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The annual Laneway Festival has become an intrinsic part of the annual music calendar, bring a swag of stellar bands from both home and abroad to Brisbane for our amusement. The 2015 installment is no exception, and this Saturday at Brisbane Showgrounds you can party with St Vincent, Jungle, Future Islands, FKA Twigs, Courtney Barnett, Mac DeMarco and many, many more fine acts. Whatchya waiting for?

As part of the inaugural Melt: A Celebration Of Queer Arts And Culture festival being held at the Brisbane Powerhouse, on Tuesday a run of acclaimed play 5 Lesbians Eating A Quiche kicks off, an hilarious look at the repression and kitsch culture of the 1950s. We join the merry widows of the Susan B Anthony Society for the Sisters Of Gertrude Stein at one of their meetings. Runs from 3 – 8 Feb in Visy Theatre.

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After skewering those Awful Egyptians last year, that crazy Horrible Histories mob returns with Barmy Britain, a lighthearted look at the scandals and fearsome characters that have shaped Britain’s rich history over the centuries. Use the 3D ‘Bogglevision’ to enhance your experience of characters like Queen Boudicca, Richard The Lionheart and King Henry VIII as they remind us of the gory nature of our ancestors, whether they be friend or foe. Runs for four performances at QPAC Concert Hall from Friday to Sunday. Look back in anger! BRISBANE














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Up-and-coming country star Marlon Williams is heading to Oz in April for a series of gigs with his band, The Yarra Benders. The New Zealander already has a pretty solid reputation after wowing audiences during a string of highly successful shows last year. Much of the same is expected in 2015, with his lead single Dark Child already being added to the airwaves in Australia and New Zealand. Check him out at The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, 9 Apr; Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, 10 Apr; Newtown Social Club, Sydney, 11 Apr; and Jimmy’s Den, Perth, 18 Apr. A full list of dates are available at


Local folk artist Darren Hanlon is back in the country, setting out on a national tour to celebrate new album Where Did You Come From?. He’ll play the Nannup Festival (27 Feb – 1 Mar) in WA before heading to Mojo’s Bar, Fremantle, 2 Mar; 24 Mar, Clarendon Guest House, Katoomba; The Gallipoli Legion Club, Newcastle, 25 Mar; Manning Bar, Sydney, 26 Mar; Candelo Village Festival, Canberra, 28 Mar; Street Theatre, Canberra, 29 Mar; The Zoo, Brisbane, 10 Apr; and Corner Hotel, Melbourne, 17 Apr.


Fronting a new line-up that includes bass player Chris Wyse, whose CV features Ozzy Osbourne and The Cult among others, Ace Frehley is returning to Australia to pump out two hours of classic hits from that other band – yes, KISS – alongside his solo stuff including his latest album, Space Invader. It all happens 29 Apr, The Tivoli, Brisbane; 30 Apr, Metro Theatre, Sydney; 2 May, Forum Theatre, Melbourne; and 7 May, Astor Theatre, Perth.


Kicking things off at the sold out Secret Garden Festival 28 Feb in Sydney, Client Liaison are taking their self-titled debut EP for one last spin around the nation, this time showcasing the EP’s last track, Pretty Lovers, for which they’ve also released a video. The Pretty Lovers tour plays 5 Mar, Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane; 6 Mar at a “secret venue” in Perth; 14 Mar, Oxford Art Factory, Sydney; and 20 Mar, 170 Russell, Melbourne.


Canadian post-hardcore pioneers, Silverstein have sold over one million records in their 15-year career, and this year their breakthrough album Discovering The Waterfront turns ten. To celebrate the milestone, they’ll be playing the album in full along with their greatest hits to their Australian fans this May. Their upcoming new album I Am Alive In Everything I Touch is scheduled for release around the same time, so expect a heap of new material accompanying the classics. They’ll be playing The Hi-Fi, Brisbane, 3 May; Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, 5 May; Manning Bar, Sydney, 6 May; Belconnen Magpies, Canberra, 7 May; 170 Russell, Melbourne, 8 May; and Amplifier Bar, Perth, 10 May.


The 24th annual Flickerfest International and Australian awards were announced last week. Japanese film Oh Lucy (director: Atsuko Hirayanagi) took away the Flickerfest Award for Best International Short Film; Belgium’s Bad Hunter (Sahim Omar Kalifa) won Best International Short Film; Hungary’s Symphony No. 42 (Reka Bucsi) walked out with the Yoram Gross Award for Best International Short Animation, while the Australian Competition Award winners included Grey Bull (Eddy Bell and Khoby Rowe); The Witching Hour (Carl Firth); Snowblind (Sean Kruck); Bush Mechanics ( Jason Japaljarri Woods and Jonathan Daw); Caravan (Kieran Watson-Bonnice); and Breath (Ben Dickinson). For a full list of winners, head to


Electro-pop French musicians Yelle are returning to tour Australia this March, bringing with them their new album, Completement Fou. A decade now since the band formed, they’ll be aiming to prove that they’re still as wild as ever when they make their way across the country, playing Capitol, Perth 25 Mar; Metro Theatre, Sydney, 27 Mar; Woolly Mammoth, 28 Mar; and Corner Hotel, 29 Mar.



Sydney hip hop trio Thundamentals are gracing a city near you as part of their just announced Elephants In The Room Tour. Their critically acclaimed EP So We Can Remember dominated the ARIA charts last year, taking out the #1 spot in Digital, Independent, Australian and Urban charts. And after selling out a string of national shows – and fitting in a cheeky tour with Hilltop Hoods – the boys show no signs of slowing down with this string of national shows. Catch them at Manning Bar, Sydney, Mar 5; The Zoo, Brisbane, 17 Apr; Corner Hotel, Melbourne, 24 Apr; and Capitol Theatre, Perth, 2 May. For more dates, head to

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The buff guy in the States who died when he tripped while filming himself trying to outrun a train on the train tracks is like something straight out of a Bill Hicks skit. Charlie Darwin will always get ya...

TOTES AMPED Well done to local legend Blank Realm who topped off a great 2014 by making the AMP shortlist, just our state’s second nomination in six years. They’re in cool company too, great shortlist!

DEATH PLEA Drug-smuggling is fucked, but executions are worse, so it’s cool that UK metal band Napalm Death have joined The Temper Trap in pleading for clemency for the Aussies about to be put to death in Indonesia.



The Italian artists using The Simpsons to draw attention to the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz has gone too far surely we don’t need pop culture appropriation to remind us how fucked the Holocaust was?

YOU’RE JOKING? Incredible to believe that the dickhead who drank ten cans of Coke every day for a month put on weight! We could have told you that at the start brainiac.

WHERE’S STEVE & DANNO? What the hell is going on with Robert Allenby in Hawaii? It’s like the greatest story never told, with one hell of a bender being analysed and unreliable narrators aplenty. Best thing to happen to golf since the Tiger Woods saga...


Overwhelming demand and staging upgrades have prompted the relocation of the Brisbane leg 7 Mar of this year’s Future Music Festival from Brisbane Showgrounds back to Doomben Racecourse. That means there’s more room for the festival’s new bespoke stage productions, including the Supernova, the James Klein-designed electronic main stage arena headlined by Avicii; Futuredome, headlined by The Prodigy; and the production that is Drake’s US arena show.


US punk rock outfit Title Fight have announced an Australian headline tour in support of new album Hyperview, out 30 Jan. See them as they hit up The Brightside, Brisbane, 19 Jun; The Lab, Brisbane, 20 Jun (AA); and YAC, Byron Bay, 21 Jun.


Washington DC outfit SOJA has been touring their special blend of reggae, go-go, DC hardcore, Latin, rock and hip hop, headlining shows for over 15 years. Their new and fifth studio album, Amid The Noise And Haste, has all but increased their international fan base, and as such, they’ve announced a sideshow in Brisbane, bringing Blue King Brown with them 4 Apr, The Triffid.


Forward-thinking DJ Snails is bringing his signature sounds to Australia in February. After gaining fans during his US tour with Brillz last year, the Montreal native has his sights set on the Australian dance scene. His unique brand of music – which he dubs as “vomitstep” – is unlike anything you’ve heard before. He’s playing at The Hi-Fi, Brisbane, 21 Feb.



Local punks Hellions have announced a headline national tour to support the release of their new album Indian Summer. Their energetic live show will pass through The Lab (6 Mar, AA), The Brightside (7 Mar) and Byron Bay: YAC (8 Mar, AA)


Performing together for more than 25 years, The Necks – pianist Chris Abrahams, double bassist Lloyd Swanton and drummer/ percussionist Tony Buck – have no better idea than their audiences what will emerge when they take the stage for one of their mesmerising and totally improvised performances. It’s an approach to music-making that has taken the Australian trio around the world, and brings them, 21 Feb, to Brisbane’s Old Museum.


What with signing to a premier booking agency in Melbourne, releasing a new single, In My Way, that’s sitting just outside of the Top 20 and picking up the national support slot on the Kingswood tour, life in The Belligerents’ camp is looking pretty rosy. Before they join Kingswood 21 Mar at The Triffid however, The Belligerents are headlining their own little tour that starts 30 Jan at Solbar and heads into Black Bear Lodge, 20 Feb.


Back from touring the globe solo, Bobby Alu is back with his band to release and tour his latest catalogue of songs, collectively titled Bay Sessions. Known for his super chill vibes, the dose of reggae will go down a treat when he graces Motor Room, 20 Feb; and Sol Bar, 7 Mar.



After a 400-strong turnout last year, Sonic Masala Fest will be making a return in 2015, taking to Greenslopes Bowls Club on 14 Mar. The lineup features Screamfeeder, White Walls, Summer Flake, Ghost Notes, Dollar Bar, Unpeople, McKisko, Primitive Motion, and heaps more, with more to be announced.


Slates are punk. Not fashion-driven, screaming for the sake of it, look at my tattoos, scene punk, but real, gritty, we live in this city and it lives in us, straight up no bullshit punk. And they’ll be in Australia for most of February, playing 11 shows across all capital cities and some key regional areas. Choose your venue: Tym Guitars, 8 Feb; and The Underdog Pub Co, 11 Feb. THE MUSIC • 28TH JANUARY 2015 • 7

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Warner Bros Movie World hosted the inaugural Stage One Film Festival 17 Jan with MCs Peter Carter and comedian Victor Caprio keeping things moving as winners were announced. The Best One-Shot Film Award went to These Days, directed by Jason Wingrove, while Best One-Shot Film Director was Andrew TaNK Stennett for 00,00,00. The TAFTA Award for Best Actor went to Andrew Pope for Jonathon Normal.



With a new single, Hanging Upside Down, complete with a stunning animated clip to share, Lime Cordiale are hiting the east coast once more. Refreshed and back out of Sydney’s Northern Beaches after a huge year that saw the five-piece tour the US twice, they play 26 Feb at Black Bear Lodge, with special guest Lyall Moloney.


Opening for Tinashe at The Triffid, 15 Feb will be special guest Thandi Phoenix, who’s been described as reminiscent of Billie Holiday with a neo-soul and electro lean.


Angus & Julia Stone have added a new show to the Queensland leg of their forthcoming tour, playing 14 Feb at Lake Kawana Community Centre on the Sunshine Coast.

