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“WITH THIS ALBUM, EYEHATEGOD RETAIN A WELCOME UNPREDICTABILITY. THIS IS MUSIC ON THE EDGE MADE BY PEOPLE ON THE EDGE.” SOME FINE MUSIC HITS THE STREETS THIS WEEK [P24]
“TURNER’S SMOOTH, CARAMEL-HONEY VOCALS WOULD HAVE MELTED THE PANTIES OFF EVEN THE STRAIGHTEST OF MEN.” ARCTIC MONKEYS PERTH ARENA SHOW IS A CONTENDER FOR GIG OF THE YEAR [P26]
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“FOR NOW, WE’RE JUST TRYING TO HAVE AS MUCH FUN AS WE CAN.” THE DISAPPOINTED GEAR UP TO RELEASE THEIR SECOND EP [P22]
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Another year has passed, and Death Disco/Capitol still has a lot to celebrate: seven years of throwing mad shapes on the danceﬂoor, crazy times, special guests, epic parties and banging beats. To help celebrate, Anton and Andrei Maz welcome the Gold Coast’s ultimate party starters, the Surecut Kids, oﬀ the back of their hugely successful triple j Mix Up Exclusives residency and epic remix of Flume and Chet Faker’s Drop The Game. Capitol, 24 May.
Running as of this month, the 2014 Perth Centre For Photography IRIS Awards are taking up the main space at PCP. The winners have also just been announced for each category: Todd Anderson-Kunert won the Judge’s Commendation Award for I Know It’s Bad; Queensland’s Ariel Cameron won the Student Award for Cristine At Home; and local James Whineray took the IRIS Award itself for his E-Shed. You can check it out until 9 Jun.
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The standout star of Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace, The IT Crowd and the post-Steven Fry series of Gadgetman (as well as a huge PVT fan), Richard Ayoade showed oﬀ his directorial chops with the critically acclaimed and sublime 2010 drama Submarine. He’s back with The Double, starring Jesse Eisenberg as a browbeaten oﬃce clerk working for a secret government organisation in a surreally dystopian future, who discovers his twin double; hijinks ensue. The Double is screening at Luna Leederville. PERTH
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KID INK SLEEPMAKESWAVES
LEAVING HIS MARK
Local lovers of epic sleepmakeswaves are back to drown us once more with their intense and intricate sound, the Sydney post-rockers announcing a second record and a big national tour to celebrate the occasion. Hear tracks from their forthcoming record Love Of Cartography for the first time when the band march into Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, 5 Jul; Rad Bar, Wollongong, 6 & 13 Jul; The Northern, Byron Bay, 18 Jul; The Zoo, Brisbane, 19 Jul; Corner Hotel, Melbourne, 1 Aug; ANU Bar, Canberra, 2 Aug; Amplifier Bar, Perth, 8 Aug; and Manning Bar, Sydney, 16 Aug. Proudly presented by The Music.
Having worked hard at this rap game for over ten years now, Kid Ink has well and truly earned his place on the mountain, the LA native making music as colourful as the tattoos that adorn his body. My Own Lane encapsulates the Kid’s personal individuality and he’ll show off the record over here for the very first time this winter. The 28-year-old will headline The Hi-Fi, Brisbane, 22 Aug; The Hi-Fi, Sydney, 23 Aug; The Hi-Fi, Melbourne, 24 Aug; and Villa Nightclub, Perth, 25 Aug.
THEY WILL ROCK YOU
THE NEW TESTAMENT
Neurosis don’t tour much anymore, but when they do it’s a sonic revelation. Influencing everyone from Mastodon and Isis to High On Fire and Caspian, the Bay Area legends turned punk music beginnings into heavy metal trailblazing, and continue to maintain the same intensity and brute force that they first emerged with in the ‘80s. Now it’s your chance to experience Neurosis Down Under for the very first time: in the flesh, tearing the flesh off. Catch them on the following dates: 4 Aug, The Hi-Fi, Brisbane; 6 Aug, Capitol, Perth; 7 Aug, Corner Hotel, Melbourne; 8 Aug, The Hi-Fi, Melbourne; and 9 Aug, Manning Bar, Sydney.
ALL HAIL THE KING
The wonderfully weird King Buzzo will be returning to our shores, sans Melvins, for a run of dates slightly different from his norm, stripping it back for some intimate acoustic sessions to promote his newest body of work, This Machine Kills Artists. With no electric guitars or amplifiers in sight, you’ll get unadulterated Buzz Osborne Barwon Club, Geelong, 14 Aug; Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne, 15 & 16 Aug; Small Ballroom, Newcastle, 20 Aug; Newtown Social Club, Sydney, 21 Aug; Anita’s Theatre, Wollongong, 22 Aug; Transit Bar, Canberra, 23 Aug; Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, 24 Aug; and Astor Lounge, Perth, 26 Aug.
“TONY ABBOTT IS LIKE THE BOYFRIEND WHO BEATS YOU UP, BLAMES IT ON YOUR EX AND SAYS IT’S FOR YOUR OWN GOOD.” @THE3BASICS GIVE US AN ANALOGY WE CAN SADLY UNDERSTAND. 8 • THE MUSIC • 21ST MAY 2014
It’s been almost 30 years since Queen last rocked Australia, but the remaining original members from the legendary British group, Brian May and Roger Taylor, are keeping the dream alive, bringing their canon of classics out our way with inspired US vocalist Adam Lambert fronting the group. The tour hits Perth Arena, 22 Aug; Allphones Arena, Sydney, 26 Aug; Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, 29 Aug; and Brisbane Entertainment Centre, 1 Sep. Tickets on sale 28 May.
DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME He may be a teetotaller these days, but rest assured Steve-O still has no problem stapling his balls to his legs. The insane daredevil, stuntman, prankster and comedian is coming our way and bringing with him the most OTT stories imaginable, balancing his terribly terrific tales with plenty of cringe-worthy physical feats, the kind that have made him a household name around the world. Catch the infamous Jackass and Wildboyz star live on stage when he grabs the mic at Eatons Hill Hotel, Brisbane, 30 Jul; Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne, 31 Jul; UNSW Roundhouse, Sydney, 2 Aug; and Astor Theatre, Perth, 3 Aug.
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A show designed to indulge you in a sci-fi fantasy of intergalactic proportions, The Empire Strips Back: A Star Wars Burlesque Parody is coming to Perth for the first time. George Lucas could never dream that his characters could be used in such a manner, guaranteed to get your midichlorian-infused blood running. Full of taun tauns, troopers and, well, another T-word, it all unfolds at Regal Theatre on 30 and 31 May. Ticketek for tickets.
RATTLING YOUR FOUNDATIONS
WARM YOUR BONES
RTRFM will get you out of the house and warmed up by local music at this year’s run of the Fremantle Winter Music Festival on 28 Jun. With 30 local bands, musicians and DJs playing across four venues and six stages in North Fremantle, you can take shelter from the frosty weather at the iconic Railway Hotel, Swan Hotel and Mojos. SpaceManAntics, Aborted Tortoise, Methyl Ethel, David Craft (solo), Childsaint, Ruby Boots (solo), Earthlink Sound, Crucial Rockers, Diger Rokwell and Thee Gold Blooms are just some of the acts on the line-up. Rtrfm.com.au for tickets and details.
IN THE HOUSE OF ASTOR
A CHANGE IS GONNA COME
MONEY ON MONDO
We’ve been giving away bits and pieces on it for a few weeks now, but now Astor Rocks is well and truly locked in, filling up Astor Theatre on 2 Jun. Legendary psychpunks The Meat Puppets, still-killing-it Aussie heroes Hard-Ons and Kyuss’ Brant Bjork headline, with The Love Junkies, Axe Girl, The Shakeys, FAIM, Sun Gods, Doctopus, PainKillers, Coalminers Sect and Heard Of Cows rounding out the bill. That’s a big one. Head to liveattheastor. com.au for tickets and details.
Whatever you think you know about punk rock, chuck it out the window and grin as you watch it smash to smithereens; Scalphunter are here to obliterate expectations. With a blistering live show and a unique ability to steal the hearts of fans of all musical persuasions, 2014’s first launches will turn venues into horror zones of bloody good times when they celebrate their soon-to-be-released video for There Will Be Change. Get ready for a goulish Friday the 13th (13 Jun) at the Rosemount (prizes for best dressed) and Prince Of Wales, Bunbury, 14 Jun.
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One of the more exciting new prodigies to burst from Perth’s fertile electronica scene, Kučka has been making increasingly bigger waves both at home and internationally. With a souped-up version of her awardwinning debut EP soon to drop on French label NUUN Records, distributed in Europe and the US, KUČKA is also ready to release a long-awaited new single, Unconditional. With 2013 being so pivotal for the singersongwriter, with a slew of awards and positive reviews rolling in, her show at The Bird on 7 Jun will only see the future get brighter.
Iconic Australian rock band Mondo Rock are hitting the road for the first time in 30 years since their 1981 line-up. Ross Wilson, Eric McCusker, Gil Matthews, Paul Christie, James Black and Paul Christie are reuniting for this very special run of national shows, with the tour coinciding with the 33rd anniversary of the release of their critically acclaimed album, Chemistry, which spawned four massive hits. Catch them at Regal Theatre on 22 Jun.
BE THE EARLY BIRD
Since their beginnings in 2009 as a Melbourne collective of musicians led by main man Jarrad Brown, Eagle & The Worm have evolved into a tight-knit seven-piece with a willingness to try anything twice. Powered by a roaring engine of jungle percussion, guitars and horns, Eagle & The Worm are ready to bring a massive night to the your favourite rooftop The Aviary, on 1 Jun supported by The Brow, Miss Demeanour and NDORSE.
Local indie-electro trio Crooked Colours make their intentions clear with the title of their brand new EP, In Your Bones. The group have knocked together songs with impossible density and beauty, managing to craft a record that belies their years. For lovers of grooving, serotonin and big smiling faces – catch the band with special guests Deja and Artist Cartel DJs At Amplifier on 12 Jul, following up a huge set at Groovin The Moo.
STILL GOT THE LOOK
After the 2011-2 World Tour that took them around the globe twice over, playing to more than 1.5 million people in 46 countries including our very own shores, Roxette Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle - are ready to do it all again with the Aussie leg of their world tour kicking off in February 2015, joined on all shows by special guests Boom Crash Opera. Get amongst it at Perth Arena on 14 Feb. Tickets through Live Nation.
THE STATE ENLIGHTENMENT
This year’s State Of The Art Festival is set to inject a whole lot of music into late May, with 34 acts already announced over 4 stages, all one one ticket. Now there’s a huge list of solo and acoustic acts to add to the shenanigans: Adam Livingston (Emperors), Alex Arpino (The Autumn Isles), Davey Craddock, David Craft, Jane Azzopardi (Childsaint),Junior Bowles, Luke Dux (The Floors) Mei Saraswati, Michael Strong (The Disappointed) Mitch McDonald (The Love Junkies) and many, many more will all be on show in the Perth Cultural Centre on 31 May. On top of that there’s a bunch of new local acts and a new free PICA Stage, bringing the bill up to more than 70 performances. Sotafest.com.au for tickets and details.
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USURPER OF MODERN MEDICINE
GOOD FOR WHAT AILS YOU
Last year, Perth experimentalists Usurper Of Modern Medicine headed to Japan to film the clip to their awesomely trippy single, Motorola Borealis, when they ended up on a Japanese game show called What Are You Doing In Japan? Crazy broadcasted hijinks aside, the trio managed to get a pretty awesome clip together, and they’re about to embark on a national tour to launch it. The Bakery on 5 Jul.
An indomitable and legendary figure in the world of modern blues guitar, Joe Bonamassa has been showing people how it’s done since 1989, and he’s bringing the magic over our way this year. The new live show will offer two stellar band line-ups with Joe Bonamassa dividing the show in half, offering audiences both a full acoustic and full electric set. This will be Bonamassa’s first time performing a full acoustic set in Australia for local audiences at Perth Concert Hall on 21 Sep.
INTO THE WILD
With his new album Urban Wilderness released late last year after five long years in the making, Alex Lloyd has announced his first shows in WA in three years, the last time being for the live performances for the Mad Bastards film soundtrack with the amazing Pigram Brothers. Returning to perform just two acoustic shows in June, it coincides with the recent release of Lloyd’s latest single, the anthemic blues-rock monster Good Thing. Settler’s Tavern, Margaret River, 5 Jun, and Fly By Night, 6 Jun.
Two years in the making, Runner are finally ready to release their debut album, Cloud Kingdom. Recorded at Blackbird Sound Studios, the album features 11 tracks, old and new, that encapsulate four years of musical exploration. The band have made a name out of developing long, intricate and emotive tracks, so the prospect of an album of material is exciting. They get to launch it at The Bakery on 31 May with Dianas, Lanark and Childsaint, and 6 Jun at the Astor Lounge with Flower Drums and Rabbit Island.
You’ve heard their name, you’ve seen the records, T-shirts and stickers… The Supersuckers are probably the favourite band of someone you know and yet they’re still a mystery to you. That’s okay! We are about to help you get to know “the greatest rock’n’roll band in the world”, with the announcement that The Supersuckers are set to tour Australia this June. Chainsaw Hookers and Legs Electric join the crew when they play Astor Theatre on 25 Jun.
On top of their Astor Rocks slot (2 Jun), iconic punks Hard-Ons play Prince Of Wales, Bunbury, 30 May; Margaret River Football Club, 31 May; and Railway Hotel, 1 June. They’ve just announced supports for those solo shows, with Kiwi thrashers LEECHES!, supporting them on all stops. The Bloody Hollys and Kettle Fingers at the Prince, Beer Fridge, Rust Proof (Vic), Worst Possible Outcome, Sludge Bucket and Scyatic at the footy club, and The Reptilians and Agitated at Railway.
WHAT’S A GIRL TO DO?
