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In the coolest, geekiest way possible when emerging Sydney comic book artist Nicky Minus launches her next collection of strips and illustrated stories. Her work Jerks! touches on everything from the typical to the awkwardly hilarious, and has featured in The Lifted Brow and on various album covers. Tonight’s launch party will be scored by Beef Jerk, King Tears Mortuary and Chunyin, the side project of electro jammer Rainbow Chan.
Fans of death-defying stunts (basically everyone) and huge, adrenaline-pumping live action sports spectacles will be clawing at their faces to see Nitro Circus when it hits our shores for its biggest tour to date. See bikes, boards and a host of other contraptions put to the test by riders, including the great Travis Pastrana. Catch all the slightly terrifying action on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and 1 Jun at Allphones Arena.
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Lights. Camera. Action. Music. Well, maybe just the first and last ones. Yes, we’re talking the time of year when Sydney lights up like a really happy Christmas tree: Vivid. Show your senses even more love when this year The Music presents the soundtrack to your trip (literal or otherwise) with a celebration of the most innovative and ambitious pop music going around. Catch the likes of James Vincent McMorrow, St Vincent, Kate Miller-Heidke, Pixies and Ms Lauryn Hill. The whole thing kicks off on Friday.
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LEAVING HIS MARK
Local lovers of epic sleepmakeswaves are back to drown us once more with their intense and intricate sound, the Sydney post-rockers announcing a second record and a big national tour to celebrate the occasion. Hear tracks from their forthcoming record Love Of Cartography for the first time when the band march into Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, 5 Jul; Rad Bar, Wollongong, 6 & 13 Jul; The Northern, Byron Bay, 18 Jul; The Zoo, Brisbane, 19 Jul; Corner Hotel, Melbourne, 1 Aug; ANU Bar, Canberra, 2 Aug; Amplifier Bar, Perth, 8 Aug; and Manning Bar, Sydney, 16 Aug. Proudly presented by The Music.
Having worked hard at this rap game for over ten years now, Kid Ink has well and truly earned his place on the mountain, the LA native making music as colourful as the tattoos that adorn his body. My Own Lane encapsulates the Kid’s personal individuality and he’ll show off the record over here for the very first time this winter. The 28-year-old will headline The Hi-Fi, Brisbane, 22 Aug; The Hi-Fi, Sydney, 23 Aug; The Hi-Fi, Melbourne, 24 Aug; and Villa Nightclub, Perth, 25 Aug.
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THE NEW TESTAMENT
Neurosis don’t tour much anymore, but when they do it’s a sonic revelation. Influencing everyone from Mastodon and Isis to High On Fire and Caspian, the Bay Area legends turned punk music beginnings into heavy metal trailblazing, and continue to maintain the same intensity and brute force that they first emerged with in the ‘80s. Now it’s your chance to experience Neurosis Down Under for the very first time: in the flesh, tearing the flesh off. Catch them on the following dates: 4 Aug, The Hi-Fi, Brisbane; 6 Aug, Capitol, Perth; 7 Aug, Corner Hotel, Melbourne; 8 Aug, The Hi-Fi, Melbourne; and 9 Aug, Manning Bar, Sydney.
ALL HAIL THE KING
The wonderfully weird King Buzzo will be returning to our shores, sans Melvins, for a run of dates slightly different from his norm, stripping it back for some intimate acoustic sessions to promote his newest body of work, This Machine Kills Artists. With no electric guitars or amplifiers in sight, you’ll get unadulterated Buzz Osborne Barwon Club, Geelong, 14 Aug; Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne, 15 & 16 Aug; Small Ballroom, Newcastle, 20 Aug; Newtown Social Club, Sydney, 21 Aug; Anita’s Theatre, Wollongong, 22 Aug; Transit Bar, Canberra, 23 Aug; Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, 24 Aug; and Astor Lounge, Perth, 26 Aug.
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It’s been almost 30 years since Queen last rocked Australia, but the remaining original members from the legendary British group, Brian May and Roger Taylor, are keeping the dream alive, bringing their canon of classics out our way with inspired US vocalist Adam Lambert fronting the group. The tour hits Perth Arena, 22 Aug; Allphones Arena, Sydney, 26 Aug; Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, 29 Aug; and Brisbane Entertainment Centre, 1 Sep. Tickets on sale 28 May.
DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME He may be a teetotaller these days, but rest assured Steve-O still has no problem stapling his balls to his legs. The insane daredevil, stuntman, prankster and comedian is coming our way and bringing with him the most OTT stories imaginable, balancing his terribly terrific tales with plenty of cringe-worthy physical feats, the kind that have made him a household name around the world. Catch the infamous Jackass and Wildboyz star live on stage when he grabs the mic at Eatons Hill Hotel, Brisbane, 30 Jul; Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne, 31 Jul; UNSW Roundhouse, Sydney, 2 Aug; and Astor Theatre, Perth, 3 Aug.
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Acclaimed singer-songwriter Dallas Green, otherwise known as City & Colour, has announced his one and only Splendour In The Grass sideshow. He will play the oneoff headline show at the iconic Sydney Opera House Concert Hall, 24 Jul.
CAN’T FAULT IT
Following its sold-out run here last year, Faulty Towers The Dining Experience – the internationally acclaimed Australian tribute to the BBC’s most popular sitcom, Fawlty Towers – returns to Sydney Opera House, running from 27 Jun – 4 Jul. Be waited upon by Basil, Sybil and Manuel, in what is fully immersive, highly improvised and site-specific comedy theatre at its best.
Six albums later and Cookin’ On 3 Burners have some pretty big guests for Blind Bet: Daniel Merriweather, Kylie Auldist, Tex Perkins and even more. The funk-soul-jazz group release the album 4 Jul. They’ll be launching the album at The Basement, 11 Jul, with Perkins and Auldist.
Fundraising event Art Of Music returns to the Art Gallery of New South Wales on 14 Jun. Eleven Australian visual artists each choose an iconic piece of Australian music to use as inspiration for an original artwork, culminating in a charity auction and gala dinner, with live entertainment from Don Walker, Missy Higgins and Sunny Amoreena. More info at artofmusic.com.au/artists.
A whole bunch of support acts were added this week: supporting Peabody at The Roller Den, 13 Jun will be Further and Spod. Opening proceedings for Hard-Ons at Small Ballroom, Newcastle, 5 Jun, will be The Instant and Hazards; at Tattersalls Hotel, Penrith, 6 Jun it’ll be Flying Fists Of Fury, Speedball, All For Jesse and Daggers; and at Manning Bar, 7 Jun, they’ve got Cosmic Psychos, Chinese Burns Unit and All For Jesse. The Presets DJs are supporting Pet Shop Boys at Modulations at Carriageworks on 6 – 8 Jun.
BACK FOR SECONDS
You get a second chance to see these acts, who have added extra shows: Veruca Salt will play another show at Factory Theatre on 2 Oct as their 27 Sep date is sold out. Hanson has added a show at The Hi-Fi on 13 Aug.
TALK THE TALK
Seems like they’ve just wrapped up their national tour, but The Holidays are back on the road again, this time in support of their new single Tongue Talk. Catch the show at Bar On The Hill, Newcastle, 28 May with Pluto Jonze; Uni Bar, Wollongong, 5 Jun with Step-Panther; and Metro Theatre, 13 Jun with Thief.
LOOKING AT LEO
Leo is a one-man piece of physical theatre combines mime, circus acrobatics, cabaret and witty projections to take optical illusions to new heights. Fun for all ages, Leo’s titular character will takes the audience on a journey through his dreams and imagination. Running at Sydney Opera House’s Playhouse from 28 Jun – 13 Jul.
STILL GOT THE LOOK
After the success of Roxette’s 2011-12 world tour, Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle will be coming back Down Under in 2015. Alongside special guests Boom Crash Opera, you can catch the pop-rockers 23 Feb, WIN Entertainment Centre, Wollongong; 27 Feb, Qantas Credit Union Arena; and 28 Feb, Bimbadgen Winery, Hunter Valley. Tickets go on sale next Tuesday.
GET YOUR FIX (YOU)
Following the release their new album Ghost Stories, Coldplay are stopping by in Sydney for one Australian promotional show only at Enmore Theatre, 19 Jun.
IN YOUR TOWN
Mere Women have honed in on a more cohesive post-punk sound for their new album, Your Town, out on 25 Jul. The trio, two women and a man who all contribute to vocals, bring their abrasive pop sensibilities to Blackwire Records, 13 Jun; The Imperial, 20 Jun; and Newtown Social Club, 28 Aug.
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New music, pop culture and entertainment TV show IllestTV are holding a showcase at Enmore Theatre, 31 May. See interviews with and performances from The Stafford Brothers, Peking Duk, Savage, JTR, Elen Levon, Timmy Trumpet, The Potbelleez, Grant Smillie, Omar Dean & Seany B and more.
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GOOD FOR WHAT AILS YOU
Last year, Perth experimentalists Usurper Of Modern Medicine headed to Japan to film the clip to their trippy single, Motorola Borealis; weirdly enough they ended up on a game show. Ask them about it when they play Oxford Art Gallery, 26 Jun. Proudly presented by The Music.
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Various events have had more artists added this week. Russell Morris, The 3 Wise Men and Blue Heat have been added to the Narooma Great Southern Blues Festival festival, which runs from 3 to 5 Oct. New boutique electronic music series HOLEANDCORNER have also added local acts Parkside DJs, U-Khan, Jensen Interceptor, Clubfeet DJs, Jon Convex and more to start the party before Hot Chip DJs and Matthew Dear at Home Nightclub, 8 Jun. More speakers have been announced for the Vivid Ideas program, including Antony Hegarty (Antony & The Johnsons) in conversation with Australian artist Lynette Wallworth.
Sydney hip hop trio Loose Change are back on the road in support of their new single Yes Or No, featuring the vocals of the soulful Meklit Kebrit. See Loose Change at Transit Bar, Canberra, 7 Jun; No Good Festival, 8 Jun; and Goodgod Small Club, 4 Jul.
DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES
ARIA-winning sister trio The McClymonts, have finished work on their fourth album, Here’s To You And I. They’ll bring it to The Basement, 4 Jul; Belmont 16s, Newcastle, 11 Jul; Southern Cross Club, Canberra, 16 Aug; Mingara Recreation Club, 22 Aug; Rooty Hill RSL, 23 Aug; and Revesby Workers, 12 Sep.
Sydney-based punk trio Bloods have announced their (somewhat belated) arrival in 2014 with a hat trick of goodness to disseminate among the people: new single Want It, its accompanying video clip, and a three-date east coast tour for good measure. See them at Newtown Social Club, 19 Jun.
MAKES ME SMILE
Lily Allen has announced a Splendour sideshows on 25 Jul at Hordern Pavilion. There you’ll be able to hear about how unfair her ex was, about how in love she is now, and about how hard it can be out here.
MIND CONQUERS ALL
Rap duo Mind Over Matter have just unveiled new track Shape Another Heart featuring Jon Reichardt and will take the wraps off their new record This Way To Elsewhere on 30 May. They celebrate at Tattersalls Hotel, 5 Jun and Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, 6 Jun.
Before Good News Week and Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush, Paul McDermott and Tim Ferguson were two-thirds of the renowned Doug Anthony All Stars. They are now gearing up for a return World Tour with two warm-up shows at Harold Park Hotel, 10 & 11 Jun.
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THE WAKE OF DAY
Alt-country singer-songwriter Jackson McLaren is set to launch his debut album, Songs To Greet The Dawn, next month, and to celebrate will play a few exclusive shows including Hibernian House, 28 Jun and The Welcome Hotel, 29 Jun.
WAITING FOR NO ONE SYDNEY ROCK’N’ROLL AND ALTERNATIVE MARKET
The Sydney Rock’n’Roll & Alternative Market is back again at Manning House and Manning Bar, 1 Jun, from 10.30am. There’ll be stacks of stalls selling an array or vintage/alternative wares, plus plenty of various entertainment, including bands Shaggin’ Wagon, Hank’s Jalopy Demons, Martin Cilia, West Texas Crude, plus DJs Rod Almighty, Jack Sh*t, The Crimplenes, Solid Gold Hell DJs and MC The Rockabilly Rhino.
Having just signed to Liberation, opened Laneway Festival, Brisbane’s The Creases are embarking on an east coast tour in honour of their single Static Lines, the first track from their upcoming five-track EP. Before the overachievers play Splendour In The Grass, see them at Brighton Up Bar, 27 Jun.
The Red Bull Music Academy is teaming up with Splendour In The Grass for the second year running. This year, the Academy’s bringing the out Peanut Butter Wolf, NGUZUNGUZU, Nicole Millar, Young Franco, Remi, Silentjay, Edd Fisher, Oisima, Sampology and more. Splendour kicks off on 25 Jul.
Brazilian metal mainstays Sepultura have announced a headline tour of Australia, not only in celebration of their three-decade reign, but also in promotion of their 13th album, The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart, which dropped late last year. They play Manning Bar, 5 Oct.
DO YOUR WORST
Sydney Underground Film Festival are looking for your best and worst short and feature-length films, to be screened during the festival at Factory Theatre, 4 – 7 Sep. No joke, they want your worst; it could be the next The Room. Across the festival, 25 features and 100 shorts will be screened. Submissions close 30 May.
Adelaide duo The Audreys are asking fans to put in requests for older songs through their Facebook page, which they’ll perform at their shows after running through the entirety of their new album, Til My Tears Roll Away. Head to themusic.com.au/events for dates. THE MUSIC • 21ST MAY 2014 • 19
OUTSIDE THE FAMILY STEW After nearly a decade of retreading old ground, the Pixies’ quest to make new music was cruelly interrupted by an unforeseen departure from their ranks. Guitarist Joey Santiago talks to Steve Bell about getting over the shock, picking up the pieces and getting on with business.
he legacy that the Pixies left on the history of rock’n’roll music during their initial tenure spanning the ‘80s and ‘90s is undeniable. The ongoing reunion tour that they’d been conducting on a massive scale since reforming in 2004, however, had to eventually result in some new music lest the entire thing lapse into an exercise in base nostalgia or, even worse, pastiche. With that in mind in October 2012 the iconic fourpiece – frontman and creative font Charles “Black Francis” Thompson, charismatic bassist/backing vocalist Kim Deal, guitarist Joey Santiago and drummer David
half-baked songs – and we had to finish them. But kudos to her. “The four songs that we’d already tracked down and she’d finished the bass parts on, we ended up having to replace them for one reason or another – I don’t know, some legal stuff – but the recording process surprisingly didn’t end up changing that much. We had to lay down guitars and the vocals – that’s it. That’s what we do, so whether she hangs around or not we were going to do that anyway. “It was an easy decision to keep going. At one time Charles was kicking around the idea – not me – of continuing this recording but changing our name, changing the project so that instead of the Pixies it was something else. I said, ‘What’s the point of that?
“In some way I’ve got to admit it’s refreshing. It’s a different vibe, and Paz is very fun to hang around with. She’s very intelligent and she’s fitted in very well with us. We feel revitalised, there’s no other way to put it – we’re like the phoenix rising. We were down, but now it’s like a new rebirth. It’s got to feel good, and we’re still selling out shows – we’ve got four nights in Sydney, there’s no problem,” he laughs heartily. “This new version is working. “[The new material]’s been well received for the most part – it just proves that we’re a real band. That’s what real bands do – they record and they go on tour – so it feels really, really good. I’m really proud of [the new songs] and the audience is really starting to catch on – at first when the EPs were young people were clearly not used to the music but it evolves over time and now you can start to see people singing along with the new stuff and really liking it. “It was high time and we had to do something. Beforehand we were happy enough and the fans were just expecting the nostalgic tour – in the first few years they didn’t want to hear anything new yet – but after several years we started to think, ‘Okay, for us it’s time. We’ve been around the world three or four times, and now it’s time to put out something new.’” Surely it was daunting releasing new music after such a length layoff, given the esteem in which the Pixies’ catalogue is held in the alternative world? “We were initially quite precious about it, but after a while we just had to do it,” the guitarist concedes.
“WE CAN’T RELIVE THE PAST, SO WE JUST HAD TO FORGE AHEAD AND DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT.”
Lovering – decamped to Rockfield Studios in Wales to lay down new material with former production flame Gil Norton for what would become their fifth studio album proper, and their first since 1991’a Trompe le Monde.
We’re still going to sound like the Pixies!’ To my mind there was absolutely no point in doing that.”
