ISSUE 0014 / January 15th - January 21st 2015
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AROUND THE TRAPS Hurricanes, a collaboration between longtime friends and musical soulmates based in Adelaide and led by vocalist Tara Lynch, are set to launch their debut recording, It’s OK My Love, and will do so at The Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, from 4pm on Sunday 18 January with special guest Delia Obst. Tickets are $15 plus booking fee or $20 plus booking fee including a copy of the album! Fresh from a satanic cheerleading trip to sunny Melbourne, Satan’s Cheerleaders continue on their new adventures and will now play Crown & Anchor, 196 Grenfell St, on Saturday 17 January with special guests Adam Page and St Morris Sinners. More cowbell, please. The Dairy Brothers, who now all have lengthy beards, have announced a reunion show that will happen at Jive, 181 Hindley St, on Saturday 28 February. Book quickly at Moshtix. The Saucermen will be flying into the Grace Emily Hotel, 232 Waymouth St, on Saturday 7 February to undertake a free entry gig with The Jamjets. Inglewood Inn, 1931 North East Rd, Inglewood, has announced an absolutely huge bushfire fundraiser from 3pm on Sunday 18 January at Houghton Oval with much live music – expect some very, very special guests including Bad//Dreems – raffles and a silent auction. All proceeds will go directly to the SERF Committee, a government run organisation where 100% of all donations go to those affected by the fires. The Producers, 235 Grenfell St, will also be hosting Come Together a bushfire fundraising event on Friday 16 January featuring a slew of local bands and lots of acoustic acts playing across three stages including the leafy beer garden. Get along and check it out. Singer songwriter Jaye Holly will be presenting some of her acoustic pop and indie folk when she plays a free entry gig from 3-6pm at boutique city pub Hotel Franklin, 92 Franklin St, on Sunday January 18. Charlie Monsoon, Kitten Kong and Hello, Lover will be putting on a free entry gig at Hotel Metro, 46 Grote St, in the band room from 9pm on Saturday 17 January. Silent Duck, Gun It and The Raging Monkeys will be undertaking a gig at Worldsend Hotel, 208 Hindley St, on Saturday 24 January from 9.30pm with a $5 entry fee. Crown & Sceptre Hotel, 308 King William St, will host the free entry Crown & Sceptre Ball from 9.30pm on Friday 13 February and it will feature 12-piece funk band Funk Latin Union, Headphone Piracy and Jupiter. There will also be a bubble show at 10.30pm from Dr Bubble of Bubble Art. Adelaide band Dirt Playground have a couple of big shows coming up with the group set to play Jive, 181 Hindley St, on Friday 16 January with guests Lost Cosmonaut and The Realm Of and Worldsend, 208 Hindley St, on Friday 6 February. Special guests for the latter gig are to be announced soon. Stay tuned. Much-loved combo The Baker Suite are set to play The Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, from 9pm on Saturday 17 January with tickets at the door from $12. The Audreys and The Yearlings have always had a bit of a crush on each other. So they are now playing at Crush Festival on Saturday 24 January from 6pm until late in the Old Woolen Mill behind Lobethal Bierhaus. Crush Festival runs from Friday 23 January until Sunday 25 January with full details available at <crushfestival.com.au>. Boutique bar Nook Nosh, 111 Unley Rd, Unley, open from 3pm on Wednesdays through to Sundays, will have acoustic tunes from Short & Sweet at 5pm on Sunday 18 January. Pop in for sips ‘n’ nibbles. New live music venue Vinyl, Gilbert Plc, will open its doors from 8pm on Friday 16
January with live music and DJ sets from Alphabette, Max Savage and more. Crump Cake Orchestra (CCO), Adelaide’s 18 piece soul and funk-inspired big band, have recently released their Thank you... Drive Home EP from a live recording. To celebrate, CCO will be having a free entry launch at the Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, on Friday 16 January. Expect synthesisers, lots of horns and heavy funk rhythms arranged for an 18-piece orchestra. There is to be a Southern Fire Relief Benefit to be held from 11am until 9pm on Sunday 18 January at Old Noarlunga Football Club Oval featuring a whole lotta acts including Whole Lotta Bon, Faultline, Brooke Marchant, Cal Williams Jnr, Cover Me and Rockingchair Men as well as guest appearances from assorted AFL players as well as much activities for children including pony rides and face-painting. Entry is via gold coin donation. Recently buoyed by some nice reviews of their album, Genghis Cardigan will make a return to the front bar of the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, to undertake a free entry gig from 9pm on Saturday 17 January. Meanwhile, Geezers, a bunch of geezers who play old school rock, will expect you to pay what you think they might be worth when they hit the Gov’s front bar from 5pm on Sunday 18 January. Imogen Brave will fall or fly when they launch their second EP, Fall Or Fly, at Jive, 181 Hindley St, on Saturday 7 February. They’ll likely fly as alongside them they will have the now legendary Dexter Jones as well as The Crown. Pre-sale tickets, via Moshtix, are $12 or you can take your chances at the door for $15. Roo Shooter, XY Clinic, Daniel Varricchio and The Yabbies are all set to hit it out at Hotel Metro, 46 Grote St, on Friday 16 January from 9pm at a free entry shindig. Kaurna Cronin, recent recipient of The Emily Burrows Award, and Myles Mayo and his band will play Trinity Sessions at Church Of The Trinity, 317 Goodwood Rd, Clarence Pk on Friday 16 January. Tickets via <dramatix.com.au>. Local metal band Octanic, whose drummer, Scott, lost the family home in the recent bushfires, have organised a benefit concert with donations going to The Bushfire Relief Appeal at Cavern Club, North Tce, on Saturday 7 February at which the band will also be joined by Arcadia, In Case Of Emergency, Behold The Sea and By The Breakwater. It’s an all-ages affair with doors from 7.30pm and tickets at $12. Bearded Gypsy Band will kick off a three-week Thursday evening frolic from 9pm at The Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, on Thursday 15 January at which St Morris Sinners will serve as special guests. On Thursday 22 January, they will be joined by Jess of The Villenettes and Sloe Ruin, while the final evening, Thursday 29 January, will have Max Savage as special guest. Entry is free but donations will be readily accepted. The Brothers Grimm, the Adelaide-based love child of rock, grunge and The Beach Boys, will be bringing their party vibes to Glenelg Backpackers from 8pm on Friday 23 January where they will be sharing the stage with alternative rockers Jupiter Groove and the edgy jazz rock fusion of The New Yorks.
Arthouse, 11 Canon St, Adelaide, on Saturday 7 February which will feature The Australian Beatles Show, The Lincolns and Lucky Seven. Tickets are $20 plus booking fee and available now from <stickytickets.com.au> or will be $35 at the door. As part of Tourrific Prospect, Club 5082 comes to Prospect Town Hall, Prospect Rd, Prospect, as a free entry all-ages event from 7pm on Monday 19 January and will feature local bands Fusion, Jungle City, The Dirty Chins and The Prophets Of Impending Doom. As part of the Touriﬃc Prospect festivities there will, of course, also be lots of stalls, food, drink and entertainment along Prospect Rd and it’s to be a non-smoking, dog-free event. For more info, contact 8269 5355. Adelaide guitar wizard David Mazzocchetti (AKA Foxx Qu) will be performing at The Cancer Council Of SA’s Hope For A Yellow Cause Charity Ball from 7pm at Cypriot Community Centre, 5-8 Barrpowell St, Welland, on Friday 6 February alongside illusionist Nicholas Tweedy, singer songwriter Alex Hosking and Hyperdance Dance Crew. For more information, contact The Cancer Council Of SA. Local songstress Kelly Breuer is hosting a open mic evening every second week at Café Komodo, 118 Prospect Rd, Prospect with the next one being held on Thursday 21 January. Registration is from 6pm and the festivities conclude at 9pm. Pop along. Fresh from storming to victory in the publicly voted Favourite Artist and Favourite Song gongs at the recent Fowler’s Live Awards, South Australian songstress Julia Henning has released a new single, Drifter, and has backed it up with a national tour which winds up in her hometown. Catch Julia at McLaren Vale’s The Singing Gallery on Saturday 31 January with special guest Kelly Menhennett before she plays WOMADelaide.
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Gaslight Tavern, 36 Chief St, Brompton, is set to host a Battle Of The Bands which will run for nine weeks and kick off on Saturday 24 January. Please contact Pete at the pub for more information about how to register and all that. Relatively new Adelaide band Velvet Moth, featuring members of The Streamliners and GT Stringer, have kicked off a monthlong January residency at the Grace Emily Hotel, 232 Waymouth St, and it continues on Friday 16 January with guests St Morris Sinners, Friday 23 January with Ride Into The Sun and finishes up on Friday 30 January with Vic Conrad & The First Third. All shows are free entry and set to kick off at 9pm. There is to be a Mods Vs Rockers Vs Swingers Ball to take place at Published
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HEADING TO TOWN Melbourne rock band Empra like to think of Adelaide as a second home, so are very well pleased they are heading back to town to play The Exeter Hotel, 246 Rundle St, with and William Street Strikers on Saturday 30 January. The Underscore Orkestra hail from Oregon, USA, and play a blend of Balkan, Klezmer and traditional and original gypsy jazz and swing. Cut from the same cloth as festival favourites Tuba Skinny, the orkestra will make their Adelaide debut with the support of Golonka! at The Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Sunday 18 January. Book at the venue or via OzTix.
