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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. HEAPS GOOD FRIENDS

Eric ‘Tooch’ Santucci has recorded his debut album, Whiskey Man, at Mixmaster Studios, and is now set to unleash it into the world with an absolutely huge concert in the courtyard of North Tce’s National Wine Centre from 1.30pm on Sunday 25 March with Wanderers, Zkye Blue, Alison Coppe & The Janes, Stefan Hauk, Alana Jagt and The Bitter Darlings. Pre-sale $20 tickets available at his website or $25 tickets at the door on the afternoon. https://www.ericsantuccimusic. com/abouteric THE EL CAMINOS

Surf rock act The El Caminos have invited Juliette Seizure & The Tremor-Dolls to join them for a free entry musical shindig at the Grace Emily Hotel, 232 Waymouth St, Adelaide, from 9pm on Friday 16 March. SEAN KEMP

Fresh from a run of support shows, including playing Supermassive, heaps popular Adelaide electronica trio Heaps Good Friends are now out on their own headline tour Hug Me which will have them playing Hindley St’s Rocket Bar on Friday 20 April. JOE MAN MURPHY

a licensed, all-ages show with the $15 tickets to include a copy of the album and $10 tickets at the door. APRA AMCOS APRA AMOS, in partnership with Music SA and in honour of International Woman’s Day, is presenting singer songwriter performers Kelly Menhennett and Mane discussing what it takes to write music that inspires, connects and endures at the Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, from 6.30pm on Thursday 8 March. The free entry event will be hosted by well-known music presenter Paul Gough. JOHNNY AMERICAN HORSE Johnny American Horse has a run of free entry Monday evening shows in the front bar of the Crown & Anchor, 196 Grenfell St, Adelaide, with Aidan Jazzy Jones set to join him on Monday 12 March, Jimmybay Hall on Monday 19 March and Gab Hyde on Monday 26 March.

FRITZ DOLLY Following the hugely successful launch of their debut EP at another venue entirely, pop rockers Fritz Dolly are to be joined by The Young & The Wrestlers for a free entry musical affair from 9pm on Friday 9 March at the Grace Emily Hotel, 232 Waymouth St, Adelaide.

Happy days are here for Joe Man Murphy as he has just announced THE HARD ACHES an absolutely huge national tour for his new solo album, Happy Days, which kicks off at Blenheim Music & Camping Festival on Friday 30 March and includes a stop at the Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, on Friday 4 May – May the fourth be with you Joe.

FUSION Fusion will have Fyre Byrd and RedHeart as special guests when Sean Kemp, who has played they launch their album, On & On, in various local bands and at Club5082 at Prospect Town continues to perform around Hall, 126 Prospect Rd, Prospect, town with Surviving Sharks, has from 7pm on Friday 27 April for

The Hard Aches have announced a huge national tour to celebrate the release

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especially writing-wise. You get ideas from other types of music.” The new Greenleaf album Rise Above The Meadow retains the trademark power of the band, however it is also very listenable and accessible. I asked Arvid if his vocal contribution helped the last Greenleaf album in this way.

GREENLEAF Greenleaf by I.C.T. Messenger Much loved Swedish stoner rock outfit Greenleaf are currently on their debut Australian tour and will be trudging the floorboards of Jive this Saturday. If you like your Kyuss with a catchy Scandinavian twist then bring you earplugs and your flannelette shirts and stick-on beard to hear how this brand of bear music is done with grungely finesse. Greenleaf was born almost twenty years ago out of a string of other much-lauded bands including Dozer, Demon Cleaner and Lowrider. Stalwart of the band and very heavy guitarist (metaphorically) is Tommi Holappa. There’s been a parade of Swedish sludge demons who have stomped in and out of Greenleaf, and now the current line up includes a very nice man called Arvid Jonsson who is the singer.

BSide Magazine got on the blower to Arvid as he was being pushed around Melbourne Zoo in a wheelchair. After slipping down some stairs in his icy hometown he is now doing this Australian tour sporting a pair of crutches as he leans into the microphone. Now that he is not leaping around the stage he finds he can actually sing better!

As all members of Greenleaf have come from so many other bands, I asked Arvid what his musical heritage has been.

“I think I tend to make stuff that I do a bit more catchy because I really appreciate a good pop song in the way that it’s built and its melody. So I think if Tommi is the one that adds the heaviness and the groove, then I’m the one who arranges it so it gets stuck in your head.

“And also the mood, I like to make melodies that make you feel happy and sad at the same time. But that’s a good melody, that turns you into something else.”

Being the lyric writer as well as vocalist, I asked Arvid what the song Pilgrims is about, which is on Rise Against The Meadow.

“Well I’ve been in several. I started out in demo bands in “So actually I Falun which is close to the town where haven’t sung Tommi comes from, and rock in quite a Greenleaf. We supported while till I joined Dozer among other the band, but things, and I played in a band called Moskavich I think that’s which was more like kind of a good straight-forward rock. thing, especially And then I was in a writing-wise. band called Giant Space Cruiser for a while – that You get ideas was heavy doomish from other types almost.

“I was very lonely as a kid. And I think if you are a lonely kid, a little bit bullied and that kind of stuff, you tend to wander a lot. You go on your bike by yourself and you make up this world that is for you only but it is very important. It’s almost like you get fake friends in your world. It’s a very weird thing because when you get older that world disappears. And I think that’s what Pilgrims is about, of music.” that world where you wander in your loneliness trying to find “After that I didn’t play some friends. You always wanted much rock for quite a while. I studied friends, you just didn’t have them.” vocals at the Academy in Stockholm and I sang a lot of jazz and soul, and then I started a band called Humphrey Buggart which was more like indie pop.

“And then suddenly Tommi reached out and asked if I was interested in singing on one song on a Greenleaf album. He sent me an idea and I sent vocal ideas back, and he was like, ‘wooh, I really like this, would you like to join the whole record?’ And from then on it is[sic].

“So actually I haven’t sung rock in quite a while till I joined the band, but I think that’s kind of a good thing,

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“I’d say supporting Reverend Horton Heat was one and playing with The Mummies was another,” he says. “Our first CD launch at the original Jade Monkey also springs to mind. In fact, all of our launches have been very memorable.”

Frank says that along with the highlights suggested by Stephen, there have been others too. “Our album, Dead Man’s Hand, did pretty well for us on Three D Radio,” he says. “And we had a seven-inch single called Whip which featured in the movie This Is Roller Derby and another one of our songs was used as the opening theme for Channel 44’s My Garage Rules.

“We’ll also have two of our songs on a rockabilly computer game that’s being done over in Spain,” Frank then announces before saying he was not able to say much more until it was official.

the saucermen THE SAUCERMEN By Robert Dunstan The Saucermen will be celebrating 20 years of activity by once again performing at the upcoming Kustom Kulture Weekender, Set to play on Saturday 7 April, the band will also likely be airing new songs from a forthcoming recording.

“And then Dave left and we went through a few drummers including Travis Dragani [now of Melbourne’s Palace Of The King] for a while and a guy we only ever knew as ‘Yucky’. That was what everyone called him so we never got to know his proper name. And then we ended up with Hayden [also of The Asteroid Belt and The El Caminos] on drums.” Stephen was drawn to the band due to a liking for Chris’ musical vision.

The Saucermen had to take a break for a while as Stephen, now partially blind, recovering from a series of eye operations. “I was in hospital for quite a long time,” he says. “And then it took another long while afterwards to recover from all that stuff. And now I think of it, another Saucermen highlight was when I had recovered enough and we did our first gig in a couple of years.

“That was at the Gaslight Tavern and it was a highlight because I was back on stage and there had been times when I thought that would never happen again,” Stephen concludes. “It proved I could still do it.”

“We used to call ourselves a ‘schlockabilly’ band because Chris wanted something that brought back visions of ’50s science fiction films…”

“I knew exactly where Chris was coming from when he first described the band to us when he asked myself and Frank to join,” he recalls. “I was interested straight away because Chris mentioned BSide Magazine chats away to double bass player about six songs to me that I had Francis ‘Frank’ Macri and singer Stephen O’Malley always wanted to sing in a band. who play in the band alongside guitarist Chris Hayne and drummer Hayden J Millsteed. “I also knew where he was coming from in regard to that B-Grade “The boys already have three new songs worked kind of vibe,” Stephen laughs. ‘I up,” Frank says, “so we just need another six or so mean we used to call ourselves a and then we can go back into the studio. I’d say ‘schlockabilly’ band because Chris that will be later this year.” wanted something that gave out a sound that brought back visions of ’50s science fiction films Chris Hayne assembled the such as The Creature From The Black combo way back in 1998 which Lagoon, Forbidden Planet and The Day then featured Steve Mitchell The Earth Stood Still. of The Satellites on double bass and Dave Bond, now of “That imagery and vibe were what Bloodstone Villains, on drums. The Saucermen were going for,” he adds with another laugh. ‘He wanted “It was Chris’ brainchild but to create a sound that was of that era.” Steve then got really busy with The Satellites,” Stephen says of the band’s formative days. “They Stephen, who says it’s been hard to get his head had a lot of touring coming up and Steve had to around the fact the band have been going for focus on that. So, after the band had already been 20 years, says personal highlights have been going for a couple of years, Chris invited Frank numerous. and myself to join.

