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The massive Mojo Burning Festival is taking place at Fortitude Valley venue New Globe Theatre over both Saturday (from 3pm) and Sunday (from 2pm). Focussing on the blues, roots, rock and stoner genres, there’s a slew of great bands including Gay Paris, pictured, Kings Of The North, Mojo Webb, Transvaal Diamond Syndicate, and much, much more. It’s proudly presented by The Music, get amongst it!
Palo Alto, Gia Coppola’s ﬁlm adaption of James Franco’s ﬁrst collection of short stories, starring Franco, along with Emma Roberts, is out Wednesday on DVD and Blu-ray and all the formats. April (Roberts) negotiates an aﬀair with her soccer coach (Franco) all the while sparking attention and aﬀection from artist Teddy ( Jack Kilmer). It’s all about young love, with all its frustrations and fragilities.
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This Friday night the Brisbane leg of the El Grande Festival (which also takes place up north in Gladstone) takes place at The Hi-Fi, and they’ve put together a stellar cast of heavy bands for your musical pleasure. Featuring Oz rock stalwarts 28 Days, pictured, Dream On Dreamer, Voyager, Sydonia, Guards Of May and Vessel Born, it’s a bona fide cavalcade of neck-snapping goodness. Pack your moshing shoes and prepare for the deluge – proudly presented by The Music! BRISBANE
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Australia Council has announced it’s 2015 award recipients. Thomas Keneally (NSW) won Lifetime Achievement in Literature, while Archie Roach (music), Judy Watson (visual arts), Will Stubbs (visual arts), Stelarc (emerging and experimental arts), Garry Stewart (dance), Bruce Gladwin (theatre), Tony Doyle (cultural development), Alyson Evans (cultural development) and Alysha Herrmann (cultural development) round out the recipients.
This May and June, Perth indie-rocking mainstays Jebediah are making their way around the country as part of a huge 20th Anniversary celebration, bringing with them a compilation album, aptly titled TWENTY. Celebrate the band’s longevity when they play 5 Jun, Metro Theatre, Sydney; 12 Jun, The Tivoli, Brisbane; 19 Jun, The Corner, Melbourne; and 26 Jun, Astor Theatre, Perth.
HUNGRY FOR MORE
Felicity Groom has debuted latest single Oh Jesus from sophomore effort, Hungry Sky. The track, as with much of Groom’s work has been lauded by Triple J amongst others, playing as one of the records more up-tempo moments. Olympia will go out on tour with Groom, continuing on with her strong list of support slots. 11 Apr, Mojo’s, Fremantle; 15 Apr, Goodgod Small Club, Sydney; 16 Apr, Northcote Social Club, Melbourne and 17 Apr, The Foundry, Brisbane.
BREATHE IT IN
In support of their much anticipated sophomore EP Breathe Melbourne’s chaotic six-piece neo-psych band Lurch & Chief will take their live show on a 15-date national tour, taking in capital cities and regional dates around Australia. Get in on the new tunes when the band perform 8 May, Workers Club, Geelong; 9 May, Howler, Melbourne; 22 May, Newtown Social Club; 29 May, The Brightside, Brisbane; 30 May, Great Northern Hotel, Byron Bay; 6 Jun, Mojo’s Bar, Fremantle; and 7 Jun, Four5Nine Bar, Perth. More dates from theMusic.com.au.
SHAKIN’ IT UP
One of the most tirelessly touring musicians on the planet, Ben Howard recently wrapped up months of overseas touring, and has landed home, inspired to make changes to the line up in his band. As such, the man has decided to reschedule his tour, and add an extra show in Brisbane. The dates now stand: 28 May, The Tivoli, Brisbane; 30 May, Hordern Pavillion, Sydney; 1 Jun, Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne; and 3 Jun, Fremantle Arts Centre.
While it’s their third album, Skydancer is the second half of a project that Byron bay metal/hardcore band In Hearts Wake began well before they released second album, Earthwalker. In fact, both albums were recorded during the same session, back in 2013. Inviting Detroit post-hardcore friends We Came As Romans, as well as Beartooth and Storm The Sky to join them, In Hearts Wake play 28 & 29 May at The Triffid, Brisbane, all ages; 30 May at The Roundhouse, Sydney; 31 May at Belconnen Magpies, Canberra; an all ages show 2 Jun at YMCA HQ, Perth; 3 Jun at Metropolis Fremantle; 5 Jun at 170 Russell, Melbourne; and another all ages show 6 Jun at Arrow On Swanston, in Melbourne.
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STELLA PRIZE NOMINATIONS
The shortlist for the $50,000 Stella Prize for this year has been announced. Up for the prize is Christine Keneally’s The Invisible History Of The Human Race; Joan London’s The Golden Age; Sofie Laguna’s The Eye Of The Sheep; Emily Bitto’s The Strays; Ellen van Neerven’s Heat And Light; and Maxine Beneba Clarke’s collection of short stories, Foreign Soil. The winner will be announced in 21 Apr.
Perth prog-metal band, Voyager, are hitting the road for a national tour with their latest album, V, and a film clip for album track, Seasons Of Age. Voyager’s Seasons Of Age Tour plays 22 May, The Basement Canberra; 23 May, The Factory Floor, Sydney; 29 May, The Evelyn, Melbourne; 30 May, The Brightside, Brisbane; 5 Jun, Amplifier Bar, Perth; and 6 Jun, Prince Of Wales, Bunbury.
KISS UP ON THEM
Kiss are making their way to Australia as part of their 40th anniversary tour. Not only do you get to go see one of the most iconic bands in rock’n’roll history, but they’re also bringing with them a stage production called The Spider, moved by 38 computer controlled winches, featuring 220 automated lights, weighing 43,000 kilos, incorporating 900 pieces of pyrotechnics and powered by 400,000 watts of sound. Get on it at Perth Arena, 3 Oct; Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, 8 Oct; Allphones Arena, 10 Oct; Newcastle Entertainment Centre, 12 Oct; Brisbane Entertainment Centre, 13 Oct.
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The new GOMA exhibition David Lynch: Between Two Worlds is a brilliant coup for Queensland culture, and it was an honour to hear the great auteur discuss his art last week and speak so highly of our city and our artistic resources.
BYE BYE POMS! How do you spell schadenfreude again? It seemed Australia got more joy out of England being dispatched at the earliest stage of the Cricket World Cup by Bangladesh than we would if the Aussies won the thing!
JUST SAY NO This Friday is National Day Of Action Against Bullying And Violence. Its an indictment on on our society that we need such a day at all.
ALL NEW, DARLINGS
19 Mar, dreamy psych six-piece Salvadarlings get to help soft launch the new, revamped Press Club, which is opening up to more musical diversity over its five days every week, the perfect warm-up for the Gold Coasters’ set at Bleach the following day. Joining them at The Press Club, which now boasts The Bearded Lady’s Cat Maddin and Trainspotters’ Tara Wardrop in the team, are Donny Love and The Brian Emo. The Press Club will roll out its new weekly roster in April.
Popping into the fortnightly pop-up music club The Bunker 23 Apr at O’Malley’s Irish Pub are none other than The Celibate Rifles, who are going to take you for a stroll through their 35 years together in acoustic mode. Special guests on the night are Weezal and Thirteen Seventy.
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BACKLASH VALE SAM SIMON
The Simpsons’ co-creator Sam Simon passed away after a long battle with illness. Not only did he bring so much yellow joy to so many, but he was an incredible altruist and philanthropist, giving much of his fortune during his lifetime. RIP.
RIP TERRY PRATCHETT He parodied Death so well in his Discworld tomes, now it’s time for renowned author Terry Prachett to be taken to meet his maker. He’ll be sorely missed.
4ZZZ is celebrating 40 years in the business of presenting and representing Brisbane’s remarkably vibrant and vital music scene with a special all ages event 18 Apr from midday till 6pm. Head on down to the 4ZZZ building 264 Barry Parade in Fortitude Valley to enjoy the finest in emerging local talent – Asha Jefferies, Paper Tiger, The Eagle Junction and Concrete Surfers – for 4ZZZ Street SoundZZZ in what is also part of National Youth Week celebrations.
SNEAKY SOUND SYSTEM
Set to run over three days and nights, 8 – 10 May, Surfers Paradise is hosting the inaugural Surfers Paradise LIVE festival. Spread over five stages throughout the precinct, including the beach, Cavill Mall, Orchard Avenue and the Esplanade, among the acts performing are Sneaky Sound System, Phil Jamieson, Sun City, Ngaiire, Casey Barnes Trio, Mason Rack Band, Bonjah and The Kite Machine, and best of all – it’s free!
Luminox’s unique style of trap has earned him a massive slew of fans in a very short space of time, as evidenced by his remix of Major Lazer’s Original Don and his take on Uberjak’d’s Bring Me Back 2 Life and everything in between. His live set is all about shock value, experience it at The Helm, Wharf Tavern, Mooloolaba, 4 Apr; and Family Nightclub, 11 Apr.
MAKE IT REYNE
After the success of last year’s James Reyne Plays Australian Crawl shows, the bluesman is upping the ante with a new tour, this one titled All The Hits: Solo, Crawl & More. As you might have guessed, he’ll showcase the finest songs across his entire career. See the iconic performer at The Tivoli, 28 & 29 Aug.
TIME TO BURN
Refreshed by a year off that allowed the Brisbane threepiece to work up a stack of new material, Aerials have released the first taste, Burn Burn Burn, lifted from their forthcoming EP, Restless, and return from a lightning tour down south 27 Mar to play Black Bear Lodge, with guests Interim, Monks Of Mellonwah and The Iron Eye. WAZE & ODYSSEY
DEPP CHARGE It’s great Johnny Depp is lurking around SEQ (in character) while he makes the latest Pirates Of The Caribbean flick, but why did he run back to the US for treatment when he hurt his hand?
BRITS IN DA HOUSE
British house production duo Waze & Odyssey aka Serge Santiago and Firas Waez are heading our way to lay their latest beats on us, including their latest EP, Ways Of The Underground. The pair, as you’ll know, had a top 5 hit in the UK last year with a remix of R. Kelly’s Bump N’ Grind, so expect that in the mix as well, 4 Apr at The Helm, Wharf Tavern, Mooloolaba, and 5 Apr at Oh Hello!. THE MUSIC • 18TH MARCH 2015 • 9
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PIANO DEMOLISHIN’ TIME
Winner in the Jazz/Blues category of the 2011 Eworld (((e)))music awards, Australia’s own export quality barrelhouse/blues/boogie pianist, singer and songwriter Pugsley Buzzard, who’s delighted audience from Berlin to the place where it all started, New Orleans, is heading up to Brisbane to spread a little gumbo. Join him 21 Mar at Taps in Mooloolaba, 27 Mar at Brisbane Jazz Club, 29 Mar at The Yacht Club, Mooloolaba and 30 Mar at the Gold Coast City Jazz Club.
ZOMBIES DO SUPANOVA
If you’ve been wavering as to whether you’d attend this year’s Supanova Pop Culture Expo 18 & 19 Apr at the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre, then here’s yet another reason you really must get down there. Also adding to the star power of the already mindbogglingly huge line-up from all your favourite movies and series attending is the katana-wielding Michonne, aka Zimbabwean-American actor Danai Gurira, from The Walking Dead!
