Attorney-General Bernard Collaery, and ABC’s Q&A host Tony Jones moderating a discussion with Greens co-deputy leader Senator Larissa Waters, Lib MP Wyatt Roy, Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson, Guardian columnist Van Badham and spy lawyer the aforementioned Collaery.
With new cut Zodiac K on the market, The Laurels head out on tour with an evolved sound and could likely be previewing a bunch of tracks from their upcoming second album when they head around the east coast with POND frontman Nicholas Allbrook. Mark the calendar, they head to The Curtin, Melbourne, 1 Aug; The Brightside, Brisbane, 6 Aug; Great Northern Hotel, Byron Bay, 7 Aug; and Uni Bar, Wollongong, 8 Aug.
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Melbourne psych-garage rockers The Demon Parade have emerged from their recording cave and are ready to present their new EP Stone Circles to the world. The group will be making their way through the east states, playing shows at Quiksilver Boardriders, Coolangatta, 14 Aug; The Northern Hotel, Byron Bay, 14 Aug; Grand Central Hotel, Brisbane, 15 Aug; Old Manly Boatshed, 21 Aug; The Standard Bowl, Sydney, 22 Aug; Frankie’s Pizza By The Slice, Sydney, 23 Aug; and Yah Yah’s, Melbourne, 28 Aug.
Sydney four-piece Born Lion are announcing a tour to launch that album and the video accompanying the single, Good Dogs Play Dead. The punk rockers deliver it all live 21 Aug at The Workers Club in Geelong; 22 Aug at The Bendigo Hotel in Melbourne; 29 Aug at the Phoenix Bar in Canberra; 4 Sep at the Cambridge Hotel in Newcastle; 12 Sep at The Milk Factory in Brisbane; 2 Oct at The Entrance Leagues Club; 9 Oct at Cherry Bar in Melbourne; 16 Oct at The Loft in Warrnambool.
DONE IN SIX SECONDS
The lovechild of Tropfest Australia and Twitter’s short video app, Vine, entries are being invited from around the world for #TROPVINE, the short ﬁlmmaking competition with a twist – the ﬁlms can be no longer that six seconds! Entrants need to make an original Vine ﬁlm, using this year’s TSI (Tropfest Signature Item) ‘CARD’, and Tweet it to @TROPFEST using the competition hashtags #tropvine and #card. The winner takes home $5,000 in cash, a Nikon 1 V3 Kit with a 10-30mm lens, a year of Spotify premium and a VIP trip to Sydney in December for Tropfest Australia 2015, including Qantas ﬂights to Sydney and accommodation at hip designer hotel QT Sydney. Entries close 31 Jul, ﬁnalists screening live at #TROPVINE Festival Night 12 Aug at The X Studio.
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THE SONS RETURN
Mumford & Sons are coming back to visit our shores in November, oﬀ the back of their latest and third album, Wilder Mind. Presented by The Music, the tour will take in a show at Riverstage, Brisbane, 7 Nov with Meg Mac and The Vaccines; Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne, 12 Nov with Future Islands and The Vaccines; and a special Gentlemen Of The Road event at The Domain, Sydney, 14 Nov, which will also feature Jake Bugg in acoustic mode, Future Islands, The Vaccines, The Jungle Giants, Meg Mac and Art Of Sleeping.
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BRINGING THE BEAT
Melbourne alt-country-psych collective Immigrant Union will take their second album Anyway and new single War Is Peace on a national jaunt this August/ September They’ll be making their way to Transit Bar, Canberra, 13 Aug; Lass O’Gowrie, Newcastle, 14 Aug; Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, 15 Aug; The Junkyard, Maitland, 16 Aug; Lefty’s Music Hall, Brisbane, 27 Aug; Great Northern Hotel, Byron Bay, 28 Aug; Solbar, Maroochydore, 29 Aug; and ACMI, Melbourne, 4 Sep.
Red Bull Music Academy’s July rendition of their monthly Club Night Series promises to be a cracker, with LA-based beatmaker Nosaj Thing making his way around the country, armed with new album Fated. Aside from his performance at Splendour In The Grass, you can catch him when he performs at Howler, Melbourne, 18 Jul; Woolly Mammoth, Brisbane, 23 Jul; Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, 25 Jul.
He’s just polished oﬀ 36 shows across the UK and Europe and now CW Stoneking is ﬁnally returning home for a quick dash around his home turf to showcase his latest album, Gon Boogaloo, one last time before he heads oﬀ to the US to work on some new projects and record new material. The tour kicks oﬀ 30 Oct at Manning Bar, Sydney; then 31 Oct it’s The Triﬃd in Brisbane 6 Nov in Thornbury Theatre in Melbourne’; and 7 Nov at Corner Hotel.
Electro-funk duo Mayer Hawthorne and Jake One are heading out on tour this September, celebrating their live project Tuxedo which, over seven years, has only been performed in full band format three times. With their latest self-titled album now up for grabs, the duo will be making their way to Prince Bandroom, Melbourne, 19 Sep; Max Watt’s, Brisbane, 25 Sep; and Jam Gallery, Sydney, 26 Sep.
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FRONTLASH KUDOS AFL
It’s hard to think anything good would emerge from the tragic murder of Adelaide Crowd coach Phil Walsh, but the way that the AFL community bonded together in solidarity was spine-tingling.
THANKS RHINO We were hoping Ryan Harris would end his career by thumping the Poms and reclaiming the Ashes on foreign soil, but it proved one bridge too far for the rugged quick. Thanks for the great memories Rhino.
FOREVER YOUNG-ISH Was awesome seeing Youth Group again on the weekend in all their pomp (despite poor Toby’s sore throat) – had forgotten what a great album their 2004 second effort Skeleton Jar is/was. God bless the vinyl resurgence!
WIZ IS THE WAY
They’ve just released their six-song debut EP, And So It Begins…, and that means it’s time for Brisbane three-piece Faleepo Francisco to take it to the streets. They’re doing the launch thing 17 Jul at The Zoo, with guests The Bassethounds, Sports Fan and Jacket.
The intercontinental collaboration between US-based Brisbane singer/songwriter Andrew Bower, Grand Atlantic’s Sean Bower and We All Want To’s Dan McNulty, dubbed The Valery Trails, reunite on home turf for the launch of a new single, In Your Heart, for a quick spin round their home state, playing 11 Jul at The Boundary Hotel, 12 Jul in The Bison Bar in Nambour and 17 Jul at Toowoomba’s The Spotted Cow.
GREECE IS THE WORD
Remember when the Greeks introduced the world to democracy and led the way in philosophy? The Ancient Greeks were hella cool, what the fuck happened?
HE WANTS VIPER There was probably a window where making Top Gun 2 could have been cool, sadly it smashed close about 25 years ago. Does anyone really give a fuck about what happened to Mav? Was he a Scientologist too?
The ﬁfth annual Little BIGSOUND youth music forum will also be a part of this year’s massive event, of course, and the second round of music industry speakers attending has just been announced. They include Smack Face Music’s Trina Massey, founder of Graetzmedia Dan Graetz, Young Strangers’ Jane Slingo, Brisbane booking agent Julia Bridger, Brian Tucker CPA accountant Matthew Tucker, graphic designer and co-founder of The Brisbane Collective Megan Starr-Thomas and Title Track music publicist Sarah Chipman. They join the already announced ARIA Award winning producer Magoo, Footstomp Director Graham Ashton, 4ZZZ music coordinator Chris Cobcroft, Think Creative’s Tim Ariel and Collision Course publicist Tim Price 27 Jul in The Judith Wright Centre.
GOSPEL AT QPAC
Performing songs from his latest album, The Gospel Songs, Geoﬀrey Gurrumul Yunupingu will be taking to the Concert Hall stage 2 Aug at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC). He’ll be accompanied on the night by a choir from the Brisbane Ethnic Music & Arts Centre, singing in language, and a ﬁve-piece band. Brisbane’s The Ninjas have penned, recorded and released a paean to UK fashion model, Cara Delevingne, and are hitting the road to perform it and more at a venue near you. If you’re on the Sunshine Coast 31 Jul, catch them at Solbar, if in Brisbane 14 Aug, they’re in Alhambra Lounge, and 23 Aug, they join the 4ZZZ birthday party at The Triﬃd. Of course, you could go to all three shows too.
We’ve been on poor old Bieber’s back for years to grow up and stop being such a prat, but we didn’t mean that he should join Hillsong and go all religious. Suddenly we miss old tearaway Beebs, in his own weird way he was a lot less scary...
SPEAKING OF BIGSOUND
SONG FOR CARA
VALE PHIL WALSH
MIDDLE GROUND PLEASE
Celebrating the fact that his single, See You Again, featuring Charlie Puth, hit #1, and just ‘cause he can, hip hop superstar Wiz Khalifa is heading down our way to deliver the rhymes 27 Sep on Riverstage, just for you.
JUST FOR LAUGHS SIDESHOWS
Britain’s John Bishop who you might know from the series John Bishop’s Australia will perform some stand-up for you 20 Oct at The Tivoli. Recognised by his alter ego The Pub Landlord, Al Murray has hosted an array of TV series over the years and has sold 300,000 copies of his book, and now, he’s bringing his live comedy act to the country. He’ll be making his way to The Tivoli, 23 Oct.
