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ALBUM OF THE WEEK “The venom they spit hasn’t lessened in speed or impact a great way to spend half & hour” Cameron Adams - Herald Sun
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“Music that carries punch, lyrically & musically with a hint of Sonic Youth” Graham Hammond - Sunday Herald Sun “Avalanche is a force to be reckoned with” Matthew Heath - Canberra Times “Avalanche conﬁrms British India are one of the best bands in the modern era” Jeff Jenkins - Inpress
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We live surrounded by technology, and yet still inhabit bodies that were designed for the Stone Age. Building on the success of the award-winning, landmark series The Human Body, the six part series Superhuman shows what happens in the body when things go wrong and what can be done to put them right. Thanks to Roadshow Entertainment we have five copies up for grabs! Subject Line: SUPERHUMAN 2010 Oscar Winner for Best Foreign Language Film, The Secret in their Eyes, tells the story of Benjamin, a retired court employee, who decides to write a book about an old murder case that he believes wasnâ€™t properly solved. Director Juan Jose Campanella effortlessly juggles romance, comedy, suspense and political commentary in the award winning film. Thanks to Rialto Distribution we have ten double in-season passes to the movie, which opens in cinemas May 27. Subject Line: SECRET IN THEIR EYES Sydney quartet The Holidays bring their East Coast tour to the Cubby Hole at Rosies on Friday Jun 4. The new single â€˜Golden Sky,â€™ is just a small taste of what is to be expected from their long-awaited debut album. If you want to hear more, you will have to get yourself to the Cubby Hole! Thanks to Chugg Entertainment we have two double passes up for grabs! Entrants must be 18+. Subject Line: HOLIDAYS @ CUBBY HOLE
Sparks fly as the world of street dance and ballet collide in Street Dance 3D, the vibrant, uplifting and groundbreaking 3D movie. Whilst training for the UK Championships, a street dance crew are forced to work with ballet dancers in return for free rehearsal space. With no common ground and passions riding high, the two groups of dancers realise they need to find a way of working together to compete at the Championships. Thanks to Paramount Pictures we have ten in-season double passes to give away! ONLY AT THE MOVIES FROM MAY 27. www.streetdance3d.com.au. ÂŠ Streetdance Distribution Limited/UK Film Council/ BBC 2010. Subject Line: STREET DANCE 3D Brisbane Sounds is pleased to announce Richmond Fontaine direct from Portland, Oregon, for one night only at the Troubadour. Having recently received critical acclaim for their latest album We Used To Think The Freeway Sounded Like A River, one half of Richmond Fontaine, Willy Vlautin, and Dan Eccles will be showcasing their blend of Americana inspired alternative country music on Saturday May 29. Thanks to Brisbane Sounds we have one double pass up for grabs! Entrants must be 18+. Subject Line: RICHMOND FONTAINE Donâ€™t forget to check out Zebra and Front Row for more giveaways!
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Lowdown â€“ news, opinions, tours, Backlash, Frontlash 12 It took nearly 3 years but Dead Letter Circus have finally finished their album 16 Richmond Fontaineâ€™s Willy Vlautin is onion-esque in his many, many layers 18 He has it all, and Whitleyâ€™s leaving it behind 19 The Cat Empire are ready to define themselves 20 The drummer of multinational metal act Nile teaches at a metal school. A metal school 20 Unearth are not the millionaires you think they are 21 Rickie Lee Jones continues to blaze the trail for those in her footsteps 22 Unlikely career jumps and a serious work ethic are just parts of being Paul Greene 22 Joey Cape is bringing his acoustic to Oz for the first time 24 Local prog-metallers Born From The Ashes are unleashing their eponymous debut 24 Diana Anaid has overcome a lot to be able to release a new record 25 Sianna Lee kept her friends close while recording her debut album 25 All of this weekâ€™s finest new releases are right here in On The Record 26 Chris Yates spotlights the best (and worst) tracks for the week in Singled Out 26
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Pay for the whole seat, only use the edge: arts goss in Front Row There is no getting away from The Ronnie Johns Half Hour, even off TV Our Game Review canâ€™t get enough of Red Dead Redemption The crew behind Briefs is bringing sexy back, circus-style Cultural Cringe laments the great national talent drain Neil LaButeâ€™s play Fat Pig breaks down the nature of self-image Get your quick lit fix with our Book Review To see or not to see? ...Film Reviews QLDâ€™s 151st birthday has raised some debate about the pros and cons of aging John Eagle counts â€˜em down in 7UP
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Six Pack spotlights up-and-coming indies Stu Harvey gives us a Short Fast Report Dan Condon gets the dirt on the blues scene from the Roots Down Andrew Haug has the lowdown on the metal world in The Racket Adam Curley cuts sick with another musical pop culture rant in The Breakdown Feedback delivers you-are-there reviews of last weekâ€™s best shows Downlow fills your social calendar with the best band and indie club news and events Listings, charts and Gig Oâ€™ The Week in The Guide Where do you flog? iFlog Backstageâ€Ś
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NEWS FROM THE FRONT
SO VERY THIRSTY
This is what we know you’ve been waiting for: Thirsty Merc have returned. Chew on that for a moment; but not too long, because there’s more. With a brand new single (‘Mousetrap Heart’) hot on the airwaves as of last Friday, the band has backed it up with the one-two punch that they’ve got a new full-length on the way, also entitled Mousetrap Heart, and they’ll be capping it all off with the celebratory (you guessed it) Mousetrap Heart Tour around the country throughout June and July. Message received, boys. Your/ her/his heart is a mousetrap; awesome metaphor. We can’t wait for the inevitable follow-ups Glacier Eyes and CoalPit Soul. Mousetrap Heart drops Friday Jun 18 before the tour commences at the end of the month. Thirsty Merc will reach Brisbane Friday Jul 16 for a show at The Hi-Fi. OzTix and the venue are handling tickets, so check out either’s website for more information.
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Global chart-smashing acoustic pop-rock heartbreaker Jack Johnson is coming back to Australia to treat our audiences to a brand new show in support of upcoming album To The Sea. The affable Johnson is no stranger to our shores, first visiting a decade ago when he was a shadow of the name he is today. The fans and he have been embroiled in a too-hotfor-TV love affair since, with Johnson making repeated trips to our shores in between selling, like, 18 million albums. There is a charitable aspect to the shows as well – the To The Sea tour is collaborating with a number of select not-forprofit organisations to raise awareness about sustainable local food systems and plastic-free initiatives. To make all this feel-goodery and warmth appropriate, it should be pointed out that Johnson won’t be gracing our city until Monday Dec 13 at the Brisbane Riverstage. There you go lads: easy Christmas presents for your girlfriends, sisters, and effeminate friends. Hit up Ticketmaster for your tickets ($89.90 + bf). They go on sale Friday Jun 4.
GRIN AND BEAR IT
Alt Oz-rock legends Grinspoon are quite literally taking the road less travelled on their Six To Midnight Tour, stopping in at myriad less typical, “regional”, locations to ensure no fan is snubbed – unless, uh, they live in a capital city. In our case, the Grinners’ nearest stop will be Byron Bay. Quit complaining though; how many chances have you had to go see Grinspoon when they’ve been right outside your front door? It’s only fair that we big-city types should have to brave it to the sticks every once in a while. It keeps us grounded, or at least as grounded as people who flip out because there wasn’t enough non-dairy creamer in their half-strength skinny decaf mochaccino can be. Starve the city from your mind for a while and head to the Great Northern Hotel in Byron on Saturday Aug 22, but be warned: they probably won’t even have non-dairy creamer. Tickets go on sale tomorrow (Thursday May 27); check out Grinspoon’s website for more info.
BY YOUR POWERS COMBINED
There’s no denying that, if you’re an up-and-coming young band or musician, there are few cities in the country as beneficial to be in as Brisbane. With a proud and vibrant musical cultural history, it is unsurprising that the city is home to one of the nation’s strongest DIY contingents. In recognition of this fact, several of our burgeoning local indie labels are collaborating as part of an ambitious project to unify and de-segregate the scene under the moniker soundslikebrisbane. Before you roll your eyes because cross-promotional team-ups never work (just ask Wolverine and Lobo), you might want to take stock in the fact that already 13 labels have signed on to the cause, with more tipped to climb aboard in the near future. The initiative is celebrating its inception with an old fashioned public launch party, with two stages set up in Burnett Lane and Island Crt in the CBD Friday Jun 18, where you can watch Last Dinosaurs, Nova Scotia, Texas Tea, Carry Nation, Blowhard, Fushia, Halfway, My Fiction, The Rational Academy, The Optimen and Wiley Reed.
HOPE THAT’S NOT A HEART ATTACK
DON’T GO AROUND, OVER, OR UNDER
The unmitigated failure of the Clem7 tunnel following its recent opening is pretty easy to explain, and the folks behind the grand opening of the new Go Between Bridge know exactly how to avoid a similar scenario: get a slew of awesome bands and artists to play at your landmark opening, and the hordes will come a-runnin’. That’s exactly what they’ve done, too, with acts like Josh Pyke, Bob Evans, Yves Klein Blue, John Steel Singers, and Angus & Julia Stone all on the bill, as well as a special performance by former member – naturally – of The Go-Betweens Robert Forster, pictured. Forster will be commemorating the undoubtedly humbling event (when was the last time you had a bridge named after your band?) by performing a diversity of material including songs from his Go-Betweens days, with the help of some friends who are stopping by to lend a hand. The Go Between Bridge Concert takes place on Friday Jun 25 from 4pm (all ages). Tickets are on sale now, and are available from Qtix – check their website for more info.
Singer-songwriter Sally Seltmann, previously known by stage name New Buffalo, is celebrating new beginnings and the launch of new full-length Heart That’s Pounding this July by touring the nation with a robust band line-up to round out her already sublimely textured sound. We can remain thankful that – although it undoubtedly crossed her mind – she didn’t wind up going the “Artist Formerly Known As...” route; extremely thankful. Heart That’s Pounding is a fuller, more powerful journey than her previous albums and, likewise, the live show promises to be packed with the kind of uplifting energy that only all the elements of a live gig can synergise to create. Sally Seltmann performs at The Zoo Friday Jul 9, supported by Parades with at least another act to be announced. Tickets are available through OzTix outlets and at the venue.
Country music mainstay Tim McGraw has added a second Brisbane date to his Southern Voice Tour in September to cope with the outrageous demand for his down-home honest stylings. You best be (we say, you best be) quick though, as all four of the tour’s original show dates sold super-quick, and the new addition looks to be garnering just as much excitement with front-of-stage Gold tickets selling out the day they were released to the public. In response, the venue opened up Side and Rear tickets in the Gold category as well, and now only (Gold) seats at the rear are still available in blocks of two or more at the time this goes to print. Tim McGraw performs at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre Thursday Sep 16 and Friday Sep 17. Tickets are available (or they were when this printed) through Ticketek.
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NEWS FROM THE FRONT
PREPARE TO BE DISAPPOINTED AGAIN
CATCH HIM WHILE YOU CAN
The legendary Bobby Rydell is gracing our shores once again for a tour of the country with the AllStars Orchestra and The AllStars. Fans who grew up with Rydell’s music will no doubt clamour for their tickets, but younger punters shouldn’t be put off just because he’s been alive since before the conclusion of the Second World War (but, in his defence, not its commencement) – the man was an early rock‘n’roll luminary and has a back catalogue spanning over half a century that will simultaneously ring a few bells and open new doors. We could have phrased that as “50 years”, but “half a century” sounds way more impressive and you know it. Bobby Rydell woos the Caloundra RSL Club Thursday May 27 (bookings on (07) 5491 1544) and the Kedron Wavell Services Club on Friday May 28 ((07) 3359 9122).
In a perfect world, people wouldn’t buy tickets for events they can’t attend. But people and life are messed up, and so all the folks who bought tickets to Splendour in the Grass who can’t make it will have the opportunity to re-sell their tickets legitimately (i.e. not through eBay) through the festival’s ticket resale facility, opening up the possibility for people that missed out in the first wave of ticket sales to snap up some sloppy seconds. It’s the Boxing Day Sale of festival tickets, so expect the phone lines and internet to struggle a bit under the weight of all the desperate people on their second chance at a weekend of bliss. The resale facility will be offered online through Moshtix (and Moshtix only, people) from Monday May 31 to Tuesday July 27.
WHAT’S THAT SOUND?
ONE OUT OF THREE ISN’T BAD
Roots-rock luminary John Butler has announced he is taking his brand new members around the country for their first outing as the new official line-up of the John Butler Trio. Most recent full-length April Uprising, named for Butler’s genealogical search last year on SBS’ Who Do You Think You Are?, debuted on the ARIA charts at #1, just like Sunrise Over Sea and Grand National before it. It’s pretty obvious then that, despite the whole Wolfmothering of the line-up, none of the magic has been lost; or maybe a new kind of magic has been tapped into altogether. Either way, the constant chart presence of recent single ‘Close To You’ is pretty solid proof that Butler and his cohorts have still got it. They’ll be touring locales big and small throughout August and September to support April Uprising; tickets are on sale Monday May 31 through Oztix. Brisbane gets its Butler fix Thursday Sep 23 at the Riverstage. The event is licensed and all ages.
HOT FOR MAMA
Melburnian roots-rock purveyor and former j’s host Ash Grunwald is ending a months-long stint indoors working on his fifth full-length Hot Mama Vibes (out Friday Jun 4 through Shock) in style with a national tour in support of the record. Hot Mama Vibes follows Grunwald’s successful fourth album Fish Out Of Water, which netted the talented musician another ARIA nomination and continued attention from prominent scene identities such as Count Bounce, Hilltop Hoods’ Mr Trials, and Chasm (Astronomy Class) – all of whom have a hand in producing the new record. ‘Walking’, the album’s first single, has picked up respectable rotation on triple j of late, and is available on iTunes for those inclined to seek it out, which realistically should be anyone with an ear for solid music. Ash Grunwald performs at The Tivoli Saturday Jun 19, with doors opening at 7:30pm. Ticketek are handling tickets, which will set you back $22 + bf.
BARITONES NEED NOT APPLY
Calling all local musical upstarts, wunderkinds, prodigies, stalwarts, veterans, and has-beens-who-don’t-know-it – the annual Big Sound festival is back from Wednesday Sep 8 to Friday Sep 10 and is only taking showcase submissions until Monday May 31, so first things first: if that’s what you’re interested in, go to the Big Sound website and sign up. Go now. The rest of you: now that those mincing creative types are gone, we can get down to the business side of Big Sound, which of course is its gargantuan line-up not of bands, but of industry big-wigs who will be giving speeches on myriad aspects of the music world. The already impressive list has had a slew of new additions in recent days including Domino Recordings A&R Manager Morgan Lebus, Tom Windish of The Windish Agency, Bowery Presents’ booking agent Johnny Beach, Andy McGrath from US label ATO, ultra-cool Aussie hip hop figure Urthboy and New York publicist Chloe Walsh. This is on top of already-announced figures like US music journalist Michael Azzerad and keynote speaker John O’Donnell. Discounted Early Bird tickets are on sale now until Monday May 31. Standard tickets will sell from Tuesday Jun 1. Check the event’s website for more details on all things Big Sound related.
FREE DOWNLOADS God, the internet is boring. It used to be about being able to endlessly explore and find new stuff to expand your mind, and instead has been replaced with Justin Bieber fan fiction. Thankfully, Universal Music Australia has kept a nice little corner of the internet free from useless crap – go to universalmusic.net.au/freedownloads/ streetpressaustralia to escape the vapid abyss and soak in some Tame Impala and Ellie Goulding.
TAME IMPALA ‘Solitude Is Bliss’ (Mickey Moonlight Remix)
Australians have never been ones to be outclassed at anything by anyone, least of all the Spanish. When Spain unleashed the Three Tenors on the world, Australia threw back its incredibly handsome head and laughed derisively, before retorting, “You call those tenors? These are tenors – ten of them, esse.” [Wasn’t Pavarotti Italian? – Ed] And lo, so began the legend of the Ten Tenors, or at least the version we remember; although, we might be confusing history slightly with the plotline of Crocodile Dundee and fractured ethnic colloquialisms we’ve seen on TV. Regardless, the thunder of the tenors is rumbling ever closer as they prepare to return to Australian shores for what is sure to be another memorable and critically lauded series of performances under the current show moniker The Power of Ten. There’ll be more tenor than you can handle at the QPAC Concert Hall from 2pm on Sunday Jun 6. Tickets are available through Qtix (136 246) or the QPAC website.
PERTH JUSTIFIES ITS EXISTENCE
Western Australia’s favourite hard-rockin’ sons Karnivool have been forced to add extra dates to next month’s upcoming New Day Tour as a result of typically Australian over-enthusiastic demand. This means the talented five-piece will now play an extra show right here in Brisbane, so there is plenty of opportunity for the faithful among you to get your fix – it will be your last opportunity to do so before they head over to the UK to play at the Sonisphere Festival during the July/ August transitionary weekend. The band is bringing Kiwi exports Cairo Knife Fight and Sydney electrorockers MM9 along for the ride, which is sure to be a recipe for little less than sheer fucking madness. Karnivool hit The Hi-Fi Wednesday Jun 23 and Thursday Jun 24. Tickets for both shows are on sale now through OzTix and the venue.
Tame Impala are a rainbow sandstorm of stoned riffage, mindbending melody and blissed out adventurism from the most isolated city in the world. Their eagerly anticipated debut album, InnerSpeaker (out now), is an explosive, cosmic wonderland of ecstatic harmony and perfectly accessible journeys into inner space. ‘Solitude Is Bliss’ is a joyous summertime romp through fields of honeyed harmony and crispy good times and is just the very tip of the amorphous cosmos that is InnerSpeaker.
ELLIE GOULDING ‘Wish I Stayed’
Ellie Goulding is definitely a name you can expect to hear banded around in 2010. Virtually unknown 12 months ago, Goulding has caught the attention of UK tastemakers, and has already won the coveted BBC Sound of 2010 poll, as well as the Critic’s Choice Award at this year’s Brit Awards. Very few singer-songwriters, young or old, can flip between dance-til-you-drop euphoria and wistful space-folk as Goulding does in her debut album Lights (out now). ‘Wish I Stayed’ pin-points the love-hate relationship every leaver has with their home town.
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NEWS FROM THE FRONT
RONNIE JAMES DIO, 1942 - 2010
THE PASSING OF ONE OF METAL’S MOST ENDURING AND BELOVED FIGURES EARLIER THIS WEEK HAS SHAKEN THE METAL WORLD. THE ‘METAL HORNS’ ARE JUST ONE LEGACY THIS ICON HAS LEFT ON HEAVY MUSIC, AND TRISTAN BROOMHALL THROWS A HORNED SALUTE TO THE LIFE OF RONNIE JAMES DIO. common thread throughout the memories of all those who’ve been close to or met Dio is his approachability, kind words and smile, and the immeasurable influence his distinctive vocal style had on those who came after him.
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Dio had a lifelong interest in music and began his recording career in high school, but the self-taught vocalist’s first steps towards heavy metal came with The Electric Elves, who changed their name to the more succinct Elf and recorded three albums between 1972 and 1975. Fortunately for Elf and Dio the band had attracted the attention of Deep Purple, leading Roger Glover and Ian Paice to produce Elf’s self-titled debut. The Elf years saw the band support Deep Purple and gain a level of fame before Dio, along with Elf’s bassist and drummer, were recruited for Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow and recorded on the debut album. Dio continued with Rainbow during their breakthrough early years and performed on three more albums before leaving the band.
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RONNIE JAMES DIO
After announcing in November last year that he was suffering from stomach cancer, Ronnie James Dio succumbed to the illness on Sunday May 16. The news impacted the worldwide heavy metal community immediately and the Blabbermouth news service hosted by Roadrunner Records has been inundated with statements from artists as diverse as Billy Corgan, Sebastian Bach, Nikki Sixx and Slash. The
Without doubt the relatively short time Dio spent as the lead singer of Black Sabbath is what he’s still primarily known for. Joining the English metal legends in 1979 and enduring some of their most tumultuous years following the firing of Ozzy Osbourne, Dio left an indelible mark on group, bringing his distinctive vocal style to the group and rejuvenating the band that was floundering following a period of drug excesses. Dio’s first album with Tommy Iommi and co. was the widely praised Heaven And Hell. In Steven Rosen’s The Story Of Black Sabbath: Wheels Of Confusion (1996), Iommi explains Dio’s innate musicality and the difference between the two vocalist’s styles: “Ozzy was a great showman, but when Dio came in, it was a different attitude, a different voice and a different musical approach, as far as vocals. Dio would sing across the riff, whereas Ozzy would follow the riff, like in ‘Iron Man’. Ronnie came in and gave us another angle on writing.” While the band and fans tried to warm to Dio, well documented conflicts within the band undoubtedly
Albums like Sacred Heart and Dream Evil kept fans coming back and, ten studio albums later, Dio put the group that bore his name on hiatus and reunited with Black Sabbath members Tommy Iommi, Geezer Butler and Vinny Appice to record some tracks for a compilation title, Black Sabbath: The Dio Years. Following the recording the foursome embarked on a tour under the moniker of Heaven & Hell and despite insisting that the tour was a one-off, a fulllength original album was recorded in 2008 and The Devil You Know was released in 2009. It was the last studio recording featuring Dio. On November 25, 2009, Dio’s wife Wendy announced that he’d been diagnosed with stomach cancer and that “after he kills this dragon, Ronnie will be back on stage, where he belongs, doing what he loves best, performing for his fans. Long live rock and roll, long live Ronnie James Dio.” His passing was announced by Wendy on Sunday. “Today my heart is broken, Ronnie passed away at 7.45am 16th May. Many, many friends and family were able to say their private goodbyes before he peacefully passed away. Ronnie knew how much he was loved by all. We so appreciate the love and support that you have all given us,” she wrote on ronniejamesdio.com. Dio, may you ride the tiger into eternity.
Origin fever; it’s a truly beautiful thing and it has well and truly gripped the state yet again. Tonight the smell of Dencorub will drift up across the lands and 34 grown men will beat the crap out of each other all in the name of state pride – it doesn’t get any better.
Slipknot bassist Paul “The Pig” Gray has been found dead in a hotel room in Johnston, Iowa overnight. The masked metal maniac was expecting his first child with widow Breanna Gray later this year. At time of print, cause of death is unknown, though no foul play is suspected. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends.
WE WISH WE WERE YOU, TOO
So they may have beaten the Kiwis 2-1 in the dying moments on Monday night, but if the Socceroos are going to be any more than a complete and utter embarrassment to us in the World Cup, they’re going to have to lift their game. We didn’t even know New Zealand had a soccer team...
PICK IT UP
If burly men rubbing up against each other isn’t your thing, perhaps you’re more looking forward to Eurovision this weekend. Even though 99 percent of the music is completely rubbish, you have to admire their passion, theatrics and stoic inability to recognise how terrible they really are.
Congratulations go out to the people of Salt Lake City this week, with news coming through that Bono is recovering from back surgery and, as such, U2 have cancelled their upcoming date in their city. You’re not safe yet, though. They might still reschedule.
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shortened the time he spent with Sabbath and by the end of 1982 he’d quit the band taking Vinny Appice with him and formed a new group known simply as Dio. Shaking off the ‘guy who replaced Ozzy’ tag, in 1983 the group released their acclaimed debut Holy Diver, considered by many to be one of the greatest heavy metal albums ever recorded. The album’s title track and first single remain the reference staple for Dio’s career and a template for hard-rock mastery, and despite Dio threatening to take a razor blade to the master tape of ‘Rainbow In The Dark’, the song and it’s infectious keyboard hook became the album’s second single.
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BRISBANE’S DEAD LETTER CIRCUS HAVE BEEN PROMISING A DEBUT FULL-LENGTH FOR OVER A YEAR. THIS IS THE WARNING WILL FINALLY SEE THE BAND DELIVER THEIR OPUS. MATT O’NEILL CAUGHT UP WITH GUITARIST ROB MARIC AND VOCALIST KIM BENZIE TO DISCUSS THE ALBUM’S LENGTHY INCEPTION. If nothing else, one cannot help but admire the unadulterated ambition of Brisbane’s Dead Letter Circus. The concept of perfection hasn’t held any genuine relevance within the realms of rock music for practically half a century – either considered philosophically opposed to rock’s enduring spirit of anarchic rebellion or considered descriptive of a non-existent paradigm – but the utopian ideal is perhaps the central motivator of the Brisbane quartet’s cerebral hard rock. One need only look at the lengthy gestation period of forthcoming debut album This is the Warning for evidence of the band’s meticulous approaches. The album will be released this month on Warner Brothers but, as far back as 2008, the band were foreshadowing its arrival with singles like ‘Next in Line’ and ‘Reaction’ – nearly two years before the album’s actual release date. The band didn’t even conclude recording on the album until January of this year. “It feels really, really good to be releasing it. I’m on top of the world,” guitarist Rob Maric says. “We spent a long time writing it and, when we thought we had it sussed, we realised it wasn’t ready and had to go back to it again. We pushed deadlines until basically everyone wanted to kill us. We’d kind of push a deadline as far back as we could and then, when we got that deadline pushed back, we told them we needed a couple more weeks.” “And then,” vocalist Kim Benzie offers with a laugh. “Repeat. Everything Rob just said happened... And then it happened again. We annoyed every possible person that we could within the music business hierarchy until we had time. We were really going for a non-skip album – think like Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Blood Sugar Sex Magik and Jeff Buckley’s Grace. We were thinking back to when it was more oriented around albums than singles.” “Everyone knew we had enough singles for an album and they just wanted us to finish it up and scrape together what we had – but we just couldn’t do it,” Maric continues. “In the end, it worked out, though. I think a lot of people were really happy that we did it. I guess some bands would push deadlines and then not deliver but luckily we scraped it through and we’re really happy with it. We’re actually already thinking about album number two.” It’s important to note that the band’s attitudes to their debut album, however, are but one example of their unnerving standard of excellence. Somewhat staggeringly, such attitudes arguably constitute one of the weaker examples of Dead Letter Circus’ career arc. The band’s 2005 formation, by way of demonstration, saw them write and rehearse for over six months before making a solitary live appearance and, almost concurrently, scrap an entire EP of professionally recorded material. “Most bands will come out and have one or two really good songs,” Benzie explains. “The general formula is that, until they get some feedback or whatever, they’ll have about six shit ones – but, as soon as they have enough material for a set, they’ll go and play a show regardless. We deliberately went about it in the opposite way. We waited until we had nine songs we thought were really good and then went out and played. We could still happily play the same songs we played at our first gig.” “We recorded a six thousand dollar EP of material that we threw in the bin. To this day, no one has heard it and none of us own a copy. It sounded like five different bands so we got rid of it,” the vocalist elaborates. “When Rob and I first started to jam, we were probably more musician friends than actual friends, so we had a couple of conversations about the direction of the band and what we wanted to accomplish with it.”
“That was our growth period. A lot of bands make their growth public by releasing things as they go,” Maric explains. “We just decided to keep writing. We’d write something that was amazing that would give us goose bumps and we knew it wasn’t a fluke so we just kept on writing and working it out – trying to take every song up to that level. It’s not genius – just hard fucking work. If you write three albums’ worth of material, you’re going to find the quality.” The band’s commitment to perfection isn’t lightly adopted, either. There is a standard of expectation within the group that can only be described as brutal. Benzie and Maric, for example, will both readily concede that, until recently, their live show – which has been seen alongside acts as illustrious as Helmet, Judas Priest and Karnivool – was not only frequently inconsistent but, on occasion, outright inadequate. “I think most negative criticisms have been pretty justified,” Maric admits frankly. “We were a band who wrote and recorded and we didn’t really know how to perform live. Kim was singing way beyond his ability to consistently perform live. It’s actually been really good to see, over the past year or so, people starting to acknowledge our growth as a live band and Kim really start to shine as a vocalist.” “I had a real moment, about six months ago, where everything felt like it was getting really good,” Benzie
elaborates. “I just started thinking about what it meant to play live. I was hitting all the notes but, whenever I saw a video of myself, it felt really clinical and it just looked like I was concentrating really hard all the time. I started to think about the meanings of the songs and, now, whereas playing live used to be my least favourite thing about being in a band, I actually really enjoy it.” To this end, Dead Letter Circus’ career arc has not been without its fair share of complications. The band’s brutal approach to perfection may have secured them an idiosyncratic sound and a major label record contract but, at the same time, it has also considerably hampered the progression of the band’s career on occasion. Scott Davey, the group’s departed original drummer, couldn’t meet the demands of the group while, at times, it seemed like This is the Warning would never eventuate. “There was definitely a part there where I thought we were never going to have an album,” Benzie admits. “I’d show Rob a part and he wouldn’t go for it, he’d show me an idea and I wouldn’t go for it. I just thought we’d never have an album because we were too fussy and too anal. We never even got less anal – we just basically powered through it and found a way to make it work. There were definitely times where I thought it was never going to happen, though.” The band are adamant that their standard be maintained. It’s evident across the entire spectrum of their work. The artwork of the album involved a lengthy collaborative
“It’s got to a pretty good place now. There was a time where it got quite hard as we became quite competent and we really had to strive for that standard, though. This band definitely feels like a pursuit of perfection,” Benzie concludes. “In regards to writing rock music, in regards to being a rock band, we’re as precise as we can possibly be about everything. We’ve been as fussy with everything else as we have been with the album.” WHO: Dead Letter Circus WHAT: This is the Warning (Warner) WHERE & WHEN: The Hi-Fi Saturday Jun 5
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“We may be on a major label now but, in regards to the running of the band, everything gets sent to us,” Maric reveals. “Artwork, merchandise – everything. We would probably get contacted four or five times a day about the various aspects of our band. It’s just about being a critic within the band. If you walk away from a rehearsal room feeling pretty good, it’s not going to last. You have to be losing your shit.”
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PORTLAND RESIDENT WILLY VLAUTIN IS NOT ONLY FRONTMAN AND SONGWRITER FOR BRILLIANTLY EVOCATIVE AMERICANA OUTFIT RICHMOND FONTAINE BUT ALSO AN INCREASINGLY ACCLAIMED NOVELIST. HE TALKS TO STEVE BELL ABOUT HIDING AWAY IN THESE FICTIONAL REALMS. This weekend the music fans of Brisbane are the fortunate beneficiaries of Willy Vlautin’s dual abilities, because he’s ostensibly in Australia as a guest of the prestigious Sydney Writers Festival – here to talk up his excellent third novel Lean On Pete – but while he’s in the country he’s taking the opportunity to play some stripped-back Richmond Fontaine shows to promote that band’s brilliant ninth album We Used To Think The Freeway Sounded Like A River.
“I think people are just people, you know?” the affable Vlautin muses from his Portland abode. “In general the struggles of humanity are all the same really: you might dress them up different or with a different language or accent, but most people’s problems – and this is a bad generalisation – are similar. You hope you write a song that makes sense to other people. I just write songs that I hope are honest at least to myself, and are written with heart and blood most of the time. That’s all I want – if it’s honest then your hope is that it will make sense to somebody else.”
Anyone familiar with Richmond Fontaine’s canon will hardly be surprised that he’s making a name for himself in the world of fiction, because his band’s songs have long ridden atop Vlautin’s powerful narratives and the incredible empathy that he displays for the litany of fucked-up losers and misfits that inhabit his dreamt up worlds. These stories may be distinctly American in tone and content, but Vlautin gives the characters’ travails a universal edge that make them resonate with the listener irrespective of their geographic locale.
“I was feeling pretty raw and I wanted it to have more of a raw feel to it,” he offers. “And also a lot of the songs were more personal – although they’re all kind of personal songs – but they were a rawer, less story-driven set of songs, so I wanted it to feel kind of like the northwest where I live, sort of raw and somewhat dark but simple.”
The songs from We Used To Think The Freeway… are amongst his strongest yet, although Vlautin concedes that he changed his songwriting approach slightly this time around.
Vlautin’s songs – and novels – have always conveyed this potent sense of the geography in which they are located, a practice that many attempt but few really master. “When we went down to Tucson, Arizona around the time of [2007 album] Thirteen Cities – which is the home of Neko Case and Calexico and Giant Sand, all of these great bands – I was influenced by those great bands and the idea of Mexican immigration into the US, and the idea of the desert and madness and just dropping out and running away to the desert,” he recalls. “I had all of these themes in my head that I wanted to talk about, and then to talk about the geography. As a fan I really like songs that are set in heavy geography sometimes, or have a sense of place, because then I believe that they’re really happening, and I believe that the story of it. “It’s like the refineries that Bruce Springsteen would sing about: I’d never been to New Jersey when I was a kid and listening to his stuff, but he painted a picture of it. The same with Paul Kelly – some of his stuff painted a picture of Australia that I had no idea about, but I believed him in the way that he would set the story up or just the little touches he would give or the way that the little details in a song sold me on it. I’ve always been a fan of that approach, so with this record I think I let the band be more raw, and I let the songs be not so directed by lyrics.”
