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And then the heavens opened. From the frontline, X-Press reports that calm has returned to the ravaged city of Perth. The army has wrestled back control of the streets, with orders to shoot looters onsite. Speaking from the square office in Canberra in an emergency address, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said: “We will find out who was behind this cowardly attack and, by God’s will, we will punish them! Penrith, we will avenge your attackers with might… oh, Perth? Where on earth’s Perth?” Following the harrowing experience of witnessing an innocent woman’s $900 Christian Louboutin heels get damp and a heroic Porsche driver conk out in a puddle and slowly get swept downstream, X-Press’ own Dwight O’Neil snapped the above photograph of hell descending upon our city. In the wake of the destruction, an anonymous note was deposited at the X-Press office, proclaiming:“This is your punishment Perth – for all of your sins! For your inability to merge in traffic, for abolishing daylight saving, for charging me $35 for a shitty pub meal, for all the business men in pink shirts and, most importantly, for robbing me of $10 for a pint of beer! Ha ha ha ha – you have reaped the rewards of your middle class wrongs! Be warned, we will strike again unless you return the price of a pint and a crappy pub meal to pre-boom prices.” The letter was signed “The League Of Post Boom Perth Residents Who Can No Longer Afford A F***ing Pint Of Beer”. Now X-Press is no forensic scientist, but our hunch is the threat is legitimate. We have passed it into authorities and shall let you know as developments come to hand. Also, in an official health alert, the deluge of rain has propagated an acute case of superlative-itis – a disease which, sadly, has no cure.“Disaster Zone”;“Storm Chaos”;“Perth Battered”! Our television stations, radio, print media… all gone, fallen prey to the babbling bacteria – rest their souls. Lock your doors Perth… God speed you.

’90s survivors and road-hardened piano-o-philes, The Whitlams return to these parts to play the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre on Friday, March 26, and The Mundaring Weir Hotel on Saturday, March 27. Phoning into X-Press from his home in Sydney, bandleader and Whitlaims mainstay Tim Freedman is busy being dad and writing tunes for what will be his debut solo album, to be released early in 2011 under his own name. After releasing a greatest hits album in 2008, The Whitlams have kept a pretty low profile, save for the odd date with an orchestra. And, with Freedman about to commence a solo career, it may well be the last time we see The Whitlams in WA for the foreseeable future. “We still play if we’re asked to,” he says of his visit to WA. “We like to have the occasional weekend away and stay acquainted. We still get really good crowds when we go out and play – the new economy has managed to throw our songs to the wind and they’re still finding ears. People are burning them, buying them, lending them to each other – whatever they’re doing they’re doing it efficiently so it’s still a great to play somewhere and have 800 strangers come along.” Will we have the pleasure of another album from The Whitlams at some stage in the future? “I’ve got no idea,” he concludes. Tickets for The Whitlams’ Mandurah show are available through manpac.com.au and tickets for the Mundaring show can be snapped up from mundaringweirhotel.com.au.

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The third and final In The Pines announcement is here – and it’s a goodun’! Apricot Rail, The Bank Holidays,Generals and Majors,Erasers,Modularman and Mukaizake are the last acts to join the already splendid line up, consisting of bands like Capital City, Emperors, Felicity Groom And The Black Black Smoke, Goodnight Tiger, Schvendes and loads more. It all goes down on Sunday, May 2, at the Somerville Auditorium, UWA, from 11.30am – 10pm. Do your bit for local radio and buy a ticket! Pre-sale tickets are available for subscribers at the station or online at rtrfm.com.au for $15. General admission tickets are $20 from the website and station, or at Mills, 78s and Planet. Gold subscribers get free entry on the door on the day – but you must get down before 4pm for guaranteed entry. Leave your booze at home – In The Pines is a licensed event. Now all that’s left to do is count down the days ’til May…

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With their album fast approaching platinum sales in Australia, there’s little doubt that The Temper Trap have won the hearts of music fans. Significantly though, the band have delivered more than just a standout debut album, with music critics praising the quality and energy of the band’s live performances. At the start of this year The Temper Trap gave Australian and New Zealand audiences a taste of why they were one of the most talked about bands in the world last year, with standout performances across a series of summer festivals. And now they’re set to make sure there’s no doubt in your mind, with new shows planned for July. Catch The Temper Trap on Thursday, July 22, at Metro City. Tickets go on sale on Monday, March 29, at 9am from ticketek.com.au or moshtix.com. au, however pre-sale tickets will be available via frontiertouring.com from noon AEDT Thursday, March 25 to Friday, March 26. Don’t lose your Temper in the rush for tickets!

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Local Music Editor

Well, well, well… apparently Perth’s fashion scene has both a heart and a great creative vision! I’ll admit I can be a WA-whinger sometimes, but I will be changing my tune from now on. I was happily surprised at the Fashion’s Night Out for Haiti event last week at Gold Bar. Not only did many stylish people turn up, buy raffle tickets and really get on board helping the Haiti relief; but the designers on show were also very impressive. We always hear about Aurelio Costarella and Ruth Tarvydas in mainstream media – almost like there is no other label worth mentioning! My advice to everyone would be attend one of these local label events and prepare to fall in love. So playful, fun and creative! The clothing, the models, the whole set-up. Well done Perth! Looking forward to the next event.

Thanks to the more than 500 people who attended the Paul Felton Testimonial gig. The musicians who gave their time freely; the sponsors – X-Press, The Rock Inn, Charles Hotel, Eddy Withnell and the Perth Blues Club volunteers. The gig was filmed and recorded and DVDs will be available to purchase in a few weeks with all proceeds going to Paul. We raised around $13,000 and contributions are still being made. The funds will help with Paul’s medical treatment but the overwhelming show of support has made a significant boost to Paul’s spirits during this difficult time.

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Eddy Current played a great show at Amps on Friday night, full of energy and seemingly very happy to be back in Perth. Unfortunately however, the packed out room got very hot, and I think someone picked my jacket off the floor by mistake. It’s black, buttons up and has a collar, and I’d love to see it again. If you brought home a jacket that wasn’t yours, it would be fantastic if you could give me a call on 0434 887 494 and reunite me and my coat. Thanks!

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Six young people from around the world spend one glorious summer together on a Greek island in 1983. Fast-forward to 2009: these footloose and fancy-free types have turned into successful and driven people who are juggling careers, families and mortgages and are grappling with middle age. Will a reunion on their magical Greek island be able to rekindle their spiritual fire? Experience dreams, dilemmas and regrets with The Swimming Club, at the Playhouse Theatre from March 27 to April 18. We have five double passes to give away.

