BSide Magazine #100

Page 1

ISSUE #100 NOVEMBER 16th - NOVEMBER 29th 2017



CHRIS FINNEN AND PHIL MANNING ALSO INSIDE: Cosmic Psychos, Culture Club, Ugly Kid Joe, Fuel, Mondo Rock, SCALA, Liam Gerner, The East Pointers, Treehouse Casino, Flat Cap Productions, Childhood Cancer Bene�it and much more…

WIN a recording package. The event is to be held at Pirie St’s Bluebee Room and is open to any SOLO artists.


album, Red Leaf, from 4pm on Sunday 19 November at the Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, with tickets at the door and Los Pinchos Loco food truck parked out the front of the pub.

PAULA STANDING Singer songwriter Paula Standing Jen Lush and her illustrious is set to launch her Pity Me single band have enticed Tim Moore from her Good Heart EP at the to join them from 8pm on Daniel O’Connell Hotel, 165 Thursday 16 November for a Tynte St, North Adelaide, from $10 ticketed show at the Grace 8pm on Friday 17 November Emily Hotel, 232 Waymouth St, with Elaine McLaughlin as Adelaide, at which Jen will be special guest and tickets via presenting songs from her debut Trybooking or at the door with album, The Night’s Insomnia. the $15 single ticket price (or two tickets for $20) to include a copy RACHAEL LEAHCAR of the EP. RONNIE TAHENY

BLUE KATZ Blue Katz have been invited to play the opening night of Port Noarlunga Deep South Blues Festival and will be performing at 9.30pm alongside The Bluescasters and The Harmonics at Port Noarlunga & Christies Beach RSL Club (Harmonica House) on Friday 24 November. CHRIS FINNEN


Little Miss have invited Heath Weber to join them for a free entry show from 9pm on Saturday 18 November in the salubrious front bar of the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh. CAL WILLIAMS JR Cal Williams Jr will have some very special guests with him when he launches his latest

Audioism is a new Adelaide business with over a dozen years industry experience that specialises in mobile recording and can come direct to you to record. Audioism will also be running a live music event on Friday 2 February and looking for SOLO performers who’d like to


Adelaide-based blues legend Chris Finnen will have his electric band with him and Jack Humphries as special guest when he plays a concert at Trinity Sessions at Church Of The Trinity, 318 Goodwood Rd, Clarence Pk, from 7.30pm on Friday 1 December with catering from Little Seeds and tickets via Dramatix. THE BITTER DARLINGS

Following a successful concert earlier this year, Ronnie Taheney has just announced Rachael Leahcar has announced another show at the Governor a concert at the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Saturday 3 Hindmarsh, SA, on Sunday 19 February. November to present songs from her new album and more with AUDIOISM tickets via the venue or Oztix.

EDITOR: Robert Dunstan CONTRIBUTORS: Mad Dog Bradley, Ian Messenger, Romana Ashton, Robert Brokenmouth, Steve Larkin LAYOUT: Ian Messenger COVER: Charlotte Padbury


Country rockets The Bitter Darlings have been quite quiet of late but all that will change when the quintet play a free entry show at the Grace Emily Hotel, 232 Waymouth St, Adelaide, from 8pm on Saturday 18 November with special guests Naomi Keyte and Melbourne’s James Ellis & The Jealous Guys. STONE PONY Stone Pony’s final concert for 2017 will boast the talents of The Heggarties and Alana Jagt at Wirra Creek Music, 175 Main Rd, Willunga on Friday 17 November with tickets via Ticketbo or at the door.


CONTACT BSIDE General or Editorial Enquiries:

Advertising with BSide: Gigs in BSide: submit your gigs to
















selling fast!









selling fast!


selling fast!


THE LATE NIGHT GOV CAFÉ “ delicious food that fits in one hand so you can still nurse a coopers PALE in the other watch your favourite band ”






WEEKLY FRONT BAR GIG GUIDE Lord Stompy’s Harmonica Tribe American Appalachian Sessions Ukulele Appreciation Society Gumbo Room Blues Jam FRIDAY FREE FOR ALL: Open MIC IRISH Sessions (Saloon Bar) SATURDAY: FREE, Live ANd Local Bands MONDAY: TUESDAY: WEDNEDAY: THURSDAY: FRIDAY:


“LOVE food, love THE GOV” DISCOVER our exciting new menu...


Showcasing quality local produce, freshly prepared inhouse. Dine before the gig and we,ll make sure you don’t miss a thing. Kids, vegetarians and musos welcome.

Book now!

CALL 8340 0744


(opposite the entertainment centre)

CA L L 8340 0744

FRI 17


SAT 18


SUN 19




FRI 24


SAT 25



MON 20



WED 22


SUN 26



“But I’m livin’ the dream as they say,” Geoff, who tours solo or with his band, The Souldiggers, laughs. Back in 2010, Geoff recorded a live album, Jammin’ In The Attic, with American musician Randell Bramlett (saxophone and Hammond organ) who has a close association with The Allman Brothers Band and was a later member of Sea Level alongside Chuck Leavell who now tours as the keyboard-playing member of The Rolling Stones. “Randall and I had the same American booking agent so we were often both in the same area,” Geoff recalls. “So we’d often do shows together and we just hit if off right from the beginning. We’d do one of his songs and then one of mine and just jam them out.

geoff achison GEOFF ACHISON by Robert Dunstan Award winning, Melbournebased blues and soul artist Geoff Achison (photographed above by Sam Tilders) was more than happy to take part in the second Childhood Cancer Benefit concert as not only is the event for a very worthy cause, it also gives the musician an opportunity to perform in South Australia for the first time in a number of years. Geoff, cruising along the Hume Hwy back home to Melbourne after some Sydney shows when we spoke, says the fact Adelaide’s Lazy Eye were also on the bill was an added bonus. “It was a lovely offer to be asked to take part and it sounds like it’s going to be a ripper evening because it’s such a great line-up,” he says of the bill that also boasts Mojo Dingo and Ciara Walsh, who herself is a childhood cancer survivor. “I’m a big fan of Lazy Eye so am hoping we’ll get the chance to play some tunes together.

“The loose plan is that all the acts will play their own sets and then we’ll concoct something where we all play together to finish the night off,” Geoff announces. “So, yeah, I was keen to get involved in this one as I’d seen the line-up [organiser] John Humphries had put together for the first one – the one with Chris Finnen and Dave

Blight back in April – and thought, ‘Wow, that looks great’.”

The event, which will have a raffle with some great prizes, including a Epiphone electric guitar signed by Geoff and Lazy Eye’s Erica Graf, will have the Melbourne musician playing with drummer Andrew Bignall, bass player Damien Steele Scott and keyboard player Paul White.

“And that live recording was only the third show we did together and one where we were joined by a rhythm section and that record found its way to the desk of the editor of Hittin’ The Note Magazine which is a quarterly publication from the people who are big fans of The Allman Brothers Band and acts like that. “So they put the album out on their Hittin’ The Note label,” Geoff announces. “It was the kind of thing they do. Put out these quirky little recordings.”

The musician, whose formative years were spent as a member of the late Dutch Tilders’ band, concludes by saying he will have copies of his new album for sale with part proceeds being donated to the Cancer Council.

“We’ve been in contact,” Geoff says of having the players, who perform around town with Adelaide’s Zyke, as his backing “I’ll also be bringing over some copies of my band. “So they have my material and wife Michelle’s picture book for kids,” Geoff will know my songs but I will be kicking says of Bruno’s Blues. “Bruno is a young kelpie my spot off at the concert with a little acoustic set before the guys join me. And pup who finds a guitar and falls in love with the it true blues tradition, there “The loose plan is blues. It helps describe to kids what it’s like to play music and what it feels like.” will be some spontaneous that all the acts moments which is one of will play their own the joys of playing this kind sets and then we’ll Much-regarded Melbourne-based blues artist and multiple award of music.” concoct something winner Geoff Achison will be taking where we all play part in the next Childhood Cancer Geoff’s latest album, together to finish the Benefit alongside award winning Another Mile Another night off.” local trio Lazy Eye as well as Mojo Minute, has been released Dingo and Ciara Walsh at the German by a respected American Club, 223 Flinders St, Adelaide, from 7pm blues label, Landslide, (doors from 6pm) on Saturday 25 November which has resulted in two US tours already this with tickets here https://premier.ticketek. year. “I’ve always released my albums independently but I know some of the other acts on that label as I’ve often toured with them,” he says. “So when Landslide offered me a contract, it was great. But, yeah, they have been keeping me very busy these last 12 months. When you sign with an American label, they pretty much demand that you tour as much as you can.

and film. I always wanted to keep doing music so that’s what I did.”

Roy, who says he’s looking forward to getting in a few rounds of golf while in Australia, learnt classical piano as a child.

culture club CULTURE CLUB By Robert Dunstan Roy Hay, guitarist with Culture Club who are set to play Adelaide Entertainment Centre in December, still has fond memories of when the band came to Adelaide back in 1984 with an appearance in Rundle Mall attracting thousands of fans. “And I remember us being given the keys to the city,” he recalls with a chuckle. “And what’s really bizarre about all that is someone I know, a native son of Adelaide, was also once given the keys to the city.

“And that gentleman’s name is Mark Woodforde,” Roy laughs. “We had this bizarre conversation because Mark is the tennis pro at a country club I’m a member of. And I mentioned to him that I was once given the keys to the city of Adelaide and he laughed and said, ‘Ha, so was I’. It was a funny moment.

“So I can’t wait to get back to Adelaide, visit Rundle Mall again and get a nice serve of dumplings,” he says. Roy says it’s been enjoyable getting Culture Club back together once again. “There are some great things, such as Culture Club, that happen in your life. And then we think back, and think, ‘Oh, perhaps we didn’t end that in quite the right way so let’s get back together’. We all thought we needed to rewrite the ending.” Culture Club, it must be said, kind of imploded rather than broke up.

“To be quite honest, the ’80s were all a bit of a blur and I think we got burnt out,” Roy

“But it didn’t seem very sexy when I became a teenager,” he laughs. “It was the ’70s and no one played the piano – it was boring, man – so I picked up guitar and started learning that. And away I went. In fact, I don’t think the other guys in Culture Club knew I could play piano until after we’d been together for a few months. “But I think, with the way the band ended up writing songs, that classical training as a kid came in really handy. Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?, Victims and, to a certain extent, Time (Clock Of The Heart) were all written on piano.

laughs. “I think we all just wanted a bit of space and all wanted to try some different things. But now we think, ‘Culture Club were too special to mess around with. “But songs like Karma Chameleon, Church Let’s get back together Of The Poison Mind and Miss Me “I don’t think the Blind were all kinda written on and make some more good memories again’. other guys in guitar,” Roy announces. “So it’s Culture Club knew been nice to write songs from “And it’s been amazing,” both points of view – guitar I could play piano and piano – because I think he enthuses. “We had an amazing world tour last until after we’d it was good for me to get to year and it was great to been together for a understand the rudiments of get back to Australia again music when I was young. few months.” after all that time. And it will be interesting to see how Boy George being on “And classical training certainly The Voice will affect the crowds. It might didn’t stop Rick Wakeman working with be that we get some younger people come rock bands,” he adds with a laugh. “Not that I along this time to see what we are all was ever as good as him.” about.” Culture Club had universal appeal as while they were quite ‘pop’ in many ways, there was a freshness about them that many embraced. “The ’80s were great in that way,” Roy suggests. “It was time for pop bands which we don’t get anymore. We now don’t have pop bands but we have pop stars or pop artists. In the ’80s you were happy to be a pop band writing your own songs and doing your own thing, It was accepted back then.” After Culture Club, Roy formed another band, This Way Up, but after three relatively unsuccessful singles and an album, Feelin’ Good About it, for Virgin Records, he moved to the US and began working for Sony Music before branching off into the film industry where he worked alongside Hans Zimmer and David Lynch.

“Yeah, I did that This Way Up album with a guy called John Reid and then started working at writing for and producing a bunch of artists,” Roy says. “And then I got involved in writing music for television

Culture Club play Adelaide Entertainment Centre on Thursday 7 December with The Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey and Eurogliders as special guests with tickets via Ticketek here: http://premier. aspx?sh=CULTCLUB17&v=AEC

a relationship that starts to unravel for no explicable reason. I›ve always drawn from the personal, but this album is essentially about my relationship with Melinda Kay (who joins me on the album) and something many people might (or might not) have experienced.

“It starts as the relationship is already slipping. The main question I seem to have during the writing of the album is why is this happening? Everything was fine until we moved into a very old house. We felt this ‘force’ was ripping us apart. It turns out the house was haunted – if you believe that kind of thing. The ghost (or force) really started to fuck with our heads.

andrew mccubbin & melinda kay ANDREW MCCUBBIN & MELINDA KAY By Robert Brokenmouth Internationally acclaimed producer, songwriter, singer and multi-instrumentalist Andrew McCubbin will soon be back in town with Melinda Kay to feature a new LP, Where Once There Was A Fire, which has already attracted positive reviews in Europe.

McCubbin has received Single Of The Week and even Single Of the Year for The Fog Song, The Last Breeze and Blue and Album Of The Week for Dead Pilot and Hope Addicts. This ain’t someone you wanna miss but who is Andrew McCubbin? “I’ve been performing under my own name since I released my debut album, Dead Pilot. My new album, Where Once There Was A Fire is my fifth. I spent most of my time from 2001 to 2011 touring Australia and Europe.

“I’ve been to Adelaide a few times - including playing with Penny Ikinger when we supported David Bowie’s guitarist Adrian Belew, and also with Philippa Nihill (from Underground Lovers).” I saw you in January with Michael Plater (Melbourne) and Henry Hugo (Switzerland).

“I suppose the force is referenced in a few places but more so in Blue Right Through with, ‘Whatever happened to this life of ours?/ How did it slip right through?/ I knew you loved me just like I loved you/ It just came and blew right through’.”

“Yes! At the Exeter and then at an awesome house party! It was great. I love I think Where Once There was a Fire is also an album of strength and hope. I like the last Adelaide! I’ve been looking track as it indicates a show of forward to returning.” “I love this You seem to have kept quote from Tom solidarity. to the songs, rather than dazzle Tell us about Where Once Waits about us with explosive sounds. There Was A Fire. “For about 10 years, myself and The Hope Addicts had a pattern: I’d spend a few months writing, then we’d test the songs at gigs for a while, then we’d go and record the songs live, add a few overdubs, then head back to Europe.

recording, ‘If you’re not careful you’ll end up with a chicken in your mouth and feathers everywhere’.”