THEY WANT BLOOD
Perth’s WAMi award-winning hard punks Chainsaw Hookers are taking their second album, We Want Your Blood, for a trot around the nation, and that sees them taking over Beetle Bar 17 Apr and then join the Metal Heart Festival at The Triffid, 18 Apr.
Due to the demand, Maroon 5 have added a headline show in Brisbane to their Australian tour. They’ll be playing one night only at Brisbane Entertainment Centre on 28 Sep.
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IT WAS HARD TO WATCH BUT WE STRANGELY ENJOYED IT TOO, @FELICITYWARD.
Back from Berlin where she utilised the Grant McLennan Memorial Fellowship for Songwriting she won back in 2012 to develop her craft, singer-songwriter Louise O’Reilly, one half of the acclaimed duo Laneway but now also travelling solo as Feeding Fauna, has a debut single, 50 Million To One, she’d like to present you in person 23 Apr at The Bearded Lady. 10 • THE MUSIC • 18TH MARCH 2015
DO A PHLIP
Jess Phillippe, aka J.Phlip, is bringing her self-proclaimed ‘acid booty-tech bass and beyond’ to a handful of select venues around the country. Lovingly dubbed the First Lady of Dirtybird Records, this Illinois native is constantly honing her craft – and as a result, she’s always on top of her game. Catch her when she’s in your city 15 May, TBC Club; 16 May, The Helm, Wharf Tavern, Mooloolaba.
Two of Melbourne’s most ferocious bands are joining forces to spread chaos and evil across the nation between March and June. Decimatus and Envenomed both have debut albums on the market, so get ready to hear some fresh noise as they bring their abrasive sound on 22 May, Crowbar.
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A SMALL SUCCESS Courtney Barnett goes to the pub with Hannah Story to drink vodka and talk about “being depressed and sitting in my room” in order to find inspiration for her songs. Cover and feature pics by Kane Hibberd. Illustrations by Brendon Wellwood.
he pub in which we speak to Courtney Barnett is playing a weird folk-acoustic blend, with lashes of Lorde. Barnett orders a vodka neat, we order a cider. She’s just come across the road from FBi’s Sydney studio, where she’s just given the members of Dune Rats a haircut live on air. She’s wearing her signature band tee-and-jean combination, hair tousled, dirt beneath her fingernails. She’s got a rather nasty cold, maybe because it’s week two of their Laneway festival run and the weather has just
out of interest of hearing a new song, I don’t know. People seemed to like stuff, I think.”
crossed over from her writing process for the EPs and her writing in 2013/14. “There were a couple songs that were a bit older that I’d never finished and I came back to them for this album.
It’s an album she spent a year writing, from the moment second EP How To Carve A Carrot Into A Rose came out in 2013. Our first tastes, Pedestrian At Best and Depreston, each show off different aspects of her songwriting: the former is almost garage, sharp cries and power chords; the latter a laidback jangly tune, its guitar work intricate, the vocals slowed down and affective. Each has its own vivid imagery, a partner crying at the kitchen table in Pedestrian At Best, or the photographs in the former Preston
“It was only like Elevator Operator and Aqua Profunda!, and Debbie Downer, that were slightly older, that I’d never finished, or never liked that much. I kind of changed lyrics and changed parts that I didn’t like and finally finished them.” She admits it would’ve been easier potentially to write more songs from scratch: “they’d already proven to take five or six years… Elevator Operator I’ve had for ages, maybe four years, anyway, I can’t remember times. I don’t know. Depreston I wrote really quite quickly one afternoon, and some of those songs have kind of been in the back of my head for ages. Dead Fox, the main line from that, or the line I’d started writing it with, had been stuck in my head for two years. It took a further two years to turn it into lyrics”. In the end Barnett didn’t cut any tracks, but was considering it. “I thought they all belonged there.” We ask if she put particular care into the arrangement of album tracks: how does she decide what comes first, what comes last, and what goes in between? “Why do you think it’s being released a year after it’s been recorded? Because it takes me a long time to decide on things like that.
“I ASKED PEOPLE TO HELP ME. THAT’S HOW YOU GET THROUGH LIFE: ASKING FOR HELP.”
taken a rainy turn. She mumbles, raking her fingers through her hair when she pauses before answering a question. Courtney Barnett is a fidgeter. “Singapore was kinda nerve-wracking because it felt like the first time we’d played since December. I think we’d done other things but I can’t remember. It was - I don’t know, scary, to start off with, but once we were on stage it kind of came back to us which was good. The crowds have been really great and it’s been fun hanging out with all the other bands and stuff. “We try not to overrehearse too much, just to keep ourselves guessing.” The singer-songwriter with the laconic drawl almost speaks slower than she sings, peering down at her vodka glass. In stark opposition to her songs, she rarely rambles: she’s direct, shrugging off longwinded questions. At Laneway, Golden Plains and A Festival Called PANAMA, the setlist for Barnett and band covered off the singles from her first two EPs: Avant Gardener, History Eraser, Lance Jnr, but was packed with unreleased songs from her debut full-length record, Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit. Is it daunting to play unreleased tunes to a festival audience? “I try not to read into it too much, because sometimes people can be standing still, and you think they’re hating it, but they’re really just standing still 12 • THE MUSIC • 18TH MARCH 2015
home of a Vietnam veteran in Depreston. Barnett and band then worked on the songs, Dan Luscombe, Dave Mudie and Bones Sloane “adding their awesome parts”, and then went into the studio in April for ten days of recording. Continuing to write about her own experiences, from notes in her “lyrical diary” felt like “the most natural thing to do. “Sometimes I force myself to write but it normally ends up being more like a ‘what I did today’ kind of story. It’s never really interesting, but sometimes it’s good as an exercise for me to kind of get that out of my brain so something else can happen.” Only a few songs
“There’s so many different things I had to [consider]. I wanted to try to not have two, obviously different feels, I didn’t want to have a group of the same feels of songs together, so like the same emotions. I didn’t want to have all of the wordy songs right next to each other, and then the more melodic songs separate, I wanted to make it so it flowed a little bit. It was actually really hard pressed. It’s something I really sweated over. It sounds like it doesn’t really, maybe no one else cares about it, I don’t know, it took ages.” She doesn’t know how her songs will be interpreted. “People always talk to me about my songs and think that they’re about something completely different, or [there’s] something that they’ve got out of it which is kind of… not irrelevant, it doesn’t make it not right just because I didn’t intend it. You take what you need from a certain song or from a certain whatever, a person. You project what you want onto it and you get that back in some way, I reckon.” She says she’s not conscious of the way a song will affect her audience; that it’s not about actively going out to touch someone. “It’s kind of hard to do that I think. I think that’s the kind of beauty of that is that it’s so accidental and you can’t craft a good song. Someone, like a record label, no matter how much money they put into someone, and how much advertising and whatever they put into them, still, no matter how many statistics and stuff there are,
WHAT’S NEXT? “I’m playing in Jen Cloher’s band. We’ve kind of started another band. We kind of all have projects going. Me and Jen are talking about writing an album together as well. There’s kind of always projects happening. “[Cloher and Barnett] have kind of written stuff over the last few years - duets together and then we kind of write things separately, and send them to each other, and work on them, and then come back together and collaborate on them. It’s kind of a fun process, sometimes of distance songwriting, but then sometimes of ‘together’ songwriting. I haven’t really written music with people before, so it’s different.”
you can never know how it’s going to affect people. That’s the one thing that no one really knows how to predict, so I think that’s kind of cool. As a songwriter, you shouldn’t know how you’re going to make someone feel: you should just say whatever you want to say.” For her debut, Barnett and her own label Milk! Records had the support of Remote Control Records. “It was kind of like a partnership for these releases. It was great. It meant that they could help us out with selling records, as opposed to me sitting in my room taping up CDs every day, and not writing any music. It was kind of good in that way.” It helped to have that kind of backing, both when making the record, and when touring: in years gone by, Barnett handled the nitty gritty herself, playing shows then jumping off stage to sell her records and chat to fans. “It’s kind of hard to do that every show though. I kind of always go and, when we’re touring, I still go and, if people want stuff signed and stuff. It’s kind of hard, I kind of wasn’t coping with travelling. There was a point where I was tour managing, writing all the songs, kind of in charge of everything, and then like playing a show, and then going out the minute I finished playing, all sweaty and emotional, and being like, ‘Hey, buy my stuff!’ It’s pretty intense sometimes.” How did she get through it? “I asked people to help me. That’s how you get through life: asking for help.”
Newfound fame hasn’t meant that Barnett has had to change the subject matter of her songs; they’re still suburban psalms, because in effect the realities of Barnett’s life haven’t really changed. She still does the same things she always does. She’s still, she chuckles, inspired by the same thing: “being depressed and sitting in my room”, except now, “I’ve got a bit more purpose, and I’ve got great friends. “I feel like I was covering the same tracks for the EPs: just kind of internal stuff, and the stuff that was going on around
me, and relationships, friendships, the world, and my brain.” But the thing is: “I don’t garden really anymore because it freaks me out. I’ve just been doing that stuff like the last two months. Before this last album I was playing in other bands, touring around Australia, touring quite a lot, just not overseas, and kind of had a different band rehearsal nearly every night, and a different gig every night, and then was trying to work as well. I kind of feel like I’m doing the same thing just in a different place.”
WHAT: Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit (Milk! Records/Remote Control)
Barnett approaches collaborating on songwriting with trepidation. “It’s a very, very vulnerable process. It’s kind of taking like raw and embarrassing ideas and emotions and showing them to someone. It’s like going to therapy.” But before we hear the fruits of that collaboration, Barnett plans to head on a road trip to the Northern Territory. “I’m going to take a trip around Australia for a holiday and go to the desert. I haven’t mapped my route yet. I kind of want to just see some of the middle of Australia. “I’ve never been around there. I’d love to.”
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I’m so happy.’ I went over to the Wilco loft to hear it when they first finished, and I tell you, I just rejoiced; it felt like Papa was in the room, and then I just flooded with tears, it sounded so good.”
Mavis Staples chats to Liz Giuffre about her unlikely musical relationship with Jeff Tweedy and explains why she’s not in a rush to see Selma.
nce the baby of The Staple Singers, and now a matriarch of the gospel/blues and civil rights iconic group, Mavis Staples’ most recent offering is Don’t Lose This, a record of music by her late father Roebuck ‘Pops’ Staples, that she’s developed with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy. “When Tweedy and I first got together people would say, ‘You two are an odd couple,’ but you don’t know, music is music,” Staples says of her working relationship with the altcountry musician. “And the way he started working on the record, it was just like we’d been working together for years.” Tweedy has worked with Staples
at least twice before on albums 2010’s You Are Not Alone (2010) and One True Vine (2013), but with Don’t Lose This there was a new relationship. “Pops asked me when he made the record, he said, ‘Don’t lose this’… I felt like he told me that because he wanted it to be heard, and this is me fulfilling my father’s last request, but I knew that it needed tweaking, and the first person who came to mind was Jeff Tweedy. So where Pops’ playing some songs Tweedy’s just playing some bass, he just filled it in a bit, and no one would know, it’s so beautiful, it’s so smooth, I said, ‘Wow.
