ISSUE 0029 / April 30th - May 6th 2015
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Anniversary show which will have them performing at the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Saturday 13 June. Put your spandex in the wash, book tickets via OzTix or the venue and prepare to boogie the night away. Acoustic Club Tuesday is a free entry acoustic showcase plus open mic that takes place in the front bar of Hotel Metro, 46 Grote St, from 8pm on Tuesday evenings. Check out their Facebook page for details about the line-up for the mad month of April and beyond.
Tickets will be limited to 500 when The Mark Of Cain, The Iron Sheiks (featuring some special guest), The Plauge (who will reform for this one show only) and Crackling Static Fuzz play Fowler’s Live, 58-70 North Tce, from 7pm on Sunday 7 June. Tickets will be at the door for $25 with all proceeds going to Rod Archer who is undergoing chemotherapy. As part of MAPS Sessions, there will be live music and brand new clips from Adelaide’s The Timbers, Dusty Lee’s Wasted Wanderers, Skythief, Vincent’s Chair and Cosmo Thundercat when they launch new videos on the huge screen at St Pauls Creative Centre, 200 Pulteney St, from 7pm until 10pm on Thursday 30 April. And the bar will be open! Johnny Roy’s Liberty are set to rock the Gaslight Tavern, 36 Chief St, Brompton, on Saturday 2 May at which they will be joined by Already Gone. Adelaide’s quirky and eclectic The ReadyMades will launch their new CD at the Grace Emily, 232 Waymouth St, from 9pm on Saturday 9 May with Green Circles as special guests. Free entry too! Adelaide’s The Clangers, who recently topped Three D Radio’s Top 20 + I Chart with their handcrafted, Matt Hills-produced debut EP, have a run of shows coming up commencing on Friday 1 May at Ancient World, 116a Hindley St and followed by The Bridgeway Hotel, Bridge Rd, Pooraka, on Thursday 14 May as part of Northern Exposure, The Bluebee Room, Pirie St, on Saturday 23 May and then Crown & Anchor, 196 Grenfell St, on Friday 6 June. And they will be handing out free copies of their debut CD at each show. Explosive duo King Of The North still regard themselves as Adelaidians we are happy to report that they are touring nationally with Portland-based band Red Fang, The Shrine and Space Bong which will bring them to Fowler’s Live, 68-70 North Tce, on Friday 8 May. Tickets via Moshtix. Bad//Dreems have announced a show at Jive, 181 Hindley St, on Friday 12 June, to launch new single, Cuﬀed & Collard, with tickets available from Moshtix. Be quick, though, as tickets are already selling fast. Local songstress Kelly Brueher is hosting an already successful open mic evening every fortnight at Café Komodo, 118 Prospect Rd, Prospect, with the next one being held on Thursday 30 April. Registration is from 6pm and the festivities conclude at 9pm. Pop along.
entry and the hotel is also a great dining experience with wine of the month being the 2013 Wirra Wirra shiraz cabernet. The pub also hosts live music every Friday evenings with Acoustic Blonde on Friday 1 May, Craig Atkins on Friday 8 May and Harrison Auger on Friday 15 May. Boutique bar Nook Nosh, 111 Unley Rd, Unley, will feature the acoustic sounds of AP D’Antonio from 5pm on Sunday 3 May, John McCall on Sunday 10 May and the return of Andrew ‘Wash’ Washington on Sunday 17 May. The bar now also has a rotating set of DJs spinning vinyl on Saturday evenings. Pop in for sips ‘n’ nibbles. The Franklin Hotel, 110 Franklin St, has live acoustic music and great vibes from 3pm every Sunday. Catch Nina V on Sunday 3 May, the esteemed duo of Brenton Manser and Chris Parkinson (of The Yearlings) on Sunday 10 May, the return of Vincent’s Chair on Sunday 17 May and Jaye Holly on Sunday May 31. And did you know you can now purchase a jar of Frank’s rather delicious jalapeño relish at the bar? Local poet James Hickey (AKA Heymus) will have the city launch of a la carte my heart, his new book of poetry via Sunshine Press, at Ancient World, 116A Hindley St, on Friday 8 May. Applications are only open until this Friday 1 May for musical artists to perform at Semaphore Music Festival which is to be held from Friday 2 October until Monday 5 October at the picturesque seaside suburb of Semaphore. Please send a press kit and also an MP3 to <info@ semaphoremusicfestival.com> or Artists, SMF, PO Box 302 Semaphore, SA, 5019. Adelaide four-piece rock band Favour The Brave are set to launch an EP on Saturday 13 June at The Jade Monkey, 160 Flinders St, with special guests Arakeye, Colibrium and Walking With Thieves. The Fyoogs will launch their new CD at Hotel Metro, 46 Grote St, from 9pm on Saturday 23 May with help from Syndicat and Hunky Punks. Five-piece Adelaide band The Pensioners, who used to frequent such places at Mt Barker Town Hall back in the late ’70s, have recently reformed with all five original members and will spend some months rehearsing before undertaking one show only next April at someone’s significant birthday bash. Stay tuned for more details. Chunky Custard, who seem to have been around for ages, have announced their 25th
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 and listen out for an open mic evening set to place at the historic pub in coming weeks. Relatively new live music venue Vinyl, 20 Gilbert Plc, is up and running and now boasts two regular nights during the week as well as its eclectic weekend program. Ronny Davidson and Chris Finnen will now be playing a blues show from 8pm each Wednesday for an entry fee of only $5, while The James Muller Quartet drops some world class jazz in the intimate venue every second Thursday evening from 8pm and that’s also an easy $5 entry. Kaurna Cronin has announced a national tour to promote a bluesy new single, Inside Your Town Is Inside Your Head, which will have him heading to Sydney and Melbourne before heading back home to play Nexus Arts, North Tce, on Saturday 16 May. The Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, will play host to a Blues Spectacular on Sunday 10 May that will feature Hall & Dow Blues Band, the award winning Lazy Eye and Rhumboogie (featuring legendary guitarist Chris Finnen). Tickets, at $15, are now available via the venue or OzTix. Babylon Burning play rootsy reggae, Argus & The Liar play punky hip hop and Jupiter play neo soul, so it will be a great night of local music at Vinyl, 20 Gilbert Plc, from 9pm on Saturday 8 May. And Louis Donnarumma and Sasha March will soon announce a support act for when they hit Vinyl on Friday 15 May. Spiral Dance has a performance as part of The Druids Of Oz Gathering at Mylor Hall up in Mylor on Saturday 16 May. And, of course, the medieval-inspired group will once again celebrate the Winter Solstice on Saturday 13 June with full details to come in due course. The Blues Lounge, hosted by stalwarts Ronny Davidson and Peter Harris, happens as a well-attended, free entry blues jam at The Gaslight Tavern, 36 Chief St, Brompton, every Tuesday evening from 8.30pm until late. Expect surprise special guests each week and the return of the BBQ out the back. Boston Girl is the duo of Kelly Breuer and Alicia Vega and the pair will now launch their debut double A-sided single, Time and Good Company, at the Exeter Hotel, 246 Rundle St, on Friday 1 May with support from Melbourne’s Aine Tyrrell and a solo set from The Brouhaha. It’s free entry too!
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Chillfest Part One is set to take place from 6.30pm on Friday 1 May at Prospect Town Hall, Prospect Rd, Prospect, and will feature Our Devices, The Reckless Abandon, The Away Game and The Dirty Chins. Entry will be an easy $7. Washed Up Chillfest Part Two will then take place from 12.30pm on Saturday 2 May at The Producers Bar, 235 Grenfell St, as a licensed, all-ages affair and will feature Emecia, Melbourne’s Coffin Wolf, The Dirty Chins and a whole host of other acts along with punk band Dead Joe performing an acoustic set. Entry to Chillfest Part Two will be $11. Adelaide’s Relying On Luck will launch their Wasted Time EP from 5pm on Saturday 9 May at The Exeter Hotel, 246 Rundle St, and have asked local punk band Young Offenders to join them. The British Hotel, 13 North Pde, Port Adelaide, is now hosting a monthly Sunset Sessions. Held on the last Saturday of the month from 5-8pm, it will feature Koral Chandler on Saturday 30 May, Matt Ward and Max Savage on Saturday 27 June and Brenton Manser on Saturday 27 July. Free
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Thursday evening show are available at OzTix or via the venue. Irish-born singer songwriter Aine Tyrrell, who is now based in Victoria, has announced another show in Adelaide at Carrington St’s Irish Club from 8pm on Saturday 2 May at which The Fiddle Chicks will be her very special guests. Tickets will be $15 at the door. Fresh from traipsing around the country with Counting Crows, Brisbane’s Ben Salter will preview songs from forthcoming album, The Stars My Destination, at The Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, from 4pm on Sunday 17 May. World traveller and guitar virtuoso Daniel Champagne will return to play McLaren Vale’s The Singing Gallery on Saturday 1 May and also The Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, on Saturday 2 May with special guest Maggie Rutjens. 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. It’s all a bit of a blur, but British rock band The Wombats will play Thebarton Theatre, Henley Beach Rd, Torrensville, on Thursday 30 July. Tickets on sale via <secret-sounds. com.au>, Clint Boge is quickly returning to our town for another solo acoustic tour and you can catch the former vocalist of The Butterfly Effect when he plays some songs of a delicate nature at The Royal Oak, 123 O’Connell St, North Adelaide, on Thursday 7 May, Slug & Lettuce, 130 Martins Rd, Parafield Gardens, on Friday 8 May and Ramsgate Hotel, 328 Henley Beach Rd, Henley Beach, on Saturday 9 May. Pre-sale tickets at Moshtix or the venues. Melbourne indie poppers The Stoneage Hearts are heading to town armed with a new CD and will hit The Gaslight Tavern, 36 Chief St, Brompton, on Friday 29 May with Green Circles and Wild Rocket and then do it all over again on Saturday 30 May at The Grace Emily, 242 Waymouth St, Adelaide, with Molting Vultures and Systemaddicts. Marlon Williams & The Yarra Benders and Laura Jean are set to play Jive, 191 Hindley St, on Thursday 2 July. Book quickly via Moshtix as it’s assured of being a sell out show. The Shabbab are on their Persona Non Grata Tour with fellow Melbourne band Sooky La La which will bring them to town to play a free entry show from 9pm at the Grace Emily Hotel, 232 Waymouth St, on Saturday 2 May with special local guests St Morris Sinners. Sydney’s Baby et Lulu (Abby Dobson of Leonardo’s Bride and Lara Goodridge of FourPlay along with their band) will be bringing 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>. Ace news! Ace Frehley, a founding member and original lead guitarist of KISS, is returning for his first Australian shows in five years and will be joined by Richie Scarlet (Sebastian Bach), Chris Wyse (Ozzy Osbourne and The Cult) and Scot Coogan (Lita Ford and Nikki Sixx). Catch the ace guitarist at The Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Wednesday 6 May with only a very few tickets now left via OzTix and the venue with Adelaide’s The Babes and Imogen Brave as special guests.
