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This week marks the opening of the debut solo exhibition Tiffany Atkin, her Gyaru (a Japanese fashion term loosely translated as “girl”) work exploring femininity in Japanese culture. It’s a vibrant foray into a fascinating world as can be seen in the piece Hachimitsu, pictured. The exhibition runs at Lust For Life Gallery in Fortitude Valley from Thursday 4 Feb ‘til the end of March.
Melbourne rockers The Smith Street Band have raced from humble beginnings into a global touring behemoth, and their ‘Get High, See Everyone Tour’ rumbles into town this week. They hit Solbar, Maroochydore on Wednesday, Spotted Cow in Toowoomba on Thursday, The Hi-Fi on Friday, the Crowbar Saturday afternoon (under-18s only) before snaking back to The Northern in Byron on Sunday.
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The Melt Festival continues at Brisbane Powerhouse, with Brisbane queer and transgender artist Sunny Drake returning home with the “Transgender Seeking…” show which has already won him acclaim far and wide in America, Europe, Canada and Puerto Rico. It’s a pithy look at dating and relationships in not just the queer and transgender world but also this random time of social media and technology. The visually stunning performance happens at Brisbane Powerhouse this Sunday 8 Feb (from 2pm). Laugh and learn!
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GET READY TO MOO
Among those performing at this year’s Groovin The Moo national rolling regional festival are A$AP Ferg, Ball Park Music, Broods, Carmada, Charli XCX, The Delta Riggs, DMA’s, Flight Facilities, Hermitude and Hilltop Hoods. Now, where will you be enjoying these great acts and more? Groovin The Moo 2015 kicks off in the Adelaide Hills, then 26 Apr heads to Hay Park in Bunbury, WA; 2 May at Bendigo’s Prince of Wales Showground, Victoria; 3 May at the University of Canberra; 9 May at Maitland Showground, NSW; and, if you Brisbanites are up for the roadtrip, 10 May at Murray Sports Complex, Townsville Cricket Grounds.
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They’ve dubbed their “one last victory lap” for their debut album, Any Given Weekend, the Double Arts tour, though they’re not encouraging audiences start throwing chairs around like happened at “another” recent darts-related event! Yes, it’s Northeast Party House, that Melbourne fivepiece Unearthed in 2010 that’s matched great pop hooks, rock power and dance grooves so ebulliently they’re natural party-starters. With guests Food Courts, the tour kicks off 21 Feb at Mountain Sounds Festival in Kariong, followed 20 Mar by The Hi-Fi in Melbourne, 21 Mar at The Workers Club in Melbourne, 27 Mar at Oxford Art Factory in Sydney, an under-18s show 29 Mar at The Lair in Sydney, 25 Apr at Karova Lounge in Ballarat, 10 Apr at Odd Fellow in Fremantle, 11 Apr at Amplifier Bar in Perth, 17 Apr at The Brightside in Brisbane and another under-18s show 25 Apr at Northcote Social Club.
PREPARE FOR DEATHCRUSHER
Joining forces for the kind of metal package dreams are made of, Napalm Death and Carcass are heading to Australia on what they’ve dubbed the Deathcrusher 2015 tour. Each are touting recent albums, Apex Predator – Easy Meat and Surgical Steel respectively, and with Australian special guests, Extortion, will be pulverising walls, chests and ears 16 Apr at Capitol in Perth, 19 Apr at Prince Bandroom in Melbourne, 18 Apr at Factory Theatre in Sydney and 19 Apr at The Hi-Fi in Brisbane.
KELE FROM THE BLOC
With releases on Damian Lazarus’ Crosstown Rebels label and Berlin Studio’s !K7, Kele Okereke has long established himself a force in the international dance music scene outside of his day job in London’s Bloc Party. Okereke is heading over wearing his DJ/producer to get your party started 13 Mar at The TBC Club in Brisbane, 14 Mar at Helm Bar in Surfers Paradise, 18 Mar at Corner Hotel in Melbourne, 19 Mar at Karova Lounge in Ballarat, 20 Mar at Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, and 22 Mar he joins Sets On The Beach in Perth.
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The Ocean Film Festival Australia hits cinemas all across the country in March. Watch films featuring footage taken above and below the water’s surface, documenting the beauty and power of the ocean, including the Australian cinematic premiere of Arctic Swell. The festival comes to Eldorado Cinema, Brisbane, 4 Mar; Riverway Arts Centre, Townsville, 5 Mar; The Arts Centre, Gold Coast, 10 Mar; Village Crown Cinemas, Melbourne, 11 Mar; Village Rivoli Cinemas, Melbourne, 12 Mar; Randwick Ritz, Sydney, 16 Mar; Hayden Orpheum, Sydney, 17 & 18 Mar; Tower Cinemas, Newcastle, 19 Mar; National Film and Sound Archives, Canberra, 21 & 22 Mar; Wollongong University, 24 Mar; The Palace Cinema, Byron Bay, 27 Mar; The State Theatre Centre of WA, 22 & 23 Mar.
ROCC THE HOUSE
The Red Bull Music Academy Club Night series returns, with Beat Junkies founder and Stones Throw Records legend J Rocc to take us on a journey through hip hop, house, Latin, Afro, techno, disco, boogie and more. It all kicks off at Manor, Perth, 18 Feb before heading to Woolly Mammoth, Brisbane, 19 Feb; The Mercat, Melbourne, 20 Feb; Goodgod Small Club, Sydney, 21 Feb. J Rocc will also be doing an info session at The Toff In Town the day of his Melbourne show.
Sydney ambient/melodic post-rockers sleepmakeswaves will set out on their biggest tour yet, to support their new album Love Of Cartography. The Great Northern tour, which also celebrates their new single of the same name, sees them playing 55 shows in 22 countries, wrapping it all up in Australia: The Northern, Byron Bay, 1 May; The Zoo, Brisbane, 2 May; ANU Bar, Canberra, 9 May; Rosemount Hotel, Perth, 30 May; The Hi-Fi, Melbourne, 12 Jun; Metro Theatre, Sydney, 13 Jun. More dates on theMusic.com.au. Proudly presented by The Music.
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FRONTLASH WOULDN’T WANNA BE YA!
Can Do Newman out on his ass after one term! Screw you and your mandate. Congrats to Anastasia for your successful campaign policy of “not being Campbell Newman”, the people were listening...
NOT SO SHADY Another great Laneway Festival in the heat, there must be something about music festivals and ousting right wing state governments after the Nationals were blitzed during Livid all those years ago...
ASIAN COUP Well done to the Socceroos for winning the Asian Cup, shame about the whisper campaign of other nations trying to boot us from the Confederation. Nothing like a sore loser...
LEAP OF FAITH
Whoever thought Bad Manners were just a passing boil riding the wave of post-punk ska hadn’t taken into account the tenacity and sheer ebullient front of the band’s mascot/singer, the inimitable Buster Bloodvessel. Bursting out of London in 1976, Bloodvessel aka Doug Trendle and the boys still at school, even breaking up in 1987 was never going to stop ‘em! Reforming three years later, Bad Manners haven’t missed a beat, and return to Australia: 5 Jun at The Zoo.
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So I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here has started again, leaving us to ponder (a) the definition of celebrity, and (b) who the fuck watches this shit? Just leave them there and move on...
SANDY PANTS Good on Saudi males for trying to get girls off Twitter and back into the Middle Ages or the kitchen where they belong. Fair enough too, it’s hard enough worrying about cooties as it is without having to deal with cyber-cooties...
BIT RICH How can TLC have sold 65 million albums and be raising money for their new album on Kickstarter? Gauging your fans is bad, luckily anyone who pledges for that album deserves everything they get...
She’s toured with the likes of Kid Cudi and performed with Chief Keef and Usher. She’s also the founder and a vital member of LA club collective ATHLETIXX. Now, Kittens is taking everything she’s learnt on an Australian tour this month, playing a string of club shows including 12 Feb, Helm Bar, Surfers Paradise; 13 Feb, The TBC Club.
If you’ve made a short film or music clip that you think might just be the business, then the 2015 West End Film Festival wants you. Promising to be bigger than ever with satellite screening and film events, cash prizes for best industry film, best community film, best animation, best music clip and best Indigenous artist, the competition is being held 31 May at Rumpus Cinema. So, check into the website for entry details and get yours in by 8 Mar.
Melbourne lo-fi garage trio Scotdrakula are hitting the road in support of their debut, self-titled record. See their high energy poppunk shredders live when they play 5 Feb, Trainspotters with The Good Sports and Teen Sensation; and 6 Feb, Elsewhere, Surfers Paradise with Donny Love and The Brian Emo.
SHOWS ON THE SIDE
Swedes Millencolin, The OC’s The Vandals and LA four-piece The Interrupters will play two sidewaves only, one of them being at The Hi-Fi, 27 Feb. The controversial spectacle that is Marilyn Manson will also be entertaining audiences in Sydney and Brisbane, bringing along Finnish titans Apocalyptica and Swedish industrial rockers Deathstars for the ride at The Tivoli, 27 Feb. Alternative heavyweights Godsmack are teaming up with the guys from Papa Roach, who still know how to get a crowd thrashing after 20 years; and Nonpoint, who have toured with the likes of Stone Sour and Disturbed, at The Tivoli, 26 Feb. Finally, pop-punk juggernauts Fall Out Boy, alongside Scottish rockers Twin Atlantic and beach poppers Emily’s Army will be performing at The Tivoli on 25 Feb.
Screamfeeder’s Tim Steward and Kellie Lloyd have been playing together for 23 years, and this year they’ll release a series of duo EPs. Expect new compositions alongside reworkings of Screamfeeder tunes as well as acoustic covers. In support of the EPs, they’ll be playing selected shows, including one at Cardigan Bar on 6 Feb.
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One of Australia’s oldest noncollecting public art galleries, the Institute of Modern Art (IMA) turns 40 this year and to celebrate embarks on a year-long project exploring the institution’s historical mission while imagining what it could mean today and tomorrow through a series of intertwined initiatives, under the title Imaginary Accord. That has begun with a continuation of the first Australian survey exhibition of Berlin-based artist, writer and filmmaker Hito Steyerl, that exhibition, Too Much World, ending 22 Mar.
