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“WE USED TO LIVE TOGETHER AND WE ALMOST KILLED EACH OTHER.” - JOSH ‘J2K’ YOUNG OF FLOSSTRADAMUS, IN THE COUNTRY FOR BIG DAY OUT (P24)
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Well the Aussies achieved the seemingly impossible and humbled the Poms in the Ashes, which means that it’s time for the hit and giggle that is the Twenty20 Big Bash League. The purists will be running for cover but for some fun pick a franchise and prepare for some pickets to be cleared! This weekend finds Brisbane Heat taking on Melbourne Stars on Saturday – it kicks off at 6.15pm at the Gabba and you can still go out afterwards!
Each year hundreds of entries are considered for the Walkley Awards. Afterwards, the best shots are taken around Australia and exhibited as the Nikon-Walkley Press Photography Exhibition. Covering the gamut of the human condition, see the cream of the crop showing off their wares and re-experience 2013 in a whole new light. It’s free and kicks off in the Brisbane Powerhouse foyer this Tuesday (14 Jan) and runs until 9 Feb.
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Everyone loves The Rocky Horror Picture Show, but as is so often the case the beloved characters such as Brad, Janet, Riff Raff and (of course) Frank-N-Furter first appeared in the stage production The Rocky Horror Show, which first appeared back in London in 1973. Forty years on and the evergreen production is being revived at Lyric Theatre, QPAC – with Craig McLachlan as the sweetest transvestite ever to emerge from Transsexual, Transylvania – starting this Wednesday and running through to early February. Do your worst, inferior ones!
For one hell of an entertaining pow wow, find the nine-minute SoulPancake clip of Rainn Wilson interviewing Arcade Fire’s Win Butler on his travelling talk show, Metaphysical Milkshake. The guys wax verbally about Haitian music, beard growth and albums as experiences, and manage to humanise each other in the process.
It’s awards season! You know what that means – sparkly dresses, sparkly teeth and sparkly award statues held by the best and worst actors of 2013. There are always winners who make you go, ‘Whoa, yeah, worthy’ ( Jennifer Lawrence), as well as ‘Why?’ (The Big Bang Theory), and it all starts in style with the Golden Globes on Sunday/Monday morning AEST time. Nominees for Best Motion Picture, Drama include 12 Years A Slave and Gravity (pictured), while the rest of the noms feature the givens ( Judi Dench, always and forever), and some unexpected contenders (who is Bruce Dern?).
Starting on Monday on Showcase, Girls Season 3 is likely to create a brand new buzz this year. We will mentally be writing recaps and silently wishing we had the chutzpah to twerk in a cemetery. That’s the inimitable Lena Dunham for you, still getting critics simultaneously enraged and (semi-)aroused. Girls Season 3 airs in Australia on 13 Jan, 7.30pm, Showcase, and there are eight episodes all up.
Christmas is gone for another year and no doubt there were plenty of fur babies discovered under the tree on December 25. Sadly though, many of these animals find themselves out of love and in a shelter, which is no life for creatures so great and small. What you can do though is give them the gift of love by adopting a pet from RSPCA. Head to adoptapet.com.au and discover your new best friend. THE MUSIC • 8TH JANUARY 2014 • 9
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BOY & BEAR
CAN’T HOLD THEM BACK
Boy & Bear love a sunburnt country. That’s why the Aussie folk stars are getting out to the heart of our country to reach out to fans old and new. Kicking off with a slot at West Coast Blues ‘n’ Roots, Fremantle Park, Perth, the boys and their bear will then hit the following regional locales: Sunshine Coast Function Centre, Caloundra, 26 Apr; Empire Theatre, Toowoomba, 27 Apr; Black Swan Hotel, Bendigo, 8 May; Regent Cinema, Ballarat, 9 May; Deakin’s Costa Hall, Geelong, 10 May; Lismore Workers Club, 14 May; Panthers, Newcastle, 17 May; Entrance Leagues Club, Bateau Bay, 18 May; and ANU Bar, Canberra, 23 May.
THE DISCO BALL KEEPS SPINNING
The dust has barely settled on World’s End Press’ revelatory set at Meredith last month, but they’re already looking to trump their massive 2013 – a year that saw the release of their debut album as well as big name supports for the likes of Hot Chip and Bloc Party – with more largeness and grooving good times. The guys headline three east coast shows to celebrate the official release of latest single Drag Me Home, playing 13 Feb, Oxford Art Factory, Sydney; 14 Feb, Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane; and a free gig 28 Feb, National Gallery Of Victoria, Melbourne.
BACK TO MAKE AMENDS After the sudden and late cancellation of their December dates, Southern sludge lords Kylesa are set to make it up to their Australia supporters many times over with a whole bunch of tour dates taking them right around the country. The Georgian group get it on 30 Mar, Northcote Social Club, Melbourne; 31 Mar, Barwon Club, Geelong; 1 Apr, ANU Bar, Canberra; 2 Apr, The Hi-Fi, Brisbane; 3 Apr, The Hi-Fi, Sydney; 4 Apr, TBA, Melbourne; and 6 Apr, The Bakery, Perth.
EVERYONE’S FEELING IT
Punters are showing their love for Pete Murray and his breakthrough 2003 album Feeler, lapping up tickets for the LP’s tenyear anniversary tour. A third announce has just rolled in with another handful of dates, including Trak Lounge Bar, Melbourne, 22 Jan; Villa Noosa, Sunshine Coast, 20 Feb; Redland Bay Hotel, 23 Feb; and Live On The Lawn At Werribee Park, Melbourne, 16 Mar, while tickets are still on sale for a whole heap of other dates including Astor Theatre, Perth, 16 Feb and Enmore Theatre, Sydney, 28 Mar. Head to The Guide on theMusic.com.au for all the details.
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After getting their kicks in Asia, those unpredictable numskulls from The Bennies are returning to Aussie roads for their second headline tour in under six months. Missing out is not an option here – the band play 2 Feb, Karova Lounge, Ballarat; 6 Feb, Barwon Club, Geelong; 7 Feb, Reverence Hotel, Melbourne; 14 Feb, The Spotted Cow, Toowoomba (free); 15 Feb, Crowbar, Brisbane; 16 Feb, The Time Machine, Nambour; 6 Mar, Ya Ya’s, Perth; 7 Mar, Prince Of Wales, Bunbury; 13 Mar, The Phoenix, Canberra; 14 Mar, Hamilton Station Hotel, Newcastle; 15 Mar, Hermanns Bar, Sydney; and 16 Mar, Beatdisc Records, Sydney (all ages). Party companions on all the dates will be grunge slayers Apart From This.
SPIRIT OF THE CARNIVAL
From the streets of Rio de Janeiro comes Felipe Lozinsky and Gustavo Rozenthal, who as Felguk have collectively been blowing the roofs of clubs since forming in 2007. The only Brazilian names ever to rank on DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJ poll in consecutive years, the free-forall favourites mash up electro and house will a healthy serving of low-end to make sure your heart’s beating just a little too quick. Dance to the duo 17 Jan, Parker Nightclub, Perth; 18 Jan, The Hi-Fi, Brisbane; 25 Jan, Soho, Sydney; and 26 Jan, Rainbow Serpent, Lexton.
THE JOHN STEEL SINGERS AND JEREMY NEALE
BOYS GONE WILD
Two of Brisvegas’ finest acts in The John Steel Singers and Jeremy Neale will get in the van together to break hearts right along the east coast. Both acts have tickled our ears with some fine indie-pop recently and will probably even share the stage together at some point on these tour dates, as long as you play nicely. Get dancing with this groovy double bill 20 and 21 Feb, Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane; 22 Feb, Goodgod Small Club, Sydney; 23 Feb, Metro Theatre, Sydney (all ages); and 28 Feb and 1 Mar, Northcote Social Club, Melbourne.
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SWINGING INTO THE BIG TIME MEET THE FAMILY
Perennial punk pranksters Frenzal Rhomb have announced a couple of rare Queensland dates in a few months time, and will even have an additional treat for fans with all the finalists in their recent T-shirt comp available to buy at both dates. So rock out in your Shane Goes To TAFE or Love Will Tear You A New One (Again) merch while the quartet rip the lid off it at Coolangatta Hotel, Gold Coast, 7 Mar and The Hi-Fi, 8 Mar.
SO FRENCH AND SO CLEAN
One of the most played Unearthed acts in 2013 was Major Leagues, and now the Brissie four-piece are set to give the punters want they want with their new EP Weird Season. Suitably, the band will mark the occasion with their ﬁrst ever national headline tour, while giving their fellow SEQ brethren a triple treat of dates next month. Catch them 20 Feb, Alhambra Lounge, Brisbane; 21 Feb, The Spotted Cow, Toowoomba; and 22 Feb, Solbar, Maroochydore. Tickets on sale now through the band’s Music Glue page.
Celebrating 25 years getting ‘er done, the Alliance Française French Film Festival will transport cinephiles to the banks of the Seine with a colourful program set to screen in a variety of Palace Cinema locations right around the country. Presented by festival patron Julia Zemiro, the silver anniversary edition of events will include screenings of The Finishers, and a celebration of director Jacques Tati, with Mon Oncle and Mr. Hulot’s Holiday. You can be a part of it all at Palace Barracks and Palace Centro, 6 to 25 Mar and Palace Byron Bay, 24 to 28 Apr.
BRIGHTER THAN BOLD
It’s damn near always warm in the world of Perth indie-pop pair Sun City, with the lads heading out for a national tour to showcase cracking recent cuts All We See and Colour Blind, as well as the sweet tunes that make up their lush 2012 EP, Set Alight. Get your fun fix when the guys play 19 Jan, Beach Hotel, Byron Bay and 24 Jan, Alhambra Lounge. Tickets for both dates can be purchased via Oztix.
ONE FINE CREATION
Having already supported legends like Iggy, Living Colour and Deftones in their native Europe, Austrian rock types Mother’s Cake will visit us to show off their progressive chops when they perform a whole run of dates next month. Grab your slice from the trio 22 Feb, Beetle Bar. Tickets on sale from this Monday.
REASON TO BELIEVE
Back from New York City and in the mood to create, perform and enjoy, Tyrone Noonan will play a whole bunch of shows up and down the coast. Catch the former george vocalist over the next few months 24 Jan, The Zoo; 25 Jan, Albany Creek Tavern; 6 to 9 Mar, Twin Towns, Tweed Heads; 21 Mar, Buderim Tavern, Sunshine Coast; and 22 Mar, Racehorse Hotel, Ipswich. These dates tie in with the release of Noonan’s brand new record, I’m A Believer.
GROUND ON DOWN
Formidable roots reggae favourites Groundation are returning to Australia early next month, with the Californian ensemble south of the equator to headline New Zealand’s Ragamuffin festival. The eightpiece blew minds when they toured here a few years ago, and are committed to creating that collective positivity once more. Feel the fusion when the cross-cultural group play The Hi-Fi, 4 Feb. Tickets through the venue.
“IF I COULD EAT UP ALL THE ADVENTURE I’M CRAVING, THEN I’D BE A BIG LASS” @ALPINEBAND WARNING OF A LARGE YEAR. 12 • THE MUSIC • 8TH JANUARY 2014
MISTAKEN FOR STRANGERS
AIN’T NO MISTAKING THIS STRANGER
A band documentary with a difference, Mistaken For Strangers is a tale of two brothers and one rock band. But when those two brothers happen to be filmmaker Tom Berninger and his brother Matt, frontman for world-conquering indie rockers The National, you know there’s a colourful story to tell. This is a band documentary with a difference, and it’s going to be given even more gravitas on 10 Feb at Dendy Cinemas Portside when Matt Berninger – in the country for The National’s headline tour – will appear at a Q&A screening, 7pm. It’s doubtful that there’s still any tickets left, but if you can find some on the Dendy Cinemas webpage then we advise you snap them up immediately – this is going to be a pretty special experience and an insight into one of the great bands of the last decade.
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local news firstname.lastname@example.org COURTNEY BARNETT
Our favourite Avant Gardener, Courtney Barnett has signed off on a huge 12 months, one that saw her slacker anthems get props from music tastemakers right across the planet. It helped her star rise in spectacular style – not that the Melbourne lass would be fussed either way though; she just wants to tell some stories, if we’re listening, even better. Fall in love with her wordy irreverence when she checks in to Alhambra Lounge, 17 Jan. $15+BF through Moshtix.
GETTING COMFORTABLE Pearl Jam fans right throughout south east Queensland will be stoked to hear that Eddie Vedder is staying a little longer when he visits our parts next year, with the legendary songwriter adding an extra Brisbane date to the end of his tour. As well as the previously announced QPAC dates for 22 and 23 Feb, Vedder will serenade us on 25 Feb. Tickets are still on sale for all three shows via the venue website.
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SALT FOR YOUR WOUNDS
Before he kicks his new project Infinity Broke into life, Jamie Hutchings will be dipping into his treasured catalogue – past, present and future – with some intimate dates this month. Catch the Bluebottle Kiss leader when he performs a string of solo shows, happening 17 Jan, Ric’s Bar with Kellie Lloyd; 18 Jan, private Brisbane house show; 19 Jan, Taps Australia, Mooloolaba, where he’ll play two sets from 4pm; and The Rails, Byron Bay, with three sets from 7pm.
A SMALL ONE? YEAH, RIGHT
Not going to Big Day Out this year, or simply want a suitable warm-up for the following day? Whatever the case, you can sort yourself out at The Joynt, 18 Jan, with Little Day In returning for a second year. A whole heap of venue favourites will be performing throughout the day and night, including Gay Paris, Kira Puru & The Bruise, Cash Savage & The Last Drinks, Flap!, Juke Baritone & The Swamp Dogs, Stella Angelico & The Switch, Papa Pilko & The Bin Rats and Max Savage & The False Idols. The band room has gotten larger, the volume has been turned up, there’s more shade in the expanded outdoor area and there’ll even be projections to stretch your mind wide – what more do you want! Grab a ticket now for $35 through Oztix.
“IT WAS BETTER WHEN POT WAS ILLEGAL BECAUSE WE ALL GOT TO KNOW AT LEAST ONE ADULT MAN WITH A SKATEBOARD” WELL, NOTHING’S CHANGED HERE MIKE BIRBIGLIA [@BIRBIGS], LET’S GO FOR A ROLL.
