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THIS WEEK Ronny Chieng WASO: Lord Of The Rings Viola Dana

FEATURES Katie Cassidy The Community Little Bastard The Orwells Touch Sensitive The Paper Kites

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Since winning the Director’s Choice Award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and the Best Of The Fest (Local) in Sydney, Ronny Chieng has gone from strength to strength. Known for his intelligent humour, his most recent milestone was opening for comedy superstar Dave Chappelle on his national tour. Perth audiences can experience Chieng again at one of two encore shows at Astor Theatre on Sunday.

The West Australian Symphony Orchestra will take a second journey into Middle Earth with the second instalment of Lord of The Rings: The Two Towers. More than 200 musicians including WASO, the WASO chorus and St George Cathedral Choristers will take the stage at the Perth Convention Centre to perform the award-winning score by Howard Shore while the film plays on the big screen. On this Friday and Saturday.

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As part of this year’s City of Perth Winter Arts Season, Perth-based four-piece Viola Dana will perform original soundtracks to classic silent films by one of the founding fathers of deadpan humour, Buster Keaton. Hot off the back of their success at the 2013 Toronto Silent Film Festival, Viola Dana present new scores to Sherlock Jr (1924) with a soundtrack by Kathy Corecig, and The High Sign (1921), with a soundtrack by Pete Guazzelli. Happening Sunday with more info available at perthwinterarts.com.au. PERTH

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national news news@themusic.com.au BALL PARK MUSIC

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SPLENDOUR EXPLORES ITS ARTISTIC SIDE

MULTI-DIMENSIONAL FANTASTIC

On their Trippin’ The Light Fantastic tour, Ball Park Music will be incorporating 3D imagery that will blow your mind! Okay, let’s be honest, the Brisbane five-piece are already 3D – BPM are squeezing out the lolz – but with an ever bouncy live show and some sweet lighting we can guarantee you gotta see this tour – holograms or not. It happens 25 Sep, Bar On The Hill, Newcastle; 26 Sep, Enmore Theatre, Sydney (all ages); 4 Oct, Forum Theatre, Melbourne; 8 Oct, Karova Lounge, Ballarat; 11 Oct, Wool Exchange, Geelong; 18 Oct, The Tivoli, Brisbane; 24 Oct, Astor Theatre (under-18s can attend with guardian); 25 Oct, Settlers Tavern, Margaret River; and 2 Nov, Alhambra Lounge, Brisbane (under-18s). Proudly presented by The Music.

We’ve already been gifted with a glut of amazing musical acts, but what’s a Splendour bender without some fun on the side, for those times when you just want to chill out and maybe make your own piñata boombox. This year’s Splendour Arts program sees live installation Rumspringer, the Skywhale balloon creature and Lionel Richie’s Head. Don’t ask questions. Splendour In The Craft will be back for a second year, with Beci Orpin, Matt Format and Fancy Free (ft The Grates’ Patience Hodgson) all excited to show you how to make some cool shit. And The Grates’ Brisbane cafe Southside Tea Room will also be appearing as a pop-up food and drink stall, while there’s also live graffiti, theatre and more. Punters be excited for 25 – 27 Jul.

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THE AMITY AFFLICTION

STANDING TALL

The Amity Affliction have just topped the ARIA charts with their fourth longplayer Let The Ocean Take Me, so there’ll no doubt be plenty of pit warriors excited by the announcement that the Queensland metalcore champions will be returning to big stages around the country to show off their uncompromising new wares. And as always, Amity have put a classy support bill together for these dates, with internationals Architects, Issues and Stray From The Path all visiting for the festivities, while Deez Nuts help wave the Aussie flag high. The all ages tour happens 29 Aug, Red Hill Auditorium, Perth; 31 Aug, Festival Hall, Melbourne; 4 Sep, Hordern Pavilion, Sydney; and 5 Sep, Riverstage, Brisbane, with tickets on sale Friday.

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BIRMINGHAM BEAT

Legendary British reggae act UB40 are bringing their swag of hits Down Under, extending their current world tour to spread their joyous Caribbean sounds with the masses. With a new album pencilled in for a late-2014 release, these shows are shaping up to be an uplifting celebration, so get involved when the group play with Blue King Brown at Red Hill Auditorium, Perth, 5 Dec; Riverstage, Brisbane, 7 Dec; Enmore Theatre, Sydney, 9 Dec; Palais Theatre, Melbourne, 11 Dec.

“SO... PITBULL LOST HIS LUGGAGE AND BORROWED JLO’S PANTS?”

YEP @MISSINFO, HE TOOK JIMMY FALLON’S SKIT TO THE WORLD CUP STAGE.

Sydney’s favourite hip hop misfits True Vibenation will be sharing their wondrous riddims with the country when they launch their forthcoming record On. Bounce with Verbaleyes, Native Wit and Klue 26 Jul, TBC, Brisbane; 27 Jul, The Brewery, Byron Bay; 31 Jul, Shebeen Bandroom, Melbourne; 2 Aug, Rad Bar, Wollongong; 8 Aug, Newtown Social Club, Sydney; 16 Aug, Baroque, Katoomba; 20 Aug, Sosueme, Beach Road Hotel, Sydney; 23 Aug, Transit Bar, Canberra; and 12 Sep, Mojo’s Bar, Fremantle.

HELLO, HELLO

Over more than a decade, The Cat Empire have proven themselves to be the ultimate cosmopolitan party starters, and after a summer spent in their second home of Europe, the Melbourne sextet will return home for shows with Madre Monte and Tom Thum, playing 26 Sep, Fremantle Arts Centre; 27 Sep, Metro City, Perth; 4 Oct, Festival Hell, Melbourne*; 10 & 11 Oct, The Tivoli, Brisbane; 12 Oct, Rabbit & Cocoon, Gold Coast; 17 Oct, UC Refectory, Canberra*; 18 Oct, Hordern Pavilion, Sydney*; and 19 Oct, Panthers, Newcastle* (*all ages).

SPRINGTIME SAVIOURS

Philadelphia punk rockers The Wonder Years are sharing their emotion-charged odes about boredom in suburbia with Australian audiences later this year, playing dates all around the country as part of The Greatest Generation World Tour. Catch them 4 Sep, The Hi-Fi, Melbourne; 5 Sep, Phoenix Youth Centre, Melbourne (all ages); 7 Sep, Amplifier Bar, Perth; 11 Sep, The Hi-Fi, Brisbane; 12 Sep, The Lab, Brisbane (all ages); 13 Sep, Manning Bar, Sydney; and 14 Sep, The Lair, Sydney (all ages). THE MUSIC • 18TH JUNE 2014 • 7


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DEEZ NUTS

PUT SOME PANTS ON

Coming off the back of a huge European summer tour which included main stage appearances at Hellfest, Graspop and With Full Force Festivals, Australia’s most notorious hardcore band Deez Nuts have announced a few WA stops on top of their current Australian tour. Fronted by outspoken ex-I Killed the Prom Queen lead man JJ Peters, Deez Nuts head to Prince Of Wales, Bunbury, 3 Jul; YMCA HQ, 4 Jul; Amplifier, 5 Jul; and Newport Hotel, 6 Jul. Joining them will be Melbourne metalcore legends Confession and locals In League.

STORMY WEATHER

World renowned street artist Stormie Mills will this year become the mentor of Hyper Vision at Midland Gate Shopping Centre, an event that gives young artists the opportunity to showcase their talents, make their mark in the art world and share their work with the wider community. Already becoming renowned as a truly powerful grassroots artistic program in recent years, this year’s theme of “20 20” will give budding artists the chance to represent their thoughts on the last, and the future, 20 years with the exhibition running from 7-27 Jul.

OPEN AND CLOSE

Taking place at Fremantle Arts Centre from 22 Oct to 1 Nov, Proximity Festival once again will delve deep into your comfort zone, with new one-on-one performances by James Berlyn, Caroline Garcia, Alina Tang and more. The full program and details go live in August.

WORLD OF MAYHEM

Supporting Buried In Verona, Antagonist AD and Stories (on the Midyear Mayhem Tour) at Prince Of Wales on 1 Aug will be Sienna Skies, Make Believe Me and Winterfold; Amplifier on 2 Aug sees Sienna Skies, Anchored and Aveira Skies; and Sienna Skies, Make Believe Me, Xenobiotic and Forstora at YMCA HQ on 3 Aug. Destroyalllines.com for tickets.

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IN BASS MAJOR

Bursting out of Villa on 5 Jul, Boomtick’s midyear manifest Major Bass is once again about to deliver the goods in a big way, with everyone’s favourite local bass juggernauts unloading. Tee El, Bezwun and Beatslappaz take on the main stage, with the always-entertaining Mini Bass Silent Disco throwing Benny P, Dead Easy, Beni Chill, Jay Francisco, Black Laces Miss Demeanour, Bunj, Meet Mark, Slykidd and Mred into the mix. They’ll be joined by the legendary A Skillz and Featurecast on the night. Moshtix for tickets.

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HUNGARY FOR MORE

Currently sitting at #79 on DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs, Hungary’s Myon & Shane 54 have achieved extraordinary success in the international dance music scene. Catch’ em at Metro City on 8 Aug, tickets through Oztix.

A NEW DIRECTION

Perth Festival has becoming something of an icon in recent years, with Artistic Director John Holloway much loved for bringing the yearly event to national eyes. Dr Holloway’s tenure ends this year, which means Perth festival is looking for a new Artistic Director. If you think you can fill those admittedly huge shoes, head to perthfestival.com.au/festivalinformation/about/people/work-with-us.

LOVE KATS

On the six-month anniversary of being a proper band, Kat Wilson and her cohorts be launching their first EP, Sea Legs, on 26 Jul at the Astor Lounge. It’s been a crazy amazing year so far for the young band, and they’re really excited to get this EP into your hands. The launch of the “four-track mash of coastal love and dirty blues” will be supported by Riley Pearce, The Insatiables and Curtis McEntee.


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TIMOTHY NELSON & THE INFIDELS

WAR ON TERROR

If you live here, you know who Timothy Nelson & The Infidels are. They’ve been around the traps, with Mr Nelson and co being part of just about everything that’s going on in local music. They’ve also been responsible for some of the best of that in recent years. Now comes the next step as the eagerly anticipated LP Terror Terror, Hide It Hide It is about to be released. They launch it at the Rosemount Hotel on 1 Aug, with support coming from expats Institut Polaire and The Avenues. Grab your tickets now through Oztix, more on the door if available.

LISTEN IN

Fast becoming Australia’s boutique national dance music event, Listen Out is back in 2014. And with the success of last year’s debut, the second round is looking to line up even more punch. The big ol’ show hits Ozone Reserve on 28 Sep. The lineiup is a closely guarded secret so far, but with acts like Disclosure and Azealia Banks headlining last year’s show, it’s sure to be a banger. Keep your eyes on here for future details.

REEF AND BEEF

Dr Sketchy’s Anti-Art School has long been a pretty bloody cool part of Perth’s art culture, but now the whole shebang is being turned around onto a more serious topic. With the Federal Government approving the dredging of three million cubic metres of Australia’s coastline, Dr Sketchy is bringing his new Art For Reef project to The Bakery on 12 Jul, following up a great show at Fly By Night on 17 Jun. It’ll be a big art/environment love-in with bands and more; BYO art supplies.

RISING FROM THE ASHES

It took the dissolution of several other musical ventures for Bristol’s KOAN Sound to be heard, but now they’re kicking and screaming the dance world is definitely taking notice. Having earned the praise of everyone from Aphex Twin and Pendulum to BBC tastemaker Zane Lowe, the British pair are genuine electronic shapeshifters, cutting tracks and playing sets that are worlds away from the ordinary. Catch the duo when they visit Oz at Biscuit Factory, Arena, 5 Jul.

