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Eagle Bay Brewing Co is a family-run, South-West based brewery renowned for top quality, boutique beers. The latest addition to the Eagle Bay family is the Eagle Bay Black IPA – a style renowned for its distinct darkmalt, toasty characteristics. Mane liquor will host the new release serving up bottles of the new brew with toasted sandwiches from Toastface Grillah on 9 May. It happens between 4-7pm at Mane Liquor in Belmont.
In 2012, Adelaide-based artist Emma Hack painted Gotye and Kimbra into geometric backdrops for the film clip of Somebody That I Used To Know. This autumn, she brings new works in her collection Wallpaper. Using archived prints from the iconic Australian designer, Florence Broadhurst, models will be painted and camouflaged into the images for the exhibition, on display until 14 May at Linton & Kay Galleries.
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Australian festivals aren’t exactly celebrated for their geographical diversity but Groovin The Moo continues to do its part for regional music-lovers as the national festival goes from strength to strength. Arguably the strongest line-up thus far, GTM in Bunbury will feature performances from Violent Soho, Vance Joy, Architecture In Helsinki, The Presets and more. Tickets are available from moshtix. com.au for the event taking place at Hay Park, Bunbury on 10 May.
national news firstname.lastname@example.org KASABIAN
48:13 IN 08/14 STARING AT THE SUN
After their new album In A Breath found its way into the ARIA top 30 this week, Sydney’s New Empire have plenty to celebrate, so party with them when they take their hook-laden brand of stadium pop out on the road for a national launch tour. They play Old Museum, Brisbane, 7 Jun*; Factory Theatre, Sydney, 13 Jun*; Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, 19 Jun; SUB, Melbourne, 21 Jun*; Transit Bar, Canberra, 26 Jun; Heritage Hotel, Bulli, 27 Jun; The Small Ballroom, Newcastle, 28 Jun; and TBC, Perth, 5 Jul* (* all ages). The full tour is proudly presented by The Music.
PEDAL TO THE FLOOR
EDM fans will be writhing around to the beats of British superstar Gareth Emery when he returns our way following a stellar showing as part of Stereosonic 2013. After reaching #7 in DJ Magazine’s annual Top 100 poll in 2009, Emery continues to be a dominant force globally, and with new album Drive going gangbusters in the charts, there’s no better time for the geezer to get back amongst it Down Under. The tour pulls into 170 Russell, Melbourne, 11 Jul; Metro Theatre, Sydney, 12 Jul; Platinum Nightclub, Gold Coast, 17 Jul; The Met, Brisbane, 18 Jul; and Metro City, Perth, 19 Jul.
DAN SULTAN TO HEADLINE NIMA
Nominations for the 2014 National Indigenous Music Awards (nima.musicnt.com. au) and entries for triple j’s Unearthed NIMA competition both opened last week, and the event is set to be a huge one, with Dan Sultan pencilled in to headline the ceremony, happening 15 Aug, Darwin Amphitheatre. The NIMAs will celebrate a load of fantastic musical highlights from the past 12 months, with this year’s event also putting the spotlight on our Indigenous hip hop scene, which continues to move from strength to strength.
After showing their songwriting talent with a couple of classy EPs, Brisbane quartet The Cairos are about to drop their incredibly accomplished debut Dream Of Reason. Hear these new tracks first 13 Jun, The Odd Fellow, Fremantle; 14 Jun, Amplifier Bar, Perth; 18 Jun, Beach Road Hotel, Sydney; 19 Jun, Great Northern Hotel, Newcastle; 20 Jun, Transit Bar, Canberra; 21 Jun, Goodgod Small Club, Sydney; 22 Jun, Brass Monkey, Sydney; 26 Jun, Heritage Hotel, Bulli; 28 Jun, Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne; 29 Jun, Beav’s Bar, Geelong; 3 Jul, The Northern, Byron Bay; 4 Jul, Alhambra Lounge, Brisbane; 5 Jul, The Spotted Cow, Toowoomba; 6 Jul, Sounds Of Sunday, Broadbeach Tavern, Gold Coast; and 12 Jul, Solbar Maroochydore. China’s Nova Heart are supporting on most dates.
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A different kind of royal family, Kasabian are headed back to Australia come August, as the band turns ten, and releases their fifth album 48:13 in June. Having become household names thanks to hit singles Shoot The Runner and Fire, and their swaggering live shows, it’s time to prepare to meet your kings. See the Brits at Metro City, Perth, 5 Aug; Festival Hall, Melbourne, 9 Aug; Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, 10 Aug; and Eatons Hill Hotel, Brisbane, 12 Aug.
The original members of Chicago alt-rock shredders Veruca Salt are getting together onstage for the first time in over 15 years, and they’ve just confirmed Australia in their reunion tour plans. Dates as follows: 24 Sep, The Zoo, Brisbane; 26 Sep, Corner Hotel, Melbourne; 27 Sep, Factory Theatre, Sydney; and 28 Sep, Rosemount Hotel, Perth.
ADAM RYAN OF THE GREAT ESCAPE
If this first announcement of industry speakers is anything to go by, BIGSOUND 2014 is going to be massive. Tastemakers from around the world will land on our shores later this year, including internationals such as James Minor (SXSW), Adam Ryan (The Great Escape, pictured), Chris Sampson (Bonnaroo), Michelle Cable (Panache Booking), Grimur Atlason (Iceland Airwaves) and Melissa Yong (Village Sounds Asia), as well as locals like Ben Marshall (Sydney Opera House) and Danny Rogers (St Jerome’s Laneway Festival). For the full list head to bigsound. org.au. BIGSOUND happens in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley Entertainment, 10 – 12 Sep – earlybird tickets are available now, with applications for artists closing this Friday. Proudly presented by The Music. THE MUSIC • 7TH MAY 2014 • 7
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Obviously a huge success last year, with winners Scalphunter cleaning up over the last few months and firmly establishing themselves as one of Perth’s favourite live acts, the Big Splash band competition is on once again for 2014. They’re now the only unsigned band in WA who can’t enter, since they took out the huge $10,000 prize last year. If that sounds enticing, get your arse over to bigsplashbandcomp.com and enter now! You’ve got until 16 May, with the first heat kicking off at Mojo’s on 3 Jun and the grand final hitting The Bakery on 9 Aug.
Last year, a bunch of guys got together and put on a festival that pretty much had everyone in Perth salivating; Circo turned out to be a pretty big success, with artists like Dune Rats, Ta-Ku, Chet Faker, Flight Facilities and Willow Beats performing. Now, and in the wake of Perth losing BDO and Soundwave, it’s time for Circo to step up to the bat and prove WA can and will remain current and important in the music fest game. Violent Soho, Kele, Nina Las Vegas, Onra, The Kite String Tangle, Touch Sensitive, Nosaj Thing, Odesza, Mykki Blanco, Sable, Basenji, Golden Features, DMA’s, DJ Q, Visionist, Esta, Lakim, DJ Earl, Beneath, Teeth, Sully and Chiefs all head to Claremont Showgrounds on 28 Jun, with more TBA. F yeah.
If you’re reading this, you probably know about Pat Chow. The slightly mysterious act have been pounding out abrasive garage-pop anthems for a while now, but there hasn’t been much recorded material. That’s set to change, with Good Deed coming out on 23 May. Produced by Mitch McDonald of the Love Junkies, the new EP packs in their live sound, but you can hear it live anyway on 30 May at Mojos, supported by Royston Vasie, The Community Chest, Black Stone From The Sun and Aborted Tortoise.
You may have noticed some of the bland concrete architecture down Market Street in Freo. Well, 1-5 South Terrace will be transformed by Australian street artists Alex Lehours, Yok and Sheryo as part of the Converse Clash Wall, and you’re invited to have your input. Members of the public are invited to submit their ideas for the mural using the hashtag #sneakersclashfreo via Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, and you can check out the progress from 8 May.
APOLLO HAS LANDED
Apollo Brown is different than most producers. His early influences skewed more toward the music of Journey and The Carpenters than the urban genres his peers often cite as inspiration. The result is a unique perspective on urban hip hop production, which you can hear at The Manor on 23 May.
RIDE THE WAVE
It’s been a long year for Against The Tide, but finally the wait for their debut album Formless is over. The long road, filled with a number of obstacles, turned a short break to write and record the album into one much longer than expected. But with persistence the band have produced an album they’re proud of. Hear them launch it at Amplifier on 22 May and YMCA HQ, 23 May.
MAN, THAT’S DOPE
2014 is a massive year for the Defected label. House is back, with its foundations laid firmly in the bottom end of the bass and soulful vocals. Fifteen years after the seminal dance label started, they’ve found ground in the current batch of supreme DJs and producers, and they celebrate the fact at Parker on 1 Jun with Kenny Dope bringing the crew to mingle with awesome local supports. 8 • THE MUSIC • 7TH MAY 2014
Ships In The Night, the bi-monthly evening of music and words, is cruising through for the fourth time, with writer and musician (and The Music contributor) Amber Fresh gracing the helm, known musically as Rabbit Island. Joining her are writers Ian Sinclair, Kate-Anna St Valentine, Elizabeth Tan and Phil Vlachou. David Craft and Chris Cobilis provide the tunes, all at Four5Nine Bar on 15 May.
ON THE WING
Bell X1 are heading to Australia for the very first time this July. Born out of Damien Rice’s original band, Juniper, Paul Noonan took over the reigns of Bell X1, and the band has since taken out the top spot on the Irish charts with their 2013 album Chop Chop. The much-heralded band head to Capitol on 6 Jul.
LET’S GET REVELLING
After a monumental 2013 sharing the stage with the likes of The Swellers and releasing their debut EP, Canberra’s leading champions of hard-hitting, melodic punk music Revellers are set to unleash their sophomore EP Your Round, hitting Prince Of Wales, Bunbury on 4 Jul and Ya Ya’s 5 Jul.
ALL IN THE RV
Speaking of sweet garage sounds, Pat Chow’s mates Royston Vasie have a few more stops over here. After selling out their Australian capital city shows, touring the American east and west coasts, showcasing at CMJ In New York And gaining supports from the likes of Manchester Orchestra and Afghan Whigs, the band head to Mustang Bar on 29 May and Ya Ya’s on 31 May, as well as the above Pat Chow launch.
PHIL ‘ER UP Having been in the upper echelons of the electronic music game for more than a decade, Phil Kieran has emerged as one of the most exciting producers on the UK scene. His releases on Skint, Soma, and Gigolo, and a critically acclaimed debut album on Sven Väth’s Cocoon label have gained him plaudits across the board. He returns to Geisha on 1 Jun, along with CULT heavyweights James A and J Dubs battling it out. Eventbrite.com. au for tickets.
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Over a pretty long time, and despite a relocation over east not too long ago, The Spitfires have earned a much-deserved spot in Perth’s musical canon. From houses catching fire to swearing on national radio to destroying a statue of Margaret Thatcher on stage, Sean Regan’s much-loved act is calling it a day, with Sean moving back to Blighty and the rest taking on roles elsewhere. They play one last hometown show at Amplifier on 10 May.
LET THE BUENO TIMES ROLL
Cancer No Bueno is a night to give generously and support the wonderful work of the Leukaemia Foundation. The Leukemia Foundation raises much needed funds for studies into leukemia and the support of children’s hospitals around the nation. Get along to the Willow Room at the WACA on 20 Jun to catch cover band The Fit Swimmers as well as DJs Benji and El Cee, with auctions and more on the night.
ALWAYS ON TIME
Currently scheduled to make it to Australia as part of the ridiculous Splendour lineup, British electronic new wave aficionados Metronomy are first on our list of acts making a much-welcome detour to WA. The Devon four-piece have just released their fourth album, Love Letters, and have now put their stamp on psych-rock and soul. Catch the band at Astor Theatre on 23 Jul.
A TO ZED
DC and Hooks, aka Zeds Dead, have a reputation. A great one. In 2004 they were crate-digging hip hop purists on the Mass Productions label, but in 2009 the gents launched Zeds Dead - turning up the beats per minute and aiming the bass lines straight at that hungry dancefloor. Since then, they’ve owned their own place. Hear electro-house, hip hop, glitch and more on 7 Jun at Villa. Moshtix for tickets.
Today HNQO (or Henrique as he is known to friends) is one of the fastest rising young stars in the deep house and indie dance scene. A former famed breakdancer in his youth, years of hard work are already behind this young musician, who got his start by throwing parties in Curitiba, Brazil. Representing the grassroots movement of young people moving and shaking in EDM, he comes to Geisha on 16 May. Eventbrite for tickets.
See 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 Musicians Club on 16 May. With a deep abiding love for Andrews Sisters style three-part harmony, vintage hair and dance moves to match,
WEAR YOUR SUNGLASSES
September Sun are back, and this time there bringing an army of talent with them. To celebrate two years of playing live music in the Perth scene, September Sun and a stellar line-up including Amberdown, Valdaway, and Graphic Characters are set to showcase their talents at The Rosemount on 14 May.
After three decades of destructive force, US punk/metal pioneers Corrosion Of Conformity continue to push their punishing agenda right around the world. They’ve got a new record due to land in June entitled IX, and will bring this forthcoming dose over to Oz, stopping by the Rosemount Hotel on28 Jul. Support comes from Weedeater and Lo!.