UK DJ Philip Gamble – aka Girl Unit – is something of a mysterious paradigm. His debut single, IRL was followed up (and lapped up) by the cross-continental polydance smash Wut; six-and-a-half minutes of airhorn awesomeness that didn’t so much top year-end lists as it did wreck anything that came close to its perch. That’s just the recent stuff; Gamble has long held a position as a top party-making DJ back home. He heads our way to spin Ambar right ‘round on 11 Jul. Presales through boomtick.com.au.
LIVE AND LOOSE
Sydney hip hop trio Loose Change, just months after an extensive album tour for Listening Party, which included several dates with old pals Thundamentals, are back in the van in support of super smooth new single Yes Or No, kicking off in sunny Melbourne in support of their mate Mantra. The tour wraps around our way on 12 Jun at Flyrite, with Sarah Pellicano and Silvertongue supporting.
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BEYOND THE MOSH DZ Deathrays try not to perform while hammered drunk these days, but BBC Radio 1 still need to censor their songs. Bryget Chrisfield sits down with Shane Parsons and Simon Ridley and learns you should expect more than just moshing at their shows from this stage forward. Cover and feature pics by Cole Bennetts.
ettling on a table outside Melbourne’s Grace Darling Hotel with DZ Deathrays, plus pints of beer (frontman Shane Parson) and cider (drummer Simon Ridley), the pair turn heads in a ‘What band are they in again?’ kind of way. Their reputations as booze hounds precede them, largely due to that clip for The Mess Up back in 2011 (during which both members take turns sculling Jägermeister shots). On performing while hammered, Ridley suggests, “Practise, man, you just get used to it,” while
be like, ‘Oh, so the rest of the album’s gonna be like that.’”
just sings along to that part, that would be nuts!’” Ridley contemplates: “And get everyone involved, I guess, in a different way to moshing.”
“After we released that song, we had people who had never heard us [who] really liked it,” Parsons observes, “and then we put out the next one [Gina Works At Hearts] and it’s still just stepped up… Hopefully everyone’s taking on board that we can do both soft and loud.” Parsons admits that he found performing Northern Lights live challenging at first: “It’s starting to get to that point where I’m comfortable with it, but that was one of the hardest things – holding back – ‘cause the set’s usually just thrashing away. And actually to have a bit where you’re
Northern Lights was produced by Andy Savours and recorded in London just after DZ (and Velociraptor, the other band Parsons and Ridley play in) showcased at The Great Escape Festival in Brighton, UK, in May last year. “We spent a day doing that and then we came back and we kept writing and writing – all the rest of the year, for about six months,” Parsons clarifies, “and then in December we went and did pre-production with Burke [Reid]. ‘Cause we were gonna go back to London, go record with Andy and finish it off, but just money and time and stuff like that – the songs were there but they weren’t finished products. We needed some pre-production time, so we did two weeks of just drinking hard and…” “Working hard,” Ridley interjects. The dudes really should look into getting sponsorship. “Oh, Sailor Jerry sent us out, like, 12 bottles,” the drummer confesses. Parsons recalls: “Oh, god, I couldn’t do anything. I was like I was on Schoolies again!” “It was funny ‘cause Scott Horscroft was there and Matt Lovell and they were all moving in in the same week as well,” Ridley explains. “So during the day we’d be writing these songs and practising them and stuff, and they’d be setting up at the house and the studios. And at the end of the day everyone was kind of exhausted
“FOR THE FIRST TIME, PEOPLE WERE SINGING THE BACKING VOCALS!... THAT’S WHAT WE WERE HOPING FOR WHEN WE PUT IT TOGETHER.” his bandmate opines, “I guess it is always a little bit looser when you get pissed, but if I ever get to the point where I’m just so drunk that I’m like, ‘Oh, god, I can’t even remember what I’m supposed to play now,’ you know, that’s the hardest thing. Like, ‘Oh, shit! How does that riff even go?’ That’s happened to me sober, but I don’t really let myself get too wasted before a show. Not anymore. We did a few when we first started where we were just hammered drunk.” The first taste from Black Rat, the follow-up to DZ Deathrays’ debut album Bloodstreams, came via their track Northern Lights, which dropped back in November last year. Is it about the cannabis strain of the same name? “No,” Parsons laughs, “Someone has said that [before], though.” Ridley suggests, “I think it was [Violent Soho’s James] Tidswell. He was upset that we released a song with a strain of weed [mentioned in it] before they [Violent Soho] did.” It also has to be said that long-time fans could be forgiven for doing a double-take when Northern Lights was back-announced on the radio. “It got people talking about it, at least,” Ridley offers. “That was kinda the plan. I think there’s a whole bunch of songs on the record that people expect, but then there’s songs like Northern Lights that they don’t [expect]. And we wanted to put that out so we wouldn’t get pigeonholed before the album even came out. You know, if we just released a classic – what people were expecting – they’d just 12 • THE MUSIC • 21ST MAY 2014
like, ‘I can just stand back and stand on stage and be cool and sorta let the sound go out there,’ that was, like, way harder.” If you’ve experienced DZ Deathrays live, they always welcome stage invaders. “Yeah, the crowd’s 50% of the show,” Ridley enthuses. During the duo’s Secret Garden Festival appearance earlier this year, Parsons points out, “For the first time, people were singing the backing vocals! You know the big “Oh”s in [Northern Lights]? That’s what we were hoping for when we put it together. Si does it usually and then I was like, ‘You know, it would be sweet if the crowd
and just wanting to have a beer and it would always just escalate because we’re all enablers, so [laughs]. And then Burke moved his stuff in maybe a couple of days later, and he’s really into making cocktails so he has this briefcase and there’s, like, shakers and everything. So we spent a week doing cocktails.” Parsons recaps, “We were just having frozen margaritas every night.” Reid’s cocktails weren’t the only thing that DZ approved of and both band members admit they’d love to work with the producer again. “It was cool, ‘cause he didn’t go, ‘Alright, so I want you guys to sound like this,’” Parsons tells. “He was like, ‘Whaddaya want?’ And we were like, ‘Well, we kinda want the same record as the first one, but just better – kinda catchier.’ And he was like, ‘OK.’ That’d be the one thing he said, was: ‘All I want for you guys is, I just wanna see hooks everywhere.’ He’s like, ‘ I want songs that girls can sing along to.’” Rest assured, Parsons and Ridley reigned in the boozing once they hit the studio proper. “We didn’t drink,” Parsons promises. “We were working from seven ‘til 4am every night just fanging it out and, yeah! Drinking a lot of coffee – a lot, a bad amount probably. I mean, most of the good parts in all the songs [happened] past, like, four in the morning. [Pauses] Well there was one night when we went out to the pub and then got shitfaced, came back, I did some vocals for a song and then we just kinda kept
STUDIO SWOON DZ Deathrays became well acquainted with The Grove Studios (Shane Parsons: “This was the studio that was built by INXS back in the ‘90s.”) while recording Black Rat. They hung out in The Barn for approximately two weeks of pre-production and then moved to the main studios to get down to business with producer Burke Reid. “It’s always good to come in with a couple of songs open for the producer to put their mark on it, you know,” Simon Ridley points out. As soon as descriptions of the studio start rolling out (Ridley: “The second week, the hot tub got cleaned so we were all like, ‘Yeah, hot tub parties!’”), this scribe needs photographic evidence so Ridley gets his phone out. “You might not be able to see, but there’s the hot tub. There was sorta like a glass ceiling and this giant chandelier.” “It’s rockstar style in the bush,” Parsons summarises. “You’d walk out the back [to this] amazing view of the hinterland and the hills and stuff. And then you go down the steps and there’s this huge swimming pool and we ended up taking a PA system down there and just plugging in an iPod or whatever.” Parsons experimented with a few different microphones throughout the recording process this time around. “The first couple [of songs] I did on, like, a $10,000 microphone – and it was cool. Then we got this other one, which was a $400 microphone, and used that. The $400 one is way better for me with the register I sing in and the style… It’s the same one Michael Jackson used for Thriller. It’s just a bit more dirty than that classic radio mic.”
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continuing getting shitfaced on that rum until four. And then the next day Burke just didn’t get outta bed.” Ridley chuckles, “We had a day off that day.” The opening title track on Black Rats channels a Beastie Boys kinda vibe. “Oh, glad you got that,” says Parsons. “We actually wanted to go for a 99 Problems, Jay-Z, thing at the bridge, but I really, really like Beastie Boys.” Second single Gina Works At Hearts is a return to the thrashy, dance-punk we’ve come to expect from DZ and this single was played on Zane Lowe’s show on BBC Radio 1 the night prior to our chat. “We saw it on Twitter,” Parsons laughs. Ridley adds, “‘Cause the BBC are really stringent about not swearing, they sent us through, like, a check of the edit with “fuck” that they’d taken out of it. And I approved it last night, went to sleep and woke up in the morning and they’d already played it!” Given that the BBC is a commercial radio station, Parsons points out, “They’re just like, ‘After midnight you can do swearing,’ [laughs] whereas when you listen to triple j in Australia it’s just – you can have anything [in your lyrics] and they just do a language warning. I remember being a kid and my dad used to listen to triple j – he doesn’t anymore, he listens to talkback and he’s old, haha, but when he was a bachelor and I was, like, 13, I’d just sit in the car and hang out and listen to that and, yeah! I remember I’d be in the car and there’d be a lot of swearing and he’d be like, ‘Ohhhh,’ turning it down.”
WHEN & WHERE: 22 May, Prince Of Wales, Bunbury; 23 May, Indi Bar; 24 May, Amplifier Bar; 25 May, Newport Hotel, Fremantle
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GAME OF MUTANTS Peter Dinklage has swapped the role of Game Of Thrones’ Tyrion Lannister for a more villainous turn in X-Men: Days Of Future Past. The actor sits down with Guy Davis.
he charm, intelligence, mischief and presence Peter Dinklage brings to his performances aren’t limited to the stage and screen. Holding court in a Melbourne hotel suite, he gets in a few sly digs at the room’s interior design, suggesting that Scarface drug lord Tony Montana may have had a say in the glitzy decor, before getting down to the serious business of promoting his latest film, the superhero blockbuster X-Men: Days Of Future Past. While he is of course famous for his acclaimed, award-winning portrayal of wily, embattled nobleman Tyrion Lannister on the hit pay TV series Game Of Thrones, Dinklage has a diverse array of characters in a variety of genres to his credit. But Days Of Future Past, which marks director Bryan Singer’s return to the franchise’s helm for the first time since 2003’s X-Men 2, sees the actor trying his hand at villainy, somewhat new territory for him.
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you grasp what he’s proposing, which is mass genocide.” Perhaps more so than any other superhero saga, the X-Men movies have used their larger-thanlife characters, conflicts and scenarios to reflect real world issues and concerns: prejudice, marginalisation and how fear of the unknown can manifest itself in hostility and violence. “It’s one of many reasons for their popularity,” says Dinklage. “These stories
PETER DINKLAGE AS DR BOLIVAR TRASK
also represent anyone who has ever felt shunned or misunderstood, Dinklage believes. And that speaks to a great many people. “All of us have felt like an outsider to varying degrees – I can speak to that, being the size I am,” says Dinklage, who stands at 135cm. “Mine is just more physically apparent than some ‘mutations’, but we’re talking about anything physical, mental or emotional, anything to do with race, gender or sexual orientation. And especially in America, where these comic books were written, it was becoming more and more of an issue, and people – rightfully so – were becoming more brave about speaking their mind when it came to who they were, who they are.” Pretty heady stuff for a comic book blockbuster, one might think. But Dinklage feels that superhero movies are now getting in line with their source material. “The core comic book fan has been waiting for this approach, I think,” he says. “And Bryan Singer’s first X-Men movie was a pioneer of that. “Sure, it’s a summer blockbuster and it’s full of superheroes and robots and crazy stuff that you don’t see in everyday life, but then there are these intimate moments of character conflict that are so dramatic and gut-wrenching, and you rarely see that in these films,” he says. “Why not do that? Why not combine the elements? That’s when you’ll grab an audience. I don’t want to know what I’m watching; I want to explore it
X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE. PIC: DAVID HARRIS
“MINE IS JUST MORE PHYSICALLY APPARENT THAN SOME ‘MUTATIONS’.” That said, Dinklage’s Dr Bolivar Trask isn’t some madman plotting world domination and destruction from a mountaintop lair. Rather, he’s a renowned scientist whose plan to wipe out the world’s ‘mutant’ population – including our heroes, such as Hugh Jackman’s clawed brawler Wolverine – with an army of weaponised robots named Sentinels has the endorsement of the world’s superpowers: something that makes him all the more threatening... and more plausible, according to Dinklage. “Usually with the villain role in superhero movies they operate on the fringes, just as the superheroes do,” he says. “They’re considered a bit mad, but this guy is right there with the politicians, seated right next to the president, and he’s a big influence. Because that happens quite consistently – we had a few of those running for president recently in America, and thank God they didn’t get any closer – that’s scary stuff. But nothing really gives away his villainy until 14 • THE MUSIC • 21ST MAY 2014
were written in a time when certainly America was finding itself – there were mini-revolutions taking place within its borders and then there were wars we shouldn’t have been fighting outside our own borders, so it was a reaction to that. And it was done in a way these comic book writers knew how to do, by writing a comic book about it. They’ve always been relevant, and this one was at the forefront of that.” What’s more, the X-Men characters
and be surprised. Game Of Thrones does the same thing, and I think that’s one of the reasons it engages people.” Talking about the audience’s shock at unexpected twists involving some of Game Of Thrones’ most prominent characters, Dinklage says he was “surprised at how surprised people were”, but believes such a reaction stems from storytellers being unwilling to break the mould. “We don’t challenge it enough,” he says. “We serve the same recipe over and over again because it tastes good and there’s nothing wrong with it. But it can get a little boring after a while. Yes, it goes down easy but sometimes things should be spicier.” Game Of Thrones Season 4 is currently screening on Showcase X-Men: Days of Future Past in cinemas 22 May
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DON’T SHAVE ME The Beards are finally releasing a new album, right when we need a beard injection in our lives. Cam Findlay talks milestones, success and covering your album with beard hair with Johann Beardraven.
he first thing you have to do when commencing a conversation with The Beards, as any hirsute gentleman will tell you, is mention the state of your own beard. Johann Beardraven is satisfied with this scribe’s current level of facial growth. “Yeah, I assumed you did. I can hear it through the receiver,” he says, insinuating that our respective beards are somehow communicating telepathically. Beardraven’s getting new carpet put in on the day The Music talks to him, taking a well deserved break form the usual beard heraldry. “We’re all doing really good, all of our beards are at a level we’re happy with,” Beardraven shares. “They’ve reached new levels of volume and length, and I think we’re doing really well with keeping the whole beard-awareness thing going.” It’s a manifesto – and, as serious as the band are about beards, that’s really the best word for it – that has been going on for almost ten years now. It was 2012’s Having A Beard Is The New Not Having A Beard that really put them on the map. Housing songs like I’m In The Mood... For Beards, and You Should Consider Having Sex With A Bearded Man, it set new standards for the beard lovers of Australia and the world. They’ve become an Australian staple due to their dogmatic approach to their ideals, a bunch of support slots for Kate Miller-Heidke and festival shows, like the just-passed Bluesfest. “It was really great, because obviously at Bluesfest beards would be a big drawing point,” Beardraven remarks on the festival. “It’s also a [five-day] festival, which means that beards would be naturally a part of the whole experience. Unless you brought a shaver. But you’d look like a crazy person if you brought a shaver to Bluesfest, I think.” It’s slightly disconcerting to hear Beardraven in such a positive mood, given recent events. Only a few days before our talk, the mainstream media was awash with news of a study that showed beards were going out of style. Apparently, bearded men are becoming less attractive as they become more common. “No, we don’t believe any of that,” Beardraven announces. “You
know, there’s so many interested parties out there who want to bring the bearded man down. That’s something we’ve had to constantly fight against. When we started performing songs about our amazing beards, it was pretty uncommon for beards to be celebrated.
