ISSUE 0030 / May 7th - May 13th 2015
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Clint Boge ALSO INSIDE: The Angels, The ReadyMades Microwave Jenny, The Spoils, A Day Of Clarity Plus BOB’s BITS, TOUR GUIDE & LOCAL MUSIC NEWS
Jade Monkey, 160 Flinders St, from 8pm on Saturday 29 May. Tickets will be at the door for $15 or $10 concession. 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 preshow, two free drinks and food before the doors open are now on sale through GSM Promotions at <facebook.com/ gsmpromo>. The Impending Prophets Of Doom, The Still Movement, The Vanity Cure, Bitchspawn, Cock, Hells Hoist, King Krill, Isolation Valve, Submerge and Ben Gel & The Boneyard Saints have banded together to play live and loud at The Jade Monkey, 160 Flinders St, on Saturday 9 May. It’s to raise money for Trojan’s Trek (Veterans helping Veteran) and it kicks off at 3pm with an entrance fee of $10. The mighty Roo Shooter are set to play a rare live gig at Hotel Metro, 46 Grote St, on Friday 15 May at which they will be joined by Stink Lines and Dan Heath from 9pm in the band room. Let There Be Folk 4 will be taking place from 6.30pm at the Grace Emily, 232 Waymouth St, on Sunday 10 May and just $5 will get you in to catch the talents of Ry Kemp, Lady-Dan Forget, Josh Baker, Kyle Landman and Heath Weber. With a couple of key members having just returned from an overseas sojourn, Lady Voodoo & The Rituals are getting straight back into it and will be playing a free entry show every Thursday evening during the merry month of May at The Publisher’s Hotel, 110 Franklin St, from 8pm. The rootsy R&B-flavoured outfit will also be hitting Casablabla, 12 Leigh St, from midnight on Saturday 16 May with free entry prior to 10pm. Babylon Burning play rootsy reggae, Argus & The Liar play punky hip hop and Jupiter (in duo mode) play neo soul, so it will be a great night of local music at Vinyl, 20 Gilbert Plc, from 9pm on Saturday 9 May. 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! There is to be a Nepal Earthquake Benefit concert at the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, from 6pm until 11pm on Tuesday 12 May and it will feature a huge line-up including Ben Searcy Trio, Steve Pederson and Max Savage, Chris Finnen, Cal Williams Jr, Tim Bennett, Andy Salvanos, Roddy Gordon Band, Ian McDowall, Rick Nankivell, David Robinson, Lily de Leo, Sofie Bozzetti, Reg Byrnes, Ah Hum, Spiral Dance, Sympathy Orchestra (with guests), Alex McLeod, Tim Bennett, Ria Loof and Craig Lauritsen. Tickets at the door for $15 and Crackle & Pop will be selling vinyl with part proceeds going to the cause. Draw Your (S)words, a spoken-word event, will be taking place at Vinyl, 20 Gilbert Plc, on Friday 8 May with local singer songwriter Louis Donnarumma also dropping by to play a few tunes.
Seven. Take your dancin’ shoes! Tickets will be available at the door and there will also be food as well. Busy boy Louis Donnarumma will be playing with his new live band when he plays with Sasha March & The Dawnhorse and Tim Moore at Vinyl, 20 Gilbert Plc, on Friday 15 May from 9pm with an easy entry fee of $5. You can support Australian hip hop by heading along to The Land Of Promise Hotel, 172 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, from 9pm on Saturday 9 May where a $15 entrance fee will get through the back door in to catch Forcefed, Dr Karnage, Plarks, Drekt, R.O.R, Jails and more. Kitchen Witch and Love Cream will undertake a free entry affair from 9pm at Jetty Bar, Jetty Rd, Glenelg, on Saturday 23 May. Trench Effect, Sector III and No Reality are all set to rock out at Emu Hotel, 132 Main South Rd, Morphett Vale, on Friday 8 May. And it’s free entry from 8pm! The next AMC Session will be a jazzy affair as it is to be hosted by Keith Conlon and will feature performances from The Mike Stewart Big Band (featuring Bob Jeffrey), Marmalade Trio, Bill Polain and The New Cabal with a host of jazz luminaries to be inducted into the SA Music Hall Of Fame. It will take place from 7.30pm on Friday 29 May at The Goodwood Institute, 166A Goodood Rd, Goodwood, with tickets already selling fast via <trybooking. com/129864>. Love Cream and the students at AC Arts, 69 Light Sq, are coming together to present An Intimate Evening With Love Cream on Wednesday 13 May at 6.30pm. The event is open to approximately 50 friends and fans of the band and will feature a 45-minute set from Love Cream. Students at AC Arts will be providing full stage production, as well as filming and recording the show, so those attending will be part of a future Love Cream live release. Check out the band’s Facebook page to register your interest on heading along and then catch ’em again when they open for Mötley Crüe and Alice Cooper at Adelaide Entertainment Centre on Thursday 21 May and also on Saturday 23 May at Glenelg’s Jetty Bar with Kitchen Witch. Fergus Maximus will be in solo mode when he launches his new CD (recorded live at The Austral and which comes in two editions of an EP and an LP) with help from special guest Kelly Menhennett at The
The Sons Of MOD are set to play Jive, 181 Hindley St, from 9pm on Saturday 6 June to coincide with DJ Craig’s Dig! at which he spins tunes from the ’60s from 11.30pm. The Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, will play host to a Blues Spectacular from 5.30pm 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. Shambolic Adelaide band The Shambolics have kicked off a month-long Friday evening residency from 5.30pm at Producers Bar, 235 Grenfell St. Free entry too. Pop along after you think you may have finished your week’s work. Gaslight Tavern, 36 Chief St, Brompton, will be playing host to a night of punk rock with The Violet Crams, A Loose Trust and Electric Badger on the evening of Saturday 23 May. Tickets will be limited to 500 when The Mark Of Cain, The Iron Sheiks (featuring some special guests), 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. 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 including 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.
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Emily Davis will celebrate her birthday in style by performing with her band, The Rising Tides, at the Grace Emily, 232 Waymouth St, on Thursday 7 May and has invited Tara Carragher along to present the birthday cake and play some songs as well. Award winning local lass Julia Henning has announced a huge national tour that will take her right around the country with her band before she comes home to wind it all up with shows at The Bluebee Room, 131 Pirie St, on Thursday 7 May, McLaren Vale’s The Singing Gallery on Friday 8 May and The Soul Box, 252 Hindley St, on Saturday 9 May. Adelaide R&B legends Gumbo Ya Ya will be premiering some new songs when they play The Magill Club, 6 Uren St, Magill, on Saturday 23 May at which they will be joined by swingin’ local swing band Lucky
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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.
As well as being announced on the Splendour In The Grass bill, Brisbane’s Last Dinosaurs have also scheduled a national tour that will have the indie pop quartet hit Jive, 181 Hindley St, on Friday 3 July with tickets on sale via Moshtix. When it all rather looked like Fremantle’s San Cisco would be bypassing Adelaide on their current tour apart from groovin’ away at Groovin’ The Moo, we are pleased to announce they will now play a full show at the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port, Hindmarsh, on Thursday 28 May. Tickets via the venue or OzTix. Fresh from playin’ Coachella in the US and then getting muddy at Groovin’ The Moo, Hot Dub Time Machine are heading back to present Hot Dub Classic at Thebarton Theatre on Friday 12 June and Hot Dub Rave on Saturday 13 June. Grab a ticket quickly via Ticketmaster as they are sure to sell out. Everclear will kick off their Australian Sparkle & Fade tour with special guests The Motive at Fowler’s Live, 68-70 North Tce, Adelaide, SA, on Thursday 7 May. Tickets via Moshtix. Melbourne’s Ceres and The Pretty Littles have announced a national tour with Adelaide’s Sincerely, Grizzly as special guests. Catch ’em at Crown & Anchor, 196 Grenfell St, on Friday 17 July. Andrew Strong & The Commitments are on another Australian jaunt after selling out shows around the country last October. Catch them kick off this tour at the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Thursday 7 May with tickets available via the venue or OzTix. Melbourne’s Citrus Jam are coming back to town to launch a CD and have invited locals Gorilla Jones to join them at the Grace Emily Hotel, 232 Waymouth St, on Saturday 18 July. American metal band Bane have scheduled 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 with Tracer. Book quickly via OzTix or at the venue. While you wait, Dead Letter Circus have just released a new single, While You Wait, and have a national tour that see the Brisbane band heading to Adelaide Uni Bar on Saturday 18 July. Tickets are on sale now via OzTix or Ticketek. Diesel has scheduled 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. Thrillhouse will boast the talents of Pond’s Nick Allbrook and Spinning Top Music’s Peter Bibby at Edinburgh Castle, 233 Currie St, on Saturday 16 May from 9pm. Tickets are $12 via Moshtix or will be $15 at the door on the night. Swedish rockabilly band The Go Getters will be heading back to town to play The Dirty Devil’s Bar, Whiteline Transport, Greenfields, on Friday 7 August alongside The Satellites and The Saucermen. Absolutely Live: The Doors Show, once endorsed by the late Ray Manzarek and who tour the world to much acclaim, have rescheduled their show and will now be
heading to the Governor Hindmarsh, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Friday 26 June. Book at OzTix or via the venue.