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 2 of new album, Mess, and in their hometown they will be making a mess at the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Saturday 21 April with special guests Antonia & The Lazy Susans and Sincerely, Grizzly with tickets via the venue or Oztix. ASHES TO ASHES

on at the Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, on Thursday 22 March on the bill will be two guests from Canada, Scott Cook and Corin Raymond, with Alex & Emma rounding out the three-way bill and with tickets at the door being $5 for members – you can join up on the evening – and $15 for those yet to join the association.

SWORD IN STONE Adelaide rock band Sword In Stone have invited Already Gone and Pink Noise Generator to join them for a free entry show at the Grace Emily Hotel, 232 Waymouth St, Adelaide, from 8pm on Friday 23 March. Ashes to Ashes (The David Bowie Experience) will be making its way to Club5082 at Prospect Town Hall, 126 Prospect Rd, Prospect, SA, from 7pm on Friday 18 May for a licensed, all-ages show from 7.45pm with Big Daz as special guest and tickets via Eventbrite. GUMBO YA YA

Adelaide’s Gumbo Ya Ya play well-seasoned New Orleansstyle music and will be celebrating over 30 years when they step into the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, from 7.30pm on Friday 27 April with tickets via the venue or Oztix and special guest acts to be announced soon. SCALA

SCALA (Songwriters, Composers & Lyricists Association) will be holding a very special event from 8pm

CRUMP CAKE ORCHESTRA

Crump Cake Orchestra, fresh from the launch of their Copy Copy album, will be taking to the stage of Jive, 181 Hindley St, Adelaide, from 8pm on Friday 13 April (yikes) with special guests yeahyeahabsolutelynoway and Erasure Description and tickets via Moshtix. KAURNA CRONIN Kaurna Cronin will have his band with him when he returns from yet another overseas tour and plays the Grace Emily Hotel, 232 Waymouth St, Adelaide, from 7pm on Sunday 25 March with Tom West as special guest and tickets via Evenbrite. HIGHTIME

Hightime have signalled their inglorious return to live performances by announcing a huge national tour for April which will wind up in their hometown on Friday 27 April at Enigma Bar, 173 Hindley St, Adelaide, with special guests to be announced. FIDEL’S BAR

Fidel’s Bar is an alternative music and arts club situated at 66 Wattle Ave, Royal Pk, which opens from 4pm until 8pm on Friday evenings and for a special Sunday afternoon fundraising concert each month with the next taking place from 4pm with an easy $5 entry.

FLAT CAP PRODUCTIONS

Helmed by Darren Lane, Adelaide-based Flat Cap Productions can offer affordable merchandise in the form of badges, stickers, black and white T-Shirts and stubby holders for bands and venues along with the filming of live gigs and interviews for promotional purposes. Contact Darren on 0425 085 449 or via email at flatcapprod@ gmail.com with a nice discount if you make mention of BSide Magazine. AUDIOISM

THE FLEURIEU BLUESBREAKERS

Seasoned rhythm and blues band The Fleurieu Bluesbreakers, who have risen from the still smouldering ashes of Indiana Phoenix, have a new, 11-song album, The Devil Lives Down My Street, in the can and a run of shows coming up including Adelaide’s Baddog (63 Hyde St) on Friday 16 March and Christies Beach Sailing Club on Sunday 25 March.

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.

MONTHLY MUSO MANIA Wow, man! Far out. Have you heard about the return of Monthly Muso Mania which is set to kick off from 2-6pm at Glanville’s Cumberland Hotel on Sunday 18 March? Well, you have now.

THE SOUND GARAGE Got a gig coming up and need a set-up? The Sound Garage, 1/179 Hindley St, Adelaide, is offering a 25% discount to those who have a show that week. Contact Jordan on 0481 155 892 or just pop in.

GRENADIERS Grenadiers will be launching their new album, Find Something You Love & Let It Kill You, at Crown & Anchor, 196 Grenfell st, Adelaide, on Saturday 17 March (also known as Election Day and St Patrick’s Day) with tickets selling fast via Moshtix.

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 and a brand new menu on Friday evenings from 6pm.


NOOK NOSH

Boutique small bar Nook Nosh, 111 Unley Rd, Unley, features live acoustic sounds from 5pm on Sundays and has a courtyard area at the rear. Pop in for sips ‘n’ nibbles from 3pm on Wednesdays through to Sundays (open from 4pm). LONELY STRETCH Lonely Stretch, a side-project from Matt Reiner who plays guitar in Adelaide psych rock outfit The Dunes, have just released a brand new song, Not Very Much, which stormed into the number two position in the current Three D Radio’s Top 20+1 chart in its first week of release. Check it out via Bandcamp.

MOVE2LIVE Move2Live at the Grace Emily Hotel, 232 Waymouth St, Adelaide, Here’s the deal. Meet prior to 6pm on Wednesday evenings and then head off for a 40-minute walk, run or whatever with a bunch of lovely people and then head back to the pub for refreshments and a natter about this and that.

Australian musicians or bands that would be willing to donate a copy of their EP or album. It can be any genre of music. In fact, the more diverse, the better! Please contact the library on 08 8366 4280 for more information.

FRIDAY NIGHT FREE FOR ALL The front bar of the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, 59 Port Rd, SPINE 96 Hindmarsh, now has a new Spine 96, an Adelaide rock open mic evening known as quartet who dabble in the Friday Night Free For All with absurd, cynical and darker sides free entry and all welcome from of life with a touch of surrealism 8pm. If you’d like to get onstage, thrown in, have just released a email <fridayfreeforall@ self-titled album via boutique thegov.com.au> to reserve a Melbourne label Off The Hip spot. and is now available via all good record stores – think Rock Therapy, 536 Goodwood Rd, VINYL SOUL Daw Park, Clarity Records, 60 Pulteney St, Adelaide, Mr V Music, 115 Semaphore Rd, Semaphore and, of course, Off The Hip Records, 381 Flinders Ln, Melbourne – and Bandcamp. THE BURNSIDE LIBRARY The Burnside Library, 401 Greenhill Rd, Tusmore, is starting a local music collection and looking for any South

Local Adelaide podcast, Vinyl Soul, was awarded national prize for Best Literature, Arts & Music Podcast when Cast Away Awards ran the first ever Australian podcast evening in Sydney at the Giant Dwarf Theatre. Aiden Grant hosts and producers his music focused podcast in Adelaide and his podcast also supports local upand-coming bands from Adelaide with previous artists including Bad//Dreems, Motez and Nakatomi to name but a few. THE BRITISH HOTEL The British Hotel, 13 North Pde, Port Adelaide, boasts a fine dining room with a new menu and a wine of the month along with free entry live acoustic music from 6pm on Fridays. ACOUSTIC CLUB TUESDAY Acoustic Club Tuesday is a free entry acoustic showcase plus open mic that takes place in the front bar of Hotel Metro, 46 Grote St, from 8pm on Tuesday evenings. Check out their Facebook page for details about the weekly line-up.


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As part of Adelaide Fringe, Susan Lily, accompanied by her band, will be launching a new album as part of her show Butterfly: The Journey Continues, which is to be staged at Fedora’s Restaurant at the Hilton Hotel, 264 South Rd, Hilton from 7pm on Friday 9 March and Saturday 10 March and from 5.30pm on Sunday 11 March with tickets via FringeTIX and Susan’s website.

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Presented by Insecure Productions and BSide Magazine, Adelaide Fringe outdoor venue TJ’s Bar at North Tce’s Migration Museum is set to host A FringeDweller’s Psychedelic Weekend on Friday 9 March and Saturday 10 March which will feature local, national and a very special guest overseas act along with guest DJs. Acts scheduled to appear over the two nights include Black Coral, Howling Fog, Draining, DramaDolls, Fyoogs, Blood Plastic and Psycho Derek & The Re-Issues with more to be announced and Green Circles set to headline on Friday evening. TARA CARRAGHER

of Adelaide Fringe at Angas St’s Royalty Theatre until Sunday 18 March with tickets via FringeTIX. JOEL CREASEY

THE MOTOWN STORY Presented by The Motown Connection, The Motown Story celebrates the Motown hits and will be presenting an Adelaide Fringe show at the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Saturday 10 March with tickets via the venue or FringeTIX.

WHILE & MATTHEWS Chris While and Julie Matthews are regarded as the undisputed queens of British folk duo and will have Vincent’s Chair in trio mode as very special guests when they play Trinity Sessions at Church Of The Trinity, 318 Goodwood Rd, Clarence Pk, as part of Adelaide Fringe from 7.30pm (doors at 7pm) on Thursday 15 March with tickets via FringeTIX. 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 the renowned Billy Joel Tribute Concert Australia from 7pm on Saturday 17 March with the cruise boat leaving from Port Adelaide’s Queens Wharf and tickets via Eventbrite.