“But by 2011 I was stretched so much that my relationships and health began to break down. So I took stock to work out how I wanted my life to be. I broke everything down until I had nothing and started again.

“Once the dust had settled I set up a recording studio and began writing again. I found when I went to my usual well for inspiration the same type of music was coming out… So I went to find a new well. So instead of starting my writing with a guitar or piano I started with drums. This was great because it changed the way I approached everything else. This album is… A phoenix from the flames.” Given the thread (if not narrative) is it fair to ask just how personal it is?

“Yes, you’re right, Where Once There Was A Fire is a narrative – it’s the story of

“My approach is to always let the songs dictate what needs to happen. I try and stay out of the way when I’m writing and recording. I relinquish any sense of control with each song.

“I like minimal music a lot, particularly when I feel the voice or the lyric is the most important thing. Once you start to overload a song it can start to sink. And even if it doesn’t sink at first it will sink later.

“Having said that, there’s a lot going on – choirs, strings, horns, timpani, drums, guitars, piano. I just mixed it so the songs could breathe. I always hope that people will get the end of one of my songs or the end of the album and want to listen to it again. That won’t happen if the songs don’t breathe. “I love this quote from Tom Waits about recording, ‘If you’re not careful you’ll end up with a chicken in your mouth and feathers everywhere’.”

Melbourne’s Andrew McCubbin is heading to Adelaide with Melinda Kay and playing Hillside Fest 5.0 on Saturday 25 November with a bunch of other acts and Hotel Metro, 46 Grote St, Adelaide, from 3pm on Sunday 26 November at which they will be joined by The Vulgars and Insomnicide (featuring Rosie Brennan and Shakey McGee) with $10 tickets at the door.

JUNGLE (M) ***1/2

This longish-time-coming true story is the latest from Aussie producer, director and Wolf Creek main-man Greg McLean (coming after the supernatural scarer The Darkness and the intense semi-satire The Belko Experiment), and is one of the continuing stream of smaller movies chosen by star Daniel Radcliffe, who seems to refreshingly prefer more indie, intimate outings to big American cheese-fests. It’s certainly a powerful drama too, even if at first you might take against Daniel’s Yosseph ‘Yossi’ Ghinsberg because he’s a bit of a fool and due to the fact that, at times, the wilds of the Gold Coast a little too obviously stand in for the Amazon.

nice chummy playing and a surprising early scene where Yossi goes on a drug trip.

The three are then spotted in La Paz by Austrian Karl Ruchprecter (Thomas Kretschmann, not playing a Nazi for once), and he talks of a lost Indian tribe in the jungle and wants the trio of new pals to join him in a search. And they somehow believe him, and dread creeps in as they hike for several days, start fighting and get separated, and then we’re up close and personal with the solo, desperate, exhausted and starving Yossi as he loses his marbles and (in a scene that shows McLean’s knack for the horrific) uses a knife to dig a parasite out of his own flesh.

Drawn from Ghinsberg’s memoir (Jungle: A Harrowing True Story Of Survival) In 1981 Ghinsberg, a young and with him on board as Israeli lad hoping to see the an advisor, this offers of Radcliffe’s best performances, world after three years in as he’s alone on screen for military service, travels to Bolivia looking for adventure long stretches, convincingly cracks up and looks shaggy, and quickly meets Swiss filthy and emaciated. And as teacher Marcus Stamm far away from Harry Potter as (Joel Jackson a.k.a. TV’s you can get, which is surely Peter Allen) and American one of the key reasons why he photographer Kevin signed on. Gale (Aussie actor Alex Russell), and there’s some MDB


This attempt to revive the tedious Saw series (which supposedly came to an end with the 3D seventh installment in 2010) was co-directed by the German Australian Spieirg brothers (Peter and Michael), and it’s their first film as ‘directors for hire’ after nurturing Undead, Daybreakers and the wellreceived Predestination (which won them this gig despite driving many genre fans nuts). And they really should have said no, as this suspensefree, TV-movie-looking epic is a disappointment even by Saw standards, with a cast of fools you can’t wait to see get carved up and plot convolutions that’ll leave you rightly asking, “What the… ???”

A plot that was ridiculously secret for ages begins with a crim named Edgar Munsen (Josiah Black) being chased onto a rooftop, babbling about being forced to do something or other and getting shot by cops including grizzled Detective Halloran, who’s played by pro character actor Callum Keith Rennie with a little sleazy energy. A dull pair of forensic pathologists, Logan Nelson (Matt Passmore) and Eleanor Bonneville (Hannah Emily Anderson), are then introduced examining a corpse

with half a rubbery skull, and this seems to be connected to the other consecutive narrative thread, where five strangers are ensnared in a succession of ludicrously lethal traps which appear to be the work of the ever-sanctimonious Jigsaw. But Jigsaw’s been dead for 10 years (we even saw his ghastly autopsy at the beginning of a previous sequels, although only the most desocialised of devotees will be able to recall which one), which is a bit of an issue as Halloran, Nelson and Bonneville (something of a Jigsaw groupie) go about the humdrum business of trying to work out who the murderer is.

And Pete Goldfinger and Josh Stolberg’s script sidesteps the apparently obvious big reveal and instead ties everything in knots for a final series of tricks and turnarounds that prove pretty damn baffling, and leave you in no doubt that Saw IX is surely on the way.

Or is it? Apparently this one’s stiffed at the box office, while the Spierigs have mercifully retreated to Australia and their newie Winchester, so it’s certainly possible that this is the whole Saw thing’s death rattle. And not before bloody time! Struth!!!


going to do Nirvana’s album and that kind of stuff so you knew it was going to sound good straight up.

In the middle of that recording session the Cosmic Psychos took a day off to film the clip for Dead Roo. In their clips and in their music there’s always a fair dose of humour along with their signature power and adrenaline rush. “Yeah [humour] is a good way to get a message across. I think I’ve always been that way. From when I was a little kid I always loved the Monty Python-ish kind of humour, just ad hoc.

cosmic psychos Cosmic Psychos by Ian Messenger Considered dead-set legends of the grunge world the unassuming Cosmic Psychos were teaching Seattle how to not-play guitar in those pioneering days of the 80s. Their influence on that power chord foetus of North-West America 30 years ago is well documented from such luminaries as Eddie Vedder and Butch Vig.

And if Kurt Cobain was sucking this stuff up then any kid with a stomp box in Adelaide owes it to themselves to a distortion sponge bath at the Fowlers next month and buy themselves a ticket to the Better In The Shed Tour.

Their latest single, of which is the purpose of this tour, is a great introduction. After decades of playing everywhere and recording countless albums Better In The Shed is Cosmic Psychos at their best and also at their most classic. But for most of us we are well accustomed to these blokes who just can’t do wrong. BSide spoke to the man himself Ross Knight, vocalist and bass player, who lives out on his old family farm in country Victoria where he farms the land and drives bulldozers for extra money. I asked him if the film clip was actually filmed in his very own shed.

“Yeah yeah, that’s just done in me man shed where I do all my exercise and all my drinking basically – dual purpose.” I suggested to Ross that his exercise may counter the drinking. “Yeah you work hard for a couple of hours then you drink hard for a couple of hours – that’s my ying and yang shed,” laughs Ross.

“Yeah because we don’t rehearse, and we’ve only ever played that song once because, as the lyric said, you know it’s a cunt of a riff and the chords don’t fit. It was the last thing we recorded. “Dean [drummer] had already gone home, we’d done the music for it, and I really struggled with it. I wrote it in a hurry when I’d had a few beers. It sounded great in the shed. It sounded really good, but when we went to do it I went, ‘this is shit! This is really the worse thing to try and play’.

“But if you gonna say something, and even if it’s a serious subject I’d rather be totally ironic about it or add a bit of humour to it. Instead of reading how it is, I’d rather make fun of something really really important, so people at least like it or listen to it. And they go ‘ha ha, hang on there’s something underneath there’. “You know, it’s just an easier way. You know, I don’t preach. A lot of things give me the shits and at the end of the day if you can’t have a laugh basically about almost anything you’re about stuffed.”

“But if you gonna say something, and even if it’s a serious subject I’d rather be totally ironic about it or add a bit of humour to it.”

“I didn’t want to do it and couldn’t do it, and that’s how the lyrics turned out. I just said to Sylvia the producer, ‘this song sounded much better in the shed, it’s a cunt of a riff, it’s shit, I don’t want to play it.’ And then we just went, ‘oh well, there’s the lyrics I suppose’,” laughs Ross. “Yeah we’ll have a go at it,” he continues. “And um, I would expect that probably for the rest of my life whether that be a week or fuckin’ fifty years I don’t reckon I’d be able to nail that song once. But who cares, we’re gonna give it a go anyway.” The eminently casual and give-a-fuck vibe of the Cosmic Psychos has been there from the very start. Even in 1991 when they flew over to Smart Studios to record under Butch Vig after he’d just recorded Nirvana’s Nevermind album there wasn’t what you would call a career-focused mindset when they stunned everyone how much beer they could drink. I wondered what it was like going all the way over to America and recording with Butch Vig. “Well, it was alright because we’d already been and played in The States quite a few times so going over there we were sort of pretty comfortable with it. And look honestly at the time I knew of Butch and I knew of Smart Studios ‘cause of what had come out of there.

Better In The Shed is a song about Ross struggling to record a riff he came up with in his shed when jamming. The song is about the “There was some great stuff. Some mates of song. I wondered if Ross had played it live yet. mine had recorded there, and I knew he was

In other times artists of such blatant honesty and irreverence might have been hung, drawn, and quartered. The politically correct certainly despise the Cosmic Psychos but Ross will be the first to deny any claim to the podium of an artist.

“Look it gets misinterpreted a lot of the time by the New Age politically correctness police which hate our guts but they just don’t get it, they just don’t get it,” says Ross.

“So anyway, if they want to walk around with their heads shoved up their arse for the rest of their life wanting something to complain about, well if that’s the way you want to live your life – you just go and live it. Whatever floats ya boat, that’s fantastic.” “Look I don’t class myself as a muso anyway so it doesn’t worry me. You know, as I said, I’m not a musician, I’m a farmer and I have a bit of fun. “And people don’t get it – that’s all I am. You know,” Ross laughs, “it’s quite simple.”

Cosmic Psychos play Fowler’s Live, 68 North Tce, Adelaide, for their Better In The Shed Tour. Supported by Amyl & The Sniffers and Meatbeaters. Tickets at Moshtix.

ent tainm r e t n E A List

The Kran sky S isters, Ade

laide Festival Centre and in assoc t iation with QPAC presen

A Very Kransky Christmas After a sell-out 2016 season the nutty sisters return with their cracker show “A guaranteed night of good laughs and terrific music” IN DAILY

15 & 16 DECEMBER 2017 Dunstan Playhouse BOOK NOW 131 246

some of the songs on it were pretty good.

mondo rock MONDO ROCK By Robert Dunstan Australian band Mondo Rock are currently in tour mode around the country and in SA will be playing outdoor event A Day On The Green alongside John Farnham, Kate Ceberano, Rusdell Morris and The Badloves. The tour happily coincides with the release of a new, 30-song Mondo Rock ‘best of’ album, The Complete Anthology, via Mushroom’s ongoing Bloodlines series that will also have the band’s entire back catalogue of seven studio albums reissued. BSide Magazine spoke at length to Mondo Rock’s singer Ross Wilson who was very forthcoming on all manner of things.

“It’s a nice collection and we’re pretty with it,” he says of the new anthology. “They’d come to us and said they’d be happy to handle the Mondo Rock back catalogue which we’d been doing a reasonable job of by ourselves. We had things up online and all that but they were so enthusiastic we had a meeting with them. “And there was a guy at that meeting, Dean McLaughlan, their new general manager, who was big fan of the band,” Ross continues.

“Dean obviously knew what he was talking about and suggested putting out a greatest hits thing of 15 or so songs. And then, after more discussion, suggested remastering all the songs and putting out a much more expansive version. “So Dean picked the songs for the anthology and then asked if there was anything else we wanted on there,” he says. “And I said, ‘Well, there is actually. There’s a Mondo Rock song called Marina that I’ve been listening back to and thinking it’s one that has always been overlooked’.

“It was from The Modern Bop album but once you get into greatest hits land, some worthwhile things get left out because they were just an album track,” Ross laughs. “Marina was a song written by [guitarist] Eric McCusker and the way the band treated it was just fantastic. And there was another song, Soul Reason, that Eric and I wrote that ended up on the very final Mondo Rock album that we also thought should be on there. That album, Why Fight It, was a huge flop but

“So when Dean sent us the remastered versions we had a listen and thought, ‘Hey this is pretty okay’,” he continues. “And Dean had also selected the album version of The Modern Bop rather than the single version which had a fair bit of jamming going on at the end. So it was interesting, particularly with the second disc where all these songs kind of pop up that people may not have heard for quite a while. “So it was all very entertaining and even I, when listening to it, sometimes went, ‘Wow! I’d forgotten all about that song’,” he laughs. It’s fitting that Mondo Rock are now touring alongside John Farnham as the band’s A Touch Of Paradise was the singer’s third single from his hugely successful comeback album, Whispering Jack, of 1986. It was a song, however, that had been in Mondo Rock’s repertoire for many years previously and I have fond memories of the band performing it at the Arkaba Hotel back in the early ’80s.