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The Dead Weather are hitting Australian shores for the first time ever this month in what is sure to be a great show. Horehound, the band’s debut LP, was released earlier this year, followed by huge success in the UK and in the States. Don’t miss your chance to catch them live, we are giving away five double passes to catch The Dead Weather at Metro City on Monday, March 29.

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SOUNDS OUTBACK FESTIVAL

Tura New Music invites you to spend the Easter Long Weekend with some of Australia’s leading composers and artists against the backdrop of our amazing desert landscape. Featuring Ross Bolleter, Jim Denley, Jon Rose and many more, Sounds Outback runs from April 2-5 at Wogarno Station, near Mt Magnet, a six hour drive from Perth. If you would like to enjoy stunning music and explore the landscape of Wogarno, send in your details with ‘Tura New Music’ in the subject line to win an awesome all inclusive three-day pass for two to the festival. The prize includes a double entry pass to the event, catering for all meals plus tent accommodation. This prize pack has a total value $640 – get those entries in to be a part of this amazing and unique prize!

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Chilli Couture is a boutique hair and beauty salon located in the heart of Northbridge. They don’t follow monthly fashion trends; they create style and give you what you want. Chilli Couture is giving away four $50 vouchers to spend on any hair and beauty service at their salon – so get in quick!

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FAIR’S FAIR

Hailing from Scotland, Eddi Reader is known for her fantastic vocal skills, that she will showcase on a national Australian tour this April. Reader will hit the road with a trio of talented musicians, stopping off on Thursday, April 8, at the Fly By Night with support from Sally Dastey. Fans can also catch Reader performing from Friday, April 9, ’til Sunday, April 11, at the Fairbridge Festival. For info check out fairbridgefestival.com.

SUPER BIRDS

Four of Australia’s top musicians are joining forces to create an unstoppable musical force – The Basement Birds. Comprised of Kav Temperley (Eskimo Joe), Kevin Mitchell (Bob Evans, Jebediah), Steve Parkin (formerly of Autopilot) and Josh Pyke, The Basement Birds are Australia’s newest super-group, and will release four three-track bundles on iTunes in June this year.For a taste of what’s to come from the Basement Birds, head to basementbirds. com.au.

FINALLY ELECTRICITY!

Hot Water Music frontman Chuck Ragan will lead his musical pals Frank Turner, Tim Barry (Avail) and Ben Nichols (Lucero) on a far-reaching tour of Australia throughout April and early May. Pulling together a diverse range of styles including indie, Americana, rock, punk and Irish folk, The Revival Tour is intended to spice things up for the performers as well as the audience, with the artists collaborating throughout each other’s sets during the shows. The tour rolls into the Rosemount on Wednesday, April 28. Tickets through moshtix.com.au, Mills, Planet and at JB Hi Fi Joondalup.

Dance lovers and clubbers take not, Electric POP an exciting new event featuring Sydney record spinners DJ Samrai and Chris Fraser is coming to Villa Nightclub on Friday, April 23. A diverse musical experience, Electric POP will feature the hottest party hip hop, unearthed remixes and new house mash-ups. It’s sure to be a bash for party people of all tastes. Tickets $30 (+booking fee) through moshtix.com.au.

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SOMETHING KINDA FOLKY GOIN’ ON

Folklore is a compilation album that showcases the folk and acoustic scene of Perth. Produced by Peter Renzullo, of Scudley Records, Folklore features an hour of 18 grass-roots artists and their amazing music. The artists range from soloists, duos, full bands, to the incredible One-Man band Heath Marshall who has to be seen to be believed. So that this great album can be enjoyed by all, the full album, including artwork, is available for direct download at scudleyrecords.com. Artists from the album will be coming together to showcase the amazing grass-roots music of Perth. Head to the Charles Hotel on Saturday, March 22, from 7pm, for a night of live folk. Entry is $10, and it will be a licensed all-ages event, meaning that under 18s will need to be accompanied by an adult. Long live Perth folk!

DO A BOLT

Grammy award-winning vocalist Michael Bolton heads down under on his One World, One Love Tour, making a very special stop in Perth to impress audiences with tracks from this eighteenth studio album, One World, One Love. The album was co-written and produced by Bolton and reverts back to his melodic song writing, as well as featuring some notable collaborations with the likes of Ne-Yo and Lady Gaga. Don’t miss your opportunity to see the man who has sold more than 53 million records worldwide, not to mention being a multiple Grammy-award winner for ‘Best Male Vocalist’. He’s written with Bob Dylan, and he’s even had his music recorded by hip hop superstar Kanye West! The date to ink into your diaries is Wednesday, May 19, at the Perth Concert Hall. Tickets through bocsticketing.com.au. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, March 31. Better make a Bolt for these ones!

Lovers of photography and architecture should make their way to the City Of Perth Council House Foyer to catch the City Of Perth Photography Commission Exhibition, which will feature the works of two prominent Western Australian artists, Simon Westlake and Max Pam, who were commissioned by the City Of Perth to create photographic essays of the city. Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi said that the images from this Commission will form the start of an important collection to document the development and changes of the city. The exhibition opens officially on Friday, March 26, and runs ‘til Friday, April 16. The exhibition is open on weekdays, from 8.30am-5pm. Peep Perth in ways you’ve never seen it before!

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THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE PIAZZA

Over the past few years, much has been made of the link between music and wellbeing, with celebrated initiatives like Sing It, The Choir Of Hard Knocks, and WAM’s collaboration with the Department Of Health’s Mental Health Division all highlighting the soulful benefits of music. The newest kid on the block is Catch Music, an initiative designed to create social opportunities for people who are otherwise isolated or marginalized through community jam sessions. Catch Music founder Tim Robertson elaborates: “We do this through what we call ‘community jam sessions’, which are open spaces for anyone to come and play or sing – all ages, all abilities. In particular, we make sure our sessions are welcoming for people with a disability or a health issue, though these aren’t the only FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE mental the people that come. Our sessions are for anyone Acclaimed Russian born pianist Konstantin who wants to make music with others – from Shamray will make his way to the Perth Concert teenage prodigy to middle-aged tragic.” Hall on Tuesday, May 25, to the tickle the ivories in a Catch Music now runs three weekly stunning live concert. The recital will see Shamray jam sessions, in Leederville, Melville and Canning performing the works of Liszt and Chopin, Vale, and is about to start two new sessions in demonstrating his musical dexterity with every tap Beechboro and Subiaco. Catch Music is currently of the ivories. Don’t miss out on catching Shamray looking to recruit new jam session facilitators; live and in the flesh; tickets for his Perth show are you don’t have to be an expert as long as you’re on sale now from BOCS. passionate about music to take part. To find out more, head to catchmusic.org.au.

