ISSUE 0022 / March 12th - March 18th 2015
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Phil Jamieson ALSO INSIDE: EVOLETAH, Rum Jungle, Sumeru Seth Sentry, Brooke Fraser, Adelaide Fringe Update Plus BOB’s BITS, TOUR GUIDE & LOCAL MUSIC NEWS
AROUND THE TRAPS Emily Davis & The Rising Tides will be performing new songs when they venture along to Crown & Sceptre, 308 King William St, from 11pm on Thursday 12 March. Joining them will be Sasha March in solo mode from 9pm and Louis Donnarumma with his band at 10pm. It’s free entry with drink specials all night. Mat from Pink Noise Generator has fallen from his bicycle and broken his arm and also his trusty bicycle. This means that all gigs lined up for the band have, understandably and unfortunately, been duly cancelled. BSide Magazine wishes Mat a speedy recovery and will let you know when the group will next be able to generate some pink noise on stages across the city of Adelaide and beyond. Fresh from touring overseas and interstate, roots reggae band Babylon Burning have announced that their first show for 2015 will take place from 11pm on Saturday 14 March at Casablabla, 12 Leight St, Adelaide. The Monikers, a quartet of locally-based indie rockers, are set to launch their Birds EP at Jive, 181 Hindley St, on Friday 21 March with special guests Emily Davis & The Rising Tides. Book tickets at Moshtix. After two months of touring Europe, Adelaide glam rockers Laced In Lust have announced a free entry homecoming show from 9.30pm at the Grace Emily, 232 Waymouth St, on Friday 13 March at which they will be joined by Green Circles. The Dunes and Glass Skies will undertake a split single launch at Crown & Anchor, 196 Grenfell St, on Saturday 21 March. Fondle will serve as special guests and there will also be Going Steady DJs as well as Wolf & Cub DJs with tickets available via Moshtix. Hotel Metro, 46 Grote St, will be alive with the sounds of The Violent Crams, Thursdays Friend and Dead West who will be undertaking a free entry gig from 9pm on Thursday 12 March. Put your red dress on. Award winning blues band Benny C & The Associates have an album launch coming up for Red Dress which was mixed by Andrija Tokic (who works with Alabama Shakes) and it will take place at the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Saturday 11 April. Entry is a mere $5 and Charles & Joy Starling will be among the special guests.
Scorcherfest is back with a brand new model that includes a live recording option for bands and 30 free tickets to acts that can see a dozen tickets online. The next event will happen on Sunday 12 April at Producers Hotel, 235 Grenfell St. Applications are now open at <scorechfest. com.au>. Applications are also open for Scorcherfest in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. Fresh from cruising Port River, The Vinyls, a tribute band to The Divinyls, will now play the main room of the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, on Thursday 19 March with Dusty Lee as special guest. Book via OzTix or at the venue. Tom West, Olivers Army and Packwood are all launching new singles on the same day so why not to it all in the one spot. Catch them at relatively new live music venue Vinyl, 20 Gilbert Place, on Saturday 28 March with tickets now available via OzTix. Surrender, located on the Riverbank behind the InterContinental Hotel with entry near the southern end of the footbridge, is the brainchild of the team that created the massively successful Adelaide Festival venue Barrio which saw queues stretching down King William St as patrons clamoured to experience its nightly ‘surprises’ and incredibly creative activations. That talented group, including the Ruby Award winning Geoff Cobham, have now unleashed Surrender which runs on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening until Sunday 15 March. Expect the unexpected and inexplicable but get there before it closes this coming weekend. Grungy Adelaide pop quartet Moonfaker, who formed in 2013, have invited Melbourne’s Destrends and locals Valkyries to play at their upcoming CD launch which is to be held at Pirie & Co Social Club on Friday 10 April. Tickets are now available via Moshtix. Local lads Ry Kemp and Heath Anthony have been traipsing around the whole county but are coming home to play The Exeter Hotel, 246 Rundle St, from 8pm on Saturday 14 March with If I Were A Boy and Todd Fogarty helping out. Inﬁnity Broke will launch their album at Hotel Metro, 46 Grote St, with special guests Blush Response and Matthew Hayward. It’s all set to happen on Saturday 16 May and tickets will be $15 at the door.
Naomi Keyte has announced a free entry show with her band from 4pm on Sunday 22 March at The Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, and will be joined by Tom West and the newly formed Poly Low to make for a stellar afternoon of local music.
Adelaide psych rockers Grandma’s Favourite have announced that they have changed their name to The Clangers and will launch their Matt Hills-produced EP at the Grace Emily Hotel, 232 Waymouth St, on Friday 20 March with Slingshot Dragster, Invisible Mantra and Sasha March as special guests. It’s free entry from 9pm with a free EP for all those in attendance.
Sincerely, Grizzly, Last Days Of Kali and Great Oceans are set to play in the beer garden of The Exeter Hotel, 246 Rundle St, from 4.30pm on Saturday 14 March for an entry fee of just $5.
The Old Bush Inn, 51 High St, Willunga, will host an evening of ska and reggae beats when it presents Fistful Of Trojans and Reno & The Reggaenators on Saturday 28 March. Free entry too!
The British Hotel, 13 North Pde, Port Adelaide, will soon be hosting a monthly Sunset Sessions. Held on the last Saturday of the month from 5-8pm, the first one will be held on Saturday 28 March and will boast Nancy Bates and Hannah Yates while Saturday 25 April will feature Kelly Menhennett. Free entry and the hotel is also a great dining experience.
One for the diary! Adelaide rock band The Motive have announced a free entry show from 9pm at the Grace Emily, 232
Waymouth St, on Friday 27 March with Dirty Frank as special guests. Adelaide singer songwriter Sasha March has scored a Monday evening residency from 7.30pm at Crown & Anchor, 196 Grenfell St, for the mad month of March at which she will have special guests each evening. Adelaide metal band Raven Black Night are excited to announce that, alongside Puritan, they have been chosen as opening act for the upcoming Adelaide concert by legendary UK progressive rock band Uriah Heep at the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Wednesday 25 March with tickets now on sale via OzTix or at the venue. Adelaide rapper Tkay Maidza is embarking on a national tour that will include a show in her hometown at Jive, 181 Hindley St, on Friday 17 April. Book quickly at Moshtix. Speaking of Jive, the live music venue will also be opening three days per week as a record bar stocking vinyl and many other goodies in early April. Watch this space for more details. Adelaide’s pop rockers Avenue will be pumpin’ out tunes from their Colourblind EP when they hit the Grace Emily, 232 Waymouth St, on Saturday 14 March at 8pm with special guests Lost Woods and Southie. The Franklin Hotel, 110 Franklin St, has live acoustic music and great vibes from 3pm every Sunday. Check out Georgy K on Sunday 15 March and Blue Lagoon on Sunday 22 March. And did you know you can now purchase a jar of Frank’s rather delicious jalapeño relish at the bar? Following their recent sold out CD launch for Country Music In A Bottle, local country rock band The Sloe Ruin will make a return to The Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, to play a free entry show from 4pm on Sunday 29 March with special guests Adie Haines and Emily A Smith. Old school R&B combo Lady Voodoo & The Rituals have announced a free entry residency on Thursday evenings from 8pm commencing at The Publishers Hotel, 110 Franklin St. Port Adelaide’s Railway Hotel, 247 St Vincent St, has opened its doors to live music on Friday evenings from 5pm and also Sunday afternoons from 4pm. All gigs are free entry too. Award winning rootsy multi-instrumentalist Craig Atkins is set to launch his Fall Or Fly CD at The Jade Monkey, 160 Flinders St, on Saturday 4 April. Tickets will be $10 at the door with Tara Carragher, Jupiter and Benny C & The Associates as the three very special guest acts. The first PromSong, a free entry showcase of local singer songwriters, will take place on Wednesday 25 March at The Promethean, 116 Grote St, from 7pm. Tom Farnan, Mat Drogemuller, David Bowering (of The Cities Alight), Twig and Dan Drummond will be presenting their songs, with a chance to win recording time at Fat Trax Studio. There is also a door prize so get along.
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Boutique bar Nook Nosh, 111 Unley Rd, Unley, will be awash with the acoustic sounds of John McCall on Sunday 15 March, AP D’Antonio and Sunday 22 March and Red Willow on Sunday 29 March. Pop in for sips ‘n’ nibbles. Did you know that Crown & Sceptre Hotel, 308 King William St, is open each and every evening until 3am in the morning during Adelaide Fringe? Not only that, the recently reopened venue has some great live music coming up. Catch Trent Worley and WA band Dallas Royal on Friday 13 March and Dirt Playground, FOW, Apollo Suns and The Tonight Show on Saturday 14 March. Both are free entry affairs and there are drink specials each night.
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HEADING TO TOWN The UK’s Dylan Moran, of television’s Black Books fame, is heading to town and will be performing at Thebarton Theatre, Henley Beach Rd, Torrensville, on Bastille Day (Tuesday 14 July). Tickets are on sale now via <ticketmaster.com.au> but be quick. May the fourth be with you and eternal rains will come. Sweden’s Opeth have announced a tour that will bring the much-respected progressive metal outfit to the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Monday 4 May. Book quickly via OzTix or at the venue. The Heartache State, a raggedy arsed rock’n’roll band from Melbourne featuring Nick Barker on guitar and vocals, Justin Garner on guitar, Venom on drums and Michael Hubbard on bass, are heading over the border to launch their self-titled debut CD at the Grace Emily, 232 Waymouth St, Adelaide, on Saturday 23 May. It will be a free entry show too! She who rocks! The Baby Animals and The Superjesus, who will be playing The Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, SA, on Friday 19 June, have now announced a second show on Saturday 20 June with tickets on sale now via OzTix or at the venue. The bands are also soon going to be announcing their opening act, so stay tuned. Melbourne-based masters of lounge swing and sway, The Kahuna Daddies, will be unleashing a wave of coolness when they hit The Gaslight Tavern, 36 Chief St, Brompton, on Saturday 14 March with tickets available now via OzTix or the venue. Young UK singer songwriter Lewis Watson, who already has two albums to his credit, will have a full band with him when he drops into Fowler’s Live, 68-70 North Tce, on Friday March 13. Book via Moshtix. Sydney duo Uncle Jed are heading back to town to undertake a very special early evening farewell show at the Grace Emily Hotel, 232 Waymouth St. The gig, will which mark their final tour, will happen from 7.30pm on Sunday 19 April with tickets on sale now via OzTix or the venue. Brisbane punk band Hits, who have won awards from The Melbourne Age and Sydney Herald Sun, are coming to town to play on their Disaster Relief tour with good mates Meatbeaters at Glanville’s Cumberland Hotel on Friday 20 March and also The Producers Hotel, 235 Grenfell St, on Saturday 21 March which will also feature The Toss along with Juliette Seizure & The Tremor Dolls. No bull! Sydney’s Andy Bull, who had three entries in triple j’s recent Hottest 100 and who sold out his late Adelaide show, is embarking on a national tour to further highlight his most recent album, Sea Of Approval, which has won a sea of approval from fans and critics alike. Catch him when he plays the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Thursday 15 April. It will also mark Andy’s last big tour before he begins work on a new studio album. Tickets are now available via OzTix or at the venue. Popular British artist Ed Sheeran has announced that UK singer songwriter Jamie Lawson, who has previously shared the stage with Martha Wainwright, Damien Rice, Van Morrison, Glen Hansard and Katie Melua, and up and coming Aussie singer Conrad Sewell will be his special guests when he plays Adelaide Entertainment Centre on Wednesday 1 April and Thursday April 3. Best known as the singer with popular rock band Grinspoon, Phil Jamieson will embark on a string of solo shows in SA in March. Catch him in action at Golden Grove’s Village Tavern on Wednesday 18 March, Ramsgate Hotel, 128 Henley Beach Rd, Henley Beach on Thursday 19 March, Wallaroo’s Coopers Alehouse on Friday 20 March and Royal Oak Hotel, 123 O’Connell St, North Adelaide, on Sunday 22 March. Tickets via Moshtix or at the venues. To celebrate the release of her debut EP, Darwin-based Elli Belle is embarking on a national tour with the first stop being Adelaide! Catch her at the Grace Emily Hotel, 232 Waymouth St, on Tuesday 17 March with Grace Goodfellow as special guest.
