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“BY THE TIME ET BLARES OUT WE’VE SURVIVED CHANT-INDUCED BEER-SKOLLING, A GIGANTIC GLITTER GUN, STAGE INVASIONS AND MASS CROWD SURFING.” - DUNE RATS DO IT CRAZY – FIND OUT HOW THE HOMECOMING SHOW WENT DOWN (P28)
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“SO DOES SIA NEED TO DO LONG-PLAYERS FOR HERSELF ANYMORE? PROBABLY NOT, BUT THANK FUCK SHE DOES THEM ANYWAY.”
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This Saturday marks the fifth annual Teneriffe Festival, in which the streets of Teneriffe come alive with markets, fashion, dining, historical displays and – most importantly – free live music! It runs from 9am to 9pm and includes acts such as Darren Middleton, The Good Ship, The Belligerents, Tourism, Adam Gibson (of The Aerial Maps), Sahara Beck, Avabaree and many, many more! Get amongst it!
Do you have kids, or are you a big kid at heart? Then you’re going to delight at the vibrant technicolour shenanigans of the Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! crew! DJ Lance Rock and his cast of wondrous friends are making the long trek back to Australia, and you can catch them all – plus their swag of silly songs and special musical guests – at Powerkids Festival at Brisbane Powerhouse, playing multiple daily shows up until Friday.
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A new exhibition titled Metaphor In Every Corner Of The Room opens at Lust For Life Tattoo and Espresso Bar in Fortitude Valley this week, and it finds three young local artists – Phoebe Paradise, Erin Michelle and Elle-Louise Burguez – showcasing their skills as they explore a diverse array of themes and inspirations in mural form using a variety of mediums. The launch kicks off this Thursday at 6pm – support your local artists! BRISBANE
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SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS
AIN’T NOTHING SLOW ME DOWN
After Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings had announced the release of new album Give The People What They Want last year, the livewire frontwoman was diagnosed with cancer. In typical fashion though, Jones didn’t stop fighting, and now she’s healthy and ready to lead her charges in the ultimate soul explosion. The group will visit us in spring, playing 5 Sep, The Tivoli, Brisbane; 8 & 9 Sep, Astor Theatre, Perth; 13 Sep, Sydney Town Hall; 17 Sep, Meeniyan Town Hall; and 19 Sep, Melbourne Town Hall, with Bombay Royale also appearing at select dates.
The success of last year’s Given The Chance has driven Danny Harley, aka The Kite String Tangle, to finally put out a debut EP, with launch dates happening all around the country. Get some warm electronica at Amplifier, Perth, 22 Aug; Karova Lounge, Ballarat, 5 Sep; Corner Hotel, Melbourne, 6 Sep; Zierholz, Canberra, 11 Sep; Manning Bar, Sydney, 12 Sep; Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, 13 Sep; and Spiegeltent, Brisbane Festival, 17 Sep.
START A RIOT
Dead Kennedys have unfinished business with Australia, and they’re set to spread their vitriol and shake political apathy from our souls with a series of punk rock master-classes. The Bedtime For Democracy tour happens 1 Oct, 170 Russell, Melbourne; 3 Oct, The Hi-Fi, Brisbane; 4 Oct, Coolangatta Hotel, Gold Coast; 5 Oct, The Hi-Fi, Sydney; 8 Oct, Mona Vale Hotel; 9 Oct, Entrance Leagues Club; 10 Oct, The Small Ballroom, Newcastle; and 11 Oct, Capitol, Perth.
SIGNING OFF IN STYLE
Visiting us for a 29th and final time, veteran rocker Suzi Quatro will plug in 28 Jan, Regal Theatre, Perth; 6 Feb, Arts Centre, Melbourne; 10 Feb, Frankston Arts Centre; 12 Feb, Canberra Theatre; 13 Feb, Enmore Theatre, Sydney; 17 Feb, WIN Entertainment Centre, Wollongong; 18 Feb, Newcastle Entertainment Centre; 20 Feb, Twin Towns, Tweed Heads; 22 Feb, Empire Theatre, Toowoomba; 24 Feb, Brisbane Convention Centre; and 25 Feb, Events Centre, Caloundra.
FRYING IT UP
Their bangers are as delicious as the name suggests, and Peking Duk are in one hell of a mood to celebrate after scoring double Platinum sales for their Nicole Millar featuring jam High. After they do the Splendour In The Grass thing, they bring the party to Oxford Art Factory, 6 & 9 Aug; The Met, Brisbane, 12 Aug; Karova Lounge, Ballarat, 13 Aug; Corner Hotel, Melbourne 14 & 15, 17 & 18 Aug; Meche, Canberra, 16 Aug; and Villa Nightclub, Perth, 23 & 24 Aug.
“I FEEL THE SAME ABOUT MOST ADAM SANDLER VEHICLES.”
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After spending the last few years following their own rabbit trails, Angus & Julia Stone are settling into their brother-sister guise again. Hear tracks off their Rick Rubin-produced self-titled third record 13 Sep, Llewellyn Hall, Canberra; 14 Sep, Sydney Opera House; 17 Sep, Civic Theatre, Newcastle; 18 Sep, The Tivoli, Brisbane; 21 Sep, The Arts Centre Gold Coast; 23 Sep, Perth Concert Hall; and 26 Sep, Palais Theatre, Melbourne. Support from Brisbane’s Vancouver Sleep Clinic.
TITANS UNITE ON THE MIC Mega Aussie hip hop supergroup One Day, featuring members of Horrorshow, Spit Syndicate, Jackie Onassis and Joyride, are making sure the sounds of Sydney’s inner west are being heard nationally with the release of new record Mainline. Watch history go down 5 Sep, 170 Russell, Melbourne; 13 Sep, Capitol, Perth; 19 Sep, Enmore Theatre, Sydney; 20 Sep, The Hi-Fi, Brisbane; and 26 Sep, ANU Bar, Canberra.
WRITING ON THE WALL
Billed as an “apocalyptic love letter to humanity” where cutting edge electronica and contemporary dance collide, Chunky Move’s Keep Everything traces movements from human evolution to robots and back again. Put together by Presets members Kim Moyes and Julian Hamilton, and choreographer Anthony Hamilton, the works tours 23 – 26 Jul, PICA, Perth; 31 Jul – 2 Aug, Brisbane Powerhouse; 13 – 16 Aug, Performance Space, Sydney; and 20 – 24 Aug, Arts House, Melbourne.
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EVERYBODY GET UP
They’ve already delivered the highest selling single of the year thus far, but family-centred pop crew Sheppard are hoping for so much more from 2014, with their forthcoming debut Bombs Away. Get dancing with the Brisbane six-piece at Eatons Hill Hotel, 25 Jul.
CAN’T BEAT HOME
KICK OUT THE JAMS
You can be sure of a massive party going down when local punk revellers The Bennies and US visitors Morning Glory get together for a co-headline run of epic proportions. The two bands kick off their tour at The Spotted Cow, Toowoomba, 12 Sep, before playing The Lab, 13 Sep (all ages/afternoon) and Crowbar, 13 Sep (evening).
Blues rock powerhouse Transvaal Diamond Syndicate finish their Down To Mexico tour with gigs at Toowoomba Irish Club, 22 Aug; Taps Mooloolaba, 24 Aug (2pm); Coolangatta Hotel, Gold Coast, 29 Aug; Rainbow Beach Hotel, 30 Aug; and Royal Mail Hotel, Goodna, 5 Sep (2pm).
ONLY MEN TO BLAME
After kicking serious arse on their maiden voyage a few years back, garage surf punk mainstays Obits are booking in for a second visit, and will play Crowbar, 3 Aug with local kindred spirits SixFtHick.
TURN THE PAGE
Literary lovers should head to the Sunny Coast 18 – 27 Jul for the 13th annual Noosa Long Weekend Festival, with a talented list of authors and poets taking part in a range of events. Full program and tix at event website.
STREETS COME ALIVE
Feel the beat at Tenerife Festival this Saturday, with a great musical lineup including The Good Ship, Darren Middleton, The Belligerents, Nat Dunn, Cafeine, Sahara Beck and plenty of others. Music at the free event kicks off from 9am.
HEART AND SPIRIT
Hold on to something tight at Crowbar, 6 Sep when British devastators Conan hammer home their bold brand of doom metal. The Merseyside cavemen are making their first voyage Down Under, and have invited Yanomamo out on the road with them, making for one distortedly violent night.
Bangarra Dance Theatre will be returning to QPAC next month, bringing their brand new work Patyegarang to the Playhouse stage, 15 – 23 Aug. Discover a part of this country’s shared history.
KICKING IN ALL CORNERS Narrated by David Wenham and directed by Michael Stringer McIntyre, Aussie Rules The World is a sports/travel documentary that looks at our national footy code as AFL tries to go global. A premiere screening happens 6 Aug, Palace Barracks Cinemas.
“BORDER PATROL AGENTS BUSTED SMUGGLERS TRYING TO MOVE POT INSIDE FAKE WATERMELONS. WOW, THAT SOUNDS WAY MORE UNCOMFORTABLE THAN A CONDOM.” STEPHEN COLBERT [@STEPHENATHOME] ALWAYS BRINGS THE ZING. 10 • THE MUSIC • 2ND JULY 2014
Brisbane trance champion Tydi is taking time out from his US domination to visit some familiar friends this side of the Pacific. Hear plenty of bass-heavy nuggets 1 Aug, Family, 2 Aug, Platinum, Gold Coast and 9 Aug, Wharf Tavern, Mooloolaba.
SCOTT BARES ALL
Denise Scott will be laying it all out in her new show, Mother Bare. Winner of the Barry Award at the 2014 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Mother Bare is a story about motherhood, from delivery room to empty nest. Join the laughs when Scott visits Brisbane Powerhouse, 20 – 31 Aug.
NOT GIVING IN
Life has taken Dewayne Everettsmith on a winding journey, with times both good and bad. However, it’s his honesty about both sides of the coin which makes his music resonate so deep and true, and on his debut album Surrender the Hobart-based troubadour leaves nothing unsaid. Catch him when he plays New Globe Theatre, 29 Jul.
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JOHN BUTLER TRIO
RURAL BLOOD AND SWEAT
Taking their roots flavour to the far flung corners of our state, John Butler Trio are steering clear of the cities on their latest Queensland run, taking the path less travelled instead. You can catch them on the regional leg of their Flesh & Blood tour as part of Caloundra Music Festival, 4 Oct and at Empire Theatre, Toowoomba, 5 Oct.
One of this country’s most legendary songwriters, Steve Kilbey, will be stepping away from his duties with the church to perform a couple of special acoustic performances as part of The Green Room sessions at Imperial Hotel, Eumundi. Expect a huge amount of classics from his treasured catalogue, and some rare and reworked jams too.
THE NEXT CONTENDER
Hairy American five-piece Manchester Orchestra are going to turn the volume up nice and loud when they lay down some thick riffs at The Hi-Fi, 12 Nov. Over the course of the last decade the band have been on a steady build, with this year’s Cope standing as the head-turner they’ve been threatening to deliver. Be a part of the movement.
JUST SAY YES
Don’t want to? Then we’ll do it for you. Grammy-winning rockers Yes will be treating fans to a mammoth night of classics on 14 Nov, when the Englishmen headline at Jupiters on the Gold Coast, playing their groundbreaking early-‘70s records Fragile and Close To The Edge in full, before rounding out the evening with a greatest hits encore. Tickets on sale from Monday. 12 • THE MUSIC • 2ND JULY 2014
THE DELTA RIGGS
FRESH AND FULL OF LIFE
Get to Noosa AFL Grounds, 13 Sep, for a big all ages session with East Coast Originals rebranding as Originals Music Festival. The line-up features the likes of Ash Grunwald (with The Living End’s Andy Strachan and Scotty Owen), Sticky Fingers, Kingswood, Bonjah, OKA, The Delta Riggs, Bec Laughton, Electrik Lemonade, In2Nation, Soula, Carl Wockner, Ayla and Sahara Beck, while tickets are a steal at earlybird prices of $40+BF – get on it at originalsmusicfestival.com.
Warm up your heart with the aural heaviness of Harmony when the gloriously haunting Melbourne sextet headline at Beetle Bar, 9 Aug. Locals Keep On Dancin’s and Woolpit will also be on hand to help out, all but guaranteeing your $12+BF is well spent. Head to Oztix now.
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MASS SKY RAID
TRICKS OF THE TRADE
Portland, Oregon rockers The Upsidedown will be supporting their good friends The Dandy Warhols during their 30 Aug show at The Tivoli. The six-piece have recorded at the Dandy’s Odditorium in the past, and have toured with everyone from The Black Angels to The Jesus & Mary Chain.
Have you always wanted to take down a casino? Raise the dead? Convince people you’re a psychic? Well, you can learn how when mentalist Sean Mergard and comedy magician Pete Booth show you the tricks of tricksters this Friday and Saturday at The Amerex Warehouse, Seventeen Mile Rocks. $20, 15+.
There are few scarier propositions in Australian heavy music than King Parrot, and with the Melbourne mentalists announcing their Winter Blizzard tour we get to experience their ferociousness firsthand. The gang finish up their tour in Queensland, playing Vaudeville Room, Caloundra, 1 Aug and Crowbar, 2 Aug. Hipster baiting rambling jam man Justin Heazlewood, aka The Bedroom Philosopher, is inviting all and sundry to Southside Tea Room, 20 Jul, to hear excerpts from his new book, Funemployed: Life As An Artist In Australia and songs from his accompanying EP, Funemployed. Expect some giggles, but also a boatload of talent from this master musical linguist.