APIA Good Times Tour is making a return and will feature Joe Camilleri, Brian Cadd and Glenn Shorrock with Kate Ceberano as a special guest at Adelaide Entertainment Centre on Thursday 30 April. Book quickly via Ticketek. Metalum Manifestatione MMXV will feature American band Suffocation alongside Poland’s Decapitation and will hit the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Tuesday 5 May. Tickets, which can include a meet and great component, are now available via OzTix or via the venue. Delightful Victorian duo Victoriana Gaye are heading back to town to play some soft core prog (that rocks) at a free entry show with Adelaide’s Brillig from 9pm at The Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, on Friday 1 May. The duo will also play McLaren Vale’s Red Poles Gallery on Sunday 3 May from 12.30pm until 3.30pm. Perth’s Birds Of Tokyo will be flying over to Adelaide armed with a new EP and will be swooping into the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Thursday 4 June with Ecca Vandal as special guests. Book quickly via the venue or OzTix. Fresh from a successful South East Asian venture, Brisbane’s The Jungle Giants are bringing their Every Kind Of Way Tour to Adelaide Uni Bar on Saturday 30 May with tickets now on sale via OzTix. Ash Grunwald, who has just completed a successful North American jaunt that included shows in Canada, has just released a new single, River, from a forthcoming album due in September and announced an Australian tour. And we are pretty sure it will be the first time that Ash has hit our city without his trademark dreads when he plays the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Friday 29 May. Tickets via the venue or OzTix. Morgan Bain, a singer songwriter who hails from Perth and plays soulful blues rock with his band, is on a national tour to promote the Why Don’t You Stay? single and will undertake a free entry show from 9pm at The Exeter Hotel, 246 Rundle St, on Thursday 30 April with Luke Carlino as special guest.
My Empty Phantom hails from Texas and is comprised entirely of one person, Jesse Beaman, who is able to create dramatic soundscapes reminiscent of leaders in the genre such as Explosions In The Sky. Catch My Empty Phantom at Crown & Anchor on Thursday 30 April with Molly, Last Days Of Kali and Stranger Things Have Happened. Seether, the alternative rock band who hail from Pretoria, South Africa, will play their latest album, Isolate & Medicate, along with many of their hits when they hit the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, SA, on Wednesday 1 July. Tickets via the venue or through OzTix. Punk legends Cosmic Psychos and Dune Rats will hit the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Thursday 25 June. Tickets via the venue or OzTix. Brisbane’s Art Of Sleeping will be bringing their Voodoo national tour to town and will play Jive, 181 Hindley St, on Saturday 13 June with special guests Jesse Davidson and Sunbeam Sound Machine. Tickets via Moshtix. A huge show called 80s Mania is coming to the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Wednesday 16 September and it will feature ’80s pop acts Paul Young, Nik Kershaw, Go West and Cutting Crew. Tickets are now on sale via the venue or OzTix. Jimmy Barnes will bring his acoustic Flesh & Wood Acoustic Tour to Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre, Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Saturday 11 July, which will feature the singer and a nine-piece band, augmented by a luscious string section, performing songs from his 1993 Flesh & Wood album as well as some of his biggest hits and favourite songs. Tickets via Ticketmaster.
The Australian Doors Show, once endorsed by the late Ray Manzarek and who tour the world to much acclaim, will be heading to the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Saturday 2 May. Book at OzTix or via the venue.
Very heavy metal band Death Dealer, featuring ex Manowar guitarist Ross The Boss and Australia’s Stu Marshall, will hit Fowler’s Live, 68-70 North Tce, on Saturday 12 September for an all-ages affair.
Presented by Jazz SA, Melbourne-based vocalist Lauren Henderson is returning to her former hometown to present her gifted wares at The Promethean, 115 Grote St, on from 5pm on Sunday 17 May with tickets available via <stickytickets.com.au>.
Melbourne’s Alpine will bring their Foolish National Tour to the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Wednesday 24 June with guests Pearls, Darts and Olympia to highlight songs from new album, Yuck. Tickets are on sale now via the venue and OzTix.
Queensland metal band Down Royale are heading to town to play an licensed allages concert production-style show at The Brdigeway Hotel, Bridge Rd, Pooraka, on Saturday 2 May with Octanic (who will be filming a new video), Devonera and Emecia. Tickets will be at the door for $15.
Nexus Arts, located at North Tce’s Lion Arts Centre, has announced its eclectic line-up for its Nexus Live series with Paul Grabowsky and Gian Slater Trio on Friday 1 May, Emma Donovan & The Putbacks and Kylie Audist & The Glenroy Allstars on Friday 8 May and Beat Spacek (Steve Spacek of Ninja Tune), Julien Dyne and Inkswel winding up the series on Friday 15 May.
Newcastle’s Screaming Jets are jetting our way in December to play no less than two shows at The Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh. Book tickets via the venue of OzTix to see them on Friday 11 December or Saturday 12 December or treat yourself to an early Christmas present by heading along to both shows.
To promote her new album, Sometimes I Sit & Think & Sometimes I Just Sit, Northcote songstress Courtney Barnett has announced that she will play the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Thursday 30 April and also Friday 1 May (which is now sold out) with Teeth & Tongue as special guests. Tickets for the
Melbourne band Coffin Wolf will be joined by Blind Man Death Stare (who hail from Melbourne via Brisbane and were once known as The Pints) along with Stabbitha & The Knifey Wifeys when they play a free entry show with local punk rock headliners Dead Joe at Crown & Sceptre, 308 King William St, on Friday 1 May. The interstate bands also play Washed Up Chillfest Part Two at Producers Bar, 235 Grenfell St, on Saturday 2 May alongside heaps of other bands from 12.30pm.
Highly regarded Liverpool-based prog rock band Anathema will be in acoustic mode when they drop into the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Tuesday 22 October with tickets via the venue or OzTix. There’s to be a celebration of the music of AC/DC and Rose Tattoo featuring the allstar line-up of Angry Anderson, former AC/ DC bass player Mark Evans, guitarist Bob Spencer of Skyhooks and James Morley, formerly of The Angels. And it will all take place at The Bridgeway Hotel, 18 Bridge Rd, Pooraka, on Friday 3 July with tickets via <trybooking.com>. Melbourne’s Kit Convict & Thee Terrible Two will be launching a 12-inch LP, Watch
Your Skull, when they play with The Villenettes, Wild Rocket and Kasavette at Crown & Anchor, 196 Grenfell St, on Saturday 30 May. Canadian comedian Lilly Singh, who has racked up over a zillion views on YouTube, is bringing her show, A Trip To Unicorn Island, to the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Tuesday 2 June. Tickets are now on sale via the venue or OzTix. Kiwi bluegrass legends Hamilton County Bluegrass Band will soon be paying us a visit and playing Aldinga’s The Barn, 142 Mt Barker Rd, on Monday 18 May with local ensemble Old South Bluegrass Band. Tickets $25 at the door and BYO refreshments. Finally! Fleetwood Mac have now added an Adelaide date to their Australian tour and are set to play Coopers Stadium, Hindmarsh, on Wednesday 28 October. Tickets and more into at <livenation.com. au>. Let there be rock! AC/DC will return to one of their old haunts when they play Adelaide Oval on Saturday 21 November. Tickets on sale now via <acdctour.com.au>. Guitar wizard Lloyd Spiegel will celebrate 25 years on stage with a double live album that will have him playing Semaphore Workers Club, 93 The Esplanade, Semaphore, from 8pm on Friday 26 June and The Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, from 9pm on Saturday 27 June. Brooklyn-based hip hop artist Necro, founder and operator of Psycho+LogicalRecords, is on his way to play the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Friday 15 May with tickets on sale now via the venue or OzTix. Hailing from Seaford, Victoria, heavy but melodic rock band As Crows Fly will be heading to town to make their Adelaide debut at Producers Bar, 235 Grenfell St, on Friday 22 May and will be performing alongside like-minded local bands SoundGasm, Wicked Empire and Hi Speed Life. New York’s RA Thornburn, better known as American rapper R.A The Rugged Man, has announced his Shoot Me In The Head Australian Tour which will have him rapping away at the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Monday 8 June. Book quickly via the venue or OzTix. Brisbane-based indie pop band We All Want To will bring the hazy pop of their Haze album to Hotel Metro, 46 Grote St, on Saturday 30 May where they will be joined by some local guests. CONTINUED ON PAGE 12
SUNDAY 31 MAY Boris (Japan) at Fowler’s Live MONDAY 1 JUNE Bad Manners (UK) at Governor Hindmarsh WEDNESDAY 3 JUNE Brian Kennedy (Ireland) at Trinity Sessions THURSDAY 4 JUNE In Hearts Wake (Byron Bay), We Came As Romans (US) Beartooth (US) and We Storm The Sky at HQ Complex Birds Of Tokyo (Perth) and Ecca Vandal at Governor Hindmarsh