The Beard Album, and yes, every track will have the word “beard” in the title. The band’s official standpoint is that the album will be something like The White Album: a culmination and profession of the road it’s taken to get to this point. “We feel like we’ve reached a point where beards are accepted, and that maybe we’ve been a big part of that. So this album’s going to be us celebrating, really. Like, we’ve put in all the hard yards, we’ve raised beard awareness to previously unheard of levels, it’s time to look back and say, ‘This is what The Beards are.’ We love beards, and everyone else does now. So because of that, the music is much more positive, much more optimistic about the whole thing.” Of course, the question has to be raised: if one of the novelties of The White Album and its associated ‘colour’ albums is that the packaging is in that specific colour, how exactly is The Beard Album going to be packaged? The clearest way is to use beard hair. “Well, obviously,” Beardraven laughs. “Although that’s a whole challenge in itself. I mean, we always have a difficult time finding the right people to help make and produce our albums,
“THERE’S SO MANY INTERESTED PARTIES OUT THERE WHO WANT TO BRING THE BEARDED MAN DOWN.” But we really think that we’ve come a long way. Beards aren’t fashionable now; they’ll always be fashionable. And there’s always going to be some power group trying to say, ‘No, beards are unfashionable, they’re gross.’ We just don’t listen to them. We’ve spent this long fighting for beard equality, we’re not going to stop now.” With this in mind, The Beards are releasing their fourth album,
and of course that means people with beards because we only trust people with beards. But then we have to find people to help package it, and that’s a whole new thing... But yeah, that’s what I mean, we’re willing to make that sacrifice. I mean, it won’t be all of anyone’s beard. We’ll just take small amounts from everyone or something.” It also adds an extra level of hairiness to their upcoming shows. “There’ll be a whole lot of hair all over the merch desk at every show. Well, more than usual, anyway.” WHAT: The Beard Album (MGM) WHEN & WHERE: 29 May, White Star Hotel, Albany; 30 May, Settlers Tavern, Margaret River; 31 May, Prince Of Wales, Bunbury; 1 Jun, Astor Theatre
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were chatting with him afterwards so, yeah! He’s a really great guy. That’s one of the crazy things about being in a band; you end up meeting all these guys. That’s why it was weird working with Damon [The Horrors collaborated on a Gorillaz track that didn’t make it onto Plastic Beach], ‘cause I was thinking, ‘They were a band that I grew up with and I really loved and still do.’”
HOUSE OF HORRORS Bryget Chrisfield discovers there’s a wooden mask that “looks exactly like Brian Wilson” (a Laneway Festival souvenir) hanging in The Horrors bassist Rhys Webb’s bathroom, Old Fashioneds are his cocktail of choice and Iggy Pop is “one of the coolest guys [he’s] ever met in [his] life”.
ast time this scribe caught The Horrors live was at a Laneway sideshow back in 2012 and the always sharply dressed quintet sported matching, crisp white shirts. “OK,” bassist Rhys Webb hesitates, “I don’t remember that, but it sounds about right.” So how do The Horrors decide on their immaculate styling before a tour? Webb is quietly spoken, eloquent and his posh English accent charms. He sounds somewhat embarrassed: “Um, well, I don’t think, ha ha, er – well, basically I imagine we probably wait til the very last minute, look at our cupboard, see what we had washed and shove it in a suitcase, um [laughs]. Really, we don’t think about it too much. But, you know, I think it’s important that a band have some interest in the way they present themselves… When we started, all of our jeans cost about ten dollars and our shirts came from school shops. We used to just buy kids’ white school shirts and wear them.” He’s still a dedicated follower of fashion, though. “I did find this fantastic paisley shirt in Sydney once, which, annoyingly, I left at one of the Laneway shows. And someone promised they’d send it back to me and they never did, so I kind of miss that one. “Never mind, I did actually end up with a souvenir from that [festival], though. It was just in the backstage room. They had these wooden masks, almost like tiki kind of things, and I brought one home with me. It’s now hanging in my bathroom and it looks exactly like Brian Wilson.” Much laughter. “It does, it really does,” he promises.
The Horrors have just released album number five, Luminous, and, to this pair of ears, standout track I See You calls to mind The Cutter by Echo & The Bunnymen. “There’s always a song where someone says, ‘Oh, it sounds a bit like this and it sounds a bit like so-and-so,’” Webb observes. “With the last record [Skying], there was a 18 • THE MUSIC • 21ST MAY 2014
track called Still Life and everyone said, ‘Oh, it reminds us of a track by Simple Minds,’ and we’d never heard it before.” One of the first bands that Webb experienced live was Blur. “I queued up in the snow for seven hours to get tickets to see them at this small gig in Essex where I grew up: Southend-On-Sea,” he tells. “I remember I was 14. I was right down the front and – it was quite a long time ago – there was this band called Sneaker Pimps supporting them. They were a Swedish band, I think, and Graham Coxon was watching in the audience right next to us. And I remember we were kind of quite excited that he was there.” Although Webb says he was “probably too nervous to say hello”, he muses, “It’s weird, because we’ve met him since, and he’s been to see our shows, and we played at Reading Festival and
Webb also met Iggy & The Stooges. “[Iggy] was playing with Scott and Ron Asheton at the time, who both, you know, tragically are no longer with us anymore. So it was amazing to see The Stooges and to see the Ashetons playing with Iggy,” Webb recalls. “And actually Iggy was one of the coolest guys I’ve ever met in my life, I have to say. Faris [Badwan, lead vocalist] interviewed him and Josh [Hayward, synths] and I kind of creeped in and sat down and watched the interview that was going, on camera. But not only did [Iggy] engage with Faris, he kind of engaged with the whole room. So we sat there listening to his answers and, yeah! It was an amazing experience. [Pauses] you know, there’s an amazing Australian interview with Iggy, which I always watch on YouTube. On Countdown, is it? He plays I’m Bored and he does the most insane performance. Okay, so the interview is pretty insane – but amazing at the same time – and he’s kind of being told, like, to answer the questions seriously, but he can’t sit still, he’s squirming around in the chair. But then when you see that performance and it’s just – he’s playing to a backing track, he’s miming along, but it’s just one guy onstage and the way he commands that stage is insane! I think that’s what it’s all about, basically. It’s one of the most amazing performances.”
“THERE’S ALWAYS A SONG WHERE SOMEONE SAYS, ‘OH, IT SOUNDS A BIT LIKE THIS AND IT SOUNDS A BIT LIKE SO-AND-SO’.” According to Webb, The Horrors’ Hackney studio is “the messiest space you can imagine”: “I think Joe [Spurgeon, drums/percussion] in particular would much prefer it if it was a lot more organised, but it literally is just gear stacked from floor to ceiling.” Is there a bar fridge in there? “Well, you know what? We don’t have a fridge. We do have a little selection of bottles on one of the shelves where we’ve got some gear piled up and – in fact, like, some of the guys aren’t really big drinkers in the band. I think some guys prefer to smoke, to be honest. But Josh and I in particular are whisky fans, so we were doing Old Fashioneds as we were doing this record.” Before you accuse Webb of wishing he were Don Draper from Mad Men, he’s never even seen the show (“I haven’t got a TV and I haven’t had one since I was a kid when I lived at home”). Nevertheless, Old Fashioneds are “probably the band collectively’s favourite cocktail” and, Webb continues, “I’ve been making them at parties for years and never doing it very well until recently, and I’ve cracked it! And now I can do it really well. So I can make you an Old Fashioned if we were to ever meet and I think you’d probably enjoy it.” WHAT: Luminous (XL/Remote Control)
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THIS TIME WITH SOL The boys from Rufus really took the phrase “new year, new you” to heart, changing their name to Rufus Du Sol for the overseas market. Drummer James Hunt gives Jazmine O’Sullivan the story behind it all.
lectronic trio Rufus made headlines earlier this year when they were forced to change their name to Rufus Du Sol before entering the international market. It was speculated that the change was forced because the name Rufus was already in use by Chaka Khan’s ‘70s funk band, which James Hunt admits was a factor. “After we released our album Atlas, we reached a level of success that we never really anticipated, and as a result of that we decided to start looking into releasing it overseas. When we found a label that was a good fit for us [Columbia], our marketing team didn’t really want to commit to signing us considering there was such a legal risk with the name Rufus already being in use, and told us we couldn’t release our album until we took action to rectify that.” So rather than the change being forced by any sort of legal action from the ‘70s group Rufus themselves, Hunt explains that, “it was the record label who insisted on the change. America is the land of litigation, and no one was willing to back us when there was such a risk. “We wanted to keep Rufus and just add something to it, something foreign and exotic – something that if you had no idea of who we were could possibly be linked to some Swedish electronica duo or a Norwegian techno artist. The words ‘du sol’ in Swedish mean ‘to the sun’ in English, and we liked that because we wanted something that denotes nature, because it is such an inspiring element for us.” Hunt recalls they’re not the first Australian band to sign to Columbia who have had to change their name: “The same thing happened with The Temper Trap, who I think were the last Australian act to sign with Columbia. They wanted to be called Temper Temper, but ended up changing to Temper Trap because there was a band overseas with that name. So at least we can relate with another artist on the label.” With their fresh new identity consolidated, the guys were ready to show America exactly what it is that’s made them such a success here, performing at this 20 • THE MUSIC • 21ST MAY 2014
year’s SXSW in Austin, Texas, followed by a string of headlining gigs across the US. The guys are now embarking on their most extensive tour of our country to date, and the shows will be about more than just the music. “We’ve got a few surprises
and various geographical locations, which Hunt explains is part of their writing style. “When we were writing the album, we gave each song kind of its own world or location, and we’ve always used that as a way of framing how we write music. Now we want to bring that element into how we present the live show. We always think about the journey when we plan the set – you know, one song to the next and how it’s going to flow and how the audience will react to that – so that has really inspired really creating locations with this show. We’re pretty excited to be immersing ourselves in a creative project like this.”
“WE ALWAYS THINK ABOUT THE JOURNEY WHEN WE PLAN THE SET.”
for the live shows happening in May and June, in terms of having some kind of spectacle, having great lighting and maybe a few CO2 cannons! We’re looking to make this the best live show we’ve ever had.” Adding to the sensory experience, there’ll be a strong emphasis on the relationship between their music
The guys have decided to make their Australian tour the last time they’ll be relying so heavily on the tracks found on their album Atlas, and as such, are moving to Berlin mid-year to work on new material. “We’ve always been keen to move somewhere overseas, and when we were in Europe last year we ended up in Berlin for a week and we just fell in love with the place, culturally and musically. There’s a lot going on over there, a lot of cool electronica and melodic techno – stuff that was just resonating with us, so we instantly knew we wanted to move there and soak it up.” WHEN & WHERE: 30 May, Players Bar; 31 May, Fremantle Arts Centre
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REASON TO BELIEVE
The Cairos could have released an album years ago but they didn’t. We should thank them for that. Alistar Richardson tells Benny Doyle why four brains are better than one.
ormally a debut has a few kinks – a couple of creases. Because it’s all just about getting an album out and touring it, right? Right? Not according to Brisbane quartet The Cairos. Dream Of Reason is the cream of a 100-plus song crop, “exercises in writing music” as summarised by Alistar Richardson. Reflecting on the process behind the record, a creative stretch that has seen some of these songs exist in one form or another for up to two years, the frontman admits that the hard part has passed and now it’s just about getting these songs heard. “Everything has gone on for such a long time that it’s
exciting we’ve got all the pieces in place now,” he smiles, “all we have to do is give it our best and really hope that it connects with people.” The Cairos have written some utter gem singles in the past – 2012 tracks We All Buy Stars and Shame drive that fact home. But immediately, when you listen to Dream Of Reason – cut with acclaimed producer Nick DiDia [Pearl Jam, RATM, Powderfinger] at Byron Bay’s Studios 301 – you’re struck by how much the band have extended themselves, with a huge amount of variety in mood and theme found end-to-end.
