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“OFTEN DENOTED AS ONE OF THE LEADING PROPONENTS OF THE EMERGENT TECH-FUNK MOVEMENT, IT’S NOT A SURPRISE THAT ELITE FORCE COMES WITH SOME SERIOUSLY ECLECTICISM IN NOT ONLY HIS PRODUCTION, BUT HIS DJ SETS TOO.”

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“YOU READ A LOT OF STUFF WHERE DJS ARE TALKING LIKE THEY’RE FUCKING EINSTEIN OR SOMETHING. I DON’T THINK YOU NEED TO TAKE PEOPLE ON A JOURNEY. I DON’T THINK YOU NEED TO GO AS DEEP AS THAT.”

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With their chart-topping record Asymmetry still on repeat around the country, Karnivool wrap up their Polymorphism tour at Red Hill Auditorium 23 Jan. Dead Lettter Circus, whose excellent sophomore effort The Catalyst Fire should not go unnamed, are also on the bill. With both bands sporting new albums the chatter around them couldn’t be higher, adding immeasurable amounts of buzz to the tour. Local lads sleepmakeswaves open.

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Former Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora leads the new names added to the 2014 Soundwave festival, with the axe maestro heading up the third announcement. Also on the bill are ‘90s industrial crew Filter, locals I Killed The Prom Queen, as well as The Ghost Inside, Authority Zero, Darkc3ll, The Defiled and The Dangerkids. Dates are happening right around the country in February and March – hit The Guide at theMusic.com.au for all the details.

KISSED BY A ROSE

After capturing the country’s imagination with her bubbly track The Good Life, Elizabeth Rose is hitting the road to launch her self-titled second EP. Experience the electro-pop magic of the Sydney producer when she plays 28 Feb, Manning Bar, Sydney; 1 Mar, Secret Garden Festival, Camden; 7 Mar, Bleach*, SoundLounge, Gold Coast; 8 Mar, Alhambra Lounge, Brisbane; 13 Mar, University Of Wollongong; 15 Mar, Northcote Social Club; 4 Apr, King Street Hotel, Newcastle; 11 Apr, Amplifier, Perth; 12 Apr, Mojos Bar, Fremantle.

Already featuring the likes of Charles Bradley, Husky and Super Wild Horses, A Festival Called Panama – the new boutique all ages music and arts event taking place down in Tasmania’s secluded north-east – is overjoyed to give you the final instalment of acts that will perform across the two days, 8 – 9 Mar. Big Scary (pictured) and Twerps head up the names on this final announcement, with Ainslie Wills, Karl S. Williams, Spender, Tom Cooney and Timothy & Wilderness also locked in to make weekend one to remember. Proudly presented by The Music.

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WIN TEN LARGE THANKS WASH YOURSELF CLEAN After his eyes were opened by the music of TO HILLTOP HOODS! Bjork, a young Will Wiesenfeld got acquainted Calling all budding hip hop and soul artists, applications are now open for the 2014 Hilltop Hoods (HTH) Initiative, a prize which comes with a $10,000 payday for the lucky recipient thanks to the Adelaide MCs and APRA. Open to any artist or group that has not released an album professionally, the money will ideally help you release a debut record, while the prize pack also includes professional legal advice, Zoo York and Shure Microphone prize packs. To be in the running, simply head to the Hilltop Hoods or APRA website, with entries closing on 25 Feb and the winner announced 27 Mar.

with a variety of instruments – guitar, viola, contra bass – doing so while refining his production and mixing styles, his ambition, to create something ambient, alive and beautiful. The end result was Baths, the electro-pop moniker the Californian native is now revered for, and with his rapturously received second record, Obsidian, still fresh, Wiesenfeld will showcase the release in full band mode in a couple of months’ time, playing 20 Mar, Alhambra Lounge, Brisbane; 21 Mar, Oxford Art Factory, Sydney; 22 Mar, Corner Hotel, Melbourne; and 23 Mar, The Bakery, Perth.

“I HAVEN’T BEEN DRINKING LATELY. I AM GOING TO SPEND THIS WHOLE TRIP DRUNK. STARTING WITH A BUNCH OF BLOODY MARYS” SO, @MACMILLER’S BDO SETS WILL BE MEMORABLE FOR US AT LEAST. 10 • THE MUSIC • 22ND JANUARY 2014

TIME FOR EXPLORATION

The Music is excited to be presenting Caspian on their first ever Australian tour. Lauded among post-rock lovers for their instrumental epics, they come presenting their astonishing third record which is soon to be given an Australian release, Walking Season, but will no doubt dip into the catalogue further, and perhaps road-test a few new tracks, too. Supported by Meniscus, the two bands play 19 Mar, Bald Faced Stag, Sydney; 20 Mar, The Tempo Hotel, Brisbane; 21 Mar, Evelyn Hotel, Melbourne; and 22 Mar, Mojos Bar, Fremantle.

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After putting hip hop heads on notice last year when he supported A$AP Rocky, the mob’s second most notorious name, A$AP Ferg, will be heading Down Under for his first full headline tour. Trap Lord was a top ten hit in America and found its way onto plenty of end-of-year polls this side of the pond, showing Ferg’s versatility on the microphone. The 25-year-old Harlem native performs the following dates: 2 Apr, Corner Hotel, Melbourne; 3 Apr, The Hi-Fi, Brisbane; 4 Apr, Metro Theatre, Sydney; and 5 Apr, The Bakery, Perth.


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After two sold-out events at Perth’s biggest nightclub, the Origin team have decided to create a new experience for the third edition of Handpicked; a night under the stars, in the crisp breeze of the Indian Ocean and curated by the one and only Ta-Ku. On 7 Mar at Fremantle Arts Centre, the man has curated some of the most forward-thinking artists on the planet. He hasn’t gone half-arsed with his picks: both Flying Lotus and Ryan Hemsworth, two of the greats, join him. That’s an amazing lineup, so make sure you jump on tickets from Oztix.

Flying the flag as a new social hub and popup venue in Scarborough, Sunset Veranda will feature live theatre, comedy, music and family entertainment amidst a buzzing seaside atmosphere. About to kick off, they have a huge lineup of local arts and musical talent ready to set the show off right. Amazing soul outfit Odette Mercy & The Soul Atomics get things started on 25 Jan on the music side, Warning Birds and Eloise Ashton on 26 Jan, The James Flynn Trio on 27 Jan and a whole lot more. Head to summerartsfestival.com.au for the full details.

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To help fundraise for the victims of the Perth bush fires and celebrate the skills and diversity within our very own country’s hip hop community, Down Under Ground has brought together some of the best to help them showcase the talents of Australia. The Australia Day Oz Hip Hop Jamboree kicks off on, when else, 26 Jan at The Civic Hotel. MDMA (Mdusu and Manaz Ill) launch their long-awaited debut album What It Look Like, plus Dazastah & Layla, Mistress Of Ceremony, Mx Axis & Dista and DJ L-Street spit rhymes/turn the wheels. $15+bf through Oztix.

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In 2012, Barking Gecko Theatre Company interviewed over 500 young people and reflected their thoughts, feelings, hopes and anxieties in Driving Into Walls, a highly physical and ultimately moving theatrical production that has since toured Australia to critical acclaim. Shift to 2014, and the same creative team travel across our nation to deepen their investigation of teenage life. ONEFIVEZEROSEVEN is the result, and also the amount of breaths they take each hour. The confronting show debuts at Studio Underground on 22 Feb to 1 Mar.

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WHO WHAT WHEN YLEM DCUP HALF FULL Ylem is a musician who creates as part of the music/art collective The Community, which has contributed to underground culture in Perth by providing a platform for artists. His music pushes the envelope and reflects his taste for the emerging future beat subgenres, whilst still being one of the most entertaining producers around. He’s releasing new aural shapes in a form of a new EP, in follow up to his last work, Singles, on 25 Jan at The Bird with special guests Setvice, Diger Rokwell, Umone and Maxybills.

DCUP is a name that’s becoming increasingly impossible to overlook in the rising electronic dance scene. Consistently producing high quality remixes that work their way into your head and remain for days, the moniker belongs to Melbourne-based producer, DJ, and remix artist Duncan MacLennan, who burst onto the scene in 2010 with the explosive summertime hit, We No Speak Americano. He hits The Queens Hotel on Australia Day for a big ol’ beach party, also featuring local talent Micah, Tom Drummond, Reuben, Jon Ee, Az T, George Green and Sam Spencer.


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GOOD THINGS COME IN THREES

The ever popular West Australian summer concert series, Live At The Quarry has been boosted with the addition of third shows by The Whitlams (16 Mar) and Kate Miller-Heidke (23 Mar). Tickets for The Whitlams’ first Live At The Quarry show sold out in record time, and sales for the second show have prompted the promoters to add a third concert to cope with demand. Kate Miller-Heidke is one of the most talked-about musos in Australia at the moment, so it’s no surprise she’s chucked out another show as well. Head to Ticketmaster to grab your tickets.

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RTRFM’s brain-busting Fringe World extravaganza Brainspotting will get crazy inside the Festival’s new playground – The Pleasure Garden – on 16 Feb from 2 to 6pm. With Ewan McGregor as their spiritual guide, this ambitious and eclectic event is a quiz variety show with kooky themed rounds, quirky Fringe World guests, comedy from Tien Tran and Greg Fleet, music from hipster choir Menagerie, and a retro chocolate wheel spinning up prizes. Hosted by RTRFM Breakfest presenter and lovely man Peter Barr, it’s sure to be a humdinger. Fringeworld.com.au for tickets.

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UP THE HYPE

As one of the biggest names in the world, Skream’s contribution to the entirety of the dance music spectrum over the last decade has been unparalleled. He became a household name thanks to his anthemic remix of La Roux’s In for the Kill, as well as holding down a spot as one third of the chart conquering triumvirate Magnetic Man, alongside childhood partners in crime Artwork and Benga. It is often overshadowed early years that really exhibit the producers truly incredible credentials. Mixing old and new, Skream heads to Villa on 22 Feb for a huge show. Tickets through Moshtix.

Once again set to rock your socks off in 2014, WA’s premier youth music festival Hyper Festival is all good to go in April. If you’re interested in getting your band on the bill, you only have until this Friday, 24 Jan, to apply, so get on to hyperfest.com. au now, like! Prior to that, though, the City Of Swan are kicking off with a Hyper Fest launch party, with Timothy Nelson & The Infidels, Oak Tree Suite, TJ O’Donovan, Laval and Mitchell Jones all on the bill at Coolamon Pavilion in Ellenbrook on Jan 31, with the official Hyper Fest announcement coming on the same day.

IN BEATS WE TRUST

CLIMB EVERY MTN

In September last year, Joint Adventure and Grindin’ presented the Australian Beatmaker Invitational, a one-off beat battle that took place in Sydney. With international headline act Kev Brown joined by local beatmaker legends Katalyst and Chasm, the night was a huge success. Which means, in the new year, it’s time for the event to take the next step up, with a national comp now on the books. Budding beatmakers are advised to send their three finest beats to ausbeatmaker@ gmail.com before 3 Feb (make sure to include full details), with the WA heat going down at The Rosemount on 28 Feb.

This year, MTNS are heading out on their first national headline tour after racking up 179,000+ Soundcloud plays on their debut EP Salvage. It was just the cap on a very eventful 2013, which also included the band getting the attention of ears at home and abroad, with triple j blasting Salvage. MTNS also managed to strike out from their hometown, with support slots with Kite String Tangle, Wolf And Cub, Tigertown, Andy Bull, and Pigeon as well as winning the triple j Unearthed BIGSOUND competition. They hit The Causeway on 1 Feb.

CLEANING UP

After hailing 2014 in explosive style alongside such acts as DZ Deathrays, Step-Panther and Chicks Who Love Guns, Newcastle’s Maids are wasting no time in bringing their scorching brand of genre-bending bass-pounding heavy rock back to the people, with a slew of (sure to be memorable for all the wrong and dirty reasons) national tour dates up their sleeves. Maids spent 2013 in a tireless quest to cause a stir, making unsuspecting lovers of rock and otherwise shake it across countless stages, and are sure to do the same at Ya Yas on Feb 7 and Prince Of Wales, Bunbury on Feb 8.

HELLO STRANGER

Speaking of Maids, they’ll be supporting our own enigmatic rockers Mezzanine on parts of the tour. After releasing their debut album Strange Paradise in November last year, Mezzanine are once again taking their hugely energetic live show on the road in February. Glowing reviews for Strange Paradise have been coming in thick and fast since its release, with many still jumping onto their dark and heavy sounds. As well as the shows with Maids, Mezzanine wrap up the whole show at The Claremont Hotel on 1 Mar, with Our Man In Berlin and Lanark supporting.

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In a relatively short period of time Parquet Courts have rocketed from the underground to their current status as worldwide darlings of the indie cognoscenti. Frontman Andrew Savage tries to make sense of this meteoric ascent with Steve Bell.

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t’s difficult to pinpoint just why New Yorkbased outfit Parquet Courts have taken the indie world by storm in recent times, but they’ve sure carved a defiantly uncompromising swathe through everything that they’ve touched in the last year or so. The oft-cited notion of ‘authenticity’ clearly has some role to play in the equation. A cherished attribute in all realms independent, Parquet Courts laid claims to being ‘authentic‘ the second they released their first collection of songs, American Specialties, on a run of limited edition cassettes back in 2011 (it’s since been re-released on vinyl), and then self-issued their debut long-player proper, Light Up Gold, on frontman Andrew Savage’s indie imprint Dull Tools the following year (this too was quickly snapped up by a larger US label and eventually licensed all over the globe).

thing their own way at their own pace, and it’s this devil-may-care attitude that seems to be winning them hearts wherever they go. “Being famous is definitely not a goal for Parquet Courts,” Savage smiles. He also finds the notion of chasing notoriety faintly ridiculous. “There’s certain opportunities that we’ve had that we’ve declined because it just didn’t feel right for us, but I know what you mean – it’s been the first band that I’ve been in which sells out shows, or that has people coming up to me after shows and telling me how much they like the record. That’s happened before but

Yeaton (bass) – did the foursome actually articulate a vision for the band when they first set out? “Sure we had a vision early on, and for the most part it hasn’t changed – I guess things have been added to it because things happen that you don’t predict,” Savage ponders. “We wrote the first Parquet Courts songs nearing three years ago now – I think the first practice was December 2010, so it’s coming right up on three years – so obviously songwriting and the way that you write songs changes after three years. So we have the same sort of vision – it’s changed slightly, but not really wavered off-path.” Savage believes that this evolution in his writing will continue – he’s the band’s main songsmith, although Brown also pulls his weight in this regard – just as his own musical predilections are always changing and adapting. “Oh yeah, I love keeping up with what’s coming out – it’d be ridiculous if my music taste just froze in my late 20s,” he offers. “I’m a record nerd through and through – I buy new stuff all the time – so my taste is always changing. Not just in music, but basically everything in life. “I like to read, for instance, and I suppose that might [seep into the music]. I guess it’s fair to say of anybody who reads a fair amount – the same

“MY GOALS FOR PARQUET COURTS ARE THE SAME THAT THEY PROBABLY WERE FROM DAY ONE – JUST TO WRITE GOOD SONGS THAT I’M HAPPY WITH, AND TO MAKE COOL ALBUMS AND KEEP PLAYING SHOWS.”