Calling filmmakers and film students - The Gold Coast Film Festival has partnered with Surfers Paradise Alliance to run Shorts In Paradise (SIPFest), the Gold Coast’s biggest short film festival, as part of the annual Surfers Paradise and Gold Coast Film Festivals held in April each year, and they’re looking for entries from you. Enter a short film up to 10 minutes in duration by Monday 27 Mar to be considered for the free public event, which will screen the best films on the iconic Surfers Paradise beach on 12 Apr on Surfers Paradise Beach. For more details on entering visit




Mixed at Tuff Gong Studios in Jamaica by the legendary Errol Brown, Nanna is the forthcoming eighth album from Xavier Rudd, who last year put the call out and pulled together a brand new band, The United Nations. The eight-piece quite literally features musicians from around the world, representing contemporary and Indigenous Australia, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Germany and South Africa. The album is out 13 Mar and the accompanying tour sees Rudd & The United Nations play 22 Mar at The Tivoli. 8 • THE MUSIC • 28TH JANUARY 2015





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 basslines when she performs 20 Feb, TBC Club, Brisbane.

British punk/new wave group From The Jam are set to give their long-standing fans the show of a lifetime at the Twin Towns Showroom on 13 Mar. Just to sweeten the deal, the Outrigger Twin Towns Resort has released a special Show & Stay package for those die-hard fans – starting from just $250 for two – including concert tickets, accommodation and buffet breakfasts.

With six million plays and counting across SoundCloud and YouTube (if he got paid a dollar a play he could retire!), Sydneysider Hayden James is taking his latest hit single, Something About You, for a run around the nation. Joined by special guest and fellow Sydneysider Mickey Kojak, who gave you Feel My Pain, 27 Feb, Oh Hello.

UBERfest is proud to announce the first acts confirmed for Brisbane. Local acts Broken Leg, Mergatroyd, Super Asleep, The Dickersons, 3Speed Dragster, 10 Days Notice, Parlour Games will be performing alongside interstate acts Last Cavalry and Kim Killspeed, playing The Flying Cock, 8 Feb. Additionally, applications for final slots are still open. Proudly presented by The Music.



PRETTY SERIOUS GUYS “He had me in fishnet stockings with hot dogs like all in my midriff.” Hannah Story goes to the pub with POND’s Jay Watson, Joe Ryan and Nick Allbrook.


ick Allbrook and ‘Shiny’ Joe Ryan have missed their flight from Melbourne to Sydney, leaving only Jay Watson to hold down the fort. No one has managed to get in touch with Allbrook, but we’re assured that Ryan will be ready to chat at 1pm. In front of a bowl of wedges, sipping glasses of beer and signing Man It Feels Like Space Again album covers, Ryan and Watson chat to each other quietly. Ryan is wearing jewel-encrusted black sunglasses (a hangover?), and complaining about the price of coke and beer on the plane, while Watson is all charm, the “responsible one” who makes and keeps eye contact, speaks in pull quotes, picking up the conversation and steering it on course when it descends into jokes and British accents. They’ve come up to Sydney for press, but instead of

fellow, he was in the first one, The Phantom Menace, Qui-Gon Jinn.” Liam Neeson? “He’s Liam Neeson, and I’m that bloke from Trainspotting. Anyway, good bloke, so he’s doing the video clip.” Zond, on the other hand, is just POND “covered in inflatable pool toys in front of a green screen”. “And we’re old people on a couch flying through space,” adds Watson. Zond was made by Johnny Mackay (of Children Collide and Fascinator). Ryan talks about the “weird” clip: “He had me in fishnet stockings with hot dogs like all in my midriff. And this girl who was pretty cute reaching around behind me playing them. That’s the end of that story.”

Watson. “I just knew it would descend into nonsensical garbage very, very quickly.” “Alright, I’ll try to do it right from now on.” He then describes the record as “four young men going from young adults to jaded wankers” (the fourth young adult being The Growl’s Cam Avery). “It’s just honest. I think the songwriting’s probably matured a little bit, but in the same sense as a lot of other records it just feels honest, I think that’s a big thing, whatever it is.” When Allbrook arrives he’s all intensity, his eyes this white-blue, you can barely see the pupils. He talks rapidly and with conviction, all strange concepts, fear of death, but with a wry humour lingering below the surface. We ask about his influences and what he was writing about. “Very disparate influences. Sometimes going from completely naff kind of whimsical things that I’m feeling that day that are fun and dumb and stupid to a lot of apocalyptic entropic-al – what’s the plural for entropy? – I guess thinking and realising that we’re all kind of burning gradually…” He pauses. “You have an animal in your [hair] – a really beautiful animal.” Allbrook touches my face, brushing a moth out of my hair, before continuing. “Realising that we’re all burning quite quickly and having to think about having a good time and feeling comfortable and happy with it, accepting that we’re gonna die collectively.” Watson picks up the conversation: “There’s always kind of nonsensical songs about nothing, fun

“HAVING LIGHT-HEARTEDNESS AND FUN IS JUST AS IMPORTANT AS CRYING INTO YOUR FITPACK.” flying out in the evening they’ll be staying on to catch King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard playing The Roller Den. “We’re pretty serious guys,” says Watson.

“No more interviews at the pub,” Watson intones.

“No mucking around now, Jay. Serious answers,” Ryan cajoles.

“Where else are we gonna do them?”

They draw on cigarette packets while the others speak, colouring in the letters so they spell out something other than ‘Smoking causes lung cancer’, some nonsense, drawing on the face of the woman who suffered from a stroke, the man attached to a ventilator.

Watson and Ryan rattle off their favourite Australian bands, Total Control, Gunns, The Laurels, and Scott & Charlene’s Wedding among them.

Watson admits it was probably a bad idea to do interviews at the pub. POND have recently released their latest single and accompanying video for Sitting Up On Our Crane, and have been posting pictures on Facebook behind-the-scenes of the clip for Zond, which is currently in production. “The crane one is a friend of ours from New York, Alejandro [Crawford]; he kind of makes video games. It’s all kind of made from scratch,” says Watson.

“Hate Tame Impala, hate The Growl,” Ryan jokes. “Don’t listen to me. He’s been telling me off for saying weird shit all day.”

“He does visuals for MGMT and happened to teach me everything I know about live VJing,” says Ryan.

“I just knew we shouldn’t do interviews at the pub. Anyway, if he’s getting drunk, I’m getting drunk.”

Watson explains: “Joe does the visuals for Tame Impala, so he’s kind of his mentor, his Obi-Wan.”

“Yeah, we should get another drink!”

“He’s your man, I’m Obi-Wan. He’s Ewan McGregor, no, that other bloke.”

Their publicist doesn’t buy them another drink, saying that they should wait until Allbrook arrives. “You’re cut off. I told her to cut you off,” says

“No, Obi-Wan’s the one that teaches. You’re bloody Anakin or some shit. You’re Luke.” Ryan pauses to consider, but disagrees: “Who’s that bloke who played Michael Collins, yeah the Irish 10 • THE MUSIC • 28TH JANUARY 2015

throwaway songs, that kind of have points to them within it. And then there’s always songs that are really kind of overtly heartfelt. The mix is what makes it interesting I think. I don’t think I can be bothered with any albums anymore that are all one or the other. I think one of the most common themes with music that I like is that it’s all over the place, y’know. This album, we’ve probably made one or two like this before, but this album is really good at being all over the place but maybe hopefully have some sort of common thing.” “The stupidity and the nonsensical is just as important as the heavy and morose,” says Allbrook. “You’ve got to have some elements of enjoyment in your life now that we’re all dying so quickly. Having lightheartedness and fun is just as important as crying into your Fitpack [a container for syringes].” Watson summarises: “The way I see it is no one spends their whole day all the time – I mean some people do unfortunately – being kind of sad and depressed. And no one spends the whole time having a party without feeling sad and depressed at some point. If we made really morose music I wouldn’t feel very honest because a lot of the time we’re just having a blast. And if we made just party music I wouldn’t feel very honest either because a lot of the time we are being a bit more, as everyone else on the planet is, introspective and melancholic or whatever. It only makes sense to have party songs and depressing songs all on the same album.” They’re each capable of writing all different types of songs, the party and the melancholic, and they choose whether or not the track will be a POND

ON THE SCENE Jay Watson and Joe Ryan tell us about being between scenes, having moved from Perth to Melbourne “because we were kinda sick of Perth” to make the new record. From here, says Ryan, “Jay’s off to England, I’m going to Texas, I don’t know where Nick’s going,” (to Perth, says Watson). “My dream is to maybe live like all over the world, y’know, at one point or another. In every continent of the world.” Watson is diplomatic: “I like Perth and Melbourne equally. I really like both places.” “How much of the world can you learn about if you don’t go see it yourself?” “Profound,” Watson murmurs, deadpan.

or a solo song based off what they’re working on at the time. There are songs that are almost interchangeable, that could have gone on Shiny Joe Ryan’s record, or on Gum’s, or on a POND record. Ryan admits he offers most songs to POND first, and if it’s not going to work he keeps it for himself. “Often the party ones are the ones we’ve written as a combination,” says Watson. “You know it’s like bros broing out or whatever and having fun. And then a lot of the time the more serious or melancholy or defeatist ones are like one of us. Or the love songs are one of us. Beatles is a terrible comparison because they’re legends and we’re not, but I think it’s one of the things that I like and that a lot of people like about them is that there’ll be a song about pigs, and there’ll be a song about John Lennon as a junkie, and then there’ll be a song about Paul’s mum, then there’ll be another song about someone’s birthday [Ryan laughs out loud], and it makes it kind of cartoony. That’s what I love about the cover so much, it’s kind of cartoony, and it’s a cartoony album in parts.” They say that the cover “perfectly matches” the music. “[Ben Montero’s] art, he’s a perfect visual representation of our music: like artifice and a mix of like stupid and self-defacing,” says Allbrook. “Because it’s goofy and it’s epic and it’s not serious but it’s also really serious and a lot of time went into it and it’s very colourful but if you look closely a lot of it’s kind of dark or sad, and then some of it is just dumb, like the guy farting. I think we struggle, or anyone would struggle again, to have such a perfect match of the cover to the music. I’m really impressed, proud,

of how much he nailed it,” Watson concludes. They didn’t tell Montero exactly what to do when he was designing the record. “We kind of told him what each song was about, and all the titles are pretty selfexplanatory. Some of the titles he just did literal cartoons, like the Elvis one, Sitting Up On Our Crane is me on a crane. I really like the Man It Feels Like Space Again one where it’s like a hippie sitting by the river with all these pink dinosaurs or whatever and then it’s really futuristic and it’s like waste. Like The Matrix where it’s like machines, everyone’s

dead, the bones of the hippies, and it’s all post-industrial slum. It’s really good, I think from a distance it kind of just looks like whimsical fun, but on record or whatever, people that have it, it’s like a diecut sleeve so you slide it off and the inner sleeve is like Some Girls by Rolling Stones how there’s holes in it and you slide it off and it matches up. It’s pretty cool, it’s like we’re hidden in there like Where’s Wally? It’s the sort of game my ten-year-old cousin would like.” “Or me,” says Ryan. “Or a 60-year-old progstoner,” says Watson.

WHAT: Man It Feels Like Space Again (Spinning Top/EMI) WHEN & WHERE: 31 Jan, Laneway

They don’t really feel a part of the Perth scene anymore though. “It’s a fast-moving scene, y’know,” says Ryan. “I don’t feel like we’re really in that. Certainly don’t deserve any credit if we are. The Perth scene is really intimate.” “All of our buddies are in Perth, so many of our best friends. We definitely go back and we’re right back in with the gang,” says Watson. “We kind of come back and we’re like big douchey rock star dudes, nah, not really.” But Watson doesn’t quite feel a part of Melbourne’s music scene either. ”We just live there and make our own music.” “I just want to eat dumplings in Melbourne,” says Ryan.

