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Because Sunday brings a glorious day of unrelenting puns, increasingly bad jokes, Star Wars references and extreme movie marathoning. It is May The Fourth Be With You day, a ridiculously punny annual event that serves no purpose other than to make dads and dad-joke-lovers rejoice, and everyone else groan for a solid 24 hours. Love it or hate it, it’s definitely a thing, and it’s definitely happening – so embrace the day with that Jedi costume we all know you have at the back of your wardrobe.
Celebrating 40 years of game play, classic gaming event Console Culture plugs into Form Gallery 2 May, bringing 22 consoles, countless games and enough controllers to handle 50 active players at a time. Asteroids, Donkey Kong, Gran Turismo, Golden Eye, Mario Kart, Mortal Kombat, NBA Jam, Pac Man and other classics, plus a bar, Spotify Jukebox, high score competition and a room full of amazing street art will make Console Culture one hell of a hangout. Trybooking.com.au/epuj for tickets.
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With world-renowned chefs and non-stop live music, Perth’s much-anticipated foodie heaven, Taste Of Perth, runs 2 – 4 May. Nobu, Greenhouse, Silks, Print Hall, Lalla Rookh, Bistro Guillaume and el Público plus more will provide an array of interactive attractions and master classes that will give guests a premium and unique opportunity to interact with expert chefs, mixologists and sommeliers whilst enjoying live entertainment. Tickets via Ticketek.
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RARE BEEF TIME FOR ANOTHER SPLENDOUR BENDER
It pretty much makes the winter months worth rugging up for. Splendour In The Grass is back in 2014 and there’s a bumper list of internationals and locals that will be making the trip to North Byron Parklands, 25 – 27 Jul. Taking over the Amphitheatre – which is getting its first Splendour run after successfully being introduced at Falls Festival – hitting Mix Up and GW McLennan stages this year are hip hop icons Outkast (pictured, only Aus show), Northern Irish indie lads Two Door Cinema Club (only Aus show), glamour chav Lily Allen, brooding New Yorkers Interpol (only Aus show), Foster The People, Angus & Julia Stone, City & Colour, London Grammar, Vance Joy, Darkside (only Aus show), RÜFÜS, Ben Howard, Kelis, Metronomy, Hoodoo Gurus, Chvrches (only Aus show), Grouplove, The Jezabels, Tune-Yards, 360, Wild Beasts, Danny Brown (only Aus show), Illy, First Aid Kit, Violent Soho, Ásgeir, Spiderbait, The 1975, Ball Park Music, Art Vs Science, Buraka Som Sistema (only Aus show), The Preatures, Parquet Courts (only Aus show), Sticky Fingers, Peking Duk, Sky Ferreira, Future Islands, Courtney Barnett, Phantogram, DZ Deathrays, Skaters, Gossling, Jungle, The Strypes, Hot Dub Time Machine, The Kite String Tangle, RY X, Mikhael Paskalev, Wave Racer, The Acid, Saskwatch, Kingswood, Circa Waves, Broods, Dustin Tebbutt, The Head & The Heart, DMA’s, Darren Middleton, Little May, Darlia, D.D Dumbo, Tkay Maidza, The Creases, The Wild Feathers, Chrome Sparks, Fractures, Mas Ysa, Nick Mulvey, and some lucky triple j Unearthed winners, who will be getting announced on the bill closer to festival date. Not to mention, a whole clutch of DJs and producers will also be fronting up, such as Nina Las Vegas, Yacht Club DJs, Motez, Touch Sensitive, Indian Summer, Wordlife, L D R U & Yahtzel DJs, Cosmo’s Midnight, Sable, Kilter, Basenji, KLP, Fishing DJs, Paces and Charles Murdoch, who will make sure your body is rocking between sets and late into the night. Plus, there’s so many other cool happenings designed to lose track of time, including the Global Village, Tipi Forest, Late Night Comedy Club, Miss Saigon Karaoke and plenty more! Sounds like your bag, baby? Then get your trigger fingers ready this Friday at 9am when tickets go on sale.
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Bodyjar are one of our greatest ever punk products, so scuff up your Vans when the Melbourne legends hit the road to celebrate 20 years of arse-kicking jams and forever epic shows. And haven’t the lads pulled out a hell of a support cast, with Samiam, Blueline Medic and Clowns all supporting. Catch this killer bill at The Hi-Fi, Brisbane, 7 Aug; Manning Bar, Sydney, 8 Aug; Corner Hotel, Melbourne, 9 Aug; and Capitol, Perth, 15 Aug.
Melbourne sound fancier Yeo has been doing all sorts of great things recently. His lo-fi R&B gem Girl made massive waves last year, and now tasty second offering Kobe serves us another piece of intellectual pop. He launches the new track 6 Jun, Northcote Social Club, Melbourne; 14 Jun, Causeway Bar, Perth; 15 Jun, Indi Bar, Perth; 20 Jun, Upstairs Beresford, Sydney; 27 Jun, Alhambra Lounge, Brisbane; 28 Jun, Solbar, Maroochydore; and 5 Jul, Transit Bar, Canberra; 18 Jul, Beach Hotel, Byron Bay, with the full run proudly presented by The Music.
Australian-born, American-made, Grammy Award-winning power-pop rocker Rick Springfield is back home to play 40 years of hits. Incredibly, these will be Springfield’s first ever solo headline shows Down Under, playing 7 Oct, Crown Theatre, Perth; 9 Oct, Eatons Hill Hotel, Brisbane; 10 Oct, Twin Towns, Tweed Heads; 11 Oct, Revesby Workers, Sydney; 13 Oct, Royal Theatre, Canberra; 14 Oct, Enmore Theatre, Sydney; and 17 Oct, Palais Theatre, Melbourne.
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After taking home Unearthed Artist Of The Year in 2013 behind a slew of essential singles, our anticipation levels have been set in overdrive for REMI’s debut LP, and now with new track Tyson and an album release imminent (6 Jun), we can celebrate Raw X Infinity with the great man when he takes his launch tour around the country. Shows happen 26 Jun, The Small Ballroom, Newcastle; 27 Jun, Trinity Bar, Canberra; 28 Jun, Oxford Art Factory, Sydney; 4 Jul, The Bakery, Perth; 10 Jul, Karova Lounge, Ballarat; 11 Jul, Corner Hotel, Melbourne; 17 Jul, Solbar, Maroochydore; 18 Jul, Bowler Bar, Brisbane; and 19 Jul, The Brewery, Byron Bay. All dates proudly presented by The Music. THE MUSIC • 30TH APRIL 2014 • 7
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Join two of Perth’s premiere party-pop bands Boys Boys Boys! and Axe Girl as they battle through the medium of dance and nostalgia to have their new music hurtled into your ears. Pumping hits from all decades will hit you in the face and force you to ultimately pick your party champion when both bands launch respective new singles on the night. Be amazed as your feet are taken to another dimension and join the boys and girls in one night of mayhem and music at The Bakery on 23 May. Now Baking for tickets.
Princes of electronic-pop with a nu-soul bent, Canberra-based overachievers SAFIA have kicked off 2014 in style by announcing their national headline tour for this May/June. Having just announced that they’re supporting the unstoppable force that is Lorde, the trio are also revelling in the success of their latest single, Paranoia, Ghosts & Other Sounds. It’s already racked up thousands of online plays and plenty of attention through the js, so it was only a matter of time before they headed our way. Catch the trio at Mojos on 20 Jun. Oztix for tickets. SAN CISCO
Emily Scott is an accomplished model, TV personality and DJ. She has been voted by multiple magazines in the USA, UK and Australia as one of the world’s sexiest women. But that’s not all there is to her; since the age of 11, she’s been involved in DJing, starting off her own radio show with her little brother, a mic and a boombox. She’s now a Pioneer Pro, has played festival slots alongside Deadmau5, Erik Morillo, Tommy Sunshine and Skrillex, and just keeps going. She returns to Perth, spinning Parker around on 23 May. Tickets on the door.
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Between his recent album landing in Album Of The Year lists at both Resident Advisor and Pitchfork, Chanel hitting him up to soundtrack their last Haute Couture runway show, and being labelled as nothing less than a ‘prophetic artist’ by the RBMA, Andy Stott sits atop his Manchester throne as one of the world’s best purveyors of super slow, submerged, broken and sludgy house music. The proud owner of one of the very few 5/5 ratings given by RA, he’s right on the vibe of the current dance circuit. Hear him at The Bakery on 24 May, with awesome supports. Now Baking For Tickets.
Guy and Howard Lawrence aka Disclosure, are two of the biggest names in electronic music anywhere in the world, but we don’t need to tell you that. Their Grammynominated debut album, Settle, hit #1 on the UK Pop Chart, #5 on the Australian charts and #1 on our ARIA Dance Chart. Even though they’ve only been around for a short time, they’re already immensely experienced on the touring circuit, with a show tailormade to live performances. They’ll be leaving that when they play a Groovin The Moo sideshow DJ set at Parker on 9 May. 8 • THE MUSIC • 30TH APRIL 2014
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Since forming in late 2012, Legs Electric have quickly gained a reputation as a band to check out, thanks to their ferocious live shows. The band’s style blends contemporary hard rock with the guitar-based heavy blues of ‘70s arena rock. They’ve become regulars on the Perth club circuit, including support slots for both national and international bands including the Bell-Rays, Tumbleweed, Kadavar and Blues Pills. They’re now ready to launch their debut EP, hitting up The Rosemount on 17 May with The Floors, Hailmary and Maverick.
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You’ve probably realised how healthy the bass scene is in Perth, purely by the fact of living here and being in-tune enough to want to read this here mag. That’s why it’s always exciting when someone takes the traditional bass music night and attempts to flip the script, providing something new and unique. Bassment is a new party time, fittingly in the basement of much-lauded good times venue Gilkisons, attempting to serve up your monthy dub fix. They get down to it with Slylies B2B Equation, Dinolife, It Ain’t Herlude, Blackfoul and Heavy Division on 17 May.
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State Of The Art, Perth’s one-day music festival solely dedicated to showcasing West Australian artists, will return to the city on 31 May as part of the WA Day long weekend celebrations. The festival will bring with it an exciting line-up of exclusively Western Australian talent, presenting 34 artists across multiple stages, with more to be announced. Drapht, Eskimo Joe, San Cisco, The Stems, Optamus, The Blackeyed Susans, The Kill Devil Hills, Kim Salmon, Split Seconds, Bitter Belief, Sable, Felicity Groom, The Floors, Mathas, Kuäœka, Slumberjack, Gina Williams And Guy Ghouse, Ruby Boots and a whole lot more are on the lineup, with the performances taking place in the WA Museum Courtyard, the Urban Orchard and the State Theatre Centre of WA. Head to www.sotafest.com.au for all the info.
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From the heady days in the ‘80s with Fairground Attraction and the worldwide hit Perfect, to her stunning interpretations of the Songs of Robert Burns for which she was awarded an MBE, Eddi Reader continues to shine as an artist. Her vocal range is extraordinary, her live performances second to none. Her rare blend of meltingly true vocals and towering romanticism combine with an astute and pragmatic nature to make her a unique and powerful figure in contemporary British music. Find out for yourself when she performs at Fly By Night on 19 June. Flybynight.org for tickets.
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This coming 16 May sees the gorgeous Cottontail Trio combine with the superb musical talents of The Supper Club to create a night of nostalgia celebrating the bygone era of vintage swing and jazz at The Fly By Night. With a deep abiding love for the Andrews Sisters’ style and with threepart harmonies, vintage hair and dance moves to match, the ladies take audiences on a journey through popular harmony music from the Golden Era of Swing. Head to Flybynight.org for your tickets.
Good news for hard-rock fans: local dudes but frequent national tourists, Hailmary are about to release a brand new EP, Navigate The Sunrise. The band have been bunkered down in the studio for the early months of 2014, and it has resulted in a stellar five-track EP that smashes into high gear from track one. Spread out over May and June, they are taking the EP and their impressive live show all over the country. After the big sweep, they return home to play Rocket Room on 27 Jun and Prince Of Wales, Bunbury on 28 Jun.
The Good Shepherd has become something of a shining light (pardon the pun) in Leederville, occupying a pretty successful slot as a trendy, casual late night hangout from a carpark just off the main drag. After a couple of great gigs – like Chocolate Jesus just gone on Easter weekend – Bad Vacation is set to get everything a bit more wonked, with A$Lan, Pillzy, 2 Grainz and Yung Emperor spinning demon wheels all night on 2 May. On top of that, there’s Melbourne Bitter, “Bad La-Goons” and “Holiday Juice”, which all sounds appetizing.
With their artfully written, catchy rock songs, RedX are accruing a solid fanbase around the country and are set to make a significant impact with the release of their upcoming EP in mid 2014. Helmed by ex-Joe Kings (and therefore ex-Perthian) Phil Leggett, RedX have carved out a niche and successful following in Melbourne, and they’re high velocity stage antics are always welcomed. You can catch RedX when they head to Prince Of Wales, Bunbury on 9 May; Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, 10 May; and the Newport Hotel, 11 May, all supported by The Long March.
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THE NEXT IN LINE Just another bunch of British rock heroes to have fallen in love with the US of A, the Arctic Monkeys have used the country as a colourful backdrop to explore their sound and create the most electric material of their career. Sticksman Matt Helders chats with Benny Doyle about the band’s growing American songbook and how they avoided making an R&B record.
he astonishing debut album from the Arctic Monkeys, 2006’s Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not, was a soundtrack to mid-noughties England – fast paced, rebellious, yet with just the right amount of cheek to get away
things about recording here; the availability of things. There’s plenty of studios and every piece of equipment you could ever imagine is available like that afternoon, so the logistics of it make a lot of sense. But [also], the enjoyment and how fun it is to be in a city like that; the journey to the studio and back is completely different to what it would be back in Sheffield.” Since 2009’s brooding turn, Humbug, the band have embarked on this American lean to great success. The payoff for us fans is a live show that’s currently more bombastic and diverse than ever. There’s a real sense of freedom right now in the Arctic Monkeys camp,
Helders is quick to add that for the Arctic Monkeys, making records has always equated a good time – “We always come out saying that’s the best one we’ve made” – but with AM things felt different for the quartet. From the creation process – the band more playful in the studio with additional instrumentation like keys and drum machine – to the vibe immediately after, Arctic Monkeys’ fifth full-length was and is a celebration of what they’re now capable of. More than ten years since forming in Sheffield’s north, Helders is pleasantly surprised the band are still moving forwards in such a positive way. “We never took it for granted in that way, [because] you never know what the next record is going to go down like,” he reasons. “Our ambitions have always been modest, or one step at a time: to make a record, to put a record out, to tour the world – it’s all happened in steps. I remember getting asked when we first started where do you see yourselves in five years and just not having a clue, saying I’ll be happy if I’m still doing this and still having fun, and here we are. We’re ambitious obviously, but we don’t expect any of this; we’re not like, ‘Yeah, obviously we should be here’, we never think like that. It definitely helps us appreciate what we got.”