MUSICIANS EXPOSED

GRASS IS GREENER

First ‘discovered’ by Midnight Oil’s Rob Hirst, Australian music troubadour Paul Greene is highly regarded by many critics, who consider him one of Australian music’s best-kept secrets. A regular on the Australian festival circuit, Greene’s work has drawn praise from the likes of Ani DiFranco, The Waifs, Patty Griffin and Pete Murray. After showcasing at the Canadian Music Week recently, Greene returns to Australia this April to launch his brand-new album Everywhere Is Home, that features 12 new tracks featuring his distinctively versatile voice, full-bodied acoustic guitar and tuneful harmonica. Catch Greene on Thursday, May 13, at Mojo’s and Saturday, May 16, at Redcliffe On The Murray, Pinjarra. Tickets through oztix.com.au. You’ll be Greene with envy if you miss out!

RAW AND WHITTLED DOWN

Having toured the pants off his brilliant last album Go Forth, Find Mammoth, Australian songwriter Whitley has announced that he is embarking on an Australian solo tour. Whitley will return from an overseas sabbatical in May, to perform gigs right around the country, including a special show at the Fly By Night Club on Wednesday, May 12. You may have caught Whitley and his brilliant bant at Southbound or Laneway already, but this will be a rare opportunity to see the man solo. Tickets available at flybynight.org.

A SONIC SAFARI

On Sunday, March 28, the cacophony of sound that is the Ukulele Safari will roll into town, bringing with it a bevy of talented performers who combine music, humour and story-telling in an innovative show. Featuring ukulele adventurers Bosko & Honey, Gensblue and Yan Yalego, the travelling Ukulele Safari will also feature a screening of Mighty Uke a hilarious film dedicated to this pint-sized instrument. Head to Kulcha on Sunday, March 28, at 6pm to find out what all the fuss is about.

Perth punters have been enjoying the free films on the big screen at Northbridge’s Piazza recently, and this Easter, as part of the Piazza’s The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly showcase, the fun continues, with three local films showing. For one exclusive night only, screening back to back, three underground bounty hunters of cinematic creativity, serve up their own brand of romantic comedy, drama and zombie mockumentary for you to feast your eyes on. Catch Serge Sharrinovsky’s Making Love, Gregory Pakis’ The Joe Manifesto and Dave Bishop’s I Am Bish on Saturday, April 3. Free, films start at 6pm. A trilogy of talent, you might say!

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CATCH OF THE DAY

Since reforming back in 2008, The Angels have played countless shows to hoards of adoring fans… and now they’re headed to WA for a series of regional shows to bring rock to country crowds. The Face To Face tour will see The Angels playing hits such as Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again, Shadow Boxer and No Exit, at pubs around this large brown state of ours. Catch The Angels live in concert on Thursday, May 6, at Metropolis Fremantle; Friday, May 7, at the Quindanning Hotel; Saturday, May 8, at the Endeavour Tavern in Lancelin; Sunday, May 9, at the Charles Hotel; Wednesday, May 12, at the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre;Thursday, May 13, at the Wintersun Hotel in Geraldton; Friday, May 14, at the Walkabout Hotel in Port Headland; and lastly at the Mangrove Resort Hotel in Broome on Saturday, May 15. For more info, head to theangels.com.au.

X-Press’s own live music photographer Amy Vinicombe is holding an exhibition with Lyle Branson as part of the FotoFreo Fringe Festival. Opening at Mojo’s at 3pm on Sunday, March 28, Drawing-76 features darkroom experiments inspired by the Dadaist approach of embracing chance in the creative process. The exhibition is on now and runs until April 18. The venue is open from 8pm-late. Local artists Atlas Mountains, Capital City, Kill Devil Hills, Mink Mussel Creek and many more are all featured in the exhibition. The North Freo House Band and Simmo will be playing at the opening.

Singer-songwriter Liz Stringer returns to the music scene in 2010 with a brand spanking new album and a string of national tour dates. Tides Of Time is Stringer’s third release, featuring ten tracks recorded in a converted church in Melbourne. Fans of Stringer can catch the songstress on Thursday, June 3, at Settlers Tavern in Margaret River; Friday, June 4, at the Norfolk Basement; Saturday, June 5, at the Quindanning Hotel; and Sunday, June 6, at Redcliffe On The Murray in Pinjarra. Tickets are on sale now from the venues.

LUCK OF THE IRISH

Charismatic Irish singers,Foster & Allen,are heading Down Under for the 16th time to share their unique blend of folk and easy listening with audiences around Australia. With 25 albums under the belts, Foster & Allen have a massive catalogue of music to choose from, including their immensely popular tracks The Rambles Of Spring, Maggie and After All These Years. The duo will make their way to WA for a show on Monday, June 21, at the Perth Concert Hall, following the release of their latest recording, 100 Hit Legends on April 9. Tickets are on sale now through BOCS.

GET IT INDIA

Melbourne’s British India will pack their bags and head to Perth for an all-ages, free show on Friday, April 16, in the Northbridge Piazza. Taking place as part of the Music Feedback campaign, the show will encourage 12 to 25 year olds to participate in music and other activities to improve mental wellbeing. The concert will be the flagship event for National Youth Week in Perth, and will feature sets from The Novocaines, Felicity Groom And The Black Black Smoke, Moana Dreaming and Black Board Minds. The concert is set to kick off at 3pm and run ’til 8pm – don’t miss out on what promises to be an awesome live show! For more info head to musicfeedback.com.au.

ROLL UP, ROLL UP

Dead Letter Circus are embarking on a tour to celebrate the launch of their brand new album This Is The Warning.The long player was recorded at Melbourne’s Sing Sing studios and was produced by Forrester Savell who has also worked with Karnivool and The Butterfly effect. There’s also some very nifty and spaced-out cover artwork from Tasmanian artist Cameron Gray. Fans can start lining up at record stores on Friday, May 14, when this exciting new release is put out through Warner. Leaving just enough time for the songs to well and truly seep in, the band will play at the Prince Of Wales in Bunbury on Friday, June 11, and at Capitol on Saturday, June 12.