STEEN’S STEEZ Guitar hero and king of shred Yngwie J Malmsteen announced late last year that he’d be returning to Australia for the first time in a decade, but due to scheduling issues the February shows were postponed. Fans need not fret any longer, though, as the new dates have been announced The Tivoli, 11 Jun. THE MUSIC • 4TH FEBRUARY 2015 • 7
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Celebrities from the television shows Once Upon A Time, Game Of Thrones and Sons Of Anarchy will be enchanting fans at Supanova at the Gold Coast expo. Georgia Haig, who plays Queen Elsa in Once Upon A Time; Sean Maguire, who took on the lead role of Leonidas in the 2008 parody comedy Meet The Spartans and plays Robin Hood in Once Upon A Time; James Cosmo, who appeared in epic flicks Highlander, Braveheart, Troy and The Chronicles Of Narnia; and Ryan Hurst, the actor best known for his role as the beloved Opie in bikie outlaw show Sons Of Anarchy, have been added to the event, which goes down 18 – 19 Apr at the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre.
The UK’s Z-Star is heading Down Under for an extensive east-coast tour, bringing out dirty basslines, heavy beats, infectious rock ‘n’ roll riffs and soul soaked vocals. Depending on where you see them, you’ll get a duo or full band package, with shows taking place Black Bear Lodge (duo), 8 Mar.
Brisbane’s Shifting Sands features members of seminal and established acts SixFtHick, Gentle Ben & His Sensitive Side, Keep On Dancin’s and Family Jordan and deliver tunes in the vein of Leonard Cohen, Lee Hazlewood, Nick Cave and Mark Lanegan. Hear the surf, country and French pop littered through their debut album Beach Coma live when they play The Bearded Lady, 27 Feb with Keep On Dancin’s and The Bison Bar, Nambour, 28 Feb.
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HOW MANY ‘LIKS
Hailing from California, hip hop crew The Alkoholiks are reuniting for the Drunken Assassins tour, which hits Beetle Bar on 19 Feb. See original members J-Ro, Tash and DJ E-Swift pushing the party vibe to the limit.
CAPE TOWN HIP HOP
Visiting our shores for the second time at the invitation of several of our newest boutique festivals, South African electronic hip hop duo Phfat will be showcasing their new single, If He Can’t Dance, the name they’ve given this latest tour. 13 Mar they play Underdog Pub.
BUFFY DOES BRISBANE
Singer, songwriter, Native American activist, fine arts exponent and ‘60s folk-pop icon Buffy Sainte-Marie, who co-wrote the Oscar-winning song, Up Where We Belong, has announced that she’s adding a visit to Brisbane, playing 11 Mar at The Tivoli, with special guest, Indigenous singer-songwriter and icon Frank Yamma. 8 • THE MUSIC • 4TH FEBRUARY 2015
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Local favourites The Mercy Beat will be releasing their new album, Pure Musk, in the next couple of months, proudly self-recorded and produced, and have released a little teaser clip for one of the tracks, The Audition. They’ll be giving everyone a taste of that and some other new tracks in person 20 Feb at The Beetle Bar, with a little help from The New Jack Rubys, The Ron Swansons, Columbia Buffet and The Bacchanales.
Taking over Chardons Corner Hotel 7 Mar, Burger Revolution 3 isn’t just great music – it’s an art exhibition and a record market. But check out the live soundtrack – Fat, Dreamtime, Some Jerks, The Scrapes, Marville, Mr Flabio, Boondall Boys, The Mosaics, The Steady As She Goes, Hobo Magic and Concrete Lips. Doors open 5pm, so where else would you be that Saturday night?
With his debut Australian tour just around the corner, Drake’s supports have just been announced. Canadian hip hop artist P Reign and Australia’s own One Day DJs will be joining the high profile rapper at Brisbane Entertainment Centre, 5 Mar. Also, up and coming Icelandic legend and top 10 triple j Hottest 100 poller Ásgeir will be joining Alt-J on their national tour. They hit up Riverstage, Brisbane, 8 May.
Winterbourne have announced their first national headline tour, the All But The Sun tour, which will support the release of their latest single, Steady My Bones, off of the duo’s 2014 debut EP All But The Sun. With special guest Gordi in tow, they hit up The Milk Factory Kitchen & Bar, 9 Apr; The Treehouse, Byron Bay, 10 Apr (sans Gordi).
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SKINS AND STRINGS There’s more to The Gooch Palms than noise, nudity and Novocastrian pride, as our intrepid reporter, Anthony Carew, discovers. Cover and feature pics by Cole Bennetts.
have a really small dick,” says Leroy Macqueen, the 27-year-old guitarist/ vocalist for raucous rockers The Gooch Palms. It’s quite the rock-interview confession, yet not a shameful secret. If you’ve ever seen the Novocastrian duo – which Macqueen shares with his girlfriend, drummer/vocalist Kat Friend – play live, then you’ve likely seen the cock in question. “I just get it out there,” Macqueen shrugs. “I get one hundred per cent naked. And because
even if those who’ve seen his junk may find that had to reconcile. “A lot of people expect Leroy, when he gets off stage, to want to come and snort coke off their boners, to get crazy with them,” says Friend. “They want to jump on him and wrestle. Dudes, especially. And he’s like, ‘No, the show’s over, I wanna have a quiet drink and talk to people, not jump up on a table and dance naked.’ That’s reserved for the shows. He’s not a wild and crazy guy when he’s at home watching TV. If he was, that’d be intolerable.”
seems to change/another generation gone to waste,” sings Macqueen, as the song’s refrain; “9-5, that’s how a Novo lives their life/At 65, they come alive, buy the RV, ready to die,” Friend replies. Then Hunter Street Mall is a grim, satirical portrait of the socioeconomic straits (“all the smackies are lined up to pick up the dole”) within which they were born. “Newcastle, it’s just Newcastle,” Macqueen says, more aphoristically than redundantly. “There’s no bullshit about it. You’re dealing with crackheads and deros on a daily basis. It’s a constant reality-check of 15-year-old pregnant chicks screaming at their boyfriends at the train station. If you’re here too much, it can get too much, it can get you down. But we spend so much time away from Newcastle that every time we come back home, we’re glad to. We love this place. Everyone’s a smart-arse here, and no one can dare be pretentious. If you were, you’d likely be chewed up and spat out. You’ve always gotta check yourself living here. Newcastle one hundred per cent made me and Kate who we are, and made The Gooch Palms who we are.” Growing up, Newcastle inspired Macqueen to start playing in bands (he formed his first at 14), to get naked (“parties are always really loose in
“WE LOVE THIS PLACE. EVERYONE’S A SMART-ARSE HERE, AND NO ONE CAN DARE BE PRETENTIOUS. IF YOU WERE, YOU’D LIKELY BE CHEWED UP AND SPAT OUT. YOU’VE ALWAYS GOTTA CHECK YOURSELF LIVING HERE.”
we put everything out there, there’s nothing that people can say, nothing that can hurt us. That’s who me and Kat are. We don’t really care what anyone thinks, we do what we want.” “We’re not great musicians,” Friend offers. “We just try and get up there and be as entertaining as possible.” And, so, a Gooch Palms show doesn’t just deliver their jams, a steady barrage of two-minute songs played by a two-piece whose drummer plays all of two drums. But, with its nudity, costumes and performative banter, there’s a heady dose of theatre. On stage, Macqueen and Friend have the presence of gifted actors, both revealing something incredibly personal of themselves, while going to a place beyond the everyday. “I’m a big fan of musical theatre,” admits Macqueen. “One of my hobbies is to sit on YouTube and just watch endless hours of concerts. From Metallica and Kiss to Miley Cyrus, GG Allin, David Bowie and then maybe a Rocky Horror Picture Show live performance. I’m into performers who are really theatrical, and I’ll take inspiration from anywhere.” Such theatricality is rare in indie circles, but taps into a history of flamboyant rockers from New York Dolls through Hunx & His Punx. It’s also something that Macqueen reserves for the stage, 10 • THE MUSIC • 4TH FEBRUARY 2015
Home, for The Gooch Palms, is Newcastle. They were both born there to parents who were “regular, normal Novocastrians”. And, after living in Sydney for three years, they willingly chose to return there even though, as Friend accepts, “everyone knows Newcastle is a bit shit”. But as the place they grew up, home to friends and family, The Gooch Palms have embraced their hometown.
Newcastle, there’s always a lot of nudity”) and to drop out of high school (“I was never the guy who had ambitions to go to university; I was always too dumb, and always a little strange”). But the path to rock’n’roll debauchery for Friend, a graphic designer who assembles all of The Gooch Palms’ artwork and claims she can’t play a standard drumkit, was a little more unexpected. Though even her earliest dreams were of being a pop-star – “I’d be in the bath, singing into the taps when my mum was trying to wash my hair” – debilitating anxiety meant that she never got up in front of the class to speak aloud, let alone got on stage. The first time she ever performed was The Gooch Palms’ first show, in 2011, where they played at a backyard party in Newcastle. “As soon as we finished, the first thing I did was run upstairs and call my dad, but I was so nervous I could barely hold the phone,” Friend explains. “It was such a huge deal for me, even if it was a nothing thing for everyone else.”