Henley Beach, on Wednesday 21 January with special local guests Inwoods and Filthy Lucre. Folk rockers The Rumjacks are about to go out on a national tour which will take them everywhere before they wind it all up at Crown & Anchor, 196 Grenfell St, on Saturday 18 April. Sydney-based loop pedal maestro Lyall Moloney has announced he’ll be returning to The Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, for his first ever headline show on Friday 16 January. Lyall, who won many new fans when he was at the Gov opening for Sticky Fingers, will be previewing material from his upcoming album. Book at OzTix or via the venue.
Brisbane-based stoner doom rockers Lizzard Wizzard (not to be confused with the Melbourne reptiles with quite a similar name) are making their first trek to Adelaide to play Crown & Anchor, 196 Grenfell St, on Friday 23 January. Also on the bill will be Melbourne’s Watchtower as well as locals Hydromedusa and Tombsealer. Tickets will be at the door for $15.
Bass player CJ Ramone, who joined New York’s The Ramones in 1986, has announced that he will be performing at Crown & Anchor, 196 Grenfell St, on Tuesday 10 February. CJ and his band, which includes Steve Soto and Dan Root (Adolescents) on guitars and Pete Soso (Street Dogs) on drums, will be playing all The Ramones classics as well as some choice cuts from new album, Last Chance To Dance.
Tasmanian post rock band Lewes are set to play Jive, 181 Hindley St, on Saturday 17 January, while the same live music venue also boasts the return of explosive rock duo King Of The North, fresh from touring with The Mark Of Cain, on Friday 30 January. Book for both shows at Moshtix.
Here’s an interesting one for all you fallen down monsters out there. The Baby Animals and The Superjesus will be playing The Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, SA, on Friday 19 June with tickets on sale now via OzTix or at the venue.
Fresh from playing Gorgeous Festival, Bondi’s The Beautiful Girls have quickly announced a headline show at the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh. It will take place on Thursday 15 January with tickets now on sale via OzTix or at the venue.
Boasting a huge line-up of international, national and local glam rockers and hard rock bands, L.O.U.D. Fest 2015 will feature Dellacoma Rio (US), Love Cream, White Widdow (from Melbourne), Sisters Doll (Melbourne), Speedmachine, Sweet Anarchy, Trash City, Odysey, Canephora, Hi Speed Life and more at The Bridgeway Hotel, Bridge Rd, Pooraka, on Saturday 14 February.
Highly popular comedian Josh Wade will be making his way to the Ramsgate Hotel, 328 Seaview Rd, Henley Beach, on Thursday 22 January. Doors swing open wide at 7pm with tickets getting quickly snapped up now via Moshtix. Canadian indie soul songstress Ann Vriend has just released a new album, For The People In The Mean Time, as well as announcing an extensive Australian tour. Catch her at the Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, on Saturday 24 January. Geelong-based singer songwriter Nathan Seeckts is coming to town and will ply his musical wares with his band, The Dead City Lights, alongside locals Bec Stevens, Heath Anthony and Ry Kemp at The Exeter Hotel, 246 Rundle St, on Saturday 17 January. Nathan also plays Pirie St’s The Bluebee Room on Friday 16 January alongside Mad Maxman & The Heck Yeahs, Tiger Can Smile and Peter Dixon. New York’s Mark Steiner, who now resides in Oslo, is bringing His Problems (Henry Hugo and Valentina Giosa) to Hotel Metro, 46 Grote St, on Thursday 15 January to launch new double album, Saudade. Tom Redwood, with full band, will serve as opening act. Melbourne’s Evil Twin are coming to town to ply their musical wares at a free entry affair at Worldsend Hotel, 208 Hindley St, on Friday 30 January with help from locals Rat Ta’ Mango and King Indecisive. Fancy some world class jazz? Composer and pianist Cleon Barraclough has joined up with with Osmar ‘Chiky’ Salazar on electric bass and Sacha K on drums to present their debut album, Techni-colour Rain. Inspired by salsa, timba, funk and contemporary jazz, they will launch it at The Promethean, 116 Grote St, on Friday 16 January. For ticket information please visit <cleon.com.au>. Victor Valdez & The Real Mexico Mariachi Band, who have played WOMADelaide and Adelaide Cabaret Festival, are set to present a Mexican Fiesta at the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Saturday 24 January alongside Soul Macumbia. Book at OzTix or via the venue. Sweden’s Truckfighters, who play classic desert rock and can count Josh Homme of Queens Of The Stone Age as a fan, have announced a tour that will bring them to The Ramsgate Hotel, 328 Seaview Rd,
Megan Washington has announced that she will have Montaigne and Greg Chapello as special guests when she brings her There There album tour to the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Friday 27 February. Book via OzTix or at the venue. Harry Howard is set to return to town with his band, Near Death Experience, which features Dave Graney and Clare Moore, and they will once again play Hotel Metro, 46 Grote St, on Saturday 21 February. Melbourne rock band Crash & Burn will hit Bridgeway Hotel, Bridge Rd, Pooraka on Saturday 7 March with doors at 6.30pm and a stellar line-up of Speedmachine, The Menace, Hi Speed Life and Mark Bowley. Germany’s premier post metal act The Ocean are returning to Australia to play their highly acclaimed record Pelagial in full for the very first time in this country. Get set to experience The Ocean when they play Jive, 181 Hindley St, on Thursday 16 April. Book at Moshtix. Chaotic Perth hardcore band Statues are touring their Together We’re Alone album and will hit Cavern Club, North Tce, for a licensed all-ages affair on Saturday 24 January with Heroes. The Wanderer’s Australia Day Party will boast the USA’s Linda Gail Lewis and Anne Marie Lewis as well as Melbourne’s Hank’s Jalopy Demons, Perth’s Rusty Pinto along with Lucky Seven, The Lincolns, Lady Voodoo, Memphis Suns and Shades Of Blue and also custom cars, international tattoo artist Randi Canik and more. It all takes place at Published Arthouse, 11 Cannon St, on Sunday 25 January with tickets on sale via <stickytickets.com.au>. Melbourne punk rockers The Bennies are out on a national tour to further promote their Heavy Disco EP and will hit Enigma Bar, 173 Hindley St, on Thursday 19 March. Tickets will be strictly limited to 200 when The Ape, featuring Tex Perkins, hit Crown & Anchor, 196 Grenfell St, Adelaide, on Saturday 31 January with special guests Sloe Ruin and Kitchen Witch. Tickets now available at the usual outlets. Down On The Plains will feature contemporary folk musicians Kieran Ryan
(of Melbourne), Julia Jacklin (of Sydney) and locals Delia Obst and Naomi Kristini and will take place at the Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, on Saturday 7 February from 8pm. Atlanta-based hardcore act Norma Jean will visit Australia for the first time in a couple of years and are set to play Fowler’s Live, 68-70 North Tce, on Saturday 11 April with special guests to be announced soon. The Crown & Anchor, 235 Grenfell St, will play host to Melbourne riff merchants Don Fernando on Sunday 25 January when they play alongside local rockers Emergency Rule and Thirteen Black. Tickets will be $10 at the door. Here’s a thing. Melbourne rock band Dallas Crane were set to slug it out at a suburban venue in SA on Monday 26 January but are now hitting Jive, 181 Hindley St, on that same day. Book quickly at Moshtix. Gwyn Ashton, a Welsh-born, award winning guitar player who spent his formative years in Adelaide before relocating to Sydney and then Europe, has announced an Australian tour for 2015. Catch him at The Whitmore Hotel, 317 Morphett St, on Friday 6 February, Old Spot Hotel, 1955 Main North Rd, Salisbury Heights, on Monday 9 February, Gaslight Tavern, 36 Chief St, Brompton, on Tuesday 10 February, The Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, on Wednesday 11 February and McLaren Vale’s The Singing Gallery (with Chris Finnen) on Thursday 12 February. Gwyn will also be inducted in the SA Music Hall Of Fame during his visit. Israeli psytrance act Infected Mushroom have nine albums to their credit and are known for legendary live shows. Catch ’em at the Govenror Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Wednesday 11 February. Book via OzTix or at the venue. Get set for a night of ghostly music when Queensland’s Ghost Notes launch a new album at Hotel Metro, 46 Grote St, from 9pm on Friday 23 January with help from Tiger et Ghost and Blood Plastic.
Gooch Palms, a duo of garage rockers from Newcastle who are soon relocating to the US, will be making their way to Hotel Metro, 46 Grote St, on Saturday 24 January with special guests to be announced soon. Stay tuned. Passenger has announced a national tour with special guests The Once, a folk trio based out of St John’s, Newfoundland, Canada. They will play Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre, Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Tuesday 20 January of next year. Much-respected Melbourne-based hip hop artist Seth Sentry will be making his way to the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Saturday 21 March with tickets available at the venue or via OzTix. American electronic violin sensation Lindsey Stirling is set to return to Australia next year. Picking up the violin at five-years-old, classically trained Lindsey has created a futurist world of electronic big beats and animation, garnering huge attention with more than half a billion views on YouTube and with Billboard chart-topping hits and sell-out world tours. Catch her at Fowler’s Live, 68-70 North Tce, on Monday 16 February for a licensed all-ages affair. The Getaway Plan will spend time finishing off a new album, Dark Horses, at Melbourne’s Sing Sing Studios before embarking on a huge national tour that will bring them to Fowler’s Live, 68-70 North Tce, on Friday 29 May. Tickets via OzTix. Noel Fielding, star of multi-award winning comedy duo The Mighty Boosh, will return to Australia for a national tour in April of 2015. Expect a magical mix of his unique brand of stand up comedy, live animation, music and some of Fielding’s best-known television characters including The Moon and Fantasy Man. There will also be muscular support from the loose stylings of Mike Fielding of Naboo/Smooth. Catch all the action at Thebarton Theatre on Friday April 17 with tickets on sale now via <ticketmaster.com.au>.
