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

IN IN THIS ISSUE THIS ISSUE 02 > AROUND THE TRAPS These Blessed Bones will be launching a new album at the Edinburgh Castle Hotel, 233 Currie St, Adelaide, on Saturday 9 September with special guests Ty Alexander & The Best Extra’s and Horse Lords and $10 tickets at the door. THREE D RADIO RADIOTHON AFTER PARTY Three D Radio (93.7FM) will be hosting a free entry Radiothon After Party from high noon on Sunday 27 August at Stepney’s Linde Reserve which will boast great local food, wine and beer and live music from Wolfpanther, Rhys Howlett, Little Dust and Bitchspawn. CAFÉ TROPPO Café Troppo, 42 Whitmore Sq, Adelaide, boasts great organic food, craft beer, old-fashioned cocktails, seasonal tapas and natural wines and, as well as regular events, has live acoustic music and a brand new menu on Friday evenings from 6pm with Mairead Fagan on Friday 25 August. The café is also taking bookings for private functions here: http://cafetroppoadelaide. com/contact/

X2 Presented by Sixteen Hands High, get set for X2 - four exploding duos of Straight Jacket Tailors, Johnny American Horse (boasting a very special guest mystery drummer), The Matehs and iHeart – when they take to the stage of Edinburgh Castle Hotel, 233 Currie St, Adelaide, from 8.30pm on Saturday 26 August with an easy entry fee 2

Following a sold out album launch for Southlands, Hana & Jessie-Lee’s Bad Habits, who have been nominated for a SAM Award for Best Country Act, are set to do it all over again at Jive, 181 Hindley St, Adelaide, from 8pm on Saturday 2 September and invited Kelly Menhennett and her band to join them as well as Alison Coppe & The Janes with tickets on sale via Moshtix here: http://www.moshtix.com. au/v2/event/hana-jesse-leesbad/97043 THE PUBLIC SERVANTS

Adelaide band The Public Servants, who are soon set to commit their sounds to vinyl, have finally announced another show and it is to be a free entry affair from 9.30pm on Saturday 2 September at the Exeter Hotel, 246 Rundle St, Adelaide, with special guests being Surfer Rosa, Bloodstone Villains and Craig Division. FIDEL’S BAR

Fidel’s Bar is an alternative music and arts club situated at 66 Wattle Ave, Royal Pk, which happens from 4pm until 8pm on Friday evenings and

Adelaide band Throwing Flowers are set to launch their EP and will be doing so at The Jade Monkey, 160 Flinders St, Adelaide, from 9pm on Friday 15 September with special guests Oceans and Mackenzie with the $15 entry fee to include a copy of the CD.

SPINE 96 Spine 96, an Adelaide rock quartet who dabble in the absurd, cynical and darker sides of life with a touch of surrealism thrown in, have just released a self-titled album via boutique Melbourne label Off The Hip and it is available via all good record stores – think Rock Therapy, 536 Goodwood Rd, 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 – from Monday 21 August and Bandcamp link here: https://spine96. bandcamp.com/releases

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THEY’VEBEENCALLED, the duo’s second album, was recorded at home between the dark hours of midnight and early morning.

“That was partly out of necessity,” Darren reveals. “I was living in a house which I’ve since had to move out of and, like everywhere in Sydney, the block next door was getting demolished and there were jackhammers going from early in the morning until early in the evening six days a week. “Not to mention the planes continually flying overhead and the drug deals going on next door and over the road,” he sighs. ”So it was all recorded between midnight at 5am.”

JEP & DEP By Robert Dunstan Sydney-based folk noir duo Jep & Dep (Darren Cross and Jessica Cassar) are currently touring their latest offering, THEY’VEBEENCALLED, and we spoke to the former while he was in Melbourne after the duo had supported The Blackeyed Susans the previous evening and were about to do their album launch, at The Standard Hotel, in that city later that evening. Darren begins by apologising for missing my scheduled call earlier in the day.

“Yeah, sorry about that,” he says. “I had to go off and buy a capo for tonight’s launch because mine had imploded. I don’t know why and it’s something that I’ve never seen happen before. So, yeah, sorry but it was an emergency.”

Darren admits to having a bit of a ‘dorky’ moment when the pair opened for The Blackeyed Susans.

The new album will have a limited edition vinyl run.

“That’s been a bit stressful,” Darren admits. “We’re “[Singer] Rob Snarski’s guitar wasn’t working putting it out on our own label, No Drums, so so he borrowed mine,” he laughs. “So we were we’ve had to organise it all ourselves. And it’s been expensive to do. sitting there watching The Susans play and I suddenly realised it was my guitar Rob was “But we did an instore in Melbourne the other day using and I just thought, ‘Wow! Rock royalty at Basement Disc and a couple bought are using my guitar’. It was a “I was about to one and said they were going to go funny moment.” open a bottle of red and listen to hit the wrong home, it,” he says. “So things like that make it Jep & Dep kinda formed by side of 30 and all worthwhile. And we’ve already got accident. just thought, ‘I orders for it from overseas.” “Yeah, I’d say that,” Darren don’t wanna keep Marcello Cole, of The Bitter Darlings, confers. “Jess and I had met serve as opening act at Jep & Dep’s about six years ago and then doing this’. So will Adelaide launch. started hanging out. And then I learnt to play we started playing music [Cameron] from Bad//Dreems together and I was thinking, guitar properly “Alex had kind of recommended him because ‘Hey, this sounds really good’. and thought I’d he knew Marcello was a big Jep & Dep And back then Jess had never Darren says. “And Marcello has even sung before. just become a fan,” since been in contact about us helping troubadour…” him get some gigs in Sydney for The “So I showed her how to play Bitter Darlings.” guitar, which she loved, and it all kinda became what it Following the album launch, Darren will then be is now,” he adds. “It’s been a very natural DJing at Crown & Sceptre. How did that come about? development.” The dark, moody music of Jep & Dep is a far cry from Darren’s previous exploits with Gerling who played such festivals as Big Day Out and enjoyed triple j airplay with their albums Children Of Telepathic Experiences and When Young Terrorists Chase The Sun and also worked with Kylie Minogue on the song G-House Project. Later, Darren also formed a solo electronic project, The E.L.F., and released an album, Plankton Icke & Tina Turner David City Limits, along with a couple of EPs.

“After doing all that danceorientated stuff I just got so over it,” he laughs. “I was about to hit the wrong side of 30 and just thought, ‘I don’t wanna keep doing this’. So I learnt to play guitar properly and thought I’d just become a troubadour – like a Townes Van Zandt or a Neil Young – and just go around the place singing my songs.

“And then I met Jess,” Darren adds. “Since then I’ve not relied on

“I begged and pleaded,” he responds with a laugh. “It’s something I try and do everywhere we go to help cover costs because we run on the smell of an oily rag. I do it a lot in Sydney and I just rock up with about 4,000 songs. So I play a lot of ‘60s and ‘70s rock and some disco – maybe some Boney M – if people want it. And I’ll play some ‘90s R&B. “But, as a rule, I don’t play anything later than The Strokes’ first album,” Darren concludes.

Jep & Dep will be gracing the Grace Emily Hotel, 232 Waymouth St, Adelaide, with THEY’VEBEENCALLED on Thursday 7 September at which they will have Marcello Cole as special guest. They will then scoot off to Crown & Sceptre, 308 King William St, Adelaide, to undertake a late night DJ set. 

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When Sloe Ruin evaporated into thin air, Häna and Jess continued to perform together as a duo. “And then we wrote a bunch of new songs with the idea to record them with a brand new band,” Jess says. Bad Habits enjoy an ever revolving and often evolving line-up.

HÄNA & JESSIE LEE’S BAD HABITS By Robert Dunstan Häna and Jessie-Lee formed the band Bad Habits following the slow but sure demise of like-minded alt country outfit Sloe Ruin and immediately had success when the launch for their debut album, Southlands, was a sold out affair. They are now set to do it all over again and are excited about the prospect.

“Even before our album launch we were already thinking of the next show,” Häna says down the line from Melbourne where she was catching up with Jess who now lives there where she also plays in Local Coward. “We wanted to make sure there was going to be another show for people who couldn’t get tickets for the official launch or just couldn’t make it for whatever reason.”

Jess says it was an awesome feeling to sell out their album launch. “But my mum did buy about 10% of the tickets,” she laughs. “But, yeah, it was a pretty good vibe to sell out the Wheatsheaf.”

Häna and Jess both reason that organising a gig at Jive, like they have done, is a more interesting prospect than a pub show saying that, “It’s not like doing a gig at the Grace or the Wheaty where some people just rock up for a drink regardless of who is playing. Jive is a dedicated live music venue that has lots of big touring acts and album launches.”

“For the Adelaide show we’ll have Annie Siegmann on bass who plays with Emily Davis,” Häna announces. “And we’ll have Mark Curtis on mandolin on backing vocals. And it’ll be

Dave from Cosmo Thundercat on drums.

“So everyone is really looking forward to that one and it should be a great night,” Jess reasons. Häna says that ticket sales for the forthcoming Bad Habits show are slowly but surely gaining momentum.

“But it’s Adelaide,” she says with a resigned sigh. “People don’t buy tickets until the week before a gig. We’d hardly sold any tickets to our Wheatiylaunch until about a week before and then it completely sold out. So we’re expecting things to pick up once we put out another clip of a song from the album.” Joining them on the night, at which there will be some vinyl copies of Southlands for sale, will be Kelly Menhennett, along with her band, as well as Alison Coppe & The Janes.

“It’s kinda like whoever is available but “It’s always hard choosing supports,” Häna it’s actually good fun to play says, “because we are the songs with different “It’s not like doing good friends with so many musicians as it gives them a a gig at the Grace people in the local scene. new flavour each time,” she But we love Kelly and we adds. or the Wheaty love Alison and also love where some people the musicians who play in Häna has also found herself just rock up for a their bands. And we haven’t performing with psych rock a gig with either of band Glass Skies who have, drink regardless of played them before.” strangely, been nominated for a SAM Award for Best Blues Roots Act.

who is playing. Jive is a dedicated live music venue…”

“I kind of tripped into playing with Glass Skies because I already thought I had enough going on,” she laughs. “I’ve got Bad Habits with Jess and I am currently writing stuff with Kate Alexander and now I’m writing with Glass Skies.

“And that came about when they messaged me out of the blue saying they’d written some new songs that were in a slightly different direction and did I want to sing on the recordings,” Häna continues. “And because I really liked them they said, ‘Hey we’ve got some gigs coming up. Wanna sing with us?’. So I was like, ‘Yeah, sure’. And here we are. But it all happened rather quickly and came right out of the blue.” Jess also plays guitar with Melbourne band Local Coward, which also features Kate Alexander, and the outfit will soon be heading to Adelaide for a couple of shows.

Häna & Jessie-Lee’s Bad Habits, who have been nominated for a SAM Award for Best Country Act, are set play Jive, 181 Hindley St, Adelaide, from 8pm on Saturday 2 September and invited Kelly Menhennett and her band to join them as well as Alison Coppe & The Janes with tickets on sale via Moshtix here: http://www.moshtix. com.au/v2/event/hana-jesse-leesbad/97043

Häna & Jessie-Lee also play Semaphore Music Festival on the Foreshore Reserve (from noon until 8pm) alongside Adelaide Ukulele Appreciatoion Society, Alana Jagt & The Monotremes, The Heggarties, Aaron Thomas & The Human Patterns as well as headliners Ruby Boots and William Crighton on Sunday 1 October with early bird tickets available via Oztix here: https://tickets.oztix.com. au/?Event=76546

“One of the gigs is at the Grace Emily [on Saturday 16 September] so we are reforming my old band, The Villenettes, for the night,” she says of the show that will also have Glass Skies on the bill. “It was because I was going to be there anyway we thought why not put The Villenettes back together because we haven’t done anything for over a year.

