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Institutions don’t come with much more history attached in these parts than the iconic Breakfast Creek Hotel, which this Saturday will be transformed back to its 1890s grandeur to celebrate its 125th birthday with an Anniversary Ball! This kicks off the pub’s annual week of birthday celebrations; get down and revel in history as you enjoy a steak and beer. You don’t often get to have fun and reflect on our past at the same time!
Ever hunted for cool records under a giant whale? If you answered in the affirmative you must have been at last year’s inaugural Record Fair at the Queensland Museum, which is returning this weekend to bring you some of the best vinyl selections around! There’s live music, food, DJs, speakers – but mainly thousands upon thousands of cool records. It all happens this Saturday from 9am-3pm and is totally free – just look for the whale!
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A western adventure tale with a difference, It’s Dark Outside weaves together puppetry, animation and live performance as it tells the tale of a lost soul in the wilderness tackling dementia as he quests for redemption. From the team who brought us the acclaimed The Adventures Of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer, it will make you laugh and think in equal doses – runs nightly at the Judith Wright Centre until this Saturday.
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48:13 IN 08/14 STARING AT THE SUN
After their new album In A Breath found its way into the ARIA top 30 this week, Sydney’s New Empire have plenty to celebrate, so party with them when they take their hook-laden brand of stadium pop out on the road for a national launch tour. They play Old Museum, Brisbane, 7 Jun*; Factory Theatre, Sydney, 13 Jun*; Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, 19 Jun; SUB, Melbourne, 21 Jun*; Transit Bar, Canberra, 26 Jun; Heritage Hotel, Bulli, 27 Jun; The Small Ballroom, Newcastle, 28 Jun; and TBC, Perth, 5 Jul* (* all ages). The full tour is proudly presented by The Music.
PEDAL TO THE FLOOR
EDM fans will be writhing around to the beats of British superstar Gareth Emery when he returns our way following a stellar showing as part of Stereosonic 2013. After reaching #7 in DJ Magazine’s annual Top 100 poll in 2009, Emery continues to be a dominant force globally, and with new album Drive going gangbusters in the charts, there’s no better time for the geezer to get back amongst it Down Under. The tour pulls into 170 Russell, Melbourne, 11 Jul; Metro Theatre, Sydney, 12 Jul; Platinum Nightclub, Gold Coast, 17 Jul; The Met, Brisbane, 18 Jul; and Metro City, Perth, 19 Jul.
DAN SULTAN TO HEADLINE NIMA
Nominations for the 2014 National Indigenous Music Awards (nima.musicnt.com. au) and entries for triple j’s Unearthed NIMA competition both opened last week, and the event is set to be a huge one, with Dan Sultan pencilled in to headline the ceremony, happening 15 Aug, Darwin Amphitheatre. The NIMAs will celebrate a load of fantastic musical highlights from the past 12 months, with this year’s event also putting the spotlight on our Indigenous hip hop scene, which continues to move from strength to strength.
After showing their songwriting talent with a couple of classy EPs, Brisbane quartet The Cairos are about to drop their incredibly accomplished debut Dream Of Reason. Hear these new tracks first 13 Jun, The Odd Fellow, Fremantle; 14 Jun, Amplifier Bar, Perth; 18 Jun, Beach Road Hotel, Sydney; 19 Jun, Great Northern Hotel, Newcastle; 20 Jun, Transit Bar, Canberra; 21 Jun, Goodgod Small Club, Sydney; 22 Jun, Brass Monkey, Sydney; 26 Jun, Heritage Hotel, Bulli; 28 Jun, Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne; 29 Jun, Beav’s Bar, Geelong; 3 Jul, The Northern, Byron Bay; 4 Jul, Alhambra Lounge, Brisbane; 5 Jul, The Spotted Cow, Toowoomba; 6 Jul, Sounds Of Sunday, Broadbeach Tavern, Gold Coast; and 12 Jul, Solbar Maroochydore. China’s Nova Heart are supporting on most dates.
“THIS GEOFF HUEGILL STORY IS DISGUSTING! ONLY PARALYMPIANS SHOULD BE ABLE TO SNORT COCAINE IN DISABLED TOILETS!” TEGAN HIGGINBOTHAM [@TEGANMH] POINTS OUT THE REAL CRIME HERE. 10 • THE MUSIC • 7TH MAY 2014
A different kind of royal family, Kasabian are headed back to Australia come August, as the band turns ten, and releases their fifth album 48:13 in June. Having become household names thanks to hit singles Shoot The Runner and Fire, and their swaggering live shows, it’s time to prepare to meet your kings. See the Brits at Metro City, Perth, 5 Aug; Festival Hall, Melbourne, 9 Aug; Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, 10 Aug; and Eatons Hill Hotel, Brisbane, 12 Aug.
The original members of Chicago alt-rock shredders Veruca Salt are getting together onstage for the first time in over 15 years, and they’ve just confirmed Australia in their reunion tour plans. Dates as follows: 24 Sep, The Zoo, Brisbane; 26 Sep, Corner Hotel, Melbourne; 27 Sep, Factory Theatre, Sydney; and 28 Sep, Rosemount Hotel, Perth.
ADAM RYAN OF THE GREAT ESCAPE
If this first announcement of industry speakers is anything to go by, BIGSOUND 2014 is going to be massive. Tastemakers from around the world will land on our shores later this year, including internationals such as James Minor (SXSW), Adam Ryan (The Great Escape, pictured), Chris Sampson (Bonnaroo), Michelle Cable (Panache Booking), Grimur Atlason (Iceland Airwaves) and Melissa Yong (Village Sounds Asia), as well as locals like Ben Marshall (Sydney Opera House) and Danny Rogers (St Jerome’s Laneway Festival). For the full list head to bigsound. org.au. BIGSOUND happens in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley Entertainment, 10 – 12 Sep – earlybird tickets are available now, with applications for artists closing this Friday. Proudly presented by The Music.
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NO ONE IS GOING HUNGRY
After announcing capital city headline dates a few weeks ago, The Audreys are happy to add another couple of Queensland shows to their schedule, the announcement tying in with the release of a second single from their beautifully rustic record ‘Til My Tears Roll Away. You can hear all your favourites from the album 20 Jun, Soundlounge, Gold Coast and 22 Jun, Solbar, Maroochydore, in addition to the band’s Brisbane show, 21 Jun, The Zoo. All shows are proudly presented by The Music.
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Share Roz Pappalardo’s colourful family history when she tells her personal tales through songs in Rosa, an Australian love story that she’ll be bringing to life on stage. The Women In Docs songwriter performs this stunning interwoven story at Studio 188, 7 Jun and the Queensland Cabaret Festival, Brisbane Powerhouse, 14 Jun.
After three decades of destructive force, US punk/metal pioneers Corrosion Of Conformity continue to push their punishing agenda right around the world. They’ve got a new record due to land in June entitled IX, and will bring this forthcoming dose over to Oz for headline dates around the country. Catch the trio 28 Jul, The Hi-Fi. Tickets are on sale now for $60+BF, with support on all dates coming from Weedeater and Lo!.
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Embarking on a small capital city run to promote their first official release The Pacific EP, Holy Holy are taking those bushy faces and beautiful voices to Black Bear Lodge, 4 Jul. After the immediate success of last year’s single Impossible Like You and this year’s House Of Cards, the guys are set to make an absolute fist of 2014, so get going to this show before bigger rooms beckon.
IN HEARTS WAKE MOVE TEMPO SHOW
Well, in more specific terms, In Hearts Wake scheduled show on 15 Jun at The Tempo Hotel was moved for them when the venue shut up shop a few weeks back. The band’s Brissie headline gig to launch fantastic new record Earthwalker will now take place at The Brightside just down the road. All tickets purchased prior to the change will remain valid. Proudly presented by The Music.
Having finally called time on a US party earlier this year which saw them make noise in LA, New York and at SxSW, Gang Of Youths are returning home to support The Jezabels, and have just announced a few headline shows to add to the enjoyment. Now, as well as catching the quintet warm up The Tivoli stage 6 May, you can also get your fix at Alhambra Lounge, 15 May. Tix through Moshtix.
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And here we all were, thinking that Splendour In The Grass was done giving for a little while, when organisers Jessica Ducrou and Paul Piticco back up last week’s large announcement with another three big ticket acts for the winter festival. Joining headliners Outkast, Two Door Cinema Club and Lily Allen will be rapper, writer, actor, comedian and all around verbal master Childish Gambino, South Australian hip hop studs Hilltop Hoods, and one of the UK’s finest emerging future-soul artists in Sam Smith. Tickets for the event – which takes place at North Byron Parklands, 25 – 27 Jul – are long gone. If you missed out, keep an eye on Moshtix for resales.
BREAKING IT DOWN
Two of Australia’s biggest hardcore heavyhitters are joining forces for a tour of epic proportions. Hard-rocking and harder-partying Deez Nuts are buddying up with good pals Confession, with the bands following in the footsteps of NIN and QOTSA a few months ago, flipping a coin to see who headlines at each show. Picking up additional steam with special guests Hand Of Mercy and Thorns, The Rampage Tour will smash into life at Crowbar, 20 Jun. Head to Oztix for tickets.
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For the lovers of intelligent beat, this double bill is for you. In town to headline new southern boutique dance festival HoleAndCorner, Hot Chip DJs and Matthew Dear will be showering the love down on Brisbane with a special intimate performance at Oh Hello!, 6 Jun. Expect boundarypushing beats and warm tones at their only Australian sideshow; tickets for the all ages event are available now through Oztix.
THE BIRDS ARE STILL HUMMING
A LITTLE LEG UP
Little BIGSOUND returns in 2014, with the one-day forum designed to bring creative youths together and show them how to break into the music industry. Enjoy panels and workshop sessions on everything from band management to live sound, plus sets from a host of up-andcoming acts, creating a unique day for anyone aged 15 to 25. Little BIGSOUND takes place 21 Jul from 9am to 3pm at The Edge, Southbank; tickets and more info via the QMusic website.
Most fans thought this news would never come, but finally Californian legends Knapsack are visiting Australia! A band 20 years long in the tooth, the four-piece created a defining catalogue in less than a decade, with classic records Day Three Of My New Life and This Conversation Is Ending Starting Right Now helping to direct and define the post-hardcore and emo sounds that we know today. The band play Crowbar, 23 Aug, with tickets on sale through Oztix.
FLOATING BACK ON OVER We thought it was a little weird that The Waifs were doing a national tour and not coming to Brisbane (we have a fake beach on a real river dammit!), but the muchloved WA folkies have thankfully made amends to the short-sighted schedule and will now bring their first headline tour in three years to The Tivoli, 31 May. Tickets available now through Ticketmaster.
Recent Warner Music Australia signing Kim Churchill will be giving himself away on his third record Silence / Win, an album that showcases his diversity as a songwriter and his general uplifting nature. Hear him with Steve Smyth 15 May, The Northern, Byron Bay; 16 May, The Brightside; 17 May, Big Pineapple Festival, Sunshine Coast; and 18 May, Soundlounge, Gold Coast.
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With new single Ain’t Nothin’ Goin’ On But The Rent already getting spins on triple j’s Good Nights program and on BBC Radio 1 by none other than UK bass hero Skream, Lancelot’s new EP J.O.B looks set to be a stormer far and wide. The fact that the Sydney beat-master has procured the vocal services of songbird Ngaiire doesn’t hurt proceedings either. Get your shuffle on when he launches the release at Elsewhere, Gold Coast, 13 Jun and Oh Hello!, 14 Jun.
We’ll let you in on a little secret – Nine Sons Of Dan are not really brothers – but the chemistry the five mates enjoy in the studio and on stage is undeniable. The Gold Coast pop-punk group are back with a new EP, Used Up, which sees the band more united than ever before. They celebrate the release with Far Away Stables 3 Jul, Snitch, The Brightside; 5 Jul, Racehorse Tavern, Ipswich; and 6 Jul, Swingin’ Safari, Gold Coast.
There is no containing Heads Of Charm’s latest single Spain Is On A Roll, the track exploding and rebuilding in a volatile sonic frenzy. Needless to say, you have to hear it, so get out and get down when the Melbourne trio play an all ages session at The Waiting Room, 30 May; Trainspotters, Grand Central Hotel, 31 May and Rock N Roll BBQ, The Underdog, 1 Jun.
If you’re set to have your brain rewired by the hot scratching skills of DJ Premier and Pete Rock, then make sure you turn up at Oh Hello!, not the Arena. The venue change has come about due to a scheduling conflict, however, the show date remains the same – 9 May. ‘That’s this Friday!’ you say. If you haven’t got your ticket yet there are still a handful left via Moshtix.
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BEYOND THE MOSH DZ Deathrays try not to perform while hammered drunk these days, but BBC Radio 1 still need to censor their songs. Bryget Chrisfield sits down with Shane Parsons and Simon Ridley and learns you should expect more than just moshing at their shows from this stage forward. Cover and feature pics by Cole Bennetts.
ettling on a table outside Melbourne’s Grace Darling Hotel with DZ Deathrays, plus pints of beer (frontman Shane Parson) and cider (drummer Simon Ridley), the pair turn heads in a ‘What band are they in again?’ kind of way. Their reputations as booze hounds precede them, largely due to that clip for The Mess Up back in 2011 (during which both members take turns sculling Jägermeister shots). On performing while hammered, Ridley suggests, “Practise, man, you just get used to it,” while
be like, ‘Oh, so the rest of the album’s gonna be like that.’”
just sings along to that part, that would be nuts!’” Ridley contemplates: “And get everyone involved, I guess, in a different way to moshing.”
