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THIS WEEK Gooch Palms Atlas Divine YAYO

NEWS

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Kiss My Camera Aaron Neville Anton Franc Catherine Traicos

FEATURES Drinking

Limp Bizkit The Breeders The Amity Affliction Digitalism Porter Robinson The Cribs Wolf & Cub

ALBUMS Whitaker

65daysofstatic Future Of The Left The Morning Night Motorhead

LIVE

Amorphis The Jungle Giants Nik Kershaw

THE GUIDE Ya Ya’s Birthday Iceland DIY BBQ

“I’M JUST GETTING MY CAR FIXED MAN, THE TYRES ARE BOLD, THE ENGINE MOUNT’S GONE, THE SPEEDO’S NOT WORKING AND THE LIST GOES ON, IT’S GOING TO BE FUCKED MAN I’M NOT EXACTLY RICH EITHER.”

THIS WEEK [P08]

JOKES THE AMITY AFFLICTION VOCALIST JOEL BIRCH. [P33]

“GRAB THOSE SNOODS, CYNICAL ‘80S CRITICS - THIS DOUBLE-BILL PROVED TO BE A RAMBUNCTIOUS PARTY WITH TWO OF THE DECADES’ TRUE SURVIVORS.” MAC MCNAUGHTON RELISHES NIK KERSHAW AND KIM WILDE [P43]

“THE FIRST TASTE OF THE WA DOCTORS OF DESTRUCTOPOP’S DEBUT LP DUE NEXT YEAR, AND IT GOES DOWN THE EUSTACHIAN TUBES WITH GREATER EASE THAN EVER BEFORE.”

AAROM WILSON APPROVES OF USURPER OF MODERN’S MOTOROLLA BOREALIS [P42]

review “THE MORNING NIGHT SOPHOMORE ALBUM IS LIKE A BAG OF LIQUORICE ALL SORTS. YOU’VE GOT A COMBINATION OF HARD STICKY TRACKS WITH GREAT HOOKS AND SOME SOFTER RELAXED TONES.” ADRIENNE DOWNES ENJOYS THE MORNING NIGHT’S NEW RECORD [P42]

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“WHO THE FUCK WRITES THE YAYO FACEBOOK EVENT COPY? UNGH, IT’S SURREAL AND EVOCATIVE PROSE TO THE DEGREE OF LIKE PHILLIP DICK; WE CAN ONLY SCRATCH OUT CRUDE IMITATIONS.”

“IT’S MUCH EASIER TODAY TO MAKE ELECTRONIC MUSIC THAN ACOUSTIC MUSIC, BECAUSE ACOUSTIC GEAR IS MORE EXPENSIVE (AND HARDER TO PLAY).” SAY DIGITALISM TO KANE SUTTON [P30]


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WED 23 OCT

CHILLING WINSTON Celebrator, Dingbats, Adam Dwyer $8/8PM

THURS 24 OCT

THE KIN Timothy Nelson and the Infidels, Kisshead, Mercia Wise SOLD OUT/7:30PM

THURSDAY October 24th

MIDNIGHT BOULEVARD + CORONAL SKY + THE LUNETTES

FRI 25 OCT

EDIE GREEN ALBUM LAUNCH Three Hands One Hoof, Flower Drums Duo, Golden String Entry: $10/7:30PM

SAT 26 OCT

YAYA’S 3RD BIRTHDAY BASH! The Midnight Mules, Pat Chow, Three Hands One Hoof, Burst and Bloom, Turin Robinson. Entry: FREE/6:30PM

MON 28 OCT

BIG TOMMO’S OPEN MIC Our solution to the Monday Blues Free/7.30PM

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SUNDAY October 27th SOME LIKE IT YACHT + DJ HOLLY DOLL

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CREDITS PUBLISHER

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GROUP MANAGING EDITOR Andrew Mast

EDITOR Callum Twigger

ASSISTANT EDITOR Cam Findlay

MUSO EDITOR Michael Smith

ARTS AND CULTURE EDITOR Cass Fumi wa.arts@themusic.com.au

GIG GUIDE Justine Lynch wa.gigs@themusic.com.au

CONTRIBUTORS Aarom Wilson, Adrienne Downes, Amber Flynn, Andy Snelling, Annabel Maclean, Athina Mallis, Chantelle Gabriel, Christopher James, Claire Hodgson, Daniel Cribb, Eli Gould, James Hunt, Jeff Kit, Jeremy Carson, Jessica Tana, Kane Sutton, Kershia Wong, Kitt Di Camillo, Liv Gardner, Lukas Murphy, Luke Butcher, Mac McNaughton, Marcia Czerniak, Mark Neilsen, Matthew Tomich, Michael Caves, Natasha Lee, Rachel Inglis, Renee Jones, Ross Clelland, Scott Aitken, Simon Holland, Steve Bell, Tess Ingram, Tom Birts, Troy Mutton, Zoe Barron.

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PHOTOGRAPHERS David Lewis, Daniel Cribb, Ebony Frost, Elle Borgward, Jacinta Mathews, Michael Caves, Kieren Chew, Rhys Machell, Ted Dana

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ADVERTISING DEPT Bronwyn Bate bronwyn@themusic.com.au

ART DIRECTOR Nicholas Hopkins

ART DEPT Eamon Stewart, Brendon Wellwood, Julian De Bono

Who the fuck writes the YAYO facebook event copy? It’s surreal and evocative prose to the degree of like Phillip Dick, we can only scratch out crude imitation. Anyway, if you enjoy dancing in a wonderful haze of MDMA and post-dubstep then YAYO have you served on Oct 25 at Parker. Plus, they’ve brought Kry Wolf over from the UK to perform live for you.

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Gooch Palms are a surfpunk Newcastle band in the obnoxious Australian tradition of naming yourself after a sex-type word (see also: The Stiffys, Stickyfingers) but they are on-trend at the moment and with the launch of their debut album NOVO’S you should be pretty excited because it’s actually great. NOVO’S is available online for free and you can watch Gooch Palms live at The Bird on Oct 24.

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launch PERTH

Oxford Street Leederville fashion store Atlas Divine turned twenty this year and it is safe to say they were legit into Leederville before it was cool. Atlas stock Romance Was Born, Stolen Girlfriends Club, Vanishing Elephant, and Nudie, and after two decades they are still going strong as hell. The store is having a party at Flyrite on Oct 24 to celebrate their birthday with east coast pop madam Asta performing live.


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He was once “laying that, playing that G-thang” as Snoop Doggy Dogg, then he emerged from a giant cloud of smoke as the enlightened reggae don Snoop Lion. But wait for it... Now Calvin Broadus Jr is set to shake cities as Snoopzilla, the new title giving props to funk maverick Bootsy Collins – the great Bootzilla – and tying in with his forthcoming album 7 Days of Funk. We, for one welcome the cornrowed beast, and look forward to his sidewalk splitting booty-shaking jams at Big Day Out early next year.

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It’s the Garage Sale Trail 2013! For your yearly dose of junk you definitely don’t want or need, but on a whim purchase. This Saturday is the day to get yourself the weird fish brooch you always desired, the ridiculous Indian headdress you think you’ll wear to a party one day (you wont/shouldn’t), and a pair of granny slippers. It’s also the perfect excuse to walk into other people’s garages and take a stickybeak through their possessions. There were 7,000 open across the country last year, and presumably there’ll be more this time around.

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Tonight is the premiere of Ja’mie: Private School Girl on ABC at 9pm. Chris Lilley’s We Can Be Heroes/Summer Heights High creation doesn’t need the publicity, she’s perfectly capable of handling all that herself, but we figured we’d throw in our two cents. It’s going to be great – we finally get to see the divine Miss King in her natural habitat. The sixpart series will be aired by HBO in the US and by BBC in the UK. Ja’mazing.

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Get ready for plenty of juicy truths in Ricky Ponting’s tell-all autobiography. A few choice extracts have already started doing the rounds, and it seems that whether the former Aussie cricket captain is discussing our board of selectors or dressing room issues with Pup Clarke, he’s not going to hold back. Ponting: At The Close Of Play comes out 1 Nov through HarperCollins. THE MUSIC • 23RD OCTOBER 2013 • 9


national news news@themusic.com.au EMINEM

THE AMITY AFFLICTION

WARPED RAMPS UP WITH SECOND ANNOUNCE

HIS NAME IS WHAT?

Marshall Mathers. Slim Shady. Eminem. Call him whatever you want, just make sure you’re calling that name from the stadium grass when the Detroit MC – one of the biggest rappers in the game – brings his ludicrously large Rapture event to east coast capitals. The bill, headed up obviously by the real Slim sizzle, will also feature a veritable feast of smooth MCs, including Compton wunderkind Kendrick Lamar, Jay-Z favourite J. Cole and our very own 360. It happens 19 Feb, Etihad Stadium, Melbourne; 20 Feb, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane; and 22 Feb, ANZ Stadium, Sydney, with tickets on sale 31 Oct.

FLUME SET TO MAKE A SPLASH AT 2013 ARIAS

Having already been announced as the producer of the year – for work from his bedroom no less – Flume looks set to scoop another set of awards with eight nominations in total for the 2013 ARIA Awards. Flume’s fighting it out against Birds Of Tokyo, Guy Sebastian, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and Tame Impala for the highly coveted album of the year. Other multiple-nominated names include Big Scary, Sarah Blasko, RüFüS, Vance Joy and The Drones, while acts including Thy Art Is Murder, Sheppard and The Preatures have collected their first ever nominations. For the full list of this year’s nominees head to ariaawards.com.au, and make sure you tune in on GO! 1 Dec when the event is staged at The Star Event Centre, Sydney.

ALL SHOOK UP

The King is dead – all hail the king of psychobilly! Canadian horror roller Evil Elvis will be putting down the burgers and picking up the guitar when he arrives Down Under for his biggest run of shows here yet. The Surfin’ To Hell tour sees the Toronto legend fronting an all-Aussie all-star backing band, featuring Joey Phantom from Fireballs, Andy Wicked of Dogsday and Rory ‘The Panther’ George. The band play 31 Oct, Wickham Park Hotel, Newcastle; 1 Nov, The Music Lounge, Sydney; 2 Nov, Transcontinental Hotel, Brisbane; 4 Nov, Reverence Hotel, Melbourne; 8 Nov, The LuWow, Melbourne; and 9 Nov, Devilles Pad, Perth.

THE DISEASE SPREADS FURTHER

Adding to an already ball-tearing rock’n’roll line-up, wrestling great Chris Jericho will be leading his Fozzy troops back out our way to latch on to the S.T.D. party with headliners Steel Panther and Buckcherry. Get along early for a body slamming of epic proportions when then five-piece open up these dates: 6 Dec, Brisbane Riverstage; 7 Dec, Hordern Pavilion, Sydney; 8 Dec, Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne; 12 Dec, Metro City, Perth.

UNDER THE HAMMER OF FROST

Following the success of last year’s tour, Iced Earth will be spreading their Worldwide Plagues tour, playing east coast shows next year in support of forthcoming record Plagues Of Babylon, which will land in January. One of the most formidable forces in heavy metal, the Americans will perform with Elm Street 14 Mar, The Hi-Fi, Brisbane; 15 Mar, Manning Bar, Sydney; and 16 Mar, Billboard The Venue, Melbourne.

“FACIAL DISCRIMINATION” [@ROYALCHANT] NICELY SUMMARISING THE BEARDS GETTING REFUSED US VISAS. 10 • THE MUSIC • 23RD OCTOBER 2013

A few legends and some locals have joined the Warped Tour bill for 2013, with Swedish champs Millencolin heading up the list, alongside local titans The Amity Affliction, ska dudes Reel Big Fish, as well as Confession, Hands Like Houses, Buried In Verona and Hand Of Mercy. They join already announced names like The Offspring, The Used and Parkway Drive, making this a kick-arse event for all the punk and hardcore heads out there. Warped Tour Australia takes place 29 Nov, RNA Showgrounds, Brisbane; 1 Dec, Barangaroo, Sydney; 6 Dec, Exhibition Park, Canberra; and 7 Dec, Birrarung Marr, Melbourne.

STEVE EARLE & THE DUKES

EARLE-Y BLUESFEST SIDESHOW ANNOUNCED

Hot damn there are some sweet Bluesfest sideshows getting announced, with a bunch starting to trickle in. The bearded champion of Americana Steve Earle will lead The Dukes along with Kasey Chambers at three dates, happening 15 Apr, The Tivoli, Brisbane; 23 Apr, Enmore Theatre, Sydney; and 24 Apr, Forum Theatre, Melbourne. Wrap yourself up in some of the finest storytelling this side of Nashville. Proudly presented by The Music.


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ROLLING ON REGARDLESS Another Bluesfest sideshow presented by The Music is that of Allen Stone, the young Washington soul musician with those shining blonde locks and incredible pipes. You will be hypnotised and on your feet when he performs 12 Apr, Corner Hotel, Melbourne; 13 Apr, Metro Theatre, Sydney; and 16 Apr, The Zoo, Brisbane.

KICK YOUR SHOES OFF

Dance with Newcastle quintet Seabellies when they embark on a large national tour to show off Fever Belle, the band’s second album, and one which has come from sessions in Sydney, Melbourne and Berlin. Witness the nomadic tales come to life 21 Nov, Alhambra Lounge, Brisbane; 29 Nov, Flyrite, Perth; 30 Nov, Prince Of Wales, Bunbury; 1 Dec, Mojos Bar, Fremantle; 11 Dec, Brass Monkey, Sydney; 12 Dec, Heritage Hotel, Bulli; 13 Dec, Rad, Wollongong; 14 Dec, Goodgod Small Club, Sydney; 21 Dec, Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle; and 27 Dec, Northcote Social Club, Melbourne.

FROLIC IN THE FOREST

An iconic annual staple of the festival calendar is Woodford Folk Festival, and it will return from 27 Dec to 1 Jan for its 28th year, featuring a program that is spilling over with acts from every pocket of arts you could imagine. A few of the 500 performers that will taking part in this year’s event include Beth Orton, The Basics, Clare Bowditch, Matt Corby, Tim Finn, Half Moon Run, Julian Marley, Busby Marou, Buffalo Tales, Chance Waters, Thelma Plum, Brendan Maclean, GANGgajang, Jordie Lane, Babylon Circus and The Twoks, while speakers such as Benjamin Law, Denise Scott and even former Prime Minister Bob Hawke will be sharing colourful tales. In addition, there’ll also be cabaret, burlesque, arts and crafts, food, fashion, a children’s festival and plenty more, so try something new this new year’s period, or simply reconnect with your dear old friend, Woodford. Presented by The Music.

“PUMPKIN SPICE LATTES ARE LIKE METH FOR RICH WHITE GIRLS” THE STARBUCKS CRANK IS MOVING ACCORDING TO @SPENCERLENOX

KC & THE SUNSHINE BAND

GOOD TIME RAYS

Finally, the sellers of 100 million albums, shakers of da rump KC & The Sunshine Band will be wheeling out all their classic tracks – Get Down Tonight, That’s The Way (I Like It) and more – on headline dates across the three east coast capitals. Celebrate a group that changed the face of pop music by heading out 17 Apr, Enmore Theatre, Sydney; 18 Apr, The Palace, Melbourne; and 19 Apr, The Tivoli, Brisbane. And you guessed it, all dates are proudly presented by The Music.

EVOLUTION OF A MAN

POST UP IN THE PAINT

HAVE TO BE HEARD

SOLDIER ON

Forget about a sole man and a microphone, Brian McKnight is ready to give us the full experience, announcing a full band tour for next year. The American R&B superstar plays 2 Mar, QPAC, Brisbane; 3 Mar, Enmore Theatre, Sydney; 5 Mar, Palais Theatre, Melbourne; and 7 Mar, Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre.

Whether they are working through postrock density, shoegaze layers or black metal bloodshed, Deafhaven stand as a unique and uncontainable band and for the very first time they are bringing their far-reaching musical horizons to Australia, with capital city dates early next year. The five-piece play 8 Jan, Crowbar, Brisbane; 9 Jan, Annandale Hotel, Sydney; 10 Jan, Corner Hotel, Melbourne; and 11 Jan, Rosemount Hotel, Perth.

You already know that Waka Flocka Flame goes hard, so all that’s left for you is to go hard with him when the Atlanta MC shows off his smooth flow in our parts for the very first time. He plays 18 Dec, Billboard The Venue, Melbourne; 19 Dec, Metropolis, Fremantle; 20 Dec, The Hi-Fi, Sydney; and 21 Dec, The Hi-Fi, Brisbane.

Ol’ mate James Blunt is getting in plenty early with these dates, but hey, it just gives you a bit more time to stretch the pipes to belt out You’re Beautiful with him, are we right or are we right? The Brit strummer will tour mid 2014, playing 30 May, State Theatre, Sydney; 1 Jun, Civic Theatre, Newcastle; 2 Jun, Brisbane Convention Centre; 7 Jun, Royal Theatre, Canberra; 8 Jun, The Plenary, Melbourne; and 13 Jun, Riverside Theatre, Perth. Tickets for these all ages dates are available Monday. THE MUSIC • 23RD OCTOBER • 11


local news wa.news@themusic.com.au ANTON FRANC

CATHERINE TRAICOS

AROUND THE WORLD FRANCOPHILIA

Evocative, WAM Song Of The Year Award-nominated, Perth-based quartet Anton Franc are readying themselves for the official release of their second EP All This Talk, out Fri 1 Nov through Firestarter. To celebrate, the band will be launching the EP in the following day, Sat 2 Nov, at The Bakery. Produced in conjunction with Matt Gio (Split Seconds, Bastian’s Happy Flight, Voltaire Twins) as one of the last projects recorded in Fremantle’s famous Studio Couch, All This Talk soars through indie-pop and folktronic ground whilst maintaining an emphasis on storytelling, musicality and arrangement. Nowbaking.com.au for tickets.

YOUNG AND RESTLESS

Norfolk Lanes Youth Festival brings you the very best in Fremantle’s incredible young bands and musicians on Sat 9 Nov as part of the Fremantle Festival. Tame Impala and San Cisco are just two examples of the talent that have graced the Norfolk Lanes stage and gone onto great things, so come along and celebrate the next wave of Fremantle’s finest young acts before they hit the big time. On this year’s lineup are Chela, Bass Reflex, Tashi, Moana, Grrl Pal, Water Graves, Villain, Mad Rabbit, Everybody & The Stuff, The Liarbirds, Connor Minervini, Claudia & Ebony Tero, Dylan McCoy and Aborted Tortoise. Bonus: free entry!

SNAP TO IT

After receiving over 300 entries, 32 of WA’s best music photographers have been selected for the 2013 Kiss My Camera exhibition and are now in the running to win over $1,000 in prizes. Presented every year by the Western Australian Museum and West Australian Music as part of the WAM Festival, Kiss My Camera is a music photography competition that showcases the exciting and dynamic work of WA’s music photography community. Demonstrating a distinct WA flavour, all images feature either a WA or touring artist in a WA venue or location. The exhibiton runs from Sat 9 Nov to Sun 8 Dec at the museum.

