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LOCAL EMPIRE CONFUSES US PUNDITS Empire Of The Sun’s capacity to sell-out major venues in big Stateside cities has confounded music pundits over there. Despite their Walking On The Sun album selling less than 30,000 copies since its release in March last year, the Australian act has sold out two nights in New York (3,000-seater Terminal 5) and book a string of LA gigs at the 1,300-seater Music Box). A head-scratching article about the band’s live success, in Billboard, concluded that ticket sales were bouyed by blog buzz (2009’s #21 artist in Hype Machine’s top 50), NME coverage and high profile sync deals (a character in Entourage asked who the track was by when played in an episode of the hit HBO series). The band’s manager Pete Lusty claims the popularity live comes from a steady stream of unauthorised remixes online (he says they still receive new remixes on a daily basis). Billboard also reported that Empire’s theatrical live act has so far broken even due to their label EMI Australia funding it.
CREATIVE VIBES RE-LAUNCHES After folding early last year and leaving albums such as Gotye’s Like Drawing Blood without distribution, Creative Vibes has re-launched, though on a far smaller scale. After discussions with Sebastian Chase, industry stalwart and founder of MGM Distribution, original founder Peter Pasqual has decided to rekindle the name, but restructure the business so distribution is done through MGM. “We’re not handling our own distribution which was possibly the most time consuming part of the business,” Pasqual told The Front Line. “We’re also not importing which is another part of the business that dragged us down, especially when the GST [Goods and Services Tax] hit, it hit us quite badly in the hip pocket because everything was so expensive and our dollar dropping as well. So it’s mainly going to be concentrating on local products, signing up local bands.”
YOU AM I JOIN OTHER TONGUES Newly launched Sydney independent label Other Tongues have added their biggest name to their roster so far with the addition of You Am I. The band have left previous label EMI – another high profile band that the cash-strapped major have lost worldwide over the past couple of years – to release their new, self-titled, record which is due to be released early October through Other Tongues, which is currently working releases from The National, Richard In Your Mind, Seja, Scott Matthew and more. The record will receive distribution from MGM.
WARNER IN THE NEGATIVE The American Associated Press is reporting that financial services company Standard & Poor’s have downgraded their rating of the Warner Music Group’s financial status from “stable” to “negative”. It is believed that a decline in revenue and profit due to a smaller number of releases than usual and digital distributions has wavered their confidence. Despite Warner’s cost cutting, S&P reported they wouldn’t be assured “until there is an indication that digital sales can resume at healthy growth rates and eventually offset physical CD sales declines.”
BIGSOUND ADDITIONS The 2010 BIGSOUND music conference have announced that Washington, returning from the 2009 event, has been to their extensive live showcase line-up alongside fellow Queensland vocalist Katie Noonan and Canadian group Amos The Transparent. They announcement has also revealed the next wave on industry speakers, with Richard Kingsmill (triple j), Ford Englander (Sonicbirds, USA), Darryl Bailey (EMI), Tim Kelly (Universal), Bill Hauritz (Woodford Folk Festival), Steve Bell (Time Off ), Benji Rogers (Pledge Music, UK), Brett Murrihy (Artist Voice), Cary Caldwell (SxSW/The Great Escape, NZ) and more joining the already announced ranks of Michael Gudinski, Brett Oaten Ed Kuepper, Mathew Coyte and more. The event is being held Wednesday Sep 8 through Friday Sep 10 in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley, with tickets and the program now available from the website.
EMINEM TOP AGAIN Australia’s hold at the top of the ARIA album charts has been brief, as Eminem reurned to the number one spot this week with Recovery, whilst Bliss N Eso slid to second with Running On Air, which was also certified gold status this week. Recent Splendour In The Grass sideshows have given Florence + The Machine (Lungs) a bump into the top three, whilst local acts Washington (I Believe You Liar) and Birds Of Tokyo (self-titled) are holding steady in fourth and fifth respectively. A quiet week for new releases saw only the Step Up 3D soundtrack (nine) and Tim McGraw’s Southern Voice (50) trouble the top 50. Bliss N Eso’s album achieved a Gold accreditation last week as Hilltop Hoods’ State
Of The Art moved into Double Platinum territory. Art Vs Science made a small impact in the singles chart with their Magic Fountain EP entering at 14, Taylor Swift’s Mine (nine) being the highest debut there this week.
POP MUSIC IS PORN Mike Stock, the English producer who produced Kylie Minogue’s 1988 breakout release Kylie has lashed out at the sexualisation of contemporary pop music. Speaking to Britian’s Daily Mail newspaper, he said, “The music industry has gone too far. It’s not about me being old-fashioned. It’s about keeping values that are important in the modern world. These days you can’t watch modern stars – like Britney Spears or Lady Gaga – with a two-year-old… 99 percent of the charts is R&B and 99 percent of that is soft pornography.”
Q AWARDS FOR KIDS The fifth annual Q Song Awards were held last week in Queensland’s Fortitude Valley, with Hungry Kids Of Hungry taking out both the Alternative and Song Of The Year categories for their single Wristwatch. My Fiction won the Courier-Mail’s People’s Choice Award with Every June, Dave McCormack the Published Song Of The Year for I Don’t Even Know Where To Start (With This Kind Of Music). Railroad Gin’s Carol Lloyd was honoured with the GW McLennan Lifetime Achievement Award, while elsewhere there was recognition for Dan Parsons (Firestarter, pop), Busby Marou (Paint My Cup, indigenous), Golden Sound (Kafka Remixed, dance/electronic) James Grehan (Falling, blues/roots), The Duke Wilde Band (Country Town, country), Yves Klein Blue (Getting Wise, rock) Alesa Lajana (The Owl, The Fairy And The Grasshopper, world) and Villans Of Wilhelm (The Oh Yeah, punk).
FRESHLY INKED Western Sydney self-proclaimed one man blues band Claude Hay has signed a deal with American independent label Ingot Rock, and his next album Deep Fried Satisfied will be released in the US, Canada, UK and wider Europe three weeks after its local release. Sydney post hardcore outfit Sienna Skies have also got a foot in the American market, signing a management deal with Matthew Stewart of Outerloop Management. Darwin’s Leah Flanagan’s track September Song was recently picked up by Northern Territory Tourism for use in a national campaign.
INSTRUMENTS DOWN Little Feat drummer Richie Hayward died age 64 on Thursday Aug 12 from liver cancer, the American musician was a founding member of the 70s swamp blues outfit before becoming an in-demand session player (Ry Cooder, Van Dyke Parks, Doobie Brothers) – Little Feat reformed in 1988 and played in various forms until last year. US guitarist Catfish Collins died age 66 on Friday Aug 6 from cancer – older brother of Bootsy Collins, he played in James Brown’s JBs, Parliament-Funkadelic and Rubber Band, most recently recording the soundtrack for Superbad. UK drummer Jack Parnell died age 87 on Sunday Aug 8 – considered the Brit equivalent of Gene Krupa in the 50s, he spent much of his career as a band leader before becoming a music director (most notably on The Muppet Show and working with cult director Larry Cohen) and continued gigging around Suffolk until unable due to emphysema.
BUSINESS WORKSHOP The 2010 Tax And Accounting Workshop will be held at the State Library’s The Edge Wednesday Aug 25. Presented by Q Music and BDO, the workshop will give advice on how to set up a small business and what tax breaks you are eligible for as an artist, manager, agent or label. Booking are essential through (07) 3527 0013.
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Once again this September the cream of the music industry’s makers and shakers will move converge on Brisbane for the annual BIGSOUND 2010 conference. We take a look at just a few of the many high-profile guests who will be contributing their expertise to the myriad of panels, workshops and interviews, imparting their extensive knowledge and while they’re here hoping to discover the next big thing. NAME: JEN LONG POSITION: DJ, WRITER AND PRODUCER AT BBC RADIO 1
How did you first become involved in the music business? Through loads and loads of work experience. I was going to put an exclamation mark at the end there but I’m really not joking. I did everything; tour managing, writing for magazines and websites, making tea for radio presenters, playing records in small, sweaty clubs. You name it. I was there waving at you. What do you perceive to be your area of expertise, and how did you gain experience in this field? I would say radio. I did a lot of student radio when I was at University, and after I left I started my own podcast. I did a lot of work experience for various stations in the UK. Most of my experience was gained by chance. A lot came from just talking to people and being there and willing when they needed a hand. What will you be primarily discussing during your appearance at the BIGSOUND conference? I’m not sure if I’m allowed to give away the panels and ruin the BIGSOUND surprise or something, but the panels I’m on mostly focus on the positive ways the music industry is changing, what this means for fans, and how anyone listening can (and should) get involved. What are you hoping that people will be able to learn from your panel/interview? I really hope people will learn something they can take away and use to make awesome things happen. That’s a bit vague, but you get the idea. What are you expecting to take away yourself from your visit to BIGSOUND? I am so excited. I want to meet lots of neat people and watch amazing bands. I can’t wait to see Last Dinosaurs and The Holidays. Also, I want to leave with a hundred new ideas of great stuff I can do when I get home.
NAME: TIM DELLOW POSITION: FOUNDER/ DIRECTOR TRANSGRESSIVE RECORDS (UK) How did you first become involved in the music business? Playing in lo-fi bands and writing my own fanzine, then later putting on gigs and 7”s for my friends bands. What do you perceive to be your area of expertise, and how did you gain experience in this field? Finding genius. Appreciating bands and their ambitions and desires, and helping facilitate them, to management and publishing. What will you be primarily discussing during your appearance at the BIGSOUND conference? New ways to sustain artists in a changing landscape. What are you hoping that people will be able to learn from your panel/interview? It sounds a little “Disney”, but that anything is possible if you have the talent What are you expecting to take away yourself from your visit to BIGSOUND? Meeting with a great new set of people, listening to other people’s ideas and visions for the future of music, and experiencing Australia firsthand!
NAME: SHIN FUKUZUMI POSITION: A&R, P-VINE How did you first become involved in the music business? I always had a big love for music and spreading lesser known stuff to people, and I applied for a job at my current company when I graduated from university.
What do you perceive to be your area of expertise, and how did you gain experience in this field? Still at a learning stage, and always will be until the end, so no “expert” yet, but I pride myself in picking up great artists, developing a relationship with them that is not just on business terms but on a wider scale (in the end, I have the responsibility to make their lives better, too!), and using any channels or possibilities that I can to build a career for them in Japan. I gained experience purely by working hands on. It is also essential to have a pure passion for the music, respect for everyone involved, and the commitment to work it. What will you be primarily discussing during your appearance at the BIGSOUND conference? The realities of the Japanese music industry. How it is very difficult, but if there is a strong commitment, and a musical talent, there are ways to make cracks. What are you hoping that people will be able to learn from your panel/interview? To lose any vague dreams they had of Japan. Those who really believe they can make it, will remain, and I hope they gain a better view of who to approach, how to approach, and when to approach. Patience is a key, too. What are you expecting to take away yourself from your visit to BIGSOUND? Hopefully I get to see and meet some great Aussie talent!
NAME: PETER JESPERSON POSITION: SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT/A&R, NEW WEST RECORDS How did you first become involved in the music business? I had been an ardent music fan since first hearing The Beatles in 1964. In the spring of 1972 I was offered a job distributing the British rock music weekly The New Musical Express in my hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Through distributing the magazine, I got to know people in all the local record stores and was hired
the following year by the owner of what I thought was the best of the stores – Oar Folkjokeopus. I was promoted to manager in 1974 and worked there through the summer of 1983. That store was my “college” for the music industry. What do you perceive to be your area of expertise, and how did you gain experience in this field? My area of expertise is finding artists with raw talent and helping them develop it. I was a DJ in an underground rock club so saw both local and touring bands 5-6 nights a week. There were so many great local bands at that time that two friends and I started a record label in 1977 called Twin/Tone Records. Because I had been such a devoted music fan for so many years by then, I was able to use the knowledge I had gained to help young bands make the best records we could. What will you be primarily discussing during your appearance at the BIGSOUND conference? I will be involved in panels covering several topics – including producing records; how Australian artists can should approach becoming known in the United States; and relating some stories about my experiences touring with bands in North America. What are you expecting to take away yourself from your visit to BIGSOUND? Tough question, I hope to hear and learn all kinds of things! I hope to hear some great new artists that would be good for our label; and to meet other industry people and hear about their thoughts and concerns about the current music industry.
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IN BRIEF Bon Iver has contributed vocals to “at least ten” Kanye West tracks this year. No word on how many of them will make ‘Ye’s new album, which is due in November. Johnny Marr of The Smiths and Modest Mouse fame has penned the theme song for the new David Cross TV show The Increasingly Poor Decisions Of Todd Margaret. Scottish twee darlings Belle And Sebastian have announced their new record will be called Belle And Sebastian Write About Love.
ANYTHING BUT SEDATE Look, hard rock just doesn’t get any more direct and intense than when Shihad are blasting it at you and they’re about to prove that this is still the case when they release their brand new album Ignite on Friday Sep 24. While they’ve put out some pretty killer rock records since their debut LP 17 years ago, everyone knows that this band are at their finest in the live arena, so to call their upcoming Ignite tour a ‘must see event’ is the understatement of the year. The band are heading up to Brisbane for the first time in too long to launch the record and will drop in to The Zoo on Friday Nov 12 and then hit the Gold Coast’s Never Land Bar on Saturday Nov 13. Tickets are available from OzTix and outlets for $26.65.
Ratcat’s Simon Day makes a cameo appearance in the latest Bonds commercial. The ad features a heinous cover of the band’s That Ain’t Bad, performed by a bunch of scantily clad women. James Brown and ParliamentFunkadelic guitarist Phelps “Catfish” Collins (Bootsy’s brother) has passed away at the age of 66.
ICING ON THE CAKE A whole bunch of new speakers have just been announced for the BIGSOUND conference that hits Fortitude Valley next month and once again the organisers have really managed to get some great names on board for this announcement to make it really stand out. People from all facets of the industry will be getting right amongst it including Katie Noonan, pictured, and Megan Washington, who will also be playing as a part of the BIGSOUND Live showcase series, Andrew Stafford, Richard Kingsmill, Benji Rogers, Steve Bell, Noel Mengel, Ford Englander, Tim Kelly, Dave Schenk, Michael Taylor, Paul Barclay, Darryl Bailey, Bernadette Ryan, Gary Seeger, Haydn Johnston, Jackson Walkden-Brown, Cary Caldwell, Michael McClung, Bill Hauritz, Cathy Oates, Evan Davis, Lawrence English, Darren Sanicki, Angel Lin, Danny Tseng, Brett Murrihy, Paul McKessar, Stew Riddle, Tony Cowper, Dan Condon and Craig Spann have all been enlisted to speak on a whole range of topics that affect people involved in the music industry. The program is so comprehensive that we can’t do it justice here, head along to bigsound.org.au for all the information you will need.
IN BRIEF Arcade Fire have debuted at Number 1 on the Billboard charts with The Suburbs. Legendary doped out rockers Spacemen 3 reunited for a benefit show in London recently without Jason Pierce but with help from My Blood Valentine’s Kevin Shields.
PIKELET ON YOUR MIND Australian acts Richard In Your Mind, pictured, and Pikelet have a fair bit in common at the moment. Both acts have just put out their sophomore albums and both of them have won a great deal of acclaim for both their recorded output and their live performances. So it makes perfect sense that these two fine acts should come together for a big east coast tour kicking off next month. The Sydney psych-heads and Melburnian one-lady band both produce music that’s not just delectable ear candy, but also interesting and challenging in its composition and execution and always a pleasure to see in the live environment. You can see them turning it on at Toowoomba’s Spotted Cow Thursday Sep 30, the Coolangatta Hotel Friday Oct 1 and The Club House Saturday Oct 2.
SUNRISE, SUNSET Sunset Sounds is back again for 2011, cherry picking the finest acts who have been announced for the Falls Festivals down south and bringing them up to the beautiful surrounds of Brisbane City’s Riverstage and Botanic Gardens. The line-up is suitably massive yet again with Interpol, pictured, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Klaxons, The Living End, The National, Angus and Julia Stone, Tame Impala, Public Enemy (performing Fear Of A Black Planet in full), Ladyhawke, Cold War Kids, The Soft Pack, Sleigh Bells, Peaches, Paul Kelly, Kitty, Daisy and Lewis, The Cool Kids, Daara J Family, Hot Hot Heat, Ash Grunwald, Children Collide, The Middle East, Cloud Control, Boy and Bear, Yacht Club DJs, Washington, Charlie Parr, Junip, The Morning Benders, The Bamboos, Tijuana Cartel and Chris Baio (Vampire Weekend – DJ Set) all announced as a part of the first round of acts last week. We hear there are still plenty more surprises in store, but for now your focus ought to be on snagging tickets, which you can do from Ticketmaster as of 9am Thursday Sep 9. Sunset Sounds take place on Wednesday Jan 5 and Thursday Jan 6 and is an 18+ event.
DEADHEADS Los Angelino psych rockers Dead Meadow blew some goddamn faces off when they were here at the beginning of last year at the invitation of Nick Cave for the inaugural Australian instalment of the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival. They were loud, psychedelic and equal parts ambling and direct and it was pretty damn awesome. So we’re stoked to let you know that the team at Heathen Skulls are bringing them back to Brisbane in October for another sonic assault that will punish your ears in the finest way possible. They play The Globe Theatre on Friday Oct 15 with support from Blarke Bayer // Black Widow and Slug Guts, tickets will be available from OzTix from Friday morning.
As well as releasing a solo album in October, Libertines member Carl Barât will also release his memoirs, entitled Threepenny Memoir, on Thursday Sep 30. During his support slot for A Tribe Called Quest in Sydney, Maseo from De La Soul let it slip that KRS One will be heading to Australia soon.
RETURN OF QUACKERY
2004 American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino has been released from hospital after attempting suicide by overdosing on asprin during the week.
When they came to Australia in 2008, The Charlatans basically completely snubbed us and we were not happy about it. Sure, they were more than happy to play shows in Sydney and Melbourne, but the pwningest city in the country (Brisbane) missed out completely. Luckily for them we forgive easily, so news that they’re coming back with a brand new album under their belt and actually playing a show in our city has been met warmly at Time Off HQ. Who We Touch is the (kinda creepy) title of the band’s 11th studio album and word is it sees the band in just as good a form as they have been over the past 21 years that they have been together. The band will hit our city for a show at The Hi-Fi on Wednesday Nov 10, tickets are available from OzTix and outlets from Friday morning for $60.50.
Aussie roots world-beaters the John Butler Trio will release a DVD that takes fans behind the scenes of the recording of their latest album April Uprising. These Are The Days – The Making Of April Uprising will be released through MGM on Friday Aug 27.
A TOUCH OF PARADISE Their Post Paradise album is just weeks away from being released and we’re excited to announce the details of The Holidays’ launch tour in support of the record. The release is the culmination of what has been an exciting few years for the band, who formed back in 2007. It’s a summery, tropical, groove-based record that should have you up and dancing as the weather starts to warm up, so pick up a copy when its released on Friday Sep 24 and then go and see the band performing it live on the Post Paradise tour this October. They have Sydney’s Papa Vs Pretty bringing their 60s and 70s influenced pop to the table in support so get ready for a big night of good times at Elsewhere, Gold Coast Friday Oct 1 and The Troubadour Saturday Oct 2.
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DO YOU WANNA GET HEAVY? So you’ve probably seen already that Baroness are coming back out to Australia later this year in support of the mighty Metallica, but we can reveal to you now that the band will also be turning in a very special intimate performance at The Zoo on Sunday Oct 17. This is incredibly exciting news for any fans of high quality heavy metal and anyone who was lucky enough to catch the band’s early slot at Soundwave earlier in the year will undoubtedly be gagging to get a more substantial taste of the band’s live show. These masters of sludge metal are one of the most exciting heavy acts on the planet right now and absolutely must be seen, heard and felt to be believed. Tickets are on sale from OzTix on Friday morning, we definitely suggest getting in early.
BAT COUNTRY We already knew they were coming out here in support of metalcore superstars Bullet For My Valentine and Bring Me The Horizon, but we’re quietly very excited to hear that Canada’s Cancer Bats have also announced a show of their own while they are out here on our shores. With Bears, Mayors, Scraps & Bones, the band have released their heaviest and deadliest recording to date, it’s practically dripping with acerbic lyrics and the kind of brutal arrangements that the band are so renowned for and they’re certainly not letting up three albums into their career. The band will undoubtedly be tearing apart The Zoo when they drop by there on Saturday Sep 11, make sure you grab yourself a ticket from OzTix from 9am Thursday morning.
Tila Tequila was pelted with bottles, rocks, firecrackers, shit, piss and fuck knows what else during her performance at The Gathering of the Juggalos. Alanis Morrisette is pregnant. Eminem is back on top of the ARIA Charts after being knocked off by Bliss N Eso last week. Don’t worry kids, the new Short Stack album This Is Bat Country will be out on Friday Nov 19. Good to see the young lads have discovered Hunter S Thompson. First single Planets is at radio now. Word is the new You Am I record is their most sonically adventurous to date. The way in which they are releasing it is adventurous too, taking the indie route through Sydney’s Other Tongues (distributed by MGM). It will be out on Friday Oct 8.
DIRTY MEN They were here just recently, but Guttermouth just can’t get enough of us Aussies. Thankfully we reckon they’re okay too, with all the juvenile humour and general pop punk nonsense, so we’re always happy to welcome them back to Australia. This time when the band are out they will be touring pretty damn hard, making it to plenty of regional centres that they weren’t able to make it to when they were here earlier in the year. We all know that the regional crowds do genuinely love Guttermouth quite a lot so it’s great that they are willing to travel to their fans! In our part of this crazy old world you can see these gods of gross at the Surfers Paradise Beer Garden on Wednesday Oct 27, Fusion Villa, Noosa on Thursday Oct 28 and The Hi-Fi here in ol’ Brisbane town on Friday Oct 29. It’s gonna get messy! Tickets are available now from the venues and OzTix for $35 + bf.
STRONG, STRONG SUPPORT So they’re the biggest metal band in the world, they’ve already sold out roughly a squillion shows in Australia this year, but Metallica aren’t afraid to step things up even further, which is just what they have done in the past week. If you’re heading along to see the band on their World Magnetic tour in a couple of months then you should count yourself very lucky as the band have just announced the support acts for their Australian dates. For the Brisbane dates, the band have enlisted the services of none other than Lamb Of God and Baroness as openers, making it a serious night of quality metal. The bands play the Brisbane Entertainment Centre Saturday Oct 16, Monday Oct 18 and Tuesday Oct 20. There are no tickets available for these shows, so either find a scalper (and call him/her a mongrel dog cunt) or cry into your bottle of Woodstock cos you’re gonna miss out.
TEN YEARS OF GREEN DAYS It has been ten years since the very first A Day On The Green concert happened in Australia and the organisers are celebrating this milestone by throwing one hell of a party this November. Sirromet Wines in Mt Cotton is the venue that will host none other than Jimmy Barnes, Vanessa Amorosi, Tex Perkins & The Dark Horses, Diesel, Mark Seymour, Richard Clapton, Dan Sultan, Mahalia Barnes, Michael Spiby and Swanee on Sunday Nov 14. You can grab yourself a ticket from Monday onwards, they begin at $99.50 and go up to $149.
Local noise maker AXXONN has signed a deal with local label Useless Art Records. Check out a big picture of him on page 43.
We love indie chanteuses, there’s no getting around that. So this fortnight we – with help from our good pals at Universal Music – are bringing you a couple of tunes from a couple of Australia’s finest young lady singer-songwriters. Head to universalmusic.net. au/freedownloads/streetpressaustralia to get your hands on these fine tracks. Without any further ado...
Sydney posthardcore outfit Sienna Skies have signed a management deal with Matthew Stewart of US management company Outerloop Management.
Fresh-faced locals Burn Down Hollywood have scored the Brisbane support for the Enter Shikari show at The Hi-Fi on Monday Sep 20 and Tuesday Sep 21. Also on the bill is House Vs Hurricane. Wolfmother head up this year’s massive Full Noise music festival in Townsville on Saturday Nov 20 with Bliss N Eso, Art Vs Science, Children Collide, Philadelphia Grand Jury, Cog, Washington and heaps more.
Megan Washington weighs half as much as her keyboard but she could punch out your Dad. Yes, she is a female singer-songwriter… but she’s not shy and retreating or cute. But: she’s not 10 tons of slut in a mini skirt and nipple tape belly dancing on a crucifix. She has made a debut record with her band Washington entitled I Believe You, Liar and it debuted at #3 on the ARIA album chart. It’s not like other records. They’re all pop songs but not like you think. They are really, really wordy twisty complicated key changing sons of bitches that you’d have to go to music school for six years to play (she did) but after they’re done you can remember every chorus and every hook, and on the second listen you may be able to sing back most of the words. Washington is about to hit the road in August and September to celebrate the release of the album in the near sell-out I Believe You, Liar tour.
GRACE WOODROOFE Quicksand Born in Perth, Grace Woodroofe is about to take the music scene by storm. The indie-blues chanteuse’s demo was placed in the capable hands of Ben Harper, by none other than the late great Heath Ledger, and it was love at first listen. Ben Harper quickly led her into the studio, and the debut album Handled (out October 2010) was born. With a live show described by the LA Weekly as ‘powerful, dynamic and striking’, Grace has spent the last two years perfecting her live show. She was recruited by Harper to open for his North American tour in 2009, and has played many a festival, including Byron Bay’s Bluesfest and Perth’s Ellington Jazz Festival. With a deep, honeyed huskiness, Grace creates amazing tales of life, youth, love and death. She is wise beyond her years; with stage presence of a seasoned performer. In the words of Mr. Ben Harper himself, “You are not going to believe this girl”.
The debut album from Cursive and The Good Life frontman Tim Kasher will be released on Tuesday Oct 5 through Saddle Creek. The Mess Hall’s Cec Condon has started blogging his adventures as he goes through the government’s NEIS scheme. Check out themesshall. com.au.
THE SPIRIT OF BEN He’s four albums into his solo career and Ben Kweller is no longer the brattish young punky upstart he once was. His 2009 record Changing Horses saw Kweller adopt more of a country style, even utilising the work of a pedal steel player to get that authentic kind of sound. He’s coming back to Australia, a territory where he has found a great deal of success over the years and an extra special treat for anyone who heads out to see Kweller is the appearance of San Diego’s Delta Spirit, whose brand of Americana is always a delight to witness and is especially good on their History From Below album of this year. Both of these great acts will be dropping by The Hi-Fi Tuesday Oct 5, tickets are available from OzTix and outlets for $44 + bf.
FIRST OF FIESTA Valley Fiesta time is almost upon us! Yes, it’s hard to believe that the biggest street party in town is going to be rolling around before you know it but you’d best start getting ready because we’re pretty sure it’s going to be just as big as ever. The first line-up announcement has just dropped and it’s pretty bloody special, with some of Australia’s finest indie acts getting together to celebrate the cultural centre of our city with some fine, fine tunes. The John Steel Singers, pictured, Yacht Club DJs, Hermitude, Last Dinosaurs, Spod, Love Connection, Rocketsmiths, Seja, Eagle & The Worm, Parades, Ball Park Music, Jinja Safari, Disco Nap, Fergus Brown, Dan Parsons, Dead Shades, Courage, Polaroid Fame and Tom Thum (Tom Tom Crew) are the first round of bands who have been announced for the party and there are more to come. Of course there is more than just music at Fiesta and you can count on plenty of great art, food and fashion events throughout the weekend as well. It happens from Friday Sep 10 through to Sunday Sep 12 in the Valley, it’s free and open to people of all ages!
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Who the fuck does Mark Latham think he is and why is he being allowed back into the media to harass politicians from both sides of the fence?
News that there may be a Chinese version of The Office is mind-boggling. Will be mainly interesting to see how involved the Chinese censors get…
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How classic is the UK tourism campaign telling Poms that when an Aussie calls them a ‘Pom’ it’s a ‘term of endearment’? Wrong! It’s as much a term of endearment as much as the phrase ‘eat a bag of dicks’ – stop trying to downplay our racist slurs you Pommie bastards…
What an amazing meeting of minds when ‘celebrity’ Tila Tequila ‘performed’ at The Gathering of the Juggalos! Why wasn’t someone in power alerted of this beforehand so they could deploy the napalm?
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It’s awesome that Ben Cousins was able to win back the respect of society and retire from AFL on his own terms, after being hounded for his drug problems despite never once being charged or convicted of anything. Hopefully he doesn’t go back off the rails without the drug testing and scrutiny he’s had to endure…
Now they’re spruiking the newest reality TV horror about to hit our screens – Junior MasterChef. What’s next, Kindie MasterChef? Fetal MasterChef? When will you idiots open your eyes and realise that you’re being laughed at by the networks?
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With their hugely anticipated second record now on record store shelves, MIDNIGHT JUGGERNAUTS are taking their larger-than-life sound on the road. the band’s ANDREW SZEKERES talks to BEN PREECE.
Considering the three years preceding The Crystal Axis, the band had time to redesign their mission statement. Szekeres explains the difference in sound aesthetic came from all their post-Dystopia touring.