“We’ve always been different songwriters and we’ve come up with different sounds, but I think only ever doing EPs we’ve sort of concentrated ourselves into a certain kind of sound just to have some sort of cohesion. Now that we’re older and we’ve been writing for a bit longer, to be able to show what we can do has been a real important thing to us, and we definitely enjoy the mix of songs we have on [the album].” This diversity in content is a direct byproduct of the fact that all four Cairos’ members tackle songwriting duties equally. Richardson says that sharing those individual viewpoints, together, was a massive factor when writing their debut. “The toughest part, because there are so many different sounding things, was finding out which [elements] would suit each other the best. Because when you have an opportunity to go and record with someone like Nick DiDia and it’s your first album, there’s a lot of obsession regarding what you’re going to do and what’s going to happen. But strangely, it works out really well. It’s difficult, but it does work out.” And with a band full of guitar-wheeling, freethinking individuals, inspiration is never far away for The Cairos. “But that’s always been the case with us,” Richardson shrugs. “If there is a creative lull there’s always three other songwriters in the band, and once you come up with an idea people feed on it and really turn it into something.” WHAT: Dream Of Reason (Universal) WHEN & WHERE: 12 Jun, Brighton Hotel, Mandurah; 13 Jun, The Odd Fellow, Fremantle; 14 Jun, Amplifier Bar
Michael Strong, vocalist of Perth indie-rock group The Disappointed, is more proud of their new EP than anything else he’s ever helped make. Kane Sutton finds out why.
e really wanted it to be a bit wilder and a bit more us – it was all about showing more personality,” Michael Strong begins. “On the first EP we were really trying to get back into the industry’s good graces.” Weird Peace, the band’s second and newest EP, follows last year’s Stranger and sees the band attach a more authoritative and driven sound. The extra work has paid off splendidly so far, with the EP’s first single, I Disagree With Myself, gathering national attention as it worked its way into triple j’s summer rotation. For Strong, this seems a far cry from a couple of years ago, when morale was low after releasing a somewhat undercooked solo album. “I and the others had done a couple of flat releases with our older bands so we just wanted to come together and learn from that and to show we were serious about what we wanted to do. I think we got that message across this time around. We had a lot of fun in the studio and I was at the tail-end of an audio degree so I was really geeking out with all that stuff. It was really a great time.” Aside from making the record more personable, the band recognised they were going to have to be harsher when picking songs, and that’s played a huge part in creating the good vibes within the band. “Stranger came from our very first batch of songs that we put together. This time around I think we wrote about three or four dead-end
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songs before we got to the good ones – it took a while to warm up to writing them. It was a challenge paring down everything we had on the table and cutting out all the unnecessary stuff, but as a result I think this is the first time I’ve felt like the songs we’ve made are really The Disappointed. The process of writing it was basically a matter of trying to reflect the dynamics of the band, and now we’re really sure of who we are and what we’re doing together.” Strong feels as “pumped” as he’ll ever be for what’s ahead: a national tour and plenty on the agenda once they return. “We’ve rehearsed this set for months to the
point where we’re going to get up there and we won’t even be thinking about playing; we’ll just be having as much fun as we can. As for what happens next, we’ve got a split seven-inch vinyl coming out with Dexter Jones, who’re from Adelaide and playing our EP launch with us, and I’m hoping to get the first two EPs – Stranger and Weird Peace – on vinyl as a twelveinch and release that as a special edition sometime. We’re also hoping to get working on the third EP or the album, depending on how this one goes, but for now, we’re just trying to have as much fun as we can.”
WHAT: Weird Peace (Firestarter) WHEN & WHERE: 30 May, Rosemount Hotel The Disappointed guitarist Mark Neal is employed by Street Press Australia, publishers of The Music.
FINDING FORM Against The Tide drummer Jayson Long details some of the difficulties in making a first record to Kane Sutton.
ince forming in 2008, Against The Tide have supported huge acts within metal and hardcore including Oh, Sleeper, Buried in Verona, Thy Art Is Murder and plenty more. Naturally you’d expect a progression to the next stage, releasing a record, but it seems that was a difficult process for the group. “There were a lot of factors that came into play,” Long explains. “We’d written it fairly quickly; we did it in the real old-
help. The biggest challenge was how we’d manage to support it financially. We’re all in positions where we’re growing out of our teens and into adulthood so we’re all finding new jobs and, like, one of the guys is looking into a house, so it was difficult in that respect, putting together money for artwork and the CDs and getting the printing done and things like that. It was tough.”
fashioned, traditional way, where we just sat in the jam room, threw out all of our ideas and then started to cram it all together in a sort of rough skeleton form of songs. There wasn’t really any concept behind it, just trying to get material together that we thought sounded good. Releasing it was the really time-consuming part.
Thankfully they were helped with the record, Formless, by producer Shane Frisby (The Ghost Inside), who played a huge role in shaping the tracks and acted as a brilliant mentor and guide for the group. “We were with Shane every day, we were actually staying at his house, which was fun,” Long laughs. “Throughout recording he’d basically just throw ideas at us, like ‘I kinda want to take this out of/add this into a song.’ He was really flexible with us and if we or he had an idea he would sort of stop everything and start playing around with a song, so he was a huge influence. A lot of things were taken out and a lot was put in so when we listen to the record back, it sounds a lot better. We looked to him a lot for opinions throughout the process.”
“It was our first time putting together a record, so it was a pretty big learning curve, and there was a lot of juggling between working and schedules. We’d only meet up once a week for practice and to sort everything out. It was a bit of a trial-and-error period for us because we were releasing our first one without any
Wanting to make the most of their ongoing momentum, the band has huge plans underway once their album launch run in WA comes to an end. “We want to stay out of Perth for as long as we can because we’ve been here for ages and there’s only so much you can do. We really need to be outside of our comfort zones, so when this is released, we’re going to get out of here. We talked about doing some Southeast Asia shows, Europe shows, and we’re also hoping to look for a label soon. We just want to play as much as we can for people, that’s all.”
WHEN & WHERE: 22 May, Amplifier Bar; 23 May, YMCA HQ
Pat Chow serve up blistering serves of ‘90s rock goodness. Cam Findlay gets the details on their debut EP from Ben Protasiewicz.
The powerful three-piece have been pumping out garage jams of the ‘90s indie variety for a while now, summoning the spirits of Rivers Cuomo, J Mascis and Stephen Malkmus. The result is messy, unforgiving and direct, and many ears have been hooked on their sound. With the trio’s upcoming EP, Good Deeds, we’ll ﬁnally be able to get our hands on some Pat Chow magic. The EP gets launched very soon, so all hands are on deck. Maybe.
Whilst he still handles the whole thing with casual grace, it’s been a long road for Protasiewicz, coming from a background in Melbourne’s indie circuit, and a band that are currently doing pretty well for themselves as well in The Ocean Party, whose Social Clubs album has been handled with a certain amount of indie charm. Protasiewicz started Pat Chow, originally called The Whores, as his own thing.
“I’m just at the park at the moment; I’m not really doing anything with the band or anything. But yeah, we’re still doing it,” Protasiewicz laughs, almost defensively, at the start of our talk. “We’re gearing up for all of that, rehearsing a whole lot. The songs have been around for a while, so we know ‘em all pretty well. I don’t know if you’re really supposed to handle a launch any diﬀerent from a normal show, but we aren’t. It just feels like another gig. We’re still all excited about it, but yeah, we’re just getting ready to play as best we can. It’s gonna be a pretty good time.”
“I started out The Whores as a side project, more or less. I was just writing and recording stuﬀ by myself,” he says. “Playing drums, guitar, bass and doing the vocals just as a recording project. It wasn’t a live thing. In The Ocean Party, we’d all swap around.
lthough asking the old ‘How did you get your band name?’ question is deﬁnitely naﬀ these days, there is a certain amount of mystery to naming your band Pat Chow. A quick search reveals no pop culture references. In conversation, lead man Ben Protasiewicz doesn’t mention it. Then again, it’s probably best to leave it a mystery; Pat Chow’s music does speak pretty succinctly for itself.
Like Lachlan (Denton, guitar/vocals) would get on drums and Curtis (Wakeling, guitar) would get on bass, and we started playing around with it a little bit live. We played three or four shows as The Whores in Melbourne. It was really fun, but I could never get it oﬀ the ground in Melbourne because I was on drums in The Ocean Party, and that was it, you know? “When I moved to Perth, I didn’t have any bands. I didn’t have anything to do, so I decided I’d start my own thing. I found Jamie on drums and we got Nick Hall at the time to play bass, and we just started from there. The reason I decided to get up the front was not really... I don’t know, I didn’t want to be a wanker or anything,” Protasiewicz laughs. “I was just doing it; I just wanted to get the music out there.” WHAT: Good Deeds (Gun Fever) WHEN & WHERE: 30 May, Mojo’s Bar; 31 May, State Of The Art Festival THE MUSIC • 21ST MAY 2014 • 23
RÖYKSOPP & ROBYN
As the title suggests, this is album number ten for the Maryland trio, and as far as marking that milestone the record is something of a summation of their musical magpie tendencies. Across 11 tracks Trans Am swing from metallic post-rock to trancedout krautrock grooves, some wispy folk and strange robotic ‘80s post-punk diversions.
Do It Again
Although it’s only a five-track EP, this Nordic super-pairing give us half-an-hour of weird electro pop perfection, with saccharine and subdued moments balanced out by dense periods of intensity where you can’t tell which way is up.
ALBUM OF THE WEEK
Do It Again offers up an astral journey that takes us from the soil to the stars, returning us at the end of it all spent but smiling. The release is introduced and concluded by two ten-minute pieces, with Monument led by a breathy Robyn, her voice twisted into a warped state by the Röyksopp pair, while Inside The Idle Hour Club acts as a warm-down from the beats that have proceeded it, the chamber sounds giving the track a very baroque feel. Before that though it’s party time. Sayit is a storming bit of call-and-response sass that sees Robyn stomping forth with
attitude, riding a curling bassline that is layered to the nines by Röyksopp. The title track, meanwhile, is vintage Robyn, with the Norwegians taking a back seat, simply providing a platform for the Swedish vixen to bring the pop brilliance like only she can. You can practically imagine her explosive dance moves when the beat bursts and those high keys come in. This taster serves as an introduction to a new Röyksopp album, tentatively scheduled for late-2014. All it’s done, however, is made us ravenous for a main course of the Royk-Rob variety. Stay a little longer, Do It Again. Benny Doyle
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These highlights would make for a superb EP/mini-album without the distraction of songs such as K Street and Backlash which sound clumsy, immature and inconsequential by comparison. These failings aside, this is a good album that, when it reaches its potential, shows that there is still life and creativity left in the loose descriptive of post-rock. Chris Familton
From the demented feedback that opens the frantic and lysergic opener Agitation! Propaganda through to the turgid crawl of Flags And Cities Bound, Eyehategod let their frustrations and disgust at the state of humanity fly forth with reckless abandon. The band’s southern roots also remain intact with echoes of Lynyrd Skynyrd found on tracks such as Worthless Rescue. Other standouts include the cinder block heaviness of Robitussin And Rejection, Quitter’s
beauty of Insufficiently Breathless. Megastorm is the moment where the electronic and rock sides of their collective personality combine most effectively with big drums, grinding, distorted riffs and pulsing analog synths.
Eyehategod are not a pretty band. And they don’t play pretty metal. The quintet are the aural equivalent of taking a trip into a filthy basement where junkies lie prostrate, needles hanging out of gangrenous veins – a place where all hope has fled and society’s failures are laid bare with no exculpatory filter in sight. If Eyehategod are happy about releasing their first new full-length album in 14 years, this material doesn’t show it.
Most bands tend to blur and blend their influences within their music yet Trans Am keep them, for the most part, separate. Each song brings a new snapshot of genre and approach. Many work well but some fall completely flat. At its high points Volume X delivers Night Shift, a glistening retro synth workout in the vein of Zombi. It sounds cosmic in an intergalactic kind of way and it also succeeds because it sounds effortless. The same can be said for the Mogwai-ish I’ll Never with its graceful sway and vocodered vocals and the acoustic strum that leads the melodic
★★★★ Offensive’s manic stomp and the hypnotic, drunken grooves of The Age Of Boot Camp. If the riffs aren’t enough for you the demented howls of frontman Mike Williams seals the deal by bringing an added urgency to material that already threatens to spiral out of control. There are few bands today that can truly be called dangerous – even so called ‘extreme music’ conforms to formulas that have become staid and uninspiring. With this album, Eyehategod retain a welcome unpredictability. This is music on the edge made by people on the edge. Mark Hebblewhite
Owen Pallett’s intricate song compositions have been the backbone of Arcade Fire’s more ebullient extrapolations, and he’s been a strings-for-hire for the likes of Beirut, The National and Spike Jonze. Yet solo, the Canadian brings forth much more introspective, ultra-personal pop that is equal parts mawkish and confident. Like Sufjan Stevens, Pallett’s softly lilting voice plays well on the stereo; unlike Stevens, Pallett’s grandiose, garrulous and wryly emotional lyrics and compositions do not. With In Conflict, Pallett’s second LP under his own name, he doesn’t change this trajectory. If anything, the ambitious melding of live instrumentation (with the aid of a Czech orchestra), orchestral synthesisers and Brian Eno boosts Pallett’s idiosyncrasies hundredfold. I Am Not Afraid is a strings-piano-and-electronica heavy musing of overcoming
★★★½ real and perceived fears, and the album only builds from there. The Riverbed is a terser affair, a clamorous effort with a marching beat and guitar riff driving Pallett’s operatic mores, something Xiu Xiu’s Jamie Stewart might find a kinship with, while the Talking Heads-esque playfulness of Soldier’s Rock plays with form as Pallett sings, “Pick up the bayonet/And run it through the stomach of your brother”. Nothing about In Conflict is easy, nor should it be. This is Pallett’s world, one of ingenuity, flamboyance and verve, and no compromises are necessary. Brendan Telford
Means To Their Ends
BATTLE OF THE PLANETS
Battle Of The Planets
Independent Six-track EP What You Believe appropriately opens with the catchy single, In The Middle, an upbeat tune, co-written with Joel Quartermain, that sets the tone nicely for the rest of the record. As expected, Morgan Bain’s mature sound is a strong force throughout, escorting the listener through a transitional songwriting journey. There’s a mix of blues and a touch of funk with Fire Part 2 as a standout finale track, offering a taste of something new from the Perth local. Overall it’s enjoyable and has us wondering where Bain is heading next.
