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INSIDE FEATURES Glass Animals Joshua Redman Slim Jim Phantom Fucked Up


Kristin Hersh New Empire Kevin Mark Trail The Bennies Ansel Elgort, star of The Fault In Our Stars Ron Pope Propagandhi

REVIEWS Album: Glass Animals Live: The Presets/ Australian Chamber Orchestra Arts: Grace Of Monaco

THE GUIDE Cover: Brianna Carpenter








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EDITOR Steve Bell



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CONTRIBUTORS Alice Bopf, Amorina Fitzgerald-Hood, Anthony Carew, Baz McAlister, Ben Marnane, Ben Preece, Benny Doyle, Bradley Armstrong, Brendan Telford, Brie Jorgensen, Carley Hall, Chris Yates, Cyclone, Dan Condon, Daniel Johnson, Dave Drayton, Guy Davis, Helen Stringer, Jake Sun, Jazmine O’Sullivan, Lochlan Watt, Madeleine Laing, Mandy McAlister, Mitch Knox, Roshan Clerkea, Sam Hobson, Sky Kirkham, Tessa Fox, Tom Hersey, Tony McMahon, Tyler McLoughlan


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Everyone loves seafood, wine and live music, right? With that in mind this Sunday’s Caxton Street Seafood & Wine combines seafood, street food wine and live music in one absolute sensory smorgasbord of delight. The 20th anniversary of this Brisbane cultural institution has an amazing line-up including Wolfmother, Slim Jim Phantom, Eurogliders, Ella Hooper, Sheppard and much, much more – get amongst the musical feast!

Remember when LEGO was just a distant childhood memory? These days it seems omnipresent, with its own movie and even taking over an episode of The Simpsons, so it’s no real surprise that this weekend finds the BrisBrick LEGO Fan Expo 2014 taking place at Strathpine Community Centre from 7 – 9 June. You name something connected to building blocks and it will be there, as well as play areas and attractions for kids of all ages.

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Cabaret is an eclectic and diverse genre of entertainment – covering everything from comedy to satire and utilising music, song, dance and drama – and this weekend marks the beginning of the Queensland Cabaret Festival 2014. Running from 6 – 21 June at venues all around SEQ, there’s an incredible line-up of productions covering the full gamut of the cabaret experience. Have a blast and get sophisticated at the same time! BRISBANE

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national news BOB DYLAN



Celebrate the undeniable legacy of Bob Dylan when he brings his full band out to play his most intimate Australian dates in two decades at Riverside Theatre, Perth, 13 & 14 Aug; Palais Theatre, Melbourne, 18 & 19 Aug; Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, 25 Aug; Royal Theatre, Canberra, 29 Aug; and State Theatre, Sydney, 3 & 4 Sep.



360 is back with his third LP Utopia, and to celebrate he’s embarking on his biggest headline tour. Uncle 60 has been working tirelessly trying to trump his double platinum breakthrough of 2011, Falling & Flying; see if he’s been successful 3 Sep, UC Refectory, Canberra; 5 Sep, Hordern Pavilion, Sydney (all ages); 6 Sep, Arena, Brisbane (two shows: under-18 matinee/18+ evening); 12 Sep, Festival Hall, Melbourne (all ages); 19 Sep, Metro City, Perth; and 20 Sep, Astor Theatre, Perth (all ages).


Oz/English electronic outfit Seekae continue to amaze, with their experimental, enveloping songs and dizzying live show captivating punters everywhere from SXSW to the Sydney Opera House. The trio return to plug their brand new tune Test & Recognise with shows 12 Aug, The Zoo, Brisbane; 16 Aug, Villa Nightclub, Perth; 22 Aug, 170 Russell, Melbourne; and 23 Aug, Metro Theatre, Sydney, and the supporting cast is huge, with Jonti, Pilerats, Fourwords and Akimbo all adding to the occasion.


After a false start in April, Lorde has finally confirmed new Australian dates, with the Kiwi songstress now returning 5 Jul, Challenge Stadium, Perth; 11 & 12 Jul, Hordern Pavilion, Sydney; 15 & 16 Jul, Festival Hall, Melbourne; 19 Jul, Newcastle Entertainment Centre; and 20 Jul, Brisbane Riverstage. Ticketholders that can attend their respective dates don’t have to do anything else other than show up. If you can’t make it, contact your point of purchase by 5pm this Friday (6 Jun) for a refund.


Whispers is the new record from Passenger, the British busker-cum-adopted Aussie who’s still standing tall after a breakout few years which saw him top the charts in 21 countries and generate sales of more than 1.2 million. His sixth record is grand, passionate and utterly rewarding – hear the tracks live on stage when Michael Rosenberg’s all ages tour comes to Palais Theatre, Melbourne, 17 Jan; Canberra Theatre, 22 Jan; Qantas Credit Union Arena, Sydney, 23 Jan; Riverstage, Brisbane, 25 Jan; and Red Hill Auditorium, Perth, 7 Feb, with Canadian folk trio The Once special support at all dates.

The 2014 APRA Music Awards finalists have just been announced, with the likes of Vance Joy, Birds Of Tokyo, The Drones, Flume, Sheppard and Matt Corby all in the running for the top prizes. Find out who gets the nod for the highly prestigious Song Of The Year, Breakthrough Songwriter Of the Year and more when the awards ceremony takes place 23 Jun at Brisbane City Hall.


Tech metal wizards Protest The Hero are bringing their ludicrous live show to our parts, with these gigs marking the first time fans Down Under have had a chance to see the madness of last year’s record Volition live on stage. The Ontario slayers perform shows 4 Sep, The Hi-Fi, Brisbane; 5 Sep, Manning Bar, Sydney; 6 Sep, The Hi-Fi, Melbourne; and 10 Sep, Amplifier Bar, Perth.




You may have seen Gabriel Iglesias in Magic Mike or caught him recently on Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien’s respective Tonight Shows. Now, you can see the Hawaiian shirt enthusiast live when the Californian funnyman brings his high-octane show Down Under. Iglesias never misses a beat, combining stories, parodies, characters and sound effects to bring all his personal experiences to life – split your sides when he performs 20 Sep, Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne; 23 Sep, Riverside Theatre, Perth; 26 Sep, Brisbane Convention & Entertainment Centre; and 27 Sep, Qantas Credit Union Arena, Sydney.

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Intelligent, inventive and utterly talented, Tripod have been putting together humorous harmonies for decades, but now with the help of Logie-nominated Eddie Perfect they’ve ramped up their entertaining ability to a whole new level. Laugh and cry in equal measures when Perfect Tripod run through a long list of Australian classics – from Kylie to Chisel – at QPAC, 25 Jul. Tickets via the venue box office.


Better known for their volume-fuelled walls of alt.rock, Dead Letter Circus are giving fans a unique chance to see the group stripped bare. After the success of their triple j Like A Version last week, the Brisbane quintet have announced an unplugged tour along the east coast. Hear the bones of the band at New Globe Theatre, 4 Sep.


We understand – you’re sick of being tricked by that pesky Rick Astley meme. Well, be fooled no more, as the sharply styled man of late-‘80s pop is visiting us. He told you he’s “never going to give you up”, and goddamn it he means what he sings! Catch him at The Tivoli, 21 Nov and Twin Towns, Tweed Heads, 22 Nov.


Propagandhi are touring latest record Failed States next month, and have just announced supports. Opening at The Hi-Fi, Sunday is Crisis Alert and Dick Nasty, while Crisis Alert back up with Bitter Lungs at Miami Shark Bar, GC, Monday.


Nostalgia will make way for the moment when Dream Poppies, Chalk, Pale, The Gilberts and Crop Circles get together once more to toast the 21-year anniversary of the Spark Collective, a DIY community that drew a spotlight onto the underground Brisbane scene in the early-‘90s. Spark21 will take place at The Zoo, 9 Aug, with tickets on sale now.


Vinyl vultures best be getting along to the monthly West End Record Fair, 14 Jun, with the crew from Sydney’s Revolve Records bringing up a load of new stock, including plenty of discounts on the day. Jimmy from Hideaway Bar is also offering some choice cuts from his 6000-strong collection, so no matter what style and genre you’re into, you’ll be sure to find it in and around Rumpus Room.

High On Fire are going to tear Brisbane a new one on back-to-back nights next month – fact. Shellfin and Smoke support at Crowbar, 16 Jul, while Lizzard Wizzard and Zodiac hold court 17 Jul at the same venue. If you like the sort of riffs that can wipe out small nations you should definitely go. Tix via Oztix for $49.


Expect basslines of the ridiculous variety when The Upbeats visit from New Zealand, bringing their madcap d’n’b to Ellement Lounge, 28 Jun. Tickets are a steal at $29+BF via Oztix, so get involved with some work-class beats and help the guys – along with MC Woody and Silent Shadow – launch the new Upbeats EP, Rituals.


Inventive guitar/string combo The Scrapes will be getting comfortable at The Bearded Lady throughout July, with the duo pencilled in to perform two Sunday sets (4pm and 6.30pm) on the 13th, 20th and 27th of next month. Not only that, the guys will also be DJing in-between, giving us the complete sonic package, all for free!






Two things you should know: The Sinking Teeth shred, and, You Can’t Build A Bike Out Of Muffins. The frantic rock trio from Melbourne know this as well as we do, and are embarking on a big tour to spread the word and show off their new single. Catch them when they headline 19 Jun, Surfers Paradise Beer Garden, Gold Coast; 20 Jun, Tatts Hotel, Lismore; and 21 Jun, Crowbar with special guests Grenadiers.

local news TINIE TEMPAH



Laneous & The Family Yah are back with another atypical single in My Care To You, a track combining worldliness and charm like only they can. The West End poster childs head up The Pink Dove Show IV, happening at The Motor Room, 13 Jun, also featuring MKO – who’ll be launching her emotional new track Daffodils – Vulture Street Tape Gang, The Melotonins and Bankrupt Billionaires.


Will Sparks is now a legitimate EDM phenomenon, and the young Melbourne producer is excited to get our arses shaking once more. Catch him Sunday at The Met for their Neon Paint Party, or the same night down on the GC at Platinum Nightclub.



Charismatic UK urban artist Tinie Tempah will be getting the party started like only he knows how in Australia this month! The Londoner is dynamite in the live arena and will no doubt be jacked up on adrenalin after competing in the epic Gumball Rally, setting the stage perfectly for a hella fun evening. Catch him 27 Jun, The Met.


Dragging his blues kicking and screaming through the darkness, passionate crooner Hugo Race continues to blow minds by converging the style with folk, electronica and other experimentalism. He’s back from Europe and will headline at Junk Bar, 26 Jul and Brisbane Powerhouse, 27 Jul (afternoon), playing tracks off his latest EP Orphans.


This bill calls for some road trippin’ adventures! Mazstock is back again at Lismore City Bowling Club, 14 Jun, with a decorated list of miscreants including SixFtHick, Hits, Raygun Mortlock, Public Execution, Hell Crab City, Fat Slug, WWXXXIV, Substation, Ironside, Anti-Bodies, Dirty F Holes, 6th Floor, Lonny, Protestors Fall and Birdbrain. The riffs ring out from noon, with tix $20 on the door.





Remi’s debut Raw x Infinity is dropping this Friday, and it’s set to be one of the most essential Oz hip hop releases of the year. Speaking of which, the man is launching the album with Sensible J x Dutch 17 Jul, Solbar, Maroochydore; 18 Jul, Coniston Lane; and 19 Jul, The Brewery, Byron Bay, and he’s just announced supports, with L-FRESH the LION spreading the message at all dates, while emerging GC name Bates will play the two Queensland gigs. All shows proudly presented by The Music.

The sixth annual Jam’n’Beats festival hits Club Greenslopes, 28 Jun, with a weird and wonderful line-up featuring Chocolate Strings, Schoolfight, The Mouldy Lovers, Fat Picnic, AndyDub, Kudos, Jesswah, Vaguely Human, Kolorsol, The Ben Eaton Trio, Velvet 11, The Basement Hustle, Scott Wings, For The Animals, The Rocket Sox, Un Dia Antes, Caliope and Speakajoy, plus art, markets, burlesque and more. Kick-off 2pm; door tix $20.


Local noiseniks Tape/Off have finally hammered together a full-length album! Chipper sounds like the beating heart of Brisbane’s DIY scene – an abrasive, rampant record that staggers the streets in total control, and you can hear this new collection live when the quartet squeeze into Tym Guitars, 15 Jun with Freak Wave, before they play the Sonic Masala Fest, 21 Jun.


After his first show sold out in a flash, James Reyne has decided to treat Brisbane to a second serving of Australian Crawl classics when his all-Crawl show The Crawl Files Live comes to Eatons Hill Hotel, 8 Aug. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to revisit some of our country’s most revered hits – tix on sale now.


Animal Kingdom Director David Michôd will be attending an exclusive Q&A session at Dendy Cinemas Portside on Tuesday, following the screening of his latest film The Rover. The film tells the story of a hardened, ruthless ex-soldier (Guy Pearce) and his accomplice (Robert Pattinson) travelling through Australia as he tracks down the men who stole his only possession.