“After we released that song, we had people who had never heard us [who] really liked it,” Parsons observes, “and then we put out the next one [Gina Works At Hearts] and it’s still just stepped up… Hopefully everyone’s taking on board that we can do both soft and loud.” Parsons admits that he found performing Northern Lights live challenging at first: “It’s starting to get to that point where I’m comfortable with it, but that was one of the hardest things – holding back – ‘cause the set’s usually just thrashing away. And actually to have a bit where you’re
Northern Lights was produced by Andy Savours and recorded in London just after DZ (and Velociraptor, the other band Parsons and Ridley play in) showcased at The Great Escape Festival in Brighton, UK, in May last year. “We spent a day doing that and then we came back and we kept writing and writing – all the rest of the year, for about six months,” Parsons clarifies, “and then in December we went and did pre-production with Burke [Reid]. ‘Cause we were gonna go back to London, go record with Andy and finish it off, but just money and time and stuff like that – the songs were there but they weren’t finished products. We needed some pre-production time, so we did two weeks of just drinking hard and…” “Working hard,” Ridley interjects. The dudes really should look into getting sponsorship. “Oh, Sailor Jerry sent us out, like, 12 bottles,” the drummer confesses. Parsons recalls: “Oh, god, I couldn’t do anything. I was like I was on Schoolies again!” “It was funny ‘cause Scott Horscroft was there and Matt Lovell and they were all moving in in the same week as well,” Ridley explains. “So during the day we’d be writing these songs and practising them and stuff, and they’d be setting up at the house and the studios. And at the end of the day everyone was kind of exhausted
“FOR THE FIRST TIME, PEOPLE WERE SINGING THE BACKING VOCALS!... THAT’S WHAT WE WERE HOPING FOR WHEN WE PUT IT TOGETHER.” his bandmate opines, “I guess it is always a little bit looser when you get pissed, but if I ever get to the point where I’m just so drunk that I’m like, ‘Oh, god, I can’t even remember what I’m supposed to play now,’ you know, that’s the hardest thing. Like, ‘Oh, shit! How does that riff even go?’ That’s happened to me sober, but I don’t really let myself get too wasted before a show. Not anymore. We did a few when we first started where we were just hammered drunk.” The first taste from Black Rat, the follow-up to DZ Deathrays’ debut album Bloodstreams, came via their track Northern Lights, which dropped back in November last year. Is it about the cannabis strain of the same name? “No,” Parsons laughs, “Someone has said that [before], though.” Ridley suggests, “I think it was [Violent Soho’s James] Tidswell. He was upset that we released a song with a strain of weed [mentioned in it] before they [Violent Soho] did.” It also has to be said that long-time fans could be forgiven for doing a double-take when Northern Lights was back-announced on the radio. “It got people talking about it, at least,” Ridley offers. “That was kinda the plan. I think there’s a whole bunch of songs on the record that people expect, but then there’s songs like Northern Lights that they don’t [expect]. And we wanted to put that out so we wouldn’t get pigeonholed before the album even came out. You know, if we just released a classic – what people were expecting – they’d just 14 • THE MUSIC • 7TH MAY 2014
like, ‘I can just stand back and stand on stage and be cool and sorta let the sound go out there,’ that was, like, way harder.” If you’ve experienced DZ Deathrays live, they always welcome stage invaders. “Yeah, the crowd’s 50% of the show,” Ridley enthuses. During the duo’s Secret Garden Festival appearance earlier this year, Parsons points out, “For the first time, people were singing the backing vocals! You know the big “Oh”s in [Northern Lights]? That’s what we were hoping for when we put it together. Si does it usually and then I was like, ‘You know, it would be sweet if the crowd
and just wanting to have a beer and it would always just escalate because we’re all enablers, so [laughs]. And then Burke moved his stuff in maybe a couple of days later, and he’s really into making cocktails so he has this briefcase and there’s, like, shakers and everything. So we spent a week doing cocktails.” Parsons recaps, “We were just having frozen margaritas every night.” Reid’s cocktails weren’t the only thing that DZ approved of and both band members admit they’d love to work with the producer again. “It was cool, ‘cause he didn’t go, ‘Alright, so I want you guys to sound like this,’” Parsons tells. “He was like, ‘Whaddaya want?’ And we were like, ‘Well, we kinda want the same record as the first one, but just better – kinda catchier.’ And he was like, ‘OK.’ That’d be the one thing he said, was: ‘All I want for you guys is, I just wanna see hooks everywhere.’ He’s like, ‘ I want songs that girls can sing along to.’” Rest assured, Parsons and Ridley reigned in the boozing once they hit the studio proper. “We didn’t drink,” Parsons promises. “We were working from seven ‘til 4am every night just fanging it out and, yeah! Drinking a lot of coffee – a lot, a bad amount probably. I mean, most of the good parts in all the songs [happened] past, like, four in the morning. [Pauses] Well there was one night when we went out to the pub and then got shitfaced, came back, I did some vocals for a song and then we just kinda kept
STUDIO SWOON DZ Deathrays became well acquainted with The Grove Studios (Shane Parsons: “This was the studio that was built by INXS back in the ‘90s.”) while recording Black Rat. They hung out in The Barn for approximately two weeks of pre-production and then moved to the main studios to get down to business with producer Burke Reid. “It’s always good to come in with a couple of songs open for the producer to put their mark on it, you know,” Simon Ridley points out. As soon as descriptions of the studio start rolling out (Ridley: “The second week, the hot tub got cleaned so we were all like, ‘Yeah, hot tub parties!’”), this scribe needs photographic evidence so Ridley gets his phone out. “You might not be able to see, but there’s the hot tub. There was sorta like a glass ceiling and this giant chandelier.” “It’s rockstar style in the bush,” Parsons summarises. “You’d walk out the back [to this] amazing view of the hinterland and the hills and stuff. And then you go down the steps and there’s this huge swimming pool and we ended up taking a PA system down there and just plugging in an iPod or whatever.” Parsons experimented with a few different microphones throughout the recording process this time around. “The first couple [of songs] I did on, like, a $10,000 microphone – and it was cool. Then we got this other one, which was a $400 microphone, and used that. The $400 one is way better for me with the register I sing in and the style… It’s the same one Michael Jackson used for Thriller. It’s just a bit more dirty than that classic radio mic.”
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continuing getting shitfaced on that rum until four. And then the next day Burke just didn’t get outta bed.” Ridley chuckles, “We had a day off that day.” The opening title track on Black Rats channels a Beastie Boys kinda vibe. “Oh, glad you got that,” says Parsons. “We actually wanted to go for a 99 Problems, Jay-Z, thing at the bridge, but I really, really like Beastie Boys.” Second single Gina Works At Hearts is a return to the thrashy, dance-punk we’ve come to expect from DZ and this single was played on Zane Lowe’s show on BBC Radio 1 the night prior to our chat. “We saw it on Twitter,” Parsons laughs. Ridley adds, “‘Cause the BBC are really stringent about not swearing, they sent us through, like, a check of the edit with “fuck” that they’d taken out of it. And I approved it last night, went to sleep and woke up in the morning and they’d already played it!” Given that the BBC is a commercial radio station, Parsons points out, “They’re just like, ‘After midnight you can do swearing,’ [laughs] whereas when you listen to triple j in Australia it’s just – you can have anything [in your lyrics] and they just do a language warning. I remember being a kid and my dad used to listen to triple j – he doesn’t anymore, he listens to talkback and he’s old, haha, but when he was a bachelor and I was, like, 13, I’d just sit in the car and hang out and listen to that and, yeah! I remember I’d be in the car and there’d be a lot of swearing and he’d be like, ‘Ohhhh,’ turning it down.”
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THE ART OF LETTING GO With a lively hotel room scene playing out in the background, Tim Hoey from Cut Copy talks to Benny Doyle about influencing, implementing and executing.
nly now, after a decade in the game, is it apparent just how influential and inspiring Cut Copy have been to the Australian music scene. Not only is their sonic blueprint referenced across the landscape – from Empire Of The Sun and Gypsy & The Cat to Gold Fields and Rüfüs – but they’re also overseas trailblazers, taking electronic music into territories previous uninhabited by Aussie acts. The Down Under dance explosion that’s happening in the US right now – thank Cut Copy. Not that Tim Hoey would say such a thing. “I don’t know if that’s really up for me to say. We have had bands come up to us and say some of our records have been an influence on them, which is very humbling and really amazing, but it’s always hard to say that you’ve been an influence on someone – it kind of feels narcissistic or something.” The turning point for the Melbourne group was their second album, 2008’s chart-topping In Ghost Colours, cut in New York at DFA Studios with lauded musician, producer and label don Tim Goldsworthy. “Making that record was very different to [2004 debut] Bright Like Neon Love, which was made in mine and [Cut Copy founder] Dan Whitford’s bedroom,” Hoey laughs. “We learnt a lot from that process, working in a proper studio with a producer, it was really cool, but every record – every day – has felt like a bit of a turning point for us, because we’re constantly learning new things and adapting it to our writing when we move on to the next project.” That mindset is obvious on the quartet’s latest work, 2013’s Free Your Mind, and it extends into the overarching theme, one of togetherness and unity. Hoey says there’s a “subversive nature” to the band’s fourth full-length thanks to its unabashed positivity and uplifting energy – a path, and perhaps a technique, that all of Cut Copy found interesting to explore. “The songs [are] very upbeat and immediate, so the transition from the studio to the stage for this record has probably been easier than any other record we’ve worked on – it’s in the spirit it was recorded in as
a band. All the new material has been going over really well, and we’ve had a lot of people saying that seeing the record played live has put it in a whole different light, so that’s really cool.” Recently home as part of this year’s Future Music Festival, Cut
“We’re bringing all the video and lighting stuff with us that we’ve got going on with this current tour; it’s really exciting and really cool – it’s kind of ‘epic’,” he chuckles. “We’re bringing the whole show back to Australia, which will be fun because we didn’t really get to do that on Future or Golden Plains. A lot of the video stuff that we did in the lead-up to the record has somehow been implemented into the live show. “It’s very much about capturing this almost ethereal, spiritual experience, this idea of people coming together, and I think the show really emphasises that even further. And it’s been cool doing these shows and seeing the way people have been reacting to it. Maybe it has made them see the record in a new light? But it’s very much taking the concept of the record and making it a bit more immediate for people.” And in direct correlation with the transcending appeal of Free Your Mind, Cut Copy are having more fun on stage than ever before. “Five minutes before we go on stage [and] we’re absolutely exhausted because we’ve travelled across all these different
“IT’S ALWAYS HARD TO SAY THAT YOU’VE BEEN AN INFLUENCE ON SOMEONE – IT KIND OF FEELS NARCISSISTIC OR SOMETHING.” Copy are returning again to make the most of a seven-day gap in their world tour schedule, playing their first Australian headline shows since winning an ARIA Award for 2011 album, Zonoscope. Hoey says the band want to reward fans for their patience and continuing support, and will unleash the complete sensorial experience with Cut Copy’s biggest production yet.
countries and cities for weeks and weeks and then as soon as you walk on stage and see the crowd and see how they’re reacting it totally resets the clock for you and we very much feed off that. Then when we come off stage we just curl up in a ball on the floor. “But that’s one thing, wherever we go all around the world, people always say they have a lot of fun at our shows, and sometimes we’ll go to cities and people will tell us they never see a crowd move like that or engage with a band like that. That’s exactly what we want to do, that’s exactly what we want to hear when we go somewhere.” WHAT: Free Your Mind (Modular) WHEN & WHERE: 10 May, Eatons Hill Hotel
SNAPPING BACK Andrew Mast didn’t expect quiet altronica Swedes Little Dragon to use the phrase “three-way cum”. But Fredrik Källgren Wallin and Håkan Wirenstrand surprise further by declaring AC/DC “nice”.
t’s kinda cold. But half of Little Dragon are insisting they conduct interviews outside to soak up what they perceive as a warm Austin morning. Bassist Fredrik Källgren Wallin and keyboard player Håkan Wirenstrand leave drummer Erik Bodin and singer Yukimi Nagano doing their round of SxSW promo chats inside. So maybe it was a mix of chattering teeth and heavy Swedish accents that made it seem like Wirenstrand just used the term “threeway cum”. “What?” asks a bemused Wallin who was concentrating on his late breakfast until this point.
Wirenstrand, it seems, was illustrating his connections to Sweden’s hardcore punk scene (“in the ‘90s, in the north”). He laughs, “My brother was singing in a punk band called Three-way Cum.” Best to take his word on that; trying to fact-check on Google is just not going to happen. You see though, Little Dragon may come off like the hip kids namechecking all the right heritage R&B and electrofunk influences for these times but, like all music nerds, they dabbled in a lab-load of genres before getting to the point of their new space-soul set Nabuma Rubberband. “We were
listening a lot to Swedish experimentalists,” notes Wirenstrand. Wallin adds, “I think we all have different paths to get to where we all are now. Playing in a folk band, when I was a child and a little bit of classical music. And, I was listening to whatever my older brother was listening to, AC/DC. Now as I’m getting older I really like to listen to those, they have a nice energy.”
It’s no wonder that outside of Little Dragon its members can collaborate with such a wide range of artists, from Gorillaz and SBTRKT to Frank Ocean and José González. Most recently though, the influences bandied about ahead of Nabuma dropping were Janet Jackson and Prince. What? No Neneh Cherry? She’s Sweden’s first lady of soul-hop. “At the time [the ‘90s, when Cherry was a chart star], I was too young but now lately I’ve been listening to Buffalo Stance and Manchild,” admits Wirenstrand. Wallin adds, “It might have been an influence subconsciously.” It’s been a long three years since Little Dragon’s breakthrough third album Ritual Union cemented their role as leaders of Generation Sync (their songs have been used on TV, games and ad campaigns). The deals, tours and collabs made three years between albums fly by – despite some time-wasting with Big Boi when the Outkast member replaced Little Dragon’s contribution with a guest spot from Kelly Rowlands. “There was a lot of, ahhh, crap,” says Wirenstrand, “Definitely.” But he means in the artistic sense. He continues, “I mean, you try almost different things and ideas. I tend to be pretty fast and doing a loop, then come up with a melody. And when you’re done… ‘Ah, this is shit!’” WHAT: Nabuma Rubberband (Because Music/Warner)
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Birdman fan and a New Christs fan, when Rob Younger says, ‘I want to make your record,’ you don’t go, ‘No Rob, that’s a bad idea!’ It was a no brainer.” Now HITS find themselves firmly ensconced in that rich lineage of underground Aussie rock, hardly surprising given their recent collective experiences. “Obviously we’re still Stooge-ified, there’s a bit of Detroit-inspired rock in there,” Richards offers, “but we’ve had the luck and good fortune and honour to play with The Scientists a few times, and The Stems and The Lime Spiders and The Psychotic Turnbuckles and X and all these great bands – I think you get something off all of them. I definitely grew up as a fan of Australian music, more than I was of English and American music, and it’s that amalgamation.