“We’d been playing A Touch Of Paradise since the very beginnings of Mondo Rock but it took us ages to get a good version down in the studio,” Ross says. “And I remember when I was doing a bit of stuff with [American producer and The Runaways’ manager] Kim Fowley, who has had more hit records than I’ve had holidays, I played him a rough demo of A Touch Of Paradise and he said, ‘That’s a hit!’ Fowley knew a hit song when he heard it and told me to keep workin’ on it. “And after John Farnham had recorded it, which was quite different to our version, and that Whispering Jack album went through the roof, he asked if we had any

others like that, he continues. “So in Melbourne as Sons Of The Vegetal we had this song, We’re No Angels, Mother and were doing Eagle Rock, which was in the same kind of At The Rockhouse and a few other territory so he did that on his Age songs and Alex had asked us to play Of Reason album. There’s also his festival. So we played our first gig another Mondo Rock song, No One under the new name, Daddy Cool, at Comes Close, a song written by that festival at Glenelg as a kind of Eric McCusker, on the “Farnham was warm-up gig for our first Whispering Jack album show in Melbourne a couple actually down of weeks later. that we never released. the corridor in We’d demoed it but, the studio when “And, apparently, James Black, because we had too we demoed No who plays with Mondo Rock many songs at the time, we shelved it. One Comes Close these days, was at the Glenelg gig,” he laughs. and as soon “Farnham was actually as he heard us down the corridor in say we weren’t Legend has it that the late the studio when we Tom Petty was a huge Daddy going to use it, he demoed No One Comes Cool fan. grabbed it.” Close and as soon as he heard us say we weren’t “Yeah, that’s so,” Ross going to use it, he grabbed it,” Ross acknowledges. “And it was funny then recalls with a laugh. “So there because a while back I noticed I was were two Mondo Rock songs on getting a lot of APRA money for online Whispering Jack.” plays of Come Back Again but didn’t want to look into it too closely in case Speaking to Ross gave me the it was a case of mistaken identity. But opportunity to clear something up. when I did, I saw that Tom Petty had Did Daddy Cool really play their first been playing it fairly regularly on that ever show at Glenelg Town Hall in SiriusXM Satellite Radio show he was SA as part of one of Alex Innocenti’s doing. many festivals of that era? “And via social media, I’m in touch “It was absolutely the very first with Benmont Tench from Tom Petty live performance of Daddy Cool & The Heartbreakers and he has ever,” Ross confirms. “What had confirmed that Tom and he were big happened was we were playing a lot Daddy Cool fans and that’s kind of

how they got together due to their love of the band. Benmont has told me that when he and Tom first got together they wanted to be like Daddy Cool and play spontaneous music.

“By the same token, when I first heard the song Breakdown by Tom Petty, I thought, ‘Wow! Who’s this and what’s that?’, and went straight out and bought their debut album,” Ross concludes.

A Day On The Green will feature Mondo Rock, Kate Ceberano, Russell Morris and The Badloves alongside headliner John Farnham at Peter Lehmann Wines (Barossa Valley) on Saturday 25 November with tickets via Ticketmaster here: http://www.ticketmaster. venue/155925

thing after years of playing and listening to music, Killian is quite sure where they source their inspiration.

treehouse casino

“I think the main one would be The Strokes. But we also like early Artic Monkeys. That sort of era.”

Plans for their upcoming EP is to not change the formulae that much in regards to what goes on in the studio. “Nah we’re probably going to keep it pretty minimalist,” continues Kilian. “The first Strokes album is our go-to tracks for comparison. But most of our lead guitars are nothing too complicated. Same as production.”

Treehouse Casino by Ian Messenger Treehouse Casino might have got their name from an episode in The Simpsons but these young lads fresh out of school have a maturity to their songs which they’ve been unleashing on the Adelaide music scene.

BSide got on speaker-phone to the slightly reticent singer and guitarist James Killian and guitarist Guy Fenwick about their band and if they’ve been doing many gigs.

“Yeah we’ve played a little bit. Six or seven in the last couple of months,” says Killian. On Treehouse Casino’s bandcamp site there are a couple of tracks. The young band has plans to do more. “Yeah at the moment we just have those two recorded [Can I Go? and Silver Tongue] but we are planning on going back into the studio these uni holidays to record a fourtrack EP, at SAE with our drummer.” Whilst some bands are unsure of their influences as it is mostly an unconscious

I asked the boys what their general vibe is for Treehouse Casino. Are they keen to get out there and play a heap of gigs and see where it all goes?

“Yeah man, definitely!” enthuses Killian. “Pretty content just doing all the pubs and stuff, but eventually doing. . .” “Bigger things,” chimes in guitarist Guy Fenwick, to which Killian agrees.

Catch Treehouse Casino play at Minnesota Fats Bar & Billiards, 192 Pirie St, Adelaide, on Saturday November 25. Supported by Ramparts, Analogue Deluxe and more TBA. Details.

bard’s corner


a mild day on the banks of the Murray. not summer yet and the dry breeze ripples the water making the waves go against the current. a group of retired men and women are nearby, on a day trip from Adelaide as their bus idles farther up near the Mannum ferry. I strip down to my shorts and enter the cold water, not because I am hot but because I am bored and want something to do. but they are astonished. I ignore, don’t listen to their hoots and friendly heckling, and go under, splash around, swim out to the middle of the brown river, float on my back, listen to the churn of the ferry.


was tribute concert for people such as Bowie and Prince so we learnt Heroes.”

Koady has fond memories of the trio performing at WOMADelaide earlier this year.

the east pointers THE EAST POINTERS By Robert Dunstan Award winning Canadian trio The East Pointers are already in the country and about to commence an extensive tour that will have them playing club dates as well as a few festivals to promote the release of their second album, What We Leave Behind.

joked we should play together as a band but never took it further.

“It’s such a great festival because it’s a whole experience and one you will remember,” he enthuses. “It’s very professionally run – it’s like a well-oiled machine – and you meet great people. We’ve played three WOMAD festivals around the world now and they all have such an eclectic mix of music to enjoy. So I was pleased to hear that WOMADelaide recently got extended until at least 2014.” The East Pointers have just completed a European and UK tour.

“And we spent over two weeks on tour and it was mostly through England and Wales,” Koady says. “And it was nice to spend some time in Wales because it’s a place you don’t often get to. That’s one of the joys of being a touring musician.

“And then some time aligned when we were all off the road so we decided to record a little EP for fun,” he continues. “But that recording fell “He’s a bit younger into the right hands and I recently had the pleasure of suddenly we were touring than us but seeing Prince Edward Island’s as The East Pointers.” everyone knows Dylan Menzie perform – he was everyone on Prince special guest of The Audreys at The trio are pleased with Governor Hindmarsh Hotel – their second album, What Edward Island and the and wondered if he and The East We Leave Behind, with it’s a nice little Pointers had ever crossed path, its first single, 82 Fires, co-written with Australia’s Luke Combes about last year’s Tasmanian bushfires.

music scene we have.”

Banjo player Koady Chaisson begins a telephone interview by suggesting that what they are leaving behind is the cold “It’s always been our goal to always evolve climes of Canada’s Prince Edward Island for our music,” Koady says. “It would get the Australian sunshine. boring to do the same thing over and over again and the music would lose its get up “Yeah, it was about to snow in Canada when and go. So we took the new album in the I left,” he laughs. “Any excuse to get away direction we wanted it to go. from all that we take. And I’ve actually been here for the last couple of weeks because “And while we are greatly influenced by my wife is from just north of Noosa. Celtic music, we all grew up with pop music and all that,” he laughs “My brother “So were in a nice little was listening to a lot of spot in Caloundra before rock’n’roll and rap and my we begin the tour,” Koady dad listened mostly to old reveals. “And it’s going to blues music. So we draw on be a great tour because it’s a lot of different influences. a real mix of big festivals and some smaller club “We’re constantly picking shows. One of the festivals away at new melodies and is Woodford which we’ve new tunes,” Koady says. played before but we “The style of music we play haven’t played Queenscliff has thousands of traditional Music Festival or Mullum tunes that have been passed Music Festival as The East Pointers before.” down through the generations – and we grew up playing that stuff – but the It’s worth pointing out that prior to The idea when we got together was to write East Pointers – Koady, his fiddle playing original tunes using those traditions.” first cousin Tim Chaisson and guitarist Jake Charron – all had solo careers. I recently came across a great version of Bowie’s Heroes on YouTube by The East “We’d all cross paths whenever we were Pointers. touring around the US and Canada and, any chance we had, we’d stay up until the wee, wee hours playing songs together,” Koady “We learnt that for a tribute concert we says. “It was just for fun and we always did shortly after his death,” Koady says. “It

‘Sure, we know Dylan and he’s a good friend,” Koady enthuses. “He’s a bit younger than us but everyone knows everyone on Prince Edward Island and it’s a nice little music scene we have. No one has an ego and everyone just tries to help everyone else out. It’s a great little music community.”

Koady rounds up the conversation by suggesting that those who enjoyed The East Pointers at WOMADelaide are unlikely to be disappointed by their upcoming club gig at Jive. “It will be the same high-energy, fun show,” he promises. “It will have that same vibe about it. It will be upbeat and a lot of fun. And people will dance like they did at WOMADelaide.”

Canada’s The East Pointers will play Jive, 181 Hindley St, Adelaide, on Thursday 14 December with tickets via Moshtix here:

Hideous Sun Demon with tickets via Moshtix. PAINTERS & DOCKERS


UK metalcore band Architects will be making their way to the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Wednesday 10 January with tickets via Oztix. KEVIN BORICH EXPRESS

As part of his ongoing 70th birthday celebrations, guitar legend Kevin Borich is bringing his band, The Express, to town to play The German Club, 223 Flinders St, Adelaide, from 8pm on Friday 17 November with special guests Chris Finnen, Rockin’ Rob Riley and Rob Pippan and which also marks the 40th anniversary since the release of Celebration. Booking essential via Ticketek or the club on 08 8223 2539. SONIA

The Trinity, 318 Goodwood Rd, Clarence Pk, from 5pm on Sunday 14 January with doors at 4.30pm and Adelaide’s Zac Eden as special guest and with a licensed bar, catering by Little Seeds and tickets via DramaTix. MARLON WILLIAMS

It may be hard to believe but The Waifs have their 25th anniversary tour with a show at the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Tuesday 5 December with tickets via Oztix. JAMES KENYON

Melbourne’s notorious Painters & Dockers will be making a much-welcome return to the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh on Friday 19 January with tickets via Oztix. OVERKILL

Marlon Williams will be performing at the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Monday 15 May to promote the release of a new album, Make Way For Love, with special guests and tickets on sale via the venue or Oztix. THE ACACIA STRAIN

The Acacia Strain are out on tour with Kublai Khan and will be playing Fowler’s Live, 68 North Tce, Adelaide, on Monday 11 December with tickets via Moshtix.

New York thrash metal outfit Overkill, who have 18 albums and four decades of live shows to their credit, have announced an Australian tour which will kick off with a show at Fowler’s Live, 68 North Tce, Adelaide, on Wednesday 28 February at which patrons can expect a chunk of material from the band’s latest album, The Grinding Wheel and with tickets soon via Moshtix. BOB LOG III


James Kenyon is in touring mode - around the whole world actually – as he has a new album, Out On The Wire, so he’s bringing it to Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, for a lovely afternoon session from 4pm on Sunday 3 December and invited the likeminded Aaron Thomas to be special guest. BALL PARK MUSIC

Ball Park Music will have Ali Barter and Hatchie with them when they embark their national Exactly Who You Are tour that will have them playing the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Thursday 1 March with tickets via Oztix. THE MINIMALISTS

The amazing one-person band that is Bob Log III will be hitting Jive, 181 Hindley St, Adelaide, on Friday 15 December with tickets via Moshtix. Presented by Arty Records, much-regarded New Yorkbased artist SONiA (AKA disappear fear) has 17 albums to her credit and will be touring her latest double offering, Live At Maximal, when she plays Trinity Sessions at Church Of

Perth’s Psychedelic Porn Crumpets will be on their High Visceral (B Sides) national tour when they hit Jive, 181 Hindley St, Adelaide, on Wednesday 27 December with special guests Moonhunter, Somnium and


The Minimalists are American authors, podcasters, filmmakers and public speakers Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus and they are making their way to the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port

Rd, Hindmarsh, on Thursday 15 March with tickets via the venue or Oztix.



Orange County hardcore outfit Stick To Your Guns will have Being As An Ocean as special guests when they play Fowler’s Live, 68 North Tce, Adelaide, on Thursday 18 January with tickets via Moshtix.

Neil Diamond has announced a 50th anniversary tour that will bring the seasoned entertainer to Botanic Pk on Wednesday 11 April with tickets on sale via December with a show in Pt Ticketek. Lincoln on Sunday 14 January at Boston Bay Wines. LUCAS LAUFEN Lucas Laufen is bringing THIS WAY NORTH his musical poetry back This Way North have a new to Australia for a tour that single Make It Work, and are will have the Berlin-based hitting the road for a huge tour troubadour gracing the Grace that will have them performing Emily Hotel, 232 Waymouth at Hotel Metro, 46 Grote St, Adelaide, on Sunday 10

St, Adelaide, on Sunday 17 December with Hey Harriett as special guests.

Hotel, 246 Rundle St, Adelaide, SA, from 9pm on Saturday 25 November for a free entry show with guests Moonhunter and synth rockers Poladroids. RIFLE CLLUB THE JD LORD BAND Twelve-piece ensemble The JD Lord Band have announced that they will be presenting an evening filled with swingin’ ’60s music and the soulful sounds of the ’70s when they play the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Saturday 20 January with tickets via the venue or Oztix.

Big Smoke, featuring the talents of Rob Scott, have scored an engagement in the front bar of the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, from 9pm on Saturday 25 November with free entry. JIMMY MEEGAN Jimmy Meegan is set to launch his new single, New York, at the Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, as a free entry affair from 8.30pm on Saturday 18 November and invited Delia Obst to be special guest with Sooki La La food truck out the front.

RED SKULL Red Skull will be presenting a Big Night Out when they take to the stage of the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Friday 2 March to pay tribute to Big Day Out bands such as Nirvana, FLAT CAP PRODUCTIONS Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Killers as well as a special set showcasing the best of the Aussie BDO bands such as Powderfinger, Grinspoon and, of course, The Living End. FISTFUL OF TROJANS

Club5082 is set to host the album launch for Adelaide ska exponents Fistful Of Trojans and it will be taking place as a free entry, licensed, all-ages skank at Prospect Town Hall, 126 Prospect Rd, Prospect, from 7pm on Friday 15 December with special guests Kate Pomery and DJ Old Skool Andy and drink specials throughout the evening. BIG SMOKE

Helmed by Darren Lane, Adelaide-based Flat Cap Productions can offer affordable merchandise in the form of badges, stickers and stubby holders for bands and venues along with the filming of live gigs and interviews for promotional purposes. Contact Darren on 0425 085 449. RUMOURS Presented by Platinum Event Agency, Rumours will be presenting the music of Fleetwood Mac when they play Semaphore & Port Adelaide RSL, 10 Semaphore Rd, Semaphore, from 8pm on Saturday 18 November with tickets via Eventbrite.