THURSDAY 30 APRIL Courtney Barnett (Melbourne) & Teeth & Tongue at Governor Hindmarsh APIA Good Times Tour: Joe Camilleri, Kate Ceberano, Brian Cadd and Glenn Shorrock at Adelaide Entertainment Centre My Empty Phantom (Texas), Molly, Last Days Of Kali and Stranger Things Have Happened at Crown & Anchor Morgan Bain (Perth) and Luke Carlino at Exeter Hotel FRIDAY 1 MAY Paul Grabowsky (Melbourne) and Gian Slater Trio at Nexus Arts Sam Smith (UK) at Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre Thundamentals (Blue Mountains) at Fowler’s Live Courtney Barnett (Melbourne) & Teeth & Tongue at Governor Hindmarsh (SOLD OUT) Baby et Lulu (Melbourne) at Trinity Sessions Victoriana Gaye (Victoria) and Brillig at Wheatsheaf Hotel Daniel Champagne (Sydney) at The Singing Gallery (McLaren Vale) Aine Tyrrell (Ireland/Melbourne), Boston Girl and The Brouhaha at The Exeter SATURDAY 2 MAY The Shabbab (Melbourne), Sooky La La (Melbourne) and St Morris Sinners at Grace Emily The Australian Doors Show (Sydney) at Governor Hindmarsh Daniel Champagne (Sydney) at Wheatsheaf Hotel Chillfest Part Two: Coffin Wolf (Melbourne), Emecia, The Dirty Chins, Dead Joe and many more from 12.30pm Aine Tyrrrell (Ireland/Victoria) and The Fiddle Chicks at The Irish Club (Carrington St) Down Royale (Brisbane), thekillbotfactory, Octanic, Devonera and Emecia at The Bridgeway SUNDAY 3 MAY Hugo Race (Melbourne) and Band Of Flowers at Wheatsheaf Hotel Victoriana Gaye (Victoria) at Red Poles Gallery (McLaren Vale) MONDAY 4 MAY Opeth (Sweden) at Governor Hindmarsh The Seekers Story with Athol Guy (Melbourne) at Her Majesty’s Theatre TUESDAY 5 MAY Ricky Martin and Delta Goodrem at Adelaide Entertainment Centre Metalum Manifestatione MMXV: Suffocation (US) and Decapitation (Poland) at Governor Hindmarsh WEDNESDAY 6 MAY Ace Frehley (US), The Babes and Imogen Brave at Governor Hindmarsh THURSDAY 7 MAY Everclear (US) at Fowler’s Live Clint Boge (Brisbane) at Royal Oak Andrew Strong & The Commitments (Ireland) at Governor Hindmarsh The Shrine (US) at Crown & Anchor FRIDAY 8 MAY Microwave Jenny (Sydney) at Wheatsheaf Hotel Anastacia (US) at Festival Theatre The Angels at Governor Hindmarsh Red Fang (US), The Shrine (US), Space Bong and King Of The North at Fowler’s Live Lurch & Thief (Melbourne) at Rocket Bar Clint Boge (Brisbane) at Slug & Lettuce Emma Donovan & The Putbacks (Melbourne) and Kylie Audist & The Glenroy Allstars (Melbourne) at Nexus Arts SATURDAY 9 MAY Silverstein (Canada), Dream On Dreamer and Young Lions at Fowler’s Live The Angels at Governor Hindmarsh Tragic Earth (Melbourne), Burn Collect,
Letters To Amy, Mind Remover, Azzurra and Puritan at Bridgeway Clint Boge (Brisbane) at Ramsgate Hotel SUNDAY 10 MAY The Spoils Duo (Melbourne) at Wheatsheaf MONDAY 11 MAY America (US) at Thebarton Theatre THURSDAY 14 MAY Paloma Faith (UK) at Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre FRIDAY 15 MAY Beat Spacek (UK), Julien Dyne and Inkswel at Nexus Arts King Parrott (Sydney), High Tension and Coloosvs at Fowler’s Live Necro (US) at Governor Hindmarsh SATURDAY 16 MAY Infinity Broke (Sydney), Matthew Hayward and Blush Response at Hotel Metro Dragon (Sydney) at Governor Hindmarsh SUNDAY 17 MAY Riblja Čorba (Serebia) at Governor Hindmarsh Carus Thompson (Melbourne) at Grace Emily Ben Salter (Brisbane) at Wheatsheaf Hotel (from 4pm) MONDAY 18 MAY Nickelback (Canada) at Adelaide Entertainment Centre Karnivool (Perth) and Cairo Knife Fight at Governor Hindmarsh TUESDAY 19 MAY Karnivool (Perth) and Cairo Knife Fight at Governor Hindmarsh (SOLD OUT) WEDNESDAY 20 MAY Enter Shikari (UK) at HQ Complex
FRIDAY 5 JUNE Against Me! (US) and Joyce Manor (US) at Adelaide Uni Bar The Peep Tempel (Melbourne) at Crown & Anchor Dallas Frasca (Melbourne) at Pirie & Co Social Club Harts (Melbourne) at Rocket Bar SATURDAY 6 JUNE Ry Kemp, Shelby Clements (NSW), Heath Anthony and Bec Stevens at Exeter Hotel SUNDAY 7 JUNE Karise Eden (Sydney) at Governor Hindmarsh MONDAY 8 JUNE R.A. The Rugged Man (US) at Governor Hindmarsh This Will Destroy You (US) at Jive THURSDAY 11 JUNE Deez Nuts (Melbourne/New York), Antagonist CD (New Zealand), Relentless and Earth Caller at Fowler’s Live FRIDAY 12 JUNE Yngwie Malmsteem (Sweden) at HQ The Funkoars, DJ Total Eclipse (US), Mathas (Perth) and Eloji (Melbourne) at Governor Hindmarsh SATURDAY 13 JUNE Art Of Sleeping (Brisbane), Jesse Davidson and Sunbeam Sound Machine at Jive THURSDAY 18 JUNE Hermitude (Blue Mountains), Basenji (Sydney) and Jayteehazard (Newcastle) at HQ Complex FRIDAY 19 JUNE Baby Animals (Perth) and Superjesus at Governor Hindmarsh The Black Dahlia Murder (US), Pyscroptic, Colossvs and Truth Corroded at Fowler’s Live
THURSDAY 21 MAY Mötley Crüe (US) and Alice Cooper (US) at Adelaide Entertainment Centre Brad Butcher (Mackay) at Grace Emily Voyager (Perth) and Klone (France) at Jive
SATURDAY 20 JUNE Oscar Key Sung (Sydney) at Rocket Bar
FRIDAY 22 MAY Shaggy (UK) at HQ Irish DeMent (US) and Pieta Brown (US) at Governor Hindmarsh Brad Butcher (Mackay) at The Singing Gallery (McLaren Vale) As Crows Fly (Melbourne), SoundGasm, Wicked Empire and Hi Speed Life at Producers Bar
WENESDAY 24 JUNE Alpine (Melbourne), Pearls, Darts and Olympia at Governor Hindmarsh
SATURDAY 23 MAY Diesel (Sydney) at Governor Hindmarsh Nick Barker & The Heartache State (Melbourne) at Grace Emily SUNDAY 24 MAY Gang Of Youths (Melbourne) at Exeter Hotel (from 5pm) FRIDAY 29 MAY The Getaway Plan (Melbourne) at Fowler’s Live sleepmakeswaves (Sydney) and Gay Paris (Sydney) at Adelaide Uni Bar The Stoneage Hearts (Melbourne), Green Circles and Wild Rocket at Gaslight Tavern Allday at HQ Complex Ash Grunwald (Anglesea) at Governor Hindmarsh SATURDAY 30 MAY The Stoneage Hearts (Melbourne), Molting Vultures and Systemaddicts at Grace Emily We All Want To (Brisbane) at Hotel Metro Defeater (US) and Bane (US) at Fowler’s Live Decimatus (Melbourne) and Envenomed (Melbourne) at Enigma Bar Kit Convict & Thee Terrible Two (Melbourne), The Villenettes, Wild Rocket and Kasavette at Crown & Anchor The Jungle Giants (Brisbane) at Adelaide Uni Bar
SUNDAY 21 JUNE Cheech & Chong (US) at Thebarton Theatre
THURSDAY 25 JUNE Jebediah (WA) and Red Jezebel at HQ SATURDAY 27 JUNE Baby Animals (Perth) and Superjesus at Governor Hindmarsh 5 Seconds Of Summer (Sydney) at Adelaide Entertainment Centre SUNDAY 28 JUNE Machine Head (US) at Governor Hindmarsh TUESDAY 30 JUNE Title Fight (US) at Adelaide Uni Bar WEDNESDAY 1 JULY Seether (South Africa) at Governor Hindmarsh THURSDAY 2 JULY Marlon Williams & The Yarra Benders (Melbourne) and Norma Jean (Melbourne) at Jive FRIDAY 3 JULY Tim Rogers & The Bamboos (Melbourne) at Governor Hindmarsh AC/DC & Rose Tattoo Tribute (featuring Angry Anderson and more) at Bridgeway Hotel MONDAY 6 JULY Yellowcard (US), Mayday Parade and Born Lion at Thebarton Theatre
BABY et LULU By Khiara Elliott The charismatic and scintillating songstresses that are Baby et Lulu are set to release their second CD Album Deux (‘Album No. 2’). The Australian-born, French singing duo of Abby Dobson and Lara Goodridge present forth a collection of classic covers with their second offering and a few original compositions as well. BSide Magazine caught up with Lara (AKA Lulu) one evening to chat about Album Deux and Baby et Lulu’s upcoming tour that will see them play The Trinity Sessions in Adelaide on Friday 1 May. After enjoying success in other bands FourPlay and Leonardo’s Bride, it was a mutual, long time love of France and it’s literary greats that both formed a bond and inspired Abby and Lara to begin their journey together as Baby et Lulu. “We already knew each other from the music industry. We’d seen each other around the traps for years,” Lara begins. “Then we became great friends when we worked together. I was running a little label in Sydney and I put out Abby’s solo album. We had a really nice working relationship. We really got each other. She’s a lot of fun and we laughed a lot together. We seem to both have the same ridiculous sense of humour,” she laughs. “We both happened to be in Paris at the same time and realised that we could both speak French. I sort of went, ‘Oh, you speak French!’, and she went, ‘Yeah! And you speak French!’ so for fun I thought it’d be nice to come together and sing one song in French. “We got together just to perform one song at a party and when we started singing together it was just like, ‘Oh my God. That’s nice, that sounds good’,” she laughs again. “When we finished that one song at the party we thought, ‘We have to do that again, that can’t be it’, so we booked just one show and we made up a repertoire of a couple of sets of music and that show sold out. Our very first show.” As Lara continued on to discuss what it was like creating Baby et Lulu with Abby, it was obvious that the love and respect the duo shared within their friendship translated into their professional relationship as well. “I have so much respect for Abby as a musician and I love her voice so much. It
really lifts me. It’s a really deep joy to sing with Abby and there’s a lot of love and trust between us. Somehow, something really magical happens when we get to sing together. It’s really wonderful. Especially because we get to sing in the language we both find so delicious.” Considering that the songstresses perform under the names ‘Baby’ and ‘Lulu’, I asked Lara if they felt like they were stepping into a character each time the pair stepped onto a stage. “We do! We keep to our French accents when we are on stage,” she explains in none the less, a French accent. “We get to dress up all frou frou and feminine and sexy. Abby has said many a time that she doesn’t perform the same way alone as she does with Baby et Lulu. There’s a certain sort of exuberance that comes out in Baby et Lulu that she doesn’t have the courage to do necessarily in her solo shows, and I feel the same. It also probably has a lot to do with the fact that we’re both up there together. “So yes, there’s definitely a sassiness that we bring to this show that’s different from FourPlay and from Abby’s solo stuff. Somehow we get quite silly when we get together too,” she laughs. “It’s a lot of fun.” Upon first listening to the album and beginning the interview I admitted that I do not speak a lick of French, but that did not stop me from bopping along to the songs. “Well that’s the nice thing, people can still relate to it somehow,” Lara says in agreeance. “I think the music itself imparts a feeling, even if you don’t understand the lyrics.” There were a few particular songs on the album that really caught my attention, one of which being C’est Le Top, an original piece by Abby. “We just thought that it was the next step for us. We had to try, you know?” Lara says of Baby et Lulu’s songwriting. “We both just pushed ourselves to do the first songs each and they went really well. So we forced ourselves to write another. It’s actually quite fun to write in another language. “I mean it’s obviously very challenging but at the same time there’s something liberating about it. For me, I step out of my critical voice and I somehow just let myself be free when I’m writing in French.”
After the success of their first album, Baby et Lulu once again turned to producer Tony Buchan when creating Album Deux.
Unearthly Delights] a few years ago when we put out our first album, so this will be our third return.
“He’s a lovely producer. I’ve worked with him in FourPlay and Abby has worked with him on her solo album so we’ve got a good relationship with him and so do the guys in the band. So it was an easy decision to go back to him. There’s a language that you need to have- good communication and understanding and simpatico.
“But it’s our first show that’s not connected to any festival so we’re thrilled that tickets are selling well and that people are coming to see us.”