WHATEVER DOESN’T KILL YOU Brisbane rockers HITS have created a rock’n’roll masterpiece with their second album Hikikomori. Frontman ‘Evil Dick’ Richards talks to Steve Bell about taking their place in the rich pantheon of Oz rock.
ack in 2010 Brisbane rockers HITS introduced themselves to the world with their debut album Living With You Is Killing Me, an opening gambit of epic proportions. All of the band’s trademark strengths were already present – propulsive and catchy songs, powerhouse musicianship, the charismatic ‘Evil Dick’ Richards out front spewing his self-flagellating diatribes, the brilliant female vocal accompaniment from kickass guitarists Stacey Coleman and Tamara Bell; it all somehow amounted to more than the sum of these considerable parts. Now, four years later, the band returns with follow-up Hikikomori, which not only improves on their debut but drags every aspect of the band kicking and screaming to an entirely new level. Years of relentless touring and gigging – both here and overseas – have undoubtedly helped, as has a re-jigged engine room, but mainly it’s the calibre of the songs which make this one of the great Australian rock albums in recent memory. “I think it’s a progression, but it’s a natural progression – it wasn’t thought about at all,” Richards ponders over a beer. “When we went to Europe [in 2012] probably half the songs on Hikikomori were in our set already, and the promoter in Europe said to us, ‘What the fuck are you playing these new songs for? You should be playing your record and trying to sell your record!’ And we were, like, ‘No, we want to smash these new songs because we’re trying to write a new record!’ So you play 22 shows in a fucking row and all of a sudden there’s six songs up and running that you know are important to your next album, and then that dictates how the rest of the album is going to go – what’s missing from these six songs, what flavours aren’t there? “All of us have been in bands for a long time – not just HITS – and most of us still play in other bands, and as you get older it becomes really instinctual. We’ve toured a lot and had good gigs and bad gigs, and it all comes together to the point where nobody has to 18 • THE MUSIC • 7TH MAY 2014
“But if I had to say one band that I used to say to Rob [in the studio] it was Died Pretty, and I don’t even know if you can hear it. Oz rock is such a wide, all-encompassing field now – it’s not just Rose Tattoo and The Angels or The Birthday Party. It’s not just the angry and aggressive but it’s the beautiful as well, even if it’s still going to blow your head off. I saw Died Pretty a lot growing up, and they influenced me as a performer – they made me like keyboards in songs, they made me like long, atmospheric songs – so I guess we try to meld that with AC/ DC and The Stooges,” he laughs. “Somehow. And then we add girl backing vocals and it’s HITS.”
think about it anymore – it’s just the way it is.” Having Oz rock legend Rob Younger (Radio Birdman, New Christs) haranguing you to produce your album probably doesn’t hurt the band’s collective confidence either. “We played a lot of shows with the New Christs and he got really pissed off when he found out we’d already recorded the first album,” Richards recalls. “When he found we already had an album he said, ‘Here I am thinking I could do something with these guys, and you’ve already done it!’ and we were, like, ‘Well do the next one!’ “Then we went on tour with them a lot and he watched us a lot and talked to us a lot, both as a band and individuals. He really got inside us in a lot of ways. The guy’s worked on some of the best Australian stuff ever – as a Died Pretty fan and a Stems fan and a Radio
“I THINK IT’S THE HUMAN CONDITION TO WORRY ABOUT THESE THINGS SOMETIMES.”
Richards’ scathing lyrics add further biting resonance to Hikikomori, a creative process he attests was both confronting and cathartic. “It was just my state of mind at the time,” he tells. “I know that I agonise over these things – I find recording a record a really tedious process, and it boils down to the fact that what I do in the vocal booth that day lives with me forever – I can’t just make it up on the spot anymore, I can’t rewrite it anymore, it has to be the best version. I was in a troubled state of mind, and the theme that’s running through it is just my thoughts and feelings and emotions coming out – things that were making me anxious. Love, girls – universal themes of doubt and growing old. Are you wasting your life? I think it’s the human condition to worry about these things sometimes. The first album was very negative as well – I think it’s just the way that I sort myself out, on pieces of paper.” WHAT: Hikikomori (Conquest Of Noise) WHEN & WHERE: 9 May, The Underdog
WHAT’S NEWS? Funnyman Russell Howard chats with Baz McAlister about weird news and dying on stage.
ritish comedian Russell Howard is perhaps best known to Aussies for his Good News show, shown here on Foxtel’s Comedy Channel. With its blend of topical stand-up and bite-sized, easilydigestible news nuggets, it attracts huge audiences of 5 million viewers each week when aired on the BBC. “It’s disposable telly really, just daft stuff about the news, but the young ’uns seem to have latched on to it,” the unassuming Bristol-born comic admits modestly. The show has enjoyed nine seasons in the past five years, and Howard says with the vast amount of bizarre news stories unearthed each day, the show has the fuel to run and run. “Because of the 24-hour news channels, these
huge corporations that are churning out news even when there isn’t any, that’s when you get some of the best stuff, when they’re scrabbling around. The hardest thing is convincing audiences this array of crazy stories are true. Luckily in Good News we can show a headline or show footage, but if you try to do that in (live) standup, people won’t believe you. Like, there was this story last year where a woman had tried to kill her husband by putting poison in her vagina and she’d encouraged him to go down on her...” It’s a story that, by that logic, probably won’t make it into Howard’s new standup tour, Wonderbox. “The title comes from
this wonderful thing German families do where they literally have a box full of little mementoes and each has a story attached, and they pass it from family to family.” Howard has performed in Australia before, with a spot at Melbourne Comedy Festival in 2007 and a smaller hit-and-run tour in 2011 that included towns such as Darwin and Colac – but despite not having done much stand-up since falling down the TV rabbit hole the past few years, he says he’ll be match-fit.
“I’ve been doing gigs around the (London) comedy circuit and it’s been really good fun, going up with bits of paper and trying things out. Some nights you’re going on and dying but you kind of have to, really, to try stuff out. It would be like Coldplay going on stage at Wembley and going ‘It was all green ... nope ... It was all blue ... nope, that’s not going to fucking work. Yellow, that’s it!’” After his Aussie run Howard will be returning to hometown Bristol to film a DVD. The Music recalls another comic Bristol native, Stephen Merchant, lamenting once in a podcast that Bristol didn’t roll out the red carpet every time the prodigal son comes home. Does Howard expect the hometown hero treatment? “Well, Stephen did a lot of stuff away from Bristol, so he conquered the world before he came back,” Howard suggests. “Whereas I’ve done every shitty gig – and nice gig – in Bristol, and I still do loads of small gigs there. For instance there’s a pub gig you can do, a 60-seater called the White Bear. And the only time there’s a red carpet there is when someone’s been glassed. Classy it ain’t.” WHAT: Russell Howard: Wonderbox WHEN & WHERE: 21 May, Qpac, Concert Hall
SILENCE IS GOLDEN
Jimmy Tait’s creative heartbeat and frontwoman Sara Retallick tells Steve Bell about how the band’s no bullshit approach has paid dividends in more ways than one.
he fact that Melbourne musician Sara Retallick named her outfit Jimmy Tait in homage to her late grandfather – a drover from Katunga in country Victoria where she was raised – makes a lot of sense in the context of her music. The five-piece band conjures a restrained yet majestic brand of pastoral fare, with a core emotional sincerity that makes it strangely compelling. This haunting music is also intrinsically Australian in feel – a fact that Retallick partly attributes to her rural upbringing – so it makes a lot of sense to name the band after a relative with such a clear affinity to our vast land. “I think that [Australian feel] just comes from my personality and the other personalities in the band,” she offers. “I grew up in the country in northern Victoria – just in a rural farming area – so my childhood had a pretty straight-up Australian rural farming influence, and I think that comes through in the music to a certain extent. Plus I feel that we’re all a bit knockabout – that there’s no kind of bullshit, in that Australian way. We’re just down to earth, easygoing people and I think that comes across.” Jimmy Tait’s second album long-player Golden is defined by its lush atmospherics, and a liberal use of space which may also contribute to the outback feel. “I’ve always enjoyed space in recording – I feel that it’s just as important as filling the gaps – so I guess the atmosphere comes from that,” Retallick ponders. “I feel like that
space and atmosphere is a really important part of our sound. To a certain extent I had a fair idea of what the vibe would be like [before we started]. I wrote the songs over a fairly long period – some songs up to a year before we started recording, but some I wrote six weeks before. I guess half of it was predictable – we knew how the older songs were going to turn out, we had a fair idea of what we were going to do with instrumentation – but the newer ones were a bit more organic.” And while both Retallick and Jimmy Tait are now firmly ensconced in Melbourne’s urban confines, they’re not really part of any musical scene
per se. “We’ve never really felt like we fit into a scene down here. There’s definitely heaps of bands that we can play with and it works – we suit bands like Harmony and The Spinning Rooms and bands like that, who are all pretty different but it works together. I don’t know if it’s that Melbourne scene’s dark rock’n’roll thing, but it’s a weird one – I feel like we fit into a few different genres, so in a way it’s just been easier for us to play with lots of different people and do diverse-but-interesting shows. There are those little scenes in Melbourne, like the Tote scene with Batpiss and those kind of bands – it’s like they’re congregated around venues almost – and we’ve never really fit into one of those, but we can float around all of them.” WHAT: Golden (Spunk) WHEN & WHERE: 11 May, Brisbane Powerhouse THE MUSIC • 7TH MAY 2014 • 19
With their sixth album Omnipresent just around the corner, US technical brutal death metal band Origin will wrap up the touring cycle of 2011’s Entity in Australia this week. Vocalist Jason Keyser has a cynical laugh with Lochlan Watt.
he down time between tours is a sad, lonely time, where I’m just waiting – the anticipation is palpable,” chuckles Keyser, a qualified but non-practicing anthropologist. Previously a member of Skinless, Keyser left the group in 2010 to finish his university studies, and joined Origin only after Entity was released. “Like The Godfather, every time I think I’m out they pull me back in,” he says jovially in reference to death metal. “I appreciate it – I’m
glad it does because the real world is not fun. It’s not fun for anybody. I’m trying to avoid real life responsibilities for as long as possible.” He even avoided his own graduation ceremony in 2013, choosing instead to perform with Origin, although he “walked across the stage in a little cap and gown with Origin, so it was kind of my own graduation”. “It was hard work and I’m glad I did it, but I’m really lucky I managed to coordinate everything. Being an anthropologist now is not really… I didn’t choose all that wisely. I should have been a stockbroker or something,” he laughs.
The forthcoming Omnipresent is his first official recording with the band. “We wrapped it up in January; it’s on its way to Nuclear Blast now. I think it came out great. It’s chewed a lot of the diversity that Origin’s capable of that maybe they’ve neglected in the past for outright machine gun brutality. I’m really grateful to the dudes in Origin – they accepted me as their new frontman. They never treated me as the new guy or made me sit on the back seat. I was a full on member from day one.” Conceptually Keyser comments that Omnipresent is “very loosely constructed”. “Most of it is about the burden of being a sentient population. The burden of having no choice but to expand. There’s one line in the lyrics that I think sums it all up – “Expand or die, expand and die.” There’s no choice – we’re just growing well beyond our capacity. There’s a loose theme of the album about expanding beyond earth, beyond everything, having to go out into the great unknown and just finding nothing, just being lost by our own devices, our own creativity ruining us. A lot of it is just about how much I hate people in general.” With a little nudge the conversation turns to overpopulation and overconsumption. “My general feeling on the whole subject is that I don’t have kids, and I really don’t plan on having kids, and I feel like that’s my greatest contribution to the world – not having kids. Not perpetuating this cycle that just keeps going, and not subjecting somebody against their will to exist, to exist in an agonising world, that hopefully will collapse sometime in the next couple of decades.” WHEN & WHERE: 11 May, Electric Playground
STILL ROLLING ON Whether he’s attacking the stage or the skate bowl, Jason Cruz holds a level of focus that few can match. The Strung Out frontman tells Benny Doyle about the things that make him real.
trung Out are a group that truly blur the lines of punk and metal, drawing in fans from both sides with their frantic tempos, impossible guitar lines and topical lyrical content. The Californian band are close to completing an eight studio record, Transmission Alpha Delta, but before they do they’ll visit us for the third round of Hits & Pits, a welcome break from a process that Jason Cruz admits got “pretty intense”. “[We’re] working harder on this record than we have on any other,” he says. “It’s just arduous. The songs are a lot bigger than we anticipated, and with the way they’re turning out, and the expectation, this record’s definitely something we want to take our time with.” But even though these days band members are getting a feel for their 40s, Cruz admits with a smile that he still feels like a young kid when clutching the microphone, but is also quick to credit another “guiding light” for helping him live an honest existence. “Strung Out and skateboarding kept me from getting into real trouble,” he explains, “because you have to be healthy to skate and you have to be healthy to be in Strung Out. And as much as I am what I am, those two things have always kept me grounded and they’ve [helped me] keep my nose clean.” 20 • THE MUSIC • 7TH MAY 2014
He goes on to draw further comparisons between his two pastimes: “You can’t half-arse [skateboarding]. You can’t show up hungover and do it; when you step on that board you’ve got to be 100 per cent committed that every part of your body is awake and alive and feeling good or you’re going to fuck yourself up, so it takes quite a commitment, just like playing in a band. And just like music, you have to give up a lot of things to do something higher than yourself.” What’s allowed Strung Out to remain so consistent and incessant across more than two decades though is their
cohesion. They’ve held a concrete roster for the past 15 years and have had very few line-up changes in their entire career. Cruz agrees, saying bandmates continue to keep each other on their toes, and enthuses that, “It’s an honour to still get to write songs with those four guys. “I believe in chemistry man, that’s one of the most important aspects in life,” he explains. “No one can make the music that we make, and as long as we’re together and alive then we’re going to keep doing that. That is more powerful than any of us individually. You try and find that in life, you try and give up your ego to commit to something that’s bigger than you because that is more secure than going out there alone.” WHEN & WHERE: 9 May, Hits & Pits, The Hi-Fi; 10 May, Hits & Pits, The Northern, Byron Bay
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THIS TIME WITH SOL The boys from Rufus really took the phrase “new year, new you” to heart, changing their name to Rufus Du Sol for the overseas market. Drummer James Hunt gives Jazmine O’Sullivan the story behind it all.