Jeff Martin, of Canada’s The Tea Party, has announced a show at Jive, 181 Hindley St, on Sunday 19 April. Book very, very quickly via Moshtix. Much-respected Melbourne-based hip hop artist Seth Sentry will be making his way to the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, for an all-ages show on Saturday 21 March which is now sold out now but there is now also another show announced for Sunday 22 March with tickets available at the venue or via OzTix. Megadeth’s bass player and founding member, David Ellefson, will amuse fans with tales from the road and studio as part of a spoken word tour that will bring him to the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Sunday 22 March. Tickets via OzTix or at the venue. Much-loved Tasmanian punk ruffians Luca Brasi have announced a national tour and will play Rocket Bar, 142 Hindley St, on Friday 20 March with special guests being the UK’s Gnarwolves as well as Perth’s Tired Lion. Highly popular Melbourne-based rock band Kingswood have announced an extensive national tour for 2015 which will have them playing the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Friday 20 March with special guests Lurch & Chief, The Belligerents and My Echo. Book quickly via OzTix or the venue as Kingswood’s recentl shows have usually sold out quickly. Five Mile Sniper, a Melbourne rock band made up of members of The Icecream Hands and Motor Ace, have launched a new single, Amazing, from their debut album, The Sound Of Trees, and will play Hotel Metro, 46 Grote St, on Friday 20 March. Melbourne band Greenthief have announced a tour that will cause them to be heading over the border to play Crown & Anchor, 196 Grenfell St, on Friday 20 March alongside Tork and Lost Cosmonaut. This year’s Blenheim Music & Camping Festival will feature the huge international line-up of USA music legend Tony Joe White (US) the UK’s Z Star and Kiwi Marlon Williams as well as Timberwolf, Jay Hoad, The Shaolin Afronauts and so many, many more. It takes place at Blenheim (Clare Valley) on Good Friday (Friday 3 April) with tickets now available via <events. ticketbooth.com.au/event/3911458/ listing>. Trinity Sessions, Church Of The Trinity, 318 Goodwood Rd, Clarence Pk, has Irish songstress Edwina Hayes performing on Sunday 22 March. Trinity Sessions also has a brand new website! Check it out at <trinitysessions.org> and then book via <dramatix>. Former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick is set to play Bridgeway Hotel, Bridge Rd, Pooraka, on Saturday March 21 with Speedmachine and Sisters Doll and as special guests. Tickets via the venue. Influential Virginian rock band Mae were scheduled to be touring the 10th anniversary of The Everglow album but will no longer be proceeding due to unforeseen circumstances. Mae were set to play Adelaide Uni Bar on Friday 13 March with refunds now available a point of purchase. Sydney-based rock band Thrash Jacket are heading to town to take part in the 20th Northern Exposure event which will take place at The Bridgeway Hotel, Bridge Rd, Pooraka as an all-ages affair on Thursday 19 March. Playing alongside them will be The Nation, The Prophets Of Impending Doom and Hunky Punks. The next Blues On The Parade at Norwood Hotel, Norwood, is to be held from 4pm on Sunday 12 April with US act Donavon Frankenreiter as the super guest headliner with Dusty Lee’s Wasted Wanderers, Gab Hyde, Craig Atkins and China Doll also on the bill. Tickets via Moshtix or at the venue. Singeer songwriter Benny Walker is set to launch his new Shane O’Maraproduced album, Through The Forest, at the Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, from 4pm on Sunday 19 April. Tickets will be at the door for $10 or can be bought online via OzTix.
Aggressive Sydney punks Hellions have announced a national tour to coincide with the release of Indian Summer and they will play Enigma Bar, 173 Hindley St, on Friday 20 March. British India have just announced a national tour which will have the Melbourne rockers playing the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, SA, on Saturday 18 April with Grenadiers and Perth’s Tired Lion as special guests. Book via OzTix or at the venue. Melbourne’s Larissa Tandy & The Strine Singers (Larissa’s brother, her best friend and her best friend’s brother) will undertake a free entry gig from 9pm on Saturday 21 March at The Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, with Kelly Menhennett as special guest. Miss Quincy, famed for her dirty blues and straight up rock’n’roll, began her music career in the wild mountains of northern British Columbia and released her debut Your Mama Don’t Like Me in 2010 and follow-up Like The Devil Does in 2012. In the past two years with The Showdown, Miss Quincy has chalked up over 250 shows and 15 festivals through seven countries in Europe and North America, winning fans from near and far. Find out what all the fuss is about when Miss Quincy plays the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Saturday 11 April. Book via OzTix or at the venue. Central Coast duo James and Jordan, collectively known as Winterbourne, have been making music for almost a decade. They have now announced a national tour that will bring them to our town to play The Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, on Thursday 2 April. Tickets can be bought online via OzTix for $12. Melbourne tunesmith Andrew Swift has announced the release of a new single, Sound The Alarm, alongside a host of shows in Melbourne and also Adelaide. Catch him when he sounds the alarm at Crown & Anchor, 196 Grenfell St, on Friday 20 March. Highly theatrical, Brisbane-based musical combo Emma & The Hungry Truth are heading to town and will drop some hungry truths at The Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Theabrton, from 9pm on Friday 20 March. Serbian rock band Riblja Čorba are touring Australia for the first time so make them feel welcome when they play the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Sunday 17 May. Tickets via OzTix or at the venue. Queensland’s Brad Butcher, a singer songwriter who has made guest appearances alongside such acts as Busby Marou, Bill Chambers, Mark Seymour and Pete Murray, is coming to town to play the Grace Emily Hotel, 232 Waymouth St, on Thursday 21 May to play songs from his Jamestown album including new single, Believer. Perennial pop rock band The Whitlams have announced a tour that will bring Tim Freedman’s Sydneysiders to the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Friday 19 September. Book at OzTix or via the venue.
The Spoils’ front man, Sean Simmons, will return to Adelaide with Adrian Stoyles (also of The Gin Club fame, The Spoils and most recently Something For Kate) on piano and organ bringing their songs of love, pursuit and regret as The Spoils Duo to the Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, from 4pm on Sunday 10 May at which they will have The Rememberz as special guests. Sydney’s Baby et Lulu (Abby Dobson of Leonardo’s Bride and Lara Goodridge of FourPlay along with their band) will be brining their jazzy, French chansons to The Trinity Sessions, Church Of The Trinity, 318 Goodwood Rd, Clarence Pk, on Friday 1 May. Book quickly via <dramatix.com>. Legendary rock band Mötley Crüe have confirmed dates for their highly anticipated Australian leg of their final tour and are bringing along shock rocker Alice Cooper as a very special guest. In Adelaide, they play Adelaide Entertainment Centre on Thursday 21 May. Book quickly via the Live Nation website. Microwave Jenny, the alter-ego of husband and wife musical force Tessa and Brendon Boney who now spend their time between London and Sydney, is set to release a brand new EP, the curiously titled Microwave Jenny & The Six Song EP on Friday March 13. They will then embark on a national tour that will be bringing the duo to the Wheasheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, on Friday 8 May with tickets via OzTix or at the door. Much acclaimed American alternative country and folk singer Iris DeMent is coming to our town and is set to play the Governor Hindmarsh, 50 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Friday 22 May with special guest Pieta Brown. Book via OzTix or at the venue. Melbourne’s Laura Jean is heading to town for Naomi Keyte’s new modern folk venture, Down On The Plains, which will take place at The Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, on Saturday 18 April from 8pm with New Zealand’s Aldous Harding now confirmed as opening act. Tickets will be $12 at the door. American metal band Machine Head are heading our way and will hit the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Sunday 28 June. Book via OzTix or at the venue. To promote her new album, Sometimes I Sit & Think & Sometimes I Just Sit, songstress Courtney Barnett has announced that she will kick off a national tour at the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Friday 1 May with Teeth & Tongue as special guests. Tickets available now at OzTix or via the venue. Michigan-based black metal outfit The Black Dahlia Murder have announced and Australian tour which will see them hitting Fowler’s Live, 68-70 North Tce, on Friday 19 June.