“YOU HOPE YOU WRITE A SONG THAT MAKES SENSE TO OTHER PEOPLE. I JUST WRITE SONGS THAT I HOPE ARE HONEST.” According to Vlautin his writing always strives for a balance between observations gleaned from real life and pure fiction. “I guess what I do usually is that the heart of it is true,” he admits. “What I hope it conveys is true, but I change the names and places a lot of the times just because it’s not my intention to dissect my personal life really. If I’ve been having a really hard time, sure, or if I know I’m not going to hurt anybody then I’ll write more personal lyrics. I guess with the new records ‘The Boyfriends’ is pretty much straight up true, but my mother passed away a couple of years ago and I would never have written that if she was alive, you know? I think I was just trying to figure it out after she died, and I was thinking from so many angles about her, and I was writing about it just to clear my head so I wrote that song. Which is a song I really like, but a song that I would definitely never have written if she was alive – she would have slaughtered me. “I really like that song because it summed up for me in a lot of ways my childhood. Like I’ve said before, I can’t remember any of my school teachers and I don’t remember any of the TV shows I watched as a kid or any of that kind of stuff, but I remember all her boyfriends. She was a good woman, she was just trying to find love, you know? But it’s that idea when some guy comes into your house and all of a sudden he’s calling the shots and you don’t know him, it was those kind of situations, so I think that song was a long time coming I just hadn’t written it because I would have hurt her, and that’s never been my intention to hurt people. She tried hard, she worked the same job for 30 years to support me so I can’t complain – I’m just trying to figure it out. I like to say that I tell half-truths – the heart is true but the names and places are changed.” As a listener the characters in the vividly sketched tales are so realistic and their lives dissected with so much empathy that it’s difficult to distinguish between which ones are based on fact and which ones are entirely works of fiction. “I think what I’ve always done is when I was a kid if I was having a hard time I could disappear into a movie or a record – that’s why I liked music so much and novels, because I would really believe that I was in ‘em when I was there because it was escapism,” Vlautin reflects. “It was very comforting listening to records, maybe that’s why I like records with a sense of place and story-based ones because you can kind of disappear into those in a more concrete way than if it’s a pop song. So a lot of my characters might be me or what I’m thinking, but even as a kid I wrote stories, again just to not complain and not pick on my family or the situations I was in. So I would disappear into stories, and I lose track of whether they’re real or not sometimes. I don’t know if that’s very healthy or not, but that’s the way that I’ve always been.” WHO: Richmond Fontaine WHAT: We Used To Think The Freeway Sounded Like A River (Non Zero/Shock) WHERE & WHEN: The Troubadour Saturday May 29
THE GREAT ESCAPE
LAWRENCE GREENWOOD’S WORK UNDER THE WHITLEY MONIKER OVER THE PAST FIVE YEARS HAS DELIVERED TWO ACCLAIMED ALBUMS, CRITICAL RESPECT AND AN ADORING FANBASE. MATT O’NEILL CAUGHT UP WITH THE TROUBADOUR TO DISCUSS WHY HE’S LEAVING IT ALL BEHIND FOR THE LONDON LIFE. weightlessness and honesty you can get when things get a bit brutal.” The surprising aspect of Whitley’s imminent departure is that it doesn’t seem to be entirely motivated by stylistic exasperation. While one can certainly empathise with Greenwood’s desire to explore new musical territories, there is also a sense that he is removing himself from more than just his musical identity. Based in London for the foreseeable future, Greenwood seems to be equally exasperated with certain aspects of Australian culture as he is with his own musical direction. One cannot help but view his relocation to London as a form of getaway. “I don’t want to sit here and bitch about it because it’s put food in my belly and a roof over my head for years but, when I do touring again, it will be under very different circumstances,” the vocalist announces. “A lot of the time, the crowds just don’t care. They’ve got a bit of an excess on the weekly pay check and they just want to go out and get pissed with their mates and go to a show –
and that’s exactly what I don’t want to play to anymore. It wears me down. I’m sure I will tour again but it will be very different. “I think not being in the Australian music industry for a while could be quite a good thing for me,” Greenwood concludes. “It can be quite a desperate, bitchy, backstabbing place sometimes and it’s not good. I think, with myself, I was always really worried what people thought about my music and that’s a horrible place to be when you’re playing to a lot of people. I think I just need to get out of it and sort my head out and get back to something stripped-back and honest. Hopefully, people who like the Whitley records will like it.” WHO: Whitley WHERE & WHEN: The Troubadour Tuesday Jun 1 and Wednesday Jun 2, The Soundlounge, Gold Coast Thursday Jun 4
The career of Lawrence ‘Whitley’ Greenwood has always been driven by a fierce desire for freedom – freedom from dishonesty, freedom from expectation and freedom from hyperbole. Originally a member of Melbourne’s fertile hardcore punk scene in outfits like Extortion and Kitty Caress, Greenwood’s transformation into the more folk-oriented Whitley was largely facilitated by the singer-songwriter’s desire to extricate himself from the volatile theatrics of contemporary hardcore in favour of something more honest and direct. Whereas Greenwood’s initial output was defined by screams and distortion, Whitley showcased an entirely different aesthetic. The Submarine, the troubadour’s 2007 debut, evinced a pronounced folk influence and found Greenwood dabbling with electronica and acoustic guitars while 2009 sophomore album Go Forth, Find Mammoth was an eclectic masterpiece of an album comprising elements of folk, art-rock, psychedelia and classic rock. The combination of the two albums, meanwhile, blasted Greenwood away from his hardcore roots and into the popular consciousness. “When I started Whitley, the idea I had in my head was to do that. I think it’s a dangerous thing to be viewed as any one particular thing. I’ve never liked that feeling,” Greenwood explains. “I’m not really surprised at the way it all developed. I don’t mean that in an egotistical way, either. It just wasn’t a question, when I started, of if it was going to happen. It was just a question of how it would be done – what level of touring would be needed, what kind of shows would be required. I was lucky to have a really good manager starting out who really helped me steer things in the right direction.” Ironically, however, Greenwood’s successful extraction from hardcore culture has only lead to a different form of imprisonment – hence the pending retirement of the Whitley brand. Greenwood will perform two final Australian tours under the Whitley moniker – one solo, one accompanied by his Go Forth, Find Mammoth ensemble – but will never release another record under his celebrated alias. The singersongwriter’s deep-seated fear of confinement would appear to have reasserted itself in recent months and Greenwood is eager to explore different territories. “It feels pretty good to be retiring the name, actually,” the vocalist laughs. “I’ve been doing it for a few years now and, while I’m not a salty old tour dog or anything like that, I feel like I want to do something different. I want to continue with music – to be honest, I don’t think I could help it – but I want to start something fresh and interesting for me. I feel that the two albums that I’ve done were interesting at the time and I’m really happy with what they are and what they were but, for me to continue to be happy with music, I think I need to try something different. “There was definitely some reluctance about it all. It’s cushy, you know. It’s a cushy thing to do – just keep releasing album after album. It’s not like fans are dwindling. They’ve actually always been on the rise and it’s hard not to value that,” Greenwood elaborates. “That’s exactly why I’d rather not pursue it anymore, though. When that started to become a driving force for why I was making music, I knew that, if I was going to continue to be happy as a musician, I needed to cut that shit out. It made sense to me to move somewhere else and try something different.” The musician’s decision is actually quite unsurprising when one considers what has preceded it. Aside from Greenwood’s obvious ongoing devotion to artistic freedom, his most recent album was always going to ensure the public perception of Whitley was, at best, a temporary one. A stunning, multi-layered opus chronicling Greenwood’s various ruminations surrounding life and death, Go Forth, Find Mammoth effectively obliterated the concept of Whitley as a simple folk musician – but left nothing in its place. Artistically-speaking, Whitley had reached its figurative apex. “I think I needed to do that record. It was a record of necessity,” the songwriter reflects of the experience. “I really wanted to prove to myself that I could make a pop record that was interesting to listen to. I’m not under any illusions that I’m anywhere near cutting-edge – I’m not creating noise in a Berlin theatre or anything – but I wanted to make something that I was happy with that was a solid pop record. I needed to do that and I needed to have loud, raucous times on stage and to be a little bit reckless and now I’ve really got that out of my system. “As far as music goes, I really just want to get back to focusing on songwriting now,” Greenwood continues. “Just get back in touch with being a writer and try and enjoy that for exactly what it is and nothing more. I think I’m going to go back to what I’ve always naturally did, which is quieter folk stuff. I don’t really want to focus on any kind of pop record or anything like that. It sounds like a really 70s acid-trip thing to say but, really, I just want to focus on that transference of energy you get from writing a song and performing it. That great feeling of
THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
THE CAT EMPIRE’S PARTY-FRIENDLY ECLECTICISM HAS ESTABLISHED THE MELBOURNE GROUP AS ONE OF AUSTRALIA’S MOST DISTINCTIVE SUCCESS STORIES OVER THE PAST DECADE. MATT O’NEILL SPOKE TO TRUMPET-PLAYER/VOCALIST HARRY JAMES ANGUS ABOUT THE BAND’S FORTHCOMING FIFTH ALBUM CINEMA. There’s been a sense of change brewing beneath the veneer of The Cat Empire for the majority of the band’s impressive career. An infectious blast of jazz, rock, pop, reggae and soul, the initial formula of the Melbourne outfit’s work was in and of itself a highly mutable concept but, as the ensemble have progressed, audiences have seen The Cat Empire consistently evolve and explore a number of different directions – from the celebratory anarchy of 2003’s eponymous debut to the more worldly tones of 2006’s Cities. Recent months, however, have seen the undercurrent of artistic turbulence within the band leap to the foreground with tantalising results. The release of 2009’s exhaustive live DVD Live at the Bowl seemed to lay to rest a significant chapter of the band’s history and, with the recent release of new singles ‘Beyond All’ and ‘Feelings Gone’, The Cat Empire seem intent on ushering in a decidedly different era of the band. ‘Feelings Gone’ reveals a darker tint to the band’s standard soul while the dubbed-out fury that is ‘Beyond All’ proves almost unrecognisable as a Cat Empire work. “I guess both of those songs are departures in their own ways,” trumpet-player and vocalist Harry James Angus considers of the two songs – both taken from the band’s forthcoming fifth album Cinema. “We really just wanted to write some new songs that we’d enjoy playing live and get away a bit from the genre-hopping reputation The Cat Empire has got over the years. They are pretty different from each other, though – with ‘Beyond All’, we wanted to make something really intense, whereas ‘Feelings Gone’ was pretty much the opposite.” The pervading sense Angus gives of the forthcoming album is one of escapism – and one suspects that the motives behind Cinema have been brewing for a considerable amount of time. In addition to The Cat Empire’s own stylistic restlessness, there have been numerous hints over the past handful of years to suggest a creative hunger unsatisfied lurking within the band. Angus alone has spent the past five years exploring other avenues of creativity with projects like hip hop duo Jackson Jackson, jazz quartet The Conglomerate and roots outfit Tinpan Orange. “We didn’t set out with any kind of over-arching ambition of things we would like to do differently. We just wanted to
play and whatever. When we write music, for example, I have no idea which song is going to be a single or is more likely to be on the radio.” Cinema seems to have, at least temporarily, liberated the band. Angus may make reference to various limitations surrounding The Cat Empire’s career and public profile (and even goes so far as to admit he contemplated leaving music altogether last decade) but the trumpet-player consistently refers to such limitations only in the past tense. It seems that, with Cinema, The Cat Empire feel they have rewritten their profile somewhat and awarded themselves a new lease on life. The optimistic honesty that has so characterised their music seems, for the moment, to also define their career.
get away from that reputation we’ve got of appropriating different genres for different songs and exploring more of our own sound,” the trumpet-player re-iterates. “I guess for a band like us, there’s always going to be this grey area about what kind of music we’re actually playing, but, especially on our earlier albums, we’ve always had this attitude of ‘now we’re going to write a European waltz, a song like James Brown, a song from Cuba’. “We’ve gotten pretty sick of that and we’re trying to get away from it,” Angus elaborates. “It’s now more about ‘I want to write a song about this’ and ‘I want to write a song about that’ – it’s about capturing a mood, as opposed to adding slashes to our genre. I often think about jazz musicians – and a lot of us come from a jazz background – in that they all work so hard and so long on harmonic knowledge and technique to become masters of their instrument but, when you go and see them play, they haven’t even worked out how to finish a song properly.” One can hardly begrudge the group’s grasp for freedom – in a way, it’s surprising that it hasn’t arrived earlier in their career. The Cat Empire have now been at the forefront of the Australian musical consciousness for over half a decade.
Their first two albums (2003’s The Cat Empire and 2005’s Two Shoes) both reached double platinum status while their most recent album So Many Nights debuted at number two on the Australian charts following its release in 2007. It’s difficult to imagine the band not feeling encumbered by such success and national recognition. “We have gotten really sick of being described as a jazz band, to be honest. I certainly don’t resent it. I think if you play in a band, ‘what style of music do you play?’ is definitely a fair question,” Angus explains. “But when it comes down to the media side of the band where the music is constantly defined by the label it’s given and you’re in a band that have never really earned one label or another, you feel like a dodgy salesman – a vacuum cleaner salesman selling someone something that doesn’t work or that isn’t a vacuum cleaner at all. “Throughout my whole career, all I’ve ever really done is write music and rock up and play. In regards to our ten year anniversary as a band, I don’t think that milestone was as big for me as something like our 600th gig or 700th gig. It feels like a year ago, it was five years,” the trumpet-player continues. “I just don’t know anything about all the other stuff that comes with being in a band – the photo shoots and radio
“A few years ago, I was really worried because The Cat Empire isn’t exactly Leonard Cohen. I really wanted to be taken more seriously as a serious artist but, now, I’ve kind of come to thinking that’s a bit of a myth,” Angus muses. “It’s all based on the right photo shoot. It’s such a construction – the street-wise, the insane musician. We sit there with thirty thousand songs on our iPod and claim that this guy or that guy was a real artist because he died when he was fourteen or whatever. I don’t know what a serious artist is anymore. I’m happy with what I am now.” “I am really proud that we’ve played the kind of music that we play and managed to be a band that anyone knows about it, really,” the trumpet-player announces. “We came from this jazz background and all the musicians I really respect are jazz musicians and most of them live in Melbourne and they’ve also been playing for ten years but their story has been so different to mine. I remember when I was a teenager I wanted to take jazz back to its more wild and dangerous energy and being in The Cat Empire is probably the closest I was ever likely to get to realising that dream.” WHO: The Cat Empire WHAT: Cinema (EMI) released Friday Jun 25 WHERE & WHEN: Ripe Noosa Saturday May 29, Beach Hotel, Byron Bay Thursday Aug 26, Coolangatta Hotel Friday Aug 27, Brisbane Riverstage Saturday Aug 28.
A US-BASED TECHNICAL DEATH METAL BAND THAT SINGS ABOUT ANCIENT EGYPT WITH THE BACKING OF A DRUMMER FROM GREECE – THIS IS PRETTY MUCH THE MULTI-CULTURAL INCLINATIONS OF NILE IN A SCARAB SHELL. BLAST BEAT EXTRAORDINAIRE GEORGE KOLLIAS EDUCATES LOCHLAN WATT ON HIS SIDE-CAREER IN EDUCATION. It almost sounds completely unfeasible that one man can put forth so much knowledge to others and still consistently write, record, and tour for new albums every two years for any band, let alone one based in South Carolina, the other side of the world to Athens. Yet Kollias doesn’t sound like he’s the sort of man to ever let his life fall from his control, and barely has to spend any idle time on US soil at all. He insists that this is due the professionalism and dedication of the four members of Nile, which also currently includes Dallas Toler-Wade on guitar/vocals and Chris Lollis on bass, though it did take some time for the band to reach their current and seemingly consistent line-up.
“I’ve been a drum teacher since 2000, I think,” recalls the Greek native, his accent thick and wording occasionally unintentionally amusing. Now head of the Extreme Metal Department at the prestigious Modern Music School in Athens, drums and education have long been a part of the 32-year-old’s life, having obtained his first kit at age 12 and beginning private tuition with Yannis Stavropoulos, a renowned Greek jazz drumming master, shortly after. The years that followed the also quite capable guitarist and vocalist saw his active interest in death metal unfold, and albums with Extremity Obsession, Sickening Horror, and Nightfall began to put markers on his timeline, the latter of which he left in 2004 to join his true calling in life. Formed in 1993 by founding guitarist/vocalist Karl Sanders, Nile are a band that, through the course of their eight studio releases and extensive world touring, have been instrumental in shaping the sound of the death metal genre to this day. Almost entirely themed upon ancient Egyptian mythology with the occasional nod to fantasy/horror author H.P. Lovecraft, immersing oneself in albums such as 2009’s Those Whom The Gods Detest can prove to be an educational experience in itself. However if all you’re interested in is relentless riffing, bullet-hail vocal patterns and some of the most complex compositions ever recorded, Nile might still keep you satisfied. Now standing as the band’s most long-term drummer yet, George looks back on a time prior to his recorded debut in 2005’s Annihilation of The Wicked, where the band was held back by a string of session drummers and fill-in members. “I think Nile, as a band, were always giving opportunities to all the fill-in drummers and bass players and everybody. The guys are pretty cool, and as far as the scene, every time they were ready to give an opportunity to anybody who wants it. But it seems all the previous members probably didn’t want it as much. When I joined the band, they gave me all the space to compose my drums, and do what I want, and let me tell them my opinions about some arrangements, and they treat me as a member. The chemistry worked really well and we’ve been together ever since.” Lamenting a lack of infrastructure and opportunities for extreme metal bands based in Greece, joining an international unit was an idea George had been playing
“Touring with Nile, usually we practice for three or four days [before a tour] – this is it. But to be honest everyone works by themselves too. When I’m here, I practice the songs. Karl is doing the same, Dallas is doing the same, everybody, and then when we get together it’s just fun. Everything is pretty much there, you know? When we do rehearsal for an album for example, this is when we spend two months, maybe three months sometimes.” with for some time; however, he wasn’t going to settle for anything less than the best. “Actually, I had many friends which were pushing me to join an international metal band or something, but I didn’t want to do it for some reason. I didn’t want to do it unless it was a band I really loved so I could be really dedicated to the music. I had some offers before Nile, from some bands in the States, but I didn’t want to do it so much,” he recalls with a slightly musing tone to his voice. Fate fell into place just in time though, for as George reveals, he may have ended up in a completely different group altogether. “There was one band, Decrepit Birth – you know this band?” he asks. “Well I was thinking about joining them maybe, because I really like the groove you know, but before I sent them anything or something, I was talking to Matt [Sotelo], the guitarist, and before I sent him anything I get the offer from Nile, so I was like, ‘yeah I want to do Nile’ of course. I’m one of the biggest Nile fans – I just love the band.” But even as a member of a professional, touring death metal act, Kollias’ desire to send knowledge forward to
future generations of drummers stayed strong. Initially attempting to teach on the road, a concept that “wasn’t working so well”, he founded the Extreme Metal Department at the Athens music school in 2006, began uploading downloadable lessons to his website in 2007, and in 2008 released his first instructional DVD. “The last four years I have belonged to The Modern Music School team, which is the best music school in Greece,” Kollias says with a sense of modest pride. “We have a strong team there and I’m very focused on the school because it’s a part of me. I also do drum lessons from my home online, for older fans who want to learn from me, but it’s quite impossible because they live in Australia or Germany, you know? Teaching is a big part of me. “At Modern Music I have the Extreme Metal Department – this is how we call it. But what every teacher is doing there basically, we teach every style, and when it comes to special styles like death metal or Latin, we have one teacher per style, so this is the excellence that our students get. They get all the books the school has, rock drumming, jazz drumming, and everything, but we do some blast beats too, which is pretty fun!”
Although he’s skilled at writing with other instruments, when it comes time for these two-to-three month album writing sessions, which he reveals should begin again in December this year, Kollias is purely about drums. “I played guitar for 22 years. I can write music, I can write my own songs. The guys are really open, and they are like ‘if you have something good, bring it on’. And they like my songs, but I don’t really want to do this, because I think Nile’s guitar playing is very top-notch, and my guitar playing is not. I don’t want to give them any riffs or anything. What I do in the band is compose my drums, and talk a lot about the arrangements. So basically the guys will give me their riffs, and I will put the drums, and probably I’m going to change some stuff, and they maybe will change my stuff. If you have something to say, say it, and it happens. We all work for the best for the songs, so it makes sense.” WHO: Nile WHAT: Those Whom The Gods Detest (Nuclear Blast/Riot) WHERE & WHEN: The Hi-Fi Saturday May 29
THE MARCH GOES ON
MASSACHUSETTS METAL MERCHANTS UNEARTH LAST VISITED AUSTRALIA FOR 2009’S SOUNDWAVE FESTIVAL, BUT AS GUITARIST BUZ MCGRATH TELLS DANIEL JOHNSON, THE BAND CAN’T WAIT TO GET BACK HERE FOR THEIR IMPENDING CLUB TOUR. “The riff stork is visiting me every night and impregnating me with riffs so we’re getting some ideas going. We’re probably going to get in the studio at the end of the year and hopefully have something out by May of 2011.” Although nothing is set in stone as yet, McGrath says Killswitch Engage guitarist and renowned metal producer Adam Dutkiewicz, who has worked on the majority of the band’s releases to date, is once again at the top of the band’s wish-list. “I think he just understands what we’re trying to do,” McGrath says of working with Dutkiewicz. “We have this vision and we’re trying to push it through our brains and out of our hands and to the guitar and out of the amp and maybe you get in your own way sometimes and can’t fully develop the idea in your brain – he knows what you’re going for, he knows that shot you’re going to take and he can help you take that shot and I think that’s why we keep going to him.
and especially guitars, he’s awesome with them and he gets good performances out of the bands he produces. I don’t see anything changing; he’s our first choice for every record unless he’s unavailable and we have to do something else but he’s definitely our go-to guy.” For those wondering what to expect from the band’s live show, McGrath offers the following: “It’s just a party on stage, especially with us and Black Dahlia Murder, we share the same good-time attitude as far as shows go. It’s just a positive vibe, people having fun, heavy metal, running on top of people’s heads, getting to the pit as they call it and doing karate moves – it’s a lot of fun.” WHO: Unearth WHERE & WHEN: The Fort Tuesday Jun 1 (all ages), The Hi-Fi Wednesday Jun 2
“He’s been our friend for years and just his ear for music “It’s a brilliant place to play,” McGrath says of our home country. “Besides all the festivals and stuff down there the club shows are always good and the kids are always hyped up and ready to have a good time. I love Coopers ale and the weather down there is awesome. VB is kind of, urgh – there’s something about that I’m not into. The Coopers red label is my beer of choice. I wish I could get it here; I’d drink the shit out of it.”
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Cold beer and warm crowds aside, McGrath is particularly looking forward to catching up with touring buddies and label mates The Black Dahlia Murder, who Unearth last toured with in the US back in 2004. “It was one of the best tours we’ve done,” he says. “We’ve bumped into them at shows here and there and remain good friends, and we have been trying to do a tour with them again but the schedules never really matched up, so we kept missing each other. Then this Australian thing came up – we’re doing Japan, New Zealand and Australia. We were psyched that they were around to do it, so it’s going to be fun to hang with those guys and do that again.” One aspect of gigging in Australia that McGrath finds difficult to get his head around is the often restrictive licensing conditions of Australian venues. “It’s such a baloney policy, but I guess you’ve got to do it. I would prefer that they would just open the door to everyone,” he readily admits. “I mean, the under-18 shows are usually crazier because they’re teenagers just going bananas, just letting out all their weird teenage hormone aggressions and just partying.
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“Not that the over-18 people don’t trash, but you get the older people who just like to come to a show and have a beer and hang out type of vibe. Both audiences are awesome. But it’d be a way better show if they just let everyone in, you know?” After building a following with a couple of EPs and their debut album The Stings of Consciousness on Eulogy Records, the band came to the attention of Metal Blade Records, and have released their subsequent three albums with the label. “Yeah, we’ve never really had a complaint with them; they’ve always treated us very well,” McGrath says. “Brian Slagel is kind of the Godfather of heavy metal labels, he knows everything about extreme music and he’s been there and done it and they just have a good team of people down there that we get along with.”
10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY
Despite having sold more than 100,000 copies of their latest album The March, appearing on the covers of metal magazines and spending more time on the road than not, McGrath says the band’s members are far from the millionaires many assume them to be. “We definitely scrape by; we’re not making a tonne of money. I haven’t worked a regular job in five or six years, which is cool, I feel like I’ve been on vacation for that amount of time. Every day I don’t have to go back to work is a blessing but we struggle sometimes with finances – we make it work but by no means are we rich. “It’s funny how the media kind of casts you in a certain light and people just look at you and go ‘whoa, they must be this or that’, but we’re just like regular dudes, broke and just scraping by, but it’s art, it beats cleaning toilets. “Just to run a tour, it’s so expensive. You’ll get a tour offer and a guarantee for each show and you’re like ‘wow, that’s a pretty good amount of money’, and then you see the amount of money that goes out and you go, ‘man, there’s not going to be anything left for me afterwards.” Since the band’s last tour here, The March has been reissued with a few new songs and an 80-minute DVD packed with documentaries and live performances. “From the record label perspective it’s just to get people out there and buy the record, because people download it for free or whatever, so it’s just kind of like an incentive for people to say, ‘well all right, I’d like to get this full package,’ McGrath says. “It’s just a cool thing to have and I think that’s why a lot of labels like to do that. We like to do that too, we have all this cool footage laying around and you can give people something extra. “When you get the record, that’s the way I grew up – is you’d go to the store and get it, hold it in your hand and listen to it and look at the booklet and it kind of added to the experience and now you just kind of get a song, you go online and just get it. You hear it and it’s awesome but I feel like there’s a texture missing... but I’ve grabbed a song for free here and there so I’m not trying to be all high and mighty.”
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Unearth are currently in the early stages of nutting out material for a new album, and McGrath says things are starting to come together.
RICKIE LEE JONES IS FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT. SHE TELLS BECK ALL ABOUT IT ON THE EVE OF HER FIRST AUSTRALIAN TOUR IN DECADES.
POST-GAME CELEBRATION ORIGINALLY A PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE, PAUL GREENE HAS ESTABLISHED HIMSELF OVER THE PAST DECADE AS ONE OF AUSTRALIA’S MOST RESPECTED SINGER-SONGWRITERS. MATT O’NEILL CAUGHT UP WITH THE TROUBADOUR TO DISCUSS HIS RECENTLY RELEASED THIRD ALBUM EVERYWHERE IS HOME. record labels and tastemakers, Greene has spent the past ten years labouring as an independent artist. His three acclaimed albums have all been independently released on his own label while the past decade has found Greene and family travelling cross-country across Australia each year in his own touring bus.
Not familiar with the work of the age-defying Rickie Lee Jones? She has been described as an “American pop/rock veteran”, as punk, pop, middle of the road, jazz, electronica, swing and as a Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter (this last one being a strange way to describe anyone’s music – after all, Beyonce and Taylor Swift, Pink and Bonnie Raitt are all Grammy Award winning singer songwriters too). Yet none of these words and phrases do her justice. Jones has spent the past 30 years swinging, scatting and crooning from album to album and defying categorisation with every new breath. “I have avoided classification in spite of people really trying to do so, to label me middle of the road, or to label me eccentric and weird; can one be both? If there is one thing I have done consciously, it is to disallow classification,” Jones states, coming out to Australia to open Vivid LIVE at Sydney Opera House and jetting up to Brisbane for a show at The Tivoli while she’s here. “This is not only for myself – that I deserve better than being stuffed in some pre-made accidental container – but because I am, as each of us is, forging a road for others who will and are coming close behind. I owe it to them to fight the good fight and expand the path that women – that musicians – take. Courage, that one thing, can help some future genius who is going to blow us away with their honesty and music. So you never know what you are leaving behind, or what is coming up behind you.” Jones’ work either hits you between the eyes or doesn’t register. Ambivalence is not a word anyone could use to describe reactions to her music. “I am intensely personal and I think that talks to the part of people who like feeling feelings. Doing that kind of work for 30 years has been death defying leaps of extraordinary imagination.”
Because of the unclassifiable nature of Jones as a whole, reviews of her albums and live performances have been staggeringly diverse. “I don’t read these things, but they come back to me nevertheless, a general thread of respect, or of disrespect. One feels that sort of thing and it matters. I mean, I would be lying if I said it didn’t. It matters to be respected, it matters to be noted by your peers, it matters to be remembered and remembered correctly. “History rewrites what it was and makes it a living thing that is relevant to any future time. Like Marilyn Monroe, a kind of whore-y lower class actress, whom history has decreed is representative of the plight of women and who had a beauty that means much more than it meant. So understanding that the future will see you quite differently than your own time, you just keep hammering on. Like The Doors; who would imagine they would have become so popular? They were like, just okay, but a future time decided it liked sexy guys and made Morrison a hero. Not Dylan, not Malcolm X, not Ravi Shankar. “Janis Joplin, the most relevant, most important woman of her generation was laid into a social as well as a physical grave when she died. As if her relevance was obsolete, like Flappers in the 20s, she was only important to her time. I personally don’t think that’s true. Sometimes someone is so big, so deep, that the future decades have to just get rid of them to move on and then when it’s safe they look back and go, ‘Wow, Joplin, how incredible was she?’ I keep waiting for that. I loved her. When I was 16 she was my hero.” WHO: Rickie Lee Jones WHERE & WHEN: The Tivoli Monday May 31
There are many theories as to why it’s so incredibly difficult for those of alternate career strands to break through to a successful musical career. There are those that claim it requires a specific skill set to be a musician and others who claim the music industry is simply universally harsh while some would even offer destiny as a form of explanation. The career of singer-songwriter Paul Greene, meanwhile, would seem to argue that others just aren’t working hard enough. An established independent singer-songwriter with a surfeit of accolades and accomplishments, Greene’s work has been praised by artists such as Ani DiFranco, John Butler, Patti Griffin and Midnight Oil’s Rob Hirst. The past ten years, meanwhile, have seen the independent musician sell approximately 50, 000 records – but Greene was originally celebrated as an Olympic sprinter. It’s only been in the past decade he’s truly adopted an alternate vocation. “Well, I’ve always said that music has always been my profession while athletics was a hobby I had for a long time,” the songwriter laughs. “I actually supported my athletics by my ability to play music, funnily enough. I am well aware that people have seen my music as attentionseeking – people thinking I just want to stay in the limelight – but I don’t rule my life by what other people think of me. I run my life by what I believe in and by what I want to do as a person.” The key difference between Greene and other converts is the man’s commitment. Whereas the majority of celebrities entering the music industry do so via the top tier of major
“It seemed to be my only option when I started out. I didn’t trust the record labels when it came to issues of longevity,” Greene explains. “I was really inspired by Ani DiFranco. I think she really changed the idea of what was possible for musicians and, also, the very idea of success. Success is not fame. Fame is illusion. Success is making a living from what you love. I’m obsessed with the craft of songwriting but I have to be realistic about that in order to make a living and support my family.” None of which is to suggest Greene’s work is acclaimed for any reason other than its innate craftsmanship. Greene’s uncompromising work ethic may have successfully rebranded the former sprinter as a musician but it’s been the intrinsic honesty and unparalleled finesse of works like recently released third album Everywhere is Home – written and recorded entirely by Greene independent of any external producer or engineer – that have made him a respected artist. “Everywhere is Home feels like a culmination of a couple of things,” Greene reflects. “I feel I really put myself out there by recording and engineering the record myself but also, in regards to the state of the music industry, I no longer feel like I’m at the mercy of any higher authority. I’ve got a great team around me, my wife is really supportive and I feel really safe with my team. I feel like I can just be a songwriter and they will all give me the space to do that. I’m so glad I’ve chosen this way.” WHO: Paul Greene WHAT: Everywhere is Home (Whirl Records/One Stop Entertainment) WHERE & WHEN: Brisbane Powerhouse Thursday May 27, The Soundlounge, Gold Coast Friday May 28, Joe’s Waterhole, Eumundi Saturday May 29
AFTER MOVING TO BRISBANE FROM MELBOURNE A LITTLE OVER FIVE YEARS AGO, GUITARIST/VOCALIST IAN AHLES WAS QUICK TO PUT HIS FEELERS OUT TO FIND SOME NEW BANDMATES. THE RESULT IS BORN FROM THE ASHES, WHO HAVE JUST FINISHED THEIR DEBUT ALBUM. DANIEL JOHNSON SPOKE TO AHLES TO FIND OUT WHAT THE BAND HAS BEEN UP TO. “That’s probably a more accurate description,” he says. “I don’t know if we’re really specifically prog, so to speak. The instrumental tune ‘Awakenings’, which is the first song on the record, for example, is pretty prog. It’s like a sevenminute instrumental with lots of instrumentally wiggly bits and there’s a lot of odd time signatures and stuff, but that’s not too uncommon in other kinds of metal that aren’t progmetal anyway. “ Ahles admits opening a debut album with a long instrumental track is a bold statement, but says thematically, it made sense.
A few years ago Ahles, formerly of Melbourne metallers Praetorian, decided he needed a change, so he left Victoria behind and made the move to Queensland. “I was basically after a change in general life as well as band things and everything else and I made a phone call to my old boss and she was cool to give me some work up here,” Ahles explains. “I’d always been keen to try living somewhere else and just decided to do it. I just had this feeling of wanting to start everything over again so I did. “I had a bunch of demos up on the MySpace and was looking for a band. I met Mousey [Mike Whitburn], our rhythm guitarist, just going to gigs and stuff, I met our drummer [Alix Bandieri] through mutual friends and our original bass player was a housemate of mine but we’ve had two more since then. I just kind of poached our current one from another band; he’s still in the other band. He came from the band a Touch of Fear, that’s Nick [Cummins]. I just had the songs written and put the band together around that.” On their debut self-titled album, which was produced by former Devolved vocalist Nik Carpenter, Born From The Ashes blend traditional metal influences with death metal and prog-rock and although the band has been described as a “melodic death metal” outfit, Ahles prefers to think of the band’s sound as “on the melodic side of death metal with a few prog-ish influences”.
“Well that was my decision. Yeah, it’s a big call. I basically had the 12 songs written in order and there’s kind of a basic theme that runs through the whole album and it starts with the instrumental. That last guitar solo in the instrumental for example has little bits of things from other songs that come up later in the album and I kind of just wanted to set it up like that. “Nik did an excellent job and we’re happy with how all the sounds turned out. The drums sound nice and clean and I thought the vocal production was especially awesome. He was very easy to work with. We basically just went down [to the Gold Coast] and did it – there wasn’t any arguments over anything and we had a pretty good understanding (of each other) so it all went very smoothly.” Sydney band Lord, one of Australia’s finest metal bands, are coming up to play at Friday’s launch, and local bands including 308 and Scuurvy are also on the bill. “I’d like to think we’re just as good as a lot of the other bands that you’d pay a lot more money to see coming from overseas. That might come across as a little arrogant, but the Australian scene offers just as good quality in my opinion and for a lot cheaper price; it’s just a matter of getting out there and seeing it.” WHO: Born From the Ashes WHAT: Born From the Ashes (Green Media) WHERE & WHEN: Rosie’s Friday May 28
AS LEAD SINGER OF LAGWAGON, JOEY CAPE IS CERTAINLY NO STRANGER TO AUSTRALIA, BUT HE’S ABOUT TO MAKE HIS FIRST VISIT SANS-BAND. DANIEL JOHNSON CAUGHT UP WITH HIM TO SEE WHAT FANS CAN EXPECT FROM HIS TOUR WITH TONY SLY. constantly touring but I have a studio, so yeah, I record a song and put it up every month and a lot of the songs take months to work on, but generally coming up with a song and finishing a song in a month is pretty easy and it’s great, because I feel really comfortable about releasing them. I feel like every song I release is something I can put my stamp of approval on.” Cape plans to compile the songs and release an album at the end of the process. “If they want, people can subscribe and they get a version of the record complete, the 12 songs on vinyl and CD, and they get a DVD, which a documentary-maker friend of mine is making.” Lagwagon are known for playing loud and fast, so it’s somewhat surprising to learn that a large proportion of the band’s songs start out as acoustic numbers.