ARMIN AND DANGEROUS
Between Stereosonic, Future and Summafieldayze he’s headlined plenty of our most loved festivals, but we’ve never been privy to the full Armin van Buuren experience, the arena spectacular that’s been raved about the world over. That’s all about to change, however, with the world’s number one DJ bringing his uplifting brand of trance to the Brisbane Entertainment Centre as part of his Intense world tour. The massive rave party goes down 4 Jun, with tickets available now through Ticketek starting from $110+BF. 14 • THE MUSIC • 8TH JANUARY 2014
DANCE TO THE HORROR
Perth EDM slayers Knife Party have taken their Haunted House spectacle to London, Miami, New York and Ibiza, and now Aussie dance fans right around the country will be getting their fix with the guys headlining the Haunted House Arena at the upcoming Future Music Festival. The stage will feature live sets across the day from Chase & Status, Sub Focus and Netsky, while Porter Robinson, Baauer, Adventure Club, I See Monstas, Walden and more will also provide DJ sets. Head to The Guide at theMusic.com.au for all Future dates.
A SMILE AND SOME INK
If you like your burlesque to be with a dark side, then SuicideGirls: Blackheart Burleque is for you. Featuring a number of lovely ladies from the SuicideGirls website – which sees more than a million visitors a week – the performance will poke fun at plenty of pop culture staples such as Star Wars, Game Of Thrones, Pulp Fiction and more. Counter your curiosity at The Tivoli, 14 Mar, with tickets $59+BF via Metropolis Touring.
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Still sweaty from playing a show, frontman Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist charms Bryget Chrisfield with claims that remixing The Hives is “sorta like putting graffiti on the Mona Lisa”, tales of delivering cups of warm tea to cold fans and that winning Swedish accent.
midst a buzz of activity backstage “in New York, the New Jersey hockey arena [Prudential Center]” after The Hives performed their support slot as part of Pink’s current US tour, Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist sounds chipper as always. And we all need to know whether the dashing frontman is still sweaty: “Yes I am!” he laughs. So have the Swedish rockers and self-proclaimed best live band on the planet – Almqvist, his brother/ guitarist Nicholaus Arson (real name: Niklas Almqvist), guitarist Vigilante Carlstroem (Mikael Karlsson to his parents), bass player Dr Matt Destruction (Mattias Bernvall in his civvies) and drummer Chris Dangerous (aka Christian Grahn) – been tempted to try out Pink’s trapeze equipment? “Well Chris used that thing where you fly around in the arena. It’s on YouTube; I think you could find it somewhere.
Pink might seem like an odd musical pairing for the Swedish quintet, but Almqvist recalls a previous The Hives support slot that would naturally have propelled those in attendance straight to rock’n’roll heaven. “Ah, we’ve toured with The Rolling Stones,” the singer says offhandedly. “In 2003 I think it was, on their Forty Licks Tour. It was, like, when they did that 40-year anniversary tour. It’s kinda nuts that they’re now in their 50th anniversary tour.” Given that Stones fever is heading Down Under this year, does Almqvist reckon they’ve still got it? “I mean, I haven’t seen them in ten years, but they were great ten years
pubescent – when we formed the band.” And a helluva lot has happened since then. “Not mentally,” Almqvist counters, explaining that his onstage mental age hasn’t really evolved past his early teens. “The rest of the time I’m like a 90-year-old man,” he jests, which fits in with the visual of The Hives playing card games to kill time backstage. “That’s actually new,” Almqvist confesses about his band’s hobby. “That happened this tour because somebody found a deck of cards. It’s good fun!” When asked what the band’s preferred games are, Almqvist consults one of his bandmates, momentarily breaking away from our conversation to speak in his native tongue. And what does that translate as? “Blob means blob, basically,” he divulges. After a quick Google, the rules to this game – also known as Oh Hell, Up And Down The River or Prediction Whist – sound very complicated. On who’s the biggest card shark in The Hives, Almqvist concludes, “I think Chris is definitely most competitive in the band. He’s the one that wants to win the most and I think sometimes he does too.” And does he sulk when he loses? “Ah, instead he just leaves the room [laughs].” Following Blur’s shock cancellation from Big Day Out’s 2014 line-up, The Hives (as well as Beady Eye and Deftones) were announced as replacements. “What happened was, Blur cancelled and then they had to call us,” Almqvist chuckles. “We’re ecstatic. I think we thought about it for maybe half
“I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT I’M SAYING HALF THE TIME... I SAY IT BEFORE I THOUGHT ABOUT IT, THEREFORE I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT’S GOIN’ ON. SO IT COULD LAND ANYWHERE.” But later on somebody died using that thing so I’m not gonna try using it.” With an adopted surname like Dangerous, such behaviour is surely expected of him. “It is very typical of Chris Dangerous, yes,” Almqvist allows. “He’s just that kinda guy.” Almqvist is famous for his onstage banter/bigging up (eg: “Bad music is the devil and I will be your exorcising priest, helpin’ you out!”). On whether he’s had to watch his language in front of the kiddies while supporting Pink, Almqvist opines, “Not really, she swears a lot so I think that’s fine… I don’t think that you can keep stuff like that away from kids, that’s my philosophy so I’m just gonna stick to that.” The frontman inadvertently upset concert-goers when he dedicated Tick Tick Boom (“It’s about stuff blowing up”) to the crowd in Boston. He immediately took to Facebook to post the following apology afterwards: “About last night: I wanted to dedicate a song to the Boston crowd because they had been so great throughout the show, and unfortunately Tick Tick Boom was the next song in the set. The tragic Boston Marathon bombing never once crossed my mind while on stage, and of course it should have. My most sincere apologies to the people of Boston for this unintentional but serious mistake.” Almqvist further explains the randomness of his banter during our chat: “I can’t censor it. I have no idea what I’m saying half the time so I cant, you know – I say it before I thought about it, therefore I have no idea what’s goin’ on. So it could land anywhere.” 18 • THE MUSIC • 8TH JANUARY 2014
ago.” Almqvist hopes that, like The Stones, The Hives will still be rocking out when they’re 70, but also acknowledges, “It’s hard to keep those acrobatics at 70”. Almqvist’s professional attitude should go some way toward enhancing the band’s longevity: “I can’t drink a lot and do what I do, it just gets too tiring. I don’t really drink that much on the road. I do drink, but I don’t really drink my ass off.” When quizzed about his age, the band leader tactfully reveals, “I am halfway [to 70]”. If you’re wondering how long The Hives have been together as a band, Almqvist confirms, “It’s over 20 years”. “I mean, we formed when we were children. We were, like, 13 or something like that – you know, pre-
a second before we decided to do it. They had a good day at the Big Day Out office that day.” You’ve probably heard The Hives’ awesome Come On! track synced to the latest Xbox One commercial. There was also a remix contest utilising this same kicking track. Surely it’s impossible to improve upon any track by The Hives, however. “That’s what I’m thinking too,” Almqvist agrees. “It’s sorta like putting graffiti on the Mona Lisa, but on the other hand their songs might be interesting – they won’t be better, we know that, but they might be interesting,” he laughs. “Also, if you make a house remix of a song like Come On!, I don’t know how it could get more party than that.” And attempting a ballad version of Come On! would definitely be a challenge. “Exactly, it just doesn’t contain enough music to make a ballad,” Almqvist reasons. Almqvist’s onstage persona is all brazen egotism and sometimes he wears this mantle (and probably top hat) throughout our conversation, but the frontman also can’t hide his sweet side for too long. Exhibit a): There’s a photo of Almqvist with three fans cradling polystyrene cups outside 9:30 Club in Washington captioned thus: “He howls, and he makes tea for cold fans. Class freaking act.” Almqvist elaborates: “They were sitting outside the venue and it was really cold and I just thought that, you know – I asked them if they wanted coffee, they said no, and I asked them if they wanted tea and they said yes. And so I went and got some… They were sitting outside on a piece of cardboard and people were mistaking them for hobos.”
In terms of stage outfits, which The Hives are renowned for, what are their plans for this Down Under touring stint? “Well it’s hard to look presentable in summer times,” Almqvist observes. “I dunno what we can do, but I was thinking something like Steve Irwin-ish outfits in black and white. Do you think that could work?” Affirmative. Also, given that The Hives are keen surfers, a challenge is thrown out there for Almqvist to crowd-surf on a surfboard. “Oh, yeah. Yeah, I could try that,” he considers. Are you gonna try it? “Maybe, we’ll see.” Special training would be involved. “I was born in special training,” he teases. It’s been a very busy touring year for The Hives, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t found time to work on new masterpieces for our future listening rapture. “We have some new stuff that just showed up on its own,” the frontman says mysteriously. “We haven’t had no control over it. So we have new stuff and hopefully we can play some of it over there to Big Day Out.” Really? You’re gonna debut some new material? “Ah, we hope so. I mean I will make no promises,” Almqvist backpedals, “‘cause we usually just break ‘em if we make ‘em.” So does new material just come to Almqvist in dreams? “Something like that. From an unknown source that’s deep inside the earth’s crust.”
WHEN & WHERE: 19 Jan, Big Day Out, Metricon Stadium
THE OTHERS Of all the ‘The’ (or definite article) bands credited with the ‘90s garage-punk revival, The Hives reign supreme. Just check the stats. THE HIVES 1989 – present Origin: Fagersta, Sweden Personnel: Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist, Nicholaus Arson, Vigilante Carlstroem, Dr Matt Destruction and Chris Dangerous. Stage Outfits: Black and white. Album Releases: Barely Legal (1997); Veni Vidi Vicious (2000); Tyrannosaurus Hives (2004); The Black And White Album (2007); Lex Hives (2012).
THE VINES 1994 – present (who knew?) Origin: Sydney, Australia Personnel: Craig Nicholls, Lachlan West and Tim John. Former Members: David Oliffe, Patrick Matthews, Ryan Griffiths, Brad Heald and Hamish Rosser. Stage Outfits: N/A Album Releases: Highly Evolved (2002); Winning Days (2004); Vision Valley (2006); Melodia (2008); Future Primitive (2011). THE WHITE STRIPES 1997 – 2011 Origin: Detroit, Michigan Personnel: Jack and Meg White.
Stage Outfits: Red and white. Album Releases: The White Stripes (1999); De Stijl (2000); White Blood Cells (2001); Elephant (2003); Get Behind Me Satan (2005); Icky Thump (2007). THE STROKES 1998 – present Origin: New York City, US Personnel: Julian Casablancas, Albert Hammond Jr, Nikolai Fraiture, Fabrizio Moretti and Nick Valensi. Stage Outfits: Supersuave but with no official colour scheme. Album Releases: Is This It (2001); Room On Fire (2003); First Impressions Of Earth (2006); Angles (2011); Comedown Machine (2013).
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BRICK BY BRICK With the future of Paramore up in the air for quite some time, guitarist Taylor York reassures Justine Keating that the band are back and stronger than ever.
ooking at Paramore now, it’s hard to believe that only a year or so ago, the former five-piece (now three-piece) were racked with uncertainty regarding the future of the band. The departure of Josh Farro (former lead guitarist and backing vocalist) and Zac Farro (former drummer) had left the outfit in a state of limbo with each remaining member questioning their own commitment to the outfit. Together, they’d built a strong connection with their fanbase - the concern the Farro brothers’ departure left Hayley Williams, Jeremy Davis and Taylor York with was whether or not the three would be able to push forward with Paramore without them. Guitarist Taylor York had a particularly strong connection with the brothers, which is what made this period so difficult for him – they’d been near inseparable. “I was confused when they left. I grew up with them and I was unsure of how it was going to go without them.” Williams had mentioned in a number of interviews that she was greatly concerned that after the brothers had made the decision to leave, York would soon follow suit. Throughout York’s confusion, however, the guitarist felt there was still too much promise in the future of the outfit, even as things looked bleak. “When it went down, it was hard for me to make a decision. I just wasn’t ready. I broke down and started crying at one point and I just knew that I wasn’t done and that I loved being in a band with Jeremy and Hayley so much. I still had a lot more to do with the band, so I just looked forward and did it.” York’s decision to remain part of the outfit, albeit not an immediate or easy one, was one he felt positive about - both at the time and thereafter. It took Paramore a while to get back on their feet, but once they did, they were met with a great deal of success both from fans and critics alike. Their self-titled release evidenced a formidable change, one that could easily be declared as being for the better. In only the first week of the album’s release, it accumulated a whopping 1.25 million streams with 106,422 copies sold in the US, earning itself a solid and well deserved #1 slot in both the Australian Music Charts as well as the Billboard Top 200 albums charts.
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Even for a band already accustomed to success, the news was met with astonishment. “I think that we were definitely surprised in a good way. It’s not that we doubted ourselves, but I think we were very pleasantly surprised that it came out as well as it did and that we came out as strong as
wanted to reintroduce ourselves.” The decision, he says, made perfect sense. Their entire sound was subject to a fairly substantial shift as a result of the events following their brief hiatus, but according to York, the decision to move in this direction wasn’t entirely a conscious one. “I think at the beginning of the writing process, we realised that our fanbase at that point had connected with a certain sound and how it was made, so we tried to write kind of like it could’ve been on Brand New Eyes or Riot! - we kind of just adhered to these old ways of doing things. We love all of those records, but we just didn’t want to be doing that. We needed to
“I STILL HAD A LOT MORE TO DO WITH THE BAND, SO I JUST LOOKED FORWARD AND DID IT.”
we did. I was so proud of our record and the shows we’re putting on.” The decision for the most recent album to share the same name as the outfit was “very much a statement”, York goes on to explain. “A lot of bands do that on their first record and the statement is ‘here we are, here’s an introduction to our band’, and I think we really just
grow and we had new things to say.” York explains his ideas for new material during the blueprint stage as being quite derivative of their earlier work, suggestions of which were met with dissatisfaction by Williams. It wasn’t until the outfit began to venture out of their comfort zone that things began to take on the right shape. “The way everything came about was really weird but at the same time, it was really organic and so natural. I think we were kind of at the mercy of something beyond us because it wasn’t like anything we’d ever done before.” WHEN & WHERE: 9 Jan, Entertainment Centre
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BACK IN THE BUS A month after releasing their ambitious third full-length, Baroness were involved in a bus crash in England that nearly claimed their lives. Then, as the slow and painful recovery began, their rhythm section split. So why does frontman John Baizley sound so upbeat when he sits down to talk with Tom Hersey?
