BSide Magazine #101

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ISSUE #101 NOVEMBER 30th - DECEMBER 13th 2017



ALSO INSIDE: The Beautiful Girls, Exploding White Mice, KC & The Sunshine Band, Voodoo Horizon, Gwyn Ashton, Carl Orr, Soak Up, The Human League, Andrew P Street, French Festival and much, much more.

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, will be The Yardsharks, The Unknown Locals, The Craves, The Real Mac DiMarco?, Venice Queens, Colour Blind and Dude Where’s My Band? with an entry fee of an easy $10 and pool tables and a beer garden at the ready. FLAT CAP PRODUCTIONS

funk-driven blues rock have invited like-minded band Dirt Playground to join them for a full dose of rock at Enigma Bar, 173 Hindley St, Adelaide, with doors opening at 7.30pm on Saturday 2 December and with Lead Worm and Full Dose rounding out the bill and $10 tickets at the door.

Adelaide music legends No Fixed Address have announced a return to the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, and will be playing in the salubriously intimate front bar from 8.30pm on Saturday 20 January with tickets via the venue’s website or by telephoning 1300 762 545. THE BOAT THAT ROCKED Presented by Platinum Event Agency as part of Adelaide Fringe, The Boat That Rocked is a Port River cruise on The Dolphin Explorer that will feature Satisfaction – The Stones Show and Acoustic Remedy from 7pm on Saturday 17 February with the cruise boat leaving from Port Adelaide’s Queens Wharf and tickets via Eventbrite.

SKYHAMMER Minnesota Fats (formerly Shotz), 192 Pirie St, Adelaide, is set to host Skyhammer, Mind Remover, Priority Orange and Fireace for its last licensed, allages rock show for the year from 7pm on Friday 29 December with drink specials, pool tables, AUDIOISM beer garden and an entry fee of an easy $10. THE KRUSTY COWBOY KLUB

EDITOR: Robert Dunstan CONTRIBUTORS: Mad Dog Bradley, Ian Messenger, Romana Ashton, Catherine Blanch LAYOUT: Ian Messenger COVER: Charlotte Padbury


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24 > CAT STEVENS LIVE REVIEW The Krusty Cowboy Klub will once again be saddlin’ up in the new year and ridin’ into the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, for a spur-rattlin’, fun-buckin’-tastic lowdown hoedown on Friday 5 January with tickets via the venue.

THANES Thanes have invited The Dunes, Ponytail Kink and Imsomnicide to help them launch a new offering, Shake The Moon, at Hotel Metro, 46 Grote St, Adelaide, from 9pm on Friday 1 December with an easy entry fee of $5 and plenty of merchandise for sale too.

MRO MRO (Emma Rowe) and Cal NO FIXED ADDRESS Williams Jr have teamed up to play at the Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, from 8pm on Saturday 15 December with entry via donation to raise funds for Backpacks 4 SA Kids. VOODOO HORIZON Voodoo Horizon, who play

26 > KRANSKY SISTER 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 and can also offer photography for promotional purposes as well as various other services. Audioism will also be running a live music event on Friday 2 February and looking for solo performers who’d like to win a recording package. The event is to be held at Pirie St’s Bluebee Room and is open to any solo artists with Jamel, Big Daz, Lisa Hill and Adam Pondok Senggigi already signing up. THE SKELETON CLUB The Skeleton Club will be joined by Attontibus and Ryan Martin John when they play the Grace Emily Hotel, 232 Waymouth St, Adelaide, from 8pm on Saturday 9 December with $15 tickets at the door.


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the beautiful girls THE BEAUTIFUL GIRLS By Robert Dunstan The Beautiful Girls, who have only just landed back on Australian soil following a hugely successful overseas venture, are buoyed by the fact that some of the shows for their 15tn anniversary tour of Australia have already sold out with tickets continuing to sell fast for their upcoming event in South Australia.

BSide Magazine chats away over the telephone to an upbeat Mat McHugh who agrees that the upcoming Australian tour is quite extensive as it will have the band undertaking 20 dates from now until January.

“When you look at it though, the touring circuit in Australia is not massive once you take into account playing the capital cities,” he suggests. “So we try and stretch it out as much as we can and do some regional shows. And while 20 dates may look like a massive tour, it’s nothing compared to touring the US or Europe. Australia is pretty easy.” The musician says that he sees The Beautiful Girls, who are running a competition via Facebook for fans to win their own personal rider, a backstage pass and side of stage access, as a vehicle for his solo career and it’s been that way for many years.

“The Beautiful Girls is just a name I’ve used for a number of years now,” Mat indicates. “For the last 10 years at least, while it’s been under the name The Beautiful Girls, it’s really just me and some other musicians in much the same way as The John Butler Trio is John and whoever is available at the time.

“It was something I totally resisted for the longest time,” he says. “There was talk of doing it for the 10th anniversary and I declined because I’m not a big one for nostalgia. I like being in the present and trying to move forward by continually writing new stuff. “And I think I’m afraid of nostalgia because I reckon if I were to start looking back too far, then I’d start to head back that way,” he laughs. “So I totally resisted doing anything. And then the idea got floated again for the 15th anniversary.

“I then ended up talking to my family and some close friends and started to realise that it’s a real blessing to have “I am the only person in the studio a couple of records –the recording an album “There was talk Morning Sun EP and Learn and no one hears it of it, sure, but I Yourself – that hit really until it’s finished,” Mat just couldn’t get hard when they came out. says. “And then I put a band together to tour it. my head into that There are moments on those There’s a really blurry space. I had to records that have become part of people’s lives, y’know, line because I put out make the final and to have people telling Waves in 2015 under call and said no you some of the songs were my own name but because I felt there played at their wedding or at could have just as easily are just too many mate’s funeral or when their released it as a new album by The Beautiful rough edges on baby was born, is amazing. Girls. I was a day away from releasing it as an album by The Beautiful Girls.

Morning Sun and “So, rather than thinking of Learn Yourself.” it all being nostalgia, I came around to thinking it was something that should be celebrated,” Mat says. “It’s gift I was given in the first place, so I now think that, yes, it is something to celebrate again.

“There’s a core group of musicians who play with the live band – the guy on bass, Paulie Bromley, has been with me for 10 years now – and sometimes we have horns – but, personally, I treat it as a solo project,” “I will now allow myself that indulgence,” he laughs. he adds. “I make an album and then decide what name to release it Mat goes on to say that it’s been fun under.” revisiting the songs from the first two Mat goes on to say the band’s recent releases. overseas trek was fairly arduous.

“That was three weeks of playing pretty much every night,” he laughs. “We had hardly any days off and it was just full-on. By the same token, it was a lot of fun and, as a consequence, the band is sounding

“Some never went away,” he says of key songs, “but there were some that never got played live at all. And what has become a challenge is that Morning Sun was recorded with absolutely no thought to it. We spent 300 bucks and three hours on what was supposed to be

just a demo. But it went on to sell over 100, 000 copies.

“To now listen back to that EP is a bit harrowing because there has since been a lot of water under the bridge and while the songs remain the same, we went on to play them a lot differently as they evolved. The art of it is to take the framework of those early songs and adapt them into something better.

“When those songs were recorded, all we were doing were open mic nights,” Mat reveals. “So there’s a big difference between playing them in front to 20 people to playing them at every huge music festival you can imagine.” Speaking of festivals, the tour will include a performance at the next Woodford Folk Festival up in Queensland.

“Right at the very start of The Beautiful Girls, there was a time where we played Falls Festival and Woodford for five years in a row,” he reveals. “I think it was some kind of record and we went from playing on the small stages through to the bigger ones. In many ways, both those festivals served as our apprenticeship. And we haven’t played Woodford for a long time so it’s going to be awesome.” Mat says he vetoed the idea of issuing the two releases on vinyl to coincide with the anniversary jaunt.

“There was talk of it, sure, but I just couldn’t get my head into that space,” he sighs. “I had to make the final call and said no because I felt there are just too many rough edges on Morning Sun and Learn Yourself. To be honest, I just freaked out about the whole idea of them being on vinyl. “But, y’know, if someone else wants to do it and pay for them, I’ll happily play along,” Mat laughs.

Mat says he’s unsure of what the future holds with the last album released under the band’s name, Dancehall Days, having The Beautiful Girls Are Dead as its opening song. “Some days I think I will never put anything out by The Beautiful Girls again and it will only be Mat McHugh

from now on,” he says. “Then the next day I’ll change my mind and start thinking about the next record by The Beautiful Girls. “I wish sometimes I had more idea about what I am doing,” Mat concludes with a laugh.

The Beautiful Girls have embarked on their 15th anniversary tour and will be making their way to the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Thursday 7 December with tickets via the venue or Oztix here: au/?Event=78173

“But she and I also used to go out and support local music – that’s where we first came across The Human League – but there wasn’t a huge local scene in Sheffield. It was just a few pubs that would have room upstairs with bands on.” The Human League have continued to release new material over the years but Joanne suggests that their live shows consist of what people want to hear.

the human league THE HUMAN LEAGUE By Robert Dunstan It’s been a while since synthesiser-driven UK act The Human League have ventured to these shores, but the band are looking forward to making a return as singer Joanne Catherall (pictured left) tells us during a delightful early evening telephone conversation.

“And we also get to go to New Zealand this time as well,” she says. “We’ve never been there before and it’s always great to go somewhere we’ve never played before. It’s just a pity we will only be there for a very short time but at least we can now say we’ve been.”

It’s no secret that The Human League were already a going concern and all set for a European tour when the band imploded. Singer Phil Oakey, in order to fulfill the obligation, then quickly set out on finding new members and came across Joanne and Susan Sulley in a Sheffield nightclub known as Crazy Daisy. “And the funny thing was, Susan and I actually had tickets to go and see them when Phil came up to us,” Joanne recalls. “We knew who he was – he had that very distinctive hairstyle back then.”

The Human League had a refreshing sound and style when they burst onto the scene.

“I think punk music gave people the idea they could do what they wanted,” Joanne suggests. “We weren’t a punk band but we took the punk ethics and made it work for

“We are of the belief that if people have paid good money to come and see us then we should give them what they want,” she says of mostly playing their classic hits. “We will drop the occasional new songs into a show, but would never do a show where we just played new stuff.

us. You didn’t need to be master musician to play music and you didn’t have to go to a “And I know that some bands say they are vocal coach to be a singer. sick of playing their old stuff but, to be totally honest, we never get tired of playing those old “All the punk ideals transferred to what songs.” Joanne continues. “The reason you do we were doing as well as a live show is to get feedback from other groups of the very “We weren’t a punk an audience and the response to early ’80s,” she continues. band but we took those songs is always so positive “It was certainly a time the punk ethics you can’t not enjoy being on stage of expressing yourself doing them.” differently. And I do think and made it work that punk gave people a for us. You didn’t sense of that freedom. Joanne concludes by saying that

need to be master

while the band are not currently “I know that there were musician to play working on new material, Phil the beginnings of that music and you Oakey is always tinkering away. freedom in the late didn’t have to go to ’60s but certainly in Sheffield, at least, there a vocal coach to be “He has his own studio at home was a certain way people and is always doing bits and bobs,” a singer.” dressed after punk came she says. “So there will come a along,” Joanne adds. “It point in time where he will say to us, ‘I think was a very different statement to what had I have enough material for us to do a new gone before and it really did open things album’. But there are no immediate plans for up.” that.” It was also the beginnings of video clips as a way of promoting music and they must have been a lot of fun to make. “No, they weren’t,” Joanna responds with a laugh. “We hated doing them. It was something that got tagged onto the end of everything. You’d finish recording an album and then the record company would say, ‘And now we need a video’. And it always seemed to some kind of mad panic to get one done in time for the single’s release.

“Fortunately, we got to work with some great directors who made us look good and quite glamourous,” she laughs again. “But that video for Don’t You Want Me? was done in a muddy field in the middle of the night in the middle of bloody nowhere. And it was bloody freezing.” Joanne says she grew up listening to artists such as David Bowie and Gary Numan “And Japan – I’m a very big fan of Japan as is Susan,” she says of David Sylvian’s band.

UK new wave act The Human League will be plying their considerable wares at Thebarton Theatre on Monday 11 December with Pseudo Echo as special guests and tickets via Ticketmaster.

Rob Riley and Trev Warner backed by the AMC Combo.

chris finnen CHRIS FINNEN By Robert Dunstan Since recovering from a health issue that has kept him in ‘dry dock’ for much of the year, Adelaide-based guitar legend and AMC SA Music Hall Of Fame member Chris Finnen has lost no time in treading the boards again and has plenty more shows coming up.

“Jack is one of my young guitar students,” Chris reveals, “and he will be opening up with a little acoustic set.