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PUSH THE SKY AWAY There’s not much info available online, so how much can you learn about Glass Animals in the flesh? A lot, Bryget Chrisfield discovers after trailing all four band members – frontman Dave Bayley, guitarist/keyboardist Drew MacFarlane, bassist/keyboardist Edmund Irwin-Singer and drummer Joe Seaward – for a day.


ll four members of Glass Animals wander out through the doors of an inner-city hotel pushing a bellboy trolley loaded with equipment. They look dishevelled, but still offer up smiles and wear sweaters on this sunny, 30-degree day. All of them are noticeably pale, but cute. Drummer Joe Seaward, sporting a Misfits t-shirt, quickly lights a cigarette on the pavement. Once all their gear has been packed into the maxicab, it’s all aboard and we’re off to ABC Southbank Centre. En route, Glass Animals excitedly ask what

rappers don’t have… he’s not afraid to push boundaries. “It’s weird, I mean you sit down and you think about what he’s doing, then you try to do it yourself and it just doesn’t work, but somehow he pulls it off.” Seaward is equally enthusiastic about Kanye’s production discography, singling out “a Pusha T track called Numbers On The Boards, which is just so cool – it’s amazing.” So how do the pair feel about Kimye? They both laugh and Bayley enquires, “Do you feel like it’s faked?” Um, a little bit. “‘Cause I – am I allowed to say this?” Seaward steps in, “You’re not allowed to say that.” His bandmate suddenly turns diplomatic: “I dunno anything about it. I don’t sorta read tabloid stuff like that. I kinda just listen to the music.”

the rhythms and how changeable they are within a single track. ”Yeah, I get what you’re talking about,” Seaward jumps in. “[Hip hop] is what we listen to when we’re not having to do the band music… Dave grew up with it.” “I was living in Texas [from] when I was about seven to 15 and that was when I kind of started discovering music, aside from my dad’s music collection, and there were only two radio stations in the city that I lived in: one of them played really awful country music and Christian rock, that was disgusting so I didn’t listen to that very much, and the other radio station was kind of gangsta rap and stuff – Dre, Snoop Dogg, 2Pac, yeah! Dr Dre production after Dr Dre production and I listened to that quite a lot. Mum didn’t like it much.” So seven-yearold Bayley traipsed down the halls rapping about bustin’ a cap in yo’ ass? “Pretty much!” he chuckles. “She definitely walked into my room a coupla times like, ‘What are these lyrics? These are awful!’ Um, I didn’t really know what they meant at the time, you know, I was so young. I used to sing about bitches.” And hos? “Bitches and hos.” “My neighbour used to sing that Prodigy song Smack My Bitch Up,” Seaward contributes. “He found that [song] when he was about three or four and he came out and was like, “[puts on a toddler’s voice] Smack my bitch up.” And no one corrected him? “No, they didn’t. It was great.” Unlike the band’s frontman, Seaward was “born and bred” in England although MacFarlane was born in the USA and brought up there until he was about nine. Because Bayley’s dad was “a science guy”, his

“I TEND TO DISGUISE EVERYTHING THAT’S REAL WITH WEIRD CHARACTERS AND WEIRD WORDS, AND MIX THINGS UP SO BASICALLY PEOPLE CAN’T REALLY UNDERSTAND THE LYRICS AND WHAT THEY’RE ACTUALLY MEANT TO BE ABOUT.” Victoria’s state animal is (this scribe shoulda known it is Leadbeater’s possum) then make general enquiries about our flora and fauna. As the maxi-cab passes Melbourne Recital Centre, guitarist/keyboardist Drew MacFarlane and bassist/keyboardist Edmund IrwinSinger recall having performed there as part of a choir a couple of years back. (They later tell me they were billeted in the affluent suburb of Canterbury with a lovely family who gave them a lot of freedom.) After all the gear has been lugged into ABC’s foyer, we’re all lanyarded-up and a friendly triple j cameraman ushers us through to the studio where Glass Animals will record their own single Gooey plus their choice of cover for Like A Version. Once inside the studio, we are greeted by an excited Alex Dyson from Breakfast With Matt & Alex, who informs us that, as of half an hour ago, Kanye West postponed his Australian tour. Glass Animals are set to perform a cover of West’s Love Lockdown so their choice is accidentally serendipitous. Caroline's International Label Manager, who is visiting from the UK, does a happy dance. It turns out the band’s love of Yeezy goes way back. “Kanye’s a pretty fricken cool guy,” frontman Dave Bayley gushes. “I got into him when he was doing production stuff, because he used to do a lot of production on Jay Z records and I was like, ‘Oh, who’s making these beats?’ And it was Kanye. And then he started rapping and he’s just got this really amazing freedom of rhythm that a lot of producers and other 12 • THE MUSIC • 4TH JUNE 2014

Seaward offers, “His kid’s got a cool name, North West.” All in the control room are aghast at Glass Animals’ take on Love Lockdown, with breathy percussion and Bayley’s hastily recorded vocal sample that he prepared earlier through a laptop mic. While performing Gooey, the question is raised as to whether or not egg shaker percussion is worth sacrificing guitar for. The egg shaker is ditched. Bayley’s vocals sound perfect, however he always believes he can do better so they record another take. A decision is made to go with the first take after all. If you listen to the beats in Glass Animals’ tunes, you can tell they love hip hop. “Can you?” Bayley asks. Yeah, just in

family relocated wherever the research jobs were. “He got a job in the UK after a while,” Bayley explains. “I remember when I first moved to Oxford I didn’t like it very much because it was so cramped. It was like a big city and I was used to having all this space [in which] to do whatever I want – you know, jump around, be a kid. We came to the UK and for the first year or so when I was there I didn’t appreciate it, but then when I was in my teens I was like, ‘Yeah, the city’s the place to be when you’re growing up through those teen years’.” Back out on Southbank Boulevard, the boys load their equipment back into a maxi-cab, inhale quick gaspers as required and then it’s off to Kane Hibberd’s photographic studio in Cremorne. In transit, the lads collectively baulk at the price of cigarettes in our country then are further shocked by the grizzly images on the packets. We all marvel at the black goop (probably from studio headphones) that has attached itself/melted on to MacFarlane’s ears. There’s a request: “Does anyone have any spare socks?” And then it’s revealed Glass Animals are sharing one suitcase (or so they say). Having recently caught Sohn at South By Southwest, Seaward predicts the Vienna-based English musician will be huge. When asked to share some other South By Southwest highlights, Bayley enthuses, “Oh it was wicked! We hung out with George Clinton’s hype man. He was living nextdoor to us.” Seaward intercepts, “Yeah, we woke up one morning and he was just sitting on the porch of our house smoking a joint, and we were

WORDS DON’T COME EASY Even if you have memorised the lyric sheets for ZABA, you've gotta admit the words are a tad weird to sing back at frontman Dave Bayley. Just recently, the band posted the lyrics to Gooey on their Instagram and the chorus goes a little something like this: “Right my little Pooh Bear/Wanna take a chance?/Wanna sip the smooth air/ Kick it in the sand?/I’ll say I told you so, but/ You just gonna cry/You just wanna know those peanut butter vibes.” The many accompanying fan comments owning their mondegreens are priceless. (We’re looking at you dan_ mccarthy7: “Peanut Butter Thighs”?)

like, ‘Wow, who’s this dude?’ And we got talking and, yeah! He was a really cool guy. He was so nice, but, yeah, he’s probably had some seriously inventive live shows.” Glass Animals also managed to catch showcases by Warpaint and 2Chainz. “He was only wearing one chain, so I was a bit disappointed,” Bayley admits. “He had one chain that was literally about the girth of my arm, so it was pretty impractical – it’s really heavy but, yeah! A fun show.” Once gear has been unpacked and transferred safely inside Hibberd’s studio, we wander around to Swan Street for a pub lunch. After settling into a rooftop area, it’s only fitting that our visitors drink Carlton Draught and eat Parmigianas (one vego). The ‘Strayan beer gets the thumbs up (although Bayley only pours himself the equivalent of two sips from the jug). Glass Animals only flew in last night after performing a show in Switzerland (and then staying up all night). Since they arrived on a Malaysian Airlines flight, conspiracy theories on missing flight MH370 are exchanged. We’re summonsed back to Hibberd’s photographic studio via text and, as the band file downstairs, Irwin-Singer is still polishing off his meal and notices Bayley has left his bag behind (something he does often, apparently). Bayley returns for his bag while Irwin-Singer stuffs a few more chips into his mouth and then we head off. Glass Animals confirm this is their first-ever cover shoot. They have previously appeared on a magazine cover, but supplied an existing promo shot in that instance.

The band members take turns in hair and make-up while different flavoured Red Bulls are sampled from the fridge. Irwin-Singer has a new (vintage) camera that uses actual film and he enthusiastically documents the experience. Seaward’s t-shirt isn't gonna work in the shoot so he borrows Bayley’s mosscoloured velour pullover. There’s a definite sense that Glass Animals are destined for greatness. Is there anything the band dare to dream about in terms of future career highlights? “I’ve watched [Later… With] Jools Holland since I was a kid. That show’s ace,” Seaward muses. Imagine

if they shared the sound stage with Kanye! “A collaboration,” Bayley suggests. “That would be cool. Yeah, Beyoncé’s hanging out…” Not performing, just hanging out? Seaward: “No, she’s just hanging out. That’s right.” Not even backing vocals!? “Yeah, but then we’d do a cover of Single Ladies together. I’d do the dance, obviously,” Bayley jests (we think). After singing the Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) intro, Seaward admits, “I’d really like to play Glastonbury one day. That would be another milestone. I mean, for an English kid… It’s 80,000 people, which is more people than live in our entire city [laughs]."

“I’m a little bit nervous about writing about real things in life,” Bayley allows. “I tend to disguise everything that’s real with weird characters and weird words, and mix things up so basically people can’t really understand the lyrics and what they’re actually meant to be about. I think somehow it does give space for other people to interpret the song differently. I’m a bit scared about writing very honest things, but I think that’s going slightly. Maybe for the next record I can be a bit more blunt. “Joe [Seaward, drums] asked me once what a song was about, he was like, ‘Dave what does this song mean?’ and I was like, ‘Oh, it means this,’ and he was like, ’Oh, what? Oh, shit!’ He was like, ‘That’s not what it’s meant to mean! You just ruined it’.” Seaward posits, “I think it’s nice when you have a bit of ambiguity in the lyrics. It gives [a song] more breadth – a longer lifespan.”

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JAZZ HANDS Despite the infinite limits of its sound and today’s easy proliferation of music, modern jazz is not always ‘accessible’ to new ears. But acclaimed jazz saxophonist Joshua Redman tells Carley Hall the genre’s in great shape.


s a young Harvard graduate back in 1991 with a social studies degree and an Ivy League academic pathway towards law before him, Joshua Redman appeared to have a firm hand on the rudder of his own destiny. But being the son of renowned jazz saxophonist Dewey Redman is heritage that can’t be denied, so when Redman junior fell into the revived New York jazz scene of the 1990s he didn’t look back. “I’m not sure how great a musician I am but I’m pretty sure I would have made a lousy lawyer!” Redman laughs.

“If I had more than one life I would maybe choose that path but I have no regrets. It was a great time to come up as a jazz musician, and the music itself is in great shape now. There was a bit of a resurgence of jazz in – I don’t want to say popular culture – but mainstream culture and there were a lot of opportunities to gain exposure. At that time a lot of the master musicians from the previous generations were still around in leading bands and it was a great opportunity to apprentice with a lot of them.” Redman’s ascension through the ranks of modern jazz to become one of the world’s


most acclaimed saxophonists and a genre leader for his progressive arrangements was made solid when he took out the prestigious Thelonious Monk Jazz Saxophone title the same year he moved to the Big Apple. With a collaboration list as long as he is tall, Grammy Awards and a small mountain of albums, Redman knows how valuable the opportunity is to share his passion, especially when modern jazz, as he says, still has the ability to “mystify” even the most willing of audiences. “Let’s just say jazz is not the most accessible music, especially modern jazz today. The attention span of our culture may not be what it was and jazz is a music that does require a certain amount of patience and attention, even a certain amount of work from the listener. So in that sense some of what we do can be a bit, well, audiences can respond well and sometimes be a little confused.” Regardless, audiences can expect to be well looked after when Redman ropes in three of his musician buddies – Aaron Goldberg (piano), Reuben Rogers (bass) and Gregory Hutchinson (drummer) – for a series of jazz festival gigs throughout the country as the Joshua Redman Quartet. Redman says there’s more love than tension between himself and his friends of more than 20 years. “As a musical family we’re surprisingly functional!” Redman laughs. “Sometimes we have spirited discussions about things but everyone is so cool and there’s so much love amongst us that we really get on very well. These are brilliant musicians and virtuosos and know all the different styles of jazz but most importantly they have huge ears and there’s a real kind of soulfulness that they bring to music, which to me is irreplaceable.”

WHEN & WHERE: 7 Jun, Brisbane International Jazz Festival, Queensland Multicultural Centre


Stray Cats’ drummer Slim Jim Phantom talks with Tom Hersey about his legacy and who’s going to carry the torch for further generations.


think we invented it to be honest with you,” Slim Jim Phantom says, looking back on Stray Cats’ impact on the rockabilly scene.

From any other artist this might sound like typical rock star hubris, but with their 1981 self-titled debut, the trio set the template for the genre – everything you need to know about rockabilly can be found on that record, from Jim’s stand-up drumming to the scuzzy pompadours sported by the band members on the front cover. According to a good-humoured Jim, his catalogue of work with Stray Cats, and groups like Phantom, Rocker & Slick, The Head Cat and Swing Cats, makes these solo tours a lot of fun. “At this point I’ve been around for long enough, everybody’s nice to me. It’s a little bit like being Ringo but on a smaller scale. [Audiences] like it when I sing the songs, there’s not really pressure… They come because I’m a character that they’ve known a long time now, and it’s a brand they can trust.” When he gets here, Jim’s hoping to catch up with old friends, especially The Living End’s Chris Cheney. “Fans can expect more or less what they’ve known about me and what I’ve kinda earned my stripes doing. It’ll be rockabilly music. There’ll be a couple of Strike Out songs in there, a lot of family favourites… I’m bringing Tim Polecat from the Polecats. We made a record together

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about ten years ago with the band 13 Cats so we’ll do some of those and some original songs… Just the same Slim Jim they’ve known and grown to love.” So, if Stray Cats started rockabilly, who’s out there in the next generation of artists to keep it going? “There’s a lot of good stuff. I really like Imelda May and JD McPherson. There’s a lot of people who are breaking through. And those guys are both on their way, and so all it’s going to take is for somebody to have that hit record. We did that with Stray Cats when we first formed, we got those couple of songs that are now pretty well entrenched in the public consciousness. I

still play Rock This Town in the jungles of the Amazon or China or Australia and everybody knows it. It’s up to someone to do something like that. We’ve gotta get that hit record that crosses over into the mainstream but brings the rockabillies along for the ride. “I encourage everybody to get out and make it broad appeal. It’s there to be loved by everyone; it’s not just some exclusive club. We never set out to play for an exclusive slice of the population; we just wanted to play for everybody all the time. And rockabilly, that’s my scene. I love the music and the style and the people, but I think we should expose ourselves to all sorts of stuff.” WHEN & WHERE: 7 Jun, Cooly Rocks On Festival, Gold Coast; 8 Jun, Caxton Street Seafood & Wine Festival

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I’ve woken up ten years later and I’m where I hated the most and I’m part of that. I don’t think I’m as bad [as them] but at the same time it’s, like, ‘Why the fuck am I flirting with this world?’ and I think that’s what that song is about – realising that you’re losing your voice as a musician because financially you’re accepting more and more opportunities where people are kind of restricting your voice. There’s a lot of guilt in that song – a lot of guilt.” But surely such dogma is only relevant if you’ve achieved success by compromising your ideals, something that Fucked Up could never be accused of?