Presented by Live Nation, Joel Creasey, the crown prince of Aussie comedy, will be THE DARK SEEDS presenting Blonde Bomshell at Adelaide Fringe 2018 from 9.30pm until Sunday 11 March at Corona Theatre in The As part of Adelaide Fringe, Tara Carragher Garden Of Unearthly Delights with and her righteous band will be presenting tickets via FringeTIX. a Lucinda Williams tribute, Righteously, at the Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, FOWLER’S LIVE COMEDY Thebarton, SA, at 8.30pm on Saturday 10 Fowler’s Live, 68 North Tce, Adelaide, March and from 4.30pm on Sunday 11 has a number of Adelaide Fringe comedy March with tickets via FringeTIX. shows happening with Brisbane’s Luke Heggie at 7pm from Wednesday 14 March through until Sunday 18 March, Scotland’s Daniel Sloss from 8.15pm on KITTY FLANAGAN Wednesday 14 March and then from Presented by A-List Entertainment, As part of Adelaide Fringe, The Dark Seeds 9.30pm until Sunday 18 March and the prepare to have a smashing night out when loose unit that is Melbourne’s Nick Cody will be paying tribute to the songs of Nick Kitty Flanagan presents Smashing as part Cave when they grace the Grace Emily Hotel, from 8.15pm on Thursday 15 March


232 Waymouth St, Adelaide, on Saturday 17 March with tickets via FringeTIX.

THE WHEATSHEAF UKULELE COLLECTIVE The Wheatsheaf Ukulele Collective will make a return to the Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, for Adelaide Fringe and will play at 7.30pm on Friday 16 March and Saturday 17 March under the name Do Uke Remember? with tickets via FringeTIX. THE GC ADELAIDE FRINGE The German Club (AKA The GC)), 223 Flinders St, Adelaide, has an array of seated, cabaret-style shows coming up as part of its In Concert Series for Adelaide Fringe, with The Bald Eagles presenting their tribute to The Eagles, Hell Over Freezes, at 8pm on Sunday 11 March,

Hotel, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, as part of Adelaide Fringe on Saturday 17 March and Sunday 18 March with tickets via the to Adelaide Fringe to present How Free is venue or FringeTIX. Your Love? from 8.20pm until Sunday 18 March at Parasol Lounge at Gluttony with tickets via FringeTIX. ADELAIDE ROOTS & BLUES ASSOCIATION Adelaide Roots & Blues Association THE CAT SWINGS BACK will present Blues At The Fringe at Global Music Revolution, 16/47 OG Rd, Klemzig, with Nikko & Snooks and Kings & Associates on Friday 16 March with plenty of parking, Pistol Pete’s famous BBQ from 7pm, licensed bar and tickets via FringeTIX. KC GUY

Swing bands The Furball Express and Shake That Thang! have combined forces to present The Cat Swings Back as part of Adelaide Fringe at the Wheatsheaf Hotel, 232 Waymouth St, Thebarton, from 3pm on Sunday 18 March with tickets via FringeTIX.

ADAM PAGE Adelaide’s Adam Page, who has collected an array of awards as part of his musical journey, has his final Adelaide Fringe show coming up at the Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, with bookings open now at FringeTIx for 7.30pm on Wednesday 14 March.

MAD DOGS Mad Dogs: The Full Cocker play the music of Joe Cocker and will be doing so when they hit the Governor Hindmarsh

KC Guy (AKA folky singer songwriter Kasey Stephensen) will be wandering into the Grace Emily Hotel, 232 Waymouth St, Adelaide, to present Chasing The Hare as part of Adelaide Fringe on Thursday 8 March and Thursday 15 March with tickets via FringeTIX. RED BASTARD Red Bastard has made a welcome return


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nick xenophon Nick Xenophon by Ian Messenger photo credit SBS News Being laidback and slightly fuzzy BSide Magazine doesn’t normally delve into the cutthroat world of politics, but I felt I’ll reach out to Nick Xenophon and Jay Weatherill on the lead up to this state’s election and ask them about their policies on live music. Mr Weatherill is perhaps in a winning position and politely declined speaking to this humble journalist, but Nick Xenophon was right onto it and called back so quickly I spilt my cereal over my lap steel.

years from poker machines which to too many people are addictive and destructive,” says Xenophon.

“What they are saying is a load of total crap. The fact is it is poker machines that has hurt live music in South Australia, it is poker machines that drove live music out of venues where the music rooms, where the bands played, were converted into pokies rooms.

“What SA Best wants to do is to make machines much safer with one dollar bets so you can lose much less than the current thousand dollars an hour. And what we want to do is set up a fund, a five million I asked Xenophon why the dollar additional spend for live Australian Hotels Association (AHA) are claiming that removing music in South Australia, to help provide live music,” says poker machines will kill live Xenophon. music and jobs for musicians when many people think it was “Because we don’t think that poker machines introduced in the nineties that killed live music the fund at the moment, the as hotels no longer had to attract $800,000 a year, goes far enough to support live music. So this customers and revenue from is about getting live music into showcasing live music. schools, into pubs, into more live gigs, mentoring for young artists, “The AHA will tell any rubbish, any lies, to justify their privileged supporting singer/songwriters, getting them marketed around position where they have made Australia and around the world. hundreds and hundreds of Five million dollars over four millions of dollars off the South years will go a long way, and it is Australia community over the a very good investment.

“So what SA Best is about is growing live music and not shrinking it,” says Xenophon, “so the AHA claims are a total lie and it’s all about protecting their vested interests of the millions of dollars they make in poker machines each year.”

I asked Xenophon if he had any plans, if elected, to reform liquor licensing so that bands could hire out community halls and charge a door fee but not have to worry about selling alcohol. Of course nothing kills rock’n’ roll quicker that a dry venue, but if punters could bring their own sauce?

“The liquor licensing laws seem to be a bit of the AHA protecting their position, the AHA protecting their patch. Using community halls in this way, making licensing laws more flexible to allow for community halls to be used for live music ought to be a priority. If I’m in the parliament it will be my priority. I got to get elected to the seat of Hartley.

“I think it’s a great idea, I think we should have competitions that can be sponsored. We want to really drive a renaissance in live music in South Australia, but what the AHA says is completely wrong. And using community halls and be able to do a liquor license is a great idea, we should be seeing more of that, and we should be changing our licensing laws to facilitate that,” says Xenophon.


“Because we are always excited about getting asked to play, we always enjoy it,” Kram says. “And, yeah, the interaction with the audience when we do the old favourites is always pretty special.”

spiderbait

Kram says they have toured with The Living End and Veruca Salt in the past but is especially looking forward to playing on the same stage as Tumbleweed once again.

“We used to tour with them a lot,” he enthuses, “and they are still one of of bands from the ’70s and ’80s and my favourite bands. And I’ve always SPIDERBAIT stuff – but that was one of the first loved The Fauves as well. So it’s an By Robert Dunstan interesting line-up because while I kind of heavy rock ones they had know that a lot of people are excited done. It was more of an indie rock Spiderbait are excited to thing. And it had a big rock festival about seeing Veruca Salt again, I also know that a lot of people love The once again be on another A kind of feel. Fauves.” Day On The Green bill, this “And because it exceeded time with The Living End, Spiderbait (Kram on drums and everyone’s expectations – it sold Veruca Salt, Tumbleweed vocals alongside bass player and out right around the and The Fauves, as they had country – I think it “It’s such a great singer Janet English and such a ball on the last one shop and Dean’s guitarist Whitt), hail from started a new kind they did. of trend for A Day such an awesome the NSW town of Finley, On The Green. And cat. I tell people formed in the early ’90s That was in November of 2016 because this one about that shop all and have since released when they played A Day On seven albums has an international the time so give ’em The Green alongside You Am I, And won an ARIA for act [Veruca Salt and a plug if you can.” Best New Group in Something For Kate, Jebediah and Lemonheads in some The Meanies and likened the event regions] on the bill, it’s 1996. In 2000, the trio to being a bit like, ‘A Big Day Out for going to be pretty special. Yeah, a added another ARIA Award to their grown ups’. collection as they won Best Cover bit like a Big Day Out. Art for Janet’s design for Glockenpop. ‘Yeah, it was really special,” “And it’s nice to see such a mix of Spiderbait’s Kram says. “And Kram, who once briefly played in a ages,” he adds. “Other festivals, because that such as Falls and duo with Ash Grunwald known as one was an allSplendour, tend to Krah, says he’s unsure of the band’s Australian line-upm cater for a young future plans at this stage. in some ways it was audience while A a bit like playing Day On The Green “Last year was such a big one for the Homebake us because we did the Ivy & The Big gets a great mix festival. All the of people. There’s Apples anniversary tour which was bands on that bill the old fans of the huge,” he says. “And then we played were from a similar bands playing and a few festivals and did shows with era and we all grew Midnight Oil as well. So we played a younger people up playing together. lot last year. coming along to check them out “And we were for the first time.” amazed at the “We’ve also been talking about doing response because it another album because there seems was just fantastic,” to be an interest,” he says. “We’ve It also gives the he continues. “And prior to that, A been surprised at the response we acts an opportunity to present a Day On The Green had tended to be ‘greatest hits’ set. still get after all these years, so we more of a retro thing – y’know, lots are seriously considering a new


an exhibition is really interesting. It changes your perception of how far you’ve gone as a band. As well as having the sentimental aspect, it really validates what you’ve achieved over the years. “It’s all well and good to have it all stashed away in a box somewhere but when you see it on display it really adds a whole new meaning to it,” Kram proudly adds.

