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Another fun shindig on our doorstep is taking place this Saturday in the form of Woolloongabba’s street celebration The End Of The Line festival. Urban dining, market stalls, food trucks, projection art and kids’ activities will be augmented by a great free music program including artists such as Darren Hanlon, Bullhorn, Laneway, Tom Cooney, The Babe Rainbow, Thomas Calder, Mardi Lumden, Suicide Swans and much more! It runs from 10am-10pm in the Little Logan Rd cul-de-sac – think local, act local!
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There has for a long time been a need in Brisbane for a venue that’s larger than The Zoo but smaller than The Hi-Fi or The Tivoli, and now we have just that in the form of 800-capacity Newstead room The Triffid! The brainchild of ex-Powderfinger member John “JC” Collins, The Triffid promises to be an absolute blessing for the local scene and has already pledged to support Brisbane music. This Saturday night the venue’s opening party features Melbourne party-starters Saskwatch, plus The Creases and Mt Warning – tell your friends that you were first to find out what all the fuss is about!
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This week music and science merge in a world premiere orchestral event that is exclusive to Brisbane, titled Journey Through The Cosmos! The QSO has commissioned rockstar physicist Brian Cox – who you might now from BBC series The Wonders Of The Solar System, or for slagging off The Galaxy Song in the recent Monty Python reunion – for a spectacular event involving music, science voice and film which is being held at QPAC from Thursday through Saturday – have fun whilst learning stuff, a classic win-win!
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Foo Fighters have announced tour of Australia, which will take in Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, 24 Feb; ANZ Stadium, Sydney, 26 Feb; Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, 28 Feb; and nib Stadium, Perth, 7 Mar. The tour will come just a few months after the release of their latest and much-anticipated new album Sonic Highways, out on 10 Nov. Joining the Foos on the tour will be Chicago hard-rock troupe Rise Against as well as local indie-rock outfit The Delta Riggs.
Daily Meds are back with a second album, Sour Milk, a lead single, Behind The Radar, and a new tour that starts in the hearts of the NSW Blue Mountains, 8 Nov at Gearin Hotel, followed by 13 Nov, Flyrite, Perth; 14 Nov, Mojo’s Bar, Fremantle; 20 Nov, a secret location in Melbourne; 22 Nov, The Motor Room, Brisbane; 27 Nov, Hamilton Station Hotel, Newcastle; 29 Nov, Oxford Art Factory, Sydney; and 6 Dec, Transit Bar, Canberra. Proudly presented by The Music.
Nelly, Lupe Fiasco and BOB tour next year. After some confusion last time, the venues have made it implicit that it being “hot in here” is not an excuse to “take off all your clothes”. 8 Jan, Qantas Credit Union Arena, Sydney; 10 Jan, Riverstage, Brisbane; 16 Jan, Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne; and 17 Jan, HBF Stadium, Perth.
Celebrating the release of his new single, Single Spark, and latest album, Silence/ Win, Kim Churchill is returning for an Australian summer of surfing and concerts, farewelling 2014 at the Falls and Southbound festivals, before kicking into the New Year with his own tour, starting 15 Jan at Corner Hotel, Melbourne; followed by 16 Jan at The Abbey, Canberra; 24 Jan, Oxford Art Factory, Sydney; 30 Jan at The Zoo, Brisbane; and 6 Feb at Amplifier Bar, Perth. More dates on theMusic.com.au.
When the late social historian Donald Horne minted the term ‘the lucky country’ looking at Australia in the early ‘60s, he meant it ironically. Fifty years on, The Basics revisit that irony and take contemporary Australia to task with their new EP, The Lucky Country. The Basics kick off their Lucky Country Tour 16 & 17 Dec, Newtown Social Club, Sydney; then head north, playing 20 Dec, Old Museum, Brisbane; 27 Dec, Corner Hotel; 3 Jan, Rosemount Hotel, Perth; and 4 Jan, Mojo’s Bar, Fremantle.
Paul Kelly’s new record The Merri Soul Sessions marks the first record that reflects his passion for soul and gospel, and to celebrate, he’ll be taking it on the road: 9 Jan, Sydney Festival, Centenary Square; 10 Jan, Summer Of Soul Festival, Moss Vale; 17 Jan, Sundown Sessions, Perth; 22 & 23 Jan, The Tivoli, Brisbane; 6 Feb, Twilight At Taronga, Taronga Zoo, Sydney; and 7 Feb, Melbourne Zoo Twilights.
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Turntablists DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist are coming together to celebrate the legacy of Universal Zulu Nation founder, Afrika Bambaataa, in The Renegades Of Rhythm tour – oh, and they’ll be using vinyl only on the decks. Catch them at Transit Bar, Canberra, 4 Mar; Forum Theatre, Melbourne, 6 Mar; Golden Plains Festival, Meredith, 7 Mar; The Hi-Fi, Sydney, 12 Mar; Family, Brisbane, 13 Mar; and Metro City, Perth, 14 Mar.
LENA DUNHAM AS HANNAH HORVATH IN THE SEASON 4 TEASER FOR GIRLS.
Foxtel is extending its output agreement with HBO, offering exclusive access to all first-run programs by HBO including the likes of Game Of Thrones, True Detective, Girls and more on its Showcase channel. Foxtel is also launching the all-new BoxSets channel, dedicated to offering live access to some of its most popular programming such as The Sopranos and Boardwalk Empire. Australian drama, A Place To Call Home, is moving to Foxtel with two new seasons, while Gogglebox screens on the LifeStyle Channel. Fox8 will screen two new series, The Flash and Jane The Virgin, while Marquee has Deadline Gallipoli, but there’s so much more in store right across Foxtel.
Coming to Australia for the first time ever is Deltron 3030 – an underground hip hop supergroup consisting of Dan The Automator, Del Tha Funkee Homosapien and Kid Koala: The Hi-Fi, Brisbane, 25 Feb; The Hi-Fi, Melbourne, 27 Feb; The Hi-Fi, Sydney, 28 Feb; and The Bakery, Perth, 1 Mar.
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So great to see Doug Anthony Allstars back on stage and killing it in their inimitable fashion, incredibly poignant given Tim Ferguson’s affliction with by MS. So brave, so funny...
YOU GAVE THEM WOOD Ewan McGregor in the press calling Star Wars fans “fucking wankers” is pretty great. He’s obviously never watched any of his dreary, leaden performances as young Obi-Wan...
A GHOST IS BORN
Now the State Govt’s worried Brisbane will become a “ghost town” during G20 and give the wrong impression. Is it the road closures? Exclusion zones? Anti-terrorist taskforce and massive police presence?
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Bluesfest at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, Byron Bay, 2 – 6 Apr, has injected another dose of electric talent to the bill. The Gipsy Kings, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Jurassic 5 and more lead the festival’s stellar third artist announcement. Meanwhile in the world of sideshows: Michael Franti & Spearhead play 10 Apr, The Tivoli. Mavis Staples performs 8 Apr, Brisbane Powerhouse. Angelique Kidjo plays a show 4 Apr, Brisbane Powerhouse. Finally, Jake Shimabukuro plays a bunch of dates, including 2 Apr, Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane.
Are you ready to Vibrate with Rufus? Returning to Australia for his first headlining tour in three years, Rufus Wainwright will be performing material from across his entire career to date, 12 Mar, QPAC.
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Immediately following the conclusion of their album launch tour for second LP Tales, Melbourne three-piece The Peep Tempel have confirmed more dates to round off a hugely successful year. They’ll be playing 13 Dec, Crowbar.
PROBABLY NOT The proposed 30-year anniversary remake of Do They Know It’s Christmas to raise funds for Ebola-stricken regions is well intentioned but wrong. Could every rich rock star participating donate instead?
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Wow, the Aussie cricketers were brought back down a few pegs by Pakistan in the desert wherever they are. Well played, but we await a rematch on pitches that are actually made of grass.
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First Aid Kit are going metaphorically nuts. Their soaring vocal harmonies that go down smoother than a kick in the teeth are thrilling crowds worldwide. Latest album Stay Gold keeps the ball rolling in style. Catch them 10 Mar, The Tivoli.
Fresh from time out in the European summer of Madrid, Bernard Fanning returns to perform not only his favourits songs from his two solo albums, but also some of the new material, 22 Jan at The Triffid.
Consolidating his position at the forefront of contemporary hip hop with the release of his second album, Old, Detroit’s own Danny Brown puts in a couple of headline Australian Beyond The Valley sideshows including 3 Jan, The Hi-Fi.
DOWN THE WEST END
Brisbane’s premier record fair, the West End Record Fair, returns 8 Nov at The Boundary Hotel, The Rumpus Room and The Hi-Fi, all at the same time. With more than 50,000 LPs on sale via new dealers and private sellers alike, you’re bound to find some treasure.
Currently touring the world with their 19th album Overdrive, Japanese band Shonen Knife are making their way Down Under in January next year. Letting loose after 33 years together, they perform 23 Jan, Future Beauty Up Late, Brisbane.
RIP WAYNE STATIC
Sad news for the metal world with the sudden passing of former Static-x frontman Wayne Static (Wayne Wells). He was one of the true nice guys of the metal fraternity and shall be sorely missed.
FIRST AID KIT
Sleep’s 11 Dec show at Crowbar sold out in no time, prompting the decision to move the show from Crowbar to The Hi-Fi. BLACK COAL THIN ICE
INAUGURAL ASIA PACIFIC FILM FEST
The first of 80 films for the inaugural Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival have been announced. Among the topquality and varied selection is the world premiere of Australian documentary William Yang: Blood Links, 2014 Cannes Palme d’Or winner Winter Sleep (Turkey), five-and-a-half-hour epic From What Is Before (Philippines), and celebrated nod to classic film-noir Black Coal, Thin Ice (PRC). The festival runs from 29 Nov to 14 Dec and features program streams, filmmaker introductions and Q&A sessions.
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After what has already been a hugely successful 2014 thanks to their power-pop hit Plastic, punks Drunk Mums are back with the release of their weirdly named new single, Nanganator. The five-piece will play at Crowbar on 1 Nov.
World Movies Secret Cinema will make its highly anticipated debut in Brisbane for four spectacular nights from 11 - 14 Dec. World Movies Secret Cinema will take movie-goers to a top-secret location, transporting them into an unusual world in the most unlikely of places.
Their 1997 album, Futuristic Urban Cult, was a gamechanger for Australian music. Nearly two decades on, Dogmachine are back, recently supporting ‘90s UK legends Pop Will Eat Itself, and 22 Nov, they’ll take over The Red Room with an eclectic line-up of guests that includes VISI and Arado.
SNAKES GONE WILD
Carrie & The Cut Snakes are back from a huge year in the States. Their defiant country-rock stylings were set loose on latest EP WIld, with help from Grammy nominated producer Christopher Smith. They play The Bearded Lady, 23 Nov.
NOT THE LAST
The new single from Brisbane’s Hey Geronimo, Finale, is a sneak peek from their forthcoming debut album, and the perfect excuse for a run up the east coast. Their Finale Tour sees them play 18 Dec, Black Bear Lodge.
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Progressive R&B singer-songwriter Tinashe is set to visit our shores, performing tracks from her recently released debut album Aquarius. She’ll offer swag and sensuality at The Triffid, 15 Feb.
Six years after their last headline tour of Australia and five years since their Harvest Festival appearances, sonic architects Mogwai finally return to Australia for an all headline tour. Showing off this year’s Rave Tapes, they’ll be at 4 Mar, The Tivoli.