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SOMETHING WORTH BELIEVING IN After changing up almost everything with their second record, Cults now have the tools to create as they please. Brian Oblivion tells Benny Doyle about Pixies’ tricks, imaginary musicians and why longevity is more important than love. Photos Olivia Malone.
hey say that you should never meet your heroes; it’s a recipe for disappointment. But really, how can you resist – there is, after all, always the potential for it to be magical. Brian Oblivion – Ryan Mattos if you want a name that’s far less fun to say – found that out in a literal
possible manner. Based around the core pairing of San Diego kids Oblivion and vocalist Madeline Follin, the dreamy Manhattan-based indiepop outfit have made a lot of positive noise in the four years since forming, and are set to return to Australia later this year as one of the international headliners at Groovin The Moo. Having already experienced a national festival run around our big island via Laneway in 2012, Oblivion can’t hide his eagerness to be part of a musical circus once more. “The idea of a travelling festival feels so antiquated in a way, but it’s such a beautiful thing, like you think about the ‘70s, a
full sets, rather than “literally play every song [we’ve] ever written, and two covers” just to make it through an hour-long show. “Now we’re better musicians and we have freedom to improvise more,” he adds, “and these songs lend themselves to that. We can mix up the set a little bit every night depending on how we feel, which is an amazing luxury to have.” Static is a record that quite directly documents the ending of Oblivion and Follin’s romantic relationship – a quick read of the lyric sheet is all the evidence you need. After all, the idea of breaking free is right there in the title – when things are Static, there’s no progression, in life and creativity. This album is a response to such a problem. But although the Cults pair weren’t going to carry on in love, they were always going to continue with the band; they just had to discover a way to reconstruct the make of their music without alienating the substantial fanbase they gathered via their eponymous 2011 debut. The point of difference proved to be something real. “Making this record, from the very beginning we wanted to write songs that we knew we’d enjoy performing, but also we wanted the feeling of the record to be really live,” explains Oblivion. “The first record was made almost entirely on a laptop in my apartment; the drums are fake, the bass is fake and all the strings are fake – I pretty much composed the whole thing
“SHE’S LIKE MY BEST FRIEND IN THE WORLD AND ONE OF THE ONLY PEOPLE THAT I EVER WANT TO WORK WITH MUSICALLY.”
sense just recently. The multi-instrumentalist phones The Music from Atlanta, Georgia, where his band, Cults, are on the road, acting as a nine-stop support for alt-rock pioneers Pixies during their current North American tour. And according to the 24-year-old, the old dogs do have some impressive tricks, living up to preconceptions held by the young bloods. “The things we were kind of aware of [about the Pixies] have ended up being totally true,” Oblivion recalls in his relaxed So-Cal tone. “We watched a documentary on the band, and we were really excited when we saw the drummer [Dave Lovering] was really into magic because so is our [touring] keyboard player, so the first night that we were playing Dave walked into our dressing room and introduced himself and goes, ‘Well, it’s going to be a great tour, I just wanted to meet you all... and I want to show you something’, and he pulls out these cards and these rubber bands and starts doing some magic for us – it was pretty on the money. “It’s been incredible though,” he beams enthusiastically. “We’ve never toured with a band that we love and respect as much as the Pixies, and they’ve been so helpful with everything about the show. Sometimes the bands you open for can treat you as kind of a second-class citizen, but that hasn’t been happening at all, it’s felt like a really awesome collaboration.” These are lessons you can imagine Cults taking on board and using to their advantage in the near future; the duo seem destined to do this rock’n’roll thing in the nicest 10 • THE MUSIC • 7TH MAY 2014
bunch of bands jumping in a big city bus and cruising around,” he gushes. “It’s rock’n’roll summer camp y’know, you have little cliques, you make friends and it’s really nice. And [Groovin The Moo] is so exciting because we get to see all the places we didn’t get to see last time, like north Queensland, I don’t even have a mental map of what it could possibly be like.” Cults made plenty of lasting impressions during their previous run Down Under, but this time Oblivion admits they’ve got so much more to offer fans. The band put out their second record Static late last year and are currently relishing the opportunity to be able to fill out and have variety during
on a keyboard. This time around, as a challenge to ourselves and just to have a fun new direction, we tried to keep everything live as much as possible. “And that was a crazy adventure to learn how to record that stuff and how to create a feeling of looseness and improvisation while actually not having all the players in the same room at once and not actually recording live,” he adds. “We’d try to invent imaginary personalities for different instruments, like the bass player is some 60-year-old fat guy who’d come in and nail it all in one take, and it was really fun to go through and try to artificially make a live record without live musicians.” Cults co-produced Static, as they did their debut record, and tinkered with the sounds to bring together their own playing and that done by the additional players that were called in to flesh out their vision. Listening to the album, it sounds like a band – a full band. It doesn’t sound like a multi-instrumentalist, a vocalist, a handful of friends moonlighting as drummers and a couple of string players plucked out of NYC performance arts conservatory The Juilliard School. It’s a credit to Oblivion and Follin’s own ears that they’ve meticulously crafted a record so cohesive and whole. “It was kind of a revolving door but we can get cagey if anybody tries to mess with our little world too much,” he says. “It was an insane learning process, the five or six months that we spent working on this record was equivalent to a four-year education in songwriting and recording because we did it every single day for around 11 to 15 hours and
LATE NIGHT TALES A week before Cults got on the road with Pixies, they managed to pull another bigarse gig, finding themselves on Late Show With David Letterman where they performed their track Keep Your Head Up. With only 24 hours to prepare, Oblivion and Follin convinced a few pals to stand with them in front of millions, and although the end result was something to show the grandkids according to Oblivion, the experience did have its nervous moments.
just really lived it and tried to be aware of every decision and be conscious of it and try every option,” Oblivion expands. “But in the end I now feel like we know how to make records the two different ways that you can make them – on a laptop and live – and we’re very excited about converging those two different things for the next one.” The fact that Oblivion is already talking about a third Cults record is more than positive; it shows that him and Follin made the right choice in ending their relationship – it’s helped strengthen their creative bond for the greater good of the band. Not that Static was all peachy fucking creamy in the record’s infancy, but after giving each other some
breathing space the duo were able to make music with an ease undiscovered before, an intangible that down the line could prove far more important than mere romance. “It was a definite speed bump around the beginning of the working process where we were not super jazzed about meeting up and working on the songs,” Oblivion admits. “We had to take a month or two off and both travelled and did our own thing and kinda let the dust settle. But in the future I think it’s more productive in a way because we’re now able to work separately more on our respective sides on things, where before we’d spend every single moment of every single day together. “Normally, that meant that if I was in the studio recording keyboards Madeline was just sitting in the back playing an iPhone game or reading a book. Now, she’s at home working on her side and I can be in the studio working on my side; we’re on a different schedule for productivity which I think [lets] things get done faster and more efficiently than they ever have been before. She’s like my best friend in the world and one of the only people that I ever want to work with musically,” Oblivion finishes, “so I don’t think anything is going to get in our way.” WHAT: Static (Sony) WHEN & WHERE: 10 May, Groovin The Moo, Bunbury
“During soundcheck we got to run through the song three times and every time we did it the two guys we had brought on to help us fucked up,” he laughs, “and I didn’t even want to jinx it by saying anything like ‘Yo, you messed up’, because I didn’t want to put any negative energy around, so I just went to them both before we went on and said, ‘Dudes, do you got this?’ and they looked at me like, ‘Yeah, we got it’, and it worked. “But it was amazing – I’ve got a picture of me shaking David Letterman’s hand at this exact moment he’s making this really bizarre face; he’s looking at me like he’s shaking hands with a homeless person mixed with an alien. But I’d rather have that than a big smiling photo, I really like the disapproval that you can witness in that one moment.”
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yourself with new challenges and that’s, for me, how you’re able to write stronger songs and songs that challenge you and challenge your audience.” Bird says NOW +4EVA is pretty much the sequel to Moment Bends. Again, there’ll be that cleaner sound and close production.
As far as Cameron Bird is concerned, if you stop learning, you die. With the release of Architecture In Helsinki’s fifth album imminent, he talks to Zoe Barron about growing up.
rchitecture in Helsinki have quite an intimate relationship with the genre of pop music. According to frontman Cameron Bird, it’s been a major influence in their lives; it’s part of what has defined them as people. “I grew up in country Australia, listening to commercial radio and watching movies full of pop music,” he recalls, “and because my parents weren’t particularly musical, that was really my only access to music. In a lot of ways, for us as a band, because most of us grew up in the country, that was very much our upbringing: being surrounded by pop music.” Previously, the Architecture brand of pop has been bright and chaotic, defined by neon and cowbells, French horns and childlike vocals. After ten years as a recording band, four full-length albums and a fifth in the final stages, constant learning and selfimposed challenges have seen the band mature over the years. Many reviewers of 2011’s, Moment Bends remarked on the new polish present in the album – a sort of sleekness typical of musicians with experience. Some lamented some loss of childish innocence, but most conceded the album was a natural stop in the development of a long-sustaining band. “Music fans in general often believe that early records are the best because they’re the most naïve and they’re the most honest and pure,” Bird says. “Obviously we don’t have the naivety we had when we started out because we’ve made five records and have been a recorded band for ten years. “We’ve always had a philosophy or an unspoken understanding between the band that if we didn’t feel like we were being challenged or creatively fulfilled by what we were writing or making with each record, then the band would cease to exist. That’s just how it rolls. We would never just make a record for the sake of it.” One strategy, a few years ago, was to scatter. For a while there, members of Architecture in Helsinki were stationed all over the world, as farflung as Brooklyn, Brazil and San Francisco. While they all eventually gravitated back to Melbourne, the geographical separation was a definite decision – a stern guard against complacency and a needed shake-up for the
band. “I think that with time, because you have so much more experience and understanding and influence – and baggage I guess when you come to writing a song – it does often make it more challenging. The more you make records, the more challenging
“Because of the philosophy behind it and the way we put it together, we’re using techniques and approaches that we developed while we were working on Moment Bends. So it’s very much indebted to pop music through the last thirty or forty years. It’s really influenced by the Philadelphia soul sound of the ‘70s, influenced by top forty pop songs from when we were kids. There are a lot of touchstones for us in the record, and it really reads as a real tribute without being pastiche-y. That’s something we always try to avoid.” Some of this is the work of music producer Francois Tetaz – probably best known for his work with Gotye – who has collaborated with the band and mixed their albums for the last few years. He worked on
“YOU PRESENT YOURSELF WITH NEW CHALLENGES” it is because, rather than being complacent, it’s more about a struggle with feeling like the music you’re making… that you still feel it has relevance.
Moment Bends and has had a heavy influence over the direction the band has taken. “Working with Franc Tetaz, in many ways he’s a mentor for us. I mean, we’ll be working on a song, and we might work on one song for a month. Like, every day for a month. All day every day. And then he’ll come in and he’ll say, ‘Okay, well that sucks,’ and ‘that’s really good.’”
“With each record, you learn a whole bunch of things. For us, we’ll always try to use different gear, or a different studio space, or be in a different city. So I think you learn a lot about yourself as a writer or a producer just like that. Because you present
It’s this bold, external perspective that’s allowed the band to banish ego, grow as writers, and develop a deeper understanding of their songs. “In many ways [it] defines the sound of the first few records but now there are new channels for us to actually work on that craft. I find that a really great challenge.” WHAT: NOW + 4EVA (Casual Workout/Inertia) WHEN & WHERE: 10 May, Groovin The Moo, Bunbury
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lot more vulnerable, because the quieter music kind of allowed for it, whereas this seemed to feel like I needed to have some characters who were in some particularly dire circumstances – I felt like writing truthfully about my own life wouldn’t be cinematic enough for the music that was coming out.” Dreams about teeth supposedly reflect anxiety, apprehension and paranoia, so fittingly the characters in Teeth Dreams are a fretful bunch, complete with dubious lifestyles which afford them plenty to be concerned about. “When we started writing the record I met this doctor at a party – a general practitioner here in New York – and he was saying that over half of the people who come into his office come in for anxiety,” Finn continues. “Then I started to look around, and I saw that even the New York Times has a weekly anxiety column, so I thought, ‘Maybe we’re living in particularly anxious times?’ I mean we all have anxiety; I think maybe as a person I’m not all that anxious compared to some of the people I know, but I think we all have it – it’s part of our human nature.
MULTITUDE OF CASUALTIES
“So I got to thinking about that anxiousness that’s sort of in the air. It’s funny, since we named the record Teeth Dreams so many people have come up to me and said, ‘Oh man, I have those teeth dreams too!’ I wanted it to be like that – I wanted it to be this unifying thing, like, ‘Hey, we all have these,’ and you’ve got to feel okay about it because it’s just part of us.”
Brooklyn-based rockers The Hold Steady’s new album reflects the myriad anxieties inherent in modern society. Frontman Craig Finn tells Steve Bell why the truth just might set you free.