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THE CIRCLE (M) *** Emma Watson stars in this chilly filming of Dave Eggers’ novel (he worked on adapting it for the screen with producer/ director James Ponsoldt, known for such characterdriven pics as The End Of The Tour, The Spectacular Now and Smashed), and while it’s one of her strongest performances, she’s nevertheless distinctly unlikeable as Mae. But that’s really the point here, in what’s intended as yet another ominous cyber-thriller warning of the depersonalisation promised by all this damn technology.

played by Tom Hanks in one of his darker performances as a Steve-Jobs-like sort (yes, it had to be said!!!).

Bailey has just introduced ‘Seechange’, a sort of allencompassing social network system that televises just about the entire world to the internet and makes it impossible for anyone to remain unseen, and while his offsider Tom Stenton (Patton Oswalt) speechifies about how it somehow isn’t an invasion of basic rights, it most certainly is, and Mae realises this before she meets disgruntled techhead Ty Lafitte (John Boyega from at least one of the new Star Wars outings). But can she A series of circumstances lead to do anything about it without Mae considering taking a job at The Circle finding out? ‘The Circle’, a tech company that has nothing to do with Apple (no, no, really!!!), and she’s keen Apparently reshoots were for more money to help out her ordered to make Watson’s Mae parents, Bonnie and Vinnie, less cold and more amiable who are sadly played by Glenne but they evidently didn’t work, Headly (in her second-to-last as she’s dwarfed and perhaps film before her death in June) suffocated by Big-Brotherand Bill Paxton (in his final role like technology that we’re all before his death in February), as letting take over our lives. they deal with Vinnie’s multiple (And yes, these words are sclerosis. Annie Allerton (Karen being written on a computer, Gillan) guides her through the and you are reading them new workplace, a futuristiconline, and the irony of that looking, creepily clean spot, and isn’t lost on us, okay???). soon Mae has been noticed by bossman Eamon Bailey, who’s Mad Dog Bradley

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THE DARK TOWER (M) **1/2 The gargantuan, eight-book The Dark Tower series, as penned by the unstoppable Stephen King, has been almost filmed for years, with J.J. Abrams and Ron Howard in the running to direct and Javier Bardem, Viggo Mortensen, Daniel Craig and others considered to star (but understandably unwilling). Finally it’s been made by Danish co-writer/director Nikolaj Arcel (the man behind A Royal Affair/En Kongelig Affære in his first American movie), and rumours abound that the first cut was chopped down by an hour so it made more sense, with the finished result proving to be at once a hodgepodge of, sequel to and hopeless simplification of the books. And no one could have been happy with it. An irritating New York kid named Jake (Tom Taylor) has dreams involving a Dark Tower that stands at the centre of the universe, and it has something (or other) to do with the minds of kidnapped children who are grabbed from this dimension from curiously unimpressive creature-people whose skins don’t fit properly. His Mom (Katheyrn Winnick) and others think he’s losing his marbles after the death of his Dad, but he’s of course seeing the otherworldly truth, partly because he can ‘shine’ in an elaborate and

irksome reference to King’s The Shining (duh!). Jake’s soon in the other plane and being helped out by legendary Gunslinger Roland, and while Idris Elba is okay in the part he’s not really right, as the Gunslinger of the books was a weathered, withered figure, and rather monstrous himself. But no, as the actual baddie here is the pseudo-Satanic Walter, ‘The Man In Black’, and he’s portrayed by Matthew McConaughey, who’s never as threatening as he should be, and uses mind control and manipulation tricks that now seem second-hand after David Tennant’s villainously psychic turn in TV’s Jessica Jones. With the expected nods to other King works (just like the book series), dull apocalyptic visions and a final act that’s been obviously fiddled with (and therefore winds up surprisingly bland), this was evidently intended as the first in a filmic franchise, but it won’t be now that it’s died at the US box-office. King himself has been quite positive about the whole thing, of course, as why should he care? It’s not his fault, and now that he’s worth a trillion dollars, it’s probably difficult to worry about anything much.

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The band also do their own fanzine and, hopefully, will have the next issue available at their upcoming show.

“We’ll have to pull our finger out to get that done,” Ferret sighs, “but, yes, we do need to do another one.”

The Public Servants, appropriately enough, had once toyed with the idea of issuing a flexi-disc with their fanzine, a concept that was very popular during the early days of punk.

THE PUBLIC SERVANTS THE PUBLIC SERVANTS By Robert Dunstan Adelaide punk rock The Public Servants don’t often gig so whenever they do it’s an event of tremendous proportions especially as their next live outing will also boast the talents of Craig Division, Surfer Rosa and Bloodstone Villains. The band, featuring Frank N Fearless on guitar and vocals, Indi Pendant on drums and vocals and Ferret Schwartzenegar on bass and vocals, are all otherwise gainfully employed as public servants and base their songs around that theme.

“We also have a few new songs,” Ferret tells us. “One is called Every Day Is A Cardigan Day In Canberra which is about living in Canberra and not complaining about it being cold. We are a bit of a novelty band in that way but it means we can always come up with plenty of new material.” The band last played in the front bar of the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel quite some time ago.

“Oh, since then we did a Three D Radio gig on a Saturday night for the station’s Live At The Sound Lounge,” Ferret corrects. “That’s a live to air gig. And, for reasons I can’t explain in public, it was quite an interesting night.” Oh, do tell.

“No,” Ferret laughs. “You’ll have to ask someone who works at the station what happened. But we did get to play 24 of the 26 songs we planned to play. “We’ve also done an exclusive five-song EP especially for Three D Radio,” he then says of

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a recording that has frequently featured on the station’s Top 20+1 Chart.

“It’s still a great idea,” Ferret says with a laugh, “but would be just too hard to do I reckon. No one seems to produce flexidiscs anymore.”

The band, whose next gig will likely be the launch for their vinyl offering, are pretty excited about showcasing their wares at the Exeter Hotel.

“None of us have ever played there before “It was just to give them something to even though it’s a pretty iconic music pub,” play but it does have two Ferret, who greatly laments the loss new songs on it with one “None of us of The Squatters Arms Hotel, says. being called Burnouts In “When you think about it, the Exeter have ever A Government Car and it’s has such a lot of history as so many played there bands have played there over the about the thrills of driving through the hills or along before even years. the coast in a car you don’t though it’s a own. “And it’s a pretty strong line-up pretty iconic – my brother, Lyell, plays bass in “It’s based on the story Bloodstone Villains with Dave Bond, music pub. of someone I knew from When you think the drummer who used to be with the Riverland back in the The Saucermen, so we’ll have a fair about it, the contingent of family and friends at ‘70s who used to work for Primary Industries Exeter has such the gig,” he reasons. and who, after work on a lot of history a Friday, would take the “And then we’ve got Craig as Craig as so many Division doing his solo Joy Division work ute down to the local bottle shop, grab a carton bands have stuff which always goes down and then go fishing at played there really well and he draws big crowds Lyrup Flats before driving whenever he does that,” he adds. over the years.” “And then there’s Surfer Rosa to back the next day with a hangover. round it out. They also recently did a Live At The Sound Lounge recording “But, of course, that sort of thing just which gets a fair bit of play on Three D.” doesn’t happen anymore,” Ferret is then quick to point out. “Times have changed a The Public Servants have finally lot since then.” announced another show and it The band’s new songs, Lobotomy and the two afore-mentioned ditties, are to be featured on a forthcoming full-length album.

“And our intention is to put that out as a vinyl release,” Frank reveals. “So we are looking at options for that at the moment because someone told us that a lot of bands now get their vinyl pressed in Russia. But we’ve also been told about Zenith in Melbourne. “So we are talking to a few people about doing vinyl including Footy who runs Clarity Records here in Adelaide and has his own label,” he adds.

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The band have a point of difference in that they have a keyboard player, Calum, who adds much extra flavour.

“Calum is just such a great musician – I’ve played with him in a couple of bands, including The Levitators, over the years – and, like me, he has a great love of bands such as Black Sabbath and Deep Purple,” Sam says. “So it means we can create a really different kind of vibe with the music. “For example, there are probably more keyboard solos on our album than there are guitar solos,” he continues with a laugh. “Calum can really shred whether he’s playing piano or organ. He adds organ to the softer moments and he’s kind of the glue that sticks it all together.” The song Prom Queen, which can be found on YouTube, is a perfect example as Calum’s piano intro entices listeners in before the band come on loud and strong.

“Exactly,” Sam agrees. “We are definitely not trying to be a heavy guitar band because it’s all about the songs. Whatever the song needs to make it work. If it needs piano, that’s what it gets.”

THESE BLESSED BONES THESE BLESSED BONES By Robert Dunstan Melodic Adelaide rock band These Blessed Bones formed some years ago but, as all members have been in highprofile bands previously, saw no need to release an album until now as they wanted to take their time and do it properly. “We put out a single a couple of years ago,” the band’s Sam Morrison begins, “and the plan was to put out an album. And then we were just going to do an EP but because we don’t play all that often, thought it best to put out a full album more as a studio product and see what interest we could get from that. “I feel albums can last forever but, for some reason, EPs don’t seem to have such a long life,” he continues. ‘For example, I could name 20 albums that I will always love but can hardly remember the names of any EPs that people have put out. No EPs have ever changed my life.

“We thought we’d work hard on an album – I can something spend months tinkering around with various guitar sounds to get it right – and release something that will last forever. So we took as much time as we wanted until we eventually got to that point where we said, “Okay, that’s it, let’s

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just let it go’. But we do all think it’s the best thing we’ve ever created. “It’s probably taken so long because when we first started the band, no one had any kids,” Sam laughs. “But I’ve now got two kids and a good, steady job and all the other guys in the band have kids and full-time jobs so the time just disappears.” These Blessed Bones came about when songwriters Sam and Tom Ireland began working together a few years ago and were later joined by pianist Calum Robertson (also of Gorilla Jones), drummer Sam Carpenter (formerly of Loaded Zilla and Snap To Zero) and bass player Andrew Moncrieff.

Sam then mentions that there won’t be a physical copy of the recording.

“We live in a digital world now,” he opines, “so we are just going to put it up on all the usual platforms prior to the launch. Having said, that, we will run off a few CD copies for a few people. We just don’t wanna find we’ve got hundreds of CDs that either end up in the bin or in boxes under the bed.”

“We are These Blessed Bones, who have definitely not not gigged for over a year as trying to be a they put their energies into their recordings and film clips, will have heavy guitar Ty Alexander & The Best Extra’s band because and Horse Lords joining them at it’s all about the their upcoming launch. songs. Whatever “The Best Extra’s are a great little the song needs country band and Ty has a great voice so they will warm up the to make it work. night nicely,” Sam reasons. “And If it needs piano, Horse Lords is Heath Weber’s that’s what it brand new band. gets.” “They used to be The Motive,” he

“I met Tom because our wives are best friends – that’s how we first met,” Sam explains. “And at time he was in a meat and potatoes rock band called High Stakes and I was in another band called Snap To Zero. So, whenever we met up, we’d often jam together and then we began writing songs together. “At the time I was also looking to start a new project and had some mellow kind of songs I was working on and Tom, who also had this strange, two-piece band called The Torrens, was in the same position – lots of songs with nowhere for them,” he continues. “We had a whole bunch of songs so we started lining up some gigs to play them with a band and it’s gone from there.”

concludes. “So the night should have a really good vibe.”

These Blessed Bones will be launching their new album at the Edinburgh Castle Hotel, 233 Currie St, Adelaide, on Saturday 9 September with special guests Ty Alexander & The Best Extra’s and Horse Lords and $10 tickets at the door.


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POND by Ian Messenger Pond have turned up the psychedelic heat again with new album The Weather. Blistering synth pop underpinned by careerlessminded artistry Pond continue to be one of the most interesting known outfits in Australia. BSide Magazine got to speaking to multi-instrumentalist and Tame Impala guernsey-wearer Jay Watson who we find out longs for a booth with all the synths he could manage for their live shows, but how they are usually limited to only twenty-one channels.