FLOATING ON AIR
Canada’s Matt Andersen will showcase his powerhouse, soulful vocals and commanding stage presence when he tours Australia this January, in support of his new album Weightless. See the winner of the 2013 European Blues Award and Best Solo Performer at the Memphis Blues Challenge when he comes to The Milk Factory Kichen & Bar, 4 Jan, as well as performing at Woodford Folk Festival.
Located in one of Newstead’s historic WWII hangers and fitting 800 people, Brisbane’s The Triffid will open its doors at the end of October and is set to be the city’s hang space for the summer. The Triffid will officially kick into action on 8 Nov with a Launch Party featuring Saskwatch, The Creases and MT Warning. One of the heaviest bands currently doing the business across this wide brown land, Wollongong’s Graves recently wrapped up a national tour with Prepared Like A Bride. Now flaunting a new single 506, Graves are hitting the road once more, accompanied by Ocean Grove, playing 6 Dec, The Brightside, Brisbane; and 7 Dec, The Lab, Brisbane.
The 2015 Blues On Broadbeach festival will showcase Australian and international artists on outdoor stages and in venues throughout Broadbeach on the Gold Coast. Andrew Strong headlines the event as part of his The Commitments Tour, plus James Morrison, The Black Sorrows, Charlie Parr, Jeff Lang, Backsliders, Tijuana Cartel and more. Nowadays a five-piece, Philadelphia’s mewithoutYou certainly take a very different approach to the whole hard rock thing, their latest album, Ten Stories, taking listeners on a fantastical journey with a runaway train and a bunch of circus animals: 1 Feb, The Brightside.
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Danish punk rock outfit Iceage will play a show at Alhambra Lounge, 22 Jan while visiting Australia to perform as part of Melbourne’s Sugar Mountain Festival, their second visit in the last six months.
Now travelling as G R A C E, WA singersongwriter Grace Woodroofe, who splits her time between Perth and Los Angeles and is fresh off a national tour supporting Alt-J, has released a new single, Pluto. She’ll showcase it 4 Dec, Black Bear Lodge.
British leaders of the ‘90s indie/alt-dance scene Jesus Jones are coming back to Australia, in their original line-up, to perform their second album Doubt in its entirety: The Zoo, 12 Mar. For a band that only stuck together for three years between 1994 and 1997, Mineral have made one hell of an impression within indie and emo music circles. This year saw the band reform, and now they play 22 Feb, The Brightside.
From folk-influenced indie-rock, Baltimore duo Wye Oak have evolved over two albums into a dreamy nod to retro synth-pop, as heard on their most recent album Shriek. Singer and guitarist Jenn Wasner and drummer and keyboards player Andy Stack bring those sounds and more to Australia in January, performing 11 Jan at Black Bear Lodge.
Picked to represent the Blues Association of Southeast Queensland at next January’s International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee, Hat Fitz & Cara Robinson have just a few more shows to do showcasing their latest album, Do Tell, playing 27 Nov at New Globe Theatre; and 29 Nov at The Gold Coast Arts Centre. THE MUSIC • 5TH NOVEMBER 2014 • 11
ROAD TO DISCOVERY While discussing their new album with Bryget Chrisfield, Foo Fighters guitarist Pat Smear and drummer Taylor Hawkins make various musical connections: prog was the “weirdo music” for “misfits” Smear’s age and one of his favourite bands, Yes, is currently fronted by a childhood friend of Hawkins.
o mark their 20th anniversary, Foo Fighters approached their eighth album, Sonic Highways, differently: each of the eight tracks were recorded in a legendary studio in a different American city, where the band worked with and met a variety of guests. Frontman Dave Grohl chose not to put any words down until the last day of recording, so that information he garnered from his interviews with local legends could inform the songs. Also, a Grohl-directed HBO documentary titled Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways
or whatever – that she finally got to the point where she had to leave and didn’t have time to sing on the song, so that was a bummer. But, you know, we’ve done some work together before, we’ll do it again.” When Smear remembers the LA music scene around the time that Germs broke out, Jett’s groundbreaking all-girl group springs to mind. “The scene kinda revolved around The Runaways before punk rock, which was just before... So The Runaways was the inspiration for me and my best friend to start a band, because it was just that realisation like, ‘Hey, they’re the same age as us and they’re actually doing this, and playing great gigs at places that we like to go to’... It seemed so far-flung
listing them off to me and I was like, ‘Oh, I had no idea,’ like, ‘Oh, really? The Sex Pistols? All these other bands love prog?’... We didn’t have punk rock, but the weirdo music we had was prog and it was just nuts. I mean, it was really appealing to, you know, the misfits my age.” There was a “sort of Police-style band” where Hawkins grew up in Laguna Beach, California. “I loved ‘em,” he recalls. “I knew the drummer, he was, like, six or eight years older than me, and I would follow him around and he’d kinda give me little drum lessons here and there, you know?” Reggae was big where Hawkins lived, but he dug The Police. “I think that even The Police themselves would never call what they did reggae. I mean, it was sort of infused. They took aspects: they took the beat of reggae and added it to sort of rock music. I guess you could really call it more like ska. I really loved all the early-‘80s ska.” Of Smear’s five older sisters, four “were all grown up and outta the house by the time [he] was born”, which left Smear growing up in the house with one sister. “From just hearing [music] through her bedroom door I discovered a lot of bands – that’s how I discovered Queen,” he allows. “She would just get a new record and play it to death for a week and so, whether I liked it or not, I got to know it really well.” “The first concert I ever saw was Queen, my elder sister took me to that,” Hawkins tells. “And then after that I saw David Bowie on the Let’s Dance tour [fact check: it was actually called the Serious Moonlight tour]. I was,
“YOU SHOULD JUST BE IN A BAND WITH YOUR MATES AND WHOEVER NEEDS TO GET BETTER WILL GET BETTER OR WHATEVER.”
– eight episodes, each one shining a spotlight on the musical history of a single city – is airing in the lead up to the album dropping worldwide on 10 November. We find drummer Taylor Hawkins in Malibu. “I had practice and then I just wanted to jump in the ocean, so I jumped in the ocean,” he drawls. “I love the sun. I mean, it’ll kill ya eventually but, whatever. I’m already starting to shrivel, man, my skin’s already starting to look like a fucking baseball mitt.” At his home in Los Angeles, California, Foo Fighters guitarist Pat Smear reflects on which Sonic Highways city he most connected with: “Um, New Orleans... Most places I go to [touring with Fooeys] we’re there a day, I don’t really get to know them. But because we were there for a week in every place, I really fell in love with all these cities. But New Orleans was super-special. And usually I’d just hide in my room when I’m in New Orleans... I don’t need to be hungover for the show,” he laughs. Some of the legends Grohl interviews for the TV series are Dolly Parton, LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy, Paul Stanley, Slash, LL Cool J and Buddy Guy. In New York, the Fooeys called upon Joan Jett, who produced guitarist Pat Smear’s iconic punk band Germs’ only album, 1979’s (GI). On whether Jett brought up any Smear stories that his bandmates would have previously been unaware of, the guitarist admits, “Sometimes ones [stories] that I don’t remember... Maybe she was lying, I dunno, hahaha. “She was actually going to sing on the song, but we got so behind schedule that day – with lighting or cameras 12 • THE MUSIC • 5TH NOVEMBER 2014
before that, you know, everybody was ten years older and played a way you knew you could never play, and just were these gods on a faraway stage. And The Runaways were just kids our age playing.” Smear is a self-confessed Yes fan, so how much of a spin-out is it for him that Jon Davison, a childhood friend of Hawkins, has been fronting Yes since early 2012? “It was real exciting,” Smear acknowledges. “Me and Taylor just went to go see them play with him – Taylor’s buddy – singing. And it was surreal, but it was really great. It’s funny, a friend of mine called me today and said, ‘Hey, I’m doing an article for MOJO called ‘Prog Roots Of Punk Rock’, about how many really punk bands have their rock’n’roll roots in prog. And he started
like, ten or 11, you know.” When asked whether he has any recollection of the first time he went out partying without parental supervision, Smear responds quickly, “No, I don’t at all. I was a kid in the ‘70s and it was just a lotta parties and a lotta music and a lotta drugs [laughs].” From the first time Smear heard rock’n’roll, around the age of 12, he knew right away he wanted in and discovered early on the importance of surrounding yourself with the right people. “It’s everything,” he opines. “I learnt that from my first band: take the band by who you wanna be with. Everybody can improve or get better, you know, I wouldn’t go out and be in a band with four strangers that all played really well. I mean, you should just be in a band with your mates and whoever needs to get better will get better or whatever, but I think that’s the most important part.” In the Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways trailer, Grohl says, “You can tie all these places and people together with these sonic highways.” This quote prompts a conversation about how music connects us. “It’s not dissimilar to the Germs logo,” Smear observes. “When we were kids and had a band we had a logo, which was just a blue circle, and it really meant the same thing as the sonic highways... everything’s connected and just that whole crazy musical thing that happens.”
WHAT: Sonic Highways (Sony) WHEN & WHERE: 24 Feb, Suncorp Stadium
PLAY IT COOL
Foo Fighters traverse new territory with their Sonic Highways songwriting/recording approach, and creating a HBO series to pique fan excitement also sets a precedent, which leads Bryget Chrisfield into a discussion with drummer Taylor Hawkins about U2’s blighted promo campaign: “[Songs Of Innocence] just kinda sounds like a fart any way you listen to it.”
hat happened to U2, man?” Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins thinks aloud. “I don’t think people are that hyped on them.” This probably has something to do with the fact that our ears were forced to digest their latest, 13th album Songs Of Innocence in a similar fashion to the aversion therapy A Clockwork Orange’s teenage protagonist Alex endured while being forced to watch violent images for long periods while his eyes were held open with specula. “Yeah! Kinda like the musical version of that,” Hawkins plays along. “I liked all the YouTube footage of all the crap: ‘What the fuck is this shit doin’ on my phone, dog? Get this shit off my phone, dog!’ Haha, it was like, HAHAHAHAhahaha. “I mean, I think they probably thought it was gonna be a great idea, ‘Here’s the deal: everybody who has an iPhone, gets your record. And they get it for free!’ And they thought, probably, ‘Well that’s pretty awesome!’ but they didn’t really take into consideration the Big Brother feeling that kinda goes along with like, ‘[In menacing voice] You have the new U2 record’... You couldn’t get rid of it and
they actually had to come up with an app to get rid of it, that’s horrible. “I don’t know that any of that new album has anything great on it,” Hawkins continues. “I listened to it once, but it’s so marred by that whole sort of, like I said, Orwellian, 1984 extreme that it just kinda sounds like a fart any way you listen to it.” Our conversation prompts Hawkins to ponder Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways, the visual means for promoting his band’s
music. “You know, it’s so hard for me to even have a point of view. I mean, I dunno, maybe some people will go, ‘[In douchebag voice] Oh, wow! Foo Fighters have an HBO series. Oh, what, are they fuckin’ movie stars now?’ I mean, who knows? Some people will think that, you know. We’re obviously not the underdogs anymore necessarily. “And so, you know, I think of U2 in that position and it kinda feels – I can’t really say I feel sorry for them, because you can’t feel sorry for a band that owns a hotel,” he laughs, “but I think at the end of the day they’re still probably a band that want people to like their music so, I dunno. I mean, they’ll go out and do some fuckin’ stadium tour and everybody will buy tickets and then they’ll be fine, you know.” The realisation that you’re no longer cool has still gotta be hard for a band deal with. “Of course,” Hawkins agrees, “and nobody wants to be the butt of a joke, you know. And it’s hard to remain cool and still be a big band, that’s hard to do. Are The Stones cool still?” Always. “I guess so.” Keith Richards is way cool. “Yeah, of course he is.” Then Hawkins takes it there: “But, let me ask you, do you think that we’re not cool anymore?” Amazingly cool. “BE honest, be honest!” “You guys come across as really regular and very approachable and that’s important.” Hawkins lets this sink in: “I guess so. Well that’s all a sham, you know that. We’re all assholes driving around in limousines [laughs].”