HEART OF GLASS Acerbic-yet-affable Fucked Up frontman Damian Abraham schools Steve Bell about surviving the constant cycle of fear that plagues him about his band’s success.


he last few years have been kind to Canadian hardcore outfit Fucked Up. Their 2008 sophomore album The Chemistry Of Modern Life scored them the prestigious 2009 Polaris Music Prize (the Canadian equivalent to the UK’s Mercury Prize), and its follow up David Comes To Life (2011) made the shortlist as well. They’ve been showered with accolades and toured the globe extensively, playing major festivals and sharing stages with a slew of bands they love as well as behemoths from other realms such as Foo Fighters. But judging by the lyrics of their killer new album Glass Boys there’s a massive disconnect between these accomplishments and the ideals inherent in the scene where they earned their stripes. “I definitely wanted it to have some form of intermingling concept – I wanted it to be an incredibly angry, bitter record,” admits frontman and lyricist Damian Abraham. “When we first started writing it I was very mad at myself and at a lot of other things, and I think The Art Of The Patrons is the very first song I wrote and that’s pretty much the angriest lyrics on the record. [There’s a] consistent concept running through the record about ageing and ageing within music and ageing as a music fan and a music lover and becoming embittered by it but then ultimately realising [just] how awesome it is.” The Art Of The Patrons is indeed rife with vitriol, reeking of an existential bent regarding Fucked Up’s apparent divergence from hardcore’s stringent principles. “There’s a guilt – a guilt that I’m going to carry with me for the rest of my life – that I should be able to do what I’m doing,” Abraham reflects. “I sit here in my office and look at thousands of seven-inches in

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front of me by bands that probably were better than us in a lot of cases but didn’t get past the seven-inch stage, so there’s a guilt along the lines of, ‘Why us? Why are we the band that’s able to take advantage of all these opportunities?’ “Then there’s this realisation that while you’re having a good time and dancing around, a lot of where you came from is being eroded away and part of you is being eroded away in the process. That song stems from sitting at this awards show and looking around and seeing that I’m surrounded by every Canadian music industry arsehole that I hated, and the reason I started this band was because I didn’t want anything to do with these people’s world. “I found this music that had nothing to do with these people’s world and I wanted that to be my scene, and then all of a sudden

“No, but I think you can wind up serving a bit as a Trojan horse,” Abraham counters. “I do another job where I interview bands on TV, and once in a while one of the bigger labels will come and say, ‘Hey, we want Damien to interview this artist,’ which is almost like a tacit approval that that person is somehow cool. Not that anyone’s going to be, like, ‘Oh this is cool, Fucked Up thinks it’s good!’ but at the same time it makes you realise that you’re part of the game, just another piece in the chess board that is the music industry. One thing that’s so amazing about punk and hardcore is that they’re, like, ‘Fuck that chess board!’, but then all of a sudden you realise, ‘Hey, it looks like I’m on that chess board! I guess I’m a piece now in that game.’ I don’t think we’ve ever compromised, but once you start letting yourself into that world you start second guessing and over-analysing everything. “I don’t feel I owe anyone else something, but I do feel that I owe me. In my teenage years and

“WHEN I WAS IN THESE REALLY HORRIBLE AND DARK PLACES THIS MUSIC IS ALL I HAD.” my early-twenties – and I don’t want to make it seem like this is all I had because I always had my family that cared about me – but when I was in these really horrible and dark places this music is all I had, and I want to do right by that angry kid who was the reason that I’m in Fucked Up. I feel like I will always owe that angry kid, and I always want to do right by that angry kid that’s inside of me. And when I don’t do right by that little angry person he tears me apart on the inside. And I’m glad, because it’s probably prevented me from doing some really terrible, stupid shit with this band. At the end of the day my family is the biggest thing in the world to me, but I don’t want to hurt this larger community that’s a bigger thing to a lot of other people – I can always find another way to help my family. I don’t think I’m hurting it, but that’s the constant cycle of fear that I go through.” WHAT: Glass Boys (Matador/Remote Control)

This discontent must be particularly hard for Hersh given that she’s spent her entire adult life amidst the machinations of the music industry.


“Yeah, it’s an old story though – the music industry is particularly dumb, but I think in most media that’s the experience of the artist who cares,” she broods. “It is what it is. I could stay broken-hearted or bitter if I wanted to, but there’s always another song to play and I feel blessed for that reason alone. I’m absolutely in love with music and I don’t like to see it treated like shit, so sometimes all you can do is be the one who’s not treating it like shit and that’s a win.” Fortunately Hersh has taken to the new industry models revolving around crowdfunding like a duck to water, and the fervent support of her fanbase gives her cause for unbridled optimism.

PEOPLE POWER After a lifetime spent fighting ‘the man’ Kristin Hersh has found peace by harnessing the abundant goodwill of her fans. She talks to Steve Bell about a career spent kicking against the pricks.


ristin Hersh’s entire adult life has been spent in the pursuit of musical happiness. She was only in her mid-teens when she started seminal art-punk outfit Throwing Muses back in the early ‘80s, and since then she’s been releasing music and touring – either with Muses or power-pop outfit 50 Foot Wave or in her solo incarnation – ever since. On the eve of her solo sojourn to Australia for the Words + Music tour – which finds her tackling songs from across the whole gamut of her career, interspersed with anecdotes and readings from her 2010 memoir Paradoxical Undressing – she reflects on how embracing crowdfunding has freed her from the record industry’s tyrannical yoke. “We just finished the first touring cycle for Throwing Muses’ new book-slash-record. It’s 30-something songs long, so when we did our rehearsal for that Death Cab For Cutie gave us their studio to rehearse in – it was like taking a trigonometry exam!” she laughs heartily. “It took us five years to make the record – so long I can’t even remember some of the recording – so then we had to literally sit on the floor and work out how on earth we were going to play a song which was 27 unrelated chords in a row, without any cuing and the three of us playing in different time signatures. You can’t even tell that’s what’s happening on the record, we very carefully tiptoed around our intricacies as you’re supposed to do, and not only do you not get any points for it but you somehow have to recreate it live. But that’s not to say it was anti-intuitive, in fact as soon as you get your blood pumping around a piece of music it just flows – we got to that point, it just took a while!” Purgatory/Paradise is the first Throwing Muses album for a decade – why return to that particular well after all the time spent on other projects? “I never left the Muses, but we felt morally bound to not participate in an industry that seems so ethically bankrupt,” Hersh ponders. “The fact that it’s all about

dumbing down music and marketed to an imaginary lowest common denominator, trying to sell music to people who don’t like music, going for style over substance – in fact rejecting substance entirely. It wasn’t just a public stance on our part, we just really didn’t want to see it anymore. When someone takes your religion and turns it into televangelism it’s disheartening to the point of wanting to give up. A lot of my dearest friends have given up in all kinds of ways, and we felt that we had better musical places to go than the industry would have allowed so we went there. We stopped touring and recording, and it wasn’t until we were listener-supported that we got to put down about 50 songs and edit those down to what’s on Purgatory/Paradise. We released it as a book because that’s a more valuable object than a little piece of plastic that nobody cares about.”

“Yeah absolutely, because these are the people that I would tell [former label] Warner Brothers that they needed to find,” she rails. “When I’d go into those offices and say, ‘Why do you sell crap?’ they’d say, ‘Because crap sells!’ My answer was always, ‘Because you sell crap!’ They really didn’t have to market that shit, they could have signed good bands and marketed that, but somehow they were just convinced that the dumb-asses were the ones with money and I really don’t buy that. I think maybe it’s a smaller audience but they’re return customers and will do anything for you. I’ve seen people buy ten CDs at my show of a record they already have, and I’ll be like, ‘What are you doing?’ and they’ll say, ‘It’s July so Christmas is coming!’ Eventually I realise that they wanted me to have gas money, so that I can get to the next show and hopefully make another record someday – these records are their soundtrack.

“WHEN SOMEONE TAKES YOUR RELIGION AND TURNS IT INTO TELEVANGELISM IT’S DISHEARTENING TO THE POINT OF WANTING TO GIVE UP.” “So it was really incumbent on me to find these people and make sure that they have their soundtrack – because I’m really not alive for any other reason; it’s for my children and those people’s soundtracks – and then find out how we can work together. Being listener-supported means that I don’t have to play the game and I don’t have to put lipstick on anything – not me, not the music, not my band, not the production. It is what is is, and I think the listeners would reject something that wasn’t from the heart, that was tarted-up and fashion-y. These are my people and I found them.”

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INSIDE STORY He writes the songs and sings them, plays the guitar and piano parts, and records and produces the records – New Empire’s Jeremy Fowler is one very busy young artist. Michael Smith caught him on a break.


e’re lucky enough,” Jeremy Fowler begins after chuckling about how he’s “all over” New Empire’s third album, In A Breath. “I own my own studio so we decided to do most of the record there. That’s kind of my background – I have a degree in audio engineering and music production, so it kind of made sense to do everything in-house. It was a big job,” he admits with another chuckle, “a lot to think about when you’re doing so many different roles as the one person, but I’m really happy with it in the end.”


Even the olds have heard at least one song from the Cronulla foursome: One Heart/Million Voices, courtesy its selection for the 2012 Summer Olympics on Australian television. The rest of us have been hearing New Empire tracks on triple j since they released their single, The Summer Sky, in early 2010 – they’d released a album, Come With Me Tonight, in 2008, three years after forming at high school – which was followed by another nine singles, the latest, 2013’s Say It Like You Mean It, the teaser off the justreleased In A Breath.

“Because the songs [for In A Breath] were written over a two-year period,” Fowler explains, “you go through different seasons in life in that time, as a band and individually as well. We went through some pretty difficult trials, and just growing up and trying to find out who you are and finding out how to love basically. So it really does feel like the album’s a tapestry that shows that journey over the last two years for us.” The album opens with a track titled Tale Of Jonah, and Jeremy sees some small parallel between the biblical story of Jonah and the whale in being “in the belly”, so to speak, of a band rising in the music business. “That’s always been a story I’ve been intrigued with and loved the imagery that comes with it, and I guess there are some similarities in Jonah’s life and in my life, so we really wanted to take a modern twist on something that’s one of the oldest stories ever told in human history. “You can feel like you’re surrounded by the unknown a lot when you’re in a band. For us, you have to get used to not knowing what’s around the corner, what opportunities are coming next – you don’t know what country you’re going to be in in the next two months – so in many ways it can feel like you’re in the belly of a whale,” Fowler admits with another chuckle. Actually, there’s no mystery about what’s next. First there’s an east coast tour to launch the album and then it’s off to the US for their third tour. The only unknown is if they then head for Europe. WHAT: In A Breath (Permanent/Shock) WHEN & WHERE: 7 Jun, Old Museum

VOICE OF UNITY Sick of hearing negativity within the black community, Kevin Mark Trail is looking to make a positive change with his music, writes Benny Doyle.


t feels like I’m at a point where music’s cool, but I want to do music that has a message and has a purpose,” says singer, producer and multiinstrumentalist Kevin Mark Trail. “And it’s not that it’s contrived or anything like that – it’s just who I am – but I think there’s enough negative... I don’t even want to say the word, but there’s enough of the N-word, there’s enough of the B-word in black music and culture, and I just don’t want to be like that, I don’t want to be about that.” After some whirlwind years as a vocalist for The Streets, Trail is now standing on his own two feet and revelling in the artistic freedom. He calls in from northern New South Wales, an area he’s clearly enamoured with, talking of trees, snakes and black cockatoos. The self-referenced “boy from London” is soaking up the natural beauty found in this part of the world, and it’s seen him take on a whole new direction with his latest LP, The Knight. Having just dropped exclusively in Australia, The Knight sees the 33-year-old exploring more cinematic sounds while analysing society’s current obsession with consumerism. Going against this trend, Trail has found inspiration in Australian Indigenous and New Zealand Maori communities, and after being encouraged by working alongside children in the bush, he’ll be giving his profits from this upcoming east coast tour to the Music Outback Foundation.

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“I’d like to see a Bob Marley of our generation, I’d like to see a Tracy Chapman, a Dylan, another Joni Mitchell, Public Enemy y’know,” Trail enthuses. “I’d like to see that arise, or maybe it’s there and I just ain’t seen it? I was really inspired by the Damian Marley and Nas record they did together [2010’s Distant Relatives], and just talking sense, common sense. I really like the whole ghetto mentality – that is real. Some of my family have come from that, but it’s how you depict it and how you talk about it. I just want to inspire people; I just want to say something different.” Flexing his musical versatility, Trail will

perform solo and with a full band on this tour, taking the opportunity to experiment on stage with his new songs and explore more electronic elements, toying with beats and loop pedals like another personal hero, Reggie Watts. And having written, recorded and produced The Knight himself “out of necessity”, he knows the music inside out. “I believe that the more you can do yourself the more powerful you are, and we’re at an age where artists can do a lot themselves, so if you can, why not? Just not having boundaries, I feel like I’ve got that more in this part of the world. I’m not just this artist or that artist; I can make music and just put it out, so I’m really excited about this phase of life.” WHAT: The Knight (Independent) WHEN & WHERE: 7 Jun, The Loft, Gold Coast; 8 Jun, Dowse Bar

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THE BENNIE TEAM Maniac party-starters The Bennies show no signs of slowing down. As Anty Horgan explains to Brendan Telford, it’s in their DNA.


here is simply no keeping a good Bennie down. The four-piece have been a touring juggernaut since their inception in 2011 – the last 18 months alone has seen the band carve their own track up and down the east coast, as well as fitting in tours of China (their second) and New Zealand. “We have always toured this much, so when people act surprised that we are turning up again to play a show that seems weird to me,” Horgan admits. “We are probably better at telling people about it to be honest. As far as being able to afford to do it, there are a few ways to go about it but [playing shows] is

the only thing I enjoy doing all the time, so why not do it? With the little money I get from work I could get myself a great TV or put it towards touring. It’s a sacrifice, but nothing major. More like sacrificing your tastebuds where you choose a 7-11 coffee over a café one. It’s a risk for sure, but there is a level of popularity that comes from such constant touring, y’know, the rumours circulate and people feel they need to catch the show. So at the risk of sounding cliché, there is nothing we’d rather do, so we make it work.” There is nothing cliché about the


Bennie’s musical output, an amalgam of genres creating a sound that is in turns energetic, raucous and flat-out fun. Horgan stresses that the energy that the music and their touring MO dictates is something that is intrinsic to the band. It almost comes down to a science. “Honestly, there are moments for all of us where we hit that wall, not that frequently, but definitely on tours that are a bit harder than others. For example we just got back from China, and playing in China is such an unbelievable experience, but you don’t quite know what going on and anything can go wrong at any time. We did 12 shows in 16 days, so there was a lot of travel in between too, and of course there is the partying afterwards. But you grin and bear it – it’s still the best thing that I’d rather be doing. “There was one morning where I was so exhausted and hungover from the night before, and I had to throw up in some plants at the airport whilst Chinese policemen watched on. That was a pretty low moment. Then there was the time that Jules [ Julien Rozenbergs, guitar] was walking around one night and sprained his ankle, and whilst it was fine that night the next day was pretty horrendous. We had to play in this shopping mall, and none of us like going to those things anyway, but hungover in the heat with Jules’ ankle we were pretty bummed. But I have to say we work as a really good team, all aware of the moods of the others and what needs to be done to steady the ship or to fire us up. I think that is a massive strength in The Bennies.” WHEN & WHERE: 8 Jun, Crowbar

ABOUT A BOY Ansel Elgort knew the scrutiny he’d be under when he signed on for The Fault In Our Stars, but as he tells Guy Davis, his time to act is now. The internet lit up like a Christmas tree the day Ansel Elgort landed the role of Augustus Waters, the charm-bomb male lead of The Fault In Our Stars, the film based on John Green’s phenomenally popular young adult novel. A bestseller before it even hit the shelves, the story of the romance between two teenage cancer patients has been printed in a dozen languages worldwide and generated a devoted online fanbase. Elgort was aware The Fault In Our Stars was popular, but he admits he didn’t really grasp just how popular it was until it was officially announced that he’d be portraying Augustus, who has an irrepressible joie de vivre despite losing half a leg to cancer. “I couldn’t believe it,” he says of the response. “Tons of people were enthusiastic but there were also people who were worried or upset, and that was pretty cool too because any display of emotion or opinion showed that people were devoted to this story. I knew what I was getting myself into but I also had this feeling of, ‘What am I getting myself into?’” The high profile role of Augustus has come along relatively quickly in Elgort’s screen career – he made his film debut opposite Chloe Grace Moretz in the recent Carrie remake – but the 20-year-old actor has years of training and a number of stage roles to his credit, so while he felt slightly daunted by The Fault In Our Stars, he was also ready for it.

