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“WHAT DRIVES OUR THINKING IS THAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR THE MOST UNIQUE AND SURPRISING CHARACTERS AND STORYTELLING IN OUR PROJECTS.”
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“DEMPSEY HAS DITCHED THE DINNER JACKET AND SUBTLY GOADED THE CROWD INTO SINGING HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE GROUP, THOUGH THE MANY ENAMOURED PUNTERS DIDN’T NEED MUCH ENCOURAGEMENT TO FIND THEIR VOICE.”
- BENNY DOYLE GETS AMONGST THE ACTION AT SOMETHING FOR KATE’S 20TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW (P22)
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“I GO AND MAKE FIELD RECORDINGS – I LOVE SITTING, LIKE WATCHING A BOXING MATCH IN EAST LONDON AND YOU’RE JUST SITTING THERE WITH YOUR RECORDER.”
WHO’S DOMINATING THE CARLTON DRY INDEPENDENT MUSIC CHARTS THIS WEEK? FIND OUT ON THEMUSIC.COM.AU
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- FIND OUT WHAT THE DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES HYPE IS ALL ABOUT (P23)
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We’re so lucky here in SEQ to be surrounded by natural beauty, and this weekend it’s the turn of our northern neighbours to celebrate with the annual Noosa Longweekend Festival, which happens from 18 to 27 Jul. There are a diverse and delightful array of events for the whole family taking place, most utilising the beautiful surrounds that the Sunshine Coast has to offer. Go north and prosper!
Falling in love is getting ever more complicated in the digital age, and new production Sex With Strangers is a witty and compelling look at this very conundrum. A sex blogger tracks down his novelist heroine and sparks fly, but before long lust turns into anguish as both struggle to reconcile how they’d like to present themselves and their easily-accessed actualities. Runs at Brisbane Powerhouse, 17 – 26 Jul.
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Even in the middle of the coldest Queensland cold snap we never get to the point where we can seriously consider taking up winter sports like ice hockey, which is why this weekend the best in the business are coming to Brisbane to show us how the game is played. This Saturday night at BEC you can catch arch-rivals USA and Canada playing one of the most brutal sports of all – it’s hard to bring back the biff when it never went away!
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As if the BIGSOUND Live music announcement wasn’t enough to pry your eyes wide, the three dozen speakers announced for this year’s BIGSOUND conference just adds another level of excitement to the whole proceedings. Headed up by what will be a pair of unmissable artist keynotes from Neil Finn (pictured) and The Church, the 10 – 12 Sep event in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley Entertainment Precinct will also welcome Bluesfest director Peter Noble, Reggie Ba-Pe III from Chinese creative collective Sonically Transmitted Disease, YouTube blog sensation Anthony Fantano and loads more speakers and panellists. Full list of inclusions and tickets available at the event website.
SEE THEM PAST THE CROSSROADS
Grammy Award winners and hip hop mainstays Bone Thugs-N-Harmony return to Australia next month for the first time in almost two years, playing shows 9 Aug, The Espy, Melbourne; 28 Aug, Arena, Brisbane; and 4 Sep, Metro City, Perth (including a whole heap of other dates: theMusic.com.au for full details). They’ll also be looking for unsigned Aussie talent to invite onto their label, and they’ll be opening a retail outlet/studio in Sydney.
A WELCOMED STAIN
When it comes to historical years of music, 1994 is a pretty big one. Kurt died, the Eagles reformed, Woodstock rocked New York again, seminal albums from Blur and Jeff Buckley dropped, and Sydney band Smudge released their killer debut, Manilow. The band celebrate 20 years with shows at Newtown Social Club, Sydney, 18 Oct; Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, 24 Oct; Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, 25 Oct; Astor Lounge, Perth, 1 Nov; and Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, 16 Nov.
GET YOUR PJS ON
Patrick James has spent a fair chunk of time recently touring around the country, and he’ll be back out on the road soon, touring his soonto-be-released EP Broken Lines: Beav’s Bar, Geelong, 29 Aug; Corner Hotel, Melbourne, 30 Aug; Fly By Night, Fremantle, 6 Sep; Lizottes Newcastle, 12 Sep (AA); Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, 13 Sep; Transit Bar, Canberra, 18 Sep; and Old Museum, Brisbane, 26 Sep.
FRIENDS FLY TOGETHER
Following a run of shows supporting Violent Soho across Australia, Tasmanian quartet Luca Brasi are taking the headline slot on the Get Sad, See Mates tour, playing tracks from their latest punk rock gem, By A Thread. Catch them 29 Aug, Wyndham Youth Resources Centre, Melbourne; 6 Sep, Spectrum, Sydney; 10 Sep, BIGSOUND, Brisbane; 13 Sep, The Lab, Brisbane (2pm AA supporting The Bennies) and Crowbar, Brisbane (evening); 20 Sep, Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne; 10 Oct, Amplifier Bar, Perth; and 11 Oct, Prince Of Wales, Bunbury.
“GETTING OLDER MEANS FORGETTING WHY RYAN ADAMS USED TO ANNOY YOU.” @DOREESHAFRIR GETTING SOMETHING GOOD OFF ADAMS’ NEW SINGLE. 8 • THE MUSIC • 16TH JULY 2014
There’s never going to be an official reunion, so let it go, get on down and kick out with From The Jam, featuring The Jam’s former bassist/guitarist Bruce Foxton (pictured), who’s partnered with frontman Russell Hastings. Expect incendiary performances of all the classics when the tour happens 5 Mar, Capitol, Perth; 6 Mar, The Prince, Melbourne; 7 Mar, Factory Theatre, Sydney; 8 Mar, The Depot On Beaumont, Newcastle (acoustic); 13 Mar, Twin Towns, Tweed Heads; and 14 Mar, New Globe Theatre, Brisbane.
TORI AGAINST THE WORLD
Eight-time Grammy Award-nominated performer Tori Amos has announced that she will be extending her Unrepentant Geraldines world tour to include a string of dates in Australia later this year. The tour, which is named after her recently released, top ten-charting 14th studio LP, takes in a particularly exciting appearance at the Sydney Opera House, 11 Nov, where Amos will be accompanied by the 42-memberstrong Sydney Symphony. In addition, she will play 15 Nov, Palais Theatre, Melbourne; 18 Nov, Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre; and 21 Nov, QPAC, Brisbane.
LES THE RIGHT ONE IN
Sir Les Patterson might be one of the more enigmatic Australian characters out there, so it’s no wonder his unique face translates so well to paint. Tim Storrier, usually known for his landscapes, has taken out the Packing Room Prize – awarded by the gallery curators of the Archibald Prize exhibition – for his painting of Sir Les. The finalists for the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman prizes will all also be on view 19 Jul – 28 Sep at the Art Gallery Of NSW, which includes Wendy Sharpe’s portrait of Ash Flanders (pictured), currently starring in Belvoir’s Hedda Gabler.
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Arguably the most motivated slackers in all of Sydney town, Palms made an undeniable impact on the Aussie underground last year with their debut slice of indie brilliance, Step Brothers. Now, before they return to the studio to cut album number two, they’re hitting the east coast for a cheeky little mini tour. Expect all the bad dogs to be out on the streets when the quartet play 16 Aug, Crowbar, Brisbane.
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RIDE THE LIGHTNING
There is going to be hot engines, hotter babes and the hottest bands under the sun at the annual GreazeFest Kustom Kulture Festival, taking place at Rocklea Showground, 1 Aug – 3 Aug. Get on down and check out market stalls, the tiki village, fashion and pinups, bikes, art displays, carvings and parades, not to mention 500 of the sweetest hot rods ever to be seen in Queensland, while you listen to music from The Koffin Rockers, Men Into Space, A Man Called Stu, Doubleblack, The Shakin’ Quavers and loads more.
A GREATER SUM OF PARTS
Having impressed global audiences with single Nobody To Love, producers Cameron Edwards and Joe Lenzie, aka Sigma, now bring their signature drum’n’bass tunes to Arena, 16 Aug, as part of the regular Biscuit Factory sessions.
Pub-rock workhorse Jimmy Barnes has been the personification of Australian grit for the past 30 years, and to mark three decades in the game, the Cold Chisel frontman will take his tunes to the vineyards with A Day On The Green. The show – for which Barnesy will be joined by fellow icons The Living End, Chisel guitarist Ian Moss, daughter Mahalia Barnes & The Soulmates and Melbourne troubadour Nick Barker – is being staged in conjunction with the release of his 30/30 Anniversary retrospective LP, and will happen 9 Nov, Sirromet Winery, Mt Cotton.
From 24 Sep to 12 Oct, Queensland Theatre Company will be telecasting Black Diggers – the stage depiction of the untold story of indigenous diggers during WWI – in nine major theatres across regional Queensland. The play explores the Indigenous men and women who enlisted to protect the country that shunned them, the sense of mateship developed between black and white soldiers on the frontline, and the contrasting discrimination they experienced upon return. Visit the venue website for full details.
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Seven crack musicians running through one of the most revered catalogues in rock music – that’s what you can bank on when you sign up for the Dire Straits Experience. Put together by original Straits member Chris White, the world renowned act are visiting Australia for the first time this spring, playing 8 Oct, QPAC.
STREETS COME ALIVE
Brisbane’s biggest street party, Valley Fiesta, is back 2014 with the usual musical goodness, capped off with a range of new events happening, 23 – 24 Aug. Dan Sultan, Allday, Motez, REMI, Sampology, Safia, Basenji and many more will be covering the sounds, with Chinatown Chow Down, Red Bull Crate Diggers and Valley Swap Shoppe just a few of the other exciting things on offer. Full details at the event website.
TWIST AND SHOUT
Although his new track, Man Made Hurricane, is built on disco-leaning loops, Todd Sibbin is a storyteller in the truest sense. Hear his intelligent brand of roots when he headlines with his band The Acadian Driftwood 4 Sep, The Treehouse, Byron Bay; 5 Sep, The Loft, Gold Coast; and 6 Sep, Padre Bar.
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PARTY! PARTY! PARTY!
The Brisbane Collective and To Be Continued magazine present D.I.Y. Till You Die popup exhibition and magazine 2.0 launch this Saturday at Turf Studios, Ipswich. The exhibition features an art exhibition, live performances, Ironlak live art, Cork & Chorma paint sessions, the Juan More Taco Truck and a fully licensed bar. What more could you want? Tickets just $8 at Oztix.