PRIME ATTRACTION

Three hours after returning from 26 hours of driving to play two shows in Exmouth at the Whaleshark Festival, Huge Magnet flew to Spain to play shows in Madrid, Barcelona, Andorra, San Sebastian, A Coruna, Getafe and Pontevedra. Why? It was definitely because of the cheap European booze and Moroccan hash, the band assures us. They did it to further fine tune their capacity for good-times delivery. Hear the new, recharged and slightly more bohemian beast of a band when they launch their debut LP Lip Service at Mojo’s Bar, 27 Jun; Bar 459, 28 Jun; and Indi Bar, 5 Jul.

THIS IS SPARTAK!

Bringing to the fore everything that is good about contemporary experimental music, Canberra/Sydney-based outfit Spartak are making their way out west for another tour. The band, known for their atmospheric soundscapes and eclectic electronic and analogue musicianship, have a new release out in Five Points, and are bringing it to wherever they can. They head to Mojo’s Bar on 10 Jul with the Ron Pollard Quintet, Lower Spectrum and Gilded and The Bird on 11 Jul with Lanark and more TBA.

SNARSKI AND HUTCH

After 25 years as the honey-voiced singer of The Blackeyed Susans, Rob Snarski will showcase material from his debut solo album, Wounded Bird at the Astor Lounge on 16 Aug and Mojo’s Bar 17 Aug for an afternoon show. Produced by Snarski and longtime bandmate and collaborator Dan Luscombe with Shan O’Mara, Wounded Bird foregoes the lush arrangements of The Blackeyed Susans for a stripped-back and intimate sound palette. Long noted as a powerful contemporary singer-songwriter, there’s a bunch of awesome supports for each show.

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GREEN WITH ENVY Throwing everything into her work, it’s often “gruelling and emotional” on set for Arrow star Katie Cassidy. Daniel Cribb goes hunting for spoilers.

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’m just leaving the hotel to head to the airport and go to Australia,” a somewhat flustered Katie Cassidy begins down the line from LA. Having darted around the US all week, she’s just completed a last-minute photo shoot for her fashion blog, Tomboy KC, and is gearing up for appearances at Supanova Pop Culture Expo alongside fellow Arrow stars John Barrowman and Manu Bennett. “I’m so excited, I’ve never been, which sucks. My whole family’s been and they always talk about it.”

it because Laurel Lance hasn’t become the Canary at this point so I’m trying to keep her as grounded and real as possible. I do feel like she’s the heart of the show… If and when Laurel becomes the Black Canary I will do far more research into the comic.” Series three is shaping up to be an exciting endeavour for Cassidy, and a welcome change from the somewhat exhausting plot line her character had to endure in series two, Lance struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. “As an actor it was amazing. I love a challenge; I love the way the writers wrote for me.

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two gripping all the way to the finale. “I find it rare that season two is better than season one. And in this case, I feel like the second season was – reading scripts and doing analysis was, at least for me, a page-turner. And I feel like from what I’ve heard about season three, it’s going to be just as good, if not better than season two.” Those who have followed Cassidy since her first TV appearance in The Division in 2003 know that she’s been acting non-stop across a range of different formats and is something of a legend within genre TV and thriller film circles, garnering credits in films like Taken (2008) and the revamped A Nigthmare On Elm Street (2010). After The Division, she had brief stints on 7th Heaven, Sex, Love & Secrets and more, before landing her first recurring TV role as the original human face of demon antihero Ruby on Supernatural in 2007, which was followed by a spot on 13-episode CBS mini-series, Harper’s Island, appearances on Gossip Girl and making the main cast of the short-lived Melrose Place revival. “[Harper’s Island] was interesting because you never knew if you were going to die or get killed off. A wedding party goes to an island and there’s a killer on the island – someone in the wedding party. We never knew who would be killed off on the next

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“IT WAS DEFINITELY DRAINING AND IT TOOK A TOLL ON ME.” Part of the legendary Cassidy family with a slew of impressive credits to her name, it’s in her current role in TV cult hit, Arrow that she’s been billed. Based on DC Comics’ Green Arrow and gearing up for its third series, Cassidy portrays Laurel Lance who, in the comic books, is the crime-fighting, arse-kicking Black Canary. The Laurel Lance on the TV series hasn’t joined forces with the Green Arrow, but it was at the end of series two that fans were given a hint that she might finally become the Black Canary. “Do you think I’m allowed to tell you that?” she laughs. “In Supernatural, I had a lot of training in things like kickboxing and I was a gymnast growing up so being part of the action story is definitely very exciting for me and I can’t wait, I hope there’s more of it,” she says on the prospects of becoming Black Canary. “A lot of people asked me, ‘Have you read the comics?’ – and I felt that Laurel Lance isn’t Black Canary. Yeah I definitely did my homework when I was meeting with [writers/producers] Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg and Marc Guggenheim but at the same time, I want to be true to where my character lives in that specific moment so I haven’t gone ahead and read too much about 10 • THE MUSIC • 18TH JUNE 2014

It put me in a weird spot. When you go to work every day and when it’s gruelling and emotional, it can be draining at times but at the same time it’s the reason I do what I do. I love what I do with a passion. [The writers] did a wonderful job but it was definitely draining and it took a toll on me. I was exhausted emotionally but at the same time I look back at it and I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.” It was a combination of the writers pushing actors and the actors accepting the challenge that rendered series

episode. Happy to say I lasted until episode twelve out of thirteen,” she laughs. “It was very stressful and nerveracking but at the same time I had a blast doing it.” Probably the most intense role Cassidy has taken on however was the main character in 2014 thriller, The Scribbler, a role that saw extensive preparation and was shot shortly after the Arrow pilot. “I played a woman who had multiple personality disorder and I created seven different characters and came up with different character backstories and when I was shooting it, it was incredible and such an amazing experience. It gets a bit stressful but I think it adds to it. “It was a great experience and I hope people enjoy watching it as much as I did filming it. I think that it truly shows a different perspective – I actually sat down with someone who had multiple personality disorder and you know, bringing that to life is difficult but again, it’s where my passion lives and I love a challenge.” WHEN & WHERE: 21 – 22 Jun, Supanova Pop Culture Expo, Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre


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Arrow star Katie Cassidy is actually one of a few - alongside John Barrowman and Manu Bennett - of the increasingly popular superhero show’s cast doing the rounds at the con this year, and, like them, she stands as one of its biggest drawcards and will no doubt be one of the most compelling guests on the list as far as Q&A sessions are concerned.

THE BOND CONTINGENT: GEORGE LAZENBY AND RICHARD KIEL Aussie actor George Lazenby only ever stepped the role of the world’s drunkiest super-spy once, for 1969’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, but he nonetheless left an indelible mark on the character with his way-too-tanned-to-beBritish good looks and smug charm that slots him somewhere between Sean Connery and Roger Moore on the “suave bastard” scale. On the other side of things, gentle giant Richard Kiel, who made the once-off villain Jaws so popular in his original appearance in The Spy Who Loved Me that he was asked back a second time, becoming a more sympathetic character for his appearance in the galactically inclined Moonraker. Both are legends of the franchise, and well worth a visit for any enthusiast of shaken Martinis regardless of age (well, as long as they’re over 18).

SUPA POWERS From attendee to guest of the pop culture convnetion circuit, Michael Rosenbaum has sure come a long way. He shoots the shit with Guy Davis.

MING-NA WEN Most recently renowned for her work as the arse-kicking, name-taking pilot and living weapon Melinda May on Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., Macau-born US actress MingNa Wen has had a long and colourful career. In addition to her extensive TV background (notably including a five-season stint on ER), she provided the voice for the titular character in Disney’s Mulan (1998), as well as awesomely-in-an-ironic-kind-of-way playing Chun-Li in the live-action Street Fighter film.

TOM TAYLOR Melburnian playwright-turned-comicscribe Tom Taylor is a bona-fide Aussie heavyweight among the international graphic fiction community. Taylor cut his comic book teeth on Dark Horse’s Star Wars series, as well as writing several creator-owned books such as Rombies, The Example and The Deep, which is about to be turned into an animated series. He has since risen to A-list ranks at DC Comics as the writer behind titles such as videogame crossover Injustice and the crazy popular Earth 2.

JESSICA DICICCIO The voice behind the beloved Flame Princess on cult animated hit Adventure Time, Jessica DiCiccio has been part of show business since she was eight years old, when she featured in the joint US-Soviet production Free To Be... A Family (1988), a TV special that featured performers such as Robin Williams, Penn & Teller, and Jon Bon Jovi.

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ack when he was a youngster obsessed with horror movies, Michael Rosenbaum used to haunt around pop culture conventions to catch a glimpse of the iconic actors that starred in the films he loved. Years have passed since then, and now Rosenbaum is the one the fans are lining up to see – the actor has amassed a sizeable following thanks to his portrayal of Superman’s arch-enemy, super-villain Lex Luthor, on the long-running TV series Smallville. But there’s more to his body of work than villainy – he’s also voiced the fleet-footed, quick-witted comic-book hero The Flash in a number of animated series. “In world-threatening situations, you need that kind of guy to loosen things up a little,” smiles Rosenbaum, who’s set to appear at the Sydney and Perth Supanova events this month. “And it was nice to play a happy-go-lucky character after seven years of playing Lex. And I didn’t have to shave my head or slap on a bunch of make-up.” Rosenbaum has worked steadily for close to two decades, with a variety of roles in an array of genres and mediums to his credit – everything from playing a cross-dressing frat bro in Sorority Boys to doing triple duty as writer, director and star of Back In The Day. But it’s his charismatic, complex portrayal of the young Lex Luthor on Smallville for which he’s best known so far. He admits he was nervous about taking on the role. “But any actor who says they don’t get nervous is probably not going to get any better at what they do,” he adds. “The nerves are what make you strive for greatness. Still, to be honest, I never thought I’d keep the job. I thought they’d see what I was doing and say ‘You’re a con artist! What made you think you could play this character?’ I just wanted to make him real – I wanted to be genuine and vulnerable, so I brought everything from my own life experience and put it into the role. You rarely feel bad for a villain but the great thing about this was I had

years to help explain why Lex was the way he was and how he got that way. “When I first started doing conventions, back when Smallville first started and I was also doing the voice of The Flash, I was a bit overwhelmed,” says Rosenbaum. “The first one I ever went to, the line was wrapped around the building. And then I was told they were here to see me. I had to take a break within the first ten minutes. It was pretty crazy but it was a good feeling. “They may expect someone closer to Lex, then they see what a goofball I am,” he laughs. “I’m pretty much the opposite of Lex. But they do want to meet someone they’ve felt such a connection with. They feel like they know you, and they do tend to know a lot about you and your character... It’s humbling, it’s fun and it’s a learning experience.” THE MUSIC • 18TH JUNE 2014 • 11


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LET’S STICK TOGETHER Ten years down the track, The Community has gone from being a couple of guys trying to book gigs to a 30 acts-plus label. Kane Sutton sits down with founders Diger Rokwell (Ashley Hosken) and Mathas (Tom Mathieson) to discuss the journey.

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t’s crazy to think it’s been that long,” Hosken reflects as he chills on a couch in his apartment, beer in hand to celebrate the end of the week. “It basically just began because we had a lot of friends who were doing a lot of cool stuff, and we wanted to help promote them and change the stigma behind Perth creativity. Personally, my goal as an artist was just to be creative in multiple ways and there just happened to be people around who wanted to do the same thing.” “I think we were trying to get gigs as well,” Mathieson chips in. “I can’t actually remember why we decided to turn it into a collective. Diger was already doing street art stuff with his buddy at the time, who I’ve never actually met, but it was essentially about just trying to get gigs together because everyone we talked to about it were into hip hop and electronica, so we started doing gigs at the Moon, which was a bit of a piss-take on the restaurant license. The first one was New Year’s Eve turning into 2004. It was the first gig I ever performed hip hop at in front of a crowd; I’d been in rock bands before that.” Over the years, The Community has built to label status, the focus on hip hop and electronic acts within Perth, and is extending its reach to artists over east. While the goals in a business sense have had to change, the ideals behind The Community remain exactly that – about being a community. “On the business side we wanted to push our music into different territories. We had to begin focusing more on a brand, like how it should sound and how it should look,” Hosken explains. “When you have a collective, you don’t often have complete control over how it looks, so we had to try and steer it into a direction. We never tell people what they need to make, we just wanted to guide them with the idea of getting it to a level that’s more professional; using social media, press releases, reaching out to other mediums in terms of national exposure, independent radio stations, and basically just informing people what they’re doing. We want to be able to support people who support themselves – so people, with their creativity, they start and stop and wane, but we want to support people who are continually trying to evolve as artists.”