“Those AMC gigs are always a lot of fun,” the guitarist enthuses. “Some people don’t seem to ‘get’ Rob Riley but I would put him among the Australian guitar greats. He’s also up there as far as songwriting goes. Rob has his own way of doing things, sure, but his guitar playing is quite orchestral. He can go from quiet to very loud.

“And it’s been a real thrill for me to play with Trev [Warner] because he has chops to burn,” Chris says of the Adelaidebased, national award winning bluegrass player whose son, Kim, plays with Grammy nominated bluegrass combo The Greencards.

“Trev just gets up there and does his thing As well as performing around town, but he’s one of the greatest musicians Chris is known for “The youngsters we have in South Australia,” he mentoring budding says. “He has years and years of today are of experience and it shows in guitarists.

not naive little his playing. He makes it looks “But the youngsters greenhorns. effortless. of today are not naive They get onto little greenhorns,” he “And I remember at one of the laughs. “They get onto the internet and past AMC shows doing a version of the internet and learn learn stuff and Freight Train with Trev and it was stuff and sometimes sometimes show so fantastic I didn’t want it to stop,” show me things I me things I didn’t Chris concludes. “I could have gone didn’t know about. know about.” on playing it [with him] for another The internet truly Over the last couple of weeks, Chris hour.” has played a fundraiser with The Baker is an information highway. Suite, shared a city stage with Kevin Chris Finnen will have his Borich as part of that guitar player’s electric band with him “When I was a teenage kid – and this 70th birthday tour and also played a and budding student Jack couple of shows alongside good friend still sticks in my mind – you would go Humphries as special guest and see a band and while they may and early mentor Phil Manning at the have had a seven-inch single out that when he plays a Trinity Sessions recent Deep South Blues Festival at Pt Noarlunga for which he also served as was about two-minutes long, when concert at Church Of The Trinity, they played live it would often be a the event’s ambassador. 318 Goodwood Rd, Clarence long, improvised version. So the only Pk, from 7.30pm on Friday 1 way you would get to hear that is to Chris’ next show will be at Trinity December with catering from go and see them play live. Sessions with his full electric band. ‘It’s one I’m looking forward to because I love playing in that church,” he announces. “I’ve played there in the past – mostly little acoustic shows or with other people – but haven’t played there with my band before. “So it’ll be some old songs, some new songs and some improvisations,” Chris says of playing with bass player Michael Winter, drummer Trapper Draper and percussionist Ian Jeffries.

As special guest, the guitarist will have Jack Humphries.

“But many of them – your Phil Mannings, your Billy Thorpes, your Lobby Lloydes and all that – each had their own unique sound,” Chris continues. “So that’s what I always strived for. It’s all about finding your own voice as a guitarist and that’s what I tell the kids.”

Also coming up for Chris, who features on one of two new albums by Cal Williams Jr, is a ticketed show at the Wheatsheaf Hotel on Saturday 16 December alongside fellow SA Music Hall Of Fame members Rockin’

Little Seeds and tickets via Dramatix. events/1837

writing machine and will often have already written a full song with a title by the time we meet up at our next rehearsal! We then work hard on getting our sound and arrangements right over the next few rehearsals to the point where we are happy to add the new tunes to our live playlist.” What is your association with the other bands on the bill? Have you played with any of them in the past?

voodoo horizon VOODOO HORIZON By Robert Dunstan Local band Voodoo Horizon have been around for about a year now and have notched up a good number of shows and have another this coming weekend, so we set about asking a few questions beginning with how the band first got together. “I put an ad in Gumtree hoping to find some like-minded musicians who would be keen to form a new original rock band,” drummer Matt Grill responds.

“I was sick of the cover band thing, which I had been doing on and off for more than 25 years of my life. Tash [Neame] responded to the ad and we clicked pretty well straight away and started writing some original tunes about 18 months ago.” What are your backgrounds?

“I’ve been playing in original bands since I was 18 with gigs in Adelaide, regional SA, Melbourne and Sydney,” Tash says. “My last rock band finished up in 2013 and I’ve been playing with Little Miss, an acoustic trio, since then which I love. But it’s good to be playing rock again.” “I had been playing guitar and drums for various cover bands on and off since my early 20s,” Mat reveals. “I shared lead and backup vocals in all of these bands for a time. I was playing drums in my last cover band.”

Where has Voodoo Horizon performed so far? “Our first gig was at the old Worldsend Hotel in Hindley Street in June,” Matt says. “We’ve since played at Hotel Metro and BrewBoys

Brewery so we are looking forward to our next gig at the Enigma Bar on December 2.”

“My previous band has played with Dirt Playground many times and they’re great friends,” Tash says. “The other two bands [Lead Worm and Full Does] were recommended to us and always good to play with some new people.”

You have performed in the past with Squeaker and Imogen Brave. Are there plans to do more of these kind of shows?

“For sure,” Tash indicates, “because it’s always good to showcase what amazing frontwomen we have in this town.”

“Our first three gigs have been great fun and How important do you consider community radio to be for the local music scene? it was good to play some familiar places as we find our feet performing “Without local “Local radio has been very live together,” Tash says. radio, there is important to us and the local Adelaide radio stations have Where did you do your demo? no local music been very good to us,” Matt says. “Without their support, our profile scene. It’s “We recorded our demo be left to word of mouth and over two sessions at my absolutely vital would social media.” home studio,” Matt says.” and we certainly I engineered, mixed and “Without local radio, there is no mastered the demos here too.” encourage local music scene,” Tash suggests. readers to support “It’s absolutely vital and we “Matt did a great job mixing over many, many, many, many local community certainly encourage readers to support local community stations.” hours,” Tash adds.” He was stations.” very patient, especially when Anything more to add? we asked for a few changes to the mix.” “Thanks to everyone who has shown us support so far this year and if you’d like to learn Is that only available over the internet or more about Voodoo Horizon, check out our did you do a run of hard copies? Facebook page or look us up on Soundcloud or Reverbnation,” Tash concludes. “We did run off some hard copies, but have only really given them to local radio, who have been really supportive of our music,” Voodoo Horizon will join like-minded Matt says. band Dirt Playground for a full dose Are there plans to record again?

“We are actually just about to check out a few local studios this month with a view to recording our first full album here in Adelaide, probably in the first half of next year,” Matt reveals. How does the songwriting happen?

“Most of the riff ideas come from Tash or myself,” Matt says. “We record these whenever the inspiration strikes and upload them to Dropbox. We all have a listen to them and bring our ideas to rehearsals and sort out whether or not the idea has some legs or not. “We record these ideas in rough form and upload them to Dropbox again,” he continues. “Velvet [Wild – vocals] is a lyric

of rock at Enigma Bar, 173 Hindley St, Adelaide, from 7.30pm on Saturday 2 December with Lead Worm and Full Dose rounding out the bill and $10 tickets at the door.

JUSTICE LEAGUE (M) ** Director Zack Snyder’s dirty fingerprints are all over this messily epic addition to the DC Comics Extended Universe’s film series, and while purist fanboys are hating it with a passion (and yet still paying to see it in droves), it’s perhaps not quite as completely dreadful as some say… but almost. And anyway, these DC films are always going to look inferior to the Marvel outings, which are fresher, funnier, better-acted and more charming (!!!), and that hurts devotees as DC were around before Marvel, dammit. Having taken note of the backlash against Batman V Superman and adoration for Wonder Woman, this was recut and chopped-about and looks it, with more of Gal Gadot’s WW added (a good thing) and humour shoved in (not such a good thing, especially after Marvel’s beloved Thor: Ragnarok), and it gets off on the wrong foot with a joke that no one likes, where the late great Superman is compared to the late great David Bowie and Prince (?!?). With the world in mourning for Supe, boring old Bruce Wayne/Batman (boring old Ben Affleck) sets about uniting various individuals with special abilities with


After three years pass and she remains childless (and amusingly sexually unfulfilled), Cornelius commissions a This fairly expensiveportrait of the two of them looking costume drama from Bat-Bruce’s fears that something to be painted by the praised Manchester-born producer bad’s going to happen in and director Justin Chadwick but penniless Jan Van Loos Superman’s absence are (and, unfortunately, executive (Dane DeHaan), and you can justified when Diana Prince/ producer Harvey Weinstein) guess what happens from Wonder Woman’s home island was shot three years ago and thereon, as he falls for her of Amazons is torn apart by then extensively delayed and and they run around rather the longtime-coming arrival ridiculously behind Cornelius’ tweaked, and the end result of the much-feared and FXed back. Or can you guess? An looks stilted and scraggly, Steppenwolf, who speaks in even sillier plot development with a star (if slightly Ciarán Hinds’ voice and, in the follows what happens when wake of Thor: Ragnarok, looks strange) cast trying hard decidedly like a poor cousin of but surely embarrassed they Sophia finds that one of her that film’s Hela. It’s up to Bruce, were ever involved three long servants (Holliday Grainger as the randy Maria) is pregnant, Diana and Alfred to get together years later. and a scheme is hatched that the dreary Victor Stone/Cyborg bizarrely transforms this from (Ray Fisher), the almost-cool Barry Allen/The Flash (Ezra A script by Deborah Moggach a pretty lame drama into a pretty lame comedy. Miller, not the TV Flash) and and no less than Tom a rethought Arthur Curry/ Stoppard (adapting her Aquaman (Jason Momoa, who novel) begins in 17th Century hams it up rather nicely), much With the kind of players you’d Amsterdam with orphan as they don’t want to be friends expect to find in this sort lass Sophia (Alicia Vikander and fear for their super-lives. of thing (Judi Dench almost caught before she won her parodies herself as the Abbess, Best Supporting Actress Less chaotic and mean-spirited who has a speech about Oscar for The Danish Girl) than BVS, yet still with too Sophia’s marital-cum-carnal being forced to marry rich many characters to get through merchant Cornelis Sandvoort responsibilities) and a few you (including Amy Adams’ Lois don’t (American funnyman Lane, Diane Lane’s Martha Kent, (Christoph Waltz in sinister Zach Galifianakis turns up mode) to save her from J.K. Simmons’ J. Jonah Jameson, poverty. It’s certainly not for as Gerrit as the story takes a sorry, Commissioner Gordon turn to justify its title), this love or even sex, especially and Henry Cavill’s Superman is one of the year’s biggest as Cornelius plays weird oops, what a giveaway!!!), this disappointments, a sometimes bedtime games that are promises to be only the first adventure of the Aveng… sorry, intended as creepy and kinky, hysterically overcooked epic that’s only vaguely less the League, so get ready for but must have had Waltz agreeable than a Dutch oven. plenty more injustice. hooting with laughter when the cameras stopped rolling. MDB MDB help from Alfred Pennyworth (Jeremy Irons, who has the most amusing line - and it’s given away in the trailer).

Have you played with any of the other bands playing Soak Up in the past? “One of our first gigs was with The Real Mac DiMarco?, but we have played with both The Craves and Venice Queens multiple times.” Where are you up to recording-wise?

“We’re currently in the process of recording our new single, Coming Home, and have plans to record a number of other songs for an EP early next year. We’re doing these with Lewis from Wundenberg Studios.”

soak up – the yardsharks SOAK UP FEST ’17 By Robert Dunstan Pirie St pool hall and live music venue Minnesota Fats, formerly Shotz, will be rockin’ on Saturday 2 December when Brain Binge Bookings presents Soak Up Fest ’17 as a licensed all-ages event from 5pm until 11.30pm. The huge line-up of seven bands – The Yardsharks, The Unknown Locals, The Craves, The Real Mac DiMarco?, Venice Queens, Colour Blind and Dude Where’s My Band? – are all set to play at a venue which also boasts pool tables, a chill out area and a beer garden. The Yardsharks are a garage surf punk quartet who first got together about this time last year. “Dan, Brock and Connor went to school together and we all met Harry over time at parties. We started jamming together towards the end of 2016 and eventually got enough songs and confidence to start playing gigs in 2017.”

What were your early musical influences and how have these changed over the last few years?

“Our music definitely started from a love of bands such as Nirvana and Red Hot Chili Peppers, but we are more influenced these days by current bands such as FIDLAR, Skegss, Violent Soho, and Hockey Dad.” Where have you performed in the past and do you have any upcoming shows apart from Soak Up?

What album would you put on the stereo before heading out? “So Fresh Hits Of Summer 2004.”

And what would you put on the stereo on a Sunday morning after a big night out? “So Fresh Hits Of Spring 2003.”

What are the future plans for The Yardsharks?

“We plan to go to Melbourne for some shows next year.” The Unknown Locals are a roofer, a plumber, a primary school teacher and a landscape gardener from the western suburbs who get together to play garageinfluenced pub rock.

“We’ve played a number of venues around Adelaide, mainly the Edinburgh Castle, Crown & Anchor, Glenelg Backpackers and Rocket Bar. We’re going to be doing a single launch gig at Rocket Bar soon.” What’s been the most memorable gig you’ve played so far and why?

