BSide Magazine #114

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ALSO INSIDE: Ghyti, Lazy Eye, The Rumble, FourPlay, Trasharama and so much more…


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“Not initially, no,” Erica responds. “We had thought of doing something crazy for the launch at somewhere completely new, but it just seemed to make sense to do it at the Wheaty. The room is just the right size and has such a great sound. So we thought we’d just go back there. It made sense.

“And because there is some YouTube footage of us doing the live recording there, people can see that and have a good idea what to expect,” she adds.


“And the Wheaty is so nice and intimate,” Evan reasons. “It’s the perfect venue for what we do. It has a great club feel which is great for the artist and the audience.” Evan and Erica, accompanied by their manager, PJ Murton, recently ventured to Austin, Texas, for the annual South By Southwest music conference.

“It was a fantastic conference and showcase,” Evan says. “For us it was a business trip rather than a performance trip. Having said that, we did get up on a few nights to jam with people.”

LAZY EYE By Robert Dunstan

the take. But we couldn’t do that with the live recording. “We had to wait until Gabs [Agostino] had done a rough mix and that was about a “And it’s a conference that’s attended by music week after the gig,” he says. ‘It was quite Award winning Adelaide people from around the world, so we made strange. But, yeah, we are pleased with blues trio Lazy Eye recorded good contacts not only for the US but other it because, apart from the audience, it places as well. a show they presented at the sounds like a studio recording. “It’s the perfect It’s really warm and clear.” Wheatsheaf Hotel last year venue for what “And we made lots of new American and have turned it into a live Erica then says. “We hung “And that was because Gabs, we do. It has friends,” out with people who do similar album, Black Hill, and are who has worked on our a great club things like Adelaide Roots & Blues albums, did the live recording making a return to the same feel which is Association does here. So it was using the mixing desk and venue to launch it. to see how they run then put it straight onto his great for the interesting their association over there. And we laptop,” Erica says. BSide Magazine arranged to speak over the artist and the now have lots of places to stay when telephone one evening to guitar player Erica audience.” we go back.” “And I think we had a couple Graf (pictured centre) and vocalist, organ of extra microphones on and harmonica player Evan Whetter (right) After a bit of interstate touring to stage to what we’d normally have,” Evan who play in the trio alongside drummer promote the release of Black Hill, the trio will adds further. “But, other than that, it was Mario Marino (left). be looking toward their next album. straight off the desk.” “We are supposed to be rehearsing,” Evan says, “but it’s already 9.40pm and we’ve only just finished dinner and are about to open another red. But we’re getting there.” Do you usually rehearse so late in the evening?

“Yeah, usually,” Evan laughs. “It ties in with the time the band is on stage playing a gig.”

It was always the intention to release the Wheatsheaf Hotel recording as an album, but the band are surprised at just how well it has come up. “We’re really happy with it – it sounds beautiful,” Evan says. “It was funny though because we had a bit of a waiting game before we heard what was recorded. Usually, when you are in the studio, you do something and then listen straight back to

Evan says that the live recording lasted for “We want to record the next one as a full90 minutes – the entire concert – so some blown studio album,” Erica concludes. “We’ll just lock ourselves away in the studio for a songs had to be culled. week. But we don’t think that will happen before the end of this year.” “We had to try and tighten it up a bit but have left it Lazy Eye will launch their live album, sounding as organic as it did in that room on the night,” he Black Hill, from 8pm on Friday 8 June at the Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, says. “I really do think it will Thebarton, SA, with Chris Finnen as very take the people who were special guest and tickets selling fast here there back to that night.” The good news is that the evening’s two special guests made the final cut. “Yeah, Nikko [guitarist Nick Kipridis] and Snooks [harmonica] are on Black Hill, “Erica announces. “It’s that acoustic thing they did with us, Let Me Down Easy, which has come up so well. It sounds great.”

Was it always the intention to launch Black Hill where it had been recorded?


festivals though. There’s a lovely one at Port Fairy Folk Festival.” Peter, who also plays with experimental group Tangents who will be touring Adelaide in July, says FourPlay are currently once again working with Neil Gaiman, the English author who is married to American musician Amanda Palmer.

‘We’ve had an association with Neil for about eight or nine years now and, having completed that last work we did with him [2008’s The Truth Is A Cave In The Black Mountains] which we toured, we have begun working on a huge new project together.

FOURPLAY By Robert Dunstan

something that will have more songs than an EP but not enough to be called an album.

“But that’s been growing slowly although we have now built up quite a bit of material with him,” Peter reveals. “So that is all now on a hard drive ready for an opportunity to release it. We are just looking for an opening to do that.”

What is the process involved with “And that’s because we’ve had such a lot collaborating with Neil? of stuff to schedule this year,” he sighs in a FourPlay are a Sydney-based good way. “We thought, ‘Ah, we have a new string quartet who consider song we can base a tour around’. The model “It’s quite lovely because we now have a themselves as a rock band good working relationship with him,” Peter for releasing material has changed quite says. “That first thing we did was a bit over the years so it’s now who formed in the late ’90s “It has been just us setting music to his work, possible to do that. Whack and and found favour due to quite a while but since then we have been new song out there and then do their reinterpretations of a tour. since we toured working much more closely. We now hang out quite a lot and contemporary rock songs – probably not have had a couple of week-long “And it has been quite a while from artists such as Metallica, since we toured – probably not since 2014 sessions where we have all been Depeche Mode and Radiohead. since 2014 when our last album, when our last together creating stuff. The Machine, came out – so it’s album, The “FourPlay may just be sitting It’s been a while, however, since the going to be fun getting back out band (Tim Hollo on violin and viola, Lara Machine, came around doing our thing and Neil there,” Peter adds. “But we still Goodridge – also of Baby et Lulu - on violin play a few shows in Sydney and out – so it’s will be there taking notes,” he and vocals, Peter Hollo on cello and Shenton any festivals that might come up.” concludes. “He also responds to going to be fun the music by putting in his own Gregory [AKA Shenzo Gregorio] on viola) toured but now have a new single, Bound, getting back ideas. At other times, he’ll just I have fond memories of seeing which they are taking around the country FourPlay when they first came out there.” give us a new poem he’s written including a launch at Trinity Sessions in and ask us if we can turn it into to Adelaide back in the late ’90s Adelaide. a song.” to play the Governor Hindmarsh to launch their debut, Catgut Ya’ Tongue, and which is So we gave cello player Peter Hollo a also where they launched The Machine four holler and got him chatting away about the years ago. FourPlay have a new single, quartet. Bound, and they are now “Ah, we love the Governor “The whole tour is based bound for Trinity Sessions Hindmarsh,” Peter says of around the fact we have a new the award winning venue at Church Of The Trinity, 318 single, Bound, for which there that’s celebrating its 25th Goodwood Rd, Clarence Pk, will be soon be a video,” he says. anniversary under current “We actually did two videos from 5pm on Sunday 3 June ownership during the at the same time – one for the month of June. “And no with tickets via Moshtix. next single as well – so it’s all doubt we’ll be back there happening with lots on the again at some stage.” horizon.” The band’s current tour, however, will have Are the singles to be followed by a new them playing in a church at Trinity Sessions. album? “Well, err… At the moment we have six or seven new songs,” Peter says, “so we will probably leave it at that. We don’t want to bombard people with too much. We will probably just release a single at a time and then release all the songs together on

