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Broad City was last year’s surprise hit. With producer Amy Poehler at the helm, why the surprise? Poehler rescued Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer from the dark depths of the webseries world, delivering them to good old-fashioned “TV”. The buddy comedy has the happily down-and-out 20-somethings half-arsedly attempting to live free and prosper in NYC. Season Two kicks off 8.30pm, Wednesday, Comedy Channel.
Sophie Blackhall-Cain has illustrated many an Eat/ Drink page, and more, for us. Her first solo exhibition is currently on at MARS in Toowoomba. Titled Fanfiction, it sees Blackhall-Cain redesigning the covers of some of her favourite books. It also includes an updated version of the first book cover she ever illustrated, The Secret Garden, when she was seven. The exhibition runs until 9 Feb.
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What better way to celebrate a long weekend than with a kickass Sunday night party featuring bands from all over the planet? At Valley hotspot The Brightside on Australia Day eve you can catch an awesome line-up of acts featuring Ariel Pink, pictured, How To Dress Well, The Clean, Dan Deacon, The Peep Tempel, TSUN, Fuck Mountain, Tincture, Primitive Mountain, Thigh Master and Brainbeau. There’s a day off the next day (except for another massive bash at The Brightside) so what are you waiting for?
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Having sold out acoustic shows in Sydney and Brisbane, Horrorshow’s now taking the unplugged show on a national tour, the Listen Close tour. Joining the duo in that strippedback environment will be Tuka from Thundamentals, who’ll be showcasing new material, and special guest Tom Thum. Catch the intimate sets at Heritage Hotel, Bulli, 12 Mar; Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, 13 Mar; Giant Dwarf, Sydney, 14 Mar; Ormond Hall, Melbourne, 20 Mar; Solbar, Maroochydoore, 26 Mar; The Triﬃd, Brisbane, 27 Mar; Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, 2 Apr; and The Bakery, Perth, 4 Apr.
Our own Jim Jeﬀeries is killing it overseas, with global TV solo specials and his own TV series in the US. He’s now coming to stages in his home country. On top of his Melbourne International Comedy Festival shows at Palais Theatre on 27 & 28 Mar, and Sydney Comedy Festival shows at Enmore Theatre on 15 – 18 Apr (the latter three dates have sold out already), Jeﬀeries performs at Brisbane Entertainment Centre on 30 Mar and Crown Perth, 3 & 4 Apr.
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A HAIRY SITUATION
2014 was a busy year for The Beards. They managed to record another album of songs about beards (The Beard Album); embarked on their biggest Australian tour to date; received a second ARIA nomination; and played to packed rooms throughout Europe on two separate international tours. Now, The Beards are back in Oz and are once again ready to sternly reiterate their steadfast message on their upcoming Strokin’ My Beard tour. They’ll be performing 21 Mar, The Hi-Fi, Melbourne; 17 Apr, Metro Theatre, Sydney; 1 May, The Triﬃd, Brisbane; and 9 May, Capitol, Perth. For more shows, head to theMusic.com.au. Proudly presented by The Music.
BANG BANG INTO THE ROOM
Jessie J’s coming out way for a series of headline shows. The British powerhouse vocalist was just announced as a new addition to the coaching panel of Season 4 of The Voice, alongside Joel and Benji Madden, Delta Goodrem and Ricky Martin. Joining Jessie J on tour will be Tim Omaji (aka Timomatic). See the show at Eatons Hill Hotel, Brisbane, 13 Mar; Big Top Sydney, 14 Mar; Margaret Court Arena, 17 Mar; Crown Perth, 20 Mar.
TAYLOR SWIFT GOT A ‘COOL’ PASS LAST YEAR BUT THE #TAY4HOTTEST100 SHIT IS WACK NO MATTER HOW U DRESS IT UP
@URTHBOY ADDS HIS TWO CENTS TO THE DEBATE. LOOKING FORWARD TO AUSTRALIA DAY. 6 • THE MUSIC • 21ST JANUARY 2015
Forming a mere 31 km north of London in Hertfordshire’s only city, St Albans, in 2003, the four-piece Enter Shikari quickly found a fanbase for their unlikely fusing of posthardcore with electronica, dubstep and hip hop. With their fourth album, The Mindsweep, just out, the boys are coming our way to tour it, with special guests, Canberra’s Hands Like Houses. They play 18 May at Metropolis, Fremantle; 22 May at Forum Theatre, Melbourne; 23 May at UNSW Roundhouse, Sydney; and 24 May at The Tivoli, Brisbane.
Even after 30 years, Colin Hay continues to be prominent musical ﬁgure. He’s coming to Australia for a bunch of shows, playing bits and pieces from his huge 11-album catalogue. Catch him playing at Lizottes Newcastle, 7 May; Enmore Theatre, Sydney, 9 May; Canberra Theatre, 14 May; The Tivoli, Brisbane, 15 May; Forum Theatre, Melbourne, 20 May; and Regal Theatre, Perth, 23 May. More dates from theMusic.com.au.
THE FUTURE IS NOW
Hilltop Hoods have been added to Future Music Festival, as well as more than 200 Aussie names. All the performers for each stage have also been announced, including The Prodigy, Die Antwoord and Nero on Futuredome; Avicii, Knife Party and Timmy Trumpet on the electronic main stage, Supernova; and Seth Troxler, Green Velvet, Art Department and French underground crew Apollonia featuring Shonky, Dan Ghenacia & Dyed Soundorom joining Cocoon with headliner Sven Väth. More info at theMusic.com.au. The festival comes to Royal Randwick Racecourse, Sydney, 28 Feb; HBF Arena, Joondalup, 1 Mar; Brisbane Showgrounds, Brisbane, 7 Mar; and Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne, 8 Mar.
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FRONTLASH HAPPY 40TH JJJ!
Well done to the national yoof broadcaster triple j for their milestone of 40 years on air since kicking off as Double J all those years ago. Definitely made a massive mark on the Aussie music scene, so chalk it up!
HE’S BACK! Whether you remember him as Humphrey B Flaubert from TISM or that bloke from Root! or The DC3, you’ll want to check out new project, Damian Cowell’s Disco Machine.
SAY IT AIN’T SO Dismay in the publishing world this week when the boy who wrote the book about seeing heaven when he died on the operating table admitted that he was completely lying. Sorry to all the idiots who bought that one.
DISCO’S NOT DEAD!
NANNY STATE PT 756(A) So now they want to ban people from smoking on their own balconies in units. We already live in the most overregulated society in the history of humanity, what harm can a few more ludicrous laws hurt?
FIRST WORLD PROBLEMS Didn’t the cycling lobby get up in arms about that question on Family Feud they didn’t like? Talk about manufactured outrage, few of them would have actually seen it and who of consequence watches the Feud these days?
VALE LITTLE SCOUT Sad to see the announcement last week that much-loved local indie institution Little Scout are pulling up stumps. Oh well, cheers for all the rad tunes and gigs and good luck with future endeavours.
UK singer-songwriter Sam York has announced he will not be travelling to Australia to partake in the Upside Down tour with Lachlan Bryan, Aleyce Simmonds and Jack Henderson due to medical reasons. The tour will continue with the three other members, who’ll be performing on 28 Jan, Black Bear Lodge.
PARTY ON AT LANEWAY
Laneway Festival has announced the venue and acts for its official Brisbane post festival after party on 31 Jan. Catch DJ sets from Jung Le DJ, Violent Soho, Dune Rats, Eagulls and I Oh You at The Brightside from 9pm.
Icelandic based Aussie producer Ben Frost will play the Brisbane Powerhouse on 18 Feb with a support from local Lawrence English. This promises to be a great show and there is limited capacity, so buy your tickets (available now) quick!
Ever after almost 40 years, Judas Priest is still a beast, with over 46 million album sales, a Grammy award and seventeen studio albums at their disposal – including last year’s Redeemer Of Souls. UK metal gods Dragonforce have six albums under their belt, and will be joining Judas Priest for a couple of all-ages Soundwave sideshows at Eatons Hill Hotel, 26 Feb.
Hawaii-based singer/songwriter Donavon Frankenreiter will be undertaking a huge 17-date tour around his Bluesfest appearance. He’ll be making his way to Miami Tavern Shark Bar, 2 Apr; Wharf Tavern, Mooloolaba, 5 Apr; and The Triffid, 16 Apr.
The man once known as TISM’s creative lynchpin Humphrey B Flaubert, but who stepped into the spotlight in his own natural form back in 2007 in the biggest public face-unveiling since Kiss’s Unmasked back in 1980, is back with a new project, Damian Cowell’s Disco Machine. He’ll be releasing an album in February, which people will be able to experience in the flesh 13 Feb, Wooly Mammoth.
Detroit-raised techno prodigy MAGDA makes her first headlining appearances on this side of the world in over a decade. She’ll be showcasing the release of the BALANCE 027 mix, a record she curated herself. Catch her dramatic sounds and eccentric techno bass lines when she performs 20 Feb, TBC Club, Brisbane.
DREAM ON DREAMER
Young Lions have not spent any time resting on their laurels since their unveiling in early 2013. They’ve supported the likes of American favourites The Almost and Australian legends Antiskeptic, whilst also playing spot shows with Dream On Dreamer, Oh Sleeper, Senses Fail and more. They release their second full-length album Blue Isla on 27 Jan, and to celebrate, they’re heading off around the country in February, hitting up The Brightside, 14 Feb, with more dates at theMusic.com.au.
A GRANDE OCCASION
El Grande Festival is expanding for its fourth run from 20 – 22 Mar. The event will now be taking place over two days at the Grand Hotel in Gladstone on the Saturday and Sunday, with The Hi-Fi getting its first taste of the action on the Friday night. 28 Days, DZ Deathrays, Dream On Dreamer, Tiki Taane, D At Sea, Voyager, Sydonia, Ezekiel Ox, Drawcard, The City Shakeup and a heap of local artists from the area will be featuring on the bill over the three-day period, with tix available for each night from Oztix. THE MUSIC • 21ST JANUARY 2015 • 7
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Belgian DJ and producer Kolombo (real name Olivier Grégoire) is returning to Australia for a national tour. Over the years he’s racked up an impressive amount of releases, his discography spanning diverse music genres and numerous monikers. Under Kolombo, he’s bringing out his new EP, Ladies, which he’ll no doubt be showcasing at TBC Club, Brisbane, 30 Jan and Byron Bay Brewery, 31 Jan.
In town to play Sugar Mountain, Danish punks Iceage are putting in a little headline sideshow of their own 22 Jan at Alhambra Lounge, where they’re sure to showcase their favourite cuts from latest album, Plowing Into The Field Of Love, and their other two records.
After 20 years in the rap game Tech N9ne proves that he is not slowing down. He’s been included in Forbes’ list of ‘Hip Hop Cash Kings’ for three years running now, and aside from writing his own music, he also homes other artists under his Strange Music record label. He makes his way to Australia to promote his most recent effort – 2013’s Something Else – including a show at Eatons Hill, Brisbane, 11 Mar.