FRIDAY 10 APRIL Jake Shimabukuro (Hawaii) at Governor Hindmarsh Architects (US), Stick To Your Guns (US), Being As An Ocean (US) and Stories at HQ Complex Moonfaker (CD launch), Destrends (Melbourne) at Valkyries at Pirie & Co Social Club
THURSDAY 12 MARCH Tech N9ne (US) at Governor Hindmarsh Dallas Royal (WA) at Surviving Sharks at Royal Oak
Sceptre Hits (Brisbane), Meatbeaters, The Toss and Juliet Siezure & The Tremors at Producer’s Hotel
FRIDAY 13 MARCH Dallas Royal (WA), Trent Worley and Pink Noise Generator at Crown & Sceptre Dean Ray (Sydney) at Governor Hindmarsh Kustom Kulture Weekender: The Allniters (Sydney) Fistful Of Trojans and Young Offenders at Highway Inn Tequila Mockingbyrd (Melbourne) I Am Mine (Melbourne) and Jungle City at Worldsend Lewis Watson (UK) at Fowler’s Live
SUNDAY 22 MARCH Phil Jamieson (Lismore) at Royal Oak Seth Sentry (Melbourne), Citizen Kay (ACT) and Colin Banks (Perth) at Governor Hindmarsh Edwina Hayes (Ireland) at The Trinity Sessions A Day On The Green: Billy Idol (UK), Cheap Trick (US), The Angels and The Choirboys (Sydney) at Leconfield Wines (McLaren Vale) David Ellefson (US) at Governor Hindmarsh
SATURDAY 14 MARCH The New Dead Festival: Psycroptic (Tasmania) and more at Fowler’s Live Brooke Fraser (New Zealand) and Hayden Calinan (Melbourne) at Governor Hindmarsh Kustom Kulture Weekender: Big Sandy (US), Los Straitjackets (US), The Saucermen, The Satellites and Madeleine DeVille at Highway Inn Sumeru (Sydney) at Worldsend The Kahuna Daddies (Melbourne) at Gaslight Tavern Dallas Royal (WA) and Surviving Sharks at Glenelg Jetty Bar
WEDNESDAY 25 MARCH Uriah Heep (UK), Raven Black Night and Puritan at Governor Hindmarsh
SUNDAY 15 MARCH Bonobo (UK) at Royal Croquet Club TUESDAY 17 MARCH Kylie Minogue (Melbourne) at Adelaide Entertainment Centre Ellie Belle (Darwin) and Grace Goodfellow at Grace Emily WEDNESDAY 18 MARCH Phil Jamieson (Lismore) at Village Tavern (Golden Grove) Jessie J (Sydney) at Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre THURSDAY 19 MARCH Phil Jamieson (Lismore) at Ramsgate Hotel Thrash Jacket (Sydney), Pink Noise Generator, The Nation, The Prohets Of Impending Doom and Hunky Punks at The Bridgeway Edwina Hayes (Ireland) at South Coast Folk Centre FRIDAY 20 MARCH Kingswood (Melbourne), Lurch & Chief, The Belligerents and My Echo (Melbourne) at Governor Hindmarsh Luca Brasi (Tasmania), Gnarwolves (UK) and Tired Lion (Perth) at Rocket Bar Hellions (Sydney) at Enigma Bar Phil Jamieson (Lismore) at Coopers Alehouse (Wallaroo) Andrew Swift (Melbourne), Greenthief (Melbourne), Tork and Lost Cosmonaut at Crown & Anchor Damian Cowell (Melbourne) at The Jade Monkey Five Mile Sniper (Melbourne) at Hotel Metro Jackson Firebird (Mildura) at Pirie & Co Social Club Emma & The Hungry Truth (Brisbane) at Wheatsheaf Hotel Hits (Brisbane) and Meatbeaters at Cumberland Hotel (Glanville) SATURDAY 21 MARCH Bruce Kulick (US), Sister Kills and Speedmachine at Bridgeway Hotel Vance Joy (Melbourne) at Thebarton Theatre Seth Sentry (Melbourne), Citizen Kay (ACT) and Colin Banks (Perth) at Governor Hindmarsh Kasey Chambers (NSW) at Her Majesty’s Theatre Larissa Tandy & The Strine Singers (Melbourne) and Kelly Menhennett at Wheatsheaf Hotel Squeaker (CD launch), Leo, Alithia (Melbourne) and The Serra at Crown &
FRIDAY 27 MARCH Josh Rennie-Hynes, Caitlin Harnett and Liam Gerner at Jive Augie March (Melbourne) at Her Majesty’s Theatre Xavier Rudd & The United Nations (Melbourne) at HQ Complex David Liebe Hart (US) at Crown & Anchor SATURDAY 28 MARCH Jordie Lane (Melbourne) at Wheatsheaf Hotel Steve Poltz (Canada/US) at Peterborough Football Club The McClymonts (Sydney) and Kristy Cox at Old Mill Hotel (Hanhdorf) SUNDAY 29 MARCH Rod Stewart (UK) and James Reyne (Melbourne) at Adelaide Entertainment Centre TUESDAY 31 MARCH Mavis Staples (US) at Governor Hindmarsh WEDNESDAY 1 APRIL Ed Sheeran (UK), Jamie Lawson and Conrad Sewell at Adelaide Entertainment Centre THURSDAY 2 APRIL Ed Sheeran (UK), Jamie Lawson and Conrad Sewell at Adelaide Entertainment Centre Jurassic 5 (US) at HQ Complex Darren Hanlon (Sydney) at Jive Winterbourne (Central Coast) at Wheatsheaf FRIDAY 3 APRIL Blenheim Music & Camping Festival: Tony Joe White (US), Z Star (UK), Marlon Williams (NZ), Timberwolf, Jay Hoad, The Shaolin Afronauts and so many, many more at Blenheim (Clare Valley) SATURDAY 4 APRIL Skyscraper Stan & The Commission Flats (Melbourne) at Grace Emily Captives (Melbourne), Release The Hounds, Mayweather and Young Offenders at Crown & Anchor SUNDAY 5 APRIL Counting Crows (US) at Thebarton Theatre Horrorshow (Sydney) and MC Tuka (Blue Mountains) at Goverenor Hindmarsh MONDAY 6 APRIL Jimmy Cliff (Jamaica) at Governor Hindmarsh TUESDAY 7 APRIL Mariachi El Bronx (US) at Governor Hindmarsh WEDNESDAY 8 APRIL Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls (UK) at Adelaide Uni Bar THURSDAY 9 APRIL Justin Townes Earle (US) and Sam Outlaw at Grace Emily
SATURDAY 11 APRIL Miss Quincy (Canada) at Governor Hindmarsh John Farnham (Melbourne) and Olivia Newton-John (Sydney) at Adelaide Entertainment Centre Gypsy Kings (US) at Thebarton Theatre Norma Jean (US), Louis Blanc, A Ghost Orchestra, Life Pilot and Disaster Path at Fowler’s Live SUNDAY 12 APRIL Blues On The Parade: Donavon Frankenreiter (US), Dusty Lee’s Wasted Wanderers, Gab Hyde, Craig Atkins and China Doll at Norwood Live Serena Ryder (Canada) and Matt Andersen (Canada) at Governor Hindmarsh TUESDAY 14 APRIL Taylor Henderson (Sydney) at Governor Hindmarsh THURSDAY 16 APRIL Andy Bull (Sydney) at Governor Hindmarsh The Black Keys (US) at Adelaide Entertainment Centre Nana Mouskouri (Greece) and Alfredo Malabello (Sydney) at Festival Theatre (Adelaide Festival Centre) The Ocean (Germany) and Caligula’s Horse at Jive Marlon Williams & The Yarra Benders (Melbourne/NZ) at Grace Emily FRIDAY 17 APRIL Atilla (US) at Fowler’s Live Super Best Friends (Melbourne/ACT) at Crown & Anchor SATURDAY 18 APRIL The Rumjacks (Sydney) at Crown & Anchor Laura Jean (Melbourne) and Aldous Harding (New Zealand) at Wheatsheaf Hotel British India (Melbourne), Grenadiers and Tired Lion (Perth) at Governor Hindmarsh SUNDAY 19 APRIL Citizen (US) at Adelaide Uni Bar Short Stack (Sydney) at Governor Hindmarsh Jeff Martin (Canada) at Jive Benny Walker (Melbourne) at Wheatsheaf Uncle Jed (Sydney) at Grace Emily THRUSDAY 23 APRIL Funeral For A Friend (Wales) and Vices (Sydney) at Fowler’s Live SATURDAY 25 APRIL Mick Pealing’s Stars (Melbourne) at Governor Hindmarsh Groovin’ The Moo: A$AP Ferg, Ball Park Music, Broods (NZ), Carmada, Charli XCX (UK), The Delta Riggs, DMA’s, Flight Facilities, Hermitude, Hilltop Hoods, Hot Dub Time Machine, Meg Mac, Northlane, One Day, Peace (UK), Peaches (Canada), The Preatures, RL Grime (US), San Cisco, Saskwatch, Sticky Fingers, Tkay Maidza, Wolfmother and You Me At Six (UK) at Oakbank Racecourse FRIDAY 1 MAY Sam Smith (UK) at Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre Thundamentals (Blue Mountains) at Fowler’s Live Courtney Barnett (Melbourne) & Teeth & Tongue at Governor Hindmarsh Baby et Lulu (Melbourne) at Trinity Sessions SATURDAY 2 MAY The Australian Doors Show (Sydney) at Governor Hindmarsh MONDAY 4 MAY Opeth (Sweden) at Governor Hindmarsh TUESDAY 5 MAY Ricky Martin at Adelaide Entertainment Centre Metalum Manifestatione MMXV: Suffocation (US) and Decapitation (Poland) at Governor Hindmarsh WEDNESDAY 6 MAY Ace Frehley (US) at Governor Hindmarsh THURSDAY 7 MAY Everclear (US) at Fowler’s Live
PHIL JAMIESON By Rob Lyon South Australia loves Grinspoon and has embraced front man Phil Jamieson’s burgeoning solo career so much so that he’s playing four shows as part of his upcoming South Australian jaunt. Phil will hit some new and old venues including The Village Tavern at Golden Grove, The Ramsgate Hotel at Henley Beach, The Coopers Alehouse in Wallaroo and Royal Oak Hotel in North Adelaide. Phil reflects on the Christmas tour with Scott Russo (of American punk band Unwritten Law) and what it means to be playing solo including his upcoming plans. Your Christmas show with Scott Russo (Unwritten Law) at the Govenror Hindmarsh was a great way to finish the year off wasn’t it? Phil pisses himself laughing before saying, “Good ‘ole Scott Russo! Far out, he’s a handful but thanks for coming along to that and it was a pretty funny night all round actually. It was a good tour and we had a great time because he’s quite a character and we had a lot of fun together.” I think the rough edges brought some charm to the show. Did you have any thoughts as to how these shows would pan out? “I think rough edges is an understatement and I think if we went in to it to full on I think it would have lacked a bit of charm. Whilst you cannot manufacture charm there is a certain je ne sais quoi to that performance and we could try and replicate that around the country. “But some shows were better than others depending on Scott’s anxiety levels although, in general, the tour was a lot of fun and The Gov was a great time for us.” Have you found that you’ve learnt more about yourself playing in solo mode nowadays? “I find I learn more about the audience than I do about myself. When I play with a band and a full production I’m so far removed from an audience. I’ve got ear monitors so I can’t really hear what’s going on except for the music and the band. When you’re playing alone you can kind of gauge the feeling in a room a little bit easier to be perfectly honest. “I found I learnt a lot about audiences and Grinspoon’s audience in some ways, maybe
fans of the band and even fans of me without sounding too precocious.”
changed your mind on that now that the solo part of your career is going well?
There’s plenty of love for you around the country?
“Yes and no, recorded material only really exists as an artistic output of course which is important and really vital and that would be the only reason I would do it at this point in time. If you get that right it is going to take a little bit of time to make sure that I’m really happy with it. It doesn’t really get played on radio and there’s only so many video TV programs that the margins for that are really small these days.
