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interview “WE’VE ALL CHANGED A LOT OVER THE COURSE OF 20 YEARS.” SOMETHING FOR KATE FRONTMAN PAUL DEMPSEY LOOKS BACK AT THE BAND’S CAREER [P16]

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Award-winning electronic cabaret showman Tomás Ford will premiere his new show The Final Chase at the new Rockingham Arts Centre 5-28 Jun. The Final Chase is the culmination of his time as the City of Rockingham’s first artist in residence and will be the first show of all new songs in eight years. This combo of cabaret, live beats and video projections will present a world of dark alleys and intrigue. Tickets from events.ticketbooth.com.au.

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Clancy’s Fish Pub Fremantle recently closed its doors for “long overdue” renovations, and their application to license Exile On High Street – their temporary bar in Victoria Hall – was unfortunately knocked back. Thankfully, they’ve managed to move this Friday’s gig, featuring Apache, Koi Child, Sea Lamb, Mitch McDonald and Slums to The Bakery. $10 tickets available at the door. PERTH

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After delivering year after year, we don’t expect anything less than amazing from BIGSOUND Live, but we still can’t help but be shocked by the epic list of acts the industry conference has roped in for the 2014 instalment, happening throughout the Fortitude Valley Entertainment Precinct, 10 & 11 Sep. The varied bill has a little bit of everything, with highlights including Blank Realm, D.D Dumbo, Lanks, DMA’s, Gold Fields, L-FRESH The LION, Kingswood, Luca Brasi, Major Leagues, REMI, The Bennies, Thelma Plum, Bad// Dreems, Sydonia and Yeo. We can assure you, however, that this is just the tip of the iceberg. Get the full line-up at theMusic.com.au – with the event proudly presented by The Music.

JUST THE DARKNESS

Supported by a small ensemble of musicians, Nick Cave will tour Australia late this year, performing a rare series of solo concerts with tracks selected from across his formidable catalogue. Settle in with one of Australia’s most notorious frontmen when the 56-yearold Prince of Darkness plays 27 & 28 Nov, Fremantle Arts Centre; 3 Dec, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre; 4 Dec, Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre; 11 & 12 Dec, State Theatre, Sydney; and 16 Dec, The Plenary, Melbourne

DON’T FRET NOTHING

Long recognised as one of the most technically accomplished guitar players on the planet, Joe Satriani will be taking us to school when he brings his mammoth world tour to our shores. Unstoppable Momentum is the title of Satriani’s latest full-length and, really, you couldn’t sum up the bald professor’s career any better. He plays 4 Nov, The Tivoli, Brisbane; 6 Nov, State Theatre, Sydney; 8 Nov, Palais Theatre, Melbourne; and 11 Nov, Astor Theatre, Perth.

DESTROY TOMORROW

I Killed The Prom Queen, The Ghost Inside, In Hearts Wake, Bury Tomorrow and Hellions – does a bill come much bigger than that? The heavy hitters will unite for the Rise Of Brotality tour, which will rumble through Belconnen Magpies, Canberra, 5 Sep*; Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, 7 Sep; Byron YAC, 9 Sep*; Arena, Brisbane, 12 Sep; UNSW Roundhouse, Sydney, 14 Sep*; 170 Russell, Melbourne, 19 Sep; Phoenix Youth Centre, Melbourne, 20 Sep*; and Capitol, Perth, 28 Sep (*all ages), but will also hit a load of other venues too. Find the closest gig to you on theMusic.com.au.

The lethal Game Of Thrones season finale has many gagging for season five and, though the world’s most watched television series isn’t back until 2015, all the wonder and intricate details of the seven kingdoms comes to Sydney. If you haven’t seen enough twincest, amputated hands or dead Starks, Game Of Thrones: The Exhibition takes place at the Museum Of Contemporary Art, 1 – 5 Jul, celebrating the release of season four on Google Play.

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For the first time in two decades, Pop Will Eat Itself will touch down on Australian shores, the current line-up featuring original member Graham Crabb, legendary vocalist Mary Byker and powerhouse tub thumper Jason Bowld (Killing Joke). They play 31 Aug, Rosemount Hotel, Perth; 5 Sep, The Zoo, Brisbane; 6 Sep, Manning Bar, Sydney; 7 Sep, The Hi-Fi, Melbourne.

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If you’re looking at a Top End holiday, then you might as well tie it in with Darwin Festival, with more than 100 events happening over 18 days, 7 – 24 Aug. International and Aussie music acts include Soweto Gospel Choir, Marlon Williams, Adalita, Seekae and Bobby Alu, while there’s also theatre, comedy, art, cabaret, dance, food, culture and so much more.

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Once again, Listen Out has served up a bill that completely captures the dancefloor sounds of now, with the 2014 line-up simply huge. Try this on for size: Flume (in his only 2014 Australian shows), Chet Faker, Zhu, Schoolboy Q, Four Tet, YG, Ta-Ku, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (DJ set), Shlohmo, Bondax, Yahtzel (DJ set), Young Fathers, Golden Features, Tkay Maidza and more. Get amongst it 27 Sep, Centennial Park, Sydney; 28 Sep, Ozone Reserve, Perth; 4 Oct, Observatory Precinct, Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne; and 5 Oct, Brisbane Showgrounds. THE MUSIC • 25TH JUNE 2014 • 7


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Like blues? Like rock? Like a combination of both? So do we. That’s why where advising you to get along and see Lone Tyger, Melbourne’s latest cadre of blues/ rock explosive jam connoisseurs. Their vintage blues-tinged rock sound is influenced by pre-war Delta and electric Chicago blues with ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s rock influences, so plenty to sink your teeth into when they play the Civic Hotel, 11 Jul and Railway Hotel, 12 Jul, with The Bonekickers and Golden Slums supporting.

KULCHURAL GROWTH

If you miss Kulcha like we do, don’t miss Worldly Winter Warmers, a music concert series at MosArts in Mosman Park that heralds what hopes to be a new era of world arts in Western Australia after the unfortunate closure of the iconic venue. Organised by Freo-based musician and arts ambassador Mark Cain, the new run of shows – continuing with the African Carnivale on 28 Jun and with a bunch of other exciting events every Saturday ‘til August – will raise money to grow and support a new arts organisation to take Kulcha’s place.

BIG COUNTRY

Calling all budding and established WA country music artists: submissions for the 2015 WA Country Music Awards are now open, and you can enter right now through countrymusicwa.com.au. There’s a whole range of categories, ranging from Best Emerging Artist to Best Film Clip, so there’s something for everyone. Entries run from now until 30 Sep, so there’s plenty of time to get your entry sorted. The winners will be announced on 15 Feb at the Boyup Brook Country Music Festival, where the finalists will perform live on stage.

FAT JAMS

We know how hard it is for you young up-n-comers to get time off from school/ uni/drinking to record, let alone find the funds to hire a recording studio. That’s why the fine folk at Fat Shan’s records are holding the Fresh Talent Band Competition, with the winner earning some much-envied studio time at Fat Shan’s. The heats run 3 & 17 Jul and 7 & 21 Aug at Bar 459, with Noah Skape & The Teenage Wasteland hosting. Email jim@fatshanrecords.com to enter.

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LADIES’ LETTERS

Following the huge national and international success of women’s literary festival Women Of Letters, scribes and hosts Marieke Hardy and Michaela McGuire will bring this literary event to Perth in July. It’s been a long run since their first Perth show, with the event selling out in Melbourne and Sydney and various overseas sojourns rolling in the good words. Carmen Lawrence, Sally Burton, AJ Betts and Gillian O’Shaughnessy are some of the local ladies heading to PICA on 30-31 Jul. Pica.org.au for tickets.

STAY DIRTY

They barely made it out of Europe without getting arrested, but Sticky Fingers are eager for more mischief. Lucky for us, with a new album, Land Of Pleasure, officially scheduled for a 1 Aug release, there is plenty of reason for the lads to return to the road and instigate some rock’n’roll rave parties. They’re no strangers over our way and always get things crazy, so catch them when they launch the record on 18 Sep at Prince Of Wales, Bunbury; 19 Sep, Settlers Tavern, Margaret River; and 20 Sep, The Bakery.

Fans of Husky can finally relax now, knowing that the much-loved group will be on the plane to play the Rosemount Hotel for a one-off show on 24 Jul. It will be Husky Gawenda, Gideon Preiss and Evan Tweedie’s first tour since 2012, this time joined by drummer Arron Light, and they’ll be belting out tunes from their awesome debut Forever So as well as some new material that we can only hope means that a second album is on the way. Runner support, with more TBA. Tickets through Oztix.

SHE BANGZ

Miley Cyrus’ latest album Bangerz debuted at #1 on both the Billboard Top 200 Album chart and the Digital Album Charts. Additionally, during release week, Bangerz hit #1 on iTunes in over 70 countries. Both singles, Wrecking Ball and We Can’t Stop, have already sold 4.3 million copies in the U.S. alone. But you know all this. What you really need to know is that Ms. Bangerz herself will make her way over our way on23 Oct, playing Perth Arena. Tickets on sale now with prices starting from $100+BF.

BOYCE AVENUE

A MATTER OF BOYCE

When your YouTube channel has 1.3 billion views, you know you’re doing something pretty good. So it is with Boyce Avenue, the trio of Puerto Rican brothers have taken over the world, pretty much, with their mandate of keeping independent and connecting with fans at the core of their music. They’ve collaborated with a slew of other artists, have toured pretty much everywhere in the world and now bring their combination of soulful covers and acoustic originals to Astor Theatre on 7 Sep. Tickets through boyceavenue.com and Live Nation.


local news wa.news@themusic.com.au KAV TEMPERLEY

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BACK FROM THE SEA

A decade on from its release, Eskimo Joe’s classic second album, A Song Is A City has given lead singer Kav Temperley the inspiration to share the stories from the album on an intimate and extensive solo acoustic tour throughout Australia from July to September. And the word “extensive” is not used lightly; with 25 dates, it’s a fair whack of time for the hometown hero. Speaking of which, he plays Fly By Night, 29 Aug; Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, 30 Aug; Players Bar, Mandurah, 5 Sep; Prince Of Wales, Bunbury, 6 Sep; Rumours, Albany, 7 Sep; and Diver’s Tavern, Broome, 12 Sep.

KICKING IN ALL CORNERS

Narrated by David Wenham and directed by Michael Stringer McIntyre, Aussie Rules The World is a sports/travel documentary that looks at our national footy code as AFL tries to go global. Follow former Swans captain and international AFl ambassador as he embarks on an international mission to save the code with a national premiere screening at Cinema Paradiso on 28 Jul, with a big red carpet gala to welcome the film.

OFF THE MAP

With his hotly anticipated Shades EP landing next month, electronic wunderkind Kilter will be hitting the road this winter and taking his live show around the country on a 17-date Australia and New Zealand tour. Known to fans as the “human drum machine”, his energetic shows have become evident to audiences during his supports for RÜFÜS, The Kite String Tangle and Art vs Science already in 2014. He heads to Flyrite on 19 Jul, Fitzy’s, Bunbury on 1 Aug and Toucan Club, Mandurah on 2 Aug.

ALL ABOARD

Like the comfortable crackle of a Wurlitzer jukebox, Wayne “The Train” Hancock is the embodiment of traditional rockabilly, hillbilly boogie and swing. Wayne’s uncompromising interpretation of the music he loves is what defines him: steeped in traditional but never retro; bare bones but bone shaking; hardcore but with a swing. Known internationally as a legendary bluegrass/ rockabilly act, he plays an exclusive WA show at Mustang Bar on 3 Aug, supported by special guests and Mustang regulars Rusty & The Dragstrip Trio.

WIDE RED LAND

Featuring 11 of Perth’s best metal bands – as well as Indonesian legends of slamming and grinding, Rezume – Rust In Perth 2014 is about to deliver 11 hours of unrelenting metal glory to your earholes on 12-13 Jul, where else but at the Civic Hotel. Malignant Monster, Nails Of Imposition, Cold Fate and Advent Sorrow are just a few bands on the line-up, with extra-special door prizes for attendees, including the grand prize of a Cannibal Corpse ticket. METAL.

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THE RETURN OF THE BASS COWBOY Perth’s John “Sable” Dewhurst eschewed a career as a mechanical engineer to produce cosmic bass house music, he tells Cyclone. Cover and feature pics by Nicole Clissa.