They wore it on their sleeve of their debut LP, 2013’s Novo’s, whose title is slang for those who hail from Newcastle. Its title track, however, is less homage than critique: “Nothing ever
From the start, The Gooch Palms conceived of their band in conceptual terms. “I’d never played guitar before, and Kat had never been in a band before, so whilst we learnt to play our instruments, we used to talk a lot about the idea of the band,” Macqueen recounts. “We always loved glam-rock, so we knew, from the start, that we wanted to be a visual band. And musically, we only have a floor-tom, snare and guitar, so we were always
GOOCHES OUT Given The Gooch Palms gigs often find frontman Leroy Macqueen going tackleout – “Our shows start out in a state of semi-nudity, as it is,” he says, “so, from there, there’s only one way it can ever go” – it makes sense, then, for a photoshoot to involve plenty of flesh. And, so, Cole Bennetts’ eyepoppin’ photographs for The Music find Macqueen and drummer/ vocalist Kat Friend clad in ridiculous costumes (“I made that povo-styled Liberace cape for Leroy to wear for the photo shoot,” Friend beams), but surrounded by a train-carriage full of commuters in states of semi-nudity.
going to be, like, Ramonesy power-chords, two-minute songs, not too much bullshit.” That musical debt produced Shitty Tribute To The Ramones, a six-song set of, obviously, covers issued online, for free, in their early days. Their successive releases – 2012’s R U 4 Sirius? EP and first LP, Novo’s – chart their evolution, the band honing their craft, and sense of themselves, over an endless run of shows, opportunities that the band never expected to come their way. “There’s no way we thought we were ever going to play things like the Big Day Out or the Sydney Festival,” says Macqueen. “Or tour another country. Or even put a record out! I think that’s what’s good about it, because every tiny thing that happens in this band we appreciate it so much… Anything we wish that we can do that then actually happens, it’s like high-five city.” Though they were conceived with little ambition, The Gooch Palms are now entering their most ambitious phase. They’ve just booked one-way tickets to the US, leaving the safety, comfort and jobs of Newcastle behind. In North America, they’re now represented by Panache, the booking agent for Ty Segall, White Fence, Thee Oh Sees and Mac DeMarco, as well as fellow Australian acts King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard and Twerps. A 2014 tour found them playing at infamous garage-rock pile-up Gonerfest in Memphis and, unexpectedly, in front of André 3000
in Detroit. This time, they’ll be nominally based in Los Angeles and hope to spend a month in Michigan making their second LP (“We want it to be a ‘raising the bar’ kind of record,” Friend says), but foresee spending most of 2015 on the road, with tour dates booked solid from March through July. For the duo, it’s akin to living the dream, Friend daring to speak aloud the cliché that performing gives them a “natural high” beyond drugs. There are no fears about things going awry, with the band founded on their own
relationship. “Because we’re a couple, it never gets too difficult,” says MacQueen. “We don’t have that tour van filled with lots of different competing personalities. We don’t have partners back at home. Kat and I are quite similar, if one of us is pissed off about something, the other one’s probably pissed off about the same thing. I think that’s why it’s lasted so long, and why we’ve been able to play so many shows. It doesn’t seem, to us, to be a huge deal to go out and play 18 shows in a row. Because we love playing live. And we actually like each other.”
“It was the photographer’s idea, but as soon as it was suggested, we were totally keen for it,” Macqueen explains. “Our only worry was that no one was going to turn up. But then, when we were sitting there shitting ourselves, 15 people showed up in the rain. So, we actually got a full carriage of people in their underwear, which was awesome. As we were going through, like, Central Station and Redfern, people were looking inside, like, ‘What the fuck is going on in here?’”
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– Crazy music, not crazy me.” Last year Väth moved to London after yet more “big changes”. “We closed the club in Frankfurt and I got divorced,” he explains.
German techno “shaman” Sven Väth celebrated his 50th birthday in 2014, but he’s not slowing down. Here for Future Music Festival, he talks to Cyclone.
ven Väth has enjoyed remarkable staying power in the dance music scene, DJing for more than 30 years. “I am still a dancer – still an explorer with passion for music as my motor,” DJ/ producer Väth announces poetically. “I would like to think my longevity and continuing excitement comes simply from this. I am not frightened of new talents and new crowds – I embrace them.” The Frankfurt native began his music career in the ‘80s, experiencing early crossover success with the cheesy Electrica Salsa (YouTube it!), then pioneered German trance – a genre he’d eventually spurn for techno. Meanwhile, Väth emerged as an entrepreneur,
launching Frankfurt’s Omen nightclub as well as the Eye Q label. In the mid-’90s, following financial setbacks, Väth began building his Cocoon “platform”, encompassing an event arm, booking agency and another label. He opened a Cocoon club and restaurant complex. At one stage the notorious party animal, into Eastern philosophies, went on a health kick, but today he’s about balance, not a sedentary lifestyle. “Some time ago it was necessary, the ‘health interlude’. Now I do not need it in the same way, but I love it and I know it is good for me. My schedule only got busier and I want to always deliver my best
While Väth is creatively restless, some things remain the same. He is committed to DJing wax, valuing the considered selection of records. “As long as there is vinyl, I will play 12” – no digital at all,” he affirms. Väth is currently promoting The Sound Of The 15th Season mix-compilation, commemorating last summer in Ibiza. But these days, despite releasing albums in the past like 1992’s seminal Accident In Paradise, he’s little involved in studio production. “Right now I feel like playing out there – I love to do it more than ever. I have surprised myself.” Since the EDM revolution, younger DJs have become more media- (and image-) conscious. No one (bar deadmau5) is ‘controversial’. Does Väth believe that contemporary dance is less transgressive? No, he responds, because his mode of techno is countercultural. “EDM is not what we are doing – and I really do not care what is going on there. That is as controversial as I can be bothered to get now. There was a time when I wanted to shout about it, but you have to let people make their own minds up.” The German icon has been approached about penning his autobiography. “I have to face the fact [that] I am fifty and it has been a pretty full fifty [years] – and I am proud of almost all of it. Am I brave enough to put it all in? Yes, I am! But we have time. I am not a two autobio sort of guy, so I would prefer to wait. It would be a shame to leave out this next period – I am in my prime. The adventure continues…” WHEN & WHERE: 7 Mar, Future Music Festival, Brisbane Showgrounds
ROUND THREE Their new track and video Chlorine has generated plenty of discussion on YouTube and Title Fight bass player and supporting vocalist Ned Russin explains to Kane Sutton the switch up on their third record, Hyperview.
hen we sit down to write songs, we’re never trying to create what we’ve done before.” Russin gets right into it when we bring up the clip for Chlorine, a track that exemplifies the shift from blood-curdling vocals to muted, softer tones. “With these batch of songs we started off with, they just had a completely different identity, and the lyrics and vocal ideas we were coming up with were trying to fit within that identity. I think when you hear the record in context, there’s moments that sound like our older stuff and moments that sound nothing like it; we were just trying not to be held back by any preconceived ideas about what we could do... From the last album we wrote, we’ve all heard and liked new bands, we’ve all had different experiences and done different things, so when it comes time to write, of course it’s going to be different because we’re different people. It was taking those ideas and seeing what happened with it. The songs that made it to the record are the ones that exemplified that.” Some things have stayed the same, though. Will Yip, who engineered the band’s first two studio albums, has had a bigger influence on this record than ever before. “This is the most we’ve worked with Will, and it worked in our favour. We had a lot of time on this record, over a month, which is good and bad. It’s good 12 • THE MUSIC • 4TH FEBRUARY 2015
because we have so much time to work out every single idea, and it’s bad because we have so much time to work out every idea [laughs]. I’m a very impatient person, and when I feel like something is right, I just want to get it done and move onto the next thing. We were trying out every possible option with every part of every song, so in that regard, it was something new, but Will was able to really dig deep with this record and we were all really trying to make it something special.” The band have also celebrated a their tenth birthday in the time between this album and the last, which is as good
a time as any to assess the direction of not just the band, but the ‘scene’ as a whole. Russin believes the music landscape has shifted throughout their time together, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it changes anything from the band’s point of view. “I think from the time we started being a band I can already count about two to three major trends in underground music, but the thing is, does it require you to pay attention to it? I think, in some regard, yes, to emulate it or to be involved in something new. But I think it’s interesting, I don’t think everything that’s happening requires every ounce of everyone’s attention. I don’t think it’s mandatory, but I think it’s important. I’m not completely versed in what’s going on in the world of music, but I try, particularly in the areas of music I really enjoy. It requires elbow grease to get the most out of anything. You have to put in a lot of effort, attention and time to do the best you can do, and that’s really important to me.” WHAT: Hyperview (Anti-/Warner) WHEN & WHERE: 19 Jun, The Brightside; 20 Jun, The Lab; 21 Jun, YAC, Byron Bay
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EVENING THE SCORE A reunion for Perth hardcore legends Break Even is a way to give much-needed closure to a project that crumpled under its own success in 2012. Vocalist Mark Bawden tells Daniel Cribb why fans won’t want to miss their upcoming tour.
hen an event surfaced on hardcore outfit Break Even’s Facebook page last year with no explanation, it incited a wealth of excitement for fans – the only problem was it wasn’t actually a reunion for the Perth quintet. “There was an app that [syncs] everything, and there is a promotional company called Break Even and they do dance clubs and boat tours or something. They are actually called Break Even Promotions, and for some reason it kind of tapped into our account and said that we were playing a show,” frontman Bawden laughs.
What fans didn’t know was that a reunion was in the works behind the scenes. In September they announced their return to the stage would be at hardcore gathering UNIFY, unleashing new single, Young & Bright, in December. The track maintains their trademark sound and gives way to an album they’re working on, and a fairly extensive Australian tour. “Basically, we are kind of doing the tour to make a bit of money to actually record the album because we kind of want to do it all ourselves and show that we are a hard-working band. We’re not a band that just comes back
and gets offered all these tours. We have been getting approached a lot lately, and we’ve had to decline everything, well not decline, but say ‘no’ to everything because we have a way that we want to do it and show that it’s all for the right reasons.” The band’s abrupt end in 2012 was caused by tour after tour, leaving no time to rest. “To become a bigger band, you have to keep touring, keep going to places. We went to Europe twice and we were going to go a third time but we never really made any money from it. It was a hard thing to really do, with everyone having their own jobs and personal lives, it all built up. We had always done it for the passion, but when you take it on full-time, it does tear you down, and I think it got to all of us in the end, really.” Burning out in 2012 left an unfinished record in the rubble, which was the catalyst for a reunion that Bawden says isn’t permanent. “We are putting everything into it. I feel like we have a record that’s almost finished but we haven’t finished it yet. For us personally, this is a record to give back to our fans and friends. There is only going to be the one. “Basically we’ve got a fair few songs from when we were still writing in 2013, and we are just jamming all together as of this year… We’ll do a few tours, but really, we’ll just release the record that we never got to release. We don’t need to prove anything to anyone; we just want to release a record that we never got to finish and really rekindle the friendship we had as a band. That’s pretty much it.” WHEN & WHERE: 6 Feb, YAC, Byron Bay; 7 Feb, Crowbar; 8 Feb, The Lab
DATA DELUGE NYC-based indie rockers Parquet Courts are continuing to make great music with little concern for industry convention. Co-frontman Andrew Savage tells Steve Bell how in their world, things just seem to happen off their own accord.
hings obviously happen at a rapid rate of knots in the world of New York-based indie outfit Parquet Courts (or Parkay Quarts, depending on how much they want to fuck with you today). Their third album, Sunbathing Animal, dropped last June to tremendous acclaim – plus all the requisite touring – but instead of taking a well-earned break afterwards they headed steadfastly in the opposite direction. Co-frontmen and chief songwriters Andrew Savage and Austin Brown holed up with a 4-track recorder and some ideas, and before long they’d concocted the band’s fourth album, Content Nausea, hitting shelves mere months after its predecessor. “Yeah well, Guns N’ Roses did it and The Beatles did it,” Savage deadpans. “I don’t know if [two albums a year] was ever a model but I don’t think of things in terms of sales cycles; when it’s time to record it’s time to go in and get it done. Once you’ve recorded something – once it’s in the can – you only want to get it out as soon as possible. “All these songs we pretty much wrote as we recorded it. It’s an interesting record in that it was pretty much written and recorded and mixed in two weeks, and that was only in October. So this was recorded in October and came out in December, so it was a really 14 • THE MUSIC • 4TH FEBRUARY 2015
quick turnaround, but every song was written in that session except Uncast Shadow Of A Southern Myth, which I’ve been trying to finish writing for years, and then it finally felt like I’d come as close as I’d ever get to nailing it.”
finish so it will quit haunting me,’ so it was a happy accident that we ended up with a lot of different stuff that we hadn’t planned on recording. We talked about, ‘Should we just make this four different seveninches?’ and I was, like, ‘Nah, let’s make it a record.”