“Yeah, I guess behind the veil of the Grinspoon curtain for want of a better term, playing alone you get to be a bit more one on one with the audience. “That’s something I’ve really enjoyed and I’ve also learnt that I should change my guitar strings more often because I break them a lot. I reckon Scott broke a guitar string that night and then he had to play my guitar which he complained that my guitar sounded like shit then he kept carrying on about that. I remember, what an idiot! “There’s a lot more to learn about the logistical side when you tour by yourself you tour by yourself and there is no one to really help. It definitely has been an interesting curve for me.” Have you looked at a map of Australia and marked everywhere you’ve played over the last twelve or so months? “When Grinspoon went off on hiatus I really didn’t know what I was going to do and I honestly thought I would just put my feet up. I don’t think my wife was going to let me do that so it came though necessity of having to go out and do something because I wasn’t doing anything apart from playing Xbox. “Basically it was a necessity of what I was going to do with myself. Steve Noble the promoter in South Australia took me on and said, ‘Why don’t you do this?” I said, ‘Okay, it’s a risk but let’s see what happens’. I’m learning with every solo show and getting my head around it that South Australia has embraced the solo aspect of my career in a way so that’s been really positive.” Apart from The Ramsgate and The Royal Oak you’re playing at Golden Grove and Wallaroo which should be good? “Wallaroo, I’ve never been there and I looked at it on the map and it’s like over there! I’d never even heard of it when it came up as an offer and it’s like the more shows the better. I’ve never really gone that way in South Australia before so it will be a lot of fun as playing new places is always exciting. And The Village Tavern show will be a great opportunity to meet some new people and play some tunes.” Last time we spoke I asked whether you would consider some sort of solo release and you said you were going to feel your way to see how things would go. Have you
“For art’s sake it would be great to put something out, but I think this is something we would have to take a little bit more time with. There is a fair bit of expense to put in to it for not a lot of return. I’m not sitting there rubbing my hands together thinking economics as such, an album isn’t cheap but maybe an EP. “I’m still considering it all at this point in time but there maybe something on the horizon possibly later in the year. I’m keeping my cards close to my chest. There is a whole bunch of recorded material but it is just a matter of where I want to take it.” I guess it is important to be viable also? “In some ways I don’t care so much, it’s money, fuck who give a shit! It is important rather than it being an economic means it needs to be vital and is important in people’s ears. That’s more important than people’s wallets to me. I want to make it vital and important.” There are people planning on attending all four of your upcoming solo shows, so will there be some subtle differences in the set from show to show? “Really, what is wrong with them? Just come to one. You’re crazy! That is very flattering, awesome!” Does that put pressure on knowing you have to mix up your on stage banter? “Of course not, no way! I’m doing the same show every night, you’re kidding! Each show will be different but I usually start and end with the same songs. What happens in the middle can change a little bit with three or four different songs each night. “In general the start and finish have been the same since I started playing solo. I know my book ends and then I work out the middle.” Beyond this run of dates what are you plans? Does Scott return the favour and ask you to tour North America with him?
“Oh God, I hope not! I’ve had enough of Scott Russo for the time being, he was fun for two weeks. I don’t think I’ll be going to the US in a hurry but am I going to be doing quite a bit of touring in March in to early April. I have most of April off then I’m joining the Groovin’ The Moo regional tour as a guest. I’m not actually playing but they are calling me a ‘host’ of some description. “I’m there to see young people consuming alcohol which I’m like the dad which will be fun. ‘The dad of Groovin’ The Moo’ which will be fun so that takes up May. In June I’m heading to Japan and then I’ll look at the second half of the year and see what’s ahead of me then. The first half of the year is mapped out then we’ll look at the second half and see what fun we can get up to.” Do you see yourself as the elder statesman hence the role at Groovin’ The Moo? “Well, I’m very old but maybe I’ll get to do some guest DJ spots. I don’t think they know how antagonistic I am and I might just play Dolly Parton to annoy people. I doing this with Zan Rowe from triple j doing that MC/play some songs between bands to essentially be dilettantes, it will be good!” Catch Phil Jamieson in action at Golden Grove’s Village Tavern on Wednesday 18 March, Ramsgate Hotel, 128 Henley Beach Rd, Henley Beach on Thursday 19 March, Wallaroo’s Coopers Alehouse on Friday 20 March and Royal Oak Hotel, 123 O’Connell St, North Adelaide, on Sunday 22 March. Tickets via Moshtix or at the venues.
EVOLETAH By Robert Dunstan Adelaide band Evoletah sold out an Adelaide Fringe show in 2014 so are hoping to do so again this year to highlight songs from a forthcoming album at which Katie Underwood will once again be a special guest. “We did that because the album [We Ache For The Moon] we did that had Katie on it, we’d never played any of it live,” Evoletah’s vocalist, guitarist and percussion player Matt Cahill says. ‘So we wanted to have a crack at that. “But that sold out at The Promethean and it sparked quite a few more record sales so we thought we were onto a good thing,” he says with a laugh. “So we’re doing it again in a bigger venue with a bigger PA system and will have a string section as well as a horn section. “And with the string quartet, we have been rehearsing with them over the last month or so and they are now in around 90% of the material,” Matt adds. “As well as Katie, we will also have another backing vocalist as well.” The quartet, Matt alongside guitarist and keyboard player Andrew Boyce, drummer Jason Eyers-White and bass player Michael Shanahan has been around for the best part of a decade and evolved from highly successful Adelaide band The Violets. “We basically started off because I had a bunch of songs I’d written for The Violets that had never been recorded,” Matt explains. “I really wanted them to see the light of day and once that Fool’s Errand album was done, it sold really well over in America so we thought we’d keep the band going. The chemistry went from there really.” How did Fool’s Errand of 2008 happen to do so well in the US? “It was back in the early days when CD Baby had just started up online and was being handled by humans rather than being automated as it is now,” Matt says. “So CD Baby’s owner [Nevada’s Derek Sivers] actually got in touch with us and was really into the fact we were Australian.
Matt is also involved in another project. “I was approached a few years ago by Andrew Muecke who had a thing going called The Happy Ghosts [with Ash Starkey],” he reveals. “He asked me to do a vocal on one of his songs that ended up being on a Canadian documentary that did pretty well. “So he then asked if I’d like to do a whole album and I told him that [electronica] is not really my field but I was willing to have a crack,” he continues. “So we’ve ended up doing an entire album, All The Frozen Horses, and becoming an entity called The Quiet Room. “And while that CD is out and about at the moment, we’re not planning a live launch event for it until around September,” Matt adds. Matt then says it’s funny how Evoletah hooked up with Katie Underwood who, with vocal group Bardot, won the first Australian series of Popstars in 2000. “We had this song written and I said to our keyboard player, Andrew, that I had a really strong feeling it needed a female voice on it,” he recalls. “One thing led to another and I was trying to think of a particular voice and then I happened to be at The Ramsgate Hotel and a song came on the jukebox or whatever. “And I thought it was great and used Shazam to find you who it was,” Matt continues. “And it turned out to be Katie Underwood’s Beautiful. And I had no idea at the time quite who she was and thought it was some UK singer or someone else international. “And then I mentioned it to my wife who said, ‘Katie Underwood? I think she’s from Melbourne’. So, because we liked her voice, we quickly got in touch with her management and four weeks later she was in the studio recording it with us. “And because she also liked the rest of our material, we did a whole record together,” Matt laughs. “So it’s funny how that one moment at the pub using Shazam has led to all this. It’s like a dream come true.” Matt concludes by saying that Evoletah have a new album in the works that will also feature some guests.
“So he was very enthusiastic and gave us a lot of support,” he continues. “He really got behind us but then, of course, he sold CD Baby [to Disc Makers] and it wasn’t as good any more.
“But I don’t want to let the cat out of the bag just yet and say who they are,” he declares. “We just love the collaboration aspect and, as a band, we really get a lot out of it.”
“So we had thought of touring to the US because the sales of Fool’s Errand over there enabled us to pay for the second album, Evaporating, and do a couple of film clips,” Matt reveals. “But then sales dropped off on that second album – hey, I don’t want to knock CD Baby just because it became a different model to how it started – and there became a dissection as everything was changing quickly and it was all becoming about the download rather than a physical CD.
Evoletah will have guest singer Katie Underwood with them when they undertake an Adelaide Fringe show at Osmond Terrace Function Centre (part of Norwood Hotel), 97 Osmond Tce, Norwood, from 8.30pm on Saturday 14 March.
“Everyone was scrabbling around for the same piece of turf and we’ve been attempting to negotiate the new playing field for the last eight years or so,” he adds with a laugh.
Tickets via FringeTix.
SETH SENTRY By Libby Parker Seth Sentry has added another Adelaide show to his Run tour this month as the man who brought us The Waitress Song will now play two all-ages gigs at The Governor Hindmarsh Hotel on Saturday 21 March and also Sunday 22 March. The former show is already sold out and tickets for the Sunday evening performance are selling fast. Celebrating the release of the new single Run from a forthcoming album, Seth is keen to get over to Adelaide to play to an all-ages crowd. “Adelaide tend to let you have all-ages gigs,” he says. “We don’t get to do that in other states so if I can, I will. In Melbourne, you can’t mingle under-age kids and adults.” “When you do an all ages gig, you think maybe you’ll have some 17-year-olds, but when I did my first Governor Hindmarsh gig with Horrorshow, I didn’t know it was all-ages and we were doing the show and I looked down and there were some 12-yearolds at the front. “It was weird, but it was awesome! They’re the most well-behaved fans ever. They just stand there captivated. They don’t heckle!” Currently living in Melbourne but having grown up in Sorrento on the Mornington Peninsula, Seth hasn’t spent much time in Adelaide; his main memory being of one of our less appetising culinary offerings. “I’ve played here a bunch of times and played at the Gov on a few occasions but I haven’t really spent much time actually in Adelaide. I came up and worked with Trials [of Funkoars] on my last album for a few days but I don’t really know Adelaide,” he says. “I know that when I was a kid, we went there for a holiday and we got a thing from a caravan called a pie-floater. It’s like an Adelaide thing apparently and it was an awful, awful thing.”
on us because she’s very academic and said we needed an outlet. So I started writing and I listened to rap music so I naturally gravitated towards that. “But I was the only dude who listened to rap in my whole high school so maybe I liked that too; that it was just me. I found my cool, edgy thing like every teenager needs.” Seth’s signature narrative-driven lyrics do not disappoint in his new single, Run, which is based on stories from his hometown. “It’s funny that all the kids from the Peninsula are hitting me up saying they’re loving it because I’m kind of dissing out the place I grew up; but the kids that grew up there are loving it so that’s cool,” he laughs. “ I get the stories from my life. Even songs I think I’ve made up with fictional characters, upon hindsight I realise that’s just something that happened to me.” Now that ‘Run’ is available to purchase, Seth will be working, in between touring, towards releasing the new album this year. “The album is pretty much written now so we’re going into hard core recording stage and then we’re good! Then I have an album. Not sure when we’ll see it but it’ll be this year,” he says. But audiences won’t have to wait until the release to hear his new stuff because he’ll be trying some of it out on them on this tour. “I’m planning on doing a few new songs because it’s always good to road test them. It’s a whole new set so my DJ, Sizzle, and me are going to go through and restructure everything. It’s a whole new show because I get bored really easily,” he says. Much-respected Melbourne-based hip hop artist Seth Sentry will be making his way to the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, for an all-ages show on Saturday 21 March which is now sold out now but there is now also another show announced for Sunday 22 March with tickets, unless sold out beforehand, available at the venue or via OzTix.