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able, aka John Dewhurst, has come far since his days copying bass lines from Jamiroquai’s acid jazz – and a subsequent phase concocting “bad EDM”. In 2014 the post-singer/songwriter from Perth is creating jubilant bass house, his breakthrough EP, Feels So Good, launching the local Pilerats Records. This month Dewhurst will return to the Circo Festival to perform live alongside a host of international acts – ahead of his slot at Splendour In The Grass. Soon he, too, might be globe-trotting. Indeed, Dewhurst has already attracted glowing feedback on SoundCloud from listeners across Europe and North America, in addition to blog buzz.

writing “acoustic pop songs constantly for a year” to producing electronic music, initially programming drums. “Doing it solo’s a lot easier.” Curiously, Dewhurst still sees himself as primarily a singer-songwriter, if an amorphous one. Dewhurst submitted his indie-electronica (including cult jams like Holding You) to triple j’s Unearthed website – and, from the start of last year, the station playlisted his music. “They definitely helped to get the name out there.” He secured a deal as the flagship for the Pilerats party collective’s fledgling imprint, which is impressively backed by Warner, after appearing at the inaugural Circo when a headliner quit “in some kind of diva walk-out”

aptly given its tempo, ‘Jersey club’. “Everyone tries to find a link,” Dewhurst laughs. “But I just make music that I like. Bonobo was one of my first real inspirations for electronic [music]. [But] I made a bunch of really bad EDM and electro and bad club music before I started making this more organic sound. Bonobo and Burial really opened me up to what’s possible with electronic – ‘cause they didn’t have a formula and they incorporated all these different elements. I thought, I’ll just try that and make something that inspires me – and from there it all took off... I love Hudson Mohawke’s music as well, but I think the producer who’s underrated in Australia a lot is [Mohawke’s cohort] Rustie. Pretty much all of us are making some kind of derivative of Rustie’s sound.” It’s to Dewhurst’s credit that he ‘fesses up to ever churning out bad EDM. “The first real thing I got into was, like, beat-based music – so really early dubstep, Digital Mystikz and that kinda crew from the UK – and then for a while I lost my path and tried to make things that people would like. I thought, ‘Oh, people like this sound, so I’ll make it.’ And that’s the wrong way to go. You’ve gotta make things that inspire you and not other people. I made some tunes that were along that Calvin Harris kinda pop-electro vibe – but I didn’t really vibe off any of it, so I just stagnated… If you make things for other people, you end up losing the passion for it.” Dewhurst continues to plug that aforementioned EP (and its latest ace single, Foolin’), but he is cutting new music. “I’m trying to write another EP that’s more singersongwritery stuff so I can sit down and sing more in

“WE’VE ALL FOUND OUR OWN WAY OF DOING THINGS AND WE’VE KEPT OUR SOUND OVER HERE.”

Musos are typically nocturnal, yet Dewhurst has decided to conduct this interview early in the day. “I’m a morning worker,” he says brightly. Accolades aside, Dewhurst is an enigma. There’s minimal biographical info on his social media accounts. However, the “musical mammal” insists that he isn’t purposely cultivating a mystique to rival that of Slow Magic. “I’ve always been more about trying to let the music do the work than creating a brand and then selling music from the brand – so I guess it’s just kind of happened like that, for whatever reason. But if people ask, I’ll answer any questions. I’m not gonna hide anything.” In fact, Dewhurst didn’t mean to pursue music professionally, despite it being a childhood interest. In 2013 he graduated from uni with a degree in Mechanical Engineering (that apparently explains his partiality for early starts). Unfortunately, he realised that openings for mechanical engineers are scarce, even in Australia’s mining industry. “The media’s always like, ‘We’ve got a skills shortage, we need more engineers’ – it’s not true. There are no new jobs.” And so Dewhurst switched his focus to music. Dewhurst’s earliest instrumental memories are of him attempting to master Jamiroquai’s songs – “all the crazy funk bass lines”. Much later, the bassist-turned-guitarist would compose rock. “I wrote band music, and mixed some band songs, but we could never get a band together,” he says. “I just did some things with a few mates and we wrote a bunch of tracks.” He’d “transition” from 10 • THE MUSIC • 25TH JUNE 2014

(ostensibly Wavy Spice). “They heard the demos that I had in the works and wanted to release something.” He issued the summery, neon single Feels So Good – its pitched-up ‘chipmunk’ vocal samples a bit ol’ school Kanye West, a bit Burial – which went on to be a triple j smash. Dewhurst, who’s never before liaised with a label, describes it all as “a learning experience”. “I didn’t really know how to interact with someone who would market my music for me.” The beatmaker has been variously compared to everyone from Brit downtempo artisan Bonobo to wonky hip hopper Hudson Mohawke to Sydney’s Wave Racer – and his music termed both ‘chillwave’ and, more

sets,” he reveals. “I wanna just slow it down and make some darker, more brooding music for winter.” He has no immediate plans for a full-length project, “because marketing an album’s very difficult”. In the interim, Dewhurst has accepted his first major remix commissions – for “big Australian acts” he’s reluctant to ID. He’s also toured nationally, joining Nina Las Vegas’ travelling talent showcase. “That was actually amazing,” he says. “All the crowds were super-receptive and they went crazy.” On Facebook, Dewhurst tags himself as “that Perth beat making guy”. The city’s remoteness has afforded him the freedom to develop his own aesthetic. Dewhurst doesn’t belong to a scene, per se. “I’m friends with a lot of the Sydney guys, but I’m definitely ‘Perth’. I think the isolation makes a big difference. The Sydney guys are all very tight – there’s a huge crowd over there of 20 or 30 acts that interact and hang out and communicate – whereas over here we’ve got, like, four. So we’ve all found our own way of doing things and we’ve kept our sound over here.” He’s committed to staying in Perth, close to the Pilerats fold. Dewhurst worries that, were he to move, his style may radically change. Dewhurst listens to an array of music, citing Arctic Monkeys as his favourite contemporary band. The album he’s currently “absorbing” is Melbourne art-rock outfit Closure In Moscow’s Pink Lemonade. Nonetheless, Dewhurst still plays Jamiroquai “a lot”. “I’m gonna be a hipster arse here and say I like the early stuff better.”


TRAVELLING WITHOUT MOVING John “Sable” Dewhurst is looking forward to playing Circo II after his 2013 premiere – and the local headliner also has acts he wants to catch. The WA festival has already shown so much promise that this year Melbourne and Sydney will enjoy sideshows, Splendour-style, from Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke (DJing) and Seattle’s live melotronica combo Odesza (who lately hit Coachella). “It’s definitely got a name in Australia as a good festival – and the other states are jealous!” Dewhurst quips. Dewhurst will be keen to hear Okereke perform. Late last year the Brit, who went solo with 2009’s The Boxer, issued the underground house EP Heartbreaker on Damian Lazarus’ cred UK concern Crosstown Rebels, its title track veering off into Thames-murky UK garage.

Dewhurst isn’t exclusively about music. “I’m mad into rock-climbing,” he divulges, preferring to do it in a controlled indoors setting. It’s a pastime he discovered while at uni. Dewhurst now climbs multiple times a week. “It’s just a physical and mental challenge,” he enthuses. “To the average person, it just looks like a bunch of holes and you’ve gotta get up a wall. When you start doing proper climbs, it becomes a more puzzle-like exercise. You’ve gotta try to figure out the right moves and, to do that, you’ve gotta use your body in ways that you didn’t think were possible. In that moment, where you’re trying to figure that problem out, that’s all that matters – so it kinda releases you from the world at that time. In that way, it’s very therapeutic.” It’s no mere “novelty” to him. Dewhurst adds, “I’m addicted to challenge!” The show Dewhurst will stage at Circo should again pose a challenge as it’s a technological hybrid entailing customised visuals courtesy of VJ COMBS. “It’s not DJing – like, most of the tunes I make are my own or I’ll do edits of songs. So I’ll make a tune and then put the vocals from another song on top of it, but it’ll basically be a unique song in itself. I try to keep everything fresh. I like playing things that people haven’t heard before. At the moment I’m trying to work in a lot more singing, so I’ll sing a few songs at Circo and play a bunch of synths. I think the beauty of a DJ set is you can craft a vibe for the whole thing – I’m a fan of that. I don’t really

wanna have to stop and change songs and do what a band would do in that sense – but I wanna do songs, live instrumentation and play things. I like it when something can go wrong… The best way you can describe it is it’s a live electronic set.” And, with his prospects of an engineering vocation looking dim, Dewhurst has big aspirations for music. “I honestly just want to work behind-thescenes with different acts, songwriting and producing – like ghost production for singer-songwriters. That’s the dream.”

WHAT: Feels So Good (Pilerats Records/Warner) WHEN & WHERE: 28 Jun,

Okereke has since followed with a second EP, Candy Flip. He even sang on the dubstepper Sub Focus’ single Turn It Around, off his album Torus. Also on Dewhurst’s Circo to-hear list is the flamboyant Mykki Blanco – the YouTube-able alter-ego of New York’s Michael Quattlebaum Jr famous for Wavvy. Another recommendation? Wily Canadian DJ/ producer Ryan Hemsworth – in Australia for the second time this year (and fourth overall). Last year Hemsworth, his steez wonky R&B, Drake-era hip hop and indie-electronica, presented his debut album Guilt Trips, with soulful newcomer Tinashe guesting on One For Me. She’s now being touted as the R&B break-out of 2014. Then there’s Circo’s token punk rock force – yes, punk rock. “I’m actually really, really excited to see Violent Soho,” says Dewhurst, a hardcore fan of old. The Brisbane band, previously signed to Thurston Moore’s Ecstatic Peace! Records, most recently dropped Hungry Ghost, spawning the grungey triple j fave Covered In Chrome. As Dewhurst says, the fest has “no real filler acts”. “They haven’t just gone, ‘Ok, these are the people on every other festival, so we’ll book them’ – they’re actually good music acts.”

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LIFE THROUGH THE LENS

really disheartening to always get really bad grades.” Perhaps inevitably, she was drawn behind the lens.

Gia Coppola talks to Anthony Carew about her family’s legacy and her first film.

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hen Gia Coppola first met James Franco, in 2010, she just wanted to ask him about Freaks And Geeks. “That’s how James and I initially bonded,” she says. “I was such a fan of that show, so that was the easiest thing for us to talk about.” Coppola was 23, a photographer freshly graduated from art school cutting her film biz teeth working on the crews for films by her aunt, Sofia (Somewhere), and grandfather, Francis Ford (Twixt). Franco had just written a book of short stories named after, and set in, his hometown, Palo Alto, chronicling the wanton cruelty and “emotional aimlessness” of affluent teenagers, and was looking for someone to adapt it to the screen. “When I read it I was really taken by it, because it felt really authentic; it really felt like high school. I

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Yet, spending long stints on the Coppola family vineyard in California, where Francis Ford would eventually shoot the entirety of Twixt, it wasn’t hard to be swept up in the romantic stories of Aunt Sofia and Uncle Roman’s salad days. “I always longed for the childhood that my dad, my uncle and my aunt had. They travelled

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“I had my dad’s camera, and it meant so much to me. I knew that he loved that, that it meant so much to him, so to use it was a way to get close to him, to understand him. And I think I always felt comfortable behind the camera. Not like I was so good or that it instantly came to me, photography; more just that it felt good to be there, to be shy behind the camera. It meant I could work with people and connect with people that I’d otherwise be way too shy to ever talk to.” At Bard College, Coppola was mentored by Stephen Shore (“I really liked his idea that you can take everyday things around you – like your dinner plate on a counter, or your friends – and find beauty in these mundane things”) and feels her studies present in Palo Alto, her debut feature a portrait of suburban ennui and self-destructive adolescent angst that’s beautifully photographed and filled with lingering melancholy. “I wanted to be able to compose a frame, as opposed to getting in the face of my actors with some shaky camera effect.” Palo Alto’s actors include fellow children-of-celebrity Emma Roberts and Jack Kilmer, plus Kilmer’s dad, Val. And there’s a creepy, smarmy turn by Franco himself. It’s been compared to Aunt Sofia’s The Virgin

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“I THINK I ALWAYS FELT COMFORTABLE BEHIND THE CAMERA.” always felt very frustrated by [the way] movies and TV shows never depicted teenagers that felt authentic; the actors were always, like, 25 and super confident, always wearing fancy, clean new clothes, and their hair and skin was always perfect. To me, those don’t feel like people, those feel like clichés. I found much more to admire in The Last Picture Show or American Graff iti, where the characters felt very complex, very human.” The daughter of eldest Coppola sibling, GianCarlo, who died in a boating accident before her birth, Coppola didn’t grow up steeped in that cinematic lore. “I don’t know how much I ever really understood the weight of my family background. For a long time I wasn’t allowed to see their movies, and then when I was older they didn’t really want to watch them with me. I never felt any pressure from my family, it was from outside people. Everyone would ask me what I wanted to do, whether I was going to be a filmmaker, and I felt discouraged from getting into filmmaking because of that.” 14 • THE MUSIC • 25TH JUNE 2014

with my grandpa, and grew up working on movies sets. I wasn’t allowed to do that. I had to stay in high school. I was always begging to leave school to go travel, but my grandpa wasn’t really making movies that much as he got older, and he really wanted me to have a traditional high school education.” That traditional high school education didn’t sit so well with Gia – “I really struggled in high school, academically,” she sighs. “It was

Suicides, but where that film chronicles memory’s warping qualities and the projection of fantasies onto others, Palo Alto is about teenagers acting out roles, living out the clichés expected of them. “When you’re young, you often say things that you feel like you’re supposed to say, that aren’t necessarily how you really feel. I remember that feeling, and doing that, and years later, when you’ve worked out who you are and what you believe in, it’s so painful to think of yourself like that. For years it was real hard for me to go back to that place. I think I’m only really old enough, now, to appreciate that time for what it was.” Palo Alto is screening as part of the Revelation Perth International Film Festival, 5 Jun, 8.45pm, Paradiso; 6 Jun, 2pm, SX; 10 Jun, 9pm, Luna & 13 Jun, 6pm, Luna.