HI-FI, LOWTEC

Jens Kuhn (aka Lowtec)’s approach to music can be described as agreeably Miesian: less is nearly always more. His discography stretches back over 15 years, yet his output is pleasingly sporadic. His choice of labels throughout those years - David Moufgang’s Source Recordings, Playhouse, Out To Lunch - reflects his recorded output too: he’s studied the classics, but filters them through his leftof-centre lens. He brings his avant-garde stylings to Geisha on Fri 1 Nov, supported by Basic Mind, Untitled Collective, Andrew Sinclair and Emerald Cabal & Reece Walker. 12 • THE MUSIC • 23RD OCTOBER 2013

Sydney based singer-songwriter Catherine Traicos offers up a beguiling blend of altcountry, blues, roots and folk, delivered by one of the most distinctive and beautiful voices in contemporary music. Traicos has four albums already under her belt, with the one-two punch of last year’s Gloriosa and In Another Life establishing her as a talented and prodigious musician. Now, she’s gearing up to release The Earth, The Sea, The Moon, The Sky (out on Nov 29) with a short but sweet tour with her band The Starry Night heading to The Rosemount Hotel on Sat 21 Dec for the Not So Silent Night lineup and then at Fremantle Arts Centre’s Courtyard Sessions on Sun 22 from 2pm.

EL VEZ

INTO THE LIGHT

Light And Shade is a brand new, exciting double stage event at Mojo’s Bar in Fremantle on Thurs 14 Nov, bringing together eight of Perth’s hottest up-and-coming and established rock/acoustic acts including Sugarpuss, Double Rainbow, Spaceman Antics, Luke Dux, Apache, Bedouin Sea, These Winter Nights and Riley Pearce. Don’t miss your chance to see some of the best Perth has to offer on the rock spectrum, all in one place on one night. Tickets $15 at the door before 9pm, $20 after.

BEAUFORT TEA PARTY

Fancy an afternoon in the sun enjoying some of the finer things in life whilst supporting a community event? Well, here’s your opportunity! The Beaufort Street Fashion Committee’s Fashion High Tea Fundraiser at the Forrest Park Croquet Club includes a chic spring afternoon of croquet games, followed by a selection of designer runway shows, featuring collections by On A Whim, Steph Audio and House Of SKYE on Sun 10 Nov. Of course, an afternoon of decadence would not be complete without champagne on arrival and a mouth watering collection of high treats. All proceeds will go towards supporting the fashion program as this year’s Beaufort Street Festival on 16 Nov.

EL LOCO ELVIS

The annual Devilles Pad Halloween Ball, in all it’s teen prom-themed ghoulish goodness, takes over the ‘Pad on Sat 2 Nov once again. As always, a strict ‘no costume, no entry’ policy means that absolutely everyone comes dressed in their most horrific best. Leading the Entertainment as guest language teacher will be none other than El Vez, the most famous Elvis tribute act in the world. On this his 25th Anniversary tour El Vez will be playing a full set comprised of his best of songs from some of his 20 plus releases, including You Ain’t Nothing But A Chihuhua and With A Blue Suede Sombrero. Moshtix for tickets.


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local news wa.news@themusic.com.au JACQUES LU CONT

AARON NEVILLE

FRENCH ENLIGHTENMENT

Art Department is techno/house legend Kenny Glasgow and label owner/rising star Jonny White. The duos music has been described as ‘Futuristic, raw, synth-lovin’, underground masterpieces’ by music-obsessed fans and critics. On the other side of the coin, three-time Grammy Award-winning electronic producer (and international man of mystery), Jacques Lu Cont (also known as Tracques and Les Rythmes Digitales AND Thin White Duke), is one of the most in demand producers in the world today. Both make their way to Parker on Sun 24 Nov. Tickets through Moshtix.

SAIL ON, SAIL ON

Ships In The Night is a new bimonthly evening of music and good words lifted from the page. Created to replace Cottonmouth – that warm gathering of readers, writers and listeners that came to a close in 2011 – this is spoken word that cuts right through you, music in a new context, and an open mic that doesn’t stop to dawdle. Hosted by everywhereman Tomás Ford, with Byron Bard as master of the open mic, Ships In The Night kicks off on Thurs 24 Oct at Bar 459, featuring music by Eduardo Cossio and Sarah Tout, and words by Melbourne poet and playwright Sean Whelan and the highly personable Tristan Fidler, as well as Marziya Mohammedali, SJ Finch, Andy McNeil and Zoe Taylor.

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NITE RIDING

West Coast Blues N’ Roots 2014 is already shaping up to be the biggest ever, with an eclectic and all-encompassing lineup featuring the likes of John Mayer, Dave Matthews Band, Doobie Brothers, Erykah Badu and so much more set to head to Fremantle Park on Sun 13 April. Now it’s time to share the love with a round of sideshows also heading our way. Building a double-bill of impeccable pedigree, ‘the sweetest voice in music’ Aaron Neville plus ‘voodoo music masters’ Dr John & The Nite Trippers will perform a very special sideshow at Riverside Theatre on Sat 26 April to celebrate the musical diversity of New Orleans blues.

BLADES OF GLORY

This year was the first for Perth’s inaugural Street Roller Hockey League. They managed to get ten teams based in suburbia locked in for the inaugural season, and now to mark the end of their first season they’ll be holding an event at the new, swanky MYRE Space in Fremantle on Sat 26 Oct. From 2-6pm Hockeyfest will host two semi finals on the DIY-built rooftop street rink. Cow Parade Cow, Red Mexico and Djs Tboz Wimmer, Chillipot and Yung Gershwine will all be on hand, with a “Come & Try” area for any newbies that want to start a team next season and a grand final mascot sprint. Hit up Hockeyfest on Facebook for full details.

JE NE SAIS QUOI

Soundscapes and landscapes are harmoniously married by combining live music with video in Aller-Simple Voyage sans Valise. Literally meaning One Way, Journey Without A Suitcase Based out of Toulouse in France, the ensemble behind Aller-Simple have skillfully mastered the art of sound combined with the motion picture. Aller-Simple will take you on a one-hour journey to unparralelled destinations, exploring uncharted musical horizons and out of this world visuals, when they head to PS Arts Space on Fri 1, Sat 2 and Sun 3 November. Ticketbooth for tickets.


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Dan Aykroyd Words Lachlan Marks. Photos Kane Hibberd. Drink Words Stephanie Liew, Hannah Story, Benny Doyle, Callum Twigger, Sally-Anne Hurley. Photos Holly Engelhardt.


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HIGH SOCIETY D

an Aykroyd used to be on a mission from God. Now he’s on a mission from Globefill Inc to sell as much of his world-famous Crystal Head Vodka as damn possible. So you gotta start with the vodka questions, otherwise you run the risk of being called a “fucking hosebag”, as was the case when an SBS host refused to let him steer the conversation last week. That said, The Music is all about the booze and blues so we give him a light stir and set him off about his holy grail of alcohols. He means business: the shades are on (and they’re not coming off as our photographer will soon find out), he’s sharply dressed in his official CHV suit and ready to spiel. “Yes, we’re running at battle speed,” he admits. “Anyone selling a book or a DVD or a record or a download would be doing the same thing – it’s just basic Marketing 101. That said I’m so thankful that I’m pushing a product that I can really believe in. You know what? I did sell a few bad movies… selling it on Wednesday and knowing it was gonna be dead by Friday. Having a quadruple award-winning fluid in this beautiful bottle that people are embracing makes my ‘selling’ job really easy and fun.” The design of the product alone, which is based on the same legend of the 13 crystal skulls that George Lucas and Steven Spielberg used to cook up the fourth Indiana Jones film, has proven widely popular, with Crystal Head Vodka bottles now lining the shelves of everyone from your local metalhead to upmarket bars worldwide. Aykroyd acknowledges that its success in Australia mirrors that of his homeland of Canada. “I think it appeals to a rebellious, anarchic streak that we share.” He grins. Popularity does have its drawbacks, however; plenty of liquor stores are forced to keep the prized bottles under lock and key and back in 2011 a group of thieves in Los Angeles made off with a whopping 21,000 skulls that were then sold on the black market. “We had a tractor trailer in one of our distribution point warehouses and a team got in, they got into the tractor, which was still attached to the trailer, and they drove straight through the fence and got away with it! I didn’t reveal it publicly. I waited till we needed it. We had a launch coming up and the LAPD had been so ineffective in finding out who it was, and the insurance guys couldn’t work it out either, so we gave them three to four months so as not to interfere with the investigation then I revealed it. It was half-a-million dollars’ worth of the vodka. My quote at the time was, ‘I don’t condone crime, but I’m really happy that people can consume my vodka at a discounted price!’” As you can tell, Aykroyd is a businessman and he knows a good publicity op when he sees one. When The Rolling Stones 50th Anniversary Tour came into view, he and his counterparts put into action a proposal to see his company enter a partnership with the ageing rock titans, the result of which is his most prized accolade: becoming the official vodka of the tour. At first it seems 18 • THE MUSIC • 23RD OCTOBER 2013

like a tasty cash grab for the Xmas dollars you’re gonna spend on dad (and it is), but Aykroyd explains his friendship with the band is longstanding and includes him inviting Keith, Ronnie and Daryl for an extended stay on his farm only a few years ago. Before he’s even finished his sentence we’ve blurted out a question almost as a reflex -– “holy shit, did you guys jam?” “Absolutely. Every night around the campfire they pulled out the guitars and harp and we sang old blues songs. My uncle is right into George Formby and he plays the banjo. Of course Keith knew exactly who Formby was so we had a wonderful time eating and drinking and staying up till four or five in the morning playing those songs. Keith would rise at three the next day of course… that said, I did most of my real partying with those guys a long time ago.” There are plenty of people that would say Aykroyd indeed partied too hard back then, given his very public discussion of a deep belief in ghosts and extraterrestrials. Ghostbusters may have been a straight-up comedy, but its roots are within Aykroyd’s own passion for the supernatural, growing up in a household that celebrated what lies beyond our own known dimensions. “Look if you wanna talk survival of the consciousness after death, residual spirit phantom energy, mediumship, transmediumship, channelling spirits from the beyond – well that’s a multi-generational thing in my family starting with my great, great grandfather Sam, an Edwardian spiritualist. In the ‘30s and ‘40s we had our own transmedium, his name was Walter Ashhurst… one day in a trance he knelt over the back of a chair and drew a diagram. It turns out later that he was channelling [Charles Proteus] Steinmetz, the physicist. My grandfather, a Bell Telephone engineer, took it to the engineers


Dan Aykroyd’s Crystal Head Vodka campaign blitzes through Aus as he announces the spirit is the official vodka for The Rolling Stones 50th Anniversary Tour. Lachlan Marks learns the OG Blues Brother also has his own Ghostbusters hotline these days, advising on mediums that might help in “getting people to cross over successfully”.

“OH I’VE ADVISED PEOPLE ON WHO TO CALL...”

at Bell Telephone who explained it was a diagram for a very high-oscillating crystal radio, which my grandfather then concluded was probably designed to communicate with the beyond.” Despite his unnerving and wide-eyed enthusiasm for the paranormal it does seem like the lights have dimmed on the prospect of a third Ghostbusters film, with Bill Murray now famously playing the elusive Roadrunner to

his Wyle E Coyote. When future projects are raised he says he treasures a solid 30-year run in the business and harbours no bitterness if his marketability as a leading man may have “dropped off over the years”. So rather than titillate fans with minor trivia about a film we kinda know isn’t getting made anytime soon (like everybody else will be doing), we’ll leave you with the one and only Dr Raymond Stantz directing us to the real Ghostbusters that he believes deserve the attention nowadays. “Oh I’ve advised people on who to call... in terms of mediums that might help them with getting people to cross over successfully. All the time. People come to me with ghost stories everyday,” he says earnestly. “The parallel world is right beside us. Every single state in the USA has a serious paranormal investigation team, if not every county. Everywhere I go people ask me to come and see their great team work and they go about it in a very, very professional way.”

“EVERY NIGHT AROUND THE CAMPFIRE THEY PULLED OUT THE GUITARS AND HARP AND WE SANG OLD BLUES SONGS.”

AYKROYD ON THE ORIGINS OF ECTOPLASM: “Charles Richet coined the word ectoplasm. He saw an ectoplasmic hand come out of a medium’s stomach. He said, ‘I hate this. I’m a medical researcher and this defies everything I believe in but now I know I have to believe in it’. Is that DNA from the medium or from the entity they are channelling? That is a great scientific quest. Eusapia Palladino, who my dad writes about in his book A History Of Ghosts, was a young woman who could transchannel and she would open her mouth really wide and ectoplasmic forms would come out. I would love to get some of that and test it. I wish that some serious scientist would link arms with me to go forward on this but they don’t. They’re not interested in this.”

CELEBRITYENDORSED BEVERAGES CIROC

P Diddy endorses the suave grape vodka Ciroc, promoting an elite lifestyle accompanied by friends and glamour. Features flavours such as Coconut. Diddy also refers to himself as “Ciroc Obama” on ocassion.

CRUNK!!!

If your libido is a little lacklustre, Lil Jon created an energy drink infused with horny goat weed and other energy-promoting extracts to get the cogs of your rusty sex machine moving.

ABSOLUT VODKA

Zach Galifianakis, and Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim of Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, promote Absolut by creating a Golden Girls-style skit featuring beehive wigs and dramatised shaken martinis.

MMMHOPS

If you’re still harbouring some nostalgia for ‘90s pop music, and you wish you could almost taste it, well, we’d like to introduce you to Mmmhops pale ale beer. (MMM) Bop to MMMBop while drinking Hanson’s own Mmmhops. Mmm.

AVION TEQUILA

This real brand of tequila was given free publicity in the TV show Entourage when one of its characters, Turtle, promoted it. The endorsement came about because the tequila’s creator, Marquis Jet tycoon Kenny Dichter, grew up with the show’s creator and director Doug Ellin. THE MUSIC • 23RD OCTOBER 2013 • 19


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INCIDER INFO With more kinds and flavours of cider than ever before, Sally-Anne Hurley explains why the apple-based brew ain’t just for ‘weak-stomached girls’ and ‘hated-on hipsters’.

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ike 40 is supposedly the new 30, or orange the new black, cider could very well be the new beer. Now hold on a minute, I’m not bagging out the goodness of the latter nor assuming anything could ever really replace it as our nation’s favourite type of alcohol. I mean, I love a cold, frothy schooner or a Corona with lime on a hot afternoon as much as the next person. But our love affair with cider is growing by the minute and it’s staking a big claim as the new, trendy drink ‘round town. Cider has long been a popular choice of beverage in Europe, particularly the UK. Maybe our close connection to our brothers and sisters from the motherland is a contributing factor to our newfound love of cider and the rise of our consumption of the beverage over the past few years. According to a recent report released by market research company Roy Morgan Research, since 2011, consumption of cider by men between the ages of 18-24 alone has increased 50%, with the number of women drinking cider in the same age bracket rising by a staggering 132%. These statistics represent a number of things to different people. Someone like myself, a cider lover, would look at that and say, “Wow, that’s a whole lot of Aussie cider drinkers and woohoo, I am one of those awesome (and young) people.” Others interpret this as cider being a drink for the “hipsters” or for girls

“IT’S NOT JUST FOR THE GIRLS WHO ALLEGEDLY CAN’T HANDLE THEIR GROG.” who can’t handle “real grog” – I have in fact been told both these on several occasions. So what is it about this drop that has young Aussies frothing at the mouth and how can we, the weak-stomached girls or the hated-on hipsters, possibly convince the non-believers why cider is just so gosh darn good? Let’s break it down, shall we? First of all, there’s a bit of history behind the drink. I don’t know about you, but I personally love stories about the good ol’ days and the way things used to be. Everyone and everything has a backstory and when people are a part of something with tradition, they generally feel like they are a part of something special (whether it is or not is another thing, but who gives a toss what others think, right?). People have been crushing and chopping up apples to make cider for centuries – even in the BC era. So that means there is a huge chance even Jesus had a drink of apple cider at some point. I 20 • THE MUSIC • 23RD OCTOBER 2013

mean, he liked wine, so clearly the man had good taste. You don’t see people sitting around a table late Saturday night discussing the history of Bacardi Breezers now, is my point. There isn’t a deep and meaningful story behind it that adds a timeless quality or links generations together. Secondly, humans need and want variety. Cider has come a long way from its traditional apple days. Nowadays, you can get all kinds of different flavours and tastes in both dry and sweet ciders. Wild berry, strawberry and lime, mango and raspberry, blackcurrant, winter cider (still not

fully sure what that consists of, but it tastes good) and more. Not to mention, all the different brands of cider that you can get now – Bulmers, Rekorderlig, Pipsqueak, Castaway and Magners are just some that spring to mind. Generally, Gen Y doesn’t like to stand still, so to speak, and stay in their comfort zones. Perhaps the spike in cider love over the last couple of years is a reflection of young Aussies wanting to continue to try new things and think (or drink) outside the norm. Finally, in the interest of breaking down barriers, cider doesn’t discriminate. It really does appeal to almost anyone. I mean, put the two points I’ve been banging on about previously together and you can see that the appeal of cider is almost endless. It’s not just for the girls who allegedly can’t handle their grog, or for the hipsters, or even the old European chaps who used to crush the apples themselves, or – God willing (excuse the pun) – Jesus. I like to think of it as the Switzerland of alcohol: a neutral domain that can bring people from all walks of life together – obviously not in a war safehaven kind of sense, but to bring on good times, happy taste buds and thoroughly quenched thirsts. Embrace it, alcohol lovers, cause something tells me the ol’ cider isn’t going anywhere.


DRINKING GAMES We know you’re not meant to play drinking games after the age of 16, but hey, sometimes nostalgia gets the best of you, and no one has any drugs, and there’s no gigs on, and you’ve just got to gather around the kitchen table with more alcohol than you could probably get through in a year. Make some sangria, call some friends, eat an entire loaf of bread and get prepared: Hannah Story talks you through it.

KING CUP

NEVER EVER HAVE I EVER

King Cup is your standard drinking game. Everyone has played it, everyone has a horror story, everyone wishes they hadn’t hurled in the sink afterwards. It’s just the way it goes. It’s disputable what the real rules are (everyone has their own variations), but it goes like this: lay out your cards in a circle face-down. Take turns picking a card. You do the action that corresponds to the card: usually, drinking. When you get a king you put booze into the vessel and make a rule. It continues until the final king is picked up, and someone has to drink the King Cup. One time the vessel was a dog’s bowl. One time the lethal mixture was two parts bourbon, one part Cruiser. We all thanked God we didn’t get that one.

Usually a number in King Cup leads to a quick game of Never Ever Have I Ever. But we figured it deserves its own spot in the Drinking Game Hall of Fame because of its capacity to humiliate and bring people together, all at the same time. One person will make a statement about something they’ve never done. Everyone who has done the thing drinks. And so it continues. It usually reveals something horrible you never knew, and is a perfect way to break the ice with a new group of friends. What better way to bond than by admitting that you have both watched Paris Hilton’s porno? It’s a relationship killer though, so don’t play with your significant other.