Three-piece The Courtneys have just announced their debut Australia and NZ tour. The strongly ‘90s-influenced band from Canada will coming to the Black Bear Lodge on 19 Feb and The Northern, Byron Bay, 20 Feb.
After the successful Australian release of their single Haiku in 2014, NZ reggae/soul outfit Trinity Roots have announced an Australian tour for early 2015. They’ll play The Zoo, 19 Mar; Currumbin Creek Tavern, 20 Mar; Solbar, Maroochydore, 21 Mar; and Buddha Bar, Byron Bay, 25 Mar. Support comes from Karl S Williams.
It’s on again 25 Jan, Antipodean Abattoir, the perfect entrée into the Australia Day holiday Monday, and the line-up is pretty damn sweet. Taking over Greenslopes Bowls Club are Mick Medew & The Rumours, Sabrina Lawie & The Hunting Party, The Mosaics, 52 Pickups, Thirteen Seventy, The Endoras, The Busymen, Garry David, Roth, Wall Collapse, Marville, Screamin’ Stevie’s Australia, Big Bongin’ Baby, Diamond Dave and Maiden May & Red Tendrils.
WRIGHT YOU ARE
The Judith Wright Centre has unveiled its program for the first half of 2015. A couple of Agony Aunts perform songs by Eartha Kitt, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, and more; onic artist Luke Jaaniste presents a series of sonic immersions and performance installations for the //// MESMERISM \\\\ Summer Festival; Australia’s leading Academy-credited and BAFTA recognised short film festival Flickerfest returns, and there’s heaps, heaps more going on. For the full program (you’ll definitely want it), head to judithwrightcentre.com.
“SOFT-SHELL CRAB WILL BE THE PULLED PORK OF 2015”
Woodboot, Tempura Nights and Eyes Ninety are the guest supporting artists 13 Feb at Crowbar when Newcastle duo The Gooch Palms pop in on their only Australian tour this year before they head off to the US to tour and record their second album. They’re also celebrating the imminent release of their latest 7”, Trackside Daze, out on the Detroit-based label Urinal Cake Records.
IT’S YOUR FUNERAL
Fourteen years into their career and Welsh five-piece Funeral For A Friend can boast an international fanbase more than ready to welcome the band’s seventh album, Chapter And Verse, and joyous at the news that there’s a tour in support of it. The Australian leg of that tour, which will includes Sydneysiders Vices as special guests, sees the Welshmen 16 Apr play The Brightside, and 17 Apr Shark Bark on the Gold Coast. 8 • THE MUSIC • 21ST JANUARY 2015
THAT’S A BIG CALL, @REBENJAMINT.
Against Me!’s 2014 offering Transgender Dysphoria Blues was critically acclaimed across the year. Armed with a brand new rhythm section, the band are making their way Down Under and they’ll be bringing punk-rockers Joyce Manor along for the ride. Get in on the action 29 May, The Hi-Fi.
Heavy bass musicians Audio and Teddy Killerz are touring across the country together. The two signed onto the mighty RAM Records imprint last year, and aim to spread their vibes 21 Feb, Sting Land.
THE FUNNY SIDE OF BRISBANE
Rejoice! It’s on again; 24 Feb – 22 Mar, the Brisbane Comedy Festival returns for 2015, so get ready for everything from a giggle to the full-blown uncontrollable wet-your-pants experience as comedians local, national and international descend on our fair city. The line-up is mindbogglingly huge, but among the plethora of goodies ready to assail your funny bones are Jack Druce, Celia Pacquola, Chris Wainwright, Tien Tran, Hannah Gadsby, Heath Franklin revisiting his Chopper persona and more.
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30 FILMS YOU WILL WANT TO SEE IN 2015 From popcorn-fuelled blockbusters to cerebral thinkpieces, 2015 is stuffed to the brim with cinematic prospects well worth your wallet’s contents. Anthony Carew guides you through.
1. AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Director: Joss Whedon Cast: Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth Cinema’s foremost multi-franchise branding-exercise has market-positioned their latest-installment of Whedonesque quips and endless explosions to make a billion-dollar dent in the 2015 box office.
2. BIG EYES Director: Tim Burton Cast: Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz, Danny Huston Even in a career long on resurrected brands and gurning self-parody, when Burton dares work with a modest mudget and a troupe of nonhammin’ actors, promise still lingers. Big Eyes plays as quirky tragicomedy, with the presence of Adams and Waltz promising at least something.
3. CAROL Director: Todd Haynes Cast: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Kyle Chandler Todd Haynes follows up his Mildred Pierce mini-series by adapting Patricia Highsmith’s iconic lesbian text. With Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. It’s going to be great.
4. CHAPPIE Director: Neill Blomkamp Cast: Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver, Dev Patel South African wunderkind Neill Blomkamp is still all of 35, and Chappie follows District 9 and Elysium as another ambitious piece of sci-fi parable, in which class division is again depicted in a dystopian near future. This time, with a lead character who’s a robot. 10 • THE MUSIC • 21ST JANUARY 2015
5. CRIMSON PEAK
8. THE HATEFUL EIGHT
Director: Guillermo del Toro Cast: Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Hunnam
Director: Quentin Tarantino Cast: Channing Tatum, Samuel L Jackson, Kurt Russell
Del Toro returns to the realm of dark horror after the mecha-kaiju hijinks of Pacific Rim. Crimson Peak promises a spooky house, shadows, copious blood, and the continuation of Mia Wasikowska’s fascinating career.
Quentin Tarantino’s eighth film is Quentin Tarantino’s second successive Western, with the ultra-violent auteur following Django Unchained with another bloodsoaked portrait of distant American history.
9. IN THE HEART OF THE SEA Director: Ron Howard Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Ben Whishaw In a certain corner of the internet, “Ben Whishaw as a young Herman Melville” reads like slash-fic. Drawn from a tale from Melville’s life in which a whaling ship and a sperm-whale have a 90-day stand-off, it scans as a thinking-man’s multiplex adventure, set on the high seas.
Director: Rick Alverson Cast: Gregg Turkington, Tim Heidecker, John C Reilly
Director: Ben Wheatley Cast: Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller
Alverson, fresh off The Comedy’s misanthropic act of cinematic trolling, reunites with Heidecker for another film harbouring a grimly ironic title. It’s a loose to-screen translation of the shtick of Turkington’s cult character Neil Hamburger.
Cult British director Ben Wheatley follows his bugfuck psychedelic ’shroom-out A Field In England with an adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s decay-of-urban-civilisation novel.
11. INHERENT VICE Director: Paul Thomas Anderson Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Jena Malone, Reese Witherspoon After the vertiginous peaks of There Will Be Blood and The Master, Paul Thomas Anderson had to come down somehow. His existential stoner bro-down Inherent Vice is PTA’s most outright-comic work since Punch-Drunk Love.
12. INSIDE OUT
7. EX MACHINA
Director: Pete Docter & Ronaldo Del Carmen Cast: Diane Lane, Amy Poehler, Bill Hader
Director: Alex Garland Cast: Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander
Inside Out promises the possibility of the animation masters recapturing some of the old magic, even if its cutesy inside-the-mind premise summons ’90s sitcom flashbacks to Herman’s Head.
Garland, the novellist who broke into the movie-biz with The Beach, makes his directorial debut with this piece of prescient speculativefiction ripe with AI pop-philosophisin’. It marks a rare piece of commercial thrillerdom that doesn’t feel pre-branded.
13. JOY Director: David O. Russell Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Édgar Ramírez, Bradley Cooper It’s David O. Russell’s adaptation of the life of Miracle Mop inventor Joy Mangano. Starring Jennifer Lawrence. Due out Christmas 2015, in the meat of awards season.
14. JURASSIC WORLD Director: Colin Trevorrow Cast: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simkins All these years on, and there’s still a buck to be made in CGI dinosaurs.
15. MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
Director: George Miller Cast: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult
Director: Sarah Gavron Cast: Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Meryl Streep
Director: Judd Apatow Cast: Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Brie Larson
Miller’s long, long-awaited return to Australia’s greatest franchise export finally hits the ground. Reports are that the film is light on exposition and big on action, achieving something like dystopian minimalism.
16. THE MARTIAN Director: Ridley Scott Cast: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara If there’s still one place Scott can head to engender hope in oft-broken hearts, it’s space. And, so, ‘Matt Damon as astronaut stranded on Mars, from the director of Alien and Blade Runner’ still sounds like something worth watching.
17. A MOST VIOLENT YEAR Director: J.C. Chandor Cast: Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, Alessandro Nivola Following his impressive first-up back-to-back of Margin Call and All Is Lost, Chandor’s latest heady drama is set amidst the decay, violence, and lawlessness of 1981 New York, with Isaac an immigrant clinging desperately to the American dream.
18. QUEEN OF THE DESERT Director: Werner Herzog Cast: Nicole Kidman, James Franco, Damian Lewis Werner’s latest fiction film is a biopic portrait of early 20th century adventurer Gertrude Bell, who explored and mapped the Middle East for the British empire.
19. THE SEA OF TREES
Where most prestige pictures have premises that causes instant eye-rolling, sign me up for a film from the director of Brick Lane chronicling the travails of nascent feminist foot-soldiers in early 20th century England.
24. THAT’S WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT Director: Richard Linklater Cast: Blake Jenner, Ryan Guzman, Zoey Deutch Linklater’s latest film picks up where Boyhood left off and functions as a “spiritual sequel” to 1994’s awesome Dazed & Confused. It’s set in the first week of college, when the kids’ve arrived but classes haven’t started, but they adjust, thanks to an endless procession of parties.
Director: Gus Van Sant Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Ken Watanabe, Naomi Watts
Van Sant’s first film since his telemovieworthy flick Promised Land, The Sea Of Trees has a two-men-lost-in-the-woods, quasimystical quality that suggests the more artful, interpretive approach of Van Sant at his best.
Director: Brad Bird Cast: George Clooney, Britt Robertson, Hugh Laurie
20. SILENCE Director: Martin Scorsese Cast: Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver Scorsese’s Wolf Of Wall Street follow-up finds Neeson, Garfield, and Driver as Portuguese priests on a mission – which is markedly different to Neeson as man-ona-mission – roarin’ the Gospel in 17th century Japan.
Tomorrowland may be a to-screen translation of a Disneyland ride, but that just means that Bird’s got some serious cash to work with to author visions of the far-flung future, with Lost scribe Damon Lindelof having co-written the script.
Apatow’s star has been tarnished by his past couple of efforts – 2009’s Funny People, 2012’s This Is 40 – but Trainwreck doesn’t scan as another work big on Apatovian bro-ism. Instead, it’s his collaboration with the ascendent Amy Schumer, priming her for a big-screen breakout.