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SOMETHING FOR THE AGES

better word, expressing frustration because that just seems like the natural thing to go along with the fact that you were like bashing a guitar through 10,000 watts of PA and just making this unholy racket.

On the eve of their 20th anniversary tour, Something For Kate frontman Paul Dempsey talks to Hannah Story about the elusive ‘Kate’ and not being able to change the sound of his voice – sorry, critics.

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That pretty much sums up the perspective of Paul Dempsey, singer-songwriter for Something For Kate, when asked to reflect on the success of the band he formed back in 1994. He admits that he never expected the band would take off the way it did; their grand vision was simply to play a gig, and it expanded from there, to the dream of recording a 7”, and, after being offered a record deal, making an album.

show detailing the band’s rich history; and a photograph/ art book Paper Trail containing a collection of candid behind-thescenes images will be made available. Then following each show the band will be signing merch and chatting to fans. What a mouthful.

“I was never interested in making pop music or trying to make hit songs. I knew that was never going to happen and I also knew therefore that by choosing to play notpop, not-mainstream music that I was making it hard for myself and that it would probably never turn into a career if I wanted to play the music that I loved.”

“Tracking the progression of Clint’s various hairstyles and fashion trends, it’s pretty funny; he really did kind of adopt every trend of

e’ve just been incredibly lucky and incredibly fortunate and we don’t take any of it for granted.”

“Over time we grew into adults and our taste in music changed and our appreciation for songwriting changed and things started to get a little bit more sophisticated and a little bit more crafted… We are all in our late 30s so we’re very different people, which is to be expected. It’s sort of frustrating though because there are always people who are still going to judge you based on the music you made when you were 18 years old and that’s sort of unfair.” But Dempsey doesn’t pay attention to the criticism. “We’ve always copped the criticism that we’re ‘miserable’ or that there’s something sort of ‘negative’ about our music. I get a lot of criticism about the sound of my voice and I don’t know what I’m supposed to do about that. I guess ultimately I don’t really worry about it because you can’t please everybody and I’m well aware there’s going to be some people who like us and some people who don’t like us and that’s just life.” And though it’s been asked a million times before, but who is Kate? Dempsey is on the record saying Kate was the name of his dog, but he admits to The Music that’s not true. “We didn’t have a name at all and we got our first gig and the guy who booked the gig at the pub called us up and said, ‘Oh, I need to know the name of the band now because we’re putting an ad in street press and we need to know what you’re calling yourselves.’ We didn’t

“I THINK IT’S AN INCREDIBLY STUPID BAND NAME.” But it did turn into a career, and over the course of that career, the group, rounded out by bassist Stephanie Ashworth and drummer Clint Hyndman, have sold over half a million albums with little fanfare or controversy. “It doesn’t feel like 20 years. I feel like the person who made those early records and EPs and stuff was like a kid. I obviously don’t feel like that person any more. We’ve all changed a lot over the course of 20 years, but we’ve just kept our heads down and been working hard the whole time, writing records or recording them or being out on tour… It’s just odd when you sort of step off the carousel for a second and you realise you’ve been going for that long.” To mark the occasion, Something For Kate will be heading off on a national tour in July, playing two sets each night – sets that will include B-sides and rarities. On top of that they’ll be releasing deluxe CD reissues and vinyl pressings of all their albums; a short film by Callum Preston will be screened at the start of each 16 • THE MUSIC • 25TH JUNE 2014

every year throughout our career,” Dempsey laughs. “It’s an unusual situation to be in, not many people have to have 20 years of their life documented in public but it’s funny, I don’t have any regrets. You do obviously grow and you change and culture changes and you sort of change with it to some degree. “When we started out it was very angsty, very angry music, very abrasive, and I didn’t know what else to write about except kind of, for want of a

really have a name and I was living in a sharehouse at the time and I just looked down at the kitchen bench and there was a post-it note that said ‘Something for Kate’ on it and so I just blurted out, ‘Something for Kate’ and to this day I still don’t know who wrote that post-it note or who the Kate in question even was. “I didn’t think it would stick. I didn’t think we would stay called Something For Kate but we did that first gig and it went really well and someone immediately offered us another gig the next week and then we got a gig the week after that and before we knew it we were just playing all these gigs around town and we were called Something For Kate… It stuck but I’ve never liked it. I think it’s an incredibly stupid band name.” WHAT: Paper Trail (Independent) and album reissues (EMI & Sony) WHEN & WHERE: 4 Jul, Astor Theatre


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SEX & OUTRAGE No band rocks harder or longer than Supersuckers, who are still pumping out firebrand missives after 25 years at the coalface. Frontman Eddie Spaghetti marvels at their continued debauchery with Steve Bell.

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he self-professed ‘greatest rock’n’roll band in the world’ Spersuckers just dropped their ninth studio album Get The Hell, and – while none of their output has been bad by any means – it may be one of their best albums yet, and has all the ball-tearing grit and roughhouse charm that made their early efforts so endearing. “It’s a good record, right?” marvels frontman-songwriter Eddie Spaghetti. “We have no business putting out a record this good this late in the game. We’re stoked on how it came out – we kind of can’t believe how good it is. It harkens back and looks to the future all at the same time. We definitely had a lot of time between records to sort it out and get it right and I’m glad we did.” Fellow rock luminary Blag Dahlia (of The Dwarves fame) mixed Get The Hell, and Spaghetti is effusive about his impact on the album. “He’s the reason it sounds so fucking amazing,” the singer smiles. “Thanks to him I don’t have a single complaint about the way it sounds at all. He was hands on for the mixing process but he wasn’t there for the recording, which we kind of intentionally that because it’s already mental enough when you’re in there recording and to have another mental personality like Blag in there could have been detrimental. But he always has good ideas, so I’m thrilled that he’s involved in it at all.” One of Supersuckers’ main strengths over the journey has been their audacious use of cover versions amidst their rollicking originals. Get The Hell contains two covers – Depeche Mode’s Never Let Me Down Again and Gary Glitter’s Rock On – and while they’ve done plenty of versions by their rock peers (Mötörhead, Flamin’ Groovies) it’s these more left-field renditions of tracks by artists such as Madonna (Burning Up), Outkast (Hey Ya!), Ice Cube (Dead Homiez) and even The Commodores (Sail On) which have benefited most from the Supersuckers treatment. “It’s a very serendipitous event that occurs every time we’re going to do a cover song,” Spaghetti smiles. “The Depeche Mode cover came about because [guitarist] Dan Bolton was so adamant about wanting to record 18 • THE MUSIC • 25TH JUNE 2014

this song – he’s been on us to record that for well over ten years now and we finally relented and did it, and I‘m glad we did because it sounds great. It came out super cool, it sounds more like a Dead Boys song than some pop number. We’ve always really enjoyed [the more eclectic covers]

laughs. “I just think that’s how rock’n’roll needs to be. Rock’n’roll needs to be about all of the things that you’re not supposed to do and all of the things that you’ll regret – it’s supposed to be a way to live out these regrets and bad life choices, and this is my take on how rock’n’roll ought to be. It’s kinda become passé to Mötley Crüe it up or whatever, but I still believe in those tenets of rock’n’roll – I believe that rock’n’roll should be a dangerous sport for the hardened at heart and tough-skinned.” Of course Supersuckers are best experienced in the flesh, as they’ll no doubt prove on their impending Australian return. “I always say that our live show is the

“I BELIEVE THAT ROCK’N’ROLL SHOULD BE A DANGEROUS SPORT FOR THE HARDENED AT HEART AND TOUGH-SKINNED.” from our Madonna cover to our Ice Cube cover to our Outkast cover to the version we did of (The Chips’) Rubber Biscuit – we’ve been all over the map with our covers. It’s a fun way to flex your muscle.”

one thing that we have that nobody can take away from us,” Spaghetti posits. “It’s the one thing that we have left in our canon that you can’t get any other way than to come and see it live. I liken it to a rollercoaster – you can watch a video of somebody riding the rollercoaster all day long, but until you ride it yourself you haven’t experienced it like you need to. I just feel like we’ve got the fire in us – we’ve just got that something extra that not every band has, and I’m proud of it.”

From a lyrical perspective “liquor, women, drugs and killing” have long been Supersuckers’ go-to tropes, and Get The Hell’s originals are a typically hedonistic batch.

And after 20 years of rocking Down Under they’re rapt to be making the long trek back. “Yeah, Australia’s great because you speak the English,” Spaghetti hams, “so even though I can’t understand a fucking word you guys say, I know that you understand what I’m saying and that means a lot to me. It’s nice to be down there.”

“Once again with the hedonism,” Spaghetti

WHEN & WHERE: 25 Jun, Astor Theatre


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FROM LITTLE THINGS The charm of Adelaide Cabaret Festival reaches far beyond its program and the theatres it resides in; Celtic metal, onstage insulin shots and thought-provoking street art destroy Daniel Cribb’s preconceptions of the city.

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offee brings people together – or at least people who are half-asleep at airports. Stirring two sugars into the world’s most expensive coffee, a conversation is sparked up with a fellow Adelaidebound traveller. He’s headed to South Australia to catch up with friends and is quick to make a remark about the city’s nightlife. It’s an interesting misconception, and Adelaide seems to get somewhat of a bad rap when it comes to the perceived vibrancy of its nightlife in comparison to the rest of the country. Perhaps being labelled the City Of Churches sees a younger audience switch off. One thing’s for sure: whatever Adelaide does, it does religiously and the Adelaide Cabaret Festival is testament to that. Into its 14th year, the festival consumes the city for three weeks in June, and this year’s saw Kate Ceberano round out her three-year tenure as artistic director, helping coordinate 470 artists in over 170 performances. Admired comedic actor Kathy Najimy is first on the schedule with the debut of her semi-autobiographical

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Theatre plays host to Paul Capsis’ Little Bird, which is on show for the entire festival’s duration. Multi-award winning playwright Nicki Bloom has constructed Little Bird perfectly for Capsis, and sees the one-man musical drama use simplicity to great effect. Subtle changes in lighting, the occasional prop, and songs by Cameron Goodall (The Audreys) and Quentin Grant (When The Rain Stops Falling), all come together to create the perfect playground for Capsis to bring the twisted fairytale to life.

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One of the great things about Adelaide’s city is its size. Walking is often the most convenient mode of transport and perhaps why street art plays such a big part in the city’s aesthetic. Local, well-respected street artist Fredrock really shines at the back of music venue Jive and the mural wall in the venue’s car park is now dubbed the Wall Of Fame. Scattered throughout the city are various black and white sketches accompanied by handwriting. Most people walk by, paying little attention, but if you look closer, they tell interesting stories. Street artist and arts writer Peter Drew spent the past seven months gathering 36 sketches and brief stories from seven asylum seekers, living in Adelaide, who came by boat and were detained upon arrival. At the end of May/start of June he blew them up and plastered them around the city for a project titled Bound For South Australia. Ali Rezai, who contributed 20 drawings to the project, details intimate details of his journey to Australia, and in one, draws his mother crying as she says goodbye. Being illegally installed, some have already been removed. It’s a little odd going from thought-provoking street art back to the Festival Theatre, but makes you appreciate the Cabaret Festival all the more. Back at the main hub, Ceberano is casually walking around the foyer, no doubt soaking up the success of her final year as artistic director. Najimy rushes past, heading to one of the venue’s smaller rooms. “Thank you! Best show I’ve ever done,” she says of a passing compliment about her work on King Of The Hill. Everyone’s hustling to Space Theatre, which is set up like a jazz lounge and awaiting the arrival of Cecilia

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“THE SHOW BEGINS WITH NAJIMY LYING ON A TABLE, RECREATING A MOMENT IN HER LIFE IN WHICH SHE WAS MID-COLONOSCOPY WHILE HAVING A CASUAL CONVERSATION WITH LIFE-LONG IDOL BETTE MIDLER.” solo stage show, Lift Up Your Skirt, at the iconic Festival Theatre. You might know her from her extensive film career – most notably Sister Act, Hocus Pocus and Rat Race. To this writer, it’s as the voice of Peggy Hill in King Of The Hill that Najimy takes the cake. Talking a mile a minute, the show begins with Najimy lying on a table, recreating a moment in her life in which she was mid-colonoscopy while having a casual conversation with life-long idol Bette Midler. Darting between comedy and serious content stemming from her involvement as an activist, it is an emotional one-sided conversation breaking down the argument against gay marriage followed by an onstage insulin shot for her type one diabetes and musical number Skinny Arse Diabetes that truly shows the diverse nature of the Hollywood personality’s skillset. It seems one of the goals the Adelaide Cabaret Festival had when choosing their program was to ensure its attendees were thrown into the deep end. Her Majesty’s 20 • THE MUSIC • 25TH JUNE 2014

Both Lift Up Your Skirt and Little Bird are mentally exhausting and energising at the same time. Maybe a quiet drink somewhere would be a nice way to round out the evening? Nope. A Celtic metal show at a nearby venue concludes that night’s festivities. You don’t have to enjoy metal to find comfort in a room full of metalheads dressed like Vikings going insane to heavy music backed by fiddles – all on a Thursday night.