Does she ever wonder what the two musicians would have thought of each other if they had actually been playing together in the same room? “I really wish that Tweedy could have met [Pops]; he would have been tickled pink with Jeff Tweedy... But I told Tweedy, ‘It’s ok, Paps knows what we’re doing, he knows about this record, he knows you helped.’” Beyond Mavis’ own projects, The Staples’ legacy continues. The group were important sounds of the civil rights movement of the 1960s, and as such, their work appears in new histories of the time like Ava DuVernay’s new film Selma. “I’m not too anxious to go to the movies to see [Selma] because I feel like I’ve already seen it, you know. I understand they’re playing our music in the movie, they’re playing Why Am I Treated So Bad, which was Dr King’s favourite song,” Staples says. “I probably will go and see it but I’d kind of hate to go through that again because I was there, you know. But it’s good for the young people, our young black kids, because they don’t teach black history in schools. So it’s good for them to know where we come from, to know what we went through, because these generations, these last three generations, they don’t know, so that’s where I see it as a good thing, for the young black kids, and the white kids too, to know about it.” WHEN & WHERE: 5 & 6 Apr, Bluesfest, Byron Bay; 8 Apr, Brisbane Powerhouse
STRANGE LOVE “I wanted to depict love with a more optimistic perspective.” Anthony Carew talks to independent filmmaker Ira Sachs.
n many ways, Love Is Strange a very traditional love-story: there’s something classic about the story of a couple that needs to spend time apart to learn what they have together,” says Ira Sachs. The 49-year-old New Yorker’s fifth feature depicts an aging gay couple – played, beautifully, by John Lithgow and Alfred Molina – who, after years together, can finally be legally wed; but, as soon as they do, their life falls into shambles, their union a stable force amidst unstable times. “I’d made a lot of films about relationships that don’t last, and, finally, at this point in my life, wanted to depict love with a more optimistic perspective. In my 30s, I suffered; in my 40s, much less. My relationship with my now-husband is so much different than the relationships I’d ever experienced before.”
Sachs’ previous film, Keep The Lights On, was one of these “doomed relationship” dramas, a portrait of a pair of self-destructive queer men drawn together in New York, inspired by Sachs’ experiences of “carrying a lot of that negativity” of growing up as a gay man in the 1980s. It was, for the director, a watershed moment. “I came out at 16, but in many ways Keep The Lights On was another kind of coming out. It was a real depiction of my life, as it was, on screen.” Casting Keep The Lights On wasn’t so easy – “asking American actors to take off their clothes is a real challenge, especially if homosexuality is involved” – but, in contrast, casting Love Is Strange came easily. “Almost 14 • THE MUSIC • 18TH MARCH 2015
as soon as we finished the script, I sent it off to Alfred Molina,” Sachs says. “His performance in Boogie Nights always stayed with me, and I loved him in Prick Up Your Ears, years ago. He’s such a chameleon. He was the first person we approached, and he signed on straight away. John Lithgow, in contrast, came towards the end of the process. He and Alfred have been friends for over 20 years, and that was very useful to lean on, in depicting this long history between [their] characters.” Love Is Strange was “financed completely outside of the Hollywood system, and primarily outside of the independent film system”, Sachs raising the funds to make it by soliciting
25 private individual investors. “As an independent filmmaker, I hustle; that’s part of the job, part of the challenge,” he says. “I’m the Barnum of the operation. I try to raise money like the development office of a small museum: I court potential investors/patrons/producers.” These investors ended up “in the black” thanks to Love Is Strange’s great critical acclaim, and the topicality of its gay marriage drama. “To me, this is a very personal film about family,” Sachs says. “It’s as much about my perspective, as a middle-aged man, watching my children grow up and my parents grow older, as it is about my position, in society, as a gay man, and a married gay man at that. Clearly this issue, these developments of gay life – emotionally, politically, and legally – is something that I spend a lot of time thinking about. But I didn’t make this film as a political vehicle. Part of being an artist is being attuned to the times in which you live.”
WHAT: Love Is Strange In cinemas 19 Mar
THE FLAMING TRUTH Alison Wonderland talks Coachella, that “weird” Wayne Coyne collaboration and avoiding the “dickhead” tag with Sally-Anne Hurley.
don’t ever wanna become a dickhead. Fuck that shit!” Aussie DJ and vocalist Alison Wonderland is straight-up when speaking ahead of her debut album’s release. The Sydney-bred artist has enjoyed plenty of hype lately, particularly through her collaboration with The Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne on single, U Don’t Know, but Wonderland maintains her feet remain firmly planted on the ground. “I guess I haven’t seen other people kinda lose themselves when they get more and more attention. And because I’ve been doing this for so long, I think I’m quite aware of not letting that happen to myself. I still have my friends from when I started. My manager is my best friend. You know, we’ve been best friends
since we were kids. And I don’t surround myself [with] bullshit people and when I come home I make sure I have some alone time and I make sure I see my family.” If anything, the hype makes for a more nervous Wonderland, especially with the impending release of first LP, Run – “I haven’t really been sleeping much, I’ll be honest with you” – and a forthcoming Coachella appearance. “It didn’t hit me for a while,” she admits of Coachella. “And I couldn’t tell anyone so it double didn’t hit me and then I guess eventually when I started telling people and I saw the poster I
just literally kind of like cracked and then it hit me. Now when I talk about it I feel nervous [laughs].”
Wonderland seems a mix of brimming confidence and uncensored honesty, both qualities coming across when she speaks of the very low-key backstory behind Coyne’s guest spot on U Don’t Know. While “stoked” about the collaboration, the artist isn’t taking any credit for it. “I’ll be honest with you, I didn’t approach him. My label sent it around and he heard it and wanted to be on the track. And it was probably the least involved I was in any of the process, which is why I feel weird talking about it.” The experience hasn’t inspired her to change her stance on approaching other acts to collaborate either, preferring for things to come together naturally. “I don’t really like seeking out artists. I get really shy about it and every time I’ve been asked to do it, I have not done it because I feel like if someone wants to work with me or I wanna work with people, it’ll happen organically. I feel like approaching is not real. It weirds me out,” she laughs. Wonderland, while nervous for how it’ll be received, is confident Run is her best work yet. “I wrote a record which was hopefully the next step from the EP [2014’s Calm Down] that I wrote, which is a mix, you know, between club and songs and I still kind of kept that going but pushed a little bit more. I’ve pushed my vocals a little bit more; I’ve become very honest with my lyrics. I just like decided to not worry about what people are going to think and just do it. And I wanted to make a really honest piece of… a really honest record.” WHAT: Run (EMI)
TALK ABOUT IT
Twenty years after “discovering” the blues, Keb’ Mo’ is still finding there’s much more to the genre than even he realised, he tells Michael Smith.
knew it was powerful,” Keb’ Mo’, or Kevin Moore to his mum, admits of his initiation into the blues some 20 years ago, “but I didn’t know that anybody would take me seriously,” he chuckles. “I knew there were people that had come before me that had done a great job on it, and so me getting to participate in it in a kind of, I don’t know if it’s a big way, but in some sort of a related circumstance or related genre mixed up with the blues – a little blues here, a little blues there – I didn’t think that I’d still be around by now, so I’m actually shocked that I’m here, shocked every day!” As Kevin Moore, he was already something of a veteran by the time he stepped out as Keb’ Mo’ in 1994 with an eponymous debut album that blended his previous experience in pop, R&B, rock, jazz and soul with an equally heady mix of various kinds of blues – Delta, Texas, Chicago and so on. He’d started out a decade before in his hometown LA but couldn’t seem to get a break. Then he got a gig in a blues band working with a couple of old-timers, saxophonist Monk Higgins and guitarist Charles Dennis, who opened the young player up to the whole history of the blues. He’d intended his latest album, 2014’s BLUESAmericana, to be a sort of back to basics affair, reflecting that period of discovery. Of course, it ended
up becoming a band album anyway, even if it was him playing most of the instruments, recording it in his new home studio. “I think the kiss of death for me is to go into the studio saying, ‘I’m gonna make this kind of album.’ I make whatever comes out,” he laughs again. “So I probably won’t be doing that again. Movin’ to Nashville brought a different tone to the record too, and I remember sitting here in my studio and the drummer came in and I started out singing and playing with the drummer. That’s where I started and I continued to write songs
and I wrote songs about things that are really real to me, like I always do. “This time I wrote about the problems of being married, which I don’t always like but at the same time the blues is about… well, good storytellers talk about things that maybe you don’t want to talk about but you talk about anyway. Doing that, you find that there’s some other people that might wanna talk about some of the things you wanna talk about but not always all of them.” One track, The Old Me Better, sees Moore take things right back to where the blues began, the song a swaggering New Orleans street parade co-written with long-time writing partner John Lewis Parker. “I recorded that with a band out of California called the California Feetwarmers – and there’s nobody in the band from New Orleans!” WHEN & WHERE: 2 & 3 Apr, Bluesfest, Byron Bay THE MUSIC • 18TH MARCH 2015 • 15
LONG TIME COMING Working on the One Day project placed the Horrorshow duo in a collective. MC Nick Bryant-Smith aka Solo tells Rip Nicholson about the value of working in a group dynamic.
ertainly [it’s] a really different process to working with [just] Adit [Gauchan, producer]. When I write a song I get to retain control over the lyrics and messages in the song,” explains Nick Bryant-Smith. “Seven strong opinions and seven guys who are capable of producing a vision of how it should be... there were plenty of back and forths. And what we had to fall back on during those really tough moments was there were seven of us and luckily we can have a vote and not have a tied situation. So there were one or two things that did come down to a vote in the end. Umm, but, you know, for every situation like that there were ten things that came together in a real
natural way. But, very interesting working with three, sometimes four, other rappers on a track. It was a really different experience for us, having made three albums thus far as Horrorshow.” Their last LP, King Amongst Many was Horrorshow’s last sincere hip hop output. Bryant-Smith explains that while the One Day collective was a break away from the routine of he and Gauchan’s Horrorshow, it was not due to a creative bump in the road; for the Fort High supergroup of Spit Syndicate’s Nick Lupi and Jimmy Nice, Raph Dixon and Kai Tan of Jackie Onassis, MC/
DJ Joyride and Horrorshow, it’s been a project a long time coming. Mainline was released last August. “One Day was well overdue. It’s something we’ve been talking about doing for a long time but it’s just been hard trying to find a gap in everyone’s schedule. But eventually we found this period of time where we could get together and make some songs together. We got together at the end of the Horrorshow tour last year in Byron Bay. The boys came up to Byron and we set up a studio and got it crackin’.” This served the duo well, as they’re gearing up to take their full acoustic band on the road for the first time. “Yes, [it’s] the first time we’ve taken an acoustic format on the road,” says Bryant-Smith. “We’ve never really had the chance to give it the attention that it deserves which is really exciting after so many years of touring and playing shows with myself and Adit doing the MC/DJ format.” The first time Horrorshow went unplugged was at The Basement in 2011 and, more recently, The Spiegeltent for Brisbane Festival. Bryant-Smith explains how going acoustic reshapes their music. “It’s exciting and refreshing to be able to completely change that up on this tour. Plus there’s a whole new set of challenges with it. It’s really rewarding when you hear the songs live and they sound completely different, they’ve had a whole new life breathed into them. “We always like to do the acoustic stuff because it’s just good fun, really. And it’s all about giving people something unique... something that’s special.” WHEN & WHERE: 26 Mar, Solbar, Maroochydore; 27 Mar, The Triffid
IT’S FAMILY Nelsan Ellis – best known as True Blood’s flamboyant Lafayette Reynolds – freely admits he’s not much of a singer or dancer. That didn’t stop him auditioning for the biopic of soul superstar James Brown, as Guy Davis discovers.
