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It’s easy to forget that we live only a quick drive away from some of the loveliest coastlines in the world. That’s why the fine folk at Bribie Island have concocted the inaugural Bribie Festival, a celebration of all things Bribie Island. It runs over 19-27 Oct, but the big celebration is this Saturday day/night with stalls, carnival amusements and live music. There’s no fun like fun in the sun!
Convoy For Kids has been going on down south since 1989, and now Brisbane’s getting involved. As the name suggests it involves a convoy of trucks hightailing it from Brisbane’s south to Redcliffe Showgrounds, where there’s a massive shindig to raise funds for kids’ charities. It all happens this Sunday – check out brisbaneconvoyforkids. com for all the details. Ten-four rubber ducky!
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It’s all happening offshore this weekend, with yet another instalment of the globally renowned Island Vibe Festival being held over at North Stradbroke Island featuring three full days off music, art and culture kicking off from Friday through Sunday. There’s 80 bands from all around Australia and far beyond, strutting their stuff in the most beautiful location imaginable. It’s a drug- and alcohol-free all ages event and completely environmentally sustainable, so get amongst the action and completely chill out at the same time – the best of both worlds!
He was once “laying that, playing that G-thang” as Snoop Doggy Dogg, then he emerged from a giant cloud of smoke as the enlightened reggae don Snoop Lion. But wait for it... Now Calvin Broadus Jr is set to shake cities as Snoopzilla, the new title giving props to funk maverick Bootsy Collins – the great Bootzilla – and tying in with his forthcoming album 7 Days of Funk. We, for one welcome the cornrowed beast, and look forward to his sidewalk splitting booty-shaking jams at Big Day Out early next year.
It’s the Garage Sale Trail 2013! For your yearly dose of junk you definitely don’t want or need, but on a whim purchase. This Saturday is the day to get yourself the weird fish brooch you always desired, the ridiculous Indian headdress you think you’ll wear to a party one day (you wont/shouldn’t), and a pair of granny slippers. It’s also the perfect excuse to walk into other people’s garages and take a stickybeak through their possessions. There were 7,000 open across the country last year, and presumably there’ll be more this time around.
Tonight is the premiere of Ja’mie: Private School Girl on ABC at 9pm. Chris Lilley’s We Can Be Heroes/Summer Heights High creation doesn’t need the publicity, she’s perfectly capable of handling all that herself, but we figured we’d throw in our two cents. It’s going to be great – we finally get to see the divine Miss King in her natural habitat. The sixpart series will be aired by HBO in the US and by BBC in the UK. Ja’mazing.
Get ready for plenty of juicy truths in Ricky Ponting’s tell-all autobiography. A few choice extracts have already started doing the rounds, and it seems that whether the former Aussie cricket captain is discussing our board of selectors or dressing room issues with Pup Clarke, he’s not going to hold back. Ponting: At The Close Of Play comes out 1 Nov through HarperCollins. THE MUSIC • 23RD OCTOBER 2013 • 9
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THE AMITY AFFLICTION
WARPED RAMPS UP WITH SECOND ANNOUNCE
HIS NAME IS WHAT?
Marshall Mathers. Slim Shady. Eminem. Call him whatever you want, just make sure you’re calling that name from the stadium grass when the Detroit MC – one of the biggest rappers in the game – brings his ludicrously large Rapture event to east coast capitals. The bill, headed up obviously by the real Slim sizzle, will also feature a veritable feast of smooth MCs, including Compton wunderkind Kendrick Lamar, Jay-Z favourite J. Cole and our very own 360. It happens 19 Feb, Etihad Stadium, Melbourne; 20 Feb, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane; and 22 Feb, ANZ Stadium, Sydney, with tickets on sale 31 Oct.
FLUME SET TO MAKE A SPLASH AT 2013 ARIAS
Having already been announced as the producer of the year – for work from his bedroom no less – Flume looks set to scoop another set of awards with eight nominations in total for the 2013 ARIA Awards. Flume’s fighting it out against Birds Of Tokyo, Guy Sebastian, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and Tame Impala for the highly coveted album of the year. Other multiple-nominated names include Big Scary, Sarah Blasko, RüFüS, Vance Joy and The Drones, while acts including Thy Art Is Murder, Sheppard and The Preatures have collected their first ever nominations. For the full list of this year’s nominees head to ariaawards.com.au, and make sure you tune in on GO! 1 Dec when the event is staged at The Star Event Centre, Sydney.
ALL SHOOK UP
The King is dead – all hail the king of psychobilly! Canadian horror roller Evil Elvis will be putting down the burgers and picking up the guitar when he arrives Down Under for his biggest run of shows here yet. The Surfin’ To Hell tour sees the Toronto legend fronting an all-Aussie all-star backing band, featuring Joey Phantom from Fireballs, Andy Wicked of Dogsday and Rory ‘The Panther’ George. The band play 31 Oct, Wickham Park Hotel, Newcastle; 1 Nov, The Music Lounge, Sydney; 2 Nov, Transcontinental Hotel, Brisbane; 4 Nov, Reverence Hotel, Melbourne; 8 Nov, The LuWow, Melbourne; and 9 Nov, Devilles Pad, Perth.
THE DISEASE SPREADS FURTHER
Adding to an already ball-tearing rock’n’roll line-up, wrestling great Chris Jericho will be leading his Fozzy troops back out our way to latch on to the S.T.D. party with headliners Steel Panther and Buckcherry. Get along early for a body slamming of epic proportions when then five-piece open up these dates: 6 Dec, Brisbane Riverstage; 7 Dec, Hordern Pavilion, Sydney; 8 Dec, Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne; 12 Dec, Metro City, Perth.
UNDER THE HAMMER OF FROST
Following the success of last year’s tour, Iced Earth will be spreading their Worldwide Plagues tour, playing east coast shows next year in support of forthcoming record Plagues Of Babylon, which will land in January. One of the most formidable forces in heavy metal, the Americans will perform with Elm Street 14 Mar, The Hi-Fi, Brisbane; 15 Mar, Manning Bar, Sydney; and 16 Mar, Billboard The Venue, Melbourne.
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A few legends and some locals have joined the Warped Tour bill for 2013, with Swedish champs Millencolin heading up the list, alongside local titans The Amity Affliction, ska dudes Reel Big Fish, as well as Confession, Hands Like Houses, Buried In Verona and Hand Of Mercy. They join already announced names like The Offspring, The Used and Parkway Drive, making this a kick-arse event for all the punk and hardcore heads out there. Warped Tour Australia takes place 29 Nov, RNA Showgrounds, Brisbane; 1 Dec, Barangaroo, Sydney; 6 Dec, Exhibition Park, Canberra; and 7 Dec, Birrarung Marr, Melbourne.
STEVE EARLE & THE DUKES
EARLE-Y BLUESFEST SIDESHOW ANNOUNCED
Hot damn there are some sweet Bluesfest sideshows getting announced, with a bunch starting to trickle in. The bearded champion of Americana Steve Earle will lead The Dukes along with Kasey Chambers at three dates, happening 15 Apr, The Tivoli, Brisbane; 23 Apr, Enmore Theatre, Sydney; and 24 Apr, Forum Theatre, Melbourne. Wrap yourself up in some of the finest storytelling this side of Nashville. Proudly presented by The Music.
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ROLLING ON REGARDLESS Another Bluesfest sideshow presented by The Music is that of Allen Stone, the young Washington soul musician with those shining blonde locks and incredible pipes. You will be hypnotised and on your feet when he performs 12 Apr, Corner Hotel, Melbourne; 13 Apr, Metro Theatre, Sydney; and 16 Apr, The Zoo, Brisbane.
KICK YOUR SHOES OFF
Dance with Newcastle quintet Seabellies when they embark on a large national tour to show off Fever Belle, the band’s second album, and one which has come from sessions in Sydney, Melbourne and Berlin. Witness the nomadic tales come to life 21 Nov, Alhambra Lounge, Brisbane; 29 Nov, Flyrite, Perth; 30 Nov, Prince Of Wales, Bunbury; 1 Dec, Mojos Bar, Fremantle; 11 Dec, Brass Monkey, Sydney; 12 Dec, Heritage Hotel, Bulli; 13 Dec, Rad, Wollongong; 14 Dec, Goodgod Small Club, Sydney; 21 Dec, Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle; and 27 Dec, Northcote Social Club, Melbourne.
FROLIC IN THE FOREST
An iconic annual staple of the festival calendar is Woodford Folk Festival, and it will return from 27 Dec to 1 Jan for its 28th year, featuring a program that is spilling over with acts from every pocket of arts you could imagine. A few of the 500 performers that will taking part in this year’s event include Beth Orton, The Basics, Clare Bowditch, Matt Corby, Tim Finn, Half Moon Run, Julian Marley, Busby Marou, Buffalo Tales, Chance Waters, Thelma Plum, Brendan Maclean, GANGgajang, Jordie Lane, Babylon Circus and The Twoks, while speakers such as Benjamin Law, Denise Scott and even former Prime Minister Bob Hawke will be sharing colourful tales. In addition, there’ll also be cabaret, burlesque, arts and crafts, food, fashion, a children’s festival and plenty more, so try something new this new year’s period, or simply reconnect with your dear old friend, Woodford. Presented by The Music.
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KC & THE SUNSHINE BAND
GOOD TIME RAYS
Finally, the sellers of 100 million albums, shakers of da rump KC & The Sunshine Band will be wheeling out all their classic tracks – Get Down Tonight, That’s The Way (I Like It) and more – on headline dates across the three east coast capitals. Celebrate a group that changed the face of pop music by heading out 17 Apr, Enmore Theatre, Sydney; 18 Apr, The Palace, Melbourne; and 19 Apr, The Tivoli, Brisbane. And you guessed it, all dates are proudly presented by The Music.
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Forget about a sole man and a microphone, Brian McKnight is ready to give us the full experience, announcing a full band tour for next year. The American R&B superstar plays 2 Mar, QPAC, Brisbane; 3 Mar, Enmore Theatre, Sydney; 5 Mar, Palais Theatre, Melbourne; and 7 Mar, Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre.
Whether they are working through postrock density, shoegaze layers or black metal bloodshed, Deafhaven stand as a unique and uncontainable band and for the very first time they are bringing their far-reaching musical horizons to Australia, with capital city dates early next year. The five-piece play 8 Jan, Crowbar, Brisbane; 9 Jan, Annandale Hotel, Sydney; 10 Jan, Corner Hotel, Melbourne; and 11 Jan, Rosemount Hotel, Perth.
You already know that Waka Flocka Flame goes hard, so all that’s left for you is to go hard with him when the Atlanta MC shows off his smooth flow in our parts for the very first time. He plays 18 Dec, Billboard The Venue, Melbourne; 19 Dec, Metropolis, Fremantle; 20 Dec, The Hi-Fi, Sydney; and 21 Dec, The Hi-Fi, Brisbane.
Ol’ mate James Blunt is getting in plenty early with these dates, but hey, it just gives you a bit more time to stretch the pipes to belt out You’re Beautiful with him, are we right or are we right? The Brit strummer will tour mid 2014, playing 30 May, State Theatre, Sydney; 1 Jun, Civic Theatre, Newcastle; 2 Jun, Brisbane Convention Centre; 7 Jun, Royal Theatre, Canberra; 8 Jun, The Plenary, Melbourne; and 13 Jun, Riverside Theatre, Perth. Tickets for these all ages dates are available Monday. THE MUSIC • 23RD OCTOBER • 11
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HIGH TIMES FOR BRISBANE YOUTH
All ages, totally free and with more than enough entertainment and action to fill you up for weeks – months even! – the Backbone 2High Festival is returning to the Brisbane Powerhouse in 2013 and once again the event is bringing with it so much. On 2 Nov you can catch musical sets from Jakarta Criers, MKO, The Kite String Tangle, 7Bit Hero, O’Little Sister, Izalco, The Gatling Gun, Eves, Tincture, Classik Nawu, Neighbour, Little Odessa, Allthingslost, Jackson James Smith, White Palms, Young Night, Hannah Rosa, Astro Travellers, The Forty Thieves, Fat Picnic and Meredith, as well as a whole heap of theatrical shows, performance art and other dazzling installations. Held throughout the Visy Theatre, Graffiti Room, Park Mezzanine, Turbine Studio and Turbine Platform, there’s no better day for aspiring and emerging young artists looking to make their mark in the future – get in there!
FUTURE WRAPPED UP
American garage pop wonder Mikal Cronin will be heading Down Under for the very first time next month, playing a handful of shows for us lovely folk. The former (and occasionally current) bassist for Ty Segall will get fresh and fuzzy at Alfred’s Apartment, Gold Coast, 21 Nov; Black Bear Lodge, 22 Nov; and The Northern, Byron Bay, 23 Nov.
ONE HELLUVA TIME
They seem to be hitting our parts every other week, and we don’t mind that one bit. Apes will strut their Melbourne rock chops with a couple of dates next month, playing The Loft, Gold Coast, 7 Nov with Sassin Fras and Kit Lightning & The Revelators, before hanging around for a weekend session at Trainspotters, Grand Central Hotel, 9 Nov.
Future Music Festival favourite Sven Väth will curate his Cocoon Stage once again in 2013. Chilean superstar Luciano heads things up, alongside Dubfire, Maya Jane Coles and Guy Gerber, making for one hell of a party! Tickets for the Queensland date – happening 1 Mar, RNA Showgrounds, Brisbane – are still available via the event website.
TWO CAN PLAY THAT GAME
After The Butterfly Effect returned to the fold a few weeks ago with new frontman Paul Galagher, former vocalist Clint Boge is set to do the same with his new band Like Thieves. After debuting in second spot on the iTunes rock chart with their debut EP The Wolves At Winter’s Edge, the band will get into these new cuts and more at The Tempo Hotel, 22 Nov.
THIRTY YEARS OF QLD JAZZ
Celebrate Jazz Queensland’s 30-year anniversary at their sweet little soiree, happening at the Jazz Music Institute ( JMI) on 21 Nov. Things kick off at 6.30pm with performances from Trichotomy ft Sean Foran, John Parker and Sam Vincent, Boplore ft Paula and Dan Quigley, as well as Kristin Berardi and Toby Wren. Following that, 10pm till late will see a jam session going down, so bring your instrument and be part of the fun! Tickets are available for $25 at the Jazz Queensland website.
Slyly strummed guitars and punk rock voices are going to stand supreme early next month when Lagwagon’s Joey Cape and Brian Wahlstrom bring their acoustic shows to Queensland, and they’ve just announced the support acts for both dates. Get along early and you can catch Jud Campbell and Matt Hoara at Crowbar, 1 Nov, while Tim Johnson and Benny Willis will add their flavour to the show at The Loft, Gold Coast, 2 Nov. Tickets for both dates can still be purchased through Oztix.
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HUGH YOU LOOKING AT? Longstanding Aussie comic hero, morning show radio rascal, co-host of Ten’s The Project; Dave Hughes wears a few hats, but luckily the same larrikin that we love is resting underneath every one. On the fly he’s just announced that he’ll be playing a one-off show at Eatons Hill Hotel, 26 Oct, and because Hughesy is a rather busy bloke with three kids and three jobs on the go this will be his only Brisbane show for 2013. Make sure you’re in attendance by booking through Oztix now – $44+BF.
Recent ARIA Award nominee and Patron Saint of Mullum Music Festival, Mama Kin has just announced a special headline show to tie in with the event, welcoming the Kindred Singers – musicians and vocalists from Cape Byron Rudolph Steiner School – to present a selection of songs from her catalogue at Martin’s Hall, Mullumbimby, 24 Nov.
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THE DEEP DARK SOUTH
After meeting a white supremacist in America’s South and then befriending his black killer, John Safran decided to write a book. He’ll be discussing what happens within the pages of Murder In Mississippi and the topics it tackles – race, poverty, incarceration – on stage at the Brisbane Powerhouse, 10 Nov in what is such to be an unhinged an utterly unique evening with one of the standout minds in this country. Tickets can be purchased through the venue for $40+BF.
GO VIOLETS BOARD THE JSS TRAIN
Well, this will just be a regular Brisbane love-in won’t it? Those friendly lads from The John Steel Singers have just informed us that Go Violets will be joining them for their upcoming national tour, along with fellow locals The Worriers. Check it out 28 Nov, The Spotted Cow, Toowoomba; 29 Nov, The Zoo; and 30 Nov, Solbar, Maroochydore. Tickets via Oztix.
GET DOWN IN THE VALLEY
Just a reminder peeps that Valley Fiesta is fast approaching once again with a massive lot of acts taking over the Fortitude Valley Entertainment Precinct from 22 to 24 Nov including Architecture In Helsinki, Andy Bull, Gold Fields, Dune Rats, Hayden James, Alison Wonderland, The Swiss, Wave Racer, Jackie Onassis, World’s End Press, Art Of Sleeping, Tyler Touché, The Cairos, Charles Murdoch, Suburban Dark ft Jeswon, Citizen Kay, Palms, KLP, Mosman Alder, Major Leagues and Touch Sensitive. It’s all free and all free-ging awesome (laboured, we know), so hit the Valley streets next month and get your moves on.
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INDIE TO THE CORE
His path to international touring stardom started with an $8 microphone from Walmart, but after grafting for years and doing everything on his own terms, Hopsin is set to explode in a big way. The American hip hop artist will be showing off songs from his new record Funk Volume with shows 13 Dec, The Tempo Hotel and 16 Dec, Surfers Paradise Beer Garden, Gold Coast. Tickets on sale now through Ticketbooth.
UNITED AS ONE
Announcing his first national tour in five years, Alex Lloyd will no doubt be doing some amazing things with a full band, showing off his new album Urban Wilderness. Along with Central Coast group The Young Lions, Lloyd will do the rounds next month, playing Springwood Hotel, Brisbane, 16 Nov and Lismore Workers Club, 17 Nov. 14 • THE MUSIC • 23RD OCTOBER 2013
Some fine Aussie vocalists in the way of Katie Noonan, Abby Dobson, Angie Hart and Martha Marlow will be joining each other onstage to discuss their own musical journeys, share stories of their influences and reveal an insight into their respective artistic paths by covering a wide range of songs that have helped shape their lives. Witness the magic of Songs That Made Me at Old Museum, 14 Dec, with tickets available through the venue website.
ROUND ABOUT WAY
They’ve just scorched their imprint into the minds of European metal fans, and now it’s Brisbane’s turn to get burnt by the might of Circles. The progressive Melbourne lads play 29 Nov at Transcontinental Hotel with Dawn Heist, Humality and We Live Forever.
GEARS IN MOTION
On the weekend they blew the roof off Platinum on the Gold Coast, and now San Francisco’s The M Machine are geared up to do it all again this Friday at Eatons Hill Hotel with formidable EDM don Porter Robinson. Grab one of the few remaining tickets now via Moshtix for $48+BF.
COOL YOUR JETS
The upcoming Screaming Jets tour just grew additional teeth with The Snowdroppers supporting at both shows: 6 Dec, Eatons Hill Hotel and 7 Dec, Coolangatta Hotel, Gold Coast. Plenty of sweat to be shared, with some blood and piss added if you’re bad enough.
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Dan Aykroyd Words Lachlan Marks. Photos Kane Hibberd. Drink Words Stephanie Liew, Hannah Story, Benny Doyle, Callum Twigger, Sally-Anne Hurley. Photos Holly Engelhardt.
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an Aykroyd used to be on a mission from God. Now he’s on a mission from Globefill Inc to sell as much of his world-famous Crystal Head Vodka as damn possible. So you gotta start with the vodka questions, otherwise you run the risk of being called a “fucking hosebag”, as was the case when an SBS host refused to let him steer the conversation last week. That said, The Music is all about the booze and blues so we give him a light stir and set him off about his holy grail of alcohols. He means business: the shades are on (and they’re not coming off as our photographer will soon find out), he’s sharply dressed in his official CHV suit and ready to spiel. “Yes, we’re running at battle speed,” he admits. “Anyone selling a book or a DVD or a record or a download would be doing the same thing – it’s just basic Marketing 101. That said I’m so thankful that I’m pushing a product that I can really believe in. You know what? I did sell a few bad movies… selling it on Wednesday and knowing it was gonna be dead by Friday. Having a quadruple award-winning fluid in this beautiful bottle that people are embracing makes my ‘selling’ job really easy and fun.” The design of the product alone, which is based on the same legend of the 13 crystal skulls that George Lucas and Steven Spielberg used to cook up the fourth Indiana Jones film, has proven widely popular, with Crystal Head Vodka bottles now lining the shelves of everyone from your local metalhead to upmarket bars worldwide. Aykroyd acknowledges that its success in Australia mirrors that of his homeland of Canada. “I think it appeals to a rebellious, anarchic streak that we share.” He grins. Popularity does have its drawbacks, however; plenty of liquor stores are forced to keep the prized bottles under lock and key and back in 2011 a group of thieves in Los Angeles made off with a whopping 21,000 skulls that were then sold on the black market. “We had a tractor trailer in one of our distribution point warehouses and a team got in, they got into the tractor, which was still attached to the trailer, and they drove straight through the fence and got away with it! I didn’t reveal it publicly. I waited till we needed it. We had a launch coming up and the LAPD had been so ineffective in finding out who it was, and the insurance guys couldn’t work it out either, so we gave them three to four months so as not to interfere with the investigation then I revealed it. It was half-a-million dollars’ worth of the vodka. My quote at the time was, ‘I don’t condone crime, but I’m really happy that people can consume my vodka at a discounted price!’” As you can tell, Aykroyd is a businessman and he knows a good publicity op when he sees one. When The Rolling Stones 50th Anniversary Tour came into view, he and his counterparts put into action a proposal to see his company enter a partnership with the ageing rock titans, the result of which is his most prized accolade: becoming the official vodka of the tour. At first it seems 18 • THE MUSIC • 23RD OCTOBER 2013
like a tasty cash grab for the Xmas dollars you’re gonna spend on dad (and it is), but Aykroyd explains his friendship with the band is longstanding and includes him inviting Keith, Ronnie and Daryl for an extended stay on his farm only a few years ago. Before he’s even finished his sentence we’ve blurted out a question almost as a reflex -– “holy shit, did you guys jam?” “Absolutely. Every night around the campfire they pulled out the guitars and harp and we sang old blues songs. My uncle is right into George Formby and he plays the banjo. Of course Keith knew exactly who Formby was so we had a wonderful time eating and drinking and staying up till four or five in the morning playing those songs. Keith would rise at three the next day of course… that said, I did most of my real partying with those guys a long time ago.” There are plenty of people that would say Aykroyd indeed partied too hard back then, given his very public discussion of a deep belief in ghosts and extraterrestrials. Ghostbusters may have been a straight-up comedy, but its roots are within Aykroyd’s own passion for the supernatural, growing up in a household that celebrated what lies beyond our own known dimensions. “Look if you wanna talk survival of the consciousness after death, residual spirit phantom energy, mediumship, transmediumship, channelling spirits from the beyond – well that’s a multi-generational thing in my family starting with my great, great grandfather Sam, an Edwardian spiritualist. In the ‘30s and ‘40s we had our own transmedium, his name was Walter Ashhurst… one day in a trance he knelt over the back of a chair and drew a diagram. It turns out later that he was channelling [Charles Proteus] Steinmetz, the physicist. My grandfather, a Bell Telephone engineer, took it to the engineers
Dan Aykroyd’s Crystal Head Vodka campaign blitzes through Aus as he announces the spirit is the official vodka for The Rolling Stones 50th Anniversary Tour. Lachlan Marks learns the OG Blues Brother also has his own Ghostbusters hotline these days, advising on mediums that might help in “getting people to cross over successfully”.
