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Walking With Dinosaurs is back at Brisbane Entertainment Centre from Wednesday, now with more feathers than ever before: They’ve ducked down to Spotlight, whipped out the glue-gun and they’re now asking you to disregard the previous performance entirely. Completionists and the uninitiated rejoice at the highest quality, most feather-accurate dinosaur spectacular the world has ever seen.
Like your music heavy and slightly sacrilegious? Then head on down to Valley venue Crowbar this Saturday night for Crowbar Punkrocker IV, featuring Adelaide outfits Hightime (launching new album Mother Crab) and Beaver, plus Melbourne acts Pitt The Elder, pictured, (also launching their debut LP At The End Of The Day) plus locals Army Of Champions, De Nada, Sixth League and the Gold Coast’s Bitter Lungs.
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If you’ve got the blues this Easter there’s only one solution – mo’ blues! Get down to the beautiful Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm near Byron Bay and party for five days with some of the best roots-based acts that our planet has to offer, including Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, Hozier, Jimmy Cliff, Alabama Shakes, Justin Townes Earle, Paul Kelly, Mavis Staples plus many, many more fine acts. It’s a wondrous part of the annual music calendar – having too much fun is not an option at Bluesfest! BRISBANE
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IT’S ALL ABOUT ‘TUDE
The two-for-one electro hip hop experience that is Hermitude, fresh from SxSW and Groovin The Moo, launch their new release, Dark Night Sweet Light, 15 May and are naturally following it up with a national tour. Joined throughout by guests Basenji and Jayteehazard, Hermitude play 12 Jun, Metropolis, Fremantle; 19 Jun, 170 Russell, Melbourne; 26 Jun, Enmore Theatre, Sydney; and 27 Jun, The Met, Brisbane.
FIVE MIL & COUNTING
Influential LGBT vlogger Tyler Oakley is hitting the road for his first ever live tour. His dynamic, multimedia live event, Tyler Oakley’s Slumber Party, will aim to showcase the multimedia star, and you’ll be able to join him (make sure you’re dressed in your best onesie) for an immersive experience that includes music, comedy, giveaways, meet and greets, and more. With his weekly videos, Oakley has scored over five million YouTube subscribers, but more is always merrier, so go see him when he makes his way to City Hall, Brisbane, 5 Sep; Enmore Theatre, Sydney, 6 Sep; Perth Concert Hall, 9 Sep; and Forum Theatre, Melbourne, 12 Sep.
ON THE MARCH
Gold Coast pop-rock five-piece Awaken I Am have released their debut album, Shields And Crowns and they’re hitting the road to show it off. They play 9 Apr, Amplifier Bar, Perth; 11 Apr, YMCA HQ, Perth (all ages); 17 Apr, Spectrum, Sydney; 18 Apr, Musicland, Melbourne (all ages); 1 May, The Brightside, Brisbane; and 2 May, Upstairs 199, Brisbane (all ages).
Record Label Ninja Tune, thanks to Red Bull Music Academy are bringing out their UK DJ Luke Vibert on his national tour. Expect only high BPM from on of the founders of emerging UK dance music in the ‘90s. RSVP online and gain free entry to any show, any state. Thanks, Red Bull. Vibert starts 10 Apr, Geisha Bar, Perth; 16 Apr, Woolly Mammoth, Brisbane; 17 Apr, Boney, Melbourne; 18 Apr, Goodgod Small Club, Sydney.
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Groovin The Moo has now announced the local acts playing in each state. Bunbury’s GTM, 26 Apr, Hay Park, sees Doctopus, Timothy Nelson & The Infidels, FOAM, Tired Lion, Said The People and more gracing the stage; Bendigo (2 May, Prince Of Wales Showground) sees Fountaineer, Ecca Vandal, Pierce Brothers, Harts and more lining up; University Of Canberra (3 May) will play host to Coda Conduct, Montaigne, Xavier Dunn, Boo Seeka and more; Maitland (9 May, Maitland Showground) will see performances from Yours Alone, Just A Gent, East, The Soorleys and a bunch more; and Townsville (10 May, Murray Sports Complex) will be joined by King Social, Sam Wright, Mosman Alder, THEOUTDOORZ and more. For a full list of artists, head to gtm.net.au.
OSCAR KEY SUNG
OSCAR IS KEY
Melbourne producer Oscar Key Sung is on the verge of releasing his second EP Altruism, and to celebrate, he’s heading out on a national tour. He makes his way to Howler, Melbourne, 13 Jun; Flyrite, Perth, 19 Jun; The Foundry, Brisbane, 26 Jun; and Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, 27 Jun.
A ROYAL TREAT
Melbourne punk/metal giants King Parrot will be making their way around the country to launch their upcoming new album, Dead Set. They play 16 May, Corner Hotel, Melbourne; 23 May, Newtown Social Club, Sydney; 30 May, Crowbar, Brisbane and 6 Jun, Amplifier Bar, Perth. For more dates, visit theMusic.com.au.
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FRONTLASH AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE
Congrats to the Aussie ODI side for continuing our dominance of the World Cup, bringing home the bacon for an unprecedented fifth time. What a way to send off Captain Michael Clarke from the pyjama game, well done Pup!
QUEENSLANDER! Monday night’s Queensland Music Awards managed to showcase the ridiculous depth of our musical riches. Go see local bands and support the scene!
#NOTON The #NotON campaign was launched this week in Queensland, and uses musicians to spread the word about the proliferation of domestic violence in modern society – a more worthy initiative.
A WICKED CAUSE
READY TO LAUNCH
Melbourne purveyors of party punk rock The Strums have a new single, Baby I’m An Adolescent, and to celebrate its release, the band are playing a super intimate, super sweaty show The Underdog’s The Dungeon on 11 Apr. He’ll also be supporting Columbus at The Spotted Cow, 1 May, and The Grenadiers at Crowbar, 2 May, plus performances at FMX Festival, Eatons Hill, 9 May, and a show at Greaser, Fortitude Valley, 9 May.
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BACKLASH CRAVING STABILITY
The State Govt is once more in disarray following Gordongate – who knows what will happen next or who will be leading the state in a couple of months.
KNOCKOUT LOCKOUT Although perhaps a change at the top will end Labor’s inane move to make the current lockout laws more draconian and restrictive. The laws don’t stop violence, and they ruining our city’s cultural vibrancy.
STILL JUST A GAME Tired of the PC brigade whinging about uncompromising sportsmen playing the game to win - sports fields are not a microcosm of society and your lofty ideals don’t count for squat in the heat of battle.
Head to The Powerhouse’s VISY Theatre on 13 Apr to join the cast of the smash-hit musical Wicked on their night off as they perform popular musical theatre songs to raise money for Brisbane Youth Services. BYS has been helping homeless and at-risk youth realise their potential since the late ‘70s, and what better way to support the cause than with a bit of sing and dance?
Kiwi death metal merchants Ulcerate are crossing the Tasman to deliver some their favourite slices of pulverising noise drawn from across their four albums to date including their latest, 2013’s Vermis. Ulcerate will do their best 25 Jun to level Beetle Bar.
DADS ON THE RUN
Fresh off a national tour opening for DZ Deathrays, two-piece Hockey Dad have a new Tom Iansek-produced single, Can’t Have Them, they’ve released digitally and soon also as a double-A-sided vinyl 7”, and they’re taking it for a spin up the east coast on their first headline run for the year. The duo plays 12 Jun at Elsewhere on the Gold Coast and 13 Jun at Trainspotters.
Among the forefathers of melodic death metal, Swedish five-piece At The Gates reformed in 2007 after 11 years apart and last year finally released a new album, At War With Reality. Last here in 2012, At The Gates finally return to Australia to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their groundbreaking 1995 album, Slaughter Of The Soul, playing 1 Nov at The Brightside.
READY TO ROCK
The third annual Stanthorpe Rocks festival has just ramped up to a whole new level – the event will now be taking place over two days – 14 & 15 Nov – with a wealth of rock acts including Whisky Gully, Jon English, Peter Cupples, Eurogliders, Taxiride, Ross Wilson, Daryl Braithwaite and Jon Stevens all taking to the main stage at Ballandean State Wines. There’ll also be market stalls and food vendors to showcase some of the awesome Granite Belt offerings. For more info, head to stanthorperocks.com.au.
Running over four days, 27 – 30 Aug, the organisers of Australia’s favourite family camping/music festival, the Gympie Music Muster, have announced the first round of artists, and once again, it’s a cracker. From the US comes Mary Chapin Carpenter and Tift Merritt, while among the local heroes performing are Adam Brand, Troy CassarDaley, Amber Lawrence, Ian Moss, Catherine Britt, Luke O’Shea, Ross Wilson, Morgan Evans, Wagons, Mental As Anything and Jasmine Rae.