27. UNTITLED COLD WAR SPY THRILLER Director: Steven Spielberg Cast: Tom Hanks, Amy Ryan, Billy Magnussen Spielberg’s fourth film to star Tom Hanks – following Saving Private Ryan, Catch Me If You Can, and, ewwwwwww, The Terminal – is a Cold War spy thriller set in ’60s Soviet Russia. If that doesn’t sound so exciting, there’s this: the script was written by the Coen Brothers.
28. WHILE WE’RE YOUNG Director: Noah Baumbach Cast: Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Adam Driver Baumbach’s latest comedy of anxious New Yorker manners stars Stiller and Watts as married aesthetes who befriend a hipster couple. It comes following Frances Ha, and the presence of Driver – who is amazing in everything he’s ever done, ever – is its own guarantee of interest.
29. WILD Director: Jean-Marc Vallée Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Gaby Hoffmann Though its premise – Reese plays an ex-junkie who hikes 2,500 miles across picturesque America following the death of her mother – reeks of the Inspirational Prestige Picture, Vallée’s Dallas Buyers Club follow-up is the unexpected delight of the awards season.
30. BLACKHAT Director: Michael Mann Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Viola Davis, Tang Wei An international cyber-thriller with a Chinese angle sounds like a dreary prospect, but Mann has a long history of turning action movies into pieces of high art, and is one of the few directors to be interested in digital technological for its purely painting-with-light potential.
Director: Sam Mendes Cast: Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Ralph Fiennes Spectre marks a bounce-back for the franchise playboy, Daniel Craig. The fact that its title and villain – Mendes reviving Spectre, Waltz reviving Blofeld – both harken back to kitschy ’70s Bond suggest that this will be the film in which 007 gets his groove back.
22. STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Director: JJ Abrams Cast: Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley Maybe you’ve heard about this. Episode VII will arrive as one of the most highly anticipated films in the history of humankind, with Abrams taking the reins of George Lucas’s merchandising machine and delivering the latest film in a series that’s spawned a religion.
A MOST VIOLENT YEAR
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KEEP ON CARRYING ON It’s been almost five years since he was last seen. Media and fans alike have been wondering the same thing: “Whatever happened to Jamie T?” Jamie Treays tells Sevana Ohandjanian he was around all along, he was just unplugged.
’ve never been one for updating my Facebook, so that people know what I’m doing,” says Treays, on the line at midnight London time. “I didn’t really have news, I wasn’t playing any shows, so I just stopped telling people what I was doing... I’ve never been a person who’s on the internet a lot anyway. It’s not the way I live my life, so it was easy for me… I just turned off my phone, basically.” Treays was plenty busy though, amassing 180 finished songs in the lead-up to his third album, Carry On The
Grudge. Though by his own admission, “That doesn’t mean they’re all good. A lot of people are like ‘wow!’ but a lot of them are shit. “This has always been the case with every album I’ve done, I’ve written a lot of material. I’m hoping to be like Tupac when I die, I want albums coming out for years and years...” The 12 songs that made it onto the album were written and recorded while Treays was out of the spotlight, some older than others. “Don’t You Find was written relatively soon after Kings & Queens, but a lot of people have been saying,
‘Oh, it’s such a departure from where you were’ and all this. I wrote that about three weeks after Kings & Queens came out. I’m always jumping around from different genres anyways. By the time it hits the public’s ears, I’m onto something new.” Long-time fans will notice Treays’ divergence into stronger singing territory on the new record, a surprising move from the man who penned wordy hits like If You Got The Money and Sticks ‘N’ Stones. “I suppose there’s a lot less words in this record, so it lends itself more to singing rather than a talking thing. I was purposely looking to take words out a bit and say more with concise sentences and phrases. “If you look at a lot of young musicians who started off doing music at a young age, a lot of us use narratives because it’s a good way to get out what you’re saying. It keeps you in a box of having to write for certain storylines. And that’s really great but I’m a bit bored of it... It wasn’t really the type of music I wanted to make anymore, at least not at that moment. I never say never, but the story type of songwriting didn’t feel as poignant to me while doing this record.” Treays took the music of Townes Van Zandt and Ryan Adams as inspiration. “I think it was good for me because it put me into a mode of thinking about things in a traditional light, which was something I’d never done before. Trying to work inside those restraints was fucking annoying to be honest, because it made me realise I wasn’t quite as good a songwriter as I thought! I had to go back to square one, and learn what I was doing. I think it was worth it.” WHAT: Carry On The Grudge (Virgin/EMI) WHEN & WHERE: 23 Jan, The Hi-Fi
STILL LOVIN’ IT
It’s been difficult to catch The Kooks’ lead singer Luke Pritchard between touring and his being struck down by the dreaded flu. When Carley Hall finally pins him down, he tells her it’s little wonder, given their unrelenting schedule of late.
irst, a busy touring schedule caught up with a run-down Pritchard. Then it was Christmas and New Year. Then the Brighton band was between airports from the UK across Europe. When we finally chat, the robust frontman is enjoying some quiet respite in the car while London rushes by outside. By evening, Pritchard and his three fellow players on the way to Australia – via New Zealand – on the next leg of their global tour off the back of last year’s divisive fourth album, Listen. He doesn’t even know how many shows they’ll have played by the time it all winds up in Mexico in April. “Too many!” he laughs. “I don’t even want to think about it. We tour a lot but we’re happy, we’re getting to go to some pretty amazing places, which is always good. And Australian crowds are fucking amazing. The last run of festivals [2013’s Groovin The Moo] we did were unbelievable. Splendour [In The Grass] was one of my favourites, one of my top gigs ever, the last time we played there. And there’s pretty girls, which is always nice.” The band’s ascent to their golden perch all came about under a simple but seemingly unlikely scenario. After recording a humble EP and sending it to industry 12 • THE MUSIC • 21ST JANUARY 2015
bods merely to tee up some gigs, some smart cookie offered them recording time instead, after which scenesters were quick to stamp the indie pop tag on the four-piece, despite their signing with Virgin. Ten years and four albums later, their wave of success continues to roll, but is there anything Pritchard would have tackled differently? “Hell yes,” he admits. “I mean, I had a lot of fun making a lot of mistakes but I think my one big thing is that I feel that we rushed our second album. I think it’s a good record but we went into the studio and didn’t give ourselves enough of a
breather. But really it’s all fucking brilliant. I was about 19 when it all started, so it was a pretty good 20s.” They’ve have taken a small axe to that twangy, love-struck pop rock sound that began their journey with Inside In/Inside Out in 2006; 2014’s Listen has more of the percussive influence of its US hip hop producer Inflo, which has been the source of some ill comments from stalwart fans as well as less than perfect reviews. But Pritchard says retracing their steps was counterproductive. “You can fall into a trap of doing it because you want to keep making money or you enjoy the lifestyle and the music becomes secondary. I think it really is a people thing, even if we’re not best mates every day and we don’t go skipping down the street, we go into the studio and we want to keep riffing off each other. You have to fucking love it; it’s a lot of work, that’s why you have to really fucking want it.” WHEN & WHERE: 23 Jan, Riverstage
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New Jersey punkers The Gaslight Anthem continue to enjoy a meteoric rise. Mark Hebblewhite sat down with guitarist Alex Rosamilia to discuss how Get Hurt is a “sombre record, but not a depressing one”.
f you’d told me back when we started this band that we’d be touring Australia once, let alone multiple times I would have laughed at you – that simple.” The Gaslight Anthem’s rising career trajectory can be plotted via their Australian tours. In 2008 touring on the back of their debut Sink Or Swim the quartet packed out the likes of Sydney’s Annandale Hotel, Melbourne’s Arthouse and Brisbane’s Rosie’s. A few years later it was the much larger Metro and Palace Theatres. In 2013 the band’s crossover appeal landed them on the stage of Sydney’s Enmore Theatre and
Brisbane’s The Tivoli – venues they’ll be returning to on their upcoming tour, as well as performing extra shows. But despite their growing fanbase, the band remains nothing but humble. “It’s just a pleasure to be playing,” offers Rosamilia. “I know that’s what everyone says, but really, for four guys from Jersey, we just love getting out there and playing our tunes. That we can do that for larger and larger audiences each time we travel the world is something we all treasure.” There’s no doubting that over the years The Gaslight Anthem have developed their sound; these days there’s a lot
more Springsteen than The Clash in their tunes. In the case of their latest record Get Hurt, there’s even the shadow of Pearl Jam and The Who in the brooding and melancholy songs it contains. “Look, we’re getting older and have grown as musicians and as people – and the music shows that. We’ve never consciously set out to write in a ‘different’ way. It’s just the way we’ve developed as artists. As for Get Hurt – people are talking about how it’s slower and some people even think it’s a negative record. I’d say it’s sombre record, but not a depressing one. We haven’t turned into The Cure; not that I’d be opposed to that [laughs].” As for all those endless comparisons to one of Jersey’s other favourite musical sons – do they ever get annoying? “The Springsteen thing, right?” laughs Rosamilia. “We obviously never wanted to get defined by that comparison, but it is what it is. At least that comparison is sort of in the ballpark – it would be a bit odd if we got compared constantly to, say, GG Allin – and I like GG Allin but there’s nothing in common there. When it comes down to it people like to make comparisons between what they do know and what they don’t know – and if that’s how people want to get acquainted with our band then that’s fine by me.” Despite the hype for Rosamilia and his bandmates it’s clear that little matters except playing their music to as many people as possible. “We’re a live band; playing is where we feel most comfortable... It’s why we started this band and it’s what drives us forward. Every night on stage is a privilege, particularly when we’re playing in places like Australia.” WHEN & WHERE: 28 Jan, Coolangatta Hotel; 29 Jan, The Tivoli
POWER OF ONE
The Pink Monkey Birds’ frontman Kid Congo Powers cut his teeth in some of the most incendiary bands in the history of underground rock’n’roll. He tells Steve Bell about harnessing the immense power that comes from being true to one’s self.
efore he was frontman for Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds, Kid Congo Powers played guitar in The Gun Club, The Cramps and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. Not a bad pedigree, and he’s still feeling the redemptive powers of rock’n’roll. “It’s been too long, although it’s the first time for Pink Monkey Birds so I’m excited to bring it to the Australian folk,” he tells of his impending visit. “I’ve been there a few times with Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, and we went with The Gun Club in about ’83, I think it was. So maybe I’ll see a different Australia this time. It was wild and woolly, especially in the early ‘80s on that first time with The Gun Club. I met lots of wild people, including the teenage Tex Perkins and so many others who at the time came to see us – it was a really good, welcoming audience.” Over the journey Powers has played alongside frontmen such as Jeffrey Lee Pierce in The Gun Club, Lux Interior in The Cramps and Nick Cave, and he explains that their magic can’t help but rub off to a degree. “I don’t sing like any of those people,” he muses. “But all of them were very different and very similar kind of 14 • THE MUSIC • 21ST JANUARY 2015
performers – the thing was that they were all people who were able to be themselves on stage, and that took a lot of work because I didn’t quite understand that at first. Obviously they’re very influential on me, and they’re all very magical kind of people that were different offstage a bit. “I had to learn that it’s all about being yourself. Seeing The Cramps many years after I was in them ... I could not believe what I was seeing, it was so incredible and just so many miles ahead of any other band that I’d seen in
years. I felt the same thing when I first saw them when I was really young, which was just disbelief. I just thought, ‘Wow, what is going on?’ It’s just the same three chords and it’s not anything crazily avant garde or incredibly challenging, it’s just them – it’s just them being themselves, completely free and with completely one hundred per cent free expression, and that what’s magic about it is how you play it. Then I just thought, ‘Okay, I’ve been a part of this and I know what this is’ – it just took me seeing it from the outside to go, ‘Okay, just be yourself ... be relaxed about it and it will come,’ and that was true.” WHEN & WHERE: 25 Jan, Black Bear Lodge To read the full interview head to TheMusic.com.au
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SIDE BY SIDE
and it is fun. We offer everybody drinks, coffee; it’s just like hanging out.”