“OH I’VE ADVISED PEOPLE ON WHO TO CALL...”
at Bell Telephone who explained it was a diagram for a very high-oscillating crystal radio, which my grandfather then concluded was probably designed to communicate with the beyond.” Despite his unnerving and wide-eyed enthusiasm for the paranormal it does seem like the lights have dimmed on the prospect of a third Ghostbusters film, with Bill Murray now famously playing the elusive Roadrunner to
his Wyle E Coyote. When future projects are raised he says he treasures a solid 30-year run in the business and harbours no bitterness if his marketability as a leading man may have “dropped off over the years”. So rather than titillate fans with minor trivia about a film we kinda know isn’t getting made anytime soon (like everybody else will be doing), we’ll leave you with the one and only Dr Raymond Stantz directing us to the real Ghostbusters that he believes deserve the attention nowadays. “Oh I’ve advised people on who to call... in terms of mediums that might help them with getting people to cross over successfully. All the time. People come to me with ghost stories everyday,” he says earnestly. “The parallel world is right beside us. Every single state in the USA has a serious paranormal investigation team, if not every county. Everywhere I go people ask me to come and see their great team work and they go about it in a very, very professional way.”
“EVERY NIGHT AROUND THE CAMPFIRE THEY PULLED OUT THE GUITARS AND HARP AND WE SANG OLD BLUES SONGS.”
AYKROYD ON THE ORIGINS OF ECTOPLASM: “Charles Richet coined the word ectoplasm. He saw an ectoplasmic hand come out of a medium’s stomach. He said, ‘I hate this. I’m a medical researcher and this defies everything I believe in but now I know I have to believe in it’. Is that DNA from the medium or from the entity they are channelling? That is a great scientific quest. Eusapia Palladino, who my dad writes about in his book A History Of Ghosts, was a young woman who could transchannel and she would open her mouth really wide and ectoplasmic forms would come out. I would love to get some of that and test it. I wish that some serious scientist would link arms with me to go forward on this but they don’t. They’re not interested in this.”
CELEBRITYENDORSED BEVERAGES CIROC
P Diddy endorses the suave grape vodka Ciroc, promoting an elite lifestyle accompanied by friends and glamour. Features flavours such as Coconut. Diddy also refers to himself as “Ciroc Obama” on ocassion.
If your libido is a little lacklustre, Lil Jon created an energy drink infused with horny goat weed and other energy-promoting extracts to get the cogs of your rusty sex machine moving.
Zach Galifianakis, and Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim of Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, promote Absolut by creating a Golden Girls-style skit featuring beehive wigs and dramatised shaken martinis.
If you’re still harbouring some nostalgia for ‘90s pop music, and you wish you could almost taste it, well, we’d like to introduce you to Mmmhops pale ale beer. (MMM) Bop to MMMBop while drinking Hanson’s own Mmmhops. Mmm.
This real brand of tequila was given free publicity in the TV show Entourage when one of its characters, Turtle, promoted it. The endorsement came about because the tequila’s creator, Marquis Jet tycoon Kenny Dichter, grew up with the show’s creator and director Doug Ellin. THE MUSIC • 23RD OCTOBER 2013 • 19
INCIDER INFO With more kinds and flavours of cider than ever before, Sally-Anne Hurley explains why the apple-based brew ain’t just for ‘weak-stomached girls’ and ‘hated-on hipsters’.
ike 40 is supposedly the new 30, or orange the new black, cider could very well be the new beer. Now hold on a minute, I’m not bagging out the goodness of the latter nor assuming anything could ever really replace it as our nation’s favourite type of alcohol. I mean, I love a cold, frothy schooner or a Corona with lime on a hot afternoon as much as the next person. But our love affair with cider is growing by the minute and it’s staking a big claim as the new, trendy drink ‘round town. Cider has long been a popular choice of beverage in Europe, particularly the UK. Maybe our close connection to our brothers and sisters from the motherland is a contributing factor to our newfound love of cider and the rise of our consumption of the beverage over the past few years. According to a recent report released by market research company Roy Morgan Research, since 2011, consumption of cider by men between the ages of 18-24 alone has increased 50%, with the number of women drinking cider in the same age bracket rising by a staggering 132%. These statistics represent a number of things to different people. Someone like myself, a cider lover, would look at that and say, “Wow, that’s a whole lot of Aussie cider drinkers and woohoo, I am one of those awesome (and young) people.” Others interpret this as cider being a drink for the “hipsters” or for girls
“IT’S NOT JUST FOR THE GIRLS WHO ALLEGEDLY CAN’T HANDLE THEIR GROG.” who can’t handle “real grog” – I have in fact been told both these on several occasions. So what is it about this drop that has young Aussies frothing at the mouth and how can we, the weak-stomached girls or the hated-on hipsters, possibly convince the non-believers why cider is just so gosh darn good? Let’s break it down, shall we? First of all, there’s a bit of history behind the drink. I don’t know about you, but I personally love stories about the good ol’ days and the way things used to be. Everyone and everything has a backstory and when people are a part of something with tradition, they generally feel like they are a part of something special (whether it is or not is another thing, but who gives a toss what others think, right?). People have been crushing and chopping up apples to make cider for centuries – even in the BC era. So that means there is a huge chance even Jesus had a drink of apple cider at some point. I 20 • THE MUSIC • 23RD OCTOBER 2013
mean, he liked wine, so clearly the man had good taste. You don’t see people sitting around a table late Saturday night discussing the history of Bacardi Breezers now, is my point. There isn’t a deep and meaningful story behind it that adds a timeless quality or links generations together. Secondly, humans need and want variety. Cider has come a long way from its traditional apple days. Nowadays, you can get all kinds of different flavours and tastes in both dry and sweet ciders. Wild berry, strawberry and lime, mango and raspberry, blackcurrant, winter cider (still not
fully sure what that consists of, but it tastes good) and more. Not to mention, all the different brands of cider that you can get now – Bulmers, Rekorderlig, Pipsqueak, Castaway and Magners are just some that spring to mind. Generally, Gen Y doesn’t like to stand still, so to speak, and stay in their comfort zones. Perhaps the spike in cider love over the last couple of years is a reflection of young Aussies wanting to continue to try new things and think (or drink) outside the norm. Finally, in the interest of breaking down barriers, cider doesn’t discriminate. It really does appeal to almost anyone. I mean, put the two points I’ve been banging on about previously together and you can see that the appeal of cider is almost endless. It’s not just for the girls who allegedly can’t handle their grog, or for the hipsters, or even the old European chaps who used to crush the apples themselves, or – God willing (excuse the pun) – Jesus. I like to think of it as the Switzerland of alcohol: a neutral domain that can bring people from all walks of life together – obviously not in a war safehaven kind of sense, but to bring on good times, happy taste buds and thoroughly quenched thirsts. Embrace it, alcohol lovers, cause something tells me the ol’ cider isn’t going anywhere.
DRINKING GAMES We know you’re not meant to play drinking games after the age of 16, but hey, sometimes nostalgia gets the best of you, and no one has any drugs, and there’s no gigs on, and you’ve just got to gather around the kitchen table with more alcohol than you could probably get through in a year. Make some sangria, call some friends, eat an entire loaf of bread and get prepared: Hannah Story talks you through it.
NEVER EVER HAVE I EVER
King Cup is your standard drinking game. Everyone has played it, everyone has a horror story, everyone wishes they hadn’t hurled in the sink afterwards. It’s just the way it goes. It’s disputable what the real rules are (everyone has their own variations), but it goes like this: lay out your cards in a circle face-down. Take turns picking a card. You do the action that corresponds to the card: usually, drinking. When you get a king you put booze into the vessel and make a rule. It continues until the final king is picked up, and someone has to drink the King Cup. One time the vessel was a dog’s bowl. One time the lethal mixture was two parts bourbon, one part Cruiser. We all thanked God we didn’t get that one.
Usually a number in King Cup leads to a quick game of Never Ever Have I Ever. But we figured it deserves its own spot in the Drinking Game Hall of Fame because of its capacity to humiliate and bring people together, all at the same time. One person will make a statement about something they’ve never done. Everyone who has done the thing drinks. And so it continues. It usually reveals something horrible you never knew, and is a perfect way to break the ice with a new group of friends. What better way to bond than by admitting that you have both watched Paris Hilton’s porno? It’s a relationship killer though, so don’t play with your significant other.
GOON OF FORTUNE
“MAKE SOME SANGRIA, CALL SOME FRIENDS AND GET PREPARED.”
Goon of Fortune is a decidedly ‘rural’ drinking game, apparently. It seems to generally involve the great outdoors, which is just not something city-dwellers are good at. You tie a goon sack (cask wine, whatever) to a clothesline and then spin it around. Whoever it lands on drinks the goon. Because of the position (hanging) it goes straight down your throat/all over your face. If you don’t own a clothesline, try a ceiling fan, but in that case maybe go with white wine? It wont stain your carpet so bad. Note: you will vomit, even if it’s just because you’ve been watching the clothesline spin for two hours.
MAO Because every time we play Mao, we have already been drinking, we can’t be sure if Mao has no rules, or if it has lots of rules. It’s a standard card game: you get seven cards from the deck, you take turns putting a card down. There seem to be four or five set rules that one player knows, and then penalises the others – with a shot and a card. You’re supposed to be able to discern what the rules are by watching other people fuck it up. If you win the round (call Mao at one card left, when you have none you win), you make up a rule, and penalise the others. It goes on until everyone either passes out or leaves the authoritarian state. We can’t tell you what the rules are though, that’ll spoil it.
RIDE THE BUS Ride the Bus is exhausting to explain. When we first played I had no idea what was happening, and then everyone somehow managed to gang up on one person who ended up having a pretty bad night. Set out ten cards in the shape of a triangle. Everyone playing gets four cards. A card from the wide end of the triangle is turned over. If you have a card with the same face value, you put your card down, and the set is discarded. Then you nominate someone to drink. Keep turning over cards along the row, and then on the other rows. In the other rows of the triangle, you can up the amount of drinks allocated. It’s over once the bus is gone, and whoever has the most cards left is the loser.
WHAT NOT TO DO WHEN YOU’RE DRUNK
CALL YOUR EX
Or text them. Same goes for your mum. And also your friends’ mums. Just put down the phone.
FACEBOOK OR TWEET
Your insightful stream-ofconsciousness observations and witty quips are actually hideously misspelled nonsensical ramblings.
Even if you’re actually co-ordinated, balls, bats and booze don’t mix. Also, it is not the appropriate time to show off your handstand skills lest you land on your neck.
VISIT THE ATM
You WILL walk away leaving your card or cash or both behind.
Don’t drink and drive; don’t drink and ride.
GO TO THE MOVIES/THEATRE
You don’t wanna be the guy reeking of booze and laughing constantly at things that aren’t even funny. People hate that guy.
The inebriated should not attempt to shave or remove body hair using other methods (particularly around the genital area), cut or colour their hair or paint their nails.
COOK AN ELABORATE MEAL
No one wants to see you stumbling around half-naked preparing a roast and trimmings while muttering “I’m Nigella, mmm, scrumptious!” and narrowly avoiding burning yourself.
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AN ALTERNATE GUIDE TO OUTDOOR DRINKING New Farm Park Whether you’re on the river’s edge with a blanket or kicking the footy near the rose beds, New Farm Park demands cold drinks in the sun. Combine your session with a CityCycle ride along New Farm-Newstead Bikeway for added fun.
Burleigh Headland, Gold Coast There are few places as picturesque as Burleigh Headland on the GC. Get some waves early, then stock the Esky and recline on the slope, or if you’re after a little excitement, grab the skateboard for a hill bombing session.
Kangaroo Point There’s no better place to drink away another city day than Kangaroo Point on sundown. Loads of barbecues means everyone can get their grill on, while adventurous types can even go for a spot of rock climbing on the walls.
Wellington Point Head east from the Brisbane CBD until you hit water. There you’ll find Wellington Point, a beautiful spot resting right on Moreton Bay. Perfect for a barbecue, great fishing and on low tide you can walk the sand bar to King Island.
Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha Visit Mt Coot-tha and soak up the serenity at the Botanic Gardens – you’ll fast forget you’re in a city of over two million people. There’s 52 hectares of gardens, and with events and activities constantly held there’s always something on.
OUR TOP OUTDOOR DRINKING VENUES The Elephant Arms, Fortitude Valley Don’t be fooled by the old English pub front: The Elephant Arms beer garden is an absolute hidden gem right in the heart of the Valley. The outdoor long bar means minimal wait time, and there’s plenty of live music.
Boundary Hotel, West End Smart renovations have turned West End institution Boundary Hotel into the most happening Sunday spot in the city, with party tunes in the sun all afternoon and $2 tacos. Throw (not literally) a few jugs into the mix and you’re rolling.
Ric’s Bar, Fortitude Valley Another venue that deceives from the front is Ric’s Bar on Brunswick Street Mall. Walk through the venue and you’ll discover the coolest tricked out car park you’re ever likely to find, complete with AstroTurf and fairy light-covered Hills Hoists.
Beach Hotel, Byron Bay You don’t get Byron Bay any better than the Beach Hotel. With clear views out the Pacific, you can swan about the outdoor beer garden, get down to cracking live music or try and pull a backpacker, if you’re so inclined.
Cartel, Brisbane Kicking it on the corner has never been so smooth thanks to Cartel. The Caxton Street bar has all sorts of funky shit out the front, and plenty of retro furniture to laze on, too. Just add a cold craft beer.
DAN AYKROYD’S COCKTAILS CRYSTAL HEAD COCKTAIL PARTY “It has no sugar. It has no glycerine. It has no citrus oil. It’s the virgin canvas for bartenders.”
DAN AYKROYD’S PUNCH IN THE HEAD “It’s 2 ounces of Crystal Head, pineapple juice, lychee, liqueur from Pernod Ricard and a little soda water.
PORTLAND SWEET ‘LIL PIGGY “In Portland, Oregon I saw a guy do this: a maple sugar cube, wrapped in bacon with bitters, blueberry syrup, hibiscus syrup and the Vodka.”
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BLACK COFFEE LYRICS
Who’s pouring and what makes them special? Adam Bastow is mixing drinks, and with his love of classic cocktails he’s got your mixed drinks covered. Pouring wine on the floor is Nathan Swindale; give him two minutess and he’ll talk for hours about his love for interesting wines. CENTRE ARCADE. SURFERS PARADISE BLACKCOFFEELYRICS.COM.AU
Answered by: Nate Swindale Briefly describe the design/ atmosphere of the bar. An eclectic mix of mismatched furniture, old school jazz and blues, great coffee and hard liquor cocktails reminiscent of the laneway bars of Brooklyn. What is your signature drink? Our five espresso martinis. Briefly describe the crowd that frequents your bar. Our customers are much like our decor, an eclectic mix - from foodies from interstate, to local hipsters and hospitality workers, we attract a wide range of ages and backgrounds.
Does the bar have a music component? While we don’t do live music at the moment, our playlists feature everything from old school jazz to big band. What is the best drink to f inish off the night? A Shot Down in New Orleans Old Fashioned, or a schooner of craft beer off the tap. What’s your advice for tackling a hangover? Hair of the dog! A good spicy Bloody Mary, or a Moa Breakfast Beer are both great options. If your bartender was stuck on an island and could only save one bottle from the bar of the sinking ship what would it be? 50 Pounds Gin - hands down the most versatile and uplifting spirit around.
2 CAXTON ST. CBD
Answered by: Flynn Hannam and Noah Hallaway Briefly describe the design/ atmosphere of the bar. We are a comfortable, casual and simple little outdoor ‘dive’ bar. Most of the decor has been found, borrowed or stolen. Chill out in the sun on our crate furniture or granny couches, marvel at our pop culture ornaments (... toys) and try any of our delicious beers, ciders or spirits! What is your signature drink? If it tastes good, that! Briefly describe the crowd that frequents your bar. Anybody is welcome... You can even bring your dog.
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Answered by: Natalina Ford Briefly describe the design/ atmosphere of the bar. Cobbler has a New York loft feel with a dash of West End, exposed brick, dimly lit – a great conversation bar. What is your signature drink? Strongman cocktail. Briefly describe the crowd that frequents your bar. We get everything from very advanced whisky drinkers that come with their own notepads to take notes, to young girls/boys wanting a cocktail and to learn about whisky or just have a good time. What’s pouring and what makes it special? Simon Wade, Duncan Campbell and Dominic Xavier.
Does the bar have a music component? When we don’t have a DJ or live music, there is always a banger playing. What is the best drink to f inish off the night? Dark craft beer, with a Pickleback (whiskey and pickle shot), and a rum on the rocks... And a cider. What’s your advice for tackling a hangover? See previous answer. If your bartender was stuck on an island and could only save one bottle from the bar of the sinking ship what would it be? Can I take a keg? A keg’s a big metal bottle, I’ll take that.
What’s pouring and what makes it special? All of our bartenders have a great deal of experience and are especially good at making our signature jam jar cocktails. We’ve got flavours ranging from Helm’s Smoking Texas Mary to a passionfruit and strawberry Mojito. 30–34 FERNY AV. SURFERS PARADISE HELMBARSURFERS.COM.AU
What is the best drink to f inish off the night? Beer and a whisky. No doubt.
Answered by: Graham Bennett
What’s your advice for tackling a hangover? Bloody Mary or shot of whisky. Hangover is literally your body suffering from alcohol withdrawal. The fastest way to get better is to have a quick shot. After that, lots of water.
Briefly describe the design/ atmosphere of the bar. A chic, casual destination for drinking, dining, socialising and catching live music. With a sleek nautical fit-out inspired by its sister venue in Sydney, Helm Surfers is a sophisticated addition to the Gold Coast bar and dining scene.
If your bartender was stuck on an island and could only save one bottle from the bar of the sinking ship what would it be? It will be the best whisky in the house.
Who’s pouring and what makes them special? What makes any of our StarTenders special is not only their skill, charm and wisdom, but also their name. Chosen at an ancient and elaborate ceremony, the name given to them is final and forever. Chainsaw, Rattlesnake, RounDa-Bout, Bread and CrawlSpace are just a few examples.
HELM BAR SURFERS
They are very passionate about whisky/cocktails, but mostly, they want you to have a good time, so they always go the extra mile. Does the bar have a music component? Yes, we have a few regular events such as Bossa Funk & Soul Sundays, live piano on Thursdays and pop up bands every now and then.
What is your signature drink? Jam jar cocktails. Briefly describe the crowd that frequents your bar. Because we’ve got stellar live music acts on every night of the week, we get a great mix of young crowds. And the drinks are really affordable too, which helps!
Does the bar have a music component? Live music is one of our biggest draw cards; we do it every night of the week! What is the best drink to f inish off the night? The Choccy-Woccy-Doo-Daa jam jar cocktail, of course: the perfect dessert drink! What’s your advice for tackling a hangover? Come into Helm and relax on one of our couches while enjoying live music and digging into our epic wagyu beef burger or one of our amazing pizzas! If your bartender was stuck on an island and could only save one bottle from the bar of the sinking ship what would it be? Tequila: it makes a party out of any bad situation! THE MUSIC • 23RD OCTOBER 2013 • 23
175 GEORGE ST. CBD IRISHMURPHYS.COM.AU
Answered by: Chris McDonald Briefly describe the design/ atmosphere of the bar. Three bars, three levels and an array of fine nectar to choose from. Features a great selection of cider, stout, whiskey and local and international beers along with our fair share of wines, liqueurs, and cocktails. What is your signature drink? Guinness. Briefly describe the crowd that frequents your bar. Everyone from those looking for a quiet pint on the balcony, a feed in our restaurant or a dance to the live music or DJs on Friday and Saturday night.
VERVE RESTAURANT AND CIDER HOUSE
What’s pouring and what makes it special? Obviously we have all the favourites, including Guinness and Kilkenny, but we also pour a great range of Australian beer, including craft beer from the likes of Matilda Bay. Cider is our specialty with over 15 to choose from. Of course we also have all the mixers and cocktails. Does the bar have a music component? Premier live music venue showcasing the best entertainment seven nights. Acoustic solo artists, party bands, Irish entertainment and DJs. What is the best drink to f inish off the night? A cider to freshen you up. Magners, Bulmers, Strongbow, 5 Seeds or Rekorderlig. What’s your advice for tackling a hangover? Have a pint with our big Irish breakfast! If your bartender was stuck on an island and could only save one bottle from the bar of the sinking ship what would it be? Jagermeister to share around.
BREW CAFE & WINE BAR
109 EDWARD ST. CBD VERVECAFE.COM
Answered by: Shane Hansen Briefly describe the design/ atmosphere of the bar. Verve, that very unique place you only find by stumbling upon it (or down, to be more precise) or by getting the “good oil” from one of its many fans. An underground bohemian, speakeasy kind of place. A restaurant, bar and cider house, Verve is uniquely Brisbane and uniquely Verve.
Who’s pouring and what makes them special? Everyone pours and everyone is special. Does the bar have a music component? Regular DJs and surprise band performances. What is the best drink to f inish off the night? A cheeky cider. Cider has so many facets that I’m sure we can fix the right one for you.
What is your signature drink? Cider.
What’s your advice for tackling a hangover? Have another drink with a blue cheese and chicken risotto.
Briefly describe the crowd that frequents your bar. All sorts: from poor uni students to Maserati-driving office folk. We don’t discriminate.
If your bartender was stuck on an island and could only save one bottle from the bar of the sinking ship what would it be? Thatchers Gold Cider.
THE BEARDED LADY Answered by: Jaim Black Briefly describe the design/ atmosphere of the bar. Made from 90% recycled timber, it has the atmosphere of a Cohen Brothers film. What is your signature drink? Real ales on hand pump. Briefly describe the crowd that frequents your bar. Every walk of life.
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Answered by: Brett Roland Briefly describe the design/ atmosphere of the bar. Welcoming, inviting and laid-back, with good coffee, casual dining and great drinks. A wide range of beers, quality cocktails, tapas and share platters. Plus, live local music on Thursday and Saturday nights. What is your signature drink? Brew Espresso Martini. Briefly describe the crowd that frequents your bar. Eclectic mix of people and ages. All are welcome! Who’s pouring and what makes them special? We have a range of local and international bartenders under the direction of Gab Rowland. The speciality is their ability to tailor a drink to your specification. 24 • THE MUSIC • 23RD OCTOBER 2013
Does the bar have a music component? Yes, every Thursday and Saturday night we have a range of local artists. Friday night DJ sets.
Who’s pouring and what makes them special? Sam Barney is our bar manager, who leads a sassy, professional crew. Does the bar have a music component? It will be starting live music as soon as possible.
What is the best drink to f inish off the night? Ron Zacapa Centario 23, Bénédictine, maple syrup, cloudy apple juice, Angostura bitter.
What is the best drink to f inish of the night? Black Treacle: Kraken rum, blackcurrant juice, whiskey barrel bitters, cinnamon quill.
What’s your advice for tackling a hangover? Sleep, lemon Gatorade, grease fix, power nap – then back up at Little Brew in Paddington for an arvo session. If your bartender was stuck on an island and could only save one bottle from the bar of the sinking ship what would it be? Ron Zacapa Centario 23 Rum.
What’s your advice for tackling a hangover? Breakfast at The Burrow or Tempo West End.
138 BOUNDARY ST. WEST END
If your bartender was stuck on an island and could only save one bottle from the bar of the sinking ship what would it be? Yamazaki whiskey from Japan.