GOON OF FORTUNE

“MAKE SOME SANGRIA, CALL SOME FRIENDS AND GET PREPARED.”

Goon of Fortune is a decidedly ‘rural’ drinking game, apparently. It seems to generally involve the great outdoors, which is just not something city-dwellers are good at. You tie a goon sack (cask wine, whatever) to a clothesline and then spin it around. Whoever it lands on drinks the goon. Because of the position (hanging) it goes straight down your throat/all over your face. If you don’t own a clothesline, try a ceiling fan, but in that case maybe go with white wine? It wont stain your carpet so bad. Note: you will vomit, even if it’s just because you’ve been watching the clothesline spin for two hours.

MAO Because every time we play Mao, we have already been drinking, we can’t be sure if Mao has no rules, or if it has lots of rules. It’s a standard card game: you get seven cards from the deck, you take turns putting a card down. There seem to be four or five set rules that one player knows, and then penalises the others – with a shot and a card. You’re supposed to be able to discern what the rules are by watching other people fuck it up. If you win the round (call Mao at one card left, when you have none you win), you make up a rule, and penalise the others. It goes on until everyone either passes out or leaves the authoritarian state. We can’t tell you what the rules are though, that’ll spoil it.

RIDE THE BUS Ride the Bus is exhausting to explain. When we first played I had no idea what was happening, and then everyone somehow managed to gang up on one person who ended up having a pretty bad night. Set out ten cards in the shape of a triangle. Everyone playing gets four cards. A card from the wide end of the triangle is turned over. If you have a card with the same face value, you put your card down, and the set is discarded. Then you nominate someone to drink. Keep turning over cards along the row, and then on the other rows. In the other rows of the triangle, you can up the amount of drinks allocated. It’s over once the bus is gone, and whoever has the most cards left is the loser.

WHAT NOT TO DO WHEN YOU’RE DRUNK

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CALL YOUR EX

Or text them. Same goes for your mum. And also your friends’ mums. Just put down the phone.

FACEBOOK OR TWEET

Your insightful stream-ofconsciousness observations and witty quips are actually hideously misspelled nonsensical ramblings.

PLAY SPORT

Even if you’re actually co-ordinated, balls, bats and booze don’t mix. Also, it is not the appropriate time to show off your handstand skills lest you land on your neck.

VISIT THE ATM

You WILL walk away leaving your card or cash or both behind.

BIKE RIDE

Don’t drink and drive; don’t drink and ride.

GO TO THE MOVIES/THEATRE

You don’t wanna be the guy reeking of booze and laughing constantly at things that aren’t even funny. People hate that guy.

GROOM YOURSELF

The inebriated should not attempt to shave or remove body hair using other methods (particularly around the genital area), cut or colour their hair or paint their nails.

COOK AN ELABORATE MEAL

No one wants to see you stumbling around half-naked preparing a roast and trimmings while muttering “I’m Nigella, mmm, scrumptious!” and narrowly avoiding burning yourself.

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OUR TOP OUTDOOR DRINKING VENUES Pica Bar, Perth Located in the middle of the PCC, Pica Bar is the perfect compromise between the CBD and Northbridge – both sides of town are less than five minutes walk. Pica’s little amphitheatre is cosy, and fantastic for either an after work beer or a start to the rest of an evening.

Bar de Halcyon, Perth Located at Wolf Lane’s obscenely trendy core, Halcyon is emblematic of the new, inner city venue that sets high standards without being exclusive or obnoxious. A kaleidoscopic range of cocktails meeting a choice selection of local and imported beers marked out by lush décor.

Norfolk, Fremantle The Norfolk basement was one of Freo’s premiere live music venues, and is presently being renovated into something great. Upstairs, The Norfolk remains a premiere watering hole south of the river. The Bird, Perth Hell will freeze over before a night goes by without The Bird having somebody good(ish) performing live. Infamous for its monthly hip hop karaoke nights, The Bird’s backyard is invariably host to wonderful DIY cookery from local chefs.

The Ezra Pound, Northbridge Ezra is the flagship of Perth’s burgeoning bar scene, having set up shop back in 2009. The bar’s prohibition era theme is appropriate given WA’s previously draconian drinking laws, and the intimacy of the venue means you’ll need to score a seat with your mates early to settle in for the night.

DAN AYKROYD’S COCKTAILS CRYSTAL HEAD COCKTAIL PARTY “It has no sugar. It has no glycerine. It has no citrus oil. It’s the virgin canvas for bartenders.”

DAN AYKROYD’S PUNCH IN THE HEAD “It’s 2 ounces of Crystal Head, pineapple juice, lychee, liqueur from Pernod Ricard and a little soda water.

PORTLAND SWEET ‘LIL PIGGY “In Portland, Oregon I saw a guy do this: a maple sugar cube, wrapped in bacon with bitters, blueberry syrup, hibiscus syrup and the Vodka.” 22 • THE MUSIC • 23RD OCTOBER 2013


THE TIKI BEAT BAR

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Answered by: Tessa Druce Briefly describe the design/ atmosphere of the bar? Paying homage to ‘60s vintage surf culture, The Tiki Beat Bar features the finest selection of rums from the seven seas and over 18 different lush cocktails to tantalize your taste buds. What is your signature drink? Our Spiced Rum cocktails.

Briefly describe the crowd that frequents your bar? The Tiki Beat Bar attracts a sophisticated and varied demographic; it attracts patrons from all walks of life.

Does the bar have a music component? Every Thursday Timmy Adams hosts Open Mic Night and we also have Tiki Music playing all night Wednesday through Sunday.

Who’s pouring and what makes them special? The Tiki Beat Crew are fun and loyal! Carnies With Candy’s Miss Sweetly Sick is a regular behind the bar and is as charming and as babin’ as they come!

What is the best drink to f inish of the night? My favourite is The Perfect Storm; it’s light and the best element is The Newport Spiced Rum that goes in! What’s your advice for tackling a hangover? Stroll down to The Tiki

Beat Bar, relax in a great environment, kick back with a cocktail and let the Tiki Music take you away! If your bartender was stuck on an island and could only save one bottle from the bar of the sinking ship what would it be? It would have to be our speciality, The Newport Spiced Rum; we can’t get enough of it!

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IN WITH THE OLD Most fans prefer Limp Bizkit’s older material and won’t even give their new record a second listen, but Fred Durst couldn’t care less. The vocalist talks with Daniel Cribb about overcoming tragedy and freeing themselves of expectation.

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uggling a million things at once, it’s the developments of the latest Eastbound & Down episode that is in the foreground of Fred Durst’s mind when he answers his phone. “I’m a big fan of Danny McBride and I’ve been watching it since the get-go. I really enjoy it, man. It’s really funny, and it just seems like it’s going to be really outrageous,” the frontman begins from the midst of an intense recording session. “I’m doing a little something here with, believe it or not, Billy Ray Cyrus,” he says. “He’s got this song about paying attention to what’s going on in the world and getting your shit together and doing something about it.” It’s not a stretch to conclude the song may have something to do with Miley’s twerking in August, but when asked his thoughts on the subject, it becomes clear that Billy is probably within earshot. “I think she’s doing her own thing, you know, and whatever she’s doing is obviously to leave a mark, and it looks like it’s working.” Durst spends most of his time in the studio these days, and when he’s not working with other artists, he’s finalising mixes for the new Limp Bizkit record, which, after numerous release date changes, will finally see the light of day in the first quarter of next year. But, unlike the Cyrus family, Durst admits Limp Bizkit aren’t really expecting to produce career-defining material in Stampede Of The Disco Elephants. “This whole thing of people only touring an album or something to market or push, I mean, realistically, with Limp Bizkit, how many of you guys are going to sit around and want us to play a bunch of songs that no one knows? How many of those songs can we possibly fit into our set without boring the shit out of everybody?” Soundwave 2012 was the band’s first Australian tour since fan Jessica Michalik died during their set at the 2001 Sydney Big Day Out, so the reunion was always going to be an emotional one. “It was good to come back and dedicate our whole experience and our return to [ Jessica]. It was amazing; we loved it and didn’t want to come home. It just felt like there was so much emotion and passion...We promised our fans that we would come back and do a proper tour outside of the festival market, 26 • THE MUSIC • 23RD OCTOBER 2013

so we’re coming back over there to get our feet wet and have some fun. Limp Bizkit is a very unique experience and we want to share it with you guys.” Stampede Of The Disco Elephants’ first single, Ready To Go, which features Lil Wayne, was released in April, and will no doubt be one of the new songs incorporated

album has something fresh and exciting that I’m prone to be drawn to a little bit more right now.” One of the aforementioned trials was the departure of DJ Lethal last year. After leaving the band at the start of 2012 due to drug and alcohol abuse, he made amends and was welcomed back, only to be kicked out shortly after. “We decided he needed some time to work on some personal things. It wasn’t great for us, it was shocking, but we have nothing but the greatest wishes for Lethal and we just sort of kept quiet about it and are just trying to stay focused and move forward and be better people.” Before the new record comes out next year, the band will be releasing a couple more singles. Such a drip-

“HOW MANY OF THOSE SONGS CAN WE POSSIBLY FIT INTO OUR SET WITHOUT BORING THE SHIT OUT OF EVERYBODY?” into the set. It sits somewhere between 2011’s Gold Cobra and 1999’s Significant Other. “We wanted to leave some character in there and not polish things up. I think it feels very exciting. I love all the things we’ve done because I’ve lived through them and I put my heart into them and went through the trials and tribulation of being in our band and appreciate everything we’ve done. I surely think this

feed approach to releasing a record is only possible due to the band leaving major label Interscope and signing up with Cash Money Records in February. “There’s no pressure; no one over your shoulder at all, everyone’s doing their own thing. [Cash Money Records] are like, ‘Hey, you’re Limp Bizkit, go be Limp Lizkit and enjoy yourselves’. Nobody’s chasing another hit, chasing a song that sounds like an old song or chasing a format that’s popular amongst music buyers. It’s put the excitement back into the seed that was planted when we got together and first started making music for ourselves when there was no one listening. It’s still hard to erase the fact that there are people anticipating and there’s opinions out, but for the most part, we’re back to no pressure.” WHEN & WHERE: 31 Oct, Metro City


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n Their Shoes is a major worldwide creative project that involves musicians across the globe coming together in the name of charity to hand design Converse sneakers. These oneof-a-kind shoes will be auctioned off on eBay this month, which is our national Breast Cancer Awareness

Shoe and music enthusiasts, prepare yourselves. You could potentially be the owner of sneakers that your favourite artist has not only touched, but personally designed. Some local and international bands got out the textas, drew on some Converses and are auctioning them off to raise much-needed funds for charity.

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Month, with all proceeds going to the National Breast Cancer Foundation or a charity of the artist’s choice. Over the course of 18 months, local and touring musicians were asked to create a design using nothing more than a pair of plain white Converse sneakers and Sharpie fabric markers. Bands such as Portugal. The Man, Bloods, The Black Keys, Grouplove (whose vocalist Hannah Hooper’s own Converse creation for her tour manager actually inspired the initiative), Frightened Rabbit, Bon Iver, Santigold, You Am I, Skrillex, Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, James Blunt, New Order, Kimbra, Macklemore & Ryan

Lewis and Red Hot Chili Peppers all rolled up their sleeves and exercised their art skills for a good cause.

and close on Tuesday 29 Oct, with starting bids from $99. The designs and full list of contributing artists can all be found at intheirshoes.com.au.

The auction will go live at ebay.com. au/intheirshoes from Thursday 24 Oct at 6pm

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SIGN OF THE TIMES Ahead of the release of their latest EP and a national tour of Australia, German electro duo Digitalism chat to Kane Sutton about producing a new collection of songs and technology’s influence on the surge of electronic music.

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ens “Jence” Moelle and İsmail “Isi” Tüfekçi are a testament to the notion that inspiration comes from disappointment. The duo met in a record shop in 2000, and uninspired by the hundreds of new dance music releases they received each week, they decided to do something about it. “Jence used to work there every afternoon after school, and I came round frequently to check out the new records”, Tüfekçi begins. “The shop was specialised on House and Techno vinyl, so it was kind of for DJs only. You’d go there to buy new club 12”s and - maybe, if you’re allowed to - use the counter’s turntables to play the stuff on the PA or practice mixing. We spent all our free time there, but we were oversaturated with records we didn’t like. We decided to start DJing together and eventually began making our own edits and tracks so we’d have something unique in our sets. After a while we got picked up by Kitsuné, who released our first 12”s. The rest is history, really.” The duo are considered by many to be pioneers of the electro-punk and indie dance movements, and since their inception in 2004, they have been making appearances at festivals such as Coachella and in various clubs worldwide. Digitalism have recently released their fifth record: an EP by the name of Lift. For the first time in their careers, the guys decided to bring in the assistance of other producers in order to add a new dimension to their sound. As such, the process in putting the album together was a little different and at some times more difficult. However, according to Moelle and Tüfekçi, there comes a time when you have to be willing to venture out of your comfort zone because the music always comes first. “We usually jam around and see what loops we come up with”, Tüfekçi explains. “We work a lot with loops and re-sampling. When there’s something that really excites us, we focus on that idea and make a longer version of it. From there, we listen to it and see what it inspires us to write about. With the Lift EP, we’ve met up with other electronic producers to make it, for the first time. It was an interesting process. Just think, when several electronic producers meet up in a studio to make a track, how do you really do it? It’s not like we all sit down with a guitar and write the thing. It’s more like a 30 • THE MUSIC • 23RD OCTOBER 2013

challenge, you ping-pong, you dig into your vaults, you enhance something, and you bounce it back. It was a great experience and we got to work with really nice people.” Digitalism have beared witness to electronic music’s astounding growth over the years, and both members

than acoustic music, because acoustic gear is more expensive (and harder to play)! So it’s totally swapped. It used to be the other way round. It’s become very democratic now, and this spawns a million new genres and producers every year, which makes it harder to fully grasp, but also much more interesting.” Having been familiar and consequently involved in the scene for over a decade now, both Moelle and Tüfekçi are entirely aware that electronic music is a surging force that, with the development of technology, is only going to keep growing in terms of both fanbase and musical styles. Despite many electronic artists feeling

“IT’S MUCH EASIER TODAY TO MAKE ELECTRONIC MUSIC THAN ACOUSTIC MUSIC.” believe that the challenge that electronic music had faced for equal attention has entirely disappeared. Now, they testify, the tables have turned. “It [electronic music] has definitely become music for the masses!”, Tüfekçi exclaims. “20 years ago you would have to spend $50,000 to get decent production equipment, and nowadays everyone with a laptop or even an iPhone can make music. In fact, it’s much easier today to make electronic music

the need to evolve alongside emerging musical trends, the duo doesn’t feel the need to follow suit. “The core Digitalism sound is something very timeless. It’s just a question of instrumentation and gear that you use to produce it. We could play Pogo on a guitar and people would know what song it is. Of course, if we made it now, it would sound different - but not dependent on any genre: more on updated gear and new ideas that we would implement. New trends don’t affect us so much.” The guys are currently gearing up for the last half of their Australian tour. Although they have only just released an EP, they’re showing no signs of slowing down. “There’s a lot of stuff in the pipeline, but we won’t tell too much about it. We’ve got some pretty exciting times ahead. We can’t wait to see where it takes us”, Tüfekçi concludes. WHEN & WHERE: 25 Oct, Villa


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MAKING WAVES It’s been 20 years since iconic album Last Splash marked the transformation of The Breeders from a side-project to stars in their own right, and to celebrate they’ve pulled the classic line-up back together. Guitarist Kelley Deal tells Steve Bell about learning your instrument on the job and being caught in an alterna-rock tidal wave.

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riginally forming in 1990 as a vehicle for then Pixies’ bassist Kim Deal to get her stockpile of songs out into the world at large, The Breeders eventually became one of the most influential bands of the massive ‘90s alternative rock boom. They’ve continued on to this day in various incarnations – coalescing around dual guitarists Kim and her identical twin sister Kelley – but it’s their 1993 second album Last Splash for which they’re most remembered, and to celebrate its birthday the Deals have brought the “classic” rhythm section (bassist Josephine Wiggs and drummer Jim Macpherson) back into the fray to tour the album as it was intended. “It’s been going fantastic – it’s been super fun,” Kelley enthuses about the US leg of the reunion tour. “Everybody knows what you’re going to play and they want to hear that record, so they’ve given us permission – it’s like this wonderful clean contract with the audience: ‘This is what we’re doing and you obviously want to see this, otherwise you wouldn’t be here, so now we’re all going to have a good time and enjoy ourselves!’ That’s what it feels like, a big celebration. “It’s been a blast working with [ Jim and Josephine] again. It doesn’t feel like any time has gone by – I feel like that’s probably not a good thing somehow. Somehow one of us should have morphed into something really, really special somewhere along the line, but everybody seems to be exactly the same as they were twenty years ago, myself included.” Fittingly, the milestone celebration began in rather ad hoc fashion, with the Deal sisters perched on the couch reflecting on the passage of time. “That’s exactly what happened, exactly,” Kelley laughs. “It was one of those things, like, ‘I don’t know, it’s been twenty years – should we do something about that?’ and the answer straight away was, ‘Yeah, we should probably play a show’. ‘Where would we play?’ ‘I don’t know.’ ‘Want to just play one show?’ ‘I dunno.’ Should we ask the others?’ ‘Yeah, awesome!’ So [Kim] touched base with Josephine and I touched with Jim, and we got answers back straight away going, ‘Yeah, that sounds great!’ Then we just went from there, and of course [The Breeders’ UK label] 4AD heard about it and re-issued

Last Splash [as LSXX] – it’s a beautiful package. “It was really fun [finding the bonus material]. Some of the live stuff – not all of them – sounded really good, but some of them were really hard for me to listen to; ‘My god, why am I singing so out of tune? No, we’re not using it!’ But then a lot of it was really good, because we’d practiced and practiced and played and practiced – a lot – so we were good live.” The story of how Kelley couldn’t actually play guitar before joining The Breeders has become rock’n’roll lore, but it seems that it was this unfamiliarity with her instrument – combined with some traits of laziness – which ended up forging The Breeders’ live talents. “That is indeed true,” she smiles of her initial ineptitude. “I did own a bass guitar and a bass amp, although I couldn’t really play it – I played like somebody who couldn’t play bass guitar. Kim would play acoustic guitar for an early duo that we played in occasionally – we both sang and Kim played guitar – and I tried to join her on

bass for a couple of tunes, to step it up a bit. And it’s weird, because Kim took that bass – the Aria Pro II – and that’s the bass that she played in the Pixies. And that guitar – her Les Paul – ended up being the guitar that Joe [Santiago] played in the Pixies. “But we practiced a lot. I’m really bad at practicing by myself. Josephine said recently that when we’d play festivals – which are notorious for not having good monitors and you not being able to hear anything – that it was such a good thing that we’d practiced as much as we did, because it was so easy to play live. But the reason that we practiced so much was that I needed the practice, but I wouldn’t practice by myself – I needed the whole band to gather round and practice with me. It’s one thing to sit there and play your part on guitar by yourself, but it’s another to stand up and hear the racket that everybody else is making and then play your part and sing at the same time. So yeah, I needed a lot of practice.”