“The more live approach we have for touring, we really carried that into recording,” he explains. “We were still very much making a studio album and, in some ways, we went the other way and made a record that’s probably harder to play live. We kind of went for this 70s production idea where there’s lot of big layered harmonies and doing all the takes live and doing them until we had the right take, not cutting things up but just making lots of layers and a big production. If we had thought more about how we were going to play it live then we would’ve had to spend less time in the last few months trying to work out how we were going to do it, because it’s taken a while to get our head around. Only now are we getting to the point where we’re able to recreate them in an interesting way even if it’s not like the original versions. “I think the main thing that was different is that we kept the process much looser and we went in with the three of us with equal footing. It was more like an open writing and recording process where we worked together in a room. We still had very separate elements to it – the first one was put together at home and it was a collection of stuff we had built up, whereas this one was like we went in and everyone was able to give their take on things. We wanted to make a liver, more raw sounding record, just on the back of all the touring we had done for Dystopia. We wanted to make a record that was more, I guess, not so sequenced, more organic that explored new recording methods and using new instruments. We used so many different synths, pianos, clavinets, lots of percussion – we were just having fun. I guess we were in a bit of a cocoon – we didn’t think how long it was going to take and we felt we had finished it a few times but we kept going back and changing things.” It’s hard to imagine a real songwriting process for this music, considering most seem like intergalactic anthems from another planet, but Szekeres reveals that it all takes a great deal of time to truly complete their idea of a song. “A lot of the writing was while we were on tour in Europe in 2008 and that was just generally us individually just when we had downtime,” he says. “They were just mainly sketches, like ideas for songs. The other part came when we got back from overseas in a house in a secluded part of New South Wales, we set up heaps of equipment and just started jamming. “I think sonically there are themes with the types of instruments we used and atmospherics and there’s a lot more discordant atmospherics that runs through the whole album,” he continues. “Lyrically, there’s maybe more of a positive to Vincent [Vendetta]’s songwriting on this album, more so than previous stuff. There’s a rough theme; it’s no concept album but there are different types of themes that flow through it.” With the studio sound heading more in more of a live sounding direction and becoming a little more difficult to play live, it’s only natural that the live show has grown considerably in size. Szekeres explains that there’s a lot more going up there than it looks.
idnight Juggernauts’ debut album Dystopia was a runaway success, one that launched the Melbourne trio into the musical stratosphere and set them up for not only quite a career but also an almost guaranteed successful and hugely-anticipated second album. Of course following up Dystopia was never going to be a walk in the park so the ever-ambitious three looked towards evolving their sound and exploring more of the live aesthetic picked up from years of touring. The result is The Crystal Axis – a gargantuan-sized, 50-minute symphony of synth rock that not only grows the band’s already sizable sound but is also bound to attract the new fans by the rocket-load. “It’s interesting now that it’s out and people are getting a chance to hear it and for us to get some feedback on
it,” Andrew Szekeres says, sounding relieved to have the album out. “For us, it was an interesting record to make and we spent quite a bit of time working on it, it’s good that’s finally out and we’re starting to play the songs live. It’s been good though it’s difficult when you start playing new ones that people don’t know yet. “Generally we’ve had pretty good responses so far. I think also we’ve been better and better playing them live over the last three months – we’ve been trialling a few of them out and we’re started to feel really confident in playing them live. We’ve just been trying to work out the best way to do them because most of the tracks are very big, layered, multi-tracked things with the three of us thinking of ways to pull them off but we’ve been working on them a bit, adopted new equipment and it’s been going pretty well. The album tour will be awesome
– people will have had the album for a bit. We’ve had a fun year so far so I guess it will get busier now.” Dystopia transcended any expectation the trio had of success and this time around, as Szekeres admits, they still didn’t expect too much despite the path they’d already paved for themselves. “It was definitely a different place this time around to when we put out that one,” he says. “I don’t know what our expectations of this one are aside from the fact that we can tour it nationally and internationally over the next few months, then we just want to make another one. That’s our main goal, to just keep making records and hopefully this one does well enough so we can take time off next year to make another one without working, but who knows?”
“I think it has changed a fair bit,” he confesses. “I feel like we spent so much time playing together that we’ve really improved as a band in that understanding each other and being more free to go off on tangents when playing live. It’s amazing when you get to know people and you work together for a while and you start to know people’s nuances. It really helped with our live show being able to just take risks. I think our sound, just like the album, has changed. We’ve added lots of different equipment and we’ve got multiple percussive and sampler things set up – everyone has got their own extra keyboards on stage, everyone’s singing a lot more, we swap instruments a lot more during songs. I feel like we’re a lot busier on stage which can be stressful sometimes but it’s a bit looser and the set up allows for more things to stuff up and for random things to happen, but we’ve always worked towards a live sound that was more unpredictable. It’s usually good but we’ve definitely broadened it all.”
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BIRDS OF A FEATHER There’s a new gang from the west blowing into town, and you’ll probably recognise a few of the faces. KEVIN MITCHELL gives BEN SALTER an introductory lesson on all things BASEMENT BIRDS. Just don’t call them a ‘supergroup’...
asement Birds is a musical collaboration between Kav Temperley, Steve Parkin, Kevin Mitchell (aka Bob Evans) and Josh Pyke. Any casual music fan in Australia would no doubt be aware of at least three of those names – Temperley as the singer and guitar player for Eskimo Joe, and Mitchell and Pyke as solo artists (Mitchell was of course also in indie outfit Jebediah). Even if you haven’t heard of Steve Parkin, you would have heard some of his work – he was, along with Temperley, responsible for penning some of Eskimo Joe’s biggest hits, as well as being a performer in his own right. As Mitchell explains, the initial idea was pretty simple – a bunch of friends getting together to have a bit of fun and belt out some songs in the process. None of the Birds can remember exactly who’s idea it was (Mitchell reckons it was “probably Kav and Steve”), but for the past three years they’ve been getting together whenever their schedules allowed to lay down some tracks in Temperley’s
home studio in Fremantle. The result is a collection of acousticbased joint compositions that stylistically are not dissimilar from Mitchell and Pyke’s own solo work, but could not be further from most of Eskimo Joe’s material. All in all, an interesting proposition. “Yeah well I suppose Kav and Steve have known each other for years and years “ says Mitchell of the group’s inception. “Me and Josh have known each other for about five years now, and me and Steve probably about the same time, maybe a little bit longer – he played in the Bob Evans band with me a few years ago. And me and Kav have known each other for a long, long time, although we weren’t really best of mates until quite recently.” Collaboration can often be a difficult process for a songwriter, something akin to taking your all clothes off in public. But as Mitchell explains, the fact that all four of the Basement Birds are mates made it a much different affair. “Yeah it is a little bit hard (collaborating with strangers). In that situation it can be quite contrived as well”, he says. “But when you’re hanging out with friends and you’re co-writing it doesn’t really feel like you’re doing it. It’s not like I’m hanging out with one of my mates and we get our guitars out and I walk away and go, ‘Oh I’ve just had a co-writing session’. You’re just hanging out, you’re just mucking around. I mean you could have been playing Playstation; you just happen to be playing guitars. So that’s the kind of stuff that I really enjoy, and that’s very much what the Basement Birds is.” So how exactly did the collaboration work? Did all of the band members contribute bits and pieces? “Pretty much every single song except for Bus Stop – cause (that) was written in the studio by me and Josh – but all the others were one of us coming in with either a fully finished song or just half a song and just presenting it to the group”, he remembers, “And then everyone throwing in their ideas or opinions and sort of nutting it out. Usually you can tell who has bought the song in by who’s singing the lead part. In Waiting For You everybody wrote their own words for their verses and stuff like that. But there was no real kind of set way of going about things. Every single song was a bit of an experiment without any kind of rules or structure, really, apart from the obvious ones. Everyone just rolled their sleeves up and mucked in and got involved in whichever way they wanted to, you know? And that was what made it so much fun, and gave us so much freedom within the project. Because you could really just kind of do whatever you wanted.” Given the nature of the band’s star-studded line-up, it is difficult to avoid the tag of ‘supergroup’ when referring the Basement Birds, however obnoxious that expression may have become. Does Mitchell find the concept embarrassing? And are there exceptions to the general rule that the supergroup is a bad idea? “You’re right”, he laughs. “The supergroup thing is something that all of us kind of find repellent, because it does conjure up some pretty stupid and awkward images. But in answer to your question, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and The Travelling Wilburys are the two big ones – they’re probably the two groups that we used as a musical reference point. I mean The Travelling Wilburys was where we got the idea for different people to sing different verses and all that kind of stuff, rather than just having one person singing lead and everyone else doing the harmonies.” Given the individual band members’ track records, was there or is there an overwhelming sense of expectation attached to the project, from both within the group as well as from record companies, managers and such? “I guess there is a sense of expectation”, admits Mitchell. “But that doesn’t really concern me too much, because I think we’re capable of meeting it. In terms of my own expectations, they’ve already been surpassed; the record is better than I thought it was gonna be when we first started out. When we did first start out mucking around and everything our intentions were probably a lot more humble and low-key, and it has kind of inevitably turned into something more ambitious and far reaching than we intended it on day one.” Is that a good or a bad thing? “I think what happens is you get towards the end of the record and all the realities of the business part of things kicks in, and labels are involved and management’s involved and all of a sudden things just kind of get serious”, he says with a sigh. “And in a way that is a bit of a bummer because when all those realities come into it, it does change things. But I guess that’s kind of inevitable at the end of the day. We’re all full time musicians so I suppose you just have to take on those realities.” Is the friction between music and commerce something that Mitchell is comfortable with? “I think it’s not just music”, he says. “I think it’s the age old thing of being an artist and trying to make a living as an artist. You know, art and business, they just exist at completely opposite ends of the broad spectrum of life! And trying to bring them together is always fraught with difficulties and problems and compromises and all that stuff. I’ve been doing it for 15 years now and it doesn’t get easier; in fact if anything it probably gets harder. You know, there was a time a long time ago when I wouldn’t have even dared calling myself an artist, and being a professional musician did feel a bit strange. I do feel like I am a lot more now, and being a musician, you know, it is my job and it’s what I do for a living.”
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WHO: Basement Birds WHAT: Basement Birds (Inertia) WHERE & WHEN: The Tivoli Saturday Aug 21
FROM CUBS TO WOLVES Canadian indie-rock stalwarts WOLF PARADE have released third full-length Expo 86, their fastest-created project to date – and first without synth player Hadji Bakara. Drummer ARLEN THOMPSON explains to MITCH KNOX this big news is simply all the better to rock you with.
hat if there was a single moment in your life that linked your friends together which, somehow, profoundly impacted every one of you in such a way that, years later, you would find yourselves in a place which you could only have reached as a result of having experienced that moment? It sounds pretty wanky in theory, but it arguably happened for Morrissey and the other famous attendees at the Sex Pistols’ legendary June 1976 gig, so why couldn’t it happen for five young friends at the 1986 World Exposition on Transportation and Communication, aka Expo 86, one of British Columbia’s most historic events? It makes for an interesting thought, and it’s what Canada’s Wolf Parade used as the basis for the idea behind their recently-released third album Expo 86. There is an accompanying story to the album which involves the young band members making a pact at the event to form an awesome rock act later on but, of course, this is more mythology than fact. Not even knowing each other at the time was always going to make that kind of fortuitous predetermination a little difficult to pull off. “A lot of what we do is kind of inside jokes, and so this was a bit like that,” band skinsman and super nice-sounding guy Arlen Thompson explains. “It was part of this… almost like a thought experiment that someone came up with on the road at some point. Just growing up in British Columbia, like we all did, Expo 86 was a really big thing, so we had this thought experiment that we had met all our friends at Expo 86 without even knowing it, because everyone we knew had gone there. That was something that might’ve – you know, being at an event like that might have somehow profoundly changed our young minds.
conscious of what they’re doing and has to struggle a little bit. There’s a little edge, a little life. “That was kind of one of the processes of this record. We wanted the recording process to accompany that, so we kept it really simple. We recorded a lot of everything live off the floor and tried to keep the overdubs really minimal, and tried to keep the direction really minimal. One of the ideas we had was that everything basically we did on the record we wanted to be able to do it live, so if there was an overdub or something it was something you would have to be able to play, or it wouldn’t go on the record. There were a few little exceptions here and there on the record, but that was kind of what we were going for.”
WHO: Wolf Parade WHAT: Expo 86 (Sub Pop/Stomp)
“I think like everybody I know who grew up in British Columbia around that time had been to Expo 86. It was really one of those things that everyone went to. We had all been there; I don’t think all at the same time, but yeah, we just kind of ran with that idea, and that ended up being a bit of the theme for the album.”
I don’t think there was too much thought really involved... it was just whatever sounded good, we kept... Of course, one of the key problems with the “five young Wolf Paraders meeting each other at Expo 86 and promising to form a band” is that by the time this album was created, founding member and synth-player Hadji Bakara had already departed to arguably less green pastures in the form of postgraduate studies, leaving a hole in the family – and the inevitable question of how to fill it. “Well, we kind of knew it because he left the band midway through one of our tours,” Thompson says. “So we kind of knew that he was going to be going on to do other things. So yeah, it’s just one of those things, you know? We just have to keep on. “I think we’ve kind of just moved on as a band. He’s got obligations now that are going to last him a couple of years.” Synthesizers, as fans – and detractors – of the instrument well know, are a very difficult element to get right. They can so easily be unobtrusive and value-adding in a song, and just as easily be played with a heavy or unguided hand and undergo a Jekyll-Hyde style transformation to obnoxious and unwelcome spotlighthogger. When the decision was made, instead of introducing a new synth player, to delegate the duties to guitarists Dan Boeckner and Hot Hot Heat alumnus Dante DeCaro, they used their existing knowledge and understanding of how their former bandmate operated in order to keep things consistent across players. “I think, basically, we knew he adds a lot of texture to what we do, so I think the idea was really for Dan and Dante – Dan’s picking up keyboards to kind of add in a little bit of melodic texture – and that’s what ended up being on the album. We ended up splitting Hadji’s duties between Dan and Dante more or less,” he says. “There’s definitely going to be different players and different… you know, like Hadji had his thing, and a really great ear for designing synth patches and things like that, and was really conscious of what he was doing. But Dan and Dante were really pretty new to it; I think they basically just picked it up at the start of this record. So yeah, I think a lot of it is just the way you work together as a band; there’s a consciousness going across the band about what we want to do. I don’t think there was too much thought really involved; I think it was just whatever sounded good, we kept, and whatever we didn’t like, we left behind.” The band didn’t waste time leaving stuff behind, either. Where their previous albums took a comparatively long time to record and release, Wolf Parade were adamant that Expo 86 be as smooth and quick a process as possible. The end result is an album that possesses the mature production of sophomore At Mount Zoomer (2008) sweetly intertwined with the debut fire and rawness of 2005’s Apologies To The Queen Mary. “It just kind of fell out,” Thompson bluntly offers. “Generally the way it goes we just kind of roll with it; usually the songs, when they get brought in, Dan or Spencer [Krug] have some riffs – Spencer usually has his songs a bit more defined – but when we start getting into it, we just see how it all falls together. “For us, we really wanted to keep the songs as fresh as possible. We really were conscious of trying to write the songs, and rehearse the songs and work on the arrangements – to get them to a certain point – because I always find when you’re working on songs, they always have a really nice kind of mid-period where they’re like a fresh bun out of the oven or something. And if you take too long, then they start... yeah, you play them too much, and you get too good at playing them, and it kind of loses a bit of life. So we really tried to capture all the songs right when they were freshest and right when they were kind of… where we weren’t playing them super-well so you didn’t have to think about it, so everybody keeps
SOFT SELL Brisbane outfit THE STRESS OF LEISURE have just released their stunning new album Soft Approach. The outfit’s brains trust IAN POWNES takes BEN SALTER on a leisurely stroll through his band’s raison d’être.
an Pownes could be the Brisbane music scene’s best kept secret. For the past eight years or so, Pownes, along with various cohorts, has quietly released three albums to little or no fanfare under the moniker The Stress Of Leisure. The music – roughly – is guitar- and keyboard-based indie pop/rock with a distinctly Australian lyrical bent, although that trite description does it little justice. Pownes describes The Stress Of Leisure as a cross between the ‘striped sunlight sound’ of The Go-Betweens and the noisy pop of US slacker kings Pavement, which again goes only part ways to describing it. Throw in a hefty chunk of (NZ indie label) Flying Nun bands like The Chills and The 3Ds, as well as a dash of US lo-fi heroes Guided By Voices, and combine with keen lyrical observations of the transcendental and the mundane in contemporary Brisbane, and a clearer picture begins to emerge.
“Pascalle says she likes to think of them as little Raymond Carver stories, but I’d never say that myself,” says Pownes modestly. “(But) I’ve gone to lot of poetry events and I think eventually something must stick when you see these people who use words. There’s a poet from Melbourne, Ian McBride, and he has all these one-line poems. And one of them was something like, “The lonely shopkeeper locks up at night”...And then what?! You know, things like that, it’s the same idea.”
The latest Stress Of Leisure album, their third, is called Soft Approach. Ian Pownes – rugby fan, sometime behavioural psychologist, poetry enthusiast and songwriter par excellence – is on the line to chat about the album and his band on a rainy Brisbane winter day.
Pownes has said that the latest album was partly inspired by his casual fascination with the word ‘soft’ – thus Soft Approach. Like the self-titled debut and Hour To Hour before it, Soft Approach started life as a heading, and a list of ideas.
“I’m just trying to do a bit of songwriting, ‘cause I’m not working today, and it’s a nice overcast day to be doing it on” he says. “Not much happening, though.”
“I build lists and I develop. I build a list of a feeling or a theme. They’re not so much concept albums but there is a theme that runs through the songs, or a feel. I don’t just go, ‘This is my best song and this is my other best song’ and thrown it together. I just hope that the best songs exist within that collection of songs and work like that. I mean, you can be a bit like a snake following its own tail after a while. I just loved the word ‘soft’ for some reason, all of a sudden. And I had one list called ‘Soft Approach’, and then I had this other idea for an album, another list, called ‘Quixote’. And eventually I took some of the songs off ‘Quixote’ over to ‘Soft Approach’, that feel better to play live and give the album a bit more life. Like All Australian Punk Band 1979 and The Boy’s Got Issues and Death On The Magic Mile have all come over to try and give it a bit more life.”
So just how long has Pownes been amassing these amazing songs? “I’ve been writing over ten years or so”, he says. “I was living in the UK for a couple of years, and when I came back around the end of 2002, I did a bit of study, in psychology, and it germinated there. I was just doing these home recordings on a Boss 8-track, giving them to people and, you know... cringing!” he laughs. “And then they said, ‘Oh, this is alright, you should do something!’ And so I just kept going. A lot of people weren’t really buying it but I just sort of kept going. “The first couple of albums (2006’s The Stress Of Leisure, 2008’s Hour To Hour) are pretty much (just) me”, he continues. “I used to have a drummer, Tony [Strong], and it was just him and me bashing something out and then trying to record it. And then at the start of last year we (were offered a gig), so I had to get something together. So that’s where Ben Moore (bass) came into the scene, and he’s a great guy and he fitted in really well. So we suddenly had a band. I knew Pascalle [Burton – keys and backing vocals] and Almaryse (backing vocals) quite well and I brought them in just to add a bit more colour. And it’s just sort of gone on from there. Tony, he had a lot more work commitments and everything so then Jess [Seitz – drums] came in and voila! Pascalle and Almaryse are sisters... They used to be in a Brisbane band called Maiden Speech, this sort of 80s avant-garde pop thing, so I knew them through that, and that’s mainly through poetry circles. Pascalle is pretty active on the poetry scene. “ Pownes’ lyrics certainly have more than a little of the poetic about them, as a cursory listen to any of The Stress Of Leisure’s three albums will attest. The protagonist – ostensibly Pownes himself a lot of the time – inhabits a world that is simultaneously filled with self-doubt and false bravado, flights of fantasy and the jarringly mundane. Take, for example, Any Moment This Could Be Massive, a series of banal vignettes that, recounted against a background of brooding psychedelic noise and thunderous drums, take on an almost religious fervour; all without the song ever disappearing up its own arse. “There are all these little things I saw and wrote down”, Pownes explains. “And they’re not much
in themselves, but if you stand back and look at them they’re like little scenes, like... something could happen any moment! In all our worlds.” All of the miniature scenes – the boy in the fish and chip shop, a pregnant lady on an escalator, a man with his parents in a Coffee Club and more besides – when combined are certainly very affecting.
Pownes represents either the absolute antithesis of the major label artist or the living embodiment of the indie aesthetic – probably a bit of both. He funds and releases all of The Stress Of Leisure albums himself, and the band have never toured south of the Tweed, although he is the first to admit that performing live is the key to greater exposure. “I think that people don’t really get what I’m about,” he says. “A lot of people only get it when they’ve seen us play live, especially since this line-up solidified. And all of a sudden peope are going, ‘Oh, hang on a minute – these are good songs!’ So I just think that’s where it’s all at, the fact that we haven’t toured or played live, and people don’t put us in a context.” All clichés aside, for Pownes it clearly really is just about the music. “I’m a big fan of Australian bands that are esoteric and exist in their own scene,” he says. “I’m just doing this ‘cause I love doing it! And I’m gonna sing about the fact that I wear a scarf and go to the rugby on the weekend or whatever. I think you sing about what you know and what’s around you. And that’s sort of quaint to someone who’s on the other side of the world.”
WHO: The Stress Of Leisure WHAT: Soft Approach (Independent) WHERE & WHEN: The Zoo Friday Aug 20, State Library Of Queensland Friday Sep 3 (acoustic set)
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DO NOT PASS GO Emerging US rockers JAILL may seem to have come to us out of the ether from nowhere, but as frontman VINCENT KIRCHER explains to STEVE BELL, looks can sometimes be deceiving.
f it seemed to the casual observer that the music of Milwaukee four-piece Jaill had arrived fairly fullyformed when their Sub Pop debut That’s How We Burn dropped a couple of months back, then that was because it was actually true. Frontman Vincent Kircher and drummer Austin Dutmer had been playing in low-key bands around their local traps for over a decade, while Jaill had been together in various permutations for some eight years before the world started to pay attention, hence them having the luxury of developing their urgent, upbeat take on garage rock in privacy. Their music may be characterised by its tight songwriting and eclectic psych flourishes, with no real obvious gimmicks other than cool melodies and wry, vaguely piss-taking lyrics, yet its accessibility speaks volumes of the time spent homing their collective craft out of the spotlight.
ready for the natural progression of starting the next record that we were going to make. So then when Sub Pop came along and heard that we were getting started to make the next record, they said, ‘Okay, we’ll help you make it’ – after that a couple more songs were written and a couple more songs were taken from old stuff to fill it all out. But most of it was ready before we signed. “It really wasn’t that different – it added a sense of excitement, but not too much because recording in itself is a really exciting experience where you get the headphones on and you’re heart’s racing anyway, so if anything it kept us focused. It was more exciting, but only at night when you went home to go to sleep, not while you were there. While you’re there it’s just exhilarating anyway, then at the end when you’re finishing up you’re just dead tired anyway, like, ‘What the hell happened?’ It’s just a rush in itself and I think we pretty much knew what we were going to make, so we weren’t really scared about it.”
And, fittingly, that their spell of obscurity which ended when they signed to Sub Pop after releasing a cassette album on a DIY label harks straight back to the lo-fi indie glory days of the early 90s makes their tale of ascension even more compelling. “The drummer and I have been playing in a band back since we were in our late teens, and we started Jaill in 2002 when both of our bands had broken up and we had some music to record,” recalls the charmingly vague Kircher, his slacker reputation having long preceded him. “Various people had been filling out the band to play the music, with members coming and going. Andy [Harris], who finally took over in 2006 and is a rock of a bass player now, he was our fourth bass player and we used to joke that he was like the Spinal Tap drummer of the band – we were rolling through bass players at that point. But we found a solid line-up – it took a long time, and I think that probably Jaill’s learning curve is way slower than a lot of other bands. Some bands basically form and have a hit song ready to perform in a week or something – or it feels like they did, they’re just ready – but it took us a long time, and I think that’s probably helping us be mediocrely confident in what we’re doing. It’s no race, but as long as I’m not doing it with a cane because it took so long. “That first album [There’s No Sky (Oh My My)] came out in early 2009. We had put it out ourselves on a label that was basically just putting out our own music called Decorator Records, and we were sending it out to reviewers and blogs and magazines and stuff, really just to test the water
Given the relatively straightforward nature of their music the band’s admitted influences are somewhat more eclectic than one would imagine.
– some people were willing to write about it, mostly not. But Burger Records in Anaheim had a couple of bands that we were really into at the time, and they put out cassettes by them – bands like The Resonars, Harlem, The Go and King Tuff – so just on a whim we sent them our record to see if they’d be interested in it. One of the guys who runs it was coming out on tour and actually came to Milwaukee so I got an opportunity to meet him right away, and we hit it off pretty good so they helped us out and made that cassette, which really seems to have given us a boost. “Being part of a scene was great, because people were like, ‘Oh yeah, we know their cassette from Burger’, before that we’d gone on tours but people had no reference point and people didn’t know who we were. People seem to need to put you in context of other bands that they like and are into right now, and that’s something that we’ve been lucky with – both of the labels that we’ve been a
part of I genuinely like the music that they’re putting out, which is why I appreciate being a part of them. The Sub Pop stuff right now like Happy Birthday, Avi Buffalo, and the Dum Dum Girls is just super cool stuff, so that’s something that I’m quite excited about – to be listed amongst them is pretty exciting and pretty awesome.” Somewhat incredibly, Kircher claims that the band weren’t really phased about the fact that they were recording That’s How We Burn for one of the coolest and respected indie labels on the planet rather than for the consumption of their relatives and friends in the local scene. “There’s No Sky... had come out in the early part of 2009, and for ten years I’d been making albums and then started writing the next one,” Kircher reflects. “There was never a proper label involved, but that album had been out for a year so I already had eight or nine songs that I’d gotten
“I really like the dark era of AM gold – I’m into Warren Zevon and Marshall Crenshaw and Harry Nilsson,” Kircher admits. “The other guys like them as well. Our bass player listens to a lot of Devo and T-Rex, and our drummer’s more of a Jeff Lynne, smooth production guy. We’re all really into The Beach Boys – I would say out of all the older bands The Beach Boys mid-era stuff like Wild Honey and Smiley Smile is what really gets us going. Our drummer loves the 60s and 70s country stuff which I don’t really get into as much as him, but I kind of enjoy it a little bit. I would say I have more of an 80s Tears For Fears, Split Enz sort of bent – Duran Duran, Depeche Mode and Human League are all cool, but most of the band don’t really share any passion for that stuff. But we all definitely enjoy making electronic stuff sometimes, so I would imagine that we’ll probably branch out before too long into doing some different sort of stuff. We were just trying to make a really clean rock album for this debut.”
WHO: Jaill WHAT: That’s How We Burn (Sub Pop/Stomp)
FAITHFUL INTERPRETATIONS CORY BRANDON PUTMAN of Georgia, USA-based act NORMA JEAN is quite comfortable in confirming the fact that their fourth album is their strongest yet. LOCHLAN WATT investigates the recording process and religious beliefs behind the band’s latest effort.
e love it,” exclaims the mildly-mannered vocalist of Meridional, Norma Jean’s fourth album, and their third release to feature the throat of 34-year-old Putman. Forcing the world to take notice with the earth-shattering and intentionally noisy metalcore sounds of their 2002 debut album Bless The Martyr, Kiss The Child, the marriage of unhinged savageness and sensible, well-behaved songwriting that Norma Jean has since become known for was a process that took some time to perfect. Through working with super producer Ross Robinson (Machine Head, Korn, At The Drive-In) on their 2006 and 2008 albums Redeemer and The Anti-Mother, the band has become completely self-aware in every aspect of their writing processes. “It’s not necessarily something that we would have expected. I think we kind of felt like that with the last record. I remember finishing The Anti-Mother and being like, ‘Oh man, I can’t wait for people to hear this record, it’s going to blow everybody away’, and it just didn’t do that,” Putman says with a laugh. “I think this record is definitely a landmark achievement for us and we’re really, really excited about it. I think a lot of what that may come from is us being a little more laid-back, writing-wise, kind of knowing whether it was spoken of or unspoken, all five kind of knew what we wanted and what we didn’t want out of this record and the writing of it. We took a long time to write it too, which helped a lot.” Jeremy Griffith, a man responsible for some of Saosin’s recorded output but otherwise largely unknown in the production world, was settled upon as producer for Meridional, and according to Cory, they couldn’t have asked for a more receptive and productive experience. “We knew we wanted someone like Jeremy, who played a lot of different instruments. I really wanted to work with someone who can sing. I wanted somebody to be in the studio with ears to help me be a better singer, and Jeremy was that guy. There was definitely a lot of times where he was kind of the sixth member. He was even becoming emotionally involved in the songs and ideas; I guess he attached to an idea very seriously. That’s good news when your producer does that, that they’re eager and they love what they’re doing and they want to be a part of it and they’re not just sitting there pushing buttons. It was really important to us, and he’s a phenomenal musician all around. He’s just one of those guys that knows everything, and we had a lot of fun working with him.”
so intriguingly triumphant and oddly intimidating, the music of the hour-plus opus charged with the exact same feelings as the vocals it is providing a framework for. “I find that more often than not, some of the things that we write about, that we’re going to put out into the world for everyone to hear unashamed, it isn’t necessarily stuff that you want to have a casual conversation at the dinner table about, you know?” Putman continues. “That’s sort of the artistic outlet behind it, and the release that we get through being musicians. I really do challenge people to listen to that song and the other songs, and see what they get out of it. As far as that goes I’ve always felt like you can interpret a song the same way you’d interpret a painting possibly, meaning you could get something out of it that someone else doesn’t.” Interestingly enough, it seems the band has become more open with speaking of their beliefs since leaving previous and overtly Christian label Solid State Records. With their new home on Razor & Tie, Putman speaks of their new business partners with a relieved reverence.
Putman confirms that Griffith and Robinson both have quite different recording styles, but makes it sound as though the band would not have been able to do what they did for Meridional had Robinson not taught them so much along the way. “Ross is very intense on pushing your buttons. He wants you to kind of make you feel like it’s the first time you’ve ever played your instrument in your life, he doesn’t want you to think that you’re a bad-ass and it doesn’t have to be perfect, just more on the feeling and emotion. Whereas Jeremy is a lot more like us, a musician, and it’s fun to write songs, and sometimes we might disagree on something, but it’s all for the record and making it the best as possible. We kind of took the things we learned from Ross and applied it into that situation ourselves – we did the Ross part of the recording of this record within ourselves. It basically comes down to talking about the songs before we record them, and just having that emotional feeling before you actually track.” The band’s output has rarely ever come across as being pushy or preachy in reflection of the band’s
shared Christian beliefs, and in fact is rarely obviously referenced at all, however through the frustrated and concerned lyrics of tracks such as The Anthem of Angry Brides, Deathbed Atheist and Falling From The Sky: Day Seven Putman offers more insight into the band’s religious beliefs than ever before. “I think it really just comes from us really thinking about our faith, and thinking about what’s important to us,” he reflects. “Everybody has something that you might be dealing with, or not, but if you ever do go through something I’ve always felt like it was a good idea to write it down. That’s something that Ross taught me to do, even if it wasn’t for lyrics, write it down. The topic of Deathbed Atheist just deals with our faith and how we feel about it, and how we feel about what other people think about us, and what we believe. The more we talked about it, the years of long conversations, we thought, ‘Let’s put this on paper, let’s write it down and put it in a song’.” On Meridional this outlook really shows. Perfectly balancing their mix of raw honesty and impeccable musicianship, Norma Jean has simply never sounded
“We’re overwhelmed almost with how great this label has been,” he gushes. “I honestly didn’t know how a label worked until we were on this label, that’s how seemingly great they are. I mean honestly I don’t really know what Solid State were able to do or unable to do – we didn’t have very much communication between them. The truth is it wasn’t a hard decision to leave the label and go to Razor & Tie. It was the best thing for our band, our records, and our livelihood.” Although their touring opportunities are now among the biggest and most diverse in the world for a band of their ilk, the Christian metalcore scene played a large part in supporting the band in their early days, and one wonders if the label jump may cause the band to be perceived in a different light within their local industry. “I wonder that, you know?” he pauses. “It might be possible. I think that’s kind of shallow for the industry to do that to us, but I mean it only makes it a better business decision as far as that goes.”