BLOW OUT THE CANDLES It’s hard to believe it’s only been three years, but yes, Black Bear Lodge is celebrating the big milestone on 9 Aug, and of course this means epic party times. It’s a Party At The Lodge, with The John Steel Singers, Babaganouj and super group Tempura Nights getting rowdy.
X MARKS THE SPOT
It’s going to get bright and feel oh so right when Queensland electro-pop acts Michelle Xen & The Neon Wild and Selahphonic perform some co-headline dates, previewing tracks off their respective forthcoming EPs. They play three shows in the region, 22 Aug, The Loft, Gold Coast; 29 Aug, The Bearded Lady; and 30 Aug, Woombye Pub, Sunshine Coast. Tickets for all dates are on sale now.
Not wasting any time reasserting themselves as one of the most popular acts in Australia, Angus & Julia Stone have just announced a second Brisbane show, 19 Sep, after selling out their first date the night before. Tickets for this new show are available now, with a limited number also still on offer for their 21 Sep date at Arts Centre Gold Coast.
“IMAGINE A GIRAFFE IN THE SNOW. SILLY GIRAFFE.” WE CAN @VIJAYKHURANA, WHAT’S IT DOING THERE ANYWAY?! BROODS
STAY A LITTLE LONGER
New Zealand sibling wunderkinds Broods have just added a Queensland date to their Splendour In The Grass visit, with the pair now playing a headline show 8 Aug, The Zoo. Their mesmerising take on electronicinfused dream-pop has caused rapture right around the world, and with their debut album Evergreen set to drop a few weeks after their visit, this is your chance to jump into the fire before it erupts.
AROUND THE OUTSIDE
For his first headline tour in two years, 360 will be supported by Funk Volume co-founder Hopsin, long-term collaborator Pez, 20-year-old Sydney producer Miracle and UK’s Lunar C. If that wasn’t enough, Helen Groome aka Gossling will also make a guest appearance for Boys Like You and Price Of Fame, 6 Sep, Arena. If you haven’t already, you probably should get some tickets for this.
WIL AND A WAY
Highly regarded for his honest and heartfelt lyricism, Smith Street Band frontman Wil Wagner is embarking on a solo tour. Between working on the third Smith Street Band LP and collabs with big names like Joelistics, Wagner carts his guitar to Crowbar on 28 Aug.
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Brooklyn-based alt rock band American Authors will be returning to Australia, bringing their four-part harmonies and infectious pop sensibilities to The Hi Fi, 19 Sep.
MELODY & MELANCHOLIA
Let it be known – Harmony are going to be headlining at Beetle Bar, 16 Aug, not 9 Aug as was previously announced. The beautifully mongrel sextet will bring their Vapour Trails single tour to Brisbane with Keep On Dancin’s and Woolpit. Tickets $12 through Oztix.
Glen Hansard calls him a “timeless troubadour”, Paul Weller, meanwhile, says his song Galileo is “possibly the greatest song written in the last 30 years”. Understandably, you should believe the hype surrounding Irishman Declan O’Rourke. Catch the singer-songwriter at The Bunker, Mick O’Malley’s, 23 Aug, with support from Sinead Burgess.
With a program showcasing the country’s ever-growing cinematic prowess, the AICE Israeli Film Festival will serve up the best of contemporary Israeli cinema, including Self Made, the Camera D’Or winner at this year’s Cannes, which will open the festival. See all the event has to offer for yourself when it takes place at Palace Centro, 20 – 27 Aug and Palace Byron Bay, 21 – 27 Aug.
After a successful return to Brisbane soil last year, the international Ladyfest movement is hosting another local event under the banner this month. On Friday, head to The Underdog and get sets from The Stress Of Leisure, McKisko, The Bell Divers and Gunk. Full info for this and other events, including panel discussions, art exhibitions and more, can be found at the Ladyfest website.
TREAT THE LADIES RIGHT
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CARTOONS, HUMANS AND A DOG CALLED JAKE
up boy named Finn and his cool talking-dog pal Jake, but as the show has progressed it seems to have liberally borrowed elements from sources as diverse as HP Lovecraft, David Lynch and Japanese animation master Hayao Miyazaki in crafting its own unique style and sensibility.
You don’t need drugs to appreciate Adventure Time – you can respect the bigger picture by simply looking at the finer details, writes Guy Davis. He talks to the Cartoon Network’s Curtis Lelash. Cover illustration Brendon Wellwood.
dventure Time doesn’t always colour inside the lines, and that’s a big part of what makes this genre-bending animated series the wild, weird treat that it is. At first glance it may seem like a knowingly hip riff on the surreal adventures of a hyped-
“It can be enjoyed, at varying levels, by third graders, art historians, and cosplay fans,” wrote Emily Nussbaum, television critic for The New Yorker. “It’s also the type of show that’s easy to write off as ‘stoner humour’, which may be why it took me a while to drop the snotty attitude, to open up and admit the truth: Adventure Time is one of the most
funny,” he told an interviewer in the US. “We do a lot of sad episodes and dark episodes, but, yeah, it’s true that they’re always partying to electronic music with, like, skeletons buried in the ground right below them.” Ward’s objective with Adventure Time was simple, and one that will strike a chord with many creative people: he wanted to make something he would enjoy himself. “I like making children’s television,” he said. “And the point going into this was to make stuff that I would have liked when I was a kid. That’s what I’m interested in doing: making stuff that’s going to blow kids’ minds for the first time.” He tells another interviewer, “Sometimes I recognise a joke that reminds me of something that I would’ve busted up at as a kid. I’m happy when I see those kinds of jokes. Because the show is for kids more than anyone else, but most of the time we are just trying to crack ourselves up and trying not to worry about much other than that.”
“THEY’RE ALWAYS PARTYING TO ELECTRONIC MUSIC WITH, LIKE, SKELETONS BURIED IN THE GROUND RIGHT BELOW THEM.”
GET FREE ADVENTURE TIME STICKERS ON FACEBOOK CHAT 1. Open Facebook. 2. Start a chat conversation. Press the stickers button in the bottom right hand corner. 3. Click on the shopping cart to get to the Sticker Store. 4. Find Adventure Time, press the green Free button. The stickers will download for you to use, and will appear beside your recently used and the default stickers, plus anything else you’ve downloaded. 5. Use them all the time. For all occasions. Been rejected? Send Lumpy Space Princess (“You only like me for my lumps.”) Feeling vampy? Send Marceline. Too busy dancing to reply to chats? Send BMO. SO MANY OPTIONS.
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philosophically risky and, often, emotionally affecting shows on TV. It’s beautiful and funny and stupid and smart, in about equal parts, as well as willing to explore uneasy existential questions, like what it means to go on when the story you’re in has ended.” It’s still primarily for kids, of course, but grown-up viewers can come away from any given ten-minute episode feeling a strange combination of giddiness and melancholia, which is a dichotomy that tickles series creator Pendleton Ward. “I think that contrast is really
It’s perhaps not what you might expect from a TV station like Cartoon Network, but the station does pride itself on defying expectations and transcending stereotypes in its programming, something Curtis Lelash, its Vice President of Comedy Animation, was keen to point out during his recent visit to Australia. “What drives our thinking is that we’re looking for the most unique and surprising characters and storytelling in our projects,” says Lelash, an animation buff who had a stint at DreamWorks developing the likes of How To Train Your Dragon and Kung Fu Panda before joining Cartoon Network. “At Cartoon Network, we’ve done that since the early days of Powerpuff Girls and Johnny Bravo, and you see it now with Adventure Time and Regular Show – they’re things that seem weird and risky to begin with but that also turn out to be beloved and broadly entertaining. One of the taglines we’ve had at the network is ‘Fun. Funnier. Fearless.’”
THE VOICES OF ADVENTURE TIME
JEREMY SHADA – FINN THE HUMAN Seventeen-year-old acting/rapping/singing prodigy Jeremy Shada got his start in commercials and theatre before a bit part in Lost – and some goading on his agent’s part – helped put him in a position to audition for the role of Finn in 2009, who had been voiced previously by Jeremy’s older brother David in Adventure Time’s pilot in 2006.
JOHN DIMAGGIO – JAKE THE DOG Since scoring the role of breakout character Bender ‘Bending’ Rodriguez on Matt Groening’s cult series Futurama, veteran voice-man John DiMaggio has further lent his vocal talents to a diverse array of popular animated properties, including several DC Comics and Marvel titles, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Kim Possible and Ben 10.
HYNDEN WALCH – PRINCESS BUBBLEGUM Career voice actress Hynden Walch has almost certainly been on your TV, even if you didn’t quite know it – she previously gave life to characters such as Teen Titans’ Starfire, Harley Quinn on The Batman and the Royal Flush Gang’s tragic Ace in Justice League and Justice League Unlimited before taking on the royal role.
TOM KENNY – THE ICE KING SpongeBob SquarePants himself, Tom Kenny, barely needs an introduction for fans of the animated art form but, in case you didn’t know, he also provided vocal work for Eduardo in Foster’s Home For Imaginary Friends, Heffer Wolfe in Rocko’s Modern Life, Spyro from the Spyro The Dragon franchise, and the Mayor and Narrator in The Powerpuff Girls. Trust us, you know his work.
OLIVIA OLSON – MARCELINE, THE VAMPIRE QUEEN Lelash’s role has him overseeing all new comedy productions at Cartoon Network as well as supervising the shorts development program, which he describes an “an experimental and rapid way to develop new projects”. “For instance, the people who saw the seven-minute short that led to Regular Show said, ‘I’m not sure what this is or where it’s going to go... but, man, that was a lot of fun,’” laughs Lelash. “Or in the case of Adventure Time, well, ‘a boy and his dog’ hardly seems like an idea that might excite you at first, but we were interested in nurturing the talent of people who could create complex worlds that could drive stories over seasons. In animation you hear certain types of pitches over and over again, but we’re about finding people who can execute them in new and interesting ways, who can kick down the door with their unique vision.” That’s partly what brought Lelash to Australia recently. “In looking for those unique voices we go all over the world, and having heard how well the likes of Adventure Time and Regular Show were received here in Australia, I was really keen to come. I think there’s a similarity in comic
sensibility; we’re a good match tonally.” The search brought Lelash to Melbourne animation company Bogan Entertainment Solutions, which is producing two programs, the animeinfluenced Exchange Student Zero and the surfers-versuscreatures romp Monster Beach, for Cartoon Network. (Monster Beach is scheduled to premiere on Cartoon Network this October; Exchange Student Zero has a 2015 release date.) “We are really looking forward to introducing the world to a taste of what Australia can offer.”