MAKING WAVES It’s been 20 years since iconic album Last Splash marked the transformation of The Breeders from a side-project to stars in their own right, and to celebrate they’ve pulled the classic line-up back together. Guitarist Kelley Deal tells Steve Bell about learning your instrument on the job and being caught in an alterna-rock tidal wave.
riginally forming in 1990 as a vehicle for then Pixies’ bassist Kim Deal to get her stockpile of songs out into the world at large, The Breeders eventually became one of the most influential bands of the massive ‘90s alternative rock boom. They’ve continued on to this day in various incarnations – coalescing around dual guitarists Kim and her identical twin sister Kelley – but it’s their 1993 second album Last Splash for which they’re most remembered, and to celebrate its birthday the Deals have brought the “classic” rhythm section (bassist Josephine Wiggs and drummer Jim Macpherson) back into the fray to tour the album as it was intended. “It’s been going fantastic – it’s been super fun,” Kelley enthuses about the US leg of the reunion tour. “Everybody knows what you’re going to play and they want to hear that record, so they’ve given us permission – it’s like this wonderful clean contract with the audience: ‘This is what we’re doing and you obviously want to see this, otherwise you wouldn’t be here, so now we’re all going to have a good time and enjoy ourselves!’ That’s what it feels like, a big celebration. “It’s been a blast working with [ Jim and Josephine] again. It doesn’t feel like any time has gone by – I feel like that’s probably not a good thing somehow. Somehow one of us should have morphed into something really, really special somewhere along the line, but everybody seems to be exactly the same as they were twenty years ago, myself included.” Fittingly, the milestone celebration began in rather ad hoc fashion, with the Deal sisters perched on the couch reflecting on the passage of time. “That’s exactly what happened, exactly,” Kelley laughs. “It was one of those things, like, ‘I don’t know, it’s been twenty years – should we do something about that?’ and the answer straight away was, ‘Yeah, we should probably play a show’. ‘Where would we play?’ ‘I don’t know.’ ‘Want to just play one show?’ ‘I dunno.’ Should we ask the others?’ ‘Yeah, awesome!’ So [Kim] touched base with Josephine and I touched with Jim, and we got answers back straight away going, ‘Yeah, that sounds great!’ Then we just went from there, and of course [The Breeders’ UK label] 4AD heard about it and re-issued
Last Splash [as LSXX] – it’s a beautiful package. “It was really fun [finding the bonus material]. Some of the live stuff – not all of them – sounded really good, but some of them were really hard for me to listen to; ‘My god, why am I singing so out of tune? No, we’re not using it!’ But then a lot of it was really good, because we’d practiced and practiced and played and practiced – a lot – so we were good live.” The story of how Kelley couldn’t actually play guitar before joining The Breeders has become rock’n’roll lore, but it seems that it was this unfamiliarity with her instrument – combined with some traits of laziness – which ended up forging The Breeders’ live talents. “That is indeed true,” she smiles of her initial ineptitude. “I did own a bass guitar and a bass amp, although I couldn’t really play it – I played like somebody who couldn’t play bass guitar. Kim would play acoustic guitar for an early duo that we played in occasionally – we both sang and Kim played guitar – and I tried to join her on
bass for a couple of tunes, to step it up a bit. And it’s weird, because Kim took that bass – the Aria Pro II – and that’s the bass that she played in the Pixies. And that guitar – her Les Paul – ended up being the guitar that Joe [Santiago] played in the Pixies. “But we practiced a lot. I’m really bad at practicing by myself. Josephine said recently that when we’d play festivals – which are notorious for not having good monitors and you not being able to hear anything – that it was such a good thing that we’d practiced as much as we did, because it was so easy to play live. But the reason that we practiced so much was that I needed the practice, but I wouldn’t practice by myself – I needed the whole band to gather round and practice with me. It’s one thing to sit there and play your part on guitar by yourself, but it’s another to stand up and hear the racket that everybody else is making and then play your part and sing at the same time. So yeah, I needed a lot of practice.”
“IF YOU’RE CAUGHT IN A TIDAL WAVE YOU DON’T KNOW HOW BIG THE WAVE IS, YOU’RE IN THE MIDDLE OF IT WITH NO CLUE” Little could Kelley have known at the time that the album they were crafting – anchored by its brilliantly off-kilter single Cannonball – would go on to be so revered, and that The Breeders would play such a pivotal role in that ‘90s guitar explosion. “It’s one of those things where you don’t realise at the time – I knew, ‘Ooh, this grunge thing certainly seems to be taking off ’, of course you’re aware of it – but it’s not until years later that you realise, ‘Wow, that was a movement’, like the Sixties was a movement,” she reflects. “You don’t know while you’re in the middle of it how big it was. If you’re caught in a tidal wave you don’t know how big the wave is, you’re in the middle of it with no clue, so it’s interesting now that the dust has settled and some years have gone by to look back and see what impact it had. We’ll see if it becomes just yet another footnote, like hair metal for instance, or if it’s something that keeps resonating with people.” WHEN & WHERE: 29 Oct, The Tivoli
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IN WITH THE OLD Most fans prefer Limp Bizkit’s older material and won’t even give their new record a second listen, but Fred Durst couldn’t care less. The vocalist talks with Daniel Cribb about overcoming tragedy and freeing themselves of expectation.
uggling a million things at once, it’s the developments of the latest Eastbound & Down episode that is in the foreground of Fred Durst’s mind when he answers his phone. “I’m a big fan of Danny McBride and I’ve been watching it since the get-go. I really enjoy it, man. It’s really funny, and it just seems like it’s going to be really outrageous,” the frontman begins from the midst of an intense recording session. “I’m doing a little something here with, believe it or not, Billy Ray Cyrus,” he says. “He’s got this song about paying attention to what’s going on in the world and getting your shit together and doing something about it.” It’s not a stretch to conclude the song may have something to do with Miley’s twerking in August, but when asked his thoughts on the subject, it becomes clear that Billy is probably within earshot. “I think she’s doing her own thing, you know, and whatever she’s doing is obviously to leave a mark, and it looks like it’s working.” Durst spends most of his time in the studio these days, and when he’s not working with other artists, he’s finalising mixes for the new Limp Bizkit record, which, after numerous release date changes, will finally see the light of day in the first quarter of next year. But, unlike the Cyrus family, Durst admits Limp Bizkit aren’t really expecting to produce career-defining material in Stampede Of The Disco Elephants. “This whole thing of people only touring an album or something to market or push, I mean, realistically, with Limp Bizkit, how many of you guys are going to sit around and want us to play a bunch of songs that no one knows? How many of those songs can we possibly fit into our set without boring the shit out of everybody?” Soundwave 2012 was the band’s first Australian tour since fan Jessica Michalik died during their set at the 2001 Sydney Big Day Out, so the reunion was always going to be an emotional one. “It was good to come back and dedicate our whole experience and our return to [ Jessica]. It was amazing; we loved it and didn’t want to come home. It just felt like there was so much emotion and passion...We promised our fans that we would come back and do a proper tour outside of the festival market, 28 • THE MUSIC • 23RD OCTOBER 2013
so we’re coming back over there to get our feet wet and have some fun. Limp Bizkit is a very unique experience and we want to share it with you guys.” Stampede Of The Disco Elephants’ first single, Ready To Go, which features Lil Wayne, was released in April, and will no doubt be one of the new songs incorporated
album has something fresh and exciting that I’m prone to be drawn to a little bit more right now.” One of the aforementioned trials was the departure of DJ Lethal last year. After leaving the band at the start of 2012 due to drug and alcohol abuse, he made amends and was welcomed back, only to be kicked out shortly after. “We decided he needed some time to work on some personal things. It wasn’t great for us, it was shocking, but we have nothing but the greatest wishes for Lethal and we just sort of kept quiet about it and are just trying to stay focused and move forward and be better people.” Before the new record comes out next year, the band will be releasing a couple more singles. Such a drip-
“HOW MANY OF THOSE SONGS CAN WE POSSIBLY FIT INTO OUR SET WITHOUT BORING THE SHIT OUT OF EVERYBODY?” into the set. It sits somewhere between 2011’s Gold Cobra and 1999’s Significant Other. “We wanted to leave some character in there and not polish things up. I think it feels very exciting. I love all the things we’ve done because I’ve lived through them and I put my heart into them and went through the trials and tribulation of being in our band and appreciate everything we’ve done. I surely think this
feed approach to releasing a record is only possible due to the band leaving major label Interscope and signing up with Cash Money Records in February. “There’s no pressure; no one over your shoulder at all, everyone’s doing their own thing. [Cash Money Records] are like, ‘Hey, you’re Limp Bizkit, go be Limp Lizkit and enjoy yourselves’. Nobody’s chasing another hit, chasing a song that sounds like an old song or chasing a format that’s popular amongst music buyers. It’s put the excitement back into the seed that was planted when we got together and first started making music for ourselves when there was no one listening. It’s still hard to erase the fact that there are people anticipating and there’s opinions out, but for the most part, we’re back to no pressure.” WHEN & WHERE: 25 Oct, Riverstage
ELECTRIC PUNANNYLAND Coming into its own as a dancehall club night in the heart of hipsterland, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, MeLo-X and Jasmine Solano are bringing their brainchild Electric Punanny to the world. Solano talks to Chris Yates about how it all began.
ew York-based Philly native Jasmine Solano is extremely excited about her first trip to Australia, not just to check out the landscapes and wildlife but mostly to spread the word as far and wide about her labour of love, Electric Punnany. A touring club night might be an unusual concept, but this is not just an excuse for a party. “MeLo and I have both been cultivating our crafts from a very young age. I started DJing on radio in Boston when I was 17, and
even earlier than that I was presenting hip hop activism events in my hometown. I was totally immersed in music from a young age. In 2007 I wanted to start a weekly in New York that was called Jawn,” she laughs, “which is a Philly term [which according to Urban Dictionary means ‘everything and anything’]; MeLo DJed with me a lot there, and our friend TONE photographed the nights, and it was the first nightlife hustle experience I had in New York and I realised just how extremely difficult it is.” Solano says that New York is saturated with everything you could
want, which meant that finding a niche for the night was extremely important if they wanted to stand out. It was Melo’s idea that the night focused on the combination of dancehall and electronic music – his Jamaican heritage made this the obvious choice.
The idea of a photographer being an official member of the party crew is interesting, but Solano says his inclusion has helped the night define itself. “We started the party officially in the spring of 2008,” she says. “TONE continued to take photos – his photos should be in a museum, he is that good – and it’s very interesting to have the whole thing documented through his eyes.” Once the party moved to its home at Sway in Williamsburg, things took off very quickly. “Within four months, we had the cops come and shut down Spring Street because we had 300 people trying to get in. Just the energy inside was out of this world. It was the mixture of a dancehall bashment party mixed with Carnivale, mixed with a hipster rave. It was a really cool platform and after a few years we decided to take the party out of New York and expand.” Moving the party to Denver, Canada and even Paris, Solano says the world tour for Electric Punanny has been a dream of hers for a very long time. “What we stand for is this meeting ground where a lot of different cultures and people can come and let go of any inhibitions, join together and let loose!” WHO: Electric Punanny WHEN & WHERE: Oct 25 -27, Island Vibe Festival, Stradbroke Island
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FIELD OF DREAMS When Andy Hazel catches up with two of the four Stonefield sisters, singer/ drummer Amy and guitarist Hannah Findlay, they discuss striving for a “big” sound, trusting their instincts and youngest sister/bassist Holly’s propensity to disagree with the rest of the band. ith the release of their debut album, Stonefield move from being a band about which the talk of their gender, age and hype may actually be drowned out by the music. Many have opinions about the Findlay sisters (and some who have an opinion can even name a Stonefield song), but soon their crashing riffs, pile-driving drums and fullthroated vocals look likely to be leaving firm impressions the nation over. When making the album, bigness, the sisters agree, was the goal.
expand. Touring followed, including a set at Glastonbury, an all-important ‘whoah!’-inducing visit to Corner Hotel to see Band Of Skulls that resulted in the band using their producer Ian Davenport, and hours and hours of practice.
“It’s so nerve-wracking,” says drummer, singer and songwriter Amy Findlay with a laugh. “You distance yourself from it, and you’re not sure if it’s big as you think it is. You keep on listening more, and as time goes on you think: ‘Ahh, maybe it’s not that good’,” she laughs nervously.
While three years may seem a long time, it’s also a mark of careful confidence. “I think it worked out perfectly,” says Amy. Guitarist Hannah agrees: “It was good for us because we had that extra time to write. Our songwriting developed and it gave us time for our experiences to sink in so we knew that this is really what we want to do.”
Nerves are to be expected for an album on which so much is riding. Since exploding onto the scene in 2010, the four sisters released singles and EPs that garnered high rotation and quickly saw their fanbase
The album itself is the product of much collaboration. Not only with Davenport
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and engineer Tim Palmer (U2, Pearl Jam) but for the songwriting too. A worthwhile experience, says Amy: “We didn’t want to write with anyone; we had to feel like we had the same vibe going on. We wrote a few things with Adalita, that was really, really fun, but that song didn’t end up fitting with the album. It’s an awesome song, but it was a completely different thing to everything else. We also wrote with The Delta Riggs, which was completely cool. They came up to our place, set up in the lounge room, we kicked mum and dad out for a couple of days and jammed,” the sisters laugh. “That was fun. Jared from Eagle & The Worm as well. Those two [collaborative efforts] made the album,” says Amy. While a fun energy courses through the album, lyrically a couple of themes recur: power dynamics and proving yourself. “Because we’re all sort of at this age where everything changes and so much happens in your life – becoming an adult, that kind of thing,” she says matter-of-factly. “The whole ‘proving yourself ’ thing… obviously that’s a big part of it and it’s important because… debut album, here we are! Especially because it’s been three years since we were Unearthed by triple j, so it was important that we came back with something really good and we weren’t just a hype band. We definitely wanted to prove ourselves,” she says, pausing. “I think that we’ve got good instincts – that’s pretty much what we’ve run off of the whole way through. Even picking a manager and label and all that stuff, it’s all about instinct.” Amy’s instinct is a guiding force for the band as Hannah explains: “Mostly we do agree on stuff but,
“OUR SONGWRITING DEVELOPED AND IT GAVE US TIME FOR OUR EXPERIENCES TO SINK IN SO WE KNEW THAT THIS IS REALLY WHAT WE WANT TO DO.”
if we don’t, normally it’s just one person that doesn’t agree – Holly, the youngest,” she laughs. “Normally Amy is the leader and if she thinks really strongly about something then we have a lot of trust and faith in her.” A word likely to be used a lot over the coming months, and one they’re not bothered by, is ‘mature’. “I feel like we have probably matured,” Hannah smiles before Amy interjects, “As people and musically… I don’t know, we’re still very youthful,” she laughs. Hannah continues, “I guess we are for 15-23 year olds, compared to when we first started. I guess we have matured a lot.” One thing that hasn’t changed however, is their love of rock. Other
teenagers might go from twee folk to hard house in the space of three years, not the Findlays. “Well, Sarah who plays keys is really into bands like Parkway Drive,” says Amy, attempting to outline the diversity of her sister’s listening habits, “which is weird because she’s probably the most placid… very pretty and cute,” the sisters crack up laughing. “But she’s into…” starts Amy, “really heavy stuff as well,” continues Hannah. “And you pretty much did a jazz course.” “Yeah,” she agrees, “but I was never really into jazz. I was open to trying it and learning about it and stuff but always felt out of my depth singing anything but rock. It’s so true that as teenagers you’re into rock and later something else. So many people we know were into grunge when they were teenagers and now they’re into ‘tekkers’ [laughs], which is weird. But we’ve carried through with a love of it.” WHAT: Stonefield (Wunderkind/Illusive) WHEN & WHERE: 24 Oct, University Of Queensland; 25 Oct, Racehorse Hotel, Booval; 22 Nov, Alhambra Lounge; 23 Nov, The Other Side, South Stradbroke Island; 23 Nov, Villa Noosa Hotel, Noosaville; 24 Nov, The Northern, Byron Bay THE MUSIC • 23RD OCTOBER 2013 • 31
STILL HANGIN’ ‘ROUND After a 15-year layoﬀ, Hunters & Collectors – one of Australia’s most cherished homegrown rock’n’roll bands – are dusting oﬀ the gear to reinforce why they were always considered such a fearsome live proposition. Frontman Mark Seymour takes Steve Bell into the inner sanctum of one of Australia’s most insular and innovative outﬁts.
unters & Collectors were one of the defining bands of the Australian scene throughout the ‘80s and ‘90s, their powerful, hardhitting aesthetic and tireless work ethic forging them a massive following during the death throes of the previously lucrative pub circuit and beyond. They didn’t always achieve the critical acclaim that they clearly warranted but they always possessed a large and fervent fanbase, their years of hard work having transformed them into a consistently taut live proposition. And then of course there were the songs. Everyone these days knows the ubiquitous Hunnas hits such as Holy Grail, Throw Your Arms Around Me and Say Goodbye, but they had in their armoury a clutch of anthemic numbers which acted like a panacea to their sweaty and adoring throngs, the sense of community in those packed pubs and clubs almost sacrosanct. On the eve of their long-awaited comeback – first prompted by an offer to support Bruce Springsteen, which quickly morphed into a full-scale reunion tour – Hunters & Collectors’ frontman and songwriter Mark Seymour is reflecting on how the pub circuit shaped his band back in the day, given how unforgiving the crowds could be to bands that didn’t have their shit together. “Yeah I think it did, I think it refined our sound,” he concedes. “Although the last thing we did in ’98, I guess you could call it a pub tour but it was so big – we were playing to such big crowds – that it sort of developed into a sort of concert-like environment, which is why we ended up being able to play okay when we did [massive 2009 bushfire benefit] Sound Relief. We’d just learnt a lot of things about how to play as a big presentation. I think to get out of the pubs and to play on a bigger stage in Australia without actually having any significant international success is a pretty hard thing to pull off, because in the end you’ve still got to play in Australia. You’re not going anywhere else.” Seymour wrote at length about his tenure in Hunters & Collectors throughout excellent 2008 memoir Thirteen Tonne Theory, and one of the most interesting aspects was the band’s regimented internal dynamic – it functioned almost like a union rather than a run-of-the-mill rock band. “I think there’s an element of honesty there that endured. Look, ticking my own box, I tend to bring that out in people,” Seymour laughs. “I’m not frightened of stepping up – if an issue has to be addressed, it has to be addressed straight away. I just think that there was a real hard, fierce sense of identity and determination in that group that enabled it to last as long as it did, even though we had quite mixed commercial fortunes. But I think that everybody really enjoyed performing. The gigs were always really exciting – some were better than others of course – but we always enjoyed that, which sort of saved us.” He’s since forged a respectable solo career, but if all went well on this impending reunion could Seymour ever imagine writing for Hunters & Collectors again? 32 • THE MUSIC • 23RD OCTOBER 2013
“No,” he states emphatically. “I’m not going to do it. I’ve been asked a few times, but I just won’t cross that line. I definitely stepped away. The thing is that the last couple of albums were really difficult to make, and I pretty much pulled my head in. The beauty of the band was its willingness to keep pressing on, but when Hunters came back and we made [1998’s final album] Juggernaut, which was... okay – I wouldn’t say it’s great – but I was just really struggling to find a way to put really catchy choruses in there: all the basic songwriting tricks, my toolkit, I’d just lost it. “And I think it had a lot to do with the fortunes of the band and my relationship with them – there were a lot of issues surrounding the publishing that I think were eventually going to sow the seeds of the band’s demise as a creative outfit. I think those issues are still there – there’s nothing personal in any of that, but I’d made my mind up that for me to grow as an artist and a songwriter I have to work outside that band, and I made that decision a long time ago.” The publishing dispute that Seymour’s referring to was his infamous decision to split his songwriting royalties equally between the band members, one which subsequently cost him a lot of income – does he regret this altruistic gesture? “Ah, I don’t really have a clear answer to that,” he offers after a lengthy pause. “You know, I
“THERE WAS A REAL HARD, FIERCE SENSE OF IDENTITY AND DETERMINATION IN THAT GROUP” think there have been times when I’ve regretted it in the past, but I’m also willing to accept that I wanted to embrace that community. I wanted to be a part of it, and that was the price I had to pay. I think that the way that the song splits were designed didn’t reflect well on my relationship with a couple of key individuals in the band, which I think is just a personal issue more than anything else. But the band’s come back after all this time and it plays really well, which is essentially what it’s greatest strength was – it was just a fantastic live band – and I’m happy to embrace that. But I think the songwriting question is a whole different ballgame. And I’ve just got to mature – it’s about my own maturity and growth really as much as anything else.” WHAT: Crucible: The Songs Of Hunters & Collectors (Liberation) WHEN & WHERE: 2 Feb, A Day On The Green, Sirromet Winery
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REVEALING THEIR BONES On almost a decade ago to the day, violin-wielding pop punks Yellowcard released their fourth studio album, Ocean Avenue. Frontman Ryan Key looks back – and forwards – as he talks to Dave Drayton about acoustic music and anniversaries.
here’s been a trend in recent years, for better or for worse, of bands playing seminal (the qualifying factors of such status varies) albums from their back-catalogue in full live. Often enough it’s an out-of-the-blue trip down memory lane, or a full retrospective for a new audience, though increasingly such tours seem to be par for the course for bands who survived ten years after the album in question’s release, and bands (perhaps low on money, self-esteem or ideas) who didn’t survive and instead reformed in one state or another eager to celebrate or capitalise once again. Being that the early-noughties sparked a new wave of emo- and punk-influenced bands and a broader recognition of their music it serves to reason that, in the early teens of this millennium, their ten-year milestones should roll around with the same frequency that the then upstarts started hitting airwaves and bigger stages a decade ago. “It’s coming up on or has been the ten-year anniversary for a lot of really kind of important records in our genre of music: New Found Glory, Taking Back Sunday, Story Of The Year – lots of bands are kind of celebrating this time,” confirms Ryan Key, the frontman of Yellowcard, who have just joined the party with the announcement of their plans to celebrate a decade passing since their breakthrough album, Ocean Avenue.