Roxette (Sweden) and Boom Crash Opera at Adelaide Entertainment Centre FRIDAY 20 FEBRUARY Jo Quail (UK) at The Trinity Sessions Aled Jones (Wales) at Her Majesty’s Theatre SATURDAY 21 FEBRUARY Jo Quail (UK) at The Trinity Sessions Harry Howard’s Near Death Experience (Melbourne) at Hotel Metro TUESDAY 24 FEBRUARY Angus & Julia Stone (Sydney) at Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre
THURSDAY 15 JANUARY Mark Steiner & His Problems (US/Norway) and Tom Redwood at Hotel Metro Every Time I Die (US), Touche Amore and A Ghost Orchestra at Enigma Bar The Beautiful Girls (Sydney) at Governor Hindmarsh Nelly (US) at Thebarton Theatre FRIDAY 16 JANUARY Lyall Moloney (Sydney) at Governor Hindmarsh) Nathan Seeckts (Geelong) at The Bluebee Room SATURDAY 17 JANUARY Blue King Brown (Melbourne/Jamaica) and Kahl Wallis at Governor Hindmarsh Lewes (Tasmania) at Jive Nathan Seeckts (Geelong), Bec Stevens, Heath Anthony and Ry Kemp at Exeter Hotel Sounds By The River: Hoodoo Gurus, Mondo Rock, Diesel, Boom Crash Opera, James Reyne and Daryl Braithwaite at Mary Ann Reserve (Mannum) SUNDAY 18 JANUARY The Underscore Orkestra (US) and Golonka! at Governor Hindmarsh TUESDAY 20 JANUARY Passenger (Melbourne) and The Once (Canada) at Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre WEDNESDAY 21 JANUARY Truckfighters (Sweden), Inwoods and Filthy Lucre at Ramsgate Hotel THURSDAY 22 JANUARY Shonen Knife (Japan), Za! (Spain) and Glass Skies at Jive FRIDAY 23 JANUARY Lizzard Wizzard (Brisbane), Watchtower (Melbourne), Hydromedusa, and Tombsealer at Crown & Anchor Magic Bones (Melbourne) and Harts (US) at Pirie & Co Social Club Ghost Notes (Brisbane), Tiger et Ghost and Blood Plastic at Hotel Metro SATURDAY 24 JANUARY Ann Vrend (Canada) at Wheatsheaf Hotel Victor Valdez & The Real Mexico Mariachi Band (Melbourne) and Soul Macumbia at Goverenor Hindmarsh The Gooch Palms (Newcastle) at Hotel Metro Mid Coast Meltdown 7: Cosmic Psychos (Melbourne), Filthy Lurcre, The Lizards, Psycho Green, Sector III, Iron Feather and more at Pt Noarlunga Football Club mewithoutYou (US) at Adelaide Uni Bar The Audreys and The Yearlings at Robert Johnson Vineyards (Lobethal) Statues (Perth) and Heroes at Cavern Club SUNDAY 25 JANUARY The Wanderer’s Australia Day Party: Linda Gail Lewis (US), Anne Marie Lewis (US), Hank’s Jalopy Demons (Melbourne), Lucky Seven, The Lincolns, Lady Voodoo, Memphis Suns and Shades Of Blue at Published Arthouse Don Fernando (Melbourne), Emergency Rule and Thirteen Black at Crown & Anchor MONDAY 26 JANUARY Sounds @ Serafino: Icehouse (Sydney), James Reyne, Diesel (Sydney), Wendy Matthews, 1927 at Serafino Winery (McLaren Vale) The Amity Affliction (Melbourne), In Hearts Wake, Confession and Antagonist AD at Bridgeway Hotel Adam Brand (Melbourne), The Wolfe Brothers, Jasmine Rae and Matt Cornell at Hahndorf Old Mill Carpark Dallas Crane (Melbourne) and The Trafalgars at Jive THURSDAY 29 JANUARY Nas (US) and Dusk at Thebarton Theatre
FRIDAY 30 JANUARY King Of The North (Vic/SA) at Jive Evil Twin (Melbourne), Rat Ta’ Mango and King Indecisive at Worlsdend SATURDAY 31 JANUARY The Reprobettes (Melbourne), The Villenettes Stabbitha & The Knifey Wifeys and Madeleine DeVille at The Jade Monkey Red Emmett & The Katz (Sydney) at Governor Hindmarsh The Ape (Melbourne), Sloe Ruin and Kitchen Witch at Crown & Sceptre Caligula’s Horse (Brisbane), AlithiA, Ayssidia and For Millenia at Enigma Bar SUNDAY 1 FEBRUARY Pete Cornelius (Melbourne) at Semaphore Workers Club MONDAY 2 FEBRUARY Johnny Marr (UK) at Governor Hindmarsh TUESDAY 3 FEBRUARY Suzi Quatro (US) at Thebarton Theatre THURSDAY 5 FEBRUARY Kim Churchill (Merimbula) at Jive FRIDAY 6 FEBRUARY Laneway Festival at Harts Mill (Port Adelaide) The Searchers (UK) at Her Majesty’s Theatre Chase City (Melbourne) at Exeter Hotel The Vanns (Sydney) at Rocket Bar Gwyn Ashton (UK) at Whitmore Hotel SATURDAY 7 FEBRUARY Leo Sayer (UK) at Her Majesty’s Theatre Kieran Ryan (Melbourne), Julia Jacklin (Sydney) and Delia Obst at Wheatsheaf Hotel
WEDNESDAY 25 FEBRUARY Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks (US) at Governor Hindmarsh THURSDAY 26 FEBRUARY Ruth Moody (US) at The Trinity Sessions Deltron 3030 (US) at Governor Hindmarsh FRIDAY 27 FEBRUARY Megan Washington (Melbourne), Montaigne and Greg Chapello at Governor Hindmarsh SATURDAY 28 FEBRUARY The Smith Street Band (Melbourne), Pup (Canada), Great Cynics (UK) and Apart From This at Governor Hindmarsh SUNDAY 1 MARCH Cold Chisel and Spiderbait (Melbourne) at Clipsal The Smith Street Band (Melbourne), Pup (Canada), Great Cynics (UK) and Apart From This at Governor Hindmarsh WEDNESDAY 4 MARCH Foo Fighters (US) and Rise Against (US) at Coopers Stadium (Hindmarsh) THURSDAY 5 MARCH DZ Deathrays (Brisbane), Bass Drum Of Death (US) and Hockey Dad at Fowler’s Live FRIDAY 6 MARCH – MONDAY 9 MARCH WOMADelaide: Youssou N’Dour (Senegal), Rufus Wainwright, Neneh Cherry & RocketNumberNine+, The Gloaming, Abdullah Ibrahim Quartet, Balkan Beat Box, Public Broadcasting Service and so many, many more at Botanic Park
SUNDAY 8 FEBRUARY Sting (UK), Paul Simon (US) and Sarah Blasko at Coopers Brewery Shane Howard (Melbourne) at The Trinity Sessions Lamb (UK) at Fowler’s Live MONDAY 9 FEBRUARY Gwyn Ashton (UK) at Old Spot (Salisbury Heights) TUESDAY 10 FEBRUARY Gwyn Ashton (UK) at Gaslight Tavern CJ Ramome (US) at Crown & Anchor WEDNESDAY 11 FEBRUARY Kenny Rogers (US) and Amber Joy Poulton at Adelaide Entertainment Centre Yngwie J Malmsteem (Sweden) at HQ Complex Gwynn Ashton (UK) at Wheatsheaf Hotel Infected Mushroom (Israel) at Governor Hindmarsh THURSDAY 12 FEBRUARY Gwyn Ashton (UK) and Chris Finnen at The Singing Gallery (McLaren Vales) SATURDAY 14 NOVEMBEER The Veronicas (Brisbane) at Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre L.O.U.D. Fest 2015: Dellacoma Rio (US), Love Cream, White Widdow (Melbourne), Sisters Doll (Melbourne), Speedmachine, Sweet Anarchy, Trash City, Odysey, Canephora, Hi Speed Life and more at Bridgeway Hotel Bernard Fanning (Brisbane) at Bird In Hand Winery Chocolate Starfish (Melbourne) at Governor Hindmarsh SUNDAY 15 FEBRUARY Peter Hook & The Light (UK) at Governor Hindmarsh MONDAY 16 FEBRUARY Lindsey Stirling (US) at Fowler’s Live TUESDAY 17 FEBRUARY One Direction (UK) at AAMI Stadium
TRUCKFIGHTERS By Libby Parker From a land where electronica reigns supreme, Swedish melodic fuzz rock band Truckfighters have carved a path for a new wave in music. Despite being from a country famous for snowcapped mountains and Abba, Truckfighters’ music is described as the sounds of the desert with grand open grooves and dust-caked metal riffs. The band, who have flavours of grunge, stoner rock and prog rock in their mix, are heading down under to showcase their latest album, Universe. The three-piece band, made up of Niklas ‘Dango’ Källgren (guitar), Oskar ‘Ozo’ Cedermalm (bass and vocals) and Andre ‘Poncho’ Kvarnström (drums) will play at the Ramsgate Hotel on Wednesday 21 January with Adelaide bands Filthy Lucre and Inwoods. Speaking to BSide Magazine from the top of a mountain in Greece, guitarist Niklas says he’s looking forward to coming back to Australia and visiting Adelaide for the first time.