“Our most memorable gig to date is probably supporting Bleeding Knees Club earlier this year.”

“The Unknown Locals started off with me, Jono, calling drummer Corey and asking if he wanted to jam and we soon had a few songs written. Jesse, our bass player, was originally the guitar player but we wanted to get our mate Jack in so we could progress and go for more technical guitar riffs.” Had you all been in other bands?

“Corey and i played our whole way through high school but never actually played in an original band. Jack played around a little, I think, and Jesse’s just a home boy.” What were your early musical influences and how have these changed over time?

“Back a few years ago, Jack, Corey and I were all into our hardcore music such as Parkway Drive, Ghost Inside and all that sort of stuff. We still are to this day but now listen to more punk and anything that’s on triple j. “But Jesse has always been on the triple j bandwagon loving FIDLAR, Wavves and Bad//Dreems.”

Where have you performed in the past and do you have any upcoming shows apart from Soak Up? “We have only played a handful of shows still. We’ve played at Worldsend. which is now the West Oak and Colonel Light Hotel. We’ve also supported Verge Collection at Crown & Anchor, supported Mesa Cosa at the Edinburgh Castle Hotel and just recently played a headline show at Rocket Bar rooftop. We’ve left the last couple of week free to build some hype for Soak Up.” What’s been the most memorable gig you’ve played so far and why?

“Hands down the Rocket Bar gig. The show was absolutely ridiculous. Stage diving, crowd surfing and Jack ended up with a broken guitar. Still stuns us that we had Rocket Bar at capacity and some of our friends didn’t get in.” Have you played with any of the other bands playing Soak Up in the past?

“We play with The Craves fairly regularly. They are like our brothers in the scene. And Venice Queens are some of our best mates around the local scene so we’re hyped to get on stage with those dudes.” Where are you up to recording-wise?

“Soak Up is our last gig for the next few months as were dropping off to write and record our first EP. We’re recording at Depict Studios who have recorded locals legends Towns and Pinkish Blu.

“Lachy Pitcher is the engineer and also the frontman in a band called Reaction and I think his heavy influence will get us on the right path to create something that will get people moving around.” What album would you put on the stereo before heading out? “Without a doubt Who You Think I Am Is What I’m Not by Arctic Monkeys. It’s a ripper album and I mean who doesn’t relate to I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor? And what would you put on the stereo on Sunday morning after a big night out?

“For me and Jesse it would definitely be The Real Mac Dimarco?. Craziest funniest dudes who play such sick tunes. Can’t go past the records Salad Days and 2.” And what of future plans for The Unknown Locals?

“Drink more beers and keep doing what we love. We are a school teacher and three tradies so obviously we like this more than our day jobs. If it went anywhere we would be the four happiest dudes you’ve ever met.”

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 5pm until 11.30pm on Saturday 2 December, will be The Yardsharks, The Unknown

Locals, The Craves, The Real Mac DiMarco?, Venice Queens, Colour Blind and Dude Where’s My Band? with an entry fee of an easy $10 and pool tables and a beer garden at the ready.

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were kind of four years before that and I was not really part of that scene.

KC & THE SUNSHINE BAND By Robert Dunstan Harry Wayne Casey, better known as KC of KC & The Sunshine Band, is in an upbeat mood when BSide Magazine gets connected to him at his home in Miami, Florida, to chat about the band heading down under for a series of shows including A Day On The Green concert alongside Sister Sledge, The Village People and Marcia Hines at McLaren Vale’s Leconfield Wines. KC is full of beans as he had just returned from Australia and can’t wait to come back again.

“Yeah, I was down there just recently and we did the Cruise N Groove which leaves from Sydney,” he reveals. “It was an eight-day cruise out of Sydney and it as fantastic and so much fun. And we were on with Marcia Hine – so I got to meet Marcia – and Go West, Cutting Crew and Boney M were on board too.

“And it was just such great fun because there was music happening from when we got onto the ship until the time we got off,” Casey enthuses. “There was music in the lobby, music on deck and music just everywhere.” Surprisingly, given that KC & The Sunshine band hail from Miami, it was the first cruise boat experience for them.

“We’ve played on a cruise boat before but never when it’s been sailing,” Casey says. “It’s been the case that we’ve played on one after it’s docked. We get on the ship, do the show and then get off.”

Casey goes to say that after the cruise he spent a few days in holiday mode.

“My life was pretty much spent in the recording studio during the day working with people such as Betty Wright and George McRae – I did pretty much all his stuff – as well as a few other little projects. Jimmy ‘Bo’ Horne was another artist I worked with back then.”

The group’s most recent studio album, the 17-song Feeling You, pays tribute to the songs of the ’60s.

“When we got back, I spent a few days doing some things I’d never “We never had time to do before,” he reveals. “We walked along the tire of playing Bondi Beach area and checked them. Like the out all the art stuff which was amazing and then went up to songs from the ’60s for me, the Blue Mountains. And we also did a river cruise, got to some Sunshine meet some kangaroos and I was almost talked into walking Band songs mean a lot to over Sydney Harbour Bridge but I have a fear of heights.” people who KC & The Sunshine Band formed in Miami and I had always thought that the city, given its loclation, would have been full of music.

“For example, a song such as (There’s) Always Something There To Remind Me, as I’ve gotten older, still works for me,” he says. “Every time you go somewhere, there’s usually some reminder of the past. And yes, I have lived life from Both Sides Now. I’ve had ups and downs.”

grew up with them.”

“No, not really,” Casey says. “We were the music although a lot of people have since come here to record at Criteria Studios. Y’know, Eric Clapton, The Bee Gees, Aretha Franklin and so many more but basically Miami was a tourist destination. People would come in November to get away from the cold and the snow and be gone by April.” Casey, who points out that he’s had four hit singles on the American dance music charts over the last 12 months, says his early interest in music came from his family.

“My family was very musically-inclined,” he says. “I had relatives who had recorded albums and my mother loved music and loved dancing. I guess it all came naturally.” KC & the Sunshine Band were part of the whole disco boom in the ’70s.

“But we began as an R&B band,” Casey points out. “But after we were on the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, which really took off, it turned into disco. So we

“They were songs I grew up with,” Casey says of classics such as Stand By Me, You Really Got Me, Both Sides Now, Words and Sweet Soul Music. “It’s like a musical diary of my life and while there is some fun stuff on there, it also has songs on it that I felt told a musical story of my life and how I felt back then.

Casey, who cites getting a star of the Hollywood Walk Of Fame as one of many career highlights, concludes by suggesting that the band’s set at A Day On The Green will be made up of their many hit songs.

“That’s what the people want to hear,” he laughs. “But we never tire of playing them. Like the songs from the ’60s for me, some Sunshine Band songs mean a lot to people who grew up with them.”

KC & The Sunshine Band, Village People, Sister Sledge and Marcia Hines will play A Day On The Green at McLaren Vale’s Leconfield Wines on Saturday 9 December with tickets via A Day On The Green’s website here https://www.adayonthegreen. merchant_id/1354/product_ id/3233/category_id/575/form_ name/view_product

returns for an encore that comprises Another Saturday Night, Can’t Keep It In and All You Need Is Love – a fitting finale. The crowd gently disperses under the pale light of the setting crescent moon.


Yusuf/Cat Stevens has shown that he still has everything he needs to put on a show that consummately entertains the masses. A performer at the top of his game.

Yusuf/Cat Stevens Botanic Park Saturday 25 November Reviewed by David Robinson Photo by Ian Bell Adelaide’s Botanic Park is once again transformed into a magical concert venue; this time for a night of wonderful music from the one and only Yusuf/Cat Stevens.

It’s a beautiful warm evening, and the park is full of happy, relaxed people. The crowd seems to stretch back for miles. As the shadows lengthen, Stevens walks out onto the stage, which has been dressed up to look like a train station platform, and receives a warm welcome from all and sundry. He starts the show with Don’t Be Shy, all the way from 1971. There are initially three performers; Stevens’ acoustic guitar and voice are augmented by Glen Scott on bass and Eric Appapoulay on guitar, along with some impressive backing vocals. A little later the band is further enhanced with some percussion and drums, courtesy Kwame Yeboah. Stevens also plays piano on occasion.

There is no question that Stevens is a songwriter of enormous talent and consequence. This is brought to the very forefront of our consciousness when he plays Where Do The Children Play? and the wonderful The First Cut Is The Deepest, a song so staggeringly simple in many aspects, yet virtually peerless in its beauty and poignancy.

The first set features many highlights and, as day turns to night, the audience is held in Stevens’ thrall as he chats about his many adventures in music and in life.

The songs move through the decades seamlessly; Mary And The Little Lamb, a song from Stevens’ latest album is followed by his first-ever single, 1967’s I Love My Dog. Stevens appears to be in good spirits, he speaks as if we are all old friends. As the Botanic Park bats glide effortlessly overhead, the set concludes with (Remember The Days Of The) Old School Yard. He begins the second portion of the evening at the piano, playing Sad Lisa, before returning to the guitar and the tales of his musical origins.

He talks of his love for West Side Story (especially Natalie Wood) and puts a record onto a turntable. He plays a few seconds of Twist & Shout which leads him into his own version of From Me To You. Stevens is a Beatles fan and, like many others, was inspired and influenced by Liverpool’s finest as he started out on his 50-year journey. The set includes Matthew & Son, which proves popular, Wild World, Morning Has Broken and Moonshadow, along with slightly less obvious treats such as If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out (another Harold & Maude song) and a nice take on George Harrison’s Here Comes The Sun.

The band is further enhanced by the on-stage arrival of long-time collaborator Alun Davies, who sweetens the songs with more guitar and some sublime backing vocals. All good things must come to an end, however, and the set concludes with the beautiful Father And Son and the long-awaited Peace Train. People are dancing in the aisles; no-one wants to leave. After a short break the band

David Robinson Set One: Don’t Be Shy Where Do The Children Play? The First Cut Is The Deepest People Get Ready (Curtis Mayfield) Blackness Of The NightMiles From NowhereThe Wind Daytime Mary & The Little Lamb I Love My Dog How Long/Peace Train Blues (Remember The Days Of The) Old School Yard Set Two: Sad Lisa Somewhere (excerpt) (BernsteinSondheim) From Me To You (Lennon-McCartney) Matthew & Son Big Boss Man (Jimmy Reed) A Bad Night Trouble Changes IV Tea For The Tillerman Wild World If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out Morning Has Broken Moonshadow Rubylove Oh Very Young The Hurt Here Comes The Sun (Harrison) See What Love Did To Me Father & Son Peace Train Another Saturday Night (Sam Cooke – encore) Can’t Keep It In (encore) All You Need Is Love (encore)

you have to pay between 10-30 euro to pee, so we always go behind trees there, as well. There are a lot of people around so sometimes it’s hard not to be seen, you know.”

You are off on your annual Christmas adventure/tour. How has that been going?

the kransky sisters A VERY KRANSKY CHRISTMAS – THE KRANSKY SISTERS By Catherine Blanch Venturing out from their home in Esk, Queensland, The Kransky Sisters have filled up the Morris with a swag of their most treasured festive season items, their distinctly unusual musical instruments, and enough petrol to get them to Sydney before returning to Adelaide to share their cherished Christmas traditions and gifts with us in A Very Kransky Christmas. This will be a family get-together like no other. Mourne Kransky – eldest sister to Eve and Dawn – is standing on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere while we speak. “We stopped to relieve ourselves behind a tree because we couldn’t find a toilet,” she begins. “Did you know that in Holland

“Very good, yes, we’ve had a really nice time,” Mourne says. “It has been lots of fun, although the pantyhose fanbelt on the Morris broke. A lovely young man from Byron Bay stopped and fixed it for us – using one of his dreadlocks as the fanbelt. He was so nice that we have become friends. It’s certainly an interesting fibre; it’s the oil in the hair that keeps things smooth around the fanbelt.” Of course, it won’t be all Christmas songs that this sisterly trio will be offering audiences.

“We do a couple of Christmas numbers in there that you’ll all know – Santa Claus wrote one of them – and we’ve got some brand new songs that we’ve learned especially for the occasion,” Mourne explains. “We’ve got Daft Punk, Lady Gaga, ABBA, Nana Mouskouri, June Carter-Cash, Enya, Gotye and Sia… there’s one by The Carpenters… and there’s lots more, yes. There’s one by a man who dances like a horse and one that says Hey Ya a lot.

“We’ve got quite a lot of songs that we’ve learned from the wireless, even one we wrote ourselves for the concert, about our mother making us do the chores. It’s a chore song about setting the rabbit traps and then bleeding them for the black pudding she used to make.” Tell us about The Honouring Of The Treasured Items.

“We always honour our things at Christmas, and we’re bringing them to show you, from Esk. Yes. We’ll be able to show you our precious things. Of course, we’re bringing our chokos to adorn the stage. We always have our Christmas chokos… hang them up, you know, on stage. We hang them up at home as well. But if you hang them too low you get knocked out. They’re quite hard!