This DIY bent was exacerbated by the fact that Parquet Courts never seemed interested in pandering to trends or the media in an attempt to push their own agenda. Equally refreshing has been their uncompromising stance on album artwork and other peripheral aspects of their craft, and the fact that they seem to give cultural ambitions far more weight than any commercial considerations.

it happens much more frequently with Parquet Courts. I’d definitely say that fame is by no means a goal for anyone in the band, but it’s nice to play to more people than we have before though.

But cred alone does not a buzz band make, so there’s got to be more to their dizzyingly rapid ascent. Obviously their distinctive music is a massive factor in making Parquet Courts so suddenly revered, but it’s equally tough pinpointing just why these idiosyncratic songs have resonated so profoundly with so many. While they’re often compared to such cherished acts as Pavement, Television, The Fall or The Modern Lovers, they don’t really sound like any of them all that much. On the surface it’s a mess of contradictions – the music is simple but nuanced, economical but uplifting, frantic but relaxing, skeletal but possessing great depth. And their quick-fire lyrics are also imperative to their magnetic appeal, their words sometimes flippant, occasionally profound, always obtuse but never less than intriguing.

“I don’t tend to think of things in terms of career arcs, but my goals for Parquet Courts are the same that they probably were from day one – just to write good songs that I’m happy with, and to make cool albums and keep playing shows. And just to keep doing it for as long as we can.”

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Savage is joined in Parquet Courts by his brother Max (drums), Austin Brown (guitar/ vocals) and Sean

as when you’re consuming any form of art, be it visual art or music or literature – you pick up things that you like, and things that you think would be exciting if you emulated them in your own work.” And while he enjoys the responsibility of guiding the band’s aesthetic, Savage loves getting onstage and sharing his art with punters just as much. “There’s no other feeling like when you’ve written a really good song that you feel fully represents you and fully represents the emotion that you were trying to communicate. But there’s also nothing like the thrill of doing that in front of people,” he laughs. “I don’t know, they all kind of feel one and the same – it’s all part of being in a band to me. “I write for myself. My motive for writing is to kind of capture an emotion and to express myself in the freshest way possible – to be representative of my emotions, but also to do it tastefully. That’s the reason I do it. The performance part of it is great and it’s a thrill, but I wouldn’t say that I write songs to perform them.” Parquet Courts have indeed spent much of 2013 sharing their visceral music with fans both at home and abroad, and now it’s Australia’s turn as they set their sights on Laneway Festival and some corresponding headline shows.


CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE Savage seems ecstatic at the notion of travelling the world with his mates playing music, (“It’s the ultimate experience I’d say – what more can you ask for?”), and is stoked that it’s finally Australia’s turn to feel the love.

“We like to have the live show be somewhat similar to the record,” Savage tells of the Parquet Courts gig experience. “We don’t really take the time to do a whole lot of banter between songs, we just kind of start the next song as soon as one song stops, bearing in mind changing guitars for different tunings and stuff. We pretty much just like to pack in as many songs as we can, and that’s kind of the way the record feels to me. We’ll play a lot of new stuff – we have a lot of new material that we’ve been playing throughout the year – but more or less at this point I’d say we’re playing most of Light Up Gold in the set and maybe a few songs off American Specialties and like six new songs that we’ve got in the set.”

being nomadic this year – I’ve started to feel like it hasn’t been a hindrance for writing.”

When Savage references “new songs”, he means even more recent than the tracks from recently dropped EP Tally All The Things That You Broke – it seems remarkable that they’ve been so productive given their recent workload.

“There’s definitely an international thing that I see going on – so far I’ve only put out American bands, but that’s not to say that I wouldn’t put out an Australian band because a lot of my current favourite bands are from Australia right now – there’s a great scene down there. It’s definitely not geographical, but more about the music and mindset.”

“I can write on the road – there’s not really a circumstance that keeps me from writing, fortunately,” he smiles. “I can do better stuff and go more in-depth when I’m at home in my comfort zone, but actually to tell you the truth my comfort zone actually expanded to me

And he’s even found the time to keep Dull Tools going. “Yeah, we’re working on a few records right now,” he enthuses. “We just put out a record a few months ago by a band called Yuppies from Omaha – it’s an amazing record. I think it’s important to be an advocate for people that you believe in, as people have done for me in my history of being in bands – and I’m grateful to them for doing so. I guess I see kind of a trend or a thread that weaves current bands together, and there’s my idea of a scene and I just want to have a better hand in defining it.

WHEN & WHERE: 8 Feb, St Jerome’s Laneway

“Right now, I feel that Australia is the one getting it right when it comes to punk music,” he gushes. “We toured with Total Control and UV Race; we were long-time fans of both of those bands, and afterwards we were even bigger fans. I love Constant Mongrel, and Satanic Rockers are really cool. Bed Wettin’ Bad Boys who we’re playing with [in Sydney] are great, and Boomgates, plus Circle Pit – they had a great record. Of course there’s Eddy Current [Suppression Ring], and even going back to a band like The Saints – a lot of my favourite bands have been Aussie bands. All signs point to us having a pretty cool time down there.” And while here they really don’t mind where they play. “I prefer a club show – I just think that that’s rock’n’roll’s natural setting. I don’t dislike festivals – they’re not something that I’d go to on my own accord probably, because it’s not the way that I like to see live music – but they’re usually pretty good fun. But I do prefer playing in small clubs and bars and stuff like that.”

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A GRANDER SCALE With Fringe World just around the corner, Kane Sutton ventures into the depths of Noodle Palace, aka Piccadilly Cinemas, to converse with one of the venue’s curators, Fringe artist Tomas Ford, about his new show and why this year’s festivities are not to be missed.

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ince the announcement that Fringe World’s Noodle Palace will be at the historic Piccadilly Cinemas, Tomas Ford hasn’t had a second to think. “There’s a lot to do. We need to get some Noodle Palace themeing going on in here; some art deco and Asian influence, but we don’t want to mess with the theatre too much.” Piccadilly Cinemas will host almost 30 Fringe acts across three stages. Despite all the hard work, Ford and the rest of the team couldn’t be happier with the choice of location. “I’ve always wanted to do a show in here,” Ford muses, “but it used to be really expensive to hire. It’s a beautiful art deco theatre – it’s got three perfect rooms for what we’re going to be doing; the main cinema is perfect for our bigger shows, we have a really nice room for cabaret and a low-ceiling room which is ideal for comedy. As soon as the opportunist in me kicked in, although JumpClimb secured it, the opportunity to use this place was just like, ‘Wow, this is so perfect’. We’ve got the most ludicrous bar area ever, and it’s just nice to have an unintended space that people just want to fucking come and see stuff at.” Expanding on the huge success of 2013, Fringe is this year providing Perth with four weeks of entertainment across over 70 venues. Last year, Noodle Palace’s venue on Beaufort Street won Fringe’s award for Best Independent Venue, so for Ford and the rest of the team, who are also in charge of Midland’s Midlandia venue, this year means even bigger goals to conquer. “Last year was just like a pilot program for us. It was still a lot to put together but this is really scaling up. We’re doing three weeks here and three in Midland so it’s like a six-week program across the two venues. It’s a ridiculous amount of shows. It’s about two-and-a-half times what we did last year, so it’s a fairly huge undertaking on our own. Last year, it felt like we were playing around a bit. Me, [ JumpClimb’s] Paul Fletcher and Aaron Rutter, my co-producers, are really good mates so it was like, ‘Hey, let’s make a venue with our mates’. This year it’s more like, ‘We know what we’re doing; let’s do something really fucking cool’. Beaufort Street was a super temporary situation. We managed to get a house last year and it happened to have two spaces where we could manage to make two theatres, 18 • THE MUSIC • 22ND JANUARY 2014

but there were huge noise issues with neighbours and stuff like that. We basically spent most of last year trying to find the perfect space and we came very close to getting a few spaces that weren’t as good as [Piccadilly]

was going to work in Midland, but down here it’s like, what’s the most awesome stuff we can put on? We’ve got some really exciting shows that I think other venues would feel like they’re going out on a limb to put on. We love edgy, exciting cabaret and comedy. I went to Edinburgh Fringe with Aaron and in between doing my ridiculous late night shows, we were going to heaps of other shows and we were trying to convince people to come to Australia to play at our little place. There’s

“A BUNCH OF PEOPLE WERE TALKING ABOUT THIS PLACE ON FACEBOOK WHEN IT CLOSED DOWN AROUND NOVEMBER, AND THEN THE OPPORTUNIST IN ME KICKED IN.” is, but a bunch of people were talking about this place on Facebook when it closed down around November, and then the opportunist in me kicked in.” Despite the excitement of putting everything in place for the venues, nothing is as exciting to Ford as the quality of the performing acts. “Noodle Palace is really fun to put together. Midland was a lot harder because I had to think really hard about what

about four UK artists who are coming over but there’s also a lot of eastern states programming coming here too... Every show we’ve got on, I’m super excited about.” Ford will also be showcasing his own blend of twisted electronic cabaret that made him a star in Edinburgh. “I am quite excited to be performing my own show here. I haven’t done this show in Perth; it’s like an hour-long nervous breakdown. It’s definitely the craziest show I’ve ever done so I’m feeling very excited for that. Everything’s just come together so amazingly and I can’t wait for it all to begin.”

WHAT: Tomás Ford’s Electric Cabaret WHEN & WHERE: 25 Jan, Midlandia, Midland Junction Arts Centre; 5-23 Feb, Noodle Palace


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FringeWorld’s on again from 24 Jan to 23 Feb. There’s so much to see across the areas of cabaret, circus, dance, film, music and visual art that it can be hard to know where to begin. So to help you out, here are our picks of the festival.

STRATOSFUNK They won the award for Best Musical Act at last year’s Fringe, so our money’s on Stratosfunk’s show this year, Shake Down, being another showstopper. Shake Down will see the spectacular ten-piece band taking you on a journey through the songs that fuelled the dance craze in the ‘50s and ‘60s. Da Parel Spiegeltent, 10–14 Feb.

ASHER TRELEAVEN If you haven’t seen Asher Treleaven, do your stomach muscles a massive favour. Treleaven is one of the best comedians on the Australian circuit. Smaller Poorer Weaker Cheaper is his newest show. Perth Cultural Centre, The Stables, 11–16 Feb.

DEB “SPOONS” PERRY This is one The Music is pretty bloody excited for. Deb “Spoons” Perry is Australia’s premier spoons player, a finalist on Australia’s Got Talent and viral YouTube sensation. The positive ‘can-do’ attitude of this otherwise normal lady, in her journey to get everyone spooning, is infectious. Casa Mondo, 4–7 Feb.

RUN GIRL RUN This show from theatre collective Grit Theatre (Us) is an exploration of gender performed on treadmills. During the Melbourne Fringe The Music’s reviewer called it an “entertaining yet accurate picture of gender inequality in modern Western society”. The Blue Room Theatre Summer Nights, PICA Performance Space, 28 Jan – 1 Feb.

RACHEL GORMAN

RUN GIRL RUN

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RACHEL GORMAN & BILLIE ROGERS

Sam Perry has already made a name for himself in tight circles within Perth through his extremely intricate vocal looping abilities and awesome beatmaking skills; now it’s time for the Fringe crowd to get in on the action. His set will make up part of a highly engaging audiovisual presentation. Noodle Palace, The Tina Arena, 5–9 Feb.

Fringe World 2014 has a whole bunch of awesome little tribute shows on, but none are perhaps as close to our bohemian hearts as Songs In The Suburbs. Freo favourite singer-songwriters Rachel Gorman and Billie Rogers depart their ocean home and head inland to celebrate Australia Day with some charming, acoustic, folky goodness. Midlandia Square Space, 26 Jan.

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This piece written by MKA’s Tobias Manderson-Galvin and directed by John Kachoyan can be wrapped up here: “I had a dog. I killed it. The end.” Well... There might be a little more to it than that. The Blue Room Theatre Summer Nights, PICA Performance Space, 4–8 Feb.

BOHEMIA: OSCAR FILM SHORTS Thanks to FTI and Shorts HD, Bohemia present, for the first time in WA, the full collection of short films that were nominated for Academy Awards in 2014. Bohemia bring you the best films you’ve never seen. Rooftop Movies, 20 Feb.

THE DARLING BUDS OF MAY, HARRY DELUXE, ADAM HALL, LIBBY HAMMER Perennial folk favourites The Darling Buds Of May have gathered a few friends, and fellow talented musicians, for The Swing Revue, a rowdy celebration of everything flapper-related (as in the 1920s fashion, get your mind out of the gutter). Expect all the martini-draining, hosepipewearing dandy magic you can handle. Circus Theatre, 24–25 Jan; De Parel Spiegeltent, 15–16 and 20–21 Feb.

UNSEX ME Go and meet Academy Award-winning actress Mark Wilson at this year’s Fringe. This show is challenging, hilarious and incredibly moving. Not to mention, Unsex Me had a sold out, extended season at the Melbourne Fringe. Noodle Palace, The Ken Dome, 12–16 Feb.

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HERE COMES THE BUZZ Still sweaty from playing a show, frontman Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist charms Bryget Chrisfield with claims that remixing The Hives is “sorta like putting graffiti on the Mona Lisa”, tales of delivering cups of warm tea to cold fans and that winning Swedish accent.