“The previous recordings have been a little more rough in the sound. I think the new one is different. The soft and melodic parts are more soft and melodic and I think the heavier parts are even more heavy,” he says. “Some of our older fans think it sounds too much like classic stoner rock but we have evolved and we try not to do the same thing twice. For us it’s a natural thing to be a little bit different in every album.” Although the guys try to write differently for each of their recordings, they are committed to never writing anything hip in a pledge to stay timeless. “Trying to be timeless in the music is all about staying away from doing something that is trending at the moment. Do something you like from the heart and if that for some reason becomes popular then you’ve done it with soul. “I think people who do things just to be popular get forgotten quite fast. It’s about doing things your way and the way you love to do it,” Niklas says. Truckfighters are touring across Australia before they head over to the USA and then back to Europe for the summer festival season.
“We were on tour in Australia two years ago. It was very fun. We were eager to get back. We were in Perth Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane but not Adelaide so that will be good,” he says.
“This summer we are booked for some really big festivals so that will be really fun. In Europe over summer it’s pretty much all festivals and not much clubs are open,” Nicklas says.
“It seems like the rock is a bit more popular in general than in Europe. People enjoy rock music in Australia.”
“Most bands play festivals over summer but it’s pretty hard to get into the big festivals. Everybody wants to play there, so we’re happy we’re going to be playing.”
Truckfighters are famous for their fuzz rock and smooth melodies, which, in Sweden is juxtaposed with a strong culture of club DJs and electronic music.
But before the summer festivals, Truckfighters will be tearing up the stage with the likes of Filthy Lucre and Inwoods.
However, Niklas believes there are both positives and negatives to being so unique in the music industry in their country.
Both from Adelaide, the bands are very keen to play with the Swedish band who they’ve admired for some time.
“Nowadays, more accepted is electronic music. The clubs play mostly electronica and in Europe it is more electronic than rock,” he says.
Luke Marsh from two-piece band Filthy Lucre says he is looking forward to seeing Truckfighters take the stage.
“I think it’s kind of challenging because it takes a lot for people to get into something new. Most people want to listen to something they recognise a little bit, but on the other hand I think it’s kind of nice because usually they get really, really into it instead. “So if we don’t have so many fans, we think that’s ok because it’s like either people really like it or they don’t care about it.” Over here in Australia, however, Truckfighters have a substantial following, and Nicklas says audiences will be treated with one hell of a show. “They cannot prepare for the crazy live show that we put on. They can expect something they’ve never experienced before. There are very few bands with as much energy so you have to be there to experience it I would say,” he says. Touring on the back of Universe and their five EPs and three previous albums, Niklas says the band’s sound has evolved over the course of their career.
“I’m keen to see how the Swedish professionals do it. It would be interesting. We’ve never really played with a desert stoner band before so it’ll be really good,” he says. Filthy Lucre are Luke Marsh on vocals, guitar and cigar-box guitar, and Ed Noble on drums and vocals, and came together as refugees from other bands. “We’re only about three-years-old now. Me and Ed, the drummer, started this band because in other bands it was a bit complicated with other members, with musical clashes and that sort of thing and me and Ed always had the same musical ideas and visions,” Luke says.
“We started out garage bluesy, raw and stripped back; just guitar and drums with minimal effect. Then lately we’ve been going for more of the desert rock sound, similar to Truckfighters,” Luke says. “We’re trying to expand the sound. At the moment with my guitar, I use three different amps at the same time to widen the sound. We’re always trying to push the boundaries of what two people can sound like.” After the Truckfighters gig, Filthy Lucre will be working towards recording their first album. Four-piece band, Inwoods are also looking forward to supporting Truckfighters at the Ramsgate Hotel. Kif Kelly (bass), Tyson Mahoney (guitar and vocals), Jared Hunter (drums) and Jordan Buck (guitar) met through playing in different bands and came together to form Inwoods in 2012. Jordan says they’ve been followers of Truckfighters and are pleased to be sharing the stage with them. “We’ve been a fan of Truckfighters for many years. Especially me. I remember finding them on the Internet when I was 16 and really liking them so I’m stoked to be playing with them,” he says. Inwoods are regulars on the gig circuit in Adelaide but are keen to play the Ramsgate on the 21st as they’re first timers there. “I’ve never been to the Ramsgate, but I’ve heard really good things about it as a live music venue so I’m really keen to check it out,” Jordan says. Having just released a clip for their song, “Djun”, Inwoods are looking towards 2015 as a year where things start moving forward for them as a band.
“So we used to jam before and after other band practices and came up with our own thing and that’s why we’re a two-piece, because we never felt like we needed anyone else. It’s just like a two way conversation every time we make music.”
“After the Truckfighters’ gig, we’ll ride the wave and keep working towards bigger and better things. We’re playing quite a few shows for Adelaide Fringe this year and after that we’ll aim to get overseas and play some festivals.
For a two-piece, Filthy Lucre are constantly experiment to expand and build their sound and have evolved a lot since their beginnings three years ago.
“We’re recording a single in February and maybe another video and compile material for an album,” Jordan adds.
The quirky video for Djun from the EP Slow Season was shot in an undisclosed, mysterious Adelaide venue and features the band’s friends and fans. “Djun was filmed by Brett Hookham. We sat down after rehearsal and mapped out the clip and decided to fit in as many in-jokes as we could and make a story out of a lot of random things we thought were funny. Our friends and fans are in it,” Jordan says. Get along for a fix of post-grunge, desert, stoner rock and check out some remarkably unique bands. Truckfighters, Filthy Lucre and Inwoods play The Ramsgate Hotel, 328 Seaview Rd, Henley Beach, on Wednesday 21 January with tickets via Moshtix.
BLUE KING BROWN
BLUE KING BROWN By Bobby Goudie Melbourne-based urban roots and reggae band Blue King Brown have embarked on their Australia tour, following the release of their new album Born Free. It’s nearly 10 years since the band released their original EP and, over the years, have released memorable hits like Water, Stand Up and Come Check Your Head. They’ve toured Australia and the world playing festivals, solo shows and sharing stages with artists like John Butler and Santana. With popular songs from the new album like Rize Up and All Nations, Adelaide audiences will definitely be grooving along when they hit The Gov stage. The Clothesline speaks with lead singer Nattali Rize (née Pa’apa’a) about their national tour and the new album, Born Free, which was released in November of last year. The album’s title holds special meaning for the band. “Born Free has come out of the belief that we are all born mentally free,” Nattali begins. “We each have the ability to live, love and share without limitation or restriction. What happens soon after we are born, we are entered into a particular situation and a certain paradigm of thinking. So for us, we believe that mental slavery is a massive issue. “Physical slavery is still happening all over the world,” she says. “We have mental, debt and physical slaveries. They didn’t abolish slavery in the 1940s like they said they did. Slavery is still one of the biggest trades in the world. Born Free aims to get us thinking about where we are at, like our perception of our global situation. “It’s a reminder for people to reclaim their freedom that we are born with. We all have the ability to tap into something greater with the power of our minds; our thoughts and words can create a new reality. That’s where Born Free comes from.” Blue King Brown were recently in Vanuatu to record the film clip for All Nations. Why was this location chosen? “Vanuatu is such an amazing place. I love it! Love, love, love it!” Nattali enthuses. “It is such a chilled, renegade-loving island filled with such beautiful people and is one of the only Governments that outwardly continue to speak up for their Polynesian brothers and sisters in West Papua. Vanuatu has been a long-time supporter and in the film clip we are flying the West Papua and the All Nations flags so it had the right spirit; it was the right place to do the film clip. “West Papua is an issue we speak about and campaign for. Two members of band are from West Papua, but also because of what’s actually happening there: the oppression, the brutality, the militancy, the illegal occupation. Once you know what is happening there you can’t just sit back and ignore it. “We use music as a platform to raise awareness for the movement about West Papua,” she continues. “It is vitally important, as musicians, to be reflecting what is happening in our community and to be a voice for the voiceless. We don’t take that responsibility or that task lightly. We definitely feel that we have an important
role to play. For me, I am hearing their stories and that of their relatives and their families. The sheer horrific, unimaginable brutality and violence makes you sick. Then it makes you angry. Then it makes you want to do something about it.” Nattali discusses how the band crafts their shows so that they can get their messages across to their audience while still uplifting them through their infections music and stage presence. “We try not to talk for too long, but we want to get something across. I can’t speak for everyone, but when we have done some really significant actions on stage we know people are supporting us. Seeing 10 000 people put their fists in the air in support for West Papua is incredible. I know that it does have an impact, even though it affects different people in different ways.” Blue King Brown usually has eight or more people up on stage: lead vocals, back-up singers, guitars, bass, keyboards, drums, congas and percussion. Adelaide will get the full band experience, but occasionally Nattali and her back-up singers perform in acoustic mode. “I think it was last year that we first performed an acoustic set of Blue King Brown,” she says. “We did it with Julian Marley [Bob Marley’s son] and it came together really well. At the end of that tour the reaction that we got was really powerful. You can really hear the voices and the harmonies. They are there in our music, but it’s different; the voices are really front-andcentre in the acoustic shows. “We really enjoy it,’ Nattalie adds. “So when the opportunity arises, we definitely love to perform acoustically. So what’s next for the band after this Australian tour? “We are heading back over to the United States for some shows,” Nattali replies. “We have some festivals there and some other shows to support the release of Born Free. Then we’ll be back in Australian in April to play the Byron Bay Blues Festival and another show in Perth with Michael Franti & Spearhead before heading back overseas again. We like keeping the wheels turning, keeping the mission going and giving thanks every time for the opportunities that come in.” For people who haven’t heard much of Blue King Brown before or are keen to hear the new album, there is a free web-album set up at <bluekingbrown.com.au> where you can stream the entire album. Blue King Brown play the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel on Saturday 17 January with special guest Kahl Wallis of Medics Bookings at OzTix or via the venue.