Rifle Club, a four-piece local indie rock band, are set to play Minnesota Fats (formerly Shotz), 192 Pirie St, Adelaide, from 7pm until late on Saturday 18 November alongside Soyboys, The Jade and Intrepid as a licensed, allages show with drink specials, pool tables and an entry fee of $10. THE SOUND GARAGE Got a gig coming up and need a set-up? The Sound Garage, 1/179 Hindley St, Adelaide, is offering a 25% discount to those who have a show that week. Contact Jordan on 0481 155 892 or just pop in.

THE BOAT THAT ROCKED Presented by Platinum Event Agency, The Boat That Rocked is a river cruise that will feature popular party band The Incredibles and Double Trouble, who will provide a highly entertaining interactive performance, from 7pm on Friday 17 November with the boat leaving from Port Adelaide’s Queens Wharf and tickets selling fast via Eventbrite. THROWING FLOWERS


The Howling Fog will be taking their psych rock to the Exeter

Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, from 8pm on Thursday 30 November and invited Banjo Jackson in duo mode to join them. DRUID FLUIDS

Presented by Swirl Records, psych rockers Druid Fluids will launch a new single, Dr Miller, at Jive, 181 Hindley St, Adelaide, from 9pm on Friday 24 November with special guests Somnium and Zen Panda with $10 tickets via Moshtix or at the door if any remain. FIDEL’S BAR

Fidel’s Bar is an alternative music and arts club situated at 66 Wattle Ave, Royal Pk, which opens from 4pm until 8pm on Friday evenings and for a special Sunday afternoon concert each month with the next taking place from 4pm on Sunday 24 November featuring Vincent’s Chair, Highly Strung, Jenny Allen and Weeping Angels with great food, drink specials and an easy $10 entry. CAFÉ TROPPO Café Troppo, 42 Whitmore Sq, Adelaide, boasts great organic food, craft beer, a fresh new wine list, old-fashioned cocktails, seasonal tapas, a new bar menu and, as well as regular events, has live acoustic music under the name Spring Boogaloo and a brand new menu on Friday evenings from 6pm with Naomi Keyte and Sarah King on Friday 3 November. TOM WEST

Fresh from their recent launch, pop rock exponents Throwing Flowers have organised a $10 ticketed show at the

Tom West has scored a Friday evening residency for the month of November at the Grace Emily Hotel, 232 Waymouth St, Adelaide, with special guests each week to include Alison Coppe & The Janes, Donarumma, Liv Cartledge, Todd Sibbin, Kate Pomery, Ryan Martin John and Naomi Keyte. NOOK NOSH

play a ticketed show in the beer garden of the Exeter Hotel, 246 Rundle St, Adelaide, from 6pm until 8pm on Saturday 18 November. THE AIRBENDERS Jazz combo The Airbenders, who enjoy a weekly, free entry residency at the Gilbert Hotel, 88 Gilbert St, Adelaide, on Tuesday evenings, will be joined by noted saxophonist Emile Ryjoch when they present the music of jazz organ legend Jimmy Smith at AJ’s Bar & Café, 146 Gawler Plc, Adelaide, from 5.30pm (music from 6pm) on Saturday 2 December with an $10 entry.

LONELY STRETCH Lonely Stretch, a side-project from Matt Reiner who plays guitar in Adelaide psych rock Boutique small bar Nook Nosh, outfit The Dunes, have just 111 Unley Rd, Unley, features released a brand new song, Not live acoustic sounds from 5pm Very Much, which stormed into on Sundays and has a courtyard the number two position in the area at the rear. Pop in for current Three D Radio’s Top sips ‘n’ nibbles from 3pm on 20+1 chart in its first week Wednesdays through to Sundays of release. Check it out via (open from 4pm) with Saturday Bandcamp. evening now reserved for private functions which can be made TREEHOUSE CASINO by calling the bar on 0405 005 447. Catch Big Bazz Elliott and friends Melanie Sander and Rach Elliott from 5pm on Sunday 26 November. SATISFACTION – THE STONES SHOW And they keep rollin’. The longrunning Satisfaction – The Stones Show will be playing their last show for the year at The German Club, 223 Flinders St, Adelaide, on Saturday 18 November with special guests Acoustic Fix and tickets on sale via TryBooking but be quick as these rockin’ shows invariably sell out such is the band’s huge popularity.

ANGELIK Angelik have organised 2017 Smash Out and invited Goon Wizarrd and Man A Pause to join them from 9pm on Friday 1 December at the Grace Emily Hotel, 232 Waymouth St, Adelaide, for a free entry musical extravaganza.

CONCHILLIA Six-piece band Conchllia, led by vocalist Gabrielle Ballard, will be proudly announcing their new name and future plans when they

Treehouse Casino will be hitting the stage alongside Ramparts, Strangway and Analogue Deluxe from 7pm on Saturday 25 November for a licensed all-ages show at Minnesota Fats (formerly Shotz), 192 Pirie St, Adelaide, with drink specials, pool tables and an entry fee of $10.

The Poets Of Slam Society and Blind Coyote with drink specials, pool tables and an entry fee of an easy $10. MARY WEBB Mary Webb has announced the launch for her second new single and it is to be at the Grace Emily Hotel, 232 Waymouth St, Adelaide, on Thursday 14 December.

MAUVE Adelaide’s Maggie Rutjens is now travelling under the name Mauve and has organised a launch show at the Grace Emily Hotel, 232 Waymouth St, Adelaide, on Saturday 25 November with special guests to be announced soon and tickets via Moshtix. LOOPING WITH LATITUDE

For the first time, dynamic musical wizard Adam Page and the sassy Women With Latitude, who have been a going concern for almost 20 years, will get together for Looping With Latitude in a funky fundraiser for Never Alone and Luke Batty Foundation and it will be taking place at the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, from 12.30pm on Saturday 25 November with tickets via the venue or Oztix.

DAVE HUDSON Adelaide’s Dave Hudson, an enigma even to himself, has his musical journey pretty organised as he’s announced CLUB5082 a show on Friday 2 March at As part of Touriffic Prospect, which he will be presenting Club5082 will be hosting songs from his The Journey Green Day tribute band Basket album at the Wheatsheaf Case with special guests Little Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton. Miss at Prospect Town Hall, 126 Prospect Rd, Prospect, as MOVE2LIVE a licensed, all-ages event from Move2Live at the Grace Emily 7pm on Monday 15 January. Hotel, 232 Waymouth St, Adelaide, Here’s the deal. Meet THE POOL BOUYS prior to 6pm on Wednesday The Pool Bouys will be evenings and then head off bringing their punk and for a 40-minute walk, run or grunge rock to Minnesota whatever with a bunch of lovely Fats (formerly Shotz), 192 people and then head back to Pirie St, Adelaide, from 8pm the pub for refreshments and a on Saturday 9 December for natter about this and that. a licensed, all-ages show with

SOAK UP FEST ’17 Presented by Brain Binge Bookings, the full line-up for Soak Up Fest ’17, set to take place at Minnesota Fats (formerly Shotz), 192 Pirie St, Adelaide, as an all-ages event from 4pm until 11.30pm on Saturday 2 December, has been announced and it will be The Yardsharks, The Unknown Locals, The Craves, The Real Mac DiMarco?, and Venice Queens with more acts to be announced an entry fee of an easy $10 and pool tables at the ready.

CAFÉ TROPPO Café Troppo, 42 Whitmore Sq, Adelaide, boasts great organic food, craft beer, a fresh new wine list, old-fashioned cocktails, seasonal tapas, a new bar menu and, as well as regular events, has live acoustic music under the name Spring Boogaloo and a brand new menu on Friday evenings from 6pm. MUSIC SA

Music SA will be celebrating its 20th birthday on Thursday 30 November by holding a fundraising (to raise funds to continue to run free music workshops in 2018) quiz evening from 6pm until 10pm at St Paul’s Creative Centre, Pulteney St, Adelaide, with a bar and BYO food and $20 tickets ($180 for a table of 10) via Moshtix. FUNDRAISER The Baker Suite and Chris Finnen have teamed up for a fundraising event to help improve feeding facilities for those homeless and the show will be taking place from 7.30pm (doors at 6.30pm) on Saturday 18 November at Noarlunga Centre Church Of

“And that was with a guy called Mark Goldenberg who I knew from the time I was over there playing with Ryan Bingham’s band,” he adds. Mark Goldenberg plays guitar in Jackson Browne’s band and also works as a producer.

“Mark produced The Highwaymen as well as stuff for Jackson and he’s just a genius,” Liam announces. “I’d started studying guitar with him when I was living in LA for a couple of years and I still do Skype lessons with him.

liam gerner LIAM GERNER By Robert Dunstan Liam Gerner, who spent his formative years in the Adelaide Hills, now lives in Melbourne but is coming ’home’ to play two shows with special guests The Yearlings to promote the release of a new album, Liam Gerner & The Sunset Pushers. Since leaving home Liam has travelled the world, firstly to London where he shared the stage with artists such as Paul Weller, Jason Isbell and Paolo Nutini before heading to the US for a decade or so where he became a member of Ryan Bingham’s band during which time he penned the songs that would become his 2014 debut album, Land Of No Roads.

The singer songwriter, who draws on influences such as folk, country and blues, now has a new album which was partly recorded

in Australia with some additional recording in Los Angeles.

“I did two days recording in Melbourne with the band, The Sunset Pushers, which has drummer Toby Lang from Adelaide, Shane Reilly [Lost Ragas] and Steve Hadley {Paul Kelly] on bass,” Liam announces. “And I love my band – they are all top notch players – and we are constantly gigging here in Melbourne and it’s a good little scene. “And then I was in the US playing some shows – quite a few little festivals – and then spent some time in the Smokey Mountains writing a few more songs,” he says. “I took those new songs to Los Angeles as I had a recording session booked for just before I was due to come home to Melbourne.

“So he’d said, ‘Why don’t you record some stuff in LA with me?’,” he continues. “And Mark has this little trio with drummer Jay Bellerose – he played on Robert Plant and Allison Krauss’ Raising Sand album – and bass player Jennifer Condos.

“And what is funny is that Jen used to be married to Mark but is now married to Jay but they all now live on the same block,” Liam laughs. “So that’s a bit funny. “Anyway, we all set up in this little room with a bunch of my songs and all these other songs came out unexpectedly,” he says. “And that was just wonderful the way they all came together when we recorded them. For instance, there’s song on the new album called Buddhist Girl In A Baptist Town and Jay had just picked up a table in the room, turned it upside down and played that. “And Jay was using things like a goat skin drum and I went back to his place later that night and he was playing all these really old

Cajun recordings on vinyl,” Liam continues. “It was women singing in French and slapping their thighs or just clapping and you could really hear the percussive rhythm. And I then realised that Jay kind of tries to emulate that when he plays – just this quite visceral, emotive sound.”

be ordered via his website and includes a play along CD with a proportion of profits donated to schools’ music departments.

“When I moved back to Melbourne after spending 10 years overseas, I had a few days a week to spare and then got work teaching ukulele and Liam goes on to say the LA songwriting to kids in schools,” he recording session was over in three says. “And ukulele is just the best days. instrument for kids. And then the kids started writing all “And the “And that’s the best way to these songs… do it,” he decides. “Rather interesting thing about working “So I wrote them all down than go in for a week with kids is that and then my old man and spend lots of time mucking around, just go there is a sense [Phil Gerner] back home in for a few days and bash in Adelaide drew all of child-like out half a dozen songs. innocence about these pictures to go with what they write them,” Liam laughs. “And “And that seems to be how a musical instrument about.” lots of records are made in company, Mojo, came LA,” Liam continues. “You across it and suddenly book in some recording time and it they are printing up 6,000 copies. just happens to be with what other So that’s been great. musicians are in town at the same time. With Mark, when I booked in “And if we can’t get young people some time, November 5 of last year, hooked on music there isn’t going he said, ‘Oh, great! Jay and Jen will to be that communication,” he be around then as well’. sighs. “It was like today. I was teaching a kid with a bandage on “And they were great to hang with,” his nose because he’d been hit by he reveals. “It was just a lot of fun a boomerang his dad had bought with lots of good food and him. So we wrote a some wine.” ukulele song about that. It also seems that working with seasoned musicians “And songwriting means that the recording for me has always time will be halved as been about selfthey are artists who know exploration and exactly what they are expression,” doing. Liam adds. “And the interesting “Exactly,” Liam agrees. “That’s thing about working with kids is the thing. You are going to get that there is a sense of child-like something great and you are going innocence about what they write to get it really, really quickly. And about.” I reckon that’s because music is a language. If you are all speaking As well as a Friday evening album pretty much the same language launch for city folk, Liam has also there’s no confusion about what’s organised one in the Adelaide Hills going on. And it just flows from that. for the following evening. Liam also has a ukulele book for kids, Ukulele Songs By Kids For Kids, to his credit which can

“I’m an Adelaide Hills boy so it makes perfect sense,” he reasons. “Ashbourne is the quietest little

place but has a beautiful old community hall. So hopefully I will get some people along who are hills inclined.

“And I find that regional shows are generally well-supported,” Liam continues. “There are a whole bunch around regional Victoria and New South Wales. And over in New Zealand too, regional shows go really well.” Liam will be hitting town in solo mode.

“And I think that’s a good thing because the songs are then in the moment,” he says. “I will bring the band over eventually but, for now, I’m enjoying playing solo because it’s all about the songs really.

“And playing solo gives me the freedom to tell a few stories,” Liam laughs. “There’s a nice, relaxing thing about that because that’s the way I do music anyway. Look, I love playing with the band but love doing little runs by myself.”