He is also looking forward to making another visit to Adelaide as it means he will be able to visit one of his favourite haunts.

record. It would seem there could be and then doing a big concert a demand for one. in Hobart Town Hall. And I did something for MOFO as well. “We may first just put out a new song here and there just to keep “And, oh yeah, I’m also playing in a the fires burning,” Kram then party band called ARC [Antipodean announces. “And we can also judge Rock Collective} with mates of mine the vibe from there. Making an from Jet, You Am I and Powderfinger album is really special, so we need which is fun,” he adds with a laugh. to know if it would work. But as we “But it’s always nice to get back out are all such prolific writers, there is there and play with Spiderbait.” always new stuff on the boil.” Mention of a poster that popped The musician says that aside from up on Facebook recently – one Spiderbait, he is kept pretty busy. for Adelaide University Stomp in 1995 presented by Three D Radio “I live up in Byron now and it seems at which Spiderbait had played like every other weekend I am flying alongside The Mark Of Cain, off somewhere to do something or silverchair, Screamfeeder, Frenzal other,” he laughs. “The other week Rhomb, Rash, Sin Dog Jelly Roll, it was Easy Fever, a tribute thing to Lizard Train, Goofyfooter and more The Easybeats with Tex Perkins, Phil – lead to Kram revealing that some from Grinspoon and a few others. Spiderbait And that was fantastic. memorabilia is now on permanent display in Melbourne at the “And I did this interesting thing Australian Music Vault at the Arts down in Tasmania last year called Centre. One Eye On A Stranger,” Kram continues. “It was basically one ‘We donated a bunch of stuff to that songwriter from each state coming exhibition,” he says. “And seeing all down to Tassie for some workshops your stuff mounted behind glass in

“We always stay at the Hilton whenever we are in Adelaide and I always love going across the road to the Antique Market,” Kram says of the Grote St wonderland that recently announced it will close its doors after over 30 years of operation at the end of June. “Dean [Donovan} and his partner [Yvonne] are such lovely people and I love going there,” he concludes. “It’s such a great shop and Dean’s such an awesome cat. I tell people about that shop all the time so give ’em a plug if you can.”

Spiderbait will be playing with The Living End, Veruca Salt, Tumbleweed and The Fauves at Leconfield Wines, McLaren Vale, on Saturday 17 March with tickets via Ticketmaster http://www. ticketmaster.com.au/promo/ ku2sfd


American jazz singer Kurt Elling is touring with his quintet and will be making a return to the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Sunday 27 May with tickets via the venue or Oztix. LOST TALK

COSMIC PSYCHOS

Aussie legends Cosmic Psychos have just announced a huge national tour – who is going to be looking after the farm? – that will bring them to Fowler’s Live, 58 North Tce, Adelaide, on Anzac Day (Wednesday 25 April) with no less than Grenadiers and Juliette Seizure & The Tremor-Dolls as special guests and tickets via Moshtix.

Melbourne’s Lost Talk have a noisy new album, Symbol/Signal, in the can and will be bringing it to Hotel Metro, 46 Grote St, Adelaide, from 9pm on Saturday 17 March with special goony guests Goon Wizarrd and Goon Bomb.

Hindmarsh, on Friday 8 June with tickets via the venue or OzTix. CHOCOLATE STRAFISH

TONIGHT ALIVE Explosive Sydney band Tonight Alive are back out on the road and will play the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Saturday 12 May with tickets via the venue or Oztix. THE BAMBOOS

CITY CALM DOWN

With their highly anticipated second album Echoes In Blue due for release in early April, Melbourne four-piece City Calm Down have announced their biggest Australian tour to date that will include a show at the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Saturday 9 June with tickets via the venue or Oztix.

NEW CANDYS Italy’s New Candys are on tour and will hit Crown & Anchor, 196 Grenfell St, Adelaide, on Friday 9 March with special guests The Baudelaires and The Dunes.

SARAH BLASKO Fresh from an appearance at Supermassive as part of Adelaide Fringe, Sarah Blakso will now hit the road armed with her new album, Depth Of Field, and will play the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd,

Chocolate Starfish, one of Australia’s biggest bands of the ’90s, are back with a new album, Spider, and will be hitting the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarh, on Friday 13 April with Southern Empire as special guests and tickets via the venue or Oztix. KURT ELLING

Melbourne-based funk and soul band The Bamboos are night time people so have announced a run of shows across the country in the evening including one at the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Saturday 18 August with tickets via the venue or Oztix. HARDCORE SUPERSTAR Presented by Silverback Touring, Sweden’s Hardcore Superstar will hit Fowler’s Live, 68 North Tce, Adelaide, on Sunday 17 June for a licensed all-ages show and with tickets via Moshtix.

TODRICK HALL America’s Todrick Hall, a singer and dancer who has performed in the award winning musicals Kinky Boots and Memphis, is bringing his show, America: The Forbidden, to the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Sunday 8 July with tickets via the venue or Oztiz.


For 2018, however, another venue will also be involved for a preparty on the Friday evening. “We thought we’d chop it up a bit and have a night before the weekender elsewhere,” Frank says of Brompton’s Gaslight Tavern hosting Salvy & The Hired Help and Moraygun on Friday 6 April as a fundraiser to help Miss Curvella get to the US. “And we’ll probably chop and change that each year and use different venues.”

KUSTOM KULTURE WEEKENDER By Robert Dunstan

“But we quickly realised that by using several venues it was a bit all over the place,” Double bass player Francis he laughs. “As it happened, ‘Frank’ Marci, notably of The The Highway loved what we Saucermen, has been actively were doing and said, ‘Look, involved in the putting together why don’t you just put it all on Frank, who says the event of Kustom Kulture Weekender here?’ So pretty much since focusses on roots music such as since its inception 16 years ago then, since 2005 at least, we and is, understandably, excited have used that venue for the to be heavily involved in putting whole weekend.” together the program for this year’s event in early April. The Anzac Hwy venue easily lends itself to such a venture From my hazy memory, the first as it has ample performance such event back in 2000 involved spaces and a large car park for a number of venues but since then the annual Hot Rod & Kustom has found a permanent home at Showdown on Saturday arvo award winning Plympton hotel, as well as the Sunday morning The Highway. boot sale swap meet. ‘Yeah, for that first one, we used The Proscenium on the Friday night, The SA Folk Centre at Thebarton on the Saturday and also The Highway Inn and then Jimmy Watson’s Bar in Pirie St on the Sunday,” Frank recalls. “And the headline act for that first weekender was Zombie Ghost Train.

‘The Highway have really embraced what we do,” Frank says. “They took a gamble in the beginning just like we did but it has paid off. No one else was doing anything similar and over the years we’ve expanded on it. We now also use the renovated back room and have an outside stage. But we’ve tried to keep it as a boutique as can. “And, yeah, it’s great that it has such a huge car park for the [hot] rods that are now part and parcel of the whole event,” he adds.

rockabilly and all its offshoots, ska, surf and a touch of blues, says it’s been pleasing to see the weekender grow over the years and the large number of sponsors that it now has on board. “It took a few years before it broke even,” he laughs. “But it’s well-established now although it’s been a lot of hard work. Some interstate people said in the beginning, ‘Oh, that’ll never work in Adelaide. Adelaide is too dead’. But we’ve proved them wrong time and time again.

“Over the years, we’ve also had some really big bands play,” Frank announces. “And I mean big ones such as The Basics – and who


on Three D Radio’s Top 20+1 Chart.

“And they are a great, great band,” Frank enthuses. “But then, what else would you expect from Don Morrison’s boys? It’s all in their DNA.”

Frank is pretty happy that he’s also been able to entice legendary Adelaide act The Tomahawks (Steve O’Malley, Dave Bond, Jason Hunt and Darren Hunt) to reform for the weekender.

knew back then that Gotye would have such success? – Area-7, The Porkers and Strange Tenants. And a few international acts who otherwise would not have come to Adelaide. We had The “We’ve also been “When the split up, Mummies there a few very parochial they all went on to do years back and we’ve had with a focus on other bands,” he says. quite a few really good the great local “Steve and Dave joined surf bands including Los bands. And, The Saucermen and Straitjackets from the US. from playing the Jason and Darren went weekender, it’s off to play with Andy “But we’ve also been very paved the way Seymour. And then parochial with a focus on for many of those Darren started playing the great local bands,” he local acts to get with The Satellites as says. “And, from playing gigs interstate.” well. the weekender, it’s paved the way for many of those local acts to get gigs interstate. Sixteen “So this will be the first time years ago, the only local band in The Tomahawks have played the genre who were touring were for about 20 years,” Frank The Satellites.” announces as we round up the conversation. “And it’s always good to have a least one The impressive local line-up for band from the past. We had 2018 includes Haystacks Calhoon, Milky Bar Kids one year and whose debut, Good Good Night everyone loved it. So, y’know, I Out, currently sits in second spot wouldn’t mind trying to get The

Eldorados back together at some stage.” KUSTOM KULTURE WEEKENDER FRIDAY 6 APRIL – Salvy & The Hired Help and Moraygun at Gaslight Tavern, 36 Chief St, Brompton

SATURDAY 7 APRIL - Hot Rod & Kustom Showdown from noon and The Ozskas, Haystacks Calhoon, The El Caminos, Fistful Of Trojans and The Saucermen as well as DJs Liv and Three D Radio’s Jade O’Donahue from 5pm at The Highway, 290 Anzac Hwy, Plympton SUNDAY 8 APRIL – Swap Meet from 10am, Midwest Trader’s Knees To The Breeze Bike Run and Pat Capocci, Roj & The Jamjets and The Tomahawks with Miss Curvella on the decks from 3pm at The Highway, 290 Anzac Hwy, Plympton Tickets here http://www. thehighway.com.au/ product/kustom-kultureweekender-saturday/ for Saturday 7 April and tickets here http://www. thehighway.com.au/ product/kustom-kultureweekender-sunday/ for Sunday 8 April.