Seth Sentry emerged on to the hip hop scene in 2003 when he played his first public gigs with Melbourne hip hop drum ‘N’ bass outfit D.S.O.L. Skip forward to 2009 and Seth reached number 31 on triple j’s Hottest 100 with The Waitress Song; jump ahead again to 2013 and Seth is performing Dear Science on television’s Jimmy Kimmel Live in the US. But despite quick and impressive success, Seth just takes it all in his stride and enjoys the ride. “I don’t really think about it. I just do what I do. It’s all about writing the best music I can write. That’s why I take two to three years to write albums; the first one took me five years. I’m not in any rush to blow up; I just want to write good music that I’m happy with. “Cool things have happened though, the Jimmy Kimmel thing was amazing. I never really anticipated that at all,” he says. “I wanted to be a rapper because I like rap and I liked writing. My mum pushed writing
KATIE NOONAN by Sian Williams Four-time ARIA Award winning performer Katie Noonan is returning to town to perform as part of the Adelaide Fringe 2015 and will be bringing with her a brand new band and a new album, Peace Is My Drug. Katie will present a world-class program of original music while showcasing her soaring vocals and fine musicianship at The Garden Of Unearthly Delights’ Aurora Spiegeltent. As many people would know Katie from george, the band she pioneered with her brother Tyrone, we ask if this latest project has kept her within the same musical vein. “george was such an amazing ride,” she begins. “It really surpassed all of our expectations, and was just brilliant in the things that we learnt and the people we had the opportunity to record and perform with. Certainly I have come a long way since then, I really believe a true artist is always learning and progressing. I love the fact there is always so much more to know and do. “george was great for both me and my brother but, I have to say, doing our own thing now, it is nice to just brother and sister again without living in each other’s pockets. George was around for 10 years. That’s a long time to have kept as busy as we were. We are lucky to have had the opportunity. It’s been brilliant.” What have you done musically since those days? “My partner Isaac and I have two sons, which keep us busy,” Katie says. “I enjoyed my time with the jazz trio, Elixir; it was a real journey of beautiful jazz and experimenting with classical sounds, and having the opportunity to work with poets and lyricists in the making of the music. I really loved recording with them, as well as having the opportunity to play with the ACO (Australian Chamber Orchestra) and many other great musicians. “The new album was supported by using a crowd funding project called PlegdeMusic which has been amazing. It is a really savvy way to fund an album, and it also keeps those investing really invested - they are marketing for you, and cheering you all the way. The album was launch in February and we’ll be showcasing the songs of that album at our Adelaide show.” Katie suggests that record labels no longer hold the power they used to have, which means the artist are not being dictated to, and have more control and creative input. “It’s really a community collaborative to crowd fund,” she says. “I have been so fortunate to have been signed to major labels which have proved to be very fruitful and successful, but this is not always the case for some people. In this journey I learned a lot, enough so that I felt
comfortable to go out on my own. All in all, I have produced six independent albums, but the money soon starts drying up [laughs]. Those albums include material I had the pleasure of recording with my mother, and few other jazzy albums, as well as my band, The Captains.” Katie and her brother are not the only members of her family carrying and nurturing the musical genes. “My mum, Maggie, is also a vocalist; a classically-trained opera singer,” she explains. “As kids, my brother and I got the opportunity to see and hear a lot of amazing music and were lucky to have had a great musical education. Even outside of the family home we have some great musical comrades. The band I am bringing to Adelaide is called Vanguard, which consists of Stu Hunter and Declan Kelly from The Captains, and newcomer Ben Edgar who played previously with Angus & Julia Stone. It’s very exciting.” What would you say your most amazing or proudest musical moment has been so far? “The standout would have to be the Aria Awards,” Katie enthuses. “That was just so bizarre, so surreal. The night just flew by and we won a huge number of awards and had such a great time. This was of course with george but really, overall, I think the fact that I have the opportunity to perform full-time and create the music that I sing is so fortunate. I feel truly blessed.” Katie Noonan plays at The Garden Of Unearthly Delights’ Aurora Spiegeltent from 7pm on Saturday 14 March. Book at FringeTIX.
DANNY ELFMAN’S MUSIC FROM THE FILMS OF TIM BURTON By Rosie van Heerde
in LA! But the best part was that he wanted me to play Edward Scissorhands. I have always loved the scene Edward becomes the neighbourhood barber—mainly because he performs his first haircut over a delightful 30-second violin solo.
Securing Danny Elfman’s Music From The Films Of Tim Burton for the 2015 Adelaide Festival program must have been a dream come true for Festival organisers.
Sandy will perform as a special guest with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, an experience she is very much looking forward to.
The program celebrates Elfman’s musical scores written for a myriad of Tim Burton films including The Nightmare Before Christmas, Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands. This is both a musical and visual feast, with original film sequences curated by Burton himself to showcase Elfman’s musical scores.
“I have been longing to visit Australia ever since I was a little girl... I would always hear people talking about having a great time there. I am beyond excited! Soon, I’ll also finally be able to say that I performed in Australia, at the Adelaide Festival with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Hooray!”
Having premiered in 2013 at London’s Royal Albert Hall, this orchestral homage to the artistic partnership between Elfman and Burton has continued to receive rave reviews and is now set to make their Australian debut here at the Adelaide Festival. This promises to be a marvellous experience for Tim Burton film fans, no less because Elfman himself will be performing with the orchestra in Adelaide - a special treat not to be repeated elsewhere on Australian soil. The Clothesline speaks, via email, with award-winning solo violinist, Sandy Cameron, ahead of her first trip to Australia. Since making her debut at age 12, Cameron has worked with a multitude of conductors and orchestras across the globe. “I stared learning to play violin when I was eight. It was clear that I loved music since I was a baby, but I give credit to my parents for finding the right instrument, because I never actually asked for one! I believe they decided to give me a violin because my maternal grandfather listened to violin music all the time. “When I came home from school one day, my mother greeted me by saying “Sandy, look at this new toy I got you!” and it was a quarter-sized violin. To this day, the violin is still the coolest ‘toy’ I have ever played with!” Working with Cirque du Soleil must have been an experience different to anything else you had done – would this be a fair assumption? “Absolutely. It’s not what people would generally expect a classical concert violinist to get involved with, but it was an opportunity I did not want to pass up. I enjoy different experiences, and I have always loved combining musical performance with other art forms, so performing in Cirque du Soleil’s IRIS was wonderful for me. “Not to mention that I’m extremely grateful for the time I spent on that project. Ultimately, it was how I met and began working with Danny Elfman. “I was utterly thrilled with Danny asked if I’d like to play in the show for the US premiere
Can you share your insights into Danny Elfman’s music, and how they play from a musician’s point of view? “Playing Danny’s music is always a challenge, but a fun one! He’s not known for writing anything easy. But it is wholly gratifying. More than that, however, it’s the music itself that makes all the difference. For me and every other musician I’ve known, it’s important to play music that becomes a part of you. “Danny’s music does that; it gets inside your head, your heart, your soul, and doesn’t let go. There’s nothing else like experiencing him perform his own songs live in front of the orchestra as Jack Skellington (The role voiced by Elfman in The Nightmare Before Christmas).” Do you have a favourite song from the show? “Well, naturally the solo Danny wrote for me is my top favourite (How could it not be!?) And I am always brought to tears during Edward Scissorhands and Big Fish, too. Same with The Nightmare Before Christmas and Batman... And Corpse Bride... Really, I love them all!” Anything else you’d like Adelaide audiences to know? “Everyone needs to come... it’s a party! Don’t miss it!!” Danny Elfman’s Music From The Films Of Tim Burton runs at Adelaide Entertainment Centre from 8pm on Sunday 14 March. Book at BASS
UPDATE Western Australian rockers Dallas Royal are heading over to play a free entry gig as part of Adelaide Fringe and it will take place from 9pm on Thursday 12 March at The Royal Oak, 123 O’Connell St, North Adelaide, with Surviving Sharks as special guests. Dallas Royal also play Crown & Sceptre, 308 King William St, on Friday 13 March with Trent Worley for the recent birthday boy’s CD launch and Glenelg’s Jetty Bar on Saturday 14 March also with Surviving Sharks.
As part of Adelaide Fringe, international traveller Dr Bubble, who blows amazing bubbles, has returned home to present some childrens’ shows which will take place until Sunday 15 March at various times during daylight hours at The Jade Monkey, 160 Flinders St. Book quickly at FringeTix.
I began by suggesting that location was kind of ironic as one of her latest videos, Magical Machine, features footage of rocket ships presumably being launched from Houston. Legendary Adelaide band Rum Jungle, featuring James Black (now of RocKwiz fame), Phil Colsen, Bruce Sandell and more) are reforming to play a one-off show. Catch them from 7pm in Aurora Spiegeltent in Rundle Pk’s The Garden Of Unearthly Delights on Sunday 15 March but book quickly via FringeTix as it’s sure to be a sell out on the night.
Briefs: The Second Coming, which encompasses circus, physical theatre, drag, boylesque, dance and cabaret, runs at Royal Croquet Club’s The Menagerie from 9.15pm until Sunday 15 March. Book at FringeTix. The irrepressible Le Gateau Chocolat has a new show, ICONS, which runs until Sunday 15 March at 8.30pm in The Deluxe in The Garden Of Unearthly Delights. Tickets are now on sale via FringeTix. Described as the new face of Scottish traditional music, Breabach’s third tour to Australia in 12 months comes hot off the heels of their worldwide 2014 tour in support of the album Ùrlar. See them when they play Aurora Spielgeltent in The Garden Of Unearthly Delights at 4pm on Saturday 14 March and again at 4pm on Sunday 15 March. Book at FringeTix. Sumeru are a five-piece rock band from Sydney featuring members of Blkout, Lomera, Firearms, Shake Your Blood and No Apologies and will hit Worldsend Hotel, 208 Hindley St, on Saturday 14 March with Melbourne’s Olmeg as part of Adelaide Fringe as well as Cobra and Faitheater with a very special guest to be announced on the day of the show. Melbourne bands Tequila Mockingbyrd and I Am Mine are getting together to head over the border and hit Worldsend Hotel, 208 Hindley St, for Adelaide Fringe on Friday March 13 at which they’ll have Jungle City as special guests. Brendan Fitzgerald Quartet will present Take Five: The Dave Brubeck Story at Brighton Concert Hall (Brighton Secondary School), 305 Brighton Rd, Brighton, on Saturday 14 March. Book at FringeTix.
New Zealand songstress Brooke Fraser has just issued her fourth album, Brutal Romantic, and is touring it around Australia. She’s also been touring Brutal Romantic around the world and was in Houston, TX, when BSide Magazine chatted to her over the telephone.
Evoletah will have guest singer Katie Underwood with them when they undertake an Adelaide Fringe show at Osmond Terrace Function Centre (part of Norwood Hotel), 97 Osmond Tce, Norwood, from 8.30pm on Saturday 14 March. Tickets via FringeTix.
Steph Acraman will be presenting a tribute to jazz legend Julie London with her show, Nice Girls Don’t Stay For Breakfast, as part of Adelaide Fringe. Backed by a stellar band that includes members of Lucky Seven, it runs at Published Arthouse, 11 Cannon St, Adelaide, from Thursday 12 March until Saturday 14 March. Book for 6.30pm dinner and show or 8pm show only via FringeTix.