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and they have to worry about those bullshit ticket prices and, like, ‘How do we pay it off? How do we do this?’ … and cutting the business side out of it is fuckin’ rad!”
After ten years, seven albums and countless tours, Portugal. The Man are finally happy with themselves – but it was anything but easy, frontman John Gourley tells Mitch Knox.
hroughout history, some bands have consistently existed and thrived in seemingly paradoxical circumstances. Born of a “smoke sesh” between close friends John Baldwin Gourley and Zachary Carothers in 2004, and following the dissolution of their previous outfit Anatomy Of A Ghost, Portugal. The Man is such a band. The band is populated with members whose outwardly chilled and worry-free demeanours belie the fact that they are collectively one of the hardestworking touring acts around, having put out last year’s Evil Friends as well as six other full-length albums (plus a handful of assorted other releases) in their decade together.
And yet, when vocalist/ guitarist John Gourley talks of the benefits behind doing sponsored tours, such as his band’s upcoming jaunt to Australia with the assistance of booze giant Corona, it quickly becomes clear that he and his bandmates are business-minded by necessity only. “I think there’s just some really great adventures to doing sponsored tours,” the affable Gourley says. “I mean, they put you in a position where you can play free shows, and play a lot more of Australia than you would normally play. It’s really great; I think it’s great for the music industry, too. I mean, so many bands, like, they survive on touring,
Given the band’s isolated physical roots in Alaska, those instances of necessity occurred with greater frequency while the band were establishing themselves. “The reason we were making so many records early on … was just kind of the experience, and making as much music as we could and learning as much about songwriting as we could. Really, we’re just from Alaska, with no experience in the music industry, so it took a lot of work. I think The Satanic Satanist was honestly the first time we had come into something, like, come into our own as a band, and it’s why we signed for Atlantic Records after that, because we actually felt ready to play the late night talk shows, and felt comfortable enough to do the video interviews that we were so terrified to do. We could finally do all that stuff because we felt more confident in the music. We just said, like, ‘Fuck trying to jam all the ideas into this, and let’s sit back and actually just pick the three best parts.’ And you can say whatever the fuck you want about that, but there’s nothing ‘experimental’ and ‘cool’ about not trying. You need to take those steps, you need to feel comfortable with yourself to do it. It took a lot, though.” WHEN & WHERE: 7 Nov, Solbar, Sunshine Coast; 8 Nov, Paddo Tavern (3pm), Jubilee Hotel (9pm); 9 Nov, Boardwalk Tavern, Gold Coast (3pm), Coolangatta Hotel, Gold Coast (7pm); 14 Nov, Komune Resort, Gold Coast; 15 Nov, Hotel Brunswick, Brunswick Heads (3.30pm), Beach Hotel, Byron Bay (7.30pm)
FUCK THINGS UP Punk rock’s crown princes of comedy are once again heading to our shores. Mark Hebblewhite got hold of guitarist and founding member Eric Melvin to find out all the latest from the NOFX camp.
hen we first came down to Australia we really had the chance to get out and meet people, go to parties, people’s houses and really enjoy ourselves,” says Melvin, musing on early tours to our shores, including a legendary run of shoes in support of 1994’s Punk In Drublic LP. “We can’t really do that anymore – the shows have got bigger – things are a little less personal now, but it’s great to be able to play for more people.” Melvin says the band has started writing a follow up record to 2012’s Self-Entitled. “It’s still early on but we have some new material written – at least some parts and ideas written. Right now all I can tell you is that we’re looking to record a new record this coming spring or summer and we hope it will be out by the end of next year. We’re also working on the second season of the backstage passport documentary.” Backstage passport is what the name suggests – a no holds barred look at the chaos and debauchery of a NOFX tour. Does the band ever regret exposing their own bad behavior? “Oh yeah… I ask myself all the time… ‘Do I really want anyone to see how me and my band mates act when no-one’s around? It’s weird though for some reason I think we want to expose ourselves in that kind of way. I mean, we’re also writing
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a book – a history of the band – which is going to have some incredible stories in it.” Considering the personalities, dramas and drug and alcohol abuse associated with NOFX, the fact that the band has managed to keep the same line-up since 1991 is a minor miracle. “Look I know it’s pretty incredible,” agrees Melvin. “Three of the guys have been there from the beginning – we still call El Hefe the new guy and he joined over 20 years ago. I think what keeps us together is simple; we like the same sort of music, we’ve struggled together for so long to make things
happen, and they have, so we’ve been able to share the victories. But most of all, we like each other. Don’t get me wrong, we have our fights, but we always want to get back in the van and do it again. Maybe we’re gluttons for punishment – I don’t know?” Aside from his NOFX duties Melvin also has plans to try DJing, with sets organised in a number of Aussie cities. “It’s a just a great chance for me to spin old punk rock records that I remember from the days when me and Mike would sit around listening to music and talking about how cool it would to have a band. I also have a guilty pleasure of liking dance music and I’m trying to find a way with DJing to combine this with my love of punk rock. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. I’m not scared to fuck things up though so it should be fun.” WHEN & WHERE: 11 & 22 Nov, The Tivoli; 23 Nov, Coolangatta Hotel, Gold Coast
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AN ENDLESS ROLL Rarely in the history of Aussie rock has so much change been ushered in by so few. Radio Birdman singer Rob Younger tells Steve Bell that to him it was nought but a lazy stroll.
eflecting on the new Radio Birdman boxset – covering their original tenure when they single-handedly redefined the parameters of Australian rock’n’roll – it’s remarkable, naturally, for the plethora of fierce and uncompromising songs contained therein, but even more incredible that it all took place in a burst of innovation and creativity that lasted less than five years, but which still reverberates today. “It wasn’t even five years actually, because it would have been from November ’74 to May or June of ’78, so it’s really not even four [years],” reflects frontman
Rob Younger. “It wasn’t that long. It didn’t really seem to be [an intensely creative period] – it might have been for Deniz [Tek – guitar/ songwriter] because he was working fullon studying medicine and writing songs and playing in a band. If there’s anyone who knows how to use time to their advantage it’s Deniz, but I’m quite the opposite actually so to me it was more like a bit of a lazy stroll through my twenties.” Birdman were notorious outsiders, forced to basically start their own scene in inner-city Sydney to even
facilitate gigs at all. Did it feel like they were swimming against the mainstream tide? “I didn’t think we were musically,” Younger reflects. “I knew we were playing stuff that other bands weren’t playing, particularly – there was a lot of British heavy rock and a lot of blues stuff around Sydney at the time, and we thought that most of what was going down was shit. But we just went out and played this stuff, and we got kicked out of places a lot of times. Partially it was the way we looked and the way we had a small following of people that we’d drag around – this is when we finally went out into the suburbs – but they’d just dance, for Christ’s sake! They wouldn’t wreck the place or anything like that, but we sort of all got slung out en masse. “We took a pride in standing outside those expectations, and that really helped – it brought attention to the band. If everyone loves you that’s a problem, isn’t it? Back then it would have been, because it would have meant that we were just fitting into the current musical landscape such, and it was pretty bland. But we were out there playing the rock’n’roll music that we liked, that we were turned onto and probably wasn’t typical of what other bands were playing around the place at the time. “Deniz and I had bands running concurrently [pre-Birdman] but our repertoires overlapped to a large degree. That was the common ground, even though we didn’t know each other at that point.” WHAT: Radio Birdman Boxset 1974-1978 (Citadel) WHEN & WHERE: 7 Nov, The Hi-Fi For longer interview (with both Tek & Younger) head to theMusic.com.au
Strapping back into The Screaming Jets, Dave Gleeson talks to Michael Smith about how the songs on new EP Razor remind him of the Jets of old.
was saying to someone just before, the Angels and the Jets – it sounds like something out of West Side Story,” jokes singer Dave Gleeson, who’s been fronting The Angels the past three years as well as fronting The Screaming Jets – which he started with the only other remaining original member, bass player Paul Woseen – for 25 years. And it’s the fact that it’s been 25 years since the Jets formed in the port city of Newcastle that sees talking to The Music not only about the Jets’ Atomic 47 tour and Jets history but also Jets future. “We’ve ended up recording four tracks,” he explains the release of a new EP, Razor, “because I haven’t had time to do the whole album, but we’re stoked – they’re kind of up and punchy and got plenty of attitude and they sound like Screaming Jets songs of old to us, so we’re really excited about people hearing ‘em and we’ve actually been able to include a couple in the set already. “Releasing an EP was kind of what we did with (1992’s) Tear Of Thought album. We just wanted to get something out there and didn’t want to rush an album, so if we can get four great tracks out there, we can whet people’s appetite with that. Paul has an absolute plethora of songs that we’re looking at basing the whole [new] album around, ‘cause he’s written some of my favourite and the band’s favourite songs over the years, so I just thought it’d be nice to let him write the bare bones of it, and if
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he needs any help, he can get us to come in, whether it be lyrical or musical, and we can kind of work around that.” Newcastle was still very much the blue-collar, working-class town back in 1989 when The Screaming Jets took a punt on stepping out of the obligatory four-setsa-night covers scene as an original band, a punt that paid off as they signed their first record contract with INXS manager Chris Murphy’s long-since gone label, rooArt, in a Lear jet flying down to Sydney from Newcastle. Twenty-five years and a dizzying roster of record labels later, there are six studio albums, two live albums, four
EPs and more than a handful of hit singles from which to draw a celebratory set list. Alongside Gleeson and Woseen, The Screaming Jets 2014 includes Jimi Hocking, back in the band six years after an initial stint ’93 to ’97, guitarist Scott Kingman, who joined in 2007, and drummer Mick Sayers, who joined in 2005. “I’m proud that we can still get out there and pull crowds and do a national tour and stuff. But I guess we were very lucky from the start to get the opportunity to tour, go on national supports with bands like The Angels, Radiators, Choirboys, and get their work ethic, which was play anywhere that you possibly could as may times as you could.” WHEN & WHERE: 8 Nov, Airlie Beach Music Festival; 14 Nov, Norths Leagues And Services Club, Kallangur
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Actor Steven Rooke is tackling “a play full of stereotypes” in Ben Elton’s Gasp!, he tells Helen Stringer.
teven Rooke answers the phone fresh from a shoe-shopping trip; The Matilda Award-winning actor is preparing for QTC and WA’s Black Swan Theatre co-production of Ben Elton-penned Gasp!, a blackly comic satire of consumerism and corporate greed. Brisbane-based Rooke started acting as a teenager in amateur theatre, and never really stopped. “I went to drama school at QUT straight out of school. I’ve moved up and down and around the country chasing work. It’s been a lifetime for me – 20 years of going, ‘That’s what I want to do, how do I make other people let me do it? And how do I get them to pay me for it?’” he laughs. Rooke explains of his attraction to his latest role in Gasp!. “First and foremost (director) Wesley Enoch said
STEVEN ROOKE AND CAROLINE BRAZIER REHEARSING GASP!