Uncle Jed are going out in style, announcing two special Queensland shows as part of their transition from Uncle Jed to Luna Grand. The Australia’s Got Talent winners are saying goodbye to their past with a change of name, a change of direction, and these shows to thank fans for their support. They’ll be performing 10 Apr, New Globe Theatre; and 11 Apr, Currumbin Creek Tavern, Gold Coast. THE MUSIC • 1ST APRIL 2015 • 9
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The Mullum Music Festival now has a winter sister festival. Introducing Bello Winter Music, taking over a variety of venues throughout Bellingen 2 – 5 Jul, guaranteed to warm your musical hearts and imaginations. Headlining, direct from the US, are Grammy-nominated duo The Milk Carton Kids, joined by a huge local bill that includes Ash Grunwald, Emma Donovan & The Putbacks, Tinpan Orange, Dubmarine, Marlon Williams & The Yarra Benders, Ainslie Wills, Bullhorn, FourPlay String Quartet and way more.
With shows on their Themata Decade tour celebrating the tenth anniversary of the release of their album, Themata, selling out left, right and centre, Karnivool, currently touring Europe, have added several shows including a second show 10 May at The Triffid, supported by special guests, New Zealand’s Cairo Knife Fight.
Reece Mastin has had a complete overhaul in recent months; a new record label, new management and new music, and now he’s ready to show off his new material with his Rebel & The Reason single tour across the east coast in June, all shows all-ages. The song is an edgier, rock-laden take and you can hear it in the flesh when he comes to Old Museum Concert Hall, 26 Jun; Sunshine Coast Function Centre, Caloundra, 27 Jun; Church Theatre, Toowoomba, 28 Jun.
Jazz trumpet player Chris Botti, who has won a casual Grammy, is also casually just a best selling American instrumentalist artist, having sold more that four million albums. He is playing 4 Jul, QPAC. 10 • THE MUSIC • 1ST APRIL 2015
With Bluesfest happening this long weekend, UK’s Band Of Skulls have had a second performance added to their schedule to make up for the cancellation by The Black Keys. They’ll be performing on Saturday, 4 Apr.
US producer Paper Diamond will join A$AP Ferg as support on his headline shows throughout Australia in April and May. They’ll be playing The Hi-Fi, 30 Apr.
A MOMENT OF SILENCE FOR ALL THE DADS WHO THOUGHT IT WAS FUNNY TODAY WHEN THEY TOLD THEIR DAUGHTERS “ZAYN IS GOING IN A DIFFERENT DIRECTION.” @CAPRICECRANE DESCRIBING THE FORCE OF A MILLION EYE ROLLS FROM 1D FANS.
Progressive pop group Glass Ocean are playing a sprinkling of shows on the east coast this May and June with special guests. They be calling it the ‘Stellar Evolution’ tour, to release their EP II. They’ll be playing 6 Jun, New Globe Theatre; and 7 Jun, Wallaby Hotel, Gold Coast.
The Metal Heart Festival is back in Brissy at the Triffid. In it’s third year, they’ve extended to include a beer garden, huge stage and will show us three headline acts: Heaven The Axe, A Breach Of Silence, and Segression. Expect Cactus Dil-dos, Down Royal, Evil Eye and many more. 18 Apr, Newstead.
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HAPPY BLUES It’s nearly Easter, which means it’s Bluesfest time! Festival Director Peter Noble tells Steve Bell why he still gets so excited about the massive annual shindig after all these years.
yron Bay Bluesfest has been bringing the best musicians from all over the world to the easternmost point of our country for over a quarter of a century, and it’s hard to tell who enjoys the wonderful experience more; the attendees or the artists. With the 2015 instalment of the world-recognised event almost upon us, Festival Director Peter Noble explains that the massive and diverse line-up on offer this year has delighted many punters, while leaving just a few nonplussed. “It seems to have polarised people a little – some people are saying that it’s the best festival they’ve ever seen, while older punters are saying ‘I haven’t heard anyone on that festival.’ I’m just
it’s a disaster for their fans – but I think at the end of the day it hurts the artist more than the event.” Having overseen Bluefest for nearly its entire existence you’d forgive Noble for being jaded about the lineups, but he’s still as eager as even the most avid punter about who’s hitting Byron this year. “Oh God, where do I start?” he smiles. “I get to be an old fart who gets to be a music fan who gets to discover new artists all the time – that’s a pretty good place to be in when you’ve been in the business all your life, apart
I’m looking forward to Paolo Nutini because I think he’s one of the best singers in the world. I think Hozier’s one of the hottest acts in the world and has a big future. I always look forward to seeing Michael Franti. I think Alabama Shakes have stepped to another level, and I always look forward to seeing great live acts like Jimmy Cliff. Then there’s great Australians like Paul Kelly and Xavier Rudd, great young acts like Hunter Hayes. I think Charles Bradley is probably the hottest soul singer out there right now, definitely up there. Frank Turner is one of my fave acts, and what about George Clinton with his 22-piece band – where do you stop? Some people are lamenting that it’s a different kind of line-up to previous years, but every year that we’ve dared to be different is the year that at the end people say, ‘That’s the best one for ten years!’ We did it in the years when it was discovery years for Ben Harper and Jack Johnson, and I think 2015 is going to be one of those years when people at some point go, ‘You know what? This is one of the great ones!’” It’s awesome to see an industry figure such as Noble so genuinely excited about the music, but there’s been a lot of toil involved over the years to make this dream a reality.
“I GET TO BE AN OLD FART WHO GETS TO BE A MUSIC FAN WHO GETS TO DISCOVER NEW ARTISTS ALL THE TIME.” like, ‘Get out of here!’” he chuckles. “But you know what? You can’t please all of the people all of the time no matter how hard you try, but I think we’ve delivered a beauty this time.” Even the loss of three major drawcards this year – Lenny Kravitz, Ben Howard and The Black Keys have all been forced to cancel appearances for various reasons – hasn’t been enough to dampen spirits. “It’s always a challenge,” Noble admits. “We’ve never had a year when three major acts have dropped off, it’s never happened; we’ve had one drop off, which has happened twice over the years. I think Dave Matthews rescheduled and maybe Roger Daltrey, but we’ve never had a year when three headliners have dropped off. That would be an absolute disaster for other events, but we haven’t been inundated with refund requests for any of the artists, and I think that goes to show why people come to Bluesfest – it’s for the event. Bluesfest gives value for money and strong events, and we don’t ever want our artists to cancel or not to come for whatever reason – I think 12 • THE MUSIC • 1ST APRIL 2015
from when you drove taxis or were waiting on tables – which I did – and I’m proud to say it because like many people you don’t always get to make a living sometimes in this business. But looking at it, I’m always excited to see Ben Harper and the reformation of The Innocent Criminals is a huge coup – the fact that he decided to make us his first major event before he goes and plays Bonnaroo and the others, there’s a lot of honour in that.
“It’s been hard for me, because people think that the music business that you see now is the same that it was ten or 20 years ago, and it isn’t,” he reflects. “There wasn’t a lot of interest in roots music, there wasn’t a lot of interest in blues, and we’ve worked hard to develop that in this country and I can take pride in the fact that you can go to a blues festival with blues at the heart of it and there’s a hundred thousand people showing up! That doesn’t happen in many parts of the world. It’s not really about money – I mean you’ve got to make a profit or you’re not in business, but that’s not why we do it – we do it for the music. And hopefully I’ve got a few more Easters in me yet, because I love being involved in this event. I’m like the old bluesmen – I’ll go out with my boots on. But these boots were made for walking, and they’ve some steps left in ‘em yet!” WHEN & WHERE: 2 – 6 Apr, Bluesfest, Byron Bay
EAT & DRINK
MORE THAN JUST MUSIC While Bluesfest has always been purely about the music, it does go for five days so – despite the indubitable quality and breadth of the lineup – there’s often a lot of time for discerning punters to spend on nonmusical pursuits. Here are just a few:
ROCKWIZ LIVE It’s pretty much become tradition for RocKwiz Live to open proceedings on a few days of Bluesfest with their infectious mix of humour and music trivia: host Julia Zemiro, adjudicator Brian Nankervis and the RocKwiz Orkestra all seem to thrive in the laid-back atmosphere of the big tent. In recent years they’ve also filmed the first show of their annual TV season at Bluesfest, and some of the guests they’ve been lucky enough to entice from the massive line-up have included Michael Franti, Trombone Shorty, Irma Thomas, Ruthie Foster, Tex Perkins, Tim Rogers and Henry Wagons (to name but a few). It’s a whole lot of fun to experience in the flesh and their motto is ‘expect the unexpected’ – which stars will deign to be involved in the fun and frivolity this year?