Their 15th anniversary coinciding with Soundwave, caffeinated Bayside frontman Anthony Raneri tells Daniel Cribb where a lot of new bands go wrong.
his is my proudest moment in Bayside; more than any tour we’ve ever done, more than any TV appearance or any sort of big headline achievements,” frontman Anthony Raneri begins, on the band’s 15th anniversary. “What I’m most proud of is, when we first started this band we wanted to be like Bad Religion, we wanted to be like NOFX, we wanted to be like the bands we looked up to, which were the bands that stuck around. Being able to last as long as we have, and the fact that our tours are the biggest they’ve ever been, the newest record is our best selling one, is amazing.”
To celebrate, Bayside are embarking on a world tour that kicks off at Soundwave. “Smashing Pumpkins and Soundgarden are bands I’ve been listening to since junior high school, so it’s kind of cool to see my career go to a place where I get to play shows with those guys.” Realising they have dedicated fans that look up to them in a similar way, Bayside began offering tickets to shows that included a 45-minute hangout with the band in their tour bus. “We learned that usually people don’t know what to say, so it took us a couple of times of sitting there in silence. We try to steer the conversation,
Not just any coffee: Bayside have a blend crafted after their latest record, Cult. An independent coffee company in Seattle called Anchorhead came to a show, gave them coffee and, after Bayside fell in love with the taste, things began to snowball. “I’ve always wanted to do it but thought it was impossible; it just seemed like the kind of thing that would be pretty hard to make. It’s not like getting a T-shirt printed. We thought we’d reach out to them and see if they’d ever consider doing a branded roast, and they loved the idea. It is its own roast – the Cult blend.” The longevity of the band stems from their relentless work ethic. Before they signed to a label to release debut album, Sirens And Condolences, back in 2004, they’d already been touring and self-releasing EPs for five years. “I think a lot of bands, when they first sign or make their first record, they feel like they’ve arrived. They get a record deal and feel like it’s the finish line, and for us, we knew we wanted to be around for a long time; we knew we wanted a legacy. “When we were making our first record we weren’t thinking, ‘’Wow, we’ve made it,’ we were thinking it was the first of many and all that work we did before was just warm up, like, ‘This is where everything starts, and we’re going to be talking about it ten years from now.’ I haven’t accomplished nearly everything I want to, but I’ve seen that I’m doing the things right. I’m proud of who I am, I’m proud of what I’ve done.” WHEN & WHERE: 1 Mar, Soundwave, Brisbane Showgrounds
Kiwi indie royalty The Clean are crossing the ditch for just their third Australian tour in over 30 years. Frontman David Kilgour tells Steve Bell that he can’t work out why people still care so much.
ioneers of the fabled ‘Dunedin Sound’, New Zealand indie lynchpins The Clean have been playing on and off for more than 30 years now, getting back together whenever anyone makes them an offer that they can’t refuse. The problem is that their groundbreaking music is still resonating through the ages, to the point that they’re gaining rather than losing traction all these years after their ‘80s and ‘90s heyday. “I [love playing with The Clean] – I wouldn’t do it just for the money,” frontman David Kilgour offers. “It’s just pure enjoyment really. We really wouldn’t keep doing it if we didn’t enjoy it, even if the money was huge. The nice thing about it now is that there’s no grand plan, I don’t have any grand illusions about what’s going to happen next. The Clean will only really go places now when we get asked to go – we don’t really map out our year or anything – so this time around it’s because of the festivals we were invited to. Plus there’s been a bit more interest this year because of [2002 collection of early material] Anthology coming out on vinyl, and we toured America three months ago to push that, so all of the activity is surrounding the Anthology box-set.” Does Kilgour have a new appreciation now for The Clean’s music when he returns to it each time after a lengthy lay-off? 16 • THE MUSIC • 21ST JANUARY 2015
“Every time we play a song we try to find something new in it, so in some ways it’s like we’re revisiting it but we’re trying to reinvent a little bit,” he tells. “And we’re doing a bit more of that these days to make it more interesting for ourselves. A couple of songs we stick to the [established] arrangements, but even then it’s open-ended – luckily most of the songs, especially the really old stuff, are only one-, two- or threechords so we really can muck around with them. We’ve never even done the same shit every night, although we do stick to the same basic
core of early songs from the ‘80s, even there we try to mix it out. Every tour we try to pull some odder more left-field stuff out, but it’s all pretty much based around the old songs really.” It’s quite remarkable how well The Clean’s music has stood the test of time, probably because it was never properly indicative of any temporal moment in the first place. “I don’t know man, it just continually blows my mind that people are still finding out about us and that people still want us to go and play,” Kilgour marvels. “In some ways it’s got bigger and bigger for us, every year there’s a little bit more interest – it’s like incremental growth. Every time we go back to America it’s just a little bit bigger, we’ll play slightly bigger clubs, and it just seems to grow and grow. It just blows my mind, it’s unfathomable really.” WHEN & WHERE: 25 Jan, The Brightside To read the full interview head to theMusic.com.au
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HOOKED ON CLASSIC On new album Overdrive Japan’s favourite poppunks Shonen Knife have embraced classic rock. Founding frontwoman Naoko Yamano tells Steve Bell that these ladies just love rock’n’roll fun.
saka’s finest Shonen Knife have always done things their own way. Forming in 1981 they were pioneers from the get-go in Japan where neither punk rock nor all-female guitar groups were even slightly in vogue, yet over the next few decades they became fixtures on the global scene. They built a cult following enthralled by their kitschy, hook-laden songs which burst with bubblegum melodies and cascading riffs, plus their penchant for brightly-coloured matching outfits. New album Overdrive finds them treading a slightly different path to its predecessors, but in a manner that is still very much Shonen Knife. “It’s our 17th original album, and including other albums our 19th overall – so many I cannot count,”
smiles frontwoman Naoko Yamano. “The theme of the Overdrive album is ‘70s British hard rock and American rock, like Thin Lizzy, Bad Company, Black Sabbath, Motorhead or ZZ Top. Our previous albums had a theme of punk or pop, so I wanted to make something different for the new album and recently I like to listen to ‘70s classic rock music so I’ve been inspired by such music. It was a little challenging for recording, because for previous albums I’ve mainly been inspired by The Beatles or late ‘70s punk-pop bands, but the ‘70s hard rock used power guitar chords so I tried to
use six strings of the guitar and I’ve got very sore fingers! But the basic sound of our albums is always the same... If Shonen Knife play a different style of music everything can still be Shonen Knife style.” Shonen Knife flit between English and Japanese lyrics, and Overdrive is a typically fun batch of songs about animals, food and dancing. “Writing lyrics is the most difficult [part of songwriting] for me,” Yamano admits. “Making melody lines is very easy for me, easier than lyrics because I try to write the words in English first but my vocabulary and my English ability is very poor, so picking up the words can be very difficult. And also I’m not a good poet – I’m ashamed to write about love, so I usually write about delicious food or animals. For me eating delicious food is very important!” Despite the stylistic shift Yamano – Shonen Knife’s sole remaining founding member – explains that the Overdrive songs have settled well into their live show. “We’ve been playing three or four songs from Overdrive in live set. We toured the UK and Europe last spring, as well as Japan and North America and even India too, and many people liked our new songs. We played many of our best Shonen Knife hits too, so the setlist was very fun. We played our 1000th show in Minneapolis, Minnesota in the USA and we got requests from Shonen Knife fans though the internet and played requested songs. I always like touring and I always like playing shows in front of Shonen Knife fans because it makes me very happy to see people’s happy faces through our music.” WHAT: Overdrive (Valve) WHERE & WHEN: 23 Jan, Future Beauty Up Late, Gallery Of Modern Art
US punk innovators Sleater-Kinney played secret squirrel with their return from exile, not letting on until a new album was already in the can. Drummer Janet Weiss tells Steve Bell that it was win at all costs, trying be damned.