down acoustic stuff, and I think that after doing [WYTT,SY acoustic] when we thought what could we do for Ocean Avenue, I think the hardcore fanbase really enjoyed the fact that we recorded that record and so we thought let’s take it to the next level and do another acoustic record but actually do drums and bass and full string section and some of those things that make the record come to life even a little more,” says Key. The 2003 release of Ocean Avenue marked Yellowcard’s debut on a major label, and spawned three singles – the title track, Way Away, and Only One – eventually
wasn’t even really a Facebook, I mean, it was 2004, people were getting Facebook but it was just coming off being a college campus only kind of thing. The record grew in a really organic way, based on the music not on the social networking way, and I will always hold that close to my heart and I will always be proud of the record because of how it performed in the pre-internet explosion era.” The acoustic version of Ocean Avenue was produced and mixed by Key and Erich Talaba, the engineer used on all of Yellowcard’s records with producer Neal Avron since 2007’s Paper Walls. Taking the hands-on approach across a couple of studios in Los Angeles gave Key the opportunity to reflect not only on the success and impact of the album, but on the songs themselves. “It was a lot different performing the songs vocally. Obviously they mean different things now than they did then; there’s a lot of discovering, saying to yourself, ‘Wow, I can’t believe I wrote this at that age’, y’know, and some other times I was like, ‘Wow, that’s really ridiculous that I wrote this’, and a lot of ‘Oh man, I wish we had done this differently’, and a lot of going, ‘Wow, remember when we did that? Why have we not done that again or another record?’. A lot of the songs are just actual acoustic renditions of the songs and then a couple of them are re-imagined in a new way that sounds kind of different to the original song. It was cool. The whole process was super fun.” When it came to booking the tour to accompany the acoustic re-release Key says Australia was a no-brainer. The reception they received throughout their September tour last year – their first in five years with the exception of Counter Revolution in 2011 – solidified the band’s desire to return as soon as possible. “We hadn’t headlined a show in Australia since 2007 and even then we were co-headlining with Sum 41, so it had been a long time since we had come and played our own shows. Not many
“I WILL ALWAYS BE PROUD OF THE RECORD BECAUSE OF HOW IT PERFORMED IN THE PRE-INTERNET EXPLOSION ERA.” It will be released, completely re-recorded as an acoustic album, and performed as such in full on a world tour. A day after our conversation, as if Key made premonitions over the phone from Colorado, Taking Back Sunday announced the release of TAYF10 Acoustic, a film and full live album recorded during the band’s Tell All Your Friends tenth anniversary tour last year. “We didn’t want to just do a tour, you know,” says Key. “We figured we would do that anyways, but we wanted to do something a little more than that for the fans, and we have the capability to do a lot of recording on our own now and that’s something that we really enjoy doing so we decided we would just take our time over a few months and put it together and I think it came out awesome.” The band had already ventured into acoustic territory in 2011 when they revisited the then-recently released When You’re Through Thinking, Say Yes, the first album they released following a two-year hiatus. “It’s something we’ve been exploring more lately, recording more sit 34 • THE MUSIC • 23RD OCTOBER 2013
garnering platinum status for sales in excess of a million copies. Undeniably the band’s most successful album, Key looks back on its release with pride and awe. “One of the things I love so much about Ocean Avenue was that it’s by far – leaps and bounds and miles or kilometres or whatever you want to say – our most successful record, and I don’t think that the internet had that much to do with it. There was no Twitter, there was no Instagram, there
people had come to a Yellowcard show and bought a T-shirt in god knows how long – in Australia it was just a really positively overwhelming experience for us; it was pretty emotional, to be honest,” Key admits. “We were just blown away, like how our band hadn’t been here in six years but it’s not a novelty, these people are here because they love our band and they love our music and we could feel that it wasn’t like, ‘Oh cool, Yellowcard’s coming back and I liked them back then so I’m gonna come see them now’; it was the same vibe if not even more intense than it was before. That’s why that tour was so special for us – it was somewhere that we hadn’t been in a long time and we got a response that, I dunno, I guess I didn’t know what were expecting, but we got more, definitely more than we were expecting.” WHEN & WHERE: 25 Oct, The Tivoli, Fortitude Valley
ROCK THE CRADLE Once a contributing member of the Australian experimental collective Decoder Ring, Lenka’s move to America has seen her transform into an international superstar, writes Jazmine O’Sullivan.
enka has embraced her recent journey into motherhood with open arms – it’s more than evident upon listening to her latest album Shadows, which contains samples of the in-utero heartbeat of her son on the track Two Heartbeats, a lullaby – No Harm Tonight – which was written for him during the late stages of her pregnancy, and a more maternal energy when compared to her previous albums. Lenka reveals that while she’s happy with the album title Shadows, it wasn’t her first choice. “I was originally going
to call it Lullabies For Adults,” Lenka confesses, “because that’s how I made it to sound. But my managers said, ‘Maybe think about something else...’ It’s a lullaby album, and that to me means night time; you listen to it when you’re toning down your day, so shadowy. There are also some references to shadows in [the album], and I also see the songs as my shadows; this vague idea that they are remnants of me. It’s about reflection, reminiscing, dreaming, regret, memories and things like that.” It was all the way back in 2009 when Lenka performed in Australia last,
and with so much changing for her since then she’s thrilled to have the opportunity to share her new sound and concept with audiences in her home country. “[This tour] has been a long time coming. I’ve been trying to get back for the last few years but because I’m signed to a US major label they didn’t really want me to tour over here, so I’m just very excited. It’s been hard to get it going and now it’s finally happening! Hopefully I can put on some really good shows and make it worthwhile.”
Fans can expect a heavily string-laden band to accompany Lenka for her upcoming shows. “I’m trying some new stuff [with this tour]. It forces you to re-imagine the songs when you strip them back acoustically, or in a different way. I mean, sometimes I amp them up, like I’ll add a chorus or a disco beat, but at the moment I’m bringing them down with violin and acoustic guitars, because it’s a lullaby album and I want to keep that sort of tone. “I’ve been enjoying this [new] line-up,” Lenka continues, “I recently did a tour like this in the States and it was so nice; it just created this really mellow, yummy vibe, I almost wanted everyone to have a nap!” she laughs. “It was just really cosy and sweet and the strings are such beautiful instruments, they bring such emotion. Having done so much touring and jumping around the stage I’m happy to have a little break from that. I might go back to it further down the track, but it’s nice at the moment to just focus on the music and let it breathe.” WHAT: Shadows (Skipalong) WHEN & WHERE: 24 Oct, Black Bear Lodge
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IT’S A SHOE-IN
n Their Shoes is a major worldwide creative project that involves musicians across the globe coming together in the name of charity to hand design Converse sneakers. These oneof-a-kind shoes will be auctioned off on eBay this month, which is our national Breast Cancer Awareness
Shoe and music enthusiasts, prepare yourselves. You could potentially be the owner of sneakers that your favourite artist has not only touched, but personally designed. Some local and international bands got out the textas, drew on some Converses and are auctioning them off to raise much-needed funds for charity.
NUGGETS INSPIRED (ART BY JASON GALEA)
PORTUGAL. THE MAN
BLOODS THE BLACK KEYS
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Month, with all proceeds going to the National Breast Cancer Foundation or a charity of the artist’s choice. Over the course of 18 months, local and touring musicians were asked to create a design using nothing more than a pair of plain white Converse sneakers and Sharpie fabric markers. Bands such as Portugal. The Man, Bloods, The Black Keys, Grouplove (whose vocalist Hannah Hooper’s own Converse creation for her tour manager actually inspired the initiative), Frightened Rabbit, Bon Iver, Santigold, You Am I, Skrillex, Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, James Blunt, New Order, Kimbra, Macklemore & Ryan
Lewis and Red Hot Chili Peppers all rolled up their sleeves and exercised their art skills for a good cause.
and close on Tuesday 29 Oct, with starting bids from $99. The designs and full list of contributing artists can all be found at intheirshoes.com.au.
The auction will go live at ebay.com. au/intheirshoes from Thursday 24 Oct at 6pm
YOU AM I
BON IVER SKRILLEX SANTIGOLD
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THE SAMPLE LIFE
Shining Bird have found that elusive balance between work and downtime if debut album Leisure Coast is any indication. Songwriter/producer Russell Webster tells Steve Bell why sometimes life’s a beach.
he stretch of coastline near Austinmer – at the northern end of Wollongong’s suburban reach – is absolutely stunning with its beautiful vistas and pristine beaches, and it’s this gorgeous aspect of Australia which has recently produced burgeoning indie exponents Shining Bird. More than that, it’s informed their unique musical amalgams, as evinced by their debut LP Leisure Coast. What started as a bedroom offshoot from the solo forays of Russell Webster – abetted by vocalist/guitarist Dane Taylor – soon morphed into a six-headed beast, and it’s
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this elongated incarnation of Shining Bird which is rapidly being introduced to the world. “It started about four years ago and was pretty much just a bunch of experiments, because I had my solo thing going on which was all samplebased instrumental stuff, and I was mucking around with Dane and found out that he could sing,” Webster explains. “I’d never done anything with vocals before, and it just went from there. It was a big learning curve, coming from writing sample-based stuff which is just a totally different process to traditional songwriting. The identity of the
song would be in the sample, and the transition from that to proper songwriting with choruses and hooks and whatever was full-on.” The Shining Bird crew obviously took this challenge in their collective stride for their music is assured and compelling, incorporating local sounds and samples into an intriguing melange. “There was a conscious decision to explore Australian sounds – not necessarily Australian music but sounds in general like movies, TV and just everything. We just wanted to shove all of that in there. I was just trying to consume as much Australian culture as possible, whether it be just collecting little bits and pieces from op shops or reading Australian poetry by people like Les Murray and Robert Adamson and watching Australian movies. I’m not even quite sure why that happened,” Webster laughs. “I think I was drawn to that because it was triggering certain feelings I wanted to explore.” There’s a beguiling diversity within the scope of the Shining Bird sound and aesthetic, apparently due to the abundant accessibility of new music in today’s tech-loving society. “I think it’s just being influenced and inspired by a lot of different music, which is the curse of making music in 2013 because there’s just so much out there to enjoy,” Webster reflects. “It’s hard to stick with one sound. I feel like I want it to be a massive kaleidoscope of different sounds and images and have everything in there, rather than just sticking with one thing which is probably better from a marketing point of view.” WHAT: Leisure Coast (Spunk) WHEN & WHERE: Oct 25, Black Bear Lodge
SINGING IN THREES
brings their strengths to the showcase: a selection of highlights from their combined 11 albums alongside new material written especially for the occasion.
As Liz Stringer and Jen Cloher tell Tyler McLoughlan over a lengthy Skype chat, there’s safety in numbers. The Dyson, Stringer & Cloher three-woman wolfpack tour will be a power greater than their critically acclaimed parts.
n the tradition of some of the world’s best songwriters, Mia Dyson, Liz Stringer and Jen Cloher have formed a power-trio alliance to hit the roads of every state and territory of our vast country. Considering Dyson has enjoyed international acclaim with her 2012 album, The Moment, Stringer recently returned from showcasing Warm In The Darkness in Europe, while Cloher is riding high from the release of her third album, In Blood Memory, the group are tour fit and ready to bring new life to each other’s songs after a debut run in the Northern Territory. “We went out for Darwin Festival and then we went into the desert – we went to Katherine, Tennant Creek for Desert Harmony Festival, and then we finished up at Alice Springs,” says Cloher as Stringer pipes up: “It worked great actually I thought. Jen, did you think that?” “Well I didn’t think you were so great – obviously you have a very different idea of yourself,” Cloher chides playfully, showing a level of piss-taking mateship that only comes when you know someone well. “No, it was great…” she admits as the pair erupt into giggles. The impetus to team up came from a mutual love of each other’s work as well as the need to share the highs and lows with someone who knows that the life of a singer-songwriter can be a lonely one, even more so as self-managed artists. “Jen just thought it would be a really good idea for the three of us to do something like this together,” says Stringer. “We’ve all been friends for a long time; we’ve toured together, I’ve played in Mia’s band for three tours or something – it just makes a lot of sense personally but particularly musically because we’re all quite different but we come from the same school of being songwriters and the song being the centre of what we’re doing. It instantly made a lot of sense and having said that, I was pleasantly surprised particularly because we’d booked another thirty dates of the tour [after the Territory preview] that it actually did work
on stage! It’s like in any band – you can have three or four fantastic musicians but it doesn’t mean that they’ll be a great band. That was the most exciting part about the Territory [shows] and
“The fun thing is that we’ve all got really different approaches to songwriting and performance and for me Liz sits perhaps a little more in that folk world, which is really exciting for me. I don’t mean to catagorise anyone ‘cause there’s a lot of rock there as well, but Dyso’s kind of more in that blues rock world and perhaps my latest album is kind of a bit more indie rock… Plus, it feels really lovely to have two other people just front a band with you, and you don’t feel nearly as alone…” “And if you’re having a bad day or you need an hour off, you can do it whereas if it’s just your tour and you’re driving everything it’s just relentless…” Stringer offers. “Over the whole course of the tour that will make such a huge difference as far as fatigue goes and wanting to be there and not having those moments when you’re like, ‘Fuck this – everyone get in the van, we’re goin’ home’. If anyone feels like that the other two can be like, ‘Okay weirdo – you just go over there for a bit’.” She laughs, as Cloher puts on her
“THE FUN THING IS THAT WE’VE ALL GOT REALLY DIFFERENT APPROACHES” all the feedback we were getting was that people really liked that we were really different but they felt that it worked well together and that’s great – that was the point. There was a chance that it wasn’t gonna work, but thank God it did!” Cloher admits she had to learn a new set of skills as a musician who had never played in someone else’s band, but each of them
mock telling-off voice: “‘You can go and have a little bit of van time. Go and sit in the van in the corner’. There’s a seat up the back if you’re having a really bad day – we’ll just tuck whoever’s having a bad day right up the back and they can have a little sook! “It’s great to be able to team up with other artists and do it together,” says Cloher in summary. “I think that’s the future of independent musicmaking – if you isolate you’ll be picked off like penguins. You’ve got to stay in the pack!” WHEN & WHERE: 24 Oct, The Spotted Cow; 25 Oct, The Sound Lounge; 26 Oct, Judith Wright Centre; 27 Oct, Woombye Pub; 31 Oct, Byron Bay Brewery
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on charges he insulted religious sentiment when he called the Catholic Church “the most murderous cult on the planet” and tore up a Bible during a 2007 performance.
Cancer battles, legal strife, relationship breakdowns; Poland’s blasphemous death metallers Behemoth have been to hell and back. Frontman Adam ‘Nergal’ Darski tells Brendan Crabb about challenging himself.
y life has always been all about questioning things, and this album doesn’t give you [many] answers,” Adam ‘Nergal’ Darski remarks of forthcoming disc The Satanist, Behemoth’s first LP since 2009. “All the experiences I’ve collected throughout the years after [previous record] Evangelion, there’s been so much stuff happening that it’s all there in the music. That’s why we create music, to incorporate all of those feelings and emotions into notes and riffs. It’s metaphysics, it’s not mathematics, you know?” he laughs.
Considering the ferocious death metal crafted throughout two decades fronting the Polish crew, the opening sentence of the aforementioned quote seems a no-brainer. Factor in events of the past half-decade and it’s even more striking, because the obstacles encountered would have left many desperately scrambling to comprehend their misfortune. There was Nergal’s five-month bout with leukaemia, eventually overcome in 2011, and the dissolving of his relationship with fiancée, Polish pop singer Doda. He also faces another trial and possible imprisonment in Poland
“It is what it is; I take it day-by-day,” he reflects. “There’s advantages of the fact I’m Polish and live in this country. This country makes me so hungry for being an artist, for travelling and being creative and inspired. But at the same time, it’s give and take. There’s a lot of opportunities that this country gives you... But it’s very conservative. But then I’m thinking if it wasn’t conservative, would I be into this at all?” It’s not solely his homeland the vocalist/guitarist believes is resistant to change either. “The way I see extreme metal is it lacks the danger factor. The majority of bands, they just lack real, true emotion and something that can move you. Extreme metal these days is just a definition. It’s very friendly, and not being friendly in the way I’d like it to be. It’s not challenging, it’s not stimulating. “Extreme metal should be about being something that puts you into a very uncomfortable position. It’s like with any form of extreme art. When you go and see Antichrist by Lars von Trier, you believe that the actor is disturbed. That’s what I consider extreme. These days, bands think that when they put all the pieces of the puzzle together, they become extreme. But they hardly ever fucking do anything. What we seriously stand for is that Behemoth is a 100 per cent real band, made of real humans, with real relations, blood and emotions. I’m proud of being part of this band. I know that we stand opposite to the current, on our own, and we are inspiration for ourselves solely. That’s what makes us stand out and special in these days’ metal business.” WHEN & WHERE: 27 Oct, The Hi-Fi
HAVING IT ALL
Stephanie Crase has cut her teeth in a number of loved Australian bands. But as Summer Flake she steps out of the shadows and into the much deserved spotlight. She speaks to Brendan Telford.
wo years ago Stephanie Crase found herself in a figurative corner. Over the course of a year two sets of friends moved from Adelaide, effectively ending her musical projects, and providing her with extremely idle hands. So in the comfort of her home she crafted Summer Flake – not that anyone was meant to find out. “There were never thoughts about doing anything with it, it was just something to do to pass time and keep active with playing the guitar,” Crase admits. “It’s been daunting, especially when I became used to recording on my own, adding reverb and cutting and pasting, to playing live and being solely responsible. I had only been in collaborative bands before, so it was pretty scary. I also thought when I started it wasn’t worth getting others involved; there was a lot of things I had to overcome.”
Such self-deprecating insights goes some way to underscoring the warmth that sits at the core of debut record You Can Have It All, an album of loose yet personal musings that Crase admits was borne out of a sense of isolation as she was left to her own devices. “I was so used to doing two band practices a week with Batrider and another with Hit The Jackpot, that was happily my nights and weekends for five years or so. So when that was gone I got weirded out and 42 • THE MUSIC • 23RD OCTOBER 2013
bored... so I had to keep myself occupied. Playing music is one of those go-to things for me, where if I’m feeling angry or bored I put my head down and not notice five hours fly by. I’m proud of myself for going there. It could be quite strange to not have someone there to share the glory with, or indeed the criticism. But I don’t know where the fear was, because it’s gone now. Regardless of whether the music is great or the music is shit, your friends are still there, and there will be at least two people who can find time for it.” You Can Have It All
is a testament to Crase’s evolution as a songwriter. There is a lot of space created within the album that accentuates the languorous guitar and Crase’s soft, contemplative vocals, the overall effect one of hope amidst the tiring minutiae of life. “About eight of the songs across the album and two EPs use the same chord progression. So it is the lyrics that alter things, where one can be about giving up on the world and the next a pretty pop song that stems from a rough time of my life. I don’t mean to write like that; I tried to write songs about walking around and everything’s fine, and on paper it looks good, but you feel that you are at the bottom of a well where it all feels a long way away. It’s not me, really, but it suits me.” WHAT: You Can Have It All (Rice Is Nice) WHEN & WHERE: 27 Oct, Beetle Bar
Glaswegian artist MC Soom T is not just a rapper. She is a label-owner, producer, activist and much more. She talks about her love of reggae and tells Chris Yates about why she is not ashamed to speak up about the legalisation of marijuana.
oom T aka Sumati Bhardwaj grew up on a steady diet of Indian musicals and Disney cartoons. Maybe not the most obvious starting point for an artist who would go on to make critically acclaimed reggae, hip hop and all genres in between. She even recently created her own label Renegade Masters. She says the decision to start the label gave her the freedom to make music how and with whoever she wants to. This is especially important considering that
some of her opinions are controversial. “I am not interested in the way the mainstream media stereotype people based on their beliefs and understanding,” she says bluntly when asked about her defence of marijuana. “What the critics base their decisions on, are the young kids who get baked for the sake of it. They don’t take into account the need that many of us have for an alternative to pharmaceutical medications to treat our ailments such as muscle and bone pain, depression, headaches and other more severe illnesses. So-called
‘stoners’ are just not as honestly painted by the commercial eye, whereas people dependent on drinking every day after work are painted as ‘cool lads about town’ while spending money on taxable liquids which have a worse effect on the body than cannabis.
“Who are others to tell us what to do based on the fact that they have not chosen it or don’t need it? It is like me telling you not to watch football because I consider it pointless. I appreciate that you may enjoy it while it is not for me.” So how important is activism in regard to music? “Very important, as it is a source of input,” she says. “Anything that is a source of input – visual, auditory, etcetera – has an impact on our behaviour. I think that activist music is strength-instilling music, and inspires an individual to seek their power and believe that their efforts can make a change, spurring them into positive action.” Her love of the magic herb has no doubt also influenced her love of reggae, or maybe it’s a vice versa scenario. Either way, she’s quick to impart her theories on what makes reggae music so universal and timeless. “It is a free style of music,” she says. “It is rebellious. It is outspoken. It is heartfelt and it attracts righteous beings, progressive ideas, artistically and philosophically. Reggae isn’t about individuals, it’s about everybody present being happy and feeling united with others. Reggae is about bonding over some deep bass vibrations. Reggae is about having the right peaceful platform for real preachers to preach their truth.”
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ALBUM OF THE WEEK
This week: See an edgier and meaner Hugh Jackman in Prisoners, Ron S. Peno gets darker and melancholic with The Superstitions and Young & Restless + The Nation Blue = the awesome noise of High Tension.
FUTURE OF THE LEFT
How To Stop Your Brain In An Accident Prescriptions/Remote Control Wow. Check your expectations at the door, because How To Stop Your Brain In An Accident – the fourth long-player from Welsh reprobates Future Of The Left – is an insane voyage down the rabbit hole, an endless gamut of trippy twists and tawdry turns. Their usual unrelenting pace has been superseded by a new respect for nuance and space, including some forays into slow tempo realms, but even these moments are caustic and creepy.
TRACK LISTING 1. Bread, Cheese, Bow And Arrow 2. Johnny Borrell Afterlife 3. Future Child Embarrassment Matrix 4. The Male Gaze 5. Singing Of The Bonesaws 6. I Don’t Know What You Ketamine 7. French Lessons 8. How To Spot A Record Company
9. Donny Of The Decks 10. She Gets Passed Around At Parties 11. Something Happened 12. The Real Meaning Of Christmas 13. Things To Say To Friendly Policemen 14. Why Aren’t I Going To Hell?
Of course frontman Andy ‘Falco’ Falkous’ awesomely twisted worldview is still proudly prevalent – waved frantically throughout like a pennant at some fucked up pageant – and the stylistic change in how it’s musically shrouded doesn’t dilute its impact one iota. The lyrics are brilliantly acerbic, targeting a slew of disparate marks and skewering them mercilessly. The stand-out is undoubtedly Singing Of The Bonesaws – a razor-sharp diatribe delivered in a hammy ‘60s TV presenter voice – although Falco’s croon during near-ballad French Lessons is fantastically unnerving, How To Spot A Record Company marries power and precision perfectly and closer Why Aren’t I Going To Hell?’s faux-gothic country shtick works wonderfully before descending into relative chaos. Musically, the recently reconfigured four-piece is in fine fettle – the guitars are requisitely heavy and the rhythm section both in sync and innovative – and they hold nothing back, meaning that the aesthetic risks are richly rewarded as the band’s undeniable charm seeps through the carnage. Ballsy, bizarre and brilliant. Steve Bell
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RON S PENO & THE SUPERSTITIONS
HIGH TENSION Death Beat Cooking Vinyl
Anywhere And Everything Is Bright Rocket
Under the Superstitions banner, the idiosyncratic but genuine talents of Peno are allowed to range across a variety of styles, but remain identifiably his. The high plains country keening of his Darling Downs work is mostly – though not completely – sidelined. The songs here more often come on his darker croon, still of an often melancholic longing, but delivered as part of possibly the most complementary and cradling band he’s fronted since Died Pretty’s finest hours. In fact, in the jangle of the opening Say It Isn’t So, the urgent Myself In Thee, and even more so as Tim Deane’s rippling piano and organ entwine with Mark Dawson’s distinctive softly martial drumming on Destination Unknown, DP enthusiasts will feel very comfortable.