The standard of festival food has improved exponentially across the board in recent years, but Bluesfest has long been in the vanguard in this regard with its awesome array of culinary delights for punters of every persuasion. “We make sure that there’s diversity and not ten sushi stands – there might be one or two, and they’ll be the good ones,” Festival Director Peter Noble explains of Bluesfest’s food options. “We do our best to ensure that there’s something for everyone – there’s food for people who want to eat junk food, yet we’ll have gourmet burgers and stuff for vegans too. If you’re going to be in the same place for five days you don’t want to be eating the same bloody thing every day!” It’s a music festival, so there’s also naturally five licensed bars on site so that you can get your drink on (in an appropriately civilised manner, natch).
SHOP ‘TIL YA DROP Every music festival worth its salt has decent markets, and Bluesfest is no exception. Northern NSW is renowned for its top-notch arts and crafts vendors, and there are dozens of stall-
holders on site ready to furnish you with everything from daily needs and necessities right through to a new wardrobe to change your mindset (everyone needs to unleash their inner peaceful warrior now and then) or decorations to take back home to keep the Bluesfest dream alive all year round. Plus there’s a huge music shop slap bang in the middle of the site selling music and merchandise from the artists showcasing their wares over the five days, with a daily program of artist signings where you can meet your heroes and get them to personally scrawl on their product.
PEOPLE WATCH Do you enjoy ruminating upon the diversity of the human condition? There’s no other place like Bluesfest to just bask in the multitude of different folks who come to enjoy the vibe in the picturesque Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm and express their love of music in their own, often idiosyncratic, manner. First and foremost Bluesfest is a family-friendly affair so there are people of all ages and persuasions enjoying the festivities, but it’s the outliers who provide the most entertainment; eccentric hippies in full freaky regalia, authentic blues aficionados, chancers, wasters, freaks, geeks and almost anyone in-between – you name it, they’re there. None of which affects the laid-back vibe and sense of community that permeates every nook and cranny of the event for its entire duration. Leave your inhibitions at home but also shelve the aggression and bad manners – it’s not tolerated at Bluesfest.
EXPLORE THE SURROUNDING AREA No matter how good the music is at a five-day festival, there often comes a point where people feel the need to get offsite and have a look around the region, and Bluesfest could not be situated in a more perfect locale to make this a worthwhile use of time and energy. Whether it’s the alternative philosophies and unparalleled hospitality of townships in the area such as Byron Bay, Bangalow, Brunswick Heads and Mullumbimby – all of which are accessible by shuttle bus and have their own unique vibes – or the pristine beaches of the beautiful coast or even the lush rainforests located just a short trip inland, there’s a plethora of natural wonders and delights waiting to be discovered within a short voyage from the site. It’s hard to stay blue for long in this part of the world. THE MUSIC • 1ST APRIL 2015 • 13
RIDE IT OUT
some of the things that he wasn’t able to do, and it was definitely very emotional for the whole cast.
With Paul Walker’s tragic passing before production of Fast & Furious 7 had finished, rapper-turned-actor Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges tells Daniel Cribb the franchise’s biggest film was also the hardest to complete.
he seventh Fast & Furious film sits in an odd place in the franchise’s timeline; it directly follows on from the events of 2005’s Tokyo Drift, in which character Han SeoulOh was killed, yet there are two films between them. It’s a series of events that even has star Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges a little confused. “Tokyo Drift is right before the one you’re about to see. See what I’m saying?” Ludacris, who plays tech head Tej Parker in the series, begins. “So they did it out of succession; Tokyo Drift really would
have been six. I don’t wanna confuse you. I’m basically saying the timeline in which that movie was, it wouldn’t have been the third in the timeline after [2 Fast 2 Furious], it would have been Fast & Furious 5… 6… shit.” Family plays a big role in the theme of the film, which couldn’t reflect the atmosphere behind the scenes any better. When actor Paul Walker was tragically killed in a car crash before the film was finished, it took its toll on everyone. “He was finished with about 80 per cent of the film before he passed away, but his brothers came in and filled in the blanks with
“We actually had to stop production for a couple of months, but we came back together in his honour; we knew that we had to stick it out and make sure that we carried on his legacy in the right way and that’s why we all came together to do that… What got us through was knowing that he would have wanted for us to finish this film.” While Ludacris’ onscreen character often avoids the action, the seventh film sees a change of pace. “I’m always the guy that keeps the crew together and the brains behind the tech, but I am also surprisingly able to whoop a little ass in this film. I’ve never really had any fight scenes; I am usually the guy behind the scenes. I had to fight for my fight scene, so it was great to know not only that I did, but it also made it into the movie.” With a grenade blowing Dwayne Johnson out of a building and Vin Diesel jumping from one skyscraper to another in a Lamborghini, Fast & Furious 7 definitely one-ups its predecessors. “When I went through the script and saw that car jumping, I was like, ‘This dude’s out of control; that is ludicrous.’ “That’s exactly why it just keeps exciting people and surprising individuals, because you never know what to expect next. I’ve been asking since two films ago how the hell we are going to outdo what we just did… Only time will tell where it goes from here, but we have lost a very integral piece of this franchise.” WHAT: Fast & Furious 7 In cinemas 2 Apr
STAYING IN THE HOOP
Cirque du Soleil returns to Oz with another spectacular; this time on the theme of evolution. One of the stars of Totem tells Paul Ransom about Native American hoop dances and dropping out of college to tour the world.
f you were ever going to consider dropping out of college to run away with the circus, you could hardly choose a better big top than the famous, globe-trotting blue and yellow grand chapiteau of Quebec’s Cirque du Soleil. Thus it was for a young Californian-born sociology student named Eric Hernandez. One day studying hard, the next packing his bags to tour the world with Cirque’s latest juggernaut – the Robert Lepage-directed spectacle Totem. However, rather than being a straightforward ‘plucked from obscurity’ story, Hernandez’s 2011 switch from undergrad to circus performer came via a curious collision of the ancient and the modern. Cirque casting had seen Hernandez on YouTube performing a traditional Lumbee Indian hoop dance. Three years and more than 750 shows later, he and 44 other acrobats, dancers and singers have landed in Australia for yet another Cirque summer down under. For Hernandez though, the real beauty of the story isn’t so much his own trajectory as the hoop dance and the Lumbee culture that underscores it. For though born in Covina, California, Hernandez’s ancestry traces back to the North Carolina-based Lumbee tribe. “I learned the dance from my uncle when I was about
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ten years old and I’ve been doing it since then,” he explains. “It tells a story about the different plants and animals and how they relate to humans, and that kind of ties it in with the theme of Totem.” Created by legendary Canadian film and theatre director Robert Lepage, Totem is ostensibly about evolution. It tracks human life from the primordial ponds to the sky and places our journey within the broader context of nature. Much like Ovo (which toured Australia in 2012 and 2013) and their much touted Avatar tie-in, The hoop dance itself
is a traditional wedding ceremony. According to Hernandez, “The hoop represents the wedding band. In the show it appears right before the roller skaters, who are in a wedding scene, so for me it’s cool that the dance has retained its true spirit in the show.” Indeed, Cirque has not only revived the circus but helped to weld together the disciplines of dance, music and acrobatics in a way that satisfies not simply the aesthetics of the family friendly arena but the genuinely artistic and philosophical ambitions of creatives like Totem’s director Robert Lepage. For one time sociology student and proud Lumbee descendant Eric Hernandez, it has also been a ticket to the world. As he explains it, “We get to perform for thousands of people every night and I can get to share this dance and this culture that I’ve been doing since I was a kid with the whole world.” WHAT: Totem WHEN & WHERE: 10 Apr – 24 May, Under The Big Top, Northshore Hamilton
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Alabama Shakes have shaken things to the core with second album, Sound And Color, and guitarist Heath Fogg tells Steve Bell why they were stoked to pull the trigger on change.
ebut album Boys & Girls proved a surprise smash for Alabama Shakes on its release back in 2012. The Athens, Alabama band’s opening statement sold over a million copies, the record’s swampy Southern soul catapulting them to global acclaim, and sent them touring the world extensively. Yet the young four-piece didn’t take the easy route when tackling the dreaded ‘difficult second
album’, replicating the album they knew had resonated so easily, instead broadening their palette substantially to focus more on the R&B side of their muse. Although still packing plenty of soul and pop hooks, their second longplayer Sound And Color is far more ambitious and eclectic than their debut. “It was kind of an interesting journey – we didn’t have any real concept or direction behind it, or anything other than the intent just to explore and be creative,” explains guitarist Heath Fogg. “We were all really interested to see how it would turn out, and I think that everybody’s really pleased with it.