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midst a buzz of activity backstage “in New York, the New Jersey hockey arena [Prudential Center]” after The Hives performed their support slot as part of Pink’s current US tour, Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist sounds chipper as always. And we all need to know whether the dashing frontman is still sweaty: “Yes I am!” he laughs. So have the Swedish rockers and self-proclaimed best live band on the planet been tempted to try out Pink’s trapeze equipment? “Well Chris [Dangerous, aka Christian Grahn, drummer] used that thing where you fly around in the arena. It’s on YouTube; I think you could find it somewhere. But later on somebody died using that thing so I’m not gonna try using it.” Almqvist is famous for his onstage banter/bigging up (eg: “Bad music is the devil and I will be your exorcising priest, helpin’ you out!”). On whether he’s had to watch his language in front of the kiddies while supporting Pink, Almqvist opines, “Not really, she swears a lot so I think that’s fine… I don’t think that you can keep stuff like that away from kids, that’s my philosophy so I’m just gonna stick to that.” The frontman inadvertently upset concertgoers when he dedicated Tick Tick Boom (“It’s about stuff blowing up”) to the crowd in Boston. He immediately took to Facebook to post the following apology afterwards: “About last night: I wanted to dedicate a song to the Boston crowd because they had been so great throughout the show, and unfortunately Tick Tick Boom was the next song in the set. The tragic Boston Marathon bombing never once crossed my mind while on stage, and of course it should have. My most sincere apologies to the people of Boston for this unintentional but serious mistake.” Almqvist further explains the randomness of his banter during our chat: “I can’t censor it. I have no idea what I’m saying half the time so I cant, you know – I say it before I think about it, therefore I have no idea what’s goin’ on. So it could land anywhere.” Pink might seem like an odd musical pairing for the Swedish quintet, but Almqvist recalls a previous The Hives support slot that would naturally have propelled those in attendance straight to rock’n’roll heaven. “Ah, we’ve toured with The Rolling Stones,” the singer says off-handedly. “In 2003 I think it was, on their Forty Licks tour. It was, like, when they did that 40-year anniversary tour. It’s kinda nuts that they’re now in their 50th anniversary tour.” Given that Stones fever is heading Down Under this year, does Almqvist reckon they’ve still got it? “I mean, I haven’t seen them in ten years, but they were great ten years ago.” Almqvist hopes that, like The Stones, The Hives will still be rocking out when they’re 70, but also acknowledges, “It’s hard to keep those acrobatics at 70”. When quizzed about his age, the band leader tactfully reveals, “I am halfway [to 70]”. Following Blur’s shock cancellation from Big Day Out’s 2014 line-up, The Hives (as well as Beady Eye and Deftones) were announced as replacements. “What happened was, Blur cancelled and then they had to call us,” Almqvist chuckles. “We’re ecstatic. I think we thought about it for maybe half a second before we decided to do it. They had a good day at the Big Day Out office that day.” 20 • THE MUSIC • 22ND JANUARY 2014

You’ve probably heard The Hives’ awesome Come On! track synced to the latest Xbox One commercial. There was also a remix contest utilising this same kicking track. Surely it’s impossible to improve upon any track by The Hives, however. “That’s what I’m thinking too,” Almqvist agrees. “It’s sorta like putting graffiti on the Mona Lisa, but on the other hand their songs might be interesting – they won’t be better, we know that, but they might be interesting,” he laughs. Almqvist’s onstage persona is all brazen egotism and sometimes he wears this mantle (and probably top hat) throughout our conversation, but the frontman also can’t hide his sweet side for too long. Exhibit a): There’s a photo of Almqvist with three fans cradling polystyrene cups outside 9:30 Club in Washington captioned thus: “He howls, and he makes tea for cold fans. Class freaking act.” Almqvist elaborates: “They were sitting outside the venue and it was really cold and I just thought that, you know – I asked them if they wanted coffee, they said no, and I asked them if they wanted tea and they said yes. And so I went and got some… They were sitting outside on a piece of cardboard and people were mistaking them for hobos.” In terms of stage outfits, which The Hives are renowned for, what are their plans for this Down Under touring stint? “Well it’s hard to look presentable in summer times,” Almqvist observes. “I

PIC: GORAN BROBERG

“I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT I’M SAYING HALF THE TIME – I SAY IT BEFORE I THOUGHT ABOUT IT, THEREFORE I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT’S GOIN’ ON. SO IT COULD LAND ANYWHERE.” dunno what we can do, but I was thinking something like Steve Irwin-ish outfits in black and white. Do you think that could work?” Affirmative. Also, given that The Hives are keen surfers, a challenge is thrown out there for Almqvist to crowd-surf on a surfboard. “Yeah, I could try that,” he considers. Are you gonna try it? “Maybe, we’ll see.” Special training would be involved. “I was born in special training,” he teases. It’s been a very busy touring year for The Hives, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t found time to work on new masterpieces for our future listening rapture. “We have some new stuff that just showed up on its own,” the frontman says mysteriously. “We haven’t had no control over it. So we have new stuff and hopefully we can play some of it over there to Big Day Out.” Really? You’re gonna debut some new material? “Ah, we hope so. I mean I will make no promises,” Almqvist backpeddles, “‘cause we usually just break ‘em if we make ‘em.” So does new material just come to Almqvist in dreams? “Something like that. From an unknown source that’s deep inside the earth’s crust.” WHEN & WHERE: 2 Feb, Big Day Out, Arena Joondalup


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CAPTURING THE SPIRIT How do you take on a project you think might be sacrilege? Andrew Kidman tells Dan Condon about making Spirit Of Akasha, while Kye Fitzgerald says it captured him at his peak.

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972’s Morning Of The Earth isn’t just a surf film, it’s a vital piece of Australian art that speaks of a relationship between the Australian surf culture, rock’n’roll and mother nature, a hallowed film for surfers around the globe with a soundtrack considered to be one of the great records of its era. So, when its creator Alby Falzon asked fellow surf filmmaker Andrew Kidman to make something of a follow-up piece, Kidman was not keen. “It wasn’t my idea,” he says firmly. “When they first asked me to do it, I didn’t want to do it. I just didn’t think you could do it, I thought it would be sacrilege, but Alby thought it might be worth exploring what a modern day take on it might be.” Eventually Kidman’s arm was twisted enough to take on the task and Spirit Of Akasha, a film exploring the concept of akasha – an idea relating to aether that’s essence is simple but unbelievably complex to explain – was born. “I started thinking about it and had a few different ideas I put forward to Warner – I wasn’t gonna do it unless I could do it how I wanted to – and they were really happy with what I was putting forth,” Kidman continues. “It’s hard when you’re working with big record companies; you’re never really sure which way they’re gonna push you but all they did was help facilitate it and make it as good as it could be. People say that’s a rare thing, but that’s my only experience with them and it was a really good experience – they let me and Alby do whatever we wanted and then helped us bring it to where it got to.” Music was an enormous part of this project. The likes of Brian Wilson, Pond, Xavier Rudd and Kidman’s own The Windy Hills wrote songs for the project, with many of them then turning around and recording a cover of a MOTE track for a separate reimagined version of that iconic soundtrack. “Rarely do you get to work with music like that, especially when it’s made for the film,” Kidman says. Sydney Festival attendees will get to see plenty of the score performed live at the Sydney Opera House. “It’s a pretty remarkable project to pull that many artists together and make a soundtrack like that. Not only did all the artists submit original songs, they 22 • THE MUSIC • 22ND JANUARY 2014

also covered the original soundtrack. I think that just shows how revered the original movie was.��� Kidman has nothing but praise for the way the musicians involved interacted with both the film and his suggestions. “I pretty much talked to all of the artists about

approached to be a part of Spirit Of Akasha, Fitzgerald had no qualms. “I was feeling like I was reaching a peak in a lot of ways,” he explains. “I’d been focusing on my single fin surfing for close to a decade and was starting to feel I was taking it as far as I could’ve. I know how influential this movie’s going to be and to be a part of it makes me feel like I’m reaching the top of the mountain as far as my single fin surfing goes.” The spirit that runs through MOTE captivated Fitzgerald as a young man. “The pure spirit that it has, it really resonated with me,” he says. “It really captures

“I WASN’T GONNA DO IT UNLESS I COULD DO IT HOW I WANTED TO.” what we wanted and then we went back and forth customising stuff. They would send stuff through and we would listen to it and suggest things they might be able to do to tune it more to suit the film – it was a pretty involved process.” Kye Fitzgerald is of good pedigree; his father Terry is a legendary shaper, master of the single fin and all things Indonesia, and his brother Joel is a kick-arse surfer in his own right. When

that kind of freedom and escapism that surfing is about. It still inspires so many people young and old – it’s amazing how it crosses so many demographics. It was made with a certain amount of purity.” When being filmed for something like Spirit Of Akasha, Fitzgerald says there’s no such thing as stage fright. If there was, he says, the footage would suffer. “I have a lot of confidence in my surfing and what I’m doing; some will like it and some won’t – so what? How is that gonna help you surf the way you want to surf? And that’s not what Andrew and [surf photographer] Jon Frank are looking for, they’re looking for the way you surf every day. Whether it’s a stormy day or a perfect day, it’s not always about perfection, even though we’re all striving for that in our surfing, it’s about letting go and just surfing.” WHAT: Spirit Of Akasha (Warner)


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PUT IT ALL ON BLACK The rules of any game can change without notice, but Karnivool aren’t afraid to play as they see fit. Drew Goddard talks a tale of two sides to Benny Doyle.

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ith a European fanbase swelling brilliantly large, Karnivool spent a good chunk of last year traversing across the culture continent. They brought their progressive metal strains to locations old and new, killed it a few choice festivals such as Download and Hurricane, and even managed to squeeze in some line-dancing and gambling aboard an icebreaker while crossing the Baltic Sea. “We went on it twice this time, and actually, we were playing blackjack – they’ve got casino tables there – and as soon as you get into Swedish waters all the rules change,” recalls guitarist Drew Goddard. “Suddenly, there’s no such thing as a stand-off on 17, 18, 19, so I just thought I got ripped off when I got into Sweden. It was all fun and games [though], it was just an amazing trip; we got to a few places that we hadn’t been to, we did Belgium and Copenhagen, and a lot of places that we had been to [as well] – we’re just seeing growth everywhere. It was all really well received and my beard was touched more often than I’ve had it touched in my life, which was kinda weird, but it kept me warm at night.” All this has come off the back of Asymmetry, the band’s third long-player and their first to top the ARIA charts. It’s an immersive listen, a record that’s incredibly accomplished and one that demands repeated spins and full commitment from the listener. But Goddard admits the band too are still wrapping their heads around the latest release, even after the now somewhat expected four-year wait period between this latest effort and previous opus, 2009’s Sound Awake. “There’s a lot of stuff on Asymmetry that’s jarring and we went for a lot of discordant stuff – that was new to us – but after playing around with it for a while it makes sense,” he says. “Just chords on the bottom instead of using your power chords, your fifths and your fourths, which bring some really jagged intervals. The default setting [for Karnivool] is usually something that’s a bit off, but to me there’s a beauty in that that takes longer for people to come around to. If you keep listening for that sort of stuff though it will finally find its place, and

it is kind of agreeable – I don’t think it needs to be nice and harmonic and diatonic and pleasurable to be beautiful.” The Perth five-piece will showcase this fractured elegance on their upcoming Polymorphism tour, alongside fellow

“We’re definitely drawn to the darker side of things, [but] with the right amount of light in there,” he expands; “it’s all about the balance and I think Asymmetry, that was just one of many references to that. But I like to structure a set so it takes you on an emotional rollercoaster, so you’ve got the really ominous stuff and then you come out of it and you’ve got the retrospective, uplifting moments at the right places, and the atmospheric stuff and the heavy stuff, the dark and the light. “I think all three bands are similar in that way,” he adds. “The dark and the light... I dunno, that’s all subjective; when people listen to music, what is dark and what is light anyway? But all three bands encourage the listener to feel something that’s a bit deeper, and mix up emotions to get something positive out of it.” Karnivool are in the best form of their career, and the Polymorphism tour will no doubt

“I DON’T THINK IT NEEDS TO BE NICE AND HARMONIC AND DIATONIC AND PLEASURABLE TO BE BEAUTIFUL.” Oz heavy merchants Dead Letter Circus and sleepmakeswaves. Both bands, like Karnivool, offer up widely varied light and shade within their epic tunes, making the tour’s title banner a suitable one. As far as where they sit on the bill though – on which side of the polymorphism ideals that Karnivool lean – Goddard isn’t too sure. All he knows is that on their given day – or night – the quintet can embody both elements with ease.

suitably open the account on another huge 12 months for the group, what with an extensive Aussie run mid-year, many more overseas dates, and songwriting sessions spliced in between it all while frontman Ian Kenny isn’t busy with his other day job, Birds Of Tokyo. “We’re going to keep that ball rolling as much as possible,” says Goddard, a statement which begs the question: will we have new Karnivool material before 2017? “I am not going to promise anything,” he laughs, refusing to be suckered in by the query, “I have done that before and I’ve been a horrible liar.” WHAT: Asymmetry (Cymatic/Sony) WHEN & WHERE: 23 Jan, Red Hill Auditorium, Perth


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PONY UP Deftones have remained an enigmatic band from the get-go. Drummer and founding member Abe Cunningham chats to Simon Holland about the band’s origins and recent inclusion in the Big Day Out.

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eftones have always been a peculiar band to place. For a period they seemed to be safely lumped with the early ‘90s nu-metal during its initial infection, riding the trend rollercoaster as hard as anyone as that broke out into a full-scale plague. It became easy to assume they simply spawned with the masses. “Not so,” disagrees drummer and founding member Abe Cunningham. “We were lumped into that long ago. The simple fact is we were around a decade before that term was coined.” The founding core of Deftones existed a full year before fellow American heavies Korn – a band commonly acknowledged as the godfathers of that particular sound. “We were just doing our thing the whole time.” Cunningham states with pride. ”That term has come and went and, you know, we always did our own thing. We started in ’88; as far as records though our first record came out in ’94 so it’s been 20 years for the world but we were around in California, in the Bay Area, this neck of the woods since ’88.” Deftones toured with Korn in 1995, supporting Ozzy Osbourne on a nationwide tour. It was on this tour Korn’s self-titled album blew up and went gold, cementing their spot at the top of the genre. According to legend Deftones kicked off when guitarist Stephen Carpenter, aged 15, was hit by a drunk driver while skateboarding in his local neighborhood in Sacramento. “He got it good, he was totally jacked up.” agrees Cunningham. “He ended up getting a bit of a settlement, which was not much but for a 15-year-old kid was like winning the lottery. He bought a bunch of gear and just sat down and started learning Metallica songs; I mean they were just coming out and they were huge where we grew up, but that’s the story of how he got going, not how we got going. I mean, it did happen, but that was before I ever knew him. “By the time we started getting going, maybe a couple of years after that, that fat wad of cash was pretty much gone. He had bought things, sold things and blown through that little nest egg. So that is a myth busted.”