t’s pretty simple. We love what we’re doing. And we love the music,” Baroness’ John Baizley says straight up. “And though there’s a seemingly endless supply of mishaps that get put in our way, we’re just not willing to let that kind of thing stop us. We love touring, because that was the reason that we started the band: to tour. And we’re going to keep doing it until we can’t anymore. And now when I say that, I mean it quite literally.” August 15, 2012, as the band was just getting stuck into their Yellow & Green album tour, the brakes on their tour bus failed, causing it to crash. Baizley sustained the worst of the injuries, breaking his leg and an arm. Baizley says there was a moment where he was unsure whether he’d be able to play guitar again. But once it was clear everyone would recover, Baizley started thinking about getting back on the road. “We certainly thought for a couple of days that maybe we won’t be able to tour. But once we got past that and we were relatively positive that we could play, it was not a difficult decision to start moving towards being an active touring band again. In fact, it was very definitely one of the earliest goals we set for ourselves; that we would consider ourselves healed, and we’d consider ourselves past it for lack of a better term, when we were touring again.” But for Baroness, touring again would not be as simple as recovering. As the band was gearing up to start heavy touring again at the start of this year, drummer Allen Blickle and bassist Matt Maggioni decided to step out of the band, leaving Baizley and guitarist Peter Adams to recruit two new players. After all, they’d come this far; they couldn’t let a couple of line-up changes stop them. “There’s anxieties when you change one member; when you change your whole rhythm section, well it’s like ‘I hope they like each other, I hope we like them, I hope they’re good musicians and there’s a chemistry onstage, I hope they can handle being on the bus and just the act of touring itself. That physically and mentally they’re up to the task’. You know, all that and so much more went through my head getting this band back on its feet. But
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being out and touring with these guys, it’s seemed like they’ve just checked off every fear on my list. And I think that’s been quite therapeutic in a way, because we’ve had this bundle of fears and stresses and concerns, and it’s like we’ve been actively, aggressively, seeking those things out
to the other side of that. It actually gives me some hope about what I’ve chosen to pursue with my life.” According to Baizley the new line-up, featuring Nick Jost on bass and Sebastian Thomson behind the kit, has “clicked” after spending the better part of the American summer on the road together. The frontman says the band is at the point where they’re thinking about writing new material together. But before they do that, there’s still the matter of touring Yellow & Green everywhere they can – hence the band’s decision to return to Australia as part of Soundwave 2014. After all, this was the record that marked their total
“THE ALBUM WAS WRITTEN TO BE PERFORMED”
throughout this process, and [then we] cross them out and rob them of their power to be concerning anymore. And we’ve had to go through all this stuff sort of publicly, and keep our heads, and, without sounding too cliché, we really just had to stay positive and trust in what we initially set out to do. Of course it becomes hard to do that when you get dealt this sort of rotten hand, but it’s a very validating feeling to be getting
emancipation from the sludge metal ghetto from which they came and re-established them as a thunderously dynamic alternative band. “The album was written to be performed. And for a short period of time we thought that we were never going to perform those songs, and then once we got to the point where we knew we could, the conversation on the business side of things was ‘Do you want to tour on this record or should you get healthy and write a new record?’ Of course our answer was ‘We wrote this fucking record to play live. And we want it to be heard live. It would be an absolute shame if we didn’t go out and play it’. So that’s what we have been doing heretofore, and it’s been very gratifying.” WHAT: Yellow & Green (Relapse Records/Riot!) WHEN & WHERE: 22 Feb, RNA Showgrounds
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IT’S A TRAP! Flosstradamus are two dudes making incredible trap music like they invented it. Chris Yates chats to J2K ( Josh Young) and Autobot (Curt Cameruci) from their respective homes in Chicago and New York ahead of their summer adventures in Australia.
’ve been meaning to put the vocals of Assquake together; I’ve been meaning to bounce a stem of that shit and...”
As the conference call begins, Josh Young and Curt Cameruci are already deep in the throes of some conversation regarding collaboration before I rudely interrupt. Despite the fact these two aren’t even living in the same city these days, their productivity shows no signs of diminishing. “Inbetween interviews we’re having band meetings,” Young laughs. Despite the distance, Cameruci says they still see too much of each other. “Because we’re touring, and we’re always out on the road or in the studio somewhere we’re still with each other more than we’re with our girlfriends and our wives.” “We used to live together and we almost killed each other,” Young jokes. It seems the distance actually helps the creative process. Everything they make now happens via filesharing services such as Dropbox, except for the occasional track like the Do Or Die remix for Flux Pavilion they recorded on tour. “We were kinda doing that before,” says Cameruci. “I’ve been living in New York for three years so we’ve been doing it for a minute. We both work differently in general. We both have different mindsets about making music and we both like to be alone when we work too, so it’s good to do that.” “When we were living together we even had a studio separate to our house, and just because of our styles and the way we work together it was counterproductive,” Young adds. “I don’t know as much about engineering and production sort of stuff so I’ll make something really quick and get my idea out as fast as possible, and all the fine tuning is what Curt brings to the table. So living apart, it actually made stuff a lot easier because I could do my own thing and get my ideas out, send them to Curt and if he likes it he takes the whole project and finishes it, or brings it to a point where it’s ready to go.”
The system is clearly working. Ever since they first bugged Diplo for stems to do a remix (which they turned around in a day), Flosstradamus remixes have become a ‘must have’ for lovers of big trap beats and dirty hip hop fans. Their own style is simple and minimally
we’ve just always been those people anyway. We saw this one website where you can see when you joined Twitter or whatever and we were like the 800th person to join Twitter or something, so we’re always trying to do something next level with technology and the internet.” This translates into how they get their music out. “When we released the X EP we did this thing where kids had to tweet at us with this hashtag, and then we spit it back to them with a unique link which included one extra download for a friend, and then it was done. We released one of our mixtapes as a torrent-only download, and the next mixtape we’re about to release we have vape pens, for smoking weed and shit, that are custom made with a USB drive built into them.” Young pipes in (pun intended). “I guess it was a bit of a stoner idea,” he laughs. “I feel like we are both most creative after a set. A lot of times we’ll come offstage and we have this massive adrenaline rush, and we smoke when we play so we’ll be a bit stoned and the juices are flowing so we start riffing, and that was one of those ideas!”
“WE’RE ALWAYS UP WITH TECHNOLOGY AND WE’RE ALWAYS ON THE NEXT SHIT” layered, with bass impact and partying being high on the list of priorities. They’ve mastered social media with hashtags like #PLURNT(Peace Love Unity Respect Now Twerk) shadowing their multi-platformed posts. They don’t take themselves too seriously, but are very interested in making something different and presenting their tunes in novel ways. “We’re always up with technology and we’re always on the next shit,” Cameruci says. “Like,
“You see the reach that you can have [with social media],” Young continues. “We’ve already exploited Twitter and SoundCloud to their fullest potential so we’re always looking for new ways we can utilise the internet, because when you upload a song to Hulkshare or SoundCloud, or you put it on The Pirate Bay like our last mixtape, you’re really giving it to everyone. You’re not focusing on a demographic, you’re putting it out there for everyone and anyone who has an internet connection. At the end of the day we want to get our music to every person, so when you have certain streams available, we’re gonna use those and exploit them to the fullest.”
WHEN & WHERE: 18 Jan, Marquee, Brisbane; 19 Jan, Big Day Out, Metricon Stadium & Carrara Parklands, Gold Coast
PLAY IT BY EAR
San Fran’s Deafheaven hit gold with 2013’s Sunbather, an album that’s incredibly hard to pin down. Cam Findlay talks to singer George Clarke about how they put it together, and why.
o and look at any poll of the top heavy albums of 2013 (there’s plenty out there right now, I assure you), and more likely than not you’ll see Deafheaven’s sophomore release Sunbather in top spot. It’ll at least be somewhere in the top ten, amongst a slew of old guard metal bands and new-wave postmetal acts. It’s been one of the more confounding releases of the year: they might be seen as simply a metal-cum-shoegaze act, but Deafheaven are so much more, and it only takes a quick glance at the cover of Sunbather to prove; designed by Nick Steinhardt of Touché Amore, its glaring pink facade is decidedly not metal. Not to mention just how much the lettering reminds you of Pulp’s We Love Life. It’s no coincidence.
“I mean, I know that from the get-go we didn’t want to be a straightforward metal band,” Deafheaven’s vocalist George Clarke explains from his home in San Francisco. “We wanted to approach certain aspects of our music in different ways that would, you know, kind of throw the traditional way of doing things for a loop. It’s definitely nothing ever straightforward, but it’s fun and interesting as well.” Sunbather so easily could have been a failed exercise. But since its release in June, Sunbather has been eaten up by both fans and critics. The heavy
parts are incredibly loud and brutal, but they’re punctuated with incredibly beautiful instrumental harmonies. The track lengths range from three to 15 minutes. Nothing is done traditionally, and that’s probably what Deafheaven are most proud of. “We were raised on so much different music, and our interests were all over the place,” he admits. “When it comes to making music, it feels a bit like we’re cheating ourselves if we’re not going to incorporate everything we enjoy.”
The album’s, and by extension the band’s, eclecticism is definitely a major reason for their success in 2013. While the lauded metal critics adore Sunbather, it also granted the band a modicum of mainstream success when the album was picked up by American radio stations and tastemaker blogs. It created one of those rare situations where people who would never listen to metal actually found themselves listening to a metal album. “I think that was definitely an extra thing that happened,” Clarke says, “[because] that wasn’t our aim whatsoever. We just wanted to write something that we thought was intentional, emotionally proving and well rounded. I think that people caught on to that. But I think that meant that it enjoyed a bit of media success, and whenever that happens people are quick to call you a ‘crossover’ band. I don’t think that our music is particularly accessible; I just think people picked up on something that meant something to them, and I’m happy they did – it’s very rewarding.” WHEN & WHERE: 8 Jan, Crowbar
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That closeness has everyone in the band pumped to get out and tour Cavalier Youth – which is scheduled for release in late January. Barnes says everyone is chomping at the bit to get down to Australia.
You Me At Six bassist Matt Barnes tells Tom Hersey how the band had a kumbaya moment making their fourth record, and how those good times are liable to continue when the band returns to Australia with their mates Paramore.
felt like we’ve never been closer as a band when we were going to make this record,” Matt Barnes, the bassist for British post-hardcore outfit turned pop-punk darlings You Me At Six says about the band’s fourth album, Cavalier Youth. This, apparently, was in stark contrast to the mood when the band released 2011’s Sinners Never Sleep. Despite the record going on to sell hundreds of thousands of copies, Barnes seems kind of bummed about how things were in the band at the time. “When we were going through Sinners Never Sleep… I mean, you only have to listen to songs like Bite My Tongue to sort of realise that we
weren’t the close band that we used to be and everyone was sort of falling out… I think just after being in the band for so long as we had, it became hard and people would sort of stick to little groups, rather than us all being together as a band. When we were recording Sinners we were living in three different apartments... but for this record we were all living together in a house in Hollywood. Every day we were together at the studio, and then we’d go back and cook dinner together and sit down as a group, so it was this really nice experience where we were able to re-establish that tight bond in the band.”
“If you play the same songs over and over again, you can really get bored of it. So to have new songs to play live is really, really exciting. And the first time we’ll probably play some of the stuff live will be Australia when we come out with Paramore, so I can’t wait. “Paramore are very good friends of ours… and we originally got an offer for the Australian Warped tour but we couldn’t do it because we were too busy recording our album at the time, and we were sort of wondering when we were going to come back to Australia, and then our mates in Paramore were like ‘We’re doing a tour. Do you want to come on it?’, and of course we were like ‘Fuck yeah, we want to come on it’.” The only blip, as Barnes sees it, is that they don’t really like to play support slots; they want plenty of time on stage to play the Cavalier Youth material. But he promises Aussie fans that they’ll get the full You Me At Six show soon enough. “Hopefully we’ll come back to Australia and do some headline stuff. Obviously the dream is to play headline shows… I’d love to give you some dates about when we’re coming back to play headline shows, but we don’t know yet. But it’s definitely going to happen in 2014.”
WHAT: Cavalier Youth (Cooking Vinyl) WHEN & WHERE: 9 Jan, Brisbane Entertainment Centre
Progressive drumming virtuoso Pat Mastelotto takes a break from a 37-hour drum solo to talk to Tom Hersey about the status of King Crimson and the upcoming The Crimson ProjeKCt tour. Okay, maybe the 37-hour drum solo thing was a lie.
hat’s not a lie is that Mastelotto shreds on the drums and Australian fans are soon to get the chance to see him perform alongside fellow King Crimson players guitarist Adrian Belew and bass player Tony Levin as part of The Crimson ProjeKCt. Here’s what you need to know about The Crimson ProjeKCt: it’s a show where King Crimson affiliates get together and put on a three-hour performance of the lauded prog outfit’s catalogue. And that the tour was announced a few months after Robert Fripp announced he was reforming King Crimson as a seven-piece – with three drummers, naturally. So you’ve got a show of Crimson material being played by active members of King Crimson that isn’t a King Crimson show. Lost yet? Mastelotto laughs. “Yeah, I can see the confusion... Basically, Adrian Belew, Tony Levin and I enjoy playing the King Crimson material, so that’s what we’ve been doing. And Robert [Fripp, King Crimson’s founding guitarist] had basically retired when I talked to him a few years ago and he had no interest in playing any more gigs, but then he changed his mind. So we’re gearing up to start with Crimson again. “King Crimson stopped in 2008 and then maybe three years ago, the three of us [Mastelotto, Belew and Levin] were asked to do a music camp, Adrian brought Julie 26 • THE MUSIC • 8TH JANUARY 2014
[Slick] and Tobias [Ralph] and formed that power trio and we brought Markus [Reuter] who rounds out the trio called Stickmen that Tony Levin and I play in and booking agents got wind of what was going on and immediately there was a thirst to put us on, so they booked gigs before we even had a name. “The mindset of King Crimson has always been that the music is always played like it’s the first time. You don’t just go into a routine of playing the same songs. If you’re on a Cher tour, you play the song the same every night. That’s not us… If somebody decides to go left,
we all follow. And that makes it flesh and blood. Like Crimson, these shows are about bouncing ideas off of each other in the moment.” Though Mastelotto is quick to clarify that that doesn’t mean The Crimson ProjeKCt is a jam band. “We don’t just go up there and jam, if you know what I mean. That’s not how we improvise. What we do is basically spontaneous composition, a lot of times the songs have been composed years or decades ago, and when these songs were written they started as an improvisation or an exploration of a feeling, so with The Crimson ProjeKCt, you’re just witnessing that same thing, but it’s just happening right in front of you.” WHAT: Official Bootleg Live - Extended Edition (Public Opinion) WHEN & WHERE: 11 Jan, The Hi-Fi
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PUT IT ALL ON BLACK The rules of any game can change without notice, but Karnivool aren’t afraid to play as they see fit. Drew Goddard talks a tale of two sides to Benny Doyle. ith a European fanbase swelling brilliantly large, Karnivool spent a good chunk of last year traversing across the culture continent. They brought their progressive metal strains to locations old and new, killed it a few choice festivals such as Download and Hurricane, and even managed to squeeze in some line-dancing and gambling aboard an icebreaker while crossing the Baltic Sea.
that sort of stuff though it will finally find its place, and it is kind of agreeable – I don’t think it needs to be nice and harmonic and diatonic and pleasurable to be beautiful.”