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THE MULTI-TASKER The diva behind 2014’s Chicago house mega-hit Hideaway, Canada’s Kiesza is an adventurer. Soon to venture to Australia, she talks to Cyclone.


he’s been a ballerina, synchronised swimmer, sailor, naval reservist, beauty pageant contestant, music theatre performer, death metal band member and songwriter-for-hire. “I overlap a lot,” Kiesza aka KIesa Ellestad quips. “I just don’t sleep, practically. I’m a bit of a workaholic.” While media types invariably quiz the self-proclaimed “oddball” on how she trained to be an elite army sniper, perhaps more random is her competing for the Miss Universe Canada title. “It was the pushing of my grandmother, actually – ‘cause my grandmother

was Miss Canada, Miss Army, Miss Navy and Miss Airforce at one time!” she laughs. “She wanted me to follow in her footsteps. My mom was like, ‘Just do it, just for fun.’” Ellestad placed as runner-up in Miss Calgary – and tried for Miss Universe. “I ate all the desserts…” Ellestad taught herself guitar – and studied music at a regional college. In 2008 she self-released an album, now describing it as “this mixtape of country, folk, orchestral – a little funky.” Ellestad then scored a scholarship to attend Boston’s Berklee College of Music. She eventually transplanted to New York, partnering with producer (and


Lokal Legend label boss) Rami Samir Afuni. Ellestad aired the novelty (read: cheesy) dance-pop Oops. However, her aspiration was to write for other acts. Kylie Minogue took a “very abstract and out-there” song for Kiss Me Once. “It didn’t end up on the album, but it drew attention to me as a writer for the first time,” Ellestad says. Yet, on coming up with Hideaway in an impromptu session with Afuni, Ellestad resolved to keep it for herself. She was surprised at how her voice suited deep house. Crucially, she committed to the idea of being an artist. “You have to be brave to really go out to that world – it’s a tough world.” Ellestad shot Hideaway’s one-take video on Brooklyn’s backstreets with taut choreography – channelling young Madonna. The record blasted to #1 in the UK. Last October Ellestad presented the streamlined Sound Of A Woman, an LP reminiscent of Ultra Naté or Róisín Murphy. “I think I was able to show people that I’m an artist and not just a voice on a dance track.” Ellestad continues to moonlight as a composer, “There’s a song that Rihanna did record – I mean, I don’t know if it’s actually gonna be on her album – but she interpreted it her own way, a way that I’d never, ever expected it to sound.” For Future Music Festival ‘15, Ellestad is performing with a turntablist, drummer and two dancers. “It’s got a lot of dancing in it. I tend to sing and dance at the same time a lot, so it’s pretty energetic… I definitely will be doing a lot of the highenergy songs, on the dance songs, and probably mix in a few of the ballads from the album.” WHEN & WHERE: 7 Mar, Future Music Festival, Doomben Racecourse

LEARNING TO WIN The Black Keys have been kicking a lot of goals of late, and drummer Pat Carney tells Steve Bell that dealing with it is easy once you progress beyond your dipshit phase.


t’s hard to recall a band having so much success happen so incrementally as it has with Akronbred blues rockers The Black Keys. From relatively humble independent beginnings they seemed to just gradually ascend the musical ladder one rung at a time – each of their albums performing slightly better than its predecessor – until they’ve somehow found themselves in their current position as one of the most féted and in-demand bands on the planet. “There were some moments in the past four years where I kind of get freaked out, because we’ve had this gradual thing happening for years and then all of a sudden it went pretty wild from 2010 to 2012,” reflects drummer Patrick Carney. “But now I feel a lot more relaxed and able to really enjoy it. There were some times when I got really stressed out and really nervous about different things, and my dad told me that I need to calm down and enjoy it because it’s not going to last forever. We’re lucky to still be making music in general, let alone to be having the most successful period of our career so far starting a decade in – I think we’re able to enjoy it more than if it had happened during [2003 second album] Thickfreakness when we were twenty-three-year-old dipshits.” Carney believes that he and partner-in-crime Dan Auberach (vocals/guitar) have been able to properly enjoy the success because it was achieved on their own terms. 12 • THE MUSIC • 28TH JANUARY 2015

“It feels like it’s all been very DIY – we’ve never had an A&R guy or any of that bullshit. Actually when we first got played on the radio in the United States, we’d made this song with [producer] Danger Mouse – it was called Tighten Up – and we were told straight up that that song would never be played on the radio, and we were fine with that because we’d never experienced it. Then three or four months after the record came out and we got a call from our management company saying that the record was getting played a lot on the radio, and we hadn’t even heard it because we’d been sleeping all day and playing

all night on tour... that’s when I started getting a little bit freaked out.” Surely it’s got to be a massive life change just coping with the scrutiny that accompanies the level of fame The Black Keys have achieved? “Yeah it felt that way for a while,” Carney chuckles, “and then you just realise that you can’t please everybody all of the time, and most people who want to say something negative... are usually just fucking losers so it doesn’t really matter.” WHEN & WHERE: 2 Apr, Brisbane Riverstage; 3 Apr, Bluesfest, Byron Bay To read full interview head to

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INSIDE LOOKING OUT Ann Vriend has seen some interesting ‘goings on’ in her back alley, which have informed the “tough stories” on her new album, as Michael Smith discovers.


he City of Edmonton in the Canadian province of Alberta is currently making much of “revitalising” the inner city suburb of McCauley. It’s a place singer, songwriter and pianist Ann Vriend has got to know very well the past six or seven years she’s chosen to live there, and it informs her latest album, For The People In The Mean Time. “In my particular neighbourhood there are a lot of people living on the streets,” Vriend explains, “and so my attic and my studio have a good view of my back alley where there are constant ‘goings on’ of various


things, most of which are illegal [chuckles]. So because of all that I guess I saw a rougher edge to society than maybe you do normally when you’re living in a privileged country like Australia or Canada. “At the same time, you know, politically and just what’s going on in the news, I just sort of thought there’s a lot of tension and hardship and harsh things out there right now, whether it’s in my little neighbourhood, in my alley, being played out in front of my eyes or things on the political level, personal to those people, so the whole album is sort of about tough stories. But the music I wanted to have be really upbeat and

danceable and fun and groovy so that those tough tales wouldn’t sound just really, really depressing!” Vriend produced her 2011 album, Love & Other Messes, herself but chose to call in Toronto producer Tino Zolfo for her latest. “Well I learned that I don’t know that much about producing,” she admits, chuckling again. “I learned a lot, I’ll say that. That was a good experience and I don’t think I did an awful job, but, especially for the genre I was doing and the drums and programming end of things, I’m the last person in the world that should be trying computer-related anything. This guy [Zolfo], just in terms of having a lot of knowledge about that genre, was a bass player in soul bands for a long time in Canada and I thought I could really benefit from what he brought to the table. “He also has a quirky style of producing in terms of making things sort of pop but not mainstream middleof-the-road pop. So for me, I wanted to see if I could synthesise old-school soul with ‘now’ pop without the ‘now’ pop being the kind of ‘now’ pop that I don’t like!” Zolfo co-wrote four of the songs on For The People… with Vriend, but more interestingly, he also gave the record quite a distinctive sound. “Just to put some grit and noise into what was recorded digitally, to get at a feeling of not being so new and shiny, there’s actually, in every song there’s something functioning as what he calls a noise track. He calls it the broken wheel approach!”

WHEN & WHERE: 1 Feb, Brisbane Jazz Club

ANOTHER JUGGERNAUT “Music is the last backbone of truth,” says Enter Shikari vocalist Rou Reynolds. He chats to Kane Sutton.


nter Shikari became a huge hardcore force upon releasing 2007’s Take To The Skies, which had them unleashing energetic synthesiser blasts over cacophonous thrash. Their next album, 2009’s Common Dreads, saw them move towards their current sound, with in-your-face political assertions, colossally distorted riffage and a stronger focus on glitchy electronics. 2012’s A Flash Flood Of Colour followed in a similar vein, and while the concept of political themes in music can often polarise, Rou Reynolds sticks to his guns when the idea’s brought up in relation to their fourth full-length, The Mindsweep: “[We] write songs that address certain themes that we don’t think are being addressed enough elsewhere, or things that we just think are important. It’s got to the point where music, and art in general, is the last backbone of truth. Given our background, it’s just the natural thing for us to do. We want to focus on relevant issues and things we’re passionate about. We don’t expect people to take away certain things; different people have different perspectives on everything, as well as feelings, and lives and meanings to the songs. I’m hoping it’s emboldening. The Mindsweep in itself is basically describing the way that those in power will sweep away or ridicule or disparage any new ideas or alternatives. These structures that they have in place seem so important and bigger than us, but it’s quite clear that they’re frail, so we’re trying to give people confidence and trying to get people to think clearly and logically.”

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Is it simply a matter of following the political trends? “We usually describe the band as a thing that got out of hand, and it still feels like that,” Reynolds chuckles, “But taking on a new purpose as we’ve gone on seems to have worked. By this stage, half the people we speak to are not just about music but political issues too. Usually the music comes first though. You kind of obviously breed off the emotional vibe and what you want to portray musically, and then you pick a subject that, well, lucky for me, comes straight to my head. It’s just about getting the partnership and incorporating meaning.” Enter Shikari continue to surprise listeners with

tweaks in their sound. “We’re quite a fidgety band. We don’t like sitting in the same corner and exploring that musical spectrum. Classical and neo-classical music was a big influence on this album, and there was a real focus on texture using synths, hardware and software, and using organic instrumentation as well – there’s a lot of brass. We just wanted a varied set of tones to go with the diversity of the record. “It can be quite daunting when you look at it and we have plans for 2016 and it’s not even 2015 yet,” Reynolds laughs. “We don’t plan out too much though, especially when it comes to what we do normally, and the music’s just instinct really. If we want to put out an album or an EP or whatever, we can just go into it and get it done.” WHAT: The Mindsweep ([PIAS] Australia) WHEN & WHERE: 24 May, The Tivoli

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RULE OF THIRDS First loves, gentrification, and punching misbehaving men: London’s multi-instrumental siblings Kitty, Daisy & Lewis talk about their new album, The Third. WHENEVER YOU SEE ME – DAISY We were on the road heading to a gig somewhere and this random melody popped into my head. It was actually the part where I sing “Whenever you see me” in the song. Those words actually just started going along with it... I didn’t know what I was going to do with this melody, but I knew that the four words I had sounded good with it, so I basically decided to write the song around those four words, which ended up being about men that think they can get away with pinching your bum and saying inappropriate things


to you when you’re out, thinking they have a chance or thinking they look cool, when really they look like complete twits. When writing it, I had one particular time in mind. I was at the Crowbar in Soho with my partner and some twit pinched my bum, so I looked round and they looked away as if it was amusing... Anyway, I knew who it was, and out of nowhere my gut reaction was to punch him in the back. Pretty damn hard. Don’t think he expected it.

Where better to start than at the very beginning? The story behind this song starts on one spring eve when I went to a warehouse party in Hackney, which I attended with my brother’s then-girlfriend. It was there that I met my first love. We saw each other from across the room, someone put on a James Brown tune, we danced, we talked, blah blah blah… it’s all very romantic in the beginning innit? Over the next few weeks he swiftly became the centre of my universe, and it was wonderful. So yes this song is about falling in love for the first time but, er, also that oh so embarrassing subject… Well it says it all in the chorus… DEVELOPER’S DISEASE – LEWIS This is a political song in the first sense. And again, like most of my other songs started out, I was just playing some chords and came out with the lyrics. I was feeling strongly at the time, and still do, about all the demolition of our nice old buildings to make way for ghastly modern buildings that are taking over our cities at an increasing rate. I feel this gentrification is happening everywhere. When I first brought the song into the rehearsal room, I played and sung it with an acoustic guitar and we tried various different ways of doing the song as a group. The message seemed to come across best when I sung and played it alone and we decided to bring in the band at the end to change up the feel.