Watson also has his solo output that he puts under the name of GUM. No mean feat in itself with three full albums under his belt. As he also writes songs for Pond I asked Watson how he chooses which songs go where.

“Sometimes it just depends what we are working on at the time,” explains Watson.

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“So if we are thinking about doing a Pond album, or working on it, my stuff will go to there, obviously. So now I’ve been touring this one [The Weather] so in my times when I come home off those tours I’ve been working on my solo album.

“Sometimes I’ll do something for the solo album but I’ll come up with the music first and can’t come up with any lyrics for it so I might use it for Pond, or sometimes I’ll come up with something and immediately think it will be great to use for Pond. “Or the other guys won’t like it that much and I’ll use it. It’s kinda like, there’s lots of stuff that could be for each band but you just go with what’s happening at the time.”

Perth seems like a fertile and community-minded music scene like here in Adelaide, uniquely separated from the east coast and the cosmopolitan world. Does Watson get out and among fellow Perth muso’s, sharing ideas and being involved.

“I feel like I used to be. Maybe not so much anymore because I’m just away so much. And I dunno, I’m getting older and don’t go out as much anymore. “So I feel a little bit out of touch but I

guess I still know lots of people from my,” Watson ponders. . .

“You know in local music scenes it kind of goes in waves, I guess usually with people’s age or something, so I feel like I still know lots of my era’s crew really well, but maybe lots of younger crew I’ve never met or never seen their bands.” “But I don’t know, when I’m at home I feel like I’d rather spend my time – it sounds really bad,” laughs Watson, “ working on my own stuff than going to shows.”

I asked Watson if he had a studio in his house. “Yeah yeah. So I have a two bedroom house and one of the bedrooms is my studio. And then sometimes I go up to friends if I’m like getting sick of. . . “Because I have some nice gear but also I’m not very technical so when stuff’s going wrong or like there’s a power hum or something that starts pissing me off I’ll go up to my friend’s professional studio and do stuff there. Or Kevin’s [Parker] studio, because he has a proper studio.”


I apologized to Watson if he’d been asked this question too much in the past, but I wondered how much of an influence Kevin Parker [Tame Impala] had on the Pond sound. Parker had recorded the last two records? Was it hard to draw the line or were there definite roles when Pond bring their songs along to Parker to help record.

For a guitarist jumping on a synth can be a bit of a novelty after playing a guitar for so long, I add. “Well they all just sound kind of wildly different whereas the guitar – people say they sound wildly different but to me, you know, it’s a guitar to me.”

“No we have stuff now,” Watson says, with the tone of a confession. “Every now and then there’s a drum machine coming out, and that will be kind of like bits of. . . fruit. Like I don’t know how to explain it.

three or four years “Whereas I guess with this there I’d pick up a “Um, yeah I mean I feel like guitar and be like there’s still quite a bit of one [The Weather] he had to move bits of the song ‘argh’, you know, guitar,” ponders Watson, around. Well maybe not I don’t want to “but it’s kind of the other moving the arrangement way around. touch this thing. around but moving kick And everything “Whereas before we’d drums around or looping certain bits of the bar or that would come have like, you know, the whatever, you know. So I out would just main chords or whatever guess in that sense he was be like some guitar be kind of really would more. . . part of the process, chugging away and there corny. yeah,” explains Watson. might be a little bit of synth

“So if it were up to me I’d like have a booth of like five synthesizers,” laughs Watson, “and like, you know, a Vocoder and all this stuff but we can’t really do it.

The Weather probably couldn’t fit anymore synth in there if they tried. “He only. . . he helped record the last one. It’s just jam packed with it. I asked The one before we did with someone Watson if future Pond albums might else. He mixes the records, which in the revert back to their earlier work where past has been purely, you But for a good they thrashed out the guitar know, sonic or technical. more.

“Yeah he always offers his. . . we all show each other all of our music, he always offers his opinion. I guess, maybe, yeah sometimes we don’t listen to him, sometimes ‘ahhh that’s a pretty good idea’. . .”

The Weather is a synth heavy album, and also Tame Impala has been getting synth heavy lately as well. I asked Watson if there was a correlation with that, as they are all friends and hang out and play music together and if they all just love synth music right now.

“Yeah, and it’s also just like the thing that you’re writing stuff on, and yeah I dunno. I’m actually getting back to writing more on guitar now. “But for a good three or four years there I’d pick up a guitar and be like ‘argh’, you know, I don’t want to touch this thing. And everything that would come out would just be kind of really corny.

over the top.

“It’s more the other way around. The bed of the thing will be keyboards. . . I think almost every song on the album has lead guitar on it. Like Megatons does have it at the end, Sweep Me Off My Feet has that big Prince guitar thing.

“I think that’s kinda more interesting. We’re not so into just strumming away or like ripping away on a guitar. We like it when a guitar comes in just plays some kinda gnarly lead thing. “But yeah I dunno, I’m thinking of buying an acoustic guitar. I’ve never really owned an acoustic guitar. For years it had no appeal to me having an acoustic guitar. But I kinda feel that it goes in waves. You get bored of one thing and then you get back into something else.”

Like Ray Martin I’m always ready to bust out the hard questions for the sake of our valued “And I guess that’s thing as well, writing BSide readers. I had to things on keyboard. I think all of us, but ask Watson if they used mostly me and Kevin [Parker] as well, a backing track system got really into like buying synthesizers,” in their live shows, or is laughs Watson. “You know, old it all just live with the synthesizers, new synthesizers. It’s more synths. fun that just getting guitars, I dunno.”

“There’s this thing that I have called an Omnicore that I use on lots of songs. We can’t bring any more channels. You know, say we use twenty-one channels on stage. . . we’re not allowed to, we’re not big enough, to use any more.

“So stuff we can’t do we put on the backing track – yeah we have a bunch of stuff. But we are kinda using it more and more because we’re getting less and less concerned about the fact that we’re using it. Like we kinda don’t care anymore, but it’s like. . . cheating,” laughs Watson. I mentioned how my band used it for a while but then got rid of it.

“Yeah I think it can be a bit shit. I think with Pond it’s kind of that the fact that we fuck up so much, and the fact that we’re out of tune quite a lot of the time, it kind of like off-sets it a bit. “If [we] were more perfect then I’d be a bit more sheepish.”

Pond will play Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on September 15 with special guests Body Type and Reef Prince.

Tickets at Oztix

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Musical Monday Shenanigans

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Theatre under the banner Summer Search.

Play faster ya wimps. It makes me feel quite younger than I actually feel to note that when Young Modern take to the stage of the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel on Friday 25 August it will be 40 years ago to the day since the power pop band did their first ever gig. And while I was not at that debut show – at Unley Town Hall as the opening act for Radio Birdman – or not that I recall anyway, I am young enough to retain fond memories of seeing Young Modern struttin’ their stuff around the traps all those years ago.

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Also on the bill for the upcoming shindig at the Gov will be Safari Set, a band I also have fond memories of seeing many times in the early ’80s mostly due to the fact its members, John Appleby, Rob O’Connell and Linz Norris, were friends of mine and, strangely, still are despite me often referring to them in recent times as, ‘music industry veterans’. One of the bands more memorable shows was when they took part in a battle of the bands presented by Adelaide radio station SA*FM (now HIT107 I think) at Festival

There were a number of fine local acts on the bill, including The Dagoes, but a head and several shoulders above the rest was a young band called No Fixed Address who had put in a very convincing and quite powerful performance.

There was no question about that, so when the late David Day took to the stage and announced that Safari Set were the Summer Search winners it came as quite a surprise to everyone, including the band. Indeed, following their performance and convinced it was not up to standard, they had retired backstage where they proceeded to drink anything that was available. Safari Set’s acceptance speech

was, therefore, one that is best forgotten but will always be remembered.

Presented by Mr V Music, Young Modern are set to play the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Friday 25 August alongside The Dust Collection and Safari Set with the first 100 people through the door receiving a six-song CD featuring two songs from each band and with tickets via the venue or Oztix here: https:// thegov.oztix.com.au/default. aspx?Event=74273


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HEADING TO TOWN

Ferocity tour on Friday 1 September with Lastings as special guests. ERIC STECKEL

Justin Garner (of Southpoor/ Southpaw) will be launch it a the Grace Emily Hotel, 232 Waymouth St, Adelai De, on Saturday 7 October. THE INTERCEPTORS

CHRISTOPHER CROSS

232 Waymouth St, Adelaide, from 8.30pm on Thursday 31 August for a free entry affair to launch a forthcoming MacGyver Science album with Mary Webb as special guest. MARK OLSON

Ride like the wind to grab tickets for Christopher Cross, known for such songs as Sailing and Arthur’s Theme, when he plays the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Tuesday 5 September with tickets available via the venue or Oztix here: https://tickets.oztix.com. au/?Event=74842 FIST FULL OF ROCK Fist Full Of Rock will have Hoodoo Gurus, You Am I, Jebediah and Adalita playing Thebarton Theatre on Friday 25 August when the event kicks off on a national tour with tickets for Adelaide on sale via Ticketmaster here http:// www.ticketmaster.com.au/ fist-full-of-rock-torrensvillesouth-australia-25-08-2017/ event/130052B1D73E44BD. CITRUS JAM

Melbourne’s Citrus Jam, who present explosive flamenco-style acoustic metal in pirate mode and will have the Dreaded P Tizzle on the accordion, will once again be hitting the Grace Emily Hotel,

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American blues guitarist Eric Steckel has announced a return to our shores with news that he will be playing South Adelaide Football Club on Friday 29 September with special guest Stefan Hauk and with tickets via <trybooking.com> and also Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Monday 2 October with Stefan again guesting and tickets via the venue or Oztix.

Mark Olson, of The Jayhawks, TRISTEN BIRD is touring with Ingunn Ringvold and will be hitting the Grace Emily Hotel, 232 Waymouth St, Adelaide, on Wednesday 6 September with tickets available over the bar.

Melbourne-based garage rock band The Interceptors will be intercepting people to buy their merchandise when they play a free entry affair at Grace Emily Hotel, 232 Waymouth St, Adelaide, with The Molting Vultures from 9pm on Saturday 2 September.

SEMAPHORE MUSIC FESTIVAL The four-day Semaphore Music Festival (to be held at Semaphore from Friday 29 September until Monday 2 October) has launched its HAWTHORNE HEIGHTS full program and will feature Melbourne’s Tristen Bird has interstate acts such as Raised announced a quick return to SA By Eagles, William Crighton, and will be gracing the Grace Rich Davies & The Low Road, Emily Hotel, 232 Waymouth Ruby Boots and Charles St, Adelaide, on Thursday 24 Jenkins & The Zhivagos August with his alt country alongside a host of locals goodness with Courtney Robb including Alana Jagt & The and Michaela Jenke as special Monotremes, The Timbers, American post hardcore band guests and then Gawler’s Ukulele Death Squad, Hawthorne Heights have Prince Alfred Hotel on Friday Haystacks Calhoon and so announced an Australian tour 25 August with Michaela many, many more. Early bird with Jenke as his guest before tickets are now on sale via Oztix River Oaks (Shane Told from playing Stein’s Taphouse here: https://tickets.oztix.com. Silverstein, playing songs from au/?Event=76546 Silverstein and his solo work), at Nuriootpa with Courtney and Michaela from 8pm on Sienna Skies and Mark Rose Saturday 26 August with all FUEL to play their first two albums, shows being free entry. Presented by Metropolis 2004’s The Silence In Black & Touring, US band Fuel are White and 2006’s If Only You ALEX LLOYD embarking on their 20th Were Lonely in full at Fowler’s Alex Lloyd has announced anniversary tour for The Live, 68 North Tce, Adelaide, on Sunburn album and will be Tuesday 29 August with tickets an amazing up close and personal show at the Governor playing it in its entirety along via Moshtix. Hindmarsh Hotel, 59 Port Rd, with other favourites when they Hindmarsh, on Thursday 31 hit the Governor Hindmarsh THE JUNGLE GIANTS August with Hannah Yates as Hotel, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, special guest and tickets via the on Sunday 3 December with venue or Oztix here https:// tickets via the venue or Oztix thegov.oztix.com.au/Default. here . aspx?Event=75656 Polish up your dancin’ shows as The Jungle Giants will be stepping into North Tce’s Fat Controller on Thursday 31 August and then play a Sold Out show at the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, for their Quiet

THE HEARTACHE STATE Melbourne rockers The Heartache State have announced their second album, Last Of The Buffalo, which also comes with news that the band, featuring Nick Barker (of The Reptiles) and


your local Nazi meetings and tie a ribbon onto your car aerial with camp abandon.