“You need to have a lot of trust in your producer and them you to feel comfortable in the studio,” Lara explains further. This already established relationship between musician and producer also came into play when the duo recorded with their live band for the first time on Album Deux. “They are just such incredible musicians, all of them,” Lara gushes. “We recorded them in two days. They’re the kind of band that just gets it right every single time, you know? They really are such great players and such beautiful musicians. They’re an absolute pleasure to work with.” Such an absolute pleasure, it seems, that Baby et Lulu also tour with the very same band. “When you’re performing, you need to feel safe with the people that you’re working with. You need to feel that there is some sort of mutual love and respect. We adore them and they seem to keep coming back,” she laughs. “We had a rehearsal today and it was the first time that a lot of the string parts came to life live, and when it was done Abby turned to me and said, ‘Does it get any better than that?’, and it’s true! It’s such a joy and just such a wonderful experience to get to play what you love with wonderful musicians. It doesn’t get better.” The beginning of May will see Baby et Lulu return to play for Adelaide crowds, but it certainly won’t be the first time. The duo have performed at several events over the last few years, including WOMADelaide and Adelaide Cabaret Festival. I asked Lara if she was as excited to come back as we were to have her. “Yeah! We’ve actually already had a good little run in Adelaide,” she eagerly responds. “The Adelaide Cabaret Festival was fantastic. We had two sold out shows there. WOMAD was awesome and we got a lot of really great press from that. We also played at The Paradiso Spiegeltent [in The Garden Of
In keeping with the family feel that Lara earlier stated as being so contributive to their success and creative process, Baby et Lulu have chosen a close friend as their opening act for their Adelaide leg of the tour. “We’ve got a really wonderful support band, my friend John Baker and his partner Gayle Buckby as The Baker Suite. It’s going to be a really special night.” Baby et Lulu began their Album Deux tour on April 17 in Mittagong and are hitting several other cities including Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Mullimbimby, Brisbane, Thirroul, Marrickville and Katoomba. The talented duo of Baby et Lulu are now bringing what has been described by Australian Stage as, ‘Two lovesick songbirds in a melancholic pas de deux. Superb’, to The Trinity Sessions, Church Of The Trinity, 318 Goodwood Rd, Clarence Pk, on Friday 1 May. Tickets available <dramatix.com.au>. Show starts at 8pm.
HUGO RACE By Robert Brokenmouth Hugo Race, formerly of The Wreckery and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and photographed above by Adelaide’s Alison Lea, is coming to town to play another of his totally enchanting solo shows. And, after spending many years in Europe, Hugo Race has come home: “I live in Melbourne close by St Kilda beach so I can watch the foul weather gloating over the bay. I was born here and moved back a couple of years ago for family reasons and because you can’t be everywhere at once. I found this out the hard way after living several parallel lives.” “I produced the True Spirit’s new album, The Spirit, at a very relaxed pace. There was no urgency. Mostly the music I make evolves in its own space and time and won’t be rushed. Yet a song like Elevate My Love I wrote in a few hours as a present for my girlfriend Alannah. She liked it so much she agreed to appear in the video. Does Alannah play music? “No, but Alannah loves music and has powerful insight and we discuss everything we do with each other – film, writing, music – so inevitably we influence each other.” Have you ever written a set of songs quickly? “Sometimes. If I set my mind to the idea of writing songs, they can come in pretty fast, like We Never Had Control, and the album arrived in the space of a week or so. But I was ready for it. If you know what you want, what you’re looking for, it’s much easier to find. “The Spirit was written over the space of years - I never knew what it was about - and the songs came from collaborations with players in The True Spirit, as well as the Berlin DJ producer Stefan Rogall who wrote the earliest tracks with me. “Then the songs mutated over time and through recording. The sessions happened mostly in a big house on Melbourne’s surreal periphery where we built a project studio and called it the Mile High Club.” What made you first pick up guitar? “I don’t know. As a kid I loved the music I heard growing up, the rock and folk of the ’60s and ’70s. I was drawn to the guitar. One of my brothers had one. He showed me a few chords. Then I took a delivery job with the local chemist to buy one, biking prescriptions to old people’s homes until I bought a $30 classical guitar. I was about nine.
at once just to pay the rent. I also produce for other artists, but also my own work; this means I own everything I do and can license it to companies around the world. I’m always under pressure and out of time because of the volume of work I produce. So my close friends say I’m driven. “The truth is, I work full-time doing what I love. It’s a fantastic position to be in, it’s taken years to get here - and yet it’s only just beginning. “Acting is not something I really enjoy much but it can be an essential part of developing an idea and translating it to an audience. Last year I played the lead in a short Italian drama, L’imbarcadero, shot in the mountains of Calabria and it was arduous! “Shooting at either the freezing cold dawn or dusk to catch the spectral light, acting in Italian language and playing opposite famous and professional actors, it was a real challenge. I do like a challenge, anything that raises the bar and forces you into alien territories and unknown pleasures… So the reward, despite the struggle, is also the creation, and your work is in fact to play? “Yes, often the reward is in the moment of creation. You just feel it, when something is dialled in that never existed or that you never knew before, and it’s been channeled through you. Many say it and it’s been true for me too, that you’re just the channel for creativity that passes through you. This is a mystical interpretation, but forming something from nothing is a human power, a kind of sorcery. “I wouldn’t say it was play, though. Initially you might approach an idea in a playful way, but to actually work it up to a high level with everything that involves is hard work and demands dedication and sacrifice, like anything else worthwhile.” L’imbarcadero is on the festival circuit and should arrive in Australia this year and Hugo Race & The True Spirit’s new LP The Spirit will be released on Friday 10 July and the band will be touring Australia in August/ September including Adelaide. Elevate My Love is available on iTunes, or you can order the 7-inch single from Glitterhouse - but it’s limited to 500 copies so you’d have to be very quick. Hugo Race will be playing a solo show at the Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, on Sunday 3 May from 4pm with Battle Of Flowers.
“I taught myself to play listening to records and reading sheet music. It’s crazy, I’m still learning and exploring the damn guitar, all these years later, it’s like second nature. I never think about it.” It seems damned hard to make a living doing original music these days. “It’s hard to make it in music anywhere, period. If you’re truly committed to what you do, you have to leave Australia. I did, for 25 years. When I came back, I had to start alI over again in many ways. The potential audience is small, everybody’s spread out over vast distances. The one thing we have in Melbourne is community radio. There’s nothing like it anywhere else I’ve been. “I survive in music by doing it full-time – I also write, compose and act. As an independent you need to juggle many things
PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE By Bobby Goudie One of the stand-out performances of the 2012 Adelaide Cabaret Festival was Songs For Nobodies. It featured Bernadette Robinson portraying ordinary women’s encounters with iconic singers like Judy Garland, Patsy Cline, Billie Holiday, Edith Piaf, and Maria Callas. Written by Joanna Murray-Smith and directed by Simon Phillips, the show had successful runs throughout Australia. The collaborative powers of Robinson, Phillips and Murray-Smith have combined once again in Pennsylvania Avenue. The Melbourne Theatre Company production finished an extended run in Melbourne in December 2014 and now Pennsylvania Avenue will see Robinson making a return to Her Majesty’s Theatre for this year’s Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Bernadette Robinson will play a total 33 different characters in Pennsylvania Avenue. The show centres around Harper, who remembers and shares stories and songs from the forty years that she has worked in the East Wing of the White House; the Presidents who reigned and the iconic singers who were connected to them. We speak with Bernadette Robinson and she begins by expressing her excitement about coming back to Adelaide. “I just love the Adelaide Cabaret Festival,” she remarks enthusiastically. “It is the most wonderful fantastic festival! I think having Barry Humphries is so inspiring! Adelaide is such a beautiful city and we are all really looking forward to bringing the show there. “People absolutely loved the show in Melbourne,” Bernadette continues. “We had lots of standing ovations and we saw people coming back to see it multiple times. This piece is very powerful as it is both Harper’s personal journey as well as such an interesting walk through history. Of course, it is all through song too, which is the best way to tell a story, I think.” Why did you start working again with Joanna Murray-Smith and Simon Phillips for another cabaret show? “Because Songs For Nobodies was so successful we had to work together again,” she replies. “It was during our run at the Cabaret Festival in 2012 that it was actually picked up by Producer Harley Medcalf, who Barry Humphries had recommended to have a look at the show. From there, it toured for about three years, on and off. “Simon Phillips has the power, because he is such a star director. Melbourne Theatre Company’s Artistic Director, Brett Sheehy,
had said to Simon that if there was anything he wanted to do, he was just to tell him. So when a slot in Melbourne came up for the end of 2014, Simon wanted to do something with me; Joanna Murray-Smith seemed the obvious choice as writer. We were all available so off we went again!” Tell us about Pennsylvania Avenue. “It follows the story of Harper as she comes to the White House in 1962 at 18 years old during the Kennedy reign and goes right through to the Bush administration when she is about 60,” Bernadette explains. “It is her observations of what goes on in that long period of time and the singers that had performed there or had something to do with individual Presidents. We follow Harper’s journey; growing and changing as a person, falling in love and the secrets she carries. “Pennsylvania Avenue also touches on the civil rights movement in America and on the Vietnam War,” she adds. “The singers that feature include Marilyn Monroe – due to her affair with John F. Kennedy – together with Aretha Franklin, Sarah Vaughan and even Bob Dylan. It’s a very busy show. I play over thirty different characters throughout the performance, so it’s really demanding.” Bernadette goes on to describe her favourite characters, including Harper’s Aunt Abigail, her Jazz Musician lover, each President of the USA and Barbara Streisand who comes into the story during both the Kennedy and Clinton Presidencies. With musical direction by Ian McDonald, Bernadette will be backed by an on-stage 4-piece band consisting of keyboard, guitar, drums and saxophone, but will also add a number of other instruments throughout the performance that help them cover a large range of musical styles. “There are so many fantastic songs that people will know and love like Don’t Rain On My Parade, Cry Me A River and other unforgettable songs that created their own moments in history.” Are there plans to tour the show after the Adelaide Cabaret Festival? “There are, but I’m not sure if the ink has set on the plans just yet,” Bernadette concludes. “I can’t say much, but things are looking very hopeful and positive.” Pennsylvania Avenue runs at Grote St’s Her Majesty’s Theatre at various times from Thursday 11 June until Sunday 14 June. Book at BASS
ATHOL GUY – THE SEEKERS STORY By David Robinson As a founding member of one of Australia’s first supergroups, Athol Guy knows what it’s like to scale the heights of music industry success. The Seekers took their sound to the world, where it was accepted almost universally by the record-buying public. Hit followed hit, and each achievement seemed to better the last. Athol is preparing to tour Athol Guy – The Seekers Story throughout this year, beginning with a series of South Australian dates. The show features rarely seen footage from The Seekers’ history, as well as live performances of their classic songs.
beginnings all the way to topping the charts around the world. “It gives people an insight into things they possibly didn’t know: How many times we topped the charts, knocking The Beatles off, knocking The Rolling Stones album off... People know that the group was hugely successful, but they don’t know all the details or the stories behind the success.” The Seekers played with The Beatles and The Rolling Stones at the New Musical Express All-Star Poll Winners Concert, in front of a huge crowd at Wembley in 1965. They were also named Best New Group at the Top Of The Pops Awards. That must have been a great experience.
We catch up with him and ask how the idea for the show came about.
“There were 30 chart-topping acts from all around the world on that [NME] show,” Athol explains. “We won the Best New Group award on the back of our first single, I’ll Never Find Another You. We also performed A World Of Our Own.
“I have a little band at home, up in the Macedon Ranges in Victoria,” Athol begins. “It started when I sat in with a couple of mates, and we’d play almost anything, doing local one-off shows for a bit of fun. We call the group Athol Guy and Friends, because we warmly embrace one or two of my other mates every now and then; it’s pretty flexible.