WHAT: The Third (Sunday Best/Shock)

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NOW YOU SEE IT Sarah Barratt talks to Mike Tyler and Christopher Wayne, the pair behind The Naked Magicians, to discuss the art of getting their rigs out and other related tricks.


agic shows, in my mind, are usually associated with fluffy bunnies, tuxedos, intense staring, hand gestures and miscellaneous pyrotechnics, but never naked men. And I’ve always thought this to be a damn shame. Thankfully, that void has now been filled by a couple of men who do things a little differently. “We describe it confidently as the naughtiest, cheekiest, funniest, sexiest magic show on the planet,” Christopher Wayne says of The Naked Magicians. They do the whole thing with no sleeves up which to hide their magic, doing the entire thing naked and still managing to deceive you. It’s like going on a Tinder date in a room of 100 people and showing off your comedic prowess, good looks and wit – or so they tell me. It all started around the time of the movie, Magic Mike, a rom-com about male strippers that starred Channing Tatum, which collided with the tour of magic show, The Illusionists, where Wayne collaborated with producer, Simon Painter. These moments, along with a year of hard work, writing, editing and performing, made The Naked Magicians. They wanted to capture what was funny, cheeky and engaging, and put it together with their years of successful magic experience. The pair weren’t always magic makers though, and this has been invaluable to their current success. Mike Tyler

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worked in banking, while Wayne actually used to weigh cocoa in an Arnott’s biscuit factory. “I’m glad I haven’t been an entertainer all my life,” Wayne admits. “It makes me really value hard work. Lots of people just want to be famous, but we really enjoy working hard.” Tyler adds, “Also, we’ve worked our arses off, literally, at the gym. Wayne has lost about thirty kilos for the show.” After three years of close friendship and working on their craft together, “If anything,” Wayne concludes, “this show has made us more comfortable in our own skin.” They do both agree that being entertaining

was key to feeling accepted and fulfilled, even as kids: “High school is survival of the fittest,” Wayne suggests. “It’s Darwinism. Social acceptance was to be funny. I used to like pissing off my teachers. Now as an adult I really like making people happy.” But, “People shouldn’t come and expect to see a show, they should come and expect to be part of a show.” “This is a show that we planned to be around for longer than twelve months,” adds Tyler. “When we started it didn’t show our penis in it – we got naked and there was always something in front of it, and then I made a slight timing mistake, and the crowd just went insane. There were shrieks of excitement, laughter and amazement at the same time. I remember Chris saying that this mistake was the best thing we’d done so far. It got naughtier and cheekier as the show progressed.” WHEN & WHERE: 5 – 13 Mar, The Twelfth Night Theatre

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album/ep reviews



Laughing Outlaw


Perry Keyes’ fourth long-player is an ambitious concept piece about an extended family fighting for a decent life in the working-class western suburbs of Sydney. The first of a two-album series (with follow-up The Great Western Highway due later this year), it’s a collection of songs dense in rich Australian imagery and insight, the beautifully painted scenarios portraying a grim picture of a tough life where hope reigns eternal.

Indian Summer kicks off in instantaneously groovy fashion. The high-speed vocals match the instrumental energy and the drumming on the album is phenomenal with ostentatious segments on Nottingham providing the “wow” factor in a well-produced whirl. Indian Summer is a contemporary take on a traditional hardcore sound. There’s heavy riffing in Ghoul and a satisfying breakdown in Comedy Of Errors that is sure to get you going.


The music is sparse and subdued for the most part, setting the moods well to complement the narratives, but it’s Keyes’ lyrics that dominate proceedings. When he rasps, “You don’t deserve this tobaccosoaked kiss” (Home Is Where The Heart Disease Is), it’s as effortlessly emotive as the great masters (Dylan, The Boss, Kelly et al). It’s the intricacies of detail that give the songs their considerable heft, and while

Indian Summer

it’s typically Sydney-centric in scope, for every mention of Martin Place, Harry’s Café de Wheels, Strathfield or Botany Bay there’s a reference to ANZAC Day, Archie Roach, $5 steaks, Sunnyboys and ODIs. Drug references abound (but desperate rather than glamorous) and there’s a lot of personal torment invested in these blue-collar montages – whether they be tales of dead-end jobs (Mario Milano’s Monaro), crime and punishment (Raymond John Denning) or people completely on the skids (The Abattoir Sky) each character is viewed through an empathic lens that begs for understanding. Steve Bell

The presence of anaphylactic guitar solos are aptly composed and thoughtfully placed for maximum effect, and a captivating cello piece performed by Artem Konstantinov rescues a cringeworthy segment of angst in Polyphasic Sleep, creating the focal point for the entirety of the record. Chris Craker contributes a trepid piano piece on Mea Culpa, while Lie is an impressive hardcore punk song



Sunday Best/Shock

Firstly, if you’re looking for anything even slightly resembling It’s Oh So Quiet or Hyperballad on Vulnicura, you’re not gonna find it. Opener Stonemilker is the closest thing you’ll get to the pop sensibility that was once again hinted at on Biophilia. Nevertheless, Vulnicura proves once more that when Björk dives head first into dense abstraction she embraces it wholly.

This leads to an almost contrary range to their music – they genuinely swing at times, switch to a bluesy old-time rock’n’roll, or then find an almost jazzy groove to settle into. But there’s still that feeling of slight unease to it. Baby Bye Bye adds to that feeling. It’s sauntering English skiffle, but there’s maybe something darker going on. You feel they might be smirking at you from behind 18 • THE MUSIC • 28TH JANUARY 2015

clocking in at one minute and 30 seconds yet successfully taking every avenue to pulverise. This helps to demonstrate that the dynamic range on the record is one of its biggest strengths, boasting a great degree of traditional hardcore songs and almost monolithic experimentations. Perhaps if the alternative instrumentation was implemented throughout the entirety of the record it would come across as less of a shout for attention. Hellions’ biggest strength is when they are uncompromisingly heavy. Here’s to hoping they compromise less often. Jonty Czuchwicki


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The Durham siblings remain a bit of a conundrum. There’s a sincerity in the pose – the girls with their stocking seams straight and the boy’s hair perfectly slicked back. Not to mention the technical insistence on old-school instrumentation and analogue recording with musical inspiration seemingly coming from the family collection of antique 78rpm records.



★★★½ the door, deciding whether to let you in on the joke. Perhaps encouraging that sense of mischief, the inspired choice of former Clash/BAD spiv Mick Jones as producer. His own 40 years of eclecticism lets them have their head, while keeping a solid musical base. Ain’t Your Business chugs at you, while Turkish Delight is rattly near-ska. The brother and sisters harmonies then intertwine to give it a perhaps misleading sweetness. No Action then comes as a bit of a surprise with its sexual bluntness. It doesn’t all quite fit, but they’re more than a retro curiosity. Ross Clelland

Vulnicura is ostensibly a breakup album. Taking cues from a series of songs written over several months or more, it once again proves that philosophy on pretty much everything – life, love, being human – is what drives Björk. Of course it is Björk, so a lot of understanding of what she’s talking about is up to you. But the worthwhile choice of pushing her still intense vocals far above anything heard on Biophilia gives the record a much-needed immediacy and rawness.

★★★½ Vulnicura finds Björk completely comfortable pushing the boundaries of melody. Her voice and powerfully enticing string arrangements take the forefront, with warped, droning atmospherics carrying the low end. Apart from Stonemilker, it never picks up above this swirling trance state, and while it works mostly it keeps the melodies and arrangements from coalescing into a whole. Vulnicura is a heartfelt record; that much is sure. The heart’s there, and Björk’s usual intensity, but the lack of structure strips a lot of the immediacy away from the record. Still, the weirdness works. Cam Findlay

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The Phosphorescent Blues Nonesuch/Warner Mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile is both a spearhead for progressive “bluegrass” outfit Punch Brothers and an integral part of what draws listeners into the music. Fittingly, the warm, arpeggiated melodies of Thile’s instrument are what brings in the ten-minute epic that is the first track, Familiarity. The same can be said for that track as can for the rest of the album; from the sweeping instrumental melodies to the resonating bass, from the glowing vocal harmonies to each prodigious instrument’s feature, the music of The Phosphorescent Blues is captivating.



Forever And For Now Laughing Outlaw/Inertia Sometimes the most complicated thing is keeping it simple. Shinazzi has the knack of it. It’s little remembrances as conversations, the emotions distilled to a phrase, a feeling. It’s knowing something’s not quite right and recognising the doubts. Knowing in your Bones “the fear of being alone” is all that’s holding a faltering relationship together. But there’s joy in small gestures too: The Day We Met’s overseas call from a friend at a Springsteen concert, or seeing someone on an early train by chance – a sign that Everything’s Alright. And it just might be. Ross Clelland



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Modern Streets Ninja Tune/Inertia

On album number 15 it takes a while for Napalm Death’s righteous anger to hit top gear. The opening track from which the album takes its name slowly crawls towards the inevitable explosion of fury of its blistering successor Smash A Single Digit. From there the band refuses to let up (apart from a slight detour on Dear Slum Landlord), grimly grinding through track after track of societal-baiting noise. Barney’s bellow is as caustic as ever and when paired with Mitch Harris’ superb riffage remains one of the final words in extremity.

It should come as no surprise that we now live in an age not of bedroom studios but mobile device workspaces. Avant, then, Steve Spacek (real name Steve White), whose latest album relies heavily on Apple devices found in every family household. Modern Streets’ depth all but camouflages the apparently shallow composition. Bass bins get thoroughly rogered by If You Are My Chalice and garage nostalgics have skippity beats aplenty to sink their teeth into. Modern Streets works by uncurbing expectations of progressive homemade, big-sounding urbania.

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To Us, The Beautiful

Pennsylvanian rockers Title Fight have turned the volume down a notch with their third full-length, and have done so in a way that’s managed to leave their intensity and grit intact – no small feat. In fact, it’s surprisingly the slower songs on the second half of this album that really steal the show, with Dizzy acting as the piece de resistance – guitars swirling beautifully into one another with soft, angsty moanings floating gently on the surface. Hyperview is definitely a step up, showing a more composed and measured side to their oeuvre.

The (formerly) mustachioed ex-keyboardist for The Hold Steady and occasional touring Against Me! member continues merrily along his solo path with fourth album, To Us, The Beautiful. Banjo-driven duet Talk To Him In Shallow Water runs closest to his previous output, but the majority is more traditional anthemic rock/punk fare with guitars at a premium and Nicolay at times vocally reminiscent of The Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle as he barks his thought-provoking diatribes. Earnest but heartfelt and laden with hooks, this is an ultimately fun excursion.

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From The Very Depths

Joey Bada$$ – B4.Da.$$


2Cellos – Celloverse

Venom’s current incarnation has resolved to repeat themselves for the last few albums. They can still write evil riffs, but the idiosyncrasies, weirdness and experimentation that made Venom such a worthwhile band have been abandoned, save for slow-burner Smoke. Essentially, this is the same record as 2006’s Metal Black, but Cronos seems to be running out of steam. How many more songs can be written about “Long Haired Punks” and “Satanas”? Die-hard fans might be happy with the competently written, bass-heavy bangers, but the ferocity is gone.