Was it a pre-conceived plan to go in and hammer out an album super-fast or the product of an unexpected burst of creativity?
Recording it on 4-track] was mainly logistics [rather than aesthetics]. I love recording on 4-track because I’m not tech-savvy enough to know my way around a studio. We recorded (2011’s) American Specialties, our first release, on 4-track so in a way it was a return to form for that record too.”
“No, we were supposed to record a seven-inch – just four songs – that’s what we went in to do, and then this got added and that got added and then I was like, ‘Well, I’ve got this old song that I really want to
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CALI-VIBES NATION California’s still-independent Rebelution put their pushstart down to “something about the ocean and island music”. Bass player Marley D Williams talks to Michael Smith.
ou’d think with a first name like Marley, reggae was the inevitable career path for Rebelution bass player Marley D Williams, but it seems baseball was his initial interest. “Yeah, it’s one of those things, a long time ago I was pretty upset about it,” Williams admits of dropping baseball, “but there are hidden blessings everywhere, you know? I had a bass but didn’t really play it that much – it was mostly in its case in the closet – but whenever I did I always wanted to play a Bob Marley bass line or a Sublime bass line, and for all the people thinking of picking up bass I highly recommend reggae. It’s really fun because you’re a lead melody in the song. There’s nothing like a big, fat reggae bass
line to hook down and make people dance.” It was hearing roots reggae coming out of the room of a fellow student in the Santa Barbara college town of Isla Vista in 2004, however, that clinched it for Williams. That student was singer-songwriter Eric Rachmany, and their common interest in reggae and, in particular, the music of Don Carlos and Black Uhuru, led to their forming Rebelution with fellow students keyboards player Rory Carey and drummer Wesley Finley. “Eric is the man, and I think we all recognised that a long time ago,” Williams concedes. “He’s a
very, very gifted musician, and he represents us, you know? What he says, we feel like he’s our voice – he’s our Michael Jordan! Eric’s a really special dude. I think he’s got one of those old souls. He’s very grounded and balanced. It’s really an honour to have him as a frontman and as our voice.” As is the case in Australia, reggae in America remains very much a niche genre, but within those limitations, Rebelution managed to break out pretty quickly, albeit initially in that nation’s 50th and newest state, Hawaii, where their debut indie EP became a radio hit, prompting a tour that saw them playing to 600 fans all singing along, much to the band’s surprise. Ten years on, their fourth album, 2014’s Count Me In, was their third consecutive #1 album in the Billboard Top Reggae Albums chart. “It’s just kind of gradually happened,” Williams admits. “It’s rare for reggae bands to do big ticket sales or album sales in America. Without Hawaii, I don’t think we would have gotten that kind of push-start, if you will. I guess it’s something about the ocean and island music. “It’s funny – the universe or God or whoever is putting things together, the timing of us all meeting, going to school together – we kind of felt like we’ve all been on the same level this whole time, for ten years, since we first did our backyard show covering songs. And I think that’s really a big reason why – there are a lot of big reasons why – Rebelution has got where it is. That kind of timing you can’t just plan and ask for and force; it’s something that happens naturally.” WHEN & WHERE: 4 & 6 Apr, Bluesfest, Byron Bay
KEEPING IT REAL Ex-triple j presenter Scott Dooley admittedly spends a lot of time “dicking around”, but his new show offers a much more personal story. He chats to Kane Sutton.
ast year, Scott Dooley wowed audiences around the country with his stand-up comedy titled Debut. Last week, Dools released a DVD of the experience, but it’s not your standard live-show-in-front-of-a-packed-out theatre kind of film. “I wanted to capture that feeling of being on the road and being on tour – so much shit happens when you’re dicking around backstage, like after the gig when everyone’s hammered drunk and just being horrible, I wanted to film that so I could try to bribe my friends when they try to become politicians, like ‘Hey, I’ve got footage of you, buddy.’ My grandmother, little Granny Dool, at the very end of the movie, gives me tips, because I live in the States now, on how not to be mugged when I’m walking around New York, and that’s from an 87-year old woman who’s lived in Melbourne her whole life; it’s amazing.” The DVD should be a blast, but Dooley’s new show, Eva, which he’ll be showcasing on the comedy circuit this year, takes a bit of a darker turn. “It was going to be a break-up show and about dating and living in New York, and then the more I was writing, the more I found myself becoming incredibly honest with myself and what kind of person I was. It’s a really personal show... I’d just broken up with someone after eight years, and I went to a place 16 • THE MUSIC • 4TH FEBRUARY 2015
where I’d never had a winter in my life and it was literally the coldest winter New York had ever seen, so I was a bit mopey and just walking around listening to Smith Street Band records and just being sad. It was a bit of an adjustment and I’m really glad I did it, and I think I’m a smilier person now because of it.” Dooley started off his gig at triple j as a ‘work experience kid’, working his way up to joining Linda Marigliano for the afternoon drive program on weekdays from the beginning of 2008. He served that timeslot
until his departure from the station at the end of 2009. It may have been a number of years since, but much of what he learnt there has worked its way into his routine. “The thing that radio taught me really well, especially triple j, is the idea of word economy – you don’t want to hear a radio presenter waffling, unless it’s kind of their act, and that’s the thing that radio really helped in terms of my stand-up because I feel that I’m quite concise as opposed to wandering around.” And what does he think about Taylor Swift sneaking her way into the countdown? “I was explaining to my girlfriend the other day, I wouldn’t be able to hum her song, but I saw this video where she sent out care packages to her fans. I hope she doesn’t beat the [Hilltop] Hoods... but anyone after the squad is fine. I would love to hear that ID, like ‘Hey, I’m Taylor Swift, you’re listening to triple j.’ That’d be amazing.” WHAT: Debut (Warner)
PARTNERS IN TUNE After stirring his tour buddy Darren Middleton for ‘fessing up to owning a Samantha Fox poster, Guy Pearce admits to Bryget Chrisfield that Molly Meldrum warned him off making an album.
hen Guy Pearce and Darren Middleton enter this quiet South Melbourne cafe, staff members adopt ‘should we know who they are?’ expressions. Middleton orders a cappuccino, but Pearce sticks to water. They’ve each released debut solo records – Pearce, Broken Bones (2014); Middleton, Translations (2013) – and the pair was introduced by a mutual booking agent. “We just started chatting and put together the idea that we’d do a tour together,” Middleton explains. They’ve recruited a backing band and Pearce clarifies, “I’ll sing [my songs] and he’ll do backing vocals with the other singers there, and then I’ll do backing vocals
with them while Darren sings his songs.” While discussing songwriting techniques, the duo’s banter is quality. Middleton points out, “With the advent of technology and what we can do at home in our bedrooms, you can knock something up into shape complete.” Pearce interjects, smirking, “We don’t wanna know what you’re knocking up on your own in your room. Put that computer in your lounge room, Darren, I’ve told you!” Later in the chat when Middleton admits he had a topless poster of Samantha Fox on his door when he was “about 12”, Pearce jokes, “The tour’s off ”.