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“I’ve been doing this for a long time, but I also waited for the right moment to really start my professional career,” he says. “I felt like I was ready when I was cast as Augustus, and I was so excited. I really couldn’t wait to do these scenes.” In winning the heart of Hazel Grace Lancaster, played by Shailene Woodley, Elgort has to be... well, absurdly lovable – totally confident and self-assured while utterly devoted to the young woman he falls for. “A lot of characters you can play any way you want, but Augustus is so iconic to the book’s readers,” he says. “Underplay him and he’s flat and


boring. Overplay him and he’s unbearable. If you don’t like him the movie sucks, right? It was tough, definitely, but it’s not my job to decide who he is but to make him real. The book is told from Hazel’s point of view, so you don’t really know Augustus that well, and there are a lot of empty spots I had to fill myself. You know how he is through Hazel’s eyes but I can’t only rely on that. You know, when they first meet, he probably wants to hook up with her. He’s a boy! He’s not the perfect guy she sees him as. Without that kind of colouring, their relationship would seem false.” WHAT: The Fault In Our Stars In cinemas 5 Jun.


by performing with a backing band on the east coast, the first time he’s done so in these parts.

Benefitting from local hospitality, Ron Pope is looking forward to being just another face in the crowd. He speaks with Benny Doyle about entertaining in any form.


ew 30-year-olds have got a catalogue as deep as Ron Pope; even less can match the songwriter’s drive and enthusiasm.

The New York-based songwriter broke through via the YouTube traction of 2005 ballad A Drop In The Ocean – 30 million-plus views and counting – but hasn’t even considered resting on his laurels. This year’s Calling Off The Dogs is Pope’s 11th full-length – a record that sees the musician chasing a bigger, more dynamic sound. And although he admits he was unsure whether fans would appreciate the risks he took, he was never going to be held back by those fears.

“When you’re in the studio and you’re making a record, nobody knows if they’re making a hit record,” Pope says during a press session in LA, “except for Quincy Jones, maybe he knows that what you’re doing is a hit record, otherwise nobody has an idea.” For Pope, outside opinions are meaningless – it’s just about making music that he feels is good. However, he still admits with a smile that it’s “unnerving to go out and play the songs for the first time”. On this upcoming tour Down Under though, he’s got safety in numbers, doing justice to his intricate Calling Off The Dogs material


This in itself is exciting for punters, but what’s even more interesting is that rather than bring his own crew over, Pope has used Aussie connections – spawned from a friendship with Sydney muso (and tour support) Cam Nacson – to source a full band of crack local players for the shows. “I’m using all-Australian musicians on this tour,” he confirms. “They’re [practicing] without me, but when I get there we’ll have some rehearsals and lock it in. But everybody is a pro, so I’m very lucky to be in this position. When I hit the ground we’ll rock’n’roll.” Surprisingly for us though, this situation – a member of a band, rather than a singer-songwriter – is more natural for Pope. And even though he’s made his name as a troubadour over in these parts, he’s still coming to grips with the fact. “I [only] released a few little acoustic recordings in 2005 under my own name because they didn’t sound like my band [at the time],” he admits. “I had never played solo until, I don’t know, I grew up playing in a band, I’d probably been playing music in front of people for ten years before I ever played one show by myself. “But the acoustic shows are special ‘cause I have to reimagine all the songs as something I can play all by myself with my acoustic guitar and my keyboard and that’s it. It makes everything very simple – you get the songs, you get me, and there’s nothing else.”

WHAT: Calling Off The Dogs (Brooklyn Basement) WHEN & WHERE: 6 Jun, Princess Theatre



Propagandhi frontman Chris Hannah runs Daniel Cribb through the morbid reality of the current prevailing order. Warning: It seems we’re all screwed.


or most bands, it’s a solid week or so of jamming to prepare for a tour. For Canadian band Propagandhi’s frontman Chris Hannah, the approach is a little different. “Before we head out to a place I really start poking around and getting a sense of the temperature; the political, social temperature of where we’re going,” Hannah tells. It’s no surprise the left-wing political figure hasn’t been too inspired by Australian headlines as of late. “I feel like you’re going on the same path [Canada] is and it’s not necessarily the way that is going to benefit future generations… I think often about the connect between our countries in terms of the colonial history. “We’re so similar, it’s almost like our countries are leading the way in a race to the bottom in terms of appealing to base human overreactions and prejudice, and it’s going to fuck up our countries. I mean, our countries are fucked up to start with; we colonised these places and displaced people who lived on the land and destroyed their way of life… Now we’re just doubling down on the stupidity.” It’s not by chance the band’s sixth and most recent album, Failed States, approaches political issues in a broader manner, placing the focus on long-term issues involving future generations. Hannah had his first child around the time of its release, and welcomed another son at the start of the year. “I talk about it with him in the gentlest way

and the least nightmarish way possible because I want him to have a childhood too, and not just have this cloud hanging over him, even though the other side of me thinks I should just tell him the truth right now. “For now it’s just trying to put it into kindergarten terms for him, and relate it to his world and try not to extinguish his hope and his idea that there is goodness in the world.” Last year the band celebrated the 20th anniversary of their first record, How To Clean Everything, and in a couple of years they’ll be celebrating 30 years together, yet Hannah believes they haven’t done nearly enough.

“If this band hadn’t happened, I would have just been another fucking guy sitting in front of the TV, getting drunk, watching hockey and just deferring to the prevailing order and doing nothing, so I think we’ve had more of an impact this way than I would have otherwise. But what we’ve done isn’t really sufficient. “I try not to think of it like that because otherwise you just feel like a piece of garbage, so I try to concentrate on whatever stuff I think has been good, like connecting people who are doing that sort of direct action, connecting those marginalised political activist groups with a more sort of a more mainstream grouping of people who don’t necessarily have that connection.” WHEN & WHERE: 8 Jun, Hi-Fi; 9 Jun, Miami Tavern Shark Bark, Gold Coast THE MUSIC • 4TH JUNE 2014 • 21

★★★★ ½

album reviews





Wolf Tone/Caroline Not everyone would’ve heard of Glass Animals, but by now those people can certainly hear them coming – there was the recent whirlwind tour of Oz and a remarkable cover of Kanye’s Love Lockdown for triple j. Then, of course, there’s their own material, which has been gradually seeping into public consciousness over the last few months, with three astonishing singles – Psylla, Gooey and Pools – and a debut EP. So the scene is set for the quatet’s first album proper and for the UK band to live up to their obvious promise. Produced by Paul Epworth and released via his new label Wolf Tone, the band’s timely debut album is near-on the most flawless thing you’ll hear this year. Its glistening production of dark, deep electronics, seamlessly slipping through a jungle of sounds, alternative R&B flavours and hip hop-esque beats is simply irresistible, providing


a smorgasbord of flavours for tastemakers and audiences alike. Perhaps the only arguable misstep is the omission of Psylla as the opener, with Flip here instead, occupying identical sonic-space but forgoing the upfront familiarity. That’s minor nit-picking though, as the track does introduce the hypnotic repetition and spark of what can only be described as a feeling of sexual energy that ebbs and flows as the album progresses. While ZABA is stuffed full of 11 clanky stunners, it’s the way it plays out as a whole that’s the true triumph – utterly killer. Ben Preece

Frontman Joel Birch will happily tell you that this record is for him. Us fans got ours with The Amity Affliction’s 2012 LP Chasing Ghosts; Let The Ocean Take Me, instead, is his chance to purge, the screamer revealing more details regarding his personal battles than ever before. Whether he’s singing about neardeath experiences on Pittsburgh, the pressures of being an antisuicide advocate on Don’t Lean On Me or his own depressive ways on F.M.L., you’re swallowed by Birch’s emotions. Aquatic metaphors tie the lyrics together naturally, while the messages are delivered via genuine anthems, heard no clearer than on closing pair Forest Fire and Give It All. Recent addition Dan Brown (Confession) seems to have brought the best out of longstanding songwriters Ahren Stringer (bass) and Troy Brady



Third Man/Sony


Jack White is Jack White is Jack White. He has his distinct sound that he will play, album after album after album, and no one will complain because he is Jack fucking White and he can do whatever he pleases. Also that distinct sound? Love it. Lazaretto is an easy addition to his canon; it sounds like a Jack White album because it is a Jack White album, nothing more, nothing less.

There was a whiff of novelty act when these Swedish sisters singing country-tinged folk music with a YouTube hits-heavy cover of a Fleet Foxes song first appeared in 2008, but any cynicism quickly evaporated when people heard their songs and fell in love with those voices and harmonies. Three albums down the track and they’re still singing strongly, but they now sound very vanilla in the sea of folk-pop that has permeated the musical world.

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(guitar). And while there aren’t loads of surprises here – you’ll hear voices from Sunshine Beach State High School in choir mode, while orchestral production touches play on the epic nature of these songs and the dramatic themes behind them. – Amity have never claimed to be experimental mavericks. The Gympie quintet have a distinct sound, they do what they do incredibly well, and on Let The Ocean Take Me they’ve jacked up all those trademarks – the ruthless breakdowns, soaring clean choruses and emotional keyboard lines – to deliver a powerful record that adds to an already rock-solid catalogue. Benny Doyle

Stay Gold


On this Record Store Day release, you see him back to the Americana of 2012’s Blunderbuss, including an organ jam-out and shrill guitar lines, starting out with opener Three Women. We’re immediately set on a path towards blues-rock with the jumping piano-line and White’s signature vox. Grooving bass on the title track helps it stand out as a step into newer territory. It’s the album highlight, combining aspects of his signature style with synth effects and a wailing guitar solo.


★★★ Would You Fight For My Love? is the first to go full-kilter White Stripes in terms of vox and melody, with added haunting back-up vocals. Just One Drink has the female-male rockabilly vocal we’re now familiar with from that era, while That Black Bat Licorice harks back lyrically, and with the sounds and harmonies it’s alt-rock finessed and made pure. Lazaretto is an album that blurs – whether between blues piano lines and Americana guitar, or between songs of women lusted over and women conquered. There’s a lot to like here. Hannah Story

Stay Gold feels tame and reserved, safe in its ambition and its delivery. There’s a sheen that covers the album – polish that removes any grit and reality from the music in the name of production quality and market segment. On their earlier releases the acoustic guitar was more localised in the mix allowing the vocals to take centre-stage. Here everything is sucked into a vortex of strings and billowing reverb, clearly designed to take

★★★ them into the same market as The Lumineers, Mumford & Sons and the more indie-leaning sound of Of Monsters & Men. In that sense they’ve achieved their goal. For all its homogenisation there are still songs that fight their way through. Cedar Lane possesses a wonderful lilting melody while Heaven Knows is a fun, pop-fuelled hoedown with a screamed “straight to hell” in the middle that will surprise some listeners with its sudden display of emotion. There’s really little to dislike here, but in the hands of a different producer, one who might reinvigorate their sound, it could have been so much more. Chris Familton

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GHOSTFACE KILLAH & BADBADNOTGOOD Six Degrees Lex Pretty Toney hooks up with Toronto weirdo jazz band, gets Danny Brown to do a guest spot, wins hip hop. Not surprisingly with all the current Wu hype, Ghost nonchalantly drops a new classic with no fanfare.

FUTURE SHOCKS Fluorescent Skies Independent Brisbane artist currently in residence overseas, Adam Scott of Undead Apes and countless other brilliant punk acts over the years, takes on new wave electro punk and scores an easy victory. Hopefully more Future Shocks lie ahead in the, y’know, future.

THE PAINTED LADIES Play Selections From The Loner Plus One/MGM Upon discovering Bidjigal man Vic Simms’ ‘lost’ protest album The Loner, recorded at Bathurst Prison in 1973, Luke Peacock (Halfway) assembled a cast including The Medics, Roger Knox, Paul Kelly, Ian Haug and Simms himself to reinterpret the themes of racial inequality that are still relevant today. Though heavy in topic (Get Back Into The Shadows, Stranger In My Country) musically it is more often wonderfully celebratory than downbeat. Through soul-filled country and top calibre musicianship, Peacock and co. have delivered a hugely important record.



El Camino Real 429/Universal Perpetually eclectic ‘80s college legends Camper Van Beethoven are well into the third stage of their storied career and show no signs of abating. A companion piece to 2013’s La Costa Perdida, the focus remains on their native California but shifts from the hippy north to the relatively gritty south, reflected in the music’s edgier tone. Frontman David Lowery’s wry, sardonic worldview elevates tunes like It Was Like That When We Got Here and Darken Your Door from good to great – still as endearingly strange as ever. Steve Bell

Tyler McLoughlan


Uptight Downtown Universal This is a pretty straight-up pop tune; it’s sophisticated and downplays its very catchy hook. It’s not anything groundbreaking, but if you measure it against commercial pop music, then its cheesy lyrics are easily forgiven.