Above & Beyond – We Are All We Need Diablo BLVD – Follow The Deadlights Leo Sayer – Restless Years All We Are – All We Are

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live reviews

NAS, MC DUSK The Tivoli 20 Jan Only a couple of days since releasing her debut single, Way Back Home, Australia’s own MC Dusk, aka Abbie Cornish, is pumped and spitting with intensity from the moment she takes the stage. Supports slots of this level don’t come easily, but with the momentum of a successful acting career it seems anything is possible. Dusk’s attitude and confidence suggests she knows this as well as anyone. Unfortunately she’s an awkward fit for the mood and context of this show, but even with the crowd giving her near zero, she keeps laying them down as if building the foundations of a high-rise.

of videos from the ‘94 heyday, yet the event seems to extend beyond typical indulgent nostalgia. Whether it’s because Illmatic is reincarnated through myriad other records every year, or that it continues to seduce and inspire, there’s something that makes this set feel more like a celebration of the moment than a mere sentimental backward glance. Album closer, It Ain’t Hard To Tell is turned into a tribute to MJ and, implicitly, all the inspiration that make records like Illmatic possible. A fast-paced medley that includes The Message, If I Ruled The World, Nastradamus, Nas Is Like, Hate Me Now and Made You Look, follows. Lain out like a mid-career platter, this run fills much of the gaps and displays a good variation


As The Genesis seeps out of the speakers, the years count back from 2015 on a large LED screen. When 1994 hits, Nas commences the trip down memory lane, leading the crowd of ecstatic followers through his game-changing debut. NY State of Mind, Life’s A Bitch and The World Is Yours prompt mass hysteria. With the exception of Represent, moved two places forward, Illmatic is played front to back, and Nas has the room reciting the lines and losing their shit every beat of the way. A single DJ has replaced the six-piece band of past tours, but it’s fitting for this occasion. Not only is Nas in the finest of forms (as usual), he also emits some sense of humility and makes a real effort to connect with the room. For the duration of Illmatic the LED screen is flooded with a collage

and played a set consisting entirely of material from their then-yet-to-be-released third album, and that was kind of a bummer. So it’s with a certain degree of trepidation that this reviewer enters the doors of Alhambra this evening. Local outfit Unpeople kick off proceedings while the club’s main room is still sparsely populated. With an engrossingly lo-fi aesthetic that sounds custom-built for cassette tape, the band manages to sound like a sick cross-contamination of Darkthrone and Eddy Current Suppression Ring. Clever embrace the atonal coolness typical of early ‘90s Amphetamine Reptile acts. It’s a smart move too, as the waves of garage


of Nas’ artistry. Stillmatic’s One Mic is the set closer and is translated into a poignant protest of Ferguson and the present situation at large. Nas encores with a sentimental version of Stay (all the malice is left out), and it’s a very fitting touch to conclude the night. Few MCs have made such an impact on the game, and fewer still can deliver such a powerful set with just a DJ and a mic. Jake Sun

ICEAGE, THEE HUGS, CLEVER, UNPEOPLE Alhambra Lounge 22 Jan Five months ago Danish nihilistic punk wunderkinds Iceage rolled through town

rock feedback crash into a tightly-controlled post-punk rhythm section. Clever tap into the same vein of angstriddled catharsis explored by bands like Halo Of Flies. Thee Hugs fill the position of main support tonight. That’s kind of fitting too, because at this point the air within Alhambra is soupy with humidity and the perfect atmospheric accompaniment to Thee Hugs’ gritty brand of swamp rock. The quartet barrel through their scuzzy set with a sense of humour and an ear for vaguely foreboding textures reminiscent of The Eighties B-Line Matchbox Disaster. Perhaps less than flattering reports of their last Brisbane show have preceded them, because the crowd is still

fairly sparse when Iceage take the stage. And when the band strike up On My Fingers and Let It Vanish, there’s a sense we could be in for the same setlist we got that last time. While some elements of the show are the same as they were back in September – vocalist Bender Rønnenfelt is still tragically swanning across the stage – the band is much more self-assured presenting the material from Plowing Into The Field Of Love now that they’ve had the tail end of 2014 to tour it. The backbeat provided by Dan Kjær Nielsen now has a great deal more dynamism, which makes individual songs stand out from what might otherwise be an indecipherable post-punk


drawl. And to his credit, Rønnenfelt can diverge from the vocals on the record to present a partly shouted, partly spoken, partly drawled delivery and then snap back to the melody with surprising accuracy. It’s a trick he uses to make cuts like Forever and You’re Nothing’s Morals – one of two songs in the set not from the new album – stand out against their recorded counterparts. The set is too short, and nothing from the New Brigade record is played, but Iceage’s set is captivating enough that the few in attendance are liable to turn up when the band next roll through town. Because Iceage probably could deliver the set we all want to hear, if they wanted to. Tom Hersey THE MUSIC • 28TH JANUARY 2015 • 21

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PAUL KELLY PRESENTS MERRI SOUL SESSIONS, HIATUS KAIYOTE The Tivoli 23 Jan The members of Melbourne neo-soul quartet Hiatus Kaiyote are stretched out across the front of the stage, frontwoman Nai Palm drawing attention with her breathy, gymnastic vocals while the accomplished band lay down an elegant bed for her to work from. Their arrangements are intricate and jazz-like, their air of easy sophistication suiting the classy Tivoli décor perfectly. Tracks like Mobius Streak and the Grammy-nominated Nakamarra go down well, and the relatively subdued By Fire showcases a different side to this inimitable outfit.

Even though this is a most unusual Paul Kelly set – featuring him in bandleader rather than frontman mode as he takes a vocal back seat to the incredible ensemble cast he assembled to help him bring his Merri Soul Sessions project to life – as he opens casually with his regular backing band it’s clear he’s still the darling of the packed house. Soon the collaborators file on stage until we have the full contingent, Vika Bull opening proceedings with the beautiful What You Want – the mass harmonies gorgeous from the get-go – before ceding the mic to sister Linda Bull, who rises to the challenge with the equally pretty Smells Like Rain. It continues like this with both the new songs and the performances captivating – Kelly offering Righteous Woman (with glorious counterpoints from the Bulls), the “very righteous” Clairy Browne giving Where Were You When I Needed You, Dan Sultan absolutely smashing Don’t Let A Good Thing Go before Kelly returns with the heartwarming Thank You – before we delve back into the past for the first

time with a rousing How To Make Gravy, the crowd singing along en masse. Kelly then leaves the stage altogether, dynamo Kira Puru offering I Don’t Know What I’d Do, Sultan covering Kelly’s lovely I Close My Eyes And Think Of You – with Kelly himself returning to offer backing vocals – before Browne rips through Isaac Hayes’ When Something Is Wrong With My Baby and they throw in Kelly originals Song From The Sixteenth Floor and Give In To My Love (courtesy of Puru again). All involved seem to be revelling in both their new creative partnership and the musical fruits of their labours, Browne tearing through Keep On Coming Back For More and Sultan powering through a rocking Look So Fine Feel So Low. Kelly’s howl ushers in the incredible version of Sweet Guy that Vika long ago made her own, before the full contingent return for new spiritual, Hasn’t It Rained, before filing into the darkness. An encore is a given, with the vibrant final offering of Down On The Jetty, (Kelly’s) Love Letter, a triumphant Dumb Things

and a spine-tingling a cappella version of Meet Me In The Middle Of The Air farewelling us with great panache. The great man does it again. Steve Bell



Fat Freddy’s Drop @ The Tivoli Shonen Knife @ GoMA Ariel Pink, The Clean @ The Brightside Omar Souleyman @ The Brightside

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In cinemas

★★ Kevin Hart is a very talented comedian. For someone who has as much presence and range as the best of them, it’s a shame to see him involved in this lacklustre production. At least he can use the film as a springboard to get noticed, but The Wedding Ringer will forever 22 • THE MUSIC • 28TH JANUARY 2015

Doug Harris (played by Josh Gad) is a dorky businessman who can’t believe his luck when the beautiful Gretchen Palmer (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting) agrees to marry him. While planning the wedding, Harris has no idea what to do about finding a best man and groomsmen as he has no friends to ask, but catches wind of Jimmy Callahan (Hart) who has a successful business as a conman who hires himself out as a best man, convincing friends and family that the groom is in fact not a “friendless loser” for a generous paycheck. Callahan is very good at playing the part of Doug’s old best friend ‘Bic Mitchum’ to Palmer’s family, and Callahan shows Doug how much fun life can be when spent with friends. Callahan has to harshly remind Harris that their relationship is strictly professional as the wedding looms closer and closer. Watch only for Hart’s hilarious performance as the charming ‘Wedding Ringer’. Harry Hughes


In cinemas

★★★★ Hiking really is like nothing else. As amateur participants ourselves, we can attest to its unique painfulness and weird timelessness, the fact it so entirely removes you from your everyday life, captivating every part of you in its attendant ‘newness’, the more the days wind on. If you do it right – and it’s hard not to, really – you never want to leave, all you want is the strange configurations of food, the deep sleeps, the rocks, the wilderness, and rarely other people. It’s just you and the earth, uninterrupted, and its allure is utterly bewitching. It can indeed be the perfect distraction from life, and Wild, the new film from Dallas Buyers Club director Jean-Marc Vallée, captures the unique euphoria of that, and how existentially ruminative and personal the process can be for the person

hiking. Wild finds Reese Witherspoon’s Cheryl Strayed turning to a three-month trek in a state of exhausted desperation. Because the activity is not in itself a desperate act – it’s not easy or cowardly, rather quite brave and defiant – the trials we learn her character is trying to gain distance from are framed in a more humanistic light: one that lets us better mourn the bad for how they’ve affected her character, and all the more applaud the good, for here now she is again, climbing back to lost heights. Sam Hobson


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Member/role: Josh – singer How long have you been together? The other four had been jamming together for about six months before I joined in August 2012. How did you all meet? Mick, Justin and I all met in Mackay where we grew up. They’d been playing in a band together before I met them at an interschool jazz concert. Toby and Ben went to the same high school in Brisbane. We eventually met each other through playing in similar bands and going to gigs at Fat Louie’s. You’re on tour in the van – which band or artist is going to keep the most people happy if we throw them on the stereo? That’s a tough one as we all have varying tastes, most of the time everyone is at the mercy of whoever is in possession of the almighty aux cord. Some memorable and entirely subjective choices include Scritti Politti, Big Black, Beverly Hills Cop soundtrack, Talk Talk and Miles Davis. Would you rather be a busted broke but revered Hank Williams figure or some kind of Metallica monster? We’d all love to be able to live off the profits (ha!) of this band but that’s never going to happen and please don’t tell anyone I said that. Which Brisbane bands before you have been an inspiration (musically or otherwise)? To The North, The Go-Betweens, Regurgitator, Savage Garden. There’d be others too. What part do you think Brisbane plays in the music you make? For better or worse this little big town and its sultry vegetal stench plays a large part in our music and our attitudes. Although it can get a bit narcoleptic at times, it only makes us more determined and less distracted in adding our own flavour to the everlasting gobstopper which is the modern music universe. If your band had to play a team sport instead of being musicians which sport would it be and why would you be triumphant? I look forward to joining the local bowls club with my Seahorse brethren in our declining years. We would be triumphant because it’s not a sport where you need to take anything seriously. What’s in the pipeline for the band in the short term? We’re giddy to be releasing our new EP Public Transport Fantasy Sequence and hitting the road for a big ol’ tour. Seahorse Divorce play The Underdog on Thursday 5 February.

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SANGRIA ...and other fruity, summery punches. Erika Donald tells ya where to get ‘em. Photos Dina El-Hakim.