Liz Stringer

STRING HER ALONG

CW Stoneking Photo: Amy Vinicombe

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JOHN BUTLER TRIO Balkan Beats

To Western Australians, the John Butler story is by now a familiar one. ‘From backstreet busker to world-beating roots behemoth’ is how the account usually goes. But with the dissolution of his old trio, the setting up of his own Fremantle recording studio and a life-changing trip to Bulgaria now behind him, April Uprising – Butler’s fifth studio album – marks a decidedly new chapter in the tale. And he plays The West Coast Blues ’n’ Roots Festival this Sunday, March 28, at Fremantle Park. some really nice mics and a few nice pre-amps. I couldn’t afford the Neve desk, nor do I want one because they’re a hell to manage, but we just got quality not quantity. Then I rented a few bits of gear in and the idea was to create a really focused, powerful, classic, and song driven album. The production you hear is what I was pushing for. I wanted something tight, succinct and potent. Between me, Nicky and Byron as co-producers that’s what we ended up with. I wanted something just as fat as Nevermind, but before that I wanted to make sure there were great songs there. Did having your own studio this time around afford you the luxury of experimenting with some new sounds? There’s a distorted steel drum sound over the album which gives it a bit of a Caribbean flavour, which really jumped out at me on some songs. Definitely. All that stuff came in quite early in the rehearsals. Nicky bought the whole steel drum flavour into the band because of his Caribbean influences. You don’t have that ticking clock. The one thing about going into studios – no matter how nice they are – is that there’s always this red button, the record button, and a ticking clock. And those two things can become head fucks after a while.

John Butler Trio

John Butler’s incredible global success, particularly as a touring musician in America, is another reason as to why the ‘busker to festival killer’ narrative may no longer be appropriate. The story is now far more complex. How does a self-professed hippy who built his career on political outspokenness, batting for the underdog and speaking his mind atop a stool in the Freo Markets, deal with mainstream success and its commercial rewards? Butler’s philanthropic JB Seed arts grants program, now renamed The Seed to reflect the extent to which the music industry has made the program their own, is one obvious answer. April Uprising certainly doesn’t indicate that Butler’s lost any of his honesty, political zeal or integrity. The sounds may be slicker, more polished and ‘big’, but if anything this means that Butler’s message will be heard by more people something any artist, staunchly independent or otherwise, would never deny. After all, it’s a rare thing indeed to hear a three minute musical dissertation on big business, puppet regimes and corruption on Nova. The dreadlocks may be gone, and the songs may be that little bit shinier, but as Butler says on One Way Road:“The lyrical is heavier than lead and this guitar is my canon.”

By DAVID CRADDOCK I was holidaying in LA last year and when walking past the Troubadour there was a colossal line bending round the block. I thought damn who could this be? And sure enough it was you. Did you ever imagine it could get this big? By the time I realised I wanted to perform music I was 21, which is really late. I thought ‘Okay I’m going to make the decision to take this out of my living room’. I guess it culminated with Pickapart being played on triple j and I thought ‘you know what, everything that’s getting played on triple j – we’re just as good and we deserve to be on there’. I guess I have a bit of an arrogance about me where I say ‘well, what we’re doing is as good as anybody else - whether it’s Coldplay or anybody else’… so with that bravado and sense of ‘I don’t see why not’ it almost seems like common sense. We’re good enough, there’s no reason why it shouldn’t be - all we did was put in a lot of hard work and had some luck. But if you asked me as a busker – I would have said never in my wildest dreams. If you’d asked me that as a busker I would have said that I just want to backpack around the country playing at rainbow festivals (laughs). Once I decided to start busking there was no limit. Once you decide to take it out of your room, a local bar or a European or American stadium all become the same thing. You’re basically standing in front of a bunch of strangers naked and giving it your all. I’m happy to see where it’s going. It’s gone there with a lot of hard work and a lot of love… America has eaten up and spat out a lot of great bands. Fortunately we’re not one of them. 12

“I GUESS I HAVE A BIT OF AN ARROGANCE ABOUT ME WHERE I SAY ‘WELL,

WHAT WE’RE DOING IS AS GOOD AS ANYBODY ELSE - WHETHER IT’S COLDPLAY OR ANYBODY ELSE’.” You’ve just got back from playing the Nannup Music Festival. Is it emotional for you to play back in Nannup given your family history there? (Butler’s grandfather died while fighting a bushfire in the town) It was a lot of fun and there was a lot of energy. It was a full moon and I’ve been meaning to do that gig for about the last five years because it has a sentimental value to me. With the full moon and playing my grandfather’s guitar down there it was a bit like riding a wild horse - it wasn’t something I couldn’t really control. I wouldn’t say it was my best solo performance but there was so much energy – it was electric. It was great. It was live and real. Last year you retraced your Bulgarian ancestry on SBS’s Who Do You Think You Are? and the title of the album references that. Did that experience colour your songwriting on April Uprising? Most of the album was written before I went on that trip, but having that perspective over the recording period, and even with massive changes which have gone on in my life over the last three years, April Uprising seemed to fit as a metaphor for the whole time. Obviously there’s a lot of revolutionary sentiment on the album and there’s that socially conscious stuff sprinkled throughout the album already, so April Uprising made sense. The April Uprising happened in 1875, my great, great, grandfather fought in that. Then a hundred years later, on April 1, I was born. In April last year I broke up my trio and started a new one and recorded this album, and I’m releasing it in April - so it’s a metaphor for a whole personal revolution that was going on for me between the two Aprils. And it sounded good! With all art sometimes, things just roll off the tongue well and you almost have to find a meaning for it later.

regime of the Ottoman Empire. Koprivshtitsa is a really interesting town, there are a lot of lovely parallels there for me because it was the birth place of the cultural revival. The town had this amnesty; it had a lot of money because of its sheep trading, basically. So it was able to pay off all of the oppressors and militias that were around and keep its own sovereignty. In doing that it cultured its own language, its own religion, its own art, its own politicians and its own poets. In building up all of that cultural pride it kind of overflowed into the April Uprising. My grandfather fought in that, and someone who married into the family later, was the guy who actually fired the first shot. This is the first album you’ve recorded in your new studio in Fremantle. When I heard you were recording it yourself I assumed it would be an earthy, back-to-basics type album but this is slicker and tighter than anything we’ve heard from you before! Was this deliberate? Did you have a producer that came in to keep it sounding polished? The room was always a rehearsal room and a place to paint and do art, and then Nicky (Bomba, the new John Butler Trio drummer and Butler’s brother in law) said ‘why don’t you just record here?’ I said, ‘well if I record here, I can’t take a step down’. I’ve been working in world class studios, through Neve desks and with all this multi-million dollar equipment so I had to make sure the next album was on par, if not better. So when I put the studio together, I put it together with a friend who has put a lot of studios together. We bought lots of nice little bits of gear: a really nice Pro Tools set up,