Low for her new show, They Say She’s Different, which made its debut last night. With ‘70s funk rock fuelling a musical recreation of the life of Betty Davis, sitting down almost seemed criminal. One hour seemed far too short a time – and not just because Low is trying to cram 20 years of history, giving great detail into Davis’ relationships with once-husband Miles Davis and close friend Jimi Hendrix. The premiere at Adelaide Cabaret Festival is in preparation for Melbourne Fringe, and it seems a lot of new shows are trialled in Adelaide. The city’s architecture may be old – in ’64, the underground sandstone cellars and tunnels of my hotel were used by The Beatles to escape fans – but its cultural relevance is far from outdated; it’s leading the world in many ways, as evident in events such as the Cabaret Festival. Daniel Cribb was flown to Adelaide as a guest of South Australian Tourism Commission.


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really,” continues Greene. “Really, the first thing I think about is how is this a live piece of theatre? What about this demands to be presented in a live fashion?”

Porn addiction, desperation, the internet: Declan Greene’s play has all the makings of an honest rendition of modern living. He talks to Zoe Barron about how to be direct with an audience. ou might recognise the main characters in Eight Gigabytes Of Hardcore Pornography. Both are middle-aged and a bit desperate. She’s a nurse and in a sinkhole of debt; he’s in IT and addicted to internet porn. They meet on the internet. They’re no good for each other, don’t actually particularly like each other, but what’s that to get in the way?

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Playwright Declan Greene has the sort of sense of humour that can steep us in unlikable characters and an uncomfortable premise and, if the reviews for the Griffin Theatre season in Sydney are to be believed, still create a compelling piece of theatre. “It’s a play that proposes an uncomfortable set of ideas in terms of subject matter and asks some uncomfortable

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questions of the audience, but I don’t think it’s actually an uncomfortable experience as a piece of theatre,” insists Greene. “It’s very funny, and there’s a charm to the storytelling, I think. And it’s funny in a way that people recognise at the moment. It’s a cringe comedy, like watching a slow car accident happen on stage in the form of two people dating and trying to relate to each other, very painfully recognisable to a lot of people.” For Greene, theatre is a site of resistance. “It’s about direct communication between living people in a room, and I don’t think that can be overstated,

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For Eight Gigabytes Of Hardcore Pornography, he keeps things direct. “It’s also not the kind of play where the actors are just speaking out into a void or whatever,” he explains, “it’s really direct communication. Like, [the actors are] standing on stage, looking people in the eye, with the lights on the audience, telling stories for an hour.” It may seem as though Eight Gigabytes Of Hardcore Pornography has a fairly cynical view of humanity, with all the middle-aged despair that marks the subject matter, but Greene insists that he is gullible enough to really want to believe in the best in people. “And I don’t think cynicism and gullibility can coexist,” he says. “I think I kind of engage with what I see around me, especially in terms of the subject matter [the play] addresses. Just in terms of the great gulf you see culturally at the moment, between the way we’re conditioned to expect our lives to turn out and what is actually physically possibly for us as human beings to achieve. I think the way consumerism, especially, functions is [that] it’s about keeping us conditioned to be in a state of wanting, wishing and dreaming constantly, in the sense that we’re taught that our lives should be constantly, unendingly happy, and when that doesn’t happen we end up kind of depressed and anxious. So I guess that’s what I’ve come to recognise with this show.” WHAT: Eight Gigabytes Of Hardcore Pornography WHEN & WHERE: 2 – 12 Jul, Perth Theatre Company, State Theatre, Studio Underground

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SOUL SURVIVORS

better one’. We’ve just been trying to make a better album as opposed to just a bunch of songs.”

Saskwatch trumpeter-songwriter Liam McGorry tells Kate Kingsmill that (band) size matters: “Trying to get nine or ten people into a hotel, or into anything, is difficult, and costly.”

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our years ago, nine music students playing soul and jazz covers were spotted busking outside Flinders Street Station by Melbourne soul DJ Vince Peach. They became Saskwatch and Peach gave them a regular gig at Soul In The Basement, Cherry Bar’s Thursday night soul night. Northside Records proprietor and soul champion Chris Gill checked them out, fell in love with them and started a record label just so he could put Saskwatch on it. They released their first album Leave It All Behind in 2012 and in 2013 they flew to the UK to play Glastonbury Festival. It’s fair to say the last four years have been

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a pretty racy ride for Saskwatch the band. Saskwatch have just put the finishing touches their second album, Nose Dive, which trumpet player and songwriter Liam McGorry says was just a natural continuation of the first: “We never really saw the first one as an album... We didn’t sit back and say, ‘There’s the first one done, what will we do for the second one?’ It sort of just kept going. So I think that helped stop any complacency or any writer’s block or lack of ideas… It took maybe three years of playing to become a band, from busking. Once we had it out we were sort of like, ‘Okay, we can probably do a

The album was crafted from hours of rehearsal squeezed around a hectic touring schedule. The band gigs nonstop, which is a hangover from their busking days, says McGorry. “I guess it’s always been a hardworking band. We like to play a lot of gigs and, from those busking days, we took any gig we could get for two years or three years. And doing that was great in that we play together, but we also now put a bit more emphasis on songs and a bit more emphasis on the way we deliver stuff.” The band spent three weeks recording Nose Dive, a much more luxurious amount of time than the four days they spent creating Leave It All Behind. “It was a really great experience to spend a bit more time on songs, do more pre-production stuff, firstly with Magoo who we worked on the album with, and a bit more time in general on stuff. It was great to have that time to experiment and refine things a bit more,” says McGorry. Saskwatch are on a clear upward trajectory. The only real issue is that getting nine people to do anything is a bit of a mission. “It’s probably one of the main difficulties we have as a band, just general logistics. Over the three or four years we’ve been playing, we’ve gotten down a few things, like, rehearsals are great – it’s all good now. But I guess still flights and accommodation, even at short notice – in any place, trying to get nine or ten people into a hotel, or into anything, is difficult, and costly, so that’s the hardest thing, I think.” WHAT: Nose Dive (Northside/Remote Control) WHEN & WHERE: 27 Jun, Settlers Tavern; 28 Jun, Amplifier Bar; 29 Jun, Mojo’s Bar

ALIVE AND KICKING Every Time I Die have always been heading in the right direction – even without GPS. Andy Williams tells Kane Sutton how they’ve again survived under pressure.

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t’s easier to forgive a band who sticks to a formula and churns out much of the same-sounding stuff when they’ve been together for 16 years, but according to guitarist Andy Williams that’s not really how his band works. “We have a two-year thing; we go about and tour a record for a couple of years and, you know, the thing for us is, after 16 years, we don’t write what people tell us to write – if I’m writing songs, I’m writing songs for other things that I’m doing, I’m not writing for ETID specifically. We write whatever we feel is relevant to us. At the moment, it’s about writing as much new and relevant stuff as I can; we’re trying to broaden our horizons. It just gets you hearing in different ways.” Their new record From Parts Unknown was designed to showcases the band’s depth and experience while retaining their traditional musical elements of heavy, frantic rhythms and chaotic hooks. The group brought in Converge co-founder Kurt Ballou, working at his GodCity Studio in Massachusetts. They also had the likes of Sean Ingram (Coalesce) and Brian Fallon of (The Gaslight Anthem) guesting on certain tracks. Williams recounts it as a pretty hectic experience. “We were supposed to have two months off, and then we got put on A Day To Remember’s tour, so we only had 18 days to write the record – it was like, ‘What the 22 • THE MUSIC • 25TH JUNE 2014

fuck can we do in this time period?’ – it was basically like, ‘Let’s just write, let’s see what we got.’ Jordan [Buckley – guitar] and I have done a lot of transforming as people over the last year or two, and we managed to work from one frame of mind to another with this record. Working with other artists helped too; Sean has one of the gnarliest screams I’ve ever heard, and he knew what he was going to be working with so he was definitely keen. The Brian thing was a little weird because he has such an interesting voice, and I didn’t think it was going to work initially,

but thankfully it did and now we have a track on here that adds a completely new element to the record.” Questioned about a sense of legacy with this new album, Williams has to laugh. “It blows my mind that we lasted for longer than two months. That’s the big thing, man, like, the fact that we managed to progress further than where we did and that we didn’t manage to break up. Like, we’ve been going for 16 years, that still sounds crazy to me. Things have definitely changed too. When we started, there was no GPS, no internet, there was no such thing as an endorsement, there was nothing. You had to hustle to make things happen. There’s a lot of cool shit happening now. There are hardcore bands popping up everywhere now and they’re touring the world more often than ever – it’s definitely heading in the right direction and we’re just so happy to have been a part of it.” WHAT: From Parts Unknown (Epitaph/Warner)


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BIRTH AND DEATH The unthinkable has occurred – outspoken metalcore mainstay Michael Crafter has mellowed. Well, as much as the Confession main man can. Brendan Crabb jumps into the pit.

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t seems an unlikely prospect for an Australian heavy music persona who inspires bile-spitting (his Twitter profile proclaims “YOU ALREADY HATE ME”) and adoration in equal measure, but Confession vocalist Michael Crafter insists he’s matured somewhat. “A few years ago I was a fucking idiot. I talk some shit on it (new album, Life And Death); there’s songs where I call a few things out, and swear a bit. But I’m definitely heaps mellower than I used to be. “Before I had the baby, I had a totally different life. I was living in Melbourne in an apartment and eating

out, just going out all the time. Now, I live in the suburbs in a house with my family, and I cook dinner… An exciting night for me is going to a show. So I guess I’m just a bit calmer, a bit more mellow and more settled down in life.” The joy of fatherhood in the ex-I Killed the Prom Queen vocalist’s life was counterpointed by a close friend’s death from cancer. Shortly after, both his parents were also diagnosed with cancer. He channelled said pent-up anger, sorrow and depression into Confession’s new disc, featuring the track Fuck Cancer.

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“It should have been the best times of my life, but at the same time I was dealing with some of the most horrible things I’ve ever had to deal with.” A further indicator of the growler’s changed mindset is his reaction to the A Wild Crafter Appeared Facebook page, a collection of memes featuring home-rown heavy-hitters. “At first I was like, ‘Is this guy taking the piss out of me?’” he laughs. “I was like, ‘Holy shit, this guy’s made a full-on effort.’ My mum’s like ‘Me and your dad look at it all the time, we have a laugh and think about how funny it is.’ That’s great. At least it’s bringing a smile to their faces. It definitely brings a smile to a lot of people’s faces… If it’s gonna bring a smile to someone’s face, that’s good I reckon. It’s got a lot of popularity, that’s for sure. It might be helping out me more than anything.” Crafter hopes fans embrace Confession’s California-recorded third full-length, featuring appearances by friends from The Amity Affliction, Northlane and Misery Signals. “I’m getting older; I don’t know how many more CDs I’m going to sing on, if any. So I feel like I put everything on the table with this one, everything from the darkest and best points of my life. I feel like this is the best songs I ever got to sing on and lyrics I got to put down… I feel like I’ve had a good run, and who knows, maybe this will be the last CD I ever do. Or maybe people might still like Confession enough for us to do another CD in the future. You just never know when you’re about to turn 33. Who knows what the future could bring?” WHAT: Life And Death (Resist)

MARVELLOUS MEDICINE Ahead of a national tour for their new album, Usurper Of Modern Medicine’s Steven Hughes and Cameron George sit down with Kane Sutton to chat about crazy times in Japan and creating an LP.