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“We seriously just recruited mates,” Mathieson laughs. “It’s a weird thing about Perth. There’s just a really high consistency of creative people here and a real sense of camaraderie as well. People don’t tend to be overly competitive here. We’ve had a lot of

label third. Everybody in The Community is connected to somebody else in some way.” The Community’s tenth birthday event features a slew of local artists involved with the label, including Hosken and Mathieson. Both have won WAM awards, as has the label, and despite many people feeling pressured by expectations, both men feel the opposite. “Winning the awards was definitely a kick in the arse, but it just gave us more inspiration,” Mathieson suggests. “We’ve always been DIY, and everyone I know does it that way. We’ve never applied for any government funding, and

“WE’VE ALWAYS BEEN DIY, AND EVERYONE I KNOW DOES IT THAT WAY.” people attracted to The Community because of the sound and aesthetic coming out of it, and some people approach us, but most of the time it’s like, ‘Hey, I know this guy who has a brother who does music as well,’ and it’s like, ‘Cool, we’ll check it out.’ It’s all just come through friendship really, so if you say we’re a label, I’d always say The Community is about the individuals first, collectivism second and the

it’s not the fact that we don’t want to; I reckon we will eventually when we start doing bigger projects, but at this stage I’m happy with what we’re doing. Ten years is a long time, but we still feel like our best is yet to come.” “The challenge any Perth musician faces is the barrier between us and pushing your music elsewhere because everyone’s so busy, and that’s why I’ve always believed in localisation first because that’s where you’re going to get your gigs first.” Hosken concludes. “There’s a real push for bands to head over east, but we have so much ability to make music now, the currency and legitimacy of your music elsewhere takes a lot of cash, and you need to be involved in your local industry before you can do that.” WHAT: The Community’s 10th Birthday WHEN & WHERE: 21 Jun, The Bakery


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BASTARD SQUAD Sydney seven-piece Little Bastard are on a mission to save traditional music from the hands of wastrels. Founding member Ross Tipper tells Steve Bell to thrash it out or not bother.

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or the last couple of years a pall has been cast over the land in regards to old-time instrumentation such as banjos, fiddles and mandolins, with a perception having been ushered in by bands like Mumford & Sons and The Lumineers that these are solely instruments of the devil and responsible for producing nothing but commercial dross. But something’s been brewing in the suburbs of Sydney’s Inner West to fight this unfair indictment, a concoction which throws together bluegrass instruments, the spirit of rock’n’roll and a healthy dose of raucous tomfoolery – the product being a sevenheaded beast known collectively as Little Bastard. Their reputation for ferocious and fun live shows has preceded them for years, but now they’ve added to their rapidly growing legend with the release of their eponymous debut long-player. What makes Little Bastard such a powerful opening gambit is substance rather than style – it matters not what genre these tunes belong in, because at the end of the day it’s just a collection of really well crafted songs. And, as is so often the case, it all started with completely humble aspirations. “Johnny [Took – vocals/guitar] – who’s the main singer-songwriter – and I, we’d been in different bands around Sydney,” explains Ross Tipper (vocals/ percussion/harmonica). “I remember us chatting in a pub in Newtown and saying that we really wanted to be in a band where we all want to tour... Soon Eddie [Rowe] – our fiddle player who went to school with Johnny – came onboard and we all started jamming, then it just seemed to happen and suddenly we had seven people, then almost eight and then almost ten: we ended up having to cull it at seven. Our mandolin player Trev [Davies] met our drummer Liam [Hoskins] for the first time on stage during a show – we were playing at The Annandale, then after a song it was, like, ‘Oh shit, hey man I’m Trev, nice to meet ya. Next song!’” As the band started to coalesce so too did a vision of how they wanted Little Bastard to stand apart from their contemporaries. “From the outset we were a little bit fed up with the way that country music is done in Australia,” Tipper continues. “It really seemed reserved 14 • THE MUSIC • 18TH JUNE 2014

for an older generation, and we weren’t seeing any relatively young, energetic, passionate players doing country and bluegrass stuff. We really wanted to try it, and now so many people come to our shows and say, ‘I don’t really like country

Channel], adult contemporary country music label. We just wanted to keep it real. We’d rather play with just rock bands – anyone who’s doing something that’s energetic and just a bit more out there. A lot of bluegrass bands I’ve seen in the last few years – everywhere, not just in Sydney – it’s really technical and everyone’s just standing there looking at their shoes. They have great chops, but we really prefer playing with anyone who’s just going to thrash it out and have a good time, while keeping the musicianship intact obviously. Everyone should thrash it out a bit more and just party – it’s not a recital.”

“WE ALL GREW UP PLAYING IN ROCK BANDS, SO IT’S ULTIMATELY THIS KIND OF PUNK BLUEGRASS CRAZINESS.” music but you guys are alright’ kinda thing. And we’re, like, ‘Yeah, well you should probably try and suss out some more country music then!’ “We’re not really a bluegrass band at all though, because I think a traditional bluegrass band would probably laugh at us. We all grew up playing in rock bands too, so it’s ultimately this kind of punk-bluegrass craziness. We just wanted to play fun country bluegrass-punk and not be bogged down by any CMC [Country Music

And they’ve even reconfigured their lineup as they hit the road to introduce Little Bastard to the rest of the country. “This is the first tour where we’re going to have a drum kit and an electric guitar and stuff like that – we want to beef it up and make it more like it sounds on the record, rather than our usual touring line-up which is pretty much all acoustic with a horn instead of a drum kit,” Tipper tells. “The live show needs to be rocking. I don’t think we ever want to get bogged down in doing one thing – I think it will be constantly changing and evolving.” WHAT: Little Bastard (ABC/Universal) WHEN & WHERE: 19 Jun, Prince Of Wales, Bunbury; 20 Jun, Settlers Tavern, Margaret River; 21 Jun, Mojo’s Bar, North Fremantle


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SUBURBAN KIDS Inspired by The Vines to “fuck up” while on Letterman, Mario Cuomo and Dominic Corso, of unhinged US garage band The Orwells, convince Andrew Mast they are just “some suburban kids”.

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llinois garage-rock adolescents The Orwells left 2013’s SXSW with major industry buzz thanks to performances so manic that many wondered if they were the next next-big-thing-to-be-an-industrycasualty-thing. But they live on and returned to SXSW in 2014 – with a major label deal in hand and a much talked about Late Show appearance behind them. The band’s singer Mario Cuomo and guitarist Dominic Corso express surprise that there is interest from

Australian media when they arrive apologetically hungover for this year’s round of interviews in Austin. But that Late Show With Letterman spot was seen globally. That night saw Cuomo not only crawl across the floor but also jump up and sit with Letterman at his desk mid-song. And, despite YouTube commenters accusing them of being everything from “high” to “a gimmick” on the show, Letterman invited them back just five months later. Letterman Musical Director Paul Shaffer even reprised his own version of their Who Needs You to play that first night’s show out. Corso

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recounts, “[Letterman] was excited; it was like a breath of fresh air for him. I think because you have all these bands that go on and they realise they’re on late night television and all these people are going to see them, they try to just hit every note and play the song as perfect as they can. I think it was a breath of fresh air when he saw a kid band go on, well… a young band go on, and just like, fuck up.” Cuomo explains that the performance was part-homage to an Aussie band they admire, “The Vines on Letterman – that was one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen. So I wanted to do something like that”. Corso adds, “Even The Vines on [UK music show Later With…] Jools Holland. Those videos… when I saw those I was like, ‘You can mess around.’ Just because it’s on TV doesn’t mean you gotta treat it differently than a show.” It’s a long way from being shunned by their hometown Chicago scene. Hailing from outer western suburb Elmhurst, The Orwells found themselves outsiders. “We were never part of any scene,” says Corso. “There wasn’t really any other bands in our town. It was really just us versus the world – that was the way we looked at it ‘cause we didn’t have buddy bands at all. Once we got a little bigger and were able to drive and we started being able to go downtown to a gig, eventually we were meeting these bands down there, [but] there was some hostility to their scene where they didn’t really want some suburban kids being a part of it.” However, despite eventually finding an in with similarly ill-fitting Chicago acts Twin Peaks, Smith Westerns and White Mystery, Cuomo maintains outsider status from the Chicago scene, “I don’t know if they ever really let us join it.”

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JUST A TOUCH OF LOVE Michael Di Francesco is enjoying life after Van She as synth-houser Touch Sensitive, he tells Cyclone.

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ydney’s Touch Sensitive, aka Michael Di Francesco, has already had a big year for gigs. He’s performed live at SXSW in Austin, Texas – and supported Disclosure and Cut Copy at home. At SXSW alone, Di Francesco was booked for countless appearances. “I don’t think I’ve ever been so tired in my entire life – like, I had 11 or 12 shows while I was there,” he recalls. “I remember the very last show, getting to it and setting up. It was dark, loud – and just picking up my bass felt like the heaviest thing I’ve ever lifted. I remember thinking, ‘Wow, I am exhausted.’ But then once I started playing, it was fine. I was back to normal.” At Circo, Di Francesco, who these days rarely hangs out at shows, hopes to catch one of his favourite contemporary names. “I love [renegade French hip hop beatmaker] Onra – I’m very excited about Onra!” There’s a micro-trend in Australian music with hot acts evolving out of other (formerly) hot acts. Pond began as a Tame Impala side-project. Jagwar Ma’s Jono Ma was a member of Lost Valentinos. And Di Francesco was keyboardist in Van She; he played on their two Modular albums, V and Idea Of Happiness. Nevertheless, Di Francesco has definitely left Van She behind. “I am not in it any more, and the drummer’s [Tomek Archer] not in it any more – it’s just Nick [Routledge] and Matt [van Schie] pretty much doing it. I’m not sure whether or not they’re planning on doing new music or what they’re doing. But they’re still DJing and stuff.” 16 • THE MUSIC • 18TH JUNE 2014

Di Francesco officially reactivated his solo Touch Sensitive guise with last year’s Pizza Guy/Show Me EP on Future Classic, Pizza Guy becoming triple j’s third most played track of 2013 (even the video went viral). A blog fave, he toured North America with his labelmate Flume. The year prior he’d cut a successful Anna Lunoe collab – the garagey Real Talk. Di Francesco relishes the autonomy of being a soloist. “It’s all good – it’s all been amazing. I don’t regret anything, really.” So far in 2014 Di Francesco has aired just the one tune, Slowments – what might be variously termed a remix, cover or reinvention of Art Of Noise’s ‘80s synth classic

Moments In Love, a record both beloved by Madonna and, bizarrely, sampled by hardcore rappers like Bone Thugs-N-Harmony’s Krayzie Bone (on Murda Mo). “Originally that started out as an edit that I put into my live set so that I had more material,” Di Francesco explains. He then decided to release his “re-imagination” as a free download. However, Di Francesco does have fresh original music coming, and he’s further developing a mode of synth-house that is simultaneously nostalgic and modern. “I have this internal battle, because one half of me wants to make music that no one else is gonna like, except for maybe three or four people, and then there’s the other part of me that wants to make just house music. So I’m kinda trying to find a balance between still being groovy and still being… cool.” WHEN & WHERE: 28 Jun, Circo, Claremont Showground


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In 2010, The Paper Kites’ first music video received over 4,000,000 views. Not bad for a Melbourne band who’d only got together the year before. Bassist Sam Rasmussen tells Timothy Nelson how it all escalated from there.