Liam Gerner will have The Yearlings as special guests when he plays the Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, from 8pm on Friday 17 November and then Ashbourne Memorial Hall from 7pm on Saturday 18 November with tickets for both via Liam’s website or at the door on the night with the Ashbourne event offering BYO drinks and nibbles. http://liamgerner. com/

THURSDAY 16 NOVEMBER The Church (Sydney) and Remy Zero (UK) at Governor Hindmarsh

Led Zeppelin Experience (US) at Governor Hindmarsh Hotel Paul Kelly at Adelaide Entertainment Centre Josh Pyke (Sydney) at Ramsgate Hotel

FRIDAY 17 NOVEMBER Liam Gerner (Melbourne) and The Yearlings at Wheatsheaf FRIDAY 24 NOVEMBER Hotel Jon Cleary & The Absolute Something For Kate Monster Gentlemen (New (Melbourne) and Slowly Slowly Orleans) at Governor Hindmarsh at Governor Hindmarsh Deep South Blues & Roots Unsound Adelaide Club: Festival at Pt Noarlunga Club Sync DJs Sacrifices, Bby Big League (Melbourne), Subract Andel, Rosa Maria, Amnesia S and Caveman Disco at Hotel Scanner, Bill Kouligas and Metro Aurora Halal at Fowler’s Live Marie Wilson and Beccy Cole at Kevin Borich Express (Qld), Wheatsheaf Hotel (Sold Out) Chris Finnen, Rockin’ Rob Graves (Wollongong) and Void Of Riley and Rob Pippan at The Vision at Enigma Bar German Club Dean Lewis (Sydney) at SATURDAY 25 NOVEMBER Adelaide Uni Bar Childhood Cancer Benefit: Geoff Achison (Melbourne), Lazy Eye, SATURDAY 18 NOVEMBER Mojo Dingo and Clara Walsh at The Clouds and Falling Joys at German Club The Gov POSTPONED 11 FEB Cat Stevens (UK) at Botanic Pk James Ellis & The Jealous Deep South Blues & Roots Guys (Melbourne), The Bitter Festival at Pt Noarlunga Darlings and Naomi Keyte at A Day On The Green: John Grace Emily Farnham, Mondo Rock, Kate Liam Gerner (Melbourne) and Ceberano, Russell Morris and The Yearlings at Ashbourne The Badloves at Peter Lehmann Memorial Hall Wines (Barossa Valley) Unsound Adelaide Club: Marie Wilson (Melbourne) at Corin (Aus), Varg (Sweden)., Wheatsheaf Hotel Errorsmith (Denmark) and DJ Horrorshow (Sydney) at Richard (US) at Fowler’s Live Governor Hindmarsh

Razor Blade Fest: Jerkbeast, SUNDAY 26 NOVEMBER Hivemind, Lead Worm, SX Marky Ramone’s Blitzkrieg (US) Riot, Line 39 and Priority at Governor Hindmarsh Orange and more at Producers Deep South Blues & Roots Bar Festival at Pt Noarlunga Andrew McCubbin (Melbourne), WEDNESDAY 22 NOVEMBER Melinda Kay (Melbourne), The Shattered Fortress (US) at Vulgars and Insomnicide at Governor Hindmarsh Hotel Metro (from 3pm) Paul Kelly at Adelaide Entertainment Centre WEDNESDAY 29 NOVEMBER Kawehi (US) at Grace Emily THURSDAY 23 NOVEMBER Gizzfest 2017: King Gizzard & Caiti Baker (Sydney) at Grace The Wizard Lizard, Kikagaku Emily Moyo (Japan), La Luz (US),

The Murlocs, Orb, Parsnip, Little Dust, Attila My Honey and Goonbomb at Governor Hindmarsh

THURSDAY 30 NOVEMBER The Bennies (Melbourne) at Governor Hindmarsh The Teskey Brothers and Timberwolf at Jive Kyle Lionheart (Byron Bay) at Grace Emily Diploid (Melbourne), Eyes More Skull Than Eyes, Biles and Spiteward at Hotel Metro FRIDAY 1 DECEMBER Lloyd Spiegel (Melbourne) at Wheatsheaf Hotel Guitar Wolf (Japan) at Edinburgh Castle Hotel Never Shout Never (US) at Enigma Bar The Sinking Teeth (Melbourne) at Crown & Anchor

SATURDAY 2 DECEMBER Tim Rogers (Melbourne) at Wheatsheaf Hotel (5pm and 9pm) Stu Larsen (Aust) at Jive Raw Power (Italy), Vicious Circle, Crisis Alert, Perdition and Talc at Edinburgh Castle Hotel SUNDAY 3 DECEMBER Fuel (US), Terminal Zero and Indiago at Governor Hindmarsh James Kenyon (Melbourne) and Aaron Thomas at Wheatsheaf Hotel

TUESDAY 5 DECEMBER The Waifs (WA) at Governor Hindmarsh

WEDNESDAY 6 DECEMBER Robyn Hitchcock (UK) and Emma Swift (Sydney) at Grace Emily Tyler Hilton (US) and Kate

Voegele (US) at Governor Hindmarsh sleepmakeswaves (Sydney) and Rosetta (US) at Adelaide Uni Bar

THURSDAY 7 DECEMBER The Beautiful Girls (Bondi) at Governor Hindmarsh Ugly Kid Joe (US), Dallas Frasca and Tim McMillan at Fowler’s Live Culture Club (UK) at Adelaide Entertainment Centre

FRIDAY 8 DECEMBER Mick Thomas & The Roving Commission (Melbourne) and Hana & Kate at Wheatsheaf Hotel Club5082: Gwyn Ashton (UK) and Kennett at Prospect Town Hall Gordi at Edinburgh Castle Hotel SATURDAY 9 DECEMBER Anathema (UK) at Governor Hindmarsh A Day On The Green: KC & The Sunshine Band, Village People, Sister Sledge and Marcia Hines at Leconfield Wines (McLaren Vale) Egofest: Hitmen DTK, Blood Sucking Freaks and Exploding White Mice, Meatbeaters and The Sunday Reeds at Edinburgh Castle Hotel SUNDAY 10 DECEMBER Lucas Laufen (Berlin) at Grace Emily MONDAY 11 DECEMBER The Human League (UK) and Pseudo Echo at Thebarton Theatre The Acacia Strain and Kublai Khan at Fowler’s Live

THURSDAY 14 DECEMBER The East Pointers (Canada) at Jive King Parrot at Adelaide Uni Bar

FRIDAY 15 DECEMBER Bob Log II (US) at Jive British India (Melbourne) at Governor Hindmarsh Cosmic Psychos (Melbourne), Amyl & The Sniffers and Meatbeaters at Fowler’s Live The Cactus Channel (Melbourne) at Edinburgh Castle Hotel SUNDAY 17 DECEMBER Paradise Lost (UK) at Governor Hindmarsh This Way North (Melbourne) at Hotel Metro

Sonia (New York) and Zac Eden at Trinity Sessions

THURSDAY 18 JANUARY Stick To Your Guns (New York) and Being as An Ocean at Fowler’s Live FRIDAY 19 JANUARY Painters & Dockers (Melbourne) at Governor Hindmarsh

WEDNESDAY 24 JANUARY Parkway Drive (Byron Bay) and Polaris (Sydney) at Governor Hindmarsh

Rackett at Coopers Alehouse (Gepps Cross)

TUESDAY 6 FEBRUARY Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes (US) and Cancer Bats (Canada) at Fowler’s Live WEDNESDAY 7 FEBRUARY We The Kings (US) at Governor Hindmarsh

FRIDAY 9 FEBRUARY Ne Obliviscaris (Melbourne) at Fowler’s Live Rise Against (US) at Thebarton Theatre

MONDAY 18 DECEMBER The Original Wailers (Jamaica) at Governor Hindmarsh

TUESDAY 9 JANUARY Four Year Strong (US) at Governor Hindmarsh

WEDNESDAY 10 JANUARY Architects (US) at Governor Hindmarsh

THURSDAY 11 JANUARY Knuckle Puck (US) and Roam (UK) at Fowler’s Live

SATURDAY 13 JANUARY Gyroscope (WA), Horror My Friend and The Best Extras at Governor Hindmarsh SUNDAY 14 JANUARY Lupe Fiasco (US) at Governor Hindmarsh

SUNDAY 25 FEBRUARY Steve Poltz (Can/US) at Trinity Sessions Dweezil Zappa (US) at Governor Hindmarsh WEDNESDAY 28 JANUARY Overkill (New York) at Fowler’s Live

THURSDAY 1 MARCH Ball Park Music (Sydney), Ali Barter and Hatchie at Governor Hinmarsh

FRIDAY 9 MARCH 360 (Sydney) at Governor Hindmarsh

SUNDAY 11 MARCH Big Country (Scotland) at Governor Hindmarsh

FRIDAY 22 DECEMBER James Reyne (Melbourne) at Governor Hindmarsh inuette (London) and Silent Duck at Grace Emily

WEDNESDAY 27 DECEMBER Psychedelic Porn Crumpets (Perth), Moonhunter, Somnium and Hideous Sun Demon at Jive

SATURDAY 24 FEBRUARY Cloudn Nothings (US) at Fowler’s Live Cub Sport (Brisbane) at Fat Controller

SUNDAY 4 MARCH Robbie Williams (UK) at Adelaide 500

WEDNESDAY 20 DECEMBER The Original Wailers (Jamaica) at Governor Hindmarsh Guttermouth (US) at Crown & Anchor

SATURDAY 23 DECEMBER James Reyne (Melbourne) at Governor Hindmarsh

Sarah McLeod (Sydney) and Sean Kemp at Jive

TUESDAY 13 MARCH Thursday (US) and Quicksand at Governor Hindmarsh

THURSDAY 25 JANUARY Leprous (Norway at Jive

WEDNESDAY 31 JANUARY The Maine (US) at Fowler’s Live

THURSDAY 1 FEBRUARY Gene Simmons (US) at Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre

FRIDAY 2 FEBRUARY Laneway Festival at Hart’s Mill (Pt Adelaide) FRIDAY 2 FEBRUARY The Lachey Doley Group (Sydney) at Governor Hindmarsh Alpha Wolf (Melbourne) at Enigma Bar

SATURDAY 3 FEBRUARY Hotter Then Hell: Grinspoon, The Superjesus, 28 Days and

SATURDAY 10 FEBRUARY The Stranglers (UK) and Ruts DC (UK) at Thebarton Theatre

FRIDAY 16 FEBRUARY Holy Holy and Heaps Good Friends at Governor Hindmarsh Primal Scream (UK) at HQ Roger Waters (UK) at Adelaide Entertainment Centre SATURDAY 17 FEBRUARY The Australian Motley Crue Show at Fowler’s Live

TUESDAY 20 FEBRUARY Stiff Little Fingers (Northern Ireland) at Governor Hindmarsh FRIDAY 23 FEBRUARY George Maple (London/Aus) at Governor Hindmarsh Prljavo Kazaliste (Croatia) at Fowler’s Live

FRIDAY 16 MARCH Joe Feliciano (US) and Wendy Matthews at Governor Hindmarsh

SATURDAY 17 MARCH A Day On The Green: The Living End, Spiderbait, Veruca Salt, Tumbleweed and The Fauves at Leconfield Wines (McLaren Vale) TUESDAY 20 MARCH Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (US) at Governor Hindmarsh Gilbert O’Sullivan (Ireland) at Festival Theatre

FRIDAY 23 MARCH Harry Manx (Canada) at Goveror Hindmarsh

will then be able to see any special offers I’m doing.” Badges, stickers and stubby holders serve as good promo for a band as there probably isn’t anyone who has not fondly gazed at all the stickers in the urinal at the Grace Emily Hotel.

FLAT CAP PRODUCTIONS By Robert Dunstan Darren Lane, a self-professed lover of old school punk and 2 Tone ska, recently set up Flat Cap Productions to offer services such as badges, stickers and stubby holders to bands and venues along with also offering other skills such as live video footage and video interviews for promotional purposes. “I grew up in England during the punk era of the late ’70s,” Darren says, “so that’s my influence. I was a young lad trying to find work but it was during the Thatcher years with a lot of strikes and heaps of unemployment. It was pretty hard.

“And because they are fairly cheap – I can do the stubby holders for $4.50 for a minimum of 50 and bands can sell them for $10 each – and at gigs most everyone has some are playing small venues and you can have a loose change in their pocket. The badges or stickers can be sold for a couple of dollars or drink with them afterwards.” just given away. ‘Buy our stubby holder and get a free badge’.” Darren says the initial idea for Flat Cap Productions came a few years ago when he journeyed back to the UK for a holiday. “I’d taken a Go-Pro with me to film a friend’s band – a band called The English Guns who were supporting The Rumjacks in Leicester – and, while it wasn’t the best footage in the world, it inspired me to think about doing something similar in Adelaide. “So, with the help of my kids, I set up a YouTube channel – there’s probably 50 videos up there now – and kicked off a Facebook page.

As far as filming goes, Flat Cap Productions offer anything a band or artist wants as raw footage on a USB that “…and then I they can then use for their own noticed that promotional purposes.

there weren’t “They can then chop, change and many badges edit that raw footage into what around. Badges they want,” Darren says. “Or they were quite can just put up bits and pieces on YouTube or whatever. a big thing back in the “And it keeps me involved in punk days so a scene which I love,” he then remarks. “If a band asks me to film that was how them at a gig, it’ll often be that the Flat Cap I get to see three or four other badges came bands as well. about.” “And it’s also beneficial not only to

“And because I always get around with a flat cap on, that “But, looking back, in some ways we can be was how the name that came thankful to Margaret Thatcher for all that up,” he laughs. “I used to wear a Brixton, but because we wouldn’t have had as many now wear a Boston Scally flat clap because punk bands,” he admits with a chuckle. “A lot they sent me over a free one. So I guess they of kids formed bands because they couldn’t are the first sponsors. get jobs. “So it started through that and then I “I’ve now been in Australia for the last 12 noticed that there weren’t many badges years and have taken an interest in a lot of around,” Darren says. “Badges were quite the local bands,” Darren continues. “And you a big thing back in the punk days so that get to know the people in bands when they was how the Flat Cap badges came about – mainly just for friends at first such as Melbourne’s The Go Set and Young Offenders here – and since I’ve moved into doing stickers and stubby holders.

the bands but to the scene as well because it becomes part of history,” Darren suggests. “I filmed Exploding White Mice’s recent reunion gig – that’s now up on the YouTube channel and has had a few hundred or so views – and they were saying to me that they wished there was more footage of them back from all those years ago. “The technology we have now just wasn’t available 25 years ago,” Darren points out.