One night early in the piece the band dined together at a restaurant and randomly Deal picked up the tab – by all accounts a rare occurrence. Then the very next morning she approached her bandmates in a coffee shop near the studio and dropped the bombshell that she was flying home the following day – she was leaving the sessions without completing her bass parts, and for all intents and purposes quitting the band.
The bass parts on Indie Cindy were eventually recorded by Simon “Dingo” Archer (The Fall, PJ Harvey), but Deal’s role on stage was first filled briefly by Kim Shattuck (The Muffs) before passing to Paz Lenchantin (A Perfect Circle, Zwan) – both chosen clearly with a view of replicating Deal’s integral female backing vocals in the live realm. Santiago is speaking to The Music from his LA home during a break from touring the new album – has it been strange for him looking over to the far side of stage and seeing a new face?
The impact was seismic and for a while the entire future of this massively influential band was at a crossroads. After a few days of mourning the remaining members offered a collective shrug, rolled up their sleeves and re-entered the fray in the studio. The result was the first album of the Pixies’ second career phase, Indie Cindy, released somewhat unusually as a series of standalone EPs before last month’s unveiling in conventional album form. “There was obviously an element of surprise,” Santiago recalls of Deal’s dramatic departure. “It came out of the blue, but the thing that derailed us was, ‘Why did she leave?’ And the other question was, ‘What the hell are going to do?’ But after a while, it became apparent that we had these half-finished songs when she left – these 20 • THE MUSIC • 21ST MAY 2014
“It’s a great batch of songs, and we just stopped being precious about it – we can’t relive the past, so we just had to forge ahead and do something different. Grow up a little bit. That’s not to say that we won’t revert back on the next album… not ‘revert back’, but it will probably be a more hard-hitting record. “We’re already planning on making another record, so I’m looking forward to that. I’m wondering what it’s going to sound like – it’s always a surprise when you go in the studio – you have these pre-conceived notions, but this time around we’re going to stick to it. I really want a hard-hitting record this time around, everyone’s hungry for that and I really want to do it.” It’s not really surprising that they’re already looking forward to the next album: the Pixies’ first tenure was remarkably prolific – yielding debut mini-album Come On Pilgrim and the first four long-players between 1987 and 1991 – and Thompson’s solo alter-ego Frank Black also released plenty of material post the band’s 1993 split. “Yeah, the creative juices are always flowing – Charles has been prolific since the break-up – but I don’t think I want to do an album a year,” Santiago offers. “These days I figure you can just roll with an album for a while, and sometimes I think that’s kinda what we should have done when we were originally together. That’s actually a good question – I wouldn’t know why we had to do it once a year, I think
maybe Charles wanted to do it or something? But it seemed natural. We like to keep it fresh.” As always Black Francis did most of the heavy songwriting lifting on Indie Cindy, although Santiago attests that he was given free rein with his typically idiosyncratic guitar parts on the record. “I did go to Charles’ neighbourhood – all the way to the east coast – for about seven weeks just working on ideas,” he tells of the pre-production process. “I kind of started working on guitar parts that were to be either kept or not, and a lot of them did get kept – that’s how the recording process started. I guess we reverted back to the old method. “The guitar parts have to fit the songs – I really didn’t have anything in my pocket to draw from when I got there, just little ideas that would come to me and I’d write them down. I don’t even know how to describe the language I use, but to come up with something good takes a while. For me anyway, I’m glad that I didn’t go to music school where people would just go, ‘You can’t do that! I’ve got to teach you this!’ For me with every note there’s only one right note for me.”
So his sound is an instinctive or intuitive process? “Yes,” he states emphatically. “People say I have a style but it’s just what comes naturally to me – I don’t try to be like anyone else. I just happen to have stumbled onto a style that is I guess unique and very natural for me. It’s like wearing clothes – you gotta wear it, you gotta own it. You can’t look like the clothes are owning you. If I was doing standard heavy metal riffs and all that, I dunno… I don’t think I could live with myself if I had to play that every night.”
WHAT: Indie Cindy (Pixiesmusic/[PIAS] Australia) WHEN & WHERE: 23 – 26 May, Vivid LIVE, Sydney Opera House Concert Hall
SOUTHERN EXPOSURE Pixies are heading back down to Australia as part of the epic Vivid LIVE line-up, and what’s exciting them the most is the fact that their four-night Vivid stint is happening at the Sydney Opera House. “Everything’s going great – the touring so far has been awesome – but the thing that I’m looking forward to the most is the Opera House,” Santiago enthuses. “It’s such an iconic building and venue – everybody knows the Opera House. I’m surprised that less than 2,000 people can fit in there.” Their recently completed tour found Pixies playing equally renowned US venues such as Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium, but Santiago’s favourite Australian gig to date was a much smaller room during their inaugural 2007 visit. “The recent tour was all in beautiful buildings – just theatres and really ornate buildings. The Ryman is where they used to hold the Grand Ol’ Opry and it’s just beautiful – they say it’s the second most acoustically sound venue in the States. “But my favourite Australian memory’s from the first tour – oh god, it was crazy. We did a surprise gig in Melbourne – the Northcote Social Club, I think? – and it was so hot, Jesus Christ! We hadn’t played a gig like that in a while, it was very hot. The crowd was crazy but the heat was unbelievable!”
SAILS PITCH For most, a performance in the Sydney Opera House would be a crowning artistic achievement. Leo Warner’s stopped before he got in the front door, as Dave Drayton discovered.
here’s been a lot of discussion recently about some of the potentially disastrous consequences of 3D printing, though there are plenty of people offering support to the technology and reaping the benefits of its less violent applications. Leo Warner, a founding director of 59 Productions – one of the world’s leading companies specialising in video and projection design for stage and live event environments – is one such person.
incredible productions. For Warner, Vivid has provided the perfect stage at the perfect time.
LIGHT IT UP!
“It’s one of a small number of quite large projects now which we are leading artistically, that we have conceived and developed, so in a way it’s like a flagship of that.”
One such project is a large-scale stage adaptation of Stanislaw Lem’s 1961 sci-fi novel, Solaris. “It’s very interesting to come to this point now where, as primary artists, we are able to lead with our own ideas. That really is where we’ve been heading all this time and it’s great to be stepping into that arena on such an extraordinary stage.” That momentous shift at 59 Productions has also influenced their approach to the task of lighting the sails. “We’ve looked at what defines us creatively as artists, some of the techniques and processes used before successfully which are distinctive and separate our
Projections on the Australian National Maritime Museum’s rooftop unsurprisingly focuses on marine life: dolphins, whales and other underwater creatures, as set to an aquatic-inspired score, with live bands and DJs playing on weekends. Harbour Lights This is the first year the Vivid Lights have used the harbour as an art space. Cruise vessels, ferries and water taxis will be decorated with LED lights that change colour, creating so-called ‘colour precincts’ across Sydney Harbour. Play Me Every year the projections on Customs House kill it. Throughout Vivid you’ll be able to catch Play Me! by Danny Rose, an interactive 3D-mapped projection that allows you to play the colourful instruments that you see in front of you. Gamma World – MCA Original Façade Jess Johnson and Spinifex have created the Museum of Contemporary Art’s projection, using isometric designs and changes in perspective. You may have thought the art inside was pretty awe-inspiring, but this will definitely redirect your attention.
LIGHTING THE SAILS, PLAY ME, HARBOR LIGHTS, VIVID AQUATIQUE [ARTIST RENDERINGS]
59 Productions have worked on everything from the touring show of Sigur Ros’ Jónsi to the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games, and can now add the prestigious honour of lighting the sails of the Sydney Opera House for the duration of the 2014 Vivid Festival. Being presented with one of the world’s most iconic pieces of architecture as a canvas for your own art is a daunting enough prospect, but becomes even more so given the fact UK-based Warner has never set foot in Australia, let alone Circular Quay. “I have personally never seen it, so this is a big exciting step!” exclaims an excited Warner, on the phone from the UK. While 59 Productions producer Richard Slaney has been over to examine the site, the work on the project has been developed on a 3D-printed 1:300 scale model. As mentioned, since their inception in 2006, 59 Productions have worked as part of some 22 • THE MUSIC • 21ST MAY 2014
work from other creators of this kind of project, and tried to pick up on some of those ideas. For example, the temptation is doing everything digitally: to do all the content in 2D or 3D and then map it back onto the building. Something we’re very interested in is using live action filming, so, making scale replicas of the building which we then subject to various processes and film that before depositing that back into the final piece, so we’re mixing digitally-created elements with quite a lot of organic or more naturally-created elements, which is something that to some extent has always defined our work – quite often we spend considerable energy hiding the digital nature of the technology and making it feel as organic and tactile as we can.” WHAT: Lighting The Sails WHEN & WHERE: 23 May – 9 Jun, Vivid LIVE, Sydney Opera House
Vivid Aquatique In Darling Harbour you’ll find the Vivid Aquatique Water Theatre taking place every hour on the hour, which boasts dancing jets creating a ‘magic wall’ of light and water, sculptural fountains, water-screens and video projections, full colour lasers, and sometimes, even the Harbour’s beloved fireworks display. Vivid Lights runs 23 May – 9 Jun
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FROM THE FARM TO THE OPERA HOUSE Ahead of his forthcoming Australian visit, James Vincent McMorrow tells Jazmine O’Sullivan about the recording of his latest album and how it can’t be compared to his debut of 2010.
rish songwriting sensation James Vincent McMorrow literally went to great lengths to bring his latest album Post Tropical into the world, leaving his home country to finish off most of the work on a secluded pecan farm in rural America. Reflecting on his decision to make the journey, McMorrow recalls. “I have my own studio in Ireland which I usually work out of, because that’s what I always thought I wanted – I thought it was my dream to build my own studio. But as I was working on these songs and they were starting to come together I felt like there was something missing. Then I started to realise that while I was working out of my studio I was always going to be safe – I could be there for as long as I needed and there was no clock on the wall, which I think is something you really need when you’re making a record. “So the guys that were managing me in the US at the time mailed me and said they knew of this studio where all these amazing artists had been through, and so I ended up speaking to the guy who owns it and he was like, ‘I’ll fly you down here,’ and this was in El Paso, [Texas] which is such a difficult place to get to! I could have just looked at photos but he insisted I come down and have a look at it, and I just thought that was an amazing thing to offer, so I booked it immediately for 46 days and just went without really thinking about what it meant. It was the greatest thing I’ve ever done from a musical perspective.” As McMorrow relays, the environment he found himself in on arrival was both bizarre and inspiring. “If you’ve ever seen those vineyards or olive gardens where it’s just rows and rows of straight trees that go on for miles, that’s what the farm was like. They had these hollowed rows to allow for the trees’ roots, and from time to time they fill the hollowed-out recesses with water because the trees need a lot of water to grow. So you go to bed and it’s like a desert, then you wake up and you’re on an island surrounded by water. “At the studio there were these planks of wood that connected one thing to the other,” McMorrow recalls, “and for the first week we couldn’t figure out why they were there, until one day we woke up and realised we needed to walk across the planks to get to the studio because the 24 • THE MUSIC • 21ST MAY 2014
grounds were flooded! It was absolutely crazy and it’s not something I’ve ever experienced before, but I loved. [It’s] the most compelling environment I’ve ever worked in.” The finished product is something McMorrow is extremely proud of, as he feels the sound is a truer representation of his musical aspirations than that of his debut Early In The Morning.
of people like Pharrell Williams, Timbaland, so that was really what I wanted to do with this record – apply texture and feel to the songs, and kind of delve into that world in a level that I haven’t before.” Having already wowed Australian audiences with the material off Post Tropical earlier this year, McMorrow reveals that he is thrilled to be coming back to Australia, particularly to be playing at the Sydney Opera House as part of this year’s Vivid Festival. “I thought people were making a joke when we were first talking about [playing the Opera House]. I don’t go on the internet much so I rely on people around me to tell me what’s happening, so with somewhere like Australia that’s so far away, I don’t really know what’s
“IT WAS THE GREATEST THING I’VE EVER DONE FROM A MUSICAL PERSPECTIVE.” “I don’t really connect the two records,” McMorrow admits, “because they weren’t made from the same perspective. I’ve always been the same musician, but with the first record I just wanted a record, and I had a guitar and a microphone, so I just used them and made something out of it. As a musician though there are things that really resonate with me, particularly hip hop production and the work
going on there at all. So when the idea of playing the Opera House [came about], which is like one of those hallowed venues like Carnegie Hall, I started to realise that everything’s getting real. Part of me still feels sure someone’s messing with me because it feels so surreal, but then the first show sold out real quickly! So clearly something amazing is happening there in Australia and I’m really excited to come back and find out what.” WHAT: Post Tropical (Dew Process/Universal) WHEN & WHERE: 29 May, Vivid LIVE, Sydney Opera House, Concert Hall; 31 May, Vivid LIVE, Sydney Opera House, Joan Sutherland Theatre
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NO LONGER GOING DOWN It’s been a long road for Midlake, but as Eric Pulido explains to Brendan Telford, the weight has been lifted.
ime heals all wounds. It’s been 18 or so months since co-founder of Texan outfit Midlake Tim Smith decided to part ways with the band. Having the primary songwriter leave a band often spells the end of a band, rebuilding from the ashes as a new project or imploding, their momentum irreparably halted. The band had almost completed recording their fourth album at that stage also – a posthumous release seemed likely, a haunting postscript of what was and what might have been. Instead the four remaining members – Eric Pulido, McKenzie Smith, Eric Nichelson and Paul Alexander – scrapped the material and forged ahead, bringing Joey McClellan (guitar) and Jesse Chandler (keys) into the fore and pushing Purdilo up to the mike. The result is Antiphon, an album that steps away from the pagan folk elements that infused earlier releases and takes on a more ephemeral trajectory, using the psychedelic touches of the past and adding new shades of colour. And while it may not be seen as the road to redemption for Pulido, he readily admits that it is a relief that Antiphon has kept Midlake moving confidently forward during such a tumultuous period. “There were a lot of things that needed to be defined at that time because although it was something we never desired, we had to figure out how we would move on,” Purdilo muses. “I won’t lie; there were some growing pains in trying to rework everything, but there was an overt freedom that came along with it. As in life, when something like this happens it challenges you to drop any pretensions and step up and respond confidently in a way that is hopefully creative as well.” Antiphon is the fruit of this reconfiguration, and it’s a testament to the ability of the remaining members to roll back to the beginning of Midlake – some of the more rock-oriented structures are reminiscent of their 2004 debut Bamnan And Silvercork – while fully embracing the new members of the band and a different process of songwriting and composition. “We didn’t have much time to overthink things so the fact there are similarities to other records is actually an inherent quality,” Pulido asserts. “The fact that there is a member missing now, and a very important one at that, doesn’t mean that we will leave everything behind; when you are in a band and are friends for a long time you rub off on one
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another. So when you start something fresh it’s still going to have some quality of what came before – you can’t leave those personal elements behind entirely. We aren’t trying to run from that but are embracing that; we aren’t ashamed of our past. But now there are new inspirations and
the instrumental track Vale, which Purdilo admits that is poignant. “There was already a transition at play even before Tim left the band and it’s easy to see in hindsight how he wasn’t in love with touring anymore and wasn’t satisfied with things. So I found myself singing along with him more and being positioned closer to the middle of the stage and talking to the crowd a lot to try and deflect some of the attention from him. I want to fill those gaps; as any band does you want things to work, you band together as a unit. So where Tim was at I felt I had to cover those gaps and it worked. But obviously when he left it was still a transition but it wasn’t as
“YOU CAN’T GET CAUGHT UP IN WHAT IS THE IDEAL OTHERWISE YOU BECOME FROZEN ON THE SPOT.” influences and a wider sense of freedom and scope to draw from.” While the flights of pastoral fantasy aren’t as forthcoming as they were in Smith’s tenure, there is a sense that Midlake is flexing their muscles in a way that may have been constrained in the past. Tracks like Provider and It’s Going Down seem the most glaring representation of Midlake’s new sound, but there is the absence of voice altogether on
drastic as it could have been. I’ll never take away the impact Tim had on this band, but there was no time to cry over spilt milk. We just banded together and thought ‘OK, how are we going to do this?’ You can’t get caught up in what is the ideal otherwise you become frozen on the spot; you won’t go anywhere or do anything. We jumped right in and did what felt right, and I think that (Vale) is emblematic of that approach. We feel that every day, every show, is a little victory of sorts. All we wanted to do was to keep moving on and make a record, and we did that, and we desire to keep growing from there. It’s a healthy environment and that can only be a good thing.” WHAT: Antiphon (Bella Union/[PIAS] Australia) WHEN & WHERE: 23 May, Vivid LIVE, Sydney Opera House Joan Sutherland Theatre
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NO POP DIVA Anna Calvi has brought dark romance back to popdom. Now she tells Cyclone all.
ot that the mysterious guitarist/singer ever aspired to be a pop star. To her astonishment, Anna Calvi broke into the mainstream with 2011’s all-consuming eponymous debut. Last October, Calvi returned with the defiantly avant-garde, and dangerously intense, One Breath, earning further accolades. Now she’s headlining Vivid LIVE. The Londoner first toured Australia with 2012’s Laneway, joined by multi-instrumentalist Mally Harpaz and drummer Daniel Maiden-Wood. But, with the latter’s departure, she’s revamped her band.