“We are travelling with our Christmas puddings, our ‘devils on horseback’ and some other lovely treats. Sometimes we even share our biscuits that we made with the audience.

“We even had five people come to our show

the other day all dressed as us,” Mourne says. “They called themselves The Cheese Kranskys. They were all dressed the same as us – of varying heights – and they all had names of cheese. Isn’t that nice? It really does make us feel very special. We’re very lucky that they like us, you know, because it feels like a real Christmas family, which is nice.” Do you think that your [late] mother would approve of you touring and performing?

“We dress very modestly, you know,” she says. “Our mother taught us to follow the ways of the Queen. We were taught to walk like the Queen, talk like the Queen and even use a fork like the Queen. We even dress modestly like the Queen, so I’m sure our mother would approve of that. I don’t know if she would approve of these modern songs we sing; some of them come from people who dance up against poles… Have you ever thought of trying pole dancing yourself?

“Well, there’s the Hills Hoist is tempting sometimes,” Mourne says. “We do have a tradition where we dance around it when we don’t get anything for Christmas. We do a maypole dance with three red ribbons around the Hills Hoist to take our mind off the sadness of not receiving a present from Santa. This happens every year so far, but we hope that this changes. “The other day at the signing table, we were given some lovely fascinators made out of kitchen scourers, which was lovely,” she adds. “We wore them in a picture with The Cheese Kranskys, who gave them to us.” Head to The Kransky Sisters’ Facebook page for further information and to check out some of their informative cooking videos.

The Kransky Sisters perform A Very Kransky Christmas at Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre, at various times from Friday 15 December until Saturday 16 December (three shows). Book at BASS on 131 246 and

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Nichiren Buddhist, to boot. I have maintained a consistent Buddhist practise ever since.”

You’ve now been based in London for many years and since worked with many great musicians. How did some of these come about?

“When I was 15 I was browsing in {Adelaide record shop] Umbrella Music and I came across Mahavishnu Orchestra’s Birds Of Fire. When I saw the picture of Billy Cobham on the back cover, I thought to myself, ‘He looks like a nice guy. I would like to be his friend and play in his band’.

CARL ORR By Robert Dunstan Since leaving Adelaide, guitar play Carl Orr has been based in London where he has earned international acclaim. He is now coming ‘home’ for the festival season and will be induced into the SA Music Hall Of Fame and also be presenting a show joined by some special guests.

Congratulations on your upcoming induction into the AMC SA Music Hall Of Fame. What does this honour mean to you?

Where were you playing in Adelaide in your early days and with whom?

Your latest offering, Forbearance, marks a “I played in rock bands with my peers a departure from your usual style – West Folk bit, but what I really wanted was to play Girls has a decidedly Irish folk sound. What was with more experienced musicians. In my the reason for this? last couple of years in Adelaide (1981-83) I did just that, playing at the Maylands Hotel at least once a “When I saw “Producer Tim van der Kuil (guitarist with Adele and Sia) encouraged me to week with Sue Barker, Freddie the picture of explore styles that I love but am not Payne, Chris Finnen, Phil Colson and others. Great training and a Billy Cobham on known for such as bluegrass, classical, lot of fun.” the back cover, country and pop.” I recently read you were a member of much-respected Adelaide band Speedboat before it finally sank. What are your memories of that experience?

I thought to myself, ‘He looks like a nice guy. I would like to be his friend and play in his band’.”

“We did some gigs in Sydney around 1986/87 but it didn’t last as moving such a ‘specialised’ band to Sydney and trying to make a living was just too hard. They are a great bunch of people. I was very sad to hear that bassist Mark McCann passed away.”

“I had a great upbringing here [in Adelaide] and an exceptional education and had some wonderful teachers including the great Eric Bryce who gave me a solid foundation as Was there any specific reason you left a musician and the confidence to believe I Adelaide? Where did you head off to first? could fulfil my dreams. “This honour is the acknowledgement of four decades of effort and perseverance. I have always felt that I am representing Adelaide, so nothing could mean more to me.” How did you first get into music? What attracted you to the guitar? What were some of your early influences.

“I remember at two or three years old singing, [The Beatles’] ‘She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah’, and accompanying myself on a toy guitar. I was so frustrated at the horrible cacophony I was producing on the guitar, that I thought, ‘I have to figure this thing out’. And that has been my constant thought ever since.” “My early influences were whatever was on the radio – The Beatles, Kinks, Dusty Springfield, Led Zeppelin, The Carpenters, etc.

“At that moment I had subconsciously decided I was going to become good enough to join his band and to find the opportunity to make it a reality. Nonetheless, I was absolutely astonished when, years later, in 1989 while living in Sydney, I received a phone call from an agent asking me if I would like to do three gigs with Billy Cobham.”

“I wanted to be a great musician on the international stage. In July of 1983 I moved to Sydney. In August of 1984 I went to Berklee College Of Music for one academic year. I then came back to Sydney in May 1985, a much better musician for it, and a practising

Where was it recorded and with whom?

“It was recorded in London and features Aussies Grant Windsor and Jasmine Nelson plus Billy Cobham, a string quartet and a brass section.”

You will have some very fine players surround you when you play in Adelaide. What will your set consist of?

“Original tunes of mine and two covers including Analyse by Thom Yorke and Green Earrings by Steely Dan.” Adelaide guitarist Carl Orr, who will be inducted into the SA Music Hall Of Fame on Friday 15 December, is also playing a COMA event from 7.30pm on Monday 11 December at the Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, with a combo that will include Brendan Fitzgerald on piano, Enrico Morena on drums and John Aue on bass plus special guests to include Julian Ferraretto and James Muller with tickets at the door for $25.



Loop artist Phia will be launching her new album, The Woman Who Counted The Stars, with Mary Webb and Allume as special guests at the Grace Emily Hotel, 232 Waymouth St, Adelaide, on Sunday 3 December. WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM

Washington-based black metal outfit Wolves In The ThroNe Room are touring their new album, Thrice Woven, and will be playing Fowler’s Live, 68 North Tce, Adelaide, on Wednesday 18 April with tickets via Moshtix. P.O.D.


Much-loved and respected English guitar player Albert Lee has been announced for Adelaide Guitar Festival and will be playing Adelaide Festival Centre’s Festival Theatre on Saturday 11 August with tickets via BASS.

TRINITY SESSIONS FRINGE Trinity Sessions at Church Of The Trinity, 318 Goodwood Rd, Clarence Pk, have just announced an array of Adelaide Fringe 2018 shows with Mike McClellan on Friday 23 February, The Young Folk on Saturday 24 February, Steve Poltz on Wednesday 7 March and Chris While & Julie Matthews with Vincent’s Chair on Thursday 15 March with all tickets via FringeTIX. PAIN Sweden’s industrial metal exponents Pain, led by Peter Tagtgren, will have Witchgrinder as special guests when they play Fowler’s Live, 68 North Tce, Adelaide, on Thursday 24 May with tickets via Moshtix. LEAH SENIOR

Esteemed American rock band P.O.D. will be playing songs from Satellite and more when they hit the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Wednesday 18 April with tickets via the venue or Oztix.


Melbourne’s Leah Senior will be the guest of Naomi Keyte when she plays the Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, from 4pm on Sunday 28 January with Mary Webb also on the bill.

Those disappointed that The Lemonheads would not be coming to Adelaide for A Day On The Green can now rejoice in the fact they will be playing the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Thursday 8 March with Immigrant Union as special guests and tickets via the venue or Oztix.

Legendary American blues band Canned Heat, who famously performed at Woodstock back in 1969, are on the road again and will be playing their hard-edged blues at the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Wednesday 28 March with tickets via the venue or Oztix. ON WONDER

THE KILLERS Due to unprecedented demand, The Killers have announced a show at Adelaide Entertainment Centre on Tuesday 8 May. DESTRUCTION

Oh Wonder, in Australia to play with Beck, Phoenix and Grace Jones in Sydney, will be taking a wonderful detour to play the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Wednesday 28 February with tickets via the venue or Oztix. ANDREW STRONG

Germany’s Destruction will be weaving a path of thrash metal destruction when they head out on a national tour that will include a show at Fowler’s Live, 68 North Tce, Adeliade, on Saturday 21 April with tickets via Moshtix. ALFANANT

AlfanAnt (Ant and Alf) hail from the Sunshine Coast but will be enjoying some SA sunshine when they their lively alternative country ditties at the Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, from 4pm on Sunday 4 February to promote their Lucky EP.

Andrew Strong, who came to fame when he featured strongly in the film The Commitments, will be performing the classic soundtrack with his band in full at the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh on Thursday 22 March with tickets via the venue or Oztix. JACKSON BROWNE American singer songwriter Jackson Browne will have his full band with him when he plays Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre on Thursday 22 March.


Presented by Metropolis Touring, Brazilian metal band Sepultura are heading to the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, SA, on Wednesday 16 May as part of an Australian tour with special guests Death Angel from San Francisco and tickets via the venue or Oztix.

14 February with tickets via Moshtix. PHOENIX MINI-FESTIVAL Adelaide will receive a big spark of hip hop this summer when Phoenix Mini-Festival, headlined by Chris Webby and featuring also Complete, Kogz and Sever, heads to the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, from 6pm on Friday 26 January with tickets via the venue or Oztix. GREENLEAF


Sweden’s Greenleaf are heading to Australia and will be playing Jive, 181 Hindley St, Adelaide, from 8pm on Saturday 10 March alongside Filthy Lucre, Sons Of Zoku and Dirty Pagans with tickets via Moshtix.

Late American singer Roy Orbison will be in dazzling hologram format when he sings all his hits with a 40-piece orchestra at Adelaide Entertainment Centre on Sunday 13 May with tickets via TickeTek.

KATE MILLER-HEIDKE Kate Miller-Heidke will be performing with Adelaide Symphony Orchestra on Friday 9 March at Adelaide Town Hall with bookings via BASS. KIM CHURCHILL

24 March with tickets via the venue or Oztix.

MICHAEL DUNSTAN Perth’s Michael Dunstan will have good mate Jordy Maxwell with him when they bring their cruisy vibes to the Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, from 8pm on Wednesday 13 December with $10 pre-sale tickets via Michael’s website or $15 at the door. TOM REDWOOD Tom Redwood (photographed here by Ben Searcy) is making a return to his home town and has arranged to play a show at Hotel Metro, 46 Grote St, Adelaide, from 8.30pm on Thursday 11 January with

Hate (Hana and Kate) and Somnium. CHRIS BOTTI American jazz trumpeter Chris Botti has announced that he will be playing music from his many albums at Grote St’s Her Majesty’s Theatre on Monday 19 February with tickets via BASS. GARY OG Gary Og, former lead singer of iconic Irish rebel band Éire Óg, is playing The Irish Club, Carrington St, Adelaide, on Friday 8 December at which you can expect rousing rebel ballads, Scottish and Irish folk music and stirring socialist anthems.

hello hello hello

having a puppy sucks if you’re too screwed up with life’s exhaustion to talk to strangers or even to people you know. as I take a beach walk in the morning all I want to know is the sun, blue water, feel of sand under my feet. but she approaches me, husband in tow. vaguely know them so I am fair game. her face could be a dead fish. I am happy for my face to be a dead fish too, that’s OK. she wants to know why I don’t ever go swimming. “why don’t you ever go swimming? come on, you need to get out there.” she tells me how often they go in the water.


“every day! we do fifty strokes,” she says, and her husband mimes the action of swimming with his arms. she talks of family members, she talks of her children and their partners all of whom I have never met as her husband hovers next to her like an assistant.