SHONEN KNIFE By Libby Parker Legendary Japanese all-girl punk band Shonen Knife will be back on Aussie soil this month performing shows all over the country. Luckily for us, they will be playing one night only in Adelaide at Jive with special guests Za! and Glass Skies. Speaking to BSide Magazine from cold and rainy Osaka, lead singer and founding member of the band, Naoko, can’t wait to get back down under. “I am looking forward to going to Adelaide,” she says. “I think we have been to Australia in 1997 and 2009. Maybe we came to Australia in ’90s twice so this may be our fourth time. “For Adelaide I have been just once before,” Naoko says. “The cities are very beautiful and the people are so kind and nice, and the Shonen Knife fans are very enthusiastic for us during the show so I like that. They are very cheerful.” Shonen Knife formed in 1981 with sisters Naoko Yamano (guitar and vocals) and Atsuko Yamano (drums), and their friend Michie Nakatani (bass). Thirty-four years later, the current line up is Naoko Yamano (guitar and lead vocals), Ritsuko Taneda (bass and backing vocals) and Emi Morimoto (drum and backing vocals) which Naoko says she’s keen to show off when she’s here. “New bassist and drummer are very powerful musicians. The present line-up is very rock, so people can enjoy our very rock state,” she says. Throughout the years, Shonen Knife have developed a reputation for being unique and fun, making punk positive, which has earned them some very famous fans. Kurt Cobain asked the girls to open for Nirvana on their UK tour, just before the release of the hugely successful album, Nevermind and CJ Ramone joined them onstage during one of their Ramones tribute shows, Osaka Ramones. Currently touring their 19th studio album, Overdrive, Naoko attributes Shonen Knife’s longevity in a fickle industry to the fans that give her the drive to continue rocking. “I get energy from our fans. Many Shonen Knife fans are having fun during our show and I get happy and I get energy from them so it’s a resource of my energy,” she says. Naoko writes songs in English, despite her first language being Japanese, and although this can prove challenging, it’s her preferred writing style. “In the beginning I am trying to write lyrics in English because my vocabulary is very poor. If I write in Japanese first it is very difficult to translate so I write in English using very simple words and then I translate into Japanese lyrics,” she says. “For Overdrive album there are only three songs with Japanese and English lyrics. All songs have English lyrics and only three have Japanese lyrics.”
Overdrive, which was released in April last year, was inspired by the rock bands of the ’70s, which Naoko says are some of her favourite musicians of all time. “When I write songs for Overdrive album, I have sounds of Black Sabbath, Thin Lizzy, Bad Company, Deep Purple and Judas Priest. Mostly British hard rock bands and also 70s American bands like Boston or something like that. I like ’70s music and fashion clothing too,” she says. “I am also inspired by The Beatles the most, and I like to listen to British hard rock and heavy metal. And recently I watched the movie Jersey Boys, which is about the Four Seasons and Frankie Valli so I like their music very much.” Through Naoko’s upbeat lyrics and solid riffs, Shonen Knife are an unusual recipe of adorable punk rock. But they have the ability to lure you in and make you fall in love with them, which is why they’ve received constant rave reviews with Rolling Stone magazine being among some of the most complimentary. Citing her favourite topics to write about as being food and cute animals, Naoko will be looking for inspiration for the band’s 20th album when she’s in Australia, just maybe not from certain species of our wildlife. “In the ’90s when I went to the zoo in Adelaide I hugged a koala bear, but koala nails are so sharp and it was so painful,” she laughs. After their trip to Australia, Shonen Knife will be heading back to Japan to take part in some festivals with a special reunion on stage with Naoko’s sister and fellow founding member Atsuko. “We will have Japan tour in spring and for this tour our original member Atsuko will join. She is living in Los Angeles now but this spring she will come to Osaka and we will do a four-piece Shonen Knife tour in Japan. It’s a very special one,” Naoko says. Once those shows are complete, the band hope to begin work on their 20th album, but Naoko admits it may take a while to produce. “Actually I am very lazy and I write songs very slowly. I usually start writing songs after we book studios. I am a very slow starter. I have to start to write songs but I need some good topics for lyrics, so I think I can find some good topics in Australia.” Shonen Knife, the band who brought us Banana Chips, Bad Luck Song and the theme song for the PowerPuff Girls, will perform across Australia appearing as special guests of MONA FOMA 2015 and Brisbane’s GOMA Future Beauty Up Late. As a special inclusion, MONA FOMA will present a rare performance of their Ramones tribute, Osaka Ramones. Shonen Knife play Jive, 181 Hindley St, on Thursday 22 January alongside Spain’s Za! and locals Glass Skies. Tickets are available from Moshtix or via the venue.
10 MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT
COMEDY HYPNOSIS! REWIRED By Catherine Blanch Hailing from Adelaide, Isaac Lomman’s reputation for his stage hypnosis shows has seen him perform corporate events and fundraisers for major sporting teams. These have included appearances on television during which he hypnotised members of the Adelaide Crows and Port Power with hilarious results. In a show based almost entirely on voluntary audience participation, we ask Lomman if he started out as a hypnotherapist-turnedcomedian or as a comedian who wanted to mess with people’s minds? “I’d say I’m a hypnotherapist-turnedentertainer,” he begins. “I don’t count myself as a comedian as such, like those that do stand up having written a wonderful piece that they roll out. I kind of just orchestrate the comedy from my volunteers on stage. “I did start out learning hypnotherapy as a way of helping people with selfdevelopment, which is how I gained a real respect for what hypnosis is and a bit of fascination with what we can do to achieve more in our lives.” Having previously seen you perform, it was interesting to watch the natural personalities of people, even under hypnosis. There was one scenario between a man and two women. That saw him having feeling for the one on his left but the one on his right was to have a crush on him and, supposedly, kept pinching him on the backside. As annoyed as he was with her, at the end of the night he felt sorry for her and, of his own accord, gave her a huge hug. It was a fabulous finale and a perfect example of his inner personality shining through. “That was definitely one of those moments in my career that you just can’t write!” Lomman says. “It’s funny how those people’s personalities responded to these suggestions, and the way that it built to that climax. There were three or four times that I would shake the girl’s hand and she would stare at him, but then I would shake his hand and he would believe that she has just pinched his bum. There was that constant back-and-forth right until that moment at the end where he turned to her and gave her that big hug – it was just like an end to a Disney love story or something [laughs].” So how does it actually work? Some people go, believing they could never be hypnotised but then to see them on stage, anything is possible. How can you guarantee that people will fall under hypnosis? “It’s a very peculiar state of being; a trancelike state of tapping into the unconscious mind,” Lomman explains. “There are a lot
of different phenomena that you can bring about with hypnosis which is all natural stuff that we do anyway throughout our lives but, as a hypnotist, we bring it into action and put it all in place. “The sole goal of a hypnotist is to remove the critical thinking of the conscious mind. As soon as I’ve done that, they’re in hypnosis and their imaginations can be fired up; it’s up to them as to how deep or how far they’ll go in terms of what kind of phenomena will come about. But to get into that state, they just allow their critical thinking to be taken away for a time. It’s then up to them to allow their imaginations to take them on this journey that I’m leading them on.” Lomman tells us that each of his shows at Gluttony will be unlike the one before it. While he will bring new routines to the stage, as well as different effects and phenomena, it is also brought about by the diverse range of volunteers that grace the stage each night. “The good thing about this theatre show is that corporate gatherings or even families that want to head out and join in the whole vibe of the craziness of the Fringe but may be feeling a little reserved to do so or are concerned that it may be too adult or raunchy, I want to assure them that this show will be quite unique and that it’s also very clean, good humoured, good-natured fun night of comedy,” he concludes. “There’s no swearing or anything rude, so it’s perfect for all ages.” Isaac Lomman performs Comedy Hypnosis! Rewired at Gluttony’s The Peacock from 6.45pm on Friday 13 February until Sunday 15 March. Book at FringeTIX. To read the full interview, head to theclothesline.com.au
TEN MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT By Catherine Blanch During the mid-1900s, South Australia’s Maralinga and Western Australia’s Monte Bello were the sites of British-run atomic experiments – with long-lasting and catastrophic effects. Following six decades of cover-ups, Ten Minutes To Midnight aims to share the legacy, impacts, hope and loss following the testings in a two-day photomedia and art installation event across three venues in the mid-north town of Balaklava. We speak with creative producer Paul Brown, via email, about this Adelaide Fringe event. He begins by giving a brief overview of Ten Minutes To Midnight. “We are creating a multi-media installation featuring new digital artworks relating to the deadly legacy of atomic bomb testing in the 1950s and ’60s, together with an exhibition of contemporary photomedia, rare archival artefacts, witness interviews, and film footage. “The installation is a circular immersive space, which audiences enter to experience projected images and soundscapes, and they become involved in the choreography of the presentation. In one sense it simulates the countdown to a nuclear explosion, while exploring the landscapes and sounds of bomb sites, and the bizarre scientific experimentation of the atomic tests. “Members of the Balaklava community are writing letters to the future and these will be performed within the installation.”