“I

’ve got this album coming out and I said to myself, when it’s time to come out I’m gonna make room for it so we can actually do all the shit we need to do, and of course, when you want to make that time, the universe comes at you like, ‘Hey, here’s all this amazing shit,’” Hughes begins as he takes a gulp of beer. Their first full-length album, Omniliberation, was released last week after the trio produced an EP in 2011 and another in 2012. “It was the first time I’ve ever done a full-length, and for some reason, it felt almost intimidating because of how much care was taken for it, and that’s why it took two years. Creating an EP is like a little dip into what an artist is trying to capture sound-wise and style-wise, so we were very conscious about doing something full-length, and we did want to take our time with it. Previous projects I’ve played in, we’ve really rushed putting together an album because it’s such a heavy process sometimes and you’re stuck in that mixing stage, and you’re conflicted about how things sound when you listen to it over and over. It’s good to be a perfectionist, but you have to be careful. You’d think of new things halfway through which would change your perspective on what you’ve already done.” Both guys Hughes and George have been to Japan with the band and for their own enjoyment; however, Hughes 24 • THE MUSIC • 25TH JUNE 2014

was not expecting to end up on a Japanese game show. “Being featured on a bizarre Japanese TV show has to be one of the best achievements of my life.” Hughes laughs. “It’s the thing dreams are made of. You’d think as a white guy living in Australia that you’d be the last person featured on a show like that. I didn’t know any of the jokes being made but they were definitely laughing at me.” The new album steps back slightly from the instrumental and experimental side of things and shifts its focus towards

vocal compositions and a more concentrated sound. While the sound may be a little different to their EPs, Hughes and George insist their live shows will be as intense as ever. “The live version is definitely a lot more ball-tearingly wild,” George explains, “and that’s how a live performance should be. I hate going to gigs of bands I love and it sounds like the record. Nothing saps my excitement more than that. I want to see unhinged. I’d prefer to see a shit performance than that. Nothing’s better than when a band has a technical issue on stage and has to deal with it, and you go, ‘Alright, show me what you got.’ I’m just keen to see how people react to this album. I want people to listen to it. There’s been a lot of heart and soul poured into this record and I’m really fucking proud of it.” WHAT: Omniliberation (Independent) WHEN & WHERE: 5 Jul, The Bakery


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ALBUM OF THE WEEK

★★★★

album reviews

EVERY TIME I DIE

5 SECONDS OF SUMMER

Epitaph/Warner

Capitol/EMI

Few bands are more consistently ferocious than Every Time I Die. With each new record you go in kind of expecting the grip around your neck to loosen a little – you think they’ll mellow out. But then you hit the play button and shake your head in disbelief because those stone-cold motherfuckers continue to outdo themselves.

5 Seconds Of Summer have been running on exceptional luck for a while now: discovered by One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson via YouTube, going from the backyards of western Sydney to opening arena shows for a pop juggernaut, they’ve notched up their fair share of iTunes #1 spots based entirely off pre-orders. Fans will be the first to exclaim that their debut has been a long time coming by pop standards.

From Parts Unknown

From Parts Unknown is like a bolt of lightning hitting the fuse of a rocket up your arse. There is only one period of solace – if you can call it that – Moor, but even that gets ugly after a disjointed piano/vocal introduction. For the rest of the time you are getting brutalised, with every element of the band’s sound beating down on you until you completely surrender. It’s fucking fantastic. As always, Keith Buckley acts as king agitator out front, spitting intellectual venom with the driest of wits, while the twin guitar

5 Seconds Of Summer

attack of Jordan Buckley and bearded hulk Andy Williams manages to operate at the ridiculous warp speed set by drummer Ryan Leger. Converge’s Kurt Ballou does an incredible job finding production balance within detonating tracks like The Great Secret and If There’s Room To Move, while The Gaslight Anthem’s Brian Fallon nails his vocal contribution on Old Light. Continuing to pick up steam right until the final jagged notes of Idiot, From Parts Unknown kicks like a mule from front to back, leaving you dazed by the end of it all, in need of a cigarette and a good lie down. Benny Doyle

What we have here is earnest, by-the-numbers pop-punk music; songs for windmilling across stage with swinging guitars around their necks, to sing to girls with ‘heart’ eyes in the front rows of shows; songs that’ll eventually be played in stadiums with voices echoing all the nagging, catchy choruses. The double-hit opener of She Looks So Perfect and Don’t Stop sets the tone for the record’s entirety: a fun, gallivanting affair of jagged

ENO • HYDE

SPANISH GOLD

Warp/Inertia

Dine Alone/Cooking Vinyl

Just a few weeks after the release of previous album Someday World, the particularly fecund collaboration of uber producer Brian Eno and Underworld’s Karl Hyde has yielded yet another album’s worth of tunes. However, High Life stands apart from their previous work in that it isn’t merely a collection of tracks that didn’t quite make Someday World.

Ever wonder what would happen if you combined the talents of the guitarists from City & Colour and Brownout with My Morning Jacket’s drummer and The Black Keys’ producer? Spanish Gold is your answer, and their debut record South Of Nowhere is a funky, soulful compilation.

High Life

The duo have previously flirted with Afrobeat but had inserted it into a fractured and awkward fusion of pop, polyrhythms and minimalist repetition. This time around Eno and Hyde have opted for less of a sound clash, turning out a more straightforward whiteboy Afrobeat funky sound awash with a distinctly English experimental sensibility. For instance, the album’s opener pits a funky rhythm guitar against dreary depressive lyrics. It’s a bittersweet start that blindsides us to the joy of DBF and 26 • THE MUSIC • 25TH JUNE 2014

★★½ guitar riffs, claps, nasal harmonies and a whole lot of heart. The theme is girls; strong girls who are in charge of their actions (Good Girls), girls they miss (Beside You), girls they’re definitely a little infatuated with (Kiss Me Kiss Me). Unsurprisingly, their downfall is a drastic lack of variety. There’s not much to the pop-punk formula, and 5SOS aren’t reinventing it. English Love Affair’s choppy riffs are a rare moment of difference, but they could spend more time exploring the broader scope of the genre they’re emulating. They could stand to drop the American accents too. Sevana Ohandjanian

South Of Nowhere

★★★½

Moulded Life, which showcase these dudes at their Fela Kuti and James Brown funkiest.

These tunes see the duo shifting away from highly textured synthetic soundscapes for what sounds like a more stripped, almost back band-based approach. The six tracks, clocking in at anywhere between four and nine minutes, have a much looser, improvised feel than their first album. Drifting back into more familiar territory, Cells & Bells finds them working with synths to create a glimmering ambience into which vocodered voices drop lyrics about growth, regeneration and new beginnings. A rewarding listen from a couple of old hands who know how to play this game. Guido Farnell

Inspired by Laredo, the Texas border town where guitarists Dante Schwebel and Adrian Quesada grew up, the album is embedded with electric riffs and heavy bass lines – an apt homage to the frenetic spirit of a dangerous city marred by drug-cartel, gangland warfare. Opener One Track Mind sounds like a Black Keys spin-off, but considering two of Spanish Gold’s members (Patrick Hallahan and Dante Schwebel) supported The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach on his solo tour, it’s no surprise. The title track follows: a gripping tale

★★★★ of a desperate man, bolstered by a tension-building beat. Middle track Day Drinkin sports a befitting name for a melodic number that should be listened to poolside, with a margarita in hand. And lead single Out On The Street manages to relate the dangers of living on the US/ Mexican border in the form of a very danceable tune. On its first spin you’ll notice that South Of Nowhere has an easy and genuine groove to it. Second time around you might take in more of the dark, lyrical storytelling. And by the third you’ll be wishing you could splice a few other bands together to form a sound as smooth as Spanish Gold’s. Ash Goldberg


singles/ep reviews

★★★★

★★

★★★★½

G-EAZY

RESCUER

MODERN BASEBALL

Chains

Sony

Shock

Venn

Far away from the bombastic, larger than life hip hop found on commercial radio lies the clean, elegant beats of California rapper G-Eazy. Now onto his third full-length with These Things Happen, the 25-year-old channels effortless cool into stripped-back soundscapes with sharpened edges. Tracks Opportunity Cost and Almost Famous demonstrate the independent rapper’s talent for intricate flow, ramping between laidback and lightning-quick verses with ease. G-Eazy keeps it tight the whole way through and the album maintains its relaxed meditation on fame, girls and success to the very end.

There’s a lot to be said for making passionate music, but the latest from Rescuer sees the Tampa post-hardcore band cross well over the sincerity horizon into full-blown histrionics. Singing like he’s just been shot, frontman JP Marra opens his mouth and the pain of the world flows forth in slack-jawed fury. The songs are solid but lack the raw emotion needed to make them truly stand out; instead they’re entrenched in post-hardcore tropes to the point where they become obnoxious and almost satirical. Anxiety Answering shows a lot of promise, but ends up ringing hollow and forgettable.

Run For Cover/Cooking Vinyl

Bailey Lions

Bailey Lions

GALLOWS The UK’s Gallows have burst back out onto the hardcore and punk stage with a dark and gritty track that certainly drifts off from their older work into a more death metal-orientated sound.

LILI KENDALL Moonlight

Independent Seventeen-year-old Lili Kendall’s new track articulates a skillful and full-bodied vocal performance which maturely focuses on moving on from a passing love interest. Her melodies are very catchy and crisp, despite the lyrical style, and she has certainly managed to stamp her credentials as an up-and-comer.

These Things Happen

Anxiety Answering

Contrary to the misguiding bubblegum melodies and twinkly guitar tones, Modern Baseball’s tightly produced follow-up to their 2012 record Sport is not a beacon for positivity, but rather, a brightly-decorated pit of despair. It’s that very juxtaposition (which, too, manifests itself in the woe-is-me lyrical content relayed with such an endearing nonchalance) that makes You’re Gonna Miss It All as charming as it is. Through light-hearted wit and deadpan, honest storytelling, Brendan Lukens shares with us all his neuroticism, frustration and sadness. What results is both tasteful and completely lovable. Justine Keating

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DOCTOPUS Wobbegong Independent “I want to live underwater with you” – it seems pretty simple, and these guys have showcased that it is as good in studio format as it is a live work – it’s rough, raw and catchy as all hell. This reviewer has claimed them as one of Perth’s best live performers, and this new single does all it can to escalate that idea. Keep an eye on them, they’re getting people on their feet.

You’re Gonna Miss It All

★★★★

★★★

PAT CHOW

REVELLERS

Gun Fever Records

Independent

Milky Chance – Sadnecessary

Pop-punk is not dead; in fact, it’s making a comeback with Revellers and their new EP, Your Round. Containing just enough screamo to give it edge, this six-track EP is full of every punk rock melody and pastime, from acoustic breakdowns on the first track, Far From Over, to half-time on Get Me Outta Here. The Canberra boys’ second EP marks their territory on a genre that many have tried to claim. The title track is fun and familiar, before hitting a heavier final track, Take Me To The Weekend. Your Round, your move.

Davidson Brothers – Wanderlust

Not Here is all you want in a folk-pop track – attractive guitar riffs, catchy hooks and a soaring vocal delivery with a great set of lyrics that are quite easy to pick up – and it sees these guys placing a firm foot amongst Perth’s best emerging talents.

Locals Pat Chow have taken everything we love about their performances and converted it into a six-track EP. Opener, Winning, appropriately packs a punch and contains some brilliant hooks and chorusing lyrics that’ll get people psyched up for what’s to come. This Summer takes on a grungier sound with the guitar but still manages to maintain as much energy as the first track, while Underwater Daughter mixes it up once more with a simple indie rock track that’ll not fail to get heads rocking. All up, it’s a strong, compact and wellstructured effort from the guys.

Kane Sutton

Kane Sutton

Emilie Taylor

WISEOAKS Not Here

Independent

Good Deed

Your Round

The Knife – Shaken Up Versions Nightmares On Wax – N.O.W. Is The Time Various/Deetron – Fabric 76 G-Eazy – These Things Happen Vacationer – Relief Mumbai Science – Déjà vu Plastikman – EX

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live reviews

THE PAPER KITES, PHEBE STARR, AIRLING Art Bar 19 Jun The torrential rain didn’t stop crowds of people from pouring in to witness a spectacle at Art Bar. Among the sculptures and staircases, immense talent performed and brought echoed ambience. Airling opened the night with an impressive array of musical flair and stage presence, a truly electric performance. Phebe Starr also showcased some impressive reverb in her vocals and a captivating stance, proving that it only takes one bold act to fill an entire stage.