Adventure Time Season 6 premieres 1 Sep, Cartoon Network, weeknights, 5pm
Twenty-two-year-old Olivia Olson has the sparsest CV of the Adventure Time cast, but her previous performances – as Vanessa Doofenshmirtz in Phineas And Ferb and the girl who sang All I Want For Christmas Is You in Love Actually (2003) – display a maturity and polish that belies her relative youth.
than what Rock Me, Mama was to become Wagon Wheel, so it was a much tougher assignment. But he originally wrote me to say, ‘Hey, thanks for cutting it’ or ‘Congratulations’ – it’s a lot of radio play to have a number one record. [Dylan staple] Lay Lady Lay was never a number one record, if you can believe it. “It was a lot different [than with Wagon Wheel], because it was sent to me by Bob, with a little bit of instruction and a little bit of back and forth – as I completed the song he’d chime in. He said to cut a verse, and to play the fiddle and not the harmonica, and he told me where he wanted the chorus to come in – it was really exciting, I can’t even tell you the feeling that sweeps over me to think about having this collaboration. Before it was sort of like having a collaboration with a ghost, and now it’s more like the ghost was in the room – but still very much a ghost.” Secor attests that it was an odd sensation watching from afar as Rucker took Wagon Wheel into the heart of the country mainstream.
GHOST IN THE ROOM The great folk tradition of songs being passed down the line is alive and well. Old Crow Medicine Show frontman Ketch Secor tells Steve Bell about the great rush of joy from collaborating with one’s hero, even from a distance.
he relationship that Nashville-based string band Old Crow Medicine Show have shared with songwriting legend Bob Dylan over the years has been as convoluted as it is reverential. Old Crow frontman Ketch Secor is a long-time Dylan disciple – he famously once spent four straight years listening to nothing but Bob – and when many years ago he got his hands on a demo known as Rock Me, Mama, an unreleased track from a bootleg of outtakes from the 1973 Pat Garrett And Billy The Kid soundtrack, he played the song incessantly in his live sets. Even though it had changed substantially, he sought permission to release the song – now known as Wagon Wheel – as a co-write on Old Crow’s major label debut O.C.M.S. (2004), discovering in the process that Dylan credited the line “Rock me, Mama” – still integral to Wagon Wheel’s chorus – to blues legend Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup, who in all likelihood got it from a Big Bill Broonzy recording. Once Wagon Wheel hit the public domain it immediately took off, becoming far more than Old Crow’s signature tune and calling card. Covered over the years by everyone from Against Me! to Mumford & Sons, when former Hootie & The Blowfish frontman Darius Rucker cut a version in 2013 it went through the stratosphere, notching up over 30 million YouTube views and going platinum in the USA, winning Rucker a Grammy and hitting the top of the Billboard US Country Airplay charts in the process. That’s when Dylan fortuitously entered the picture once more, gifting Old Crow another unreleased track, Sweet Amarillo, which is now lead single from their excellent ninth album, Remedy. “It’s just an amazing turn of events to come full circle with a song,” Secor marvels. “The metaphor I’ve been thinking of lately is that it’s like I put a message into a bottle and it floated down [Nashville’s] Cumberland
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River to the Gulf Of Mexico and down all the way around Argentina and up to Malibu where it washed up on the beach, and Bob Dylan just happened to be out jogging that day and found it. Although in this case he put a message back in the bottle – a new one – and sent it my way and I received it. We’ve just had an elaborate and highly unlikely communication. In this world of instant communication it’s so rare that there be something like this – you can be up to the minute with anybody but you never really connect, and this is a connection without ever having spoken. “It came on the heels of having the number one record. Bob doesn’t get that every day, so when Darius hit number one with Wagon Wheel Bob sent the song Sweet Amarillo – or the fragment really, because it was much more of a fragment
“You know, it was strange – it is strange,” he smiles. “It’s still going on and it’s strange for me every time I hear it. But it’s a wonderful kind of strange – I can’t argue with it and I’m proud of it. Darius Rucker has been at the music game for 35 years, so he knows how to hustle, and I’m just really glad [that it was him] out of all the people in country music. I’m not really in mainstream country, and I’m not there because I play by a different set of rules, but of all of the mainstream country artists who could have cut it Darius would be my pick, man. I couldn’t
“I’M NOT REALLY IN MAINSTREAM COUNTRY, AND I’M NOT THERE BECAUSE I PLAY BY A DIFFERENT SET OF RULES.” have picked a more appropriate voice – somebody seasoned, and somebody with his style and his swagger. And somebody black in country, c’mon!” And with Old Crow Medicine Show continually fighting to retain the authenticity of traditional country music and instrumentation, it’s completely apt that they’re integral to this fascinating evolution. “It’s all part of the process, and that’s what’s so special to me about Sweet Amarillo,” Secor reflects. “I kind of took Rock Me, Mama and stuffed it under my coat sleeve, but now Bob has invited us to the table – Bob has said, ‘Let me participate in this folk music process with you, let’s do it together.’ That’s something that I didn’t know he was into, and I love it. Really we’re all just under the big umbrella of Bob Dylan – we’re just basking in his glorious shadow. We’re all just passing along down the line the gift that we learned from Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie and so many other old boys.” WHAT: Remedy (ATO/[PIAS] Australia)
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and I think a combination of getting to meet one of our biggest influences, 65daysofstatic, on tour last year and learning about what they do, and Alex’s own growth in his programming – as you do when you’re kind of dedicated to something – enabled more experimentation and focus with how those sounds work in our songs. And also just the kind of music we were writing lended itself to more of that. It’s more upbeat, and so songs like Something Like Avalanches just really suit bringing that stuff in and making it more of a focus, because you can develop all sorts of interesting beats and clicks, and that’s something that bands like 65daysofstatic are so good at, driving songs along rapidly with those elements. That was a really fun side to this writing. “Looking forward to the future, I think we’re definitely going to bring in more instruments. We have some plans to bring some more keys and synths in to the songwriting, whenever the next songwriting phase might be. At the end of the day, though, we’re a bunch of dudes who grew up listening to heavy metal and grunge, and we hope we can kind of keep that element there and just kind of experiment around the edges a bit.”
As well as the effort that went into constructing an album that met their own expectations and goals, sleepmakeswaves concurrently decided that going with major label distribution was not what they wanted. Sticking with longtime label Bird’s Robe, the band started a Pozible campaign for Love Of Cartogrophy.
SLEEP WHEN THEY’RE DEAD After raising funds through their fanbase and raising the roof onstage, post-rock outfit sleepmakeswaves have raised the bar with their second album. Otto WicksGreen tells Cam Findlay why they were primed for it.
“So we were really frantically doing that, and then we got this invitation to tour with Dead Letter Circus and Karnivool on the Polymorphism tour, which came right in the middle of our rehearsals. So we couldn’t turn that down, because who the hell would turn that down?” Obviously, Wicks-Green is right. The Polymorphism tour breathed new life into the sometimes maligned world of Australian heavy rock, with a perfect lineup and shows that sold out within minutes. It put Karnivool back on the critically regarded map, reminded everyone of how much power Dead Letter Circus are willing to convey on stage, and finally let audiences outside the diehard sleepmakeswaves’ fanbase know that these humble guys could put on one of the best live shows you can pay money for in this country.
Said new album Love Of Cartogrophy has just been released, and it’s deep, loud, eclectic and impactful, carrying with it an intense sense of cohesion that has become a sleepmakeswaves trademark. Extending on some themes from …And So We Destroyed Everything, but throwing more out the door at the same time, the sophomore effort sees the band opting to leave their comfort zone a little more. The first track from the album, Something Like Avalanches, was picked up by none other than Richard Kingsmill on 2014, and let everyone know that the electronic side of sleepmakeswaves, always there but under the drive of guitars, was going to be a stronger element this time around.
“We jumped on that, played these awesome shows with these awesome dudes, headed back for more frantic rehearsals,” Wicks-Green continues. “And then recording, which was awesome, and then touring Europe, then it was prep for the album launch, and now we’re on tour for the album.”
“The electronic element has always been a big part of the band,” Wicks-Green says. “Alex [Wilson, bass] is the real driver behind that,
o it’s been a really busy start to 2014,” sleepmakeswaves’ bespectacled guitarist Otto Wicks-Green shares without an ounce of irony. While the whole ‘hard-working band’ motif can get a bit cliché, the Sydney four-piece mean it when they say it’s been busy. “We started the year sort of getting all of our songwriting finalised and all of our performing chops up to speed, because we were heading into the studio with full knowledge that we were working towards creating a really live-sounding album. And so we needed to get our performances really really solid, because no one wanted to be the one that, really close to the end of a perfect take, makes that mistake that sets the whole thing back to the start.
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“Crowdfunding you have to be very careful with, because you never want to come across as being cavalier or flippant with your fan’s hard-earned money,” he says, “so we thought really carefully about whether or not we wanted to go down this route. But we knew we wanted to make the absolute best album we could make, because
“WE GOT TO MAKE THE RECORD OF OUR DREAMS IN THE WAY WE WANTED.” we think three years is enough time to be ready for that. We had some really big ambitions for it, and by ourselves we were able to scrabble up about half of what we needed. So we knew we needed to do something different. “I think the way the music industry is going, crowdfunding platforms are going to be more and more important as record sales become less of a source of revenue,” Wicks-Green continues. “Especially in the indie scene, it’s just an amazing vehicle, because it includes so many aspects of making a record. There’s something special about bands directly reaching the people who want to support them. You know, reaching out and going, ‘Hey, here’s our plan, here’s some cool rewards, and here’s where you can help us out if you want to.’ And then we exceeded the target, which was amazing. We got to make the record of our dreams in the way we wanted. You can’t ask more than that. We just hope people love it as much as we do now.” WHAT: Love Of Cartography (Bird’s Robe) WHEN & WHERE: 18 Jul, The Northern, Byron Bay; 19 Jul, The Zoo
MYSTERIOUS SPECIES As teenagers they wanted to be “the next Libertines”, but thankfully Jungle found their own soul groove. Co-founder T (Tom McFarland) lets Benny Doyle into his circle of trust.
’d like you to know me as T ‘cause I think we’re friends now, we’ve had a good chat, so that would be good, man.”