“The Sunday evening date fitted in nicely with our touring schedule,” Peter says. “But it’s funny. Because of the nature of FourPlay, unlike other string quartets, we don’t often get asked to play in venues such as a church. We do get put into venues like that at

SATURDAY 2 JUNE The Iron Maidens (US), Matterhorn and The Babes FRIDAY 15 JUNE Dream On, Dreamer (Melbourne) SUNDAY 17 JUNE Hardcore Superstar (Sweden) SATURDAY 23 JUNE Skegss (SOLD OUT)


FRIDAY 27 JULY Mammal, Osaka Punch and Fresh Violet FRIDAY 10 AUGUST Lez Zeppelin (New York)

SATURDAY 25 AUGUST Psycroptic (Tasmania), Archspire and Hadal Maw at Fowler’s Live SATURDAY 1 SEPTEMBER Moose Blood (UK) and Movements SATURDAY 15 SEPTEMBER Tech N9ne and Krizz Kaliko SATURDAY 27 OCTOBER The Sword (US)

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jazz concert performance being said to rival anything a New York club could present. Hip hop exponents Hilltop Hoods also recorded a concert at the Gov that was aired on the ABC.

The hotel came under threat in 2001 however when residential apartments were built within earshot and there were concerns that incoming residents might complain about easily being able to hear The Whitlams playing Blow Up The Pokies at the pokie-free establishment.

GOVERNOR HINDMARSH HOTEL By Robert Dunstan The month of June will have the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel celebrating 25 years under its current ownership and the historic pub, which has deservedly collected a slew of local and national awards over the years, has plenty going on. While the pub has presented live music over the years – this writer can still recall seeing Melbourne’s Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons play there sometime in the ’70s but now has only vague memories of The Birthday Party and The Go-Betweens playing there a few years later – it was not until the Tonkin family (Viv, Brian, Joanne, Melissa and Richard) took over the reigns in June of ’93 that it really came into its own as a community-minded, live music venue. Since then many hundreds – possibly thousands – of local, national and international bands and acclaimed solo acts have graced the stage in the hotel’s main room with many more to come.

The hotel has also undergone a number of changes over the years – who recalls the virtually inaccessible bottle shop that is now the main dining room and when the live music room was separated from the pub by the driveway through said bottle shop? – with a very small rear beer garden (where Dirty Three played a memorable Sunday afternoon show just after the Tonkins had taken over) now long gone.

The venue also delights in presenting music spanning all genres – everything from hardcore, punk and blues through to metal and jazz with Kurt Elling’s recent

Fortunately, everyone rallied around, including owners of other hotels that had live music, and showed their full support as did political parties the Democrats, the Greens and Socialist Alliance. Some 5,000 people marched through the streets of Adelaide – a fond memory is of Clanger, then running the Grace Emily Hotel, standing on the corner of King William and Currie Sts armed with a megaphone – and the hotel, and other venues, had a reprieve of some kind due to the public outcry.

Many notable musicians, including Paul Kelly, had also voiced their concerns about the pub being under threat. And that is because most musicians, from here, there and everywhere, love playing the venue and often comment about its slightly circular stage set up.

The Brian Jonestown Massacre (US) FRIDAY 8 JUNE Sarah Blasko SATURDAY 9 JUNE City Calm Down SUNDAY 10 JUNE Todrick Hall (US) WEDNESDAY 13 JUNE PVRIS (US) and The Faim 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) FRIDAY 22 JUNE Melbourne Ska Orchestra (Melbourne) and Lucky Seven SATURDAY 23 JUNE Baby Animals (Perth) and Palace Of The King SUNDAY 24 JUNE ARMI EVOLUTION WEDNESDAY 27 JUNE Streetlight Manifesto (US), Dan Potthast (US) and Rueben Davis FRIDAY 29 JUNE Holy Land III: Radio Moscow (US), Filthy Lucre, Japan’s Bahboon, Sydney’s Dirty Wolves, Melbourne’s Devil Electric, Sydney’s Sumeru, Melbourne’s Fifth Friend, Oko, Sons Of Zoku, Sydney’s Born Lion and The Fyoogs at Governor Hindmarsh SATURDAY 30 JUNE West Thebarton, Pist Idiots and Wing Defence

Andy Strachan, of The Living End (who once played seven nights in a row at the pub), likens the venue to those they play in the US. “We generally play rooms that are comparable to the Gov in Adelaide,” Andy once told me. “There’s a place called Slim’s in San Francisco that’s very much like the Gov – a well-run, Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, 59 Port dedicated, live music venue.” Rd, Hindmarsh, SA And string quartet FourPlay have fond memories of launching their debut album, Catgut Ya’ Tongue, at the pub in the late ’90s and also their most recent offering, The Machine, back in 2014 and greatly look forward to one day making a return. Have a look what is coming up in the main room for the month of June with tickets via the venue or Oztix.

FRIDAY 1 JUNE Satisfaction – The Stones Show SATURDAY 2 JUNE Oranges & Lennons SUNDAY 3 JUNE

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involved in cabaret and only knew of him then as a writer.

“And having Tomas there at the final will show people that you don’t have to just be a poet – you can do other things as well such as music or cabaret,” he laughs. “So it’s great that we’ve been able to get him to host the final.” Is there a prize for the eventual winner?

“That’s something we hadn’t even thought about,” Kami admits with a laugh. “But there will be a cash prize – not sure how much yet – and the winner will likely get a guest spot somewhere. But Wakefield Press have been good in that they have given us some books of poetry to hand out to participants.”

THE RUMBLE By Robert Dunstan The Rumble is a free registration poetry slam for those under 26 years of age currently being presented by Spoken Word SA and the new event has come into being due to the organisation’s annual open entry poetry slams attracting an increasing number of young participants.

I could get out of going to school. I mean, where does all that come from at that age?”

Will The Rumble likely become an annual event?

“We’re really hoping so,” Kami says. “After the final we’ll have a look at how it all went and go from there. Only thing is, it’s only a Kami goes on to say that the response has few weeks after the final that we re-apply for been enthusiastic with the current heats, for next year. So we’ll which have a special guest poet “We were a bit funding have to do a quick assessment at each, unearthing some great stressed that we of how it went. young up and comers.