“In this show we do all these songs live in The Seekers Story, and show the film footage. We take people through some of the many funny moments from our lives together, culminating with our recent 50th Anniversary Tour. Audiences will get an insight into who The Seekers really were. There are a lot of laughs, and maybe a few tears in the poignant moments.
“We put a little show together, for Morning Melodies, on a couple of Queensland runs,” he continues. “It was an hour-long show based around ‘60s music, and I used a lot of videos from The Seekers’ days.
“We’re not a tribute band but we are paying tribute to the group and the songs,” he adds. “It’s all about the great songs; the show is full of live music.”
“A friend of mine, a well-known agent, knew I was putting my memoirs and stories of the group together and suggested that it would make a wonderful little mini-musical – a ‘rockumentary’ of The Seekers’ life story. He said ‘You’ve got to put all this together and put it on stage’ and that’s how The Seekers Story evolved.” What can audiences expect from the show? “The whole show is full of live music. We play all the great songs,” Athol says. “For these shows the band is Buddy England – one of our pop icons from the ’60s – Jenny Blake, Rod Hulls and Michael Cristiano. We play songs from the late ‘50s and early ‘60s; music that The Seekers’ members individually loved. We show the audience a bit of history about how we put our love of harmonies, lyrics and various types of music into what eventually became The Seekers’ sound. “There’s a retrospective that actually starts the show,” he goes on. “It’s narrated by George Fairfax, one of our great theatrical icons here in Melbourne, and it briefly tells the story of the group from our humble
You must be relishing the prospect of getting out and touring the show. “We are really looking forward to being over there at Her Majesty’s Theatre,” he says. “I hope we meet up with all our mates over in Adelaide, and at the other places we are touring. It’s nice, after the show, to come to the foyer and touch base with friends. “It’s going to be a great time,” Athol concludes. “We do it because it’s a lot of fun.” Athol Guy – The Seekers Story runs at Grote St’s Her Majesty’s Theatre on Monday 4 May. Book at BASS.
VICTORIANA GAYE By Robert Dunstan Victorian Gaye are the musical duo of Vicki Gaye Phillip and Jeff Raglus and they reside in the Great Ocean Rd coastal town of Aireys Inlet in Victoria. The pair, whose music has been described as being not unlike Patti Smith meeting The Seekers or even Tori Amos meeting Benny Hill, are now returning to South Australia to undertake a couple of regional shows (Robe and McLaren Vale) as well as playing a gig in the big smoke with like-minded Adelaide trio Brillig. “We’re really looking forward to it because Brillig seem to be a really friendly bunch,” Jeff Raglus says. “And Vicki and I have never played The Wheatsheaf Hotel and, over the years, people have always said we should try playing there.” Both acts will also have some tales to tell as Brillig have just returned from yet another visit to The Americas, while Victoriana Gaye spent four months in Europe last year. “We had a great tour,” Jeff says. We played everywhere in England as well as in Berlin, Copenhagen and Amsterdam. And then we went to the south of France because we had a booking agent from there and played up and down the coast in all these little surf towns. “And it was funny because those were the only times we ever saw any Australians,” he notes with a laugh. “And it was amazing because we had a house to live in – an old medieval mansion – and it was just brilliant. “And people really got into what we were doing over there,” Jeff says. “So it was a good feeling.” “And that was particularly so in France and Germany,” Vicki then says. “It may have just been the venues we were playing in or because we were semi-exotic being from another country, but people really took to us. “We had people in Berlin say to us, ‘Yah, you are like The Go-Betweens. We like GoBetweens’, which was really nice,” she adds. “So we were very honoured.” Jeff and I then pondered on why it is that some artists have to head overseas to find appreciation. “There’s that old saying, ‘A prophet will never be heard in their own town’,” the trumpeter suggests. “And there’s also that thing of, ‘Oh, I saw that guy down the shop earlier on today buying a loaf of bread so he can’t be much good at playing music’. There’s that familiarity. “And while having played overseas doesn’t seem to have had any affect on our audience here in Aireys Inlet, which is just a really tiny community, I have noticed that people in Melbourne have suddenly given us a bit more respect. They now tend to take us a bit more seriously.
selling his paintings and who had a recent commission from Wallington’s Flying Brick Cider Company, also suggests that playing so much in Europe really tightened up the duo as a musical unit. “It really toughed up our sound,” he says, “and that was one of the things people said when we got back to Australia and started playing here again.” “Even our friends and family members, who are usually our toughest critics, have been saying that,” Vicki agrees. “They are all saying that, as a duo, we are now an equal force.” “And I think that was because we were practicing most days when we were overseas and, because we were over there, we didn’t have any of the mundane stuff to deal with,” she then reasons. “Housework and stuff wasn’t getting in the way and because we were playing to new audiences, we wanted to be as good as we could. “So you tend to lift your game a bit if you are playing overseas,” she adds. “And when you are getting a good response from the crowd, that also gives you more confidence.” The duo, who recently enjoyed a monthlong residency at The Yarra Hotel in Abbotsford, will soon start work on what will be their fourth album. “Our songwriting has also really evolved over the years,” Jeff says. “In the beginning, Vicki wrote all the songs and then, on the second and third albums, I’d just add a chorus or a middle eight or do the arrangement, but over the last 18 months or so, we’ve been writing together.” “And it’s always exciting recording a new album,” Vicki says. “For us, and as much as we love our old songs, new material keeps us motivated. And it’s sometimes it’s fascinating seeing what you give birth to. “I would also say that the new songs are perhaps a little more up-tempo,” she continues. “They are less folk although I never thought we were ever a folk band but the new songs do rock a bit more. “That’s because Jeff and I are collaborating and there are a lot more of his influences in what used to be my songs,” Vicki then laughs. “But it’s really the combination of us that has grown. “And I was recording some rough vocals just a few minutes ago and a bird started singing along with me quite perfectly,” she concludes. “So I might see if there is a way I can save that bit and put it on the album.” Victoriana Gaye will play a free entry show with Brillig at The Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, from 9pm on Friday 1 May and also McLaren Vale’s Red Poles Gallery from noonish on Sunday 2 May.
“And it was the same when I was playing with Bachelors From Prague and we came back from overseas,” Jeff recalls with a laugh. “People suddenly thought we were much better than before just because we’d gone overseas to play a few gigs.” Jeff, also a former Mambo artist who still pays the rent by making music and
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SQUEAKER In Love/In Madness Reviewed by Tom Gaffney 4/5
SUN THEORY Fine Dust Reviewer: Michael Hunter 4/5
THE DUNES When You Wake Up Reviewer: Matthew Jolly 4.5/5
THOM LION & THE TAMERS Fruition Reviewer: Michael Hunter 4/5
Adelaide’s answer to punishing but heartfelt rock and roll is undoubtedly Squeaker. The four piece band have been churning out guitar riffs and admirable vocals around Australia for the last seven years, and – as it seems – within every passing year, they’ve become more creative, tight, and generally brilliant.
They used to be Cow but are now Sun Theory. Whatever the name or line-up, their third CD together shows that the band knows how to construct roots-rock of a professional and enjoyable standard, and are also well adept at the songwriter’s art.
I loved this record the same way I love good food – I may have tasted it before but if the recipe is good, the ingredients authentic and the cook is talented then it is very satisfying.
It’s probably unnecessary to say, but there is a lot of excellent music currently being made locally under the general umbrella of folk rock / singer-songwriter et al. Anyone who has heard the work of Thom Lion & The Tamers will be equally unsurprised by the fact that their contribution is as good an example as can be found.
In Love/In Madness is their latest release, boasting twelve huge tracks that encompass themes such as motivation, power, and a whole lot of heartbreak. In fact, there’s seldom a song which doesn’t have lyrics along the lines of “there once was a time what you thought meant a lot to me” (Let You Go) or “do I have to be the strong one for you and strong for me?” (Storm Inside). Essentially, they’re lyrics that you sort of have to ‘buy into’ in order to really feel them – else, they’re just there, laying atop the respective instrumentation. If there’s one thing Squeaker have proved, however, it’s that their long-lasting stand as an act have trained them as powerhouses of innovation. Each song has a hook that just makes it so thoroughly enjoyable. Even better is that they’re subtle and integrated enough for them to go unnoticed, meaning that you’re not quite sure why you can’t get the songs out of your head for the 48 hours after you listen to the release. If you’re thinking of picking up this release, or just going to see them at a gig around the place, expect to hear a sort of Three Days Grace sort of deviance alongside a tiny bit of Weezer, all blended together with fantastic instrumentation and vocal abilities. It’s safe to say that In Love/In Madness is a release that Squeaker, as a band, and Adelaide, as a city that exports incredible music and artists, should be proud of.
Roots-rock is still a very general term of course, and in this case could perhaps be likened to some degree to seventies bands like The Dingoes or in places, US songwriter Elliot Murphy, but with their own contemporary approach. The opening song “Lucky Style” is a good introduction to the band and the album itself; a classic song structure, melodic and lyrical. Not too restrained, not exactly raucous but in a comfortable place inbetween – a description that could fit the LP as a whole. Interesting twists in the arrangements help make various songs stand out as individual, such as the occasional extra bars in “Buddha Says”, or the unusual stop/start intro and coda for “Kicked”. The material is uniformly mature and intelligent, with all five members more than up to the task of bringing out the music’s strengths through their performance. No surprise, given their individual histories in bands such as Seven Stories, Linus and Snap To Zero. The heartfelt vocals and gorgeous melody of “X” along with its use of cello and strings makes it a personal highlight, while the country-soul of “Kissed” also helps to keep the album away from any accusation of being one dimensional. Its production is clear with every instrument well defined, though at nine songs and 37 minutes, Fine Dust is a reasonably compact collection. But its contents are slick, minus the coldness that term can suggest, and don’t have to try hard to impress.
It is impossible to review this song without mentioning My Bloody Valentine. All the ingredients are there; a wall of distortion, use of whammy bar to curl chord changes, cavernous tribal drumming, droning bass and echo-laden female vocals hidden under the infinite wash of sound. This is not music to dance to. I may be wrong but I imagine a live performance from The Dunes would see the audience standing still and letting the music crash over them. I have heard this band describe themselves as “dream pop” but the place they took me to seems less like a dream and more like a trance; definitely less pop and more rock. Trance-rock that doesn’t rely on chemicals to induce altered brain states but lets volume and density affect you. This song takes its time - from the droning introduction and the fade in of the heartbeat-paced drums it is dense and visceral – it has no space or pace in it, but you feel it. I couldn’t really understand the lyrics, didn’t need to, didn’t want to – Stacie Reeves’ voice is used as an instrument, keening like a bluesy siren, lost in a sea of reverb, strong but way down in the mix. Play this loud. And then go and see it live. Louder.