Throughout the set, the band gave room for instrumentals and had made a conscious effort to tweak each song so it didn’t sound exactly like the album recording. No sound is better showcased than through the instruments of genuine composers and true music-lovers. “There’s a lot of large statues in this room,” continued an especially witty Bentley, “Anything goes. It’s art.” After a gentle shushing, he stood alone on the stage, playing a sweet and acoustic, Tenenbaum – a song about planting seeds of pursuit, that Bentley noted he was especially glad made the final cut, with lyrics such as, “Sour is my mind for what you sow.” About an hour into their set, there felt a need for earlier material, and so

THE PAPER KITES @ ART BAR. PIC: AMBER SOUTHALL

Down-to-earth headliners The Paper Kites were warm and consistent, holding admirable composure, having just returned from a US tour to promote their 2013 album, States. Enchanting vocals from Christina Lacy opened their set with the harmonic ballad, I Done You So Wrong. With a breath, golden lights filled the stage and Young began with lead vocalist Sam Bentley saying, “It’s great to be back in Perth playing for you fine people… in an art gallery. I feel like we should be playing Beethoven.” Instead, they began a psychedelicallyinspired tune, In Reverie, rich in reverb and drastically different to any of their earlier material. The use of whammy from lead guitarist, Dave Powys, was both surprising and appropriate. 28 • THE MUSIC • 25TH JUNE 2014

began the triple threat of Featherstone, Woodland and the ever-flourishing Bloom. Throwing in a few tracks from their initial EP was a great way to bring morale to the crowd, to not only elicit the use of smartphone cameras, but also showcase the band’s versatility and ability to draw in from past compositions in order to become more wellrounded and mature. They concluded with a promise to return to Perth with a new record and then closed the night with A Lesson From Mr Gray, no doubt a tribute to the psychedelic ‘60s. It was a strong and feel-good finish. Always playful are The Paper Kites, assuring their loyal following that anything goes, it’s art. Emilie Taylor

MT. MOUNTAIN, PUCK, LANARK, DREAM RIMMY Rosemount Hotel 20 Jun Local dream pop outfit Dream Rimmy managed to attract a decent crowd early on with their euphoric sounds, bolstered by the cavernous, reverb-drenched vocals of singer and guitarist Ali Flintoff and a thunderous rhythm section that was powerful enough to rattle the windows and walls of the venue. Keeping the loose, psychedelic jam feel of the night were post-rock five-piece Lanark, who took to the stage amidst a huge cluster of synths and keyboards. The band kicked

With a big backdrop showing psychedelic shots at the rear of the stage, it was time for Mt. Mountain to make their way up in front of the packed audience. The guys moved through an extended jam before an electrifying version of She Runs. Singer Steve Bailey sat behind a stack of keyboards in the middle of the stage as his voice boomed out of the speakers and over the heavy, echoladen sounds. Bailey grabbed a harmonica for Tomorrow as the band took on some deep Doors/Sleepy Sun vibes with their new space blues number. After Ring Dove the band launched into a huge extended jam that lasted all the way until midnight, leaving the audience overjoyed and cheering them as they left the stage. Scott Aitken

MT MOUNTAIN @ ROSEMOUNT HOTEL. PIC: ELLIOT CAHILL

off their set with some new jams featuring drawn-out instrumentation and crazy sonic sounds including New San, before playing epic new tracks Gambler and Providence from their debut EP. Next up was everyone’s favourite dream-doom stonerrock three-piece Puck, who got the crowd head-banging away with new track Points featuring Steve Turnock’s jangly, discordant guitar sounds over the top of Andy Campbell’s rumbling fuzzedout bass. Run From The Pack was a clear highlight from the band, with Turnock hovering over the microphone like a man possessed as he delivered the doomy vocals of the song, before Liam Young kicked in with a thrashing drum beat over the heavy riff created by the rest of the band.

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THEE GOLD BLOOMS

Answered by: Dylan Szymkow How did you get together? Our dads would meet up each week to play canasta. They always had to bring the kids... and that’s how we met. Sum up your musical sound in four words? Imagine your dad dancing. If you could support any band in the world – past or present – who would it be? Aborted Tortoise. You’re being sent into space, no iPod, you can bring one album – what would it be? The Encyclopedia Of Doo Wop, or Smiley Smile by The Beach Boys, or the best of The Beatles, or Buddies by Doctopus, or anything by the Stones between ‘68 and ‘72. Greatest rock’n’roll moment of your career to date? Either supporting Mac DeMarco ‘cause he’s the best man alive or playing this little basement gig in Melbourne and having the whole crowd sing along to the Jurassic Park theme song with us. It was really beautiful. Why should people come and see your band? Because our bass player Goldy is a miracle of modern science and has to be seen to be believed. When and where for your next gig? 27 Jun, Deville’s Pad (free entry), and Fremantle Winter Music Festival on 28 Jun at North Fremantle Bowling Club. Website link for more info? facebook.com/theegoldblooms

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eat/drink

AUSSIE ARTISAN WINE After searching and sampling new varieties and reworkings of old classics, here’s Jess Ribeiro’s top five wines from Aussie wine makers. Illustrations Brendon Wellwood.

WITNESS POINT, YARRA VALLEY (VIC), PINOT NOIR 2011

TWO BROTHERS, MARGARET RIVER (WA), ORGANIC ROSÉ 2013

I spoke to William Downing, a wine maker from Victoria, and asked him if an unsophisticated person like myself could choose a good wine based on the label. Downing thinks so: “In the new world if you don’t know anything about wine then choosing it based on a picture has a level of integrity. It usually gives you a feeling of the wine makers aesthetic and personal tastes.”

I bought this wine to try out an organic option. It’s preservative- and chemical-free and made with wild, naturally fermented yeasts. It’s made by a husband and wife duo who are into organics and bio-dynamics. Their goal is to tread lightly on the earth. They live and work on their vineyard and consider themselves to be ‘Lo-Fi’ natural growers.

Downing believes current wine trends in Australia are becoming more diverse and progressive. “We are pushing boundaries and celebrating quirky wines that are less traditional and even faulted.” Witness Point Pinot Noir sits comfortably in this category. For: Arty types

TWO ITALIAN BOYS (NSW), NEBBIOLO 2010 The label says; ‘Two Italian Boys, Pick Us Up Tonight,’ so I bought it purely as a joke. But when I went to the counter the seller gave me an approving nod which made me feel like I knew what I was doing. These two Italian boys from New South Wales are making wines based on traditional Italian styles, light and good to drink with food and friends. It’s a wine made with the idea that drinking is about being social. For: Party people. You will have to buy more than one bottle of this.

For: The Greens.

GLAETZER-DIXON FAMILY WINEMAKERS (TAS), PINOT NOIR 2013 A festive label, this wine was made in Tasmania by Nick Glaetzer, one of the youngest and most celebrated Australian wine makers. This red is inspired by the French Nouveau wines. It’s unique because there’s no long fermentation process. Grow it. Press it. Drink it. For: Those who want instant gratification.

YALUMBA OLD BUSH VINE, 2012 BAROSSA (SA), GRENACHE I bought this because it looked trustworthy and traditional. Like something your grandparents would drink during the Christmas holidays. It’s also suitable for vegetarians and vegans. For: The safe and reliable.

USES FOR WINE BESIDES DRINKING IT Use red wine to dye clothes. Put in a spray bottle to disinfect vegetables and fruit. Make vinegar with leftover wine that’s not that great for drinking any more. Use it as a facial toner, or better yet pour a bottle in the bath and bathe in it. It’s full of antioxidants. Turn it into car fuel. Pour it onto a piece of stale bread and apply it to an inflammation. This will help reduce swelling. White wine works great as a cleaner, stain remover and disinfectant. Make jelly out of it: just add water, pectin and fruit. Freeze it to use in cocktails, sangria etc or to add to cooking. 30 • THE MUSIC • 25TH JUNE 2014


eat/drink FOOD TRUCKIN’

What food fad do you see being popularised next? Mexican fad will be here for some time yet but pasta will be not far behind. What is your dream festival to cater for? Skyworks.

MOJITO CANTINA

What is the best aspect of having your business mobile? Fresh food to go.

Roving location, Perth mojitocantina.info Answered by: Phil Henderson

What is an ingredient you couldn’t live without? Why? Chilli. We use over 300 chillis from mild to wild that makes our food the Mexican food to have.

Who is serving/cooking and what makes them special? All our team are special. We all have a happy, fun environment to work in. Where do you eat out? I try every location and have travelled the world for over 25 years, trying street food to Michelinstar restaurants. I’ve

eaten at small vilages and all the way to Paris and everything in between. I LOVE good food with flavour. What should I order when you pull up? We have a few signature dishes but most choose our Slow Roasted Pulled Pork Tortillas with fresh salads, sour cream and cilantro. We offer all our customers a choice to add their own sauces and salsas from a complimentary range we offer from Mild to Wild.

WINO PLAYLIST

To please your ears while you’re sippin’. Alligator Wine – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins Lilac Wine – Jeff Buckley Red Red Wine – UB40/Neil Diamond

HOT SPOT PANCHO’S MEXICAN VILLA RESTAURANT Sometimes you just want a fishbowl and a no-fuss taco. Enter Pancho’s: Tex-Mex for under $20 a main (their current special offer). There’s half-price frozen cocktails every Tuesday, $6 specials on Thursdays, fun Facebook competitions to win vouchers to spend at the restaurant, and they’ve also just launched a new dessert and drinks menu. Plus, there are two locations: Victoria Park and Mt Lawley. If you ever wanna celebrate a birthday there, the atmosphere is jolly as heck: the staff come out wearing big sombreros and Mexican instruments and sing to you. If a reasonably priced, tasty good time is your bag, then Pancho’s is gonna deliver! facebook.com/panchosmex | panchos.com.au

Little Old Wine Drinker Me – Dean Martin The Wine Song – The Youngbloods The Wine Song – The Cat Empire Symphonic Metamorphosis Of Wine, Women And Song – StraussGodowsky Red Wine Lips – Lisa Mitchell All The Wine – The National Summer Wine – Lee Hazlewood & Nancy Sinatra

EATIN’ OUT

THE PARKERVILLE TAVERN 6 Owen Rd, Parkerville parkervilletavern.com.au Answered by: Joanne O’Connor What’s one food you can’t live without? Steak. What is an ingredient you couldn’t live without? Wine. Its versatility as not only a key cooking ingredient that enriches a fine dish, also lends itself to being a fabulous accompaniment to almost

anything. It’s impossible to get bored of wine. What’s the design/ atmosphere of your restaurant? The building speaks for itself. Oh my goodness, if only it could! We would hear some juicy gossip from its humble beginnings back in 1896! We’ve tried not to mess too much with the interior of this beautiful double-storey federation-style pub. We have simply highlighted

all the original features and added a bit of a retro twist to funk it up. In fine weather, our beer garden is unrivalled as you sit and share the wooded valley with nature.

Head Chef Sheridan Noakes, who tirelessly prepare everything from scratch and deliver beautifully presented meals each time.

Who is serving/cooking and what makes them special? We have an awesome, hard-working kitchen team, led by

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EP FOCUS

SINGLE FOCUS our existing debut release, Sorrow Trees. We released the record in Feb this year.

COIN BANKS Answered by: Dan Bankowski EP title? Heads How many releases do you have now? Releases with The Stoops and J Squared; Home with Ta-ku; Letters To The Sun with Akouo; and Heads. Was anything in particular inspiring you during the making? Life in general, love, and personal experiences. I was in a bit of a transitional position at that time, and music was a great outlet for me to deal with what was going on.

like the concept and it was an honour to work with DJ Mitsu The Beats and Hunger.

JONI IN THE MOON

We’ll like this EP if we like... Ta-ku, Homeboy Sandman, 20syl – I think it’s clear that those guys are a big influence on my music. Locally, it could be compared to Remi and Loose Change.

Single title? Woman On Fire

When and where is your launch/next gig? 27 Jun at the Amplifier Bar with support from Marksman Lloyd and Empty. Website link for more info? coinbanksofficial.com

EP FOCUS

EP title? M & R How many releases do you have now? Two independent EPs before this: By The Fire (2012) and At First Sight (2010). Was anything in particular inspiring you during the making? Inspiration was coming from all angles but there was one particular heartbreak story in the midst. Also listening to a bit of Birdy, Florence, Maxwell and Frank Ocean when writing these tracks. What’s your favourite song on it? My favourite song is Darkest Love. I’m always a sucker for the ballads, they 32 • THE MUSIC • 25TH JUNE 2014

What’s the song about? It’s about secrets and betrayal, and reclaiming the freedom to express anger and sexuality as a woman, without retribution. How long did it take to write/record? The song was originally written in one sitting, though it went through a few metamorphoses before we settled on the arrangement. The bulk of live recording we did in a day. Is this track from a forthcoming release/existing release? The track is the third single from

What’s your favourite song on it? Walking Backwards. I really

BEC LAUGHTON

Answered by: Joni Hogan

never seem to get old. We’ll like this EP if we like... Chocolate and peanut butter. And perhaps if you like anything with a touch of soul/R&B/dance. When and where is your launch/next gig? 28 Jun, Settlers Tavern, Margaret River; 29 Jun, The Aviary. Website link for more info? facebook.com/beclaughton

What was inspiring you during the song’s writing and recording? When I wrote it I had just left an abusive relationship and lyrically it’s pretty much just a compulsive soul-vomit. We built up layered vocals so the words and emotions could be the focus. We’ll like this song if we like... Tacos. Do you play it differently live? Yes, playing live changes it somewhat because the arrangement of sounds and instruments are slightly different, but we haven’t changed the structure at all. When and where is your launch/ next gig? We are launching the single at The Bird in Northbridge on 28 Jun with support from Catlips and Mind Canary. Website link for more info? joniinthemoon.bandcamp.com

HAVE YOU HEARD

THE HARD ACHES Answered by: Ben David How did you get together? Pretty typical story. Boy meets boy. Boys start band. Sum up your musical sound in four words? Punk rock and feelings. If you could support any band in the world – past or present – who would it be? Fleetwood Mac and Shadow League double header. You’re being sent into space, no iPod, you can bring one album – what would it be? Rumours – Fleetwood Mac or Hits – Phil Collins. Both for obvious reason. Greatest rock’n’roll moment of your career to date? Getting

to tour the country and play amazing shows with amazing bands for amazing people. Why should people come and see your band? The other bands on the bills are always the best, ha ha, good times with great crew. When and where for your next gig? 27 Jun, Ya Ya’s; 28 Jun, Winston House. Website link for more info? thehardaches.bandcamp.com


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FRONTLASH

LIVE THIS WEEK

FIGHT FOR YOUR NIGHT

As we’ve previously reported, iconic Fremantle music venue Fly By Night is fighting for its lease. You can help the cause by signing an online petition on their website.