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REASON TO BELIEVE The Caairos don’t want to “sell any other producers short”, but as Alisstarr Richard dson tells Ben nny Do oylee, working with Nick DiDia “was another level”. Cover and feature pics by Terryy Soo.
ormally a debut has a few kinks – a couple of creases. Because it’s all just about getting an album out and touring it, right? Right? Not according to Brisbane quartet The Cairos. Dream Of Reason is the cream of a 100-plus song crop, “exercises in writing music” as summarised by Alistar Richardson. Reflecting on the process behind the record, a creative stretch that has seen some of these songs exist in one form or another for up to two years, the frontman admits that the hard part has passed and now it’s just about getting these songs heard. “I
album, you don’t need to rush it, this is your first album,” Richardson recalls. “And of course we were writing two songs a day; we wanted to get into the studio as quick as we could. “For us, it doesn’t take long to get the bones of a song down – we’ll record the drums first, and if you’re doing nothing you can stay up in front of the computer with the guitars, so we were all sitting around adding stuff. But that was the turning point, when we got our own computers. We could make our own demos, and the songs really took an advanced leap – we could sit back and analyse songs, take things apart and re-record them. That was the point where we went, ‘Oh wow, we can really come up with something
we’ve been writing for a bit longer, to be able to show what we can do has been a real important thing to us, and we definitely enjoy the mix of songs we have on [the album].” However, Richardson adds that the task of whittling a tracklist was tedious to say the least. “I’d never be able to explain to you how frustrating it was to get it down to ten songs,” he laughs. The album’s diverse content is a direct by-product of the fact that all four Cairos’ members tackle songwriting duties equally. According to Richardson, sharing those individual viewpoints, together, was a massive factor when writing this debut. “The toughest part, because there are so many different sounding things, was finding out which [elements] would suit each other the best. Because when you have an opportunity to go and record with someone like Nick DiDia and it’s your first album, there’s a lot of obsession regarding what you’re going to do and what’s going to happen. But strangely, it worked out really well. It [was] difficult, but it did work out.” With plenty of robust guitar parts and subtly layered harmonies, DiDia’s expertise can be heard throughout Dream Of Reason. The band decamped to Byron Bay’s Studios 301 to cut the full-length with the acclaimed producer, who’s worked with massive acts such as Pearl Jam, Rage Against The Machine and, closer to home, Powderfinger, helming that band’s most successful run of records – 1998’s Internationalist, 2000’s Odyssey Number Five and 2003’s Vulture Street
“HHE CAME TO OUR REHEARSA AL STUDIOO, HE SAW US LIIVE, AND HE REALLY WA ANTED TO GET US HOW WE WANTEED TO BE.””
feel like we’re pretty seasoned now – we’re not spring chickens anymore. But maybe it’s the new spring?” he warmly ponders. “Everything has gone on for such a long time that it’s exciting we’ve finally got all the pieces in place. All we have to do is give it our best and really hope that [the album] connects with people.” The Cairos have penned some utter gem singles in the past – 2012 tracks We All Buy Stars and Shame drive that fact home. But when you listen to Dream Of Reason, you’re immediately taken aback by how much the band have extended themselves and embraced the ideals of the full-length album. There are moments where they kick up the intensity (Two Weeks Of Eternity) and periods where they pull the sheets right back (Insane), and in between those extremes they explore the worlds of indie rock and pop with unabashed exuberance. Richardson, the guitarist and vocalist, says the friends had no problem taking their time and making sure the tracks they eventually brought together for this debut were the best of the bunch. Had they looked for a quick follow-up to 2012’s Colours Like Features EP and rushed to get a fulllength out 12-18 months ago, he thinks they would have been left with nothing more than a continuation of their past, rather than the fresh present we’re enjoying now. “We had to slow down – even Josh [Kellett – A&R] from Island was saying a lot of the best songs you’re going to write are going to be just before you go into the 14 • THE MUSIC • 2ND JULY 2014
special here.’ It gave us a lot more confidence in the studio as well.” At ten tracks, Dream Of Reason doesn’t overstay its welcome. The songs were chosen after each band member – Richardson, Alfio Alivuzza (guitar), Reuben Schafer (bass) and Jacob Trotter (drums) – put together a top 20 list from their expansive pool of demos. The tunes that made the cut were earmarked by all four boys during that selection process. “We’ve always been different songwriters and we’ve come up with different sounds, but I think only ever doing EPs we’ve sort of concentrated ourselves into a certain kind of sound just to have some sort of cohesion. Now that we’re older and
– before reconnecting with the Brisbane arena rockers once more on their final outing, 2009’s Golden Rule. “In the past when we’ve recorded with producers they haven’t really seen us play live; they’ve kinda had their own sound and way they come up with things, so automatically before you’ve even hit a beat they’ll set the drums up the way they want to and they’ll have a preconceived idea of what you’ll sound like,” Richardson admits. “With Nick, he came to our rehearsal studio, he saw us live, and he really wanted to get us how we wanted to be. He understood the best out of any producer we’ve ever had, and that’s not to sell any other producers short – we’ve had great times working with other producers – but it was another level with Nick.” Settling into their surrounds outside of peak season also provided The Cairos with the quiet solitude they needed to personally zero in on the album. “We’d done a few EPs in Sydney, but there’s lots of distractions in the big city. In Byron – it wasn’t summer so it wasn’t party central; it was cold and we had our little house next to the studio, and it was very intimate, we all cooked dinner, and we’d go in the studio all day – it was a great environment, the perfect getaway. It was five or six weeks, which is quite a lot of time to be nestled in a studio, but we just loved it.” The social clatter of Brisvegas was another element that The Cairos wanted to step away from, albeit briefly. Undeniably entwined in the city’s current rock scene,
the band have played an integral part in Brisbane’s recent resurgence, one which has helped bands like Ball Park Music, The Jungle Giants, Violent Soho, Last Dinosaurs and Dune Rats find significant success both domestically and abroad. Sean Caskey (Last Dinosaurs) and BC Michaels (Dune Rats) have even done time in The Cairos, though Richardson, knowing full well what their respective schedules are like, was at odds about constantly flooding their respective inboxes looking for feedback while making Dream Of Reason. “There are definitely close friends of ours who’d come around to our place and we’d play them a few songs and they’d be really excited about it,” he says. “There’s a lot of these people in Brisbane, a lot of these bands that we’ve been friends with since high school, so there’s a lot of mutual respect, and getting people’s opinions is a massive part of it. However, if we had have sent all our demos to them no one would have paid attention.” Instead, The Cairos kept things in-house for the most part. But with a band full of guitar-wheeling, free-thinking
individuals, inspiration is never far away anyhow. “And that’s always been the case with us,” Richardson enthuses. “If there is a creative lull there’s always three other songwriters in the band, and once you come up with an idea people feed on it and really turn it into something. And I think the best way to overcome writer’s block is collaborating as well, because if you think you haven’t got an idea, once somebody else comes up with [something] it just unlocks all these ideas in your own head.”
WHAT: Dream Of Reason (Universal) WHEN & WHERE: 4 Jul, Alhambra Lounge; 5 Jul, The Spotted Cow, Toowoomba; 6 Jul, Sounds Of Sunday, Broadbeach
Warped nature. That’s how you’d best describe the mesmeric cover fronting Dream Of Reason. With a spitting volcano, two-headed snakes and a rainbow of bright colours, The Music is reminded of Homer Simpson’s hallucinogenic voyage after scoffing down some Guatemalan insanity peppers. However, we discover there were no chillies consumed for this piece; it’s just the handiwork of Sydney surrealist Mia Taninaka, who has sketched art on everything from paper and canvas to surfboard fins, animal figures and clay mushrooms. Richardson says the bandmates had a few ideas to get the ball rolling, but decided to look outside their established creative circle to flesh out their vision. “We knew a few artists, but sometimes when you’re working with friends it’s hard to get stuff out of them, like you feel too comfortable to overrule them,” he explains. “But giving someone else the chance to interpret the album, [it provides] a fresh perspective. “We liked the other stuff that Mia had done with album covers and stuff like that. The thing we liked was that there were a lot of intricacies and layers to the art she was coming up with, with a darker side to it as well. And we gave her direction, like there’s a lot of things going on in this album, but ultimately [we wanted her] to come up with something herself. Reuben [Schaffer], our bass player, just wanted monsters, so that was her cue.”
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BUILDING IT THEMSELVES
that kind of set the table, it’s like, ‘Man if we just make somethin’ that sounds insane – let’s create something that’s undeniable – and that song’s sort of undeniable...”
Returning with their fourth record Cope, Manchester Orchestra frontman Andy Hull tells Tyler McLoughlan in no uncertain terms why this is the album that truly sounds the way he wanted it to.
nown for building a rock dynamic that moves between intricate melodies and raw assaults on the senses by way of often tender, storydriven plots, Atlanta outfit Manchester Orchestra are back with an absolute beast of a record. Andy Hull explains the creative process which began with the band building a studio with their bare hands. “Yeah, that is literally what we did,” chuckles Hull in a way that shows he’s still aware of how crazy an idea it was. “We have a friend that had done a few home studios and he’s a kind of carpenter guy by trade and a couple of the guys in the band – not me – are very good with that stuff. I’d come by every day, bring everybody lunch and tell everybody they’re doin’ a great job…” It was a bold and ambitious way of asserting their newly independent status, and though it took cost pressures off the band, the album itself didn’t flow as quickly as expected. “I really was just looking at the Simple Math cycle and we were all pretty tired after touring for so long and it was really just kind of like, in order to be productive and start putting one foot in front of the other foot, what do we have to do? We have to find a place to record our stuff. We’d always had a studio but this place is like $1,700 a month and we could buy this house and pay $1,200 a month so it just made sense – and we all used to live in this house and the skies opened up and told us this is what you should do… I think we all thought it would come pretty naturally but it didn’t; we were writing a lot of B-minus, B-plus songs, C-plus, C-minus songs. I think it allowed us the time; I think not having a label also allowed us the time to make sure that what we released was exactly what we wanted it to be...” Hull admits. It wasn’t until the band came up with the album’s dirty, riff-heavy title track that they realised what Cope was going to be.
“We were just striking out, and other baseball references… and we just didn’t have anything. And I wrote these lyrics that really hit me, and it’s funny ‘cause now I go back to listen to
On first listen, Cope is a flat-out wall-of-guitars record. The question of where Chris Freeman’s keys have disappeared to is one that Hull suggests is paramount to the switch in dynamic. “He’s in there, it just all sounds like a guitar. He wrote all of his parts through a guitar amp so all of the stuff that you hear that sounds like another guitar is actually him – we just found that that was really blending well with the sounds. I think people think keys need to sound modern or whatever but we just put it through this big Fender amp and cranked it and on a couple of songs it’s the lead line but just sounds like guitar… I think we just all were dedicated to the sound, from drums to bass and all of it; we really wanted it to be just slammed. And I think it sounds like a guitar record to people because the guitars are louder than what they’re used to hearing. I’ve read a few people going, ‘I don’t understand the mix’ – it’s not supposed to sound like everything else that you listen to; it’s supposed to challenge you.”
“I THINK NOT HAVING A LABEL ALSO ALLOWED US THE TIME TO MAKE SURE THAT WHAT WE RELEASED WAS EXACTLY WHAT WE WANTED IT TO BE.” some of the lyrics that were on some of those earlier songs and they’re so fitting and wonderful but I couldn’t see it at the time, and that was the first time I was like, ‘Oh wow, we’re like really divin’ into something here.’ And then it all kind of made sense and it gave me that second wind – it’s like, ‘Alright don’t worry, you’ll figure something out.’ The song was just so big-sounding, and
By introducing the new 38-minute long-player with Top Notch, a physically brutal lead single with an equally as terrifying parable-esque plot that has instantly captured a response at radio, Hull wanted everyone to understand that the band was back in force. “We’ve always been limited in that sense when it came to releasing songs, so with [second record] Mean Everything To Nothing we would have loved to have released a song like Pride first, or something that’s just kind of nuts – and this was the first time that we had a label that was like, ‘Yeah.’ What we wanted to do was like, ‘Hey we’re back after three years, and we’re kicking your door down.’” WHAT: Cope (Loma Vista/Caroline) WHEN & WHERE: 12 Nov, The Hi-Fi
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NOISY AGAIN Lloyd Cole is returning to Australia in solo mode, but his new album Standards finds him return to the rock band dynamic of his youth. He warns Steve Bell to under no circumstances call his music ‘Americana’.