might not get

“But I’d say so, yeah,” he “We were a bit stressed that we many people concludes. might not get many applying applying, but soon but soon realised we don’t realised we don’t Spoken Word SA are really need lots of people – we just needed some good young really need lots of presenting the free poets. And I also think the people – we just registration The attraction is that the youth needed some good Rumble SA Youth slams are a bit more relaxed. So, yeah, the response has been young poets.” Poetry Slam for those under 26 years of age “We’d noticed, over the last couple of years great. especially, that there were a lot of younger with the final two “And I think that with Solli Raphael, who is poets entering the slams,” Spoken Word’s heats taking place at State Library Kami McInnes says over a Southwark beer also only 12 years old, winning the National Of SA’s Institute Building from Poetry Slam final in Sydney last year has at Brick City Bar. really encouraged a lot of up and coming 6.30pm on Friday 1 June and poets to become involved in what we’ve got ‘Thing is, they often don’t yet have the skills Reynella’s Base 10 Youth Centre to present their work,” he continues, “even happening.” from 6pm on Friday 8 June with though they have some great poems. So we It also helps that the heats have been spread the final happening at Carclew applied for funding to get a youth poetry Youth Arts, 11 Jeffcott St, North slam up and running to get people involved out across the regional area with suburbs Adelaide, from 6.30pm on Friday in workshops and events which gives them such as Salisbury and Reynella being involved as well as key city locations. an opportunity to get up on stage in an 15 June. environment that’s not so daunting as the “We purposely included Salisbury and Base open slams. 10 down at Reynella because that’s a youth Further details here: http:// centre run by Onkaparinga Council,” Kami “And we’ve had workshops where people such as Kultar Ahluwalia [AKA hip hop MC says. “It’s that youth centre that’s been there for years, And they have a music thing and producer Koolta] show them how to happening there and Andy, the drummer approach a mic,” Kami announces. “So it’s from The Living End, is involved in that.” working really well. And the idea is that people don’t stress about it – it’s just a fun The final, to be held at Carclew Youth Arts on thing. Friday 15 June, will have a special guest. “And one of the winners of last night’s heat “And that will be Tomas Ford who is one of [held on Saturday 26 May at Dymocks Rundle Mall bookstore] was only 12 years this year’s Adelaide Cabaret Fringe Festival’s ambassadors,” Kami reveals. “Tomas now old,” he says. “I don’t know what I was does great cabaret stuff but I first knew doing when I was that age but I certainly him as a poet doing spoken word events. I’d wasn’t getting up in front of people doing poetry. I was probably thinking about how met him up in Newcastle before he became

FRIDAY 1 JUNE Adam Eckersley, Brooke McClymont and Brad Cox at Wheatsheaf Hotel Dead Letter Circus (Brisbane) and The Glorious Sons (Canada) at Jive SATURDAY 2 JUNE The Iron Maidens (US), Matterhorn and The Babes at Fowler’s Live Tired Lion (Perth) at Jive

Metro Khan (Melbourne) at Crown & Anchor Freya Josephine Hollick and Jen Lush at Wheatsheaf Hotel WEDNESDAY 13 JUNE PVRIS (US) at Governor Hindmarsh

SATURDAY 23 JUNE Archie Roach and Tiddas at Dunstan Playhouse (Adelaide Festival Centre) Baby Animals (Perth) at Governor Hindmarsh Dan Tuffy and Lucie Thorne at Wheatsheaf Hotel SUNDAY 24 JUNE Z-Star Trinity (UK) and Hussy Hicks (Qld) at Wheatsheaf Hotel WEDNESDAY 27 JUNE Streetlight Manifesto (US) at Governor Hindmarsh

FRIDAY 15 JUNE The Whitlams (Sydney), FRIDAY 29 JUNE Alex Lloyd (Sydney) Holy Land III: Radio and Deborah Conway Moscow (US), Filthy SUNDAY 3 JUNE (Melbourne) at Governor Lucre, Japan’s Bahboon, The Brian Jonestown Hindmarsh (Sold Out) Sydney’s Dirty Wolves, Massacre (US) at Dream On, Dreamer Melbourne’s Devil Governor Hindmarsh (Melbourne) at Fowler’s Electric, Sydney’s FourPlay (Sydney) at Live Sumeru, Melbourne’s Trinity Sessions The Presets (Sydney) at Fifth Friend, Oko, Sons Thebarton Theatre THURSDAY 7 JUNE Harry Howard & The NDE Of Zoku, Sydney’s Born Extreme (US) and Mr Big (Melbourne) at Hotel Metro Lion and The Fyoogs at Governor Hindmarsh (US) at Thebarton Theatre Jack Carty and Gus SATURDAY 16 JUNE Gardiner at Trinity FRIDAY 8 JUNE The Whitlams (Sydney), Sessions Australian Kingswood Alex Lloyd (Sydney) Perch Creek (Melbourne) Factory (Melbourne) at and Deborah Conway at Jive Hotel Metro (Melbourne) at Governor Hindmarsh WEDNESDAY 4 JULY SATURDAY 9 JUNE Lagerstein (Brisbane) at Strung Out (US) at Jet (Melbourne) at Enigma Bar Fowler’s Live Thebarton Theatre Michael Plater SUNDAY 17 JUNE THURSDAY 5 JULY (Melbourne) and DJ Matt Jacob Diamond (Perth) The Bennies, Gooch Reiner at Hade’s Hula and Laura Hill at Palms and Young House (Semaphore) Wheatsheaf Hotel Offenders at Adelaide Uni Stonefield (Melbourne) Bar at Jive FRIDAY 22 JUNE Australian Kingswood Archie Roach and Tiddas FRIDAY 6 JULY Factory (Melbourne) at at Dunstan Playhouse British India Crown & Anchor (Adelaide Festival Centre) Melbourne Ska Orchestra (Melbourne) at Governor Hindmarsh SUNDAY 10 JUNE (Melbourne) at Governor Goldentone (CD launch), Hindmarsh SATURDAY 7 JULY Giant Moths (Melbourne), Dan Sultan (Melbourne) Marsden Williams FRIDAY 22 JUNE at Governor Hindmarsh & 245T (Melbourne) Z-Star Trinity (UK) and My Friend The Chocolate and Michael Plater Hussy Hicks (Qld) at Cake (Melbourne) at (Melbourne) at Hotel Wheatsheaf Hotel

Dunstan Playhouse (Adelaide Festival Centre) SUNDAY 8 JULY Shirazz (Melbourne) at Wheatsheaf Hotel TUESDAY 10 JULY P!nk (US) at Adelaide Entertainment Centre

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

THURSAY 12 JULY Mega Muso Masterclass: Justin Derrico, Mark Schulman, Eva Gardner and Jason Chapman at Governor Hindmarsh FRIDAY 13 JULY Jeff Lang (Melbourne) at Trinity Sessions SATURDAY 14 JULY Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite (US) at Thebarton Theatre THURSDAY 19 JULY William Crighton at Grace Emily

FRIDAY 20 JULY Ian Moss (Sydney) at Thebarton Theatre

FRIDAY 27 JULY Tumbleweed (Wollongong), Even (Melbourne) at The Dunes at Governor Hindmarsh Mammal, Osaka Punch and Fresh Violet at Fowler’s Live SATURDAY 31 JULY Lloyd Spiegel (Melbourne) at Wheatsheaf Hotel

FRIDAY 3 AUGUST Kasey Chambers at

Thebarton Theatre Lanks at Jive

SATURDAY 4 AUGUST Suzanne Vega (US) at Thebarton Theatre

TUESDAY 28 AUGUST Gene Simmons (US) and Ace Frehley (US) at Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre

FRIDAY 10 AUGUST Ed Kuepper (Brisbane) at WEDNESDAY 29 Governor Hindmarsh AUGUST Lez Zeppelin (New York) Britrock Must Be at Fowler’s Live Destroyed: Reef, Dave Graney & The Terrorvision and The mistLY (Melbourne) at Wildhearts at Governor Wheatsheaf Hotel Hindmarsh Pete Murray (Qld) at Norwood Live

SATURDAY 11 AUGUST Dave Graney & The mistLY (Melbourne) at Wheatsheaf Hotel Pete Murray (Qld) at Norwood Live Bob Dylan (US) at Botanic Pk