MAKE ME, DRINK ME IN POP CULTURE Films Tea & Sangria (2014): Jilted in Madrid, a bewildered Englishman must learn to live and love again – the Spanish way. Sangria Lift (2014): An impulsive act by a group of thrillseeking teenagers sets in motion a chain of events that will change many lives. Songs

The Sangria Bar @ Ole Restaurant – Shop B13/ B14 Grey St, Southbank The bar provides numerous kinds of wine, fruit and spirit concoctions, as well as the sangria of the day. You can even try a flight of sangria, where you get to try any four flavours for $20. Try the grapefruit and lychee white or the blueberry and passionfruit red. They also offer a large range of delicious tapas available until midnight for those late night snacks! Pintxo Spanish Taperia – 561 Brunswick St, New Farm Pintxo offer the traditional red and whites, but also peach, cherry, or kiwifruit. They also put forward a ‘sangria-tini’; just in case your sangria wasn’t alcoholic enough, you can step it up a notch by adding some gin or vodka. 24 • THE MUSIC • 28TH JANUARY 2015

Peasant – 61 Petrie Terrace, Brisbane The people at Peasant boast they’ve spent three and a half years perfecting their rose sangria recipe. They expertly blend dry rose, mint, grapefruit, passionfruit and gin to create this masterpiece. However, they are not willing to divulge their secret recipes for the classic white and red version. SKA Sangria – spanishboutiquebeverages.

Love your sangria but prefer to drink it in the comfort of your own home? SKA makes a bottled version right here in Fortitude Valley. They use Australian wines blended with juice and other yummy flavours to create the authentic sangria. Check out their website for the closest bottle shop/bar near you that stock them.

Remi – Sangria: “My train’s at ten to four o’clock and I hop in/ Like fuck a Myki, I don’t clock in/I’m with my homies chilling in Brunswick/Sipping sangria out of mugs and they’re all high AF.” Fuck a Myki, truly.

Self-made sangriaaaaa! Ingredients: 4 oranges, 2 lemons, 2 apples, 1/4 cup brandy, 750ml bottle red wine, 750ml soft drink OR soda water OR fruit juice (depending on how sweet you want it), ice. Method: Cut fruit up in to small chunks and place in jug. Add cinnamon, brandy and red wine and stir to combine. Place the mixture in the fridge overnight (or for at least eight hours). When ready to serve, add the ice and soft drink/soda water/fruit juice. Tips: The sitting time is VERY important; it allows the fruit to infuse in to the mixture, giving a sweeter and more flavoursome blend. If you’re not a red wine fan, you can simply replace it with a sweet white wine. Combos: You can really add any fruit you want – that’s what makes it fun! Some good combinations are: mango & pineapple, apple & citrus (try grapefruit or blood orange), plum & peach, berries & lime. Feel free to make other additions such as mint, basil, bay leaves or cinnamon.

Blake Shelton – Sangria: “Your lips taste like sangria... Only thing I want to do tonight/Is drink you like a Spanish wine.” Saucy. Books Death, Taxes, And Peach Sangria by Diane Kelly: Tara’s really good at exposing tax fraud but everyone in her office is signing up to an online dating service. Her next case has her life on the line, though. Sin, Soap & Sangria by Kelly Conrad: an erotica series about a woman who gets it on with two sexy cowboys. Who knew sangria had such lusty, pulpy connotations?!

HISTORY LESSON The boozy, fruity deliciousness that we know as sangria has existed for ages... like, it dates back to medieval times. People of the time had a hygienerelated reason to drink alcohol; water was generally considered unsafe for human consumption. The alcohol in wine was handy for staving off residual bacteria, and the fact that it was tasty was a bonus. Depending on what was in season, people added fruits and spices to wine, to constantly give it a different flavour. Because drinking plain wine every day would get boring fast, right? Hmm. Another fun fact: Sangria is named after the Spanish and Portuguese word for ‘bloodletting’ due to its dark-red colour.




Blazing with American rockabilly soul, especially during its many live music nights, Buffalo Bar quenches the thirst of Brisbane locals with its extensive list of unique whiskeys and specialty

cocktails. Here, there is a complete commitment to the American experience, with the food, drink, ambience, music and events all ostensibly embodying the US in one way or another. This intoxicating allure takes customers on a journey through the charm of the southern states, bravado of New York and cool of California, providing an extremely gratifying experience for everyone who frequents it. Of course, the drinks are largely Americaninfluenced too, with 12 brands of beer by the bottle and 14 options on tap, plus 40 varieties of American whiskey – ranging from $8.50 to $45 – to choose from. Or try a whiskey-based cocktail, like the American Pie (Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey, Sailor Jerry, butterscotch, vanilla, apple), Bacon Old Fashion (Bacon-infused

MORETON BAY TRAILER BOAT CLUB What do you do if someone asks for a top shelf whisky on the rocks with Coke? I take their money, because sometimes people just love to say, “Hey, I’m drinking Johnnie Blue”... Meanwhile, an angel loses their wings. – Peter Brophy, Food & Beverage Manager

WHISK(E)Y TALK If you’re after a local with amazing views of Manly Harbour and Moreton Bay, and affordable drink prices, try Moreton Bay Trailer Boat Club. You’ll be in good company among boaties, sailors, families, 33- to 55-year-olds and others who appreciate a beautiful view. Seriously, it’s the eastern-most point in Brisbane; go ahead and Google it and you won’t be disappointed.

Buffalo Trace Bourbon, maple, orange bitters, crispy bacon), or the slightly more subtle Tennessee Peach Iced Tea (Peach-infused Buffalo Trace Bourbon, iced tea, passionfruit, lemon juice, lemon myrtle).

FOR EATIN’ Executive chef Adam Herbert maintains the authenticity of American food while using as much local produce as possible, with wings (12 different kinds!), hoagies, poppers, cornbread and other American classics complementing the US-inspired drinks being served up.

What’s one whisky that changed your life? Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve 9yr. It’s a reasonably priced whiskey that tastes much more expensive that it is. It’s got a vanilla, nutty flavour and is perfect for sipping on a laid-back afternoon. Life-changing because it’s one of the best whiskeys I’ve tried in this price range, and could easily have been fooled it cost more than $30. – Danni Bain, Marketing Manager


MBTBC just want to offer awesome whiskies at awesome prices, and a glance at their modest but high quality drinks list will confirm they’ve achieved this. The Talisker 10yr, Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve, The Singleton Of Glen Ord 12yr, Lagavulin Malt 16yr, Oban 14yr, and Johnnie Walker Platinum Label all go for $10–12, while the Johnnie Walker XR 21yr is $15 and the Johnnie Walker Blue Label is $18.

FOR EATIN’ MBTBC have freshly house-made breads and cheese. The kitchen’s open from 11.30am right through until 8.30pm. Chef Chris Harper prides himself on delivering fresh food, fresh ideas and real crowd pleasers like a footlong bratwurst hot dog with mustard, sauerkraut, beer-

battered chips and tomato relish and a Hoegaarden for $26. There’s a variety of modern Aussie meals (some with a fusion twist), tradition pub favourites and even options for seniors and kids. 34 FAIRLEAD CRES MANLY 3396 8161 MBTBC.COM THE MUSIC • 28TH JANUARY 2015 • 25


THE MANHATTAN LINE American-style street food is our thing. Pimped-out hot dogs, buffalo wings, onion rings and fries are what we do best.

Answered by: Anthony Cashman, Venue Manager Is there a theme or region behind your whisky selection? The theme behind our whisky is mostly bourbon or American whiskey however also extends to a variety of Scotch whiskies as well. We get a new bottle in each week. Does the bar have a music component? The Manhattan Line mostly features a hip hop vibe. If Cypress Hill, Beastie Boys or Run DMC is you’re kind of thing then chances are we probably are too. However we never go past a little bit of ‘80s rock. Does the bar offer food?

What makes your bar different? Our bar is testing the limits of Brisbane’s drinking elite, being one of the first to sell bottled and tap cocktails that are freshly made by our staff each week. Obviously being a bourbon bar, we focus on classic cocktails like Old Fashioneds and Manhattans. However we also have a large variety of fruitier, refreshing drinks. What’s one whisky that changed your life? Stagg Jr was the first whiskey that truly made me start appreciating the category of bourbon and interested me in working primarily a bourbonbased bar. However I’m going to go with Jack Daniel’s Tennessee whiskey. We have a shot of JD at least once a day. 3A/186 LITTLE STANLEY ST, SOUTH BANK THEMANHATTANLINE.COM.AU


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playing on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Friday and Saturdays we have live jazz, and the rest of the week it’s a mix between Alt-J, nu-jazz and jazz. Does the bar offer food? The bar is BYO food. Little Greek and Birds Nest Yakitori delivers with plates, but everyone is more than welcome to bring any food they like.

Answered by: Martin Lange, Owner/Operator Briefly describe the design/ atmosphere of the bar? A gorgeously appointed space, lit with candles and Edison globes, the sweet sounds of French chill and trip hop greet you, and welcome you in. The ground floor gives way to a grand timber bar, and an impressive wall of over 380 whiskies, with barmen greeting punters and mixing some stunning 26 • THE MUSIC • 28TH JANUARY 2015

cocktails, under the gaze of the vintage penny-farthing adorning the bare brick walls with eccentric furniture and mismatched couches and chairs. Is there a theme or region behind your whisky selection? We have 400 total whiskies from all around the world, including, India, New Zealand, Australia, America, Scotland, Ireland, Japan, Taiwan and Canada. Does the bar have a music component? We have live piano

with a little crystal jug of Coke on the side, so he can pour it over it himself. We will try and challenge him to try the whisky first without the Coke, and then make the decision himself/herself. We respect everybody’s choice for drink, but we do make an effort to try an educate without any arrogance.

What makes your bar different? We offer highly knowledgeable service with a smile. We don’t care if it’s your first whisky in your life or if you are after the most extravagant cocktail, we will make sure you feel at home and relaxed, and leave with a big smile. What’s one whisky that changed your life and why? Lagavulin 16 years old. It introduced me to a whole lot of hidden flavours behind whisky. What do you do if someone asks for a top shelf whisky on the rocks with Coke? We will try our best to explain in a very polite manner why that is a bad idea. If he doesn’t care, we will serve it over the rocks


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Following on from opening for America’s Every Time I Die, Perth’s own hardcore heroes Statues are bringing their debut album, Together We’re Alone, to Queensland, playing Friday at Upstairs 199 and Saturday at Crowbar.

After the release of their latest single Ish, Sydney based altrockers Draw are out on an extended run of east coast tour dates for their new EP, Wave Rider Blues. They’ll be playing Ric’s Bar, Thursday and Byron Bay Brewery, Friday.

Melbourne rockers Magic Bones and Harts are hitting the road this month on a national co-headline tour. The show comes to The Bearded Lady, Friday and The Great Northern, Byron Bay, Saturday.




Dreamtronic duo Boo Seeka got a new single out in time for their national tour supporting Kim Churchill. Hear Kingdom Leader in the flesh when they perform Thursday, Beach Hotel, Byron Bay; and Friday, The Zoo.

Sydney four-piece Siren Lines are taking their new single, Always The Same, for a quick spin along the east coast, playing The Triffid on Saturday.

Synth-rockers Red Beard are playing a run of shows to celebrate the release of their newest single, Closer, which comes from their upcoming EP. Catch them at The Brightside, Thursday.




Mañana have been making a name for themselves with their debut album of the same name. With their single Scarecrow, they’re touring the east coast, stopping by Currumbin Creek Tavern, Gold Coast, Friday and Ric’s Bar, Saturday.