SAUL GOOD If there’s still a void in your heart since Breaking Bad finished, not all is lost. US cable network AMC has announced Breaking Bad prequel spin-off Better Call Saul has already been renewed for a second season. Season One is set to air early 2015.

DOUBLE DIGITS Congratulations to WA record label and artist collective The Community who celebrated ten years of operations over the weekend. Here’s to another decade of great local music!

INSIDEOUT

NEEEEEEERRRRDS

TXT ME LOL

One of the most unique producers in the game, Insideinfo has built up an enviable reputation with his brand of twisted funk and powerful drum ‘n’ bass. He heads to Villa on Saturday, supported by Emperor, Zombie Cats and more.

Dust off those leavers jackets, and get ready to smash some beer bongs, because The Academy is going frat party on Wednesday, with Storm The Sky (pic), Cupidfalls, Finders and Remember The South busting out punk-pop college gems.

Sydney’s Little Bastard are apparently having a bit of a time over our way. As well as those much-loved shows, a three-piece offshoot called Text will be playing Mustang Bar on Thursday, if you’re up for something different.

THAT’S FOOL’S GOLD

LIVE AND LET LAUGHTON

ICE COLD

Hitch up your britches and put in your best teeth for Sugar Shack, one big ol’ hoedown you won’t forget. Featuring The Bayou’s Best DJs, Craw Daddy, Po Boy and more at The Odd Fellow on Saturday, this is one for the sweet tooths.

A “petite redhead with a monstrous voice and a serious knack for penning a pop hook”, Bec Laughton is currently on a whirlwind national tour: see her at The Odd Fellow, Friday; Settlers Tavern Saturday; and The Aviary, Sunday.

RTR’s Winter Music Festival is finally just around the corner, packing out the Railway Hotel, Swan Hotel Mojo’s and North Freo Bowls Club with the best bands you can find around these parts on Saturday. Tickets still available through rtrfm.com.au.

SHADDY DEALINGS

MUSCLEFEST

JA RULE

Kelleberrin’s hometown heroes Blue Shaddy have been around the traps for a while now. With a bunch of releases to their name, and following up a great regional tour last month, the band head to Indi Bar on Saturday.

Catch big muscled punks with veiny arms Agitated, Aborted Tortoise (pic), Shit Narnia and Dennis Commetti – not the real one – at Mojo’s on Wednesday and get in on the powerful action. Hot stuff. Entry is $5 from 8pm.

The Kingston Shakers hit Swallow Bar on Thursday night with a selection of originals and classic ska, rocksteady and calypso numbers to stave off the winter weather and get your hips a-swinging. It all kicks off at 5pm.

OMAC MCCARTHY

EAR EAR

PRIME ATTRACTION

Another one to add to the list of great up-and-coming MCs, OMAC launches his brand new album Inside My Insomnia on Friday at Flyrite, with the all-stars of The Psych Ward, Maggot Mouf, Kwote and more supporting.

All Ears have your mid week aural fixation ready for you at Four5Nine on Wednesday, with local regulars Mudlark, Leaving, Inner Pieces and Ermine Coat putting on a damn fine show once again.

Locals Huge Magnet just spent a pretty envious amount of time playing around South America. They return home to launch their brand new LP Lip Service at Mojo’s on Friday and Bar 459 on Saturday.

BETTER CALL SAUL

BACKLASH DOWN THE TUBE

NSW band Little Earthquake claim YouTube has removed the music video for their latest single due to its depiction of a dead fish.

A NEW LOW A one-metre deep sinkhole appeared in Crown Casino’s car park on Sunday, leaving one punter’s car somewhat underground.

DIG DEEP Australian house DJ Jack McCord has been left in a coma after a motorbike accident in Seminyak, Bali on Friday. Associates are raising funds for treatment of head and other injuries via YouCaring.

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LIVE THIS WEEK

RIGHT IN TIME

PEARCE OF SUCCESS

EXILE FROM EXILE

One of the more exciting original nights set up as of late, the Newport Hotel Record Club continues this Thursday with the amazing Ruby Boots performing Lucinda Williams’ Car Wheels On A Gravel Road in full. Exciting stuff.

After touring the US for six months, local troubadour and acoustic session favourite Riley Pearce makes a welcome return to launch a few brand new tracks and get you groovin’ at the Astor Lounge on Saturday.

After the sad news of Clancy’s Exile On High Street getting denied by the big wigs, they’ve thankfully moved a lot of it over to The Bakery on Friday, with Gunns (pic), Apache, Koi Child and a whole lot more heading up a mini-fest.

TAKE THE TONK

JAMIESON ON THE ROCKS

SPACE EXPLORERS

Following the release of some truly original music last year, Louis & The Honkytonk are back on it once again with a few new tracks to throw your way at the Velvet Lounge on Friday, with The Shallows and more supporting.

For the first time, Phil Jamieson is embarking on a solo tour, stopping by Northshore Tavern, Hilarys on Thursday, Leisure Inn Rockingham on Friday, Dunsborough Tavern on Saturday and Prince Of Wales, Bunbury on Sunday.

Perth expat heavy rockers Hailmary have just released their EP Navigate the Sunrise, and it’s as spacey and powerful as you would expect. They launch it with two big homecoming shows at Rocket Room on Friday and Prince Of Wales on Saturday.

A FEST FOR MANI

ALL FOR ONE

UPS AND DOWNS

Presented by Big Tommo, i.e. one of our premier open mic pundits, Manifest brings The Midnight Mules (pic) for the Father Pete single launch, and Della Fern for the Great Unknown EP launch, to the Rosemount on Saturday, along with a whole lot more.

Going Solo at the Moon Cafe brings you David Craft and Moana (pic) this Wednesday. This week the artists will go on at 8.30pm. Entry to restaurants is always free, with awesome food and drinks available ‘til late.

Following the huge success of Nose Dive, everyone’s favourite good-time orchestra Saskwatch are heading around our way to play Settlers Tavern, Margaret River on Friday, Amplifier on Saturday and Mojo’s on Sunday.

LIGHT IT UP

ART ATTACK

NEW TO THE BEAT

Get ready for another serving of local rising grassroots music this Sunday at the Railway Hotel for Gignition. Blues rockers Apollo’s Attic, metalby-way-of-everything-else eclecticists Highway Breakdown and more are on the bill.

Continuing the trend of intimate acoustic gigs in an inspirational setting, Fremantle Arts Centre’s Gallery Sessions welcomes folk ladies Rachel Dease and Amber Fresh into its hallowed halls on Friday.

Always welcoming fresh faces, The Bird’s Beat Lounge continues on Thursday. If you want to showcase the beats you’ve been working on or just want to check out some new beatmaking talent, this one’s the one.

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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

BONJAH: AUG 14, Northshore Tavern; AUG 15, Indi Bar; AUG 16, Amplifier; AUG 17, Dunsborough Tavern

VIOLENT SOHO, THE SMITH STREET BAND: JUL 3, The Bakery

MELODY POOL & MARLON WILLIAMS: AUG 23, X-Wray Cafe; AUG 24, Settlers Tavern, Margaret River; AUG 26, Ellington Jazz Club

THE AUDREYS: JUL 4, Fly By Night

BALL PARK MUSIC: OCT 24, Astor Theatre; 25 OCT, Settlers Tavern, Margaret River

REMI: JUL 4, The Bakery SOMETHING FOR KATE: JUL 4, Astor Theatre

THY ART IS MURDER: DEC 17, Capitol; DEC 18, YMCA HQ

NEW EMPIRE: JUL 5, HQ USURPER OF MODERN MEDICINE: JUL 5, The Bakery THE WHITE ALBUM TOUR: JUL 26, Riverside Theatre

ONGOING:

GIGNITION: Upcoming band showcases 4-8pm last Sunday of each month at The Railway Hotel BEX ‘N’ TURIN’S OPEN MIC NIGHT: 8pm-late every Tuesday at Rosemount Hotel

SLEEPMAKESWAVES: AUG 8, Amplifer

GIG OF THE WEEK CIRCO FT VIOLENT SOHO: 28 JUN, CLAREMONT SHOWGROUND

WED 25

Jack & Jill : Crown Perth (Lobby Lounge), Burswood

Jazz + Jen de Ness : Albion Hotel, Cottesloe

Supersuckers + Chainsaw Hookers + Legs Electric: Astor Theatre, Mount Lawley

Rock n Roll Karaoke hosted by Magnus Danger Magnus: Devilles Pad, Perth

Coin Banks: Amplifier Bar, Perth

Sugar Blue Burlesque: Brass Monkey Hotel, Northbridge

Open Mic Night with Kris Buckle: Dunsborough Tavern, Dunsborough

Jeanie Proude: Citro Bar, Perth Rag n Bone + Sprawl: Civic Backroom, Inglewood Grease - The Musical: Crown Perth (Crown Theatre), Burswood 5 Shots: Crown Perth (Groove Bar), Burswood Student Night with Carl Mackey: Ellington Jazz Club, Perth

CLUB GUIDE

WED 25

Newport Wednesdays Student Night + Various DJs: Newport Hotel, Fremantle DJ Anton Maz: Rosemount Hotel (Beer Garden), North Perth

THU 26

Rumble in Jungle feat. Bunj + Melotyx: Claremont Hotel, Claremont

FRI 27

Shakedown feat. Greg Packer + Gracie & Systym + Ru-Kasu + DJ NVS + more: Ambar, Perth

Hot Towel feat. Modesty Blaze + Jack Doepel + Bill Frank + Basic Mind + Willy Suede: The Bird, Northbridge NDorse: The George, Perth Electro House Sessions with Tom Piper + Dave Winnel + Chiari + Acebasik + Jackness: Villa Nightclub, Perth SAT 28 Maiko + Rob Sharp + Luke P + more: Geisha Bar, Northbridge DJ Daz: Norma Jeans Cocktail Lounge, Mandurah Luxe + DJ Tito: Players Bar, Mandurah Zel + NDorse + Micah: The Aviary, Perth

Cult with Mot3k + DJ Nathaniel + more: Geisha Bar, Northbridge

Back To The Roots feat. Dazastah + Selekt Few + Bryte + Pimps of Sound + Wisdom2th + more: The Bakery, Northbridge

DJ Damo: Norma Jeans Cocktail Lounge, Mandurah

Potbelleez DJs + Various DJs: Toucan Club, Mandurah

Blowout + Brooke Evers + Acebasik + Klean Kicks + Wasteland: Parker Nightclub, Perth DJ Cookie: Players Bar, Mandurah Troy Division + Paradise Paul: The Aviary, Perth

SUN 29

Lukas Wimmler + Not So Hot DJs: Claremont Hotel (Upstairs), Claremont

Bernardine: Greenwood Hotel, Greenwood Howie Morgan : Lucky Shag, Perth Agitated + more + Borty Torty + Shit Narnia + Dennis Commetti: Mojo’s Bar, North Fremantle Going Solo feat. David Craft + Moana: Moon Cafe, Northbridge Frenzy: Mustang Bar, Northbridge Oak Tree Suite + Kings Justice + Oakland + The Tin Man: Rosemount Hotel, North Perth Mudlark + Leaving + Inner Pieces + Ermine Coat: Rosemount Hotel (459 Bar), North Perth Open Mic Night with Greg Carter: Swinging Pig, Rockingham Chicken-n-Beer + Good Company: The Bird, Northbridge James Flynn: The Laneway Lounge, Perth Retrofit: Universal Bar, Northbridge A Saxon + Seasta Chani + DT + Jaks: Ya Ya’s, Northbridge