FAIM don’t waste time screwing around. “Fuck the world and everything in it,” Noah Skape shout/sings as he navigates his way through eccentric melodies, equipped with the self-deprecating and wonderfully theatrical lyricism that we have all come to know and enjoy from him over the last few years.
Brings together classic prog elements with more modern, riff-heavy sounds. Femme De La Mer opens things with some bluesy piano from multiinstrumentalist Ryusuke Takechi, who also adds King Crimsoninspired saxophone over the album, often alongside Gabriele Tartaglino-Mazzucchelli’s intricate rock riffs. Highlights include arguably the most straightforward song, Astronomic, and the epic nine-minute jam that is Drowned Cathedral. While the band certainly sounds technically proficient, it’s tough to pick what really defines them. Hopefully they’ll find it.
Equipped with a bronze tan, a shag of sun-bleached hair and a penchant for surfing, Kim Churchill can rest assured that should the whole music thing fall through, he could always star in beer commercials. Churchill’s fourth studio album Silence/ Win provides a number of accessible, upbeat tracks, such as catchy opener Single Spark. Yet he’s also able to exhibit his notable multi-instrumentalist and classical guitarist talents. Lead single Window To The Sky is well timed to coincide with the current wave of folk-pop, and will no doubt allow him to maintain his troubadour lifestyle for a while longer yet.
AMERICAN HI-FI Allison Rude Remember the Burnout 3 soundtrack? This would slot in there perfectly. The first single from this powerful pop group’s upcoming album prides itself on a real balls-to-the-wall approach with buzzing guitar riffs, blunt and intimidating drum beats and a hazy yet commanding vocal performance.
What You Believe
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BOYS BOYS BOYS!
We Like To Move
Trash Talk – No Peace
Crafted during the tail end of Chris Martin’s ailing marriage, Ghost Stories is a deeply personal album. From the opening line, “I think of you/I haven’t slept” from Always In My Head, Martin is exposed and vulnerable, and this fragility prevails throughout. Musically sparse and lyrically pensive, there’s nary an upbeat stadium anthem to be found here (although the jarringly cheesy A Sky Full Of Stars has the goods to light up an Ibiza dancefloor). As a Coldplay album Ghost Stories doesn’t quite match up to its predecessors, but as a break-up album it should soothe the sorrowful.
Joakim – Tropics Of Love
Sarah Pellicano’s new track from her debut EP plays heavily on personal emotional experiences. Hip hop artist Roc Walla is a welcome feature, but Pellicano’s voice is a certain standout amidst the minimalistic beats and soothing harmonies. Keep her on your radar.
From the opening chuckle, the debut EP of Fremantle songstress Tashi is a swirling shanty of wonder and surprise. Gratitude plays out with pop opera-esque vocal lines drawn over honest-to-god funk rhythms and an expansive range of instrumentation. This Monster is a firecracker of a track, with soaring chorus lines mixed in with Cajun bass lines and country finger-picking, while the slow groove of Un-try shows a softer, emotional side (as well as some cranking rock’n’roll guitar solos). There aren’t many hooks in Gratitude, but the songs are striking and memorable and earnest. Solid and strong from start to finish.
Independent Boys Boys Boys! are back with their sugar-high blend of synth-pop, combining some catchy pop riffs and super twee vocal harmonies. It’s practically impossible to not feel good while listening to these guys, so if you’re in need of a mood booster give them a go.
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Ben Frost – A U R O R A Plaid – Reachy Prints Jenny Queen – Small Town Misfits Michael Jackon - XSCAPE Blondie – Blondie - 4(0)Ever Afrojack – Forget The World
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hits from their Punk-ORama legacy – A.D.D. and The Getaway for the fans.
Obnoxious and unapologetic, New York City’s The Casualties got dirty and traditional with giant mohawks and the loose raw feel of their street punk. Chicken fights sadly resulted in no stacks. They filled the stage with patrons for their anthem We Are All We Have and a night of chaos now seemed inevitable. The loose and rough was replaced with true, polished professionalism with SoCal legends Face To Face. Trever Keith, one of the most well respected faces in punk rock, commanded the stage with his signature raspy tone and tight riffing. From 1988 till 2014 Face To Face are as strong and perfect as they’ve
A late shift in the opening of doors saw quality superband Implants playing to a pitiful crowd of about 25 on-theball fans, however the punk spirit was alive and well as the experienced line-up blazed through their incredible set. Heartsounds took over and continued on with the bounce and vigour of their predecessors. The quick riffs of Unconditional inspired the first of many singalongs for the night. Hailing from Madison, Wisconsin, colourful criminals Masked Intruder lightened the mood with a looser set mixed with some hilarious banter and upbeat vocal harmonies.
STRUNG OUT @ HITS & PITS, CAPITOL. PIC: TED DANA
Bubblegum pop-punk at its finest. The first and only ska bad on the bill Big D & The Kids Table filled the stage with their brass section’s ‘50s inspired grooves. The whiff of catchy and insane tracks such as Fluent In Stroll could only be erased by the biggest theme change of the night when Death By Stereo took the stage and absolutely shredded. Chris Aiken from Strung Out joined the band on guitar moving flawlessly through the technical style of DBS in a show of true musicianship. Welcome To The Party and I Give My Life were exceptional and injected energy into the room. The big finish was completed with Slayer’s Raining Blood and a perfect Araya impersonation. Ten Foot Pole took to stage and immediately provided a ‘90s nostalgia blast with 26 • THE MUSIC • 21ST MAY 2014
Perth Arena 13 May
Opening the night at Perth Arena was local band Pond, who showcased their talent to an already pumped crowd. A mismatched-looking band with an ever-changing array of musicians, these guys nailed their slot, pumping out a killer set of ethereal, popvibed tunes. With a bit more of an edge than their older brother band Tame Impala, their experimental, electroatmospheric fusion of sounds had a great feel to it and got the crowd going for what was
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ever been and quality oozed from every note. Strung Out took over keeping with the SoCal theme. The now packed house erupted to Razor Sex and teetered dangerously on the edge of sanity for the rest of the set, with Solitaire receiving the biggest cheers of the night. Unwritten Law made it onto stage and wisely focused on their outstanding self-titled album. Teenage Suicide, Cailin, Lonesome and Coff in Text killed it. A treat for the long-term punk fans was cut short as a midnight curfew saw the power cut seven songs early. Frontman Scott Russo led a singalong for Up All Night backed by nothing more than drums before grabbing the kick drum and smashing it and vacating the stage. Simon Holland
ARCTIC MONKEYS, POND
set every heart aflutter as they launched straight into Do I Wanna Know? and putting the guitar down to sing directly to the crowd for Arabella. Turner’s smooth, caramel-honey vocals would have melted the panties off even the straightest of men in the arena with Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair, as he slowed the guys down a notch for the song. Including a varied mix of tracks spanning across their discography, with a particular emphasis on their latest release, AM, their set was highly driven by Turner’s voice and that sweet bass-line that contributes to their mod-undulgent indie sound. The crowd virtually exploded at Turner’s direct address to the ladies at the arena, in which he asked how they’re all doing and followed
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to be a fantastic night. While their songs weren’t the kind of earworms with melodies that get crazy stuck in your head, their music was excellent and they committed to putting on an entertaining show. The sounds grew more intense as the set wore on, hitting a heavy climax during older track You Broke My Cool, with a church organ giving it a darker twist than much of the rest of the set. It was particularly refreshing to see each member of the band banter with the audience at various points, rather than solely frontman Nick Allbrook. While the crowd slowly filled the arena to the brim during the break, excitement rose as the lights dimmed and Arctic Monkeys took to the stage in a haze of smoke. With a swagger reminiscent of the iconic James Dean, lead man Alex Turner
it up with none other than the ear-splitting-roar-inducing I Bet You Look Good On The Dance Floor. The guys dialed it down for No. 1 Party Anthem, bringing out the acoustic guitar and disco balls for this one, stripping the sound right back. Ending their set on 505 had the entire arena screaming for an encore, and the boys happily obliged. Almost the entire audience had their phone flashlights out and swaying along to I Wanna Be Yours, which had everyone in the moment not wanting it to end. Finishing up on R U Mine?, which contained a mini-encore to continue the song, left everyone screaming and breathless while the guys exited the stage, but not before blowing a kiss to signal the end of the night. Tash Edge
ABBE MAY, USURPER OF MODERN MEDICINE, MEDICINE HAT
The Odd Fellow 15 May Opening with an easygoing bluesy/rocky style, Medicine Hat struggled to find their comfort zone. Singer/ guitarist passed off two guitars with the first few songs before finally picking up his semi-hollow body and having a win. The three-piece had a ball of a time and even cracked a few jokes throughout. Thunderous and probably more loud than legal, Usurper Of Modern Medicine blasted beautiful, bright synth leads and rapid drum
justice and a chuffed Hughes shot a high-five my way, making his night.
rhythms around the room. Their frontman, Steven Aaron Hughes, seemed to be playing the role of three, contributing vocal, bass and solo parts. Synth/signal processor controller, Cameron George, had samples contributing to the massive dynamic of their performance. Although the sound was fantastic, the atmosphere was fantastic and the band was fantastic, there was just one consistent problem throughout; the crowd was not cooperating with the then disappointed musicians. They continued on albeit unperturbed by the audience’s lack of enthusiasm, powering through their set list one after the other. Hughes requested people get up front one last time before playing their new single; however, I was the only person who showed them some
taxing role as he played synth parts, leads and rhythms, bass lines and triggered samples yet without even breaking a sweat. May ran short on time but performed hits Pony and Perth Girls on request, topping off the night all smiles. May returns the following Thursday to perform again.
Exploring a new style within herself after releasing her second album, Kiss My Apocalypse, Abbe May took to the stepped stage ultimately drawing the Odd Fellow crowd to the front with something of a gravitational force. Her quirky style and explosive vocal possessed May fans as they danced rigorously to her ‘doom pop’ riffs and hooky chorus lines. Occasionally breaking out the Gibson Reverse Firebird, May seemed to stick to her guns on vocals leaving the main guitar work to a shy and reserved but talented sidekick. She whipped out popular songs from her repertoire including Kiss My Apocalypse, Karmageddon and T.R.O.U.B.L.E. The synth/signal processing guru to the right of May seemed to have a fairly
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Studio Underground, PTC to 24 May Wish is a beautifully twisted piece of theatre that skates a fine line of magnificence and peculiarity. Based on a novel by Peter Goldsworthy, the adaptation draws out an extraordinary love story but this is not your typical love story. Humphrey Bower,
director, writer and in the lead role of JJ is wonderfully cinematic in his narration with the talent of Auslan sign and brings to life multiple characters. JJ, the son of deaf parents, teaches sign and is approached by a couple to teach their daughter. Enter his heroine. However, you soon discover she’s not a young lady but a young animal, a gorilla to be in fact. Danielle Micich, tiny in frame, brings to life a beast through the mesmerising manipulation of her body. An ‘ethical conundrum’ gets darker as intimate love between a man and a gorilla is portrayed in sensual rapid choreography. In a human love story, one would side with the splendour of passionate affection; where do you side when it’s ethically right to be disgusted by the abnormality of a man and an animal as one? The pace of the show is tempered by the sweet melancholic rhythm of Leon Ewing’s acoustic guitar and voice. Truly captivating theatre, but beware – it’s an abnormal tragic tale. Adrienne Downes
In cinemas Gigantic monsters fighting it out with each other, using the city of San Fran as a battleground: that’s the stuff we want from Godzilla. Fire, suspense, destruction and the thrill of the hunt (and being hunted) balance out the unconvincing emotional scenes, lack of character development and off pacing. Bryan Cranston (scientist-turned-conspiracytheorist) is somewhat underused, Ken Watanabe’s only expression is shock/disbelief as scientist Ishiro Serizawa, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson (hero/family
man) shows off muscular arms and a furrowed brow and that’s about it. The real stars are the computer-generated Godzilla and MUTOs (Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organism) – who elicit more feelings than the human characters – as well as the tense, industrial-tinged score/sound design. The 3D aspect of the film is lacking, particularly when there is so much opportunity for things to come flying at you, although the point-of-view shots from characters’ perspectives are often anxiety-inducing. Not one to add to the list of must-see monster films, but worth watching for its occasional moments of brilliance. Stephanie Liew
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BOYS BOYS BOYS!
Answered by: Koko Puff Single title? We Like To Move What’s the song about? Our unstoppable love for dancing, and a shout out to the boys n’ girls of Ptown. How long did it take to write/record? This little party gem actually came together quite quickly. Wrote it, then jammed it out at a farmhouse in York. Recorded it in a church studio with uber producer Magoo in Brisbane. Party anthem DONE! Is this track from a forthcoming release/existing release? This is the last single off our current album, the self-explanatory We Are Excited About Everything. What was inspiring you during the song’s writing and recording? I was inspired by the lyrics to a CSS song one day, “You better get your move on.” I liked the urgency of it. And I pretty much live to dance anyways! We’ll like this song if we like... CSS, t.A.T.u before they ventured off in to their lame solo careers, The Veronicas(?) (soz), or dancing your butt off! Do you play it differently live? Nah, we play it live pretty similar.........but obviously with a lot more rocking out explosions and booty-shakin ;) When and where is your launch/next gig? 23 May, The Bakery Website link for more info? boysboysboys.com.au
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eat/drink NAO JAPANESE – 117 MURRAY ST, PERTH There’s something so comforting about house-made noodles in a bowl of hot, pork bone broth with seaweed, shallots and chashu or slow-cooked pork sitting on top. Nao’s ramen is widely referred to as Perth’s – and even Australia’s – best. Other places to get your ramen fix: Zensaki Sushi & Izakaya (CBD, and fiercely rivals Nao) and Dosukoi (CBD).
SLURP SOUP & SALAD BAR – ALLENDALE SQUARE, 77 ST GEORGES TERRACE You don’t have to worry too much about eating heaps if what you’re ingesting is healthy; perhaps that’s the mentality behind Slurp’s large portion sizes! Try the chicken veloute soup with a side of rice, the filling and healthy Moroccan chickpea soup, or beef goulash with toasted bread.