lectronic trio Rufus made headlines earlier this year when they were forced to change their name to Rufus Du Sol before entering the international market. It was speculated that the change was forced because the name Rufus was already in use by Chaka Khan’s ‘70s funk band, which James Hunt admits was a factor. “After we released our album Atlas, we reached a level of success that we never really anticipated, and as a result of that we decided to start looking into releasing it overseas. When we found a label that was a good fit for us [Columbia], our marketing team didn’t really want to commit to signing us considering there was such a legal risk with the name Rufus already being in use, and told us we couldn’t release our album until we took action to rectify that.” So rather than the change being forced by any sort of legal action from the ‘70s group Rufus themselves, Hunt explains that, “it was the record label who insisted on the change. America is the land of litigation, and no one was willing to back us when there was such a risk. “We wanted to keep Rufus and just add something to it, something foreign and exotic – something that if you had no idea of who we were could possibly be linked to some Swedish electronica duo or a Norwegian techno artist. The words ‘du sol’ in Swedish mean ‘to the sun’ in English, and we liked that because we wanted something that denotes nature, because it is such an inspiring element for us.” Hunt recalls they’re not the first Australian band to sign to Columbia who have had to change their name: “The same thing happened with The Temper Trap, who I think were the last Australian act to sign with Columbia. They wanted to be called Temper Temper, but ended up changing to Temper Trap because there was a band overseas with that name. So at least we can relate with another artist on the label.” With their fresh new identity consolidated, the guys were ready to show America exactly what it is that’s made them such a success here, performing at this year’s SXSW in Austin, Texas, followed by a string of 22 • THE MUSIC • 7TH MAY 2014
headlining gigs across the US. The guys are now embarking on their most extensive tour of our country to date, and the shows will be about more than just the music. “We’ve got a few surprises for the live shows happening in May and June, in terms of having some kind of
writing the album, we gave each song kind of its own world or location, and we’ve always used that as a way of framing how we write music. Now we want to bring that element into how we present the live show. We always think about the journey when we plan the set – you know, one song to the next and how it’s going to flow and how the audience will react to that – so that has really inspired really creating locations with this show. We’re pretty excited to be immersing ourselves in a creative project like this.” The guys have decided to make their Australian tour the last time they’ll be relying so heavily
“WE ALWAYS THINK ABOUT THE JOURNEY WHEN WE PLAN THE SET.”
spectacle, having great lighting and maybe a few CO2 cannons! We’re looking to make this the best live show we’ve ever had.” Adding to the sensory experience, there’ll be a strong emphasis on the relationship between their music and various geographical locations, which Hunt explains is part of their writing style. “When we were
on the tracks found on their album Atlas, and as such, are moving to Berlin mid-year to work on new material. “We’ve always been keen to move somewhere overseas, and when we were in Europe last year we ended up in Berlin for a week and we just fell in love with the place, culturally and musically. There’s a lot going on over there, a lot of cool electronica and melodic techno – stuff that was just resonating with us, so we instantly knew we wanted to move there and soak it up.”
WHEN & WHERE: 9 May, Coolangatta Hotel; 10 & 11 May, The Tivoli; 8 Jun, Beach Hotel, Byron Bay
DRINK TO THE MEMORIES Things Of Stone & Wood’s frontman Greg Arnold recalls to Steve Bell how his life was altered irrefutably by an impossibly catchy two-person memory catalogue.
elbourne folk-rockers Things Of Stone & Wood burst onto the Australian scene in 1992 with their excellent debut long-player The Yearning, and in particular its memorable second single Happy Birthday Helen. While far from the band’s only musical highlight – The Yearning’s first single Share This Wine scored them an ARIA in 1993 for Best New Talent – it’s Happy Birthday Helen which is bound to
have lighters in the air when the original line-up reforms this month for their first shows in years. “Not since 1997 have we actually done a gig,” smiles frontman/ songwriter Greg Arnold, “but it’s actually amazing, there’s just a chemistry with those four people that’s really exciting to be a part of. It’s one of those weird things with bands that you can’t really explain – if you just ask a band to play a G-chord and it sounds good in that combination, it’s just one of those bands and it fires up.” Arnold reflects happily on that initial
burst of fervour. “It was a weird time for us; we were a sort of ‘corner of a pub’ band really for those first few years from 1989 to 1992, and I remember when Share This Wine came out and got a lot of radio play around the whole country and that really surprised us that anyone would play us without having seen us live. Then Happy Birthday Helen came out and just hit this bigger nerve out there and that really did change everything for the band.
“I actually lecture in songwriting nowadays, and I suppose in a good way I have to look at my experiences with that song, because it honestly is a two-person memory catalogue – only two people know what that’s all about really – but when I’m speaking to songwriters I say, ‘I think people like to hear sincerity and the truth.’ It had a bit of a vibe and was very much of its time, in a nice way. It’s just a beautiful thing to have in your life really.” While that initial success proved difficult to replicate, Arnold harbours no regrets. “By the late ‘90s my musical interests were changing pretty radically, and you start going off in a different direction and sometimes the band just doesn’t take those journeys all together. I suppose for us it’s really lovely for us to have something in the catalogue that stands out as a perfect moment where everything collided – the live band, the songs, the response to the band, the recording production and everything – it just seemed to all really happen on that first album and those early EPs. There was pressure to follow it up, but I suppose we were just stuck in that funny place of not wanting to do the same thing again.” WHEN & WHERE: 9 May, Brisbane Powerhouse
HALO OF BOOZE
Is it really possible to be raging alcoholics and metal virtuosos at the same time? Finnish nutters Children Of Bodom think so – and they’ve had plenty of practice. Mark Hebblewhite cornered bass player Henkka Seppälä to get the lowdown on their upcoming brewery crawl, um… Australian tour.
here’s no band on earth quite like Finland’s Children Of Bodom. It’s not just that they chose their moniker for a particularly gruesome (and still unsolved) multiple homicide that occurred way back in 1960, nor is it that the entire band live their lives like an endless Octoberfest. No, the thing about Children Of Bodom is you never know what to expect. If there’s any band that defies the tyranny of genre it’s this one. The frosty chill of minor-key black metal insanity with the precise nastiness of thrash metal? Check. The pomp and grandeur of power metal? Check. The virtuoso tendencies of Yngwie Malmsteen, Ritchie Blackmore and Deep Purple? Check. And it’s not just the musical side of things that endears them to fans. These guys are larger than life – they literally don’t care what anyone thinks of them, something The Music found out when Seppälä admitted the boys have something of a penchant for hip hop. Odd listening habits aside, Children Of Bodom really get their devil may care reputation by being some of the biggest drinkers in all of metal. We’re talking Lemmy level here, and somehow their performances don’t seem to suffer. “I like VB – that’s pretty much my choice always. We’ve played [in Australia] many times and on some tours we
even did Perth. I just loved it there from the first day I stepped on Aussie soil. The people are laidback and friendly, the weather is gorgeous and so on. You know!” Despite their love of Australia, and Australian beer, Seppälä refuses to spill the beans regarding the setlist beyond helpfully (ahem) noting that the songs will come from albums recorded between 1997 and 2013. He does admit, however, that the band’s touring behavior has begun to change because the years have taken their toll – in particular lead guitarist Alexei Laiho, who was hospitalised
in 2012 with severe stomach pains that were eventually linked with his epic bouts of binge drinking. “We have cut [the drinking] down a lot,” Seppälä admits. “When we were young we thought it’s funny to have a lots of drinks on the rider, but now we just have what we actually need. But yes, we are far calmer now, everybody knows that the older you get the less you can handle the hangovers. With our schedules [that’s a] big thing.” Unlike Australia, where metal has to struggle to be heard, the genre rules in Finland. And although Seppälä begs us to look out for new Finnish bands such as Swallow the Sun and Lost Society, he isn’t sure why his homeland is such a beacon of heaviness. “Well, we are a small market, and yet we have lots of metal bands. Why is that? I think some bands broke through in the 1990s and ever since Finland has this ‘magical brand’ – which makes more and more new bands come out.” WHEN & WHERE: 10 May, The Hi-Fi THE MUSIC • 7TH MAY 2014 • 23
MOPPING UP THE BLOOD Between the punch-ups and chemical abuse, life in Unwritten Law hasn’t always been ideal. Scott Russo talks to Benny Doyle about the hard times and coming out the other side. hen The Music grabs time with Scott Russo, the musician is holed up in a Huntington Beach studio mixing the new Unwritten Law acoustic record. “I’m a huge fan of it, I love it,” he gushes. “It’s really different – I think a lot of people are expecting a rock record done acoustically, but it’s not; it’s a lot of offbeat guitars, new wave beats and rewritten songs – it’s pretty dope.” Before that gets a release though, the SoCal punk band will be visiting us as one of the headliners at this year’s Hits & Pits.
Ever since they first caught our attention on the inaugural Aussie Warped Tour in 1997, Unwritten Law have seen Australia as their second home. Russo’s “brother” from another mother, Grinspoon’s Phil Jamieson, has long presented a party for the American frontman: “Allegedly we’re quite similar. We never thought that...” he chuckles regarding their 15-year friendship. But it’s the faithful who continue to turn out for headline tours and festival slots that drive the band to make these regular excursions Down Under. A treat for longstanding fans on this tour will be familiar face Wade Youman, who’s returning to the Unwritten Law drum stool after a decade in the wilderness battling substance abuse problems. “It’s really great to have Wade back; it feels like home again,” Russo says. “He’s made some life changes and he’s really lovely to be around, and he’s actually revitalised me to want to continue doing shows and making music as Unwritten Law.” For many, the idea of Youman ever returning to the fold seemed fairly farfetched – this was a split that ended up in the hands of lawyers after all. However, Russo never ruled it out, and once everyone got healthier and began hanging out again, the frontman presented a deal: if the drummer completed his tasks, he’d get another shot. “And he completed his half of the bargain so I gave him a setlist and he learned it, then we did two shows, he killed it, the fans loved it and that was it. There was a lot of gnarly shit that this band went through, especially him and I. We used to go at it, we’ve been in multiple fist fights, several of [which] were on stage while we were fucking playing, and I’m talking full gnarly, like we had to be 24 • THE MUSIC • 7TH MAY 2014
hospitalised. And Wade’s considerably gnarlier than I am – he’s built like a tank and he fucking hits things for a living, so to have to fight that guy was always an uphill battle,” he laughs. “But time heals all wounds.” It makes sense as well that Youman returns to help present an album that he had a major hand in
“At that time we maybe took it more seriously,” he admits. “The first two records it was like we were making it for other people, and the Black Record was the first record we were making for ourselves, and we’ve continued to do that since then. Before that we were playing straight, more four-ahead rock, and then when we got to that record we were putting in half-time beats and shit like that to make people bounce. We were getting better at crafting songs really. To me the self-titled record is Unwritten Law’s first record – the first two are more like demos.” As far as a defining moment when the potential for what the record would become crystallised,
“HE FUCKING HITS THINGS FOR A LIVING, SO TO HAVE TO FIGHT THAT GUY WAS ALWAYS AN UPHILL BATTLE.” creating, with Unwritten Law set to play their seminal 1998 self-titled record cover to cover at Hits & Pits. Led by crossover singles Cailin and Lonesome, the ‘Black Record’ – predominantly cut in Seattle at the same time fellow Californians Deftones were making their groundbreaking second album, Around The Fur – put the band on the map this side of the Pacific, with Russo citing the release as a turning point for the group.
Russo doesn’t recall. It was simply a collection of songs, created with the purest of intentions at heart, which is probably why the album still resonates as strongly as it did over a decade ago. “Back then I’m not sure what I was thinking to be honest, I was just making music with my friends,” Russo smiles. “I didn’t know I was making anything monumental by any means, I had no idea about that, and you really can’t judge that, you can’t foreshadow what’s going to happen, what’s going to be good, what’s going to be bad. All you can do is make the best art you can and hopefully people like it.” WHEN & WHERE: 9 May, Hits & Pits, The Hi-Fi; 10 May, Hits & Pits, The Northern, Byron Bay
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ALBUM OF THE WEEK
Having stepped away from the much-lauded Portico Quartet a few years ago, after a couple of extended plays Nick Mulvey has finally released an album that sees him embracing the singersongwriter role with aplomb. From the opening tender notes issuing from his guitar on title track First Mind, a tranquil mood is cast. The 12 tracks drift along with an ebb and flow that artfully merges hope with longing. Songs like Fever To The Form begin humbly enough, but build in intensity, with subtle drum parts and gentle harmonies adding layers and textures that effortlessly draw the listener in. Fingerpicking lays the foundation to one of the album highlights, April, with arpeggiating guitar work that haunts and captivates. Juramidam again showcases the simmering power Mulvey wields with his acoustic guitar, and the album as a whole is underpinned by a style of playing
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that strikes a mature, understated balance between technique and song-crafting. Mulvey’s voice never dominates the delicate musical landscape, and at all times the vocal melodies are subtle, blending seamlessly with the minimal instrumentation. Humming on tracks like Alisa Craig and The Trellis lends an almost hypnotic quality to the sound, and when Mulvey is weaving words it is with intelligent calculation. First Mind presents a fine collection of songs that are delivered with the graceful finesse of a songwriter on top of his game and deservedly on the rise. Glenn Waller
Little Bastard are at their best when they play their particular brand of country-punk music at such a blisteringly fast pace that the friction of their fingers on the banjo and mandolin strings becomes a fire hazard. In fact, this seven-piece outfit from Sydney’s Inner West had a gig end prematurely because of a set-off fire extinguisher – whether it was a result of their explosive performance or not is unconfirmed. Their self-titled debut LP however lacks the spark of their live performances. Having dubbed themselves as just another rock’n’roll band, several tracks on the record, such as Crosses On The Highway and Be My Kind, sound like the lovechildren of a Paul Kelly and Rick Springfield. Unfortunately, the aforementioned tracks lack Kelly’s lyrical storytelling,
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With three completely beardrelated albums already under their chins, the hirsute brigade of beard-enthusiasts known as The Beards have somehow managed to whip up yet another 12 tracks focused entirely on the subject of facial hair. At some point it’s surely going to run dry, but that time is not yet nigh. It seems as though these four hairy men still have a lot of life in them – or perhaps they just have a lot to say about beards.