Melbourne’s legendary Underground Lovers have announced a visit with news they will be performing in The Garden Of Unearthly Delights as part of Adelaide Fringe 2018 with tickets going on sale soon. SALIVA American hard rockers Saliva are embarking on their first tour of Australia and will be playing Fowler’s Live, 68 North Tce, Adelaide, on Wednesday

Folk rocker Kim Churchill will have just completed a tour of the UK and Europe when he drops into the Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, on Friday 26 January. GOLDLINK Hip hop artist GoldLink spans a variety of genres with his highly danceable music and he’s heading to the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Saturday

over time I have noticed their pathway on the beach and realised if I go down the southern steps, farther down from their apartment block, there’s a good chance I’ll miss them. but the puppy is a magnet. they had seen me with the puppy and that was it. “Howdy! Hi!” they chimed as they both moved their palms in circles before me which was a type of gay and happy wave.


funk and hip hop at a free entry show the Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, from 8pm on Saturday 23 December at which they will be delving into their extensive back catalogue to present now less than two sets which may well include some musical surprises for this a free entry, licensed, all-ages CARL ORR’S LONDON AMC SA MUSIC HALL OF FAME special time of the year. skank at Prospect Town Hall, UNDERGROUND Adelaide Music Collective are 126 Prospect Rd, Prospect, from Adelaide guitarist Carl Orr, set to induct live sound engineer SATAN’S CHEERLEADERS 7pm on Friday 15 December who will be inducted into the Jon Lemon, international tour Satan’s Cheerleaders, who with special guests Kate SA Music Hall Of Fame on manager Andrew Zweck and recently had a sold out show Pomery and DJ Old Skool Andy Friday 15 December, has made jazz guitarist Carl Orr into the as part of OzAsia Festival, will and drink specials throughout himself an international name SA Music Hall Of Fame with be doing it all over again when the evening. in jazz circles since moving to the ceremony to take place from they present The Last Ninja as London and working alongside 6pm until 10pm on Friday 15 a free entry show at the Grace THE SOUND GARAGE such musicians as Billy December at St Pauls Creative Emily Hotel, 232 Waymouth St, Got a gig coming up and need Cobham and George Duke Centre, cnr Pulteney and Flinders Adelaide, from 9pm on Friday 8 a set-up? The Sound Garage, and is now returning home for St, Adelaide, SA, with all invited December with special guests 1/179 Hindley St, Adelaide, is Christmas and also playing a to attend. Adam Page and Ray Manta! offering a 25% discount to those COMA show from 7.30pm on who have a show that week. Monday 11 December at the COOPS & THE BIRD THE JD LORD BAND Contact Jordan on 0481 155 Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George Twelve-piece ensemble The JD 892 or just pop in. St, Thebarton, with a combo Lord Band have announced that will include Brendan that they will be presenting THROWING FLOWERS Fitzgerald on piano, Enrico an evening filled with swingin’ Morena on drums and John ’60s music and the soulful Aue on bass and with plus sounds of the ’70s when they special guests to include Julian play the Governor Hindmarsh Ferraretto and James Muller Hotel, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, with tickets at the door for $25. on Saturday 20 January with tickets via the venue or Oztix. CHRIS FINNEN Coops & The Bird have asked Emily Davis Trio to join them THE RED SKULL for a free entry show at the The Red Skull will be Fresh from their recent launch, Grace Emily, 232 Waymouth St, presenting a Big Night Out pop rock exponents Throwing Adelaide, from 9pm on Friday 15 when they take to the stage Flowers have organised a December. of the Governor Hindmarsh $10 ticketed show at the Adelaide-based blues legend Chris Finnen will have his electric band with him and budding student 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.

SEAN KEMP Sean Kemp, who has played in various local bands and continues to perform around town with Surviving Sharks, has announced that the launch of his debut solo offering will be at the Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, from 4pm on Sunday 15 April (which just happens to be his birthday) with special guests Bullfight.

SURVIVING SHARKS Imogen Brave have asked Surviving Sharks and recent TYMPANO Three D Radio Tope 20+1 Presented by At Fates chart toppers Swamp Kitteh to Productions and Evergreen join them for a show at Crown Artists, alternative funk and & Sceptre, 308 King William groove exponents Tympano are St, Adelaide, on Saturday 16 set to headline a huge show at December with tickets at the Jive, 181 Hindley St, Adelaide, door from 9.30pm. from 7.30pm on Friday 22 December alongside Kings CRUMP CAKE PRCHESTRA Within, Melbourne’s Colour & The 20-piece Crump Cake Shade, Riverwood and Rotary Orchestra, fresh from a Art Show with tickets at the successful album launch for Copy door for $15 or $10 via preCopy, have arranged to perform sale from the bands. their blend of big band jazz, soul,

Hotel, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Friday 2 March to pay tribute to Big Day Out bands such as Nirvana, 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. GOATS HEAD FESTIVAL Tickets are selling fast to Goats Head Festival at Macclesfiel’s The Three Brothers Arms Hotel from 3pm on Saturday 16 December and which will feature the talents of Gumbo Ya Ya!, Gail Page Band, Aaron Thomas & The Human Patters, Lazy Eye, Kings & Associates, Hana & Jessie Lee’s Bad Habits with tickets via the pub. 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

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

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 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.

at Prospect Town Hall, 126 Prospect Rd, Prospect, as a licensed, all-ages event from 7pm on Monday 15 January.

and Chica Chica Electrica performing and all funds raised going to Home Of Love & Dreams, a home for orphans.

RACHAEL LEAHCAR Rachael Leahcar has announced a concert at the NOOK NOSH Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, SA, on Sunday THE POOL BUOYS SPINE 96 19 November to present songs The Pool Buoys will be Spine 96, an Adelaide rock from her new album and more bringing their punk and quartet who dabble in the with tickets via the venue or grunge rock to Minnesota absurd, cynical and darker sides Oztix. Fats (formerly Shotz), 192 of life with a touch of surrealism Pirie St, Adelaide, from 8pm thrown in, have just released a VINYL SOUL on Saturday 9 December for self-titled album via boutique a licensed, all-ages show with Melbourne label Off The Hip The Poets Of Slam Society, and is now available via all Blind Coyote and two sets from good record stores – think Rock Kirby with drink specials, pool Therapy, 536 Goodwood Rd, tables. A beer garden and an Daw Park, Clarity Records, Boutique small bar Nook Nosh, entry fee of an easy $10. 60 Pulteney St, Adelaide, Mr 111 Unley Rd, Unley, features V Music, 115 Semaphore Rd, live acoustic sounds from 5pm MARY WEBB Semaphore and, of course, on Sundays and has a courtyard Mary Webb has announced Off The Hip Records, 381 area at the rear. Pop in for the launch for her second Flinders Ln, Melbourne – and sips ‘n’ nibbles from 3pm on new single and it is to be at Bandcamp. Wednesdays through to Sundays the Grace Emily Hotel, 232 (open from 4pm) with Saturday Waymouth St, Adelaide, on CARNIVAL LATIN NYE evening now reserved for private Thursday 14 December. Say adios to 2017 and hola to Local Adelaide podcast, Vinyl functions which can be made by 2018 at Carnival Latin NYE at Soul, was awarded national calling the bar on 0405 005 447. DAVE HUDSON the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 prize for Best Literature, Adelaide’s Dave Hudson, an Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Sunday Arts & Music Podcast when ANGELIK enigma even to himself, has 31 December. Kick off with a Cast Away Awards ran the Angelik have organised 2017 his musical journey pretty delicious dinner in the venue first ever Australian podcast Smash Out and invited Goon organised as he’s announced and then stick around to party evening in Sydney at the Giant Wizarrd and Man A Pause to a show on Friday 2 March at all night and into the small Dwarf Theatre. Aiden Grant join them from 9pm on Friday which he will be presenting hours with tickets via the venue hosts and producers his music 1 December at the Grace songs from his The Journey or Oztix. focused podcast in Adelaide and Emily Hotel, 232 Waymouth St, album at the Wheatsheaf his podcast also supports local Adelaide, for a free entry musical Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, THE BURNSIDE LIBRARY up-and-coming bands from extravaganza. with his five-piece band. The Burnside Library, 401 Adelaide with previous artists Greenhill Rd, Tusmore, is including Bad//Dreems, THE AIRBENDERS MOVE2LIVE starting a local music collection Motez and Nakatomi to name Jazz combo The Airbenders, Move2Live at the Grace Emily and looking for any South but a few. who enjoy a weekly, free entry Hotel, 232 Waymouth St, Australian musicians or bands residency at the Gilbert Hotel, 88 Adelaide, Here’s the deal. Meet that would be willing to donate Gilbert St, Adelaide, on Tuesday prior to 6pm on Wednesday a copy of their EP or album. THE BRITISH HOTEL evenings, will be joined by noted evenings and then head off It can be any genre of music. The British Hotel, 13 North saxophonist Emile Ryjoch when for a 40-minute walk, run or In fact, the more diverse, the Pde, Port Adelaide, boasts a fine they present the music of jazz whatever with a bunch of lovely better! Please contact the dining room with a new menu organ legend Jimmy Smith at people and then head back to library on 08 8366 4280 for and a wine of the month along AJ’s Bar & Café, 146 Gawler Plc, the pub for refreshments and a more information. with free entry live acoustic Adelaide, from 5.30pm (music natter about this and that. music from 6pm on Fridays. from 6pm) on Saturday 2 FRIDAY NIGHT FREE FOR ALL December with an $10 entry. CAFÉ TROPPO The front bar of the Governor Café Troppo, 42 Whitmore Hindmarsh Hotel, 59 Port Rd, RONNIE TAHENY LONELY STRETCH Sq, Adelaide, boasts great Hindmarsh, now has a new open Following a successful concert Lonely Stretch, a side-project organic food, craft beer, a fresh mic evening known as Friday earlier this year, Ronnie from Matt Reiner who plays new wine list, old-fashioned Night Free For All with free Taheney has just announced guitar in Adelaide psych rock cocktails, seasonal tapas, a entry and all welcome from another show at the Governor outfit The Dunes, have just new bar menu and, as well as 8pm. If you’d like to get onstage, Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, released a brand new song, Not regular events, has live acoustic email <fridayfreeforall@ Hindmarsh, on Saturday 3 Very Much, which stormed into music under the name Spring> to reserve a February. the number two position in the Boogaloo and a brand new spot. current Three D Radio’s Top menu on Friday evenings from 20+1 chart in its first week 6pm. THE GOV’S VARIETY SHOW ACOUSTIC CLUB TUESDAY of release. Check it out via The Gov’s Variety Show has Acoustic Club Tuesday is a Bandcamp. BEACH PARTY returned to the front bar of free entry acoustic showcase Croydon Bowling Club, Blight the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 plus open mic that takes place CLUB5082 St, Ridleyton, will host a Beach Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on the in the front bar of Hotel Metro, As part of Touriffic Prospect, Party from 7pm until late on first Saturday of each month, 46 Grote St, from 8pm on Club5082 will be hosting Green Saturday 9 December with an array or performers of all Tuesday evenings. Check out Day tribute band Basket Case bargain drinks, $5 entry, surf persuasions, a 9pm start and their Facebook page for details with special guests Little Miss bands Swinging Surf Sex Gods entry via donation. about the weekly line-up.

was going to be about the history of Australian live music, which I realised would be this really grim story of the rise and fall of pub rock… There were some very worthy historical ideas, but they required an enormous amount of research and weren’t going to be fun to do – or read.

andrew p street

THE LONG AND WINDING WAY TO THE TOP by MDB Author, journalist, critic, raconteur and former Adelaide lad Andrew P. Street recently chatted to us about his third book, The Long And Winding Way To The Top, and he spoke at length about the fifty’s sometimes painful selection process and much, much more. And as he’s these days best known as a political writer and commentator there was really only one choice for a first question, and that was… Previous books are The Short And Excruciatingly Embarrassing Reign Of Captain Abbott and The Curious Story Of Malcolm Turnbull, The Incredible Shrinking Man In The Top Hat, and some seem surprised that your third is about music because, they irritatingly say, music isn’t political. But it is, right??? All art is… Oh yes, all art is political, and all art that comes out of a society reflects that society. No artist can really resist the temptation to put in a political message!... It’s very political, and so much of the great Australian music from the 1970s and 1980s was

explicitly political, and some of the best music around now is too... It’s not quite an explicitly political book though, I suppose, as there aren’t that many jokes about Eric Abetz. Of course you actually began as a music writer here in Adelaide, and worked for the dear-departed dB Magazine…

And then suddenly Curious Malcolm was published and I had a deadline, and then I thought of a history of Australia through 50 popular songs, and that coincided with the birth of my son James, which meant that I had five months to write it while being a firsttime Dad. That turned out to be not the best way to do it because babies, you know, are quite time-consuming [laughs].

At various points in the book you say that the original shortlist was more than 400 songs long… It was 487 or something stupid, yes! There were so many lists, and there was another that had 1000 on it or something, and that’s what happens when you put the call out on Facebook and ask, ‘So what do you all think were some good songs?’

Yes… For the last four or “There are themes five years it’s been mostly that come up You agonise amusingly writing about politics [for often – Indigenous throughout the book me]… I was music editor for dB, and then I moved bands and music, about the pain of your to Sydney in 2006 and the rise and fall selection process, and while there will be times became music editor for of guitar rock, the that the reader fumes over Drum Media and then music editor for Time Out Sydney. brief flowering of your choices, your actual So yes, most of my day jobs indie in the ’90s - selection processes are have been writing about and I had to choose always very sound when music, and I still write for between telling 30 you explain them. You had to start with Johnny Rolling Stone and Australian stories really badly O’Keefe; you had to have a Guitar and more… It’s always been what I’ve done, or a dozen stories few bands from elsewhere in the country so that it but somehow the political really well.” wasn’t all about Melbourne stuff has been sort of tacked and Sydney; you had to onto it, but yes, Adelaide readers of have a few embarrassments and a certain age primarily know me as a turkeys; and so forth. music writer. Did you approach publishers Allen & Unwin with the idea or vice versa? Originally it was suggested to me that I do a book about music after Captain Abbott as a sort of palate cleanser… But that was put on the backburner for a while as I was doing Curious Malcolm... Originally I did four false starts at getting it going while I was waiting on other things. I just couldn’t find the right narrative, and at first it

You also had to choose songs that might not have been a band’s best – like INXS’ What You Need and Divinyls’ I Touch Myself – as they’re the ones that truly broke them overseas...