K-bred singer-songwriter Lloyd Cole has been plying his trade for over three decades now – first fronting acclaimed outfit The Commotions and then in various solo guises – and in recent times had been treading quiet, predominantly acoustic ground, until new album Standards found him for all intents and purposes returning to his rock’n’roll roots. “The records that I’ve been making haven’t so much been acoustic – they’ve been quiet,” Lloyd muses. “Broken Record  had a full band but the lead instruments on the top were predominantly acoustic, even though there were drums and bass. But I’ve presenting the tours primarily as solo acoustic performances. [Standards] sounds like a record made by a real band, even though it wasn’t really – it was Fred [Maher – drums], Matthew [Sweet – bass] and I in LA, and then the rest was overdubs done at home. “It’s possibly still a bit too soon to say where it stands in the scheme of things, but I’m happy with it. It’s certainly helped my so-called career in a few countries where it’s done more than the record’s I’ve released in the last few years – people have been generally very positive about it. I don’t want to be too cynical by suggesting that all I seem to need to do is add drums and an electric guitar for people to like it, but I’m pleased with it. I thought I’d stopped making this kind of music and I didn’t really think I’d make any more records like this for a while, and it’s quite nice to do that it’s possible and it makes me feel a little more optimistic about records that I might want to do in the future. I’m not really ruling any particular type of record out of the question anymore.” Positive response aside, Lloyd attests that it was refreshing making some noise again in the studio. “Yeah, it was great fun,” he continues. “I’d just about forgotten how to play electric guitar. What was bizarre really was that the last time the three of us would have played together was probably 20 years before, and as soon as we started playing it was exactly the same as it had been before and both of them just naturally came up with ideas that I liked and wouldn’t have thought of. It was lovely. “When I started working on songs for this record I imagined it would be probably 50 percent rock songs
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with Fred and Matthew and 50 percent quiet stuff that I did on my own, but I guess I was looking forward to working with them and it inspired me to write more songs that fell into the rock’n’roll thing, or inspired me to arrange songs that might
wanted to write the press release – said, ‘A fantastic slice of Americana!’, and I was, like, ‘Oh, for heaven’s sake!’” Ever since the early days of his storied career Cole has taken inspiration from both sides of the Atlantic. “I was actually just making a list of my influences for a written interview, so let’s see – Bolan, Bowie, Buzzcocks, Magazine, Isaac Hayes, Dylan, Cohen, Kraftwerk, Kristofferson,” he reels off. “Roughly half are from North America and half from the UK. The genre of music that
“IT INSPIRED ME TO WRITE MORE SONGS THAT FELL INTO THE ROCK’N’ROLL THING.” have been recorded a different way that way. “On Broken Record I was happy with the record but I wasn’t happy with the amount of people who called it ‘Americana’ – I don’t particularly like the phrase Americana – so I just thought on this record that I wouldn’t have any pedal steel, no banjos and no pedal steel and then nobody can bloody call it Americana then! And sure enough the first person I showed it to after finishing the record – the guy the record company
I decided to try and work in – even though wide – is initially music derived from American folk music as compared to British folk music. British folk music makes me thing of groups like Fairport Convention and dancing around maypoles, and the harmonic content and feel of that music has never been attractive to me, whereas the Bob Dylan stuff which came from Woodie Guthrie which came from blues guys, that’s always held an attraction.” Which is unsurprising given that Cole’s been getting Dylan comparisons since The Commotions’ 1984 debut Rattlesnakes. “Somebody has to be the new Dylan every year and I was it for a couple of years,” he smiles. “It’s fine, it’s kind of an honour, I guess.” WHAT: Standards (Tapete/The Planet Company) WHEN & WHERE: 10 Jul, Brisbane Powerhouse; 11 Jul, The Soundlounge, Gold Coast
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BASTARD SQUAD Sydney seven-piece Little Bastard are on a mission to save traditional music from the hands of wastrels. Founding member Ross Tipper tells Steve Bell to thrash it out or not bother.
or the last couple of years a pall has been cast over the land in regards to old-time instrumentation such as banjos, fiddles and mandolins, with a perception having been ushered in by bands like Mumford & Sons and The Lumineers that these are solely instruments of the devil and responsible for producing nothing but commercial dross. But something’s been brewing in the suburbs of Sydney’s Inner West to fight this unfair indictment, a concoction which throws together bluegrass instruments, the spirit of rock’n’roll and a healthy dose of raucous tomfoolery – the product being a sevenheaded beast known collectively as Little Bastard. Their reputation for ferocious and fun live shows has preceded them for years, but now they’ve added to their rapidly growing legend with the release of their eponymous debut long-player. What makes Little Bastard such a powerful opening gambit is substance rather than style – it matters not what genre these tunes belong in, because at the end of the day it’s just a collection of really well crafted songs. And, as is so often the case, it all started with completely humble aspirations. “Johnny [Took – vocals/guitar] – who’s the main singer-songwriter – and I, we’d been in different bands around Sydney,” explains Ross Tipper (vocals/ percussion/harmonica). “I remember us chatting in a pub in Newtown and saying that we really wanted to be in a band where we all want to tour... Soon Eddie [Rowe] – our fiddle player who went to school with Johnny – came onboard and we all started jamming, then it just seemed to happen and suddenly we had seven people, then almost eight and then almost ten: we ended up having to cull it at seven. Our mandolin player Trev [Davies] met our drummer Liam [Hoskins] for the first time on stage during a show – we were playing at The Annandale, then after a song it was, like, ‘Oh shit, hey man I’m Trev, nice to meet ya. Next song!’” As the band started to coalesce so too did a vision of how they wanted Little Bastard to stand apart from their contemporaries. “From the outset we were a little bit fed up with the way that country music is done in Australia,” Tipper continues. “It really seemed reserved 20 • THE MUSIC • 2ND JULY 2014
for an older generation, and we weren’t seeing any relatively young, energetic, passionate players doing country and bluegrass stuff. We really wanted to try it, and now so many people come to our shows and say, ‘I don’t really like country
Channel], adult contemporary country music label. We just wanted to keep it real. We’d rather play with just rock bands – anyone who’s doing something that’s energetic and just a bit more out there. A lot of bluegrass bands I’ve seen in the last few years – everywhere, not just in Sydney – it’s really technical and everyone’s just standing there looking at their shoes. They have great chops, but we really prefer playing with anyone who’s just going to thrash it out and have a good time, while keeping the musicianship intact obviously. Everyone should thrash it out a bit more and just party – it’s not a recital.”
“WE ALL GREW UP PLAYING IN ROCK BANDS, SO IT’S ULTIMATELY THIS KIND OF PUNK BLUEGRASS CRAZINESS.” music but you guys are alright’ kinda thing. And we’re, like, ‘Yeah, well you should probably try and suss out some more country music then!’ “We’re not really a bluegrass band at all though, because I think a traditional bluegrass band would probably laugh at us. We all grew up playing in rock bands too, so it’s ultimately this kind of punk-bluegrass craziness. We just wanted to play fun country bluegrass-punk and not be bogged down by any CMC [Country Music
And they’ve even reconfigured their lineup as they hit the road to introduce Little Bastard to the rest of the country. “This is the first tour where we’re going to have a drum kit and an electric guitar and stuff like that – we want to beef it up and make it more like it sounds on the record, rather than our usual touring line-up which is pretty much all acoustic with a cajon instead of a drum kit,” Tipper tells. “The live show needs to be rocking. I don’t think we ever want to get bogged down in doing one thing – I think it will be constantly changing and evolving.” WHAT: Little Bastard (ABC/Universal) WHEN & WHERE: 10 Jul, Black Bear Lodge; 11 Jul, Solbar, Maroochydore; 12 Jul, The Rails, Byron Bay
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BREAKING NEW GROUND Paul Noonan of Dublin’s Bell X1 catches up with Jazmine O’Sullivan to chat about simplifying their songs, creative contempt and of course, meat pies.
ell X1 have consistently released chart-topping albums since their inception back in 2000; however, with their sixth record, Chop Chop, frontman Paul Noonan explains that the trio needed to switch things up a bit. “What we talked about a lot in the studio was shrinking the palette, in that we wanted to use far less instruments and not get distracted or carried away with new toys. So it’s a pretty traditional record for us for the most part, just guitar, bass, drums and piano. Also, we did most of the touring [promoting the album] as a four-piece. I’m usually the singer and
frontman, but I played drums on this recent tour. At one stage we all played different instruments and that was great.” Elaborating further, Noonan reveals, “We’ve been wanting to work with Peter Katis for a long time – he helped make a lot of the records we love from bands like Interpol and The National, and the stars finally aligned and we recorded with him in a studio in Connecticut. The one thing about that was, we only had two weeks to do it, because we also wanted Thomas Bartlett [The National, Antony & The Johnsons] to co-produce the record. Both of them were only available
for this two-week period in January last year and we’d never recorded that quickly before. It was an entirely new thing for us to be in a studio for such a short time and feel like we’d nailed it.” Noonan believes the time frame forced the group to be much harsher with themselves and their music, a process made easier by the many years they’ve spent together. “There’s a sort of familiar contempt that develops from spending so much time with each other,” Noonan laughs. “You can be rude arseholes, and it’s okay! Also in the studio you can communicate without having to spell things out, you don’t have to do a whole lot of talking. At this stage we can arrive at things by intuition; we know how to read each other.” Having had the privilege of opening for bands like U2 in their career and earning a plethora of musical accolades along the way, Noonan is thrilled to finally be bringing the Bell X1 experience Down Under. “Heading to Australia is something we’ve wanted to do for a long time. I suppose we felt the first records didn’t really break through enough, until now. When you head over to a country for the first time there’s always that sense of breaking new ground and building things from the ground up – you feel like you’re converting people a room at a time.” And it’s not just the tour Noonan is excited about with his first visit: “I believe the pies are something to try! Our first record was produced by Nick Seymour of Crowded House, who lives here in Dublin, and he would make these meat pies with white pepper and they were amazing! I look forward to trying the experience Down Under.” WHAT: Chop Chop (Belly Up) WHEN & WHERE: 4 Jul, The Zoo
ALL DAY HIP HOP
We get Allday aka Tom Gaynor to tell us about being a “control freak wanker” and writing a love song to opioids on Startup Cult. You Always Know The DJ
This is probably my favourite song on the album at the moment but it was a total headfuck to record. Sometimes when I can’t get a song right I just leave it for ages and go back to it eventually. That’s what I did with this song for like six months. Eventually we got it to a place where I was cool with it and it’s coming out as the next single. I actually directed the video clip for it as well, which I guess means I’ve ascended to a new level of control freak wanker-ness.
Taking Hold takes it right back in the opposite direction to clouds. It’s actually not about a girl, it’s about codeine. I really ate too many Panadeine tablets for a while and this song is kind of a weird heartbroken love story to opioids. That sounds kind of fucked up so you can just apply it to a girl or boy if you want. This is actually one of my favourite songs because a lot of people told me it was a bit slow for the album, so it became like the runt of the litter. There’s some of my favourite lines on this one too: “You always come back like
Anything But Sober I wrote this around New Year’s when I was on a houseboat with my friends. We sometimes go on what are essentially drug and alcohol binge trips up the Murray River but this one fell in the middle of my album so I felt like I had to get some work done. My friend came into my room when I was working on songs and asked to hear some. Then he basically told me he didn’t really like my new music and he preferred when I was more ‘raw’. That was the reason for the line “My friend told me he didn’t like my songs, blame it on the drugs, let me right my wrongs.” I wrote the whole thing while I was really drunk and recorded a demo. When I woke up the next day I liked the song because it captured another side of me from usual, so we kept it. 22 • THE MUSIC • 2ND JULY 2014
a boomerang, bittersweet pootie-tang still running through my brain.” I actually can’t believe I said pootie-tang on an album, I’m disgusting. God Starve The Queen I thought of this track name and I knew I had to name a track this. It’s way more electro than anything else on the album but again, I just liked it so I kept it anyway. I think a rock band need to cover this, because this song should have been a punk song, not some weird rap singing thing. I just realised recently that “God starve the Queen, run around” sounds like I’m forcing a girl to go on a diet. But it was intended to be a starvation of power, not food. Keep the junk in yo’ trunk, gurl. Read the full track-by-track on theMusic.com.au. WHAT: Startup Cult (ONETWO)
Genre-defiers The Acid came together under serendipitous circumstances. One of trio’s producers, Ry Cuming aka Ry X tells Carley Hall the connection will inspire their art-based output far beyond their first album.
hen three sonic artists met by chance one night, it was the musical equivalent of love at first sight. With a sound that skips across genres but always within an overarching raw electro framework, the praise and take-up for The Acid has been swift. The trio comprises Californian producer Steve Nalepa, British electronic don Adam Freeland and Australian LA/Berlin-based Ry X, who says the meeting was one as inspiring then as it is now, despite each residing in different parts of the world.
“It’s hard, you know, there is quite a lot of movement for me physically, and with the other boys being based between California and the UK it does create a need for some stuff that we don’t love quite a lot, which is the transportation and logistics. Sometimes we have to fly 15 hours or something to make sure that we’re there with each other but we’re all committed to that so that makes a big difference. “There’s a lot of big respect and admiration for each other, which really helps. That allows you to give the work a certain creative explosion. I think it’s important to allow that bit of explosion
and to make sure you’re creating time in your life to pay homage to that connection that you have.”