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On writing Translations, Middleton reveals, “This record is very personal, which is kind of the first time for me.” Pearce poses a question: “I know you talked before about coming out of the band [Powderfinger] and finding yourself through that, sort of, two or three years, is that therefore why this record’s, you know, personal?” Middleton allows, “Pretty much. It was part of that process of me going, ‘Who am I?’ and, ‘Do I wanna do music?’” One of Pearce’s Broken Bones launch shows at The Toff In Town late last year just so happened to clash with a party held at Crown Casino’s Club 23 to mark Molly Meldrum’s 50 years in the music industry. During this gig, Pearce shared a fun Molly story: “It was pretty ironic... I do remember [Molly] saying, ‘Don’t you release a record, will ya?’ And I went, ‘No, no, no, I never would. [Through gritted teeth] Damnit. If Molly’s telling me not to, then I’d really better not.’” So in one of the legendary Neighbours scenes where Meldrum plays himself, was it Scott or Mike (Pearce’s character) that was seeking a record deal? “The storyline was that if you sent the demo tape to Molly Meldrum there was a chance he’d listen to it and, if it’s any good, you might get a record deal out of it. So the three of us sort of write this song, Kylie [Minogue, as Charlene] sings it and we play it, and he listens to it and goes, ‘Well forget about the song, but who’s the girl singing?’ And we get shoved aside and he picks her up. Charlene gets the chance to then go and record Locomotion.” And a Stock Aitken Waterman star was born. WHEN & WHERE: 3 Feb, Nambour Civic Centre; 12 Feb, QPAC
FATHER JOHN MISTY
GAZ COOMBES Matador
I Love You Honeybear
ALBUM OF THE WEEK
It now seems that on Fear Fun John Tillman was only warming up, as I Love You Honeybear dials up the musical saturation and dives deep into the cosmic and terrestrial depths of love. Lyrically Tillman has taken his own experience of love and marriage and approaches it from multiple angles – the long distance trials of True Affection, its physical manifestation on When You’re Smiling And Astride Me and the wider absence of love and stimulation on Bored In The USA. His confessional style means his songs can be both brutally honest and direct while also guilty of appearing aloof and archly theatrical. At one point he confesses he’s “The aimless, fake drifter and the horny, man-child, Mamma’s boy to boot.” That’s the complex dichotomy of Father John Misty, creating poetry out of
the mundane with the skill of a lyricist such as Morrissey. Jonathan Wilson produced the album and he and Tillman have allowed themselves free rein to use a wide palette of sounds and styles, from Mariachi horns, electronica and soulful grooves to rich string arrangements. What hasn’t changed and what also makes the album so rewarding is Tillman’s melodic nous. As a result, I Love You Honeybear is a collection of baroque, literate pop songs that reveal new layers of sonic and lyrical detail on each listen. Chris Familton
The first time Gaz Coombes released a solo album (2012’s Here Come The Bombs), he was desperately trying to shake free of his oik-ish Supergrass legacy while proving himself to be all grown up. It was fun enough but returning with Matador it’s clear that Coombes is yet to find his peace. Fair play to him, it’s been a rough few years and he’s got some pretty massive shadows from which to escape. This is the man responsible for massive Britpop anthems Alright and Caught By The Fuzz but who also managed to sustain his band with the terrific likes of Grace and Moving. The man has chops – literally. Initial listens to Matador however raise one key bemused thought: where is the vim? The answer lies in the fact that Coombes has simply dropped the larrikin quality once and for all. Matador is front-loaded with seriousness, scant of big choruses, but before you know it, youಬre halfway in and Seven Walls has
★★★½ him staggering from a tequila bar wailing, ಯDonಬt step on the cracks ‘cause I want you tonight.ರ Coombes sounds absolutely alienated, a solo labouring that sounds deceptively lush, but itಬs rabbit-out-of-the-hat illusion with The Girl Who Fell To Earth’s obsession with inhuman ಫcomputer loveಬ. And that’s when it hits you just how personal this record is. For a bloke whose very reputation was founded in camaraderie, the final moments’ claim that ಯThe hardest fight is the one you fight aloneರis nothing short of heartbreaking. Mac McNaughton
DAMIAN COWELL’S DISCO MACHINE
THE MOULDY LOVERS
Black Matilda Music
Most discussion about this album will revolve around its eclectic raft of guests – Tim Rogers, Shaun Micallef, John Safran et al – and understandably so given how much they collectively bring to the table, but the true strength lies in this being Damian Cowell’s best batch of songs since the halcyon days of TISM. Sharp, catchy and both thematically and lyrically ingenious, this is a fun and rewarding listen from go to woah (spoiler alert: may offend hipsters and folk aficionados).
It’s been a rollercoaster ride for Sydney ragtag lads The Rumjacks. Since forming in 2008, they’ve released a handful of EPs, singles and a 2010 debut full-length, before lead singer Frankie McLaughlin spent 16 months in prison 2012-13. Sober & Godless sees the Celtic punks back in full swing, with 14 cracking tracks spanning more than an hour. At times as rambunctious as Dropkick Murphys (Plenty), at others as poetic as Billy Bragg (Sargeant), the record stands out for the passion in every word, every guitar line and every driving snare hit.
Well, this is fun isn’t it? Fresh outta Brisbane, this seven-piece is ready to show you what ska-loving gypsy punks are all about. Mondegreen is fast-paced, horn-driven and has ‘soak me in vodka and make a real man out of me’ written all over it.
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Sober & Godless
Gogol Bordello are clearly a huge influence (and a sonic point of reference), but there are moments like 5 Days (Interlude) and Ship Of Fools that’d also be right at home on a Less Than Jake record. If you like music with a bit of fun in it, Mondegreen is for you. Dylan Stewart
Two Gallants – We Are Undone Ryan Bingham – Fear And Saturday Night Duke Garwood – Heavy Love Lupe Fiasco – Tetsuo And Youth Menace Beach – Ratworld Kodaline – Coming Up For Air ZOAX – Is Everybody Listening?
LANEWAY FESTIVAL 2015 Brisbane Showgrounds 31 Jan It’s stinking hot and election fever is in the air as crowds wind their way to the new expanded site of the annual Laneway Festival, now taking place inside the actual Brisbane Showgrounds and allowing itself a pleasant sprawl. On the outdoors Mistletone Stage US noise merchants Perfect Pussy are giving it their all early but fighting a reluctant mix, powerful frontwoman Meredith Graves giving it her all nonetheless. We head across to the large tent containing the two main stages and catch Leeds post-punk
This Laneway is Eves The Behaviour’s first festival tour, and the Gold Coast singer is possibly regretting wearing a pantsuit on stage. It’s sweltering inside the Future Classic tent, but the 20-year-old is braving it with a confident power stance. She looks diminutive behind a large yellow guitar, but her stage presence and voice are impressively larger than life. It’s when she plays the guitar lines to songs like Zen that she seems most confident, losing the energy on synth-based songs to her twitchy dance moves.
The lead singer of Highasakite looks like she’s in the wrong band. Ingrid Helene Håvik is rocking long purple hair, a black Jack Daniel’s singlet, and sparkly shorts. She soon shatters all preconceptions, launching straight into the beautiful opening notes of Lover, Where Do You Live?. It’s a gentle ease into the set, before the drums of Leaving No Traces hit, and the wind picks up for the first time today. It’s like the Norwegians brought stormy weather to match their magnificently overblown pop.
Sohn walks on stage to thunderstorm sounds, wearing a medium-length black robe; black robes either come in wizard length or should not be worn at all. The farce is emphasised today as the thought of his sweat levels proves more
New Orleans-based singersongwriter Benjamin Booker enters the fray with just his rhythm section in tow and before long is emitting an awesome array of licks and riffs, the spirit of rock’n’roll clearly coursing through his veins.
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outfit Eagulls in full flight, the grooves cool-sounding and unrelenting. Frontman George Mitchell has a big voice (which sounds uncannily like Robert Smith at times) and charisma to match, the fivepiece consistently catchy as they pump out a stream of tunes such as Possessed and Lemon Tree. Back over at Mistletone Stage Kiwi psych-pop exponent Connan Mockasin is leading is leading his ragtag, trippylooking bunch through a stream of equally lysergic music, their songs all strange bendy grooves and languid melodies. The fragile vocals on tracks like It’s Choade My Dear are weirdly soulful, but during other numbers like I’m The Man, That Will Find You it veers very close to soft rock pastiche with the sweet harmony choruses, but it’s never less than interesting.
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interesting than his bland take on post-R&B. The Londoner momentarily works Tremors into something worth paying attention to, but the lack of a live drummer retracts from the bouncy energy of Artifice. Local punk brats Dune Rats possess probably the most snarling guitars of the day, and draw a large crowd who are totally up for any and all shenanigans that the band can throw at them. A good mosh grows early as they move through a river of catchy nuggets like Superman and Fuck It, and there’s plenty of frivolity between songs which is matched by their ramshackle cover of Violent Femmes’ staple Blister In The Sun. Towards the end of a fun set their track Dalai Lama Big Banana Marijuana (as always) wins most stupid song title of the day award.