It’s hard to imagine Deftones co-existing with the release of …And Justice For All, let alone sharing real estate in the golden era of thrash. “We’re from Sacramento; we’re an hour or so from the Bay Area. It’s a quick drive. If you

Recently Deftones were added to the Big Day Out line-up – an unbelievable upgrade for a festival that appears to be failing a heavy audience, though Deftones have maintained a strong relationship with the festival. “We actually came home about a month and a half ago. This is to be our time off. We got through the holidays and that stuff and that was all fine and dandy; supposed to be our time off and then apparently a band called Blur pulled out and left the organisers scrambling so now we’re coming down to spend three lovely weeks down under. I couldn’t be happier about that, I love it there.” As with most festivals however clashes were inevitable and Deftones copped it worse than most going up against Pearl Jam and hot off the tail of Snoop Dog. The release of the schedule last week prompted fans to swamp the band’s Facebook page declaring their outrage. Breaking the news to Cunningham however resulting in very little outrage and a more philosophical

“WE WERE JUST DOING OUR THING THE WHOLE TIME.” look through history, the ‘60s, what a great area for music and then through the ‘70s, the ‘80s of course with metal and thrash coming out, the ‘90s were nuts for us and we were proud to come from such a great legacy. What a great area to grow up in and to be that close and see a lot of those bands coming up in their infancy in small clubs. I know that happens everywhere else too. It was really a magical time and magical place to grow up in, no doubt.”

approach to the business of large festivals: “They have, have they? You know what? Can you really go up against Pearl Jam? No, you can’t. There you have it! We’ll play our little show and they’ll play their big show. It will be what it is and that is that. I’m just going to get loose, I’m going to go check everyone out, see a little Snoop. I’m sure he’ll be smoking. I’m sure he’ll be in our dressing room smoking as well. We’re out just looking for a great time. Like I said, having done it a few times – this is our third Big Day Out festival – and they’re always a blast, we’re thrilled. We’ll be getting’ down!” WHEN & WHERE: 2 Feb, Big Day Out, Arena Joondalup


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SKILLS, THRILLS AND BELLYACHES

18 different ways”. By the age of three he was stacking wax not sticklebrix, and with Old Man Skills’ DJing and editing to pay the bills some would say his path to the decks was more like easy street. Not so. Spinning in clubs for years before being given a break by Jade Jagger, it took time to find style and an audience.

“Somebody tried to pull the mask off at a gig in Hong Kong. And I guess – well, he came to take it off and I knocked him out. A lucky punch. I’m a fucking hardcore ninja man!” Tom Birts tries his best not to find out masked DJ Jaguar Skills’ true identity.

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’m driving around, speeding, talking about disco, trying to find a place to shit! The life of a ninja! Amazing!” The last few years have been pretty amazing for Jaguar Skills. Over a million mixtape downloads, international tours and a show on

the UK’s biggest radio station prove it. But every super-DJ-ninja has a nemesis, and Jag’s false friend was a humble chilli. “I’m a chilli guy! I like chilli! There was one just there and I ate it. Now I’ve been shitting and throwing up for three days!” The Music waits for the interview to be cut short to the sound of sirens as a masked man runs from his Range Rover into a service station. Skills was raised on funk, disco, soul, reggae and “shitloads of theme tunes. I’ve got Star Trek done

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Today, Skills’ sets and mixes are a living acknowledgement to turntablism’s roots. Before hip hop existed as we know it, beats came in four, eight or 16 bars. He has stuck with the cut ‘n’ paste ethos, tracking it with technology and playing only what bumps the hardest. “I don’t feel the need to play the new and exclusive stuff all the time. There’s so much music. If I show you an old record now, it’s new to you. DJs show me records now and I ask them when it came out, and they’re like ‘It’s five, ten, 20 years old, you idiot!’.” Skills goes on – “I started on vinyl, and I don’t reminisce about vinyl either. I’m glad the technology has got to this point. In fact, what the fuck? I’m happy I can do it this way.” He also has no truck with long talk. “You read a lot of stuff where DJs are talking like they’re fucking Einstein or something. I don’t think you need to take people on a journey. I don’t think you need to go as deep as that. You just need to play some really good tunes really well and jump up and down and have some fun. “I’m a big fan of interacting with the crowd and joining in the party. It depends on all types of shit, but you don’t need a fucking cake, or to come down on a trampoline, or out of a massive explosive penis and do five somersaults. It’s just nice to see a DJ look like they like the music they’re playing.” WHEN & WHERE: 26 Jan, Ambar

BLACK BOX SUMMER Detachable hands, treadmills, sci-fi odysseys through comedy, theatre, dance performance and puppetry – Summer Nights is pretty much where it’s at. Blue Room producer Susannah Day shows Zoe Barron around this year’s program.

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ast Fringe, the Summer Nights program was astoundingly successful. Presented by the Blue Room Theatre and PICA, Summer Nights is the corner of the festival focusing on theatre and contemporary dance, and last year, despite there being more than 200 shows at the festival, ‘Sold Out’ messages decorated the performance board in the foyer almost nightly. “We managed to find where our niche was,” says Susannah Day. “We created an atmosphere that people wanted to be in that didn’t necessarily compete with Fringe but instead found its own personality.” The Summer Nights program is the only part of Fringe that involves a formal selection process. Most of the program is selected from a pool of applicants, and another one or two are invited. “What we’re offering during Summer Nights is consistency,” Day says, “and it’s that same product that we provide throughout the year, but with fewer rules around it.” This year will be Day’s second Summer Nights’ season. She was surprised and excited by 2013’s success and suspects it had a strong hand in boosting attendance across Blue Room’s regular seasons. “Summer Nights [provides a] chance for the average Joe Blow who may not come into Northbridge very often at all, and who may not come and consume live performance, to come in and be 28 • THE MUSIC • 22ND JANUARY 2014

like, ‘Oh, do you do this all year round?’ So that’s kind of our audience development.” Summer Nights anticipation has already begun to build. Two weeks out, the Blue Room was already sending out emails to its mailing list warning that Bruce, Tag. You’re It and Gym And Tonic were on their way to selling out. And though there might be a higher overall proportion of quirky, fun pieces than would usually be found at PICA or Blue Room, there’s also variety, with a good balance of darker, deeper, boundary-pushing works such as MKA Dogmeat, or the deserved remount of Great White.

Also in the mix is Run Girl Run by Melbourne darlings Grit Theatre, which is performed entirely on treadmills. Ask Day for her opinions on the surprise dark horses and she’ll ask you not to quote her, and then get excited explaining concepts behind the shows. The impression is of another very strong program this year, and one that reflects both the Blue Room and PICA’s efforts to boost ambitions of artists and audiences alike. “We’re striving for stronger work, and work that is more thought-out,” says Day. “We know that we’re the heart of theatre and dance and we want to stay that way. And it means our program can be really strong and we can sell it in a certain way. We get to have this incredible personality through Fringe because we know exactly who we are.” WHAT: Summer Nights WHEN & WHERE: 24 Jan to 22 Feb, Fringe World, Blue Room Theatre and PICA


KNIGHT RIDER House stalwart Mark Knight is taking on EDM’s biggest names in his own way, Cyclone discovers.

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rit DJ/producer Mark Knight is one of the most influential figures in house music. So why is he so restless as to be staging a dramatic post-EDM reinvention? Knight, who typically plays anything from deep to techy grooves, may provide a clue when he finally returns Down Under this month. “I’m bringing a very specific sound to what I do – it’s quite unique,” Knight starts. “I think [dance] music has become so polarised of late. You’ve either got people who are really EDM or really super underground. I fit completely in the middle of that and carve my

own niche in terms of what I do musically.” The Londoner has branded himself with his Toolroom Records, a Beatport bestseller – he’s even issued music from big names like deadmau5. Toolroom celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2013. Then the DJ has his Toolroom Knights event company – and “upfront” radio show. Such strategic marketing might be antithetical to the original allure of underground house but, in a “corporate” dance culture, it’s necessary, he says. Knight shares his studio skills. He’s co-produced Faithless and, together with D Ramirez, teamed with Underworld, first on the ‘versus’ Downpipe and later

on the group’s Barking LP. Knight is credited, too, on The Black Eyed Peas’ single Rock That Body off their Australian number one The END. Still, he’s better known for his own vast output, entailing collaborations and remixes. Last year Knight not only relished a club hit in Your Love, but also released Ten with Dutch progmeister Sander van Doorn and, again, Underworld.

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Next Knight intends to yield a long-touted debut ‘artist’ album, possibly entitled Life At 33,000 Feet. “I’ve spent the last ten years really working on singles and I feel it’s time to kind of expand that and give myself a new challenge – and that’ll be the focus of 2014.” Knight has a clear vision for it, sparked by his exchanges with Underworld. “The idea of this album is to turn it into a live show.” Indeed, that would allow him to bring his “big stadium house records” to more festivals since, being neither an EDM nor “super underground” dance type, he currently exists “in no man’s land”. Or, rather, Knight is a scene unto himself. It’s curious that the Ibiza institution should discern a new division in dance as the EDM crowd is far from purist. And many old-timers who scoff at the ‘EDM’ tag are benefitting from it. “Richie Hawtin is as commercial as David Guetta in his own sense,” Knight asserts. “They just play different styles of music.” Knight continues to diversify. “Probably a lot of people wouldn’t know – [but] I do actually do quite a lot of pop music,” Knight divulges, citing co-writes like Calvin Harris’ Drinking From The Bottle and Icona Pop’s Girlfriend. “It’s something I generally don’t shout a lot about… It sort of goes against what I stand for on a kinda grassroots music level, but I find it very easy to do and I enjoy it. It’s just another challenge musically.”

WHEN & WHERE: 25 Jan, The Deen

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reviews

This week we continue watching Girls as Hannah turns 25, Against Me! grapple with some

ALBUM OF THE WEEK

big subjects and BDO visitors The Algorithm deliver a terrifying mix of chiptune and metal.

★★★★

TRACK LISTING ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK 1. Morning of the Earth G Wayne Thomas 2. I’ll Be Alright Terry Hannagan 3. First Things First Tamam Shud 4. Sure Feels Good Brian Cadd 5. Awake Ticket 6. Getting Back G Wayne Thomas 7. Open Up Your Heart G Wayne Thomas 8. Dream Chant Ticket 9. Simple Ben John J Francis 10. Bali Waters Tamam Shud 11. Making It On Your Own Brian Cadd 12. Ullawatu Peter Howe 13. Day Comes G Wayne Thomas 14. Sea The Swells Tamam Shud 15. I’m Alive Peter Howe 16. Come With Me Brian Cadd

REIMAGINED 1. Morning Of The Earth Mick Turner & The Xlyouris Ensemble ft Oliver Mann 2. I’ll Be Alright Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy & The Cairo Gang 3. First Things First Matt Corby 4. Sure Feels Good Tom Curren 5. Awake Goons Of Doom 6. Getting Back Busby Marou 7. Open Up Your Heart Jack River 8. Dream Chant The Sand Pebbles 9. Simple Ben Machine Translations 10. Bali Waters Pond 11. Making It On Your Own The Autumn Defense 12. Uluwatu Blake Mills 13. Day Comes Xavier Rudd 14. Sea The Swells Andrew Kidman & The Windy Hills 15. I’m Alive Andrew VanWyngarden 16. Come With Me Andrew Kidman

VARIOUS

Morning Of The Earth Complete Original Soundtrack And Reimagined Warner Forty-odd years ago Australia helped invent the surf movie, and most importantly, the surf movie soundtrack. Morning Of The Earth (directed by Albert Falzon) was dominated by the sounds of producer/musician G Wayne Thomas, with a prog-by-the-sea sound which was infamously known as a type of romantic (if not fantastic) sonic ode to the then stillemerging local surf culture. The soundtrack has come to be held dear to hippies and surfers of a certain age, so remaking it was always going to have to go somewhere new. This “reimagining” of the cult classic has been paired with a reissue of the soundtrack itself, all in one double-CD set. The change is contemporary surf sounds that are now more relaxed and varied, so that the epic title track entrusted to Mick Turner and the Xylouris Ensemble (with Oliver Mann on vox) is less echoey than the original, now more diverse and meandering. Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy’s I’ll Be Alright sounds like a comfortable low tide, while Matt Corby’s First Thing First takes the track back to the beach bar with a slightly bluesinspired take on the original. Busby Marou’s Getting Back is also well worth getting sand in your cossie for. The original’s big single Open Up Your Heart is given a lovely lightness and androgyny by Jack River, while it seems Sand Pebbles couldn’t resist getting just a bit of original ‘70s in with Dream Chant. Also well worth it is Machine Translations’ Simple Ben; just sweet and easy in its approach. Liz Giuffre THE MUSIC 22ND JANUARY 2014 • 31


album reviews

THE LAWRENCE ARMS

AGAINST ME! Transgender Dysphoria Blues Total Treble/Resist

Metropole

Epitaph/Warner There’s been a void in the punk scene with The Lawrence Arms remaining relatively quiet over the past eight years. We’ve only seen one EP – ‘09’s Buttsweat And Tears – so Metropole, their Epitaph debut, is a sound for sore ears. Remarkably, the Chicagobased three-piece have managed to return with a release that kicks off right where ‘06’s Oh! Calcutta! left things. That’s not to say Metropole doesn’t bring anything new or interesting to the table. There seems to be a more natural flow between the instrumentation of co-lead vocalists Brendan Kelly (bass) and Chris McCaughan (guitar), which may be attributed to their separation over recent years. Where in the past Kelly’s vocals were fuelled by a gritty aggression, Metropole sees him take a step back to deliver in a more husky tone. A reduction