“OUR LIVES AND OUR FRIENDSHIPS DON’T REVOLVE AROUND THE BAND, WHICH HELPS BECAUSE WE CAN SWITCH OFF.”
with any ill behaviour. However, recent years have seen the quartet edge further and further from that winning Brit-rock formula, but rather than being chastised for such a move, fans around the world have embraced this new direction with vigour. With five studio albums in a seven-year stretch, the band are about as prolific as an arena-filling, festival-headlining act can be in this day and age. If they emerged in the ‘60s or ‘70s, they’d probably have a back-catalogue as littered as The Rolling Stones. And like the Stones, the longer the quartet have held the limelight, the more they’ve found inspiration in the beating heart of America, a land forever romanticised about, especially by British rock bands. According to Matt Helders, the lengthy stints recently enjoyed Stateside have really taken the band’s popularity to the next level. “Just in terms of shows, we’ve noticed that our fanbase has grown here more than anywhere else; it’s more noticeable, and the fans here are really passionate about us. “We recorded these last three albums in America, in California, and we definitely fell for the place a little bit,” Helders continues. “When we first went to Joshua Tree it was pretty life changing in a way; it certainly changed us as a band, musically as well. [And] I think [Los Angeles has] got a lot to offer. There’s the basic 10 • THE MUSIC • 30TH APRIL 2014
and it’s clear that for the four lads – Helders, bassist Nick O’Malley, guitarist Jamie Cook and frontman Alex Turner – anything is possible. “Between all the shows we’ve done this year we’ve played every song from the new album; it’s probably the first time we’ve done that really, got every song ready to play, so we can switch it around depending on how we feel that day,” admits the drummer, phoning in before a show in Seattle, Washington. “And it is a good sense of freedom because people are open to it now as well, like the new album went down that well that we can pick and choose from it.”
After touring the US extensively with The Black Keys in early-2012, Arctic Monkeys were quick to begin work on a follow-up to 2011’s Suck It And See, but were in no rush to complete the record. With Simian Mobile Disco’s James Ford in the production chair once more, the men spent almost a year putting AM together, confident they were onto a winning formula following the response given to R U Mine? upon its release in February ’12. In many ways it was the track that set the tone for AM. “We didn’t expect it [to do so well],” remarks Helders. “It was a single that we put out on its own, just for that tour we did in America with The Black Keys, we wanted something new to play, and for Record Store Day, so we decided to do that. But it’s like a highlight at the moment on the live show – we play it last and it seems to be the one people are waiting for which is strange, considering the other songs we’ve had out – it even goes down better than I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor or anything like that, which is amazing, because we love playing that song as well – but it’s a lot of fun to play R U Mine?. “And the next thing we did after that was Do I Wanna Know?,” he continues, referencing the second single dropped from AM in June ’13, “and we were kinda like,
POINT AND SHOOT “The thing that’s got it all fucked up now is camera phones” moaned Mike Skinner back on The Streets’ 2006 track, When You Wasn’t Famous, and technology has only become faster, smaller and more shiny since then. This has made Sheffield life as an Arctic Monkey a bit harder than it once was – local legends and all that – but Helders isn’t complaining too much: “I’d probably be the same,” he shrugs. “[We can disappear] less and less as we go on, like we’ve been back [to Sheffield] a few times recently and it does get a bit hectic,” admits the drummer. “We still want to go out at night and see all our friends – a lot of [them] have bars there and stuff – but they’re in town and they’re busy so you can’t really go without a camera phone being in your face. “We were there at the end of [an era]; well, at the start of the new era of how people are. And now, even the quality of the phone that you can take [video] with [is much better]. Before you’ve got home that night it’s already on the internet – it’s mad. People know where I am and will tell me I was in a place before I can, like, ‘Cool, you were in that bar last night’, and I’m like, ‘Yeah... why do you know?’.”
let’s keep doing falsetto R&B backing vocals and then the rest of the track can be a bit dirtier. It didn’t have to be all the same pace or heaviness of R U Mine?, but there was certain aspects that we wanted to keep from it. I don’t think we could have got away with it without that [balance], or it would have just been an R&B record.” With Helders only 27 years of age, and his bandmates on roughly the same page in that regard, a little bit of burnout – some cracks around the edges – could be expected by now. But five albums in and no Arctic Monkeys release sounds stale, though Helders has no idea why. “It’s not even like we listen to different inspirations every time,” he ponders. “This time we were listening to music we kinda always listen to, like ‘70s rock and hip hop came through a bit more this time. But we do definitely go into the studio with an aim to make a different [record] to the last one, but it’s gotta still make sense, like hoping the last one led to this, or R U Mine? led to this. It is a conscious decision for us but it seems like an obvious thing to do, just to move on a bit and do something different – it’s quite natural.” It’s hard to comment objectively when you’re part of the pack, but it’s clear for us outsiders what the secret to Arctic Monkeys success is. Music is a solid glue to
bring people together, but friendships are a far more stable platform to build greatness from. And for these working class heroes from the former steel heartland of England, nothing’s held more dearly. “It’s been important for us and how we’ve gone about things,” confirms Helders. “Our relationship as people was very much established before the band started, so even day-to-day things, we’ve got a lot more in common and to talk about than just the band. Our lives and our
friendships don’t revolve around the band, which helps because we can easily switch off. When it comes to working and making music then we’re ready to go, and if we don’t wanna we can just sit on the bus and talk about nonsense, and I think that’s quite important. Obviously it can work the other way as well, like people get together just because they’re musicians and still make amazing music, but for us we’re kinda on the same page a lot of the time, steering the ship in the same direction as it were.”
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PERSISTANCE OF MEMORY Russian Circles’ latest album Memorial marks a decade for the band and something of a pinnacle. Brian Cook talks to Cam Findlay about what inspired it, and what it means to them as a group. There’s not too many more dynamic and endearing bands in heavy music than Russian Circles. Since 2004 they have carved out a niche that, while comparable to contemporaries like Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Do Make Say Think, has maintained a unique and satisfying trajectory. Their latest album, last year’s Memorial, is aptly named. It sounds like the culmination of everything the three-piece have been trying to do over the course of a decade, while still telling you that there’s no end to the melodically brutal sound in sight. “I’m glad that people like it,” Brian Cook says. “I mean, it’s our fifth album. I think in a way it’s really weird, I feel like time’s gone by really quickly. I feel like we are still figuring things out. It’s like we are a new band even though it’s been almost ten years. In some ways it’s kind of strange but you know we’re an established act. I still feel like things are pretty fresh and new for us. When I think of bands that have put out five albums I feel like that’s way later stuff, like a fifth Sonic Youth album or something that’s well into their career. I still feel like we’re a young band, which is weird. I feel like things are definitely improving. I mean, I look at a band like the Melvins or on a larger scale Pearl Jam and, you know, not everything’s on a constantly upward trajectory. At some point they put out a record and long-time fans go, ‘Why did they do this?’ Every time we put out a record I’m kind of bracing myself for that, but so far that hasn’t happened. That’s something I’m always grateful for.” For fans, the release of any Russian Circles album is a big deal. Cook, along with Mike Sullivan and Dave Turncrantz, have had the advantage of that still youthful presence to fuel an album every two or so years, meaning that there’s little time between touring and recording. There’s no doubt that the internet has quickened the pace for fans to hear new material, but Cook – an enigmatic record fan – is careful to not make the argument that digital is now the only way to go for
releases. “In some ways it’s nice because it does kind of suck to put out a record and have to wait to get feedback on it,” he explains. “That’s a bit of a drag, because by the time the record comes out it
you immediately write something off. I’m still kind of an old dude who likes cleaning a record and that stuff. I like having the vinyl in your hands. It’s nice hearing all the digital stuff come out, there is some pay-out with that, but the release date is still the big one for me. I’m still in the record store every Friday. And that’s what I’ve always wanted with our music. I’ve wanted people to make a connection to it. You know, they can have whatever idea about the music, everyone has their own opinion. But I at least want them to have a proper opinion.” Russian Circles have been famously open-minded about what people take from their music, be that through not labelling it one genre or another, or stating in interviews that there’s no strict message to any one song. Part of this idea comes from the trio’s writing process, which comes not from a standard set of ideas, but from a fluid movement of feelings and instincts that grows through playing music. Cook is quick, once again, to denounce any concrete idea behind Memorial. “There wasn’t especially too much of one thing,” he says. “Musically, I guess I was really personally obsessed
“SPEND SOME TIME WITH THE RECORD, FORMULATE AN OPINION ON IT. DON’T JUST LISTEN TO SOUNDCLOUD AND FIRE OFF ABOUT IT.” feels like old news. But you know, the flip side of that is internet feedback in general isn’t something that I’m too concerned with. On the internet everyone’s allowed to have an opinion, but there can be too much opinion. It’s like, spend some time with the record, formulate an opinion on it. Don’t just listen to SoundCloud and fire off about it. Absorb it before
with Genesis, The Lamb [Lies Down On Broadway], like a pretty prog record. Then, like, metal... It’s a weird one that people reference; there’s definitely an element of black metal stuff in our musical background, but I always get really hesitant to cite that as an influence. I like a lot of that stuff because I think it pushes a lot of boundaries in terms of having super atonal and really interesting new textures for metal. That sort of aesthetic is cool for those bands, but not something we want to embrace. I guess we’d rather take those elements on our own and push the boundaries in our own way.” WHAT: Memorial (Sargent House) WHEN & WHERE: 2 May, Rosemount Hotel
Wednesday 30/4 – Singer-Songwriter Showcase with Darryn Foote and Paul Davies (7:30pm – 9:30pm) – free Thursday 1/5 Jazz Quartet
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GHOST IN THE MACHINE Horrified by the potential for their performer parents to cover Disclosure songs (“I think I’d put a ban on that”), the elder of the brother duo, Guy Lawrence, also tells Bryget Chrisfield that, after trying to copy Stewart Copeland’s drum patterns in Walking On The Moon as a wee ’un, he was shocked when his dad announced, “You’ll never be able to do it, because they use all these machines to make it sound like he’s playing more than he is.”
fter extensive Disclosure-related research, it’s immediately apparent the electronic music duo comprising Howard and Guy Lawrence have already answered their fair share of questions about being young (19 and 22 respectively) and the fact that they are siblings. Mr Lawrence is a guitarist and Mrs Lawrence, a singer. So does drummer/producer Guy Lawrence have any memories of watching his parents perform when he was a lad? “They’d kind of given up playing live so much after we were born,” he explains. “They were in bands and stuff before that but, yeah! Obviously I never got to see that. My mum’s – actually, no! That’s not really true. I have seen them perform a few times. They’ve both been in bands just for fun and they sometimes occasionally play in a pub or our mum used to do, like, a little piano bar – that kind of thing – but, yeah! No, I never got to see them perform any original music in a band, but I’ve seen them do loads of covers. And obviously at home I used to watch them perform a lot [laughs], just messing around anyway.” When asked whether there are any Disclosure songs in the parental covers repertoire, Lawrence sounds suitably horrified: “Oh, I hope not! Oh, it would be so weird. I think I’d – nah, I think I’d put a ban on that. I don’t think I’d be okay with that.” Lawrence becomes very animated when discussing his favourite drummers. He singles out Jamiroquai’s stickman Derrick McKenzie as one of the “drummers that [he] used to play along to, learning when [he] was growing up”. “[McKenzie] did a workshop once that I went to and after meeting him and stuff I was, like, a massive fan obviously. I was only seven or eight [years old] so I was like, ‘Wow, you’re the best!’” Lawrence says he was also inspired by “jazz fusion” drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, adding with a laugh, “I never got as good as him, unfortunately. “Stewart Copeland is one of my favourite drummers as well and what The Police used to do with production on their records, with drumming, is partly why I liked him. One of my favourite songs ever is Walking On The Moon and I love all their effects and the delay they used to do with the hi-hats and with the drums, that kind of thing, ‘cause it made it sound like [Copeland] was playing some crazy, complicated rhythm, and I kept trying to copy it.