ALFRED’S KITCHEN – CNR MEADOW & JAMES ST, GUILDFORD Though Alfred’s Kitchen is most famous for its burgers, which come in about a hundred variations, plenty of customers have stated that their pea & ham soup is well worth the visit to Alfred’s. They also do a sweet lamb curry if you’re feeling like something a bit different (well, not soup or burgers, at least).
PHONG VINH VIETNAMESE & CHINESE NOODLE HOUSE – 3/323 WILLIAM ST, NORTHBRIDGE
SOUP SEASON When the degrees drop there’s nothing better than food that warms you up. And soup definitely falls into that category. If you’re not in the mood to simmer something on the stove for two hours, here’s where you can go for your soup intake. Illustration Sophie Blackhall-Cain.
Many rave about the pho here as being Perth’s best, and indeed the restaurant is often praised as being the most authentic Vietnamese eatery around. Other top places to get pho: To To Vietnamese (East Victoria Park), Tra Vinh Brisbane Street (Northbridge), Mama tran (CBD), Lido Restaurant (Northbridge), Viet Nosh (Nedlands/ Dalkeith), East Cafe & Vietnamese Bistro (East Perth), Hu Tieu Thanh Liem (Mirrabooka).
(SO)U(P)TENSILS Regular table spoon – for those who couldn’t give less of a shit, they just want that soup in their mouth ASAP. Soup spoon – for those who want to do it right and get the most enjoyment out of their soup and the act of soup-eating. The most practical, unless you’re eating an Asian noodle soup.
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down that soup as fast as you can. Or you don’t have a spoon. Or it’s a side-serving of something like miso or egg drop soup.
Chinese spoon – nice oval shape suitable for mouths of all sizes. Good for piling noodles onto. Variation: Japanese spoon – same deal, but due to its less mouth-friendly, mini-ladle-like appearance is better for slurping noodles off.
Bread – when you need a little more carb than what the soup alone can provide, or just want to bite more stuff. Or you like the feeling of sucking soup from a sponge-like textured, soggy thing.
Bowl – for when you’re in a hurry and you just wanna
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eat/drink FOOD TRUCKIN’
Moving location, Perth facebook.com/ FfoodiesVan Answered by: Natalie Martin What is the best aspect of having your business
mobile? The variety we can put in our menu and seeing new people each day, although there is that special thrill when we realise people are coming out of their way to eat our food. What is an ingredient you couldn’t live without? Chillies; they just lend
a warmth and depth to a dish that could otherwise been lacking. They don’t all burn; some have an aromatic plum scent that give an earthy soft warmth. What food fad do you see being popularised next? Authentic cooking: getting back to flavouring food with aromatics and spices instead of chemicals. What is your dream festival to cater for? The Redneck Games – eating, drinking, music and being silly all in the name of having a good time because it’s there to be had.
Who is serving/cooking and what makes them special? Caet and Natalie, hospitality professionals from opposite sides of the globe. They fell in love across the tables of some of the most amazing Steak Houses and BBQ joints in existence. Where do you eat out? Taste of Texas in Houston, Texas whenever we get the opportunity. The best melt-in-yourmouth slow-cooked prime rib you’ll ever eat. What should I order when you pull up? A fully loaded Philly with a side order of buffalo wings.
HOT SPOT MY PLACE BAR & RESTAURANT – 70 PIER STREET, PERTH My Place offers an extensive menu of Modern Australian cuisine, with entrees/snacks, mains, burgers and pastas made using only fresh, locally sourced produce. Diners who are on a vegetarian, gluten-free or halal diet will also be looked after. From Monday to Thursday you can get a killer lunch special: a meal with a house drink for only $15; plus, they’ve got $7 cocktails available all day, every day. If you want to get your groove on, My Place hosts a Latino social dance night on Wednesdays and DJs on the weekend; or if busting out your pipes is more your jam, there’s karaoke on Friday nights (plus complimentary finger foods – score!). my-place.com.au
BEN BORRETT @ ENGINE ROOM ESPRESSO 450c Fitzgerald St, North Perth facebook.com/ EngineRoomEspresso Three words that describe your cafe? Comfy, warm, relaxes. What’s the price of a regular coffee? $4. What style of coffee should you start the day with? A white one.
Indonesia – Soto Ayam: spicy chicken broth with chicken pieces, rice cakes, shallots, boiled egg,vermicelli noodles. Served with a lemon wedge, chilli sauce and optional rice. Russia – Borscht: beans, beets, carros, potatoes, dill, sour cream. Bright pink/ red in colour. Packed with vitamins. Greece – Avgolemeno: chicken soup with egg-lemon sauce. Comforting and tangy. Thailand – Tom Yum: a hot and sour soup comprising stock, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, galangal, lime juice, fish sauce, crushed chili peppers. Often served with prawns and noodles. Spain – Gazpacho: cold soup with a tomato, bread, bell pepper, garlic, olive oil, salt and vinegar. Liquid tomato salad? France – Bouillabaisse: fish stock with cooked fish and shellfish, garlic, orange peel, basil, bay leaf, fennel and saffron. Fancy French fish.
What kind of music do you play at work? We love the old school stuff. Hip hop, easy listening... We play it all. What artist/band would you most like to make coffee for and what style would you serve them? Is Jesus Christ considered an artist? I dare say he would have appreciated a warm joe when he was alone in the wilderness.
SOUP AROUND THE WORLD
I’ve got a few questions I’d love to ask him and what better place than at Engine Room Espresso over a foamy one. What style would you serve them and why?
A small flat white with an extra shot. That’s my fave, so I’d serve the man the same. You hate it when people ask for... Directions to the next closest cafe.
China – Egg Drop Soup: silky strands of egg in chicken broth are made by dropping beaten egg into the hot soup and whisking quickly. Served with scallions and sometimes tofu.
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opinion WAM UPDATE
THE HEAVY SHIT
CONTEMPORARY MUSIC INDUSTRY NEWS WITH WEST AUSTRALIAN MUSIC
METAL AND HARD ROCK WITH CHRIS MARIC
In further strengthening, diversifying and revitalising WAM we’re most pleased to announce Al Taylor as the newly elected Board President. Al is Managing Director of 303LOWE, one of Australia’s most successful advertising agencies; he’s an internationally awarded communications strategist, and (insert drum roll), he’s also a drummer! Thought 34 of WA’s best was enough? The headline acts Drapht, San Cisco and Eskimo Joe were just the beginning, with State Of The Art Festival announcing around 50 more acts including The Brow, Dallas Royal, The Amani Consort, Tired Lion, The High Learys, Fox Cat Rabbit, Bryte MC, Selekt Few, Silver Hills, Morgan Bain, Timothy Nelson, Jake & The Cowboys and Kat Wilson plus many more, along with special performances from select members of Emperors, The Love Junkies, The Disappointed and Usurper Of Modern Medicine. Still one ticket, four main stages and now over 80 acts at the Perth Cultural Centre on 31 May! #SOTAFest WAM can confirm more great WA acts for Asia’s largest music festival/conference, Music Matters Live. The Love Junkies and Tired Lion will join 60 other buzzworthy bands from 16 countries. Kicking off on May 21 at Singapore’s Clarke Quay, this four-night festival of meteoric music discovery is also part of the SWAM, aka Singapore WA Music Exchange, with thanks to the assistance from Department Of Culture & The Arts. WAM’s committed to championing WA music: wam.org.au
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CORROSION OF CONFORMITY
Bad luck continues to plague Australian tours with news last week that Corrosion Of Conformity, along with Weedeater, had to cancel their national tour in July due to the promoters’ financial backers being shut down (presumably by the ATO after some dodgy dealings). At least it wasn’t due to any inexperience or mishandling which has been the cause of other cancellations in the past. Still, you’d expect the people fronting up money are keen for a return on their investment so would do the right thing. Apparently COC and the promoter are working hard to get the tour rescheduled for sometime soon but if you bought tickets, they’ll have to be refunded so all the money can be accounted for from the dodgy guy. I hope the promoter gets on their feet again ‘cause according to them they have some seriously good tours penciled in for the latter half of the year. Speaking of tour problems, Toxic Holocaust – who were due to come down in April with Skeletonwitch but pulled out last minute due to a serious throat problem hounding their singer – have announced they will be back in November with pals Iron Reagan. Thrashtastic. Also on the tour front, the mighty Sepultura have announced they’ll be heading back our way for the first time in a decade! That’s a long time between drinks for a band with a 30-year career. You can ask Andreas Kisser why it’s been so long when they come through in October. In kinda related news, the biggest album release right now comes from Killer Be Killed. A supergroup to end them all featuring Max Cavalera (not
listing his credits, you know who he is), Greg Puciato from The Dillinger Escape Plan, Troy Sanders of Mastodon and Dave Elitch from The Mars Volta and it’s actually bigger than the sum of its parts. Brooding one minute, thrashing like Nailbomb the next before soaring into Volta territory and coming back around. Puciato impresses with his range that you only hear glimpses of at his day job. You know that clip I mentioned last week from Allegaeon that featured the Wheel Of Subgenres? Well, go check it out. Rage did and they made it their clip of the week! Stick that in your handcrafted pipe, indie hipsters! The song name 1.618 is the Golden Ratio, too. It also looks like the first band has been confirmed for Soundwave 2015. Congrats go to Melbourne’s Ne Obliviscaris, who have impressed the judges enough to be given a slot! Those amber fluid loving guys in LORD are in a state of limbo right now. They are about to wrap up a few more shows and then put on some blind auditions for a new drummer. To qualify for the LORD drinking team you must have solid live and studio experience, all the right gear and a passport. You must also be willing to eat bad food at airports, sleep in cheap motels and watch Mark Furtner watch himself lift weights. All interested applicants must first purchase a pair of white Converse Hi Tops and send a video of themselves double kicking their way to hell to ads@ lord.net.au, or just drop them an email and say you are interested. email@example.com
MODERATELY HIGHBROW ARTS, CULTURE AND THE INBETWEEN WITH CAM FINDLAY Last week, I got pretty ranty when it came to some of the budget proposals, namely those relating to the arts and community radio. We now know that community radio has been spared; at the time of writing, Labor are sharpening their pitchforks and rubbing tiger balm on their gloves, gearing up to give their budget response. And what a solid platform they have to stand on. If you’re reading this, it probably means that you know about the budget and are probably one of the many getting fucked by it. While community radio is safe – for now – the continuously flogged donkey that is the ABC is facing more budget restraints, which then means more axings, which then means less quality for the network. The two biggest elephants in the room though are health and education, and it’s pretty hard for me to dribble on about arts funding while ignoring how important education is, before any kids go, “Fuck maths, I’m gonna study art at uni.” If you’re between the ages of 15 and 18, you have definite reason to be pissed off. You get to learn about how tertiary education was free in the ‘70s and ‘80s, while at the same time being reminded to bend over to the universities’ controlling interests. The incentives to study at university are growing weaker and weaker, with various groups – the government included – saying private financing is the way of the future, as if BHP are going to give a shit about your thesis on vampire films. It’s a tough world out there. But hey, there’s always the mines.
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LIVE THIS WEEK
HBO have given Dave Grohl his own TV show. The only thing he can’t do is fail. And reform the original Nirvana line-up.
MAN OF THE HOUR FRESH MEAT
CAPTAINS OF CHAOS
CASUAL DRESS ONLY
L-FRESH The LION is fast becoming one of Australian hip hop’s fastest rising stars, as well as one of the more critically conscious and aggressive. He teams up with Mathas, Marksman and Selekt Few at Mojo’s on Saturday.
Local prog-metallers Chaos Divine are without peer in Australian heavy music. Leading audiences and listeners through a journey of uncompromising arrangements, crushing heavy riffs and soaring melodies, they get into gear at Amplifier on Friday.
Tracksuit formed in the USA while Steve Hensby (guitar/vox) was studying a professional music degree at Berklee. Since then, he’s worked with a pretty top list of musicians. The band launch their new single Dance (Looking For Romance) at Ya Ya’s on Friday.
ACE OF BASEMENT
Trials, Sesta and Hons, aka the ubiquitous Funkoars, have just wrapped up their latest album. Hear Dawn Of The Head and more at Capitol on Friday and Studio 146, Albany on Saturday.
The finest purveyors of dance parties, 1000 Dances are bringing their know-how to The Odd Fellow on Friday for the first-ever Basement Boogaloo. There’ll be a big mix of old and new music, doors open from 8pm.
The follow-up to Future Music Festival’s all-age younger sibling, Good Life After Parties have sprung up around Australia DJs Rojdar, Marto and DJ Madzz, and DTuck head to Metropolis Fremantle on Friday. Tickets thorugh Oztix.
Hugh Jackman was in town over the weekend to launch The Jackman Furness Foundation For The Performing Arts at WAAPA, a foundation aiming to raise at least $10 million over the next four years to support the academy and other WA performance entities.
WAY TO GO Fremantle Dockers’ Matthew Pavlich celebrated 300 games on Saturday night at Patersons Stadium. Geelong had no chance of winning that one.
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THIS MEANS WAR
With his recent album landing in Album Of The Year lists at both Resident Advisor and Pitchfork, Andy Stott sits atop the throne as one of the world’s best at super-slow, submerged, broken and sludgy house music. Hear him at The Bakery on Saturday.
Join two of Perth’s premiere party-pop bands Boys Boys Boys! and Axe Girl (pictured) as they battle through the medium of dance and nostalgia to have their new music hurtled into your ears at The Bakery on Friday. Now Baking for tickets.
It’s been a long time coming – quite literally years in the making – and now local progressive rockers Battle Of The Planets are launching their debut EP on Thursday at The Rosemount Hotel.
APOLLO HAS LANDED
RIDE THE WAVE
CHALK IT UP
Apollo Brown is different than most producers. early influences skewed more toward the music of Journey and The Carpenters than the urban genres his peers often cite as inspiration. You can hear it for yourself at The Manor on Friday.