Finn believes that much of this mass anxiety stems from the disconnect between how we represent ourselves in modern society and who we actually are as individuals.
he Hold Steady started their career ten years ago in a flurry of activity, releasing their first three albums – Almost Killed Me (2004), Separation Sunday (2005) and Boys And Girls In America (2006) – in a burst of creativity as driven and garrulous as the characters that inhabited their heady and hedonistic narratives. On these albums their anthemic barroom rock’n’roll was abetted by a stream of interrelated songs, in which characters would flit back and forth while events were dissected from different angles and perspectives. You didn’t need to know who Holly, Charlemagne, Gideon or the Cityscape Skins skinhead gang were to appreciate the songs – crucially they worked perfectly in isolation – but delving into this dark world paid handsome dividends as you began to discern dangerous desires and agendas, more akin to a series of novellas than a cluster of rock albums. After a while, however, this aspect of The Hold Steady’s songwriting – their lyrics the domain of enigmatic and erudite frontman Craig Finn – began to slowly recede into the background. Their following long-players (2008’s Stay Positive and 2010’s Heaven Is Whenever) eschewed specific characterisation for more universal tropes, and while these records had plenty to offer – both musically and cerebrally – the rush of piecing together the puzzle of entwined chronicles seemed a thing of the past. Which is why when their sixth album Teeth Dreams finally dropped – the four-year layoff partly due to Finn’s releasing his comparatively stripped-back solo debut Clear Heart Full Eyes in 2011 – and opened with the lyrics, “I heard the Cityscape Skins are kinda kicking it again’ (on I Hope This Whole Thing Didn’t Frighten You), long-term fans of the band recognised this immediately as a serious statement of intent. 14 • THE MUSIC • 7TH MAY 2014
“When I’m saying stuff that harkens back to old records, a lot of that’s trying to create this world for people to disappear in, but I know that the long-time listeners and hardcore fans are going to pick up on that right away, so that’s me wanting to say, ‘We’re back! This world is here and we’re ready to go into it. Let’s dive in there!’” Finn smiles. “And the Cityscape Skins always seemed like a pretty scary bunch, so it kind of kicks off the record on a pretty ominous note. “I really wanted to go back to that storytelling and the characters – I’d gotten away from that, and I’m not sure why. I kind of wanted to do something in that vein, and I think the music called for it – it’s kind of a darker and more sinister record. The solo album was kind of breezy and a lot more ‘me’ and a
“WE ALL HAVE ANXIETY – IT’S PART OF OUR HUMAN NATURE.” “We have so many ways of projecting ourselves out there with Facebook and Twitter and whatnot,” he reflects. “I’m not on Facebook but I’m on Twitter, and one thing I’ve noticed is that I really love Twitter except when I’m reading tweets from people I know in person – then I’m, like, ‘No, you’re not like that! That’s not what you’re into!’ I think that everybody’s just as guilty; we all project something that’s different from ourselves. I use the example of internet dating – you put up the picture that’s you at the best angle, maybe you’re 30 pounds more in shape and you have a better head of hair because the photo’s nine years old. I think there’s anxiety that lives in the gap between the truth, and what you’re putting out there as a representation of yourself. “I think the other thing is that most of the songs mention the truth in some way, or things being true. I had this idea that it’s like the less you lie and the more you tell the truth, the less you have to remember. You don’t have to keep your lies straight, and I was wondering whether telling the truth and representing yourself truthfully is kind of an antidote for this anxiety that permeates our world now.” WHAT: Teeth Dreams (Razor & Tie/Sony)
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MOPPING UP THE BLOOD Between the punch-ups and chemical abuse, life in Unwritten Law hasn’t always been ideal. Scott Russo talks to Benny Doyle about the hard times and coming out the other side.
hen The Music grabs time with Scott Russo, the musician is holed up in a Huntington Beach studio mixing the new Unwritten Law acoustic record. “I’m a huge fan of it, I love it,” he gushes. “It’s really different – I think a lot of people are expecting a rock record done acoustically, but it’s not; it’s a lot of offbeat guitars, new wave beats and rewritten songs – it’s pretty dope.” Before that gets a release though, the SoCal punk band will be visiting us as one of the headliners at this year’s Hits & Pits. Ever since they first caught our attention on the inaugural Aussie Warped Tour in 1997, Unwritten Law have seen Australia as their second home. Russo’s “brother” from another mother, Grinspoon’s Phil Jamieson, has long presented a party for the American frontman: “Allegedly we’re quite similar. We never thought that...” he chuckles regarding their 15-year friendship. But it’s the faithful who continue to turn out for headline tours and festival slots that drive the band to make these regular excursions Down Under. A treat for longstanding fans on this tour will be familiar face Wade Youman, who’s returning to the Unwritten Law drum stool after a decade in the wilderness battling substance abuse problems. “It’s really great to have Wade back; it feels like home again,” Russo says. “He’s made some life changes and he’s really lovely to be around, and he’s actually revitalised me to want to continue doing shows and making music as Unwritten Law.” For many, the idea of Youman ever returning to the fold seemed fairly farfetched – this was a split that ended up in the hands of lawyers after all. However, Russo never ruled it out, and once everyone got healthier and began hanging out again, the frontman presented a deal: if the drummer completed his tasks, he’d get another shot. “And he completed his half of the bargain so I gave him a setlist and he learned it, then we did two shows, he killed it, the fans loved it and that was it. There was a lot of gnarly shit that this band went through, especially him and I. We used to go at it, we’ve been in multiple fist fights, several of [which] were on stage while we were fucking playing, and I’m talking full gnarly, like we had to be
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hospitalised. And Wade’s considerably gnarlier than I am – he’s built like a tank and he fucking hits things for a living, so to have to fight that guy was always an uphill battle,” he laughs. “But time heals all wounds.” It makes sense as well that Youman returns to help present an album that he had a major hand in
“At that time we maybe took it more seriously,” he admits. “The first two records it was like we were making it for other people, and the Black Record was the first record we were making for ourselves, and we’ve continued to do that since then. Before that we were playing straight, more four-ahead rock, and then when we got to that record we were putting in half-time beats and shit like that to make people bounce. We were getting better at crafting songs really. To me the self-titled record is Unwritten Law’s first record – the first two are more like demos.” As far as a defining moment when the potential for what the record would become crystallised,
“HE FUCKING HITS THINGS FOR A LIVING, SO TO HAVE TO FIGHT THAT GUY WAS ALWAYS AN UPHILL BATTLE.” creating, with Unwritten Law set to play their seminal 1998 self-titled record cover to cover at Hits & Pits. Led by crossover singles Cailin and Lonesome, the ‘Black Record’ – predominantly cut in Seattle at the same time fellow Californians Deftones were making their groundbreaking second album, Around The Fur – put the band on the map this side of the Pacific, with Russo citing the release as a turning point for the group.
Russo doesn’t recall. It was simply a collection of songs, created with the purest of intentions at heart, which is probably why the album still resonates as strongly as it did over a decade ago. “Back then I’m not sure what I was thinking to be honest, I was just making music with my friends,” Russo smiles. “I didn’t know I was making anything monumental by any means, I had no idea about that, and you really can’t judge that, you can’t foreshadow what’s going to happen, what’s going to be good, what’s going to be bad. All you can do is make the best art you can and hopefully people like it.” WHEN & WHERE: 18 May, Hits & Pits, Capitol & Amplifier Bar
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SNAPPING BACK Andrew Mast didn’t expect quiet altronica Swedes Little Dragon to use the phrase “three-way cum”. But Frederick Källgren Wallin and Håkan Wirenstrand surprise further by declaring AC/DC “nice”.
t’s kinda cold. But half of Little Dragon are insisting they conduct interviews outside to soak up what they perceive as a warm Austin morning.
Bassist Fredrik Källgren Wallin and keyboard player Håkan Wirenstrand leave drummer Erik Bodin and singer Yukimi Nagano doing their round of SxSW promo chats inside. So maybe it was a mix of chattering teeth and heavy Swedish accents that made it seem like Wirenstrand just used the term “threeway cum”. “What?” asks a bemused Wallin who was concentrating on his late breakfast until this point.
Wirenstrand, it seems, was illustrating his connections to Sweden’s hardcore punk scene (“in the ‘90s, in the north”). He laughs, “My brother was singing in a punk band called Three-way Cum.” Best to take his word on that; trying to fact-check on Google is just not going to happen. You see though, Little Dragon may come off like the hip kids namechecking all the right heritage R&B and electrofunk influences for these times but, like all music nerds, they dabbled in a lab-load of genres before getting to the point of their new space-soul set Nabuma Rubberband. “We were
listening a lot to Swedish experimentalists,” notes Wirenstrand. Wallin adds, “I think we all have different paths to get to where we all are now. Playing in a folk band, when I was a child and a little bit of classical music. And, I was listening to whatever my older brother was listening to, AC/DC. Now as I’m getting older I really like to listen to those, they have a nice energy.” It’s no wonder that outside of Little Dragon its members can collaborate with such a wide range of artists, from Gorillaz and SBTRKT to Frank Ocean and José González. Most recently though, the influences bandied about ahead of Nabuma dropping were Janet Jackson and Prince. What? No Neneh Cherry? She’s Sweden’s first lady of soul-hop. “At the time [the ‘90s, when Cherry was a chart star], I was too young but now lately I’ve been listening to Buffalo Stance and Manchild,” admits Wirenstrand. Wallin adds, “It might have been an influence subconsciously.” It’s been a long three years since Little Dragon’s breakthrough third album Ritual Union cemented their role as leaders of Generation Sync (their songs have been used on TV, games and ad campaigns). The deals, tours and collabs made three years between albums fly by – despite some time-wasting with Big Boi when the Outkast member replaced Little Dragon’s contribution with a guest spot from Kelly Rowlands. “There was a lot of, ahhh, crap,” says Wirenstrand, “Definitely.” But he means in the artistic sense. He continues, “I mean, you try almost different things and ideas. I tend to be pretty fast and doing a loop, then come up with a melody. And when you’re done… ‘Ah, this is shit!’” WHAT: Nabuma Rubberband (Because Music/Warner)
NO HELP REQUIRED It’s a one-man show when Robert DeLong takes the stage, and as Benny Doyle discovers, the American EDM star thrives amongst the chaos.
obert DeLong has just performed at a gaming convention in San Francisco, which is nothing weird considering he utilises joysticks and controllers to manipulate sounds on stage. But aside from a bit of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, the 28-year-old admits he’s not much of a gamer, his unique use of the technology developing from nothing more than a rumour about the potential to MIDI-hack the devices.
280 shows last year, the LA-based artist no longer considers his gigs merely that, treating them more as flowing performance pieces where sound, light and visuals come together in electrifying fashion.
“It just grew from there,” he tells. “I just love tinkering with stuff, and a big part of it too is trying to find a way to have a visual aspect to manipulating sounds with computers, because so often you’re watching someone playing and you have no idea what they’re doing.”
DeLong is returning Down Under for Groovin The Moo and bringing with him fresh tunes, testing out the flavours of a second record he’s currently working on. “Performing so much, it’s pretty obvious which things work and which things don’t,” he admits. “It’s a little terrifying throwing new material out but it’s a good way to gauge what fits and what doesn’t.
This drive to be extremely visceral is an extension of his upbringing. His father was a jazz drummer in the ‘60s, and young Robert carried the family torch, playing a range of percussion instruments in a variety of indie bands while studying drums at university. “I like the idea of multitasking and running around doing different stuff,” he remarks regarding his EDM/ one-man band hybrid, “And then of course you realise that it’s actually fun to watch for people.” Looking up from the crowd, DeLong seems like a mad scientist when performing. He manically moves between instruments and machines, setting off beats, adding layers, singing harmonies. But after playing approximately 18 • THE MUSIC • 7TH MAY 2014
“But that’s what I’ve been doing for the last
couple of months; I’ve been doing a lot of co-writes and stuff like that,” he says, adding that he’s keen to connect with fellow GTM performers Flume (What So Not), Wave Racer and Holy Fuck. “Now, I’m just focusing on integrating some new tunes into the live set and then also releasing a couple of songs here and there, hopefully before Australia but definitely before the [northern] summer.” And continuing on from his widely successful debut Just Movement, we can expect the same eclectic appeal. “It’s all across the board, it’s everything from maybe an electronic version of Paul Simon all the way to some pretty heavy house stuff and everything in between. I love the idea of being able to do lots of different stuff and I hope that people go along with what I do.” WHEN & WHERE: 9 May, Causeway Bar; 10 May, Groovin The Moo, Bunbury; 11 May, Botanica Bar & Bistro
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IT’S PERSONAL Actor/director Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi talks to Anthony Carew about her latest directorial offering.
aleria Bruni-Tedeschi’s phone won’t stop buzzing. It’s midway through an interview, in the Hôtel du Louvre, where the 49-year-old French-Italian starlet is meant to be discussing her third directorial effort, A Castle In Italy, but she’s clearly distracted. It’s her mother, Marisa Borini, calling, and a wave of panic is rippling through Paris: a gunman has just opened fire outside a bank. It’s November 2013. It’s the same month Bruni-Tedeschi is on the cover of French Elle alongside sister Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, the model-turnedsinger-turned-First-Lady. Their candid interview details lives played out in public, but it’s got nothing on A
LOUIS GARREL AS NATHAN IN A CASTLE IN ITALY
Castle In Italy. In it, Bruni Tedeschi stars as a neurotic actress, and Borini plays her mother. Her long-term ex-partner, Louis Garrel, plays her on-screen lover, a moody fop whose father (like Garrel’s) happens to be a filmmaker. There’s no sister character married to the French President, but Filippo Timi plays a terminally ill brother, in a storyline clearly drawn from its maker’s experiences watching Virginio Bruni-Tedeschi die of complications from AIDS in 2006. It’s a film about family, but also a film about a family of privilege – the last of a dying breed of ‘old money’ Europeans. “Whenever I try to make a film, I am looking for the smell of truth,
the perfume of truth,” says Bruni-Tedeschi, poetically. “[A Castle In Italy] started out as a film about a family needing to sell a castle, but then there came this other story, about a brother who is sick. We had these two stories, [and] for a long time, the film was almost like two different films: the story of an Italian family on one side and the world of a French family on the other.” In conversation, Bruni-Tedeschi alternates between French and English, often several times in the one sentence as if picking and choosing which phrases she prefer. There’s a translator on hand, but she’s almost untranslatable, and certainly not easy to transcribe. A Castle In Italy switches between French and Italian with the same kind of whimsy, symbolising its writer/director/ star’s cultural duality. Bruni-Tedeschi comically juxtaposes the rationality of French intellectuals versus the old world religion of Italians (the main character existing “in a frontier that I find fascinating”, Bruni-Tedeschi admits, “the border between faith and superstition”.) This cultural clash causes conflict in the on-screen relationship between Bruni-Tedeschi and Garrel, and it’s impossible to watch the film and not imagine that so much of it is drawn from their real life relationship. “People say it’s difficult to make a film when it’s personal, but I don’t know, [because] I don’t have a comparison. Because I always [make] my movies this way. Everything I do is always personal: even if I’m just doing a play in the theatre, or a role as an actress, there’s always the same sense of intimacy. But when I’m making my own movies – when I’m writing the script, directing, acting – then it can only be more personal.” WHAT: A Castle In Italy In cinemas 8 May
LEAVE IT TO LEE Lee Kernaghan fulfils his role as the spokesperson for Australian country music with Cam Findlay.