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And then my dad was like, ‘You’ll never be able to do it, because they use all these machines to make it sound like he’s playing more than he is,’ and it’s like, wow! I think they were pretty much the first people to really sort of experiment with dub delays and rhythmic delays in that way… Also, apparently they recorded Roxanne literally down the road from our house. [The studio’s] not there anymore, but my dad recorded there once and he was like, ‘[Puts on gruff ‘dad’ voice] Oh, yeah, The Police recorded Roxanne there,’ and I was like, ‘Oh, that’s cool!’” As luck would have it, Sting is “best friends” with Martin Kierszenbaum – the guy who runs Disclosure’s American label, Interscope – and he recently introduced The Police frontman to the bro duo at one of their three shows at Terminal 5, in New York, back in January. “He came to the last one,” Lawrence recalls, “[during] which, um, Mary J Blige came out and sang with us as well and, yeah! It was really great that he came that one, ‘cause he got to see
her come and sing and it was really cool, really great to meet him. I met him before [the show] and afterwards.” Did Lawrence manage to hold it together? “I think so, yeah,” he hesitates. “He told Howard that he was a good bass player after the show, so that must be something [laughs]. Every time in sound check, [Howard] will, now and again, just be like, ‘Sting said I’m a good bass player.’” Later… With Jools Holland was always on the Lawrences’ TV set on Friday nights and Disclosure have already appeared on the show, just days after their debut album Settle dropped on 31 May 2013. Lawrence describes the experience as “weird”. “It was one of those things where you go into the actual place in real life and it’s so much smaller than it looks on TV and, you know, so much different to how you think it’s gonna be. But it was really a cool experience, yeah.” After further discussion about Holland’s “nice mixed bag” programming, Lawrence admits that Lorde gained his “real big respect” after her appearance on aforementioned
“EVERY TIME IN SOUND CHECK, [HOWARD] WILL, NOW AND AGAIN, JUST BE LIKE, ‘STING SAID I’M A GOOD BASS PLAYER.’” show. “She had to follow Kanye,” he remembers, “and then she was going before someone else, like, absolute A-list massive as well and she completely nailed it!” Earlier this year, Disclosure and Lorde collaborated to perform Royals reinvigorated at the Brit Awards as part of a mash-up into their own Aluna Francis-featuring White Noise. The fact that the guest artists on Settle’s tracklisting now reads like a fantasy festival bill certainly isn’t lost on Lawrence. “It’s great for me, as well, to see them all doing so well,” he enthuses, “‘cause we’re good friends now… There’s a lot of people on [Settle] that no one really knew before, or at least when we wrote the songs anyway. Sam Smith, no one knew him before Latch, and London Grammar, they were just sort of bubbling up when we wrote Help Me Lose My Mind, so we’re always looking out for fresh talent and fresh voices as well as working with established artists.” WHEN & WHERE: 9 May, Metro City; 9 May, Parker (late – DJ set); 10 May, Groovin The Moo, Bunbury
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WHO SWEARS WINS Holy Fuck have made an indelible mark on experimental music, but haven’t been too heard of in the last three years. That’s all set to change, as Brian Borcherdt tells Cam Findlay.
oly Fuck have made a name for themselves in their native Toronto, and eventually the rest of the world, for being uncompromising in their effort to construct complex and effusive music – music that you would usually associate with electronic production, with not much more than a few instruments and pads and their own crazy-good skills. Brian Borcherdt, the main brain originally behind Holy Fuck, has a long history of communal experimentation. “It’s been a long, long time of conceptualising things, and now all of a sudden there’s actual real tangible results that are a possibility, which is exciting,” Borcherdt explains enthusiastically. “One of the things we decided was we would put out a single, which we haven’t really done before an album. Something profound we were going to put out on this upcoming Australian tour. We haven’t had anything new out for so long. I went and mastered some stuff on the weekend, and we’re sorting out our artwork at the moment. We’ve also spent the weekend tying up some loose ends with some of the other bands, which has a little difficult. But now it’s all ready to go.” It’s easy to see that Borcherdt is excited about the concept of a new tour. The upcoming album will conclude more than three years of writing and touring, not only for Holy Fuck but for the various other acts associated with the band, Borcherdt having around six or seven other projects at last count. It’s been a sporadic, yet quiet, couple of years for what is arguably his most popular project. “It’s all been a challenge, but from the moment we took a big break we all kept playing, we kept recording and we kept working at our music,” Borcherdt confirms. “We haven’t been out of our homes for longer than a week at a time, which is a big thing for us because we used to be away all year. We’ve had moments where we’ve caught up and had a little bit of rest, maybe work on some music. So it’s been a nice time to relax. “I think the thing were finding hard is first of all is not being on the road all of the time, things change,” Borcherdt continues. “Suddenly different things are
expected of you and I think that’s one of the reasons we all started other bands and started producing other people’s material. And, you know, it’s fucking tough. It’s harder than we thought it would be. Like, goddamn, finishing things is hard. Then the ball gets rolling, and you find yourself
It’s a daunting prospect at least partly due to the time Borcherdt and co have afforded themselves before this coming tour. Latin was truly a tour album, a record written during and in direct consequence of the band’s first run of long tours, the result of the Canadian music media touting them as the future of experimentalism. “When we released the album before [2007’s LP] it was a long growing process, but we were committed to promoting it. So we immediately went on tour, and that’s what Latin was born out of. As a result, we didn’t stop touring when a lot of other bands would. For us, we were willing to stretch the equation as long as there was a need for it. And it just didn’t seem to be slowing down. “It was fun, though,” Borcherdt laughs. “It feels like that, in the record to me personally, because of my personal involvement in it, to me it seems like a document of a band in motion, it seems like a snapshot. A snapshot of what we’d been doing at some of those shows maybe when we were doing our soundchecks, and kind of some of the ideas we would have while touring. What I think is different already is... what I
“IT’S HARDER THAN WE THOUGHT IT WOULD BE. LIKE, GODDAMN, FINISHING THINGS IS HARD.” sucked into an inherent momentum. All these ideas we have floating around in our heads, we’re trying to commit to them, trying to make them happen. And then all of a sudden it’s all happening, and you can’t stop the momentum. That’s how we feel now, like everything’s just happening and we’re trying to catch up with it after so much time apart and in different cities.”
really like about the new record is that it’s showing what we’re capable of when we take that break.” The as-yet-untitled album will see Latin’s rapid-fire immediacy morph into something more spaced and thought-out. This year sees Holy Fuck take a more conceptual approach, with more intricate programming of the usual melee of instruments that fill out their stage. “It definitely feels like more of a creative project,” Borcherdt says. “It’s more of a snapshot of a band in a creative process, rather than a working process.” WHERE & WHEN: 8 May, Rosemount Hotel; 9 May, The Odd Fellow; 10 May, Groovin The Moo, Bunbury
THE SIMPLE LIFE
With the success of their single, Come Down, local trio Crooked Colours have been scoring spots on festivals and a ton of praise. Guitarist Philip Slabber tells Scott Aitken about the inspiration behind their most successful single and why they’re staying in Perth.
n the past, when a Perth band attained any national or international success, the usual thought would be to relocate over east in the hopes of being in a better position to nurture their career. For Crooked Colours singer and guitarist Philip Slabber, this wasn’t the case, and he says the band are happy remaining down in their hometown of Secret Harbour where
the trio live together, dividing their time between making music and surfing. “I think when you live in the city there’s just stuff that kind of clutters your day and there are too many distractions, so when you’re far removed from it it’s good creatively,” says Slabber. “We were thinking about moving to Sydney but at the moment I think it’s good for us just to be here; we kind of like the image of being from Perth. We all surf as well and that’s good too; we don’t really find much physical exercise other than that so it’s the one thing that kind of helps us sleep.”
While Slabber still has to come up to the city for his day job working in a bottle shop, he says he still remembers his first taste of the big city, at least by Perth standards. Slabber’s experiences would ultimately go on to inspire the band’s most successful single, Come Down.
“At that stage, just when we were turning about 18, 19, there were a lot of promotions people or companies starting out and we were kind of there in the mix when these guys were trying to make a name for themselves. There were quite a few warehouse parties in Subiaco and in north Perth and we were just mingling in and that was our introduction to the Perth party scene. Us being from Mandurah, I think that’s just where that vibe came from and it was so much bigger than we were used to. The main inspiration behind Come Down though was we were seeing quite a few people in our situation going to these parties and kind of being overwhelmed by it, just taking it a bit too far and just not being careful.” Slabber says the track also helped the band find the sound they were looking for. “That was originally an acoustic track I was playing and I kind of just wrote it that way on the guitar, and then we finished the first EP but we wanted something completely different so I recorded that guitar bit and then we added the electronic stuff a couple weeks later. It kind of put us in the right direction because we had lots of influences and music we liked but we didn’t really have anything we were set on making and it certainly gave us a platform to work off, kind of like a method or recipe for writing songs.”
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stumbled across and thought would be interesting to reach out to, so we got him involved with two songs.
The Naked & Famous took their debut record to 24 countries and played over 200 shows before decamping to LA to begin their follow-up. Thom Powers tells Sky Kirkham why a move to America seemed necessary for the New Zealanders.
e felt because we had reached a certain level that we couldn’t let it go,” Powers says. “Without being too sombre about it, it’s not easy to get out of NZ, and I’m sure it’s equally difficult to get out of Australia. We’re culturally isolated from a place like America, which is so insular and self-contained, so if you can crack it, the desire to keep it up and to stay involved so that you don’t lose it becomes a priority.”
Eighteen months of work then became sophomore effort In Rolling Waves. Once the tracks were ready, the band headed off to the studio, taking maximum advantage of their new Californian home. “We recorded everything at a place called Sunset Sound, which is right in the centre of Hollywood,” Powers says with bemusement. “We produced everything ourselves bar a couple of tracks where we worked with a guy called Justin Meldal-Johnsen, who’s a bass player and longtime collaborator with Beck. [He was] just a cool guy hanging out in LA that I sort of
“There’s always the ambition,” Powers continues, “for us to do something more than what we’ve done before. Even if it’s not overt or obvious to anyone else, it’s just within ourselves. The idea of trying to progress as songwriters, or as musicians, or just be better producers or engineers is important.” That desire for change, for improvement, is apparent when you listen to In Rolling Waves. “Our first album was very much a brick wall kind of record,” Powers agrees. “Even the quietest moments are still kind of burning hot and in your face. It’s like a slamming sort of record. And then just naturally, the desire to try something a bit more dynamic, something a little less obvious, took us into the direction of In Rolling Waves.” The Naked & Famous are spending a lot of this year playing festivals, and Powers says that there’s always a lot of consideration that needs to go into those sets. “We consider when we’re playing, and the kind of festival that it is,” he says. “If it’s a high energy set, it doesn’t feel appropriate to test people’s patience.” Their own headline tour affords a lot more freedom though, and Powers guarantees that they’ll be playing as much as possible from both albums. He’s also very excited to unveil their new stage show: “We have this lighting guy that we’ve stuck with for a long time, and people keep trying to poach him, so it’s quite a spectacle.” WHEN & WHERE: 10 May, Groovin The Moo, Bunbury; 11 May, Astor Theatre
CHASE THAT HIGH Ella Hooper’s a team captain on Spicks And Specks, a radio show host, a mentor and a solo artist. All at the same time. She lets Jazmine O’Sullivan in on her plans for world domination.
lla Hooper won the nation’s heart years ago as the frontwoman (or girl) of Killing Heidi, with hits Weir and Mascara reaching numbers two and 14 respectively in triple j’s Hottest 100 of 1999. Fifteen years later, you can now get a weekly dose of Hooper on ABC’s newly revamped Spicks And Specks, where she is a team captain. “It’s my dream job,” Hooper gushes. “I’m so happy and I just feel so lucky and blessed. I’ve always loved the show, and I’ve always loved Alan [Brough] and Myf [Warhurst].” Coming onto the show after such a popular line-up, she admits, “I definitely felt there were some big, big shoes to fill and they’re still a little roomy, but we’re just trying to play our natural game and develop into our own roles. But yeah, the country just adored those people, and rightly so – hopefully one day we’ll be held in the same esteem.” When she’s not on screen, Hooper also hosts a radio show on 2DayFM, mentors aspiring musicians, and is about to embark on a national tour in support of her solo output, particularly debut single Low High, which she explains was made in a completely new style. “I usually take songs in and workshop them with the producer I’m working with, and we might change the sound slightly and sometimes the order or the rhythm, but this one actually started with a percussion line and a melody idea. 18 • THE MUSIC • 30TH APRIL 2014
I didn’t actually know what the song was going to be about as I was writing it, which is really unusual for me, but it let the song be so free and that’s why I love it so much. It feels like something I’ve never done before, which is exactly what I wanted to do and challenge myself with for this solo record.” Low High is just the first taste of what Hooper has to offer as a solo artist, as she plans to follow up the single with the release of her debut album In Tongues in the coming months. “I can’t wait to just show all the other sides of my music,” she enthuses. “There’s some stuff [on the album]
that’s harder and darker than Low High, and there’s also some stuff that’s funner and lighter, so I really can’t wait to share the whole thing.” You can catch your first glimpse of Hooper’s new material later this month. “The live show is going to be very stripped-back which is sort of exciting and scary. I’ve got one electric guitarist, Tim Harvey who is also Clare Bowditch’s guitarist, and another guy called Robin Waters from a band called The Boat People, and he is triggering samples, and loops while doing synthesisers and bass, so he’s really busy over there, he’s my octopus! I think I’m stressing him out, because I’m basically getting him to be the whole band while Tim and I just put the cherry on top! It’s really interesting though, I’m not sure if it will be what people are expecting, but we’ll see.” WHEN & WHERE: 8 May, Art Bar
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A DAY AT A TIME 52 Tuesdays director Sophie Hyde and star Tilda Cobham-Hervey chat to Anthony Carew about filming with the same people for a whole year and life imitating art.
2 Tuesdays wears the formalist gimmick of its production on its sleeve: the film was shot over the course of a year in Adelaide, the cast and crew gathering together every Tuesday. “Films are always made in the same way, and so they’ll always produce the same outcomes,” says director Sophie Hyde. “And I didn’t just want to make the same film. I’m sick and tired of seeing the same characters on screen, and this persistent notion that the most important relationships are romantic relationships.” Instead, 52 Tuesdays is built around the relationship between a mother (Del Herbert-Jane) undergoing a
TILDA COBHAM-HERVEY AS BILLIE. PIC: BRYAN MASON
gender transition, and her teenage daughter Billie (Tilda CobhamHervey), undergoing her own coming-of-age change. It’s a film, Hyde says, about “questioning the rules and structures of relationships, and families; about gender, sexuality, what it means to be a mother or a child, when you’re supposed to be a lover or a friend; all these rules that are in place, that maybe aren’t that useful for some people”. “It’s funny,” Hyde admits, “in making a film about people who’re dealing with the difficulty of all these rules to relationships, we ended up making up all these rules about how we were going to film it.”