SEIZURE SALAD Juliette Seizure and the Tremor Dolls: From Bubblegum to (a non-boring) Salad The striped-shirt, pink jacket brigade are back with a brand new album. Juliette Seizure and the Tremor Dolls are one of Adelaide’s hardest working bands. On the back of last year’s successful debut album ‘Chewing Out Your Rhythm on my Bubblegum’, the band are set to release their follow-up album ‘Seizure Salad.’ Recently the band toured Japan but are now back on Adelaide soil with a residency at the Grace Emily Hotel. ‘Seizure Salad’ sounds like if L7 met up with The ShangriLas in a hotel room and had a massive party. At around 1am The Ramones show up and hand out leather jackets to everybody. This is what opening track ‘Seizure Salad’ leads us to believe. Punk doo-wop at its finest, the band gives us a spelling lesson in the coolest possible way. S-E-I-Z-UR-E is the thematic and catchcry of the album and cements the band’s reputation for writing infectious songs that get arses shaking and feet stomping. They can also spell pretty well too. If you didn’t know how to spell the word ‘seizure’ before, you sure as shit better know how to when you go to a Juliette Seizure show.

One of the stand-out tracks (and there are a few) on the album is ‘Take What You Want.’ Lead singer/songwriter and guitarist Shannon Cannon snarls her way through the song that begins with a classic sounding rock ‘n’ roll riff evocative of The Runaways. At times reminiscent of Riot Grrrl bands from the 1990s and very early Courtney Love, Cannon is not to be messed with. ‘You Make me Sick’ is further evidence of the band’s ever-evolving songwriting capabilities in that they manage to sound simultaneously tender and vicious in what can only be described as a ballad with loads of ‘fuck you’ attitude. Don your pink jacket and stripey t-shirt and get down to the Grace Emily this Friday night to see Juliette Seizure and the Tremor Dolls in action. It promises to be much more exciting than a salad and there is a high chance that you will have a seizure from uncontrollable dancing. ‘Seizure Salad’ is available from Off the Hip Records (CD) and Dirtyflair Record Company (LP).

SAND PEBBLES Pleasure Maps

If you are not quite sure who the Sand Pebbles are and you’re into the whole psych-rock thing then it is about time you picked up a Sand Pebble’s album and thoroughly know this band. If not you may embarrass yourself at some high falutin psych-rock dinner party (where all the guests are nude and there’s nothing to eat but sand).

Pleasure Maps is psych goodness but with serious minded delivery. It doesn’t lose itself in abstract meanderings but always pulled back into forwardness by way of a gentle but driving drums and bass. Spilt Wine is a good example of this balance.

I Heard The Owl Call My Name is a delicate and evocative song, mastering seriousness and otherworldliness sagacious in its achievement as a structured impress on one’s mind. Whack this shit on as you’re driving through the desert at two a.m. as your bonnet points to Cactus.

Pleasure Maps is their latest effort and would be a great place to start your journey into their Pleasure Maps is the first six studio album back catalogue. album of Sand Pebbles to be issued on vinyl. Limited First track Desire Lines is a edition 180 gram coloured synth line killer and will get you vinyl at that. Out now gazing out your office window through Kasumuen Records. or perhaps even undoing your tie, leaving your career and entering the warm and dancing Ian Messenger Romana Ashton throngs of life below. The whole album is a life affirming goodness. Listening to Lovers Love with its super catchy guitar riff and unforgettable lyric “let the lovers lover” makes you want to throw buckets of fresh cut flowers into

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JUST ANNOUNCED RIVAL FIRE

Thursday 7 September at which they will have Marcello Cole as special guest. They will then scoot off to Crown & Sceptre to undertake a late night DJ set.  MARKY RAMONE’S BLITZKREIG

As part of a national tour, Rival Fire, featuring The Voice of Rob Farnham, will hit Club5082 at Prospect Town Hall, 126 Prospect Rd, Prospect, from 7pm on Friday 10 November for a free entry, licensed all-ages show with Terminal Zero and Baltimore Poet as special guests. JUKE BOX RACKET

Melbourne’s Juke Box Racket will be heading our way to take part in the House Of Bamboo presentation Swing & Soul Spectacular alongside Lucky Seven and Lady Voodoo & The Rituals on Friday 3 November at the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, with $20 tickets at the door or $15 via the venue or Oztix here https://tickets.oztix.com.au/ default.aspx?Event=76129 JEP & DEP

Melbourne’s Acolyte are embarking on a national tour for their new album, Shades Of Black, and will kick it off by playing Club5082 at Prospect Town Hall, 126 Prospect Rd, Prospect, on Friday 22 September alongside Squeaker, Favour The Brave and Strigoaica,

CHILD CANCER BENEFIT Much-regarded Melbournebased blues artist Geoff Achison will be taking part in the next Child Cancer Benefit alongside award winning local trio Lazy Eye as well as Mojo Dingo and Ciara Walsh at the German Club, 223 Flinders St, Adelaide, from 7pm (doors from 6pm) on Saturday 25 November with tickets here https://premier. ticketek.com.au/shows/show. aspx?sh=CHILDHOO17

Five Four Entertainment and Fat Controller have teamed up to present OH YES Festival at Adelaide Showgrounds on Friday 29 September and it will feature chart-topping house hero Duke Dumont, the person behind bangers such as I Got U, Ocean Drive and Need U (100%), along with Pnau, SAFIA, Vallis Alps who will be joined by some of the best and brightest names in the game with local DJs still to be announced and tickets via Moshtix.

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Brenton Foster 6Tet, led by jazz pianist Brenton Foster and featuring some of Melbourne’s finest, will be launching their second album, The Nature Of Light, as part of COMA from 7pm on Monday 25 September at the Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, with tickets via www.coma.net.au

MADISON VIOLET Canada’s Madison Violet will have Alana Jagt as special guest when they bring their indie folk goodness to Trinity Sessions at Church Of The Trinity, 318 Godwood Rd, Clarence Pk, on Friday 15 September with tickets here https://www. dramatix.com.au/events/1815 GZA

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 here: https:// tickets.oztix.com.au/default. aspx?Event=77462 MEL PARSONS & LIZ STRINGER

ACOLYTE

Jep & Dep will be gracing the Grace Emily Hotel, 232 Waymouth St, Adelaide, on

BRENTON FOSTER 6TET

OH YES FESTIVAL

JOSE FELICIANO Marky Ramone’s Blitzkreig will be blitzing the Governor Hinmrash Hotel, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, with lots of songs by The Ramones on Sunday 26 November with tickets on sale now via the venue or Oztix here https://tickets.oztix.com.au/ default.aspx?Event=76491

Rd, Clarence Pk, on Friday 22 September with tickets here https://www.dramatix.com.au/ events/1816

Mel Parsons and Liz Stringer have teamed up for a national tour that will have the illustrious dup playing Trinity Sessions, 318 Goodwood

Wu-Tang Clan founding member GZA (AKA The Genius) will be making his way to Fowler’s Live, 68 North Tce, Adelaide, on Wednesday 15 November and you can expect such ditties as Liquid Swords, Living in The World Today, Labels and 4th Chamber along with Wu-Tang anthems and with tickets via Moshtix here: http://www.moshtix.com. au/v2/event/gza-the-geniususa/97689


THURSDAY 14 SEPTEMBER Tex, Don & Charlie at Governor Hindmarsh Melody Moko (Melbourne) at Grace Emily Hotel

TOUR GUIDE THURSDAY 24 AUGUST With Confidence (Sydney) at Fowler’s Live Tristen Bird (Melbourne), Courtney Robb and Michaela Jenke at Grace Emily

FRIDAY 25 AUGUST Fist Full Of Rock: Hoodoo Gurus, You Am I, Jebediah and Adalita at Thebarton Theatre Tristen Bird (Melbourne) and Michaela Jenke at Prince Albert Hotel (Gawler)

Ringvold (Sweden) at Grace Emily

THURSDAY 7 SEPTEMBER Kreator (Germany) and Vader (Poland) at Governor Hindmarsh MAX (US) at Fowler’s Live Jep & Dep (Sydney) and Marcello Cole at Grace Emily

FRIDAY 15 SEPTEMBER Pond (WA), Body Type (Sydney) and Reef Prince (WA) at Governor Hindmarsh Gang Of Youths (Sydney) at Thebarton Theatre Madison Violet (Canada) and Alana Jagt at Trinity Sessions SATURDAY 16 SEPTEMBER Arcturus (Norway) and Blood Incantation (US) at Governor Hindmarsh Stylus (Sydney) at Club West Lakes THURSDAY 21 SEPTEMBER Motionless In White (US) and Crown The Empire at Governor Hindmarsh

WEDNESDAY 6 SEPTEMBER Placebo (UK) at Adelaide Entertainment Centre Mark Olson (US) and Ingunn

SATURDAY 30 SEPTEMBER Semaphore Music Festival at Semaphore

WEDNESDAY 4 OCTOBER Everclear (US) at Governor Hindmarsh

THURSDAY 31 AUGUST Alex Lloyd (Sydney) at Governor Hindmarsh The Jungle Giants at Fat Controller Citrus Jam (Melbourne and Mary Webb at Grace Emily

TUESDAY 5 SEPTEMBER Christopher Cross (US) at Governor Hindmarsh

FRIDAY 29 SEPTEMBER Semaphore Music Festival at Semaphore Caligula’s Horse (Brisbane) at Fowler’s Live Chasing Velvet (Brisbane), Those Who Dream and Joy In Motion at Ambassadors Hotel Eric Steckel (US) and Stefan Hauk at South Adelaide Football Club OH YES Festival at Adelaide Showgrounds

MONDAY 2 OCTOBER Semaphore Music Festival at Semaphore Eric Steckel (US) and Stefan Hauk at Governor Hindmarsh

TUESDAY 29 AUGUST Hawthorne Heights (US), Red Oaks (US), Sienna Skies and Mark Rose at Fowler’s Live

SATURDAY 2 SEPTEMBER City Calm Down (Melbourne) and The Cactus Channel at Governor Hindmarsh The Interceptors (Melbourne and The Molting Vultures at Grace Emily

MONDAY 25 SEPTEMBER COMA: Brenton Foster 6Tet at Wheatsheaf Hotel

SUNDAY 1 OCTOBER Meg Mac at Governor Hindmarsh Semaphore Music Festival at Semaphore

SATURDAY 26 AUGUST Tristen Bird (Melbourne), Courtney Robb and Michaela Jenke at Stein’s Taphouse (Nuriootpa)

FRIDAY 1 SEPTEMBER The Jungle Giants at Governor Hindmarsh (Sold Out)

SUNDAY 24 SEPTEMBER Hugo Race & Michelangelo Russo at Wheatsheaf Hotel Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox (US) at Thebarton Theatre

THURSDAY 5 OCTOBER Tina Arena (Sydney) at Thebarton Theatre

FRIDAY 8 SEPTEMBER Amy Shark, Fractures and Tom West (SOLD OUT) at Governor Hindmarsh

SATURDAY 9 SEPTEMBER Models (Melbourne) and Machinations (Sydney) at Governor Hindmarsh Jen Cloher (Melbourne) at Jive TUESDAY 10 SEPTEMBER AFI (US) at Governor Hindmarsh

Maja (Brisbane), Alana Jagt and Anthony Callisto at Grace Emily

FRIDAY 22 SEPTEMBER The Getaway Plan (Melbourne) at Governor Hindmarsh Club5082: Acolyte (Melbourne), Squeaker, Favour The Brave and Strigoaica at Prospect Town Hall Mel Parsons (NZ) and Liz Stringer (Melbourne) at Trinity Sessions

SATURDAY 23 SEPTEMBER WEDNESDAY 13 SEPTEMBER Young Lions (Perth) at Fowler’s Tex, Don & Charlie at Governor Live Hindmarsh (SOLD OUT)

FRIDAY 6 OCTOBER Alison Moyet (UK) at Adelaide Entertainment Centre Bernard Fanning & The Black Fins (Brisbane) at Governor Hindmarsh

SATURDAY 7 OCTOBER The Heartache State (Melbourne) at Grace Emily The New Dead VIII: Brujering, Lock Up, Abramelin, Napalm Death, Alkira, Truth Corroded, Blunt Shovel, Voros, Orpheus Omega, Earth Riot, Hidden Intent, Dark Cell, Black Rheno, Hubrid Nightmares and In Malice’s Wake at Fowler’s Live 33


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FROM PAGE 2 MOBIUSX

MobiusX, who play jazz rock with gorgeously catchy melodies and virtuoso guitar and include material from the quite legendary Mobiustrips, are set to undertake a rare live appearance at a free entry show at the Wheatsheaf Hotel, 59 George St, Thebarton, from 9pm on Friday 1 September.