GOLD COAST BRISBANE 27th MAY
Joey Cape has fronted So-Cal pop-punk band Lagwagon for 20 years, and has also played guitar for Me First and Gimme Gimmes for almost 15 years. In 2004, he released a split CD with No Use for a Name’s Tony Sly, which featured acoustic re-workings of Lagwagon (and NUFAN) songs and in 2008; he released his first solo album, Bridge. Since then, he’s been touring on and off with Sly, and the pair are about to undertake their first acoustic tour of Australia. “Australia is one of my favourite places to go, I love going there and I’ve been everywhere else now with my acoustic and it just seems like something cool to do,” Cape says. “I’ve been doing these tours with Tony Sly and we even talked about Australia immediately, because we both love it so much.” Although Cape didn’t secure an Australian release for Bridge, he has also been working on a bunch of new tracks, but as he explains, he’s decided to release them sporadically. “I’m releasing one song at a time every month this year, so it’s a totally different process,” he says. “We’ve basically just been doing it through the website and I make a little video for each song and put it on YouTube and kind of bring people in. “I’m basically just dealing directly with people that like my music and dealing with my schedule, which is, I’m
“Most songs I write start out acoustic and it seems completely appropriate for that,” Cape offers. “The band is sort of a formatting thing and when the band gets involved they do what they do and I love it. But Lagwagon has a chemistry and [the band members] have individual stamps that they put on the songs to make them Lagwagon songs, but I haven’t written any songs for Lagwagon that didn’t start out this way so the truth is they may be more appropriate for acoustic 99% of the time, they’re just different. “I’ve been doing this almost two years now and the atmosphere I look to create is not what people expect from an average acoustic show. My feeling is Australia is perfect for this because it’s always a fun audience there. Australians like to have a good time and that’s what we’re trying to do, is just have fun and try to create a party and I’m pretty sure it’s just going to be really fun every night over there. Tony and I, when we first started doing this together, in the first week we started touring together we started talking about going to Australia because we felt like what we were doing would be really well-received there.” WHO: Joey Cape WHERE & WHEN: Kings Beach Tavern, Caloundra Friday May 28, The Zoo Saturday May 29
STILL GOING OFF
YOU MAY NOT REALISE THAT DIANA ANAID, SHE OF ‘I GO OFF’ FAME, IS STILL AROUND AND ACTIVE ON THE SCENE. BUT SHE’S BEEN RELENTLESSLY BUSY SINCE THE 1997 HIT. SHE TALKS TO BEN PREECE AND REVEALS ALL. off for it and has since started her own Forola Records. “I learnt a lot from being on a label for years and years and my record company in America were also independent so I feel it’s a similar direction that I’m heading in,” she explains. “But it’s still very exciting putting out the record on my own label, I feel like a pioneer in a way. I still have a lot to learn, a lot to do but it’s all very exciting.” The new, self-titled record is already receiving reviews declaring it the best thing Anaid has done since her 1997 debut, the one that spawned ‘I Go Off’. The record has been a couple of years in the making and already features a single in a 4 Non Blondes cover, ‘What’s Up?’. “I had heaps of songs to choose from and me and my guitarist had been doing a lot of co-writing for this one, about six of the songs, so we really just chose the ones that meant the most to me and then layered the parts on – the bass, the guitars. – just ourselves at home,” Anaid explains. “Then we went into Albert’s with my drummer and we all just co-produced it. It was very painless and very simple, the songs were there, the parts were already worked out at home and it was just like hanging out with my besties. I can’t believe what we came up with; it’s way beyond anything that I thought we would do. “I really wanted it to bring emotions out in people and have a deeper meaning,” she continues. “I really wanted the songs to come through as they’re quite personal. I’d only just met the producer/drummer and we just clicked instantly and felt like family. The recording process was really comfortable, very personal and very smooth. I’m so proud of it. It’s very real. You might remember Diana Anaid (or Diana Ah Naid as she was once known) for her 1997 Triple J smash ‘I Go Off’. Well, since then she’s been through it all with record company dramas, more radio hits with songs like ‘Perfect Family’ and ‘I Don’t Think I’m Pregnant’ and travelled the world to dizzying heights and tragic lows. Regardless, the stalwart singer-songwriter has powered through it all and, in 2010, is happy to have a brand spanking new self-titled album on the shelves. “It’s been a couple of years since my last studio release,” Anaid reveals. “It has taken me a little while – it’s taken a
while to set up my record label and just having a little break from the industry really and there was a bit of illness in the family so I took a bit of a break. My dad passed away from a painful cancer thing. I’ve been off to the States a couple of times in that period too, just doing a bit of explorationtype trips ... but that was when I with a record label and stuff, so now it’s a little more exciting doing it now, figuring it all out myself.” Signed to Trauma Records, a label under Interscope, in the early days, Anaid has been walking the indie trail for some time now and, judging by all accounts, seems to feel better
“I think I’ve gotten more personal and even more blunt on this record – it’s very uncensored. I picked out songs that would push people’s buttons and push my own buttons, sometimes even a bit too personal for family and friends to listen to. That’s definitely different this time around.” WHO: Diana Anaid WHERE & WHEN: X&Y Bar Friday May 28, Club Envy, Maroochydore Saturday May 29, Great Northern Hotel, Byron Bay Sunday May 30
LIFE OUTSIDE ANDROMEDA
BONDING OVER A SHARED DISDAIN FOR THE CURRENT COLD SNAP, TYLER McLOUGHLAN GETS DOWN TO SOME HOME TRUTHS WITH SIANNA LEE ABOUT NAVIGATING A PATH THROUGH THE MUSIC INDUSTRY, AND LIFE IN GENERAL.
“I love it that her album took four years to make,” she laughs. “I think that’s fabulous. To make a great album, sometimes it takes four years. Once you get a bit of notoriety you’ve got to keep putting things out to stay relevant and keep going onward and upward – it’s just artistically completely exhausting.” Free of any intention to ever release the tracks that make up her debut album, when the time felt right for Lee to get back into the studio, it was important that the process was one surrounded by friends, in locations of her choosing and at her own pace. After demoing with brother and Love Outside Andromeda bassist Jesse, the production and recording of the album included assistance from the rest of the old band crew in Joe Hammond and Jamie Slocombe, plus Ned Collette and his Wirewalker drummer Joe Talia amongst others. Robert F Cranny, best known for his work with Sarah Blasko, also earns a producer credit on two tracks, and his label Enchanted Recordings has released the album. With such a supportive recording environment, the only uncomfortable part of the process was the wait to see whether the end result would be cohesive. “I was kind of sweating on it coming together because it was recorded in so many different places. I’ve never done that, I’ve always recorded solidly over a three week period or similar. I think it definitely made it sound better but I was worried it might make it sound a bit fragmented.” The Sianna Lee who has just released Phoenix Propeller is far more relaxed and unafraid to listen to other people. Comfortable is a word Sianna Lee has grown to be at ease with amidst an industry which often seems at odds with the natural progression of the creative process. For the front lady from now defunct Love Outside Andromeda, the shift to this newfound state has occurred on both a musical level and right through to the inner, as she explains from her Melbourne home. “I didn’t think that I was going to pursue music,” she says. “Love Outside Andromeda broke up; I kept writing and doing the odd solo show but it wasn’t until last year that I thought seriously about doing an album.” With her debut solo album Phoenix Propeller released this month almost four years on from the break up, Lee has
created the space to simply live life away from the cycle of release, tour crazily and repeat. Though it wasn’t an easy choice to end the band at the height of their success, it was the frantic nature of this cycle that drove them to it. “I think everyone thought it was time. I think that all of us were a little bit afraid of letting it go,” she admits. “Any band is lucky to get recognition and it’s the momentum, the getting to the next level that takes hold. You get airplay and everyone around you is like ‘now you gotta do this, and now you gotta do that. And quickly.’ It’s a really unrealistic lifestyle.” Lee has since taken influence from artists who take whatever the necessary timeframe is to hone their craft, including ethereal Austrian songstress Soap & Skin.
“I’ve always been fairly defensive when it comes to what other people think. Even though it’s a solo project, I feel like it was a very collaborative process. It’s always a hard thing to trust your own judgement or listen to someone else. I think that’s just with life, but it’s definitely true with music as well.” WHO: Sianna Lee WHAT: Phoenix Propeller (Enchanted/Shock) WHERE & WHEN: Bon Amici Cafe, Toowoomba Saturday May 29, The Troubadour Sunday May 30
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VIA TANIA Fields
(Love + Mercy) Tania Bowers is an international artist in every sense. Her most recent album was recorded all over the globe, with sessions in France, Australia, Iceland and Texas. Tania was raised a humble Sydney gal before heading off to Chicago where she is now based. ‘Fields’ is a new number which has been tacked onto the album Moon Sweet Moon for its eventual release in Australia, after already seeing the light of day overseas courtesy of the label The Hours. It’s a lilting, understated tune with more pop leanings than usual, but still featuring Tania’s interesting bent on melody and unmistakable vocal delivery. Rounding out the single release are remixes from some hip dudes including Kim from The Presets, Lemonade and Juan MacLean upping the cred factor and blogability considerably. Kim’s remix is kind of dull, but maybe it’s effective at showing how strong the song is when stripped back so much, and the vocals are given lots of air. All said, ‘Fields’ is a great reason to get an Australian copy of this release, or you can download the whole remix package from Soundcloud.
THE GOOD SHIP A Harbour Fair (Independent)
Swashbuckling sailing music is always popular in Brisbane for reasons that don’t really make sense considering it’s a bit of a trek to the beach. ‘A Harbour Fair’ is the story of whalers returning home from 30 days at sea chasing and spearing those big fish and partying like it’s 1899 – smashing booze and doing it with prostitutes. It’s a reminder of a simpler time in yesteryear, or a Saturday night in the Valley mall. The Good Ship do well to not come off too cheesy which is always a trap when aping something this generic, and the good intentions and party vibes win out. Plus it’s also a reminder of Australia’s rich heritage of whaling on which parts of the country were built, despite our collective protests about it these days, when we’re doing the socially responsible exercise of mining instead.
DEAD LETTER CIRCUS
WE HAVE BAND
Do You Want Power
This is the Warning
Artists like Blondie and Patti Smith kicked out the jams with vitriol and vibrancy that took to your ears like fish hooks and scraped at your grey matter. But then the pop virus of the 80s got in the way and diluted that trailblazing brilliance of the late 70s. While still held aloft, it’s true to say that the initial flames that lapped at the feet of those electrifying women is the same garage fervour and melody that exists in bands like Tennessee’s The Ettes.
Dead Letter Circus’ 2007 eponymous debut EP effectively established the Brisbane quartet at the forefront of their scene and, since that remarkable debut, the acclaim and expectations surrounding the band have only grown larger and more unrealistic with each passing year. During the three years This is the Warning, the outfit’s debut album, took to eventuate, the hyperbole surrounding the band has reached boiling point some three times over.
Not that this is rebooted proto-punk. It is, but it’s so much more than that. This trio of Coco Hames, Poni Silver and Jem Cohen pull apart the past 50 years of rock and pop to blast holes in everything from punk anthems to backwater country. At its core, this trio take the types of timeless tunes that made Leslie Gore rapturous and Holly Golightly tenacious and inject the kind of fire that reminds us how empty the world is without Jay Retard. The Ettes dredge up the past in the same way The White Stripes dragged the blues into the popular consciousness of the 21st Century – and it’s the most gloriously infectious music. ‘Take It With You’, ‘I’ll Be Your Lover’ and ‘Seasons’ are The Sonics doing Burt Bacharach tunes with Dionne Warwick belting out the heartbreak, while ‘Modern Game’ and ‘While Your Girl’s Away’ are all the great things that Patsy Cline gave to music.
The biggest question surrounding This is the Warning, therefore, is obvious – is it worth it? In a word: yes. Anthemic, cathartic and expressive, This is the Warning is everything one could have realistically expected of Dead Letter Circus at this point in their career. The band’s electrifying formula remains gloriously intact on furious blasts like ‘Big’ and opener ‘Here We Divide’ while, elsewhere, they explore their sound more thoroughly with more expansive numbers like single ‘The Space on the Wall’ and more pop-friendly works like ‘Cage’. Notorious perfectionists, the band were determined to provide a consistent, varied listening experience with their debut and those ambitions are fully realised with This is the Warning.
Not to take anything away from the band, but it’s no coincidence that this album is thickly smothered in Greg Cartwright. The Reigning Sound/Oblivions main man here brings the Spector wall of sound to these 14 tunes and the outcome is the crispiest crust to the tastiest rock’n’roll pie you’re likely crack a blackbird from anytime soon. ★★★★ Richard Alverez
None of which is to say the album is necessarily perfect – producer Forrester Savell’s electronic contributions are dated and somewhat superfluous while the sheer scope of the album’s high-octane sound makes for an overwhelming first listen – but, as a debut record, one could hardly have expected a better listening experience. If anything, they’ve accomplished more than one would think possible of a fledgling band. In spite its few flaws, This is the Warning still takes the sound pioneered by bands such as The Butterfly Effect and Karnivool further than any record released since the style’s inception.
This London indie-dance group (comprised of Thomas W-P, DeDe W-P and Darren Langford, who share vocal duties) formed on a whim one night after dinner at Thomas and DeDe’s house, while playing around with a Korg drum machine. They wrote most of the tracks on this album while touring, and won praise from the UK press and dance scene on the strength of their singles and MySpace tracks. Debut album WHB (it’s basically self-titled, really) sees them enlisting Gareth Jones (who’s worked with Depeche Mode and Grizzly Bear) as mixer and producer. The result is a collection of dark, moody, somewhat droning electro tracks that sound both modern and retro. Similarities with UK dance contemporaries such as Bloc Party are as obvious as the clear influence of bands like Talking Heads and Joy Division. That’s not to say WHB is all about dance, however. It’s more of a mixed bag. ‘Buffet’, with its ambient, post-rock haze, sounds kind of like an Elbow track. ‘Divisive’ has pounding percussion, funked-up bass and killer vocal hooks, elements that are repeated for even better effect on the relentlessly catchy ‘Honeytrap’. The Talking Heads influence comes to the floor on tracks like ‘Oh!’, which feature frenzied, skittering percussion and David Byrnestyle echoing vocals. ‘WHB’ and ‘Centrefolds and Empty Screens’ are both pleasantly icy tracks with brooding, ominous synth action, while the “special edition” bonus tracks – remixes of ‘Honeytrap’ and ‘Divisive’ – are decent enough but underwhelming. We Have Band have described their synth-heavy sound as “pop with difficulty”, which is a fair enough description. If you don’t mind your electro a little on the introspective side, this is a pretty good record to own.
★★★★ Matt O’Neill
★★★½ Daniel Wynne
Fire! Romance! Fire Sampler (Independent)
My Fiction are a Brisbane band crafting interesting pop combining in equal parts elements of classic British indie like XTC and more modern sound-alikes. While the modern disco rock does hold it back with the masses of young bands doing this kind of thing, the nod to the classics gives it something a little extra. As the EP progresses the band add in some more electronic elements which enhances the sound of the group considerably and helps create some edges. “Enough of all this doom and gloom, give me sunshine and dancing,” asks the singer on ‘Trophy Kids’, which sums up their attitude nicely I think. While the CD is let down by some moments of Bloc Party dance rock mimicry, at least there’s a little bit more to My Fiction than just that.
Flash A Hungry Smile (Rough Trade/Remote Control)
Mystery Jets are attempting classic pop rock record for their third album and ‘Flash A Hungry Smile’ is the first preview to see if they’re on the right track – I guess it’s not a bad place to start. The actual sounds used (outside of the guitar/bass/drums combination) are very pleasing – lots of squelchy synths and ‘ooh ooh ooh’ backing vocals create some soft and fluffy textures. The production is massive and harks back to classic big pop production courtesy of Chris Thomas, who is no stranger to that sound, having previously helped big names like Roxy Music and Pulp reach that same ideal, especially on the latter’s extremely successful Different Class. The band definitely have some strong point of uniqueness that work well for them on this track, and it will be interesting to see what they’re able to do when stretched out over the duration of a long player.
You know those dumb beer ads that depict their amber product coming from some perfect alternative world of green fields, sunshine and carefree inhabitants? Well, imagine that same world minus the marketing ploy and with a Teenage Fanclub soundtrack. It’ll make perfect sense, trust me! Just listen to Shadows and feel the rays of light fill the room and warm your heart. Over the past 20 years these Scots haven’t left us; they’ve often been off in the distance, happily chiming away on their buoyant and uplifting pop tunes – maybe in that alternative world where your favourite sweater doesn’t shrink and you always make the bus. Shadows and Teenage Fanclub of 2010 are filled with whirring keyboards, the hapless jangle of guitar strings, the occasional three-note exploratory guitar solo and (as always) the soothing voices of Norman Blake and Raymond McGinley. Teenage Fanclub take big ideas and at times heady subjects and make them warm and inviting in the same wonderful way that Joe Pernice can. From the twee tones of ‘Baby Lee’ to the country-tinged pop of ‘Into The City’ and crunchy pop candour of ‘Shock And Awe’, this is Teenage Fanclub shrugging off expectations and indulgences and doing all the things they do best. In fact, the album’s title is more poignant the further you delve into these 12 songs, with ‘Dark Clouds’ or ‘Sweet Days Waiting’ mixing heady themes that cast long shadows with that vivid instrumentation that never seems to wilt. Like The Vaselines before them, Teenage Fanclub become more ageless with each passing year and each additional song – somehow though, I bet these lads have room for a pint when swanning about their perfect musical world. ★★★½ Jo Hill
Total Life Forever The second album from UK indie outfit Foals was always going to be a tough feat to pull off. After surprising critics and listeners alike with debut full-length Antidotes in 2008, the band were hailed as the visionaries who could marry math rock’s jagged angular edges with the creamy marshmallow centre of pop music, and moreover they could do it well. Antidotes came and went, and Foals just kind of… disappeared. So it is that listening to Total Life Forever, their comparatively un-hyped sophomore record, is born of both great curiosity and few expectations. Immediately it is noticeable that the band understand now that upper-register, clean guitar and similarly high vocals are great as a sporadic feature as opposed to a nevermoving constant (think of the shrill ‘Cassius’ and, well, 95% of Antidotes). The sparkling jangle is still present, but vocalist Yannis Phillipakis shows he’s been doing some serious work on vocal range and imagination with the ethereal, low-key first track ‘Blue Blood’ proving quite a contrast to the high-energy opener (‘The French Open’) on the last album. Even when the atmospheric energy in the opener gives way to a driven struttin’ beat and rolling, funky bassline, it’s a little more restrained, but multitudes more mature, than their earlier work. Phillipakis himself says this album is “less funky” than Antidotes, but there’s an inclination to disagree. Less upbeat (‘Miami’) and less jivey (‘What Remains’), perhaps, but if anything they’ve gained a willingness to explore the lower register, deliver consistently interesting bass and rhythm work (e.g. ‘After Glow’), and are generally more deliberate in their movements and arrangements. Foals seem to have dodged the second-album bullet, but if the closing stages of the record are any indication, by album number three, we very well may have seen the transition from Bloc Party’s Silent Alarm (dancy Brit-rock fun) to Bloc Party’s Intimacy (where fun goes to die) all goddamned over again. ★★★★ Mitch Knox
Songs the Devil Taught Us They’re a punk rock band with emphasis on the rock instead of the punk. They play the kind of music that will punch you in the face until it gets your attention – and it expects you to fight back. They’re fast, energetic and for burly, bearded men, they like sweet Italian desserts. Having already gained love from triple j’s Richard Kingsmill, Grenadiers provide us with music void of the pretention such acclaim can garner via their debut album Songs the Devil Taught Us. Setting the tone immediately from the get go with ‘Abandon Ship’, Grenadiers take your soul prisoner, only releasing it when all is done leaving you feeling just a bit bruised and battered. Littered with inspiration from their heavy metal upbringing and the likes of Hot Snakes, The Bronx and Queens of the Stone Age, they punch out solid riff after riff. Grenadiers manage to squeeze out an impressive amount of noise for a three-piece. Refusing to be limited by only one guitar, they excel at creating simple yet incredibly punchy melodies. Lyrically, hints of the Devil’s influence are woven through tracks filled with sin and a subtle alteration of history to make a song rhyme. Jesse Coulter’s screaming growl enhances that feeling of emergency and aggressiveness felt in every song, especially on the stand out ‘Old Uncle Scratch’. Quick, intent riffs on ‘No-One Listens’ makes for a real sense of urgency and a feeling of uneasiness if you’re sitting still while listening to it. Seriously, if you need something done in a hurry, this song will help you get it done in record time. But this is no album for a Monday morning traffic jam; it may just spur you on to kill the jerk that cut you off, so best to listen to it in a happy mood. ★★★ ½ Rachel Tinney
ON THE RECORD
In The Dark
Blue Sky Noise
The Whigs were once a great local band of Athens, Georgia. They gathered steam like a grain of sand in an upturned musical egg-timer. They wooed crowds, local and national, with their own brand of southern indie rock planted firmly in their garage band roots. With their third offering they have lost co-songwriter and bassist Hank Sullivant to MGMT only to replace him with a certain sense of smoothness that detracts from their once edgy veneer. In The Dark sees the trio venture into the mainstream losing all qualities of uniqueness and individuality that made them so good. In fact it’s so middle of the road this album should have a white line down the middle. Elementally, however, everything is here that one would hope. We’ve got the desolate lyrics and harmonious vocals from front-man Parker Gispert, the electric and, quite simply, brilliant drumming of Julian Dorio mashed alongside the deep bass riffs of newbie Tim Deaux, riffs so laden they could sink a ship. The ingredients are therefore fresh and interesting. The head chef, Ben Allen (one of three producers), gathers these elements and adds the wall-ofsound effect he did so beautifully with Animal Collective’s Merriweater Post Pavillion. Everything seems to be going so well when the album goes in the oven but what comes out is surely a surprise to all. What we have then is an album that is so polished and smooth, so devoid of emotion, feeling and intrigue that it isn’t worth the time to devour. After a few bites you’ll be bored of the blandness and pine for the days of edge gone by. Songs like ‘In the Dark’ and ‘So Lonely’ deserve to be housed better and one fears with the band losing their ever important edge the aforementioned egg timer may have just run out on these guys. WOW1271TIME OFF mos 7.ai 21/05/2010 2:56:10 PM ★★ Barrie Morgan
When a band is billed as experimental, progressive and/ or post-anything, you shouldn’t be afraid to assume that there will be risks taken within the album, and that each song will throw curve balls at your preconceptions, striking you out before you have even a chance to wrap your head around the content. But as the saying goes, assumption is the mother of all screw ups and on this, Circa Survive’s third album, the band have played it numbingly safe. With the all-star pairing of producer David Bottrill (Tool, Silverchair) and Rich Costey (Muse, The Mars Volta) on mixing duties, the sound was always going to be gorgeous and crisp and on Blue Sky Noise, each note, each instrument is given ample room to breathe, allowing the listener to appreciate the inner cogs of the machine. However, this also proves to be the album’s undoing, a lack of intensity and urgency failing to get Blue Sky Noise to that point where you lose place and time, that point where great albums cause everything else in the moment of the listener to become insignificant. That isn’t to say the album doesn’t have its moments. The mariachi pulsations of ‘Fever Dreams’, the aquatic lead guitar line that guides ‘Glass Arrows’ and first single ‘Get Out’, a track that sees the band hit their strides, the unconventional structure kept tight, an interweaving togetherness creating a powerful and emotive highlight early in the album. But 50 minutes of the child-like falsetto of former Saosin singer Anthony Green’s is just too much, his vocals hindering Circa Survive’s ability to come across as the mature rock outfit the band are obviously striving to become. This release will appease fans but definitely won’t change the present musical landscape in the slightest.
Remember when The Orb was all about white fluffy clouds and Bill Laswell was giving dance and dub a good name – before disco dance post-punk caught the kids’ attention and left them in a polyester fluoro haze? Well, there’s a place you can go to rediscover electronic music’s cerebral meanderings and that location is High Places. Coming from the limbs and lungs of Rob Barber and Mary Pearson, these pop songs have been stretched out of proportion and into ecclesiastical consternations on life – life within an ambient world of electronics and micromelodies. However, the songs shift like the stars in the night sky, getting more amorphous with each chapter as ‘Canada’ takes on the characteristics of Dead Can Dance, while ‘Constant Winter’ and ‘When It Comes’ paint the same pictures The Golden Palominos were creating 25 years ago, but with an added pinch of Cat Power from Pearson. In the quieter moments, ambient undertones lift ‘Drift Slayer’ into a sandstorm that shifts against your skin with the most delicate of touches. It is a pleasant surprise to find that High Places have made such an organic album, born from electronics and a hazy mist of sounds, and that they have done so while seamlessly parting ways with any artifice of ego. But as with most ruminations on the nature of mankind, this album does have many forks in the road that leave you wondering where on earth this pair are going and what their music means – if it ends up meaning anything to you at all. ★★★ Jo Hill
He might be more renowned for his work on stage with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and as part of Lou Barlow’s Folk Implosion, but Imaad Wasif has a sound all his own that’s far removed from the hip world of indie rock. The Voidist is an album steeped in droned-out 12-string and baritone guitars that rumble, shimmer and reverberate endlessly, culminating in sounds more akin to the music of East Indian raga intertwining itself with a more contemporary song structure. Wasif himself is the spitting image of the early 90s Grant Lee Phillips on record, his hollowed-out voice saturating the music’s already humid mood. This all beautifully wafts around the room for the majority of the 12 songs here but, like you can often smell a storm even before you can see it on the horizon, the dream-like haze soon growls and lashes out – ‘Return To You’ just one moment where the building continues until it cracks the sky open. Often torn between the hook-laden side of his musical loves and a more abstract sound of foreboding, it’s in songs like ‘Daughter Of Fire’ that Wasif includes the talents of Red Sparrowes’ Greg Burns and The Melvins’ Dale Crover. This doesn’t necessarily equal a heavier or more aggressive sound, but it sure does shroud the music in a true sense of doom – one not hinted at but actualised throughout ‘Another’. Not a chirpy or light piece of music, The Voidist is alluring like sirens and destructive like faith. ★★★★ Alex Gillies
★★★ Benny Doyle
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SHAPESHIFTER – Jun 4, The Hi-Fi MIAMI HORROR – Jun 4, The Met SOUND PELLEGRINO THERMAL TEAM: DJ ORGASMIC, TEKI LATEX – Jun 5, Empire Middle Bar SHOCKONE & PHETSTA FOUR DECK SHOW – Jun 5, Empire Moon Bar
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MIAMI HORROR – Jun 5, Never Land Bar LONDON ELEKTRICITY & MC AD – Jun 9, Planet MOBIN MASTER – Jun 11, The Met YOLANDA BE COOL, DCUP – Jun 11, LaLaLand
VonStroke and Jesse Rose like them the Helsinki based lads must be doing something right.
MUPH & PLUTONIC – Jun 12, The Hi-Fi GIFT OF GAB – Jun 12, X&Y Bar
WINTER SOUND SYSTEM: CROOKERS, MARKUS SCHULZ, MANDY, ROGER SHAH, STEVE AOKI, TIGA, LAIDBACK LUKE, ZOMBIE NATION, THOMAS VON PARTY & MORE – Jun 13, Doomben Racecourse NADASTROM – Jun 13, Monastery COMMON, KID CAPRI – Jun 13, Mystique SOUND PELLEGRINO THERMAL TEAM: DJ ORGASMIC, TEKI LATEX – Jun 13, The Ruby Tramp
WINTERBEATZ Hot on the heels of Supafest, Winterbeatz 2010 plugs the seemingly ever present hip hop/urban festival gap felt in the chillier months. Held at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre Saturday Jul 24 and featuring international superstars T-Pain and Ne-Yo, Winterbeatz 2010 should easily draw huge numbers and satisfy those hungry for a dose of autotuned vocal performances and macho posturing. Local duo Phinesse and lauded local jock Nino Brown support. Tickets on sale through Ticketek from 9am Thursday May 27 for Visa Premium customers and available to the general public from 9am Wednesday Jun 2.
DIRTY SUNDAYS: YOLANDA BE COOL, DCUP – Jun 13, Titanium Bar SHWAYZE, CISCO ADLER – Jun 17, The Tivoli RENAISSANCE MAN – Jun 17, Monastery THE REVENGE – Jun 18, Elsewhere SEGA – Jun 25, Empire CASSIAN – Jun 25, LaLaLand
DROP THE LIME
SUBTRAKT: GOSHVA – Jun 26, Barsoma JULY
SPIT SYNDICATE – Jul 1, Bon Amici TYDI, MARLO – Jul 2, The Met SPIT SYNDICATE – Jul 2, The Step Inn DROP THE LIME – Jul 2, Monastery SPIT SYNDICATE – Jul 3, Club Envy
DROPPING SEXY SAX One of the few artists to truly shine at Stereosonic 2009, NYC based DJ/producer Drop The Lime took things one step further than the sheep and thoroughly annihilated a captive audience with a flurry of beats and often tongue in cheek programming selections. His soon to be released single ‘Sex Sax’, available though his Trouble & Bass label, fits the mould through its artwork alone and if that doesn’t quite sate your Lime thirst you may want to head along to the Monastery on Friday Jul 2. Local supports yet to be announced.
HARVARD BASS – Jul 16, Empire KEVIN RUDOLF – Jul 17, The Tivoli DROP: JODY WISTERNOFF – Jul 23, Empire DANK MORASS: RAS_G & THE AFRIKAN SPACE PROGRAM – Jul 23, The Step Inn
LOW GROOVE Adelaide and hot are two words rarely used in the same sentence when referring to anything musical yet Lowrider certainly justify an attempt, as the allegedly irresistible quartet have forged a formidable reputation with dusty jazz tones and support gigs for everyone from Alicia Keys to Christina Aguilera. The Friday Jul 9 release of their new album Round The World and the Friday May 28 digital release of its lead single ‘Here We Go’ should no doubt sate fans and punters alike, having been mixed by the formidable Jason Goldstein. Releases will be available courtesy of Illusive Music while you can catch Lowrider on tour at the Zoo on Saturday Aug 21.
WINTERBEATZ: NE-YO, T-PAIN – Jul 24, Brisbane Entertainment Centre JAMES HOLDEN: Jul 24, Barsoma SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS: LCD SOUNDSYSTEM, GOLDFRAPP, MIAMI HORROR, HOT CHIP, DELPHIC, YOLANDA BE COOL, BAG RAIDERS & MORE – Jul 30-Aug 1, Woodfordia
LOWRIDER – Aug 21, The Zoo SEPTEMBER
LEE BURRIDGE – Sep 18, Barsoma OCTOBER
SEX, ‘DOMS AND ELECTRO HOUSE FLY MOTH, FLY Local DJ/producer Tigermoth is gearing up for a visit Stateside to have J Dilla’s mastering engineer put the finishing touches on his forthcoming sophomore album. Before doing so he’ll be performing a series of shows in both Brisbane and Sydney alongside Japanese MC Kidoh, the first of which – Sinister Jazz – takes place at X&Y Bar on Wednesday Jun 2 with support from Mukei Method, Potato Master and Matty Method. Your last chance to catch Tigermoth and MC Kidoh will be on Saturday Jun 5 at the Lofly Hangar where they’ll be performing an exclusive show.
REGGAE DANCEHALL VIBES: RAS GEORGE – Jul 10, The Step Inn
Oct 29 to Sunday Oct 31 program. Though a line-up of any variety is yet to be announced, the promoters are putting out a call to all interested bands, DJs, circus performers and roving performance artists to make an application to participate. The same reggae, soul, dub and indigenous music policy that has made past events a success still applies. Early bird tickets available now for $150 + b/f through islandvibe.com.au.
The recent Shapeshifter tour announcement likely had many a drum’n’bass fan frothing in anticipation, the recent release of their fantastic album The System Is A Vampire providing only some relief. They’ll be hitting The Hi-Fi on Friday Jun 4 and the Coolangatta Hotel on Saturday Jun 5 with support from local beat specialists Swob and Walrii of Dank Morass notoriety. The illustrious de la Haye (Junglettes) will be joining in at The Hi-Fi. Tickets on sale now.
REGGAE SOUNDSYSTEM In yet another coup for reggae fans, local sound crew Rhythm Collision are teaming up with Georgemack Productions in bringing Reggae Dancehall Vibes 2010 to The Step Inn Saturday Jul 10. Greeting all corners of the Brisbane community with open arms, they’ll be running the event across two areas separating the reggae from the dancehall. Sydney jock and Radio Skid Row host Judgement features alongside Das Vibes artist DJ Wade, Hua (Darky Roots vocalist) and Zimbabwean expat DJ Sloane. Doors open at 8pm, $10 entry.
We don’t often associate Noosa with music festivals but Ripe Noosa is about to unleash its second annual day of musical goodness on local crowds. Amongst a large array of acts representing broad musical diversity at the Saturday May 29 (that’s this Saturday) event are the mighty electronic act Infusion, Sydney jock Goodwill, festival favourites Kid Kenobi & MC Shureshock, plus Butterfingers, Urthboy, Cassette Kids, Kid Mac and Cloneboy. Ripe ushers in a potentially revolutionary music festival concept, inviting local artists to enter a competition drawn by popular vote which in this case earned Sunshine Beach locals Good Foot a prime time slot. Ripe Noosa takes place at House With No Steps, Doonan and final release tickets are on sale now through ripenoosa.com. au for $98.50 + b/f.
GET READY TO VIBE On a related note, Island Vibe 2010 planning is gearing up making room for local performers on the Friday
Though a relatively conventional sponsoring turn for Slide Condoms – who have a wide array of sporting talents on the books – their hook up with Radio Metro host DJ Funku (Mark Aitken) is nonetheless an interesting one. Then again, it’s not so surprising that such a company would like to get in bed with someone who likes to end a show with partial nudity and a shower of Champagne. Promoting safe sex with what ought to become a quote for the Queensland club industry history books he states, “Between the crowd I gather, the nature of my show and my name, I think the collaboration speaks for itself. Besides, everyone loves a good root, just keep it safe!” Can’t really disagree with that one can you?