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I’d get an opportunity to work with Ben Elton. That sold me on the spot because I grew up on Ben Elton’s television and I’ve read every single one of his novels. And also the trip to Perth thing didn’t hurt. Sometimes you just chase the work. This one certainly came with lots of positives: working with Wesley, working with Ben, getting over to Perth for a few weeks.” From the writer of Blackadder and The Young Ones, Gasp! imagines a not-so-distant future in which consumerism and commodification has gone even madder; the diabolically greedy Lockheart Industries develops a new plan to rake in profits: privatising air. It’s a hugely successful venture
but one which quickly divides the world between those who can afford to breathe and those who cannot. “The monster of that machine,” says Rooke, “keeps on getting bigger and bigger and… uglier and uglier until the whole thing implodes on itself.” Rooke plays Sandy, an executive who, after a fall from grace, is hell-bent on clawing his way to the top. Gasp!’s moral core Sandy is not; the character has no remorse and no redeeming features. Rooke concedes that playing the archetypal unapologetic corporate believer poses its own challenges, not least of which is tapping into extreme levels of narcissism. But, he explains, “It’s a play full of stereotypes. [It’s] part of the joy of what Ben Elton does. He takes what you know to be true and says it out loud when a lot of other people won’t.” Gasp! is a drastic rewrite of Elton’s first play, Gasping, which premiered in 1990 and starred Hugh Laurie. Rooke explains that Black Swan’s Artistic Director, Kate Cherry, approached Elton – who’s now based in Freemantle – and asked if he’d like to do a farcical play about mining. Having essentially written a thematically identical play 25 years before Elton suggested rewriting Gasping instead. While the play may come laden with wry social commentary, Rooke says, “At the end of the day we’re trying to make people laugh. Sure, there’s a great social message, but at the end of the day it’s a gag fest. If you can come and laugh a lot then that’s a useful two hours of your life as well.” WHAT: Gasp! WHEN & WHERE: 17 Nov - 7 Dec, QTC, QPAC, Playhouse
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ALWAYS HEAVY Half a decade removed from their career-affirming documentary, Canadian true metal survivors Anvil return to Australia. Frontman Steve “Lips” Kudlow tells Brendan Crabb about unwavering dedication to hard ‘n’ heavy music.
he cringe-inducing, seat-squirming awkwardness of 2008’s highly entertaining Anvil! The Story Of Anvil documentary finally afforded the dogged Canucks the prosperity they’d craved for eons, after a brief early flirtation with success. It emphasised, often painstakingly, that effervescent vocalist/guitarist Steve “Lips” Kudlow and long-suffering partner-incrime, drummer Robb Reiner, are heavy metal lifers.
Kudlow is adamant they’ve never attempted to chase any trends. “What it’s all about is finding an identity or creating an identity and remaining true to it. It’s sort of like, when you learn how to write, you write your signature, and that becomes your signature. It’s not like you’re going to change it, it’s just whatever is natural that’s what we do. Then we don’t let anything intervene with the flow of that. You don’t contrive, you do it straight from the heart, because you believe in it… When Robb and I decided to do this when we were 14 years old, it was to do it for a lifetime, the way we want to do it.”
The dedicated, grizzled followers depicted in the film still actively support their endeavours, but a slew of youthful metal-heads now populate Anvil’s shows. Kudlow believes the film has refreshed the band’s audience in the long-term. “Of course we have our diehards who are always there. But it has completely opened up a whole new world for us as far as young fans are concerned. So [it’s] a huge advantage on that level. Literally 90 per cent of the audience that comes to see us in this day and age are all first time ever seeing us… It’s a complete regeneration of the brand name, our repertoire and history.” While admitting he hasn’t viewed the movie in some time (“my mother and my older brother have passed away, and it’s pretty difficult for me to watch without getting very emotional”), the frontman maintains despite well-publicised hardship Anvil’s profile better equips them than most to negotiate these problematic industry times. “Anybody starting at this point in time is in a really bad position, a lot worse because there is no infrastructure to the industry anymore. You can’t make money from sales of records. They’ve become nothing more than your advertisement for hopefully selling merchandise. Because the music itself is free and can be obtained on the internet at no cost. I feel fortunate that I made a name for myself and created a brand name in the early ‘80s. I feel fortunate that I’m in a very good position of advantage, because people know who the band is, and then therefore I have the opportunity to go out and play and advertise my music, and sell my merchandise. A new band today, I don’t know how you get that. The genre, the creation of the music is still very strong and alive, but the business that surrounds it is completely dead.” WHEN & WHERE: 8 Nov, The Hi-Fi
BACK ON TRACK With nine years between studio albums, it took disappointment and heartbreak to reignite Lagwagon’s creativity, as Joey Cape explains to Daniel Cribb.
t was in 2005 that SoCal punks Lagwagon dropped Resolve and since then we’ve seen frontman Joey Cape venture to Australia with Me First & The Gimme Gimmes, in solo mode and, in late 2013, fronting his other project, Bad Astronaut. So it’s not surprising he’s embedded in another musical realm when he answers his phone. “I’m actually mixing a record I recorded not too long ago,” Cape begins. During one of his solo visits he met Gold Coast singersongwriter Laura Mardon, which led to her recording an album for Cape’s new label, One Week Records. “A lot of people send me music, or I’ll play with people when I’m touring acoustic, and there’s so many talented people that I meet and every once in while I meet someone whose music I really love, and they don’t seem to be occupied with a deal, so they can actually do it… [Mardon] came to San Francisco to record and I started mixing it today, and it’s a good time for a break.” Cape’s always juggling numerous projects at once, but the decade it took to produce Lagwagon’s eighth record, Hang, raises some questions. “It’s just something that has to happen naturally, I guess. For a really long time there I was making other records for other projects. It wasn’t a matter of not being creative… I know the guys in my band would have loved to have gotten some songs earlier, but everything I was writing didn’t feel
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right for Lagwagon, and Lagwagon is too important to me to do something that wouldn’t suit the band. “I’m constantly explaining why we take so long to make records,” he laughs. “And I should be, because it deserves an explanation, but we’ve just never been a band that wants to rush or force things. There’s been a few times in our career when we have done that, and we didn’t end up putting the material out because we didn’t think it was good. We’re not known for momentum, hence the name.” The catalyst for Resolve was the unexpected passing of founding
drummer, Derrick Plourde, which drove the band to write something of a concept album around their emotional responses, and themes of loss, betrayal, aging – while not the only source of inspiration for Hang – have resulted in darker and heavier sounds from the band. The passing of longtime friend, musical partner and punk legend Tony Sly in 2012 resulted in the track, One More Song, and also influenced Cape when piecing together what could easily be described as a career-defining record for Lagwagon. “It’s just an interesting thing, with our band. Once we know what we want to do and I know what to write and we get our vibe, it just happens, and it’s miraculous, usually. The chemistry just came and we knew what to do, and it was really collaborative this time. We spent a lot of time putting this record together, and I think you can hear it; it’s got a lot more soul.” WHEN & WHERE: 28 Feb, Soundwave Festival, Brisbane Showgrounds
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MARIACHI EL BRONX
Bloodstone & Diamonds
Mariachi El Bronx III White Drugs/Cooking Vinyl
ALBUM OF THE WEEK
These veterans are typically proficient in utilising the web to facilitate interest and boost first week sales, but frontman Robb Flynn’s recent trolling of the metal world by way of Children Of Bodom fans ranks among their more effective efforts. Not that the Americans need resort to such cheap (albeit amusing) tactics. Their new platter will be devoured by ‘Head Cases’ who fiercely displayed dedication after Flynn’s aforementioned jocular rallying cry. Bloodstone & Diamonds perhaps overplays its hand at 70-plus minutes. From opener, Now We Die’s morbid strings and arena-sized hooks onwards, the album is sprinkled with touches like choirs and piano complementing trademark guitar histrionics. Ghosts Will Haunt My Bones’ immense groove is a standout, recalling early glories.
Flynn’s crooning on Damage Inside gets counterpointed by the endearingly cheesy demeanour and fist-pumping chorus of Game Over. Orchestra-laced In Comes The Flood’s patriotic plea is memorable, if erring on the side of overwrought, but Take Me Through The Fire is a live anthem in the making. Twenty years removed from a landmark debut, such has been the consistency of their career revival it’s difficult for some to envision Machine Head ever being in anything less than grand form. This is invigorating and increasingly potent heavy metal. Brendan Crabb
One of the biggest about-faces in modern music today is the duality of LA punks The Bronx. The band is responsible for crafting abrasive and vitriolic music that in the live arena transforms into a cathartic, almost ecstatic explosion, and this warmth – coupled with the innate charisma of frontman Matt Caughthran – has seen their fanbase spread much further than the hardcore set. Yet they also form the core of Mariachi El Bronx, an outfit dedicated to balladry with the flourishes and bombast synonymous with the Mexican folk music to which their name ascribes. The thing is, this is no pastiche – this is as serious an endeavour, if not moreso, as The Bronx. New Beat cracks open with the requisite mariachi guitars and horns, with the oftmelancholy lyrics juxtaposed with the jauntiness of the
If you told a Pink Floyd fan in 1975 that the band’s swansong would be tweaked B-sides and rearranged recording sessions without Roger Waters, they’d probably have beaten you up (or asked you about your time machine). Thankfully, The Endless River – a primarily instrumental album comprised mainly of David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright’s final jams for 1994’s The Division Bell – feels less like a swansong and more like a final homage. The lack of vocals (save for the album’s closing track) gives the music more freedom, allowing it to speak for itself. Jam sessions are interwoven with layers of ambience and moments of deep tension that come crashing into enormous releases. Still, the band seems to play it safe, falling back into traditional ‘70s prog-rock structures.
Foo Fighters implement a vastly different songwriting/recording approach on Sonic Highways (each of the eight tracks was laid down in a different American city after the band spent a week there exploring its musical history) but, irrespective of how or when inspiration strikes, Fooeys remain one of the few bands to retain a trademark sound and their musicianship continues to astound. Taylor Hawkins’ rumbling drumming? Check. Menacing bass undercurrent? Oh yeah. Guitar riffs that it may not be possible to replicate live? In abundance. And Dave Grohl is more virulent than ever.
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instrumentation. The warm timbre of Caughthran’s vocal delivery always impresses, and on III he is on song more than ever. The distorted guitar that opens Sticks And Stones surreptitiously bleeds into an a cappella chorus, a buoyant expulsion; Everything Twice is a jaunty pop song, with the lyrics “She was searching for the meaning of life/She tried everything twice/For a while” nevertheless alluding to the disappointments of not coming up with an answer. It even marches strongly in the final songs, with the stirring Right Between The Eyes a call to arms before Valya explodes in spiralling light, an excellently euphoric endnote. Brendan Telford
The Endless River
The soulful bass lines give clarity to the sublime darkness of the record, as sparse, backwards
★★★½ nylon string guitars and layers of synths allow the tracks to fold into one another. The genius of the album lies in the mix, with muted jazz drumming and arena rock dive bombs sitting sideby-side, among other bizarre combinations. Finally, the album leaves its proggy weirdness and musical white noise behind, as a country twang creeps into the final track. While the heavily layered vocals may prove a bit anti-climactic given the unconventionality of the album up to this point, it’s saved by the pure melancholy that resonates in Gilmore’s voice as he says goodbye to Pink Floyd, leaving behind a part of himself. Cameron Cooper
Interviewing important figures from each city opens up Grohl’s lyrical bank and the words have more impact here than on previous Foo Fighters releases. But, fear not, his screech has lost none of its maximum impact when required. Opening track Something From Nothing lures you in gradually, but before
★★★★ long your screw face takes hold as Grohl reaches maximum velocity: “Fuck it all I came from NOTHIIIIIIIIIN’!” The What Did I Do?/God As My Witness arrangement is as dynamically epic as the best of Queen, complete with pared back reprise. Outside drops right down to emphasise the bass line and cymbal-heavy drumming, guitar urgency builds and then vocals ambush back in, complete with striking chorus harmonies. Sonic Highways clocks in at just under 45 minutes of angry, crucial rock’n’roll. Digest it in full. It’s a life-affirming road trip. Bryget Chrisfield
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I Love You
Rice Is Nice/Inertia
Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez are probably never going to escape their history, much as they might like to. Thankfully Antemasque is almost the album everyone was hoping they’d make before the ever-increasing weirdness of The Mars Volta left them in obscurity. Antemasque is a classic rock record, first and foremost, but it’s the way the Texas duo colour it that makes the difference. There are postpunk and garage influences everywhere, for one, but it’s the band’s signature intense energy (Flea and The MV’s Dave Elitch also feature) coupled with a classy, reflective maturity that really drives everything.