I’m sure your fans will want to know why the old John Butler Trio was broken up to make this album. Did you just need a kick start, a new inspiration, a fresh beginning? Decisions are very ethereal to say the least. It’s kind of a dance with something that I don’t understand. Basically I don’t just change my bands for something fresh or to find new inspiration. What happened was we had a bit of time off and I just got together with (Nicky) as musical brother in-laws would do, and just jammed in my studio. I’ve always loved making music with Nicky. We did Sunrise Over Sea; we’ve got a great chemistry and I’ve always liked his drumming and his musicality. And in my time off, when we did it, it was just electric – it just exploded. It was undeniable. It was like, ‘holy shit what’s going on here – this is really special’. When that happens with a group of potential songs that are going to be on the next album you’re going ‘I think I’m going to have to follow this thread as far as I can take it’. So at that point – I was like ‘oh shit. I want to make an album with you’. And ‘oh shit I want to tour it with you’. So I asked him ‘do you want to do this?’ and he said ‘sure’. So I’m going ‘oh shit I’m breaking up my band’. It wasn’t expected at all – Michael and Shannon are fantastic players and we’ve done some fantastic work over the last seven years. I’ve been blessed over the past 12 years of having some amazing players in the band, including Gavin Shoesmith, Jason McGann, Rory Quirk and Michael Barker and Andrew Fry. There was something really undeniable about what was happening with me and Nicky so I figured I had to clear a new slate and find a bass player that was going to fit this chemistry. We auditioned four bass players and Byron Luiters stood out like a big funky beacon. As a songwriter, as the song keeper, you have to make some tough decisions sometimes. It’s not up to me who I want; it’s actually up to the songs.

For someone that might not have seen the show, how would you explain your ancestor’s involvement in the April Uprising? There’s a town called Koprivshtitsa and in 1875 tensions reached fever point, and basically it culminated in an uprising called the April Uprising which was an uprising by the Bulgarian people against the oppressive Hittin’ the town since 1985


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AS I LAY DYING

Reaper-ing The Rewards

After a three-year wait, Grammy-nominated San Diego metalcore act As I Lay Dying will be releasing their sixth studio album, The Powerless Rise, on May 11. JESSICA WILLOUGHBY caught up with vocalist Tim Lambesis to chat ahead of their show on Sunday, March 28, at Capitol.

As I Lay Dying

The notion of living the simple life has a certain ring to it. That whole Chuck Palahniuk-esque re-invigoration of ‘the things you own end up owning you’ concept. It is intoxicating to think an individual can strip back their ties with money, employment, education and social apprehension to just enjoy the process of living. Although in theory this modus operandi

sounds alluring to many, it cannot be practiced without a certain degree of difficulty. But this is a belief that lays right in the crux of As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis. So much so, that the lyrical content of the band’s follow-up to 2007’s An Ocean Between Us predominantly revolves around this notion. “There is a big focus on relationships throughout the recording,” Lambesis begins,

taking a deep breath. “We need to start thinking about others, instead of thinking about ourselves. Because, in doing acts for others, we tend to solve our own personal issues. Human selfishness tells us to think only of ourselves. But if people have these set goals, relating to money or social standing for example, they will feel like they won’t be fulfilled when they finally reach them. They will feel like they are empty when they have everything they wanted because they are not enjoying the process of life. Enjoying this process is where humans really find themselves. This is a personal viewpoint of mine, but it does have a certain beauty to it.” As many X-Press readers are probably aware, religion has always had a big part of play within the As I Lay Dying tribe. All self-professed Christians, the band has never let their music come off as preachy. Their upcoming sixth studio album, The Powerless Rise, is no exception to this clause. Recorded sporadically since October last year, the quintet only just finished the final bout of mixing last month. But, as Lambesis explains, the outfit were afforded the luxury of time for this release – and they reaped it for what it is worth. “We did one round of recording in October last year and we were meant to do the whole album then,” Lambesis explains. “But we found that we were still in the middle of some of our favourite songs. So we put it away and came back to finish it off in January. It’s a good position to be in. Before we had the financial constraints holding us back from taking as long as we wanted on an album. But there was a lot of pressure on us to progress with this release because of what we hinted at on our last album. “There are certainly a lot more layers on this release than ever before.”

THE DEAD WEATHER Thumpin’ Jack Flash

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The speed and spontaneity in which The Dead Weather put out their debut album took the music industry by surprise. Where most bands will methodically market a new release, Horehound appeared quickly and with little of the calculated pre-release gigging and flogging that usually comes with a major release. But The Dead Weather are no normal band. Made up of Jack White (of White Stripes and The Saboteurs fame), Alison Mosshart (The Kills), Jack Lawrence (The Saboteurs and The Greenhornes) and Dean Fertita (Queens Of The Stone Age), the group only initially met to record a seven inch single in Jack White’s Third Man studio, but emerged with a full, now critically acclaimed, album of swampy, garage-y blues rock in Horehound. When Dean Fertita recently spoke to X-Press ahead of the band’s Australian tour, he dropped tantalising mentions of the band’s follow up album. It therefore came as no surprise that no sooner had we put down the phone details of Sea Of Cowards, the band’s second album, had been announced – a record Fertita said will be heavier than their last. “We have to get it out quickly just due to our schedules,” the guitarist and keyboard player explains of the album and the unique situation the busy band find themselves in. “The Kills are working on a new record too right now so we don’t have a tonne of time for touring. So we want to get stuff out as quick as possible.” Pumping out refreshingly spontaneous releases without premeditation is a process perfectly suited to Jack White’s new Nashville studio Third Man. The famously lo-fi loving White Stripes frontman built the facility to include a photo studio and dark room in which cover photographs can be made, a shop-front to sell records in-house and a partnership with a Nashville vinyl plant that can turn around records in weeks. “I’m a kid of the ’70s so I grew up loving the fact that I was going to get a record once a year or sometimes twice a year from bands that I liked,” Fertita explains of his dislike of the slow ‘record cycles’ in which modern records are released. “I think there’s something important about that – it keeps it fresh for everybody, fans especially. They sense when something’s been played to death and it makes the live shows more exciting as well to have more material to draw from. “I think that’s kind of responsible for how we played as a band,” he concludes.“There’s no pretence, there’s nothing pre meditated about it. We were unconsciously just playing, writing what we felt in that moment and capturing it on tape. The sound of the band is our personalities at the rawest they can be. You’re just seeing who we are when we’re together.”


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CROWDED HOUSE One Crowded Hour Crowded House headline the West Coast Blues ’n’Roots Festival this Sunday,March 28,at Fremantle Park.BOB GORDON speaks with bass player, Nick Seymour, about their forthcoming album, Intriguer.