Pills N Potions Universal The Auto-Tuned hook is so out of control I gotta just assume it’s Nicki singing, though it doesn’t sound anything like her really. It’s a wet ballad but she raps tough. Chris Yates 24 • THE MUSIC • 4TH JUNE 2014


Innovative Leisure/Create Control Canadian band Badbadnotgood put the jazz back in hip hop. The genres go together like butter on toast and the trio spread a fluid layer of melodic elements over a repetitious base, replacing the flowing diatribe of a rapper with a fresh instrumental spontaneity. The piano on Differently, Still gives the album a tender moment, Kaleidoscope has celebratory horns, and danceable Since You Asked Kindly has electronic elements. The meandering saxophone on Confessions approaches a lyricism of its own. This new diversity keeps III from growing stale, but the album occasionally gets stuck in its downbeat mood.





Roshan Clerke

ASTRAL SKULLS Dark electronic pop delivered by Brisbane’s Astral Skulls with beats so crisp they could cut butter and a deadpan monotone delivery of sadness. So very, very excellent.








This debut album from Sydney electronic duo Fishing radiates with an ebullient warmth. “Put the colour in,” sings guest vocalist Jonas Nicholls on second song Your Mouth, and that’s exactly what Fishing do. Mixing electronic, hip hop and indie-pop with a swelling tide of reverb, the pair produce a marinara of sounds on tracks Swimmer and Chi Glow. It’s reminiscent of work done by mash-up artists The Hood Internet, with rappers placed over exotic and unusual beats.

Cher Lloyd came out of the British X-Factor in 2010, a beguiling pastiche of teenage attitude, hip hop hiccups and dewy-eyed innocence – the archetypal 21st century pop star blank canvas for the likes of Cowell and to blow their pretensions over. Her second album Sorry I’m Late is the same pap – thankfully the Black Eyed Peas’ influence is gone, but most of the album sounds like conveyer-belt pop. Bind Your Love rips off X-Factor winner James Arthur. T.I. guest stars in I Wish. It’s not all hateful, though, especially with Dirty Love’s humour and involuntary grooves.

Shy Glow

Roshan Clerke

Sorry I’m Late

Brendan Telford

Passenger – Whispers Arch Enemy – War Eternal Kyla La Grange – Cut Your Teeth Mariah Carey – Me. I Am Mariah… Max Richter – Recomposed: Vivaldi The Four Seasons REMI – Raw X Infinity Tales In Space – Formula Mind Over Matter – This Way To Elsewhere

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MEAT PUPPETS, LOVE HATE REBELLION, MAGENTA VOYEUR The Zoo 31 May It’s an eclectic bill tonight, each of the three bands delving into the rock but otherwise steadfastly on their own musical voyage. Openers Magenta Voyeur play the ‘70s psych card with admirable ambition, keyboards flanking both sides of stage and guitars aplenty as they bring the bombast with the epic Cosmic Voyage. At times proggy elements segue into classic rock breakdowns and vocals are scarce

their positions, all looking like they’ve lived life to the fullest, even young rhythm guitarist Elmo Kirkwood (son of founding bassist Cris and nephew of frontman Curt). They kick off their first Brisbane show in over 20 years with the strange circus jam of Touchdown King, and soon enough delve into the familiar Meat Puppets II lexicon with a restrained rendition of Plateau (one of the three songs from that album made famous when covered on Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged In New York). As the toe-tappin’ hoedown Comin’ Down leads into the whistle-laden Maiden’s Milk the long-standing country-bent of their punk rock becomes obvious – their sound unique but beguiling – and even as they move onto Oh Me it’s their complete lack of pretension


but effective, soaring single Strigiformes showing plenty of body and soul before they finish on a suitably climatic note with the nuanced Jungle Song. When locals Love Hate Rebellion begin pounding into their set it initially sounds virtually identical to the singer from Placebo wailing over Smashing Pumpkins’ Cherub Rock, but they soon find their own voice and deliver a well-drilled and precise set of passionate alt-rock. Frontman Jimmy Sky has clear stadium ambitions and projects with unabashed self-confidence, and while it’s a tad overwrought at times it’s never overly earnest, the trio completing their allotted time with the restrained Melancholia. There’s a solid crowd gathered by the time scruffy Arizona four-piece Meat Puppets take 26 • THE MUSIC • 4TH JUNE 2014

gorgeous familial harmonies, and then disappear into the night – a perfectly fun finale by a band still unwaveringly marching to the beat of their own drum. Luke Dunstan

THE WAIFS, HEATH CULLEN The Tivoli 31 May With more than two decades under their belt, The Waifs have long been Australian folk darlings. Even with a few years between album releases and tours, the trio can pack out The Tivoli. As the venue slowly fills, easing us into the evening is Heath Cullen, a blues and roots artist from rural New South Wales town, Candelo. You can hear the


which is ultimately so much more endearing than any lingering association with rock’n’roll royalty. The Kirkwood brothers rap the machine-gun vocals to Sam in complete unison over frantic fretwork, and the playful intro to Up On The Sun soon builds into a sinewy behemoth. Shirtless drummer Shandon Sahm does a top job holding things down during the jaunty punch of Lost, and a brilliant cover of The Beach Boys’ Sloop John B – delivered as homage and completely devoid of irony – segues into a monster rendition of Lake Of Fire, which displays serious muscle throughout before devolving into a massive finale of guitar mayhem to conclude the set. They’re coaxed back for a simply amazing cover of The Everly Brothers’ classic Cathy’s Clown, a beefed-up version which stretches and stretches atop

members, their ease and charm on stage, each bringing their own strength. Vikki Thorn’s vocal is higher and sweeter than sister Donna Simpson’s, but it can howl when needed, and her harmonica lines are lyrical. Simpson brings a dry humour to the stage (“I get a lot of, ‘Oh you’re in the Waifs? … I love your sister!’”) while the less chatty Josh Cunningham’s guitar chops are seriously impressive. The affection for the band is clear in the jostling crowd, and is reflected back by the band in their cheerful banter between songs. “You’re all so smiley tonight!” Thorn enthuses, twice. Busting up her ankle before a show in Sydney days earlier (a great anecdote involving morphine and a stolen wheelchair), Simpson performs in a chair, with The Waitress and Highway One getting the whole


space in his songs, the easygoing tales of travel and broken hearts clearly influenced by sprawling American alt-country. Accompanied by a drummer and an upright bassist, Cullen cycles through several guitar changes from electric to acoustic and back again. The quirky fingerpicked ode to living in a small town is a highlight, as is the rock’n’roll-infused final number. The Waifs have always been a down-to-earth type of band. Building a following over years of touring in a van, the independent group showcase a distinctly Australian voice, and not just with those strong accents. Their songs are personal, but also capture a beautiful directness and humour. The evolution of songwriting is evident too, Americana seeping in, along with the wisdom of age. Still present is the rapport between the

crowd singing along. More sing-alongs happen for Bridal Train, Lighthouse Man, When I Die and the unofficial anthem of ex-pats everywhere, London Still. Twelve years on from its release it still has that ineffable charm. Newer songs from Thorn and Cunningham, the latter presumably called Born To Love, are beautiful and show a maturity in the songwriting. The harmonies on Temptation are spine-tingling. The encore is a great example of the band’s appeal, the ukulele-strummed Feeling Sentimental sung with great gusto by Simpson, and favourite, Gillian, once more rousing the vocals of the crowd. The final lyrics of the night sung by Thorn sums up The Waifs experience: “We listen to each other, on a beautiful night.” Amorina Fitzgerald-Hood

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DEFECTED IN THE HOUSE: KENNY DOPE We’re on a rooftop, the sun is clocking off for the day, replaced by the lights of the Wheel of Brisbane. Tables of well-dressed house cats dine on pulled pork, brisket, and the bar is picking up the drink bill for the first four hours of the event – it’s all rather glamorous.

his lounge jams, but there’s never a moment that feels really revelatory. The night kicks up a gear when Tom. & Manesh combine. The boys are one-upping each other with every tune, going track to track, back to back, and massaging the basslines like pros. Classic Shakedown cut At Night still remains lush and essential, while reworked tunes from Marvin Gaye, Corona and even local lass Emma Louise all float out with flavour. When the pair hug and toast the skyline, you gotta smile.

With the two rooms originally billed for this Defected Records party condensed onto the rooftop stage, the timetable is deemed useless. The talent on the decks, however, remains strong. Straight up we’re getting some nice sounds from Miss Mich & GLDNSMK. The girls act as each other’s number one fans, cheering on mixes, getting the arms vertical, boogieing, smiling, having a great old time. Rousey follows and he’s fine if not kind of forgettable. There’s nothing wrong with

Kieron C and Katch make sure the transition from pop-leaning vocal house to grittier NYCinspired street bass is a smooth one, the guys encapsulating the block party vibe of the Big Apple. Katch is especially in his element, the Resin Dogs player hyping the crowd on the microphone, having slight digs at the officers on patrol (“No one told me it was dress-up”) while also showing off his formidable scratching skills, the local legend unperturbed that the wax and needle has

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come in the form of compact discs and CDJs tonight. With the beverage package having run its course, punters load the dancefloor in front of the booth, gagging for a Kenny Dope fix, and although he’s a half-hour behind schedule the cuddly Brooklyn native quickly makes amends with a classy two-hour session. It’s clinical in the best possible way – every pitch change makes sense, and vocal hooks are left hanging just long enough. He works in everything from Rufus & Chaka Khan and Sneaker Pimps to the bombing Tori Amos Professional Widow remix. Bodies are grooving and shuffling relentlessly by this stage, egged on even further by an appearance of Disclosure’s Latch. Dope’s demeanour, meanwhile, remains focused throughout – a true master at work, taking us to church with a set that does the Defected name proud.



Little Odessa @ The Hideaway The Swiss @ Alhambra Lounge ACO/The Presets @ QPAC

We might be an hour away from winter, but it feels like a hot summer night right now. Benny Doyle

arts reviews France by giving one emotional speech about love (!), but it’s entertaining in its own way.



In cinemas 5 Jun It’s no secret this film, directed by La Vie En Rose’s Olivier Dahan, had an awful drubbing at the Cannes Film Festival. If you feel the need to see it anyway and have low expectations, you might find it’s not all that bad. Sure, it’s melodramatic and somehow ends up crediting Princess Grace of Monaco with averting war with

Nicole Kidman is really the wrong physical type to take on the ethereally beautiful Grace Kelly, who conquered Hollywood, won an Oscar and then gave it all up to marry Monaco’s Prince Rainier III (Tim Roth), but the often self-conscious Kidman seems pretty natural and gives it her all despite some of the more outlandish aspects of the film. This is a ‘fictional account inspired by real events’ so you can’t take what you see as being substantially true – Alfred Hitchcock almost luring Grace back to acting with a lead role in Marnie, Charles de Gaulle almost invading Monaco because of a dispute about tax, marital disharmony between Grace and Rainier. If you take it with a grain of ‘fictional’ salt, you can still feel your admission price was worth it, if not for the gorgeous frocks and scenery. Vicki Englund


Brisbane Powerhouse (finished) Hannah Montana is dead, and you’re invited to her funeral, hosted by an arse-cheek baring, tongue-loving, gyrating Miley Cyrus (Naomi Price). Price’s scantily clad Miley has come back to her hometown to farewell squeaky clean Hannah and bury her own past. Complete with southern belle accent Price sings and quips her way through an exploration of what it is to be Miley, a girl born into wealth and fame, and raised by Disney. Price is hilarious and surprisingly moving as the walking, talking train wreck that is Miley Cyrus, a young girl teetering on the edge of self-destruction in her efforts to separate herself from her past. And it’s a hell of a lot of fun to watch. From hoe-down to ho-down, Price twerks her way into Miley’s conflicted consciousness.

Making inappropriate jokes – Philip Seymour Hoffman, too soon? – taming drunks, scoffing audience member’s drinks, giving impromptu lap dances, initiating twerk-offs, and stripping to her underwear, she leads a musical eulogy through the shedding of Miley’s metaphorical skin. You’ll start feeling that there’s more to Miley than tongue, arse and crass. You may be compelled to familiarise yourself with her back catalogue. You might even find yourself holding back tears as Price belts out Wrecking Ball, stripped down to her knickers. Seriously. Helen Stringer


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BRIANNA CARPENTER Name/instrument played: Brianna Carpenter – songwriter, producer, musician (guitar, keys and vocals) How long have you been performing? Eight years. You’re on tour in the van – which band or artist is going to keep you happy if we throw them on the stereo? Vampire Weekend and Feist. Would you rather be a busted broke-butrevered Hank Williams figure or some kind of Metallica monster? Hank Williams. Which Brisbane bands before you have been an inspiration (musically or otherwise)? I listened to a lot of Powderfinger when I was in my early teens and was always impressed with their work. Especially the Internationalist album What part do you think Brisbane plays in the music you make? A lot of the songs I write come from observing people in my city. So Brisbane has had a huge impact on my writing. Is your music responsible for more make-outs or breakups? Why? I would assume break-ups. The way I write has the intention of making you reflect on your relationships… and often that doesn’t end well. If you had to play a sport instead of being a musician which sport would it be and why would you be triumphant? Hockey. I loved hockey at school and wish I still played it today. I like the idea of bashing the crap out of a ball and the potential for injury. I was never really into the girly sports. What’s in the pipeline for you musically in the short term? I’m releasing my album On So It Goes on 8 Jun and playing a special One Night Only event at The Old Museum to celebrate. The album was self-produced and -recorded at my own studio and I’m super proud of it. Brianna Carpenter plays The Old Museum on Sunday 8 June.

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EASY RIDIN’ Reasons to ride bikes; could always do with some re-iterating. Illustrations Sophie Blackhall-Cain.

NO MORE PUBLIC TRANSPORT WOES Trams too packed, trains cancelled, buses just showing up whenever they want instead of sticking to the timetable... All valid gripes in the unpredictable world of PT. Plus, you don’t have to deal with undesirable members of the public like pungent packs of obnoxious teen boys, snooty old ladies making racist remarks and dudes who sit with their legs spread as far apart as possible.

STRAIGHT TO THE POINT Sometimes cycling is just faster; walking or running only gets you so far so quickly, public transport can be unreliable and get caught in traffic, and your car could be stopstarting all over the place during peak hour. Whoosh past them all on two wheels, hair slicked back and your sunglasses on, baby.