fancy myself one in the bathtub and in the shower,” Nelsan Ellis admits, laughing, “but not in public.” Yet here he is in Get On Up, the biopic on the late James Brown directed by The Help’s Tate Taylor. While the filmmakers thought he wasn’t the ideal fit for the lead role, they did see his resemblance to Brown’s longtime friend and collaborator Bobby Byrd, which made him a natural for the pivotal supporting part. A good thing too, because Ellis’ solid, sympathetic turn as a talented man in the shadow of a really talented man goes a long way towards helping audiences deal with the hot-tempered, egotistic excesses of Brown, played magnificently by Chadwick Boseman. “They were dudes, they were homies,” Ellis says of the Byrd/Brown relationship. “They’d grown up together since they were teenagers; basically they were brothers. You know James Brown’s family abandoned him; Bobby never did. Bobby Byrd was his supporter, his anchor – he was consistent, he was always there for him; he loved the man, admired the man. Bobby Byrd was his family.” While Byrd was an accomplished singer-songwriter, he was happy – to a point – to let Brown enjoy the spotlight. “For the most part, I connected with Bobby Byrd’s devotion, admiration and pure love for James
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Brown. How humble the dude was to recognise ‘Oh, he’s the great one, I’m going to take a step back and just learn from him, I know he’s better than me.’ There is a line in the movie that goes ‘He’s the frontman, I’m not.’” In a way, that relationship was mirrored in how Ellis and Boseman related on set. “Every single moment of working with him I loved,” Ellis says of his co-star. “I never told him this but he actually changed me as an actor. My work ethic is much higher now because Chad is a worker – he just gets in there and does it. And he is so generous – he is never lazy, never sitting there
GET ON UP
and you see something blank in his eyes and you have to create this moment all by yourself. I actually got lost sometimes. I’m not that dude that goes on set and is like ‘I’m Bobby Byrd for real and you’re James Brown for real.’ No, you’re Chad, I’m Nelsan and we’re hired to play pretend, but there were moments where I got lost because he was James Brown at times.” Ellis’ admiration for his Get On Up co-stars is matched by that for his co-stars on TV series, True Blood, which concluded this year after seven seasons. “It’s the same thing. You’re working with great actors and you learn from them. I’m a thief. I’m going to miss that, you know? I mean, we had babies all together too. We started this show with no families, and then we had families. We made families together. I’m going to miss seven years of a family. I’m going to lose 14 families.” WHAT: Get On Up Out on DVD and Blu-ray 26 Mar (Sony Universal Pictures)
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MIND WHAT YOU SAY Michael Franti had an operation on his left knee recently and despite pushing 50 and hobbling around on crutches, it seems nothing will slow this man down, as Kate Kingsmill discovers.
ichael Franti can barely walk right now yet says, “I just got out of a four-and-a-halfhour rehearsal and my voice is a little hoarse right now but I feel so alive and energised from just playing music with my dearest friends, my bandmates.” Franti began writing and performing politically charged songs 25 years ago when, in 1986, he formed The Beatnigs and continued to rail against injustice with Disposable Heroes Of Hiphoprisy through the early ‘90s. When he formed Spearhead in 1994, his
music took on a gentler vibe, drawing more from reggae, funk and soul than industrial sounds and hip hop. He also became a more outspoken activist for various social justices. These days, Franti says his main concern is mindfulness. “You know, the thing that I’ve learned over the years is that I don’t want to so much inspire people to be political, or left or right. I first want to inspire people to be mindful and to be considerate of all the aspects of their life, of where to eat, where your food comes from, how was it grown? What
are the systems or politics or environmental things that go into that? And how can each of us [make] a difference in being mindful of making the best world that we can? And, from that, put the best meal on our plate, the best smile on our face, touch the most hearts that we can and be conscious of - when we earn a living - giving back. Really, the thing that I want to inspire is mindfulness. And then I guess the second [thing] would be positivity because I really believe that through the power of optimism we will set a high bar for what it is that we want from our life and what we want from our world. And it’s with that joy in our heart that we go out and we make a difference.” Franti had his first son when he was just 21 and already a reasonably successful musician. The experience, he says, affected him and his music dramatically. “I was just a kid really. And I was out touring in a van, travelling, sleeping on people’s floors and playing music in different cities every night. And I said to myself at that time, ‘If I’m going to be away from my son for stretches of time, with the way that a musician’s life is, then I want to be able to be proud and have him be proud and inspired by the things that I do musically. And I don’t want to write a bunch of songs about grabbing my balls and getting high and my bitches – I didn’t want to be that guy. I wanted to be something that my kids could look up to and say, ‘Okay, dad has gone but here’s what he was doing. He was out trying to make people’s lives happier or draw attention to things in the world that need light.’” WHEN & WHERE: 6 Apr, Bluesfest, Byron Bay; 10 Apr, The Tivoli
BLUESFEST BOUND Hunter Hayes may not be a household name in Australia, but he’s quite the country music prodigy in his native USA. Annelise Ball learns more about this humble performer on behalf of our ill-informed nation.
unter Hayes began his music career at the age of two, first performed live on TV aged four and received his first guitar from actor Robert Duvall on his sixth birthday. Yet, “I’d be shocked if you had heard of me in Australia,” Hayes humbly admits. “Quite simply, I’m a total music-obsessed-awkward-geek and proud of it. I think about music more than I should, I’m in my studio more than I should be, and ninety per cent of the stuff I do in the studio you’ll never hear.” He’s definitely not wasting any time with all this messing about in the studio though. “It gets me to the ten per cent you will hear and that’s all that matters.”
Hayes’ ten per cent is pretty impressive. Billboard proclaims him to be none other than the “leader of country music’s youth revolution”. His self-titled debut album sold over a million copies and topped the US country music charts in 2011. Hayes has five Grammy nominations to his name and just missed out on the 2015 Best Country Solo Performance gong for feel-good anthem Invisible. Not to worry, Hayes still got plenty of Grammy action as the host of this year’s Grammy pre-telecast ceremony. Opening with a smoking guitar solo before heading to the dais, Hayes explains the rock-out was purely a measure to calm 18 • THE MUSIC • 18TH MARCH 2015
his nerves. “My team suggested I do it since they know that when I’m holding a guitar, I’m more comfortable.” Nerves? When he’s been in the spotlight forever? “It’s the Grammys!” he reminds. “Everyone in that room has been looking forward to that moment their whole life.” Grammys aside, Invisible reveals a more vulnerable side of Hunter Hayes. An extraordinary message of heartfelt support for those feeling hopeless, at first Hayes wasn’t quite sure it would work. “Sometimes as a singer-songwriter, you walk into something deep, personal and meaningful to yourself
and you wonder if it’s too much.” Taking it to a trusted co-writer, the decision was promptly made. “We had that total light-bulb moment, when we thought, we’ve gotta do it. I decided not to shut myself up, to chase things I’d normally be too scared to chase.” Despite a lifetime of success in the music business, Hayes admits, “I’m still learning. Every songwriter has been a professor in my eyes. I still look to them for approval.” One thing’s for sure, Hayes is thrilled about starting his first Australian tour at Byron Bay’s Bluesfest. “The line-up is fantastic and, in any case, I’d beg and plead to see a line-up like that. The Zac Brown Band, Train and Gary Clark Jnr – I’m so excited to see him live... I’m personally really excited about the trip and can’t wait to play the first of hopefully many, many shows in Australia.” WHEN & WHERE: 3 & 5 Apr, Bluesfest, Byron Bay
Our Guide To Bluesfest Sideshows
t’s nearly Easter once again, which can only mean two things – Easter eggs and Bluesfest! Obviously nothing beats getting amongst the action at the picturesque Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm which has become the home of Bluesfest for the last few years, pitting yourself against the elements and testing your stamina to see if you’re up to the task of watching amazing bands for five days straight. It’s a remarkable feat of endurance to get through the whole thing, but one that’s good for the soul and the spirit. But there’s another facet of Bluesfest that sometimes gets overlooked, and that’s the fact that many of the world-class acts who wing down to Australia for the boutique Byron experience also play their own shows in other cities while they’re in the country. This gives folks that mightn’t be able to make the actual festival the chance to see their musical heroes in the flesh, plus allows uber-fans who would like to check them out in a different environment the chance to see those acts in headline rather than festival mode; this often means longer sets, more left-field material for the hardcore followers, plus of course zero chance of pesky timetable clashes. These shows don’t replace the Bluesfest experience, but they sure as hell give value added to the overall package. Here’s just a sampling of the many fine Bluesfest bands from all over the globe playing sideshows while in the country:
Jurassic 5 Homeground: Los Angeles, California
Homeground: Kauai, Hawaii
Homeground: Berkley, California
Background: The gospel legend grew up as part of The Staples Singers under the tutelage of her father “pops” Staples – pedigrees don’t come much more high falutin’ than that.
Background: Cut his teeth on the beaches of California, mixing his twin loves of music and surfing into a suitably cruisy, predominantly acoustic strain of infectious folk.
Why you should see them: Individual members like Charlie 2na and Cut Chemist toured Australia while J5 were on hiatus between 2007-2013, but this will be the first time the full groundbreaking act has played together here in years!
Why you should see him: He’s chilled, he’s funny, and his shows have the intimate vibe of sitting around the campfire at the beach with your mates after a long day of catching waves.
When & where: 4 Apr, The Tivoli
Background: The six-piece alt-hip hop crew formed back in 1993 from the ashes of two other groups and quickly made a name for their soulful harmonies and socially aware lyrics.
Key artistic statement: Jurassic 5 (1998)
Key artistic statement: Glow (2010)
Background: Their first single Mr Jones was a worldwide smash hit back in 1993, and the collective has been powering on ever since. Why you should see them: The hard-working band’s armoury contains a swag of wellknown songs, and frontman Adam Duritz has one of those voices that goes straight through you and peers into the very depths of your soul.
Homeground: Chicago, Illinois
Why you should see her: Because over her stellar 67-year career she’s come to encapsulate everything special about gospel and rhythm and blues music, and she ain’t going to be around forever. Key artistic statement: The Voice (1993)
Key artistic statement: August And Everything After (1993)
When & where: 2 Apr, Shark Bar, Miami; 5 Apr, Wharf Tavern, Mooloolaba; 16 Apr, The Triffid
When & where: 12 Apr, The Tivoli
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Fortitude Valley sure to be popular with anyone who’s got a love of guitar-based, heavy rock’n’roll.
When you’re a hard-working Australian band with a reputation built on relentless touring, there comes a point in your career when sights must be set on a new frontier. Melbourne duo King Of The North are at that exact moment, and singer/guitarist Andrew Higgs talks to Dylan Stewart about it.
’ve been trying to make a successful rock’n’roll band since I was eighteen,” explains Andrew Higgs, the singer/guitarist from Melbourne duo King Of The North. “I’ve had some pretty good breaks and I’ve had some lulls, but deep down I always wanted to tour the world.” That’s all now very much on the cards with the duo recently inking a deal with French independent label Bad Reputation.