RED DEER IS BACK
Queensland’s Red Deer Music & Arts Festival is back with its 2015 artist announcement. The overnight BYO and camping farm festival jaunt will host Frenzal Rhomb, Andy Bull, Salmonella Dub Soundsystem, Hey Geronimo, Ayla, Mosman Alder, WAAX, and Cheap Fakes. There’ll also be a Jungle Bar chill out space up the hill, art workshops, and more on oﬀer. Presented by The Music, he event takes place 3 Oct underneath the D’agular ranges of Mt Samson, with tickets available now from reddeerfest.com.au. THE MUSIC 8TH JULY 2015 • 9
BREAK OUT Sitting down for a drink with High Tension’s Karina Utomo inside a Collingwood pub, Dylan Stewart quickly finds there’s a lot to talk about.
efore her beer has even arrived, High Tension’s Karina Utomo is already explaining the concept of the clip for Bully, the title track of their second album. “The underlying theme of the song and the video is about conquering the fear relating to the feminine struggle. It’s about social aggression. Not physical aggression or violence, but about all the negative connotations that come with being female. “Bully is the most powerful track out of anything on the album, so the intention was to execute a powerful video with only women [in it] to create a sense of empowerment without referencing the typical, lame girl power shit.” Before she’s accused of hitching onto the feminism bandwagon, Utomo is quick to clarify: “We are about empowering women or whoever,
a lot of girls and women coming into the scene and giving it a go.” Her hard work is the music industry’s gain. “When we toured with King Parrot earlier in the year we noticed a lot more girls coming to these shows and a lot of younger girls in particular. They made the effort to talk to me and to ask questions like ‘How long did it take you to be able to sing like that?’ which was both humbling and exciting. “There’s a shift happening and there’s this realisation that [performing on stage] is not as scary as they thought it would be. “I get asked the question so many times [Utomo puts on a stuffy, conservative journalist voice] ‘How does it feel
The song What’s Left refers to the Lavender Panthers, a homosexual vigilante troupe who targeted gay-bashers in 1970s San Francisco. Led by the openly gay Reverend Ray Broshears, they were skilled in various combat forms from karate to alleyway brawling. “Ash [Pegram], our guitarist, wanted to base this song about the Lavender Panthers, but in order for me to be able to sing it I had to change some of his lyrics and tie it into stories of my own friends. One of the lines [in What’s Left] references a friend who got mugged and gay-bashed. One of the most tragic parts of the story was that he’d met someone that night and he begged the perpetrator to give him his sim card back because he’d just gotten this guy’s number. “[Gay] relationships are so much harder, life is so much harder; you can’t even get married here for fuck’s sake! It’s fucking brutal.” Utomo has a unique perspective on the area, having been requested to DJ at a number of lesbian parties, “despite the fact that I’m neither a lesbian nor a DJ”. So what makes the playlist? “The hits. When I was younger I used to go and dance at clubs and places like that but there were always creeps or guys trying to buy you drinks. Everybody’s welcome at a lesbian party so there are absolutely no creeps and everyone’s having a great time.”
“IF YOU DON’T HIGHLIGHT BEING A WOMAN AS A HANDICAP, IT’S NOT GOING TO BE A HANDICAP. AT THE END OF THE DAY, IT’S ALL ABOUT THE MUSIC.”
but we’re not about excluding others who aren’t being empowered in the process. “Traditionally the hardcore and metal scene has been very male-dominated and a bit of a boy’s club. But it’s not that the guys want to exclude women; on the contrary, I’ve always felt that even as a young girl going to these hardcore or metal shows I’ve always felt safe and really welcome. So it’s not a criticism, but more an observation of a real lack of female protagonists on the scene. “I’m sure that it’s not just in music; it’s in a lot of big industries. Women don’t consistently have that leading role of having control and power. It’s very, very rare. And when they are in a position of power it’s so much tougher [to hold onto it].” Utomo, in person, looks nothing like the screaming banshee she appears to be on Bully and High Tension’s first record, 2013’s Death Beat. Slight of frame, it’s her physical stature that proved the biggest hurdle of her career, she admits. “One of the main issues, for me personally, was a sense of fear in terms of my size and physical capabilities as a female. “Obviously I needed the strength and ability to be able to learn how to sing the way I do. Only once I learnt how to use my voice this way could I overcome the other fear I had: being a woman and not being taken seriously. I’m sure that this type of fear is what’s stopping 10 • THE MUSIC • 8TH JULY 2015
to be a girl in a maledominated industry?’ all the time. To begin with, if you don’t highlight being a woman as a handicap, it’s not going to be a handicap. At the end of the day, it’s all about the music. If you think the music is cool, sweet. Buy the album, come to the show. If you think the music is shit, then it doesn’t make you sexist or racist or whatever.” It’s a heavy topic, but as the conversation about Bully’s themes continues, it seems High Tension is a band engaged with current affairs and politics. Other tracks across the album cover deep issues like the 1965 Communist purge in Indonesia, ethical and environmental disasters and a group called the Lavender Panthers.
High Tension have made a deliberate decision not to tour as hard and as often as many of their peers. Utomo laughs as she lists the three shows in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne that encompass their entire Bully album tour. With experience on their side from their respective time in other bands such as Young & Restless and The Nation Blue, it’s a conscious choice. “When [bass player] Matt [Weston] and I first talked about starting a band, we basically agreed that there was no point in going through the struggles of being in your first band, playing to no one and having nobody really giving a shit. So we have been wiser. When we do play shows hopefully they’re good ones. We haven’t included a lot of the smaller towns [on this tour] because I think we’ve still got a long way to go to build that interest and justify those extra days on the road. “I really respect and look up to bands like King Parrot who are so relentless in touring. I don’t know how they do it mentally and physically, being in a van with the same people for so long. We’ll never be that band that just tours constantly. We all have lives.” Of course, playing shows sparingly offers more chance to enjoy the camaraderie that comes with being in a band, like fooling around in roller skates before a camera. “I feel like band photos can be so annoying, so you might as well have a LOL while
you’re at it. The shoot with Kane [Hibberd] took a long time, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing because we got some great shots out of it. But [drummer] Damian [Coward] bought the rollerblades and the ones he bought for me were about five sizes too small so my feet were all curled up in there. The guys are doing sick jumps and stuff and I’m just standing there clenching my face. “It’s good that everyone in the band is up for fucked-up shit.” WHAT: Bully (Double Cross/Cooking Vinyl) WHEN & WHERE: 17 Jul, Crowbar
MOVING AROUND Karina Utomo has been settled in Collingwood, Melbourne, for about ten years now. And while her pocket of inner-city paradise is now overflowing with creative friendships – “Tommy from Batpiss lives just up the road, and Slats from King Parrot is around the corner” – family circumstances saw her spend her formative years between Jakarta and Canberra. “I was eight when we first moved to Canberra. My parents saved up for a long time so that my dad could complete his doctorate in demography in Canberra. My mum was a homemaker at the start then thought ‘Fuck this, I’m gonna do my doctorate as well,’ so that’s why we stayed for an extended period.” After returning to Jakarta in her teens, the shock of landing in a repressive environment had drastic implications. “I think I experienced a nervous breakdown when I was a teenager because the way that the education system was set up was so crippling for young minds that were questioning things like religion and gender roles. “I was really paranoid as a teenager that if I stayed there, I’d become narrow-minded and not be able to express myself freely. My mum was experiencing the same struggles, so we both moved back to Canberra.” After about half-a-dozen years in Canberra, the pull of Melbourne was too strong and the rest is history.
really lucky actually to get the chances to do comedy – Moody Christmas, Upper Middle Bogan, No Activity was something I just finished shooting for Stan, you know the online service – and then to do this really serious one [Glitch], Ruben Guthrie, yeah, it’s a black comedy but it’s got a really dark heart. I did Power Games a couple of years ago playing Rupert Murdoch, y’know. I’ve been really lucky to bounce between comedy and drama and I really love pushing both ends of it.” Brammall signals a return to the theatre. “It’ll happen, it’ll definitely happen, because theatre is the only place where the actor is truly in control of their performance. It’s the director’s and the editor’s medium.”
UNUSUAL BEHAVIOUR Patrick Brammall charms Hannah Story as he explains his new show Glitch, and his plans for the future.
ou know Patrick Brammall. Maybe not by name, but you know his face: his feature film lead debut was in Ruben Guthrie, Brendan Cowell’s Opening Night film at the Sydney Film Festival this year (in cinemas later this month). He’s played Nina Proudman’s love interest in Offspring (#TeamLeo), a bumbling father in Upper Middle Bogan, and Biff in Belvoir’s production of Death Of A Salesman. He has upcoming roles in streaming service Stan’s first commissioned TV series, No Activity, and the lead, Sgt James Hayes, in ABC’s new drama, Glitch. On the phone Brammall speaks quickly and warmly, anticipating questions and talking to you as if you’re the only person to whom he’s explained his new series. That series is Glitch: a paranormal drama where people begin coming back from the dead, good as new. Hayes is called upon to manage the “impossible situation” – oh, and one of the people who has returned is his wife. “What we try to do in the show is experience what that would actually be like, what it actually looks like for people to go through that, for me to have someone I dearly loved to come back from the dead.” “When I was reading it I couldn’t really put it down,” says Brammall. “I thought, ‘This is a great story, this could be a really really great show.’ Then to be offered the chance to audition for the lead role; he’s got a really difficult dilemma to deal with. As the series goes on, the stakes and the momentum, more and more complications happen. It’s a really, he counts as this sort of everyman, just trying to see what would happen in this impossible situation and I suppose that’s the thing that really appealed to me about it. And also that I got to have a chance to be a cop and have a gun, who doesn’t want that?” How did he prepare for the role? “We did a little bit of training with a cop. I fired a gun and I had time with this lovely guy who’s a cop who told me about what it’s like to be a cop in a country town, y’know? In a country town cops are more than just cops they’re a real part of the community and they take care of
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all sorts of things: not just your usual run-ofthe-mill cop work.” Immediately following the premiere on ABC, the entire six-episode series of Glitch will be available on ABC iview. Brammall says that that watching television on demand suits his lifestyle. “I’m nearly 40, so I’m sort of on the generation right in between those two kind of technologies, I suppose, but it’s more convenient for me to watch stuff when I’ve got time. I don’t work 9 to 5, and I’m constantly travelling from this city to that city, so that suits me much better. I’m very happy for it to be all put onto iView. I don’t know if it’s going to stay on iView for a long time or a short time, but I’m looking forward to it because I’ll get to see the whole series. I’ve only seen the first two eps.” He’s an actor who flits between genres and mediums, from comedy to drama, theatre to film to television. “It’s sort of the dream as an actor that you get to try out your range as an actor. I’ve been really
But in the short term Brammall has plenty of “irons in the fire”. “I shot a pilot for 20th Century Fox and NBC a few months ago called The Strange Calls which was the Australian format, we made it a couple of years ago for ABC, and 20th Century Fox bought the format and made the pilot, we shot it in Vancouver actually with Danny Pudi from Community in the lead role and Daniel Stern playing Barry Crocker’s role and I reprise my own role in it. So I’ll go over to the States to follow up on that and also to see about developing stuff. I’m a writer as well so I’ll be developing lots of my own things in the short term, just getting a chance to sit down with a laptop for a while is something I think I’m actually really looking forward to. “I’ve got a half-hour sitcom that I’m developing with John Leary who’s also in Glitch. And one of those sort of cable-style, HBO-style show that I’m developing with David Field, who I met in The Moodys who’s also in No Activity. And writing stuff alone as well. And developing ideas for a play that I’m developing as well. Just everything really. In this country it’s difficult
“I GOT TO HAVE A CHANCE TO BE A COP AND HAVE A GUN, WHO DOESN’T WANT THAT?”
to just be an actor and wait for the phones to ring if you don’t have work on the go. Some years ago, almost ten years ago now, I wrote a couple of plays with John Leary because we were waiting for work. We thought ‘Well, let’s write ourselves some work,’ so we did a couple of plays at Belvoir, well actually at the Old Fitz and then it mounted at Belvoir. And so that habit has kicked on. I wrote one of the episodes for the second season of Moodys as well. Just trying to put irons in the fire and keep myself busy.”