SAVE $$$ Yeah, you have to purchase the bike, and accessories, and pay to get it serviced occasionally, but it’s still gonna work out cheaper than the car/ rego/insurance/petrol bizzo or daily public transport fares.

#CLEANEARTHING Climate change is real, folks, dunno if you’ve heard. If everyone does a

little we can slow it down. Commuting via bike uses up no energy but your own (which is good for you anyway).

WORK IT OUT If you ride regularly enough (or uphill a lot) you’ll notice dem legs getting TONED. Defined calves are so in right now. Not to mention you’ll feel your gluteus maximus will firm right up.

FUN WITH BIKES Cycling can be a solo sport, a cute date activity or a group adventure. Assemble a bike gang and tear through the streets while obeying road rules and smiling at everyone. Check out bike trails in your area, packs snacks and a camera and soak in some scenery and serenity. Teach yourself how to bunny hop.

WIN Reid Cycles, the home of Australia’s best value bikes, is giving away one bike to a lucky winner in each state. The winner can choose between a Custom Griffon Singlespeed or Vintage Ladies 6 Speed. Every Reid bike comes with a lifetime warranty on frame and forks and a free first service to get you going. If you’re a bit of a newbie – you know, haven’t ridden in years or wary of lacking balance – then this might be a good way to get back on the bike. For your chance to win, head to Reid Cycles stores are open seven days a week in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth or visit them online at

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depending on what we find. Right now we are spinning some classics with dry sherry.

What drink turns you off? Vodka martinis. They are Vodkatinis, not Martinis.

189-191 Elizabeth St, Brisbane Answered by: Katherine Whitcroft What’s your bar’s specialty drink? It’s constantly changing,

What makes your bar different? The quiet,

relaxed, secluded, European feel. The ability to naturally start a conversation with the people at the next table, or just sit with a nice glass of wine and read a book. Like our single origin coffee we like to change our beer, wines and cocktails regularly, and have a team of staff that are passionate about the products we serve and love talking about why. What’s the design/ atmosphere of your bar? Sleek, clean, precise, with a little bit of jazz. The space is designed to feel refined yet inviting. The music is funky and can go

anywhere – the smooth sound of Eliza Fitzgerald can turn into the breaks of Kurtis Blow before you realise the record’s finished. The atmosphere feeds off it all – calm yet exciting, like you’re in a little hideaway. It’s a shelter from the city’s hustle and bustle. Best hangover cure? I like a daytime cold and flu tablet – painkillers with a little ‘upper’ in there to keep you awake. However, we know someone who likes to wake up with a vodka-Red Bull, which they drop a Berocca in for an extra kick.

HOT SPOT RIBS & BURGERS – SHOP 1, CENTRO ON JAMES, 39 JAMES STREET, FORTITUDE VALLEY Brisbane’s first Ribs & Burgers is now open! The celebrity fave is famous for its retro-butcher-meetsbistro-diner philosophy, and heavily guarded secret family recipes. If the mere no-messing-about name of the restaurant hasn’t piqued your interest yet, maybe some of the menu items will: beef, lamb and pork ribs (of course – served with chips and salad); Wagyu Burger (premium wagyu beef mince, tomato, Spanish onion, baby cos, dill pickles, crispy onion rings, pink and BBQ sauce); Cajun Chicken Burger (avo, chilli mayo, salsa, iceberg lettuce and Cajun spice); and crispy chicken wings.



REASONS TO TRAVEL BY BIKE TO GIGS - It’ll ensure you don’t get stuck in traffic or delayed by public transport fuck-ups. - Will get you pumped for the band*! (*Only if you don’t have to ride too far or hard) - If done regularly, will strengthen your leg muscles so you can stand and dance more at gigs. - You will be feeling full of adrenalin after a great gig so riding home (or to your next destination to keep the night going) is a great way to harness that energy - Once you get home you’ll be exhausted from all that riding and will fall into a deep and satisfying sleep. FACT. Illustration: Sophie Blackhall-Cain

ALCHEMY RESTAURANT AND BAR 175 Eagle St, Brisbane alchemyrestaurant. Answered by: Angelica Jolly What food couldn’t you live without? Pasta; love it. I’m Italian. What ingredient couldn’t you live without? Garlic. I’m sure you know why. What food fad do you see being popularised

next? Grill. Everything on the grill; it captures all we are in Australia. Healthy, laidback style of cooking. What’s the atmosphere of your restaurant? Upmarket and relaxed with five star service. Who is serving/cooking and what makes them special? All the staff at Alchemy are special. Each person offers a

different personality to our business, which makes us successful. Where do you eat out? Harvey’s New Farm, Beccofino, Spice Temple Melbourne and Sydney. What should I order

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EP FOCUS year. Genevieve is the first word we ever learnt to spell. We’ll like this EP if we like... The Lumineers and Mumford-style folk. The EP mixes the upbeat folk trend with some almost Xavier Rudd tones, eg didgeridoo.

OUR MAN IN BERLIN Answered by: Haydn Mansell EP title: Is It Right? How many releases do you have now? Two. This EP and the Temaze/The Run Around split-single from early-2013. Was anything in particular inspiring you during the making? Yep, lots of things inspired me: my bandmates, my friends, my family, Radiohead, Massive Attack, The Wire, The Stone Roses, Jeff Buckley, Thom Yorke, and heaps more.

Milk at the moment. But my favourites change all the time. We’ll like this EP if we like... Not sure. I guess you’ll like it if you like it. I like Bob Dylan and we sound nothing like that. Our Man in Berlin play Alhambra Lounge on Thursday 5 June.

Pierce Brothers play Black Bear Lodge on Wednesday 4 June and Solbar, Maroochydore on Thursday 5 June.

PIERCE BROTHERS Answered by: Jack Pierce EP title: The Night Tree How many releases do you have now? We have two releases: Blind Boys Run and The Night Tree Was anything in particular inspiring you during the making? We really wanted to bring a lot of depth into the songs; particularly the song It’s My Fault. Working with Cam Trewin (producer) was awesome; we always went in with heaps of creativity in mind. What’s your favourite song on it? Genevieve. We wrote it for our beautiful sister last

What’s your favourite song on it? I’m really digging Spilt



Was anything in particular inspiring you during the making? I had a fair bit of stuff going on in my personal life at the time of writing these songs, so that definitely contributed. I find life in general always supplies enough inspiration.

JOSH RENNIE-HYNES Album title: February Where did the title of your new album come from? I had some pretty heavy stuff go down in February of last year. A lot of this album is written and/or inspired by those experiences, hence the name. How many releases do you have now? One mini-album, and this will be my first full-length. How long did it take to write/ record? I’m always writing, but I had the studio locked in with Shane Nicholson for about six months prior to going in. And the recording/production process took about five weeks. 32 • THE MUSIC • 4TH JUNE 2014

What’s your favourite song on it? Start It Again – it’s quite a dark, harrowing and sparse track, and is unlike most other songs that I’ve written. Will you do anything differently next time? Hmmmm. I’d definitely like to record with a full/live band next time I think. And I’d love to make an analogue record someday too! When and where is your launch/ next gig? 11 Jun, Black Bear Lodge with Phil Smith and Bree De Rome. Be there! Josh Rennie-Hynes plays Black Bear Lodge on Wednesday 11 June.

THE LOVE JUNKIES Answered by: Mitch McDonald EP Title? Flight Test How many releases do you have now? We have three now. Two EPs and an album. Was anything in particular inspiring you during the making? I guess working on it at home and the freedom you have being in that situation. There was no pressure, so there was heaps of room for experimentation. What’s your favourite song on it? I reckon Storm Troopers is my favourite. Another gem from Rob, and a bunch of fun to help create.

We’ll like this EP if we like... Ping pong, gouda, blowfish and pickled bird tongues... Grunge and shit. People have said it sounds indie so maybe people who like “indie” music. The Love Junkies play Black Bear Lodge on Thursday 12 June.

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HAVE YOU HEARD Greatest rock’n’roll moment of your career to date? Don’t really have one but getting on stage with the boys is always gold. Why should people come and see your band? We offer a new fast-paced energetic show that should get you moving.

TSUN EP title: Moonshrine How many releases do you have now? This will be our second release.

TSUN play The Bearded Lady on Thursday 5 June and The Northern, Byron Bay on Saturday 7 June.

Was anything in particular inspiring you during the making? Recorded in remote hills surrounded by nature and no outside distractions.

XENS ARRIVAL Answered by: Dre McNally How did you get together? Most of us meet in high school but it wasn’t till much later we staring playing. Scored a kick arse drummer and started playing live (after some serious practice).

When and where for your next gig? Next gig is 6 Jun at the Redlands Rugby League Club Xens Arrival play Live! Loud! Local! at Redlands Rugby League Club on Friday 6 June.

Sum up your musical sound in four words? Energetic alternative punk rock

What’s your favourite song on it? It’s a split 7” with two Side As. We love them both

If you could support any band in the world – past or present – who would it be? Rise Against.

We’ll like this EP if we like... Taking an eerily psychedelic voyage through your own mind and transcending all bounds into the mystical unknown.

You’re being sent into space, no iPod, you can bring one album what would it be? Something fucking long.



on our album Listening Party which came out Oct 2013, out through our label Big Village Records. It features a bunch of grand guests Jeswon (Thundamentals), and Ozi Batla, and was produced by beatmaker extraordinaire P Major.

LOOSE CHANGE Answered by: Joel Rapaport Single title: Yes Or No ft Meklit What’s the song about? It’s a twisted love song about wanting someone who doesn’t really know if they want you back. Hilarity ensues... How long did it take to write/ record? The album Listening Party took roughly 12 months to write and record, and this song, like others, took a little while to tweak into shape. Hardest thing is pulling everything together: lyrics, beat, melodies. Is this track from a forthcoming release/existing release? Released

What was inspiring you during the song’s writing and recording? We are all close friends and a lot of writing songs for us is just having heart to heart chats about life, growing old, struggling to make it and people we care about. Also drinking tea. We’ll like this song if we like... Soulful honest rap fans telling it like it is, a passionate melody, a story and a damn cool groove. Do you play it differently live? We try and play with it a bit more live, our DJ also plays the trumpet so we normally get him to play a solo in the end. Loose Change play Alhambra Lounge on Thursday 19 June and Solbar, Maroochydore on Friday 20 June.

EAGLE & THE WORM Answered by: Jarrad Brown Single title: Automatic What’s the song about? Instinctive vibes. Automatic reactions. Subterranean mind connections. Tuning in. Tuning out. How long did it take to write/ record? A day for each. Is this track from a forthcoming release/existing release? It is a 7”. We released it into the world on 20 April for Record Store Day. And we have an album out later in the year that it may or may not be on.

What was inspiring you during the song’s writing and recording? Layers of sound. Rhythm sounds. Drums. Lots of words coming out like a drum beat. We’ll like this song if we like... Rhythm, lots of little sounds put together to make one bigger sound, bass guitar, brass. Do you play it differently live? A little. Not much. Sometimes we jam on the rhythms and go for longer. Eagle & The Worm play Black Bear Lodge on Friday 6 June.

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Our own local purveyors of cool Blank Realm have been announced as playing the prestigious Glastonbury Festival amidst their impending European sojourn! Smash it to ‘em!

POST-HEADACHE Royal Headache purportedly have a second album in the offing despite incessant rumours of their imminent demise, but frontman Shogun released a couple of live solo tracks on Sydney’s FBi radio last week which hint at a pretty awesome post-band future…

‘BOUT TIME Congrats to Peta Searle for becoming the first female coach in AFL history, signing as a fulltime assistant with St Kilda this week. She proves that there’s far more scope to women in footy than admin and goal umpiring…




Bring a butcher, a Chilean, a seedy bloke and a vanilla gorilla (whatever that is) together, chuck them some instruments, and enjoy the musical mutations of Bootleg Rascal. Catch the band Friday, The Northern, Byron Bay and Saturday, The Joynt.

When The Babe Rainbow announce that they’ll be embarking on the Secret Enchanted Broccoli Forest tour, you best open your mind to the fun. They play 27 Jun, Black Bear Lodge and 28 Jun, Miami Shark Bar.

Clearly taking their latest single Flashing Lights quite literal, Sydney pop mavericks Date Night At The Museum have put together a lush film clip for the track, and will launch the sensorial love with a 24 Jul free show at Ric’s Bar.




Long Gone Records presents a night of good ol’ rock’n’roll, featuring local trio Per Purpose, Sulphur Lights, Wrong Man, Maryettas and Moon Shine – and it won’t even cost you a dime! Be at Grand Central Hotel for Trainspotters, 14 Jun.

Alhambra Lounge will host White Summer on 13 Jun when the band roll through on their Smoke Screen national tour. With support from Cherry Dolls, this night of rock’n’roll should no doubt be illegal.

Things are going to be live and loud on Friday at Redlands Rugby League Club with Xens Arrival, Fox N Firkin, The Snatchettes and Lip Sinder all plugging in and ripping out. Tickets are $12 on the door.




Let Mzaza join the world’s musical dots for you when the local fusion experts blend the sounds of the east and west at Vision Gallery this Sunday. The gypsy group play with their Sydney friends, Chaika.

The winter solstice just got a little bit darker with news confirmed that Acorea, Feed, pictured, The Molotov and Flannelette will all perform at Stones Corner Hotel, 21 Jun. Prog, metal, heavy-asfuck rock – prepare yourself.

He said he was going to be back, and he wasn’t lying. It’s been 30 years since Terminator stormed into our lives, and to celebrate the anniversary the classic will be screening 17 Jun, 7pm at Schonell Theatre, UQ.




Making their visit count, muchloved folk collective My Friend The Chocolate Cake will play a family friendly matinee show at New Globe Theatre, 14 Jun, in addition to their 18+ headline show that night.

Smart and sublime indie jams for anyone with a pulse – We All Want To continue to combine melody and crunch like few other locals can. The supergroup of sorts play The Scratch, 14 Jun.

After a few years spreading their unique spacey sound around Brisbane, DTHWBBA are playing one last local show before heading back to Perth. See them off in style at New Globe Theatre this Friday with Elston Gunn, Tesla Coil and Walken.



Not the greatest start to our Origin defence, losing at home. Great game nonetheless, let’s equalise in Sydney and bring home nine on the trot up here in style in game number three!

RACIST AND GUTLESS… … a winning combination. Racist trolls harassing native Australian AFL players via social media during the Indigenous Round, god bless the internet. Some people need eternity in the room of mirrors…

HIS WAY = WRONG Do yourself a favour and avoid Christopher Lee’s “metal version” of My Way like the plague, it’s by far the most horrific thing he’s ever done in a lifetime of mining the macabre…

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Starting this week and happening every Friday during May, old school punk lads Shandy will be holding court at The Underdog after the midnight hours. Stomp your feet and join the gang – free thrills to start the weekend.