ustralia’s favourite country musician” is a pretty great title to have. You know, considering just how much country we have. Lee Kernaghan has long held that position, possibly ever since his 1992 hit, Boys From The Bush celebrated the act of working a long harvest before going into town and celebrating with a beer and some boot-scooting. “I feel like that was a big hit and everything, but it’s just one song and one idea, you know?” the man affably explains. “It’s been a long while since I wrote that song, and while I’m grateful for the attention it got way back then and everything, there’s a lot more to my music now.” Testament to this is his 2012 album, Beautiful Noise, which is still the main fuel behind his touring schedule and which won him four Country Music Awards in Tamworth. “It’s a career highlight, but the one that probably meant the most to me was the top-selling album of the year for Beautiful Noise. That’s the one voted by the people who matter the most: the people out there who buy the album and come to the shows.” It’s a bit of a mental stretch for us city people to imagine a country musician constantly selling out shows, even if he is Lee Kernaghan. But it’s the reason why the Beautiful Noise tour is still going, coupled with his always grateful nature. The CMAs once again saw a big crowd come out to see Kernaghan perform – and pick up a bunch of gongs – and did
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more than expected to reinforce the strength of country music in Australia, especially in a time when it’s at risk of being forgotten amongst the umpteen other genres poking out every year. “The Country Music Awards are the pinnacle of the year for us country musicians. I guess it’s comparable to the CMAs in America. It really puts the focus on the artists, but not only the established artists, also the new talent that’s coming through. And there’s a lot of it out there, coming from the farms and everything; it’s just a matter of hearing it.” Responding to the flack that country music has been copping, Kernaghan is decidedly protective. “It’s still going on, mate,
it’s huge, don’t doubt that,” he argues. “I just clicked over 100,000 followers on Facebook, and a lot of those artists who released products last year made it into the top ten on the ARIA charts, the mainstream charts. Every year in Tamworth you can bet your bottom dollar there will be a journalist who will fly in from one of the big city newspapers to poke fun at country music or write a negative article about country music and country people. Frankly, I’m over it; it’s kind of getting boring now. So I take it with a grain of salt. The most important thing is great songs, great performances and a legendary crowd around Australia who come out to the shows and support our brand of homegrown music so incredibly well.” WHEN & WHERE: 6 May, Albany Entertainment Centre: 7 May, Bunbury Entertainment Centre; 8 May, Mandurah PAC; 9 May, Crown Theatre; 10 May, Queens Park Theatre, Geraldton
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WHAT’S NEWS? Funnyman Russell Howard chats with Baz McAlister about weird news and dying on stage.
ritish comedian Russell Howard is perhaps best known to Aussies for his Good News show, shown here on Foxtel’s Comedy Channel. With its blend of topical stand-up and bite-sized, easilydigestible news nuggets, it attracts huge audiences of 5 million viewers each week when aired on the BBC. “It’s disposable telly really, just daft stuff about the news, but the young ’uns seem to have latched on to it,” the unassuming Bristol-born comic admits modestly. The show has enjoyed nine seasons in the past five years, and Howard says with the vast amount of bizarre news stories unearthed each day, the show has the fuel to run and run. “Because of the 24-hour news channels, these
huge corporations that are churning out news even when there isn’t any, that’s when you get some of the best stuff, when they’re scrabbling around. The hardest thing is convincing audiences this array of crazy stories are true. Luckily in Good News we can show a headline or show footage, but if you try to do that in (live) standup, people won’t believe you. Like, there was this story last year where a woman had tried to kill her husband by putting poison in her vagina and she’d encouraged him to go down on her...” It’s a story that, by that logic, probably won’t make it into Howard’s new standup tour, Wonderbox. “The title comes from
this wonderful thing German families do where they literally have a box full of little mementoes and each has a story attached, and they pass it from family to family.” Howard has performed in Australia before, with a spot at Melbourne Comedy Festival in 2007 and a smaller hit-and-run tour in 2011 that included towns such as Darwin and Colac – but despite not having done much stand-up since falling down the TV rabbit hole the past few years, he says he’ll be match-fit. “I’ve been doing gigs around the (London) comedy circuit and it’s been really good fun, going up with bits of paper and trying things out. Some nights you’re going on and dying but you kind of have to, really, to try stuff out. It would be like Coldplay going on stage at Wembley and going ‘It was all green ... nope ... It was all blue ... nope, that’s not going to fucking work. Yellow, that’s it!’” After his Aussie run Howard will be returning to hometown Bristol to film a DVD. The Music recalls another comic Bristol native, Stephen Merchant, lamenting once in a podcast that Bristol didn’t roll out the red carpet every time the prodigal son comes home. Does Howard expect the hometown hero treatment? “Well, Stephen did a lot of stuff away from Bristol, so he conquered the world before he came back,” Howard suggests. “Whereas I’ve done every shitty gig – and nice gig – in Bristol, and I still do loads of small gigs there. For instance there’s a pub gig you can do, a 60-seater called the White Bear. And the only time there’s a red carpet there is when someone’s been glassed. Classy it ain’t.” WHAT: Russell Howard: Wonderbox WHEN & WHERE: 16 & 17 May, Regal Theatre
BELIEVE IT OR NOT Having impressed Australian blues and roots fans since age 14, Morgan Bain talks to Josie McGraw about the release of his new EP and his love of touring.
rom beginning to end, Morgan Bain’s new six -track EP, What You Believe, has a transitional sound – unintentionally walking the listener through a developmental journey. “I wasn’t going to put [Fire] on the album. It didn’t seem to fit. But with EPs you can kind of do whatever you want. This album is an experimental thing – showing people another side,” Morgan confesses. At first listen, the new single In The Middle could seem like a break-up song. Not a far-reaching topic for a blues and roots songwriter. But as Bain explains, “It’s about being in a relationship that you don’t even know is a relationship anymore. You’re not sure if it’s the right thing to do.” The single also displays an exciting new direction for Bain.“[In The Middle] has a catchy soul vibe, with the Michael Jackson style beat – dun dun dun dun – and the string section with catchy lyrics. It’s more soul-blues.” Bain happily explains. Bain’s surprisingly mature voice caused quite a stir in the WA and Australian music scene when he was first introduced. He was even awarded WAM’s 2013 Blues and Roots Act of the Year. However, Bain hasn’t settled. “I’m definitely still developing my sound. I like so many different genres of music. This [album] isn’t there yet. With my next album, I already know what I want to do 22 • THE MUSIC • 7TH MAY 2014
next… [I’ll be] looking to soul blues a bit more – Isley Brothers, Stevie Wonder, a lot of soul music looking to The Black Crowes, and funk music.” Collaborating with Joel Quartermain (Eskimo Joe) on this EP has proved successful once again. Most artists exhaust themselves, trying to perfect every beat, lyric and nuance, but the duo’s approach to songwriting is quite refreshing. “Let’s write the single now!” Bain remembers Joel’s suggestion. “The spontaneity of it. We wrote the song in two hours. Being able to write a song in the morning and go in and record straight away, then and
there. It’s amazing ‘cause you’re still in that mood. No one really gets to do that unless you own your own studio.” Proud to call Perth his home, Bain actually finds life on the road the most inspirational. “I have the best job in the world when I tour… If it was up to me, I would just not live anywhere – live out of a van – because I love touring so much. Then I could roll up next to any puddle. I’ve written so many songs on the road it’s completely and utterly stupid. Songs for two whole albums.” The EP launch venue couldn’t make more sense. “It’s one of the first places that I ever started playing – maybe playing it a little bit too much. Bex Chilcott… you know, Ruby Boots – she gave me my first break. She truly believed in me and got me to the next platform. Indi Bar is one of my favourite pubs to play. I love the place. It’s my home. My home is a pub.” WHAT: What You Believe (Independent) WHEN & WHERE: 9 May, Indi Bar
KEEPING IT REAL Ahead of his national tour with Groovin The Moo, Allday (aka Tom Gaynor) chats to Kane Sutton about dealing with the weight of expectation when writing new music.
want my album to win urban album of the year at the ARIAs. I’ve got a bunch of other things but I don’t want to make them public yet. Getting onboard a national touring line-up was a big thing for me,” Tom Gaynor begins. It’s obvious the young Melbourne-based rapper is not fazed by setting the bar high, and given his dramatic increase in notoriety over the last 12 months, it’s hardly a surprise. Gaynor has been asked to perform at the upcoming Groovin The Moo festival by popular demand, and
he’s overwhelmed by the idea. “People were making Facebook pages and stuff for it, trying to get me to play. It was a pretty ‘wow’ sort of moment, that people actually spend time putting this stuff together and requesting it. It’s crazy.” You’d expect plenty of artists to feel stressed out in the position Gaynor finds himself in, with a horde of supporters and a new album in the works, but he feels the reason he’s been able to keep it together is his ability to keep himself composed. “I feel internally pressured to do well. It’s weird – if I listen to Drake
or Kendrick (Lamar) or people I consider the best rappers in the world right now, I think to myself, ‘Hey, I can do that,’ and all I have to do is pressure myself to get to that level. I don’t feel pressured by the support, I feel pressured by me because that’s where I want to be and it’s all up to me to get there.”
While it seems to be in his best interests to block out the demands of his fans, he’s adamant that his new work will be reflective of his ever-growing popularity. “When I started things a couple of years ago I had So Good, which was in the Hottest 100, and when I was doing it then it was just all a hobby. Someone would send me a beat and I’d decide to rap on it because I didn’t have access to other beats or recording studios, so it was just fun – it wasn’t really that important to me. “Now that it’s my job and my life, I have to be in control of everything and I’m very pedantic about it. The music that you’ll hear coming out this year will feel like a better representation of where I want to go as an artist. When I’m trying to be creative, everything that’s happened to you affects that and that’s what I’ve been trying to do. You could probably describe this new album as quite dark, but it’s still got the singing elements and sweet melodies. It felt very different to putting together an EP. It was gruelling, particularly because I’d put together so many mixtapes and not worried about getting things right. So I had to learn to be a perfectionist, which really isn’t in my nature. It’s getting pretty close to… well, not perfect, but neat.” WHEN & WHERE: 10 May, Groovin The Moo, Bunbury; 30 May, Flyrite
IN THE BLOOD
Gina Williams & Guy Ghouse have hit on something with the all-Noongar Kalyakoorl. Williams takes stock of the whole experience with Cam Findlay.
ina Williams & Guy Ghouse’s new album, Kalyakoorl, is something of a revelation. Written entirely in Williams’ learned Noongar language, it’s an album of deep sense of place and time, and its success is something of a surprise. “It’s just crazy at the moment,” Williams admits. “We had no idea it would take off like this. I’m used to being under the radar, and now with this... it’s just amazing. We just came back from shows over east and... oh,” Williams says. “We had grown men come up to us and tell us how much the music meant to them, and then they would just start crying. The music seems to have this power and this emotional connection. For me it’s always been personal, but we’re just amazed at how many people have taken it and run with it. It’s amazing.” The story begins with Williams’ attempt to connect with her heritage. “I was adopted when I was young, so I grew up not really knowing who I was. I spent many, many years trying to work that out, and where my family comes from and where I come from. Learning the language, I guess, just ended up being a big part of that because language is so important to the culture and the traditions. Really, what language does is give it a context; it ties everything together. That’s why it was so important for me to learn, because it gives me a way to relate to my ancestors. The other thing is that it’s just such a rare
language now. Overall, there’s 240 people left who speak Noongar in Australia. It’s really, really vulnerable; every time an elder dies there’s a big worry because we lose so much of the push for the language. So the other reason for making Kalyakoorl was to raise awareness about Noongar and other Aboriginal languages, and about how important it is to be aware of them and keep them going. And I hope the album’s done that. “It was actually Guy who got me into it. He kept telling me, ‘Gina, you’ve got to do native songs, you have to,’ and I never took it too seriously. But once we
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got into it it just worked. Like the title track, Kalyakoorl, I first heard when I was hanging the washing out,” she laughs. “Guy had sent me some chords, and I rushed in the house to record the lyrics before I forgot them. I sent it to Guy and within an hour he had built the music around it. That’s just how it worked. We got to the point where Guy would be like, ‘Here, listen to this,’ and the words would just come.” WHAT: Kalyakoorl (Independent) WHEN & WHERE: 26 May, Sorry Day Concert, Wellington Square; 30 May, West Australian Of The Year Awards, Perth Convention Centre; 31 May, State Of The Art Festival, Perth Cultural Centre THE MUSIC • 7TH MAY 2014 • 23
ALBUM OF THE WEEK
Having stepped away from the much-lauded Portico Quartet a few years ago, after a couple of extended plays Nick Mulvey has finally released an album that sees him embracing the singersongwriter role with aplomb. From the opening tender notes issuing from his guitar on title track First Mind, a tranquil mood is cast. The 12 tracks drift along with an ebb and flow that artfully merges hope with longing. Songs like Fever To The Form begin humbly enough, but build in intensity, with subtle drum parts and gentle harmonies adding layers and textures that effortlessly draw the listener in. Fingerpicking lays the foundation to one of the album highlights, April, with arpeggiating guitar work that haunts and captivates. Juramidam again showcases the simmering power Mulvey wields with his acoustic guitar, and the album as a whole is underpinned by a style of playing
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that strikes a mature, understated balance between technique and song-crafting. Mulvey’s voice never dominates the delicate musical landscape, and at all times the vocal melodies are subtle, blending seamlessly with the minimal instrumentation. Humming on tracks like Alisa Craig and The Trellis lends an almost hypnotic quality to the sound, and when Mulvey is weaving words it is with intelligent calculation. First Mind presents a fine collection of songs that are delivered with the graceful finesse of a songwriter on top of his game and deservedly on the rise. Glenn Waller
Little Bastard are at their best when they play their particular brand of country-punk music at such a blisteringly fast pace that the friction of their fingers on the banjo and mandolin strings becomes a fire hazard. In fact, this seven-piece outfit from Sydney’s Inner West had a gig end prematurely because of a set-off fire extinguisher – whether it was a result of their explosive performance or not is unconfirmed. Their self-titled debut LP however lacks the spark of their live performances. Having dubbed themselves as just another rock’n’roll band, several tracks on the record, such as Crosses On The Highway and Be My Kind, sound like the lovechildren of a Paul Kelly and Rick Springfield. Unfortunately, the aforementioned tracks lack Kelly’s lyrical storytelling,
THE BLACK KEYS
With three completely beardrelated albums already under their chins, the hirsute brigade of beard-enthusiasts known as The Beards have somehow managed to whip up yet another 12 tracks focused entirely on the subject of facial hair. At some point it’s surely going to run dry, but that time is not yet nigh. It seems as though these four hairy men still have a lot of life in them – or perhaps they just have a lot to say about beards.