The effortless, “genreless” sound on impending album, Liminal, is something Cuming says is inherent to their creative process, coupled with a strong will to not allow commercial tags to shackle it. “Yes, it’s a dream,” he sighs. “At the moment it’s quite beautiful that the rest of the community are listening and turn around and go ‘Oh, we don’t know where to put this, we have to describe this band as genreless.’ It does offer us freedom and it does reflect how we feel. We’re much more about bringing different elements; we’re not trying to follow a genre or capture something so we can belong within a context.” The Acid’s slot on the Splendour In The Grass 2014 line-up follows a sizeable run of international dates, Ry X and co happily anticipating sharing their ineffable sound with a no doubt attentive crowd Down Under. “I’m staring out my apartment right now in the middle of Berlin and it’s a rainy beautiful city, so it’s hard to imagine what’s happening down there,” he admits. “Byron’s really my second home. My dad’s been living there for 15 years or more, so rather than staying in a hotel after the gig I get to go back to a beach shack and hang with my dad you know; it makes it extra special. I feel that every time I’m there.” WHAT: Liminal (Infectious/Liberator) WHEN & WHERE: 25 Jul, Splendour In The Grass, North Byron Parklands
ALONE WITH YOU
Seether main man Shaun Morgan chats to Michael Smith about being the odd ones out at a metal festival and working with the producer behind the records that influenced him. s The Music connects with singer, songwriter, rhythm guitarist and guiding light of the three-piece Seether, Shaun Morgan (Welgemoed), some 60,000 punters are “going nuts” at 2014 Hellfest France.
“Today’s festival we’ve never played before,” Shaun Morgan admits, deciding, as we speak, to change from the blue he’s wearing to “regulation uniform black” as he doesn’t want to be lynched. “This one’s a little bit intimidating, due to the fact that this is a metal fest and we aren’t necessarily a metal band. I think with our stage, it’s the sort of stage that plays music that brings the girls in, and all the guy stages are everywhere else! So we might adjust our set to make it be a little bit heavier, just so we don’t look like complete pussies up there. Or maybe we give them a little break from the thrash! That’s our job here, a brief reprieve from the aural onslaught.” Seether are promoting their sixth album, Isolate And Medicate, produced once again by Brendan O’Brien, whose credits include everyone from Springsteen to Pearl Jam, a major Seether influence, to AC/DC’s 2008 album, Black Ice. “Brendan works really well with us and he’s a really great guy – he’s a legend as far as I’m concerned. And he pretty much produced all the albums that influenced me as a kid, so to be working with him now, it’s one of
those things that you never think will ever happen, let alone meeting any of the bands you listened to, or playing with some of those bands. We’re playing with Soundgarden today, for example, and he produced [1994’s] Superunknown. “So it’s like this weird serendipitous journey that we’ve taken to meet him, and he’s just really cool to work with. The annoying thing is, not only is he better on guitar than I am, he’s better on bass than Dale [Stewart], is and he’s better on drums than Johnny [Humphrey] is – he’s like this incredible musician. He’ll just sit in the studio and noodle away with his eyes closed
like he’s just screwing around and make me look like I’ve just picked up guitar for the first time, which is awesome,” Morgan chuckles. Those girls at Hellfest should have had plenty of reasons to “connect” with the new material, written, as much of it was, not only in isolation – Morgan actually built his own little musical home “man cave” to enhance the creative process – but about isolation. “Mostly it was about dealing with being in a miserable situation,” Morgan explains, “and trying to make the most of that. I basically just felt pretty much alone, I guess. I don’t know if I really paid much attention to the outside world for a long time ‘cause I was a little tucked away in my own ‘bubble of misery’. That’s where the bulk of the lyrics came from. It was me just dealing with feeling like was completely alone – basically not hearing from anyone.” WHAT: Isolate And Medicate (Caroline) THE MUSIC • 2ND JULY 2014 • 23
with a country drummer, BJ Barker, from Kasey Chambers’ band, gives the new album a little twist.
You’d be hard-pressed to find an act as quietly organic as The Yearlings. One half of the duo, Chris Parkinson, explains their leisurely approach to Michael Smith.
t’s been four years since The Yearlings delivered their last album, Sweet Runaway, but they’re finally back with their fourth, All The Wandering, another subtly sublime collection of alt-country/folk-based observations on life. “We try to create a bit of space in the lyrics as well as the music,” explains singer, songwriter and guitarist Chris Parkinson, his singer/songwriter/guitarist life partner Robyn Chalklen the other half of The Yearlings. “We actually recorded the whole album in winter last year as a duo, just Robyn and I, and I guess we probably had close to 45 songs that we thought were, a) good
enough, and b) finished enough as well, and so we whittled it down and whittled it down, and during the process of recording at home in our studio we kind of realised that we were both hearing different things and bigger things and more of it. That’s when we started thinking about a horn section for this record, which is new for us, and a female choir, and also bringing in Harry Brus on bass, who’s an old mate of mine from the old Sydney days.” Parkinson met Brus, who’s been around since the ‘60s and played with pretty much everyone, in the early ‘80s, and the juxtaposition of a rock/funk bass player
Another important element in the making of the album was Adelaide-based engineer/producer Mick Wordley, who recorded and produced all three previous Yearlings albums. “He’s been there right from the start. His involvement with this one was probably a bit more intensive. We’d get together with him on Wednesday nights and over a bottle of red we’d whittle down and edit and just try to put things in a tidier form where arrangement-wise they just worked. So it was good to work with him in that way too, we hadn’t done that before, and he has some really good ideas.” Four albums and 12 years into a musical career together and Chalklen and Parkinson are yet to sit in the same room together and co-write a song from scratch. “Every now and then we’ll come up with ideas together, like when we’re just playing together and working on songs or whatever, but I guess we never really sit down together and say, ‘Let’s write a story about, you know, X,’ and start from scratch. Why that doesn’t happen I don’t know. That’s just how it works for us. What I love about writing songs with Rob is when it’s really in the formative stages. That’s when we often get our best ideas. So I’ve not heard anything of hers, we’ll always record that version. We’ll often find there’ll be a little guitar lick or a vocal thing that we do which we just carry on because that’ll be that little gold nugget that you sometimes find in a song. Then we’ll actually have to work at that part.” WHAT: All The Wandering (Vitamin) WHEN & WHERE: 2 Jul, Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall; 6 Jul, Brisbane Powerhouse
SEX IN THE MODERN ERA Brisbane actor Thomas Larkin chats to Helen Stringer about being “turned on psychologically” and reassures us that watching Sex With Strangers won’t make us blow our load too soon.
homas Larkin is a difficult man to catch. Currently dividing his time rehearsing QTC kids’ show The Lost Property Rules by day and the much more adult Sex With Strangers by night, Larkin could be forgiven for sounding a little battle-weary, but instead maintains an articulate enthusiasm for his workload. The Brisbane-raised, VCA-trained actor has, in a few short years, become a familiar face on Queensland stages, playing the lead in QTC’s Romeo And Juliet and La Boite’s As You Like It. For the decidedly more modern Sex With Strangers, Larkin reunites with Romeo And Juliet director, Jennifer Flowers, and co-star Veronica Neave. The reunion came after he and Flowers attended an intensive acting workshop. “Without sounding too much like a wanker,” he cautions, “what was built from that was a mutual respect... We came back to Brizzy and thought, hell, why don’t we put something on? Why wait around for that knock on the door?” After workshopping a number of two-handers, Flowers and Larkin pitched to the Powerhouse. “I thought, why not... dream big and present these options, see if they bite.” And bite they did. Sex With Strangers sees the Gen Y-er Ethan, a writer who’s made his mark with a blog cataloguing his encounters with anonymous women, meeting Olivia, a 39-year-old writer who has lost her mojo after a second book proved a critical and popular bust. The pair collide with immediate
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tension, and not just of the sexual variety, Larkin explains, but between generations and between the sexes. “What we follow throughout this play is their relationship as that unfolds… The racy title is rather ironic in a sense: at its core it’s a love story. I was attracted Ethan because I get into the shoes of someone who knows what he wants and is prepared to go and get it, who has that ability to push forwards regardless of what other people think or want.” Of Ethan’s attraction to Olivia, Larkin elaborates, “Yeah, he thinks she’s sexy as hell, but at the core he’s really turned on psychologically. A lot of the women through
these sexcapades haven’t switched him on psychologically, but on meeting Olivia, it’s a real turning point.” There’s also a certain vulnerability to Ethan, who is simultaneously exposed by his graphic blogging and hidden behind a fabricated persona, a juxtaposition anybody with a Facebook account can relate to. “Like Ethan says, half of what people write about themselves or say about themselves is bullshit.” As to just how far the adult content goes, Larkin jokes, “The whole show, it’s just a big old romp… No, I think we’ve had to plan it such that you don’t blow your load too soon. We navigate small, different ways that we can map the journeys between sex given that most scenes end with [the direction] ‘clothes come off, sex is imminent’. We’re going with subtlety: less is more. It’s not that we’re going to be wearing corsets or long dresses but it’s titillating without being gratuitous. I assure you it will be sexy night in the theatre.” WHAT: Sex With Strangers WHEN & WHERE: 17 – 26 Jul, Brisbane Powerhouse, Visy Theatre
YOUR CHANCE TO PARTY Brought up on a diet of techno and Talking Heads, Northeast Party House guitarist Jackson Shoe tells Jazmine O’Sullivan to expect some foreign surprises when they hit the stage.
hile fun-loving quintet Northeast Party House have only just released their debut Any Given Weekend, they’re no strangers to the recording world, having made a firm impression with a string of successful EPs since forming in 2010. Reflecting on their earlier work, guitarist Jackson Shoe recalls, “With our first EP we really had no idea what we were doing. We just had four songs vaguely ready and just put them out. Over the years we’ve put a single out here
and there, but with Any Given Weekend it’s the first time we’ve really focused on creating something and had a clear image of what we’ve wanted to achieve. It’s a much more complete work in comparison.” While rooted in dance, the record has been praised for its diversity of sound, which Shoe believes comes down to the band’s vast array of influences. “It’s a real mixed bag. The five of us all write and we all have completely different tastes in music, from hip hop to techno to rock. For the guitar parts, Mitch [Ansell] and I are really big fans of Talking Heads and INXS so we tried to get some
of those old-school, groovy riffs in there. Dance music is really the key influence for all of us though, so we wanted to get the bass lines really dancey as well as the beats. We have just tried to get a mix of chaotic rock and dance.”
With the boys now in the midst of their launch tour – their first run of shows this year – Shoe explains they’d busily prepared for the dates. “Our bass player Ollie, who we get in just for the live shows, [only] just got back from Japan so we [were] rehearsing like crazy trying to make up for lost time while he was gone. Before he left we were rehearsing quite a lot, but now it’s just bringing it all together, and I think we only just got there the night before the tour kicked off!” Spending so much time in the rehearsal stages has meant the group has been able to consider all elements of their show, with Shoe revealing they may have some new tricks to surprise punters. “There’s a certain stage element that we’ve wanted for years but have never really managed to make it happen. It’s something we’ve had to get shipped out from America and we’ve got some local guy working on it. [When] we first tested it it wasn’t working and we were stressing that it wouldn’t come together, but [then] I got a little movie sent to me from Sean [Kenihan – synths] of it working so we’ve been unveiling it at the shows – all I can say is it’s exciting!” WHAT: Any Given Weekend (Stop Start/Inertia) WHEN & WHERE: 3 Jul, Alhambra Lounge; 4 Jul Solbar, Maroochydore; 5 Jul, The Spotted Cow, Toowoomba
HURTING TO BE HEARD
Stagediving with broken ribs; playing shows covered in blood – The Strums are rock’n’roll as fuck. Jai Sparks tells Benny Doyle the band don’t know any other way.
ith their new EP, Brisbane quartet The Strums are stating it true: We Are A Fucking Rock N Roll Band. And if their recent misadventures are anything to go by, they’re certainly living up to the title. Frontman Jai Sparks has been in the wars, reinjuring broken ribs (suffered in a cycling accident) while crowdsurfing at a Toowoomba gig with Wolfmother, going through a table mid-set at Caxton Street Seafood & Wine Festival, and carving a nice gash in his noggin while supporting The Bennies at Crowbar, the end result being a trip to the emergency ward and some head glue – not before completing the gig though. “I usually just jump up on the kit and muck around, and I [did that] and smacked my head on a metal beam coming down,” Sparks remembers. “It hurt but it wasn’t that bad; I just thought I was sweating heaps. But then looking at the reaction from the audience I thought, ‘Something’s happened.’ You bleed a lot when it comes from your head, and I hadn’t had a full head crack like that before. “I was feeling a bit weird [after the show]; I was having a beer and I thought I should probably go to hospital, and then it started getting a bit foggy,” chuckles Sparks. “But they glued it all back together essentially; there’s still glue stuff falling off at the moment. But we’re
always getting hurt, there’s always something happening. It would be boring without it.” Hard working and hard living, clearly, The Strums recorded their new fourtrack live, together, with an agreed maximum limit of four takes to get the songs album ready. “The idea recording was if it was any [more real] we’d be in your lounge room playing it at your face,” Sparks enthuses. “We gave ourselves that challenge and if we couldn’t get it in four then we weren’t going to get it, and the only song that took four takes was the song that didn’t get on – all the tracks on there were either one or two takes.
At the end of the day if your band’s no good live you probably shouldn’t play.” Adding to the occasion of this release is the first official Strums fan tattoo. And far from being shy about it, the inside lip piece was inked up on video, with the band using the footage in the promo clip for the EP. “This chick has one tattoo on her back but she’s not tattoo crazy or anything, and she says, ‘I’m thinking about getting a Strums tattoo,’ and I said, ‘That’s a pretty big commitment,’” Sparks laughs. [So I asked] if we could pay for it and exploit the whole thing because it’s brilliant. But we released the film a bit earlier because everyone thought we were having them on, it was just photoshopped or something, but it’s legit.” WHAT: We Are A Fucking Rock N Roll Band (Independent) WHEN & WHERE: 4 Jul, The Bearded Lady; 5 Jul, The Loft, Gold Coast THE MUSIC • 2ND JULY 2014 • 25
1000 Forms Of Fear
Love Of Cartography
Monkey Puzzle/Inertia Four years after We Are Born, Sia could sit back, drink pink lemonade and be generally LA fabulous. To stave off the boredom she can do the odd spot of writing for someone else (Rihanna, Beyoncé, Katy Perry and Britney Spears all have her to thank for hits). So does Sia need to do long-players for herself anymore? Probably not, but thank fuck she does them anyway.