Sydney MC Kerser will pass through his home town on his national tour in support of new album King for two shows at The Hi-Fi on Saturday: under-18s arvo and over-18s evening show.

Emerging Perth garage rockers Thee Gold Blooms will play Trainspotters, Saturday as part of their current national tour in promotion of the release of their new self-titled debut album.




Grammy Award-winning US country icon Kenny Rogers will swing past Australia to spend some time with his southern fans, playing Tuesday, Jupiters, Gold Coast as part of his world tour.

Showcasing first single, Hitchhiker’s Rhyme, off their new EP, RED, Sydneysiders The Double Shadows play The Bearded Lady on Thursday, Redland Bay Hotel on Friday, Black Bear Lodge on Saturday and Beetle Bar on Sunday.

With the introduction of a new guitarist, Eternal Rest are set to play their first live gigs of 2015, which include shows at The Brightside, Friday; Commercial Hotel, Saturday; and The Lab, Sunday.



The latest single from ubiquitous singer-songwriter Sia, Elastic Heart, has rocketed to the top of the Carlton Dry Independent Music Charts on debut following the high-profile controversy surrounding its accompanying video clip starring Maddie Ziegler and Shia LaBeouf. Sia also saw a big upwards jump for her album, 1000 Forms Of Fear, which re-enters the top five (from #7) to hit #3 this week, while her new single entry knocks last week’s top placeholders, Peking Duk with Take Me Over feat. SAFIA, down a peg to #2. The one-down pattern continues for spots #3 to #8 (held this week by Hilltop Hoods’ Cosby Sweater, Yolanda Be Cool & DCUP’s Sugar Man, Timmy Trumpet’s Freaks, Will Sparks’ Ah Yeah, Sia’s Chandelier and Sheppard’s Geronimo), down to the week’s next-highest debut, This Is Living by Hillsong Young & Free feat. Lecrae, disrupting the flow at #9. Fellow debutant, Is It A Banger?, by Odd Mob, closes out the top 10. On the full-lengths ladder, the Hilltops (Walking Under Stars) and Chet Faker (Built On Glass) maintain fine form in the top two spots, while AC/DC hang tough at #4 for another week and Countdown falls prey to the Sia surge, dropping down to #5. Meanwhile, Paul Kelly enjoyed a healthy week, with his Merri Soul Sessions stepping up eight rungs to hit #10, rounding out a top bracket once again populated by Vance Joy (Dream Your Life Away, #6), Flight Facilities (Down To Earth, #7), Jimmy Barnes (30:30 Hindsight, #8) and Sheppard (Bombs Away, #9). THE MUSIC • 28TH JANUARY 2015 • 27

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ALBUM FOCUS of that so maybe a bit less.

THE SMITH STREET BAND Answered by: Michael ‘Fitzy’ Fitzgerald Album title? Throw Me In The River Where did the title of your new album come from? From the song of the same name. I think it represents the theme of the album pretty well. How many releases do you have now? Three albums, two EPs, four beanies. How long did it take to write/ record? The recording and mixing process took just under two months, but we did a tour with Violent Soho in the middle

Was anything in particular inspiring you during the making? The majority of the album was recorded in a holiday house in the Otways, Victoria. The biggest inspiration was feeding the king parrots, rosellas, cockatoos and galahs that hung out on the verandah all day. What’s your favourite song on it? I Love Life. Sometimes life can be pretty good. Will you do anything differently next time? Maybe record at a beach house in summer, as opposed to recording in the forest in the middle of winter. Learn to surf and make a metalcore record. When and where is your launch/next gig? Solbar, Maroochydore, 4 Feb; The Spotted Cow, 5 Feb.; The Hi-Fi, 6 Feb; Crowbar, 7 Feb; The Northern, Byron Bay, 8 Feb. Website link for more info?


written between late 2013 and mid 2014. The recording process began in September of 2014 and was completed by June of last year. Was anything in particular inspiring you during the making? Capturing the energy of our live show; that and writing something that ultimately felt honest.

STATUES Answered by: Matthew Templeman Album title? Together We’re Alone Where did the title of your new album come from? We all have our own issues, and in that sense we are together. How we deal with that process, and how we all want to be as individuals, is something you have to do alone. How many releases do you have now? We’ve done four releases since being a band: A Human Work, the Wait for Calm 7’’, Compass and the album.

What’s your favourite song on it? My favourite track is Foreseeing The Cloud And Not The Rain. I feel it encompasses our sound the best. Will you do anything differently next time? Next time things will quite different as it’ll be our first time writing with our new guitarist John Overthrow. When and where is your launch/ next gig? 30 Jan, Upstairs 199 and 31 Jan, Crowbar. Website link for more info?

How long did it take to write/ record? The record was


What do you know about Australia, in ten words or less? Ah, I try to avoid using strong language (eg “know”)...

MEWITHOUTYOU Answered by: Aaron Weiss Why are you coming to visit our fair country? We received a lot of invitations via social media sites. It seemed like enough people wanted us there to almost justify the massive use of petroleum such a trip requires. Is this your f irst visit? A few of us toured here in 2008, but this is our first time as a full band.

Any extra-curricular activities you hope to participate in while here? Today we’re looking to visit a wildlife park, feed kangaroos, hold koalas, pet quokkas, etc. Otherwise, hiking, snorkeling, trash-picking... What will you be taking home as a souvenir? The memories of your elderly, the dreams of your children, the good looks of your Prime Minister. Where can we come say hi, and buy you an Aussie beer? 1 Feb, The Brightside Website link for more info?

How long are you here for? Only 12 days. I was hoping to stay longer but I’m recently married, and feel guilty leaving my newlywed wife alone in the snowy Philadelphia winter while I snorkel the Great Barrier Reef. 28 • THE MUSIC • 28TH JANUARY 2015

JACK HENDERSON Why are you coming to visit our fair country? I’ll go anywhere that’s kind enough to let me in. That said, you’d have to put Australia pretty high up there on the priority list. This is the country that gave the world Kylie Minogue. Is this your f irst visit? Yes, this is my first adventure to this part of world. Hopefully it won’t be my last. How long are you here for? I’m sticking around for a month. Any less than that seemed rude.

less? It’s a whole lot warmer here than Scotland. Any extra-curricular activities you hope to participate in? Anything more or less legal. What will you be taking home as a souvenir? I might try and take one of your beaches back home. They’d go down well in Scotland. Where can we come say hi, and buy you an Aussie beer? 28 Jan, Black Bear Lodge. Website link for more info? jackhendersonofficial

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THE MUSIC PRESENTS Guy Pearce & Darren Middleton: QPAC 12 Feb Earth Frequency 2015: Ivory’s Rock 13-16 Feb The Gooch Palms: Crowbar 13 Feb, Great Northern 14 Feb Seth Sentry: The Hi-Fi 20 Feb, Solbar 21 Feb Real Estate: The Zoo 27 Feb Sharon Van Etten: The Zoo 4 Mar London Grammar: Brisbane Riverstage 7 Mar 65daysofstatic: The Hi-Fi 11 Mar

Karaoke: Warner Tavern, Warner

Brightside 13 Mar

Various Artists: Wharf Tavern (Balcony) Mooloolaba

Xavier Rudd & The United Nations: The Tivoli 22 Mar

PureVelour: Woolly Mammoth, Fortitude Valley

Bluesfest Byron Bay: Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm 2-6 Apr

Facin the Crowd: Wynnum RSL, Wynnum

Mavis Staples: Brisbane Powerhouse 8 Apr

Urban Country Music Festival: Caboolture 1-3 May

Chiodos + Storm The Sky + Bayharbour + Hand of The Architect: The Hi-Fi, West End Hemingway + Neon Underground: The Milk Factory Kitchen & Bar, South Brisbane

Trivia: Bellbowrie Tavern, Bellbowrie

Karaoke: Alexandra Headlands Hotel, Alexandra Headland

O’Shea + Simon Shapiro: Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley

Jack Henderson + Aleyce Simmonds + Lachlan Bryan: Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley

Big Jim: Brothers Leagues Club, Manunda Jam Night + Various Artists: Capalaba Tavern, Capalaba

The Gaslight Anthem + Chris Farren: The Tivoli, Fortitude Valley The Killing Stroke + Locus + Terror Parade: The Underdog Pub Co, Fortitude Valley

Trivia: Deception Bay Tavern, Deception Bay

Open Mic Night: Villa Noosa Hotel, Noosaville

Trivia: Indooroopilly Hotel, Indooroopilly Big Jam with Chris Ramsay: Manly Hotel, Manly Open Mic Night: Mick O’Malley’s, Brisbane

Karaoke: Imperial Hotel, Beenleigh Various DJs: Jupiters (The Kitty Bar), Broadbeach Various Artists: Magnums Hotel, Airlie Beach Karaoke: Manly Hotel, Manly

Trivia: Noosa Reef Hotel, Noosa Heads

Wander Nights: Noosa Reef Hotel, Noosa Heads

Trivia: Oxford 152, Bulimba

Karaoke: Pacific Pines, Pacific Pines

Trivia: Redland Bay Hotel, Redland Bay The Kava Kings: Ric’s Bar, Fortitude Valley Open Mic Night: Solbar (Lounge Bar), Maroochydore Urban Wednesdays: The Beer Garden, Surfers Paradise

Karaoke: Prince of Wales Hotel, Nundah

Lambda - The UV Rave Cave + Tucker + Brat Camp + Finehouse + Senpai: Alhambra Lounge, Fortitude Valley Open Mic Night: Bay Central Tavern, Urraween

Karaoke: Anglers Arms Hotel, Southport The Great Disruption + Little Lam + Jjiraf + Scotch & Cider: Beetle Bar, Brisbane Woodstock Road: Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley Camille O’Sullivan: Brisbane Powerhouse (Powerhouse Theatre), New Farm Fingerprint: Brothers Leagues Club, Manunda TGIF: Buderim Tavern, Buderim

Russ Walker: Redland Bay Hotel, Redland Bay Headshow + City of Refuge: Ric’s Bar, Fortitude Valley Bo Jenkins: Royal Mail Hotel, Goodna

Various Artists: Springfield Tavern, Springfield

The Very: Chalk Hotel, Woolloongabba

Freakin’ Fridays with Rotating Residents: Springwood Hotel, Rochedale South

Bill Burr: City Hall, Brisbane

DJ Ritchie: Story Bridge Hotel (The Shelter Bar), Kangaroo Point

Eternal Rest: The Brightside, Fortitude Valley

Faleepo Francisco + Canyonero: Eat Street Markets, Hamilton

Fresh Thursday: The Beer Garden, Surfers Paradise

Felicity Lawless: Habitat Restaurant & Bar, South Brisbane

Red Beard + Satellites + Dead Wolves: The Brightside, Fortitude Valley Karaoke: The Four Mile Creek Hotel, Strathpine

TGI Fridays: The Four Mile Creek Hotel, Strathpine Trampa: The Hi-Fi, West End Bonez + Barefoot Alley: The Spotted Cow, Toowoomba Triffid Seeds feat. + Jack & The Giant Killers: The Triffid, Newstead Club Noise: The Underdog Pub Co, Fortitude Valley