REMIX COMPETITION Having gotten in bed with Bang Gang 12inches for a remix competition last year, venerable Sydney record store Spank Records is gearing up for another throw of the dice. Overwhelming response to the last attempt has seen them collaborate with yet another high profile local label, this time choosing to work with Ajax and Matt Handley’s Sweat It Out! Entrants will have the opportunity to retouch DCUP & Yolanda Be Cool’s club smasher ‘We No Speak Americano’ for the chance to win an enormous amount of prizes and have their work released digitally on the label. Download the remix parts from spankrecords.com.au, entries close Thursday Jun 10. Get those tour/club/event listings, local release updates and any beats-related press releases in to email@example.com by Midday every Friday.
CYPRESS HILL – Oct 1, The Tivoli
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WEDNESDAY WHATEVER WEDNESDAYS @ UBER Uber’s Wednesday night clubbing institution keeps the good times rolling with electro and commercial house from John St John, Dope N Dusted,Morgan Baker and Habebe. The search for Uber’s next Whatever Wednesdays’ resident continues in the main room. Doors open at 7pm, free entry.
RESIDENTS @ THE BEAT While the rest of Brisbane is sleeping you can guarantee The Beat will be doing its best to wake them up with two rooms of music to keep them dancing every Wednesday. DJ Rudemood, J-San and Mr Mac keep things rolling in the main bar whilst DJ Will and DJ Jason take care of the Cockatoo Club where jelly wrestling and the odd drag show from Shaneel Downtahue will keep you entertained.
FRAT CLUB @ REGATTA The Gats hosts a State Of Origin Game One super party across both floors with Mark Z, Pete Smith, Bossy, Paul Ison and the Supanovaz providing the mainstream house beats. PS – QUEENSLANDER!
ALL YOU CAN EAT SUSHI @ ZURI What can be better than appreciating some tight house music from Matt Kitshon? Eating as much sushi as you can handle for a mere $15 from 6pm onward, that’s what!
SPRING BREAK CANCUN STYLE @ SIN CITY For some regular Wednesday night wet, wet, wet fun, head along to Sin City where a talented roster of residents demonstrate how folks like to get down stateside.
ADAM J TAYLOR & ALBERTO @ LIQUID House exponents Adam J Taylor and Spanish guest Alberto prepare you for some hump day boogie at Liquid.
DANIEL WEBBER @ LALALAND LaLaLand may keep the impressive international guests coming but it’s truly the residents which keep the place going, and as Daniel Webber is amongst the best of them, he’ll be keeping things fresh this Wednesday.
THURSDAY BIRDS & BEES @ BIRDEE NUM NUM Mastar K provides his usual blend of house, hip hop and party tunes for Birdee’s regular student night.
RESIDENTS @ THE BEAT It’s almost as if The Beat never closes and on Thursday nights the main bar bumps to the sounds of DJ Rudemood, J-San and Mr. Mac whilst DJ Will and Jason keep you on the floor between drag shows from Penny Clifford, Diva and special guests up in the Cockatoo Club.
OPEN DECKS @ KALIBER Just starting out behind the decks and need a big break? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and head along to scope out the competition in the meanwhile – there’s plenty of good tapas and cocktails to calm the nerves.
DJ LORD @ SIN CITY Public Enemy DJ Lord breaks the I Love RNB stranglehold on Thursdays this week for yet another beats infused
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party. Supports yet to be confirmed but you can guarantee they’ll have to be up to a high standard to support the guest!
ARTHOUSE SALOON @ SWINGIN SAFARI
Ben Easy pumping out over five rooms of mayhem.
CHINGY @ MYSTIQUE International R&B superstar Chingy hits Mystique for one night only to deliver hits like ‘One Call Away’, ‘Right Thurr’ and ‘Don’t Worry’. Apparently tix are selling like hotcakes, so if you want a piece of the action you know the drill from here.
KLASSIKS @ KALIBER
Swingin Safari hosts The Art Class poetry and banter smack down for something a little different, while resident jock Alfie Romeo provides just the kind of sleek records you’d expect.
Kaliber keeps the anthems rolling with a rotating roster of resident DJs who’ll seamlessly cover five decades worth of popular music from 8pm onward.
BUZZ & AND OH! @ LALALAND
PROVOCATEUR @ ZURI
Resident jock Buzz can always be relied on to provide a sterling selection of upfront tunes and you’ll be getting just that all evening as he keeps LaLaLand bumping alongside And Oh!.
Matt Kitshon and Benn Hopkins join Bella De Frio for another installment of Provocateur, again calling on the talents of Darren Skarr on the trumpet and Sharif D on sax to sufficiently sex up their already saucy house music.
FRIDAY MAGIC CITY @ FAMILY The lauded Sydney hard dance festival, Magic City, makes an appearance at Family to sate Brisbane fans not well heeled enough to make the southward journey. They don’t miss out on much either as MC DV8 hosts the main room where the Noise Controllers, The Pitcher and Jowan will be throwing down some seriously heavy beats alongside resident jocks Syke and Friends & Enemiez. Harry K and Karma will meanwhile be providing a more accessible program in Uncle whereas Gavin Boyd, Oscar V and Jesse keep things a little more chilled in the lounge. Free before 10pm, $15 after. Doors open at 9pm.
PLAYBOY BUNNY SEARCH HEAT 2 @ THE MET Any ladies thinking they’ve got what it takes would do well to take note of The Met’s latest coup – hosting a competition for Playboy has to rate pretty highly in the kudos stakes amongst many a common punter. All the eye candy does nothing to detract from the usual strong music policy as Andee, Pete Smith, Reekay Garcia and Sharif D tear it up in the main room, Jason Rouse, Guy Lewis and Nick Galea keep it down low in Coco while Bossy and Mr Sparkle dish out something a little sweeter in Bamboo. Doors open at 8pm, $25 pre-sale tickets available from themet.com.au.
SOUND PELLEGRINO THERMAL TEAM @ EMPIRE HOTEL MIDDLE BAR DJ Orgasmic and Teki Latex bring the sounds of their Institubes label offshoot Sound Pellegrino to the Middle Bar, throwing down an indieelectro slamfest alongside local jocks Jordan Naumov, Tag Team, Tim Fuchs and Wolfie. Vive La France!
LET’S GET MINIMAL LADIES NIGHT @ EMPIRE HOTEL MOON BAR The Let’s Get Minimal crew hand the decks over to some of Brisbane’s most talented ladies of the booth, putting Emmy Lou, Miss Jaime, Sally All Sorts, Nat Monaghan, Anonamiss and Anna Sonnenburg in charge. Doors open at 10pm, $10 cover.
RESIDENTS @ THE BEAT According to The Beat, you’d best start your weekend right by popping on down for a visit as they “know exactly what you want”, and it’s safe to agree they have a pretty damn good idea. Not only is there a 106cm Plasma TV up for grabs and a free sausage sizzle upstairs, you’ve also got drag performances from Shaneel Downtahue, Diva, Yana Michelle and Penny Clifford plus tunes from Angie, J-San, Mr. Mac, Loose Bruce, Guru Dave, Marcus, Dan, Will, Jason and
GIG ANTICS @ UBER Live music from The Gallant, Tin Can Radio and Dance Hall Paradiso while Djs Van Miert and Chris Kelly keep the beats flowing. $5 cover.
OARSOME FRIDAYS @ REGATTA Resident DJ Paul Bell is on sole duty this Friday cranking out the commercial house tunes to a keen after work crew well into the wee hours.
RESIDENTS @ PRESSURE LOUNGE Why head to the Valley when you’ve got sterling entertainment close to home? Clearly the folks at Pressure Lounge think the same way as they’ve got Tuini and Ricky D kicking out the jams all evening. Quality? Head along and be the judge.
THE ELECTRONIC BOOGIE SHOW @ ELSEWHERE Brisbane’s Adam Hunter joins Elsewhere resident and all round good guy Audun for another instalment of the popular Electronic Boogie Show.
SATURDAY SGT SLICK @ FAMILY Sgt Slick has long been a Family main room favourite so it’s hardly a surprise to see him making a repeat appearance with vocalist Karina Chavez in tow. Chris Wilson, Jason Morley, Tim Plunkett and Jeremy Iliev will be backing him up in the main room while John Charles, Bert Brown, Sammy Brown and Jason Haskell belt out the tech house in Uncle. For a more soulful touch, head to the lounge where you can catch Ian Clementson, James McNeil, Rayne Fouche, Van Miert and Russian On Percussion. Free entry before 10pm, $10 after. Doors open at 9pm.
RESIDENTS @ THE MET A characteristically full line-up of resident jocks fill The Met this evening. Murray Brown, Pete Smith, Disko Diva and Reekay Garcia (feat Sharif D) command the main room while Jason Rouse, Malcolm and Andee give you the lowdown in Coco. Mr Sparkle and Roman Flachs provide the perfect eclectic foil out in Bamboo. Entry free before 10pm or $15 after, doors open at 9pm.
HEY! HEY! FEAT ACT YO AGE @ EMPIRE HOTEL MIDDLE BAR
testament to fact. Five rooms, six bars and three courtyards guarantee a good night out as DJs Angie, J-San, Mr. Mac, Loose Bruce, Ben Easy, Marcus, Dan, Will, Jason and Guru Dave keep the tunes going until 5am.
AUDIO ABUSE @ THE STEP INN Dub Thugs bring UK bass culture to The Step Inn for Brisbane’s newest grime throw down. The promoters assure high quality sound systems, live visuals, lasers, graff, mixtapes, competitions, giveaways, drink discounts and more. Cover $10, doors open at 9pm.
THE BUTCHER @ ALLONEWORD Yet another fashion forward edition of The Butcher hits alloneword, this time drafting the assistance of Rio Lobotomy, Ladyboy and local veteran Kieron C.
LUV SATURDAYS @ UBER Commercial dance from Chris Kelly and Danny Cool in the front room at Uber.
SATURDAYS @ REGATTA Nova 106.9 DJ Bossy pulls in to drop some party tunes on a keen Regatta crowd alongside resident Marky Mark Z.
SECRET LOVE HEROES @ ELSEWHERE
Sydney duo Act Yo Age get live and sweaty alongside Hey! Hey! regulars Chopshop, Aniki, Seany and Danny T on closing slamfest duties. And unlike that resurrected TV show, this Hey! Hey! really is on a Saturday. Everyone wins.
The Secret Love Heroes Oshi One and Thomas J return to Elsewhere to send out both vibes and beats for another captivating Saturday night program.
VINYL SLINGERS @ EMPIRE HOTEL MOON BAR
Main room house and commercial dance from suggestive resident DJs Brent Dee and Malx for some Saturday night dance floor grind.
Moon Bar heroes the Vinyl Slingers return to their spiritual home to knock out a selection of quality breakbeat and house bombs with their hybrid live/DJ set-up – Shifty cats ButterzenRa, Slynk and Danny Cool fill the gaps while the Slingers hold up the bar.
SEDUCTIVE SATURDAYS @ THE BEDROOM
STILETTO SATURDAYS @ SIN CITY Sexy house, Top 40, commercial dance and R&B from Sin City’s star resident DJ Kronic. Live performances from the Sin City freestyle podium dancers.
AUDITREE FEAT OXIA & DJ HARRI @ BARSOMA
PROBABLY DJS @ SWINGIN SAFARI Classic god-knows-what beats and more from the Probably DJs to provide the perfect peak to your wekeend.
Resident all stars Brent Dee and Malx take on duties behind the decks at The Bedroom this Friday, treating enthusiastic clubbers to plenty of upfront commercial dance tunes.
In yet another coup for the Auditree crew, they’ve managed to draft not one but two high profile international house/techno jocks. Oxia and Sub Club resident Dj Harri feature alongside Cosmo Cater, Barstow, Audun, Fergus Alexander, Frank Li, Chris Peart, Jad and the Ladyboy. Doors open at 9pm, $15 cover.
A-LIST FRIDAYS @ SIN CITY
RYAN RIBACK @ MONASTERY
Sydney’s KCB features this Friday for the launch of his new Pump It compilation. Live performances from the Sin City podium dancers.
Ryan Riback guest stars at the Monastery this Saturday for some old fashioned dancefloor worship alongside Miles Junior, Luki, Dominic James and Jmac. Doors open at 9pm, $10 before midnight.
F*** ME IT’S FRIDAY! @ THE BEDROOM
SKITCH TEASE @ SWINGIN SAFARI The suggestive accordion wielding Skitch Tease brings her risque show to Swingin’ this Friday while Brisbane DJ Slynk guest stars behind the decks.
KNIGHTLIFE @ RUBY TRAMP Melbourne based electro disco exponent Knightlife makes his presence known alongside Jak and Jil at the Ruby Tramp.
SURECUT KIDS @ PLATINUM Brisbane’s Surecut Kids join Platinum residents Gerry Morales, Craig Roberts and Jolyon Petch for yet another Friday full of fine house music and fine crowds.
RYAN RUSHTON & DANIEL WEBBER @ LALALAND Popular resident jocks Ryan Rushton and Daniel Webber take sole control of the LaLa dance floor for yet another fun filled Friday night.
DARREN SKAAR @ ALHAMBRA Alhambra’s regular trumpeter Darren Skaar takes the hot seat for this Saturday’s party proceedings, featuring alongside Zach Salar, Freestyle and Jason Rouse.
KLASSIKS @ KALIBER Kaliber keeps the anthems rolling with a rotating roster of resident DJs who’ll seamlessly cover five decades worth of popular music from 8pm.
Secret guest star alongside Wil Sabin, Daniel G, Velvet Motion and Alexei Paige. You can expect the very same party anthems as you’d find at Fluffy on any other week from Harry K and Karma in the main room. Doors open at 9pm, $10 before 10pm or $15 after. Hospitality workers receive $10 entry all night on presentation of pay slip.
SUNDAY FUNDAY @ THE BEAT Celebrating the weekend over twelve hours of power, The Beat has many goodies in store for punters willing to chance Sunday Funday; the $10 cover charge gets you drink vouchers, a welcome glass of champagne and finger food from 5pm to 7pm, barbeque food f rom 7pm to 8pm and the opportunity to win up to $700 cash in Fun & Games. DJs Angie, Will, Jason, Chris M, J-San and Mr. Mac keep t he tunes going whilst shows from Miss Penny Clifford, Shaneel Downtahue, Diva and special guests keep the entertainment meter running high into the early hours.
SUNDAY NIGHT ROYALE @ ELSEWHERE Ending your weekend with a flurry of beats and an injection of style, Elsewhere covers all the bases with Soundtraffik member Giv and Stretch PaperCranes who’ll both be doing their best to caress your ear drums with some fine sounds.
SHOOTERS R&B FEAST FEAT CHINGY @ SHOOTERS Chingy works his way down to Surfers Paradise for another fine night of R&B party flavours, with support from Savage, Beatkamp, Mareko, Dirty Mob and many, many more.
CAPTAIN KAINE & DISCO HOOKERS @ LALALAND Wipe those tears away rainy face, the weekend may be over but LaLaLand will help soften the blow with Adam & Eve and Giv doing their best to cheer you up with some great music. Things are going to be just fine so go grab a drink and have a boogie!
MONDAY RESIDENTS @ THE BEAT
PING PONG DJS @ PLATINUM The highly anticipated appearance of the Ping Pong DJs at Platinum will have house heads salivating and regular club fiends chomping at the bit. Resident supports from Gerry Morales, Jolyon Petch and Craig Roberts.
H2O @ LIQUID Regular Saturday event H2O returns to Liquid this week with it’s usual compliment of fantastic residents, Dave C, Adam J Taylor, Dave Basek, Dee Dee and Deegs and Captain Kaine .
Keeping the party going when most have retreated to the workday groove, Chris M, Guru Dave and veteran Drag master Miss Trixie Laumonte will have The Beat faithful in their pockets from 9pm to 5am.
LOCALS NIGHT @ SIN CITY Not ones to be left out of the party, the folks at Sin City are up for keeping Monday nights interesting with the help of resident DJs Jon, Brent Dee, Mike D and Petey Pete.
RYAN RUSHTON & EASY P @ LALALAND
JAM NIGHTS @ UBER
Local house heavies Ryan Rushton and Easy P step up to the wheels of steel for an evening of fine selections at LaLaLand.
The one stage, no set lists wonder that is Jam will be making a return to Uber to give the intrepid a taste of the unexpected.
DISCO BINGO @ THE BEAT
For an opportunity to win a little and feel like a Nanna at the same time, head to The Beat for a round of their legendary Disco Bingo presented by Drag veteran Miss Trixie Laumonte. DJ Chris M and Guru Dave keep the floor active with dance music for everyone.
SATURDAYS @ ZURI
FUNK’N SOUL’D OUT @ THE GLOBE
Keeping the sexy house sounds flowing, Benn Hopkins and Matt Kitshon are joined by Mick Burrell on percussion and Sharif on sax this Saturday to compliment seasonably fine cocktails and tapas at Zuri.
The latest extravanganza hits The Globe this Sunday thanks to Scripted Dialects, Brompton Road, Albino Camillions and Lore Crew. Free entry for Odyssey and 4zzz members, $10 + b/f tickets for the rest of us.
RESIDENTS @ THE BEAT
FLUFFY PORN PARTY @ FAMILY
JAZZ SHOWCASE @ SWINGIN SAFARI
Twenty six years in the game hasn’t given The Beat cause to slow down and every Saturday night is a
The name is suggestive enough but the floor shows are highly likely to kick things up a notch; Decoda
Latin, funk, bebop, swing, jazz and more from the BAMband, performing from 6pm to 12pm.
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DUMMIES’ GUIDE TO LONDON ELEKTRICITY
THE POWER THE POINT OF & THE PASSION “WHAT’S MAKING MUSIC UNLESS PEOPLE CAN ENJOY IT? WE
IN THE FACE OF THE SO-CALLED GLOBAL FINANCIAL CRISIS, TONY COLMAN – NOW THE LONE ARTIST WORKING UNDER THE LONDON ELEKTRICITY BANNER – REVEALS HIS HOSPITAL RECORDS IMPRINT HAS ENJOYED ITS MOST FINANCIALLY SUCCESSFUL YEAR EVER AS HE TAKES TIME OUT FROM PREPPING STUDIO ALBUM NUMBER FIVE TO LAUNCH A COMPILATION FOR THE MOST UNLIKELY OF LABELS. ubstep may be more hyped than drum’n’bass in 2010, but its popularity has benefited London Elektricity, aka Tony Colman. Far from feeling hostile to dubstep, the drum’n’bass don, preparing to return to Australia, is effusive. “They’re very compatible – and totally interlinked,” Colman says of the two musics. Dubstep’s young fans are embracing drum’n’bass... The Hospital Records boss confesses that, initially, he, like other junglists, dismissed dubstep. “We were all going, ‘Oh, that’s just slowed-down drum’n’bass!’,” he laughs. “Everyone in drum’n’bass said that at first, just ‘cause it’s always nice to try to completely take the piss out of a new genre of music. But I’ve grown to love dubstep – it’s fantastic.” Colman launched Hospital with old pal Chris Goss back in 1996, their base then West London (they’ve since transplanted to the South). Colman, who plays the keys as well as guitar, was previously in the acid jazz Izit. What’s more, he and Goss had an earlier label, Tongue And Groove. Colman began producing drum’n’bass with Goss as London Elektricity. Their ‘Song In The Key Of Knife’ was deemed an instant classic – and a watershed. At the time, drum’n’bass was dark, austere and macho, but London Elektricity espoused a jazzier style, reminiscent of LTJ Bukem’s ‘intelligent’ jungle, while referencing R&B, disco and house. In 1999 London Elektricity delivered their debut, Pull The Plug, featuring jazz singer Liane Carroll. She’d worked with Gerry Rafferty of Baker Street fame. Post Pull The Plug, Goss quit London Elektricity to focus on administering Hospital. With Colman at the helm, London Elektricity’s breakthrough LP, Billion Dollar Gravy, arrived in 2003. He collaborated extensively with sessionists, among them Chicago house soulman Robert Owens, and soon London Elektricity evolved into a band, hitting the road. Despite their success, and the release of two DVDs, Colman eventually determined to abandon the live format, preferring to DJ. He last issued Syncopated City two years ago. Colman is currently readying a fifth London Elektricity album. “I’m right in the middle of it. I’ve been working for the last year. It’s coming along really well – I’m very excited with what I’ve got so far. For this album, I’m working exclusively with Elsa Esmeralda [aka Sweden’s Elsa Hedberg], who was the vocalist on one track on my last album called ‘Just One Second’. I decided I’m doing the whole album with her, so she’s the only featured vocalist on the album. She’s great, she’s a really good writer, and [she has] a very different voice from Liane Carroll, who I’ve always worked with in the past. It’s going to be a very different feel to the album. I’m immensely enjoying it.” Hospital, specialising in “fast soul music”, has long attracted those who might not necessarily be drum’n’bass heads. Colman himself is eclectic. On his
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NEVER WENT INTO THIS BECAUSE WE’RE RUNNING A BANK. WE’RE MAKING MUSIC ‘CAUSE WE LOVE MUSIC.” MySpace, the DJ cites the usual New Wave, electronic, soul, funk and hip hop influences, but he also lists punk bands ... and kd lang. Though London Elektricity is officially Hospital’s flagship act, the label is best known for introducing Welshman Lincoln Barrett, aka High Contrast. Barrett’s 2002 debut, True Colours, exemplified Hospital’s “liquid funk”, as Fabio dubbed it. Today Hospital continues to unearth stellar talent, with Belgium’s Netsky already tipped to be as massive as High Contrast. Indeed, Hospital has a tradition of cred ‘artist’ albums. To tie in with his Australian tour, Colman has overseen an exclusive mix compilation, Hospital Presents Drum + Bass Club Anthems, together with New Zealand’s Agent Alvin. The package is out through the Universal-affiliated Central Station. “It’s all happened really quickly,” Colman enthuses. “It’s brilliant in the way it’s happened, actually.” Central touted the project in only February when London Elektricity’s tour dates were locked in. Colman is meticulous, but he doesn’t endlessly fiddle with mixes. “I’m very anal – but quick,” he chortles. At any rate, Colman is chuffed with Drum + Bass Club Anthems. “I’ve done a lot of mixes over the years, but this is the best mix I’ve ever done, I think.” He considers the package as a “statement” about the surging drum’n’bass movement
as much as Hospital. Both DJs’ selections underscore the internationalism of contemporary drum’n’bass, Colman commencing his set with the State Of Mind remix of Shapeshifter’s Dutchies. Hospital has survived a catastrophic downturn in the music industry – and the digital revolution. Colman is philosophical about rampant file sharing. His perspective is that labels should harness the Internet, not fight it. “It’s an amazing tool for promotion.” He’s unconvinced that illegal downloading hurts music sales. It’s mainly people who can’t purchase music who download – or kids with “loads of disposable time, but no disposable income”. Music lovers who can buy it, will, he holds. “Once you have a job, once you have enough money, then it’s all about time.” It’s more convenient – and speedier – logging onto iTunes or Hospital’s Website to obtain music legitimately. Colman also appreciates that kids in the Second and Third Worlds can’t easily access music legally. He’s a democrat. “What’s the point of making music unless people can enjoy it? We never went into this because we’re running a bank. We’re making music ‘cause we love music.” Still, as CEO, Colman is a canny operator. He understands the importance of branding – and adapting. Recently Hospital has
REAL NAME: Tony Colman SINCE: 1996 FROM: London, United Kingdom LABEL: Hospital Records ACCOMPLICES: Chris Goss, Lianne Carroll, The Jungle Drummer, Andy Waterworth, MC Wrec MYSPACED INFLUENCES: Todd Rundgren, Kraftwerk, Can, XTC, Gil Evans, Television, The Damned, Steve Reich, Led Zep, PIL, Chic, Brian Eno, Talking Heads, Photek, Prince, Steely Dan, Cecil Malcom and Robert Margouleff era Stevie Wonder, Songs In The Key Of Life, Kate Bush, to name but a few… QUOTABLE QUOTE: “When drum & bass started, around 1989-90, it was all about an Akai S900 and an Atari, so there was a lot less you could achieve, and the tunes were a lot rawer. If you bring it up to date now, producers generally have a massive knowledge of how to shape their tunes sonically, how to get everything really fat, and how to actually compose music. We’re signing an artist at the moment called nu:tone who is a fully trained organ scholar, but he makes serious drum & bass, and it’s not noodly. The thing about drum & bass is that there’s an incredibly strong community, not only of producers but followers, and they integrate with producers.” Sound On Sound interview, 2003 MEDIA HYPE: “Syncopated City takes into account the factors that have made Hospital and London Elektricity what it is today, but also dares to break some the rules that modern drum & bass has created for itself.” Syncopated City reviewed on Resident Advisor SELECTED DISCOGRAPHY SINGLES ‘Song In The Key Of Knife’ (Hospital Records, 1998) ‘Billion Dollar Gravy’ (Hospital Records, 2003) ‘The Strangest Secret In The World’ (Hospital Records, 2005) ‘All Hell Is Breaking Loose’ (Hospital Records, 2008) ALBUMS Pull The Plug (Hospital Records, 1999) Billion Dollar Gravy (Hospital Records, 2003) Syncopated City (Hospital Records, 2008) COMPILATIONS Hospital Mix.Five (Hospital Records, 2007) Hospitality Presents This Is Drum + Bass (New State Recordings, 2010) Hospital Presents Drum + Bass Club Anthems (Central Station/Universal, 2010)
diversified with the experimental offshoot Med School, showcasing Russian minimalist Bop, not to mention a publishing company. Colman presents a weekly Hospital Records Podcast via iTunes. Then his label hosts Hospitality events across England, with a major party looming at London’s Fabric (relocated from the temporarily, but perhaps permanently, closed Matter) in July. And, yes, the Hospitality nights encompass a dubstep room in addition to a drum’n’bass one. “People freely walk from one to the other and enjoy all of it.” Hospitality has even travelled to house-fixated Ibiza. Times are tough in Britain. Nevertheless, the veteran DJ Greg Wilson contests that economic struggle is good for music. “Yeah, it is very good, so Greg’s right!” Colman concurs. “I’m old enough to have been working during the last recession, which was right in the mid-to late ‘80s, and it was that recession that gave birth to dance music in the UK. I started my first record label during that recession. People do turn to music during times of hardship and it becomes more important and less taken for granted. We’re seeing that again now... “People need to get out and have a good time – particularly during a recession when you can’t afford to go on a really nice holiday or whatever, but you can afford to go to a club and get off-your-face and enjoy yourself. It’s the best form of escape. It’s probably the cheapest form of escape as well, in a way – [or] the most affordable. We’ve had our best year ever in terms of the business – and that’s right in the depth of the recession. So, certainly, from a financial point of view, the proof’s in the pudding for drum’n’bass.” Hospital’s finest have crossed over, but Colman is yet to properly liaise with a pop star. In the interim, Chase & Status, surely indebted to London Elektricity, have produced Rihanna, while dubstep’s ‘bad boy’ Rusko is in the studio with MIA (and Flo Rida). Colman is open to such hook-ups – albeit cautiously so. “It depends who it is. It depends on a number of factors. It depends on where I’m at with my cycle at the time. Because, unlike Chase & Status, I’ve got a lot more things going on in my life. I’m a CEO of Hospital Records – and I’ve got two kids. The family’s my priority, number one – my second priority I have to share between the record label and my music. So, if it was the right thing at the right time, I’d love to do it. It all depends [on] who it is and when.”
WHO: London Elektricity WHAT: Hospital Presents Drum + Bass Club Anthems (Central Station/Universal) out Friday Jun 4 WHERE & WHEN: Electric Playground (ex Planet Nightclub) Wednesday Jun 9
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PITCH AND HOLD HALF SHADOWY STUDIO FIGURE AND HALF PARTY-ROCKING DJ, THE PITCHER LET ZEBRA IN ON THEIR GRADUAL EVOLUTION FROM TRANCE ACT TO HARDSTYLE ICON. oday the Netherlands is the epicentre of hardstyle, but The Pitcher have led the way since 2000. The mysterious Michel Pollen, from North Brabant, devised the pioneering project, establishing it with records like ‘Pump It Loud!!’. But, these days, The Pitcher exists as an unusual collaboration. Indeed, Luc van Veghel acts as tour DJ – and The Pitcher’s “face”. (Pollen, a studio rat, is reputedly not fond of the party environment.) “I formerly played as DJ 4Pro-File in small clubs and parties near my village, which was also [how] I met MC DV8 and DJ Slim Shore,” van Veghel says of his involvement in the franchise. “They tipped me as a DJ for The Pitcher and brought me in contact with Michel and [his label] Fusion [Records].” The pair are sharing this interview, even if Pollen answers most of the questions. Still, their roles are changing, he suggests. “Luc and I always exchange ideas for new tracks and lately we have been talking about in what way this project should grow. We both want to explore the boundaries of
hardstyle – both in the commercial sound [as heard on] ‘I Just Can’t Stop’ and the harder sound [on] ‘Enjoy The Music’, but also in an experimental way. The new tracks we are working on have something from all of this in them.” Pollen didn’t celebrate The Pitcher’s 10th anniversary. “To be honest, we didn’t realise that it was our anniversary! But we did thank our fans last year with a year mix. We think it really was a success and are thinking of making it kind of a tradition.” The Pitcher have adapted with the wider hard dance scene. “Ten years ago I mostly produced trance tracks and slowly began to get interested in the harder styles,” Pollen reflects. “That’s when the first Pitcher track was made. I needed to make tracks in different styles to satisfy my creative needs. Now the harder styles have evolved and I can fully put my creativity in hardstyle. The amount of Pitcher releases has grown – and still is [growing].” Fans can anticipate a flood of fresh material. “At the moment we are working on two really
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A CLOUDY COCKTAIL HEADING EVER CLOSER TO OBSERVING TWENTY YEARS AS A BAND, JAMIE STEVENS CLARIFIES HOW THE ARIA AWARD-WINNING INFUSION HAVE REACHED THEIR VARIOUS, OFTEN INTRIGUING CREATIVE DECISIONS. or well over a decade now, Infusion have been producing inventive and thought provoking electronic recordings. Their name will often appear alongside a small few of Australian bands held in high-esteem by both industry colleagues and fans of the genre, yet to a degree, the band maintains an almost underground following, remaining at the relative outskirts of public conscience. One third of the outfit, Jamie Stevens explains how this might have come about.“We have no aspirations to be the world’s biggest band. It’s probably a cliché, but we really want to make good, interesting songs; being sure we’re always pushing ourselves.” The comment very much illuminates many of the murkier areas surrounding Infusion’s career to date and the questions that lie within and between their three studio releases. Negotiating electro, techno, pop and even rock, great and occasionally esoteric transitions bridge the differing sonic and stylistic directions each album has taken. It’s a fact Stevens is aware of, as he suggests the feature is a distinct and deliberate mark on the band’s product.
“The last album [2009’s All Night Sun Light] was probably not what people expected,” Stevens admits. “But this is not a bad thing. It’s an album that the more you listen to, the more it opens up to you. Like a lot of the things we do, there’s an ambiguity in the music. That’s the beauty of it. It’s something that we like to tread. We want to have things that people can’t put their fingers on. Bands like Depeche Mode and New Order… you never knew when you were listening to them back then, exactly what they were doing… painting pictures for you. It’s fun to do that and create that yourself. You need to create drama in the windows so you can have that really special thing. It’s great to take it to a live show and turn it all on its head.” As the trio’s name implies, the creative process is a highly collaborative and multidimensional occasion. “We’re three people, with different influences,” Stevens says. “We’re very much music sponges, absorbing all the time. At some point this all comes tumbling down from each place… we all have our own things that we do when we go our separate
great tracks – hard but melodic,” Pollen continues. “There are also plans for two more tracks. One is already finished, except for the vocals. The other one is also going to be a more commercialsounding track with a female vocalist.” Pollen isn’t fussed about how The Pitcher’s music is categorised. “Well, we still refer to it as hardstyle, but ‘hardstyle’ is just a name. You can call it music – or whatever.” Pollen is a prolific producer whose music has come out under a myriad of handles – he might be dubbed a ghost producer. He’s loosely a part of Donkey Rollers together with DJ Zany – although, again, live, it’s Zany with DJ Jowan plus MC DV8. “Usually, I try to keep them separated, but there are some exceptions,” Pollen says of his outlets. “For example, last month I made a start with producing a Donkey Rollers track. It sounded really hard, just as it should sound for a Donkey track – except that I came up with a melody that was typically Pitcherlike. So we decided to make it a Pitcher track.” The Pitcher have a sense of humour, recently airing a mash-up of The Beatles and Imogen Heap online – something very different to what followers expect. “This was just something for fun,” Pollen confesses. “Making a mash-up is not that hard to do. The vocals and production are already there. Both are just great tracks and fun to transform into hardstyle. The crowd loves them.” Hopefully, van Veghel drops the so-named ‘Twist And Shout’ at Magic City this weekend. “I’m playing for The Pitcher, of course,” he says. “Like always, it will be a DJ set that night – and I’m really looking forward to it.” WHO: The Pitcher WHERE & WHEN: Magic City at Family Friday May 28
ways; it’s about meshing these ideas together when we’re making something.” Stevens’ music career outside of Infusion could be seen as something quite separate, when adjacent to his band duties. As a DJ and producer, the musician very comfortably inhabits the Australian tech house and prog realms, and he insists that both facets to the job are highly entwined. “My solo stuff definitely informs my Infusion work and the sound we occupy. I’ve always prioritised Infusion, but if there’s a gap in my schedule I’ll go back to it. It’s another outlet really – not better or worse. It’s a different mindset… and it goes back to me wanting to keep on pushing. The idea amongst the three of us is trying things and being proud of what we do. That’s really all we can ask for. “And with that, making sure the people that should or want to hear us can. That’s the real battle of it – having it connect with them and giving them songs that mean something.” It’s certainly a battle that’s seen the band move to strike since round one, with past tours sending Japanese and South American audiences into crazed bliss and rapture. “I don’t know what it is about those places,” Stevens reflects. “They tend to have this sense of abandon and tendency to let go. One thing we definitely want to do is promote the latest album more overseas. We’d love to get back on the touring trip and return to Europe and the United States – try to make people more aware of us there.”