WHO: Norma Jean WHAT: Meridional (Razor & Tie/Shock)
SINGLES WITH CHRIS YATES
THE STRESS OF LEISURE
(TSOL Recording Co.)
Let’s Get It Straight (Useless Art)
The ominous three chord organ intro that signals the opening to the lo-fi electro opus that is the new Axxonn single Let’s Get It Straight barely gives you any clue of what is about to follow. Instrumentalist Tom Hall lets the creepy church vibe crawl along until the kick lets you know that something is afoot. By the time the staccato snare drum joins in, the organ starts to get enveloped by a crackling distortion that threatens to bury the whole thing, but it is reined back evenly and the drum machine double kick frantic yet basic beat programming turns the track into a well-crafted exercise in pure simplicity. It’s dark and gloomy and gothy but more accurately could be described as what Albini might have come up with if Big Black were commissioned to do a jingle for a drama-dy about inner city alternative types drinking lattes in trendy warehouses and going about their alluring bohemian lifestyles. Fantastic.
POWDERFINGER Iberian Dream (Warner)
Nearly 300,000 people have bought tickets to what we have been promised is the last Powderfinger tour. Sounds impressive right? Well consider this – Australia’s population is 21,400,000 according to the Google, which means that over 21 million people have NOT bought tickets. Food for thought. Maybe this is the last Powderfinger single as well, but considering it’s only the third one stripped from their album Golden Rule, They can probably milk it for a bit longer. Iberian Dream sounds just like all of the other Powderfinger stuff – the secret to their ongoing success and Aussie Icon status is no doubt due at least in part to them never straying too far from the formula, and as most of you are quite pleased with the same old songs it’s sure to be a massive radio smash hit etc. They are also releasing a box set of every album they have ever put out, as if to ram my point home harder, reselling everything to their fans one more time.
No One’s Gonna Love You (Elektra)
Cee-Lo Green continues to prove he’s one of the most eclectic performers in R&B and hip hop by laying his soul machine vocals down over a cover of this number by Band Of Horses. If you haven’t heard any of Green’s awesome solo work, or his first group Goodie Mob is not familiar to you, perhaps his ridiculously successful collaboration with the equally genre-hopping DJ Danger Mouse, Gnarls Barkley will ring some serious bells. Green gets under the skin of the original track, and reinterprets it in his slinky electro style, with his rich Deep South vocals crooning away creating another modern soul classic. Team it up with a brilliant video featuring two really hot people driving around and getting naked, and there’s not much more you could ask for really. There’s also a great remix of the track by the original producer Paul Epworth floating around in the Internets for free. Team it up with the first teaser Georgia and the album Cee-Lo Green Is The Lady Killer is shaping up to be one of the most exciting of 2k10.
From the opening strains of first track, the hazy, shoegazy Somewhere In The Afternoon, it’s clear that The Stress Of Leisure’s third album Soft Approach is going to be another very special set of songs. There have been changes in the band’s line-up since 2008’s Hour To Hour – Jessica Seitz and Ben Moore are now the permanent rhythm section, while sisters Almaryse and Pascalle Burton provide backing vocals throughout. But otherwise it’s business as usual for The Stress Of Leisure: wonderfully crafted, esoteric rock tunes, all grounded in the (relatively) fresh mythological territory of Brisbane, Australia and all delivered with Ian Pownes’ distinctive, anxious voice – somewhere between Roberts Smith and Forster. Each song here holds a surprise – those that initially seem upbeat regularly have a sting in their tail in the form of a minor key chorus, a dark couplet or an eerie synth line (see especially The Boy’s Got Issues), while those that begin with edgy guitar riff can often give way to some sugary backing vocals (On The Weekends and single Death On The Magic Mile). All Australian Punk Band 1979 comes across funnily enough like The Saints meets Swervedriver; Shy features an insanely catchy new-wave guitar hook; and the acoustic Kids By The River dissects Pownes’ teaching day-job with a vivid, autumnal, self-deprecating air. Throughout the record Pownes filters his observations into acutely realised vignettes that often reveal a devastating core of bleak existential angst (see ...Magic Mile’s “And I don’t know how to feel this anymore/If it’s all down to this nothingness”. Ultimately however this is an uplifting album. Fans of the Flying Nun label, Guided By Voices and Brisbane’s own Dollar Bar will find much to love here. Soft Approach is a truly amazing album from a woefully under-appreciated Australian band. ★★★★½
It’s really surprising how things slip away without us even noticing. Until one day we look around and can’t find it any more or, in the case of Disco Nap, we stumble across it again and can’t believe it ever got away from us the first time. Disco Nap is principally Ross Hope, once singer, songwriter and guitarist for local indie stalwarts Iron On. Somewhere, sometime ago, Iron On just kind of vanished; bandmate Kate Cooper went off to conquer the world and Hope, well, kind of disappeared from view. Running Red Lights heralds his return, with former Screamfeeder guitarist Darek Mudge rounding out the group and, without a doubt, these 12 songs are amongst the best Hope has ever penned. This is the kind of heartfelt pop that plays at you like trick mirrors, reflecting and magnifying back the things you love and the things you wish you didn’t love. Heartbreak is served in large slices with One Hundred Years, The Soft Sell and If I’m Drowning and it’s something that Hope has always had a deft hand at communicating, his softly spoken and at times wounded voice the most disarming of instruments. Thankfully the tender is exulted by the radiant Jimmy Eat World-ness of Birthday Song 2007 and the purgative storm of Can’t Concentrate, which bristles with the kind of vitality that whisks you out of your grey mundane days. If you’re someone with a soft centre then let Running Red Lights be the guilty pleasure that leaves you leaping upon the bed and hiding under the covers. However it’s much more fun to run the streets, sing out loud and ride the rollercoaster of these songs. And it’s well worth not letting Ross Hope get away a second time!
Colour Your Life
The kind of whimsical and moody pop that emanates from Brooklyn’s Twin Sister has been lovingly adored since it came into existence in the early 80s. With each new crop of bands once every few years it gets another run – like that Argyle jumper that never seems to lose its appeal no matter what the latest seasons slant is. And so this Style Council-loving, Stereolab-sounding Cocteau Twins replica has definitely created a solid debut statement, delivering a modest seven songs that are slowly brought to the boil with a plethora of moody synths that either underscore the laissez faire twang of guitar, as in Lady Daydream, or sweeten the femme fatale vocals throughout Milk & Honey. There’s no doubt that this five-piece have immaculately duplicated their love of Euro-pop to the point where it’s hard to fault any of these songs – and that, sadly, is the downside of Twin Sister. It’s all well and good to have sparkle and twinkle, but virtually nowhere amongst the music here is any real sense of uniqueness. Throughout so many moments of Colour Your Life you’re being drawn away from these songs to rediscover those lost pop gems you once loved so much. When the band breaks away from their glorious past, it’s with the initial ambience of Galaxy Plateau, which works as nothing more than an intermission. But ahhh… Twin Sister, you sound so good even if you’re nothing more than a romanticised window back to when romanticised pop lullabies were all we were ever after. ★★★
★★★★ Alex Gillies
THE BOAT PEOPLE Dear Darkly
Tomorrow Morning (E Works/Vagrant/Shock)
The ninth studio album and final instalment in the trilogy that commenced with 2009’s Hombre Lobo and continued with this year’s End Times, Tomorrow Morning is the “renewal” chapter that compensates for the utterly depressing tones of the previous efforts. Right upfront Tomorrow Morning seeps of the renewal theme Everett promises – the opening instrumental of In Gratitude For This Magnificent Day leading right into I’m A Hummingbird almost says it all. With strings and a chamber pop feel, these two exude a feeling of upliftment and Everett sounds positively optimistic as he sings “It was all worth it, to be here now/I’m a hummingbird, beautiful and free.” Everett himself describes the album as “more of an electronic, experimental, anything goes record” and he’s not wrong – Baby Loves Me sounds like a midnight mash of alcohol and a natural eclecticism wrapped around little more than a simple programmed drum beat. Spectacular Girl is one of those perfectly-written, perfectly-executed, perfect for radio Eels’ mid-tempo numbers – both mild and gentle – while delivering an unwavering message of love. Oh So Lovely takes said veneration and raises it to almost religious heights with a fairground carousel soundtrack, while you can almost see the washboard on the Lonnie Donegan-esque Looking Up. Everett is constantly astonishing and never ceases to impress – here he delivers his most electronic work yet while honing his songwriting to ingeniously capture happiness as shrewdly as he does the opposite emotions. Tomorrow Morning is a reflective album, occasionally boisterous and often beautiful. It may lack the Fresh Blood or a That Look You Give That Guy that Hombre Lobo possessed but overall, and most importantly, it finds a good-humoured Everett back in the right frame of mind. ★★★½ Ben Preece
Running Red Lights
It’s probably best to mention immediately that two of BARB’s members are the progeny of Neil Finn and Jimmy Barnes respectively. This way the inevitable accusations of nepotism can begin early, and hopefully end by the time the self-titled release has been put on for a spin. BARB is not an easy album to articulate; while the band would certainly fit in the general “indie-pop” genre such a categorisation would be more likely be due to exasperation than accuracy. Opening track Leo ostensibly fits the mould; it’s a quirky ode to actor Leonardo DiCaprio with the recurring, cutesy refrain proclaiming him “such a fancy actor”, but unlike most other indie pop acts BARB seem to be less concerned with convincing you of their nonchalant irony than they are with making you cognisant that there’s a joke to be had in the first place. It’s a genuinely peculiar release – in the traditional, not the pejorative sense of the word. It’s not inaccessible – tracks like Counting Sheep and Martin XII demonstrate that while veering towards the oddball, BARB still know how to write a pop song. Neither is it entirely unfamiliar, but putting a confident finger on the influences behind songs like Alcoholic Darling or Nile would be presumptive indeed. If there’s much negative to be said about BARB, it’s that the lack of hooks sometimes lends the self-titled release the feel of café background music, but it’s only for the briefest of moments, and the group are cumulatively – and individually – skilled enough to pull it back before the ambience interrupts the oddness for long enough to render the music dull. The self-titled release is strange enough that it’s unlikely to be loved by all; but that said, it’s certainly good enough to be lauded by many. ★★★★ Helen Stringer
The Boat People have always been something of a jagged ensemble. While, taken on an individual basis, the band’s songs have always constituted richly melodic and smoothly textured slices of pop-rock, their albums have always felt like unfinished negotiations between the band’s various stylistic interests – languid Australiana clashing with technicolour indie-pop while shades of rock’s aggression tinted each of their previous records with bizarre highlights. Dear Darkly, for this reason, feels like something of a reinvention for the one-time Brisbane mainstays (half the band having since relocated to Melbourne). The band’s third album, Dear Darkly reveals a cohesion of vision only previously glimpsed in the band’s live shows – neon synths, jangling guitars and rock rhythms blending together with remarkable effectiveness to construct a comprehensive album as opposed to a collection of songs. ‘Subtlety’ is the operative word when discussing the record. The band have developed a grace that allows them to intermingle the various facets of sound without compromising their own eclecticism. The psychedelic leads of Under The Ocean foreshadow the synth-oriented textures of Echo Stick Guitars while the record’s closing triptych of Cat’s Collar, Pornography and You Are Adored is sewn together by an lingering aesthetic of hazy beauty. This is not to say Dear Darkly is a faultless record. Cohesion is only to be desired if the songs in question are of merit and mid-paced clunkers like Too Much In My Mind are a complete waste of time – but, taken as a whole, the record carries a sense of excitement, honesty and vision that far outshines anything previously showcased in The Boat People’s catalogue. Unlike most albums, Dear Darkly actually engenders excitement for what its authors will do next. ★★★★ Matt O’Neill
THE BLACK CROWES
Cyndi Lauper singing the blues doesn’t exactly sound enticing on paper. On record, it’s only slightly better. While it’s pleasing that there seems to be a love and respect of the blues throughout this record, the performances here are just too white bread for the style she’s covering. Enlisting guests like Allen Toussaint, B.B. King, Charlie Musselwhite and Johnny Lang is a wise move in some respects; each of these players are fine – and credible – performers and their work on this record brings many of its highpoints. Which, in turn, shows Lauper’s flaws with handling this genre. She’s a great pop vocalist – always has been – but when she’s put up next to blues specialists like these she appears to be treading water. King, who has had his own dalliances with ordinary blues outings in the past, is the most interesting thing on this record with his trademark sloppy lead breaks almost saving the call and response of Early In The Morning. It’s not as if Lauper’s not trying – in fact, it’s quite the opposite. On so many occasions throughout this record she is over-singing, almost completely missing any semblance of subtlety throughout her performances here. Lang’s gritty but casual croon on Crossroads lends so much more emotional gravitas than any of Lauper’s vocal acrobatics plastered across the record. The songs are also let down slightly by the slick production here. The songs’ arrangements are, for the most part, pretty good, as is the playing, but there’s a sheen across this album that makes everything simply sound too sweet. Blues without guts isn’t blues at all. When Lauper sang Time After Time, we believed it – one would imagine she won’t have the same success here. ★★½ Dan Condon
Acoustic versions of southern boogie tunes are about as useful as underwear without elastic. The Black Crowes have decided it appropriate to return to the studio and lay down what they consider to be the best songs of their 20-year career. The outcome is a collection of 20 songs that are about as toothless as a John Cougar Mellencamp B-side. And what’s with this whole acoustic reworking baloney anyway? This album is about as acoustic as a power drill. Remember when MTV Unplugged started out and it was a good idea? And how before long it became the full band miked up with only the guitarist swapping his electric for an acoustic – essentially defeating the whole purpose? Well, that’s what we’ve got here. Just take the 1992 hit Remedy, with its electric guitar-wah solo right there with the apparent soulful, stripped back steel string acoustic melodies – it kind of busts the whole narrative of this album, guys! There is an upside though and it’s not just the elaborate, pop-up artwork – with this double album the Black Crowes may have turned their back on their biggest musical strengths, but the apparent soulfulness of this creation should easily appeal to a nation of pining Powderfinger fans. Occasionally, hints of the possible original intention sneak through, Share The Ride basking in a glint of swamp-blues stomp and Non Fiction actually having a campfire folk mood (if you ignore the New Orleans piano in the background).
From his humble beginnings with Sepultura through to the present day, Max Cavalera has been making music in the public eye for over 25 years now. It comes as quite a surprise to see where most mellow with age, Cavalera has come to indulge the vices of metal to even greater extremities. Having somewhat entered a second phase on 2005’s Dark Ages album, Soulfly have continued to veer from their path of uniting cross-cultural music under the metal banner, and now rush headfirst toward the terrains of straightforward, to the point, aggressive music-making. The cross-pollination and dynamic interplay of musical styles that made Soufly (1998) and Prophecy (2000) such engaging listening experiences has now been thrown out the window in favour of an archetypal metal sound. Whilst it may not break any molds, Omen is at least a progression of sorts from their previous album, in that it manages to capture some semblance of its own identity, where Conquer simply seemed far too busy chasing the glory days of thrash – i.e. Beneath The Remains, Arise and a handful of classic Slayer albums. Album opener Bloodbath & Beyond starts from where Conquer left off, but does so with in added sense of gusto, and from there on in it’s a perpetual avalanche of chunky riffs, pummelling drums, and Cavalera’s distinctive, primal roars.
After clearing out the archives for 2008’s Behind Enemy Lines, a sprawling 26-track collection of everything from rough-cut demos to fully mixed and mastered songs recorded over a five-year period, local “cherry rocker” JJ Speedball is back with Southside Worldwide, a more focused and refined 15-song effort. Musically, the album once again straddles a fine line between early Hard-Ons-esque pop-punk and glam rock, and despite the narrow focus of themes on the album – which are primarily confined to southside pride, cherry rock and rocking out – you can’t help but get swept up by the naïve charm that JJ and his cohorts exude. Produced by Jeff Lovejoy and JJ, the album opens with a hilarious faux-traffic and weather report for “Cherry FM” from renowned Brisbane radio identity Rod “Mr T” Tiley, before launching into Back In The Hood, an upbeat number that pines for the southside suburbia of yesteryear – a lyrical theme that surfaces again later on Southsider and Sunnybank. Very Cherry Street has some great harmonies and a catchy chorus, while Riff Rock Rage is a slightly harder-edged number that packs a couple of almost hair-metal solos into its couple of minutes.
Ultimately though, the stoner, southern boogie, Allman Brothers groove that has held this band in good stead for several decades now is a watered down mess here and quantity far outweighs quality. At least their back catalogue is still readily available to… remedy the situation.
Unfortunately Omen suffers from a lack of variety, and the increasing absence of world-music and tribal elements being brought into the mix leaves the whole affair feeling like it simply doesn’t marry to the name Soulfly. It’s a solid, metal album that will please those looking for a heavy fix, but disappoint those after an exciting hybrid of sounds. Sadly, it looks as if Soulfly’s self-titled debut is destined to go down as the only true masterpiece in the band’s long career.
Next up is Carefactor, a short ditty that details a few of things JJ doesn’t give a fuck about. C’Mon C’Mon, an album highlight, is as short and punchy as it is catchy, and Have Some Cherry On Me is a more straightforward rocker that still manages to fit in a Beenleigh and Mains Rd reference. The album is also packed with guest appearances, with everyone from Tim Steward, Maria Nicoll and Otto Coles making an appearance. It might not stretch the grey matter too far, but Southside Worldwide is another collection of catchy, honest, truly DIY rock’n’roll.
★★ Alex Gillies
★★★ Jake Sun
★★★½ Daniel Johnson
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Glen Hansard of Swell Season and The Frames has described The Conformist, the debut release from Vermont’s Doveman, as “just fucking beautiful”. Glen Hansard from The Frames, guys. With an endorsement like that from a guy whose band t-shirt made it into Pulp Fiction, there is arguably little reason for anyone else to say anything about it ever, least of all someone who had to Google ‘The Frames’. But there is reason to comment, because Hansard is only half-right, as he is kind of being misleading in his statement. While The Conformist is certainly a “beautiful” record – it’s delicate, soft, sweet, ambient, hushed, calming – but there’s something in all those words that evokes an entirely different aesthetic to beauty. Like, sleep. This isn’t a bad thing; a good soundtrack is essential to anyone’s solid slumber. Frontman Thomas Bartlett’s husky, echoed tones evoke Manchester Orchestra’s Andy Hull in his more sombre moments, notably in tracks like The Cat Awoke and Tigers, but not so much as to feel derivative. His voice is well-refined and restrained, and suits the tone of the album to a tee. Still, as the quiet piano, sweet harmonies and brushed drums of opener Breathing Out melt into the Album Leafesque intro chords of The Best Thing, you would really have to be actively listening to notice – or care – that the song had changed. In any other circumstance, it’s the score to any afternoon, evening or night filed under the ‘chill city’ category. There are upbeat moments – as in the really Broken Social Scene-ish Hurricane – but they hardly drive you to throw your fist into the air insofar as you find yourself nodding your head along in a manner that suggests you are quite satisfied with how chilled out everybody is. So yes, this is, in ways, a beautiful album. It is not, however, recommended driving music. Think of how much time you could have saved here if Hansard had just mentioned that to begin with. ★★★½ Mitch Knox
Uncertain about any kind of career in the music industry following the demise of Love Outside Andromeda, almost four years on the former frontlady Sianna Lee surfaces with a cathartic debut album in which a feisty survivor is revealed. Reference points between the two are clear considering a largely similar vocal and guitar sound, and that each of her former bandmates make either co-writer and/or guest musician appearances, though the only immediately borrowed moment from the LOA framework is found in the intense rock volatility of Molten where Lee’s beautiful ambiguity has her sneering “Did we make love so ordinary? ”. Lee blooms sonically amidst an amended sense of space, as though exhaling deeply and creating with wonderment at all the room to move. Swinging strings through Asie Incomplete, she fools around with vocal tone to effortlessly bring the track to a peak, and consequently a suitably subdued conclusion. Elsewhere The Final Outpost is Lee stripped bare, offering vulnerability through a quietly sung, chugging progression until the fury of a wounded woman is released. With production input from Sarah Blasko mainman and label head Robert F. Cranny on You Are The Sea and The Mercenary In Me, Lee’s femineity is managed precisely against her brooding guitar with a mix of softly-layered vocals and the gentle ascension of organ chords. It’s Dark Enough To See The Stars is a delicate swansong, though where others would leave it acoustically simple, flourishes of cello and punctures of lead guitar create a closer that is unmistakeably the lowest, most anguish-filled point of the album. Named after a song that didn’t make the final list and filled with tracks written free of the weight of release expectation, Phoenix Propeller is an emotional peek into the life of a songstress whose contradiction of sweet and sour is her most beguiling quality.
CHRIS SHIFLETT & THE DEAD PEASANTS Chris Shiflett & The Dead Peasants (Sony Music)
Having spent over a decade in bands such as No Use For A Name, Me First And The Gimme Gimmes, Jackson United and most notably Foo Fighters, guitarist Chris Shiflett has decided to move onto his new solo project, and he has taken his love of country with him. A far cry from his punk rock roots, Chris Shiflett & The Dead Peasants is a roots country record that doesn’t sound too far apart from what you’d hear on your standard ABC rural radio. Opening with Helsinki there’s a flood of honest songwriting backed with slide guitars and a shaded pop chorus in a Tom Petty style, yet Shiflett’s vocals aren’t entirely strong enough to carry the track, which results in giving it a slightly dirtier edge. Continuing through with tracks such as Get Along and Bandaged, it becomes very evident that it’s a guitarist’s album, as a plethora of strings are layered on top of each other to give a rich live feel to the recordings, while a gritty, distorted driving riff is paired with a twanging banjo for God Damn. The slight homage to known inspiration comes with a cover of Joe Strummer’s Burning Lights but the album is easily highlighted by An Atheist’s Prayer. A sombre approach to songwriting has lead to a twinkling piano over Shiflett’s stretching vocals and slamming acoustic strums – it’s the one track where all the separation experiments contained on this album come together and work as one. The album runs very short as the ninth and final track hits at the 34-minute mark, but despite this, the classic country nature and frontal approach has a certain charm too it that doesn’t overwhelm and can be deemed a successful solo jaunt for Shiflett. ★★★ Mark Beresford
SUPER WILD HORSES Fifteen
Fifteen has received some glowing praise in the independent music press and the hype is not unfounded. Fifteen is the debut album from Melbourne duo Super Wild Horses, who stay true to the general lo-fi aesthetic of garage rock whilst injecting their songs with the pop melodies and sense of fun which tends to define surf rock. Opener Lock & Key is a lot of fun and is less “raw” then it is “untamed”. Songs like Fifteen and Mess Around charge through the mesmerizing juxtaposition of gorgeous female harmonies and sparse, lo-fi instrumentation, while Adrian is the song to play if you’re trying to impress the cute chick in Docs and a floral dress you met at the last Stabs show. With bands like Real Estate, Woods, and Best Coast topping critic’s “best of” lists it’s easy to write off Australian artists achieving a similar sound as imitators, but Super Wild Horses happily transcend this. Their songwriting deserves to be appreciated on its own merits and the first half of Fifteen is truly a fantastic listen. With nary a song over three minutes it’s hard to imagine getting bored, and yet, it gets a bit same-y towards the end. There’s only so much you can do with a two-piece, and this restriction stifles Super Wild Horses’ ability to truly be dynamic and surprising. The whole album comes off with the sound and feel of a hi-fidelity live recording and the band come off a bit tired and flat by the end of it, seeming a bit more sullen and introspective by the time I Want You rolls around. The last few songs are by no means bad; they just fall a bit flat when compared to the poppy fun of Fifteen’s first half. ★★★
★★★★ Tyler McLoughlan
PROTEST THE HERO Fortress
CUSTOM KINGS Great Escape (Liberation Music)
It’s been a little while between drinks for Melbourne’s Custom Kings – you might remember them from their excellent debut album At Sea, their indie-pop-meets-theseaside sound and those stupidly infectious handful of singles Up Late, Number One and Red Sails. Well, here on their second album Great Escape, the band feel like they’ve grown substantially, not surprising really considering that across these dudes, they also have hands in the Joe Neptune, Eagle & The Worm and Spender projects. The first thing worth mentioning about a record from a collective of uber-talented musos like this is the vocals. Frontman Nick Vorrath is instantly and entirely endearing with charm simply oozing from every word he sings, so much so that you could probably hand the man Gideon’s Bible to sing and he’d make it sound good. A very obvious songwriting prowess is present throughout, while the band’s mind-melting harmonies almost steal the show. There is something all-encompassing and entirely beautiful about the music Custom Kings make – it flips between the radio-ready rockers that make you want to flip the top on the little deuce coupe and cruise to the coast and the sublimely delivered mid-tempos that could be played around the same beach campfire Brian Wilson and the boys strummed the likes of Surfer Girl. But while the good vibrations and harmony-driven material may evoke Beach Boys’ connotations, please don’t think these lads follow any path. Right up front the shoobopesque nature of Wild Leaves is mixed with a filthy, steadilyplaced electric guitar while the likes of first single Sunday and Do It Again more than quenches the pop-thirsty fans amongst us and the smashing I Remember The Good Times features a repetitive flute and nostalgic lyrics that might bring a tear to the eye if caught in the right mood. ★★★★ Ben Preece
6s & 7s
Choose the Sentinel Blooze (Love is My Velocity/Fuse)
Choose The Sentinel Blooze is a brilliant indie pop album – when you can hear it. Marred by poor production, 6s & 7s’ debut album is echoey and distorted, sounding like they’ve played in a cathedral, recorded it on a mobile phone, then burnt it to a disc without even bothering to listen to it. There’s no doubt this wasn’t intentional, no band would release something so distant and warped without good intentions – it’s just hard to ascertain what they are. The brainchild of one of Perth’s finest, Josh Fontaine (The Stickfigures), 6s & 7s have produced an album so layered it’s not easily accessible on first listen. Listen to it a few times and you’ll see they’re on to something though. If the recording was clear, they’d be the brightest of the pop songs, but warped and distorted the way they are gives them a sense of timelessness and it’s much harder to pigeonhole them to one genre. And with contributions from over 20 members of the Perth music scene, this sound sure was a community effort – if only someone had listened to the album and questioned the production values. Prince Of Gold brings that cathedral sound to the fore, with Fontaine’s lilting voice lifting above a strong vocal choir. In this song alone, it’s evident he has the vocal talent and falsetto voice to captivate an audience which makes it that much more of a shame that it’s swamped by effects through the majority of the album. A Velvet Coma really makes you work to enjoy it, but the rewards far outweigh the drain it seems to put on you. In fact, the whole album makes you want to have a lie down by the end of it, but don’t let that stop you. It’s just too damn compelling to not give it a go. ★★★ Rachel Tinney
With a confirmed slot on the unimaginable line-up that makes up Soundwave 2011, the label powers that be have seen it fit to finally educate punters this side of the pond about Fortress, Protest The Hero’s 2008 second album. Not as spasmodic and violent as The Dillinger Escape Plan but not as weird and systematically confusing as The Mars Volta, it is genre busting math-metal of the most headscratching variety. Not that this is a bad thing. An album that is unable to be listened to in passing, Fortress demands complete concentration to appreciate the finer points. Successfully incorporating syncopated rhythmic work with lighting-quick fret noodling that seems perpetually on the verge of chaos, Rody Walker runs the length of his vocal range over the top of the madness. Alto melodies follow impassioned cries; yelps all the way to slightly ridiculous guttural reverb, he goes for it all with vigour, although the utterly morbid lyrical content could do with a cheer up. But for the most part this all works. The original 8-bit keyboard solo on Limb From Limb makes the track, while the bouncing bass work that leads into the sword metal of Bone Marrow never sounds anything but epic. However it’s the fitting crescendo of closing tracks Goddess Bound and Goddess Gagged that really signs the album off on that high note that separates the also-rans from the contenders. This isn’t music for everyone. In fact, it’s definitely not music for most. But if you’re willing to let yourself be taken on the journey this five-piece from Ontario, Canada provide, through every key change and every time progression, you could very well be rewarded by this mind-bending trip into the depths of what progressive rock music can offer. ★★★½ Benny Doyle
Decade – Live At The El Mocambo (Victory/Stomp)
Since their inception, Silverstein have been on the cusp of the crossover success that has seen fellow Canadians like Billy Talent and Alexisonfire headline huge venues across the globe. However where these bands have an original sound and a stage presence to boot, Silverstein move with the generic tide, churning out by-the-numbers screamo that is now turning into the modern equivalent of nu-metal, the style sounding as dated as the strains of Korn or that bloke who wears his red baseball hat backwards and jumps around in your Dad’s clothes. The package is an interesting concept though. Called Decade, it covers the entire discography of the band’s long players and captures select tracks from the four night residency they held at the legendary El Mocambo in Toronto on both audio and DVD. The cinematography puts you right in the front row for all the action but unfortunately, there just isn’t that much of it. And as for the audio, it has been given a slick once over to take the ‘live’ right out of it, apart from the shout outs to the crowd and the occasional bum note. Some tracks like Here Today, Gone Tomorrow and Smile In Your Sleep have a catchy hook or tidy lick that makes them worth a second listen. And it’s stock to make the punters’ vocals a part of a live record, but when they sing key elements of songs out of tune, such as in Discovering The Waterfront, perhaps they should be pushed back further in the mix. Unsurprisingly, this should be seen as a fan’s only release. However, if you want to hear how the live album should be done, spend your coin on a copy of Bad Religion Tested and save yourself the pain. ★★½ Benny Doyle
THE RED EYES
PULLED APART BY HORSES
Anyone who has been graced by The Red Eyes’ live performance will know that their unique reggae/dub tunes are both intoxicating and utterly danceable, full of atmospheric energy that encapsulates the crowd in an inescapable world of soul and funk. Fans will be happy to hear that they can now bring this home with them! Red Army is the Red Eyes’ second album and includes over an hour of the band’s soulful reggae/dub. A siren at the beginning of Get it Started opens the album, preparing the listeners for the smooth, grooving tunes that are to follow. I Get Wild/Wild Gravity has a slow tempo and a soulful rhythm that, combined with a dirty bass line, is downright sexy. Inside Out livens things up, mixing electronica with a faster reggae beat and is followed by Inside Out Dub, an instrumental which carries on the same tune but brings in dub beats and gets experimental with the electronica. Titokowaru’s War tells the story of a Maori warrior who led a battle against the New Zealand colonial Government in the 1800s. The story is moving and honest and is put to a funk rhythm making it a powerful track and a highlight of the album. The record continues with ten more worthy tracks, including Sticks And Stones and Road To Jericho. Red Army final closes with Higher Ground, a track with encapsulates all of what The Red Eyes are about – soulful dub, moving lyrics and fat bass lines. This album captures the atmosphere and energy of The Red Eyes’ live performance while showcasing the talent and creativity of seven outstanding musicians, putting The Red Eyes firmly at the forefront of Australia’s dub scene. ★★★★ Emma Heard
Pulled Apart By Horses
Remember The Blood Brothers? They don’t exist anymore, but the black hole they left ain’t no black hole no more. Now we’ve got four Yorkshire lads to incoherently scream and cavort around for us. The enigmatic Pulled Apart By Horses happily continue the tradition of putting muscle spasms to music and they’re quite good at it, even if after repeated listens you still can’t extract any kind of lucid intent from their songs. But both rhyme and reason are superfluous and inconsequential to enjoying these 11 brain burps – take the carnival ride of songs like Yeah Buddy that start off innocently enough with synth-pop silliness only to come to a crashing halt filled with hardcore hormones. It’s a fair guess that as good as these guys are at shrieking, shredding and stomping on all things musical, they’re just as good at hitting themselves in the face with hammers or sabotaging their best efforts at coherence. Just when a songs gets its groove in order, like the sweet chorus of I Punched A Lion In The Throat, or focuses its propulsive energy, such as the good half of I’ve Got A Guestlist To Rory OHara’s Suicide, well, they go and fuck it all up with the trickery of time changes, hairstyle changes and probably a new set of pants. Seriously, if Pulled Apart By Horses could keep it together just long enough to finish a song then this band would be awesome! Being aggro often goes hand in hand with irrational decision-making and this debut album is full of irrationality wrapped up in conundrums and sold to us as some newfangled form of music. Maybe it’s the new punk rock, but more likely it’s the bodaciousness of Bill & Ted but minus the excellent adventure. ★★½ Alex Gillies
The cult of The Beta Band seems to grow stronger each year. Critically acclaimed and highly influential, not only did they not receive their just desserts when together but members since have failed, admirably mind, to match the crowning achievements of the 3 EPs (1998) and Hot Shots II (2001) albums. Former bandleader Steve Mason sounds like he’s had a particularly rough trot at times, suffering severe depression during the mid naughties as music released under various guises failed to hit the heights of past creativity and invention. Therefore it’s with no small sense of surprise that his best work since The Beta Band comes courtesy of this collaboration with renowned electronic mash-up producer Richard X, and is aided by a style revamp not unlike The Magnetic Fields doing Seachange-era Beck tunes through a Human League filter. It’s a fantastic mix, Mason’s slightly tapered monastic chants subtly mixing with Richard X’s sparse electronic soundscapes tapered with minimal guitar and piano synths. Boys Outside comes into its own in the in the latter majority of the album. Yesterday is looped synth mariachi that builds atmospherics, Lost & Found sounds like a lost Beta classic from the Los Amigos Del Beta Bandidos EP era and I Let Her In is a sparse gem, Mason singing “to the children I never had, here is the love, I was your Dad” with genuine middle-aged inflection, somehow seeming like the natural trajectory of the maturing Beta sound.