here’s not enough subterfuge in rock’n’roll any more in these days of social media-inspired information overload – it often seems that our awareness of happenings is contemporaneous with them actually transpiring – which makes the fact that much-missed punk rockers SleaterKinney managed to shroud their return from self-imposed hiatus so successfully so surprising. Less startling is the fact that their eighth album No Cities To Love – their first in nearly a decade – is so damn strong. All three members had kept musically busy in the interim and they’ve always shared a special chemistry; drummer Janet Weiss explains that they wouldn’t have even bothered if they didn’t feel they could at least equal former glories. “We figured, ‘Why come back unless we’re going to make a great record?’” she recalls. “I’d been playing in Wild Flag with Carrie [Brownstein – guitar/vocals], and that was sort of winding down, so I guess I wasn’t totally surprised [that we reformed], but I wasn’t expecting it at that moment. There are a lot of logistics to our lives now, and it became more and more real as we wrote more songs. I think we were at first just going to see what happened, and as the songs developed it became more and more a real possibility. 18 • THE MUSIC • 21ST JANUARY 2015
“It took a little bit of reacquainting, especially Carrie and Corin [Tucker – vocals/guitar] who play in such an intricate and involved manner, where one guitar player really relies on the other guitar player to complete phrases and ideas. I think that with the language that they have, they needed to spend some time sharpening that, but once that started clicking a lot of material started to emerge. “We wanted the record to have an edge and to be dark and vital and desperate – we wanted things clawing to be heard – but other than that so much time had passed that
it was easier to not be as reactionary to the most recent album [2005’s The Woods] as we’d been in the past. With this record we just knew especially that it had to be great – there couldn’t be any grey area as to whether we’d succeeded or not.” Fortunately the three friends are aware of the import their band holds to so many. “The relationship with the fans means so much to us,” Weiss tells. “When your music can actually move someone and have meaning in someone’s life, that’s the best thing and it’s reason to do it. It connects us to the world and it connects us to other people, so I think that we’re really fortunate that people respond to our music in that way – they really internalise the music, and the music is incredibly powerful to them. At the live shows it’s palpable, the energy between the crowd and us, and it’s an exchange of that energy – it means a lot to us too.” WHAT: No Cities To Love (Sub Pop/Inertia) To read the full interview head to theMusic.com.au
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Man It Feels Like Space Again
No Cities To Love
ALBUM OF THE WEEK
Spinning Top Whether you’re listening to them on track shuffle or you’re smashing out an album, the best thing about Pond is that you never know what you’re going to get. On their sixth full-length record, Man It Feels Like Space Again, the band master their psych-rock stylings in a more appealing manner than ever before, and each track adds a special ingredient that allows it to stand out from the rest. Sitting Up On Our Crane and Holding Out For You make for a couple of surprisingly blissful ballads, Elvis’ Flaming Star has this super funky bass line, and the band also make a successful effort to incorporate pop elements with catchy guitar riffs and drum beats in tracks like Outside Is The Right Side and Zond. Opener Waiting Around For Grace starts off like a lullaby, before signature Pond kicks in with their otherworldly FM-sounding force, while Heroic Shart is not-so-simply
another reverb-drenched jam that the band have become so well known for. The dualperforming album title and final track is this soothing eightminute journey that truly makes the title work for its name. As a whole, the album seems more structured than their previous work, and it’s easier on the ear – it’s going to open up a whole world of potential new fans for Pond, and given the quality of the album, it’s a perfect time to do so. The rest of 2015’s releases are going to have a hell of a lot to live up to. Kane Sutton
Few bands know when to call it quits, the good ones calling time when they’re still a potent musical entity, still at the top of their game. Sleater-Kinney never put a foot wrong in the first decade of their existence, churning out seven excellent albums that were immediately recognisable as the work of Corin Tucker, Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss. In 2006 they stepped away to explore other projects and now, a decade later, they’ve returned sounding as vital and restlessly creative as ever. From the opening track, Price Tag, that jerking, yelping sound is present though now there’s a shinier, modern production sheen that enhances the trio’s intricate interplay as counterpoint riffs fire missives over Weiss’ big beat. Themes of consumerism and the search for love and identity in the 21st century are woven into the ten songs that comprise the
FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND
Hell, etc./Cooking Vinyl
The king of ‘90s shock rock has survived the test of time because of his ability to morph musically, always managing to inject horror and humour into his persona in equal measures. His peak saw him equally as self-aware as he was shocking, experimenting with different songwriting partnerships and sounds on every album. With the release of The Pale Emperor, this remains true. Manson revels in his legacy; once a reckless instigator using shock to deliver his occasionally intellectual message, he has refined his craft into a marriage of mainstream and underground tropes, making both parties uncomfortable. Musically, the album resurrects the ‘90s Manson’s sombre weirdness, embracing a soundscape inspired by New York City rock’n’roll with faint hints of Delta blues. The start-stop riffs and spoken-word groans of Manson’s past remain, but
With 11 tracks clocking in at just over 35 minutes it was pretty evident this record was going to be unrelenting. If you listen to death metal you probably wouldn’t mind walking out of the room to fill up a bottle of water if you’re thirsty during album opener, Stand By Me For The Millionth Time. Pencil Pusher boasts a catchy intro riff, with some satisfying distortion. The vocal pattern is totally reminiscent of Dillinger Escape Plan’s Milk Lizard, although the chorus plays to some overdone “punk rock” conventions; good thing it slips into a chilled breakdown. You Should Be Ashamed Of Yourself kicks off with a droning intro comprising tasty bass licks, building energy with the addition of a powerfully resounding sample. Unfortunately the song falls flat between then and about halfway, where there’s a tasty chunk right before the mildly emotive chorus.
The Pale Emperor
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★★★★ half-hour album, that brevity a key factor in the rush and thrill of the music. The songs are lean, Brownstein managing to meld Talking Heads, Fugazi, Gang Of Four and Guns N’ Roses into her playing, making this an air-guitar rock record as much as a postpunk treatise on modern life. The choruses of the title track, No Anthems and A New Wave show how well they nail hooks and a certain pop quality amid their underground alt-rock leanings. No Cities To Love should be held up as the template for a band reconvening and reigniting with renewed vigour, urgency and musical creativity. Chris Familton
Chapter And Verse
★★★★ they’re packaged differently. The Mephistopheles Of Los Angeles and The Devil Beneath My Feet are the standouts of this album, with Manson’s selfloathing wit accompanied by the broodingly warm bass of longtime co-conspirator Twiggy Ramirez. Manson refuses to repeat himself, collaborating with Shooter Jennings and composer Tyler Bates. This is the same Manson that gave us Mechanical Animals, just 17 years on. Impossibly dark, bitter and soulful from start to finish, Manson is once again set to inspire the armies of pissed-off teenagers, retired metal-heads and not-quite goths everywhere. Cameron Cooper
★★★ A juicy breakdown featuring a half-toned groove really enriches the latter half. 1% turns it down a notch with a clean channel and a slow build. From the content Funeral For A Friend sound like a socially-conscious band on their seventh album, but there are some emotional elements, the opposite of empowering, that can be done without. When on occasion the punk filters through it sounds great, along with the few heavier elements, though while there are some melodies that are well written and empathetic to the listener, some aspects are just too lame to be engaging for everyone. Jonty Czuchwicki
ZUN ZUN EGUI
Bella Union/[PIAS] Australia
Zun Zun Egui’s grinding postpunk rock incorporates world music influences to deliver an exotic cocktail of sound. The influence of Mauritian singer Kushal Gaya and Japanese keyboard player Yoshino Shigihara explains the fusion of non-Western styles, the band also experimenting with jazz, funk and proto-industrial sounds, all getting bent into frenetic but coherent rock. Fuck Buttons’ Andy Hung’s production facilitates, making this a more focused album. Shackles Gift simultaneously moves in a multitude of divergent musical directions to dazzling kaleidoscopic effect.
There’s not too much angst on display across Twerps’ second album, Range Anxiety, a gentle progression from their eponymous 2011 debut. Their penchant for indolent meanderings remains intact, songs like lazy summer shrug I Don’t Mind and the bittersweet melancholy of Back To You swelling and circling around central conceits. Julia McFarlane adds to frontman Martin Frawley’s relaxed palette with three strong vocal offerings (Shoulders, Stranger, Adrenaline), while Fern Murderers is haunting and hook-laden and Cheap Education more urgent but equally infectious. A strong step forwards.
A quick joyride around the corners of YouTube and Google yield suggestive results of Curtis Harding, that he was a renaissance man, deeply-seated and preoccupied in the works and stylistic nuances of another Curtis (yes, Mayfield). Yet, while that’s the case, Harding’s Soul Power brings so much more to the table. What Harding does with his debut album is no small thing: speaking to a whole new generation, channelling more than half a century’s worth of material, and doing it very well.
Spencer Sotelo is the worst thing to ever happen to Periphery. The band used to be raw and cool, swimming across a sea of ever-changing and expansively original demo tracks that explored the tonality of heavy riffs and the complexity of fleeting time signatures. Alpha attempts to be ambitious and wide in scope, but instead comes across as pretentious and almost unlistenable. Periphery’s past greatness is buried by the cringeworthy nature of Sotelo’s adolescent whine, which has taken precedence over every other musical component in the band, ensuring that any smidgeon of carnal ferocity is completely lost.
HANNI EL KHATIB
Omega is a disc one can actually groove to. Heaviness returns as fat grooves pervade in The Bad Thing. Unfortunately every time Spencer Sotelo attempts to be profound or too vocally emotive a metal fan will consider Periphery redundant. Hell Below really crushes in its heavy parts, recalling the roots of Periphery and showing coarse aggressive screams are the vocal style that actually suits the band. A jazzy outro exhibits a nice humour before the monolithic title track delivers an impressive and intricate 11 minutes of carnage. A medial redemption over the opera rock of Juggernaut: Alpha.
Hanni El Khatib continues his strange and wonderful musical journey with Moonlight. Album number three for the San Franciscan songwriter, it shows many different sides of the man. Featuring lo-fi instrumental effects and unique (and probably very intentional) production methods and writing on off-the-cuff topics, the album makes for a curious listen. His strength will of course always be in his live performances, as he has shown through numerous international tours, however Moonlight is largely very representative of what Khatib is all about.
Harlequin And Clown/ Kobalt
Mike Scott has operated The Waterboys brand for over 30 years, his full-bottle Celtic-ness the unashamed centrepiece of anything under the name – through more than 70 members. At best, it can be sweeping and utterly sincere. The tweak here is taking this most Irish muse to Nashville, adding big Southern guitar and organ flows to Scott’s declamations. Sometimes it works. Previewing single November Tale flows, and Long Strange Golden Road is ten-plus minutes of Van Morrison-esque Dublin soul, but try not cringe at the “sideburns flickering in the breeze” as I Can See Elvis plods.
Mark Ronson – Uptown Special Meghan Trainor – Title Ingested – The Architect Of Extinction The Crown – Death Is Not Dead The Wild Comforts – Silver City Sorrow
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live reviews EVERY TIME I DIE, TOUCHÉ AMORE, MARATHON The Zoo 18 Jan “This is unbearable. Don’t do this anymore. Go to a fucking waterpark,” says Keith Buckley of Every Time I Die of the temperature in The Zoo tonight. But the discomfort starts long before the headliners are anywhere near the stage. The crowd is already getting a schvitz on the moment they walk up The Zoo’s stairs. It’s almost too much to deal with, but it doesn’t seem to have much an effect on the intensity that Marathon bring to the stage. The local outfit plough through their tight, mathy
Josh Brolin, Jeff Bridges and 1988 Bruce Willis locked in a competition that included events like taco eating, bong ripping, Big Buck Hunter shoot-outs and Belushistyle whiskey chugging and you’ve got a picture of the kind of madness that ETID routinely bring to their shows. Now picture them sweaty and predominantly shirtless from the moment they walk on stage. Yes, everybody knows it, and no matter how sweaty they already are, the crowd members are psyched for it; tonight is going to be a next-level celebration of full-frontal dude-ity. ETID work through joints off last year’s From Parts Unknown, demonstrating more energy than the average crowd member can muster
EVERY TIME I DIE @ THE ZOO. PIC: MARKUS RAVIK
set with the perseverance of a Kenyan distance runner. Stateside hardcore act Touché Amore are the next outfit to slog through the heat. Leaning heavily on their Parting The Sea Between Brightness And Me and Is Survived By albums, the Californian outfit seems to be struggling with the heat. The nuance of the five-piece’s records sounds less immediate when presenting the material tonight. Given the intricate nature of the band’s sound, it’s understandable that the conditions in The Zoo wouldn’t be ideal for reproducing the material, but it still feels like a shame that the crowd doesn’t get a chance to catch Touché Amore in more comfortable surrounds. Every Time I Die are probably the most “dude-bro” band in existence. Imagine 22 • THE MUSIC • 21ST JANUARY 2015
number in both title and character, as they say goodbye to Brisbane with one last dance.