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hen we first put up the video for Bloom [The Paper Kites’ first single], we’d hardly even played any shows at all,” Rasmussen says down the line from his home in Melbourne. “We wrote it in about a day, put the video up and it slowly started to spread.” Giving weight to the theory that if it’s good, people will hear it, the band found an audience for their sweet indie-folk tunes both in Australia and

abroad purely via the internet, on the strength of one song. “All of a sudden we started seeing comments like ‘Oh, hi I’m from the US,’ or ‘I live in England and I really like this song,’ and it started growing from there. It spawned early on, kind of online but then we worked really hard to draw everyone across to seeing us live, ‘cause we didn’t just wanna be an internet band.” Going on to release two EPs – Woodland (’11) and Young North (’12) – the Kites’ fan base grew steadily and surely until they eventually found themselves on the road opening for Bombay Bicycle Club

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and supporting City & Colour all over the US. The beginning of last year saw the band bunker down at Sing Sing Studios in Melbourne to record their debut LP, States, enlisting well known Australian producer/ engineer/Knievel guitarist Wayne Connolly (the man behind the desk for You Am I’s Hourly Daily) once again – they’d worked with him on Young North. “He fits in really well; I think if we had worked with a producer who was really assertive and controlling, it wouldn’t have worked. Because the five of us, we’re easygoing, but at the same time we have an understanding of each other and we kind of understand when things can stay the way they are and when we can change them. Wayne just kind of slotted in nicely, he just let us do our thing and sometimes he would gently suggest things and sometimes we’d agree, sometimes we wouldn’t, but I think Wayne was a great choice. He has the right personality; I think he’s a great producer to work with.” With their own headline tour of the US and Canada late last year, a number of the shows were sold out, so they’re doing something right. Rasmussen says the band doesn’t feel any pressure when writing new material: “I don’t think it affects us that much to be honest, I mean we want people to enjoy it, but our tastes are always changing and moving forward and we kind of just go with that. I’m not of the opinion that ‘We play what we want and who cares who listens to it’ because if it weren’t for the people that support and listen to our music, we wouldn’t have the resources to record or travel the world playing for all these people. So I definitely appreciate the people who listen to us and I suppose I just hope that they appreciate the music that we want to make.” WHEN & WHERE: 19 Jun, Art Bar

KEEPIN’ IT REAL WAAPA has found a play that pulls chaos and R-ratings from the ordinary mind of an ordinary guy, Kirsty Marillier tells Zoe Barron.

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hen the third year actors at WAAPA did a timeline of Realism in the first week of rehearsals, they found their rather ordinary main character, played by Liam Maguire, really doesn’t do much at all. “Literally, all he does with his day is makes three cups of tea, makes breakfast, masturbates once, and then goes to bed and watches a bit of TV,” says Kirsty Marillier, who plays his ex-girlfriend. Instead, the action lies in our leading man’s conscious and subconscious, spreading across the stage in the form of musical numbers, flash-forwards and flashbacks, memories, dreams and whatever’s on the telly. “You jump from that domestic environment into his subconscious where you see his past, you see scenes with me, you see his future, you see projected memories – so things that didn’t actually happen but are what he thinks is a memory – or dreams. We see scenes in the TV set. Everything’s between the past, the present, the future, his imagination and what he’s seeing in the world in the actual space.” If it sounds chaotic, that’s the nature of the work. Writer Anthony Neilson, who premiered the play in Edinburgh in 2006, is known for having devising sessions rather than rehearsals, encouraging actors to not only develop the script with him but improvise on stage. “Because it’s blurring the line between

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what’s real and what’s not,” explains Marillier, “and because in the original production that he directed the actors had free range to play around with dialogue and improvise, he’s said that whoever does a production of it is allowed to change all the references to what is culturally relevant at the time.” So, the actors are using their own names and basing their characters on heightened, distorted versions of themselves. They’ve also changed all the swear words to some more appropriate in an Australian context, and have added local references. “It’s very Perth.”

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Teasing order from chaos is director Anthony Skuse, bringing his cast back to the story. “Amongst all of the madness, there is still a core and a base that we are working from. [Skuse has] a very keen eye for what works on stage and what doesn’t. And I think aesthetically he’s been able to hone in on aspects of the story, so we’re always going back to the story. We don’t want to get swept up in the madness of the thing, or the shock value.” Skuse has also encouraged the cast draw from a diverse range of references – from David Lynch to Hitchcock to Indigenous artist Tracey Moffatt – on which to base scenes. “It’s been really nourishing for me as an artist to be able to draw on all of these different references. I’ve seen creativity as being a collector, rather than having to pull something out of thin air. It’s been quite refreshing.” WHAT: Realism WHEN & WHERE: 13 – 19 Jun, WAAPA, Roundhouse Theatre


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SONGSTELLATIONS Looming in the dark somewhere along Newcastle Street is a curious-looking complex occupied by various experimental artists, one of which is local producer extraordinaire Sam Price, aka Naik. Timothy Nelson dropped by to talk songs, samples and synths.

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quick tour of Sam Price’s somewhat cluttered yet impressively organised studio reveals a man whose biggest vices are buying new toys and digging for new sounds. His music has long been described as a “genre-tastic swirl of hip hop beats, monster movie sound effects and spaghetti western soundtrack guitar licks”, but these days Naik, his nom de guerre, cares more than

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ever about making a great song. He fires up Abelton and plays The Music a recent collaboration he recorded with Sugar Army’s Pat McLaughlin. The tune is classic Naik, laden with some of the best hooks McLaughlin has ever sung. “I’m really loving working with vocalists now,” Price says, “like, the stuff I’m doing with Pat is probably the most fun I’m having with music at the moment. He’s taught me how to write a good pop song I guess, which isn’t really an experience I’ve had to deal with before.

Quietly I’ve always liked pop music; like every kid I sang The Beatles in the car with my dad and my sister.” Intent on being more than “just a dude nodding behind a laptop”, Price’s live show has always been a little outside the box. “The key elements are having live drums and guitar, then having that manipulated by the computer. Making sure there are triggers that are clearly understandable from the crowd… You can see something get pressed and you can understand that a sound came from that trigger. Nothing annoys me more than someone just tapping away and I can’t understand what they’re actually playing.” Now, to push the boundaries even further, he’s developed a complex AV show he calls Stellations. Having successfully crowdfunded the project earlier this year through Pozible, he’s spent many a sleepless night putting the whole thing together himself. Just search ‘Naik Stellations’ on YouTube and you’ll see what I mean. Audiences will get to witness the show’s debut at The Bakery as part of the local art and music collective The Community’s tenth birthday bash, whilst he’ll simultaneously be launching 7” single, Solar Temples. “It’s two tunes that I was gonna put on my album. I really liked them but when I was tracklisting everything I just could never find a spot [for them]. So I took them off the album, then decided to press them on a 7”. They’re just gonna stand on their own, [I’m] releasing them as kind of a precursor to the album. [With] the first track, Solar Temples, I picked up this Bollywood record, got home, found this vocal sample and then had most of the song written in a day.” WHEN & WHERE: 21 Jun, The Bakery

BACK ON TRACK

Hard living nearly landed Graveyard Train in one of the cemeteries that they’re so fond of singing about, but as Nick Finch tells Steve Bell, distance and a newfound maturity knocked any conflict on the head.

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ust a couple of years ago Melbourne chainwielding horror merchants Graveyard Train seemed to have the world at their feet, with their warmly received third album Hollow ushering in a bout of touring that saw them playing relentlessly both home and abroad – a workload which nearly tore the band completely asunder. “It was weird, we managed to keep it together whenever we were onstage – whenever we’re playing we always put 100 per cent in – but in all that time offstage we were just drinking too much and bickering,” reflects frontman Nick Finch. “When we started the band none of us really expected to be working hard – it was always just a weird sideproject – so it took us all by surprise when it became a heavy touring schedule, and I guess we just lost our shit a bit. But it’s okay now – we had a year off and everyone seems a bit more chilled and a bit happier. “The music was always fine. We were always a bunch of drunks anyway, but there was some really heavy drinking with guys going on benders and missing gigs. People were paying good money to come and see us, and a band member wouldn’t be onstage because we didn’t know where the fuck he was – just stuff like that. It’s sort of like a weird, awful Contiki tour being on 20 • THE MUSIC • 18TH JUNE 2014

tour – there’s too much booze and too much free time, and none of us have the skill set to deal with it and stay sober.” Fortunately after a year apart all was forgiven by the time they regrouped to record new collection Takes One To Know One. “This one was really fun – we were all really sober, and we got along really well,” Finch recalls. “It was a really positive experience. Hollow was done in a proper studio and was a bit slicker than I was used to – with this one we wanted to make it more organic, so we recorded in this old warehouse in Melbourne with vintage gear and it’s all a bit more lo-fi.

We’d all been writing in the year off so it’s basically just a bunch of songs – just some stuff we recorded. I think we might have possibly even matured a little bit.” There’s certainly less lyrical reliance on things that go bump in the night. “There’s only so many fucking monsters you can write about,” Finch laughs. “Hollow went on this real ‘death bent’ – my songs were all pretty death-related – but for this one we’re a bit looser. It’s all still pretty dark lyrically, but there’s definitely less overt horror. You have to develop as a band or you’d go insane – and we were going insane anyway. I don’t think we’re ever going to sing nice songs about love and things like that, but maybe less with the vampires and oogedy-boogedy.” WHAT: Takes One To Know One (Black Hat Rackets/MGM) WHEN & WHERE: 21 Jun, Rosemount Hotel; 22 Jun, Mojo’s Bar, North Fremantle


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BLEAK FUTURES When he got the script for David Michôd’s The Rover, he “didn’t really understand it”, admits Guy Pearce. He chats to Anthony Carew.

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he 46-year-old Pearce was excited to be working with Michôd again, following 2010’s Animal Kingdom, but he wasn’t sure what he was actually working with. “I didn’t know who the character was in there,” says Pearce. “I didn’t know what we were doing. It was question of humanity, morality, and ethics. Like: is this guy just a psycho? Is he a lovely, gentle man who’s just damaged? Who is this guy?” This guy is the titular character in The Rover, Pearce playing Eric, a vengeful hard man in a lawless, desolate near-future outback. “I keep getting asked if this is a Western, and I just don’t know. I went through the

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same thing with The Proposition, just being unsure. Is it a Western?” Is it, perhaps, a postapocalyptic movie with no apocalypse? “I know David started writing it in the wake of the [global financial crisis], and when the ball was being dropped on climate change. It’s set ‘ten years after the collapse’, because he didn’t want this to be something post-apocalyptic, after a meteor’s wiped out half the Earth, but something far more true to life, and relatable.” Pearce’s performance is classic anti-hero, and comes after some eye-catching villain turns in Prometheus (“I know a lot of people

had problems with [it, but] it’s a really interesting film by a great filmmaker”), Lawless (“Nick [Cave] claims I made the character nastier than he was [in the script], but I don’t agree”), and Iron Man 3 (“It’s a giant piece of popcorn entertainment”). Since cutting his teeth on Neighbours in the ‘80s, Pearce has had a long and varied career both abroad and at home. The Rover marks his third notable performance in the Australian outback, following The Adventures Of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert and The Proposition (each notable, Pearce smirks, for watching English actors Terrence Stamp, Emily Watson, Ray Winstone, and, in The Rover, Robert Pattinson become “tortured” by flies). Shooting The Rover through the Flinders Ranges, Michôd needed to make sure he avoided places already overfilmed (“everywhere we went they’d just had Tracks or Home & Away or Wolf Creek 2 go through there”). “On a visual level, it’s just stunning. Any time you’re in the desert shooting, the look on the cinematographer’s face is one of pure joy. There’s something to it just photographically, getting to shoot pretty pictures. And there’s great drama to it, the looming danger, the terror of the wilderness.” With the great terror of The Rover being not so much the violent vision of a resource-scarce future, but how plausible it is. “Someone asked me why all futuristic movies tend to be so bleak... If you base it on the trajectory of the world – human nature, war, the rapidly rising population – and project forward, then it’s bleak. It’s just logical that we’ll be in for some huge crisis if things continue the way they are.” WHAT: The Rover In cinemas now

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Tom Vek doesn’t sample, but when he does he samples himself. Sort of. Benny Doyle is up at night to get (the inside story on) Luck(y).