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“I wouldn’t say that it was conscious to purposely be different, but I think that we always knew it would be different. Over the past three years the things that we’ve been working on all just seemed really different from the song before.” Fogg explains that the band just took their time to see what ensued organically. “I don’t think [success] added pressure to the writing, we just tried not to think about it and be creative and true to ourselves. I don’t know, I think we all feel confident that as long as we’re making music that we like then we’ll be okay in some form or another. And we had a lot of time. This April will be three years since Boys & Girls came out, and we were fortunate that we didn’t have any record labels or anything like that pressuring us, so we had all the time in the world really. It was up to us to pull the trigger and make it happen when we were ready.” And of course having powerhouse frontwoman Brittany Howard in the ranks didn’t hurt their prospects either. “Brittany can definitely work the crowd,” Fogg smiles. “And she’s a great guitar player too – a lot of the stuff on Sound And Color is her. I enjoy splitting those duties with her, she makes it easy for someone like me who’s a little more introverted and would rather be in the shadows. I just play my part and she makes it easy for me.” WHAT: Sound And Color (Rough Trade/Remote Control) WHEN & WHERE: 3 & 4 Apr, Bluesfest, Byron Bay To read full interview head to theMusic.com.au
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ART FOR ART’S SAKE
It’s early morning when Roshan Clerke calls Sam Cromack from Ball Park Music, fresh from SXSW in Austin, Texas, to talk overseas touring, the latest album… and life without tatts.
and I try to collect illustrated textbooks to cut out all the cool stuff and keep them in a big folder. When it then came time to do the art, I laid pictures out on the table and assembled them before taking a photo and editing them on my computer. I didn’t go into it with any kind of clear overarching theme. It’s convenient that there’s lots of characters with different objects for heads and then the album is called Puddinghead, but the two aren’t specifically related. “My favourite artist is Max Ernst. He was a German artist present at a lot of the first half of the twentieth century art movements and did a lot of great collage stuff with black and white images. They were really cohesive without the changing colours or tones.”
all Park Music’s Sam Cromack is home in Brisbane. The band are just back from South By Southwest and then head for Europe after playing Groovin The Moo and are back again for Come Together. Needless to say, it’s been a busy time.
people over with good shows. Playing large Australian venues is nice and everything, but it’s certainly less personal.”
“Going overseas is always a breath of fresh air,” Cromack reckons. “It brings new challenges, and it’s interesting to be in an environment where our following is small. It’s very different to touring in Australia. We’ll be playing in smaller venues, so it’s like going back to how we used to have to play, trying to win
Puddinghead, their third album, was recorded in a house in Everton Hills over nine months. “We moved all our recording gear and instruments in there and worked on and off. I’d recorded a few solo records previously and had some recording experience from them, but they were pretty low-key. I’d studied it a bit at university, but was still anxious. Thankfully, it turned out to be a really good challenge. “I did the artwork for the album after. I’ve always loved collage
As for the body art he sings about in Fence Sitter, Cromack admits he doesn’t have any ink of his own. “I’ve always felt a bit weird about singing that line. It’s a bit rich to say you regret something you haven’t done; I guess it was more for the sake of the song. I had considered getting tattoos when I was younger, and I talked to people about it a lot. It stemmed from the idea of wanting to write a song about not committing to anything. The line fit well and evoked a strong image, plus I thought that perhaps people with tattoos would relate to it.” When it comes to writing new music, the band isn’t rushing things. “We were starting to think about recording some new songs, but we’ve decided to put that on hold to chill out for a bit and focus on doing all these shows and having fun. I’m in a pretty relaxing place right now.” WHEN & WHERE: 10 May, Groovin The Moo, Murray Sports Complex, Townsville
NEW PLANS George Harrison reminded us that all things must pass, and Death Cab For Cutie bassist Nick Harmer confirms to Steve Bell that massive change needn’t be frightening.
eattle alt-indie icons Death Cab For Cutie have had a pretty incredible run over the last decade. Having gently transitioned from the indie world to the major label realms with 2005’s Plans, they were eventually rewarded with a #1 US album (2008’s Narrow Stairs), a #1 track on Billboard’s Adult Alternative Song chart (You Are A Tourist from 2011’s Codes And Keys) plus numerous awards and even seven Grammy nominations. But things weren’t entirely rosy behind the curtain. When midway through the recording of their eight album Kintsugi guitarist Chris Walla – who’d also produced the band’s first seven albums – announced that this album would be his swansong, the outside world reacted with shock but his bandmates had long ago seen the writing on the wall. “It was news that we didn’t expect to get when [Chris] delivered it,” recalls bassist Nick Harmer. “We were about halfway through the album when he pulled us aside and said, ‘This is going to be my last album’ – but it was news that the three of us had been expecting from him off and on for a number of years. He’s always had two directions in his life that are really interesting to him – one is being a guitar player in this band, and the other side was being a record producer and working in the studio that he owned and operated in Seattle. 18 • THE MUSIC • 1ST APRIL 2015
“So we always knew that he was being pulled in two different directions, and it might sound a little cheesy to say that it wasn’t a question of ‘if ’ but a question of ‘when’, but it really did feel that way. We always assumed that at some point he was going to transition into that part of his life, so when he told us the news we had to perhaps figure out what to do and how to move forward just in the short term, but in the larger sense it was a big sense of relief, like, ‘Ok, now we finally have an answer and can make longer term plans accordingly.’” Harmer concedes that it was a vastly different experience
working with an outside producer on Kintsugi after so many years of keeping things in-house. “It has its own benefits and own challenges for sure having your bandmate and tour-mate in the studio calling the shots – we had to remind ourselves to let [Walla] be in charge at times,” he reflects. “With Rich [Costey] this time it was really refreshing going into the studio when there was no push and pull around who had the final word – he was definitely the captain, so to speak, and everything had to pass his level and his standards of what he was wanting to hear and what he was encouraging us to do and all of it. That really forced a lot of the way that we’d worked in the past – which over time had almost become subconscious understandings between each other – out into the light again, and made us reexamine the way that we communicate, the way that we work and the decisions that we have grown accustomed to.” WHAT: Kintsugi (Warner)
DOUBLE TROUBLE “It’s pretty much a hardcore/punk/metal/freak-out… that’s one word.” Iron Reagan frontman Tony Foresta tells Brendan Crabb about doubling workloads and alcohol consumption.
eginning life in 2012 as a casual project – “just dicking around” - Iron Reagan is Tony Foresta (vocals), Phil Hall (guitars), Mark Bronzino (guitars), Rob Skotis (bass) and Ryan Parrish (drums), the Richmond, Virginia outfit soon inking a deal with extreme music heavyweights Relapse. Foresta, also of beer bong-favouring thrashers Municipal Waste explains. “Ryan, I grew up with him. We talked about doing a band for years, like, fifteen years we talked about doing a band together. He was so busy when he was playing drums in Darkest Hour, and I was doing Municipal Waste all the time. We were never even in
town at the same time because we were on tour so damn much. “He eventually quit Darkest Hour, was just hanging around and Municipal Waste was taking a little downtime between tours and albums. We just started a band, playing locally, having a good time. Phil had a shitload of riffs, everything just came together. We wrote the demo. Everything just exploded from there and we didn’t really expect it to go where it went as fast as it did. Once that demo came out it started changing really fast. I think it had like 20,000 downloads in like two days or something, fucking crazy. It’s so funny, how
all of a sudden I’ve doubled my fucking workload,” he laughs. “Right now you’ve gotta tour twice as much.”