“IF YOU’RE CAUGHT IN A TIDAL WAVE YOU DON’T KNOW HOW BIG THE WAVE IS, YOU’RE IN THE MIDDLE OF IT WITH NO CLUE” Little could Kelley have known at the time that the album they were crafting – anchored by its brilliantly off-kilter single Cannonball – would go on to be so revered, and that The Breeders would play such a pivotal role in that ‘90s guitar explosion. “It’s one of those things where you don’t realise at the time – I knew, ‘Ooh, this grunge thing certainly seems to be taking off ’, of course you’re aware of it – but it’s not until years later that you realise, ‘Wow, that was a movement’, like the Sixties was a movement,” she reflects. “You don’t know while you’re in the middle of it how big it was. If you’re caught in a tidal wave you don’t know how big the wave is, you’re in the middle of it with no clue, so it’s interesting now that the dust has settled and some years have gone by to look back and see what impact it had. We’ll see if it becomes just yet another footnote, like hair metal for instance, or if it’s something that keeps resonating with people.” WHEN & WHERE: 31 Oct, Astor Theatre


BROTHERS IN ARMS Although the past 18 months have been the biggest in The Amity Affliction’s career, frontman Joel Birch is at the mechanics getting his old Volvo fixed. He tells Eli Gould about their crazy journey and the exciting times that lie ahead.

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’m just getting my car fixed man, the tyres are bald, the engine mounts gone, the speedo’s not working and the list goes on, it’s going to be fucked, man. I’m not exactly rich either,” jokes The Amity Affliction vocalist Joel Birch. The frontman is enjoying some down time back home after what has been one of the most hectic touring calendars in their history, supporting their ARIA chart-topping 2012 release Chasing Ghosts. It’s been a whirlwind ride for the band, who earlier in the year earned a spot on the famous US Warped Tour, to add to their numerous shows throughout Australia this year. But the lingering effects of so many shows took its toll on the frontman to the point where he was rushed to hospital while in the US, back in July. Birch was diagnosed with a case of severe dehydration which led to other complications, resulting in the singer suffering a seizure, and later he awoke in an ambulance. “I’ve got no memory of it, but apparently it was pretty hectic, apparently I went blue and stopped breathing,” he recalls. Birch stayed in hospital overnight for precautionary reasons and missed their set in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and was still too sick to play their next show in Cleveland. Enter: The Amity Affliction karaoke, with Sam Carter, the vocalist of UK hardcore band Architects, Chris Roetter vocalist of US metalcore band Like Moths To Flames and letlive. frontman Jason Butler filling in for Birch. It was an unusual situation for the band but one that Birch looks back on with a range of feelings. “I got to watch my own band and that was pretty wild and it was pretty emotional,” he muses. “It was psycho; I mean it was cool just seeing my friends up there doing it but it was pretty weird.” During his interview with The Music Birch is constantly apologising to me for being distracted by both his mechanic and his one-year-old border collie named Dondi. “Fuck sorry man, two seconds ‘Dondi get back here’,”” the frontman quips. “He’s full of beans and he’s only one, so he’s still a bit of a puppy.” Birch is enjoying his time off, and managed to fit in a surf before our interview, but he’s adamant these are things he misses

the most when on the road. “Man it sucks [leaving Dondi] but it’s good coming home to him, it’s pretty funny when I get home, he’s full on, he does back flips and shit.” He laughs.

studio in early 2014 to begin work on their follow up to Chasing Ghosts. They have already written seven new songs while on tour and between breaks. It’s an exciting prospect for the band and one that has seen them try to reduce the time it takes between recording albums. “This is the first time we’ve had more than six weeks to write an album,” Birch says rather satisfied before he jokes “I mean it’s better but at the same time, I mean for me; I’ve been taking it a bit too easy, [more] than I normally do.” 2013 has been a massive year in the hardcore and metal scenes particularly in Australia. The Amity Affliction debuted as number one on the ARIA charts in 2012 and saw their profile skyrocket in the last 18 months, Northlane unleashed their smashing sophomore release Singularity and heavyweights Parkway Drive celebrated their tenth anniversary. Birch admits the scene is healthy for the bands at the top but is hopeful more Australian heavy bands find success. “I’d like to think [that] and hopefully there’s a trickle-down effect of success, you know,

“THIS IS THE FIRST TIME WE’VE HAD MORE THAN SIX WEEKS TO WRITE AN ALBUM.” “I’ve just been body boarding and hanging out with my family. Yeah it’s awesome coming home to this [place], the girlfriend and the dog.”

because I mean there’s a lot of good bands coming from Australia and they do deserve to get recognition,” he suggests. But it’s their persistence and the constant touring schedule that has helped spawn their enormous standing throughout Australia and worldwide, but they have achieved this through sheer grit and determination.

The Amity boys are about to gear up for another touring leg and another headlining run of shows for the Brothers in Arms tour with Chelsea Grin, Stick To Your Guns and In Hearts Wake. It will mark their last tour before the band gets ready to head back into the recording

“When we started it was just you jam, you play shows, you don’t put anything on the fucking internet, release a CD and then tour, and tour and tour and that’s what we did and that’s what Parkway did,” says Birch. “Nothing’s changed for us, we’ve been touring like this for last four or five years, we’ve always toured and we always will.” WHEN: 26 Oct, Metropolis Perth (18+), 27 Oct, Metropolis, Fremantle (all ages)

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not a dance music person. I’ve always been an electronic music person.” Ironically, Robinson now has a residency in Las Vegas at the Wynn resort nightclub complex.

Porter Robinson’s upcoming DJ tour is selling out – but it may be the final time Australians see the American electro-house prodigy as they know him, as Cyclone discovers.

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obinson is developing a ‘live’ show for 2014. That the genial quick-mix DJ, who’s twice joined our festival circuit, has committed to a club run is significant – it’s always been his endgame. “It allows you to do some stuff you otherwise couldn’t when you’re fighting for people’s attention against other artists and when there’s tonnes of stages and distractions.” However, Robinson is looking to challenges beyond DJing. “It’s maybe the last tour I do before I start a new style of show.”

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The EDM “saviour”, ranked No. 40 in DJ Mag’s poll, never planned to DJ, but produce. He studied production techniques online, while connecting with other EDM aspirants and eliciting feedback on tunes. Though Robinson, who turns 21 this month, issued music early on as Ekowraith, he’d shed that handle for 2010’s breakthrough Say My Name. Skrillex picked up Robinson’s Spitfire EP to launch OWSLA. Next, Robinson aired the vocal Language via Ministry Of Sound. When he played his inaugural DJ gig in San Francisco, it was only his second visit to a club. “Culturally, I’m

Robinson pioneered the post-dubstep ‘complextro’ (complex electro) – less a genre than an approach, like IDM. He’s not interested in pop, famously spurning Katy Perry. “That headline has been so, so very circulated!” demurs Robinson. Indeed, Robinson’s rise hasn’t been without drama. The veteran BT accused him of being “self-focussed and selfish” on Twitter for apparently abandoning a collab. Today Robinson maintains a dignified silence on the subject: “I think I’ll probably leave it alone!” Over the past year Robinson, his most recent tune Easy with Brit Mat Zo, has been absorbed in his debut album, already suggesting that it will be melodic, experimental and “goosebumpsy”. He’s scaled back on DJing, hiding in his old bedroom and labouring for ten hours every day. Robinson isn’t rushing it. He doesn’t even have a label, preferring to hold out for a major or independent that shares his “vision”. “I’ve put my whole heart and soul into this thing.” DJing and producing are no longer symbiotic for him, Robinson moving away from club bangers with Language (a crossover hit, regardless). “A lot of music that I’m writing is meant to be more emotional and sentimental. Part of that whole thing strategically is that I will be starting a new show next year which won’t be so much a conventional DJ set. It’ll be a lot more personal and emotional – and I think a lot more unique. It’s something that I’ve been wanting to do ever since I started.” Mind, Robinson is “not promising to quit DJing” entirely. “I still really do love DJing.” WHEN & WHERE: 26 and 27 Oct, Villa

A NEW ENGAGEMENT With a new record and tours with some of hardcore’s finest lined up, it’s hard believe Hellions have only been together since May. Drummer Anthony Caruso tells Daniel Cribb the hardcore scene needs to lighten up a little.

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oo many bands seem to fall by the wayside just as they begin to develop momentum. For Sydney-based hardcore four-piece The Bride, it was a busy touring schedule in 2012 that saw their name more prevalent, but also prompted their demise, with vocalist Kevin Schwartz and guitarist Nelson Howarth growing tired of life on the road, leaving the other three members stranded when the band called it quits earlier this year. Instead of going down with the ship, they decided to form Hellions. “We considered continuing as The Bride, but figured it’d be better for us to lay that to rest and get on with something new. Breaking up with The Bride wasn’t bitter or anything like that; we’re still great friends,” drummer Anthony Caruso tells. After only being together for two months, Hellions had demoed an entire album’s worth of material, and now they have tours lined up with Every Time I Die, Dream On, Dreamer and more. “Myself, Matt [Gravolin] our guitarist and Dre [Faivre] our vocalist locked ourselves in a bedroom with a MacBook and an interface and just wrote as many songs as we could, and all of a sudden we were like, ‘Well, I 34 • THE MUSIC • 23RD OCTOBER 2013

think we’ve got an album now.’ We’re all pretty much childhood friends; we’ve known each other for years and years and we’ve obviously played together in different bands, so we were able to be open and honest with each other. No one was scared to be like, ‘That’s shit,’ and I think that had a lot to do with it. “We’ve been kicking around for years now in different bands and doing the hard yards, and I think, as far as songwriting goes, having that experience definitely helped. We tried to keep things interesting; a lot of the songs are short and sweet

because we tried to keep the tension and sort of fit the music around the lyrics. Infamita is a really angry song and when you feel that initial burst of anger, it’s kind of brief and then you sort of settle down a bit; that’s something that we tried to capture with the songs.” Unlike the eclectic song structures of The Bride, Hellions’ debut record, Die Young, focuses more on the lyrical side of the equation. With Caruso and Gravolin also playing in pop-punk outfit Heroes For Hire, it’s not surprising their brand of hardcore comes with an extra dose of careful partying. “I think a lot of bands do take hardcore too seriously and try and put on their cranky faces when they’re playing shows, and it definitely works for some people – I mean, you wouldn’t play death metal songs with a huge smile – but I think with what we’re doing, not taking it too seriously, is the key.” WHAT: Die Young (UNFD) WHEN & WHERE: 23 Oct, The Academy, Amplifier; 24 Oct, YMCA HQ


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The Jarman brothers have been making music as The Cribs for ten years now, pretty much their entire adult lives. Frontman Ryan Jarman tells Steve Bell that no matter where he is or what he’s doing his heart pretty much belongs to his perverse band and his perverse band alone.

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ven though hard-working English indie outfit The Cribs are literally and figuratively a band of brothers, the ties that bind them haven’t been quite as tight of late. The trio of Jarman siblings grew up (and discovered music) in the relatively miniscule city of Wakefield, West Yorkshire, but have in recent times spread to the wind, with oldest twins Ryan (guitar/ vocals) and Gary (bass/vocals) having decamped to America, leaving only younger brother Ross (drums) to mind the fort at home. And while for Ryan having a place of his own is a novelty after a decade of living out of a suitcase on the road with his band, he recently discovered that home isn’t always where the heart is. “Yeah, Gary’s been living [in America] since about 2006, and I just moved out there last year,” he offers from the road while touring Europe. “I mean I didn’t live anywhere – since the band started, for the last ten years, I just haven’t lived anywhere. I’ve just been on the road so constantly that I just haven’t had a home, so then last year I moved to New York because I met friends and stuff out there. That’s been good – it was good to finally find somewhere that I actually want to live. “It’s [good laying down roots], apart from the fact that since I’ve been out here on tour, I was living in this place in New York and the guy who lived in one of the other rooms has stolen everything that I own and gone missing. That’s been really stressful – you think that you’ve set roots down and you think that everything’s good, and then you realise that you’ve moved in with a complete fucking wildlife.” Earlier this year The Cribs released Payola, a career retrospective celebrating a decade as a band, the milestone which is also bringing them back to Australia so abruptly (they were last here at the very start of the year). Did putting together the compilation offer a chance to reflect on everything they’d achieved in the last decade? “A little bit, I suppose,” Jarman considers. “We’re not really that big into that, you know? We don’t want it to be some self-congratulatory wank back-slapping session. It was interesting going back and getting all of the old

tapes, but thinking about what songs to put on there was difficult just because there was so many – we’d written and recorded over a hundred songs, so even thinking of the tracklisting was difficult. But it was really satisfying because it wasn’t just like a record company thing, we all got involved and went back and found the old master tapes and did remasters.

super nostalgic about things – I always miss the days when I was at school or at college, it speaks to me and it’s so easy to get wrapped up in nostalgia – but at the same time I never do with the band, because I’m always concerned with what’s happening next.” While The Cribs are obviously a group not prone to examining their overall place in the annals of music, receiving the Outstanding Contribution To Music gong at the annual NME Awards earlier this year must have been a tad surreal. “I know, we grew up being big Queen fans, and that’s the kind of award that you’d give to someone like Queen or something,” Jarman laughs. “We found it really funny at the time and really weird. It is interesting to get it when

“YOU THINK THAT EVERYTHING’S GOOD AND THEN YOU REALISE YOU’VE MOVED IN WITH WILDLIFE.” Gary has a box where he saves everything from flyers to wristbands – everything from the whole band history, stuff that we hadn’t seen in ten years – and we scanned it all and put it in the artwork, so it was sort of satisfying putting it all together as just one package. “But at the same time me and Gary are really prone to getting

you’re really young, but I figure that we’ve written over a hundred songs, which is kind of rare. I think that in the last ten years we’ve really packed a lot into it, and written a lot and toured relentlessly – so we’ve packed quite an intensive career into ten years already. But you can feel with awards like that that they’re almost putting you out to pasture; it’s like, ‘Alright you need some milk now, you can chill out for a bit’. But it was cool. The thing I like about this band is how perverse it is, and getting an award like that feels like a perverse, strange occurrence. We were happy to get it, but at the same time we’re only like thirty-odd, I think there’s still life in us yet.”

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ALL KILLER, NO FILLER It may have taken three years to complete, but Adelaide rockers Wolf & Cub wanted to write a record that would hold up from start to finish. Frontman Joel Byrne talks to Tom Hersey about what it took.

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here’s an energy in the band that I’ve never felt before,” Joel Byrne enthuses when he sits down with The Music. “Maybe that’s because there’s some new members, but I think it’s mostly due to the record. And that can only be a good thing.” The record the Wolf & Cub frontman is so stoked about is the band’s third full-length, Heavy Weight. According to Byrne, it was by far the band’s most arduous record to complete. On top of member changes that introduced ex-The Scare players Brock Fitzgerald and Wade Keighran into Wolf & Cub, Byrne and drummer Joel Carrey set out to hold this record to a higher standard than anything they’d done previously. “We wanted something that sounded classic in the sense that you listen to those classic records and every song sounds great. I think that was our aim, and in trying to achieve that it meant we had to cut bits that maybe were overstaying their welcome. We were very conscious about having everything on the record feel essential. “I think on the first couple of records I was maybe a little bit naïve in thinking that those long-winded parts were a little bit more essential than they were. We wanted to make things more concise this time... Every song was like a child, and we were raising them.” Guiding those tracks to their potential saw Wolf & Cub retaining the dark, psychedelic lashings and retro rock grooviness of 2006’s Vessels and 2009’s Science And Sorcery while introducing a greatly beneficial sense of economy. That pop sensibility lends Heavy Weight a taut and powerful playability. “I think in the back of your mind when you’re making a record, you know there are going to be some tracks that people are going to skip over. You just know that sometimes you feel like you’re just indulging yourselves. But on this one, I feel like, more than I have with anything else we’ve done, this is a record that you don’t need to skip any songs. As a whole it’s a heavyweight record. Which was the point.” Byrne feels that they needed to offer up something pretty damn special to make sure parts of the album 36 • THE MUSIC • 23RD OCTOBER 2013

weren’t getting passed over. “The nature of the industry these days, it’s so easy to just download single tracks... you don’t have to digest the whole album... But we wanted something where every track was that one track that you were going to

believes the album was shaped by the somewhat unusual approach. “It would be awesome to be able to go away for a month and make a record, but I’ve never really had that opportunity so I’d don’t really know what that would be like. It’s always been this kind of fractured process. “I think being in a room and knowing it’s costing us money and we’ve only got a certain amount of time to do it… I think that’s an important part of our process. I think if we are given too much time and there aren’t those constraints I think we could probably get a bit lazy.

“BUT WE WANTED SOMETHING WHERE EVERY TRACK WAS THAT ONE TRACK THAT YOU WERE GOING TO DOWNLOAD. WE WANTED THIS ALBUM TO BE YOUR PLAYLIST.” download. We wanted this album to be your playlist. We’ve done it for you. This is it.” Achieving that proved to be a long and hard task given the band was split between cities. Members worked on material by themselves and needed to be smart with the time they spent together. Then there were the recording sessions for the album – small blocks spanning two years. Byrne

I know, personally, that I need that pressure, because otherwise I will find something else to do. I think for us, those constraints actually help to make the band.” Preparing to tour Heavy Weight, Byrne says Wolf & Cub are now faced with a problem they’ve never really experienced before. “On the other records, there have been tracks that I’ve known we’re never going to play live. But on this one, I can’t fathom not playing every one of these tracks. And that’s actually a pretty good feeling.” WHAT: Heavy Weight (MGM) WHEN & WHERE: 26 Oct, Amplifier Hotel; 27 Oct, Newport Hotel


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reviews

ALBUM OF THE WEEK

This week: See an edgier and meaner Hugh Jackman in Prisoners, Ron S. Peno gets darker and melancholic with The Superstitions and Young & Restless + The Nation Blue = the awesome noise of High Tension.

FUTURE OF THE LEFT

How To Stop Your Brain In An Accident Prescriptions/Remote Control Wow. Check your expectations at the door, because How To Stop Your Brain In An Accident – the fourth long-player from Welsh reprobates Future Of The Left – is an insane voyage down the rabbit hole, an endless gamut of trippy twists and tawdry turns. Their usual unrelenting pace has been superseded by a new respect for nuance and space, including some forays into slow tempo realms, but even these moments are caustic and creepy.

★★★★½

TRACK LISTING 1. Bread, Cheese, Bow And Arrow 2. Johnny Borrell Afterlife 3. Future Child Embarrassment Matrix 4. The Male Gaze 5. Singing Of The Bonesaws 6. I Don’t Know What You Ketamine 7. French Lessons 8. How To Spot A Record Company

9. Donny Of The Decks 10. She Gets Passed Around At Parties 11. Something Happened 12. The Real Meaning Of Christmas 13. Things To Say To Friendly Policemen 14. Why Aren’t I Going To Hell?