Intermission sees drum and guitar techs take the stage in preparation for The 1975, the sounds of which spruik hordes of fans to run (literally) into The Marquee in hopes that the indie heart-throbs have already kicked off their last Australian performance. Soon enough, all four Manchester boys are out and wooing their way into teenage hearts. Slight selfindulgence precedes The 1975, what with the drummer shirtless, their floppy hair head-banging, and strobing lights brighter than the sun. Although, going shirtless on a night as steamy as this can’t be too harshly judged.
18 Jan The evening begins with a tough half-hour wait, as crowds queue the length of Gregory Terrace on a hot, humid night. But despite the sweltering and sweating, anticipation builds upon the sidewalks, as fans inch together to feel one step nearer to their teen dreams. Upon entering the Showgrounds, it’s clear that The 1975, one of those “alternative British rock bands like One Direction”, one fan comments, has a significant Australian following. Teen girls in their crop tops and nothing shorts, closely followed by doting boyfriends, canvass the area for
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to clap. Not that there’s no reason to clap; the numbers the band plays from the back end of Ex Lives are excellent and stand out as some of the strongest material in the band’s catalogue. The odd crowd-surfer leaps onto the stage, but for the most part it’s just too damn hot. What’s incredible about Every Time I Die is that where most of the crowd can’t even deal with the prospect of moving the five dudes on stage are as animated as ever; guitarist Jordan Buckley is still doing his little one-man circle pits while his brother Keith does his best to make sure everybody in the first five rows gets a turn on the microphone. It’s ridiculous, but it’s a lot of fun – very, very sweaty fun. Please tour in winter next time, Every Time I Die. Tom Hersey
THE 1975, CIRCA WAVES
Despite this initially questionable attitude, lead singer
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prime viewing pleasure (the diehard fans sprint towards centre stage as soon as the gates open). The ‘special guests’ reveal themselves to be Circa Waves about four songs into their set, and while it is obvious that they don’t maintain the same cult following as their headliner, they definitely know how to sway the audience into a casual singalong. With their charming British accents, it isn’t hard to fall hard and fast for Circa Waves, as they win over The Marquee, and even the laidback, lay-inthe-grass folk who are clearly waiting for the main act, as girls flock eagerly towards the indie outfit. A particularly strong hit is Fossils, an undeniably energetic tune to which anyone can dance. To finish off, Circa Waves delight new fans with their first 2013 single Get Away, seemingly apt for a closing
Matthew Healy is yet a charmer. After first asking to see “those beautiful Australian arms”, to which the crowd screams, Healy continues to entice the girls with simple, suave lines: “I can see each of you as individuals”, and “this song is about a girl”. In fact, it probably doesn’t matter what Healy said, every girl is left pleading, “It’s me! It’s me that he’s talking about!” Bolstering a steamy set-list, with Chocolate, Sex and Girls remaining favourites, it’s easy to see why The 1975 maintain legions of lovecraving teenage girls. Combine suggestive lyrics, playful guitar hooks and killer British accents, and you have yourselves a pantydropping boy band. Brie Jorgensen
live reviews SEWERS, CUNTZ, CACTUSDEMONDOOM, WOODBOOT Grand Central Hotel 17 Jan After a nice, relaxing, ground-scorching day, what better than to have an evening out with some scourge punk in a cramped room? Well, a modest sunbeaten crowd has gathered for tonight’s edition of Trainspotters and the room is actually quite the safe place to be with a rather nice and powerful air-conditioner and free fairy bread to boot. First cab off the ranks, Brisbane’s most (internally) talked about band Woodboot attempt to inspire some energy early in the night. This bitsa band made up of members from assorted local groups are always, let’s say, an interesting watch with onstage indulgence coupled with a decent set of tunes being a little hard to ignore. Tonight is no
different, with a loud set that becomes quite captivating in its final moments. Somewhat a change of pace on tonight’s bill is a band with a bit more of a psych/sludge vibe to them, CactusDemonDoom. The band have a slightly different following with them tonight with the crowd varying in their attention levels from person to person. All ‘round though they deliver quite a solid set that is presented differently and in a well thought out manner. All the way up from Melbourne is the band that have that name that you are instantly drawn to when seen on a poster, Cuntz. Flogging their latest 7” titled Cooked, the band look as if they just walked off the set of a XXXX commercial in the ‘90s, with mullets and singlets, shaved heads and ripped jeans being the in-band trend. The music itself is quite brash and loud, as what can be somewhat expected, with inaudible
pissed off lyrics acting as a guiding barrier to trebled out guitar noise. The band draw from new and older material throughout the night and overall the set does feel a little short and appropriately a little hungover, but catching the group was well worth the ticket price. Last up the Brisbane band that wish they were aborted, the all-encompassing Sewers continue the trend set by Cuntz and deliver a set which just kinda feels a little hungover and lacking in energy. While antics and enthusiasm are in vain in tonight’s performance, the music is as sharp as ever as the band are stupidly tight in delivering organised dirge. Still at times, the sound becomes a little cluttered with guitars getting lost in the mix. While tonight won’t go down as one of the band’s most talked about performances, it is always good to go out to get a healthy dose of (fondly referred to) shit.
Front End Loader @ Prince Of Wales Tropical Zombie @ Solbar
arts reviews may have questions about the Iraq Invasion, but he has none. “There’s Evil here, we’ve seen it!” he hollers, this justifying the righteous vengeance of all-American justice: shoot first, ask questions later. AMERICAN SNIPER
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In cinemas 22 Jan
★½ Coming along to save the day, here’s Bradley Cooper’s titular soldier: a God-fearin’, gun-totin’, pussy-nailin’, good ol’ boy from Texas. He may be a dud root, a “lousy ranch-hand”, none too bright, and kind of a dick, but this ultra-violent, ultra-macho Navy SEAL sure knows how to shoot them towelheads! Like the rogue cop of an ’80s action movie, Coops doesn’t do things by the book. Other people
American Sniper has been sold as an Oscar-season prestige picture from Clint Eastwood, about one man wrestling with the burden of bloodshed, a hero for a nation – and a culture – that heroises nothing more than violence. And there’ve been endless thinkpieces about its real life subject, Chris Kyle, and the limits of cinematic veracity. Yet all those who’ve criticised the film for turning a racist gun-nut into a pin-up patriot have only added to the idea that this is an important movie, one you need an opinion on. Watching this feature, what’s most striking is that American Sniper just isn’t very good, its witless script (by Jason Hall) stringing together an endless run of storytelling clichés. American Sniper plays things paralysingly safe, delivering a bland, dull portrait of a person,
and a war, more complex than it ever allows them to be. Anthony Carew
STORY CLUB TV
10pm Wednesdays on ABC2
★★★ ½ We’re all storytellers in our own ways – it’s just that some of us sometimes have better tales to share or have a knack for the whole raconteur thing. And storytelling remains one of the most resonant forms of communication and connection there is; if it doesn’t unite or enlighten us, it can at the very least provide us with a laugh or a cry. Is it any wonder then that the new ABC2 series Story Club, a televised spin-off of the long-running theatrical event of the same name, should work as effectively as it does? Don’t be mistaken, Story Club’s aims are modest – some articulate so-and-so settles into a chair and regales you with an anecdote. There’s no dramatisation, no re-enactment,
only the storyteller recounting an incident or recalling a chapter of their lives. However, the show, co-created by writercomedians Zoe Norton Lodge and Ben Jenkins (of The Chaser’s Media Circus/The Hamster Wheel fame), works a treat on that level. Story Club has chosen its storytellers well – there’s something of a sameness of tone (wry, bemused, selfdeprecating), but it’s a tone we respond to. And the departures from that mode are also funny, lively and just provocative enough. It’s a charming and engaging format for our current Age Of Disclosure. Guy Davis
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KRISTY APPS Name/instrument played: Kristy Apps – singer/songwriter/guitarist. How long have you been performing? A long time... probably about 15 years. You’re on tour in the van – which band or artist is going to keep you happy if we throw them on? Depends on the mood in the van and what shuffle says but I’d be happy with The Indigo Girls and Johnny Cash. Which Brisbane bands before you have been an inspiration (musically or otherwise)? I am so lucky that I am great friends with so many of my musical influences people like Deb Suckling, Women In Docs, Jackie Marshall and Ant McKenna but to go back to the start for me it was ISIS and the Toothfairies. There are so many amazing local artists… too many to mention. What part do you think Brisbane plays in the music you make? Probably the biggest part it plays is by creating the music scene that has been my playground as an artist... Within that are the amazing artists who continue to influence me musically and beyond. I love being a part of the music scene in Brisbane. If you had to play a sport instead of being a musician which sport would it be and why would you be triumphant? That’s easy! I actually dreamt of being a professional tennis player before I started writing music but it was short lived after mum bought me my first guitar, I started listening to Violent Femmes and drinking beer… suddenly a life of 5am training sessions lost its appeal. What’s in the pipeline for you musically in the short term? Loads of gigs and hopefully some time to write some new songs. February is jam-packed which I’m super-excited about; I’m playing at The Triffid on 1 Feb with Jackie Marshall, the Indigo Girls longplayer show at Brisbane Powerhouse for the MELT festival on 7 Feb, also for MELT festival I’m playing the Sister Sessions on Feb 15 and then Sunshine Coast Pride on 28 Feb. Kristy Apps plays The Triffid on Sunday 1 Feb, Brisbane Powerhouse on Saturday 7 Feb and Sunday 15 Feb and Sunshine Coast Pride Festival, Eumundi on Saturday 28 Feb.
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Great any time of year, but especially in summer. Erika Donald scopes out where to get the real stuff. Photos Dina El-Hakim.
SCANDAL Ice cream controversies. Ben & Jerry’s has had its fair share of controversy stemming from the names of their special edition flavours. There was Hazed & Confused, which people saw as insensitive towards victims of hazing. And the Lin-sanity flavour, after AsianAmerican basketball player Jeremy Lin, was criticised as racist for its use of fortune cookie pieces. Gelateria Cremona – 5/151 Baroona Rd, Paddington
Jeppo Gelato – 109 Bloomfield St, Cleveland
Co-owner Gerardo has perfected his gelato-making skills by working in both Italy and Germany. They use an old-school Effe machine – the specially designed blade helps to put lots of air into the concoction, resulting in a creamy, fluffy, frozen treat. Try a Thai milk tea gelato or go for the durian fruit sorbet.
If you’re a serious fruit lover, then Jeppo Gelato is for you – their fruitflavoured gelato boasts more than one kilo of fresh fruit! Apart from the standard flavours, you can also get your hands on some interesting combos – saffron and toasted pinenut or dried fruit and crystallised pomegranate – or some classic Aussie flavours like Vegemite, ANZAC biscuit or Milo.