Does that mean increasing your booze habit two-fold too? “Oh man, I hope not. I think I have actually, now that I think about it,” he chuckles. “My tolerance has gone way up. There’s something a little more intense about the Iron Reagan songs (compared to Municipal Waste), playing them live. We still bring a party atmosphere, but it’s a little more intense.” A pivotal figure in this more aggressive sound’s development was late GWAR frontman Dave Brockie, a fixture of the Richmond area and regular touring partner-in-crime to both the Municipal Waste and Iron Reagan camps. “I spent a lot of time with Dave; he really liked the band. He would always like hang out side of stage with us, backstage, before and after the show… We wrote this album, The Tyranny Of Will, we wrote half of that album on the road with GWAR. We were kept talking about it with him and he would always tell us ideas for songs and talk about just funny things that he wanted to do with us. I spent a lot of time with him and I miss him. I miss him sorely. “He left a mark all over the world, but in Richmond it’s definitely more personable. He influenced a lot of people in a lot of different ways. It was a heavy blow for this town to lose him. He definitely shaped the arts scene and the art community, and the metal scene. He pretty much helped build that. He was fucking part of the roots of that. That’s how Richmond works now, is because of the stuff, the paths that he laid.” WHEN & WHERE: 8 Apr, Crowbar
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GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR
White Men Are Black Men Too
Asunder, Sweet & Other Distress
ALBUM OF THE WEEK
Constellation/Inertia For instrumental and postrock fans, the arrival of a new Godspeed LP is always cause for celebration, hype and hesitation. Will the group continue their unparalleled dominance over the genre? How high can crescendos really go? Asunder, Sweet & Other Distress is the band’s first single-record album since its 1997 inception (on vinyl), and the succinct nature is obvious from the first notes. Little time is spent easing the listener into the sonics before booming guitar, violin and, for the first time in a long time, a gorgeously soaring horn section establish that yes, this is a Godspeed record. As the record moves forward, experimental drones and sustained tones come to the fore – in a very real and non-
★★★★ throwaway manner. Indeed, Lambs’ Breath wouldn’t be too alien on a modern day Sunn O))) record. It’s to the band’s great strength that they can channel this sonic palette into something outside of a typically oppressive landscape and into something hopeful. At 40 minutes long, it may leave some fans wanting more, the album stands alone as one wonderful piece of experimental, droning and beautiful music. Godspeed have never before sounded both so hopeful and so introspectively depressing. This may not be Godspeed’s finest record, but one of it’s the best releases of 2015. Andrew McDonald
Young Fathers’ Mercury win after their debut album, Dead, did nothing for either their sales or their progress as musicians. They took on an aspect of aggressive apathy, actively pushing back against the attention. Whilst this ruffled the feathers of the music press illuminati, it did let them work on new material under their own terms. Which they did; immediately after their win they began recording their provocatively-titled follow-up, White Men Are Black Men Too, in a Berlin basement. Their fierce independence (childish moping to some) bought them creative freedom and a space in which to exercise that, and this album is the result. It’s a crunchy, metallic album full of rough architecture and industrial noise, with some interesting passages of slick
★★★ vocal work that balance out the grime. It’s hard to latch onto and will alienate some to the point of no return. There’s a tonne of detail in here, and they have a fearless approach to texture and experimentation. Old Rock’n’Roll is a gutsy collage of stomping, yelping and junkyard percussion, while 27 is a pretty successful attempt at actual pop songwriting. White Men Are Black Men Too will appeal to those looking for a challenging listen while waiting for the next TV On The Radio record. It’s far from intellectually rewarding, but it’s incredibly idiosyncratic and gets under your skin. Matt MacMaster
Lightning Rod Records
Sufjan Stevens’ seventh album, Carrie & Lowell is his time-warp moment – a marriage of old and young, of stylistic flashback and funereal maturity. Sonically sparse and inward-looking, the woodland guitars and knitted vocals sound like a slow spiral curling into itself. Everything is muted and time-worn: synth a dull throb, like soft coins dropping, horns like spectres, strings with sharp edges. The new maudlin Stevens rhymes “Fourth of July” with “we’re all going to die”, but this is still his most accessible work for years, a mausoleum-esque beauty.
“Hang me by my head/I’m already dead,” Elizabeth Mitchel begins this record, the first from Melbourne’s Totally Mild, her voice beautiful and effortless, with shards of sad surf guitar cutting through the background, effectively letting us know that for a band with a joke name their music is dead serious. The rich but sparing harmonies, gauzy synth and full production gives this record a Geoffrey O’Conner-style gloss but without the louche and unsavoury undercurrents. These guys are looking sadness dead-on and delivering hazily perfect downbeat pop songs, sweet swooning pain you’ll want more and more of.
Austin-based troubadour Joe Pug returns with his third album after a lengthy stint of reflection during which he almost turned his back on music. Instead he re-enters the fray with a new creative direction favouring staple singer-songwriter fare rather than his usual Americana. It’s mellow and melancholic, with focus falling on his strong voice and lyrics – primarily narrative tales of resilience and facing challenges head on, with strongly fleshedout characters the norm. Whether autobiographical or fiction, Pug’s message of perseverance and redemption is quietly inspiring.
Carrie & Lowell
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Nightwish – Endless Forms Most Beautiful Alyx Dennison – Alyx Dennison Belle Haven – Everything Ablaze Chaos Divine – Colliding Skies Marina & The Diamonds – Froot Ringo Starr – Postcards From Paradise Lord Huron – Strange Trails Morgoth – Ungod
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A DAY ON THE GREEN
Sirromet Winery 29 Mar With blues skies above, it’s the perfect ambience for A Day on the Green, a chance to unfurl a picnic blanket, or one’s inner rock pig, and enjoy classic rock bands do what classic rock bands do best; play the nostalgia card to a crowd who expects just that. Sydney pub rockers The Choirboys get things moving, kicking memories into gear with cuts from their Big Bad Noise record while Mark Gable and his cohorts bring a winning larrikin charm to the stage. Next up, the hard-edged crunch of the Brewster brothers’ twin-guitar attack rings out as The Angels do their thing.
proceedings interesting. Even if the guitarist’s iconic high jumps are now a thing of the past, the one he attempts during I Want You To Want Me seeing him only get inches off the ground, he’s got all the outlandish pointy guitars and his pick-flicking game is still absolutely on point. Three songs in, Billy Idol breaks the cardinal rule of today’s proceedings; he plays a joint off the new album. It’s met with a strange, nonplussed silence, but at least the original cyberpunk has enough sense to follow it up with Dancing With Myself and everyone is back on side. Even if the bad boy sexypants shtick is a harder sell when you look exactly like Dolph Lundgren, Idol still throws himself into the set. Though his back catalogue sounds very dated, and nobody wants to hear the new stuff, Idol still sells the set on the
BILLY IDOL @ SIRROMET WINERY. PIC: URBAN WILDLIFE
The band’s sound has held up incredibly well, probably because distortion pedals will hold up over 30-odd years better than vocal cords. The cult of Chicago’s Cheap Trick has remained alive thanks in part to 10 Things I Hate About You and an infamous Big Black cover, so there’s a swell of excitement in the crowd’s under-30 population when Robin Zander, Rick Nielsen and company take to the stage. Dressed like the jazziest naval captain you’re ever liable to see, Zander is adept at getting the crowd whipped into a frenzy with Baby Loves To Rock and Dream Police among other favourites. While it seems a bit of an odd choice for Tom Petersson to lead us through a cover of the Velvet Underground’s I’m Waiting For The Man, Rick Nielsen keeps 22 • THE MUSIC • 1ST APRIL 2015
hometown heroes and grind out a set deserving of such a welcome. Over the scarcely relenting guttural vocals, the band carves off chunks of meaty death metal that satisfy even the most extreme appetites. There are two bands doing everything you’d want them to in modern-day blackened death metal scene; Watain and Goatwhore. Unfortunately for Australian fans, up to and including tonight, every time bands rolled through our great southern land they were relegated to support slots. Does this mean that the appeal of blackened death metal is not as great as this reporter has envisaged? No, no, no; it must be that the booking agents, venues and fans are all wrong, because Goatwhore absolutely kill shit up on the stage. Working through cuts off last year’s Constricting Rage Of The
PSYCROPTIC @ CROWBAR. PIC: MARKUS RAVIK
strength of his hit songs, Rebel Yell and Flesh For Fantasy among them. He’s still singing with the fuck-you sneer and throws more punches than a character in a Rocky movie (Ivan Drago, naturally) and, if nothing else, it’s a lot of fun. After an encore performance of the obligatory White Wedding the crowd packs up their picnic blankets and heads home for Downton Abbey. Tom Hersey
PSYCROPTIC, GOATWHORE, DISENTOMB, OUROBOROS Crowbar 28 Mar Local slam crew Disentomb receive the welcome of
are windmilling maniacally and then everyone else just has their arms crossed wearing a vaguely bored expression on their face. Jason Peppiatt is jumping into the crowd, getting thrust perilously close to the beams on the ceiling. All this only serves to get the vocalist more revved up as he introduces the tracks off the band’s new self-titled record. A further refinement of the band’s attempt to marry jams with technicality that has continued on from the (Ob) Servant record, the self-titled album provides a hell of a lot of headbanging fodder. Tracks such as The World Discarded showcase how well Psycroptic’s music can activate the crowd. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the contented, yet profusely sweaty, faces of the punters streaming out of Crowbar tonight. Tom Hersey
PSYCROPTIC @ CROWBAR. PIC: MARKUS RAVIK
Merciless, Goatwhore sound like the perfect hellspawn of Venom and Morbid Angel. Over the tremolo-picked, double-kick madness of guitarist Sammy Duet and drummer Zack Simmons, the band can still craft cohesive songs like Baring Teeth For Revolt and FBS. Goddamn, it’s brutal excellence as Goatwhore command the pit to get nutty. And at least there’s some justice in the world, because vocalist Ben Falgoust tells the crowd to come back to Crowbar the next night for a Goatwhore headlining show. But you can’t really begrudge Psycroptic headlining over the New Orleans act. In fact, you can’t begrudge them at all. For anything. These dudes bring that in-your-face immediacy of the best punk and hardcore shows to technical death metal where usually the first two rows
STICKY FINGERS @ THE HI-FI. PIC: MARKUS RAVIK
Sticky Fingers @ The Hi-Fi Ball Park Music @ Lake Kawana Community Centre Katie Noonan @ The Triffid
arts reviews by Raf Simons as creative director for Christian Dior, from appointment to catwalk, which takes only eight weeks.