Collection and Safari Set with the first 100 people through the door receiving a six-song CD featuring two songs from each band and with tickets via the venue or Oztix here: https:// thegov.oztix.com.au/default. aspx?Event=74273

Adelaide blues band Kings & Associates (formerly The Associates) have announced the launch of their second album, Tales Of A Rich Girl, at the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on LAZY EYE Saturday 26 August with Award winning Adelaide blues tickets via the venue or Oztix trio Lazy Eye, who are now here https://tickets.oztix.com. also up for a SAM Award, have au/default.aspx?Event=74161 announced that their fifth and heaps of special guests album will be a live recording on the night including Nick at the Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 Kipridis, Paul White and George St, Thebarton, on Friday more. 15 September with Nikko & Snooks as special guests and tickets only available via RECLINK COMMUNITY CUP https://www.lazyeyeband.com/

THE HEGGARTIES THE SYSTEMADDICTS All we need to say is that The Systemaddicts have scored the Friday evening residency for the month of September at the Grace Emily Hotel, 232 Waymouth St, Adelaide, and that they will have special guests each week from Armed with their debut album, 9pm. The Heggarties, who have been nominated in the SAM SUSAN LILY Awards for Best Country Act and will be playing this year’s Semaphore Music Festival, are heading to Tamworth Country Music Festival next year but require petrol monies to get there. To that effect the band are having two fundraising gigs and have invited Melbourne’s Susan Lily, who is currently Skyscraper Stan to join them working on a brand new album, at the Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 and The Steve Charles Band George St, Thebarton, on Friday will be taking part in this year’s 8 September with tickets via Semaphore Music Festival https://www.trybooking.com/ (Friday 29 September until book/event?eid=307926& Monday 2 October) and will and also McLaren Vale’s The be playing Semaphore & Port Singing Gallery on Saturday 9 Adelaide RSL, 10 Semaphore September with bookings via Rd, Semaphore, from 2pm until 0413 358 618. 5pm on Monday 2 October with her website here: https://www. THE SINGING GALLERY susanlilymusic.com/ After some 25 years of continued operation, McLaren YOUNG MODERN Vale’s The Singing Gallery will Presented by Mr V Music, close its doors from 4pm on Young Modern are set to play Saturday 23 September with the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 a big farewell concert planned Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Friday and details here http://www. 25 August alongside The Dust singinggallery.com.au/

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SCALA SCALA’s FOOM (Festival Of Original Music) is now in full swing with weekly heats taking place from 7.30pm on Thursday evenings at the Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, with up to a dozen participants each evening and an easy $7 entry fee or just $5 for SCALA members.

CASEY C ILLUSTRATION & DESIGN Looking for an effective gig poster? Casey C Illustration & Design offers an affordable service and in the past has designed gig posters for bands such as Babes Are Wolves, The Villenettes, The Aves, Porchlight Parade, Matt Ward, Kitchen Witch and a whole bunch of others including drawings in ShitAdelaide’s colouring and activity book. There is also a range of postcards available from http://caseycillustration.com/ and you can also make contact here https://www.facebook.com/ caseycillustration/ to discuss your needs. ALANA JAGT & THE MONOTREMES

There’s to be a screening of Reclink Community Cup 2017 from 1pm on Saturday 23 September at the Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, with free entry and family and friends more than welcome. ALREADY GONE Presented by Brain Binge Bookings, Already Gone will be presenting some new songs when they play a free entry show at Minnesota Fats, 192 Pirie St, Adelaide on Saturday 26 August alongside The Effends, Sighclone and The Ericksons with doors from 7pm and an easy entry fee of $10. GT STRINGER Surf rock band GT Stringer could well be launching some kind of new compilation album at the Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, on Friday 22 September with free entry the distinct possibility of some cubes of cheese on a stick.

Following a performance at this year’s Semaphore Music Festival (Friday 29 September until Monday 2 October at Semaphore), Alana Jagt & The Monotremes will be launching their Wilderness EP at the Grace Emily Hotel, 232 Waymouth St, Adelaide, on Saturday 14 October with $10 tickets at the door and Koral and Alison Coppe & The Janes as special guests. JULIETTE SEIZURE & THE TREMOR-DOLLS To mark the release of a new Off The Hip Records offering, Seizure


help celebrate the church’s 15th year as a live music venue. Tickets via <dramatix>. Salad, Juliette Seizure & The Tremor-Dolls lined up a free entry Friday evening residency at the Grace Emily Hotel, 232 Waymouth St, Adelaide, for the august month of August with special guests and the shindig concludes on Friday 25 August with The Yard Apes from Ballarat. MARK CURTIS & THE FLANNELETTES

Mark Curtis & The Flannelettes are all set to launch a cassette single, Rock’N’Roll Heaven, and will do so at a free entry affair at the Grace Emily Hotel, 232 Waymouth St, Adelaide, from 9pm on Saturday 9 September with special guests Kitchen Witch and Ryan Martin John. CARNIVAL LATIN NYE Say adios to 2017 and hola to 2018 at Carnival Latin NYE at the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Sunday 31 December. Kick off with a delicious dinner in the venue and then stick around to party all night and into the small hours with tickets via the venue or Oztix. BLUES & BOWLS Adelaide Bowling Club, 15 Dequetteville Terrace, Kent Town, hosts Blues & Bowls on the last Sunday of each month from 2pm with $10 tickets at the door (or $8 for club members) Sunday 27 August to feature The Blackhawks. FRUIT Much-loved Adelaide group Fruit have agreed to reform to play Trinity Sessions, Church of The Trinity, 318 Goodwood Rd, Clarence Pk, from 7.30pm on Friday 3 November to

THE BURNSIDE LIBRARY The Burnside Library, 401 Greenhill Rd, Tusmore, is starting a local music collection and looking for any South 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, Hindmarsh, now has a new open mic evening known as Friday Night Free For All with free entry and all welcome from 8pm. If you’d like to get onstage, email <fridayfreeforall@thegov.com. au> to reserve a spot.

RACHAEL LEAHCAR

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.

RONNIE TAHENY Rachael Leahcar has announced a concert at the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, SA, on Sunday 19 November to present songs from her new album and more with tickets via the venue or Oztix. VINYL SOUL

THE GOV’S VARIETY SHOW

The Gov’s Variety Show has returned to the front bar of the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on the first Saturday of each month, an array or performers of all persuasions, a 9pm start and entry via donation. 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) with Saturday evening now reserved for private functions which can be made by calling the bar on 0405 005 447.

artist. For more information, please visit <adelaidefringe. com.au>.

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 up-and-coming bands from Adelaide with previous artists including Bad//Dreems, Motez and Nakatomi to name but a few. ADELAIDE FRINGE 2018 It’s been less than a month since the 2017 Adelaide Fringe finished, but organisers are already on the hunt for a key piece of marketing for next year’s festival. Graphic designers from all over Australia and across the globe are being invited to submit their ideas as part of the 2018 Adelaide Fringe Poster Competition which is offering a $2,000 cash prize and free event registration to the winning

Following a successful concert earlier this year, Ronnie Taheney has just announced another show at the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Saturday 3 February of 2018. Yep, 2018. How’s that for organised? 

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.

PROTON PILL Long-running Adelaide band Proton Pill have their longrunning Wednesday evening residency at The Lion Hotel, 181 Melbourne St, North Adelaide, with the introduction of three flavours of 25c chicken wings, $6 Coopers Pints and $5 Fireball shots. How do they do it, ladies and gentlemen? GUMBO ROOM BLUES JAM The weekly free entry Thursday evening Gumbo Room Blues Jam in the front bar of the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, has a new stage, a new backdrop, drink specials, an ARBA information stand and a jammer’s board.

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THURSDAY 24 AUGUST Adelaide Casino (Oasis) – tribute band from 7pm until late with free entry Brecknock Hotel – Thursday’s Sing-A-Long Session (free entry from 8.30pm) Cambridge Hotel (North Adelaide) – 100% Latino Crown & Sceptre – Bongo Uni Nite with DJ Sampson and DJ Parry Cumberland Hotel (Glanville) – live music (7-10pm) Dog & Duck – Brillz (9pm) Fowler’s Live – With Confidence (Sydney) Gaslight Tavern – Swap Team Jam (free entry) Gilbert St Hotel – live music with free entry from 7pm Governor Hindmarsh – Front Bar: Dharma Café from 2pm and Front Bar: Gumbo Room Blues Jam with free entry from 8.30pm Grace Emily – Tristen Bird (Melbourne), Courtney Robb and Michaela Jenke with free entry from 9pm Hampstead Hotel – ­KG’s Quiz Wiz (7pm) Hotel Metro –
live original bands from 9pm Lion Hotel – Bloky’s Boys (free entry from 8pm) Nick’s Café (Frewville) – live music from noon to 2pm Overway Hotel (Gawler) – live jam from 7.30pm PJ O’Briens – DJs (10pm) Royal Family Hotel (Pt Elliott) – open mic night Wheatsheaf Hotel – SCALA’s FOOM Festival heat four from 7.30pm FRIDAY 25 AUGUST Ambassadors Hotel – live music from 5.30pm Aussie Inn Hotel (Hackham) – live music (from 7pm) Brew Boys (Regency Pk) – Open Mic from 5pm British Hotel (Pt Adelaide) – free entry live music from 7pm Café Troppo (Whitmore Sq) – live music from 6pm with Mairead Fagan CASAblabla – live funk and soul band from 11pm with free entry prior to 10pm Commercial Hotel (Two Wells) – open mic and jam night from 7.30pm with house band Coopers Alehouse Gepps Cross – live music from 7pm Cumberland Hotel (Glanville) – live music Dog & Duck – Chunky Dip and Holly J (9pm) Duck Inn – live music from 7pm Elephant British Pub – DJ Clarke (9pm) Enfield Hotel – Jonny Star Family Entertainment (6pm) Excelsior Hotel – live acoustic music from 7pm followed by karaoke Exeter Hotel (Semaphore) – Karaoke with Mel and DJ Jase from 9pm Fidel’s Bar (Royal Pk) – open from 4pm