★★★★ As main collaborator and guitarist, Cam Butler seems to have helped find the balance of heart and head that lets Peno wrench the emotion from his guts, but to remember it’s there to serve some very good songs, and not just fall into melodrama. But it tends to all lead up to the final Call Your Name (To Say Goodbye) – an ebbing and flowing moody little epic with Peno’s increasing desperate loss hauling the band along with him as it goes. Even the crack in his vocal as he calls “It’s the time…” on the relationship seems both uncontrived but just right. Ross Clelland
Bringing together members of Young & Restless and The Nation Blue was always going to be a blueprint for great things. But don’t call this a supergroup. High Tension are nothing but their own entity, and with Death Beat they put a sizable rocket under the Aussie hard rock community. The record roars into life with Blaze Up, the track leaving you in no doubt the quartet are playing for keeps. And if volatile songs like Collingwood and Mountain Of Dead could spit in your face they would, and do so with a smile. The shrieks of frontwoman Karina Utomo cut into your skin like knife blades and are omnipresent across this debut. She loses her shit at will while vitriolic punk rock explodes forth relentlessly. Guitarist Ash Pegram maintains that perfect balance between fully charged and completely lost, while the formidable bass work of Matt Weston gives
Motorhead don’t appear too concerned with winning new fans. Instead, they seem intent on delivering more of the fast-paced, no bullshit rock they’ve been cranking out for almost four decades. And if that was the aim of Aftershock, mission accomplished.
Before Philadelphia Grand Jury’s untimely demise, fans of lo-fi indie rock wouldn’t have been too hyperbolic to foresee the Sydney trio leading the sound into the future, even if it took them the rest of their lives.
Songs like End Of Time and Going To Mexico fill the Ace Of Spades and Doctor Rock-shaped holes. Even though they don’t really offer anything new, it’s a formula that works and the slightly fresh take on it delivers two more solid rockers. With Silence When You Speak To Me, Motorhead deliver the kind of boot-stomping, chest-thumping chantable crowd-pleaser that you know would sound even better live. And Last Woman Blues makes for the perfect early album breather, with its strippeddown blues a stark contrast to every other track. But the real stand-out in Aftershock is Death Machine. It’s exactly what you 46 • THE MUSIC • 23RD OCTOBER 2013
★★★ ½ these tracks enough weight to drag you to the bottom of the ocean. Once Dan McKay has banged the whole thing into shape with his rhythms, Death Beat is all but ready for war. Produced by Melbourne-based Kiwi rock pig Tom Larkin, the Shihad drummer has managed to capture and contain High Tension’s fire without diluting it on record. And although there are slight reprieves like Astral Plane, for the most part this is music designed to maim. Fire warnings need to go out in capital cities and regional areas before these guys return to the road. Benny Doyle
Be Kind, Unwind
★★★ ½ want from a Motorhead song called Death Machine. In a pretty consistent track listing of one heartstarter after another, the only real letdown is Dust And Glass. Does anyone really need a slow jam where Lemmy huskily laments lost days, lost nights and some other old clichéd slow song bollocks? Although, Phil “Wizzo” Campbell’s shredding solo almost saves the day. Almost. Kilmister is 67. Motorhead is 38. No man or band should be rocking this hard after so many years. But if you told Aftershock that, it would kick you in your balls before rocking them right off. Pete Laurie
Thankfully the premature disbandment has something of a happy ending with frontman Simon Berkfinger’s Feelings providing somewhat of the follow-up. But is it any good? Well, Be Kind, Unwind doesn’t match the spark or the enthusiasm of his previous outfit’s debut and, it certainly seems, he really misses his old bandmates. Breaking it down track by track proves more challenging as there simply isn’t a Casino or a Ready To Roll or a Good News or anything that could truly become one of those staple triple j classics. Forerunning single One In A Million does however feature one of Berkfinger’s finest hooks and delivers its sentiment
★★★ beautifully, while Intercourse only just falls short. New York Summer cooks with some of the fine ingredients of old, but losing a lover has always sparked Berkfinger’s creative side nicely. Be Kind, Unwind will quench the thirst of some diehard Philly Jays fans, some will even find some solace in at least some of these tunes. But overall, the material just isn’t quite there, the album tends to fall short as an entity and simply just doesn’t quite reach the heights or the hooks the Berkfinger we all know and love is entirely capable of. Ben Preece
Everything Is Debatable
Waiting For The End To Come
With the maturity of their songwriting and charismatic vocals of Forrest Kline, it’s hard to believe Hellogoodbye are only onto album number three. On Everything Is Debatable’s 11 electro folk pop-fuelled tunes, synths and guitar leads play just as an important role as Kline’s vocals in the winning over the listener. 2010’s Would It Kill You? seemed to lack something the band’s debut promised, but with a new drummer and bassist this release pertains an unbridled energy and intriguing sense of depth and dynamic. You might question the overuse of synth or drum samples, but you can’t deny the record’s solidity.
Canadian extreme metal exports Kataklysm continue to keep it real, this time enlisting the tidy production talents of Zeuss, who has worked with Suffocation and Chimaira in the past. There’s plenty for the whole family to enjoy here; from the groove laden If I Was God - I’d Burn It All, to the military stomp of Under Lawless Skies. The sound is crisp and full, there’s good separation of all instruments and Maurizio Iacono’s vocals cut through like a frickin’ laser beam. Tear the scab off a beer can and try not to bob your skull to this one.
There’s a pop sensibility and sentimentality weaving throughout Tender Madness’s 12 tracks that makes it the ideal summertime soundtrack for those whose tastes lean towards the commerciality of Kings Of Leon or The Killers. The vocals of Darren Weiss (who doubles as drummer) actually smacks a little of Brandon Flowers, with a fragile mid range timbre that sounds on the verge of breaking at any given time. Put Me To Work sets the grandiose tone for an album with tracks that flow from pop-infused rock (Young Rut) to introspective ballad (If The Moon Rises) without skipping a beat.
Rice Is Nice Sydney’s queen of punks Angie Garrick ditches the bands and her last name in Turning, her first solo foray. Lead single Parallels is a lo-fi scuzzball chugging along on a staccato rhythm while Garrick sneers with static-fuelled disdain and a seductively sleazy guitar line weaves in and out. But this track is the exception. Most of the eight songs lurch, stutter and crawl through a deliberate myopic haze, dystopic, anguished laments from a psychotropic underground, clawing their way out of the scum-lined mire long enough to leave aural scars before disappearing back down the hole. Brendan Telford
THE HEAD & THE HEART
Kitsuné Maison 15
Let’s Be Still
Love To Love You Donna
The undisputed kings of South American metal have released an LP with a title that sounds more emo band name than thrash album; does this mean Sepultura are mellowing with age? Not really, but this album is a departure from the colossal riffery of previous efforts. Grittier and sounding more like their first few albums in terms of sloppy production value, the intentions may have been noble in an up-yours punk ethos kind of way, but unfortunately the riffs are instantly forgettable.
Let’s Be Still is as bold as it is versatile, The Head & The Heart sampling styles and beautifully utilising the three voices on offer. From melancholic to spritely, the record’s subtle genre shifts are exciting – Charity Rose Thielin’s Summertime is a surprise burst of energy following some poignant storytelling and the appropriately-named Shake, climactic in turn. Josiah Johnson’s inherently sad Josh McBride explodes into a magical, unexpected three-part harmony, contributing to the extraordinary collection of the album’s first – and better – half. Sadly, the record plateaus, but where else could they go?
With every season, French fashion and music label Kitsuné release another swishy compilation to soundtrack their catwalk shows. And like their wearable creations, their 15th signature collection comes tastefully coordinated to appease aspiring hipsters, though this one lacks the diversity of previous adventures. It’s possible to generalise offerings by Go Wolf and Jonny Pierce as being ‘a bit Phoenix’, or to celebrate The Swiss and Horixon as downtempo Mylo-isms. But knowing what goes with what is the fashionistas forte, and even when Kitsuné aren’t presenting their best face they’re still putting on a decent show.
The Mediator Between The Head And The Hands Must Be The Heart Nuclear Blast
Universal Almost 40 years ago Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte rather seminally introduced Donna Summer to the delights of the electro disco dancefloor. This month a bunch of seasoned dance producers salute the late great diva with this mixed bag of stomping remixes. Frankie Knuckles works over Hot Stuff, Chromeo funk up Love Is In Control and Laidback Luke blows up MacArthur Park into an electro tech workout. While it’s impossible to improve I Feel Love, the application of modern production and even more banging beats to Summer’s many solid gold classics produces fun irreverent results. Guido Farnell THE MUSIC • 23RD OCTOBER 2013 • 47
My Name Is My Name
We Need Medicine
Kanye West’s most valuable guest star for the last half a decade or so, Pusha’s profile has skyrocketed while his commitment to hard hip hop has not faltered. My Name Is My Name is as hardcore a mainstream album as you will hear. Lead single Numbers On The Board is obtuse and minimalist with West producing in his Yeezus style, as he also does on most of the album, with a stack of co-producers along for the ride. While Kanye doesn’t chime in on vocals, Rick Ross, 2 Chainz and Big Sean are among those who do.
The Fratellis’ first album in five years makes its presence known by staggering out of a wood-cabin bar at midnight, one foot in a honky-tonked leather boot and the other in a miniMarshall amp. It’s as clumsy (Rock N Roll Will Break Your Heart) as it is pitifully charming (The Whiskey Saga, the closest We Need Medicine gets to the crackling magic of Chelsea Dagger). Halfpissed with your best mates, it sounds like one of the best rock albums of the year. But listen with a clear head and blues-rock clichés will tire from overuse.
From the acoustic folk of Amy Cushway to the fuller indie pop of Amy Shark comes Nelson, the debut EP produced by Powderfinger’s Ian Haug. It’s the sound of an artist finding her feet, with beautiful production and a strong vocal performance. The lyrics are a little weak at points, and some songs meander, driven by sonic texture more than content (I Spit Blood). Blow It Up is a highlight with its strong presence and identity, as is cute duet Weight Of The World. With time and focus Shark’s songwriting could really spark some brilliance.
HAVE/HOLD Song For Bill Of The Trains/ Dexamphetamine Blues Midnight Funeral Melbourne’s Have/Hold give us a bunch of great post-hardcore ideas. The songs are stories, vague enough to paint pictures without being too obvious.
MORCHEEBA Gimme Your Love PIAS I’m high right now, but this still sounds like coffee shop wallpaper from the ‘90s. I guess that’s why they’re called Morcheeba, as in I should have smoked more.
Bella Union/PIAS Midlake prove that middleof-the-road rock doesn’t have to suck. Antiphon is even bordering on proggy with some awesome organ stuff going on.
EMILIANA TORRINI Speed Of Dark
CAGE THE ELEPHANT
True Panther Sounds
More fuzzy pop rock from The Jezabels, The End is the fruits of their UK relocation: big and juicy like a watermelon.
Cage The Elephant’s eclectic sophomore release Thank You, Happy Birthday was a revelation and perfectly underscored 201112’s summer vibe. Their third, Melophobia, finds the Kentucky five-piece amidst more reflective grounds, lead single Come A Little Closer a much more jagged and ruminative foray into their trademark, neatly constructed thrash rock. Take It Or Leave It revives that sunny, tambourine-ridden vibe, and It’s Just Forever ties everything up in a dirty, buzzy funk with The Kills’ Alison Mosshart lending her sultry pant to Matthew Shultz’s workaday whine. Another great offering, but with more slow-burning material.
Old’s most surprising aspect is just how far it exceeds even the highest expectations. Brown shows he’s a lot deeper than the cartoon character he’s marketed as, and on the album’s theoretically less ‘party’ half he even shows off a whole new voice – Lonely and Clean Up exemplify this. His audience is 50/50 hipsters and rap fans, and he plays up to both crowds perfectly. When the party kicks off with Dope Song, he owns the whole game. Diversity, intelligent lyrics, parodying hip hop tropes and still owning them – a true modern classic.
Few bands channel their name through their sound as fluidly as Delorean. Apar floats in your ears and easily transports you to calm places. Not right away, though; Spirit is an awful opener, but once Destitute Time bounces into your life things immediately improve. Continuing on the album mirrors that intro; there’s no amazing stretch, but nothing too tedious either. The ‘dream’ clouds the ‘pop’ on a few occasions, but enough special moments are splashed about – especially when female vocals appear in the mix – to make you think Delorean could find perfection somewhere in the future.
Rough Trade/Remote Control Intelligent pop is rare these days, mostly because people are stupid and lazy. This passes the test, like Cyndi’s Time After Time but a little more subtle.
FULL TOTE ODDS New Orleans Independent Adelaide MCs base this song on a big hook from Jack Radford, whose voice is the star, then flesh out the story in raps around him.
THE JEZABELS The End Independent
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In cinemas Prisoners is a surprisingly strong film. ‘Surprisingly’, because, from the outset, it didn’t look to have much going for it. It is pretty damn sublime thanks to the incredible eye of cinematographer Roger Deakins, who expertly mines the film’s pallid suburban neighbourhoods for all their oppressive normalcy, and finds such earthy, elemental qualities in scenes shot inside mere campervans and muted office spaces. And there’s flashes of something else, too. I’d really
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wondered what Jake Gyllenhaal would bring to his role. Here, he’s all backstory, which starts him on strong footing. He has a facial tic, which in many other actors’ eyes would play as affected, but he makes it part of the language of his character. He hunches and shuffles around with the heavy air of a funeral, which is such a wonderful inversion for the character of a cop – and a Gyllenhaal hero cop, at that – in a film like this. There is atmosphere, and elegance to every frame of Prisoners. It isn’t amazing, but it is strong, memorable and gorgeous. Samuel Hobson
PUSSY RIOT: A PUNK PRAYER
at the titular Russian performance artists, who – speaking behind a glass shield in court, the treasonous prisoners in a televised spectacle eerily reminiscent of the Stalinist show-trials of the late 1930s – are eloquent, thoughtful, and unwavering in their conviction that Putin’s Russia is a corrupt and oppressive regime. The three members of the Moscow-based “oppositional activists” were famously arrested in February of 2012 for performing a ‘punk prayer’, provocatively titled Mother Of God Drive Putin Away, inside Christ The Saviour Cathedral. Lerner and Pozdorovkin seek to add depth to a story that
In cinemas Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer isn’t a great piece of documentary filmmaking; but, in some ways, it doesn’t need to be. All Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin need to do is point their cameras
generated endless headlines and infinite tedious opinion pieces, yet was often rendered without any complexity. And, most of all, they seek to turn these demonised women - Nadia Tolokonnikova, Katya Samutsevich, and Masha Alyokhina - into human beings. Given how swiftly Pussy Riot became indie music’s great cause célèbre, it’s easy to be suspicious that these lasses had been turned into iconic figures out of convenience, Yet, the moment they open their mouths, Tolokonnikova, Samutsevich, and Alyokhina show themselves to be the real deal; the definitive article; the righteous dissidents that the media dreamed. Even if A Punk Prayer only gets to speak briefly to its key subjects, it, most importantly, gets to show them having their day in court. And, in the face of their imminent sentencing, each delivers a final statement that stands as poetic, defiant rebukes of Russia, its leaders, its media, its court, their own trial, and the very notion of ‘justice’ in a totalitarian regime. Anthony Carew
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Knock Knock is an indie horror game. While not particularly scary, it is horrible. The most exciting thing that happened while I was playing happened when I found a typo in one of the boring bits where you have to read heaps of text (there is one section where you have to read 11 pages of irrelevant and uninteresting backstory).
In fact, the angry-looking protagonist is actually the scariest thing in the game. Much scarier than the dude who has a box on his head – or the ball of leaves that rolls around. What’s really annoying is how much you have to listen to his gibberish, when the cliché creepy girl who’s stalking you talks in perfect English. It also had this weird attempt at a meta-narrative where at the start of the game it says it’s not actually game, but an interactive meditation given to the developers by a mysterious third party. Yeah, nah.
In a nutshell, you play a sleep-
Oscar M Nicock
KNOCK KNOCK Ice Pick PC/Mac
swapping out the Duke for Lo-Wang – a badass SinoJapanese warrior with a penchant for muscle cars, cigarettes and katana decapitations. He channels the stereotypically East Asian ki to cast the equivalent of spells and healing. The upgradable abilities aren’t really enough to convince you to take on too much extra side-searching, but it’s the thought that counts.
Devolver Digital PC The Build game engine should be familiar to the hearts and minds of gamers over as it formed the basis for the incredible Duke Nukem 3D in the ‘90s. That game, probably the first of its kind to feature payable strippers, was the talk of schoolyards worldwide. The initial Shadow Warrior was built to the same specifications and largely felt similar while 50 • THE MUSIC • 23RD OCTOBER 2013
invisible spectre named Aiden since early childhood.
deprived lodger who, for some reason, can only speak in gibberish and needs to survive until dawn each night. You know you’re in for a wild time when the primary game mechanic is waiting. The creepiness is meant to come from all the eerie footsteps and banging on doors and creeking floorboards. However, when you realise that it doesn’t mean anything and you’re rarely ever in any kind of danger, the game becomes a chore.
The game feels similar to the original in terms of the ability to run around and destroy the shit out of any poor bastards stupid enough to work for the opposition. Oh, and there’s demons. Lots as scary-as-fuck demons. Chopping is pretty good fun – there is nothing quite as great as seeing limbs separate from torsos and heads roll in your wake and it does get pretty gory. A good dose of cinematics early on engage you enough to follow the action through, though in the wake of several recent releases the relatively linear game path feels a little claustrophobic. Still, the awesome ‘80s action film feel and entertaining dialogue make this well worth a look. Simon Holland
BEYOND: TWO SOULS SCEE PS3
David Cage decided video games needed to grow up. Juvenile fantasies like Halo and Skyrim held back the medium’s credibility, went his logic, and its success in reaching a broader audience. Cage, Beyond: Two Soul’s outspoken creative director, diagnosed the industry with ‘Peter Pan Syndrome’. With gaming itself in peril, Cage assembled a crack team of Ellen Page, Willem Dafoe and a cutting-edge motion capture studio, and propelled them into space in search of a life-saving creative specimen. Years later, they returned with Beyond. With talent like Willem Dafoe on-side, and Cage’s insistence that story is the crucial missing spice in the video game fried chicken, you’d expect Beyond’s tale to depth-charge other studios’ offerings out of the water. It’s definitely as ambitious as any Hollywood production. Ellen Page plays Jodie, an orphan who has co-existed with an
The story begins with the first outbreak of her psychic powers, her admission into the care of a supernatural research facility, and covers her growth as a frustrated teenager and eventually as a reluctant soldier in the CIA’s paranormal ops program. Pretty exciting. But the grand narrative is a flailing, unfocused mess, spread too thin across the game’s marathon 15+ hours. There are plenty of mind-numbing tangents, covering anything from homeless life to researching Navajo desert spirits. In terms of in-game choice, I can elect what meal to cook for a date with some jerk, but I can’t prevent an innocent man I’ve possessed from landscaping his own face with a shotgun. Ultimately, the player has zero say in the majority of Jodie’s macro-level decisions. Rather than rivalling Mass Effect’s lattice of choices, which can lead to the extinction of entire races, Beyond made me feel like Alex in A Clockwork Orange: my hands restrained from the controls, and my eyes kept open with forceps. Cage has misdiagnosed the video game industry. Many video games already feature meaningful story and choices. Mass Effect carpet bombs Beyond in terms of impactful decisions. Walking Dead is the reigning king of emotive characters. And Beyond’s shallow quick-time events and confused story withers next to The Last of Us’s masterful blend of satisfying mechanics and a carefully bowed narrative arc. Beyond is a lesson in how interaction can’t be neglected in the name of story, and how a developer’s hubris can painfully backfire. Michael Pendlebury
JAE LAFFER, GEORGIA FAIR, KARL SMITH Alhambra Lounge 18 Oct Alhambra is a strange setting for tonight’s line-up, but Karl Smith is doing a nice job setting a sweetly reserved tone while battling disco lights and walls covered in pastel posters for the upcoming club night, to a room of mostly band members, friends and possibly mums. His voice is particularly strong and works best in the last few songs when Smith swaps acoustic guitar for keyboard, playing sorrowful ballads while his guitarist weaves spindly melodies with subtle slide guitar.
and uninterested in the show and this puts strain on Laffer from the first note, though he pushes through good-naturedly. The band’s sound is a lot more stripped-back than on the album; strings and horns and lush production are swapped for an arrangement that lets Laffer’s wonderfully endearing voice and smart, poetic and intensely heartfelt lyrics to take centre stage. If only this review could just be about the world-class songs from Laffer’s debut album, The Iron Glows Red, but sadly, shamefully, it has to include the fact that they’re almost drowned out by loud drunk kids waiting for DJs and drink specials. It’s not their fault – it is a club night after all – but fuck, whoever thought
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Georgia Fair are launching their album tonight, the duo of Jordan Wilson and Ben Riley keeping it simple with just themselves, their guitars and their voices on stage to present their intense and achingly pretty country songs, full of the untouchable pain of the truly good-looking. Highlights come most often when their voices are used in harmony; Wilson does the majority of the singing and his vocals are clear and passionate, but Riley’s voice adds a softer, darker dimension that enables these tracks to really shine. The place is filling up a bit more by the time Jae Laffer and his live band, featuring members of The Panics and Mining Boom, go on stage, but the new arrivals are loud
obviously disappointed in this night of excellent music marred by bad touring organisation. Madeleine Laing
THE AMITY AFFLICTION, CHELSEA GRIN, STICK TO YOUR GUNS, IN HEARTS WAKE Brisbane Riverstage 18 Oct First up on tonight’s camoclad Riverstage is Byron Bay metalcore group In Hearts Wake. Having been kicking it
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putting this artist in this venue was a good idea, whoever set in motion the series of events that led to one of our country’s greatest songwriters having to fight to be heard above bros in V-necks yelling for vodka and cokes, should be set on fire. There are times when the band, manage to pull themselves out of the muck; songs like Right Above My Heart and Don’t Make Me Wait rise to the surface on powerful rhythms and extra guitar work from Georgia Fair’s Ben Riley, who was brought on in the middle of the set. However, delicate closer, I See Myself In You, which should have been an intimate and beautiful end to the night, is almost completely drowned out, leaving Laffer
Chelsea Grin take the heaviness up a notch from the word go. Kicking it off with their older hit, Recreant, the American group is unashamedly deathcore for the most part, and even those not familiar with their catalogue can tell when the next breakdown is going to happen. Showing off their more progressive inclinations with newer songs such as Lilith and Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, this is an awesome band built for massive pits while still able to shred their worth in metal technicality. It’s an incredible feat that locals The Amity Affliction manage to just keep getting bigger, and tonight they prove their worth in gold. With a
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since 2006, the thousands of kids in early attendance are surely representative of the largest Australian show these guys have ever played – a sentence quite possibly valid for all the bands. Save for smashing their new single, Skydancer, up second, the band plays a super tight set entirely from last year’s Divination album. California’s Stick To Your Guns begin with the title track to last year’s Diamond album, from which the majority of their set is taken, surprisingly even avoiding the hits of their past. While they certainly have everyone’s attention, there’s probably not quite as much of an overt outpouring of energy from the crowd as one might expect. Either way the band give it their all from start to finish.