Soothing and beautiful, Lia Mice’s second album combines her ethereal, breathy vocals with beats and synths. Short and sharp, the songs are to the point and benefit from their direct treatment, airy without meandering unnecessarily. There’s a gentleness here that borders on sleepiness at times, the consistent timbre of her voice becoming monotonous. This is offset by the flowing melodies and arrangements with a little more bite to them. The seductive bass of We Live Out Of Sight and curling lead guitar of Everything’s Sailing add a much-needed weightiness to proceedings.
After blowing us away with Pearl Mystic, UK five-piece Hookworms return with an unrelenting blast of psychedelic noise-rock. The album’s opener, The Impasse, brutalises listeners with its pummeling drums, wailing guitars and full-throated screamy vocals. As the album progresses, Hookworms deal a dense tumultuous noise that mixes garage, punk and hardcore into a psych context. The spaced-out prog interludes of IV, V and VI suggest this is one multifaceted outfit that skillfully moves across a variety of styles with ease. The dazed shoegaze chill of Off Screen offers respite from this intense but satisfying noise.
Perth trio Axe Girl has been packing a pretty formidable presence on stage for a good little while now, and the support they’ve generated since their inception has been no small thing. From a highly successful crowdfunding campaign comes their debut full-length, and it’s a whole heap of fun. If Beach (Take Off Your Clothes) doesn’t get you excited about the summer that’s almost upon us, nothing will. To boot, the all-energy, carefree power-trio hits it right home with the anthemic party track.
JACK LADDER & THE DREAMLANDERS
Mercurial producer Clark returns with a self-titled follow-up to 2012’s Iradelphic and it’s a hell of a listen. Clark takes huge strides forward deep into Berghain territory, trapping us in a hall of mirrors using cold techno constructs and an echo chamber of icy ambient chord loops.
In the late ‘80s, the then Mike from Neighbours appeared in the pages of Smash Hits earnestly posed at his piano, claiming music his passion over acting, citing Kate Bush as his idol. Yet the more day-glo output of his then peers curbed him from a recording focus. Sounding like a smokily maudlin Rufus Wainwright, Pearce’s patience has cultivated quite an assured debut. There’s an awkward glam-rock stamp in Fly All The Way and a briefly ugly foray into pub-rock but Broken Bones’ lushly produced contemplations are as welcome as Bouncer’s adorably wet nose.
This release is far more direct and immediate than previous work, with his glitchy IDM signatures tempered to make room for far heavier dance tracks. Those looking for his more insular stuff will be surprised, and those looking for brains behind some foot-shuffling will be delighted. Matt MacMaster
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Playmates could be the breakthrough, the added element the presence of The Presets’ Kim Moyes as producer. He knows some musical touchstones for Ladder and his arching croon to work from. There are nods to early ‘80s references like Roxy Music and Berlin-era Iggy. There’s also a new clarity in his storytelling. But it all comes back to that voice: it can be a conspiratorial whisper, an ache in the dark, a desperate need. Playmates presents it with the respect owed.
Taylor Swift – 1989 Calvin Harris – Motion DELS – Petals Have Fallen Dirty South – With You Hey Rosetta! – Second Sight Rancid – …Honor Is All We Know Les Sins – Michael Led Zeppelin – IV (reissue) Ozzy Osbourne – Memoirs Of A Madman
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CIBO MATTO, RICHARD IN YOUR MIND, BEN ELY The Zoo 29 Oct You wanna feel as old as the hills? Try rocking up to a show of a band you used to love as a kid (maybe you were a Buffy fan... no judgements), and discover that the mosh pit is a series of neatly arranged tables and chairs. And then you find that you’re more stoked than repulsed because maybe it’s late and you’re straight fanging a nice sit. Thankfully, Ben Ely’s drummer
left-field electronic jams to sea shanties and straight-up folk rock. If these guys’ set is any indication, things are about to get pretty weird. Cibo Matto take to the stage for the first time ever in Australia, and hit Sugar Water right out of the gate. And it’s hard not to get excited. Even as the band spends the bulk of the cut struggling to get the mix right, you know they’re going to be awesome as the breakbeats emanating from Yuka Honda’s laptop sound like they’re drifting off into space. Then the quartet seems to grow more comfortable within the space; Miho Hatori starts to dance like Nas behind the mic – which is fantastic because she’s dressed like your
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is wearing a Poison Idea shirt so everybody can remind themselves that they’re still punk rock and haven’t entirely sold out. The Regurgitator bassist switches over to the six-string and shows off his singer-songwriter chops. He keeps things light and stays off the fuzz box, everybody in the audience probably needing a couple more Cooper’s Pale Ales in them before they start to cut loose. Local collective Richard In Your Mind up the weirdness quotient so as to have everybody prepared for the headliners. Which is important, because, as the body ages, one is liable to hurt themselves if they don’t take the time to warm up. The quintet navigates from sitarpropelled Brian Jonestown Massacre-style psych rock to 26 • THE MUSIC • 5TH NOVEMBER 2014
If getting old can be this enjoyable bring on the wine tastings and the dinner parties. Tom Hersey
CW STONEKING, FRASER A GORMAN The Hi-Fi 31 Oct It’s always going to be a tough slog for the support artist who takes the stage with nothing but an acoustic guitar to catch the attention of an impatient crowd, and while Melbourne’s Fraser A Gorman gives it his best efforts – smooth vocals and endearing between-song banter – he falls slightly short
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granddad when he’s doing the gardening. Honda also steps back from her keyboard and starts to move around too. With a catalogue only going three albums deep, it’s easy for the small crowd at The Zoo tonight to be familiar with, and get excited about, every new cut, and every genre change Cibo Matto throw at them. They can jam on funk grooves and just as easily go punk rock, or serve up the avantgarde pop of cuts like Deja Vu. They can even hit golden age hip hop perfectly – BBQ is an absolute barnstormer and an encore performance of Birthday Cake, where Hatori and Honda entertain the crowd with a display of very badly synchronised air bass – is a perfect way to close out their too-short set.
set kicks off with the opening track to his newest LP Gon’ Boogaloo, How Long, which transitions into the title track from that record, We Gon’ Boogaloo. Thankfully, tonight is not just about his latest record, as there are several nods to the past throughout the set, notably Brave Son Of America and Talkin’ Lion Blues, with the latter inducing soft yodelling and swaying amongst the crowd. Stoneking’s trusty banjo has been replaced by an electric guitar tonight, which he proves to be equally as deft at manipulating. The one time he does make a mistake on the instrument, he explains (mid-song) it’s because he
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of this goal. Throughout his set he does manage to titillate this West End-based crowd with a quick shout to local record store Jet Black Cat Music, which goes down a treat with several punters. There can be no mistaking the influence North America has had on headlining artist CW Stoneking, who takes the stage with a look reminiscent of Colonel Sanders – dressed from head to toe in white with the exception of his black bow tie – while addressing the crowd warmly with his signature hillbilly, slack-jawed articulations. He’s joined on stage by a new band, which consists of two female back-up singers, who bring a youthful exuberance to proceedings, as well as seasoned musicians on the double bass and drums. The
cut his thumb earlier in the week, making it difficult to play at times. The way in which he addresses the crowd throughout the night, regaling us with quirky anecdotes and fables, is utterly charming and allows the audience to connect with Stoneking on what feels like a personal level – a talent only a handful of musicians can boast. There are also several instances in the evening when Stoneking is left on the stage by himself, which only adds to the highly personal experience he creates. Mama Got The Blues is one of the stand-out musical moments of the set, which showcases his soulful howl in the best possible light while remaining subtle and soft. There’s a lot to love about the CW Stoneking experience, proven
live reviews most effectively by the army of satisfied smiles seen exiting the building after his show tonight. Jazmine O’Sullivan
THE PHONCURVES, SAHARA BECK The Zoo 31 Oct Tables and chairs are set up in small clusters close to the stage, and a slight breeze blows in the windows from Ann Street, drifting across the wooden floorboards throughout the room. For tonight’s Long Player Sessions, Sahara Beck has chosen to cover selections from Elvis Presley’s The Sun Sessions tonight, and while her voice certainly possesses the personality to make these songs her own, her current singing style transposes onto these songs with varied results. Covering Presley is never easy, let alone the album that’s often seen as the first rock’n’roll
record ever laid to tape. The danger of falling into lacklustre imitation is an ever-present threat. However, the fourpiece band opens with That’s All Right, kicking off the set to a rollicking start. Beck’s performance is a little rushed, but I Don’t Care If The Sun Don’t Shine gives her the chance to comfortably ease the song into her vocal range, coaxing a few higher notes out of the slower tune. Trying To Get To You is similarly stretched into a touching ballad.
unleashes the pent-up bitterness found in her recent music.
The excitable Milkcow Blues Boogie sees a few couples get up from their seats for some swing dancing, churning the dancefloor with their rockabilly dance moves. The floor reverberates beneath our feet as the bassist’s fingers slide up and down the neck of his upright bass guitar. Beck goes solo for I’ll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin’), before the band returns to the stage for Hound Dog. The song doesn’t appear on The Sun Sessions, but you won’t find anyone here complaining as she
There really is no substitute for the indulgent production and sheer Stefani sass of some of the originals though. The attitude that carries Hollaback Girl from its start to its finish is missing, and What You Waiting For? loses all of its power, partly because of Naomi Hodge’s percussion skills, which warm up eventually.
The Phoncurves wander onto the stage soon after. The Brisbane duo is here to cover Gwen Stefani’s unforgettable Love. Angel. Music. Baby. in its entirety, lending it some of their own angelic harmonies. At times their stripped-back approach highlights the strengths of the original songs, as the verses of Rich Girl transform into the chorus, and Bubble Pop Electric is successfully reimagined as a slow love ballad.
their crystal clear voices, and they find a sense of sincerity in songs The Real Thing and Long Way To Go. The latter closes the set, and is delivered in an a cappella as gentle as falling snow. Roshan Clerke
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The sparse accompaniment from a sampler and keyboard provides a simple structure for the pair’s voices to wrap themselves around. Luxurious sparkles under the prism of
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★★ ½ It’s tempting to make fun of a film like this, but there’s obviously a big audience for adaptations of Nicholas Sparks novels, judging by the success of schmaltz-laden efforts such as Safe Haven, The Notebook
and A Walk To Remember. This is directed by Michael Hoffman, who’s done better work, especially the brilliant 1991 spoof, Soapdish. The Best Of Me, ironically enough, isn’t among the best of Sparks’ stories although it has a good cast – Michelle Monaghan and James Marsden as the present-day Amanda and Dawson, and Liana Liberato and Aussie Luke Bracey as their younger selves 20 years earlier. Bracey is appealing but nothing like Marsden so it’s a bit jarring.