THURSDAY 13 SEPTEMBER TesseracT (UK) at Governor Hindmarsh FRIDAY 14 SEPTEMBER Unknown Mortal Orchestra (NZ/US) at Fat Controller SATURDAY 15 SEPTEMBER Tech N9ne and Krizz Kaliko at Fowler’s Live

SAURDAY 18 AUGUST Chris Wilson (Melbourne) & Sweet Baby James at Wheatsheaf Hotel

SUNDAY 19 AUGUST Melanie Horsnell and Steve Appel (Candelo) and The Baker Suite at Trinity Sessions FRIDAY 24 AUGUST Nessi Gomes (UK) at Trinity Sessions

SATURDAY 25 AUGUST Psycroptic (Tasmania), Archspire and Hadal Maw at Fowler’s Live

SUNDAY 21 OCTOBER Rob Snarski (Melbourne) at Wheatsheaf Hotel TUESDAY 23 OCTOBER Skid Row (US) at Governor Hindmarsh SATURDAY 27 OCTOBER The Sword (US) at Fowler’s Live FRIDAY 2 NOVEMBER Diesel (Sydney) at Governor Hindmarsh

SUNDAY 12 AUGUST Dave Graney & The mistLY (Melbourne) at Wheatsheaf Hotel

FRIDAY 17 AUGUST Regurgitator (Brisbane) at Governor Hindmarsh Gretta Ray (Melbourne) at Jive

Wheatsheaf Hotel hForeigner (US) and Cheap Trick (US) at Botanic Pk

SATURDAY 3 NOVEMBER Parkway Drive (Byron Bay), Killswitch Engage and Thy Art Is Murder at Adelaide Entertainment Centre Diesel (Sydney) at Coopers Alehouse (Wallaroo) FRIDAY 31 AUGUST The Screaming Jets (Newcastle) and Boom Crash Opera (Melbourne) at Governor Hindmarsh Roots & Branches: Kristy Cox, The Weeping Willows at Trinity Sessions SATURDAY 1 SEPTEMBER The Screaming Jets (Newcastle) and Boom Crash Opera (Melbourne) at Governor Hindmarsh Moose Blood (UK) and Movements at Fowler’s Live

THURSDAY 20 SEPTEMBER Booze & Glory (London) at Crown & Anchor SATURDAY 22 SEPTEMBER Scott Bradlee’s Post Modern Jukebox (US) at Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre MONDAY 8 OCTOBER Ke$ha (US) at Thebarton Theatre SUNDAY 14 OCTOBER Stephen Cummings (Melbourne) at

SUNDAY 25 NOVEMBER Osaka Monaurail (Japan) at Governor Hindmarsh Josh Smith (US) and Chris Finnen at Semaphore Workers Club SATURDAY 8 DECEMBER James Reyne (Melbourne) at Thebarton Theatre SUNDAY 9 DECEMBER Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls (UK) at Governor Hindmarsh


The delightful string quartet that is FourPlay have a new single, Bound, and they are now bound for Trinity Sessions at Church Of The Trinity, 318 Goodwood Rd, Goodwood, SA, from 5pm on Sunday 3 June with tickets via Moshtix. PVRIS

BABY ANIMALS Baby Animals have an EP set for release with the first single being Tonight and they have added a show at the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Saturday 23 June as part of a national tour with tickets via the venue or Oztix and Melbourne’s Palace Of The King as special guests.

ADAM ECKERSLEY & BROOKE MCCLYMONT Presented by CMC and KIX Radio Network, Adam Eckersley and Brooke McClymont, supported by 2018 Toyota Star Maker winner Brad Cox, will be in acoustic duo mode when they step into the Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, armed with their hit single, Train Wreck, as part of the duo’s Highway Sky tour from 8pm on Friday 1 June with tickets via Ticketbo. THE BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE


Currently on an extensive North American tour, including sets at Coachella Festival, Boston’s PVRIS will return to Australia in June and will hit the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Wednesday 13 June armed with new album, All We Know Of Heaven, All We Need Of Hell, and with tickets on sale via the venue or Oztix and The Faim as special guests. THE IRON MAIDENS The Iron Maidens are an all-female Iron Maiden tribute band and are making their maiden voyage to this country and playing Fowler’s Live, 68 North Tce, Adelaide, on Saturday 2 June with tickets, including special packages, via Moshtix and Matterhorn and The Babes as special guests. STONEFIELD Stonefield have announced their huge national Far From Earth tour which will have the rock band playing Jive, 181 Hindley St, Adelaide, on Saturday 9 June with tickets via Moshtix and Sons Of Zoku and Druid Fluids as special guests.

Extreme, featuring guitar mastermind Nuno Bettencourt’s signature style, Gary Cherone’s resonant vocals and socially conscious lyrics, Pat Badger’s rock-solid bass and the hard-hitting Kevin Figueiredo on drums, are embarking on a tour of Australia with Mr Big as special guests and will play Thebarton Theatre on Thursday 7 June with tickets via Ticketmaster.

HOLY LAND III Presented by Twisted Echidna Booking Agency, Holy Land III has been announced and it will be taking place at the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, as part of the award winning pub’s 25th celebrations and is set to feature US band Radio Moscow alongside Filthy Lucre, Japan’s Bahboon, Sydney’s Dirty Wolves, Melbourne’s Devil Electric, Sydney’s Sumeru, Melbourne’s Fifth Friend, Oko, Sons Of Zoku, Sydney’s Born Lion and The Fyoogs from 5pm until 1am on Friday 29 June with tickets via the venue of Oztix.

Presented by Principal Entertainment, exciting US band The Brian Jonestown Massacre have included a stop in Adelaide as part of a national tour and it’s to be at the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Sunday 3 June with tickets via the venue or Moshtix. MY FRIEND THE CHOCOLATE CAKE


Quintessentially Australian chamber pop noir group My Friend The Chocolate Cake are coming to Adelaide for a special concert at Adelaide Festival Centre’s Dunstan Playhouse on Saturday 7 July and will be performing songs from their highly acclaimed 2017 album, The Revival Meeting, alongside some old favourites from their extensive back catalogue. TRISTEN BIRD


TECH N9NE Presented by Metropolis Touring and Slingshot Touring, hip hopper and rapper TECH N9NE will have Krizz Kaliko as special guest at Fowler’s Live, 68 North Tce, Adelaide, on Saturday 15 September with tickets via Moshtix.

Tristen Bird is on an absolutely huge national tour for his Yonder Comes The Sun album with further regional shows in SA in June including a return to Goolwa’s 90 Mile Wines: Wharf Barrel Shed on Sunday 3 June. MICHAEL PLATER

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, Hindmarsh, on Friday 8 June with tickets via the venue or OzTix. DAVE GRANEY & THE MISTLY

Melbourne’s Michael Plater will be wending his way back to Adelaide with Giant Moths and Marsden Williams & 245T in tow to take part in Goldentone’s free entry album launch at Hotel Metro, 46 Grote St, Adelaide, on Sunday 10 June with the following day being one of joyous celebration throughout the land due to it being the Queen’s pretend birthday. Michael has also announced a show with his band at Hade’s Hula House, 52 Semaphore Rd, Semaphore on Saturday 9 June with Matt Reiner of The Dunes as special guest DJ. CITY CALM DOWN With their second album Echoes In Blue released 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.