Of course frontman Andy ‘Falco’ Falkous’ awesomely twisted worldview is still proudly prevalent – waved frantically throughout like a pennant at some fucked up pageant – and the stylistic change in how it’s musically shrouded doesn’t dilute its impact one iota. The lyrics are brilliantly acerbic, targeting a slew of disparate marks and skewering them mercilessly. The stand-out is undoubtedly Singing Of The Bonesaws – a razor-sharp diatribe delivered in a hammy ‘60s TV presenter voice – although Falco’s croon during near-ballad French Lessons is fantastically unnerving, How To Spot A Record Company marries power and precision perfectly and closer Why Aren’t I Going To Hell?’s faux-gothic country shtick works wonderfully before descending into relative chaos. Musically, the recently reconfigured four-piece is in fine fettle – the guitars are requisitely heavy and the rhythm section both in sync and innovative – and they hold nothing back, meaning that the aesthetic risks are richly rewarded as the band’s undeniable charm seeps through the carnage. Ballsy, bizarre and brilliant. Steve Bell

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album reviews

RON S PENO & THE SUPERSTITIONS

HIGH TENSION Death Beat Cooking Vinyl

Anywhere And Everything Is Bright Rocket

Under the Superstitions banner, the idiosyncratic but genuine talents of Peno are allowed to range across a variety of styles, but remain identifiably his. The high plains country keening of his Darling Downs work is mostly – though not completely – sidelined. The songs here more often come on his darker croon, still of an often melancholic longing, but delivered as part of possibly the most complementary and cradling band he’s fronted since Died Pretty’s finest hours. In fact, in the jangle of the opening Say It Isn’t So, the urgent Myself In Thee, and even more so as Tim Deane’s rippling piano and organ entwine with Mark Dawson’s distinctive softly martial drumming on Destination Unknown, DP enthusiasts will feel very comfortable.

★★★★ As main collaborator and guitarist, Cam Butler seems to have helped find the balance of heart and head that lets Peno wrench the emotion from his guts, but to remember it’s there to serve some very good songs, and not just fall into melodrama. But it tends to all lead up to the final Call Your Name (To Say Goodbye) – an ebbing and flowing moody little epic with Peno’s increasing desperate loss hauling the band along with him as it goes. Even the crack in his vocal as he calls “It’s the time…” on the relationship seems both uncontrived but just right. Ross Clelland

Bringing together members of Young & Restless and The Nation Blue was always going to be a blueprint for great things. But don’t call this a supergroup. High Tension are nothing but their own entity, and with Death Beat they put a sizable rocket under the Aussie hard rock community. The record roars into life with Blaze Up, the track leaving you in no doubt the quartet are playing for keeps. And if volatile songs like Collingwood and Mountain Of Dead could spit in your face they would, and do so with a smile. The shrieks of frontwoman Karina Utomo cut into your skin like knife blades and are omnipresent across this debut. She loses her shit at will while vitriolic punk rock explodes forth relentlessly. Guitarist Ash Pegram maintains that perfect balance between fully charged and completely lost, while the formidable bass work of Matt Weston gives

MOTORHEAD

FEELINGS

ADA

Create/Control

Motorhead don’t appear too concerned with winning new fans. Instead, they seem intent on delivering more of the fast-paced, no bullshit rock they’ve been cranking out for almost four decades. And if that was the aim of Aftershock, mission accomplished.

Before Philadelphia Grand Jury’s untimely demise, fans of lo-fi indie rock wouldn’t have been too hyperbolic to foresee the Sydney trio leading the sound into the future, even if it took them the rest of their lives.

Aftershock

Songs like End Of Time and Going To Mexico fill the Ace Of Spades and Doctor Rock-shaped holes. Even though they don’t really offer anything new, it’s a formula that works and the slightly fresh take on it delivers two more solid rockers. With Silence When You Speak To Me, Motorhead deliver the kind of boot-stomping, chest-thumping chantable crowd-pleaser that you know would sound even better live. And Last Woman Blues makes for the perfect early album breather, with its strippeddown blues a stark contrast to every other track. But the real stand-out in Aftershock is Death Machine. It’s exactly what you 40 • THE MUSIC • 23RD OCTOBER 2013

★★★ ½ these tracks enough weight to drag you to the bottom of the ocean. Once Dan McKay has banged the whole thing into shape with his rhythms, Death Beat is all but ready for war. Produced by Melbourne-based Kiwi rock pig Tom Larkin, the Shihad drummer has managed to capture and contain High Tension’s fire without diluting it on record. And although there are slight reprieves like Astral Plane, for the most part this is music designed to maim. Fire warnings need to go out in capital cities and regional areas before these guys return to the road. Benny Doyle

Be Kind, Unwind

★★★ ½ want from a Motorhead song called Death Machine. In a pretty consistent track listing of one heartstarter after another, the only real letdown is Dust And Glass. Does anyone really need a slow jam where Lemmy huskily laments lost days, lost nights and some other old clichéd slow song bollocks? Although, Phil “Wizzo” Campbell’s shredding solo almost saves the day. Almost. Kilmister is 67. Motorhead is 38. No man or band should be rocking this hard after so many years. But if you told Aftershock that, it would kick you in your balls before rocking them right off. Pete Laurie

Thankfully the premature disbandment has something of a happy ending with frontman Simon Berkfinger’s Feelings providing somewhat of the follow-up. But is it any good? Well, Be Kind, Unwind doesn’t match the spark or the enthusiasm of his previous outfit’s debut and, it certainly seems, he really misses his old bandmates. Breaking it down track by track proves more challenging as there simply isn’t a Casino or a Ready To Roll or a Good News or anything that could truly become one of those staple triple j classics. Forerunning single One In A Million does however feature one of Berkfinger’s finest hooks and delivers its sentiment

★★★ beautifully, while Intercourse only just falls short. New York Summer cooks with some of the fine ingredients of old, but losing a lover has always sparked Berkfinger’s creative side nicely. Be Kind, Unwind will quench the thirst of some diehard Philly Jays fans, some will even find some solace in at least some of these tunes. But overall, the material just isn’t quite there, the album tends to fall short as an entity and simply just doesn’t quite reach the heights or the hooks the Berkfinger we all know and love is entirely capable of. Ben Preece


album reviews

★★★★

★★★

★★★ ½

★★★ ½

ANGIE

HELLOGOODBYE

KATAKLYSM

PAPA

Turning

Everything Is Debatable

Waiting For The End To Come

Tender Madness

Old Friends/Shock

Nuclear Blast

With the maturity of their songwriting and charismatic vocals of Forrest Kline, it’s hard to believe Hellogoodbye are only onto album number three. On Everything Is Debatable’s 11 electro folk pop-fuelled tunes, synths and guitar leads play just as an important role as Kline’s vocals in the winning over the listener. 2010’s Would It Kill You? seemed to lack something the band’s debut promised, but with a new drummer and bassist this release pertains an unbridled energy and intriguing sense of depth and dynamic. You might question the overuse of synth or drum samples, but you can’t deny the record’s solidity.

Canadian extreme metal exports Kataklysm continue to keep it real, this time enlisting the tidy production talents of Zeuss, who has worked with Suffocation and Chimaira in the past. There’s plenty for the whole family to enjoy here; from the groove laden If I Was God - I’d Burn It All, to the military stomp of Under Lawless Skies. The sound is crisp and full, there’s good separation of all instruments and Maurizio Iacono’s vocals cut through like a frickin’ laser beam. Tear the scab off a beer can and try not to bob your skull to this one.

There’s a pop sensibility and sentimentality weaving throughout Tender Madness’s 12 tracks that makes it the ideal summertime soundtrack for those whose tastes lean towards the commerciality of Kings Of Leon or The Killers. The vocals of Darren Weiss (who doubles as drummer) actually smacks a little of Brandon Flowers, with a fragile mid range timbre that sounds on the verge of breaking at any given time. Put Me To Work sets the grandiose tone for an album with tracks that flow from pop-infused rock (Young Rut) to introspective ballad (If The Moon Rises) without skipping a beat.

Daniel Cribb

Glenn Waller

Glenn Waller

Rice Is Nice Sydney’s queen of punks Angie Garrick ditches the bands and her last name in Turning, her first solo foray. Lead single Parallels is a lo-fi scuzzball chugging along on a staccato rhythm while Garrick sneers with static-fuelled disdain and a seductively sleazy guitar line weaves in and out. But this track is the exception. Most of the eight songs lurch, stutter and crawl through a deliberate myopic haze, dystopic, anguished laments from a psychotropic underground, clawing their way out of the scum-lined mire long enough to leave aural scars before disappearing back down the hole. Brendan Telford

★★★

SEPULTURA

★★★ ½

Loma Vista/Caroline

★★★ ½

★★★ ½

THE HEAD & THE HEART

VARIOUS

VARIOUS

Kitsuné Maison 15

Let’s Be Still

Kitsuné/[PIAS] Australia

Love To Love You Donna

Sub Pop/Inertia

The undisputed kings of South American metal have released an LP with a title that sounds more emo band name than thrash album; does this mean Sepultura are mellowing with age? Not really, but this album is a departure from the colossal riffery of previous efforts. Grittier and sounding more like their first few albums in terms of sloppy production value, the intentions may have been noble in an up-yours punk ethos kind of way, but unfortunately the riffs are instantly forgettable.

Let’s Be Still is as bold as it is versatile, The Head & The Heart sampling styles and beautifully utilising the three voices on offer. From melancholic to spritely, the record’s subtle genre shifts are exciting – Charity Rose Thielin’s Summertime is a surprise burst of energy following some poignant storytelling and the appropriately-named Shake, climactic in turn. Josiah Johnson’s inherently sad Josh McBride explodes into a magical, unexpected three-part harmony, contributing to the extraordinary collection of the album’s first – and better – half. Sadly, the record plateaus, but where else could they go?

With every season, French fashion and music label Kitsuné release another swishy compilation to soundtrack their catwalk shows. And like their wearable creations, their 15th signature collection comes tastefully coordinated to appease aspiring hipsters, though this one lacks the diversity of previous adventures. It’s possible to generalise offerings by Go Wolf and Jonny Pierce as being ‘a bit Phoenix’, or to celebrate The Swiss and Horixon as downtempo Mylo-isms. But knowing what goes with what is the fashionistas forte, and even when Kitsuné aren’t presenting their best face they’re still putting on a decent show.

Glenn Waller

Mat Lee

Mac McNaughton

The Mediator Between The Head And The Hands Must Be The Heart Nuclear Blast

Universal Almost 40 years ago Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte rather seminally introduced Donna Summer to the delights of the electro disco dancefloor. This month a bunch of seasoned dance producers salute the late great diva with this mixed bag of stomping remixes. Frankie Knuckles works over Hot Stuff, Chromeo funk up Love Is In Control and Laidback Luke blows up MacArthur Park into an electro tech workout. While it’s impossible to improve I Feel Love, the application of modern production and even more banging beats to Summer’s many solid gold classics produces fun irreverent results. Guido Farnell THE MUSIC • 23RD OCTOBER 2013 • 41


singles/ep reviews

★★★★

USURPER OF MODERN MEDICINE Motorolla Borealis Independent The first taste of the WA doctors of destructopop’s debut LP due next year goes down the Eustachian tubes with greater ease than ever before. Lighter, more melodic and less chaotic than previous work, it shimmers with the mystical lights of the aurora borealis. Healthy summer medicine.

GINGER & THE GHOST The Mark Of Hearts Shock Harrowing strings and a voice that simply couldn’t be ignored combined to create the beautiful One Type Of Dark last year. Unfortunately new single doesn’t quite capture Missy’s spellbinding, mystical vocals as effectively, though it’s still an assured statement from a Sydney act that you can expect many more to fall in love with.

Inertia Against The Grain provides singalong times aplenty from the locals, its rocking crescendos, falsetto-reaching choruses and playful guitar licks making for a wriggleworthy earworm.

SASKWATCH Hands/Not Ready Yet Northside/Remote Control Melbourne’S Saskwatch pack a whole lotta funk sass into these two songs, together only making it a little over five minutes. Dare you to sit down during that time if witnessed live, though on the home stereo they’re less captivating. It’s a case of ‘best Saskwatched live’, though you gotta hand it to vocalist Nkechi Anele – what a set of pipes! Aarom Wilson 42 • THE MUSIC • 23RD OCTOBER 2013

★★★★

AFI

THE FRATELLIS

THE MORNING NIGHT

Burials

We Need Medicine

Amberola

Republic/Universal

Cooking Vinyl

Walking Horse Music

Burials opens with two of AFI’s most theatrical and haunting numbers yet, before injecting a healthy dose of pop into the mix with potentially the record’s best track, A Deep Slow Panic. The rest of the album maintains a steady pace, an upbeat tempo kept in check with your typical AFI darkness before Anxious rounds things out with a tidal wave of emotion. AFI teased fans for months with Burials, and the final product is worth every second of painstaking suspense. Not since 2003’s Sing The Sorrow have AFI produced such a captivating record.

The Fratellis’ first album in five years makes its presence known by staggering out of a wood-cabin bar at midnight, one foot in a honky-tonked leather boot and the other in a mini-Marshall amp. It’s as clumsy (Rock N Roll Will Break Your Heart) as it is pitifully charming (The Whiskey Saga, the closest We Need Medicine gets to the crackling magic of Chelsea Dagger). Half-pissed with your best mates, it sounds like one of the best rock albums of the year. But listen with a clear head and blues-rock clichés will tire from overuse.

This album is like a bag of liquorice allsorts. You’ve got a combination of hard sticky tracks with great hooks, and some softer relaxed tones helped along by the sweet harmonies of Isaura Campbell. Australian pop at its best, each track displays layers of pleasing guitar and rhythm. Cherubic ditty Valentine sports lead man Adrian Hoffman’s progressive songwriting skills and his honey vocals make lovesick lyrics go down easy. To their demise, the variation here can be distracting, shedding light of country blues, hard rock and folk themes. Some definition wouldn’t have gone astray, but this eclectic six-piece have all the goods to boast.

Daniel Cribb

Mac McNaughton

Adrienne Downes

★★★

SONS OF RICO Against The Grain

★★★

WHITAKER Wichita

★★★

ALEX LLOYD

★★

MAYDAY PARADE

Urban Wilderness

Monsters In The Closet

Mushroom

MGM

Fearless/Shock

The wind is a type of song. I say this because Whitaker’s Ryan Meeking’s voice rises like a zephyr; the melodics of his voice are encompassing and soft, which makes them wind-like. Over taut acoustic guitar, the Melburnian fourpiece make communion, through Meeking’s vocals, with air and sound. Wichita is the capital of Kansas, capital of the Great Plains. There is no singular musical fulcrum in this EP, no point that pinches your memory, and the band’s fragile-wood-cabin-on-thevirgin-prairie-folksy sound is a conceit – but a harmless one.

Black Cat opens Lloyd’s latest album up with a punch; beginning with rustic production and minimalist orchestration, it almost draws comparisons to Junip until it builds beyond the verses. Lloyd’s shown us in recent years with his various collaborations that he’s capable of producing high quality output. As the first solo album since 2008’s Good In The Face Of A Stranger, though, this album seems to lack direction without a collaborator alongside Lloyd. However, tracks such as Light On You, Untouchable Moon and Reign On Me prove Lloyd’s strengths lie in his softer, more heartfelt compositions.

With album opener Ghosts easing in with vocals that meet somewhere between Fun. and Queen, the expectation is Mayday Parade’s fourth record will mix things up a little. Unfortunately, and this isn’t actually a bad thing if you love their sound; the rest of Monsters In The Closet, with its huge choruses and uplifting, hardhitting vibes, sounds too similar to 2011’s self-titled record.

Lukas Murphy

Daniel Cribb

Callum Twigger

The problem is Monsters In The Closet doesn’t really present anything new, and with the market for high school-esque pop punk slowly fading, most of these songs will fall on deaf ears.


live reviews

KIM WILDE, NIK KERSHAW Enmore Theatre 19 Oct The ‘80s exploded in Enmore tonight, and there were few apologies for it. The line outside was a retro promoter’s dream (and retro designer’s one, too), while inside the audience were perhaps a bit better behaved than they would have been back in the day. Sorta. Nik Kershaw and his band (including Ricky and Scarlet Wilde) were kind of a support but played a full ten or so tune set including hits I Won’t Let

vocals-only final verse). While it’s been a while between drinks and tunes (Wilde even had a spell as a celebrity gardener in the UK – true story!), tonight proved she’s still absolutely got her chops, including a local reference with a cover of I Touch Myself (great, although could have done with a little Chrissie love to frame it), and of course If I Can’t Have You and Wonderful Life as a mass sing-along. The miniacoustic set in the middle was really impressive, too. By the time it came to Kids In America even the stiffest of retro deniers were up and giving it a go. Tonight was

AMORPHIS @ AMPLIFIER. PIC: BRODIE COLE

The Sun Go Down On Me, Don Quixote and Wouldn’t It Be Good, with an epic ‘show must go on’ moment where a mic drone nearly killed the set. They stayed on as backing band/ collaborators for Kim Wilde. Wilde and family (her brother and songwriter Ricky, and niece and backing singer Scarlett) hit the ground running with Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love, and played up the ‘80s cheese (but still awesome moves) throughout the set. A toy kangaroo made it on stage in between set-ups (gratefully received by Wilde), while she asked knowingly, “Does anyone remember the ‘80s?” before launching into a slower version of Cambodia (complete with

pioneered the scene in a country that now considers heavy metal its pride and joy. Beginning as an incredibly heavy death metal act the band has consistently evolved, resulting in a broad and enviable back catalogue much of which was on show on Wednesday night. It was a night of stars as Perth’s own international export, Voyager, demonstrated once again that they’ve deservedly outgrown the city and belong on the summer festival circuit with a rich and varied back catalogue of their own. I Am The Revolution blended with a healthy dose

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not quite as tongue in cheek as some of the recent ‘80s relaunches (Rick Astley at the same venue last year was outwardly and knowingly hilarious), but fun nonetheless. Liz Giuffre

AMORPHIS, VOYAGER

Amplif ier Bar, Perth 16 Oct It’s no secret we live in a sleepy corner of the world so when a band travels from the polar opposite end to visit there is a particular magic in the air. Hailing from Finland, the mighty Amorphis all but

of The Meaning Of I to bring a slick, modern feel to the show on the same stage they cut their teeth with power metal all those years ago. There was no Space Jump Medley this time around however, just an assortment of rich musicianship from some of Australia’s best. Gotta love the direction these guys are travelling in. The stars aligned as Finnish pioneers Amorphis took the stage to deliver a flawless performance in what was easily metal gig of the year. There is true beauty in seeing an act that features an historic back catalogue as each of those early era tracks can finally be heard

in their true and updated form with the benefit of years of experience honing each one to perfection. Into Hiding, Drowned Maid, Black Winter Day and Castaway, all from the ’94 album, Tales From The Thousand Lakes, featured prominently, receiving the modern treatment in what was in all probability the most perfect mix Amplifier has ever cooked up. Vocalist Tomi Joutson’s cavernous, heavy growls and soaring, accented cleans showed why he is rare air and can make a case as one of the most important

AMORPHIS @ AMPLIFIER. PIC: BRODIE COLE

vocalists of this metal era. The complexities of tone resonate with smoothness and are delivered with raw unadulterated power – a contrast possibly unmatched in either hemisphere. The soaring melodies of Skyforger tracks ruled supreme as Sampo and Silver Bride were played back-to-back to reflect the album order – a masterpiece alternating between crushing heaviness and melodic passages. Sky Is Mine and My Kantele iced a perfect show from one of the best bands in existence. Simon Holland THE MUSIC • 23RD OCTOBER 2013 • 43


live reviews

GET WEIRD: OBEY CITY, MANIMAL, SABLE, SLEEPYHEAD, ZEKE Parker 11 Oct 133 Aberdeen appears to have completed a full 180degree revolution from its heavy metal Black Bettys ancestries, to last weekend hosting a minimalist, electro-funk producer

boat shoes and rolled up chinos, and everything in between. Local reliables Manimal, Sleepyhead, Sable and Zeke were charged with support prior and ensured a fervent crowd perused their intentions of getting weird until the main man ventured on to the decks around half 12. Obey City is one to keep an eye on; the latest addition to the Hudson Mohawke-cofounded collective, LuckyMe, the young New Yorker has been making beats under different labels for some time now, as well as playing sets at some of the biggest festivals in the US and Europe. His own cofounded collective, Astro Nautico, is a hotbed for new talent right now with

THE JUNGLE GIANTS @ CAPITOL. PIC: DARCY RAHN

from Brooklyn under the newfangled Parker headline. The transition has further engrossed a deviation in clientele from the once heavies to the now trendies, which in itself represents a modern day phenomenon worthy of critical dialogue. The time for such dialogue however, is nay. Having not ventured to the lonely corner venue since its recent resurrection meant minimal expectations beside the Get Weird tagline to which it rested its laurels upon. Sure enough, the evening gave face to the usual assortment that such nights attract: Tumblr girls that got lost somewhere between Mondo and Republic, dudes with sleeve tattoos, 44 • THE MUSIC • 23RD OCTOBER 2013

Capitol 18 Oct

The dancefloor was looking a little empty as local pop newbies GRRL PAL hit the stage at Capitol. With a diverse platter of funky tracks and a flawless singer, be sure to keep an eye on these guys. Although battling with a few technical problems, they stuck with it and opened the night on a high and somewhat sparkly note (looking at you, lead singer, where do you shop?).