Shooting over a year came naturally to Hyde, a documentarian who previously directed 2011’s Life In Movement (a portrait of the Sydney Dance Company) with partner Bryan Mason. But it was all new for Cobham-Hervey, who, though now 19 and tipped for stardom, was but a 16-year-old who’d “never even done a school play before” when she tagged along with friends to an open casting. “I never thought I’d be in a film, and the character description was nothing like me, so I had no fear that I was going to get it,” says Cobham-Hervey. “Billie is far more fierce, and bold, and sexually aware than I’ve been. At the age of 16, I’d never had a boyfriend, and I still didn’t know how to swear without turning bright red. And the first two lines of the film are ‘Fuck.’ I thought: I didn’t know if I can even do this!” It was, in some ways, like being in a family: Hyde directing, Mason producing/lensing/editing, their daughter, Audrey (six at the time, now eight) playing a role, and Hyde’s mother even acting for a scene. It was, for Hyde, a particularly personal work: this transgender tale allowing her to explore her own issues with the intense genderisation of young children, and the societal presumptions about motherhood. All those at work on the production thought, through its making, that it was a “niche” passion project, but after winning awards at Berlin and Sundance, Hyde is optimistic there’s an audience there for 52 Tuesdays. “I don’t think anyone believes this is a perfect film, least of all us, and that’s certainly not how we’ve presented it,” Hyde says. “But there’s an honesty inside of it, and there’s something interesting in the way that we’ve made it, and people have really embraced that.” WHAT: 52 Tuesdays In cinemas 1 May
WHEN YOU ISN’T YOU Comic actor Richard Ayoade gets philosophical with Anthony Carew about his latest film.
ichard Ayoade is a well known face from English comedy, having found fame in The IT Crowd, cult in Nathan Barley, and strangeness as Dean Lerner. But watching The Double, his second feature, shows that the 36-year-old’s true home may be behind the camera. It’s an adaptation of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s novella that takes place in a surrealist dystopia: a nocturnal, oddball realm representing a “vision of what people in the ‘50s imagined the future would be”. It’s, in Ayoade’s estimation, a work that dares employ “non-realistic art direction”. “What I like about silent films, old Hollywood films, is that they use the entire backdrop – the set, the music, the lighting, the framing – to communicate something about the characters, and the emotions they are feeling,” says Ayoade. “Now, I feel visuals are simply meant to be really epic and technically impressive, or just real. To me, both those ideas can be kind of boring.” So, The Double stages a retro-futurist world of vast shadows, creeping darkness and foreboding buildings to communicate the loneliness of living in a city. “Loneliness is a huge part of everyone’s lives now. People don’t really connect with other people; everyone’s lives are like endless work and consumption, taking place in parallel. And in [this] post-digital world, we’re conditioned to feeling like we have complete flexibility and fluidity; that we could 20 • THE MUSIC • 30TH APRIL 2014
go pick up and leave, change our lives. So, I wanted to create this world that viewers felt like our character couldn’t leave; that he couldn’t just quit his job, or skip town; that he was trapped.” ‘Our character’ is Jesse Eisenberg’s workaday prole, pining for Mia Wasikowska and spending his hours toiling at a bizarre datamining agency. Riffing on the original tale, he’s horrified when the office hires a döppelganger who’s everything (confident, charismatic, sexually experienced) he’s not. “I like the idea that someone can be so invisible, so lonely, so put-upon, that when their
RICHARD AYOADE ON SET OF THE DOUBLE WITH J. MASCIS
precise replica appears no one even notices, and that when they point it out to everyone, no one cares,” Ayoade chuckles. “[It’s] very relatable in an era in which everyone has these constructed avatars, these best versions of themselves online.” At this point, promotional chit-chat gets plenty philosophical (“Being self-conscious just means being human”; “Does anyone give a straight answer to anything? Is anyone even capable of it?” and “It would be grotesque if you could be fully represented in an article, able to be summarised in a hundred words”), before settling on a sentiment. “Dostoyevsky said: ‘Everyone’s got different versions of themselves that they’re prepared to admit, and a version that they’re not even prepared to admit to themselves.’ How people see themselves, and their concerns about how the world sees them, these persist through every era.” WHAT: The Double In cinemas 8 May
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THE GAME PLAYER Burleigh Smith is as humble playing the quirky lead in an indie rom-com as he is when discussing his Garden State Screenwriting Competition win with Dave Drayton.
t was a nice acknowledgement,” Smith reflects of the accolade recently awarded to his script, You Can’t Play The Game If You Don’t Know The Rules? “I enjoy entering screenplay competitions and film festivals. I’m always curious to see how my work will be received in other countries.” The response is somewhat humble and incredibly understated for Smith, the two-time Tropfest finalist, who, despite having had his short films accepted into more than 200 festivals worldwide, makes out like it could be some kind of hobby. Far from it, the drive that’s led to this
most recent win reveals a commitment to craft as well as prolificacy. “I know many screenwriters who spend years torturing themselves, writing draft after draft, and losing interest in the material in the process. I have a very short attention span and the patience of a child. I’d hate to be still working on something I started many years before. I’d just lose interest.” That short attention span also means Smith – a man versed also in acting and directing – couldn’t confine himself to just the writerly credit, himself playing one half of the perfect couple that may never meet each other as a dull academic named Anders, opposite Andrea, played
by Zoe Ventoura (Packed To The Rafters), an HR officer who gets involved with an older gentleman. The cast also includes Offspring’s John Waters, and Tiriel Mora, perhaps most famously from The Castle. The mouthful of a title suggests a complicated amalgam of self-help books and guides to picking up, and comes from one such book (the more respectable former) by Dr Irene Alexander. With Dr Alexander’s blessing, chapter titles from her self-help book are incorporated into the film. “Irene’s book appealed to me first because of the title. I had the idea for my story but was seeking a distinct title and sure found one. I came across the book in a store in Perth last year and thought it would be interesting to incorporate a relationships guide.” Considering his rapid rate of creating laughably rueful romance it’s unsurprising to hear who’s inspired Smith’s work ethic. “Woody Allen works in a similar way. I love that he’s been so prolific and I find it very inspiring. I find the rom-com easy to write and have been working in this genre for many years now. Perhaps because my own relationships have been such a joke, I’m never short of material.” True to his word, as the edits come together for You Can’t Play The Game..., he’s already at work on a feature for 2015. “I’m looking at exploring darker territory with my next screenplay, though I’m wary of straying from a genre that has served me well in the past.” As part of the top prize, You Can’t Play The Game... was given a live reading on stage with three-time Academy Award nominee Diane Ladd directing in Atlantic City earlier this month. Burleigh Smith is the Senior Film Lecturer at SAE Institute Perth. For more info on SAE head to sae.edu.au WHAT: You Can’t Play The Game If You Don’t Know The Rules?
LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL After 50 years, 45 albums and a relentless touring schedule, Joe Camilleri still shows no sign of slowing down. The ARIA Hall of Famer shares sentimental musings on the nature of music with Taelor Pelusey.
n an era of ‘famous for 15’ pseudo-celebrities, few have experienced deserving longevity like Australian music icon, Joe Camilleri – and even fewer deserve that title. This year marks a number of significant milestones for the tireless leader of two of Australia’s most influential bands – Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons and The Black Sorrows, and despite spending over three-quarters of his life in the industry, Joe’s enthusiasm for bringing music to his fans is as strong as ever. “I just love performing and I love being in that environment,” Camilleri says. “My mantra is ‘We come to play,’ and that’s why you do it – that’s why you travel four or five hours to a gig, because of that one-and-a-half or two hours you might be on stage.” Camilleri is part of the nationwide Good Times Tour that includes Russell Morris, Richard Clapton and Leo Sayer. “I guess it is a nostalgic tour, isn’t it? It’s a little piece of history or a moment in time where the four artists go back to the ‘60s or ‘70s. [We] do get that
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opportunity to work together and on each other’s songs and that’s the kicker; it’s what I call the money shot now. I think people want to see that.” At least one collaboration between Camilleri and Morris may come in the form of Birdsville: a track from Morris’ latest album on which Camilleri contributes his saxophone skill. “You know it’s scary because if someone asks you to play on their record, they really respect what you do and all of a sudden the pressure’s on you… But
then I didn’t hear anything for weeks, and I’m thinking, ‘Well, what do I do?’” Despite the occasional emotional turmoil of the industry, this year marks half a century in the industry to which Joe has wholeheartedly given himself. “I want people to know that it is my 45th album in 50 years as a musician and its my 17th or 18th album as The Black Sorrows,” he points out, referring to Certified Blue, that band’s most recent release. “There are lots of milestones this year, but it’s still just about the music.” A true testament to the age-old adage ‘Find a job you love and never work a day in your life,’ he admits his ‘downtime’ is on stage. “Playing with these guys is like a holiday because it’s just fun, and I only just ever want to have fun.” WHEN & WHERE: 3 May, Crown Perth
STARDOM FOR DUMMIES Jeff Dunham isn’t just the world’s most famous ventriloquist, he’s a globe-trotting stand-up, YouTube hit and entertainment brand. However, on the eve of his latest Oz tour he tells Paul Ransom that it’s not really about him.
ou wouldn’t pick ventriloquism as a star vehicle, yet for America’s ‘super celebrity of the dummies’, there was never any choice. By age ten he was already performing and when he created his now world-famous character Achmed The Dead Terrorist in time for the DVD and YouTube explosions, his profile, bank balance and working life were transformed. Dunham is now solid gold A-list. All of which means there’s a career guidance counsellor out there shaking their head in sheer disbelief. “My
junior high school counsellor, Mrs Lutz was her name, was talking to all the eighth graders about what the future held for them. I remember her saying, ‘Well, what are you thinking about doing when you’re older?’ and I looked a bit confused because everybody already knew, including her, that I was the ventriloquist kid, so I said, ‘Well, I’m gonna be a ventriloquist.’ I remember she took off her glasses, crossed her arms and said, ‘Now Jeff, let’s be realistic.’” Yet even with his latest TV special, Achmed Saves America, just released, a bestselling autobiography doing the rounds and
a brand new Disorderly Conduct world tour on the schedule, Dunham still has ‘pinch myself ’ moments. “If you’d told me ten or 12 years ago that Achmed would take off and I’d be doing shows outside the US, that’s when I would have looked at you and said, ‘Hold on, I’m going to Kuala Lumpur? What’s a ‘Kuala Lumpur’?’”
However, he refuses to put his success down to the novelty of his art. “I’ve always looked at my act as stand-up comedy that happens to use ventriloquism as the vehicle. If I could stand on stage making the dummy talk while drinking a glass of water, I think my career would have gone pretty much nowhere. I’d be doing corporate shows and birthday parties.” Aside from Achmed, Dunham’s roll-call of oddballs includes the curmudgeonly old Walter, redneck Bubba J, the fiery Mexican Jose Jalapeno and the loopy and frenetic Peanut. These are the people, Dunham insists, that truly make his show. “Characters can get away with more because there’s some kinda innocence assumed there. But really, I’m the victim of whatever my audience is laughing at. Whatever they laugh at I’m gonna go back and expand on.” Unlike the South Parks and American Dads of the world, Jeff Dunham isn’t about scoring satirical points. “I’m not trying to get away with anything or teach anybody anything and I don’t have any political motivation. I’m just doing it to give people some entertainment and help them forget their troubles for a couple of hours.” WHAT: Jeff Dunham: Disorderly Conduct WHEN & WHERE: 14 May, Perth Arena
New York comedian Wil Sylvince talks to Baz McAlister about his previous day job as a robot builder.
rooklyn-born and raised comedian Wil Sylvince toured Australia last year opening for the Wayans brothers and has recently been smashing it as part of the Headliners bill at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. During his few weeks’ sojourn in Melbourne he admits he fell in love a little with the city. “In Melbourne they have these alleys you’ve just made into nice places to be,” Sylvince says with disbelief. “In New York, alleys are not like that at all. It smells like pee, there’s going to be Homeless Sammy there, there’s stray cats and dogs. But Melbourne’s alleys are amazing.” Sylvince is about to head out on his own to tack on a few solo shows before going back to the Big Apple. He says he’s been trying out some new material in his shows Down Under. Often on stage he’ll mention as a throwaway line that before he got into comedy at the age of 24 – “I was still a virgin. Not just a virgin of comedy, like a virgin virgin,” he laughs – he had a job building robots. He didn’t explore it further as he didn’t think there was anything funny about it, but recently, at the urgings of Damon Wayans, he’s been sharing some reminiscences of his scientific life before comedy. “I’ve touched on it a little bit more since I’ve been out in Australia and I’m finding things that are funny about it. So that’s going to be my goal, taking my robotics career and writing a whole bit about it. I went to school for electromechanical engineering. I studied robotics and I
got a job at this company called International Robotics. Did you see Rocky IV? Remember the scene where a robot comes out and gives Paulie a birthday cake? That’s our robot, SICO. “It was actually my boss there that introduced me to comedy – I mean, I knew about stand-up and I always wanted to be a comedian but it was one of those dreams, you know, like being at high school and dreaming of being an astronaut. But my boss gave me a Robin Harris CD and I played that CD every day for one year straight and it blew my mind. Then I started doing comedy.” Sylvince, who grew up in a big Haitian immigrant family,
says when he began stand-up, he almost exclusively played the “urban” circuit for a while, some tough gigs there forging him into a better comedian. “It was just the all black and Hispanic shows, the ethnic comedy clubs,” he says. “They’re much harder than the mainstream rooms. The audience demands more – but the pay-off is they laugh way harder than white people. To a performer doing well at those shows, you think, ‘I could be king tomorrow.’ But I stayed doing both circuits, because I love different energies and styles of comedy.” WHAT: Wil Sylvince: Live! WHEN & WHERE: 1 - 4 May, Astor Lounge & 4 May, Mt Lawley Bowling Club THE MUSIC • 30TH APRIL 2014 • 23
IT’S NICE TO BE ALIVE A pre-warning regarding The Jungle Giants’ upcoming tour: if you are in the front row, Sam Hales may slap your tongue. The frontman talks to Benny Doyle about the cheeky art of tussing.
othing like a trip to SXSW to get you in the mood for a tour back home. By the time you read this The Jungle Giants will have taken their swag of sunshine indie-pop international for the very first time, the Brisbane quartet continuing to enjoy plenty of momentum behind their independently released debut of last year, Learn To Exist. Taking a break from packing his bags, vocalist/guitarist Sam Hales says the four-piece are ready to “bring it” on foreign soil, although preparations for the trip have been unorthodox. “We play a shitload of ping pong, every day pretty much,” he says. “We’re trying to rehearse for America but we keep getting distracted because Keelan [Bijker – drums] just got a table, and we’re like, ‘Two games, okay we’ll play two games’ and then four games later [we still haven’t rehearsed]. But it’s good, spirits are high and we just can’t wait to go party.” This life balance thing has been a bit of a new discovery for Hales, and the frontman is enjoying a clearer headspace as a result. “Last year I’d write most days and if I [didn’t] I felt bad. But I learned that wasn’t really healthy – I was putting a huge amount of pressure that I didn’t have to onto myself. I realised I should just be embracing how I feel, so if I don’t feel like writing I just chill out for the day.” Following the US, The Jungle Giants are playing some of their biggest headline shows to date Down Under, spliced between slots on Groovin The Moo 2014. Billed as the Tuss Tour, The Music is curious as to whether we’ve missed something; it’s not a track name and it’s certainly not a common word. What it is, however, is something so much more. It’s a four-letter summarisation on what it means to be alive, making it the perfect overarching theme for a mischievous young band on the road. “It’s a word my housemate gave me for a thing I do to people,” Hales explains. “When I’m hanging [out] sometimes I’ll just wrestle somebody or mess around with them, just slap their head, tickle them or stick
my finger in their armpit. He calls [that] tussing, and he describes it as, ‘Reminding someone what it feels like to be human’. “I used to do that to my dog – my dog got really old and he was
when I’d do it to people in the band; we all do it to each other, and it’s kinda amplified on the road. “Calling the tour that, we expect [the shows] to be a little [more lively]. We might even start tussing the crowd when we’re playing? I might crowd surf and just hit everyone’s heads; slap tongues in the front row.” The Jungle Giants already have experience playing main stages at Splendour In The Grass and Falls Festival, but arguably their biggest festival slot came this year at Big Day Out. Rubbing shoulders with the likes of Arcade Fire and The Hives, the experience taught them not to be scared of large crowds, and if punters aren’t behind the music then they just need to play even harder and faster. The band are going to use these lessons learnt moving forwards in 2014. And although he’s not entirely sure if he’s allowed to divulge any info, Hales says that overseas will remain a focus for the rest of the year.