Crowded House

It’s all storms and stress here in Perth, but Crowded House bass player/co-founder, Nick Seymour, has got his feet up, even if he is a little on the busy side. “I’m lying down on Neil’s daybed,” he says, most casually, “in his writing room in his studio-slash-living compound in Auckland.” Sounds splendid, but the hardest work has most definitely been done. It’s been mixed, mastered and now confirmed that the new Crowded House album, Intriguer, co-produced by Neil Finn and Jeff Scott, will be released on June 15 on their new label, Universal Music. At this moment, Seymour is in the final throes of signing off on the artwork with a graphics company in London. Band-related artwork has always been his niche within the Crowdies. “I’m the guy who does the artwork and who has recommendations on trouser-lines and possible haircuts.” Indeed, there’s always been good heads of hair in Crowded House… “Oh come on, come on,” he laughs. “This is the worst thing. Mark (Hart), Neil and Matt (Sherrod) have great hair and Nick seems to be getting a little thin on the top. He’s going for that short surfer, middle-aged longboarder kind of thing. He’s down to a number three (laughs).”

Once again, it’s new times for Crowded House. Though the band reconfigured for 2007’s Time On Earth, the LP had its seeds as a Neil Finn solo album with Seymour on bass. This time around it’s different because it’s been a Crowded House album from the get-go. “Very much so,” Seymour emphasises. “A lot of the songs we had were wild. When we got back together and learnt songs that Neil and I had worked together on for his solo record and we decided to get the band back together and find Matt, a drummer to replace Paul (Hester, who passed away in 2005), we had probably the majority of the songs recorded. Possibly my own criticism of that record is that it’s not a complete recording by all the four members of the band, and it perhaps doesn’t have the energy that we have when we are all work together. “When we toured, we started writing and trying things out at soundchecks and things like that. So a lot of the songs on the new record are a result of them being created all together, so it’s a much more authentic version of the energy that we have. And I’m very happy to be able to say that.” Seymour is especially pleased with the creative contribution of drummer Matt Sherrod, whom he says is a wonderful fit for the band in terms of personality and the “loving touch” of his playing. “A lot of it, I’ve realised, is in his background of music,” Seymour notes.“The type of music that he grew up with: his mum is Irish and his dad is of African/American descent. He grew up with a blend of R&B/soul and a lot of early ’70s funk from his dad and his mum had a lot of influence from singer/songwriters from the Celtic tradition. “There’s a certain essence in grace notes and between notes that are played in a good combo and Matt is very aware of that. Neil, on the other hand is an absolute tunesmith and that’s what he does really well. He knows exactly how the sum-of-the-parts-work but if you ask him to actually hammer in a nail I think you’d be in trouble (laughs).” Back in their initial heydays, Crowded House worked with producers such as Mitchell Froom and Youth, with subsequent albums being mixed by mixer-extraordinaire, Bob Clearmountain. By recording in Los Angeles any instrument or any nuance required could be sought after and paid for. Such elements, of course, are still available, but Seymour says the band now stands squarely on its own feet when it comes to the music they record.

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“Now we’re much more resourceful and it’s up to us to have the standards to know when something isn’t as good as it can be,” he explains. “I think that really defines a particular maturity in Crowded House. This record still sounds like a Crowdies record, but it’s a lot simpler and up-to-date compared to what a lot of our records were in respect of the production time that they were made. And in so, I think it’s very contemporary in that regard. It describes a band that’s really good live. It’s the confidence that comes from experience.” The second life of Crowded House really does make one realise the quality of the band and Neil Finn’s songs. While Seymour admits that he was once lost “in a young man’s quest to be the biggest band in the world and all of the artifice that is associated with that,” he notes that the band’s longevity embraces its past but steps beyond mere nostalgia. “When we got back together and went out on the road I was slightly afraid there was going to be a nostalgic, retrospective aesthetic with the romantic periods that people have had listening to our music back in the day,” he notes. “But it seems that our fan-base is a living thing that has actually morphed among generations, that parents have given to their kids and also word of mouth has spread among others that have put us into categories that I had no idea we were in when the band was together back in those day… because I was so hell-bent on just trying to be the biggest band in the world at that point (laughs). “I really enjoy the position we find ourselves in now. I pinch myself every now and then, to be this lucky.” Hittin’ the town since 1985


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JOHN MAYALL

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TIJUANA CARTEL Dub Dealing

British blues legend John Mayall performs this Sunday, March Gold Coasters Tijuana Cartel are back in town this week, 28, as part of West Coast Blues ’n’ Roots at Fremantle Park. BOB bringing their unique blend of electronic and world music to GORDON speaks with the great man. West Coast Blues ’n’ Roots Festival at Fremantle Park. JOSHUA For Mayall, collaboration has been key HAYES speaks with guitarist and producer Paul George. They don’t often lay out the red carpet in the blues, but if they did, it would certainly stretch out for John Mayall, OBE. Through his influential blues outfit, The Bluesbreakers, Mayall talent-spotted and shaped the early careers of none other than Eric Clapton, Mick Fleetwood, Peter Green, John McVie, Mick Taylor and many more. He is, however, a journeyman/blues player at heart. So while many proclaim his influence over the greats, Mayall is not one to dwell on it himself. “Not specifically,” he says.“Once a person has played with me it has become part of my life’s experience, so to speak. It’s a friendship that lasts forever, really. I don’t think the musicians individually think necessarily in those terms – they think of it as friendships that have lasted and collaborations that have stood the test of time. There’s not much else you can really say about it, but blues people tend to be a very long-lasting family.”

John Mayall

to his longevity and his undying passion for music and performing. His 2001 album, Along For The Ride, paired him with yet more musical greats and remains a highlight for him. “Collaboration is sharing but also it’s a trigger that sometimes pushes you into areas that you didn’t exactly expect,” he says.“It’s a great thing to experience. Along For The Ride was full of thrills, playing with people like Gary Moore, Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top, Billy Preston… it was a great thrill to be part of something with musicians whose careers I’d followed. It was great to be at the helm of something like that.” While he plays many festival dates, Mayall still makes sure to perform plenty of his own shows while on tour. He appreciates the different nuances involved in both types of performance, but the important thing is keeping busy. “Well when you try to do as I do and that is to try and fill all the dates in the week when you go out on tour,” he says.“Otherwise you’re wasting time sitting in hotel rooms. As long as we work every night I love the contrast and the fact that you get to play to all different kinds of audiences in different places.” Mayall was last in Australia seven years ago for the Byron Bay Bluesfest. He’s only been to Australia a few times in a four-decade career, but he says it won’t affect his setlist this time ‘round, given that his shows always provide an overview of his journey. “Well it’s pretty much the same thing, whatever the time or distance is between the performances,” Mayall explains. “Wherever I go I do give a good cross-section of my songs back from The Bluesbreakers all the way through to my present album, Tough. There’s such a wealth of material there from all those albums and all those years that sometimes it’s hard to actually pin down a setlist that will encompass everything, so we always aim for a cross-section of material. When we play, the treatment, or course, always has lots of improvisation. So we always get a kick out of doing all the material.”