DIOR & I
DIOR & I Film
Fashion meets documentary filmmaking in Dior & I, which premieres 26 Mar. Think The September Issue or Valentino: The Last Emperor; it’s a glossy chronicle of a fashion house that’s stressful, engaging and humorous in equal measure. Directed by Frédéric Tcheng (Valentino: The Last Emperor), the film follows the first collection
For anyone obsessed with fashion, design and French culture generally, the world of haute couture or the surrounding chaos that it creates, this will be for you. Even if you’re not overly into any of these things, the cinematography is enough to keep you occupied. Personally, as someone completely uninterested in fashion, content like this is all the more fascinating given this scribe’s limited knowledge. It’s also comforting to bear witness to the completely unglamorous, obsessive/ compulsive, human side to fashion, given that a lot of this film is shot in Dior’s atelier and focuses on seamstresses and their absurd deadlines. What remains unsettling is how little you know these women are earning and how much Dior’s clients spend each season; upward of 400,000 Euros. On
the whole though, this genre of documentary is highly legitimate because it’s showcasing just how huge and influential the fashion industry is. Sarah Barratt
SHAUN THE SHEEP: THE MOVIE Film
Shaun The Sheep: The Movie follows Shaun and company on an adventure into The Big City, after a mishap results in the Farmer crashing into the city streets on a runaway caravan and losing his memory in the process. As in the television series, there’s no spoken dialogue, so silent comedy and slapstick humour blend together effortlessly to provide little and big kids alike with laughs aplenty. The film’s claymation iteration of present-day England is surreal,
charming and self-aware in a way that reflects the enormous amount of work that goes into such a picture, giving you the notion of a painstakingly crafted and well-loved piece of work. The movie also provides that special kind of unanticipated laughter for the adults in the audience, the type that can only come from subtle, slightly adult references being slipped into a children’s movie. While the film may not be as adult-friendly as its predecessor Wallace & Gromit, it certainly isn’t falling far behind. Shaun The Sheep: The Movie may also not be free of the label of “slightly formulaic family movie”, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t a fun ride. Alexandra Schnabel
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Member answering/role: Mick Jeffery (guitar) How long have you been together? Since about 2011. How did you all meet? We all met as friends playing in various local metal bands and ended up playing in the same band. 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? Boney M’s Rivers Of Babylon always turns the tour van into a mobile nightclub. Would you rather be a busted broke-but-revered Hank Williams figure or some kind of Metallica monster? Definitely prefer to be ripping like the ‘Tal. But we’ll probably end up broke and working at Maccas to fund the next tour. Which Brisbane bands before you have been an inspiration (musically or otherwise)? From These Wounds. Ahead of their time combining proper death metal and hardcore elements. What part do you think Brisbane plays in the music you make? Great local scene with a lot of talented bands. It keeps us inspired and pushes us to improve on everything we do. Is your band responsible for more make-outs or break-ups? Why? Make outs. Girls take one look at us on stage and realise that the bloke in the crowd from Tinder is actually looking like a solid option. If your band had to play a team sport instead of being musicians which sport would it be and why would you be triumphant? Water Polo. We’re used to skimpy outfits and copping balls to the face. What’s in the pipeline for the band in the short term? Aussie tour with Attila in April. New song getting released very soon. Currently writing for the next album which we plan to record later in the year. More tour announcements coming! Aversions Crown play The Brightside on Wednesday 8 Apr and The Lab on Thursday 9 Apr (all ages).
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THIS EXISTS... Weird cereals. Corn Crackos: This sugary cereal came out in 1967 and on top of the dodgy drug-referencing name it used shady marketing tactics; was their advertising department made of dealers?
There are many things you can order at a café to break the fast but some are more trendy than others.
Sir Grapefellow: Grape-flavoured oat cereal with sweet grape starbits. What the fuck are starbits?
AROUND THE WORLD One person’s brekky is another person’s dinner or snack? A country’s brekky varies by region but this is a rough rundown.
Rice Krinkles: Its mascot was an Asian caricature named So-Hi. More thinly veiled drug references, with a bit o’ racism to boot. Kellogg’s Crunchy Loggs: Mmm, breakfast that looks like little floaters. Cap’n Crunch’s Punch Crunch: Cereal that tastes like fruit punch. So kids can live their dream of eating cereal with juice/soft drink without actually having to do so.
Japan: rice, miso soup, fish, pickled vegetables, green tea. India: roti, dosas, dips, chutney, spiced potatoes. Cereal Pop-up Cereal Anytime in Richmond, VIC – Australia’s first cereal café – offers a range of cereal, anything you could want form a supermarket selection (local and international), as well as a variety of different kinds of milk. It’s $4 a bowl, and yeah you could get a whole box from Coles for that price, but if you can never finish a whole box anyway it works out? Gourmet toast Toast: the best thing since sliced bread (heyooo). Crompton Coffee, opening soon in Richmond, VIC (is this the new It Place for Trendy Foods?!), is serving up only inchthick slices of artisanal toast (though there’ll be various special toppings: eg. hazelnut cacao butter and ricotta, fig and honey) with coffee (black, white or filter). Asian-inspired You’ve got your corn fritters, your baked eggs, your pancakes and omelettes – but lately, there’s been an Asian twist on these Western dishes. There’s 26 • THE MUSIC • 1ST APRIL 2015
much more duck, chilli/ sriracha, miso, matcha, kimchi, coconut, pandan, rice, congee, edamame, crab, yuzu, and shiitake mushroom in the mix. See: Sir Charles, Hammer & Tong, Magic Mountain Saloon, Pillar Of Salt (VIC); Bar H, Devon Café, Sokyo (NSW); Chapels On Whatley, (WA); Tazza Coffee, Chow House, West End Coffee House (QLD). Chia pudding These are popping up in every third café now. When you soak those tiny seeds in liquid overnight they become slippery little balls of flavour, having absorbed whatever they were soaked in (choc soy, juice, coconut milk etc). They’re served with an array of things: fruit, yoghurt, palm sugar, honey, cacao nibs, seeds, nuts – and they usually look heaps nicer than the frog egg-like stuff you were probably imagining! Think: The Kettle Black, Operator 25, The Botanical, Barry (VIC); Kitchen By Mike (NSW); Sprolo, Solomon’s Cafe (WA); Shouk Café, Botanica Real Food (QLD).
Mexico: corn tortillas, eggs, beans, sauces. Uganda: porridge or katogo (cooked matoke, a kind of green banana, with a sauce made of beef, peanuts, beans/greens). Jamaica: ackee (fruit) and saltfish, fried dumplings, callaloo (a kind of seasoned leaf vegetable stew), boiled green bananas. Sweden: open sandwich featuring crisp or soft bread, cold cuts, caviar, cheese (often cottage or cream), eggs (scrambled or boiled), pate, cucumber (fresh or pickled), tomatoes. Pic: Dina El-Hakim
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BREAKFAST IS A SOCIAL CONSTRUCT Those are the words I said in response to my travel companion – who hadn’t eaten soup noodles for breakfast before – when he commented on how it felt weird for him. We were in Singapore, and yeah, soup noodles are perfectly normal to have for breakfast there. But for someone who’s used to starting the day with toast, eggs, veggies, cereal, muesli, pancakes etc., it’d feel like skipping straight to lunch. So I was probably being a dickhead when I replied, “Breakfast is a social construct,” even though it is. In my household growing up, we had ‘regular’ Western breakfast foods most of the time, but occasionally we’d have rice or dinner leftovers, so whenever anyone is all, “That’s a weird thing to have for breakfast,” I just think, it’s because you’ve been conditioned to believe that only a tiny range of foods is acceptable to eat as the first meal of the day. It’s true of many countries, not just Western ones, and I think about it more than is probably necessary.