Adelaide-based Flat Cap Productions can offer affordable merchandise in the form of badges, stickers and stubby holders for bands and venues along with the filming of live gigs and interviews “And I’m having a meeting soon with someone to discuss doing T-Shirts,” he adds. for promotional purposes. Contact Darren on 0425 085 449 or by emailing Darren, whose clients include venues such <>. Mention as Club5082 and Fidel’s Bar, says a run of 50 BSide Magazine for a special deal. badges costs $40. “A lot of people like the idea but then say, ‘Hmm, $40. That’s a fair bit’,” he sighs. “But then I’ll ask how many are in the band and they’ll say, ‘Well, there are four of us’. I just say that if each band member chips in $10 each, it’s really only one less beer that night. “And, of course, there’s a reduction in price for bigger orders,” Darren says. “And people can sign up to the mailing list because they

f u e l Fuel by Ian Messenger Fuel had a string of hits twenty years ago when their debut album Sunburn was released. They are now coming to our shores to play at the Governor Hindmarsh as one of those album reunion tour celebration things. This is good news for Fuel fans, especially if they can get away from the fam and how Sunday nights are kind of like a school night now for those 20 somethings of 1997 who are now pushing forty and snowed under by life where there is little outlet for the emotions and sentimentalities of yesteryear.

ugly kid joe Ugly Kid Joe by Ian Messenger It’s been a while since Ugly Kid Joe released their hit record America’s Least Wanted. To be painfully truthful it has actually been 25 years since snot-faced kids the world over smoked weed in McDonalds car parks devouring Happy Meals and having their coming-of-age brains nursed into bitter melancholy by the gut wrenching lyrics of Cats In The Cradle – “I’m not gonna be like you Dad!”– yeah right!

BSide got on the blower with Brett Scallions who is the original lead singer of Fuel. Although no one else from the original line-up remains, including songwriter and guitarist Carl Bell, Scallions is still holding up the flame to worldwide hits such as Shimmer and Sunburn. I guess someone has to.

We started off our conversation on the topic of sourdough bread, and the genealogies of the culture that is used for it. “They can be up to 75 years old, even more,” Scallion informed me. He was at home in Los Angeles with his kids and had just baked some sourdough bread. The conversation was making me hungry as this was a morning interview, night time in LA, and I had yet to break my fast. I asked him about the latest recorded offerings of Fuel, now that he is at the helm not only as frontman but songwriter.

“Yeah did an album called Puppet Strings a couple of years ago. We debuted at No. 1 on Rock Charts on iTunes, so we were pretty excited about that. And it was a lot of fun to make.” “Yeah that record was pretty much me for the most part,” Scallion told me, when I asked him about writing duties. “I wrote like 90% of it. It was a good time. It was a good time to write. It was fun to write that record.” BSide spoke to frontman Whitfield Crane as I imagined he was right in the middle of living the dream. His number came up on my phone as being in Beverly Hills. Wow. That place actually exists? I thought perhaps it was like the fake moon landing thingo – that there’s no such thing as big rock stars who live in Beverly Hills, it’s just a TV creation for us plebs of the world to fantasize over and provide a ballast of motivation to continue trudging through this ever-whitening of colours of the western dream.

Whit was real and quite an affable guy. And looking forward to returning to Australia to have a celebratory tour of America’s Least Wanted album. “Yeah we’re coming in early December and our plot is, our focus is, to celebrate the album America’s Least Wanted which is from 1992. And if you do the math that is a 25 year celebration of the album so we are excited to do it.

Scallion was writing back in the early days of Fuel, and some songs lay around, but these days it’s all new material.

“There were songs back in the day we had written and we recorded them on the first record and didn’t get it right so we just kinda sat on them. Then we recorded them again and finally would make the next record. “I don’t have anything from back in the day there that I’m looking at as songs for any upcoming material.”

Back in 2007 Scallions had the fine opportunity for being selected to sing with The Doors as as part of the Riders On The Storm project. Singing Doors songs flanked by Krieger and Manzarek is pretty damn cool.

“Yeah those guys were amazing man. I loved playing with those guys. That catalogue is amazing. Those guys were icons to me and they became my friends, so, you gotta love that.”

Fuel play at Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Sunday 3 December for The Sunburn 20th Celebration Tour. Supported by Terminal Zero and Indiago, tickets are through Oztix. guest vocals. I asked Whit how that came about.

“Well Priest was defunct at that time, like Priest wasn’t even a band. And I was dating the MTV DJ girl – her name’s Karen Duffy – she’s one of the loves of my life. She was in New York doing her MTV DJ stuff and then Mark Dobson was a producer in LA and worked on the Judas Priest albums Sin After Sin and Defenders Of The Faith.

“So between those two they knew how excited I’d be. I’m mean I really really really wanted to meet Rob Halford and Glenn Tipton and K. K. – they were my heros. And that was when we had fax machines so my girlfriend faxed me ‘I’m with Rob Halford now’, and I’m like, ‘no fucking way’.

“And push comes to shove, between Mark Dobson and my girlfriend, they conspired. They asked Rob Halford to come down and make a song and he did come down. He listened to the track Goddamn Devil and he heard the lyrics and he looked up and he said, “We’ve got Dalls Frasca playing with us, ‘I like the lyrics’. And he went into the studio opening the show, then we have this and he went on the Sennheiser and he put on incredible guitar player named Tim the headphones and he sang his fucking ass McMillan so should be good times, for sure.” off, and there it is.” Ugly Kid Joe has had some legendary people involved with their projects in the past, and the track Goddamn Devil of this album has Rob Halford from Judas Priest doing some

Ugly Kid Joe will be playing at Fowlers Live, 68 North Tce, Adelaide, for the 25 year anniversary of America’s Least Wanted album with special guests Dalls Frasca and Tim McMillan. Tickets through Moshtix.

deep south blues festival DEEP SOUTH BLUES FESTIVAL By Robert Dunstan Deep South Blues Festival is about to stage its sixth edition for what will be a greatly expanded version of the threeday event in a new home, the deep south of picturesque Pt Noarlunga. Originally staged at the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, the festival’s continual growth has been such that it will now boast well over 40 interstate and local acts performing in some 10 venues which are all within walking distance. Attractive accommodation packages also make the event the perfect weekend getaway for those wishing to take a quick break from the city with perfect weather also predicted for that weekend.

Pleased to again be asked to take part in the festival is local blues legend Chris Finnen

who has had a tough year due to some health issues.

“I’m so pleased because I’ve been in dry dock for much of this year due to some health problems so am really glad to be asked and to be back playing guitar in front of some people again,” the award winning musician says. “And what a great line-up. I can’t wait to catch up with Greg Baker again as it’s been years since I’ve seen him.

Chris will be special guest of Phil Manning when he plays Rootsy Tootsy Club (Pt Noarlunga Arts Centre) from 8.15pm on Saturday 25 November and at the same venue from 8pm on Sunday 26 November as the Chris Finnen & Phil Manning Electric Band. “The last time Phil and I played an electric set together was at Adelaide Guitar Festival a few years ago,” Chris say. “So we’re looking forward to that.” The two musicians have an association that goes back almost five decades.

“It was when I was living in Melbourne in 1970 and virtually doing my guitar apprenticeship,” Chris laughs. “I’d go and see Phil every week when he was playing with Chain. And others too. Phil, Ross Hannaford, Doug Ford and Lobby Lloyde were the guitar players I looked up to. “As a teenager, with no internet back then, the only way you could learn how to play was to go and see guys like that,” he continues. “And sometimes, in order to do that, you’d have to make a choice between seeing them play or catching the last train home. So there was many a time I did that and then caught the very first train home in the morning.

“And they were always willing to share information. And now I think about it, Billy Thorpe was always good like that and it was him that gave me the incentive to encourage young players.

“And one of the things Deep South has this year is a stage for young players,” Chris adds. “And, alongside that, there will be workshops and I’m doing one, Phil is doing another as is Greg Baker.”

Chris, who has been appointed as the festival’s ambassador, suggests there is a strong sense of community in the Pt Noarlunga area.

“And it’s such a lovely spot,” he says of the historic township that has a population of around 2,600. “It has a real village feel about it. I was down there today with some friends who had never been to Port Noarlunga before and they remarked how pleasantly laid-back it is. “I call it ‘untouched’ because it has this lovely old charm about it,” he adds. Phil Manning struggles to recall if he’s ever been to Pt Noarlunga.

“I think I have at some stage,” he laughs. “But this time I will be staying there for the weekend. I have accommodation booked about a minute away from the venue. And that’s by the beach which will suit me fine.”

“And we’ll have Trapper on drums, who now plays with Chain whenever we get together, and Michael Winter on bass,” Phil adds. Phil, currently in the process of cutting a new album, confers that he and Chris have been mates since 1970. “Yeah, when Chris arrived in Australia from England, Chain was the first band he ever saw,” he says.

“And it’s such a lovely spot. It has a real village feel about it. I call it ‘untouched’ because it has this lovely old charm about it.”

Phil, who has previously presented a Sunday afternoon acoustic session with Chris at Deep South, is greatly looking forward to the festival as he also agrees that it’s a great line-up as is pleased to note that Gail Page is on the bill.

“I’ll be getting over there on Friday and she’s playing on Friday night,” he says. “So, as I’ve been known to get up on stage and play guitar with Gail and she’s been known to get up and sing with me, there’s some likelihood of that happening. “And I’ll be doing a solo acoustic spot on Saturday night and I will be getting Chris up to join me for a couple of pieces,” Phil then says. “And then on Sunday we’ll do the electric band thing together which will be a lot of fun as Chris is one of my favourite guitar players of all time.

Phil has fond memories of being invited by artistic director Slava Grigoryan to play at Adelaide Guitar Festival (alongside Chris Finnen) and of touring the country with the Grigoryan Brothers in August of this year as part of Guitarra.

“That was with the Grigoryan Brothers [Slava and Leonard Grigoryan], Spain’s Paco Peña and a wonderful jazz player from Sydney by the name of Jim Pennell,” Phil says. “And it was a fabulous show as we all played together at the end. We went all around the country and played Her Majesty’s Theatre in Adelaide. And I remember that because we did His Majesty’s Theatre in Perth.” Phil is comfortable with the fact that these days he can pick and choose the festivals and venues he plays. “I feel privileged that I can do that,” he says in conclusion. “I’ve been around so long now I have enough of a reputation to not have to accept anything and everything.”

Presented by Gravy Train Promotions and Port Noarlunga Business & Tourism Association, Deep South Blues Festival will take place from Friday 24 November until Sunday 26 November across 10 venues, including cafes, down south at Pt Noarlunga and will boast some 40 acts and will include Mojo Webb, Phil Manning, Zkye Blue, Gail Page Band, Lost Romaldo Groove, Stefan Hauk Band, Brenton Manser, Kings & Associates, Steve Brown Band, Lazy Eye, Kelly Menhennett (and band), JJ Fields, Greg Baker, The Streamliners, Mick Kidd, Exeter Blues, Shades Of Blue, Rat Ta’Mango, Chris Finnen, Nikko & Snooks, Sweet Baby James & Rob Eyers, Jesse Deane-Freeman & The Rhythm Aces, The Dirty Roots Band, The Harmonics, The Bluescasters and Blue Katz, The full programme and performance times have now been released and tickets are here functions_centre/blues/


Adelaide Festival Centre also presents four of its own world class festivals in 2018, beginning in January with the Adelaide French Festival, a parfait weekend of music, fashion, food and wine. Winter will be brightened by June’s awardwinning Adelaide Cabaret Festival.

Adelaide Festival Centre has raised the curtain on its 2018 season, which will include six major musicals, 17 world premieres and 26 Adelaide premieres and Adelaide Guitar Festival in August will exclusives. be headlined by affable legend Tommy Emmanuel, while OzAsia Festival will be back with enticing contemporary culture Adelaide Festival Centre CEO and Artistic later in the year. Director Douglas Gautier says, “2018 is our biggest season yet – we are so delighted to Roof tiler turned comedy favourite Carl work with so many talented South Australian Barron will bring the Festival Theatre and national performing arts companies as house down with Drinking With A Fork, we reopen the Festival Theatre with a packed while maestro Ben Folds invites aerial song program. requests in his Paper Aeroplane Request Tour in February. “2017 has been an important and challenging year for Adelaide Festival Centre and we A special Chinese New Year Concert from appreciate the patience and support of our Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and patrons and community throughout the international guests will celebrate the Year redevelopment. All around us, Adelaide of the Dog, while the ASO’s George Michael: Riverbank is in the midst of transformation Listen to Your Heart pays tribute to the much and the precinct is really coming alive. loved - and missed - singer, songwriter and pop legend. In a fresh look at another “We are grateful to the Government Of South popular music icon, the innovative orchestral Australia for their immense and ongoing arrangements that made George Martin the support, and our loyal audiences, partners, fifth Beatle are explored in All You Need Is sponsors, and home companies who are so Love. important to our success.” The redeveloped Festival Centre’s new entrance, foyers and northern promenade, featuring a star-studded Walk Of Fame and new dining and drinking venues will be open for Richard O’Brien’s electrifying Rocky Horror Show and there’s plenty more sass when Club Swizzle hits town from 12 December.

Adelaide Festival Centre’s Christmas Proms will get everyone in the festive mood, and New Year’s Eve revellers will be spoilt for choice with packages available for both The Rocky Horror Show and Club Swizzle. The major musical offerings of 2018 include Green Day’s American Idiot, The Wizard of Oz, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Mamma Mia! and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.