Presented by DRW, legendary American punk act Strung Out have an Australian tour coming up at which they will be performing Suburban Teenage Wasteland Blues in full as well as crowd favourites and will be doing so at Fowler’s Live, 68 North Tce, Adelaide, on American Independence Day (Wednesday 4 July) with pre-sale tickets via Mosthtix.

Melbourne’s Dave Graney & The mistLY have announced no less than three shows at Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, from 8pm on Friday 10 August and Saturday 11 August and an afternoon matinee from 4pm on Sunday 12 August and tickets sure to sell fast via the venue.

BRITISH INDIA Melbourne’s much-loved British India have announced a return to their second home and will be playing the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on their Midnight Homie tour on Friday 6 July with tickets via the venue or Oztix.

LEZ ZEPPELIN Founded in 2004 by New York guitarist, Steph Paynes, all-girl quartet Lez Zeppelin has since gained unanimous critical acclaim as one of the most exciting live acts and will be proving so at Fowler’s Live, 68 North Tce, Adelaide, on Friday 10 August with tickets via Moshtix.

BOB DYLAN Bob Dylan will be playing inside a huge heated marquee at Adelaide’s Botanic Pk on Saturday 11 August with tickets on sale via Ticketmaster from Wednesday 23 May.

THAT 90S SHOW Tania Dokia will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of Bachelor Girl’s hugely successful song Buses & Planes when she is special guest of That 90s Show at the Arkaba, 160 Glen Osmond Rd, Fullarton, from 9pm on Friday 15 June with $25 tickets via the hotel’s website or $30 at the door if any remain.

TUMBLEWEED Tumbleweed will be rollin’ into the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, with their stoner rock to play their 1992 self-titled debut album in its entirety to celebrate its release on vinyl on Friday 27 July with tickets via the venue or Oztix and Even and The Dunes as special guests. CHRIS WILSON Presented by Adelaide Roots & Blues Association, Australian blues legend Chris Wilson will be playing some Winter Blues with his band with special guests Sweet Baby James & Rob Eyers at the Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, from 8pm on Saturday 18 August with tickets selling faster than piping hot chickens via TryBooking.

CHRIS KAVANAGH Presented by Troubadour Touring, Chris Kavanagh will be celebrating the timeless music of The Dubliners’ Luke Kelly when he tours Australia and comes to the Irish Club, Carrington St, Adelaide, on Thursday 17 July with tickets via DAN TUFFY & LUCIE THORNE Dan Tuffy and Lucie Thorne are set to kick off a big tour at the Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, on Saturday 23 June with another show up in the hills at Ashbourne on Sunday 24 June.

Presented by Sonic Heart, Guernsey’s Nessi Gomes will be performing at Trinity Sessions at Church Of The Trinity, 196 Goodwood Rd, Clarence Pk, from 6pm on Friday 24 August with tickets via Sonic Heart’s website. GRETTA RAY

JEFF LANG PSYCROPTIC ARIA award winning musician Jeff Lang will be stepping into Trinity Sessions at Church Of The Trinity, 318 Goodwood Rd, Clarence Pk, from 8pm on Friday 13 July with tickets via Dramatix. IMOGEN CLARK

Late night country girl Imogen Clark has announced huge national tour for her current album, Collide, and is heading to the Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Adelaide, on Saturday 22 September. MAMMAL

Presented by Direct Touring and Soundworks Touring, Tasmanian metal band Psycroptic will be joined by Archspire and Hadal Maw when they play Fowler’s Live, 68 North Tce, Adelaide, on Saturday 25 August with tickets via Moshtix. WILLIAM CRIGHTON

Melbourne’s Gretta Ray is back with her new single, Time, and has announced a national tour for her EP, Here & Now. Catch her at Jive, 181 Hindley St, Adelaide, SA, on Friday 17 August with tickets on sale now vis Moshtix.

Z-STAR TRINITY The UK’s Z-Star Trinity completely wooed audiences when they played the Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, recently so are quickly heading back to do two shows (Friday 22 June and from 4pm on Sunday 24 June) with Hussy Hicks (Julz Parker and Leesa Gentz) as special guests. “Hussy Hicks Rock!” says no less then Michael Franti.

Mammal are coming to Fowler’s Live, 68 North Tce, Adelaide, as part of a national tour on Friday 27 July with special guest Osaka Punch and Fresh Violet with tickets via Moshtix.



Wliam Crighton has a new album, Empire, and a national tour that will have him playing at the Grace Emily Hotel, 232 Waymouth St, Adelaide, on Thursday 19 July with tickets via Moshtix. Kasey Chambers is taking her Campfire tour to Thebarton Theatre from 8pm on Friday 3 August. HARRY HOWARD & THE NDE Melbourne’s Harry Howard & The NDE are set to play Hotel Metro, 46 Grote St, Adelaide, on Friday 15 June with special guests The Sunday Reeds and tickets via Oztix.


Melbourne’s Stephen Cummings will be accompanied by guitarist Sam Lemman when he steps into the Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39

George St, Thebarton, from 4pm on Sunday 14 October. JACK CARTY & GUS GARDINER

Jack Carty and Gus Gardiner have just completed a tour of Europe but are now bringing their Hospital Hill album to Trinity Sessions at Church Of The Trinity, 318 Goodwood Rd, Clarence Pk, on Friday 29 June at which the duo will be accompanied by a string quartet and with tickets via Moshtix. FREYA JOSEPHINE HOLLICK

Reverence tour which will boast full production for the first time in Australia and tickets via the band’s website. MEGA MUSO MASTERCLASS Justin Derrico, Mark Schulman, Eva Gardner and Jason Chapman will be presenting a huge masterclass at the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Thursday 12 July from 6.30pm with tickets via the venue or Oztix.

POST MODERN JUKEBOOX Scott Bradlee’s very popular Post Modern Jukebox are returning to our shores and will be playing Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre on Saturday 22 September. OSAKA MONAURAIL Presented by DRW, Osaka Monaurail, Japan’s premiere super heavy funk orchestra, are returning to Australia and will be playing the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Sunday 25 November with tickets via the venue or Oztix.

or Oztix and also Wallaroo’s Coopers Alehouse on Saturday 3 November.



Freya Josephine Hollick has a new EP, Don’t Mess With The Doyenne, and is taking it around the country with her band to highlight the latest single, Pearly Gates Of The Landfill, and will be playing Willunga’s Stone Pony on Saturday 9 June with The Yearlings and Bec Willis (tickets via Ticketbo) before stepping into the Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, from 4pm on Sunday 10 June with special guest Jen Lush and tickets via Oztix. THE GLORIOUS SONS Canadian band The Glorious Sons have announced their first ever Australian tour and will be playing Jive, 181 Hindley St, Adelaide, on Friday 1 June as special guests of Dead Letter Circus and with tickets via Moshtix.