she and her band sure don’t disappoint – it’s a far more rocking four-piece outfit she fronts these days but she still somehow remains lackadaisical during old faves such as History Eraser and Canned Tomatoes (Whole), though today it’s the new tracks from her impending debut album which really excite. Tracks like Nobody Really Cares If You Don’t Go To The Party, Aqua Profunda! and new (existential) single Pedestrian At Best auger incredibly well for the new album and showcase and incredibly exciting new(ish) talent in our midst. A lot of indie fans seem to be in two minds whether to see Aussie wunderkinds Pond or US darling Mac DeMarco who have drawn competing time slots, and accordingly there’s a throng of punters winding both
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Always Waiting is all angst and pent-up frustration but suddenly the bassist busts out a fiddle and Booker is dancing an awesome jig, the trio’s varying shades of authenticity and enthusiasm quite alluring especially during the rousing Violent Shiver. Angel Olsen is less angry these days. The enchanting queen of disenchantment may sing about loneliness and screaming the stars out of the universe, but she’s giggling between songs and even dedicates the optimistic Lights Out to Mac DeMarco and his band. She brings out the affected bleating she does so well for Drunk And With Dreams, and finishes the set of consistently incredible songwriting with Tiniest Seed and its short, sweet guitar solo. There’s a great crowd waiting in anticipation for current indie darling Courtney Barnett, and
ways between their respective stages. The Aussies draw a strong and attentive crowd to the outdoor stage as they plough the fertile psych-field of new album Man It Feels Like Space Again – diminutive frontman Nick Allbrook in fine fettle indeed – but the majority seem to have opted for the goofy garage stylings of our overseas visitor, DeMarco’s every move and grin greeted by mass screams and shrieks. Scottish producer Rustie has made a name for himself through his innovative album work. His conceptual approach to electronic music unfortunately doesn’t cross over into his live shows. He’s the first producer of the day, and although this is technically a live set, you wouldn’t know it. He seems to be DJing and sampling occasionally from his THE MUSIC • 4TH FEBRUARY 2015 • 21
live reviews laptop. The happy trap sounds of Raptor bounce around the tent, but a disproportionate and miscellaneous series of raps tunes detracts from his body of work. Little Dragon are a dance band. Listening to their recent album material, it can be easy to forget that. At their live show, it’s impossible not to realise it within the first few minutes. The Swedish quartet whirl Please Turn and My Step into dance-floor maelstroms, cooling things down for Pretty Girls and Ritual Union. Yukimi Nagano twirls around the stage in a kimono, shaking a tambourine and pulling shapes while the band perform with machine-like precision. The whole scene feels like a sequence from a sci-fi movie set in a Tokyo nightclub. A computerised voice requests no cameras be used during St Vincent’s set. Now that we have our digital witnessing put aside, Annie Clark shuffles onto the stage with her band; she seems to have taken a page out of David Byrne’s book when it comes
to stage antics. Bursting into Rattlesnake, the band are tight and guitar licks are fuzzy. Cheerleader is a brilliant contrast to popular themes, and as she greets the crowd of “ladies, gentlemen, freaks, and others” we’re reminded of just how weird Clark is; and how thankful we are for her. FKA Twigs is an alien, or at least you would think she is, based on the crowd’s continual amazement at every move she makes. She gracefully removes a braid of hair from her face at one point, and we too are convinced she can do no wrong. There’s more smoke than a house fire, and the hazy atmosphere lends her songs extra ethereal qualities as her high, fluttering vocals meld with it in cloud-busting clarity. She sings Pendulum, Water Me, and by the time she reaches Two Weeks the atmosphere is thick enough to swim in. Flying Lotus is a silhouette in a suit, with glowing yellow eyes. He’s enclosed inside a hypercube, a visual setup which makes the performer
look sandwiched inside a colourful virtual reality. The Los Angeles wonder-man is both a sonic and visual innovator this evening, as his rhythmically complex songs are matched with an equally unique array of visuals spiralling around him, shifting in time to twisting bass lines. He takes off the headpiece to sing on Coronus, The Terminator, before transforming into his alter-ego and alias Captain Murphy for a short time. It’s the most memorable merging of technology with music we’ve seen all day. Fellow brothers in flight, Flight Facilities are keeping things aerodynamic with their own brand of dance tunes. The duo pilot their music from behind the large decks while Owl Eyes and Kurt Kristen steer the vocals. There’s plenty of remixes, as the whistle of Stand Still is laid over the rap of Why Do You Feel. Vic Mensa jumps on stage for Down On My Luck, proceeded neatly by a freestyle over the
pair’s Down To Earth. They finish with Foreign Language, the song that started it all. Roshan Clerke, Steve Bell
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KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE
KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE Film
In cinemas 5 Feb
★★★ ★ Writer, director and producer Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class, Kick-Ass) has, with Kingsman, established himself as one of the most exciting movie makers in the business. With multiple direct in-movie references to the action films of old, if you’re looking for an action drama that more than fills the witty, 22 • THE MUSIC • 4TH FEBRUARY 2015
laugh-out-loud funny and extreme violence quotas you so desperately desire, this is your film for summer. Lead performer Taron Egerton is hilarious as the chavvy Gary ‘Eggsy’ Unwin, who is saved from the lower-end street life by the ever-classy Harry Hart (Colin Firth, star of the show) to undertake a series of intense training sessions to become a kingsman. At the same time, a global threat is arising from the twisted tech genius Valentine (the hilariously lisping Samuel L Jackson), and all of a sudden it’s up to Hart and Eggsy to save the world. The film is full of cracking back-and-forth banter between almost every main character and there’s a heap of Bond-esque moments throughout, although what separates Kingsman from other contemporary action films is that Vaughn has well and truly managed to flesh out his character. Kingsman is the most fun you’ll have in a cinema this year. Kane Sutton
THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING Film
★★ ½ When a young Hawking – played, in a piece of mimicry alive with verve and conviction, by Eddie Redmayne – announces in the opening of James Marsh’s The Theory Of Everything that Cosmology is “a religion for intelligent atheists”, the film plays into that great cliché of depicting science on screen: that it must either be a rebuke of religion, or a valentine to it. This is embodied in the film’s twin star-cross’d lovers: Hawking falling for Jane Wilde (Felicity Jones), a girl of God. When they gaze at the heavens, he sees equations, she quotes Genesis. Marsh’s grand closing reel finale attempts to convince you that this love story is on the same plane as cosmology; that, in that instant of boy meets girl,
a big bang occurs, spawning love and life (they’d have three children), causing a ripple of infinitesimal possibilities. It’s a romantic finalé to a film that’s, in its preceding decades, determinedly domestic. Adapted from Jane Wilde Hawking’s memoir Travelling To Infinity: My Life With Stephen, Anthony McCarten’s script chronicles marital struggles and Dr Hawking’s debilitating affliction with motor neuron disease; and does so less with inspirational overtones, and in a far more quotidian fashion. Were this to stand in stark contrast to the wild ideas of theoretical physics, there might be something here. Instead there’s not so much. Anthony Carew
THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING
Members answering/roles: Jacob (vocals/guitar), Sam (bass) How long have you been together? Sam: Since early-2012, almost three years now. How did you all meet? Sam: In school, our former guitarist and I entered a battle of the bands. We recruited the best singer ( Jacob) and drummer (Zach) we knew, wrote three songs, rehearsed frantically and the rest is history. Jacob: History for about a year! Soon after Jayden started following us to our practice space with his guitars. We were pretty confused because we already had a guitarist. He then played a single power-chord that blacked out most of North Brisbane, and that’s when we knew we should keep him. 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? Sam: As clichéd as it is, probably the Red Hot Chili Peppers. They’re the happy medium. Jacob: Chili Peppers and Ja Mon, Ja – a German death reggae band we’re all quite fond of. Would you rather be a busted broke-but-revered Hank Williams figure or some kind of Metallica monster? Sam: I like to think there’s an in-between. Obviously Metallica get a bad rap for extreme egos and “selling out”, but I don’t think success and integrity are mutually exclusive. Which Brisbane bands before you have been an inspiration (musically or otherwise)? Sam: Powderfinger. The first gig I saw was on their farewell tour in Caloundra. Absolute legends. More recently we look up to guys like DZ Deathrays, Violent Soho and The Strums as groups who are absolutely killing it. What part do you think Brisbane plays in the music you make? Jacob: It all plays a part. Being Brisbane-raised has influenced me personally, perhaps not exclusively musically. If I was elsewhere I wouldn’t have met these lads and you’d be interviewing a different band, so it’s a pretty big part. What’s in the pipeline for the band in the short term? Sam: Our goals are to write great songs, play gigs, and constantly get better as a band. Jacob: Gig as much as possible, that’s where we love it best. Super Asleep play UBERfest 2015 Summer Tour at Flying Cock on Sunday 8 Feb.
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OFF TO MARKET Who doesn’t love going to a market to visit three stalls (at least) for lunch, grab a coffee (or tipple), and wander around looking at locally handmade apparel, crafts and other goodies?
IN POP CULTURE MARKETS & ME
Eat Street Markets – Hamilton Wharf Every Friday and Saturday from 4 – 10pm, head down to the Wharf for a multicultural feast. Small bars, homemade pies, local seafood, fish and chips, New Yorkstyle hot dogs, rice paper rolls, banh mi, noodles, dumplings and more have appeared at the Eat Street Markets, but there’ll be something different every time. Saturday Fresh Markets – 252 Sherwood Road, Rocklea This markets boasts more than 220 stalls supplying fresh food, fruit and vegetables, meat and poultry, fresh cut flowers,deli goods, breads, plants and other 24 • THE MUSIC • 4TH FEBRUARY 2015
lifestyle products. Once you’re all shopped out, grab a coffee and some lunch from a few of the many food stalls, and enjoy live entertainment at the food court stage. Boundary Street Markets – Cnr Boundary & Mollison Sts, West End This indoor pop-up market hosts heaps of local designers, emerging artists, vintage collectors, artisan produce and homewares. Food-wise, there’s doughnuts, pizza, crepes, tea by West End Tea Co, coffee, baked good galore, Joe’s Texan BBQ, Teppanyaki Noodles and more. Fridays 4 – 10pm; Saturdays 1oam – 10pm; Sundays 10am – 3pm.
I love all kinds of markets, but particularly foodbased markets. From the reliable, everyday kinda markets open five or six days a week, to the weekend markets where you can get breakfast when you arrive and lunch before you leave, bustling night markets, and ~trendy~ pop-up markets, I love them all for different reasons. Nothing quite replicates that busy-but-relaxed atmosphere of people from all walks of life queuing up for that tasty burrito/Korean potato twist/plate of paella/satay skewers/ whatever, and then finding a spot on cheap plastic chairs and tables, or nice wooden ones, or the grass/ground, and happily digging in to their (sometimes overpriced but oh-well-what-do-youexpect-at-a-market) grub, chatting away with friends or fam, or just silently enjoying the flavours and smells. Or if you’re me, creepily peoplewatching while munching my food of choice with gusto. Time stops at a market, and anxieties waft away and into the hungry crowd. If I could bottle that feeling and carry it with me at all times, I would.
Films Aladdin (1992): Who could forget this marketplace scene? “FIGS AND PISTACHIOOOOOS!” Classic. It’s where Aladdin first sights Jasmine, and we all know what happened next. Midnight In Paris (2011), pictured below: Gil (Owen Wilson) bumps into Gabrielle (Léa Seydoux) at what is thought to be the biggest flea market in the world, in search of a Cole Porter record... and some common fucking sense, probably.
Songs.. Rhymes count This Little Piggy: The cruellest children’s rhyme because of the actions that accompanied the “wee wee wee wee all the way home” part.
AROUND THE WORLD Chatuchak, Thailand Said to be one of the largest weekend markets in the world, it sprawls over 14 hectares and includes between 9000 and 15,000 stalls. Apparently 200,000 people visit each day, of which 30% are foreign visitors. It’s known for its Thai handicrafts and antiques. Khan Al-Khalili, Egypt Though very much geared towards tourists, with stalls selling souvenirs, antiques and jewellery, there are still some aspects of this market (such as the traditional workshops) that are important for locals. You’ll also find restaurants, coffee shops and street food vendors. Tsukiji Fish Market, Japan This is one of the world’s largest fish markets, handling more than 2,000 tonnes of marine products a day. A limited amount of visitors have the chance to watch the tuna auction super early in the morning, and sushi restaurants around the market serve up some of the freshest fish in a sushi breakfast (if you can brave the ridiculously long queues).