WHO: Infusion WHERE & WHEN: Ripe Noosa Festival Saturday May 29
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SUITING UP FOR WINTER SOUND PELLEGRINO OFFERS ITSELF AS HOME TO A NICHE STRAND OF DANCE SOUNDS – WHAT THESE ARE HOWEVER, IS A QUESTION THAT CO-FOUNDER CÉDRIC CAILLOL AKA DJ ORGASMIC STRUGGLES TO ANSWER AS HIS SOUND PELLEGRINO THERMAL TEAM PREPARES TO HEAD DOWN UNDER. ast time I toured, the crowds didn’t get it,” Cédric Caillol admits. The musician is one half of the label’s touring Sound Pellegrino Thermal Team outfit, which features fellow Frenchman Teki Latex (Julien Pradeyrol) in equal measure. “Everyone was thinking I was going to be playing the hard stuff, but I wasn’t into it. Even the DJs that were there to support us… they were all dropping things like Bloody Beetroots. It makes it easier for us and the show if people know what we’ll be doing.” It’s easy to see how the group’s in vogue sound at a given point might be misconstrued or incorrectly labeled. Both Caillol and Pradeyrol make it their direct objective to chase a specific style or image; one that’s in a constant state of flux and progression, growing with every turn. “Right now is just another evolution. We don’t plan our sets, so I can’t really say what our upcoming shows will be like,” admits the DJ. “It’s a free thing and comes from the unconscious. We’re improving it and making
changes all the time. It depends on the party. Expect a lot of new stuff – it’s not going to be a Sound Pellegrino ‘Best Of’. “Everything comes down to the moment. If it’s rainy, we’ll play sunny music… and if it’s sunny, well I don’t know,” he laughs. “When we started out, we didn’t sit down and try to build a sound. There’s definitely something in common with everything we do and the people we collaborate with, but I think it’s all in the approach. We want to go further and always progress.” Prompted on whether their methods towards sustaining an up to the minute sound might limit the label’s identity and accessibility, Caillol answers honestly. “People can decide to do what they want. They can call sounds whatever they think of. This is something we have to do. Basically it’s a passion. I’ve been making mixtapes since I was 13 years old, recording tracks off the radio and cutting two tapes together. With music, it’s a drug or something. Or it’s our food, our lunch… we’ve got to eat it up. We have to – it’s natural.
UNDER THE WATER ZEBRA TALKS TO BEN MOUNT – AKA PENDULUM’S MC VERSE – ABOUT THE PERTH EXPATS’ THIRD STUDIO ALBUM WHILE THEY WAIT FOR MAIN MAN ROB SWIRE TO JOIN THE CONVERSATION. million miles from the sweaty drum’n’bass clubs of Perth and the muddy pits of Glastonbury, Pendulum MC Ben Verse aka Ben Mount sits comfortably in a room on the 24th floor of Sydney’s Intercontinental Hotel overlooking the Opera House on a magnificent Autumn day. Casually chatting about the band’s new album Immersion and their credit card sponsored Home gig later that night, we wait patiently for producer/vocalist/ keyboardist Rob Swire to join us. Mount is very relaxed but incredibly serious about both the band’s direction with the new album and live show, yet won’t discuss label politics or any of the issues that mired the band’s debut Warner release In Silico – which was, for d’n’b fans, one of the most confusing releases of 2008. Insisting that Pendulum are an electronic band like The Prodigy, Immersion and Mount set the record straight for anyone still not convinced by the band’s post‘Tarantula’ direction. “This album has taken some of the vibe of the first album and some of the rock vibe of the second album, so it’s the perfect tonic,” Mount
says, adding that “it groups the two fans, those that like electronic edginess with the those who enjoy the weight of the live element.” Indeed, delivering a much clearer creative statement, Immersion has it all. “There’s a couple of melodic tunes, that you might be able to listen to with you girlfriend,” he says. “’Vultures’ is straight up chaos, then there’s the Pendulum d’n’b tune at the beginning – we’ve touched on all of the barriers.” Spending something like two months on each song, Mount admires the way in which the as yet unseen Swire goes about making music. “Rob is an intense guy,” he says. “There’s no half measures on any level. He’s brilliant to work with and pushes me lyrically.” The only half measure that’s noticeable is Swire’s efforts in the promotions and publicity department as it becomes obvious twenty minutes into our chit-chat that Swire is not going to make it to the interview. Explained as “working on Ableton” either for that night’s show or a new tune, it’s somewhat of a relief to not have to go one-on-one with “an intense guy” but nonetheless
“Everything has to happen at the right time,” he continues. “People will get bored of the same hard stuff and go looking for something else. Someone has to change the game… if it’s the right time. In the ‘90s the dance scene was very electronica, with little differences in the music mixing it up. Since 2000, all the music has been merging together, with all the labels looking to each other and doing the same thing. I just don’t get it. The attitude that you have to go for a market makes sense – I get that, but you have to really go for it. Make people move. Make real bodies move. Recently there’ve been a few genres that have come out of exciting places, a lot from the UK, like the grime house. It’s cool that something else is coming back. I don’t really know what it is, but it’s better… different. It’s not like everything else, where you discover something and suddenly it’s all over the place and everyone has it. The sounds we’re after are for people to be with and live inside. I’m really enjoying the stuff coming out of Mexico right now too, the Guarachero music. It’s the next big thing, kind of very ghetto. It’s a lot of dumb stuff – really cool and cheesy.” Having just marked one year as a company, Sound Pellegrino (Institubes’ latest offshoot) has certainly hit the ground at a fast and forthright pace, perhaps, as Caillol reveals, forgetting to celebrate the moment. “I don’t even know if we did anything special. I can’t remember. We go to a lot of restaurants, maybe we did that, around some nice food. We’ll have to have a proper birthday next year!”
WHO: Sound Pellegrino Thermal Team WHERE & WHEN: Empire Hotel Middle Bar Friday May 28, The Ruby Tramp Sunday Jun 13
disappointing that some of the more serious questions will go unanswered. Explaining the absence, Mount says “Pendulum has influenced DJs to do a live show. A lot of producer-DJs have seen what we do and want to add a drummer,” he says, adding that it’s often with varying degrees of success. Travelling with 2.5 tonnes of gear, a touring party of 12 for the live show plus managers and entourage, Mount insists that the live show has never made any money but is an integral part of the band’s manifesto. “The technology we use on stage, Rob is on to the next level up, he is on the pulse with everything that’s going on, like, he’s on the beta testing teams of software companies and makes presets for Steinberg and stuff.” As Noisia recently confessed in these pages, production outfits often struggle with genre-hopping and that is Pendulum’s ultimate achievement with this record. Joining the likes of The Prodigy (whose Liam Howlett appears on the album), Pendulum’s clearer state of mind going in to album number three has resulted in one of 2010’s most ferocious and carefully considered LPs. “There were comparisons between us and The Prodigy and people were asking ‘is there beef?’,’’ he says when asked if protective Pendulum fans’ imaginations sometimes run a little wild. “‘Are they taking their throne?’,” He asks rhetorically. “That collaboration has completely squashed that notion. We go through Romania and you’ll have father and son teams with the dad wearing The Prodigy shirt and the son wearing the Pendulum shirt, so we see any comparison as a good thing.”
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minh nguyen aka md (EMR) m How did you cho choose oose your MC nam name? e?? Minh Di was actu ually a name given to actually me by my peeps, that’s probably why it sticks (ask your Viet mates what “di” means). But I’m always coming up with new names for myself myself, right now I’m Im Minh Chong Ill. I’ve got more MC names than the entire Wu-Tang Clan. How long have you been rapping? I’ve been rapping for roughly about 6 years I think. Before that I was a white kid living in a trailer park, then I got shot 8 times. Are you affiliated with any crew? For sure, EMR is my crew. We’re puttin’ in mad work with Impossible Odds Records. What can you remember about your first gig? Our first official gig in front of strangers was at an Inala Skate Park. I was so nervous that I blanked and forgot my rhymes. Being the pro that I am, I tried to keep the show moving by freestyling… badly. It was so weak that I had to tell the sound dudes to cut the music. I’m still seeking counseling for that particular incident. Ever excreted any unusual fluids before rocking a show? I usually wet myself intentionally before the show to eliminate the possibility of wetting myself during the show. That way, I’m in control of what is being excreted and when. Your best show and why? We played at The Step Inn once for UD’s birthday bash and it just went off. I’m pretty sure it was directly related
to the amount of alcohol that was consumed. Big up to the bar tenders! What’s your dream collaboration? There’s too many to list. Production wise, I’d love to see us work with dudes like Pete Rock, Alchemist, Hi-Tek, The RZA, DJ Premier (but the list goes on). On the mic I’d love to trade verses with cats like Lyrics Born, Common, Royce Da 5’9, Terminology, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Nas, Far East Movement, Thai, Chino Xl… how much time you got? I’d definitely love to jam with The Roots too. Kanye calls. He’s in tears. He has a banging beat and needs a killer verse by this afternoon. What do you do? Which Kanye? If the old Kanye called, I’d have a seat wetting 16 bars quicker than he could drop out of college. If the new Kanye called, I’d write 16 bars
about how he should have a spoonful of cement and harden the fuck up. What’s the best thing about the local hip hop scene? The best thing about the Brissie hip hop scene is the skills, Brissie cats are so damn talented, and it’s all love too. EMR play Stylin’ Up Saturday May 29. ‘Keep It Raw’ (Impossible Odds Records) is also out Saturday May 29.
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You’ve caught Kumar in an inexorably good mood today. Tiësto agreed to drop the lawsuit, Sidney Samson apologised and agreed to stop making music, Swannie dropped a killer budget and the country that colonised my ancestors’ sub-continent for its empirical ambitions can’t make a clear decision on who should govern it. Of course, the fact that Kumar took out a significant bet with the bookies in 2009, that the British Tory party would govern in a coalition in 2010, has nothing to do with it. At least there is positivity in music. Those laudable and vociferous advertising people who get paid to tell us what we’ll like this year have declared nostalgia to be one of the key trends of 2010. For once, I think they’re right: 2010 has seen an avalanche of classics either unearthed from the vaults or (thankfully) tastefully re-worked. There’s still been some late-term abortions (the last edition of Capers dealt with Sidney Samson’s transgression), but the future looks bright. Norwegian nu disco champ Todd Terje has issued Remasters Of The Universe, a compilation filled with Todd’s unique edits and remixes, on top disco label Permanent Vacation. Standout tune is an exceedingly cheeky edit of Ace of Base’s ‘All That She Wants’, from an artist named Chuck Norris. It’s a more bold decision than the genius who decided to bring back Hey Hey It’s Saturday, to which I offer, as this column is an exercise in positivity, the charity of my silence. Of further note is the uncovering of a 1982 recording from one of my countrymen, Charanjit Singh. Ten Ragas To A Disco Beat was allegedly made using the Roland TB303 and TR808 which were later to become a house music staple, meaning the album pre-dates almost all house music. It’s a replaying of many traditional ragas using this technology, and sounds very relevant even today. Again, there are doubts regarding the authenticity of this recording. If it is correct though, to arrive at acid house music outside the environment of the Chicago warehouses where it was traditionally accepted as germinating, is nothing short of awesome. Continuing 2010’s exceedingly powerful release lineage is The Dance – the new album from Faithless. It’s clubbier than previous Faithless offerings and means that a Faithless live show in Australia is hotly
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POLICE ACADEMY CADET COMES TO THE GOLD COAST
Anyone of a certain age (probably the majority of Time Off readers) will be familiar with the Police Academy movies. Seven films were made between 1984 and 1994, and while there are talks of a revival (what has Steve Guttenberg done since?) it may not happen for a while. Now, we have the chance to get up close and personal with Michael Winslow, who played Cadet Larvell Jones in the series, and is most famous for the sound effects he makes with his voice. A stand-up comedian as well as screen star, Winslow will perform at the Paradise Showroom, Arts Centre Gold Coast Saturday Jul 3. Tickets through theartscentregc.com.au.
SHAKESPEARE ABRIDGED Nineteen of Harvest Rain Theatre Company’s 2010 interns are coming together in the name of Shakespeare to perform A Midsummer Twelfth Night’s MacHamming Of The Shrewlet About Nothing Mucheo (Pyramus And Thisbe Rules, OK), which hypothesises a world in which – God forbid – the ol’ Bard has become irrelevant. So Viola, Lady Macbeth, Hamlet and co. are forced to highlight why Shakespeare today is still the genius he was all those years ago. A Midsummer Twelfth Night… runs Wednesday Jun 9 to Saturday Jun 12 at Mina Parade Warehouse. Tickets through briztix.com.au.
RED DEAD REDEMPTION
THEY KNEW HE WOULD COME, 2010 ANGE LEECH Displaying as part of Melbourne artist Ange Leech’s exhibition Still Running at Boxcopy, Metro Arts, covering installation, collage, and sculpture. Until 4 June.
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THIS WEEK IN WEDNESDAY 26 Briefs - opening night of this boylesque/circus performance from The Brink and Fez Faanana. More info within these very pages (see interview with Mark Winmill). Judith Wright Centre until May 29. Heroes And Magicians: Adventures In The Floating World - a collection of works relating to stories of heroes and tales of adventure, including Ukiyoke prints. QUT Art Museum. Ongoing.
THURSDAY 27 Carnivale Exhibition - exhibition of new and original works by the likes of Rudekat, Shida and Saikoe across canvas, board, masquerade mask, and photography. Opening night features Bboy Apex, Tigermoth, Rudekat, and MCs Yuin Huzami and Kel On Earth. The Fort until Jun 10. Emerging Filmmakers Night - title of the night speaks for itself, a place to meet other filmmakers, with short film showcase and voted-for ‘headline’ feature film. Tonight, either John Jarratt in Savages Crossing or John Cusack in High Fidelity. Tribal Theatre. Ronnie Johns Half Hour - full 80-minute live show featuring all the characters you love from the TV series, including Jesus, Chopper, and Poppy. Gold Coast Arts Centre. Sam Tripoli & Nikki Lynn Katt stand-up sets from Sam Tripoli and Nikki Lynn Katt, supported by Chris Hague and MC Mike van Acker. Sit Down Comedy Club, Paddo Tavern until Saturday May 29.
FRIDAY 28 Ronnie Johns Half Hour - full 80-minute live show featuring all the characters you love from the TV series, including Jesus, Chopper, and Poppy. The Tivoli.
SATURDAY 29 Closer - opening night of Patrick Marber’s play Closer, about a complicated four-way love affair, made into a film starring Clive Owen and Julia Roberts in 2004, which
ARTS now comes to Brisbane. Brisbane Arts Theatre until Jun 19. Comedy Fix - six comedians (headed by Josh Thomas and Claire Hooper) come together to celebrate Queensland’s 151st birthday with a debate over the age old question: Is getting older a good thing? Suncorp Piazza. Human Rights Arts & Film Festival - festival dedicated to showcasing the stories of the various peoples that make up this planet. Today: My Iran For Sale, + forum/music/spoken word (1pm), A Powerful Noise (8pm). Brisbane Powerhouse. L’elisir d’amore (The Elixir Of Love) - final night of Opera Queensland’s production of Gaetano Donizetti’s immortal opera, transported to the Australian outback, which features one the world’s most beautiful arias in Una furtiva lacrima. Lyric Theatre. Life Is A Miracle - feature debut from Serbian filmmaker Emir Kusturica from 1981 telling the story of a man affected by the outbreak of war. World Movies Channel (Foxtel) as part of their 25 Filmmakers You Must See Before You Die series.
SUNDAY 30 Human Rights Arts & Film Festival - festival dedicated to showcasing the stories of the various peoples that make up this planet. Day two includes: REEL Change Shorts + forum (11am) and Pray The Devil Back To Hell + guest speaker (6:30pm). Brisbane Powerhouse.
MONDAY 31 Fat Pig - opening night of QTC’s production of Neil LaBute’s play about a man who falls for a larger woman, much to his friends’ disapproval. Bille Brown Studio until Jun 26.
TUESDAY 1 LightsPlease - opening night of a hip hop/theatre hybrid production, featuring dance, slam poetry, live and digitised music, from Brisbane collective SexyKnickers. Sue Brenner Theatre, Metro Arts.
HANGING WITH THE JOHNS THE RONNIE JOHNS HALF HOUR WAS ONE OF THOSE TV SHOWS THAT ENDED TOO SOON. THANKFULLY IT’S NOW COMING TO A STAGE NEAR YOU. LIZ GIUFFRE TALKS TO JAMES ‘JESUS’ PENDER.
s one of the players in the Ronnie Johns comedy spectacular, James Pender has become a bit of a legend. His time with Johns was spent impersonating Jesus (as you do), but since the show he’s been off in Paris to be a lawyer (again, as you do). What brought him back was the bright lights of the Australian stage and the promise of more funny business. “I went overseas for four years working as a lawyer, but about a year ago our producer said let’s get it all back together, which suited me really well,” he says. “I’d had just enough time in that world to realise that stuff wasn’t for me.” Along with Pender, the Ronnie Johns show was also the first home of Health Franklin’s Chopper, a nursery for the Axis Of Awesome (Jordan Raskopoulos), and starter for rising stand up Felicity Ward (who played the curious and slightly unhinged little girl, Poppy). “We’re getting the band back together, and it wasn’t too hard to convince us,” Pender explains. While it might be a gear change from an office job and steady income, it’s one he’s looking forward to. “I was talking to Health Franklin and he was saying he was working with a Canadian comedian about going into a show and asked ‘should I wear my suit’?, which was funny because, well, as a comedian we’ve mostly only got the one. So I guess it’s not a normal thing to go from a proper job to comedy, but then again there’s lots of lawyers who’ve gone into comedy, maybe just about of boredom!”
Getting the Ronnie Johns stage show happening was a nice chance for the cast to regroup, relive some old moments and characters as well as develop some new material. “I think we’ll have a lot of the old characters in new situations,” Pender explains. “So Felicity’s Poppy will have a bit about footballer’s behaviour, while Jordan [Raskopoulos] will be back as the gnocchi guy, you know, ‘it’s potatoes not pastas’, he’ll be singing about that, Jesus is in a new scenario and Chopper’s got some new stuff. So it’s the characters that people really liked to see but not doing the stuff that they hated watching on TV. “There’ll also be some new characters, some that we had in the TV show that were on the bench, they just didn’t quite make it to the screen but they have stuff that we all loved. It’s probably a bit naughtier, if that’s possible, but that stuff’s now making it onto the stage, and it’s a good opportunity to get that stuff out there.” In putting the show together Pender and the group had a writing workshop (“well, it was really a holiday at the beach to come up with some new ideas”), but he’s confident with what they’ve got to show existing and soon-to-be Ronnie Johns fans. “A lot of the show is new but then there’s a couple of the sketches that worked really well in the show will get a go, so there is the odd old favourite in there as well.” WHAT: The Ronnie Johns Half Hour Live On Stage WHERE & WHEN: The Tivoli Friday 28 May
PS3/Xbox 360 Few video games make you wish you lived in the world they’ve created. Like, very few. Like, couldn’t name a single one before last weekend few. However, that’s all changed. Coming out of an all-night Red Dead Redemption bender on Sunday morning the real world suddenly seemed empty and lifeless. Boring. Such is the nature of Rockstar Games’ latest beast. What we have in Red Dead Redemption is a video game so well constructed, so lovingly crafted, so stunning to look at and enjoyable/addictive to explore that you cannot deny calling it one of the defining cultural texts of this generation. This is a video game that has immediately become the benchmark; like Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto III before it soon you won’t be able to remember the days before Red Dead Redemption. Howewer, to describe RDR as a ‘game’ seems shallow. Never before has such a vast world been realised nor such an authentic period of time recreated. It’s more of an experience, a description that can only be understood once you’ve played it. Does it sound weird to feel a kinship with a fictional horse? Does it feel kinda creepy to shape a character to your personality to the point where you yourself become the protagonist? If it does, then you simply haven’t yet played RDR. To the basics: The missions are more thought out than in GTA IV. They rely more on your own intelligence than skill with the button (although in the
massive shootouts you’re going to need to be very flexible with your thumbs and fingers), and they are less repetitive. Want to steal a train? There’s a mission for that. Want to blow up carts with ye olde dynamite? There’s a mission for that. Want to save a woman from hanging? You guessed it. In fact, there’s a mission for pretty much anything you could possibly want to do in the Wild West, and if there’s not, it’s simply there in the game. Duel? Check. Texas Hold ’Em? Check. Drink yourself into a disgraceful state of drunken bliss? Check. Skin your own horse? Um. Check. Hours can also easily be spent wandering the game’s various terrains getting lost in its deserts, watching the sun set, the stars twinkle, the wildlife frolic. How you interact with the world around you changes every time, whether you actively engage in it or not. Red Dead Redemption is, whilst hard to fathom, a living entity, which is what makes it so absolutely incredible to play and explore. The game is full of Rockstar’s usual humour (and the game is often unintentionally hilarious, like when you whistle for your horse and it gallops straight past you and over a cliff) and the cut-scenes are cinematic to say the least. RDR’s realism, over the cartoonish nature of GTA, makes for a richer experience – and you certainly choose your actions a lot more carefully. Morals were never questioned in GTA - here, every time. Hats off to Rockstar’s Dan and Sam Houser for creating this masterpiece of a game that will, without doubt, live long in the lives of all who buy it. A must-buy. DANIEL CRICHTON-ROUSE
THE POSTER BOY FOR THE HIGH-FLYING ‘BURLESQUE WITH BALLS’ CIRCUS TROUPE BEHIND BRIEFS, THE VERY TALENTED MARK WINMILL, TALKS TO BAZ MCALISTER ABOUT HOW HE AND HIS COHORTS ARE MAKING A CONCERTED EFFORT TO BRING BACK VAUDEVILLE – AND A BIT OF EXCITEMENT AND NOVELTY – TO THE STAGE.
ellie the Elephant, as the song goes, packed her trunk and said goodbye to the circus. But the high-flying entertainers behind Briefs stayed with the circus – and boy, can they pack out a pair of trunks. The strapping six have come together to wow patrons at the Judith Wright Centre by means of a show that combines circus, cabaret, boylesque, and vaudeville in a variety show like no other. And in Brisbane, any line-up like that cannot exclude performer Mark Winmill, a veteran of the discipline. Winmill’s father was an old vaudevillian and circus performer in the ’60s, and he says it’s in his blood. “My father used to be on the circuit in the ’60s and he told stories of these really raucous performance nights in the ’60s with these really skilled performers, which were lots of fun for the patrons,” Winmill says. “He was an acrobatic clown, a slapstick tumbler in the ’60s. He had a duo act, the Flying Warrens, and then he started joining up with circuses and he taught me some tumbling when I was about ten. I got a bit annoyed with it and I was over it by the age of 13. So I had this massive gap where I had nothing to do with the business at all. “I didn’t start doing circus properly until I was 20. But as kids we got taken to the circus, we’d go and hang out in the ringmaster’s caravan with this crazy big old lion head – lots of memories. And now it’s come full circle. Ten years ago I never thought I’d be doing this. I always wanted to be a vet! I was nearly there but I wasn’t smart enough.” Winmill mulls over the reasons for this for a moment. Perhaps it was because the circuses he was going to as a kid still had herds of exotic animals in tow. “Yeah, it was still cool to have the animals at the circus in the ’80s,” he grins. “The ringmaster, who was my father’s boss, he had the big pride of lions, the baboons – everything. I’ve always been obsessed with animals since I was a kid.” We’re chatting over coffee in the Judy’s foyer and our gaze wanders to the side momentarily, to the entryway to the Briefs installation, a companion piece to the show.
There’s a photo of Winmill in full costume. It’s a wake-up call to see the performer in full flow, a far cry from the relatively soft-spoken fellow across the way. Winmill says the boylesque aesthetic, a mix of circus and boylesque, is what sets him apart from other performers. “People expect a hula-hoop act to have a smiley face but if I look a bit psychotic - it keeps things interesting! It’s always evolving, boylesque,” he says. This is in contrast to burlesque, which he says is standing still after a huge resurgence in the last few years, while vaudeville’s on the rise now. “When I was in London last year I saw a lot of vaudeville acts within cabaret and burlesque shows,” Winmill says. “Maybe because vaudeville’s not as sexy as burlesque it’s not as popular, but burlesque has gone AWOL in my opinion, because all the girls who do it just think it’s about beauty. But if you research burlesque it’s all about movement, comedy, raucousness. It’s gone a bit dull.” It could be a mission statement for Briefs to put together the least dull show on Brisbane stages this year. There will be a bar, first and foremost, because “it’s not true cabaret unless you can have a drink”. There will be performers doing aerials over a table-seated audience. There’ll be a big group feather fan dance, which is “quite deadpan but quite beautiful as well”. Basically the brief has been to put together a variety show in every sense of the phrase. “The MC, Fez Faanaa, his drag character is a politically based satirist and does some hip hop rhyming, and has a bit of a foul mouth, but it’s really welcoming – it doesn’t push the audience away at all,” Winmill says. “He’s Samoan, naturally funny, and he’s been researching clowning in Samoa; it’s such an ancient art form. There was always one clown in every village and they’d put on these spontaneous shows ... But his stuff is really clever, it’s not typical drag.” Both men have worked together numerous times and, along with the rest of the cast of Briefs, have diligently developed their acts over many years. “We’ve worked up these acts in
STUDLY underground clubs. The whole idea with Briefs was to try new acts and see if they work. But this show is all our polished acts, like Mali (De Goey) has been doing handstands for ten years and his act is just fucking primo, and Rudi (Mineur) does Chinese poles. Davy (Sampford) the juggler used to be with Circa. Before Briefs kicked off we did a lot of nightclub shows, and for my nightclub shows I’d pick a new track every time ... But the crowd in nightclubs love whatever you do because it’s 1am!” It sounds exhausting and exhilarating in equal measure, and Winmill says that the show will have a broad appeal. While he opines that Brisbane theatre is for the most part a little staid and is failing to have mass audience appeal, Briefs is a night out that is for one and all. “Our stuff is accessible to a straight audience, a queer audience, a retiree audience, even a teenage audience. It’s cheeky but not in bad taste,” he says. WHAT: Briefs WHERE & WHEN: Judith Wright Centre until Saturday May 29
C U LT U R A L
WITH MANDY KOHLER What is it with all the Australians making it big in Hollywood? Seriously, do Americans not know how much we hang shit on them? Or that many of us detest the loud and proud American attitude? Is it possible to have two Americans on the same bus and not know they’re there? Despite Australia’s lukewarm attitude to Yanks, they seem to be re-homing Australian ex-soap stars by the score. Maybe we appear to them as Earth does in The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy mostly harmless. In any case, on a per capita basis, Australia must be the most successful country for showbiz pundits other than America itself. More impressive than the antipodeans of the superstar variety a la Cate Blanchett, Hugh Jackman, and Sam Worthington is the number of Aussie actors scoring top roles in the bread and butter industry of television. Look to the top rating shows each week and the cast of several of them will contain a member who knows how to
pronounce aluminium. Jesse Spencer as Dr. Robert Chase has been in top rating show House since 2004, Anna Torv as FBI agent Olivia Dunham carries JJ Abrams’ project Fringe, and Simon Baker is starring in his second hit show with The Mentalist after a three year run with The Guardian. Then there’s Ryan Kwanten’s buff Jason Stackhouse of True Blood who resembles hardly anything of the slightly chubby Vinnie of Home And Away of a few years ago. The list goes on. All your friends leaving Brisbane? If they’ve any potential they’ll soon be gone from Australia all together. Why has this trend emerged? Perhaps Australian actors possess the salt of the Earth qualities that Americans imagine themselves to possess, maybe it’s some kind of post-colonial bond tied with the tiny amount of exoticism that an Australian presence loans to a production - an ability to stand out, and fit in; that’s a marketable skill in a Caucasiandominated scene. Maybe some people just got lucky. We should probably
be grateful that the seeds sown here grow there rather than shriveling up under the pesticide of the Australian film industry. I Love You Too was the last good Australian film Cringe saw. Two of its stars, Yvonne Starhovski and Rose Byrne, both also have hit American TV shows so we probably won’t see much more of them till the off-season. There have been other good and successful Australian films recently but claiming the ability of a handful of co-productions to turn a profit as a victory of Australian cinema is grasping at straws; though, actors fleeing Australia like entertainment industry refugees contribute to the drain of talent present, and working professionally at least there’s representatives in Lalaland making us look good (or at least negating the efforts of Mel Gibson to make us look like racist drunkards). One day there’ll again be money in making Australian films and television. Until that day comes, when all the private jets come back to the shore, best of luck to those seeking success OS, get made in America.
PIGGY IN THE MIDDLE
FROM THE MIND OF ONE OF CONTEMPORARY THEATRE’S CONTROVERSIAL VOICES, NEIL LABUTE, COMES FAT PIG, WHICH QTC PERFORMS THIS COMING MONTH. ADAM BRUNES TALKS TO ACTRESS PAIGE GARDINER.
ueensland Theatre Company’s production of Neil LaBute’s provocatively titled Fat Pig is certainly one of this year’s most anticipated shows. Winner of the 2005 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Play, Fat Pig at last receives its Queensland premiere this month and we predict audiences are in for a real straightto-the-thighs treat. American playwright LaBute has been polarising audiences since 1997 with his politically incorrect and insulting plays. Perhaps his most shocking to date is The Mercy Seat, the story of a contemptible New Yorker who cheated September 11 death when he skipped work at the Twin Towers for a quickie blowjob from his mistress-boss. The critically-acclaimed play premiered in 2002 while the Towers were still smoldering, with LaBute admitting he strives to “cause trouble on stage”. With Fat Pig, an amorality play about obesity and vanity, you can bet your last Krispy Kreme no one is safe from LaBute’s acid wit. The story is a relatively simple one. When Tom falls in love with the [euphemism alert] shapely Helen, he
is ecstatic, yet he can’t bring himself to tell his fat-phobic colleagues Carter and Jeannie about his plussized squeeze. In Morgan Dowsett’s new production for QTC, recent NIDA graduate Paige Gardiner plays the vindictive vixen Jeannie - Tom’s ex-girlfriend and the Amanda to Helen’s Ugly Betty. “When I first read the script I laughed out loud quite a few times, more because I couldn’t believe what LaBute was saying. It says a lot of things that we all think but no one ever says; it’s pretty gutsy,” Gardiner says. “I’ve never played a role like this, which is so nasty. It’s fun, but as we progress further into the rehearsal process I’m starting to finish the days feeling a bit awful and nasty. I kind of want to go and wash it all off! Paige joins Christopher Sommers, Steven Rooke and Amy Ingram, who replaces Rebel Wilson in the role of Helen. “The initial reading and rehearsals certainly felt a bit awkward because I’d only just met Amy and I didn’t know how she’d take it or how she felt about the role,” Gardiner says of her character’s rapid-fire fat jokes towards Helen. “Amy’s
Adrian Deans A book like Mr Cleansheets can only work once every four years. That is, when the FIFA World Cup is imminent, and football, or soccer in the Australian vocabulary, is at the forefront of everyone’s minds. Obviously a football tragic, Deans has justified a novel based on an English non-league club’s assault on the sought after FA Cup by spicing it up with turf wars, international terrorism, and neo-nazis.
absolutely gorgeous... so I feel quite awful saying all these terrible things because really she’s a stunning, beautiful girl.” For all its cruelty, Gardiner maintains Fat Pig is a hopeful play about not conforming (in this case downsizing) to satisfy societal pressures. “Helen really is comfortable with herself and she’s determined to find someone who loves her for who she is because she doesn’t want to change or be like someone else or look like someone else. “We had a [play briefing] the other day and someone asked Amy how she felt about being cast in the role. She said quite simply
that she’s comfortable with who she is,” Gardiner says. “I admire that, because I’m not necessarily comfortable with who I am, and yet I’m playing the character that really is supposed to be entirely comfortable with herself. When I go home at night I think about how the roles are reversed and about how I can become comfortable in my own skin the way [Amy] is... I think it’s incredible, and that’s really what this play is about.” WHAT: Fat Pig WHERE & WHEN: Bille Brown Studio Monday May 31 to Saturday Jun 26
The book creates no illusions that it’s telling an unrealistic tale. The narrator Eric Judd, a goalkeeper known affectionately by the nickname Mr Cheansheets, is a 40-year-old Sydney-sider who heads to England in search of the big time, inevitably and inadvertently finding himself mixed up a terrorism plot and in the company of a small club of highly talented but unmotivated individuals. It’s a standard narrative structure the whole way through, and you can tell fairly accurately exactly when a lull’s going to pick up and excitement’s on the next page. But it benefits from such a formula; because it’s not portraying an important message, Cleansheets is just a feel good tale looking to enjoy its own infectious nature. Perhaps the best signifier of Deans’ skill in creating the on field atmosphere is
that you’re usually looking for the crime fighting to subside and for more football to come to the fore. Climaxing just the way you’d expect – in a blaze of glory and with three storylines coming together – it’ll be difficult to anyone without a football penchant. But in this climate, thoroughly enjoyable. WHEN: Available now through Vulgar Press SCOTT FITZSIMONS
ARTISTS TO INHABIT BRISBANE LANES The Brisbane City Council are taking a page out of Melbourne’s book and revitalising our laneways for a three-week period in June during a festival called Inhabit Fiesta. Combining live music and performance, and installations, alleyways that will be transformed include Burnett Lane (live music and circus), Island Court (cabaret), Eagle Lane (street art), as well as Alleyway 109 behind Metro Arts and Spencer Lane, which will feature a specially commissioned work by Kate Shaw. All events are free to head to ourbrisbane.com/inhabit now for the full schedule. Inhabit Fiesta runs Thursday Jun 10 to Friday Jun 27.
VALLEY GETS NEW INDIE-FOCUSED MARKET Fortitude Valley is about to get a new gallery space, a new fresh produce store, a new place to buy music, and lots of knick knacks to browse. Laneway Markets are starting up late July, spilling through the lanes of central Fortitude Valley offering a place for emerging designers, artists, musicians, fashion designers, and fresh produce growers to sell their wares, and a place for those interested in such items a place to browse and buy them. Details are still scarce; however, if you’re interested in running a stall at Laneway Markets, head to valleylanewaymarkets.com.
GIVEAWAY! When his best mate is killed by a local gang, almost immediately following the death of his wife, Harry Brown seeks vengence. Billed as the British response to Clint Eastwood’s Gran Torino, Harry Brown stars Michael Caine (who else?) at his best. Thanks to Icon Film Distribution we’ve got a double in-season pass to the film with a copy of Plan B’s Strickland Banks album to giveaway (Plan B - AKA Ben Drew - stars in the film). For your chance to win, email email@example.com with ‘HARRY BROWN’ in the subject line.
The crew behind The Ronnie Johns Half Hour (starring Felicity War, Heath ‘Chopper’ Franklin, James Pender, and Axis Of Awesome’s Jordan Raskopoulos), much to fans’ delight, have decided to take their show on the road, extending the half hour to a full-length 80 minutes in the process. Thanks to Laughing Stock we’ve got five double passes to their Tivoli show this Friday May 28. For your chance to win email firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘RONNIE JOHNS’ in the subject line.