Dan Auerbach gets his six-string freak on immediately, dragging the guitar solos of Weight Of Love to the edges and back, while drummer Pat Carney comfortably trails with a low-key beat in the song’s back nook. In Time and Turn Blue wouldn’t be out of place on Broken Bells’ latest album, no surprise given Danger Mouse is producing the band 26 • THE MUSIC • 7TH MAY 2014
and without the assistance of the band’s high energy levels, they feel somewhat lifeless. That said, the quick tempo of I Just Want You Home, Bodies In The Water and first single, High For You, will keep toes tapping and the dancing listeners happy. And Desert Roller, with its slower, flowing melody and harmonica, will evoke images of cowboy spurs and spaghetti Westerns. The band is named after the car that James Dean died in, which was supposedly cursed. But Little Bastard should be able to avoid a similar fate if they continue to make music capable of setting off smoke detectors. Ash Goldberg
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The Black Keys continue to expand on the whole two guys, sticks and riffs ideals, with eighth album Turn Blue seeing the Akron, Ohio natives sell the El Camino for a split window Kombi with curtains, cushions and even a lava lamp. The record drifts through the speakers like a plume of smoke, which ironically makes it kind of difficult to really be blown away by. But rather than a startling jolt, Turn Blue is a subtle massage, and the more time you give it the more you appreciate its curves and sex appeal.
★★★ once more. Fever, meanwhile, is the closest this record comes to a straight-up rock number, but even that is done lucidly, the hooks of the track instead held on a jangly bass line and an exasperated organ that sounds like it’s going to run out of puff at any moment. Coming home, there are elements of psych (Bullet In The Brain), zoot suit blues (It’s Up To You Now) and even The Black Keys Midwest take on R&B (10 Lovers). The end result is a hypnotising, different record, but one that’s sometimes just a little too lethargic. Benny Doyle
Much of the comical value lies not so much in the lyrical content alone, but in how it’s being delivered. A simple chanting of the word “beards” repetitively (as sung in the Queen-esque third track, I Like Beards) is not particularly funny on paper, but the combination of cheesy powerrock, camp piano melodies and dramatic gang vocals make it so. Through all the insincerity and crude humour, there’s a considered musical exploration that underlines The Beard Album.
★★★ ½ With a dramatic disposition, The Beards have explored everything from heartfelt ballads to feelgood classic rock – the only problem is it becomes difficult to appreciate as the album drags on. It’s impressive how much variety these guys have been able to extract from such singlular subject matter, and they’re certainly doing it well, but by the same token, there’s only so much beard banter a person can take in one sitting. You probably won’t get many repeat listens out of this one. Justine Keating
Gone Troppo/ Thumb Tax Vir Rash Melbourne two-piece Dry Mouth perfectly encapsulate the sound of smoking the bucket bong on the cover with Gone Troppo and back it up with the sound of having a bulb on Thumb Tax. My new heroes.
NATHAN ROCHE Call Back
Glenlivet-A-Gogh Word is that Sydney songwriter/ author/all-round-genius type slacker dude Roche has given up making music, which is hopefully a lie because he’s freaking brilliant as this demonstrates.
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KEEP ON DANCIN’S
Pink Lemonade is one strange brew, a concoction that when consumed will take you on a demented prog-rock ride and twist your mind into knots. And like any hallucinogens worth their blotting paper, the trip has periods of bliss and moments where you’re watching your sanity leap from the nearest cliff. The guitars are mind-melting throughout, the vocals spectacular, and the rhythm section of the Melbourne quintet can turn on a dime. Sure, the album can get lost in its own importance; however, you’ve got to hand it to Closure In Moscow, there are few Aussie acts flying the freak flag higher.
It feels like forever ago when Brisbane downers Keep On Dancin’s brought out their wonderful debut record, The End Of Everything. Finally their follow-up has arrived – and Hunter does not disappoint. Opener Favourite may indeed be the best cut here, with Jacinta Walker’s breathy vocals crisp and soaring, a haunting siren. Elsewhere there’s the squalling anguish of Grey Ghost and the hauntingly beautiful title track is stellar from start to finish. This is one ‘60s noir fantasy you’ll never want to end.
Writing wonderfully saccharine music destined for ads and emotional TV moments, Kina Gannis gained serious internet fame in 2011 with an stop motion jellybean video. Elements sees her music and production evolve to a commercial version of indiepop: more mature and playing with harmonies and percussion. Grannis’ voice is sweet, but not syrupy, and there is just enough edge in the songs. Oh Father and Throw It Away successfully bring some altcountry vibes, and Dear River and The Fire are just exquisite. You’ll enjoy if you like your pop tunes tight, hooky and full of un-self-conscious heart.
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Elefant Tracks Aussie hip hoppers collaborate with legendary Cambodian singer Srey Channthy to add some desperately needed new chapters to the history of Cambodian pop music.
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Universal The five-year wait for The Cairos’ debut LP proves well worth it with Dream Of Reason, as the band hardly put a foot wrong with this oh-so-catchy pop-rock release. One of their greatest strengths has always been outstanding guitar contributions, which are particularly evident on opening track, Obsession, however a surprise highlight comes in the form of a stripped-back track – Insane – which features predominantly keys and vocals. Dream Of Reason is produced to a fantastic quality and is a huge step forward for the group.
Ridiculously catchy ode to not taking responsibility for your actions by one of the true indie greats we’re lucky to still have!
The Way And Color, Brooklyn foursome TEEN’s follow-up to brooding motorik trip In Limbo, is a far cry from that album’s krautrock prismatics, instead skimming through genres like an expertly thrown stone across a crystalline pond. The first few skips – the undulating dream gaze of Rose 4 You, the surprisingly adept R&B soiree Not For Long, the percolating pop of Tied Up Tied Down – give credence to such left-turns. But return listens don’t give the same ripples of connection, instead sinking into superficial mores, needing to bring out the kraut (which on Breath Low And Deep they prove is their strong suit) to stay afloat.
Remote Control What started as a wedding present for mutual friends becomes a gift to all of us. Even just thinking about this idea it’s obvious how good it is, and it’s executed brilliantly.
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It Was Like That When We Got Here 429 Records
Constant Craving (Ft Sophie Brous)
The Way And Color
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Swans – To Be Kind The Horrors – Luminous Ray LaMontagne – Supernova Black Stone Cherry – Magic Mountain Bo Ningen – III Killer Be Killed – Killer Be Killed Little Dragon – Nabuma Rubberband Lloyd Cole – Standards Lykke Li – I Never Learn
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RUSSIAN CIRCLES, THE MATADOR, THE SEA SHALL NOT HAVE THEM Crowbar 29 Apr Both of tonight’s supports hail from the Gold Coast, and the first of these, The Sea Shall Not Have Them, are in as fine form as ever. The two-piece do a remarkable job of building up a solid sound laden with seductive ambience and dreamy dynamism. They exercise their power subtly throughout and deliver a set that’s sure to work wonders toward expanding their fan base that little bit more.
for them, unfortunately the low stage makes it nearimpossible for anybody more than a couple of metres back to see the band past the fill of people, and a nagging desire to catch a glimpse of them in action looms. Their music certainly does lend itself to some closed-eye expeditions at times and it’s not like they’re generally the most animated band to watch anyway, but the opportunity to watch them work their wonders would likely alleviate the miniscule amount of monotony that creeps into the proceedings. Luckily the listening experience does deliver a decadent amount of bounty though. The dynamic interplay of bassist Brian Cook and guitarist Mike Sullivan brings a mania of riffs and layers
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The Matador are next up to enlighten the audience with some Goldie sounds, and while they may come across as being a little derivative of a few select ‘post-metal’ bands at times, they do give an engaging performance that shows signs of promise throughout. The second last song of their set is the pinnacle of such promise: a brooding instrumental that travels a welcomed little journey and provides an essential contrast to their predominant sound. No strangers to these shores, Russian Circles have shown a strong commitment to their Australian fanbase over the past few years, and the support seems to be bouncing back at them as tonight they’re greeted by quite a generously packed room. While the Crowbar provides the perfect surrounds 28 • THE MUSIC • 7TH MAY 2014
The Bearded Lady 3 May Taking the stage for the first time together tonight, Ashleigh Kerley and Doug Palmer – Marville – take the chill off this wintery evening with their bold, indie-grunge dynamic. If they hadn’t told us this was Marville’s first performance with Palmer on drums, you could easily be forgiven for believing they’d been playing together for years, as the pair appear incredibly in tune with one another, feeding off each other’s energy with a quality of
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of textured sound in equal measure, and the intricate percussive accompaniment of drummer Dave Turncrantz brings it all to life in the most magical sense. No mere time keeper, Turncrantz is an expressive force that expands the scope of each song with a marked brilliance. Live favourites Geneva, Carpe and Harper Lewis are mixed in seamlessly with more recent numbers including 309, 1777 and Def icit. So they squeeze a helping of each album into their setlist, but if anything a little more material from Memorial would have been welcomed given that it’s the album they’re touring. Well, at least they’ve left some to really look forward to on future visits. Jake Sun
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Morrison. The group opt for a sludgy, grungy and droning form of post-punk with this set, where Spinks dazzles with the bizarre yet beguiling sounds he’s able to manipulate out of his guitar, Jenkins commands with a forceful, all-pervading and soul-depraving bass line and Morrison simply astounds with the way he is able to make his lazy, off-kilter style of drumming sound so impressive. For the final song of their set they’re joined by a mysterious, leather-gloved individual who wails provocative punk poetry into his mic while throwing himself to the floor, into audience members and hanging off the stage’s railing. The cosy little venue is packed out with devoted friends and fans by the time surfy grungerock trio Some Jerks take the
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seasoned professionals. While their musical connection is evident, Kerley’s fierce stage presence, Kim Gordonesque vocals and incredible guitar work manage to shine slightly brighter than Palmer’s percussive efforts, with the only negative that can be drawn from the set coming in the form of an imbalance in sound levels. Despite Kerley’s pleas for more volume in the vocals, this is unfortunately never corrected, which is disappointing as it could have elevated the performance to another level. You never know exactly what you’re going to get with Gravel Samwidge, which is actually part of the thrill of witnessing this band live. Tonight they’re performing as a trio, with founding member Mark Spinks joined by bassist Ash Jenkins and drummer Alex “Sleepy”
stage, and the electricity in the room is palpable. They’re here to launch their banging new double A-sided single into the wild – Dark And Dead Of Night and Nancy – recently self-released as a 7”. The former is a shimmying and shaking little number that showcases Victoria Wilson’s flawless vocals balanced nicely by the signature surfy twang of Will O’Brien’s guitar. The latter boasts a faster tempo, and even though Wilson relinquishes primary vocal duties, she still steals the show with her absolutely pumping bass line and super sweet harmonies. Favourites such as Barry Rich Made Me Cry and Never Know help fill the remainder of what is a totally fun, loose and wild set – such good times! Jazmine O’Sullivan
ROBERT DELONG, POOL BOYS, 95 ROYALE Oh Hello! 1 May Attitude at the door is to be expected, but the empty room we arrive to isn’t. Sure, Bobby D isn’t on for another few hours, but still – where the fuck is everybody? It does, however, provide us with the opportunity to snag prize side-of-stage viewing for the headliner, but before that our drinking is soundtracked by venue regulars 95 Royale and Pool Boys. The former flies solo, the latter comes as a pair; both play an almost mirrored mix of future house/indie-disco/future house indie-disco: Disclosure, Rufus, Bag Raiders, Chet Faker, etc. The tunes are solid; the mixes are hit and miss. By midnight the room’s full of painted faces all but ready to “fucking dance”. And does Robert DeLong make us do what. The guy is unrelenting onstage, moving across a length of instruments
and gadgets fluidly, using the sprawling set-up to bring us a rave party of epic proportions. With his trademark orange iconography splashed around the stage, lights flickering manically and a backdrop screen seemingly plugged into a Commodore 64 motherboard, the one-man dance party has practically touched every item on stage – including a MIDI-hacked joystick and Wii controller, and a full drum kit – by the time he drops banger Religious Views. An untitled new song responds to mental calls for ‘More cowbell!’ before veering into Pendulum drum’n’bass territory with DeLong back behind the kit. He then throws down a cover of The Rolling Stones’ Miss You, seamlessly taking the rock ideals of the track and reshaping it for the dancefloor. The bassline makes our toes vibrate. Basically, I then sees the shaggy-haired 28-year-old – repping his Washington State roots in a Seattle T-shirt – getting his running man bounce on while simultaneously using two microphones for traditional
vocals and additional effects. A snippet of Talking Heads’ Once In A Lifetime is used as a quirky little intro into fan favourite Happy, DeLong getting out on the front speakers to really share the energy with the crowd, before a bit of guitar noodling transforms into another cover with Filter’s Take A Picture sounding like a completely new song. Strobes are violently attacking our retinas when DeLong returns to the stool for a massive drum solo, the impressive stick work welcoming in Change (How You Feel). A sonic meltdown ensues, with DeLong practically looping us into submission, before he marks the night off with a massive exclamation point, hammering Global Concepts home with the same infectious energy he’s been sending out all evening. This set could have easily come across as kitsch in lesser hands. Robert DeLong, however, makes it feel essential and real. Let’s dance again soon.
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La Boite to 17 May When Leo turns up at Vera’s Manhattan door at three o’clock in the morning, grandson and grandmother are unable to understand the other; without her dentures Vera is incomprehensible to Leo and without her hearing aid Leo is incomprehensible to her. This neat opening scene sets the tone for the rest of Amy Herzog’s 4000 Miles; the two, separated by decades, go from repeated conflict to resolution throughout.