It’s been a long year for local metallers Against The Tide, but finally the wait for their debut album Formless is over. Hear them launch it at Amplifier on Thursday and YMCA HQ, Friday.
Every third Wednesday, Chalk takes over the Four5Nine bar at the Rosemount Hotel for a night of music, comedy, poetry and visual arts. Timothy Nelson, Paul McCarthy, Baloney Abbott and Jake England get all arty on Wednesday.
Education Minister Christopher Pyne allegedly directed a C-bomb towards Opposition Leader Bill Shorten during a Parliamentary sitting last week. What a grub.
SURF’S UP A recent episode of Bondi Rescue shows Black Veil Brides guitarists Jinxx and Jake Pitts being rescued by a lifeguard. The lifeguards thought the name suited the LA glam metallers as they ﬁrst thought they were females.
FIGHT CLUB It seems many were living vicariously through the Solange-Jay Z brawl last week to vent their own post-budget rage.
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WAIF AND SEE
KING OF THE HILL
Sami Shah has been blowing away Perth audiences ever since he was forced to live in Northam by the government. He joins an A-list of other local funny people at The Flying Scotsman on Sunday for Infinite Jest.
The past three years has seen touring taking a bit of a backseat for The Waifs, but they’re back at Bunbury Entertainment Centre, Wednesday; Astor Theatre, Thursday; Kimberley Moon Experience, Kununurra, Saturday; and Fly By Night, Sunday.
The legendary Ms. Lauryn Hill returns to Australia this month, playing Fremantle Arts Centre on Saturday. Hill’s prolific rhymes have made her iconic in the world of socially conscious hip hop. Oztix for tickets.
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Going Solo at the Moon Cafe brings you Chief Richards and Drage Lyon on Wednesday. This week the artists will go on at 8:30pm. Entry to restaurants is always free, with awesome food and drinks available ‘til late.
Mustang Bar goes off once again this weekend, with Adam Hall & The Velvet Playboys and Flash Nat & The Action Men taking over Friday, and Shotdown From Sugartown and Milhouse rocking Saturday.
Bunbury five-piece Glam Rock band – yes, complete with wigs – Crash Rat will join hillsbased blues rock group The Moonshine Trust and more for this month’s edition of Gignition at the Railway Hotel on Sunday.
POP THE CORK
singer, songwriter and guitar virtuoso Daniel Champagne will return from abroad with the second half of The Gypsy Moon recordings and his most extensive national tour to date, playing Mojo’s on Wednesday and Bar Four5Nine, Thursday.
James Vincent McMorrow’s Aussie affinity continues, with the Irish troubadour arriving at the Astor Theatre on Wednesday, alongside a special performance at the Sydney Opera House for this year’s Vivid LIVE.
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Abbe May’s rip-roaring residency at Clancy’s Freo continues this week, with the lady herself taking the stage on Saturday. This week (ie her last week, so make sure to get there) she’s joined by the Dallas Royal Duo.
Caribbean-style vibe of vintage calypso, rocksteady and ska: expect some serious fun from The Kingston Shakers. They take over the Swallow Bar on Thursday, with Nick Sheppard doing the same on Saturday.
Their album Black Rat is out now, and as evgeryone suspected, it’s a killer. DZ Deathrays are on their way around the country, blasting away crowds with the new material, and they hit Indi Bar on Friday and Rosemount Hotel on Saturday.
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Past tours have seen 8 Bit Love twerk on The Big Banana, throw up once a day collectively and forget how to wear clothes. Get on eye on what they’re up to now at The Bird on Saturday.
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DJ BOOTH Da Housecat’s Silver Screen (Shower Scene) was the first vinyl given to me by a friend.
INDIGO Answered by: Christopher Kinna How did you get together? The guitarist and myself met on a bus on the way to a mutual friend’s show and it all kind of just went from there. Sum up your musical sound in four words? Indie, folk, rock, alternative If you could support any band in the world - past or present - who would it be? That’s a hard one. Probably Boy & Bear because they have been such a huge influence on my songwriting.
what would it be? Pink Floyd – Dark Side Of The Moon. Greatest rock’n’roll moment of your career to date? Supporting the Dune Rats and having eight blocks for a rider. Why should people come and see your band? We can soothe your souls with sweet, sweet music. When and where for your next gig? 31 May, State Of The Art Festival Website link for more info? facebook.com/indigomusicperth
EMILY SCOTT When did you know DJing was the gig for you? I worked in a house music club doing the lights. People would request a song from me, thinking I’m the DJ and I’d go along with it. I started learning pretty soon after that. What’s your most memorable musical moment? Making up dances with my bro to Eurythmics and Dire Straits. Live music moment: Daft Punk in Sydney. What release should everyone have in their collection? The classics in your favourite genre. Claude VonStroke’s early stuff. Groove Armada’s too. Felix
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PERSONAL BEST RECORDS
Who’s the act everyone will be talking about in 12 months? New World Sound, Timmy Trumpet. On my tour through Indonesia Timmy’s track with SCNDL, Bleed, was one of the biggest tracks of the night each night. They’re flying the flag for Australia, definitely. What can punters expect to hear when you’re in control of the dancefloor? I have new music I’m excited to unleash; new edits I hope will make the set feel fresh. I like to introduce new music while mixing with familiar tracks delivered in a new way. Website link for more info? emilyscotthq.com When and where are your next gigs? 21 May, Bar 120; 23 May, Parker; 24 May, Breakers Bar.
smash out some As Tall As Lions or Daft Punk Most surprising record in your collection? Sound Of Music soundtrack, don’t listen to it but still have it. Must be a hand-me-down.
CHAOS DIVINE Answered by: Michael Kruit Best record you stole from your folks’ collection? Bad – Michael Jackson First record you bought? Would have been either So Much For The Afterglow – Everclear or Dookie – Green Day Record you put on when you’re really miserable? I’m not too miserable too often but I guess anything by Foo Fighters or Dredg Record you put on when you bring someone home? Anethema records are pretty good. Or
Last thing you bought/ downloaded? Odd Soul – Mutemath When and where are your next gigs? 23 May, Amplifier Bar; 5 Jul, Rosemount Hotel Website link for more info? chaosdivine.net
ROJDAR Answered by: Rojdar Zengin When did you know DJing was the gig for you? When I got a phone call one day from the director of Good Life Festival and got asked if I wanted to be put on a national tour for the world’s biggest underage festival. What’s your most memorable musical moment? Definitely has to be the last minute surprise gig with Marto at Good Life Perth. That was insane! What release should everyone have in their collection? Years by Alesso. Such a touching song.
Who Killed Mickey! The guy really knows how to put together a tune and his live shows don’t disappoint. What can punters expect to hear when you’re in control of the dancefloor? Everything and anything. I like to mash it up, always keeping the crowd involved but saying that I don’t want to give away too much. Have to save the big surprises for the gig :) Website link for more info? rojdar.com When and where are your next gigs? 23 May, Metropolis Fremantle
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THE MUSIC PRESENTS
HARD-ONS, LEEHES!: MAY 30, Prince Of Wales, Bunbury; MAY 31, Margaret River Football Club; JUN 1, Railway Hotel 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
REMI: JUL 4, The Bakery
The Jack Doepel Quartet: X-Wray Cafe, Fremantle
SOMETHING FOR KATE: JUL 4, Astor Theatre
THE WHITE ALBUM TOUR: JUL 26, Riverside Theatre
YEO: JUN 14, Causeway Bar; JUN 15, Indi Bar
Harlem Wednesdays + Genga + Peter Payne + Pussymittens + BMB + Various DJs: Capitol, Perth Next Gen + Various Artists: Metropolis, Fremantle Newport Wednesdays Student Night + Various DJs: Newport Hotel, Fremantle Shake A Tailfeather feat. + DJ Moogy + Seventh Son: The Bird, Northbridge DJ Beryl Streep: The Odd Fellow, Fremantle
Karaoke: Brass Monkey Hotel, Northbridge
The Waifs + Special Guests: Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre, Bunbury
Karaoke: Brooklands Tavern, Southern River
Open Mic Night with + Shaun Street: Carine Glades Tavern, Duncraig
Dj Ben Sebastian + DJ Neil Viney: The George, Perth Amon Vision Black & Red Party 4th Birthday + Various DJs: Villa Nightclub, Perth
Japan 4 feat. + Miss Demeanour + Dead Easy + Philly Blunt + Micah + Marko Paulo: Ambar (10pm), Perth Pure Pop feat. + Eddie Electric: Amplifier Bar (Midnight), Perth Death Disco 7th Birthday + Surecut Kids + Bass Attic DJs: Capitol (11pm), Perth
EDM Saturdays + Various DJs: Metro City (9pm), Northbridge
Death Disco + Various DJs: Capitol, Perth
Metropolis Saturdays + Emily Scott + Darren Tucker + Dr Wazz + Ben C + DJ Shane: Metropolis (9pm), Fremantle
Frat House Friday + Michael Bell + Slykidd: Metropolis (10pm), Fremantle
Emily Scott + Klean Kicks + Wasteland + Not So Hot: Parker Nightclub, Perth
Chaos Divine + This Other Eden + Watercolour Ghosts: Amplifier Bar, Perth
Sugar Blue Burlesque: Brass Monkey Hotel, Northbridge
Fridays Are Back feat. + KLa: Amplifier Bar (midnight), Perth
Apollo Brown: Manor, Leederville
The Academy feat. + Will Pugh + Lights Of Berlin + Japanese Tongue Sisters + Paper Walls: Amplifier Bar, Perth
BEX ‘N’ TURIN’S OPEN MIC NIGHT: 8pm-late every Tuesday at Rosemount Hotel
Majesty feat. + LDRU + Slumberjack + Various DJs: Ambar, Perth
Jungle Fever feat. + Gran Calavera + Rekab + Frodo + Various DJs: Flyrite, Northbridge
Quiz Night + Various: Albion Hotel, Cottesloe
Singer Songwriters Showcase with + Moondog J + Matt Waring: X-Wray Cafe, Fremantle
James Vincent McMorrow + Airling: Astor Theatre, Mount Lawley
Father + HIPHOPTRAPJERSEY + PurpleNote4APurpleDrank + Free Throws: Flyrite (9pm), Northbridge
I Love 80s & 90s with + Darren Tucker: Capitol (Upstairs / 11pm), Perth
GIGNITION: Upcoming band showcases 4-8pm last Sunday of each month at The Railway Hotel
GIG OF THE WEEK DZ DEATHRAYS: 24 MAY, AMPLIFIER
NEW EMPIRE: JUL 5, HQ
BONJAH: AUG 14, Northshore Tavern; AUG 15, Indi Bar; AUG 16, Amplifier; AUG 17, Dunsborough Tavern
DUNE RATS: JUN 13, Mojo’s; JUN 13, Amplifier
The Mystery Men: The Shed, Northbridge Off the Record: Universal Bar, Northbridge
IN HEARTS WAKE: JUN 4, YMCA HQ; JUN 5, Amplifier
JEFF LANG: JUN 7, Fly By Night; JUN 8, Ravenswood Hotel
Abbe May + Dianas + David Craft: The Odd Fellow, Fremantle
THE AUDREYS: JUL 4, Fly By Night
SLEEPMAKESWAVES: AUG 8, Amplifer
FRENTE, MAPLES: JUN 7, Astor Theatre
Gillian Moorman: The Laneway Lounge, Perth
VIOLENT SOHO, THE SMITH STREET BAND: JUL 3, The Bakery
OUR MAN IN BERLIN: MAY 30, Amplifier
Retro + Dr Wazz + Sunich: Metropolis (C5 / 10pm), Fremantle
Matty T Wall: The Good Shepherd Bar, Leederville
LITTLE BASTARD: JUN 19, Prince Of Wales Hotel, Bunbury; JUN 20, Settlers Tavern, Margaret River; JUN 21, Mojo’s
DZ DEATHRAYS, PALMS, FOAM: MAY 22, Prince Of Wales, Bunbury; MAY 24, Amplifier; MAY 25, Newport Hotel
I Love 80s & 90s with + Dr Wazz + DJ Shane: Metropolis (C5 / 9pm), Fremantle
Trivia: Charles Hotel, North Perth Patient Little Sister + Rob Walker: Clancys Canning Bridge, Applecross Chet Leonard’s Bingoteque: Clancys Fish Pub, Fremantle 5 Shots: Crown Perth (Groove Bar & Lounge), Burswood Grease - The Musical: Crown Perth (Crown Theatre), Burswood Night Cap Session + Tom O’Halloran + Ben Vanderwal: Ellington Jazz Club, Perth Bernardine: Greenwood Hotel, Greenwood Howie Morgan : Lucky Shag, Perth Daniel Champagne + Christine Yeong: Mojo’s Bar, North Fremantle Going Solo feat + Chief Richards + Drage Lion: Moon Cafe, Northbridge Kickstart + DJ Giles: Mustang Bar, Northbridge Brazil Night with + Xoxote: Ocean One Bar, Scarborough New Soundland + Ben Merito: Rosemount Hotel, North Perth Timothy Nelson + Paul McCarthy + Pat Decline + Dr Green: Rosemount Hotel (459 Bar), North Perth