“We went on it twice this time, and actually, we were playing blackjack – they’ve got casino tables there – and as soon as you get into Swedish waters all the rules change,” recalls guitarist Drew Goddard. “Suddenly, there’s no such thing as a stand-off on 17, 18, 19, so I just thought I got ripped off when I got into Sweden. It was all fun and games [though], it was just an amazing trip; we got to a few places that we hadn’t been to, we did Belgium and Copenhagen, and a lot of places that we had been to [as well] – we’re just seeing growth everywhere. It was all really well received and my beard was touched more often than I’ve had it touched in my life, which was kinda weird, but it kept me warm at night.”
The Perth five-piece will showcase this fractured
All this has come off the back of Asymmetry, the band’s third long-player and their first to top the ARIA charts. It’s an immersive listen, a record that’s incredibly accomplished and one that demands repeated spins and full commitment from the listener. But Goddard admits the band too are still wrapping their heads around the latest release, even after the now somewhat expected four-year wait period between this latest effort and previous opus, 2009’s Sound Awake.
elegance on their upcoming Polymorphism tour, alongside fellow Oz heavy merchants Dead Letter Circus and sleepmakeswaves. Both bands, like Karnivool, offer up widely varied light and shade within their epic tunes, making the tour’s title banner a suitable one. As far as where they sit on the bill though – on which side of the polymorphism ideals that Karnivool lean – Goddard isn’t too sure. All he
“There’s a lot of stuff on Asymmetry that’s jarring and we went for a lot of discordant stuff – that was new to us – but after playing around with it for a while it makes sense,” he says. “Just chords on the bottom instead of using your power chords, your fifths and your fourths, which bring some really jagged intervals. The default setting [for Karnivool] is usually something that’s a bit off, but to me there’s a beauty in that that takes longer for people to come around to. If you keep listening for
knows is that on their given day – or night – the quintet can embody both elements with ease. “We’re definitely drawn to the darker side of things, [but] with the right amount of light in there,” he expands; “it’s all about the balance and I think Asymmetry, that was just one of many references to that. But I like to structure a set so it takes you on an emotional rollercoaster, so you’ve got the really ominous stuff and then you come out of it and you’ve got the retrospective, uplifting moments at the right places, and the atmospheric stuff and the heavy stuff, the dark and the light. “I think all three bands are similar in that way,” he adds. “The dark and the light... I dunno, that’s all subjective; when people listen to music, what is dark and what is light anyway? But all three bands encourage the listener to feel something that’s a bit deeper, and mix up emotions to get something positive out of it.”
“I DON’T THINK IT NEEDS TO BE NICE AND HARMONIC AND DIATONIC AND PLEASURABLE TO BE BEAUTIFUL.” Karnivool are in the best form of their career, and the Polymorphism tour will no doubt suitably open the account on another huge 12 months for the group, what with an extensive Aussie run mid-year, many more overseas dates, and songwriting sessions spliced in between it all while frontman Ian Kenny isn’t busy with his other day job, Birds Of Tokyo. “We’re going to keep that ball rolling as much as possible,” says Goddard, a statement which begs the question: will we have new Karnivool material before 2017? “I am not going to promise anything,” he laughs, refusing to be suckered in by the query, “I have done that before and I’ve been a horrible liar.” WHAT: Asymmetry (Cymatic/Sony) WHEN & WHERE: 11 Jan, RNA Showgrounds Marquee
THIS WON’T HURT A BIT
Nili Hadida tells Danielle O’Donohue how she’s putting her ‘80s obsession to good use in French band Lilly Wood & The Prick.
n the clubs and bars of Paris, where the French contemporary music scene is constantly evolving it’s been decided that becoming a successful pop band just isn’t cool. That’s a problem for Lilly Wood & The Prick but also a challenge. This multi-national duo (who expand out into a full band for their live shows) revel in pop. Israeli-born, UK- and US-raised, French singer Nili Hadida loves the sounds of the ‘80s and her musical cohort Ben Cotto, according to Hadida, is obsessed with Talking Heads. “France now is really conservative in a hidden way,” explains Hadida. “There’s a lot of cool stuff happening
but it has to be cool with a big C. There’s this whole thing in France if you start selling too many albums you’re not cool anymore. There’s no place for successful pop music. “In France they had a way of making pop music in the ‘80s that was really open. They’d really go too far and it was okay. We’re kind of obsessed with the ‘80s.” While Lilly Wood & The Prick’s latest album, The Fight, has just enough indie cool running through it, the shining synths and pop melodies on songs like Guys In Band hark back to a time when pop acts like Blondie and Talking Heads were making music for adult audiences just as much as teenagers.
There’s certainly plenty to like about the album and with songs in English, there’s no language barrier for the band to have to overcome. Hadida says writing in English is the more natural of the two languages she could write in but that’s not surprising considering she spent her high school years in California and even did a year of boarding school in England.
“There was no decision. I met Ben in a bar and we started writing these little songs in a one-room apartment. We didn’t think about it. It just came out in English. And I like my lyrics. I don’t want to sound pretentious but I think it comes out okay in English. The problem isn’t singing. It’s writing. My father doesn’t speak French. He always spoke to me in English. And I think I’m pretty shitty at writing in French. To be honest my editor actually told me to stop trying a few years back, which was really funny.” But Hadida’s earliest musical memory couldn’t be more French. “I’m a mono-maniac. I have to listen to one thing for a week, but no other thing. I remember when I was really, really small, when I was five or something my grandmother had a vinyl of Edith Piaf. So she played that and I became obsessed with it when I was five. I wanted to listen to it all time. “I have a few vinyl here at home. There are a few things that you can’t take away. I listen to that and a lot of Chopin. And of the old stars I can’t live without there’s also Otis Redding; he’s a fucking genius.” WHAT: The Fight (Cartell Music) WHEN & WHERE: 16
Jan, Brisbane Powerhouse
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THE JOY OF NEW TOYS Blessthefall have busted their arses to make sure fans get the live experience they deserve. And as Eric Lambert tells Tom Hersey, they’ve had a whole lot of fun in the process.
hen we sit down to talk, things are going well for guitarist Eric Lambert and Blessthefall. It’s almost six months since the release of the band’s fourth record, Hollow Bodies, and the metalcore community is still collectively losing its shit over the album. The tours for the band have gotten bigger and the line-up’s held stable for a couple of years. Asked about the American band’s recipe for success, Lambert thinks it’s a simple formula. Make a great record, have great things happen. Hardly rocket science. “It’s been a crazy record man. We’ve definitely seen a change in the fanbase since we’ve put it out. Even the music we’ve written for Hollow Bodies goes over way better than the older stuff when we play it live. It’s crazy because right now we’re playing five new songs. And that’s crazy; usually for a band that’s out of the question. You don’t play that much new stuff when you release an album, but we were just so excited to play it and the reactions to the new songs have been way better than the reactions to the old songs, so it’s been definitely a positive.” Lambert says that when fans started heaping praise on Hollow Bodies, Blessthefall knew they needed to make sure they put some thought into presenting the material live. Especially since much of the record’s charm lies in the glitchy electronics and ambient passages that course through its interior. Presenting that live isn’t the easiest thing, but the guitarist explains it was something they felt needed to be done well. “It definitely wasn’t just a plug in and go kind of deal. We had to sit down and think about what we were going to do. We had to go and buy some new equipment to take out on tour with us, because we wanted the show to have the same impact that Hollow Bodies has when you put it on in your car, or you are playing it in your headphones. But that was all a lot of fun. It was fun buying some new toys and messing around to make it all come together. “We basically went to an electronics store and went to town and fucked around with a bunch of toys. It’s been a lot of fun because the new record definitely has a more
electronic type of vibe to it and there’s a lot of ambient and emotional parts, so it’s kind of cool to portray that all live. “It sucks when you hear a band sound sonically amazing on the album and then you go and see them live and they suck. So we’re very proud
Australia to headline the annual Boys of Summer tour, the guitarist has no doubt fans are in for a good show. “I think a lot of kids are going to walk away being stoked. Because we definitely like to have fun at our shows – no parents, no rules. Anything could happen… Our frontman’s crazy. Totally out of his mind. He gets a different idea every night about how to get the crowd involved, and his goal is to make sure everyone’s having a fucking awesome time. “I think Hollow Bodies helped us find a niche and the direction that we need to go in when we write more music. And that’s a direction that I’ve been wanting to go now for quite a long time now. Into darker, more pissed off music. It’s just fun to play… And so we already have an idea of the direction we want to go on the next record because of all of that.” As for when new music might surface, Lambert is unsure. What he does know is that the band are going to push as hard as they can to capitalise on the success of Hollow Bodies.
“WE WANTED THE SHOW TO HAVE THE SAME IMPACT THAT HOLLOW BODIES HAS WHEN YOU PUT IT ON IN YOUR CAR.” of the fact that we can always pull it off live and that everything sounds really full. Because that’s something we work really hard making sure we’re not cheating the fans or anything like that.” Six months of touring Hollow Bodies have made Lambert confident about how the band is presenting the album’s material. Ahead of the band’s return to
“We just started thinking about what’s going to come next. Because our singer’s going to have a kid so that means some time off, so we might as well get back to writing the new record. But we’re also thinking about all of the headlining shows we’re going to be playing this year, because we really want to be able to see where this album can help to take our career, so we’re going to try and headline as many shows as possible… I think 2014 is going to be one big stress test for the band. But bring it on, y’know.” WHAT: Hollow Bodies (Fearless) WHEN & WHERE: 8 Jan, The Rev; 9 Jan, Eagleby South School Hall (all ages)
If you take on the moniker Necrobutcher and form one of the most infamous bands ever, you probably don’t expect to still be kicking three decades later. Mayhem’s bassist certainly didn’t, and Tom Hersey discovers the man still trying to make sense of it.
t’s hard to say whether we thought we’d be around in 30 years. I don’t think we thought in those terms,” says Jørn ‘Necrobutcher’ Stubberud of the illustrious and controversial Norwegian black metal band Mayhem. “I thought for myself that I would probably be 24 years old and then die at that time. So it made it very hard to predict any future beyond five years. But when we started this band we were very enthusiastic about it, and because we were like 16 at the time it was all-consuming, and I would say that it has been a good way to spend the years.”
Speaking in fragments of sentences in a non-native tongue, Necrobutcher seems elusive, almost cagey. It’s not hard to see why though, as his band was at the centre of the scene that exploded into global infamy in the early ‘90s. Yep, Mayhem were the band that made a photo of their singer’s suicide scene an album cover. And yes, band members did make necklaces out of chunks of his skull. Then there was their involvement in the church burning scene, and the guitarist, Euronymous, that was stabbed to death by Varg Vikernes. But Necrobutcher’s not interested in
talking about all of that. In fact, he believes that the band has managed to keep at it for 30 years because he, along with drummer Hellhammer and long-time vocalist Atilla Csihar, have always kept looking at what was ahead of them, instead of focusing on the tawdry details of a lurid past. “It’s always been just going ahead. I’ve never stepped back and thought about anything like, ‘Why am I doing this?’”
As though to prove his point, Necrobutcher reveals that Mayhem are currently in the mixing process for a new album, the band’s first in six years. “As well as having the 30-year anniversary next year, we have a new album coming it. It’s in the mix right now. It should be out in March, and it’s going to be a busy year of like a 30-year anniversary and a world tour.” That is the same album that, ahead of the 2011 Mayhem Australian tour, Atilla Csihar promised this writer would ‘definitely’ be released in 2012. Necrobutcher is unapologetic. “In 2008, our songwriter [guitarist, Blasphemer] left the band, so we had to find a replacement to establish a steady line-up. And we did that last year, and then we started writing this album. Everything changed since we last did an album. The band changed, tastes changed. Everything. Six years down the line, and when you look at the back catalogue of what we did, there’s usually four years between albums, so they always become totally different. Every time. But other than that, it’s me and Hellhammer still going on.” Necrobutcher promises fans that they’ll get a chance to judge it for themselves in the new year, because there’s going to be new cuts in the set that will only add to the celebration. WHEN & WHERE: 12 Jan, The Hi-Fi, Brisbane
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song mixed in with the brooding and epic originals, and Tolis insists that the influences extend far beyond.
Rotting Christ have been gradually spreading their dark musical power from Athens to the world since 1987. Founding member, vocalist, guitarist and all-round mastermind Sakis Tolis answers some questions from Lochlan Watt.
am doing okay, a bit busy, but this is our life, you know? I have no alternative,” offers the 41 year-old Sakis Tolis. Based out of Greece, Rotting Christ are an extreme metal band that has evolved through black and gothic sounds over time, and have drawn influences from many cultures; their latest album, Katá Ton Daímona Eaftoú, is more a monument to that than the ten albums that precede it.
The translation of the ancient Greek album title “is very close to ‘do what you will’, or ‘be true to your own spirit’,” Tolis clarifies. His grasp on English is enough to show his wisdom, but still puts a slightly awkward slant on his delivery. “It doesn’t have to do that much with the music,” he says of the themes of the title. “The music in reality is more dark, it’s more atmospheric, it’s a mix of many cultures. It’s a multicultural result, but I couldn’t really find a special title. So from this the sound was like being true to your own spirit.” The album contains a reinterpretation of a traditional Romanian
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“You can hear there are elements from ancient Mayans, ancient Incas, ancient Greeks, Romanians, Slavs, Babylonians, many styles… I like the journey. Since I was born, I was always travel around the world. So I felt like the time has come for me to write something that is a mix of many cultures.” The band, which contains original drummer and younger brother Themis Tolis alongside an ever-evolving line-up of session musicians, has “never had managers. We are an old-school band and we have the old-school attitude of do it yourself. I have grown up with this idea and I want to build the band. Because managers, okay, they can build a band, but they can overweight the finances, they ask for more money, they push promoters, but no, we are fans. We want to have good connection with the people that bring the band into their land.” Despite his multitude of abilities, which also include recording and engineering Rotting Christ’s albums, Tolis has learned all of this himself. “I have no studies at all my friend. Not even musical studies. I do by my instincts, everything. I have never even been taught one note. But I write music, and compose the entire of an album, I can play ten instruments but I never took any education about this. The same about history, but I like to read the notes. I am the kind of person when someone push me to something, then I freak out. I like to do everything by myself, and nothing is the result of a standard education.”
WHEN & WHERE: 16 Jan, Crowbar
This week: 12 Years A Slave takes a powerful look at American slavery and we review a whole bunch of gigs that took place over the Xmas and New Year’s period.