★★★★ in angst isn’t all bad, though, as with this new level of control comes more emotion, as evident in Seventeener (17th And 37th). McCaughan’s songwriting, lyrics, vocals and guitar work remain relatively the same, which will be relieving for those who enjoy the consistency of his previous works. This record could use a few more numbers such as the short, sweet and blunt Drunk Tweets, but other than that it’s a healthy blend of Kelly and McCaughan. Metropole sounds like a reunion between three close friends who want nothing more than to share what they’ve learnt over the past eight years. And this reunion isn’t going to disappoint anyone. Daniel Cribb

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hot button cause du jour. As far as concept albums go, Transgender Dysphoria Blues isn’t interested in subtly disguising its message in metaphors and symbolism. It’s a story and an issue very important to frontwoman Laura Jane Grace (formerly Tom Gabel) for obvious reasons. Against Me! never let the weight of this subject overwhelm the musicality. Transgender Dysphoria Blues rides the thin line between deep emotion and infectious punk-rock hooks. And it’s this precarious balance that makes it legitimately exciting in a way that studio gloss too often polishes away. Pete Laurie

Polymorphic Code

Warner

Andrew Kidman and The Windy Hills bring this album in with To Be Young – listen to this track through a good set of speakers for a wonderful experience when the bass comes in, gently sliding up to its opening chord (yes, chord) and kicking the song into full swing. Starcrossed Lonely Sailor is the next gem on the soundtrack, performed by the

With Drinking With The Jocks, Against Me! get louder and messier than the rest of the album, and they’re more interesting for it. While a title like Osama Bin Laden As The Crucified Christ sounds like it’d be more at home scribbled in the back of a 15-year-old’s school notebook, the song is thankfully as good as its title is terrible. Things change gear in Dear Friend and it’s refreshing to hear punk-rock be so unashamedly sentimental and sincere, without all the fist-shaking at the current,

★★★★

THE ALGORITHM

Spirit Of Akasha Soundtrack When it comes to surfing movie soundtracks, there’s some stiff competition out there. Well, when Dark Side Of The Moon in its entirety has been featured as the companion music to a film of this ilk, you know, as music director, you have a big job to step up to. Spirit Of Akasha measures up nicely in this sense. Featuring Pond, Angus Stone, supergroup Atoms For Peace, Matt Corby and Xavier Rudd among others, the album is track after track a consistently great listen, and certainly seems like it would be a brilliantly suitable soundtrack.

The press release for Transgender Dysphoria Blues calls it “insightful and highly-provocative… grappling with gender dysphoria, the loss of a young friend and pure self-discovery”. While such a heavy imputation might suggest a certain level of vulnerability, Against Me! attack with a confident stomp and swagger from the opening, title track. And it really is impossible to resist.

Roadrunner/Warner

★★★ Chris Robinson Brotherhood. Reminiscent of Humble Pie or The Allman Brothers with the Black Crowes frontman’s own spin, the song is transformational and experiential. Immediately following is Matt Corby, with disarming brilliance and worldly sonic ventures in What The Devil Has Made, while Corsaire provide the titular piece, one of sweeping orchestral and ethereal instrumental experimentation, and ominously reverberated vocals. The track builds and builds until cymbals and drums come crashing down around you and finishes with ostinato piano that stays with you long after the song has fallen silent. Lukas Murphy

Genre-defying French outfit The Algorithm sounds like it was created in a lab in the late ‘90s, using the discarded parts of metal and electronica, with the result violently breaking free and tearing through the polite, sheltered environs of the new millennium’s indie scene with bloodthirsty glee. Their new LP Polymorphic Code is a total animal. It clearly doesn’t give a fuck what you’ve enjoyed listening to previously or why you’ve decided to give it a spin now. It’s undeniably gaudy yet strangely sophisticated… and it’s a bit terrifying. But it’s also pretty good. It grinds together chopped-up speedcore riffs, epic trance chords, dub, some saxophone, drum and bass, vocal samples and found sounds, and all the spatters of glittering chiptune debris on the walls makes it seem like a horribly violent digital crime

★★★ ½ scene. It’s completely unrelenting and it will make even dude-bros high on frat-step shake their heads in disbelief. It’s a machine gun wielded by a conductor. It’s a dance party being held in a nuclear submarine. It’s Blade Runner watched on a loop on methamphetamines. It’s Atari Teenage Riot remixed by DJ Shadow being reinterpreted by Dave Lombardo using drum pads fed into Ableton Live. Most of Polymorphic Code is a fast-moving sound collage, but it does let up a little during Warp Gate Exploit. Kind of in the same way a shark takes time to swallow between bites. This album may give you a coronary. You have been warned. Matt MacMaster


singles/ep reviews

★★★

NOAH SKAPE & THE TEENAGE WASTELAND Dear Dominique Independent Different direction for the usually super dramatic and theatrical vocalist of popular local group FAIM. Guitar with reverb-tinged vocals allows for a pleasant listen, even with the somewhat gloomy lyrical theme.

MATHAS Doctorshopping The Community Records This tune is engaging and clever, while the mix of brass and wood instruments alongside the beats creates a super-catchy groove to bounce around to. Mathas just keeps getting better and better.

LIKE JUNK

★★★★

★★

ANTON FRANC

JOSE SUICIDIO

All This Talk

Let’s Get Suicidal

I, SAID THE SPARROW

Independent

Clowny’s Big Hair Music

Deathpop

Anton Franc’s second release, All This Talk, sees the four-piece delve further into their folkinfluenced chamber pop sound while injecting some muchneeded energy and brightness with a brass ensemble on songs like Moments and Water & Blue. While the album is still very much rooted in traditional folk-style songwriting, the dark, evocative Dust Storm proves the band still have a few tricks up their sleeves when it comes to creating hugesounding atmospheres in their music. Overall All This Talk shows the band still refining their sound but exploring other avenues and ultimately getting closer to something unique.

Listening to this CD without the context from which it originates would be one of the most puzzling experiences someone could encounter. Let’s Get Suicidal is 14 songs taken from episodes of comedian Henry Phillips aka Jose Suicidio’s satire cooking YouTube webisodes, Henry’s Kitchen, and aren’t really meant to make a lot of sense. At first the tunes come off as completely random with lyrics about getting mauled by bears and busted for drugs, but after further inspection it’s clear Phillips’ brand of humour is aimed at a very niche market that can appreciate awkward, sardonic comedy.

Independent

Scott Aitken

Daniel Cribb

Mac McNaughton

Don’t be fooled by the ‘punkpop’ tag applied to bolshy Perth quartet I, Said The Sparrow – there’s little punk about their debut, seemingly cobbled together from unwanted bits of Neon Trees and Good Charlotte albums. The band themselves deliver many punchy riffs worthy of a head-bang or two, but when vocalist Sean Hendry opens his gob, he sinks the album into an inescapable bog of tired caterwauling rock. 043HELLO and December, like much of Deathpop, are over-produced and over-styled immediate rock rushes that are ultimately instantly forgettable.

Dolly, Dolly Newtown Products Dark and brooding atmosphere, filled with appropriate piano and violin work. Vocalist Scott White encompasses the band’s direction with his vocal delivery; a strong, yet deeply haunting production reminiscent of Metz and a little bit of The Cure. Real cool shit.

NECK DEEP

THE SPITFIRES

Hopeless/Unified

Spooky Doo Independent Catchy indie-rock with an undeniable touch of garage. Vocalist Sean Regan is at his Scousey best, making sure his delivery contains as much of his twangy accent as possible, just to add that bit of edge to the tune.

THE DISAPPOINTED I Disagree With Myself Independent Warm and upbeat, this is a tune that touches on the internal struggle with oneself and the world around. Hits the spot for anyone looking for a light blend of indie-rock. Kane Sutton

★½

Wishful Thinking I was a fan of Blink-182 seven years ago; Neck Deep’s Wishful Thinking reminds me of that more innocent time. Only thing is they don’t seem to realise it’s 2014. The band has received criticism in the past, mostly for being a facsimile of bands like The Story So Far, and unfortunately this album does nothing to stem that. There are some high points (opener Losing Teeth, Zoltar Speaks) and there’s no doubt that they’ve got the chops, what with strong vocal harmonies and riffs, but it’s all been done; there’s nothing to take away. Cam Findlay

★★½

★★★

THE CRIMSON PROJEKCT

THE WEAPON IS SOUND

Off icial Bootleg Live – Extended Edition

Direct Dub

Public Opinion Music

The Community

The Crimson ProjeKCt is the best King Crimson tribute band one could ask for; one comprising almost entirely of former members. On this live release, the band – fairly straightforwardly – reinterpret a handful of Crimson classics with the odd experiment thrown in. The set is pulled primarily from the group’s ‘80s and ‘90s albums, but the highlight is a hard-rocking take on classic Red. This Official Bootleg is wholly enjoyable if unnecessary. It’s a release for diehard Crimson tragics only. Anyone else would be better suited to picking up the original records.

Take some reggae influenced and infused dub, dynamic synths, a range of percussion, some brass instruments and throw in a whole lot of psychedelic rock, and you have the tunes of The Weapon Is Sound’s first instalment from their two-part EP. Blasting into an eclectic world of sounds, their five tracks tick all the psych, dub, funk and groove boxes. Their single Praxis Dub explodes with massive drops, combined with mellow yet uplifting sounds from outer space that evidently show live recording does wonders in the dub realm.

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live reviews

ELITE FORCE, FELGUK, MICAH BLACK Parker Nightclub 17 Jan Formerly the host of weekly ‘Oh Snap’ hardcore revival nights back when it was known as Black Betty’s, the Northbridge venue has made a dramatic turnaround to the dance nightclub scene, becoming what is now known only as Parker. Micah Black took us on a fairly generic but appropriate supporting set full of deep house selections. The ultra cheesy vocals and drenched chords of Kove’s Love For You served as a highlight to the already semi-sizeable crowd, who took to the track with some unforgettable dance routines.

sounding remixes of artists like Nirvana and The White Stripes. Simon Shackleton started his musical endeavours back in 1989 in a band called Headless Chickens with the one and only Thom Yorke. Adopting his Elite Force alias (amongst an assortment of other equally imposing sounding monikers), Shackleton has been an active solo DJ and producer for over 20 years now. Elite Force has climbed the electronic ladder, and now is the proud owner of two successful record labels: U&A Recordings and StereoPhoenix. Often denoted as one of the leading proponents of the emergent Tech-Funk movement, it’s not a surprise that Elite Force comes with some seriously eclecticism in not only his production, but his DJ sets too. The night was no different, incorporating

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An unexpected and enthusiastic bunch led what looked like some sort of clumsy aerobics flash mob for the good part of an hour on the upper stage, before the electro duo from Rio stepped up to the decks. A pretty uninventive combination of the pair’s first names, Felipe Lozinsky and Gustavo Rozenthal make Felguk. The boys from Brazil have gained some sort of stardom as of late, having been commissioned for remix works for pop chart toppers including the likes of Black Eyed Peas, David Guetta and Flo Rida. Rainbow roadesque visuals were splattered over the big screen, behind what was a set full to the brim of straight up electro. ‘Inspiring’ wouldn’t be the first adjective chosen to describe the alternative rock/ EDM blend that was served up, with some particularly plain 34 • THE MUSIC • 22ND JANUARY 2014

singing, yet delightful and tasteful harmonies were accompanying his voice. The use of such vocal equipment has long been known to be incredibly inefficient, yet Gaunt used the pedal with such expertise and precision you would swear that there was another vocalist on stage with him. Backed by a drummer who he frequently teased about not trusting him with a microphone, Gaunt played an intoxicating set of conventionally and classically written, yet profoundly wonderful songs. The Audreys left a reasonable amount of time after Gaunt for the people to liquor themselves up nicely before taking to the stage and being warmly received. They began their set to near silence as everyone listened intently to the duo as they played versions of their songs that had been stripped right back to the way

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everything from techno, house and breaks into palatable succession. MReD continued the low cut bass and unrelenting party vibes well into the night for the troopers that remained. James Hunt

THE AUDREYS, NATHAN GAUNT Mojos Bar 19 Jan It was a hot one at Mojos on Sunday, but that didn’t stop the punters from filling up the joint nice and early to show their support for the now-local opening act Nathan Gaunt. Gaunt had eyes and ears from the moment he began playing his first song, but the heads intently turned when he used his vocal harmony pedal for the first time. No one else was

they were written in the first place. Guitarist Tristan Goodall provided the musical balancing beam for Taasha Coates to gracefully dance over with her warm and gentle vocals, and he also provided much of the banter for the audience, being charming and funny in the kind of awkward way that dad jokes are charming and funny. Midway through, they played a number of new, soon-tobe-released tracks as a teaser for their next tour over to the western seaboard in a few months’ time, in which they’ll be accompanied by a full band. Performed as a duo, the tracks proved to be lovely as they were; something that is not always well executed in such a raw fashion. The highlight and the most commendable moment of the night, however, after all the jokes were told and the drinks were refilled, was the ukulele and guitar

number at the very end. Technical issues were minor up until this point, but one song from the end, the ukulele completely cut out. Devoted entirely to the song at that point, Coates continued while Goodall rectified the problem, trying everything to make it work. In the end, they mic’d up the uke and pulled it off. Commitment, right there. Lukas Murphy

INDIGO, THE LIAM NAUGHTON BAND, CULETTO Railway Hotel 19 Jan This is one for the up-andcomers. Gignition at the Railway Hotel is a prime opportunity

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for bands around Fremantle and beyond to strut their stuff in a terrific live setting. Patrons were treated to a variety of sounds from bands that – while still finding their feet – were entertaining nonetheless. A comfortable lounge setting proved appropriate for the laidback musical affair. Three-piece ensemble Culetto got proceedings underway with a post-grunge flavour. The group employed a free-form structure to most of their pieces with enjoyable results. The bass and guitar played off each other well with solid accompaniments on the drums and bass. Minor sound issues towards the end of their set soured an otherwise pleasant opening. The Liam Naughton Band were next and brought an acoustic sensibility to the event. Frontman


live reviews Liam Naughton was exceptionable at the microphone as he led the group through a consistent and polished set. The good-ifnot-predictable instrumentation had many a throwback – from ‘90s rock influences to anthemic melodies. The odd expletive peppered an otherwise safe set. A heavy bass and cool-as-ice demeanour brought attention to Indigo. Rocksteady grooves led to some of the day’s loudest moments – the bass was ear-splittingly intense. Unfortunately the vocals were drowned out which detracted slightly. Regardless some old-school vibes were certainly welcomed. The boys absolutely slayed on the guitar and it was incredible to watch. Although these acts still have a way to go, Gignition is a great way to begin. Jeffrey Kitt