BROOKE FRASER By Robert Dunstan
Daddy Cool legend Ross Hannaford, who has recently been making a name for himself by busking the streets, will bring his guitar to Semaphore Workers Club, 93 The Esplanade, Semaphore, from 8pm on Friday 13 March. Book via FringeTix. Sympathy Orchestra, in conjunction with SoundTeam, will be presenting their progressive musical stylings in quadrophonic sound as part of Adelaide Fringe. It all happens over two nights, Friday 13 March and Sunday 15 March at 8.30pm at The Garage International, North Adelaide Community Centre, 176 Tynte St, North Adelaide. Book via FringeTix. The line-up for Kustom Kulture Weekender has just been announced for Highway Inn, Anzac Hwy, Plympton, as part of Adelaide Fringe. On Friday 13 March, it’s Sydney-based ska legends The Allniters alongside Fistful Of Trojans and Young Offenders, on Saturday 14 March it’s Big Sandy and Los Straitjackets from the US with The Saucermen, The Satellites and Madeleine DeVille, while on Sunday 15 March, it’s El Caminos. On Saturday 14 March, The Rememberz and The Jamjets will also be playing in the car park from high noon as part of the Hotrod & Kustom Showdown. Tickets via FringeTix.
“Well, I guess it is,” the sometimes bespectacled singer laughs. “I’m here [in Houston] for the next eight hours and doing a show tonight. “And the American tour is going fantastically well and I expect that by the time we get to Adelaide everything will be fully honed and totally locked in,” Brooke adds. “It’ll be a good show.” Brooke, the eldest daughter of All Black Bernie Fraser, was born inn Fiji but grew up in New Zealand and now considers that her first three albums, 2003’s What To Do With Daylight, 2005’s Albertine and 2010’s Flags, from part of a trilogy as Brutal Romantic, with its use of electronica, marks quite a departure. Was that the intention and how much of a challenge was it? “I thought I had become a little too comfortable and familiar with what I was doing with my music,” Brooke responds. “I thought the sound I had created for those first three albums was good but, coming into my fourth album and my second decade as an artist, it was time to really push myself and find out what I was capable of. “And because I didn’t really quite know what that was, with the writing process I definitely set out to make myself feel a bit less comfortable,” she adds. “I wanted to act like I was just at the very beginning again and wanted to find out what more I could do and which direction to take it.” Brooke, who began writing for Christian publication Soul Purpose and was made editor in 2002 before embarking on a music career, worked with English producer David Kosten at his West London studio. “I’d spent about a year travelling around the world looking for a producer and slowly diminishing my bank account,” the singer laughs. “I worked with a few people for a few days in various studios but nothing was clicking. “So, by the time David came onto my radar, things were getting pretty desperate,” Brooke continues. “Fortunately, by the time he came along I had all the material together. “And then when his name came up, I looked into David’s past work and while I didn’t recognise his name, I liked a lot of what he’d done,” she says of the person who has produced two albums for Marina & The Diamonds as well as several albums for Bat For Lashes. “So I basically just cold-called David and asked if he’d consider doing an album for me,” she continues. “And at first he was a
bit flustered and asked, ‘Don’t you want to come in first and try something?’ And I just said, “No, I’ve heard what you’ve done and want to make my next album with you’. “So David was gracious enough to do that and we’ve made an album that has turned out pretty great,” Brooke adds. “So we recorded most of it at his studio apart from the orchestral parts which we did at Abbey Road.” Did you walk across the famous zebra crossing? “I didn’t, actually, although I saw plenty of people doing just that from the studio windows,” Brooke laughs. Brooke penned tow songs on Brutal Romantic with husband Scott Ligertwood. How does that process work? “Pretty naturally,” she says. “And it’s different each time. With Kings & Queens, the album’s first single, it was a song I had first started while I was in London with another writer but I wasn’t a huge fan of the song. “But I played it to Scott when I got home and he was quite insistent that there was something really good about the chorus and that I shouldn’t give up just yet,” Brooke continues. “So, while Scott would never push himself with his ideas, he then helped me re-write the whole song. “But with Start A War, Scott and I sat down to deliberately write a song together,” she adds. Working with Sweden’s Tobias Fröberg, who helped pen New Histories, came about when Brooke asked some peers about a writing partner. “I’d asked some musician friends who I should work with that did music that was completely different to what I was doing,” Brooke says. “And Tobias’ name was high on that list so I went to his home on a small island called Gotland and had such an amazing time that I’ve since been back several times. “And we’ve ended up writing a whole heap of songs,” she adds. “I think we’ll offer a few of them to other artists but we’re keeping a few of them in our own pockets for our own projects.” How hard has it been to reproduce the new album when playing live? “It’s actually been surprisingly straight forward,” Brooke remarks. “Technically it’s been quite complex but because I have an amazing band, it’s working very well. There are some songs where things are being triggered and others use samples but most of the electronic sounds are being played live so it’s a nice mixture of acoustic and electronic. “We’ve managed to streamline everything and work up a great live show,” she concludes. Brooke Fraser will launch Brutal Romantic at the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Saturday 14 March with special guest Hayden Calinan. Book at OzTix or via the venue.
BUFFALO BOYFRIEND In Colour Reviewer: Matt Saunders 5/5
BLACK CORAL Please Never Reviewer: Craig Atkins 3/5
Featuring memorable songs, engaging performances, and perfect production, this E.P. from folk pop duo Buffalo Boyfriend arrives with a seasoned and fully-developed sound, uncommon for a debut release.
Adelaide 4 piece alt rock/indie band Black Coral are Heath Newberry (drums), Khajiho Tokunaga (bass), Ian Messenger (guitar and vocals), Alice Reid (synth), drawing collective influence from bands such as Sonic Youth, Joy Division, Dinosaur Jr. and The Smiths, to name a few.
Straightforward stomper ‘Tom’ starts things off with its circular guitar strum and Alana Jagt’s heartland rasp only to give way to a chorus bolstered by a mellotron-esque keyboard and shaker, following with some lightly-fuzzed sitar solos. Next up is guitarlele shuffle ‘Lady Blue’, showcasing a stunning Rachel Beinke vocal, the kind of impeccably-delivered ballad that would hush any room to silence. Accompanied by whole-note cello, lazily roaming electric piano, and spare brushwork on the drums, its honeysweetened harmonies hang in the air as if by magic, freezing a moment in time, and it becomes clear that these two have something truly special. Accordion and violin-spiced Alana-led lament ‘Bleeding Colour’ follows, seamlessly obscuring the line between 6/8 and 3/4 time, and hitting with a dramatic chorus-topping figure that quickens the pulse each time it appears. The chorus warns that, “Some say that dying is hard, well living is harder,” but as I listen to the violin solo fade out, I consider that music this good makes living a bit easier.
Their 2014 single ‘Please Never’ has a distinct sound to it, whereby the above influences would have played a role. For me, there is also a similarity to the work of iconic Aussie rock band The Church. The track is not in any hurry, and remains consistent in its arrangement and structure throughout the song. It starts with a simple drum beat, is then layered by a repeating bass line of 3 notes, followed by a simple guitar riff and gentle synth chords. Vocals don’t kick in til about 1:20 into the song, where they showcase the poetic ability of Newberry. Overall it presents as very listenable (incidentally making it no 42 in Three D radio top 101 of 2014), and fans of the aforementioned influences will definitely get something from taking a listen to this track.
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EXETER BLUES The Road and the Rail Reviewer: Tom Gaffney 4/5 You very well may have heard of Adelaide’s cherished Exeter Hotel, and you no doubt know about blues, but have you listened to Adelaide duo Exeter Blues? Fronted by David O’Leary, a songwriter who has written a whole bunch of records over the last 15-ish years, has paired up with drummer Robin Stone. The two musicians seem at their most comfortable when they’re composing and performing together. Exeter Blues’ latest full-length release, ‘The Road and the Rail’, seems to highlight the musical chemistry quite well. With tracks like ‘Road Trip’ and ‘The Car Incident’ where the percussion of Stone sits beautifully under the sweet instrumental tones and O’Leary’s driving storytelling voice, it’s easy to see that the two are a pair made for each other. The lighter tracks from the album, such as ‘Home At Last’, and ‘Johnny The Miner’s Blues Song’ contrast well with the more driven tracks, so that an entire play through of the release is less of an endeavour than if it were filled with high-energy tracks that seek to highlight the artist’s musicianship.
It all wraps up with ‘Dreams Run Wild’, another waltz in disguise, which finds Rachel drolly delivering an understated lead vocal that leaves room for the lovely music box solo bridge to really shine.
If there’s one thing to really listen out for, much akin to blues music, is O’Leary’s ability to very competently construct and transfer a story to the listener. The entire release feels like a concept album revolving around the idea of travel, though the most unique aspect is the little mini stories told throughout each track as through they’re chapters in a book. This addition turns the release into much more of a storytelling experience when indulging in an entire playthrough.
All in all, this accomplished debut is coolly fantastic; relaxed enough to accompany day-to-day life while still rewarding closer inspection. Highly recommended.
The Road and the Rail is good listening for just about anyone, but pay special mind to it if you’ve got a long drive ahead of you, or if you’re just in the mood for a good story.
MAX SAVAGE Little Flame Reviewer: Phil Catley 5/5 Max Savage set aside his band “The False Idols” for a short time to record some stripped back acoustic songs with only occasional support from guitarist Lachlan Ridge on three of the eight songs. This LP “Little Flame” is the result. This approach is brutal on songs that lack integrity or depth, as it exposes the bare bones of the shallow and the meaningless to the blinding light of public opinion. No doubt this occurred to Max Savage, for he has clearly invested time in crafting the lyrics and structure of these songs. They have lived with him, gathered tarnish, and carved their own meaning during long road trips before being dusted off and pressed him in a single studio sitting. Armed with an acoustic guitar and a single microphone, Max is s storyteller with a style that brushes the likes of Dylan and Paul Kelly, but retains its own unique sound. A man and his acoustic can sometimes sound empty, but Max has harnessed the space woven into these songs to enhance the ambience and the story. Standout tracks for me are the opener “Caroline” and the closing track “You’ll Find Me”, both of which coincidently feature Lachlan Ridge. Max also features an uniquely South Australian song about “R M Williams Boots”. This thoroughly enjoyable collection of musical stories is available for digital download on Bandcamp.
I’m Still Sorry.