Kate Ceberano and Doug Parkinson lead a stellar cast in The Studio: 54 Reasons To Party, before the ASO joins forces with State Opera of South Australia to bring exquisite Korean singer Sumi Jo with dashing Argentine born Jose Carbo in Mad For Love. State Opera returns later in the year under the masterful direction of Graeme Murphy and featuring Greta Bradman’s jewel-like vocals in The Merry Widow. Jazz heavyweights Vince Jones and Paul Grabowsky combine their unique talents for Provenance, based on their 2016 ARIAwinning album, and thrilling in every key are international pianists Simon Trpceski, Paul Lewis and Piers Lane as part of Morgans International Piano Series. The Zephyr Quartet return with their acclaimed and

transcendent journey of light and sound, Between Light. Brink Productions bring acclaimed Australian actress Helen Morse to the stage to perform the dramatic text of Alice Oswald’s Memorial, re-telling Homer’s Iliad set to a new score by Golden Globe nominated composer Jocelyn Pook, while State Theatre Company South Australia’s ensemble bring sparkling new life to Jane Austen’s classic Sense and Sensibility. The middle of the year will shake up the foundations with the world premiere of Alison Currie’s Concrete Impermanence, Australian Dance Theatre’s ritualistic The Beginning Of Nature featuring Kaurna language vocals, an exhilarating physical retelling of the Fates from Greek Mythology in The Spinners, and The Australian Ballet’s opulent reawakening of The Sleeping Beauty. Two distinct Australian landscapes and cities are home to Aboriginal performers/ choreographers Henrietta Baird and Ngioka Bunda-Heath, who contemplate the complexities of a transplanted life in Spirit Festival’s Divercity. The program for innovative and experimental works of the future, Adelaide Festival Centre’s inSPACE, presents the next wave of South Australian talent with new works from artists including Tim Overton, Ellen Steele, Finegan Kruckemeyer, Daisy Brown, Tobiah Booth-Remmers and Daniel Evans. Adelaide Festival Centre is home to community groups from diverse backgrounds, and will host a colourful variety of events and performances in World Of Cultures, including the return of Amazing India featuring dancers from Kalalaya School Of Indian Performing Arts and the launch of In Our Own Voices, a powerful new book about Middle-Eastern settlement in SA in a joyous concert of music, songs, dance, poetry and stories. A new year of curated exhibitions will feature new works by international and home-grown digital media artists, exhibited through the year on multimedia screens in the renewed Festival Theatre foyer and Northern Promenade. The exhibition Telling Our Story will focus on Adelaide Festival Centre from its beginnings to today, with Kaurna people past and present and the Adelaide Festival Centre’s architects, founders and designers.

For more information, please visit https://www.adelaidefestivalcentre. with all tickets via BASS.

melvins and red kross live review

Blowing my Load in the Front Row with Redd Kross and Melvins Live Review by Romana Ashton (of The Sunday Reeds) Photos by Iain Dalrymple Redd Kross and Melvins are very different bands but have at least one thing in common; they know how to put on a rock ‘n roll show of the highest calibre. I felt privileged to witness both bands in action last Saturday night. Judging by the reaction from the audience, I wasn’t the only one. I first came across the Melvins in my teen years through my love of Nirvana (you may have heard of them). I bought

the Melvins’ 1993 album Houdini and listened to it along with my evergrowing eclectic music collection.

Of course, Melvins are a hugely influential band. If you didn’t know that already, now you do.

Redd Kross, on the other hand, were not a band I had the pleasure of discovering at that time. I wish that I had. As a massive Beatles’ nerd, I would have appreciated their keen pop acumen.

The four-piece, who are dressed in some rather fine shiny outfits with a hint of glam rock, begin their set with Lady in the Front Row. The irony is not lost on me as I stand front and centre at Jeff McDonald’s (singer/guitarist) feet.

I admire Jeff’s Beatle-esque boots. I, however, being about fifteen years younger than the band, don’t think I am too old as implied by the lyrics, You look so fine. But are you too old to be the first in line? No. I’m bloody not, I think. Not ever. As Redd Kross make their way through

the set I notice audience members singing along to pop-tastic hits such as Stay Away from Downtown and Jimmy’s Fantasy (the latter from the 1993 album Phaseshifter). Keeping up the pop sensibility, the band launch into a flawless cover of The Beatles’ It Won’t Be Long which has me bopping away in the vein of a ‘60s teenager suffering from Beatlemania. Jason Shapiro (guitar) and Steven McDonald (bass) provide the backing vocal Yeahs. I think perhaps they might share my penchant for pop nerdiness.

A gentleman that I spot early on as a potential annoyance to me and possibly to others, has now edged his way to the front. He proceeds to pull a harmonica from his pocket. His intention is to jam with the band. From here on in, I shall refer to him as HG (Harmonia Guy). HG, during the first half of the Redd Kross set, seems hell-bent on pulling a foldback speaker off the stage. I place my hand firmly on it. He looks at me as if I am his Mum stopping him from rocking out. HG’s friends also intervene before the very cranky looking sound guy comes out to reposition it. One of the best things about the show is the sharing of members (no pun intended) between Redd Kross and

Melvins. Redd Kross have Dale Crover from Melvins playing drums for them and Steven McDonald from Redd Kross is on bass for Melvins. I am always mesmerised by energetic drummers and bass players, so I am thrilled to be able to watch Dale and Steven play two consecutive sets. They don’t disappoint.

Steven McDonald is a flaming fireball of rock ‘n’ roll energy. He makes it look all so effortless as he pulls out some co-ordinated glam rock moves during a cover of Kiss’s Deuce. Steven seems fond of getting close to the audience, throwing some wild poses which makes a lot of people with mobile phones very happy.

Redd Kross finish up with a brilliant cover of Bowie’s Saviour Machine and their own epic Linda Blair. I quickly grab Jeff’s pick that he has dropped on the stage. I hope to catch some rock ‘n’ roll sex germs from it so I can infect myself and my band with them when I play gigs.

After Redd Kross finish, I make my way to the back of the room to chat with people about the show so far. I happen to look up as Jason, Dale and Jeff meander through the crowd. I say without hesitation, Good show. Jeff gives me a reassuring pat on the shoulder, We saw you there. All I can think of is Lady in the Front Row.

Now it is time for Melvins. Buzz Osborne makes a grand entrance, his hair, electric white and crazy. He is dressed in a magnificent, God-like tunic complete with tights that closely resemble some that I own. He has a commanding presence. The crowd trembles with excitement. I have slight outfit and hair envy. Equally, when Dale and Steven appear with costume changes, the audience can tell that this is going to be one of the best shows of the year. Dale is now in black and Steven is dressed in a faux fur black vest. Okay, I have major outfit envy. Melvins commence with a cover of Flipper’s Sacrifice. Things are off to an intense start and Buzz maintains this growing intensity throughout the course of the evening.

As Melvins move from Oven through to It’s Shoved, they then play a cover of a cover; The Moving Sidewalks’ (1968) gritty version of The Beatles’ I Want to Hold your Hand. About this time, a ‘90s style testosterone fuelled moshpit starts up behind me. I am immediately reminded of some things I wasn’t too fond of as a teen. Memories of being squished against sweaty, shirtless men come flooding back as I am bumped from behind by the all-male jostling. I’m not what you would call a fan of ‘moshing.’ I identify fully with Daria and Jane from Daria. It is also around this time HG jumps up onto the stage only to be chastised by Dale: Mate, don’t make a fool of yourself. We get nervous when people get on stage these days, for obvious reasons. I like Dale. He’s almost Daria.

HG doesn’t even seem to realise Dale is directing these comments toward him because HG is having such a good fucking time.

As Melvins seamlessly end the set and merge straight into their encore from the Lysol album, the smell of pot wafts over the crowd and the stage. Dale comments: Adelaide is a real jazz town, a real scat town, before jokingly breaking into a scattin’ drum solo. He isn’t wrong. It is. Hung Bunny and Roman Dog Bird are played to an adoring crowd as the night ends. The smell of jazz cigarettes hangs heavily in the air.

Dale plays his last beat, sticks thrown down: That’s it. We’ve blown our load. We hope you blew yours too. Did you feel it? Because we did. And that, kids, is how you play a rock ‘n’ roll show.



Canada’s Frazey Ford is making a return to Australia and will be armed with a new single, When We Get By (a D’Angelo cover) when the soulful singer plays Jive, 181 Hindley St, Adelaide, from 8pm on Friday 17 November with special guests Garrett Kato and Tim Moore and with tickets via Moshtix now with a special two for the price of one deal. JON CLEARY & THE ABSOLUTE MONSTER GENTLEMEN

New Orleans-based combo Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen are on an Australian tour that will bring them to the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Friday 24 November with tickets via the venue or Oztix. KAWEHI Kansas’ Kawehi, described as a ‘genius one-person band’ and with over a million views on her YouTube channel, is on her I Am Eve tour and will be doing her thing at the Grace Emily Hotel, 232 Waymouth St, Adelaide, on Wednesday 29 November with tickets via Moshtix. A DAY ON THE GREEN John Farnham is set to headline A Day On The Green alongside Mondo Rock, Kate Ceberano, Russell Morris and The Badloves at Peter Lehmann Wines (Barossa Valley) on Saturday 25 November with tickets via Ticketmaster.

THE TESKEY BROTHERS Melbourne-based soul revivalists The Teskey Brothers sell out shows all over the world so be quick to grab tickets when they play Jive, 181 Hindley St, Adelaide, from 8pm on Thursday 30 November with tickets via Moshtix and Timberwolf as special guest. LIAM GERNER Liam Gerner, a former local lad with two albums and a ukulele book to his credit, has announced two shows in SA to promote his new album with special guests The Yearlings and will play Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, from 8pm on Friday 17 November and then they will hit Ashbourne Memorial Hall from 7pm on Saturday 18 November with tickets for both via Liam’s website or at the door on the night and the Ashbourne event offering BYO drinks and nibbles. SHATTERED FORTRESS Shattered Fortress, led by award winning drummer Mike Portnoy, have announced a concert at the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Wednesday 22 November with tickets via the venue or Oztix. MARKY RAMONE’S BLITZKREIG

The much-loved The Kransky Sisters have announced a run of Christmas shows with news that they will be bringing it to Adelaide Festival Centre’s Dunstan Playhouse on Friday 15 December at 7.30pm and Saturday 16 December at 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Book at BASS. GIZZFEST 2017 Staged by King Gizzard & The Wizard Lizard, Gizzfest 2017 will feature said band alongside Japan’s Kikagaku Moyo, America’s La Luz, The Murlocs, Orb and Parsnip on the main stage at the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Wednesday 29 November with the PAK Stage to feature Little Dust, Attila My Honey and Goonbomb with tickets via Oztix. CHILDHOOD CANCER BENEFIT Much-regarded Melbournebased blues artist and multiple award winner Geoff Achison will be taking part in the next Childhood Cancer Benefit alongside award winning local trio Lazy Eye as well as Mojo Dingo and Ciara Walsh at the German Club, 223 Flinders St, Adelaide, from 7pm (doors from 6pm) on Saturday 25 November with tickets via Ticketek. HORRORSHOW

McCubbin has a new vinyl album, Where Once There Was A Fire, and will be heading to Adelaide with Melinda Kay and presenting songs from it and more when they play Hillside Fest 5.0 on Saturday 25 November with a bunch of other acts and also Hotel Metro, 46 Grote St, Adelaide, from 3pm on Sunday 26 November at which they will be joined by The Vulgars and Insomnicide (featuring Rosie Brennan and Shakey McGee) with $10 tickets at the door.

GRETTA ZILLER Melbourne’s Grettta Ziller, whose debut album, Queen Of Bomtown, is out now, and Andrew Swift have swiftly agreed to play a free entry show with local headliners Matt J Ward & The Rising Sons at the Wheatsheaf Hotel, 389 George St, Thebarton, from 4pm on Sunday 26 November. CAITI BAKER

Caiti Baker, daughter of renowned blues musician Greg Baker, will be launching her Zinc album at the Grace Emily Hotel, 232 Waymouth St, Adelaide, from 8pm on Thursday 23 November with tickets via Moshtix. MARIE WILSON

Hip hop dudes Horrorshow will be in acoustic mode when they make a return to the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Saturday 25 November with tickets via the venue or Oztix.

Marky Ramone’s Blitzkreig will be blitzing the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, with lots of songs by The Ramones on Sunday 26 ANDREW MCCUBBIN AND November with The Lizards MELINDA KAY as special guests and tickets on Melbourne’s Andrew sale now via the venue or Oztix.

Following a show at the same venue last year that quickly sold out, Marie Wilson is making a return in solo mode to the Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, from 8.30pm on Saturday 25 November with tickets via Eventbrite.

BIG LEAGUE Melbourne-based indie rockers Big League will be hittin’ town for the first time armed with a new Off The Hip release, I Thought Thunderbolt, and will be launching it at Hotel Metro, 46 Grote St, Adelaide, from 9pm on Friday 24 November with Subtract S and Caveman Disco as special guests. LZE LZE, a well-regarded American band who faithfully recreate the sound of Led Zeppelin, will be playing the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Thursday 23 November with tickets via the venue or Oztix.

THE EAST POINTERS Canada’s award winning rootsorientated band The East Pointers, who were a huge hit at this year’s WOMADelaide, have announced a huge tour which will include a show at Jive, 181 Hindley St, Adelaide, on Thursday 14 December with tickets via Moshtix.

Hivemind, Lead Worm, SX Riot, Line 39 and Priority Orange with tickets at $15 for each show or $25 for both. SARAH MCLEOD Sarah McLeod, of The Superjesus fame, is back out on tour with her solo album, Rocky’s Diner, and will be playing Jive, 181 Hindley St, Adelaide, on Friday 23 February (rescheduled from Sunday 5 November) with special guest Sean Kemp (and friends) and tickets via Moshtix.

GYROSCOPE Perth’s Gyroscope have announced their first studio recording for almost a decade and a tour that will bring the indie rockers to the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, SA, on Saturday 13 January with special guests Horror My Friend and The Best Extras with tickets via the venue or Oztix.

THE WHITLAMS Perennial Sydney favourites TRISTEN BIRD The Whitlams have announced Tristen Bird is heading from their 25th anniversary pub over yonder and making a tour which will have the return to town and organised band playing the Governor an array of shows with Friday Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, 17 November having him at Hindmarsh, on Friday 15 June Angaston’s Old Union Chapel, with Alex Lloyd and Deborah Saturday 20 November at Conway as special guests and Robe’s Caledonian Inn, Sunday tickets via the venue or Oztix. 19 November at McLaren Vale’s Red Poles Gallery and Friday 24 November at Bridgewater’s Bridgewater Mill. A DAY ON THE GREEN The Living End, Spiderbait, Veruca Salt, Tumbleweed and The Fauves will be playing Leconfield Wines, McLaren Vale, on Saturday 17 March with tickets via Ticketmaster.

CULTURE CLUB Culture Club will be gliding into Adelaide Entertainment JERKBEAST Centre on Thursday 7 Melbourne’s Jerkbeast are December and will have coming to town to play Razor The Thompson Twins’ Tom Blade Fest 2017 which is now Bailey and Eurogliders as in its fifth year and coming to SA special guests with tickets via for the first time and which will Ticketek. be taking place at Producers Hotel, 235 Grenfell St, Adelaide, on Saturday 18 November. The event will have an all-ages component from 12.30pm featuring Jerkbeast, Burnout, Hivemind, Skyhamer, Ouroboric and Brat 86 and another for those over 18 from 7.30pm featuring Jerkbeast,

THE BENNIES Ahead of next year’s release of a new album, Natural Born Chillers, punk rockers The Bennies are touring with The Castaways and will hit the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Thursday November 30 with tickets via the venue or Oztix.