There were so many songs that were true personal favourites that I desperate wanted to put in there. There’s a noteven-joke I use often about how Models should be in there but they’re not, and

Models are my favourite Australian band of all time, but I just couldn’t justify it, even though they’re a very important band… It was often about what stories to tell. One of the last songs that got pulled was Not Pretty Enough by Kasey Chambers, even though I think that A) there aren’t nearly enough songs by women in the book and B) there aren’t nearly enough Australian country songs in the book. There are themes that come up often – Indigenous bands and music, the rise and fall of guitar rock, the brief flowering of indie in the ’90s - and I had to choose between telling 30 stories really badly or a dozen stories really well. There isn’t enough hip hop, dance music, country or metal (unless you count AC/DC)…

There were so many threads that I could have followed… If I do a sequel or a Director’s Cut or something, there are many things that I’d like to chase down as they’re all such interesting stories... I [also] didn’t want it to be too dry: I didn’t want it to go, ‘On the 5th of May Iva [Davies from Icehouse] sat down to write Great Southern Land’ or anything like that. I wanted it to be light and readable.

When you’re talking about The Church’s Under The Milky Way you mention an email exchange between you and Steve Kilbey, so are you and him pals? And were you able to ring Jimmy Barnes and Tim Rogers and Iva and ask questions if you needed to? A few times, yes. I did call Jimmy and ask him to clarify a few things… Tim and others would give me feedback and say things sort of like, ‘That’s not entirely how we see it - but yeah, okay, we can see your argument’. No one said that I was horribly wrong… Some things I couldn’t get confirmed, like when I tried to ask Peter Garrett something about Midnight Oil’s Beds Are Burning, but they’d just embarked on a tour and weren’t available… I’ve done lots of interviews over the years and I was able to incorporate stuff from them too, some little fun facts, like a long interview I did with Iva where he talked about living in Leichhardt and said some things about recording Great Southern Land there. It was really noisy, and he was exhausted and the band had split on tour, and there he was trying to record this song.

The Long And Winding Way To The Top: Fifty (Or So) Songs That Made Australia by Andrew P. Street is published by Allen Jesus, I don’t know! [laughs a lot] Right & Unwin and out now. RRP now I kind of think that my ‘politics $29.99 And finally Andrew: the book’s finished and out there and here we are talking about it. So what do you do now? Book Four will be… What?

sense’ [like Spider-Man’s spider-sense, it seems] is twitching, and I think the next year is going to be superinteresting, so maybe there’s a book in that. It depends upon how masochistic I am [more laughter]… I haven’t really thought about Book Four, but I am reading a lot of children’s books at the moments, so maybe it’ll be about a teddy bear or a donkey or some manner of Gruffalo? You never know…

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 Phia (Melbourne), Mary Webb and Allume at Grace Emily 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 Gary Og (Ireland) at The Irish Club 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 WEDNESDAY 13 DECEMBER Michael Dunstan (Perth) and Jordy Maxwell at Wheatsheaf Hotel

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

FRIDAY 15 DECEMBER Bob Log II (US) and Glass Skies 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) and Hey Harriett at Hotel Metro MONDAY 18 DECEMBER The Original Wailers (Jamaica) at Governor Hindmarsh

WEDNESDAY 20 DECEMBER The Original Wailers (Jamaica) at Governor Hindmarsh Guttermouth (US) at Crown & Anchor FRIDAY 22 DECEMBER James Reyne (Melbourne) at Governor Hindmarsh inuette (London) and Silent Duck at Grace Emily SATURDAY 23 DECEMBER James Reyne (Melbourne) at Governor Hindmarsh WEDNESDAY 27 DECEMBER Psychedelic Porn Crumpets (Perth), Moonhunter, Somnium and Hideous Sun Demon at Jive

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 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 THURSDAY 25 JANUARY Leprous (Norway at Jive

FRIDAY 26 JANUARY Phoenix Mini Festival: Chris Webby, Complete, Kogz and Sever at Governor Hindmarsh Kim Churchill (Melbourne) at Wheatsheaf Hotel SUNDAY 28 JANUARY Naomi Keyte, Leah Senior (Melbourne) and Mary Webb at Wheatsheaf Hotel

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 Rackett at Coopers Alehouse (Gepps Cross)

Ireland) at Governor Hindmarsh

FRIDAY 23 FEBRUARY George Maple (London/Aus) at Governor Hindmarsh Prljavo Kazaliste (Croatia) at Fowler’s Live Sarah McLeod (Sydney) and Sean Kemp at Jive Mike McClennan (Sydney) at Trinity Sessions SATURDAY 24 FEBRUARY The Young Folk (Ireland) at Trinity Sessions Cloud Nothings (US) at Fowler’s Live Cub Sport (Brisbane) at Fat Controller

WEDNESDAY 7 MARCH Steve Poltz (Can/US) at Trinity Sessions THURSDAY 8 MARCH The Lemonheads (US) at Governor Hindmarsh

FRIDAY 9 MARCH 360 (Sydney) at Governor Hindmarsh Kate Miller-Heidke and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra at Adelaide Town Hall

SATURDAY 10 MARCH Greenleaf (Sweden), Filthy Lucre, Sons Of Zoku and Dirty Pagans at Jive

MONDAY 19 FEBRUARY Chris Botti (US) at Her Majesty’s Theatre

TUESDAY 20 FEBRUARY Stiff Little Fingers (Northern

WEDNESDAY 28 MARCH Canned Heat (US) at Governor Hindmarsh

SATURDAY 21 APRIL Destruction (Germany) at Fowler’s Live

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

SATURDAY 17 FEBRUARY The Australian Motley Crue Show at Fowler’s Live

MONDAY 26 MARCH Bruno Mars (US) at Adelaide Entertainment Centre

FRIDAY 20 APRIL Rose Tattoo (Sydney) at Governor Hindmarsh

WEDNESDAY 7 FEBRUARY We The Kings (US) at Governor Hindmarsh

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 24 MARCH GoldLink (US) at Governor Hindmarsh

WEDNESDAY 18 APRIL Wolves In The Throne Room (US) at Fowler’s Live P.O.D. (US) at Governor Hindmarsh

TUESDAY 6 FEBRUARY Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes (US) and Cancer Bats (Canada) at Fowler’s Live

WEDNESDAY 14 FEBRUARY Saliva (US) at Fowler’s Live

FRIDAY 23 MARCH Harry Manx (Canada) at Goveror Hindmarsh

WEDNESDAY 11 APRIL Neil Diamond (US) at Botanic Pk

SUNDAY 4 FEBRUARY AlfanAnt (Sunshine Coast) at Wheatsheaf Hotel

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

THURSDAY 22 MARCH Andrew Strong (Northern Ireland) at Governor Hindmarsh Jackson Browne (US) at Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre

SUNDAY 22 APRIL Jimmy Barnes at Thebarton Theatre

SUNDAY 25 FEBRUARY Dweezil Zappa (US) at Governor Hindmarsh

WEDNESDAY 28 FEBRUARY Overkill (New York) at Fowler’s Live THURSDAY 1 MARCH Ball Park Music (Sydney), Ali Barter and Hatchie at Governor Hindmarsh

FRIDAY 1 MARCH Cold Chisel, Kasey Chambers and Bad/Dreems at Adelaide 500 SATURDAY 2 MARCH Live (US) at Adelaide 500 SUNDAY 4 MARCH Robbie Williams (UK) at Adelaide 500

SUNDAY 11 MARCH Big Country (Scotland) at Governor Hindmarsh

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

MONDAY 30 APRIL Squeeze (UK) and John Cooper Clarke (Manchester) at Governor Hindmarsh TUESDAY 8 MAY The Killers (US) at Adelaide Entertainment Centre

MONDAY 14 MAY Marlon Williams (Melbourne) at Governor Hindmarsh WEDNESDAY 16 MAY Sepultura (Brazil) and Death Angel (US) at Governor Hindmarsh

The Gathered Market at Adelaide Festival Centre will bring together independent stallholders showcasing bespoke homewares, jewellery, stationery, art, prints and garments. Soak up the intimate, wholesome atmosphere of a French village marketplace while grazing for gifts, treats and treasures amidst Adelaide’s creative community.

There will also be a rich array of decadent tastes and seductive smells on offer during the festival with delights from La Buvette, The Smelly Cheese Shop, Crepe Bar, La Provence, Popsicool, the Pol Roger Bar and Kronenbourg. Adelaide Festival Centre’s free stage on the Riverdeck will come alive with the sounds of French music from gypsy jazz to chanson français with live music, DJs and roving performers. These include Louise Blackwell & The French Set, La Mauvaise Repuatation, DJ WiPod, DJ Guillaume Vetu, The Coconut Kids, Extemporal and Bamboozled.

FRENCH FESTIVAL Adelaide Festival Centre recently launched its full program for the inaugural Adelaide French Festival which will run from Friday 12 January until Sunday 14 January of 2018. This festival is a celebration of all things French across food, wine, fashion, music, performance, fine arts and so much more. It all kicks off with So Frenchy So Chic in the Park at Pinky Flat on Friday 12 January so get ready to wine, dine and dance under the stars to the sounds of the hottest acts in today’s French music including artists such as Féfé, Juniore, General Elektriks and L.E.J.. On Saturday 13 January, one of France’s most exciting live acts, Frànçois & the Atlas Mountains, will take to the stage at Dunstan Playhouse. From their new album Domino, the band fuses a mixture of afro pop, French chanson and Anglo-phonic guitar pop to create a distinctive new sound. Other music offerings include performances by French chanteuse Caroline Nin with Songs & Stories Of Thee Paris Lido, Adelaide’s own Michaela Burger and Greg Wain with their award-winning show Exposing Edith while internationally acclaimed pianist Frédéric Vaysse-Knitter will present the works of Claude Debussy. There will also be performances from the Seraphim Trio, Zephyr Quartet, and patrons can get French on the River Torrens when The Baker Suite perform on the PopEye in a show called Floating Melodies: A Twist Of Parisian Jazz.

In an extraordinary night to remember, Adelaide Festival Centre’s Banquet Room will transform into a French salon for an evening of contemporary art, seductive entertainment and charming French cuisine. La Soirée Cliché includes a unique live showing of ‘Bloom’ body-painting by artiste Emma Hack, a tantalising menu by Cliché executive chef Fabien Streit, and the divine voices of Baby et Lulu featuring Abby Dobson (Leonardo’s Bride) and Lara Goodridge (FourPlay String Quartet). You will also be able to travel through Paris with the stunning exhibition Paolo Sebastian: A Journey To Paris. See the documentary and photo stills journaling Australian couture design sensation Paul Vasileff and his whimsical journey through Paris.

The fashion continues with Couture Collection as some of Adelaide›s leading couture designers including Greta Kate, Calèche, Varacalli, Eliza French and Sylvy Earl present their latest collections in a stunning parade of detail, construction and classic French femininity. These original creations, produced in South Australia, are a vibrant showpiece of the state’s design flair and ingenuity. Adelaide Festival Centre’s associate director of programming, Rebecca Pearcem says, “This is such an exciting time for Adelaide, celebrating our state’s new connections with France and all things French. The first Adelaide French Festival is an eclectic program of music, film, visual arts, fashion and workshops and more, with something for all tastes and ages. “From full on Francophiles to those just discovering all that French culture has to offer, this festival has something for everyone so come and immerse yourself in this incredible French feast.”

Get hands on with a range of free and ticketed activities including create your very own French perfume using the finest raw materials from the world’s leading suppliers; be inspired by Le Cordon Bleu culinary institute as they share pâtisserie techniques; tantalise your taste buds with Pol Roger Masterclasses; take a French Culture and Language Workshop with Alliance Française d’Adélaïde; try your hand at pétanque, create your own flower crown or have your hair styled like a French movie star at Le Coiffeur beauty salon in the Dunstan Playhouse foyer. Adelaide Festival Centre and Nexus Arts will present A Trip To The Moon - a special screening of the iconic short films of French filmmaker George Méliès accompanied by original live soundtracks composed and performed by leading Adelaide musicians. For the first time in Australia, award-winning French photographer Michel Setboun will also present his fine art photo exhibition Paris Dark Light, an intimate photographic trip to Paris. There will also be a family French film program at Mercury Cinema, a French Weekend at Carrick Hill, tours of the unique collection of French Art and Napoleonic items at the David Roche Foundation House Museum and so much more.