Don’t Pretend That You Don’t Know Me There is something special about non-native English speaking rock’n’roll bands. While they can often be hit and miss, the very best of them approach the genre with a magpie-eyed, unselfconscious glee that is delightfully at odds with some of their po-faced contemporaries in Australia, the United States and the UK. The Japanese and the Swedes have both proven particularly adept at the tropes of the trade; now to the list of good ‘uns we can add Italian two-piece The Mojomatics. Consisting of Mojomatt on guitar and harmonica and Davematic on drums and percussion, they belt out a tight brand of garage rock awesomeness located somewhere between Black Lips and The Hives, but neither as acid-damaged as the former or as consistently wired as the latter. Their third album Don’t Pretend That You Know Me may not win any points for originality, but for toe-tapping, hummable rock’n’roll authenticity, it’s hard to beat. All rockin’ flavours are represented, from Black Lips-y garage (Complicate My Life) to frenetic new wave downstrokin’ (Wait A While, which even sounds bit like Hot Snakes), power pop (Askin’ For A Better Circumstance, with its incredibly catchy Status Quo shuffle), a bit of country stomp (Stars Above) and plenty of good old-fashioned Detroit-style ramalama (You Are Not Me (Fortunately), She Loves).
Some of the sonically adventurous thrill of old may be missing, but it’s replaced by an assured old head in a revelatory mood towards himself and his audience. An unexpected triumph straight out of left-field; a huge talent back on form.
The pair have obviously not opted to keep it strictly ‘live’ in the studio which is a good decision as the acoustic and percussive flourishes throughout add a great deal of character to the sound. The harmonica is another welcome element in the proceedings – largely eschewed in rock records of late, it lends a light-hearted old-school flavour that only adds to the grin inducing quality of this album as a whole. Highly recommended.
★★★★ Ed Matthews
★★★½ Ben Salter
SOUTHERN SOUL Lauded as one of the most mesmerising live acts in Australia, it was important for Adelaide’s LOWRIDER that their second album captured something of that energy. As singer JOE BRAITHWAITE tells MICHAEL SMITH, scoring some horns didn’t hurt.
MISINTERPROTATO’s egalitarian approach to jazz and improvisation has now been titillating Brisbane audiences for ten years. MATT O’NEILL catches up with pianist SEAN FORAN to discuss the band’s latest album The Gentle War. jazz or not. I get a little bit funny with that jazz thing. I feel the same about terms like ‘experimental’.”
to create an big fat soul/funk sound from just three musicians – drummer Paul Bartlett, his brother John on piano and keys, plus bass player Scott Duncan – is the huge punchy sound of New York’s legendary brass section, Chops Horns, a name that’s featured in the credits of albums by Parliament, Funkadelic and the artist through whom Lowrider met them, Alicia Keys.
orming in 2004, it seems Lowrider took a little while to find their real audience. The fact that Lowrider is a band that doesn’t have a guitarist in a time when the indie guitar sound seems to be de rigueur doesn’t exactly help. “It’s not very often you come across an Australian band, let alone an Adelaide band, that doesn’t have a guitar, so that’s something from the very start,” singer Joe Braithwaite admits. “Not really on purpose, but we were really big fans of bands like The Roots and a lot of soul music. In the beginning we really struggled, when we were playing to rock crowds all the time who didn’t really understand. And then we played one of those warehouse birthday parties or something and everyone just went crazy for it and we were like, ‘Have we been playing to the wrong people?’ [laughs] “We all like every genre of music, but with soul it is something that, I find, you really do feel – whether you feel it because of the lyrics or the beat, it’s something you can really immerse yourself into. And if you’ve got your bass, your drums and your keys, you can do a lot with that. Even saying that though, there are a few twinklings of guitar on this album but they’re very subtle – in your subconscious.” What you do get on the second album, Round The World, from this four-piece that already manages
“They actually played with us when we were supporting Alicia Keys in Adelaide and they said they’d had a lot of fun playing with us and that they’d be very interested in being on the album – and we said, ‘Yeah! Okay!’ We did it all via this wonderful Internet thing; a lot of Skype and a lot of file-sharing. That in itself was quite an experience, doing things that way and a lot of fun. We had a lot of arrangements worked out and sent those across to them and they played exactly what we wanted and then said, ‘Would you mind if we do our own little bits of flair all over the songs?’ and gave us ample amounts of stuff to choose from. They said to just pick and choose what we wanted.” Meanwhile, as well as Alicia Keys Lowrider has opened for Christina Aguilera and Lupe Fiasco, but it was another band renowned for the intensity of their live performances that might have inspired Lowrider’s approach to recording their second album. “[First album] Diamond Among The Thieves was a very kind of happy dancey, happy-go-lucky type vibe and I wanted to touch on something a bit darker and hopefully that comes across,” Braithwaite recalls. “I don’t know why but something inside me wanted to get out and be expressed rather than dancing around with a smile on my face. “We started writing the album just after we finished the Big Day Out tour that Rage Against The Machine was on and that in itself was probably an inspiration. Watching those guys and their music is definitely a bit darker.”
WHO: Lowrider WHAT: Round The World (Illusive) WHERE & WHEN: The Zoo Saturday Aug 21
WHOLE LOTTA LOVE It’s been a few years between gigs for Brisbane band LOVEJOY, but as bassist KYLIE LOVEJOY tells DANIEL JOHNSON, the band is looking forward to getting together for a birthday bash.
Lovejoy says the idea of reuniting the band for a show first came about last year, when Jason from the Step Inn tried to secure the band’s services for a support slot.
here’s something quite fitting about the title of Misinterprotato’s latest album. Its explicit juxtaposition of aggression and tenderness seems to resonate throughout the Brisbane trio’s entire career. Ostensibly a jazz ensemble, Misinterprotato’s career has consistently seen the outfit subverting the popular understandings of both their genre and line-up by combining challenging and experimental approaches with lyrical and inviting compositions.
“I think, as we’ve gotten older, more and more challenges have presented themselves to us,” Foran considers. “Hopefully, as we’ve gotten older, we’ve actually become better musicians and I think a natural part of that is wanting to try new and different things. I think this collaboration with Expressions is a prime example – that, a couple of years ago, would have been almost completely out of our range as an ensemble, but, as we’re developing, we’re taking on more risks.
In addition to their all-encompassing appreciation for jazz, Misinterprotato performances and recordings have, over the past ten years, also incorporated elements of minimalist classical, free-improvisation, the avant-garde, contemporary electronic music and even certain strains of Rock-In-Opposition style progressive rock. This has all been accomplished, furthermore, without really sacrificing the intrinsic beauty and accessibility of the band’s native genre.
“We almost didn’t even notice the decade mark because we were so busy,” Foran laughs. “It was just a kind of, ‘Wait – has it been that long?’ moment for all of us. It’s really only been ten years for John [Parker – drums] and I, because Pat [Marchisella – upright bass] only joined us in 2006 but it was still a really strange moment. I think it was great, though, to step back and realise that we are making music we’re proud of and we’ve done a lot of work. We don’t regret the past ten years.
“We didn’t have any ambitions at all, initially,” pianist Sean Foran explains of the band’s development. “We were all just studying at The Con and we just wanted to do something almost for the sake of it. It wasn’t until we played a month-long residency at The Press Club that we actually realised there was something in what we were doing that could really work and, even then, most of what we did after that was just about seeing what would happen and trying things out.
“I don’t think there’s anything we wouldn’t be willing to try,” the pianist concludes. “The only rule we have, at this point, is really just a performance rule in that, because we’ve been around for a reasonable amount of time, we have developed a reputation for a certain kind of musical aesthetic and we feel we have to deliver that to whoever comes to see us – which is not a reflection on us being so good, we just feel people deserve the band in its fullest state, so to speak.”
“We’ve always pitched ourselves at jazz festivals, both here and abroad, and we’ve always been marketed as a jazz ensemble but, really, we’ve always tried to present ourselves as a contemporary music trio,” Foran elaborates. “A trio with jazz elements and improvisation but, hopefully, just playing music that is interesting, accessible and engaging to audiences whether they like
“I just said to Jeff, ‘Hey, let’s do a band together so we can call it Lovejoy, you know, like Van Halen with Eddie Van Halen and Alex Van Halen – we could just be called Lovejoy,’” Kylie recalls. The siblings then recruited long-time friend Daniel Hack on guitar and vocals and Ross MacLennan on drums and got down to the business of writing music and playing gigs, scoring some big-name international and Australian supports, playing festivals including Livid and recording an eponymous EP, which earned the band high-rotation airplay on Triple J. “It was a fun thing and it kept us all really busy pretty much,” Kylie says. “Then come 2006, Jeff was really busy with his studio and he was going away a lot on recording stints – I think he went and recorded some Cruel Sea stuff and was doing lots of stints out of town here and there; and I had a six-month Amazon Jungle South American adventure planned, and then Dan was settling down having a baby with his partner and contemplating moving to Tasmania. “So we did all that time apart and Jeff was busy leading up to that and things sort of died down a bit because of everything we were doing, so when I nicked off overseas and Daniel kind of goes, ‘Hey, I’m going to move to Tasmania,’ it was just time. We never officially broke up, it had just kind of run its course at that stage.”
“I think we’re going to be flat out getting our shit together honestly,” she laughs. “Daniel flies up two days before the gig and we’ve got two days to rehearse and then we play the gig. Jeff gave me a CD with some other songs and the first song on the CD I was thinking, ‘What’s this, he’s put some other band on here by accident’ and then Daniel started singing and I was like, ‘Holy shit – this is us! This is Lovejoy!’ “In a way I kind of am learning brand new songs because I don’t remember a couple of them.” For those who’ve never seen or heard Lovejoy and are wondering what to expect from the band’s live show, Kylie offers the following. “It’s dirty, sexy, fun rock’n’roll; not necessarily that polished, but it’ll be a fun night of debauchery and tequila shots.”
WHO: Lovejoy WHERE & WHEN: The Troubadour Saturday Aug 21
Thursday 19 Aug
Having earned his stripes through over 20 years of experience with one of the most iconic futuristic metal institutions, vocalist BURTON C. BELL has begun to really stretch his wings with new hard rock group CITY OF FIRE. LOCHLAN WATT hears why it too is a band of the future. successes as the aforementioned group, breaking up after releasing only one album release in 1994. Fast forward to when local producer and guitarist Terry “Sho” Murray was recruited to replace White for the reunion, and it was soon realised that they had a new band on their hands. “It went really well,” comments Bell on the Caustic Thought reunion show, “and they were playing these old songs again and they realised that they still stand up. So they decided to revamp the songs and record some new stuff. They brought in Sho who was a local producer and guitar player, and they had him work on some of the new stuff, and record it, demo it. They were doing that and they had a few songs, and they were thinking, ‘Wow, this is really good, we’re going to have to step it up with a new vocalist’, so Byron thought of me.”
“So now it coincides with Jeff’s 41st birthday, which will be on the stroke of midnight on the night of the gig, we’re flying Dan up, we’re going to do a gig and we’re excited about it.” The members of Lovejoy have remained active on the music scene, with Kylie now playing in the Jim Rockfords, Jeff continuing his production work and Hack quietly writing away in Tasmania, but when asked if Lovejoy will be having a crack at performing any songs written by members since the band last played together, Kylie is forthright.
WHO: Misinterprotato WHAT: The Gentle War (Jazzhead) WHERE & WHEN: The Judith Wright Centre,
“I was like, ‘Holy shit, we’re not really together anymore’,” she contimues. “Then I was like, ‘You know what, Daniel’s coming up from Tasmania for Jeff’s birthday, maybe we should talk about it’. And that’s when the seed was planted. It would have been too soon to get out shit together to play that gig Jason was talking about, but it kind of made us go, ‘Why don’t we just do a gig anyway, for fun, and fly Daniel up and just do it for the hell of it.’
ndie-rockers Lovejoy started out in 2001 after a conversation Kylie and her brother, guitarist and renowned local recording engineer Jeff Lovejoy.
Misinterprotato’s tenth year has been the ultimate demonstration of their truly eclectic approaches. The unsurprising genre-blurring of The Gentle War aside, Misinterprotato have also collaborated with local classical ensemble Topology (for recent album Healthy), indie-songstress Tara Simmons (for the unique tribute to 90s-pop that was It Was Twenty Years Ago Today) and, most recently, Expressions Dance Company (for experimental production While Others Sleep).
he whole thing about City Of Fire is that we’re not restricted or refined to any concepts or themes. It can go anywhere,” says the 41-year-old vocalist through a tired voice – understandable given that, as we speak, he’s right in the middle of a gruelling US tour schedule with Fear Factory. “When I was writing lyrics for the record, I was just being very poetic; writing about what I felt at the moment, what was on my mind, and at the moment it was a lot about love, loss of love, a generation of love, being an older gentlemen and life as it is these days. Just experience and wisdom really.” Unlike Fear Factory, for whom City Of Fire bassist Byron Stroud has also played for since 2003, the band’s latest self-titled release is free from thematic and stylistic limitations, and as a result carries with it an air of easy, honest confidence. “That’s the cool thing about this record – we’ve opened up the door to do anything from here on out.” However, while City Of Fire is technically a relatively new band, it was a reunion show of Vancouver thrash metal act Caustic Thought in March 2008 that caused fresh creative sparks to fly. If you take things back to 1989, bassist Byron Stroud got together with guitarist/vocalist Ian White, and drummer Bob Wagner, the same year that a young Burton C. Bell met one Dino Cazares and started Fear Factory. However, Caustic Thought didn’t share the same
Despite forming because of a reformation, it was essentially an all-new band, and it was immediately evident to the group that a new name was necessary. “While we were writing and recording, we were just trying to come up with the right band name, and it just took a long time. We were throwing together names and coming up with ideas, you know, brainstorming, and City Of Fire came up, and we were like, ‘Wow’. For me, I really liked it, and for me it describes Vancouver a lot. Even though Vancouver, the time of year we were there, it rained a lot and it was overcast and cold – it was winter time so it was grey a lot – but being a part of the city in its artistic underbelly, it was very creative spark that fires the city, and it’s really amazing, so it’s a real homage to the city that the band was started in.” When asked if City of Fire could ever become a larger focus than Fear Factory, Burton is surprisingly blunt, suggesting that “if City of Fire blows up, it could well be what happens. I definitely wouldn’t consider this band a side-project, I’d consider this a band of the future.”
WHO: City Of Fire WHAT: City Of Fire (Shostroud/Stomp) WHERE & WHEN: The Hi-Fi Tuesday Sep 7
WANDERLUST WITHIN Serbian-born songstress SUZANA DJORDJÉVIC is joining forces with French traditionalist jazz troupe Živeli Orkestar to bring crowds a multinational splash of multicultural music at this month’s Gypsy Jazz Festival. She tells MITCH KNOX the story behind the upcoming live recreation of their debut collaboration, La Peau de l’Ours.
collaboration with Djordjévic, La Peau de L’Ours, and which will consequently be channelled into the band’s upcoming live performance. Subtly, the story of the album – and consequently the songs in the show – tells the tale of a French troupe meeting a Serbian singer on the streets of Berlin (they’ve changed something… in the Matrix). It might come as little surprise to you that Djordjévic writes her lyrics from something of an autobiographical standpoint.
f gypsies are renowned for being consistent in one area, it’s their unpredictability; their spontaneity. It’s a bit of a paradox, but it’s what makes them so downright charming, at least from afar. It’s arguably almost fortuitous, then, that the meeting on the streets of Berlin between Djordjévic, with her history in Balkan and operatic music, and the members of the French Živeli Orkestar, with their love of jazz and traditional tunes, was an entirely spontaneous and unpredictable affair – which just so happened to spawn an instant musical bond that spanned cultures and countries. If that’s not the work of gypsy magic, little else could be.
“No one in Živeli Orkestar has a gypsy or a Roma family background: the musicians are French, and my origins are Serbian but I was born and have lived all my life in Germany,” Djordjévic explains of the collective’s respective histories. “When I first met Živeli Orkestar in the streets of Berlin, we immediately started a jam session after having exchanged no more than ten sentences, which shows that we immediately had a musical connection. When we started to work together, we first concentrated on traditional repertoire ... now we are working more and more on our own compositions as well. “Our background is not as different as it seems at first glance: we were all born and educated in Europe and therefore have received a similar musical and cultural education. All of us have played various styles of music, starting from classic, jazz, salsa, bossa nova to rock, tango, reggae, hip hop and so on, before we started to concentrate on Balkan music.” It’s this mind-bendingly diverse array of influences that got packed into the band’s debut full-length
“Our album La Peau de l’Ours is the result or, in better words, a sum up of the first years of the band ... and the first year with me,” she explains. “So yes, it has an obvious autobiographical weight. It includes traditional arrangements and some of our own compositions. “Generally speaking, it is clear that if I’m writing the lyrics then I write about something that concerns me but this doesn’t mean that the story is my story. When a musician offers an idea, a melody for a song, I like to discuss about the image he has had in his mind while composing. These discussions help find a direction for the theme broached in the song.” While getting here has not been without its difficulties, Djordjévic still reflects on the journey with a certain philosophical ilk that suggests, despite her protests, she might actually have a little authentic Gypsy blood in her after all. “One of the very positive results is that I’ve visited so many different places with the band within such a small timeframe,” she says. “We have met so many people who share our music and support us and who have become real friends... “But of course, it is not always very easy... But I trust life, no matter if things turn bad or good... in the end, one can only learn from experiences. That’s what life is, isn’t it?”
WHO: Suzana & the Živeli Orkestar WHERE & WHEN: Gypsy Jazz Festival, Brisbane Powerhouse Friday Aug 27, Saturday Aug 28
TAKING THE PLUNGE
Discovering no real-life anecdotes in the naming of instrumental Brisbane band HAZARDS OF SWIMMING NAKED, TYLER MCLOUGHLAN instead has a chat with ADRIAN DIERY about the supposed hazards of not singing. Olympics did they actually start running with shoes which was a kind of a handicap for them in a weird way. I really liked the idea of it coming from the passion that these guys had. It wasn’t a sport to them, it was just part of their life.”
eople are persistently curious about a band that is singer-less by choice, though for Hazards Of Swimming Naked’s guitarist Adrian Diery, it is all very simple: “I think it’s just a poor grasp of the English language, really!” he laughs. “Music is kind of a universal language. You don’t have to rely upon verbal communication; everyone sort of gets an idea through dynamics. And then it’s really up to someone in the audience to put a lot more of themselves into a gig and project their own story onto the music; it doesn’t have to be necessarily the story we’re trying to tell. It’s obviously quite open to interpretation. Though every now and again we might try and supplement things with some visuals or spoken word samples to add a bit of flavour or atmosphere.” Diery jokes about the background visual vignettes often used by the band to counter the lack of front person focal point. “It’s five people playing onstage with no lead singer engaging with the audience directly. And we’re not good looking people, so people need something to look at for the whole show!” The visual element is not, however, a substitution for a vocalist, and Diery attempts to explain the art of storytelling without voice through a series of disjointed half-words. “Some of the songs have developed out of a story arc,” he reflects. “I guess that’s why we’re an instrumental band! Explaining intangible things like that – it’s really difficult to do through words I find.” In their simply-titled track Kip Keino, it’s intriguing to find that moody guitars, pentatonic scales and unusually-timed percussion tell the story of the barefoot runner who was amongst Kenya’s first celebrated long-distance athletes. “They ran for the love of it and they ran barefoot,” Diery explains. “And for some of them, only when they got to the
Making it a further unlikely theme is that the five-piece grew up together in North Queensland choosing musical pursuits over sporting ones. “We had a fairly lively all-ages scene going there. That was pretty cool to have a musical outlet in a small town when it’s usually sport that is the main dominating extra-curricular activity.” The regional upbringing was central to each of the accomplished musicians finding their sense of style and developing it into the complex, instrumental layers that later became Hazards Of Swimming Naked. “It was beneficial having those formative years in a small town where you can really isolate yourselves and focus on developing musically before you try and compete in the rough and tumble. We practised in a farmhouse in the middle of cane paddocks, so you get to spend a lot more time experimenting – you don’t have the pressures of four hours in a rehearsal room to try and get everything together.” Earning the North Queensland support for Dead Letter Circus and working on the prospects of international distribution for their 2009 debut album Our Lines Are Down, Hazards Of Swimming Naked firstly have a headline show at Brisbane’s cavernous The Hi-Fi to look forward to. “We’re feeling good, it’s a great venue and it’s a really good line-up. All the bands that are playing that night are pretty awesome – all really accomplished musicians and all doing something really exciting musically,” Diery explains of the evening shared with Brisbane-ites Lion Island, Mr. Maps and Hunz. “It’s a little bit of a double-edged sword though because every band is so good, so getting everyone there to watch every band is gonna be the challenge. Hopefully everyone gets there early and stays all night.”
WHO: Hazards Of Swimming Naked WHERE & WHEN: The Hi-Fi Friday Aug 20
One of our favourite TV shows of all time, Black Books, starring Dylan Moran and Bill Bailey, inspired many nights of drinking copious amounts of wine and reciting Nabokov, and now we have new reason to do it thanks to Shock’s special edition box set. Housed inside a mock leather-bound book is a smaller box containing all three seasons on DVD, and an even smaller box containing a waiter’s friend and bottle stopper. Thanks to Shock DVD we’ve got five box sets to giveaway. For your chance to win one email email@example.com with ‘BLACK BOOKS’ in the subject line. Bringing together Edgar Wright
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(Shaun Of The Dead), Michael Cera (Superbad, Juno), and one of the most loved comic book series of the past decade, Scott Pilgrim, Scott Pilgrim vs The World is an hilarious film about a guy (Cera) having to defeat seven exes to get the girl of his dreams (Mary Elizabeth Winstead). Thanks to Universal Pictures we’ve got five in-season double passes to the film to giveaway. For your chance to win email firstname.lastname@example.org
A Catch Of The Breath – new work by Robert Thwaites about Australia’s uneasy relationship with its past. Opening night. Metro Arts until Sep 5. Comedy at Bovine Restaurant – stand-up performances featuring Stephen Head, Fred Lange, and Chris Hague. Normanby Hotel, 7:30pm. Sunshine Coast Art Prize – an exhibiion of the finalists in this competition. Opening night. Caloundra Regional Art Gallery until Oct 3.
Arthouse 101: Trash Wrap Up Party – Arthouse 101 bids adieu to Trash Video and with it 15 years of history of supplying Brisbane with all its dodgy VHS needs. Tonight’s screenings include the SBS doco about Trash Video, Escape From The Planet Of The Tapes and their very own $700 masterpiece, Lesbo-AGo-Go. Tribal Theatre, 7pm.
THURSDAY 19 Clocked Out In The Bell Tower – four dance and music improvisations are presented on the two nights of this collaborative project. Judith Wright Centre until Aug 20. The First Cut – works by Sally Golding, Kelly Hussey-Smith, Fiona Mail, and Elizabeth, dissected by Anna Davis, curator, Primavera 2011 (MCA, Sydney) and QCA’s Rosemary Hawker. Jayson Gillham – the Queensland pianist performs a programme of Chopin. Concert Hall, QPAC, 6:30pm. Jesus Christ Superstar – Luke Kennedy reprises the title role ten years on from the original run of the musical in Brisbane. Opening night. Playhouse, QPAC until Aug 29. Syncretism – composer, multiinstrumentalist, and media artist Rafael Anton Irisarri performs on his first Australian tour. Judith Wright
SATURDAY 21 Broadway Hits – Sondheim, Rodgers and Hammerstein, and other classic showtunes performed at the QPAC Concert Hall, 2pm and 8pm. Inside Out – an exploration of a changing mother and son relationship in a family in crisis. QUT Gardens Theatre until Aug 23.
SUNDAY 22 Echo Project Revisited – a selection of degraded antique garments restored and reappropriated by Australian designers is re-shown. Closing day. QUT Art Museum.
TUESDAY 24 April’s Fool – a dramatisation of reactions to the death of local teenager Kristjan Terauds from drug use, based by David Burton on interviews with his friends and family. Judith Wright Centre until Aug 26.
METRO ARTS CALL-OUT FOR 2011 ARTISTIC PROGRAM Calling all artists, Brissie’s home of independent arts practice Metro Arts has opened applications for its 2011 Artistic Program. So if you’re an artist, at any stage of your career, here’s a chance to break out, as well as develop and present your work in next year’s curated programs of The Independents and Galleries Program. Submissions from the performing arts, visual arts and cross-disciplinary practice are welcome. Check the Metro Arts website for the application guides, but there is a special Information Session being held at Metro Arts on Wednesday Sep 1 from 6pm where potential applicants can meet the people behind the scenes of the Artistic Program, as well as get some tips and ask questions. Applications close 5pm Friday Oct 1. More info at metroarts. com.au.
FORT FUNDRAISING EVENT The Fort artspace in Fortitude Valley is hosting another fundraising event, The Fort Fun Raising Exhibition, on Saturday Aug 28, featuring works donated by artists such as Anthony Lister, Sofles, Shida, Georg, and more - plus music by Dubmarine, The Optimen, Tom Thum, and more. More info at thefort.org.au.