12 YEARS A SLAVE Film
In cinemas 30 Jan Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave is one of the finest films ever made about the American slave experience. It’s a film that stares right into the abyss of human cruelty and doesn’t blink. It’s a powerful story about the weight of circumstance and the limit of our power to either confront or accept them. Solomon Northup, a free man of the Northern States (pre-Civil War), is drugged and kidnapped. With no proof of identity he is shipped to New Orleans and endures over a decade of slavery at the hands of several owners. The ensemble cast provide fantastic performances throughout, in particular Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender as slave and master respectively. Fassbender’s Epps burns off the screen as a drunk and a religious pragmatist. Ejiofor’s Northup, meanwhile, desperately reaches out to anyone and everyone even his masters using all his human faculties. He seeks an answer where there is none, but refuses to stop looking, much like McQueen. McQueen is a brave filmmaker and a very human one. His work is vital and 12 Years A Slave is his best yet. Matt MacMaster
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MAC DEMARCO, SCOTDRAKULA, JESSE DAVIDSON The Zoo 18 Dec Adelaide teenager Jesse Davidson has been picking up a bunch of cool support slots lately, but this is his first time to Brisbane, accompanied only by a drummer, his electric guitar and some very earnest but endearing love songs. Between songs Davidson tries a little too hard to be cool and nonchalant; if he relaxed a little it’d be a much more likeable set. However, his voice and melodies are strong, and would probably be even better in a full band
to pull off, but these guys manage it effortlessly. Mac DeMarco is welcomed by ecstatic applause; it seems like every single person in this sold-out crowd is beaming wildly and craning their necks to catch a glimpse of this unlikely weird-pop hero. The band kicks off with Cooking Up Something Good, the opener off last year’s album, 2, and as soon as that bouncy, grooving guitar comes in and DeMarco croons that first line, “Mommy’s in the kitchen”, the energy in the room jumps even higher and doesn’t let up for this entire set. DeMarco’s lyrics are full of mundane but perfect little images and observations that add up to beautiful (mostly love) stories, and that’s largely what enables his songs to connect so strongly with so
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format as the tracks get a little same-y towards the end. ScotDrakula are from Melbourne via Canada and New Zealand – and it’s a total mystery why they’re not one of those huge garage bands that everyone drools over, ‘cause this is one of the most fun sets of the year. Singer Matt Neumann is brimming with confidence, and it’s immediately infectious – his scrappy, dynamic voice that effortlessly flows from low murmur to ear-splitting wail gives these tracks their unhinged charm – while drummer Evianne Camille’s softer backing vocals add some nice balance. Singles, Burner and Break Me Up, go over great; both tracks build and build with more noisy excitement than a three-piece should be able 36 • THE MUSIC • 8TH JANUARY 2014
EARTHLESS, THE SHRINE, ETERNAL ELYSIUM, DREAMTIME Crowbar 3 Jan Acting as Australia’s only representatives tonight, dronepsych trio Dreamtime open proceedings. One of the best things about a Dreamtime set is that it’s so adaptable – possibly in tribute to tonight’s headliners, guitarist Zac Anderson slips a number of lengthy and impressive guitar solos into the set, transforming their sound into something totally unheard from them in the past.
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many people. The band backs up this strong opening with more slinky and seductive tunes from 2; Ode To Viceroy, with its throwaway hedonism – “Oh honey I’m smokin’ till I’m dyin’” – is a favourite, along with the soft and sweet My Kind Of Woman. The only issue is DeMarco’s guitar, which sounds great but keeps breaking, forcing long breaks. The band cover well with improvised jazz jams and it’s still fun, but not as fun as the couple of extra songs we could have heard in this time would have been. All is forgotten though when the band do a covers medley of Taking Care Of Business into Blackbird into Limp Bizkit’s Break Stuff, and DeMarco, along with members of ScotDrakula and a roped-in sound guy, crowdsurf to victory. Madeleine Laing
Japanese trio Eternal Elysium introduce a thunderous volume to the venue, which carries through for the remainder of the evening. Despite all the noise, it’s fantastic to see the vocals from guitarist Yukito Okazaki and bass player Tana Haugo blending together so beautifully. While their overall tone is loud hardcoredoom, there are plenty of hypnotic instrumental moments woven into the performance, making this group one of the standouts of the evening. Frontman of Californian psychviolence rock outfit The Shrine, Josh Landau, greets us by saying how disappointed he is that the Valley is so quiet, and that he was hoping to run into some adventurous crack heads around town, but will settle for hanging out with us instead. The group pick up the speed and intensity with ripping tracks Zipper
Tripper and Louise, paired with a brilliant lightshow that matches the climactic points with intense strobes. There’s a row of dedicated fans at the front of stage who headbang and sing along to every word, which only adds to the frenetic energy created on stage. If you can look past the incessant “this next song is...” between tracks, The Shrine deliver an amazing set, filled with some truly inspired guitar work. After a short, heartfelt speech from guitarist Isaiah Mitchell about how grateful they are to the fans, Californian instrumental psych-rock troupe Earthless immediately launch into over an hour’s worth of perpetual, hard-hitting jams. The set mainly comes from their critically acclaimed album of last year, From The Ages,
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opening with the 15-minute epic, The Red Sea. What’s incredible about this group is their ability to push the limits – it will feel like they are sitting on the edge of a climactic point for so long before they manage to intensify the speed, musicality and energy even further, leaving most of the audience with their jaws constantly dropped. Because the songs are also so long, the set starts to feel like an endurance test. You wonder just how they are capable of performing at such extremes for so long, and there’s a sense of euphoric release, pure wonderment and accomplishment once the songs fade out. Earthless are just one of those bands you have to see to believe: insane guitar solos, forceful bass lines, mesmerising drums. More like this please. Jazmine O’Sullivan
FUTURE OF THE LEFT, TURNPIKE, DAMN TERRAN The Zoo 5 Jan It’s hotter than hell inside The Zoo tonight, but young Melbourne trio Damn Terran leave nothing in the tank as they unleash their intense brand of post-punk on the already sweltering crowd. Frontman Lachlan Ewbank vents his spleen behind the safety of his long fringe as angsty bursts of melodic noise spew forth unrelentingly, and they finish a strong set with Rebels, a maelstrom of welcoming discord. Local noise rockers Turnpike have been purportedly
the heat and the familiar intro to Arming Eritrea delivers Future Of The Left into the fray, the Welsh-based four-piece bringing the fury from the get-go. Cricket-mad frontman Andy ‘Falco’ Falkous seems to be feeling the pain from the Ashes whitewash but he channels this vitriol into a powerhouse set, the taut, watertight grooves of tracks such as Small Bones Small Bodies bursting with hooks and melodies that make you want to dance while being aurally assaulted. They’re here to plug recent album How To Stop Your Brain In An Accident, and new tracks such as the creepy Bread Cheese Bow And Arrow, the brutal Future Child Embarrassment Matrix and the rhythmic build of Beneath The Waves An Ocean all take on a fierce new persona in the live realm. Old faves
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handpicked by tonight’s headliners after supporting them here on their last jaunt. They repay this faith with a typically blistering set, the trio melting into one amorphous beast pulsing with a strange energy. Drummer Chris Bryant proves both innovative and intricate but happy to muscle when required, flanked by guitarist Adam King and bassist Tim Evans who feed from each other throughout. Lengthy instrumental passages are punctuated by King’s barked vocals, the intricate soundscapes filled with nuanced beauty before either exploding or petering out as the machine moves on to the next sonic idea, rolling ever forward. You can put your house on this band delivering the goods and they do so once more tonight. Soon a strange intro from some long-forgotten musical pierces
completely disassemble the stage by the end of this massive finale making it clear that there will be no encore. Sometimes you just don’t need one. Steve Bell
SCOTT AND CHARLENE’S WEDDING, BLANK REALM, EARLY WOMAN Black Bear Lodge 20 Dec Melbourne-based duo Hannah Brooks and Ben Montero, aka Early Woman, are fashionably late to the stage tonight – a mishap that seems to work in their favour, as the majority of the crowd are
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Manchasm and You Need Satan More Than He Needs You go down well but when they power into Mclusky classic To Hell With Good Intentions the place goes ballistic, the song as vicious as ever. This relatively new fourpiece incarnation of FOTL have become a seriously formidable unit and the sound is as pristine as it’s powerful throughout, French Lessons bringing genuine pathos amidst its restraint before they ratchet up the intensity with How To Spot A Record Company and Robocop 4 – Fuck Off Robocop, Lachlan from Damn Terran adding kazoo to Things To Say To Friendly Policemen. The catchy Chin Music and a massive take on Adeadenemyalwayssmellsgood leads into the closing medley of Singing Of The Bonesaws, Lapsed Catholics and Mclusky’s Lightsabre Cocksucking Blues, the fact that they manage to
trickling in just in time to catch their set. With the pair donning matching floral kaftans, they spark a moody and enigmatic vibe from behind their keyboards, thanks to melancholic, wailing vocals, a nonchalant stage presence and eerie synth contributions. While their sound definitely warrants further listening, overall their performance falls a little flat and struggles to hold attention for the entirety of the set. While Early Woman’s set leaves many scratching their heads, hometown heroes Blank Realm leave no room for confusion with their hard-hitting and thoroughly entertaining blend of garageindie-punk-rock. For the first few songs, the drummer takes the role of frontman, creating a frenetic buzz with his energetic antics. As he then takes his place behind the drums, each band member is given the opportunity to shine,
with keyboardist Sarah Spencer’s constant and ferocious headbanging acting as a particular highlight. What the band give in energy is returned by the audience, who lap up the performance with insatiable delight – one happy-go-lucky punter even finds their way on stage for a boogie with the band, which is always an entertaining spectacle. The celebratory holiday spirit has truly set in by the time headliners Scott And Charlene’s Wedding take the stage, and while they may not pack the same punch as the previous act, it’s clear the group are out for a bit of laidback fun with the launch of their latest album, Any Port In A Storm. The set begins with the album’s opener, Junk Shop, which draws a tight and eager flock of fans to the front of the stage, as well as some tentative toe-tapping towards
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the back. As the group plough through tracks Lesbian Wife, 1993 and Fakin’ NYC among others, the energy unfortunately fades once again, with technical issues and lacklustre banter plaguing the set. While a few dedicated fans try to propel the set with some singalong moments, it’s disappointing that the band seem content to deliver a mediocre performance, despite their surrounding hype. The only real highlight comes in the form of Jackie Boy, more so because of the outstanding songwriting and guitar work found within the track than because of anything special in the performance. The songs from Any Port In A Storm are good enough to leave punters with a smile on their face, however a little more energy in the delivery would have taken the set to a whole new level. Jazmine O’Sullivan THE MUSIC • 8TH JANUARY 2014 • 37
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Member answering/role: Michael – bass/backing vocals. How long have you been together? Junior Danger formed around March 2013, playing our first gig in October last year. How did you all meet? Darren (vocals/guitar) and I have been friends most of our lives and have played in several other bands over the years. We met Tom (drums) when he was playing a show in another band a few years back and finally decided to jam together last year. 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? I’ll hedge the bets and say a rotation of Queens Of The Stone Age and ZZ Top will keep things humming. Would you rather be a busted broke-but-revered Hank Williams figure or some kind of Metallica monster? Hank Williams… you’ll never see Junior Danger crying in a group therapy session! We can also master the broke part pretty well – so will just need to work on getting revered. Which Brisbane bands before you have been an inspiration (musically or otherwise)? There’s been so many over the years, from Mojo Webb to SixFtHick and Regurgitator. In terms of current tunes, I’m loving the likes of The Royal Artillery and Junkyard Diamonds. Also recently caught duo Barefoot Alley and were blown away by their live sound. What part do you think Brisbane plays in the music you make? Plenty – we all grew up here and have been influenced heavily, positively or otherwise, from our experience playing in most of the venues that the city has had to offer up over the past halfdozen years. There’s such a thriving and growing live scene at the moment. What’s in the pipeline for the band in the short term? Gigs, gigs and more gigs around Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast over the next few months. We’ve also finished recording our first EP and hope to have that mixed, mastered and launched by March. Junior Danger play Ric’s Bar on 11 Jan, TAPS Australia, Mooloolaba on 18 Jan, Beetle Bar on 30 Jan, The Tempo Hotel on 22 Feb and New Globe Theatre on 2 Mar. Photo by TERRY SOO.
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HOMEMADE ICE POPS
OLLIE RAGOO – NOSTALGIA HAUS
We try to treat our eardrums to some of everything.
58 Vulture St, West End Three words that describe the place? Hidden garage escape. What’s the price of a regular coffee? $3.50 What style of coffee should you start the day with? Piccolo.
Who needs an ice cream maker? All you need is a blender or good mixing arm, some icy-pole moulds and a freezer! Here are some recipes to get ya goin’.
What music style do you play at work? A blend of garage, funk, grunge and coastal grooves.
Mango & Watermelon Blend: 2C cubed, seeded watermelon; 1C mango cubes; 1/2C raspberries; 1tbs lime juice.
Fudge In a saucepan whisk together 2tsp cornstarch and 2tbs milk until smooth; then whisk in 1 1/3C milk, 1 1/3C heavy cream, 1/2C sugar, 1/2C unsweetened cocoa powder and 1/4tsp salt. Bring to boil, stirring constantly for 1 min. Take off heat and stir in 2tsp vanilla extract.
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What style would you serve them and why? Definitely our new iced coffee; if you’re hanging out in this weather, there is nothing much better. You hate it when people ask for... If we are the Thai miracle massage. I get asked at least ten times a day... There’s a massage place upstairs.
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Kiwi Pineapple Blend 1 chopped pineapple, 2tbs honey and 6 sliced kiwi fruit (reserve 10 slices to place in bottom of moulds before pouring in mixture). Basil, Lychee & Lime Simmer 1/3C water, 1tbs sugar and 5 large basil leaves in a saucepan. Cool to room temperature. Blend basil syrup (discard leaves), a can of lychees (drained) and the juice and zest of one lime.
What artist/band would you most like to make coffee for? Blood Orange.
This pub was once a bus depot, once an art gallery, and is now a brewery/pub/kitchen/bottle-o. It is in short, a brewery of many talents. With an industrial vibe, the pub features eight of their own beers on tap, including small-batch and seasonal lagers. But for the cocktail lover, you might just find something a little different and well priced (like the brewery). We’d recommend Summer Days (St Germaine Elderflower, Whitley Neill Gin, cranberry and sunshine) or the Snakebite (Half Pale Ale, half cider and a dash of Creme de Mure) for a tipple.