set spanning all three of the group’s albums, the 3000-plus strong audience is uniformly mesmerised and adoring. With every member completely on top of their game, and every second audience member screaming every word back at them, vocalist Joel Birch comments that it’s “fucking amazing” to be playing completely sober after having been “fucking wasted” the last time the band performed at the Riverstage. Disrupting their otherwise enthralling momentum with a slightly awkward cover of Lana Del Rey’s Too Legit To Quit, the eventual encore of Open Letter provides a suitably epic end to a fairly epic evening. Lochlan Watt THE MUSIC • 23RD OCTOBER 2013 • 51
PRINCE RAMA, ANDREW TUTTLE Alhambra Lounge 16 Oct It’s always a strange feeling to walk into a venue half an hour after doors are scheduled to open and find you are virtually the only person in the room, but that’s Brisbane on a Wednesday evening for you. Andrew Tuttle casts a lonely shadow on stage tonight, joined only by his laptops, synth and acoustic guitar. He starts off by producing simplistic sounds through his synth which are then looped and blended together to create
Nimai Larson is on drums, and instead of sitting down whilst annihilating her kit, she jumps and dances around with a huge grin on her face, sending a message that if no one in the crowd is willing to dance, then she will. When So Destroyed kicks in Nimai’s beats are looped electronically, leaving her free to join her sister’s side for a little dance, all the while showcasing her diverse vocal range. Theatrics are an integral part of the set tonight – amongst the backdrop of the Bollywood-esque grooves from tracks like Those Who Live For Love Will Live Forever, Blade Of Austerity, We Will Fall In Love Again and No Way Back, the girls continually provide obscure visual accompaniments. At one
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lush, swirling melodies. Once his acoustic guitar is added to the equation the soundscape becomes breathtakingly beautiful; this is the stuff dreams are made of. While his set only runs for about 20 minutes, Tuttle has definitely proved himself as one to watch in the electro-ambient scene. As the Brooklyn-based duo of sisters Prince Rama take the stage it’s clear they are less than impressed by the turn out. Takara Larson comments, “So this is a fun Wednesday, huh?” and when she is met with silence and an army of folded arms, she then asks in frustration, “Do you guys speak English?” To their credit, the sisters eventually move past the fact that they are only playing to an audience of about 15, and perform with admirable positivity. 52 • THE MUSIC • 23RD OCTOBER 2013
CODY CHESNUTT, CHEAP FAKES, MKO The Hi-Fi 20 Oct With a great sound and vibe in tow, MKO open tonight’s proceedings on a positively high note. They do well in fusing their electro-pop with groovin’ R&B offerings, but it is their ability to effectively slide into smooth atmospheres lined with assaults of deep bass that really brings the fruit to the fore. The reggae-funk of Cheap Fakes goes over a treat,
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stage Nimai lays down and drapes herself in what looks like a wedding veil before Takara proceeds to lay on top of her, with both sisters screaming to each other in song. The pair then jump into the crowd to perform some choreographed dance moves, and why not? There’s definitely enough room on the floor. The set ends suddenly and abruptly as the two girls run out to the smoking area of the venue, which seems confusing at first, yet is a fitting end to the performance. While the sisters have provided a stimulating set, there’s an overall sense of disappointment; it would have been interesting to see what kind of energy these two could conjure with a more appropriately sized audience. Jazmine O’Sullivan
adding a little extra bit of diversity to the night. Their high-spirited attitude makes them fit wonderfully into the middle slot, and their set manages to keep the room smiling brightly. The last time Cody ChesnuTT graced our stages, back in 2006, it was a rather reserved solo offering. Tonight, however, he has a stunning four-piece band behind him, and is anything but reserved. He simply ignites the room from the moment he walks on stage, his signature helmet atop his head, and delivers the electrifying opener That’s Still Mama. As soon as the music permeates the room the crowd gets busy on beams of sonic elation. While the band weaves a wonderful tapestry that is both tight and flexible,
ChesnuTT certainly remains the key. He moves with a dramatically impassioned form of expressionism that is not only captivating, but downright infectious. At times it’s as if his movements take cues from luminaries such as Michael Jackson, yet he seems to infuse and surrender these gestures into those of vulnerable moments that seem beyond the sterilising storms of gazing eyes and media-light. Not content to rest on past laurels, the set focuses almost entirely on his latest record Landing On A Hundred. Many of these soul stirring songs become redefined in the live setting – Everybody’s Brother, What Kind Of Cool and Love
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Is More Than A Wedding Day each come in expanded forms that shine new light on their studio counterparts. While there are many moments of engagement, it all peaks during Where Is All The Money Going when ChesnuTT gets down amongst the crowd, and then once back on stage, proceeds to conduct the room in unison through both whispered and sung repetitions of the chorus. And as if it all wasn’t already enough, a rather touching ‘Thank You’ song bids farewell. It is quite the cliché to read of an artist spouting their dedication to render each lyric with true heart and soul, yet through this performance ChesnuTT proves himself to be one of the rare few that walk the walk. Jake Sun
EVERY TIME I DIE, BAYHARBOUR, THE FEVERED The Hi-Fi 18 Oct The Fevered start and finish earlier than scheduled, meaning their abrasive hardcore is attacking a relatively empty Hi-Fi. It’s a shame – the Brissie crew are a cut above the standard quality of supports, and given a larger slot they could’ve levelled the place. With their frontman Josh taking his moves from the Greg Puciato school of intimidation, Bayharbour are in our faces
and the Buffalo metalcore heavyweights explode around him, tearing into the opener and quick-fire follow-up Holy Book Of Dilemma at a manic pace, before getting the swarming pit bouncing with No Son Of Mine, complete with a sped-up midsection that slays. Andy Williams roams the stage like a herculean monster in plaid – almost cartoonish in his muscly size – and transforms his guitar into a six-string toy, while Keith’s brother Jordan is wheeling out every conceivable rock move you could conjure up, delivering high kicks and star jumps one moment, slicing his palm across the frets the next. The energy levels on stage are frighteningly high,
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straight away. The new vocalist gets one foot on the monitor and a hand on his leg; he’s then in the crowd and working the pit, all the while maintaining his ferocious roar. The youngster is active and seems to be a natural fit for the technical metalcore that’s being created around him. Nat Patterson is great to watch too. The drummer is nonchalant with his rhythms in the middle, but when given space he provides some killer fills that keep you guessing, complementing the sharp riffs nicely. Reacquainting themselves through a blast of sonic chaos, Every Time I Die go into facepeeling mode immediately. A trim, verging on gaunt Keith Buckley counts in Underwater Bimbos From Outer Space with that arresting verse, “I want to be dead with my friends”,
more dark, before Kill The Music blows the roof off, concluding yet another killer Every Time I Die party in the West End. Benny Doyle
LITTLE SCOUT, EVES, SHEM ALLEN Black Bear Lodge 18 Oct Shem Allen, stepping out from Skinny Jean, layers synth pads, samples and tremulous guitar over soft, wailing vocals for his opening number, before settling briefly into plucked guitars and indie pop normalcy on the second. Nothing stays static throughout this set, a marked sense of experimentation
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there’s a lot of range and talent on display from this young performer. With a new album to launch, two new touring members (bass and second guitar), and their first Brisbane headline show this year, it’s a big night for Little Scout. The venue had seemed a touch quiet early on, but as the local darlings take to the stage the room fills out and it’s clear that fans were just biding their time. Drawing heavily from their new record, Are You Life, there’s something angular, almost kraut-rock, to Little Scout’s music tonight. Heavy, muscular drumming propels the set, and the rhythms on the new tracks are noticeably complex, but still manage to fit seamlessly into the indie pop structures of the songs, Miro Mackie’s
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which only adds additional danger to songs like The New Black and Partying Is Such Sweet Sorrow, and when Keith starts-stops-then-starts Bored Stiff to incite a volatile circle pit, there’s actual blood on the dancefloor.
being the only consistent factor between the tracks. It’s good to see an artist pushing the potential of their own creativity and while none of the tracks really feel complete – still rough around the edges – they’re definitely pointing somewhere interesting.
The engine room of bassist Stephen Micciche and drummer Ryan Leger are in fine form also, and they push the playing envelope during Wanderlust. However, it’s the axe battle of Williams and Jordan that’s ruling tonight, especially when they’re playing one-handed in unison, complete with middle fingers and rock horns raised. They lead a driving We’rewolf as it’s rolled into Indian Giver, and the entire quintet somehow drop the tempo back while making the noise thicker and
By contrast, Eves (aka Hannah Karydas) sounds resolutely safe – simple strummed guitars and sweetly melodic vocals, turned gravelly with emotion. After two songs she’s joined by a second performer who adds extra guitar lines, triggers programmed drums and provides back-up vocals, filling the songs out and allowing Eves to add a degree of complexity to her live performance that distinguishes her from the indiefolk milieu. A couple of exceptions aside, the tracks are sharp and well timed, and with her latest single Zen recalling Emma Louise,
talent shining through. We Are Walking Out garners the biggest response early on, and it’s not hard to see why – a perfect slice of driving pop, it’s a song that any band would be thrilled to have in their repertoire. The new tracks stand up well though and recent single March Over To Me gets a good reaction, while the energetic Flash In A Pan looks set to be a future crowd-pleaser. Melissa Tickle is in great form all night, making up for her sister’s missing harmonies. While there’s not a lot of banter, it’s an impressively tight set – right up until the encore, when a cover of Weezer’s El Scorcho, apparently unrehearsed and voiced by touring guitarist Charles Sale, caps off the night, adding an engaging sense of playfulness to an otherwise very polished gig. Sky Kirkham THE MUSIC • 23RD OCTOBER 2013 • 53
BKE BEAT THANG DRUM MACHINE
Drum machines always spin me out. On one hand I can’t keep my hands off them and on the other I lose interest when I have to start programming. I don’t like chores! This, however, is cool. BKE have made the effort to provide pads and buttons that are dedicated to almost every sound you’ll need at any given time. This is a simple machine to use yet incredibly powerful. You can use it on the go with its battery charged or you can integrate it with your
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computer and use the BTV VSTi application that comes with each Beat Thang. There are numerous I/O options and you can use the unit as a controller for your computer for increased processing power while maintaining that hands-on feel. This is a pretty affordable option, at $799, that will bring the fun back to making grooves, loaded as it is with guitar and keyboard effects and a squillion drum samples. Barry Gilmour
FOCAL SM9 STUDIO MONITOR
This week I thought we’d look at one product that really takes itself seriously – the Focal SM9. These are studio monitors at a level most engineers never come across. With a three-way monitor and a two-way monitor in one cabinet, Focal have produced something that can really put itself in any environment comfortably. You can reduce the amount of bass to listen to all the details in your mids and really bring out those micro details. There are controls on the side panel to switch between StandBy, Direct and Focus modes 54 • THE MUSIC • 23RD OCTOBER 2013
The latest incarnation of the original Boomerang launched in 1995 is the Boomerang III Phrase Sampler, which sports a ton of new features, including the hosting of up to four independent loops, different play modes, half speed/one octave down, reverse, fade and many other functions. The sound quality is fantastic at 48Khz/20 bit, so the pedal won’t affect your tone in the slightest, and having multiple loops at the same time enables the user to erase and re-record loops
while other loops are playing. In addition, having a master loop enables you set up a percussive beat to quantize to so all your loops stay perfectly in time. Add the ability to sync loops together, have them run in freeform (for ambient soundscapes), and to drop the pitch and speed down an octave for basslines, and you have an extremely versatile tool for composition, live performance and improvisation. Reza Nasseri
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depending on what you want from the monitor and the level of transparency is what you’d expect from high-end esoteric studio monitors. These are not cheap at a tad over $8000 and considering their size, at 35kg each, they’re not light. There’s so much to say about them, and the technical details, pure Beryllium inverted dome tweeter and the level of detail produced speak for themselves. These are true reference monitors from a true master of loudspeaker design. Barry Gilmour
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TRANSVAAL DIAMOND SYNDICATE Member answering/role: Christian Tryhorn – guitar/vox How long have you been together? Band started in 2010. This version is TDS 6.0. It’s a keeper, nawwww. How did you all meet? The boys were playing in Cleveland Blues and The Royal Artillery previously, all who toured with TDS regionally. Through break-ups we make up. You’re on tour in the van – which band or artist is going to keep the most people happy if we throw them on the stereo? This is a hard one with the lads constantly putting on Deftones or Karnivool. That shit ain’t cool for me before 8pm so we tend to agree on heavy blues rock like The Fumes or Marshall & The Fro. Rage Against the Machine or early QOTSA also tend to work. Which Brisbane bands before you have been an inspiration (musically or otherwise)? You can’t go past a SixFtHick live show! Musically, dirty blues rock ain’t much Brisbane’s thing, but we’re working on it. I dig The Blackwater Fever, The Royal Artillery and Mojo Webb. Up-and-coming bands like Baskervillain, Deadweight Express, Barefoot Alley and Smoke are doing well and hitting a hole. What part do you think Brisbane plays in the music you make? Brisbane provides the hole that we want to fill. It’s on the whole a great live music city with plenty of opportunity. Transvaal Diamond Syndicate play Drunken Moon Festival at The Joynt, 26 Oct; Kings Beach Tavern, Sunshine Coast, 1 Nov; and Queensland Festival Of Blues at The Globe Theatre on 2 Nov. Photo by TERRY SOO.
THE SLAP The time has come when all Australians heed the call to gather around the barbecue, sink a few ales, swat at the inevitable flies and share something imbued with the essence of charcoal to eat, as Dylan Stewart eulogises.
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If you think this salty mollusc is only palatable when raw and zesty, cheese and herbs have the ability to transform any food.
These diabeticinducing desserts are greatly enhanced by the barbecuing process, the heat helping to caramelise the sugars. Nothing is better than one of these warmed crispy treats!
ctober’s a funny time of year. The winter chill, its sporting codes and long nights are rapidly moving into the abyss of our collective psyche, and although daylight savings has kicked in, we’re still getting used to functioning in a different – albeit only slightly – timezone. Summer is on the horizon, but it will take a few really warm days before shorts and singlets become the fashion du jour (yes, some parts of Australia have experienced unseasonable warmth already, but bear with me here, I’m making a point). The hum of lawnmowers can be heard on the suburban soundscape and the smell of freshly cut grass wafts over fences to indicate we are in the throes of spring. Soon, though, these sensations will be joined by that other glorious mainstay of the warmer months: the barbecue. First comes the faint smell of charcoal, growing more and more aromatic over those first few minutes. Then that sudden, shocking sizzle of the first piece of food slapping upon the grill hits your ears and human nature instinctively draws us to the cooking process. Whether meat or vegetable, all distractions are ignored, our eyes and ears honing in on preparing a sumptuous, char-grilled meal for ourselves – or, as is often the case, for our friends and family. It’s been this way for millennia. Although the stainless steel hood, the gas tank and the pasta salad that often form part of the barbecuing experience have been around a relatively short time, the concept of cooking food over an open flame is as old as fire itself. We might mock them as precursors to the presentday human race, but the cavemen and women who first managed to control fire in the Middle Pleistocene period (think 781-126 thousand years ago) had larger brains than their own predecessors. It’s unsurprising, then, that one of the first things they did with their newfound intelligence was find an animal, kill it and cook it over a fire. Sure, the furthest many of us come to hunting for food these days is stalking the supermarket aisles, and even
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when we’re camping we’ll throw up a cast-iron plate over the embers to cook more accurately. There’s something appealing, though, about the primitive notion of cooking a piece of flesh to the point where it’s not only rid of bacteria, but also draws that smoky flavour of the flames. If we just wanted to eat a hot meal, we would no doubt use one of the multitudes of modern cooking appliances found in the average kitchen. Oven, stovetop, microwave, steamer, kettle, toaster, slow cooker; the list goes on. There seems to be less skill required when cooking in the kitchen though. An oven can be pre-heated to a precise temperature. A steamer or rice cooker can automatically tell you when your food has reached the desired state. And the only ‘work’ involved in cooking in a microwave is to remove any foil from your meal. Try telling a story to friends while you all huddle around a rice cooker. It would not only have to be as riveting as a Hollywood thriller, but you’d also be telling it in a race against “the ding” that indicates your food is ready. There’s a certain kind of nostalgic romance about cooking on a barbecue that’s not just limited to the act of cooking itself. In the fresh air of a backyard, a park or a campground, voices are naturally freer of inhibitions, allowing stories to be told enthusiastically, flamboyantly and with gestures. There’s no bench space restricting your movements; no competing conversation that needs to be respected (as much). And the neighbours? When paired with the slap and sizzle of food on the grill, the sounds of laughter and a crappy stereo blaring through a bathroom window is, if not an invitation to pop round with a six-pack of their own, then a validation that everything is alright with the world. When you fire up the barbecue this summer, take a moment to tip your hat to our ancestors, their primitive fire-cooking ways and, for God’s sake, make sure the grill is hot before you slap that steak down.
Already a popular partner for goat cheese and rocket salads, this fruit has progressed to patty status in making sweet/savoury burgers. You can also experiment with other fruits as well, such as bananas in their skins, peaches, pears, etc.
Lettuce, as well as its leafy cousins like cabbage and brussels sprouts, go great with oil, herbs or salad dressing on the grill. It’s all about supplementing the fluid lost in the cooking process with added fats and sauces.
If your average guacamole isn’t cutting it anymore, the process of grilling avocados provides a great smoky flavour. Be sure to use olive oil and lemon juice and have a clean grill on a low heat.
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THE EDGES OF TWILIGHT You havent haven’t lived until yyou you’ve ve ridden a snowmobile on an active volcano. Iceland gives Benny Doyle such an opportunity.
he temperature has dropped into minus territory and I’m rugged up like the Michelin Man, trying to squeeze a racing helmet down over my head. Our husky Icelandic guide notices that I’m struggling and gives it a little tap on top which does the trick. We’re about to go snowmobiling on Mýrdalsjökull, a glacier that rests expectedly on an active volcano named Katla. Scientists have stated that the cavity should erupt every 40 to 80 years; the last recorded eruption was in 1918. Our guide says that we can only go out for an hour so if the thing blows we can outrun the lava. I’ve never felt so alive. This is Iceland. It’s a country that stirs something inside you and causes you to breathe deeper, gaze longer and think just a little bit more. Most things you experience here are so unique you can’t completely compute them, and even in reflection it’s hard to put yourself back in that moment and acknowledge the magnitude and scope that came with whatever you were doing. Like speeding at 60 clicks across a volcano; gazing at the crevasse between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates; watching icebergs break off a glacier. It’s a country that makes you feel small and insignificant in the massive scheme of it all. Because there’s culture shock. When you visit a foreign destination and can’t read a train map, or you point at a menu and end up with pig’s ear stew. Then there’s Iceland. At many points on the trip it doesn’t even seem like we’re on Earth. The remote Nordic island spits, steams and bubbles, filling us with childlike curiosity as an elaborate science experiment plays out all around. And outside of Reykjavík, the horizon is generally devoid of trees, with moss quickly replacing grass and minimal fauna to be seen. Far from seeming cold, however, all this comes across as cinematic and inspiring. From the moment we depart London and begin chasing the spring sun north around the earth’s curvature, the trip immediately feels like something extraordinary and 60 • THE MUSIC • 23RD OCTOBER 2013
BLUE LAGOON ETIQUETTE: BEST PRACTICES NUDE UP IN THE LOCKER ROOMS
Nothing says, ‘I’m iffy on you locals’ like covering yourself with a towel when you’re getting changed. Let it hang out, relax and enjoy the welcoming nods from the regulars.
And while you’re standing around just as God made you, have a shower and scrub yourself down. This will make sure the lagoon remains as clean and hygienic as possible. about as far removed from a standard ‘weekend break’ as could be. At one point I’m lying in the back of a people mover as it powers down a single lane road and all that surrounds us is hardened black lava. The desolation seems to roll into the infinite. Tool plays on the stereo and the prog metal whirs with the same intensity; it sounds like it was written for the moment. I remember reading an article about the making of Bjork’s Post, and how she sourced a long microphone cord so she could sing out to the ocean. It all makes complete sense. Basing ourselves out of Reykjavik City Hostel isn’t so much a smart decision as the only choice on our backpacking budget. But it gives us a central base to explore the city and surrounding areas, and provides us with a social environment where we can share stories and pick up handy tips on where to eat and what to check out around the place. During our four days in Iceland I see more water cascading over cliff edges that I ever have in my life. I eat lobster soup and freshly caught flounder that practically dissolves in my mouth. I even manage to learn a bit about the country’s Viking heritage, which the Icelandic people are immensely proud of. The sun doesn’t disappear the entire time we’re here. The closest we come to darkness is between the hours of 11pm and 3am, when a perpetual dusk settles over our heads. When we appear from Pravda, one of the prize clubs in Reykjavik on Sunday morning at 4am, the sun is belting down like it’s noon. It makes the street meat hot dog just a little harder to digest, but it’s pretty unique nonetheless. And no trip to Iceland is complete without a visit to the Blue Lagoon, the iconic geothermal spa situated in the country’s south-west tip. It’s on the way to the airport, making it the perfect final stop for any holiday in the north, and the experience is medicinal, extracting the last of the Jägermeister from our pores to see us leaving totally refreshed and invigorated. Because this is an island getaway, but just not as you know it.
MINIMAL MOTION IN THE OCEAN
Well, geothermal spa – but you get it. Your mad bomb dives might score you perfect tens at your backyard pool parties but here they’ll win you no friends.
That soft stuff beneath your toes is silica mud, and it exfoliates, brings out inner glow and does all sorts of other things you read about on lady products. Smear that gear on.
CLOSE YOUR EYES
You are swimming in an open-air lagoon in Iceland surrounded by molten rock – it doesn’t get much more relaxing, so soak it up and enjoy.
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TOURING THIS WEEK
CRIME IS CRIME
Did Campbell Newman get picked on by bikies growing up? He’s treating this anti- bikie gang vendetta like a war, and threatening police to sack them if they don’t follow his orders. Joh Bjelke-Petersen will be smiling somewhere, while the rest of us lament our civil liberties…
BALLIN’ WITH THE BEST
This Saturday at The Loft on the GC, you can check out Ball Of String, the Ipswich folkies fronted by Queensland favourite Sean Gagan, as well as Creature Kind, Bart Thrupp and Easy Cool. Ten buck bargain.
The homophobic content of Eminem’s comeback single Rap God is so overtly inane that it just has to be a cry for attention. Is he that worried that he’s not relevant anymore?
SUPER CUTE Naww, there are reports that new young music overlords Flume and Lorde are keen to work together. Maybe it’s a government plan to bore terrorists? Pass the forks so that we can perforate our eardrums now…
BACKLASH CRIME IS CRIME II
So Campbell’s anti-bikie warpath has manifested early with two cops hassling a guy for wearing a Sons Of Anarchy T-shirt. Hilarious on so many levels…
GET THAT INDIA It’s hard to get too excited about the current ODI series in India, but on the weekend we were treated to one of the best ever power hitting displays by Tassie’ lad James Faulkner to usher home a remarkable win.
HOLEY GHOST Ke$ha has always been pretty odd, but telling Jimmy Kimmel that her vagina is haunted takes the cake. That would make for one NSFW exorcism., and probably a half-decent film clip…
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CAN’T STOP THE ROCK
We can’t get enough of Dave Di Marco’s smart strumming, and you won’t be able to either after you hear the troubadour run through some tracks this Tuesday at The Scratch. Free tunes and a few craft beers – yes please.
Garage rock primates The Busymen will show the new school how it’s fucking done with a set at Beetle Bar this Friday. The bill also offers up Hits, The Dirty F Holes and The Buzzrays – $10 from 8pm.
CROSSING FLIGHT PATHS
CHANGING OF THE GUARD
Head along to The Tempo Hotel this Thursday night (that’s tomorrow, yo!) and you’ll get a taste of the bold rock fury sent out by Mass Sky Raid. It’s free entry, with The Orchard and The Keepaways supporting.
Naked Maja and Kigo will be buddying up at Southside Tea Room Saturdays this week, in a meeting of the experimental minds. If you like your pop music weird with slight sprinklings of electro then here’s your poison.
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ALL IN Launching their new EP Bloodwolves, Take Us To Vegas will headline Upstairs @ 199 this Saturday, before playing The Glass House Festival, Sunny Coast, 2 Nov and The Tempo Hotel, 8 Nov. Prep yourself for some killer riffs!