“I MIGHT CROWD SURF AND JUST HIT EVERYONE’S HEADS; SLAP TONGUES IN THE FRONT ROW.” kinda dying, but I’d still tuss him. I used to do this thing called ‘tongue touch’, and when he’d stick his tongue out I’d just slap his tongue, and he’d get really annoyed at me and chase me around the house. But that was the only time he was actually being alert and physical, all the other time he’d just be lying down sleeping. So we established that to tuss someone is a healthy thing, and that translated to
He reveals that in September The Jungle Giants will venture back to the northern hemisphere, looking to continue the momentum created from this maiden trip, but before that the frontman will break away from the group for a bit of solo songwriting and soul searching. “I’m going to do a little writing trip in France in June – get a little apartment, just work on some songs and build a little studio, and then I’ll come back and then we’ll do a big preproduction thing together [before recording],” he reveals. “But I like that isolation, I want to just go away for a while and see what I come up with, this new perspective thing in a different city on the other side of the world.” WHEN & WHERE: 9 May, Rosemount Hotel; 10 May, Groovin The Moo, Bunbury
You can’t stay young forever, and you can’t party like you’re young forever. Even Lemmy’s got diabetes now, and if lifestyle choices can catch up with Lemmy, what hope do the rest of us have? On their second fulllength, Brisbane’s perennially partying duo sound like they’re starting to come to grips with this realisation. But what’s so compelling about Black Rat, the band’s follow-up to their 2012 debut, Bloodstreams, is how subtly they are transforming away from their indie punk party thrash origins. And that’s a good thing because, rather than devolve into a parody of their former selves and become LMFAO with greasier hair, DZ Deathrays are maturing and finding ways to up their musical game on Black Rat.
I Oh You/Liberation
Yet another standout Aussie metalcore act in a long line of domestic heavy progression, In Hearts Wake have chosen to make a powerful and positive statement with their second record, Earthwalker. It’s a brave release – one that encourages you to think about the life you live and the changes you can make. This could have come across as preachy in lesser hands, but the Byron Bay five-piece have balanced their message with soaring slabs of world-class heaviness, so even those that don’t want to listen will be forced to stand up and take notice. The band have raised their game across the board: breakdowns add to songs rather than interrupt them, textures and layers don’t come from clichés, while the scream/clean vocal balance is on the money throughout. And when the band get experimental with their guitar work – the
★★★½ aquatic background soloing on Divine and the fist-raising riffs of Afterglow for example – the album really shines. If you hadn’t picked up on the record’s overarching theme already (and if that’s you then go home, you’re drunk), closing ode Mother makes the ideals of this album crystal clear: “The blood that courses through your veins/Is like the sap that courses through the trees.” What we walk on is far bigger than us, yet that idea can be forgotten in our hectic day-to-day. It’s nice to be reminded of where we stand in the greater scheme of things, without having opinions jammed directly down our throats. Benny Doyle
There’s still the same mix of pulsating dancefloor rhythms colliding with gnashing garage punk guitars and Shane Parsons’ howls, especially on cuts like Gina Works At Hearts – but where
things used to be charmingly shambolic, structure now seems to be more of a consideration. Things are getting tighter and the pair are writing better songs, like Night Walking. As a result, Black Rat sounds like a record you could listen to when you’re pregaming ahead of a big Saturday night, or when you’re going to work on Monday morning. If DZ Deathrays’ existence thus far has been a party, Black Rat is the sound of the duo starting to turn down the stereo at the end of the night to let people know it’s time to leave. It’s going to be exciting to see what they do for the after-party. Tom Hersey
ALBUM OF THE WEEK
IN HEARTS WAKE
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BRYAN RICE DALTON
Eastern Lights EP
Falling With Style
There’s something to be said for raw, deliberately minimalist folk music, and Dalton has the ability to prove it in spades. Originally from Ireland and now based here, Dalton has found happy middle ground in the traditional sounds of both countries. His second EP is mature yet emotive. While he does stick to specific contexts (the opening title track is about his time at Bluesfest), it’s mostly about “the journey”, ie usual folk fare, but there’s a lot of heartbreak and foresight – and while that may wear a little thin, Dalton pulls it off ably.
Mitchell Freind’s vocal timbre is tailor-made for pop-punk, though Falling With Style is anything but. This refreshingly restrained EP uses the strongest tracks to bookend a collection of acoustic riffs and reverberant harmonies. The subtle crescendo of Surrender makes for an optimistic, heartfelt opener while the delicate intricacies of I Wanna Know close on a slightly darker note. The decision to omit percussion is commendable and results in an intimate and relatable release, however without the strength of the first and last tracks, the rest may not hold up.
Lights Out strikes out and hits you square across the chops from the first beat. An eclectic cluster of styles and influences, Michaelson uses epic choral melodies, thundering rhythms, synth overlays and electronic snaps, with more additional instrumentation than The Beatles moving modern pop sensibilities to the fore. It seems impossible, but the New York singer-songwriter doesn’t like to keep anything in the background. Fortunately the record is as delicate and soothing as it is weighty and bombastic, and plays more like a stadium show. Lyrically playful and none too serious, Lights Out will brighten up winter.
Devil You Know – The Beauty Of Destruction Rodrigo Y Gabriela – 9 Dead Alive Echo & The Bunnymen – Meteorites Ghost Beach – Blonde Fairchild – Burning Feet Future – Honest Thundamentals – So We Can Remember Portrait – Crossroads
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THEE GOLD BLOOMS, ELECTRIC TOAD, RUM JUNGLE The Bird 25 Apr Thee Gold Bloom’s gig at The Bird boasted a variety of sounds; from the pleasing hard-rock rhythms of Rum Jungle to the theatrical antics of Electric Toad. Although the venue at The Bird was small, limiting the stage size for the performers, that actually added a somewhat cosier atmosphere for punters, adding something unique to the performance. Rum Jungle started off their set providing of some hard-rock
and punters donning sailor’s uniforms from the ANZAC commemorations, you could say Thee Gold Blooms were in their element, with an almost oceanic aesthetic permeating from the venue. But this was not the case; although the performance itself did have its merits, there was something subtly missing. The band kicked off their set with songs such as I Want You So Much and KatieSue, each seemed to recreate a Beach Boys-esque soundtrack. With guitar riffs that added pendulum swings and a bass that added an element of chromatic descent as found with many surf-rock songs from the era, a listener could be drawn into a retrospective observation of a counterculture that used to exist along the coast of California. But that’s
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With the autumn weather beginning to look pretty grim, Leure, the solo electronic project of Ash Hendriks, kicked off with an early afternoon set packing some intensely chilled
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anthems that eased the crowd into a reposed mood. Once Rum Jungle had finished their set, a large crowd of musicians started to materialise on the stage. At first it was presumed this would be the standard fourpiece rock band with perhaps a few supporters to carry the equipment and help set up. But this was not the case; each and every person on stage was a band member. Electric Toad turned out to be a conglomeration of hard-rock musicians from different bands around Perth. Fronted by the caffeine-fuelled lead singer of garage-rock outfit Doctopus, with the inclusion of rock, a multitude of lead and rhythm guitarists and the almost humorous insertion of AutoTune, a certainly entertaining experience was created.
the problem – when they performed the newly released single. Alana, it evoked too much of the age-old question “Have I heard this song before?” It’s understandable for a band who is very garage/surf-rock-oriented to play surf-infused music, but by continuously harking back to a bygone era, the band becomes a tribute surf-rock band, rather than a band that likes to play surf-rock music.
With the surfboards hanging from the walls of The Bird
The eclectic, neo-psychedelic Tame Impala played a sell-out
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show on Rotto last Sunday. It was definitely a gig that meant a great deal to Kevin Parker’s Perth-bred five-piece, after no doubt spending much of their youth trudging around the city’s pub/nightclub scene; to play an intimate gig on Rottnest to no more than a few hundred of their most dedicated fans was clearly something special. But it was more than just a hometown gig. For most it was a full ‘weekend experience’ with lasting vibes, good food and, yes, enough revelry to match the expectations of everyone’s holiday island.
TAME IMPALA, KOI CHILD, LEURE Hotel Rottnest 27 Apr
clever wordplay and impressive flows, all backed up by a solid bass line, drum beat, and keys laced with some unforgettable trombone solos (not even joking, they were that good.) At dusk, Tame Impala took to the stage and immediately burst into an unexpectedly energetic version of It’s Not Meant To Be they were clearly going to give it their all and make this gig one to remember. Highlights from a very diverse set included Endors Toi, an extended version of Be Above It and an unexpected but equally brilliant Flaming Lips cover, Are You A Hypnotist? They went on to play a lasting twosong encore to a cheering crowd. Tame Impala brought their own mini-festival experience to Rottnest Island. Between the two equally diverse supporting
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beats, layered with nifty guitar work and whole bunch of her ominous vocals. It was a great scene, the entire crowd totally relaxed on the ground around the stage - beer flowing, smoke prominent. Leure left a lasting impression, a perfectly chosen opening act to set a unique vibe for the rest of the night. Next on were brand new jazz-fusion hip hop collective Koi Child, who played their second-ever gig to a rapidly growing crowd. Led by barspitting freestyling frontman Shannon Cruz Patterson, their stage presence was immediate. They genuinely felt like a band who’d been kicking around for years, every member of the seven-piece working together in complete harmony. Koi Child even managed to get a completely sedated crowd on their feet and grooving to some
acts, daytime setting and good vibes, they managed to create something truly memorable for their fans who were committed enough to stomach a 35-minute, vomitinducing ferry ride to a damp, windswept rock in the Indian Ocean. We’re proud to say they’re West Australian. Ashley Westwood
CLIENT LIAISON, BASTIAN’S HAPPY FLIGHT Amplif ier Bar 26 Apr Bastian’s Happy Flight began proceedings before an unfortunately small crowd,
live reviews nonetheless taking command of the stage with Come For The Early (Stay For The Late), which zooms right past the guilty pleasure field and lands solidly in golden pop territory. The crowd’s response was imminent rather than immediate, working itself into a collective groove which would only grow larger as the night went on. RELATIONSHIPDENIAL seemed to get those standing at the back and sussing out the situation into their stride, as Will Slade’s falsetto grooves combined with galactic synthwork encouraged movement within the room. You Keep Dancin’ showcased the band’s mastery of their crazily infectious ‘80s synth-pop sound, but that chapter seems to be coming to an end, as the band explained they’ll be heading in a new direction and hinted where with a new song. Judging by the reaction of the audience, the progression is an exciting prospect. Rather than coming across as a gimmicky niche band, Client
Liaison have written some charming tunes, the kind you don’t even have to be familiar with to fully appreciate live, and despite the large turnout, it did seem like there weren’t all that many die-hard fans in the audience. Regardless, the live mix was huge and the crowd seemed to really enjoy itself as the duo worked their infectious ‘80s disco-pop vibes, which would inspire everyone to pull out their more interesting dance moves throughout the night. The retro synth-pop style was sprinkled with absolute charm by both vocalist Monte Morgan and keyboardist Harvey Miller as they in reply busted out their best vintage dance grooves. If their fantastic hooks weren’t enough for the audience members, they would certainly be engrossed by Morgan’s hair, which was impeccably late ‘70s and made you wonder how he ever goes about his dayto-day business with it on his head. The duo played through songs old and new, their most recent tracks, That’s Desire
and Free Of Fear, garnering excited responses and an assurance that the band were heading in the right direction, while Feeling earned a buzz of recognition. They also played a number of nameless tracks that don’t seem to be available to the public, and there will have been plenty among the audience who will be keeping an ear open for them as it seems certain the band won over plenty of Perth hearts. Kane Sutton
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YOUNG & BEAUTIFUL
YOUNG & BEAUTIFUL Film
In cinemas 1 May On the eve of her 17th birthday, on a family holiday, Marine Vacth loses her virginity, removing it like some unwanted growth. “It’s done,” she says, dispassionately, to her pre-adolescent brother. “Don’t tell mum.” It’s a familiar first-time experience – awful, rushed, in a public place – that snaps something in her. No sooner is Vacth back in Paris than
she’s online, taking up a covert, after-class career as a high-class call-girl. It’s, to her mind, not so different to babysitting, although her bourgeois parents, despite their progressive pretensions, may vehemently disagree. François Ozon – in a work calling to mind his great early provocations, like See The Sea and Criminal Lovers – refuses to moralise or make motivations explicit; to paint hobbyist prostitution as either a coming-of-age journey or self-destructive downward spiral. Young & Beautiful is, instead, a portrait of the hyper-capitalist, forever-online now – of youth and beauty as cultural currency. Aided by the internet’s ease and capacity for anonymity, Vacth turns herself into a commodity, price-listed like eBay; her self-worth conflated with her financial worth. That the digital grid encodes her teenage transgressions for eternity makes this a 21st-century tale, but it’s less a portrait of sex work circa 2013 than of adolescents eternal; Ozon filming real 17-year-old students reciting Rimbaud’s nearly-150-year-
old poem Romance to-camera in a striking, defiant device. Anthony Carew
UNCLE JACK Theatre
The Blue Room to 10 May Ross Lonnie’s Uncle Jack strikes deep within the recesses of the heart with its compelling character study of a young pup named Doug (Ben Hall) sent to work on his uncle’s farm, a middle-aged man suffering from severe post-traumatic stress disorder (Quintin George). Hall shows impressive talent with his portrayal of Doug and his ability to seamlessly change into his father Bob. Quintin’s performance, however, is the highlight, both powerful and raw. His ability to talk quick-witted banter like a true blue Aussie and then pierce your soul with a PTSD episode will leave you begging for more. This switch in tones, supported by the great use of sound (Carley Gagliardi) can be sudden and violent, creating
a stark contrast of witty, playful dialogue with uncomfortable, stressful suffering. This, coupled with the small size of the theatre, makes for a claustrophobic and intense experience. During these moments, it can be just as emotive watching the change in the audience’s expression as they too try and deal with what’s going on. Amidst a seemingly endless slew of mindless blockbusters that tend to be more about spectacle than anything, here is escapism and entertainment that can also serve as a reminder of what it’s like to really feel something. Mason Dodds
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Can you give us a tweet-length summary of your show? Bizarre narrative about a morphine addict who accidentally ends the world. What was the last thing you couldn’t stop laughing at? Fancy Boys. A show in the Melbourne Comedy Festival featuring a psychic called ‘Destiny Choad’. What’s your favourite comedy f ilm and why? I love dumb American comedies, like Anchorman and Baseketball. It’s nice to indulge my inner idiot. What happened the last time you were heckled? The same thing that happened when I was bullied: I went into charm mode until we became friends. What profession do you think would provide the best comic material? Mercenary. When and where for your shows? War is on from 13 – 17 May at Astor Lounge. Website link for more info? facebook. com/officialmichaelworkman
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HOW TO EAT OUT FOR UNDER $10 Because when you’re hungry and the funds are low, there are still some decent options. Illustration Brendon Wellwood.