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.
Presented by Jazz SA, Melbourne-based vocalist Lauren Henderson is returning to her former hometown to present her gifted musical wares at The Promethean, 115 Grote St, on from 5pm on Sunday 17 May with tickets available via <stickytickets. com.au>.
Due to issues outside the control of Nightmare Music, it is with great regret they announce the cancellation of the upcoming co-headline tour by The Supersuckers and The Bell-Rays. Refunds will be available from the point of purchase. Nightmare Music hope to bring The Bell-Rays to Australia in coming months and details will be announced as soon as they come to hand.
Nexus Arts, located at North Tce’s Lion Arts Centre, boasts an eclectic line-up for its Nexus Live series with 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
American soft rock band America are on their 45th anniversary tour which will bring them to Thebarton Theatre on Monday 11 May with Irish special guest Sharon Corr. Expect to hear such classics as Horse With No Name, Ventura Highway, Sandman, Muskrat Love and more with tickets now available via VenueTix. It’s all a bit of a blur, but British rock band The Wombats will play a SOLD OUT show at Thebarton Theatre, Henley Beach Rd, Torrensville, on Thursday 30 July. 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 issued a brand new EP, the curiously titled Microwave Jenny & The Six Song EP and are on a national tour that will bring the duo to the Wheasheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, on Friday 8 May with tickets via OzTix or at the door. Lucie Thorne has announced a run of winter shows which will see her playing in Adelaide with drummer Hamish Stuart at McLaren Vale’s The Singing Gallery (with The Yearlings) on Friday 19 June, Woodlands Run at Finniss from 4.30pm on Saturday 20 June and at Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, from 4pm on Sunday 21 June. 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. Fresh from playing around the place with Mariachi El Bronx, Melbourne’s The Peep Tempel are on their Getting On By tour which will have them playing Crown & Anchor, 246 Grenfell St, on Friday 5 June. Sal Kimber, of rootsy Melbourne combo The Rollin’ Wheel, is set to launch a single at Vinyl, 20 Gilbert Plc, from 7pm on Sunday 21 June with Tara Carragher as special guest. 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
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. 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. 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. 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. 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.
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 (SOLD OUT) The Black Dahlia Murder (US), Pyscroptic, Colossvs and Truth Corroded at Fowler’s Live Lucie Thorne (NSW) and The Yearlings at The Singing Gallery (McLaren Vale) Crooked Colours (Perth) at Pirie & Co Social Club
THURSDAY 7 MAY Everclear (US) and The Motive at Fowler’s Live Clint Boge (Brisbane) at Royal Oak Andrew Strong & The Commitments (Ireland/Australia) at Governor Hindmarsh The Shrine (US) at Crown & Anchor FRIDAY 8 MAY Microwave Jenny (Wagga Wagga) at Wheatsheaf Hotel Anastacia (US) at Festival Theatre The Angels and Tracer 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 (Parafield Gdns) 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 and Tracer at Governor Hindmarsh Tragic Earth (Melbourne), Burn Collect, Letters To Amy, Mind Remover, Azzurra and Puritan at The Bridgeway Clint Boge (Brisbane) at Ramsgate Hotel SUNDAY 10 MAY The Spoils Duo (Melbourne) and The Rememberz at Wheatsheaf MONDAY 11 MAY America (US) and Sharon Corr (Ireland) 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 Thrillhouse: Nick Allbrook (WA) and Peter Bibby at Edinburgh Castle SUNDAY 17 MAY Riblja Čorba (Serbia) at Governor Hindmarsh Carus Thompson (Melbourne) at Grace Emily (from 5pm) 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 THURSDAY 21 MAY Mötley Crüe (US), Alice Cooper (US) and Love Cream at Adelaide Entertainment Centre Brad Butcher (Mackay) at Grace Emily Voyager (Perth) and Klone (France) at Jive 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
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) THURSDAY 28 MAY San Cisco (Fremantle) at The Governor Hindmarsh 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 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 FRIDAY 5 JUNE Against Me! (US) and Joyce Manor (US) at Adelaide Uni Bar The Peep Tempel (Melbourne) at Crown & Anchor Dallas Frasca (Melbourne) and Filthy Lucre 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 AD (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 Hot Dub Time Machine (Melbourne) at Thebarton Theatre The Cherry Dolls (Melbourne) at Crown & Anchor SATURDAY 13 JUNE Art Of Sleeping (Brisbane), Jesse Davidson and Sunbeam Sound Machine at Jive Hot Dub Time Machine (Melbourne) at Thebarton Theatre
SATURDAY 20 JUNE Oscar Key Sung (Sydney) at Rocket Bar Baby Animals (Perth) and Superjesus at Governor Hindmarsh Lucie Thorne (NSW) at Woodlands Run (Finniss) SUNDAY 21 JUNE Cheech & Chong (US) at Thebarton Theatre Sal Kimber (Melbourne) at Tara Carragher at Vinyl Lucie Thorne (NSW) at Wheatsheaf Hotel WENESDAY 24 JUNE Alpine (Melbourne), Pearls, Darts and Olympia at Governor Hindmarsh THURSDAY 25 JUNE Jebediah (WA) and Red Jezebel at HQ FRIDAY 26 JUNE Absolutely Live: The Doors Show (Sydney) at Governor Hindmarsh SATURDAY 27 JUNE 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 Last Dinosaurs (Brisbane) at Jive MONDAY 6 JULY Yellowcard (US), Mayday Parade and Born Lion at Thebarton Theatre SATURDAY 11 JULY The Church (Sydney) at Governor Hindmarsh Jimmy Barnes at Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre FRIDAY 17 JULY Ceres (Melbourne), The Pretty Littles (Melbourne) and Sincerely, Grizzly at Crown & Anchor SATURDAY 18 JULY Harry Howard & The NDE (Melbourne) at Wheatsheaf Hotel Dead Letter Circus (Brisbane) at Adelaide Uni Bar Citrus Jam (Melbourne) and Gorilla Jones at Grace Emily TUESDAY 21 JULY Johnny Marr (UK) and Flyying Colours (Melbourne) at Governor Hindmarsh SATURDAY 25 JULY The Sin & Tonics (Hobart), Yesterday’s Gentlemen (Hobart) and Lucky Seven SUNDAY 26 JULY Rob Snarski & Shane O’Mara (Melbourne) at Wheatsheaf Hotel THURSDAY 30 JULY The Wombats (UK) at Thebarton Theatre (SOLD OUT) TUESDAY 4 AUGUST Kitty, Daisy & Lewis (UK) at Governor Hindmarsh
CLINT BOGE By Rob Lyon Vocalist Clint Boge is going solo after spending a good chunk of time fronting the Butterfly Effect before moving on to other projects such as Thousand Needles In Red, The Given Things and more recently Like Thieves. To support his new EP, Songs Of A Delicate Nature, Clint is returning to Adelaide for big shows at Royal Oak Hotel and Slug & Lettuce before finishing up at the Ramsgate Hotel and talks to BSide Magazine about going solo. Going solo, do you think that this is the most satisfied you have been in your music career?
my manager can only do so much and then the rest of it gets passed on to me. I’m taking care of the recording studio, people who are going to mix and master it and where it is going to get sent to it and the pressing, the artwork and all that sort of stuff.
“I can come back and do these songs full band, orchestral arrangements if I want to. I really wanted to showcase the song, the voice and the lyric. No bells, no whistles just the song and the voice. That was the whole idea right from the beginning.”
“Yeah, this tour will just be me and a guitar and a voice. When I did it at the end of last year when I came through it was really exciting to see the response I got back from everyone who came along especially in Adelaide.
“Previously there was that machine particularly in relation to Butters that looked after all that kind of stuff and it is easy to forget about how much work does get done behind the scenes. In saying that now that I have one hundred percent control on everything that gets done it gives you a sense of satisfaction when things get done or completed and also you really listen for things in the mix or want things recorded in a certain way.
Was there something that inspired these songs or the direction you wanted to take them?
“It was amazing and that spurred me on to record the EP and do everything acoustically. I ran those options by people who I trust or have been with me since the beginning during the Butters days. It was like what should I do here? People were like, ‘Keep it acoustic man! At least for the first release because we want to hear you and a voice’, which inspired me to go forward.
“From the very beginning with Butters I was mucking around and always had the inspiration to write. They were written on acoustic, played on acoustic and really enjoyed acoustically. I always thought that some of the songs I approached in different variations of musicians in different band settings some of which never sounded quite right in a full band setting.
“It definitely is up there and is one of those things when you’re up there playing solo doing your own songs. It is satisfying to get it out there and have people listening to it now.”