What does the title of the show mean? “It refers to the Doomsday Clock, set periodically by the Bulletin Of Atomic Scientists – whose contributors continually alert us to the dangers of the nuclear age. The clock’s current setting is Five Minutes To Midnight in recognition of combined threat of climate change and nuclear destruction. The lowest the clock has been (i.e. most optimistic) is 17 Minutes To Midnight, in 1991 as the prospect of nuclear disarmament seemed strongest after the fall of the Soviet Union. “It’s been as high as Two Minutes To Midnight, across the period when Maralinga tests were carried out. The clock was set at Ten Minutes To Midnight in 1969 when almost all nations signed onto the Treaty On The Non-Proliferation Of Nuclear Weapons.” Was this event created to coincide with the 70th anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki? “Both anniversaries do coincide with the half-way point in our three-year program of arts activities with atomic survivor communities so, yes, we are linking our work with these commemorations. “2015 is a year for contemplating peace and nuclear disarmament, as we take stock of the ANZAC legacy, the end of WWII, and the first use of atomic weapons. The Non-Proliferation Treaty is up for review in April-May 2015. As artists we are making a contribution to public debate around nuclear weapons issues in the modern world.”
Why is the event being held at Balaklava?
What are you hoping to share or portray with people who see Ten Minutes To Midnight?
“Balaklava is home town for a prominent Australian, Avon Hudson. It was in Avon’s living room, where there is piled high a treasure trove of significant and rare archival material, that the Ten Minutes To Midnight production began one year ago.
“We want to provoke ‘open conversation’ about nuclear issues, and this requires frank discussion of the legacies of the atomic age. While Australia’s atomic history is complex and confronting, it remains a relevant and important Australian story.
“In the 1970s, Avon alerted the Australian public to the failed attempts to clean up the Maralinga nuclear bomb test site, when he took a media contingent to the site to show where radioactive debris had been buried. His story has inspired Ten Minutes To Midnight – he is a nuclear veteran and whistleblower, a leading public campaigner for nuclear veterans’ rights, a writer, a woodcarver, and long serving contributor to the local community of Wakefield.
“As well as exploring the horror of the atomic age, Ten Minutes To Midnight also embodies humanitarian messages of hope, celebrating the resilient communities and individuals who continue to pursue recognition, justice and peace, and who courageously share their stories for the benefit of future generations.
“Avon’s actions helped install the Royal Commission into British Nuclear Testing, which in the mid 1980s brought to light the many disastrous impacts of the tests on Aboriginal people, on military veterans and civilians who served at Maralinga, and indeed on all Australians – since fallout from the decade of nuclear testing spread to many corners of the continent.”
“We have strong interest from local schools, with hundreds of students attending across a three-day program.” Ten Minutes To Midnight runs at Balaklava at various times on Friday 13 February and Saturday 14 February. Book at FringeTIX. To read the full interview, head to theclothesline.com.au
FEELGOOD FOLK FESTIVAL
FEELGOOD FOLK FESTIVAL By Robert Dunstan South Australian-based management label Feelgood Folk has teamed up with Renewal SA, The Port Adelaide & Enfield Council and Our Port to deliver an all-female line-up as the first annual Feelgood Folk Festival. It’s set to take place as a free entry event at The Backyard, 116 Lipson St, Pt Adelaide, on Saturday 17 January and boasts a huge line-up of Heather Frahn, Kelly Menhennett (pictured), Courtney Robb and The Brouhaha as well as Emily Davis and Adie Haines who will both be playing in duo mode. BSide spoke to Feelgood Folk’s Kelly Breuer about the event which she is staging with much assistance from Alicia Hettner and is to be the first festival staged at The Backyard since the management label took over the area as part of Renewal SA. “We’d been given the space to revitalise the area by Renewal SA as well as The Port Adelaide & Enfield Council and Our Port, so thought we’d put on a little festival,” Kelly says before adding that noise restrictions and licensing issues have hampered staging other events. “So we’ve had to be very careful with this festival but our lease runs out at the end of January anyway,” she adds. Kelly then goes on to say that all the acts she approached about playing at Feelgood Folk Festival immediately agreed to take part. The award winning Heather Frahn could be considered a veteran of the local scene as she’s been playing around Adelaide and beyond since the ’90s either in solo mode, with assorted bands or with her latest group, The Moonlight Tide. Kelly Menhennett has performed in Nashville, US, as well as at Queenscliff Music Festival and was also winner of Telstra’s Road To Discovery in 2011/12. She released her debut album, World Of Mine, in 2011 which found its way onto several top 10 lists and last year unleased her latest album, Small Dreams, with a huge launch at The Promethean. Courtney Robb also launched her new album, In The Dark, last year and is now set to play a series of Adelaide Fringe shows with local legend Soursob Bob at the Grace Emily Hotel from 4pm on Sunday 15 February, Sunday 22 February and Sunday 1 March along with regional shows in Mylor and Clare Valley.
will also boast an open mic blackboard event. “Yes, so the main listed acts will be on the outside stage,” she reveals, “and inside will be a stage for people to just get up and do their own thing. And, if our application comes through, we’ll also be having buskers on the street outside. “And there will be massages and Reiki and some healthy food from the café across the road as well as some other bits and pieces,” Kelly adds. “And it’s BYO as well. We’re just hoping for good weather.” Kelly, who plays in The Brouhaha, set up Feelgood Folk about 18 months ago and is pleased with its progress as they have already joined forces with such as as The Timbers, Christian Andrew, Kelly Menhennett, Crazy Old Maurice, Jenny Biddle and The BordererS. “Yeah, we’ve had a good response, especially over the last 12 months,” she says. “We started off with just The Timbers and [Melbourne’s] Jenny Biddle on the label, but we’ve hooked up with quite a few others, including Kelly Menhennet. “And we’ve just started working with Better Than The Wizard, a band from WA,” Kelly continues. “They’re an eight-piece funk band who are a bit like Cat Empire meets The John Butler Trio so they are a lot of fun. “And they haven’t yet made it over to Adelaide but that’s all in the pipeline,” she adds. Kelly has also been asked to speak at Canadian Music Week later this year. “I asked them if I could go over and speak and they agreed,” she laughs. “But it’s all down to getting some funding to go over. Feelgood missed out on some grant funding so it’s over to Plan B now.” And what is Plan B? “Plan B is to work out a way to pay for getting over to Canada,” Kelly concludes with a chuckle. Feelgood Folk Festival takes place as a free entry event at The Backyard, 116 Lipson St, Pt Adelaide, from 4pm until 9pm and will feature Heather Frahn, Kelly Menhennett, Courtney Robb and The Brouhaha as well as Emily Daivs and Adie Haines who will both be playing in duo mode. More information about Feelgood Folk can be found at <feelgood-folk.com>.
Emily Davis is well-known around town for her solo shows as well playing with The Hushes, who recently launched a live album, Live At The Wheaty, which was recorded at The Wheatsheaf Hotel as part of last year’s Adelaide Fringe. She has also formed a new band, The Rising Tides, who opened for The Trims late last year at the band’s reunion show. Adie Haines, the guitarist with Babes With Wolves who play Crown & Sceptre, 308 King William St, on Saturday 17 January, also regularly plays around town in solo mode and recently took part in Let There Be Folk 3 at the Grace Emily Hotel. Kelly also says that, apart from the acts on the main stage, the Feelgood Folk Festival
JUANMAN PROJECT Esperanza Reviewer: Savvy Rating: 4/5 The Juanman Project was a refreshing listen, and consists of a blend of different cultures, sounds and talents from all four corners of the globe. The band is made up of people from Australia, Venezuela, Chile and Columbia, and they all bring their musical skills to the table in this LP. The blend of different cultures and backgrounds through music can really be heard, and people do say that music is the international language…well, I definitely understand what this LP is saying to me. It’s smoothly saying, funk, jazz, electronic, experimental and chill out. The LP ‘Esperanza’ features a nice selection of vocal tracks and also instrumentals. I really loved listening to the array of different instruments as well. Initially I thought I was listening to a jazz genre, but I think it’s more then that. This LP is very experimental and has a mix of jazz, funk and electronic rolled into one. It’s very easy on the ear and the vocals compliment the array of instruments very well. If I had to get picky and choose my favorite track, I would have to say that I really enjoyed track 5, “Horizontes”. This is an instrumental that features a really nice audio mix of Tumblr’s and electric guitar, which are both complemented by a smooth synth sound in the background. It’s only a short track at 1.34, but it’s captivating, keeps you listening, and it gave me the sensation of something mysterious. However I do also like track 6 “Common Ground”, as the vocals fit the emotion of this track perfectly, and it has a more down tempo feel about it. This LP shows that there are no rules to making music. To me it sends out the message, “Experiment…collaborate…create, and it will work.” It definitely worked out for the Juanman Project. Good job.
INWOODS Slow Season Reviewer: Craig Atkins Rating: 4/5 4 piece outfit “Inwoods” comprises Tyson Mahoney on guitar/vocals, Jordan Buck on guitar, Kif Kelly on bass & Jared Hunter on drums have released their 6 track EP ‘Slow Season’. The EP was recorded live at Riverside Rehearsals by Nick Seja of Sunder Studios and mastered by Andy Kite of Against the Grain Studios. The result is just over 30 minutes of slow, heavy stoner rock grunge jams with vocal elements similar to Layne Staley and Scott Wieland. The riff driven guitar and pumping rhythm section is reminiscent of early ‘90s grunge, though it also has a ‘current’ vibe. Overall the production of the EP has a great balance of instrumentation, though vocals could be up more in the mix (my personal opinion). The standout tracks for me are “Stone Mask” and the slightly heavier “Hole of Slumber”; these 2 longest tracks best showcase the band’s use of extended jams and musical interludes to build anticipation and intensity. Anyone who got into the Seattle grunge scene through the early ‘90s would definitely get something from this recording, and after listening a few times to this EP I am keen to check some of their live shows out. I’ll keep an eye out for these guys.