La Macelleria – 29 Florence St, Teneriffe We eat with our eyes. So why wouldn’t you want to see the creation of your favourite gelato? You can at La Macelleria; the open plan store allows you to see all the gelato-making goodness. Try the spagnola (egg custard with sour cherry and a hint of cognac) or the pumpkin, almond and amaretto. 26 • THE MUSIC • 21ST JANUARY 2015
Sugo Mi Gelateria – 3/190 Oxford St, Bulimba Located within the Sugo Mi Groceria, this gelateria offers a range of quality gelato. Interesting flavours include baklava – walnut, honey and spice – or the black sesame and honey variety. And take home packs are available – because you need it.
Weird gelato/ice cream flavours. We’d try them. Il Laboratorio Gelato, New York City, US: fig & fresh brown turkey; beet; olive oil; peppercorn (black, white and pink varieties) Gilroy Garlic Festival, California, US: garlic Japan (store-bought): pit viper, made of viper snake; squid gut, with real pieces of squid guts; fried chicken wings; crab; eel; fish, octopus; shrimp; wasabi The Creole Creamery, New Orleans, US: avocado with mint & sour cream; cayenne lime butter; cucumber-dill; sweet curry Gelateria K2, Modena, Italy: pumpkin; asparagus; pecorino Max & Mina’s, New York, US: beer, pizza, sriracha caramel pretzel, lox
Welsh company Lick Me I’m Delicious developed a Viagra ice cream that contains 25mg of Viagra. Many criticised it as encouraging recreational use of the drug. Longtime Mariners scout Butch Baccala lost his job in September last year after a disagreement with Mariners player Jesus Montero over an ice cream. After yelling at Montero to hurry off the field, Baccala reportedly then bought Montero an ice cream and had it delivered to Montero in the dugout. Montero got really mad, chucked the ice cream at Baccala and then was suspended for the rest of the season. Some say it seemed like a misunderstood peace offering.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GELATO AND ICE CREAM? Okay, so gelato might translate to ‘ice cream’ in Italian, but the two dairy delights as we know them are very different. Gelato is churned at a much slower rate, which means less air gets in and the product is denser. Then, it’s served at a slightly warmer temperature than ice cream, which gives it that soft and silky, like-licking-a-cold-cloud kinda texture. It also has a lower percentage of fat than ice cream. And any one who really knows their ice cream and gelato will be able to tell you the difference in the way flavours cut through; in gelato, it’s more intense.
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FANNING THE FLAMES
With four albums’ worth of songs to draw from, The Coathangers’ live show is set to impress: The Northern, Byron Bay, Friday; Grand Central Hotel, Saturday; and The Spotted Cow, Toowoomba, Sunday.
Californian’s The Growlers are touring their newie Chinese Fountain, and will land in Brisbane at Coolangatta Hotel on Thursday, with support from Aussies The Babe Rainbow and The Moses Gunn Collective.
Old mate Bernard Fanning is playing a show at The Triffid, with support from Little May (pictured). Head along on Thursday to hear the ARIA award-winning Fanning’s tunes new and old, all stripped back to its acoustic bones.
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SHAKING IT UP
All instrumental ensemble Kerbside Collection will be bringing their gritty rhythm section of old school drums, bass and funk to The Triffid this Friday night.
If you loved Blunt: A Biased History Of Australian Rock, then you’ll probably love The Year My Hair Fell Out, the new book from Bob Blunt, who’s playing this Saturday at The Underdog with his band Garry David.
Tremors have recruited a couple of extra members since releasing their EP in October and are bringing a new live show in the form of intense, dark electronica to The Milk Factory Kitchen & Bar on Thursday.
ON THE MOVE
Hobart indie-rockers Chase City are touring new single I Lost Myself, a track rich with Britpop summer vibes. See them at Grand Central Hotel, Thursday; Beach Hotel, Byron Bay, Friday; and Broadbeach Tavern, Gold Coast, Sunday.
Mañana have been making a a scene in their home town on the central coast with their debut album of the same name raiding the streets. Now armed with a clip for their single Scarecrow, they’re stopping by The Brewery, Byron Bay this Friday.
Seattle electronica duo Odesza are currently touring North America, but January, they bring their second album, In Return, to Australian stages, playing Friday at Oh Hello.
Having scored Favourite Artist and Favourite Song gongs at the Fowlers Live Awards, Julia Henning is heading out on an east coast run with her latest single Drifter. She’ll be performing at Ric’s Bar, Sunday.
Five-time award winner and Afro-beat warrior Jah Prayzah is coming to Oz for the first time, playing The Hi-Fi, Wednesday, backed by a seven-piece band. All proceeds go to IRATOSC’s charitable programs in southern Africa.
Where better to spend a sunny Australia Day than The Brightside? Yup, that’s why the guys have organised a huge bash for our special day – StrayaDay Fest. Features Kisschasy, D At Sea, Call The Shots, New Orkid, and more.
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White-hot dance duo Peking Duk have returned to poll position atop this week’s Carlton Dry Independent Music Charts, with their single, Take Me Over, featuring SAFIA, edging out last week’s victors Hilltop Hoods and their Cosby Sweater, which drops to #2. Hilltops’ full-length, Walking Under Stars, remains at the top of the albums stakes’, ahead of Chet Faker (Built On Glass, #2), Countdown (#3), AC/DC (Rock Or Bust, #4) and Vance Joy (Dream Your Life Away, #5). Many of last week’s placers remain in top 20 contention this week, though some albums that have previously appeared and consequently dropped off have re-entered in strong positions: Sticky Fingers’ Land Of Pleasure is back at #11, The Kite String Tangle’s Vessel EP returns at #12, while The Wiggles’ Hot Potatoes! compilation re-enters at #13, just ahead of Dan Sultan’s Blackbird (#14) and Kingswood’s Microscopic Wars (#15). At the back end of the top 20, Flume’s selftitled album also makes a reappearance, netting the record its 100th week on the charts. Back in the singles field, Yolanda Be Cool & DCUP’s take on Rodriguez’s Sugar Man makes an upward movement from #6 to #3 this week, leapfrogging Timmy Trumpet’s former #1, Freaks, now #4. Will Sparks (Ah Yeah, #5) and Sia (Chandelier, #6) are each down a spot, while Sheppard’s Geronimo — powering towards its 43rd week in the top 20 — Peking Duk’s High and Chet Faker’s Talk Is Cheap all maintain their positions from last week (respectively #7-#9). Vance Joy closes out the top 10 with the unshakeable Riptide. THE MUSIC • 21ST JANUARY 2015 • 27
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Was anything in particular inspiring you during the making? Nothing in particular. Just the usual: music, and what was happening with my life at the time. Whatâ€™s your favourite song on it? I canâ€™t name a favourite. My top three keep changinâ€™ but at the moment theyâ€™re Itâ€™s Nothing, Underground and King.
KERSER Album title? King Where did the title of your new album come from? The fans started calling me King Kers via social media and I thought it had a ring to it and made sense. So King was really from the fans. How many releases do you have now? I have two mixtapes, over 60 promos uploaded to YouTube and have done four albums in four years.
Will you do anything differently next time? Every album we try to approach the sound differently. So yes, just not sure what avenue we will take this time.
OMAR SOULEYMAN Why are you coming to visit our fair country? I have a tour planned with shows in Sydney, Hobart, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.
When and where is your launch/next gig? 31 Jan, The Hi-Fi (under-18s arvo show; over-18s evening show).
Is this your f irst visit? No it isnâ€™t. Itâ€™s my third. Iâ€™m fortunate to have visited your beautiful land two times before, also on tour.
Website link for more info? emceekerser.com
How long are you here for? I will be there for about ten days.
How long did it take to write/ record? Depends on each song. Some songs I can smash out in 30 minutes; other songs take ages. It can also depend how Iâ€™m feelinâ€™ at the time.
Any extra-curricular activities you hope to participate in? Not really. Just chill in between work. What will you be taking home as a souvenir? Maybe if I find a good cheap kangaroo toy for my son. Where can we come say hi, and buy you an Aussie beer? The Brightside, 21 Jan. Website link for more info? soundcloud.com/ omar-souleyman
What do you know about Australia, in ten words or less? Nice airports, happy people, expensive food, never seen a kangaroo.
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Any extra-curricular activities you hope to participate in? No idea.
Why are you coming to visit our fair country? To play some music.
What will you be taking home as a souvenir? A vinyl of AC/DC.
Is this your f irst visit? Yes. How long are you here for? 12 days.