“We’ve created a good formula here in Australia by just getting out there and playing and playing and playing, so we’re going to take a similar approach over there. I used to live over in Europe and although I wasn’t playing in a band at the time, I know how big it is and how many cities there are.” Before that, though, there’s some unfinished business to wrap up here. King Of The North are one of the headliners for Mojo Burning, a two-day festival in
“There are so many bands playing on the bill that we want to hang around and catch the whole festival,” Higgs admits. With bands travelling from Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide joining up with a significant contingent of local Brisbane bands, it’ll no doubt be a love-in of immense proportions. “We’re really pumped about Mojo Burning because we are going to be put in front of a whole new bunch of people, and that’s what King Of The North thrives on – being put in a situation where nobody knows us and we can fuck with their expectations... We get to just do our thing and get to watch their jaws drop.” It’s an approach King Of The North will take with them to Europe on their inevitable maiden tour later in the year. “The record (Sound The Underground, released in Australia last year) comes out over there in late April, and there’ll be the whole media thing when it gets released. It will take a bit of time to generate some hype, but once we’re there, we’re going to just play, play, play.” And while it’s a little daunting to work with a label after doing so much independently here in Australia, there really isn’t any alternative. “One, we’re not on the ground there. Two, we don’t speak the language, and three, we don’t really know how they operate over there. So to have someone over there batting in our corner I think is essential in a place like that.” WHEN & WHERE: 21 Mar, Mojo Burning, New Globe Theatre
LIVING THE DREAM There’s never any downtime for Dream On Dreamer, but it’s paying massive dividends. Vocalist Marcel Gadacz tells Kane Sutton that the band’s experimenting a little more with their new material.
ream On Dreamer are, in a lot of ways, the perfect touring band prototype. Since forming in 2009, the post-hardcore group from Melbourne released EPs in 2009 and 2010, and have put out two albums – 2011’s Heartbound and 2013’s Loveless. The band spent all of 2013 and part of 2014 touring Loveless around the world, and have been slowly been transitioning into new material for their new album, which is currently in the works. The band got back from Europe about a month ago and Gadacz is still buzzed. “I’d say it’s our best European tour we’ve done so far. It’s obviously so much fun, you meet such great people, the people you tour with. It felt like playing to our home crowds. There were a lot of mainland Europe shows this time and I couldn’t say a bad thing about it.” He even got to play at a club in Berlin – his home city – he used to frequent before moving to Australia. “We played at a club called Columbia Club or something, and I went to a show there when I was 17 and still living in Germany – Bring Me The Horizon was playing. It was really cool to go there and play our own show.” Since being home, the band have been hard at work piecing together their new album, while promoting it through the steady release of singles, the first being released in August last year – Darkness Brought Me Here. 20 • THE MUSIC • 18TH MARCH 2015
“The album’s just all been happening behind the scenes. We spent the most part of last year finalising it and it’s all locked in now, we’re just putting together a few bits and pieces together... Since getting back from tour we’ve just been getting the new single sorted, and everything that goes with it – music videos and art work for a new single... I’ve just been flat out doing graphic design stuff, really.” The band’s seen a couple of line-up changes over the last few years, and naturally, the current lineup are looking to clean the slate with the new material and work on an overall improvement of their sound. “This
time... we weren’t really pressured for when we had to have it done, so we got to spend more time writing songs we actually like, that we enjoy playing. We felt like we could really unfold and be ourselves on this record, and make sure that we were making music that we ourselves would personally love listening to. Nowadays, the music coming out of a lot of bands is quite stale, so we just really wanted to find our own sound, and we’re finally there. We still wanted to be a heavy band, but I think its a lot more melodic this time. There’s a lot more elements we can play with now too. We’ve never really had the experience of me doing clean singing on any of our previous albums, so we’ve moved a little towards that; I just wanted to become a better vocalist. I wanted to push myself and play with that sort of stuff more, figure out ways to deliver lyrics that aren’t just screamed and heavy. With this next release, we’ve really pushed ourselves.” WHEN & WHERE: 20 Mar, The Hi-Fi; 21 & 22 Mar, The Grand Hotel, Gladstone
Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit
An undeniable youthfulness drips from every beat, every note and every lyric that falls from the record, although Run never feels immature, brash or hurried – see Take It To Reality (ft SAFIA) or I Want U. In moments like the intro of Cold there’s a nod to The Chemical Brothers that belies the relatively young age of Alex Scholler (the woman behind the moniker). Alison Wonderland’s take on the modern electro genre throws any concept of subtlety
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★★★★ out the window, a blessing considering the washed-out pretence with which some of her contemporaries (BANKS, Grimes, Sky Ferreira) flirt. Instead, Wonderland draws from equal parts reggae and pure pop, scattering her influences over a beat that at times is contagious (Ignore) and at others pure fun (Back It Up). The result is a diverse record that not only continues to impress long after the first listen, but also offers the unadulterated joy of hearing one of dance music’s rising stars realise their potential. Dylan Stewart
Anticipation for Courtney Barnett’s debut long-player has been at fever pitch given the incredible worldwide traction she garnered with her first two EPs, but in the event the Melburnite has well-and-truly stepped up to the plate and delivered. Despite her initial successes there’s a pervasive self-doubting existential streak throughout, embodied in lyrics like “Put me on a pedestal and I’ll only disappoint you” (rocking single, Pedestrian At Best), although everything’s spun positively for the most part to keep it in the fun zone. And despite this inner wrestle Barnett’s muse remains the minutiae of everyday life rather than big events or adventures, so her worldview’s inherently relatable, abetted by that
laconic everywoman delivery. Broader issues are touched upon, but whether visiting class divides (Depreston), tongue-in-cheek humour (Aqua Profunda!) or ecological concerns (Kim’s Caravan) she seems to revel most in playing with words and language, and this lack of pretension is palpably endearing. Naturally, despite this lyrical profundity it wouldn’t all tie together without strong backing and the punchy, catchy music is routinely imperative, more upbeat than slack overall but always serving the song well. All that sitting and thinking has paid handsome dividends. Steve Bell
ALBUM OF THE WEEK
Let the sound wash through your body, through your skin and through your bloodstream. Wake up 43 minutes later invigorated, refreshed. Such is the effect Alison Wonderland’s debut album Run has on the unsuspecting listener. Even those who have previously had a taste of Wonderland will once again involuntarily find themselves overwhelmed by this release.
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Pulsating Time Fibre
Surf City – Jekyll Island
Coloured by experience – love that came and went, a move to California, then back to her safe European home – this is a different Laura Marling album, and not just because her plaintiveness sometimes comes with an electric band’s backing.
The first three quarters of Pulsating Time Fibre features much of the Brisbane-based duo’s signature quirk and kitsch – the beat machine, simplistic synth and cute melodies we’ve come to expect as part of their formula – however, when Question D rolls around the album takes a turn into new, eerie and futuristic territory, and it is brilliant. The hypnotic nine-and-a-half minute track To Shape A Single Leaf is pure perfection, while the vocal harmonising within other tracks is so sublime it may in fact cause the listener’s brain to implode, so listen with caution!
Rock dreams come true when a Melbourne three-piece make the noise of an army of frustrated teenagers. With sweat and spit lubricating a furious soundtrack of disenfranchised angst slamming between Grinspoonಬs debut and pretty much anything from Josh Homme, front-larynx Johnny Barrington is barking mad at everything from douchebags making on dumb girls in clubs to social mediaಬs instant bestowing of an opinion to any arsehole. Barrington screams like a bogan-baby hungry for its first can of VB, but Bodyjarಬs deckhand Tom Larkin focuses the abrasion to a point where it all becomes irresistible.
Cancer Bats – Searching For Zero
At times she seems be running on her nerves. I Feel Your Love is almost PJ Harvey-lite, but that’s no insult – it’s visceral, but maybe she doesn’t quite know herself as Polly did, sometimes blaming herself as in Don’t Let Me Bring You Down, but there’s the feeling this is a transition piece, for a soul that remains unsettled, still searching. Ross Clelland
Madonna – Rebel Heart Monarchy – Abnocto Jeff Rosenstock – We Cool? Mark Knopfler – Tracker Benny Walker – Through The Forest Troy Cassar-Daley – Freedom Ride Vessels – Dilate
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FIRST AID KIT, LULUC The Tivoli 10 Mar Inside the packed interior of The Tivoli, the temperature slowly rises and the awaiting crowd buzzes with electric anticipation of what promises to be a special and intimate evening. The unenviable task of opening for the mighty First Aid Kit falls to Zoe Randell and Steve Hassett, collectively known as Luluc. The juxtaposition of Randell’s wholesome, sombre vocal and the towering, bearded Hassett, gyrating around his electric guitars like a folky Australian Russell Brand, is certainly different and more than a little captivating. Randell’s
confident, charismatic and ethereal. Without missing a beat they launch into their superhit The Lion’s Roar and from that moment have the crowd spellbound. The performance is enhanced by a spectacular lighting design bursting with vivid colour and synchronicity, and between songs the Söderberg Sisters seem warm, funny and engaging, joking about their recent trip to an animal sanctuary: “You guys are probably used to seeing kangaroos but for us it was like seeing a polar bear!” Klara’s lead vocals are recordperfect and the acoustics of The Tivoli lend themselves perfectly to the group’s sound. The strength of both of these elements is never more apparent than during a beautiful rendition of Ghost Town where the sisters dismiss their backing band,
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storytelling and lyrical references to leafy trees, early rising birds and dusty old suitcases are undeniably Simon & Garfunkelesque, a feeling compounded by Hassett’s delicate and carefully deployed harmonies. Luluc leave the crowd suitably impressed but visibly eager to experience the main event. Some patrons have been standing for two hours and calf muscles have started to weaken, with several of the less hardy audience members crouching on the dancefloor like coiled springs ready to leap at the first sign of Scandinavian sensations First Aid Kit. When the house lights finally dim, the stage is washed in blue and eerie sounds are overlain by the rumble of tom toms and the crescendo of cymbals. The duo of the moment appear through the dry ice and seem to float to their microphones, 22 • THE MUSIC • 18TH MARCH 2015
baby boomers shift angrily in their seats, issuing sharp shooshes to anyone daring to talk over their favourite Irish rose, Sinead O’Connor. She’s in feisty form from the outset, eliciting plenty of chuckles throughout comedic opener Queen Of Denmark as she stomps through a raucous chorus with the support of her five-piece band. With her shaved head clad in a beanie, O’Connor is diminutive in stature though defiant in presence; it’s truly impressive to hear her vocal remain loud and strong even as she holds the mic at arm’s length for Take Me To Church. Beyond the dark and chugging Harbour, O’Connor’s stage babbling becomes more frequent as she starts beating on her chest exclaiming, “Just gonna burp myself. I can’t sing
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stepping to the front of the stage to perform singalong style, without microphones and with nothing but an acoustic guitar between them and the adoring crowd. The night rises and falls with moments of such intimacy interplaying with raucous anthems like My Silver Lining and King Of The World. Upon leaving, all in attendance are left physically and emotionally drained, a weary smile on every face. Nicholas Atkins
SINEAD O’CONNOR QPAC 11 Mar There’s something of a school hall vibe in QPAC this evening as ushers creep around asking patrons to stop filming, and
clearly enjoy breaking into a rockier number before the sweet vocal melody of The Last Day Of Our Acquaintance closes the set. An encore of Streetcars is breathy and heartfelt, though the finale everyone wants to hear – O’Connor’s famous arrangement of Prince’s Nothing Compares 2 U – falls somewhat flat when delivered with just the two guitarists in support. Like much of the set tonight, it’s enjoyable, and worthwhile just to hear O’Connor’s incredible vocal, though it all feels a little paint-by-numbers, particularly in the band department. Tyler McLoughlan
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this pretty song and belch at the same time...” Burping would indeed have ruined 1994’s In This Heart, a ballad made more lovely with an Irish lilt and the harmonies of the band added one by one. As the band depart for O’Connor’s mid-set solo, she is handed a guitar, prompting the disclaimer, “You’re about to find out my guitar playing is as good as my stage presence.” Black Boys On Mopeds – from 1990’s Grammy Award-winning I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got – is all the more striking in this format, though If U Ever is strummed strangely, and several bum notes break the momentum. The Emperor’s New Clothes brings several of the less repressed sections of the audience to their feet to clap, howl and dance unashamedly to one of O’Connor’s most recognised songs, and the band
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TOP FIVE Film
★★★★ Scenes of people walking and talking have received a bad rap as of late – thanks Aaron Sorkin – but when it’s done well, when it’s two interesting people expressing their thoughts and feelings as they stroll around a location that’s lovingly, vividly depicted, it’s entertaining and enlightening. Top Five, written and directed by Chris Rock, who also stars,
isn’t just walking and talking, but the scenes in which Rock (playing stand-up comedian/ movie star Andre Allen on the verge of marriage to a reality TV star and on the verge of releasing a ‘serious’ film that’s going to be a critical and commercial disaster) and Rosario Dawson (as the New York Times reporter spending the day with Andre as she puts together a profile of him) walk around NYC, the lines between interviewer and subject slowly fading as they speak their minds about everything from sobriety (both quit drinking four years earlier) to hip hop (the title comes from the characters’ lists of top five hip hop artists), are among the finest in a very funny, very smart and sensitive film. Rock has long struggled to bring the bristling energy and crackling intelligence of his stand-up comedy to his onscreen work, but he’s cracked it with Top Five. The film shifts recklessly between tones, but is a distinctive and distinctly enjoyable piece of work. Guy Davis
BIG EYES Film
In cinemas 19 Mar
★★★★ Tim Burton is one of the most unique filmmakers. His bold vision led to great films (Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood) but in the past decade he became a joke, creating horrible cinema (everything save Big Fish and Frankenweenie). His latest is Big Eyes. Big Eyes tells the true story of artist Margaret Keane, famous for her paintings featuring large expressive eyes. The film covers her marriage to artist Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz) and her struggle behind the scenes as Walter takes the credit and fame for her work. Superficially, this is the most un-Tim Burton film ever. However, it’s perfect for him dealing with what it is to be an artist and the struggle for identity. It’s made more impressive focusing on an oppressed female protagonist, treating it with love.