Presented by StudMuffin Tours, Melbourne’s Australian Kingswood The Bennies are on their Natural Born Factory will be jumping into the trusty Chillers album tour and will be joined by Kingswood – no, not the Kingswood! – Gooch Palms and Young Offenders at Adelaide Uni Bar for an all-ages shindig on and heading to Hotel Metro, 46 Grote St, Adelaide, on Friday 8 June with special Thursday 5 July with tickets via Oztix. guests The Pro Tools, Iron Worzel and Sukka Punch and then Crown & Anchor, SKID ROW 196 Grenfell St, Adelaide, from 9pm on Saturday 9 June with special guests The Toss, The Pro Tools, Electric Sex Pants and Bloodstone Villains and with $10 tickets at the door. JOSH SMITH


Presented by Silverback Touring, for those not on skid row and can afford tickets, the legendary Skid Row will be skidding into the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, SA, on Tuesday 23 October with tickets via the venue or Oztix. Parkway Drive have engaged Killswitch Engage and Thy Art Is Murder to join them for a huge show at Adelaide Entertainment Centre on Saturday 3 November as part of the metal band’s

DIESEL Diesel has a greatest hits album, Diesel 30, to be released in August which coincides with another huge national tour that will have him playing the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Friday 2 November with tickets via the venue

American blues guitarist Josh Smith will have Chris Finnen as special guest when he plays Semaphore Workers Club, 93 Esplanade, Semaphore, from 4pm on Sunday 25 November with $20 tickets at the door.

St, Adelaide, from 7pm on Friday 8 June with tickets via Trybooking with a huge after party to follow at Broadcast Bar, 66A Grote St, Adelaide. FLAT CAP PRODUCTIONS LAZY EYE

Award winning blues trio Lazy Eye are excited to announced the launch of their live album, Black Hill, from 8pm on Friday 8 June at the Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, SA, with Chris Finnen as very special guest and tickets selling fast via the band’s website. WANDERERS

59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, with a six-piece band and Catherine Blanch as special guest opening act on Saturday 2 June from 7.30pm with tickets, for dinner and show or show only, via the venue or Oztix and selling fast.

Helmed by Darren Lane, SEMAPHORE MUSIC FESTIVAL Adelaide-based Flat Cap 2018 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 Applications are now open Darren on 0425 085 449 for artists, food vendors and or via email at flatcapprod@ market stall holders to register with a nice discount their interest for Semaphore if you make mention of BSide Music Festival 2018 which will Magazine. be taking place in Semaphore from Friday 28 September GLOBAL MUSIC REVOLUTION until Monday 1 October. Applications can be made via the festival’s website but must close on Friday 1 June. AUDIOISM

Fresh from playing Blenheimfest, Adelaide’s Wanderers have been wanderin’ around the country in April and June on a huge national tour for their latest single, Off My Back, which will eventually wind up at the Grace Emily Hotel, 232 Waymouth St, Adelaide, from 9pm on Saturday 9 June with tickets via Moshtix. ORANGES & LENNONS

As part of The Gov’s month-long 25th anniversary celebrations, Gary Burrows is remounting a revised version of the successful John Lennon tribute, Oranges & Lennons, and returning it to the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel,

Audioism is an 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. They are also putting together a night of acoustic music in Adelaide. Interested? Get in contact.

TRASHARAMA A-GO-GO The 20th anniversary edition of Trasharama A-Go-Go, a touring film festival featuring all kinds of trash-related films and such, comes to Mercury Cinema, 13 Morphett

Global Music Revolution, 16/47 OG Rd, Klemzig, is Adelaide’s newest music retail store and offers a wide range of equipment including Fender and Blackstar products along with Cole Clark and Guild guitars as well as products from Hughes & Kettner and electro-harmonix as well as a huge range of ukuleles (Kala, Alvarez and Mahalo) and much more as well as a wide range of accessories. Give ’em a buzz on 08 8367 6107. SATISFACTION The long-running Satisfaction – The Stones will play the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Friday 1 June to kick off the award winning pub’s month-long 25th anniversary celebrations with a revamped tribute to The Rolling Stones with new songs such as Angie, Wild Horses and Out Of Time with tickets for via the venue or Oztix and Acoustic Fix as special guests.

THE GREAT SOUTHERN SLAM The Great Southern Slam, the world’s biggest roller derby tournament, will return to Adelaide from Friday 9 June until Monday 11 June hosted by Adelaide Roller Derby at the Adelaide Showground. Over three whole days, 48 roller derby teams from across Australia and New Zealand will converge in Adelaide, battling it out for a chance to be crowned TGSS champions. LUCY New band Lucy, featuring Jamie on piano, Sarah and Jack Ryder on violin, will be gracing the Grace Emily Hotel, 232 Waymouth St, Adelaide, from 9pm on Saturday 23 June along with Systemaddicts and Swamp Kitteh for a free entry musical shindig, 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.

MORAYGUN Moraygun, whose One currently sits at the number 18 position on Three D Radio’s Top 20 + 1 Chart, will have all musical guns blazin’ when they grace the Grace Emily Hotel, 232 Waymouth St, Adelaide, for a free entry show on Saturday 16 June with the help of some hired help in the form of Salvy & The Hired Help.

GRENADIERS Grenadiers and God God Dammit Dammit will be joined by Young Offenders and other special guests for a 10-year birthday celebration show at Edinburgh Castle Hotel, 233 Currie St, Adelaide, on Saturday 16 June with tickets via Moshtix. BASTY Basty (and friends) will be doing two live recordings at the Grace Emily Hotel, 232 Waymouth St, Adelaide, on Wednesday 30 May and Wednesday7 June. THE STREAMLINERS The Cumberland Hotel, 76 Causeway Rd, Glanville, is now under new management and has many exciting musical events coming up with award winning blues band The Streamliners

hitting the pub from 3pm on Monday 11 June (a public holiday) for a free entry show with The Bitter Darlings as guests.

FRANK LEE DUNN & STEPHEN O’MALLEY Frank Lee Dunn and Stephen O’Malley will be presenting some folk protest songs when they grace the Grace Emily Hotel, 232 Waymouth St, Adelaide, from 9pm on Thursday 14 June with free entry.

THE RUMBLE SA Spoken Word SA are presenting the free registration The Rumble SA Youth Poetry Slam TRENT WORLEY for those under 26 years of age Trent Worley has announced the with the final two heats taking launch of his new EP, What’d You place at State Library Of SA’s Call Me?, and it’s to be a free entry Institute Building from 6.30pm affair from 8pm on Thursday 31 on Friday 1 June and Reynella’s May at the Grace Emily Hotel, Base 10 Youth Centre from 232 Waymouth St, Adelaide, with 6pm on Friday 8 June with The Finishing School (Emily and the final happening at Carclew Thom Coombe) to finish up the Youth Arts, 11 Jeffcott St, North evening with an acoustic set. Adelaide, from 6.30pm on Friday 15 June. COURTNEY ROBB

Courtney Robb has announced the launch of her new album, You Are Not Alone, which she is also putting out on vinyl, and it’s to be on a lovely winter arvo from 4pm on Sunday 3 June at the Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, with special guest Tom Redwood and with tickets via Oztix. THE GIG Get set to party and dance away and celebrate 15 years of music and mental health with The JMG Band and guests from 1pm until 4pm on Wednesday 27 June at Theatre 1, The Parks Recreation & Sports Centre, 46 Cowan St, Angle Vale, for a free entry, family-friendly event with refreshments available at the centre’s café.