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Larissa Tandy and her band Strine Singers are launching their new single in Queensland as part of an east side tour. Hear Shut Down in the flesh when they play The Milk Factory on Thursday and Byron Bay Brewery on Friday.
New band on the block Allie Falls are stepping out into the spotlight, bringing their captivating melodies and harmonies to Black Bear Lodge on Wednesday. They’ll be joined by Outliers and Amela.
Local rock’n’roll faves Flangipanis are headlining a big night of spills and thrills at Beetle Bar on Thursday. Enjoy some loud and unadulterated commotion with Midwife Crisis, D Rouser and Goon On The Rocks joining the party.
It’s always advisable to be in attendance when Lords Of Wong rise or fall to the occasion. Saturday they’re teaming up with The Mercy Beat, In Void and Walking Bird in a bid to make the bricks sweat in the Beetle Bar.
Hey Geronimo are putting on an April residency at Black Bear Lodge, playing every Saturday. This week, they’ll be supported by Sans Parents. It’s gonna be a heck of a fun time.
Instrumental garage Afro-soul is what The Francis Wolves deliver on debut 7”, Valley Heat, and in person on Friday at the Eat Street Markets, 24 Apr at The Press Club and 10 May at The Milk Factory.
Veteran Tasmanian technical death metal outfit Psycroptic have emerged the strongest new entrants on this week’s Carlton Dry Independent Music Charts with their self-titled album strongly hitting the ladder at #3. A little further down, hard-rock contemporaries Jericco step out at #12 with their recent full-length, Machine Made The Animal, while over on the Singles chart Canberran electro three-piece Safia claim highest new entry this week with Counting Sheep. The You Are The One hitmakers (#18) are backed up in the fresh-face stakes by resurgent solo artist Asta, whose new track, Dynamite, featuring Allday, earns her #10, while George Maple sees recent cut, Where You End & I Begin take out #15.
Performing a live set but surrounding that set with sets from her favourite local DJ Tyler Touché, the inimitable Seekae and singer/producer Floria, Elizabeth Rose comes to The Brightside Easter Monday.
The Dawn Chorus have come a long way from being a share house experiment. Hear their mix of jazz, rock, reggae and funk when they come to Solbar, Maroochydore, Thursday. Supported by Back Alley Cats.
Home after recording their upcoming album Homecoming in London, Short Stack are touring with new single Dance With Me. They’ll be supported by Young Lions, pictured, and Nine Sons Of Dan. The Brightside, Thursday.
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Weightless In Orbit are a progressive metal quintet hailing from the Sunshine Coast. They’re hitting up The Zoo on Wednesday to show off tunes from their upcoming album, Fractures. Supported by Terror Parade and Hisingen.
At Triffid Roots at The Triffid on Sunday, Jack Carty and Kiara Jack take to the stage. Carty’s showing off tunes form his latest album, Esk, while Jack, in solo mode without The Jills, delivers world folk-roots.
Crowbar Punkrocker 4 is happening at Crowbar on Saturday. It features Hightime, Beaver, thrash punks Party Vibez, melodic punks Pitt The Elder, plus local legends Army Of Champions, De Nada, Sixth League and Bitter Lungs.
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At the top of the list, Brissy artist Jarryd James continues his upward trajectory, leapfrogging Sia — who now occupies the #2 (Elastic Heart) and #4 (Chandelier) spots — to claim #1 single this week with Do You Remember, while, down the other end, we see a great moment in charting confluence as Seth Sentry and San Cisco come to rest next to each other at #17 and #18 respectively with their tracks, both called Run. Interestingly, Gurrumul has popped back up the charts, his self-titled album taking #18 this week in the wake of some high-profile endorsement from Quincy Jones, while Karnivool ride their Themata anniversary tour announcement to see that seminal record, which turns ten years old this year, make it back to the top 20 at #19. THE MUSIC • 1ST APRIL 2015 • 27
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SINGLE FOCUS love again for my home town and the big city.
States: Los Angeles, North Carolina and Connecticut.
We’ll like this song if we like... To have a good time! If you like soul, pop or rap you’ll dig it hopefully.
Was anything in particular inspiring you during the making? We’ve been inspired by themes of death and rebirth, people we have loved and lost, rebellion, the southwest, the desert, the spirit world.
Do you play it differently live? Live drums, live everything. Maybe I’ll do the rap. You’ll have to come and see!
ASTA Single title? Dynamite What’s the song about? Being extremely on top of life. A love song, no doubt.
Website link for more info? astamusic.com
What’s your favourite song on it? My Whole Life Long. It’s a duet; the string parts break my heart, and put it back together every time.
Answered by: Liz Hopkins Album title? After It All
How long did it take to write/ record? It took a day to write and eight months to record.
Where did the title of your new album come from? It’s about the people and relationships that mean the most to us in the world.
Is this track from a forthcoming release/ existing release? Forthcoming, you could say. I’m taking it slowly.
How many releases do you have now? Two: After It All, our first release in Australia, and Carry The Fire was released in the US in 2012.
What was inspiring you during the song’s writing and recording? Being in a good place, taking a break from people, finding my
How long did it take to write/record? It took two years to complete After It All. We recorded in three different parts of the United
Will you do anything differently next time? I’d love to record an album while living in and being inspired by a completely different culture and country. When and where is your launch/ next gig? Bluesfest in Byron Bay! We play 2 Apr on the Juke Joint Stage, 9.15pm, and 3 Apr on the Mojo Stage at 12 noon! CAN’T WAIT TO MEET SOME AUSSIES. Website link for more info? deltarae.com
ALBUM FOCUS from Keith Whitley and Don Williams, Spanish language music via Linda Ronstadt, ‘90s neb-traditionalists like Randy Travis and Clint Black, ‘70s alt-country like Eagles, Poco and Pure Prairie League.
features mixes from Jacques Renault and John Tejada. Who’s the act everyone will be talking about in 12 months? We’re really excited to see what happens when Citizenn drops his album...
What’s your favourite song on it? Angeleno.
SAM OUTLAW Album title? Angeleno Where did the title of your new album come from? “Angeleno” is the Spanish word for Los Angeles resident. It’s also the name of one of the songs on the album.
Will you do anything differently next time? Write better songs, sing better and play guitar better. Haha. I dunno. Hopefully every time I make an album I’ll be a better man than I was before. Website link for more info? samoutlaw.com
How many releases do you have now? Angeleno is my first properly released LP. I selfreleased a full length in 2013 and self-released an EP last year.
When did you know DJing was the gig for you? We’ve been in it for years, from going to parties when we first got into the scene, to getting fully absorbed in the club scene, putting on parties, DJing and then making music. What’s your most memorable musical moment? Hard to say just one! We’ve had a load of memorable times in the last two/three years.
When and where are your next gigs? 4 Apr, The Helm, Wharf Tavern; 5 Apr, Oh Hello!. Website link for more info? facebook.com/waze.odyssey
What release should everyone have in their collection? Of course we’re going to say that you should have our brand new one Ways Of The Underground! The EP
How long did it take to write/ record? My whole life. Was anything in particular inspiring you during the making? ‘80s pop country love songs 28 • THE MUSIC • 1ST APRIL 2015
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What can punters expect to hear when you’re in control of the dancefloor? Whatever feels right on the night, but it’s house music in its various forms; there’s a good variety of sounds in there. We’re playing for the floor.