Obviously, it all comes down to the songs first. One way to tell the quality of the material is the sense of slight disappointment when an EP’s mere four tracks are over! Lion knows how to write memorable and catchy songs that also exhibit a depth that rewards repeated listening. The lead song “Fruition” is one such example. It has the knack of quickly sounding familiar with a full and busy sound; the various instruments like guitar, banjo, bass and drums delivering the catchy tune with passion. While they all sound clear, the fullness of sound may be excessive though. Checking the waveforms, “Fruition” in particular is almost constantly in the red with hypercompression. The songs really don’t need it and would benefit more from proper dynamic range. It doesn’t actually detract from the listening too much but the loudness is unnecessary to this degree. “Emily” is a similarly banjo-led, melodic and exuberant tune that just works, while “Stevie Nicks And Michael Jackson” sounds like neither but is more a paean to simpler times, reminding me somewhat of Ben Folds in its sound. The closer “No Man’s Land” is more piano led and downtempo but still a song that draws you in without any great effort. It really is well-constructed music that is a great example of the band’s work, and there’s no reason it shouldn’t propel them to greater things. These songs deserve to be heard.
ANDREW STRONG & THE COMITTMENTS By Robert Dunstan Irish-born singer Andrew Strong is heading to Australia for the third time in as many years to present the songs from the Alan Parker film The Commitments which launched his career as a 16-year old back in the early ’90s. The current tour will, however, mark the last such shows for quite some time as Andrew soon intends on hanging up his black suit and tie for the foreseeable future. “As much fun as it always is, it’s not something I want to be doing for the rest of my life,” the singer says. “So the next time I get back down there it will be with my own thing. “But there’s always been a great fan base for me down in Australia because the movie soundtrack has now gone several times platinum,” Andrew then continues. “And the first shows came about in Australia because we’d done some anniversary shows for The Commitments film in Europe which had gone really well,” he adds. “And because we didn’t plan on doing any more, I was asked if I’d like to come down to Australia and do some gigs.” The Commitments was a 1991 film based on a Roddy Doyle novel of the same name about the ups and downs of a band in Dublin, Ireland, who played American soul music and it featured such classics as Mustang Sally, Chain Of Fools, In The Midnight Hour and Try A Little Tenderness. It is also notable as it boasted Glen Hansard in the small role of guitar player Outspan Foster and all four members of what was to later become The Corrs with only Jim Corr and Andrea Corr, who played the role of Sharon, credited. Andrew played the role of the band’s young lead singer, Declan ‘Deco’ Cuffe and legend has it that Alan Parker had heard him singing when his father, Rob Strong, had been engaged as the film’s vocal coach. “That’s not entirely true,” Andrew corrects. “Yes, Alan Parker, had heard me singing but I still had to audition to play Deco alongside the four or five others who were also up for it. “But then one of the musical coordinators liked what he heard of me and I got the role,” he says. Andrew will be touring Australia with a nine-piece band that is made up of a lot of players from Adelaide including drummer Toby Lang. “That’s right, yeah,” Andrew enthuses. “I’d done an Australian tour back in about 2005 and most of them are the musicians I used back then. And it was the first time I’d worked with different musicians.
“To be honest with you, the last couple of years have been a bit crazy because I got married and became a father,” he says. “So I’d been getting into how to be a dad to my son and how to deal with all that while still touring the place. “So after this tour, I have some time off to write songs for another album,” he says. “So, hopefully, that will come out early next year and we’ll look at touring it.” Andrew’s debut album, 1993’s Strong, was produced by Danny ‘Kootch’ Kortchmar. “It’s funny though because being so young I didn’t appreciate at the time exactly who Danny was,” he says of the guitarist, producer and session musician who has worked alongside Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor, Carole King and Jackson Browne as well as many other notables. “At the time Danny was just someone the record company told me they’d got in to produce my solo album in New York,” Andrew laughs. “I had no idea who he was because the record company didn’t warn me. I had no idea until later on that he’d worked with Joe Cocker and people like that.” The singer is pleased to note that there has recently been a resurgance in vinyl and says he still has The Commitments soundtrack on that medium as well as his early solo releases. “And going into a record store in Dublin and buying a new record was always a bit of a ritual for me when I was growing up,” Andrew says. “And then there was running home and putting it on for the first time. People just don’t buy records anymore – they just buy songs over the internet – so a lot of that has been lost.” Andrew suggests he doesn’t really have a favourite song from The Commitments movie. “Well, they are all good songs, man,” he reasons. “But I’m one of those guys who always liked the more obscure B-sides of singles rather than the hit song. I usually like the more obscure stuff. “That’s why I always liked the second album by The Commitments much more than the first one,” he says of The Commitments Vol. 2 that featured gems such as Saved, Hard To Handle, Show Me, That’s The Way Love Is and Too Many Fish In The Sea.
Bachelors, flying bricks, Mambo and Prague.
still exists today and recently celebrated their 30th anniversary with a rather large touring exhibition.
Yours truly had occasion late last week to chat to Jeff Raglus and Vicki Gaye Phillip over the telephone about the fact they are coming to town, with a quick stopover at Robe, to play a few shows as Victoriana Gaye.
“And being involved in that exhibition – it was on at the National Gallery here in Melbourne and has just gone up to Sydney – has had an impact on the number of paintings I am now selling,” Jeff notes.
The interview, which can be found elsewhere in this magazine, caused me to reflect on when I would have first encountered Jeff. Ah yes, it would have been back in the late ’80s when Jeff was blowing his own trumpet. It was back when Jeff was a member of a Melbourne jazz combo known as Bachelors From Prague which also featured Henry Maas on vocals, Bruce Hearne on keyboards, Tommy Roberts on guitar, Andrew Phillip on saxophone, Justin Stanford on percussion and a rhythm section of bass player George Frimi and drummer Russell Cook. I’d first come across the band, who played jazz with attitude, on ABC television show The Big Gig which screened on our television sets on Tuesday evenings and featured up and coming new comedy performers such as Anthony Morgan, Judith Lucy, Greg Fleet and the like alongside bands such as The Swingin’ Sidewalks, Zydeco Jump and Bachelors From Prague. It wasn’t long after that Bachelors From Prague began making regular trips over to Adelaide to perform at such places as Club Foote which was in Blythe St and later became the now long forgotten Goth club The Proscenium. The band’s Adelaide visits soon became the stuff of legend and one of their vinyl albums – I forget which one now and time forbids me going through my vinyl collection from the ‘80s and digging it out – actually came with a comic book depicting a typical Bachelors From Prague tour over to Adelaide. It invariably began with coffees at that famous coffee bar on Hindley St which is no longer there and also included a visit to the band’s favourite Italian restaurant in Hindley St, which, likewise, no longer seems to exist. Anyway, I would have first met Jeff Raglus during one of these capers and noted that, following the demise of Bachelors From Prague, he engaged himself in working for Mambo, the Sydney-based clothing company that had much success and which
“I straightaway noticed that and while it’s really embarrassing to say, it seems that I’ve reached that age where I’ve kinda got to legendary status,” he says while continuing to blow his own trumpet “And I just did a huge painting for a cider place,” Jeff says of being commissioned to provide some art for Victoria’s Flying Brick Cider Company. “So I only just finished that about two weeks ago – it took me about two months to do it – and it was good to make some money from my art other than only music. “It actually makes more money than playing music and, since the mid ’80s, I have never had a job apart from painting and music.
“And what I’m finding now is that the kids who were into the childrens’ books I did, y’know, Schnorky (The Wave Puncher) and Big Funky Action and stuff like that, are now finding me through the internet and buying some of the paintings that I do now. “They are now 30 years old or so and have been wearing Mambo clothes most of their life but now they wanna buy a painting,” “But times are tough because a lot of the major galleries have now closed and I’m not with a gallery these days,” he says. “Like the music business side of things, I do organise it all myself.” Delightful Victorian duo Victoriana Gaye are heading back to town to play some soft core prog (that rocks) at a free entry show with Adelaide’s Brillig from 9pm at The Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, on Friday 1 May. The duo will also play McLaren Vale’s Red Poles Gallery on Sunday 3 May from 12.30pm until 3.30pm.
The singer also promises that it will be a very rockin’ affair when he and the band hit town. “Yeah, it often surprises people by how hard the band rocks,” Andrew says in conclusion. Andrew Strong & The Commitments play the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Thursday 7 May with tickets via the venue or OzTix.
“But we did that tour and they were just such great guys to work with,” he continues. “They had such great energy and were such great musicians that I always thought what was the point of dragging a bunch of guys down from Europe when I already had such a great band down in Australia. “And I think this will now be the fifth or sixth time we’d worked together,” Andrew adds. Following this tour, Andrew will concentrate on his original material.
HEADING TO TOWN CONTINUED FROM PAGE 4 ARIA Hall Of Famers and much revered band The Church will hit the Govenor Hindmarsh Hotel, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Saturday 11 July at which they’ll be concentrating on their second album, The Blurred Crusade, which boasted such classic songs as Almost With You and Field Of Mars. Tickets are now on sale via the venue or OzTix.
compilation album, Twenty, that will have them playing tunes from it at HQ Complex, cnr North and West Tces, on Thursday 25 June with Red Jezebal as special guests. Tickets via OzTix. Kasey’s dad, Bill Chambers, will undertake a show at the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Sunday 26 April as which he will be joined by his old band, Four Crying Out Loud, for the first time on stage in over 20 years. Tickets via OzTix or the venue.
Four-piece band This Will Destroy You hail from San Marcos, Texas, and play post rock. They will now be making the trek across the oceans to play some at Jive, 181 Hindley St, on Monday 8 June with tickets available via Moshtix.
Brian Kennedy, one of Ireland’s finest singers and one who has worked with Van Morrison and Bob Dylan, is bringing his acclaimed Joni Mitchell tribute show to Trinity Sessions, Church Of The Trinity, 318 Goodwood Rd, Clarence Pk, on Wednesday 3 June. Book via <dramatix. com.au>.
Melbourne’s Harts will bring his soulful, funky, electronic pop rock to Rocket Bar, upstairs, 142 Hindley St, on Friday 5 June to launch his Breakthrough EP before heading off overseas.
Perth metal band Voyager are making a voyage around the country with French heavyweights Klone as special guests. Catch ’em at Jive, 181 Hindley St, on Thursday 21 May with tickets via Moshtix.
Huge Race, once a member of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, The Wreckery and Hugo Race & The True Spirit, will be playing another of his enchanting shows at The Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, from 4pm on Sunday 3 May with special guests Band Of Flowers. Tickets via OzTix.
Decimatus and Envenomed, two ferocious metal bands from Melbourne, are joining forces to spread chaos and evil across the nation and will do so at Enigma Bar, 173 Hindley St, on Saturday 30 May.
Melbourne’s Harry Howard & The NDE are quickly heading back to town and will be playing The Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, from 9pm on Saturday 18 July. Tickets will be $15 plus booking via the venue or OzTix. Andrew Strong & The Commitments have announced another Australian jaunt after selling out shows around the country last October. Catch them kick off their next tour at the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Thursday 7 May with tickets available via the venue or OzTix. It’s been a long time between drinks but Carus Thompson is heading to town to play no less than two sets of his engaging folk rock music from 4pm until 6.30pm at the Grace Emily Hotel, 232 Waymouth St, on Sunday 17 May. Expect new songs alongside many old favourites. Originally hailing from The Blue Mountains, hip hop crew Hermitude will drop a new album, Dark Night Sweet Light in May and then take it on the road which will bring them to HQ Complex, cnr West and North Tces, on Thursday 18 June where they will be joined by Sydney’s Basenji and Newcastle’s Jayteehazard. Tickets on sale now via Moshtix. The mighty King Parrot have just announced a huge national tour to promote the release of new album, Dead Set, and will hit Fowler’s Live, 68-70 North Tce, on Friday 15 May with special guests High Tension and Coloosvs. Perth-based progressive rockers Karnivool will celebrate their 10th anniversary by touring their now classic debut album, Themata, and will do so in Adelaide at the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Tuesday 19 May with Cairo Knife Fight as special guests. That show is now SOLD OUT but another has been added for Monday 18 May so book quickly via OzTix or the venue.