Vera is a 91-year-old who has experienced more loss than is comprehensible to Leo, who has suffered his own tragedy while on a bike trip across America, which has ended at Vera’s door. Despite the ever-present spectre of death, there is nothing histrionic about either Herzog’s script or Diana McLean’s and Stephen Multari’s performance; both script and actors are spot-on in capturing the two generations’ varying attitudes towards loss and living. McClean and Multari are resoundingly excellent as Vera and Leo respectively, as are supporting cast members Aileen Huynh and Joanna Downing – the former playing an inebriated stranger Leo has taken home, the latter Leo’s ex-girlfriend. As the relationship between grandmother and grandson develops we see Leo undergo a rite of passage under the guidance of his grandmother, finding adulthood in all its complexity. It’s a heartwarming piece of theatre, written and acted with tenderness and rendered with great depth and emotional truth. Helen Stringer
In cinemas 8 May Jon Favreau has built a reputation and career on his light and entertaining comedies. He doesn’t disappoint with Chef. The rapid-fire comedic dialogue and quirky, entertaining characters appear at almost every scene change, and the all-star cast of Dustin Hoffman, Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson, John Leguizamo, Oliver Platt and Sofia Vergara seem to know the talent of Favreau.
media has become such an enormous factor in all our lives and our interaction with it. Juxtaposing the clumsiness of Gen X’s understanding of the multimedia world with the Gen Y genius in this area, Chef not only had the audience laughing out loud, but was a great study on how the world is today. Judging by the audience reaction of the beautifully photographed scenes of food and the applause at the end, Chef will be a big hit this autumn. Just make sure you eat before you go and see it. Darren Moldrich
The story follows a chef (Favreau) and his journey from chef de cuisine of a ritzy Los Angeles restaurant to food truck cook of Cuban sandwiches. Along the way, the hard-working chef discovers how to become a good father to ten-year-old son (Emjay Anthony) and rediscovers his love for his ex-wife (Vergara). The underlining spine to this film is how social
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THE BACCHANALES Member answering/role: Jeremy Hunter – guitar strategist/vocal operations How long have you been together? We’re pretty new. Patrick (drum), James (bass) and I have been playing together for a year, and Perry (resident guitar hero) just joined a couple months back. We’re the band equivalent of a three-year-old child – only just learning to argue and break things. 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? There’s a story here: we had an excessive Toowoomba show last year, which ended in 3am park drinking and fires being lit from Twisties on a cricket pitch – we were pretty shattered by the next day’s drive home. However, that drive had three brilliant elements: Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Foals, and a joint. Fucking great combination – I thoroughly recommend it. Would you rather be a busted broke-but-revered Hank Williams figure or some kind of Metallica monster? You can always make back your money but you can never get back your dignity. Hank Williams. Which Brisbane bands before you have been an inspiration (musically or otherwise)? The John Steel Singers and The Medics. They both have that sweet blend of pop hooks and rocking jams, and they both kill it live. What part do you think Brisbane plays in the music you make? Brisbane has a dozen little niche scenes, each with their own bands and influences and directions. It’s not infrequent to get your mind blown on the weekend by some new band that you’d never even heard of before, and oftentimes that inspiration carries across into your own music. It’s a great live music scene for that kind of thing. What’s in the pipeline for the band in the short term? There’s our EP launch on 8 May at Black Bear, then back into the studio for another single. Hopefully more regional shows and Twisties fires – we’ll see. The Bacchanales play Black Bear Lodge on Thursday 8 May. Photo by TERRY SOO. THE MUSIC • 7TH MAY 2014 • 31
FOOD & DRINK APPS COFFEE
This area could be improved, although there are state-specific apps like Melbourne Coffee Review and Sydney Cafe culture. Beanhunter is not restricted to the trendy cities. Users can share their experiences and search by location, coffee brand or coffee shop, with filter options being best match, distance, equipment, brew methods, coffee brands, open now and more. If you’re a coffee snob, you can just open up and own it. You’re the reason this app was made. Your people welcome you.
You would think Australia would be all over this shit, but finding user-driven bar/pub apps is proving way more difficult than expected. Besides statespecific apps Sydney Bars and Melbourne’s Bars and Pubs (plus a handful of garish other ones), you’d have better luck using the food-finder apps that allow you to restrict your search to bars. Clearly people aren’t nearly as fussy with their booze compared with their food. Frankly, Aussie app developers, we’re embarrassed and disappointed.
BARS AND PUBS
Anyone who has any interest in their local cafes, bars and restaurants needs to have Urbanspoon on their phone. With percentage ratings based on how many people have given a place a thumbs up or down; blogger, critic and user reviews; as well as being able to search listings based on cuisine, area, rating, cost, popularity and more; Urbanspoon’s a valuable resource for those who won’t settle for sub-par dining experiences. At least a 75 percent rating (after 100+ votes, of course) or bust. See also: Yelp, Foursquare, Foodspotting, Tripadvisor.
This gets its own category ‘cause how often have you had a vegan in the group and then struggled to think of suitable nearby places to eat? Happycow.net is one of the go-to web destinations for herbivores, and the Happy Cow app is a staple too. Filter by vegetarian/vegan only, vegfriendly, food store and more, and you can upload reviews and photos for fellow users to peruse. For gluten-intolerant folks, the Gluten Free Eating directory app is similar. If you’re vegan/ gluten-intolerant, have these handy so your pals can’t complain about the lack of choices.
HOT SPOT GREASER – 259A BRUNSWICK STREET, FORTITUDE VALLEY Launched last week, The Valley’s newest underground bar, Greaser, is now open to the public. With a menu of American delights like cheeseburgers and Southern fried chicken on the menu; New York-inspired decor featuring plush booths and vintage photographs; drink offerings like the Pickleback (whisky served with a pickle and spicy brine) and Pony Boy Paloma (tequila, lime juice and grapefruit sod), as well as local and American beers on tap, Greaser’s bluesy rock’n’roll vibe just oozes good times and memorable nights. wearegreaser.com.au Pic: Jacob Farrell
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BACK ON TOP!
Well done to Boof and the Aussie cricketers for regaining top spot in the Test rankings! We bet no one saw that coming when we were getting belted by the Poms less than a year ago!
(LET’S ALL) TURN ON! Amazing news about the Hoodoo Gurus gig at Splendour finding them reunite with the classic original line-up for the first time in 30 years! Bring back those paisley shirts and bowl-cuts!
PUSHING THE ENVELOPE Aussie stand-up kingpin Jim Jefferies was hilarious last week in his Brisbane return, but it wasn’t for the faint of heart! Some seriously dubious material stood out amidst the gold, but that’s cutting-edge comedy for ya!
INDULGE THE SENSES
LET’S GET LOST
Combine the seductive, moody vocals from singer/songwriter David Taylor with a full band and you have the heavy folk monster stylings of Taylor. The band play The Loft, Gold Coast, Friday. $10 entry, doors open 8pm.
Let’s get festive! La Mont are embarking on a run of shows, bringing their rock-meets-electro sounds to Dowse Bar, 22 June. $10 entry, doors open at 4pm, with special guests Brother Fox and Slip On Stereo.
With an air of the ‘70s San Francisco spirit and a cello in tow, Australian/British troubadour couple April Maze are bringing their expansive tones and textures to Dowse Bar, 29 May with special guests The Acfields.
THE HUNT IS ON
RUSTIC GROOVES & BLUES
The Wet Fish are gearing up to bring their surfin’ blues-rock sound to The Vinyl Fair this Saturday at Whale Mall, QLD Museum, Southbank. Rock out while hunting for some rare and rad finds. Free entry, 9am – 3pm.
Winterplan have a new single coming out, Arundel have a fresh EP, so it’s pretty logical that the two kindred electro-pop spirits celebrate together with two shows, The Loft, GC, Thursday and New Globe Theatre, 31 May.
Brisbane’s rhythm and blues singer-songwriter-harmonicaplayer-coffee-drinkingjourneyman Jimi Beavis is set to bring his grooves to Dowse Bar, 23 May, joined by countryrock cats The Layrights. Doors open 7.30pm, entry $7.
A MAN & HIS MUSIC
After the successful release of his debut EP Crazy Days, Your Man Alex Smith is taking to the stage again, performing Sunday at Dowse Bar with his four-piece band. Support from The Buzzees, and Chris Leach. $15 entry.
Head on down to Beetle Bar this Thursday and experience the shockingly catchy alt-rock stylings of Brisbane trio Tesla Coil, supported by special guests Electric Zebra and The Emerge. 8pm doors, $8 tickets on the door.
After blowing out Shark Bar on the GC last Saturday night, fierce MC Dialekt will keep the rhymes rolling with a session at Dowse Bar, on Thursday, before he returns to the GC venue 8 Jun.
SWEET AS HONEY
TAKE IT EASY
Brisbane-via-Gold Coast vintage rockers Smoking Martha have announced their EP Launch for 16 May at Miami Shark Bar. Tickets $10 on the door, with support from Stellar Green and Black Diamond.
Explosive trio Dirty Hearts are bringing their powerful live performance to The Spotted Cow, Toowoomba, Friday; The Hideaway, Saturday; Beetle Bar, 22 May. Special guests include ODB, Mace & The Motor, Street Pieces, Johnny Reb.
Brisbane sub-tropical postpunk outfit The Stress Of Leisure are ramping up the intensity this month, playing dates at New Globe Theatre, 17 May with Infinity Broke and The Hideaway, 31 May.
BACKLASH MOGUL WARS
TV execs and billionaires punching on in the streets! Society has had enough of entitlement-related violence, they better be charged the same as if it was one of us fighting in public…
WHERE’S OUR BACKBONE? Just because a magazine puts an artist on the cover doesn’t mean they have to love their album, and reviewing honestly doesn’t make them spineless. Grow up Lorde. Oh that’s right…
GOUGE AWAY Oh how the wealthy elite are up-in-arms at the prospect of a ‘debt tax’ for the rich. Those poor folk making $80K-plus having to tip a bit back, it just doesn’t seem fair…
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A massive night of trap music is coming at you this Saturday courtesy of the Cheated Hearts crew. Catch Empress Yoy, Jane Doe, Frankie Trouble, Lu-Na, pictured, and The Gatling Gun. $10 from 9pm at Coniston Lane.
Chuck some beers back and have a bit of a boogie while you’re at it when garage gang The Bear Hunt headline at The Zoo, 5 Jun. Couple of supports too, with Mallory Vanetti and The Buzzrays both appearing.
Well respected thanks to their never-say-stop performance style, you won’t be able to deny the enthusiasm of Kindread when the reggae/funk/dub force settle in at Solbar, Maroochydore, Friday.
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Tonight (7 May) sees Heat #2 of the Valley Rumble, a headto-head battle of the bands. Head to Crowbar from 6pm and hear Red On Red, Cass Baker, Xens Arrival, Phoenix Avenue and Revenge On Seattle compete for a coveted final spot.
Want to rock out and go home with ringing ears? Look no further. Get amongst the gritty goodness of Shag Rock, Old Love and Little Lightning when they roll into The Zoo, 22 May. $6 presale, $8 door.
Gripping tales and stirring performances will be the order of the evening when Paddy McHugh and Pat Tierney trade six-string barbs at Padre this Saturday night. Expect bullshit-free fun.
BOLD IS BEST
LOVE ON THE LINE
Get swept up in the sonic rise and fall of The Bacchanales when the righteous Brisbane indie quartet own the Black Bear Lodge stage, Thursday, with support acts Magenta Voyeur and Chinatown Carpark.
Rohan will throw thick riffs around Nimbin Hotel, 18 May; TAPS Mooloolaba, 22 May; Indooroopilly Hotel, 23 May; Irish Club Hotel, Toowoomba, 6 Jun; Sheoak Shack, Fingal Head, 7 Jun; and The Bearded Lady, 8 Jun.
If you vibe on the likes of London Grammar and Portishead, then get to The Bearded Lady, 17 May, and get a free serving of beauty from Fieu. The five-piece launch Put It On The Line with Meredith supporting.
ROUGH & TUMBLE
TWO FOR ONE
Desert Blues Cartel are kicking the dirt up with a couple of shows to launch their new single Ma Cherie. Enjoy some overt aural decadence at Sandgate Town Hall, 16 May and The Scratch, 17 May.
Black Bear Lodge gives you a second helping of Sunset Country this Sunday night, with interstate tunes from Melbourne musical gypsies The Bon Scotts and some stomping local flavour courtesy of local legends Rattlehand.
Chuck some beers back and throw a few horns while you’re at it – The Lane Cove, November Thirst, Akuma Valley and Climb The Hierarchy all play The Brightside this Thursday at the Jonny Craig after-party.
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making? All of it was. To have the privilege and the ease of other people’s songs was so inspiring.
Name: Scott Matthew Album title: Unlearned Where did the title of your new album come from? It’s my own personal interpretation of songs that shaped me. I wanted the listener to unlearn their perception of these songs in order to have a new experience. How many releases do you have now? Four solo records. How long did it take to write/record? We recorded in six days. I didn’t write any of it but just rearranged. Was anything in particular inspiring you during the
What’s your favourite song on it? Help Me Make It Through The Night – my father sings on it so it’s a big deal.
FOX & FOWL Member’s name: Elliot Goard EP Title: Fox & Fowl How many releases do you have now? This is our debut release - so just the one!
Will you do anything differently next time? No actually. It was so pleasurable in its restrictions with money and time but I made the album I wanted.
Was anything in particular inspiring you during the making? Our collective experiences travelling the world and then moving to Brisbane together.
When and where is your launch/next gig? Coming to Australia to do some shows and very happy about it.
What’s your favourite song on it? Neon Colours. More of an emotional, evocative song than the others and touches on some great memories for us.
Scott Matthew plays Brew on 11 May and Mandala Organic Arts Café, Gold Coast on 12 May.
Club, Grouplove, Vampire Weekend, The Jungle Giants. When and where is your launch/next gig? Black Bear Lodge in Brisbane on 9 May for our EP launch, then Sydney and Melbourne! Fox & Fowl play Black Bear Lodge on Friday 9 May and The Zoo on Thursday 29 May (supporting We Are Scientists).
We’ll like this EP if we like... Jinja Safari, Two Door Cinema
HAVE YOU HEARD
he walked in, made eye contact with us both and instead of quickly leaving, he just said, “You musta loved the curry.” On your travels as a host for ABC3 show Wacky World Beaters, what was the weirdest food you ate?
AMOS GILL If you had to eat one type of cuisine for the rest of your life, what would it be and why? Is ‘buffet’ a cuisine? I like having a variety of low quality dishes that have been touched by strangers. Do you have any funny/ embarrassing foodrelated stories? My dad invited my high school girlfriend (I was also in high school) over to try his vindaloo. We took it into my room, ditched the curry and got down to business; we also started having sex. Dad wanted to know what she thought, so
Tuna eye in Japan. It just stares right into your carnivorous soul. It was crunchy and squirted optical wrongness all over my face. My stomach rejected it like John West. What’s your favourite “guilty pleasure” meal/food and why? It would be a dish we Adelaideans call ‘the AB’. It’s called the AB because the official name is pretty offensive and off-putting. Let’s just say it rhymes with ‘abortion’. It’s hot chips and yiros meat, covered in garlic, tomato and BBQ sauce. Amos Gill performs at the MICF Roadshow at Brisbane Powerhouse on 11 May.
TOPOLOGY Member’s name: John Babbage How did you get together? We were all friends through university and wanted to form a band to play music we wanted to hear. Sum up your musical sound in four words: Jazz-inspired rhythmic counterpoint. You’re being sent into space, no iPod, you can bring one album what would it be? A Love Supreme – John Coltrane. Greatest rock’n’roll moment of your career to date? Playing with The Neville Brothers back in the 1990’s at ‘Scary Street’ (Mary Street).