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lthough he’d prefer to “do a Beyoncé” and just drop his completed albums out of the blue, Tom Vek (Thomas Vernon-Kell if we’re getting formal) knows he has to play the promotional game to “educate new fans”, which is why he’s talking The Music through his third record Luck at the musicianpunishing time of 9am. However, after chatting to the 33-year-old Londoner for a bit you realise that even if he despised the process he’d probably be too polite to complain, such is his charming nature and dry wit. There’s plenty worthwhile to talk about though, with Luck seeing the eclectic solo creator at his most abrasive and elegant, Vek bonding those vibes through invention and reinvention. “Cool noises” is what he’s interested in finding – exploring the evolution of a rock song. His stream-of-consciousness approach to lyrics, meanwhile, has once again given his songs ambiguity, though he’s closer to a pure harmony than ever. Luck is garage music, but it’s made in the future, by one man who treats his songs like a puzzle, placing and removing elements until he completes the track humming in his mind. “Those two words that you used before, abrasive and elegant, are perfect in terms of the attitude I wanted to get – these opposites that you want to live together,” Vek comments. “The greatest minimal music is just so 22 • THE MUSIC • 18TH JUNE 2014

full and has so much in the space between the notes. But a lot of the time, putting stuff on and taking stuff off; it’s a lot of experimentation, a lot of noise, and then you just pull one thing out in all the mess that happens to crystallise into something interesting on its own accord. “It’s become a thing that I’m quite proud of, that there’s no sampling – I play everything – but I still have been influenced [by sampling],” he continues. “Most of my favourite music growing up was sample-based, but because I wasn’t a record collector and I didn’t have the decks, there wasn’t immediate opportunities for me to try and sample

from a record. But it inspired me – I learned the drums playing along to DJ Shadow, breaks, stuff like that. Also, recording myself, I do feel like I’m sampling [me]. “There’s this one side of my character that’s just recording loads and loads of nonsense, and then there’s this other person that just walks in and goes, ‘I’ll just have that, I just want that bit,’” Vek adds. “And there’s always that hope that I can just get away with it – like there are examples on the album where there’s just one motif, one loop, but it’s trying to get a whole song together around that one thing. “It’s like writing a great rock riff – you can listen to that for four minutes – and I think that culture is there in hip hop as well. I’m just trying to incorporate those great bits, I suppose.” WHAT: Luck (Moshi Moshi/[PIAS] Australia)


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music

AROUND THE BEND

Matt Colwell aka 360 talks going sober and mental illness as he walks us through the highlights from his new album, Utopia. Still Rap One of the biggest things I cop is being called a sellout but anyone who gets popular and gets commercial success, especially in hip hop, is a sellout. But the definition of a sellout is doing something you don’t want to do just for money or success. I wouldn’t be able to get up on stage and perform if I didn’t like the songs. Man On The Moon I’ve had so many fans contact me saying they were going to kill themselves but they had heard the song about suicide, Closer, that I did with Seth Sentry, and said they wouldn’t do it after that – which is mind-blowing. That song is dark but it has really done positive things

Early Warning ft Chris Cheney

for so many. I’m saying, “The sky’s the limit, grow and reach the moon and reach your potential. Move beyond the dark moments. Every negative has a positive.”

This is about my older brother. He had migraines as kid; he’d be on the floor screaming and throwing up. A doctor gave him morphine. Dave was a depressed kid, too; he got bullied all the time. For him to have the feeling of morphine and forget everything and live in a dream, he started faking migraines. One thing led to another.

Purple Waterfall ft Daniel Johns

Spiral Down

I wanted to write something psychedelic. I really hope people wonder what it is all about like those Beatles songs: “I am the egg man,” – what is that about? I don’t know what the hell that is about. The song has drug themes but I didn’t want it be either positive or negative. I’m just talking metaphorically. Must Come Down I was writing about sobriety. I wrote half this song while I was still on

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everything then the rest when I got clean. I strive to be addicted to sobriety – a natural high. I’ve learned you don’t get another rush like performing. I’ve got a very addictive personality and now I’m not doing drugs and partying or drinking I go to the gym six days a week and I’ve proved to myself that if I want something I go for it.

This is about mental illness and depression and coming good and fighting off the demon. It’s based on my ex-girlfriend. She has struggled a lot. Over time I saw her get better. She was in a dark spiral and then I was able to help her through it and saw her come out. Mental illness is always so touchy and people are afraid to talk about it but the best thing for you is to talk. It can be hard to admit but talking is the best thing. It’s All About To End People will think I have a problem with religion but things don’t add up. The Bible is a book. It’s a way people live their lives. Devote yourself to something by all means but I need more proof. There are great points in The Bible but I really believe God is a metaphor for the universe. To me God is the Universe. WHAT: Utopia (Forthwrite Records/EMI)


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★★★★½

album reviews

TOTAL CONTROL

MASTODON Once More ‘Round The Sun

Typical System

Warner

ALBUM OF THE WEEK

Independent/Inertia There has always been a flippant expectation lent to Total Control by certain undiscerning factions of the music “industry”, ready to lump the Melbourne five-piece either within the garage-rock melange, the pigfuck mongrels, the nascent dolewave zeitgeist, the synth darlings or the industrial dirgelings. All hold flimsy weight, and are destined to flounder – you will find no palpable pigeonhole here. But this only accentuates the fact that Total Control control the listener – never is there a moment when they paint themselves into a corner, when they offer up a straight answer. Like one of member Mikey Young’s many other bands, Ooga Boogas, Total Control are victims only to their imagination and whims, albeit with a harsher, oft militaristic bent. Typical System highlights this, but there is nuance amongst the primitivism. Single and

clear standout Flesh War is a glorious new wave. 2 Less Jacks take the nihilist muzzle off to out-Iceage Iceage; Systematic F**k and Expensive Dog provide the blacked-out garage-punk bite. There is that languid, freeform nature the aforementioned Ooga Boogas excel in on Liberal Party (complete with saxophone solo), the synth twilight futurist expands on The Ferryman, and on seven-minute Black Spring we get a motorik post-punk behemoth of twitching, fevered tension. If there is a typical system on Typical System, it’s that Total Control will do whatever the fuck they want – and do it better than most. Brendan Telford

JOELISTICS Elefant Traks/Inertia

Then there’s How Many People, which challenges the listener’s attitudes towards addiction and those living with it. Joel Ma frequently illustrates that you don’t have to be guilty of an unpopular use of your vote to be lacking in compassion for 26 • THE MUSIC • 18TH JUNE 2014

The new(-ish) direction starts off bright and breezy. If High Road doesn’t get them back in the charts, nothing will. Its chugging riff lays all before it and is as cavernous and catchy as anything they’ve done before. Hidebound fans may groan that for the first 20 minutes the unhinged, synapse-exploding solos and prog-inspired sprawl are mostly

★★★★½ waylaid, but it’s only so long until Mastodon fall back on their old ways. Guitarists Bill Kelliher and Brent Hinds burn on Halloween, supremely gifted stickman Brann Dailor does his best impression of a drumming millipede on Ember City while Aunt Lisa is a real pearler, with processed screaming, Dr Who noises and a cheerleader-laden finish. Once More ‘Round The Sun is another epic journey, but no matter how much Mastodon explore their outer and inner limits, they always come back sounding like Mastodon – and for that we should be truly grateful. Christopher H James

HOW TO DRESS WELL

Blue Volume

Aussie hip hop isn’t dead! Artists such as TZU frontman Joelistics (here delivering his second solo album) prove the often lumpen genre can still be something to be proud of. Blue Volume is ripe with earnest commentary that incites plenty of “I’ll drink to that!” empathy from anyone tired of Tony Abbott’s tyranny (fans of our PM should probably avoid Not In My Name). At least the despair is chronicled with ample moving of the feet. “Oh no, here come the idiots,” he warns in opener Say I’m Good, which jumpstarts the masses like a Quad City DJ’s revival. It’s followed by Connect, which rollicks hard enough for Top Gear fans to drive fast to.

What’s going on here? Anthemic verse-chorus-verse-chorus songs? Crystalline vocals? A comparative lack of convoluted D&D themes? Are Mastodon out to capitalise on the chart success of The Hunter? Typically strange and semi-lucid comments have emerged from the studio regarding Once More ‘Round The Sun’s conception, such as “letting it flow”, “not over thinking” and “trying to have the album come to me in my dreams”. All of which might be Mastodon-speak for just doing what comes naturally.

What Is This Heart? Domino/EMI

★★★★ your fellow man, concluding, “I aint trying to judge nobody’s ache.” Occasionally sounding like an episode of Bogan Hunters, in which everyone is informed and perfectly articulate, Wil Wagner’s startlingly haggard guest vocals on Nostromo are particularly affecting and provides one of several highlights. While bling’n’booty-obsessed R&B continues to rain genocide upon the nation’s brain cells, Blue Volume – much like TZU’s criminally ignored 2012 comeback – confirms that homegrown hip hop is best when people keep their heads screwed on. Mac McNaughton

What Is This Heart? is the third album from American artist How To Dress Well (aka Tom Krell) who made his name back in 2010 delivering cold and moody electronic music with warm R&B vocals on his debut Love Remains. This record gets off to a shaky start with opener 2 Years On, Shame Dream; its twanging, almost baroque-esque acoustic guitar and forgettable vocals as the only instrumentation hint at a new, much more boring direction. Thankfully this song is more the exception than the rule, and second track What You Wanted bursts open in the chorus with heavy drums and smooth vocals, before the dark and super modulated Face Again confirms that Krell hasn’t completely run out of ideas just yet. What Is This Heart? is a lot less optimistic or delicate than 2012’s Total Loss; beats pulse and horns and strings are scattered around

★★★½ in beautiful chaos, but Krell’s voice is still the most striking element. Even after three records his ability to harmonise with himself using loops and layers to highlight the dynamics of his voice, especially on highlight A Power, is incredibly impressive. On Very Best Friend he croons, “I know I can be extra sentimental/ Yeah it’s dumb but sometimes it’s just right” and this attitude runs through the rest of the record, with lyrics that are often clumsily, but unapologetically, emotional. On this record Krell’s wrapped his sometimes painfully guileless honesty in music beautiful enough to soften the blow. Madeleine Laing


singles/ep reviews

★★

HUSBAND

Nights In White Satin

CLAP YOUR HANDS SAY YEAH Only Run

Independent

Xtra Mile/Shock

Phwoah! Husband’s cover of The Moody Blues’ Nights In White Satin captures a raw sense of emotion not many musicians can manage with a simple rendition that puts the spotlight on his voice. The man’s tones are filled with honesty and personality, and it’s obvious he knows how to pick the right songs to take on.

Philadelphia five-piece Clap Your Hands Say Yeah have been whittled down to a single member for their latest release Only Run – and the lack of a band can certainly be heard. No amount of synth overdubbing or smooth crooning by Matt Berninger (The National) can fill out the sonic space once occupied by bombastic bass lines and pumped up drum fills. Single Coming Down brings the hustle back briefly, but it’s an all-tooquick burn in a lukewarm pot as the album simmers down to floaty, ambient vocals and overlygrandiose electronic triggers.

SISKIN RIVER Up

Independent Sisters Tullara and Shalane Connors’ first single from their upcoming debut album shows plenty of promise, with plucky guitar chords and strong vocal deliveries from the two, ebbing and flowing from whispered musings to loud and triumphant declarations.

Bailey Lions

Capitol The new track from Joel and Benji Madden is certainly a shift in direction from their previous work, with a bouncy guitar riff and a real soul-sounding rhythm section throughout the verses before a soaring pop chorus. It mightn’t be all that deep lyrically, but it’s unexpected, and strangely refreshing.

PSY FT SNOOP DOGG Hangover

YG Entertainment Nothing to see here, just the incessant sound of Psy saying “Hangover” in heavily autotuned fashion while Snoop Dogg lazily strings together a few words regarding drinking shots and falling flat. Yawn.