Extra tickets have now been released for US singer Taylor Swift’s upcoming sold out shows with Vance Joy at Adelaide Entertainment Centre on Monday 7 December and Tuesday 8 December. Book swiftly via Ticketek. Melbourne hardcore outfit Deez Nuts are now based in New York but have announced a return to our shores to play Fowler’s Live, 68-70 North Tce, on Thursday 11 June with New Zealand’s Antagonist AD as well as Relentless and Earth Caller. Tickets via OzTix. Melbourne-based hard rock band Tragic Earth will be playing The Bridgeway Hotel, Bridge Rd, Pooraka, on Saturday 9 May at a huge gig from 6pm that will also feature local bands Burn Collect, Letters To Amy, Mind Remover, Azzurra and Puritan. Sydney-based soul and funk outfit Stylus were the first Australian group to be signed to US label Motown back in the ’70s and are still a going concern. So much so that they are touring and will bring some cool summer breezes to the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Thursday 6 August. Book at OzTix or via the venue. Dallas Frasca, currently touring Europe, will return to Australian soil in a few months to play Pirie & Co Social Club, Pirie St, on Friday 5 June with special guests to be announced soon. Byron Bay metal band In Hearts Wake will bring their new Skydancer album to HQ Complex, cnr North and West Tces, on Thursday 4 June with Detroit band We Came As Romans also on the bill alongside fellow US band Beartooth. KISS (now featuring Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer) will play Adelaide Entertainment Centre on Tuesday 6 October with Dead Daisies as special guests.
Melodic Swedish death metal band At The Gates have announced their At War With Reality tour of Australia and will play Adelaide Uni Bar on Thursday 29 October. Tickets via Moshtix or OzTix.
Don’t be so reckless and downhearted. James Reyne has announced a national greatest hits tour that will bring him to the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, for two shows on Friday 11 August and Saturday 12 August with Pseudo Echo as special guests. Book via OzTix or at the venue.
Expect things to go up in smoke when American legends Cheech & Chong come to town on their greatest hits tour and hit Thebarton Theatre, Henley Beach Rd, Torrensville, on Sunday 21 June. Book quickly at Ticketmaster.
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.
Fresh from supporting Kingswood last week, Melbourne’s Lurch & Chief have announced their own national tour which will have the chaotic indie rockers playing Rocket Bar, 142 Hindley St, on Friday 19 May.
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!
WA’s Jebediah are celebrating a 20th anniversary by leaving home and heading out on a national tour with a new
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. Jamie Hutchings’ new band, Infinity Broke, are due to launch their Before Before album at Hotel Metro, 46 Grote St, on Saturday 16 May with guests Matthew Hayward and Blush Response with tickets $15 at the door. 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. 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, have released a brand new EP, the curiously titled Microwave Jenny & The Six Song EP and also embarked on a national tour that brings 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. 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. Michigan-based black metal outfit The Black Dahlia Murder have announced an Australian tour which will see them hitting Fowler’s Live, 68-70 North Tce, on Friday 19 June with Pyscroptic, Colossvs and Truth Corroded. Swedish guitar legend Yngwie Malmsteem had to postpone his February tour but has now announced that he’ll be hitting HQ, cnr North and West Tces, on Friday 12 June. There are general admission tickets and also VIP packages available now from OzTix. American metal band Bane have announced their final tour of Australia although the good news is that it will be with fellow US metal act Defeater. See them at Fowler’s Live, 68-70 North Tce, on Saturday 30 May. The Angels have announced two huge shows at the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, for Friday 8 May and Saturday 9 May. Book quickly via OzTix or at the venue.
Here’s a hot one. American country punks Supersuckers have teamed up with California’s soulful garage punks The BellRays for a Rockpocalypse national tour of Australia which will have the US bands taking it in turns each evening to headline. So we wonder who will hit the stage last when they play The Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Saturday 30 May. Tickets via OzTix or at the venue. Diesel has announced a tour with his amplified electric band that will bring them to the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Saturday 23 May. Book quickly via OzTix or the venue. Good news! Johnny Marr has rescheduled his postponed tour and will now be playing The Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Tuesday 21 July with Melbourne band Flyying Colours. Book via OzTix or the venue if you hadn’t already procured yourself a ticket. Legendary band Dragon will be presenting their Body & The Beat album of 1983 in its entirety along with crowd favourites when they hit the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Saturday 16 May. Book via OzTix or at the venue. UK ska legends Bad Manners will hit Australian soil mid-year and on Wednesday 3 June will skank away at the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh. Tickets are now on sale via OzTix or the venue. Tasmania’s rockin’ The Sin & Tonics and Yesterday’s Gentlemen are both heading to town to play the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Saturday 25 July and have invited local swing band Lucky Seven to be their special guests. Tickets via OzTix or at the venue. Canadian post hardcore pioneers, Silverstein have sold over one million records in their 15-year career and this year their breakthrough album Discovering The Waterfront turns 10! To celebrate such an important milestone, Silverstein will be playing Discovering The Waterfront in full along with their greatest hits at Fowler’s Live, 68-70 North Tce, on Saturday 9 May with special guests Dream On Dreamer and Young Lions. Tickets are now on sale via Moshtix. Popular American punk outfit Against Me!, joined by Californian band Joyce Manor, will return to Australia to play Adelaide Uni Bar on Friday 5 June. The Getaway Plan will spend time finishing off a new album, Dark Horses, at Melbourne’s Sing Sing Studios before embarking on a huge national tour that will bring them to Fowler’s Live, 68-70 North Tce, on Friday 29 May. Tickets via OzTix. All we need to type in is that Nickelback will play Adelaide Entertainment Centre on Monday 18 May and then move on to the next item. American soft rock band America, who actually formed on a German air force base, have announced their 45th anniversary tour which will bring them to Thebarton Theatre on Monday 11 May. Expect to hear such classics as Horse With No Name, Ventura Highway, Sandman, Muskrat Love and more with tickets now available via VenueTix. Shaggy, once the ragga king of dancehall, has just dropped a new album, Out Of Many One Music, and will be hitting HQ Complex on Friday 22 May. Tickets are available now via Metropolis Touring at <metropolistouring.com>.
THE ROCK VAULT Young Jimmy Ray from Adelaide has grown up in the midst of Australian music industry legends and on New Year’s Eve he had some true greats partying at his house – musicians including Chris Finnen, Therese Willis (Mother Therese formerly of Los Angeles) and The Kahuna Daddies (the Melbournebased musical comedy duo). As everyone was shooting the breeze, he recalls ‘Trapper’ Draper (drummer for Chain, Gwyn Ashton, Hoy-Hoy! and legendary Mickey Finn) telling the story of how he finished a gig and was loading out and said to the ‘kid’ behind the bar, ‘Sorry mate you probably want to go home.” And got the reply, ‘Nah mate, I’m getting $47 an hour – all good.” Trapper thought to himself, “I’ve busted my gut and put in hours of rehearsals for $80! And won’t even see that for at least a month while the agent holds on to it collecting interest!’” So young Jimmy Ray was listening to this as he had done for years and belted out the chorus line from the infamous This is Spinal Tap song Gimme Some Money affectionately referred to as ‘GSM’ and so, GSM Promotions was born. GSM Promotions aims to not only get Adelaide back on the musical map but pay quality musicians their worth! “You see,” Jimmy Ray says, “Adelaide has historically been at the centre of live music in Australia. It has given birth to many great rock bands such as Cold Chisel, The Angels, Glenn Shorrock (Little River Band and The Twilights), Sarah Mcleod (The Superjesus), Paul Kelly and AC/DC (who also had roots in Adelaide with Fraternity). Rock has seen a huge resurgence amongst youth with many Adelaide bands writing originals in the vein of glam rock, hair metal, R&B and more general rock and metal, following on from the more international trends of bands like Jet and Wolfmother and Adelaide performer - Orianthi. Concept bands of the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s continue to draw large audiences also. Live music venues in Adelaide, however, have diminished.
St – just like it was before the pokies and the trend of free entry. “The musos will get paid on the night and not two months later! I want people that come to Adelaide to know that if they come to a Retro Revolution or Rock Vault gig they are gonna get one kick ass party! “The Rock Vault is based on the premise that many of the adults that used to frequent Hindley Street in the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s to party to live music no longer feel as though they belong in the ‘Hindley scene’. “This is mostly due to the perception that others in a venue will be much younger and/ or the bands/artists playing are not familiar to them. The Rock Vault will have only the finest artists with a reputation amongst this age group and other musicians. “With the Rock Vault I want to get young and old partying together. I want to see bands that I never got a chance to see because I was born too late. I want to experience the true rock scene and want everyone else to as well.” “Retro Revolution will also be for premier cover bands but will focus on showcasing our great original bands and artists as well.” Jam, by Retro Revolution, which takes place every second Thursday of the month at The Gaslight Tavern, 36 Chief St, Brompton, has already been a great success by uniting the inexperienced with the ‘seasoned’, young, old and in-between for a night of jamming with full backline provided. Opening night for The Rock Vault, which is set to feature Chris Finnen, Rockin’ Rob Riley, Mac Johnson (Macca), Ron Kosmider, Rino Cufone Jorge Jorquera, Tony Val, Chris Tucker, ‘Gonzo’ Kolke Buchek, Trapper Draper, Ross Brennan, Paul Curtis, Laurie Height and Kevy Metall, is Friday 29 May at Caos Café, 188 Hindley St. VIP tickets that offer a pre-show, two free drinks and food before the doors open are now on sale through GSM Promotions at <facebook.com/gsmpromo>. General admission tickets can also be purchased from Moshtix.