SHADY PALMS 427 Logan Rd, Stones Corner shadypalmscafe.com Answered by: Mal Gill What’s your bar’s specialty drink? Our bar boys and girls love pouring craft beers, crafty cocktails and ice-cold ciders. What drink turns you off? Every Christmas my uncle brings his latest batch of home-brew. It started off alright but
the last few years he’s been experimenting with Sambucca (petrol-tasting Sambucca!) and now I just can’t touch the stuff. What makes your bar different? Shady’s is your ultimate neighbourhood bar and kitchen. With a soundtrack stretching from exotica to old school hip hop and indie, as well as free live music four days a week, music lovers will be more than satisfied.
Who will I meet at your bar? We have such a mixed crowd at the Palms that you’re just a likely to run into an old school teacher for a tequila shot as you are to run into the lead singer of your favourite Brisbane band. What’s the design/ atmosphere of your bar?
Shady’s is a laidback and casual Americaninfluenced bar. Best hangover cure? Nothing beats bacon on or in anything! Pair it with grilled haloumi, white bread and lots of butter and you have a recovery breakfast!
Words Emma Breheny. Illustrations Sophie Blackhall-Cain.
JUICE CLEANSE This regime from the latest addition to the juice scene, Pressed Juices, involves green smoothies, juices, lemon-based drinks, coconut water and nothing else for three or five days – whatever you think you (and your wallet) can handle. Get your hangover binge eating done before you try this.
WATER THERAPY We all get told to drink eight glasses a day but this ancient Chinese remedy will push you to your limits. The idea is to wake up, drink a litre and a half of water and wait 45 minutes before eating. Sounds tough but when you do it for a month you can look forward to glowing skin, lower blood pressure and less heartburn.
BIRCH JUICE A natural diuretic (it makes you pee!), the birch tree is an all-rounder in detoxification, helping out your liver, kidneys and weight levels by flushing out toxins and excess water. It’s also great for cellulite. Christmas kilos be gone!
OIL PULLING Oil pulling, originating in ancient India, is basically a daily mouthwash of oil. The argument is that the mouth is full of bacteria that make their way into the rest of your body. Swilling oil around in your mouth will ‘pull’ these nasties out and give you whiter teeth, healthier gums and an inner glow.
THE LEMON DETOX DIET Made famous by Beyonce and, more recently, TV series Orange Is The New Black, this one is so strict it may induce hallucinations. A mixture of lemon juice, water, maple syrup and cayenne pepper is drunk eight times a day for ten days, with the promise of rapid weight loss and body cleansing. Doctors hate it; celebs love it.
ALCOHOL DETOX SMOOTHIE The one everyone really wants after a heavy month of Christmas after-parties hristmas parties, after parties and party parties. Blend d together berries, banana, crushed milk thistle and coconut nut milk and voilaa – your liver will be happy again. Don’t’t worry, we don’t know what milk thistle is either.
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KILL THE CULL
The proposed shark culls are a ludicrous kneejerk reaction, we need a broader focus – these amazing creatures are not just endangered but crucial to the ocean’s food chain. We’re killing the planet for playtime…
POLICE STATE 4.0 Are cops here to protect and serve or just treat us like idiots? Handing out fines for leaving the car window slightly down makes one think they couldn’t give less of a fuck about Queenslanders. Sad really…
BACK IN THE SADDLE Poetic Justice marks the return of Cheated Hearts in 2014, with the party enthusiasts putting together an hip hop/R&B-centric night at Oh Hello. Featuring Nikk-C, Jane Doe, Dotwav, pictured, The Gatling Gun and CVLT Teens, it’s on this Friday – $10.
GONE TO THE DOGS Did North Korean leader Kim Jong-un feed his uncle to ravenous dogs or is it all a media beat up? The fact that no one is really sure is kinda scary enough in its own right…
Hands up who thought we’d beat the Poms 5-0 before the Ashes started. Liars! What an incredible series, well done to the mighty Aussies! Massive all-in sprinkler dance anyone?
LOVE ALL The Brisbane International served up a lot of good tennis, the feel good story being Lleyton Hewitt upsetting Roger Federer for the title, but Federer firing up how good Brisbane is for tennis also proving a highlight.
BACK TO THE FUTURE Once again Future Of The Left smashed all in their path and showed why they’re one of the great live rock bands. It’s brilliant they have an Aussie in their ranks, and apparently the next tour is already locked in!
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LOUD AND CLEAR
FEEL THE HEAT
American metal visitors Deafheaven have just announced their tour supports, with Brisbane getting the full effect with additional sets from The Matador, pictured, and Hope Drone. See the bands tonight (8 Jan) at Crowbar.
Summer Pop is coming back to Kings Beach Tavern, Caloundra this Saturday, with Apollo & The Sun, Hotel Escobar, pictured, The Baskervillians, Show Me Your Cards, Old Love, By Elanour, Ziggy Mortars and more. $15 on the door from 4pm.
ONLY THE GOOD SHIT
NATURAL BORN ARTISTS
They’re new on the scene, ambitious as hell and they want to groove with you all night long. The High Grade have just emerged on the GC landscape and will bring their reggae vibes to The Loft this Saturday.
Head to the Arena on Friday and toast the RAWards winners. Celebrating indie arts of the highest order, the night will feature performances from dancer Vanessa Friscia, pictured, rockers Aerials and singer-songwriter Deena.
THIS WEEK’S RELEASES… STEPHEN MALKMUS & THE JICKS Wig Out At Jagbags Spunk SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS Give The People What They Want Daptone/Shock SARAH BLASKO I Awake – Live At Sydney Opera House Dew Process/Universal KID INK My Own Lane Sony
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CALLING ALL CARS Name: Adam/Haydn/ James – this one is a team effort from a van Home ground: We are currently based in Melbourne. Describe your live music/ performance style as succinctly as possible: Loud and sweaty guitar music with pulses of involuntary hip gyration. Is this your first foray to Brisbane? If not how many times have you performed in our midst: We did a rough calculation and this will be our 28th visit to Brisbane. We can’t get enough. Please relate your impressions of performing in our fair city: Coming from Melbourne, it’s always nice to see a bit of sunshine and nice weather. Also, the coffee has got a whole lot better in the four years we have been coming there.
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PERSONAL BEST RECORDS
Band: Winterun Name: Joel Schneidruk Best record you stole from your folks’ collection? Probably either Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band or the Stutter Rap single. First record you bought? The same as everyone’s around our age – Nevermind by Nirvana.
RIGHT BACK AT IT AGAIN The Zoo is wasting no time in 2014, getting some sweet local talent out on the stage this Friday night. Head along and catch sets from Waax, pictured, Barefoot Alley, Mercury Sun and Hugo Slide, with music sounding out from 8.30pm.
Record you put on when you’re really miserable? Mellon Collie (pardon the pun) And The Infinite Sadness by The Smashing Pumpkins – ultimate mood lifter. Record you put on when you bring someone home? Something classy, like Bros. Most surprising record in your collection? Belinda Carlisle. Come on, you loved it too… Last thing you bought/ downloaded? Electric Blue by Icehouse. Classic Winterun play Devil’s Kitchen at Transcontinental Hotel on 18 Jan.
There’s always time for a bit of electric boogaloo, so get grooving with Lisa Hunt and her magnificent voice when she runs through some soul, blues and disco numbers. Become a believer – Hunt plays Beach Hotel, Byron Bay this Sunday.
Tom Cooney is back home and rounding up some local artists for a night of gorgeous sounds. Cooney – along with a two-piece backing band – will perform with support from Sawtooth and O’ Little Sister. Black Bear Lodge this Thursday.
THE WILD WEST
Toowoomba is set to shake to the sounds of Transvaal Diamond Syndicate when the always dirty blues trio swagger onto the Irish Club Hotel stage this Friday. A tenner on the door will also get you sets from Project 62 and Adnate.
Although they’re down a few members right now, The Good Ship will sail on at The Bearded Lady this Friday night. Head along to hear their ramshackle tunes in stripped back style, with American visitors The Underscore Orkestra supporting.
What can we expect different this time around? We’re coming with Kingswood. So much hair. Has anything exciting been happening in your world of late? We signed an international deal, have a new record out 7 Mar and we’re relocating to the UK... so not really. What will you be taking home as a souvenir? A shitty sun tan that will fade quickly. Calling All Cars play 10 Jan, The Northern, Byron Bay; 11 Jan, The Tempo Hotel; 12 Jan, Solbar, Maroochydore.
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NICOLA MILAN Name: Nicola Milan Album title? Forbidden Moments Where did the title of your new album come from? I had the title Forbidden Moments before I finished recording. It just seemed to fit what all of the songs were about and the overall vibe of the album; intimate, alluring and seductive. How many releases do you have now? Three: a single Take Your Chances (2009), an EP Little Rendezvous (2011) and a full-length album Forbidden Moments (2013). How long did it take to write/record? The album was the product of two years of my songwriting work. Although I had written a lot more, I was unable to use them all! I wanted the album to have a sexy flow. Was anything in particular inspiring you during the making? I’m a hopeless romantic and a lot of movies inspire quite a few of my songs. I can even see an image I like and it will spark off a gazillion song ideas and lyric. What’s your favourite song on it? Choose between my babies? I like bits of different songs for different reasons. I think Love Me More is my fave. Will you do anything differently next time? Recording an album is a huge learning process so definitely. I’d get a producer, stick to my creative ‘vision’ and have enough in the budget to do a fun photo shoot. Nicola Milan plays Brisbane Jazz Club on 25 Jan.
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Surrounded RICHARD BUCKNER Scorn Of The Women WEDDINGS PARTIES ANYTHING
CARAVAN OF FUN They made the Woodford masses dance up a storm, and now Melbourne’s Bearded Gypsy Band will show off their Celtic/ swing/urban-styled gypsy jazz at the Brisbane Jazz Club this Saturday. Enjoy what the young and the restless can do.
Orange Syringe TOM MORGAN Shapes POLVO Roman Gods THE FLESHTONES The Metros THE METROS Live From KCRW NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS Shut Up And Die Like An Aviator STEVE EARLE & THE DUKES Days Are Gone HAIM Trouble Will Find Me THE NATIONAL
AN EXCEPTIONAL LIFE
BLUE EYED SOUL
A fundraiser for the family of GC identity Jiggy Johnson, Gettin’ Jiggy is a celebration of life, happening at Dust Temple, Currumbin on Saturday. Bands include Sun of Man, V Rays and The Living Room, with tix $25 through Eventbrite.
Howling Novocastrian Alex Bowen will test new jams with his band, Wednesday at Beach Hotel, Byron Bay and Thursday at Solbar, Maroochydore, before he returns for a couple of solo dates on 20 Feb, The Joynt, and 21 Feb, The Loft, GC.
SHREDDING THE GNAR
RAISE A GLASS
Local rock four-piece Lucky Bradford look to continue their constant rise on the Brisbane scene in 2014 with their first show for the year this Saturday at The Zoo. Ten bucks on the door will also get you tunes from Deena.
There’s few names currently hotter on the Aussie hip hop landscape than Citizen Kay, and now you have a chance to hear versatile verses from the Ghanaian-born, ACT-bred MC at Alhambra Lounge this Friday.
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REVEALING THEMSELVES Ska punk wild childs Alla Spina will play their first ever acoustic set at Ric’s Bar, 16 Jan. Enjoy the same infectious jams in a stripped back style, with the band performing alongside Sunny Coast singer-songwriter Christian Patey.
GIVEAWAY RED 2
STRAIGHT UP, NO SUGAR
MIDDLE OF THE MILE
Eager to spread the sounds of their Golden Guitar nominated alt-country record Black Coffee, Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes will launch the release 1 Fab at Lefty’s Music Hall. It’s a freebie from 9pm.
Tuneful stories from Barcaldine in Central Queensland, Halfway’s fourth record takes you back to life in the ‘70s, when the land was parched and life was hard. They launch the LP 8 Feb at the Old Museum, proudly presented by The Music.
SMASH AND GRAB
FOXY FEMES ADDED
Tape/Off will lurch and tumble onto the stage to shout about life in Brisbane and violate your ears with feedback. We can’t wait. See them at Trainspotters, Grand Central Hotel, 1 Feb with Alpine Decline and Maids.
The upcoming Bastille tour has just got a bunch bigger with 22-year-old alt-pop queen Foxes, pictured visiting too, while dancefloor killer Alison Wonderland will keep the energy up. It happens at Brisbane Convention Centre, 13 Jun.
The much anticipated follow-up to action-comedy Red is about to be released on DVD. Red 2 features the same stellar cast (Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, Mary-Louise Parker) as well as a few new additions (Catherine Zeta-Jones, Anthony Hopkins) to complicate the picture. Frank (Willis) is brought out of his blissful retirement with wife Sarah (Parker) when he learns that MI6 agents, a contracted killer and US government agents are all after him and old colleague Marvin (Malkovich), thinking they’re terrorists. Sounds complicated? It is, but, like the original Red, it’s a barrel of laughs. Score one of three DVD copies by visiting themusic.com.au/win-prizes.
Describe your live music/ performance style as succinctly as possible: Maximum party time sex music wet face dance love groovy bang bang turn around shake shake turn around boom boom pow. How many times have you performed in our midst? Many times, Brisbane is awesome and knows how to party. Justin especially looks forward to sticky rice from Thai Wi-Rat. Please relate your impressions of performing in our fair city: Brisbane, and the Valley especially, is always fun to visit; there is probably the best rock’n’roll scene in the country brewing. So many lovely, weird and fun people to play with. What can we expect different this time around? Quite a lot. More instruments, bigger sound, new songs, more nudity. Has anything exciting been happening in your world of late? We just recorded our debut album in Nashville and signed to Dew Process, and we now ride motorbikes. Also, Alex bought a hat from a sandwich shop, and Justin made his own snare. And Mango lost his big toenail... What will you be taking home as a souvenir? Constantine from The Belligerents. Kingswood play 10 Jan, The Northern, Byron Bay; 11 Jan, The Tempo Hotel; 12 Jan, Solbar, Maroochydore.