Robert Plant & The Sensational Shape Shifters (UK) at Thebarton Theatre

THURSDAY 8 MARCH The Lemonheads (US) at Governor Hindmarsh

FRIDAY 9 MARCH Xavia (Alice Springs) and Jen Lush at Wheatsheaf New Candys (Italy), The Baudelaires and The Dunes at Crown & Anchor 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 Walken (Brisbane) at Exeter Hotel SUNDAY 11 MARCH Big Country (Scotland) at Governor Hindmarsh TUESDAY 13 MARCH Thursday (US) and Quicksand at Governor Hindmarsh FRIDAY 16 MARCH Jose Feliciano (US) 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) Lost Talk (Melbourne), Goon Wizarrd and Goon Bomb at Hotel Metro TUESDAY 20 MARCH Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (US) and Stonefield at Governor Hindmarsh Gilbert O’Sullivan (Ireland) at Festival Theatre THURSDAY 22 MARCH Andrew Strong (Northern Ireland) and Jessica & The

Beating Hearts at Governor Hindmarsh Jackson Browne (US) at Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre Limp Bizkit (US) at Adelaide Entertainment Centre Slick Rick (US) at Fowler’s Live FRIDAY 23 MARCH Harry Manx (Canada) at Goveror Hindmarsh

SATURDAY 24 MARCH d Henry Fenton (Sydney/ LA) and Tara Carragher at Wheatsheaf Hotel GoldLink (US) at Governor Hindmarsh Johanna Allen, Cameron Goodall, Nancye Hayes, Ali McGregor, Meow Meow, Rob Mills and Tim Rogers with MC Jane Doyle and storyteller Peter Goers at Her Majesty’s Theatre SUNDAY 25 MARCH Neck Deep (Wales) at Governor Hindmarsh

MONDAY 26 MARCH Bruno Mars (US) at Adelaide Entertainment Centre TUESDAY 27 MARCH Arch Enemy (Sweden) at Fowler’s Live Gomez (UK) at Old Adelaide Gaol WEDNESDAY 28 MARCH Canned Heat (US) at Governor Hindmarsh

THURSDAY 29 MARCH Thundamentals (Sydney) at Governor Hindmarsh Japanese Wallpaper (Melbourne) at Old Adelaide Gaol THURSDAY 5 APRIL John Waite (UK) and Sarah McLeod at Governor Hindmarsh

FRIDAY 6 APRIL Newton Faulkner (UK) at Governor Hindmarsh

WEDNESDAY 16 APRIL Counterparts (US) and Stray From The Path at Fowler’s Live WEDNESDAY 18 APRIL P.O.D. (US) at Governor Hindmarsh

SATURDAY 7 APRIL Kustom Kulture THURSDAY 19 APRIL Weekender: The OzSkas Polaris (Sydney), The Plot (Brisbane), Haystacks In You, Alpha Wolf and Calhoon, Fistful Of Trojans, Ambleside at Fowler’s Live The Saucerman, DJ Liv and DJ Jade at The Highway FRIDAY 20 APRIL Pludo (Melbourne) at Carus Thompson Governor Hindmarsh (Fremantle) at Wheatsheaf The Smith Street Band Rose Tattoo (Sydney) and (Melbourne), Bec Sandridge Dallas Crane (Melbourne)at and Press Club at Thebarton Governor Hindmarsh Theatre Horrorshow (Melbourne) at SATURDAY 21 APRIL Rocket Bar Destruction (Germany) at Lowtide (Melbourne) and Fowler’s Live Dean Forever at Grace Emily Lionel Richie (US) and Nile SUNDAY 22 APRIL Rodgers (US) at Botanic Pk Jimmy Barnes at Thebarton Theatre SUNDAY 8 APRIL Kustom Kulture WEDNESDAY 25 APRIL Weekender: Pat Capocci Cosmic Psychos (Sydney0, The Tomahawks, (Melbourne), Grenadiers DJ Curvella and Roj & The and Juliette Seizure & The Ramjets at The Highway Tremor-Dolls at Fowler’s (from 3pm) Live Jungle Giants at HQ WEDNESDAY 11 APRIL Primus (US) and The THURSDAY 26 APRIL Dean Ween Group (US) at Mark Wilkinson (UK/ Thebarton Theatre Sydney) at Wheatsheaf Hotel THURSDAY 12 APRIL Don Walker & The Suave FRIDAY 27 APRIL Fucks (Sydney) at Governor Shaun Kirk (Melbourne) at Hindmarsh Wheatsheaf Hotel FRIDAY 13 APRIL Chocolate Starfish (Melbourne) and Southern Empire at Governor Hindmarsh Screamfeeder (Brisbane) and Madura Green at Edinburgh Castle Hotel

SATURDAY 14 APRIL Childhood Cancer Benefit 3: Lachy Doley Group, Chris Finnen & Phil Manning and Mojo Dingo at The German Club Jamie Hutchings (Sydney) and Alana Jagt at Grace Emily

SATURDAY 28 APRIL Verge Collection (Perth) and White Blanks at Jive

MONDAY 30 APRIL Squeeze (UK) and John Cooper Clarke (Manchester) at Governor Hindmarsh

THURSDAY 3 MAY Dr Feelgood (UK) at Governor Hindmarsh Stereophonics (Wales) at HQ

FRIDAY 4 MAY DZ Deatherays (Brisbane), Clowns, These New South


Wales and Boat Show at Governor Hindmarsh SATURDAY 5 MAY The Contortionist (US) and SikTh at Governor Hindmarsh BulletBoys (US) and Dellacoma at Fowler’s Live TUESDAY 8 MAY The Killers (US) at Adelaide Entertainment Centre

THURSDAY 10 MAY Kid Congo (US) at Crown & Anchor

FRIDAY 11 MAY Shannon Noll (Cobdogla) at Governor Hindmarsh SATURDAY 12 MAY Tonight Alive (Sydney) at Governor Hindmarsh MONDAY 14 MAY Marlon Williams (Melbourne) at Governor Hindmarsh

TUESDAY 15 MAY Silverstein (Canada) and Comeback Kid at Fowler’s Live

WEDNESDAY 16 MAY Sepultura (Brazil) and Death

Angel (US) at Governor Hindmarsh Red Fang (US) and Drunk Mums at Fowler’s Live THURSDAY 17 MAY Urban Guerillas (Sydney) and David Robinson at Grace Emily

FRIDAY 18 MAY The Robert Cray Band (US) and Gail Page & The Dirty Roots Band at Governor Hindmarsh

SATURDAY 19 MAY APIA Good Times: Leo Sayer, Brian Cadd, Marcia Hines, Russell Morris (OAM), and John Paul Young at Thebarton Theatre SUNDAY 20 MAY Joshua Radin (US) at Governor Hindmarsh

WEDNESDAY 23 MAY Jeremy Loops (South Africa) at Fowler’s Live THURSDAY 24 MAY Pain (Sweden) at Fowler’s Live Circa Survive (US) at Governor Hindmarsh FRIDAY 25 MAY Bad Manners (UK) and Jennie Belle Star (UK) at

Governor Hindmarsh Angus & Julia Stone at Flinders Uni Plaza

WEDNESDAY 27 JUNE Streetlight Manifesto (US) at Governor Hindmarsh

SATURDAY 2 JUNE The Iron Maidens at Fowler’s Live

TUESDAY 10 JULY P!nk (US) at Adelaide Entertainment Centre

SUNDAY 27 MAY Kurt Elling Quintet (US) at Governor Hindmarsh

SUNDAY 8 JULY Todrick Hall (US) at Governor Hindmarsh

FRIDAY 8 JUNE Sarah Blasko (Melbourne) at Governor Hindmarsh

WEDNESDAY 11 JULY P!nk (US) at Adelaide Entertainment Centre

SATURDAY 9 JUNE City Calm Down (Melbourne) at Governor Hindmarsh

FRIDAY 20 JULY Ian Moss (Sydney) at Thebarton Theatre

FRIDAY 15 JUNE The Whitlams (Sydney), Alex Lloyd (Sydney) and Deborah Conway (Melbourne) at Governor Hindmarsh (Sold Out) SATURDAY 16 JUNE The Whitlams (Sydney), Alex Lloyd (Sydney) and Deborah Conway (Melbourne) at Governor Hindmarsh SUNDAY 17 JUNE Hardcore Superstar (Sweden) at Fowler’s Live

SATURDAY 18 AUGUST The Bamboos (Melbourne) at Governor Hindmarsh TUESDAY 28 AUGUST Gene Simmons (US) at Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre SUNDAY 9 DECEMBER Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls (UK) at Governor Hindmarsh


RED SPARROW (MA) **1/2 Jennifer Lawrence stars in this sorely overlong spy thriller, which at one point might have been directed by Darren Aronofsky and toplined Rooney Mara, a doubleact that would have at least been a bit kinkier. Instead Jen teams up with director Francis Lawrence (her pal after three Hunger Games epics) and they turn this into a dour, drawn-out saga full of characters we can’t care about. And really, despite the fact that this is taken from a novel by retired CIA operative Jason Matthews, and that might suggest that it’s based on some sort of exciting fact, the mood is weirdly dull and anachronistic. Come on, aren’t we a bit old for evil Russians? Um, hang on…

Lawrence’s Bolshoi ballerina Dominika Egorova cares for her invalid Mum (Joely Richardson) by day and dances by night (well, her double does actually), but after an onstage accident, they look set to lose everything, until her Uncle Vanya (good name for a play!) turns up, and he’s played with much oiliness by Belgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts (more at home in A Bigger Splash and sexier films).