A casual 20-minute conversation – that’s all you need to be welcomed into the Jungle family. And The Music fast finds out that this is very much a family. Still fresh to the stage, having only taken the project live last October, the London collective arrive for Splendour ‘14 and will be fronting up as a five-piece unit, made up of good friends with incredible talents. “It’s so cool to share the experiences with people that you love and trust,” smiles Tom McFarland, aka T. “I’m very much of the opinion that they’re as much a part of Jungle as I am and as J is, because I can step off stage and I can let those musicians stand there and represent the emotion and ethos of the project, and that’s a really cool place to be. Everyone that we work with really represents [the group] in their own individual way, and at the end of the day, Jungle is bigger than all of us, so it’s just about our little individual contributions towards that greater picture.” The modern soul act have created a stir in the past 12 months, no doubt aided by the fact that the duo at the heart of the group simply go by ‘T’ and ‘J’ ( Josh LloydWatson), and that, oh, no one knows what the fuck they look like. Listen to their self-titled debut, however, and you quickly discover that those superficial elements are probably the most boring things going on with Jungle, the new record sounding lived-in in the smoothest of ways. McFarland laughs when talking album flow, admitting almost sheepishly that the band’s sound guy played a crucial part in organising the tracklist. But he gets serious when discussing the record’s accomplished edge, saying the songs “are such an intrinsic part of who we are”. “We use a lot of found sounds,” he says. “I go and make field recordings – I love sitting, like watching a boxing match in east London and you’re just sitting there with your recorder, and then you take it home, put your headphones on and close your eyes, and you’re immediately back in that space with the crowd and the
sound of the bell and the shuffling of the feet on the canvas. And trying to get things like that into our music takes it to another dimension. It’s almost like bringing the energy of 1000 people into a track, and that makes it feel warm and much more stable and emotionally secure.”
with the music they were creating, focused on writing songs that spoke honestly to them, removing the fear and paranoia from their egos. “You’ve got to trust yourself,” McFarland stresses. “If you’re too busy asking for other people’s opinions then you’re not busy enough making music that you think you’re going to enjoy yourself.” Jungle call Shepherd’s Bush home, but McFarland admits he doesn’t think they consciously made a west London sounding record. “Obviously people draw comparisons between Gorillaz and stuff like because Damon [Albarn]’s based in west London, and our label [XL Recordings] is based there too. But it’s more of a subconscious thing – you pick up the energy. You spend so long living in an area that’s busy, you have to digest information so quickly in order to keep up with the pace of life here, and that translates into your subconscious, definitely. “Also, Shepherd’s Bush is a massive culture clash,” he continues. “You have a huge Australian population, South African, Irish, Afro-Caribbean, Saudi Arabian community. So there’s loads of different food, music, smells, sights, sounds.” And although it closed last year,
“JUNGLE IS BIGGER THAN ALL OF US, SO IT’S JUST ABOUT OUR LITTLE INDIVIDUAL CONTRIBUTIONS TOWARDS THAT GREATER PICTURE.” After a childhood spent scraping in fights and running away from their parents, music became the centre of LloydWatson and McFarland’s universe around the age of 15 when they started their first band – “We thought we were going to be the next Libertines or something,” he chuckles. However, things really came to a head last year when the pair, dissatisfied
there was always the shining beacon to Aussie expat hedonism in London, the Shepherd’s Bush Walkabout. “The amount of times I nearly ran over people dressed as like Super Mario on a Sunday night,” McFarland cackles. So what is Jungle? According to McFarland, it’s the result of 25 years of being alive. “Naturally you digest so much culture and information and life in your existence as you grow up,” he finishes, “and sharing those experiences [with J] makes them more vivid when you come back to explaining them a little bit more.” WHAT: Jungle (XL/Remote Control) WHEN & WHERE: 27 Jul, Splendour In The Grass, North Byron Parklands
MUMS RULE For Lily Allen, motherhood is no barrier to either making music or social commentary, as Liz Galinovic discovers.
ily Allen sounds tired, mildly pissed off and a bit wary; like she’s sick of courting controversy and reluctant to open her mouth in case she says something controversial. It’s a week after she released a video of herself dancing topless in a spandex fat-sucker, resulting in a Twitter biff with former Apprentice star and columnist for England’s The Sun newspaper, Katie Hopkins. “She’s just a stupid woman whose whole purpose in life is to look at the things that people are talking about and be horrible about them,” Allen says casually about the woman who called her a “short-arse mother in big pants”.
“That’s all she does. If you read her column it’s nothing ever positive about anything. It’s just her sensational views and it’s so derogatory – a nasty piece of work.” No stranger to being criticised online, by celebrities and general Internet users alike, it’s no wonder her first album in four years, the amusingly titled Sheezus, sees Allen lay down her usual spray of cleverly-penned return criticism, delivered in a saccharine voice over upbeat pop tracks. “I really like URL Badman,” Allen says of the track in which she takes pot shots at Internet trolls with a sense of self importance, whom she refers to as the Internet Warriors “who can’t spell”.
“It’s about people that have a lot to say on the Internet and not necessarily nice things. I think there’s a lot of crap that goes on on the Internet that doesn’t necessarily need to. I think it serves a purpose of making some people think that they have a much more significant voice than they actually do.” Sheezus is easy on the ears, incorporating a range of musical styles from pop rock to auto-tuned R&B. But the sharpest aspect is the lyrics, statements about women in particular. Despite claims the title track is a bitch session about everyone from Beyonce to Lorde, it’s on tracks like this and Hard Out There where Allen makes her most incisive and witty quips about everything from periods to calling for men to “forget their balls and grow a pair of tits”. “I think the world, in a weird way, has taken a few steps back in the way that we view and treat women – especially in modern media and pop culture. And I’ve always made a comment on pop culture and what’s going on in the world in my music, so it seems silly for me not to address that. “I think the media pits women against each other and that’s counterproductive. So I wrote a song (Sheezuz) that I felt dealt with that. And, if you listen to the song, you can pretty much gauge what my thoughts are on that.” Young, intelligent and a mother of two, while Allen was pleased to be back in the studio, she returns with that added familial challenge. “It’s tough, as any working mum will tell you... But, you know, it’s something that people have been doing for decades so, it’s not easy, but it’s not new.” WHAT: Sheezus (Regal/Warner) WHEN & WHERE: 27 Jul, Splendour In The Grass, North Byron Parklands
HARD REIGN Corrosion Of Conformity have long been chameleons in the metal realm, and guitarist Woody Weatherman tells Steve Bell that they couldn’t give less of a fuck about your preconceptions.
outhern metallers Corrosion Of Conformity’s new album IX – their ninth studio effort since kicking off in the early-‘80s – is a befittingly diverse beast. Over the years they’ve progressed far from their hardcore-inspired roots, touching upon nearly every facet of heavy music imaginable in the process. “We had other songs, but I think we chose the ones which did show our diversity and did jump amongst the many eras of COC and kind of had a little bit of all of it in there, because that’s us – we lived through it, we’ve done the touring with so many different kinds of bands, and we just like to showcase the fact that we’re Corrosion Of Conformity and we can do it. It’s right there in the name of the band!” laughs founding guitarist Woody Weatherman on the eve of only their second ever Australian jaunt (after supporting metal titans Pantera back in 2001). “It’s just like, ‘Let’s go!’ “For years everybody’s always tossed out genres and subgenres where we fit. Early on we were either hardcore or some hardcore crossover, and then we were punk rock and thrash metal and sludge metal. So many names have been tossed at us like doom and speed metal, and in fairness we’ve broached a lot of those styles at various times on different records. If people haven’t heard about Corrosion and ask about the band I usually just tell them I play in a ‘rock band’ – I keep it open, because you don’t want to 18 • THE MUSIC • 16TH JULY 2014
limit yourself or paint yourself into a corner. I appreciate all the various sub-genres and that kind of shit, but I don’t really fly by those flags – all of the guys in the band just like to do what we do, and don’t want to be pigeonholed too much.” In 2006 Corrosion Of Conformity took a break for a few years, and upon reforming they’d reverted from a quartet to a threepiece (the same trio from 1985 sophomore album Animosity) with frontman Pepper Keenan staying on as guitarist with metal supergroup Down. “Pepper’s our bud – we’re not estranged, there’s no weird feud or anything like that,” Weatherman explains. “I think there
will probably be a time – sooner rather than later – when we’ll consider doing some more four-piece stuff. He’s our buddy and we talk all the time, and we’ve had the pleasure over the last two or three years of sharing the stage with Down, and every time we did that he’d come up and we’d play songs together. That foreshadows what will probably happen in the future – we’d probably be jamming together and writing music already if we didn’t have literally a thousand miles between us – he’s down in Louisiana while our band’s based in North Carolina. So there’s a bit of distance there, but it’s just a matter of getting schedules sorted out – I think the time will come when everybody will be itching to play those songs again that we’re not playing now, and hopefully we’ll write some more songs as a four-piece. It’ll be fun.” WHAT: IX (Candlelight) WHEN & WHERE: 24 Jul, Crowbar
INSTRUMENTAL JOY Pelican may have lost their love for music in the four years between albums, but it’s definitely back now. Trevor de Brauw spells it out to Cam Findlay.
t seems fitting, listening to Pelican’s music, that the band hail from Chicago,” begins the band’s official press release. Simple words, but not without meaning. The Windy City is one of the cornerstones of instrumental music, with the developing experimental, jazz-influenced scene leading to bands like Tortoise and Gastr del Sol following the same creative line as their Canadian counterparts like Zion and Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Pelican, however, took that energy and turned it into an admonition against assuming all instrumental post-rock bands were the
same, or even alike; their sound, stemming from the ‘90s punk and grunge scenes, is fast, direct and uncomplicated. What We All Come To Need, their well received 2009 release, saw the four-piece travel all over the map, with extended tours in the US and Europe. But then, there was almost nothing. Last year’s Forever Becoming was both the record fans had been waiting for, and also the capstone on what had been a quiet four years. “It just feels really good to be playing anywhere right now,” Trevor de Brauw remarks. “The band [isn’t] a job anymore, which is something we were trying to do for several years. Now, we tour closer to six weeks
out of the year than six months. [But] really, wherever we go, it just feels good to get in front of an audience and play these songs. You sometimes forget how great it is to play live in front of people; it’s always meant a lot to us but it’s even more of a precious experience now.”