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STORM THE SKY
Sia’s Elastic Heart remains atop the Singles ranks of this week’s Carlton Dry Independent Music Charts in a week that saw the entire top 20 artists remain unchanged, albeit generously shuffled. Indeed, the sole new entrant across both Singles and Albums charts this week comes from Storm The Sky and their fulllength effort, Permanence, which steps out at #9, an anomalous entry alongside Paul Kelly’s Songs From The South, which comes back with a vengeance to re-enter the list at #13. Otherwise, both charts are dominated by artists, songs and albums with which Aussie audiences should be all too familiar after weeks of strong performances and the weekend’s triple j Hottest 100 wrap-up: countdown third-place-getters Hilltop Hoods, for example, have two songs in the singles chart — Cosby Sweater at #2 and The Nosebleed Sector at #15 — while Peking Duk also make a double entry (Take Me Over, ft SAFIA, takes out #4; High stays at #11), as do Timmy Trumpet (Freaks, #5, and Nightmare, #16), Vance Joy (Riptide, #14, and Mess Is Mine, #18), Sia (she’s also in with Chandelier at #6), and Chet Faker (Talk Is Cheap, #9, and Gold, #19). The Hilltops keep their strong hold over the full-lengths stakes as well, their 2014 effort Walking Under Stars hitting the top of the deck for another week. Sia’s not far off, with 1000 Forms Of Fear up to #2 from #3 last week, switching spots with Saint Chet’s Built On Glass. AC/ DC are still doing all right for themselves, with most recent album, Rock Or Bust, hanging on at #4, just ahead of Vance Joy’s Dream Your Life Away (#5). 26 • THE MUSIC • 4TH FEBRUARY 2015
CLIMBING THE RANKS
Up-and-coming Brisbane pop rockers Daylight Army are putting on a show at The Zoo, Thursday, to help celebrate the release of their EP, In Notes By Distance. Collins Class and Sound of Truth will also be joining the party.
The reformed Break Even’s national tour is finally making its way around to this side of the country, stopping by Crowbar this Saturday, with guests Hopeless, Endless Heights, Post Blue.
Punk, new wave and ska’n’roll purveyors Preston entertained crowds around Brisbane in the early 2000s. Now, they are back for a rare show at Sonny’s House Of Blues on Thursday night.
BACK WITH A BANG
Caravana Sun are bringing the good vibes to Solbar in Maroochydore this Friday. They’ll be supported La Mont and The Perries. Tickets are a mere $12, or $15 on the door.
Following the release of their album Summer, and the video for the title track, Adelaide punk rockers Grenadiers are playing a bunch of shows, including this Saturday at Grand Central Hotel.
Released last year in digital formats, Flynn Effect finally get to launch the physical version of their debut album, Skins, Saturday at New Globe Theatre, with guests Dark Symphonica, The Molotov and Seven Day Mask.
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Local legends Rolls Bayce are performing their indie psych tunes at The Brightside on Friday. Get dancing to deep drum and bass grooves and spacy guitar. Support from The Ninjas and Varsity.
This Friday, Future Beauty Up Late at GoMA hosts MTNS (pictured), Oscar Key Sung and Tincture (DJ set). There’ll also be a pop-up styling and Fashion In Action talk by Andrzej Pytel (House of Ezis).
Brisbane future-beat maker CLN is hitting the stage at Alhambra Lounge on Friday, following his support slot for Odesza. Go forth and groove, chill, hang out.
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UBERfest is back for its fifth installment as of next month, making its way around the country. It kicks off at The Flying Cock on Sunday, with Parlour Games, Super Asleep, Broken Leg, Mergatroyd and more performing.
The Triffid hosts Maja and Ryan Giles for Triffid Roots this Sunday. Maja Puseljic is a jazz, folk & blues singer, guitarist, pianist and composer; Giles is a 22-year-old singersongwriter delivering rhythm, blues, reggae and hip hop.
Brisbane-based singersongwriter Jye Whiteman launches his debut EP Distance at Black Bear Lodge on Thursday. Check out his emotional live performance for yourself.
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HAVE YOU HEARD what would it be? A bitter fight would ensue over this question! Dan would want With Roots Above And Branches Below, Cam would want Grace, but majority would win with Emily and Kate choosing Brand New Eyes.
HAYDEN JAMES Single title? Something About You What’s the song about? I like people to interpret music in their own way... Leaves it open to mean something different to someone else. How long did it take to write/ record? It only took half a day or so to put together. The faster a song comes together and feels natural, the better it is, I find. It took a while to produce though. Is this track from a forthcoming release/existing release? Something About You is a single release. Remix package to come shortly.
What was inspiring you during the song’s writing and recording? I listen to a wide range of music so there’s always inspiration drawn from a lot of different genres. That and the weather... Summer vibes. We’ll like this song if we like... A house groove with funky elements. Do you play it differently live? Yes. I have live show versions for most of my songs. I play keyboards live and use samplers.
10 DAYS NOTICE How did you get together? Emily (vocals), Cam (guitar) and Dan (drums) were put together for a one-off gig. They enjoyed playing together and later found Kate (bass) who completed the 10 Days Notice line-up. Sum up your musical sound in four words? Alternative, Eclectic, Fender, Orange.
When and where is your launch/ next gig? 27 Feb, Oh Hello!
If you could support any band in the world – past or present – who would it be? Emily – Paramore; Kate – Taylor Swift; Cam – Jeff Buckley; Dan – The Devil Wears Prada.
Website link for more info? haydenjamesmusic.com
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Greatest rock’n’roll moment of your career to date? At our first gig, we supported Husky at the Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinema event. We walked into the dressing tent to find FREE. CATERING. Pizza. Organic juices. Fruit platters. Chips. Ice cream.. Lots of ice cream. Why should people come and see your band? Our bassist Kate has stage presence equivalent to that of Axl Rose... When and where for your next gig? 5 Feb, The Underdog; and 15 Feb, Ric’s Bar. Website link for more info? facebook.com/10daysnotice
artists like, Joan Jett, Placebo and The Mars Volta. You’re being sent into space, no iPod, you can bring one album – what would it be? It would have to be Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness, by The Smashing Pumpkins.
THE ASTRONAUT HEADDRESS Answered by: Drew Jays How did you get together? We started as a two-piece just for some fun. There was so much energy and potential we just kept accumulating members and songs and started performing our material. Sum up your musical sound in four words? Intense spacey funky rock. If you could support any band in the world – past or present – who would it be? Personally it would be The Jimi Hendrix Experience. The guys love 28 • THE MUSIC • 4TH FEBRUARY 2015
Greatest rock’n’roll moment of your career to date? Probably playing at a charity mini festival, Locofest. We organised, ran and performed in the event, raising around $600 for the organisation. Why should people come and see your band? For something different! We do everything our own way, no genre, no typical structures and no compromise creating our sound. When and where for your next gig? Supporting Greenthief, Hotel Norville in Toowoomba, 27 Mar. Website link for more info? facebook.com/ theastronautheaddress S U P P O R T I N G
PUP Answered by: Stefan Babcock Why are you coming to visit our fair country? We’re on tour with our labelmates The Smith Street Band. Is this your f irst visit? Yep! Very exciting for us. How long are you here for? One month. What do you know about Australia, in ten words or less? Dingos, kangaroos, spiders, snakes, surfing, drunk dudes, weed, koalas, dingos.
participate in? I’ve never been surfing so would like to give that a shot. What will you be taking home as a souvenir? A skateboard and a serious hangover. Where can we come say hi, and buy you an Aussie beer? 4 Feb, Solbar, Maroochydore; 5 Feb, The Spotted Cow, Toowoomba; 6 Feb, The Hi-Fi; 7 Feb, Crowbar; 8 Feb, The Northern, Byron Bay. Website link for more info? puptheband.com
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HOPE SPRINGS Answered by: Joshua Lee EP title: Sooner Or Later How many releases do you have now? Two EPs: Ladders Down and Sooner Or Later. Was anything in particular inspiring you during the making? The songs are written as they come to hand, so we write the songs from everyday observations, not necessarily inspiration. What’s your favourite song on it? Cinderella. It shows the band’s strengths and where we
are heading now and into the future. Exciting times ahead! We’ll like this EP if we like... The Drones, The National, Something For Kate, Bluebottle Kiss, The Afghan Whigs. When and where is your launch/next gig? 6 Feb, New Globe Theatre and 7 Feb, Solbar, Maroochydore. Website link for more info? hopesprings.com.au
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THE MUSIC PRESENTS Guy Pearce & Darren Middleton: QPAC 12 Feb
DZ Deathrays: The Brightside 13 Mar
Earth Frequency 2015: Ivory’s Rock 13-16 Feb
Mojo Burning Festival: New Globe Theatre 21 Mar
The Gooch Palms: Crowbar 13 Feb, Great Northern 14 Feb
Xavier Rudd & The United Nations: The Tivoli 22 Mar
Seth Sentry: The Hi-Fi 20 Feb, Solbar 21 Feb
Bluesfest Byron Bay: Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm 2-6 Apr
Real Estate: The Zoo 27 Feb