The shady governmental-type Vanya, who reports to Zakharov (Ciarán Hinds) and General Korchnoi (Jeremy Irons, having trouble squashing his famous English accent), gets Dominika involved in a secret agent gig involving one of the most violent scenes Jennifer has ever participated in, and then she’s sent to ‘Sparrow School’ and taught to use her body as a lethal weapon by the formidable Matron (Charlotte Rampling, who specialises in such chilly roles).

GAME NIGHT (M) **1/2 Directed with a little verve by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (who cohelmed the cruder, dumber shot at revamping the Vacation series), this has a pretty good cast and feels promisingly perky early on, but soon throws it all away with too much dreary silliness.

really high-stakes ‘Murder/ Kidnapping Mystery’ event where someone gets supposedly taken (good name for a movie!) and the others have to find and save them.

Naturally Brooks is kidnapped for real (ho-hum) and the couples split up without realising the severity of what’s going on: Max and Annie think they’ve found him and she unwittingly waves a real gun around; Max (Jason Bateman) and Kevin and Michelle are Annie (Rachel McAdams) meet busy arguing about her past at a pub quiz night, fall for each romantic indiscretion with a other as they’re so competitive celebrity; and Ryan and Sarah Naturally she’s then recruited and game-crazy, and get try cheating, which proves to spy on an American agent married before the end credits difficult, as he’s such a damn (Australian Joel Edgerton, are even finished, and then idiot. continuing the bizarre multiracial we get down to the business nuttiness), and naturally she falls of them having a Game Night All this running about should for him, even though he’s not sure every week with their besties, be moderately funny but if she’s just manipulating him while trying to avoid the lonely somehow isn’t, and while sexually, and we know that she and weird cop next door there are some bright cameos can fake it, due to scenes where (creepy Jesse Plemons from and a few gags here worth Jennifer gets carefully naked TV’s Fargo and Black Mirror as talking about, nothing ever and Rampling stands next to her Gary). properly clicks or zings, and looking like she wants to flee the although we’d expect nothing set. One night circumstances more from Bateman, it’s more than a little irritating It’s unclear when this is set (USBs lead them to the home of Max’s rich, show-off brother watching classy players like are used for intelligence reports Rachel and Kyle being so but floppy discs are impractically Brooks (Kyle Chandler), and part of copying state secrets) yet, he promises Max, Annie, Kevin dopey. (Lamorne Morris), his wife at any rate, it feels improbable But hey, it’s only a game, and past its use-by date. And since Michelle (Kylie Bunbury), dim Ryan (Billy Magnussen) and not meant to be taken when do the Americans and the and his latest cool and British seriously, right? Right? Russians collude like that? girlfriend Sarah (Sharon Yawn… Horgan, stealing what she Hmmm, no, scratch that, can) something special: a comrade…

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me a couple of chords on guitar I was off,” Chris laughs. “But I had nowhere to sing them. And then I was babysitting for a couple and was telling them and they said, ‘You should come down to our folk club one night’.

“I was about 13 at the time so I used to go every single week,” she said. “And doing songs in front of that kind of audience, like Julie says, is just really encouraging and you just become better and better at what you do.”

chris white & Julie matthews CHRIS WHILE & JUILE MATTHEWS By Robert Dunstan Award winning British folk duo Chris While and Julie Matthews first made to the trek down to Australia back in 1997 so, arguably, their current tour marks the 21st anniversary.

“The rest is history because there was such a wonderful spark between us.” That association then led to the pair embarking on their own career as a duo.

Chris says a personal career highlight for her has been performing at Cropredy, a long-running UK festival that is run by members of English folk legends Fairport Convention.

“It was the 40th anniversary of Leige & Lief, the album they did with Sandy Denny [on vocals] and they had asked me sing with the original band from 1969 – Richard Thompson, Dave Swarbrick, Simon Nicol, Dave Mattacks and Ashley Hutchings – so it was quite an honour.”

The duo, who also feel incredibly honoured “And the funny thing about that was when to be named Artists Of The Year at the 2018 we were at a festival with The Albion Band Port Fairy Folk Festival, have been and getting changed in the too busy to work on new material. “I rejoined The toilets,” Chris recalls. “We’d Albion Band been thinking about doing “We also have another band called a duo and then we both because, to be Daphne’s Flight,” Chris says. “That’s overheard a lady say to her totally honest, an all-female five-piece and we friend, ‘Those two women I just wanted to made an album late last year and “Australia is now like a second home for us,” singers with that band are we’ve been busy editing that and Julie begins. “We first came in ’97 and fell in fantastic. I don’t know what work alongside getting ready for a tour.” love with the place and try and come as often they need them blokes for’. Chris. The rest is as we can. We miss Australia so much when Chris While and Julie history…” “So that kind of decided it we can’t fit in a tour.” for us,” she laughs. Matthews will have The pair have also made many friends, Vincent’s Chair in trio mode Julie says she got into folk music by playing notably in Adelaide, as they are fed and as very special guests when her songs in folk clubs. sheltered here by internationally acclaimed singer songwriter Eric Bogle (who played they play Trinity Sessions at with them on their last venture) and always “I was already writing songs by the time Church Of The Trinity, 318 I was 13 or 14,” she says. “So I would go make sure to catch up with the riotous Pete Goodwood Rd, Clarence Pk, to folk clubs and try them out in front of Tichener. an audience. And folk clubs were the best as part of Adelaide Fringe Julie had been singing with legendary English way to do that because the audience is so from 7.30pm (doors at 7pm) folk act The Albion Band but decided to leave attentive. on Thursday 15 March with to pursue a solo career. “That gives you confidence in what you are tickets via FringeTIX. doing,” Julie reasons. “They are usually very “I just felt I needed a change because there https://www.adelaidefringe. encouraging as well which really helps.” comes a time when you need to make your com.au/fringetix/chris-whileown mark,” she reasons. “So I was in the Chris says it was similar circumstances for process of leaving and knew they would want and-julie-matthews-withher. to replace me with another female singer. vincent-s-chair-af2018 “And then I saw Chris sing at a festival and as soon as I heard her, I thought she’d be perfect,” Julie continues. “She not only had a great voice, but is a great songwriter as well. She was reluctant at first, but she then took over from me.

“I wasn’t a songwriter back then but I’ve always sung,” she reveals. “I think I was singing from when I was born and my mother used to make me stand on the table and sing. And when I was at school I didn’t want to be in choir because I wanted to sing on my own.

“And then I rejoined The Albion Band because, to be totally honest, I just wanted to “And I had a fantastic teacher who work alongside Chris,” she adds with a laugh. introduced me to people like Joan Baez and Leonard Cohen and as soon as she taught


Stonefield as special guests and tickets via the venue or Oztix. March to play The Crossing in its entirety along with other faves and tickets at the ready from the venue or Oztix

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JAPANESE WALLPAPER

360 will be undertaking an all-ages show when the rapper comes to the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Friday 9 March to highlight a new album, Vintage Modern, with tickets via the venue or Oztix. JOSE FELICIANO

Jose Feliciano will light everyone’s fire when he makes a welcome return to the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Friday 16 March with tickets on sale via the venue or Oztix.

the release their first album for 20 years, for a double headline show at the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Tuesday 13 March with tickets via the venue or Oztix. Adelaide’s Beer & BBQ Festival will present XAVIA Melbourne’s Japanese Wallpaper alongside E^ST, Odette and special guests at Old Adelaide Gaol on Thursday 29 March (Good Friday eve) with tickets via Eventbrite. Cello and autoharp player Xavia (Xavi Nou) has packed THE LEMONHEADS her chattels and is heading down from Alice Springs to play a free entry show at the Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, from 8.30pm on Friday 9 March at which she will have Jen Lush and her band as special guests. GREENLEAF

(HED) P.E.

(hed) p.e. are headed to Australia with their genre melding brand of G Punk which fuses rock, metal, soul, rap and rasta and will be playing Fowler’s Live, 68 North Tce, Adelaide, with Surviving Sharks as special guests on Friday 23 March with tickets via Moshtix. THURSDAY American post hardcore band Thursday will be joined by Quicksand, who are about

Presented by Get On The Stage and Your Mate Booking, 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.