Why should people come and see your band? Because Topology’s music is influenced by so many different styles there’s something in it for any kind of music lover. When and where for your next gig? Share House, our ‘live-action silent film’ where we communicate a story through music and gesture. Brisbane Powerhouse 16-18 Topology play Holland Park Bowling Club on 8 May and Brisbane Modern on 11 May, then perform Share House at Brisbane Powerhouse on 16-18 May.
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THE MUSIC PRESENTS Arctic Monkeys: BEC 7 May
The Audreys: The Zoo 21 Jun
DZ Deathrays: Elsewhere 8 May, The Zoo 9 May
Frente!: Star Court Theatre 27 Jun, Brisbane Powerhouse 28 Jun
Ella Hooper: Black Bear Lodge 15 May, Soundlounge 16 May, Star Court Theatre 17 May
Yeo: Alhambra Lounge 27 Jun, Solbar 28 Jun
Owen Campbell: The Royal Mail 18 May, The Joynt 21 May Free Your Mind ft Northlane, Thy Art Is Murder: The Hi-Fi 22 May Kingswood: The Hi-Fi 31 May Our Man In Berlin: Alhambra Lounge 5 Jun New Empire: Old Museum 7 Jun
The Beards: The Spotted Cow 2 Jul, Soundlounge 3 Jul, The Tivoli 4 Jul, Solbar 5 Jul, The Northern 6 Jul Little Bastard: Black Bear Lodge 10 Jul, Solbar 11 Jul Something For Kate: The Tivoli 11 Jul Violent Soho: The Hi-Fi 12, 13 & 19 Jul
The Bronx: Crowbar 15 & 16 Jun
The White Album Concert: QPAC 13 Jul
In Heart’s Wake: The Brightside 15 Jun, Sand’s Tavern 29 Jun
REMi: Solbar 17 Jul, Bowler Bar 18 Jul
Hard-Ons: Coolangatta Hotel 20 Jun, Prince Of Wales 21 Jun
BIGSOUND 2014: Sep 10-12, Fortitude Valley
Holly Tollis + Charlotte Emily + Sundown Jury: Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley Arctic Monkeys + Pond: Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Boondall Garden Of Swing: Cloudland, Fortitude Valley Valley Rumble Heat #2 feat. Red On Red + Cass Baker + Xens Arrival + Phoenix Avenue + Revenge on Seattle: Crowbar, Fortitude Valley
Face To Face + Ten Foot Pole + Masked Intruder + Stolen Bikes Ride Faster + No Trust: 633 Ann, Fortitude Valley She Rex + Lepers & Crooks + guests: Alhambra Lounge, Fortitude Valley Tesla Coil + Electric Zebra + The Emerge: Beetle Bar, Brisbane The Bacchanales + Magenta Voyeur + Chinatown Car Park: Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley
GIG OF THE WEEK CITIZEN KAY: 10 MAY, ALHAMBRA LOUNGE Flavour Machine + Fossils + Allthingslost + Umbra + Between Kings + Shaggy Galafunkus + le Morsey DJs: New Globe Theatre, Fortitude Valley Elvis Got Fat + The Prisoner of Jazzkaban + DJ Valdis: Ric’s, Fortitude Valley Wayne Deakin + James Tinniswood + Soulla Pants + Steve Allison: Sit Down Comedy Club, Brisbane The Dawn Chorus: Solbar, Maroochydore Open Mic Night with Ben Darsow: Stones Corner Hotel, Stones Corner Drunk Shakespeare: The Bearded Lady (7pm/9pm), West End
The Round with Hushka + Paddy McHugh + Hannah Rosa: Dowse Bar (Iceworks), Paddington
Coisa Linda: Brisbane Jazz Club (6.30pm), Kangaroo Point
Wild Expectations: The Bearded Lady (5pm), West End
Russ Walker + DJ J-Mixx: Chalk Hotel, Woolloongabba
Locky: Irish Murphy’s, Brisbane
Soul’sa: Cloudland, Fortitude Valley
The Lane Cove + November Thirst + Akuma Valley + guests: The Brightside, Fortitude Valley
Lindsay Webb + Cameron Duggan: Jupiters (The PA), Broadbeach Underground Sounds Showcase Night feat. various artists: Mick O’Malley’s, Brisbane The Ben Eaton Trio + Clare Quinn + Maja & The Good Vibes: New Globe Theatre, Fortitude Valley Le Parti Soul feat. DJ Redbeard + Special Guests: Ric’s, Fortitude Valley Drunk Shakespeare: The Bearded Lady (7pm/9pm), West End Wild Expectations: The Bearded Lady (5pm), West End Brodie Graham + friends: The Joynt, South Brisbane
Jonny Craig + This Wild Life: Crowbar, Fortitude Valley
TJ Quinton + Laneous + Tom Wearne: The Joynt, South Brisbane
Dialekt + Ezra James: Dowse Bar (Iceworks), Paddington
Arundel + Neem + Laura Mardon + Mitchell Ryan + Q The Moon: The Loft, Chevron Island
Disclosure + Wave Racer: Eatons Hill Hotel, Eatons Hill
Jazz Trio: The Piano Bar, Maroochydore
DZ Deathrays + Palms + Foam: Elsewhere, Surfers Paradise
The Phats: The Press Club, Fortitude Valley
B.O.S.S Productions: Empire Hotel, Fortitude Valley
Young Pups Open Mic feat. various artists: The Underdog (Public Bar), Fortitude Valley
Tuffy: Hamilton Hotel (Public Bar), Hamilton Jabba: Irish Murphy’s, Brisbane Roadplant + Good Bait Trio: JMI Live, Bowen Hills Ingrid James Quartet: Limes Hotel (Rooftop), Fortitude Valley
Temples + Deep Sea Arcade + Orphans Orphans: The Zoo, Fortitude Valley
DJ Indy Andy: Albany Creek Tavern (Creek Bar), Albany Creek
Open Mic Night feat. various artists: The Loft, Chevron Island
Thursday Night Blues with The Enterprise: Lock ‘n’ Load Bistro, West End
The Pressure: The Press Club, Fortitude Valley
Who’s Charlie: Logan Diggers Club, Logan Central
5 Seconds Of Summer + guests: The Tivoli (all ages), Fortitude Valley
Ballad Boy: Loving Hut, Mount Gravatt
The Kremlings + The Wrong Man + CactusDemonDoom + Karl’s Dog + Slagroom: Beetle Bar, Brisbane
Underground Sounds Open Mic Night + Various Artists: Mick O’Malley’s, Brisbane
Fox & Fowl + The Worriers + Canyonero: Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley
AG + DJ Total Eclipse + Dialect & Despair + Various DJs: New Globe Theatre, Fortitude Valley
Harrison Craig: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, South Bank
Thank God It’s Wednesday feat. I Touched The Sunset + Promethean + MFTB: The Underdog (The Doghouse), Fortitude Valley
Tourism: Alhambra Lounge, Fortitude Valley
Wizard & Oz: Brisbane Jazz Club, Kangaroo Point
Adam Brown: Royal Mail Hotel, Goodna
Things Of Stone & Wood + Carus Thompson: Brisbane Powerhouse (Visy Theatre), New Farm
Who’s Charlie: Saltbar, South Kingscliff
Local Licks feat. The United States of Oz + Cause In Affect + The Vultures + Floodsnake + George Higgins: Chardons Corner Hotel, Annerley J-Funk: Cloudland, Fortitude Valley Rufus: Coolangatta Hotel, Coolangatta Various Artists: Coolangatta Sands Hotel (Sand Bar), Coolangatta
Kindread: Solbar, Maroochydore RAW feat. various artists: Soundlounge, Currumbin 1/01/1900: Story Bridge Hotel (The Corner Bar/9pm), Kangaroo Point DJ Ritchie: Story Bridge Hotel (Shelter Bar/10pm), Kangaroo Point
Monkey See, Monkey Do: Empire Hotel, Fortitude Valley
Jonny Craig + This Wild Life: Tall Poppy Studios (all ages), Brisbane
Prok & Fitch: Family Nightclub, Fortitude Valley
Drunk Shakespeare: The Bearded Lady (7pm/9pm), West End
Brooksy & Co: Hamilton Hotel (Public Bar), Hamilton
Official DZ Deathrays Afterparty with Hound + Blonde Tongues + Yellowcatredcat: The Brightside, Fortitude Valley
Jabba + B-Rad: Irish Murphy’s, Brisbane Various DJs: Limes Hotel, Fortitude Valley The Ben Eaton Trio: Lock ‘n’ Load Bistro, West End One Sound: Logan Diggers Club, Logan Central Bandito Folk + Bec Laughton + Will Clift: Metro Cafe, Toowoomba Lounge Party + Locky: Mick O’Malley’s, Brisbane Toothfaeries + Tibet 2 Timbuk 2 + Sissybones + Brother Fox: New Globe Theatre, Fortitude Valley DJ Premier & Pete Rock + Special Guests: Oh Hello!, Fortitude Valley Glenn Skuthorpe: Padre Bar, Woolloongabba Green Jam Sessions with Dan Lloyd Quartet: QPAC (Melbourne Street Green), Southbank
Hannah Rosa + Angharad Drake: The Crosstown Eating House, Woolloongabba Hits & Pits Round 3 feat. Strung Out + Face To Face + The Casualties + Unwritten Law + Ten Foot Pole + Death By Stereo + Big D & The Kids Table + Masked Intruder + Heartsounds + Implants: The Hi-Fi, West End Late Night Comedy feat. various artists: The Hideaway (10pm), Fortitude Valley The Floating Bridges + Fat Picnic: The Joynt, South Brisbane Taylor + Marcus Blacke + Ayla Briscoe: The Loft, Chevron Island Capitol Groove: The Press Club, Fortitude Valley One Dirty Bird + Dirty Hearts + Mace & The Motor: The Spotted Cow, Toowoomba
Pete Cullen & The Saltwater Cowboys: Queen Street Mall, Brisbane
Hits + Mick Medew & The Rumours + Bitter Sweet Kicks + Occults + Gravel Samwidge + Dead Wolves: The Underdog, Fortitude Valley
Tuesday’s Good + Sarah Frank + DJ Valdis: Ric’s, Fortitude Valley
Diamond Dave: The Underdog (Public Bar), Fortitude Valley
DJ Ryan: Ric’s (Upstairs), Fortitude Valley
DZ Deathrays + Palms + Foam: The Zoo, Fortitude Valley
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Cookie Jar + various DJs: 633 Ann, Fortitude Valley Citizen Kay + Tkay Maidza + special guests: Alhambra Lounge, Fortitude Valley BMX-RAY + The Bear Hunt + DTWHBBA + Ultra Ego: Beetle Bar, Brisbane DJ Black Amex: Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley Laura Nobel + Jim Kelly: Brisbane Jazz Club, Kangaroo Point Honey + Various DJs: Chalk Hotel, Woolloongabba La Boum: Cloudland, Fortitude Valley
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Various Artists: Coolangatta Sands Hotel (Sand Bar), Coolangatta Cut Copy + Touch Sensitive + Nile Delta: Eatons Hill Hotel (Grand Ballroom), Eatons Hill
Drunk Shakespeare: The Bearded Lady (7pm/9pm), West End
Various artists: Coolangatta Sands Hotel (Sand Bar), Coolangatta
Helena: Family Nightclub, Fortitude Valley
The Australian Voices: “Pub Choir”: The Bearded Lady (5pm), West End
Your Man Alex Smith + The Buzzbees + Chris Leach: Dowse Bar (Iceworks), Paddington
Thriller presents Star Wars Party feat. Origin + Chronolyth + guests: The Brightside, Fortitude Valley
Spike: Hamilton Hotel (Public Bar/2pm), Hamilton
Stewart Fairhurst + Solar Rush: Hamilton Hotel (Public Bar), Hamilton DJ Trademark + DJ Scotty R: Hamilton Hotel (H Lounge), Hamilton Jabba + Locky: Irish Murphy’s, Brisbane Various DJs: Limes Hotel, Fortitude Valley Brother Fox: Lock ‘n’ Load Bistro, West End J Ryan Band: Logan Diggers Club, Logan Central
Children Of Bodom + Eye Of The Enemy + Emergency Gate: The Hi-Fi, West End Dirty Hearts with One Dirty Bird + Mace & The Motor: The Hideaway, Fortitude Valley Salute Johnny Cash – Cashed in VI performed by Corn Liquor: The Joynt, South Brisbane
Ger Fennelly: Mick O’Malley’s, Brisbane
Tuesday’s Good + Jackson James Smith + Sarah Frank: The Loft, Chevron Island
Task Force + Remus + DJ JCA + Various DJs: New Globe Theatre, Fortitude Valley
DZ Deathrays + Palms + Foam: The Spotted Cow, Toowoomba
Antoheros: Oh Hello!, Fortitude Valley Paddy McHugh + Pat Tierney: Padre Bar, Woolloongabba Susy Blue: Queen Street Mall, Brisbane The Wet Fish: Queensland Museum (Whale Mall), South Brisbane DJ Ryan: Ric’s (Upstairs), Fortitude Valley Superkaleida + After Gryce + DJ Valdis: Ric’s, Fortitude Valley The Bon Scotts + more: Royal Mail Hotel, Goodna Request Night with DJ Josh: Saltbar, South Kingscliff Wayne Deakin + James Tinniswood + Soulla Pants + Steve Allison: Sit Down Comedy Club, Brisbane She Rex + Lepers & Crooks: Solbar, Maroochydore Ed & Eddy: Story Bridge Hotel (The Corner Bar/9pm), Kangaroo Point DJ Ritchie: Story Bridge Hotel (Shelter Bar/10pm), Kangaroo Point