Depending on the severity of your hunger pangs, quantity can often trump quality; but luckily you won’t have to sacrifice either with Hare Krishna fare. This soul-friendly vegetarian Indian cuisine is often by donation and generally buffet, so spare what you can and pile up your plate with karmic salvation.
Hungry, potentially malnourished students, fear not; thou shalt not succumb to sickness this winter. Kick your immune system into overdrive with this Vietnamese staple. Full of herbs, spices, vegetables, flat rice noodles and chicken or sliced beef, pho is a bowl full of wallet friendly nutritional goodness.
PUB PARMA NIGHTS This classic Aussie counter meal is a far cry from its Italian eggplant descendent but no one can deny that it remains a delicious and often affordable, high-caloric hit of fats, protein and carbs. Parma is best served with its liquid counterpart, beer, so hit up your local for Pub Parma Nights, or if your local doesn’t do this, find a new one.
FIVE PEOPLE BRITISH INDIA WOULD LIKE TO HAVE A DRINK WITH Answered by Declan Melia. If I were able to have a beer with anyone from history, I would choose people who infamously enjoyed a tipple. It would be a waste to pick someone along the lines of Tom Cruise who would politely sip away on a low carb IPA, before making his excuses and vanishing into the dead of the night. Andre the Giant I would be a fool to think I could come close to being able to keep up with his legendary ability to put one away. The former wrestling legend was once known to put away 119 beers in six 30 • THE MUSIC • 30TH APRIL 2014
BURRITO The more modest, authentic kind consists of only one or two ingredients stuffed inside flour tortilla, but the bastardised, American version is super-sized and allows you to add all the trimmings, including sour cream, rice and guacamole. And hey, no need for cutlery that’ll slow you down.
hours. Just to see this monolithic legend slurping away on bottles of plum wine would have been a thing of beauty. Hank Williams Sr Choosing Hank Williams has a lot do with the romantic idea of the setting in which we could shared a cold one. Travelling around small town America in the back of a Cadillac passing a bottle of moonshine back and forward with the country legend. Fingers crossed the night wouldn’t end the same way as it did for poor old Hank on New Year’s Day, 1953. Vincent Van Gogh Picture drinking absinthe with a man who drank so much of it there is now a brand of it named after him. And this isn’t the watered-down, “Green Fairy” you get from liquor stores these days. This was stuff that would make you see deep beyond the human condition, and turn a boring landscape into a thing of beauty. Frank Sinatra Who could turn sinking piss with the Rat Pack? I don’t think there could be any more vibe than drinking fine scotch on ice whilst watching the chairman of the board and Dean Martin going toe-to-toe. The last on this dyspeptically bloated liver of a list is the most drunken duke of them all. Charles Bukowski We would start the night drinking cheap gut rot wine, and end the night hurling empty beer bottles against the wall of his squatty apartment cursing the insolence of the world outside. Win tickets to see British India play exclusive shows on the Coopers After Dark tour by going to coopersafterdark.com.au.
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THE JUICIST 425 North Beach Rd, Karrinyup thejuicist.com.au Answered by: Daniel Grochowski
What is the best aspect of having your business mobile? The ability to tell our story to lots of people at a variety of places. What is an ingredient you couldn’t live without? Why? Lemon. Good
organic lemons grown in great soils are an awesome alkaliser and help to keep juices ALIVE before you drink them up! What food fad do you see being popularised next? Fun, simple food will move to greater strength and food vans will continue rock on! We’re also seeing a move towards local, sustainable and well farmed seasonal food. There’s lots more to explore with fermentation as well. What is your dream festival to cater for? We would love to take some of our production on the road with one
of the touring festivals. Laneway or Blues ‘N’ Roots... Burning Man wouldn’t be bad either!
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Who is serving/cooking and what makes them special? Adeline juice girl serving up beautiful smiles and amazing coffee... and Arlo, our one-year-old juice boy with the green moustache. Where do you eat out? Mary St Bakery for brekky. Solomon’s for lunch. Bivouac for dinner. What should I order when you pull up? Green Juice and a Hot Shot (ginger, lemon, honey and cayenne).
Where to get aforementioned cheap-but-good eats in your town. Curry Laksa Some enthusiasts will say Papa Wok in West Perth has the best laksa in town. Others will swear by Tak Chee House, although they’re more famous for their chicken rice. Pho
GREENHOUSE – 100 ST GEORGES TCE, PERTH Of the unique structure of the Greenhouse building didn’t catch your attention, maybe their food or the serene atmosphere inside will. With a focus on organic food and sustainability, Greenhouse is serving up plates with fresh ingredients straight from the garden. Popular dishes include wild mushrooms, slow cooked eggs and grilled polenta; crab congee; the kangaroo dish; lemon myrtle creme brulee; and pork rillette. They’ve also got a simple but attractive list of house drinks and cocktails (Apriscotch, anyone?) so that just about covers all of your breakfast, lunch and dinner needs. greenhouseperth.com
You should know the “24-hour pho place’, i.e U & I Cafe in Northbridge. Word is that Mama Tran in the CBD can dish out the pho too. Burrito Zapata’s: with two locations in Fremantle and Northbridge, you’ll be sure to get your fix of hearty burrito here. Pub Parma
CHIME RESTAURANT 210 Lake St, Northbridge hotelnorthbridge.com. au/chime-restaurant Answered by: Jemma Keenan What’s one food you can’t live without? Chocolate, forever and always. What is an ingredient you couldn’t live without? Peri Peri seasoning... I would eat it on everything
if I could. What food fad do you see being popularised next? The cronut; how could you resist? What’s the design/ atmosphere of your restaurant? Our atmosphere is a welcoming casual bistro style restaurant. You can bring the family down on Wednesday nights for a kids eat free deal or spend a romantic
Rosemount Hotel is not only great for music, but they do a Thursday night parma, chips and salad special for $12. Sail And Anchor do a huge parma for $15 too.
Saturday evening with your loved one. Who is serving/cooking and what makes them special? Our head chef Simon really understands what good, simple and great tasting food is all about. We always aim to have people leave with a full and satisfied belly, dreaming about their next great meal at Chime. Where do you eat out? We love all sorts of places, but the new tapas restaurant in Currambine, Basq, is a fave. And for something a little different you
can’t go past Miss Kitty’s Saloon. What should I order when I come down? Our must try dish is the Rocky Reef Salad.
Govinda’s Restaurant in Northbridge immediately springs to mind; the food there is raved about. There’s also Annalakshmi, overlooking the Swan, which gets pretty packed so get in early.
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opinion MODERATELY HIGHBROW ARTS, CULTURE AND THE INBETWEEN WITH CAM FINDLAY A little while back, I mentioned my mates’ plan to get me drunk and throw me onto a stand-up stage, all the while filming the results. While they seem to have a lot of faith in me (or none, depending on how you look at it), I still stand by the opinion that comedy should be left to the professionals, the semiprofessionals and the people who are pretty sure they’re going to get far enough into their career that they won’t have to be arrested for public indecency just to make an impact on stage. On that note, the Perth Comedy Festival is just around the corner. Well, tomorrow, actually, and running ‘til 18 May. It’s absolutely stuffed full of comedic majesty, with stalwarts like Bob Downe, Tom Gleeson, Hannah Gadsby, Frank Woodley and Steven K Amos, then great locals like Tien Tran and Sean Conway – who have both picked up Raw Comedy awards in the past – to international stars like offensive puppeteer Jeff Dunham, New York-based edgy dude Wil Sylvince and family TV show dad-turned-some kind of hybrid between George Carlin and Rodney Rude, Bob Saget (Is Steven K Amos officially Australian now? I don’t know). Of course, there’s the usual weird shit as well. El Jaguar blends two of the greatest cultural experiences available, comedy and luchadore (i.e. Mexican wrestling) into one show. If you’ve ever watched WWE before, you know that professional wrestling and comedy go hand-in-hand. There’s a whole lot more as well, so make sure to grab a program – they’re around – and get your laughing hat ready. I think that’s a thing.
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METAL AND HARD ROCK WITH CHRIS MARIC
COMIC BOOK ACTION WITH GARETH BIRD Saturday 3 May sees the arrival of the biggest day on the comic book calendar, Free Comic Book Day! Every year, comic stores across the globe join together to celebrate the medium with a host of parties, giveaways, cosplay and the like, and Perth is certainly no different.
By the time you read this week’s Heavy Shit I should be winding down the Euro tour and hopefully end it with a few days in London, a place that’s overloaded with metal goodness and opportunity. I was there for a day last week before heading into the spectacular North Wales countryside (I’m surprised it hasn’t inspired more Welsh metal; then again, there’s no fucker here!) I met up with some friends at Camden’s Underworld, a place all metal heads should visit once. Camden itself is like Newtown on mega roids with the market as its focus and anything you want available. Goths would lose their minds at the clothes you can get! The Underworld and the adjoining Worlds End Pub have seen more metal action than probably any venue in the UK and although it’s not, it feels purpose-built to house our brethren, much like the Crobar, kinda near Leicester Square, which I plan to drop into too. I heard the Kreator/Death Angel double-header that recently ripped through town was a demonstration in thrash perfection and I’ve no doubt it was. The old guard is still the best and only improves with age it seems. I know a guy out on tour with Motorhead in the US at the moment who says you just can’t keep Lemmy down; the guy truly is unstoppable. I’ve also bought a couple of Iron Maiden’s Trooper Ales on my travels, a nice zesty one I’m sure the beer nerds in Lord would love to bits. It was two pounds a bottle, roughly $3.80, and shows just how expensive Australia is when the same thing is about $12 from specialist beer shops. I bought mine from Tesco’s (the
equivalent of Coles) so it’s hardly a deluxe item. Everything is much cheaper here, except for fuel, but then again, no one drives very far over here. Fuck import tariffs! The biggest news story to hit has been the announcement of Malcolm Young’s temporary sidelining from AC/DC. To be honest, I don’t think it’s actually much of a story. The band hardly does hundreds of shows a year anymore and takes longer than Metallica to release albums these days so he could’ve easily just kept quiet about his health issues and returned to the band when he was fit enough and I doubt anyone would’ve noticed. The band aren’t a limelight-loving entity so media aren’t keeping constant tabs on what they do off the road so yeah, would anyone have really noticed a two-year gap? It’s awesome that fans have shown so much support and who wouldn’t want the guys to be fighting fit for as long as possible but after 40 years, the guy deserves to do whatever he wants, including retire if he so chooses. Their legacy is already long set in stone so if they bowed out now or at anytime in the last ten years, they would’ve gone out the legends they are. The postponed Toxic Holocaust/ Skeletonwitch tour that was due to happen last week and was unfortunately stopped dead by a serious ear infection suffered by Joel Grind of Toxic H has been rescheduled for mid to late November, giving him time to recover from what is apparently quite serious hearingsaving surgery. Skeletonwitch can’t make those dates so Iron Regan have been brought in to complete the bill. email@example.com
The biggest draw of Free Comic Book Day is that all the publishing companies, no matter how large or small, print special one-off titles designed to both say thanks to their readers and get people excited about upcoming storylines. Marvel is taking the opportunity to promote their newest big screen stars, Guardians Of The Galaxy, whilst DC Comics are giving us a sneak peek at their impending weekly title, Future’s End. This will involve a crossover throughout the DC universe, featuring a host of well known characters and less famous characters such as Grifter and Firestorm. The idea behind these titles is that if you’re brand new to the world of comics, you can get a fresh entry point that will hook you straight away. Personally, my favourite part of FCBD is it caters to readers of all ages. Everyone’s welcome, and there’s a book to suit every level of fandom. Avatar: The Last Airbender, Spongebob, Transformers Vs GI Joe, Hello Kitty, Adventure Time, Valiant Universe, Teen Titans Go!, manga and independent books…. The list goes on and on. Make sure you get in early to avoid missing your dose of free comic goodness! COMICZONE’S BOOKS OF THE WEEK: Elektra; Batman Vs Bane; Amazing Spider-Man; Original Sin; Southern Bastards
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WE’LL NEVER BE ROYALS Jumping on the Royal Family bandwagon, Peter Alexander have launched their new pyjama line with a family of royal impersonators. Yes, their existence is just as baffling as the Royal Family’s.
90 MINUTES OF FAME
BLONDE ON BLONDE
Mandurah’s Toucan Club has a new night called You’re Welcome, set to prove that the city’s southern sibling does have chops to prove in the club scene. ShockOne is returning home to play a special set on 3 May, with a bunch of other special treats.
After a sold out 16-show extended season at Fringe World and a comedy award nomination, Famous Sharron is back on the bus again, letting you in on all the debauched goss throughout the city from 1 – 18 May.
Some Blonde DJ might well be, well, some blonde DJ, but that doesn’t mean her sets are anything to ignore: jacking bass, deep house, rapid techno and more are all on offer. Find out for yourself when she heads to Parker on 3 May and Niche Bar, 4 May.
From a classical background to bedroom social media star to international sensation, M4SONIC has had a whirlwind 18 months. This Aussie is the master of mash-ups, live remixes and original productions, and now heads to Parker on 2 May.
Following on from the release of their debut self-titled EP last year, Patient Little Sister will be launching their new single What A Fool I Am at Moana Coffee on 3 May. Childsaint and Husband support.
Bex & Turin’s Wide Open Mic night continues it’s big ol’ roll on 6 May, with even more local up-and-coming acts gracing the stage and showing you what theylre made of. If you want to get involved, email turin. email@example.com.
IT’S A TRAP! Dust off your best puns as 4 May is almost upon us.