At Six were the definition of pop punk – the kind where the lyrical content disagrees with the tone of the music. Uplifting melodies and music supported lyrics about losing the girl or not quite getting the girl or missing a girl. Deciphering the emotion of the audience was a little easier, though, as no fan was left displeased. A curtain onstage fell to reveal a uniquely chaotic light show, before Paramore’s Grow Up kicked in. Backed by drummer Aaron Gillespie (Underoath, The Almost) – trying to give himself a concussion and destroy his kit – plus three guitarists and gritty bass, vocalist Hayley Williams did her best to put the punk in pop punk with a voice and stage presence that didn’t falter once. If anyone can justify a wireless microphone,

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PARAMORE, YOU ME AT SIX, TWENTY ONE PILOTS Perth Arena 16 Jan For the last show of their first Australian tour, two-piece key and drum outfit Twenty One Pilots introduced themselves with a confusing mash of sampled drums, rap, ballads and acrobatics. If you allow yourself to forget about the standard conventions of music, Twenty One Pilots may just teach you a thing or two. Deafening screams from the audience, synchronised jumping, pitch-perfect vocals, a clean yet careless aesthetic, fake mid-song chuckles: You Me

the band to take a second to breathe – even guitarist Taylor York who was hopping between his guitar pedals and nearby drum kit with a sprained ankle. A bra made its way onto the stage and Williams draped it over her head before saying, “How do I look?” she laughed. “This is way too big for me.” When it looked like they were almost done, a fan that had been following the band around on tour was pulled onto stage to run around and sing. A disappointing turnout, although perhaps only in contrast to the size of the venue, Paramore weren’t focusing on the empty seats, but rather the voices of fans washing over them. An hour and a half from one of pop punk’s best, rounded out with Still Into

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it’s Williams. Blood hurdling screams of “I love you, Hayley!!” bled into her microphone, as crowd favourite That’s What You Get incited a sea of jumping. When It Rains saw Williams sit down in front of a keyboard, but her playing wasn’t as impressive as her vocals and seemed a gimmick more than anything. The intimate set break wasn’t as impressive as the one on their last Australian headline tour, where they had a couch lugged into the middle of the stage, but it broke things up nicely and allowed Williams to express her gratitude to Australian fans for helping their latest self-titled record go gold and its lead single, Still Into You, go double platinum. With brief ukulele interludes every six or so songs and a church choir joining on stage for Ain’t It Fun, there was little room for

You – featuring balloons falling from the sky and confetti being sprayed everywhere – it was clear Perth was still into Paramore. Daniel Cribb

INDIGO, CASINODREAMS, RICKY GREEN, JOSEPH SOHACKI Ya Ya’s 18 Jan Joseph Sohacki got punters’ feet tapping straight away. His twist on some old favourites by INXS and MGMT really showcased his talent.

They continued on welcoming the growing crowd with songs from his upcoming EP. After double-checking the gear on stage and Harrison Read telling the guys to have fun, Casinodreams took off with their first song of the night. Read’s passion for music is evident in the way he throws himself into each song. By this point the crowd had pressed in towards the stage, making the venue seem even smaller and more intimate. Lukas Murphy (also of China Doll fame) was a gun on the keys, with the boys plugging away at Miles Away like a well oiled machine. The crowd really got going when Harrison, by way of introduction said, “This next song is a cover, and you should know it,” before jamming out with OutKast’s Roses to the accompaniment of the crowd singing along.

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Indigo took to the stage and shared that they were a tad hungover earlier. Chris Kinna intimating that they had just played with Dune Rats the night prior, and there was some mention of ludicrous amounts of Emu Bitter being consumed in a bid to prove that the liver is actually less necessary than the appendix in the human body. The guys rocked out, with Samuel Jackson’s hair flying around maniacally. The boys continued to rock out, capping off the night nicely for all and sundry. Ted Dana

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WATCHING GIRLS She Said OK S3, E3 This Week On Girls: Nothing says ‘I love you’ quite like a tender tooth necklace, especially when Birthday Bitch Hannah has hit 25. Her soirée brings old-character callbacks (Laird! Adam’s dyke crew!), her mum and dad dancing to Kings Of Convenience, and the awkward/ painful Ray/Shosh reunion foretold in Ep 1. Oh, and a fistfight, which brews when

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John Cameron Mitchell shows up uninvited, “temporarily download[s] Grindr” onto Hannah’s phone, eyeballs the stars of her anecdotes, and dares derail the Corganist angst of Ray’s Today reverie. Marnie’s thrown the party strictly for the Instagram photos (S3 theme ahoy!), but also to relive pathetic ‘glory-days’ memories from Hannah’s 21st; apparently the digital-spectre of her Auto-Tuned Edie Brickell cover isn’t enough to dissuade her from Rent karaoke and its attendant cringecomedy. And then there’s Adam’s sister, Gaby Hoffmann, who unexpectedly turns up sitcomdevice-style in the opening minute, and very-expectedly turns out to be Crystal Fairy crazy. “No fucking way!” shirtless Adam barks at the inevitability of both her imminent implosion and her reversal-gag stay in their spare room. Is this Girls playing with tropes or employing them?

CONVICT Film

In cinemas 21 Jan In their second effort, writerdirector duo David Field (Chopper) and George Basha (The Combination), transport familiar concerns of race, identity and notions of honour to the prison yard in a new Australian feature. Basha stars as war hero-turned-convict Ray Francis, who is locked up for an accidental murder when trying to defend his fiancee’s honour. The victim’s father is a man with connections and he strikes a deal with the prison warden (Field) to make Ray’s time in prison hell on

Hannah Nudity Watch: Fully clothed all day and all night! Shosh Amaze Meter: Piqued by YouTube commenters who like Marnie’s tits. The Tao Of Adam: “Hair grows, it shrinks; you can’t get attached.”

CONVICT

earth. Cue the intimidation, brutality, gang politics and corruption that define life on the inside. Winners and losers abound but justice does not. This is Ray’s personal conflict throughout the film. He struggles to understand this war, as opposed to the ones he’s used to fighting in the army. Throughout Convict, the violence is frequent and reactions to it heartless; the language is filthy and the prison is immense, nearly swallowing the screen in some shots, as much as it swallows up inmates and spits them back out. The striking visuals and quality photographic direction are a welcome feature of the film. However, ultimately, this is a story with few surprises. Ray’s struggle is of course a noble one but it’s been explored many times elsewhere. Convict sticks too closely to the script and, as a result, it feels simply like an Australian version of ‘the prison drama’ rather than a distinct contribution to this genre. Emma Breheny


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DEAD OWLS

Answered by: Sam TJhung How did you get together? After a couple of enthusiastic weeks living together in a share house full of instruments somewhere in the outer suburbs of Melbourne. Love at first sight some would say. Sum up your musical sound in four words? Garage noises with friends If you could support any band in the world — past or present — who would it be? Ah! too broad. Can we choose future? If so we will choose my nephew’s band, he’s three months old. SUPASTA You’re being sent into space, no iPod, you can bring one album what would it be? So Fresh: The Hits Of Spring 2001 – so many hits: Drops Of Jupiter (Tell Me) – Train; Uptown Girl – Westlife; Bootylicious – Destiny’s Child, to name a few Greatest rock’n’roll moment of your career to date? When we got smashed with The Dandy Warhols in their hotel room. We couldn’t point them into the right direction to the after-party for Parklife. We blew it... Why should people come and see your band? Because there is limited time oo, for a while. Someone went and brought themself a one-way ticket to South America When and where for your next gig? The North Freo Pub Crawl at the Railway on the 25th and then our final show at the Astor, 1st Feb. Website link for more info? http://www. facebook.com/dead.owls.band Pic by Aaron Versiontwo THE MUSIC 22ND JANUARY 2014 • 37


eat/drink

MAKIN’ FRIENDS WITH SALAD Salads can be great sides or meals in themselves. If you’re against what you call “rabbit food” then clearly you’ve never had an exciting salad. Play around with these combos: Illustration Brendon Wellwood

GRILLED WATERMELON

SOBA NOODLE Cooked soba noodles, avocado, chicken or (smoked) salmon, finely sliced carrot and cucumber, mixed lettuce or spinach, cherry tomatoes, sesame seeds, edamame. Dressing: sesame oil, soy sauce, sugar, rice wine vinegar, chilli oil.

Grilled watermelon slices, rocket, crumbled goat’s cheese or feta, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, freshly ground black pepper and sea salt. Optional: pork belly (with crackle!).

CHICKEN & MANGO Cooked chicken, mango, red capsicum, cucumber, basil, bean sprouts, peanuts/cashews, spring/ red onion, cooked vermicelli noodles. Dressing: lime juice, fish sauce, soy sauce, chilli sauce/flakes, brown sugar.

PESTO PASTA Cooked penne (or short pasta of your choice), pesto, grated parmesan, semi-dried or cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, olive oil, spinach, cooked bacon, pine nuts.

ROASTED PUMPKIN, BEETROOT, QUINOA & FETA

TOMATO, BASIL & BOCCONCINI Sliced roma/vine-ripened tomatoes, bocconcini (patted dry), fresh basil leaves, good-quality balsamic vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, freshly ground black pepper and sea salt.

Above ingredients plus mixed lettuce, walnuts, chickpeas, sesame seeds, pine nuts. Dressing: Greek-style yoghurt, red wine vinegar, lemon juice, pepper, dijon mustard.

CURRENT WORLDWIDE ANNUAL MEAT CONSUMPTION PER CAPITA Source: chartsbin.com/view/12730 (in kg per person per year)

AUSTRALIA AFRICA

102 - 120.2 16.7 - 30 91.4 - 120.2

NORTH AMERICA SOUTH AMERICA

68.6 - 80.2

EUROPE

68.6 - 80.2 55.3 - 68.6

ASIA ANTARCTICA

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opinion MODERATELY HIGHBROW ARTS, CULTURE AND THE INBETWEEN WITH CAM FINDLAY I, like most people, have a very binary taste in films. I studied screen history, so I’m all boned up on my French New Waves and Dogme 95s. On the other hand, though, I love me some explosions and gratuitous forsaking of story, every now and then, in a dumb movie. I’m with everyone on Avatar: the visuals were mind-blowing, but the Pocahontas/Fern Gully/ whatever plot was abhorrent (the incredibly enigmatic and well rounded protagonist of the film works as proof ). That movie could’ve been a walking tour of Pandora, and we could’ve all been better off without a maniacal, crewcutsporting psychopath ruining the scenery. Now, look at the king of ignoring the plot, Michael Bay. As much as I love watching Steven Segal or Dolph Lundgren ham it up on film, Bay’s take on the Fucking Stupid Action Film (or FSAF) is beyond novelty. They’re just bad. So for the man to get up on stage at a Samsung conference, announce that the best part about being a completely entitled film director is that he gets to (dream for a living), and then walk off in a huff 20 seconds later takes a lot of balls on his part. The clip, if you haven’t seen it yet, is everywhere on the ‘net; it’s gone viral, because watching the man who has done more to deaden the film appreciation part of our collective brains than Nazi propaganda (okay, maybe a bit too far) crack the shits because of a failed teleprompter is a rare treat. Where’s your imagination now, Michael?

MICHAEL BAY

WTF

COMIC RELIEF

AAROM WILSON LOOKS AT WHAT THE FUDGE IS GOING ON IN THE WIDE WORLDS OF MUSIC AND CULTURE.

COMIC BOOK ACTION WITH GARETH BIRD

KANYE BEST

That’s ‘ight byatchaz, you heard it smack bang here; Kanye Omari West is THE BEST. He’s only a few weeks into 2014 and already the 36-year-old perpetual director of douchery has proclaimed he’ll be spending his honeymoon in space (convincing/forcing Kimye to agree to an intergalactic bad romance on CSS Skywalker for a cool $1m per night) and punched a kid half his age (hey, the racist brute deserved it). Probably by the time you read this there’ll be a new headline, because that’s how Kanye rolls. Now, look, even though Yeezus was ranked #2 in my top ten list of 2013 albums, let’s spend no time defending the quality of his work. Fact is, Kanye’s ridiculously large ego is what should be winning awards here. This isn’t something that’s happened overnight or is likely to happen with many people in history – Kanye was born to be this way, and he’s been further massaged by everyone from media to fans to believe that he’s some kind of messiah. That shit ain’t easy. In fact, it’s a miracle – all praise Yeezus! Last year WTF waxed lyrical about how good ‘bad boy Bieber’ was for music entertainment – only his recent album flopped, allowing less funding this year for ludicrous actions. Sure he’s got enough bling in the coffers to avoid worrying about what damage throwing chicken foetuses around will cause, but if Biebs’ decline in record sales continues then the only moonbooty scenes we’ll be seeing from him will be in a TV show in the future when he pulls his pants down in a drive-by mooning of Kimye in an episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians. Kanye,

on the other hand, is dripping in so much ca$hola – and such unwaveringly confident, selfperpetuating entrepreneurial egomania – that he can afford to create genetically modified chickens that look like Kim Kardashian, only with more feathers and lumps. And considering the way Kanye’s been treating KK so far, this happening seems far more likely than Bieber hatching a successful relationship with Selena Gomez. Yep, for a rapper that can’t even rap, Kanye does seriously well for himself. Even with last year’s best-of-year list-topping Yeezus album being released just after the cut-off date for Forbes’ 2013 yearly earnings calculations (also meaning it skipped his tours and was hampered by his long studio time), Kanye still earned $20 million, sits at around $130 mill net-worth, and has a fiancée worth ‘round $60 million. Indeed, they can afford to do stupid shit. Even his fashion faux-pas generally result in wins, and who else could pull money off a burger franchise called ‘Fatburger’? As meat-headed as Kanye may be, the guy simply can’t lose. And in all seriousness, the fact that Kanye West speaks his mind with such little restraint is something that has to be appreciated in this day and age of prefabricated, rule-playing and formulaic artists, most of whom are too concerned about how the press or public will react. Even if Kanye does believe he’s rap’s equivalent of Jesus and has a mind more on the ‘Twisted’ than ‘Beautiful’ side, at least he speaks his mind openly and honestly. He challenges the modern day norm of the super-artist, and for that he has to be praised.