★★★★½

MT MOUNTAIN

RUNNER

Independent

Independent

Perth’s own psychedelic-rock group reincarnate the lustrous sounds of ‘70s stoner music with their self-titled and consistently sweet new EP. Bass-heavy from the get-go, this ambient five-track features the kind of experience you can only embark on through amplified headphones and slowmotion dancing. Set to heavy beats and resonating melodies, Mt Mountain offset reverbed guitar with harmonica solos and one-off isolated drum beats; a heavy-hearted syncopation from the second track, Tomorrow. With additional velvet-like guitar riffs and atmospheric accompaniment on the final track Ghost, overall this EP is a crashing wave turned lapping tide.

The world-class debut album from Perth outfit Runner, recorded here at Blackbird Studios, is a spectacular arrangement of seemingly infinite layers, beautifully mixed to create a warm and atmospheric sound. Title track Cloud Kingdom is absolutely stunning, featuring sexy riffs and ambient textures, while Roam (Part Two) provides perhaps the most contrasting piece. The entire release is perfectly rounded out by the slight melancholy and high drama of Lotus – the second one. There are a handful of tracks featuring vocals but in true post-rock, shoegaze style, they always take a backseat, placing the top-quality musicianship front and centre.

Emilie Taylor

Taelor Pelusey

EP

Cloud Kingdom

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THE MADDEN BROTHERS We Are Done

★★★

★★★★

★★★

STEVE PARKIN

WILLIE NELSON

Universal

Sony

Parkin’s 19-track third album is a sharp change in direction from his previously pop-driven ways. This record contains elements of everything from pop through live electronica, experimental psychedelic and a bit of indie folk-pop, all of which come together in a raw personal document. The lack of polish is truly refreshing and given there’s no recognisable order to the tracks, you head into each not really knowing what to expect. Being gutsy has paid off for Parkin, and in that respect especially, he should be very proud of what he’s put together here.

You have to hand it to Willie Nelson – over 70 years of songwriting and performing and a career that’s seen a hole literally worn into the front of his faithful guitar, Trigger, he’s still trucking along. Showing no signs of slowing down, Band Of Brothers marks Nelson’s 69th studio album, a clear sign he’s doing exactly what he loves in life. Backed by a solid country rhythm section and featuring some impeccable lap steel (as you’d of course expect), Nelson’s latest is an album of vulnerability and personal tales he has deemed fit to share with us.

Steve Parkin III

Kane Sutton

Brothers In Arms

Jo Meares – King Of The Crystal Mountain Soundgarden – Superunknown (20th anniversary re-issue) Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II, Led Zeppelin III re-issues Scott Spark – Muscle Memory Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Only Run White Lung – Deep Fantasy Robot Child – One More War Willie Nelson – Band Of Brothers

Lukas Murphy

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live reviews

DUNE RATS, DOCTOPUS, GUNNS, KING CACTUS Amplif ier Bar 13 Jun Since the release of their Red Light Green Light clip, Dune Rats have soared in popularity, so much so that they managed to sell out every single show on their tour. Perth was no different, and it always makes for a pleasant sight when eager punters make their way down early to see the opening bands. King Cactus kicked things off for the evening and were spectacular – imagine

for a pedal (which ended up being the wrong one) produced a roar of approval and laughs from the mob of people watching. It’s doubtful the whole crowd knew much about them, but by the end of the set it was pretty evident their name would be etched within the audience’s collective mind. Despite the insane energy levels of Doctopus, Dune Rats managed to take it to a whole new level. Wide-eyed and wired, the trio looked as they launched into album opener, Dalai Llama, Big Banana, Marijuana, and from the get-go, as expected, people were lifting themselves up onto the stage one after the other for a bit of jumping

DUNE RATS @ AMPLIFIER BAR. PIC: KAREN LOWE

FOAM vocals mixed with Mutemath instrumental work. The keyboard added a whole new element to the sound and it sets them apart from most local artists at least in the garage/surf rock territory. Gunns were up next, and by that point the room was almost full. Like their predecessors, they continued to up the ante with their own blend of surf pop, while the crowd gradually continued to build in their raucousness.

around and then a stage dive. That happened all night at the band’s encouragement, while the mosh at the front was probably one of the most intense witnessed at the venue. The atmosphere was chaotic as the group played through Red Light Green Light, and the rampant nature of the crowd continued right up until the end, which would have no doubt left some attendees feeling quite sore on Sunday morning.

If ever a band was the perfect main support for a Dune Rats gig, it would certainly be Doctopus. The crowd and the group worked through each other as the trio played a range of tracks of their drawling yet upbeat garage rock, and a throwaway line about having to go to Centrelink to pick up pay

Kane Sutton

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RON POPE, CAM NACSON Astor Lounge 14 Jun The Astor Lounge is just about as intimate as it gets

in Perth’s live music scene, creating the kind of magic that sets the scene for a relaxed night listening to folk riffs blended with pop melodies. The night began with Sydney-born singersongwriter Cam Nacson; his folky pop style had the crowd intently enjoying his sombre-smooth melodies and mix of flowing guitar and piano riffs. He played hits like Crazy Kids and Old Heart; the solo renditions of his bandoriented songs brought out the raw talent and showmanship Nacson has developed over years of laborious gigging. The master of winging it, American folk artist Ron Pope admitted to making

songs on request. Pope states that he’s influenced by his idol Richard Manuel, singing the song, Blood From A Stone, off Calling Off The Dogs, entirely in falsetto as homage to the ‘70s Canadian composer. Pope���s A Drop In The Ocean has remained a hit since its release in 2005. Since he dropped his label in 2009, going solo has been an extremely successful career move, the label giving him just the push he needed to establish himself as a solo artist and gaining international exposure. Perth was the last show Pope played on this Australian tour and he sure made every moment worth it, even

RON POPE @ ASTOR LOUNGE. PIC: KIERAN CHEW

his show up on the fly. His comedic charm seemed to win over a genuine response from his Perthian following – a true entertainer. He started out by quietly taking to the stage and without saying a single word, the crowd before him nestled on the floor as he began his first song. He played songs from his ninth studio album, Calling Off The Dogs, presenting his fans with something a little new while challenging himself to pursue risky ideas he’d had stored in the back of his mind over the years. Pope’s raspy voice reverberated around the small venue bearing a record-quality sound while playing, among others, Fireflies, In My Bones, Lick My Wounds and Atlanta; he even re-learned how to play one of his own

managing to set his audience two homework assignments – support Cam Nacson and listen to Richard Manuel. Blake Byrne

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MT MOUNTAIN

Answered by: Glenn Palmer EP title? EP How many releases do you have now? We released a demo (OMED) in early 2013 but this is our first physical release. Was anything in particular inspiring you during the making? Knowing it was going to be a vinyl release inspired us to consciously make the record a particular way and to tailor it to be listened to on vinyl moreso than the other mediums. What’s your favourite song on it? She Runs. We’ll like this EP if we like... Reverberation, delay, vibrato, tambourine, harmonica and fuzz! When and where is your launch/next gig? 20 Jun, Rosemount Hotel with Puck, Lanark and Dream Rimmy. Website link for more info? mtmountain.bandcamp.com

Pic: Ashley Westwood

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eat/drink

SAY CHEESE

Illustration Brendon Wellwood.

FRESH/WHEY Soft and spreadable things like ricotta, quesa fresco, cottage cheese, goat’s milk chevre and even mozzarella fall into this category. They’re often lumpy and moisture-filled items you can put in sauces, desserts and baked goods. Mmm, lumpy.

MEDIUM-HARD The sharp-tasting, holey ones: gouda, jarlsberg, gruyère. The cheeses you use in sandwiches where the cheese is meant to be the hero.

SEMI-HARD/HARD

MOULDY

BRINED

Get your mind out of the gutter. This is the stuff that’s good for eating by itself, or on crackers, like cheddar (smoked cheddar tastes like bacon-flavoured cheese!) and colby, and also stuff that’s good for grating like parmesan.

When people think mouldy cheese, blue cheese like gorgonzola springs to mind; real cheese-lover’s cheese, the smelliest and ugliest of the lot. That definitely falls into the category, but so do gooey varieties like brie and camembert, two of the most inoffensive and accessible-tasting cheeses. Try gorgonzola on pizza or paired with pears, or bake a little wheel of brie or camembert in a ramekin in the oven to make a mini-fondue thingy.

Brined cheeses include feta and halloumi – they’re largely the salty and crumbly kind. People who don’t like these cheeses often have issues with the odour, which can be compared to sweaty feet.

SOY/CASHEW/IMITATION For vegans and the extremely lactose-intolerant: totally dairy-free. Some brands are passable, while some taste like the opposite of what cheese is supposed to taste like. Vegan cheesecakes made primarily from nuts and oil can be surprisingly creamy and delicious though.

GETTING SAUCY Bechamel: Who knew that a crapload of butter, flour, milk and cheese could result in something so arterycloggingly tasty? Serving suggestion: as a layer in lasagne, with or without the meaty tomato sauce. Mornay sauce: Now that you’ve learnt how to make bechamel you can go a step further and turn that into French Mornay sauce by adding egg yolks, cream and nutmeg. Serving suggestion: over pasta, fish or vegetables – probably like once a month at most, unless you want your cholesterol levels to skyrocket. Swiss Fondue: Get a fondue set, melt Swiss cheese and mix with ingredients like cream, crushed tomatoes, white wine, mushrooms, peppers, chillies and Kirschwasser

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(depending on the cheese). Serving suggestion: dip in some bread or potato, and have with sides of pickled gherkins, onions and olives. Four-cheese sauce: Heavy cream, butter, mozzarella, parmesan, provolone and romano cheeses. Serving suggestion: with gnocchi or whatever your fave pasta is. Approach with caution.


eat/drink EATIN’ OUT

Answered by: Daniel Morris What’s one food you can’t live without? Potato! They are so versatile! We are doing them with truffle oil and citrus mayo. What is an ingredient you couldn’t live without? Salt and pepper. Seasoning is essential!

THE PRECINCT RESTAURANT

834 Albany Highway, East Victoria Park theprecinctvicpark. com.au

What food fad do you see being popularised next? I think street food is coming up big: simple, three ingredients and quick to eat. What’s the design/ atmosphere of your restaurant? We are a wine bar, cafe, beer hall, and

restaurant all in one. The design is urban industrial with metal grates and a graffiti/art wall. Who is serving/cooking and what makes them special? Sam McKinven is hitting the pans at the moment sourcing great produce locally and doing some great shared-style dishes. Where do you eat out? Bread In Common in Freo is great! Had a great risotto at Lalla Rookh yesterday! What should I order when I come down? The mushrooms with corn, great southern truffle oil and jerasalem artichokes is off the hook!

HOT SPOT OLD FAITHFUL BAR & BBQ – 86 KING ST, PERTH ATTENTION, MEAT LOVERS. Get yo barbecued meats here: lamb leg, beef brisket, pig middles, hot links, beef and pork ribs, chopped pig, pulled lamb. Complement with tasty hot and cold sides, plus bread (a must). Or get a platter to accommodate however many people in your group, which comes with sliced bread, shaved onion, coleslaw, potato salad and burnt end beans. Not enough? Snack on chicken wings, fried pickles, smoked devilled eggs and corn bread. Wash it all down with a selection from the solid beer menu. facebook.com/oldfaithfulbar

CHALKY’S ESPRESSO BAR and awesome coffee.

chalkys.com.au

What breakfast meal is the best hangover cure? For me, you can’t go past those dirty little bacon and egg sangas you pick up at roadhouses, truck stops, the corner deli down the road… A couple of those normally sorts me out. On our menu, The Hock is a winner: pulled pork, potato gratin, poached eggs and hollandaise – glorious.