GAME ON Byron Bay post-hardcore fivepiece In Hearts Wake released an environmentally conscious video game last week. If that wasn’t awesome enough, it’s anti-Abbott. Vote IHW.
IN HEARTS WAKE VIDEO GAME SCREEN
The host of The Block, Scott Cam, took out the Golden Logie for Most Popular TV Personality on Sunday night. Really? That’s the best we have to offer?!
Fledgling stars Fred Vahrman and Josh Jackson, aka Fred V & Grafix, signed to Hospital in 2011, and like most of their labelmates have not let up in the last couple of years. Hear them tear it down at Villa on 3 May. Moshtix for tickets.
Hailing from Chicago, instrumental trio Russian Circles have spent the last decade crafting their own niche atmospheric and entrancing take on heavy music. They return to WA, playing The Rosemount Hotel on 2 May.
The Perch Creek Family Jugband have announced the arrival of their second studio album, Jumping On The Highwire. Always defying expectations, the five-piece launch the Wonderland ride at Fly By Night on 2 May.
LAY DOWN YOUR GANZ
Local singer-songwriter Tashi might be something of a phenom. She gave herself a year to write and record her debut EP, Gratitude, but it’s only taken three months, and it’s pretty bloody great, Hear it in the Gardens Stage at Hyde Park on 4 May.
From humble beginnings back in 2006, when five friends decided to slap a reggae night together, Fisherman Style has become one of Perth’s most unique and iconic dance nights. Help them celebrate eight years on 2 May at Mojos.
The weirdness just does not stop. Largely because Get Weird won’t let it, but then that’s their name. This time they’re bringing Dutch bass monster Ganz to Gilkison’s on 2 May. Basil Zemplys, Palaces, Leon Osborn and more support.
Sad news with the reported passing of the legendary DJ Rashad last weekend. The world has lost one of its most influential underground DJs and producers.
STEADY EDDY Eddie McGuire let the C-bomb slip during Big Week In Footy over the weekend. He was probably still upset by the Golden Logie winner.
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Hard-earned respect from your peers is a rare commodity but Huxley, aka Michael Dodman, has it in spades. Since his late teens he’s been producing; he’ll show how far he’s come at Geisha Bar on 3 May. Geishabar.com.au for tickets.
April is all set to be a crazy awesome month for everyone’s favourite Indie Punk duo Lionizer. The ultra-tight two-piece have just released their debut EP, and they tie up a national tour at Flyrite on 2 May. $10 entry.
Armada Music is a name that needs no introduction: it’s the home of some massive talent. On 3 May, Armada Night hits the Metro City stage with Andrew Rayel, MaRLo (pictured) and more.
TIDE IS HIGH
Private Island Music, a new music and management company, is kicking off locally, and to launch themselves they’re hosting three “buzz” bands. Catch Aborted Tortoise, Childs Play and The Ghetto Crystals at The Odd Fellow on 3 May.
If you like blues, roots and folk music, then this one here’s probably right up your alley. Join Tracey Barnett, Matt Cal, Rachel Dillon and Jordan McRobbie at The Swan Lounge on 3 May. Tickets $10 on the door.
Take a break from the working week and enter a world of colour and light when The Lammas Tide get their psych on, along with Silver Hills, Kashikoi and Delay Delay. $5 on the door from 8pm.
IN THE KEY OF…
A FRIEND INDEED
ANTICS IN YOUR PANTS
To celebrate the launch of his debut EP Holograms, Oscar Key Sung is heading on a nationwide tour. A pretty standout indie talent in a time and place full of indie talent, he heads along to The Bird on 1 May.
Mitchell Freind is a singersongwriter originally from Dowerin, Western Australia. Also a member of the band Hostile Little Face, Freind’s solo work is more dialled-back and intimate. Get a taste when he launches his EP at Ya Ya’s on 3 May.
On 3 May, The Claremont Hotel sees Antics – a night of live indie bands and DJs, featuring the top crop of local up’n’comers and old guards to get your weekend going. This week, catch The Morning Night and Three Hands One Hoof.
HOUSE OF THE HOMELESS
JAZZ NOT WAR
RAW is an indie arts organisation for artists, by artists. They’ve hand-selected around 30 artists to showcase film, fashion, music, visual art, photography, performance art and more at The Bakery on 2 May. Rawartists.org for tickets.
Happening for the first time this year, Manna Inc. is bringing Homeless For A Night to the streets of Perth. Aimed to increase awareness of the homeless in our community, it happens at Ascot Raceway on 3 May.
Intended to unite communities, schools and other groups all over the world to celebrate the art of jazz, UNESCO World Jazz Day is on 30 Apr, and The Ellington are celebrating the fact with a whole bunch of homegrown talent playing on the night.
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FREE COMIC BOOK DAY the last couple of years; it seems to be either getting people to download comics, or alternately search out a ‘real’ copy. Piracy has been a huge issue since before digital comics were introduced.
TOM BALLARD Can you give us a tweetlength summary of your show? A 1995 family holiday infused with incisive political and social commentary on national identity, i.e. a family slideshow with dick jokes. How do you unwind after a show? After the applause has died down and all the breasts have been signed, I tend to swab my sweat patches, change shirts and either grab a drink with a friend or family member I’ve guilted into coming to the show or go see another comic’s show to steal ideas.
a thing in the world, it’s up for grabs. The darker the topic, the stronger the laugh has to be. Is there anyone else in the festival you’re hanging out to see? Heaps! My friends Rhys Nicholson and Ray Badran and Tien Tran and the Breakout Comedy guys are all fully worth seeing. I’ll race you for tickets. When and where for your shows? UnAustralian(ish) is on from 7 – 10 May at Mt Lawley Bowling Club. Website link for more info? tomballard.com.au
Answered by: Keith McCrackan (owner of Quality Comics) What sparked your initial interest in comic books? I was given a Spider Man collection when I was five years old, the characters resonated and 40 years later I’m still hooked. Is there a particular genre dominating the market right now? Adult-oriented, creatorowned series like Walking Dead, Saga and Revival are the leaders in the comic market, with Superhero comics still doing reasonable business. Are digital comics threatening local comic book stores? Digital comics have actually assisted us in
Do you have any topics you avoid making jokes about? Nope! If it’s
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FISHERMAN STYLE Answered By: Sean Wootton Why should punters come to your event? Fisherman style is a reggae/dancehall event with great vibes and great people held in one of the best venues in Perth, Mojos Bar. Always packed and full of vibes, the first Friday of every month is a must! What’s the history of the event? Fisherman Style started eight years ago by a group of friends to showcase the best reggae and dancehall music, and it’s kept going from then. Any advice for f irst-timers? As long as you’re not wearing thongs come as you wish.
You just need a smile on your dial, dancing shoes and to leave your aggro at the door! Million Styles, Gappy Ranks and Mista Savona did! Do you have any plans for the event in the future? We’re looking to showcase more international shows in the future, especially with the other milestone of 100 shows rearing its head in October. Apart from that, we don’t mess with too much. It’s worked for eight years! When and where is your next event? 2 May sees us celebrate Fisherman Style’s eighth birthday bash with a massive local lineup.
What effect is the resurgence of superhero f ilms having on the comic book industry? Movies, television and video games have all led to an increase in popularity of many comic book characters and series. A lot of this interest has led to increased sales of pop culture items, such as action figures and statues. The interest hasn’t always crossed over to comics, but the characters are much more visible. What’s your personal all-time favourite comic and why? My absolute favourite comic ever is Swamp Thing #2: The Anatomy Lesson. It was the first Alan Moore comic I came into contact with, and my mind was blown forever. Free Comic Book Day takes place on 3 May at Quality Comics and select comic stores.
MITCHELL FREIND EP title? Falling With Style How many releases do you have now? Just this one. I’ve had releases in a few different bands, but this is my debut as a solo artist. Was anything in particular inspiring you during the making? I just wanted to make something honest. It’s pretty easy to get swept up in the idea of ‘making it’. Releasing the EP for free was my insurance to make sure the music stayed genuine.
We’ll like this EP if we like... Paul Dempsey, Frank Turner, City & Colour, Thrice, Ryan Adams. I like a fair bit of heavier music too, but I’m not sure if that really shows on this EP. When and where is your launch/ next gig? 3 May, Ya Ya’s. I’m very lucky to have Trav & Jay and Tourist supporting me so it should be a great night. Website link for more info? facebook.com/ MitchellFreindArtist
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THE MUSIC PRESENTS LIONIZER: MAY 2, Flyrite BLISS N ESO: MAY 2, Signal Park, Busselton; MAY 3, Wellington Square ELLA HOOPER: MAY 8, Artbar
Jen de Ness : Albion Hotel, Cottesloe
FRENTE, MAPLES: JUN 7, Astor Theatre
Wil Sylvince: Astor Theatre (Astor Lounge), Mount Lawley
JEFF LANG: JUN 7, Fly By Night; JUN 8, Ravenswood Hotel
The Mojos: Balmoral, East Victoria Park Mike Nayar: Belgian Beer Cafe, Perth
DUNE RATS: JUN 13, Mojo’s; JUN 13, Amplifier
THE JUNGLE GIANTS: MAY 9, Rosemount Hotel
Electrophobia: Belmont Tavern, Cloverdale
YEO: JUN 14, Causeway Bar; JUN 15, Indi Bar
THE JEZEBELS: MAY 9, Astor Theatre
LITTLE BASTARD: JUN 19, Prince Of Wales Hotel, Bunbury; JUN 20, Settlers Tavern, Margaret River; JUN 21, Mojo’s
THE DISAPPOINTED: MAY 9, Settlers Tavern, Margaret Tavern; MAY 16, Prince Of Wales, Bunbury; MAY 17, The White Star Hotel, Albany; MAY 30, Rosemount Hotel
VIOLENT SOHO, THE SMITH STREET BAND: JUL 3, The Bakery
GIG OF THE WEEK BLISS N ESO: 3 MAY, WELLINGTON SQUARE
Ross Lowe: Brighton Hotel, Mandurah
Quiz Night + Various: Albion Hotel, Cottesloe
Karaoke: Brooklands Tavern, Southern River
Ade Payne: Brook Bar & Bistro, Ellenbrook
Comedy Night + Various Artists: Charles Hotel, North Perth
Light Street: Brooklands Tavern, Southern River
MKTO + Taylor Henderson: Crown Perth (Crown Theatre), Burswood
Frenzy: Carine Glades Tavern, Duncraig
THE AUDREYS: JUL 4, Fly By Night
THE DECLINE: MAY 17, Rosemount Hotel
REMI: JUL 4, The Bakery
The Academy Hawaiian Luau Party with + Sienna Skies + Finders + Dropbears + Exanimis: Amplifier Bar, Perth
SOMETHING FOR KATE: JUL 4, Astor Theatre
Sugar Blue Burlesque: Brass Monkey Hotel, Northbridge
THE WHITE ALBUM TOUR: JUL 26, Riverside Theatre
Open Mic Night with + Shaun Street: Carine Glades Tavern, Duncraig
NORTHLANE: MAY 28, Fly By Night; 29 MAY, Capitol THE BEARDS: MAY 28, The Pier Hotel, Esperance; MAY 29, The White Star, Albany; 30 May, Settler’s Tavern, Margaret River; 31 May, The Prince Of Wales, Bunbury; JUN 1, Astor Theatre OUR MAN IN BERLIN: MAY 30, Amplifier
Trivia: Charles Hotel, North Perth ONGOING: GIGNITION: Upcoming band showcases 4-8pm last Sunday of each month at The Railway Hotel BEX ‘N’ TURIN’S OPEN MIC NIGHT: 8pm-late every Tuesday at Rosemount Hotel
Next Gen + Various DJs: Metropolis, Fremantle Newport Wednesdays Student Night + Various DJs: Newport Hotel, Fremantle DJ-Jeong + Boost Hero Man + Kaminari Knight + Tanaya Harper: Rosemount Hotel (459 Bar), North Perth Hamjam DJs + Stephen Bell: The Bird, Northbridge
Collusion with + Pete Rock + DJ Premier + Special Guests: Capitol, Perth
Monarch + Various DJs: Ambar (10pm), Perth Say Cheese! + Various DJs: Metropolis, Fremantle M4Sonic + Not So Hot + Axen + Franchina: Parker Nightclub, Perth
Open Mic Night with + Kris Buckle: Dunsborough Tavern, Dunsborough Night Cap Session + The Hounds: Ellington Jazz Club (7pm), Perth
Chet Leonard’s Bingoteque: Clancys Fish Pub, Fremantle
Greg Carter: Gate Bar & Bistro, Success
5 Shots: Crown Perth (Groove Bar), Burswood
Justin Burford: Grand Central, Perth