Greetings true believers, and welcome to the first edition of The Music’s very own feature on all things comic book related. No variant cover just yet, but we’re sure to be a collector’s item in years to come. 2014 sees the industry going from strength to strength yet again. With the upcoming 75th anniversary celebrations of Batman, the impending restoration of Peter Parker to the pages of Amazing Spider-Man, or the long-awaited return of Neil Gaiman to the Sandman franchise, there’s plenty to be excited about for fans this year. Keep an eye out for Batman Eternal in particular, a brand new weekly book featuring a cavalcade of all-star talent. Special mention must also go to the fine folk at Image Comics; the continued success of their mega-hit The Walking Dead will once again fund a number of new titles from a who’s who of creators: Grant Morrison, Ed Brubaker, Scott Snyder and more. I guarantee they’ll be making waves this year. New film adaptations for Captain America, Spider-Man, X-Men, and the first instalment of the Guardians Of The Galaxy franchise will send Marvel maniacs into a frenzy. On TV, DC is offering up diehard fans debuts for The Flash, Constantine, Gotham (featuring a young Detective Gordon) and others to be announced. Expect more news on the much-debated Preacher TV series as well. What a year it’s promising to be, so stay tuned for more in-depth coverage and reviews in future editions! BOOKS OF THE WEEK: Hawkeye; Harley Quinn; Miracleman; Black Widow; Deadly Class

BATMAN ETERNAL

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FRONTLASH

LIVE THIS WEEK

CATCH 22

Despite being a bit harsh on the eyes, live music industry magazine Pollstar has ranked Perth Arena number 22 in the world’s top 200 popular venues. It even beat New York’s Madison Square Garden.

LOOSE LIPS Karnivool have leaked their appearance at Groovin’ The Moo. The line-up’s off to a good start.

THIRDWAVE He didn’t make it to Australia with Bon Jovi last year, but guitarist Richie Sambora will be making his way here for Soundwave. He’s one of six additions on the third line-up announcement.

BACKLASH WISHFUL THINKING

Speaking of Soundwave, we’re still waiting on a Perth sidewave announcement. Let’s hope this doesn’t go the same way as Big Day Out.

SET SAIL Russel Johnson, the actor who played The Professor on Gilligan’s Island, passed away aged 89 on Thursday due kidney failure.

BITES THE DUST It seems every week we mention another band breaking up. This time it’s US pop rockers Anberlin. Hopefully they’ll venture Down Under one last time!

THIS WEEK’S RELEASES… AGAINST ME! Transgender Dysphoria Blues Resist THE LAWRENCE ARMS Metropole Epitaph/Warner OF MICE & MEN Restoring Force Rise/MDA VARIOUS Spirit Of Akasha OST Warner

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BLAME IT ON THE MELODY

AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE

It wouldn’t be wrong to believe that melodic, sugary, indie-pop anthems would be out of place at a punk-rock show. However, Lemuria have seamlessly managed to blur the lines; catch them on 28 Jan at The Rosemount Hotel.

The Love Junkies, The Weapon Is Sound, Usurper Of Modern Medicine, Dead Owls, Trigger Jackets, Puck, Apache, Tape Off, Archer & Light, Husband (duo), are all on the line-up for The Railway and Swan Hotel’s ‘Straya Day Eve celebrations, 25 Jan.

GETTIN’ HORNY

OI OI OI

Back by popular demand and fresh off their debut on the Ellington stage for the annual feature extravaganza “KNSGB”, Hornography comes together again to tell you that it’s totes okay to get loose every now and then. 24 Jan is the date.

Say no to fireworks, flag-waving bogans, radio countdown parties and Sam Kekovich’s lamb adverts; head to Flyrite on Australia Day for Fall Electric, The Leap Year, Queensland’s Tape/ Off, French Rockets, FAIM, SMRTS and Heath Legend.

SUITS AND SLOPS

CALL AND COLLECT

After a year of cutting their teeth and honing their skills on stage Tuxedo Pig have proven they’re one of Perth’s best new rock bands. With a successful east coast tour and a full-length album out, they launch their new EP at The Rosemount on 23 Jan.

On Jan 28, Collections is back at Mojos featuring new, exciting, up-and-coming bands and old favorites on the last Tuesday of the month. Come down and relax with Moana, Kashikoi, Delay Delay and Child’s Play blasting tunes.

YO DADDY

DUX AND COVER

After the successful launch of Flux with Pimp Scrub’s EP launch, the boys are back in Geisha on 26 Jan for the Australia Day Weekend. They bring one of the hottest acts in electro, Daddy’s Groove along, plus Elektic and Pimp Scrub.

They are called Dux & Downtown. They all play in various other bands. When they get together, they play angrypissed-punk-gut-bucket-spittingwhiskey-drunk rock’n’roll. Find out what the fuss is all about at Clancy’s Freo on 24 Jan.

ALL FORD ONE

OUT OF THE SHELL

Tomás Ford’s Electric Cabaret was a huge hit last year, both here and in Edinburgh. It returns for one show at Midlandia on 25 Jan before moving to Noodle Palace. The show has completely new videos, costumes, arrangements and some choice covers.

With their latest, chart-topping album Asymmetry still fresh in the mind of most Australians, Karnivool are teaming up with Dead Letter Circus on the Polymorphism tour. They descend upon Red Hill Auditorium on 23 Jan.

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CALL ON A VANGELI

FUNK IT UP

Daring to chase his dreams all the way to the US of A, Max Vangeli has excelled all expectations in his accession to the high end of international house music. He brings the magic over our way to Villa on 24 Jan. Chiari, ACEBASIK, and more support.

The Amani Consort is a dynamic original five-piece band from our healthy jazz scene who play their own brand of urban funk. Catch their world-class songwriting, blending elements of funk, soul, jazz and hip hop at The Ellington on 25 Jan.

I SEE RED

UP AND SUNDOWNER

Everyone has a ginger in the family, so to celebrate our fiery friends, Boomtick are showcasing them on 24 Jan. Aarom Wilson, Troy Division, ACEBASIK, DNGRFLD and Genga will all be dropping red-hot beats.

Swanbrook Winery brings another free edition of Sundowner Sessions to Henley Brook on 26 Jan. An afternoon of acoustic music in a relaxed surrounding with live sets from Hayley Beth, David Craft and Matt Waring.

BEAT VS. BEAT

LYTS, CAMERA, ACTION

Bedroom To Big House give WA’s upcoming DJs the opportunity to get out the bedroom and into one of WA’s premier venues – Metropolis Fremantle, to be precise. The second round of contestants will showcase their beats on 24 Jan.

LYTS is the new local electronic production duo of Yaegar MoraStrauks (Sound Magnetiks, Delta Force, Fear Of Comedy) and Laith Tierney (Fear Of Comedy, Bible Bashers). You can see them in the flesh on Jan 23 at Ya Ya’s.

TO PAY THE BILLS

END OF DOMINATION

The rise of the original ninja – Jaguar Skills – is so huge it could be an urban legend, except it’s not. It’s real. The absolutely huge DJ makes a welcome return to Perth, playing Parker Nighclub on 26 Jan supported by Slumberjack and Bezwun.

Dominate has found its own niche in Perth’s dance music scene with a dedicated following of underground party people. After three years it’s coming to an end, but not before a big party featuring I:Gor, Satanism and more at Gilkison’s on 25 Jan.

LET’S GET ELEKTRIC

AUSSIE PRIDE

Tony Colman cuts a formidable figure. The man who goes by London Elektricity and the co-founder and CEO of Hospital Records, mastermind behind the multi-award-winning Hospital podcast, producer and vinyl-only DJ, hits Metro City on 24 Jan.

Connections Nightclub is already renowned for their POP! Parties, bringing the best beats to one of Perth’s best LGBT nights. They get all patriotic for Australia Day POP! on 26 Jan, with DJs Milly, Scout, Drew and Timbee dropping tunes all night.

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DJ BOOTH

PERSONAL BEST RECORDS

DANNY DAZE Best record you stole from your folks’ collection? George Kranz - Din Da Da. THE JAM! First record you bought? First piece of music I ever bought with my own money was the Kris Kross - Totally Krossed Out album. Record you put on when you’re really miserable? Frou Frou - Let Go Most surprising record in your collection? I’m not sure, but I think people may be surprised I’m into anything Igor Stravinsky. Last thing you bought/ downloaded? Just bought a couple modules for my modular synth. A Vermona Midi module and a Buchla Filter. When and where is your next gig? 23 Jan, The Collective, Malt Bar Website link for more info? https://www.facebook. com/DannyDaze

GENGA Answered by: Jarroyd Nicholas When did you know DJing was the gig for you? Throughout high school I enjoyed making the perfect playlists for parties. When my friend purchased some old equipment and playing the occasional party at our footy club, I quickly became involved. The rest is history. What’s your most memorable musical moment? Playing b2b with Boys Noize at an after-after-party was a very surreal and memorable moment to say the least. What release should everyone have in their collection? No Diggity because it’s No Diggity; enough said.

LIVE THIS WEEK

A G-G-GHOST!

MIX AND MATCHIMONY

Rising out of the pond of Melbourne experimental hip hop, Grey Ghost is making his way to Amps on 24 Jan and Mojos on 26 Jan. But the buck doesn’t stop with him; we have our own prodigious talent in Mathas and Wisdom 2th playing.

Georgia Anne Muldrow and Dudley Perkins (aka MC Declaime) are not your ordinary husband and wife duo. The dynamic pair headline Higher Planes at Dave’s Cans on 26 Jan, along with Warp’s Cola & Jimmu.

IN A DAZE

HOME OF THE SUN

Miami-based producer Danny Daze isn’t completely what you’d expect from the party city. Famed for saying “real DJs don’t have a tan”, the man brings wonk-andraved-out booty beats to Malt for the Collective on 23 Jan.

Two of Freo’s favourite acoustic artists-cum-international troubadours have teamed up for a huge Australia Day Eve Double Bill. Carus Thompson & Prita will play 25 Jan at Clancy’s Fish Pub in Fremantle: smooth folk tunes to get your weekend going.

MAN OF MANY STRINGS

SLOW AND STEADY

Who’s the act everyone will be talking about in 12 months? Kilter, a producer from Sydney that’s been making some beautiful tropical summery music. I’d expect him to be breaking into the mainstream much the same way Flume did last year.

Ken Stringfellow - musician, songwriter, producer, arranger - has been part of the indie landscape since the debut of his acclaimed band The Posies in 1988. Still going strong and with a huge back catalogue, he heads to The Astor on 24 Jan.

Ahead of the release of his sophomore EP Slow Motion Music, Oliver Tank has embarked on his biggest national tour to date. Tank will take his live show to the next level as he brings Slow Motion Music to life on stage at The Bakery on 28 Feb.

What can punters expect to hear when you’re in control of the dancefloor? Party-bootlegbass-music. I don’t like being limited by genres so don’t expect any one tempo and, growing up in the ‘90s, I love hip hop and R&B so you can always expect a few throwbacks.

RISING WEAPONS

BY ANY OTHER NAME

Soul/reggae/roots/awesome outfit Declan Kelly & The Rising Sun have left the sunny shores of Bondi to tour our state. With support from our own dub heroes The Weapon Is Sound they splurge at The Bird on 23 Jan.

A true pioneer, Jesse Rose is responsible for twisting the template of house music as we know it. Be it through his genre-bending productions, or DJ performances across the planet, he’s an ace. Catch him at Habitat in Geisha on 24 Jan.

CRUISIN’

DAZED AND CONFUSED

Celebrate Australia Day 2014 in style on Metropolis Fremantle’s LOCO! Latin Cruise with the best Latino music by Perth’s hottest performers. Heading off from Barrack St Jetty at 5pm on 26 Jan, catch Metropolis’ favourite DJs on a cruise around the river.

Psychedelic flashbacks, rock’n’roll legends, fluffy bushes, sizzling hot lava lamps: all nostalgic elements of the ‘70s and Mojos wants you to remember on 25 Jan. Rag n’ Bone, Old Blood, Hyte and Buzz Kill Vamps play, with a best dressed comp and much more.

When and where is your next gig? 24 Jan, Flyrite Website link for more info? facebook.com/DJGenga

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the guide wa.gigguide@themusic.com.au Roger Roger: Belgian Beer Cafe, Perth

THE MUSIC PRESENTS AVICII: JAN 27, Perth Arena

Electrophobia: Belmont Tavern, Cloverdale

ABSU, PORTAL, DENOUNCEMENT PYRE: MAR 20, Amplifier

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

Jamie Powers: Brass Monkey Hotel, Northbridge Rob Walker: Brighton Hotel, Mandurah

CASPIAN: MAR 22, Mojos Bar

Joppy: Brook Bar & Bistro, Ellenbrook

SUZANNE VEGA: APR 11, Astor Theatre

GIG OF THE WEEK GUN FEVER AUSTRALIA DAY PARTY: 26 JAN, FLYRITE

ARCTIC MONKEYS: MAY 13, Perth Arena

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

Easy Tigers: Crown Perth (Groove Bar), Burswood

CLUB GUIDE

WED 22

Blowfish + Callum G’Froerer: Ellington Jazz Club, Perth

SAT 25

Skream: Villa Nightclub, Perth

Ian Moss: Friends Restaurant, Perth

FMF Warm Up Party + Micah Black + Axen + Paul Scott + more: Parker Nightclub, Perth

THU 23

Micah + Troy Division + NDorse: The Aviary, Perth

The Collective feat. Danny Daze: Malt Supper Club, Mt Lawley

Nick Sheppard (DJ Set) + FDEL: Wolf Lane Carpark, Perth

SUN 26

FRI 24

Jaguar Skills + Bezwun + Slumberjack: Parker Nightclub, Perth

This Is R.A.D. feat. DJ Aarom Wilson + Troy Division + Acebasik + DNGRFLD + Genga: Flyrite, Northbridge

Rooftop Sessions + Troy Division + Dj Ben Sebastian: The Aviary, Perth

D Ramirez + Josh Ryan + Jordan Scott + more: Parker Nightclub, Perth

WED 22

The Kiss List Duo + Eduardo Cossio: Clancys Canning Bridge, Applecross

Micah + Andrei Maz + George Air: The Aviary, Perth Max Vangeli + Chiari + Acebasik + Axen + Paul Scott + Wasteland: Villa Nightclub, Perth