So Jimmy Ray, under the guise of GSM Promotions, has trade marked two event brands which can pop up anywhere movable venues so to speak. “I’m starting a Back To Hindley Series with both brands at Caos Bar. That is, Retro Revolution and The Rock Vault. It’s gonna come hailing rock, R&B and soul on Hindley
APRIL 30TH - MAY 6TH THURSDAY 30 APRIL Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre – APIA Good Times Tour: Joe Camilleri, Kate Ceberano, Brian Cadd and Glenn Shorrock Austral – SCALA (free entry) Brecknock Hotel – Breakaway Singalong Bridgeway Hotel – Northern Exposure (allages rock event) Crown & Anchor – My Empty Phantom (Texas), Molly, Last Days Of Kali and Stranger Things Have Happened Crown & Sceptre – The Monikers, Burning Bridges and Avenue Exeter Hotel – Morgan Bain (Perth) and Luke Carlino Gaslight Tavern – The Groove Factory Jam Gilbert St Hotel – Sweet Baby James from 7pm Governor Hindmarsh – Main Room: Courtney Barnett (Melbourne) and Teeth & Tongue and Front Bar: Gumbo Room Blues Jam with host Billy Bob Grace Emily – Coops & The Bird and Duncan Turner Hotel Metro – Chasing Claire, Kitten Kong and Baja Bleeders from 9pm La Boheme – Mike Bevan Trio Lion Hotel – Bloky’s Boys (free entry from 8pm) THE PUBLISHERS 110 FRANKLIN STREET LIVE ACOUSTIC MUSIC ACOUSTIC VINYL LEVEL 1/20 GILBERT PL ADELAIDE JAMES MULLER QUARTET JAZZ Whitmore – Rainbow Jam FRIDAY 1 MAY Ancient World – The Clangers British Hotel (Pt Adelaide) – Acoustic Blonde Club 5082 (Prospect Town Hall) Chillfest Part One: Our Devices, The Reckless Abandon, Doc Oc, The Away Game and The Dirty Chins Crown & Sceptre – Dead Joe, Coﬃn Wolf (Melbourne) and Blindman Death Stare (Qld/Melbourne) and Stabbitha & The Knifey Wifeys Exeter Hotel – Aine Tyrrell (Ireland/ Melbourne), Boston Girl and The Brouhaha Fowler’s Live – Thundamentals (Blue Mountains) Governor Hindmarsh – Main Room: Courtney Barnett (Melbourne) & Teeth & Tongue (Sold Out) and Saloon Bar: Irish Sessions and Front Bar: Appalachian Sessions Gaslight Tavern – Tragic Earth (Melbourne) and special guests Grace Emily Hotel – Dusty Lee’s Wasted Wanderers Hotel Metro – Thigh Master, The Yabbies, Second Sight and Found Drugs DJs from 9pm Marion Hotel – Katrina Caton Nexus Arts Centre – Paul Grabowsky (Melbourne) and Gian Slater Trio Producers Bar – The Shambolics (from 5pm) Railway Hotel (Pt Adelaide) – live music from 5pm Semaphore Workers Club – live blues from 8pm The Trinity Sessions (Church Of The Trinity) – Baby et Lulu (Sydney) The Singing Gallery (McLaren Vale) – Daniel Champagne Tonsley Hotel – One Planet (Tavern Bar), Justin Freschi (5pm), The White Keys (9.30pm) (Chrysler Bar) Victoria Sq/ Tarntanyangga – Twilight Sessions from 4pm Wheatsheaf – Victoriana Gaye (Victoria) and Brillig
SATURDAY 2 MAY Arkaba Hotel – The Incredibles Crown & Sceptre – Doctor Teeth Gaslight Tavern – Rock Steady Governor Hindmarsh – Main Room: The Australian Doors Show (Sydney) Grace Emily – The Shabbab (Melbourne), St Morris Sinners and Sooky La La (Melbourne) Hotel Metro – Alma Kalorama, Hello, Lover and Louis Donnarumma from 9pm Jive – Gosh! with DJ Craig from 11.30pm Marion Hotel – Franky F (5.30pm), Flaming Sambuccas (8.30pm) Pretoria Hotel (Mannum) – Days Of Late Producers Bar – Washed Up Chillfest Part Two: Coﬃn Wolf (Melbourne), Emecia, The Dirty Chins, Dead Joe and many more from 12.30pm The Irish Club – Aine Tyrrrell (Ireland/ Victoria) and The Fiddle Chicks Tonsley Hotel – The A Team Wheatsheaf Hotel – Daniel Champagne (Sydney) and Maggie Rutjens SUNDAY 3 MAY Arkaba Hotel – Vogue Duo Brompton Organic Markets – Gypsyjunkies from 9am Crown & Anchor – Sunday Rubdown Crown & Sceptre – DJ Samnation from 3pm Franklin Hotel – Nina V (free entry from 3pm) Gaslight Tavern – The Jazz Hands (free entry jam evening from 6pm) Grace Emily – Back Ice 2015 Hotel Metro – DJ Wolfpanther from 4pm Nook Nosh – AP D’Antonio (acoustic music from 5pm) Pretoria Hotel (Mannum) – Andy Mac (1.30pm) Railway Hotel (Pt Adelaide) – Ozwietie from 4pm Red Poles Gallery (McLaren Vale) – Victoriana Gaye (from 1pm) Semaphore Port Adelaide RSL – Point 05 Semaphore Workers Club – live blues from 4pm Wheatsheaf – Hugo Race (St Kilda) and Battle Of Flowers MONDAY 4 MAY Crown & Sceptre – Monday Night For The Lonely Soul (free entry variety night) Governor Hindmarsh – Main Room: Opeth (Sweden) and Balcony Bar: Lord Stompy Grace Emily Hotel – Billy Bob’s BBQ Jam Her Majesty’s Theatre – The Seekers Story with Athol Guy (Melbourne) The Lion Hotel – Brian Ruiz and friends TUESDAY 5 MAY Adelaide Entertainment Centre – Ricky Martin and Delta Goodrem Exeter – Bitches Of Zeus DJs Gaslight Tavern – Blues Lounge Blues Jam with special guests Gilbert St Hotel – The Airbenders Governor Hindmarsh – Main Room: Metalum Manifestatione MMXV: Suffocation (US) and Decapitation (Poland) and Front Bar: Adelaide Ukulele Appreciation Society Hotel Metro – Acoustic Club Tuesday from 7.30pm WEDNESDAY 6 MAY Brecknock Hotel – Open Mic Night Crown & Anchor – DJ Tr!p Dan O’Connell Hotel – Open Mic @ The Dan Exeter – DJ Oisima Gaslight Tavern – SCALA’s Midweek Melt Governor Hindmarsh Hotel – Main Room: Ace Frehley (US), The Babes and Imogen Brave and Front Bar: Open Mic Night The Lion Hotel – Proton Pill VINYL LEVEL 1/20 GILBERT PL ADELAIDE CHRIS FINNEN/RONNY DAVIDSON BLUES ($5 ENTRY)
INVESTING IN YOURSELF AND YOUR MUSIC CAREER By Corey Stewart Over the last few weeks in I’ve been outlining all of the different items on your music-marketing checklist that you need to have crossed off and ready to go before you start ramping up your music career. However, getting all of these checklist items in place won’t do you any good if, at the end of the day, you’re not prepared to invest some time, energy, blood, sweat, tears and (most importantly) money into yourself and your music career. The era of being discovered and having all your affairs taken care of by somebody else is now long, long gone and thankfully the whole starving, irresponsible artist act is no longer tolerated by the music industry as a whole. These days, to get to the next level you need to prove to the powers that be that you’re actually running a viable music business to start off with. If you’re going to be taken seriously in this music industry then you’re going to have to invest in yourself. You need to be able to wear the creative musicians hat as well as the astute music business persons hat at the same time. You’re going to need to learn how to juggle a multitude of tasks at once (yes guys, we can multitask if we put our minds to it) set goals and plan ahead. You’ll need to devote time to gain knowledge about your local area, network with the right people, create the marketing plans and venue spreadsheets so you can better target the best places for you to play at. You’ll need to work hard at writing, demoing and practicing your songs, creating your live show, getting your online and oﬄine promo packages distributed plus, doing all of the follow up calls and emails. You’ll need to tread the boards so to speak, hit the rubber to the road and get yourself out to the people putting up your posters and handing out your gig flyers. You’re going to have to make sure you get interviewed on community radio, reach out to online blogs, media websites and street press like BSide Magazine making sure that
you’ve got something newsworthy about you and your music that can be picked up, published and enjoyed by the reading public. Most importantly though you’re going to need to put your money where your mouth is and spend some money to make some money. The website that you need to put up so you can create the foundation of your online music marketing strategy plus all of the graphical elements that go with that will need to be paid for as well as securing your domain name and your web hosting Those posters and flyers that you’ll be getting out and about with will need to be created and printed, that’s going to cost money. That CD you want to create and launch will need to be recorded, mastered, duplicated and printed now that’s also going to cost some money not to mention the merchandise that goes with it. You’re also going to want to market your music through advertising online or through street press like BSide Magazine so make sure you get your budget in order because advertising your show (especially in print) is one of the most cost effective ways to get your message across. Phew… As you can see there’s a lot of work ahead but remember, you’re not alone in this industry, there are people who will want to be part of your street team so to speak. Your family, friends, fans, work colleagues and of course other music businesses like us at BSide Magazine. We at BSide Magazine want to help YOU the musician by printing your posters and flyers, creating your CD product, handling your merchandise and getting the word out to the public via advertising either through this magazine or through our website. All of these services will need an investment by you however, we will make sure it will be worth your while by keeping our prices fair and reasonable and the service to you high. Just give us a call on 8346 9899 or email us and let’s chat about how we can work with your music business.
BPLUS: ELLA BARVA-SMITH By Libby Parker
“I’m handing it in for my individual study for music, so it’ll be released this year,” she says.
Soloist Ella Barva-Smith is this week’s BPlus feature artist.
Although a promising young musician, Ella Barva-Smith is so far, a hidden talent.
The 17-year-old who is studying Year 12 at Pulteney Grammar School is a pianist and singer who writes all her own original music.
Having not yet performed as a soloist in public, aside from Pulteney Grammar School events, she is keen to make her debut appearance some time soon.
Although she has had lessons on piano for most of her life, Ella is a self-taught singer. “I started playing piano when I was about four and singing was just a thing I did on and off for fun. I haven’t had any lessons for singing but I’ve had lessons on piano at school since I was five,” she says. Primarily a solo artist, aside from school music events, the young woman with a gentle and beautiful voice was encouraged to start writing music by an absent friend. “I’m mainly a soloist but I have played in the class band at school. I used to play a lot with one of the students who used to go to the school and he inspired me to start writing. Now I write all my own music and lyrics,” Ella says. Also a visual artist, Ella uses her creativity as an outlet to deal with life’s challenges, and her feelings. “What inspires me is things from my past, things going on at the time; it’s my way to express what I’m feeling inside. I either express through music and art and without either one, I’d be a complete mess,” she laughs. “I sometimes find it hard to express my emotions. Music is my way of, not only expressing them, but finding out what they were in the first place.”
“I’ve only done school performances but I’d love to do more. I’d love to play anywhere people go to hear music. I haven’t been out to hear much music; I mainly listen to vinyl in my room,” she says. Ella writes her music to express herself, but also to reach out to her listeners, which she cites as her musical objective. “My ultimate goal as a musician is to connect with people. I want them to realise they’re not alone with their problems. There are other people out there who can understand and relate to them,” she says. Using writing as a tool to connect, vent and express, she encourages others to do the same, keeping recordings like a musical journal. “Record everything. Just because you think it’s not that good at the time, it could be something you look back later on in life and think, wow. Also, it’s like a documentation of something happening at that time in your life and you can reflect on it and be proud you got past that,” she says. Keep your eyes and ears out for Ella BarvaSmith; she’s a promising young artist with something important to say.
Basing her forthcoming EP around this concept, Ella is planning to release the recording in the very near future.
Remember, to be taken seriously in this music business you need to be investing in yourself and your music and we at BSide can help you achieve your music business goals
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