RUM JUNGLE By Robert Dunstan Legendary Adelaide band Rum Jungle have billed themselves as The Legendary Rum Jungle for a reunion show as part of Adelaide Fringe with tickets selling so fast it looks like it might sell out. “We thought if we could sell 150 tickets it’d be okay,” founding member James Black (later of Mondo Rock and RocKwiz fame) says, “but we’ve now sold 400 so it’s going much better than expected.” Active on the Adelaide scene back in the late ‘70s, the blues-base combo featured Phil Colson on guitar and vocals alongside James and Bruce Sandell and a floating rhythm section that included drummers JJ Hackett and Sydney’s John Lock and bass players Ian McDonald and Rod Cornish. “Phil Colson, who used to play with [blues combo] Foreday Riders, had moved down from Sydney – exactly why I now can’t remember – and while he was a few years older than me and an incredible guitar player and singer, we ended up forming a band,” James says of how Rum Jungle came into being. “Phil was in a league above us as a player and had a lot more experience,” he continues. “So the line-up changed a few times and there were always people that guested with us. And it was a lot of fun and the music was of its time. “Y’know, I listen to some of songs now and wonder why we ever did ’em but we all liked them at the time,” James adds with a laugh. “It was just playing and having fun and it seems that the 400 or so people who are coming to the reunion show did as well.” During their tenure, the band enjoyed a lengthy residency on Friday evening at North Adelaide’s The Lord Melbourne Hotel. “We did but we played at all the usual venues that were around at the time,” James reminisces. “We played The Marryatville, The Tivoli and The Old Lion [now The Lion Hotel] but The Lord Melbourne had a really cool scene which we kinda started. “There were quite a few [live music] venues along Melbourne St at the time,” he recalls. “There was Bogart’s and Ginger’s Café as well as The Old Lion which had the big, touring pub rock bands. “We played The Lord Melbourne every Friday night for about a year or maybe more,” James continues. “And it created a kind of scene because members of [touring] Melbourne bands such as Sports and Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons would often drop in for a jam. “I still remember Joe Camilleri and Wilbur Wilde playing horns with us one night which was really fun,” he adds. “And, because we were playing so much, we got really good at what we were doing.” James, who produced the debut album for Adelaide band The Hiptones, goes on say that Rum Jungle didn’t travel interstate due to a number of reasons. “Melbourne bands would come over and happen to see us and invite us over to Melbourne but it never kind of happened,” he sighs. “And because Phil had just become a father [of Grammy nominated singer Sia Furler] he didn’t really want to travel.
I was recently coerced by some friends into venturing into The Garden Of Unearthly Delights and taking in an Adelaide Fringe performance known as Puddles Pity Party. “But the rest of were a bit younger and wanted to have a crack,” James recounts. “So bass player Ian McDonald got poached by [Adelaide country rock band] Stars and they moved to Melbourne and then JJ Hackett joined us but then moved over to Melbourne
Puddles, as it turns out is a seven-foot tall clown and I’d first become aware of him on the opening night of The Garden. My companion, Alan, had suddenly yelled out, ‘Oh look, there’s Puddles’ and I’d casually looked up to see a seven-foot tall clown hovering about the place.
“And then shortly after that I did as well and ended up playing with The Falcons for a bit before JJ and I joined Ross Wilson’s Mondo Rock,” James recounts. “We all kind of felt like we had to go somewhere else and get out of Adelaide.”
Alan then went on to tell me that Puddles was some kind of YouTube sensation from Atlanta, Georgia, who did not ever speak – conversing is only done by hand gestures – but sang such songs as Lorde’s Royals, Sia’s Chandeliers and other such popular ditties rather beautifully.
Rum Jungle, named after a now no longer operational uranium mine in the Northern Territory, did, however, tour Thailand. “That was a strange trip,” James laughs, “and, looking back, it’s a wonder we didn’t all end up getting locked up in jail. And by that time the band was getting pretty shaky so it kind of led to our demise.” James has kindly documented that strange trip into four chapters that can currently be found on BSide Magazine’s website <bsidemagazine.com.au>. James says he has now taken a sabbatical from RocKwiz to concentrate on making records with others as well as concentrate a few other projects. “Yeah, I’ve taken a year off to do some other stuff,” he says. “I’m playing with Sports for their reformation shows to replace keyboard player Jimmy Niven who passed away not so long ago from a terrible, terrible illness. “But I’ll still be doing RocKwiz at Byron Bay’s Bluesfest because that’s always a lot of fun. I’ve also got another Mondo Rock gig coming up. And I really want to produce some albums this year although I can’t say just who because none are locked in yet. “But I have just finished a new album for Chris Stockley [guitarist of The Dingoes] which has come up pretty good,” he says.
In fact, with helium being as light as it is, I did not realise I had a balloon attached to me until much later in the evening and long after Puddles Pity Party had concluded and that was when someone approached me and asked why I had a helium balloon attached to my shirt with the words ‘I’m Sorry’ emblazoned on it.
So my friend duly suggested we get a party of sorry people together and go see Puddles Pity Party one evening. “It’ll be great,” he enthused as he rather too enthusiastically booked the tickets for some days hence. And so the big night eventually came and off we tottered down to The Garden Of Unearthly Delights to see Puddles Pity Party with our rather pitiful party of four. We duly sat a fair way up at the back even though, at the time, we were not all that aware that a certain amount of audience participation would be involved. This was very soon to become apparent when, even before commencing his first number, Puddles had already invited to an willing audience member to join him on stage. And, a few songs later, it would, somewhat unfortunately, prove to be my turn. And quite how I managed to precariously climb over a number of seats to the front of the stage when Puddles came up to me, grabbed my hand and led me astray I will never know.
Hastily shot photographs courtesy of Darielle. Puddles Pity Party runs in Le Cascadeur at 9.30pm every evening until Sunday 15 March in The Garden Of Unearthly Delights. Book via FringeTix for a very funny and highly amusing show.
Suffice it to say, I ended up sitting on a chair on the stage and Puddles proceeded to place a series of paper hats on my head. He then led the crowd in singing Happy Birthday to me and, as only days before I had actually celebrated a significant birthday, I began to think I had somehow been dobbed in.
“I just found that RocKwiz was taking up so much of my time that I needed a break,” James adds. “And I knew organising the Rum Jungle gig would take up a fair bit of my time.” James concludes by suggesting if all goes well there may be further Rum Jungle gigs. “We’ll see how it goes,” he says, “but I would perhaps like to organise an afternoon gig at the Governor Hindmarsh and get a few of the old Adelaide bands back together – bands such as Clean Cut – and do a mini festival kind of thing.” Legendary Adelaide band Rum Jungle play from 7pm in Aurora Spiegeltent in Rundle Pk’s The Garden Of Unearthly Delights on Sunday 15 March but book quickly via FringeTix as it’s sure to be a sell out on the night. This, I soon learned, was not the case as when it came to inserting my name into the song, Puddles had leaned over to ask my name and I quietly whispered it to him only to have the crowd come back with Happy Birthday Kevin. Kevin!!! As I made my careful way back to my seat I did not realise that Puddles had subtly attached a piece of string to my shirt that had a helium balloon on the end of it with the words ‘I’m Sorry’ emblazoned on it.
SURVIVING SHARKS By Libby Parker North Adelaide’s Royal Oak Hotel is set to rock on Thursday 21 March as West Australian band Dallas Royal team up with Adelaide music legends Surviving Sharks. Playing as part of Adelaide Fringe, the two bands are adding to the colour, noise and liveliness that is our state’s silly season. And with the Fringe wrapping up on the weekend and the pandemonium drawing to a close, what better way to celebrate another great festival than with a free rock gig. That’s right, you read that correctly, a free gig! Drew Kemp from three-piece rock grunge outfit Surviving Sharks says he’s looking forward to playing to a great Fringe audience and sharing a stage with the WA boys.
All jokes aside, brothers Sean and Drew from Surviving Sharks are actually very passionate about Adelaide’s live music scene and Drew says more people should be getting out and listening to bands. “People have to support live music. It’s that simple. Adelaide used to host AC/DC at the Largs Pier Hotel many years ago. Why should this change for rock music in Adelaide?” he says. And with the Dallas Royal gig being free of charge, there’s no excuse not to get out and support live music at the venues that are doing their bit for the cause. “The Royal Oak is a North Adelaide institution. It’s all happening at the Oak! Coupled with their meat smoker,” Drew says.
“We’ve heard good things about Dallas Royal. They’ve got great beards and play damn fine rock music,” he laughs.
But if a free gig of hearty rockers, a meat smoker and a South Australian institution aren’t enough to entice you to get along to this show, Drew throws down the gauntlet for you.
The Adelaide trio made up of Drew (vocals and guitar), Josh Biggs (vocals and bass) and Sean Kemp (drums and vocals), are known for their melodic grunge rock, tight harmonies and chunky riffs.
“If you like looking at dudes in the lumberjack vein who like playing sweaty rock, then Surviving Sharks and Dallas Royal is the show for you. If not well I guess you can watch Justin Bieber film clips!” he laughs.
Drew says Thursday night’s crowd can expect to hear much of their usual fare so they should prepare to rock.
Surviving Sharks and WA’s Dallas Royal play a free entry gig at Royal Oak, 123 O’Connell St, on Thursday 12 March and also Glenelg’s Jetty Bar on Saturday 14 March.
“We’ll be bringing you blistering harmonies! We try to focus on our three-part harmonies and meld them together with several changes in each song,” he says. Surviving Sharks have released three recordings since they started in 2012: Bleed & See/Sever single, Living To Tell the Tale EP and Traversing Time EP and now the guys have a new album. “We have a new album out this year and more big shows planned. Love Bites will be out in August with ten songs. Surviving sharks lyrically is taking its inspirations from white witchcraft and mystical themes and a good dose of the spirits. Johnny Walker was the last one that was conjured,” Drew laughs. “The album was produced by Matt Hills, Matt Williams and Craig Lewis. We pulled in some favours and paid people in Chinese roast duck and VB cans!” And after the success of the video for Bleed & See, Drew says they guys are looking at releasing another clip this year as well. “We’ll do another clip pretty soon. Our film director Steve O’Connor is thinking basketball for the next one so that should be fun,” he says. But in the meantime, Drew says he’s been enjoying Fringe Festival and is keen to be a part of it this year. “We’ve been getting out to some stuff this year. We went and saw Truth, Beauty & Delusions Of Grandeur. That was awesome. And we’ve been drinking cider at the Royal Croquet Club,” he says. “We love Adelaide Fringe. The city turns into vibrant artistic place. Unfortunately its short-
lived and then it reverts back to serial killer yarns, so we take it while we can.”
SUMERU By Robert Dunstan Sumeru are a ﬁve-piece stoner rock band from Sydney who are once again making their way to Adelaide and, on this occasion, will be performing as part of Adelaide Fringe. The band features members of Blkout, Lomera, Firearms, Shake Your Blood and No Apologies and came together a couple of years ago. BSide Magazine spoke to guitar player Pete Bursky who plays in Sumeru alongside vocalist Matt Power, guitar player Chris Wilson and a rhythm section of bass player Pat Taylor and drummer Andres Hyde. Sumeru came down from Sydney last October to play Adelaide. “Yeah, we played Enigma Bar which was organised for us by Pete Abordi, a mate from Sydney who now plays in a band called Level down in Adelaide,” Pete Bursky reveals. “And No Apologies, the band we had before Sumeru, had Pete as the singer. “Sumeru is kind of where No Apologies was heading,” he then continues. “No Apologies ended because I went overseas for a year but when I came back I started jamming with [drummer] Andres again. I had some leftover riffs that weren’t quite fitting in with what No Apologies were doing but I still wanted to use them. “So that’s kind of how Sumeru started although it took us a while to find a bass player and a singer,” Pete reveals. “But Andres and I just kept jamming away with [guitarist] Chris and writing songs until Matt [vocals] and Pat [bass] came along.” Pete had ventured overseas to take in yoga and meditation in India and the band’s name, Sumeru, comes from that tradition. “I have a dedicated yoga and Buddhist practice that I do and that trip to India was all based around that,” the guitarist says. “So I was doing lots of meditation retreats while travelling around and with the music I wanted to bring in those elements and that kind of aesthetic. “So that’s where the name Sumeru comes from and a lot of the lyrics are based upon what it’s like to meditate and that sort of thing,” Pete contemplates. “It brings a bit more open awareness into the lyrics. “It also gives a cosmic vibe to some of the songs,” he then adds. “And the band’s artwork reflects that as well.” Have other members of the band embraced yoga and meditation? “They’re open to it,” Pete laughs, “but no, none of them have quite taken to it in the way I have. Let’s just say I haven’t converted anyone in the band yet.” As the band’s main lyricist but not the singer, how does that work? Do you have to explain what the songs are about to vocalist Matt Power?