Adelaide Festival Centre’s French Festival runs from Friday 12 January until Sunday 14 January at various locations. Check out the website for more details. https://

(like his Doctor Sleep, the recent and longtime coming follow-up to The Shining) or crime saga (like his Bill Hodges trilogy, the first of which, Mr. Mercedes, was recently made into an excellent TV series starring the very fine Brendan Gleeson)

It’s also, like quite a lot of the King family’s literary output, a sometimes powerfully feminist saga heavy on cutting satire, even if the set-up takes a while to engage (and, as with more than a few Stephen novels, it could perhaps have been edited down by 50 pages or so).

SLEEPING BEAUTIES Book Review Stephen King and Owen King (Hodder & Stoughton) 2017, 713pp, $32.00 (paperback), $45.00 (hardback), $16.99 (e-Book) The indefatigable Stephen King teams up with his son Owen (a writer just like his other lad, Joe Hill a.k.a. Joseph Hillstrom King) for another of his mighty epics, and the result is more of a dark fantasy than a horror tale

Opening with a lengthy list of the many, many characters (a similar rundown occurs at the start of SK’s Under The Dome), this then slowly and surely introduces us to the population of the small Appalachian town of Dooling, West Virginia, and there’s plenty of detail about the lives of people who seem virtuous enough (like Clint Norcross, psychologist at the women’s prison, and his sheriff wife Lila) and others obviously considerably more on the flawed side (like Frank Geary, the animal controller with anger problems, and Don Peters, a prison guard with a viciously misogynist edge).

A massacre at a meth lab leads Lila to arrest the mysterious, gorgeous and halfnaked assassin Evie Black, as panic sets in worldwide concerning the spread of a virus eventually named ‘Aurora’, which

encases women across the globe in weblike cocoons when they fall asleep.

If the sleeping female is awoken she will attack anyone and everyone in a homicidal rage, and there are glimmers of the ‘Don’t Fall Asleep!’ plotting familiar from the Nightmare On Elm Street series and Body Snatchers filmings, only with more drugs and apocalyptic chaos. King plays some of this for a kind of grim humour (as many of the prison inmates hallucinate as they pass days without slumbering) and there’s a beautifully moving interlude as a group of old friends who were always meant to meet for a book club do just that on what might be their last night, and proceed to get drunk, discuss Ian McEwan’s Atonement, open up about some of their secrets, and be there for each other as they slip away. The second half or so cuts back and forth between the Dooling women’s predicament in a strange realm and that of the men here in this reality, as Bible-bashers, sexual harassers, online hysteria-mongers and good-olelady-haters use the situation to their advantage, and we build to one of those very Stephen King-esque showdowns/ shootouts, a bit of a cliché in his work, perhaps, but so damn exciting and unnerving it hardly matters.

King’s ‘Constant Readers’ will enjoy this slightly sprawling saga, despite a little early long-windedness, and there’s plenty here for patient first-timers too, right down to a gag about the prison library right in the middle of the mayhem, as Dr. Norcross wonders at the surely unwise number of horror novels and lists off three names: Peter Straub (King collaborated with him on The Talisman), Clive Barker (King is a major fan and pal) and, of course, Stephen’s kid and Owen’s brother Joe Hill who, it seems, is no longer afraid of the word ‘nepotism’ (and he shouldn’t be either).



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.

would go to the Tivoli because “I think a lot of Australian bands they knew it would be a great were a big influence on a lot of night out. those bands, particularly in Seattle. I know for a fact that Cosmic “There would always be two Psychos were hugely influential on or three good bands on. You a lot of Seattle bands, and still are know, we’d play with The really.” Spikes, The Mad Turks, The Iron Sheiks or The Plague, After decades of being in Exploding Screaming Believers, bands White Mice surprisingly Jeff notes like that. There was just a his biggest highlight as making it really good scene in Adelaide on the Three D local music charts, at that time full-stop. followed closely by some other salient moments. “I don’t know, certainly not like that now but back in those ‘Yeah look there were a few. You days from Thursday to Sunday know we got to play with some of night you had three or four our heroes. We got to play with The really good gigs to choose Ramones, with Johnny Thunders, between. You had to choose The New Christs – people like that. which gig you’d go to. There It was a good fun thing to do. were so many bands on. Yeah, there was The Lizard Train, “But I think the biggest highlight The Mark Of Cain – they’d was when we put out Nest Of Vipers all be playing everywhere, and I was listening to Three D Radio all weekend. So it was just a playing down their Top 20 records. really good scene, and it was I was at home, I think they did it great fun.” on a Sunday morning or a Saturday morning, and they were getting The influence of punk in closer and closer to Number One. Adelaide was strong and many Finally they played Number One and of these hard and powerful it was our record which I was not bands came under the expecting at all. umbrella of a legendary local label. “It had only been out for about a week and I wasn’t even expecting it “Yeah a lot of it was to do with to be on the charts. I mean I know their charts is only built around Greasy Pop Records,” Jeff remembers. “Well, airplay or whatever, but when some of those bands I mentioned weren’t on they started playing our record Greasy Pop. But yeah, bands who played on that label tended as their number one record that was a real big moment for me,” Jeff “You know we got to be the more remembers. grungy, rock’n to play with some roll bands. Not so of our heroes. We much punk bands Exploding White Mice got to play with but definitely will be playing at Ed The Ramones, with influenced by Castle on Saturday 9 punk.

exploding white mice

Exploding White Mice by Ian Messenger Pillars of the Adelaide rock’n roll community Exploding White Mice are ready to stomp the floorboards of the Ed Castle in what will be their final show for a while. On the back of a recent sold-out performance at the Adelaide Film Festival they will join a great line-up of bands including The Hitmen DTK and Bloodsucking Freaks. BSide got on the blower with guitarist and vocalist Jeff Stephens one evening and although the reception up in the Adelaide Hills was wavering we managed to have a good yarn about the old days of Exploding White Mice. The scene in Adelaide back in the 80s was brimming with talent and the Tivoli Hotel was a favourite venue to play for these punk-rock stalwarts. “That was probably the most fun I ever had playing in a band, those early days,” says Jeff. “We were starting to get popular and starting to get big crowds. And I think a lot of people

Johnny Thunders, The New Christs – people like that. It was a good fun thing to do.”

“Yeah so there was that really healthy scene around that sort of music and it just seemed to be popular at the time. It was a good time to play for sure.”

The influence of Australian bands in the 80s on what became the juggernaut music revolution of grunge in America is starting to be widely accepted. In Seattle in the 80s bands were listening to ol’ mates Exploding White Mice. “I went to see Mudhoney when they played in Adelaide and one of them actually said, ‘yeah we’ve heard of Exploding White Mice and a lot of Australian bands and we listen to them in Seattle’. So they were aware of Adelaide bands and Australian bands in general.

Dec for Studmuffin Tours Presents Egofest 2017. Also on the bill is The Hitmen DTK, Bloodsucking Freaks, Meatbeaters and Sunday Reeds. Tickets at Moshtix.

such as Sheena is a Punk Rocker, I Wanna be Your Boyfriend, Rock ‘n’ Roll High School, The KKK Took My Baby Away and one of my personal favourites, I Wanna Be Sedated.

All night long, Marky chews gum in his idiosyncratic way while he remains a human metronome; he doesn’t miss a single beat. He makes it look so easy. He epitomizes rock ‘n’ roll cool. No nonsense, no frills.

marky Ramone live review

Marky Ramone’s Blitzkrieg – Live Review 1, 2, 3, 4! Review by Romana Ashton (of The Sunday Reeds) Photos by Iain Dalrymple The Ramones need no introduction. They were one of the hardest working bands on the planet. It was through their constant touring and innovative song-writing that they left such a strong legacy. Evidence of this is Marky Ramone’s Blitzkrieg show which graced the Gov’s stage on Sunday evening.

I have never experienced a Ramones’ concert. It is something that I deeply regret, but I was simply too young to attend any of their shows when the band were still touring. If I go to see Marky Ramone’s show, I think to myself, at least it will give me the chance to celebrate one of my favourite bands.

It’s a humid night in ol’ Adelaide town and I’m over-dressed as per usual. I hang out with photographer Iain Dalrymple in the beer garden while Adelaide three-piece The Lizards play their support set. It is thrash-punk style music for the most part, excluding their cover of The Velvet Underground’s I’m Waiting for the Man. The scene is set for a hot rock ‘n roll evening. Punters eagerly anticipate the appearance of Marky Ramone. A plethora of Ramones’ t-shirts are gathering sweat beads already. I wish I had worn a bathing suit instead of an elastane longsleeved jumpsuit. I move to a spot that is in front and centre of the stage. I chat to Iain while he checks out

what will work best for photos. It’s then that I notice a tall, black-clad figure lurking outside the Green Room after the fashion of Lux Interior and Basque Radical Rock (look it up). He seems to be gargling something, maybe whisky. I figure that this must be the singer. Turns out, I was right. After what seems like an eternity, a recording of Chinese Rock fills the room and more people gather closer to the stage. It’s a packed house. As the band eventually materialize, with Marky coming to the front to briefly address us, the crowd buzz with pure, unadulterated joy. 1,2,3,4! Is what Marky Ramone’s bassist shouts out before the band launch into Rockaway Beach which runs straight into Lobotomy. 1,2,3,4! Into Psychotherapy. You get the idea. It’s classic Ramones’ style delivered in the most energetic and endearing way possible.

Now, I’m the type of introverted creature that usually avoids any human contact during a show. In primary-school I made it my mission to avoid audience participation when Arts Council drama productions visited. I found this kind of avoidance near impossible in the presence of Marky Ramone’s vocalist Pela (from the Basque Country and of the band Sumisión City Blues).

Pela has the charisma and the kind of stage presence that makes the audience feel involved and important. He sings to audience members (including me) and reaches out to grab their hands. He is a skilful performer. I learn from chatting to Pela the day after the show that he was having throat issues on the night. However, nobody in the audience could have ever guessed this. His vocal delivery is spot on. As are performances by guitarist Aurelien Budynek (NYC’s Daredevil Squadron) and bassist Alejandro Viejo (Argentinian band Expulsados). Marky Ramone and his band cruise confidently through classic Ramones’ songs

At some point during the first 25 songs, somebody in the audience hurls a beer cup onto the stage almost hitting Marky. The band continue to play, but once the song is done, Marky is on his feet asking for the person who threw it to come forward. He’s pissed off, and with good reason.

I wouldn’t want to piss off Marky Ramone. It’s a fucking stupid idea to throw anything at performers, especially Marky Ramone from the RAMONES!

The band take a couple of minutes’ break after finishing a very long and energetic first set. When they return, Marky grabs a microphone and tells the audience that Only a pussy would throw something at a seated and defenceless performer. He continues, At least give me a chance. I think we were all feeling lucky that Marky continued with the show. It only takes one idiot to ruin things.

The second part of the show delivers with intense gusto I Just Wanna Have Something to Do and Do You Remember Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio? through to the infamous Motörhead anthem, R.A.M.O.N.E.S. Marky Ramone and his band can do no wrong. Ramones’ fans are mesmerised. It is a giant sing-along party. One more mini-break of several minutes and the band are back for the encore starting with a rendition of California Sun. This is quickly followed up with two covers: John Fogerty’s Have You Ever Seen the Rain? (made famous by Creedence Clearwater Revival) and Louis Armstrong’s What a Wonderful World, which Joey Ramone included on his album Don’t Worry About Me (2002). Then, the band play Blitzkrieg Bop. That’s it. 36 Ramones’ songs done and dusted. What a Wonderful World plays as the crowd, now completely drenched in sweat and feeling exhilarated, filter out of the venue. A wonderful world indeed, to have had the likes of Joey, Dee Dee, Johnny and Tommy in it.

with his new album, Resolute, and will be playing Jive, 181 Hindley St, Adelaide, on Friday 2 December with tickets via Moshtix.


This Way North have a new single Make It Work, and are hitting the road for a huge tour that will have them performing at Hotel Metro, 46 Grote St, Adelaide, from 8pm on Sunday 17 December with Hey Harriett as special guests.

embarking on an Australian jaunt to promote new album. This Time Tomorrow, that will have him performing at the Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, on Friday 1 December with tickets via Oztix. THE BEAUTIFUL GIRLS Bondi’s The Beautiful Girls are embarking on their 15th anniversary tour – has it really been that long? – and will be making their way to the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Thursday 7 December with tickets via the venue or Oztix. GWYN ASHTON


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. LLOYD SPIEGEL

Australian blues artist Lloyd Spiegel, who has just completed a successful US tour and was honoured and a little shocked to come away with Album Of The Year, Solo Artist Of The Year and Song Of The Year (a tie with Dan Dinnen) at the VICTAS Blues Music Awards, is now

Blues and roots guitarist Gwyn Ashton, who cut his teeth in Adelaide before scoring international fame and is now a member of the SA Music Hall Of Fame, will be armed with his new album, Solo Elektro, when he plays a free entry show at Club5082 at Prospect Town Hall, 126 Prospect Rd, Prospect, on Friday 8 December for a licensed, all-ages show with Kennett as special guests and drink specials throughout the evening. FUEL Presented by Metropolis Touring, US band Fuel are embarking on their 20th anniversary tour for The Sunburn album and will be playing it in its entirety along with other favourites when they hit the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Sunday 3 December with special guests Terminal Zero and Indiago and tickets via the venue or Oztix. COSMIC PSYCHOS Armed with a new song, Better In The Shed, Australian legends Cosmic Psychos have

announced a show at Fowler’s Live, 68 North Tce, Adelaide, on Friday 15 December with Amyl & The Sniffers and Meatbeaters as special guests and tickets via Moshtix.