Dan Auerbach gets his six-string freak on immediately, dragging the guitar solos of Weight Of Love to the edges and back, while drummer Pat Carney comfortably trails with a low-key beat in the song’s back nook. In Time and Turn Blue wouldn’t be out of place on Broken Bells’ latest album, no surprise given Danger Mouse is producing the band 24 • THE MUSIC • 7TH MAY 2014
and without the assistance of the band’s high energy levels, they feel somewhat lifeless. That said, the quick tempo of I Just Want You Home, Bodies In The Water and first single, High For You, will keep toes tapping and the dancing listeners happy. And Desert Roller, with its slower, flowing melody and harmonica, will evoke images of cowboy spurs and spaghetti Westerns. The band is named after the car that James Dean died in, which was supposedly cursed. But Little Bastard should be able to avoid a similar fate if they continue to make music capable of setting off smoke detectors. Ash Goldberg
The Beard Album MGM
The Black Keys continue to expand on the whole two guys, sticks and riffs ideals, with eighth album Turn Blue seeing the Akron, Ohio natives sell the El Camino for a split window Kombi with curtains, cushions and even a lava lamp. The record drifts through the speakers like a plume of smoke, which ironically makes it kind of difficult to really be blown away by. But rather than a startling jolt, Turn Blue is a subtle massage, and the more time you give it the more you appreciate its curves and sex appeal.
★★★ once more. Fever, meanwhile, is the closest this record comes to a straight-up rock number, but even that is done lucidly, the hooks of the track instead held on a jangly bass line and an exasperated organ that sounds like it’s going to run out of puff at any moment. Coming home, there are elements of psych (Bullet In The Brain), zoot suit blues (It’s Up To You Now) and even The Black Keys Midwest take on R&B (10 Lovers). The end result is a hypnotising, different record, but one that’s sometimes just a little too lethargic. Benny Doyle
Much of the comical value lies not so much in the lyrical content alone, but in how it’s being delivered. A simple chanting of the word “beards” repetitively (as sung in the Queen-esque third track, I Like Beards) is not particularly funny on paper, but the combination of cheesy powerrock, camp piano melodies and dramatic gang vocals make it so. Through all the insincerity and crude humour, there’s a considered musical exploration that underlines The Beard Album.
★★★ ½ With a dramatic disposition, The Beards have explored everything from heartfelt ballads to feelgood classic rock – the only problem is it becomes difficult to appreciate as the album drags on. It’s impressive how much variety these guys have been able to extract from such singlular subject matter, and they’re certainly doing it well, but by the same token, there’s only so much beard banter a person can take in one sitting. You probably won’t get many repeat listens out of this one. Justine Keating
CROOKED COLOURS In Your Bones Sweat It Out The title track from this local group’s upcoming EP features minimalistic and eerie guitar and percussion lines, which are combined with some intoxicating synth work and a rather haunting set of vocals. Seems really fitting that they’ll support RÜFÜS on their upcoming tour.
JACK WHITE Lazaretto Third Man Records You can recognise that the album was completed in just over three hours, with lead single, Lazaretto, sounding like it’s come right out of a jam session. Jack White channels an impressive bit of ‘70s funk-rock with this track, with a layer of electronic noise permeating the blues backbone.
MELANIE DE BIASIO
The Return Of The Mail-Order Bridegroom
Late Night Tales
While jazz may be the obvious permutation of the Belgian chanteuseಬs second (not very) long-player, No Deal revels in the art of understatement. Less is so powerfully more, with a clatteringly simple percussion section and a piano as delicate and frail as a raindrop providing as much rich texture as Biasioಬs own smoky vocals, which come and go as they please, never hogging the spotlight. Closer With All My Love lovingly pays tribute to the fragile production on Talk Talkಬs seminal Spirit Of Eden and is worthy of admission price alone.
With elder statesman status, Sir Edmund is doing even more with less. A document of his recent mode of performance – just himself and range of acoustic guitars, with occasion loop or background clatter – songs are drawn from his own career(s), and some other reference points. Thus, his still-hypnotic The Way I Made You Feel resides with a Hey Joe taken back to bluesy murder ballad. The Walker Brothers’ No Regrets comes with a weary resignation, while a final Messin’ With The Kid takes The Saints’ punk angst and makes it grow up. Ross Clelland
REMI Tyson House Of Biege Remi’s new record is fascinating. He incorporates hip hop and soul with a chaotic beat and lyrics that can at times be surprising and intriguing. The energy is almost animalistic and symbolises power, which is no doubt where the title of the song holds its significance.
The best entries in the Late Night Tales series resonated like twilight road movies, and Django Django’s set starts in that vein, with Leo Kottke’s dusty guitar drifting into the fairytale whisperings of Gulp, and Bob James’ chiming witchcraft. The mixing doesn’t get any more advanced than radio-style fader up/fader down business, but despite sleepwalking into the proggy end of yacht-rock once or twice too often, their collection also radiates with gems such as The Beach Boys’ Surf ’s Up and TNGHT’s Bugg’n. Christopher H James
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Girl Jamie sounds as smooth and summery as ever on this track – the clever use of vocal sampling combined with a gentle bass line and winding melody will have listeners new and old feeling as though there’s plenty to be excited about with his album release just around the corner.
JAMIE XX Young Turks
OUR MAN IN BERLIN
Is It Right?
Where’s My Dystopia?
The locals may not surprise us here with this EP – each song tackles the indie-electronic sound with ethereally smooth, silky vocals, yet the great thing about it is each song feels strangely fresh and unique. Spilt Milk starts things off at a relatively slow pace, with pattering beats and an almost spiritual vibe, which moulds perfectly into the more upbeat, boppy Flight. Airhead showcases the vocal abilities, which soar magnificently despite the heavy enhancements, while title track, Is It Right?, and closing track, Lonely Arms, contain some wonderfully catchy hooks. A solid first effort.
Perth are one of WA’s most enticing, yet mysterious and confounding, bands – not just for the un-Googleableness of their name. But it’s obvious how much they’re loved by those who know them. Their album Where’s Your Utopia? catapulted Perth into the vernacular, and this remix album comes with expectation, which is met, fully. There’s a chilled house version of Sunday Stroll. Gunns drive Drank And Kites And Tomorrow into a psych stratosphere, and the amazing Valerio Cosi gives Old At Heart a new lease on life. Stunning stuff, and more proof that Perth are groundbreaking.
The Cairos – Dream Of Reason Little Dragon- Namuba Rubbermaid Lloyd Cole – Standards Bo Ningen – III Closure In Moscow – Pink Lemonade Killer Be Killed – Killer Be Killed Lykke Li – I Never Learn TEEN – The Way And Colour
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PETE ROCK, DJ PREMIER Capitol 1 May For the first in a series of collaborative performances, Collision proudly graced Capitol with hip hop royalty. Easing in the night were a handful of Action Bronson numbers along with the likes of Danny Brown and Schoolboy Q. With latecomers filtering in well past nine, the headline set had to be pushed back half an hour, creating an atmosphere of anxious anticipation. When the headliners finally took the stage, it became one of those moments you know you’ll remember forever, seeing two of hip hop’s most influential
Of Pain’s infectious Jump Around amidst lesser-known head-boppers like INI’s Fakin’ Jax. With the entire crowd under their spell, DJ Premier stopped the music and called out Pete Rock to give the crowd something special, resulting in the Soul Brother leaving the decks to don the microphone in two minutes of unexpected bars. With the night coming to a close, the duo seemed to turn it up a notch, playing their most recognisable bodies of work in Gang Starr and Pete Rock & CL Smooth until the night ended with They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.), surely etching their performance in the minds of the attendees for years to come and making everyone realise how lucky they’d just been to witness DJ Premier and Pete Rock go backto-back for upwards of two hours. Jai Chouhan
PETE ROCK AND DJ PREMIER @ CAPITOL. PIC: JAMES KILLIAN
producers on stage together for what would be arguably one of the best hip hop shows ever to come to Perth. Kicking things off, DJ Premier starting his set with a James Brown tribute. This was the case for about ten minutes, going track for track, each one-upping the next in a fashion that would set the precedence for the rest of the night. The duo would go from artist to artist, playing a catalogue of the biggest hip hop and rap anthems of the 1990s, with some medleys lasting up to 20 minutes (see J Dilla). One front-row fan was lucky enough to have his Illmatic vinyl signed by both DJs during the Nas segment, creating mass envy for collectors in the crowd. Although some were upset at the use of Serato in their set, the pair laid it down on the ones and twos, continuing to keep the crowd entertained throughout the night, dropping tracks like House 26 • THE MUSIC • 7TH MAY 2014
RUSSIAN CIRCLES, TANGLED THOUGHTS OF LEAVING, DROWNING HORSE
Rosemount Hotel 2 May The old abode of Rosemount has received a much-welcomed renovation, with a new, houseof-hallways-style entrance to the main room. It provided a suitable level of theatrics for a gig fans have been waiting a long while for, in its ultimate three-hit listing. Earplugs were definitely a hot item.
The return of Drowning Horse steered the night down eerie territory as everyone breathed a sigh of relief that, yes, they were back armed with new material. Their new tracks, being tested for the upcoming album, are stunning, adding much more structure and layering to the band’s intense doom-metal sound. The corner of the room looked like a scene from a George A Romero film, all fog and red light, and captured the band’s element perfectly. Of course Tangled Thoughts Of Leaving got the Russian Circles slot; their jazz-metal stylings and epic build-ups are a perfect match. They weren’t being shy, either: two of the highest calibre moments in their music, Deep Rivers Run Quiet and Tiny Fragments parts 1 and 2, were flung out with aplomb.
progressive and major scale-esque edge to what Russian Circles do best: transposing drawn-out journeys of heavy sound with compact, rhythmic bridges. There was a little to be left wanting, with the constricting space of the corner stage and the band’s focus meaning there wasn’t a whole lot to watch. Apart from the studious attention being paid to the guitar parts and Dave Turncrantz’s always chaotic drumming, the band were happy to just get on with it. The fluid and embracing time changes between songs let it be known that they’ve worked hard to construct a solid setlist, and while it would have been good to see a little more freedom on stage, the quality of Russian Circles’ music pretty much adds up to a pretty memorable show either way. Cam Findlay
RUSSIAN CIRCLES @ ROSEMOUNT HOTEL. PIC: STUART MILLEN
TTOL are now an amazingly homogenous unit, and their music keeps improving because of it. The three members of Russian Circles took to the stage without much ceremony, other than a few knowing nods to those in the crowd who were ready for the onslaught. Throwing themselves immediately into Station, there was no letting up for the next hour-and-a-half. The band seamlessly melded the entire set together, long sections of distortion covering tune-ups in between songs. The crowd was a good mix, although black was obviously the dominant apparel colour. The entire front row was buffered by circles of spinning hair, while the rest of the crowd pushed as close to the stage as they could in order to soak up as much chunky, angular riffage as possible. The setlist was thankfully eclectic, with the new material from Memorial providing a more
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DEATH OF A SAILS-MAN
Mt Lawley Bowling Club (finished)
Astor Theatre (finished)
Astor Theatre (finished)
‘Exhausting’ is the word in mind as we left the performance of this small man on a very small stage – the festival organisers really need to fix that.
When Simmons begins his set he signposts it with “This is going to get weird” – and that it does. Playing the role of a muesli bar salesman, out for a windsurf one afternoon he ends up lost at sea. The ensuing hour is a wacky journey into how the psyche deteriorates from bravado to madness over the course of 14 days. Along the way bad things happen to a dolphin’s private parts, a seagull gets devoured and his grandmother flies a rocket – just some of his ridiculous to manic tangents.
Selling out his five Perth Comedy Fest shows before stepping off the plane, Melbourne’s Ronny Chieng was one of the festival’s hottest acts. Having a law degree might explain his ability to formulate and execute such well structured and witty tangents on the ignorance of youth, his experiences being of Malaysian origin and dealing with racism, and his distaste for Apple store employees. After 20 minutes recounting a horrid experience with a local Apple Genius, he left the stage to a mighty cheer and resided at the merch desk, selling Ronny Chieng iPhone 5 cables.
Exhausted from the amount of sidesplitting laughter. Exhausted from watching this pocket dynamo do his thing. The man didn’t stop moving on stage with his idiosyncratic hen-digging-forworms movements. The energy he created on stage was palpable and infectious. His theorem on how gays are created (with crowd participation) was one of the funniest interactions have seen performed with an audience.
Hilarious, zany, bizarre are only some of the adjectives used to describe Foot. Words aren’t enough; go and see him perform.
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ONE MAN SHOW
Astor Theatre (finished)
Astor Theatre (finished)
Astor Theatre (finished)
New York’s Wil Sylvince was welcomed by a crowd ready for a great show, and that’s what they got. From experiences with first class air travel to how he lost 35 kilos in under a year, Sylvince’s show was an hour dripping with hilarious anecdotes about living among the “blacks-vs-whites” mentality that still exists, and what that means for the average American living in Brooklyn. Using comedy to approach this still very political issue in the States is a bold move that pays off in spades, the audience in hysterics for almost the entire show.