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GIG GUIDE Gaslight Tavern – live band from 8pm Governor Hindmarsh – Main Room” Young Modern, Safari set and Dust Collecton and Saloon Bar: Irish Sessions and Front Bar: open mic from 8pm Grace Emily – Juliette Seizure & The Tremor-Dolls from 9pm Hackney Hotel – Courtyard Sessions (7pm) Halfway Hotel – live music from 7pm Hampstead Hotel – Lucifer’s Lounge from 7.30pm Hotel Metro – original bands from 9pm Mayfair Hotel: Rooftop – DJ (8pm) North Adelaide Hotel – live music from 7.30pm Overway Hotel (Gawler) – live music from 8.30pm Payneham Tavern – live music from 7.30pm Plant 4 (Bowden) – Five from 5 with acoustic music from 5pm Prince Albert Hotel (Gawler) – Tristen Bird (Melbourne) and Michaela Jenke with free entry Publishers Hotel – After Work live jazz from 5.30pm Railway Hotel (Pt Adelaide) – live music from 5pm Ramsgate Hotel – DJ Scotty B, Manov and Bollocks (9pm) Seacliff Beach Hotel – DJ Jaki J Semaphore Workers Club – live blues from 8pm Slug ‘N’ Lettuce – resident DJ Jay Bangers Thebarton Theatre – Fist Full Of Rock: Hoodoo Gurus, You Am I, Jebediah and Adalita The Office (Pirie St) – live acoustic music from 5-8pm Three Brothers Arms (Macclesfield) – live music from 8pm Warradale Hotel – live music from 8.30pm Wheatsheaf Hotel – Dreamboogie (Melbourne) with free entry from 8pm Woodville Hotel – live acoustic music (free entry from 6pm) Yankalilla Hotel – live music from 7.30pm SATURDAY 26 AUGUST Belgian Beer Cafe – live acoustic music (5pm) Blue Gums Hotel – DJ Mitch (8pm) CASAblabla – live soul band from

midnight with free entry prior to 10pm Clovercrest Hotel – live band from 7.30pm Coopers Alehouse Gepps Cross – Live Duo (9pm) Cumberland Hotel (Glanville) – live music (from 4-8pm) Dog & Duck – The Dog Presents from 7pm     Edinburgh Castle Hotel – X2: Straight Jacket Tailors, Johnny American Horse (boasting a very special guest mystery drummer), The Matehs and iHeart with $10 entry Elephant British Pub – DJ Clarke (9pm) Findon Hotel – live band from 9pm Gaslight Tavern – live bands Governor Hindmarsh – Main Room: Kings & Associates (album launch) and Front Bar: live band Until Further Notice with free entry from 9pm Grace Emily – Fran Fest with Loene Fuller Band with free entry Holdfast Hotel – DJ Carmel G from 8pm Hotel Metro – live original bands from 9pm Mayfair Hotel: Rooftop – DJ Nantale (8pm) MYLK Bar– Salsa Shake Palmer Hotel – open mic from 2pm Pink Moon Saloon – live music from 5pm PJ O’Briens – live band from 10.30pm Pretoria Hotel (Mannum) – DJ from 9pm Ramsgate Hotel – DJ (10pm) Seacliff Beach Hotel – DJ Jabel Stein’s Taphouse (Nuriootpa) – Tristen Bird (Melbourne), Courtney Robb and Michaela Jenke with free entry Union Hotel – Reggae On from 8pm Victoria Hotel – live band from 9.30pm Waterloo Station Hotel – karaoke from 8pm Wheatsheaf Hotel – Vincent’s Chair with free entry from 9pm Yankalilla Hotel – live music from 9pm SUNDAY 27 AUGUST Bacchus Bar – Bachata By The Beach (3pm) Crown & Anchor – Sunday

Rubdown Cumberland Hotel (Glanville) – live music from 4-9pm Duck Inn – duck in for some live music from 3pm Duke Of York – free entry Sunday Beer Garden Sessions from 2pm until 10pm and Infinity Sundays with DJs from 4pm with $5 entry El Greco (Pt Adelaide) – The Greek Beach Boys Federal Hotel (Semaphore) – live music from 4-8pm Fidel’s Bar (Royal Pk) – Golonka!, Grid and Ray Smith and friends from 4pm Gilbert Street Hotel – acoustic blues (2pm) Glenelg Football Club – live music (4pm) Grace Emily – Soursob Bob and The Fiddle Chcks Hotel Metro – eclectic DJ from 4pm Mick O’Shea’s Irish Pub – live music from 2pm Mile End Hotel – live music from 3pm Nick’s Café (Frewville) – live music from noon – 2pm North Adelaide Hotel – Vogue Duo Nook Nosh (Unley) – live acoustic music from 5pm Old Noarlunga Hotel – Sunday Sessions from 3pm Publishers Hotel – live music from 3pm Railway Hotel (Pt Adelaide) – live music from 4pm Semaphore Workers Club – blues band with $10 entry from 4pm Two Sisters Café (Goodwood) – live acoustic music from 4pm Wellington Hotel (North Adelaide) – DJ Craig Flanigan from 2pm Wheatsheaf Hotel – Sarah King (EP launch) and Fleur Green & The Keepers with free entry from 4pm Woodville Hotel – live acoustic music (free entry from 2pm)

MONDAY 28 AUGUST Edinburgh Castle Hotel – Music Mondays from 7.30pm Duke Of York – Monday Night Karaoke Sessions Governor Hindmarsh – Lord Stompy’s Harmonica Tribe Grace Emily Hotel – Billy Bob’s BBQ Jam (free entry from around 8.30pm) Lion Hotel – Brian Ruiz and friends (free entry from 8.30pm) Publishers Hotel – Quiz Meisters Trivia from 6.30pm TUESDAY 29 AUGUST CASAblabla – DJ spinning jazz, soul and funk from 7-10pm Fowler’s Live – Hawthorne Heights (US), Red Oaks (US), Sienna Skies and Mark Rose Gaslight Tavern – Blues Lounge


blues jam with special guests (free entry from 8.30pm) Gilbert St Hotel – The Airbenders (free entry from 7pm) Governor Hindmarsh – Front Bar: American Appalachian Folk Sessions from 7pm Grace Emily – Pub Flics Hotel Metro – Acoustic Club Tuesday from 8pm in front bar Lion Hotel – Zkye & Damo (free entry from 8.30pm) Port Dock – open mic evening Rob Roy Hotel – Raw Jam WEDNESDAY 30 AUGUST Austral Hotel – hip hop and R&B DJ from 9.30pm Brecknock Hotel – Open Mic Night CASAblabla – Salsa Colonel Light – Open Mic Night Coopers Alehouse Gepps Cross – Thomas Williams (7pm) Crown & Sceptre – Brazuca Brazilian Party with $5 entry Governor Hindmarsh – Front Bar: Adelaide Ukulele Appreciation Society from 7pm Grace Emily – cold Coopers from 4pm until close and Move2Live from 6pm Hotel Metro – live original music from 9pm Kensington Hotel – Open Uke Night La Boheme – The New Cabal (free entry from 9.15pm) Lion Hotel – Proton Pill (free entry from 8.30pm) Nick’s Café (Frewville) – live music from noon-2pm North Adelaide Hotel – open mic from 7.30pm Publishers Hotel – jazz hosted by Elder Conservatorium Of Music with free entry from 7.30pm Seacliff Beach Hotel – Open Mic Night The Highway – Open Mic Night Union Hotel – Lucifer’s Lounge (8pm) THURSDAY 31 AUGUST Adelaide Casino (Oasis) – tribute band from 7pm until late with free entry Brecknock Hotel – Thursday’s Sing-A-Long Session (free entry from 8.30pm) Cambridge Hotel (North Adelaide) – 100% Latino Coopers Ale House Gepps Cross – live music from 7pm Crown & Sceptre – Bongo Uni Nite with DJ Sampson and DJ Parry Fat Controller – The Jungle Giants Gaslight Tavern – The Swap Team Jam (free entry from 8.30pm) Gilbert St Hotel – live acoustic blues from 7pm with free entry Governor Hindmarsh – Main Room: Alex Lloyd (Sydney) and Hannah Yates and Front Bar: Dharma Café from 2pm and Front Bar: Gumbo Room Blues Jam with host Billy Bob with free entry Grace Emily – Citrus Jam (Melbourne and Mary Webb Hotel Metro – live original bands

from 9pm La Boheme – Mike Bevan Brazilian Trio (free entry from 9pm) Lion Hotel – Bloky’s Boys (free entry from 8pm) Nick’s Café (Frewville) – live music from noon to 2pm Overway Hotel (Gawler) – live jam from 7.30pm Royal Family Hotel (Pt Elliot) – open mic night Southwark Hotel (Thebarton) – Open Mic from 7pm Wheatsheaf Hotel – SCALA FOOM Festival: Heat Five

FRIDAY 1 SEPTEMBER Ambassadors Hotel – live music from 5.30pm Blue Gums Hotel – live music from 5pm Boomers Café (Glenelg) – Friday Funk from 7pm with free entry British Hotel (Pt Adelaide) – free entry live music from 6pm Café Troppo (Whitmore Sq) – live music from 6pm CASAblabla – live band from 11pm with free entry prior to 10pm Commercial Hotel (Two Wells) – open mic and jam night from 7.30pm with house band Coopers Alehouse Gepps Cross – live music from 7pm Cumberland Hotel (Glanville) – Cam’s Karaoke (7-11pm) Excelsior Hotel – live acoustic music from 7pm followed by karaoke Exeter Hotel (Semaphore) – Karaoke with Mel and DJ Jase from 9pm Gaslight Tavern – live bands Governor Hindmarsh – Main Room: The Jungle Giants (Sold Out) and Saloon Bar: Irish Sessions and Front Bar: open mic from 8pm Grace Emily Hotel – The Systemaddicts Hampstead Hotel – Lucifer’s Lounge from 7.30pm Hotel Metro – live original bands from 9pm Overway Hotel (Gawler) – live music from 8.30pm Payneham Tavern – live acoustic music from 7.30pm Plant 4 (Bowden) – Five from 5 with acoustic music from 5pm Railway Hotel (Pt Adelaide) – live music from 5pm Semaphore Workers Club – live blues from 8pm with $10 entry The Office (Pirie St) – live acoustic music from 5-8pm Three Brothers Arms (Macclesfield) – live music Wheatsheaf Hotel – MobiusX from 9pm with free entry Woodville Hotel – live music Yankalilla Hotel – live music from 7.30pm SATURDAY 2 SEPTEMBER CASAblabla – soul and funk band

from midnight with free entry prior to 10pm Cumberland Hotel (Glanville) – live music from 4-8pm Edinburgh Castle – Thrillhouse with Devil Electric (Melbourne), Filthy Lucre, Rat Ta’Mango and Kitchen Witch Exeter Hotel – The Public Servants, Surfer Rosa, Bloodstone Villains and Craig Division with free entry Gaslight Tavern – live bands Governor Hindmarsh – Main Room: and Front Bar: live band with free entry from 9pm Grace Emily – The Interceptors (Melbourne and The Molting Vultures with free entry from 9pm Holdfast Hotel – DJ entry from 9pmCarmel Hotel Metro – original bands from 9pm MYLK Bar– Salsa Shake North Adelaide Hotel – live music from 8pm Wheatsheaf Hotel – The Good Questions and The Tangerines with free entry from 8pm SUNDAY 3 SEPTEMBER Crown & Anchor – Sunday Rubdown from 7pm Cumberland Hotel (Glanville) – live music from 4-8pm Duke Of York – free entry Sunday Beer Garden Sessions from 2pm until 10pm and Infinity Sundays with DJs from 4pm with $5 entry El Greco (Pt Adelaide) – The Greek Beach Boys Fidel’s Bar (Royal Pk) – friendly open music session with al welcome from 4pm Gilbert St Hotel – live acoustic blues from 2pm Grace Emily – Yet Another Shit Disco Nick’s Café (Frewville) – live music from noon – 2pm Nook Nosh (Unley) – live acoustic music from 5pm North Adelaide Hotel – Vogue Duo Old Noarlunga Hotel – Sunday Sessions from 3pm Overway Hotel (Gawler) – live music from 3pm Publishers Hotel – live music from 3pm Semaphore Workers Club – live blues from 4pm with $10 entry Two Sisters Café (Goodwood) – live acoustic music from 4-7pm Wassail Wine Bar (Prospect) – live music from 4pm Wellington Hotel (North Adelaide) – DJ Craig Flanigan from 2pm Wheatsheaf Hotel – Cal Williams Jr and The Hushes from 4pm with $10 tickets at the door Woodville Hotel – live acoustic music (free entry from 2pm) MONDAY 4 SEPTEMBER Edinburgh Castle Hotel – Music Mondays from 7.30pm Duke Of York – Monday Night Karaoke Sessions