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.

EGOFEST 2017 Presented by Studmuffin Tours, EgoFest 2017 is comin’ to Edinburgh Castle Hotel, 233 Currie St, Adelaide, on Saturday 9 December and will boast Hitmen DTK, Blood Sucking Freaks and Exploding White Mice, Meatbeaters and The Sunday Reeds with tickets via Moshtix. THE HUMAN LEAUGE Much-loved, synthesiserdriven UK new wave act The Human League will be plying their considerable wares at Thebarton Theatre on Monday 11 December with Pseudo Echo as special guests and tickets via Ticketmaster. 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.

STU LARSEN Resolute troubadour Stu Larsen will be heading out on tour before the end of the year

THE KRANSKY SISTERS 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: LUCAS LAUFEN

Lucas Laufen is bringing his musical poetry back to Australia for a tour that will have the Berlin-based troubadour gracing the Grace Emily Hotel, 232 Waymouth St, Adelaide, on Sunday 10 December with a show in Pt Lincoln on Sunday 14 January at Boston Bay Wines. 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.

TIM ROGERS You Am I front-person Tim Rogers is taking a detour and embarking on a solo tour that will have him playing two adventure-laden shows at the Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, on Saturday 2 December (one at 5.30pm and another at 9pm) with tickets selling fast via Oztix.

MICK THOMAS & THE ROVING COMMISSION Mick Thomas & The Roving Commission have announced a run of Christmas shows with one in Adelaide on Friday 8 December at the Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton,

with special guests Hana Brenecki and Kate Alexander and tickets via Oztix. THE WAIFS

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 Wednesday 6 December with tickets via Oztix.

JAMES KENYON 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 the 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. MIA DYSON Rootsy artist Mia Dyson has a new single, Gambling, and is in touring mode which will have her playing The Royal Oak Hotel, 123 O’Connell St, North Adelaide, on Thursday 7 December with tickets via Oztix.

UGLY KID JOE Ugly Kid Joe have announced their 25-year anniversary tour and will be playing America’s Least Wanted in full when they hit Fowler’s Live, 68 North Tce, Adelaide, on Thursday 7 December with Dallas Frasca and Tim McMillan as special guests and tickets available via usual outlets.

A DAY ON THE GREEN KC & The Sunshine Band, Village People, Sister Sledge and Marcia Hines will play A Day On The Green at McLaren Vale’s Leconfield Wines on Saturday 9 December with tickets via A Day On The Green’s website.

a swift return to the Grace Emily Hotel, 232 Waymouth St, Adelaide, from 8pm on Wednesday 6 December with tickets via Eventbrite.

Wednesday 10 January with tickets via Oztix.

SONIA Presented by Arty Records, much-regarded New York-based DIPLOID artist SONiA (AKA disappear Melbourne’s Diploid will be fear) has 17 albums to her joined by Eyes More Skull Than credit and will be touring her Eyes, Biles and Spiteward latest double offering, Live when they play Hotel Metro, 46 At Maximal, when she plays Grote St, Adelaide, from 8pm on Trinity Sessions at Church Of Thursday 30 November. The Trinity, 318 Goodwood Rd, Clarence Pk, from 5pm TYLER HILTON & KATE on Sunday 14 January with VOEGELE doors at 4.30pm and Adelaide’s Presented by Metropolis Zac Eden as special guest and Touring, American singer with a licensed bar, catering songwriters Tyler Hilton by Little Seeds and tickets via and Kate Voegele, who DramaTix. both featured in American drama series One Tree Hill, MARLON WILLIAMS will be playing the Governor Marlon Williams will be Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, performing at the Governor Hindmarsh, on Wednesday 6 Hindmarsh Hotel, 59 Port Rd, December with special guests Hindmarsh, on Monday 15 May Jessie & The Beating Hearts to promote the release of a new and tickets via the venue or album, Make Way For Love, with Oztix. special guests Cut Worms and tickets on sale via the venue or CULTURE CLUB Oztix.

Culture Club will be gliding into Adelaide Entertainment Centre on Thursday 7 December and will have The Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey and Eurogliders as special guests with tickets via Ticketek. 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. 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.

ARCHITECTS UK metalcore band Architects ROBYN HITCHCOCK will be making their way to the Robyn Hitchcock, accompanied Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, by Emma Swift, is making 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on

PSYCHEDELIC PORN CRUMPETS 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 Hideous Sun Demon with tickets via Moshtix. PAINTERS & DOCKERS 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 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 The amazing one-person band that is Bob Log III will

be hitting Jive, 181 Hindley St, Adelaide, on Saturday 15 December with special guests Glass Skies and tickets via Moshtix. 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.

NEIL DIAMOND 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 Ticketek. THE CLOUDS The Clouds have recently reformed and requested that Falling Joys also reform and join them for a run of shows including the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Sunday 11 February with tickets via Oztiz. 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.

gwyn ashton

GWYN ASHTON By Robert Dunstan Guitarist Gwyn Ashton cut his teeth in Adelaide but has since found great success overseas. He’s now heading home for a series of shows with the first being a free entry one at Club5082.

birthday. A friend brought around a 45RPM single of The Masters Apprentices’ Turn Up Your Radio and it blew me away.

nobody dedicated themselves totally to music and I was still working out how I fit into it all, stylistically. Everyone had day jobs, safety nets of some kind. All I wanted to do was play guitar and discover new things so I went for an audition with an Adelaide band who were home for Christmas and looking for a guitarist. I got the gig and a few weeks later I was off to live in Sydney.

“At 16 I answered an ad in the local paper and joined a band in Christies Beach. Until then I had felt I wasn’t a part of the normal ‘system’ – not wanting a regular job, following my brother’s footsteps etc and was very much a loner. Joining this band, it was the first time that I’d met “There’s definitely people with an alternative lifestyle and I suddenly felt a blues thread connected for the first time in going through my life. My new best friend, everything, but the guitar, had directed me and it was an eye-opening I’m trying to find part of my life.”

“I moved back to Adelaide for a year in 1990, played shows with Rory Gallagher at The Old Lion and Billy Thorpe came in Firstly, congratulations on your recent one night to The Century Hotel induction into the AMC SA Music Hall Of and asked if Mick Fleetwood Fame. What did this honour mean to you? could sit in with my band. my own voice in it Afterwards they quizzed me “It means a lot to me and I feel pretty I understand you often played and trying not to about passports and asked me honoured to be in amongst a list of people who I’ve looked up to all my life, with many with Chris Finnen. write anything too if I would consider moving to Los Angeles for something he having a profound influence on my own predictable.” “Chris befriended me at an ‘couldn’t name’. He invited me journey in music. I still consider myself to be early stage. He’s like my to his show the next night and a South Australian even though I left there musical mentor and one of my best friends. we talked about a lot of stuff that didn’t many years ago, back in 1983. I was playing in a couple of bands back in eventuate.” the ’70s. We did a bunch of 50s/60s covers “I hold a great deal of respect for the and I’d been writing songs since I started You’ve now been based in the UK for many history of Australian music and know that playing in a group. I’d been introduced to years. How difficult did you find it to break our state can boast a healthy contribution the blues by a fellow bandmate who took me into the scene. to the national scene. In a way, we’re the to see Smokestack Lightning at The Aldgate underdogs of the country, with importance Pump House Hotel. I was in awe of my new “I’d moved to England in 1996, was doing being placed on Melbourne and Sydney discovery of Chicago blues. a show in North London and a couple of bands, but our contribution is immense. French guys took a shine to me. They put Even now, there are great young musicians a small label together, went to Midem and coming through, flying the flag for our state.” “Our band changed into a blues band and I loved the discovery process. Chris mentored sold me to Virgin records. So now I had me through that period. I went to his house, a Virgin offshoot deal and was opening How did you first get into music? What for Buddy Guy! They got me touring with attracted you to the guitar? What were some one of his clinics, he introduced me to a wealth of music.” Status Quo and a bunch of other people of your early influences. around England. I had two albums in Was there any specific reason you left Amazon’s Top 100 in France and it was a “In 1968, my brother had a guitar he Adelaide? really good time. wouldn’t let me touch and I dreamed about it, pestering my mother to get me one for “I wasn’t satisfied with the band I was “I called up [Taste’s] Gerry McAvoy four years. I couldn’t get it out of my mind and Pete Brown and ended up in Pete’s so I got an old Japanese acoustic for my 12th playing in at the time. I loved the guys but

basement in London, him on percussion, jamming away one afternoon. Here’s the guy who wrote Cream’s White Room and Sunshine Of Your Love jamming with an Adelaide boy!”

Your latest offering, Solo Elektro, has been gathering some great reviews. Can you tell us about the recording process and where was it recorded?

“I was on tour in the Czech Republic and had a week off. I figured after all of this it was time to make a record and had my mobile studio equipment with me. I found a room and set my gear up. It was a primitive setup, with mattresses against walls and I recorded it all on four tracks, standing by the computer, engineering it myself. I had to change locations twice and ended up in England finishing the album off in a vacant hotel room at a venue/music shop, Worley’s The Swanm in Stourport.” What’s next for you?

“I’m always writing. I have three more albums almost ready to go, including another one with Chris Finnen. Technology has allowed me to be creative and capture music more easily than going into studios. Being influenced by so many styles, there’s a lot of music to get out there. There’s definitely a blues thread going through everything, but I’m trying to find my own voice in it and trying not to write anything too predictable. “I still wanna rock’n’roll but it’s gotta be something that younger people can grasp onto.”

Blues and roots guitarist Gwyn Ashton, a member of the SA Music Hall Of Fame, will be armed with his new album, Solo Elektro, when he plays a free entry show at Club5082 at Prospect Town Hall, 126 Prospect Rd, Prospect, on Friday 8 December for a licensed, all-ages show with

Kennett as special guests and drink specials throughout the evening and the beer garden open for food and drinks from 5pm. Keep an eye out for more Gwyn Ashton shows as they come to hand including one at the Grace Emily Hotel, 232 Waymouth St, Adelaide, on Wednesday 20 December.

PAULA STANDING SINGLE LAUNCH Daniel O’Connell Hotel Friday 17 November Reviewed by Stephen Horne For some time now, Adelaide’s Paula Standing has been creating a unique niche for herself in the fertile Adelaide singer songwriter scene. Highly regarded for her soaring vocal style with a unique, high register, almost operatic vibrato, Standing has mostly been seen as a solo artist, self-accompanied on acoustic guitar.

For her latest CD outing, Good Heart, she has chosen some of Adelaide’s finest young musicians to propel her songs to new heights. Lead guitarist Emily A. Smith, bassist Shireen Khemlani and drummers Holly Thomas and Ali Foster tastefully underpin Standing’s compositions which were recorded and mixed at Anthony Stewart’s Red Brick Studios.

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At the Daniel O’Connell Hotel launch, Smith and Khemlani are joined by drummer Kyrie Anderson, with the drummers on the recording being interstate performing. Standing’s material is often dark and macabre, varying in style from

the brooding Chic Chic Boom, to the dark ‘attempted murder’ ballad, Pity Me, and alternative country style of Bright Orange, dealing with the somehow undying faith of Americans. There’s an interesting sonic change to keyboard on Can’t Stand By with a flugelhorn cameo by Marc Duncan. Standing admits to having trouble writing happy songs, preferring to dig deep into the darker side of the world and indeed, herself and her experiences. She jokes that even her attempt at writing a happy Christmas song, became I Tried to Write a Christmas Song, included here as a bonus offering.

The well-attended evening also served as the launch of a new video clip produced by Nat Henry for the opening track, Pity Me. Filmed in a rural setting outside Newcastle, NSW, with a cast of willing locals, the use of drone cameras for overhead shots work the stunning landscape into the song’s context well. As well as solo spots around town, Paula Standing has been a featured artist in Adelaide Fringe shows such as Adelaide Songs and A Night In Greenwich Village. Performing more live gigs with the full band to support the new CD, would easily see Standing move forward to the next stage of her musical career.

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