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THE MUSIC PRESENTS Bluesfest Byron Bay: Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm 2-6 Apr
The Zoo 2 May
Mavis Staples: Brisbane Powerhouse 8 Apr
Groovin’ The Moo: Townsville Cricket Grounds 10 May
Eddie Boyd & The Phatapillars: Lefty’s 9 Apr, Currumbin Creek Tavern 10 Apr, Royal Mail Hotel 11 Apr The Beards: Spotted Cow 30 Apr, The Triffid 1 May, The Northern 3 May
Peace: The Zoo 6 May
San Cisco: SolBar 14 May, Coolangatta Hotel 15 May, The Triffid 16 & 17 (U18) May Supersuckers & The Bellrays: The Zoo 22 May
Urban Country Music Festival: Caboolture 1-3 May
Ben Howard: The Tivoli 28 May
sleepmakeswaves: The Northern 1 May,
Jebediah: The Tivoli 12 Jun
Allie Falls + Outliers + Amela: Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley Big Jam with Chris Ramsay: Manly Hotel, Manly Open Mic Night + Various Artists: Mick O’Malley’s, Brisbane Open Mic Night + Various Artists: Solbar (Front Bar), Maroochydore Trivia: Stock Exchange Hotel, Brisbane Trivia: The Fox Hotel, South Brisbane Weightless In Orbit + Terror Parade + Hisingen: The Zoo, Fortitude Valley
Flip The Bunny feat. The Flangipanis + Midwife Crisis + D Rouser + Goon On The Rocks: Beetle Bar, Brisbane Lisa Mitchell + East: Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley The Douldie Men: Brisbane Brewing Co, West End Jake Shimabukuro + Daniel Champagne: Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm Roy Morris: Carina Leagues Club, Carina Empyre: Carina Leagues Club, Carina Smooth Groove: Chevron Renaissance Centre, Surfers Paradise Norma Jean + Belle Haven + Bayharbour + She Cries Wolf + Dire Wolf: Crowbar, Fortitude Valley
GIG OF THE WEEK NORMA JEAN: 2 APR, CROWBAR Trainspotters feat. Wasters + Skinnie Finches + Yellowcatredcat: Grand Central Hotel, Brisbane
Skin Deep: Chevron Renaissance Centre, Surfers Paradise
Atmosphere Band: Carina Leagues Club (Main Lounge), Carina
Waze & Odyssey + Luminox: Wharf Tavern (The Helm), Mooloolaba
The Francis Wolves + Adam Kharita: Eat Street Markets, Hamilton
Gentle Jazz: Chevron Renaissance Centre, Surfers Paradise
James G Brennan: Wynnum RSL, Wynnum
Screamin Stevie: Johnny Brown’s, Fortitude Valley
Juno Reactor + Grouch + Audun + Webber: Elsewhere, Surfers Paradise
Black Majic: Logan Diggers Club, Logan Central
Yacob: Habitat Restaurant & Bar, South Brisbane
Crowbar Punkrocker III+Hightime + Pitt The Elder + Beaver + Party Vibez + Army Of Champions + De Nada + Sixth League + Bitter Lungs: Crowbar, Fortitude Valley
Bottlecock + Suicide Country Hour + The Disgruntled Taxpayers: Beetle Bar, Brisbane
Karaoke: Crowbar, Fortitude Valley
John Mayall: Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm
Izania + The Wet Fish: Eat Street Markets, Hamilton The Sky Church Experience: Lock ‘n’ Load Bistro, West End
Livespark feat. Benjamin James Caldwell + Love Like Hate: Brisbane Powerhouse (Turbine Platform), New Farm
Musique: Logan Diggers Club, Logan Central
Fingerprint: Brothers Leagues Club, Manunda
Various Artists: Manly Hotel, Manly
Gibb Brothers Duo: Carina Leagues Club (Main Lounge), Carina
The Good Sports + On VHS + Donny Love: Heya Bar, Fortitude Valley
Karaoke: Manly Hotel, Manly Donavon Frankenreiter: Miami Tavern (Shark Bar), Miami Karaoke: Prince of Wales Hotel, Nundah EasterFest feat. Various Artists: Queens Park, Toowoomba The Dawn Chorus: Solbar (Main Stage), Maroochydore Nicky Bomba’s Bustamento: Soundlounge, Currumbin Karaoke: Springwood Hotel, Rochedale South Cobwebbs + Cannon + Keep On Dancin’s + Pleasure Symbols: The Bearded Lady, West End Short Stack: The Brightside, Fortitude Valley Larissa Tandy with Strine Singers: The Milk Factory Kitchen & Bar, South Brisbane Between Kings + The Bear Hunt + Mazer + Luna Sands: The Zoo, Fortitude Valley
Ace DJs: Manly Hotel, Manly EasterFest feat. Various Artists: Queens Park, Toowoomba Ash Grunwald + Dani Carr: Solbar, Maroochydore Hanlon Brothers: Stock Exchange Hotel (Rooftop Garden), Brisbane Paces: TBC Club (The Bowler Club), Fortitude Valley God Bows To Math: The Boundary Hotel, West End Short Stack: The Brightside, Fortitude Valley Juice with DJ J-Tok + DJ Blitz: Wynnum Tavern, Wynnum West
DJ Indy Andy: Albany Creek Tavern (Creek Bar), Albany Creek Aeroplane: Alhambra Lounge, Fortitude Valley Lords Of Wong + The Mercy Beat + In Void + Walking Bird: Beetle Bar, Brisbane Hey Geronimo + Sans Parents: Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley
Pitt The Elder: 4ZZZ (Car Park), Fortitude Valley
Angelique Kidjo: Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm
Knockoff + Various Artists: Brisbane Powerhouse (Turbine Platform), New Farm
The Wait: Brothers Leagues Club, Manunda Karaoke: Camp Hill Hotel, Camp Hill
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Ace DJs: Manly Hotel, Manly EasterFest feat. Various Artists: Queens Park, Toowoomba Paces: Rattle Snake Motel, Coolangatta Barry Charles & The Deeper Beat + Pop Standen: Royal Mail Hotel, Goodna Ash Grunwald: Solbar, Maroochydore Big Smoke + Big Iron + Kyle Jenkins: The Bearded Lady, West End Flosstradamus + Hoodboi: The Hi-Fi, West End Stereo Blonde: The Plough Inn, South Brisbane Big Boyz: The Plough Inn, South Brisbane Jurassic 5 + DJ Nick One: The Tivoli, Fortitude Valley Soja + Blue King Brown: The Triffid, Newstead
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Clare Nella: Chevron Renaissance Centre, Surfers Paradise As Paradise Falls + In Ashes We Lie + Faultlines + Hope In Hand + Skies Collide + 11th & Waller + Mouth Of Kala: Expressive Grounds, Palm Beach Traditional Irish Session + Various Artists: Gilhooleys Irish Pub, Brisbane The Gipsy Kings: Jupiters, Broadbeach Coisa Linda: Lock ‘n’ Load Bistro (Arvo), West End Dubbaray: Lock ‘n’ Load Bistro, West End Various Artists: Manly Hotel, Manly Karaoke: Manly Hotel, Manly Cut Snake: Nautic Giants, Main Beach Waze & Odyssey: Oh Hello!, Fortitude Valley
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Sam Buckingham + Francesca de Valence: Pyramids Road Wines, Wyberba
Rod Stewart: Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Boondall
EasterFest feat. Various Artists: Queens Park, Toowoomba
Sweet K: Brothers Leagues Club, Manunda
Dead Wolves + Muddy Chanter + Mess Mess: Ric’s Bar, Fortitude Valley
Trivia: Manly Hotel, Manly Trivia: Prince of Wales Hotel, Nundah
Solbar’s 4th Birthday Party feat. Band of Frequencies + Battleships + The Floating Bridges: Solbar, Maroochydore Crowbar Boatrocker + Hightime + Release The Hounds + Beaver + Party Vibez + Goon On The Rocks: Southbank Pier (Brisbane River), South Brisbane Woodstock Road: The Bearded Lady, West End Elizabeth Rose + Tyler Touche + Seekae + Floria: The Brightside, Fortitude Valley
Conspiracy Of One + Lachy Lyne: Ric’s Bar, Fortitude Valley Nigel Jones: The Plough Inn, South Brisbane
JURASSIC 5: 4 APR, THE TIVOLI Lurch & Chief + Morning Harvey + The Bassethounds + more: The Elephant Hotel, Fortitude Valley Margarita Sundays + Various Artists: The Fox Hotel, South Brisbane Soho Sundays + Various DJs: The Fox Hotel, South Brisbane
The Eagle Junction: The Milk Factory Kitchen & Bar, South Brisbane
Kitty Hawk: The Plough Inn, South Brisbane
Donavon Frankenreiter: Harvey Road Tavern, Clinton
Kiara Jack + Jack Carty: The Triffid, Newstead
Trivia: Mick O’Malley’s, Brisbane
Donavon Frankenreiter: Wharf Tavern, Mooloolaba Andy Dickson: Wynnum RSL, Wynnum
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