The story of star-crossed lovers has many of the usual romance-melodrama ingredients: enduring love against the odds, family betrayal, nostalgia and untimely deaths. But as hard as it tries to be a three-tissue affair, it’s unlikely to cause any tears because it feels so manipulative and in the end pretty unbelievable.
just need moustaches to twirl. The highly improbable climax might provoke laughter rather than tears, especially as the revelation comes several minutes after everyone in the audience has surely worked it out. Vicki Englund
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Member answering/role: I play guitar and ze synth, and my name is Uda. How long have you been together? Our first show was in August, but we have been jammin’ since March. How did you all meet? We’d all been acquainted by the saucy melting pot that Brisbane is. Julian and I have been in bands together for a long time. Tess and Cam were just twiddling their thumbs at the same time we were, wondering what could be created next. 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? Something pretty skitz I reckon; Die Antwoord and Flying Lotus got pummelled last time we were in one. Would you rather be a busted broke-but-revered Hank Williams f igure or some kind of Metallica monster? What about bananasprite? Is that an answer? Which Brisbane bands before you have been an inspiration (musically or otherwise)? Too many to list, all Brisbane bands are friends – WE LIVE TOGETHER/LET’S WORK TOGETHER. Mentions to Idylls, To the North, Tigermoth, Cured Pink, all probably in existence in some form.
What part do you think Brisbane plays in the music you make? Brisbane is whatever you make it. It’s like an assorted lolly bag, where all the flavour combinations work together. Sometimes people get a bit too picky and start leaving the other flavours out but then you remember it’s an ASSORTED lolly bag. What’s in the pipeline for the band in the short term? We just released our first 7” through the Eunoia Collective & Lacklustre Records. We’re going on tour at the end of this month to Sydney, Newcastle, Canberra, Adelaide, Melbourne, and of course Brisbane. Tessa is heading overseas for a few months but we hope to record prior to that. Also writing, always writing. Kiri play The Hi-Fi on Friday 21 November (supporting The Smith Street Band) and Caxton House on Sunday 30 November. pic: Terry Soo THE MUSIC • 5TH NOVEMBER 2014 • 1
K GIVE PIES A CHANCE Look, Four‘N Twentys have their place. But sometimes you want a pie made with care, by a real person (who isn’t you). We’ve sussed out a few places to find such pies. Words Erika Donald. Illustration Brendon Wellwood.
JOCELYN’S PROVISIONS – SHOP 8 CENTRO ON JAMES, JAMES STREET, FORTITUDE VALLEY If you’re looking for a store specialising in classic pies, go for Jocelyn’s Provisions. This long-time supplier of baked goodies provides the people with a unique sour cream shortcrust pastry-bottomed pie and fillings which feature the pairing of classic flavours. Plus, when you buy online, you can purchase up to ten at a time; buy in bulk and save! Of special mention is the chicken and vegetable pie with creamy white sauce.
PIEFECTION – 1373 LOGAN ROAD, MT GRAVATT CENTRAL For a more interesting (and boozy) concoction, give Piefection a try. Their blend of flavours will have your mouth watering at the sound of them, with options like Guinness beef and mushroom, Jack Daniels BBQ pork rib, and braised beef and garlic peppercorn. Because you need it, for under $30, you can purchase a 1.7kg pie.
LE CAMPAGNE BAKERY – 500 LOGAN RD, GREENSLOPES This one has locals boasting that it’s the best bakery in town. Again featuring the classic flavours – like pepper steak and lamb and rosemary – what makes them special
is their multi-layered flaky, delicious tops. And if you’re in the mood for some fantastic sourdough, then look no further – grab some to go!
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his parents in their bakery in central Queensland. Do yourself a favour and grab a beef and red wine pie; the meat is soaked in red wine and spices overnight.
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Curry pie is the specialty of Uncle Bob’s Bakery – it involves high quality beef and punchy spices. The owner – Brett Noy – has baking in his bones; he has fond childhood memories where he grew up working alongside
The Goat Pie Guy aka chef Mick Hobson is a bit out there with the pairing of flavours. The diverse menu features a pie inspired by every continent, all containing – as the name suggests – slow-cooked goat meat. You’ve got the know where to catch him though – Hobson only sells out of local and seasonal markets. Despite the multitude of options to choose from, you can’t go past the classic Deluxe Goat Pie – its merriment of goat meat, infused with honey and thyme and balsamic reduction will have you going back for seconds.
WAYS TO EAT PIES The formal way: think knife and fork, very civilised. Usually the case with pies that are a little bit fancy. Then of course, there’s the complete opposite: bare hands. This is the way you do it at the footy, or if you’ve had ten beers too many. Next up, is where we start getting a little bit more creative, where you pick off the top, splatter the middle with sauce, kinda half-slurp the filling up and then eat the last of the pastry. Or if you wanted a bit of a challenge, you could try it in a circular motion – eat the sides first and leave the filling to last. This is only for the most skilled pieeaters though, and we would not advise trying this in public, unless you are throughly experienced in the art.
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Veteran Aussie rock outfit The Church have stuck it to a field filled with artists half their age, achieving a top-ten debut on the Carlton Dry Independent Music Charts for their recent, lauded full-length Further Deeper, coming in at #9 on the albums ladder this week. They weren’t the highest new entry in the past seven days – that honour goes to Husky and their #4-earning Ruckers Hill, with Planetshakers’ This Is Our Time (Live) hot on their heels at #5 – but it marks an impressive effort for the elder statesmen. The top two albums for this week have swapped spots, with Hilltop Hoods’ Walking Under Stars asserting itself at pole position on the strength of their current national Cosby Sweater tour – the namesake single for which is still hanging tough at #2 in the singles stakes – and Missy Higgins’ Oz slipping ever so slightly to #2. Barnesy rounds out the top three with 30:30 Hindsight still charting strongly. On the singles ladder, West Australian upstarts San Cisco make a comeback appearance for radio play, with new cut Run earning them the 17th-highest spot on debut; outside the airwaves, singles chart-leader Timmy Trumpet (whose Freaks remains untoppled for another week) putting in the final new entry for the week, as Nightmare cruises in at #13. Vance Joy and AC/ DC manage back-to-back entries this week – the former for Riptide and Mess Is Mine (#6 and #7), with the latter’s Play Ball and Thunderstruck sitting pretty at #8 and #9 (and again with You Shook Me All Night Long and Back In Black, #17 and #18 for the week). 32 • THE MUSIC • 5TH NOVEMBER 2014
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Brisbane’s Jimi Beavis will take his debut album re-release, Gentleman Giant, on vinyl around the country. See him performing it live at Junk Bar with help from guests Suicide Swans on 16 Nov.
The City Sounds, Brisbane’s free live music program, is fast becoming renowned for its stellar line-ups. Catch their event with Babaganouj, Waax, The Ninjas, Baskervillian and Doom Mountain, 8 Nov, Rocking Horse Records.
Opus Of A Machine are set to launch their debut album on 22 Nov at The Brightside, just after its release on 16 Nov. Arcane, Glass Empire and Trapped In A Maze will also perform on the evening.
SPICE IT UP
Sydney band The Secret City are set to bring their indiepop sounds to Brisbane on the back of their latest single, Little Darling, at Ric’s Bar, 8 Nov. Bring your dancing shoes.
Having remixed for artists such as Lady Gaga and played at festivals around the world, Jon Pegnato aka Hot Mouth brings his newfound experience and a mass of new electronic tunes to The Met, 8 Nov.
The Boys are a rock outfit with a new outlook. They reckon that they’re an amalgamation of retro influences with a modern twist. They’re joined by Hey Lady! to balance things out. The Bearded Lady, 6 Nov.
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Now at work on their second album, Into The Dark, The Dawn Chorus are set to launch its first single The Plain Song at Solbar, Sunshine Coast, 14 Nov and Triffid (supporting Bonjah) on 13 Dec.
Tape/Off streamlined their offthe-cuff punk rock sound into a more refined clusterfuck for debut album Chipper, which has now been nominated for The AMP. They play 14 Nov, The Triffid; and 22 Nov, Trainspotters, Grand Central Hotel.
Melbourne four-piece The Harpoons have finally released their debut album, Falling For You, and that means an east coast tour. Joined by Kirkus, Dorkus Malorkusand DJ La Pocock, The Harpoons play 14 Nov, The Brightside.
Indie-blues rockers The Vanns have a new single out, and to celebrate they’re bringing their good vibes up and down the east coast. Hear the new jam Operator when they play 7 Nov, Alhambra Lounge.
Brisbane death metal six-piece, Aversions Crown, launch their new album Tyrant at Crowbar, 7 Nov. Tyrant channels dark themes amidst an extraterrestrial playground. With support from American hardcore outfit Molotov Solution.
Noosa’s multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Gian returns to Brisbane to showcase some new tunes at the recently renovated The Milk Factory Kitchen & Bar on 6 Nov. Head along to hear his impressive vocal range, pinao and guitar skills and live looping.
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site with a spare block next to the hangar and then took a meeting with the owners, Hutchinson’s Builders. How did the build go for the venue? It was a massive undertaking, much bigger than I ever imagined. What we’ve ended up with is even better than I had originally hoped. I’m very happy with the build.
From playing bass in Powderfinger to setting up new live music venue, The Triffid, John Collins gets the Brisbane live music scene. We ask him a few questions. What made you want to start up a new venue? I was originally thinking about opening a bar in the Newstead area. Then while I was away for a couple of weeks over Christmas at the start of 2013, I started to think more about a music venue. It’s a distinctive space – do you know much about its history? I have looked around and the only real information that I’ve been able to find is that there was a naval base on the Newstead reach of the Brisbane River and these American
style hangars were used for this in WWII. How did you discover it? There was another hangar for sale two doors down so that brought Brett, my business partner and I, to Stratton Street. We then noticed this
Was there a hole you were looking to f ill in the live scene with this venue? When Brett and I first engaged our architect Mick Hellen from Aardvarc we planned on it being an 800-capacity room from the outset. We could have made the venue a lot bigger in terms of capacity but we didn’t want to compete with the current popular venues and I always thought there was a need for an 800-cap room in Brisbane. What’s your view of the Brisbane live scene currently?I think Brisbane has always had a great live scene and if you look at the biggest Australian rock bands at the moment, three of them -- Violent Soho, Ball Park Music and Kingswood -- all come from Brisbane. There are also some other great new bands like Mossman Alder and The Creases among others that I think will have a great future in the national music scene. What’s happening for the off icial opening night? We have three fantastic bands booked for the opening, 8 Nov, MT Warning from Byron Bay, The Creases from Brisbane and Saskwatch from Melbourne. It’s going to be one big party filled with punters, friends and industry people. What plans do you have for the venue in the near future? I have many plans to keep improving the Triffid over the years and my main goal is that this venue is still having rocking shows in 20 years time!
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Greatest rock’n’roll moment of your career to date? Accidentally stage-diving at Webster Hall when actually just trying to wave to my sister but getting too excited and ending up in the crowd handing out vodka to everyone.
YOLANDA BE COOL Answered by: Matt Handley How did you get together? I used to DJ at this bar on Oxford Street in Sydney called the Paddington Green and Andy was a bartender then got a gig there as well, then we started playing together.
Why should people come and see your band? Because we spend all week looking for new and awesome music and making new music to play for them. When and where for your next gig? The Woolly Mammoth in Brisbane on 8 Nov. Website link for more info? facebook.com/yolandbecool2
Sum up your musical sound in four words? Fruity fun tropical house. If you could support any band in the world – past or present – who would it be? The Doors.