The Chaser’s War On Everything has been off the air for five years but Chris Taylor and Andrew Hansen are still strong on the warpath against anything and everything that gets in their way. Wildly entertaining and fiercely intelligent, the duo share perceptive and sarcastic musings on everything from social media and grocery conglomerates to government policies towards gay marriage and asylum seekers. More Monty Python than Jerry Seinfeld, One Man Show is simultaneously hilarious and offensive through an array of skits and songs. A well informed audience will be best equipped to appreciate this insightful and satirical approach to the absurd political climate that is modern-day Australia.
This is one very well thought-out and clever comedy performance, based entirely on the selfie and how we all manufacture our public image. Running throughout is the self-deprecating humour she’s famous for. Gadsby manages to seamlessly take the audience through the history of the selfie with a gallery of paintings; like a university lecturer, she analyses, using her laser pointer, how ridiculous all selfies are.
Watch out for a crowd-pleasing parallel drawn between Vladimir Putin and Justin Bieber. Her ending is probably the best I’ve ever seen in a performance – pure magic. Darren Moldrich
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PERTH INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL TIEN TRAN
Can you give us a tweet-length summary of your show? I stand there and talk shit about a bunch of things. Some people are gonna be offended, some are gonna disagree. But I’ll make you laugh. What was the last thing you couldn’t stop laughing at? I was hanging out with a friend and a dirty fork dropped out of her bag. It had pasta stains on it. She needs to get her life together. What’s your favourite comedy f ilm and why? Love On Delivery by Stephen Chow. It’s one of those movies that I grew up on and has nostalgic value for me. It also cracks me up every time. What happened the last time you were heckled? It was four really drunk girls. I told them to shut up and insulted their intelligence. And the rest of the night they just sulked and gave me mean looks. What profession do you think would provide the best comic material? Any mindless office job. The people in those places are so comical, they don’t even know. Website link for more info? perthcomedyfest. com.au/single-event?show_id=525 WHAT: Tien Tran: If You Don’t Know, Now You Know WHEN & WHERE: 14 – 17 May, Mt Lawley Bowling Club
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FOOD & DRINK APPS COFFEE
This area could be improved, although there are state-specific apps like Melbourne Coffee Review and Sydney Cafe culture. Beanhunter is not restricted to the trendy cities. Users can share their experiences and search by location, coffee brand or coffee shop, with filter options being best match, distance, equipment, brew methods, coffee brands, open now and more. If you’re a coffee snob, you can just open up and own it. You’re the reason this app was made. Your people welcome you.
You would think Australia would be all over this shit, but finding user-driven bar/pub apps is proving way more difficult than expected. Besides statespecific apps Sydney Bars and Melbourne’s Bars and Pubs (plus a handful of garish other ones), you’d have better luck using the food-finder apps that allow you to restrict your search to bars. Clearly people aren’t nearly as fussy with their booze compared with their food. Frankly, Aussie app developers, we’re embarrassed and disappointed.
BARS AND PUBS
Anyone who has any interest in their local cafes, bars and restaurants needs to have Urbanspoon on their phone. With percentage ratings based on how many people have given a place a thumbs up or down; blogger, critic and user reviews; as well as being able to search listings based on cuisine, area, rating, cost, popularity and more; Urbanspoon’s a valuable resource for those who won’t settle for sub-par dining experiences. At least a 75 percent rating (after 100+ votes, of course) or bust. See also: Yelp, Foursquare, Foodspotting, Tripadvisor.
This gets its own category ‘cause how often have you had a vegan in the group and then struggled to think of suitable nearby places to eat? Happycow.net is one of the go-to web destinations for herbivores, and the Happy Cow app is a staple too. Filter by vegetarian/vegan only, vegfriendly, food store and more, and you can upload reviews and photos for fellow users to peruse. For gluten-intolerant folks, the Gluten Free Eating directory app is similar. If you’re vegan/ gluten-intolerant, have these handy so your pals can’t complain about the lack of choices.
CHECK OUT COMMUNITY, RECIPES FROM ARTHUR STREET KITCHEN BY HETTY MCKINNON Nothing pleases Hetty McKinnon more than cooking up a feast for friends and family; with the help of photographer Luisa Brimble, McKinnon released a book of salad recipes so that you can do the same. As well as providing 60 vegetarian recipes (some highlights: roasted beetroot with caramelised turnips, edamame beans and wasabi mayonnaise; za’atar-roasted carrots with kale, freekeh and blood orange-maple dressing; spiced Persian red lentils with roasted cauliflower and yoghurt), the book encourages people to think more creatively about veggies. If you missed out on buying the first edition that was released in Nov 2013, a new one’s coming out this month.
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eat/drink FOOD TRUCKIN’
feed pops up and we are cooking up around the corner in a local park, market or by the beach. What food fad do you see being popularised next? Fried chicken! It has to be next! We are working on a dish called Tropical Chicken!
COMIDA DO SUL BRAZILIAN FOOD TRUCK 2/18 Stack St, Fremantle facebook.com/
ComidaDoSul Answered by: Joel Rees What is the best aspect of having your business mobile? We come to you! You could be sitting on the couch looking at your Facebook when suddenly a Comida
What is your dream festival to cater for? We catered a few festivals over the summer and I would have to say they aren’t really a dream as you work your arse off and have a mental breakdown! The dream is serving up in a dingy little park or beach car park and
packing it with people. Who is serving/cooking and what makes them special? My wife and I. We are usually in the truck cooking up. We now have a Comida team and they are Brazilians and Australians. We need the Brazilians in the truck to keep it legit! Plus Brazilians will get angry if they are getting Coxinha from Aussies, ha ha. What should I order when you pull up? Prato Feito and a Coxinha. Wash it down with a fresh coconut!
IMPROVE YOUR APPS
While we’re at it, here are a few other apps that’ll make your everyday life easier. Spendee
HOT SPOT THE HOLY BAGEL COMPANY When compared to our North American and European counterparts, Perth baked bagels tend to lag in quality. Enter The Holy Bagel Company. Trained in New York in the traditional style, Todd and Nathan work tirelessly from their Canning Vale bakery distributing artisan-style rings of chewy, doughy goodness to cafes and restaurants around Perth. For a take-home bagel fix, check out the Kyilla Markets on Saturdays and the Vic Park Markets on Sundays.
Nobody likes keeping track of how much they (over)spend. But Spendee is such a delight to use, it’s not such a chore. Simple to use but with all the features you could want in a budgeting app (categories, transaction scheduler, animated circle graphs), and also visually appealing, Spendee’s an easy way to keep track of where your money’s going and how much you’re (not) saving. Fantastical
X-WRAY CAFE Lot 4, 3-13 Essex St, Fremantle Answered by: Tex Miller What is an ingredient you couldn’t live without? Chilli! Dried, fresh, oil, powder, flakes – I love it all! Depending on the type of chilli (and how much you use) it can really complement whatever dish you are making. What food fad do you see being popularised next?
I’m not sure if this is a “fad” but I see a lot of restaurants and cafes starting to make an effort to go local with fresh produce, seafood, meat, and even growing their own herbs and I hope that continues. What’s the design/ atmosphere of your restaurant? We are a combination of a lot of things (small bar, cafe, restaurant, music venue, art space) so the space
has MANY different personalities. I like to think that we are a place that people always feel welcome, familiar, and comfortable. What should I order when I come down? Breakfast: Cherry-truss tomatoes, avocado, chevre, and rocket on olive ciabatta (throw an egg on there
as well). Lunch: Mix of daily salads with grilled chicken. Dinner: (entree) Prosciutto, char-grilled peaches and asparagus; (main) Linley Valley pork cutlet with smoked yoghurt, celeriac, sweet sour apple and crackle crumble.
If you’re bored of the default calendar app, this one will make organisation fun again. Its detailed but uncluttered design, in-built reminders and an intuitive ‘new event’ inputting system means you’ll be making plans for the sole purpose of being able to enter them into the app. Sleep Cycle Tracks your movements while you sleep and maps out a graph of your sleep cycle, with details like how long you slept for and the quality of your sleep. THE MUSIC • 7TH MAY 2014 • 31
opinion MODERATELY HIGHBROW ARTS, CULTURE AND THE INBETWEEN WITH CAM FINDLAY My entire involvement with the My Kitchen Rules phenomenon has been the intermittent commentaries from my housemate. Who is a bitch, who should win, who’s the public favourite; it seems that, despite the fact it’s just a bloody show about cooking, every man and his TV-hypnotised dog has something to say about MKR. Don’t get me wrong, I’m equally capable of sitting on my arse and spending an hour watching a documentary about cassowaries (eternally rewarding), but there has been some comment in the wake of the finals last week about just how ridiculous reality TV has become, and how attached we are to it. Patton Oswalt, one of my favourite comedians, does a bit on how the world will eventually become so saturated with reality TV, we’ll get to a stage where explosions and ninja attacks become real life, and we’re all watching Hollywood films about eating breakfast and taking a shit. Like all good comedy, it’s got a ring of truth to it. If you think about American networks like Discovery and Nat Geo, and how they went from showing thought-provoking material to countless shows about drunken, toothless hillbillies hunting native wildlife, you kind of understand. Not too long ago, the subjects/ characters/idiots from Duck Dynasty (a show about a family who invented a duck caller, I shit you not) got into trouble for allegedly being homophobic. It was a media whitewash, and it’s pretty synonymous with reality TV in general. You didn’t watch MKR for the cooking, you watched it for the overblown drama – admit it.
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THE HEAVY SHIT
METAL AND HARD ROCK WITH CHRIS MARIC
CONTEMPORARY MUSIC INDUSTRY NEWS WITH WEST AUSTRALIAN MUSIC
And so the Euro touring comes to an end. Well, it has until I can pay it off and go again… I never made it to the Crobar in London like I hoped I would. There’s just too much to see and do in a town ten times the size of Sydney and you can’t do everything when you’ve only got three days. What I did do however was spend a lot of time back in Camden Town, which is the best. I met up with an ex-pat photographer mate of mine who’s been living there for over ten years and shoots most of the gigs around town for Metal Hammer, Terrorizer, Kerrang! and a few others and is pretty much an integral part of the scene there. We caught up at a gig for Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats at the Koko Theatre just down from the Underworld and it’s probably the prettiest venue in the city – part State Theatre, part ‘20s ballroom with a kick-arse sound system. The band sounded great and the crowd was such a mix you wouldn’t know what kind of show it was, metal, doom and stoner dudes as well as the after-work crowd all under the spell of the mighty riff. From there it was around the corner to the Black Heart. Think Venom meets Frankie’s but permanent. In a square block you’ve got a half-dozen rock dens, bars and venues. Makes you wanna cry! The next day I went back for more as Camden was in the middle of DesertFest, a threeday mini-festival of doom and stoner bands (hence, the Desert name) taking place in a bunch of venues around the area – The Electric Ballroom, The Underworld, Koko and a few others – that was headlined by Kvelertak. In between, the
wristbanded crowd was cruising the bars and dropping into the markets teeming with tourists. It’s got such an awesome vibe and I highly suggest you go if you ever get the chance. What’s happening back on the home front, I hear you say? Fuck your Euro stories… Well, Origin are coming through town this week with AMDBL and Eternal Rest and that’s sure to be in the running for heaviest gig of the year. The awesome Corrosion Of Conformity have announced they will be here in July with Weedeater (who were at DesertFest). COC will be playing as a three-piece as apparently Pepper is too busy with Down to be part of his old band these days. German power metal maniacs Tankard are here in July for a few steins and from very out of left field, Veruca Salt have reformed and will be coming here in September. Who doesn’t love Seether and Volcano Girls, eh? The rest of the guys from As I Lay Dying have pushed on and are keen to put as much distance between themselves and the controversy surrounding their former singer Tim Lambesis, currently in jail for being an arsehole. They’ve recruited Shane Blay from Oh Sleeper to be their new frontman, have changed their name to Wovenwar and last week released their debut track, All Rise. A full album is expected by the end of the year. Belgium’s biggest metal export, Channel Zero, are set to release album number six, Kill All Kings, next month, their first since their larger than life drummer Phil Baheux passed away. The legendary Roy Mayorga will be in the engine room on this one. firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to all WAM Members who attended the recent Annual General Meeting: impassioned discussions about the state of WA music arose. The Annual Report was also delivered, amongst other things highlighting that in 2013 WAM achieved the following: directed over $246,000 to West Australian musical performers; created a new visual identity; revised our mission to “championing West Australian music”; reviewed and re-launched our membership value proposition and benefits; established the WA Music Council; inspired over 15,000 students at 25 schools in 52 incursions of our Smarter Than Smoking Schools Alive music program; laid down the foundations for the website; increased our membership by 33%; saw an increase of 13% engagement in song comp, Song of the Year; attracted over 15,000 to the rejuvenated WAM Festival and Music Business Conference; increased attendances to our Music Industry Sundowner Series workshops by 18%; and strategically reviewed WAM programs, implementing fresh initiatives in response. This year WAM has been working with Celebrate WA to refresh the State Of The Art music festival. Now hosting 34 main acts across four stages, this year will also see the move to covered venues within the Perth Cultural Centre, plus additions of live visuals, art displays, buskers, food trucks, pop-up bars and more! Acts include Drapht, San Cisco and Eskimo Joe. Tickets now on sale at sotafest.com.au. WAM’s committed to championing WA music: wam.org.au
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After catching and killing hundreds of sharks since January, the WA government removed the drum lines from WA beaches last week.
AFTER THE WAR HUMP DAY WIN
VANCE VANCE REVOLUTION
ALL THAT JAZZ
The derby is over. Can we all be friends again?
There is little reason not to head down to the Rosemount Hotel on 7 May; FOAM, SpaceManAntics, Morrie Beth, King Cactus, Wiseoaks and Turin Robinson are all prepared to rock out for your aural pleasure.