“It puts onus back on myself to make sure things are done correctly and if something isn’t getting done right then you have that power to say, ‘Hey this is my baby’, and I want this done a certain way rather than having to battle three or four or five people in the chain of command to get something done.”
It must feel good knowing that there’s plenty of love down here in Adelaide for you with three big shows planned?
Being your own boss must be great particularly when you want to say, ‘Stuff it I’m going to the beach today?’
“So I wanted to take them back to their original format and play them acoustically which was how they were written. It was how they sounded best to me I guess you could say. The fact that they could never translate in to a full band format was the telling factor especially with Burn and Just Because and I have full band versions of those, they sounded alright but not quite the way I wanted them to sound.
“It has always been one of the best territories and a lot of bands have always felt the love of South Aussies. That’s why we just keep coming back around and there is so much commitment from the fans from the beginning. We’re all excited to be coming back around as we were only there at the end of last year which was great as well.”
“That’s exactly right and if you’re not feeling a certain vibe you don’t have to push through it and argue with another person across the room because you’re tired and want to go home because you’re not feeling it. It is good to be able to down tools and say bugger it I’m going to the beach instead.
“In that respect the way that you have got them is the way that I really wanted them to sound with an exception to Bone Yard and Dance With The Devil they would sound good with a full band. That’s why I wanted to leave them there so I could come back at a later point and do them in a full band format.”
“It only took me a day to record the EP in the studio, which was brilliant because I just rocked in at 10 o’clock and by six o’clock everything was done and was in the can with the exception of a few minor tweaks which happened post recording but that was nothing.
Where do you think you’ll go next with your music?
Was there ever much trepidation or fear about going solo? “No, not really, I think there is that initial fear of stepping out on your own but because Butters had finished up and I had moved on to Thieves and was doing things with The Given Things it seemed like a natural evolution to keep trying to progress and keep playing music. “That’s what it was all about really, so there was a little bit, and I hope people like this stuff as well because it is very different and I have had a few people comment and said wow. It isn’t like it was a progression from one of the bands, it is acoustic stuff and it is very stripped back. It is in the same vain as your Josh Pykes and Angus & Julia Stone sort of vibe and I guess I didn’t mean it that way but it is stuff that has been floating around and never have been able to be played in a band format before.” Did you ever think there would be so much behind the scenes work involved? “There is a lot more work and you have to rely on yourself a lot more because it is just me and my manager doing it all. Obviously
“It was like wow, that was amazing with one eight hour session and the EP was done. For me that was a really satisfying thing because there is nothing worse than banging your head against a brick wall for 12 hours in a studio waiting for someone else to finish their parts and not even getting to have a crack at it that day. It really does wear you down and I think most recording artists would relate to that.” Were you surprised to be done in a day as that’s almost unheard of? “Yeah, man, I really was! I think because it was just an acoustic guitar and a vocal, actually two vocal tracks with some harmonies and backings and stuff like that I just doubled the guitar tracks. The whole idea behind this EP was to do it really simply, sparsely and stripped back so that every time I record something I can add some instrumentation and arrangements.
“Every release I want to add a little bit of instrumentation to keep the listener excited and keep myself interested as well. Let’s just say that on the next release what I plan to do is add bass and a really simple percussion element whether that is just a cocktail kit, which is just a kick, snare and a hat or some other percussion instrument would be cool then tour that. “I plan to do that as a three-piece on the next release and touring cycle which I think would be exciting but from there who knows. Maybe a cello or a guitar? I think I will always be trying to change things then I think you get inspired to write differently when you start writing with those elements. “I’d also like to take things that are in bits and pieces, like a chorus or a riff that I really like and give it to a bunch of new musicians and say hey what do you think we should with this. The sky is the limit and I am really excited about it! You can really hear the excitement in your voice!
“And after I do this tour I can get home and start adding some pieces and the good thing is that when you start adding a whole bunch of pieces you can do it for a few tours then strip it back and go acoustic and that’s fun.” Clint Boge is returning for another solo acoustic tour and you can catch him 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.
A DAY OF CLARITY By Robert Dunstan
Beaver, Summer Blood and Pro Tools from 7.30pm.
Matt and Laura Horvath took quite a risk when they decided to open the doors of Clarity Records on Pulteney St five years ago.
“I knew that Clowns were touring around that time and really wanted them to be part of it,” Matt reveals. “So they managed to juggle a few things around and do their Adelaide show that weekend.
Record stores were closing right, left and centre all over the city due to the popularity of people, young and old, downloading songs via the internet, but Matt felt there was still a real need for a brick and mortar store.
“And all the live music venues in the East End loved the idea and were keen to be part of it,” he adds. “And, as the word started to get out there [about the celebration], more and more bands wanted to become involved.”
So, armed with his strong knowledge of the local scene due to playing numerous gigs with long-running local punk band Stolen Youth and the vast experience gained by working at Big Star Records, Clarity Records came into being and has been going strongly ever since.
Clarity Records will also serve as a venue and will play host to intimate sets from Sparkspitter, Glass and Canidae, who will be undertaking their final show, from 8.30pm.
“Pretty much everyone was closing down around us while we were getting set to open up,” Matt recalls with a laugh. “So it was pretty much the case of saying to ourselves, ‘Okay, well, let’s just see how we go’, but I took what I had learnt from working at Big Star and brought it here. I had a pretty good idea of what to do and what not to do. “And because I had built up contacts with all the suppliers including ones from the major labels while I was at Big Star, I was able to quickly set things up. And while at Big Star I had also learnt what sells well and what doesn’t, so I brought that knowledge to Clarity Records.” To celebrate the store’s fifth birthday, A Day Of Clarity is to be held in Adelaide’s East End on Saturday 15 May at which some 24 acts will be playing in four venues including Clarity Records itself. “Yeah, I’m pretty excited by it all,” Matt says,” but it was pretty tricky pulling it all together. It was a pretty big task and I admit that I very nearly pulled the pin a couple of times.” West Thebarton Brothel Party will be taking advantage of the event to launch their Misphonia single alongside Sincerely, Grizzly and Slick Arnold in the beer garden of the Exeter Hotel from 5pm. From 9pm, The Exeter will play host to St Morris Sinners, Juliette Seizure & The Tremor Dolls and Stabbitha & The Knifey Wifeys. The Weight, Ghost Orchestra, Reactions, World View and Melchior will play Producers Bar from 8pm, while Crown & Anchor will serve up Heath Anthony, Nina & Rueben (from Hightime), Bec Stevens and Todd Fogerty in its front bar from 8pm. Crown & Anchor’s main room will have visiting Melbourne-based band Clowns playing alongside God God Dammit Dammit,
“Yeah, we kinda figured that, because we have in store shows here anyway from time to time and they do well, we should incorporate the shop as part of the event,” Matt says. Matt, known as ‘Footy’ to close friends due to his love of The Adelaide Crows, says he has already planned his day. “So I’ll be at Adelaide Oval [Crows vs St Kilda] earlier in the day after setting up the shop and then I’ll come back here for the in store,” he says. “And then I’ll get around to all the venues to see that everything is going okay and running on time and catching some of the bands I really want to see.” Matt says the resurgence in popularity of vinyl has also helped Clarity along. “I could actually see that coming towards the end of the days at Big Star,” he says. “I could see that there was beginning to be a demand for vinyl, especially for certain genres. And that was especially so with the punk and hardcore releases because, every time we got that kinda stuff in, it would sell straight away. “So I already knew that if I had a good selection of that on vinyl here at Clarity, it would sell pretty well,” Matt continues. “And that’s where my own personal interest in vinyl started and, y’know, if it wasn’t for vinyl, I don’t think Clarity or any of the other record stores would still be around today. “The stuff released on vinyl is by far the best selling thing we stock,” he reveals. Matt then goes on to say that while he went to Big Star as a young, bass-playing punk, he pretty quickly developed an appreciation for other genres which may explain why Clarity stocks a sizeable and quality jazz collection on brand new vinyl and CD. “I didn’t really know anything about jazz
before I started at Big Star, but while I was there I got to listen to a lot of jazz albums,” he says. “So I pretty quickly learnt what was good in the jazz field and what would sell and also what I liked personally as well. “And so, along with other genres, I applied all that knowledge in setting up Clarity,” Matt adds. The store also carries an extensive collection of local releases – on CD and vinyl and, in some cases, on cassette tape – as part of its armoury. “I think it’s really important to have that connection to the local scene because, after all, we are part of it,” Matt reasons. “It’s important to support each other and it’s also a good way of keeping in touch with what’s happening locally with bands.” Clarity Records also has its own label under that name and on Record Store Day last month released Perpetual Existence, a seveninch single from southern suburbs quartet Weightless. “It was always in the back of my mind to have a record label,” Matt says, “but it wasn’t really going to be something I pushed or totally concentrated on.