ALEX GILLIES EXHIBITION EXPLORES THE OLD Local man about town, musician, Time Off reviewer, and artist Alex Gillies is hosting his latest exhibition at Doggett Street Studio Friday Jun 4 to Thursday Jun 17. Luddite, an exhibition of relief prints produced from woodblocks, explores the idea of old vs new, forgetting the likes of iPads and celebrating the typewriter; preferring 1932 Ford Coupes instead of Aston Martin Vanquishes. For a sneak peek at Gillies’ work, head to againstthewoodgrain. wordpress.com.
Don’t let the title fool you; The Losers wouldn’t have any trouble getting dates. This crack team of commandos is the latest in what is becoming an interminably long list of comic-book adaptations, albeit it one that is sharp, snappy and mercifully short enough to sit though. Led by the gruffly affable Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Watchmen), The Losers consist of Idris Elba (AKA Stringer Bell from The Wire), Columbus Short, Óscar Jaenada, and comic adaptation addict Chris Evans. The team is a deadly mix of talents and temperaments, with Evans drawing the short straw for comic relief. After a botched job in Bolivia, the Losers are worse than persona non grata, they’re declared dead. In an effort to return Stateside and dish out vengeance on the mysterious Max (Jason Patric), the man behind their attempted murder, the crew reluctantly align with the alluring Aisha (Zoe Saldana). Action scene after loud, jump cut happy action scene ensue, in what is a Scooby Doo-like formula that all too presumptuously sets up a sequel. This is the type of film where shakycam and sexy, slo-mo sequences are supposed to make up for a weak script where every plot point is signposted in neon. But, surprisingly, it works! Like a greasy fast food meal, The Losers is the perfect blend of sugary substance and managed expectations. Fun performances (excluding Patric’s bizarre attempt at a psychopath), a great soundtrack, and gratuitous shots of Saldana’s lithe body mean The Losers turns out to be a lot of fun indeed. WHEN: Screening in cinemas from Thursday May 27 ALICE TYNAN
City Island is a thoroughly enjoyable movie despite its soap opera-esque plot which relies on people hiding the truth. You sometimes feel like yelling, “Just tell them what you’re doing!”, but then there wouldn’t be a story. It’s a fairly broad comedy-drama, but the very watchable actors and big heart make you forgive its shortcomings. The audience at the Tribeca Film Festival was obviously not bothered, giving it the Audience Award. Vince Rizzo, played with authentic gusto by Andy Garcia, lives in a quaint area of the Bronx – the eponymous City Island. He’s a corrections officer and takes acting lessons on the sly, because he’s ashamed to tell his straight talking wife (Julianna Margulies). When Vince and fellow actor Molly (the always compelling Emily Mortimer) do an acting exercise where they reveal their deepest secret, Vince admits he’s just met his secret illegitimate son (Steven Strait), who’s a prisoner about to be released. Vince takes him home – not revealing his identity but saying that he’s doing the guy a favour as he doesn’t have other family. You can see how Vince’s secrets will catch up with him, and when you add his daughter’s secretive pole dancing to pay for college and his son’s obsession with feeding obese women, the deceptions threaten to boil over with comic consequences. This is a small, independent American movie which we don’t often get to see, so take the opportunity to enjoy what they can do without the big budgets and test audiences. WHEN: Screening in cinemas from Thursday May 27 VICKI ENGLUND
DEBATE: IS GETTING OLDER A GOOD THING? THIS WEEK AS OUR STATE CELEBRATES ITS 151ST BIRTHDAY, SIX COMEDIANS WILL COME TOGETHER TO DEBATE THAT AGE-OLD QUESTION: IS GETTING OLDER A GOOD THING? CLAIRE HOOPER AND MELINDA BUTTLE ARGUE THEIR CASE. CASE FOR THE NEGATIVE: CLAIRE HOOPER i there. I’m about to be up in Brisbane for a birthday party. You can come. Usually I don’t go to birthday parties more than a few years outside of my own age. Like, I still feel too young to attend a 40th, but I’m definitely no longer comfortable going to a 21st. Frankly, I’m terrified I’ll be the person at the 21st saying, “Hey, I remember these fashions from last time around! Am I right…? I’m right!” [High five self.] And then someone will put on the music and I’ll see my reflection in the mirror and realise I’ve started dancing like my mother (one of the seven signs of aging), and then I’ll have to go home and lock myself inside for the rest of my life. Oh, also, I don’t want to go to a 21st because groups of 21-year-olds are really annoying. (That’s another of the seven signs of aging; you can no longer cope with more than one young person at a time.) Anyway, this weekend I’m attending
a 151st birthday party. So what do you give an old lady who’s turning 151? The Brisbane Premier’s Department Comedy Fix Debate. I’ll be debating that it’s better to be young than old. Which is too easy. I mean, the further you are from death, the better. Case closed. But, just to mess with everybody’s tiny minds, I’ll be arguing against Josh Thomas. You heard me right. The perpetually foetal boy comic will be arguing in favour of old age. It’s hard to know who this will confuse more; us or him. Or the old people who just gave that nice young boy 20 cents for lollies. (That’s the seventh sign of aging. You think 20 cents can still buy something. Lollies cost $2 nowadays, nanna, wake up to the future.) CASE FOR THE AFFIRMATIVE: MELINDA BUTTLE I am looking forward to the Comedy Fix debate next weekend because the debating itself will be like high school again; palm cards, making excellent points, and no boys wanting to going out with me because I’m on the debate team. I’m looking forward
to saying phrases like “in summary”, “statistically speaking”, and wearing a blazer. There’s no blazer? Well statistically speaking in 87 per cent of debates a blazer is worn. In summary, I’m going blazer shopping. I am not afraid of growing old at all – old people get discounts at the movies, excellent seats on the train, and get to wear tracksuits on formal occasions. Everyone wins! I mean who really wants to stay young? For me, if I stayed young the worst part would be living my whole life wearing sequined scrunchies and doing the Macarena to impress boys at parties. People listen to you when you’re old. You get to talk about your intimate health problems to retail workers, hairdressers, and anyone on a bus. Being old also means you get to host a morning TV show and wear low cut necklines - that might just apply to Kerri-Anne Kennerley though. I mean I know so much more now than ten years ago when I was younger. Ten years ago I was 18 and I wish I knew then that Ninja Turtle doona covers and matching pillow cases had no place at schoolies week. Josh Thomas and Claire Hooper will also perform stand-up sets before the debate. WHAT: Queensland Week Comedy Fix WHERE & WHEN: Suncorp Piazza Saturday May 29
MOVING PICTURES: FILMS INFORMED BY FINE WORKS OF ART By John Eagle 1. Nightwatching (2007) - Rembrandt van Rijn’s The Nightwatch 2. Girl With A Pearl Earring (2003) Johannes Vermeer’s painting of the same name. 3. Red Dragon (2004) - William Blake’s The Great Red Dragon And The Woman Clothed With The Sun 4. Days Of Heaven (1978) - Andrew Wyeth’s Christina’s World 5. The Gospel According To St. Matthew (1964) - the oeuvre of Peter Breugel. 6. The Insider (1999) - Grant Wood’s The Midnight Ride Of Paul Revere 7. Heat (1995) - Alex Colville’s Pacific
SIX PACK GEOFF SABIAN & THE MERCENARIES
ANDREA SOLER CAPTIVATING AND IMPASSIONED SONGSTRESS ANDREA SOLER HAS BEEN WOWING THEM AT THE ISLE OF WIGHT AND SUNRISE FESTIVALS IN THE U.K., AS WELL AS IN ABBEY ROAD STUDIOS. NOW, WITH THE RELEASE OF HER DEBUT ALBUM, EARTH ON AN AXIS, IT’S FINALLY QUEENSLAND’S TURN. A SEVERELY SMITTEN TONY MCMAHON LISTENS IN. “Music makes me happy,” says Soler, talking about the extraordinarily positive energy she brings to her work. “I can’t help but feel positive when playing live or when working on a song. I love connecting with the crowd and every gig I do I try and give them everything I’ve got. When I’m seeing people smiling, and cheering, in some cases dancing on tables, then I know I’ve done my job. Music is a powerful tool and in my opinion, like any other art form, is to be used for the greater good. After all, it’s there to be enjoyed.” Even though she’s only just returned from Europe, Soler has the decided air of a musician this country may lose permanently. She doesn’t come straight out and say it, but the undercurrent of her conversation suggests punters should adopt a use-it-or-lose it policy with this wonderful artist.
“Travelling really influenced some big changes in me personally and musically. I discovered my French roots, and learnt to sing in French, which was one of my biggest dreams. I played in smoky bars in Paris, and then moved on to the U.K. where I played at festivals and basically had a jolly good time. There are so many opportunities to get your music heard over there. After nearly four years of being a gypsy, I must admit I was really looking forward to coming home. I wanted to test the waters and see how my music would go back here because Australia is where my heart is at. In saying that, the gypsy blood is strong in me so I am planning to return to Europe in the summer of 2011 and do an album launch tour with my U.K. band.” WHO: Andrea Soler WHAT: Earth On An Axis (Independent) WHERE & WHEN: D’Alliance Festival Saturday May 29, Surfers Paradise Festival Monday Jun 14, Upfront Club, Maleny Saturday Jun 19, Fête de la Musique Monday Jun 21
MELBOURNE ALT INDIE-POPPER NICHOLAS ROY HAS A BRAND NEW EP, IT’S ALL MY FAULT, AND HE’S SHARING THE LOVE WITH BRISBANE THIS WEEKEND. MITCH KNOX CATCHES UP WITH HIM BEFORE HIS ARRIVAL.
“It was my manager!” Roy exclaims, ever-so-deftly dodging the point of just what “it” was. “Even if I did it, he always got the blame.” That doesn’t seem entirely fair, but one gets the feeling Roy mightn’t take things as seriously as everyone else. Everything is just a little tongue-in-cheek. His big hope during the EP’s creation was that “my old computer did not give up on me”. Also during the recording of It’s All My Fault, the process was allegedly akin to “hibernating inside four walls and a ceiling,” with “a Mac, a mic, keyboards and an acoustic guitar”. But Roy says it wasn’t quite like that at all. “Not really,” he muses. “I also went to the kitchen from time to time.”
Roy is a man of simple pleasures (his favourite track from the EP is ‘Everybody Talks’ – “because that’s all we do: talk,” he says), and he never receives greater reward from his craft than simply knowing people enjoy his music. “Meeting with the people who like my music, and hearing them singing the words to my songs; now, that’s really something!” he enthuses. Roy will be playing with long-time friend Diana Anaid, who he says he has known for five or six years (“it was love at first sight”), at X&Y Bar this Friday, which will give local audiences a chance to experience the music from the EP which, as Roy so typically succinctly summarises, was built on “late nights [and] lots of coffee”. We’ve all been there. WHO: Nicholas Roy WHERE & WHEN: X&Y Bar Friday May 28
IMPOSSIBLE ODDS INDIGENOUS HIP HOP OUTFIT IMPOSSIBLE ODDS, AKA RIVAL MC AND DJ RETURN AGAIN (REAL NAMES FRED LEONE AND JAMES VINCENT), ARE KEEPING BUSY PREPARING FOR THIS YEAR’S STYLIN’ UP FESTIVAL AND A THIRD QUARTER ALBUM RELEASE. MITCH KNOX CATCHES UP WITH LEONE. Fred Leone, also known as Rival MC of local hip hop duo Impossible Odds, doesn’t do things in half measures. With a near (but not quite) 100 percent performance rate at previous years’ Stylin’ Up indigenous youth and culture festivals, Leone is absolutely no stranger to the stages to which he will take at the event this year. “I’ve performed at almost every one with the exception of two,” he recounts. “My first Stylin’ Up was the very first, in 2000. I was in Recipe 4 Disaster at the time, or Willing & Able with DJ Kode Red and MC Sabre. Those were the days! I think for me personally, having children has expanded my world view and had me re-evaluate my style and what myself and the music we make as Impossible Odds stands for.” It’s unsurprising that Leone has developed and matured as a performer over the past decade. Although his starting influence came from the ghetto cultures of the United States, increasingly, the burgeoning scene here at home has inspired him.
“My peers have commented that I have a very contrasting style, with punchy arrangements,” says Sabian. “So creating the music acoustically works on its own, but with a band it’s just amplified and more punch in the power chords. The first instrument I played was the drums, then the bass and now guitar, so I’ve always heard the fundamental elements of a band in the music that I strummed on my acoustic.” In fact, Sabian started his musical career as a solo artist, but we have a party atmosphere to thank for the formation of The Mercenaries. “When I was living on the Sunshine Coast, I came to Brisbane for a friend’s birthday party. I got up and sang a whole set with his band. We had a blast and everyone commented that it sounded sweet. I liked his band’s sonic boom and thought it could compliment my tunes so I asked him after if he’d like to listen to my shit. He put it to certain members of his band as a side project. We got together, jammed for a few hours and creamed well. Then I moved to Brisbane and found more of a vibe for
live original bands than solo covers. Now we’re writing songs together and forming an album.” And for those who make it to the Tempo Hotel on Tuesday, Sabian promises nothing short of a visceral experience. “We want people to feel and experience as well as listen to our music. We are a get up and move band as well as a heartfelt listen to band. We’ll be headlining the night with a high energy, contagious live performance and a kick in the teeth, punch rock sonic feast for those that want to feel not just listen to music.” WHO: Geoff Sabian and the Mercenaries WHERE & WHEN: Tempo Hotel Tuesday Jun 1
THE SCOTCH OF SAINT JAMES
Nicholas Roy seems an introverted, but together, sort; far from the typical artistic trap of wanking on for days about how some repressed childhood trauma manifested itself through song as he was trying to create his masterpiece, Roy is frank, direct, realistic and to the point about his forthcoming EP It’s All My Fault. Although he wouldn’t tell Time Off exactly what was his fault, there are suggestions of maybe some managerial manipulation at play here.
LOCAL OUTFIT GEOFF SABIAN & THE MERCENARIES CLAIM TO HAVE MASTERED THE DIFFICULT ART OF COMBINING ACOUSTIC SOUNDS WITH HARD ROCK. FRONTMAN GEOFF SABIAN TALKS TO A FASCINATED TONY MCMAHON.
IF TIME OFF HAD AN AWARD FOR BEST BAND AND ALBUM NAMES, PERTH QUARTET THE SCOTCH OF SAINT JAMES AND THEIR DEBUT ALBUM, VIGILANTE NECK TIE PARTY WOULD HAVE TO BE RIGHT UP THERE. FRONTMAN MICHAEL PAVER TALKS TO TONY MCMAHON ABOUT THE ORIGIN OF NAMES AND WHAT IT FEELS LIKE TO BE COMPARED TO QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE. “The band name pretty much came about as a slight tip of the cap to the yesteryear as there used to be a club in the 60s which went under the same name where all the chaps of the business used to hang out. The album came about during some reading and researching about something or other. A vigilante neck tie party used to occur in the days before police where ‘home made justice squads’ would round up the unsavoury characters of the population and hang them in the town square. As the album has a lot of social statements in it the words seemed to fit the image.”
fact that they predominately sound like themselves, so, if we sound like us then [that’s] awesome. The bands mentioned have all changed and influenced modern music in some way, so it is flattering to say the least, but it’s probably us saying we sound like them anyway.” It seems the band are very much looking forward to being back in Brisbane, although there might be one or two places they avoid. And it would probably be advisable for the alcohol industry as a whole to make sure it’s well stocked for the visit. “Last time we were in Brisbane we put our whole tour income on the bar and then met some people, then got kicked out... but we’re back.”
Having his band compared to Queens of the Stone Age and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club doesn’t faze Paver at all, probably, he says, because he was the one who said it.
WHO: The Scotch of Saint James
“We’re just TSOSJ (pronounced sausage in shorthand). The nice thing about the aforementioned bands is the
WHERE & WHEN: X&Y Bar Thursday May 27
WHAT: Vigilante Neck Tie Party (Shock)
“I think in terms of the U.S. scene there needs to be a renaissance of sorts. Back to the days before cash and sex ruled and dudes were just real and not caught up in their own egos,” he says. “But … there are a lot of those straight-up fellas that just spit reality but can also cut it up lyrically. “Australia, I think, is still only in its infancy, but look at what we’re producing for a scene that’s only been around, what, since the late 80s. Musically I like the fact that hip hop in Australia is always local in a way; familiar. You can always relate to it!” Following their spot at Stylin’ Up, there will be little time for pause in the hectic lives of Impossible Odds. Hints Leone, “[we are] hard at work at the moment on our debut LP which we’ll be dropping in September, followed closely by a little east coast tour.” WHO: Impossible Odds WHERE & WHEN: CJ Greenfields Sports Complex Saturday May 29
MELBOURNE SONGSTRESS WENDY RULE IS RELEASING NEW FULL-LENGTH GUIDED BY VENUS TO THE REST OF THE COUNTRY AFTER A SUCCESSFUL LAUNCH AT HOME EARLIER THIS YEAR. MITCH KNOX CATCHES UP WITH THE SPELLBINDING SONGWRITER BEFORE SHE HEADS OFF TO CHARM THE USA FOR A 17TH TIME. Since the Melbourne launch of her most recent album, Guided By Venus, Victorian music veteran and practicing witch Wendy Rule has been feeling nothing but good vibrations. “More than any other album I’ve released, Guided By Venus has had the strongest immediate feedback,” she enthuses. “I’m getting such beautiful letters from fans every day telling me how much they love the album, and sales have been really strong. There’s something about this album that feels really special and magical for me. Somehow it feels like a new beginning – the start of a new creative cycle.” With a new creative cycle came a new approach to writing and recording her songs, and so Rule set out to shift some paradigms she’d laid out over the course of her previous albums. “My initial vision was that this would be much more stripped back and acoustic than my previous album The Wolf Sky,
which was very epic, dark and strident,” she explains. “I wanted to capture a real honesty in my performance, and to stay very present with my emotions.” Emotionality is a key component of Rule’s song-writing style, and the themes and feelings addressed in her work have always been something of a release for her. “All of my past 5 major albums are thematic, and take the listener on a journey of some sort,” she muses. “Each has a different texture but all involve some sort of journey in to the Underworld and back. Guided By Venus also takes the listener on a journey, but this time through the realm of the heart. Venus is the Goddess of Love in Roman Mythology. All my life I’ve trusted and followed my heart, and it has led me on amazing adventures. After falling in love very deeply a couple of years ago, I decided to create an album that celebrated my heart being so open once again.” WHO: Wendy Rule WHAT: Guided By Venus (Independent) WHERE & WHEN: The Joynt Monday May 31
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Woo-hoo! Five years after their last (somewhat disappointing) album Haunted Cities it looks like Tim Armstrong, Travis Barker and “Skinhead” Rob are putting the finishing touches on a new Transplants album. Drummer Barker has been talking up the album’s progress on Twitter letting his followers know “Recording some drums for a new song. Transplant$ album is coming out DOPE!” Back in January we told you about The Damned Things, who are something of a super-group featuring Joe Trohman and Andy Hurley from Fall Out Boy, Scott Ian and Rob Caggiano from Anthrax and fronted by Every Time I Die’s Keith Buckley. It has now been announced that the band has signed to Island/ Def Jam and are preparing a debut album. Joe Trohman is quoted in the press release saying that the group “combines their love of classic rock anthems and powerful melodies with a heavy metal intensity, and turns out to be much more than the sum of the separate parts. This is an amalgam of three very different bands, it seemed unlikely, but it turned out we were on the same page musically. We were both interested in putting together a heavy/classic-rock, bluesoriented, riff-based band while trying to stay away from what makes that sound generic and overplayed. We started out with no expectations,” says Trohman. “We never intended for this to be a side project. It just happened.” Former hardcore band Avenged Sevenfold have announced Nightmare as the title of their fifth studio album that will hit stores Friday Jul 30. Interestingly, the album was produced by Mike Elizondo whose production credits don’t feature much heavy music; instead he’s more used to working with the likes of Dr Dre, Eminem, Jay-Z and Busta Rhymes. Perhaps Mike got confused and assumed Synyster Gates and Zacky V sounded more like a rapper than a member of a rock band. Against Me! have welcomed former The Hold Steady member Franz Nicolay to the band as a touring member! Anyone who’s seen The Hold Steady over the years would know what an amazing musician Franz is, so this is awesome news. The band issued a statement: “We’re very happy to welcome Franz Nicolay out on the road with us! Starting with this next run of Europe dates Franz will be joining us onstage every night and lending his immense talents and presence to the band.”
BLUES ‘N’ ROOTS WITH DAN CONDON ROOTSDOWN@TIMEOFF.COM.AU learned about the music of eastern cultures and when he marries that deep knowledge of Hindustani style music with his love and adept skill of playing the blues, an incredibly unique sound is born. This style of playing translates just as smoothly to Manx’s banjo, lap steel and resonator work as well; particularly important in his playing across the board is his wonderful use of the drone – a vital part of both the styles of music he melds together.
You gotta love Frank Turner for giving back and supporting young talent. The second single ‘Try This At Home’ from his current album Poetry Of The Deed is being released soon to coincide with Frank opening for Green Day at Wembley Stadium (in front of a lazy 90,000 people!). Those familiar with the song will know that the song’s lyrics are all about the DIY ethos that drives the punk scene and encourages anyone and everyone to pick up a guitar, jot down some words, and just give it go. And it is with this spirit that Frank is offering the chance for a new, unsigned act to be on the B-side of the single. So Frank in cooperation with his labels Xtra Mile Recordings (UK) and Epitaph Records (rest of the world) are asking for new and original music to be sent to him for consideration for the b-side. There will be two winners chosen by Frank together with Kerrang! in the UK and Alternative Press in the USA – with both winning tracks included as the B-Sides of a limited edition coloured vinyl – 1000 copies each for the UK and the rest of the world. For more information and details of how to enter the competition go to: xtramilerecordings.com and epitaph.com/demolition
He’s not shy of performing the odd cover and his show this time around saw him tackle a couple of Willie Dixon tunes and some Hendrix as per usual, but it was his rendition of JJ Cale’s ‘Tijuana’ (which Manx titled ‘San Diego-Tijuana’ on his Mantras For Madmen record) that really had the hairs standing to attention. An incredible song initially released on Cale’s very worldly 1990 album Travel-log, it leapt out like never before in this setting. If you get the chance to catch Manx in this stark but incredibly engaging manner when he is next in town (which shouldn’t be too far away) then you must grab it!
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Parkway Drive: Woah!… the new Parkway Drive song ‘Sleepwalker’ went up on their MySpace last Wednesday… in the first 24 hours it had already been streamed 55,000 times! The song is available now on iTunes and will be on the new album Deep Blue when it hits stores on Friday Jun 25. I had Winston from the band on Short Fast Loud last week and he said of the forthcoming album, “no two songs sound the same”. Rolo Tomassi: They made plenty of mates when they were here for Soundwave putting on some very impressive shows. Their new album was produced by Diplo, who is more of a DJ/Electronic producer than twiddler of knobs for English mathcore bands, but the partnership has worked well and Cosmology is a cracking album which is out this week. This Wednesday on Short Fast Loud I’ll be speaking to Eva from the band all about it! Free Bad Religion: Don’t forget to head to badreligion.com for your free live album. Good stuff. Thanks old blokes, and happy birthday to Mr.Brett who turned 48 last week! Deez Nuts: This One’s For You is the new album and on Wednesday night JJ will join me on Short Fast Loud to chat about it! Breaking Bad: Best Show On TV. I know this is a punk/ hardcore column, but that really just need to be said. Don’t forget to catch Stu presenting Short.Fast.Loud. every Wednesday night on triple j from 10pm.
I was lucky enough to catch Canadian Blues Artist of the Year Harry Manx live in concert last night in an intimate theatre setting. Now I must have seen Manx play ten times over the past ten years, but last night was different in that it was the first time I had seen him outside of a festival environment. A humble stool, small mixing desk and rack of four stringed instruments sat in the middle of the enormous stage and when Manx strolled up casually and launched into ‘Bring That Thing’ from his 2001 debut Dog My Cat, it became very obvious that he would have us in the palm of his hand all night and wouldn’t let go. A couple of common criticisms of blues music in general is that it is uninventive, repetitive, cliched and insincere and there’s no doubt that this can sadly be the case when looking at the work of a number of blues artists around today, but Manx could never be accused of being any of the above. Firstly, his 21 string Mohan Veena (he just added a new bass string to it recently) is the most obvious point of difference that separates his work from that of other bluesmen kicking around. For five years Manx studied in India under the tutelage of Vishwa Mohan Bhatt where he
As per usual, local blues and roots artist Asa Broomhall is keeping himself incredibly busy with a packed schedule full of diverse shows that will, yet again, see him getting his tunes out to a wide variety of people across the city. This Saturday night the singer-songwriter will line up alongside Southern electric blues hotshots Chase The Sun when they put in a big show at The Step Inn. Black Mustang and CC The Cat will be there as well, doors open at 8pm and tickets are $15. The following weekend he once again plays in support of the legendary Mark Seymour of Hunters and Collectors fame. Seymour will be turning in a very special intimate set at Fortitude Valley haunt The Troubadour on Friday Jun 4; tickets are available from OzTix for $25 + bf or on the door for $30 (if there are any left!). Well, it might be almost a year away, but artist applications for the 2011 Apollo Bay Music Festival are now open. This not for profit community event is one of the most musically enriching events on the national calendar, so if you’re a muso then scoring a gig here is most definitely something you want to do. Hit up apollobaymusicfestival.com and you’ll find all the details there. The festival happens Friday 8 April through until Sunday 10 April, 2011. Before I leave you this week, just a quick note to let you know that Roots Down will be coming to you from the United States of America for a couple of weeks in June. If you know of any blues related activities in Austin, Nashville or New York City you think should be covered in the column, please send your suggestions through!
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of dynamics on this album which I think will give people the cause to take notice. Organic and honest. I’m happy to have been involved with some really great music.”
This week’s column is dedicated to the loss of a true rock icon, Ronnie James Dio! His amazing legacy will live on – R.I.P. RJD \m/ – Here are some fitting words from another legend and Ronnie’s best friend, Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi: “I’ve been in total shock; I just can’t believe he’s gone. Ronnie was one of the nicest people you could ever meet. We had some fantastic times together. Ronnie loved what he did, making music and performing on stage. He loved his fans so much. He was a kind man and would put himself out to help others. I can honestly say it’s truly been an honor to play at his side for all these years. His music will live on forever. Our thoughts are with Wendy Dio [Ronnie’s wife/manager] who stood by Ronnie until the end. He loved her very much. The man with the magic voice is a star amongst stars, a true professional. I’ll miss you so much, my dear friend.” Technical death/grind metallers Cephalic Carnage have begun work on the follow-up to 2007’s Xenosapien for a release via Relapse Records later this year. The as-yetuntitled CD is being recorded at the band’s own studio with longtime engineer/producer Dave Otero. Close to home Melbourne’s Contrive has finally set a release date for their long overdue album The Internal Dialogue. It will be released on Friday Jul 2 via MGM Distribution with the first pressing being a special hand-numbered embossed digipak limited to 500 copies only. The CD will be made available in stores Australia wide or orderable through the band’s MySpace page as well as iTunes. Devin Townsend handled the mixing duties on record and said: “I’ve known the Haug brothers for some time, and I have to say that this record is leagues ahead of their previous material, which was already great. They’ve got a cool message and a sense
Isis have split! The band has released the following statement: “Isis has reached an end. It’s hard to try to say it in any delicate way, and it is a truth that is best spoken plainly. This end isn’t something that occurred overnight and it hasn’t been brought about by a single cataclysmic fracture in the band. Simply put, ISIS has done everything we wanted to do, said everything we wanted to say. The last, and perhaps most important, thing we might say in relation to all this is how grateful we are for the people that have supported us over the years. It is a lengthy list that would include those who put out our records, those that played on them and put them to tape, the many bands with whom we shared the stage, all of our family, friends and companions who supported us in our individual lives and thus made it possible for us to continue on in the band, and most importantly those who truly listened to our music, whether in recorded form or by coming to out to our shows or both. Our words can never fully express what we feel, but we hope that our music and the efforts made to bring it into being can serve as a more proper expression of gratitude for this life and for everyone in it. Thank you.”
Unearth, The Black Dahlia Murder – Tuesday Jun 1 – The Fort (all ages) Unearth, The Black Dahlia Murder – Wednesday Jun 2– The Hi-Fi (18+) Alestorm – Rosie’s Saturday Jun 20 Paul Di Anno – Rosie’s Tuesday Jun 29 Om – Sunday Jul 18 The Hi-Fi Slash – The Tivoli Thursday Aug 12 Napalm Death – The Hi-Fi Friday Sep 3 Overkill – The Hi-Fi Thursday Sep 23 Mayhem – The Hi-Fi Saturday Sep 25 Metallica – BEC Saturday Oct 16, Monday Oct 18, Tuesday Oct 19 Andrew Haug hosts triple j’s Full Metal Racket every Tuesday from 10:00pm – http://triplej.abc.net.au/racket. You can also stream the program until the following Tuesday, plus download and listen to recent interviews. For all your metal needs, wants and asks simply e-mail email@example.com. (Please submit info no later than Friday 6pm).
THE PARADISE MOTEL
It has taken its own sweet time, as these things have a tendency to do, but it’s happened. Sometime between Billy Corgan ducking the backlash over his studio collaborations with Jessica Simpson and convincing a Veronica to reach her skinny arms around his girth, the 90s revival we’ve been pledged for years now, the one false-started numerous times over by companies eager to be on the tip of the wave, has happened, and seemingly organically. As with the 70s and 80s revivals of the past 15 years, it just took for people to dig deeper into the cultural nuances than were immediately presented us, to uncover the – for a time – buried or forgotten gems. To go beyond flannel and Doc Martens and guitar rock or any of the signifiers long taken over and made naff by commerce and seek out the sincerity in, at this point, the wide middle of the decade. It has happened: the appropriation and subversion of commercial dance sounds by the likes of Bloc Party’s Kele Okereke on his solo single ‘Tenderoni’, echoing, perhaps, the likes of Faithless. The slide into less flagrantly theatrical sounds by some of the bigger names in rock, the rekindling of good garage sounds and the hint that we’re about to enter a new stage of decent band-pop given by the likes of Cloud Control and Parades. The sense of the imminence of gothic-leaning bubblegum pop singers as the sound moves up from under. There have been more apparent and backward-looking signs, of course: girls walking around with pale faces and the ‘wet hair’ look; skateboards back under arms, if not on the roads, and the revisitation, perhaps led by magazine editors and DJs who are at the age of having grown up in the 90s, of the decade’s acts. At an inner-city club recently, wall to wall with ‘trendy’ types under 20 – meaning they were born after 1990 – one of the biggest dancefloor responses was to White Town’s 1997 hit ‘Your Woman’, another to Smashing Pumpkins’ ‘Bullet With Butterfly Wings’. (Sure, I was the one inflicting at least one of those songs, but the point remains.) While last week The New York Times was reporting of the worst week of US album sales since Nielsen SoundScan
began tracking in 1991 (the top new album was The National’s High Violet, further suggesting that non-pop acts have big sales potential in poor sales climate due to the dedication of their audiences to buying music – though the top seller was still the Bieber) and Jake Gyllenhaal put himself forward to play Kurt Cobain in an inevitable biopic (hmmm), the NME online was tallying reader votes on the best albums of the 90s. The shortlist contained a pretty decent wack of acts, from Ride to Air to REM and The Lemonheads. Lots were missing, passed over in favour of more ‘known’ bands – Arab Strap and Gorky’s Zygotic Munci and Throwing Muses and Placebo (YES, Placebo); the first probably due to some kind of ‘popularity’ criteria, the last because, due to recent crimes against aging, it’s not yet okay to applaud their early work. Sitting at the top was a fairly obvious but not undeserving bunch: Blur, Oasis, Nirvana and, at #1, Radiohead’s OK Computer, an album that sums up the widely publicised but not altogether incorrect sentiment of the decade’s teenaged generation; the revisited dystopian view, which is better than the cynicism of that view that came after and is still held, even though, arguably, Muse will serve the same function to many of the past decade’s teen set. Unsurprisingly not on the shortlist for obscurity (in the UK at least) reasons were The Paradise Motel, a band who breathed life into the quiet-loud rural-gazing by Australian bands in the 90s and are having a rejuvenation of their own with a new line-up and their first album since disbanding in 2000. The album, Australian Ghost Story (out through Left Over Life To Kill Records on Friday Jun 11) is a sepia-toned and engaging telling of the Azaria Chamberlain story, a tale perfectly suited to their dusty, imperfect rock. They also cleverly get away with not being a part of any 90s rehash while landing in the middle of it – a record released in 2010 about something that happened in 1980 from a band who weren’t active in the decades following or preceding those dates. Talk about taking their sweet time.
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every which direction as the entire band attack the crowd with the kind of aural intensity which could be mistaken for none but their own. The tightly packed room is a vast improvement to that of the dismal crowd in attendance for their previous show at the Arena in 2008, and vocalist Greg Puciato voices the bands appreciation for Brisbane’s enthusiasm on several occasions, before he rages into another frenzied track.
THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN @ THE HI-FI
THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, MAYLENE AND THE SONS OF DISASTER, PERIPHERY
They continually shift back to the slower, more poppy songs – with ‘Mouth of Ghosts’ being the sole piece among them which even hints at pushing things towards a new horizon – throughout the entire set in an attempt to pace themselves; however, they still manage to include a fine selection of their most intriguing and brutal works to date including ‘Sugar Coated Sour’, ‘When Good Dogs...’, and ‘Sunshine the Werewolf‘, to name but a few. ‘43% Burnt’ erupts with all its usual glory, before climactic finisher ‘Farewell, Mona Lisa’ sees Jeff Tuttle running to the back of the crowd, guitar in hand, and then picking up a table and carrying it on his way back through. The closing curtains are brought to a halt as Greg makes a rather heartfelt Australia-appreciation speech on behalf of the band. Whilst it is very unlikely that anyone will ever witness anything that compares to the unfathomable physicality and all round incomprehensible level of performance staged by Dillinger on their first ever Australian tour, there is still no denying the unbridled passion put forth at each one of their shows.