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THE SHAMBOLICS Pogue Mahone Reviewer: Michael Hunter Rating: 3/5 Adelaide punk-folk band The Shambolics wear their influences on their sleeve – literally. A casual observer coming across the album cover will see the name Pogue Mahone and think instantly of The Pogues and their original name, and indeed the title of their last album in 1996. The comparisons will then be drawn musically and rightly so, for The Shambolics largely play the same kind of energetic Irish-based material as their forebears, and it must be said they do it well. Personally though, I can’t help noticing the limitations of the genre itself. Thematically, there’s predictably a lot of drinking involved and a belligerent “up yours” attitude exemplified by the title track, which is an original in common with all six songs on offer. Musically, there’s accordion, whistle, acoustic guitar, drums et al which again are what one would expect. Despite this, all the material is definitely well played and the lyrics are worth perusing, as on ‘Halfway Inn’, telling the tale of a musicfilled night at the pub with some references to traditional material, and ‘Why Try To Change Me’ with its theme of “love me for who I am”. Along the way, the band does take an interesting turn with ‘Only You’, showing their adeptness at breezy reggae with fine harmonies, just to show they can’t be pinned down to one style all the time! So it’s fair to say that The Shambolics’ EP is 25 minutes well enough spent and really, it’s as good an example as you’ll find of the genre. Whether there’s anything to make it stand out particularly from all the similar bands around, past and present (I’m recalling Adelaide band Whiplash from many years ago here) – well, I’m not sure. Then again, maybe it doesn’t actually need to stand out, and should just be enjoyed purely on its own terms. It’s easy enough to do, after all.
TRADE MARC Groundhog Daze Reviewer: Craig Atkins Rating: 4/5 It’s always a welcomed moment of anticipation when the link for new tunes came across my inbox, this time it is Hip/ Hop artist TradeMarc who has released his CD “Groundhog Daze”, 9 tracks that are probably best described as chilled tasty funky hip hop soul RnB grooves….or something along those lines. My earholes were surely happy to listen to it!! This well-crafted offering features special guests Jesse Francis, DJ Chaps, Koolta, Josh Roy and Jordan Ruru, with production credits listed as Instrumental Production by Diamond Style, Recorded & Mixed by Marky and Mastered by Disk Edits. The production quality of this recording is superb, with a great blend across the instrumentation and vocals. It has captured a great vibe and flow whose combination of genres is a perfect soundtrack for those relaxed summer days with your crew. Every track definitely has its own sound, and sure there are certain ones that will please a lot of ears; one in particular that stood out for me is track #2 “Everyday Problems”, a cool chilled groove that features aforementioned guests Jesse Francis, Jordan Ruru & Koolta. It’s a great mix of soulful vocals and well phrased rhymes over cool beats and bass line, with a pervasive funky guitar lick that rounds out the vibe. This is definitely one recording that will be on high rotation, and I recommend you have a listen as well if this sort of funky hip hop soul groove makes your earholes happy too.
Rum Jungle was a uranium deposit in the Northern Territory that was discovered in 1949. Rum Jungle was also the name of an Adelaide band that I discovered in the ‘70s when they played pretty much every Friday night at The Lord Melbourne Hotel in Melbourne St, North Adelaide.
TOURRIFIC PROSPECT By Robert Dunstan Tourrific Prospect, an associated event with international bicycle event Santos Tour Down Under, has become the biggest celebration on Prospect Council’s calendar. “Tourrific Prospect attracted 21,000 people last year,” David O’Loughlin, the mayor, enthuses, “and, as such, was the largest event in the city’s history. “It was massive and well-appreciated by the community and not just because it was so huge and successful, but because it had a great community feel as well as a wonderful family feel,” he continues. “People really loved it and were immensely proud of it. “And this year will be even bigger,” David happily suggests. “Some were concerned that without Tour Down Under starting in Prospect the following day, Tourrific Prospect might suffer [from that] but it’s been the total opposite. “This year will have some 90 stalls along the street, about 40 businesses open for trade and 210 places in the Loopy Kid’s Ride which is up by 50% more than last year. “We’ve also seen an increase in sponsorship rather than a decrease, so it’s all shaping up to be more successful than last year which, as I said, was the biggest event in the city’s history,” David says. The street party, now in its fourth year and set to take place from 5pm on Monday 19 January, will have live music from local acts as its centre stage as it will boast entertainment along Prospect Rd featuring such acts as The Hushes, Kaurna Cronin, Jimmy & The Mirrors, Orquesta Mermelada and The Mike Bevan Quintet in addition to the cycling events and traders’ stalls. Last year’s event incorporated Club 5082, a fortnightly all-ages music event stage by council, and it will return to this year’s Tourrific Prospect as an all-ages event at Prospect Town Hall featuring local bands Fusion (winner of this year’s Talent on Show competition held at the Royal Adelaide Show), three-piece Jungle City (pictured), punk rockers The Dirty Chins and ska band The Prophets Of Impending Doom. “Club 5082 was a big hit last year at Tourrific Prospect and we pick some of the best bands that have performed at Club 5082 to play each year,” David reveals. “And it’s terrific that we have the oldest building in the street, Prospect Town Hall, featuring the youngest talent blowing the doors off. “It’s a terrific event and it really adds to the atmosphere of the whole night,” he decides. “And, of course, there will be two major stages along the street as well as one at Vine St Plaza. So there’s plenty of entertainment booked for the night – we often end up with people dancing in the street towards the end of the night – as well as plenty of other things to do. “And the traders and community groups love being involved because plenty of people buy their products or find out about what they are doing,” David continues. “It’s a real chance for local businesses and community groups to share what they are
doing with the people of Prospect as well as the broader community. “We do surveys asking what trade was like on the night and what it’s been like for the following three months and all of them report on successful outcomes,” the mayor adds. “So it’s become a huge promotional event for all the shops, cafes and restaurants along the road. “And because Prospect Rd has really developed over the years so Tourriffic Prospect serves as a great introduction to people from outside the area,” he continues. “And the project we did a few years ago to upgrade the Village Heart has now won six awards and has made Prospect one of the most awarded main streets in the state. “And that has attracted lots of new businesses and it’s very hard to now find an empty shop along Prospect Rd,” David enthuses. “People have to now virtually wait for someone to move out to get a spot and the rents are also holding their price. “So Prospect Rd is one of the most successful main streets right now and Tourrific Prospect helps build on that,” he adds. “It’s a great relationship.” As well as a Vintage Ride & Shine and the annual Prospect Sprint, there will also be the inaugural Qattro Cup which is exclusively for riders over 35 years of age and which will have three classes of cyclists compete on the criterium with racing commencing from 7pm. “So, as well as the Loppy Kid’s Ride we’ll also have Qattro Cup featuring some professional riders that will be lit and go right into the night,” David reveals. “And that circuit at the southern end is going to be amazing considering the talent involved. “It’s a very, very tight street circuit with something like 40 hairpin bends in some races, so it’s going to be very exciting,” he says. “And we’ll also have blind cyclists from the Paralympics taking part in another series of races. “So we really encourage people to come along not only for the entertainment and stalls, but to see some really fabulous cyclists in action,” David says.
All members went onto great things with guitar player Phil Colson fathering Sia (Furler) before going on to play with Men At Work for a brief period. Phil had also moved up to Sydney and it seemed every time I ventured up there myself for a holiday of sorts I would somehow bump into him. I remember bumping into him at The Basement when Vince Jones was performing although that was probably because Rum Jungle’s sax player, Bruce Sandell, was playing with Vince. And I recall bumping into him when I ventured up to Sydney for a holiday of sorts to attend a 40th birthday party – or was it actually 50th? – although that was probably because the birthday person also originally hailed from Adelaide and, in another life, we all knew each other. Anyway, I was reminded of all this in the middle of last year just gone when I was chatting away to RocKwiz’s James Black about the fact he was heading to town to play some kind of anniversary gig with Mondo Rock for their Chemistry album on which he had played.
a going concern and that whenever Five Sided Circle played there on a Sunday arvo – and they are a band who have even more of a vintage than Rum Jungle – the joint was packed to the rafters. Anyway, with all that said, it can now be announced that Rum Jungle, billed as The Legendary Rum Jungle, will now be reforming and playing as part of Adelaide Fringe in The Garden Of Unearthly Delights inside of Aurora Spiegeltent on Sunday 15 March with the band comprising of James Black, drummer Mark Meyer, guitarist Phil Colson, bass player Ian McDonald and saxophonist Bruce Sandell. It’s been great to see the response by venues and musicians to the recent bushfires with fundraising gigs spreading like wildfire. Several have already taken place with one last Friday evening at The Gaslight Tavern attracting an array of punters, one last Saturday evening at The Governor Hindmarsh attracting some 400 or so punters for what was to originally be a CD launch for Adelaide Ukulele Appreciation Society, one on Sunday at The Hampshire Hotel raising over $8,000 as well as a hugely successful one at Brewboys out at Regency Pk last Sunday also. And, despite all the rain, there are more to come with some listed in The Around The Traps section of page two of this issue of BSide Magazine.
James, who played keyboards in the aforesaid Rum Jungle, mentioned that it was about time for a reunion of his former band.
One that has only just come to hand, however, is the fact that on Sunday 18 January at 3pm, Full Bodied Burlesque and Crown & Sceptre Hotel, 308 King William St, will be hosting a fundraiser to aid the victims of the Adelaide bushfires with a $10 door charge.
He was then buoyed when I mentioned that recent reformations by some local bands, not to mention by some national bands such as Sunnyboys and The Scientists, had gone extremely well when presented at the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel.