The obvious energy de Brauw conveys now is something of a relief, considering it’s the exact opposite that caused the band to disappear for so long. By his own admission, they lost the love for music. “A lot of things slowed things down,” he says. “We were dormant for a fair chunk of time. We toured until the end of 2009, and then in 2010 we played, I don’t know, four or five shows for the whole year. We were rarely seeing each other, and it wasn’t later until 2011 that we really started meeting up and doing things more regularly. It’s just a matter of being so spread out; our drummer [Larry Herweg] lives in Los Angeles, which is the entire width of the country away from the rest of us. So we’re not the type of band that practices every week. So the band kind of slowed down to a complete stop, and we were only doing things together when we had shows. “I feel like the larger part of the time between records was spent in a kind of dormancy, with us not doing anything, and trying to rediscover the love of music because I think some of that was lost from going at it so hard for so long. Once that spark happened again, everything kind of flowed at a normal pace again. Bryan [Herweg – bass] and I started meeting up more regularly. [Then the] record came together, writing-wise, over a period of about 12 months, which is barely normal for our records, so yeah, I think it was just a matter of recharging the batteries.” WHEN & WHERE: 24 Jul, The Zoo
DUST NEVER SETTLES
Drew McAlister, one half of country outfit McAlister Kemp, tells Tyler McLoughlan how it’s been nothing but diamonds and gold thanks to Gympie Music Muster.
hey were two blokes each trying to carve solo paths until the sum of Drew McAlister and Troy Kemp proved a winning combination. Together, as McAlister Kemp, they’ve topped the ARIA country charts, even managing to make a dent on the mainstream top 20, taken out a Golden Guitar at Tamworth and begun turning heads Stateside. In January they released their third album, Harder To Tame. “We went to Nashville to make this one,” McAlister explains. “We made a sonically global sound, and that’s what we wanted. It’s different to both the last two albums – it’s where we wanted to go, and as an artist you’ve got to evolve and change but still maintain what it was that brought those fans to the party in the first place. We’ve got enough on this album for the party crowd through to the older demographic, and we have got a massive demographic from kids right through to grandparents.” Many from McAlister Kemp’s loyal fanbase have been following the pair since first spotting them at Gympie as solo artists. “The Gympie Muster’s incredible. This year we’re gonna be doing the mainstage on Friday night, and then we’ll get to do the Crowbar on Saturday. We haven’t done the Crowbar for a few years – that was the stage that we cut our teeth on as a band. It’s great man, it’s gonna be such a raucous night.”
The Muster has been an integral part of the McAlister Kemp journey, and continues to offer up-and-coming artists a chance to gain valuable performance skills and recognition through its Talent Search program. This year a prize pool of over $40,000 is on offer. “That was my first foray into the big Gympie [Music] Muster!” says McAlister, who won the Talent Search over a decade ago. “It just put me on the map as far as being an emerging solo artist, and it got my name recognised and my songwriting ability recognised so that was really cool. I was not flush with money by any means and
I got to perform in front of a big crowd and [I got] prize money, and I won a guitar. With the winnings of that money I actually bought my wife an engagement ring; I proposed to her the week after!” The Muster has, of course, grown massively since its beginnings in 1982 as an APEX Club community fundraiser, incorporating sounds beyond its country roots and grown bigger, and so too have McAlister Kemp. “When you’re doin’ those little stages [at the Muster] and it’s just Troy and I on acoustic guitars and there’s nothin’ to back us up, you’ve got to entertain an audience ‘cause there’s not much to work with. We did those little stages for such a long time, and then being able to move onto the next medium where we’ve got six of us on stage, we’ve got a guy doin’ lights, smoke machines and all sorts of stuff goin’ on – it’s a cool evolution.” WHEN & WHERE: 28 – 31 Aug, Gympie Music Muster THE MUSIC • 16TH JULY 2014 • 19
For The Recently Found Innocent
Trouble In Paradise Universal English singer Elly Jackson goes in for the kill on her new album as La Roux. She’s worked with a new co-producer, and proves on Trouble In Paradise that she’s a bulletproof woman with all the hooks and grooves to make it on her own. “He wants to know what it feels like to mess around/ She wants to know what it feels like to settle down,” she sings on Sexotheque. On this second album, Jackson settles into a jangly, groovy style that’s all her own.
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Taking cues from the melting pot of ‘80s pop music, Trouble In Paradise is inspired by the experimental pioneers of dance. Uptight Downtown borrows the post-punk strut of Orange Juice, while songs like Kiss And Not Tell and Tropical Chancer take something from the bright, shimmering funk of the Tom Tom Club. Danceable and catchy, the songs flirt from genre to genre while maintaining just the right balance of groove and sass. The album is a margarita
of genres blended together with a singular vision. Recording Trouble In Paradise with a full band, Jackson brings warmth and variety to her album, flying free from her ‘synth-pop’ label. Sax solos and funky guitar riffs drift past languid beach scenes and coastal skyscrapers. The heavenly and tropical Paradise Is You stretches out beyond the standard pop structure, and is a centrepiece to the album. Five years on from her debut, Trouble In Paradise is a mature, meticulously crafted album full of rich detail. There’s nothing more you could hope for from an established pop artist. Roshan Clerke
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how much like the Byrds or The Kinks that track was, to the point of piquing the interest to go and give those bands a listen instead. Presley has emulated his heroes, and with Segall in tow has allowed for a degree of sonic authenticity in showcasing that love. But it still smacks of a regressive emulation – For The Recently Found Innocent doesn’t have an identity of its own, something that the white-noise no-fi elements in the past managed somewhat to mask. New horizons still await beyond the white fence. Brendan Telford
There’s a feeling of breezy momentum as they glide through the first few tracks, covering most pop tropes in just several minutes. They keep going though, and after a sweet halfway dip with Number One (a gorgeous piano ballad) they jump into some sublime neo-soul slow-dancin’ with The Queen’s Nose. It’s all low lights and leaning in close until it breaks open in a huge finale of horns and singing to the back row – stirring stuff.
And yet… and yet. The clearing of the fidelity airs shines the light more intensely on the fact that these songs resemble the past to the point of brazenly cutting and pasting from greats and lessergreats of yesteryear. It’s difficult to stay engaged in admittedly hook-laden cuts such as Like That or Hard Water once the final note fades out, especially when noting somewhat disparagingly
Complete Surrender By now Sheffield’s Slow Club have nailed the art of pop music. After two albums that have seen them build their craft with steady hearts and minds, Charles Watson and Rebecca Taylor are almost having a laugh, with songs that soar effortlessly through billowy clouds of warm chord patterns, bright yet soft brass accompaniments, harmonies and choruses that are screaming for synchronised street dancing and spontaneous jazz hands. It’s easily their best songwriting to date.
The pastoral psych-pop journey through a parallel universe where it will always remain the ‘60s continues for White Fence into his sixth album. Produced by life coach Ty Segall (Presley gives him huge kudos in the liner notes), the 13 tracks here explore a more stringent, focused songwriting style and is richer in scope because of it. The jangle, reverb and daydream highs still exist front and centre, but this is one trip unmarred by rushed passes, errant thoughts and throwaway riffs.
★★★½ Taylor’s voice has star quality, but there are small imperfections and inconsistencies that pop up every now and then that make it so much more memorable than bland carbon copies on higher rungs of fame. Her harmonies with Watson’s breathy warble have never been better. Despite all the talent on display and with their versatility clearly not an issue, there’s no real direction, the tracks all floating in their own bright bubbles. It’s perhaps not too troubling for folks now used to music enjoyed piecemeal, but it lends a weightless quality that doesn’t do them justice. Matt MacMaster
After the breakaway success of his self-titled debut in 2010, Jonathan Boulet capitalised on the swift adoration he garnered and brought us his sophomore We Keep The Beat, Found The Sound, See The Need, Start The Heart. It’s been two years since that much-lauded LP dug its claws into the discerning music lover, one who appreciates the many strengths Boulet brings from his side projects that range from indie-rock to power metal. Gubba is tipped to rival its greatness, and for the majority trumps it. What Boulet always manages to pull off in his releases is the sense that something revolutionary is occurring. The jangly layers within the almost surfer-rock of Hold It Down is unrelenting in its wall of sound, but the title motif breaks free enough to make it catchy. It’s this intensive layering of guitars and effects that Boulet continues
★★★★ to play with throughout, but it’s never better used than in Creeper, with its seesawing guitars and hollow gang vocal calls, and the sublime You’re A Man, which ups the noiserock with an infectious, zealous repetitive riff counteracted with a dirgey cut-time section. Where some problems arise is in the start-to-end listen of Gubba’s 14 tracks, where it becomes apparent that the less standout songs could benefit from some shade where there is so much light. But as a self-produced effort, Boulet has kept a firm rein on what is clearly a creative mind with endless possibilities. Carley Hall
REUBEN & THE DARK
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Like some sort of punk rock Rain Man, Joyce Manor have scattered their influences on the floor and diligently counted each one for their latest release. Sounding at once like the best bands of the rock’n’roll era and your drunken next-door neighbours practicing their damn rock music again, the LA punks smash through ten tracks of sprawling, beat-down rock. There’s a dash of surfrock in the guitar work and a handful of synth lines that really bring the upbeat attitude out of the over-distorted atmosphere. Never Hungover Again is the soundtrack to all your punk-drunk parties.
Following the release of his solo album in 2010, Pulling Arrows, Canadian singersongwriter Reuben Bullock has assembled a quintet of multiinstrumentalists for his band Reuben & The Dark. The extra playing-power unfortunately drives Bullock’s songwriting away from emotional power, instead pushing it towards the cliffface of painful excess. Funeral Sky aims to be a more textured affair than its predecessor, but the wider sense of ambition found on stadium-ready tracks like Rolling Stone and Bow And Arrow is undermined by formulaic songwriting and overwrought harmonies. The quieter tracks shine the brightest.
Ethereal, wispy female vocals? Check. Smooth electronic production? Check. London’s Woman’s Hour does not exactly break new ground but admirably carves out slow-burn grooves and dreamy pop across Conversations. They evoke the ghostly heartbreak of The xx (Two Sides Of You, Our Love Has No Rhythm) and the romance of Rhye (Unbroken Sequence, To The End), with occasional nods to Chairlift’s more upbeat moments on the title track. When in the mood, the consistency of style weaves a soothing spell, saved from monotony by the strength of the songwriting. Those craving harder edges may get bored halfway through.