Vance Joy has already made it to #1 on triple j’s Hottest 100 countdown, the Top 10 of the UK Singles Chart, performed at Laneway Festival and is on the line-up for Groovin The Moo. You can also see him at The Bakery on 8 May with Gossling.
Following its unprecedented success in 2013, the Perth International Jazz Festival (PIJF) makes its triumphant return to the city from 9 – 11 May. Kate Ceberano, Greg Osby, Peter Bernstein and Kristin Baradi are just some of the names on the list.
I KNOW KUNG FU
I SEE RED
FLOOR IS LAVA
Steps Youth Dance Company celebrate a quarter century with an eclectic performance combining dance, theatre and kung fu. Sixty-five performers aged seven to 30 will take the stage at the Heath Ledger Theatre from 10 – 11 May.
With their artfully written, catchy rock songs, RedX are set to make a significant impact with the release of their upcoming EP in mid 2014. Catch them at Prince Of Wales, 9 May; Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, 10 May; and the Newport 11 May.
Returning from their Spanish tour, The Volcanics and touring compadres The Chevelles will be teaming up with The Fortunados and Richard Lane for a bangin’ night of rock’n’roll at Mojo’s on 10 May. $15 from 8pm.
If you can’t afford the trip to Splendour In The Grass, not all is lost. The 1975, Ben Howard and Metronomy have all announced Perth sideshows.
BACKLASH FOAL BALL
Racist comments from LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling have seen him fined and banned for life from the NBA. That one was doomed from the start.
POOR FORM THE BAIN GAME
WAIT FOR THE GREEN LIGHT
There are few musicians who have earned as much respect from such an early age as Morgan Bain. Bain’s genuine and soulful treatment of blues and folk has left a lasting impression on many. He launches his new EP, What You Believe, at Indi Bar on 9 May.
The Naked & Famous are ‘90s kids; invigorated by the era’s golden age of alt-rock, their sound is fully loaded electro-rock, like that of their synth-heavy peers MGMT and Passion Pit. Catch them at The Astor Theatre on 11 May.
ANTICS IN YOUR PANTS
Make Me Laugh Australia is a non-profit orgainisation set up here in Perth to raise funds in one of the best ways possible: making you laugh, obviously. On 8 May, they’re hosting a show at Rosie O’Grady’s Northbridge to raise funds for Miracle Babies.
Choo Choo’s, which has quickly established itself as one of Perth’s favourite trendy bars, is now open for private function bookings. If you want your shindig to have a bit of quirkiness and a lot of quality, hit up firstname.lastname@example.org.
On 10 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 Arts Martial ripping it up, plus the Antics DJs.
Misery Signals are back with another brilliant album in Absent Light, and are ready to unleash it live on the Australian public. They hit Amplifier on 8 May and HQ 9 May with Stories.
The proposed Perth Opera House for Elizabeth Quay looks like something from a cheesy ‘80s sci-fi film. It’s a steal at just over a billion dollars.
LETTIN’ GO A “tight tour schedule” has seen Janelle Monáe and Kimbra cancel their Perth show.
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DIRTY OLD TOWN
ALL FOR OPPORTUNITY
The Odd Fellow, formerly the Norfolk Basement, continues to crank out the gems: Abbe May puts on an always in-demand show on 8 May, with Gunns and Aborted Tortoise supporting. Holy Fuck also grace the stage on 9 May.
Big week as usual for the Clancy’s shacks around town: Davey Craddock & The Spectacles (pictured) in Dunsborough on 11 May, while Pogues cover band The Rogues taking over Clancy’s Freo on 10 May, with all the usual goodness in between.
Opportunity International is a non-profit organisation that provides microfinance options to people living below the poverty line in third world countries. Support them at Mojo’s on 8 May with Braves, The Morning Night and more.
HOLIDAY IN CAMBODIA
WE’RE FRYIN’ TONIGHT
Insomniac? Shift worker? Jetlagged out of town visitor? Vampire? Night Cap Sessions at The Ellington has the cure for what ails you. Catch a late night helping of jazz goodness at from 10.30pm on 10 May. $5 on the door, no bookings required.
Dear Hella, Stuart Orchard, Mossy Fogg and The Irrationals drop some sweet tunes ay Ya Ya’s on 9 May. All proceeds from the gig go to the Water For Cambodia project, providing clean drinking water to those without. $10 door.
Pop the boot and pull out the grill: The Mustang Bar brings you the all-you-can-eat Tailgate Sundays, every Sunday from 4pm. Ice-cold beers and tasty burgers accompanied by WA’s best bands and DJs, with free entry.
WALK THE ‘BRIDGE
Fairbridge Festival’s over for another year, but if you missed it or want more action, you can catch Ensemble Formidable (pictured) and Grace Barbe at Mojo’s on 11 May for a Fairbridge post-party, with DJ Screech on the decks. Free entry.
Formerly known as Nick Terranova, Las Vegas talent Starkillers has very quickly cut his way to the top of the global electronic scene. Blending big hooks and riffs, soaring vocals, thumping beats and effects, he heads to Villa on 10 May.
Guy and Howard Lawrence aka Disclosure, are two of the biggest names in electronic music, but we don’t need to tell you that. Here for Groovin The Moo and a set at Metro City, they also have a late night DJ set at Parker on 9 May.
ALL FOR ONE
MARK OF THE DEVIL
Going Solo at the Moon Cafe brings you Moondog J and Rae on 7 May. This week the artists will go on at 8:30pm. Entry to restaurants is always free, with awesome food and drinks available til late.
Most were rocked by the death of DJ Rashad, one of the most influential Chicago DJs ever. He was the figurehead of the Chicago house and ghetto scenes, and The Bird is celebrating his life on 7 May, with Henry Gillet B2B Frodo and more.
Belgian Christophe “Lord Of The Logos” Szpajdel started doodling in his schoolbooks, but has become the most iconic metal band logo designer in the world. He exhibits at the Rosemount on 10 May with Malignant Monster and more belting it out.
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PERSONAL BEST RECORDS
FINAL WORDS sure what we were thinking there but it was a good show.
Shaker. If they’re not into that record, it’s not happening.
Answered by: Sean Pollard Best record you stole from your folks’ collection? Too many to count but I remember pinching So – Peter Gabriel at one point and losing it over Sledgehammer. First record you bought? A tie between Nevermind – Nirvana and Frogstomp – Silverchair bought secondhand from Cash Converters in Gosnells. Record you put on when you’re really miserable? Drowning In The Fountain Of Youth – Dan Kelly
Most surprising record in your collection? Red – Taylor Swift. I went and saw her at Etihad Stadium, it was magical. Last thing you bought/ downloaded? Everyday Robots – Damon Albarn When and where are your next gigs? 31 May, State Of The Art Festival, in the Cultural Centre. Website link for more info? facebook.com/splitsecondss
Record you put on when you bring someone home? Peasants, Pigs & Astronauts – Kula
THE SPITFIRES Answered by: Sean Regan - guitar and vocals When, where and how did The Spitf ires form? 2008 in Perth. We just wanted to take the piss out of the scene... now we are the scene! Best memory from your time in the band? Club heavy sick in Tokyo on Christmas Eve, Paul breaking into houses in Brisbane, making a dick out of myself in front of Johnny Marr, saying the word cunt on the radio... good times. Craziest thing you’ve done? Knocked the head off a statue of Margaret Thatcher at a gig, then demolished the head with a sledgehammer. Not
Why call it quits? Harassment from the fans was getting too intense to be honest. We kept getting wierd phone calls from this old guy called Richard Kingsmill? I think he’s some DJ or something... We’ve told him to piss off several times but he wouldn’t listen. Plans for the future? I’m off to the UK to front “The Debt Stars” which will effectively be a more polished version of The Spitfires. Paul has joined Roswell and The Caballeros. What can punters expect from the farewell show? It’ll be like the last episode of Breaking Bad, but with even better music and the odd stage invasion. Might smash some guitars if I’m feeling horny. I think we might have a few extra bass players and drummers floating around too. The Spitfire’s last show smashes up Amplifier on 10 May.
PERSONAL BEST RECORDS
We’ll like this EP if we like... You’ll hopefully like this EP if you like Frenzal Rhomb, Alkaline Trio, NOFX, Rise Against, Bodyjar and Useless ID.
THE DECLINE Answered by: Pat Decline EP title? Can I Borrow A Feeling? How many releases do you have now? We have two albums and an EP! (And a super old out-ofprint EP that no one mentions.) Was anything in particular inspiring you during the making? Just hanging out with the wonderful Sam Christopher Allen and his glorious beard, mostly. Oh, and having 30 or so friends sing group vocals on all the songs. What’s your favourite song on it? My favourite song is a track called Cool Kids Can’t Die.
When and where is your launch/ next gig? We’re playing shows nationally for the Can I Borrow A Feeling? tour! The tour kicks off over east, but the WA leg winds up Saturday 16 May at the Rosemount Hotel. Website link for more info? thedecline.com.au The Decline’s Dan Cribb is an employee if Street Press Australia, publishers of The Music. When he’s not punking, he enjoys eating burritos and quoting Tim & Eric.
Ignorant – The Cribs
Answered by: Phill Leggett Best record you stole from your folks’ collection? Close To The Edge – Yes
When and where are your next gigs? 9 May, Prince Of Wales, Bunbury; 10 May, Settlers Tavern, Margaret River; 11 May, Newport Hotel
First record you bought? Bleach – Nirvana
Website link for more info? facebook.com/redxhome
Record you put on when you’re really miserable? Greatest Hits – Spice Girls Record you put on when you bring someone home? Greatest Hits – Spice Girls Most surprising record in your collection? Donuts – J Dilla Last thing you bought/ downloaded? Ignore The THE MUSIC • 7TH MAY 2014 • 35
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THE MUSIC PRESENTS ELLA HOOPER: MAY 8, Artbar THE JUNGLE GIANTS: MAY 9, Rosemount Hotel
OUR MAN IN BERLIN: MAY 30, Amplifier IN HEARTS WAKE: JUN 4, YMCA HQ; JUN 5, Amplifier
THE JEZEBELS: MAY 9, Astor Theatre
FRENTE, MAPLES: JUN 7, Astor Theatre
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 ARCTIC MONKEYS: MAY 13, Perth Arena
JEFF LANG: JUN 7, Fly By Night; JUN 8, Ravenswood Hotel DUNE RATS: JUN 13, Mojo’s; JUN 13, Amplifier YEO: JUN 14, Causeway Bar; JUN 15, Indi Bar LITTLE BASTARD: JUN 19, Prince Of Wales Hotel, Bunbury; JUN 20, Settlers Tavern, Margaret River; JUN 21, Mojo’s
THE DECLINE: MAY 17, Rosemount Hotel DZ DEATHRAYS, PALMS, FOAM: MAY 22, Prince Of Wales, Bunbury; MAY 24, Amplifier; MAY 25, Newport Hotel
VIOLENT SOHO, THE SMITH STREET BAND: JUL 3, The Bakery
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
THE AUDREYS: JUL 4, Fly By Night REMI: JUL 4, The Bakery SOMETHING FOR KATE: JUL 4, Astor Theatre NEW EMPIRE: JUL 5, HQ THE WHITE ALBUM TOUR: JUL 26, Riverside Theatre
GIG OF THE WEEK THE JEZABELS: 9 MAY, ASTOR THEATRE
The Academy Masquerade Ball with +Gideon + Special Guests : Amplifier Bar, Perth Lee Kernaghan + The Wolfe Brothers: Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre, Bunbury Open Mic Night with +Shaun Street: Carine Glades Tavern, Duncraig
Harlem Wednesdays+Genga + Peter Payne + Philly Blunt + Various DJs: Capitol, Perth Next Gen+Various DJs: Metropolis, Fremantle
Paradise Paul + NDorse: The Aviary, Perth
Newport Wednesdays Student Night+Various DJs: Newport Hotel, Fremantle
Japan 4 feat. +Miss Demeanour + DNGRFLD + Blend + Micah + Philly Blunt: Ambar, Perth
Parlour DJ Crew: The Odd Fellow, Fremantle
Father + PurpleNote4APurpleDrank + Free Throws: Flyrite, Northbridge
YAYO feat. +DYP + Rekab + Clunk + DJ Bazilzemplys + Beecroft Sux + Pussymittens + more: Ambar (10pm), Perth