The film lacks the outlandish look/style of his previous work, yet is still beautiful thanks to Bruno Delbonnel’s cinematography and the striking colour palette. Despite the solid cast, it’s truly a two-hander with Adams and Waltz. Adams creates such a sympathetic character, conveying endless emotion though her big blue eyes. Waltz exudes charm, bringing out the humanity and sadness in an otherwise horrible man. It’s the best thing Burton has done in years. It’s a fresh direction for him that could lead to more diverse, emotive, meaningful films such as this. Sean Capel
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Members/roles: Connor Mitchell (lead guitar/vocals), Jake “Greaser” Bennett (bass), Carter “Bullfrog” Veltmeyer (drums) How long have you been together? Jake: Me and Connor have been playing together since I first picked up the bass, on my thirteenth birthday so over five years, but Carter joined in late 2013 so just over a year. How did you all meet? Connor: Well me and Jake emigrated to Australia from England roughly around the same time, and moved in next door to each other, went to the same school and same class, there was no clearer sign that the universe put us together and for a reason too, and we heard from a friend that one his mates was looking for a band, then Carter rocked up to try out for the band, ciggy in mouth and rockin a nasty fro.
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? Black Sabbath! Would you rather be a busted broke-but-revered Hank Williams figure or some kind of Metallica monster? Jake: Well I’m already busted broke and look like Hank anyway and I am still having a good time so I’ll go with that. Which Brisbane bands before you have been an inspiration (musically or otherwise)? Musically we’ve been influenced by mostly older bands from the ‘60s and ‘70s and with me and Jake growing up in England and Carter on the coast we haven’t had a chance to delve into the world of classic Brisbane bands before us. There are a ton of killer bands playing and working hard in the Brisbane scene now though, and that definitely drives us and inspires us to keep grooving harder! What’s in the pipeline for the band in the short term? Carter: Twisted riffs, having as many good times as we can, keep pushing ourselves to groove harder than humanly thought possible, causing a ruckus. Hobo Magic play Mojo Burning Festival at New Globe Theatre on Saturday 21 March.
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SUPERFOOD SMOOTHIES Some of you might be quite the superfood fans. Others might not be convinced. But one thing we can agree on (let’s all be mates and agree) is that superfood smoothies are super tasty, and they’ve got the added bonus of being healthy.
ADD TO THAT Stuff to chuck in smoothies once you’ve figured out your fruit and veg; broken down. Liquids: soy/almond/ rice/cow’s/coconut milk, coconut water, water, coconut oil. Nuts: almonds, cashews, macadamias. For texture: muesli, oats, coconut flakes, chia seeds, flaxseeds. Powders: spirulina, acai, maca, berry, the millions of varieties of protein, camu camu, raw cacao, whey, goji.
THAT SUGAR FILM
In his new documentary That Sugar Film, Damon Gameau conducts an experiment where he only eats foods commonly perceived as ‘healthy’ (yoghurt and granola, muesli bars, ‘light’ products), yet are high in sugar. For 60 days, he consumes the equivalent of about 40 teaspoons of sugar a day. What follows are some reveals about the issues in the sugar industry and where it can hide in the food that we buy, as well as interviews with various interesting people including Stephen Fry and a scientist sponsored by Coca Cola. If you’ve ever wondered how much hidden sugar you’re really eating, this is worth checking out. That Sugar Film is screening at selected cinemas; for dates and times see thatsugarfilm.com/screenings.
Spreads: peanut butter, cacao spread.
Liquefy Juice Co – various locations The Mt Gravatt store is Australia’s first 24-hour juice and superfood outlet; cleanse after a big night? Their smoothies range includes Chocolate Buttercup (Housemade almond mylk, banana, medjool date, house-made almond butter, hemp protein powder, cacao, housemade peanut butter, vanilla) and Home Run (Young Thai coconut water, coconut meat, apple, goji berry powder, banana, blueberry, hemp protein powder, camu camu, coconut oil). Raw Pawpaw – New Farm The rawest of the three Pawpaw cafes. It’s got a 26 • THE MUSIC • 18TH MARCH 2015
small but solid smoothie menu, featuring Greenie (spinach, cucumber, banana, super greens and coconut water) and Coco Nanas (banana, mango, coconut, cocoa protein and cold pressed almond milk), with optional add-ins (multi, immune, vitamin C, cocoa and coconut protein).
For flavour/ sweetener: nutmeg, cinnamon, honey, agave, flavoured syrups, ginger.
MAKE ME, DRINK ME
Sometimes these smoothies can be expensive, due to the special ingredients, but they also sound like too much trouble to make at home. There are a few simpler ones that have way fewer ingredients, though. Here are some combos, which you can really add any of your preferred supplements to.
Primal Pantry – various locations
• Coffee + coconut milk + coconut flakes + banana (tastes like dark chocolate somehow?)
Take your pick of one of six smoothies. Go for the Hulk Smoothie for something green (pear, spinach, mango, lime, coconut water, ice) or the Coffee Frappe for a kick (espresso, coconut milk, ice, dates, vanilla). Add a scoop of SSB superfood green or protein for a very reasonable 50 cents.
• Frozen berries, banana, mango, coconut water (so fresh, so fruity) • Greek yoghurt + berries + orange + banana (add oats for a brekky-like drink) • Peanut butter + banana + flax seed + milk + yoghurt + vanilla essence + honey (add raw cacao if you want a chocolate tinge to it) • Banana + kale + almond milk (if you aren’t so sold on the greener kinds of smoothies but would like to get into ‘em)
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DON’T BE CROOK
The Reversals are about to smash their way across the east coast this month in support of their new single Squeeze, and they’ll be continuing their run right into March, performing Thursday, The Triffid.
Sydney five-piece Lepers & Crooks started out jamming tunes as school mates. It’s a good foundation. Check out their big classic rock and psychedelic sound mixed with modern flavours when they play Beach Hotel, Byron Bay, Friday.
Preston will bring their punk, new wave, ska and roll sound and interpretations of the likes of Iggy Pop, The Clash, The Stranglers, The Jam, The Dead Kennedys and more to Sonny’s House Of Blues on Thursday.
HAVE A GANDER
Melbourne band Ganbaru (formerly Declaration) are set to play a run of QLD shows, stopping by Airport Tavern, Coolangatta, Friday; Matchbox, Beenleigh, Saturday from 2pm; and Crowbar, Sunday.
Brisbane-based four-piece Cloud Ladder will have you feeling sky-high with their virtuosi guitar tapping, driving percussion and bass rhythms. They recently recorded an EP and will be performing at The Milk Factory, Thursday.
Fronted by Paul Galagher, MofoIsDead have released a new track, a bass-heavy epic titled SemiDrop, and Thursday they take over the New Globe Theatre with guests Mass Sky Raid, Harlequin and Flynn Effect.
UP AND AWAY
BACK TO YOUR ROOTS
Folk-rock six-piece Golden Age Of Ballooning have a new single, Across The Nation, they want to introduce to you in person Friday at Black Bear Lodge, with special guest Deena, pictured, and band.
Brisbane blues-rock duo The Furrs are celebrating the release of their new EP More Furrs with shows along the east coast. Have a furry time at Black Bear Lodge, Sunday.
On Thursday, New Zealand’s Trinity Roots bring their fine reggae, blues, rock and soul to The Zoo. Their new album Citizen is out now, and they wanna show it off live. Support comes form Karl S Williams.
VELVETS VS STOOGES
SKA’S THE LIMIT
Brisbane’s finest will pay tribute to the music of The Velvet Underground and Iggy & The Stooges Friday at New Globe Theatre, including Silver Sircus, The Con & The Liar and The Keepaways.
Brisbane ska punkers Alla Spina bring a melting pot of energy and sound to The Milk Factory on Saturday. They’ll be joined by passionate Celtic punks Rogue Scholars and Didgeridoodriven grunge rockers, Belligerent Goat. Free entry.
If you wanna see a bunch of hardcore bands on a school night then head to The Brightside on Wednesday, where Imprisoned, Reactions, Time Crisis, Stone Hearts and Wretched will make your hump day that much more bearable.