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“It’s been really fun to kind of play with these new people – and it’s sounding great as a band,” says the shy Calvi. Most write-ups on the diminutive 30-something suggest she sprang from nowhere with 2010’s goth revisioning of Jezebel, a song equated with her beloved Edith Piaf. Her hips dislocated at birth, Calvi endured painful medical treatments through childhood, yet created her own fantasy life. Calvi’s Italian psychotherapist father encouraged her musicality – and she picked up first the violin, then guitar, eventually studying music at uni. Still, Calvi only started to sing in her 20s, practising furtively at home to Piaf, Maria Callas and Nina Simone.
However, she has had different projects. Calvi fronted the “classical punk” band Cheap Hotel, airing the single, New York. Jared Leto invited them to open for Thirty Seconds To Mars in the UK. “It was my first experience of singing live, so I was just learning how to do it really – and learning what kind of performer I wanted to be. But musically it wasn’t really what I wanted to do.” Connecting with PJ Harvey’s ally Rob Ellis, she’d cut that cinematic art-rock debut for Domino Records. One Breath is bolder than Anna Calvi. Its overall theme is anticipation – both the dread and the euphoria of losing control. The album is also more personal. Sonically, it’s textured – and transitionary. Calvi, influenced by choral music, experiments vocally, too, and, instead of strumming her guitar, Calvi uses it in near torrents. As such, numbers like Eliza are rockier. This time Calvi teamed with American John Congleton – recommended by Annie Clark (aka St Vincent). For now, she chooses not to self-produce: “A lot of it is just someone holding your hand and making you feel like you’re doing okay.” Calvi has already moved on from One Breath. “Once you make it, you’ve done so much thinking about it, it’s almost you kind of have to leave it behind. I’m more thinking about what I want to do next.” Though a guarded interviewee, Calvi has consistently expressed distaste for contemporary pop. Is there anything redeeming? “Um… well, I guess that Lorde song [Royals] was interesting, ‘cause it was so sparse and it felt a bit like something different – so I can appreciate that as a pop song.” WHEN & WHERE: 28 May, Vivid LIVE, Sydney Opera House Opera Theatre
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Bed Wettin’ Bad Boys. All Australian bands R.I.P. has or will release. Plus special guests Feedtime and The Dead C (New Zealand), two legendary groups of destructive rock! Who’s the best act you’ve seen play the Opera House and why? It has to be Egyptian Lover a few years back at Vivid. Best Egyptian-themed electro/hip hop of all time! “My house on The Nile that’s right, when we party we do it all night”.
R.I.P. SOCIETY Name and role: Nic Warnock, R.I.P. Society label head and bass player in Bed Wettin’ Bad Boys. What sort of theme are you having for your night? We’re celebrating five years of R.I.P. Society, one of the best Sydney-based independent record labels ever. Who’s playing and why did you choose these artists to rep you? Half High, Holy Balm, Cured Pink, The Native Cats, Housewives, Woollen Kits, Rat Columns, Ghastly Spats, Constant Mongrel and
What else are you looking forward to at Vivid LIVE and why? Four Door at the Siberia Nights Opening Party. Both members of Four Door are performing at the R.I.P. night as members of Half High. Nice how there’s all these little crossovers between the Vivid nights, isn’t it? Almost a metaphor for the cultural melting pot Sydney could be… When and where is your studio show? Saturday 24 May in the Studio & Western Foyers. Website link for more info? vividlive.sydneyoperahouse.com/ line-up/rip-society-fifth-bday
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What’s exciting about performing at the Opera House? It’s the most iconic music venue in Australia, one of the few Australian buildings or venues that people of all walks of life both here and abroad are aware of. There’s a heightened energy that exists when an artist plays a venue that has that kind of iconic status or mythology around it. It often brings out really special and unique performances.
FUTURE CLASSIC Name and role: Chad Gillard, A&R & Future Classic DJs. What sort of theme are you having for your night? We generally book artists that we’re excited about musically and try to vary the programming for our events so that it’s not too much of one sound all night. Who’s playing and why did you choose these artists to rep you? Really looking forward to the debut Australian performances from Koreless and Stwo as well as local up-and-comer Basenji.
ASTRAL PEOPLE Name and role: Vichara Edirisinghe, Co-Curator of Astral Studio Party with Tom Huggett and Lee Danilewitz. What sort of theme are you having for your night? Club. Who’s playing and why did you choose these artists to rep you? Phuture, Night Slugs (L-Vis 1990 & Bok Bok), Andras Fox, Rainbow Chan, Ben Fester & Preacha. A mix of the old school and new – a diverse range of club and live acts that represent the various facets of genres that we push here at Astral. 30 • THE MUSIC • 21ST MAY 2014
When and where is your studio show? Friday 30 May in the Studio & Western Foyers. Website link for more info? vividlive.sydneyoperahouse. com/line-up/astral-people
What else are you looking forward to at Vivid LIVE and why? The Astral People party will be great, big fans of the events they run and the musical territory they cover. When and where is your studio show? Saturday 31 May in the Studio & Western Foyers. Website link for more info? vividlive.sydneyoperahouse. com/line-up/future-classics
VIVID LIVE FOCUS heard them and you’ll never forget them; Four Door, because they’ll keep you dancing to infinity; and a couple surprises I can’t tell you about just yet.
What’s exciting about performing at the Opera House? It’s very rare you get to see this sort of music in such an iconic space – never did we think it was possible, actually. There’s just something really special about it, something that was probably ingrained into us as little kids going on school excursions back in the day. Now we’re hosting nights there. What else are you looking forward to at Vivid LIVE and why? Goodgod Small Club Penny Penny Night – I’ve always been a huge admirer of Jimmy and Hana’s ears and eyes for talent and curation so really excited to see what they come up with this year. The Siberia Records night also promises to be a night of smoke machines and eclectic tunes.
Who’s the best act you’ve seen play the Opera House and why? Kings Of Convenience were pretty amazing when they were here a couple years back.
What’s exciting about performing at the Opera House? EVERYTHING.
Who’s the best act you’ve seen play the Opera House and why? Steve Reich, not only as I’m a percussionist myself, but as it was an appreciation of an incredible form of human expression.
Name and role: Daniel Stricker, Cabin Crew at Siberia.
What else are you looking forward to at Vivid LIVE and why? The lights, music and ideas.
What sort of theme are you having for your night? Complete sensory overload.
When and where is your studio show? Friday 23 May in the Studio & Western Foyers.
Who’s playing and why did you choose these artists to rep you? Andy Stott, because he’s the ultimate; Midnight Juggernauts, because they rep me; Black Vanilla, because they’re monochrome; Cassius Select, because he’s the sound of the future; FORCES, because they’re the sound of your dreams; DCM, because you’ve never
Website link for more info? vividlive.sydneyoperahouse. com/line-up/siberian-nights
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GAME OF MUTANTS Peter Dinklage has swapped the role of Game Of Thrones’ Tyrion Lannister for a more villainous turn in X-Men: Days Of Future Past. The actor sits down with Guy Davis.
he charm, intelligence, mischief and presence Peter Dinklage brings to his performances aren’t limited to the stage and screen. Holding court in a Melbourne hotel suite, he gets in a few sly digs at the room’s interior design, suggesting that Scarface drug lord Tony Montana may have had a say in the glitzy decor, before getting down to the serious business of promoting his latest film, the superhero blockbuster X-Men: Days Of Future Past. While he is of course famous for his acclaimed, award-winning portrayal of wily, embattled nobleman Tyrion Lannister on the hit pay TV series Game Of Thrones, Dinklage has a diverse array of characters in a variety of genres to his credit. But Days Of Future Past, which marks director Bryan Singer’s return to the franchise’s helm for the first time since 2003’s X-Men 2, sees the actor trying his hand at villainy, somewhat new territory for him.
HUGH JACKMAN, FAN BINGBING AND PETER DINKLAGE AT X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE. PIC: DAVID HARRIS
you grasp what he’s proposing, which is mass genocide.” Perhaps more so than any other superhero saga, the X-Men movies have used their larger-thanlife characters, conflicts and scenarios to reflect real world issues and concerns: prejudice, marginalisation and how fear of the unknown can manifest itself in hostility and violence. “It’s one of many reasons for their popularity,” says Dinklage. “These stories
PETER DINKLAGE AS DR BOLIVAR TRASK
also represent anyone who has ever felt shunned or misunderstood, Dinklage believes. And that speaks to a great many people. “All of us have felt like an outsider to varying degrees – I can speak to that, being the size I am,” says Dinklage, who stands at 135cm. “Mine is just more physically apparent than some ‘mutations’, but we’re talking about anything physical, mental or emotional, anything to do with race, gender or sexual orientation. And especially in America, where these comic books were written, it was becoming more and more of an issue, and people – rightfully so – were becoming more brave about speaking their mind when it came to who they were, who they are.” Pretty heady stuff for a comic book blockbuster, one might think. But Dinklage feels that superhero movies are now getting in line with their source material. “The core comic book fan has been waiting for this approach, I think,” he says. “And Bryan Singer’s first X-Men movie was a pioneer of that. “Sure, it’s a summer blockbuster and it’s full of superheroes and robots and crazy stuff that you don’t see in everyday life, but then there are these intimate moments of character conflict that are so dramatic and gut-wrenching, and you rarely see that in these films,” he says. “Why not do that? Why not combine the elements? That’s when you’ll grab an audience. I don’t want to know what I’m watching; I want to explore it
X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE. PIC: DAVID HARRIS
“MINE IS JUST MORE PHYSICALLY APPARENT THAN SOME ‘MUTATIONS’.” That said, Dinklage’s Dr Bolivar Trask isn’t some madman plotting world domination and destruction from a mountaintop lair. Rather, he’s a renowned scientist whose plan to wipe out the world’s ‘mutant’ population – including our heroes, such as Hugh Jackman’s clawed brawler Wolverine – with an army of weaponised robots named Sentinels has the endorsement of the world’s superpowers: something that makes him all the more threatening... and more plausible, according to Dinklage. “Usually with the villain role in superhero movies they operate on the fringes, just as the superheroes do,” he says. “They’re considered a bit mad, but this guy is right there with the politicians, seated right next to the president, and he’s a big influence. Because that happens quite consistently – we had a few of those running for president recently in America, and thank God they didn’t get any closer – that’s scary stuff. But nothing really gives away his villainy until 32 • THE MUSIC • 21ST MAY 2014
were written in a time when certainly America was finding itself – there were mini-revolutions taking place within its borders and then there were wars we shouldn’t have been fighting outside our own borders, so it was a reaction to that. And it was done in a way these comic book writers knew how to do, by writing a comic book about it. They’ve always been relevant, and this one was at the forefront of that.” What’s more, the X-Men characters
and be surprised. Game Of Thrones does the same thing, and I think that’s one of the reasons it engages people.” Talking about the audience’s shock at unexpected twists involving some of Game Of Thrones’ most prominent characters, Dinklage says he was “surprised at how surprised people were”, but believes such a reaction stems from storytellers being unwilling to break the mould. “We don’t challenge it enough,” he says. “We serve the same recipe over and over again because it tastes good and there’s nothing wrong with it. But it can get a little boring after a while. Yes, it goes down easy but sometimes things should be spicier.” Game Of Thrones Season 4 is currently screening on Showcase X-Men: Days of Future Past in cinemas 22 May
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DRINK TO THE MEMORIES Things Of Stone & Wood’s frontman Greg Arnold recalls to Steve Bell how his life was altered irrefutably by an impossibly catchy two-person memory catalogue.
elbourne folk-rockers Things Of Stone & Wood burst onto the Australian scene in 1992 with their excellent debut long-player The Yearning, and in particular its memorable second single Happy Birthday Helen. While far from the band’s only musical highlight – The Yearning’s first single Share This Wine scored them an ARIA in 1993 for Best New Talent – it’s Happy Birthday Helen which is bound to
have lighters in the air when the original line-up reforms this month for their first shows in years. “Not since 1997 have we actually done a gig,” smiles frontman/ songwriter Greg Arnold, “but it’s actually amazing, there’s just a chemistry with those four people that’s really exciting to be a part of. It’s one of those weird things with bands that you can’t really explain – if you just ask a band to play a G-chord and it sounds good in that combination, it’s just one of those bands and it fires up.” Arnold reflects happily on that initial burst
of fervour. “It was a weird time for us; we were a sort of ‘corner of a pub’ band really for those first few years from 1989 to 1992, and I remember when Share This Wine came out and got a lot of radio play around the whole country and that really surprised us that anyone would play us without having seen us live. Then Happy Birthday Helen came out and just hit this bigger nerve out there and that really did change everything for the band. “I actually lecture in songwriting nowadays, and I suppose in a good way I have to look at my experiences with that song, because it honestly is a two-person memory catalogue – only two people know what that’s all about really – but when I’m speaking to songwriters I say, ‘I think people like to hear sincerity and the truth.’ It had a bit of a vibe and was very much of its time, in a nice way. It’s just a beautiful thing to have in your life really.” While that initial success proved difficult to replicate, Arnold harbours no regrets. “By the late ‘90s my musical interests were changing pretty radically, and you start going off in a different direction and sometimes the band just doesn’t take those journeys all together. I suppose for us it’s really lovely for us to have something in the catalogue that stands out as a perfect moment where everything collided – the live band, the songs, the response to the band, the recording production and everything – it just seemed to all really happen on that first album and those early EPs. There was pressure to follow it up, but I suppose we were just stuck in that funny place of not wanting to do the same thing again.” WHEN & WHERE: 23 May, The Vanguard
THROUGH THE DARK As an old man ventures out into the wild – so too do his creators, as Dave Drayton hears from Arielle Gray.
rielle Gray takes the call in Cairns – she’d arrived the day prior following a week at the Judith Wright Centre in Brisbane, and a few dates prior to that in Darwin. Port Macquarie to Port Pirie, and a slew of places in between still loom on the schedule, a 45-stop UK and Australian tour and following critically acclaimed seasons at both the Sydney Festival and Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013. Gray, alongside Tim Watts and Chris Isaacs, are taking their latest work, a Perth Theatre Company commission, It’s Dark Outside, on an extensive tour of the country, something they got used to with the globe-trotting success of the show that made this work so keenly anticipated, The Adventures Of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer. It’s Dark Outside uses a similar aesthetic and quaintly adventurous mode of storytelling – mask and puppetry, animation and live performance – this time completely dialogue-free, and marks a further progression of the unique fruits of their collaborative labours. This is following their extensive tours for their last play, meeting far-flung and constant demand for the show. “Because all three of us have been on the road for a really long time, on and off, with Alvin, we are in a place where we’re absolutely able to say anything when we’re working without people getting offended or precious – we’re able to be absolutely honest with each other and just kick the bullshit out the door.” 34 • THE MUSIC • 21ST MAY 2014
It’s Dark Outside is inspired by experiences and research into Alzheimer’s Disease and Sundowners Syndrome, and follows an old man who ventures into the unknown as shadows gain in length and memories swirl. “We do have personal experiences with our grandparents having Alzheimer’s,” admits Gray – the mask of the old man character she performs as in It’s Dark Outside was modelled on Watt’s grandfather. “I don’t think that that particularly affected the show but it has definitely had little influences. The really interesting thing is while I knew there was a lot of people suffering from Alzheimer’s, it wasn’t until touring the show all around the world and talking to people
afterwards that I realised how many people, because pretty much everyone we talk to has a connection somewhere, it’s actually kind of horrifying how it affects everyone in some way or another. We’ve had a lot of people say it’s been a very closed subject, and we’ve had some older people that have been delighted that we, as younger people – I mean, I don’t feel that young, but apparently I am – are discussing it. It’s good because we don’t really talk about it – it’s a very visual representation, it’s an adventure, an old man going on an adventure, it’s not a docu-drama where everyone talks about how sad and uncomfortable they are feeling. By having their imaginations engaged and watching something beautiful and interesting they’re able to connect with it a little bit more.” WHAT: It’s Dark Outside WHEN & WHERE: 26 – 29 May, Riverside Parramatta, Lennox Theatre
REASON TO BELIEVE The Cairos could have released an album years ago but they didn’t. We should thank them for that. Alistar Richardson tells Benny Doyle why four brains are better than one.
ormally a debut has a few kinks – a couple of creases. Because it’s all just about getting an album out and touring it, right? Right? Not according to Brisbane quartet The Cairos. Dream Of Reason is the cream of a 100-plus song crop, “exercises in writing music” as summarised by Alistar Richardson. Reflecting on the process behind the record, a creative stretch that has seen some of these songs exist in one form or another for up to two years, the frontman admits that the hard part has passed and now it’s just about getting these songs heard. “Everything has gone on for such a long time that it’s exciting we’ve got all
the pieces in place now,” he smiles, “all we have to do is give it our best and really hope that it connects with people.” The Cairos have written some utter gem singles in the past – 2012 tracks We All Buy Stars and Shame drive that fact home. But immediately, when you listen to Dream Of Reason – cut with acclaimed producer Nick DiDia [Pearl Jam, RATM, Powderfinger] at Byron Bay’s Studios 301 – you’re struck by how much the band have extended themselves, with a huge amount of variety in mood and theme found end-to-end. “We’ve always been different songwriters and we’ve come up
with different sounds, but I think only ever doing EPs we’ve sort of concentrated ourselves into a certain kind of sound just to have some sort of cohesion. Now that we’re older and we’ve been writing for a bit longer, to be able to show what we can do has been a real important thing to us, and we definitely enjoy the mix of songs we have on [the album].”