Boy & Bear + Patrick James: Divers Tavern, Cable Beach
James Wilson : Lucky Shag, Perth
James Reyne: Friends Restaurant, Perth
Matt Gresham + Guests: Mojo’s Bar, North Fremantle The Domnicks: Mustang Bar, Northbridge
James Wilson : Chase Bar & Bistro, Baldivis Jeanie Proude: Citro Bar, Perth Little Teardrops Band + Craig Pickett + Phillip WalleyStack + Knowledge Bones: Civic Backroom, Inglewood DJ Boogie: Clancys Canning Bridge, Applecross Squid & Angus Diggs: Clancys Fish Pub, Fremantle The Russell Holmes Trio: Clancys Fish Pub, City Beach Michelle Spriggs Trio: Clancys Fish Pub, Dunsborough Fiona Lawe Davies 3: Como Hotel, Como
Bernardine: Greenwood Hotel, Greenwood Howie Morgan : Lucky Shag, Perth
Open Mic Night with + Turin: Ocean One Bar, Scarborough
Mojo’s Blues Club with + Luke Dux + Todd Pickett + The Bonekickers + Matt Waring: Mojo’s Bar, North Fremantle
Hannah Mae & The Hoodwinks + Holly Norman + Sam Wylde: Rosemount Hotel (459 Bar), North Perth
Jordan McRobbie + Fabian Rojos: Moon Cafe, Northbridge
Dianas + The Flower Drums + Rabbit Island + The Fortunados: Rosemount Hotel, North Perth
Joe & Sams RnB Birthday Jam + Rachel Claudio: Ellington Jazz Club, Perth
Brazil Night with + Xoxote: Ocean One Bar, Scarborough
Open Mic Night with + Claire Warnock: Settlers Tavern, Margaret River
Howie Morgan : Empire Bar, Rivervale
Jamie Stevens + Optomal + Paul Devins: Matches Lounge Bar & Cafe, Northbridge
Delay Delay + The Lammas Tide + Kashikoi + Silver Hills: Rosemount Hotel, North Perth
Shotdown From Sugartown: Swallow Bar, Maylands
Armada Night + Andrew Rayel + Jorn Van Deynhoven + Mario: Metro City, Northbridge
Open Mic Night with + Greg Carter: Swinging Pig, Rockingham
Some Blonde DJ + Troy Division + Paul Scott + Wasteland + Jackness: Parker Nightclub (10pm), Perth
Penny King Trio: The Laneway Lounge, Perth
Japan 4 feat. + Mo’Fly + Micah + Dead Easy + Philly Blunt + Tee EL: Ambar (10pm), Perth Father + HIPHOPTRAPJERSEY + PurpleNote4APurpleDrank + Free Throws: Flyrite (9pm), Northbridge
Pump: Mustang Bar, Northbridge
DJ Peas: Swallow Bar, Maylands
Little Lord Street + Jacob Diamond + Emily Joy Cribb: The Paddo, Mt Hawthorn
Sampology: The East End Bar, Fremantle
Retrofit: Universal Bar, Northbridge
Fred V & Grafix + Ekko & Sidetrack + Gracie & Systym + Dvise & Maker + more: Villa Nightclub, Perth
Singer Songwriters Showcase with + Darryn Foote + Paul Davies: X-Wray Cafe, Fremantle
Day-Woo + Various DJs: Flyrite (3pm), Northbridge
Giggidy + Various Artists: Ya Ya’s, Northbridge
Wil Sylvince: Astor Theatre (Astor Lounge), Mount Lawley
Oscar Key Sung + Mei Saraswati + Sid Pattni: The Bird, Northbridge A Crawl To Now + James Reyne: The Deck Marina Bar, Busselton Howie Morgan Project: The Deen, Northbridge Jessie Gordon Duo: The Laneway Lounge, Perth The KNiKi + Mike Beale Project + Amber Foxx + The Pistol Packin’ Daddies: The Northshore Tavern, Hillarys Off the Record: Universal Bar, Northbridge The Jack Doepel Quartet: X-Wray Cafe, Fremantle Sly Withers + Rum Punch + Segue Safari + Elise Hudspith: Ya Ya’s, Northbridge
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James Reyne: Charles Hotel, North Perth
Open Mic + Various Artists: Newport Hotel (The Tiki Beat Bar), Fremantle
CLUB GUIDE Harlem Wednesdays + Genga + Peter Payne + Pussymittens + Benny P + Various DJs: Capitol (10pm), Perth
Jack & Jill : Crown Perth (Lobby Lounge), Burswood
Lightening Jack: Clancys Canning Bridge, Applecross
Night Cap Session: Ellington Jazz Club, Perth
IN HEARTS WAKE: JUN 4, YMCA HQ; JUN 5, Amplifier
Acoustic Aly: Brass Monkey Hotel, Northbridge Karaoke: Brass Monkey Hotel, Northbridge
ARCTIC MONKEYS: MAY 13, Perth Arena
DZ DEATHRAYS, PALMS, FOAM: MAY 22, Prince Of Wales, Bunbury; MAY 24, Amplifier; MAY 25, Newport Hotel
Pretty Fly : Best Drop Tavern, Kalamunda
MKTO: Crown Perth (Crown Theatre), Burswood Hi-NRG: Crown Perth (Groove Bar), Burswood Cuddles: Dunsborough Tavern, Dunsborough Adam James: East 150 Bar, Ascot
The Perch Creek Family Jugband: Fly By Night, Fremantle Lionizer + Axe Girl + Rag n Bone + Flowermouth + Yian Solo: Flyrite, Northbridge Choppa Duo: Gate Bar & Bistro, Success Vanerty Brothers: Gosnells Hotel, Gosnells Ryan Webb: Greenwood Hotel, Greenwood Chill Divine: Herdsman Lake Tavern, Wembley Justin Cortorillo: Hyde Park Hotel, North Perth Ben Merito: Indian Ocean Brewing Company, Mindarie Leah Grant: Inn Mahogany Creek, Mahogany Creek Vendetta: Kalamunda Hotel, Kalamunda Retriofit: M On The Point, Mandurah
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May The Fourth Be With You feat. + Vice Versa + The Sweet Apes + Lowlight + Alex The Kid: Civic Backroom, Inglewood
Siren & Assassin: Swinging Pig, Rockingham
Karaoke Classic with + Steve Parkin: Newport Hotel, Fremantle
The Zydecats: Clancys Fish Pub, Fremantle
Howie Morgan Project: The Saint, Innaloo
Mad Agents: Ocean One Bar, Scarborough
The Limelights Jazz Trio: Clancys Fish Pub (Breakfast), City Beach
Retrofit: Universal Bar, Northbridge
Siren Song Enterprises: Peel Ale House, Halls Head Tandem: Port Kennedy Tavern, Rockingham
CITIZEN KAY: 3 MAY, AMPLIFIER; 4 MAY, NEWPORT HOTEL
Kings of the North: Prince of Wales, Bunbury
The Shops + Joni In The Moon: X-Wray Cafe, Fremantle
Desert Bells: Ocean One Bar, Scarborough
Siren & Assassin: Quarie Bar & Bistro, Hammond Park
Chainsaw Hookers + The New Husseins + Creature + King Crime: Ya Ya’s, Northbridge
Stu McKay: Port Kennedy Tavern, Rockingham
Kings of the North: Rocket Room, Northbridge Russian Circles + Tangled Thoughts Of Leaving + Drowning Horse: Rosemount Hotel, North Perth Tenderhooks + The Coalminers Sect + The JAC + City Views: Rosemount Hotel (459 Bar), North Perth Howie Morgan Duo: Sail & Anchor, Fremantle Rastarix: Settlers Tavern, Margaret River Bliss N Eso + Horrorshow + Seth Sentry + Ceekay Jones: Signal Park, Busselton Karaoke with + Robbie King: South St Ale House, Hilton Lakeside + Lifespan + The Right Way Up + Ben Elliot: Swan Hotel (Basement), North Fremantle Greg Carter: Swinging Pig, Rockingham Mudlark + Ben Witt + Kucka + The Many Guises of Rod Stewart + more: The Bird, Northbridge Big Steve Spouse Band: The Highway Hotel, Bunbury Why Georgia + Amanda Dee: The Laneway Lounge, Perth Blackbirds: The Principle Micro Brewery, Midland Nightmoves: Universal Bar, Northbridge Jonny Dempsey: Vic, Subiaco Masketta Fall + Avastera + The Sweet Apes + I, Said The Sparrow + Finders: Villa Nightclub, Perth Leon Tioke: Wintersun Hotel, Geraldton
Citizen Kay + Tkay Maidza + Special Guests: Amplifier Bar, Perth
Kings of the North: Prince of Wales, Bunbury DJ Eugene: Quarie Bar & Bistro, Hammond Park Darkenium + Cold Fate + Weapons + Amidst The Broken + Constructs: Rosemount Hotel, North Perth
Rastarix: Clancys Fish Pub, Dunsborough Ansell & Fretall: Como Hotel, Como
Luke O’Connell: Wanneroo Tavern, Wanneroo Jonny Dempsey: Whistling Kite, Secret Harbour
Thierryno: Crown Perth (Lobby Lounge), Burswood
John Bannister + The Charisma Brothers: X-Wray Cafe (4pm), Fremantle
Kris Buckle: Dunsborough Tavern, Dunsborough
Click Brown Fox: X-Wray Cafe (7pm), Fremantle
Young Women In Jazz + WAYJO Swing Jazz: Ellington Jazz Club (3pm), Perth David Hyams + The Miles To Go Band: Ellington Jazz Club (6pm), Perth
Wire Birds: Brass Monkey Hotel, Northbridge
Frank G: Gosnells Hotel, Gosnells
Salt Shaker Sundays with + DJ Boogie + The Salt Shaker Selectors: Clancys Fish Pub (Afternoon), City Beach
Steve Parkin: Hyde Park Hotel (Courtyard), North Perth
Trinity College Jazz: Ellington Jazz Club, Perth
The Gypsy Minions: Sail & Anchor, Fremantle
Retriofit: Indian Ocean Brewing Company, Mindarie
The Reggae Club feat. + Various DJs: Bar Orient, Fremantle
Tony Land Electric: Settlers Tavern, Margaret River
The Mojos: Kalamunda Hotel, Kalamunda
Perth International Comedy Festival Showcase + Various Artists: Fly By Night, Fremantle
In The Groove: Bentley Hotel, Bentley
Luke O’Connell: Springs Tavern, Beechboro
James Wilson : Boab Tavern, High Wycombe Tandem: Brook Bar & Bistro, Ellenbrook
Tracey Barnett + Jordan McRobbie + Matt Cal + Rachel Dillon: Swan Hotel (Lounge), North Fremantle
Tashi + Timothy Nelson + David Craft: Kings Park (Botanical Gardens), West Perth
Craig Ballantyne: Carine Glades Tavern, Duncraig
Frenzy: Swinging Pig, Rockingham
Santana & Divinyls Tribute: Charles Hotel, North Perth
Long Gone Midnight + more: The Bird, Northbridge
Zemlja: Civic Backroom, Inglewood
Miami + Trevor Jalla : The Laneway Lounge, Perth
Rae & Natalie May: Clancys Canning Bridge, Applecross
Huge: The Shed, Northbridge
Wil Sylvince: Astor Theatre (Astor Lounge), Mount Lawley Sammy J & Randy: Astor Theatre, Mount Lawley Wesley Goodlet Jamboree Scouts: Balmoral, East Victoria Park
Jordan McRobbie + Elli Schoen: Clancys Fish Pub, Fremantle Antics feat. + Three Hands One Hoof: Claremont Hotel, Claremont Joe Camilleri + Richard Clapton + Russell Morris + Leo Sayer: Crown Perth (Crown Theatre), Burswood Steve Spouse: Dunsborough Tavern, Dunsborough
The Pissedcolas + Shit Narnia + Delay Delay + Beau Jones: Rosemount Hotel (459 Bar), North Perth
Soul Corporation: Universal Bar, Northbridge Bliss N Eso + Horrorshow + Seth Sentry + Ceekay Jones: Wellington Square, Perth
The Swintones: X-Wray Cafe, Fremantle
Dean Anderson: Lucky Shag, Perth
Big Tommo’s Open Mic Variety Night: Ya Ya’s, Northbridge
Kings of the North + The Devil Rides Out + Brutus: Mojo’s Bar, North Fremantle Citizen Kay + Tkay Maidza + Special Guests: Newport Hotel, Fremantle Sunday Sessions + Timothy Nelson: Newport Hotel, Fremantle DJ G Martin: Ocean One Bar (2.30pm), Scarborough
Lee Kernaghan + The Wolfe Brothers: Albany Entertainment Centre, Albany Origin + A Million Dead Birds Laughing + Eternal Rest + King Parrot + DeathFuckingCunt + Dawn of Leviathan: Amplifier Bar (18 + ), Perth
One Trick Phonies: Ocean View Tavern, Nowergup
Jack & Jill : Crown Perth (Groove Bar), Burswood
Keira Jane: Peel Ale House, Halls Head
Hans Fiance: Crown Perth (Lobby Lounge), Burswood
Greg Carter: Port Kennedy Tavern, Rockingham
Ms Paula: Ellington Jazz Club, Perth
The Gypsy Minions: Quarie Bar & Bistro, Hammond Park
Ben Merito: Lucky Shag, Perth
Greg Carter: Gate Bar & Bistro, Success
Andrew Winton: Balmoral, East Victoria Park
Huxley: Geisha Bar, Northbridge
Light Street: Beaumaris Sports Club, Iluka
Karaoke: Lakers Tavern, Thornlie
Wesley Goodlet Jamboree Scouts: Lakers Tavern, Thornlie
Mitchell Friend + Tourist + Trav & Jay: Ya Ya’s, Northbridge
Sammy J & Randy: Astor Theatre, Mount Lawley
Karaoke: Kalamunda Hotel, Kalamunda
Trivia: Rosemount Hotel, North Perth
Open Mic Night with + Shaun Street: Brass Monkey Hotel, Northbridge
TLA Quartet + Hi-Jinx + Lockout: Fly By Night, Fremantle
Afterglow: Hyde Park Hotel, North Perth
Wide Open Mic: Mojo’s Bar, North Fremantle
Tahnee: Ocean One Bar (6pm), Scarborough
Wil Sylvince: Astor Theatre (Astor Lounge), Mount Lawley
Passionworks: Greenwood Hotel, Greenwood
Choppa Duo: Gate Bar & Bistro, Success
DJ Jiminy Kickit: X-Wray Cafe, Fremantle
Jonny Dempsey: East 150 Bar, Ascot
Almost Famous: Gosnells Hotel, Gosnells
Sophie Jane : Belmont Tavern, Cloverdale James Reyne: Boab Tavern, High Wycombe Jasmine Atkins + Danny Bau: Brighton Hotel, Mandurah Trevor Jalla : Broken Hill Hotel, Victoria Park
Rhythm 22: M On The Point, Mandurah
Kevin Curran: Brook Bar & Bistro, Ellenbrook
Blue Shaddy + Old Blood: Mojo’s Bar, North Fremantle
Gerry Azor: Brooklands Tavern, Southern River
Karaoke Classic with + Steve Parkin: Newport Hotel, Fremantle
Mike Nayar: Carine Glades Tavern, Duncraig
The Get Down with + Charlie Bucket + Klean Kicks + Nick Sheppard (DJ Set): Rosemount Hotel (Beer Garden), North Perth Dutchie: Royal Palms Resort, Busselton, Busselton Childs Play: Sail & Anchor (Upstairs), Fremantle Acoustic Session with + The Brothers Thin: Settlers Tavern (Verandah / 3.30pm), Margaret River Anthony Nieves: South St Ale House, Hilton Sunday Sessions + Various Artists: Swallow Bar (5pm), Maylands Steve Hensby: Swanbrook Winery (2pm), Henley Brook
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Kings Justice + Guests: Mojo’s Bar, North Fremantle Overgrowth Acoustic Showcase + Various Artists: Ocean One Bar, Scarborough Bex & Turin’s Wide Open Mic: Rosemount Hotel, North Perth Siren Song Enterprises: Swinging Pig, Rockingham The Tom Tale Jazz Quartet: X-Wray Cafe, Fremantle Ray Finkle + Beverley Thrills: Ya Ya’s, Northbridge
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