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the likes of Comanche and Time Wharp gaining plenty of attention online. But what really makes the Brooklyn beatsmith shine is his melodic range – starting out as a hip hop producer and DJ to now releasing his latest EP, Champagne Sounds, as an ‘80s pop and disco funkinspired electronic record. It was this variation in soundscape that shone through so brightly on Friday night, deviating from inherently hip hop and trap sounds, to pure disco and glam pop with unadulterated vibes consistent throughout. Sean McKenna

THE JUNGLE GIANTS, GRRRL PAL

super excited and it became apparent why everyone loves this buoyant band. Up until this point there was a small rave circle of about ten people at the front of the stage, but Mr Polite got everyone moving. It was unclear whether The Jungle Giants had ever sat still in their lives until they slowed it down, You’ve Got Something demonstrating the real skill of the two guitarists. It also became obvious that bass player Andrew Dooris loves a good boogie, regardless of tempo. Lead singer Sam Hales had no trouble connecting with the young crowd and displayed an impressive vocal range. Hales engaged in some friendly banter with the crowd, and they wrapped up their set

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Up next was a Guetta-esque DJ set from a member of Melbourne dance band Northeast Party House. Unfortunately, he was facing the wall and the lights weren’t really on him, so the audience missed out on some real bangers. Shame. After a sound-check (during the DJ set, what?) Brisbane youngsters The Jungle Giants literally bounded onto the stage, much to the delight of a somewhat miscellaneous crowd. Opening with Come And Be Alone With Me, a track from this year’s album, Learn To Exist, the energy levels of this four-piece were constant throughout the entire set. The following track, Mr Polite, from previous release, The Jungle Giants, got the crowd

with 2013 single, I Am What You Want Me To Be. The energy inside Capitol literally tripled at this point, everyone jumping/gyrating and some bros jumped on stage for a boogie, to the dismay of security. This band is extraordinarily tight, with polished riffs and perfect drums, plus cute ‘90s stylin’ (eg. Hales’ backwards cap and denim shirt); it’s easy to see why they pull such huge crowds and have garnered high praise, notably from triple j. Hales returned to the stage for a solo encore of Devil’s In The Details (everyone loves a nice slow jam). Then the full band joined him for hit single, She’s A Riot, wrapping up a cohesive set and a grand night for all. Darcy Rahn


arts reviews

PRISONERS

PRISONERS Film

In cinemas 17 Oct Prisoners is a surprisingly strong film. ‘Surprisingly’, because, from the outset, it didn’t look to have much going for it. I expected a rote, straight-to-DVD story – something enjoyable enough, but that was hampered by Hugh Jackman’s perfect beard and wavering American accent. Instead, it is exactly those things, but made pretty damn sublime by the incredible eye of cinematographer Roger Deakins,

who expertly mines the film’s pallid suburban neighbourhoods for all their oppressive normalcy, and finds such earthy, elemental qualities in scenes shot inside mere campervans and muted office spaces. And there’s flashes of something else, too – something edgier and meaner in Jackman that I’d not seen before. His cartoonish physicality here is hulking and brimming with a genuine menace. I’d really wondered what Jake Gyllenhaal would bring to his role. I’ve seen great potential in him go to waste on bad movies. But here, he’s all backstory, which starts him on strong footing. He has a facial tic, which in many other actors’ eyes would play as affected, but he makes it part of the language of his character. He hunches and shuffles around with the heavy air of a funeral, which is such a wonderful inversion for the character of a cop – and a Gyllenhaal hero cop, at that – in a film like this. There is atmosphere, and elegance to every frame of Prisoners. It isn’t amazing, but it is strong, memorable and gorgeous. Samuel Hobson

ROB SCHNEIDER Comedy

Astor Theatre Dick jokes with a side order of philosophy were on offer when 49-year-old Rob Schneider fronted a sold-out Astor Theatre in Perth. He’d barely been in the country 12 hours and had already managed to nail the Aussie accent and make note of some country towns to poke fun at, “Bunburra” aka Bunbury getting an honourable mention on numerous occasions.

ROB SCHNEIDER

To avoid any awkward heckling, the first thing he did on approaching the mic was yell, “You can do it!”, and for the next hour didn’t go anywhere close to his acting career, which, surprisingly, he didn’t need to to keep the ball rolling. Sure, his set slumped somewhat towards the end – there’s only so long you can joke about sex and getting old before you start repeating yourself – but for the most part, Schneider’s onstage presence was engaging and often pushed boundaries. It wasn’t until his encore did a select few finally shouted “you can do it” and “cut his fucking balls off ”, which seemed an appropriate transition into Schneider explaining his absence from Grown Ups 2. Although he cited having a child as his reason, he also compared the film to a bowl of shit. Most of those in the diverse crowd would have purchased tickets purely on his film career, but during his time onstage, he showed he’s more than the man from the big screen. Daniel Cribb

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games

Knock Knock is an indie horror game. While not particularly scary, it is horrible. The most exciting thing that happened while I was playing happened when I found a typo in one of the boring bits where you have to read heaps of text (there is one section where you have to read 11 pages of irrelevant and uninteresting backstory).

In fact, the angry-looking protagonist is actually the scariest thing in the game. Much scarier than the dude who has a box on his head – or the ball of leaves that rolls around. What’s really annoying is how much you have to listen to his gibberish, when the cliché creepy girl who’s stalking you talks in perfect English. It also had this weird attempt at a meta-narrative where at the start of the game it says it’s not actually game, but an interactive meditation given to the developers by a mysterious third party. Yeah, nah.

In a nutshell, you play a sleep-

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swapping out the Duke for Lo-Wang – a badass SinoJapanese warrior with a penchant for muscle cars, cigarettes and katana decapitations. He channels the stereotypically East Asian ki to cast the equivalent of spells and healing. The upgradable abilities aren’t really enough to convince you to take on too much extra side-searching, but it’s the thought that counts.

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Devolver Digital PC The Build game engine should be familiar to the hearts and minds of gamers over as it formed the basis for the incredible Duke Nukem 3D in the ‘90s. That game, probably the first of its kind to feature payable strippers, was the talk of schoolyards worldwide. The initial Shadow Warrior was built to the same specifications and largely felt similar while 46 • THE MUSIC • 23RD OCTOBER 2013

invisible spectre named Aiden since early childhood.

deprived lodger who, for some reason, can only speak in gibberish and needs to survive until dawn each night. You know you’re in for a wild time when the primary game mechanic is waiting. The creepiness is meant to come from all the eerie footsteps and banging on doors and creeking floorboards. However, when you realise that it doesn’t mean anything and you’re rarely ever in any kind of danger, the game becomes a chore.

The game feels similar to the original in terms of the ability to run around and destroy the shit out of any poor bastards stupid enough to work for the opposition. Oh, and there’s demons. Lots as scary-as-fuck demons. Chopping is pretty good fun – there is nothing quite as great as seeing limbs separate from torsos and heads roll in your wake and it does get pretty gory. A good dose of cinematics early on engage you enough to follow the action through, though in the wake of several recent releases the relatively linear game path feels a little claustrophobic. Still, the awesome ‘80s action film feel and entertaining dialogue make this well worth a look. Simon Holland

★★½

BEYOND: TWO SOULS SCEE PS3

David Cage decided video games needed to grow up. Juvenile fantasies like Halo and Skyrim held back the medium’s credibility, went his logic, and its success in reaching a broader audience. Cage, Beyond: Two Soul’s outspoken creative director, diagnosed the industry with ‘Peter Pan Syndrome’. With gaming itself in peril, Cage assembled a crack team of Ellen Page, Willem Dafoe and a cutting-edge motion capture studio, and propelled them into space in search of a life-saving creative specimen. Years later, they returned with Beyond. With talent like Willem Dafoe on-side, and Cage’s insistence that story is the crucial missing spice in the video game fried chicken, you’d expect Beyond’s tale to depth-charge other studios’ offerings out of the water. It’s definitely as ambitious as any Hollywood production. Ellen Page plays Jodie, an orphan who has co-existed with an

The story begins with the first outbreak of her psychic powers, her admission into the care of a supernatural research facility, and covers her growth as a frustrated teenager and eventually as a reluctant soldier in the CIA’s paranormal ops program. Pretty exciting. But the grand narrative is a flailing, unfocused mess, spread too thin across the game’s marathon 15+ hours. There are plenty of mind-numbing tangents, covering anything from homeless life to researching Navajo desert spirits. In terms of in-game choice, I can elect what meal to cook for a date with some jerk, but I can’t prevent an innocent man I’ve possessed from landscaping his own face with a shotgun. Ultimately, the player has zero say in the majority of Jodie’s macro-level decisions. Rather than rivalling Mass Effect’s lattice of choices, which can lead to the extinction of entire races, Beyond made me feel like Alex in A Clockwork Orange: my hands restrained from the controls, and my eyes kept open with forceps. Cage has misdiagnosed the video game industry. Many video games already feature meaningful story and choices. Mass Effect carpet bombs Beyond in terms of impactful decisions. Walking Dead is the reigning king of emotive characters. And Beyond’s shallow quick-time events and confused story withers next to The Last of Us’s masterful blend of satisfying mechanics and a carefully bowed narrative arc. Beyond is a lesson in how interaction can’t be neglected in the name of story, and how a developer’s hubris can painfully backfire. Michael Pendlebury


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travel AKA Asta Binnie The best record I stole from my folks’ collection was… Kate Bush, Red Shoes. The f irst record I bought with my own money was… The Veronicas, most likely. The record I put on when I’m really miserable is… James Blake, Overgrown. The record I put on when I bring someone home is… Sade, Smooth Operator My favourite party album is… Disclosure, Settle. But I rarely get out, so I just have my own party with a cup of tea. The best album to come down to is… Cat Stevens, The Very Best Of. So lulling and perfect for lazy Sundays. The most surprising record in my collection is… Tom Waits, The Heart Of Saturday Night. But his voice gets to me, so I tend not to listen to it all that much! The last thing I bought/downloaded was… Today I bought Ella Fitzgerald’s Love Songs, was an absolute bargain! Importing the album as we speak. The record I’m loving right now is… Arctic Monkeys, AM. The sound quality is amazing and all the tracks are so groovy. Perfect album for traveling to and from places. When and where are your next gigs? Atlas Divine 20th Birthday, Oct 24, Parker; Rooftop Sessions, Oct 27, The Aviary

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THE SLAP The time has come when all Australians heed the call to gather around the barbecue, sink a few ales, swat at the inevitable flies and share something imbued with the essence of charcoal to eat, as Dylan Stewart eulogises.

GET CREATIVE ON THE BARBECUE OYSTERS

If you think this salty mollusc is only palatable when raw and zesty, cheese and herbs have the ability to transform any food.

DOUGHNUTS

These diabeticinducing desserts are greatly enhanced by the barbecuing process, the heat helping to caramelise the sugars. Nothing is better than one of these warmed crispy treats!

WATERMELON

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ctober’s a funny time of year. The winter chill, its sporting codes and long nights are rapidly moving into the abyss of our collective psyche, and although daylight savings has kicked in, we’re still getting used to functioning in a different – albeit only slightly – timezone. Summer is on the horizon, but it will take a few really warm days before shorts and singlets become the fashion du jour (yes, some parts of Australia have experienced unseasonable warmth already, but bear with me here, I’m making a point). The hum of lawnmowers can be heard on the suburban soundscape and the smell of freshly cut grass wafts over fences to indicate we are in the throes of spring. Soon, though, these sensations will be joined by that other glorious mainstay of the warmer months: the barbecue. First comes the faint smell of charcoal, growing more and more aromatic over those first few minutes. Then that sudden, shocking sizzle of the first piece of food slapping upon the grill hits your ears and human nature instinctively draws us to the cooking process. Whether meat or vegetable, all distractions are ignored, our eyes and ears honing in on preparing a sumptuous, char-grilled meal for ourselves – or, as is often the case, for our friends and family. It’s been this way for millennia. Although the stainless steel hood, the gas tank and the pasta salad that often form part of the barbecuing experience have been around a relatively short time, the concept of cooking food over an open flame is as old as fire itself. We might mock them as precursors to the presentday human race, but the cavemen and women who first managed to control fire in the Middle Pleistocene period (think 781-126 thousand years ago) had larger brains than their own predecessors. It’s unsurprising, then, that one of the first things they did with their newfound intelligence was find an animal, kill it and cook it over a fire. Sure, the furthest many of us come to hunting for food these days is stalking the supermarket aisles, and even

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when we’re camping we’ll throw up a cast-iron plate over the embers to cook more accurately. There’s something appealing, though, about the primitive notion of cooking a piece of flesh to the point where it’s not only rid of bacteria, but also draws that smoky flavour of the flames. If we just wanted to eat a hot meal, we would no doubt use one of the multitudes of modern cooking appliances found in the average kitchen. Oven, stovetop, microwave, steamer, kettle, toaster, slow cooker; the list goes on. There seems to be less skill required when cooking in the kitchen though. An oven can be pre-heated to a precise temperature. A steamer or rice cooker can automatically tell you when your food has reached the desired state. And the only ‘work’ involved in cooking in a microwave is to remove any foil from your meal. Try telling a story to friends while you all huddle around a rice cooker. It would not only have to be as riveting as a Hollywood thriller, but you’d also be telling it in a race against “the ding” that indicates your food is ready. There’s a certain kind of nostalgic romance about cooking on a barbecue that’s not just limited to the act of cooking itself. In the fresh air of a backyard, a park or a campground, voices are naturally freer of inhibitions, allowing stories to be told enthusiastically, flamboyantly and with gestures. There’s no bench space restricting your movements; no competing conversation that needs to be respected (as much). And the neighbours? When paired with the slap and sizzle of food on the grill, the sounds of laughter and a crappy stereo blaring through a bathroom window is, if not an invitation to pop round with a six-pack of their own, then a validation that everything is alright with the world. When you fire up the barbecue this summer, take a moment to tip your hat to our ancestors, their primitive fire-cooking ways and, for God’s sake, make sure the grill is hot before you slap that steak down.

Already a popular partner for goat cheese and rocket salads, this fruit has progressed to patty status in making sweet/savoury burgers. You can also experiment with other fruits as well, such as bananas in their skins, peaches, pears, etc.

ROMAINE LETTUCE

Lettuce, as well as its leafy cousins like cabbage and brussels sprouts, go great with oil, herbs or salad dressing on the grill. It’s all about supplementing the fluid lost in the cooking process with added fats and sauces.

AVOCADO

If your average guacamole isn’t cutting it anymore, the process of grilling avocados provides a great smoky flavour. Be sure to use olive oil and lemon juice and have a clean grill on a low heat.


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THE EDGES OF TWILIGHT

NUDE UP IN THE LOCKER ROOMS

Nothing says, ‘I’m iffy on you locals’ like covering yourself with a towel when you’re getting changed. Let it hang out, relax and enjoy the welcoming nods from the regulars.

You havent haven’t lived until yyou you’ve ve ridden a snowmobile on an active volcano. Iceland gives Benny Doyle such an opportunity.

SCRUB YO’SELF

And while you’re standing around just as God made you, have a shower and scrub yourself down. This will make sure the lagoon remains as clean and hygienic as possible.

MINIMAL MOTION IN THE OCEAN

Well, geothermal spa – but you get it. Your mad bomb dives might score you perfect tens at your backyard pool parties but here they’ll win you no friends.

GET DIRTY

That soft stuff beneath your toes is silica mud, and it exfoliates, brings out inner glow and does all sorts of other things you read about on lady products. Smear that gear on.

CLOSE YOUR EYES

You are swimming in an open-air lagoon in Iceland surrounded by molten rock – it doesn’t get much more relaxing, so soak it up and enjoy.