This diversity in content is a direct byproduct of the fact that all four Cairos’ members tackle songwriting duties equally. Richardson says that sharing those individual viewpoints, together, was a massive factor when writing their debut. “The toughest part, because there are so many different sounding things, was finding out which [elements] would suit each other the best. Because when you have an opportunity to go and record with someone like Nick DiDia and it’s your first album, there’s a lot of obsession regarding what you’re going to do and what’s going to happen. But strangely, it works out really well. It’s difficult, but it does work out.” And with a band full of guitar-wheeling, free-thinking individuals, inspiration is never far away for The Cairos. “But that’s always been the case with us,” Richardson shrugs. “If there is a creative lull there’s always three other songwriters in the band, and once you come up with an idea people feed on it and really turn it into something.” WHAT: Dream Of Reason (Universal) WHEN & WHERE: 18 Jun, Beach Road Hotel; 19 Jun, The Great Northern, Newcastle; 20 Jun, Transit Bar, Canberra; 21 Jun, Goodgod Small Club; 22 Jun, Brass Monkey; 26 Jun, Heritage Hotel, Bulli
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RECLAIMING THE FEELING Taking Back Sunday’s iconic line-up have found their mojo again on new album Happiness Is, and according to frontman Adam Lazzara, it’s all hands on deck. Benny Doyle gets amongst it.
t was a move that made every Taking Back Sunday fan smile – the band subbing out guitarist Matthew Fazzi and bass player Matt Rubano for former members John Nolan and Shaun Cooper in 2010. Practically overnight, the New York group’s story had been given an incredible plot twist, and suddenly the title of 2009 record New Again seemed prophetic, with Taking Back Sunday’s Tell All Your Friends debut line-up from 2002 back together. The band have bettered those former glories, however, by kicking on for a second consecutive recording, backing up their eponymous 2011 release with this year’s Happiness Is. In doing so, vocalist Adam Lazzara says that Taking Back Sunday have really found their groove. “When we were doing the self-titled record, I feel like we were still feeling each other out because there were all those years between us,” he explains. “It was really awesome to be making music with one another again, but there were still times where one person wouldn’t be as vocal about their ideas. With Happiness Is, everyone had both hands in it.” Using Taking Back Sunday as a launch pad to see if the chemistry was still there, the bandmates were happy to consume themselves in new music this time around, knowing full well the group was reinvigorated on a personal level. Two years of writing went into Happiness Is, with the five friends – who now all live in different states – scheduling the songwriting sessions in a neutral location, a setting which made sure every idea got a fair chance. Another situation that helped the creativity flow was the fact they were independent for a period, having cut ties from Warner. “When we started writing and recording we didn’t have a label, so there was no outside influence, nobody looking
over our shoulders as we were making it,” Lazzara says. “We were really free to try whatever we wanted, and through that that’s how we ended up with songs like All The Way, which is one
But what would happen if someone left now? Lazzara doesn’t even want to humour the idea. “Man, I don’t even know at this point,” he ponders. “We’ve been through the ringer, and if there’s anything we’re good at it’s adapting to our surroundings. But if somebody left at this point I don’t even know what we’d do? That would probably be it – I don’t know if we could survive another line-up change.” That’s a worry for another day though. Right now, we’ve only got positives to look forward to, with Taking Back Sunday coming Down Under on a co-headliner with The Used. The two bands were sharing stages earlier this year around the US, and “the response was just so great” that they had to share the experience with Australia, no doubt encouraged by The Used frontman Bert McCracken, who these days calls Sydney home with his Aussie wife. “Both bands are kinda in the same place as [far as] like our perspective of everything goes,” Lazzara smiles. “We’ve come out the other end as far as any kind of egos or anything like that, and I think we’re all at a point where we just really appreciate
“I DON’T KNOW IF WE COULD SURVIVE ANOTHER LINE-UP CHANGE.” “ of my favourites on the record, Nothing At All, Better Homes And Gardens, stuff like that. That’s stuff that only the five of us could do. “In the past we weren’t in this relaxed state,” he adds. “With this one we just went in and threw everything at the wall, and just tried to make the best songs we could, and push ourselves. Having come out the other end of that experience, I think that that’s when we write our best.”
the fact that we’re able to bring our music to people and get a large amount of people in one place to forget whatever it is they’re going through.” And after plenty of behind-the scenes movements and dramas in both camps, getting that good vibe on tour with like-minded peers is more than essential. After all, Happiness Is... “I think that’s important just across the board,” Lazzara enthuses. “For me it’s not just being on tour, it’s my everyday life. You just want to surround yourself with people that appreciate what they’re doing when they’re doing it.” WHAT: Happiness Is (Hopeless/UNFD) WHEN & WHERE: 23 Aug, UNSW Roundhouse
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RÖYKSOPP & ROBYN
Do It Again
As the title suggests, this is album number ten for the Maryland trio, and as far as marking that milestone the record is something of a summation of their musical magpie tendencies. Across 11 tracks Trans Am swing from metallic post-rock to trancedout krautrock grooves, some wispy folk and strange robotic ‘80s post-punk diversions.
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Although it’s only a five-track EP, this Nordic super-pairing give us half-an-hour of weird electro pop perfection, with saccharine and subdued moments balanced out by dense periods of intensity where you can’t tell which way is up. Do It Again offers up an astral journey that takes us from the soil to the stars, returning us at the end of it all spent but smiling. The release is introduced and concluded by two ten-minute pieces, with Monument led by a breathy Robyn, her voice twisted into a warped state by the Röyksopp pair, while Inside The Idle Hour Club acts as a warm-down from the beats that have proceeded it, the chamber sounds giving the track a very baroque feel. Before that though it’s party time. Sayit is a storming bit of call-and-response sass that sees Robyn stomping forth with
attitude, riding a curling bassline that is layered to the nines by Röyksopp. The title track, meanwhile, is vintage Robyn, with the Norwegians taking a back seat, simply providing a platform for the Swedish vixen to bring the pop brilliance like only she can. You can practically imagine her explosive dance moves when the beat bursts and those high keys come in. This taster serves as an introduction to a new Röyksopp album, tentatively scheduled for late-2014. All it’s done, however, is made us ravenous for a main course of the Royk-Rob variety. Stay a little longer, Do It Again. Benny Doyle
EYEHATEGOD Century Media
From the demented feedback that opens the frantic and lysergic opener Agitation! Propaganda through to the turgid crawl of Flags And Cities Bound, Eyehategod let their frustrations and disgust at the state of humanity fly forth with reckless abandon. The band’s southern roots also remain intact with echoes of Lynyrd Skynyrd found on tracks such as Worthless Rescue. Other standouts include the cinder block heaviness of Robitussin And Rejection, Quitter’s 38 • THE MUSIC • 21ST MAY 2014
beauty of Insufficiently Breathless. Megastorm is the moment where the electronic and rock sides of their collective personality combine most effectively with big drums, grinding, distorted riffs and pulsing analog synths. These highlights would make for a superb EP/mini-album without the distraction of songs such as K Street and Backlash which sound clumsy, immature and inconsequential by comparison. These failings aside, this is a good album that, when it reaches its potential, shows that there is still life and creativity left in the loose descriptive of post-rock. Chris Familton
Eyehategod are not a pretty band. And they don’t play pretty metal. The quintet are the aural equivalent of taking a trip into a filthy basement where junkies lie prostrate, needles hanging out of gangrenous veins – a place where all hope has fled and society’s failures are laid bare with no exculpatory filter in sight. If Eyehategod are happy about releasing their first new full-length album in 14 years, this material doesn’t show it.
Most bands tend to blur and blend their influences within their music yet Trans Am keep them, for the most part, separate. Each song brings a new snapshot of genre and approach. Many work well but some fall completely flat. At its high points Volume X delivers Night Shift, a glistening retro synth workout in the vein of Zombi. It sounds cosmic in an intergalactic kind of way and it also succeeds because it sounds effortless. The same can be said for the Mogwai-ish I’ll Never with its graceful sway and vocodered vocals and the acoustic strum that leads the melodic
★★★★ Offensive’s manic stomp and the hypnotic, drunken grooves of The Age Of Boot Camp. If the riffs aren’t enough for you the demented howls of frontman Mike Williams seals the deal by bringing an added urgency to material that already threatens to spiral out of control. There are few bands today that can truly be called dangerous – even so called ‘extreme music’ conforms to formulas that have become staid and uninspiring. With this album, Eyehategod retain a welcome unpredictability. This is music on the edge made by people on the edge. Mark Hebblewhite
Owen Pallett’s intricate song compositions have been the backbone of Arcade Fire’s more ebullient extrapolations, and he’s been a strings-for-hire for the likes of Beirut, The National and Spike Jonze. Yet solo, the Canadian brings forth much more introspective, ultra-personal pop that is equal parts mawkish and confident. Like Sufjan Stevens, Pallett’s softly lilting voice plays well on the stereo; unlike Stevens, Pallett’s grandiose, garrulous and wryly emotional lyrics and compositions do not. With In Conflict, Pallett’s second LP under his own name, he doesn’t change this trajectory. If anything, the ambitious melding of live instrumentation (with the aid of a Czech orchestra), orchestral synthesisers and Brian Eno boosts Pallett’s idiosyncrasies hundredfold. I Am Not Afraid is a strings-piano-and-electronica heavy musing of overcoming
★★★½ real and perceived fears, and the album only builds from there. The Riverbed is a terser affair, a clamorous effort with a marching beat and guitar riff driving Pallett’s operatic mores, something Xiu Xiu’s Jamie Stewart might find a kinship with, while the Talking Heads-esque playfulness of Soldier’s Rock plays with form as Pallett sings, “Pick up the bayonet/And run it through the stomach of your brother”. Nothing about In Conflict is easy, nor should it be. This is Pallett’s world, one of ingenuity, flamboyance and verve, and no compromises are necessary. Brendan Telford
Forget The World
It’s hard to believe that this is Dutch producer Afrojack’s first official studio album, considering he already has a number of hit tracks under his belt and is renowned internationally. The DJ has gone all out for his debut too – pulling in plenty of big names (Snoop Dogg, Sting, Chris Brown) and dishing out a stack of festival/arena-ready dance anthems about loving life and good times. It’s just all very safe and predictable though. No new Afrojack fans will be roped in along the Forget The World ride, but those already loving the producer will dig it.
Unlike anything you’ll hear this year, A U R O R A was mostly written in Eastern DR Congo where Frost documented the ongoing war there with video artist Richard Mosse. In response to what he saw, and aided by Swans’ drummer Thor Harris, this uncompromising work trades in extremities, from ghostly ambience to new, violent sound media. On paper it brings to mind the noise-rock genre without any of its usual trappings. Once a collaborator who tended to stand behind others, Ben Frost is now ready for some serious kudos.
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Crafted during the tail-end of Chris Martin’s ailing marriage, Ghost Stories is a deeply personal album. From the opening line, “I think of you/I haven’t slept” from Always In My Head, Martin is exposed and vulnerable, and this fragility prevails throughout. Musically sparse and lyrically pensive, there’s nary an upbeat stadium anthem to be found here (although the jarringly cheesy A Sky Full Of Stars has the goods to light up an Ibiza dancefloor). As a Coldplay album Ghost Stories doesn’t quite match up to its predecessors, but as a break-up album it should soothe the sorrowful.
MIDLAKE Before their visit, a lament of love gone. In a world where the melancholy is so often just manufactured, the memories seem real as the days are counted until the divorce papers are signed.
MORRISSEY World Peace Is None Of Your Business Harvest/EMI Continuing evolution from sensitive angry young man to grumpy curmudgeon, the old groaner croons an ideal companion piece to Jarvis Cocker’s muse on the world, and the cunce who run same.
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Columbia/Sony Jaunty boastful singalong as they appear to want to be a Madness for this century – if you took away the ska, the wit, the melody, the dress sense, the pop sense and any sense of enjoyment.
FOX & FOWL Jungle Punch MGM Meanwhile, in Canberra they’re listening to old Haircut 100 records from the early ‘80s, and making summery noise, with the popular fallback of vibraphone clunk, which may be real or synthesised.
MIDNIGHT JUGGERNAUTS Cedoption Siberia/Inertia Their sweeping electronic vistas topped the charts a couple of years ago, but that 1980s view of the space age of the next millennium now sounds dated. So too does their music.
Small Town Misf its
Tropics Of Love
Quantic – Magnetica
Jenny Queen is an Ohio native, based in Sydney, who sits on the stylistic fence on her third album. Her sound is firmly in a pop-country vein that wouldn’t be out of place on the soundtrack to the TV series Nashville, yet there is a constant undercurrent of mild emotional turbulence and the sense she is trying to break free of some of country music’s restraints. Blood Meridian and Let Her Go are the two standout tracks on a very good album that proves how catchy melodies and astute, substantive songwriting can successfully coexist.
Is it possible for the French to make bad dance music? Even America’s best dance band, Chic, use the French word for ‘cool’ as their name. It should come as no surprise then that Frenchman Joakim’s fifth album is perfection. The production on Tropics Of Love is lush and tribal, recalling the nuanced grooves of Michael Jackson and the textuality of Art Of Noise. It constantly shifts with a fluid spontaneity, as elements of jazz peek through on tracks like On The Beach and Man Like Moon. It’s a stunning mix of man and machine.
Yann Tiersen – ∞ (Infinity)
The Hipstones – Wise Man Joseph Tawadros – Permission To Evaporate Kishi Bashi – Lighght Oasis – Definitely Maybe (Chasing The Sun edition) (extended review) Ramona Lisa – Arcadia Mr. Scruff – Friendly Bacteria Tori Amos – Unrepentant Geraldines
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Permission To Evaporate
Def initely Maybe: Chasing The Sun Edition
Though widely hailed as one of Australia’s finest musical talents, such an accolade doesn’t come close; Tawadros is still and forever deserving of higher praise. Impressive and humbling in performance, with a resume of impressive collaborations and tirelessly consistent studio releases, Tawadros’ latest release can only be met with awe. Joined this time by Christian McBride on double bass and the immediately recognisable sounds of Mike Stern’s guitar, Permission To Evaporate launches straight into a furthering of the oud virtuoso’s musical exploration. Anyone who seeks to do the same should listen to this album.
Equipped with a bronze tan, a shag of sun-bleached hair and a penchant for surfing, Kim Churchill can rest assured that should the whole music thing fall through, he could always star in beer commercials. Churchill’s fourth studio album Silence/ Win provides a number of accessible, upbeat tracks, such as catchy opener Single Spark. Yet he’s also able to exhibit his notable multi-instrumentalist and classical guitarist talents. Lead single Window To The Sky is well timed to coincide with the current wave of folk-pop, and will no doubt allow him to maintain his troubadour lifestyle for a while longer yet.