ALBUM OF THE WEEK
1000 Forms Of Fear kicks off with Chandelier, a song truly worthy of the great clip that accompanies it, and takes us back to a bit of vintage Ms Furler next with Big Girls Cry (break-up ballad plus chorus at just the right tempo – gorgeous). She taps into a similar sentiment with Straight For The Knife and while this could have taken us to full Adele (aka ‘I hate that bastard, here’s a whole album about my broken heart’), here Sia’s lyrics and delivery are just offbeat enough, just removed enough. We’re left feeling pity with rather than for her.
There’s still some crying stuff here, and even some violins to back it up, but damn, she plays it just so. See also Fire Meet Gasoline if you’re wanting an epic, slightly explosive, tale of starcrossed lovers. One thing missing is an obvious piece of playful pop (no Clap Your Hands to be had here), but then there is Cellophane, which sounds like a Spaghetti Western on a slow day. Taking a genre she loves and marching it proudly beyond the clichés – well done, girl, well done. Liz Giuffre
For eight years now, Sydneysiders sleepmakeswaves have been proving that you don’t need a lead singer to create thoughtful, heavy music. Through their instrumental pieces they create brooding soundscapes that conform neither to time signatures nor normal song structures. Love Of Cartography is the follow up their 2011 ARIA-nominated ...and so we destroyed everything. While fans of the first album will no doubt latch onto this record like limpets to a well worn rock, it represents a step back from the sprawling songs on their debut. Sure, with ten tracks spanning 55 minutes there’s room for sleepmakeswaves to explore each piece on Love Of Cartography, but as a whole the album is slightly more accessible than ...and so we destroyed everything. Some of that accessibility might come down to the partnership
Building significant chat firstly because of their initial mystique and secondly by the sum of their renowned parts – Aussie artist/ producer RY X (Ry Cuming), British producer Adam Freeland and American professor/ producer Steve Nalepa – The Acid made waves with a selftitled EP last year, from which Basic Instinct has become the calling card. By way of simple musical elements – a lonely kick drum, a nylon-stringed guitar melody and double-tracked vocals that intimately share every movement of Cuming’s mouth – it’s difficult to deny as it builds to a climax at once jagged, aching, fleeting and even a touch uncomfortable. It’s also indicative of the album as a whole.
Don’t let the lackadaisical, chilled-out style of Adelaide rapper Allday fool you. The lyricist means business on his debut album, creating something that sounds as carefully thought out as it does spontaneous.
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★★★★ with producer Nick DiDia, whose work with Karnivool and Powderfinger among others has created seminal rock albums not out of place on FM radio. And while sleepmakeswaves might still be a fair distance from sitting on the Triple M high-rotation playlist, lead single Something Like Avalanches is not the only track that situates the band a little bit closer to the mainstream. There’s nothing wrong with appealing to a wider audience, and if it helps that audience to discover the intelligent, challenging sound that sleepmakeswaves create, then it can only be a good thing. Dylan Stewart
★★★★ delicately constructed gloom; there’s an air of confidence through understated sexiness that begins with opener Animal – at times reduced to drum programming and the hum of a waiting microphone – mostly because of the droning, apocalyptic sample work. The eeriness of Ghosts, meanwhile, is balanced by a killer vocal melody that will transpose well in a club environment. There’s little attempt to demand attention across Liminal; it’s a somewhat lonely body of work, though the sound bed of sparse yet dynamic moods demands repeat listens and great contemplation. Tyler McLoughlan
“I can literally rap forever” Allday tells us on slick opener Got It, which kicks off this contrasting album filled with stories of his childhood and teenage years, chasing his dreams and, um, “chasing pussy”. Yep, the North American rap influences are heavy on Allday’s Startup Cult, despite what his Aussie accent may tell you. Several moments on the record give you the hint the rapper is a fan of melancholy king Drake – particularly on the double entendre style of Fuckin and current single Right Now. And like the Canadian hip hop star, Allday can also hold a decent tune. But this is not a rip-off record by any means. Where Allday
★★★½ differs from the other rappers of the world is in the humour and quirkiness laced throughout his work. On Wolves, he rhymes about everything from UFOs to Zooey Deschanel and admits he was drunk while he wrote Anything But Sober. You get the impression Allday doesn’t take himself too seriously, but views his work in a different light. Other highlights include God Starve The Queen and Wasting Time, but it’s hard to pick standouts when, overall, the album is pretty damn good. Startup Cult is one of the most refreshing debut Aussie hip hop releases, period. Sally-Anne Hurley
I AM GIANT
Yes Please/Remote Control
Where some of us like to listen to songs we can sing along to, there are a few who prefer to be challenged by the type of ambient, glitch music that Sydney-based Canadian producer Lavurn Lee (aka Guerre) has delivered on his debut record Ex Nihilo. While not the first Australian artist to tread this path (think Collarbones, Seekae, etc.), Guerre’s raw production and ability to balance darkness and light within a single track signals Ex Nihilo as another feather in the hat of a resurgent lo-fi sound worming its way into the Australian music scene.
You only need to listen to Echoes From The Gallows to understand why I Am Giant’s music finds itself on so many surfing, skating and snowboarding videos; their blend of soaring vocals and a thick bottom end is designed to direct the epic. When the Kiwi/British altrockers get the balance right – Out Of Date Hallucination for example – the impact is undeniable. When they don’t, like on Razor Wire Reality, it feels like a missed opportunity, given that all the sonic pieces are in place. Overall though there’s more hit than miss on Science & Survival, which fans of the ‘Vool and Dead Letter Circus should eat right up.
Boasting suave soul undertones to complement the folk hints of Coolum hinterland, opening track Flyin’ Colours immediately gets you compulsively grooving. Delving deeper into a mellow trance, guided by angelic harpsichord and lead singer Kayt Wallace’s lush vocals, you quickly realise that The Flumes are the perfect end of week cure, embodying chilled Friday nights with a glass of Merlot. Let the natural Star Of The Sea and the smooth Sweet, Sweet Rain cleanse your spirit, as you too discover “there’s nothing quite like dancing naked in the rain”.
KWEEN G Formerly one half of KillaQueenz, Sydney rapper Kween G teams up with Sydney producer for a solo outing Speak Up. It’s hard and still upbeat and positive – she totally rules.
New Name Blues Fruits And Flowers Even dreamier new Dick Diver track than you could hope for from the Melbourne leaders of the shortest-lived musical genre that never really existed. Fantastic 7” that doesn’t have to try hard at all.
Science & Survival
Sweet, Sweet Rain
Human Behaviour Wantok/MGM So many deep vibes on this reggae track from Radical Son’s forthcoming album Cause & Affect – his lived-in voice tackles soul, roots and hip hop just as adeptly.
Brace For The Fall Independent Melbourne instrumentalists indulge themselves into adding one track with a vocal melody on their new EP, but it’s still dominated by a frenetic bassline, loud drums and weird soundscape soundtrack tunes. Dark and heavy.
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OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW Remedy
Subtle lo-fi, high quality techno is abundant in Australia at the moment – this track just popped out of nowhere. Hopefully from a forthcoming release so I can replace my SoundCloud rip.
Nashville-based string band Old Crow Medicine Show return with another dose of joyous old-time Americana. After the raging success of their co-write Wagon Wheel (via the cover by Hootie’s Darius Rucker), Bob Dylan himself gifted them the wonderfully cruisy Sweet Amarillo, but whether they’re doing the upbeat and jaunty (8 Dogs 8 Banjos, Mean Enough World) or the down-tempo and downtrodden (Dearly Departed Friend), their own songwriting chops stack up well against those of the great man. Fighting the good fight to retain the integrity of actual, authentic country music.
Shallow Shadow Independent
WAX WITCHES Centre Of Your Universe Stop Start/Inertia Bleeding Knees Club co-founder Alex Wall hasn’t strayed too far from the source with new project Wax Witches. The debut album Centre Of Your Universe is a stock reel showcase of Wavves-esque breezy snot-pop, with tracks like Headshave and 2yung2die feeling both youthful, carefree and re-run. There are moments where a dewy-eyed clarity comes to the fore – UltraOutcast for example evokes an affinity with Ratcat (a welcome comparison). But overall Wax Witches sticks to what he knows – a sure-fire instant hit concoction, sure, but not much in the way of longevity.
NO – El Prado Cookin’ On 3 Burners – Blind Bet Trey Songz – Trigga The McClymonts – Here’s To You And I Madball – Hardcore Lives
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JOAN AS POLICE WOMAN, ROESY There is so much folklore about musicians – live performance can be a transformative experience where they are shamans on stage, guiding the crowd somewhere else. They are full of mystery, or ego, or just pure magnetism. Tonight, though, on a humble Tuesday, what is most compelling is the accessible humanness of the performers. Impressive musicians as they are, Joan As Police Woman and support Roesy connect, simply and directly.
Jeff Buckley at the time of his death, musical associations with Antony & The Johnsons and Rufus Wainwright – and yet this is an anti-rock star show. Wasser’s music is dramatic, yet presented without drama. Wasser is relaxed – goofy at times, even – and reserved between songs. When not playing, the band are patiently waiting to begin again. And yet there is the darkness and a haunting beauty in many of the songs. The former in the dirge-slow version of Christobel, and guitar-shredding build of Nostalgic; the latter in The Ride, and the final movement of opener What Would You Do with Wasser singing alone at her keyboard.
Firmly situated in the singersongwriter tradition, Melbournevia-Ireland’s Roesy is in an
Sexier numbers are still underpinned with longing (Get Direct and Stay), and
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obvious genre to perform music that connects easily. It is a well-worn road, the folk one, and he walks it with grace. The finger-picked guitar is the gentle anchor for his philosophical songs; warm and bittersweet. Roesy’s voice – the Irish accent not faded a jot – is smooth and ragged all at once. During Empty Cup a stage light blows, leaving him in near-darkness. He is unfazed, and jokingly invites us to turn on a sandwich toaster and have a cup of tea together instead. Despite playing to a mostly empty room, Rosey gives a heartfelt performance. Joined by a drummer, guitarist and synth player, Joan Wasser takes to the stage with her keys, guitar, gold violin and that striking voice to become Joan As Police Woman. If anyone’s folklore hangs over them, it is her – in a relationship with 28 • THE MUSIC • 2ND JULY 2014
DUNE RATS, SEA LEGS, DEAD BEAT BAND, SCRAPES The Zoo 28 Jun There’s a handmade sign hung behind the stage proudly proclaiming ‘Dune Rats Cunt’ – clearly tonight’s mission statement is to party at all costs, damn the consequences. Openers Scrapes fly the fun flag high, the scrappy five-piece’s short and sharp set cool enough to invoke numerous stage invasions. They even have their own vibes man side of stage, altruistically pouring drinks down band members’ throats at various intervals, adding both randomness and merriment to proceedings.