Answered by: Sean Mulcock What’s the design/ atmosphere of your cafe? Industrial style fit-out inspired by the art of Melbourne’s laneways, the history in Fremantle’s streets and music from around the globe. We pride ourselves on great service, fantastic food, a relaxed vibe

WHERE TO BUY YOUR CHEESE Ha Ve Harvey – Wokalup Family-owned and -operated, this company’s products can also be found in many Perth food stores and grocers. They’ve won awards for their camembert and feta varieties, among others. Carine Cuisine – Duncraig You can find this shop in the Carine Glades Shopping Centre, and in it, possibly the largest range of cheese in Perth. If you can’t find the one you’re looking for, chances are they’re happy to get it in for you. They also claim to have more than 300 kinds of French blue cheese, so there you go. C Lo Presti & Son – East Fremantle

EATIN’ OUT 1 High St, Fremantle

GET CHEESY

What is an ingredient you couldn’t live without? I’m a sucker for a good quality chorizo and always have a couple of varieties in the fridge… Good for anything, really: pasta, casseroles, great with calamari, haloumi, salads or just on its own.

and religiously head out to yum cha on the weekends: our favourite at the minute is probably Fortune Five. Limones in East Freo. The Wine Store.

Authentic Italian food store that stocks cheeses, olives and dry goods from Australia and Europe. It’s tiny but cosy and has that local gourmet deli feel about it.

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EP FOCUS

NIRVANA TRIBUTE felt like it meant something. From there I became increasingly fixated on abrasive and noisy music, and that’s formed the basis of my taste as it stands now.

HAILMARY Answered by: Vas Shevtsov EP title? Navigate The Sunrise How many releases do you have now? Navigate The Sunrise is our fourth release, we’ve released two EPs (2008 and 2009), and our debut album in Nov 2012. Was anything in particular inspiring you during the making? The creative process in itself was a constant source of inspiration as was the songwriting dynamic. That, and knowing we were gonna tour the shit out of this EP; we love the road!

like having five kids, we love each song equally. That said, My Song for it’s new vibe.

FOAM

We’ll like this EP if we like... Dirty, ballsy, hard rock with sludgy riffs, a grungy bottom end, and hook-driven vocal choruses all tied together with a sexy swagger.

First Nirvana experience? I suppose the first notable ‘experience’ would have been Jackson and I trying to learn Come As You Are at age 12/13 at band practice. From memory we never finished it.

When & where: 27 Jun, Rocket Room; 28 Jun, Prince Of Wales, Bunbury Website link for more info? facebook.com/hailmarybandpage

What’s your favourite song on it? Hard question, it’s

Answered by: Joel Martin

What does Nirvana mean to you? Nirvana was a huge influence on me because they opened my eyes to punk music. Four chords, a clever and memorable melody, simple song structure, but then presented with so much aggression and raw emotion, it took the best elements of pop and turned it into music that actually

FESTIVAL FOCUS

CIRCO Fremantle-based visual artist COMBS and UK-based digital creative collective Shadow Data will be using six projectors to create a fantasy-filled, augmented reality at this year’s Circo. Answered by: COMBS How did the collaboration between come about? Kye, from Shadow Data, is a mate from uni. Both being techie music geeks with creative bents, we’ve always mucked about with audio visual stuff together. I moved over here but we kept in touch; projection mapping came along and caught both our interests. 32 • THE MUSIC • 18TH JUNE 2014

Favourite songs and why? Milk It – it’s one of my favourite combinations: discordant noise and bitchin’ riffs. Tourette’s – it’s just completely mental. Dumb – I think it contains perhaps Cobain’s best lyrics.

How does the scene in Perth compare to the UK? Perth gets a bad rap, I love the scene here. Kye wanted to go to Sydney but I set him straight. London is awesome and was on my doorstep but scene is too strong a word for what went on in Surrey, where I grew up. Disclosure and the Jam are the only acts I’ve ever heard come from there. How do you go about creating visuals to match the music? Experimentation. I guess it’s not unlike a musician, you just make things you enjoy and think will work, then test them out at shows. What vibe do you want to bring to CIRCO Festival and how do you plan to create that? I just want to make people smile while they dance. The two big rooms have very different aesthetics but I’m hoping, like last time, the vibe is fun. Really big projectors is how. When & where: 28 June, Circo, Claremont Showground

Favourite album and why? In Utero. I think the band hit their creative peak on that album. They experimented more with noise, their songwriting became more dynamic, and the production of that album was superb (even if it was altered slightly after the reaction from their label). What songs will you play at the tribute night? Floyd The Barber, Tourette’s and maybe a special rendition of Aneurysm. Website link for more info? facebook.com/foamperth When & where: 21 Jun, Amplifier

EP FOCUS

THE MEANING OF Answered by: Pete Sukys EP title? We Are The Fire, We Are The Earth How many releases do you have now? Five. Two albums, two EPs and one single. Was anything in particular inspiring you during the making? Lots of things. There was a heap of new, old and inspiring bands, sounds, ideas, places. We had so much time to finish this I think you naturally or subconsciously draw from all your experiences. What’s your favourite song on it? I like them all, they all have their own unique thing going on but

probably the opener Loss Of Eden. We’ll like this EP if we like... Something a little different to your normal heavy. When & where: The We Are The Fire, We Are The Earth EP launch is Friday 20 Jun at Amplifier Bar with Opia, This Other Eden and Arkayan. Website link for more info? facebook.com/themeaningof


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FRONTLASH

LIVE THIS WEEK

WE LIKE IT A LOT

It’s only taken 20 years, but the long-awaited trailer for Dumb And Dumber To has finally surfaced.

A STICKY SITUATION A Spider-Man statue on the side of a shopping centre in South Korea has been pulled down due to an overemphasised bulge in its crotch region.

MORE WEEZE If drummer Patrick Wilson catching a frisbee mid-set a couple of weeks back wasn’t enough for you, Weezer have announced their forthcoming ninth studio full-length will be called Everything Will Be Alright In The End.

NEW SEASON

RISE UP

THE POLTZERGEIST

It’s been highly anticipated, and now The Community’s 10th Birthday is just around the corner. Naik, Mathas (pictured), Diger Rokwell, YLEM, DJ Silence and more party hardy this Saturday at The Bakery. Now Baking for tickets.

A three-piece original band of brothers from other mothers, the Julius Lutero Band are a guitardriven force to be reckoned with. With their album Rise And Shine out, things are just heating up for their show at Indi Bar on Sunday.

Steve Poltz is one of the most beloved songwriters of his generation, is highly regarded and has collaborated with the industry’s best. His 13th Australian tour heads to Mojo’s on Wednesday.

AINT’ NO MOUNTAIN

THE GHOST INSIDE

CASH FOR SASH

Recorded over the course of 2013 in a bike factory somewhere in Bayswater, Mt Mountain’s debut EP is finally ready for release. They launch it at the Rosemount on Friday with PUCK, Lanark and Dream Rimmy.

Steve and Ruth find each other on an internet forum. A week later, they drive together to a secluded place. The rest of the story is Giving Up The Ghost, a provocative new show running at the Blue Room from Tuesday to 21 Jun.

Last month, Sacha Tostevin was the victim of a brutal one-punch attack in Subiaco, which left him with a bunch of medical costs. Sachafest is set to fix that, with a bunch of bands supporting Sacha at the Rosemount on Sunday.

YOU BASTARDS

SAFIA AND SOUND

CREATURE COMFORTS

Sydney’s current most-talkedabout-band Little Bastard are out on the road on a national tour which hits Prince of Wales, Bunbury on Thursday, Settler’s Tavern, Margaret River on Friday and Mojo’s on Saturday.

Princes of electronic pop with a nu-soul bent, Canberra-based overachievers SAFIA have kicked off 2014 in style. With a new single and tour support for Lorde in the banks, they head to Mojo’s on Friday.

Fresh off their support slot with The Cairos last weekend, and with their EP Creatures still clear in everyone’s minds, Freo-based psych/soul outfit Apache head to Mustang Bar on Thursday, along with John Martyr’s Ghost.

IN THE JAR

CENTRAL PARKER

SAVE THE DATE

The Whiskey Pocket is a three-piece in the same vein as Cream, Buddy Guy, The Hendrix Experience, SRV and Double Trouble. The dirtier this blues... the better! They head to X-Wray Cafe on Friday.

Join the club when Parker Saturdays once again. Blending nu-electro, mainroom, house and progressive, Parker Saturdays are built around Perth’s freshest and most exciting DJs. $10 before 12pm, $15 after.

Looking Down is the first single to be released from The Date’s upcoming third album Master Date. The new material sees the three-piece taking a turn for the dark, and they launch the single at Fly By Night on Sunday.

DUMB AND DUMBER TO

BACKLASH SOMETHING FISHY

With Clancy’s Fish Pub Fremantle being denied a liquor license for their pop-up bar and Fly By Night fighting to hold onto their lease, Fremantle venues haven’t had much luck as of late.

LAME Revered Perth band FAIM have broken up. They played their final show at Flyrite last Friday night.

GAME OVER Game Of Thrones star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau has pulled out of Supanova Pop Culture Expo. There must be some kings in need of slaying elsewhere.

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LIVE THIS WEEK

AUNTY ODD

UNDER THE BRIDGE

LOUNGE ACTS

The Odd Fellow has played home to some quality gigs since re-opening a few months back, and now The Aunts, Dear Hella and Elli Schoen will keep it going with some quality musicianship on Saturday.

The story goes that Finntroll formed when the band’s axeman came to the drunken realization that no-one had really done a metal/Finnish polka thing before. Hear it for yourself at Amplifier on Sunday.

With The Lights Out commemorates Kurt Cobain on the 20th anniversary of his tragic passing, as well as the legendary Nirvana; The Novocaines, FOAM, Pat Chow and The Cold Acre delve deep at Amplifier on Saturday.

CAL ME

DROP IN

A SHADE OF BLUE

As part of the Ellington Jazz Club’s Song Lounge Series, the Matt Cal Trio bust in to the iconic venue on Monday to deliver some folk/roots/ blues magic with two new singles. Tickets through ellingtonjazz.com.au.

Back again to bring you another night of the drums and the bass in the southlands, Toucan Club’s The DROP smashes things up on Friday, with Joust, Invictus, TRVMP, Rexop and more dropping it like it’s hot from 10pm.

Heathcote Blue is the elusive folk-singing, string-picking doppelgänger of one of Perth’s most industrious musicians, Lyndon Blue. After years of sporadic appearances around town, hear him at Paper Mountain on Thursday.

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Known for their ethereal, moody sound, Melbourne five-piece The Paper Kites have had a whirlwind six months since the release of their debut album. The band are back on the road, heading to Artbar on Thursday.

Going Solo at The Moon continues to warm up your late mid-week nights at The Moon. This week, primo singer-songwriters David Craft and Tashi deliver the acoustic goodness, with the usual Moon specials and good times as well.

The Meaning Of will be celebrating the launch of their first new material in five years, the album We Are The Fire, We Are The Earth, on Friday at Amplifier. Opia, This Other Eden (pictured) and Arkayan support.

SPAGHETT ABOUT IT

GAINING WEIGHT

THROUGH CUSTOMS

Your favourite gangster flicks, moody Mafioso music, $4 mulled red wine AND $10 pasta bowls prepared by an authentic Sicilian chef... it’s an offer you can’t refuse at 399 Bar’s Spaghetti And Sopranos night on Saturday.

As the date of their big birthday bash draws closer, Deadweight! have invited some of their favourite local DJs to Flyrite for a little warm-up rinse on Friday. SNB, Vibe Merchants, Surface Tension DJs and more push it out, $10 door.

Welcome Ermine Coat back into our midst after his travels through America on Thursday at The Bird, with sets from Shit Narnia, Golden String, Aborted Tortoise, Mitchell Freeway and Laurel Fixation on top.