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URBAN AND R&B NEWS WITH CYCLONE
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HIP HOP WITH JAMES D’APICE
New Zealand’s contemporary pop culture surely amounts to more than Hobbits and Lorde. Our trans-Tasman neighbour has long fostered a vital urban music scene. But one of its most underrated acts has gotta be R&B singer Aaradhna Patel. The Wellington native, signed to Dawn Raid Entertainment in Auckland, NZ’s answer to Roc-A-Fella/ Roc Nation, is best known here for guesting on Savage’s Top 30 hit They Don’t Know. Yet since 2006 she’s issued three albums. The latest of these, Treble & Reverb, initially released at the end of 2012, won Album Of The Year at the 2013 NZ Music Awards. Patel has even made inroads in the US, where she has a deal with Universal Republic. As such, Treble & Reverb has now been lavishly repackaged. If Patel started out wearing her ‘90s R&B influences on her sleeve, then she’s matured into a credible neo-soulstress. In fact, Treble & Reverb, co-produced by P-Money and Evan Short, lies somewhere between Ashanti and Amy Winehouse. However, songs like the single Wake Up really aren’t so far from Lorde’s post-dubstep hip hop soul. Patel has an impressive range, dipping into everything from calypso (Keep My Cool) to serious blues (Cool Shoes). Fire Burning Love is a sweet ballad that evokes early Duffy. Sit With A Slouch is (maybe too) Winehouse-ian, Patel battling her haters over a doo-wop backing (she’s aptly labelled her own postmodern style “retro-metro”). The deluxe edition of Treble & Reverb includes the ‘US remix’ of Wake Up. Patel will officially launch Treble & Reverb in Sydney and Melbourne this weekend. email@example.com
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We’re off again. 2014 is set to be pretty big and I have a few theories about what might just take prevalence within heavy music this year… but please, take it all with a grain of salt. Following on from releasing Metacritic’s highest rated album of 2013 – a first for a metal band – Deafheaven are hitting Oz this month. They aren’t the first band to embrace post-rock and black metal influences simultaneously, but they’re definitely the first to gain mainstream recognition doing so. I’m predicting a new crop of ‘intelligent’ ‘metal’ bands that transcend genre limitations to spike up out of the country this year, but just in case you think you’re gonna start the first Australian equivalent, know that there’s a killer band from Brisbane called Hope Drone that have already been doing a similar thing really well for a couple of years, and are also touring over in the coming weeks. Last year Bring Me The Horizon let mainstream metalcore know that it’s okay to enjoy and sound like Linkin Park and Slipknot again. So then, I would expect many once-buried nu-metal childhoods to be embraced by other groups like they were never intentionally left behind in the first place. Periphery and Of Mice & Men have already released music this year that supports this theory… give it a few months and Australian metalcore might have caught up. Grunge, alt-rock and bands that sing like real men would all appear to be influences gaining a lot of traction in hardcore. Balance & Composure, Title Fight and Twitching Tongues have kind of made that clear.
The new wave of seriouscore is to be so serious that one grows up and moves on from playing hardcore completely, but still maintains a ‘punk rock ethic’ while wearing credible shirts from the heaviest hardcore bands around. I think we’ll be seeing a lot more hand and neck tattoos transgressing into more relaxed music this year. It took almost ten years for Violent Soho to really take off, but just watch as the heavy music gurus who never paid attention to anything preHungry Ghost continue to align. I was watching an old doco recently where some ‘80s metal dude was commenting on thrash metal fanatics always needing to take things to the next level: faster, harder, heavier… which 30 years later just seems like a funny idea, given that thrash has more or less become the biggest retro/ throwback genre of them all. In the same doco a former member of Napalm Death even said that his band was “the end of the line” and that no bands could go faster or more extreme. It’s funny how completely wrong he was. Trends are unavoidable in all walks of life, but that doesn’t have to be a bad thing. It’s far beyond proven that human beings are suckers for them. Try and walk the other way, and you’ll probably just get stuck on some ‘anti-trend’ that will then turn around and be hailed by some kids you hate as the latest and greatest when the previous trend becomes too trendy for even them to handle anymore. So long as you feel like you’re being honest with yourself, and creating the music that you want to hear, then it’s all good, isn’t it? I’m looking forward to seeing what this country can produce in 2014. Get to it!
At this time of the year it’s easy to feel like the world is sleepy; hungover after one too many parties, or maybe resting up before getting Back To Work in February. For years this was true for the commercial music world. Any label worth its salt would try to get its product on shelves by November and then start planning for the new year – a year that would commence in earnest in early March. It meant that new year break used to involve a lot of thumb-twiddling. (Not to mention list-making.) That time is done now. It is trite to say that the internet has changed music distribution. We all know that. What is interesting is how it has been changed. A decade ago an artist releasing his or her own music outside the rigid label timetable was taking the first step in a protracted argument. These days, it’s par for the course. Artists are closer to us than ever, and they are handing out summer jams in their own time. So what to look out for? Well, Run The Jewels have added a new track to the European deluxe version of their debut self-titled album. El-P dropped a link to the track. It’s called Pew Pew Pew and it’s a monster. One track not enough? How about 101? Lil B just released a new tape called 05 Fuck Em. It has more than 100 songs. Yeah. That should tide us over until Madlib and Freddie Gibbs in a few weeks time, right? Happy 2014. firstname.lastname@example.org
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There’s a neat bit of misdirection in Spike Jonze’s heartbreaking, illuminating new film Her that is actually right there in the title. Everything about the movie would seem to indicate that it’s the story of Theodore Twombly ( Joaquin Phoenix), a lonely writer reeling from a recent separation and longing for love, which he unexpectedly finds in the form of a computerised operating system that names itself – herself – Samantha and is voiced by Scarlett Johansson. It’s Theodore’s thoughts and feelings we’re privy to; it’s the
change in his outlook and mood we experience as Samantha’s attentions and, yes, affections help snap him out of his funk. But the most profound change is undergone by Samantha. Hers is a journey of self-discovery and self-awareness that is both basic and complex, and it’s presented in a poignant yet optimistic way. Theodore undergoes changes of his own – small but vital and hopefully positive ones – but the movie is called Her for a reason. It’s not about what she
THE LOOKING GLASS A JOURNEY THROUGH ARTS WITH HELEN STRINGER In my current travels I’ve come to the realisation that there’s one thing Australians aren’t good at: petty crime. We stick to the basics: armed robbery, breaking and entering, opportunistic handbag grabs. Europeans, on the other hand, treat thievery as an artform; they understand that if they’re going to steal your valuables they should do you the courtesy of being creative about it.
(The Castration). I’ve found that the best time to see La Castration is in the red-light district after you’ve spent the evening watching naked ladies doing the can-can. It’s a well known fact that boobs give you a hankering for a dirty kebab. To witness La Castration, focus intensely on your newly acquired, post-stripper street meat. You will be spotted by an underage criminal; this quickfingered urchin is carrying a pair of razor-sharp scissors and intends to silently snip the
For an unconventional take on pick-pocketing, try La Castration
does for someone else, although Samantha’s relationship with Theodore is pivotal to the both of them. No, it’s about her. That said, there’s more to Her than that, and it speaks volumes about Jonze’s humanism that you come away from it with warmth and compassion for many of the characters in it, not just Theodore and not just Samantha, who is never ‘seen’ but comes across as fully realised as any of the fleshand-blood characters, thanks to Johansson’s astonishingly rich vocal performance. I won’t go into the details of Samantha’s evolution too much here. Instead, I want to praise the sensitive but utterly clear-eyed way Her looks at loneliness and the need for connection, be it emotional, intellectual, sexual or spiritual. This is subject matter Jonze seems wholly interested and invested in, as can be seen in his previous three films, and it reaches an apex in this film, the first he’s credited with writing as well as directing. The dull, persistent throb of heartache is present throughout Her, especially the early stages, during which Theodore is
straps of your bag and disappear undetected into the recesses of the Metro. How do you avoid La Castration? You must tear yourself away from your unidentifiable meat product for long enough to make unbroken eye contact with la Castrator. Moving up in the world of petty crime is Le Seigneur des Anneaux (The Lord of the Rings). Go to Pont de l’Archevêché, a bridge where couples symbolically demonstrate devotion by locking a padlock to the fencing. Hopefully, a seemingly innocuous young woman will run after you as you leave, clutching a gold ring, asking if you’ve dropped your wedding band. Watch as she effortlessly convinces you to remove your hands from your pockets to check that you haven’t lost an item you may never have had in the first place. This visible finger examination serves two purposes: first, while you’re waving your hands in the air, le Seigneur is determining if you have jewellery valuable enough to warrant a proper mugging. Second, you have now
processing the end of his marriage to Catherine (Rooney Mara) and quietly but desperately searching for ways to ease his pain and move on with his life. He exists in a silence that isn’t a peaceful oasis but an empty void, and the arrival of Samantha provides respite in the form of conversation and companionship, giving a much-needed sounding board for his innermost thoughts and feelings. I don’t know if I’ve heard the fear that accompanies loneliness articulated better than in Theodore’s confession to Samantha of his dismay that he has already felt every emotion he’s ever going to feel as strongly as he has felt it, and that everything hereafter will be little more than a pale echo. While Jonze and Phoenix (who again shows more range and emotional access than almost every actor working today) have empathy and sympathy for Theodore, to their credit they don’t let him off the hook. He’s thoughtful and caring, but he’s unable or unwilling to look deep into himself and explore what he truly needs or wants. Her as a film feels things deeply. And it feels them – and expresses them – clearly and honestly. Go see it.
released your grasp on your bag and revealed your pockets, thereby allowing le Seigneur’s teammates to easily relieve you of your possessions. How do you avoid the Le Seigneur des Anneaux? Trust your Australian gut. When it calls “bullshit” on the nice lady’s determination to return a ring to you that you don’t actually own, believe it. The title of Grand Supreme for criminal entrepreneurship goes to Le Enfant Ailé (The Winged Infant). This is best viewed taking a stroll down the Seine. Watch for a man carrying a baby and walking swiftly towards you. Once he’s approximately a metre away, he’ll demonstrate excellent parenting skills and throw the baby at you. When you scream and reach to catch the tiny human, the baby-thrower’s cohorts will strip you of everything you have. The only way to sidestep a Le Enfant Ailé is to act against all instinct. Do not attempt to catch the baby. Remember these guys are pros who need le enfant to repeat the ruse. The infant will not be allowed to drop to the pathway. THE MUSIC • 8TH JANUARY 2014 • 49
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Suzanne Vega: Brisbane Powerhouse 15 Apr Allen Stone: The Zoo 16 Apr The Wailers: The Tivoli 16 Apr Byron Bay Bluesfest 2014: Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm 27-21 Apr KC & The Sunshine Band: The Tivoli 19 Apr Jake Bugg: The Hi-Fi 23 Apr Arctic Monkeys: BEC 7 May
Steve Earle & The Dukes: The Tivoli 15 Apr
Deafheaven + Hope Drone + The Matador: Crowbar, Fortitude Valley
GIG OF THE WEEK GRAVE: 10 JAN, THE HI-FI Paramore + You Me At Six + Twenty One Pilots: Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Boondall
The Buzzbees + The Con & The Liar + Second Affair: The Zoo, Fortitude Valley
Transvaal Diamond Syndicate + Project 62 + Adnate: Irish Club Hotel, Toowoomba
The Motion Quartet: Brisbane Jazz Club, Kangaroo Point
Mi-Sex: Woombye Pub, Woombye
Motion DJs: Irish Murphy’s, Brisbane
Jessica Mauboy + Nathaniel: Empire Theatre, Toowoomba
Mia Wray: Cafe Le Monde, Noosa
Ramjet: Royal Exchange Hotel, Toowong
Blessthefall + Prepared Like A Bride + The Color Morale + Hand of The Architect: Eagleby Hall (all ages), Eagleby