“My wife, Laura, organises that,” Matt indicates, “because she is involved with arts and crafts. So she orders that stock from local and interstate suppliers. “And we’ve found that books about music are good sellers as well,” he then says. “We get people who just come in for a browse at the records but end up buying a book because there’s nothing like a good story.” Talk then turns to the American film High Fidelity starring John Cusack which was released in 2000 and tells the amusing tale of a nerdy record store operator and his dealings with clientele who wouldn’t know the difference between a CD and a piece of vinyl. “I have seen the film,” Matt reveals in between tending to the needs of early morning customers. “But I reckon Nick Hornby’s book is far superior,” he then suggests. “Not to talk the film down, but I was quite disappointed by it. The movie is still fun though, but the book is excellent.” A Day Of Clarity will take place on Saturday 16 May at various live music venues in Adelaide’s East End.
“So it’s not the most active record label because we’ve only had five releases in the five years we’ve been going [which began with Stolen Youth’s Dark Century],” he adds. “But it’s fairly consistent and has strong distribution.” Clarity, which attracts many visiting musicians who invariably leave with something tucked under their arm, also stocks an array of box sets on all mediums as well as brand new releases and reissues on 180gm vinyl. “A lot of old classics are now being rereleased on 180gm vinyl,” Matt says pointing to a shelf housing re-issues of The Beatles’ White Album, Revolver, Rubber Soul and Beatles For Sale, while I see that close to the counter are two huge Beatles box sets. The store, which has a strong Facebook presence with regular updates about new stock and in store events, also carries accessories such as record cleaning fluid, record spacers, Clarity tote bags, styli – which can also be ordered in – and turntable mats and is also peppered with some vintage radiograms. “We’ve always stocked accessories because that’s pretty important too,” Matt suggests. “And the record cleaning fluid always sells really well.” Clarity also has jewelry for sale.
STEVE WHITE: BOOTLEGGING THE BEATLES By David Robinson The Bootleg Beatles are the world’s most popular, and most famous, Fab Four tribute band. Transcending the tribute circuit, the band has appeared on the same bill as the likes of Oasis, Rod Stewart, Elton John and David Bowie. They have performed at Glastonbury and at other notable festivals. They have toured the world, bringing the music of one of the greatest-ever bands to enduring, enthusiastic audiences. We speak with the affable Steve White (‘Paul McCartney’) as he prepares for The Bootleg Beatles’ Australian Tour, and ask him if he’s always played Beatles songs, or whether joining the band in 2012 created a new musical challenge for him. “I’ve always been involved with ’60s music,” Steve begins. “A while back, I was doing ‘60s-style covers with the band I was in, and someone asked us if we could perform a Beatles show. I was playing guitar, but people said to me, ‘You should be the Paul’. So I learned the Paul bits for the show and, because I wanted to get the visual image right, I also learned to play bass left-handed. We rehearsed some songs and played as a Beatles cover band. “It really evolved from there; being in The Bootleg Beatles wasn’t exactly a new venture. I was doing some of that kind of music, but not full time.” You learned to play left-handed? That’s quite a feat. “Yeah. I’m naturally right-handed as a guitar player, but I play left-handed guitar and bass in the show so that it looks correct. It was a little bit testy to start with but, as time went on, it got easier.” Were you always a Beatles fan? I discovered The Beatles around the age of eight or nine,” Steve says. “I found an LP in my father’s record collection and put it on. I remember being absolutely awestruck by it, and thinking, ‘Oh my God, this is incredible’. I just kept playing both sides, over and over again. The inside sleeve of the record had a collage of pictures of them at various points of their career. I remember listening to this music and being fascinated by how different they looked in all these photos. I’ve been a fan from that point on.” And you are still a fan, after performing their songs so many times?
“Oh yeah, yeah,” he replies. “I never get tired of hearing and performing the music. It’s a dream come true, to be fair. To have the opportunity to perform these songs live on stage; it’s a great feeling.” Why were you drawn to The Bootleg Beatles? “I was always drawn to the songs, so the interest in the music was there first. And then, the chance to perform as one of The Beatles came along. It was like everything I’d ever wanted just fell into place. I’m playing the music that I absolutely adore. It was always a love of the music.” There is definitely something magical about the world’s enduring affection for The Beatles. I couldn’t agree more,” he says. “Recently we had a four year old child in the audience, sat there with a Beatles t-shirt on, actually singing along to songs. It was absolutely brilliant to see! The Beatles’ music transcends age - it’s magical and amazing.” In terms of the gear you and the rest of the band use, how authentic is it, in terms of age and make, and how important is that to the sound? “We keep everything as authentic as possible”, he explains. “Obviously, the original equipment is becoming so scarce and valuable nowadays; sometimes it’s difficult to have gear from the exact timeperiod. Most of our equipment is of the time. I use a ’64 Hofner bass and a ’66 bass amp. The Vox AC-30 amps are old, the drum kit is from ’65… we try to keep everything as accurate as possible. You actually need that stuff to recreate that sound. Modern equipment today just doesn’t sound the same.” Is there anything new in the show that your Adelaide audience can look forward to? “We’ve reshuffled the material so there’ll be some different songs in there,” Steve concludes. “We’ve got some new costumes, and some different guitars, so there are quite a few changes from when we were last in Australia; there’s plenty of treats for any Beatles fans that haven’t been before and plenty for those that have. “Come along and see the show!” The Bootleg Beatles play Thebarton Theatre from 8pm on Saturday 16 May. Book at Ticketmaster.
HAIR TO THE THRONE By Bobby Goudie Following on from her 2010 Adelaide Cabaret Festival debut show, Rosa Waxes Lyrical, Russian-born Rosa Waxoffski returns to Adelaide with her new show, Hair To The Throne. The larger-than-life beautician has been treating audiences to her beauty tips and songs in Edinburgh, London and New York and has had a range of television appearances including The Circle, Sunrise and The Cricket Show. The brain-child of Marney McQueen, Hair To The Throne is co-written with Tim Bain and directed by Adam Cook and is the full body experience from the celebrity bikini waxer and 2015 Eurovision Song Contest hopeful. We speak with Rosa Waxoffski between her waxing treatments and ask if she is able to fit in any of The Clothesline readers prior to her Adelaide shows? “I would like to say yes, but my appointment book is chock-a-block,” she replies. “Honey, I’m sorry. I am very busy. The President Of The United States Of America comes to me for his ‘Barack, Crack and Sack’ waxing and for his regular spray tanning. “Pauline Hanson is also a client. Her political career is in the wilderness but, just between you and me, so is her lower half! I have never seen so much red carpet without Richard Wilkins standing on it!” Do you have any Adelaide clients? “I do have one. He is a German dancer named Hans. He wears the hot pants. He comes to me regularly. He keeps me very busy. I am always very hot and sweaty following my treatment with Hans.” Rosa continues to name drop her famous clients while happily volunteering some free hair removal advice. “Number one beauty tip is that you have to be careful of the shaving,” she declares. “Waxing is my preferred method of hair removal. “With the shaving and the clippering for all the men that do the man-scaping, you have to be very careful because the hair may come back ever thicker and more annoying than John Farnham on another come-back tour. And no one needs that!” Rosa had a prickly childhood in Leningrad, Russia, but was very determined from a young age, becoming Russia’s Junior
Calisthenics Champion in 1979 and the first runner-up Miss Leningrad 1983. She moved to Melbourne in 1984 and tells us about how the pubic hair fashions have evolved since. “I learned very quickly why they call Victoria the Garden State. I used to be a fan of the natural look many years ago until this experience. We then moved to the landing strips; I saw some you could park an A380 plane on. “Then over time there were the Brazilians and the bejazzling. I have seen it all. That is all past tense now. I am looking forward to telling my viewers about my new technique when the people come to see me live on stage.” Rosa is to be joined on stage in Adelaide by Boris Longschlongadongski. “Boris is Russia’s biggest pianist,” she says. “I have worked with him before. He is a nice man and good at playing the piano, but I have to carry the show myself. I have to lift him up for the ride. He is very lucky to be performing with me.” You had a campaign to be Australia’s first entrant in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest. What do you think about Guy Sebastian being chosen? “I think it is wonderful,” Rosa replies. “Closer to the time, though, I wouldn’t be surprised if Guy Sebastian may come to me for a waxing treatment and may or may not accidently choke on his own fur ball, making him unable to compete. Keep it quiet though as it will happen. I have something special prepared; a song about my experience of moving to Australia as a divorcee from Leningrad, St Petersburg. It is ready to go at Eurovision if they call on me to perform.” How do you think you would go in the Eurovision Song Contest? “I am going to call on my old boyfriend from High School, Vladimir. Apparently he is very high up in the politics there in Russia,” she says. “I will ask him to wear some little shiny pink hotpants with sequins and some nipple tassels just like he did at our High School Prom. “I won’t need to give him any waxing prior though. He has had permanent laser hair removal. He is very proud of his appearance. Not a hair out of place.” Marney McQueen performs in Hair To The Throne at Space Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre, at various times from Sunday 7 June until Monday 8 June. Book at BASS.