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WITH MANDY KOHLER Not a day goes by when we don’t read. It starts in the morning with the back of a cereal packet, or the clock at the bottom of the TV screen as we munch our toast and gawp at the banality of morning television. Maybe you’re inclined to read comic books on your way to work or want to read War And Peace or Ulysses just so you can say you did. Whatever way you jump, if you bear in mind the past and future of literature, even if you read a book a week, it’s unlikely that you’ll read everything you want to before someone’s reading a few words in your honour from a pulpit. How much you can read in a lifetime is a measure of mortality that exemplifies
to us in accessible terms just how long we won’t be here. Who’s in a hurry to see Casablanca? No one because that’s one of those things you assume will happen at some point, but ask a friend what they’re reading and the answer will usually include at least a couple of titles probably of differing genres. Given the limited amount of time we’re able to dedicate to serious reading, it’s a rare book that will get a second look in, and it’s not often you’ll study a book the way you did in high school when you were forced to pick over the language and motive behind the words in an attempt to get inside the author’s head. This is perhaps why the Brisbane
Writers Festival is so important. It really should be called the Brisbane Readers Festival because words without a readers are meaningless and, not to be cruel, but so are writers. They may be the ones on the stage chatting about inspiration, motivation, and technique, but your eyes on their work is a condition of employment and they’re never more at your mercy than when you get the microphone. So go engage, scrutinise, converse, exchange, pick on them – they need it. The festival this year is also going to land hot on the heels of the federal election and with much of the programme dedicated to Australian politics, picking over the aftermath with the likes of Bob Hawke, Blanche D’Apluget, and Jessica Rudd (yep, daughter of Kevin), is an intriguing opportunity. Jessica Rudd’s debut novel Campaign Ruby launches this week and while the pre-election uncertainty gives her publicity mileage, especially since excerpts published months ago depict the demise of a Prime Minister to a female deputy, time will tell if her writing can sustain the public interest. For those who turn to literature for escape, there’s an equally large antidote to the election autopsy. Maybe you want to put it out there and hit the mic for two minutes in the second heat of the 2010 Poetry Slam, take the rare opportunity to hear from two winners of the Caine Prize for African Writing, E.C. Osondu (2009) and Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor (2003), or hear local favourites like William McInnes and John Birmingham keeping the panels hot with discussion. You may not get the time to delve into the heart of every book you read, but throughout the festival you can get involved beyond those few bumpy minutes before work or those sleepy few moments as you slip into slumber at bedtime.
A MAN OF HIS WORDS THE QUEENSLAND POETRY FESTIVAL TAKES OVER THE JUDITH WRIGHT CENTRE NEXT WEEK; HERE HELEN STRINGER TALKS TO ONE OF ITS PERFORMERS, PERTH POET JEREMY BALIUS. The mention of spoken word poetry might conjure images of a smoky basement room filled with black-cloaked figures gently clicking their fingers in approval as a pale, malnourished, art school dropout woefully laments the demise of intellectualism in rhyming couplets and a dry monotone, but it’s a misconception that Perth-based poet and performer Jeremy Balius - soon to be in town for the Queensland Poetry Festival - is quick to dispel. The reality, he explains, is a lot more engaging and evocative than the traditional “Beatnik berets and black turtlenecks” perception would suggest. “Spoken word as a scene or an experience is a lot closer to what you would experience in theatre,” he says. “So the reasons for going to the theatre would outweigh the reasons for going to the cinema because the actual human emotion element is happening in front of you. That’s what’s going on with spoken word poetry. You’re experiencing it in real time; it’s happening in front of you. It’s a whole lot more engaging than the cliché back-room hokey perception.” Originally from Los Angeles, Balius - who describes his own work as
“more vehement and excitable than the usual” - came across spoken word through music: “the writing of it came from being heavily involved in music and being lyrically bent. The more and more you head down that path you end up coming to the end result which is poetry.” His immersion in the world of poetry – aside from writing and performing he’s also ventured into indie publishing with Black Rider Press – has lead to his appearance at the Queensland Poetry Festival, an honour, he jokes that must be a “clerical error”. As he says, “it’s completely amazing that of the people coming from WA I’m coming up with Andrew Taylor and Andrew Burke, two stalwarts in WA. These guys are pinnacles in the poetry scene and that alone is a huge honour for me.” While performance is obviously inherent to all spoken word, Balius is particularly diligent in delineating between printed and spoken poetry. “I’m probably more militant on this issue than most people… It’s hard to separate myself from the performance aspect. When I read work that I’m going to perform, bound within it is the delivery and the movement and the drama of it all
and the personal engagement with the audience… It’s about being able to step up on stage and deliver and people just being so blown away that they’re actively responding; they’re so in the moment and not containing themselves.” Indeed, he’s probably one of the few poets who can claim the dubious honour of having evoked a response so uncontained they’re forced off stage for fear of provoking a riot. Admittedly, the event in question occurred after a band Balius was performing spoken word with was mistakenly booked to play a Bhangra – a very specific type of Indian dance music – festival. “It went sour so fast and people responded with such vehemence and youthful jubilee that quickly the
pandemonium rose to where there’re guys starting to fight and there’s just complete chaos. We got cut after the second song.” Thankfully, audience responses are usually more positive and rarely involve violent retaliation. “My favourite response is not even a favourable one but I use it as my mantra. Someone came up to me and he said, ‘You should probably know that we don’t get people like you around here that often…I think I liked it but I don’t know if I should.’” It’s an apt mantra for a spoken word poet: I liked it, but I don’t know if I should. WHAT: Queensland Poetry Festival WHERE & WHEN: Judith Wright Centre Friday Aug 27 to Sunday Aug 29
THE BUZZ IS BACK ONE OF ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER AND TIM RICE’S FINEST WORKS, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, RETURNS TO BRISBANE THIS WEEK THANKS TO HARVEST RAIN THEATRE CO. DARRYN KING TALKS TO ITS JUDAS, TOD STRIKE.
TOD STRIKE On the face of it, the prospect of a musical inspired by Sunday school stories sounds pretty lame – especially when you throw the rather unfashionable name of Andrew Lloyd Webber into the equation. But, for the uninitiated, Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Jesus Christ Superstar has many potential surprises – the first
being that it is really Judas’s show. “It’s funny, you know,” says Tod Strike, who plays Judas in the Harvest Rain Theatre Company production opening at QPAC this week, “the title is Jesus Christ Superstar. But I didn’t realise myself how integral Judas is. It really is the story told from Judas’s point of
view. Right from the very beginning of the show with Heaven On Their Minds, Judas is saying, ‘this is how it happened’. A lot of tenors would love to play Jesus. But it’s great to play the bad guy. It’s great to be booed.” Another potential surprise is that not only is it one of the great musicals of the 20th Century – many will
maintain that it is the best Lloyd Webber musical – but it’s actually a decent slab of 70s rock in its own right. The original Jesus Christ Superstar began life not as a stage musical, in fact, but a two-LP concept album. It was released in 1970, just a year after The Who’s Tommy had taken
the funky, glitzy title track (“It’s great! You get to die, have a cup of tea backstage, and go back on for Superstar!”). He also has the pressure of carrying the opening number, Heaven On Their Minds, a song that boasts an utterly sacrilegious guitar riff up there with the best of them and has Judas going from 0 to 100 before the first verse is through. “Everyone’s got their different takes on it,” says Strike, “but no matter which way you look at it, it’s a show-stopping kind of song. It’s a really great thing for Judas to get that song. It’s probably my favourite. It’s full-throttle.”
the world by storm, and just as the classic era of rock was gearing up to fire on all cylinders. The album sold more than two million copies in 12 months and reached #1 in the Billboard 200 chart, nudging aside Carole King’s Tapestry. “In America it was like Sgt. Pepper,” Tim Rice has said. Jesus Christ Superstar – the album and the show – is a magnificent fusion of rock and classical elements. It’s packed with great melodies, solid hooks, vigorous basslines, and keyboard parts that would make Rick Wakeman proud. Sweet ballads are followed by funk jams, scorching electric guitar gives way to the elegant rising trill of flutes and a vaguely proggy sensibility permeates everything. “The musical director Maitlohn Drew and the band have done a few things to beef it up to make it their own,” Strike says. “But it’s all there really. Inherently the music is just there.” The music is also far more complex and interesting than Lloyd Webber is usually given credit for. Motifs weave in and out of the whole show, dynamics shift abruptly and the show is littered with peculiar time signatures. Heaven On Their Minds makes unexpected diversions into 7/8, The Temple manages to pull off a hella catchy 7/4 guitar riff, and the ostensibly poppy Everything’s Alright, for example, is actually in 5/4. “It is complex,” says Strike, “to the point where I’m like, huh? That’s the way it goes? People think Lloyd Webber is all about repetitive, overused melodies, but once you get into the show you notice how clever the writing of it is.” But, really, it’s the stunning vocal parts that make the show. Judas gets most of the juiciest numbers: the frenzied Damned For All Time, the tormented suicide scene and
That’s not to say the part of Jesus is to be sneezed at – the original album featured Deep Purple’s Ian Gillan, at the height of his vocal powers, giving the role an authentic rock star flavour and setting the bar dangerously high. If Jesus got a guitar solo, it would be in Gethsemane, which starts with earnestly strummed minor chords and builds into a tidal wave of a climax. Jesus belts out the highest of high Es even as thick brass chords descend like the weight of the world. “Every tenor wants to sing Gethsemane,” says Strike. “I would love to be centre-stage by myself for four minutes.” Aside from Judas and Jesus, Mary Magdalene also gets to coo her way through a couple of sublime numbers: Everything’s Alright and, one of Lloyd Webber’s prettiest ballads, I Don’t Know How To Love Him – the most deserving Lloyd Webber number to transcend the musical it sprang from and become a standard. King Herod provides a bit of comic relief with a hilarious Charleston number (played by Mike d’Abo on the album, who sang Quinn The Eskimo with Manfred Mann), while the slightly tormented, slightly demented figure of Pontius Pilate looms over Jesus in a trial scene every bit as schizo and twisted as another great Act 2 trial scene: The Trial from Pink Floyd’s The Wall (which came almost ten years later). It’s also worth noting that the guy who plays Peter on the album does a wicked Bowie impersonation.
FOUR LIONS There’s something about a cockney accent that can make anything funny, especially if it’s not inherently funny, like suicide bombers, for example. The Day Today/Brass Eye creator Chris Morris’ debut feature film Four Lions is a satirical story of a group of British jihadists, Omar, Fessal, Waj, and Barry (a convert to Islam), as they plan a suicide bomb attack on the London marathon. From the opening frames when the group argue over the stylistic choices of their homemade terrorist video you know that Four Lions is going to be a guide on how
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not to commit martyrdom. They have about as much knowledge on how to be terrorists as theoretical monkeys at typewriters have of Shakespeare; they might get there in the end but only by default. Leader Omar, the only intelligent member of the group, spends most of his time covering their tracks and reigning in Barry, who raises suspicion wherever he goes. Four Lions is terrifically and consistently funny. The ineptitude of the group to such a serious task is dark but fertile comedy ground. The film strikes a poignant note during scenes of Omar with his wife and son; both are aware and encouraging
of his plans. Getting married and having a child seem like life-affirming actions and this not being the case with Omar is the obstacle between viewer and protagonist that has to be there. He is after all intent on becoming a terrorist; otherwise, he’s likeable enough. Its uneasy subject matter is confrontational but comedy and tragedy are bound up together, with Four Lions, director Christopher Morris just tips the scales in favour of the former.
Naturally, there will always be those for whom the very words ‘musical theatre’ conjures thoughts of insipid melodies played out of tune by wimpy high school students on cheap instruments. But, frankly, Jesus Christ Superstar is a genuinely rocking rock opera. If it helps, don’t think of it as a musical. Think of it as a rock show of biblical proportions.
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THEATRE WHILE OTHERS SLEEP Judith Wright Centre This reviewer admits to becoming somewhat desensitised to the spectacle of contemporary dance due to the proliferation of big-budget reality television dance shows, where the razzle-dazzle can make other local dance shows seem anaemic by comparison. While Others Sleep is the definitive exception to this rule. We step into a dimly lit hotel bar where the chatter of voices melds together with the gentle clink of ice on glass and a hint of sequin winks seductively in the half-light. Dancers whisper about the stage as the live band, Misinterprotato, watches and follows their movements with lilting jazz, subtly weaving the music in between the dancers’ lithe limbs. Presented in three stunning vignettes, While Others Sleep is a playful dichotomy of sweet melancholy and pure sex. The work is best described by the poignant snapshots that
PAPER CUTS COLLECTIVE TRIPLE ZINE LAUNCH Friends, lovers and creators of itty bitty, indie magazines, get happy and go along to the triple zine launch and debut exhibition at the Bleeding Heart Gallery Wednesday Sep 1 to Friday Sep 3. After 35 years in the business, The Paper
REVIEW replay in your mind after the show has finished – a woman standing on a hotel bed watching rose petals fluttering from the ceiling in slow motion, the aching almost-was of a man and his absent lover, a foot being slipped into a sequinned slipper accompanied by a breathy whisper of “fabulous” from another patron in the darkened theatre, a flexed foot, a taut thigh, the slow path of sweat as it makes its way down a dancer’s chest. Television - eat your heart out. As a voyeuristic insight into the late night goings-on of strangers, the show unfolds as a rich study of yearning and loneliness, with a hint feather and a splash of champagne. Expect more than dance – While Others Sleep is a distinct collaboration of live music, acrobatics, theatre, dance and a touch of magic. As for recommendations, perhaps the best measure of whether a show is good or not is whether you want to rush out and tell your friends to see it. Friends, see this show. Until Saturday Aug 21 ALICE MUHLING Cuts Collective co-founders Bianca Valentino, Staples and Matt Limmer are launching their latest creations, respectively, the punk and hardcore based Conversations With Punx: A Spiritual Dialogue, the travel zine Whenever I See A Bearded Hobo On The Street, I’ll Think of You And Smile, and the art and graphic design infused Demolish 6. More info at papercutscollective.tumblr.com.
IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER MIA HANSEN-LØVE TALKS TO SCOTT HENDERSON ABOUT THE TRAGIC STORY OF A REMARKABLE FRENCH FILM LEGEND.
Trust the French to make a film about films where the producer is the star, of sorts. In Hollywood films such as The Bad And The Beautiful (1952), The Player (1992), and Swimming With Sharks (1994) directors have reveled in portrayals of producers as the bastards of the industry. Father Of My Children, 29-year-old
writer-director Mia Hansen-Løve’s second feature, is closer to a love letter not only to a knight in producer’s clothing, but by extension, and abstractly, independent film companies. Humbert Balsan produced 70 films in his career. If you discount those made pre-1990 when his time
was taken up in acting, Balsan as the head of an independent film company bestowed on the world 63 films in a period of 15 years; a genuinely astonishing feat. It all came to an end in 2005 when the charismatic figure of the industry took his life. Father Of My Children may not exactly be a biographical record of his last days, but its central character Grégoire Canvel (Louis-Do de Lencquesaing) is entirely inspired by Balsan’s spirit and legacy. “Humbert was someone who was taking enormous risks,” recalls Hansen-Løve who met the producer in 2004. “I don’t know any other French producer who is doing that in the same way; never making any compromises and only producing independent films. “Most of the independent film producers in France, even the more courageous ones, still need from time-to-time to produce a more conventional, commercial film. He would never do that but he was producing so many films at the same time and everyone admired him for that and also making fun of him. It was almost a joke, his name, because he was always producing five films at the same time but with no money.” In the film, which scored the Special Jury Prize in last year’s Un Certain Regard at Cannes, Grégoire is a force of nature; a whirlwind of cigarettes, mobile phones, and production problems. At home he
manages to divert some energy to his loving family without ever being 100 percent present, testing his wife’s patience. Regardless of the frustration he causes both at home and at work, Grégoire is roundly adored. “It is a portrait of him and his wife but my idea of the film was also as the last days of a film company,” explains the director. “The central question of the film was about the survival of the soul. How will his soul survive? Is it more through his family or through his films. “The title also has that ambiguity. Of course films are not children but this idea of the father is also true, I feel Humbert Balsan was some kind of spiritual father to me. This duality really interests me, this question of life, cinema and the relation between the two. Truffaut said ‘cinema is life’, and this is one of the questions of the film. Is cinema life? What is the relation between fiction and reality.” Few other than the French embody such a strong spiritual and cultural relationship with cinema. There exists an introspection Mia HansenLøve has identifies with and has tapped into. With Father Of My Children it is clear that Balsan’s legacy will long be remembered. “He was one of the most important encounters I ever made.” WHAT: Father Of My Children WHERE & WHEN: Screening in cinemas Thursday Aug 26
Redland Performing Arts Centre presents
A PHENOMENAL RHYTHMIC EXTRAVAGANZA
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SLICE OF LIFE
SPLICE IS THE NEW FILM FROM CUBE DIRECTOR VINCENZO NATALI. GUY DAVIS SPEAKS TO STAR DELPHINE CHANÉAC. Okay, so you’re making a movie about a pair of ambitious young biologists who get a little nutty in the lab one night and end up splicing together human and animal DNA to create a whole new species. And this species matures at an incredibly rapid rate, eventually growing into a bizarrely beautiful creature that has elements of a woman but also elements that...well, aren’t. Here’s the big question: how do you cast a role like that? Simple. You go to France. In Canadian writer-director Vincenzo Natali’s new film Splice, Oscar winner Adrien Brody and acclaimed actress/ filmmaker Sarah Polley play Clive and Elsa, the rockstar scientists behind this unprecedented and kinda misguided biology experiment. And cast as the human-animal hybrid Dren is French actress Delphine Chanéac, making a terrific impression in her first major
role with a performance that is intelligent, instinctive, beguiling, and strangely seductive. “At the beginning she is a little bit more animal and more and more she becomes more woman and more human,” says Chanéac. “Not more intelligent, but the intelligence becomes closer to human intelligence rather than animal. And her body is not like a human body – it is changed a little bit, which you’ll be able to see for yourself in the film.” While augmented by make-up and digital effects, Chanéac’s performance relies heavily on the actress’ own expressiveness and physicality. (As well, the bird-like chirping and cooing that is Dren’s voice was all Chanéac’s own doing, not synthesised as I had imagined.) Her eight years of experience in martial arts, particularly karate, helped a great deal in nailing
the physical aspects of the character. “They didn’t know that when I was cast,” she says with a laugh. “But it helped me because it helps you to control your body more when you practice something like karate. I think you have more control on your feet, on your arms and maybe on your mind. It helps you to focus on just one thing. For the stances [in Splice], I have to jump on a lot of people and I can do that because I can put my legs the way I need and I can control what I’m doing. I think karate is very good, whether for women or men or children or adults, because you are more focused, you can separate your mind – one part is for acting and one part is for how you move your body.” As Splice’s story progresses, the relationship between Clive and Elsa and Dren becomes less like a science project and more like a family
dynamic, with the two biologists taking on a parental role. Given that 30-year-old Chanéac is a little older than her screen ‘mother’ Polley, one has to wonder how that onscreen bond was developed. “I think of her like my mother and a friend,” says Chanéac. “When you are playing the role you are your character and if my character’s 11-years-old then I’m 11-years-old and if that’s my mother then that’s my mother. I can imagine that and I can integrate that in my mind. It’s okay. I’m very proud to play with Adrien and with Sarah because it’s just cool. “And Sarah’s very pretty so that’s good if she’s my mother!” WHAT: Splice WHERE & WHEN: Screening in cinemas now
About halfway through The Expendables, I realised my cheeks hurt from smiling too much. You’ve got to admit, that’s a good barometer of entertainment. The Expendables are a team of hard-bitten mercenaries led by Barney Ross (Sly Stallone) and his 2IC, knifeman Lee Christmas (Jason Statham). Also in the ranks are bloodthirsty Gunnar (Dolph Lundgren), high-kicking Yin Yang (Jet Li), and a couple of beefy ex-UFC and NFL types. Tasked by Mr Church (Bruce Willis) to take down a rogue CIA agent (Eric Roberts) puppeteering a tinpot dictator (David Zayas) in a small island nation, the team first scouts the island and then returns in force for full-scale war. Shit blows up, goons die in droves, there’re loud bangs, flames everywhere, and a dose of hand-to-hand action. Stunts go off. A chopper explodes. The end. I’m firm in my belief there ought to be more unashamed action movies
like this. Following hard on the heels of the likewise enjoyable The Losers and The A-Team, this is a menon-a-mission flick that revels in its cheesiness, its kitsch factor, and its throwback vibe. It’s entirely true to its own internal logic and, for that reason, charming as all hell. Weaned on the action giants of the 80s, there’s no way I wasn’t going to love this – despite all its flaws, its scenes that go nowhere, its setup dialogue that doesn’t pay off, and its paper-thin character development. While Sly’s a bit flat, Statham steals the show and Li shows some comic relief skills. And the visuals are topclass – while in the 80s audiences could only fantasise about this level of effects, in the first two minutes we see a dude being literally blown in half. It’s old-school action geek heaven, but everyone else probably just won’t get where it’s coming from. WHERE & WHEN: Screening in cinemas now BAZ McALISTER
BLACK BOOKS: THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTORS EDITION Shock DVD The question is: Do you need this? That all depends on how much of a fan of Black Books you are. Whilst there is absolutely no new material on the DVDs (although the labels on the DVDs themselves have been newly designed – is that enough?) you cannot go past the fact that this box set will look amazing on your shelf. Designed as a leather-bound book – an in-joke if ever there were one – this tome opens to reveal the complete three seasons packaged similarly to the first boxset Shock released (the cardboard one). Take this out of the ‘book’ and below you’ll find another box – it’s all a little like a Black Books babushka – which contains a waiter’s friend and wine bottle stopper. Between the last release of the box set and this one, the show’s star Dylan Moran has toured Australia three times and become a household name in the process. Co-star Bill Bailey has also ventured down under many times, done shows with orchestras, and become a stand-up legend. Tamsin Greig (Fran), meanwhile, has also gone on to Green Wing and just completed a run on West End in Douglas Carter Bean’s The Little Dog Laughed. Black Books is one of the greatest British television series ever created, and so, while there’s no need to purchase this if you’ve already got the series on DVD, you could always, you know, buy it, and give your old copy to a friend that’s yet to discover the show. (If you can find one.) DCR
Madman Entertainment Winner of the Audience Award for Best Fiction Feature at the 2009 Sydney Film Festival is at long last now available on DVD. A tense, haunting, and all engrossing drama, Five Minutes Of Heaven is unforgettable. Most significantly however, the latest film of director Oliver Hirschbiegel (Downfall, Das Experiment) presents a fictional account of the aftereffects of a tragically real event. Set in Belfast, the film begins in 1975. Joe Griffin is 11-years-old, playing with his soccer ball outside his family home, his older brother is watching TV inside. The audience already knows what’s going to happen, and yet each time the ball hits the wall tension builds exponentially. In the meantime, Alistair Little, a member of the Ulster Volunteer Force, is getting ready to kill a Catholic, his first kill. And his target is Joe’s brother. Fast forward 33 years and Joe (James Nesbitt) and Alistair (Liam Neeson) still have demons that need to be put to rest. Scriptwriter Guy Hibbert composed this extraordinary tale after working closely with the real-life Joe and Alistair, focusing on the question of what might happen should they ever meet. The tightly wound film uncoils with masterful precision thanks to the substantial effort of both cast and crew, and in particularly Nesbitt who crafts a commanding performance and the suspense built by the sound department. Extras include the trailer, two short interviews with Hirschbiegel and Nesbitt from ABC1’s At The Movies as well as a series of fascinating, candid, and revealing on-set interviews with cast and crew. ANITA CONNORS
Bleeding Heart Gallery On Dec 8 1975, in the height of Joh Bjelke-Petersen’s Queensland Premiership, just as Gough Whitlam was unceremoniously ousted as Prime Minister, 4ZzZ blasted onto the airwaves with The Who’s Won’t Get Fooled Again. In the midst of the conservatism that galvanised perceptions of Australia as lagging decades behind the rest of the worldand Queensland a decade or so even further delayed - the little Brisbane radio station that could began transmission. Thirty-five years on, 4ZzZ has survived a forcible eviction, nearriots, and an abject dearth of funding to establish itself as a Brisbane
I WANT YOU
MISFITS SERIES 1
Umbrella Entertainment With his controversial thriller The Killer Inside Me about to hit cinemas across the country, Umbrella is releasing I Want You (1998), one of Michael Winterbottom’s earlier dabbles into the crime genre, previously unavailable in Australia. A seaside drama of obsession, love, and intrigue, I Want You curiously unfolds in an almost dreamlike manner. Named after Elvis Costello’s 1986 track and set in the English town of Hastings, the elliptical film sees Martin (Alessandro Nivola) returning home after a long absence and stint in prison. He wants to reconnect with his former love Helen (Rachel Weisz). Meanwhile, nightclub singer Smokey (Labina Mitevska) finds herself drawn closer and closer to him. And listening in on all of this is Smokey’s mute, younger brother Honda (Luka Petrusic) who secretly records them at the most intimate of moments. As a stand-alone film, I Want You is compelling enough although not challenging in terms of story or performance. That said, the true appeal of the film lies in its ability to throw some light on the evolution of one of the most fascinating filmmakers working today. Moreover it serves to highlight the mixed effect that can result from Winterbottom’s directorial style, which relies on working quickly but efficiently, and for the cast to improvise as much as possible. In I Want You, the haunting flashes of greatness is overshadowed by its flat dialogue, and also by its oddly cold and aloof tone despite its emotive subject matter. Regardless, it’s a beautiful and original-looking film due to the cinematography and bold, colour filters of Slawomir Idziak. The film has the unnecessary rating of R18+ due to brief but casually graphic sex scenes and some heightened violence. No DVD extras. ANITA CONNORS
Roadshow If you’re not an ABC2 person yet, or have just been too busy being young and beautiful to sit down and watch free-to-air telly, you may have missed the strange, dark, and slightly twisted Misfits. It centres around a group of teenage(ish) petty crims on community service who get hit by lightening and with left with some strange, and sometimes unspecified, superpowers. This part of the plot is all over in the first few scenes, and is critical to the way the rest of the series plays out while being relatively bland when compared with the rest of the episodes. This writer’s advice, then, is to go in knowing that the first ep is a bit naff, but that the execution of the idea is well worth sticking with, particularly in terms of one liners by characters who are far from the usual superhero schmick, and the unnecessary (but funny) recurring emphasis on unusual sex. The cast is strong but all relatively unknown, with a touch of Skins to it in terms of targeting a younger audience by using younger characters with ‘young people’s issues’. Comparisons have also been made between Misfits and Buffy, and this is perhaps a better indication of how the recent show can make the slightly occult mix with pretty young things and a nice dose of humour. The English programme, like the US guilty pleasure, changes gear regularly and unexpectedly. It’s a short first series at just six episodes, so this disc might only last you an evening. However being left wanting more is much better than being bogged down in too much ‘getting to know you’. Bring on the follow-up. LIZ GIUFFRE
2010: A ZED ODYSSEY
FIVE MINUTES OF HEAVEN
legend. In an era in which we seem sadly more intent on replacing our icons - The Regent, Festival Hall in the name of development and gentrification Triple Zed remains defiantly relevant. The 4ZzZ Retrospective Exhibition currently showing at Bleeding Heart Gallery chronicles 4ZzZ’s history, displaying memorabilia dating from the radio station’s inception. Even the most cursory glance at the goods on display is an evocative reminder of the importance of an institution that over the past three-and-a-half decades has proved itself an invaluable, nigh-on permanently extended middle finger to mainstream media. The value of such an exhibition is greater than a simple appreciation of aesthetics: it’s easy to forget that icons are built not born; it’s
RUSSELL BRAND: MY BOXY WOX
THE NEW DAUGHTER
Roadshow Russell Brand made it for us in Oz as a movie man (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him To The Greek) or promoter of strange filmclips (Ponderland), however his stand-up is also well it. In case you missed his brief live-tour earlier this year, this double box set of Doing Life Live and Live is a more than ample replacement, not the least bit because you get Brand from the safety of your sofa and without the threat that he might come and mall you (watch the disc, you’ll see what I mean). Brand is known for his play with words, stringing unlikely adjectives together like a teased up piper and prancing over the line between manic ranting and nonsense. While his radioshow also used this technique (download and enjoy, as well as have a look at the extras on these DVDs), this tactic is even better with pictures as well as words. That’s not just because he is quite ridiculously handsome, in a bizarre man-in-his-30s-intight-pants way, but because the joke really, really lands best when you realise that it’s coming from someone who looks like he can barely write his name. The visuals aside, Brand also makes a fine storyteller, something that is the basis of good stand-up, and of these discs. Although both discs are quite old now (2006 and 2007), it’s also a lesson in what to let go of, as Brand’s sketches on first disc Live are good background but don’t suit him as well as being, well just the Brand brand himself. LIZ GIUFFRE
Roadshow The main character of this film is called John James. Allegory, you guys. He is an EVERYMAN. Every. Man. MAN. Men are great. You know what’s creepy though? Even creepier than someone thinking it was a good idea to cast Kevin Costner as a successful writer? Female sexuality. Hang on, I mean aliens, or ghosts, or something. Our hero moves to an isolated house in pretty, pretty South Carolina after his mean wife totally left him and he’s sole-raising a sweet little boy and a teenage girl who seems to be developing some kind of surly attitude toward her father. This, of course, is because she’s possessed by the ghost/alien/ god/spirit things that hang out in the burial mound in the backyard looking for someone to bear their spawn. Miscegenation? YIKES. As the daughter, Louisa, Ivana Baquero (Pan’s Labyrinth) is mainly called upon to roll her eyes at her father and run up and down the big pile of dirt and stick her hands in it and stuff. Hey, earth. Could this be a reference to. Like, fecundity or something? Whatever, she gets dirt all through the house and isn’t interested in her schoolwork. Kevin Costner researches the big dirt pile and finds out it’s of religious and historical significance, and therefore is probably what’s making his daughter go all weird. Anyway he ends up setting it on fire, and also there is a dead babysitter. It’s sort of like M. Night Shyamalan adapting Faulkner. No DVD extras. BETHANY SMALL
CINDERELLA COMES TO THE CON
easy to take them for granted, to expect that once established they’re somehow endowed with invincibility. Sometimes, then, we need to be reminded that the icons we’ve helped to build have as tenuous a grasp on the future as those we’ve chosen to tear down. Until Friday Aug 20 HELEN STRINGER
CAIRO TIME I love Patricia Clarkson. The Station Agent, Lars And The Real Girl, Six Feet Under – whatever she’s in, she stands out. Until now, it’s mainly been supporting roles so it’s wonderful to see her shine in this slow moving but quite enthralling film with amazing scenery of Cairo. Syrian-Canadian writer/director Ruba
Nadda has written a meditative tale about a 50-ish Canadian woman – magazine editor, Juliette – who’s thrown into a foreign culture and becomes intoxicated by it and a man she meets there. Juliette is met at the airport by Tareq (Alexander Siddig, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Syriana), who’s come in place of her husband, Mark. Mark’s been unavoidably detained while working for the U.N. in Gaza and has asked his former security officer to show his wife around. Juliette, who’s stared at and followed by men in the streets because of her bare clothing and fair skin, takes comfort in Tareq’s company, and the two become firm friends in the weeks that Mark is delayed. But feelings start to go deeper. Is either of them willing to go beyond the point of no return, thus throwing
The Queensland Conservatorium will be presenting the Jules Massenet opera Cinderella at the Conservatorium Theatre Sunday Sep 12 to Saturday Sep 18. Rarely performed in Australia and with only one internationally recorded version in existence, from the 1960s, this is a unique opportunity indeed. Performed in French, and running for four performances only, you can get tickets through Qtix. away their integrity and the love and trust of Mark? That, and the clash of cultures makes them cautious about acting on their feelings, and sets the film apart as one that doesn’t necessarily follow the traditional route of most western films of this kind. WHERE & WHEN: Screening in cinemas Thursday Aug 19 VICKI ENGLUND
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Tom Hall: Synths, lots of synths, toy keyboards, distortion pedals (upwards of two), Moog delay, laptop
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PERFORMING?