Wiggling will be replaced by ripping when Shire metal groovers Thrashed bring their party-starting riffs to Crowbar for a night of Gypsy Blood and more. Lap it up on 26 Jul.

Local folk/roots five-piece The Willow Seed are launching their debut single Whatever May Come with a show at New Globe Theatre, 19 Jun. Dynamic and diverse, you can expect a fanciful journey to play out on the night.




A frighting selection of bands are going to be communicating with evil inflections when Night Of The Dead comes to Beetle Bar, 13 Jun. Lizzard Wizzard, Deadweight Express, Dead Wolves, Black Deity and Dead Zephyr support.

Raw and apologetic, Gold Coast folk quartet Reichelt bring an unabashed intensity that most acts in their ilk shy away from. Hear their new album Books On Tape at The Zoo, 12 Jun and Ric’s Bar, 1 Aug.

Soak in the musical flavours of the New Orleans streets when Black Bear Lodge hosts Barksdale Brass Band. Their legendary performances always get the whole room moving, so get your dancing shoes laced up on 14 Jun.




Beaten Bodies are playing The Joynt, 19 Jun and The Brewery, Byron Bay, 20 Jun. The Sydney seven-piece have made a giant step forwards with their new record The Royal Road, so get your dancing shoes on.

With the shifting of seasons taking place around us, it feels natural that Gentleman Sir keep us warm with their sincerity and blazing musical heart. Hear their new single Laws Of God at Padre Bar, 13 Jun.

Three nights, three gigs, all free – your long weekend is sorted at The Brewery, Byron Bay. Catch The Lyrical on Friday; Faleepo Francisco, pictured, Saturday; and Andy Jans-Brown, Sunday.




After tearing up the Sunny Coast and Brisbane, The Ninjas are giving you one last chance to kick off, bringing their Kill Em All single launch to The Loft, Gold Coast, 14 Jun, with White Summer, Underwood Mayne and Liam Ward.

Army Of Champions will support The Bronx at the Crowbar, 16 Jun. With the LA punk’s 15 Jun show featuring High Tension all but sold out, this is your only chance to kick out the jams with one of the world’s great live bands.

Things are going to get sweaty when ten-piece His Merry Men reinterpret MJ’s Thriller at New Globe Theatre, 20 Jun. In addition, Jimi Beavis will tackle the Stones’ Sticky Fingers. Sahara Beck will also perform.


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the guide Sinjin Hawke + Tink + Silo DJs: Alhambra Lounge, Fortitude Valley

THE MUSIC PRESENTS TSUN: The Bearded Lady 5 Jun, The Northern 7 Jun

Jul, The Tivoli 4 Jul, Solbar 5 Jul, The Northern 6 Jul

Our Man In Berlin: Alhambra Lounge 5 Jun

Little Bastard: Black Bear Lodge 10 Jul, Solbar 11 Jul

New Empire: Old Museum 7 Jun

Something For Kate: The Tivoli 11 Jul

The Bronx: Crowbar 15 & 16 Jun In Hearts Wake: The Brightside 15 Jun, The Sands Tavern 29 Jun Hard-Ons: Coolangatta Hotel 20 Jun, Prince Of Wales 21 Jun The Audreys: Byron Theatre 19 Jun, Soundlounge 20 Jun, The Zoo 21 Jun, Solbar 22 Jun Frente!: Star Court Theatre 27 Jun, Brisbane Powerhouse 28 Jun Yeo: Alhambra Lounge 27 Jun, Solbar 28 Jun

Melody Pool & Marlon Williams: Black Bear Lodge 7 Aug

Between Kings + The Kinetics + Houses + Youthfire: Beetle Bar, Brisbane

BIGSOUND 2014: Fortitude Valley 10-12 Sep

Eagle & The Worm + Fox & Fowl + Love Signs: Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley

Gorguts: Crowbar 16 Nov

Bound For Ruin + Zenith + Skullphuck + Among The Vanished: Irish Club Hotel, Toowoomba Locky: Irish Murphy’s, Brisbane QLD Week Jazz Composers World Premieres: Queensland Multicultural Centre, Kangaroo Point Le Parti Soul feat. Scumguts + Black Deity + Cold Heart + DJ Redbeard: Ric’s, Fortitude Valley Jabba: Royal Exchange Hotel, Toowong DJ Apples: The Bearded Lady, West End Brisbane International Jazz Festival feat. Mal Wood + Bowery Hot 5 + more: The Bowery (9.30pm), Brisbane The Brodie Graham Band: The Joynt, South Brisbane Open Mic Night feat. various artists: The Loft, Chevron Island

THU 05

Our Man In Berlin + Allthingslost + Big Dead: Alhambra Lounge, Fortitude Valley

Out of Phase + Rabbit + Bilby + Go Go Fish: Beetle Bar, Brisbane Movement + Tincture: Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley Ellie Goulding + Broods: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, South Bank A Night of Diversity with Ingrid James + Brisbane Jazz Singers: Brisbane Jazz Club (7pm), Kangaroo Point Russ Walker + DJ J-Mixx: Chalk Hotel, Woolloongabba Jabba: Irish Murphy’s, Brisbane


REMi: Solbar 17 Jul, Bowler Bar 18 Jul

The Beards: The Spotted Cow 2 Jul, Soundlounge 3

The Round with Brad Butcher + Joshua Williams + Pat Tierney: Dowse Bar (Iceworks), Paddington

Brisbane International Jazz Festival feat. Michelle Nicolle Quartet: Brisbane Jazz Club, Kangaroo Point

The White Album Concert: QPAC 13 Jul

Dune Rats: The Zoo 28 Jun, Alhambra Lounge 29 Jun (U18)

Pierce Brothers: Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley

DJ Black Amex: Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley

Violent Soho: The Hi-Fi 12, 13 & 19 Jul

Bonjah: The Zoo 10 Oct, Racecourse Hotel 11 Oct, Surfers Paradise Beer Garden 12 Oct

WED 04

Psych-High-Way feat. Waxhead + Hobo Magic + Windrest + more: Beetle Bar, Brisbane

Brisbane International Jazz Festival feat. Mike Nock Trio + Jam Sessions: JMI Live, Bowen Hills Peter Fox: Logan Diggers Club, Logan Central LeSuits + Magenta Voyeur + Nonsemble + The Unofficials: New Globe Theatre, Fortitude Valley The Ten Tenors: QPAC (Lyric Theatre), Southbank Brisbane International Jazz Festival feat. Out Of Abingdon: Queensland Multicultural Centre (Foyer/7pm), Kangaroo Point Brisbane International Jazz Festival feat. Jukka Perko + Avara Trio: Queensland Multicultural Centre, Kangaroo Point Suburban Wolves + Howling Seas + DJ Valdis: Ric’s, Fortitude Valley Jeff Carter: Royal Exchange Hotel, Toowong Pierce Brothers: Solbar, Maroochydore TSUN + The Ottomans: The Bearded Lady, West End Creators Party with Wish For Wings + The Sweet Apes + Void Of Vision + Malice: The Brightside, Fortitude Valley Natalie de Jager: The Coffee Laboratory (6.30pm), Kelvin Grove

Brisbane International Jazz Festival feat. David Spicer Band + David Jones: Brisbane Jazz Club, Kangaroo Point Brisbane International Jazz Festival feat. The Enthusiastic Musicians’ Orchestra + Julian Arguelles + Brisbane Big Band: Brisbane Jazz Club (6pm), Kangaroo Point Metal of Honor feat. Valetrain + VICE + Wisdoms Realm + Skull Phuck + SIKNEsinsALVATION: Chardons Corner Hotel, Annerley Ejeca + guests: Coniston Lane (Bowler Bar), Fortitude Valley The Stafford Brothers: Eatons Hill Hotel, Eatons Hill Project 62 + Rohan + more: Irish Club Hotel, Toowoomba Berst + Nick Tango: Irish Murphy’s, Brisbane Upstairs At Murphy’s feat. various DJs: Irish Murphy’s (Upstairs), Brisbane The Fabulous Delltones: Kedron Wavell Services Club, Chermside South Brisbane International Jazz Festival feat. Ewan Mackenzie + Warwick Hargreaves Duo: Lambert’s Restaurant (6.30pm), Kangaroo Point Hailmary + Tusk + Cause In Affect + Flannelette + The Thrill: New Globe Theatre, Fortitude Valley Tesla Coil + DTHWBBA + Elston Gunn + Walken: New Globe Theatre (7.30pm), Fortitude Valley Hot Chip (DJ Set) + Matthew Dear: Oh Hello!, Fortitude Valley

Angela Fabian: The Joynt, South Brisbane

Innes Campbell: Padre Bar, Woolloongabba

Winter Acoustics with Joel French + Myles Larsen + Emma Ballard + Whitney Veitch + Robin Kimberly: The Loft, Chevron Island

Ron Pope: Princess Theatre (all ages), Woolloongabba

Ty Fader: The Plough Inn, Southbank The Bear Hunt + Mallory Vanetti + The Buzzrays: The Zoo, Fortitude Valley

FRI 06

White Lung + Upset + Waax!: Alhambra Lounge, Fortitude Valley

The Ten Tenors: QPAC (Lyric Theatre), Southbank David Campbell + John Bucchino: QPAC (Concert Hall), Southbank Brisbane International Jazz Festival feat. Mike Nock’s BigSmallBand + Unison Sound System: Queen Street Mall (4.30pm), Brisbane

Brisbane International Jazz Festival feat. Julien Wilson Quartet + Barney McAll: Queensland Multicultural Centre, Kangaroo Point Slim Jim Phantom: Racehorse Hotel, Booval Xens Arrival + Fox N Firkin + The Snatchettes + Lip Sinder: Redlands Rugby League Club, Thornlands The Ninjas + Fever Pitch + DJ Valdis: Ric’s, Fortitude Valley DJ Ryan: Ric’s (Upstairs), Fortitude Valley The Cover Up + Kim Sheehy: Royal Exchange Hotel, Toowong Madison Curve: Royal Mail Hotel (6.30pm), Goodna The Floating Bridges + Jack & The Giant Killers: Solbar, Maroochydore Drawn From Bees + Grand Pavillon: Soundlounge, Currumbin DJ Ritchie: Story Bridge Hotel (Shelter Bar/10pm), Kangaroo Point DJ Helmy: Taps Australia, Mooloolaba The Tiger & Me + Luna Junction: The Bearded Lady, West End The Getaway Plan: The Brightside, Fortitude Valley Coroner + Killrazer + Gorfield: The Hi-Fi, West End cRUE Mixtape Launch feat. various artists: The Loft, Chevron Island Will Day: The Plough Inn, Southbank Shandy: The Underdog, (midnight), Fortitude Valley Junior Danger + Youth Allowance + Mazer + Radioutkast: The Zoo, Fortitude Valley Cooly Rocks On feat. Frankie J Holden + Wilbur Wilde + Denise Drysdale: Twin Towns, Tweed Heads

SAT 07

Cookie Jar: Superheroes & Villains Party 2 feat. various DJs: 633 Ann, Fortitude Valley Gigahertz Showcase feat. The Pacconellies + Chasing The Jeffrey + Dead In A Second + Night Time Fiona: Albany Creek Tavern, Albany Creek DJ Indy Andy: Albany Creek Tavern (Creek Bar), Albany Creek


Grace Drummond: Broadwater Parklands (11am), Southport Honey + various DJs: Chalk Hotel, Woolloongabba Fireballs: Chardons Corner Hotel, Annerley Unplugged with Eurogliders: City Golf Club, Toowoomba TLC + DJ Def Rokk + Kaylah Truth: Eatons Hill Hotel, Eatons Hill The Chainsmokers: Family Nightclub, Fortitude Valley Trainspotters feat. Drunk Mums + The Good Sports + Surfin Bird + White Lodge + Wod: Grand Central Hotel, Brisbane The Aston Shuffle + DJ Trademark: Hamilton Hotel (H Lounge), Hamilton Stewart Fairhurst + Jeff Carter Duo: Hamilton Hotel (Public Bar), Hamilton Jabba + Locky: Irish Murphy’s, Brisbane Upstairs At Murphy’s + various DJs: Irish Murphy’s (Upstairs), Brisbane Transvaal Diamond Syndicate + guests: New Globe Theatre, Fortitude Valley Grindhouse Wrestling Beach Party Madness: New Globe Theatre, Fortitude Valley New Empire: Old Museum (all ages), Bowen Hills Tim Steward: Padre Bar, Woolloongabba The Ten Tenors: QPAC (Lyric Theatre), Southbank Brisbane International Jazz Festival feat. Leigh Carriage + Paula Girvan Quartet + Julian Arguelles + Trichotomy: Queen Street Mall (Main Stage/12pm), Brisbane Brisbane International Jazz Festival feat. Joshua Redman Quartet: Queensland Multicultural Centre (7pm/9.30pm), Kangaroo Point Ella Hooper: Racehorse Hotel, Booval Wolfpack + Crooked Face + DJ Valdis: Ric’s, Fortitude Valley DJ Ryan: Ric’s (Upstairs), Fortitude Valley Bad//Dreems: Rockinghorse Records (all ages), Brisbane Cfam: Royal Exchange Hotel, Toowong Dirtfarm Alt Country Festival feat. Midnight Son + The Crime Scene + Big Iron + Rattlehand + more: Royal Mail Hotel, Goodna Bullhorn + Bec Laughton: Solbar, Maroochydore Nat & Stu: Story Bridge Hotel (The Corner Bar/9pm), Kangaroo Point







the guide DJ Ritchie: Story Bridge Hotel (Shelter Bar/10pm), Kangaroo Point

Kristin Hersh + O’ Little Sister: Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley

ROSA + Roz Pappalardo: Studio 188, Ipswich

Slim Jim Phantom + special guests: Bramble Bay Bowls Club, Woody Point

The Swamps: Taps Australia, Mooloolaba Phil Smith + Bree De Rome: The Bearded Lady, West End Kisschasy + For Our Hero + The Sleepless Melody + Nine Sons Of Dan + The Lie Downs: The Brightside, Fortitude Valley ScHoolboy Q + Isaiah Rashad: The Hi-Fi, West End Bootleg Rascal + The Floating Bridges: The Joynt, South Brisbane Kevin Mark Trail + Shukura Chapman + Julie Hayes: The Loft, Chevron Island Ada Richards + Moonshine: The Plough Inn, Southbank Halfway + Harley Young + The Casuarinas: The Zoo, Fortitude Valley Cooly Rocks On feat. The Delltones: Twin Towns, Tweed Heads