THE SPOILS By Robert Dunstan Melbourne’s The Spoils are hitting town in duo mode (Sean Simmons on guitar and vocals and Adrian Stoyles on piano and organ) as they feel it’s been way too long since they last paid Adelaide a visit. The last time The Spoils, who play what they describe as, ‘dark urban balladry and sideshow themed vignettes’, hit town it was in complete solo mode with only Sean. More usually, however, it’s the guitarist and singer alongside Bronwyn Henderson, his partner in life and musical crime. “Yeah, whenever we’ve done The Spoils as a duo before it’s always been Bron, my wife who plays violin, and me,” Sean says. Becoming parents of twins late last year has now, however, led to some slight changes within the band. “The twins are now eight months old, so it’s a bit hard to tour because Bron is still breastfeeding them,” Sean says. “So Adrian and I thought we’d go out as The Spoils as a duo and it’s sounding good. “We did a duo show only last night in Melbourne and it allows the songs to sound really different,” he continues. “Playing with just Adrian allows me to do things I can’t really do otherwise and, as a plus, we’ve got some new material. And much of it is based around the piano rather than the violin.” The Spoils, who embellish their sound with instruments such as the musical saw, accordion and glockenspiel along with an Indian drone box, emerged from St Kilda at the turn of the century and have since released several albums and toured New Zealand as well as Europe. It was a move up to Brisbane in 2003 that led The Spoils to first hook up with Adrian who also often tours as an extra member of Something For Kate as well as being a founding member of ramshackle Brisbane outfit The Gin Club. “Adrian was playing guitar with The Gin Club at a gig The Spoils were doing at The Troubadour in Brisbane,” Sean recalls. “And when The Troubadour opened it was at a time when Brisbane really needed a venue like that because – well, to me anyway – it seemed like it was full of hip hop and punk rock venues. “So there wasn’t a 300 capacity venue catering for people who were playing music like we were,” he explains further. “But as soon as The Troubadour opened – and it’s closed now although it became quite wellknown for about 10 years – bands like The Gin Club emerged because, suddenly, they had somewhere to play and it became a home for their music. “And I guess The Wheatsheaf in Adelaide is doing similar things to what The Troubadour was doing in Brisbane,” Sean then announces. “And that’s why we love playing there whenever we come over to Adelaide.
down and then joined the band because we were looking for a keyboard player,” he reveals. “I’d actually run into Adrian’s then girlfriend who was working at a bakery and she’d said, ‘Oh, didn’t you know that Adrian plays keyboards?’. But we didn’t know because he’d always played guitar or bass with The Gin Club. “But he’s also an excellent keyboard player and, I think, The Spoils are the first band Adrian’s actually played piano with,” he adds. “But he’s now playing keyboards as well as guitar when he goes out with Something For Kate.” Where are The Spoils up to as far as another album goes? “Ha, I don’t want to keep blaming everything on the twins but, with two new arrivals the writing process has been a fair bit slower,” Sean responds with a laugh. “But I’d say we have enough new material so far for maybe half an album. “At the same time, there’s no rush either,” he decides. “We just want to make sure that whatever we come up with is really strong. And this tour is a way of trying out some of the new stuff and to make sure we can still continue playing in some form.” The Spoils played in full band mode when they recently opened for Kid Congo Powers in Melbourne. “That was a very rare full band show because we’ve only done that twice this year,” Sean says. “And the first one was at a festival as a warm-up for the Kid Congo show. “And to give you an idea of what full bands shows are like now we have twins, we did a soundcheck and then Bron went off to feed them. And then we had a meal and she breastfed them again and then we did the gig – an early evening slot – and then she fed them again. “And the whole family was there that day because we had two babysitters looking after our four-year old and the twins while we were on stage,” he adds with a laugh. Adelaide band The Rememberz will be playing as a duo as The Spoils’ opening act in Adelaide. “We had wanted The Dunes again like last time but, apparently, most of them are overseas at the moment,” Sean says in conclusion. “So they recommended The Rememberz and we checked them out, loved ’em and thought they’d be a pretty good fit.” The Spoils, in duo mode, will play The Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, from 4pm on Sunday 10 May with special guests The Rememberz who will also be in duo mode.
THE READYMADES By Khiara Elliott After a six-month hiatus, Adelaide threepiece The ReadyMades have made a return with their latest EP. The band, who are self proclaimed genre benders and have a reputation for keeping it fun, features Kate Missen on lead guitar and vocals, Tina Donaldson on drums and Sam Sibly on bass and vox. BSide magazine had a chat with Sam ahead of their self titled EP launch this coming Saturday at the Grace Emily Hotel, and asked him how it felt to finally be back. “We’ve had these songs kicking around for a while now and we had the chance to record them last year. So it’s nice to have it all finally come together,” Sam begins When not sitting behind a drum set, Tina enjoys a day job as a meteorologist. Her extensive work has taken her to Antarctica over the last two summers, each time for a six month stretch. BSide magazine asked Sam what that meant for the band and how they coped without one third of their party. “It’s put the whole thing on ice, as it were. Excuse the pun,” he jokes. “That’s what got us to record these songs last year. We had these songs, and we thought ‘We better get them down’ because Tina was leaving again. So we’ve had them recorded for a little while but we’ve had to wait until she got back to launch them.” The ReadyMades worked along side producer Matt Hills and recorded their EP at Hillside Studios. However, that wasn’t always the plan. “Originally we were going to record it ourselves. I’d done a bit of home production before and we were going to take our time with it, and have it be a bit of a process. But that’s a fairly time consuming way of doing something, and Tina was going over to Antarctica. So we thought ‘let’s just get into a studio’. “We selected Matt through word of mouth, he’s got a really good reputation for what he does. We just wanted to get a good quality version of our songs, nice and polished, and he just seemed the obvious choice. It was a really great recording process, and Matt’s really cool to work with.
To make up for their inactivity (and because they just could not contain their excitement), The ReadyMades recently uploaded a little preview of their album to their bandcamp page. “We’ve been so inactive for six months so we’re just trying to leak out some little snippets of what we’re doing and the lead up to the process and just trying to get some eyeballs on it. It’s just a little bit of a teaser I guess.” During their busier months, The ReadyMades play at venues all over Adelaide such as the Cranka and Hotel Metro, but have chosen to return to the Grace Emily for their launch. “I mean we’ve played most places but the Grace is kind of the spiritual home of music in Adelaide in a way. We’ve played a great amount of gigs there in the past and you can feel the magic when you’re on stage. It’s just a really nice place to play.” Aside from being one of the best known live music venues in Adelaide, the Grace holds a certain sense of nostalgia for The ReadyMades too. “We had our first band meeting there,” Sam explains. “I think it was the end of 2006. Kate and Jo were looking to start up the band, and I answered their ad. We all got together and met at the Grace, and we just hit it off. So from then on that’s just sort of been it, and here we are, years later, still doing it. So we’ve got the feels for the Grace,” he laughs. Catch The ReadyMades at their album launch at the Grace Emily Hotel, 232 Waymouth St, on Saturday 9 May with special guests Green Circles and it’s free entry from 9.30pm
“The nature of our band is everyone contributes to a song. Working with Matt, there was just that collaborative sort of feel. We seemed to be on the same page with a lot of stuff when we’d sit down and listen to the music. “When it was done we sent it off to Benchmark Studios in Sydney, to a guy called Don Bartley. He’s one of the better guys around to get your disc mastered. I mean, he’d been doing work with Studio 301 in Sydney which are famous for doing a lot of great stuff through the eighties and nineties, so they’re the guys to send your stuff to. It was just good quality stuff all round,” he says.
“And we’re not the only Melbourne band that keeps going back to play The Wheaty because I know that Dave Graney & The mistLy played there recently and don’t seem to do anywhere else in Adelaide.”
While their drummer was away, the remaining two members of The ReadyMades kept busy by focusing their creative talents elsewhere.
Adrian joined The Spoils after following The Gin Club’s Ben Salter down to Melbourne.
“Kate’s also an artist,” Sam starts. “So she’s got on board and put together the CD cover and disc for us. So that’s been her design.
“Yeah, when we moved back to Melbourne a year or so later, Adrian kinda followed us
to keep our hands in. We hooked up with our old drummer, Jo, who left us to go to Mount Gambier and have kids. She came back so we had a chance to play some of our old songs as well. But we really weren’t all that active in the last six months. Just little bits and pieces here and there to keep the flame going.”
“We had a couple of jams in there too, just
HYRS Inside Upside Down Reviewer: Matt Saunders 4.5/5 This debut single from Holly Younger and Ross Simpson is an indie pop gem. Reverbed guitar arpeggios and syncopated toms revolve around Younger’s perfectly breathy and detached vocal delivery, and the result is nothing short of transcendent. While the lyrics are ambiguous, they evoke the feeling of falling in love, and they correspond to the way you’ll probably feel about this song by the end. Inside Upside Down is sturdily constructed and never lets up for its three minutes, starting with just a guitar and Younger’s vocal and building over two verses and choruses leading to an increasingly drumpowered crescendo finale. It’s refreshing to hear a pop song driven by such excellent drumming, and Ross Simpson has really done some spectacular work in this regard. Ben Green provides some big-time production, with layered guitars, background vocals and assorted atmospherics enhancing the build-up to arena-ready levels until it breaks in a climax that comes just soon enough to make you want to hear it again.