BRIGGS & GURRUMUL With a second album on the way from Briggs, The Hunt is hard and exciting with a throwback beat from Trials and Gurrumul on guest vocals; you’d be hard pressed to come up with a more exceptional collaboration.
Time Is A Serpent China Pig After travelling the world and revisiting his roots, the literature loving Buddy Glass finally reveals where his debut album is heading. Intelligent, thoughtful guitar music with a sense of humour.
Never Hungover Again
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Capturing what they do incredibly well on this track, Brisbane’s Thigh Master’s messy jangle rock stands apart from similar bands due to heaps of personality and other reasons that aren’t easy to communicate with words.
For the longest time the dulcet voice fronting The Blackeyed Susans (among other projects), Wounded Bird is Rob Snarski’s debut solo venture and – given his pedigree – a requisitely beautiful affair. Recorded by Shane O’Mara – aided by Snarski’s long-term arranger and confidante Dan Luscombe – it’s an immaculately crafted batch of songs delivered with intricate panache by a stellar cast of guest musicians. From the subtle, Triffids-esque Australiana of Temperature’s Rising to the emotional hues of The Black Caress, it’s smooth and sultry enough to coax life and love back into the most damaged of souls.
True Vibenation – ON
September’s Scottish referendum seeks an answer to the seemingly simple question, ‘Should Scotland be an independent country?’ The unashamedly patriotic tone of King Creosote’s soundtrack to the film From Scotland With Love answers this question with a resounding ‘Yes’. The prolific singer-songwriter deals a collection of tunes that tell heart-warming stories gathered through the casual observation of his compatriots lives. The camera pulls into frame homesick immigrants, the working class, children playing in the school yard, a lonely wife waiting for her husband and flag-waving patriots. Nostalgic and bittersweet.
FKA TWIGS 2 Weeks
Young Turks Only listened to this track about 30 times in the last ‘two weeks’, incredible genre-bending electronic, R&B or something.
Head Of The Witch Tenth Court
Overkill – White Devil Armoury Lowtide – Lowtide Corb Lund – Counterfeit Blues Amen Dunes – Love Radio Moscow – Magical Dirt
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VIOLENT SOHO, THE SMITH STREET BAND, MALAKYTE The Hi-Fi 13 Jul Keeping perfectly in line with Violent Soho’s unrelenting ‘we do what we want’ policy, tonight’s proceedings are opened by the breakneck speed metal of Brisbane outfit Malakyte. The hairy five-piece hold nothing back with their intense live show, and while their unrelenting brutality leaves a few punters scratching their heads they elicit some headbanging and devil horns from front of stage. The Smith Street Band begin their set firing on all cylinders
By now the crowd at The Hi-Fi has swelled to saturation point, and before long the four clearly chuffed members of Violent Soho enter the fray to a heroes’ reception, the place exploding when they kick into the heart of Dope Calypso. Frontman Luke Boerdam is proudly sporting a Smith Street Band T-shirt and uber-hirsute guitarist James Tidswell is snapping his neck and flailing his hair like his life depends on it as they power into Lowbrow, the crowd reacting fervently as they move through Neighbour Neighbour and Love Is a Heavy Word, which has the whole venue clapping in unison during the immense breakdown. The cruisy Fur Eyes offers a more restrained side to the four-piece and their fans lap it up, a few minutes of respite offered as they continue with the nuanced ease of Saramona Says. The Soho boys
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as they smash into Sunshine & Technology which segues directly into the epic and anthemic Don’t Fuck With Our Dreams. Charismatic frontman Wil Wagner is as outwardly unprepossessing as ever in his footy shorts and T-shirt, but as he sings the narrative to Ducks Fly Together the crowd belts the lyrics back en masse. The band throw in new song Surrender and it’s massive and catchy, but when they move onto Get High, See Mice, the instant familiarity takes things to the next level, before the capacity crowd goes crazy for I Can’t Feel My Face, the arrangement strange but joyous. A brilliant set then finishes with the tour de force Young Drunk, the vociferous swarm before them lapping it up and finally coming to the table with some crowd-surfing at the very tail-end of proceedings. 22 • THE MUSIC • 16TH JULY 2014
The by now exhausted throng is spent but jubilant as they file into the streets of West End having witnessed a show that would have been incredible coming from any band on the planet, but which seems even more special having been delivered by our much-loved sons of Mansfield. Onwards and upwards. Steve Bell
SOMETHING FOR KATE The Tivoli 11 Jul No supports and just a tenminute interval. Otherwise, for the next three hours, we’re set to walk the entire gamut of Something For Kate’s glorious 20-year career, with the Melbourne trio acting as
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are animated and deliver the goods without appearing ahead of themselves, and when Wagner joins them onstage to add backing vocals to the powerful In The Aisle there’s so much love in the room you could just about bottle it. The cutting one-two punch of OK Cathedral and Jesus Stole My Girlfriend is immense, and Tinderbox sounds driving and vital in these surrounds but shrinks in comparison to Covered In Chrome. which sends the place into paroxysms of delight, seeming to capture the zeitgeist even as the Smith Street crew return to throw toilet paper and liquids everywhere. A riotous version of Eightfold completes the set proper, but they aren’t going to leave their braying Brisbane followers without a farewell and return to power through Liars and the ever-defiant Muscle Junkie.
time Dempsey has ditched the dinner jacket and subtly goaded the crowd into singing Happy Birthday to the group, though the many enamoured punters didn’t need much encouragement to find their voice. This opening stanza sets the tone for the first set, with the four-piece running forwards through their career towards 2012’s most recent release, Leave Your Soul To Science. Jerry Stand Up and Say Something both get big responses – a reflection of the success that came with 2001’s breakthrough album Echolalia – while rarely played tracks like Hawaiian Robots off 2004 B-sides compilation Phantom Limbs sound just as essential, sometimes even more so, than the bigger singles from the band’s canon. Recent jams The Kids Will Get The Money – a tune dedicated to Gina Rinehart
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our musical tour guides for the journey. Before we get to the songs though it’s time for a little movie, with Callum Preston’s short band doco highlighting a few things, namely that Paul Dempsey has mellowed out and Clint Hyndman loved a bad hairdo. It also reveals that Stephanie Ashworth originally thought being in the band would have been horrible. How things change… After ten minutes those largescreen faces become stage figures, the trio walking out to a rousing reception, accompanied by touring multi-instrumentalist John Hedigan, and with only a brief greeting they get straight back to where it all began, playing Subject To Change and Picards Lament off their first EP, before diving into their 1997 debut full-length with Roll Credit and Soundczech. During this
– and Survival Expert then round out the evening’s first half. The home leg begins with a refrain, with Dempsey manning the keys for Back To You before grabbing an acoustic guitar for All The Things That Aren’t Good About Scientology. Star-Crossed Citizens quickly makes up for the quiet with Steph Ashworth rumbling the room with her bass playing, before a stretchthree of hits, consisting of Déjá Vu, Twenty Years and Monsters, generates massive singalongs from the floor to the balcony. Clint Hyndman has been his usual beast self on the kit all night, but he takes the beat to new levels of power during Electricity, which then welcomes in a choice closing brace featuring Like Bankrobbers and Working Against Me, before the band exit stage left to recompose and gear
live reviews up for an encore. We all know what’s coming, but that doesn’t make it any less magical, with Captain (Million Miles An Hour) sounding as unique and vital as it did in 1997. Then finally, the person who’s been waving the bright orange Pinstripe banner gets their wish, with the band giving an inspired rendition of the track, before the four members share a bow to conclude what’s been a suitable celebration for one of Australia’s finest.
suit, and as they kick off with Red Light his voice proves perfectly suited to their dark cosmic country. Vocalist Anna Clifford adds light to the shadows, the songs laidback but considered with predominantly ambitious arrangements – particularly a strange, languid narrative that’s maybe titled Greatest Hits, dealing with snakeskin neckties and flooded supermarkets – and they finish an intriguing set with the dusty Sparkling Corn.
The Black Bear Lodge stage is just about large enough to stable Sydney seven-piece countrypunks Little Bastard and their array of trad instrumentation, and it’s just as packed on the floor in front of them as they kick into their debut LP launch with the panache and enthusiasm for which they’re rapidly becoming renowned for. It’s an unstable proposition at the best of times – roles and instruments being swapped at the slightest provocation – but Johnny Took takes the reins to get things rolling, bringing the party with the infectious High For You which gets the crowd
LITTLE BASTARD, THE FAMILY JORDAN Black Bear Lodge 10 Jul Nascent Brisbane sextet The Family Jordan don’t dress to dim any cult associations, donning vaguely matching attire (all six sporting white tops). Frontman Jordan Rochfort does his best to channel Gram Parsons, replete with white cowboy hat and nearly replicating the infamous nudie
involved early. Next up Matty Took offers the vaguely nihilistic Good Explosions, before Dan D’Arcy steps up for a rendition of old bluegrass fave Little Maggie which drags Ed Rowe’s fiddle firmly to the forefront. Little Bastard’s unique configuration and approach usually dominates discussion, but it’s actually their resolutely strong songwriting that makes them such a powerful act, Ross Tipper bringing the pop-country hybrid Baby I’m Bored to the table before D’Arcy offers the gorgeous Desert Roller which moves and fluctuates atop great harmonica flourishes. The way their numerous voices lazily mesh together is captivating and there’s always so much to look at onstage, the gently lilting Crosses On The Highway segueing into the upbeat but cruisy Bodies In The Water. D’Arcy steps up again to give The Beatles’ The Night Before a reverential country treatment, before Johnny Took throws in the pop perfection of single Be My Kind and they finish a stirring set with the exquisite harmonies and merriment of Just Won’t Do
and the firebrand hoedown joy of I Just Want You Home. This tightknit group offers a fresh take on the country oeuvre, their powerful songs being delivered in a refreshingly fun manner: make no mistake, Little Bastard are the real deal and hopefully these are just the initial steps of a long and fruitful journey. Sam Fisher
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DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES
DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Film
In cinemas Let’s face it, a society where man and ape are swapping places on the evolutionary ladder offers a pretty strong hook on which to
hang some thought-provoking ideas. Hollywood’s new take on the Planet Of The Apes saga, which began with 2011’s Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, is shaping up as a thoughtful, thrilling series. Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes is even better than its predecessor. Ten years on from Rise..., a lethal flu epidemic borne of the experimental drug trials that gave the apes their evolutionary boost has wiped out a large
percentage of the world’s human population. While Caesar (Andy Serkis), a chimp made extraordinarily intelligent by genetic engineering, and human leader Malcolm ( Jason Clarke) edge towards common ground, the fear and distrust on both sides slowly reaches boiling point, with Koba – an ape scarred physically and mentally by years of human “scientific” torture – eager to wreak revenge.