Have you seen Michael Jackson’s This Is It? The documentary/ concert film shone a light on the late artist’s meticulous attention to detail and impossibly high standards. Xscape is the second posthumous MJ release (the first, Michael, was widely canned) and it farms material that was originally recorded between 1983 and 1999. If Jackson wanted these demos to see the light of day, wouldn’t he have released them back then? This album clocks in at just over half an hour and single Love Never Felt So Good (the album version is minus JT’s bit and loses nothing) is the clear standout, but you’d be much better off reaching for a best-of containing MJ-approved songs.
Sony Twenty years since it changed a nation, Definitely Maybe is getting the remastered treatment, and from the first notes of Rock ‘N’ Roll Star it’s impossible not to raise a glass with these songs once again. The brothers Gallagher and the rest of those original Oasis geezers have plenty of reason to be cocky now, but in the early ‘90s they had no right to puff their chests out so far. This record made an entire generation of lads believe in rock music again; a few other people around the world took notice too... Benny Doyle
SHARON VAN ETTEN
In The Lonely Hour
Are We There
NORTHEAST PARTY HOUSE
Any Given Weekend
The second album from New Zealand-born, London-based trio Popstrangers, Fortuna is a sojourn further down the rabbit hole from 2011’s angular Antipodes, sliding down the chute of sun-warped tape machine pop and Deerhunter lite pop/rock subversions. Opener Sandstorm is a tired warble of paisley psych-pop that is nevertheless underscored by hyper-real unease; Don’t Be Afraid feels even more broken, a corrupted song of faux posterity. The post-punk demarcations of the past are decidedly tempered here, Popstrangers intent instead on creating an austere atmosphere that leaks menace through the spiderweb cracks.
It’s a brave move, making such a soul-baring record your debut, which says a lot about the character of British singersongwriter Sam Smith. His spine-tingling voice alone is impressive but it’s the journalstyle way in which he’s written In The Lonely Hour that makes you think he could be around for a long time if he plays his cards right. There are many highlights, including the beautiful new single, Stay With Me, and the honest desperation of Leave Your Lover. The hope seeping through Smith’s pain makes this a record all broken hearts should hear.
With Are We There, Sharon Van Etten takes ingredients that could have easily become bland and indulgent, and makes sure they’re never anything short of mesmerising. It washes over you in a way that soothes while still grabbing attention. The music is beautiful, but always well and truly in the background, letting the focus fall completely on Van Etten’s voice. Even when the volume is turned up just a little with the addition of drums, bass and electric guitar, Are We There still sounds like a hazy dream, and that’s what makes it so interesting.
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Assembling a great album can’t be as easy as Northeast Party House make it seem on their debut album. Their shtick, typically, is four-to-the-floor, hands-in-the-air party anthems – something that could wear thin quickly. Luckily, the Melbourne outfit dazzle on each and every track, the overall result achieving great heights of effortless party ambience while exercising good ears for flawless songwriting and meticulous production. The Haunted builds beautifully into a hectic frenzy while Fake Friends slips in sexy disco bass and Valium does anything but induce slumber. Such a winner. Ben Preece
THE CASUALTIES, BIG D & THE KIDS TABLE, HEARTSOUNDS, CHRIS DUKE & THE ROYALS Newtown Social Club 13 May Chris Duke & The Royals made for a jolly good start to this Hits & Pits sideshow at the refurbished Newtown Social Club, which was still reeking of fresh paint. Punctual punters were treated to the sextet’s contagious, full-bodied blend of ska and punk, drawing upon vocal harmonies, heavy use of horns and even a Lion King cover.
and Noise Complaint closed on a high. The dancing never stopped.
was without a doubt crammed to capacity with eager fans.
Double decade veterans The Casualties put on an exemplary show, adding some much-needed mayhem through an open invite to “join us on stage, use our microphones”, ensuing in sheer chaos for Unknown Soldier. The New Yorkers offered free merch, a date with Jake Kolatis and tonight’s pay to the last “chicken fight” participant left standing after pushing rivals atop another’s shoulders, but alas, no victor emerged. Tribute in the form of a Made In NYC (Ramones Style) was paid to The Ramones, “the band that got us into this music in the first place”, while a wall of death and old favourites, Ugly Bastards and a rousing rendition of We Are All We Have wrapped up the vicious, encore-less performance.
Fellow Melburnians Teeth & Tongue did a solid job kicking off the night with what was a crowd largely disinterested in hearing anything other than the headliner. Similarly Gossling managed to keep the audience captivated through a set largely focused on her debut album, Harvest Of Gold. If Vance Joy is the king of the Australian music scene at the moment, there’s a place next to him for Gossling, whose unique vocals and beautiful harmonies really got through to the somewhat apathetic crowd.
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Despite Ben Murray feeling “seven daggers in my throat”, Heartsounds’ 40 minutes went off without a hitch. The wry stage banter between him and Laura Nichol played off each other the way their dual vocals did on tracks like A Total Separation Of Self and Drifter, providing a melodic touch to their contemporary take on skate punk. David McWane claimed he’s “not a very good hype man” but there’s really no need to be when one starts a party complete with skanking pits the way Big D & The Kids Table do. Opening up proceedings with up-tempo bangers, Stepping Out and Shit Tattoos, Big D brought a deliriously high energy set to the small stage. Voices were raised to My Girlfriend’s On Drugs and the brash cynicism of LAX, before classics like Little Bitch
Finally it was time for the man of the moment, and boy did he jump right into the good stuff. Starting with his debut single From Afar, Joy jumped from one melodic tune to another. Whether
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VANCE JOY, GOSSLING, TEETH & TONGUE Metro Theatre 16 May There’s no doubt about James Keogh’s growing star power at the moment. The Melburnian, better known by his stage moniker Vance Joy, has enjoyed a momentous year since dropping his debut EP in early 2013 which has included sellout shows overseas and a cruisy #1 on triple j’s Hottest 100 for his breakthrough single, Riptide. Therefore it was no surprise to hear how swiftly his Australian tour sold out, even seeing an extra show added to keep up with demand. One of these shows was at the Metro in Sydney, which
Melbourne has to offer, and it was embarrassing that they had to play for a largely disinterested Sydney audience. Those who did bother to pay attention though were largely rewarded with a showcase of truly captivating talent. Cate Summers
THE NAKED & FAMOUS, VANCOUVER SLEEP CLINIC Metro Theatre 13 May Blue light filled the stage as Vancouver Sleep Clinic arrived, looking demure and reverent. Delicate keyboard began their set as searing guitar work from the mastermind behind the
THE NAKED & FAMOUS @ METRO THEATRE. PIC: JOSH GROOM
it be strumming along on his ukulele for the bittersweet buildup of Play With Fire or singing karaoke-style to a heartwarming (if not a little tame) cover of The Masters Apprentices’ Because I Love You, Vance Joy displayed why he is worth all the fuss. The slow-burning, sweet Snaggletooth was a big highlight earlier in the set, showcasing both Joy’s gift as a songwriter and his natural vocal talent. Similarly, Wasted Time built up nicely into a toetapping singalong, and easily paved the way for the catchy, breezy Riptide, which hands-down garnered the biggest response. Props to all of the musicians during the night who tolerated the overwhelming number of audience members insisting on talking loudly during any song that they weren’t completely familiar with. This was a great line-up filled with the some of the best
project, Tim Bettinson, shone through his echoing vocal work. The heavy distortion of both Bettinson’s voice and the instruments throughout the set was reminiscent of a mix between James Blake and James Vincent McMorrow. The set conveyed anguish and yearning in the dreamiest of ways. Pounding synth and percussion combined with the gentle tone of the keys and acoustic guitar made for a quaint set from Vancouver Sleep Clinic that tugged at the heartstrings. The Naked & Famous treated the revelers to dark synth and crunchy percussion to begin their set with A Stillness. One half of the lead vocalists and tambourine enthusiast, Alisa Xayalith sang sweetly into the microphone as strobe lights pulsated like tiny fireworks. Guitar from other half, Thom Powers shredded THE MUSIC • 21ST MAY 2014 • 41
live reviews through this track, which proved to be quite an explosive opener. Hearts Like Ours followed accompanied by stoic percussion, powerful bass and pretty synth work. Guitar that screamed of the hair-metal days peppered the song while the vocals were the indie lovers’ dream. Their single, I Kill Giants, from their latest album, In Rolling Waves, added a skittish and powerful tone to their set. What began timidly with the bass and synth merely created a backbone for the explosive symphony of instruments that would prove to be climactic and welcomed by the throng. Punching In A Dream began with delicious synth and writhing guitar licks that the band are so well known for. Rainbow strobe lights careened across the stage, creating a state of frenzied joy. Before bidding the crowd a sweet goodbye, The Naked & Famous launched into Young Blood, the track to complete their colourful yet gritty set. Xayalith’s vocals were hypnotising as the bass pounded and synth screamed,
encouraging the punters to revel in the meaning of what it is to be young, wild, and free. Jessica Holton
THE MIDDLE NAMES, THE DARK HAWKS, ANGRY BEIGE Brighton Up Bar 16 May Angry Beige is a band you might remember from that secret Green Day gig at Captain Cook a while back (they were just as surprised as everyone else by the way, despite being on the same bill). They mine heavily from late ‘60s blues-rock and enjoy a solid riff. Their opening set wasn’t bad, but felt safe and unexciting. Vocalist “Elf ” (Elft Scott) was not unlike Tia Carrere’s Cassandra from Wayne’s World. She could wail, but ultimately seemed out of place. Her voice was a cloudy mess of texture and largely indecipherable. The Dark Hawks followed suit with some similar riff-heavy
blues, but sounded a little more sophisticated. They had a heavy Yes vibe, and shared that band’s rhythmic skill. Their drummer Mark Davies was a standout. Once again it was the vocalist, Angie Anderson, who felt weak, and was mostly window dressing with very little intensity, despite her efforts. As a side note, they easily had the best hair on the night by a wide margin. Even the bass player’s sleek bald bonce looked good as a point of difference. Hobart’s The Middle Names were a welcome change with their cleaner, upbeat sound that offered a nice contrast to their po-faced supports. They led with current single, Full Friends, and Jealousy, bright and chunky throwbacks to infectious late ‘90s Australian alt-rock (think Jebadiah, but much better). It took about half a song for the small dance floor to fill up, and it perfectly reflected the change in energy coming off the stage. It was a tight but friendly performance full of snappy riffing and warm songwriting. If there’s any justice, these guys are set to be big. Like real big.
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arts reviews brush hands and lazily flirt, but are ultimately buried under the barrage of brand names and the crippling inability to engage. It’s about all they have in common really.
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EIGHT GIGABYTES OF HARDCORE PORNOGRAPHY Theatre
SBW Stables to 14 Jun The trials and tribulations of online dating are a very present concern in art, and they play a small role in Declan Greene’s Max Afford Playwrights Awardwinning Eight Gigabytes Of Hardcore Pornography, a twohander handled at Griffin by Steve Rodgers and Andrea Gibbs under Lee Lewis’ direction. 42 • THE MUSIC • 21ST MAY 2014
But more than the elusive perfect match, this play looks at the contemporary conditioning of individuals that prevents online dating – rife vanity, a penchant for publicised self-loathing. Marg Horwell’s set – lilac shag carpet as far as the eye can see, and some sparingly used and effective lighting by Matthew Marshall – suggest, appropriately, the televised phone sex hotlines that infiltrate free-to-air in the wee hours. These are self-serving characters – and while they are interesting enough to generate 90 minutes of what feels like a live reading of a LiveJournal – they are too effectively selfish and inwardgazing for much else to happen. The two storylines drunkenly
Eight Gigabytes Of Hardcore Pornography is uncomfortable – that seems at least part of the point – but mostly it’s an interesting medium in which to ask whether it’s okay to be plain while everyone scrambles to assemble and present their own narrative. Dave Drayton
MARTY BRIGHT: THE BRIGHT SIDE OF LIFE Enmore Theatre (finished)
A forgettable and racist opening act proved unnecessary as the Bundaberg and Carlton appeared more instrumental in warming up a raucous crowd. Hamstrung by hecklers, there was an ominous dark cloud hanging over The Bright Side Of Life, the planned components of which arrived in short bursts, continuity and structure all but lost amidst
the drunken slurs. While the show at least some of us were there to see was nowhere to be seen, Bright’s somewhat successful attempts at getting a tough crowd on side revealed resilience and quick wit. Dave Drayton
WIL ANDERSON: WILUMINATI Enmore Theatre (finished)
Forty-year-old Wil Anderson is a gentler comedian than the younger bloke with better hips. He’s still sharp – and loves a good dick joke – but Wiluminati lets Anderson play with pacing better than ever. Using near silence to great effect, letting stuff hang, and using his voice more subtly to almost whisper at times, of course he’s got the content, but his delivery has a different confidence and pace than before. Maybe it’s because bouncing around hurts too much these days – but more likely because controlling an audience with so little room for error is where real fun lies. Liz Giuffre
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Instrument(s) played? Vox, electronics, saxophone, synths, kalimbas, harp. How long have you been performing? Since I could sing my first Cantopop lyrics. I was always writing music and involved in bands and choirs, or I’d force my family to watch talent shows that I’d put on in my living room. But this solo stuff emerged around 2011. Would you rather be a busted broke-but-revered Hank Williams f igure or some kind of Metallica monster? Broke-but-revered Hank. If there are two things my dad has taught me, they’re the importance of integrity and the affecting power of a country voice-crack.
What part do you think Sydney plays in the music you make? My peers in Sydney keep me musically motivated. Getting yum cha or cooking dinner for each other, going for a swim, dancing, giving and receiving feedback on demos, book swaps... I appreciate being able to exchange ideas with some of the most talented and humble humans around. Is your music responsible for more make-outs or break-ups? Why? I hope it’s responsible for more make-ups. Nothing more dramatic than bringing lovers back together after a fight so they can ride off into the sunset and make-out 4eva. What’s in the pipeline for you musically in the short term? I’m really looking forward to playing at the Sydney Opera House for Vivid, 30 May, and then Dark Mofo, 8 Jun, Petersham Bowling Club. It’s also crunch time for my debut album so I’m working hard on that! Website link for more info? soundcloud.com/rainbowchanmusic
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eat/drink CROUTONS SOUP BAR – SHOP G27, 60 MARGARET ST, SYDNEY With plenty of soups to choose from, plus optional various toppings (croutons, shallots, parsley, even wasabi peas), fillings (rice, pasta etc), and a choice of five kinds of bread (sourdough, rye, schiacciata, quinoa and soya), Croutons takes soup seriously. They’ve got flavours like Boston clam chowder, soto ayam (Indonesian chicken soup), mussels and tomato soup, roast beef soup, laksa, mulligatawny, minestrone, tom yum gang and Mexican chilli and bean.
GUMSHARA RAMEN – 211/25-29 DIXON ST, HAYMARKET Possibly the most famous ramen joint in Sydney with lines around the corner after noon, there’s that many people looking to get a taste of Chef Mori’s The Chronic tonkotsu ramen. But it’s Mori’s story that’s interesting; after visiting Japan and finding the perfect ramen, he quit his managing director job in Australia and moved to Osaka to learn the secret to making that great ramen, devoting four years to his task and even getting divorced in the process.
CHRYSLER CAFE BAR – FOUR LOCATIONS IN SYDNEY CBD Chrysler is famous for their soups, which change daily but include: Colombian chicken, zuchini & parmesan, meatball & spinach, mushroom & sage, beef & barley, chorizo & chickpea, moroccan lamb, sweet potato & coconut, lamb & risoni, cock-a-leekie, chicken gumbo, corn & vegetable chowder, cheesy cauliflower & broccoli and more.
BREAD & CIRCUS – 21 FOUNTAIN ST, ALEXANDRIA
When the degrees drop there’s nothing better than food that warms you up. And soup definitely falls into that category. If you’re not in the mood to simmer something on the stove for two hours, here’s where you can go for your soup intake. Illustration Sophie Blackhall-Cain.
Available as a side, main or to take away, and served with wedges of sourdough, Bread & Circus’ healthy, tasty and not-so-regular soup options are: six-hour organic chicken brown rice congee with chilli flakes white pepper and shallot; pumpkin, sweet potato, carrot and goats feta with sage, anise, cinnamon and garlic; and roast heirloom tomato, fennel and biodynamic yoghurt with sage, thyme, garlic and chilli.