WHAT: Glitch 8.30pm Thursdays on ABC1
Singer-songwriter Ben Salter is exploring the solo realms once more after years spent fronting bands, and he tells Steve Bell about wielding detachment as a weapon to ward off mediocrity.
t sometimes seems difficult to get a handle on the eclectic career of singer-songwriter Ben Salter, but fortunately he wouldn’t have it any other way. The now Melbourne-based Salter honed his craft in the warmer climes of Brisbane, first coming to notice fronting rock band Giants Of Science and later the more folk-infused ensemble The Gin Club, and while he’s still involved in those bands (as well as numerous other more ad hoc affairs) it’s his burgeoning solo career that has been front-and-centre in recent times. He released his debut album, The Cat, in 2011 to great critical acclaim – announcing himself to the world as a formidable and fully-fledged solo proposition – but an Australia Council grant-abetted European sojourn in 2012 to focus on songwriting collaborations added even further firepower to his already redoubtable armoury. The results of these edifying partnerships were first heard on 2013’s European Vacation EP, but they’ve now also helped shape his follow-up long-player, The Stars My Destination. It’s a beautifully-crafted batch of songs, tied together by a certain sensibility – and of course Salter’s distinctive, uber-expressive voice – yet still showcasing plenty of diversity and a willingness to experiment (within the obvious rock’n’roll parameters). “Every time I go to do an album I toy with the idea of doing just an acoustic album, because that’s how I play live normally, and I think it would be so simple with just me and a guitar,” he offers. “But then I think, ‘Fuck, I don’t want to listen to that fucking album! What’s the point of making albums like that?’ I mean those sort of albums can be really nice, but the ones I love are ones with strong production and lots of shit going on, and there’s a country song and a rock song and so on. I love being able to have a go at a lot of different things – I definitely wanted it to be diverse.” The Stars My Destination also highlights Salter’s adroit lyrical skills, his deft wordplay seeming to get stronger with every outing. “It’s totally different from The Cat, in that a lot of the songs on The Cat were written so long ago and the lyrics were all so different – it’s like a different person doing different songs. Some of those were written fifteen years ago, but all of these were written in the last five years. For me that’s a totally new thing. I think
that’s the thing about doing this for twenty years – you just learn to back yourself. There’s a point where you really want to labour over getting the lyrics right, and there’s a point where you just go, ‘No, just leave it; it’s not just the lyrics but the way they work with the music.’ I get just as surprised as anyone else sometimes, when I listen back and
from all of these different individual strands, and then the finished product is really sublime – it’s really cool – even though none of it really goes together.” There seems to be a theme of transience permeating the album, not surprising given the amount of travel that Salter’s undertaken in recent years. “Yeah, there’s really a theme of moving permeating the whole album. The title almost ties in with that. Moving around for five years as I did while writing it was always going to seep in, and also relationships coming and going and stuff is in there as well. There’s a bit of a comedian theme too – there’s a couple of references to comedians, and I was nearly going to call it The Comedian for a while. I’m fascinated with
“I’M FASCINATED WITH COMEDIANS AND RECKON IT MUST BE THE HARDEST BLOODY JOB.” go, ‘Oh, I see! That sort of works together even though the verses are totally different.’ “I think I’m just getting better at it – you’d hope so with time. I think they’re getting less personal as well, which is good – you want to achieve that state where you’re being really personal but not totally involved in the song. You want it to be a bit detached. I think The Stars My Destination [itself ] is a song that I love because it came
comedians and reckon it must be the hardest bloody job. They must be so wracked by insecurity, and there must be nothing worse than being a mediocre comedian – although mediocre anything is a bit shit. Then there’s a bit of a space theme too on songs like the title track and Vile Rats and Bones Under The Dunes, looking at outer space and that sort of cosmic perspective. But really I don’t have the money or the luxury to be making concept albums – I just come up with twelve songs and try to make a concept fit around them.” WHEN & WHERE: 16 Jul, The Spotted Cow, Toowoomba; 17 Jul, Black Bear Lodge; 18 Jul, The Bison Bar, Nambour To read full interview head to theMusic.com.au THE MUSIC 8TH JULY 2015 • 13
TWO’S COMPANY Their new album in the can, doom/sludge duo Black Cobra are coiled and ready for Australia, drummer Rafa Martinez tells Brendan Crabb.
enturing into a new market and playing such extreme music as Black Cobra can be problematic. Especially when there are regional dates littered throughout the itinerary, such as when The Music first caught the US pair a half-decade ago, punishing the eardrums of a modest gathering during a non-capital city show on their maiden Australian trek. It’s a scenario tub-thumper Rafa Martinez is accustomed to. “That’s just part of the game. It doesn’t
matter how big of a band you are, there’s always gonna be a night that you play where Motörhead’s going to be playing up the street,” he laughs. “We love playing and you’ve got to do the songs justice, no matter how many people are there. Obviously when there’s the energy of the crowd and they’re going ape, it’s a little different because they have that enthusiasm, they want an encore and are more involved. Then sometimes if there’s not that many people there you try a new song, or try something different.” It’s all inherent in establishing a following, and San Francisco’s doom-laden duo will seek to capitalise
on their third jaunt Down Under, accompanied this time by fellow sludgy two-piece, Jucifer, from Georgia, on their inaugural Australian tour. Black Cobra will be roadtesting a song from their newly completed, forthcoming full-length, recorded with Jonathan Nuñez of Torche. “Every album we learn something new as far as what we can do, technically. I usually try to write… I don’t limit myself by what I can currently play, so I sometimes write technical things that are challenging or that I can’t play right away, so it forces me to apply myself to the instrument, to take a couple of months to learn new patterns and new beats. After every album tour cycle, after playing the songs a couple of hundred times, I better myself that way. “I couldn’t play on the first album the things that I’m playing right now. I just physically wouldn’t be able to do it… If we start playing things that sound maybe too similar, then we’re like, ‘Oh, we’ve done that before.’ You’ve gotta keep your identity too. Every band has an identity, and you definitely want to keep that. The guitars, it’s the same tuning, and we use a lot of the same pedals and amps. I’ve added one cymbal in nine years, so it’s not very different from what we started with,” he laughs. The sound is always like that, but you got to keep things interesting and we’re just that kind of band that does stuff like that... We’re a proto-metal band… I’m definitely a purist as far as, like, thrash-metal and ‘80s bands like Exodus, Testament and stuff like that, but there’s new stuff like High on Fire, Mastodon and Gojira that are pushing metal in new directions.” WHEN & WHERE: 12 Jul, Crowbar
Back in the bracing winter of his home town, Fraser A Gorman chats to Evan Young about his debut solo outing.
aving recently returned from the warm weather of his first ever European and North American tours, young Victorian singer-songwriter Fraser A Gorman has experienced a complete climate reversal. To cope with Melbourne’s merciless winter, he sports a stylish band tee/denim jacket combo to warm himself. “It was really great. I had a blast,” Gorman says of the tour. “Each country felt very different. I definitely felt in the UK my music was received better than in America or Europe – I think people in the UK better understand the humour and sarcasm in my songs. They’re all really good places though. I want to play in Japan next.” Gorman, who now performs under his own name after stints with various groups, is back to launch his debut solo LP, Slow Gum, ten songs fusing creative non-fiction narratives with relaxed rock’n’roll melodies. The 23-year-old reveals he’s been sitting on the material for longer than the public might realise. “The record was actually finished about a year-and-a-half ago, and a couple of the songs I wrote maybe four years ago. It was a little bit annoying to hang onto them for so long, but I was busy touring – and I also got signed to a record label in the UK [Marathon Artists]. But I still like the songs, so I’m happy to play them.”
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shares more than a few characteristics with folk legend Bob Dylan. While he’s not overly affected by such comparisons, Gorman admits he’s a little perplexed. “I don’t really think about things too much,” he laughs. “Being labelled as a country and folk musician, the Dylan thing happens a lot, which I’m cool with I guess. I think my music has a vague vibe of that sort, but to me, it just sounds like rock’n’roll.” Gorman’s charming lackadaisical playing style isn’t far removed from that of another young Aussie export: tour buddy, labelmate and good friend Courtney Barnett. He recalls first meeting Barnett
back in 2011, and explains the impact she’s had helping him break through as a solo artist. “Courtney was one of the first musical people I remember meeting when I moved to Melbourne. I met her at [Fitzroy venue] The Old Bar, watching [her former band] Immigrant Union. We bonded over similar music and became mates. When I put out an EP around then she asked whether I wanted it to be put out on Milk! [Records, Barnett’s label]. At that stage it didn’t mean much, but then it turned into something big. I was really lucky to get that exposure. Back when I was younger me and my mates hung out and made bands in Geelong, and when it got a bit small, we all moved up to Melbourne. But after going overseas with Courtney, I realise Melbourne is pretty small too. There’s bigger places to go.”