THU 26

Karaoke: Brass Monkey Hotel, Northbridge Karaoke: Brooklands Tavern, Southern River

The Mojos: Balmoral, East Victoria Park Courtney Murphy: Beau Rivage Restaurant, East Perth

The Seals: Ellington Jazz Club, Perth

Mike Nayar: Belgian Beer Cafe, Perth

Greg Carter: Gate Bar & Bistro, Success

Siren & Assassin: Belmont Tavern, Cloverdale

Adrian Wilson: Grand Central, Perth

Tandem: Best Drop Tavern, Kalamunda

Howie Morgan : Lakers Tavern, Thornlie

Ali Hill: Brighton Hotel, Mandurah

James Wilson : Lucky Shag, Perth

Light Street: Brooklands Tavern, Southern River

Hunting Huxley + Golden Skies + Dust + Daughtermelon: Mojo’s Bar, North Fremantle

James Wilson : Chase Bar & Bistro, Baldivis

Yambeque: Moon Cafe, Northbridge

DJ Boogie: Clancys Canning Bridge, Applecross

Open Mic + Various Artists: Newport Hotel (The Tiki Beat Bar), Fremantle

Grace Barbe: Clancys Fish Pub, City Beach

Open Mic Night with Danny Bau: Peel Ale House, Halls Head Jetpack: Prince of Wales, Bunbury The Crossbars + The Monicans + Ohayo + Midflight Parasite + Tarp On The Shed Floor: Rosemount Hotel, North Perth The Bonekickers + Necter + Bad China + Lauren Arthur: Rosemount Hotel (459 Bar), North Perth Open Mic Night with Claire Warnock: Settlers Tavern, Margaret River

Shotdown From Sugartown: Claremont Hotel (7pm), Claremont Grease - The Musical: Crown Perth (Crown Theatre), Burswood Why Georgia: Crown Perth (Lobby Lounge), Burswood Go-Go Fridays + Thee Gold Blooms + DJ Moogy + Seventh Son + DJ Tyranny: Devilles Pad, Perth Cuddles: Dunsborough Tavern, Dunsborough

The Kingston Shakers: Swallow Bar, Maylands

A Tribute to Michael, Janet & The Jackson Family + Suite 191 + Shameem: Ellington Jazz Club, Perth

Beat Lounge hosted by Rae: The Bird, Northbridge

Howie Morgan : Empire Bar, Rivervale

Rock Scholars + Various Artists: The Fly Trap, Fremantle

Rachael Dease + Amber Fresh: Fremantle Arts Centre (Main Gallery), Fremantle

Libby Hammer Trio: The Laneway Lounge, Perth Phil Jamieson + Buddy Phoenix: The Northshore Tavern, Hillarys Off the Record: Universal Bar, Northbridge Potato Stars + d’IX + Like Junk + more: Ya Ya’s, Northbridge

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FRI 27

Quiz Night + Various: Albion Hotel, Cottesloe

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

METRONOMY

Grease - The Musical: Crown Perth (Crown Theatre), Burswood

Shades Of Indigo: Herdsman Lake Tavern, Wembley Two Frets Down: Kalamunda Hotel, Kalamunda Phil Jamieson + Rob Walker: Leisure Inn, Rockingham Retriofit: M On The Point, Mandurah


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the guide wa.gigguide@themusic.com.au Katchafire + Salmonella Dub Soundsystem + David Dallas + Concord Dawn: Metro City, Northbridge

Saskwatch + Foam + Grizzly Jim Lawrie: Mojo’s Bar, North Fremantle Sunday Sessions + Timothy Nelson: Newport Hotel, Fremantle

Huge Magnet + Boom! Bap! Pow! + Ofa Fotu + Blind Tiger Blues Box: Mojo’s Bar, North Fremantle

Keith Urban + Sheppard: Perth Arena, Perth

Karaoke Classic with Steve Parkin: Newport Hotel, Fremantle

Courtney Murphy: Pink Duck Bar & Bistro, Rockingham

Nathan Gaunt: Prince of Wales, Bunbury

Greg Carter: Port Kennedy Tavern, Rockingham

DJ Neil Viney: Public House, Perth

The Gypsy Minions: Quarie Bar & Bistro, Hammond Park

Eschaton Hive + The Damned Humans + Tears For Atlantis + Dead White Males: Railway Hotel (Main Room), North Fremantle

Gignition feat. India 9 Nine + Apollo’s Attic + Highway Breakdown + Anti-Climax + Sly Withers: Railway Hotel (Main Room / 4pm), North Fremantle

Hailmary + This Other Eden + Bayou: Rocket Room, Northbridge Hailmary + This Other Eden + Born On The Bayou + Ol Bougainvillea: Rosemount Hotel, North Perth Lamak + Oh Velveteen + Odlaw + Eloise Ashton: Rosemount Hotel (459 Bar), North Perth Wesley Goodlet Jamboree Scouts: Rosie O’Gradys, Northbridge Howie Morgan : Sail & Anchor, Fremantle Saskwatch + Grizzly Jim Lawrie: Settlers Tavern, Margaret River Karaoke with Robbie King: South St Ale House, Hilton Luke Dux + Sam Barendse: Swanbrook Winery (2pm), Henley Brook Ben Merito: The Boat, Mindarie Matty T Wall: The Flying Scotsman, Mount Lawley Summers Soul Quintet: The Laneway Lounge, Perth Bec Laughton + Guests: The Odd Fellow, Fremantle Adam James: The Principle Micro Brewery, Midland Soul Corporation: Universal Bar, Northbridge Fleer Ultra: Vic, Subiaco Leon Tioke: Wintersun Hotel, Geraldton The Hard Aches + Them Sharks + The Bob Gordons + Being Beta + Lionizer: Ya Ya’s, Northbridge

The Get Down with Charlie Bucket + Safari + Nick Sheppard: Rosemount Hotel (Beer Garden / 4pm), North Perth

KATCHAFIRE: 27 JUN, METRO CITY

SAT 28

Rhythm 22: M On The Point, Mandurah

Saskwatch + Special Guests: Amplifier Bar, Perth

Tinie Tempah: Metro City, Northbridge

A Rhythm & Blues Variety Revue with Dave Hole + Matt Taylor + Peter Dee + Rick Steele + Bob Patient + more: Astor Theatre, Mount Lawley

Fremantle Winter Music Festival + The Boost Hero Man + Diger Rokwell + Hugo Gerani + D-JEONG + Basic Mind: Mojo’s Bar, North Fremantle

Wire Birds: Balmoral, East Victoria Park James Wilson : Boab Tavern, High Wycombe

Fremantle Winter Music Festival + Declan Doherty + Aarom Wilson + Craig Hollywood + Pussymittens + more: Mojo’s Bar (Courtyard), North Fremantle

Adam James: Carine Glades Tavern, Duncraig

Karaoke Classic with Steve Parkin: Newport Hotel, Fremantle

Perth Blues Club’s Annual Memorial Showcase + Dave Hole + Matt Taylor + Rick Steele + more: Charles Hotel, North Perth

Fremantle Winter Music Festival + Shot Down From Sugartown + The Insinnerators + The Honourable Schoolboys + Tenderhooks + Thee Gold Blooms: North Fremantle Bowling Club, North Fremantle

In Fear of Humanity feat. Red Descending + Wrath of Fenrir + To Hell WIth Honour + Peasant + Reapers Riddle: Civic Backroom, Inglewood

Stu McKay: Port Kennedy Tavern, Rockingham

Justin Burford: Clancys Canning Bridge, Applecross

Hailmary + Hundred Acre Wood: Prince of Wales, Bunbury

Antics feat. Timothy Nelson: Claremont Hotel, Claremont

Phil Jamieson: Prince of Wales, Bunbury

Circo 2014 feat. Violent Soho + Kele + Nina Las Vegas + Onra + The Kite String Tangle + Touch Sensitive + Nosaj Thing + Odesza + Mykki Blanco + Sable + Basenji + Golden Features + DMA’s + Ryan Hemsworth + Yahtzel + Deejay Earl + more: Claremont Showground (2pm), Claremont

Fremantle Winter Music Festival + Spacemanantics + Aborted Tortoise + Methyl Ethel + Electric Toad + The Love Junkies: Railway Hotel, North Fremantle

Grease - The Musical: Crown Perth (Crown Theatre), Burswood Black Magic Disco + DJ JO19 + DJ Moogy: Devilles Pad, Perth Phil Jamieson + Dallas Royal: Dunsborough Tavern, Dunsborough Beyonce Tribute feat. Bindhu Holavanahalli + Alcatraz + Laura Bernay: Ellington Jazz Club, Perth Greg Carter: Gate Bar & Bistro, Success Third Gear: Gosnells Hotel, Gosnells Passionworks: Greenwood Hotel, Greenwood Afterglo Band: Hyde Park Hotel, North Perth

Manifest feat. The Midnight Mules + Rag n Bone + Paradise Motor Inn + Limpin’ Dave Foley & The Straight Legged Freaks + White Avenue + Della Fern + Pandaphobia + Childlike Empress + Tell The Shaman + The Devil In Miss Jones: Rosemount Hotel, North Perth The Gypsy Minions: Sail & Anchor, Fremantle Bec Laughton + Anna O: Settlers Tavern, Margaret River Luke O’Connell: Springs Tavern, Beechboro Charlie Bucket: Swallow Bar, Maylands Fremantle Winter Music Festival + Earthlink Sound + Crucial Rockers + DJ Corby + The KBI Sound System + more: Swan Basement, North Fremantle

Fremantle Winter Music Festival + David Craft + Childsaint + Ruby Boots + Ben Witt + Stu Orchard: Swan Lounge, North Fremantle Frenzy: Swinging Pig, Rockingham Joni In The Moon + Catlips + Mind Canary: The Bird, Northbridge Astrid Ripepi + Retriofit: The Laneway Lounge, Perth Howie Morgan Project: The Northshore Tavern, Hillarys Huge: The Shed, Northbridge Nightmoves: Universal Bar, Northbridge Murphy’s Lore: Woodvale Tavern, Woodvale Daniel Ray: Ya Ya’s, Northbridge

SUN 29

Acoustic Session with Dave Mann: Settlers Tavern (Verandah / 3pm), Margaret River Sunday Sessions with Steel Guts: Swallow Bar (5pm), Maylands Elk Bell + Jessica Morhall: Swanbrook Winery (2pm), Henley Brook Siren & Assassin: Swinging Pig, Rockingham Rooftop Sessions feat. Bec Laughton + Anna O + NDorse + Paradise Paul: The Aviary (Rooftop / 4pm), Perth Cartel: Universal Bar, Northbridge

MON 30

Trivia: Clancys Canning Bridge, Applecross

Chamber Jam: Ellington Jazz Club, Perth

Jonny Dempsey: Belmont Tavern, Cloverdale

Wide Open Mic: Mojo’s Bar, North Fremantle

Steve Spouse: Brighton Hotel, Mandurah

Trivia: Rosemount Hotel, North Perth

Justin Burford: Broken Hill Hotel, Victoria Park

Voicebox Fremantle + Various Artists: The Fly Trap, Fremantle

Ryan Webb: Carine Glades Tavern, Duncraig

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

The Limelights Jazz Trio: Clancys Fish Pub (10am), City Beach Sunday Driver: Claremont Hotel (7pm), Claremont Two Frets Down: Como Hotel, Como Grease - The Musical: Crown Perth (Crown Theatre), Burswood Kris Buckle: Dunsborough Tavern, Dunsborough Hale Street Jazz: Ellington Jazz Club, Perth

TUE 01

Open Mic Night with Shaun Street: Brass Monkey Hotel, Northbridge Howie Morgan : Crown Perth (Meridian Room), Burswood Jack & Jill: Crown Perth (Groove Bar), Burswood Hans Fiance: Crown Perth (Lobby Lounge), Burswood Jeremy Trezona: Ellington Jazz Club, Perth

Mike Nayar: Gate Bar & Bistro, Success

Ben Merito: Lucky Shag, Perth

Matt Angell + Tashi Hall + James Wilson : Indi Bar, Scarborough

Big Splash feat. Chance Waters + Iceage Sugar + Finders + Pat Chow: Mojo’s Bar, North Fremantle

Retriofit: Indian Ocean Brewing Company, Mindarie Shake N Bake: Kalamunda Hotel, Kalamunda Wesley Goodlet Jamboree Scouts: Lakers Tavern, Thornlie Nathan Gaunt: M On The Point, Mandurah

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Childs Play: Sail & Anchor (Upstairs), Fremantle

Bex & Turin’s Wide Open Mic: Rosemount Hotel, North Perth Rock Scholars + Various Artists: Ya Ya’s, Northbridge


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