Angela Fabian + Sugarcane Collins: Royal Mail Hotel (1pm), Goodna Solbar Open Mic feat. various: Solbar, Maroochydore Open Mic Night feat. various: The Loft, Chevron Island Blessthefall + Prepared Like A Bride + The Color Morale + Never Lose Sight: The Rev, Fortitude Valley Acoustic Sessions: The Tempo Hotel, Fortitude Valley Aaron Saxon + AliceSea: The Vault, Southport The Stray Selection + Jack Seven + What We’re Worth: The Zoo, Fortitude Valley
Tom Cooney + Sawtooth + O Little Sister: Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley
Jam Session feat. various: JMI Live, Bowen Hills Ballad Boy: Loving Hut, Mount Gravatt Darren J Ray: Noosa RSL, Nambour Lioness Eye + Mega Ogre + DJ Valdis: Ric’s (Downstairs), Fortitude Valley
Snitch feat. Road To Ransome + Daybreakers + Anchored Arms + Exile + more: X&Y Bar, Fortitude Valley
DJ Versace Tour Guide Vs DJ Black Amex: Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley Russell Bayne + Friends: Brisbane Jazz Club, Kangaroo Point DJ Solafreq + DJ Jasti: Cafe Le Monde, Noosa
Red Bee: Surfers Paradise Beer Garden, Surfers Paradise
Metal of Honor Seven Year Anniversary Show with Kablammo + Dead End Kings + Amicable Treason + Evil Eye + Maltheist: Chardons Corner Hotel, Annerley
Spyndrift: The Joynt, South Brisbane
Mi-Sex: Eatons Hill Hotel, Eatons Hill
Music For The Mountains feat. various: The Loft, Chevron Island
Sarah Frank: Genki Cafe, Palm Beach
Music Kitchen feat. various: The Tempo Hotel, Fortitude Valley
End Us + Cry Havoc + Kick The Butterfly + The Cilikis Progressio Project: Indooroopilly Hotel, Indooroopilly
Alex Bowen: Solbar, Maroochydore
Frazer Goodman + Friends: The Vault, Southport
Poetic Justice feat. Nikk-C + DJ Jane Doe + Dotwav + The Gatling Gun + Cvlt Teens: Oh Hello!, Fortitude Valley Darren J Ray: Redlands Sporting Club, Wellington Point Marcus Corowa + DJ Valdis: Ric’s (Downstairs), Fortitude Valley Kim Sheehy: Royal Exchange Hotel (4pm), Toowong
Julian Marley & The Uprising Band + Natalie Pa’apa’a (Blue King Brown) + Paua + Tuff Tumas + more: Arena, Fortitude Valley DJ James Wright: Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley The Bearded Gypsy Band: Brisbane Jazz Club, Kangaroo Point
Ross Ward: Royal Mail Hotel, Goodna
DJ Nato: Cafe Le Monde, Noosa
Paul Atkins: Saltbar, South Kingscliff Music By The Sea Festival feat. various: Sandgate Town Hall, Sandgate Kindread: Solbar, Maroochydore Allensworth + Hussy Hicks + Julia Rose: Soundlounge, Currumbin The Piano Man: Southern Cross Tavern, Coolangatta The Good Ship + The Underscore Orkestra: The Bearded Lady, West End
Looking Through A Glass Onion with John Waters: The Events Centre Caloundra, Caloundra Wehrmacht + Grave + Primate + In The Burial + Laceration Mantra: The Hi-Fi, West End Ingrid James + Julian Jones: The Lido Cafe & Restaurant, Ascot
Thriller feat. Young Lions + Hey Denise + Let’s Jump Ship + The Electro Kid: Coniston Lane, Fortitude Valley Mi-Sex: Coolangatta Hotel, Coolangatta Fox & Fowl + The Good Sports + Skyways Are Highways: Grand Central Hotel, Brisbane Transvaal Diamond Syndicate: Irish McGann’s Hotel, Roma Motion DJs: Irish Murphy’s, Brisbane Summer Pop feat. Apollo & The Sun + Hotel Escobar + The Baskervillans + Show Me Your Cards + Old Love + more: Kings Beach Tavern (4pm), Caloundra Red Bee: Prince of Wales Hotel, Nundah Junior Danger + DJ Valdis + guests: Ric’s (downstairs), Fortitude Valley DJ Cutts: Ric’s (upstairs), Fortitude Valley
Sons Of The Morning + Indigo Parade + Take Me North: The Loft, Chevron Island
Karnivool + Dead Letter Circus + Sleepmakeswaves: RNA Showgrounds (Marquee), Bowen Hills
In Hearts Wake + Hand Of Mercy + Hellions: The Sands Tavern, Maroochydore
Jeff Carter Duo: Royal Exchange Hotel, Toowong
Zombie Apocalypse Theory + The Shapes + more: The Tempo Hotel, Fortitude Valley
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Waax! + Barefoot Alley + Mercury Sun + Hugo Slide: The Zoo, Fortitude Valley
The Lazy Valentines: Royal Exchange Hotel, Toowong
Electric Samurai: The Elephant Arms, Fortitude Valley
IN HEARTS WAKE: 10 JAN, SANDS TAVERN
Bec Whitehead with band: The Vault, Southport
Lovebirds: The Tempo Hotel (Bowler Bar), Fortitude Valley
Monster Guitars + Panga & The True Blues: Royal Mail Hotel, Goodna Music By The Sea Festival feat. various: Sandgate Town Hall, Sandgate
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Melanie Horsnell + Lucy Star Satellite: Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley Celtic Woman: Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Boondall Brisbane Big Band: Brisbane Jazz Club, Kangaroo Point Kindling + DJ Jahzen: Cafe Le Monde, Noosa Karnivool + Dead Letter Circus + Sleepmakeswaves: Coolangatta Hotel, Coolangatta
King Louie: Southern Cross Tavern, Coolangatta Scramjet: The Elephant Arms, Fortitude Valley Mayhem + Watain + Nocturnal Graves: The Hi-Fi, West End Yank Tank + Lucy Street: The Tempo Hotel, Fortitude Valley
Rockaoke feat. various: The Tempo Hotel, Fortitude Valley
Beejays Club Night feat. various: Brisbane Jazz Club, Kangaroo Point
The Bug feat. Strings For Ammo + Murphy’s Pigs: New Farm Bowls Club, New Farm Mark Sheils: Samford Valley Hotel, Samford Valley Escalate feat. various: The Tempo Hotel, Fortitude Valley Lesyah: The Vault, Southport
Jabba + Mick McHugh + Ragdoll: Irish Murphy’s, Brisbane The Junes + guests: Ric’s (downstairs), Fortitude Valley
DEAD LETTER CIRCUS: 11 JAN, MARQUEE
Jazz, Swing & Rock feat. various: Robina Bowls Club, Robina
Kingswood + Calling All Cars + She Rex: The Tempo Hotel, Fortitude Valley
Hostile Objects + Sumeru + Bitter Lungs + Outrage: Rock City Studios, Coomera
Various DJs: The Tempo Hotel (Bowler Bar), Fortitude Valley
Dean Watkin: Royal Exchange Hotel (1.30pm), Toowong
Wayne Foster: The Vault, Southport
Jabba: Royal Exchange Hotel, Toowong
The Crimson ProjeKCt: The Hi-Fi, West End
Lucky Bradford + Calais + Unsought Duke: The Zoo, Fortitude Valley
The High Grade + B For Bandit + Hans Solo Band: The Loft, Chevron Island
Looking Through A Glass Onion with John Waters: Twin Towns (Showroom), Tweed Heads
Music By The Sea Festival feat. various: Sandgate Town Hall, Sandgate
The Brodie Graham Band: Solbar, Maroochydore Nunchukka Superfly + F1 Eleven + Shandy: Southern Cross Tavern, Coolangatta Jabba: The Elephant Arms, Fortitude Valley
MI-SEX: 10 JAN, EATONS HILL HOTEL
Kingswood + Calling All Cars + She Rex: Solbar, Maroochydore
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The Bennies: The Spotted Cow 14 Feb, Crowbar 15 Feb, The Time Machine 16 Feb
Paramore, You Me At Six: BEC 9 Jan
Josh Pyke: Old Museum 15 Feb
Deafheaven: Crowbar 8 Jan
The Angels: Harrigan’s Drift Inn 15 Feb, Caloundra RSL 28 Mar, Coolangatta Hotel 29 Mar
Daughters: Crowbar 9 Jan Grave, Wehrmacht: The Hi-Fi 10 Jan
Pete Murray: Villa Noosa 20 Feb, Twin Towns 21 Feb, The Tivoli 22 Feb, Redland Bay Hotel 23 Feb
The Crimson Projekct: The Hi-Fi 11 Jan
The John Steel Singers, Jeremy Neale: Black Bear Lodge 20, 21 Feb
Mayhem: The Hi-Fi 12 Jan Lou Doillon: Brisbane Powerhouse 15 Jan
Kerser: The Hi-Fi 22 Feb (AA and 18+)
Lilly Wood & The Prick: Brisbane Powerhouse 16 Jan
Caravãna Sun: Beach Hotel 28 Feb, Solbar 1 Mar, Brunswick Heads Hotel 2 Mar
Misfits: The Zoo 16 Jan Eyehategod: The Hi-Fi 17 Jan Mudhoney: The Zoo 18 Jan
Christine Anu: Southport RSL 7 Mar, Old Museum 8 Mar
The Lumineers: The Tivoli 18 Jan
Frenzal Rhomb: Coolangatta Hotel 7 Mar, The Hi-Fi 8 Mar
Felguk: The Hi-Fi 18 Jan
Dan Sultan: The Zoo 8 Mar
We Are Scientists: The Zoo 22 Jan
John Farnham: BEC 10 Mar
Funkagenda: Ellement Lounge (day) and Shuffle (night) 26 Jan
The Smith Street Band: The Zoo 14 Mar
NINE INCH NAILS: 17 MAR, BEC
Sunnyboys: The Northern 14, 15 Mar, The Tivoli 28 Mar
Lemuria: Snitch 30 Jan Ken Stringfellow, Chris Stamey: Black Bear Lodge 30 Jan
Neko Case: The Hi-Fi 5 Mar
Periphery: The Hi-Fi 31 Jan
Neil Finn: Nambour Civic Centre 6 Mar, QPAC 7 Mar
Groundation: The Hi-Fi 4 Feb The Locust: Crowbar 5 Feb Selena Gomez: BCEC 6 Feb
Bruno Mars: BEC 7 Mar Public Enemy: The Hi-Fi 7 Mar
Toxic Holocaust, Skeletonwitch: The Hi-Fi 24 Apr
Sarah Blasko: St John’s Cathedral 16 Jan
Jake Bugg: The Hi-Fi 23 Apr
Kim Churchill: Solbar 16 Jan, SoundLounge 17 Jan, Bon Amici Cafe 18 Jan, Black Bear Lodge 19 Jan
Skid Row, Ugly Kid Joe: Eatons Hill Hotel 26 Apr KT Tunstall: The Zoo 30 Apr
Yo La Tengo: The Zoo 11 Mar
Jason Derulo: BEC 5 May
Iced Earth: The Hi-Fi 14 Mar
Arctic Monkeys: BEC 7 May
D At Sea: Black Box Theatre 16 Jan (AA), The Lab 18 Jan (AA), Solbar 27 Feb, The Loft 28 Feb, Crowbar 1 Mar
Toby Keith: BEC 14 Mar
Michael Buble: BEC 12 May
Mutiny: The Zoo 17 Jan
Queens of the Stone Age, Nine Inch Nails: BEC 17 Mar
Fleshgod Apocalypse: The Hi-Fi 14 May
Courtney Barnett: Alhambra Lounge 17 Jan
Ed Kowalczyk: The Tivoli 12 Feb
Billy Bragg: The Tivoli 20 Mar, The Northern 21 Mar
The English Beat: The Zoo 18 May
Devin The Dude: Coniston Lane 12 Feb
Jurassic 5: Eatons Hill Hotel 22 Mar
James Blunt: BCEC 2 Jun
Jamie Hutchings: Ric’s Bar 17 Jan, Taps Australia 19 Jan, The Rails 20 Jan
Ben Pearce: Bowler Bar 15 Feb
Sebadoh: The Zoo 23 Mar
Wire: The Zoo 19 Feb
Absu: Crowbar 23 Mar
Eminem: Suncorp Stadium 20 Feb
Thirty Seconds To Mars, White Lies: Brisbane Riverstage 30 Mar (AA)
I Am Giant: The Rev 6 Feb DJ Shadow: Family 7 Feb Dash Berlin: Family 9 Feb Jeff Martin: Black Bear Lodge 9 Feb The National: Riverstage 11 Feb
Clutch: The Zoo 21 Feb Dolly Parton: BEC 21, 22 Feb Mother’s Cake: Beetle Bar 22 Feb Eddie Vedder: QPAC 22, 23 Feb Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band: BEC 26 Feb The Wonder Stuff: The Zoo 27 Feb Madeleine Peyroux: The Tivoli 28 Feb Mango Groove: Eatons Hill Hotel 1 Mar Brian McKnight: QPAC 2 Mar
Lionel Ritchie: BEC 10 Mar
Kodaline: The Hi-Fi 1 Apr The Rolling Stones: Brisbane Entertainment Centre 2 Apr Kylesa: The Hi-Fi 2 Apr 3 Inches Of Blood: Crowbar 10 Apr Suzanne Vega, Seth Lakeman: Brisbane Powerhouse 15 Apr Steve Earle & The Dukes: The Tivoli 15 Apr Allen Stone: The Zoo 16 Apr The Wailers: The Tivoli 16 Apr
Charles Bradley: The Hi-Fi 4 Mar
Kris Kristofferson: Lismore Workers Club 16 Apr, Empire Theatre 17 Apr, QPAC 18 Apr, Jupiters Theatre 19 Apr
Mikhael Paskalev: Alhambra Lounge 4 Mar
KC & The Sunshine Band: The Tivoli 19 Apr
Six60: The Hi-Fi 2 Mar
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Armin van Buuren: BEC 4 Jun Ellie Goulding: BCEC 5 Jun (AA)
Icehouse, Models: Southport RSL 17 Jan, Eatons Hill Hotel 18 Jan
Baby Animals: Eatons Hill Hotel 14 Mar, Coolangatta Hotel 15 Mar, Racehorse Hotel 4 Apr, Alexandra Hills Hotel 5 Apr Illy: The Zoo 15 Mar Luca Brasi: Crowbar 22 Mar, The Lab 23 Mar (AA) Jimmy Barnes: Sirromet Wines 30 Mar Kate Miller-Heidke: The Tivoli 5 Apr Boy & Bear: Sunshine Coast Function Centre 26 Apr, Empire Theatre 27 Apr, Lismore Workers Club 14 May The Presets, Australian Chamber Orchestra: QPAC 26 May Keith Urban: BEC 17 Jun
Bastille: BCEC 13 Jun (AA)
Sun City: Beach Hotel 19 Jan, Alhambra Lounge 24 Jan
Dragon: Kedron Wavell Services Club 20 Jun, Twin Towns 21 Jun
Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes: Lefty’s Music Hall 1 Feb
Boys Of Summer: The Rev 8 Jan, Eagleby South School Hall 9 Jan (AA)
Andrew Strong: The Commitments: The Tivoli 25 Jul
Hunters & Collectors: Sirromet Wines 2 Feb
Little Day In: The Joynt 18 Jan
Miami Horror: Oh Hello! 7 Feb
Jessica Mauboy: Empire Theatre 8 Jan; Lismore Workers Club 10 Jan Mi-Sex: Woombye Pub 9 Jan, Eatons Hill Hotel 10 Jan, Coolangatta Hotel 11 Jan In Hearts Wake: Sands Tavern 10 Jan, Byron Bay YAC 11 Jan Kingswood, Calling All Cars: The Northern 10 Jan, The Tempo Hotel 11 Jan, Solbar 12 Jan Karnivool, Dead Letter Circus: Marquee 11 Jan, Coolangatta Hotel 12 Jan
REMi: Coniston Lane 7 Feb The Necks: Byron Bay Community Centre 7 Feb, Brisbane Powerhouse 8 Feb Oliver Tank: The Zoo 8 Feb Sarah McLeod: Black Bear Lodge 9 Feb The Aston Shuffle: Oh Hello! 13 Feb, Elsewhere 14 Feb, Solbar 15 Feb, Byron Bay Brewery 16 Feb World’s End Press: Black Bear Lodge 14 Feb Rick Price: Brisbane Jazz Club 14 Feb, Gold Coast Arts Centre 15 Feb
Big Day Out: Metricon Stadium and Carrara Parklands 19 Jan Laneway Festival: RNA Showgrounds 31 Jan Soundwave: RNA Showgrounds 22 Feb Good Life: RNA Showgrounds 28 Feb Bluesfest: Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm 17-21 Apr Easterfest: Queens Park 18-20 Apr Groovin’ The Moo: Townsville Cricket Grounds 4 May
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NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS HEALTH KICK RESOLVE TO
Join a gym, eat only goji berries, go to bed early.
WHY BOTHER? Being fit and healthy is a good thing. You might even lose weight.
BUT… Weights are heavy and goji berries don’t even taste good.
LASTS FOR Six hours.
END RESULT You gain weight after you skip your first training sesh to play Xbox, and then eat a box of chocolates to make yourself feel better.
DRINK LESS RESOLVE TO
Only have ten pints of beer on a Saturday.
WHY BOTHER? Apparently too much alcohol consumption is bad for your health?
BUT… Alcohol is delicious and makes you the life of the party.
LASTS FOR Two hours.
END RESULT It’s New Year’s Day and you have an awful hangover. You try to fix it with hair of the dog. You then drink 12 more.
WORK HARDER RESOLVE TO
Actually meet deadlines, not pull all-nighters.
WHY BOTHER? You won’t have to stay late at work, or drink six cans of V to stay awake in class.
BUT… Live a little. Be spontaneous. Watch that YouTube video.
LASTS FOR Approx. four days.
END RESULT On your first day back you logged into Facebook, then got sucked into a Wikipedia vortex. Oops. 54 • THE MUSIC • 8TH JANUARY 2014
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