BIG COUNTRY Presented by Metropolis Touring, Scottish band Big Country will be making a return to our shores and will be dropping into the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Sunday 11

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 tickets via the venue or Oztix.

BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB

Much-revered US band Black Rebel Motorcycle Club will embark on an Australian tour in 2018 and will be ridin’ into the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Tuesday 20 March with

ARCH ENEMY

Sweden’s Arch Enemy have a show at Fowler’s Live, 68 North Tce, Adelaide, on Tuesday 27 March with tickets via Moshtix and special guests Truth Corroded and Shadow Realm. THUNDAMENTALS

Thundamentals have announced their 10th anniversary hip hop tour which will bring them to the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, SA, on Thursday 29 March with B-Wise and more as special guests and tickets via the venue or Oztix. WALKEN

Brisbane-based trio Walken have pieced together an Aussie tour in support of their longawaited new EP, What’s Your Environment?, and will play the Exeter Hotel, 246 Rundle St, Adelaide, from 9pm on Saturday 10 March with special guests Burnside Mums and more. GOMEZ UK band Gomez will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of Bring It On when they play Bluesfest but have announced a sideshow, as presented


away at the Grace Emily Hotel, 232 Waymouth St, Adelaide, from 9pm on Saturday 7 April with Dean Forever as special guests. URBAN GUERILLAS by Adelaide’s Beer & BBQ Festival, at Old Adelaide Gaol on Tuesday 27 March with tickets via <adelaidebeerfest.com.au>. D HENRY FENTON

25 March with tickets from the venue or Oztix. SLICK RICK

New Zealand-born singer songwriter d Henry Fenton has a new album, Once I Fell Down Twice, and will be marching it around the country in March with his final resting spot being the Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, on Saturday 24 March with special guest Tara Carragher. 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. 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. NECK DEEP Welsh pop punksters Neck Deep are bringing a Download Festival sideshow to The Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh on Sunday

Presented by Launch Australia, British-born American rapper Slick Rick will be making his way to Fowler’s Live, 68 North Tce, Adelaide, on Thursday 22 March as part of his very first Australian jaunt with tickets via Moshtix.

Urban Guerillas, featuring Ken Stewart, are an Adelaide band who took off many years ago to find their fame and fortune in Sydney but who are now heading back to grace the Grace Emily Hotel, 232 Waymouth St, Adelaide, with their uncompromising punk tunes from 9pm on Thursday 17 May with no less and no more than David Robinson as special guest. CARUS THOMPSON

BULLETBOYS

American hard rock band BulletBoys have a long history and a legion of fans and will be making their first ever trip to this country to rock hard at Fowler’s Live, 68 North Tce, Adelaide, for a licensed all-ages affair with special guests Dellacoma and more on Saturday 5 May with tickets via Moshtix. LOWTIDE

Lowtide have just announced the release of a new album, Southern Mind, and are taking it out on tour which will have the Melbourne shoegazers gazing

Fremantle’s Carus Thompson is in touring mode and will be playing the Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, on Friday 20 April to present songs from his latest album, Islands, and more and with tickets via Oztix.

JAMIE HUTCHINGS Jamie Hutchings has a brand new offering, Bedsit, and will be launching it at the Grace Emily Hotel, 232 Waymouth St, Adelaide, on Saturday 14 April with Alana Jagt as special guest. HER MAJESTY’S THEATRE Grote St’s Her Majesty’s Theatre will close for a well-deserved facelift but not before a grand closing benefit gala starring Johanna Allen, Cameron Goodall, Nancye Hayes, Ali McGregor, Meow Meow, Rob Mills and Tim

Rogers with MC Jane Doyle and storyteller Peter Goers on Saturday 24 March with all proceeds raised go towards the theatre’s renewal project. Book at BASS.

SCREAMFEEDER Brisbane’s legendary Screamfeeder have announced that they will be presenting two sets when they play Edinburgh Castle Hotel, 233 Currie St, Adelaide, on Friday 13 April with Madura Green as special guests and tickets via Moshtix. DON WALKER

Don Walker, of Cold Chisel fame, has announced the release of a vinyl boxset, Blacktop, of solo material and a national tour that will have him playing the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Thursday 12 April with tickets via the venue or Oztix. ROBERT CRAY Award winning American blues artist Robert Cray and his band will have no less than Gail Page fronting The Dirty Roots Band as opening act when he plays the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Friday 18 May with tickets via the venue or Oztix. PRIMUS Primus will be joined by no less that The Dean Ween Group when they present their Ambushing The Storm Tour at Thebarton Theatre on Wednesday 11 April with tickets bound to selling fast via usual outlets.


Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, The Box Tops, The Band and Leonard Cohen along with some classic rhythm and blues material. “I’d dived in and tried to work out what Leon Russell was doing with the huge arrangements of the songs,” David says. “And then it suddenly dawned on me.

“Because Russell had been a member of The Wrecking Crew who had worked with Phil Spector, with Cocker’s Mad Dogs he was trying to recreate that ‘Wall Of Sound’ that Spector used. That’s why there were two drummers and percussionists. He’d put together a big band with a nine-piece Gospel choir doing R&B with Joe Cocker singing away over the top of it all.

MAD DOGS: THE FULL COCKER By Robert Dunstan Mad Dogs: The Full Cocker are an eight-piece band armed with a nine-strong vocal choir who play the music featured in singer Joe Cocker’s famous Mad Dogs & Englishmen concerts and resultant double live album that were put together in 1970 by pianist Leon Russell.

“But my son kept egging me on by saying, ‘C’mon, you’ve always wanted to do it’,” David continues. “And I said, ‘Well, yeah, but we it all depends on the voice’. And I thought that the only singer in Adelaide who could do it would be Steve Brown. “I’d known of him over the years but not that well but I got in touch and asked him,” he says. “There was then a long, long silence and I thought he was going to hang up on me but Steve came back and said, ‘Y’know, I’ve been waiting for 25 years for someone to ask me to do this’.

“And I had a notion it would work because during the’70s, Chris McGloin had a big band called The Ex-Pats [there’s a photo of them in the bar at the Gov] and we had two drummers in that and used to do Cocker’s version of The Box Tops’ The Letter. And it used to sound fantastic. “So I always thought that it would great to put a big band together and do the whole Mad Dogs & Englishmen thing,” he laughs. “But it just seemed to be too difficult.

One song from Cocker’s original double album will not be covered, but songs from the expanded edition will be.

“There was then a long, long silence but Steve came back and said, ‘Y’know, I’ve been waiting for 25 years for someone to ask me to do this’.”

“He knew all the songs and BSide Magazine speaks to drummer David Sly because he’s been singing along to it for all about the concept which was first staged for those years, he knows all the vocal phrases last year’s Adelaide Fringe. inside out,” David states. “My son, Miles, who is also a drummer kinda cooked it up because we are both huge fans of Cocker’s double live album,” he begins. “And because we are both drummers and the album has two drummers on it [Jim Gordon and Jim Keltner along with three percussionists] it was something we thought would be fun.

“So once we’d figured out what the agenda was and how to approach it, we started to build it up in the rehearsal room which was a lot of fun,” he says. “But it was interesting because when we first started rehearsals, some songs came together really quickly and others were much harder to nail. But the whole process was a lot of fun and everyone involved was really committed.”

“But it was only ever going to be a one-off because it felt like such a high-wire act pulling it all together,” he then adds. “It can be difficult pulling together so many musicians from so many different bands just to do one night.”

The show, however, staged at the Governor Hindmarsh, sold out and the crew were invited to mount it again this year.

“Virtually as soon as we’d come off stage, the pub’s owners, Viv and Brian Tonkin, came up and said it was their favourite ever show they had seen at the pub that we had to do it again. So, with a demand and praise like that, we just had to do it again.” Cocker’s 1970 double album contains a wealth of varied material as it includes songs from the repertoires of The Beatles,

“We’ve dropped Dylan’s Girl From The North Country because that was just Joe singing and Leon Russell at the piano and was a bit too slow,” David laughs. “But we’ve dropped in Something – the George Harrison song – and With A Little Help From My Friends from the reissue.

“And we don’t go outside of that era – it’s not a Joe Cocker’s greatest hits tribute because we only do stuff from Mad Dogs & Englishmen,” he concludes.