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there are beautiful moments of surrender and passion in the extended funk jams – especially when the violin gets a work out. The group harmonies particularly are wonderful, but can’t save the energy when the midtempo grooves drag. Shame veers into some insipid white-boy-funk, though there’s a brief inclusion of Amerie’s 1 Thing that draws some grins. One of the best moments occurs during the encore with the a cappella doo wop of The Classic. Awkwardly arranging themselves to the front of the stage, the full band laughs and have a few false starts, and then they joyfully bop and sway in an innocent celebration of love. Amorina Fitzgerald-Hood
veering towards abandon at times, before frontman Byron Knight smiles and mutters, “And yes, this is fucking embarrassing” as the Oingo Boingo-esque college bounce of Morse Code segues into an epic cover of… TV On The Radio’s Wolf Like Me. Luckily they also do the great song justice so no one cares a jot about hearing it a second time. The capacity crowd is in full festive mode by the time Dune Rats hit the stage with a war cry of, “We’re finally fucking home!” and bash into the bouncy Dalai Lama Big Banana Marijuana, again hammering home the total lack of pretention on offer tonight. From the get-go they have the hometown throng by the scruff of the neck, fists flying in triumph and drinks outliving their usefulness everywhere in record time. There’s a crew side
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Next up are black-clad Gold Coast trio Dead Beat Band, and while their name sounds like some grisly Kerouac reference, their music is all doom-tinged surfrock. People dance unreservedly to the swirling, repetitive Gypsy Girl, and when they bring a Ramones groove to a killer rendition of TV On The Radio’s gem Wolf Like Me the party vibe lifts even further. But it’s their originals like the punchy Head Spins and Sugar which really steal the show in a super-impressive set. Central Coast four-piece Sea Legs also strive to keep the celebration flowing, but in a different way, with beach balls bouncing over the crowd as they begin pumping out fun-laden indie pop which possesses a real ’80s feel due to the, at times, cheesy keyboards. Songs like Boyfriend are upbeat and polished but are offered without irony, the band’s conviction
of stage in full party mode which gives the feel of a (massive) house show, the brash burst of brief Nuggets-flavoured punk numbers highlighting a bubblegum sensibility amidst the hedonism. There’s a tangible chemistry between both the three band members – frontman Danny Beusa, drummer BC Michaels and relatively-recent addition Brett Jansch on bass – and also with their interactions with the fans, and by the time ET blares out we’ve survived chant-induced beer-skolling, a gigantic glitter gun, stage invasions and mass crowd surfing. Michaels decides to have a crowd-surf himself between songs, braving the raging ocean of flesh which somehow becomes even more frenzied when well-known numbers like Funny Guy and Red Light Green Light get an airing, even though every song has a killer sing-along
live reviews hook. Spliffs brazenly emerge during the cruisy Wooo!, boobs are being exposed everywhere and when Michaels declares that they’re doing a “fake encore” and bursts into the effervescent Fuck It there’s so much joy in the room that it’s palpable. Everything finishes shortly after and as hordes of sweaty folk file into the night their faces betray a clear mixture of thrill at what had been witnessed and disappointment that it was all over, but also pride for local slackers done good and a clear sense that for many – the Dunies most likely included – the night is only just starting. Steve Bell
THE UPBEATS FT MC WOODY, SILENT SHADOW, KURRUPT Ellement Lounge 28 Jun Local DJ Kurrupt brings the noise with heavy, throbbing drum’n’bass to get the crowd
moving. He drops into half step every now and then, but isn’t having more than a bar of it. Some breakdowns have a real old-school feel, R&B vocals and choppy breaks, but he always brings it back to the harder end of the drum’n’bass spectrum. His mixing is impeccable, layering tunes without overcrowding the frequencies. Teebee’s remix of The World by Emalkay featuring Lena Cullen gets a rewind much to the crowd’s delight, cheering once it drops a second time. Silent Shadow, a drummer and guitarist/multi-instrumentalist, take things down a notch with a swing into some dub-reggae vibes, giving the crowd a muchneeded break. However, they only have a brief interlude here before doubling up the pace, while still keeping the dub-wise vibe. They throw in some funk-influenced guitars and bass along the way, and any moment he has spare the guitarist gets the crowd clapping. Sonically they are spot on; every element needs to be there, leaving nothing out. They
drop down again into downtempo several times, presumably to give the drummer a bit of a break, as keeping a solid 170bpm for an hour is no easy feat. This is probably why it is rare to see a live drum’n’bass act these days; this reviewer is glad they came out of a fouryear hiatus to play this gig. MC Woody gets on the microphone to lead Shadow off and bring on one half of The Upbeats, the other member of the producer/DJ duo touring Europe at the moment. He opens with a banger that clears any sign of chill from the room. Not only is it harder than Silent Shadow but also far harder than anything Kurrupt was playing. Rituals, along with a couple of other tunes off their new EP, get a playing. Woody keeps the crowd on their toes, and every now and then lighters or phones hit the air. The Upbeats throw in some dancehall vocals and old-school breaks before returning to the tear-out drum’n’bass. Anytime he goes into half step it lacks the emptiness that is generally
associated with it, and it just feels like it’s chugging along at the same pace and heaviness as the rest of his set. Really it’s obvious to see why they call themselves The Upbeats, when the bass and other instruments amplify even the downbeat rhythm of the drums. Paul Mulkearns
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In cinemas Galore is an Australian film steeped in the tradition of Australian films doing poignant, still dramas about big feelings and life events happening to the lives of melancholy, lethargic people. Themes of small town violence and suffocation prevail, everheightened by the lonely, expansive beauty of the film’s suburban setting. Presented against the ticking timebomb of a looming mass bushfire, Galore uses recurring motifs of smoke and heat as thematic housemates for its
primary story about a group of teens at the height of their listlessness. The film builds your expectations towards there being a cataclysmic shedding of their childhood in time with the fire consuming their small town, but when it finally arrives, the bushfire comes on a downbeat, and isn’t, as you might have thought, the great disrupter of all the events leading to it. In fact, the film’s narrative climax happens some time before the fire, and the fire itself is a symbol that shifts from being one of ‘burgeoning adulthood’ to one of ‘emotional purge’ – something that enables the characters to reset and start again. It’s a muddied payoff that leans on melodrama in a way that undercuts the subtlety elsewhere in the film. But, successful as an acute and evocative study of youth in transition, Galore is another rich slice of Australiana more than worthy of its entry into the ever-growing canon. Sam Hobson
CHRIS & JOSH Web Series
Online @ chrisandjoshseries.com Commercial TV is saturated with washed-up celebrities struggling with their ‘oh so ordinary’ lives from the front seat of gold-rimmed Jeeps, so it’s not surprising that webseries are the new black. Melbourne webseries Chris & Josh screened Season Two last Saturday night at The Backlot Studios Southbank. With red carpet service and seriously comfortable seats, the experience itself was worthy of a Saturday night jaunt, and Season Two lived up to the fanfare of the event. Writer/director Matt Smolen’s obviously broad knowledge of film and television guides the season through some highly entertaining genre spoofs, while the absurd scenarios and the work from DOP Shaun Herbertson makes for a marked improvement on Season One.
The heart is in the relationship between the title characters, and although some of the dialogue is insincere, Shane Savage (Chris) and Matt Werkmeister ( Josh) deliver intelligent and funny performances. The two are joined by notable guest stars including comedian Claire Hooper, actor Scott Major and singer Emily Williams; however, the most memorable guest star is Myles Tankle in his hilarious portrayal of a school carnival cupcake pusher. Must see eps are: The World’s Greatest Rapper, Undead and Baking Bad. Celeste Cody
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THE FLUMES Members answering/roles: Kayt Wallace (harp/ vocals), Stephan Beattie (bass/guitar/vocals) How long have you been together? Kayt and Steph since 2008 and with Elliot since 2012. How did you all meet? We [Kayt & Steph] met many moons ago in North Queensland. Kayt was singing War Pigs on the back of a semitrailer with her high school band and Steph was crewing. We reconnected five years later and played in a few bands until The Flumes were born in the middle of a flood in 2008. A year later we hit the road and eventually landed on the Sunshine Coast and hooked up with Elliot at a gig at Solbar. You’re on tour in the van – which band or artist is going to keep the most people happy if we throw them on the stereo? Hiatus Kaiyote. Would you rather be a busted broke-but-revered Hank Williams figure or some kind of Metallica monster? Hank or somewhere in between. Which Brisbane bands before you have been an inspiration (musically or otherwise)? Kooii, The Toothfaeries, George, Regurgitator, Custard, The Fabulous Nobodies. What part do you think Brisbane plays in the music you make? Brisbane is the Mad King and we are the traveling minstrels... but on a serious note, it’s a great nurturing ground for artists, many of who form a well of inspiration for us. What’s in the pipeline for the band in the short term? We’re currently launching our new album Sweet, Sweet Rain in Brisbane, Byron, Sunny Coast and heading to North Queensland then back to do a stack of shows in SEQ before heading south in spring. Plus there’s a new film clip in the wings for the title track. The Flumes play Byron Bay Brewery on Friday 4 July and Teneriffe Festival, Teneriffe on Saturday 5 July.
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Another year, another great Brisbane Festival line-up! So much cool stuff in The Spiegeltent and a great theatre program as well – we’re especially excited about Prehistoric, set in Brisbane’s ‘70s punk scene.
LIFE’S A RIOT Cool that members of Russian agitators Pussy Riot are coming to Australia to speak at the Festival Of Dangerous Ideas in Sydney, alongside some other potentially fascinating orators.
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SWEETNESS AND LIGHT
What’s been up with Canyonero you ask? Wonder no more - the band will show off their shiny new EP Muskets at The Zoo, 11 Jul, with $12 also getting you music from The Worriers and The Bassethounds.
Get some good value rock into you at The Zoo this Thursday, with $8 cover scoring you sets from rock crews Scallop and Tesla Coil, as well as singersongwriter Holly Tollis, pictured.
Guitar slinging songstress Essie is launching her new single Sugar Rush with a headline show at The Loft, Gold Coast, 25 Jul. $10 entry also gets you sets from Polydemic, Aquila Young and Nyssa Berger.
NEW SONGS RISING
TURN IT UP
MAKING A SPLASH
Experience the stories of The Dawn Chorus when they showcase their stellar canon of tracks at Solbar, Maroochydore this Sunday. A band that will speak to you, no matter what your poison is.
Riffs at The Brightside this week: Nine Sons Of Dan headline on Thursday, Against play Friday with Born Free, Time Crisis and Wilful Damage, and Never Lose Sight do their thing on Saturday.
Only forming at the beginning of this year, Little Sea are already making massive waves, and with a new EP landing the groundswell of support is only going to get bigger. They launch the release with an all ages headline date at Old Museum, 9 Aug.
TWO FOR ONE
BETA THAN THOU
MAKE YOURSELF KNOWN
Rather than travel along the expected LP road, Royal Chant are taking a more scenic route, delivering a double EP Small Town Bruises/A Day At The Wauchope Races. They launch at Trainspotters, Grand Central Hotel, 9 Aug.
In support of their second EP Drink Tea, quirky pop punk aficionados Being Beta are touring the country, dropping by Ric’s Bar, 16 Jul. Renowned for their catchy songs, awkward stage banter and upbeat presence, you won’t want to miss the fun.
2013 Unearthed NIMA winner Robbie Miller will be setting up shop at Dowse Bar this month, playing a Thursday residency from this week throughout July. Get intimate with one of our brightest new songwriters.
TOO MUCH AIN’T ENOUGH
This Saturday at Trainspotters The Bacchanales headline, with help from Melbourne crew The Broken Needles, Big Dead and R.L. Jones. Grand Central Hotel, free entry from 9pm.
Rambler Justin Bernasconi has added new shows including Thursday, The Treehouse, Byron Bay; Friday, Taps, Mooloolaba; Saturday, Royal Mail Hotel (12pm); and Sunday Powerhouse (4pm). Full dates at themusic.com.au.
The Buried In Verona, Antagonist AD and Stories Mid Year Mayhem Tour has gotten heavier with local supports Bayharbour and Daybreaker at The Brightside, 17 Jul and Road To Ransome and Enfield at The Lab, 18 Jul.
AT LEAST I’M NOT BUBBLING
BACKLASH FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH
So Todd Carney’s “bubbling” has purportedly spawned even more imitators, unsurprising even for a meme that makes planking look like studying medicine. Is it worse to piss in your own mouth to impress, or to be impressed?
FELON LOVE Can the ‘hot mug shot guy’ also fuck off? He’s a petty crook and now apparently people are offering him tons of money to ‘model’ because one of his prison shots appealed to idiots. FFS.
LOCALS ONLY And, for a third look at vacuousness, an Instagram study has shown Brisbane to be Australia’s ‘selfie hotspot’! Congratulations! Now just get one of yourself bubbling next to that mug shot idiot…
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DUMP THE BODY
FEEL NO SHAME
Crushing skulls for a few years now, Sydney death/ thrash enthusiasts Flaming Wreckage are coming our way to bring the noise. Catch them at Indooroopilly Hotel, 22 Aug alongside Siv and Nescient, and Tatts Hotel, Lismore, 23 Aug.
Get familiar with grandiose local sextet Mosman Alder once more. The crew have the first single from their forthcoming LP ready, and will mark the release of Germland (Of Julien Charbonneau) with two nights at The Bearded Lady, Thursday 3 & 10 Jul.
Celebrate growing old disgracefully at The Underdog, 12 Jul, with music from Hits, Thirteen Seventy, BMX-RAY and Galapogos, pictured, as well as burlesque ladies Red Devotchkin, Rosie Peaches and Betsy Blunder-Muff.
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THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE
AGAINST THE TIDE
Beetle Bar are combining two of our favourite pastimes - live rock’n’roll and bingo - and serving them up together on 12 Jul, with Some Jerks, The Dirty F Holes, The Bear Hunt and El Motel playing sets between the number calling.
In celebration of his new EP Simple’s Better, Jackson James Smith and his four-piece band will check in to The Loft, Gold Coast, 12 Jul; The Rails, Byron Bay, 15 Jul; and The Seed Project, QPAC, 18 Jul (all ages).
With various venues closing, it’s nice to see Padre Bar continuing the legacy of an address that was once the infamous Van Gogh’s Earlobe. Friday features another night of great music with transcending acoustic act June Low is duo mode.
DRIFT AWAY SLOWLY
Following up their Pozible success and a well-received support slot on the recent Dead Letter Circus tour, Clint Boge’s latest project Like Thieves have announced a headline date 8 Aug, New Globe Theatre. Aerials and Guards Of May support.
Catch soulful young songwriter Ayla at Bohemian Bungalow, Sunshine Coast, Saturday; Beetle Bar, 10 Jul; Ric’s Bar, 23 Jul, Miami Marketts, GC, 8 Aug; Queen Street Mall, 9 Aug (12pm); and Black Bear Lodge, 27 Aug.
Kay Proudlove’s new record Finding Words is a product of excessive copy and a love of quality indie folk. She launches the EP 16 Jul, Dowse Bar; 17 Jul, The Treehouse, Byron Bay; and 18 Jul, The Loft, Gold Coast.
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THINK ABOUT IT
Local lass and former Gorgeous player Emma Heeney will showcase tracks from her brooding and sophisticated sophomore offering After The Fireworks with a Junk Bar show, 15 Aug, featuring special guest Sophie Koh.