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THE MUSIC PRESENTS LITTLE BASTARD: JUN 19, Prince Of Wales Hotel, Bunbury; JUN 20, Settlers Tavern, Margaret River; JUN 21, Mojo’s VIOLENT SOHO, THE SMITH STREET BAND: JUL 3, The Bakery THE AUDREYS: JUL 4, Fly By Night REMI: JUL 4, The Bakery SOMETHING FOR KATE: JUL 4, Astor Theatre NEW EMPIRE: JUL 5, HQ USURPER OF MODERN MEDICINE: JUL 5, The Bakery THE WHITE ALBUM TOUR: JUL 26, Riverside Theatre

SLEEPMAKESWAVES: AUG 8, Amplifer BONJAH: AUG 14, Northshore Tavern; AUG 15, Indi Bar; AUG 16, Amplifier; AUG 17, Dunsborough Tavern BALL PARK MUSIC: OCT 24, Astor Theatre; 25 OCT, Settlers Tavern, Margaret River THY ART IS MURDER: DEC 17, Capitol; DEC 18, YMCA HQ

ONGOING:

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

GIG OF THE WEEK CHET FAKER: 19 JUN, ASTOR THEATRE

WED 18

Quiz Night + Various: Albion Hotel, Cottesloe The Academy + Various Artists: Amplifier Bar, Perth Sugar Blue Burlesque: Brass Monkey Hotel, Northbridge

BALL PARK MUSIC: OCT 24, ASTOR THEATRE; OCT 25 SETTLERS TAVERN, MARGARET RIVER

CLUB GUIDE

WED 18

Harlem Wednesdays: Capitol (10pm), Perth

Next Gen + Various DJs: Metropolis (C5), Fremantle Newport Wednesdays Student Night + Various DJs: Newport Hotel, Fremantle DJ Anton Maz: Rosemount Hotel (Beer Garden), North Perth Shake A Tailfeather feat. Jimmy Mac: The Bird, Northbridge

FRI 20

Habitat presents + Monkey Safari: Geisha Bar, Northbridge DJ Damo: Norma Jeans Cocktail Lounge, Mandurah DJ Cookie: Players Bar, Mandurah

Bastille + Foxes + Alison Wonderland: Challenge Stadium, Mt Claremont Ben Merito: Citro Bar, Perth

SAT 21

Hedkandi feat. Alex Taylor + Chiari + Henton + Various DJs: Geisha Bar, Northbridge DJ Daz: Norma Jeans Cocktail Lounge, Mandurah CheckThis + Simon Paiker + Acebasik + Paul Scott: Parker Nightclub, Perth Luxe + Angry Budda : Players Bar, Mandurah Zel + Troy Division + Paradise Paul: The Aviary, Perth The Community 10th Birthday + Naik + Digger Rokwell + Mathas + DJ Silence + Sibalance + Able8 + Maxy Bills + Arms In Motion + more: The Bakery (Two Rooms), Northbridge

SUN 22

Lukas Wimmler + Not So Hot DJs: Claremont Hotel

DJ Neil Viney: Public House, Perth

(Upstairs), Claremont

Micah + Benjamin Sebastian: The Aviary, Perth

Troy Division + NDorse + Benjamin Sebastian:

NDorse: The George, Perth

Open Mic Night with Shaun Street: Carine Glades Tavern, Duncraig

The Aviary, Perth

5 Shots: Crown Perth (Groove Bar), Burswood Helen Shanahan: Ellington Jazz Club, Perth Bernardine: Greenwood Hotel, Greenwood Why Georgia: Indi Bar, Scarborough Thierryno: Indian Ocean Brewing Company, Mindarie Howie Morgan: Lucky Shag, Perth Steve Poltz + Stu Harcourt + Lucy Peach: Mojo’s Bar, North Fremantle Going Solo feat. David Craft + Tashi: Moon Cafe, Northbridge Earth + Rachael Dease + Craig McElhinney + Chris Cobillis: Rosemount Hotel, North Perth Wizard Sleeve + The Pissedcolas + Health Legend + Bad China + Race To Your Face: Rosemount Hotel (459 Bar), North Perth

Open Mic Night with Greg Carter: Swinging Pig, Rockingham Retriofit: Universal Bar, Northbridge Singer Songwriters Showcase with Paul Davies + Molly Black: X-Wray Cafe, Fremantle Giggidy + Various Artists: Ya Ya’s, Northbridge

THU 19

The Paper Kites + Phebe Starr + Airling: Art Gallery Of WA (Art Bar), Perth Chet Faker + Yumi Zouma + Rat & Co: Astor Theatre, Mount Lawley Karaoke: Brass Monkey Hotel, Northbridge Karaoke: Brooklands Tavern, Southern River Jack & Jill : Crown Perth (Lobby Lounge), Burswood Rock n Roll Karaoke: Devilles Pad, Perth Open Mic Night with Kris Buckle: Dunsborough Tavern, Dunsborough Rhiannon Longley: Ellington Jazz Club, Perth Eddi Reader: Fly By Night, Fremantle Greg Carter: Gate Bar & Bistro, Success Sophie Jane: Grand Central, Perth Open Mic Night + Various Artists: Indi Bar, Scarborough Nirvanna + Special Guests: Kalamunda Hotel, Kalamunda

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Howie Morgan: Lakers Tavern, Thornlie James Wilson: Lucky Shag, Perth Dream Rimmy + Ohayo: Mojo’s Bar, North Fremantle Apache + John Martyr’s Ghost: Mustang Bar, Northbridge Open Mic + Various Artists: Newport Hotel (The Tiki Beat Bar), Fremantle Open Mic Night with Danny Bau: Peel Ale House, Halls Head Little Bastard: Prince of Wales, Bunbury Oakland + Three Hands One Hoof + Villain: Rosemount Hotel (459 Bar), North Perth Cloak & Dagger + Pirate Theme Park + Hamartia + Adora Heights: Rosemount Hotel, North Perth Open Mic Night with Claire Warnock: Settlers Tavern, Margaret River Shotdown From Sugartown: Swallow Bar, Maylands Ermine Coat + Shit Narnia + Aborted Tortoise + Mitchell Freeway: The Bird, Northbridge Jessie Gordon Duo: The Laneway Lounge, Perth Off the Record: Universal Bar, Northbridge The Jack Doepel Quartet: X-Wray Cafe, Fremantle Ready to Fire + Blindspot + Creature + Astro Pig: Ya Ya’s, Northbridge


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FRI 20

BLKOUT: 21 JUN, FOUR5NINE BAR

Jazz + Jen de Ness: Albion Hotel, Cottesloe Courtney Murphy: Beau Rivage Restaurant, East Perth

Song Lounge: Ellington Jazz Club, Perth Wide Open Mic + Various Artists: Mojo’s Bar, North Fremantle

Short & Curly: Bouvard Tavern, Bouvard DJ Boogie: Clancys Canning Bridge, Applecross

Trivia: Rosemount Hotel, North Perth Mint Jazz Band: X-Wray Cafe, Fremantle

Grace Barbe: Clancys Fish Pub, City Beach

Big Tommo’s Open Mic Variety Night: Ya Ya’s, Northbridge

Shotdown From Sugartown: Claremont Hotel (7pm), Claremont Fort Knox + Adam Hall & The Velvet Playboys: Ellington Jazz Club, Perth Jenny Talia From Australia: Fly By Night, Fremantle Dilip N The Davs: Indi Bar, Scarborough Nirvanna + White Limo: Leisure Inn, Rockingham Safia + Akouo + Kucka: Mojo’s Bar, North Fremantle Karaoke Classic with Steve Parkin: Newport Hotel, Fremantle The Paper Kites + Phebe Starr + Airling: Prince of Wales, Bunbury Mt Mountain + Puck + Lanark + Dream Rimmy: Rosemount Hotel, North Perth Little Bastard: Settlers Tavern, Margaret River Good Company 3rd Birthday feat. Jay Daniel + Andras Fox + more: The Bird, Northbridge Nightmoves: Universal Bar, Northbridge

The Whiskey Pocket + more: X-Wray Cafe, Fremantle

Ensemble Formidable: Settlers Tavern, Margaret River

Black Poet + Switchblade + Dismay: Ya Ya’s, Northbridge

Mister T King: Swallow Bar, Maylands

SAT 21

Justin Burford: Clancys Canning Bridge, Applecross

Antics feat. Timothy Nelson: Claremont Hotel, Claremont Cian Caton + Adam Hall & The Velvet Playboys: Ellington Jazz Club, Perth The Big Hoo Haa! + Various Artists: Fly By Night, Fremantle The Rogues: Fremantle Workers Social & Leisure Club, Fremantle Nirvanna + Special Guests: Gosnells Hotel, Gosnells Nathan Gaunt: Indi Bar, Scarborough Little Bastard + The Floors + Aborted Tortoise: Mojo’s Bar, North Fremantle Karaoke Classic with Steve Parkin: Newport Hotel, Fremantle The Corner + The Hum + Pokkets of Resistance: Railway Hotel (Main Room), North Fremantle Graveyard Train + Davey Craddock & The Spectacles + Maurice Flavel’s Intensive Care: Rosemount Hotel, North Perth Blkout + Vanity + Mindless + Sweet Leaf + Bounty Hunter: Rosemount Hotel (459 Bar), North Perth

For Diyatalawa Base Hospital + Sacred Flower Union + Doctopus + Rabbit Island: The Bird, Northbridge Soul Corporation: Universal Bar, Northbridge DJ Dick Tracy: X-Wray Cafe, Fremantle Bayou + Jupiter Zeus + Wizard Sleeve: Ya Ya’s, Northbridge

SUN 22

Finntroll + Wrath Of Fenrir + Red Descending: Amplifier Bar, Perth The Limelights Jazz Trio: Clancys Fish Pub (10am), City Beach Sunday Driver: Claremont Hotel (7pm), Claremont Grease - The Musical: Crown Perth (Crown Theatre), Burswood Marilyn Keller & Mat Jodrell + Masina Miller: Ellington Jazz Club, Perth The Date: Fly By Night, Fremantle Autumn Grooves with Julius Lutero Trio + The Lucky Numbers + Siobhan Cotchin: Indi Bar, Scarborough Wesley Goodlet Jamboree Scouts: Lakers Tavern, Thornlie Graveyard Train + Davey Craddock & The Spectacles + Maurice Flavel’s Intensive Care: Mojo’s Bar, North Fremantle

Sunday Sessions + Timothy Nelson: Newport Hotel, Fremantle Mondo Rock: Regal Theatre, Subiaco Sachafest feat. The Creptter Children + Chainsaw Hookers + Tempest Rising + Tears For Atlantis + The Silence Inbetween + Reapers Riddle + Aztec Suns + To Hell With Honour + The Worst + Blue Gene: Rosemount Hotel (2pm), North Perth The Get Down with Charlie Bucket + Klean Kicks + Nick Sheppard: Rosemount Hotel (Beer Garden / 4pm), North Perth Acoustic Sunday Session with Moana: Settlers Tavern (Verandah / 3pm), Margaret River Busted! Classic cinematic heroes & villains with live, original music + Viola Dana: State Library of WA, Perth Sunday Sessions + Limelights Jazz Trio: Swallow Bar (5pm), Maylands Cloak & Dagger + Closure + Ain’t No Grave + Pirate Theme Park + The Furthest Fall: Swan Basement, North Fremantle Various Artists: The Bird, Northbridge The Date: The Fly Trap, Fremantle Retrofit: Universal Bar, Northbridge Click Brown Fox: X-Wray Cafe, Fremantle

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MON 23

Trivia: Clancys Canning Bridge, Applecross

TUE 24

Open Mic Night with Shaun Street: Brass Monkey Hotel, Northbridge Perth Blues Club feat. Matty T Wall + Zack Linton Trio + Andrew Newman: Charles Hotel, North Perth Christ Church Grammar Jazz: Ellington Jazz Club, Perth Lloyd Cole: Fly By Night, Fremantle Big Splash feat. Dyatlov + Kitchen People + Puck + Sail On! Sail On!: Flyrite, Northbridge Collections with The Limbs + Aborted Tortoise + Bad China: Mojo’s Bar, North Fremantle Bex & Turin’s Wide Open Mic: Rosemount Hotel, North Perth Barefaced Stories + Various Artists: The Bird, Northbridge The Tom Tale Jazz Quartet: X-Wray Cafe, Fremantle Opus + Moonshine Trust + more: Ya Ya’s, Northbridge


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