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While Aussie “one-man music-making machine” Harts (aka Darren Hart) has lots to look forward to in the immediate future, he takes the time to tell Ben Preece about his rise to prominence, how he’s poised for the next step and that one time he hung out with Prince.
arren Hart is a man chasing his own destiny. A guitar virtuoso, he not only plays all the instruments and writes all his own songs, but he remains unaffected by what trends swing in and out of his life and was making real funk music well before the likes of Mark Ronson helped bring it back into the mainstream. But on forthcoming EP, Breakthrough, Hart reveals he’s already moving his stuff forward as to not get lost in the crowd. “It’s coincidental that artists are coming back with that funk stuff, but I was doing that stuff before even
Daft Punk came back with their take on it as well. Those types of artists benefited me in a way, because when a big artist like that comes out with a similar direction, a lot of people seem to stumble on your music. Maybe it’s related on a hashtag or somehow linked, so people discovered my stuff via that bigger stuff. One of the reasons why I want to stand alone in that though, and why some of the EP tracks are a shift in direction from the funk and more into the rock, is because I don’t want to be caught up in that trend. It seems like it’s coming back and that’s
cool, but a lot of people will just see me as part of that trend and trying to bring that back. That really wasn’t the case; it was genuine.” There was a time when Harts didn’t seem to make sense on radio. Hefty support from Prince as well as a lot of triple j play with singles Red & Blue, When A Man’s A Fool and now Breakthrough have seemingly secured him a place on the Australian musical map. “I feel that now my stuff has much more vision and direction and is much more coherent than some of the stuff I was doing previously. It was a little bit scattered,” he confesses. “Where did it really fit in? Well it didn’t and it was kind of hard for me to create an audience from scratch, pretty much. It’s big props and owed to people like Prince who discovered me and triple j who have been helping promote me for the last nine months or whatever. Those big players coming on board are what’s kicked it off and cemented it for a lot of people to take what I’m doing seriously. But the next EP is more blues with a funk touch, rather than funk with a blues touch. It’s leaning on the rock side and I think that’s what more people are resonating with – the Hendrix-esque guitar playing. That was the natural way to go from the last album to what will be the next album. This EP is the bridge in the sonics and musicality from where I was to where I’m going.” WHAT: Breakthrough (Pavement/Shock) WHEN & WHERE: 10 Jul, The Elephant Hotel; 11 Jul, The Northern, Byron Bay; 12 Jul, Broadbeach Tavern, Gold Coast; 22 Aug, Maroochy Music & Visual Arts Festival, Maroochydore
Smooth singer-songwriter Miguel talks baby-making of a different kind with Sally-Anne Hurley.
t’s quite common for an artist to refer to their work as their “baby” and American singersongwriter Miguel is no different. Perhaps best known in Australia for his Grammy Awardwinning love anthem Adorn, Miguel is releasing his new album, Wildheart, and currently dealing with all the pre-birth feelings of an expectant parent. “I kind of feel like I’m running around like a chicken with its head cut off,” the singer, born Miguel Jontel Pimentel, laughs. “There’s so much happening all at once, but I suppose that the best part about it is that it’s kind of like a whirlwind of leading up to, you know… essentially like the birth of a child. “I’ve spent this time watching it [the album] grow and evolve and I’m ready for it to grow its own legs and for people to build their own relationship with it and to spend time with it. I’m excited and I’m looking forward to being a proud parent to another album.”
When The Music suggests “baby” Wildheart is the Los Angeles native’s grittiest work yet, he agrees, but believes it’s a result of his personal state of mind rather than the actual music. “I think what you’re hearing is more my attitude, you know? It’s just a lot more aggressive, I suppose. That definitely has a lot to do with the sound of the album.” Wildheart features guest spots from rappers Wale and Kurupt, as well as soulful rock icon Lenny Kravitz. 16 • THE MUSIC • 8TH JULY 2015
Pimentel says he had specific plans for each of the collaborations. “For certain songs, it’s very specific and other songs, it’s more vibing out. All of the features on this album, it was very specific. I knew, I was like ‘I really, really, really would love to have Lenny’s solo here,’ you know? But that process [of working with Kravitz] actually was more let’s vibe out first and see if we gel at all and then let’s get to it. I got to spend a couple of days with Lenny writing, just for nothing, just to fucking write and vibe out and get a feel for each other.” Working with an artist like Kravitz is further proof of just how different Wildheart is to
the rest of Pimentel’s catalogue. The crooner’s music has generally been labelled R&B, despite toying with funk and rock’n’roll sounds. “I really don’t feel… I don’t think that it’s an R&B album, whatever that means,” he admits. “I think there are moments that speak to that taste or to people who love R&B and soul music and I think that always will be [the case] because that’s a huge pillar of the palette I’m painting with. But I think sonically, it’s not an R&B album, you know?” Aussie fans can expect to see more of his grittier side when he performs as part of the returning Soulfest. “My performances are a direct reflection of the music and I think they’ve always been a lot more rock’n’roll spirited, so I think, like I said, there’s always gonna be soul in [my work] but the energy is very, very rock’n’roll, so expect them to be energetic.” WHAT: Wildheart (Sony)
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THE TOP 10 ALBUMS OF THE YEAR SO FAR It’s hard to believe that we’ve already knocked down six full months of 2015 – in fact, some of the albums that made this list last year still ring fresh in our brains – especially considering the sheer number of records that have already made their way across our desks and through our speakers and headphones since the year began.
till, among the countless hours of music we have consumed over the past six months, some albums rose above the others to stand out from the pack – some effortlessly, some unexpectedly, some for their sonic revolutions and revelations, some for their significance, and some due to a combination of several or all of the above – and beyond. As such, we’ve done our darnedest to pinpoint the full-lengths from Down Under and abroad that have so far defined 2015 for their own reasons. Of course, by its nature, it’s an imperfect list, and we’re sure you’ll have some mighty strong opinions of your own, but here it goes: The Music’s top ten albums of the year so far…
SHAMIR — RATCHET We know that, of all the entries on this list, 19-year-old Shamir has the potential to be one of the most polarising, if not the most. His hyper-colourful aesthetic, androgynous voice and ultra-eclectic aural influences make the up-and-coming artist something of an unexpected star, but he has nonetheless been knocking down pins pretty much every direction he’s turned since debut EP Northtown, so it can’t have come as that much a surprise when his first full-length Ratchet dropped and knocked our socks off. It’s a versatile, energetic, euphoric, reckless and youthful listen, and carries all the strengths and weaknesses therein, but the fact that it’s so sharply designed to make you feel something – anything – reinforces the album’s conceit that “life is for living and not drifting away to all the mellow fluff that’s currently passing for popular music”. Amen.
In and around the release of her universally acclaimed debut full-length, Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit, Barnett has seen her star rise exponentially at home and abroad — from wowing Ellen DeGeneres and smashing SXSW to dominating Aussie and US charts, nailing it on tour and popping up on Channel Seven, Barnett has been simply unbeatable in her upward trajectory since the beginning of the year. And, while the refreshing brand of diary-esque, witty talk-rock found on Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit may not be everyone’s cup of tea, it’s a fool’s errand to try and act like she hasn’t made an indelible impact these past six months. 18 • THE MUSIC • 8TH JULY 2015
Hopefully, putting together album #2 won’t be quite as emotionally trying: Leaupepe has earned that much at least after letting us all in so openly on the band’s debut effort.
PEARLS — PRETEND YOU’RE MINE Pearls’ consistently upward trajectory really began in the dying months of 2014, when they signed with Dot Dash/Remote Control Records ahead of this year’s release of Pretend You’re Mine, but it’s not even close to slowed down, much less stopped, since then. Not only have Pearls so far added the annual Reclink Community Cup to their CV, but they have well and truly asserted themselves as an essential mainstay of the Aussie live scene, their overarching sense of “saccharine glam” and boundless ream of “hooks as sleek as their creators” doing much to inform the band’s live performances. On record, it’s no different: Pretend You’re Mine simply shines as an alt-pop gem made all the more impressive for its status as their very first full-length offering together. And the undeniably communal vibe – found throughout in the shared vocals of their three members – doesn’t hurt.
GRENADIERS — SUMMER
COURTNEY BARNETT — SOMETIMES I SIT AND THINK, AND SOMETIMES I JUST SIT If 2015 doesn’t go down in Aussie music history as The Year Of Courtney Barnett, then we are about to see some seriously unprecedented shit because, let’s face it, Barnett’s has been the 2015 artist to beat so far.
that the band’s first LP has done so well. It is, after all, a simply stunning, incredibly evocative affair, tapping deep into frontman Dave Leaupepe’s personal experience of his four-year relationship with a terminally ill woman to create “some of the most empowering sentiments to be found in modern rock music” that we’ve heard this year.
GANG OF YOUTHS — THE POSITIONS Sydney-bred buzz act Gang Of Youths have already knocked over a national tour this year, and they’ve got an epic regional run of shows on the horizon – but that’s to be expected when you’re a band that has put out a debut album as venerated as The Positions has been since its release. And, in some ways, it’s completely unsurprising
It’s unarguably something of a Golden Age – or perhaps a Renaissance, to avoid accidentally disrespecting the outfits of eras gone by – for Aussie punk, at right at the forefront are Adelaide outfit Grenadiers. The band’s year got off to a cracking start with a triple j feature album spot in January, a top 20 indie charts debut the following month, and a ream of successes in the months since. Summer, Grenadiers’ second album, might come a full five years after their excellent debut, 2010’s Songs The Devil Taught Us, but the band have used the intervening time to their advantage, upping the collaborative nature of the creative process to achieve their newly assured soundscape. That said, Summer wrestles with themes that belie its comical cover and simplistic title, as member Jesse Coulter told The Music: “After about five songs’ lyrics were down, I started to realise there was this theme of alienation and aching to be a part of something while also feeling completely separate from it.” Heavy stuff, but not so much that you won’t enjoy – or, hey, relate to – the songs therein.
no-punches-pulled missive “dripping in raw anger, sadness, love, hate and courage”. What some saw as pretension, others saw a revolution – an audio Book Of Revelations, even – resulting in our reviewer at the time putting in an early call for album of the year.
IN HEARTS WAKE — SKYDANCER In Hearts Wake surprised us all with their unexpected follow-up to 2014’s Earthwalker, so it’s not a fallacy to say that nobody really saw its success coming; at least, before we’d heard it.
While we’re not so assured of the remaining six months of 2015 to pre-emptively give it that title, it’s undeniable that To Pimp A Butterfly gave the hip hop landscape a much-needed shake-up on release, and has far and away been one of the most culturally impactful albums so far this year.
Once Skydancer made its way through our speakers, though, it became plain as day that this was a special album, and it showed in every way, from its triple j feature status to its accompanying video game, massive national tour and top two charts debut. The fact that In Hearts Wake had to contend with the departure of drummer Caleb Burton only heightens the scope of the achievement, which rings out as proof that this band remain as impressive and intimidating as they’ve ever been.
BEN SALTER — THE STARS, MY DESTINATION Queensland-based musician Ben Salter is a rare class of troubadour, one who genuinely seems to emanate creativity at an almost tangible level. In addition to his renowned work with beloved local throwback outfits such as The Gin Club and Giants Of Science, Salter has kept an everpresent eye on his own pursuits, and with The Stars, My Destination, we get to reap the benefits.