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THE MUSIC PRESENTS Guy Pearce & Darren Middleton: QPAC 12 Feb
65daysofstatic: The Hi-Fi 11 Mar
Earth Frequency 2015: Ivory’s Rock 13-16 Feb
DZ Deathrays: The Brightside 13 Mar
The Gooch Palms: Crowbar 13 Feb, Great Northern 14 Feb
Mojo Burning Festival: New Globe Theatre 21 Mar
Seth Sentry: The Hi-Fi 20 Feb, Solbar 21 Feb
Bluesfest Byron Bay: Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm 2-6 Apr
Real Estate: The Zoo 27 Feb
Mavis Staples: Brisbane Powerhouse 8 Apr
Sharon Van Etten: The Zoo 4 Mar
Urban Country Music Festival: Caboolture 1-3 May
London Grammar: Brisbane Riverstage 7 Mar
GIG OF THE WEEK ICEAGE: 22 JAN, ALHAMBRA LOUNGE Karaoke: Imperial Hotel, Beenleigh
The Zouk Social: Chalk Hotel, Woolloongabba
Karaoke: Manly Hotel, Manly
Trivia: Glenmore Tavern, Norman Gardens
Kinky Friedman: New Globe Theatre, Fortitude Valley
Big Jam with+Chris Ramsay: Manly Hotel, Manly Open Mic Night: Mick O’Malley’s, Brisbane Open Mic Night: Solbar (Lounge Bar), Maroochydore Omar Souleyman: The Brightside, Fortitude Valley Jah Prayzah & The 3rd Generation + Chris Gudu: The Hi-Fi, West End Fat Freddy’s Drop + Nightmares On Wax (DJ Set): The Tivoli, Fortitude Valley
Karaoke: Alderley Arms Hotel, Alderley Iceage + Thee Hugs + Clever + Unpeople: Alhambra Lounge, Fortitude Valley Open Mic Night: Bay Central Tavern, Pialba Gang Of Youths: Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley Jam Night+Various Artists: Capalaba Tavern, Capalaba The Growlers + The Babe Rainbow + Donny Love: Coolangatta Hotel, Coolangatta Stand Up Comedy: Dog and Parrot Tavern, Robina Karaoke: Glenmore Tavern, Norman Gardens Chase City: Grand Central Hotel, Brisbane
Various Artists: Capalaba Tavern, Capalaba Various Artists: Chardons Corner Hotel, Annerley Various Artists: Commercial Hotel, Nerang
Karaoke: Prince of Wales Hotel, Nundah
Various Artists: Coomera Tavern, Upper Coomera
Daniel Champagne + Hayley Grace: Solbar, Maroochydore
The Wild Comforts: Currumbin Creek Tavern, Currumbin Waters
Anna & Jorden + Ayla + Andrea Kirwin: Solbar (Front Bar), Maroochydore
Various Artists: Dalrymple Hotel, Garbutt
Trivia: Springwood Hotel, Springwood Kellie Lloyd + Steady As She Goes: The Bearded Lady, West End Tremors + Absurdist + Glyphs: The Milk Factory Kitchen & Bar, South Brisbane Paul Kelly Presents The Merri Soul Sessions + Hiatus Kaiyote: The Tivoli, Fortitude Valley Bernard Fanning + Little May: The Triffid, Newstead
Mr Perkins + DJ Indy Andy: Albany Creek Tavern, Albany Creek Sea Legs + Skyways Are Highways: Alhambra Lounge, Fortitude Valley Louis Futon: Alhambra Lounge, Fortitude Valley Johnny And The Fembots: Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley Tommy T-Bone: Brothers Leagues Club, Manunda TGIF: Buderim Tavern, Buderim
Baton Jukes: Eat Street Markets, Hamilton Joel Fletcher + Arcane Echo: Eatons Hill Hotel, Eatons Hill Shonen Knife + DJ El Norto: Gallery Of Modern Art (GOMA), South Brisbane Yacob: Habitat Restaurant & Bar, South Brisbane Various Artists: Hinterland Hotel, Nerang Various Artists: Irish Finnegans, Condon Karaoke: Kedron Park Hotel, Kedron Park Ace DJs: Manly Hotel, Manly The Rumour: Mick O’Malley’s, Brisbane Odesza + cln: Oh Hello!, Fortitude Valley Future Beauty Up Late with +Shonen Knife + DJ El Norto: QAGOMA (QLD Art Gallery), South Bank Kingswood: Racehorse Hotel, Booval Alla Spina + Woodstock Road: Ric’s Bar, Fortitude Valley
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The Kooks + The Griswolds + Catfish and the Bottlemen: Riverstage, Brisbane Dirty Dukes: Royal Mail Hotel, Goodna Steve Smyth + The Dawn Chorus: Solbar, Maroochydore Bob Mouat: Solbar (Front Bar ), Maroochydore Geoff Turnbull + Marshall: Soundlounge, Currumbin Freakin’ Fridays + Rotating Residents: Springwood Hotel, Springwood Mattyboi: Story Bridge Hotel (The Corner Bar), Kangaroo Point DJ Ritchie: Story Bridge Hotel (The Shelter Bar), Kangaroo Point Horris + ISD Ratkings + Makeout Creek: The Bearded Lady, West End #1 Dads + Ainslie Wills + Machine Age: The Brightside, Fortitude Valley Jamie T: The Hi-Fi, West End Paul Kelly Presents The Merri Soul Sessions + Hiatus Kaiyote: The Tivoli, Fortitude Valley The Growlers + The Babe Rainbow + Donny Love: The Triffid, Newstead Za! + Ben Ely + Turnpike: The Zoo, Fortitude Valley The Amity Affliction + In Hearts Wake + Confession + Antagonist A.D: Union Jack Hotel & The Jack Backpackers, Cairns La De Da Duo: Wynnum RSL, Wynnum
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Escalate feat. Various Artists: Albany Creek Tavern, Albany Creek The 2 Bears: Alhambra Lounge, Fortitude Valley Dane Adamo & The Hunted + Thom Lion & the Tamers + Mace & The Motor + Go Van Go: Beetle Bar, Brisbane Velociraptor + Shifting Sands: Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley Mystical Tibet Concert+The Camerata of St John’s + Tenzin Choegyal: Brisbane Powerhouse (Turbine Studio), New Farm Karaoke: Brook Hotel, Mitchelton Out of the Blue: Brothers Leagues Club, Manunda Karaoke: Capalaba Tavern, Capalaba Just Like That: Chalk Hotel, Woolloongabba Australia Day Festival with Whoretopsy + Icarus Complex + Tria Mera + Siv + Exiled In Eden + Trinatyde + Fun With Explosives + Frayed And The Fallen + DTAK + more: Club Metro, Ipswich Dick Nasty + The Gift Horse + Turnpike + Pissed On + Seas of Valoria: Crowbar, Fortitude Valley Judah + Phil Barlow & The Wolf: Eat Street Markets, Hamilton YG + Ty Dolla $ign: Eatons Hill Hotel, Eatons Hill Various Artists: Ferny Grove Tavern, Ferny Grove
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the guide firstname.lastname@example.org The Coathangers + Babaganouj: Grand Central Hotel, Brisbane Jamie Hutchings: Junk Bar (Skukum Lounge), Ashgrove Steve Smyth: Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane Various Artists: Manly Hotel, Manly Ace DJs: Manly Hotel, Manly Kingswood: Miami Tavern, Miami Wasabi: Mick O’Malley’s, Brisbane Ger Fennelly: Mick O’Malley’s, Brisbane
We Become Ghosts + Jacket + Trashqueen + In Void: The Zoo, Fortitude Valley
Craig Shaw: Wynnum RSL, Wynnum
DJ Indy Andy: Albany Creek Tavern, Albany Creek Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds + Los Huevos + Eyes Ninety: Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley
Punkfest feat. The Acid Monkeys + Fun With Explosives + Trigger Warning + Four Zero One Four + Special Guests: Prince of Wales Hotel, Nundah
Chase City: Broadbeach Tavern, Broadbeach Sunday Session+Various DJs: Capalaba Tavern, Capalaba
Adam Brown + Dirty Channel + John Malcolm: Royal Mail Hotel, Goodna
Antipodean Abattoir feat. Mick Medew & The Rumours + Sabrina Lawrie & The Hunting Party + Ruth Berry & the Tiny Ponies + The Mosiacs + The 52 Pickups + Wolf Up + Thirteen Seventy + more: Club Greenslopes, Greenslopes
The Big Duo: Story Bridge Hotel (The Corner Bar), Kangaroo Point DJ Ritchie: Story Bridge Hotel (The Shelter Bar), Kangaroo Point The Wild Comforts + Suicide Swans + Big Iron: The Bearded Lady, West End Beth Lucas + Millie Tizzard + Elly Vickere: The Brightside, Fortitude Valley Quazi-Smith + The Dominiques + Folklore: The Milk Factory Kitchen & Bar, South Brisbane A Mosman Alder Curated Event + Soviet X-Ray Record Club + Big Bad Echo + Smoke + Nonsemble + Teva: The Triffid, Newstead Barge with +Dr Bombay + Garry David + Gravel Samwidge: The Underdog Pub Co, Fortitude Valley The Amity Affliction + In Hearts Wake + Confession + Antagonist A.D: The Venue, Townsville
ALCHEMIX RECORDING STUDIOS
Australia Day Eve feat. Various Artists: Blue Mountain Hotel, Harlaxton
Matt Stillert: Solbar (Front Bar), Maroochydore
Om Unit: Woolly Mammoth, Fortitude Valley
Dallas Crane + Child: New Globe Theatre, Fortitude Valley
Drawcard + Those Old Soles + Colourblind: Solbar, Maroochydore
3’s A Crowd: Chalk Hotel, Woolloongabba
The Double Shadows: Coolangatta Sands Hotel, Coolangatta Crowbar PunkRocker 3 with The Disables + Topnovil + Prophet Margin + Dead Joe + Goon On The Rocks + more: Crowbar, Fortitude Valley Jimmy Watts: Habitat Restaurant & Bar, South Brisbane Vanilla Ace: Helm Bar, Surfers Paradise Take Me Home: Irish Murphy’s, Brisbane Various Artists: Manly Hotel, Manly Karaoke: Manly Hotel, Manly Ger Fennelly: Mick O’Malley’s, Brisbane Sasta: Mick O’Malley’s, Brisbane Julia Henning + The Reversals: Ric’s Bar, Fortitude Valley Passenger + The Once: Riverstage, Brisbane BBQ & Blues feat. Various Artists: Royal Mail Hotel, Goodna
PAUL KELLY PRESENTS MERRI SOUL SESSIONS: 22 & 23 JAN, THE TIVOLI The Growlers + Donny Love + The Babe Rainbow + Salvadarlings: Solbar, Maroochydore Pat Tierney: Solbar (Front Bar), Maroochydore Hakan Henry: Stoke Bar, Southbank DJ Ritchie: Story Bridge Hotel (The Shelter Bar), Kangaroo Point Steve Smyth: The Bearded Lady, West End Australia Day Eve with Ariel Pink + How To Dress Well + The Clean + Dan Deacon + Tincture + Primitive Motion + Thigh Master + more: The Brightside, Fortitude Valley Strewth - Australia Day Eve feat. The Delta Riggs + Orphans Orphans + The Jensens + Tundra: The Elephant Hotel, Fortitude Valley Doctor P: The Hi-Fi, West End Golden Sound: The Milk Factory Kitchen & Bar, South Brisbane The Coathangers: The Spotted Cow, Toowoomba Triffid Roots feat. Bree De Rome + Brad Butcher: The Triffid, Newstead Kingswood: Waterfront Hotel, Diddillibah Vic Kenna: Wynnum RSL, Wynnum
Karaoke: Australian National Hotel, Woolloongabba
Hottest 100 Party feat.+Just Like That: Chalk Hotel, Woolloongabba
The Vamps + Short Stack + Masketta Fall: Riverstage, Brisbane Australia Day feat. Southern Booze Camp: Royal Mail Hotel, Goodna Straya Day Fest feat. Kisschasy + Buried In Verona + D At Sea + Stories + Call The Shots + A Breach Of Silence + Arrivals + I Shall Devour + Columbus + Countdown To Armageddon + New Orkid + First Sight: The Brightside, Fortitude Valley
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Hottest 100 Party feat. Millions: The Triffid, Newstead Nik Phillips Duo: Wynnum RSL, Wynnum
Trivia: Alderley Arms Hotel, Alderley Trivia: Allenstown Hotel, Rockhampton Trivia: Australian National Hotel, Woolloongabba Trivia: Buderim Tavern, Buderim Passenger + The Once: Cairns Convention Centre, Cairns Trivia: Chalk Hotel, Woolloongabba Trivia: Irish Finnegans, Condon Trivia: Kedron Park Hotel, Kedron Park Trivia: Manly Hotel, Manly Trivia: Prince of Wales Hotel, Nundah Mark Sheils: Samford Valley Hotel, Samford Valley
Trivia: Kallangur Tavern, Kallangur Trivia: Mick O’Malley’s, Brisbane Steve Smyth: Paper Moon Cafe, Annerley Thando: Ric’s Bar, Fortitude Valley
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32 • THE MUSIC • 21ST JANUARY 2015
Published on Jan 21, 2015
The Music is a free, weekly gloss magazine of newsstand quality. It features a diverse range of content including arts, culture, fashion, li...