Mad Dogs: The Full Cocker play the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, as part of Adelaide Fringe on Saturday 17 March and Sunday 18 March with tickets via the venue or FringeTIX. https://adelaidefringe.com.au/ fringetix/mad-dogs-the-full-cockeraf2018


Australian blues music. The band, who are also set to play at WOMADelaide, are now looking forward to making their second appearance at BlenheimFest. JOE MAN MURPHY

Blenheim Music & Camping Festival, held a working farm in the Clare Valley just an hour and a half north of Adelaide, is back for 2018 and boasts its biggest line-up yet over the coming Easter long weekend and will have two days of music, dancing, camping and all round good vibes. The festival will kick off from 5.30pm on Thursday 29 March featuring seven artists (West Thebarton, Mia Dyson, Karl S Williams, Ukulele Death Squad, Kelly Brouhaha, The Skeleton Club and The Shambolics). Good Friday (Friday 30 March) will then roll in the festival’s traditional day filled with 15 artists (The Black Seeds (NZ), Mojo Juju, Timberwolf, Bootleg Rascals, Z-Star Delta (UK), Kings & Associates, Wanderers, eMDee, Amaru Tribe, Donnarumma, Akoustic Odyssey, Gorilla Jones, Headphone Piracy, Courtney Robb & Snooks, Joe Man Murphy and Trav Collins) alternating between two stage areas. As always, no two artists will play at once so punters can catch all 23 sets of the festival. Gates on Thursday will be opening at 3pm for two-day partygoers or at 10am on Friday for those who are joining for the one-day fiesta.

BlenheimFest is a volunteer run, notfor-profit festival held annually on Good Friday. Located on a working farm with stunning views of the lush Clare Valley region, BlenheimFest is a unique and boutique music festival featuring some of the best South Australian, national and international bands and musicians.

In 2017, 1,800 punters came to play under the whimsical full moon and raised $23,000 for the New Hope Cambodia charity and the local region. Blenheim is truly a feel-good festival where you can play and pay it forward for a great cause which has raised near $76,000 so far. The festival is family friendly and welcomes kids to come dance the weekend away with those under 12 years old gaining free entry to the festival. Blenheim aims to support all things local. This includes the billing of 14 of South Australia’s greatest musicians, the local wine, cider and beer, local food vendors who supply delicious local produce and local traders in the Trumpet Lane marketplace. They also like to treat their punters as family and so to top off this music and camping experience there is a BYO licence. The line-up this year will focus on local South Australian artists but there will also be some bands from interstate and overseas. KINGS & ASSOCIATES

Adelaide based blues and nu soul band Kings & Associates have just recently returned from their first tour of New Zealand and also did this state proud when they recently came away with three gongs at the prestigious Chain Awards, a long-running, national event for

Joe Man Murphy, of the currently hibernating folk rock band The Timbers, has just recorded another solo album, Happy Days, and will use BlenheimFest as the starting point for a huge national tour on which he will be staying in caravan parks before relocating with his family to sunny Queensland. BOOTLEG RASCAL Bootleg Rascal, from Sydney and the Gold Coast, are masters of hip hop infused jams and sonic brews that blend infectious alternative rhythms with raspy vocals. The reprobates that make up Bootleg Rascal, as dodgy as the name suggests, include Carlos, Jimm, and Jack and they have been touring since they formed in mid-2013 when they first met in the back room of a Sydney gig. Soon after, they hit the garage and crafted their first EP of original material and have toured constantly ever since. BlenheimFest was nominated as finalists for the Best Music Festival/Event award at the 2017 South Australian Music Award and also ar the 2017 Australian Music awards. It was an honour for BlenheimFest to be nominated and recognised at such prestigious events in this division and look forward to more nominations and a possible gong in the future.

Tickets are on sale now from www.blenheimfest.com.au


Both I Just Want To Be Happy and Big Girl Pants are songs about struggling with life’s circumstances although each song gives the listener the feeling that there may be some light at the end of the tunnel.

SUSAN LILY Free Spirited (Independent) Reviewed by Robert Dunstan Adelaide-based singer songwriter Susan Lily’s second full-length offering, Free Spirited, follows in the same path as her previous Butterfly which was produced by Melbourne’s Paul Norton who took her music into a country-orientated direction. Produced and mixed by Anthony Stewart (who also adds an assortment of instruments to the mix) at his Redbrick Music Studio, the dozen-song Free Spirited, which made its debut on Three D Radio’s Top 20+1 Chart at lucky number 13, opens with the autobiographical Musical Journey. Its swirling organ (courtesy Richard ‘The Judge’ Coates who also adds piano accordion to the album) and pedal steel also pave the way for much of what is to come.

Brothers) on banjo and Trent Williamson on harmonica, while the sound of a steam train heralds When Rail Was King, a song with a slight reggae feel (not unlike Cold Chisel’s No Sense if that makes any sense).

The closing song, Feeling Love, takes us straight down a country road and ends the album on a high note as it’s about flying as high as a bird and being on top of the world.

Lyrically, many songs would not be out of place on any high-quality country album as they are well-constructed and the musicianship and arrangements throughout are of equally high standard.

As part of Adelaide Fringe, Susan Lily, accompanied by her band, will be launching Free Spirited as part of her show Butterfly: The Journey Continues, which is to be staged at Fedora’s Restaurant at the Hilton Hotel, 264 South Rd, Hilton from 7pm on Friday 9 March and Saturday 10 March and from 5.30pm on Sunday 11 Tough As Geranium, March with tickets via FringeTIX which can’t help and Susan’s website. but mention https://www.susanlilymusic. Adelaide in its com/ lyrics, has a kind

Country Boy, City Blues is slow tempo piece, while You’re Gone is typical country fare with Dave Moore’s pedal steel antics and Hamish Davidson’s fiddle giving it a more than welcome, barroom honky tonk feel. As excepted from the title, it’s a song about someone who is gone but will possibly soon be forgotten.

of slow waltz feel, while the following tune, the title song, is an up-tempo piece. Coming Down has a smouldering blues feel with a country touch that also allows the musicians involved an opportunity to ‘rock out’ a little. Likewise, Whiskey Neat features some very tasty lead Had A Dream is a jaunty country number featuring Hamish Davidson (of The Davidson guitar work from the album’s producer.

COMPETITION: Susan has a double pass to give away to her show on Saturday 10 March. To enter, simply email <info@ susanlilymusic.com> with BSide Butterfly Competition as the subject header. Good luck.


live review Cold Chisel, Kasey Chambers, Bad//Dreems, Donnarumma and Hana & Jessie Lee’s Bad Habits Adelaide 500 Friday 2 March

a crowd that had by now swelled greatly in numbers.

Kasey Chambers and her band, that included her dad, Bill, on guitar, and she proceeded to treat the audience to old favourites – The Captain, Pony and Not Pretty Enough being among them – rather than too much material from her latest offering, Dragonfly. Kasey, who could hardly contain her excitement Reviewed by Robert Dunstan about being on a bill with Cold Chisel, also chose to introduce her guitarist, Brandon After finally discovering the correct entrance Dodd, and drummer Josh Dufficy and explained that they worked together as the gate – must learn how to navigate Google duo Grizzlee Train and proceeded to let them Maps – arrived at Adelaide 500 just in time play one of their own songs. to grab a cold can and settle in to watch the action. When Kasey and her cohorts left the stage Hana & Jessie Lee’s Bad Habits were up first and darkness fell, the audience were treated as part of Music SA’s Band On Track program to a soundtrack of vintage blues classics as a warm-up for the main act. and they were armed with a full band that included someone who looked suspiciously like Dave Grohl playing a tiny little guitar. I was later told that the look alike was in fact Mark Curtis and that his instrument of choice was in fact a mando. The alternative country combo acquitted themselves well as they ran through a selection of songs from their Southlands debut and were warmly received by the steadily growing crowd.

There was much cheering as Cold Chisel took to the stage and launched into Standing On The Outside followed by Letter To Alan. Hit songs such as Choir Girl, My Baby – which featured an appearance by Andy Vickers on saxophone – and Cheap Wine resonated strongly with the appreciative crowd who were singing along to every word.

I had seen Dave Blight milling about in the crowd while Kasey was playing so it was no surprise to later see the harmonica player up Next up, and again as part of the Music on stage with Chisel for a few songs, notably but yes, Cold Chisel can still deliver the SA program, was Donnaruma, playing as Shipping Steel and, of course, Khe Sahn which goods. four-piece, and they also did well with a crowd-pleasing selection of blues-tinged rock formed the first song of what would be three Comment of the night, however, came from encores. originals that, at times, also sounded quite someone leaving the oval complaining that Jeff Buckleyesque. they didn’t do Working Class Man. The third and final encore, which included Taipan even though it was not on the The appearance of Bad/Dreems signalled that it was time for another can so I toddled pictured set list, ended, appropriately enough, with Goodbye (Astrid Goodbye) and off to the bar in order to get one. The band I could not help but think that the 2018 Cold blasted their way through a bunch of songs Chisel model is a slick, highly polished one and at one stage yelled out, ‘Can you hear and a far cry from its often ramshackle early us in North Adelaide?’ before then asking, beginnings. ‘And how about Salisbury?’ This was somewhat ironic as, when they left the stage, an announcement came through that The Back then, there was often the feeling that Garden Of Unearthly Delights had put in an something could go horribly wrong at official complaint about the noise levels. This was greeted by much loud booing from any minute which only added a sense of excitement. Those days are now long gone

BSide Magazine #108  

THE SAUCERMEN, Greenleaf, Spiderbait, Kustom Kulture Weekender, Mad Dogs: The Full Cocker, Blenheimfest, Chris While & Julie Matthews, Cinep...

BSide Magazine #108  

THE SAUCERMEN, Greenleaf, Spiderbait, Kustom Kulture Weekender, Mad Dogs: The Full Cocker, Blenheimfest, Chris While & Julie Matthews, Cinep...