“So I don’t write lyrics for a song as such but have a bunch of words and we rearrange them into a song as a band by jamming out on them,” Pete explains further. “So I might have a bunch of lyrics that become one song.” Is there much discussion between yourself and Matt about the meaning of the lyrics? “Sometimes I try to explain things but I try not to explain it too much,” Pete responds. “And that’s because I want Matt to get what he can out of the lyrics and take it from there. But there have been instances where I’ve been trying to get something across and if Matt changes it too much, we’ll talk about it. “And that becomes a back and forth thing as I try and explain exactly what it is I was trying to get across,” he adds. Was it always the idea for Sumeru to follow a stoner rock groove? “No, not really,” Pete responds, “because it all came about quite naturally. I guess for the past 20 years we’d all been listening to bands such as Pantera and all that. So that kind of thing found its way into our sound but even with No Apologies we were sorta heading into that blues-based, groove riff area anyway. “So I guess what Sumeru do falls into that heavy stoner rock genre, but it was never an active decision by the band to play that kind of music,” he adds. “It just evolved that way.” Pete says the band are looking forward to playing Adelaide again as their show will also feature Melbourne band Olmeg and locals Cobra and Faitheater. “Yeah, it’s a really good line-up,” the guitarist considers. “And we’ve played with Olmeg once before. So that’ll be cool as they are an awesome band.” The band, soon to commence work on a new offering, will also have two different coloured vinyl versions of their latest album, Holy Lands, for sale at their upcoming gig. “We pressed 300 in total,” Pete says. “Arrest Records did 150 copies in one colour and the Whitewinter label did another 150 in another colour. And that’s selling well.” Pete concludes by saying that all members of Sumeru have various other bands on the go. “Andres, our drummer, is probably the busiest as he plays regularly in a reggae band,” he announces. “And Andres, Chris and Matt play in a band called Lomera, a sludgy rock band. “And Chris and I play in Shake Your Blood which is a cross between a softer version of Mastadon and Queens Of The Stone Age.” Sumeru hit Worldsend Hotel, 208 Hindley St, on Saturday 14 March with Melbourne’s Olmeg as well as Cobra and Faitheater with a very special guest act to be announced on the day.
“I’ll write most of the lyrics – although Matt has written a few – but then, when we put the music together, I’ll say to Matt, ‘Here’s the lyrics’. And then he’d kind of rearrange them to suit the song. He might chop bits out here and there.
MARCH 12TH - MARCH 18TH THURSDAY 12 MARCH Aurora Spiegeltent – Laura Hill (The Songbird Sessions) Bridgeway Hotel – Northern Exposure (allages rock event) Crown & Sceptre – Emily Davis & The Rising Tides, Louis Donnarumma and Sasha March GASLIGHT TAVERN 36 CHIEF ST BROMPTON THE GROOVE FACTORY JAM (8pm) ROCK/BLUES Gilbert Hotel – Nikko & Snooks (from 7pm) Governor Hindmarsh – Tech N9ne (US) and Front Bar: Gumbo Room Blues Jam with host Billy Bob Hotel Metro – Violet Crams, Thursdays Friend and Dead West from 9pm Published Arthouse – Steph Acraman’s Nice Girls Don’t Stay For Breakfast Royal Oak – Dallas Royal (WA) and Surviving Sharks (free entry) The Publishers – Lady Voodoo & The Rituals Wheatsheaf – The Wheatsheaf Ukulele Collective (sold out) Whitmore – Rainbow Jam FRIDAY 13 MARCH Ancient World – Friday Freak Out with Eric Kuhlman, Jono Lattin & Philip H Bleak British Hotel (Pt Adelaide) – Robin George Crown & Sceptre – Dallas Royal (WA) and Trent Worley Fowler’s Live – Lewis Watson (UK) Governor Hindmarsh – Main Room: Dean Ray (Sydney) and Saloon Bar: Irish Sessions Front Bar: Appalachian Sessions GASLIGHT TAVERN 36 CHIEF ST BROMPTON FRIGHT NIGHT - HEAVY LOAD (8pm) ROCK Grace Emily Hotel – Green Circles and Laced In Lust Highway Inn – Kustom Kulture Weekender: The Allniters (Sydney) Fistful Of Trojans and Young Offenders Hotel Metro – Day Ravies (Hickford Whizz seven-inch tour), Emu, The Yabbies and Amcat DJs Marion Hotel – Paul Smith Published Arthouse – Steph Acraman’s Nice Girls Don’t Stay For Breakfast Railway Hotel (Pt Adelaide) – live music from 5pm Semaphore Workers Club – live blues from 8pm Tonsley Hotel – Platinum Plus (Barry Ion & Andy Upton) (Tavern Bar), Ben Smith (5:30pm) & Kopy Catz (9:30pm) (Chrysler Bar) Wheatsheaf – The Wheatsheaf Ukulele Collective (sold out) Worldsend – Tequila Mockingbyrd (Melbourne), I Am Mine (Melbourne) and Jungle City SATURDAY 14 MARCH Arkaba Hotel – The Old Fella & The Young Fella (Top Of The Ark), The Incredibles (Sportys Bar) Crown & Sceptre – Dirt Playground, FOW, Apollo Sons and The Tonight Show Deviation Rd Winery (Longwood) – Eclipse (Pink Floyd Tribute Show) Fowler’s Live – The New Dead Festival: Psycroptic (Tasmania) and many more GASLIGHT TAVERN 36 CHIEF ST BROMPTON THE KAHUNA DADDIES (Melb) + FABULOUS JUGGERNAUTS (8pm) ROCK Glenelg Jetty Bar – Dallas Royal (WA) and Surviving Sharks Governor Hindmarsh – Main Room: Brooke Fraser (NZ) and Front Bar: Industrial Chaplains (free)
Grace Emily – Avenue, Southie and Lost Woods Highway Inn – Kustom Kulture Weekender: Big Sandy (US), Los Straitjackets (US), The Saucermen, The Satellites and Madeleine DeVille Hotel Metro – Mosman Alder, Stranger Things Have Happened and Blush Response from 9pm Marion Hotel – Franky F (5:30pm), Flaming Sambuccas (8:30pm) Published Arthouse – Steph Acraman’s Nice Girls Don’t Stay For Breakfast Tonsley Hotel – Two Hard Basket Wheatsheaf Hotel – The Wheatsheaf Ukulele Collective (sold out) Worldsend – Sumeru (Sydney), Olmeg (Melbourne), Cobra and Faitheater SUNDAY 15 MARCH Arkaba Hotel – Vogue Duo (Lounge Bar), Motown Connection (Top Of The Ark) Crown & Anchor – Sunday Rubdown Crown & Sceptre – DJ Samnation from 3pm Franklin Hotel – Georgy K Acoustic from 3pm GASLIGHT TAVERN 36 CHIEF ST BROMPTON THE JAZZ HANDS (6pm) JAZZ Hotel Metro – goto80 (Sweden), Little Scale and Tim Koch Nook Nosh – John McCall from 6pm Oakbank Hotel – Mick Kidd & Dave Blight Pretoria Hotel (Mannum) – Andrew Crowell (1:30pm) Railway Hotel (Pt Adelaide) – live music from 4pm Semaphore Workers Club – live blues from 4pm MONDAY 16 MARCH Crown & Anchor – Sasha March and guests from 7pm Grace Emily Hotel – Billy Bob’s BBQ Jam The Lion Hotel – Brian Ruiz and friends Wheatsheaf – COMA Sessions (jazz) TUESDAY 17 MARCH Adelaide Entertainment Centre – Kylie Minogue Exeter – Bitches Of Zeus DJs GASLIGHT TAVERN 36 CHIEF ST BROMPTON BLUES LOUNGE BLUES JAM (8pm) BLUES Gilbert St Hotel – The Airbenders Governor Hindmarsh – Adelaide Ukulele Appreciation Society Grace Emily – Ellie Belle (Darwin) and Grace Goodfellow Hotel Metro – Acoustic Club Tuesday The Lion Hotel – Zkye & Damo WEDNESDAY 18 MARCH Adelaide Entertainment Centre – Jessie J (Sydney) Brecknock Hotel – Open Mic Night Crown & Anchor – DJ Tr!p Exeter – DJ Oisima GASLIGHT TAVERN 36 CHIEF ST BROMPTON SCALA’s MIDWEEK MELT (8pm) SINGER/SONGWRITER Governor Hindmarsh Hotel – Front Bar: Open Mic Night Kensington Hotel – Uke ‘n’ Play @ The Kensi The Lion Hotel – Proton Pill The Deli – Aaron Thomas (Sydney) Village Tavern (Golden Grove) – Phil Jamieson (Sydney)
YOUR ONLINE/OFFLINE MUSIC MARKETING CHECKLIST By Corey Stewart Working as a musician (either as a solo artist or part of a band) nowadays is much more involved than just writing songs, rehearsing them and playing gigs. You need to be making sure that your online and offline marketing strategies are working. This will ensure that you have people coming to your shows, buying your product or, at the very least, spreading the good word about you and your music to anyone and everyone. As a working musician you also need to be actively seeking out new fans and interacting with your current fans through the creation of new and ever changing content on your blog, email newsletter and your social media presence. You need to be able to constantly keep up with the amount of emails and message from fans, other musicians and industry practitioners alike.
(if you need any help in anything on this list BSide Magazine can help. Just email us at email@example.com or call us on 8346 9899 and we’ll do what we can to help you) Web Presence - Website (your own domain) - Blog - Electronic Press Kit - Email/Mailing List Social Media - Facebook - Twitter - YouTube - Instagram (Images) - SoundCloud (Audio) Stationary - Posters - Flyers - Business Cards - One Sheet/Bio Product/Merchandise - CD - T-Shirts - Video/DVD Miscellaneous - Your Street Team - (Some sort of) Music Marketing Plan
You need to start thinking about your branding, your image and how that all ties in with your music.
All of the above need to be co-ordinated to work together to maximize any opportunities that will come your way.
Remember... These days we are more than just musicians, we are also small businesses so we need to start becoming more business-like in everything we do.
In coming articles I’ll be breaking up this list and going through each section one at a time outlining what it all means to your music business.
It’s all about professionalism.
If there’s anything that you’d like to add onto the list please contact me at info@ bsidemagazine.com.au.
Below is what I feel to be the bare minimum of what you need to have in place as a working musician:
I’d love to hear your thoughts on what it takes to be a working musician in Adelaide.
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