Director Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) is a skilled enough showman to make simmering tensions explode spectacularly, but also spends enough time developing characters on both sides so that seeing them clash has more than a touch of tragedy, bringing a degree of emotional and psychological complexity many movies of its kind wouldn’t even attempt to convey. Guy Davis THE MUSIC • 16TH JULY 2014 • 23
DOUBLE LINED MINORITY Members/roles: Eddie Salazar (vocals/guitar), Cameron Griffiths (vocals/ guitar), Blair Klein (bass), Jack Merriman (drums). How long have you been together? Eddie: If we count the oldest post you can find our name on Google, since December 2008 or something like that. How did you all meet? Cameron: Blair and Eddie were two of my best mates in high school. Jack: I was ‘kicked out’ of a band prematurely and ended up getting forwarded to a then drumless DLM. Would you rather be a busted broke-but-revered Hank Williams figure or some kind of Metallica monster? Jack: Metallica is a well respected band to say the very least, so might as well live it as a monster while you can. Which Brisbane bands before you have been an inspiration (musically or otherwise)? Eddie: Cam and I looked up to Fushia back in the day and we still think they rock the boat. What part do you think Brisbane plays in the music you make? Blair: Brisbane is one of our favourite platforms to perform in, especially because it’s so close to the Gold Coast. There’s always a crowd to interact with there no matter what. If your band had to play a team sport instead of being musicians which sport would it be and why would you be triumphant? Eddie: Chess (it is a sport) because we argue a lot when it comes to decisions and it usually gets us to where we want to be in the end. What’s in the pipeline for the band in the short term? Blair: Going on our longawaited all ages Australian tour! Remember to book your tickets! Double Lined Minority play Griffith University, Gold Coast on Friday 18 July and Upstairs 199 on Saturday 19 July (both shows all ages).
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HEY HO SOHO!
Hometown heroes Violent Soho brought their triumphant sold out national tour back to Brisbane on the weekend, and duly ripped The Hi-Fi a new one. Best rock band in Australia right now, hands down.
BLUBBER BOYS Congrats to everyone who worked so hard to rescue the whale beached on the Gold Coast last week. Let’s save these majestic creatures, even if we have to do it one at a time!
TOURS TOUR TOURS So great to have impending tours from veterans Smudge and relative new kids Velociraptor announced this week – both returning after lengthy absences from our stages.
THE REAL PATH
HELP LETTING GO
CAN’T BE CONTAINED
Troubadour Tim Hulsman will share stories of his fractured past 6 Aug, Dowse Bar; 8 Aug, Royal Mail Hotel, Goodna; 9 Aug, Sheoak Shack, Fingal Head; 9 Aug, The Loft, Gold Coast; and 10 Aug, The Bearded Lady.
Caitlin Park is making sure her album launch tour lives up to the lofty expectations set, calling on the help of Sahara Beck, pictured, and Fieu to warm The Hive stage up 2 Aug. Tickets for the all ages date are available at Oztix.
Kiwi expats These Four Walls will show off new single Rain, with the GC-based four-piece rock act getting in their element this Saturday, New Globe Theatre; and 2 & 16 Aug, Coolangatta Hotel, Gold Coast.
DANCING TO THE DARK
COLOUR US LUCKY
Get set for some of the scungiest sounds you’ll hear in the city on a Saturday, with Black Vacation, Ciggie Witch and Curlew all playing Trainspotters, Grand Central Hotel, 26 Jul.
Still alive and back kicking after their 2011 debut, Steve Lane returns with a new record, Birds Taking Flight. Leaving his band The Autocrats behind, you can hear the great man in intimate duo mode at The Scratch, 29 Jul.
After selling the shit out of his first Dowse Bar show, smoking hot troubadour Hugo Race is giving fans what they want, playing a second show at the venue the following night, 27 Jul. Tix through Oztix.
A MATTER OF SOUND
BOUNCING OFF THE WALLS
KING OF THE...
Indelibly innovative crossdisciplinary artist David Grubbs – member of Gastr del Sol, Bastro and Squirrel Bait – gives a free performance at the Institute Of Modern Art, 21 Aug before delivering a (also free) 3pm lecture at the same venue, 23 Aug.
Make sure you take your crazy pills because Sydney indie kids Eden’s March aren’t going to leave any steam in the engine when they launch their new EP at The Brightside, Friday with Jakarta Criers, Denmark and Ayla supporting.
Sydney five-piece Castlecomer launch their latest single Fugitive, taken from the band’s forthcoming EP, with shows at The Northern, Byron Bay, 26 Sep; Spring Fling, Toowoomba, 27 Sep; and Black Bear Lodge, 28 Sep.
FLAP YOUR WINGS
At The Bearded Lady on 31 Jul, spoken word/jazz trio Nick Watson & The Bawdy Dicks will provide a soundtrack for burlesque revue Birdlesque, with experienced performers and newcomers to the craft intermingling in cosy surrounds.
If you hit up Beetle Bar on 25 Jul you can catch north Queensland instrumental prog band Dr Parallax strutting their stuff. They’ll be joined on the night by Screamin Stevie’s Australia, Big Bongin Baby and The Snatchettes.
On 2 Aug, The Zoo plays host to Imperius Rex, who, fronted by Evelyn Golding, launch their debut EP King Maker. In support will be electro group Arundel, lady rockers Periapsis, and rock-punk funkers We Become Ghosts.
RIP TOMMY RAMONE
VALE TOMMY RAMONE Sadly the last of the original bruddas has passed away, with founding drummer Tommy Ramone losing his battle with cancer last week. He’ll be sorely missed but his band’s music and legacy will last forever.
PALMER POWER Is anyone else vaguely disturbed by the amount of sway that Clive Palmer seemingly has over the whole country at the moment? This is the guy sinking his fortune into making Titanic II (the boat not the movie), kinda scary…
COLDEST SNAP Congrats, on the weekend we survived the coldest temperatures recorded in Brisbane for over 100 years! Now bring on summer, it’s been weeks since we’ve been able to wear shorts and thongs and it’s wearing thin…
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JUST LIKE HONEY
AIN’T NO WITCH
Local Bosnian-Australian singersongwriter Amela launches her first EP Saturday, Brew Bar; 1 Aug, Mandala Organic Arts Café, Gold Coast; 3 Aug, Brisbane City Suitcase Rummage; and 7 Aug, The One, Fortitude Valley.
On Saturday at Beetle Bar you can catch Sabrina Lawrie playing a rare live set in between studio work on her debut album. She’ll be joined by Mick Medew & The Rumours, Doc Holliday Takes The Shotgun and The High Priests.
Dreamy and lush with just the right amount of drive, This City is the perfect taster of Rose Wintergreen’s forthcoming mini-album Aurora, with the Vanda & Young Songwriting Award finalist playing Brisbane Powerhouse, 3 Aug with Cypher.
GERNING FOR IT
TRIBUTE BLOODY TRIBUTE
Singer-songwriter Liam Gerner hits the road on the Hank And Hammy tour, named after his latest single which tells the story of two impoverished would-be drug mules. He plays 24 Jul, Dowse Bar.
Beetle Bar, 26 Jul hosts a Black Sabbath Tribute Night, featuring Brisbane’s New Jack Rubys, Heavy Roller, The Iron Eye, DJ Astrid and the very first show from Sons Of Ugly, all wreaking havoc on Sabbath’s epic catalogue.
Catch Californian troubadour Gary Allan when he returns to Australia for the first time in six years. Joined by veteran ‘90s jivers The Mavericks and breakout country group Blackjack Billy, Allan plays 28 Sep, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.
THE RISE OF ROME
Battle Of The Bands Australia finalists Lights Of Berlin will showcase their WA indie-rock spin when they visit the east for shows 25 Jul, The Bearded Lady; 26 Jul, The Loft, GC; and 27 Jul, Coolangatta Hotel.
The Gold Coast’s coolest cowgirl Bree De Rome will be running through a list of vintage-tuned songs 14 Aug, Dowse Bar; 15 Aug, Rabbit And Cocoon, Gold Coast; and 16 Aug, The Treehouse, Byron Bay.
If you’re after some more alluring alt-country, then you could do a whole lot worse than the pairing of Jep & Dep. The Sydney folk play Padre Bar, 5 Sep, with Dep, former Gerling guy Darren Cross, supporting himself, kinda.
USE YOUR WEAPON
METAL BECOMES MORE
This Friday at Club Greenslopes, Kiwi expats The Hipshooters kick out the jams for just ten bucks. Grease your gears for a rollicking (and rare) blues & roots set from Brisbane’s adopted sons.
US sonic terrorists Corrosion Of Conformity have just confirmed supports for their Crowbar show, 24 Jul. Get to the venue early for sets from The Matador and Frown, with limited tickets still available through Oztix.
Following her idols like Patty Griffin and Miranda Lambert to find her own unique, soulful voice, Kimberly Bowden continues her musical journey at the New Globe Theatre on Sunday, and the Gympie Muster on 31 Aug (12pm).
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THIS WEEK’S RELEASES… JONATHAN BOULET Gubba Popfrenzy KING CREOSOTE From Scotland With Love Domino/EMI LAWRENCE ENGLISH Wilderness Of Mirrors Room40 JOYCE MANOR Never Hungover Again Epitaph/Warner
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THRASHED Member answering: Scott Dent
momentum going instead of writing a complete album.
What’s the song about? Those REAL people. Honestly expressing one’s self. That attractive mysterious inner quality in some, to which we gravitate towards.
What was inspiring you during the song’s writing and recording? Certain people in life. The real interesting ones. The people that always seem to dance to the beat of their own drum but it’s still fucking cool. Trail blazers and trendsetters maybe? I dunno.
How long did it take to write/ record? From the first note to the finished mastered track – probably about two months.
We’ll like this song if we like... Pantera, Down, Maylene & The Sons Of Disaster, The Bronx. A heavy aggressive groove, ha ha.
Single title: Gypsy Blood
Is this track from a forthcoming release/existing release? Nope. Not yet. It might be. But we just kinda wanted to release a song and keep the
Do you play it differently live? Nope. Thrashed play Crowbar on Saturday 26 July.