THE BIG BAND BASH Staged by Jazz SA, The Big Band Bash will happen as a tribute to the late Mike Stewart at the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Sunday 3 June from 11am as part of the hotel’s month-log 25th anniversary celebrations and will bring together students from schools across the city.

ROB MCDADE AND ANDY SALVANOS Guitarist Rob McDade and Chapman Stick exponent and noted Rundle Mall busker Andy Salvanos will be presenting a free entry evening of experimental music at the Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, from 9pm on Friday 15 June.

the Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, from 4pm on Sunday 17 June and Exeter Hotel, 246 Rundle St, Adelaide, from 9pm on Saturday 30 June.

Rd, Adelaide, from 8pm on Saturday 2 June with special guests The Skeleton Club and Katie Miller and news that it will likely be his last show in SA for the foreseeable future. Tickets selling fast via EventBrite. THE SEADRAGONS The Seadragons, essentially lyricist Steve Jones and musician and singer Corey Stewart, have just issued their debut single, 24th Of April, with it being readily available via Bandcamp and proceeds going to Former Ward 17, Repatriation General Hospital with the duo currently working on more music for release. BEN MARTIN TRIO


Ghyti are excited to announce that they will be launching new material, Race To The Bottom, at the Edinburgh Castle Hotel, 233 Currie St, Adelaide, from 9pm on Friday 1 June with special guests Dean Forever and Stranger Than Strangers with an entry via the door for $10. THE RISING SUN HOTEL The Rising Sun Hotel, 19 Main North Rd, Auburn, is open for meals, accommodation and functions, has open fires and lots of live entertainment on offer with Richard Palmer in trio mode on Sunday 3 June from 2.30pm. TOM WEST Tom West will be launching a new single, Got It Cheap, at Chateau Apollo, 13 Frome

Ben Martin Trio are taking their jazzy sound to The Rising Sun Hotel, 19 Main North Rd, Auburn, from 8pm on Saturday 16 June with ticket at $10. Phone bookings for dinner and such are recommended by calling 08 8849 2015.

SALVY & THE HIRED HELP Salvy & The Hired Help, who will be celebrating their 10th anniversary in August, are taking their punchy, neo rockabilly to Aldinga’s Pepper Tree Café for the first time on Saturday 21 July with $5 tickets via Trybooking or by phoning 0400 144 467 to book for dinner and show. THE HEGGARTIES The Heggarties have a run of shows coming up for their alternative country sounds and these include Leconfield Winery on Saturday 9 June as part of McLaren Vale’a Sea & Vines Festival before playing

THE DAILY CHASE Presented by Overthrow Productions, metal band The Daily Chase will be headlining a new, free entry, monthly all-ages show at Mt Gambier’s South Aussie Hotel, 78 Commercial St East, from 8pm on Saturday 22 June with The Ascended, Obsidians Curse and Alda Sky also on the bill. SCALA

SCALA (Songwriters, Composers & Lyricists Association) will host their next event at Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, from 8pm on Thursday 31 May and it’s free for members and an easy $5 for non-members with the ability to join the long-running association on the night. SCALA have also announced their annual FOOM (Festival Of Original Music) with applications open from Monday 4 June. THE SAUCERMEN Fresh from playing Kustom Kulture SA’s Kustom Kulture Weekender, Adelaide’s The Saucermen are on a high as they have now announced their 20th anniversary party at the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, SA, from 7.30pm on Wednesday 1 August with special guests The Satellites and very special international guest Darrel Higham from the UK.

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).

point of difference in that Matt is the bass player as well as the singer.

I suggest that it’s a rare thing for a band to have that and Matt agrees before we both come up with a list of bass players – Sting, Paul McCartney, etc – that have also been lead singers.

GHYTI By Robert Dunstan Adelaide-based indie rock band Ghyti are all set to release Race To The Bottom with a huge event on the first day of winter but have recently played a few gigs around town ahead of their launch. “Yeah, we’ve been warming up to it,” bass player and lead singer Matt Hill (not to be confused with local producer Matt Hills) laughs. “We did a gig at West Oak Hotel back in March and another at the Exeter and then with The Mavis’s at the Gov a couple of weeks ago.” The opening slot for The Mavis’s came about due to Ghyti doing such a fine job of supporting Regurgitator at the same venue in 2016. “Paul Curtis looks after both bands so when he was looking for someone to play with The Mavis’s we got talking again and got the gig,” Matt explains. “So that was good because it was a good fit. The Mavis’s said to us after the gig that they often get hit by bands to support them but they are often not suitable. But they thought we worked well.

you have to have songs that can work as an acoustic song in a front bar as well as with a full band at a place like the Gov.

“And the only way that happens is if you have a really solid song to begin with,” he considers. “If a song is based Following the Adelaide launch of Race To The Bottom, which was on some good ideas the “I don’t tell Travis recorded at Wizard Tone guitar player does with under the guidance of Jarrad his pedals or some kind of what to do on atmosphere – and that can drums or tell Nick Payne and then mastered be cool too – to me, that’s and Sam what to by Joseph Cheek at Island Studios, Ghyti will head off not a complete song. If play on guitar. interstate. you have a solid song, They all come up you can then do what you “The weekend after the launch with their own want with it.” we are off to Melbourne to parts and may play The Retreat and then Matt says he takes his add some bits and The Yarra,” Matt announces. completed songs to the pieces to the song “And those are with a bunch band who then help flesh I have presented.” of other bands so that will them out. be heaps of fun. And then in July we go to Sydney – we are playing “I work on the songs myself – the Frankie’s Pizza Bar as well as the Captain lyrics, the melody and the general Cook Hotel up there – and then we’ve got style and the direction it needs to go a gig in Canberra. in – and it’s often a song that could be done solo. But I then take it to the band and it’s not really completed until the band works it up.

“But I don’t tell Travis what to do on drums or tell Nick and Sam what to play on guitar,” Matt continues. “They all come up with their own parts and may ‘The Mavis’s are a pretty add some bits and quirky band and we like pieces to the song to think of ourselves that I have presented. way too,” he adds with a The song is my laugh. “So it was a good match.” contribution and then the band works on it. I am not big on jamming stuff I was impressed with Ghyti at that out until something sticks although, show as I feel they have some really obviously, some bands are good at well-constructed songs rather than just that.” a bunch of good ideas. “Songs are the most important thing to us,” Matt says. “I think that my role in the band is being the songwriter. And

“But, yeah, there are comparatively few,” Matt says. “And while I think it is easier to play guitar and sing, I have never found that when I play bass and sing. But it’s something I’ve always done. And that probably comes through lots of practice and the fact I play quite melodic bass lines.”

Ghyti, who play art rock and cite influences such as David Bowie, XTC and Talking Heads, also have a slight

“The one in Canberra is at the Phoenix Hotel [which has just been saved from closure due to public support] and it’s actually the biggest tour we’ve done in one go,” he says. “We’ve toured before, but never for a new EP and done quite so many gigs.”

Ghyti will be launching Race To The Bottom at the Edinburgh Castle Hotel, 233 Currie St, Adelaide, from 9pm on Friday 1 June with special guests Dean Forever and Stranger Than Strangers with an entry via the door for $10.

“And there will also be another classic, Denham Avenger Vs The Undead Seaman – and that’s spelt seaman as in sailors not semen by the way – and that’s a heavy metal film about an avenger who takes on some heavy metal pirates that was made a few years ago by Against The Grain Studio here in Adelaide.” Dick acknowledges the support Adelaide community station Three D Radio always give to his ventures.