They are also looking for acts of all types from music, cabaret, burlesque, comedy and side shows although it will be unpaid as all artists and contributing parties will be donating their time and services to the cause.
“Yeah, The Gov would be good,” James had then said causing me to recall him popping into the award winning venue one evening with Ross Hannaford – who’d immediately taken to the stage with someone or other – after they had played as Daddy Cool at Thebarton Theatre as special guests of The Beach Boys.
Full Bodied Burlesque and Crown & Sceptre are also looking for goods and or services to raffle or auction during the afternoon. To make contact, get in touch with the pub on 08 8212 4159.
I also mentioned that The Lord Melbourne, where half of Adelaide used to go on a Friday evening to see Rum Jungle was still
Sounds like it’s going to be a terrific event I then say without realising my pun. “Yes, it’s going to be tourrific,” David laughs. Tourrific Prospect takes place from 5pm until late as a free entry street event along Prospect Rd, Prospect, on Monday 19 January which incorporates the free entry, all-ages event Club 5082 from 7pm at Prospect Town Hall featuring the bands Fusion, Jungle City, The Dirty Chins and The Prophets Of Impending Doom. For more information on Tourrific Prospect, please follow <twitter.com/ prospectrd> or like <facebook.com/ TourrificProspect>.
BEYOND THE BLUES
BEYOND THE BLUES By Robert Dunstan Beyond The Blues is a charity event to be held at Jive with all proceeds going to Beyond Blue. It’s been set up by Luke Marsh of blues rock duo Filthy Lucre and will also boast that talents of Jungle City, Dusty Lee’s Wasted Wanderers, Cal William Jnr and Chris Finnen. We spoke over the telephone to Luke who began by saying an event such as this was something he’d wanted to stage for a while now. “Depression, anxiety and general mental health are all issues that are pretty close to my family,” he says. “So I’m now happy to be finally putting this on. “They say over three million Australians are affected by mental illness such as depression and anxiety so that’s almost one in every 10 people,” the musician sighs. “It’s a pretty big thing and quite common. “And the most difficult thing about it is that often you don’t even know that someone might be suffering,” he says. “And that’s because they have become very good at disguising it rather than seeking any help. “They kinda need to put on a double act, so to speak, just to try and get through every day,” Luke suggests. “And Beyond Blue are such a great, well-known organisation that does a lot of good things so it’s good to help them out in this way. And it’s good to get more awareness out there and raise a bit of money for it too. Entry to the gig will be via a gold coin donation although patrons are, of course, allowed to pay more. “That’s what I thought,” Luke says. “I didn’t want to set the bar too high and put people off but thought that if we made it a gold coin donation some people might be quite generous. So people can pay whatever they want. “And all the bands and sound staff are donating their time and the bar staff at Jive are all donating their time too,” he adds. “So all the money raised goes straight to Beyond Blue. “And I chose a blues theme because a lot of the old blues guys used blues music to try and cheer themselves up,” Luke then adds with a laugh. “They used music to get through their suffering and hard times, so that’s the idea around it. “So that’s why it’s local blues or blues rock acts,” he says. I’m really pleased with the line-up I’ve got,” Luke then adds. “They are some of my favourite local bands so I just put the word out to see if they might be keen and they all were. They were all into it.”
with some more traditional blues from Cal Williams Jnr and Chris Finnen and then it’ll be Dusty Lee’s Wasted Wanderers who do that slightly more electric blues. “And then there’ll be Jungle City who are more of a rock band,” Luke adds. “And then there will be Filthy Lucre who are probably the heaviest of all the bands.” Luke goes on to say that Filthy Lucre are ready to get back into it following a bit of a gigging break over the Christmas period. “Yeah, Ed, Filthy Lucre’s drummer, was away on holidays but we’re now ready to get back into it,” he says before adding that they will have recently played as special guests at The Grace Emily as part of Velvet Moth’s monthly residency in January. Luke, who says the band will soon look at recording, says he is now looking forward to playing with Sweden’s Truckfighters at The Ramsgate Hotel alongside Inwoods on Wednesday 21 January. It’s a venue Filthy Lucre last played late last year when they opened for Ash Grunwald. Dusty Lee, who plays around town with Dusty Lee’s Wasted Wanderers, The Angels Of Gung Ho and who is a member of Skies as well as Billy Bob’s BBQ Boys, confirms that he was keen to take part in Beyond The Blue. “When Luke contacted me to say it was a charity event for Beyond Blue we were keen to get involved,” Dusty says. “Although I must say that it was not an organisation I was specifically aware of. “I do know that back in the days when I was playing with Granny Flat we used to do quite a few fundraising shows so one of them may have been for Beyond Blue,” he adds. Dusty is also pleased that Chris Finnen is now on the bill. “Yes, I call Chris my Mr Miyagi,” he says of the mentor in the film The Karate Kid. “I’d started to learn guitar for a few years from age six but then stopped and started to teach myself. “But when I got to about age 10 and was doing solos and stuff I went to Chris who then taught me on and off for a couple of years. And we still get together for a jam session once or twice a year. “Although lately that’s usually been at a gig in front of a whole bunch of people,” Dusty laughs. Beyond The Blues takes place at Jive, 181 Hindley St, on Friday 23 January and will feature Filthy Lucre, Jungle City, Dusty Lee’s Wasted Wanderers, Cal Williams Jnr and Chris Finnen with a gold coin donation and all proceeds going to Beyond Blue.
The line-up had already been consolidated when award winning local blues legend Chris Finnen jumped on board. “So that’s great as I’ll be able to slot him in somewhere as he just wants to do a little acoustic blues set. “And it now means five bands on the bill which means it will be a great night,” Luke continues. “So it’ll start off slow and bluesy
CAREER PATHWAYS 2015
SUCCESS IS NOT A UNIVERSAL CONSTANT By Corey Stewart Let me ask you a question. “What does success mean to you?”
Because of its general nature, it’s a really difficult question to answer yet, our answer determines how we see ourselves as a musician, songwriter or anything else that we do in life. Hence the importance of having your own definition of what success is. If you looked up success in a dictionary would you see a picture of a musician up on stage playing in front of 50,000 people. No! You would however, see this definition: “the favourable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavours; the accomplishment of one’s goals.” You know, if we believed what the music industry defined as success we would all be thinking that to be successful we would need to: - Have a number 1 hit song under our belt - Have sold 1,000,000 CD’s - Have played at Wembley Stadium or Madison Square Garden - Be insanely rich - Be known by every person on the planet - Have been discovered by a record company - Be on the cover of Rolling Stone
BPLUS: STORM THE ASYLUM
Well, let me let you in on a little secret… Success in the music business is defined by you and you alone. How successful you are is solely determined by your own definition of success. Success in the music business is not a universal constant. It’s determined by YOU! Now, with that in mind let me ask you the question again. “What does success mean to you?” You can either choose to align your answer with what the music industry dictates it to be or, you can pave your own path by establishing your own answer and devoting your musical career to achieving that goal. That is what being an independent artist is all about. How you feel about yourself and what you do is much more important that what anyone else says about it. As the old saying goes “success is a journey, not a destination.” Define what success in the music business means to you, align your realistic and step by step goals to it, put your goals into action and walk your own musical path with your head held high. Until next time, just get out there and do it.
BPLUS: STORM THE ASYLUM By Libby Parker
Rehearsing at each other’s houses and sheds every weekend, the guys say writing their music is mainly a collaborative effort.
This week’s BPlus feature band are Storm The Asylum, a five-piece metalcore band hailing from the north east of Adelaide.
“Kaethan writes the majority of our lyrics but we all help out when it comes to our roles in the band. We all do a few lyrics here and there,” Joshua says.
James Stace (16) is the band’s un-clean vocalist, Kaethan Lim (16) plays guitar and provides clean vocals, Reece Dowler (15) is also on guitar, Joshua Mills-Bayne (15) is the drummer and newest member Jaxyn Rix (15) plays bass.
As the new year starts, Storm The Asylum already have some dates locked in and are looking forward to playing to new followers and their established fan base.
Made up of students from Golden Grove High, Gleeson College, Modbury High and Banksia Park International High School, Storm The Asylum was born of a merging of two different bands. “Kaethan and I used to have separate bands called Storm The Castle and Insanitorium. After many line-up changes we finally settled by all coming together and making the band what it is,” Joshua says. Citing their influences as Asking Alexandria and The Amity Affliction, the band has already been out and about tearing up stages across the state. “[We played] Southern Soundwave in Noarlunga Arts Centre, Warehouse, Club 5082 and The Bridgeway Hotel. They all went reasonably well with The Bridgeway being our most successful gig to date,” Joshua says.
“We have three upcoming gigs in 2015 so far. There is The Bridgeway Hotel on February 5, Club 5082 on February 20 and The New Dead #6 Metalfest on the March 14. We are really looking forward to playing The Bridgeway again as we have more experience, more fans and it could be an amazing experience,” says Joshua. “It’s always exciting to have opportunities to do gigs at venues as big as the Bridgeway Hotel and another upcoming gig at Fowler’s Live. I think it’s always great to let friends and family know and see them there supporting us as well as new people enjoying our show. It’s a great feeling and probably the best part about being in a band like us,” Reece says. If you like your music loud, heavy and awesome, keep an eye out for Storm The Asylum and get along to one of their gigs.
With a few gigs at some impressive venues already chalked up, Storm The Asylum has been focused on playing live gigs but a recording is on the horizon. “We currently have no recorded songs but we plan to record a single in the near future. Our short-term goal is to play as many shows as we can around Australia and our long-term goal is to have a headline tour,” Jaxyn says.