HOT SPOT SLAYTANIC SWILLFEST – FRANKIE’S PIZZA, 25 MAY Slaytanic Swillfest sees a bunch of metal bands taking to the Frankie’s Pizza stage for an evening of heavy metal from 4pm. The line-up includes Killrazer, As Silence Breaks, Bastardizer, Recoil, Sumeru, Gutter Tactic, Steelswarm and headliners Blood Duster. To commemorate the occasion a special beer that the dudes at Frankie’s have brewed with Victoria’s Edge Brewing Project will also be released on the day; the Slaytanic Swillfest Blood Orange Red Ale (6.66%) be available on tap at Frankie’s and in bottles at specialty liquor stores across Australia. Swill your body around the floor while swillin’ the beer ‘round in your mouth.
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LIVE THIS WEEK
MARCH IN MAY
It’s uplifting to walk alongside thousands of other people protesting the myriad of things the Abbott Government has done.
JESSICA MAUBOY Keeps on kicking international goals - from Sesame Street to Eurovision and now to the Commonwealth Games closing ceremony..
AMERICAN BABIES While we love Game Of Thrones, a list released by US Social Security has revealed that among some of the more unusual names, there are quite a few named Khaleesi. Surely you can hope for your daughter to be a great leader in other ways? MARCH IN MAY
ROCK ‘N’ RAGE
DANCE YOUR PAWS OFF
IN YOUR DMA
Explosive college rock with a clever, eclectic pop twist is the calling card of Nine Sons Of Dan’s new EP Used Up. Catch them at Spectrum on Thursday; Tattersalls Hotel on Saturday; and Bald Faced Stag on Sunday.
‘Upbeat indie-pop’ doesn’t even begin to describe the bubbling jams that Canberra boys Fox & Fowl have churned out on their debut self-titled EP. The band are launching their ecstatic tunes into the universe with an EP launch at World Bar on Friday.
Sydney garage-pop outfit DMA’s have come a long way, playing their particular brand of heartfelt, gritty vocals and alternately grungy and acoustic guitar for audiences at Goodgod Small Club on Thursday and Saturday.
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On Saturday Jam Gallery is hosting its Latin night with Son Veneno headlining. And who is Son Veneno’s frontman? Carlos Velazquez who is currently a contestant on The Voice. So catch him live before he gets too famous.
The sociopolitical lyricism of David Bridie is four things: powerful, thought-provoking, eerily beautiful, and headed to the Camelot Lounge on Sunday. He’ll be supported by Amanda Brown of The Go-Betweens.
At Somedays Gallery from tonight until 6 Jun you can see an exhibition, Wide Eyed Live, of this last summer in music photography: including shots from our very own Thomas Graham, Josh Groom, Clare Hawley and Peter Sharp.
RUSSIAN ON TOUR
KHMER TO ME
Prog-rockers Closure In Moscow are touring again following the release of their new album Pink Lemonade. The Melbourne fivepiece are taking the stage at Collector Hotel on Saturday.
Catch Sydney electro-funk band (and Machine Gun Fellatio alumni) Super Massive at Coogee Bay Hotel on Friday, with support from techno-psychobilly duo White Knuckle Fever.
If dancehall hip hop with a hit of soulful Khmer pop is your kind of jam, there is no better place for you than right in front of Astronomy Class at the Metro Theatre in Sydney on Friday.
WHAT’S IN A NAME
KRAUTROCK IT OUT
At SASH Sundays at Flyover this week you can catch DJs from 2pm, including Phil Kieran, Rebekah, Dan Baartz, Matt Weir and Kerry Wallace, hitting the decks and wooing punters with their high energy techno beats.
The Disappointed are back to their undeniably catchy alt-rock tunes with EP Weird Peace. Catch their sweaty mix of huge choruses, foot-stomping bass and tight guitar riffs when they play the Brighton Up Bar in Sydney on Friday.
Jagged guitar and electro grooves characterise the thumping Krautrock pumped out by Infinity Broke. They’ll play Yours And Owls, Wollongong, Thursday; The Lass O’Gowrie, Newcastle, Friday; the Factory Floor, Saturday.
BACKLASH THE BUDGET
Look, we could fill pages and pages with our gripes about the budget, but let’s just keep in general about how it fucks over education, health, the young, the old, families - basically anyone that isn’t a highincome, middle-aged business person by the looks of it.
RENOVATION WOES While there was heaps of slashing the in the budget, the cost of renovating the PM’s official residence The Lodge has blown out by over $1 million. Of course more money can be allocated for that, but not important things like health or education.
CORROSION OF TOUR It’s a bummer Corrosion Of Conformity were caught in the crossfire and had their tour cancelled after the financial backers of the tour collapsed.
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LOST IN A SEA OF SOUND
The soulful jams of alt-pop, hip hop group Thundamentals have received huge airplay and won fans across the country. Be immersed in their progressive rap melodies when they play their final show at the Metro Theatre in Sydney on Friday.
Seventies-inspired folk duo The April Maze are bringing their unique cello-infused sounds to House Concert at Hunters Hill Tennis Club in Sydney on Friday; a TBA venue in Newcastle on Saturday and the Rhythm Hut in Gosford on Sunday.
The restrained and atmospheric indie songs of Dustin Tebbutt will no doubt send audiences into swaying fits when he breezes into Newtown Social Club on Wednesday and Thursday.
HEAR IT AGAIN
The high energy punk rock of My Echo will set hearts and fists pumping hard when they play Frankie’s Pizza By The Slice on Thursday; Lansdowne Hotel on Friday; and Tattersalls Hotel on Saturday.
Melbourne indie-rockers Jonesez will be hitting up pubs around the nation, touring off the back of upcoming album Lazyboy. The quartet are known for their keen talent for mixing hard rock riffs with anthemic pop melodies. The Lansdowne on Saturday.
EVERYONE NEEDS PROBLEMS
THAT’S ROCK, FOLKS
SING ME A STORY
SICK PARTY ANIMALS
The folksy, roots-heavy stylings of Todd Sibbin have always been heavily influenced by harder, grittier rock hooks than his folk contemporaries. See him solo and at his acoustic best at The Newsagency in Sydney on Friday.
The gentle tunes of Tom E Lewis will once again enthral audiences, taking them on a journey of identity, self-discovery and love through his subtle, gravely delivery and gritty lyrics. Catch him at the Newtown Social Club on Saturday.
Stage-shaking all-girl rockers She Rex are touring the nation with genre-blurring indie outfit Lepers & Crooks. Catch them at The Roller Den on Thursday; Mona Vale Hotel on Friday; and The Small Ballroom in Newcastle on Saturday.
PROFIT & LUST
SO SAYS HAYDEN
DREEMING OUT LOUD
Epic fantasy punk rock. Think themes of greed and desire meeting choirboy harmonies meeting angry rock wearing a studded collar – or, as punk rockers Ebolagoldish call it, their new album Prophet & Loss. Factory Floor on Friday.
Soseume takes over Beach Road Hotel tonight, with Hayden James putting on a DJ set, production duo Surecut Kids dropping beats and The Owls bringing the live band element to proceedings.
The hard-edge indie rock of Adelaide band Bad// Dreems has seen them sell-out hometown shows. Now, the four guys will be rocking the stage at Blackwire Records on Friday, and Music Farmers in Wollongong on Saturday.
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Chillwave electro producer Problems is touring after his debut EP For The Ages, an album of washed-out and down-tempo tunes. He plays Easy Tiger on Thursday.
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NEWS FROM THE BASEMENT
MON 09/THU 26 JUNE BOBBY FOX – THE FANTASTIC MR FOX FRI 04 JULY THE McCLYMONTS – “HERE’S TO YOU & I” ALBUM TOUR FRI 26 SEPT DIESEL FOLLOW US: ON FACEBOOK @ THE BASEMENT & ON TWITTER @ #BASEMENTSYD RESTUARANT OPENS AT 11AM, SERVING FOOD ALL DAY
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WEAPONS OF CHOICE
HAVE YOU BEEN TO Finish this sentence: Heavy metal and beer match perfectly like… Pizza and pussy, and you can rest assured there’ll be bounds of it. In fact, we’ve rocked that spicy little combo every night for a year and a half and every night still feels like Christmas!
TV ROCK Answered by: Grant Smillie Metro Area, Miura, Environ 2001 This and Chicken Lips’ He Not In created a new deeper genre. Sexy as hell and still relevant today.
This was the moment that TV Rock broke Europe and it was a proud moment to achieve it with this. When and where for your next gig? I’m back in Oz for IllestTV at Qantas Credit Union Arena on 31 May.
Sneaker Pimps, Spin Spin Sugar (Armand’s Dark Garage Mix), Virgin 1997
SLAYTANIC SWILLFEST Answered by: Jordan McDonald Why should punters visit you? For fear of sounding like a salesman I’m gonna respectfully decline answering that one. I will say though that Frankie’s is an extraordinarily powerful entity, it pulls you in, nullifies the outside world and fucks up your next day. The choice is entirely yours. Where did the idea to brew a beer to commemorate a gig come from? We support craft breweries and ignore the majors. It’s a beautiful thing! In turn, we can kind of ask them to come to the party on stoopid shit like this. Ha ha.
I used to smash this at Saratoga in Melbourne at about 5am. Armand Van Helden bossing even then! TV Rock, In The Air, Neon/Axtone 2009
INFINITY BROKE Answered by: Jamie Hutchings Album title? River Mirrors Where did the title of your new album come from? It’s the name of a song on the next album. I like writing about mirrors and holding up mirrors to mirrors. How many releases do you have now? This is our first. I have released a stack of solo records as well as Bluebottle Kiss records though. How long did it take to write/ record? The songs were scooped out of a whole bunch written over the past six to seven years that fit with the format of this 52 • THE MUSIC • 21ST MAY 2014
What’s your favourite song on it? Monsoon. Will you do anything differently next time? Yes. When and where is your launch/ next gig? 22 May, Yours And Owls, Wollongong; 23 May, Lass O’Gowrie, Newcastle; 24 May, Factory Floor, with special guests The Holy Soul and Lobsterman. Website link for more info? facebook.com/infinitybrokemusic
Which bands are helping you celebrate on the night? Blood Duster, Killrazer, As Silence Breaks, Bastardizer, Recoil, The Archaic Revival, Sumeru, Steel Swarm. Website link for more info? frankiespizzabytheslice.com
more intense and darker than our previous singles.
record. It was recorded over two three-to-four-day stints. Was anything in particular inspiring you during the making? We were listening to a lot of percussive music, especially stuff that’s using more than one percussive source. Plus a lot of free-rock and free-jazz guitar stuff. Hence the wig-outs.
What pizza should we have with the Satanic Swill Beer? Probably the Porchetta. Slaytanic’s dark specialty malts would complement each bite o’ pork while the aromatic hops and blood orange zest would cut right through the gluttony like a razor blade.
We’ll like this EP if we like... Guitars, harmonies, little surprises, alt-rock. Maybe Bloc Party and Interpol.
THE DISAPPOINTED Answered by: Michael Strong EP title? Weird Peace How many releases do you have now? Two EPs and a couple of singles. Was anything in particular inspiring you during the making? We’re getting real close to our best work now, so that’s keeping us all pretty buzzed. I’ve been very hungry to connect with people and that pushed me forward for this EP. What’s your favourite song on it? The new single Uppers And Downers is my fave. It’s
When and where is your launch/next gig? Touring nationally in May. Brighton Up Bar, 23 May. Website link for more info? thedisappointedband.com
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PERSONAL BEST RECORDS
SINGLE FOCUS solo record Blue Volume out on 20 Jun through Elefant Traks. The new album is a more adventurous and cathartic sounding record than Voyager.
ED KUEPPER Best record you stole from your folks’ collection? Abendglocken (Evening Bells) – Don Cossacks Choir [The Evening Bells]. First record you bought? Paranoid – Black Sabbath. Record you put on when you’re really miserable? You Dropped A Bomb On Me – The Gap Band. Record you put on when you bring someone home? Where’s The Playground, Suzie? – Gunther Kallman Choir.
Last thing you bought/ downloaded? Self Portrait – Cam Butler.
When and where are your next gigs? 22 May, Clarendon Guest House, Katoomba; 23 May, Newtown Social Club; 24 May, Milton Theatre; 6 Jun, No 5 Church Street, Bellingen; 7 Jun, Star Court Theatre, Lismore.
Single title? In The Morning
What was inspiring you during the song’s writing and recording? The guitar part was influenced by a band from the ‘80s called Fugazi. The beat was influenced by Mr Oizo and the chorus vocal melodies are on some early Bloc Party tip.
What’s the song about? Blurry weekends, getting old before you get responsible and the inevitable realisation not everything lasts forever.
We’ll like this song if we like... If you have Atmosphere, Childish Gambino, Fugazi, Bright Eyes and The Smith Street Band in your collection.
How long did it take to write/ record? The beat was quick, based around a loop of a crowd hollering from a Joe Cocker live record and some heavy synth lines then I added live guitars, bass and pianos. All up, a month.
Do you play it differently live? It’s yet to get the road-test, but we’ve been rehearsing it to sound more psychedelic.
Website link for more info? princemelonrecords.com
Most surprising record in your collection? The Cheeky Chappie – Max Miller. I didn’t know I had it.
Answered by: Joel Ma
Is this track from a forthcoming release/existing release? In The Morning is from my second
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RKF3 (ROCK IT! KILL IT! F@#K IT!3) Answered by: Buzz Burnsen Why should punters visit you? RKF showcases some of the best talent going on around this country ranging from rock, punk, hardcore, industrial and metal. What’s the history of the event? RKF started three years ago and is growing stronger with age. Any advice for f irst timers who want to visit the event? Let your hair down and go nuts! This is a party for everyone of all ages and types! (Except those who aren’t of age – sorry kiddies.) 54 • THE MUSIC • 21ST MAY 2014
Do you have any plans for the event in the future? RKF plans to broaden the musical horizons and hope to eventually have international artists on board. Where local underground artists will get the opportunity to play with bands known worldwide and play to crowds they could only dream of. When and where for your next event? TheHeavyFrequency will continue to support the local underground. Stay tuned for the next instalment! Website link for more info? facebook.com/ events/146995885499908/
When and where is your launch/ next gig? The Roller Den on 23 May with Dialectrix and the Melbourne legend N’Fa Jones. Website link for more info? facebook.com/joelistics
NINE SONS OF DAN Answered by: Jay Bainbridge EP title? Follow The Blood How many releases do you have now? Three. Landslide, The New Kids and now Follow The Blood. Was anything in particular inspiring you during the making? Honesty. The band and I have been waiting to write and record songs like this for so long. The lyrics talk about the truth of love and life and where we are as a band. What’s your favourite song on it? Follow The Blood. Because everything came together the way I heard it in my head.