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he temperature has dropped into minus territory and I’m rugged up like the Michelin Man, trying to squeeze a racing helmet down over my head. Our husky Icelandic guide notices that I’m struggling and gives it a little tap on top which does the trick. We’re about to go snowmobiling on Mýrdalsjökull, a glacier that rests expectedly on an active volcano named Katla. Scientists have stated that the cavity should erupt every 40 to 80 years; the last recorded eruption was in 1918. Our guide says that we can only go out for an hour so if the thing blows we can outrun the lava. I’ve never felt so alive. This is Iceland. It’s a country that stirs something inside you and causes you to breathe deeper, gaze longer and think just a little bit more. Most things you experience here are so unique you can’t completely compute them, and even in reflection it’s hard to put yourself back in that moment and acknowledge the magnitude and scope that came with whatever you were doing. Like speeding at 60 clicks across a volcano; gazing at the crevasse between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates; watching icebergs break off a glacier. It’s a country that makes you feel small and insignificant in the massive scheme of it all. Because there’s culture shock. When you visit a foreign destination and can’t read a train map, or you point at a menu and end up with pig’s ear stew. Then there’s Iceland. At many points on the trip it doesn’t even seem like we’re on Earth. The remote Nordic island spits, steams and bubbles, filling us with childlike curiosity as an elaborate science experiment plays out all around. And outside of Reykjavík, the horizon is generally devoid of trees, with moss quickly replacing grass and minimal fauna to be seen. Far from seeming cold, however, all this comes across as cinematic and inspiring. From the moment we depart London and begin chasing the spring sun north around the earth’s curvature, the trip immediately feels like something extraordinary and

about as far removed from a standard ‘weekend break’ as could be. At one point I’m lying in the back of a people mover as it powers down a single lane road and all that surrounds us is hardened black lava. The desolation seems to roll into the infinite. Tool plays on the stereo and the prog metal whirs with the same intensity; it sounds like it was written for the moment. I remember reading an article about the making of Bjork’s Post, and how she sourced a long microphone cord so she could sing out to the ocean. It all makes complete sense. Basing ourselves out of Reykjavik City Hostel isn’t so much a smart decision as the only choice on our backpacking budget. But it gives us a central base to explore the city and surrounding areas, and provides us with a social environment where we can share stories and pick up handy tips on where to eat and what to check out around the place. During our four days in Iceland I see more water cascading over cliff edges that I ever have in my life. I eat lobster soup and freshly caught flounder that practically dissolves in my mouth. I even manage to learn a bit about the country’s Viking heritage, which the Icelandic people are immensely proud of. The sun doesn’t disappear the entire time we’re here. The closest we come to darkness is between the hours of 11pm and 3am, when a perpetual dusk settles over our heads. When we appear from Pravda, one of the prize clubs in Reykjavik on Sunday morning at 4am, the sun is belting down like it’s noon. It makes the street meat hot dog just a little harder to digest, but it’s pretty unique nonetheless. And no trip to Iceland is complete without a visit to the Blue Lagoon, the iconic geothermal spa situated in the country’s south-west tip. It’s on the way to the airport, making it the perfect final stop for any holiday in the north, and the experience is medicinal, extracting the last of the Jägermeister from our pores to see us leaving totally refreshed and invigorated. Because this is an island getaway, but just not as you know it. THE MUSIC • 23RD OCTOBER 2013 • 51


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PUNK AND HARDCORE WITH DANIEL CRIBB

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What was Lil Wayne thinking? The rapper has signed Paris Hilton, with her “tantalising voice”, to Cash Money Records, and guests on her EDM-fuelled comeback single Good Time. Hilton debuted with 2006’s Paris, entailing the ska Stars Are Blind (actually, a guilty pleasure). Hilton’s celebutante status has been challenged by Kim Kardashian, but she’s shrewdly transformed herself into a DJ, even playing Ibiza’s Amnesia. But the year’s reinvention is surely that of Destiny “Miley” Cyrus, who, having “murdered” her Disney alter ego Hannah Montana, is now a subversively provocative urban/country/rave star. Nashville’s ‘trashy’ Princess Of Twerking has exposed the limitations of mainstream feminists, whose didactic commentaries and tut-tutting reinforce patriarchal stereotypes of good girl/bad girl, rather than ask why, when a female rebels, her body – or sexuality – is her only available tool or weapon. (Cyrus was once a pro-abstinence teen.) Dr Luke’s Wrecking Ball is an epic Rihanna-esque dubstep ballad that deals with emotional vulnerability – Cyrus’ split from her The Last Song co-star Liam Hemsworth – as well as the blurring between iconoclasm and (self )-destruction. The streetwise Bangerz features rappers galore – Nelly is perfect for Pharrell Williams’ hillbilly punk 4X4. Yet Cyrus’ main producer is Atlanta’s Mike Will Made-It, previously responsible for Ciara’s ace Body Party. Here, his Drive symbolically mimics Adina Howard’s ‘90s Freak Like Me. Ironically, Cyrus has revealed West as her mentor – some hot mess. ogflavas@themusic.com.au

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GUTTERMOUTH

It’s hard to believe, but Guttermouth have somehow managed to get worse, with frontman Mark Adkins in the midst of an online shitstorm that erupted after he got violent with a woman who jumped onstage at a show in Fort Collins, Colorado. Apparently he began their set by slurring insults at the crowd, before smacking a punter in the head with his microphone, prompting a woman to get onstage and swing at him, which is when he retaliated. Why are they still even a band? They get annihilated before every show and obviously don’t care about their fans. Most punk bands can still put on a decent show when they’re wasted - Guttermouth obviously can’t. Who really wants to hear a bunch of 50-yearold guys sing about how their parents won’t give them pocket money anyway? The only band that can still pull that off is Descendents. Guttermouth’s tour of Australia in August, besides being a desperate money-grab, was announced as their last ever. Let’s hope it stays that way. Another band that severed their ties with the punk world and tarnished their legacy is Screeching Weasel, who were in talks with an Australian promoter in 2011 when frontman Ben Weasel punched two women at SXSW after one of them threw an ice cube at him. Bands booked to play with Screeching Weasel pulled out and the other three members of the band left shortly after. The reason both incidents blew up so much is because there were videos circulating, which makes you wonder if it had happened pre-YouTube days, would it really have affected their careers as much?

There are videos of Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong leaping into the crowd at a show in the ‘90s and beating some kid, which people watch now and laugh at. But if he did that today, it would blow up into a huge ordeal with headlines everywhere and fans renouncing their faith. Social media holding those in public light to account is definitely a good thing, and it creates a wealth of entertainment - especially when a video of Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz awkwardly trying to tackle a security guard surfaces. There’s also a video floating around of Henry Rollins circa Black Flag smacking a kid in the face a couple of times with his microphone. But that’s the kind of thing you’d expect from Rollins - he’s a dude who looks like he was built to brawl. He won another fight last week when Black Flag founding member and guitarist Greg Ginn lost his lawsuit again Rollins and Flag, a case I discussed at length a couple of months ago and honestly thought Ginn was going to win. But seriously, who has time for these kinds of chumps when bands like A Wilhelm Scream are three times as talented, a million times more genuine and have new music just around the corner. There’s probably no release more anticipated than A Wilhelm Scream’s Partycrasher, which the band finally announced will be released 5 November. It took them six years to produce a substantial follow-up to 2007’s Career Suicide and it sounds like it’s going to be worth the wait. Keep your ears open for their new record because it’ll probably be the best release of 2013.

My friends have this idea, usually only coming out in drunken conversations. It basically involves signing me up for an openmic comedy night, getting me incredibly drunk and throwing me on stage. They then, in the clear genius they feel, film the results, upload it onto the internet and wait for the viral viewings to pile up. I, on the other hand, am opposed to this idea. Not necessarily because I have any sense of shame or dignity, but more because I feel I would be giving a bad name to those who regularly step onto stages in our city to make us laugh, whether or not some drunken reveller is going to ruin the entire experience. We’ve recently had a number of international comedians perform in Perth: David Liebe Hart is either a postmodern genius of the comedic form in the vein of Andy Kaufman, or a dissolute man in need of serious help, depending on your point of view; Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood are regulars on our TV screens because of their improvisational ability; Rob Schneider apparently qualifies as a comedian. But these are the acts we always hear about, and there is so much more talent available every week. Lazy Susan’s, upstairs at The Brisbane, is the long-standing laugh dojo, but there are also weekly open mic nights at places like The Elephant & Wheelbarrow and the upcoming Comedy Allsorts Quiz Night at AGWA. I urge you to support comedy as much as we urge you to support local music. Just, if you see me on stage, don’t encourage me.

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MARATHON TELETHON

$20.7 million raised for excellent causes by the drive, now in its 46th year.

WHEN I GET WHERE I’M GOING Dolly Parton is coming to Perth on Feb 27, and now we’re excited about seeing one of the most long-standing and influential women in music live.

PHONE HOME

SEA SERPENT

Usurper of Modern Medicine is your musical therapy. Healing through transient vibration. Cathartic release. Shamanic. If you’re a fan, you already know this; either way, they launch Motorolla Borealis at The Bird on Sat 26 Oct.

A majestic, 14-foot long, snake-like Oarfish washed ashore in Southern California last week. All we get at Cottesloe is manky seaweed.

CAIN AND ABLE

FIRST FIDDLE

Following a sold out launch at The Bakery in September, then a tour to the east playing the likes of the Annandale and Cherry Bar, Vida Cain return home to play two homecoming shows: Wed 23 Oct, Rosemount Hotel, and Wed 30, Velvet Lounge.

A celebration of fiddle music from Ireland, Scotland and the Shetland Isles is what you’ll get when Robert Zielinski steps onto the Fly By Night stage on Fri 25 Oct. He’s renowned for his virtuosity; tickets to Zielinski’s show are through flybynight.org.

MONSTER MASH

WELL AGED

Following the huge success of Harlem Wednesdays, a MASSIVE Halloween bash hits Metros Freo on Fri 25 Oct, with DJs Genga, JS, Doctor Werewolf, Zeke and the Slumberjack DJs spooking you all night.

After 22 years in the two-tone party business, your Perth ska aficionados Special Brew have finally created their first music video. In The Borough is an audiovisual treat, and they launch it in spectacular fashion at The Bakery on Sat 26 Oct.

FOUR TO THE FLOOR

CAPOEIRA CAPER

Saturday comes but once a week, unfortunately. So to make it worth waiting for Geisha residents give you the coolest house east of London and the funkiest sounds west of Chicago when Element hits once again on Sat 26 Oct.

Bantus Capoeira Australia brings the tropical vibes direct from Brazil’s party capital to spice up Perth city with the annual Spirit Of Brazil show at Fly By Night on Sat 26 Oct. A night of AfroBrazilian culture to transport you to the beaches and favela parties,

WE’RE FRYIN’ TONIGHT

RETURN OF THE MANTECA

Pop the boot and pull out the grill: The Mustang Bar brings you the all new Tailgate Sundays, every Sunday from 4pm. Ice cold beers and tasty burgers accompanied by WA’s best bands and DJs, with free entry.

Hear some of Perth’s top session musos playing fusion, jazz and r’n’b in a nine-piece band that includes a who’s who list when Manteca – The Next Generation brings 30 years of jazz to The Ellington Jazz Club on Thurs 24 Oct.

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DOLLY PARTON

BACKLASH NSW BURNING

Tragedy in rural NSW as bushfires ravage the state.

A DIRTY SHAME.

THIS WEEK’S RELEASES… LINKIN PARK Recharged Warner FUTURE OF THE LEFT How To Stop Your Brain In An Accident Remote Control KATAKLYSM Waiting For The End To Come Universal FEELINGS Be Kind, Unwind Create Control

Apparently, “fat-shaming” is a real thing now on the internet, but we think it’s been around for much longer – it used to be called being healthy.

TRUE BELIEBER Some guy in the US spent $100K USD on plastic surgery to look like “his idol” Justin Bieber, and although beating up on Justin Bieber is about as edgy as wearing your top collar button done up we’re more distressed because the surgery looks really botched and was definitely not worth $100K.

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PUMBA

YA YA’S

Answered by: Nicholas Owen

Answered by: Alex Gibson

How did you get together? Through the clankage of steins at an Oktoberfest event both our bands (Rainy Day Women and Brow Horn Orchestra) were playing. Chris had been writing his own material outside RDW and was keen to collab.

What’s happened with the venue since your last birthday? We’ve been lucky enough to have heaps of amazing national and international touring acts grace our stage – it’s been awesome!

Sum up your musical sound in four words? Spacey, soulful, indie-electronic pop. If you could support any band in the world – past or present – who would it be? Chris presumably would say Beach Boys or Beatles. I’d be keen to support The Funk Brothers and their Motown singers. You’re being sent into space, no iPod, you can bring one album – what would it be? There’s just no one album! Even tie between anything Nina Simone or Miles Davis, Nas’ Illmatic, Radiohead’s Kid A. Tough, tough call! Greatest rock’n’roll moment of your career to date? At GTM festival, standing in a cheeky clockwise circle when none other than Flavor Flav wanders past. Asking if he’d like to join, he replies, “Let me go get my boys.” He returns with Chuck D. Shit 100% for realzz! Why should people come and see your band? We’re young, dumb and full of fun, write catchy tunes and have wisdom from our parent bands to remake mistakes. When and where for your next gig? 27 Oct, Aviary Rooftop Sessions (supporting Asta); 2 Nov, The Bakery; 9 Nov, WAMi Saturday Spectacular at The Bird. Website link for more info? facebook.com/pumbatheband 54 • THE MUSIC • 23RD OCTOBER 2013

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What do you put the success of your venue down to? We have a focus on local music, even playing local bands’ music in-house. People seem to appreciate the extra effort.

ROK & ROLL

SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL

It’s no surprise that Rokwell & Groom’s new single, Omaha has gone gangbusters. Combining both of their amazing talents, debut album New Parts promises to be nothing short of brilliant. They launch it on Fri 25 Oct at Mojos. $10 on the door.

In what will be their debut appearance with new drummer Nathan Sproule, local stoner/blues demons The Devil Rides Out support American doom metal gods Sleep at The Rosemount Hotel on Mon 28 Oct.

ANTICS IN YOUR PANTS

LINE AND SINKER

On Sat 26 Oct, The Claremont Hotel sees Antics – a night of live indie bands and DJs, to get your weekend going. This week catch Seams, Dan Firkin Trio, Golden String and The Antics DJs. Free entry till late!

Dan Durack has returned with the rough rock ’n’ rolling Tenderhooks, along with some awesome local names on board, and they kick off at PICA Bar on Fri 25 Oct.

A REAL LAFFER

ACE OF BRASS

Jae Laffer, lead vocalist of iconic Aussie outfit The Panics, has ventured out on his own with debut solo album When The Iron Glows Red. Catch Laffer, the great new album and band at Mojos on Thurs 24 Oct and upstairs at The Astor Fri 25.

A trumpet player from the age of eight, Herb Alpert is an exceptional songwriter. With Lou Adler, he wrote Sam Cooke’s hit Wonderful World. See Los Hombres De Diablo bring his music alive at Deville’s on Sat 26 Oct.

RIO HALLOWEENO

HOT OFF THE PRESS

Inspired Brazilian singer Juliana Areias celebrates the mysteries of the night the Brazilian way, exploring for the first time the collective imagination of her own culture and its “darker elements” at Kulcha on Sat 26 Oct for a big Halloween shindig.

Holy Hotcakes! The popular RTRFM annual CD and vinyl sale has come around again. Up for grabs will be new releases, RTRFM feature albums and dusty deluxe classics, on Sun 27 Oct at The Velvet Lounge in Mt Lawley from 10am to 3pm.

Has anyone ever worn their birthday suit in your club? Not that we’ve seen, though Blindspot gigs certainly get close! There’ve definitely been some WTF moments; people have no shame. What’s the weirdest thing in the last year you’ve found when the lights have come on? A pair of lacy, leopard print panties after the Gay Paris gig. Apparently they belonged to the frontman’s dedicated stalker... What’s the thing you’re most proud of that your club’s contributed to the music scene in the last year? We often give artists that haven’t gigged opportunities to play, so we have lots of nights dedicated to fresh music. What sort of celebration is in order? We’re doing a massive free show with some of our favourite bands that’ve supported us over the last year. The record I’m loving right now is… We’ve been really loving Tired Lion’s debut EP All We Didn’t Know. It’s great to hear them sound so polished and it’s getting a lot of playtime in house. When’s the party? Saturday 26 October. Free entry from 6.30pm and Happy Hour over the bar from 7 till 8! Website link for more info? ya-yas.com.au

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LIVE THIS WEEK

ALBUM FOCUS

ESKIMO JOE HARD TO PORTER

SOUND AND VISION

Coming off playing the biggest stages worldwide, Porter Robinson has truly risen to be one of the top names in electronic dance music. Catch him at Villa on Sat 26 Oct with The M Machine as official support. Tickets from Moshtix.

Fremantle Arts Centre’s awesome Sonic Sessions program continues this week, with legendary rock/ blues/punk icon Tex Perkins bringing his guitar and swagger. Heroic Indigenous singersongwriter Archie Roach steps up to the plate on Thurs 12 Dec.

MARKS THE SPOT

HIGH AND MIGHTY

After moving from Fremantle to the banks of the Murray River a few short months ago, ex-resident Simon Marks returns to play one show at Clancys Freo on Fri 25th Oct. Simon will be joined on stage by Dave Johnson on mandolin plus special guests.

High energy electric blues is very much the staple of Empire Blues, who return to the Peth Blues Club at The Charles Hotel for the second time in 2013 on Fri 25 Oct. They had an awesome set at Bridgetown Blues earlier this month, so check them out.

SIPPING ON MOONSHINE

COME OUT AND PLAYYAY

After a year off, Bootleg has decided to go all John Farnham. For one night early (Fri 25 Oct) Bootleg returns and brings with it The Bootleg Brothers, GET MORE, The Barons Red, Marko Paulo, Tom Drummond and StandardsDown.

Got a nostalgia craving going on? Back In The Dayyay will fill The Bird with aural goodness on Wed 23 Oct. DJs Jack Doepel, Sleepyhead, Raaghe and Capelas get it going. $5, free if you dress up.