OVERVIEW EFFECT Tundra Reviewer: Matthew Jolly 2.5/5 With five songs over 40 minutes this was a long and daunting ride. I was confused. I loved it. I was dismayed. I was ambivalent. I loved it again. And then… Duration was a concern during the first track (Untitled) as it consisted of a sound-scape rather than a song. The hissing effects and an almost inaudible drum pulse conjured images of a stark frozen wasteland but I wondered if this was going to be indicative of the whole recording. Thankfully a beautiful guitar chimed at one and a half minutes marking the beginning of the second track, Inertia. Glistening guitars, rolling bass and a combination of eerie noises and effects (they don’t use keyboards) provide an expansive backdrop for the angelic singing of Felicia Tassone. It reminds me most of the Cocteau Twins and Sigur Ros but there are elements of Pink Floyd, especially as the song builds around the snaking bassline and the drums lift the pace, gently. It is gorgeous. Just after the ten minute mark something strange and unwelcome happens – it is as if a Tool cover band bursts into the middle of proceedings. All drop-tuning power chords, crashing cymbals and finally spiraling nu-metal riffery it is a clumsy transition somehow the vocals continue as if it is not happening. Thankfully the chugging ends after about three minutes and the song takes a long tuneful fade to some distant quite jazzy chords. Finally the title track begins with a melodic bass riff and a return to the gorgeous singing - reminding me of The Sundays (one of my favourite bands). Just as I am thinking that I really like this band, somewhere around 27 minutes the unthinkable happens: back to the nu-metal riffing. It is telling that here the vocals struggle to remain melodic. The whole thing eventually comes to an end after 36 minutes. If you listen carefully to the last 4 minutes of “silence” you can hear haunting vocals very faintly. This recording has three distinct genres, breathtaking glacial songs (4/5), ominous disarming soundscapes (2.5/5) and nu-metal progrock riffing (1/5). Perhaps they should form two bands rather than try to mix them all. At the very least some editing would produce a very charming record indeed.
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THE SHERRAHS Built On Stone Reviewer: Tristan Newsome 3.5/5 The Sherrahs are essentially country music royalty around these parts. Inducted into the SA Country Music awards some time ago and many accolades either side of that I knew upon getting this release in the mail that I was in for some great quality country and I certainly wasn’t disappointed. The Sherrahs first recorded together in 1990 and some highlights included supporting many great country acts, as well as winning numerous awards and previously having a contract with ABC Country. Built on Stone opens with Hank Williams classic ‘I Saw The Light’ done tastefully with classic country instrumentation and perfectly executed vocals. This leads in to a mix of some well-known country and gospel songs, plus a few originals. Stand out track for me is ‘It’s Only Make Believe’ a great take on the classic song with beautiful soaring harmonies and picked out slide (or pedal steel?) guitar and some lonesome down home harmonica parts sits well accenting the other instrumentation. The lead guitar sits in the mix tastefully and complimenting where some lead solos can be over powering like all of the instrumentation on this album – perfect. ‘I’m An Old Cowhand’ is also a fun number with plenty of yippee yi yo kai yays thrown in for good measure, funnily enough not the strongest song on the album but I guess due to the almost nursery rhyme kind of nature to it this one was the one that has stuck with me most. Guess I can’t resist a good yippee yi yo. The vocal harmonies are absolutely spot on. Actually, the vocal performances in general are spot on. Musically there isn’t a fault that I can hear, the instrumentation is spot on and never seems to be overbearing nor does it feel lacking. It’s really difficult to explain…. at the end of the day ‘Built on Stone’ isn’t anything radical and isn’t an album that re-invents the wheel or blows minds. It’s great country, done right and their ain’t a darn thing wrong with that folks.
THOMAS CAPOGRECO Dreamers Reviewer: Kyle Opie 3.5/5 There is no doubt that Thomas Capogreco’s Dreamers EP stretches the boundaries of what some would consider to be music. Whether or not you can find any aesthetic pleasure or purpose in the 5 tracks, each coming in at exactly 6 minutes and 33 seconds, the way in which they are created is an interesting process in itself. The experimental drones and embellishments that are found here can be created by various means. They are often created by experimenting with electronic circuitry and then further manipulated with computer programming, as I would imagine has been done here. If not interesting enough on its own, the ethereal environment this EP could establish alongside a film or computer game would be quite immense. The dynamic builds, harsh flickers of noise and delicate tonal movements sternly articulate a certain mood. I got the full experience by listening on headphones as many of the subtle nuances and changes in timbre are emphasised by track panning. While perhaps in an unusual context, I think Capogreco has achieved here what most original musicians seek out to do, he has created truly unique and arguably captivating sounds. As a whole the EP is varied, but cohesive. There are elements that are almost metaphorical or imitative of real world sounds and I was compelled to go back for multiple listens to take in the full experience. Probably best saved for a quiet, contemplative night in, there is definitely something worth exploring here given the right frame of mind.
THE ANGELS By Robert Dunstan Adelaide rock icons The Angels recently ventured up to Mixmasters and, before a live audience and under the guidance of studio owner Mick Wordley, recorded a brand new version of their first hit, 1976’s Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again? which is to be released on vinyl as a seven-inch single as part of the band’s A-Z Tour. The band then realised they didn’t have a ‘Z’ aspect in their arsenal, so quickly set about recording ZZ Top’s La Grange to offer up as the B-Side of their single. “We recorded it direct to analogue tape and it sounds great,” guitarist Rick Brewster says. “So we’ve done an exact retake of Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again? because we played it exactly like we did it back in 1976. “And La Grange has come up really, really well too,” he adds. “La Grange is also a really great song to play live and such a lot of fun. And John [Brewster] does a blistering harmonica solo in it.” Rick was speaking to BSide Magazine just after the band had returned home from three arena shows in New Zealand as special guests of American group Cheap Trick and also Billy Idol which followed a series of A Day On The Green Concerts with those artists across Australia. “Yeah, we did one in Wellington, one in Auckland and another one in Oakura and it was great,” the guitarist says. “They all went really well and it was the first time The Angels had been over to New Zealand in about 20 years.” I quietly chuckle when Rick suggests that New Zealand was never a big market for the band. “It was always okay but never like it was here in Australia, so we didn’t really know what to expect on this tour,” he then continues. “But we got a huge response in all three cities which took us by surprise. We were the opening act but the crowd was into it from the very start. And it seemed like they knew every song.” Rick also says it was fantastic to reconnect once again with Cheap Trick with whom they toured the US with back in the ’80s. “We first did a show with Cheap Trick in Rockford, the band’s hometown,” Rick recalls. “And then the next night we were set to play in Chicago and that’s the infamous time our truck got stolen and we lost all our gear. “But Rick [Nielsen] from Cheap Trick had heard the news on the radio, filled his car with guitars and gear and drove to Chicago,” he continues. “And then he said, ‘Take whatever you need for the rest of the tour’. So we became good friends and even toured Europe with Cheap Trick. “But we didn’t see them again though until about 10 years later in the early ’90s when they came to Australia and we toured with them. “And we also share some things in common in that when Cheap Trick’s drummer, Bun E Carlos, left the band a few years ago they got in [guitarist] Rick Nielsen’s son, Daxx, to play drums,” he says. “So it’s like when Chris Bailey passed away and The Angel’s got in my brother John’s son, Sam, to play bass.” Upon completion of their A-Z tour in Australia, The Angels will be heading overseas.
“A long time ago we got an offer to do a rock festival in Sweden in June,” Rick reveals. “So we decided it would be a good thing to do but asked our booking agency, Harbour, to try and book some gigs around it. “So, and on the way to play in Sweden, we’ve now got shows booked in London and Paris,” he continues. “It’s all a bit of a lightening tour but we are looking forward to putting our noses through the door again because it’s been a long, long time. “Well, that remains to be seen,” Rick wryly responds when I suggest that with maturity and experience, they may find touring a tad easier this time around. “Our attitude will be to treat it like any other gigs and just go out there and do what we do,” he says. “And the band is absolutely firing at the moment and it’s been that way since we got Dave Gleeson on board as our singer and Sam on bass and Nick on drums. “And we all have such a great time on stage,” Rick states. “It’s like we are a new band again.”
Vale David John Day. I was awoken last Friday morning only just gone to the sound of a text message coming through on my portable telephone. Rubbing my eyes, I typed in my passcode – incorrectly at first due to the earliness of the morning – to discover a text message letting me know that Adelaide radio legend David ‘Daisy’ Day, who had been in ill health for much of the last decade, had now passed away.
‘Daisy’, who suffered a heart attack at the age of 40, then went on to various things, including becoming a Glenelg counciller and almost being convinced to run for mayor, being musical director for Triple M in the mid ’90s after departing ways with what had then become the quite bland SAFM, setting up and school of radio and, as a strong supporter of the local scene, established the SA Music Hall Of Fame which has only recently been incorporated in the AMC (Adelaide Music Collective).