TRASHARAMA By Robert Dunstan Well-known Adelaide identity Dick Dale – and, yes, that is his real name although his mum calls him Richard – is all set to present the 20th anniversary edition of Trasharama, a touring film festival featuring all kinds of trash-related films and such. Dick, currently producing and directing Australia’s first splatter punk video nasty feature film, Ribspreader, has been creating short, award winning and/or nominated filthy films since ’93 and founded Trasharama, the nastiest film program in the country back in ’97.

“I don’t know what it is but the people who listed to Three D for the music seem of new films to kick off the night,” he to also like trashy films,” he ponders. says. “A particularly great one will be “The people who go to punk gigs are the Zoe made by Adelaide’s Leigh Madden people who like Trasharama. And the and Nick Crowhurst [about a Zombie movies are all pretty short like punk rock outbreak] and another is a particularly songs – I think Kane Allen’s Keddy goes bitter and twisted film called Sleazy for less than a minute. Pete. “That’s a film from Canada’s Frank Apache,” he adds. “And that won this year’s Golden Lomax Award for sick and twisted films.” The second half will give way to the re-screening of some old favourites.

“The second half will be a bit more loose and freestyle because I’ll be screening South Australian films. And while some are my favourites, I couldn’t screen all the favourites as there just wouldn’t be enough time,” Dick laughs. “And they are mainly my “That was at Madlove Bar,” he says of favourites from the first 10 years of the long gone but much-remembered do Trasharama. it yourself bar in Adelaide’s Synagogue Plc. “I financed that myself and “So we’ve got an just hired some old film of mine chairs and a video called Yowie!” he projector and a continues. “And screen and just Pete The Stud showed all these [Pete Howlett films I’d picked. from punk band The Pro Tools] “And then, appropriately enough, The is pretty happy about that because Ghouls and Bloodsucking Freaks played he was in it and he actually still loves so you can imagine what a night it was,” the film. No, he doesn’t. I am being Dick laughs. sarcastic. The first half of the forthcoming evening’s program will feature new films that Dick has curated from Australia, Finland, Spain, South Africa, the US and Canada. “The program for this is pretty awesome because there will one hour

“And Nazz [AKA Paul Nassari] played Yowie, the mutant maniac. I’ve also dug out a 16mm film called Total Recession [from Durand Grieg and Hugh Freytag] which is an awesome animation about Australiana.

“It’s all short, sharp quick and then onto the next film,” Dick laughs. There will also be an after party at Broadcast Bar. “I’m still organising stuff for that but there will be cheap drinks and I’ll be DJing and maybe screening some of my films,” Dick announces. “There’s no rest for the wicked and somehow I will get through it all.”

The 20th anniversary edition of Trasharama comes to Mercury Cinema, 13 Morphett St, Adelaide, from 7pm on Friday 8 June with tickets via Trybooking with a huge after party to follow at Broadcast Bar, 66A Grote St, Adelaide. book/event?eid=370127

to do with the whole race thing, and how the young Michael’s sheer talent and infectious energy seemed to transcend it.

but is still fascinating, idiosyncratic and rather disturbing, as it details the many faces of Michael Jackson (1958 - 2009), from tiny star of the Jackson 5, to King Of Disco, to a world-dominating legend of early ’80s pop, to the bizarre-looking figure of ’90s notoriety (in the new introduction here Jefferson refers to him as a ‘Child-man-woman-cyborgextraterrestrial’).

This was actually written in 2006 (which is why she speaks of him here as still alive), with a new preface added for this reprinting, and she states that it was a hard book to finish because every time she thought his story (or ‘history’, as he loftily called it) was done and dusted something else would happen and she’d have to return to it. And yes, something typically strange and sinister.

ON MICHAEL JACKSON Margo Jefferson (Granta) 2018, 144pp, $22.99 Jefferson’s brisk biography of Michael Jackson didn’t win her the Pulitzer Prize For Criticism (as the cover seems to suggest)

There’s an emphasis on the faces that Michael showed us and the ones he didn’t, with the huge video clips (movies really) for Thriller and Black Or White, for example, analysed as if they reveal something about the real Michael - or ‘The Real Michael’ - as well as flashingforwards-and-arounds as she compares the Jackson the world loved with the infamous weirdo of the ‘90s and beyond.

A chapter called Alone Of All His Race, Alone Of All Her Sex then gets right into how plastic surgery drastically changed Michael’s appearance (and how he lied about it) while also theorising about his sexuality (or lack thereof), especially as he needed to demonstrate that he was ‘Michael The Family Man’ after he wound up in court for child sex offences.

The chapter The Trial finally delves into this aspect of Michael’s life deeply and attempts to make sense of it without quite coming out and saying that yes, he did it. And did he? Jefferson doesn’t quite say yes, but she does list the official charges and explains what they mean and the case(s) against him, and just how much dirt there was on Michael Jackson.

Beginning in upfront fashion with a chapter entitled ‘Freaks’, Jefferson bounces around with a discussion of the fragmenting nature of our minds, a quick bit about Phineas Barnum (subject of The Greatest Showman), a description of And there was an awful lot, kids. Michael’s youth complete with details we all know (like his abusive father) and a few we don’t. It’s discomfitting stuff, and Jefferson bravely addresses everything


themselves around during some of the harder anthems, yet every element of sound coming from the stage was always clear – another testament to the Fowler’s Live venue which has become synonymous with this genre in Adelaide – with the guitar of Kevin Gruft and Robert Ortiz’s drumming never making a mistake throughout a set which grew in intensity. A feeling of particular sentiment came from those in attendance when the first notes of the This War Is Ours song rang out – who were all to happy to oblige with defiant raised fists. Undoubtedly, this was a concert which was bringing back memories of the angst and frustrations, but also the special moments that go along with growing up as a person. ESCAPE THE FATE FOWLER’S LIVE Live Review by Hugh Schuitemaker

Escape The Fate brought the 10-year anniversary celebrations of their This War Is Ours album to a devoted crowd in Adelaide during the week.

It may have been late on a Tuesday night and the outside temperatures were far less than ideal, however, Fowler’s Live was filled to capacity for the four-piece from Las Vegas. Two support acts featured beforehand with Awaken I Am and Between Kings – both

coming from Brisbane – also playing the entire tour. Fans were eagerly claiming space at the front for the main act though, and Escape did not disappoint by taking the stage and, as promised, played the album which put them on the map in its entirety.

It was evident from the opening song that This War had not lost any significance over the last decade and while most in the crowd had lost their dyed fringes, every single lyric which came from lead singer Craig Mabbitt was echoed back. At times there was hardly room to move among the waves of people throwing

This show was not all about Escape’s past however as songs from their fifth studio release, I Am Human, then followed a brief pause. Maintaining such a dedicated fan base after the first decade in their current setup (they also needed to add a second show in the Melbourne leg of their tour), Escape once again proved their quality as a live act, as even after a second encore it seemed as though everybody still wanted to hear more. While celebrating the influence that This War Is Ours has had since its release in 2008, Escape The Fate were also able to exhibit their development as a band, cementing their status in the hardcore scene for years to come.