SOAK — BEFORE WE FORGOT HOW TO DREAM SOAK, known to her mum as Bridie Monds-Watson, is a rare and wonderful musician, one whose physically diminutive frame belies her considerable presence, a fact made clear by her remarkable emergence as an act to watch less than five years into her professional career. Hailing from Northern Ireland, SOAK became a fixture of our listening repertoire with her dominant debut album, Before We Forgot How To Dream, back in May. Even before its release, though, we were chomping at the bit for some full-length recorded work from the Shovels songwriter, having already been spellbound by the 18-year-old’s mature and polished live performance. Before We Forgot How To Dream is an album that balances minimalism with lush sonic flourishes – not always successfully – but its scope and ambition, not to mention what it suggests for the immediate future of SOAK’s musical journey, more than make it a worthwhile contender among this field of standout releases.
KENDRICK LAMAR — TO PIMP A BUTTERFLY We were gifted To Pimp A Butterfly, from US-based hip hop luminary Kendrick Lamar, a week before it was due back in March, and to be honest we’re super glad we had those extra seven days with this record, the eagerly awaited followup to 2012’s acclaimed good kid, m.A.A.d city. Against the dying soul of mainstream hip hop, Lamar hit us with a shock-and-awe campaign of brutal,
Coming five years after Salter’s previous full-length, his new work is full of personality and introspection – though the artist himself would contest that his latest batch of songs is “less personal” than perhaps we’re used to – permeated, our reviewer says, “with a feeling of unsettled moving on or away”. Also palpable is the sense that Salter is striving for something – emotionally, musically, intellectually – and the realisation that, with this assured release, he must have come excruciatingly close to finding it.
THE REST We couldn’t squeeze in all the records we liked (there are too many!) so here’s another 15 releases we reckon are pretty alright. Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color Alison Wonderland – Run BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah – Sour Soul Dollar Bar – Hot Ones Elvis Depressedly – New Alhambra Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell – The Traveling Kind Hiatus Kaiyote – Choose Your Weapon Mark Ronson – Uptown Special Marlon Williams – Marlon Williams Oh Mercy – When We Talk About Love Perry Keyes – Sunnyholt
RUBY BOOTS — SOLITUDE Flame-haired West Australian songstress Ruby Boots, aka Bex Chilcott, has had something of a slow-burn journey to her present place of prominence but, really, following her signing to Lost Highway in January this year, we should’ve seen her meteoric rise coming a long way off. This is especially so considering the undeniable quality of her debut full-length, Solitude, which was heralded with an expansive national tour in May following its April release and arrived as a wholly realised package well informed by several years cutting her teeth on the live circuit (and in our offices) and through a handful of EP and single releases.
POND – Man It Feels Like Space Again Purity Ring – Another Eternity Sleater-Kinney – No Cities To Love Twerps – Range Anxiety
The ultimate result is a highlight of the year so far, “the ups and downs of real life encapsulated in song”, all drawn together through deep emotion, a thematic dichotomy of strength and frailty and an inescapable sense of character – and so much more. To read the full article head to theMusic.com.au. THE MUSIC 8TH JULY 2015 • 19
ALBUM OF THE WEEK
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Life Death Time Eternal
Since the beguiling banshee of Young & Restless’ Karina Utomo and her axeman-inarms Ash Pegram joined forces with The Nation Blue’s Matt Weston and Heirs skinsman Damian Coward, the metal maelstrom of High Tension has ratcheted up an endless torrent of aural anxiety and feverish fanaticism. Now onto their second album, Bully, they finally have a concrete document of their visceral viscosity. High Tension kick things off with Bully – a militaristic march, a diseased pulse in the neck, a lurking menace, Utomo’s vocals a low slur as she snarls “I can’t get enough of it…I’ll show you how it’s done (bitch),” before her depraved wail and guttural howl strips the lining from your brain. The song titles – Guillotine, Killed By Life, Hell Repeat, Mass Grave – continue the aural assault. Guillotine is a tightly coiled serrated spring,
tensioned for the next strike. Weston’s desperately frenetic bass opens up Sports, and the intensity and speed is raised tenfold – nothing sportsmanlike here. Killed By Life is a twominute Motorhead blitzkrieg, while Iceman gets even more concentrated, a one-minute meltdown, Slayer self-medicated on meth and mayhem. Adalita joins the fray on Take Control, a five-minute slow-burner that embraces and ridicules success in equal measure, and closer, What’s Left? is a somewhat sedate rocker, but after the relentless barrage that’s come before, even a Bully needs to wind down. Brendan Telford
YEARS & YEARS
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no longer gives way to selfobsession. This is the album of an artist approaching his peak, one who knows his past and knows how he wants to shape his future. Like Ill Tronic, Right By You is also a swoon, but the knowing smirk of five years ago is replaced with a genuine smile. Everything is gripping. My Star is a neat reflective piece. Tuka’s Instagram makes for a neat metaphor. He posts about two things: art, and himself. It’s as if he is consciously working out where he wants his legacy to fit amongst other rappers, sculptors, painters, whatever. After all, life is a gift, death a certainty. Time; eternal. James d’Apice
Sonic Masala/Strange Pursuits
While the band uses electronic instruments, they play them so safely it’s hard to differentiate between the 13 tracks on their debut album, Communion, to the extent that they sound like the latest offering from whichever television star has recently turned their celebrity towards a musical career. Everything is airbrushed into unrecognisable
His 2010 debut opened with the woozy late night swoon of Ill Tronic. “Take an idea and build on it,” he urged us. 2015’s Life Death Time Eternal does just that. Tuka’s suspicion of people in power no longer gives way to paranoia. Self-awareness
British electronic dance trio Years & Years release music that feels like it’s been around forever. This quality doesn’t have to be limited to simply a positive or a negative sentiment; some of the best music borrows ideas from the past that sounds like the future. However, there needs to be a balance in this equation, and the debut album from the British buzz band overbalances to the point of mediocrity: it sounds too much like everything else and not enough like itself.
Tuka’s evolution has been intriguing to watch. It was more than a decade ago that he wandered down from the Blue Mountains and eased into the Sydney scene. While the artists around him were obsessed with sounding As Australian As Possible, Tuka just tried to sound good. His contemporaries embraced a brutally straightforward style. Tuka focused on his melody patterns and his flow. He honed his freestyle skills. He dabbled with a live band. He came to rule the world as a Thundamental. This process allowed him to emerge as a solo artist more or less fully formed.
★★½ radio sheen, it’s hard not to be blinded by its sheer sameness. There’s a broody opening track and a few quieter songs later in the album, but the band still fails to generate any real atmosphere, or establish a coherent set of themes beyond obvious platitudes. It’s pop music in the strictest sense; communion, but only in the broadest way possible. “I want to be bigger than life,” lead singer Olly Alexander sings on Eyes Shut. He has a pleasant voice that’s graced other dance music producers’ hits, but Years & Years will have to do much more if they want to be the kind of band this record implies they are. Roshan Clerke
There are plenty of ‘on-trend’ musical genres doing the rounds in Australia these days: the lo-fi pop of Dick Diver and Twerps, the lyrically driven rock of Courtney Barnett and Jen Cloher, the fuzzed-out psychedelia of POND and Tame Impala. In one album, Sydney collective Day Ravies has managed to harness elements of all three sounds and combine them into a cohesive record. No doubt contributing to the hotchpotch of sounds are the sharing by all band members of writing duties, but with each track delivered with focus, this approach doesn’t lessen any song’s appeal. The surf-rock channelled on Skewed is blissful in its sunny disposition, and other highlights – most notably the back-to-back Hickford Whizz and Halfway Up A Hill – prove that Day Ravies have quality songwriting chops. The longer the album
★★★★ goes, the more focus it shows. Whereas Day Ravies’ previous record, 2013’s Tussle, was revered for its gentle nature, Liminal Zones sees the band raise the sonic bar, expanding some of the sounds Tussle explored. It’s this graduation from reserved sound to confident wall-ofsound that is most exciting about the band and their future. There was potential for this album to get away from the band, to slip down a rabbit hole and lose the listener. But Day Ravies hold it together well enough for all the record’s competing sounds to stick together: one of the feelgood stories of the year. Dylan Stewart
Another day, another ‘90s alternative band reunion album. It’s almost a decade since Veruca Salt’s last longplayer and over two since their breakout, American Thighs, but Ghost Notes sounds as fresh and energised as anything from their Seether days. The combination of Nina Gordon and Louise Post’s angelic voices over fuzzed guitars is as potent as ever and they can still write a killer riff. More than nostalgia, Ghost Notes is Veruca Salt proving age and time don’t have to slow a band down, or soften the edges that made them stand out all those years ago.
Melbourne is fast becoming the #1 city for hip hop, so Baro and 90ಬs RD are making sure all of Australia knows it. With Baroಬs first official release, he’s come out strong, putting his mark straight onto the Australian scene. Itಬs a listen that’ll take you back to the sounds of J Dilla, then put you straight into a soulful track where you can’t help but understand why every note was played and why each lyric was written. For fans of Joey Bada$$ and A$AP Rocky, this puts Baro at the front of the game – and so it should.
Is Sydney singer/producer Buoy the complete package? There’s ample evidence to suggest so on this sweet fourtracker, as she delivers a sensual yet assertive vocal combined with rock-solid sound design. Don’t Want To See You with its floating refrain is arguably the one that rises to the top, with rippling keys, soft pads and vast sub-bass that explores inky black depths of sound like an intrepid submersible. Not quite a knockout punch, but there’s unquestionable talent at play here.
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MT WARNING is named after the first place on mainland Australia to receive the sunlight each day. The songs on their debut album, released last year, pointed towards an equally poetic future, singer Mikey Bee drawing inspiration from the Australian landscape. The Petrified Heart EP is a much more inwardly focused collection. The instrumentation is sparse and immaculately produced, leaving plenty of room for Bee to fill the space between with his beautifully weary voice. While songs here are increasingly confessional, his lyrics don’t always reach the full feeling of catharsis they seek.
Petrif ied Heart
ADRIAN YOUNGE & GHOSTFACE KILLAH Twelve Reasons To Die II Sony
BETWEEN THE BURIED & ME
CRADLE OF FILTH
Hammer Of The Witches
On the heels of his lauded collab with BadBadNotGood earlier this year, Ghostface Killah’s work ethic and widescreen vision delivers the sequel to acclaimed 2013 project with producer Adrian Younge. Another concept album, Twelve Reasons To Die II combines hypervisual ‘70s crime-sploitation with Younge’s raw instrumental backdrops. RZA narrates the story, while Lyrics Born is amongst an interesting guestlist. An imaginative hip hop album, with lyrical content never superfluous: a welcome alternative.