We’ll like this EP if we like... Hard-hitting rock with an orchestra. Lots of variety. Soft sad, to fun and catchy, to crazy scream-rock. If you like music you will enjoy something on it. When and where is your launch/ next gig? 22 May, Spectrum; 24 May, Tattersalls Hotel; 25 May, Bald Faced Stag Website link for more info? ninesonsofdan.com
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opinion WAKE THE DEAD
THE HEAVY SHIT
PUNK AND HARDCORE WITH SARAH PETCHELL
METAL AND HARD ROCK WITH CHRIS MARIC
URBAN AND R&B NEWS WITH CYCLONE
Anberlin were a gateway band for me. In my early years as a fan of heavy music, this band bridged the gap between the indie I was listening to and the harder and heavier music that I would eventually find my passion in. I still hold a soft spot for this band and even if I no longer follow their career as I used to, if I haven’t listened to a new release by them since 2007’s Cities, it still took me a little by surprise when I felt a pang of sadness when I read the news back in January that they would be a band no longer. Despite their Christian leanings (something I definitely don’t subscribe to), they were a band whose lyrics I identified with. They helped me through my awkward late teens when I struggled with who I was and the person I wanted to be. Never Take Friendship Personal, the band’s second album, I associate with so many good memories tied up with friendships, some of which have survived and some of which haven’t. The thing I always loved about this band, aside from the great music, catchy melodies and totally identifiable lyrics, was how great a live band they are. Every time I’ve seen them has been a fun, upbeat and totally entertaining experience. I will miss having the opportunity to revel in that kind of an atmosphere, which is why you will definitely catch me at one of their farewell shows when they tour this September. In the meantime, Anberlin, I salute you! firstname.lastname@example.org
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CORROSION OF CONFORMITY
Bad luck continues to plague Australian tours with news last week that Corrosion Of Conformity, along with Weedeater, had to cancel their national tour in July due to the promoters’ financial backers being shut down (presumably by the ATO after some dodgy dealings). At least it wasn’t due to any inexperience or mishandling which has been the cause of other cancellations in the past. Still, you’d expect the people fronting up money are keen for a return on their investment so would do the right thing. Apparently COC and the promoter are working hard to get the tour rescheduled for sometime soon but if you bought tickets, they’ll have to be refunded so all the money can be accounted for from the dodgy guy. I hope the promoter gets on their feet again ‘cause according to them they have some seriously good tours penciled in for the latter half of the year. Speaking of tour problems, Toxic Holocaust – who were due to come down in April with Skeletonwitch but pulled out last minute due to a serious throat problem hounding their singer – have announced they will be back in November with pals Iron Reagan. Thrashtastic. Also on the tour front, the mighty Sepultura have announced they’ll be heading back our way for the first time in a decade! That’s a long time between drinks for a band with a 30-year career. You can ask Andreas Kisser why it’s been so long when they come through in October. In kinda related news, the biggest album release right now comes from Killer Be Killed. A supergroup to end them all featuring Max Cavalera (not
listing his credits, you know who he is), Greg Puciato from The Dillinger Escape Plan, Troy Sanders of Mastodon and Dave Elitch from The Mars Volta and it’s actually bigger than the sum of its parts. Brooding one minute, thrashing like Nailbomb the next before soaring into Volta territory and coming back around. Puciato impresses with his range that you only hear glimpses of at his day job. You know that clip I mentioned last week from Allegaeon that featured the Wheel Of Subgenres? Well, go check it out. Rage did and they made it their clip of the week! Stick that in your handcrafted pipe, indie hipsters! The song name 1.618 is the Golden Ratio, too. It also looks like the first band has been confirmed for Soundwave 2015. Congrats go to Melbourne’s Ne Obliviscaris, who have impressed the judges enough to be given a slot! Those amber fluid loving guys in LORD are in a state of limbo right now. They are about to wrap up a few more shows and then put on some blind auditions for a new drummer. To qualify for the LORD drinking team you must have solid live and studio experience, all the right gear and a passport. You must also be willing to eat bad food at airports, sleep in cheap motels and watch Mark Furtner watch himself lift weights. All interested applicants must first purchase a pair of white Converse Hi Tops and send a video of themselves double kicking their way to hell to ads@ lord.net.au, or just drop them an email and say you are interested. email@example.com
Is Atlanta’s Future (aka Nayvadius Wilburn) really all that? Or does he just have good connections? The HaitianAmerican Renaissance MC belongs to The Dungeon Family together with OutKast and his cuz, Organized Noize’s Rico Wade. Wilburn premiered with 2012’s US crossover (and critical) coup Pluto. Now he’s finally followed with Honest. However, its first single, the Lil Wayne-featuring Karate Chop, materialised in early 2013. Wilburn isn’t doing anything new, but what he does, he does well. In the tradition of T-Pain, he raps and, in a disembodied manner, sings, liberally deploying AutoTune. Wilburn originally spoke of presenting an “R&B” album entitled Future Hendrix. Honest, executive produced by Mike WiLL Made-It, ain’t it. Wilburn does venture out a little. The Runners’ intro, Look Ahead, verges on alt-rock, sampling Amadou & Mariam’s Mali blues Dougou Badia with Santigold. Wilburn then reverts to trap tunes such as Move That Dope – a posse-hit with his Freebandz signing Casino, Pusha T and Pharrell (rapping!). But André 3000 materialises on Honest’s incongruously ATlien Benz Friendz (Whatchutola). The balladic I Won sounds like it’s about trophy wives but is meant to promote women’s empowerment; Wilburn, engaged to Body Party singer Ciara, joined by Kanye West. Honest is as emo as it is street. Wilburn expresses a peculiar emptiness on Never Satisfied alongside Drake – and goes after an ex on the utterly despondent (and a bit shady) Special. Trouble in paradise? @therealcyclone
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Introduced to us early last year by his good friend Justin Townes Earle, Nashville singersongwriter Robert Ellis recently released his third album, the Jacquire King-produced The Lights From The Chemical Plant, on New West – complete with an unexpected cover of Paul Simon’s Still Crazy After All These Years, as well as an expansion from his country roots to embrace some oldschool R&B and bluegrass. It’s obviously struck a chord already as the album is one of the nominees for Album of the Year at the 2014 Americana Honors & Awards taking place in Nashville in September. The Lights From The Chemical Plant is up against Rosanne Cash’s The River And The Thread, Sarah Jarosz’s Build Me Up From Bones and Jason Isbell’s Southeastern. Ellis, Isbell and Cash are also in contention in the Artist of the Year category, the other nominee being Rodney Crowell. A decade ago, you wouldn’t have seen too many artists or bands with such obvious folk, blues or Americana roots influences often sporting bountiful facial follicular activity, gaining much attention beyond folk festivals. Perhaps it began with Fleet Foxes – either way, roots music became mainstream. Now the likes of The Lumineers get nominated in the Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song categories at the Grammys, while our own Boy & Bear can sweep up a swag of ARIAs. Surely there’s more to it than mere hipsterism (and a desire not to shave!). Just maybe it’s the fact there’s something in this broad church – great music, always there but finally being heard.
Australian Ballet Principal Artist Kevin Jackson is in New York to guest star with the American Ballet Theatre. Invited by the national company’s Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie, Jackson will perform as des Crieux in Mann on 4 and 6 Jun. He’s only the second dancer from the Australian Ballet to perform as a guest artist with ABT. Former Principal Artist Steven Heathcote guest starred in 1991 and 1993. Tributes have poured in for Australian-born ballet identity Gailene Stock, who has died in London aged 68. She had been director of London’s Royal Ballet School for the past 15 years before being diagnosed with a brain tumour. Stock was a former principal dancer with the Australian Ballet, the National Ballet of Canada and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, spending 16 years as a dancer before moving to the UK in 1999. The Federal Budget has cut millions of dollars over four years to the Australia Council, Screen Australia and other arts programs. The budget also outlined savings of $2.4 million over four years by ‘consolidating the back office functions’ of the Canberra-based National Portrait Gallery, National Gallery, National Library, Old Parliament House, National Film and Sound Archive, National Museum and the National Archives of Australia. Biennale of Sydney Chief Executive Officer of eight years, Marah Braye, will be the new chief executive of Harbourfront Centre in Canada. She will take up the role in August following the close of the 19th Biennale of Sydney.
The multi-talented Leah Purcell has directed Belvoir St Theatre’s current production Brothers Wreck. The play by Balnaves Foundation Indigenous Playwright’s Award winner Jada Albert tells a story based on the current reality of life for many Indigenous families. The cast includes Rarriwuy Hick from Redfern Now and The Gods Of Wheat Street and Hunter Page-Lochard, who is the son of Stephen Page. This year’s $50,000 Stella Prize for women’s writing has been awarded to Clare Wright for The Forgotten Rebels Of Eureka, which tells the story of the Eureka Stockade from a female point of view. The prize was introduced a year ago to help address the gender imbalance in Australia’s literary community. After a week-long celebration of Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, Sydney’s Bell Shakespeare Company is preparing to open a season of Molière’s Tartuffe. The rarely-staged 17th century play has a new translation by Justin Fleming, who also translated Tartuffe’s The School For Wives. In this translation Tartuffe is a manipulative and hypocritical religious guru who moves into a middle-aged Sydney socialite’s home to provide him with ‘religious salvation’. The tenth anniversary Australian tour of Wicked has opened in Melbourne and moves to Sydney in September and Brisbane next year. The Australian production, which stars Lucy Durack, Jemma Rix, Maggie Kirkpatrick and Reg Livermore, recently donated $80,000 to beyondblue to help raise awareness of depression and anxiety. The musical is currently playing in nine productions around the world.
ANDRE “CHRIST BEARER” JOHNSON
It’s the story your social media mates won’t leave alone: how Andre “Christ Bearer” Johnson tried to commit suicide shortly after cutting of his own penis. Grisly stuff; the sort of story you don’t really want to hear about but, at the same time, you sort of really do. The question we all have for the Wu Tang Clan affiliate is obvious: yikes, Christ Bearer, why’d you cut your dick off, bro? Like all of history’s greatest ideas, this one was hatched with the assistance of heroic amounts of cannabis. Stoned, depressed about a restraining order taken out against him, and missing his children, CB decided he had no option but to administer a DIY vasectomy and take his own life. He survived the attempt. With surgery, his penis did too. On The Wu, the other Wu Tang album due out this year, A Better Tomorrow, may never see the light of day. Key Wu member Raekwon is – on strike. Rae’s not happy about the direction that RZA is taking the new album. “RZA’s the type of dude where, in the nineties, he ruled,” Raekwon told Rolling Stone. “Now it’s a new day... It’s time for a new fucking game plan.” RZA wants the 20th anniversary album to feature every living Clan member. Soon, he fears, a decision will have to be made: go ahead without Rae, or ditch the album. getittogether@ themusic.com.au
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THE MUSIC PRESENTS
James Englund: Hillside Hotel, Castle Hill Main Beach + Jon Dory: Hotel Hollywood, Surry Hills Los Tones + Bad Feeling Woman: Hotel Steyne (Moonshine Cider & Rum Bar), Manly Live Latin Sessions with Gonzalo Porta: Jam Gallery (Underground), Bondi Junction
THE BRONX: 20 JUN METRO THEATRE Free Your Mind ft Northlane: 23 May, Metro Theatre; 24, Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle; 25, Zierholz, Canberra The Disappointed: 23 May Brighton Up Bar Vivid LIVE: 23 May – 1 Jun Sydney Opera House
Basement; 28 Camelot Lounge; 29 Lizottes Newcastle; 19 Jul Street Theatre Canberra New Empire: 13 Jun Factory Theatre; 26 Transit Bar Canberra; 27 Heritage Hotel Bulli; 28 Small Ballroom Newcastle The Bronx: 20 Jun Metro Theatre
Frente: 30 & 31 May The Basement
Yeo: 20 Jun Upstairs Beresford; 5 Jul Transit Bar Canberra
DZ Deathrays: 30 May Rad Bar, Wollongong; 31 Oxford Art Factory
Usurper Of Modern Medicine: 26 Jun Oxford Art Factory
Kingswood: 30 May The Hi-Fi Claude Hay & The Gentle Enemies: 30 May The Stag & Hunter Hotel Newcastle; 1 Jun Towradgi Beach Hotel Wollongong Hard-Ons: 5 Jun The Small Ballroom Newcastle; 6 Tattersalls Hotel Penrith; 7 Manning Bar The Beards:5 Jun Mona Vale Hotel; 6 UniBar Wollongong; 7 The Abbey Canberra; 8 Captains At Mariners Batemans Bay; 11 Carrington Hotel Katoomba; 23 Jul Bar On The Hill Newcastle; 24 Entrance Leagues Bateau Bay; 25 Fitzroy Hotel Windsor; 26 Factory Theatre Our Man In Berlin: 6 Jun Lansdowne Hotel
Musos Club Jam Night: Bald Faced Stag, Leichhardt The Owls + Surecut Kids + Hayden James (DJ Set): Beach Road Hotel, Bondi Beach Thee Nodes + Gentlemen + Hygiene + Harrow + The Primary Colour: Belconnen Magpies, Belconnen The Presets + ACO: City Recital Hall, Sydney
Remi: 26 Jun The Small Ballroom Newcastle; 27 Trinity Bar Canberra; 28 Oxford Art Factory
Mitch Anderson & His Organic Orchestra: Coopers Hotel, Newtown
Sleepmakeswaves: 5 Jul Cambridge Hotel Newcastle; 6 & 13 Rad Bar; 2 Aug ANU Bar Canberra; 16 Manning Bar
Concert For Cambodia feat. Jimmy Barnes + Lior + Diesel + David Campbell + Mahalia Barnes + Prinnie Stevens + Darren Percival + Mitch Anderson Band + iOTA + The Party People Collective + Arj Barker: Enmore Theatre, Enmore
Something For Kate: 12 Jul Enmore Theatre The White Album Concert: 18 – 20 Jul Sydney Opera House Skaters: 24 Jul Oxford Art Factory
Greg Byrne Duo: Ettamogah Hotel, Kellyville Ridge
David Agius: Summer Hill Hotel, Summer Hill Dead Letter Circus + Like Thieves + Self Is A Seed: Tattersalls Hotel, Penrith Lily Vamos: The Royal Leichhardt, Leichhardt Covers for a Cause (The Beatles): The Soda Factory, Surry Hills Lorias + Raw Envy + Fourkics + 62nd Silence: Valve @ Agincourt, Sydney