Parker Saturdays + Paradise Paul + Jackness + Mind Electric + Chiari: Parker Nightclub (10pm), Perth
Open Mic Night with + Greg Carter: Swinging Pig, Rockingham
Paradise Paul + Micah: The Aviary, Perth
Little Bird + Kyle Bonser + Tailored Grace: The Paddo, Mt Hawthorn
Troy Division + Micah + Dj Ben Sebastian: The Aviary, Perth
Adam Hall & the Velvet Playboys: The Laneway Lounge, Perth
Retrofit: Universal Bar, Northbridge
The Waifs + Special Guests: Astor Theatre, Mount Lawley
Comedy Night + Various Artists: Charles Hotel, North Perth Decoy: Crown Perth (Groove Bar & Lounge), Burswood Rock n Roll Karaoke: Devilles Pad, Perth Open Mic Night with + Kris Buckle: Dunsborough Tavern, Dunsborough
Cartel + Arms Attraction: YMCA HQ, Leederville
Jazz + Jen de Ness : Albion Hotel, Cottesloe Chaos Divine + This Other Eden + Watercolour Ghosts: Amplifier Bar, Perth The Mojos: Balmoral, East Victoria Park Mike Nayar: Belgian Beer Cafe, Perth Siren & Assassin: Belmont Tavern, Cloverdale Sophie Jane Duo: Best Drop Tavern, Kalamunda Jamie Powers : Brass Monkey Hotel, Northbridge Danny Bau: Brighton Hotel, Mandurah Light Street: Brooklands Tavern, Southern River The Funkoars + Mr Grevis + Kogz: Capitol, Perth
Night Cap Session + Sam Brittain: Ellington Jazz Club, Perth
Frenzy: Carine Glades Tavern, Duncraig
Greg Carter: Gate Bar & Bistro, Success
James Wilson : Chase Bar & Bistro, Baldivis
Adam James: Grand Central, Perth
Adrian Wilson: Citro Bar, Perth
Open Mic Night + Various Artists: Indi Bar, Scarborough
Highway Breakdown + Approaching Opposite + Hello Colour Red + The Cold Acre: Civic Backroom, Inglewood
James Wilson : Lucky Shag, Perth Shaun Kirk: Mojo’s Bar, North Fremantle Yambeque: Moon Cafe, Northbridge The Morning Night + DJ James MacArthur: Mustang Bar, Northbridge Open Mic + Various Artists: Newport Hotel (The Tiki Beat Bar), Fremantle
DJ Boogie: Clancys Canning Bridge, Applecross Diamond Dave & The Doodaddies: Clancys Fish Pub, Fremantle The Russell Holmes Trio: Clancys Fish Pub, City Beach Jonny Taylor: Clancys Fish Pub, Dunsborough
Open Mic Night with + Turin: Ocean One Bar, Scarborough
Fiona Lawe Davies 3: Como Hotel, Como
Open Mic Night with + Danny Bau: Peel Ale House, Halls Head
Tod Johnson & Peace Love + DJ Crazy Craig: Crown Perth (Groove Bar & Lounge), Burswood
DZ Deathrays + Palms + Foam: Prince of Wales, Bunbury Battle of the Planets + Bury The Heard + Graphic Characters + 13 Circles: Rosemount Hotel, North Perth
Cuddles: Dunsborough Tavern, Dunsborough Jarrad Wilson: East 150 Bar, Ascot Stratosfunk + Dale Barlow Quartet: Ellington Jazz Club, Perth
Daniel Champagne: Rosemount Hotel (459 Bar), North Perth
Howie Morgan : Empire Bar, Rivervale
Open Mic Night with + Claire Warnock: Settlers Tavern, Margaret River
Wagons + Timothy Nelson & The Infidels + TJ O’Donovan: Fly By Night, Fremantle
The Kingston Shakers: Swallow Bar, Maylands
Choppa Duo: Gate Bar & Bistro, Success
Hideous Sun Demon + Loners + The Yokohomos + Dream Rimmy: The Bird, Northbridge
Vanerty Brothers: Gosnells Hotel, Gosnells
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Soul Corporation: Universal Bar, Northbridge
Childs Play: Sail & Anchor (Upstairs), Fremantle
Troy Nababan: Herdsman Lake Tavern, Wembley
Scarlet Therapy: Ya Ya’s, Northbridge
Acoustic Session with + Greg Bowles: Settlers Tavern (Verandah / 3pm), Margaret River
Justin Cortorillo: Hyde Park Hotel (Courtyard), North Perth
DZ Deathrays + Palms + Foam: Indi Bar, Scarborough Ben Merito: Indian Ocean Brewing Company, Mindarie Stu McKay: Inn Mahogany Creek, Mahogany Creek
Gary Numan: Astor Theatre, Mount Lawley
THE WAIFS: 22 MAY, ASTOR THEATRE
Vendetta: Kalamunda Hotel, Kalamunda
Karaoke with + Robbie King: South St Ale House, Hilton
The Joy Evelation: Fly By Night, Fremantle
Retriofit: M On The Point, Mandurah
Aztec Suns + The Hacks + Dead White Males + Something In The Rye: Swan Basement, North Fremantle
Lauryn Hill + Special Guests: Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle
Greg Carter: Swinging Pig, Rockingham
Almost Famous: Gosnells Hotel, Gosnells
Boys Boys Boys! + Axe Girl + The Surf Rabbits: The Bakery, Northbridge
Cargo Beat: Greenwood Hotel, Greenwood
Mango Groove + Special Guests: Metro City, Northbridge Tijuana Cartel + Mei Saraswati + DJ Care Bear: Mojo’s Bar, North Fremantle Adam Hall & the Velvet Playboys + Flash Nat & The Action Men + Swing DJ + DJ James MacArthur: Mustang Bar, Northbridge Karaoke Classic with + Steve Parkin: Newport Hotel, Fremantle Mad Agents: Ocean One Bar, Scarborough Siren Song Enterprises: Peel Ale House, Halls Head North West Festival 2014 feat. + The Dandy Warhols + Wolfmother + Ball Park Music + Hermitude + Art Vs Science + Six60 + Kingswood + The Kite String Tangle + Thelma Plum + more: Port Headland Turf Club, Port Headland Galloping Hatracks: Port Kennedy Tavern, Rockingham Shaun Kirk: Prince of Wales, Bunbury Back2Back: Quarie Bar & Bistro, Hammond Park Entrails Eradicated: Rocket Room, Northbridge The English Beat + Special Brew + Dilip n the Davs: Rosemount Hotel, North Perth Penny Ikinger: Rosemount Hotel (459 Bar), North Perth Howie Morgan : Sail & Anchor, Fremantle Alison Wonderland + Wave Racer + Young Franco: Secret Location, Perth Empire Blues: Settlers Tavern, Margaret River
Greg Carter: Gate Bar & Bistro, Success
Koi Child: The Bird, Northbridge
Easy Tigers : Hyde Park Hotel, North Perth
Just For The Night + Hans Fiance: The Laneway Lounge, Perth
Nitro Zeppelin: Indi Bar, Scarborough
P!nked: The Northshore Tavern, Hillarys
Kimberley Moon Experience feat. + The Waifs: Jim Hughes Amphitheatre, Kununurra
Sh’mon DJs: The Odd Fellow, Fremantle Adam James: The Principle Micro Brewery, Midland Crush + DJ Glen: The Shed, Northbridge Nightmoves: Universal Bar, Northbridge Jonny Dempsey: Vic, Subiaco James McDonald: Wintersun Hotel, Geraldton Leah Miche & The Regular Hunters + Badger & Kit: X-Wray Cafe, Fremantle Tracksuit + Odette Mercy + Custom Royal + Helen Shanahan: Ya Ya’s, Northbridge
DZ Deathrays + Palms + Foam: Amplifier Bar, Perth Chris Gibbs Trio: Balmoral, East Victoria Park In The Groove: Bentley Hotel, Bentley James Wilson : Boab Tavern, High Wycombe Frank G: Carine Glades Tavern, Duncraig Stormrider Festival feat. + Black Majesty + Silent Knight + Darker Half + Mason + Damnation’s Day + Gorefield + Enforce + more: Civic Backroom, Inglewood Tom Fisher: Clancys Canning Bridge, Applecross Abbe May + Dallas Royal: Clancys Fish Pub, Dunsborough
Karaoke: Kalamunda Hotel, Kalamunda Rhythm 22: M On The Point, Mandurah L-FRESH The LION + DJ MK-1 + Mathas + Marksman + Selekt Few: Mojo’s Bar, North Fremantle
Andrew Winton: Balmoral, East Victoria Park
Necter + Sprawl + Piano Donkey + Cloud Control: Swan Basement, North Fremantle
Sophie Jane : Belmont Tavern, Cloverdale
Siren & Assassin: Swinging Pig, Rockingham
Nate Lansdell + Dean Anderson: Brighton Hotel, Mandurah
Jeff Martin + Sarah McLeod: The Odd Fellow, Fremantle
Trevor Jalla : Broken Hill Hotel, Victoria Park
Blackbirds: The Rose & Crown, Guildford
Kevin Curran: Brook Bar & Bistro, Ellenbrook
Howie Morgan Project: The Saint, Innaloo
Jonny Dempsey: Chase Bar & Bistro, Baldivis
The Healy’s + Blue Hornet: The Shed, Northbridge
Albatross: Civic Backroom, Inglewood
Retrofit: Universal Bar, Northbridge
The Zydecats: Clancys Fish Pub, Fremantle The Limelights Jazz Trio: Clancys Fish Pub (Morning), City Beach DJ Boogie + The Salt Shaker Selectors: Clancys Fish Pub (Afternoon), City Beach Mister & Sunbird: Clancys Fish Pub, Dunsborough Ansell & Fretall: Como Hotel, Como
The Waifs: Fly By Night, Fremantle
Wide Open Mic: Mojo’s Bar, North Fremantle
Karaoke Classic with + Steve Parkin: Newport Hotel, Fremantle
Choppa Duo: Gate Bar & Bistro, Success
Trivia: Rosemount Hotel, North Perth
Desert Bells: Ocean One Bar, Scarborough
Steve Parkin: Hyde Park Hotel (Courtyard), North Perth
The Swintones: X-Wray Cafe, Fremantle
Kevin Curran: Port Kennedy Tavern, Rockingham
Shaun Kirk + Morgan Bain: Indi Bar, Scarborough
DJ Eugene: Quarie Bar & Bistro, Hammond Park
Retriofit: Indian Ocean Brewing Company, Mindarie
Kings Justice + Oakland + Iceage Sugar + Approaching Opposite: Railway Hotel (Main Room), North Fremantle
The Mojos: Kalamunda Hotel, Kalamunda
Fucking Teeth + Hamjam + Electric Toad + Dream Rimmy + Spacemanantics: Rosemount Hotel, North Perth
Superseeds: M On The Point, Mandurah
The Gypsy Minions: Sail & Anchor, Fremantle Bastian’s Happy Flight: Settlers Tavern, Margaret River Stu McKay: Springs Tavern, Beechboro The Funkoars + Mr Grevis + more: Studio 146, Albany Nick Sheppard (DJ Set): Swallow Bar, Maylands
Wesley Goodlet Jamboree Scouts: Lakers Tavern, Thornlie
Penny Ikinger + Maurice Flavel + Mystic Eyes: Mojo’s Bar, North Fremantle Moon Landing: Lounge-a-go-go + Jessie G: Moon Cafe, Northbridge DZ Deathrays + Palms + Foam: Newport Hotel, Fremantle Sunday Sessions + Timothy Nelson: Newport Hotel, Fremantle DJ G Martin: Ocean One Bar (2.30pm), Scarborough
Keira Jane: Peel Ale House, Halls Head
Antics feat. + King Cactus + Rag n Bone + Antics DJs: Claremont Hotel, Claremont
Miami + Catherine Summers Duo: The Laneway Lounge, Perth
Greg Carter: Port Kennedy Tavern, Rockingham
Howie Morgan Project: The Northshore Tavern, Hillarys
The Gypsy Minions: Quarie Bar & Bistro, Hammond Park
Datura + Luke Dux + Medicine Hat Trio: The Odd Fellow, Fremantle
Gignition feat. + Moonshine Trust + Crash Rat + Midflight Parasite + Josh Sean East + St James Sirens: Railway Hotel (Main Room / 5pm), North Fremantle
Huge + DJ Andyy: The Shed, Northbridge Shaun Kirk: The White Star Hotel, Albany
The Get Down with + DJ Charlie Bucket + Klean Kicks + Nick Sheppard: Rosemount Hotel (Beer Garden / 4pm), North Perth
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Click Brown Fox: X-Wray Cafe (7pm), Fremantle
Chamber Jam: Ellington Jazz Club, Perth
8 Bit Love + Electric Toad: The Bird, Northbridge
The Grid + Dale Barlow Quartet: Ellington Jazz Club, Perth
John Bannister + The Charisma Brothers: X-Wray Cafe (4pm), Fremantle
Kris Buckle: Dunsborough Tavern, Dunsborough
Shot Down From Sugartown + Milhouse + DJ Holly Doll + DJ James MacArthur: Mustang Bar, Northbridge
Junkadelic: Clancys Fish Pub, Fremantle
Steve Spouse: Dunsborough Tavern, Dunsborough
James Wilson : Whistling Kite, Secret Harbour
Wire Birds: Brass Monkey Hotel, Northbridge
Tahnee: Ocean One Bar (6pm), Scarborough
Why Georgia: Crown Perth (Lobby Lounge), Burswood
Luke O’Connell: Wanneroo Tavern, Wanneroo
Peace Love: Crown Perth (Groove Bar & Lounge), Burswood
Frenzy: Swinging Pig, Rockingham
Hi-NRG + Hero DJs: Crown Perth (Groove Bar & Lounge), Burswood
Sunday Sessions with + The Limelights Jazz Trio: Swallow Bar, Maylands
Open Mic Night with + Shaun Street: Brass Monkey Hotel, Northbridge Jack & Jill : Crown Perth (Groove Bar & Lounge), Burswood Hans Fiance: Crown Perth (Lobby Lounge), Burswood Roger Garrood Quartet: Ellington Jazz Club, Perth Collections + Various Artists: Mojo’s Bar, North Fremantle Danza Loca Salsa Night: Mustang Bar, Northbridge Overgrowth Acoustic Showcase + Various Artists: Ocean One Bar, Scarborough Bex & Turin’s Wide Open Mic: Rosemount Hotel, North Perth Siren Song Enterprises: Swinging Pig, Rockingham Barefaced Stories + Various Artists: 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 Amberdown + The Crossbars + Night Signals + Rich King Matthews: Ya Ya’s, Northbridge
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The Music is a free, weekly gloss magazine of newsstand quality. It features a diverse range of content including arts, culture, fashion, li...
Published on May 20, 2014
The Music is a free, weekly gloss magazine of newsstand quality. It features a diverse range of content including arts, culture, fashion, li...