GUARDS OF MAY Answered by: Keita Neralic Single title? Annotata What’s the song about? Living in a free world under constant surveillance. How long did it take to write/ record? The earliest demos appeared in May 2013, since then it stayed in a constant state of change until a mere two days before we released it.
We’ll like this song if we like... Oceansize, Deftones, Soundgarden, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, The Butterfly Effect, Sunk Loto, Karnivool, Whitesnake, Twelve Foot Ninja, The Getaway Plan. Do you play it differently live? We play it much louder and with more heavy breathing. When and where is your launch/next gig? 7 Nov, Coolangatta Hotel and 8 Nov, Tiger Lane Studios. Website link for more info? guardsofmay.com
Is this track from a forthcoming release/existing release? Oh yes, this song is indeed a part of a larger project that we have yet to name, but so far we’ll call it “Debut Album”.
You’re being sent into space, no iPod, you can bring one album – what would it be? Ready To Die – Notorious BIG. 34 • THE HHEE M MUSIC • 5TH NOVEMBER 2014
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SAFIA Answered by: Ben Woolner Single title? You Are The One Whatâ€™s the song about? The song can be interpreted any way the listener wants to interpret it. :) How long did it take to write/ record? Like all our tracks we built it over a period of time. Over a couple months we tried various versions and built the production and live elements around the vocal melody. Is this track from a forthcoming release/existing release? Eventually we plan for this to be part of a bigger release. What was inspiring you
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during the songâ€™s writing and recording? A lot of the writing is inspired by our surroundings. We try not to get to inspired by trends or other modern music to much so that the music can still stay unique. Weâ€™ll like this song if we like... James Blake, Muse, Sam Smith Do you play it differently live? Thereâ€™s lot of variations when we play it live. At the moment we open the set with it and play an extended soundscape intro that blends into the song. When and where is your launch/next gig? Our next live show is at Melbourne Music Week on 22 Nov.
KING SOCIAL Answered by: Costa Hagiaglou
Last thing you bought/ downloaded? Coming From Reality â€“ Rodriguez
Best record you stole from your folksâ€™ collection? Psycho Chicken!!!! What the FUCK!!!!!!
When and where are your next gigs? 7, 8 & 9 Nov, Airlie Beach Music Festival
First record you bought? Kris Kross will make ya Jump JUMP!! Record you put on when youâ€™re really miserable? Iâ€™m never miserable.. :) But if I was, Copperhead Road must of just come on the radio! Record you put on when you bring someone home? Fat Freddys Drop will make the panties drop HA HA!!!!! Most surprising record in your collection? Olivia Newton John
THE BUDOS BAND Answered by: Jared Tankel Album title? Burnt Offering Where did the title of your new album come from? This is our offering to the world and itâ€™s super fried, burnt and fuzzed out. How many releases do you have now? This is our fourth full-length.
of â€˜70s hard rock and early metal in a meaningful way. ĹśÄ“ Ä“
Whatâ€™s your favourite song on it? Magus Mountain Will you do anything differently next time? Just get further down the path weâ€™re on. Website link for more info? thebudos.com
How long did it take to write/ record? This was a fouryear process of writing and recording and mixing.
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THE MUSIC PRESENTS Radio Birdman: The Hi-Fi 7 Nov Airlie Beach Music Festival: The Whitsundays 7-9 Nov Daniel Lee Kendall: Black Bear Lodge 13 Nov Gorguts: Crowbar 16 Nov Gossling: Black Bear Lodge 19 & 20 Nov The Smith Street Band: The Hi-Fi 21 Nov Davey Lane: The Brightside 21 Nov San Cisco: The Zoo 21 Nov, Alhambra Lounge 22 Nov (U18), The Northern 23 Nov Jungle Love Festival: Lake Moogerah 21-22 Nov Mullum Music Festival: Mullumbimby 20-23 Nov Dallas Frasca: 29 Nov Irish Club, 13 Dec, Solbar; 31 Dec, Bramble Bay Bowls Club The Delta Riggs: The Factory Maroochydore 5 Dec, The Triffid 6 Dec
Ian Pooley: Laruche, Fortitude Valley
Gyroscope: The Brightside 11 Dec
Trivia: Blue Pacific Hotel, Woorim The Fabulous Sounds Of The Sixties Show + Darren J Ray & The Love Bugs: Caloundra RSL, Caloundra The Zouk Social: Chalk Hotel, Woolloongabba Trivia: Forest Lake Tavern, Forest Lake Trivia: Glenmore Tavern, Norman Gardens Trivia: Lawton Tavern, Lawnton Open Mic Night + Various Artists: Mick O’Malley’s, Brisbane G20 Cultural Celebrations - BG Sound Project + William Barton + Anthony Garcia + Alesa Lajana: Old Museum, Bowen Hills Trivia: Oxford 152, Bulimba Trivia: Pelican Waters Hotel, Caloundra The Return of The Joint Effort + Cosmic Psychos + Painters & Dockers + The Go Set + Sixfthick + The Flangipanis + Wolfpack + Some Jerks + BMXRAY + Boss Sounds DJs: Prince of Wales Hotel, Nundah Trivia: Redland Bay Hotel, Redland Bay Galapogos + DJ Redbeard: Ric’s Bar, Fortitude Valley G20 Cultural Celebrations Music by the River + Jazzab + Bilge Ozgun + Sunas + Gen: Riverside Centre Plaza, Brisbane Open Mic Night + Various Artists: Solbar (Lounge), Maroochydore G20 Cultural Celebrations The Book of Rhythm + The MDA Ensemble Diaspora: St John’s Cathedral, Brisbane
Dezzie D & The Stingrayz: Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane
Dallas Frasca: SolBar 13 Dec, Rock Central 31 Dec
Violent Soho + Special Guests: Mansfield Tavern, Mansfield
Dead Letter Circus: The Hi-Fi 18 Dec
Various Artists: Miami Tavern, Miami
Dallas Frasca & Shaun Kirk: Lefty’s 18 Dec, 19 Dec, Currumbin Creek Tavern; 20 Dec, Joe’s Waterhole
Real Estate: The Zoo 27 Feb Sharon Van Etten: The Zoo 4 Mar
Various Artists: Mick O’Malley’s, Brisbane
GIG OF THE WEEK WAGONS: 6 NOV, OLD MUSEUM
Thy Art Is Murder: Crowbar 20 Dec & 21 Dec (U18)
Underground Sounds - Open Mic Night Competition + Various Artists: Mick O’Malley’s, Brisbane
Wagons: Old Museum, Bowen Hills
Velociraptor + Double Lined Minority + Backseat Killers + House Of Giants + Skadi: 38 Berwick Street (Under 18s), Fortitude Valley
Mojo Burning Festival: New Globe Theatre 21 Mar
G20 Cultural Celebrations + We All Want To: Take the Lead 2: Old Museum, Bowen Hills
Body & Soul - Sandy Beyon & Sean Mullen: Absynthe French Restaurant, Surfers Paradise
Bluesfest Byron Bay: Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, 2-6 Apr
Karaoke: Prince of Wales Hotel, Nundah
Various Artists: Alexandra Headlands Hotel, Alexandra Headlands
Baskervillain + Waax!: Ric’s Bar, Fortitude Valley
Lepers & Crooks + The Vanns + Barefoot Alley: Alhambra Lounge, Fortitude Valley
London Grammar: Brisbane Riverstage 7 Mar 65daysofstatic: The Hi-Fi 11 Mar
The War On Drugs: The Zoo 10 Dec
Various Artists: Lawton Tavern, Lawnton
Festival Of The Sun: Port Macquarie 12-13 Dec
Jam Night + Various Artists: Stones Corner Hotel, Stones Corner Hunter Douglas Craig: The Bearded Lady, West End Aversions Crown + Molotov Solution: The Lab, Brisbane Chris Poulsen Trio: The Milk Factory Kitchen & Bar, South Brisbane
Bluejuice + Special Guests: Movidas, Mackay
G20 Cultural Celebrations - Music by the River + Jazzab + Bilge Ozgun + Sunas + CKNU + Gen: Riverside Centre Plaza, Brisbane
Various DJs: Breakfast Creek Hotel, Breakfast Creek
The Short Fall: Solbar, Maroochydore
Knockoff + Various Artists: Brisbane Powerhouse (Turbine Platform), New Farm
Don Walker + Roy Payne: Soundlounge, Currumbin Trivia: Springfield Tavern, Springfield Steve Newcomb: St John’s Cathedral, Brisbane
Trivia: Vale Hotel, Aitkenvale
Trivia: Sunnybank Hotel, Sunnybank
Karaoke: Albany Creek Tavern, Albany Creek
Open Mic Night + Various Artists: Allenstown Hotel, Rockhampton Open Mic Night + Various Artists: Bay Central Tavern, Pialba Calrissian + Boss Moxi + Umbra: Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley Karaoke: Blue Pacific Hotel, Woorim G20 Cultural Celebrations + Busby Marou + Jackie Marshall: Bramble Bay Bowls Club, Woody Point Jam Night + Various Artists: Capalaba Tavern, Capalaba Tim Lollback: Chalk Hotel, Woolloongabba Trivia: Club Tavern, Caboolture Trivia: Deception Bay Tavern, Deception Bay Non Cents with Six Shooter + Chris Miller: Elsewhere, Surfers Paradise Karaoke: Forest Lake Tavern, Forest Lake
Various DJs: Blue Pacific Hotel, Woorim
Hat Fitz & Cara Robinson: Solbar, Maroochydore
Rob McMullen: The Plough Inn, Southbank Trivia: Villa Noosa Hotel, Noosaville
Various Artists: Allenstown Hotel, Rockhampton
Hey Lady! + The Boys + The Halls: The Bearded Lady, West End More Than Life + Perspectives: The Brightside, Fortitude Valley Blues & Roots Night + The Lyrical : The Elephant Hotel, Fortitude Valley
Fingerprint: Brothers Leagues Club, Manunda Various Artists: Buderim Tavern, Buderim Acoustic Artists + Various Artists: Burleigh Heads Hotel, Burleigh Heads Various DJs: Caloundra Hotel, Caloundra Various DJs: Capalaba Tavern (Sports Bar), Capalaba Innes: Cardigan Bar, Sandgate Lucy Street: Chalk Hotel, Woolloongabba
Aversions Crown + Molotov Solution: The Factory, Maroochydore
The Unofficials + more: Chalk Hotel (Sonic Temple), Woolloongabba
Sleepy Tea + Neighbour + Hannah Rosa + MTNS (DJ Set): The Flying Cock, Brisbane
Various Artists: Commercial Hotel, Nerang
Gian + Fieu + Sleeping Giant: The Milk Factory Kitchen & Bar, South Brisbane
Guards Of May + Caligula’s Horse + Opus Of A Machine + The Round Persuasion: Coolangatta Hotel, Coolangatta
Ty Fader: The Plough Inn, Southbank
Aversions Crown + Molotov Solution: Crowbar, Fortitude Valley
Ed Kowalczyk: The Tivoli, Fortitude Valley
Various Artists: Dalrymple Hotel, Garbutt
G20 Cultural Celebrations - Longplayers + My Fiction + Orphans Orphans: The Zoo, Fortitude Valley
TGIF + Various DJs: Deception Bay Tavern, Deception Bay