Sad news indeed, but not totally unexpected given that the 63-year-old Daisy had endured many close calls over the last few years and had been confined to a wheelchair for a year or so.
Indeed, one of Daisy’s last official engagements were inducting Mark Holden into the SA Music Hall Of Fame only last month and the month prior to that, inducting his good friends Cold Chisel.
And it caused me to cast my mind back to when I used to listen to him when he was a disc jockey on Adelaide radio station 5KA which rivalled 5AD as one of this city’s most popular broadcasters. Daisy, with the help of Sherbet under name Frens, also recorded a self-penned single in 1975 called My Little Friend with a song called Rock Jock as its B-side.
He also made long-lasting friendships with many high-profile Australian and overseas musicians and was also a regular DJ at nightspots such as Lennie’s Tavern and Jules Bar and much of this information is to be found in his highly personal and very readable book, Rock Jock, which was published back in 2013.
Dave Gleeson, of Screaming Jets, has been a more than able replacement for the now late Doc Neeson who controversially withdrew from the band some years ago. “We couldn’t have done any better,” Rick suggests, “because Dave is everything you could want. He’s a great singer, a great performer and a great bloke too. And he loves the band and also has the utmost respect for Doc.
And shortly after my finishing off this hastily written article but before it actually appears in print, a memorial service will have been held for Daisy at The Arkaba Hotel which, back in the late ’70s and early ’80s was the Adelaide venue at which bands such as Cold Chisel, The Angels, Australian Crawl and many more would play.
“It couldn’t have been easy for him to fill those big shoes, but Dave has his own thing going – he’s very much his own person – and he takes on The Angels’ repertoire as if it were his,” he adds. “And he’s also written a few new songs with us for the two new albums we’ve put out.” When we spoke, Rick was unsure of what band would open for them but had hoped it might be Tracer. It can now be confirmed that Tracer will once again be The Angels opening act. “Last time we tried to get them, Tracer were off overseas again,” Rick notes while also suggesting that Reign were another young Adelaide band to look out for. The Angels play the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, on Friday 8 May and Saturday 9 May with Tracer as special guests. Book via the venue or OzTix.
I had attended the launch of Rock Jock at the Brunswick Hotel in 2013 at which Daisy’s good friend Russell Morris had performed before racing back to Melbourne later that arvo on an airplane to do a show that night. I duly purchased said book and also convinced Daisy, who recently taken to painting works of art, to personally sign it for me which he did without any noticeable hesitation and little in the way of argument.
As the ’70s loomed to a slow but sure end, Daisy, alongside Paul Thompson, Bill Page (who would later sign Adelaide band The Jaynes to Mushrooom Records) and Jeff Warden, were responsible for Adelaide’s first commercial FM station, Double SAFM (as it was then known before becoming, more simply, just SAFM), although community radio had been using that ‘new’ medium on which to broadcast shows for a while before that.
So it’s fitting that the memorial will be held there and I would rather expect it to be packed to the rafters. RIP Daisy. You will be sorely missed.
But a commercial FM station promised so much to music lovers as, although seen by some as a fad, it enabled songs to be broadcast in stereo and, like the Steely Dan title song from the 1978 film FM suggests, there was to be ‘no static at all’. And so, back in 1980 I recall racing home from the place of work using something called flexi-time, to tune my recently purchased FM tuner into Double SA FM to hear announcer Adrian ‘AJ’ Johnson announce the first song at which, as I now correctly recall, was Dire Straits’ Sultans Of Swing. Daisy, who snaffled four Logies during his career, and I crossed paths for the first time when he and Brian Gleeson were cohosting a late night music television show on Channel 7 called Nightmoves on which they decided to have a rock quiz which I was persuaded to enter by friends and family. I can duly report that I totally blitzed the first round – only someone such as I would retain such useless information that piano man Billy Joel was born in a place called Hicksville – but must admit to coming crashing down when it got to the finals. Anyway, perhaps I digress.
MICROWAVE JENNY By Robert Dunstan Originally hailing from Wagga Wagga and Woy Woy, the husband and wife duo of Microwave Jenny (Tessa and Brendon Boney) have just returned from London armed with a new EP, Microwave Jenny & The Six Song EP, which they are now touring around the country including another visit to Adelaide. The funky, pop, jazz and folk duo came together several years ago. “We’d met as part of a show called The School Spectacular which was a bunch of people from schools in New South Wales getting together to put on a big concert,” Brendon, a rising young soccer player who travelled the world until a bad injury put paid to that career option, says. “So both Tessa and I were involved in that and were rehearsing together for a few months. “And because we were hanging out we started writing together and continued that friendship for about a year or two after we’d first met,” he continues. “So we just kept writing songs together and then started playing some shows.” It was during the midst of an extensive house concert tour that Tessa and Brendon got married. “We did, yeah,” Brendon confirms with a laugh. “We were in the middle of a national tour and we’d done a show the night before, got married the next day and then had another house concert gig to do the following night. “But that’s just kind of the way we roll,” he adds with another laugh.
“We based ourselves over in London for about 10 months to get into a different kind of musical setting and really loved it,” Brendon then enthuses. “But we’ve now come home to tour the new EP but are looking to head back eventually because we now have lots of friends over there and there’s a really inspirational music scene. “So we’ll head back to the UK, write some more songs and do some more recording and try and get things moving for us over there,” he adds. That plan, however, may now take longer than first anticipated although it is a cause for congratulations. “Yeah, Tessa has just gotten herself pregnant,” Brendon reveals. “So the plan now is to hang around here for a few months and get ourselves settled before we make the trip back. “But I reckon it will be in the next six months to a year before we head back to London and start work on our first full-length album,” he suggests. “And then we’ll tour the UK to keep things on the boil over there.” It was while in London the duo recorded their crowd-funded EP under the guidance of noted UK-based producer Darren Poole of Abandon Music. “That was a complete fluke and a case of being in the right place at the right time,” Brendon says of what is likely to become an ongoing association. “We’d been invited to a meeting with all the other Australian and New Zealand musicians and songwriters who were living in London,” he continues. “So it was a networking thing where you get to meet a whole bunch of really cool people who are also very accessible.
“Yeah, we’ve been over a few times,’ Brendon says. “We’ve played Adelaide Fringe a couple of times – maybe even three times – and also came over to play the Grace Emily a while ago.
“And Darren was just hanging around enjoying some sandwiches and a few juices and we mentioned to him that we were playing The Big Aussie Barbie in Soho which is a pretty big deal for Aussie musicians who are based in the UK,” Brendon says. “So he came along to that to see us play and, basically, Darren was really interested in what we were doing.
“But we’ve never been to The Wheatsheaf before, so we’re now looking forward to that one,” he says ahead of their EP launch at that auspicious live music venue this weekend.”
“And when we got to his studio, Darren came up with some really good ideas,” he adds. “It was Darren who got us into using a few electronic effects which was something we’d never given much thought to before.
Microwave Jenny have also toured as special guests of Sheppard.
“So Darren has very quickly become part of the Microwave Jenny team,” he announces, “and we’ll be working with him again when we get back to London.”
Microwave Jenny are no strangers to Adelaide.
“That was pretty extreme,” Brendon readily recalls with a laugh, “but was a lot of fun. It was quite an eye-opening experience for us and really amazing. “And they became really good friends so it’s been really great to see Sheppard doing some fantastic stuff overseas,” he adds. For a while, Microwave Jenny were basing themselves in London. “It’s hard to explain but we just didn’t think there was much of a spot for us in Australia,” Brendon considers. “Everything here seems a bit stilted at the moment and it’s either you get support from triple j or you have to make really commercial pop music.
Is there anything to the duo’s name? “Yeah, it’s from a little quote in that movie The Castle,” Brendon concludes. “And I’m now not actually sure why we decided on it although we must have decided to run with it at the time. It was just one of those things.” Microwave Jenny will launch their Microwave Jenny & The Six Song EP at The Wheasheaf Hotel, 39 George St, Thebarton, from 8.30pm on Friday 8 May with $15 tickets via OzTix or at the door.
“Or you go down the reality TV path,” he sighs. “So there doesn’t seem to be too many avenues in Australia where you can be successful making the kind of music we do.