Sonic Masala is going into hibernation for the winter, but not before they host a night at The Waiting Room this Friday, with pop adventurer Scraps, literate travellers Curlew and shape shifting troupe Julia & The Johnnys. $10 and BYO.
Prolific Perth muso Glenn Musto is donating proceeds from his new track Don’t Give Up Now directly to mental health organisation Love Me Love You – make your contribution when Musto and Swedish friend Lars Wallin play The End, 30 Jul.
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TALES IN SPACE Member answering: Luke Bert Album title: Formula Where did the album title come from? It came from a song title off the record. The song Formula really connects with us strongly so we thought it’d be suitable. How many releases do you have now? This is our first album. We released two EPs previous to this. How long did it take to write/ record? It took about three years to write and record. But that includes lots of other songs that didn’t make the record plus the year-long (lifetime-long) release plan.
Was anything in particular inspiring you during the making? I think generally other bands were very inspiring. In particular Passion Pit, Friendly Fires and MGMT. We’re very proud of our influences and we have them to thank for us making this record. What’s your favourite song on it? I would say both Formula and Tangled In Angles.
NINE SONS OF DAN Member answering: Jay Bainbridge EP title: Follow The Blood How many releases do you have now? Three. Landslide, The New Kids and now Follow The Blood.
Will you do anything differently next time? Yes, definitely! As recording is such a freedom, we feel we only just dipped our toes in and can’t wait to try loads of new ideas and recording methods.
Was anything in particular inspiring you during the making? Honesty. The band and I have been waiting to write and record songs like this for so long. The lyrics talk about the truth of love and life and where we are as a band.
Tales In Space play Black Bear Lodge on Thursday 3 July.
What’s your favourite song on it? Follow The Blood. Because
THE PEPPERCORN QUEEN ET THE FAT LAMBS Member answering: Jackie Marshall EP title: The Good People How many releases do you have now? Fight n’Flight LP (Australian Music Prize shortlisted 2006), Ladies Luck LP (2010), and this new EP Was anything in particular inspiring you during the making? We made this EP over four years in an old tobacco shed surrounded by ageing barrels of tempranillo wine, up a winding valley road north of Tamworth. There’s something in the air up there.
What’s your favourite song on it? Good People – we throw everything we have at this rollicking coalface country rock’n’roll song. Made to be played live! When and where is your launch/next gig? Our Brisbane launch is at Dowse Bar, Friday 4 Jul with super special guests The Melotonins plus mind-bending contortion artist Paperclip Boy, kicking off an eastern Oz states month-long tour. The Peppercorn Queen Et The Fat Lambs play Dowse Bar on Friday 4 July and Bohemian Bungalow, Eumundi on Sunday 6 July.
everything came together the way I heard it in my head. We’ll like this EP if we like... Hard-hitting rock with an orchestra. Lots of variety. Soft sad, to fun and catchy, to crazy scream-rock. If you like music you will enjoy something on it. Nine Sons Of Dan play The Brightside on Thursday 3 July, Racehorse Hotel, Ipswich on Saturday 5 July and Swingin’ Safari, Gold Coast on Sunday 6 July.
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THE BRIGHTSIDE Why should punters visit you? If you enjoy alternative music and cold beer way more then you should, then you’ll love The Brightside. What’s the best thing about the venue? We’re not quite sure, but it’s something in-between the huge sound system, the chill beer garden, the massive bookings, the DJs after bands and the awesome people that come hang out every night. What’s the history of the venue? Popular live music venue turned techno club down a Valley side street rescued by the Fans Group and Destroy All Lines who
wanted a new place to drink beers, hang out late and stage dive to punk, metal and hardcore. What is your venue doing to help the local music scene? Refusing to open unless we have bands playing. What are some of the highlights so far? Sell out Kisschasy show where the crowd was louder than the band or In Hearts Wake packing a Sunday out. The Brightside is open now at 27 Warner St, Fortitude Valley – head to facebook/ thebrightsidebrisbane or download The Music App for gig details.
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THE MUSIC PRESENTS The Beards: The Spotted Cow 2 Jul, Soundlounge 3 Jul, The Tivoli 4 Jul, Solbar 5 Jul, The Northern 6 Jul
Melody Pool & Marlon Williams: Black Bear Lodge 7 Aug, St Martin’s Parish Hall 8 Aug
The Yearlings: Brisbane Powerhouse 6 Jul
BIGSOUND 2014: Fortitude Valley 10-12 Sep
Little Bastard: Black Bear Lodge 10 Jul, Solbar 11 Jul
Bonjah: The Zoo 10 Oct, Racecourse Hotel 11 Oct, Surfers Paradise Beer Garden 12 Oct
Something For Kate: The Tivoli 11 Jul Violent Soho: The Hi-Fi 12, 13 & 19 Jul The White Album Concert: QPAC 13 Jul (matinee & evening) Remi: Solbar 17 Jul, Bowler Bar 18 Jul
Trivia: Blue Pacific Hotel, Woorim
Yo Gabba Gabba! + Little Odessa + Shag Rock + Cub Sport: Brisbane Powerhouse (10am / 1pm / 4pm), New Farm Garden Of Swing feat. various artists: Cloudland, Fortitude Valley Trivia: Forest Lake Tavern, Forest Lake The Yearlings: Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane Le Parti Soul feat. Gamla Stan + guests + DJ Redbeard: Ric’s, Fortitude Valley Dan Sultan + Way Of The Eagle: Solbar, Maroochydore Ant: The Bearded Lady, West End Open Mic Night feat. various artists: The Loft, Chevron Island Rob McMullen: The Plough Inn, Southbank The Pressure feat. various artists: The Press Club, Fortitude Valley The Beards + Franky Walnut: The Spotted Cow, Toowoomba Thank God It’s Wednesday feat. Misguided + El Monstro + The Effects Of Boredom: The Underdog Pub Co (Doghouse Bar), Fortitude Valley Russ Walker: The Underdog Pub Co (Public Bar), Fortitude Valley
Karaoke: Albany Creek Tavern, Albany Creek Northeast Party House + guests: Alhambra Lounge, Fortitude Valley Open Mic Night feat. various artists: Bay Central Tavern, Pialba
Ball Park Music: The Tivoli 18 Oct, Alhambra Lounge 2 Nov (U18) Gorguts: Crowbar 16 Nov Thy Art Is Murder: Crowbar 20 Dec & 21 Dec (U18)
GIG OF THE WEEK THE BEARDS: 4 JUL, THE TIVOLI
Jade Haven + Pyre & Ice + We Become Ghosts: Beetle Bar, Brisbane Tales In Space + Youthfire + Sterling Silver + Georgia Potter: Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley
Bandana Rock feat. Jess Grimley + Caleb Lafaitele + Marty Gray + Myles Larsen: The Loft, Chevron Island
Karaoke: Blue Pacific Hotel, Woorim
Hayley Grace: The Plough Inn, Southbank
Jazz Singers Night: Brisbane Jazz Club, Kangaroo Point Yo Gabba Gabba! + Little Odessa + Shag Rock + Cub Sport: Brisbane Powerhouse (10am / 1pm / 4pm), New Farm Jam Night feat. various artists: Capalaba Tavern, Capalaba
The Ben Eaton Trio: The Press Club, Fortitude Valley Dan Sultan + Stonefield + Way Of The Eagle: The Spotted Cow, Toowoomba The Adolescents + Clowns + Whiskey & Speed + The Scam: The Tempo Hotel, Fortitude Valley
Soul’sa feat. various artists: Cloudland, Fortitude Valley
Holly Tollis + Tesla Coil + Scallop: The Zoo, Fortitude Valley
Trivia: Deception Bay Tavern, Deception Bay
Pure feat. various DJs: Zuri Bar, Fortitude Valley
Robbie Miller + Amorina: Dowse Bar (Iceworks), Paddington
B.O.S.S Productions: Empire Hotel, Fortitude Valley
The Cairos + Nova Heart + special guests: Alhambra Lounge, Fortitude Valley
Karaoke: Forest Lake Tavern, Forest Lake
Frown + Qualms: Beetle Bar, Brisbane
Baltimore Gun Club + Tuberz McGee + more: New Globe Theatre, Fortitude Valley
Holy Holy + TSUN + The Furrs: Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley
Don & The Mobsters + guests + DJ Valdis: Ric’s, Fortitude Valley
Various DJs: Blue Pacific Hotel, Woorim
The Brodie Graham Band: Solbar, Maroochydore The Beards + Franky Walnut: Soundlounge, Currumbin Alison Wonderland: Southern Cross Unibar, Lismore Dots & Loops: Drones feat. various artists: SYC Studios, East Brisbane Mosman Alder + The Workshop: The Bearded Lady, West End Nine Sons Of Dan + Far Away Stables + guests: The Brightside, Fortitude Valley The Flumes: The Joynt, South Brisbane
Braben-Jenner Hot Five: Brisbane Jazz Club, Kangaroo Point Yo Gabba Gabba! feat. Little Odessa + Shag Rock + Cub Sport: Brisbane Powerhouse (10am / 1pm / 4pm), New Farm Acoustic Artists feat. various artists: Burleigh Heads Hotel, Burleigh Heads Various DJs: Capalaba Tavern (Sports Bar), Capalaba Delorean: Cardigan Bar, Sandgate Metal of Honor feat. Dead End Kings + Dirty Brew + The Confederacy + Xile Systems: Chardons Corner Hotel, Annerley
Nosaj Thing + D Tiberio: Coniston Lane (Bowler Bar / 10pm), Fortitude Valley
DJ Ritchie: Story Bridge Hotel (Shelter Bar / 10pm), Kangaroo Point
TGIF feat. various DJs: Deception Bay Tavern, Deception Bay
Justin Bernasconi + Ben Franz: Taps Australia, Mooloolaba
Clowns + Snakes & Daggers + Bitter Lungs + Albion Gold: Dolphins Hotel, Tweed Heads
The Strums + Cafeine: The Bearded Lady, West End
The Peppercorn Queen + The Melatonins + Riley Colquist: Dowse Bar (Iceworks) (10am), Paddington Diamond City: Eat Street Markets, Hamilton Monkey See, Monkey Do: Empire Hotel, Fortitude Valley Eumundi Goes Acoustic feat. Ziggy Alberts + Zac Gunthorpe + Wildcard + Pete Allan + Emma Rumble + Emj France: Imperial Hotel (Green Room), Eumundi Bound For Ruin: Irish Club Hotel, Toowoomba Upstairs At Murphy’s+Various DJs: Irish Murphy’s (9pm), Brisbane Le Breeze: Lambert’s Restaurant, Kangaroo Point Obamarama feat. Last Dinosaurs (DJ Set) + Too Shoes + Habebe + more: Oh Hello!, Fortitude Valley June Low: Padre Bar, Woolloongabba Anthony Warlow + Faith Prince: QPAC (Concert Hall), Southbank Soldiers Of The Sun: Ric’s, Fortitude Valley Phil Smith: Royal Mail Hotel, Goodna Northeast Party House + Babaganouj + Montgomery: Solbar, Maroochydore
Edward Guglielmino + Shem Allen: The Crosstown Eating House, Woolloongabba Amy Shark + Eden Mulholland + Teigan Le Plastrier + Loddy & Stav: The Loft, Chevron Island The Good Ship + Liam Bryant & The Handsome Devils + Jimi Beavis: The Motor Room (5pm), West End Mike Blundell: The Plough Inn, Southbank The Beards + Franky Walnut: The Tivoli, Fortitude Valley Diamond Dave: The Underdog Pub Co (Public Bar), Fortitude Valley Scum Records Showcase with We Are Box + Goon On The Rocks + Myrtle Place: The Underdog Pub Co (Doghouse Bar), Fortitude Valley Sonic Masala feat. Scraps + Curlew + Julia & The Johnnys: The Waiting Room, West End Bell X1 + The Phoncurves: The Zoo, Fortitude Valley