THE HI-FI: 23.05.10
Periphery open tonight’s triple-American bill to a crowd who seem more than eager to spend their Sunday night nodding their heads to some heavy music. It is a rare occasion to witness a band capture such a thoroughly good sound during an opening slot; however, Periphery appear to be blessed on this occasion. But what first seems impressive quickly turns sour as they attempt to mix a plethora of styles into the one pot to a rather awkward effect.
THE HI-FI: 18.05.10
Maylene and the Sons of Disaster step up next to serve their Christian brand of southern-metal. When the performers are at their best they revive the likes of Pantera and Lynard Skynyrd; however, these moments are too few between and by the time vocalist Dallas Taylor announces the last song the crowd seem to have grown apathetic to their cause. After a short intro announces their arrival, The Dillinger Escape Plan explode on to the stage with ‘Panasonic Youth’ – guitarist Ben Weinman jerking his guitar spasmodically in
BIFFY CLYRO, MONTPELIER
With an early crowd far larger than seen at last year’s Biffy Clyro show at the Arena, it is apparent that almost ten years on from the release of debut album Blackened Sky, the three lads from Ayrshire, Scotland are finally becoming a live prospect with broader appeal than just for the expat faithful. Unassuming in their introduction, local support Montpelier shuffle their way on to the stage and quickly assume their role as background muzak for the early part of the evening. Like a more boring cousin of Maroon 5, laughable lyrics like “It’s the blues and the oranges… the pinks and the greens” (‘Fireworks’) are as hard-hitting as a limbless boxer and with nonexistent stage presence, the Brisbane four piece
are yawn-worthy, giving no indication of the chaotic, raucous onslaught to follow. Here to promote their well received fifth long player Only Revolutions, hairy Scotsmen Biffy Clyro take to the stage and cause an instantaneous crowd surge towards the pit, the flexing opening notes of ‘That Golden Rule’ kicking the show off at an immediately frantic pace. Followed by ‘Living Is A Problem Because Everything Dies’, Simon Neil barely has time to brush his scraggy hair away from his face, the singer remorseless in his rapid firing of hits from Biffy’s complete back catalogue. Older tracks like ‘Glitter & Trauma’ and ‘Justboy’ meld watertight with more recent cuts like new single ‘Bubbles’, ‘Who’s Got A Match?’ and anthemic, scream at the sky number, ‘Mountains’. Shirtless and sweating, Neil is complemented by the twin ginger backbone of Ben and James Johnston, their brotherly chemistry almost tangible as they effortlessly lay backing vocals whilst delivering a menacing wall of sound, the reality of such a noise being created from only three players truly intimidating. With a refreshingly long set-list that at 90 minutes deep is already much more than so many artists treat fans with these days, Biffy could retreat backstage, towel off and toast a solid performance. But instead they return to the adoring masses, a four song encore taking the performance to the next level; ‘Cloud Of Stink’ rises and falls with perfect dynamics and ‘Machines’ is a sing-along of such unexpected vocal proportions that when the crowd chants of “take the pieces and build them skywards” drown Neil out, he can’t help but flash a satisfied grin that transcended the vibe in the room. With ‘The Captain’ closing out the evening and the drum sticks pit-bound, Biffy Clyro show their songs to stand tall and the performance they put on tonight as something that will be lauded by those present in the future. BENNY DOYLE
DAN KELLY, EAGLE & THE WORM, LITTLE SCOUT
THE TROUBADOUR: 21.05.10 A promising triple threat of indie songwriting potential and present has been lined up at The Troubadour tonight with
local plaid supporters Little Scout kicking off the evening’s proceedings in fine style. With talented sister pairing of Kirsty and Melissa Tickle sharing the love alongside guitarist Patrick Elliott, the childlike harmonies and innocence within the music is both calming and slightly hypnotic. ‘Paper Airplanes’ showcases the stripped back three piece mid-set while a late and perfectly executed cover of Hall & Oates’ guilty classic ‘You Make My Dreams Come True’ with percussionist Miro Mackie is one of the highlights of the evening. Victorian collective Eagle & the Worm take their time getting comfortable on stage with equipment and bodies littering the area. The wait is well worth it though, the boys from the south quickly putting together a tangible vibe in the venue, the crowd swelling and pushing closer to the stage with every song. Jarrad Brown, channelling Nashville spirits with a ragged, passionate tone, owns front and centre, his strong voice and quick wit combining with sheer sorcery on a five string bass to command attention. Trumpeter Liam McGorry is thoughtful with his three finger additions throughout the set, the brass adding spark, and tracks like ‘Good Times’ and ‘Futureman’ are a promising sign that this band could do great things soon. With a merchandise stand selling swimming caps, a stage set-up including inflatable sharks and plug-in aquariums, and the Team Zissou theme song playing to prelude his set, Dan Kelly and his Dream Band have gone about creating his aquatic fairytale in full, a setting fit for his lucid brand of storytelling to shine. At times politically poignant and romantic, at other moments completely irrelevant and cosmically vague, through many years on the road Kelly has refined his songwriting prowess to very much stand out of his uncle’s shadow and on his own two feet. ‘The Decommissioner’ and it’s square riffing showcase the Dream Band’s rollicking side while current single ‘Bindi Irwin Apocalypse Jam’ and cuss-riddled Alpha Males favourite ‘Drunk On Election Night’ really pull the crowd energy up. The aptly titled ‘Poison Estuary Jam’, with its bare tribal drumming and swampy undertones, take the evening to darker places than expected and with choppy, mikado styled guitar lines fizzing on introduction, ‘I Will Release Myself’ is worthy of every smile in the room. Finishing with a Jarrad Brown assisted version of ‘Catholic Leader’ and a pending self ode in ‘Dan Kelly’s Dream’, the man of the moment left Brisbane tucked in nice and tight, his fantasies played out in perfection. BENNY DOYLE
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BRIAN CHASE & SETH MISTERKA @ TRIBAL THEATRE
BRIAN CHASE & SETH MISTERKA, THE SEIZURES, YOUT DEM, FEATHERS, BLACK WIDOW TRIBAL THEATRE: 21.05.10
Once again featuring Brisbane’s Joel Stern on light-sensitive electronics following their impressive Jandek support slot earlier this year and with unsurprisingly compelling video projections from frequent Stern collaborators Chloe Cogle and Sally Golding, Melbourne’s Black Widow (a.k.a. Robert MacManus) delivers another set of cascading electronic noise blasts and textured drone with laudable results. The appearance of some well-placed synthesiser melodies, meanwhile, reveals an intriguing new direction for the project. Brisbane’s Feathers, being little more than a classic postpunk four-piece, offer a decidedly more conventional live experience to their predecessors – but are no less enjoyable for that reality. The quartet’s music is quite easy to pigeonhole but their remarkable flair for balancing aggression and melancholia – clean-picked guitar melodies sandwiched between blurry vocals and a rumbling rhythmic foundation – ensures Feathers are distinguished from their more derivative peers. Yout Dem, cementing what appears to be a theme for the evening, offer a deeply contrasting listening experience to that of both Feathers and Black Widow. Unfortunately, the contrast provided by the avant-dancehall duo pertains to both musical style and performance quality. While the Brisbane pair’s blend of heavily effected vocals, stabbing bass and distorted beats is a marvellous idea in theory, they only reach the formula’s potential intermittently. Too frequently, Yout Dem merely resemble two stoners fiddling with effects pedals. Noise-rock wunderkinds The Seizures provide perhaps the greatest contrast of the night. As the disappointment of Yout Dem’s set of twisted reggae fades, The Seizures blast onto stage in a furious display of carnage that can only effectively be described as eviscerating. The young band’s previous sets were indicative of a band of teenagers attempting to appear fierce and destructive but tonight’s performance bears all the hallmarks of a fierce and destructive band. The only disappointment is that they’re still playing covers. Brian Chase & Seth Misterka do not attempt to match the fury of their supports but what the free jazz duo lose in volume, they make up for in artistic accomplishment. A tight and articulate set of texturally exploratory and dynamic free jazz, the New York pair’s set stretches from distorted saxophone drones and echoing snare cracks to whirlwind percussion and manic saxophone solos but, despite following a rather unconventional dynamic contour, Chase and Misterka’s set never feels like anything so much as a uniquely brilliant celebration. Astonishing. JAMES BARLOW
BRISBANE POWERHOUSE: 21.05.10 Finishing up their Powerhouse residency with a series of guest members and clutch of new songs, tonight genre hopping prog-rockers Skinny Jean swell into fan favourite ‘Anhedonia’ with David Mibus on keys and Kirsty Tickle from Little Scout on vocals. Stripping back the guitars, the band let the keys complement the song’s strong multi-layered pop vocals. Following with bassist Graham Ritchie’s undulating progressions on ‘Alright’ and dynamic percussion from drummer Samuel Schlencker, the band play ‘Amaying’. They sing as an interjecting operatic choir behind singer/guitarist Shem Allen on the song while guitarist Andrew Sydes adds fractured string lines with an e-bow before Allen wrenches the gentle song into an intense build-up with a discordant wailing guitar propelling him across the stage. Airing the first of several new songs ‘Atlas’ gets a run building on Mibus’ staggered sonorous keys while Andrew Sydes multitasks bluesy licks and shaker as the song builds
through a series of mini-climaxes while Allen sings of Greek mythology. With Tickle taking centre stage for widowed gospel lament ‘Army Wife’ the band accompanies her with Allen on drums and Schlencker on drumstick slide guitar and Ritchie accompanying on handclaps. Following with new song, the gently gliding ‘And We Through The Mangroves’, the band grab the audience with the fast jazz discord ‘A:/’. The band are enjoying themselves with Allen frequently thanking the audience and jokingly introducing first performance of new song – ‘Papa’ – as “a Lady Gaga song” before switching to acoustic guitar, briefly assuming metal guitarist stance and trading verses with Sydes while Tickle plays clarinet. The band air the older new song ‘Ajax’ and follow with the newer ‘Search and Progress’ where Sydes’ swelling guitar lines rise over Allen’s lower key parts. Introducing extra members and guest vocalist Hunz’s Hans Van Vliet, the band play a more expansive version of Hunz’s ‘Soon, Soon’ as Tickle adds extra percussion and vocals. Staying on for Skinny Jean’s ‘A Blessing’ Van Vliet takes lead vocals from Allen and sings the song in a haunting tenor and switches to a higher register stilling the audience. With Allen on lead vocals again the band play the reality questioning ‘Anguish Sandwich’. Closing things down the band play older new song ‘Abort Abort & They’ll Blush Anew’ with Tickle on clarinet again before Allen thanks the receptive audience leaving them to the rain-soaked night. BILL JOHNSTON
BALL PARK MUSIC, BLAME RINGO, TIN CAN RADIO THE ZOO: 21.05.10
It seems that a local night can still pull a good crowd early as Tin Can Radio take to the stage in front of an already bustling Zoo crowd. As guitarist Simon Irving thrashes around to the infectious beat of ‘And Then Nothing’, vocalist Tom Wearne appears completely at ease early as he screams out the final bars. As their set continues it becomes harder and harder to define their sound; indie dance with elements of jazz funk fusion sounds too much like a bucket of wank for well structured movers like this so we will simply refer to it as five musicians who know their way around their craft extremely well. Each track appears to consist of multiple genres and continues to dash back and forth between them slyly with members cycling instruments mid song as another touch of added flavour. The building synth and delayed plucks lead into the drum and bass hearted ‘Chubby’ as the room begins to take note of lead track ‘Hot Trash’ as it is dropped into a extended mix to cap of a damn fine opening of the nights events. Following on is another bunch of indie folksters in Blame Ringo and they waste little time in diving into their short set. Well placed harmonies and a driven 60s pop sound snips through their sounds with new single ‘At The In-Between’ reflecting nicely off the warm crowd with a few light hearted jibes at their drummer thrown in along the way. As the intriguing storytelling of ‘Cash In Jackson’ and ‘Garble Arch’ plays through, the technical ability of bass player Jessiah Cocks becomes apparent with some impressive finger work on the Hofner-styled four string. With the room now compressed against the stage, band of the evening Ball Park Music arrive to kick into high gear early as vocalist Sam Cromack bounds around the stage, it’s apparent that they are aware of their power on the room tonight, and are more than willing to have fun with it. Throwing in an early cover with The Kinks ‘All Day and All of the Night’ it matches their sunny and quirky dispositions perfectly. Keen to showcase material from their new EP, they parade into the fluttering ‘The Ghost I Saw When I Was Dreaming’ which is made all the more lovely by the glittering backing harmonies of bass player Jen Boyce. They quickly whip through ‘Black Skies’ and ‘All I Want Is You’ before coming around to the foul mouthed and absolute crack with ‘iFly’. Despite being a fresh track it is certainly enough to push their set to the next level and keep even those haven’t experienced the stick in your brain chorus are soon singing along to every line. With ‘Sea Strangers (I Don’t Really Know You)’ ringing out, they happily oblige calls for an encore. Given the night’s success, the final outpour of ‘Tick Tock’ unfolds with the loosing of two guitarists into the crowd leaving a smiling trio onstage before the applauding crowd. MARK BERESFORD
INDEPENDENT MUSIC NEWS
IF LIGHT IS ON, SYSTEM CRASH IS IMMINENT
Local indie-pop rockers The Crashlights are celebrating their strong rise through the Brisbane scene with a special show at The Zoo designed to cap off what has been a stellar first half of the year for the newcomers. Receiving ongoing support from triple j’s Unearthed competition, the guys have been making a name for themselves both around town and on the voluminous internets, with their tracks ‘21st Century’ and ‘Fatal Vision’ both receiving praise from competition listeners and judges. With talented friends The Young Ideas and Rise Overrun joining them, the evening promises to be one of revelry and mirth, which is always a good thing. The Crashlights play The Zoo on Wednesday Jun 16. Check the venue’s website for more information.
CENOBITES, TRANSFORM AND ROLL OUT
YOU GOT CABIN FEVER, BOY
Sydney quartet Cabins have a lot to celebrate right now; they signed to Ivy League Records a couple of months back, home to fellow home-grown upstarts The Mess Hall, Youth Group and Cloud Contro – but not only that, they’re gearing up to release their debut recording, mini-album Bright Victory. Woody Annison, who has worked with Red Riders and Children Collide, helmed production duties for the record, ensuring the lush arrangements and dynamic instrumentation are carried with clarity and strength from start to finish. Cabins are supporting Children Collide on their national tour all throughout next month, and once the album drops; no doubt it will be available at shows as well. The band hit The Zoo Friday Jun 4; tickets on sale now.
GET OUT OF MY HEAD
Sydney psych-poppers Richard In Your Mind have recently released a new single entitled ‘I Will’, and it’s tracking well in the lead-up to the unveiling of the band’s upcoming full-length album My Volcano. Not that the members of RIYM are likely to notice right now, since they’ve kind of got their plates full on a national tour supporting Cloud Control. Richard In Your Mind will be stopping off in Brisbane as a part of that tour on Sunday Jun 12. They play The Zoo, and are offering folks the very special privilege of being able to purchase My Volcano a solid two weeks before its official launch date on Saturday Jun 26. Check with the venue for further information.
Gritty Perth rockers The Devil Rides Out are releasing their long-awaited debut full-length effort The Heart & The Crown on Friday Jun 4 on Impedance Records via Stomp. No strangers to the studio, The Devil Rides Out have previously released three EPs, entitled Volume I, II and III. Those releases saw the band gain enough recognition to start playing shows with international acts like Shihad and Clutch, as well as taking out ‘Best Hard Rock Artist’ at 2009’s West Australian Music Industry Awards. To celebrate the release, they’re charting out a course around the country throughout the month, culminating in a show at The Troubadour Sunday Jun 27. Pre-sold tix for $15 at the venue, or $18 on the door.
FLEE THE CITY
Melbourne hardcore outfit City Escape are ready to throw the fuck down with Brisbane in support of most recent EP Avalanches’ one-year anniversary since its release. Having recently played alongside the likes of All Time Low and Chiodos’ Craig Owens, this Night After Night tour will be their first headlining run of the year, so you can bet the boys are just itching to get out and start melting some faces as part of it. They won’t be alone either, bringing with them Boston hardcore punks Therefore I Am for their first journey around our country in support of their new album The Sound of Human Lives. The two bands join forces on Thursday Jun 3 at Club 299. Tickets will be available at the door.
BLUE IS THE MOST HUMAN COLOUR
Local troubadour Dan Smith, aka Youngsmith, celebrates the release of new single ‘War and Peace’ tonight Wednesday May 26 at The Zoo. Youngsmith straddles many a boundary: born when Generations X and Y start to blur over, Smith evokes myriad influences in his sublime folk-rock stylings, backed by a seven-piece band, that are sure to resonate with show-goers regardless of generational allegiance. Smith sought the talents of Brisbane muso Emma Dean to arrange ‘War and Peace’s’ strings section, which provided the icing on the proverbial cake for a song which has been nearly ten years in the making (Smith first composed the track following the 9/11 attacks in 2001). Despite being an older composition, the song has lost none of its pertinence and honesty with time, providing an encouraging snippet of things to come on his upcoming debut full-length, which is slated for release later this year. Doors open at 8pm and tickets are $8 at the door.
New Zealand blues luminaries the Darcy Perry Blues Band are gracing our shores with a visit in order to appear at this year’s Blues On Broadbeach festival. It will be the band’s second appearance at the event; their first was only last year, which also happened to be their first trip over to Australia, and they quickly won local audiences over with their distinct and cohesive style and earned themselves an instant invitation to appear at the festivities this year. The set-up is slightly different this time around: Perry returns with harmonica player Craig Bracken, and for the first time will be bringing the remainder of the band, as well as Norwegian muso Simen ‘Bluekeys’ Taylor, rather than utilising local musicians as he did last year. The Darcy Perry Blues Band perform at Blues On Broadbeach 2010 at the Sails Stage Friday May 28, Niecon Plaza Saturday May 29, and TC’s (Sofitel) Sunday May 30. Check out the festival website for other acts, timetables and locations.
GET BY WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM YOUR FRIENDS
Songwriting is a tricky business. Melodies, harmonies, key signatures, time signatures, dynamics, phrasing, arrangements, tough lyrical choices like using ‘girl’ as opposed to ‘baby’, depending on your genre and rhyme scheme... it’s not an easy skill. Thankfully, some local musos have heard the call and recently formed the Songwriters Network Queensland. The Network, headed by prominent local muso Melinda J Wells, exists to provide a forum for “like minded people to come along and share ideas about their music”. Early response to the Network has been extremely positive, with several locals – both amateurs and professionals – signing up for the benefits. As a part of the wider spectrum of the Network, they host weekly gigs at Kitty O’Shea’s, Caxton Street.
DON’T WORK WITH CHILDREN AND ANIMALS
Unstoppable Sydney quintet Boy & Bear are prepping up for their launch tour in support of the release of their debut EP With Emperor Antarctica (which came out earlier this month). They haven’t quite had time to tour it so far because the lads kept busy of late abroad touring with Laura Marling before returning home to support Lisa Mitchell on her national tour all through this month. In fact, some of you might have even seen them play at The Tivoli a couple of weeks back, so you will know better than anyone that they’re a band that is well worth taking in live if you have the opportunity to do so. These headlining shows will spotlight Boy & Bear in their element, in support of something they’ve poured their hearts into – so you know that it will be at least worth looking into if you’re not already familiar with the band. Boy & Bear return to Brisbane Sunday Jun 11, and will be playing at The Troubadour. Check the venue’s website for extra details.
INDEPENDENT MUSIC NEWS
THE GODDESS OR THE PLANET?
PROMISES WERE MADE TO BE BROKEN
Melbourne songstress Wendy Rule is celebrating the release of new album Guided by Venus with a show at The Joynt Monday May 31. For those unfamiliar with Ms. Rule’s spellbinding melodies, all you need to know is that she presents a seamless fusion of the musical, mythological, ritual and spiritual through ethereal, atmospherically charged melodies and refined lyrical introspection, all captivatingly delivered through the powerful medium of her unique voice. The Joynt show is among her final appearances in Australia before she jets off for a tour of the United States for a whopping 17th time. Trust us; you don’t tour the US 16 times if you are bad at what you do. Go see what the fuss is about, lest she cast a hex on you.
If you are still mourning the loss of Australian Idol you’ll probably want to experience your piece of Idol history as lastseries finalist Casey Barnes storms the Brisbane Convention Centre this Saturday May 29. Releasing two solo albums before rising to prominence through the Channel Ten vehicle for cross-promotion, Barnes is now set to release a new single (‘I Promise’) alongside his forthcoming EP Red Lion Motel, both of which get released this Friday May 28 through iTunes. His recent collaboration with Marco Denmark on their interpretation of Elton John’s ‘Tiny Dancer’ has been tearing up the international dance charts, reaching number 1 abroad (but only number 5 at home). Barnes will also feature at the Coolangatta Hotel Thursday Jun 3 and the Sanctuary Cove Food & Wine Festival, Gold Coast Saturday Jun 12.
GENE SIMMONS NOT INCLUDED
The 2010 Rockschool Challenge is drawing to a close, with the final heats going down tonight before the finals occur Wednesday Jun 2. See a slew of up-and-coming young musicians battle it out in the hopes of having a shot at thousands of dollars’ worth of distribution and equipment, largely sponsored by Ellaways Music. Tonight’s hopefuls include Shotgun Daisy, Stars Born From Blood, Have A Good Day, Cheap Advice, and The Novella Beggars. This is an all-ages event. So, older crowd, keep an eye out for any rassin’ frassin’ teenage shenanigans and, kids, be wary of creepy adults in trenchcoats who offer you ‘Tic-Tacs’; your simple rules to a good night out, courtesy of Time Off. Heat four of the comp, as well as the Final, happens at The Gig Studio, South Bank Institute of Technology (E Block, Level 4), South Brisbane. It’s $5 at the door, which opens at 6pm for a 6:30 start.
MISERY LOVES COMPANY, FORMS CLUB
Sydney upstarts The Heartbreak Club should lift their chins up. They have a lot to celebrate, after all: a brand spankin’ new debut full-length album (Our Horse is Dead), their legion of fans is growing all the time, and they’ve got a national tour that starts at the end of this month and sees them right on through until early July. Early buzz for the album is encouraging, with critics noting the band’s darker, more mature, yet still melodic approach to the record’s songs. Brisbane audiences will have not one, not even two but four chances to catch the lady-killers in action, as they’re playing UQ’s Red Room on Wednesday Jun 16, the QUT Guild Bar Thursday Jun 17 (afternoon), Rosie’s Thursday Jun 17 and finally for an all-ages outing at The Hive on Sunday Jun 20.
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GIANT WAVES IN THE MORNING
Melbourne party-smiths The Pryor Theory are commemorating the release of new single ‘Tsunami Sunrise’ with a very special launch show at Ric’s Bar Friday Jun 11. The new song has been noted for its more guitar-focused, indie-based feeling, a contrast to the pair’s early jazzier, hip hop infused style, so this could be the start of a new age for The Pryor Theory. The former Unearthed winners, who consist of vocalist/ turntablist/bassist Kid Katana and sampling/percussion whiz Martino Stonecorner, have had an intense past year, with their debut full-length El Futuro being released nine months ago to wide acclaim, and will have MC friends Domes and Static accompanying them as supports for the night, so things are shaping up to look pretty tasty indeed when this tour de force of partying down hits our streets in a couple of weeks. Entry to the gig is free, which removes any base tight-arsed excuse you had up your sleeve to not go. Aw, yeah.
Local five-piece alt-folk outfit Mardi Lumsden & The Rising Seas are launching their sophomore EP Wherever You Go, There You Are this Saturday on the heels of a successful cassingle launch for the title track at the Powerhouse back in April. The EP is produced by local scene stalwart Magoo, his Applewood studio a far cry from the various lounge-rooms in which Lumsden’s debut EP Going Is Finding was recorded. Lumsden herself is confident of her (and her band-mates’) growth in the time since the release of the first EP, but the response from fans since the cassingle release goes a long way to lending an extra layer of credibility to that claim. Check the talented lady and her cohorts out at the Old Museum Saturday May 29 (all ages). Tickets are $16/$18 through Oztix depending on your age (under 12s are free) so this is one of those times the younger-looking adults among you might actually want to “forget” your IDs.
STEELE YOURSELF, LITTLE BIRD
The delightful Katy Steele is performing a string of dates around the country throughout this and next month, her first jaunt home since recently relocating to New York. Goddamn New York gets everything; but then, you don’t become the busiest, non-sleeping city in the world by half-arsing it. No word on if this hints at a correlation between insomnia and productivity in humans as well. Steele, better known from her work as vocalist/guitarist of Little Birdy, has added the always-pleasing Thomas & Rebecca, of The Bloodpoets, for her Brisbane show, which should create quite the amicable atmosphere at the X&Y Bar this Saturday May 29. Tickets are available now through Oztix.
Punks-sans-junk Legless are packing up their equipment and hauling arse around Brisbane for a string of shows throughout June. Formerly from Adelaide, the undead minxes in Legless recently relocated up this way, much to our benefit. Legless have built their reputation on theatricality and a penchant for the macabre, their live shows long highly regarded amongst the band’s faithful. The gigs next month will give those of you that haven’t done so yet the opportunity to check the ladies out live (or un-live, as the case may be) and see why they’re winning accolades for their up-tempo mayhem everywhere they go. Oh, and they dress like a schoolgirl, a bride and a policewoman on stage. Maybe we should have mentioned that earlier. The girls play Club Envy, Maroochydore Friday Jun 11, the Brisbane Pride Fair Day at Musgrave Park Saturday Jun 12, the Queen’s Birthday Boogie at Rambler’s Dropzone Sunday Jun 13, the Awesome Grrrls art movement Shockfrock at the Step Inn Thursday Jun 17, Club Hotel, Toowoomba Friday Jun 18 and Maddigans Sunday Jun 20.
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MON 14 JUNE BRISBANE POWERHOUSE The hip new indie voice of chanson, Berry will perform with your favourite troubadours of 80s reinvention, Nouvelle Vague.
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Mick Evans Spring Lake Hotel Monstrothic: Born From The Ashes, Lord Rosie’s Nite Star Great Northern Hotel Byron Bay One Eyed Pilots, Wallace & The Whitegoods Mick O’Malley’s Oz Hornz Live Wire Bar, Treasury Casino Patrizio Buanne, Natalie Gauci Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre Paul Greene, Penny & The Mystics Soundlounge Currumbin Payne Road, A Strobe Light Summer, Young Griffo, 90% The Tempo Hotel Stage Door
R.I.P. SOCIETY LABEL PARTY The Brisbane City Council are getting behind those who have the get up and go to take on the completely thankless task of running an independent record label with their series of monthly Label Parties that invade the Brunswick Street Mall on the last Saturday of each month. May sees burgeoning Sydney indie/garage label R.I.P Society Records given their chance to showcase the finest bands on their roster and you can bet it is going to be a noisy affair when Sydney’s Dead Farmers, Royal Headache, pictured, and Bed Wettin’ Bad Boys team up with our own Kitchen’s Floor to make a hell of a racket in the public space from 7pm this Saturday. It’s free and open to all ages, so follow your ears and you might discover something new!
WED 26 308, Mad Machine, Epileptic Fist Fuck, Moon, Recoil Step Inn Emergenza The Hi-Fi Flyin Solo, Hayden Andrews The Joynt Hawk & Hound, Randombrand, Sirnival Club 299 Jeff Carter Mick O’Malley’s Mark Bono Fibber Magee’s, Toowoomba Michael Bolton QPAC Open Mic, Black Walls The Music Kafe Papperbok, Circa Blonde, The Crashlights The Troubadour Soul Therapy Live Wire Bar, Treasury Casino Steve Towson & The Conscripts, Oceanics Surfers Paradise Beer Garden Sweet Fawn, After The Tone, Maggie Collins X & Y Bar The Bowery Hot Five With Mal Wood The Bowery The Swing Band Feat. Craig Martin Twin Towns Tyson Faulkner Fiddlers Green Youngsmith, Echo Thieves, Cold And Need The Zoo
THU 27 Abby Skye Story Bridge Hotel Agent 77 Live Wire Bar, Treasury Casino Andrew Baxter Band, Jamie Symons, Phil Manning, Ray Beadle Blues On Broadbeach Bailey & Kuepper The Troubadour Ballad Boy Loving Hut Big Things Mooloolaba SLSC Birds Of Tokyo The Hi-Fi
Bobby Rydell Caloundra RSL Cohagen Quaid, The Ginger Witches, Hawkmoon The Zoo Dan England Coolangatta Hotel Dave & Steve Fibber Magee’s, Toowoomba Elvis Meets Buddy QPAC Concert Hall Ghost Town, Pistols Of Dawn, The Ailment, Within Atlantis Globe Theatre Glenn Ashley Noosa Surf Club Gran Dynamite, The Scotch Of Saint James X & Y Bar Happy Days Band Mick O’Malley’s Jelly, Out Of Abingdon, Innes Campbell And Present Company The Bug Mr Maps Cubby Hole Paul Atkins Coolangatta Sands Hotel Paul Greene, Nick Barber, Luke Dickens Brisbane Powerhouse Visy Theatre Rocketsmiths, The Parties Of Interzone, Fractions Alhambra Lounge Rockstar The Clown Fisherman’s Wharf Tavern Rokeby Venus The Tempo Hotel Saritah The Brewery Terry Chapman, Stifler’s Mum The Music The Geoff Green Trio Jazzworx The Hipshooters Brannigan’s Tavern Venus Envy Royal Exchange Hotel Woody Elephant & Wheelbarrow Zeddicus, Ironbird, Howling Steel Miami Tavern Shark Bar
3 Days Off Surfers Paradise Beer Garden
8 Ball Aitken Lennox Pub All Eyes Dark, Leadlight Rose Jubilee Hotel Ashley Robertson Murrumba Downs Tavern Ben Eaton Noosa Surf Club Ben Eaton Trio, Freddie Scat The Tempo Hotel Ben Willis Coolangatta Sands Hotel Big Guy, Little Guy Ferny Grove Tavern Birds Of Tokyo, Midnight Youth The Hi-Fi Bobby Rydell Kedron Wavell Services Club Botanics, Chocolate Strings The Joynt Bud Manthey Band Miami Tavern Byron Short Kitty O’Shea’s Clayfield College Musical Festival Brisbane Powerhouse Visy Cover Drive Palmwoods Hotel Da Funk Ta CBX Dean Watkin Eleven 17 Diana Anaid, Nicholas Roy X & Y Bar Dice Bribie Island SLSC Elvis Meets Buddy Twin Towns Epoch Locknload West End Fretfest Acoustic Sessions Montegos On The Bay Homer Hotel Metropole Husk Hotel HQ Joey Cape & Tony Sly, Jamie Hay Kings Beach Tavern Kaos Capalaba Tavern Locky, Blah Blah Blah Elephant & Wheelbarrow Macka Shafston Hotel Maqus Mooloolaba SLSC Mason Rack Band Ballina RSL Matt Baker Trio Brisbane Jazz Club Michelle Brown Duo Caloundra Bowls Club
Rock N Roll Festival Southport RSL Scott Geary Ryan’s Bar, Treasury Casino Second Gear Fibber Magee’s, Toowoomba Shag Mooloolaba Bowls Club Skinny Jean Brisbane Powerhouse Spitfireliar, The Pretty Boys, Dementia 13, The Flangipanis The Zoo Spruce Moose, Rhythm Express, Floating Bridges The Music Kafe Taasha and Tristan (The Audreys), Timothy Carroll The Troubadour That Canadian Guy Woodpeckers Tavern The Decoys Wharf Tavern The Fabulous Sounds Of The Sixties Show Logan Diggers Club The Gonzo Show, Wipedoubt Step Inn The May Strikes, Rise Overrun, Run For A Bus Globe Theatre The Mercy Beat Cubby Hole The Residents, Skinny Jean Brisbane Powerhouse Turbine Platform Tyson Faulkner Fiddlers Green Urthboy Fitzy’s Loganholme Venus Envy Creek Bar
SAT 29 Andrew Baxter Band, Jamie Symons, Phil Manning, Ray Beadle Blues On Broadbeach Andy Carey Duo CBX Ben Eaton Trio, Freddie Scat The Tempo Hotel Brisbane Guitar Show RNA Showgrounds Bruce Halter Southern Hotel Toowoomba Busby Marou, The Medics, Dave Dow And The Human Groove, Stevie Geyer Globe Callum Taylor Woodpeckers Tavern Candice Long Shafston Hotel Chase The Sun, Black Mustang, Asa Broomhall Step Inn
Chris Wright, Rose Wintergreen-Arthur, Kat Cooper, Arun Sol Blackstar Coffee Dan Quigley, John Hoffman Brisbane Jazz Club Darky Roots Locknload West End Dave Kemp Gertie’s Restaurant and Bar Dead Letter Chorus, Two Hours Traffic The Beach Hotel, Byron Bay Dean Watkin Spring Lake Hotel Diana Anaid, Nicholas Roy, Grayson, Brendan Maclean, The Vue Club Envy Duplicates Live Wire Bar, Treasury Casino Elke, The Belligerents, My Escapade Barsoma Elvis Meets Buddy Empire Theatre Epithets, Larry Spaceship, Matthew Vale, Daniel Van Zutphen, Halade Tribal Theatre Harry Healy Fibber Magee’s, Toowoomba Hemi Kingi Trio The Morrison Hotel Human Rights Arts and Film Festival Brisbane Powerhouse Jabba Elephant & Wheelbarrow James Johnston, Casey Barnes Brisbane Convention And Exhibition Centre Joey Cape & Tony Sly, Jamie Hay The Zoo Katie Wighton, Paris Dreaming Queen Street Mall Katy Steele, The Bloodpoets X & Y Bar Kym Campbell Miami Tavern Shark Bar Label Parties Brunswick St Mall Mardi Lumsden & The Rising Seas, Scott Spark, Cascadeer Old QLD Museum Mason Rack Band Surf Parade South Stage Matt Powell, Ray Ali, After The Tone, The Barmaids The Music Kafe Neil Diamond Tribute Show Beerwah Hotel Nick Muir Coolangatta Sands Hotel Nile, Hate Eternal, Abigail Williams The Hi-Fi Novocain Story Bridge Hotel Paul Greene, Penny & The Mystics Joe’s Water Hole Eumundi Phil Emmanuel Band Palmwoods Hotel Phil Monsour Kurilpa Hall, West End Power Play Australian National Hotel Punchline Mick O’Malley’s Ramjet Surfers Paradise Beer Garden Re:Enactment, Moon Jog Cubby Hole Richmond Fontaine The Troubadour
Ricky The Rockstar Woodford Hotel Ripe Noosa House With No Steps Rock N Roll Festival Southport RSL Saritah The Joynt She’s Jake Mooloolaba Bowls Club Shostakovich 6 QPAC Concert Hall Sianna Lee Bon Amici Café Toowoomba Simone Pitot Borders Books, CBD Sonic Arts: Music & Cultural Festival Lismore Showgrounds Texas Tea Ric’s The Darren J Ray Quartet City Golf Club Toowoomba The Hipshooters Buddha Bar The Jimmy’s Royal Exchange Hotel The Nones Sheoak Shack Venus Envy Narangba Valley Tavern
Mace Fibber Magee’s, Toowoomba
Up The River Jazz Story Bridge Hotel
50 Lions, Blkout Black Box Theatre Amazon Blue Wharf Tavern Andrew Baxter Band, Jamie Symons, Phil Manning, Ray BeadleBlues On Broadbeach Ben Crick The Joynt Blues Jam, The Blue Monks Palmwoods Hotel Bluesville Station Bearded Dragon Tavern Brisbane Guitar Show RNA Showgrounds Colin’s Class Manly Hotel Craig Phillips Southern Hotel Toowoomba Dan England Surfers Paradise Beer Garden Dan Parsons, Sianna Lee, Megafauna The Troubadour Di Clark, Clare Hansson, Loch Easton Urban Hotel Diana Anaid, Nicholas Roy Great Northern Hotel Byron Bay Diana Anaid, Nicholas Roy, Grayson, Brendan Maclean, The Vue Titanium Bar Doug Wilshire & The Tailspinners, Freddie Scat The Tempo Hotel Funk’n Soul’d Out Globe Theatre Gift Of Gab, Dan Parsons, Rush In Attack, The Honey Month X & Y Bar Hot Dog, Rhythm In Red Live Wire Bar, Treasury Casino James Higgins Coolangatta Sands Hotel Julz & The Grimly Beats Locknload West End Kylie Southwell Trio Era Bistro Leigh Carriage 320 On Leichhardt Live Spark, Carry Nation, Sime Nugent Brisbane Powerhouse Turbine Platform Loren, Juzzie Smith Soundlounge Currumbin
Michelle Brown Duo Noosa Yacht Club Natural Jazz Duo, The Brodie McAllister Orchestra, Ensemble Satsang Brisbane Jazz Club Nuages Jazz, Gerard Mapstone Queen Street Mall
MON 31 Beware The Hippos, Spruce Moose X & Y Bar Claude & Elizabeth, 8th Edge The Music Kafe Everest Live Wire Bar, Treasury Casino FretFest Acoustic Sessions Chalk Hotel
One Eyed Pilots, Brooksy & Co Elephant & Wheelbarrow
Rickie Lee Jones The Tivoli
Rock N Roll Festival Southport RSL
Shake N Bake, Ash Kerley, Sled, The Pugs, Smoking Martha, Panacea The Music Kafe Sonic Arts, Music & Cultural Festival Lismore Showgrounds The Natural Born Lovers Jubilee Hotel The Satellites The Bowery The Secret Whisper The Zoo
Wendy Rule The Joynt
Akasa Breezes, Twin Towns Escalate W/Geoff Sabian & The Mercenaries, The Minor Elite, The Barmaids The Tempo Hotel Flower Drank The Moon, Mark Bono X & Y Bar Kye Cole, Griffwood Horsefin, Rhythm Express The Music Kafe Southern Cross Soloists QPAC Concert Hall
Vaughan Ney Cleveland Sands Hotel
Unearth, The Black Dahlia Murder, Wish For Wings The Fort
Zoe & Gabor Mooloolaba SLSC
Whitley, Gossling The Troubadour
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Bed Wettin’ Bad Boys play Brunswick St Mall Saturday May 29 What do you think is your band’s greatest strength? Nic Warnock (bass/vocals): “Probably our time and financial management skills, athletic ability, networking skills, knowing people in positions of power, physical appearance etcetera. I think we’re pretty becoming much better songwriters and more powerful at playing our instruments but our strengths probably really lies in our ambition and honesty. I feel a lot of modern bands hide behind a brooding or quirky persona, there’s no real attempt to communicate with an audience through music. We trying to have a good time with you rather than establish that we’re some type of grand artist or prodigy.” If you could time travel back to any gig in history which would it be and why? “I’d travel all the way back to April 2010 to the two Eddy Current Suppression Ring shows at the Annandale Hotel with Royal Headache, Carborator and yours truly, the Bed Wettin’ Bad Boys. That or any Replacements show up until 1984, particularly one of the ones where they got too drunk and played Kiss, T-Rex and Thin Lizzy covers. Add Roky Erickson and The Aliens, early Meat Puppets and My War era Black Flag to that list.” What movie do you think your music would best accompany and why? “Any film where they there’s pranks on the Dean or the plot of the film revolves around trying to score before you graduate high school. I would prefer the movie to be about us rather than our music accompanying the film, like the Ramones in Rock ‘N’ Roll High School.” What is your favourite song lyric and why? “NEW DAY RISING, NEW DAY RISING, NEW DAY RISING, NEW DAY RISING” – ‘New Day Rising’ – Husker Du. Favourite hangover cure? “A guilt free conscience, TV.”