I’ve been performing live music for upwards of seven years. AXXONN has been in the public eye since December 2008.
YOU’RE ON TOUR IN THE VAN – WHICH BAND OR ARTIST IS GOING TO KEEP YOU HAPPY IF WE THROW THEM ON THE STEREO?
Mötley Crüe – anything from them up to Decade Of Decadence, following that No Anchor, Sunn O))), Taylor Deupree, Tim Hecker, Moby, Sonic Youth, Violent Soho, Melvins (no particular order after Mötley Crüe).
IF YOU COULD CHOOSE YOUR DESTINY HOW BIG WOULD YOU GET – WOULD YOU CONQUER THE WORLD OR BE HAPPY TO BE A BIG FISH IN A SMALL POND?
Not conquer the World as such, I mean if you’re in charge then people look at you when things fuck up. But deﬁ nitely big enough to demand more respect for artists in society in general. I mean the real ‘artist’ or ‘musician’ isn’t in it for the money, they just love to perform and present their passion for the people of the World, often with little in return.
WHICH BRISBANE BANDS/ ARTISTS BEFORE YOU HAVE BEEN AN INSPIRATION (MUSICALLY OR OTHERWISE)?
To be honest I’m not too knowledged up on past Brisbane bands. I mean obviously I know about The Saints, The Go-Betweens, Budd, Screamfeeder etc. but I don’t derive inspiration from them (no disrespect intended). I’m more about the NOW, bands like Violent Soho, No Anchor, Little Scout, Nikko and the passion and their honesty towards their sound. But probably more so places and people inspire me like The Loﬂy Hanger, Tim at Tyms Guitars, Big Dawg and even my local coﬀee shop in New Farm, Le Bouquiniste, they inspire me and without them AXXONN/myself wouldn’t be what it is or where it is now!
WHICH PUB OR BAR IN BRISBANE ARE WE MOST LIKELY TO FIND YOU FREQUENTING?
I don’t actually frequent any ‘bars’ as such, not a big drinker. But places I dig attending and you’ll most likely ﬁnd me are The Hanger, The Club House, Burst City, Kuan Yin, Le Bouquiniste, The Judith Wright Centre and Merthyr Village that’s pretty much it. If you can’t ﬁnd me at one of these above then chances are I’m away on tour.
WHAT REALITY TV SHOW WOULD YOU ENTER AND WHY?
I actually detest ‘reality’ TV. I mean it just appears to be too contrived. I mean it really should be called ‘Realtime’ TV. I mean reality TV is watching the Bathurst 1000 or football or something similar, that’s ‘really’ happening and having a ‘real’ aﬀect on people lives not just those involved. I actually don’t even have a TV, I would rather have a jam. I probably watch about 20 hours of TV a year if that.
IF YOU HAD TO PLAY A SPORT INSTEAD OF BEING A MUSICIAN WHICH SPORT WOULD IT BE AND WHY WOULD YOU BE TRIUMPHANT?
Deﬁnitely car racing! I’d love to race the Bathurst 1000 and if I couldn’t do that I’d drive a Top Fueler or Top Door Slammer Drag Car I mean there isn’t much, more exhilarating than driving a car at 270+kph. To this day I still run almost daily so failing the car racing fantasy it would be athletics. I’d be triumphant because I pretty much obsess over anything I work towards.
WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE FOR YOU MUSICALLY IN THE SHORT TERM?
After much shopping around AXXONN is ﬁnally about to drop a full-length album on USELESS ART RECORDS in Australia and NZ. The single Let’s Get It Straight is out Aug 19 (when I support PVT at The Zoo) and the album is out mid-October followed by a national tour. After that overseas tours are in the pipeline as the album drops in the UK/EU/JP/USA later this year also. AXXONN plays The Zoo (with PVT) on Thursday Aug 19.
Pic by Brad Marsellos
GIG OF THE WEEK
DEAD LETTER CIRCUS: The Zoo Aug 18 EXTORTION: YAC Aug 18, Snitch Aug 19, Black Box Aug 20, Shed 5 Aug 21 BASEMENT BIRDS: The Tivoli Aug 21 MIDNIGHT JUGGERNAUTS: The Hi-Fi Aug 21 OLD MAN RIVER: The Tivoli Aug 21 GRINSPOON: Great Northern Aug 22 THE CAT EMPIRE: The Tivoli Aug 25, Beach Hotel Aug 26, Coolangatta Hotel Aug 27, The Tivoli Aug 28 CABINS: Neverland Aug 26, The Troubadour Aug 27 BLOOD DUSTER: Globe Theatre Aug 28
BLISS N ESO: The Tivoli Aug 20 MIDNIGHT JUGGERNAUTS: The Hi-Fi Aug 21
RAFAEL ANTON IRISARRI: Judith Wright Ctr Aug 19 SCARY KIDS SCARING KIDS: The Hi-Fi Aug 27, Coolangatta Hotel Aug 28 DEATH BEFORE DISHONOR: Club 299 Aug 31, The Fort Sep 1 L.A. GUNS: Step Inn Sep 2 NAPALM DEATH: The Hi-Fi Sep 3 SOULFLY, CITY OF FIRE: The Hi-Fi Sep 7 LULO REINHARDT: Byron Community Ctr Sep 9 THE CHECKS: The Troubadour Sep 9, X & Y Bar Sep 10 THE WONDER YEARS: Globe Theatre Sep 9, The Fort Sep 10 BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE: Riverstage Sep 11 CANCER BATS: The Zoo Sep 11 ATTACK ATTACK!: Albert Waterways Sep 17, The Hi-Fi Sep 18 &19 ENTER SHIKARI: The Hi-Fi Sep 21 & 22 OVERKILL: The Hi-Fi Sep 23 YOU ME AT SIX: The Fort Sep 23, The Hi-Fi Sep 24 MAYHEM: The Hi-Fi Sep 25 PETER HOOK AND FRIENDS: The Tivoli Sep 27 EMILIE SIMON, MELANIE PAIN: Brisbane Powerhouse Oct 1 EXODUS: The Hi-Fi Oct 4 BEN KWELLER, DELTA SPIRIT: The Hi-Fi Oct 5 AGAINST ME!: The Hi-Fi Oct 7 ALEXISONFIRE: The Tivoli Oct 7 JONNEINE ZAPATA: The Zoo Oct 7 GBH: The Zoo Oct 13 BEDOUIN SOUNDCLASH: The Zoo Oct 15 DEAD MEADOW: Globe Theatre Oct 15 RUFUS WAINWRIGHT: QPAC Oct 15 SAGE FRANCIS: Step Inn Oct 16 BARONESS: The Zoo Oct 17 PARAMORE: Riverstage Oct 17 METALLICA: BEC Oct 16, 18 & 19 CONCRETE BLONDE: The Hi-Fi Oct 19 PAUL WELLER: The Tivoli Oct 19 & 20 SOILWORK: The Hi-Fi Oct 21 MIRAH: Lofly Hangar Oct 22 GUTTERMOUTH: Surfers Paradise Beer Garden Oct 27, Fusion Villa Noosa Oct 29, The Hi-Fi Oct 30 MOUSE ON MARS: The Zoo Oct 27 ICE CUBE: The Tivoli Oct 30 ED KOWALCZYK: The Hi-Fi Nov 2 LEONARD COHEN: BEC Nov 6 CROWDED HOUSE: Brisbane Convention Ctr Nov 9 THE CHARLATANS: The Hi-Fi Nov 10 OWL CITY: The Tivoli Nov 11 SHIHAD: The Zoo Nov 12, Neverland Nov 13 MANIC STREET PREACHERS: The Hi-Fi Nov 13 DESPISED ICON: The Hi-Fi Nov 14 MUSE: BEC Dec 5 & 6 HOT WATER MUSIC, BOUNCING SOULS: The Zoo Dec 11 BLONDIE, THE PRETENDERS: Sirromet Wines Dec 12 JACK JOHNSON: Riverstage Dec 13 GORILLAZ: BEC Dec 19 MISFITS: The Hi-Fi Feb 6 RIHANNA: BEC Feb 25 THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS: Riverstage Mar 4
SCARY KIDS SCARING KIDS: The Hi-Fi Aug 27 DAN KELLY & HIS DREAM BAND: The Spiegeltent Sep 9 THOUSAND NEEDLES IN RED: The Step Inn Sep 10, Swell Tavern, Gold Coast Sep 11 TAKE ACTION TOUR: Albert Waterways, Gold Coast Sep 17, The Hi-Fi Sep 18 (18+), The Hi-Fi Sep 19 (all ages) BIRDS OF TOKYO, SILVERSUN PICKUPS: Brisbane Convention Centre Sep 24 THE PARADISE MOTEL: The Troubadour Oct 1 RICHARD IN YOUR MIND, PIKELET: Coolangatta Hotel Oct 1, The Club House Oct 2 THE HOLIDAYS: The Troubadour Oct 2 BELLINGEN GLOBAL CARNIVAL: Bellingen Oct 2-4 CLARE BOWDITCH: Surfers Paradise Beergarden Oct 7, The Hi-Fi Oct 8
DISCO NAP THE TROUBADOUR, FRIDAY AUG 20 The ever-faithful Urban Dictionary might deﬁne a “disco nap” as a short nap you take before heading out for a serious bout of clubbing, but there’s nothing in this new project from former Iron On mainstay Ross Hope that makes you feel like taking a kip. Disco Nap are releasing their sterling debut album Running Red Lights at The Troubadour on Friday night, and they’ve enlisted an equally powerful roster of local talent to help them celebrate the milestone. Support on the night will come from local singer-songwriter Dan Parsons – himself fresh from pushing his debut long-player Firestarter and taking out ‘Best Pop Song’ at last week’s Q Song awards – and local up-and-comers Blame Ringo, while Scott Bromiley (The John Steel Singers), Jane Elliott (Ed Kuepper) and Hannah Griﬃths (Golden Virtues) have also been roped in to add their considerable talents on the night. Get some sleep now, you’re gonna need it!
SMUDGE: The Troubadour Oct 9 SAGE FRANCIS, DEXTER, HORRORSHOW: The Step Inn Oct 16 SARAH BLASKO: Nambour Civic Centre Oct 19, QPAC Oct 21, Stereo, Southport Oct 22 SHIHAD: The Zoo Nov 12 FESTIVAL OF THE SUN: Port Macquarie Dec 11-12 THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS: Brisbane Riverstage Mar 4, 2011
SENSES FAIL, MISSION IN MOTION, SLEEPERS, THE DREAM THE CHASE
Slash @ The Tivoli by Silvana Macarone
THE HI-FI: 12.08.10 On a big bill of melodic post-punk and hardcore, local lads The Dream, The Chase open up proceedings in suitable sonic fashion. If no-one took their styled hair and hip threads seriously for the ﬁrst minute, the ﬁrst breakdown certainly puts the crowd on notice. The boys have the licks to back up the looks, the three-guitar attack thickening out their sound and also allowing for some premium, cutting solos from guitarist Grant Crowther that recall the brilliance of Thursday’s Steve Pedulla. Sleepers are next on the agenda and although they originally look like four blokes waiting to pee on a fence, the loop quickly drops, the rhythm gives way and the wall of noise quickly grips those present. The set ﬂows naturally and with precision, sans fence peeing of course, and the drumming is incredibly tight throughout yet so nonchalant. Considering the singer is a temporary ﬁ ll-in for their normal frontman, the Gold Coast lads do themselves proud tonight, ﬁnal song Caviar Dream ﬁnishing the set in squelching electronic moodiness.
SLASH, JUKE KARTEL THE TIVOLI: 12.08.10 Medics on site at your service and with enough goodwill between veteran rockers, fashionistas, mums, sons and security, the atmospherics make for a pleasant change at such a tight gathering. Even the pretentious are accepted as Juke Kartel take the stage. Swaying to the sound of money ﬁ lling their deep pockets, the sharp rhythm section, astute guitarists and a perfectly capable singer choose to stay well within the boundaries of the bland. Seconds in, Slash and his chosen comrades appear as if they have been together for centuries. Alter Bridge vocalist Myles Kennedy boasts strength and heights that his predecessors could only dream of. “You’re full of electricity tonight” the frontman gushes before leading into Snakepit’s Mean Bone – his stature and dexterity full of class. Up this close, Slash stuns with his ﬁnger-work, throwing every inch of himself into his craft. Classically beating the ﬂoor with his feet, he thunders through Night Train with the ﬁrst lyrical roar from the crowd pushing him further into his own steadfast insanity.
“I need to get in the mood, someone show me their tits...only joking – I’m a gentleman...” grins the softly spoken legend as he picks up his Gibson once more to pay homage to Velvet Revolver works and appropriately theme the interval in true Godfather style. Sweet Child O’ Mine brings pain and busted ankles to the largest of men. Soberly enjoying his new material as much as the old, the main attraction breathes steady as he traditionally ﬂ ips his six-string behind his head to deliver a stunning display of pure musicianship.
Although it’s easy to get wrapped up in the great Raul Duke’s verbal sprouting being piped through between bands, The Mission In Motion are ready to take the stage so unfortunately the doctor has to be silenced. Soon though, all is forgiven, their tuneful and oﬀensively catchy tunes winning many new fans over as the crowd ﬁnally beginsto swell. Try and imagine a young Meatloaf fronting Taking Back Sunday, except they’re from Sydney and can actually perform live, and you begin to get the basic idea. There is two things you can’t deny in rock music – pure talent and performance level, elements these boys hold in weight. It’s a ﬂawless display of emotive, spiky rock; current single New Skin as close to pop perfection as you can get in three minutes.
Despite the shock-box strapped to his heart, Slash displays no sign of fatigue as he satisﬁes his unquenchable thirst to entertain. By Th e Sword, Communication Breakdown and the ﬁ nale of Paradise City (extended guitar solo included) are unleashed two hours after the show’s inception. Overwhelmed and not shy of the microphone, the lead guitarist takes the time to thank Brisbane for an incredible night – leaving many ﬁ rmly grasping their liquid assets refusing to admit they have somewhere else to be.
And understandably, after such a polished performance, New Jersey headliners Senses Fail sound a bit rusty with their harmonies early. But the band seems to feed oﬀ the ecstatic crowd tonight and soon we’re right in the middle of a sweaty and raucous rock show. Taking evenly from their three albums, all the classics get an airing; the call to arms of Bonecrusher, the unrelenting Lungs Like Gallows, and the gruﬀ, much-loved Bloody Romance. Great bass work peppers the set throughout and the drum sound is brutal, eﬃcient and eﬀective while Buddy Nielsen’s inane banter in-between songs never falters, even when it looks like the crowd may turn. By the time Can’t Be Saved gets an airing, the result of the night is mere formality. Four hours of killer tunes is a hell of a way to enjoy a weeknight.
TOUR GUIDE THE BEDROOM PHILOSOPHER: The Tivoli Aug 28, Old Museum Aug 29, Great Northern Aug 29 CROW: The Zoo Aug 29 THE AMITY AFFLICTION: Byron Bay High School Sep 2, Albert Waterways Sep 3 WASHINGTON: The Zoo Sep 2, Joe’s Waterhole Sep 3 FABULOUS DIAMONDS: Burst City Sep 3 POWDERFINGER: Gold Coast Convention Ctr Sep 3, Riverstage Sep 4 & 5, University of Southern QLD Oct 9, Riverstage Nov 10, 12 & 13 SKIPPING GIRL VINEGAR: The Troubadour Sep 3 CHILDREN COLLIDE: The Zoo Sep 10, Great Northern Sep 11 THOUSAND NEEDLES IN RED: Step Inn Sep 10, Swell Tavern Sep 11 OLD MAN RIVER: The Spotted Cow Sep 11, Brisbane Festival Sep 12 MARK SHOLTEZ: Judith Wright Ctr Sep 17 REGURGITATOR: The Tivoli Sep 18, Great Northern Sep 19 PARKWAY DRIVE: Riverstage Sep 22, Byron Bay High School Sep 23 JOHN BUTLER TRIO, BLUE KING BROWN: Riverstage Sep 23. Empire Theatre Sep 24 MM9: Miami Tavern Sep 23, Step Inn Sep 24 ANGUS AND JULIA STONE: The Tivoli Sep 24 – 26 BIRDS OF TOKYO: Brisbane Convention Ctr Sep 24 CALLING ALL CARS: Neverland Sep 24, X & Y Sep 25, Great Northern Sep 26 BOY & BEAR: Great Northern Hotel Sep 30, Soundlounge Oct 1, The Zoo Oct 2 RICHARD IN YOUR MIND: Spotted Cow Sep 30, Coolangatta Hotel Oct 1, Club House Oct 2 AMY MEREDITH: The Zoo Oct 1, Coolangatta Hotel Oct 2, Great Northern Oct 3 MILES AWAY: The Fort Oct 1, Rosie’s Oct 2, YAC Oct 3 THE HOLIDAYS: Elsewhere Oct 1, The Troubadour Oct 2 THE PARADISE MOTEL: The Troubadour Oct 1 CLARE BOWDITCH: Surfers Paradise Beer Garden Oct 7, The Hi-Fi Oct 8, Irish Club Toowoomba Oct 10 SEABELLIES: The Troubadour Oct 7 DIESEL: The Zoo Nov 6 SMUDGE: The Troubadour Oct 9 TAME IMPALA: The Tivoli Oct 16 SARAH BLASKO: Nambour Civic Ctr Oct 19, QPAC Oct 21, Stereo Oct 22, Byron Ctr Oct 23 & 24 CLOUD CONTROL: Beach Hotel Byron Bay Oct 21, The Zoo Oct 22, Coolangatta Hotel Oct 23 AIRBOURNE: The Hi-Fi Oct 23 PENDULUM: The Tivoli Nov 3 & 4
BRISBANE GYPSY JAZZ FESTIVAL: Brisbane Powerhouse Aug 26 – 28 NOOSA JAZZ FESTIVAL: Various Noosa venues Sep 2 - 5 FRANKLY!: Brisbane Powerhouse Sep 4 BRISBANE FESTIVAL: Spiegeltent King George Square Sep 5 – 23 BIGSOUND: Fortitude Valley Sep 8 – 9 REGGAETOWN: Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park Sep 10 – 11 VALLEY FIESTA: Fortitude Valley Sep 10 – 12 PARKLIFE: Gold Coast Parklands Sep 25 OPEN FRAME: Brisbane Powerhouse Oct 6–7 CALOUNDRA MUSIC FESTIVAL: Kings Beach Park Oct 8 – 10 BAM! FESTIVAL: Ivory Rocks Conference Ctr Oct 10 – 12 EQUINOX ROCKS 2010: Ramblers Drop Zone Oct 16 600 SOUNDS MUSIC FESTIVAL: Broadwater Parklands Oct 22 – 24 A DAY ON THE GREEN: Sirromet Wines Nov 14 FESTIVAL OF THE SUN: Sundowner Breakwall Tourist Park Dec 10 & 11
ART VS. SCIENCE, TIM AND JEAN, JINJA SAFARI
Eels @ The Tivoli by Alex Gillies
THE HI-FI: 13.08.10 There’s still a lot of movement through the doors but Sydney’s Jinja Safari take to their vine-covered microphones and introduce us to Hiccups and within an instant the upbeat infectious continental drumbeats and ﬂickering synth have brightened the room. Mainmen Marcus Azon and Pepa Knight have a strong MGMT feel about them and have brought a full array of instrumentation to continue their worldly sound – one of the stranger moments is proving to be Pepa dancing around the stage with a Sitar for Peter Pan. The unfamiliarity of the set list means nothing to this crowd and they appear happy to dance away to anything the pair throw at them, ending with a cheery ﬂyer in Forest Eyes. After a strong start to the night Tim And Jean have to bring their best, but it seems they might as well have not shown up. Taking a ‘too cool for school’ approach, the pair stands stone faced in front of their synths and expect the music to do the talking for them, unfortunately, if your music sounds like shit, its only saying that you look like an arse. Failing to take advantage of a hyped crowd kills the life of their set and they only manage to stir some energy in the room with current single Come Around.
EELS, LAURA IMBRUGLIA THE TIVOLI: 13.08.10 Who opens with a talking vulture ventriloquist act? The Eels do! It’s silly but not surprising – like watching an episode of The Muppets. Laura Imbruglia on the other hand might be a serious musician, and this not her ﬁrst Eels tour, but she still doesn’t ﬁt the mould tonight. Her rougharound-the-edges acoustic folk-pop lacks the pizzazz that we came here for. Eels mainman E cuts a distinctive ﬁgure – and not in the traditional sense. In stark white overalls, wraparound shades, a low-slung bandanna and a lower hanging bush of a beard, tonight he’s the mechanic who never made it to the garage or the biker who’s never seen the bitumen. Setting oﬀ slow and safe, the ﬁrst few tunes are just E and his electric. With a catalogue of more than 100 songs, you’re assured an eclectic mix and with 3 Speed and Daisies Of The Galaxy dusted oﬀ the band appear and burst out of the blocks with the stomp of Prizeﬁghter. Coming from an LA man, you’d think he’d like some cooler weather, but no! With the decree “Fuck winter!” our bearded brigade hit their stride with The Lovin’ Spoonful’s Summer In The City. It’s a surprise, but it shows the reverence E applies to his place on stage – it’s a good time or no time at all! With a full head of steam, no less than three guitarists and the unbreakable rhythm section of stalwarts Koool G Murder and Knuckles, Tremendous Dynamite has a tenacity that’s sweetened only by In My Dreams and In My Younger Days, with pedal steel emphasising the emotional high seas that come with the territory. The songs are bold and brash, tender and lilting and it’s not until well into the set that you start to notice the quirks of this band, the ﬁ ne threads adorning the members, the fact they’ve all donned sunglasses and the huge trophies atop some of the amps – on stage, E is a man who makes his own reality. A rip-roaring remake of My Beloved Monster leads the next swagger-ﬁ lled chapter of the set, along with the yelps of Fresh Blood and howls of Dog-Faced Boy. With the songs already ballsy, drummer Knuckles lets ﬂy with a song by him, about him and including a tidy solo to boot. Mr E’s Beautiful Blues puts the swivel in your hips and I Like Birds puts the punk in your rock.
THE TIGER AND ME, BANG BANG BOSS KELLY, INLAND SEA, LIAM GRIFFIN THE GLOBE: 13.08.10 There’s no-one here tonight, and yet that’s perfectly okay. In the Globe’s kitsch-patched lobby there’s a group of people small enough to count on one hand, and they’re swapping drinks and conversation-eyes with bandmates; rewarded for their loyalty with the intimacy special to small showings. Unperturbed by the tiny turnout, Brisbane singer-songwriter Liam Griﬃ n takes the Martian stage, and, armed only with his guitar, breathes the beginning of a hushed set of intimate croonings. Skipping from a husky opener, into a whispery Shutters, before swinging into the warm, innocent acoustics of Starry Night, the room’s a content and jovial still. From one, then, to many more, as Inland Sea scamper about their set-up. Still three members short of their usual line-up, the merry seven-piece launch into a twee-tiful set of Arcade Fire by way of Anathallo-like choral pieces. Espousing an unpretentious indie-sweetness, the band sweep through songs of endless-summer sounds, the breathy draws of strings-bows ebbing around the room like sighs from across the sea. Drawing to a close with a fragile ﬁve-part a cappella piece, the band fell the crowd into a mesmeric quiet, everyone just-about remembering to breathe when they ﬁ nish. Bang Bang Boss Kelly, a band who bring a grunt of tatts and wild hair to the soft evening, have an image which immediately clicks once they launch into a set of Mumford-lite banjo-driven jangle-spaz. Their thick, four-man guitar sound slices curtly through drummer Bos’s acoustic blast-beats, as they power through their hillbilly-on-Red Bull set; a blistering mix of punk-infused folk, and angst-eﬀ using vocals. Closing on the heels of the anthemic Rock In Ruin, and crushing Shiny Girls, the guys leave in a tornado of noise.
With composure regained the band return, but all the bluster and all the beards mean nothing as soon as the opening refrain of I’m Going To Stop Pretending That I Didn’t Break Your Heart reach your ears. Th is is the home run that goes to show just how great a pop songwriter E is. The end comes with A Magic World, the soft landing to a rambunctious night.
At last, the wondrous polka-folk stylings of Melbourne’s single-launchers The Tiger And Me steal the stage. Alight with the deep reds, blacks, and stripes of cabaret cloth, the ﬁery band snarl and crackle their way through the bombastic Big Trapeze, a song which, at its stunningly beautiful “…nobody wants this…” refrain, has hearts raw and slippery in mouths. Th rough march-tempo I Left Th e Wolves… following that, the euro-folk creaks of Tobias’s accordion sneak around a thick, Spanish inﬂuence; their sound atop that ringing with a wondrous Morricone inevitability, as the band move then into Many Th ings. Th is track sees Tobias taking lead singing duties from erstwhile front-people Ade and Jane; his voice bringing a heart-stoppingly soulful curl to the rich textures seething around the ﬂoor. The sultry, velveteen origin-song Waltz #1 and its truly revelatory chorus slink around the room next, before the night is lovingly lost in the pared-down, otherworldly Til Sunrise. Brisbane can’t have these guys back soon enough.
Freeing himself from his guitar, E burns the script and marauds the stage in equal parts song and scat for the swingin’ groove of Gershwin’s Summertime. Oh! That’s right, fuck winter! Now E’s throwing iceblocks out into the audience and groovin’ like it’s a James Brown thing – so much so that it takes him several goes to ﬁnally end the set and leave the stage.
Thanks to the previous set, most of the room is now well-and-truly drunk when the lights dim and every ﬁnal inch of the sold out room is taken for Art vs. Science. With a pulsating strobe backing, the trio slam their way into New World Order, while the crowd gets rowdier by the second, keyboardist Jim Finn thrashing back and forth in a strangely metal fashion, while the bow-tied Dan McNamee keeps his lips pressed ﬁrmly to the microphone. Friend In The Field cues a mass of spiralling lasers through the air and makes you realised the gravity of their singles, running back-to-back with Magic Fountain and smash hit Parlez Vous Francais? they also nudge in a blistering cover of Electric Six’s Gay Bar. There is no stopping the AvS juggernaut tonight as they pile on the tracks to a sweating and sweltering room, pushing their tower of energy to a crashing ﬁnish of Hollywood to smash the end of a highly successful night. MARK BERESFORD
4ZZZ BEYOND THE BANANA CURTAIN CD LAUNCH: SIXFTHICK, MONSTER ZOKU ONSOMB! TURNPIKE, NIKKO. THE ZOO: 14.08.10 With a guest violinist swelling their numbers, dark frontier rockers Nikko open tonight’s celebration of the release of 4ZzZ’s new compilation album Beyond The Banana Curtain. Starter Wedding Song builds from overlapping labyrinthine soundscapes to tumbling crescendos. Pulling things back a bit the band play slower brooding songs You Are Loved and The Miner with singer Ryan Potter channelling Leonard Cohen’s sparse vocal intensity. As violinist Adam plucks into Never Danced the song winds into keening shoegaze. Building from swelling feedback the band bring the insistent pressure of closer The Warm Side. Turnpike play a mostly instrumental set of rapidﬁre riﬀ-changing songs. Although individually skilful and intuitively locking onto each other’s sound the music comes oﬀ as more jam-based and needs that extra layer of cohesion to better deﬁne their sound. However the sound is better realised on non-instrumental songs such as Same Basic Elements and Monuments. Introduced as Brisbane’s “weirdest band” Monster Zoku Onsomb! take the room to another dimension of cinematic sci-ﬁ/techno jungle with the crowd connecting to the free energy of their performance. Turning on a theatrical performance from opener Sine Suicide Wave vocalist Miss P. Leisure and keyboardist Sharkie Bubba dance in skeleton leotards with vocals processed through robotic ﬁlters, while Mexican wrester/guitarist Senor Tasty Taste chimes in and moose-hatted Kiki ILL! works the sampler. Leisure and Bubba choreograph their dances for Children Of The Atom while Taste ditches the guitar for the line dance on S Tinkerbell. Re-vamping spiritual ode Tequila to a dance track the night culminates in Taste dispensing the medicine to appreciative bandmates and audience members. Veteran garage slam punks SixFtHick urge their audience forward and start with sultry rocker White Light,Wet Heat as guitarist Dan Babeler pulls woozy blues guitar breaks while Ben and Geoﬀ Corbett storm the stage graunching out their vocals. Firing up with trademark energy the band tear through songs with bassist Tony Giacca joining the Corbett brothers on the lip of the stage while Fred hammers the drums. Geoﬀ brieﬂy reﬂects on the band’s 15 years and their shared history with 4ZzZ before they dispel any notion of mellowing with Ben putting it bluntly in Live Girls. The Corbetts share a drink from a borrowed shoe before Acquaintances, Smoking In Bed and the menacing Payday For Peewee. Older favourites Daddy’s Home and the darkly humourous I Was Just Cleaning It And It Went Oﬀ, ﬁnish oﬀ what has been a ﬁtting tribute to the work of Brisbane’s ﬁnest community radio station. BILL JOHNSTON
CAN I GET IT ON THE GOOD FOOT?
THEY’VE GOT A MESSAGE They’ve only been playing together for a year or so, but Matt Joe Gow and the Dead Leaves are the kind of band who sound like they’ve known each other for far longer than that. As young fella, Gow had a deep love of country music, both old and new, and he has channelled that love into song over the past couple of years and come up with a stellar selection of material that shows his inﬂuence stretches from Johnny Cash through to Bob Dylan up to Whiskeytown and Wilco. The band’s debut album is called The Messenger and the latest single from it is The Light – you can bet you’ll be hearing it when they head up for a big show at Ric’s Bar on Thursday Aug 26 with Phil Smith and The Lights. Entry is free and fun begins from 8.30pm.