The epic luminary reverberations of The Coma Machine slip into the subterranean electronic swells of Dim Ignition, although not until after a grand opening, entrancing the listener with the complicated synth line and repeated utterings of the song’s namesake. The band’s seventh release sees the largest departure in sound between records. The interdimensional sensory carnage is enough to shake a continent and the record’s complexity is atmosphericy, dropping you off on the other side. Beethoven would be wrecked listening to this.
After several mediocre releases and a key member departure, Cradle Of Filth have rediscovered their trademark black-metal sound. While this album continues a trend of dropping significantly from the hammed-up synth drivers into several tracks that try and fail at shifting through gothic opera, Right Wing Of The Garden Triptych and Deflowering The Maidenhead, Displeasuring The Goddess set a more comprehensive tone with devastating blast beats, ear-splitting riffs and a Dani Filth performance that balances between death growl and screaming banshee.
Ocean Grove – Black Label Little Sea – With You, Without You August Burns Red – Found In Far Away Places I’lls – Can I Go With You To Go Back To My Country Miguel – Wildheart Vince Staples – Summertime ‘06 Tom West – Oncoming Clouds
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AMERICAN FOOTBALL, BIRTHMARK, OWEN, HOLLOW EVERDAZE The Zoo 3 Jul Shoegazey Melburnian altrockers Hollow Everdaze get the night’s proceedings under way with a polished run of prog-laced, counter-intuitively sunny yet down-tempo tunes punctuated by a diverse rock line-up that features keys and violin(!). Highlights start rearing their heads early, second cut, Poisoned By Nostalgia, ambling along with enjoyable ease. As the band wraps their
of a legitimate karaoke screen that flashes up song title, artist (all “Birthmark”, natch), BPM, lyrics and utterly wonderful captions like “22-MEASURE INSTRUMENTAL BREAK” followed by a countdown in time. Meanwhile, footage of varying intensity and insanity works in tandem with the music. The pulsating, driven Suit Of Armor stands out as a highlight, as does the gradually frantic build of closer, Find Yourself, during which Mike Kinsella comes out again to step behind the kit. At last, reunited Illinois emo/ math/indie heroes American Football take the stage, earning cheers for starting their set with instrumental non-album track Five Silent Miles. It’s the songs from their singular fulllength that get the biggest love
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last song, Out Your Window, the true impressiveness of bassist Jackson Kay’s performance in particular becomes immediately clear when, as soon as he slips off his bass, he slips his left arm into a sling. You’d never even have known he was injured. Although the growing crowd is expecting the quirky, eclectic tunes of Nate Kinsella, aka Birthmark, to please it next, Nate’s cousin Mike, aka guitarist in tonight’s headliners American Football, steps out to play three songs under his solo-project moniker, Owen. He busts out universal favourites Too Many Moons, Breaking Away and The Sad Waltzes Of Pietro Crespi and he’s gone, everyone all the happier and more stunned for it. We do, then, get to enjoy the aforementioned aural and visual madness of Birthmark. It’s a kitschy, poppy, percussive, upbeat affair, standing out for its use 22 • THE MUSIC • 8TH JULY 2015
Ends, and their best-known track – and worth-the-wait high point of the set – Never Meant. The evening’s nostalgia meets its ever-present surprises to leave everyone jamming out the door in the best mood. Mitch Knox
ALPINE, PEARLS, OLYMPIA The Triff id 3 Jul Resplendent in a shimmering silver jumpsuit, Olympia looms out of the mists of The Triffid’s dimly lit stage. She chugs out some chiming, distorted power chords from her Telecaster and loops her powerful vocal to build her rich and textured sound.
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however, standouts including the dancy drive of Honestly?; the airy lilt of For Sure, punctuated by slurred, soaring trumpet as it is; the technical footwork of I’ll See You When We’re Both Not So Emotional, and the gleefully mathy But The Regrets Are Killing Me. Nominal finale, Stay Home is interrupted by a post-intro pause to tune up, but it’s quickly forgotten once the groove is reassumed, aligning itself with the rest of the band’s near-flawless set. There are, however, two songs that the crowd are clearly thirsty to hear – though they nearly don’t deserve them as the band leave the stage following Stay Home and some people actually start to boo – but enough of an applause is mustered up to bring the headliners back out to round out with a pair of clear album favourites: the brass-laced yawn of The Summer
The sweating crowd sheds winter layers as they jump around and raise approving arms. Midway through the set technical issues halt proceedings and as stagehands frantically attempt to solve the problem, Baker leads the audience in a singalong of Hey! Baby eliciting loud “Ooh! Ah!”s from the impatient crowd. Alpine recover well and reappear with a thunderous drum solo followed by the insanely catchy and popular hit Gasoline. They continue, stronger than ever, churning the dancefloor into a super-heated cauldron of adulation. After a short intermission they return with an encore of swaggering, sexy tunes with fist-pumping choruses brought to an end with an earth-shattering crescendo. Nick Atkins
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Melbourne indie rockers Pearls follow. The band’s striking appearance makes it hard to take your eyes off them; from the tall, imposing Ryan Caesar on guitar and vocals to the striking Ellice Blakeney on drums, not a shirt is untucked or a hair out of place. The sound is chunky and colourful but after a while it becomes difficult to distinguish between songs. However, before they become tiresome they disappear. Alpine’s six members fill the stage, bursting with energy and enthusiasm, and work the crowd expertly with their stomping indie pop. Dual lead singers Phoebe Baker and Lou James provide symmetry and a united front of ballsy, charismatic stage presence. The thumping bass and samplelittered pop songs are dancey and upbeat and the band creates a warm party atmosphere.
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Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell @ Jupiters Casino Velociraptor @ The Brightside Story Bridge 75th Birthday Party
arts reviews manages to hold relevance for a contemporary audience.
MADAME BOVARY Film
In cinemas 9 Jul
French director Sophie Barthes’ (Cold Souls) adaptation of Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary is a sweeping and alluring take on 19th century realism. The story of an impressionable and impulsive young woman who marries a country doctor, grows tired of her dull provincial life and responds accordingly, still
Barthes casts a sympathetic eye on Emma Bovery, played by Mia Wasikowska, showing her boredom and frustrations with her tedious life, the symptoms of an underlying depressive disorder, and the literal suffocation of being a woman in the mid-1800s. Lucky for Madame Bovary, her all too obliging creditor Monsieur Lheureux (Rhys Ifans) is happy to alleviate her woes with an endless supply of dresses, upholstered armchairs and golden curtains. Barthes keeps her Madame Bovary aloof and unreachable, employing a Sofia Coppolla technique and letting the story slowly unfold around her eponymous character. While this style of filmmaking does leave the film without a real climax, there’s something quite beautiful and captivating about this melancholic Madame Bovary. Genevieve Wood
TERMINATOR GENISYS Film
The fifth instalment of the Terminator series is solid. John Connor ( Jason Clarke), leader of the human resistance in the year 2029, sends his right-hand man Kyle Reese ( Jai Courtney) back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke). However, Reese finds himself in a fractured timeline where the past is unfamiliar, partnering up with an unlikely ally in The Guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger), and finding himself on a mission stop omnipresent operating system Genisys before it goes online. Ultimately, the plot line is not as strong as the first two films in the franchise. That said, the script, characters and blatant throwbacks to the first film will capture long-time fans of the series and comfortably confirm for casual viewers that Genisys
is a stronger film than the third and forth titles. Schwarzenegger is still as robotic as ever, however the plot of this film dictates that he’s had time to develop traits in order to “fit in”, and his attempts to be more human provide plenty of laughs throughout. She mightn’t be as gutsy as Linda Hamilton, but Emilia Clarke puts on a decent performance as the fully trained and aware Sarah Connor. The abundant action sequences and enjoyable banter between the lead characters should keep you entertained. Kane Sutton
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JAKE WHITTAKER Name/instrument played: Electric stringy guitar thing and voicebox How long have you been performing? My first every performance was at the age of 13 at school and since then I just cannot get enough, to the point now at 20 where I’m performing and getting as much stage time as I possibly can! You’re on tour in the van – which band or artist is going to keep you happy if we throw them on the stereo? Allen Stone, Jack Johnson, Barry White... Anything that’s groovin’ and keeps us moving. Which Gold Coast bands before you have been an inspiration (musically or otherwise)? I saw The Vernons play a while back at a festival I was also playing at and I was really impressed – I’ve been following them since. Keep killing it dudes! What part do you think the Gold Coast plays in the music you make? For me it’s been a huge role. I studied a Bachelor Of Popular Music for three years at Griffith University in Southport. Through that time and even now I’ve been hanging around the Gold Coast as much as possible which is how I met a lot of my musician friends, influences and contacts that have helped me in my music career. Also the GC has some of the best waves in the world and there’s nothing like a post-surf fresh mind to get your creative juices flowing. What’s in the pipeline for you musically in the short term? I’ve got so many big plans coming for me in the next three months. I’ve just released my latest single Worry No More, and I’m looking to have a launch night late August and then take a tour from the Sunshine Coast down to Sydney. Then come back and push the release of my EP. Keep an eye out because it’s going to get groovy on the GC! Jake Whittaker plays Winter In The Vale @ Helensvale Library Community & Cultural Centre on Friday 10 Jul and Front Yard Music @ QPAC on Friday 21 Aug.
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GOLD COAST HANGS Where to hang if you’re in the area. Pic courtesy QT Gold Coast.
Where to go if you’re in a group and everyone feels like eating different things. Words Kim Everson.
Elsewhere Bar – 1/23 Cavill Ave, Surfers Paradise
FOODIE NEWS MACCAS BREKKY 24/7 Holy shit. This is BIG. NEWS.
Garden City Town Square From Hog’s Breath Cafe, Vapiano’s and Kinn Thai to the newly acquainted Palms Mediterranean Bar & Grill, the choice is yours at Westfield Garden City’s newly renovated dining precinct. The dining atmosphere is unmatched, centered in a resort style atmosphere with deck chairs, fountains and palm trees. South Bank With South Bank’s Little Stanley Street boasting quite a few hidden gems like New York-inspired Manhattan Line and quietly acclaimed one of the best hole in the wall coffee houses in Brisbane, Espresso Garage, this is definitely worth a post-work visit for drinks and a bite to eat. Parklands itself offers a more family friendly vibe and a virtually unlimited 26 • THE MUSIC • 8TH JULY 2015
amount of dining experiences from well known burger joint, Burger Urge, to the steak lover’s dream, Live Fire Bar & Restaurant. On top of the food, South Bank features Brisbane’s stunning city views and a unique beach vibe.