This hugely popular program continues at QPAC until June 4 with a fresh line up of free music in the retro outdoor lounge setting on the Melbourne Street Green. Enjoy a relaxing session of free live music after work, before a show, or while enjoying a cool drink and a light meal in the café. Melbourne Street Green, QPAC | Cnr Melbourne & Grey Streets, South Bank THIS FRIDAY MAY 28 FROM 5PM TILL 8PM 56
WEDNESDAY MAY 26
papperbok W/ CIRCA BLONDE AND THE CRASHLIGHTS DOOR $5 / 7.30PM
THURSDAY MAY 27
chris bailey & ed kuepper (MAY RESIDENCY) PRE $25 / 8PM
FRIDAY MAY 28
the audreys TAASHA AND TRISTAN PRE $25 / 8PM
SATURDAY MAY 29
richmond fontaine (WILLY VLAUTIN & DAN ECCLES) W/ GENTLE BEN AND HIS SENSITIVE SIDE AND THE HONEY MONTH PRE $18 / DOOR $20 / 8PM
the blackwater fever $5 AFTER MIDNIGHT / 1AM
SUNDAY MAY 30
(EX-LOVE OUTSIDE ANDROMEDIA) W/ DAN PARSONS & MEGAFAUNA PRE $12 / DOOR $15 / 8PM
TUES & WED JUNE 1 & 2
W/ GOSSLING AND SEAGULL PRE $20 / DOOR $25 / 8PM
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WEDNESDAY 26 MAY
BRIANNA CAMPBELL & BAND - 9.30PM VLADA ETHERIDGE - 8.30PM
SPRING SKIER - 9.30PM MATTHEW COLIN - 8.30PM LE PARTI SOUL W/ DJ REDBEARD - FROM 8PM
THURSDAY 27 MAY
FRIDAY 28 MAY
JAKE DONEHUE & THE DISGRUNTLED TAXPAYERS - 9.30PM YOUNG GRIFFO - 8.30PM DJ VALDIS - FROM 8PM
SILVEIRA - 8PM ALIBRANDI - 7PM DJ VALDIS - FROM 8PM UPSTAIRS: DJ CUTTS - FROM 8PM
SATURDAY 29 MAY
MONDAY 31 MAY
DOWNSTAIRS: TEXAS TEA - 8PM THE KEEP ON DANCINS’ - 7PM DJ VALDIS - FROM 8PM UPSTAIRS: DJ CUTTS - FROM 8PM
TUESDAY 1 JUNE GRESHKA THE AMAZING KLEZMER BAND - 8.30PM
LUNA JUNCTION - 9.30PM JESSICA HOLZ - 8.30PM
FREE LIVE MUSIC AND INDIE DJS
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GIG GUIDE VENUE TOUR GUIDE CHARTS
Thursday Kym Campbell Saturday Elke, The Belligerents, My Escapade
Thursday Birds Of Tokyo Friday Birds Of Tokyo, Midnight Youth Saturday Nile, Hate Eternal, Abigail Williams
ON THE TIME OFF STEREO
Alfalfa Males Once Summer Is Done Conform Or Die HARD-ONS The ArchAndroid (Suites II and III) JANELLE MONÁE Innerspeaker TAME IMPALA Destroyer of the Void BLITZEN TRAPPER Remaster Of The Universe VARIOUS/TODD TERJE His Greatest Misses ROBERT WYATT Cosmogramma FLYING LOTUS Travel-Log JJ CALE Total Life Forever FOALS Exile On Main St. THE ROLLING STONES
4ZZZFM TOP 10 NOW PLAYING
1. Midnight Mover THE TEN FOURS 2. Wherever you go, there you are MARDI LUMSDEN AND THE RISING SEAS 3. Berlin LION ISLAND 4. Clicks SLEEPWALKS 5. High Violet NATIONAL 6. Cosmogramma FLYING LOTUS 7. Together THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS 8. Ruined My Life DZ 9. Face to Face ELEANOR ANGEL 10. High Places Vs Mankind HIGH PLACES
ROCKINGHORSE RECORDS TOP 10 1. InnerSpeaker TAME IMPALA 2. High Violet NATIONAL 3. Exile On Main Street THE ROLLING STONES 4. This is the Warning DEAD LETTER CIRCUS 5. Infinite Arms BAND OF HORSES 6. Violent Soho VIOLENT SOHO 7. Contra VAMPIRE WEEKEND 8. American Idiot THE ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST RECORDING 9. Darwin Deez DARWIN DEEZ 10. Total Life Forever FOALS
BBC TOP 10 INDIE SINGLES
1. Leeds Leeds Leeds (Marching On Together) LEEDS UNITED TEAM & SUPPORTERS 2. The Flood KATIE MELUA 3. Crush FUGATIVE 4. Not Going Home FAITHLESS 5. Sweet Disposition THE TEMPER TRAP 6. Headbutt KING BLUES 7. Splash SUB FOCUS 8. Bring It Home GOALS ALOUD 9. Riverside (Let’s Go) (feat. Wizard Sleeve) SIDNEY SAMSON 10. The Best of Times SAGE FRANCIS
CMJ RADIO TOP 10 ALBUMS
1. Plastic Beach GORILLAZ 2. Broken Bells BROKEN BELLS 3. Have One On Me JOANNA NEWSOM 4. One Life Stand HOT CHIP 5. Gorilla Manor LOCAL NATIVES 6. Odd Blood YEASAYER 7. Sisterworld LIARS 8. The Brutalist Bricks TED LEO AND THE PHARMACISTS 9. Teen Dream BEACH HOUSE 10. Transference SPOON
Thursday Paul Greene, Nick Barber, Luke Dickens Friday Skinny Jean Saturday Human Rights Arts And Film Festival Sunday Live Spark: Carry Nation, Sime Nugent
CUBBY HOLE Thursday Mr Maps Friday The Mercy Beat Saturday Re:Enactment, Moon Jog
GLOBE THEATRE Thursday Ghost Town, Pistols Of Dawn, The Ailment Friday The May Strikes, Rise Overrun, Run For A Bus Saturday Busby Marou, The Medics Sunday Funk’n Soul’d Out, Lore Crew, Brompton Road
JUBILEE HOTEL Friday All Eyes Dark, Leadlight Rose, White Circus, We Become Ghosts Sunday The Natural Born Lovers
RIC’S Saturday Texas Tea
ROSIE’S Friday Monstrothic: Born From The Ashes, Lord
STEP INN Friday The Gonzo Show, Wipedoubt Saturday Chase The Sun, Black Mustang, Asa Broomhall, CC The Cat, The Strides
THE TIVOLI Monday Rickie Lee Jones
THE TROUBADOUR Wednesday Papperbok, Circa Blonde, The Crashlights Thursday Bailey & Kuepper Friday Taasha And Tristan (The Audreys), Timothy Carroll Saturday Richmond Fontaine, Gentle Ben & His Sensitive Side Sunday Dan Parsons, Sianna Lee, Megafauna Tuesday Whitley, Gossling
THE ZOO Wednesday Youngsmith, Echo Thieves, Cold And Need Thursday Cohagen Quaid, The Ginger Witches, Hawkmoon Friday Spitfireliar, The Pretty Boys, Dementia 13, The Flangipanis Saturday Joey Cape & Tony Sly, Jamie Hay Sunday The Secret Whisper
X & Y BAR Thursday Gran Dynamite, The Scotch Of Saint James Friday Diana Anaid, Nicholas Roy Saturday Katy Steele, The Bloodpoets Sunday Gift Of Gab, Dan Parsons, Rush In Attack, The Honey Month Monday Beware The Hippos, Spruce Moose Tuesday Flower Drank The Moon, Mark Bono
HAVE YOU HEARD...
FINNISH AIRPLAY TOP 10
1. I Wanna Be A Rockstar WALDO’S PEOPLE 2. Replay IYAZ 3. Rude Boy RIHANNA 4. Shut It Down PITBULL FEAT. AKON 5. Stereo Love EDWARD MAYA FEAT. VIKA JIGULINA 6. For Your Entertainment ADAM LAMBERT 7. Memories DAVID GUETTA FEAT. KID CUDI 8. Telephone LADY GAGA & BEYONCE 9. Mikä Boogie FINTELLIGENS 10. I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho) PITBULL
The Moderns play Hard Rock Cafe Friday May 28 and Barsoma Thursday Jun 3 What do you think is your band’s greatest strength? Levi Franco (drums): “Our drums and amps are very large. And strong.” If you could time travel back to any gig in history which would it be and why? “Neil Young at Big Day Out 2009. You don’t have to ask why, do you?” What movie do you think your music would best accompany and why? “Probably Jaws.” What are your plans for the immediate future? And the rest of the year? “Make more music and quit our jobs.” What is your favourite song lyric and why? “‘I Ain’t Hiding’ by The Black Crowes. Just because it’s cool.” Favourite hangover cure? “Lots of fruit followed by a big dirty breakfast followed by a beer later in the afternoon.”
BIRDS OF TOKYO
MICHAEL BOLTON: QPAC May 26 PATRIZIO BUANNE: Brisbane Convention Ctr May 28 NILE: The Hi-Fi May 29 RICHMOND FONTAINE: The Troubadour May 29 RICKIE LEE JONES: QPAC May 31 UNEARTH, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER: The Fort Jun 1, The Hi-Fi Jun 2 HOLLY MIRANDA: The Troubadour Jun 6 STORY OF THE YEAR: The Hi-Fi Jun 13 STRUNG OUT, THE LOVED ONES: The Hi-Fi Jun 17, Coolangatta Hotel Jun 18 BEOGA: Judith Wright Ctr Jun 19 THE VIBRATORS: Jubilee Hotel Jun 19 ALESTORM: Rosie’s Jun 20 TRAIN: The Tivoli Jun 20 HOPE SANDOVAL & THE WARM INTENTIONS: The Tivoli Jun 23 YUSUF ISLAM: BEC Jun 26 PAUL DIANNO: Rosie’s Jun 29 MARK LANEGAN: The Zoo Jul 6 BOYS LIKE GIRLS: The Hi-Fi Jul 9 & 10 SNFU: The Zoo Jul 17 OM: The Hi-Fi Jul 18 STRIKE ANYWHERE: Snitch Jul 22 SENSES FAIL: The Hi-Fi Aug 12, The Fort Aug 13 EELS: The Tivoli Aug 13 NAPALM DEATH: The Hi-Fi Sep 3 BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE: Riverstage Sep 11 TIM MCGRAW: BEC Sep 16 & 17 OVERKILL: The Hi-Fi Sep 23 MAYHEM: The Hi-Fi Sep 25 ASLAN: The Hi-Fi Oct 2 METALLICA: BEC Oct 16, 18 & 19 PAUL WELLER: The Tivoli Oct 19 & 20 CELTIC WOMAN: BEC Nov 3 JACK JOHNSON: Riverstage Dec 13
BAILEY & KUEPPER: The Troubadour May 27 BIRDS OF TOKYO: The Hi-Fi May 27 & 28 THE SCOTCH OF SAINT JAMES: X & Y May 27 CHASE THE SUN: Blues on Broadbeach May 28 & 29, Step Inn May 29 DIANA ANAID: X & Y May 28, Club Envy May 29, Titanium Bar May 30 TAASHA AND TRISTAN (THE AUDREYS): The Troubadour May 28 KATY STEELE: X & Y May 29 SIANNA LEE: Bon Amici May 29, The Troubadour May 30 WHITLEY: The Troubadour Jun 1, Soundlounge Jun 4 CHILDREN COLLIDE: Never Land Jun 3, The Zoo Jun 4 THE BEAUTIFUL GIRLS: Great Northern Jun 3 & 6, The Tivoli Jun 4 & 5 IAN MOSS: Brothers Leagues Club Jun 4, Redlands Multi Sports Club Jun 5, Titanium Bar Jun 17, Club Pine Rivers Jun 18, Joe’s Waterhole Jun 19 THE HOLIDAYS: Cubby Hole Jun 4 DEAD LETTER CIRCUS: The Hi-Fi Jun 5 FIRE! SANTA ROSA, FIRE!: The Troubadour Jun 5 JAMES MORRISON AND THE IDEA OF NORTH: Civic Ctr Nambour Jun 5, Brisbane Powerhouse Jun 6 CLOSURE IN MOSCOW: The Fort Jun 10, The Zoo Jun 11 BOY & BEAR: The Troubadour Jun 11 CLOUD CONTROL: Great Northern Jun 11, The Zoo Jun 12 COG: The Tivoli Jun 12 GYROSCOPE: The Tivoli Jun 13 THE HEARTBREAK CLUB: Red Room UQ Jun 16, QUT Guild Bar Jun 17, Rosie’s Jun 17, Miami Tavern Jun 18, The Hive Jun 20 50 LIONS: Shed 5 Jun 17, Black Box Jun 30, YAC Jul 1 ASH GRUNWALD: The Irish Club Jun 17, Joe’s Waterhole Jun 18, The Tivoli Jun 19, Surfers Paradise Beer Garden Jun 20 BRITISH INDIA: The Hi-Fi Jun 18 & 19 KARNIVOOL: The Hi-Fi Jun 23 MILES AWAY, BREAK EVEN: YAC Byron Bay Jun 23, Club 299 Jun 24, The Fort Jun 25 THE BREAK: Globe Theatre Jun 24, Joe’s Waterhole Jun 25, Great Northern Jun 27 DAPPLED CITIES: Beach Hotel Byron Bay Jun 25, The Hi-Fi Jun 26 DEEZ NUTS: The Hi-Fi Jun 25 FIVE STAR PRISON CELL: Miami Tavern Jun 25, Step Inn Jun 26 KATIE NOONAN: Brisbane Powerhouse Jun 25, Joe’s Waterhole Jun 26 PARADES: Fans Jun 25, Never Land Jun 26
TOE TO TOE: Coolangatta Hotel Jun 25, Kings Beach Tavern Jun 26 OPERATOR PLEASE: The Hi-Fi Jul 2, Coolangatta Hotel Jul 3 SALLY SELTMANN: The Zoo Jul 9 THE AMITY AFFLICTION: The Hi-Fi Jul 10 & 11 C.W. STONEKING: The Zoo Jul 11 MATT CORBY: The Troubadour Jul 15, Bon Amici Jul 16, Hard Rock Cafe Jul 17 THIRSTY MERC: Great Northern Jul 15, The Hi-Fi Jul 16, Coolangatta Hotel Jul 17, Villa Noosa Jul 18 YOUNG HERETICS: The Troubadour Jul 17 THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT: Villa Noosa Jul 22, Surfers Paradise Beergarden Jul 23, Alex Hills Hotel Jul 24, Kallangur Tavern Jul 25 THE NATION BLUE, A DEATH IN THE FAMILY: Rosie’s Jul 24 VIOLENT SOHO: The Zoo Jul 24 THE HARD-ONS: Great Northern Jul 29, Coolangatta Hotel Jul 30, The Troubadour Jul 31 MIDNIGHT JUGGERNAUTS: The Hi-Fi Aug 21 GRINSPOON: Great Northern Aug 22 THE CAT EMPIRE: Beach Hotel Aug 26, Coolangatta Hotel Aug 27, Riverstage Aug 28 POWDERFINGER: Gold Coast Convention Ctr Sep 3, Riverstage Sep 4 & 5, University of Southern QLD Oct 9, Riverstage Nov 10, 12 & 13 JOHN BUTLER TRIO: Riverstage Sep 23. Empire Theatre Sep 24 SARAH BLASKO: Nambour Civic Ctr Oct 19, QPAC Oct 21, Stereo Oct 22, Byron Ctr Oct 23 & 24 AIRBOURNE: The Hi-Fi Oct 23
RIPE NOOSA: House With No Steps May 29 with Cat Empire, Grinspoon, Birds of Tokyo, British India, Urthboy, The Funkoars, Infusion, Cassette Kids, Washington, Bridezilla, Kid Kenobi, MC Shureshock, Goodwill, Kid Mac, You Am I, Operator Please, Butterfingers, Lakota LOUD 2010 MUSIC FESTIVAL: Jubilee Hotel Jun 5 with Calling All Cars, Thousand Needles in Red, Snob Scrilla, The Winnie Coopers, Electric Horse, Numbers Radio, Perspektiv, Darkness Blinding LIQUID ARCHITECTURE: Brisbane Powerhouse Jun 24 – 25 with KK Null, Lionel Marchetti and Yoko Higashi, Sean Baxter, Joe Musgrove THE GO BETWEEN BRIDGE CONCERT: Southern entrance of bridge Jun 25 with Angus & Julia Stone, Robert Forster, Josh Pyke, Bob Evans, Yves Klein Blue, John Steel Singers GREAZEFEST KUSTOM KULTURE FESTIVAL: Rocklea Showground Jul 30 – Aug 1 with Deke Dickerson & The Ecco-Fonics, The Detonators, Benny & The Fly By Niters, The Retro Rockets, The Flattrakkers, The ReChords, Pat Capocci Combo, Doug Wilshire & The Tailspinners, The Go Go Haunters, Danny & The Cosmic Tremors, Big Kitty & The Scaredy Cats, The Ten Fours, Miss Teresa & Her Rhythmaires, West Texas Crude, Paulie & His Crazy Rhythm Boys, The Sugar Shakers, Jon Flynn’s Knights of Sin, The Jim Rockfords, Captain Twilight & The Six Shooters, The Mayhem County Boys, DJ JimmyD, DJ Leapin’ Lawrie, DJ Swingabilly Ray SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS: Woodfordia Jul 30 – Aug 1 with The Strokes, Pixies, Ben Harper and Relentless7, The Temper Trap, Mumford & Sons, Florence and the Machine, Scissor Sisters, Empire of the Sun, The Ting Tings, Band of Horses, Goldfrapp, Richard Ashcroft & the United Nations of Sound, Grizzly Bear, LCD Soundsystem, Angus & Julia Stone, Hot Chip, Wolfmother, Passion Pit, Midnight Juggernauts, Jonsi, Paul Kelly, Kate Nash, Laura Marling, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Lisa Mitchell, Midlake, The Vines, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Broken Social Scene, Tame Impala, The Magic Numbers, K-OS, Operator Please, Bluejuice, Little Red, Ash, The Middle East, Whitley, Yeasayer, Miami Horror, Delphic, We Are Scientists, Foals, Alberta Cross, Surfer Blood, Space Invadas, British India, Mike Snow, Washington, Philadelphia Grand Jury, Clare Bowditch, Band of Skulls, Two Door Cinema Club, The Drums, The Mess Hall, Violent Soho, School of Seven Bells, Last Dinosaurs, John Steel Singers, Yacht Club DJs, Jonathan Boulet, Dan Sultan, Oh Mercy, Cloud Control, Fanfarlo, Boy & Bear, Ernest Ellis, Tijuana Cartel, Frightened Rabbit, The Joy Formidable, Skipping Girl Vinegar, Gypsy and the Cat, Horror Show, Money for Rope, Tim & Jean, Zennith, Jac Stone CALOUNDRA MUSIC FESTIVAL: Kings Beach Park Oct 8 – 10 with Powderfinger, Jet
BRISBANE POWERHOUSE PRESENTS //
FREE EVENTS THIS WEEKEND AT BRISBANE POWERHOUSE THIS FRIDAY 6PM
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MUSICMAN SUB ACTIVE 5 STRING
Ibanez Thermion TN120 All Tube Guitar Head. Good Condition, great amp. $600 iFlogID: 4027
LANEY AMP MAY MADNESS SALE
Engadine Music is offering great deals on Laney Amps for May. Call now on 02 9520 3044 iFlogID: 4282
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VIPER GUITAR AMP.ALL VALVE
Mesa boogie 4x10 bass cabinet. Custom touring case with removable wheels and front grill protection. Perfect for the touring bass player or someone who wants a very durable and loud cab. $700 Brisbane 0449 166 129 iFlogID: 4923
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DRUMS MEINL DJEMBE NEAR NEW!
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MUSIC@NOOSA - INTEREST FREE
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YAMAHA NP30 DIGITIAL PIANO
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to complete lineup of new show. Ability to cover orchestrations and excellent sounds to match a must. High quality show with good pay. Contact: onemoreguitar@ yahoo.com.au iFlogID: 4323
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Performers “Live to Shine Event” has opened applications for performers that would like to participate in an event show casing emerging an established artist. I am looking for people that would like to be incorporated with a warm and professional environment within performance and music. I will be holding this event on the 14th of August 2010, the venue is yet to be confirmed. We would love to incorporate youth aged between 14 years and 30 years of age, this will be a great opportunity to shine to the community your artistic ability within, your medium and build networks within the industry. if you need any more information please do not hesitate to contact me Stephannie Mantell 0428608485 email@example.com iFlogID: 4982
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Valleyarm Digital are looking for bands to be included on compilation albums that will be featured on iTunes worldwide, you’ll still own 100% of your recordings & publishing plus make money from the sales!! All genres are welcome and we’ll also be offering a Worldwide Digital Deal to a band or artist that we think we can market on a global scale! This will include $5000 worth of online marketing and a worldwide release on all the major digital stores. Submit your tracks (1 per band/ artist) along with bio and contact details
Bondi, our influences include blues, punk, rock and funk. Jam and practice sessions twice a week. Call Bo on 0401365924 or Email on andrewakman2001@gmail. com. iFlogID: 4442 We are a new band called Low Gear. Have had about 16 practices together at home, and now about 10 in a studio. We’re not looking for anyone interested in making money as soon as they join a band as we are not gigging yet, but will be looking to just for fun to start, then who knows. Whilst we dont like to admit to being influenced directly by any particular bands, we all like a mix of, The Specials, Toots and the Maytals, Madniess, Reel Big Fish, Prince Buster, Sublime as far as ska goes, we also individually have many opposing influences such as, The Clash, The Ramones, Stiff Little Fingers and thats just me! We have had a great time in the rehearsal rooms in Marrickville, Sydney for the past couple of months, doing 2 hours every fortnight until we get storage then looking to make it more regular. We are now finding that we are hitting a wall without a singer and are looking for someone to come along and give us some input and help us over this hurdle. We are looking for a singer who is decent, but doesnt feel the need to bash it out at 100% all the time, someone who can relax into a voice and also belt out some cheeky stuff every now and then too. If you feel you would have a good time practising with us, give us an email and see how you go. If you enjoy our company then I am sure you would be a welcome friend. iFlogID: 4579
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Have you been told you have the voice of an angel? Do you want to put it to good use? Come along and sing for a local Church and see your gift grow. Share what you know, let us share what we know. Call 95441144 for a chat about your gift and how we can help see it grow. iFlogID: 4593 Spiritual centre (Louise Hay, Wayne Dyer etc) seeking singers to appear on Sunday mornings - no religious songs - just uplifting material. Interested? Check our website www.newthought.com.au & call 0422-220-499. iFlogID: 4606
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Fully experienced and qualified tutor. With 20 years of studio and live performance. Most styles including Rock, Pop and Jazz. Learn to play your favourite songs, practical theory, improvisation, proper technique, etc. etc. Beginners to advanced are wellcome. Arguably a much better service then most ot the music schools can provide. I put a lot of emphasis on individual talents and abilities. Lessons conducted in the convenience of your own home. Reasonable rates. Phone Oles on 0407413143 or email email@example.com iFlogID: 4312
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Inspire Design Studios provides meaningful, smart and economic design solutions that communicates clearly with a given market. From website design, to branding, we can take you through the entire process of creating an identity for your organization. Maybe you just need some business cards, or maybe you need a completely new look. From logo design, to website creation, to company apparel, and anything in between. To provide you with the most competitive pricing contact us to discuss your requirements without any obligation. Special prices Static website (within 5 pages) $495 CMS website (within 7 pages) $695 Online shopping site $795 No hidden charges or on-going monthly fees To find out more please visit www.lydiay.com iFlogID: 2762
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With over 20 years experience, ACE Design & Print has gained an unequaled reputation as a reliable supplier of quality printing with exceptional service and competitive prices. Our print services are designed for fast production and fast delivery within your budget. Here are some prices for your consideration, let us know your specific requirements and we can quote & deliver! 100 A4 Posters printed in full colour onto 150gsm gloss = $40 250 A6 Leaflets printed in full colour onto 150gsm gloss = $50 250 Full Colour Digital Business cards onto 300gsm gloss = $50 100 A3 Posters printed in full colour onto 150gsm gloss = $80 1000 Business Cards in full colour 2 sides with plastic coating = $160 1000 A5 Flyers printed in full colour onto 150gsm gloss = $210 1000 A4 Letterheads printed in full colour onto 100gsm bond = $230 1000 A4 Flyers printed in full colour onto 150gsm gloss = $300 500 A2 Posters printed in full colour onto 150gsm gloss = $490 1000 A5 Booklets 8pp printed in full colour onto gloss = $735 500 Presentation Folders printed in full colour on white board = $795 iFlogID: 4914
Global Sanctuary Photography are currently running their yearly May, June and July specials. To name a few people we have shot: John Mayer, Jimmy Barnes, Iva Davies, Cruel Sea, Panic at the Disco, Human Nature, Killing Heidi and Delta Goodrem. We come to you on location or at your gig or come to our awesome warehouse studio at Botany. Studio style or grungy warehouse, the choice is yours. We are creative and easy going producing quality work using canon pro gear. Call us on 0416 144 277 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www. globalsanctuary.biz iFlogID: 4518
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Acclaimed 6-week course enrolling. Have fun learning invaluable comedy, presentation & life skills from ARIA nominated instructor Robert Grayson. ADVANCED COURSE 5, 6 and 7th June. Private coaching also available iFlogID: 4616
GRAPHIC DESIGN WANT A LOGO FOR YOUR BAND?
Want a logo to differentiate yourself from other bands? We can make you stand out from the rest! Boggleworks are currently offering a special price of $250 (RRP $349) for your very own custom designed logo. Visit www.boggleworks.com for more info. Be sure to enter the promotional code “IFLOG” for the special discount! iFlogID: 2808
100% devotion to music and the packaging it comes in. Pi (Paul Ikin) has a Complete Design Studio aimed at album cover design, packaging and Band Websites. Based in Melbourne Central Complex its easy to get to. Some of the services include * Art Layout design for CD’s/Digipack/Gatefolds, * Vinyl Sleeves 12” & 7”, and professional Band Websites. Feel free to visit our site to find out more about our services www.paulikin.com iFlogID: 4626
Qualified and trained. Freelance illustrator for childrens books, album cover, book covers, you name it! Based in Melbourne Central Complex but can do work for anyone anywhere. www.paulikin.com ---Paul:0403 996 129 iFlogID: 4639
Trust the professionals to capture the fun and magic of your party or event! 21st parties, sports clubs, nightclubs, promoters, concerts, seminars plus corporate and social functions! We’ve been awarded “Best scene Photograph” PDMA in 2009, member of the AIPP and have extensive experience in photographing events from parties through to music events of 40,000 revellers, so you can be assured of affordable quality and professional photos for your party or event! Check us out or make a booking today at www.atomikarts.com iFlogID: 3672
Do you need an affordable Illustrator? Freelance illustrator Paul Ikin has a 3 year Advance Diploma in Illustration and can create a range of styles for your project. No hidden cost at an affordable price. Album Covers - Book Sleeves - Children Books - Online Images - Fliers - Posters - Editorial Artwork. Visit www.paulikin. com - T: 0403 996 129 World Wide based in Melbourne iFlogID: 4160
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Whether you just want to sing for your own pleasure or dream of being a singer on stage, all aspects covered from diction, breathing, microphone technique, pitch, harmony,working with live bands and performing. Utilising the latest techniques from the US, sing without stress or fear. All lessons can be recorded and take place in a relaxed and fully equipped studio in Botany. All ages welcome - female teacher- children welcome. INTRODUCTORY OFFER: $30 per lesson for the first 3 months. Conditions apply. iFlogID: 4437
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P&O have teamed up with DJ Bootcamp to bring u Australias first 8 day/3 island professional DJ Course Cruise.Learn DJing and enjoy, food,entertainmet,accommidation and 3 islands!Early booking discounts.Go www. djbootcamp.com.au to book 95472578 info. Sails August 29, 2010 iFlogID: 4498
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OASIS cover band needs a Noel Gallagher. That means a good singer with tight rythm guitar ability. Lead not essential. Good gear and transport required. Call Blake 0420 774 819 iFlogID: 3159
Sydney Grunge/Rock band Samsara looking for a talented singer and front man to join a complete band looking to gig and record. An albums worth of music is already written but need vocal melodies and lyrics. Influences include Silverchair, Nirvana, Alice In Chains, Pearl Jam, Led Zeppelin, Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters, Black Sabbath etc etc. Contact Daniel: 0403 885 433, for more information and demos. iFlogID: 4187
Brisbane-based rock/alt band is looking for a talented singer/frontman. We have a setlist worth of material that just needs strong vocals. Influences include Incubus, Radiohead, Pearl Jam, RHCP etc. Contact Andrew, 0422614579 iFlogID: 4969
UTS:Pro School offers high quality, professional short courses in Digidesign Pro Tools 8 designed to improve your music and audio postproduction skills. PT 101 12-13 July PT 110 14-16 July PT 201 19-20 July PT 210M 21-23 July Logic Pro 101 7- 9 July Ring 9514 9931 or go to http://www.utsproschool.uts.edu.au to book your place iFlogID: 4586
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Join us for the Winter Solstice around the midnight fires and turn the wheel of the year together. On the darkest night of the year we welcome the warmth and light of the Solstice fires! www.witchesworkshop. com iFlogID: 4933
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