What’s your favourite song on it? Keep Your Mouth For Lying. It came together quickly (good sign!) and it’s my favourite to play live too!
Member answering: Leon De Baughn EP title: In Your Bones How many releases do you have now? In Your Bones is our first official EP release through record label Sweat It Out Music! Was anything in particular inspiring you during the making? We all moved in together just before writing this EP so were vibing to write some tracks. Also, jumping on tour with RÜFÜS while writing was probably the best thing for us as well.
We’ll like this EP if we like... Electro-acoustic synthtronica Crooked Colours play Alhambra Lounge on Saturday 19 July and Beach Hotel, Byron Bay on Thursday 24 July.
work through those tracks and possibly throw in a few covers.
BOSS MOXI Member answering: Brayden Doig Venue: The Bearded Lady, West End What is it about the venue that makes you want to a run of shows there? Even if the venue is packed it’s never too hard to find a spot to rest your beer and boogie along to the live music. The saloonstyle madhouse attracts all kinds of West End folk. Same set every week or mixing it up? The set is an hour of energy. The shows fall right in the middle of the recording of our debut album so we’ll 28 • THE MUSIC • 16TH JULY 2014
Any special guests going to make an appearance during your tenure? Baskervillain supported our last show, and brought with them their orgasmic bluesrock. Apart from two supports each month an outrageous bearded woman showing way too much thigh is the only appearance that is special. Favourite position at the venue when you’re not on stage? Either bumming cigarettes off the drunks out the front, falling into completely unexpected conversations or hunched over a beer at the end of the bar facing the stage. You can always catch a glimpse of what’s going down. When are you in residence? The residency began in June with shows booked through to August. The next shows are 18 Jul and 15 Aug. Boss Moxi play The Bearded Lady on Friday 18 July and Friday 15 August.
DAN PETERS Single title: Oh, Valentine! What’s the song about? Infatuation... with anyone/ anything that makes your mum ask, ‘What’s the matter with you?’ at the dinner table. How long did it take to write/ record? The basic hooks/riffs just appeared one day. I went into the studio with the loops and recorded it as it came out. The rest just developed over a couple of wines. Is this track from a forthcoming release/existing release? It is taken from my debut, Everything Is Calmer Underwater. Definitely the pop song of the album!
What was inspiring you during the song’s writing and recording? Pretty much every experience that has stuck with me. I don’t have a sad story, so I take inspiration from the simple things. We’ll like this song if we like... QOTSA, Pixies, At The Drive-In, Foo Fighters. Music that makes you think your head is inside the drum kit... without the headache. Do you play it differently live? Yes. Live I play in a two-piece with a loop station hooked up to multiple guitar/bass amps, vocal mics and a glockenspiel. Dan Peters plays Ric’s Bar on Thursday 17 July.
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THE MUSIC PRESENTS Remi: Solbar 17 Jul, Coniston Lane 18 Jul Violent Soho: The Hi-Fi 19 Jul Melody Pool & Marlon Williams: Black Bear Lodge 7 Aug, St Martin’s Parish Hall 8 Aug Emperors: The Waiting Room 15 Aug Urthboy: The Spiegeltent 6 Sep
Miami Horror: The Spiegeltent 16 Sep
A Sleepless Melody + Call The Shots + Drawing North: Tall Poppy Studios (all ages), Brisbane
The Kite String Tangle: The Spiegeltent 17 Sep
John Malcolm: Taps Australia (2pm), Mooloolaba
Dune Rats: The Spiegeltent 20 Sep Damien Jurado: The Spiegeltent 21 Sep
Phil Jamieson: The Spiegeltent 9 Sep
Gareth Liddiard: The Spiegeltent 23 Sep
Steve Nieve: The Spiegeltent 10 Sep
The Bombay Royale: The Spiegeltent 24 Sep
BIGSOUND 2014: Fortitude Valley 10-12 Sep
Juana Molina: The Spiegeltent 25 Sep
Bonjah: The Zoo 10 Oct, Racecourse Hotel 11 Oct, Surfers Paradise Beer Garden 12 Oct
Midnight Juggernauts: The Spiegeltent 26 Sep
Ronny Chieng: The Spiegeltent 12 Sep Vancouver Sleep Clinic:
Steele: Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley
High On Fire + Shellfin + Smoke: Crowbar, Fortitude Valley Being Beta + Goon On The Rocks: Ric’s, Fortitude Valley
Dane Adamo & The Hunted + Big Bad Echo + Skye Staniford + Dale Peachey: Beetle Bar, Brisbane High On Fire + Lizzard Wizzard + Zodiac: Crowbar, Fortitude Valley Gareth Emery + special guests: Platinum Nightclub, Broadbeach Remi + L-FRESH The LION + Bates: Solbar, Maroochydore Buried In Verona + Antagonist A.D + Stories + Bayharbour + Daybreakers: The Brightside, Fortitude Valley The Lyrical : The Elephant Hotel, Fortitude Valley Worse For Wear + Mary Handsome + Black As Blue: The Zoo, Fortitude Valley
Dave Graney & The Mistly + Peter Charles MacPherson: Beetle Bar, Brisbane Wax Eater #2 feat. Roku Music + Salvadarlings + The Con & The Liar: Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley The Hipshooters: Club Greenslopes, Greenslopes Remi + L-FRESH The LION + Bates: Coniston Lane (Bowler Bar), Fortitude Valley
Justin Heazlewood: Southside Tea Room, Morningside
John Henry: The Spiegeltent 14 Sep
Andy Bull: The Spiegeltent 7 Sep
Com Truise: The Spiegeltent 11 Sep
The Dawn Chorus: Solbar, Maroochydore
The Spiegeltent 13 Sep
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)
Cheated Hearts DJs + Girlthing DJs + Top Deck DJs: Ellement Lounge, Fortitude Valley Beni: Elsewhere, Surfers Paradise Double Lined Minority + Scarlet Kill + Lane-Harry x Ike Campbell: Griffith University, Nathan Danny Widdicombe: Padre Bar, Woolloongabba Hailey Calvert: Post Office Square (Noon / 12.45pm / 1.30pm), Brisbane Geoff Achison & The Soul Diggers: Soundlounge, Currumbin Sam Cole & Seth Henderson: Taps Australia, Mooloolaba Boss Moxi + Mega Ogre + Luno: The Bearded Lady, West End
GIG OF THE WEEK LORDE: 20 JUL, BRISBANE RIVERSTAGE McAlister Kemp: Warwick RSL, Warwick
Crooked Colours + Deja + Weakling + The Alhambra Doof Committee: Alhambra Lounge, Fortitude Valley
Double Lined Minority + We Were Giants + Set The Record: Upstairs 199, West End
McAlister Kemp: Civic Centre, Ipswich
Your Shot 2014 feat. various DJs: Birdee Num Num, Fortitude Valley
Benjalu (acoustic): Dowse Bar (Iceworks), Paddington
Amela: Brew, Brisbane
Som De Calcada: Eat Street Markets, Hamilton
Struggle Street Band: Chalk Hotel, Woolloongabba Gigahertz Showcase feat. 1.1.1 + Jessica Sarah + Nyssa Berger + Pacconellies + Street Pieces: Chardons Corner Hotel, Annerley
Take Me Home: Irish Murphy’s, Brisbane
Comedy Open Mic Night with feat. Kat Davidson: Newmarket Hotel, Newmarket Little Bigsound 2014 feat. Sahara Beck + Youth Allowance + The Missing + various speakers: The Edge, Southbank
RnB Jam Night feat. various artists: Empire Hotel, Fortitude Valley
The Bug feat. Dave Burton + Kedron High World Ensemble: New Farm Bowls Club, New Farm Mark Sheils: Samford Valley Hotel, Samford Valley
La Boum: Cloudland, Fortitude Valley
Fat Picnic + Izania: Eat Street Markets, Hamilton
Trainspotters feat. Calrissian + Yellowcatredcat + TV Dads + Singles: Grand Central Hotel, Brisbane These Four Walls + Mass Sky Raid + Stellar Green + Neon Tiger: New Globe Theatre, Fortitude Valley Darren Lawrence: Padre Bar, Woolloongabba Henry Fong: Platinum Nightclub, Broadbeach Punkfest feat. D Rouser + Lighters Are Fluid + The Incoherent + King Rat: Prince Of Wales Hotel, Nundah
Pack Animals + Not A Lemur: The Crosstown Eating House, Woolloongabba
Dave Graney & The Mistly: Solbar, Maroochydore Smoking Martha + Speed Racer + Dirty Brew + DarkLab: Springwood Hotel (The Barra Bar), Springwood
Gareth Emery + special guests: The Met, Fortitude Valley
Ed & Eddy: Story Bridge Hotel (The Corner Bar / 9pm), Kangaroo Point
Ty Fader: The Plough Inn, Southbank
Tom Stephens: Taps Australia, Mooloolaba
Benjalu (acoustic): The Spotted Cow, Toowoomba
DJ El Norto: The Bearded Lady, West End
The Legend Of Luke Kelly + Chris Kavanagh + The Patriots + Paddy Casey: The Tivoli, Fortitude Valley
Call The Shots + A Sleepless Melody + Drawing North + Gloria Falling: The Brightside, Fortitude Valley
LadyFest Brisbane 2014 feat. The Stress Of Leisure + McKisko + The Bell Divers + GUNK: The Underdog Pub Co, Fortitude Valley
Violent Soho + Luca Brasi: The Hi-Fi, West End
Rhythm & You charity event feat. Columbia Buffet + Hushka + The Common Deers + Hugo Slide: The Zoo, Fortitude Valley
Sleepmakeswaves + Breaking Orbit + Teal: The Zoo, Fortitude Valley
Sabrina Lawrie + Mick Medew & The Rumours + Doc Holliday Takes The Shotgun + High Priests: Beetle Bar, Brisbane
Edens March + Jakarta Criers + Denmark + Ayla: The Brightside, Fortitude Valley
Buried In Verona + Antagonist A.D + Stories + Road To Ransome + Enfield: The Lab (all ages), Brisbane
Kina Grannis: The Tivoli, Fortitude Valley
The Scrapes + Big Iron: The Bearded Lady (4pm), West End
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The Music is a free, weekly gloss magazine of newsstand quality. It features a diverse range of content including arts, culture, fashion, li...
Published on Jul 16, 2014
The Music is a free, weekly gloss magazine of newsstand quality. It features a diverse range of content including arts, culture, fashion, li...