Governor Hindmarsh – Balcony Bar: Lord Stompy’s Harmonica Tribe Grace Emily Hotel – Billy Bob’s BBQ Jam (free entry from around 8.30pm) Publishers Hotel – Quiz Meisters Trivia from 6.30pm The Lion Hotel – Brian Ruiz and friends (free entry from 8.30pm)

TUESDAY 5 SEPTEMBER CASAblabla – DJ spinning jazz, soul, funk and more from 6.30pm Crown & Sceptre – Vex On The Decks Edinburgh Castle Hotel – Comedy with $5 entry Gaslight Tavern – Blues Lounge Blues Jam with special guests Gilbert St Hotel – The Airbenders (free entry from 7pm) Governor Hindmarsh – Main Room: Christopher Cross (US) and Front Bar: American Appalachian Folk Sessions from 7pm Grace Emily – Risky Quizness Hotel Metro – Acoustic Club Tuesday from 8pm Rob Roy Hotel – Raw Jam The Lion Hotel – Zkye & Damo (free entry from 8.30pm)

WEDNESDAY 6 SEPTEMBER Adelaide Entertainment Centre – Placebo (UK) Austral Hotel – hip hop and R&B DJ from 9.30pm Brecknock Hotel – Open Mic Night CASAblabla – Salsa Night Colonel Light – Open Mic Night Coopers Alehouse Gepps Cross – Thomas Williams from 7pm Crown & Sceptre – Brazuca Brazilian Party with live band, DJs and $5 entry Governor Hindmarsh – Adelaide Ukulele Appreciation Society from 7pm in front bar Grace Emily – Move2Live from 6pm and Mark Olson (US) and Ingunn Ringvold (Sweden) Hotel Metro – live original bands from 9pm Kensington Hotel – Open Uke Night La Boheme – The New Cabal (free entry from 9.15pm) Nick’s Café (Frewville) – live music from noon-2pm North Adelaide Hotel – open mic from 7.30pm Publishers Hotel – jazz hosted by Elder Conservatorium Of Music with free entry from 7.30pm Seacliff Beach Hotel – Open Mic Night The Highway – Open Mic Night The Lion Hotel – Proton Pill (free entry from 8.30pm)

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“People can just keep trying,” Nikki concurs. “If they miss out on being a winner in one heat, they can still take part in the next one.”

As in life, however, there are some rules which can be found at http://spokenwordsa.com.au/wpcontent/uploads/2017/08/rules-2017-website. pdf. “They are pretty simple rules though,” Daniel suggests. “For example, it must be a new, original work. It needs to be something written within the last 12 months. And you can’t perform in a clown costume unless you are a clown in real life. But dressing up nicely instead of just wearing jeans and a T-Shirt is fine.” Many past winners have gone on to participate in professional development, networking and mentoring opportunities, publish their work and run poetry events of their own around Adelaide.

SA POETRY SLAM HEATS SA POETRY SLAM HEATS By Robert Dunstan The heats for this year’s SA Poetry Slam, presented by Spoken Word SA and with the winner set to take part in the national event in Sydney, kicked off last week so BSide Magazine ventured along to Heat One and chatted to organisers Daniel Watson and Nikki Baumann about the slams at which participants are given two minutes to speak, scream, howl, whisper or sing their original poem on stage in front of randomly selected judges without the aid of any props including musical instruments. The slams, which boast a special guest each heat, are now in their 10th year and Daniel says the quality of the participants has improved greatly over the years. “When I think back to the very first one, the quality of the performers today is beyond comparison,” he says. “It now seems like people were only dabbling in the art back then but now it’s often world class. And some of them are now great ‘performers’. They don’t just read off the page like back in the old days.

“And every year you will get someone turn up out of the blue who will just blow everyone away,” Daniel enthuses. “People will go, ‘Where in hell did they come from?’ And part of that, I think, is that they are learning from how others do it. The youngsters are learning from their more experienced peers.”

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A case in point is Alison Bennett who cautiously entered a heat last year only to find herself in Sydney for the national final.

“It’s been great to see Alison blossom in the way she has,” Nikki enthuses. “We are just proud of her. She was really shy and nervous last year but look at her now.

“But what’s becoming a bit of a problem is that the heats are now attracting such big audiences, we sometimes have to turn “Alison is now doing her own events around people away,” he then announces. “So there’s Adelaide,” Daniel confirms. “So was someone definitely an audience for who came out of virtually nowhere and is “You can’t it. Most of the heats, such as now doing some of the biggest spots in town this first one tonight, are full perform in a and is about to do her first interstate tour. capacity. clown costume ‘That’s been the great thing to see in only the unless you short time I’ve been involved,” Nikki says. “It’s no longer a small, underground event like it are a clown “There’s now a really good group of people used to be,” Daniel adds. “So who have come up through the slams who are in real life. now doing good things.” we are constantly looking at new venues [for the heats] But dressing to take it up to the next SA POETRY SLAM HEAT DETAILS up nicely level.” SA Heat Two Friday 26 August ($5 entry) instead of just Nikki, having worked in Salisbury Institute ,17-19 Wiltshire Street, various capacities within the wearing jeans Salisbury Adelaide arts scene, came on and a T-Shirt 6:30p registrations for a 7pm start board a couple of years ago. SPECIAL GUEST – Abe Nouk

is fine.”

“I’m still pretty new to it,” she laughs, “but have written poetry myself in the past. But, yeah, I’m pretty new to the whole idea of slam poetry. But poetry has always been my first love, so learning all about slams and how they work has been fantastic.” People are encouraged to roll up early to the heats – around 6.30pm – as competition is fierce.

“We have 20 performers on the night – it’s part of the national rules – and sometimes up to 25 people will register each heat,” Daniel says. “So the first 15 are assured of a spot and then we throw the names into the hat and do a little raffle for the next five spots.

“It’s unfortunate tonight, though, because 21 people have registered so it means that one person – just the one – is going to miss out,” he winces before pointing out that people can enter as many heats during the season as they wish.

SA Heat Three Friday 2 September ($5 entry) State Library Of SA, North Terrace, Adelaide 6:30pm registrations for a 7pm start SPECIAL GUEST – Khail Jureidini

SA Heat Four Friday, 9 September ($5 entry) Woodcroft Library, 175 Bains Road, Morphett Vale 6:30pm registrations for a 7pm start SPECIAL GUESTS – Jill Wherry and Nancy Bates SA Heat Five Friday 16 September ($5 entry) Jive, 181 Hindley St, Adelaide 6:30pm registrations for a 7pm start SPECIAL GUEST – Hana Brenecki SA FINAL Friday 30 September $15 presale tickets for purchase at www. trybooking.com/208757 Goodwood Institute, 166a Goodwood Rd, Goodwood Doors open 7:30pm for an 8pm start SPECIAL GUEST – Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa


with words. I can say whatever I want and can engage the audience in conversation. And I encourage that kind of interplay between artist and audience. “But I do also like playing with the band and am looking forward to getting back to doing that,” he adds.

The musician, who says he has only heard great things about the two venues he will be playing at with The Heggarties, reveals that he puts aside dedicated times in which to write.

SKYSCRAPER STAN SKYSCRAPER STAN By Robert Dunstan Skyscraper Stan is looking forward to making a quick return to Adelaide as special guest of The Heggarties on their quest to raise some funds to travel up to Tamworth early next year to participate in the town’s famous country music festival. Stan was calling from the sunny climes of Darwin where he was due to play the city’s Entertainment Centre and BSide Magazine began by asking how his association with The Heggarties had come about.

“And I chose Melbourne because I knew it had a pretty good music scene,” he says. “I’d been accepted into the university to complete my degree so thought to myself, ‘Why not?’ But I only ever intended to be there for six months. “That was nine years ago now,” Stan, who now lives in Castlemaine, laughs.

It was Stan’s father who introduced him to the guitar.

“Dad played finger pickin’ guitar and he also loved singing along to songs by Loudon Wainwright III,” he reveals. “So I always wanted to play guitar and sing and dad had this one Doc Watson song, Life Is Like A River, that he worked out how to play by listening to the album it came from, My Dear Old Southern Highland.

“And I then had this recurring dream that I could play Life Is Like A River – I would “I’d briefly met Paul [Heggarty] from The Heggarties when I was doing a showcase gig have vivid dreams of playing it at school assemblies and stuff – but I couldn’t even at The Basement up in “I’ve been really string two chords together,” he Sydney for Lost Highway laughs. “But when I was 16 I Records and the [recently enjoying touring started learning how to play guitar formed] Americana and have never stopped learning. solo. There’s a Music Association Of Australia,” Stan says. “And certain intimacy Stan fronts the band Skyscraper then I noticed we were and freedom that Stan & The Commission Flats. on the same train.” The same train of thought in regards to Americana music?

comes with it. I can tell a few stories if I want and I enjoy that…”

“No, no,” Stan laughs. “An actual train. So Paul and I got talking further and we’ve been in contact ever since because, strangely, we share a birthday. And I’d had such a good time in Adelaide last time, I was really keen to come back as soon as I could.” Stan was born in Auckland, New Zealand, where he had already started doing music before moving to Melbourne to complete an undergraduate degree in Zoology at the University Of Melbourne.

“Yeah, we’re still together,” he says when asked. “We now play very infrequently although we are about to start playing a fair bit again because we’re going back into the studio to make a new record.

“We’ve got some studio time booked so we’re going to do a couple of singles and then book more time to make a full album because we have a whole lot of new songs that are burning a hole in my songbook. “But I’ve been really enjoying touring solo,” Stan then announces. “There’s a certain intimacy and freedom that comes with it. For example, I can tell a few stories if I want and I enjoy that because I like playing around

“I scribble bits and pieces down and sketch things out when I’m travelling around but I put aside two days a week just to write,” Stan says. “I turn everything off so there are no distractions and I just write because I am totally uncontactable, If you are looking up and checking stuff all the time – Instagram feed, emails and all that – it doesn’t really work so well.

“And that’s something I learnt from my mother early on because she is a novelist and I know how she works,” he says of his mum, Stephanie Johnson, who has had over a dozen titles published by Penguin and is co-founder of the Auckland Writers Festival.

“And I just finished reading her latest novel this morning,” Stan concludes with a hint of pride. “It’s called Jarulen By The River and she’s written this one under the pseudonym Lily Woodhouse. And it’s the first novel she has set in Australia.” Skyscraper Stan will be the very special guest of The Heggarties, who have been nominated in the SAM Awards for Best Country Act, when they play two fundraising gigs to get to Tamworth at the Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, on Friday 8 September with tickets via https://www.trybooking.com/book/ event?eid=307926& and also McLaren Vale’s The Singing Gallery on Saturday 9 September with bookings via 0413 358 618. The Heggarties also play Semaphore Music Festival on the Foreshore Reserve (from noon until 8pm) alongside Adelaide Ukulele Appreciation Society, Alana Jagt & The Monotremes, Häna & Jessie-Lee, Aaron Thomas & The Human Patterns as well as headliners Ruby Boots and William Crighton on Sunday 1 October with early bird tickets available via Oztix here: https://tickets.oztix.com.au/?Event=76546

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Also on the X2 bill will be bluesy punk duo iHeart (Jarrad and Skye Levi) as well as The Matehs (Jess Foenander and James Dawes) who blend pysch rock with some hip hop and the night will also have visuals and a DJ. “The visuals will be some interesting projections I’ve put together and the DJ, in keeping with the night’s theme, will be mainly playing music by two-piece acts,” Todd reveals. “It’s just to add a bit of extra flavour to the evening and to keep things interesting.