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Since Tijuana Cartel released their second album, They Come, 12 months ago, the fivepiece has been touring non-stop. The group has its origins in residencies George held at Gold Coast cafes playing flamenco guitar. Gradually, he began introducing elements of electronic music into these shows – to the point where tables were being moved to make way for growing dance floors. “ We k i n d o f b l e n d e d t h e t w o together,” George begins. “They were two styles that we were enjoying doing and we wanted to experiment with, so we just found a way to do them both at once.” Soon a horn player, percussionist and MC were added to the mix. The group attempted to carve out a niche in their hometown with limited success, despite an exciting live show that combined electronica with world music, flamenco guitar solos with heavy dance beats and funk with dub. “It wasn’t until we started getting outside of the Gold Coast that we realised that people actually liked our music,” George confirms.

As a result, the group started a “pretty much endless tour around Australia”. They have made three trips out to WA in recent months, supporting The Cat Empire, Antibalas and doing a headlining tour of their own. “It seems to be working now, which is great,” George says of their group’s nonstop touring schedule. “We do have a fan base enough for us to keep it going as a living. I mean, we’re still living like uni students and I don’t think we’ll ever be the sort of band that will crack the big time, but we’ve managed to forge out enough of a fan base to keep doing what we love, so we’re pretty happy with it.” Tijuana Cartel’s energetic live show has even earned the group international residencies in Bali, Beijing (during the Olympics) and Mumbai. “We had a main residency in a bar in a Marriot Hotel,” George says of their Mumbai residency, which happened to be a Bollywood hangout. “It was a great place to play just for the fact that all these Bollywood stars are kind of dressed like the Fonz from Happy Days – we’re just playing to this whole crowd of people in satin shirts and gold chains. It was ridiculous.”


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Fremantle’s iconic West Coast Blues ‘n’ Roots festival rolls into its spacious new venue, Fremantle Park, on Sunday, March 28 DAVID CRADDOCK previews what looks to be another friendly laid-back and musically diverse event. Fremantle’s West Coast Blues ‘n’ Roots Festival is by far the most laidback of all the major WA festivals. Having always been about ‘the vibe’ rather than a fashionable gig for hipsters to tick off seeing their favourite new acts, it’s the kind of event where you’ll see mums and dads huddled up next to fire twirling hippies and young music lovers alike. It truly is a festival for everyone. A change of venue means that this year’s Blues ‘n’ Roots looks to be even more spacious and open than ever. The event has moved from its traditional home on the Fremantle Esplanade to the grassy banks of

Fremantle Park, the large reserve bordered by Ellen, Ord and Parry streets. This year’s festival will also feature a new seated theatre stage, the admission of blankets and chairs and a large seated international food court. Thankfully howeve the event will retain one of its most endearing features: as an over-18 festival, patrons can freely wander from stage to stage, alcoholic beverage in hand. Given the chicken cage scenario modern festival goers have become used to, thi is a true luxury indeed. Underage patrons can still be admitted, however, under the supervision of an adult.

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The great thing about a festival like Blues ‘n’ Roots is wandering around aimlessly and stumbling across a new favourite ar tist. However, Crowded House, undoubtedly one of the biggest draw cards to this year’s festival, are a must see. Pop songwriters of the highest order, hits like Better Be Home Soon and Don’t Dream It’s Over will surely have the crowd singing along and waving their mobile phones (it’s the new lighter you know). Festival fixture John Butler Trio’s performance will be another hotly anticipated set. Having just released his new album April Uprising, Butler and his brand new trio will have a point to prove in introducing a bunch of new material to their home crowd. Blues legend Jeff Beck will continue the festival’s tradition of bringing iconic and influential guitarists to the big top tent. A legend of the ‘60s English blues scene, and a respected Yardbirds contemporary of Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page, Beck’s freewheeling improvisational style has to be seen to be believed. The addition of Taj Mahal and Buddy Guy make this festival a guitar lover’s dream. New York gypsy punk outfit Gogol Bordello add a bit of spice to the line-up with their theatrical and often outrageous style. Inspired by Eastern European gypsy music, the band are sure to charm with their unusual and beguiling sound. Jewish rapper, beat boxer and reggae artist Matisyahu brings a similarly exotic flavour to the festival. After all, it’s not every day you can jump to some Hasidic hip hop! Critically acclaimed New Orleans based pianist Jon Cleary may be one of the hidden gems of the festival. Performing from 2.30-3.20pm on the Theatre Stage, Cleary is bringing his new trio to Australia for the first time. Given the musicians Cleary has performed with ( Taj Mahal, B.B. King and Ryan Adams included), he’s sure to put on a world-class show. If you’re at the venue from bounce down, make sure you make the effort to see local blues rock sensation The Joe Kings and Perth alt-country/indie supergroup The Ghost Hotel. You won’t be disappointed.

Crowded House 8:30 - 9:50 PM John Butler Trio 6:40 - 8:00 PM Buddy Guy 5:20 - 6:20 PM Ozomatli 4:00 - 5:00 PM Newton Faulkner 2:40 - 3:40 PM Lisa Mitchell 1:20 - 2:20 PM Dan Sultan 12:10 - 1:00 PM Backsliders 11:00 - 11:50 AM

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Gogol Bordello 9:00 - 10:00 PM Jeff Beck 7:30 - 8:30 PM Matisyahu 6:10 - 7:10 PM Taj Mahal 4:40 - 5:40 PM Angus & Julia Stone 3:20 - 4:10 PM The Swell Season 2:00 - 3:00 PM Dave Hole 12:30 - 1:30 PM Andrew Winton 11:15 - 12:00 PM

THEATRE STAGE

Tijuana Cartel 8:20 - 9:20 PM Old Crow Medicine Show 6:50 - 7:50 PM Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros 5:20 - 6:20 PM John Mayall 3:50 - 4:50 PM Jon Cleary 2:30 - 3:20 PM Mary Gauthier 1:20 - 2:10 PM CBC Jazz Orchestra with Lee Sappho 12:15 - 1:00 PM

MARKET STAGE

Wagons 7:30 - 8:30 PM Jordie Lane 6:15 - 7:00 PM Blues Preachers 5:00 - 5:45 PM Jen Cloher and the Endless Sea 3:35 - 4:30 PM Red Shoes Boy 2:15 - 3:00 PM The Joe Kings 1:00 - 1:45 PM The Ghost Hotel 12:00 - 12:40 PM Breakthrough to Blues ‘n’ Roots 11:10 - 11:40 PM

THINK GREEN:

No not that kind of green, but you’re right… the waft of jazz-cigarettes usually does linger mysteriously through the crowd at some stage during the festival (during the John Butler set is always a good bet). Blues ‘n’ Roots is one of the greenest festivals going around, having won two international Greener Festival Awards. Punters can pick up a biodegradable bag from the on-site Green Team and fill it with cans and bottles in exchange for a $5 Green Money voucher which can be spent on festival merchandise, drinks or music store purchases.