Deadweight! Under Dark Skies+Tremors + Nebula + Modo + Waxon & C Stubble + Jack Burton: Flyrite, Northbridge Disclosure + Wave Racer + Drifter + Genga: Metro City, Northbridge
Parker Saturdays+Simon Paiker + Lukas Wimmler + Acebasik + Jackness + Paul Scott: Parker Nightclub, Perth NDorse + DJ Samuel Spencer + Micah: The Aviary, Perth Starkillers + CompleXBros + GeRmAn + Blayze: Villa Nightclub, Perth
James Wilson : Chase Bar & Bistro, Baldivis
Karnivool: Metropolis, Fremantle
Colour Control + Make Go Crazy + I And The Village + The Dark Rooms + more: Civic Backroom, Inglewood
The Russell Holmes Trio: Clancys Fish Pub, City Beach
5 Shots: Crown Perth (Groove Bar), Burswood
Mister Wolf + The Regular Hunters + DJ James MacArthur: Mustang Bar, Northbridge
Latehorse: Clancys Fish Pub, Dunsborough
Going Solo feat. +Moondog J + Rae: Moon Cafe, Northbridge
Foam + Spacemanantics + Wiseoaks + Morrie Beth + King Cactus + Turin Robinson: Rosemount Hotel, North Perth The Villians + Tell The Shaman + The Midnight Mules + Oakland: Rosemount Hotel (459 Bar), North Perth
Holy Fuck + Usurper Of Modern Medicine + Sacred Flower Union: Rosemount Hotel, North Perth AMAMJAUBB + Night Signals + Kat Wilson + Pope Joan & The Mysticals + SC Barendse: Rosemount Hotel (459 Bar), North Perth Open Mic Night with +Claire Warnock: Settlers Tavern, Margaret River
The Jack Doepel Quartet: X-Wray Cafe, Fremantle
The Jezabels + Gang Of Youths: Astor Theatre, Mount Lawley Hi-NRG: Bailey Bar & Bistro, Joondalup
Misery Signals + Stories: Amplifier Bar, Perth
The Mojos: Balmoral, East Victoria Park
Ella Hooper + Special Guests : Art Gallery Of WA (Art Bar), Perth
Courtney Murphy: Beau Rivage Restaurant, East Perth
Comedy Night+Various Artists: Charles Hotel, North Perth Jack & Jill : Crown Perth (Lobby Lounge), Burswood
Howie Morgan : Empire Bar, Rivervale
Vanerty Brothers: Gosnells Hotel, Gosnells
Singer Songwriters Showcase with +Kids With Wolves + Minky G + Rosco: X-Wray Cafe, Fremantle
Troy Division + NDorse + Benjamin Sebastian: The Aviary, Perth
Perth International Jazz Festival feat. +Greg Osby + Void + more: Ellington Jazz Club, Perth
Choppa Duo: Gate Bar & Bistro, Success
Off the Record: Universal Bar, Northbridge
Day-Woo+Various DJs: Flyrite (3pm), Northbridge
Adam James: East 150 Bar, Ascot
Abbe May + Gunns + Aborted Tortoise: The Odd Fellow, Fremantle
Retrofit: Universal Bar, Northbridge
The Presets + Wordlife + Beni: Capitol, Perth
Lee Kernaghan + The Wolfe Brothers: Crown Perth (Crown Theatre), Burswood
Motown & Soul Night+Various Artists: Fly By Night, Fremantle
The Mystery Men: The Shed, Northbridge
Fiona Lawe Davies 3: Como Hotel (5pm), Como
Howie Morgan Project: The Deen, Northbridge
Adam Hall & the Velvet Playboys: The Laneway Lounge, Perth
September Sun + Bury The Heard + Ready to Fire + The Devil In Miss Jones: Ya Ya’s, Northbridge
Shotdown From Sugartown: Clancys Fish Pub, Fremantle
Vance Joy + Gossling: The Bakery, Northbridge
Mike Nayar: Belgian Beer Cafe, Perth Electrophobia: Belmont Tavern, Cloverdale Sophie Jane Duo: Best Drop Tavern, Kalamunda
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Bernardine: Citro Bar, Perth
Odette Mercy Trio: Moon Cafe, Northbridge
Pump + DJ Giles: Mustang Bar, Northbridge
Lee Kernaghan + The Wolfe Brothers: Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, Mandurah
Chet Leonard’s Bingoteque: Clancys Fish Pub, Fremantle
Ohio + Mad Rabbit: Mojo’s Bar, North Fremantle
Disclosure + Micah Black + Pussymittens + Parakord: Parker Nightclub (late), Perth
Killer Queen: Charles Hotel, North Perth
Blackboi + Jonny Taylor: Clancys Canning Bridge, Applecross
Howie Morgan : Lucky Shag, Perth
James Wilson : Lucky Shag, Perth
Light Street: Brooklands Tavern, Southern River
A Night of Opportunity with +Braves + The Morning Night + Badger & Kit + Matt Evans + Kings Justice + Reilly Craig: Mojo’s Bar, North Fremantle
Night Cap Sessions + Void: Ellington Jazz Club, Perth
ARCTIC MONKEYS: 13 MAY, PERTH ARENA
Thundamentals + Astronomy Class + Fozzey + Van C: Flyrite, Northbridge
Ryan Webb: Greenwood Hotel, Greenwood Shades Of Indigo: Herdsman Lake Tavern, Wembley Justin Cortorillo: Hyde Park Hotel (Courtyard), North Perth Kevin Curran: Inn Mahogany Creek, Mahogany Creek Vendetta: Kalamunda Hotel, Kalamunda Retriofit: M On The Point, Mandurah Thundamentals + Astronomy Class + Fozzey + Van C: Mojo’s Bar, North Fremantle Adam Hall & the Velvet Playboys + Flash Nat & The Action Men + DJ James MacArthur + Swing DJ: Mustang Bar, Northbridge The Plastic Attraction + Something Humble + World A Fuzzy + Counterfeit God: Railway Hotel (Main Room), North Fremantle
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the guide firstname.lastname@example.org Sabotage: Tribute To The Gods Of Metal+Maleficar: Rocket Room, Northbridge
Blackbirds: The Rose & Crown, Guildford Howie Morgan Project: The Saint (3pm), Innaloo
The Jungle Giants + Millions + Braves: Rosemount Hotel, North Perth
The Healy’s + Blue Hornet: The Shed, Northbridge
Howie Morgan Duo: Sail & Anchor, Fremantle
Courtney Murphy: The Vic Hotel (12pm), Subiaco
The Disappointed + Shimmergloom: Settlers Tavern, Margaret River
Retrofit: Universal Bar, Northbridge Luke O’Connell: Wanneroo Tavern, Wanneroo
Cults + Special Guests : The Bakery, Northbridge
James Wilson : Whistling Kite, Secret Harbour
Catbrush + The Pissedcolas + Rum Jungle: The Bird, Northbridge
John Bannister + The Charisma Brothers: X-Wray Cafe (4pm), Fremantle
Just For The Night: The Laneway Lounge, Perth
THE JUNGLE GIANTS: 9 MAY, ROSEMOUNT HOTEL
Hans Fiance: The Laneway Lounge (5.30pm), Perth Holy Fuck + Naik + Antelope: The Odd Fellow, Fremantle Crush + DJ Glen: The Shed, Northbridge
Steve Spouse: Dunsborough Tavern, Dunsborough
Night Moves: Universal Bar, Northbridge
Oats Supply + DJ Blondie: East Fremantle Football Club (Sharks Bar), East Fremantle
Patient Little Sister + Justin Walshe Duo + Jeff ’s Dead: X-Wray Cafe, Fremantle
Perth International Jazz Festival feat. +Peter Bernstein + SLY: Ellington Jazz Club, Perth
Dear Hella + Stuart Orchard + Mossy Fogg + The Irrationals: Ya Ya’s, Northbridge Misery Signals + Stories: YMCA HQ (All Ages), Leederville
Davey Craddock & The Spectacles: Clancys Fish Pub, Dunsborough
Red X + Guests: Settlers Tavern, Margaret River
Jen de Ness + Ansell & Fretall: Como Hotel, Como
Gravitease+Various Artists: Fly By Night, Fremantle
Ade Payne: Springs Tavern, Beechboro
Thierryno: Crown Perth (Lobby Lounge), Burswood
Greg Carter: Gate Bar & Bistro, Success
Frenzy: Swinging Pig, Rockingham
Kris Buckle: Dunsborough Tavern, Dunsborough
Tandem: Brook Bar & Bistro, Ellenbrook Crack Cycling: Civic Backroom, Inglewood
Mr Undercover: Hyde Park Hotel, North Perth
Rae & Natalie May: Clancys Canning Bridge, Applecross
Karaoke: Kalamunda Hotel, Kalamunda
The Rogues: Clancys Fish Pub, Fremantle
Rhythm 22: M On The Point, Mandurah
Antics feat. +Arts Martial + Antics DJs: Claremont Hotel, Claremont
The Volcanics + The Chevelles + The Fortunados + Richard Lane: Mojo’s Bar, North Fremantle
The Spitfires + Odlaw + Order of The Black Werewolf + Mezzanine + I, Said The Sparrow: Amplifier Bar, Perth In The Groove: Bentley Hotel, Bentley James Wilson : Boab Tavern, High Wycombe
Why Georgia: Crown Perth (Lobby Lounge), Burswood
DJ Boogie + The Salt Shaker Selectors: Clancys Fish Pub (Afternoon), City Beach
The Gypsy Minions: Sail & Anchor, Fremantle
Groovin’ The Moo feat. +The Acitones + Andy Bull + Allday + Architecture In Helsinki + Cults + Disclosure + Dizzee Rascal + Holy Fuck + Illy + The Jezabels + The Jungle Giants + Karnivool + Kingswood + The Kite String Tangle + Loon Lake + The Naked & Famous + Parkway Drive + Peking Duk + The Presets + Robert DeLong + Thundamentals + Vance Joy + Violent Soho + Wave Racer + What So Not + more + Groovin The Moo: Hay Park, Bunbury
At The Space Jam + Suburban & Coke + Blindspot + Alex The Kid + Ratking: Rosemount Hotel (459 Bar), North Perth
The Roadmasters + Milhouse + DJ Holly Doll + DJ James MacArthur: Mustang Bar, Northbridge Karaoke Classic with+Steve Parkin: Newport Hotel, Fremantle Desert Bells: Ocean One Bar, Scarborough Jason Derulo + Ricki-Lee: Perth Arena, Perth Kevin Curran: Port Kennedy Tavern, Rockingham Lee Kernaghan + The Wolfe Brothers: Queens Park Theatre, Geraldton Buzz Aldrin & The Second Best + Mind Canary + Pony + Lorree Dragovich & the Coffee Club: Railway Hotel (Main Room), North Fremantle Crepusculum Australe Exhibition feat. +Maligant Monster + Wardaemonic + Weapons + One of None + Natron: Rosemount Hotel, North Perth
Leure + Mei Saraswati + Bewtiful Cats: The Bird, Northbridge Astrid Ripepi + Amanda Dee: The Laneway Lounge, Perth Howie Morgan Project: The Northshore Tavern, Hillarys Lee Sappho + Elli Schoen: The Odd Fellow, Fremantle Huge + DJ Andyy: The Shed, Northbridge Soul Corporation: Universal Bar, Northbridge Fail The Abstract + Defy The Leader + The Moment We Fall + This Existence + A Sinister Calling: Wintersun Hotel, Geraldton Hi-NRG: Woodvale Tavern, Woodvale The Tommyhawks + KT Rumble: X-Wray Cafe, Fremantle Timothy Nelson’s Birthday Party feat. +High Horse + more: Ya Ya’s, Northbridge
The Naked & Famous + Vancouver Sleep Clinic: Astor Theatre, Mount Lawley Superseeds: Balmoral, East Victoria Park Sophie Jane : Belmont Tavern, Cloverdale Steve Hepple: Brighton Hotel, Mandurah Kizzy: Broken Hill Hotel, Victoria Park
Perth International Jazz Festival feat. +Ben Vanderwal + Rai Thistlethwayte + Kristin Beradi + Julien Wilson Trio: Ellington Jazz Club (4pm), Perth Steve Parkin: Hyde Park Hotel (Courtyard), North Perth Retriofit: Indian Ocean Brewing Company, Mindarie The Mojos: Kalamunda Hotel, Kalamunda Wesley Goodlet Jamboree Scouts: Lakers Tavern (4pm), Thornlie Ben Merito: Lucky Shag, Perth Great Gable: M On The Point, Mandurah Ensemble Formidable + Grace Barbe + DJ Screech: Mojo’s Bar, North Fremantle Improvised Hip Hop Jam with+Co Lab: Moon Cafe, Northbridge
SLY: Ellington Jazz Club, Perth Wide Open Mic: Mojo’s Bar, North Fremantle Trivia: Rosemount Hotel, North Perth The Swintones: X-Wray Cafe, Fremantle Big Tommo’s Open Mic Variety Night: Ya Ya’s, Northbridge
Open Mic Night with +Shaun Street: Brass Monkey Hotel, Northbridge Perth Blues Club feat.+Dale Boaden + The Healys + Pale Blonde Mexicans: Charles Hotel, North Perth Jack & Jill : Crown Perth (Groove Bar), Burswood Hans Fiance: Crown Perth (Lobby Lounge), Burswood Rick Webster + Allira Wilson: Ellington Jazz Club, Perth Leighton Keepa: Lucky Shag, Perth Danza Loca Salsa Night: Mustang Bar, Northbridge Overgrowth Acoustic Showcase+Various Artists: Ocean One Bar, Scarborough
Sunday Sessions+Timothy Nelson: Newport Hotel, Fremantle
Arctic Monkeys + Pond: Perth Arena, Perth
DJ G Martin: Ocean One Bar (2.30pm), Scarborough Tahnee: Ocean One Bar (6pm), Scarborough Keira Jane: Peel Ale House, Halls Head Greg Carter: Port Kennedy Tavern, Rockingham The Gypsy Minions: Quarie Bar & Bistro, Hammond Park
Gerry Azor: Brooklands Tavern, Southern River Adrian Wilson: Captain Stirling, Nedlands
Childs Play: Sail & Anchor (Upstairs), Fremantle
Mike Nayar: Carine Glades Tavern, Duncraig
Acoustic Session with+Ten Cent Shooters: Settlers Tavern (Verandah / 3pm), Margaret River Siren & Assassin: Swinging Pig, Rockingham
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Wire Birds: Brass Monkey Hotel, Northbridge
Red X: Newport Hotel, Fremantle
The Get Down with +Charlie Bucket + Klean Kicks + Nick Sheppard: Rosemount Hotel (Beer Garden / 3pm), North Perth
The Limelights Jazz Trio: Clancys Fish Pub (Morning), City Beach
Click Brown Fox: X-Wray Cafe (7pm), Fremantle
Bex & Turin’s Wide Open Mic: Rosemount Hotel, North Perth Siren Song Enterprises: Swinging Pig, Rockingham The Fortunados + Guests: The Bird, Northbridge Open Mic Night with +Josh Terlick: The Laneway Lounge, Perth Mexican Bingo hosted by+Mamacita & Tonto: The Odd Fellow, Fremantle The Tom Tale Jazz Quartet: X-Wray Cafe, Fremantle The Plastic Attraction + Approaching Opposite + Beyond Survival + Parker Avenue: Ya Ya’s, Northbridge
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