X2 By Robert Dunstan X2 is an event set up by Sixteen Hands High (Todd Richmond Bennett of Johnny American Horse) to showcase four local duos – The Straight-Jacket Tailors, Johnny American Horse, The Matehs and iHeart – and is set to become the first of many such ventures. “I’d been organising a few gigs around the place – such as the Freewheelin’ ones – but decided to get a bit more serious about it and put them under the one banner of Sixteen Hands High,” Todd says. “It’s something I’ve always wanted to do and I guess it’s a way of putting on some good little gigs to focus attention on some good bands.

“And I’ve always had a love of two-piece bands – it’s maybe a bit millennial of me but I’ve always been into The White Stripes, The Black Keys, The Kills and bands like that – and I was coming across a lot of duos around Adelaide that are doing good things. “Duos are a bit different because they are not like your regular four-piece rock bands that are getting around the place,” he reasons. “And I guess It’s a bit easier keeping a band together when only two people are involved.”

I am not familiar with The Straight-Jacket Tailors which features drummer Josh Pullinen and Kristoffer Jaw-Moss on guitar and vocals. 42

“And the Ed Castle is a good pub that’s doing its thing well and getting people along to roll up to their gigs,” he says of the establishment which recently celebrated its 150th year of operation. “They had Melbourne’s Devil Electric there last weekend [with Filthy Lucre and more] and got lots of people along.”

“Because I’ve been putting on some shows We then agree that the pub in question around the place, I’ve gotten to meet a few is setting a good example by charging a people and had a bit of a chat admission price to see “It’s someone reasonable to them,” Todd says. “So I met gigs. very special Kris at a gig a few weeks ago and we got talking and then I [on drums] and “I really like the idea of a door listened to some of their stuff. who it will be is charge as it indicates that live music is something worth paying “And Kris has a great voice – it’s top secret. And to see,” Todd says. “It gives it a very Mark Lanegan-esque – I think people value even if it’s only 10 bucks to and, as a two-piece they make will be quite get in. a fair racket,” he adds with a surprised with “It reinforces the fact that it laugh. who it is. That’s costs money to put something Johnny American Horse will all I am going on – there are posters to do and have a very special guest get printed up, advertising costs to say.” drummer for the X2 gig. and paying the bands who have to travel to get there and pay to “It’s someone very special and who it will maintain their gear – so, yeah, if people be is top secret,” Todd indicates. “People want good, professional bands who put on will only find out on the night but it will be a great show, there has to be some kind of someone very special as the drummer. And door charge for people to see it.” I think people will be quite surprised with who it is. That’s all I am going to say.” Presented by Sixteen Hands High, get set for X2 - four explosive duos of The Todd, who had wanted Filthy Lucre on Straight-Jacket Tailors, Johnny American the X2 bill until he discovered they were Horse (boasting a very special guest playing the same venue the weekend mystery drummer), The Matehs and before and then going into hiatus to work iHeart – when they take to the stage of on their next album, says he is also looking Edinburgh Castle Hotel, 233 Currie St, at presenting Sixteen Hands High events in Adelaide, from 8.30pm on Saturday 26 venues other than pubs. August with an easy entry fee of $10 and with visuals and a guest DJ spinning “That would be for special, one-off events,” songs by rock duos. he suggests. “It would be something I’d base around the successful model that The Porch Sessions have. Find a place for the day that’s not a pub and put on something special that’s more like a mini festival with an interesting line-up. “And we have so many good bands in Adelaide – there’s lots of really talented people – that I like the idea of facilitating events that people can get off on,” Todd adds.


that for me and he did it in his or, you know, a songwriter it’s actually a studio and then we’d send it comfortable place to be. over the Web. “So yeah that’s something I’m heading “But a lot of it I just kinda did down, that more laid back vibe. You know myself. I just sat in the studio I could end up in some sort of country EP for three weeks pretty much, or something. Yeah I don’t know if you’d like solid, um slept there,” call it country but it’s gotta be Alex Lloyd’s laughs Lloyd. version of it. “I’d work through the night and through the day, like, sleeping really odd hours. Kinda a little bit like making Black The Sun but Black The Sun took a year.”

“But yeah, I dunno, I like all kinds of music. I was talking to a mate the other day about doing an electronic record again, but I haven’t really got around to that yet,” Lloyd laughs.

“It’s a really nice, it’s an American mic, it’s called a Royer. A very expensive microphone but I kinda use that for everything, so it kinda had a real coherency.”

“I’ve got some songs written but I haven’t got into the studio and played around with them yet. Or if I have it’s at very early stages so I couldn’t tell you what style it’s going to be – but they’re songs!”

So is there an Alex Lloyd album to come Being a hack singer I had to out in the near future? Are you working on commend Lloyd on his voice something? in Acoustica. And the fact that it was recorded so well. “Yeah I am, I’m working on um. . . I don’t know if it’s going to be an album or an EP “Ah thanks. I just use a room yet but I definitely want to have something mic. I borrowed it off Shane out in the new year, um, something new. So Nicholson actually. with all new songs on it.

ALEX LLYOD ALEX LLYOD by Ian Messenger After being approached by Liberation Music for their acoustic series Alex Lloyd explains to BSide Magazine that he locked himself up for three weeks in his studio and didn’t re-emerge until he had Acoustica. He will be bringing these acoustic treatments of his classic songs to The Governor Hindmarsh Hotel as a one-man show, and to be supported by local singersongwriter Hannah Yates.

After explaining to me about his recent excursion to the Kimberley for a tourist promo thing, playing around the desert and around little ponds with crocodiles in them, I got to ask Lloyd about the production of Acoustica. I know he is an adept of producing music not just for himself, but was there a helping hand? “I did it all,” Lloyd states. “Engineered, recorded and mixed it. Except for the strings. I went to a friend’s studio and he engineered that, yeah. Some of the piano I just sent to my friend who’s a really good piano player and so he put some stuff on 44

I asked Lloyd if that what he generally does. Does he write songs and then when Acoustica has some soul and blues vibes it’s time to record them does he makes a going on there. There’s some nice organ stylization choice? and you could imagine a double bill of Alex Lloyd with Dan Sultan would be a treat for “Yeah sometimes, you know, I start with a so-inclined punter. I asked Lloyd if he production and write listened to much blues music “And I really got a song with a beat or a growing up. inspired by Nashville bass line or something. as a place because But other times it’s like “Yeah I started out playing blues. I mean I started in a it’s very much about ah, I could tell you they [current new songs] are cathedral choir to be honest music. You know it’s maybe more guitar based, with you. After that I kind sort of like a whole you know, keep to guitarof discovered blues and I based songs. started busking at the Ballay city dedicated to [Balmain] Markets when I music, so if you’re “But I do sort of envisage was quite young with my a musician or, you having some kind of mates and we were into blues, you know, just weirdly know, a songwriter it’s percussion and band going as well – that’s enough,” says Lloyd. actually a comfortable about as far as I got.” place to be.” Alex Lloyd’s previous album from 2013 Urban Wilderness Alex Lloyd with be Up Close & Acoustic is a very listenable album and there were at The Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, 59 even touches of reggae such as on the track Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Thursday 31 On Trick Pony. I asked Lloyd if this chilled vibe is a general direction for his music into August with special guest Adelaide’s own Hannah Yates. Tickets through the future. Oztix. “I think so, yeah,” Lloyd thinks. “I think it’s sort of heading. . . I went to Nashville last year and wrote a bunch of songs with a bunch of songwriters over there you know, for some other people’s albums. “And I really got inspired by Nashville as a place because it’s very much about music. You know it’s sort of like a whole city dedicated to music, so if you’re a musician


DAMIEN POWER

KILLING GROUND by MDB Damien Power recently spoke about his first feature Killing Ground, and discussed its long gestation, hand-picked cast and violent scenes, which have already proven controversial in some circles. And yes, it’s a very hard movie to talk about without giving the game away. Killing Ground is your first film and it’s a pretty major production, so how did it all get off the ground?

That was the germ of the idea, but between that and actually stepping out onto the set and starting filming it was 11 years. I wasn’t working on it full-time - I had 9-to-5 jobs outside the film industry - but after about six years we thought that the film was ready to be financed, and as Killing Ground was nothing like any of the films I had made at film school, me and my producer Joe [Weatherstone], we made a short called Peekaboo… That did really well for us and played at festivals...

The other real standout, I think, is Tiarnie Coupland as 16 year old Em. It’s a demanding role, so was she at all concerned about some of Em’s scenes? I feel blessed about my cast and I think they’re all great. And Tiarnie is amazing… I’d seen some of her other work, and we just had a coffee and that was really just me sounding her out and asking, “Are you really okay about this?” Onset she was amazing… You know, Killing Ground is a violent film, but it’s also about violence, and I made a decision early on that I wanted the violence to feel real…

But I also wanted the worst violence to And it was through that that happen offscreen, and for the audience to the funding started happening fill in the blanks… Plus my day job for a long for Killing Ground? time has been with the Film Classification Board, so I’ve had a long interest in how we Yes… And Mushroom Pictures, watch violence. who had been out of the game for a while, contacted us and And what about your decision to tell asked if this film was still being the story non-chronologically? It really made too, and they came on heightens the dread… as our local distributor… I also wanted to be really I wanted to make the “I thought of audience more active clear to everyone that this was a tough Aaron Pedersen in the storytelling… watch and a tough film but that it They’re actively involved in the role of wasn’t just a piece of exploitation, and in working out answers, that I was passionate about it. German because and working out what I thought the role happened to the campers. Surely it was a tricky film to way the story is told cast? You needed actors who the needed that kind The also informs what, to me, audience would like but who of strength and is one of the themes of the were also willing to do some fairly film: cycles of violence. charisma…” intense stuff… This violence happened 200 years ago, it happened It wasn’t difficult. I think I probably last week, it’s happening met maybe half the actors through the right now, and it’ll probably happen again audition process, and the other half, whose work tomorrow! I already knew, I offered the roles. A couple of actors read it and thought it wasn’t for them, and And Damien: after all this buzz for your that’s okay… first film what do you do now? I thought of Aaron Pedersen in the role of German because I thought that the role needed that kind of strength and charisma, so he could mentor a younger man into murder… He said he never gets offered roles like this, and he was happy to come on board.

It’s been a long, long journey. The very germ of the idea occurred to me as an image of the orange tent… This tent just sort of came to me and I started thinking, well, where are the He and Aaron Glenane [as Chook] are campers? What happened to them? And then frightening because they’re so real. They’re that suggested the antagonists, and then I small-town lads who enjoy a bit of “hunting”… started thinking about who finds the tent, and that suggested the protagonists… Yes, and that makes them scarier than any kind of monster… But it was also important to find their humanity too, and to spend some time with them before we understand exactly who they really are. They’re guys you might meet at a pub and never know the truth of who they are, and I wanted them to be as realistic as possible.

Immediately after Sundance I signed with [American agents] and was finally able to quit my day job, meaning that I could focus on filmmaking full-time, which has been great… I’d like to work here and in the US making films and TV… One [project] is a feature version of Peekaboo, one is a teen horror with a supernatural twist, and one is my version of those ‘90s women-in-jeopardy thrillers. Those are the ones on the books at the moment, and I’m pretty happy. Killing Ground is now screening at cinemas everywhere.

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