McDonald’s are rolling out an all-day breakfast menu, as of now. It’s just starting at Wollongong and Illawarra Maccas restaurants and will be followed by Gold Coast locations from next month. If all goes well, Maccas will look into expanding the all-day brekky menu to other locations in Australia. Just think: no more rushing to a Maccas and bracing the crowds before 10.30am on a weekend. Hotcakes for dessert! And BRINNER.
This is one of the Gold Coast’s top nightclubs, but its also unlike any other Gold Coast nightclub, with much more of a creative and chill vibe. Elsewhere also regularly sees some of the most hip names in music performing on their stage; coming up they’ve got Gold Fields & KLP and Holy Holy. In April, bar manager Liam McDonald (aka Jub) won the title of ‘No. 1 Bartender’ in the Gold Coast Bulletin; have a glance at their ever inventive cocktail specials and it all makes sense. Coolangatta Hotel – Cnr Warner Street & Marine Parade, Coolangatta One of the best destinations for live music fans. Bands like Gang Of Youths, The Rubens, Natiruts and UB40 are all booked in to play there in the coming months. If DJs are more your thing the Icon Nightclub at the Cooly will fulfill all your house, R&B, EDM and hip hop dancefloor needs. It’s also an excellent spot in which to sun yourself, eat a burger and watch the beach-goers and the waves. Bazaar – 7 Staghorn Ave, Surfers Paradise This slick but inviting-looking place is located on the ground floor of the QT Gold Coast hotel, and it’s serving up wood-fired pizzas, classic pot roasts, fresh salads, Asian cuisine... plus there’s a seafood bar and a dessert bar. The choices are overwhelming, but in a good way!
Queen Street Although most well known for its overwhelming amount of retailers for fashion lovers, Queen Street’s food guide is also not one to be looked over. With Jimmy’s On The Mall, Pig & Whistle and Mick O’Malley’s Irish Pub taking centre stage in Queen Street, they are perfect locations to grab a great meal, catch some live sport and people watch. If you’re after something away from the city crowds, Queen Street’s Wintergarden is the perfect spot, hosting some great, much loved restaurants including Hanaichi and Guzman Y Gomez.
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Having recently unveiled their second EP Spirit Down, Perth indie-pop group Our Man In Berlin are heading around the country, and they stop by New Globe Theatre this Wednesday night.
Having collaborated with each other on track Make Me Feel, Gold Fields and KLP are bringing a double-header of a show to Elsewhere on Friday night and The Brightside this Saturday night as part of their Australian tour.
Versus Fate have been on a high since launching their new EP last month, gaining new fans left, right and centre. They’ll be keeping the momentum up when they perform Friday at Prince Of Wales Hotel.
JOINING THE CIRCUS
Guest supporting artists honours Saturday at The Zoo when Dead Letter Circus kick oﬀ their While You Wait single tour are – cue applause – Guards Of May and Aerials. Thank you.
Brisbane four-piece Tree & Ray will be joined by good buddies Blumen and Via Chicago Thursday when they head into The Bearded Lady for some shiny grunge-pop fun.
Prog-rockers Kodiak Empire headline a big bill this Thursday night at The Zoo for the measly price of six bucks. They’ll be joined by Archetypes, Hisingen, and Neon Underground.
READY TO LAUNCH
Armed with new album Biomass, Melbourne punk trio Batpiss head up to Brisbane this weekend to showcase their new tunes. They will be headlining Crowbar on Friday night, bringing Ape Farm and Walken along for the ride.
Melbourne’s Ceres have had a busy 12 months, releasing their debut LP last year and spending this year writing. This weekend, they perform their third show of their Winter Tour at Crowbar on Saturday, with The Pretty Littles and Sincerely Grizzly.
Drone-pop group Morning Harvey have a new single out, titled Pinch Me Velvet, which comes from their new album love&loveand., and they’re launching the full-length this Saturday night at The Elephant Hotel.
FEELIN’ THE VIBES
THE BEAST AWAKENS
Oz-hoppers True Vibenation bring their afro-funk and hip hop fusions to Solbar this Saturday night. For $10 you’ll be able to catch them, plus Mose & The Fmly.
Beast & Flood are heading around the east coast, armed with new album Lanugo, performing at The Bearded Lady on Friday. They’ve also got Ghost Notes, Low Season and Draining Pool joining the party.
Celebrating the best in ‘70s/’80s ska, punk, soul and reggae, singer Terry Perkins takes the sevenpiece Preston into Sonny’s House of Blues Friday.
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Glastonbury-beating Australian singer-songwriter Chet Faker has long been a presence on the Carlton Dry Independent Music Charts, and now he’s even more so following the #2 debut of his new single, Bend, the highest placing for any fresh entry on both the Albums and Singles charts this week. Faker’s new entry displaces Sia’s Big Girls Cry from its previous spot, now down a rung to #3 — but at 24 weeks in the charts, it’s not like she’s underperforming — while fellow debutantes Nova & The Experience also come out strongly, hitting #4 with Whole Body. A name we haven’t seen for a while on this ladder is veteran act The Superjesus, who find themselves once again making a chart debut with new single The Setting Sun — it’s just outside the top 10, at #11. It’s a much quieter week for new faces in the full-length stakes, with Lior achieving the sole new entry with the tenth-anniversary edition of his excellent album, Autumn Flow, at #15. There’s minimal movement at the pointy end — Sia’s 1000 Forms Of Fear rises a place to #3, Courtney Barnett’s truly excellent Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit is also up one to #4, while Ta-Ku slips two places to accommodate them, with Songs To Make Up To now sitting at #5. The week’s top two contenders remain unchanged, however, with Seth Sentry once again seeing a crowning effort from his well-received new record, Strange New Past, while the ever-evolving Hermitude sit pretty just behind with Dark Night, Sweet Light at #2. THE MUSIC 8TH JULY 2015 • 27
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from Dr Dog and Nathan Sabatino. We were lucky enough to do a couple weeks there. Was anything in particular inspiring you during the making? I guess just making music with one of my idols. I’ve been a big fan of Dr Dog for years now and it was just amazing to work on our songs with Scott and Nathan.
SASKWATCH Answered by: Liam McGorry Album title? Sorry I Let It Come Between Us Where did the title of your new album come from? It’s named after the song of the same name on the record. It’s really a song that typifies the album and is one we’re really proud of, hence naming the album after it. How many releases do you have now? This is our third album. How long did it take to write/ record? It was written and demoed over a few months then we flew to Philadelphia to record with Scott McMicken
What’s your favourite song on it? Probably Your Drug or Down The Stairs. Will you do anything differently next time? We might do the next one ourselves I think. That’s something we’ve never really done. When and where is your launch/next gig? We’ll be touring nationally in support of it in Nov/Dec but first we’ll be supporting The Rubens on their national tour. 23 Oct, Max Watt’s; 24 Oct, Coolangatta Hotel.
and recording it at the same time. Normally we have all the songs then record. I don’t know which one works better. Was anything in particular inspiring you during the making? Nah just the normal stuff: dicks, chicks, sik rims ‘n’ hot chips.
Album title? Gospel
What’s your favourite song on it? I think Back Paddock Blues. We did the whole thing completely live, vocals too. Had the words for ages too.
Where did the title of your new album come from? Hmmm, probably from the themes. I wanted to call it Generally Speaking Religion Fucked Everything but I got democracied to the curb.
Will you do anything differently next time? I’ll probably just get a new trio in. Better talk to JBT about how to best manage that. Obviously his transition was seamless and that’s what I’m after.
THE PRETTY LITTLES Answered by: Jack Parsons
When and where is your launch/next gig? 11 Jul, Crowbar, supporting Ceres.
How many releases do you have now? This is our fourth. We have one EP, two mini albums (an uncomfortable duration) and one album.
Website link for more info? facebook.com/theprettylittles
How long did it take to write/ record? All up probably six months because we were writing
SINGLE FOCUS forthcoming release due in August. This will be our third full-length release and we are super excited to get it to you all!
DEAD LETTER CIRCUS Answered by: Clint Vincent Single title? While You Wait What’s the song about? The apathy of society. The lengths the media and governments will go to to create fear and conflict. How long did it take to write/ record? Kim’s music idea and the lyrics to the chorus were worked out before entering the studio. We jammed the other ideas for a few days then recorded it in one month along with other songs. Is this track from a forthcoming release/existing release? This is the first single from our 28 • THE MUSIC • 8TH JULY 2015
What was inspiring you during the song’s writing and recording? We were jamming as a band in a truly amazing creative environment. Just bouncing ideas off each other and really being immersed in the music. It was the most fun I’ve had being creative. We’ll like this song if we like... Powerful rock with a strong message. Like a modern-day Midnight Oil crossed with Phil Collins crossed with Muse... Do you play it differently live? It’s very much the same. Just an extended bridge and rock out ending. It’s a short song so we want to keep it rolling a little longer live. When and where is your launch/ next gig? Our single launch tour begins on 11 Jul at The Zoo and sees us hit most capital cities the following week. S U P P O R T I N G
MORNING HARVEY Answered by: Spencer White EP title? love&loveand How many releases do you have now? We have two EPs. Was anything in particular inspiring you during the making? Writing love&loveand. was spread across a couple of years. I can’t recall anything in particular inspiring the process but I did notice for the first time, whenever something bad happened, I started writing upbeat songs.