Cookie Jar feat. various DJs: 633 Ann, Fortitude Valley Karaoke: Acacia Ridge Hotel, Acacia Ridge
Dan Sultan + Stonefield + Way Of The Eagle: Soundlounge, Currumbin
DJ Indy Andy: Albany Creek Tavern (Creek Bar), Albany Creek
Miles: Story Bridge Hotel (The Corner Bar / 9pm), Kangaroo Point
Psych-High-Way feat. The Archaic Revival + Los Huevos + more: Beetle Bar, Brisbane
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email@example.com Yacht Rock #2 (The Second Wave) feat. various DJs: Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley Various artists: Blue Pacific Hotel, Woorim Ayla: Bohemian Bungalow, Eumundi Jo Jo Smith: Brisbane Jazz Club, Kangaroo Point Karaoke: Capalaba Tavern, Capalaba
Revfest feat.+Ride The Lightning + Blizzard of Oz + Her Way To Hell + Bulls On Parade: The Hi-Fi (6.30pm), West End The Strums + Xavier Cafeine + David Aurora + Mitchell Ryan: The Loft, Chevron Island
La Boum: Cloudland, Fortitude Valley
Northeast Party House + The Cairos + Nova Heart: The Spotted Cow, Toowoomba
Karaoke: Deception Bay Tavern, Deception Bay
Kahl Monticone: The Waiting Room, West End
Diamond City: Eat Street Markets, Hamilton Dan Sultan + Stonefield + Way Of The Eagle: Eatons Hill Hotel (Grand Ballroom), Eatons Hill Trainspotters feat. The Bacchanales + The Broken Needles + Big Dead + RL Jones: Grand Central Hotel, Brisbane Eumundi Goes Acoustic feat. Matt Stillert + Asher Chapman + Owen Van Larkins + Luka Luka + Doolie + Bonnie Shea & Co + Agnes J Walker + Sally Skelton + Max Seymers + Myer Bradley: Imperial Hotel (Green Room), Eumundi Upstairs At Murphy’s feat. various DJs: Irish Murphy’s (9pm), Brisbane Tari Hujan: Lock ‘n’ Load Bistro, West End Seismic Toss + Junior Danger + The Keepaways + Indica: New Globe Theatre, Fortitude Valley Dana Gehrman: Padre Bar, Woolloongabba Nine Sons Of Dan: Racehorse Hotel, Booval Justin Bernasconi: Royal Mail Hotel (12pm), Goodna Barry Charles & The Deeper Beat: Royal Mail Hotel (4pm), Goodna
Sunday Sessions feat. various artists: Blue Pacific Hotel, Woorim The Peppercorn Queen: Bohemian Bungalow, Eumundi The Yearlings: Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm Sounds On Sunday with The Cairos + Nova Heart: Broadbeach Tavern, Broadbeach Sunday Unplugged feat. various artists: Burleigh Heads Hotel, Burleigh Heads Sunday Sesh with Donnelle Brooks: Coorparoo Bowls Club (Green Bar / 2pm), Coorparoo Mia Wray + Zeek Power: Dowse Bar (Iceworks), Paddington Eumundi Goes Acoustic feat. Shannon Carroll + Jaywah + Ebony Ham + Gian + Molly & Rueben + Ayla + Wildcard + The Vast + Ash Ogilvie: Imperial Hotel (Green Room), Eumundi
Down 311: Story Bridge Hotel (The Corner Bar / 9pm), Kangaroo Point
The Enterprise: Lock ‘n’ Load Bistro (3pm), West End
Big Bad Echo + Muddy Chanter + These Guys: The Bearded Lady, West End Koan Sound: The Biscuit Factory, Fortitude Valley Never Lose Sight + Saints Alight + Sensaii + Dethrone The King: The Brightside, Fortitude Valley We Were Kids feat. Go Freek: The Factory, Maroochydore
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His Merry Men + guests: Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley
The Beards + Franky Walnut: Solbar, Maroochydore
Darren Middleton + Avaberee + Brianna Carpenter + Nat Dunn + Amy Shark + Cafeine + The Belligerents + The Good Ship + Karl S Williams + Phil Smith + Sahara Beck + more: Teneriffe Festival, Teneriffe
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Calais + Twin Haus + Shag Rock: The Zoo, Fortitude Valley
Jabba + Ragdoll + Mick McHugh: Irish Murphy’s, Brisbane
DJ Ritchie: Story Bridge Hotel (Shelter Bar / 10pm), Kangaroo Point
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Trace + Jezelle: The Plough Inn, Southbank
Circle of Friends feat. Lachy Doley + Daniel Champagne + Hussy Hicks + Lani Motiekaitis: Miami Marketta (2pm), Miami The Dawn Chorus: Solbar, Maroochydore Big Kitty: Story Bridge Hotel (The Corner Bar / 9pm), Kangaroo Point DJ Ritchie: Story Bridge Hotel (Shelter Bar / 3pm), Kangaroo Point Rumblefish: Taps Australia, Mooloolaba Leanne Tennant + Sian: The Bearded Lady (5pm), West End Ada Duo: The Plough Inn (3pm), Southbank Three: The Press Club, Fortitude Valley
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Trivia: Royal Exchange Hotel, Toowong Mark Sheils: Samford Valley Hotel, Samford Valley Icarus Falling + more: The Bearded Lady, West End
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Hell City Glamours: Crowbar, Fortitude Valley
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RnB Jam Night feat. various artists: Empire Hotel, Fortitude Valley
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Trivia: Irish Finnegans, Condon
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INTERNATIONAL Bell X1: The Zoo 4 Jul
Caféïne: The Bearded Lady 4 Jul, The Loft 5 Jul
Pop Will Eat Itself: The Zoo 5 Sep
Ed Kuepper: Old Museum 9 Aug, Soundlounge 22 Aug
Sharon Jones & The DapKings: The Tivoli 5 Sep
Seekae, Jonti: The Zoo 12 Aug Peking Duk: The Met 12 Aug
Conan: Crowbar 6 Sep
KOAN Sound: Arena 5 Jul
Anberlin: The Hi-Fi 6 Sep
Kav Temperley: Black Bear Lodge 13 Aug, Soundlounge 14 Aug
Lloyd Cole: Brisbane Powerhouse 10 Jul, Soundlounge 11 Jul, Star Theatre 12 Jul
The Ghost Inside: Byron YAC 9 Sep, Kontraband 10 Sep, Coolangatta Hotel 11 Sep
Freedman Does Nilsson: Soundlounge 15 Aug, Old Museum 16 Aug
Henry Fong: The Brightside 11 Jul, Platinum 19 Jul
The Wonder Years: The Hi-Fi 11 Sep, The Lab 12 Sep (AA)
Tina Arena: Jupiters 23 Aug, BCEC 24 Aug
Gareth Emery: Platinum 17 Jul, The Met 18 Jul
Cannibal Corpse: The Hi-Fi 13 Sep
The Aston Shuffle: The Zoo 29 Aug
Kina Grannis: The Tivoli 19 Jul
Kanye West: BEC 15 Sep
Lorde: Riverstage 20 Jul
The High Kings: Eatons Hill Hotel 19 Sep, Maroochy RSL 20 Sep, Empire Theatre 21 Sep, Southport Sharks 23 Sep
Busby Marou: Soundlounge 29 Aug, Eatons Hill Hotel 30 Aug (AA)
Pelican: The Zoo 24 Jul Corrosion Of Conformity: Crowbar 24 Jul Interpol, Future Islands, Buraka Som Sistema: The Northern 24 Jul
Ingrid Michaelson: New Globe Theatre 21 Sep Robbie Williams: BEC 22 Sep
Andrew Strong: The Commitments: The Tivoli 25 Jul, Twin Towns 26 Jul
Veruca Salt: The Zoo 24 Sep
A Great Big World: The Tivoli 2 Aug
Maybeshewill: Crowbar 28 Sep
Ruby Dee & The Snakehandlers: Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall 2 Aug
Justin Timberlake: BEC 26, 27 Sep Dead Kennedys: The Hi-Fi 3 Oct, Coolangatta Hotel 4 Oct Sepultura: The Hi-Fi 4 Oct
Obits: Crowbar 3 Aug
Hardwell: Riverstage 5 Oct
Neurosis: The Hi-Fi 4 Aug
Rick Springfield: Eatons Hill Hotel 9 Oct, Twin Towns 10 Oct
Hanson: The Tivoli 5 Aug, Coolangatta Hotel 6 Aug
Slaves: The Brightside 15 Oct
I Am Giant: The Rev 6 Aug
Miley Cyrus: BEC 15 Oct
Coolio: East 88 7 Aug, Coniston Lane 12 Aug
Dwarves: Crowbar 19 Oct
Twenty One Pilots: The Zoo 10 Aug Candyland: Family 16 Aug, Club Liv 17 Aug Jake Clemons: Old Museum 16 Aug, Byron Theatre 17 Aug Vincent Cross: New Farm Bowls Club 19 Aug, Dowse Bar 20 Aug, The Treehouse 22 Aug Courtney Love: Eatons Hill Hotel 20 Aug
Joe Satriani: The Tivoli 4 Nov
Northeast Party House: Alhambra Lounge 3 Jul, Solbar 4 Jul, The Spotted Cow 5 Jul
Justin Heazlewood: Southside Tea Room 20 Jul
Nine Sons Of Dan: Snitch 3 Jul, Racehorse Tavern 5 Jul, Swingin’ Safari 6 Jul
Jen Cloher: Junk Bar 25 Jul
The Cairos: The Northern 3 Jul, Alhambra Lounge 4 Jul, The Spotted Cow 5 Jul, Broadbeach Tavern 6 Jul, Solbar 12 Jul Holy Holy: Black Bear Lodge 4 Jul Little Bastard: Black Bear Lodge 10 Jul, Solbar 11 Jul, The Rails 12 Jul
Steve Kilbey: Imperial Hotel 25, 26 Jul Monique Brumby: The Treehouse 26 Jul, Dowse Bar 27 Jul Hugo Race: Junk Bar 26 Jul, Brisbane Powerhouse 27 Jul
Sticky Fingers: The Hi-Fi 12 Sep Boy & Bear: The Arts Centre Gold Coast 12 Sep, The Tivoli 13 Sep Angus & Julia Stone: The Tivoli 18 Sep, The Arts Centre Gold Coast 21 Sep One Day: The Hi-Fi 20 Sep
True Vibenation: TBC Brisbane 26 Jul, Byron Bay Brewery 27 Jul
Icehouse: SEQ Outdoor Concert 20 Sep, Twin Towns 21 Sep
Dewayne Everettsmith: New Globe Theatre 29 Jul
Reece Mastin: Brisbane Powerhouse 30 Sep
Husky: Black Bear Lodge 1 Aug
John Butler Trio: Empire Theatre 5 Oct
Toehider: The Brightside 11 Jul
Tydi: Family 1 Aug, Platinum 2 Aug, Wharf Tavern 9 Aug
Bonjah: The Zoo 10 Oct, Racehorse Hotel 11 Oct, Surfers Paradise Beer Garden 12 Oct
Caitlin Park: The Hive 2 Aug (AA)
The Cat Empire: The Tivoli 10, 11 Oct, Rabbit & Cocoon 12 Oct
Bodyjar: The Hi-Fi 7 Aug
Ball Park Music: The Tivoli 18 Oct, Alhambra Lounge 2 Nov (U18)
Gorguts: Crowbar 16 Nov Accept: The Hi-Fi 16 Nov The Rolling Stones: Brisbane Entertainment Centre 18 Nov
Voyager: The Brightside 11 Jul Something For Kate: The Tivoli 11 Jul Jeff Lang: Mullumbimby Town Hall 11 Jul, Brisbane Powerhouse 12 Jul
Agnes Obel: Old Museum 25 Nov
Jakubi: Beach Hotel 11 Jul, New Globe Theatre 12 Jul, Rumpus Room 13 Jul
Katy Perry: BEC 27, 28, 30 Nov, 1, 15 Dec
Hey Geronimo: Grand Central Hotel 12 Jul
UB40: Riverstage 7 Dec
Miracle: GPO 12 Jul, East 29 Aug
Passenger: Riverstage 25 Jan
The Dandy Warhols: The Tivoli 30 Aug
Roxette: BEC 10 Feb
Violent Soho: The Hi-Fi 12, 13, 19 Jul The White Album Concert ft Tim Rogers, Chris Cheney, Phil Jamieson and Josh Pyke: QPAC 13 Jul (matinee & evening)
Kids In Glass Houses: The Brightside 30 Aug, The Lab 31 Aug (AA)
Suzi Quatro: Twin Towns 20, 21 Feb, Empire Theatre 22 Feb, BCEC 24 Feb, The Events Centre Caloundra 25 Feb
Biffy Clyro: The Tivoli 4 Sep
Eagles: BEC 10, 11 Mar
Buried In Verona: The Brightside 17 Jul, The Lab 18 Jul (AA)
Beni: Elsewhere 18 Jul
The Beards: The Spotted Cow 2 Jul, Soundlounge 3 Jul, The Tivoli 4 Jul, Solbar 5 Jul, The Northern 6 Jul
Remi: Solbar 17 Jul, Coniston Lane 18 Jul, The Brewery 19 Jul
Dave Graney: Beetle Bar 18 Jul, Solbar 19 Jul, The Northern 20 Jul sleepmakeswaves: The Northern 18 Jul, The Zoo 19 Jul
Kate Miller-Heidke:Empire Church Theatre 7 Aug, QPAC 8 Aug Melody Pool & Marlon Williams: Black Bear Lodge 7 Aug, St Martin’s Parish Hall 8 Aug Clare Bowditch, Adalita: Powerhouse Theatre 8 Aug Willow Beats: Black Bear Lodge 8 Aug Harmony: Beetle Bar 9 Aug Royal Chant: Grand Central Hotel 9 Aug The Angels: Queensland Lions Club 8 Aug, North Leagues & Services Club 9 Aug James Reyne plays Australian Crawl: Eatons Hill Hotel 8 Aug, The Tivoli 9 Aug Spiderbait: The Hi-Fi 9 Aug Kilter: Coniston Lane 9 Aug Little Sea: Old Museum 9 Aug (AA)
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The Bennies: The Spotted Cow 12 Sep, The Lab 13 Sep (AA), Crowbar 13 Sep
King Parrot: Vaudeville Room 1 Aug, Crowbar 2 Aug
Lady Gaga: BEC 26 Aug
You Me At Six: Eatons Hill Hotel 5 Sep
Sheppard: Eatons Hill Hotel 25 Jul (AA)
I Killed The Prom Queen: Byron YAC 9 Sep, Kontraband 10 Sep, Coolangatta Hotel 11 Sep
Yes: Jupiters 14 Nov
Bob Dylan: BCEC 25 Aug
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