Howie Morgan: Lucky Shag, Perth Declan Kelly & The Rising Sun + Elli Schoen + Jordan McRobbie: Mojos Bar, North Fremantle

Della Fern + Childlike Empress + The Midnight Mules + Pandaphobia + Pony: Ya Ya’s, Northbridge

THU 23

Lady Luck + Freya Handley: Clancys Fish Pub, Fremantle Jack & Jill: Crown Perth (Lobby Lounge), Burswood Dr Bogus: Crown Perth (Groove Bar), Burswood Matty T Wall: Ellington Jazz Club, Perth

Brayden: Clancys Fish Pub, Dunsborough Penny King Trio: Como Hotel, Como Soul Doubt: Crown Perth (Lobby Lounge), Burswood Justin Cortorillo: East 150 Bar, Ascot Hornography + Noah Shilkin: Ellington Jazz Club, Perth Howie Morgan: Empire Bar, Rivervale Ricky Green: Hyde Park Hotel, North Perth Ben Merito: Indian Ocean Brewing Company, Mindarie

Custom Royal + Aborted Tortoise: Mojos Bar, North Fremantle

Blue Genie + DJ Giles: Mustang Bar, Northbridge

The Shops + Louis Inglis: Moon Cafe, Northbridge

Branch Circus + Ascending Fall + Priority One + Dead: Rosemount Hotel, North Perth

Loose Unit + DJ James MacArthur: Mustang Bar, Northbridge

David Fyffe: Rosie O’Gradys, Northbridge

Easy Tigers: Newport Hotel, Fremantle

Tw!st with DJ Jonathan Toubin + Blind Tiger Blues Box + more: The Bird, Northbridge

Karnivool + Dead Letter Circus + Sleepmakeswaves: Red Hill Auditorium, Red Hill

We Two Thieves: The Fly Trap, Fremantle

Tuxedo Pig + Just Numbers + Lifespan + In Orbit: Rosemount Hotel, North Perth

Why Georgia: The Laneway Lounge, Perth

Bill Chidgzey: Rosie O’Gradys, Northbridge

Caravana Sun: Pier Hotel, Esperance

Sophie Jane + The Chilly Bin Boys + Brendan Gaspari + Annabelle Harvey: The Paddo, Mt Hawthorn

Clayton Bolger: Rosie O’Gradys, Fremantle

Ol’ Bouginvillea + Animal + Kortisol + Still Frame Mind: Railway Hotel, North Fremantle

Retriofit: Universal Bar, Northbridge

Fenton Wilde: Sovereign Arms, Joondalup

Juerlaine Prideaux: Settlers Tavern, Margaret River

LYTS

Retriofit: M On The Point, Mandurah The Beekeepers: Mojos Bar, North Fremantle Cheeky Monkeys + Oz Big Band + DJ James MacArthur + Swing DJ: Mustang Bar, Northbridge The Organ Grinders: Osborne Park Hotel, Osborne Park

This Other Eden + Avastera + Lights Of Berlin + Short Of Daybreak: Rosemount Hotel, North Perth Billy & the Broken Lines: Rosie O’Gradys, Northbridge Howie Morgan Duo: Sail & Anchor, Fremantle

Off the Record: Universal Bar, Northbridge

Regeneracy + Social Madness + Nucleust + Envy Awake: Swan Basement, North Fremantle

FRI 24

23

Midlandia feat. Weapon Is Sound + The Amani Consort + The Long March: Locale (4pm), Midland

Ensemble Formidable: Settlers Tavern, Margaret River

LYTS + Wisdom2th + Throwing Shapes: Ya Ya’s, Northbridge

JAN

Karma Duo: Leopold Hotel, Perth

Saffron Sharp: The Laneway Lounge, Perth

Maniac Radio + Veronica’s Assassin + Guy Masterman: Swan Lounge, North Fremantle Reece Walker + Emerald Cabal + more: The Bird, Northbridge

Ken Stringfellow & Chris Stamey: Astor Theatre, Mount Lawley

Jade Crompton + Dean Anderson: The Laneway Lounge, Perth

Switch + Tip Top Sound DJ: Bailey Bar & Bistro, Joondalup

Jonny Dempsey: The Principle Micro Brewery, Midland

Glen Davies: Bally’s Bar, Ballajura

Airbag: The Saint, Innaloo

Mike Nayar: Balmoral, East Victoria Park

Night Moves: Universal Bar, Northbridge

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Sao Paulo: Clancys Fish Pub, City Beach

Matt Waring + Rachael Dease + Luke Dux: Moon Cafe, Northbridge

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GREY GHOST

Dux n Downtown + Medicine Hat + Chris Davis: Clancys Fish Pub, Fremantle

James Wilson: Lucky Shag, Perth

Declan Kelly & The Rising Sun + The Weapon Is Sound: The Bird, Northbridge

2 X TICS

Jean Proude: Citro Bar, Perth

Greg Carter: Gate Bar & Bistro, Success

Shotdown From Sugartown: Swallow Bar, Maylands

SUN 26 JAN

James Wilson: Chase Bar & Bistro, Baldivis


the guide wa.gigguide@themusic.com.au Ivan Ribic + Tip Top Sound DJ: Victoria Park Hotel, Perth

Blue Gene: Rosie O’Gradys, Northbridge

The Damien Cripps Band: High Road Hotel, Riverton

James McDonald: Wintersun Hotel, Geraldton

Better Days: Sail & Anchor, Fremantle

Justin Cortorillo: Hyde Park Hotel, North Perth

Sail On! Sail On! + Santa Muerte + Branch Circus + Closure: Ya Ya’s, Northbridge

Declan Kelly & The Rising Sun: Settlers Tavern, Margaret River

Retriofit: Indian Ocean Brewing Company, Mindarie

DJ Peas: Swallow Bar, Maylands

Zukhuta feat. Mahamudo Selimane: Kulcha, Fremantle

SAT 25

Hi-NRG + Tip Top Sound DJ: Bailey Bar & Bistro, Joondalup Retriofit: Balmoral, East Victoria Park 3’s A Crowd: Clancys Canning Bridge, Applecross Carus Thompson + Prita: Clancys Fish Pub, Fremantle Antics feat. The Beat Surrenders + Antics DJs: Claremont Hotel, Claremont Switch: Crown Perth (Groove Bar), Burswood Why Georgia: Crown Perth (Lobby Lounge), Burswood Caravana Sun: Denmark Markets, Denmark Ian Cocker: Dunsborough Tavern, Dunsborough

North Freo Pub Crawl feat. Mezzanine + Archer & Light + Apache + The Decline + Girl York + Indigo + more: Swan Basement, North Fremantle North Freo Pub Crawl feat. The Mighty Pirate + Turin Robinson + Ben Macri + Noah Skape & The Teenage Wasteland + more: Swan Hotel (Beer Garden), North Fremantle North Freo Pub Crawl feat. King of the Travellers + Tom Fisher & The Layabouts + Little Skye + Husband + David Craft + more: Swan Lounge, North Fremantle Ylem + Setvice + Diger Rokwell + Umone + Maxybills: The Bird, Northbridge Stage Fright! + Various: The Fly Trap, Fremantle Cathrine Summers: The Laneway Lounge, Perth

Wesley Goodlet Jamboree Scouts + Jonny Dempsey: Lakers Tavern, Thornlie Midlandia feat. Triple J Hottest 100 Beach Party + Various: Locale (12pm), Midland Grey Ghost + Mathas + Wisdom2th: Mojos Bar, North Fremantle Matt Milford: Moon & Sixpence, Perth Australia Day Party 2014 feat. DJ Holly Doll + DJ James MacArthur: Mustang Bar, Northbridge David Fyffe: Rosie O’Gradys, Northbridge Brett Donald: Royal Palms Resort, Busselton, Busselton Childs Play: Sail & Anchor, Fremantle

Hayley Beth + David Craft + Matt Waring: Swanbrook Winery, Henley Brook Easy Tigers: The Highway Hotel, Bunbury Howie Morgan Project: The Saint, Innaloo Electrophobia: Whistling Kite, Secret Harbour

Ricky Green: Swinging Pig, Rockingham

Caravana Sun: Yallingup Caves House Hotel, Yallingup

Caravana Sun: The Cidery, Bridgetown

Born Of Osiris + After The Burial: YMCA HQ (All Ages), Leederville

MON 27

Wire Birds: Brass Monkey Hotel, Northbridge James Wilson: Brighton Hotel, Mandurah Acoustic Aly: Carine Glades Tavern, Duncraig David Fyffe: Crown Perth (Meridian Room), Burswood Proof: Crown Perth (Merrywells), Burswood

Soul Corporation: Universal Bar, Northbridge

Simon Kelly & The Big Bamboo: Settlers Tavern (Verandah / 3pm), Margaret River

The Amani Consort + Shameem: Ellington Jazz Club, Perth

Eskimo Joe + Lost For Words: Wintersun Hotel, Geraldton

Craig Ballantyne: Sovereign Arms, Joondalup

Light Street: Lakers Tavern, Thornlie

Ben UFO + Pearson Sound: Hellenic Club, Perth Dr Bogus: High Road Hotel, Riverton Howie Morgan Project: Hotel Rottnest, Rottnest Island Easy Tigers: Hyde Park Hotel, North Perth Pete Murray: Leeuwin Estate Winery, Margaret River Midlandia feat. Boom! Bap! Pow! + Anton Franc + Amanda Merdzan: Locale (2pm), Midland Rhythm 22: M On The Point, Mandurah Rag n Bone + Old Blood + Hyte + Buzz Kill Vamps + more: Mojos Bar, North Fremantle The Damien Cripps Band: Moon & Sixpence, Perth Milhouse + Rusty & The Dragstrip Trio + DJ James MacArthur + Rockabilly DJ: Mustang Bar, Northbridge Hamjam + Bewtiful Cats + Jefferson + Bastian’s Happy Flight: Norfolk Basement (Odd Fellow Bar), Fremantle The Wolfe Tones: Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre (Riverside Theatre), Perth Back2Back: Quarie Bar & Bistro, Hammond Park North Freo Pub Crawl feat. The Love Junkies + Usurper Of Modern Medicine + The Weapon Is Sound + Dead Owls + Tape/Off + Puck + Mudlark + Pat Chow + Hunting Huxley + Man The Clouds + Filthy Apes: Railway Hotel, North Fremantle Born Of Osiris + After The Burial + Sensory Amusia + Xenobiotic: Rosemount Hotel, North Perth

Avicii + Will Sparks + New World Sound: Perth Arena, Perth Nat Ripepi: Pink Duck Bar & Bistro, Rockingham

Jonny Dempsey: East 150 Bar, Ascot

Pretty Fly: Greenwood Hotel, Greenwood

Triple Shots: Mustang Bar, Northbridge

Cartel: Universal Bar, Northbridge

Mobilee Rooftop Sessions feat. Pan-Pot + James Allen + Aarin Fraser + more: Kings Park (Rooftop), West Perth

Huge: The Shed, Northbridge

Wide Open Mic + Various: Mojos Bar, North Fremantle

TUE 28

Open Mic Night with Josh Terlick: Brass Monkey Hotel, Northbridge Richie Pavledis + Gerard Maunick + Mantis: Charles Hotel, North Perth Howie Morgan: Crown Perth (Meridian Room), Burswood Double Take: Crown Perth (Groove Bar), Burswood Hans Fiance: Crown Perth (Lobby Lounge), Burswood Leighton Keepa: Lucky Shag, Perth Moana + Kashikoi + Delay Delay + Childs Play: Mojos Bar, North Fremantle Danza Loca Salsa Night: Mustang Bar, Northbridge

SUN 26

Shades Of Indigo: Balmoral, East Victoria Park Threeplay: Brass Monkey Hotel, Northbridge Ali Hill: Brighton Hotel, Mandurah Rai Thistlethwayte + Rob Walker: Brighton Hotel (Upstairs), Mandurah Justin Burford: Broken Hill Hotel, Victoria Park Guy Tucker: Brooklands Tavern, Southern River Mike Nayar: Carine Glades Tavern, Duncraig The Zydecats: Clancys Fish Pub, Fremantle DJ Boogie + The Salt Shaker Selectors: Clancys Fish Pub, City Beach Zarm: Clancys Fish Pub, Dunsborough John Sandosham: Crown Perth (Meridian Room), Burswood Jason Herd + Stafford Brothers: Crown Perth (Eve Nightclub), Burswood Thierynno: Crown Perth (Lobby Lounge), Burswood Kris Buckle: Dunsborough Tavern, Dunsborough Rai Thistlethwayte + Ben Vanderwal + The Newhouse Collective: Ellington Jazz Club, Perth Australia Day Party feat. Fall Electric + The Leap Year + Tape/ Off + French Rockets + SMRTS + FAIM + Health Legend + Gun Fever DJs: Flyrite, Northbridge Greg Carter: Gate Bar & Bistro, Success

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FESTIVAL FAUX PAS

PARTYING BEFORE THE PARTY WHO DAT?

Usually the teenager attending their first festival. Also known to occasionally affect veterans.

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES Lack of walking and talking ability. Trail of vomit. Sweating bullets.

HIGHLIGHTS Breakfast beers at 7am. Breakfast shots at 7.01am.

LOWLIGHTS Walking the furry minefield, aka sniffer dogs at the gate. Passing out before noon.

THE MORNING AFTER Best day of all time. Counting seconds until next year’s festival.

PORTALOO HOOK-UPS WHO DAT?

Randy pair of singles that didn’t know each other two hours beforehand.

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES Singlet/shirtless. Singlet/bikini top. Sunglasses on at all times. Condom in pocket.

HIGHLIGHTS Bumping and grinding in front of the kebab stall. Messy first pash.

LOWLIGHTS Pretty much everything post-entering the toilet.

THE MORNING AFTER A thorough scan through the phone to delete any new numbers. Many showers.

MUD SLINGER WHO DAT?

The person who thinks it’s Woodstock ’94 all over again and it’s time to ‘get free’.

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES Coated head-to-toe in brown filth. Deranged look in barely visible eyes.

HIGHLIGHTS Getting a small cheer after doing a belly slide into the mud pit.

LOWLIGHTS Getting decked after slinging mud at the wrong person.

THE MORNING AFTER Scratching dry mud from beneath fingernails. Putrid smell remains.

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