We’ll like this EP if we like... Hopefully you’ll like it, even if it doesn’t remind you of anything. It’s always fascinating looking at how people compare you to other artists. When and where is your launch/next gig? 10 Jul, The Northern, Byron Bay; 11 Jul, The Elephant Hotel. Website link for more info? facebook.com/ morningharveymusic
What’s your favourite song on it? Probably Quince or Smith Street Swap Meet. I N D E P E N D E N T
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THE MUSIC PRESENTS Ben Salter: The Spotted Cow 16 Jul, Black Bear Lodge 17 Jul High Tension: Crowbar 17 Jul The Dead Of Winter Festival 2015: Jubilee Hotel 25 Jul Rubber Soul Revolver: QPAC Concert Hall 30 Jul The Bellrays: The Zoo 7 Aug The Cactus Channel: Jet Black Cat Records 3 Sep, Motor Room 4 Sep
Brisbane Festival 2015: Brisbane 5-26 Sep An Evening With Kevin Smith: The Tivoli 19 Sep Red Deer Festival: Mt Samson 3 Oct Bad//Dreems: Woolly Mammoth 16 Oct, Miami Shark Bar 17 Oct Laura Marling: The Tivoli 21 Oct Mumford & Sons: Brisbane Riverstage 7 Nov
Oh Mercy: Woolly Mammoth 4 Sep
Jen Mize: Junk Bar, Ashgrove
Betty Smokes & the Forgetaboudits: Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane Our Man In Berlin: New Globe Theatre, Fortitude Valley Jarryn Phegan: Ric’s Bar, Fortitude Valley Loosen Up Wednesdays: Royal Exchange Hotel, Toowong MKO: The Bearded Lady, West End
Melissa Western: Brisbane Jazz Club, Kangaroo Point Stand Up Comedy Open Mic Night: Dog and Parrot Tavern, Robina Andrew Garton + Mitch Bellert: JMI Live, Bowen Hills Jack Tully: Junk Bar, Ashgrove Little Billy: Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane Des Reid: Loving Hut, Mount Gravatt
Urban Sounds: The Beer Garden, Surfers Paradise
Mooncoin + Alan Kelly Trio: Noosa Reef Hotel (Flanagan’s), Noosa Heads
Yellowcard + Mayday Parade + Born Lion: The Tivoli, Fortitude Valley
Student Night with Beast & Flood + On VHS: Ric’s Bar, Fortitude Valley
GIG OF THE WEEK DEAD LETTER CIRCUS: 11 JUL, THE ZOO
At Fates: The Brightside, Fortitude Valley Open Mic Night: The Four Mile Creek Hotel, Strathpine Future Haunts with Good Boy + The Skinnie Finches: The Milk Factory Kitchen & Bar, South Brisbane Kodiak Empire + Archetypes + Hisingen + Neon Underground: The Zoo, Fortitude Valley
Blink 182 Tribute: Albany Creek Tavern, Albany Creek Being Jane Lane + Rawr Vanity + 10 Days Notice + The Stray Selection: Beetle Bar, Brisbane Jones Jnr: Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley Tom Foolery: Breakfast Creek Hotel, Albion
T’Ree: Solbar (Lounge Bar), Maroochydore
Caxton Street Jazz Band: Brisbane Jazz Club, Kangaroo Point
Open Mic Night: Bay Central Tavern, Urraween
Mark Sholtez + Jen Mize: Studio 188, Ipswich
Matt Musella: Burleigh Heads Hotel, Burleigh Heads
Dark Relic + Trash Queen + Friendly Fire: Beetle Bar, Brisbane
Tree & Ray + Blumen + Via Chicago: The Bearded Lady, West End
Oisima: Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley
Fresh Thursday with DJ Brett Allen + James Toddman: The Beer Garden, Surfers Paradise
Fridays Classics RNB Gold feat. DJ Chrispi + Marty James + BennyK: Captain Cook Tavern, Kippa-Ring
Graham Moes: Cardigan Bar, Sandgate
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The Dreamkillers + Fear The Setting Sun + Alla Spina + Hammerhead + Deadweight Express + Versus Fate + Paychecks To Pawnshops: Chardons Corner Hotel (Back Room), Annerley DJ Robbie Rob: Club Tavern, Caboolture Meridian: Coolum Beach Hotel, Coolum Batpiss + Ape Farm + Walken: Crowbar, Fortitude Valley BNS + Styli$$h: Deception Bay Tavern (Public Bar), Deception Bay The Purple Drippers: Eat Street Markets, Hamilton Gold Fields + KLP: Elsewhere, Surfers Paradise The Beatles Forever: Empire Theatre (Heritage Bank Auditorium), Toowoomba DJ Panda + Dru K: Forest Lake Tavern (Sports Bar), Forest Lake The Wet Fish: Greaser Bar, Brisbane Jimmy Watts: Habitat Restaurant & Bar, South Brisbane The Green Sinatras: Hamilton Hotel, Hamilton
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Holy Moses Heartache: Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane Koan Sound + Culprate + FarfetchD: Max Watt’s (formerly The Hi-Fi), West End Stacey Hoy + Simon Watson: Morrison Hotel, Woolloongabba Mark Sholtez + Jen Mize: Old Museum, Fortitude Valley Maiden May + Versus Fate + Wax Mammoth + Sang-Froid: Prince of Wales Hotel, Nundah Two Way Street: Pub Mooloolaba, Mooloolaba Ocean St Markets: Solbar (Lounge Bar), Maroochydore In2nation + Yamini + Flip Flop Movement: Solbar (Main Stage), Maroochydore Phil Barlow & The Wolf + Preston: Sonny’s House of Blues, Brisbane Pat Tierney + Mitch King + The Altais: Soundlounge, Currumbin Sir Yes Sir feat. Stooki Sound: TBC Club (The Bowler Club), Fortitude Valley Beast & Flood + Ghost Notes + Low Season + Draining Pool: The Bearded Lady, West End Harts: The Foundry, Fortitude Valley
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the guide firstname.lastname@example.org Ingrid James & Julian Jones Duo: The Lido Cafe & Restaurant, Ascot
The Valery Trails + Suicide Swans + Morgan Hann: The Bison Bar, Nambour
Kyle Lionheart + Luke Morris + Angharad Drake: The Milk Factory Kitchen & Bar, South Brisbane
Alphabet Street: The Milk Factory Kitchen & Bar, South Brisbane Triffid Roots for NAIDOC Week feat. Chris Tamwoy + CKNU + Black Smoke: The Triffid (2pm), Newstead
True Vibenation: The Motor Room, West End Karise Eden: The Tivoli, Fortitude Valley
Bottlecock + I Am Duckeye + Forward Beast: The Underdog Pub Co, Fortitude Valley
Triffid Sistas feat. MKO + O Little Sister + Meredith + Deena: The Triffid, Newstead The Family Jordan + Sacred Shrines + In Caves + Hypnotic Bedrooms: The Zoo, Fortitude Valley Castrol Edge Townsville 400 feat. Hilltop Hoods + Illy + The Funkoars: V8 Supercar Paddock (Super Top), Townsville Marshall Okell: Villa Noosa Hotel, Noosaville Juice with DJ J-Tok + DJ Blitz: Wynnum Tavern, Wynnum West
Avenue + Maiden May + ET & The Alien + Devel: Beetle Bar, Brisbane The Green Sinatras: Breakfast Creek Hotel, Albion Christian Argenti: Burleigh Heads Hotel, Burleigh Heads Ceres + The Pretty Littles + Sincerely Grizzly: Crowbar, Fortitude Valley The Hi Boys: Eat Street Markets, Hamilton The Beatles Forever: Empire Theatre (Heritage Bank Auditorium), Toowoomba DJ Kronic: Family Nightclub, Fortitude Valley
CERES: 11 JUL, CROWBAR
Brooksy & Co + Stewart Fairhurst: Hamilton Hotel, Hamilton Fraser A Gorman: Junk Bar, Ashgrove Mojo Webb Band: Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane James Johnston: Melbourne Hotel, Bundaberg South Irish Sessions with Ger Fennelly: Mick O’Malley’s (3pm), Brisbane Bertie Page Clinic: New Globe Theatre, Fortitude Valley Little Sea: Old Museum, Fortitude Valley Shellie Morris + Tigerlilly: Queensland Multicultural Centre (QMC), Kangaroo Point True Vibenation + Mose & The Fmly: Solbar (Main Stage), Maroochydore Harry Jakamarra: Solbar (Lounge Bar), Maroochydore Pretty City: Sonny’s House of Blues, Brisbane Vivians Hampster + The Demon Drink + Vaguely Human: The Bearded Lady, West End
The Valery Trails + The Stress Of Leisure + Suicide Swans: The Boundary Hotel, West End Gold Fields + KLP: The Brightside, Fortitude Valley Morning Harvey + The Jensens: The Elephant Hotel, Fortitude Valley Winterplan + Glacier + Gazar Strips + Allthingslost: The Milk Factory Kitchen & Bar, South Brisbane Zelita + Interalia + Fourth Mantra + Micropsia: The Triffid, Newstead Old Enough To Know Better feat. Hack + I Am Duckeye + Tactical Chunder + Christopher (nudge nudge) + Cordeaux + Whiskey & Speed + Hobo Magic + The Stone Fox + Paychecks To Pawnshops: The Underdog Pub Co, Fortitude Valley Dead Letter Circus + Guards Of May + Aerials: The Zoo, Fortitude Valley Batpiss: Tym Guitars, Fortitude Valley Castrol Edge Townsville 400 feat. Birds Of Tokyo + The Living End: V8 Supercar Paddock (Super Top), Townsville
S U P P O R T I N G
Mason Rack Band: Villa Noosa Hotel, Noosaville
Psych Out! feat. Fergus + Corey + Carter: The Bearded Lady, West End
James Johnston: Breakfast Creek Hotel, Albion
Ed Kuepper: Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley
LiveSpark feat. The Wet Fish + Asa Broomhall: Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm Harts: Broadbeach Tavern, Broadbeach Rick Barron: Burleigh Heads Hotel, Burleigh Heads
Elly Hoyt + Kristin Beradi: City Hall, Brisbane Mark Sheils: Samford Valley Hotel, Samford Village Brazilian-BackpackerUni Night: The Beer Garden, Surfers Paradise
Black Cobra + Jucifer + Dead: Crowbar, Fortitude Valley Sunday Sessions feat. The Green Sinatras: Dublin Docks Tavern (2pm), Biggera Waters The Purple Drippers: Eat Street Markets, Hamilton The Front: Hamilton Hotel, Hamilton Nigel McTrutsy: Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane Irish Sessions with Ger Fennelly: Mick O’Malley’s, Brisbane Blues Jam feat. Mark D’s Big 3: Morrison Hotel, Woolloongabba Jethro: Prince of Wales Hotel, Nundah Fieu + Toby Straton: Solbar (Lounge Bar), Maroochydore
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THE MUSIC 8TH JULY 2015 • 31
The Music is a free, weekly gloss magazine of newsstand quality. It features a diverse range of content including arts, culture, fashion, li...
Published on Jul 8, 2015
The Music is a free, weekly gloss magazine of newsstand quality. It features a diverse range of content including arts, culture, fashion, li...