Solar Rush: Hamilton Hotel, Hamilton

Kim Churchill + Pepa Knight + Boo Seeka: The Zoo, Fortitude Valley

Karaoke: Kedron Park Hotel, Lutwyche

Statues + Heiress: Upstairs 199, West End


Karaoke: Brook Hotel, Mitchelton

Karaoke: Capalaba Tavern, Capalaba

Birds In Row + Calvaiire + Colossvs: Crowbar, Fortitude Valley

The Double Shadows: The Bearded Lady, West End

St Jerome’s Laneway Festival 2015 feat. Agnes DeMarco + Andy Bull + Angel Olsen + Banks + Benjamin Booker + Caribou + Connan Mockasin + Courtney Barnett + Dune Rats + Eagulls + Eves The Behavior + FKA Twigs + Flight Facilities + Flying Lotus + Future Islands + Highasakite + Jungle + Little Dragon + Tkay Maidza + Mac DeMarco + Mansionair + Perfect Pussy + Peter Bibby + Pond + Ratking (US) + Raury + Royal Blood + Rustie + Seekae + Sohn + St Vincent + Vic Mensa + Joy. + more: Brisbane Showgrounds, Bowen Hills

Christian Argenti: Burleigh Heads Hotel, Burleigh Heads

Magic Bones + Harts: The Bearded Lady, West End

Trivia: Springwood Hotel, Rochedale South

Camille O’Sullivan: Brisbane Powerhouse (Powerhouse Theatre), New Farm

Chris Shermer: Solbar (Front Bar ), Maroochydore

Lucy Street: Chalk Hotel, Woolloongabba

BNS + Styli$$h: Deception Bay Tavern (Public Bar), Deception Bay

The Double Shadows: Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley

Sweet K: Brothers Leagues Club, Manunda

Draw: Ric’s Bar, Fortitude Valley

Trivia: Springfield Tavern, Springfield

Fooligans + Electric Suede + Cordeaux + The Counterfeit Umbrellas: Beetle Bar, Brisbane

The Belligerents + The Jensens: Solbar, Maroochydore

Monster Guitars feat. Adam Hole + Mark Easton: Taps Australia, Mooloolaba

Manana: Currumbin Creek Tavern, Currumbin Waters

DJ Indy Andy: Albany Creek Tavern, Albany Creek

Recharge: Russell Tavern, Dalby

Dan Gehman: Cardigan Bar, Sandgate

Bonez + Barefoot Alley: Sonny’s House of Blues, Brisbane

Karaoke: Alderley Arms Hotel, Alderley

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Paul Woseen: Acacia Ridge Hotel, Acacia Ridge

Karaoke: Petrie Hotel, Petrie

Karaoke: Redland Bay Hotel, Redland Bay The Orphans of Swing: Solbar, Maroochydore

Trivia: Albion Hotel, Albion

Danny Widdicombe: Morrison Hotel, Woolloongabba

Simon Meola: Burleigh Heads Hotel, Burleigh Heads

Trivia: Vale Hotel, Aitkenvale

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Signature Music Duo: Mick O’Malley’s, Brisbane

Karaoke: Racehorse Hotel, Booval

Belle & Sebastian + Twerps: The Tivoli, Fortitude Valley Dirty Dike + DJ Sammy B-Side: Woolly Mammoth, Fortitude Valley

Locky: Mick O’Malley’s, Brisbane

Future Beauty Up Late with Salyu x Salyu + Tincture (DJ Set): QAGOMA (QLD Art Gallery), South Bank

Trivia: Villa Noosa Hotel, Noosaville

Trivia: Glenmore Tavern, Norman Gardens

Ace DJs: Manly Hotel, Manly

Karaoke: Pub Lane Tavern, Greenbank

Trivia: Club Tavern, Caboolture

Karaoke: Glenmore Tavern, Norman Gardens

Seductive Soul: Logan Diggers Club, Logan Central

Thirsty Thursdays: Victory Hotel, Brisbane

Karaoke: Captain Cook Tavern, Kippa-Ring

Stand Up Comedy: Dog and Parrot Tavern, Robina

Captain Dreamboat: Lock ‘n’ Load Bistro, West End

Karaoke: North Lakes Tavern, Mango Hill

Karaoke: Club Tavern, Caboolture

The Gaslight Anthem + Chris Farren: Coolangatta Hotel, Coolangatta

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Kobrakai + Guerilla + Home By Sudden Landslide: The Zoo, Fortitude Valley

Trivia: Blue Pacific Hotel, Woorim

The Zouk Social: Chalk Hotel, Woolloongabba

Juice with DJ J-Tok + DJ Blitz: Wynnum Tavern, Wynnum West


The Beards: Spotted Cow 30 Apr, The Triffid 1 May, The Northern 3 May

DZ Deathrays: The

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Karaoke: Waterfront Hotel, Noosa Heads

Mojo Burning Festival: New Globe Theatre 21 Mar


Raise Your Glass - Pink Tribute: Club Tavern, Caboolture Karaoke: Club Tavern, Caboolture Eternal Rest: Commercial Hotel, Nambour Statues + The Brave + Heiress + She Cries Wolf: Crowbar, Fortitude Valley Karaoke: Deception Bay Tavern, Deception Bay Faleepo Francisco + Canyonero: Eat Street Markets, Hamilton Various Artists: Ferny Grove Tavern, Ferny Grove Trainspotters feat. Thee Gold Blooms: Grand Central Hotel, Brisbane Brooksy & Co + Stewart Fairhurst: Hamilton Hotel, Hamilton Karaoke: Lawnton Tavern, Lawnton PureVelour: Lock ‘n’ Load Bistro, West End Musique: Logan Diggers Club, Logan Central



the guide Ace DJs: Manly Hotel, Manly Irish Sessions with+Ger Fennelly: Mick O’Malley’s, Brisbane


Alter Egos: Mick O’Malley’s, Brisbane Karaoke: Mt Pleasant Tavern, North Mackay Paul Woseen + Rose Carleo: Rainbow Beach Hotel, Rainbow Beach


The Double Shadows + The Lyrical : Redland Bay Hotel, Redland Bay


Karaoke: Redland Bay Hotel, Redland Bay


Manana: Ric’s Bar, Fortitude Valley


Kate Meehan & The Wise Fools + The Blues Doctors: Royal Mail Hotel, Goodna Recharge: Russell Tavern, Dalby


Kim Churchill: Solbar, Maroochydore Chris Shermer: Solbar (Front Bar ), Maroochydore Bonez + Barefoot Alley: Sonny’s House of Blues, Brisbane Ed & Eddy: Story Bridge Hotel (The Corner Bar), Kangaroo Point DJ Ritchie: Story Bridge Hotel (The Shelter Bar), Kangaroo Point Offical Laneway After Party with Jung Le DJ + Violent Soho (DJ Set) + Dune Rats (DJ Set) + Eagulls (DJ Set) + I Oh You DJs + more: The Brightside, Fortitude Valley Karaoke: The Four Mile Creek Hotel, Strathpine Kerser: The Hi-Fi (Over 18s), West End Kerser: The Hi-Fi (Under 18’s / Afternoon), West End Ladi Abundance + Inigo: The Milk Factory Kitchen & Bar, South Brisbane

Ann Vriend: Brisbane Jazz Club, Kangaroo Point

Open Mic Night: The Underdog Pub Co, Fortitude Valley

Trivia: Irish Finnegans, Thuringowa Central

Sounds of Sunday: Broadbeach Tavern, Broadbeach

Sunday Arvo Social Jam Session: Waterfront Hotel, Noosa Heads

Kenny Rogers + Adam Harvey + Beccy Cole: Jupiters, Broadbeach

Sunday Session: Capalaba Tavern, Capalaba Locky: Chalk Hotel, Woolloongabba

Trivia: Alexandra Headlands Hotel, Alexandra Headland

Danny Widdicombe: Habitat Restaurant & Bar, South Brisbane

Karaoke: Australian National Hotel, Woolloongabba

The Front: Hamilton Hotel, Hamilton

Eddie Izzard: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, South Bank

Take Me Home: Irish Murphy’s, Brisbane Coisa Linda: Lock ‘n’ Load Bistro, West End Karaoke: Manly Hotel, Manly Irish Sessions + Ger Fennelly: Mick O’Malley’s, Brisbane Mark D’s Big 3: Morrison Hotel (Arvo), Woolloongabba

Triumph with Hazards of Swimming Naked + King Mungi + Balloons Kill Babies + Mass Sky Raid + Siren Lines: The Triffid, Newstead

Slip Into Sundays + Mimi Macpherson: Noosa Reef Hotel, Noosa Heads

Birds In Row + Calvaiire + Colossvs: Upstairs 199 (All Ages), West End Gen Z Saturdays + Rotating Residents: Villa Noosa Hotel, Noosaville

SUN 01

The Ocean Party + Totally Mild + Curlew: Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley Sunday Session: Blue Pacific Hotel, Woorim

Ravi Welsh Trio: The Milk Factory Kitchen & Bar, South Brisbane Triffid Roots feat. Jackie Marshall + Kristy Apps: The Triffid, Newstead Sunday Grill feat. Hyde & The Hitcher + End Of The First Note + The Undeadnecks: The Underdog Pub Co, Fortitude Valley

Trivia: Pacific Pines (Sports Bar), Pacific Pines Trivia: Prince of Wales Hotel, Nundah

Trivia: Kirwan Tavern, Kirwan

Trivia: The Gap Tavern, The Gap

Trivia: Mick O’Malley’s, Brisbane Trivia: Mt Pleasant Tavern, North Mackay Uncle Bob’s Music Club: Prince of Wales Hotel, Nundah

Trivia: Stones Corner Hotel, Greenslopes

Eternal Rest: The Lab, Brisbane

Guy Pearce + Darren Middleton + Krista Polvere: Nambour Civic Centre, Nambour

Uni & Backpacker Party: The Beer Garden, Surfers Paradise

Beth n Ben: Solbar (Front Bar ), Maroochydore

mewithoutYou + Elliot The Bull + House Of Giants + Alibrandi: The Brightside, Fortitude Valley

Trivia: Manly Hotel, Manly

Trivia: Kallangur Tavern, Kallangur

Trivia: Pub Mooloolaba, Mooloolaba

Steffi + Virginia: Woolly Mammoth, Fortitude Valley

Trivia: Kedron Park Hotel, Lutwyche

Trivia: Royal Exchange Hotel, Toowong

Free Sunny: Redland Bay Hotel, Redland Bay

DJ Ritchie: Story Bridge Hotel (The Shelter Bar), Kangaroo Point

Trivia: Kawana Waters Hotel, Bokarina

The Bachata Social: Chalk Hotel, Woolloongabba

Trivia: Pub Lane Tavern, Greenbank

Sunday Session: The Beer Garden, Surfers Paradise

The Double Shadows: Beetle Bar, Brisbane

Trivia: Belmont Tavern, Belmont

Sunday Sessions + Various Artists: Oxford 152, Bulimba

Kevin Clough: Warner Tavern, Warner

Jared Alexander: Wynnum RSL, Wynnum

MON 02

The Green Sinatras: Dublin Docks Tavern, Biggera Waters

Bec Laughton: The Motor Room, West End

Iconic Vivisect: The Underdog Pub Co, Fortitude Valley


Trivia: The Four Mile Creek Hotel, Strathpine

TUE 03

Karaoke: The Underdog Pub Co, Fortitude Valley












Sting + Paul Simon: Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Boondall

Trivia: Hamilton Hotel, Hamilton



Trivia: Australian National Hotel, Woolloongabba

Trivia: Chalk Hotel, Woolloongabba


Trivia: Allenstown Hotel, Allenstown

Trivia: Captain Cook Tavern, Kippa-Ring







Trivia: Alderley Arms Hotel, Alderley

Trivia: Buderim Tavern, Buderim

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The Music (Brisbane) Issue #73  

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

The Music (Brisbane) Issue #73  

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