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BRONSON Answered by: Shane Turville
Album title: Blood Brothers
Name: Luke Dux
Where did the title of your new album come from? We were playing a lot of Mortal Kombat at the time and our favourite characters are Liu Kang and Kung Lao... the rest is history... and fatality...
Home ground: Perth
How many releases do you have now? Three in total! Self-titled EP in 2010, Against All Odds single in 2011 and finally Blood Brothers this year. Was anything in particular inspiring you during the making? Watching re-runs of Frasier... We’re a classy bunch. Have you seen our latest tea party/ sweater photos? Earl Grey? Earl BLACK? So brutal it’s difficult for humans to even contemplate with their mere mortal minds. What’s your favourite song on it? We all have a different favourite song but Revenge is my favourite. Fills, kicks, hard-hitting – love drumming that song! Will you do anything differently next time? We all understand how we work as a band better and the ins and outs of recording our style so we will be better prepared in all aspects. When and where is your launch/next gig? Saturday 26 Oct at the Transcontinental Hotel for the Halloween From Hell Fest. We’ve got some pretty cool costume ideas we’ve been brainstorming! Bronson play Halloween From Hell Festival, Transcontinental Hotel on Saturday.
Describe your live music/ performance style as succinctly as possible: Hell of a racket. Is this your first foray to Brisbane? If not how many times have you performed in our midst? This will be the third time you’ve let us in.
SWEET DREAMS INDEED Because a bill featuring three supports just wasn’t enough, Dream On Dreamer also welcome As Paradise Falls, pictured, at The Tempo Hotel, 31 Oct, and Kings At Heart at Expressive Grounds, Gold Coast, 1 Nov for an all ages show.
Please relate your impressions of performing in our fair city: You were very courteous. You yelled in all the right spots. What can we expect different this time around? We’ll tune our guitars. Has anything exciting been happening in your world of late? A dance company has asked to write a ballet around our tunes. We’re confused. What will you be taking home as a souvenir? A hangover. Where can we come say hi, and buy you a beer? You’ll find us at The Joynt as part of the Drunken Moon Festival. It’s gonna be a real good time.
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Anyone who was at their sold out show with Bullhorn earlier this year knows that Sydney trio True Vibenation can bring the party, and now they’re set to do it again at The Joynt, 15 Nov with School Fight.
Evergreen punks Bodyjar will be bringing some epic tour supports from down south in the way of Luca Brasi, pictured, and The Sinking Teeth. Seem them all at The Hi-Fi, 22 Nov and Coolangatta Hotel, 23 Nov.
PAY THE RANSOM
Troy Henderson has teamed up with Dan Sugars to create some solid angsty Brit punk jams as Go Van Go. Hear their EP Taking Hostages at RAW Showcase, The Arena, 22 Nov and The Tempo Hotel, 23 Nov.
Sunny Sunshine Coaster Sahara Beck will be getting her gig on next week, performing two special shows at The Hideaway, 31 Oct and on her home turf as part of the Peregian Originals sessions, Peregian Beach, 2 Nov.
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ASTRIX Answered by: Madeleine Lush Best record you stole from your folks’ collection? Rocky Horror Picture Show soundtrack. What a banger. Plus guys in corsets, girls in fishnets. Set!
ASTRID & THE ASTEROIDS Answered by: Astrid Jorgensen EP title: Astrid & The Asteroids How many releases do you have now? This is our second EP. The first, Horoscopes, came out in Jan 2012. Was anything in particular inspiring you during the making? I drew ideas from a lot of places for this EP, but reading Paul Kelly’s autobiography was a great kickstart for inspiration! What’s your favourite song on it? I think Old Friend is my favourite song I’ve written so far... I feel so joyful listening to it! We’ll like this EP if we like... listening to lyrics! We also tried to make it as diverse as possible. There’s a real mish-mash of genres on the EP... Hopefully something for everybody. When and where is your launch/next gig? We’re launching the EP on 27 Oct at Kerbside in Fortitude Valley. Free entry! Doors at 6.30pm. Supported by Deena. Astrid & The Asteroids launch their self-titled EP at Kerbside on Sunday.
First record you bought? It wasn’t my first but definitely the most memorable: Chutes Too Narrow – The Shins. Listening to the opening track in store was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. Those claps! Record you put on when you’re really miserable? Help Me Lose My Mind by Disclosure. I blast it, lip sync and waltz myself around my room. Perfect cure for anyone with the blues! Record you put on when you bring someone home? Anything you can gabber to. Chicks dig gabber. Most surprising record in your collection? You Am I! I’m in love with ‘90s rock. Moshing with the 30-something beards, banging on the barricade, VB in hand.
FIRING OFF Melbourne nine-piece soul outfit Saskwatch have requested the services of The Harpoons, pictured, and Fraser A Gorman for their two upcoming Queensland shows: 8 Nov, Black Bear Lodge and 9 Nov, The Spotted Cow, Toowoomba. Oztix for tickets.
LOST AT SEA
Head along to the Old Museum, 3 Nov, where divine songstress Megan Cooper will be launching her new album Ghosts Choirs & Kings. The record is available from 8 Nov and showcases contemporary country at its finest.
The Loft on Chevron Island, GC is playing host to a whole bunch of bands on 16 Nov, with Wayward Smith, pictured, Bree De Rome, Fettler and Martha Marlow all suiting up for a session. $10 with doors at 8pm.
DOES HE EVER STOP?
TICKING EVERY BOX
Shaun Kirk won’t be content until he has shared his blues with you. Get your fix when he plays The Joynt, 12 Dec; Joe’s Waterhole, Eumundi, 13 Dec; and The Loft, Gold Coast, 20 Dec.
Danceable, sociable and totally viable for you at only $15, His Merry Men launch new single Gold at Black Bear Lodge, 13 Nov, with StormChasers, who launch their single Figurout, and Astrid & The Asteroids also in support.
Last thing you bought/ downloaded? My brother’s band’s album! Check them out – Oscar Lush Music. Very Bob Dylan. Very cool. Plus he’s only 19! Astrix plays Cheated Hearts, Coniston Lane on Friday.
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GARAGE HEROINES Vayan Con Dios, the debut from Marville, is finally ready to land, and the two ladies are excited to let the record off the chain at Beetle Bar, 1 Nov, with El Motel, You In Reverse and The Steady As She Goes.
Single title? Monkey King
Name: Travis Everett
What’s the song about? Monkey King is about seeing the opportunities life can bring, acknowledging rough times, but always looking on the bright side.
Trick or treat? Why? Trick! It’s always trick. Yeah the treat is great but it’s so much more fun to scare the shit out of someone. What’s your favourite scary movie? Anything from the ‘80s. What scares the shit out of you? Sock puppets! No, seriously, I don’t think I have any phobias. Tony Abbott and how his small brain works is a tad scary.
FEEL THE MUSIC
TWO FOR NONE
Honesty will be dripping from the walls of The Zoo, 7 Nov, when Shifting Sands, pictured, and Sue Ray help interstate visitors The Kill Devil Hills launch their impeccable new live album, Past and Future Ghosts.
Livespark at the Brisbane Powerhouse on 3 Nov gives you a double hit of smart storytelling thanks to worldly songwriter Steve Towson & The Kunkala Station Band and alt-country guys Rattlehand. Free and all ages from 3pm.
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MAKING THEIR MARK
The Members are going to be snarling in our faces on 13 Nov at Prince of Wales, Nundah, and have just told us that Goldstool and The Funaddicts, pictured, will also be aiding and abetting. Tix via Oztix.
Brissie pop-punk crew Tagline have just put together their bouncy debut EP, D8 Us B4 We’re Famous, and will launch the release (and give a few away) at The Tempo Hotel, 7 Nov. Free entry with Hey Denise and The Comfort supporting.
Who’s the scariest person in music at the moment and why? No one at the moment. When I was growing up metal bands shocked and scared people by pushing the boundaries all the time. Now we seem to have seen it all. I’m sure there will be someone else soon. You know it’s been a good Halloween if… You wake up hungover. You still have all your body parts. That’s only fake blood on your bedroom floor. There is someone attractive lying in your bed and hopefully still a bag of treats left over for breakfast.
How long did it take to write/record? Monkey King was written one sunny afternoon and recorded over two days in the studio, with multiple layers adding depth to the track. It is fun to replicate live with my friend, Mr. Loop Pedal! Is this track from a forthcoming release/ existing release? It’s the title track from my CD Single, which also features The BackUp Song inspired by my set at Bluesfest and My Mate The Sun written after spending one month on the road. What was inspiring you during the songs writing and recording? Travelling, touring and writing go hand in hand.
Why should we celebrate Halloween with you at your gig? Because we are a bad arse industrial metal band from Melbourne and we are ready to make noise and party!
We’ll like this song if we like... Acoustic tunes that make you want to dance. Happy vibes! Think Paul Kelly, Missy Higgins, Josh Pyke, Clare Bowditch.
Website link for more info? facebook.com/witchgrinder
Do you play it differently live? I play percussion with my feet while recording and triggering live loops. I play guitar and sing over the top of the layers. Most of the track is there live.
Witchgrinder play Halloween from Hell Festival, Transcontinental Hotel on Saturday.
Bart Thrupp plays The Loft, Gold Coast on Saturday, Fiddlers Green, GC on Sunday and The Tempo Hotel on 30 Oct.
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URBAN AND R’N’B NEWS BY CYCLONE
METAL, HARDCORE AND PUNK WITH LOCHLAN WATT
BLUES ‘N’ ROOTS WITH DAN CONDON
What was Lil Wayne thinking? The rapper has signed Paris Hilton, with her “tantalising voice”, to Cash Money Records, and guests on her EDM-fuelled comeback single Good Time. Hilton debuted with 2006’s Paris, entailing the ska Stars Are Blind (actually, a guilty pleasure). Hilton’s celebutante status has been challenged by Kim Kardashian, but she’s shrewdly transformed herself into a DJ, even playing Ibiza’s Amnesia. But the year’s reinvention is surely that of Destiny “Miley” Cyrus, who, having “murdered” her Disney alter ego Hannah Montana, is now a subversively provocative urban/country/rave star. Nashville’s ‘trashy’ Princess Of Twerking has exposed the limitations of mainstream feminists, whose didactic commentaries and tut-tutting reinforce patriarchal stereotypes of good girl/bad girl, rather than ask why, when a female rebels, her body – or sexuality – is her only available tool or weapon. (Cyrus was once a pro-abstinence teen.) Dr Luke’s Wrecking Ball is an epic Rihanna-esque dubstep ballad that deals with emotional vulnerability – Cyrus’ split from her The Last Song co-star Liam Hemsworth – as well as the blurring between iconoclasm and (self )-destruction. The streetwise Bangerz features rappers galore – Nelly is perfect for Pharrell Williams’ hillbilly punk 4X4. Yet Cyrus’ main producer is Atlanta’s Mike Will Made-It, previously responsible for Ciara’s ace Body Party. Here, his Drive symbolically mimics Adina Howard’s ‘90s Freak Like Me. Ironically, Cyrus has revealed West as her mentor – some hot mess. email@example.com
It’s approaching that time of year again where some of us start thinking about what albums are going to make it into their ‘best of 2013’ lists… where did the months go? The latter statement seems redundant, but honestly the older I get the faster things seem to fly by. Thankfully, the quality and quantity of heavy music being released is only increasing – something even more evident on a local scale. Let’s have a look at some world class albums offered up by Queensland in recent times… Grave Upheaval – Untitled It’d almost be cheating to call Grave Upheaval’s debut album Untitled, because it simply has no title. It’s not called anything. Untitled is just there because you can’t leave the space blank in a magazine. Similarly, the release is also void of track titles. It certainly doesn’t lack substance however. Like a foul, suffocating blackness spewing up from the darkest of souls, it would almost be a complete miss to classify Grave Upheaval as ‘death metal’ if it wasn’t for the fact that there’s nothing else it could really fit into. It kind also sounds like death in a way that will have you questioning what the modern wave of ‘death’ bands even have to do with the idea of dying in the first place. Somehow maintaining a perfect balance between a lo-fi atmosphere and instrumental clarity, if you’re interested in having your mind slammed by a wall of pure darkness, check it out. Caligula’s Horse – The Tide, The Thief & River’s End
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As far as I’m concerned, Australia has not so much become a hotspot for great progressive rock/metal as it has become the leading destination for it. With
bands like Karnivool and Dead Letter Circus leading the charge, it’s time to officially welcome Caligula’s Horse to the fold. These guys sit more so on the metal side of the fence, thanks largely to a distinct Meshuggah influence that sits underneath a majority of the album. It’s hardly derivative or mechanical though, and while that unique Australian progressive rock sound remains dominant, metallic pieces of Katatonia, Devin Townsend and Opeth bring The Tide, The Thief & River’s End into a realm of its own. There’s a great deal of musical wizardry here, and if any of the other acts mentioned in this paragraph tickle your fancy this would be worth your time. ROME – Self-Titled Devolved was once Australia’s answer to Fear Factory, albeit a more extreme and less radiofriendly version. Once their mainman headed off overseas though, the original members all remained or eventually returned to Australia and the Devolved name faded into relative obscurity. What we have with ROME is the original members of said band with a new drummer, essentially picking up where things were left off back in the day and adding in some flavours of the last decade of metal evolution. No longer defined by the cold and technological concept of their former moniker, this band’s debut album displays more raw emotion than Devolved could have ever hoped for... but don’t think they’ve started adding in pretty choruses or anything. This effort is relentless and crushing, modernised and maybe the most straight-up brutal and crunching, yet groovy and catchy album delivered from the Sunshine State all year.
The team at Love Police have a knack for bringing truly brilliant young, burgeoning country and blues acts to Australia before pretty much anyone over here has heard of them. Then, following that, they bring them back. And then hopefully back again. Justin Townes Earle’s first Aussie shows were in tiny rooms to not many people; now he pulls in hundreds. It was with JTE that Robert Ellis made his first visit to Australia, a mere few months ago, and now Ellis is on his way back to capitalise on all the new fans he made on that visit. He’s a pretty great songwriter and guitarist, but the most powerful weapon this Houston, Texas-bred country artist has is his rich, powerful, warm voice. His is a more traditional – for want of a better word – style of country music than a lot of his alt-country compatriots; things are a little glossier with a little less grit, but rest assured this guy is one hell of a performer. The new blood being introduced to Australian audiences on this tour will be Cory Chisel, a Wisconsin-based Americana artist who is said to be an “old soul”. Apparently his style owes plenty to the likes of old blues artists as well as somewhat more contemporary “old souls” like Dylan, Cohen and Van Morrison. Recent tours with Murder By Death and Norah Jones speak to his diverse appeal, so hopefully Australia falls for him when he’s here in a couple of weeks. Both artists tour Australia next month; dates are available at themusic.com.au/events. firstname.lastname@example.org
ARE YOU LOCAL? BRISBANE SINGLES AND EPS BY CHRIS YATES
Supernatural/ Mountain 7-Inch
The Weight Of The World
The name Stink Bugs might not be familiar to you, but if you’re a fan of Brisbane garage rock you will instantly recognise the sounds. James from The Hekawis and Shutdown 66 fronts the band and these dudes have been playing unheralded garage rock in Brisbane since long before the modern garage buzz bands learnt how to play Metallica riffs in their bedrooms. The sound is disgusting in the best possible way, with everything swathed in reverb and distortion. Supernatural has a tremolo guitar buzzing away with a random pattern of disorienting notes and the lyrics are pure psychedelic dreaminess and a reminder of the awesomeness of drugs.
A bouncy pop number from Amy Shark (hopefully her real name) that tilts a little on its axis with a slight country twinge on the ringing guitars that help add a little more texture. The strength of the song is in the melody and the lyrics of the verses. Dual girl and boy vocals play catch up with each other in the style of the Moldy Peaches, except Amy and her accomplice try a lot harder to hold the notes and succeed easily. It’s a little quirky but not at the detriment to the rest of the song. From her debut EP called Nelson.
BEN SALTER Tremulous ABC Music Salter collaborated with London-based singer Christa
THE LOOKING GLASS A JOURNEY THROUGH ARTS WITH HELEN STRINGER Everybody loves deliberate misdiagnosis. Who hasn’t concocted a venn diagrams demonstrating food allergies and presented them to a GP to justify refusal to eat anything that contains food? But gluten-free is out; trend forecasters, journalists and psychiatrists all agree that bipolar disorder is the affliction du jour. No fashionista worth her Birkin should be seen without it.
According to a recent article, I Want to Be Bipolar, published in The Psychiatrist, people are so eager to get labelled ‘bipolar’ they’re memorising reams of diagnostic material. Times journalist Patrick Strudwick admitted to deliberately having himself diagnosed and only disclosed his fakery when he met people who actually had bipolar and realised it wasn’t really desirable. Unless, that is, you like chronic dysfunction, decreased life expectancy and catastrophically destructive behaviour. Contrary to popular belief, having bipolar consists of more than spending the majority of your days feeling like an enormously creative super hero and occasionally getting a little bit sad. I’m not going to give away the tricks of the trade here for all of you wanting to get your hands on some sweet-as antipsychotics, but there are all kinds of cray cray involved in being bipolar as fuck,
Vi whilst gallivanting across the globe and came up with a track that on the surface seems far removed from his usual more acoustic offerings. An electronic beat and synthesisers take the place of the strumming guitar, it’s not until Salter’s larger than life voice comes in on the second verse that you realise he’s behind it all. The switch in production style is a very interesting choice and the results are very cool. With a lot of different ideas on his European Vacation EP it will be interesting to see what turns his second solo album will take.
and none of them are fun. Some seem fun, but after you’ve ruined your life a couple of times you don’t enjoy yourself anymore.
will get you major kudos. Maybe even the stamp of authenticity that is electroconvulsive treatment. One can only dream.
People with real bipolar will be admitted into a psychiatric facility at least once, just like those celebrities who have made the disorder attractive (fashionable?). If you’re going to get the full glamorous experience you’ll need to become an inpatient; there are just no two ways about it. But if you’re faking it for fashion, there’s really no need to slum it into hospital dirty-haired, haggard-skin and barefoot. How about you choose your glam breakdown? You could have the Lindsay Lohan and spend the days prior to your admission instagramming photos of yourself packing designer wear like you’re going to be sashaying down a catwalk in Prada. Or you could choose the classy Catherine Zeta Jones, who slips in and out of treatment facilities with grace, dignity and a personal dermatologist. If you want to get really into it, how about trying the psychotic ‘Amanda Bynes/ Britney Spears’ meltdown? This
But word of warning: unless you or your family has $100k to fund a rainforest retreat, you’re not going to be meeting your psychiatrist poolside while sipping mocktails. And you better rethink jumping on this bandwagon altogether if you don’t have health insurance. With extortionate premiums you’ll get yourself into the relative comfort of a shared room in a private hospital, the only major downside of which is a pervasive odour of chlorine and tobacco. No insurance? Hope you’ve got a liking for having your fingernails levered off with a rusty spoon while someone sings the Neighbours theme over and over, because that’s exactly how enjoyable public hospitals are.
We Don’t Know Independent The Sunshine Coast is one of the most beautiful places in Australia, and I think that’s why there’s not that many bands – everyone is too happy living it up on the beach to waste time writing music! Well at least some folks are doing it (and I know they’re not the only ones) and The Merrys seem to live up to their name; you’d be hardpressed to find a happier summer pop sound. The combination of beautiful harmonies with the tasteful arrangement of the track is all very pleasing, especially for a debut.