Tuffy: Victory Hotel, Brisbane
Yolanda Be Cool + DCUP: Elsewhere, Surfers Paradise
Various DJs: Villa Noosa Hotel, Noosaville
G20 Cultural Celebrations + Robert Forster + Halfway: Enoggera Bowls Club, Enoggera
Snitch feat. More Than Life + Perspectives + more: X&Y Bar, Fortitude Valley
Steve Grady: Habitat Restaurant & Bar, South Brisbane
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G20 Cultural Celebrations - Global Groove + Tyrone Noonan + William Barton: Old Museum, Bowen Hills Green Jam Sessions + Various Artists: QPAC (Melbourne Street Green), Southbank G20 Cultural Celebrations - Music by the River + Jazzab + Bilge Ozgun + Sunas + CKNU + Gen: Riverside Centre Plaza, Brisbane G20 Cultural Celebrations - The World According to Brass + James Morrison: Riverstage, Brisbane Recharge DJs: Russell Tavern, Dalby Joelistics + Sietta + Mathas: Solbar, Maroochydore Portugal. The Man: Solbar, Maroochydore Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinema feat. Boy Oh! Boy: Southbank (Rainforest Green), Brisbane Various Artists: Springfield Tavern, Springfield Freakin Fridays + Rotating Residents: Springwood Hotel, Springwood Various Artists: Stones Corner Hotel, Stones Corner Amos Pella: Story Bridge Hotel (The Corner Bar), Kangaroo Point DJ Ritchie: Story Bridge Hotel (The Shelter Bar), Kangaroo Point More Than Life + Perspectives + more: Tall Poppy Studios (All Ages), Brisbane Anonymous Heroes: The Bearded Lady, West End Hand Of Mercy + Hellions + Void Of Vision + Time Crisis + The Brave + Enfield: The Brightside, Fortitude Valley DJ JD7: The Four Mile Creek Hotel, Strathpine Radio Birdman + Hits + Mick Medew & The Rumours: The Hi-Fi, West End Hat Fitz & Cara Robinson: The J, Noosa Junction Dusky: The Met, Fortitude Valley G20 Cultural Celebrations + West End World Beat feat. The Toothfaeries: The Motor Room, West End Karma: The Plough Inn, Southbank Don Walker: The Spotted Cow, Toowoomba Triffid Seeds feat. + The Furrs + The Bacchanales: The Triffid, Newstead Bluejuice + Special Guests: The Venue, Townsville
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tour guide firstname.lastname@example.org Airlie Beach Music Festival feat. The Screaming Jets + Mark Seymour + Richard Clapton + Eurogliders + 1927 + Jon English + The Radiators + more: Whitsunday Sailing Club, Airlie Beach Juice + DJ Jarrd + DJ Blitz: Wynnum Tavern, Wynnum West
Creek Bar Saturdays + DJ Indy Andy: Albany Creek Tavern, Albany Creek Jazz Saturdays + Various Artists: Albion Hotel, Albion
Trivia: Alderley Arms Hotel, Alderley
Out Of Abingdon: Hoo Ha Bar, South Brisbane
Trivia: Australian National Hotel, Woolloongabba
Portugal. The Man: Jubilee Hotel, Fortitude Valley
Big Jim: Brothers Leagues Club, Manunda
Various Artists: Kawana Waters Hotel, Kawana Waters
Trivia: Buderim Tavern, Buderim
Various Artists: Miami Tavern, Miami Ger Fennelly: Mick O’Malley’s, Brisbane
Various Artists: Alexandra Headlands Hotel, Alexandra Headlands
Portugal. The Man: Paddo Tavern, Paddington
Joelistics + Sietta + Mathas: Alhambra Lounge, Fortitude Valley
Undercast + Rooftops: PCYC Sunshine Coast (All Ages), Nambour
Lizzard Wizzard + Motherslug + Inwoods + Hobo Magic + Black Deity: Beetle Bar, Brisbane
The Secret City + DJ Valdis: Ric’s Bar, Fortitude Valley
Kristin Beradi + James Sherlock: Brisbane Powerhouse (Visy Theatre), New Farm Hot Ice: Brothers Leagues Club, Manunda Various Artists: Caloundra Hotel, Caloundra Karaoke: Capalaba Tavern (Sports Bar), Capalaba Various Artists: Captain Cook Tavern, Kippa-Ring G20 Cultural Celebrations + Women Folk + Men Folk: Cardigan Bar, Sandgate Just Like That + DJ Damien: Chalk Hotel, Woolloongabba Violent Soho + Special Guests: Coolangatta Hotel, Coolangatta Karaoke: Deception Bay Tavern, Deception Bay Jimeoin: Eatons Hill Hotel, Eatons Hill Saturday Nights with Giv + Various DJs: Elsewhere, Surfers Paradise The Babe Rainbow + Golden Sound + Laneway + Tom Calder + Mardi Lumsden + Bullhorn + Vinnie La Duce: End Of The Line Festival, Woolloongabba Trainspotters feat. Foreign/ National + more: Grand Central Hotel, Brisbane
Trivia: Allenstown Hotel, Rockhampton
Trivia: Captain Cook Tavern, Kippa-Ring
COSMIC PSYCHOS: 8 NOV, HAMILTON HOTEL
Across The Ditch + Diddly Squat: Alderley Arms Hotel, Alderley
Various Artists: Blue Pacific Hotel, Woorim
Return of the Joint Effort feat. Cosmic Psychos + Painters & Dockers + The Go Set + Wolfpack + Sixfthick + The Flangipanis + Some Jerks + BMX-RAY: Hamilton Hotel (Upstairs / 5pm), Hamilton
Recharge DJs: Russell Tavern, Dalby Bullhorn: Solbar, Maroochydore Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinema feat. Generik: Southbank (Rainforest Green), Brisbane Stevie: The Life & Music of Stevie Wright & The Easybeats: Southport RSL, Southport G20 Cultural Celebrations + The Ladysingers Social Club: St John’s Cathedral, Brisbane The Big Duo: Story Bridge Hotel (The Corner Bar), Kangaroo Point DJ Ritchie: Story Bridge Hotel (Shelter Bar), Kangaroo Point Picture Perfect + Galapogos + Various DJs: The Bearded Lady, West End
Yolanda Be Cool + DCUP + Mammoth DJs: Woolly Mammoth, Fortitude Valley
Mark Wilkinson: Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley Sunday Sessions + Various Artists: Blue Pacific Hotel, Woorim Portugal. The Man: Boardwalk Tavern, Hope Island Kristy Apps and The Shotgun Shirleys: Bohemian Bungalow, Eumundi Livespark + Phil Usher & The Daggers + We All Want To: Brisbane Powerhouse (Turbine Platform), New Farm
Bearfoot + Si: Solbar (Lounge Bar), Maroochydore Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinema feat. Sahara Beck: Southbank (Rainforest Green), Brisbane DJ Gavin Boyd: Stoke Bar, Southbank
Various Artists: Captain Cook Tavern, Kippa-Ring
G20 Cultural Celebrations - Soul Sister Sunday Session feat. + Bankrupt Billionaires + more: The Motor Room, West End
Bluejuice + Special Guests: The Jack, Cairns
Cider Sundays + Various Artists: Dowse Bar (Iceworks), Paddington
Hand Of Mercy + Hellions + Void Of Vision: The Lab (All Ages), Brisbane
Royale with Stretch + Sessionkatz: Elsewhere, Surfers Paradise Hand Of Mercy + Hellions + Void Of Vision + Take Us To Vegas + Rivals: Gympie Civic Centre (All Ages), Gympie Danny Widdicombe: Habitat Restaurant & Bar, South Brisbane
Yost + Stereo Blonde: The Plough Inn, Southbank
Various Artists: Lawton Tavern, Lawnton
The Mosh For Daniel Festival feat. Darkc3ll + Widow The Sea + Holistic + Countdown To Armageddon + Hope In Hand + Undermine The Supremacy + Inhailed + more: The Sands Tavern, Maroochydore
Various Artists: Magnums Hotel, Airlie Beach
G20 Cultural Celebrations + Somewhere Under the Rainbow: The Wickham Hotel, Fortitude Valley
Various Artists: Smithfield Tavern, Smithfield
Sunday Unplugged + Various Artists: Burleigh Heads Hotel, Burleigh Heads
Sinister + Laceration Mantra + Mephistopheles + Eternal Torment: Crowbar, Fortitude Valley
Saskwatch + The Creases + Mt Warning: The Triffid, Newstead
A Day On The Green with Jimmy Barnes + The Living End + Ian Moss + Mahalia Barnes & The Soulmates + Nick Barker: Sirromet Winery, Mount Cotton
G20 Cultural Celebrations + Folk Series Finale: The Milk Factory Kitchen & Bar, South Brisbane
Sable: The Factory, Maroochydore
The Short Fall + Charlotte Emily + Pat Tierney: The Milk Factory Kitchen & Bar, South Brisbane
G20 Cultural Celebrations - Coppelia + Queensland Ballet: Riverstage, Brisbane
Mr Smith: Brothers Leagues Club, Manunda
Portugal. The Man: Coolangatta Hotel, Coolangatta
Hot Mouth: The Met, Fortitude Valley
Various Artists: Raintrees Tavern, Manunda
DJ Ritchie: Story Bridge Hotel (Shelter Bar), Kangaroo Point
Yacht Club DJs + Surecut Kids: The Brightside, Fortitude Valley Anvil + Gorefield: The Hi-Fi, West End
Trivia: Chalk Hotel, Woolloongabba
We Two Thieves: Miami Marketta, Miami Ger Fennelly: Mick O’Malley’s, Brisbane Mark D’s Big 3: Morrison Hotel, Woolloongabba Mimi Macpherson: Noosa Reef Hotel, Noosa Heads
Norton: The Plough Inn, Southbank Triffid Roots feat. Pat Tierney + Liam Gerner: The Triffid, Newstead Rock n Roll BBQ feat. Mouthguard + Wolfpack: The Underdog Pub Co, Fortitude Valley
Jam Sessions + Various Artists: Waterfront Hotel, Diddillibah Various Artists + Mammoth DJs: Woolly Mammoth, Fortitude Valley
Trivia: Pacific Pines, Pacific Pines Trivia: Prince of Wales Hotel, Nundah Felicity Burdett: Ric’s Bar, Fortitude Valley Trivia: Royal Exchange Hotel, Toowong G20 Cultural Celebrations + The Soldier’s Wife: Salvation Army City Temple, Brisbane Trivia: Stones Corner Hotel, Stones Corner Trivia: The Gap Tavern, The Gap Doug Stanhope: The Greek Club, South Brisbane G20 Cultural Celebrations + The Medics + Guests: The Hi-Fi, West End NOFX: The Tivoli, Fortitude Valley Various DJs: Victory Hotel, Brisbane Karaoke: Wynnum RSL, Wynnum
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Guards Of May + Balloons Kill Babies + Set The Score: Tiger Lane Studios (All Ages), Coorparoo
Various Artists: Petrie Hotel, Petrie
Uncle Bob’s Music Club + Various Artists: Prince of Wales Hotel, Nundah
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Live Jazz with Andrew Fincher Quartet: Lock ‘n’ Load Bistro, West End
Trivia: Belmont Tavern, Belmont
Hanja: OMalleys Irish Bar, Mooloolaba
Various Artists: Pub Lane Tavern, Greenbank
G20 Cultural Celebrations + The Soldier’s Wife: Kedron Wavell Services Club, Chermside South
The Clouds + Heartworn Highway: The Zoo, Fortitude Valley
Various DJs: Villa Noosa Hotel, Noosaville
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Various Artists: North Lakes Tavern, Mango Hill
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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...
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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...