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Answered by: Joel Quartermain Album title: Wastelands Where did the title of your new album come from? The Wastelands was the name of an oval that Kav and Stu would go to wag school when they were at high school. We named our studio after that spot and then our album. How many releases do you have now? This is our sixth album. Pretty happy with that; most bands don’t make it past the first! How long did it take to write/ record? It took about a year and a half in total. Most of that was writing and then eight weeks in the studio with Burke Reid. A couple of weeks of postproduction after that too. Will you do anything differently next time? Probably have a plan of what type of record we want to make before going in to record. Although that’s what made this one such a trip. When and where is your launch/next gig? 17 Oct, Theatre Royal, Castlemaine; 18 Oct, Ferntree Gully Hotel; 19 Oct, Forum Theatre. Website link for more info? eskimojoe.net

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SAVIOUR Answered by: Bryant Best Album title: First Light To My Death Bed Where did the title of your new album come from? My stupid imagination. How many releases do you have now? This is our second album. How long did it take to write/record? Roughly a year or more of patchy on-off writing. Was anything in particular inspiring you during the making? Strangely, the most inspiring thing for this album was film. What’s your favourite song on it? Hard to choose but probably the track Jaded. Will you do anything differently next time? We won’t take as long between releases! When and where is your launch/next gig? Rosemount Hotel, 25 Oct; YMCA HQ, 26 Oct. Website link for more info? facebook.com/ SaviourAustralia

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THE MUSIC PRESENTS WOLF & CUB: OCT 26, Amplifier THE CRIBS: OCT 29, The Rosemount THE BREEDERS: OCT 31, Astor Theatre EL VEZ: NOV 2, Deville’s Pad DAN SULTAN: NOV 16, Fly By Night; NOV 17, Ellington Jazz Club

BAER, HERMITUDE JOHNNY MARR, MGMT, NEIL FINN, POND, THE PREATURES, RUFUS, THE ROOTS, SOLANGE, TYLER TOUCHE, VIOLENT FEMMES, THE WAR ON DRUGS & MORE: JAN 4-5, Sir Steward Bovell Park, Busselton FUTURE MUSIC FESTIVAL feat. BAAUER, CUT COPY, DEADMOU5, ERIC PRYDZ, KASKADE, KNIFE PARTY, MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS, MARKUS SCHULZ, NETSKY, PHOENIX, RUDIMENTAL, SLEIGH BELLS, SVEN VATH, TENZIN, TIMMY TRUMPET & MORE: MAR 2 Joondalup Arena

PATRICK JAMES: NOV 14, The Ellington; NOV 15, The Fly Trap BOY & BEAR: NOV 22 Metropolis Fremantle; NOV 23 Astor Theatre POND: DEC 12, Metropolis Fremantle

ONGOING:

SOUTHBOUND feat. !!!, BIG SCARY, BONOBO, CHET FAKER, EMMA LOUISE, FLIGHT FACILITIES, GRIZZLY

GIG OF THE WEEK SLEEP + THE DEVIL RIDES OUT + BAYOU; OCT 28, ROSEMOUNT HOTEL

GIGNITION: Upcoming band showcases 4-8pm last Sunday of each month at The Railway Hotel

WED 23

Sugar Blue Burlesque: Brass Monkey Hotel, Northbridge Open Mic Night with +Chris Gibbs: Carine Glades Tavern, Duncraig Chet Leonard’s Bingoteque: Clancys Fish Pub, Fremantle 5 Shots: Crown Perth (Groove Bar), Burswood Night Cap Session: Ellington Jazz Club, Perth Bernardine: Greenwood Hotel, Greenwood

WOLF & CUB + DOCTOPUS; OCT 26, AMPLIFIER

CLUB GUIDE

WED 23

Island Nite+Various DJs: Hula Bula Bar, Perth

Back In The Dayyay +Jack Doepel + Sleepyhead + more: The Bird, Northbridge

THU 24

Mulder + Lilt + Ssnoob: Flyrite, Northbridge

The Hi-Fi Lounge+Various DJs: Hula Bula Bar, Perth

FRI 25

The Hoot feat. +Arms In Motion + Escue + Charlie Chan + Standards Down + Keymist + Benny B: Ambar, Perth Fnkd Up Fridays +Various DJs: Claremont Hotel (6pm) , Claremont J:Kenzo + Rekab + more: Flyrite, Northbridge

Yayo feat. Krywolf + Zeke + Rekab + Ben T + DJ Bazilzemplys: Parker Nightclub, Perth Troy Division + Paradise Paul + Tomas Ford: The Aviary, Perth Rhythmatism+Various DJs: The Bird, Northbridge Digitalism + Booka Shade (DJ Set) + Qwerk + Micah + Shaddow Brothers: Villa Nightclub, Perth

SAT 26

Japan 4 feat. +Mo’Fly + Tee EL + Blend + Philly Blunt + Bezwun: Ambar, Perth Parker Saturdays+Drifter + Jackness + KNO Agents + Axen + Subwalker: Parker Nightclub, Perth Paradise Paul + Troy Division: The Aviary, Perth

SUN 27

The Sunday Session+Various DJs: Claremont Hotel, Claremont

Howie Morgan: Lucky Shag, Perth Matty T Wall + Andy Newman + The Bonekickers + Foreign Architects: Mojos Bar, North Fremantle

Monarchy: Crown Perth (Lobby Lounge), Burswood

Pretty Fly: Best Drop Tavern, Kalamunda

Rock & Roll Karaoke with+Magnus Danger Magnus: Devilles Pad, Perth

Frenzy: Boab Tavern, High Wycombe

Open Mic Night with +Pat Nicholson: Dunsborough Tavern, Dunsborough Night Cap Session + Manteca: Ellington Jazz Club, Perth Greg Carter: Gate Bar & Bistro, Success Bernardine: Grand Central, Perth

Trevor Jalla: Broken Hill Hotel, Victoria Park Jamie Powers: Brook Bar & Bistro, Ellenbrook Jetpack: Brooklands Tavern, Southern River

James Wilson: Lucky Shag, Perth

Velvet: Carine Glades Tavern, Duncraig

Jae Laffer + Karl Smith + Georgia Fair: Mojos Bar, North Fremantle

James Wilson: Chase Bar & Bistro, Baldivis

Them Sharks: Moon Cafe, Northbridge

Dove: Citro Bar, Perth

Hyte + Welcome To The Wildfire + Oakland + Shimmergloom: Rosemount Hotel, North Perth

Simon Marks: Clancys Fish Pub, Fremantle Belleville Quartet: Clancys Fish Pub, City Beach

Rabbit Island + Grant Touchell + Sean McIlroy: Moon Cafe, Northbridge

Open Mic Night with +Claire Warnock: Settlers Tavern, Margaret River

Vida Cain + Lionizor + Ichora + Sundstrom: Rosemount Hotel, North Perth

Nick Sheppard (DJ Set): Swallow Bar, Maylands

Elouise & The Infinite Squeeze: Claremont Hotel, Claremont

The Gooch Palms + Trash House + Night Signals: The Bird, Northbridge

The Phillyharmonics: Devilles Pad, Perth

Room For Reason + Graphic Fiction Heroes + Matt Waring: The Paddo, Mt Hawthorn

Timothy Nelson: Clancys Fish Pub, Dunsborough

Jen de Ness: The Boat, Mindarie

Northern Muse: Dunsborough Tavern, Dunsborough

;eighton Keepa: The Vic Hotel, Subiaco

Nicola Milan Trio: The Laneway Lounge, Perth

Anthony Nieves: East 150 Bar, Ascot

Retriofit: Universal Bar, Northbridge

Harry Moore: Vic, Subiaco

The Spread feat. Danny, Jade & Aaron + Narissa Campbell: Ellington Jazz Club, Perth

Leighton Keepa: Vic, Subiaco Chilling Winston + Celebrator + Dingbats + Adam Dwyer: Ya Ya’s, Northbridge

THU 24

The Kin + Timothy Nelson & The Infidels + Kisshead + Mercia Wise: Ya Ya’s, Northbridge Hellions + Ruthless + Hollow Ground + Never Settle: YMCA HQ (All Ages / 6pm), Leederville

FRI 25

Every Time I Die + Chainsaw Hookers + Statues: Amplifier Bar, Perth

Jae Laffer: Astor Theatre (Upstairs), Mount Lawley

Howie Morgan: Balmoral, East Victoria Park

Mike Nayar: Balmoral, East Victoria Park

Open Mic Night with +Rob Walker: Brighton Hotel, Mandurah

Voudou Zazou + Feisty Burlesque: Belgian Beer Cafe, Perth

Behemoth + Hour Of Penance: Capitol, Perth

Adrian Wilson: Belmont Tavern, Cloverdale

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Acoustic Aly: Brass Monkey Hotel, Northbridge

Howie Morgan: Empire Bar, Rivervale Robert Zielinski + Gavin Fernie + Cliodhna Ni Ruairc: Fly By Night, Fremantle Dirty Scoundrels: Gate Bar & Bistro, Success Bootleg: Geisha Bar, Northbridge Chris Gibbs: Gosnells Hotel, Gosnells Greg Carter: Greenwood Hotel, Greenwood The Hitman: Hyde Park Hotel (Courtyard), North Perth Justin Cortorillo: Inn Mahogany Creek, Mahogany Creek


the guide wa.gigguide@themusic.com.au Almost Famous: Kalamunda Hotel, Kalamunda Del Fuego feat. Cathie Travers: Kulcha, Fremantle Retriofit: M On The Point, Mandurah Rokwell & Groom + Fall Electric + Lower Spectrum + Leon Osborn + Empty: Mojos Bar, North Fremantle Indi - Rocky Horror Show Tribute: Peel Ale House, Halls Head Tenderhooks + The JAC + Josh Fontaine: PICA Bar, Perth One Trick Phonies: Port Kennedy Tavern, Rockingham Saviour + Vices + Still Water Claims + This Existance: Rosemount Hotel, North Perth

Herb Alpert Trumpet Fiesta + Los Hombre Del Diablo: Devilles Pad, Perth Travis Caudle: Dunsborough Tavern, Dunsborough Jonny Dempsey: East 150 Bar, Ascot Hornography + Blanche DuBois: Ellington Jazz Club, Perth Spirit of Brazil 2013+Various: Fly By Night, Fremantle Greg Carter: Gate Bar & Bistro, Success Light Street: Gosnells Hotel, Gosnells After Hours: Greenwood Hotel, Greenwood Sophie Jane: Hotel Rottnest, Rottnest Island

Howie Morgan Duo: Sail & Anchor, Fremantle

Howie Morgan Project: Hyde Park Hotel, North Perth

Nightshift: Sail & Anchor (Upstairs), Fremantle

Shawne & Luc: Indian Ocean Brewing Company, Mindarie

Simon Kelly & The Big Bamboo: Settlers Tavern, Margaret River

Proud Mary + Guests: Kalamunda Hotel, Kalamunda

Big Steve Spouse Band: Swinging Pig, Rockingham Greg Carter: Swinging Pig (3.30pm), Rockingham Brenda Lee Trio + Hans Fiance: The Laneway Lounge, Perth Easy Tigers: The Paddo, Mt Hawthorn The Mojos: The Principle Micro Brewery, Midland

Brazilian Halloween with +Juliana Areias: Kulcha, Fremantle Rhythm 22: M On The Point, Mandurah The Amity Affliction + Chelsea Grin + Stick to your Guns + In Hearts Wake: Metro City, Northbridge

Tod Woodward: The Rose & Crown, Guildford

Huge Magnet + Mt Mountain + Blind Tiger Blues Box: Mojos Bar, North Fremantle

Warwick Trant: Wintersun Hotel, Geraldton

Hells Bells + Nitro Zeppelin: Ocean View Tavern, Nowergup

Edie Green + Three Hands One Hoof + The Flower Drums: Ya Ya’s, Northbridge

Velvet + Stone: Peel Ale House, Halls Head

Sophie Jane Duo: Yallingup Caves House Hotel, Yallingup Blkout + The Others + Vanity + Foxes + Flowermouth + Heath Legend: YMCA HQ (All Ages / 6pm), Leederville

SAT 26

Wolf & Cub + Doctopus: Amplifier Bar, Perth Upstairs Underground feat. +French Rockets + FAIM + Dead Owls + Depth Boys: Astor Theatre (Astor Lounge), Mount Lawley Retriofit: Balmoral, East Victoria Park Mike Nayar: Belgian Beer Cafe, Perth James Wilson: Boab Tavern, High Wycombe Carbon Taxi: Brooklands Tavern, Southern River The Junkadelic Brass Band: Clancys Fish Pub, Fremantle Beleza Samba Dancers: Clancys Fish Pub, City Beach Antics feat. +Seams + Dan Firkin Trio + Adam Trainer + Lukas Wimmler: Claremont Hotel, Claremont Saba Rose Button Foundation Launch+Oats Supply + Sumi: Crown Perth, Burswood Why Georgia: Crown Perth (Lobby Lounge), Burswood

Kevin Curran: Port Kennedy Tavern, Rockingham One Trick Phonies: Quarie Bar & Bistro, Hammond Park Three of Life feat. +Zyce + Ital + Basic + Sam Wise + Kilian + Al Star + Ilusha + Psymon Vs Daniel Sun: Railway Hotel (12pm), North Fremantle Lights Of Berlin + Here Comes The Cavalry + The Insatiables + The Right Way Up: Rosemount Hotel, North Perth The Mojos: Sail & Anchor, Fremantle Childs Play: Sail & Anchor (Upstairs), Fremantle

Ya Ya’s 3rd Birthday feat. +Turin Robinson + Burst & Bloom + Three Hands One Hoof + Pat Chow + The Midnight Mules: Ya Ya’s, Northbridge Saviour + Anchored + Vices + Common Bond + Adrift + Surroundings: YMCA HQ (All Ages / 6pm), Leederville Sensory Amusia + The Hazard Circular + Animistic + Reflections Of Ruin + Xenobiotic: YMCA HQ (All Ages / 1pm), Leederville

SUN 27

Kizzy: Kalamunda Hotel, Kalamunda

Howie Morgan Project: The Saint, Innaloo

Heartsong: Kulcha (4pm), Fremantle

Matt Angell: The Saint (Cider Bar / 12.30pm), Innaloo

Wesley Goodlet Jamboree Scouts: Lakers Tavern, Thornlie

Retriofit: Universal Bar, Northbridge

Nathan Gaunt: M On The Point, Mandurah

Porter Robinson + The M Machine + Axen: Villa Nightclub, Perth

The Amity Affliction + Chelsea Grin + Stick to your Guns + In Hearts Wake: Metropolis, Fremantle

Chris Gibbs: Wanneroo Tavern, Wanneroo James Wilson: Whistling Kite, Secret Harbour

Time To Jam +Various: Mojos Bar, North Fremantle

MON 28

Datura + Cal Peck & the Tramps + Red Mexico: Mojos Bar, North Fremantle

Electrophobia: Balmoral, East Victoria Park

Shawne & Luc: Beaumaris Sports Club, Iluka

Tailgate Sundays feat. +Some Like It Yacht + DJ Holly Doll: Mustang Bar (4pm), Northbridge

Triple Shots: Belgian Beer Cafe, Perth

Wolf & Cub + Doctopus: Newport Hotel, Fremantle

Dove: Belmont Tavern, Cloverdale

Anderson: Ocean View Tavern, Nowergup

Ricky Green: Brighton Hotel, Mandurah

Wide Open Mic+Various: Mojos Bar, North Fremantle Sleep + The Devil Rides Out + Bayou: Rosemount Hotel, North Perth

Greg Carter: Port Kennedy Tavern, Rockingham

Jonny Dempsey: Carine Glades Tavern, Duncraig

Hot Paprika: Ellington Jazz Club, Perth Television + The Morning Night: Fly By Night, Fremantle

Sophie Jane: Peel Ale House, Halls Head

Gerry Azor: Brooklands Tavern, Southern River

Wire Birds: Brass Monkey Hotel, Northbridge

Darren Gibbs: Quarie Bar & Bistro, Hammond Park

The Zydecats: Clancys Fish Pub, Fremantle

Gignition feat. +Social Madness + Who’s Your Daddy + Foreign Architects + The Heavenly Creatures + Scarlet Therapy: Railway Hotel (4pm), North Fremantle

DJ Boogie + The Salt Shaker Selectors: Clancys Fish Pub, City Beach Huge Magnet: Clancys Fish Pub, Dunsborough

Korpiklaani + Guests + Wrath of Fenrir + Silent Knight: Rosemount Hotel, North Perth

Velvet: Como Hotel, Como Hi-NRG: Crown Perth, Burswood Jack & Jill: Crown Perth (Lobby Lounge), Burswood

Michelle Spriggs Trio: Settlers Tavern (Verandah / 3pm), Margaret River

Kris Buckle: Dunsborough Tavern, Dunsborough

Blackhart Strangelove: South St Ale House, Hilton

Jordie Lane: Ellington Jazz Club, Perth

The Limelights Jazz Trio: Swallow Bar, Maylands

Natya A Bharathanatyam: Fly By Night, Fremantle

Pat Nicholson + Steve Hepple: Swinging Pig, Rockingham

Matt Corby + Bear’s Den: Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle

Rooftop Sessions feat. +Asta + Pumba + Rachel Morgan + DJ Charlie Bucket: The Aviary, Perth

Jordie Lane: Fremantle Arts Centre (Afternoon), Fremantle Jamie Powers: Gate Bar & Bistro, Success Steve Parkin: Hyde Park Hotel (Courtyard), North Perth Retriofit: Indian Ocean Brewing Company, Mindarie

TUE 29

Open Mic Night with +Josh Terlick: Brass Monkey Hotel, Northbridge Howie Morgan: Crown Perth (Meridian Room), Burswood Jack & Jill: Crown Perth (Groove Bar), Burswood Hans Fiance: Crown Perth (Lobby Lounge), Burswood Open Mic Night with +Anthony Kay: Kalamunda Hotel, Kalamunda

Stereoflower + FAIM + Limpin’ Dave Foley & The Straight Legged Freaks: The Bird (5pm), Northbridge

Hideous Sun Demon + The Eerie Serpents + Lucidity + Mad Rabbit: Mojos Bar, North Fremantle Danza Loca Salsa Night: Mustang Bar, Northbridge The Cribs + The Love Junkies: Rosemount Hotel, North Perth Barefaced Storiebattle 2013 - Grand Final+Various: The Bird, Northbridge

Ben Sims: The Court Hotel, Perth Adam James: The Rose & Crown, Guildford

The Painkillers + Trash House + Alexander Peter Pander + Leon Ewing + Owen WynnRees: Ya Ya’s, Northbridge

Tired Lion + Apache: Settlers Tavern, Margaret River DJ T King: Swallow Bar, Maylands Greg Carter: Swinging Pig (3pm), Rockingham Jetpack: Swinging Pig, Rockingham Special Brew + The Beehives Go-Go: The Bakery, Northbridge Usurper Of Modern Medicine + Kucka + Mudlark: The Bird, Northbridge Astrid Ripepi + Mama Red & Co: The Laneway Lounge, Perth Huge: The Shed, Northbridge Porter Robinson + The M Machine + Acebasik + Black & Blunt + Chiari: Villa Nightclub, Perth

2 X TICS

THUR 24 OCT

IL TIX AVAOR AT DO

JAE LAFFER

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SAT 26 OCT

YA-YA’S 3RD BIRTHDAY!

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IS TONY ABBOTT RIGHT? CLIMATE CHANGE HUH?

Abbott & Co. are not great believers that humanity’s fuckingup of the planet has caused our environmental mayhem.

PROS No more carbon tax.

CONS No more humanity.

FUTURE Abbott dreams of a future where we all wear weather-resistant Lycra.

GAY MARRIAGE HUH?

The Libs aren’t too big on guys holding hands, let alone imagining a bare-backing honeymoon.

PROS No same-sex marriage registers for cashstrapped wedding guests to worry about.

CONS A slump in the local market for “Congratulations on your big fat gay wedding” cards.

FUTURE We are guessing Abbott won’t be invited to his lesbian sister’s engagement party…

EVOLUTION HUH?

“I don’t say that evolution is a complete and entirely satisfactory scientific explanation of the origin of man.” (2010, Fairfax)

PROS He’s not looking so foolish following the discovery of the homo erectus skull in Georgia.

CONS But how does he explain all the monkey business with that tax-funded expense rorting?

FUTURE Same as it ever was.

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