KEEP A CLEAR CONSCIENCE
American singer-songwriter David Rovics prides himself on performing “songs of social signiﬁcance” and he is just about to head back to Australia for his third ever tour of our country at the end of this month. He has plenty of free space in his schedule so he is encouraging anyone who might want to put him on a show to get in touch; you can ﬁnd him at davidrovics.com. He already has some great shows planned though and you can catch him at the CEPU Hall on Peel St in South Brisbane tonight (Wednesday) and Maleny’s UpFront Club on Thursday. If you want to hear what he’s all about, he has over 200 songs up on the net, check the aforementioned site for the link!
There’s a brand new night packed full of funked up ﬂ avour hitting Brisbane’s home of funk, The Press Club, each and every Thursday night. Ol’ School Thursdays will feature a live ﬁve-piece band by the name of Funky Miracle breaking things down for ya in the slick, groovy surrounds of this hot night spot. The band take their cues from acts like The Meters but put a uniquely Australian spin on things, which makes things nice and interesting. The band have released two albums over the years but the live show is where the funk really comes into its own. The show kicks oﬀ from 9pm each and every Thursday night.
We wouldn’t be surprised if you have heard a bit from local band Returns lately. Their track Dead End Shuﬄ e was featured on Blunt Magazine’s Loud Noises compilation last year and they recently played the ﬁ nal ever show at the QUT Guild Bar to their adoring fanbase. But the most important thing for these local lads of late has been working hard on their debut album Sinking Ships which is now ﬁ nally complete and ready to launch. And what a launch it will be! The band are lining up alongside some of their favourite friends in the Brissie scene in a quality bill of loud, live and local hard rock. As well as Returns, punters will be treated to sets from Th is Collision, RVLR and Arctic, which is pretty much entertainment guaranteed right there. The Globe Theatre is the venue, Friday Aug 27 is the date and rock is the real winner in all of this. Grab a ticket from OzTix now, it’s just $12.25.
“Almost everyone knows a Steve,” says local musician Steve Case. And you know what, he’s right. He also realised that a number of people named Steve are musicians – and so the idea for The Th ree Steves was born. On Friday night three blokes named Steve are getting together for an intimate evening of song and you’re invited along to watch it all unfold. West End’s Inspire Gallery and Bar is the venue and Case will be joined by Steve Grady and Steve Tyson for what could well be the best ever line up of artists only by the name of Steve that Brisbane has seen in quite some time. If your name is Steve, we suggest you get up and sing a song with them. If it’s not, be quiet and listen.
SIX PACK RUSSIAN KIDD GOLD COAT ELECTROPOPROCK UPANDCOMERS RUSSIAN KIDD DON’T SOUND MUCH LIKE ANYTHING ELSE OUT THERE. VOCALIST/GUITARIST EVERT DU PLESSIS AND TONY MCMAHON CATCH UP FOR A CHAT ABOUT COMBINING GRACE AND EDGE. that they sound so... together? Du Plessis says that it’s all about give and take. “We sometimes wonder ourselves how the concoction of so many various styles and backgrounds could ever work. I guess each member of the group brings their own style to the table yet still works toward a uniﬁed sound. Compromising is an essential ingredient to our sound developing the way it has, perhaps allowing each musician to just do what they do best on their instrument and experimenting until it ﬁts or sounds together.” “There are a number of things that we hope to achieve when we compose our lyrics and music,” says du Plessis. “We want our lyrics to be real and powerful and sometimes you just need that fast beat and strong chord progression to accompany the story. Powerful drums, sharp melodies and catchy electro hooks would perhaps be the recipe to our so called edge. We realised that we had the ability to resonate an alternative sound but completely back it up with a foundation of musicality, intricate harmonies, graceful piano breakdowns and project a certain softness. The combination of these elements allowed us to ﬁnd a sound that was very dynamic and surprisingly natural.” And given Russian Kidd’s eclectic mix of backgrounds, cultures and inﬂuences, how is it
According to du Plessis, punters going along to a Russian Kidd live show will leave with altered brain chemistry, but perhaps not in the way they might expect. “Expect to ﬁnd yourself moving to our music, perhaps even singing along. We smile a lot, we have fun on stage and we don’t hide it. We believe in our songs, we believe in what we do and we are going to try our best to capture your attention. Expect to leave the gig with one of our tunes in your head.” WHO: Russian Kidd WHERE & WHEN: The Loft Saturday Aug 21, Swinging Safari Friday Aug 27
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SHORTFASTREPORT Hardcore and punk with Stu Harvey firstname.lastname@example.org “My dog ate it”, “my Internet was down”, “I have no idea what that stain is”, “I didn’t know she was your girlfriend”; all great excuses. This week Pennywise tried to join that Hall Of Fame excuse list with “we thought it was someone else’s bus”. You see last week as the Warped Tour hit Denver a little incident occurred between Pennywise and Alesana, which ended up with Fletcher from Pennywise getting tasered by the cops and making one of the quotes of the year. Let’s take it from the start, on Tuesday Alesana frontman Shawn Milke issues a statement; “Just to clear the air of any rumours, last night upon returning to our bus after a night out with friends, both our band and our tour manager were attacked blindly by by two very drunk members of Pennywise.” Once Wednesday rolled around and the Pennywise boys had had enough time to sober up they told their side of the story; “We were coming back from a bar across the way from the Warped buses in Denver after the show had ended. We saw what we thought was the RV of Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band. They were driving a very distinctive RV, and I thought it was the only one on the tour. Apparently Alesana have the exact same van. We walked in and nobody was there, so we sat down thinking somebody’s gonna pop up or something. That’s around when [Alesana’s] tour manager came onboard and said, ‘What are you guys doing here? Who are you? You need to get out of our vehicle’. He was totally in the right. It was a situation where we thought we were in one place, and the tour manager for Alesana didn’t recognise us. Of course, if the roles were reversed and we found people on our bus, we’d tell them to leave, too. Their tour manager said we had to go, and I think I said, ‘I’m gonna make a sandwich real quick’. That’s typical, smart-ass drunken Fletcher behavior. He went outside to get some of his team members to get us off the RV. This isn’t a bus; we’re talking about a pretty small area. All of a sudden, there’s me and Randy and six other guys in this kitchen area, and I think someone grabbed Randy’s arm saying, ‘Let me escort you off the bus’. It wasn’t violent. But everybody had been drinking and push came to shove. It’s kind of a blur, but it turned into a little bit of a melee.” The long running melodic punk act went on to
explain things got a little out of hand and there was a bit of pushing and shoving, then the Denver Police showed up and got their taser guns out in an effort to subdue the situation. Apparently the cops overestimated the power of those weapons, because as Fletcher explains, their tasers had little effect on the 44-year-old punk veteran: “They blasted me with the taser about five times, but I used to be an electrician, so I’m used to it (laughs). We weren’t looking for a fight. We were just looking for the Rev.” You can see both bands together in 2011 when they perform at Soundwave.
Matt Koenig has announced he was kicked out of Broadway Calls: “I was asked to leave the band on the basis that I was decidedly no longer friends with the other band members, that my playing was ‘barely passable’ and my ‘lack of songwriting contribution’.”
Threadhead Records was founded back in 2007 as a fan-funded and volunteer-run record company formed out of a love for the music and culture of New Orleans. Since its beginnings the initiative has allowed many artists from the area to record and release music that they otherwise would never have had the chance to do. The next project that they are involved in is a little different and will require a lot more money than they have ever raised for one project before. Threadhead have obtained theatrical rights to Dan Baum’s 2009 book Nine Lives: Death and Life in New Orleans and are now seeking funds to produce a cast album as a stepping stone to a Broadway musical. In order to come up with the money needed (an anticipated $50,000 USD), they have applied for, and been accepted into, the Good Gulf Idea competition as a part of Pepsi’s Refresh project. The concept is simple, they outline their proposal and the general public vote for it if they like it. If they get the most votes, they win the cash.
SHORT FAST REPORT TOP 5 Cancer Bats headline show. Returning to Australia next month to supporting Bullet For My Valentine, Canada’s Cancer Bats have announced their own run of headline shows. Tickets on sale Aug 19 for Saturday Sep 11 @ The Zoo Heroes For Hire/The Wonder Years Split. Yep, our favorite goofy Sydney pop punkers Heroes For Hire are hooking up with one of the fastest rising US pop punk acts The Wonder Years to release a split 7” just in time for their tour together in September. Head to boomtown.bigcartel.com to check out all the pre-order action. Scary Kids Scaring Kids. Their final ever tour, is a long one... Heading to a bunch of countries including a bunch of shows down here. Catch the fun next Friday Aug 27 @ The Hi-Fi (18+) and Saturday Aug 28 @ The Coolangatta Hotel. DESCENDENTS ARE TOURING! Sorry, I know we talked about this last week; I’m just still excited by this news. Crime In Stereo R.I.P. Not much info around as to why or how, but CIS have split. Their MySpace and Facebook simply read – Crime In Stereo is dead (2002-2010).
ADAMANTIUMWOLF Metal with Lochlan Watt
Welcome to the second installment of Adamantium Wolf! Got any worthy local metal news? Help us to keep up the level of Australian content in this corner and email me at email@example.com! Although the shows were already sold out, Metallica’s upcoming Australian tour has just become an even larger spectacle, with Lamb Of God and Baroness being officially added to the bill. Jump the gate at The Brisbane Entertainment Center on October 16, 18 and 19. If you’re upset about missing Savannah’s psychedelic wonders Baroness, dry those eyes and grab yourself a ticket to The Zoo on Sunday Oct 17 for a cracking little sideshow courtesy of Metal As Fuck and Soundworks Touring. Tickets go on sale this Friday. Originally formed back in 1996 before breaking up not long after their 2003 self-titled album release, the recently reformed Brisbane punk/ grind three-piece Post Life Disorder will be making a live appearance at Monstrothic this Friday evening. Joining them for a night of chaos will be Sydney grindcore unit Roadside Burial, and fellow locals Sausage Chopper and 308. Local deathly workhorse Defamer has announced the departure of lead guitarist Mitch ‘Lanky’ Rogers from their ranks. If you want to catch his invisible fingers once more you can attend his final performance with the band at The Globe on Saturday Aug 28 as part of Bastardfest with Blood Duster, Pod People and Astriaal. Byron Struck of now-deceased Newcastle black metal band Oracle Of The Void has been announced as a replacement, with the band reportedly nearing completion of their second album. Shellfin is getting ready to release their Ean Redman recorded debut full-length on Wednesday Sep 1, offering options for physical copies or a ‘pay what you think it’s worth’ style download scheme. Featuring a member of the aforementioned Defamer, as well as musicians who have done time in ‘Neath and Western Decay, Second Hand Family is sassy stoner rock, yet
Blues ‘n’ roots with Dan Condon firstname.lastname@example.org
hardened and darkened by the metal sensibilities of their members. For now you can listen to some tracks at myspace.com/shellfinmusic. The Sunshine Coast’s progressive metalcore five-piece Infinite Thought Process has been a live institution for some time now, and after having been and out of the studio over the last year, will soon follow up on their 2007 threeway split EP with a disc full of their own tunes. Recorded by Dan Field at Studio 454, Alderly and featuring guest vocals from The Amity Affliction’s Joel Birch, the effort will reportedly be handled by Skull And Bones Records and be made available on Friday Sep 24. Sydney stoner/doom unit Adrift For Days has just independently released their mammoth debut album The Lunar Maria. With members of grindcore acts Ebolie and Kill A Celebrity taking a welcome change of pace, the 71-minute epic was recorded at 301 Studios and can be ordered directly through the band’s MySpace page. Queensland’s Lynchmada have begun recording their second full-length album at Core Studios on the Gold Coast with Nik Carpenter (Devolved). The band has revealed track titles such as What Fresh Hell Is This?, 27 Years and Burial Ground, and have promised to offer more information online as the recording progresses. Perhaps the most un-sunny thing to have ever been spawned on The Sunshine Coast, the bizarre musical entity that is Portal has made a new bootleg recording available. Containing 11 tracks recorded live on May 14 at The Oasis Club in Los Angeles, interested ears can go forth onto the Internet and seek what they must. Portal released their third album Swarthe in October 2009. In a local metal band and want to make a video clip? Perhaps considering checking out local upstarts Her Name Is Murder Productions. With past clients including Thy Art Is Murder, The Storm Picturesque, Silver Ocean Storm and The Decimation Protocol, you can check out the slick work they do at hernameismurderproductions.com.
This project is deserving on a number of levels, firstly the record will be made in New Orleans with the area’s finest musicians. As such it will employ musicians, studio operators, engineers and production staff. Perhaps most important is where Threadhead intend on taking the project after it has been completed. The plan is for the CD produced to become a stepping stone to a full-blown Broadway musical about the vibrant music and culture of the New Orleans area. It’s ambitious and will undoubtedly take a fair amount of time before the full project is realised, so the sooner they can get started
the better. After the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, it has been a struggle for the people of the area to keep the vibrant musical culture of the city alive. This will be a fantastic shot in the arm for the area should they be successful. I urge you to vote now, you can find a link to the competition from threadheadrecords.com. While you’re there, take a look at some of the work they’ve done over the past couple of years. When it was announced that Gorillaz were touring, it’s understandable if you fans of blues and roots music didn’t bat an eyelid. Well you should know that when they’re in Australia the group, which is led by Blur frontman Damon Albarn, is bringing with them a pretty stellar cast of musicians. While hip hop heroes De La Soul, Bootie Brown, electro pop group Little Dragon and The Clash’s Mick Jones and Paul Simonon are big names, you’ll probably be more interested to hear that soul legend Bobby Womack will be out here, as will Chicago’s Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, the Syrian National Orchestra of Arabic Music. Given the hectic schedule of the Gorillaz shows, we’re not holding out much hope for sideshows, but you never know! If you’re keen to see the whole spectacular (and we’re told it truly is spectacular) then make sure you grab a ticket soon. Gorillaz play Brisbane Entertainment Centre Sunday Dec 19. With the first announcement of Sunset Sounds last week, it’s time to get excited about a couple more high profile acts playing around the place early next year. Joan Jett, The National, The Living End, Public Enemy (who will be performing Fear Of A Black Planet in full), Angus and Julia Stone, Tame Impala, Paul Kelly, Ash Grunwald, The Beautiful Girls, The Soft Pack, Dan Sultan, Kitty, Daisy and Lewis, The Bamboos, Tijuana Cartel, Daara J Family, Charlie Parr are our picks from the enormous line-up that has been announced for the festival that hits the Brisbane Riverstage and Botanic Gardens on Wednesday Jan 5 and Thursday Jan 6 so far, of course there are a whole heap of other, less rootsy (or less awesome) acts on the bill as well so check it out.
Pop culture therapy with Adam Curley Ferris Bueller
Lately I’ve begun to feel like every second track by a ‘new’ act I happen upon online or that arrives in my inbox is a remix. This week, those included a Delorian remix of calypso-choral LA woman Glasser; a Julian Mendelsohn (he produced some Pet Shop Boys in the 80s, and now resides in Melbourne) remix of Swimming Pool by Sydney’s excellent Catcall, and a John Talabot remix of The XX’s Shelter. Some of the reasons for sending out remixes or making them free downloads are obvious: they are a way of promoting an act’s album without giving the album’s tracks away; they keep acts whose albums have been out a while in listeners’ consciousness, and lend themselves to play on radio and in clubs in which they may otherwise not have been given a look-in. But there’s another reason, and it’s fast becoming one of the most used terms in online marketing: those who remix are seen as ‘inﬂuencers’. In broader online marketing, ‘inﬂuencers’ are the latest ‘hot’ target for viral campaigns and product placement. This has always been the case with traditional media, however the nature of social media, the transience of blogs and the general (and growing) cynicism of people being marketed to in their ‘personal’ space means it’s no longer as simple as sending out a few products to magazine editors and ‘celebrities’ and hoping they’ll spread the word (soz, Andrew G). A July post in the blog run by domain provider Netregistry took a look at the recent Old Spice campaign and the way it used ‘inﬂuencers’ as its target market. In Australia, the source advertisement in which a ripped dude ends a series of random events with the lingering ‘LOL’, “I’m on a horse,” was passed around without any involvement by an Australian agency.
In the US, however, the process was longer and more interactive. The agency running the campaign mobilised a team of ‘creatives’ and was churning out new, original Old Spice videos featuring Old Spice Man in response to questions and comments made on the Old Spice Twitter account. These videos were mostly aimed directly at online ‘inﬂuencers’ – people like famed San Fran vlogger Kevin Rose and D-list stalker Perez Hilton – in the hope that if they personalised their message, those ‘inﬂuencers’ would then spread the campaign to their millions of ‘followers’ out of ego. The Netregistry blog contends that the target market for Old Spice wasn’t the ‘inﬂuencers’ or even their direct audience, but could have been as far removed as three people from the inﬂuencer’s reach –as long as the message ﬁltered down, without the spend of a national traditional media campaign and while grabbing the attention of a ‘media-savvy’ audience, the idea worked. The term ‘inﬂuencers’ has been getting thrown around in advertising for a couple of years, but its stronghold as a buzzword is tightening. A web app called Klout, launched in 2009 and slowly building its name amongst online ‘entrepreneurs’, allows users to sign in and get a measurement reading of their ‘inﬂuence’ via Twitter, measuring a person’s ‘true reach’ and giving them an overall ‘inﬂuence score’ out of 100. With information like this, some of the marketing power is potentially handed back to the ‘inﬂuencers’ themselves, rather than being held solely by the companies targeting them, allowing them to pitch themselves to companies and therefore share in a bit of the cash being put into such ventures. The logical – also gross and cynical – conclusion is that remixers can get in on this action and gauge their own online marketing reach in order to put themselves forward for further work. Of course, the further we dig into the research and measuring of social media, the more convoluted once simple ideas become. After all, aren’t sales the ultimate indicator of inﬂuence? Maybe Ferris Bueller really did say it best when talking up his sick-day clammy hands foil – “It’s a good non-speciﬁc symptom. I’m a big believer in it.”
KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE SKIES
Six-piece experimental post-hardcore act Sienna Skies are just kicking goals all over the joint at the moment, their debut album Truest Of Colours has been lapped up by the heavy music loving public and following a slew of awesome supports with some of the world’s ﬁnest hardcore acts as well as plenty of their own killer headline shows the band have developed a formidable reputation in the live arena. But you need not take our word for it as they are going to be in Brisbane this weekend, hitting The Fort on Friday night for a big all ages show before gunning it down the highway for another all ages performance at the Gold Coast’s Expressive Grounds. If you can’t make that, then the band will be back at Expressive Grounds for an encore performance on Friday Aug 21.
WHO IS JOHN NOT SURPRISINGLY, LOCAL 11PIECE OUTFIT WHO IS JOHN ARE ONE OF BRISBANE’S BIGGEST SOUNDING BANDS. THERE IS ALSO A RUMOUR THAT EVERY MEMBER IS NAMED JOHN. TONY MCMAHON CAUGHT UP WITH GUITARIST ‘RICHARD’ GIFFORD TO GET TO THE BOTTOM OF THINGS AHEAD OF THE GROUP’S RESIDENCY AT THE TEMPO HOTEL. during one of his solos. Of the 11 members, there’s a few keen to throw their hats in the ring romance-wise, and the band may be a way of improving their chances, providing they’re not bass guitarists who also dabble as ﬂ autists.”
HO HO HO
Local punks The Snatch are still fairly new on the scene but they’re making themselves known as best they can by grabbing just about any opportunity to play live that they can. The band kicked oﬀ their life with the release of a single Happy Xmas and a Live to Air recording on 4ZzZ and they’re continuing on their merry way with their fresh, cheeky and in-your-face brand of rock. You can see them smashing it out at The Fort on Friday night. They play at the screening of new documentary Secret Empire and should be on stage at around about 10:15pm. Entry is $10 on the door.
Any band that describes their sound as akin to Birds of Tokyo taking Bodyjar and The Butterﬂy Eﬀect out for a double date and not paying for dinner certainly has us intrigued. And when, on top of that, we hear that the band is made up of a bunch of touring musos for hire who play in the band when there’s not much going on with their ‘day job’ acts, we’re even more interested to know what’s going on. So when Seven Steady are up our way this weekend you can bet we’ll be keeping a close eye out on what they have to deliver. The band recently released their self-titled EP and have supported acts like Underoath and Switchfoot, so we’re pretty much convinced that they’ve got something special to oﬀer. Find out for yourself when they hit Toowoomba’s Celtic Bar on Friday night, Fat Louie’s on Saturday night and The Hive on Sunday (afternoon all ages show).
FEELIN’ LUCKY The past six months has seen Byron Bay fourpiece The Lucky Wonders get themselves out on the road in a very big way, notching up over 40 shows in towns and cities all across the country. They’re ﬁnishing up this huge run with three dates over the next couple of weeks, starting at Byron Bay’s The Brewery on Friday night where they play with Amy Yee, The Troubadour on Friday Sep 3 with Skipping Girl Vinegar and the Brisbane Powerhouse on Sunday Sep 12.
SPACE BETWEEN THE SHADOWS
Space Between is the name of the debut EP from Gold Coast progressive rockers Shadow Th ieves and the band are pretty damn proud with what they have been able to come up with. You may know that the band used to be called Enacio, but they have changed not just their name but their entire sound in recent times and this new release is indicative of their brand new direction. You can see them launching the release in their hometown with a big show at the Hard Rock Cafe in Surfers Paradise on Friday Aug 27. Support comes from Thereafter and Holly Terrens, doors open at 9pm and entry is a mere $10.
As far as their residency at The Tempo is concerned, Giﬀord says each week will be something new. “Our fanbase has treated us so well, we don’t want to send them to sleep with repeats and unoriginal takes on songs. We put our own spin on each song for sure, I mean how many bands do you know who can play electronic music with a brass section?” Being in an eleven-piece band, according to Giﬀord, is nothing but fun, especially when it comes to members of the opposite sex. “It’s hectic at times, we have to use Facebook and really work hard to check our phone messages and make sure we’re keeping up and don’t miss any meetings. Our ﬁ rst major road trip was last weekend to Armidale, with one of the band’s dads driving us all down in a 12-seater minibus, that was a wild six hours, but was worth it for the crowd’s reaction, particularly when one drunken young lass lifted up her dress, ﬂ ashing our lead guitarist
What about those persistent rumours concerning band member’s names? “Actually, the ﬁ rst name of every band member is John. The two girls in the band had tough lives being named John, and can now feel accepted in a band where everyone shares the most delicious name in this part of Southeast Queensland.” WHO: Who Is John WHERE & WHEN: The Tempo Hotel Thursdays in August
HAVE YOU HEARD?
GIRL WITH CAKE GIRL WITH CAKE HAVE HAD A FAIRLY LONG HISTORY IN THE LOCAL MUSIC SCENE THAT HAS BEEN FULL OF CHANGES. BUT, AS GUITARIST ELLA KLIENDIENST TELLS DAN CONDON, THERE’S NO BETTER TIME THAN NOW TO BE A PART OF THE BAND. “We’ve written a new song recently about some rude (arsehole) neighbours and we have begun recording for our new album, Sand, Paper, Doylies,” she says. “We spent our Ekka show day holiday recording so we can release a ‘teaser’ to our audience and fans for our upcoming gigs.” It appears as if the new material from the band will feature a wealth of interesting subject matter. “A lot of our inspiration for the new album has been drawn from horror movies, arsehole neighbours and people in general, friends with drug and food addictions, the seasons, our and others’ animals, arguments with our grandma, dreams and some creepy experiences we’ve all had lately,” Kliendienst says.
“Girl With Cake have experienced their share of line-up changes,” Kliendienst says. “We’ve had 163 members over the years. Some have moved interstate, others have chased a career, some have died. Michelle moved from Sydney and joined the band about two years ago and we just met our new drummer, Ty a couple of months ago through a friend of a friend. He’s super-cool!” The band have a bunch of new material which they hope to release in the early part of next year, but, before that, people who go and see the band at their upcoming shows will get a taste of what to expect.
Despite these somewhat dubious inspirations the future is packed full of exciting prospects for the band. “We are writing, rehearsing, recording and prepping for the second leg of the German Emergenza Competition. We also plan to eat buttloads of cake and food in general, maybe go to Dreamworld in the holidays and start planning the tour for later in the year.” WHO: Girl With Cake WHERE & WHEN: The Zoo Friday Aug 20, The Hi-Fi Sunday Sep 5
With Basement Birds currently bringing together the talents of some of Western Australia’s ﬁnest singers and songwriters, we ﬁgured we’d take a look at some of our country’s ﬁnest supergroups of the past. The Party Boys: Formed by Mondo Rock bassist Paul Christie back in 1982, The Party Boys featured a rotating roster of other professional musicians during downtime from their main projects. Over ten years the band featured a huge number of musicians from bands like Australian Crawl, The Angels, Rose Tattoo, Dragon, The Divinyls and many more. The Animals’ Eric Burdon and US guitar legend Joe Walsh were among the international guests who performed with the band. Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds: With a line up featuring members of The Birthday Party, The Dirty Th ree, Einstürzende Neubauten, Magazine, The Saints, The Cramps, The Trﬃds, The Gun Club and countless others, this is certainly one of the ﬁnest collections of musicians that this country has ever had the honour of calling our own (even if claiming them as an Australian band is a little tenuous.) All of these ﬁne musicians led by the genius of Mr Cave? Glorious.
The Wrights: Nic Cester (Jet), Kram (Spiderbait), Chris Cheney (The Living End), Davey Lane (You Am I) and Pat Bourke (Dallas Crane) formed the core of this short lived band who got together back in 2004. In 2005 they released their rendition of the Stevie Wright classic Evie and got Powderﬁnger’s Bernard Fanning and Grinspoon’s Phil Jamieson to lend a hand. Happyland: Th is short lived project between the then-married duo of Spiderbait’s Janet English and Regurgitator’s Quan Yeomans only released the one album, 1998’s Welcome To Happyland. But it spawned a couple of great tracks that showcased the eclectic nature of their respective musical interests. ???: Sarah Blasko, Sally Seltmann and Holly Th rosby are currently making an album together in New York City. We have no idea whether it will be any good, but given their individual talents, we’re pretty conﬁdent it will rule.
Weapon Head play Villa Noosa on Friday night and The Globe Theatre on Saturday night How did you get together? Boris Billing (lead vocals/drums/part-time goat licker): “We all answered an email from the dark lord a few years ago – something about signatures, souls and bank account details... Seemed innocent enough...” Sum up your musical sound in four words. “Lemmy spooning your Mum!”
What a weekend for 4ZzZ! With the launch of Radiothon, the 2010: Zed Odyssey Exhibition and Beyond The Banana Curtain compilation CD, you’d think things couldn’t get any bigger or better – but they did! Sydney’s Beastman ﬁnished the three-story mural on the front of Zed Towers and everyone is in awe of how great it looks. If you get the chance then drop on by the station and check it out and don’t forget to subscribe, this is the week to do it in. Everyone who pledges during the week long Radiothon celebrations go in the chance to win some awesome prizes along with all the other great beneﬁts of being a subscriber.
ON THE AIRWAVES THIS WEEK: Kickstart My Heart (Wednesday 3pm to 5pm) Brisbane bands dropping by the studio: The Stress Of Leisure and Disco Nap. Dykes on Mykes (Wednesday 7pm to 9pm) Dykes on Mykes talk to Liz Stringer, The Yearlings and Princess One Point Five.
If you could support any band in the world – past or present – who would it be? “Kyuss’ Blues For The Red Sun line-up – John Garcia, Brant Bjork, Nick Oliveri and Josh Homme.” You’re being sent into space, you can’t take an iPod and there’s only room to bring one album – which would it be? “Rage Against The Machine’s self-titled album.” Greatest rock’n’roll moment of your career to date? “Supporting Sabbath with Dio and Alice Cooper in the US. And equally the UK and European album reviews for our current release Surgical Smile.” Why should people come and see your band? “We are a sweaty, ﬁlthpipe, all you can eat unhappy meal – with a singing drummer, identical twin lead guitarists and a bloody lunatic bass player....We think that our sound is hard to deﬁne – guess that you’ll have to come to a gig and ﬁnd out for yourself... But most importantly because we believe in what we do and we are fracken relentless on stage!”
DID YOU KNOW...
Wolf Parade’s Dan Boeckner also plays in Handsome Furs with his wife Alexi Perry?
Theme Me Up Scotty (Thursday midnight to 2am) During Radiothon, what other theme could you have but all things Zed? Rachel will be featuring subscriber bands and music from some of our biggest supporters. Also in studio, Rachel will be joined by local duo Kate And Max to provide some live music for your listening pleasure. Waxing Lyrical (Thursday 9am to 12noon) During Radiothon, the super-punk-poet Emily XYZ in back in the studio with Fern, this time with her reading partner in tow to do some twovoice pieces. Her stories and thoughts are equally inspiring and grungy and never to be missed. The Brown Couch (Thursday 3pm to 6pm) During Radiothon we turn the bullshit-o-meter into overdrive! Become a passionate sub during The Brown Couch and get a FREE Brown Couch Radiothon 2010 TshiRt! Divers-A-Tea and Talk (Friday 9am to 12noon) Friday Aug 20 is a ﬁ xed point in time. 1. 4ZzZ is 35 years old. 2. The ﬁnal days of the 4ZzZ Radiothon. 3. The probabilities of life, space and time continuing to exist on for another, well who knows, is enough to celebrate for a special on Space and Time. Quentin plays the soundtrack to the mysteries of Space and Time. A special theme that carries us into the outer boundaries of our solar system to the crest of the Milky Way. Alien life, rocketships and the prospects of one day travelling into the 4th Dimension. Frog And Peach (Friday 4pm to 6pm) Frog and Peach do something for the kiddies at Radiothon. Theme is: ‘The End of the World, Can You Dig It?’/or: ‘Armageddon Down and Groovy’. Tune into 4ZzZ at 102.1fm, and support local community radio by subscribing during Radiothon. Check out www.4zzzfm.org.au for info on all things Zed.