Kiyomi Vella + Ben Hazlewood + Mali-Koa Hood: Lizottes Central Coast, Kincumber Jon Stevens: Lizottes Sydney, Dee Why Joe Echo Duo: Maloneys Hotel, Sydney Dead Letter Circus + Like Thieves + Self Is A Seed: Miranda Hotel, Miranda Alex Roussos: Nags Head Hotel, Glebe Ziggy: Newport Arms Hotel, Newport Dustin Tebbutt + The Tambourine Girls: Newtown Social Club, Newtown Matt Jones: Northies (Sports Bar), Cronulla
Closure In Moscow + Special Guests : ANU Bar, Acton
Melody Rhymes: Northies (Old Joe’s), Cronulla
Kites + Guests: Bald Faced Stag, Leichhardt
Cambo: Observer Hotel, The Rocks
Ryan Gordon + Grace Fuller + Dan Olsen: Bar Broadway, Sydney
The White Bros: Orient Hotel, Sydney
Thee Nodes + Gentlemen + Thorax + Nobody’s Driving: Black Wire Records, Annandale
Greg Agar: Scruffy Murphy’s, Sydney Boy & Bear + Patrick James: Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre, Nowra
British India + Creo: Factory Theatre, Marrickville Jodie Michael’s Broken Time: Foundry 616, Ultimo
MC Thorn + Benji + DJ Skae: Bull & Bush, Baulkham Hills
Metronomy: 28 Jul Metro Theatre
Groove Lounge Open Mic: Harold Park Hotel, Glebe
Hot Damn! feat. For Our Hero + A Sleepless Melody + Siula Grand + more: Spectrum, Darlinghurst
Tim McMillan Band + Guests: Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle West
Josiah Hotwire + DJ Lopez: Tattersalls Hotel, Penrith
Tune-Yards: 28 Jul Oxford Art Factory
Adam Gorecki: Hillside Hotel, Castle Hill
Huguesapalooza with Christa & Dick Hughes + Ben Fink: Camelot Lounge, Marrickville
Caribbean Soul + Ziggy: The Eastern (El Topo Basement), Bondi
Musos Club Jam Night: Carousel Inn, Rooty Hill
Little Wise + Megan Bernard: The Front Cafe & Gallery, Lyneham
Sky Ferreira: 25 Jul Metro Theatre Grouplove: 26 Jul Metro Theatre
Circa Waves: 29 Jul Newtown Social Club
Come Together Festival: 7 Jun Big Top Luna Park
Foster The People: 29 Jul Enmore Theatre
In Hearts Wake: 11 Jun Zierholz @ UC Canberra; 12 The Small Ballroom Newcastle; 13, 14 Bald Faced Stag
Jungle: 30 Jul Oxford Art Factory Whole Lotta Love: 15, 16 Aug Laycock Street Theatre; 23 State Theatre Bonjah: 19 Sep, Newtown Social Club; 20 Cambridge Hotel Newcastle
Baby Lips & The Silhouettes: LazyBones Lounge, Marrickville Terrigal High School Showcase: Lizottes Central Coast, Kincumber Kiyomi Vella + Ben Hazlewood + Mali-Koa Hood: Lizottes Newcastle, New Lambton Live & Local feat. Matthew Hickey Trio: Lizottes Sydney, Dee Why Andy Mammers Duo: Maloneys Hotel, Sydney Nova & The Experience: Marble Bar, Sydney Dustin Tebbutt + The Tambourine Girls: Newtown Social Club, Newtown
YEO: 20 JUN UPSTAIRS BERESFORD; 5 JUL TRANSIT BAR CANBERRA
Ed Kuepper: Clarendon Guest House, Katoomba Chris Connolly: Club Belmore, Belmore Matt Price: Coogee Bay Hotel (Beach Bar), Coogee Meklit Kibret + Daniel March: Coopers Hotel, Newtown A Team Duo: Crows Nest Hotel, Crows Nest Jamie Lindsay: Dee Why Hotel, Dee Why Meow! +Problems: Easy Tiger, Paddington
Open Mic Night with Greg Agar: Northies, Cronulla
Tiny Hearts: Foundry 616, Ultimo
Gemma: Observer Hotel, The Rocks
My Echo + Special Guests: Frankie’s Pizza By The Slice, Sydney
Mark Travers: Orient Hotel, Sydney Jam Night with Gang Of Brothers: Spring Street Social (Downstairs Bar), Bondi Junction
Sydney Writers’ Festival Kristina Olsen: Glen Street Theatre (12pm), Belrose Sydney Writers’ Festival Louis Nowra: Glen Street Theatre (2pm), Belrose
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Danny Sun’s Rhythm Revue: LazyBones Lounge, Marrickville
Joel Leffler + Remember Jane-Kate + Travis James: Brass Monkey, Cronulla
The Audreys: 7 Jun Lizotte’s Newcastle; 8 Factory Theatre
Jeff Lang: 12 Jun Brass Monkey; 14 Heritage Hotel Bulli; 25 Lizottes Central Coast; 26 Lizottes Dee Why; 27 The
GIG OF THE WEEK VIVID LIVE FEAT. THE PRESETS AND ACO: 25 MAY, SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE CONCERT HALL
She Rex + Lepers & Crooks + Guests: The Roller Den, Erskinville Joelistics + Dialectrix + N’Fa Jones: The Small Ballroom, Newcastle Apollo Brown: Transit Bar, Canberra Divas + Victa + Cub Callaway + Grey Turns Blonde + Richard Ploog + Phill Hall: Valve @ Agincourt, Sydney Infinity Broke + Guests: Yours & Owls, Wollongong
DJ Jonathan: 5 Sawyers, Newcastle
Andy Mammers: Adria Bar & Restaurant, Sydney Boy & Bear + Patrick James: ANU Bar, Acton
SYDNEY BLUES SOCIETY 7.00
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the guide email@example.com The Great Conjunction + Guests: Bald Faced Stag, Leichhardt
Kiyomi Vella + Ben Hazlewood + Mali-Koa Hood: Heritage Hotel, Bulli
Dan Hutchinson: Bar Petite, Newcastle
Geoff Rana: Hillside Hotel, Castle Hill
Jumpin Jukebox: Belmont 16’s, Belmont
Dead Letter Circus + Like Thieves + Self Is A Seed: Hornsby RSL, Hornsby
Free Your Mind 2014 with Northlane + Thy Art Is Murder + Make Them Suffer + Volumes + Veil Of Maya + Rivalries + Free Your Mind: Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle West
Moonlight Drive Duo: Hotel Jesmond, Jesmond
Jim Conway’s Big Wheel: Camelot Lounge, Marrickville
Heath Burdell: Ingleburn RSL, Ingleburn
Masterpiece: Campbelltown Catholic Club, Campbelltown
Pat O’Grady: Kareela Golf & Social Club, Kareela
JConnexion: Carousel Inn, Rooty Hill
Monkey Business: Kiama Leagues Club, Kiama
Matt Jones: Castle Hill RSL, Castle Hill
Gabriel Emilia Duo: Belmore Hotel, Maitland Bad//Dreems + Special Guests: Black Wire Records (All Ages), Annandale Dave Tice + Wards Express + Gareth Jay: Brass Monkey, Cronulla The Disappointed + Bin Juice + Guests: Brighton Up Bar, Darlinghurst Swingshift - Cold Chisel Show: Bull & Bush, Baulkham Hills Bump City: Camelot Lounge, Marrickville Closure In Moscow + Special Guests: Captains At Mariners, Batemans Bay Pop Fiction: Castle Hill RSL, Castle Hill Swanee: Caves Beachside Hotel, Caves Beach The Big Bang: Cessnock Leagues Club, Cessnock Iguana: Charlestown Bowling Club, Charlestown Meri Amber: Chatswood RSL, Chatswood Paces + Rattraps + Blaze Tripp + James Taylor + more: Chinese Laundry, Sydney
FBi Social feat. Unity Floors + Food Court + Bowl Cut: Kings Cross Hotel, Kings Cross Greg Byrne Duo: Kirribilli Hotel, Milsons Point My Echo + Special Guests: Lansdowne Hotel, Chippendale Infinity Broke + Indian Gun + Guests: Lass O’Gowrie, Wickham Bowie Unzipped feat. Jeff Duff: LazyBones Lounge, Marrickville General Pants & The Privates + Guests: Lewisham Hotel, Lewisham Kevin Bennett and The Flood: Lizottes Central Coast, Kincumber On/Off with Lisa Chappell: Lizottes Newcastle, New Lambton Galapagos Duck: Lizottes Sydney, Dee Why
The Presets + ACO: City Recital Hall (1.30pm), Sydney
Lancelot: Meche Nightclub, Canberra
Steve Tonge Duo: Collingwood Hotel, Liverpool
Free Your Mind 2014 with Northlane + Thy Art Is Murder + Make Them Suffer + Volumes + Veil Of Maya + Polaris + Free Your Mind: Metro Theatre, Sydney
Super Massive + White Knuckle Fever: Coogee Bay Hotel (Selina’s), Coogee Glenn Esmond: Coogee Bay Hotel (Beach Bar), Coogee Latham’s Grip + The Swamp Crocs + Propeller + Lucha Libre + T-Rex Radio + more: Corrimal Hotel (Live Room), Corrimal Shady Rhythm: Crown Hotel, Sydney Black Diamond Hearts + Matt Price: Crows Nest Hotel, Crows Nest Soundproofed: Dicey Riley’s Hotel, Wollongong Ryan Daley: Duke of Wellington Hotel, New Lambton Buried Feather + Raindrop + Mezko + Professor: Easy Tiger, Paddington
She Rex + Lepers & Crooks + Guests: Mona Vale Hotel (The Attic), Mona Vale Nickelback Show: Moorebank Sports Club, Hammondville The Big Laugh Comedy: Mounties (Showroom), Mt Pritchard Funked Up Fridays: Mounties (Terrace Bar), Mt Pritchard
Hue Williams: Oasis on Beamish Hotel, Campsie
Ebolagoldfish + Revellers + The Dividers + more: Factory Theatre (Factory Floor), Marrickville
Carl Fidler: Observer Hotel, The Rocks
Paul Greene: Grand Junction Hotel (The Junkyard), Maitland Renae Stone: Harbord Beach Hotel, Freshwater
Paul McCann: Ramsgate RSL (Lounge), Sans Souci Salsa Kings: Revesby Workers (Infinity Lounge), Revesby
Lianna Pritchard: Ocean Beach Hotel, Umina Reckless + Gary Johns: Orient Hotel, Sydney Twin Haus + The Upskirts + Gypsies & Gentlemen + The Vanns: Oxford Art Factory, Darlinghurst
Things Of Stone & Wood + Carus Thompson: The Vanguard, Newtown Big Rich: The Vineyard Hotel, Vineyard
Original Sin - INXS Show: Charlestown Bowling Club, Charlestown Mayhem + Antiserum + Chris Fraser + Hydraulix + Adam Zae + more: Chinese Laundry, Sydney
Oliver Goss: Time & Tide Hotel, Dee Why
The Presets + ACO: City Recital Hall, Sydney
Q Sound: Seven Hills/ Toongabbie RSL (Gaming Lounge), Seven Hills
The Protesters + Baby Lips & The Silhouettes + DNA: Town Hall Hotel, Newtown
Heath Burdell: Clovelly Hotel, Clovelly
SIMA feat.The Fantastic Terrific Munkie: Seymour Centre (Sound Lounge), Chippendale
J Holiday: Trademark Hotel, Potts Point
The White Brothers + Matthew Dennett: Springwood Sports Club (5pm), Springwood Cath & Him: St George Leagues (Mixed Lounge), Kogarah Nicky Kurta: Stacks Taverna,Sydney Next Best Thing: Sutherland United Services Club, Sutherland Vivid LIVE presents Pixies: Sydney Opera House (Concert Hall), Sydney Vivid LIVE Presents Midlake: Sydney Opera House ( Joan Sutherland Theatre), Sydney Total Control Rock: Tahmoor Inn, Tahmoor Red Whiskey + Isolator + Strange Horizon + Guests: Tattersalls Hotel, Penrith Dragon: The Abbey, Nicholls
DubRADADAN: Valve @ Agincourt (Basement / 9pm), Sydney Shadow Republic + Global Language Democracy + more: Valve @ Agincourt (Level One / 9pm), Sydney Incognito Band: Warners at the Bay, Warners Bay Mum feat. Fox & Fowl + Deep Space Supergroop + Miners: World Bar, Kings Cross Tim McMillan Band + Guests: Yours & Owls (RAD Bar), Wollongong
DJ Patsan: 5 Sawyers, Newcastle The Dreamcatchers: Absolute Thai, Charlestown Zoltan: Adria Bar & Restaurant (5pm), Sydney Kim Churchill: ANU Bar, Acton Zoltan: Australian Hotel & Brewery (10pm), Rouse Hill Kenny Jewell: Bar Petite, Newcastle
Dennis Wilson: Club Belmore, Belmore Adam Eckersley Band: Coast Hotel, Budgewoi Renae Stone: Cock ‘n’ Bull, Bondi Junction Closure In Moscow + Special Guests: Collector Hotel, Parramatta Jono Lee Jones: Collingwood Hotel, Liverpool Eddie Boyd & The Phatapillars: Commercial Hotel, Milton Ben Gunn: Coogee Bay Hotel (Beach Bar), Coogee Easy: Coogee Bay Hotel (Selina’s), Coogee Belmore Basin Jazz Band: Corrimal Hotel (Lounge Bar / 3.30pm), Corrimal Sound City Duo: Courthouse Hotel, Darlinghurst Hand Picked: Crown Hotel, Sydney Andy Mammers & Crash Avenue + Victoria Avenue: Crows Nest Hotel, Crows Nest Dr Zoom Duo: Duke of Wellington Hotel, New Lambton Russell Howard: Enmore Theatre, Enmore
Hornet: The Exchange Hotel, Hamilton
Joelistics + Dialectrix + N’Fa Jones: Baroque, Katoomba
The Gaudrys: The Mark Hotel, Lambton
Moonlight Drive: Bay Hotel, Bonnells Bay
Bounce Sessions with SCNDL + J-Trick: The Mill Hotel, Milperra
Kallidad: Beach Road Hotel, Bondi Beach
Todd Sibbin: The Newsagency, Marrickville
Kirsty Larkin: Beauford Hotel, Mayfield
Infinity Broke + The Holy Soul + Lobsterman: Factory Theatre (Factory Floor), Marrickville
Joelistics + Dialectrix + N’Fa Jones: The Roller Den, Erskinville
Love That Hat: Belmont 16’s, Belmont
Glenn Esmond: Fortune of War Hotel, The Rocks
The Urge: Belmore Hotel, Maitland
Malo Malo: Foundry 616, Ultimo
Vivid: Soft & Slow with Pink Lloyd (Softwar): The Spice Cellar, Sydney
Luke Dolahenty Duo: Parramatta RSL, Parramatta
Thee Nodes + Gentlemen + Oily Boys + Low Life + Housewives: The Square, Haymarket
Mark Oats & Jess Dunbar Duo: PJ Gallaghers, Leichhardt
I Know Leopard + North Arm: The Standard Bowl, Surry Hills
The Memphis Soul Revue feat. Johnny G & The E-Types: Brass Monkey, Cronulla Tim Shaw: Brewhouse, Kings Park
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Lancelot: CBD Hotel, Newcastle
Dr Zoom Duo: The Windsor Castle Hotel, Newcastle
Sings Peter Allen feat. Todd McKenney: Rooty Hill RSL (Tivoli Showroom), Rooty Hill
Bob Dylan’s Birthday with Robyn Hitchcock: The Basement, Circular Quay
Russell Howard: Enmore Theatre, Enmore
Bede Kennedy: Grand Hotel, Rockdale
Dollshay: Quakers Inn, Quakers Hill
Ed Kuepper + Johnny Casino: Newtown Social Club, Newtown Harbourmaster: Northumberland Hotel, Lambton
Angie Dean: Castle Hill RSL (Piano Lounge), Castle Hill Spank: Castle Hill RSL (Cocktail Lounge), Castle Hill
Jonesez + No Assumption + Guests: The Basement, Belconnen
Jess Dunbar: Novotel Darling Harbour, Pyrmont
The Catholics: Foundry 616, Ultimo
FREE YOUR MIND FT NORTHLANE: 23 MAY, METRO THEATRE; 24, CAMBRIDGE HOTEL, NEWCASTLE; 25, ZIERHOLZ, CANBERRA
Original Sin - INXS Show: Nelson Bay Diggers Club, Nelson Bay
Finn: Edgeworth Tavern, Edgeworth
Benn Gunn: Figtree Hotel, Wollongong
Iron Lion: Bull & Bush, Baulkham Hills
Dead Letter Opener + Like Thieves + Self Is A Seed: Entrance Leagues, Bateau Bay Venus Duo: Ettamogah Hotel, Kellyville Ridge
Jono Lee Jones: Gladstone Park Hotel, Leichhardt DMA’s + Special Guests : Goodgod Small Club, Sydney Tim Rossington: Grand Hotel, Newcastle
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the guide firstname.lastname@example.org The Last Kinection + Dawn Laird + Gambirra + more: Great Northern Hotel, Newcastle
Ben Hazlewood + Kiyomi Vella + Mali-Koa Hood: Brass Monkey, Cronulla
Stuie French & The Honky Tonk Revue: Shady Pines Saloon, Darlinghurst
Geoff Rana: Greystanes Inn, Greystanes
David Bridie: Camelot Lounge, Marrickville
Matthew Dennett: Springwood Sports Club (12pm), Springwood
Ebolagoldfish + FAIM + LRF + Excitebike: Hamilton Station Hotel, Hamilton
Chris Drummond: Campsie RSL, Campsie
Tori Darke: St George Rowing Club, Wolli Creek
Joe Camilleri + Richard Clapton + Russell Morris + Leo Sayer: Canberra Theatre, Canberra
Vivid LIVE presents The Presets + ACO: Sydney Opera House (Concert Hall/2pm), Sydney
Kinetic Method + Luke Dolahenty Duo: Coogee Bay Hotel (Beach Bar), Coogee
Vivid LIVE presents Pixies: Sydney Opera House (Concert Hall), Sydney
Leon Fallon: Coogee Bowling Club, Coogee
Vivid LIVE presents St Vincent: Sydney Opera House, Sydney
Yuki Kumagai & John Mackie + Paul Furniss + Tony Burkys + Bob Gillespie: Cronulla RSL (12.30pm), Cronulla
FAIM: The Record Crate, Glebe
Marty Simpson: Harbord Beach Hotel, Freshwater AJ: Harbour View Hotel, The Rocks Gabriel Emilia Duo: Hotel Jesmond, Jesmond Lo Roberts: Huskisson Hotel, Huskisson Hayden Johns: Iron Horse Inn, Cardiff Son Veneno + D-Minus + Agee Ortiz + Donbear + Dante Rivera: Jam Gallery (Underground), Bondi Junction
VIVID LIVE FEAT. ST VINCENT: 25 MAY, SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE JOAN SUTHERLAND THEATRE
Cath & Him: Crossroads Hotel (1pm), Casula Mark Travers: Ettamogah Hotel, Kellyville Ridge
The April Maze + The 5 Lands Band: The Rhythm Hut, Gosford Angelvoices: The Vanguard, Newtown Menagerie feat. Charlie Gradon + The Green Mohair Suits + Tommy Novak: The Welcome Hotel (4pm), Rozelle
Ska’d For Life + Papa Gonzo: Katoomba RSL, Katoomba
Bounce Sessions with SCNDL + J-Trick: Peachtree Hotel, Penrith
Trouble Is: Kiama Leagues Club, Kiama
Greg Englert & His Swinging Cats: Penrith RSL (Castle Lounge), Penrith
Nine Sons Of Dan + My Echo + Simple Stone + Hurst + Tiffany Britchford & The Reckless Abandon: Tattersalls Hotel, Penrith
One Hit Wonders: Penrith RSL (Castle Lounge / 9pm), Penrith
Finn: Tea Gardens Hotel Motel, Tea Gardens
As You Were: Picton Hotel, Picton
Galapagos Duck: The Basement, Circular Quay
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Kick - INXS Show: South Hurstville RSL, South Hurstville
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Touchwood: Waratah Hotel, Mudgee
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Swanee: Windsor Leagues Club, South Windsor
Larissa McKay: Newport Arms Hotel, Newport
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