SUN 08

DJ Bok Bok + L-Vis 1990 + Kush Club DJs: Alhambra Lounge, Fortitude Valley

Chaika + Mzaza: Vision Gallery, West End Wallapalooza feat. Helm + Hailmary + These Four Walls + more: Wallaby Hotel, Mudgeeraba

MON 09

Wolfmother + Slim Jim Phantom + Ella Hooper + Sheppard + Eurogliders + Tyrone Noonan + Pludo + The Tiger & Me + West Texas Crude + Shaun Kirk + Jessica Sarah + Chris Fair & The Fire + Venus Envy + more: Caxton Street Seafood & Wine Festival, Brisbane The Bennies + Fait Accompli: Crowbar, Fortitude Valley Kevin Mark Trail + Shukura Chapman: Dowse Bar (Iceworks), Paddington Queens Birthday Party feat. DJ Minx + Ember + Komes + Benibee + more: Eatons Hill Hotel, Eatons Hill Spike: Hamilton Hotel (Public Bar/2pm), Hamilton Chisel Revived: Hamilton Hotel, Hamilton Motez: Nautic Giants, Southport 5 Ways Festival feat. Tigerlilly + Mr Hill & Rahjconkas + Mashd n Kutcher + Antiheros + Rave Radio + more: Normanby Hotel (12pm), Red Hill Brianna Carpenter: Old Museum, Bowen Hills

Dead In A Second + The Pacconellies + Chasing The Jeffrey + Night Time Fiona: Albany Creek Tavern, Albany Creek


Will Sparks: Platinum Nightclub, Broadbeach Jeremy Rose Quartet + Jackson Harrison + Joshua Hatcher Trio + Gemma Turvey: Queen Street Mall (Main Stage/12pm), Brisbane Brisbane International Jazz Festival feat. Rafael Karlen + Steve Newcomb + Rosenberg String Quartet + Joseph O’Connor: Queensland Multicultural Centre (3pm), Kangaroo Point Don & The Mobsters + Switchblade Suzie: Ric’s, Fortitude Valley

DJ Ritchie: Story Bridge Hotel (Shelter Bar/3pm), Kangaroo Point June Tunes + GANGgajang + Asa Broomhall + Pippi Lips + Rawr Vanity + more: Stradbroke Hotel (12pm), Point Lookout From Busk Till Dawn Busking Comp Grand Final: Taps Australia (2pm), Mooloolaba Rohan + Dead Wolves: The Bearded Lady, West End Propagandhi + Crisis Alert + Dick Nasty: The Hi-Fi, West End Karl S Williams: The Joynt (4pm), South Brisbane Will Sparks: The Met, Fortitude Valley


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Rob Hackwood Duo: Irish Murphy’s, Brisbane Propagandhi + Crisis Alert + Bitter Lungs: Miami Tavern (Shark Bar), Miami

TUE 10

Woody Lives Here: Irish Murphy’s, Brisbane

The Bug feat. Hailey Calvert + Guitars Galore II: New Farm Bowls Club, New Farm Mark Sheils: Samford Valley Hotel, Samford Valley

tour guide


Club 19 Aug, Dowse Bar 20 Aug, The Treehouse 22 Aug

Dead Letter Circus: New Globe Theatre 4 Sep

Ellie Goulding, Broods: BCEC 5 Jun (AA)

Anathema: The Hi-Fi 21 Aug

360: Arena 6 Sep (U18 matinee/18+ evening)

Coroner: The Hi-Fi 6 Jun

Forever Came Calling: Snitch 21 Aug, The Lab 22 Aug (AA)

Ejeca: Coniston Lane 6 Jun

Kid Ink: The Hi-Fi 22 Aug

Ron Pope: Princess Theatre 6 Jun

Taking Back Sunday, The Used: Eatons Hill Hotel 22 Aug

White Lung: Alhambra Lounge 6 Jun

Boy & Bear: The Arts Centre Gold Coast 12 Sep, The Tivoli 13 Sep


Knapsack: Crowbar 23 Aug

Slim Jim Phantom: Racecourse Hotel 6 Jun, Bramble Bay Bowls Club 8 Jun

King Buzzo: Black Bear Lodge 24 Aug

Will Sparks: The Met 8 Jun, Platinum 8 Jun

Dune Rats: The Zoo 28 Jun, Alhambra Lounge 29 Jun (U18)

Lady Gaga: BEC 26 Aug

Graveyard Train: The Northern 11 Jun, The Zoo 13 Jun

The Dandy Warhols: The Tivoli 30 Aug

The Love Junkies: Black Bear Lodge 12 Jun

In Hearts Wake, Dream On Dreamer: The Brightside 15 Jun, The Sands Tavern 29 Jun

Kevin Mark Trail: The Loft 7 Jun, Dowse Bar 8 Jun

Kids In Glass Houses: The Brightside 30 Aug, The Lab 31 Aug (AA)

Twin Beasts: The Loft 12 Jun, Solbar 13 Jun, Beetle Bar 14 Jun

Kristin Hersh: Black Bear Lodge 8 Jun

Biffy Clyro: The Tivoli 4 Sep

Saskwatch: Soundlounge 13 Jun, The Zoo 14 Jun

Protest The Hero: The Hi-Fi 4 Sep

Bloods, Major Leagues: Black Bear Lodge 13 Jun

Anberlin: The Hi-Fi 6 Sep

The Paper Kites: The Northern 13 Jun, The Hi-Fi 14 Jun

Hot Chip DJs, Matthew Dear: Oh Hello! 6 Jun ScHoolboy Q: The Hi-Fi 7 Jun TLC: Eatons Hill Hotel 7 Jun

Propagandhi: The Hi-Fi 8 Jun, Miami Shark Bar 9 Jun Bastille: BCEC 13 Jun (AA)

Bob Dylan: BCEC 25 Aug

The Beards: The Spotted Cow 2 Jul, Soundlounge 3 Jul, The Tivoli 4 Jul, Solbar 5 Jul, The Northern 6 Jul 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

Bonjah: The Zoo 10 Oct, Racehorse Hotel 11 Oct, Surfers Paradise Beer Garden 12 Oct

FESTIVALS Cooly Rocks On: Coolangatta/ Tweed Heads 4 Jun-9 Jun Brisbane International Jazz Festival: BEMAC 4-8 Jun 5 Ways Festival: Normanby Hotel 8 Jun Caxton Street Seafood & Wine Festival: Caxton Street 8 Jun Live It Up: RNA Showgrounds 21 Jun Sonic Masala Fest: Greenslopes Bowls Club 21 Jun

Carcass: The Hi-Fi 13 Jun

Cannibal Corpse: The Hi-Fi 13 Sep

The Bronx: Crowbar 15, 16 Jun

Kanye West: BEC 15 Sep

Earth: Crowbar 17 Jun

Veruca Salt: The Zoo 24 Sep

Finntroll: The Zoo 18 Jun

Lancelot: Elsewhere 13 Jun, Oh Hello! 14 Jun

The Cairos: The Northern 3 Jul, Alhambra Lounge 4 Jul, The Spotted Cow 5 Jul, Broadbeach Tavern 6 Jul, Solbar 12 Jul

Justin Timberlake: BEC 26, 27 Sep

Mindsnare: The Brightside 14 Jun

Holy Holy: Black Bear Lodge 4 Jul

My Friend The Chocolate Cake: New Globe Theatre 14 Jun (3pm matinee/7pm evening)

Little Bastard: Black Bear Lodge 10 Jul, Solbar 11 Jul, The Rails 12 Jul

Freak Wave: Crowbar 14 Jun, Tym Guitars 15 Jun

Something For Kate: The Tivoli 11 Jul

BIGSOUND: Fortitude Valley Entertainment Precinct 10-12 Sep

Keith Urban, Sheppard: BEC 17, 18 Jun

Jeff Lang: Mullumbimby Town Hall 11 Jul, Brisbane Powerhouse 12 Jul

Soulfest: Riverstage 25 Oct

Supersuckers: The Zoo 19 Jun La Dispute, Balance & Composure: Trinity Hall 19 Jun (AA), The Hi-Fi 20 Jun

Sepultura: The Hi-Fi 4 Oct

Dragon: Kedron Wavell Services Club 20 Jun, Twin Towns 21 Jun

Gorguts: Crowbar 16 Nov

Aborted: Miami Shark Bar 20 Jun, The Brightside 21 Jun, The Lab 22 Jun (AA) Band Of Skulls: The Hi-Fi 21 Jun Katchafire: Miami Marketta 22 Jun

Rick Springfield: Eatons Hill Hotel 9 Oct, Twin Towns 10 Oct

Accept: The Hi-Fi 16 Nov The Rolling Stones: Brisbane Entertainment Centre 18 Nov Toxic Holocaust: The Northern 19 Nov, Crowbar 20 Nov Rick Astley: The Tivoli 21 Nov, Twin Towns 22 Nov

Joan As Police Woman: The Hi-Fi 24 Jun

Amaya Laucirica: The Treehouse 13 Jun, The Bearded Lady 14 Jun

Loose Change: Alhambra Lounge 19 Jun, Solbar 20 Jun Hard-Ons: The Northern 19 Jun, Coolangatta Hotel 20 Jun, Prince Of Wales 21 Jun

Story Of The Year: The Hi-Fi 26 Jun

Katy Perry: BEC 27, 28, 30 Nov, 1, 15 Dec

The Creases: Black Bear Lodge 20 Jun

Tinie Tempah: The Met 27 Jun

Passenger: Riverstage 25 Jan

Wagons: The Zoo 20 Jun

Buried In Verona: The Brightside 17 Jul, The Lab 18 Jul (AA)

The Upbeats: Ellements Lounge 28 Jun

Roxette: BEC 10 Feb

Mondo Rock: Eatons Hill Hotel 20 Jun

Dave Graney: Beetle Bar 18 Jul, Solbar 19 Jul, The Northern 20 Jul

Straight Arrows: The Brightside 20 Jun

sleepmakeswaves: The Northern 18 Jul, The Zoo 19 Jul

Josh Pyke: Empire Theatre 20 Jun (AA), Majestic Theatre 21 Jun (AA), Byron Cultural & Community Centre 22 Jun (AA)

Crooked Colours: Alhambra Lounge 19 Jul, Beach Hotel 24 Jul

Psycroptic: Miami Shark Bar 20 Jun, The Brightside 21 Jun, The Lab 22 Jun (AA)

Hugo Race: Junk Bar 26 Jul, Brisbane Powerhouse 27 Jul

Eagles: BEC 10 Mar

The Crimson Projekct: The Hi-Fi 28 Jun


Tiny Ruins: Black Bear Lodge 1 Jul

TSUN: The Bearded Lady 5 Jun, The Northern 7 Jun

Bell X1: The Zoo 4 Jul Lloyd Cole: Brisbane Powerhouse 10 Jul, Soundlounge 11 Jul, Star Theatre 12 Jul Henry Fong: The Brightside 11 Jul, Platinum 19 Jul Gareth Emery: Platinum 17 Jul, The Met 18 Jul Lorde: Riverstage 20 Jul Pelican: The Zoo 24 Jul Andrew Strong: The Commitments: The Tivoli 25 Jul, Twin Towns 26 Jul

Our Man In Berlin: Alhambra Lounge 5 Jun The Getaway Plan: The Brightside 6 Jun, The Hi-Fi 6 Sep Eurogliders: Lismore Workers Club 6 Jun, City Golf Club 7 Jun, Buderim Tavern 8 Jun

Allday: Coniston Lane 20 Jun The Audreys: The Byron Theatre 19 Jun, Soundlounge 20 Jun, The Zoo 21 Jun, Solbar 22 Jun

Remi: Solbar 17 Jul, Coniston Lane 18 Jul, The Brewery 19 Jul

Perfect Tripod: QPAC 25 Jul

Bodyjar: The Hi-Fi 7 Aug Kate Miller-Heidke: Empire Church Theatre 7 Aug, QPAC 8 Aug

Deez Nuts, Confession: Crowbar 20 Jun

Melody Pool & Marlon Williams: Black Bear Lodge 7 Aug, St Martin’s Parish Hall 8 Aug

Eagle & The Worm: Black Bear Lodge 6 Jun

I, A Man: Grand Central Hotel 21 Jun

Clare Bowditch, Adalita: Powerhouse Theatre 8 Aug

Halfway: The Zoo 7 Jun

Chet Faker: The Tivoli 21 Jun, Lake Kawana Community Centre 22 Jun

James Reyne plays Australian Crawl: Eatons Hill Hotel 8 Aug, The Tivoli 9 Aug

Yeo: Alhambra Lounge 27 Jun, Solbar 28 Jun

Seekae, Jonti: The Zoo 12 Aug

New Empire: Old Museum 7 Jun

Neurosis: The Hi-Fi 4 Aug

Hell City Glamours: Crowbar 7 Jun

Hanson: The Tivoli 5 Aug, Coolangatta Hotel 6 Aug

Drunk Mums: Grand Central Hotel 7 Jun

I Am Giant: The Rev 6 Aug

Rüfüs: Beach Hotel 8 Jun

Vincent Cross: New Farm Bowls

The Bennies: Crowbar 8 Jun

Frente!: Star Court Theatre 27 Jun, Brisbane Powerhouse 28 Jun Hands Like Houses: The Brightside 28 Jun

Splendour In The Grass: North Byron Parklands 25-27 Jul Gympie Music Muster: Gympie 28-31 Aug

The White Album Concert ft Tim Rogers, Chris Cheney, Phil Jamieson and Josh Pyke: QPAC 13 July (matinee & evening)

The Holidays: Alhambra Lounge 20 Jun

The Vibrators: Prince Of Wales 28 Jun

WinterSun Festival: Eumundi Amphitheatre 29 Jun

Violent Soho, The Smith Street Band: The Hi-Fi 12, 13 Jul

Agnes Obel: Old Museum 25 Nov

One Direction: Suncorp Stadium 11 Feb

Jam’n’Beats: Club Greenslopes 28 Jun

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The Aston Shuffle: The Zoo 29 Aug Busby Marou: Soundlounge 29 Aug, Eatons Hill Hotel 30 Aug (AA)



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The Music (Brisbane) Issue #41  

The Music is a free, weekly gloss magazine of newsstand quality. It features a diverse range of content including arts, culture, fashion, li...

The Music (Brisbane) Issue #41  

The Music is a free, weekly gloss magazine of newsstand quality. It features a diverse range of content including arts, culture, fashion, li...