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DRAWCARD GUITARIST AND LEAD VOCALIST PAUL DIRKIN TALKS TO DAN CONDON ABOUT THE STRUGGLES THAT CAME WITH MAKING THEIR MODERN RIVALRY ALBUM. Not all was lost, however, with the band using the chance to take a second crack at the recording to use some newer material. “We wrote some new songs in the studio the second time around and these ended up being stand out tracks on the album,” Dirkin says. “But a couple of other songs just didn’t have the vibe we were feeling when we ﬁrst recorded them on the deleted version. These didn’t make it to the ﬁnal album. “Then our manager at the time threatened our producer, as things were not happening as fast as he had hoped. Our producer pulled the pin right at a critical point in the creation of the album and left us with no-one to ﬁnish oﬀ the album. We found another producer to ﬁnish it oﬀ and were also under intense pressure to meet this deadline.
After two weeks of solid recording for their debut album, tragedy struck in the Drawcard camp. “We had plenty of time initially, and had some great ideas that we were going to implement into the tracks after we had tracked all the main parts of the songs. We had lots of these ideas down and a few tracks were complete and others were well on their way. So we had 80 percent of the album ﬁnished, and then we got a call to say that the hard drive our album was stored on had failed and it was unrecoverable.”
A TO Z
They only formed in January of this year, but Alphabeticus have quickly grown to be a regular act popping up in and around Brisbane’s live music scene. The band will be ending 2010 with a bang with a few more shows about town, one of which happens at Ric’s tonight (Wednesday), where they will be joined by with electronic duo Phantasm. Catch the band now because they’re heading into the studio at the start of next year and who knows what will happen to them there. It can be a scary place.
NO MORE FILM
The Bands On Film show that was set to hit the Tribal Theatre on Friday Aug 27 has been cancelled. Refunds are available from OzTix if you’d already gone and bought yourself a ticket.
Th ree ﬁne local ladies will be getting up at the Beetle Bar on Friday night to entertain all you good Brisbane indie music loving folk with the best tunes they have in their respective repertoires. Daisie May, Sabrina Lawrie and EMJ Aspiro have all been around the scene for long enough to know how to put on an engaging performance and with free entry you really can’t go wrong. It kicks oﬀ at 8pm.
“We get lots of really positive feedback about the songs, the performance, the production, everything about it. But, personally, I still feel it is not the best that we can do and is missing some elements that would have improved the album in my ears.”
SHINE ON The second album from Melburnian duo Fabulous Diamonds, intriguingly titled Fabulous Diamonds II, has been regarded as one of the year’s most fascinating releases by critics across the nation. Their alluring, reverb-heavy tunes are just as delectable in the live setting so it’s great to know that they are coming up north for two special shows at the start of next month. They kick things oﬀ with an all ages show at Burst City on Friday Sep 3, with support from Blank Realm, Slug Guts, The Deadnotes and Feathers, doors open at 8pm and entry is $10. The very next day the band kick oﬀ the very exciting Frankly! pop music extravaganza at the Brisbane Powerhouse, taking the stage at 1.30pm. Also on the bill for that one is Xiu Xiu, High Places, Crayon Fields, Surf City and Guy Blackman. Grab a ticket from the venue for $49.
WHO: Drawcard WHAT: Modern Rivalry (Independent) WHERE & WHEN: Hard Rock Cafe Friday Aug 20, Rosie’s Saturday Aug 21, The Hive Sunday Aug 22
If you’re going to be voting this weekend (Latham sanctioned blank ballot paper or not) then the members of the Dead Shades want you to do so at the Brisbane Central State School, as they will be there with their barbecue and selling soft drinks. After this the band are having a party back at their club house which is on Victoria St (ask one of them for the address) where they will have a listening party for their EP Sea Shandies as well as plenty of beers and general good times. Go on, celebrate democracy.
MADONNA ATTACK ATTACK!
These Ohio based kids are one of the biggest new metalcore acts out there and are about as well known for their crab-like dancing as they are their music. Their recently released eponymous record was produced by Joey Sturgis.
One of metalcore’s most renowned producers, Sturgis has worked very extensively with Dayton’s The Devil Wears Prada.
THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA Another one of the most popular American heavy bands kicking around at the moment, The Devil Wears Prada released a cover of the Big Tymers tune Still Fly on the 2008 album Punk Goes Crunk.
Th is hip hop duo from New Orleans was made up of producer Mannie Fresh and rapper Baby (who has since changed his name to Birdman). Birdman is the founder of Cash Money Records and has been Lil Wayne’s mentor since 1991.
Aug 18, 1962 – Ringo Starr makes his ﬁrst
He might currently be in jail but that doesn’t stop the fact that Lil Wayne is one of hip hop’s most enormously popular stars. So enormous in fact that he performed on the song Revolver, a new track tacked on to Madonna’s 2009 greatest hits compilation Celebration.
appearance as a Beatle at a Cavern Club show. Aug 19, 1980 – 1,400 people riot in Toronto when Alice Cooper cancels a show due to illness. Really? Aug 20, 1969 – Frank Zappa disbands the Mothers of Invention right after an eight-day tour in Canada. Zappa says that he is “tired of playing for people who clap for all the wrong reasons”. Aug 21, 1923 – In Kalamazoo, Michigan, an ordinance is passed forbidding dancers from gazing into the eyes of their partner. About time... Aug 22, 1968 – Cynthia Powell Lennon sues John Lennon for divorce on the grounds of adultery. Aug 23, 1962 – John Lennon marries Cynthia Powell at the Mount Pleasant Registry Oﬃce in Liverpool, England. Spooky... Aug 24, 1968 – Keith Moon of The Who drives a Lincoln into the pool of a Holiday Inn in Flint, Michigan. Fuck yeah...
We’re not sure how Maddy would handle the crabcore dance moves, but we’d love to see her collaborate with Attack Attack at some stage. Imagine the autotune... Attack Attack play The Hi-Fi Saturday Sep 18 and Sunday Sep 19
ON THE DOWNLOAD...
Local indie-rockers Arrows are set to release their new LP Try and Stay Upright (Hobbledehoy Records) on Monday Sep 20 and have just put a track from it up on their MySpace page. What Happens At A Gifthorse Show starts oﬀ all beautiful and sedate before kicking in at the halfway point and lifting the song through the roof. If you’re into quality atmospheric indie/post-hardcore a la Blueline Medic then check it out myspace. com/arrowsmusic. We love Mates Of State. We love The Replacements even more. So to hear the cutesy indie-pop duo work their way through a rendition of the classic Mats tune I Will Dare (from 1984’s amazing Let It Be album) is pretty damn special. They even have comedian Todd Barry on drums! It was recorded recently for The Onion’s AV Club Undercover series and while it’s not as good as the original but they still do a sterling job; you can check it out at theavclub.com. Eels were in town last week and have just released their new record called Tomorrow Morning. A track from the record called Baby Loves Me has made it online, initially starting on music blog Stereogum but has since started appearing everywhere. It’s a cute electro-indie-pop tune that is – as E told Time Oﬀ just a couple of weeks ago – a very optimistic little ditty. Particularly when compared to the awesomely depressing End Times record released earlier this year. Jens Lekman is back in the studio and has shared a new song called The End of the World Is Bigger Than Love. We’d talk about it, but the man himself has told the story behind it on his website, so hit up jenslekman.com to download the tune and read about its genesis. Melbourne extreme metallers The Red Shore have aired a track from their upcoming second album The Averice Of Man on their MySpace page. The band – who are just about to head oﬀ on a mammoth tour of the United States with Suﬀokate, And Hell Followed With, Murder Death Kill and King Conquer – will release the album through Roadrunner on Friday Sep 3. The track they’ve put online is called The Seed of Annihilation and it’s fucking brutal.
ANYTHING BUT IDLE Former Australian Idol contestant, now solo artist in his own right, James Johnston is making his assault on the local music scene in a mighty big way over the next few weeks, with a veritable truckload of live performances scheduled for the next month. In fact there are so many shows we don’t really have room to crap on about him, so here they are: he plays Conrad Treasury Casino Wednesday Aug 18, Coolangatta Hotel Thursday Aug 19, Hotel HQ, Underwood Friday Aug 20, Bracken Ridge Tavern Saturday Aug 21, Brothers Leagues Club, Ipswich Sunday Aug 22, Cleveland Sands Hotel Wednesday Aug 25, Coolangatta Hotel Thursday Aug 26, Shamrock Hotel Friday Aug 27, Runaway Bay Tavern Saturday Aug 28, Noosa Surf Club Sunday Aug 29, Maroochydore RSL Wednesday Sep 1, Narangba Valley Tavern Thursday Sep 2, Spring Lake Tavern Friday Sep 3, Beenleigh Tavern Saturday Sep 4. Busy boy, right?
A FAR CRY After six long years and a veritable shitload of live performances, Sydney’s Aplonea are ﬁnally set to release their debut album, and it sees them taking somewhat of a musical detour. While the band have toyed with a number of diﬀerent musical styles over the years, they bring them all together in a succinct and cohesive manner on their debut album, which is called Far From Here. They have thrown everything at the record and come out with a release that not only sounds good, but has also been a great catharsis for the band at this stage of their career. They are heading up our way to launch the record with a show at the X&Y Bar on Friday Aug 27, locals The Bloodpoets also turn in a set on the night.
SIX PACK MEL FRASER
EVEN THOUGH SHE’S PLAYED BASS IN VARIOUS ROCK BANDS IN BRISBANE FOR MORE THAN A DECADE, MEL FRASER CLAIMS NOT TO KNOW ANY BASS PLAYER JOKES. A DISBELIEVING TONY MCMAHON CATCHES UP FOR A CHAT ABOUT HER NEW ROLE AS FRONTWOMAN AND HER TERRIFIC NEW ALBUM, CROOKED PURPLE LINES.
LOCAL SINGER-SONGWRITER BREE BULLOCK WILL SOON HAVE A RELEASE AVAILABLE FOR ALL THOSE WHO HAVE ALREADY ENJOYED HER WORK ON THE LIVE STAGE. SHE TELLS DAN CONDON ALL ABOUT IT. watch this album come to life.”
One of the members of Fraser’s new band, The Fine Lines, is none other than her father. While this may not seem all that rock’n’roll to some, she actually begs to diﬀer.
Bullock has looked towards her own personal life experiences when it comes to getting lyrical inspiration for her most recent compositions. “From my earliest and most dear memories as a kid, to awkward not-quite-love situations – which were just as painful as the real thing – I write about my own personal discoveries and the people that inspire them, about world stuﬀ that grinds my gears or makes me smile. Most notably though, I ﬁnd I write what I’m too scared to say out loud and without music. Don’t ask me how it works, but somehow, if I have a guitar in front of me, I’m under the illusion that I’m safe and no one knows it’s really me spilling my heart out all on the ﬂoor.”
“Playing music with dad has many advantages, one of which is that he can drive me home when I’ve had a few too many whiskeys. I have to constantly remind him that sarsaparilla is not a standard drink in most bars. It’s awesome to have him onstage with me.” A noted student of popular music, Fraser says this has undoubtedly rubbed oﬀ on the content of Crooked Purple Lines, but is only part of the picture.
“There were bass player jokes?” Fraser asks, when Time Oﬀ enquires if too many of them was perhaps the reason she decided to step to the front of the stage. “I actually started writing songs on piano and guitar before I played bass. Luckily, I had a lot of encouragement to keep at it, and I continued to write whilst playing bass in bands. I then traveled to Europe, and with the time, space, new inspirations, and a Mac computer, I wrote a whole heap of newer, more mature material, and ﬁnally, I was proud of it. So I started performing it and then came home to record the album. Voila!”
“My ﬁrst album that I owned (apart from Bananas In Pyjamas) was Belinda Carlisle’s Heaven On Earth, and I sang and danced my way through the 80s to Kylie and Madonna. It wasn’t until the 90s that I got more into rock. I guess the album is a bit of both, and then some experimenting. I ﬁnd it really hard to deﬁne the style, but pop/rock is a good place to start.” WHO: Mel Fraser WHAT: Crooked Purple Lines (Independent) WHERE & WHEN: The Troubadour Saturday Aug 21
For the time being we’ll have to make do with Bullock’s live show. She tells us what we can expect. “Ahh, it’s so exciting to ﬁnally be recording my own stuﬀ,” Bullock says of her recent forays into the studio. “Every time I hit the studio I’m like a ﬁve-year-old with a new toy. So much so, that initially, what started out as a six-track EP has now become something bigger. I’m about halfway through recording an album now because these songs just... belong together. “I’m now in the throes of getting some guest musos to come into the studio and breathe some more life into the songs. It’s a beautiful thing to
“I am always very honest and quirky onstage,” she says. “I’ll tell you a few stories about where my tunes come from and I’ll probably crack a few lame jokes, but mostly I’ll be playing you something that has inspired me in some way, and hoping you can take something away from it.”
WHO: Bree Bullock WHERE & WHEN: Chalk Hotel Wednesday Aug 25
TWEET OF THE WEEK MILES OF ENDLESS ROADS GUNS OUT Goondiwindi’s ﬁnest hard rocking touring force Weapon Head are unleashing their brand new album Surgical Smile on audiences all around the country over the next few weeks but we can bet you their shows around Southeast Queensland are going to rock the hardest! The ﬁrst single from the album Bullshit Has No Sound is a deadest blinder and has attracted a whole heap of attention both at home and abroad since its release, which bodes well for the band who have had a long history of positive response from overseas audiences. You can catch them live at The Villa, Noosa on Friday night, The Globe Theatre on Saturday night, The Irish Club, Toowoomba Thursday Sep 2, Club Envy, Maroochydore Friday Sep 3 and the Runaway Bay Tavern, Gold Coast Saturday Sep 4.
Perth’s Miles Away are, without a doubt, one of the most highly-regarded hardcore acts currently active in this country. The band have slogged it out tirelessly over the past eight years and all of this hard work has certainly paid oﬀ if their third full-length record Endless Roads is anything to go by. The band enjoyed some rare downtime last year, which, in typical fashion, they used to write a whole slab of new material. They then headed out to New York’s Wild Arctic studios to record it with great hardcore producer Dean Baltulonis and voila, album number three was complete. The band are currently slogging it out on a European tour, but they’ll be back in Australia to launch the record in October and you can see them doing just that when they drop by The Fort on Friday Oct 1 for an all ages show, Rosie’s Saturday Oct 2 for an 18+ club show and then down to Byron Bay’s YAC on Sunday Aug 3 for another all ages date. Endless Roads comes out on Friday, get into it.
“If you’re not wasted, the fucking day is.” - Everyone’s favourite Major League Baseball player Kenny Powers (@ KFUCKINGP) drops some of his always appreciated knowledge. The second season of his show Eastbound and Down starts in the US on Sunday Sep 26.
HYH HAVE YOU HEARD?
Phil Hancock plays X&Y Bar on Tuesday Aug 24 How did you get into performing? Phil Hancock (singer-songwriter): “I’ve been writing songs for about ﬁve years and now I’ve ﬁnally turned 18, I feel I am ready to let it loose onto the local music scene. It was on my 18th birthday when I realised ‘Crap I’m old enough to vote and drink. Time to get famous already’.” Sum up your musical sound in four words. “Quirky soap opera pop.” If you could support any band in the world – past or present – who would it be? “Hmmm… I must say right now I am obsessed with Marina and the Diamonds so I would love to support her. But out of the entire history of the world, I would support The Mamas and The Papas. Sometimes I wish I were alive during the 60s, just because fame and talent went hand in hand. You couldn’t have one without the other, which really can’t be said for fame nowadays.” You’re being sent into space, you can’t take an iPod and there’s only room to bring one album – which would it be? “Aqua’s Aquarium. I was ﬁve when Barbie Girl was huge and it was the ﬁrst album I ever bought so it holds a precious place in my heart. But I can see it making me either incredibly happy or driving me totally insane.” Greatest rock’n’roll moment of your career to date? “When I was once called back onstage for an encore with absolutely no idea what to play. I just sat at the keyboard and started playing an old song I hadn’t played in a year. I massively screwed up the song, but no one cared. I then invited three girls up on stage to do interpretive dance behind me.” Why should people come and see your band? “Because I’m the #7 most played artist on my iPod.”
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ROBIN WATRERS from THE BOAT PEOPLE Best record you stole from your folks’ collection? Hmmmm, my Dad just converted his Ray Charles Modern Sounds In Country… LP to CD for me and it’s pretty rad. Never heard someone sing ‘think I’m gonna cry’ with so much joy… First record you bought? Hit’s ’89 cassette – mainly for Opposites Attract by Paula Abdul, I was captivated and confused by the sexual tension between her and the cartoon cat in the video. Record you put on when you’re really miserable? Lately a live recording of Daniel Johnston from PBS in Melbourne – “Hey man/C’mon dude /Don’t make that sad song inside me sadder than it already is”.
Record you put on when you bring someone home? I prefer to be brought home to something new. But Gagagagaga by Spoon still keeps me up at home when I need it to. Most surprising record in your collection? I’m gonna say Grammy Rap Nominees 199x(?) not because it’s surprising but so I can repeat my assertion that Yeah Yeah Yeahs stole the hook in Phenomena from LL Cool J. Last thing you bought/downloaded? $5 sale at Troy Horse Sydney! I got Wu Tang Live, Common’s Be (spare copy as a gift), Decade by Neil Young and Ned Collette’s ﬁrst album. The Boat People play The Troubadour Saturday Aug 28, The Old Museum (12pm) and Great Northern, Byron Bay (evening) Sunday Aug 29
Can you believe it has been a year since The Baby Seal Club played their ﬁrst ever show? We can’t, but alas it is true. To celebrate their one year anniversary the band are playing a show exactly one year to the day since their debut performance. It is happening this Thursday night at Barsoma and joining them for the ride are fellow locals Oceanics and Friends Of Ben. Entry is $5 and that includes a copy of the band’s Paradise EP! What value. Speaking of EPs, the band has recently been locked away in a studio in Kenilworth where they worked on EP number two, so we reckon you can expect to hear plenty of material from it at the live show and should keep your eye out for copies of it when it’s released later on in the year.
DID YOU KNOW...
Burton C Bell of City Of Fire has a fraternal twin brother called Ben, who plays in a country outfit called Ben Bell and the Stardust Boys?
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YOUTUBE OF THE WEEK
While we’re going to want to hear the album a few times before we make a judgement on the music, there’s no doubt that the ﬁlm clip for Grinderman’s Heathen Skulls is pretty damn captivating. And weird. A naked girl, Nick Cave posing as Vishnu, violence, blood... this clip has it all. Grinderman II is out through Mute/EMI on Friday Sep 10.
Saturday Broadway Hits
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Midnight Juggernauts worked with Solange Knowles on her soon to be released third album? Saturday Ben Eaton Trio, Brooksy & Co Sunday Asa & Friends Fundraiser For Richard Levinson, Asa Broomhall Band, Hoo Haa Tuesday Escalate: Sounds Of Colour, Shotgun Dorothy, Geoﬀ Sabian & The Mercenaries, Geomania
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NEWS ON PRODUCER RICHARD LUSH
It was with no little shock that I discovered a few weeks ago that one of Australia’s most important record producers of the 1970s and 80s, Richard Lush has spent the past 11 months in hospital and has only recently been released, paralysed from the waist down and wheelchair-bound. Collapsing after dinner one evening, it was discovered that a previously undiagnosed and rare condition had caused a build-up of fluid at the top of his spinal column which pressure then caused a catastrophic failure in his nervous system, rendering him incapable of movement. Lush began as a tape operator at EMI’s Abbey Road Studios in London in 1966, learning his craft under the tutelage of Beatles producer Sir George Martin and senior engineer Geoff Emerick, even scoring a credit as Second Engineer on the Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club Band album. He also engineered the first solo album by John Lennon and McCartney’s Red Rose Speedway among others. He came to Australia in 1973 when a position at Sydney’s EMI Studios, then based on the 7th and 8th floors of 301 Castlereagh Street, ostensibly on a six-month working holiday and remained as house engineer until 1980, when he took up the position of chief engineer/producer at Paradise Studios in East Sydney. In 1975, he began working with Sherbet and produced all their albums over the next half dozen years, which included their international hit single, Howzat, a UK #3 in 1976. He also produced albums for Jon English, Marc Hunter and many of the Australian hitmakers of the late 1970s and early 80s, as well as the usual spectrum of audio production work required of a house engineer/producer, from film soundtracks to commercial jingles. His most recent “commercial release” credits were tracks engineered and/or mixed for the official music album for the Sydney 2000 Olympics, released by Sony. In recent years, Lush had been running a freelance audio consultancy and teaching at various institutions as well as continuing the odd production job. The good news is that, a year after being diagnosed with spinal dural arteriovenous fistula, Lush has managed to get himself back behind a mixing desk, albeit still in a wheelchair. The determined 62-yearold producer has been working on a new album by jazz pianist and composer Mark Isaacs at Studios 301 Sydney, now based in Alexandria and part of the international SAE group of studios, as is Studios 301 Byron Bay, which is where much of the original Festival Studios equipment ended up.
THE MUSIC INSTINCT
Thursdays August 26 and Sep 2 at 9.30pm, ABC1 is screening a two-part documentary series, The Music Instinct: Science & Song, which explores how and why the human organism, and the rest of like and even the universe itself, is affected by music. As well as scientists and philosophers, the documentary talks to singers and musicians Jarvis Cocker, Richard Hawley, Yo-Yo Ma and Bobby McFerrin among others about the way in which music affects them and makers and listeners.
MATTHEW GRAY MASTERING MATTHEW GRAY, SENIOR MASTERING ENGINEER tempos for the songs and practice to a metronome. Try to get the bulk of the songs done in 1 – 3 takes don’t leave it up to the mix engineer to edit your mistakes just because he can. Don’t strive for perfection, sometimes a few minor flaws can make a performance more memorable.
WHICH NOTABLE ARTISTS HAVE WORKED AT THE STUDIO?
Powderfinger, The Gin Club, The Middle East, The John Steel Singers, Yves Klein Blue, Daysend, Avalon Drive, Rhubarb, Grand Atlantic, Mercy Dolls, Repeat Offender
WHAT’S THE STUDIO SET UP YOU HAVE THERE EQUIPMENT-WISE?
For monitoring, which is one of the most important aspects of mastering, I’ve chosen Duntech Marquis with a Pass Labs X250 power amp and stereo Velodyne DD12 subs for full range accurate monitoring. Acoustics for the room were done by Chris Morton at Aro Tech in Adelaide. I’ve also just set up 5.1 surround monitoring with Digidesign/PMC RM1’s for music, post production and film surround mastering duties. For the analogue side of the chain I’m using some of the world’s best mastering processors from the Sontec, Buzz Audio, API EQ’s and compressors, Thermionic Culture valve compression, vintage Neve line amps as well half-inch and quarter-inch tape decks from Ampex and Studer. This is all captured with the highest quality conversion from the Pacific Microsonics Model 2, Lavry Gold, Cranesong HEDD and Forssell MADA Technologies. We also have ProTools HD with numerous TDM and RTAS plugins to handle stem mastering and surround work. This is all extremely high end processing designed exclusively for mastering.
ANY TIPS FOR ARTISTS ENTERING A STUDIO FOR THE FIRST TIME? Be prepared, spend a lot of time in pre-production working out your parts, drummers need to work out
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At the moment just me full-time but I’m currently training an apprentice part-time.
ANALOGUE VS DIGITAL – DISCUSS.
Both have their distinct advantages, I believe in using the best of both worlds to complete the ideal master. Digital is great for precise EQ cuts or corrective dynamics and very small adjustments when required. The analogue gear is where I usually boost EQ, do the compression or add some flavour be it vintage Neve line amps, analogue tape, tube compression etc. I also use the highest quality conversion to get the signal out of the computer and capture back into the computer with the minimum of degradation.
CAN BANDS BRING IN THEIR OWN ENGINEER OR DO THEY HAVE TO SOLELY USE A HOUSE ENGINEER? My room isn’t for hire but my ears are ☺.
IS THE STUDIO CAPABLE OF HOLDING A FULL BAND AT ONCE FOR RECORDING?
Not Applicable... I do mastering for CD release, digital
Tim Rogers chats to Jimmy Barnes 9.30pm Tuesday Aug 24 in the second episode of the second series of My First Gig on cable channel MAX.
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WORKING IN THE STUDIO CAN BE ARDUOUS AND WE’LL NEED A BREAK – WHAT ARE THE AMENITIES IN THE LOCAL AREA?
We have a kitchenette in the studio for free filtered water, tea or coffee and always have a fresh bowl of jelly beans on the coffee table in front of the client couch. Courtyard access from the studio doors is set up for bands to sit outside for a breather, to smoke or to eat. Five minute walk to The Great Western Shopping Centre which has a great outdoor eatery that includes Noodle Box, Pizza Hut, Subway, Bakers Delight, Fin Macools Irish Pub, Litse Lounge (Café), Pepper & Salt (Café) etc.
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“They had the right idea when they started,” Lee suggests. “Music Man wanted something that was Stratlike and the pickups were like Stratocaster pickups and in the same positions. I think the first guitar they made for me, the neck was a little thin, so I definitely had an influence there on the way the necks are made. I told them I definitely need a wider string spacing for playing finger-style – I like the speed that you can get with a pick, so I use a flat pick and a couple of fingers to get the finger-style playing – I couldn’t get on with a thumb pick, which was used by a lot of my favourite players like Scotty Moore, who played with Elvis, so I developed a sort of hybrid way of playing with flat pick and fingers. It wasn’t totally original; there were other people doing it at that time too. Anyway, when it came out it proved to be a very popular guitar. It’s a great guitar to play.
On their current round of touring Angus & Julia Stone are using the Shure PSM 900 personal monitoring system, distributed locally by Jands.
Kings Of Leon once again opted to use Angelo Petraglia and Jacquire King to produce their latest album, Come Around Sundown, recorded at Avatar Studios in New York.
WHAT’S THE ACCESS TO THE STUDIO LIKE WITH REGARDS TO PARKING, FLAT LOAD, ETC?
Ball originally designed the Albert Lee model guitar in 1987 as a prototype instrument featuring a radical new angular body, and when Lee tried it out, as he admits, it became his main axe on the stage and in the studio. It wasn’t until 1993 that Ernie Ball began manufacturing the guitar on a mass basis as the Albert Lee Signature model with a pinkburst finish, three Seymour Duncan single coil pickups, a maple neck and a Music Man standard bridge.
The Killers’ Brandon Flowers called on three producers – Stuart Price, Daniel Lanois and Brendan O’Brien – to record his debut solo album, Flamingo. Price also mastered the 18-song CD that comes as a bonus with The Killers’ Live From The Royal Albert Hall DVD released last November.
My rates are very competitive but the quality, equipment and end result is world class! I’ve won numerous mastering shoot outs with other well known US and Australian mastering engineers/services who charge considerably more.
then new line of StingRay bass guitars. Sterling Ball went on to become an important part of Music Man’s research and development department, which made it an obvious asset for Ernie Ball to purchase when the company went on the market. Because Lee’s association with the company predates Ball’s purchase of Music Man, he still sees Ernie Ball guitars as essentially Music Man.
Winner of three Golden Guitars, Maton endorsed Brisbane-based guitarist Michael Fix (Hat Trick, Graeme Connors) has set up a fully-equipped ProTools studio and is set up to lay acoustic and electric guitar, bass, mandolin, ukulele and banjo tracks down on any recording project out there that might need a little extra colour. All he needs is an mp3 of the track and your specific instructions on just what you’d like added. For further information, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Producer Paul Stacey did the honours on the new double-album collection, Croweology, from The Black Crowes, acoustic reworkings of back catalogue favourites recorded at Sunset Sound Studios in Los Angeles.
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The latest album, Flight Of The Crow, from UK busker troubadour Passenger (aka Mike Rosenberg), was recorded at BJB Studios in Sydney’s Surry Hills and co-produced by Berkfinger (aka Simon Berckelman) of Philadelphia Grand Jury.
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onsidered by many of his peers – Eric Clapton amongst them – as the guitarist’s guitarist, English-born, California-based guitarist Albert Lee has come a long way from the Hofner President acoustic arch-top guitar he started out with at the age of 15. He graduated to a Hofner Grazioso electric before, in 1961, getting his first Les Paul Gibson guitar. These days he’s very much associated with Ernie Ball guitars and in fact the company manufactures a signature Albert Lee HH guitar. “I played a Fender Telecaster well into the 80s,” Lee explains. “Then I got involved with the Music Man company. I’d been involved with Music Man in the early 70s, using their amps, then Ernie Ball bought the company [in 1984] and decided to redesign the guitars and I was there on the ground floor really, adding thoughts on what I’d like for a guitar. They just built some fantastic instruments and I’ve been
playing them ever since. I mean I still love Fenders, but I have to say that the Music Man guitars, they’re such a great quality and great sound, so easy to play that I wouldn’t switch now. I play the Fender occasionally, but the Music Man is my instrument now and I’m lucky enough to have an instrument made by a first class company with my name on it. That’s very cool!”
“But then they designed a guitar that is kind of odd-looking but with a similar kind of pickup spacings and I took a liking to it and they gave me one – they’d only made half a dozen of them – and I continued to play this guitar for quite a few years. Eventually they got their production numbers up and they said, ‘We think we’re going to put your guitar out and put your name on it’.”
Leo Fender set up Music Man, who was behind the development of the original Fender guitars, after he sold the company in the mid-70s, so it was inevitable that their guitars would have all the best qualities as their basis. Roland Ball – he picked up the Ernie appellative because the folks in Arizona seem to have a problem with the name Roland – was running a music store in Arizona in the early 1950s when he met Fender and became an endorsee, but it was his pioneering line of custom guitar strings that made Ball his fortune. As it happens, Ball’s son Sterling became, in 1975, a tester for Leo Fender’s
In 1996, the Albert Lee guitar line was broadened to include new colours and an optional Music Man vintage tremolo, as well as the famous Music Man “Silent Circuit” and a fully-intonateable hard-tail bridge. Weighing in at just 2.95 kg, it’s certainly an easy guitar to throw around while you play, the body being made of African mahogany while the neck and fingerboard are of rosewood. Accommodating lightning-fast country rock guitarist’s preference for a wider neck, the neck is 41.3 mm at the nut and 56.9 mm at the last fret. Naturally, Ernie Ball strings are recommended.
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