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MAHALIA BARNES & THE SOUL MATES
Aussie singer-songwriter of the moment Courtney Barnett has achieved the only debut on this week’s Singles ladder in the Carlton Dry Independent Music Charts, with recent single, Pedestrian At Best, stepping out into the world at #13. The wider week’s crop is a fairly scant one for new faces as it is — on the Albums Chart, the only new entries come from up-and-coming country troubadour Tori Darke (Silver Lining, #4) as well as Mahalia Barnes & The Soul Mates, whose Ooh Yea! The Betty Davis Songbook, skates in at #19, just ahead of Roland Tings’ self-titled LP, which drops from last week’s #6 to the gatekeeper spot at #20. There has been some limited movement across both Singles and Albums ladders, however. On the former, San Cisco’s Too Much Time Together takes a six-spot leap to get back inside the top 10, at #7, while Thundamentals’ Something I Said, steps back into the top 20; on the latter, upward mobility comes once again from Thundamentals, with So We Can Remember clawing its way back from #10 to #6 this week, The Bennies enjoying a healthy bump, up seven places to #13, Ziggy Alberts’ Land & Sea re-entering the top 20 at #14, as does San Cisco’s debut LP, back in at #16. THE MUSIC • 18TH MARCH 2015 • 27
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HAVE YOU BEEN TO
three and five nights a weeks for about eight months.
FEED HER TO THE SHARKS Answered by: Marinos Katsanevas Album title? Fortitude Where did the title of your new album come from? It really reflects what the whole album is about, lyrically: overcoming all the crap life throws at you and staying strong when times are tough! How many releases do you have now? This is our third release.
Was anything in particular inspiring you during the making? We really want to get overseas and tour. This being our first release on a label, the chances of that happening has been greater than ever so that was always in our heads when writing. What’s your favourite song on it? Personally, Let Go and Faithless are my favourites. Both are really fun to play. Will you do anything differently next time? Hard to say. We feel we evolve musically with each album, so I’m sure the next one will be quite different. But listeners will know it’s FHTTS! Website link for more info? facebook.com/ feedhertothesharks
MOJO BURNING FESTIVAL Answered by: Christian Tryhorn Why should punters visit you? This is the best line-up of touring Australian blues, roots and rock acts that you’ll see in QLD. Two days. Three stages. ONE BIG PARTY. What’s the history of the event? We ran the inaugural event last year and man the vibe was HOT. This is the second installment. Any advice for f irst timers who want to visit the event? Get in early and get your tickets. Hit it early and hit it hard. There ain’t no respite with 27 bands (including King Of
How long did it take to write/ record? We took our time on this one to get it right! We were writing between
HAVE YOU HEARD
The North, pictured) over three stages back to back. ALL KILLER NO FILLER. Do you have any plans for the event in the future? We hope to organically grow the event to a point where we can take the festival outdoors in two years with an aim to assemble the best line-up of touring Australian independent blues, roots, rock and stoner acts each year. When and where for your next event? 21 & 22 Mar, New Globe Theatre. Website link for more info? mojoburning.com
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Horton Heat, so much to that album. There are so many influences from different genres and it’s got a sense of humour. It’s a masterpiece!
REGULAR GONZALES Name: Daniel Nikolic When did you start making music and why? We formed around 2010. Our parents were in rockabilly bands and we all love rockabilly so we thought it’d be a fun thing to get into. Sum up your musical sound in four words? Super fun rockabilly time. If you could support any band in the world - past or present - who would it be? Stray Cats, easily!
Greatest rock’n’roll moment of your career to date? We were supporting Flattrakkers and my bass’s bridge broke on stage mid-song. Matt from The Flattrakkers bought his bass out and we managed to swap over just in time for me to play the last few notes of the song. Why should people come and see your band? Because we’re fun, hilarious and great to have a dance, a chat and a drink with! When and where for your next gig? Rods & Rockabilly Festival at Hamilton Hotel, 21 Mar. We’re on from 10.30am. Website link for more info? facebook.com/regulargonzales
If you could only listen to one album forevermore, what would it be and why? Laughin’ & Cryin’ With The Reverend 28 • THE MUSIC • 18TH MARCH 2015
THE HILLS RODEO Answered by: Kate Mogridge Why should punters visit you? Brisbane’s biggest and best rodeo! Joining the rodeo will be roving entertainment, whip cracking, kids’ rides, kids’ entertainment, live entertainment and a cattleman’s bar. This is the ultimate Wild West experience in the suburbs!
Do you have any plans for the event in the future? Once 2015 is finished we will review as we do each year and see what we can do to improve every year! When and where for your next event? Eatons Hill Hotel, 21 Mar. Gates open 2pm. Website link for more info? eatonshillhotel.oztix.com.au
What’s the history of the event? This is the fourth annual event at Eatons Hill Hotel! Back by popular demand. Each year it gets bigger and better. Any advice for f irst timers who want to visit the event? Relaxed dress code, family friendly!
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321 BRUNSWICK STREET MALL, FORTITUDE VALLEY
WED 18TH MAR
MATT DUKE (UNSOUGHT DUKE) (9:30PM) + VAN LARKINS (8:30PM)
THU 19TH MAR
XEN’S ARRIVAL (10:30PM) + GUEST (9:30PM)
FRI 20TH MAR
THE CASSINGLES (10:00PM) + GUEST (9:00PM)
SAT 21ST MAR
THE NINJAS (10:00PM) + GUEST (9:00PM)
SUN 22ND MAR TBC
MON 23RD MAR
HELEN RAE (9:30PM) + SILVAN RUS (8:30PM)
TUE 24TH MAR
NAPOLEONIC WARS (9:30PM) + TOM SUN (8:30PM) FREE LIVE MUSIC AND INDIE DJS WANT TO PLAY? EMAIL BOOKINGS@RICSBAR.COM.AU
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THE MUSIC PRESENTS El Grande Festival: The Hi-Fi 20 Mar Mojo Burning Festival: New Globe Theatre 21 Mar
sleepmakeswaves: The Northern 1 May, The Zoo 2 May Peace: The Zoo 6 May
Xavier Rudd & The United Nations: The Tivoli 22 Mar
San Cisco: SolBar 14 May, Coolangatta Hotel 15 May, The Triffid 16 & 17 (U18) May
Bluesfest Byron Bay: Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm 2-6 Apr
Supersuckers & The Bellrays: The Zoo 22 May
Mavis Staples: Brisbane Powerhouse 8 Apr
Ben Howard: The Tivoli 28 May
The Beards: Spotted Cow 30 Apr, The Triffid 1 May, The Northern 3 May
Jebediah: The Tivoli 12 Jun
Urban Country Music Festival: Caboolture 1-3 May
Open Mic Night + Various Artists: Chardons Corner Hotel, Annerley Locky: Irish Murphy’s, Brisbane Big Jam with Chris Ramsay: Manly Hotel, Manly Ger Fennelly: Mick O’Malley’s, Brisbane Trivia: Redland Bay Hotel, Redland Bay Matt Neilsen + Van Larkins: Ric’s Bar, Fortitude Valley James Southwell Band + The Jimmy Watts Band : Royal Mail Hotel, Goodna Open Mic Night + Various Artists: Solbar (Lounge Bar), Maroochydore
GIG OF THE WEEK: MOJO BURNING FESTIVAL FT CLAUDE HAY & THE GENTLE ENEMIES AND MORE: NEW GLOBE THEATRE 21 MAR Cloud Ladder + Michael Josephson: The Milk Factory Kitchen & Bar, South Brisbane
Felicity Lawless: Habitat Restaurant & Bar, South Brisbane
Terence Boyd Thallon: The Nook & Cranny, Nambour
Jeff Carter Duo: Hamilton Hotel (Public Bar), Hamilton
Salvadarlings: The Press Club, Fortitude Valley
Jabba + Andrew Taylor: Irish Murphy’s, Brisbane
Zac Gunthorpe: Cafe Le Monde, Noosa Heads
Leo Sayer: The Tivoli, Fortitude Valley
Roy Morris: Carina Leagues Club (Main Lounge), Carina
The Reversals + Selahphonic: The Triffid, Newstead
Open Mic Night with Various Artists: Chardons Corner Hotel, Annerley
David Orr + Dear WIllow: The Triffid, Newstead
Jabba: Irish Murphy’s, Brisbane Jamie Oehlers: JMI Live, Bowen Hills Karaoke: Manly Hotel, Manly The Gin Club + Harley Young & The Haymakers + Some Jerks: Mick O’Malley’s (The Bunker), Brisbane MofoIsDead + Mass Sky Raid + Harlequin + Flynn Effect: New Globe Theatre, Fortitude Valley Karaoke: Prince of Wales Hotel, Nundah
Trinity Roots + Karl S Williams: The Zoo, Fortitude Valley Thirsty Thursdays + Various DJs: Victory Hotel, Brisbane Taylor McFerrin: Woolly Mammoth, Fortitude Valley
Darkroom feat. Mike Metro: Alhambra Lounge, Fortitude Valley Red Tendrils + Maiden May + Terror Parade + Sound of Truth: Beetle Bar, Brisbane
Hanny J + Tim Edward: Johnny Brown’s, Fortitude Valley About Time: Lock ‘n’ Load Bistro, West End Mantra Trio: Logan Diggers Club, Logan Central Ace DJs: Manly Hotel, Manly Karaoke: Pub Lane Tavern, Greenbank Green Jam Sessions with Billy Saunders Quartet: QPAC (Melbourne Street Green), South Brisbane
Selaphonic: Bon Amici Wine Bar, Toowoomba
Trivia: The Fox Hotel, South Brisbane
Ed Sheeran + Jamie Lawson + Conrad Sewell: Riverstage, Brisbane
Preston: Sonny’s House of Blues, Brisbane
Fingerprint: Brothers Leagues Club, Manunda
Open Mic Night with Various Artists: The Nook & Cranny, Nambour
Juzzie Smith: Soundlounge, Currumbin
The Massive Fergusons: Royal Mail Hotel, Goodna
Dylan Hekimian: Cardigan Bar, Sandgate
Karaoke: Springwood Hotel, Rochedale South
David Lee Trio: Carina Leagues Club, Carina
Weightless In Orbit + Lung + City of Refuge + Wishbone: Beetle Bar, Brisbane
Tim & Kellie: The Boundary Hotel, West End
Julian Simonsz: Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley
David Liebe Hart + Cannon + DJ Bizzle + Tim Byrnes + Pete Thrupp: The Brightside, Fortitude Valley
The Douldie Men: Brisbane Brewing Co, West End
Big Strong Brute: The End, West End
Dark Symphonica + Irukandjii + The Strangers + Ages Of Earth: Crowbar, Fortitude Valley
The Cassingles + Bottlecock: Ric’s Bar, Fortitude Valley