Semaphore Workers Club – live blues from 4pm Wheatsheaf – The Spoils (Melbourne) and The Rememberz MONDAY 11 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 Thebarton Theatre – America (US) and Sharon Corr (Ireland) The Lion Hotel – Brian Ruiz and friends
MAY 7TH - MAY 13TH THURSDAY 7 MAY Austral – SCALA (free entry) Brecknock Hotel – Breakaway Singalong Bridgeway Hotel – Northern Exposure (allages rock event) Crown & Anchor – The Shrine (US) Crown & Sceptre – Bongo International Appreciation Society Party With Samba Oz and Funk Lation Union (free entry from 9pm) Fowler’s Live – Everclear (US) and The Motive Gaslight Tavern – The Groove Factory Jam Gilbert St Hotel – live acoustic blues from 7pm with free entry Governor Hindmarsh – Andrew Strong & The Commitments (Ireland/Australia) and Front Bar: Gumbo Room Blues Jam with host Billy Bob Grace Emily – Emily Davis & The Rising Tides and Tara Carragher (free entry from 9pm) Hotel Metro – Abbie Vee and Nadia from 9pm La Boheme – Mike Bevan Brazilian Trio Lion Hotel – Bloky’s Boys (free entry from 8pm) Royal Oak (North Adelaide) – Clint Boge (Brisbane) The Bluebee Room – Julia Henning Band THE PUBLISHERS 110 FRANKLIN STREET LADY VOODOO & THE RITUALS (8pm) RETRO R&B VINYL LEVEL 1/20 GILBERT PL ADELAIDE JAMES MULLER QUARTET JAZZ Whitmore – Rainbow Jam FRIDAY 8 MAY Ancient World – James Hickey (AKA Heymus) book launch British Hotel (Pt Adelaide) – Craig Atkins Crown & Sceptre – Devil’s Crossroad, Atilla My Honey and Attombitus (free entry from 9pm) Fowler’s Live – Red Fang (US), The Shrine (US), Space Bong and King Of The North Governor Hindmarsh – The Angels and Tracer and Saloon Bar: Irish Sessions and Front Bar: Appalachian Sessions TRAGIC EARTH (MELB) + DIRTY JANE & GUESTS METAL GASLIGHT TAVERN 36 CHIEF ST BROMPTON Grace Emily Hotel – The Dusty Lee Trio and guests (free entry from 9pm) Hotel Metro – JP Coe & The Delegates, Life in Letters, Fox and Amcat DJs from 9pm Little Pub On Hindley – Jamie K Acoustic Nexus Arts Centre – Emma Donovan & The Putbacks (Melbourne) and Kylie Audist & The Glenroy Allstars (Melbourne) Producers Bar – The Shambolics (free entry from 5.30pm) Railway Hotel (Pt Adelaide) – live music from 5pm Rocket Bar – Lurch & Thief (Melbourne) Semaphore Workers Club – live blues from 8pm Slug & Lettuce (Parafield Gdns) – Clint Boge (Brisbane) The Singing Gallery (McLaren Vale) – Julia Henning Band Victoria Sq/ Tarntanyangga – Twilight Sessions from 4pm VINYL LEVEL 1/20 GILBERT PL ADELAIDE DRAW YOUR (S)WORDS SPOKEN WORD
Wheatsheaf – Microwave Jenny (Sydney) Wirra Creek Music (Willunga) – Lily & The Drum SATURDAY 9 MAY Bridgeport Hotel (Murray Bridge) – Jamie K Acoustic Bridgeway (Pooraka) – Tragic Earth (Melbourne), Burn Collect, Letters To Amy, Mind Remover, Azzurra and Puritan Crown & Anchor – Jono Lattin, Genghis Cardigan, The Serra, Strange New Folk Crown & Sceptre – Brazilian Nights Party Emu Hotel (Morphett Vale) – Trench Effect, Sector III and No Reality Exeter Hotel – Relying On Luck (CD launch) and Young Offenders (from 5pm in beer garden) Festival Theatre (Adelaide Festival Centre) – Anastacia (US) Fowler’s Live – Silverstein (Canada), Dream On Dreamer and Young Lions ROCK ON FOR NEPAL EARTHQUAKE APPEAL VARIOUS GENRES GASLIGHT TAVERN 36 CHIEF ST BROMPTON Governor Hindmarsh – The Angels and Tracer Grace Emily – The ReadyMades (CD launch) and Green Circles (free entry from 9pm) Hotel Metro – Owls & Crows, The Skeleton Club and Olivia Wells (from 9pm) Jive – Gosh! with DJ Craig from 11.30pm Land Of Promise Hotel – Forcefed, Dr Karnage, Plarks, Drekt, R.O.R, Jails and more ($15 entry hip hop show from 9pm) Ramsgate Hotel (Henley Beach) – Clint Boge (Brisbane) Semaphore Port Adelaide RSL – Yesterday’s Heroes The Jade Monkey – The Impending Prophets Of Doom, The Still Movement, The Vanity Cure, Bitchspawn, Cock, Hells Hoist, King Krill, Isolation Valve, Submerge and Ben Gel & The Boneyard Saints ($10 entry from 3pm) The Soul Box – Julia Henning Band VINYL LEVEL 1/20 GILBERT PL ADELAIDE BABYLON BURNING, JUPITER + ARGUS & THE LIAR ROOTS ($10 ENTRY FROM 9PM) Wheatsheaf Hotel – Cal Williams Jr Ukulele Workshop ($20 from 1pm and 2.30pm) SUNDAY 10 MAY Brompton Organic Markets – Gypsyjunkies from 9am Crown & Anchor – Sunday Rubdown Crown & Sceptre – DJ Samnation from 3pm Franklin Hotel – Brenton Manser and Chris Parkinson (free entry from 3pm) THE JAZZ HANDS (6pm) TRAD/FUSION/JAZZ GASLIGHT TAVERN 36 CHIEF ST BROMPTON Gilbert St Hotel – live acoustic music from 2pm Governor Hindmarsh – Blues Spectacular: Hall & Dow Blues Band, Lazy Eye and Rhumboogie (from 5.30pm) Grace Emily – Let The Be Folk 4: Ry Kemp, Lady-Dan Forget, Josh Baker, Kyle Landman and Heath Weber ($5 entry from 6pm) Hotel Metro – Mothers Day Bonanza: Pink Noise Generator (acoustic) and Peach (from 3pm) Nook Nosh – John McAll (acoustic music from 5pm) Railway Hotel (Pt Adelaide) – live music from 4pm
TUESDAY 12 MAY Exeter – Bitches Of Zeus DJs Gaslight Tavern – Blues Lounge Blues Jam with special guests Gilbert St Hotel – The Airbenders Governor Hindmarsh – Nepal Earthquake Benefit Concert: Ben Searcy Trio, Steve Pederson and Max Savage, Chris Finnen, Cal Williams Jr, Tim Bennett, Andy Salvanos, Roddy Gordon Band, Ian McDowall, Rick Nankivell, David Robinson, Lily de Leo, Sofie Bozzetti, Reg Byrnes, Ah Hum, Spiral Dance, Sympathy Orchestra (with guests), Alex McLeod, Tim Bennett, Ria Loof and Craig Lauritsen ($15 from 7.30pm) and Front Bar: Adelaide Ukulele Appreciation Society Hotel Metro – Acoustic Club Tuesday from 7.30pm The Lion Hotel – Zyke & Damo (free entry from 8pm) WEDNESDAY 13 MAY AC Arts (Light Sq) – Love Cream 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 – Front Bar: Open Mic Night The Lion Hotel – Proton Pill VINYL LEVEL 1/20 GILBERT PL ADELAIDE CHRIS FINNEN/RONNY DAVIDSON BLUES ($5 ENTRY)
SUCCESS IN THE MUSIC BUSINESS IS NOT A UNIVERSAL CONSTANT By Corey Stewart Let me ask you a question. “What does success mean to you?” Because of its general nature, it’s a really difficult question to answer yet our answer determines how we see ourselves as a musician, songwriter or anything else that we do in life. Hence the importance of having your own definition of what success is. If you looked up success on dictionary.com would you see a picture of a musician up on stage playing in front of 50,000 people. No! You would however, see this definition: “…the favourable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavours; the accomplishment of one’s goals.” If we believed what the music industry defined as success we would all be thinking that to be successful we would need to: - Have a number 1 hit song under our belt - Have sold 1,000,000 CD’s
You can either choose to align your answer with what the music industry dictates it to be or, you can pave your own path by establishing your own answer and devoting your musical career to achieving that goal. That is what being an independent artist is all about. How you feel about yourself and what you do is much more important that what anyone else says about it. As the old saying goes “success is a journey, not a destination.” Define what success in the music business means to you, align your realistic and step by step goals to it, put your goals into action and walk your own musical path with your head held high. If you need any advice on how you can move your music career further just give us at BSide Magazine a call and we’d be more than happy to put you in touch with the people you need to speak to. Just give us a call on 8346 9899 or email us at email@example.com and let’s chat about how we can work with your music business. 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
- Have played at Wembley Stadium or Madison Square Garden - Be insanely rich - Be known by every person on the planet - Have been discovered by a record company - Be on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine (or BSide Magazine for that matter) Well, let me let you in on a little secret... You and you alone define your success in the music business. How successful you are is solely determined by your own definition of success. Success in the music business is not a universal constant. It’s all determined by YOU! Now, with that in mind let me ask you the question again. “What does success mean to you?”
BSide Magazine Issue #30. Featuring: Clint Boge ALSO INSIDE: The Angels, The ReadyMades Microwave Jenny, The Spoils, A Day Of Clarity. Pl...