Mavis Staples: Brisbane Powerhouse 8 Apr
Sharon Van Etten: The Zoo 4 Mar
The Beards: Spotted Cow 30 Apr, The Triffid 1 May, The Northern 3 May
London Grammar: Brisbane Riverstage 7 Mar 65daysofstatic: The Hi-Fi 11 Mar
The Zouk Social: Chalk Hotel, Woolloongabba Trivia: Glenmore Tavern, Norman Gardens Big Jam with Chris Ramsay: Manly Hotel, Manly Rag Doll + Seamie Kehoe: Mick O’Malley’s, Brisbane Trivia: Redland Bay Hotel, Redland Bay The Smith Street Band + Pup + Great Cynics + Apart From This: Solbar, Maroochydore Level 1 Wednesdays + Various DJs: Victory Hotel, Brisbane
Urban Country Music Festival: Caboolture 1-3 May
Karaoke: Glenmore Tavern, Norman Gardens Scotdrakula + The Good Sports + Teen Sensations: Grand Central Hotel, Brisbane Karaoke: Imperial Hotel, Beenleigh Dave Graney: Junk Bar, Ashgrove Various DJs: Jupiters (The Kitty Bar), Broadbeach Karaoke: Manly Hotel, Manly Sarah Booker: Mick O’Malley’s, Brisbane Tom Roberts: Oxford 152, Bulimba Karaoke: Prince of Wales Hotel, Nundah Karaoke: Redland Bay Hotel, Redland Bay
Karaoke: Alderley Arms Hotel, Alderley
Matt Stillert: Solbar, Maroochydore
Open Mic Night + Various Artists: Bay Central Tavern, Urraween
Trivia: Springwood Hotel, Rochedale South
Not Sinking, Just Crashing + Trigger Warning + Secondhand Toothbrush: Beetle Bar, Brisbane Jye Whiteman: Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley Jam Night + Various Artists: Capalaba Tavern, Capalaba Amicable Treason + Irukandjii + Acorea + Nescient + Vervet Thirst: Crowbar, Fortitude Valley Stand Up Comedy + Various Artists: Dog and Parrot Tavern, Robina
GIG OF THE WEEK DREAMTIME: 7 FEB, THE BEARDED LADY
The Loveless Union + Steve Grady + Midnight Son & The Crime Scene: The Bearded Lady, West End Antagonist A.D + The Brave + Daybreakers + Sensaii: The Brightside, Fortitude Valley Millions of Dreads + The Willow Seed: The Milk Factory Kitchen & Bar, South Brisbane The Smith Street Band + Pup + Great Cynics + Apart From This: The Spotted Cow, Toowoomba
Oslow + Seahorse Divorce + Vulture Circus + Perfume Garden + Blonde Tongues: The Underdog Pub Co, Fortitude Valley Daylight Army + Collins Class + Sound of Truth: The Zoo, Fortitude Valley Thirsty Thursdays + Various DJs: Victory Hotel, Brisbane
UV Boi: Alhambra Lounge, Fortitude Valley cln: Alhambra Lounge, Fortitude Valley The Vultures + The Flame Fields + Yaurout + Rogue Scholars: Beetle Bar, Brisbane
Fat Susan + The Lizards + Thunder Gods of the Multiverse + Stone Chimp: Crowbar, Fortitude Valley
The Wet Fish + The Sunburys: Ric’s Bar, Fortitude Valley
Pacha Mamma + Mark Lowndes: Eat Street Markets, Hamilton
Reggae Night with Izania: Royal Mail Hotel, Goodna
Scotdrakula + Donny Love + The Brian Emo: Elsewhere, Surfers Paradise
Various Artists: Smithfield Tavern, Smithfield
Mick McHugh: Habitat Restaurant & Bar, South Brisbane Various Artists: Hinterland Hotel, Nerang Various Artists: Irish Finnegans, Thuringowa Central Dave Graney: Junk Bar, Ashgrove
A Fancy Evening with Brendan Maclean: Brisbane Powerhouse (Turbine Platform), New Farm
Brother Fox: Lock ‘n’ Load Bistro, West End
TGIF + Various Artists: Buderim Tavern, Buderim
Ace DJs: Manly Hotel, Manly
Various Artists: Capalaba Tavern, Capalaba
Locky: Mick O’Malley’s, Brisbane
Tim & Kellie: Cardigan Bar, Sandgate
Signature Duo: Mick O’Malley’s, Brisbane
3’s A Crowd: Chalk Hotel, Woolloongabba
DJ Rio + DJ Monique Unique: Oxford 152, Bulimba
Various Artists: Commercial Hotel, Nerang Various Artists: Coomera Tavern, Upper Coomera
Sarah McLachlan: The Tivoli, Fortitude Valley
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Russ Walker: Redland Bay Hotel, Redland Bay
Various Artists: Dalrymple Hotel, Garbutt
Art Of Sleeping + The Lulu Raes + Sahara Beck: Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley
Various Artists: Chardons Corner Hotel, Annerley
Various Artists: Raintrees Tavern, Manunda
Karaoke: Kedron Park Hotel, Lutwyche
Family Affair: Logan Diggers Club, Logan Central
Karaoke: Pub Lane Tavern, Greenbank Future Beauty Up Late with MTNS + Oscar Key Sung + Tincture (DJ Set): QAGOMA (QLD Art Gallery), South Brisbane
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Caravana Sun + Lemont + The Perries: Solbar, Maroochydore Peter Allan: Solbar (Front Bar), Maroochydore Freakin’ Fridays + Rotating Residents: Springwood Hotel, Rochedale South The Moses Gunn Collective + The Furrs + Jordan Rochfort: The Bearded Lady, West End Rolls Bayce + The Ninjas + Varsity: The Brightside, Fortitude Valley Kolombo: The Factory, Maroochydore The Smith Street Band + Pup + Great Cynics + Apart From This: The Hi-Fi, West End Greshka + The Unusual Suspects: The Motor Room, West End The Mouldy Lovers + Chocolate Strings + Rivermouth + Moski Jo: The Triffid, Newstead DarkLab + Pyre & Ice + The Barefoot Experience + Maiden May: The Zoo, Fortitude Valley
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Trivia: Pub Lane Tavern, Greenbank
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Joseph Tawadros + Australian Chamber Orchestra : QPAC, South Brisbane
Various Artists + Various DJs + Karaoke: Victory Hotel, Brisbane
Level 1 Fridays + Various DJs: Victory Hotel, Brisbane
Trivia: Alderley Arms Hotel, Alderley
Karaoke: Warner Tavern (Sports Bar), Warner
Trivia: Allenstown Hotel, Allenstown
Various Artists: Wharf Tavern, Mooloolaba
Trivia: Australian National Hotel, Woolloongabba
Roxette + Boom Crash Opera: Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Boondall
Torren Foot: Alhambra Lounge, Fortitude Valley Pyromance + Asylum + Firechild + Lip Sinder: Beetle Bar, Brisbane A Celebration of Queer Arts & Culture Festival feat. Jeff Duff: Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm Kristy Apps and The Shotgun Shirleys + Lucinda Shaw: Brisbane Powerhouse (Turbine Platform) , New Farm Karaoke: Brook Hotel, Mitchelton Karaoke: Capalaba Tavern, Capalaba Lucy Street: Chalk Hotel, Woolloongabba The Smith Street Band + Pup + Great Cynics + Apart From This: Crowbar (Under 18’s / 12pm) , Fortitude Valley Break Even + Hopeless + Endless Heights + Postblue: Crowbar (8pm) , Fortitude Valley Various Artists: Ferny Grove Tavern, Ferny Grove Grenadiers + Death Mountain + The Ravagers: Grand Central Hotel, Brisbane Silk: Logan Diggers Club, Logan Central Various Artists: Manly Hotel, Manly Ace DJs: Manly Hotel, Manly Manana: Mary’s Commercial Hotel, Dalby Chocolate Strings: Miami Marketta, Miami Tullamore Tree: Mick O’Malley’s, Brisbane The Rumour: Mick O’Malley’s, Brisbane DJ James Brown: Oxford 152, Bulimba
Various Artists: Pub Lane Tavern, Greenbank
Karaoke: Raintrees Tavern, Manunda
Amistat: Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley
The Wild Card Duo: Redland Bay Hotel, Redland Bay
Sunday Session + Various DJs: Capalaba Tavern, Capalaba
Karaoke: Redland Bay Hotel, Redland Bay
Guy Stacey: Chalk Hotel, Woolloongabba
Sugarcane Collins + Andy Jans-Brown + Cozmic: Royal Mail Hotel (1pm) , Goodna
Backyard Sunday Sessions + Various Artists: Dowse Bar & Iceworks, Paddington
Hope Springs + Battleships + Charm + Tongue Tied Thieves: Solbar, Maroochydore
Black Indie: Habitat Restaurant & Bar, South Brisbane
Jessie Ryan-Allen: Solbar (Front Bar), Maroochydore Dreamtime + Ride Into The Sun + Sacred Shrines: The Bearded Lady, West End Back to the 90s Party! + Various Artists: The Brightside, Fortitude Valley Biscuit Factory 1st Birthday feat. Gent & Jawns + Megalodon + Dubloadz: The Hi-Fi, West End Ingrid James & Julian Jones Duo: The Lido Cafe & Restaurant, Ascot Patrick Topping: The Met (The Coco Lounge with), Fortitude Valley The Ninth Chapter + The Stained Daisies: The Milk Factory Kitchen & Bar, South Brisbane
Sounds of Sunday feat. Jeffrey Hoad: Hard Rock Cafe, Surfers Paradise Progressive Tan: Lock ‘n’ Load Bistro, West End Various Artists: Manly Hotel, Manly Karaoke: Manly Hotel, Manly Irish Sessions + Ger Fennelly: Mick O’Malley’s, Brisbane Jessica Sarah: New York Brewing Company, Fortitude Valley DJ Mike Dean + J-Funk: Oxford 152, Bulimba
UBERfest 2015 feat. The Last Cavalry + Kim Killspeed + Broken Leg + Mergatroyd + Super Asleep + The Dickersons + 3 Speed Dragster + 10 Days Notice + Parlour Games + Yaurout + Wornaway + We Were Giants + more: The Flying Cock, Fortitude Valley
Trivia: Kedron Park Hotel, Lutwyche
Trivia: Prince of Wales Hotel, Nundah
Maja + Ryan Giles: The Triffid, Newstead Sunday Rock N Roll BBQ feat. Spike City + Some Jerks + Dead Wolves + Goosebumpz + Suicide Country Hour: The Triffid, Newstead Slates: Tym Guitars, Fortitude Valley
Ben Eaton: Mick O’Malley’s, Brisbane
Conspiracy Of One + Steve Dorrington: Ric’s Bar, Fortitude Valley Trivia: The Gap Tavern, The Gap Spoon + Special Guests: The Hi-Fi, West End Lamb: The Tivoli, Fortitude Valley
Jug & Hooter Sundays + Various Artists: Victory Hotel, Brisbane
Trivia: Belmont Tavern, Belmont
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Trivia: Irish Finnegans, Thuringowa Central
Izania: The Milk Factory Kitchen & Bar, South Brisbane
Those Old Soles + Ryan Delaney: Solbar (Front Bar), Maroochydore
Alternator: Warner Tavern, Warner
Trivia: Chalk Hotel, Woolloongabba
Trivia: Manly Hotel, Manly
Karaoke: Australian National Hotel, Woolloongabba
Chasing Closure + Cause In Affect + Liam Bryant + The Handsome Devils + Beth Lucas: The Zoo, Fortitude Valley
Angus & Julia Stone + Cloud Control + Jarryd James: Cairns Convention Centre, Cairns
Break Even + Hopeless + Endless Heights + Postblue: The Lab (All Ages), Brisbane
The Swing Thing: Redland Bay Hotel, Redland Bay
Emmett & Mabel: The Bearded Lady, West End
Trivia: Buderim Tavern, Buderim
The Bachata Social: Chalk Hotel, Woolloongabba Trivia: Kallangur Tavern, Kallangur Trivia: Mick O’Malley’s, Brisbane Uncle Bob’s Music Club + Various Artists: Prince of Wales Hotel, Nundah
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