THE AUSTRALIAN MOTLEY CRUE SHOW The Australian Motley Crue Show have announced a concert at Fowler’s Live, 68 North Tce, Adelaide, on Saturday 17 February with special guests, Poison Us, a Poison tribute act, with a range of tickets (Gold, Platinum and GA) via Moshtix. GEORGE MAPLE George Maple, whose new, 20-song album, Lover, is receiving much triple j action, has announced a show at the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Friday 23 February with tickets bound to sell quickly via the venue or Oztix.

STIFF LITTLE FINGERS Northern Ireland’s Stiff Little Fingers are set return to our shores to celebrate their 40th anniversary and will play the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Tuesday 20 February with tickets via the venue or Oztix.

CLOUD NOTHINGS Presented by DRW, American alternative punk rockers Cloud Nothings have announced a tour that will bring the Cleveland quartet to Fowler’s Live, 68 North Tce, Adelaide, on Saturday 24 February with tickets via Moshtix. HARRY MANX The much-loved Harry Manx, who blends blues with Indian spices, is embarking on yet another much-anticipated Australian tour that will have him playing the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Friday 23 March with tickets via the venue or Oztix.

FRANK CARTER & THE RATLLESNAKES UK rock band Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes will be touring in 2018 with Canada’s Cancer Bats and will be

playing Fowler’s Live, 68 North Tce, Adelaide, on Tuesday 6 February with tickets via Moshtix. ROSE TATTOO Iconic Aussie rock band Rose Tattoo, led by Angry Anderson, can’t be beaten and will be heading to the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Friday 20 April with tickets via the venue or Oztix. HOLY HOLY Holy Holy will be playing tunes from their highly acclaimed new album, Paint, when they paint some wonderful musical soundscapes at the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Friday 16 February with special guests Heaps Good Friends and Kashaguava tickets via the venue or Oztix. LUPE FIASCO American rapper Lupe Fiasco, who has not toured this country for a few years, will be performing at the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Sunday 14 January with tickets soon via the venue or Oztix. NE OBLIVISCARIS Progressive metal band Ne Obliviscaris have announced an extensive Australian and New Zealand tour for latest album, Urn, that will kick off on Friday 9 February as a licensed, allages affair at Fowler’s Live, 68 North Tce, Adelaide, with special guests Circles and tickets via Moshtix. RAW POWER Italian punk band Raw Power will be powering their way into The Edinburgh Castle Hotel, 233 Currie St, Adelaide, on Saturday 2 December with special guests Vicious Circle, Crisis Alert, Perdition and Talc with tickets via Eventbrite.


SCALA’S 30TH ANNIVERSARY By Robert Dunstan It’s hard to fathom that SCALA (Songwriters, Composers & Lyricists Association) has been around since songs such as The Bangles’ Walk Like An Egyptian, Bon Jovi’s Living On Prayer and Los Lobos’ La Bamba were among the popular songs of the day and Bob Hawke was the Australian Prime Minister and Carlton Football Club being the AFL premiership team That year, 1987, was the one that Rob Childs, ably assisted by partner Jane, set up SCALA as a way of fostering local, original talent with an association that was understanding about the challenges of being a musician. It was also the days before the the internet and email boom and many who had a laminated SCAL membership card in their purse or wallet, will fondly recall receiving the monthly SCALA newsletter in their mailbox.

“Rob was working so much on SCALA stuff that when he left, no one had that amount of time to put into it,” he says. “And it’s been a long, slow process getting it all together because there is a lot of work involved. “But over the last 12 months we’ve set up a really good membership data base and a lot of that has been down to board member Marta Bayly’s work,” Simon says of one half of local duo Andy & Marta.

“Rob had his own ways of doing things and while that system worked well for him – lots of spreadsheets and stuff – because it had been originally set up all those years ago, it needed updating,” Marta says. “So there are

lots of things we’ve instigated such as MailChimp for the newsletter. And there was no Facebook or other social media when SCALA first began.” The organisation has also recently upgraded its website but has a link to the old website which is full of archived information. It’s also where people can sign up and become members. “Or they can do that in person at one of our regular SCALA showcases,” Marta says. “Some prefer to do that.

Since Rob handed over the reigns as president some years ago, the association has had a few presidents with the current one being Simon Molloy.

“And I think one of the problems SCALA has faced in recent times with Rob leaving after so many years is that Rob and Jane did pretty much everything by themselves and it’s such a huge task,” Simon reasons. “So when I took over as president I wanted to make sure there was a team around me who could take care of specific tasks.” SCALA’s board members include treasurer Clayton Werner, secretary Greg Wright, Ronnie Taheney, Rowena Garcia, Paula Standing and Geoff Hastwell

simon molloy

says before suggesting SCALA nights are also a wonderful networking tool for musicians. “It’s a great way of meeting other people who are into writing original songs,” she suggests. It was Rob who set up those regular showcase concerts at which SCALA members could ply their original wares in front of a like-minded audience and where they could get feedback from peers. These have, over the last 30 years, taken place at an array of pubs and clubs with the association recently finding a home at the Wheatsheaf Hotel.

“FOOM is a songwriting competition but I personally see it as much more than that,” Marta says. “I don’t think the competition part is the most important aspect. The important part is encouraging people to complete their songs and enter them. And it’s great during the heats to hear so many amazing songs.

“I think I first found out about SCALA “And that’s the great thing about SCALA when it was at the Joiner’s “That’s a pretty at any time as I’ve gone along Arms,” Marta recalls. “And not knowing anything about a rare thing. It’s particular performer and been Rob once joked that he 18 CDs that completely blown away by what started up SCALA so that he himself would have they were doing,” she adds. document somewhere to perform in original singer “And SCALA has an amazing a welcome, appreciative songwriters audience because it’s one that’s environment. And some people may go on to make a prepared to listen in complete from SA.” career out of it, while others silence even if it’s a song they may just love the creativity don’t care for,” Simon suggests. they get out of writing music and then “They are very respectful in that way. It’s occasionally performing it.” a listening audience and that’s important for performers. The most crushing thing for a performer, especially ones just SCALA, which has a YouTube channel, starting out, is to be playing in front a also runs the annual FOOM (Festival Of audience full of talkers.” Original Music) with songwriters from around the world able to take part with “And that’s why SCALA works perfectly many of the winning entries ending up at the Wheatsheaf because that listening on a CD. audience was already in place,” Marta

SCALA also holds regular, free entry songwriting workshops – usually once a month – with the most recent one being conducted by Robyn Habel and Redgum’s John Schumann. “Robyn really knows her stuff,” Simon says of the music lecturer at Adelaide University. “And both those workshops were at capacity. And it was quite interesting to note the totally different approaches Robyn and John have to songwriting.”

The upcoming anniversary concert will also be the launch of the latest SCALA CD made up of those involved in last year’s FOOM.

“And I think it’s a remarkable achievement for an organisation to now have 18 CDs to its credit,” Simon concludes. “That’s a pretty rare thing. It’s 18 CDs that document original singer songwriters from SA.” Fittingly, SCALA’s anniversary concert will feature the organisation’s founder, Rob Childs.

“Rob played at SCALA a while back and has been very productive and has a whole bunch of new material,” Marta enthuses. “And they are all very good songs.

“He had someone playing with him that night – it was back in May – and it was a really wellreceived set,” Simon adds further. “People really got off on what Rob was doing and there was a real buzz in the room.” Courtney Robb, currently in the midst of recording a new album with award winning producer Mick Wordley at his Mixmasters Studio, is also on the bill.

“And Courtney has a history with SCALA from her early days and she’s had a few winning songs over the years in FOOM,” Marta says. “So SCALA has been a part of Courtney’s music journey.”

SCALA’s 30th anniversary celebrations will take place at the Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, from 8pm on Thursday 23 November and will feature Rob Childs, Courtney Robb and Kelly Mennhennett with tickets selling fast via https://www.trybooking. com/book/event?eid=330589.

Marta bayly

Check out the website at http:// for more details on the organisation.

deep south blues festival

Community markets will coincide with the festival and each venue has themed to various music styles with specially crafted food menus to complement the ambience. “The different venues are themed to showcase different styles of music and instruments,” festival director Dennis Kipridis of Gravy Train Promotions and award winning blues ensemble The Streamliners, points out. “The idea is to have a wide variety of acts. What is great about the Port Noarlunga area is it has got a strong arts hub. “It’s very much a growing area and beyond the arts community there is a great wealth of attributes that Port Noarlunga has in terms of its natural resources and features. There all these aspects that can feed into the festival.” The festival starts on the night of Friday 24 November before full-day activities on the Saturday and Sunday. Solo and duo acts will perform across five cafe-restaurants between 11am and 4pm with free entry to all locations. At night, five venues will be themed to suit the style of music and performances - The Harmonica House, The Delta Room, Rootsy Tootsy Club, Oasis on the Dunes and The Southside Blues and Roots Chill Club.

Daytime activities will also feature a youth stage on Saturday and Sunday with collaborated workshops by prominent Australian artists including Chris Finnen, Greg Baker, Mojo Webb and Phil Manning.


plant species and more than 60 species of fish.

Inland, wineries and olive groves dot the suburb and the Port Noarlunga Business & Tourism Association is ready to welcome visitors from near and far for the blues festival.

Port Noarlunga is about to get the blues and the picturesque southern Adelaide seaside suburb couldn’t be happier. The association’s chairperson, The historic township is Jeannette Howell, says the festival is hosting Deep South Blues a gift-wrapped opportunity for Port Noarlunga to not only host some of the Festival from Friday 25 nation’s best musicians November until Sunday 26 “A festival but also showcase the November. should be a suburb’s many attractions. springboard The sixth edition of the festival will “The festival is something for young be held at 10 different Port Noarlunga that is pulling the whole venues which will host some 40 of people to township together and Australia’s leading blues and roots get exposed show how beautiful our artists. environment is,” she says. to styles of The suburb boasts stunning music and The festival will be held geographic features including a musicians.” at various locations pristine beach, the mouth of the Onkaparinga River and an offshore reef about 1.6km long which lures scuba divers and snorkellers with its 200 marine

including surf clubs, the arts centre, RSL club, and sports centre - all within convenient walking distance.

“A festival should be a springboard for young people to get exposed to styles of music and musicians,” Dennis reasons. “Like any form of arts, it you don’t nurture and education people it can get left behind in the pace of today’s life.”

GREG BAKER By Steve Larkin Australian blues luminary Greg Baker (pictured) is coming home. The harmonica guru is returning to his former home city of Adelaide for Deep South Blues & Roots Festival. The legend of the blues scene now lives in Queensland and has been to Adelaide to play just once in the past 20 years. Baker is returning with The Evening Sons, a threepiece outfit with Mojo Webb and Coojee Timms.

“I’m really looking forward to coming down with The Evening Sons,” Baker enthuses. “It may get a big daunting trying to chat with

everyone that may want to catch up but I’m sure it will work out fine.”

Five years later, Baker got his first harmonica.

“Long story short, meeting up with Jerry Portnoy like that and him passing that on to me was absolutely a huge thing. It changed my Baker’s esteemed musical career included “I just made noises on it for a long while,” life,” Baker reveals. “If I hadn’t been there, and being part of the famed Smokestack he says. “Then, I can remember exactly if the Muddy Waters Band hadn’t come through Lightning blues band in Adelaide in the where I was, walking up through a park Adelaide and we hadn’t got that support, then 1970s. between my place and my cousin’s place who knows. and I finally hit a lick on it. “Somehow I managed to weasel myself into “Since that short time I spent with Jerry, I have that band,” he says. “My future brother-in-law, Rod Venning, passed on what I learnt to quite a few guys “I don’t know how that happened because I taught me heaps about the harp and spread all over Australia. And many of these was very much the junior member in years lent me records of all the best players, guys have become real good, real hot, harp and also ability. I was lucky to be there.” he really looked after me. There were a players. That makes me feel good.” couple of sounds though that I heard on Smokestack Lightning scored the support the records and couldn’t get quite get The 62-year-old Baker will be passing on his gig for the Muddy Waters Band in the ’70s. and it always bothered me.” knowledge at a harmonica workshop during the They also supported the likes of John Mayall, Deep South Blues Festival. Freddy King, BB King and Hound Dog Taylor, to name a few. Then came Baker’s sliding doors “Because Jerry was kind enough to do that for moment involving the Muddy Waters me, I just love passing on what he did,” he says. Band and their harp player Jerry But it was the Muddy Waters support which Portnoy. In addition to playing with The Evening Sons, changed Baker’s life. Baker will also step on stage as a guest with He had long been in love with the harp, from Jesse Deane-Freeman & The Rhythm Aces. the moment as an eight-year-old when he Portnoy struck up a friendship with heard Charlie McCoy play on Roy Orbison’s Venning and the pair dropped into the Candy Man. share house in Adelaide where Baker was living with other band members. Presented by Gravy Train Promotions Baker and Venning had been lip pursing and Port Noarlunga Business & Tourism “I can remember hearing that track and on the harp. But Portnoy showed Association, Deep South Blues Festival is thinking, ‘Yeah, that is what I want to do’,” them how to use the tongue blocking set to take place from Friday 24 November Baker says. technique. until Sunday 26 November across 10 venues, including cafes, down south at Pt Noarlunga and will boast some 40 acts including Mojo Webb, Phil Manning, Zkye Blue, Gail Page Band, Lost Romaldo Groove, Stefan Hauk Band, Brenton Manser, Kings & Associates, Steve Brown Band, Lazy Eye, Kelly Menhennett (and band), JJ Fields, Greg Baker, The Streamliners, Mick Kidd, Exeter Blues, Shades Of Blue, Rat Ta’Mango, Chris Finnen, Nikko & Snooks, Sweet Baby James & Rob Eyers, Jesse Deane-Freeman & The Rhythm Aces, The Dirty Roots Band, The Harmonics, The Bluescasters and Blue Katz. The full programme and performance times have now been released and tickets are available here functions_centre/blues/