Jabba + Mick McHugh + Ragdoll: Irish Murphy’s, Brisbane Various artists: Limes Hotel, Fortitude Valley One More Ben: Lock ‘n’ Load Bistro, West End Alter Egos + Ger Fennelly: Mick O’Malley’s, Brisbane Alex Bell + Josh Rennie-Hynes + Phil Smith: New Globe Theatre, Fortitude Valley Jade Haven + Dance To Blackout: Ric’s, Fortitude Valley
Rufus: The Tivoli, Fortitude Valley
Matt Stewart + Aaron Gocs + Angus Gordon: Room 60, Kelvin Grove
Rollo & Phil: The Underdog (Public Bar), Fortitude Valley
The Brodie Graham Band: Solbar (3pm), Maroochydore
The Kremlings: The Underdog (Doghouse), Fortitude Valley
Eddie Garzia Band: Story Bridge Hotel (Outback Bar/3pm), Kangaroo Point
Mudlark + Cedie Janson + Moonshine: The Waiting Room, West End The Stone Fox + Dead End Kings + We Become Ghosts: The Zoo, Fortitude Valley L-FRESH The LION + KryptamistiK + Blaq Carrie: Upstairs 199, West End
Sunset Country feat. Rattlehand + The Bon Scotts + The Dead Ringers: Black Bear Lodge (4pm), Fortitude Valley
Sunday Rock N Roll BBQ feat. Bitter Sweet Kicks + more: The Underdog (12pm), Fortitude Valley Mr Troy : Twin Towns, Tweed Heads
Michael Buble + guests: Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Boondall Rob Hackwood Duo: Irish Murphy’s, Brisbane Scott Matthew + Tom Lee Richards: Mandala Organic Arts Cafe, Mermaid Beach Mick’s Trivia: Mick O’Malley’s, Brisbane Open Mic Night with Wayne Deakin: Newmarket Hotel, Newmarket Impro Mafia feat various artists: The Underdog (Doghouse), Fortitude Valley
Nic Tango: Coorparoo Bowls Club (2pm), Coorparoo R&B Jam Night feat various DJs: Empire Hotel, Fortitude Valley
DJ Ritchie: Story Bridge Hotel (Shelter Bar/3pm), Kangaroo Point
Tuesday Night Jazz feat. Gray, Wilson & Harvey: Lock ‘n’ Load Bistro, West End
Drunk Shakespeare: The Bearded Lady (7pm/9pm), West End
The Bug feat. Out Of Abingdon: Karen, Bridget & Yani: New Farm Bowls Club, New Farm
Wild Expectations: The Bearded Lady (3pm), West End Origin + A Million Dead Birds Laughing + Eternal Rest + Disentomb + Defamer: The Brightside, Fortitude Valley Karl S Williams + Susy Blue: The Joynt (4pm), South Brisbane
Scott Matthew + Tom Lee Richards: Brew, Brisbane
Three: The Press Club, Fortitude Valley
Brisbane Big Band: Brisbane Jazz Club, Kangaroo Point Jimmy Tait: Brisbane Powerhouse (Turbine Platform), New Farm
Origin + A Million Dead Birds Laughing + Eternal Rest + King Parrot: The Tempo Hotel, Fortitude Valley
Seventh Avenue: Cloudland, Fortitude Valley
Rufus: The Tivoli, Fortitude Valley
Open Mic Night with Wayne Deakin: Oxford 152, Bulimba Mark Sheils: Samford Valley Hotel, Samford Valley La Familia feat. various artists: The End, West End
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Dragon: Kedron Wavell Services Club 20 Jun, Twin Towns 21 Jun
Arctic Monkeys: BEC 7 May
Band Of Skulls: The Hi-Fi 21 Jun
Temples: The Zoo 8 May
Joan As Police Woman: The Hi-Fi 24 Jun
Disclosure: Eatons Hill Hotel 8 May Face To Face, Ten Foot Pole: 633 Ann 8 May Jonny Craig: Crowbar 8 May, Tall Poppy Studios 9 May (AA) Pete Rock & DJ Premier: Oh Hello! 9 May Pyramid: Chinese Whispers 10 May
The Crimson Projekct: The Hi-Fi 28 Jun
Gareth Emery: Platinum 17 Jul, The Met 18 Jul Pelican: The Zoo 24 Jul
Misery Signals: The Hi-Fi 17 May, The Lab 18 May (AA)
Andrew Strong: The Commitments: The Tivoli 25 Jul, Twin Towns 26 Jul
The English Beat: The Zoo 18 May
Corrosion Of Conformity: The Hi-Fi 28 Jul
2Cellos: Eatons Hill Hotel 18 May
A Great Big World: The Tivoli 2 Aug
Janelle Monae, Kimbra: BCEC 21 May
Hanson: The Tivoli 5 Aug, Coolangatta Hotel 6 Aug
Phfat: Bowler Bar 23 May
Kasabian: Eatons Hill Hotel 12 Aug
Gary Numan: The Tivoli 27 May We Are Scientists: The Zoo 29 May Meat Puppets: The Zoo 30 May Mango Groove: Eatons Hill Hotel 30 May James Blunt: BCEC 2 Jun
The Beards: The Spotted Cow 2 Jul, Soundlounge 3 Jul, The Tivoli 4 Jul, Solbar 5 Jul, The Northern 6 Jul
THE BRONX: 15 & 16 JUN, CROWBAR
Bell X1: The Zoo 4 Jul
Fleshgod Apocalypse: The Hi-Fi 14 May
Brant Bjork: The Zoo 23 May, The Northern 24 May
In Hearts Wake, Dream On Dreamer: The Brightside 15 Jun, The Sands Tavern 29 Jun
The Vibrators: Prince Of Wales 28 Jun
Michael Buble: BEC 12 May
James Vincent McMorrow: QPAC 23 May
Dune Rats: The Zoo 28 Jun, Alhambra Lounge 29 Jun (U18)
Story Of The Year: The Hi-Fi 26 Jun
Lloyd Cole: Brisbane Powerhouse 10 Jul, Soundlounge 11 Jul, Star Theatre 12 Jul
Robyn Hitchcock: New Globe Theatre 16 May
Jun, Brisbane Powerhouse 28 Jun
Anathema: The Hi-Fi 21 Aug Knapsack: Crowbar 23 Aug Lady Gaga: BEC 26 Aug The Dandy Warhols: The Tivoli 30 Aug Biffy Clyro: The Tivoli 4 Sep Kanye West: BEC 15 Sep Robbie Williams: BEC 22 Sep Veruca Salt: The Zoo 24 Sep Justin Timberlake: BEC 26, 27 Sep
The Bon Scotts: Black Bear Lodge 11 May Boy & Bear: Lismore Workers Club 14 May Russell Morris: Empire Theatre 14 May, QPAC 15 May, Twin Towns 16 May Gang Of Youths: Alhambra Lounge 15 May Kim Churchill: The Northern 15 May, The Brightside 16 May, Soundlounge 18 May Ella Hooper: Black Bear Lodge 15 May, Soundlounge 16 May, Star Court Theatre 17 May Kim Churchill: The Northern 15 May, The Brightside 16 May, Soundlounge 18 May Dead Letter Circus: Surfers Paradise Beer Garden 15 May, Racehorse Hotel 16 May, 18 May Tatts Hotel
Solbar 31 May Kingswood: The Hi-Fi 31 May Our Man In Berlin: Alhambra Lounge 5 Jun Eurogliders: Lismore Workers Club 6 Jun, City Golf Club 7 Jun, Buderim Tavern 8 Jun New Empire: Old Museum 7 Jun Hell City Glamours: Crowbar 7 Jun Drunk Mums: Grand Central Hotel 7 Jun The Bennies: Crowbar 8 Jun Graveyard Train: The Northern 11 Jun, The Zoo 13 Jun Twin Beasts: The Loft 12 Jun, Solbar 13 Jun, Beetle Bar 14 Jun The Paper Kites: The Northern 13 Jun, The Hi-Fi 14 Jun
Thundamentals: The Zoo 16 May
Amaya Laucirica: The Treehouse 13 Jun, The Bearded Lady 14 Jun
Chance Waters: Alhambra Lounge 16 May
Lancelot: Elsewhere 13 Jun, Oh Hello! 14 Jun
Infinity Broke: The Loft 16 May, New Globe Theatre 17 May
My Friend The Chocolate Cake: New Globe Theatre 14 Jun
Saskwatch: Bond University 18 May (1pm), Soundlounge 13 Jun, The Zoo 14 Jun
Freak Wave: Crowbar 14 Jun, Tym Guitars 15 Jun
British India: Crowbar 22 May
Keith Urban, Sheppard: BEC 17, 18 Jun
Armin van Buuren: BEC 4 Jun
Rick Springfield: Eatons Hill Hotel 9 Oct, Twin Towns 10 Oct
Emma Russack: Black Bear Lodge 18 Jun
Ellie Goulding, Broods: BCEC 5 Jun (AA)
Free Your Mind ft Northlane, Thy Art Is Murder: The Hi-Fi 22 May
Accept: The Hi-Fi 16 Nov
Ron Pope: Princess Theatre 6 Jun
The Rolling Stones: Brisbane Entertainment Centre 18 Nov
Dustin Tebbutt, The Tambourine Girls: Alhambra Lounge 23 May
Hard-Ons: The Northern 19 Jun, Coolangatta Hotel 20 Jun, Prince Of Wales 21 Jun
Gabrielle Aplin: St John’s Cathedral 3 Jun
White Lung: Alhambra Lounge 6 Jun Slim Jim Phantom: Racecourse Hotel 6 Jun Hot Chip DJs, Matthew Dear: Oh Hello! 6 Jun ScHoolboy Q: The Hi-Fi 7 Jun TLC: Eatons Hill Hotel 7 Jun Kevin Mark Trail: The Loft 7 Jun, Dowse Bar 8 Jun Kristin Hersh: Black Bear Lodge 8 Jun Propagandhi: The Hi-Fi 8 Jun, Miami Shark Bar 9 Jun Bastille: BCEC 13 Jun (AA) Carcass: The Hi-Fi 13 Jun
Katy Perry: BEC 27, 28, 30 Nov, 1, 15 Dec
NATIONAL 5 Seconds Of Summer: The Tivoli 7 May DZ Deathrays: Elsewhere 8 May, The Zoo 9 May She Rex: Alhambra Lounge 8 May, The Brewery 9 May, Solbar 10 May Things Of Stone & Wood: Brisbane Powerhouse 9 May RÜFÜS: Coolangatta Hotel 9 May, The Tivoli 10, 11 May, Beach Hotel 8 Jun
The Bronx: Crowbar 15, 16 Jun
The Kremlings: Beetle Bar 9 May
Earth: Crowbar 17 Jun
Cut Copy: Eatons Hill Hotel 10 May
Finntroll: The Zoo 18 Jun Supersuckers: The Zoo 19 Jun
Citizen Kay, Tkay Maidza: Alhambra Lounge 10 May
La Dispute, Balance & Composure: Trinity Hall 19 Jun (AA), The Hi-Fi 20 Jun
Jimmy Tait: Southside Tea Room 10 May, Brisbane Powerhouse 11 May
Sydonia: Crowbar 23 May, Coolangatta Hotel 24 May, The Northern 25 May King Parrot: Miami Shark Bar 23 May, Thriller 24 May, The Lab 25 May Sampology: Bowler Bar 24 May The Disappointed: Grand Central Hotel 24 May Alison Wonderland, Wave Racer: Brisbane 24 May, Gold Coast 31 May
Wagons: The Zoo 20 Jun Mondo Rock: Eatons Hill Hotel 20 Jun Josh Pyke: Empire Theatre 20 Jun (AA), Majestic Theatre 21 Jun (AA), Byron Cultural & Community Centre 22 Jun (AA) Psycroptic: Miami Shark Bar 20 Jun, The Brightside 21 Jun, The Lab 22 Jun (AA) Allday: Bowler Bar 20 Jun
The Presets, Australian Chamber Orchestra: QPAC 26 May
The Audreys: Soundlounge 20 Jun, The Zoo 21 Jun, Solbar 22 Jun
Vancouver Sleep Clinic: Black Bear Lodge 28 May
Deez Nuts, Confession: Crowbar 20 Jun
Closure In Moscow: Solbar 30 May, Crowbar 31 May
Teeth & Tongue: Beetle Bar 21 Jun
Safia: Beach Hotel 30 May, Alhambra Lounge 31 May
I, A Man: Grand Central Hotel 21 Jun
Heads Of Charm: The Waiting Room 30 May (AA), Grand Central Hotel 31 May, The Underdog 1 Jun
Chet Faker: The Tivoli 21 Jun, Lake Kawana Community Centre 22 Jun
Dan Sultan: Solbar 2 Jul, The Spotted Cow 3 Jul, Soundlounge 4 Jul, Eatons Hill Hotel 5 Jul, The Northern 8 Jul Northeast Party House: Alhambra Lounge 3 Jul, Solbar 4 Jul, The Spotted Cow 5 Jul Nine Sons Of Dan: Snitch 3 Jul, Racehorse Tavern 5 Jul, Swingin’ Safari 6 Jul The Cairos: The Northern 3 Jul, Alhambra Lounge 4 Jul, The Spotted Cow 5 Jul, Broadbeach Tavern 6 Jul, Solbar 12 Jul Holy Holy: Black Bear Lodge 4 Jul Little Bastard: Black Bear Lodge 10 Jul, Solbar 11 Jul, The Rails 12 Jul Something For Kate: The Tivoli 11 Jul Jeff Lang: Mullumbimby Town Hall 11 Jul, Brisbane Powerhouse 12 Jul Violent Soho, The Smith Street Band: The Hi-Fi 12, 13 Jul The White Album Concert ft Tim Rogers, Chris Cheney, Phil Jamieson and Josh Pyke: QPAC 13 July Remi: Solbar 17 Jul, The Brewery 19 Jul Dave Graney: Beetle Bar 18 Jul, Solbar 19 Jul, The Northern 20 Jul Bodyjar: The Hi-Fi 7 Aug The Angels: Queensland Lions Club 8 Aug, North Leagues & Services Club 9 Aug Freedman Does Nilsson: Soundlounge 15 Aug, Old Museum 16 Aug Tina Arena: Jupiters 23 Aug, BCEC 24 Aug The Aston Shuffle: The Zoo 29 Aug
FESTIVALS Hits & Pits Round 3: The Hi-Fi 9 May, The Northern 10 May Cooly Rocks On: Coolangatta/ Tweed Heads 30 May-9 Jun Brisbane International Jazz Festival: BEMAC 4-8 Jun Caxton Street Seafood & Wine Festival: Caxton Street 8 Jun Live It Up: RNA Showgrounds 21 Jun Splendour In The Grass: North Byron Parklands 25-27 Jul Gympie Music Muster: Gympie 28-31 Aug
The Waifs: The Tivoli 31 May
Yeo: Alhambra Lounge 27 Jun, Solbar 28 Jun
BIGSOUND: Fortitude Valley Entertainment Precinct 10-12 Sep
Frente!: Star Court Theatre 27
Soulfest: Riverstage 25 Oct
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