Various Artists: Smithfield Tavern, Smithfield Pixel8 with DJ Total Eclipse + FarfetchD + DJ More Vibes + Dead Pixel: Solbar, Maroochydore Chris Flaskas: Solbar (Front Bar), Maroochydore Greys + Salvadarlings + The Dandelion: Soundlounge, Currumbin
Ball of String + Dillion James: Eat Street Markets, Hamilton
Hanlon Brothers: Stock Exchange Hotel (Rooftop Garden), Brisbane
Various Artists: Gilhooleys Irish Pub, Brisbane
Dixon: TBC Club (The Bowler Club), Fortitude Valley
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Ingrid James Duo: The Lido Cafe & Restaurant, Ascot
Retro Room: The Plough Inn, South Brisbane
Nicole Brophy: Solbar (Front Bar), Maroochydore
El Grande #BNE feat. 28 Days + Dream On Dreamer + Voyager + Sydonia + Guards Of May: The Hi-Fi, West End
Leo Sayer: Redlands Performing Arts Centre, Cleveland
The Golden Age of Ballooning + Deena: Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley
Alison Wonderland: 249 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley
Various DJs: The Fox Hotel, South Brisbane
Th 90s & Beyond Vinyl Sets with Various DJs: The Nook & Cranny, Nambour
Jeff Martin: Solbar, Maroochydore
HellOfAHat’s 331/3 feat. Wayne Keys + The Fun Team + Alla Spina + Pick It Up: Chardons Corner Hotel, Annerley
Babaganouj + Flowertruck + Statler & Waldorf: The Foundry, Fortitude Valley
Bonez + Barefoot Alley: Redland Bay Hotel, Redland Bay
Imprisoned + Reactions + Time Crisis + Stone Hearts + Wretched: The Brightside, Fortitude Valley
Lost Woods + Average Art Club + Silent Feature Era + Cloudbreak: The Bearded Lady, West End
The Great Women of Country feat. Melinda Schneider + Beccy Cole: The Events Centre, Caloundra
Bullhorn + Anarchist Duck: The Motor Room, West End
Karaoke: Redland Bay Hotel, Redland Bay
Ong Seng Choo: St John’s Cathedral, Brisbane
Corpus + Seahorse Divorce + Travels + Vulture Circus: The Brightside, Fortitude Valley
Various Artists: Raintrees Tavern, Manunda
Trivia: Stock Exchange Hotel, Brisbane
Level 1 Wednesdays + Various DJs: Victory Hotel, Brisbane
Myreskaer + Cassette Cathedral + Makeout Creek + No Magic: The Bearded Lady, West End
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Dots & Loops: Radio Rewrite with Nonsemble + Armas Quartet + more: The Triffid, Newstead Diamond Dave: The Underdog Pub Co (Public Bar), Fortitude Valley The Rared + Hisingen + Dr Parallax: The Underdog Pub Co, Fortitude Valley Pyromance + Concrete Lips + Big Bongin Baby: The Underdog Pub Co, Fortitude Valley Jeff Martin: The Zoo, Fortitude Valley Various Artists + Various DJs + Karaoke: Victory Hotel, Brisbane Level 1 Fridays with Various DJs: Victory Hotel, Brisbane Karaoke: Warner Tavern (Sports Bar), Warner Various Artists: Wharf Tavern (Balcony), Mooloolaba
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Dana Hassall: Solbar, Maroochydore
Juice with DJ J-Tok + DJ Blitz: Wynnum Tavern, Wynnum West
Those Old Soles: Solbar (Front Bar), Maroochydore Pat Tierney: Solbar (Lounge Bar), Maroochydore
Leo Sayer: The Events Centre, Caloundra Margarita Sundays + Various Artists: The Fox Hotel, South Brisbane
DJ Indy Andy: Albany Creek Tavern (Creek Bar), Albany Creek
Trouver l?amour à Monte Carlo + Zeddy + Cliftonia + Hankie + Della: The Fox Hotel, South Brisbane
Horsehunter + Space Bong + Lizzard Wizzard + Golden Bats + Black Deity: Beetle Bar, Brisbane
El Grande Festival (All Ages) feat. Dream On Dreamer + D At Sea + Tiki Taane + Drawcard + The City Shake-Up + Dollarosa + Satellites + Red in Tooth + Animal Throwdown: The Grand Hotel, Gladstone
Watch Your Step + Various DJs: Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley Kylie Minogue + Giorgio Moroder + Betty Who: Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Boondall Wild Silk: Brisbane Jazz Club, Kangaroo Point 4 In A Groove: Brothers Leagues Club, Manunda Karaoke: Camp Hill Hotel, Camp Hill The Avengers: Carina Leagues Club (Main Lounge), Carina Secondhand Toothbrush + Those Rat Bastards + The Knock Backs + Return To Sirius: Chardons Corner Hotel, Annerley Ball of String + Mark Lowndes: Eat Street Markets, Hamilton The Great Women of Country feat. Melinda Schneider + Beccy Cole: Empire Theatre, Toowoomba Paces: Flinders Social, Townsville City Various Artists: Gilhooleys Irish Pub, Brisbane Rods & Rockabilly Festival feat. The Inferno’s + Baton Jukes + Little Billy + The Hi Boys + Dezzie D & The Stingrayz + Corn Liquor + Regular Gonzales: Hamilton Hotel, Hamilton Stewart Fairhurst + Jeff Carter Duo: Hamilton Hotel (Public Bar), Hamilton Leo Sayer: Ipswich Civic Centre, Ipswich
EL GRANDE FESTIVAL FT VOYAGER AND MORE: THE HI-FI 20 MAR Mojo Burning feat. Gay Paris + Redcoats + Claude Hay & The Gentle Enemies + Simon Meli & The Widowbirds + Mojo Webb + Transvaal Diamond Syndicate + La Bastard + Sheriff + Guthrie + The Royal Artillery + Contangent + Minnie Marks + Mojo Bluesmen + The Urban Chiefs + Eddie Boyd & The Phatapillars + The Good Ship + Dead Wolves + Rat Ta’Mango + Narla + Junior Danger + Bare White Knuckles + Greg McHugh + Marshall Okell + Bonez + Filthy Lucre + The Gentle Enemies + Hobo Magic + Clairejean + Claire Anne Taylor: New Globe Theatre, Fortitude Valley April Maze + Homeless Yellow: Progress Hall, Macleay Island Various Artists: Pub Lane Tavern, Greenbank Orsino’s Safari: Queen Street Mall, Brisbane Karaoke: Raintrees Tavern, Manunda Karaoke: Redland Bay Hotel, Redland Bay Ed Sheeran + Jamie Lawson + Conrad Sewell: Riverstage, Brisbane Bertie Page Clinic + John Malcolm: Royal Mail Hotel, Goodna Trinity Roots + Karl S Williams: Solbar, Maroochydore Nick Kingswell: Solbar (Front Bar), Maroochydore
Berst + Locky: Irish Murphy’s, Brisbane
Jimmy D Duo: Springwood Hotel, Rochedale South
Muddy Chanter + Bad Asset: Johnny Brown’s, Fortitude Valley
Pugsley Buzzard: Taps Australia, Mooloolaba
Som De Calcada: Lock ‘n’ Load Bistro, West End
Nicky Night Time: TBC Club (The Bowler Club), Fortitude Valley
Radio Flyer: Logan Diggers Club, Logan Central Dave Ritter: Manly Hotel, Manly Ace DJs: Manly Hotel, Manly Irish Sessions + Ger Fennelly: Mick O’Malley’s, Brisbane
Prison + Grey Places + DeadShred + Pleasure Symbols: The Bearded Lady, West End The Ten Fours + Eagle Junction + The Happy Mediums: The Boundary Hotel, West End
The Grunge Explosion - 20 Years Since Frogstomp feat. King Mungi + Whiskey & Speed: The Brightside, Fortitude Valley Day Ravies + Per Purpose + 100%: The Foundry, Fortitude Valley Various DJs: The Fox Hotel, South Brisbane El Grande Festival feat. 28 Days + DZ Deathrays + Dream On Dreamer + Voyager + Sydonia + Ezekiel Ox + Strictly Ballroom + Bearfoot + A Direst Desire + The Short Fall + The Bucketseats + La Mont + Agnes Blue + Best Friends: The Grand Hotel, Gladstone Cheap Fakes + Chocolate Strings + The Hi-Boys: The Hi-Fi, West End Adam Cohen: The Majestic Theatre, Pomona Alla Spina + Rogue Scholars + Belligerent Goat: The Milk Factory Kitchen & Bar, South Brisbane The Brains Trust: The Nook & Cranny, Nambour Ty Fader: The Plough Inn, South Brisbane Brown Sugar: The Plough Inn, South Brisbane DJ Yella + MC Eiht + K9 Compton + EazyE3 + Curtis Young: The Tivoli, Fortitude Valley Kingswood + Lurch & Chief + The Belligerents: The Triffid, Newstead
Sun Kil Moon: The Hi-Fi, West End
The Furrs + The Jensens + Caves: Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley
Sissybones + The Switch: The Milk Factory Kitchen & Bar, South Brisbane Jesse Taylor: The Nook & Cranny, Nambour
Tom Foolery: Breakfast Creek Hotel, Albion
Jezelle: The Plough Inn, South Brisbane
Russell Peters: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, South Bank
Xavier Rudd & The United Nations + Special Guests: The Tivoli, Fortitude Valley
Waxing Lyrical feat. Various Artists: Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm
Joe Geia + Luke Daniel Peacock: The Triffid (Beer Garden), Newstead
Sounds of Sunday feat. Lepers & Crooks: Broadbeach Tavern, Broadbeach
Kingswood + Lurch & Chief + The Belligerents: The Triffid, Newstead
Fingerprint: Brothers Leagues Club, Manunda
Open Mic Night + Various Artists: The Underdog Pub Co (Public Bar), Fortitude Valley
Adrenaline Duo: Carina Leagues Club (Main Lounge), Carina Mouthguard + Ganbaru + Driven Fear + The Struggle + Bitter Lungs: Crowbar, Fortitude Valley Backyard Sunday Sessions + Various Artists: Dowse Bar & Iceworks, Paddington Traditional Irish Session + Various Artists: Gilhooleys Irish Pub, Brisbane Dylan Hekimian: Habitat Restaurant & Bar, South Brisbane The Front: Hamilton Hotel, Hamilton Wasabi + Ragdoll + Mark Butler: Irish Murphy’s, Brisbane Sheriff + Edith Thomas Furey: Johnny Brown’s, Fortitude Valley
Jug & Hooter Sundays + Various Artists: Victory Hotel, Brisbane Nik Phillips: Wynnum RSL, Wynnum
Rob Hackwood: Irish Murphy’s, Brisbane
Trivia: Mick O’Malley’s, Brisbane Uncle Bob’s Music Club + Various Artists: Prince of Wales Hotel, Nundah Trivia: Pub Lane Tavern, Greenbank
DJ Damien Hesse: The Triffid (Beer Garden), Newstead
Progressive Tan: Lock ‘n’ Load Bistro, West End
Billy May: Brothers Leagues Club, Manunda
Trapped Admirals + Skinnie Finches: The Underdog Pub Co, Fortitude Valley
Kye Cole Band: Manly Hotel, Manly
Woody Lives Here: Irish Murphy’s, Brisbane
LeSuits + The Worriers + The Durries: The Zoo, Fortitude Valley
Karaoke: Manly Hotel, Manly
Trivia: Manly Hotel, Manly
Irish Sessions + Ger Fennelly: Mick O’Malley’s, Brisbane
Trivia: Prince of Wales Hotel, Nundah
Mojo Burning feat. The Good Ship + Dead Wolves + Rat Ta’Mango + Narla + Junior Danger + Bare White Knuckles + Greg McHugh: New Globe Theatre, Fortitude Valley
Fierce Mild: The End, West End
Cfam: Warner Tavern, Warner Cosmo’s Midnight: Wharf Tavern (The Helm), Mooloolaba Calyx & TeeBee: Woolly Mammoth, Fortitude Valley Rick Hay: Wynnum RSL, Wynnum
S U P P O R T I N G
Ed Sheeran + Jamie Lawson + Conrad Sewell: Riverstage, Brisbane
I N D E P E N D E N T
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Trivia: The Gap Tavern, The Gap Ron Walker: The Plough Inn, South Brisbane Halfway + Mosman Adler: The Triffid, Newstead
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32 • THE MUSIC • 18TH MARCH 2015
Published on Mar 18, 2015
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