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THE MUSIC PRESENTS Violent Soho: The Northern Oct 24, The Zoo Oct 26, 27
Patrick James: Black Bear Lodge Nov 27
The Cribs: The Zoo Oct 25
The John Steel Singers: Spotted Cow Nov 28, The Zoo Nov 29, Solbar Nov 30
The Jungle Giants: Solbar Oct 25, The Hi-Fi Oct 26, Alhambra Lounge Oct 27 The Breeders: The Tivoli Oct 29
Jordie Lane: Spotted Cow Oct 31, Black Bear Lodge Nov 1
Woodford Folk Festival: Woodfordia Dec 27-Jan 1
The Crooked Fiddle Band: Solbar Nov 1, The Joynt Nov 2
Half Moon Run: Solbar Jan 2, Old Museum Jan 3, The Northern Jan 4
Boy & Bear: Beach Hotel Nov 7, Coolangatta Hotel Nov 8, The Tivoli Nov 9
Future Music Festival: RNA Showgrounds March 1 Billy Bragg: The Tivoli Mar 20 Steve Earle & The Dukes: The Tivoli Apr 15 Allen Stone: The Zoo Apr 16
Golden Days Festival: Coolum Sports Complex Nov 9
Byron Bay Bluesfest 2014: Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm Apr 17-21
Mullum Music Festival: Mullumbimby Nov 21-24
KC & The Sunshine Band: The Tivoli Apr 19
Jac Stone: Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley
Busby Marou + Nat Dunn + Harry Hookey: The Hi-Fi, West End
Pond: The Zoo Dec 14
Dan Sultan: Old Museum Oct 31, Woombye Pub Nov 1
Grass Roots Festival 2013: Mt Cootha Nov 3
Sand Jam feat. Gym Class Heroes + Spiderbait + Havana Brown + Bombs Away: Surfers Paradise Beach, Surfers Paradise
Festival Of The Sun: Port Macquarie Dec 13-14 Bonjah: Solbar Dec 28, The Northern Dec 29
Horrorshow: Spotted Cow Oct 31, The Zoo Nov 1, Solbar Nov 2, Beach Hotel Nov 3
Dyson, Stringer & Cloher: SoundLounge, Currumbin
Buffalo Tales + Sam Buckingham + The Phoncurves: Dowse Bar (Iceworks), Paddington
Loose Change: The Joynt, South Brisbane
Open Mic Night feat. various: The Retro Bar, Kenmore
Nick & Greg: Gazebo Restaurant, Hotel Urban (5pm), Brisbane
Music Kitchen with The Keep Always + The Orchard + Mass Sky Raid + Kelly’s Heroes + more: The Tempo Hotel, Fortitude Valley
Mojo Webb: Grand Central Hotel, Brisbane
Book Club feat. various: The Tempo Hotel (Bowler Bar), Fortitude Valley Rob Schneider: The Tivoli, Fortitude Valley
Mark Sheils: Royal George, Fortitude Valley
Rag Doll Duo + Jabba: Irish Murphy’s, Brisbane
Open Mic Night feat. various: The Loft, Chevron Island
Lauren Lucille + Ben Carr: JMI Live, Bowen Hills
Candice: The Plough Inn, Southbank
Ballad Boy: Loving Hut, Mount Gravatt
Hits + The Dirty F Holes + The Busymen + The Buzzrays: Beetle Bar, Brisbane
Acoustic Session with Taylor Moss + Kim Sheehy + Josh Lovegrove: The Tempo Hotel, Fortitude Valley
Open Mic Night feat. various: Mick O’Malley’s, Brisbane
Aaron Michael Quartet: Brisbane Jazz Club, Kangaroo Point
Ronny Chieng + Matt Marr + Cameron Duggan + Hannes Monaghan + David Smiedt: Sit Down Comedy Club, Brisbane
New Empire: Brisbane Powerhouse (Turbine Platform), New Farm
Kite Club + High-Tails: Alhambra Lounge, Fortitude Valley
Chaos Divine + We Live Forever + guests: Beetle Bar, Brisbane Lenka + Tom Kline: Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley Pelladito + Gai Bryant + EMO Big Band: Brisbane Jazz Club, Kangaroo Point
Chris Shermer + Emily Marguerite + Asher Chapman: Solbar, Maroochydore Busby Marou + Harry Hookey + Nat Dunn: SoundLounge, Currumbin Open Mic Night with Andrew Nason: Stones Corner Hotel, Stones Corner Calling All Cars + Super Best Friends + The Sinking Teeth: Surfers Paradise Beer Garden, Surfers Paradise Mickey Avalon + Evil Eddie: The Hi-Fi, West End
B-Rad + Berst: Irish Murphy’s, Brisbane Adalita + Laura Jean: Kings Beach Tavern, Caloundra
Ty Fader: The Plough Inn, Southbank The Seal Club + The Kombi Killers + DMS Punx + Belligerent Goat + The Iron Eye + Deadheat: The Sands Tavern, Maroochydore
Stonefield: University of Queensland, St Lucia
HITS: 25 OCT, BEETLE BAR
DJ Pipeline Pedro + DJ Jasti: Cafe Le Monde, Noosa Cheated Hearts feat. Cunningpants + Astrix + Dimestore Diamonds + DJ Cub + DJ Mikey + The Gatling Gun: Coniston Lane, Fortitude Valley Mickey Avalon: Coolangatta Hotel, Coolangatta Open Mic Night with Nic Tango: Coorparoo Bowls Club, Coorparoo Kick The Butterfly + Skypilot + Upsize + Stone Vandals: Coorparoo RSL, Coorparoo
Tea Society + Zac Gunthorpe + more: Cafe Le Monde, Noosa
El Moth: The Joynt, South Brisbane
Porter Robinson + The M Machine: Eatons Hill Hotel (Grand Ballroom), Eatons Hill
The Jungle Giants + Northeast Party House + The Creases: Coolangatta Hotel, Coolangatta
December Nine + Odin’s Ravens + Femme Fatale + Dean Blaich: The Loft, Chevron Island
Kite Club + Hightails + Dumb Blondes: Elsewhere, Surfers Paradise
The Bennies: Crowbar, Fortitude Valley
Will Day: The Plough Inn, Southbank
Spenda C + Leah Mencel: Family Nightclub, Fortitude Valley
Le Breeze: Lambert’s Restaurant, Kangaroo Point
Little Scout + Eves: The Spotted Cow, Toowoomba
Island Vibe Festival feat. MC Soom T + J:Kenzo + Zennith + Sketch The Rhyme + Electric Punanny + MC Soom T + J Star + Dub Terminator + more: Point Lookout, Stradbroke Island
Indie Showcase with Heavy Roller + De La Cruz + Massive + Silence The Sun + These Four Walls + Dirty Liars: The Tempo Hotel, Fortitude Valley
Green Jam Sessions with +Matty Cook Quartet: QPAC, Southbank Stonefield + special guests: Racehorse Hotel, Booval Limp Bizkit: Riverstage, Brisbane DJ Mikey: Saltbar, South Kingscliff Ronny Chieng + Matt Marr + Cameron Duggan + Hannes Monaghan + David Smiedt: Sit Down Comedy Club, Brisbane
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Porter Robinson: The Met, Fortitude Valley
Adalita + Laura Jean: The Zoo, Fortitude Valley
Locky: Irish Murphy’s, Brisbane
Dave’s Pawn Shop + Minus Nine + Dameena + Dead Zephyr: The Zoo, Fortitude Valley
Bertie Page Clinic: Irish McGann’s Hotel, Roma
Tash Le Strange + Lecia & Lani + Reichelt: The Loft, Chevron Island
Aretha Franklin Show feat. Lesyah: The Vault, Southport
Sick People + Black Deity + White Devil + Manhunt: Grand Central Hotel, Brisbane
Lesyah: The Vault, Southport
Ingrid James + Julian Jones: The Lido Cafe & Restaurant, Ascot
GIG OF THE WEEK THE BENNIES: 24 OCT, CROWBAR
Various DJs: The Tempo Hotel (Bowler Bar), Fortitude Valley Yellowcard + Toy Boats: The Tivoli, Fortitude Valley Jazz & Shriaz feat. various: The Vault (4pm), Southport Starq: The Vault, Southport The Cribs + The Ninjas + Filthy Jackal: The Zoo, Fortitude Valley Calling All Cars + Super Best Friends + The Sinking Teeth: Wharf Tavern, Mooloolaba
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Cookie Jar feat. various: 633 Ann, Fortitude Valley
Matt Taylor: Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley
Jimmy Poulos + Anne FergusonHowe + Terry Hansen: Alexandra Hills Hotel, Alexandra Hills
Beyonce + Iggy Azalea: Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Boondall
Calling All Cars + Super Best Friends + The Sinking Teeth: Alhambra Lounge, Fortitude Valley
Open Mic Night with Ronny Chieng: Newmarket Hotel, Newmarket
Clannad: City Hall, Brisbane
Rockaoke feat. various: The Tempo Hotel, Fortitude Valley
Earcandy Festival #4 feat. Whiskey & Speed + Columbus + The Royal Artillery + Flannelette + more: Beetle Bar, Brisbane
Todd Hardy: Brisbane Jazz Club, Kangaroo Point
CALLING ALL CARS: 26 OCT, ALHAMBRA LOUNGE
DJ Struzi: Cafe Le Monde, Noosa Dustbin Hoffmans + The Roseberys + Kolchak: Club Greenslopes, Greenslopes Adalita + Laura Jean: Coolangatta Hotel, Coolangatta Bound For Ruin: Crowbar, Fortitude Valley Trainspotters B’Day Party feat. Velociraptor + Little Odessa + Surfin Bird + The Kramers: Grand Central Hotel, Brisbane
Drunken Moon Halloween feat. Brothers Grim + The Floors + Chris Russell’s Chicken Walk + Transvaal Diamond Syndicate + Guthrie + Bare White Knuckles: The Joynt (2pm), South Brisbane Dyson, Stringer & Cloher: The Judith Wright Centre, Fortitude Valley
The Jungle Giants + Northeast Party House + The Creases: Alhambra Lounge (under-18s/ afternoon), Fortitude Valley Bluesville Station: Bearded Dragon Tavern (1pm), Tamborine
Ball of String + Creature Kind + Easy Cool + Bart Thrupp: The Loft, Chevron Island
Fall Out Boy + British India: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, South Bank
New Empire + The Merrys: Joe’s Waterhole, Eumundi
Stereo Blonde: The Plough Inn (afternoon), Southbank
Dave Flower Duo + DJ Jahzen: Cafe Le Monde (3.15pm), Noosa
Orchestral Shows +Tony Hadley: Jupiters, Broadbeach
Nathan Pursey: The Plough Inn, Southbank
Malakyte + De La Cruz + The Black Swamp + Gorefield: Miami Tavern (Shark Bar), Miami
Busby Marou + Harry Hookey: The Spotted Cow, Toowoomba
Monster Guitars feat. Adam Hole + Mark Easton: Caloundra Surf Club (2.30pm), Caloundra
Locky + Jabba: Irish Murphy’s, Brisbane
The Jason Recliners: Coorparoo Bowls Club, Coorparoo
Ger Fennelly: Mick O’Malley’s, Brisbane
Vegas Aces + I Am D + Domes + Lucky 13: The Tempo Hotel, Fortitude Valley
Sosueme DJs: Oh Hello!, Fortitude Valley
Various DJs: The Tempo Hotel (Bowler Bar), Fortitude Valley
Bart Thrupp: Fiddlers Green, Surfers Paradise
Island Vibe Festival feat. MC Soom T + J Star + Ill Gates + J:Kenzo + Sticky Fingers + Pr:incest + Electric Punanny + Dub Terminator + more: Point Lookout, Stradbroke Island
Superwog and Mychonny: The Tivoli, Fortitude Valley
Steven Jaymes Band: Friday’s Riverside, Brisbane
Lesyah: The Vault, Southport
Astrid & The Asteroids + Deena: Kerbside, Fortitude Valley
Ricky Hay: Saltbar, South Kingscliff Ronny Chieng + Matt Marr + Cameron Duggan + Hannes Monaghan + David Smiedt: Sit Down Comedy Club, Brisbane Little Scout + Hannah Karydas: Solbar, Maroochydore The Ninjas + Naked Maja: Southside Tea Room, Morningside Ages Of Earth: Springwood Hotel (Barra Bar), Springwood Sand Jam feat. The Presets, Grinspoon, Stafford Brothers, DJ Brooke Evers: Surfers Paradise Beach, Surfers Paradise
Marihiko Hara: Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley
Violent Soho + Straight Arrows + Undead Apes: The Zoo, Fortitude Valley Halloween From Hell Festival 2013 feat. Fireballs + The Amenta + Monster Zoku Onsomb + Witchgrinder + Bronson + Chronolyth + The 52 Pickups + Pink Industrial Whores + Smoking Martha + more: Transcontinental Hotel, Brisbane
Slip On Stereo + Phil Smith: Dowse Bar (Iceworks), Paddington
Ger Fennelly: Mick O’Malley’s, Brisbane
Beyonce + Iggy Azalea: Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Boondall
Island Vibe Festival feat. MC Soom T + J Star + Ill Gates + J:Kenzo + Sticky Fingers + Pr:incest + Electric Punanny + Dub Terminator + more: Point Lookout, Stradbroke Island
Diva Demolition: Hinterland Hotel, Nerang
Jiveswallow + Mel Fraser: Shucked Lane, Newstead
Mark Sheils: Samford Valley Hotel, Samford Valley
Barry Charles & The Deeper Beat: Solbar (2pm), Maroochydore
Forever The Optimist + Redstarborn + Mass Sky Raid + Stellar Green: Southern Cross Tavern, Coolangatta
DJ Gavin Boyd: Stoke Bar (2pm), Southbank Jazz On The Terrace feat. various: The Greek Club (Odyssey Bar/12.30pm), South Brisbane Behemoth + Hour Of Penance: The Hi-Fi, West End Pludo: The Jack, Cairns Angela Fabian: The Joynt, South Brisbane Big Boyz: The Plough Inn (afternoon), Southbank
The Bug feat. Lauren Crick + Robert ‘Bomber’ Perrier + John Rodgers + Peter Freeman: New Farm Bowls Club, New Farm
Dave Di Marco: The Scratch, Milton Rock Escalate with Violet Seas + By Eleanor + Don & The Mobsters + Asyra: The Tempo Hotel, Fortitude Valley The Breeders playing Last Splash + Screamfeeder: The Tivoli, Fortitude Valley Rebel Comedy feat. various: The Vault, Southport
Violent Soho + Straight Arrows + Turnpike: The Zoo, Fortitude Valley Hot Chocolate: Twin Towns, Tweed Heads Dyson, Stringer & Cloher: Woombye Pub, Woombye
Jam Fest feat. Soula + The Mistaeks + Kolorsol + The Midnight Antics + Kip Casper + Paging Jimi + Skypilot: Tribal Theatre (5pm), Brisbane Take Us To Vegas: Upstairs 199 (all ages), West End
The Jim Keays & Russell Morris Band: The Calamvale Hotel, Calamvale The Jungle Giants + Northeast Party House + The Creases: The Hi-Fi, West End
FALL OUT BOY: 27 OCT, BCEC
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Eskimo Joe: The Hi-Fi Oct 31
Yellowcard: The Tivoli Oct 25
Dan Sultan: Old Museum Oct 31, Woombye Pub Nov 1
Horrorshow: The Spotted Cow Oct 31, The Zoo Nov 1, Solbar Nov 2, Beach Hotel Nov 3
Mickey Avalon: The Hi-Fi Oct 24, Coolangatta Hotel Oct 25 Limp Bizkit: Riverstage Oct 25
Jordie Lane: The Spotted Cow Oct 31, Black Bear Lodge Nov 1
The Cribs: The Zoo Oct 25 Porter Robinson, The M Machine: Eatons Hill Hotel Oct 25
LIGHTNING BOLT: 31 OCT, THE ZOO
Behemoth: The Hi-Fi Oct 27 Fall Out Boy: BCEC Oct 27 Beyonce: BEC Oct 28, 29 The Breeders: The Tivoli Oct 29 Wednesday 13: The Hi-Fi Oct 30 Lightning Bolt: The Zoo Oct 31 Gus G’s Firewind: The Hi-Fi Nov 1 Joey Cape: Crowbar Nov 1, The Loft Nov 2
City and Colour, Twin Forks: Brisbane Riverstage Nov 30
Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band: BEC Feb 26
Leonard Cohen: BEC Nov 30
The Wonder Stuff: The Zoo Feb 27
Kataklysm: Crowbar Dec 4 Cave: The Zoo Dec 4 Insane Clown Posse: The Hi-Fi Dec 5
Toby Keith: BEC Mar 14 Queens of the Stone Age, Nine Inch Nails: BEC Mar 17
Enslaved: The Hi-Fi Nov 3
Taylor Swift: Suncorp Stadium Dec 7
Fliptrix: The New Globe Theatre Nov 8, The Brewery Nov 10
Joey Bada$$: The Hi-Fi Dec 7 Melvins, Helmet: The Hi-Fi Dec 8, The Northern Dec 9 Deerhunter: The Zoo Dec 9
Scott Kelly And The Road Home, Jarboe: The Zoo Nov 9
Muse: BEC Dec 10 (AA)
One Republic: The Tivoli Nov 11
Alicia Keys, John Legend: BEC Dec 13
Salt-N-Pepa: Jupiters Hotel Nov 12 Neutral Milk Hotel, M. Ward, Superchunk: The Tivoli Nov 12 Smokie: Brolga Theatre Nov 12, Empire Theatre Nov 14, QPAC Nov 15
Sage Francis: The Hi-Fi Dec 12
Kylesa: The Hi-Fi Dec 13 Hopsin: The Tempo Hotel Dec 13, Surfers Paradise Beer Garden Dec 16 Jack Johnson: QPAC Dec 14
Nile: The Hi-Fi Nov 14
Chic featuring Nile Rodgers: The Tivoli Dec 15
Big Sean: Arena Nov 14
Todd Terry: Cloudland Dec 15
Fleetwood Mac: BEC Nov 14, Dec 2 Useless ID: Crowbar Nov 15
The Brian Jonestown Massacre: The Hi-Fi Dec 15, The Northern Dec 18
Between The Buried And Me: The Zoo Nov 15
Bon Jovi, Kid Rock: Suncorp Stadium Dec 17
Martha Davis And The Motels: Twin Towns Nov 15
Mac DeMarco: The Zoo Dec 18
Olly Murs: BCEC Nov 16
David Dallas: Alhambra Lounge Dec 19
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club: The Hi-Fi Nov 17
Waka Flocka Flame: The Hi-Fi Dec 21
Franz Ferdinand: The Tivoli Nov 17
Half Moon Run: Solbar Jan 2, Old Museum Jan 3, The Northern Jan 4
Moonsorrow: The Hi-Fi Nov 20 Jill Scott: The Tivoli Nov 21 Neck Deep: Snitch Nov 21, Trinity Hall Nov 22 (AA) Mikal Cronin: Alfred’s Apartment Nov 21, Black Bear Lodge Nov 22, The Northern Nov 23 Sonny and the Sunsets: QAG Nov 22 Justin Bieber: BEC Nov 26, 27 (AA) Dale Watson & His Lonestars: Black Bear Lodge Nov 28, Morningside Services Club Nov 29
Iced Earth: The Hi-Fi Mar 14
Guitar Wolf: Beetle Bar Dec 6 Passenger: The Tivoli Dec 6, Dec 7 (AA)
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus: The Hi-Fi Nov 7
Bruno Mars: BEC Mar 7
Steel Panther: Riverstage Dec 6
Evil Elvis: Transcontinental Hotel Nov 2 Dave Clarke: Beetle Bar Nov 3
Brian McKnight: QPAC Mar 2
Deafhaven: Crowbar Jan 8 Paramore, You Me At Six: BEC Jan 9 Daughters: Crowbar Jan 9 Mayhem: The Hi-Fi Jan 12 Misfits: The Zoo Jan 16 We Are Scientists: The Zoo Jan 22 Dash Berlin: Riverstage Feb 9 The National: Riverstage Feb 11 Ed Kowalczyk: The Tivoli Feb 12 Eminem: Suncorp Stadium Feb 20
Thirty Seconds To Mars: Brisbane Riverstage Mar 30 (AA) Steve Earle & The Dukes: The Tivoli Apr 15
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard: Alhambra Lounge Nov 1
Tumbleweed: The Tempo Hotel Dec 5 Colin Hay: The Tivoli Dec 5 Courtney Barnett: QAG Dec 6 I Exist: Sun Distortion Dec 6 (AA)
The Siren Tower: The Tempo Hotel Nov 2
The Screaming Jets: Eatons Hill Hotel Dec 6, Coolangatta Hotel Dec 7
Elizabeth Rose: Alhambra Lounge Nov 2
Birds Of Tokyo: Coolangatta Hotel Dec 11
Bernard Fanning: Sirromet Wines Nov 3
Gareth Liddiard: QAG Dec 13
Boy & Bear: Beach Hotel Nov 7, Coolangatta Hotel Nov 8, The Tivoli Nov 9 Sarah McLeod: The Manhattan Club Nov 7, SoundLounge Nov 8, Coolum Hotel Nov 9, Bon Amici Cafe Nov 10 Lime Cordiale: Alhambra Lounge Nov 7, Solbar Nov 8, The Northern Nov 9
Allen Stone: The Zoo Apr 16
Saskwatch: Black Bear Lodge Nov 8, The Spotted Cow Nov 9
KC & The Sunshine Band: The Tivoli Apr 19
Nancy Vandal: The Zoo Nov 8, Miami Tavern Shark Bar Nov 9
Jason Derulo: BEC May 5
Don Walker: Old Museum Nov 9
Michael Buble: BEC May 12
Def FX: Beetle Bar Nov 9
James Blunt: BCEC Jun 2
Bluejuice: The Hi-Fi Nov 9
Dragon: Kedron Wavell Services Club Jun 20, Twin Towns Jun 21
High Tension: Crowbar Nov 9
The Aston Shuffle: Elsewhere Nov 15
Gossling: Alhambra Lounge Nov 15
Katie Noonan, Abby Dobson: Old Museum Dec 14 Pond: The Zoo Dec 14, The Northern Dec 15 Clairy Browne: The Hi-Fi Dec 19 Miami Horror: Oh Hello! Dec 21 Bonjah: Solbar Dec 28, The Northern Dec 29, Surfers Paradise Beer Garden Dec 30 Hunters & Collectors: Sirromet Wines Feb 2 Kerser: The Hi-Fi Feb 22 (AA and 18+) Kate Miller-Heidke: The Tivoli Apr 5
Island Vibe: Home Beach Park Oct 25-27 Jim Beam Sand Jam: Surfers Paradise Beach Oct 26-27
Lenka: Black Bear Lodge Oct 24
Allday: Bowler Bar Nov 15
2High Festival: Brisbane Powerhouse Nov 2
The Bennies: Crowbar Oct 24
Jeremy Neale: Solbar Nov 15, The Zoo Nov 16
Golden Days: Coolum Sports Complex Nov 9
Screamfeeder: The Spotted Cow Nov 15, Beetle Bar Nov 16
Hits & Pits 2.0: Coolangatta Hotel Nov 15, The Hi-Fi Nov 16
Alex Lloyd: Springwood Hotel Nov 16, Lismore Workers Club Nov 17
Mullum Music Festival: Mullumbimby Nov 21-24
Violent Soho: The Northern Oct 24, The Zoo Oct 26 The Jungle Giants: Coolangatta Hotel Oct 24, Solbar Oct 25, The Hi-Fi Oct 26, Alhambra Lounge Oct 27 (U18) Busby Marou: SoundLounge Oct 24, The Hi-Fi Oct 25, The Spotted Cow Oct 26 Adalita: The Zoo Oct 24, Kings Beach Tavern Oct 25, Coolangatta Hotel Oct 26 Dyson, Stringer, Cloher: The Spotted Cow Oct 24, SoundLounge Oct 25, Judith Wright Centre Oct 26, Woombye Pub Oct 27, Byron Bay Brewery Oct 31
Jessica Mauboy: BCEC Nov 19, Jupiters Casino Nov 20, Caloundra Events Centre Nov 22, Empire Theatre Jan 8; Lismore Workers Club Jan 10 Harrison Craig: Star Court Theatre Nov 19 Seabellies: Alhambra Lounge Nov 21 Bodyjar: The Hi-Fi Nov 22, Coolangatta Hotel Nov 23
Stonefield: UQ Oct 24, The Racehorse Hotel Oct 25, Alhambra Lounge Nov 22, Villa Hotel Noosa Nov 23, The Northern Nov 24
British India: The Zoo Nov 22, 23
Wolf & Cub: Beach Hotel Oct 25
Patrick James: Black Bear Lodge Nov 27
Little Scout: The Spotted Cow Oct 25, Solbar Oct 26 New Empire: Brisbane Powerhouse Oct 25, Joe’s Waterhole Oct 26 Sticky Fingers: The Northern Oct 26 Dream On Dreamer: Price St Hall Oct 26, CWA Hall Oct 27, The Tempo Hotel Oct 31, Expressive Grounds Nov 1 (AA)
The Living End: Eatons Hill Hotel Nov 23
The John Steel Singers: The Spotted Cow Nov 28, The Zoo Nov 29, Solbar Nov 30 Whitley: Alhambra Lounge Nov 28, Woombye Pub Nov 29, Coolangatta Hotel Nov 30 Circles: Transcontinental Hotel Nov 29 Machine Translations: The Hi-Fi Nov 30
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Closure In Moscow: The Spotted Cow Dec 5, Alhambra Lounge Dec 6
Valley Fiesta: Fortitude Valley Entertainment Precinct Nov 22-24 The Other Side: South Stradbroke Island Nov 23 Warped Tour: RNA Showgrounds Nov 29, Coffs Harbour Showground Nov 30 Stereosonic: RNA Showgrounds Dec 7-8 Festival Of The Sun: Sundowner Breakwall Tourist Park Dec 13-14 Woodford Folk Festival: Woodfordia Dec 27-Jan 1 Falls Festival: Byron Bay Dec 31-Jan 3 Beachlife: Surfers Paradise Beach Jan 4-5 Big Day Out: Metricon Stadium and Carrara Parklands Jan 19 Laneway Festival: RNA Showgrounds Jan 31 Soundwave: RNA Showgrounds Feb 22 Bluesfest: Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm Apr 17-21 Groovin’ The Moo: Townsville Cricket Grounds May 4
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IS TONY ABBOTT RIGHT? CLIMATE CHANGE HUH?
Abbott & Co. are not great believers that humanity’s fuckingup of the planet has caused our environmental mayhem.
PROS No more carbon tax.
CONS No more humanity.
FUTURE Abbott dreams of a future where we all wear weather-resistant Lycra.
GAY MARRIAGE HUH?
The Libs aren’t too big on guys holding hands, let alone imagining a bare-backing honeymoon.
PROS No same-sex marriage registers for cashstrapped wedding guests to worry about.
CONS A slump in the local market for “Congratulations on your big fat gay wedding” cards.
FUTURE We are guessing Abbott won’t be invited to his lesbian sister’s engagement party…
“I don’t say that evolution is a complete and entirely satisfactory scientific explanation of the origin of man.” (2010, Fairfax)
PROS He’s not looking so foolish following the discovery of the homo erectus skull in Georgia.
CONS But how does he explain all the monkey business with that tax-funded expense rorting?
FUTURE Same as it ever was.
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Published on Oct 22, 2013
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