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ON THE FRINGE:

If you’ve missed the heats there’s still time to catch the Grand Final of the The Breakthrough To Blues ’n’ Roots Competition on Thursday, March 25, at Clancy’s Fish Pub. The West Coast Blues ’n’ Roots Official Opening Party also kicks off at the Fremantle Arts Centre on Saturday, March 27, with Cal Peck & The Tramps, The Floors, Miche Suite, One Tiger Down and Ruby Boots from 6pm. Entry is free to West Coast Blues ’n’ Roots ticket holders and $10 on the door for no- ticket holders. Xwray Café has been anointed HQ for the Fringe Festival, where Stripped Bare will showcase laidback performances from Abbe May, Fall Electric, The Fancy Brothers and Khin Myint from 7pm on Saturday, March 27. Entry is $20 presale (available from café) or $25 on the door. There’s plenty more fringe events happening in Fremantle in the lead up to the event so head to sunsetevents.com.au for the full guff.

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April Uprising may have been organically recorded in Butler’s new Fremantle studio, but it is as polished, slick and focussed as anything he’s ever released. The packaging is rather deluxe too. A triple gatefold (using recycled card of course), the release comes with a tiny red booklet of lyrics - a revolutionary pamphlet if you will – undoubtedly inspired by Butler’s trip to Koprivshtitsa in Bulgaria, where his ancestors fought in the April Uprising. ‘The million dollar hippie’ as he’s been jokingly coined by some, may be far from his days selling cassettes in the Freo markets, but his staunch independence and almost aggressive political outspokenness is by no means gone. If anything, it’s stronger than ever on April Uprising. It’s as if Butler is slightly sugaring the medicine and sneaking his ideals into the mainstream in a roots-pop Trojan horse. The catchy beat and melody of One Way Road draws a wide range of listeners in then - bam! – it’s all puppet regimes, colonisation, corruption, shonky governments and revolution. Cop that commercial radio. The playing is as proficient and groovedriven as ever with tracks like Come On Now, featuring Nicky Bomba on steel pans, bringing an interesting new Caribbean flavour to the trio. Consider this Butler version 2.0. Shinier, tighter and ‘bigger’ but retaining the impassioned snarl. Based on the graphic novel by Mark Millar, who also created Wanted, the film is being brought to the screen by writer/producer/director Matthew Vaughn. Matthew wrote and directed Stardust and Layer Cake and produced Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch. He is reunited with his Snatch star Brad Pitt who is a producer on the film. A twisted, funny, high octane adventure, Matthew Vaughn brings KICK ASS to the big screen. KICK ASS tells the story of average teenager Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson), who decides to take his obsession with comic books as inspiration to become a real-life superhero. As any good superhero would, he chooses a new name -- Kick Ass -- assembles a suit and mask to wear, and gets to work fighting crime. There’s only one problem – Kick Ass has absolutely no superpowers To enter simply email win@xpressmag.com.au with Kick Ass in the subject line. Entries close Monday April 5.

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John Williamson is music equivalent to the meat pie and Holden car. He is the voice of what it is like to live in Australia and he couldn’t be more proud. 40 Years Of True Blue collects 22 of Williamson’s best known, dusty-vocalled, tunes There are few that can use a narrative to paint the picture of the land on this vast island with the simplicity and emotion of Williamson. It is an unofficial rule of citizenship in this country to be able to recite the words of True Blue, and to have drunkenly sung along to Old Man Emu and Rip Rip Woodchip. Not only are the Williamson originals from Mallee Boy to Galleries Of Pink Galahs included here in all their glory, but there is also a bonus disc of some of Williamson’s friends paying tribute to him through song. Kasey Chambers takes on Cootamundra Wattle and The Waifs tackle Salisbury Street while Ash Grunwald, Adam Harvey and a raft of others also pay their respects. Whack on 40 Years Of True Blue and celebrate like its Australia Day everyday. _CHRIS HAVERCROFT

_DAVID CRADDOCK

THE BRUTALS The Honeymoon Period

BROKEN BELLS Broken Bells Columbia/Sony Music

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Ben Montero and Emmett Smith toured the country with their band Treetops before the outfit disbanded as quietly as it begun. But the duo remained in contact and it wasn’t too long before acoustic guitars were again taken out of their cases and late night sessions without much intent led to songs being written, and eventually recorded. Sporadic gigs followed and, finally, The Honeymoon Period was captured. Dead Seaman isn’t that far removed from the songwriting partners’ previous band as swirling guitars and tight harmonies are the main entertainment. Goldilocks has a likeable Britpop styled melody with a laconic Aussie delivery. Like many of the tunes surrounding it, you’ll be sure to have this one bouncing around your head for days. All pop bases are covered as songs like Pizza Heaven and Top O The Town – songs in the vein of those kicked around by Nic Dalton and Tom Morgan in the nineties. Led Legs has a faux country feel and Walkabout tips its hat to The Replacements. They may not be a ‘name’ act, but The Brutals aren’t lacking in quality. Rarely has a band’s sound been so mismatched with its name. The Brutals are anything but fierce – more a sweet, sweet delight. _CHRIS HAVERCROFT

What were the odds: the introverted indie pop oddball and one of the most successful electronic/hip hop producers on the planet, joining forces? There’re no two ways about it: Broken Bells is a collaboration of epic disproportions. Sure, James Mercer’s stars have been rising – as the leader of US indie popsters The Shins – but a collaboration with the man of the moment, Danger Mouse, always seemed a tad far fetched; not to mention the colossal genre clash. But, against the odds, here it lays – Broken Bells. Danger Mouse has never made a secret of his fondness for messing with the rules so it’s perhaps less of a surprise that – somehow – the 10 songs on offer here, quite simply, work. Trying to nail down the underlying ideology at play is, however, slightly more complex. Shins’ fans may shudder at the technical cut’n’pasting while Danger Mouse fanatics may mourn the album’s intermittent lo-fi/slacker moments. But, in truth, that’s what makes this collaboration so impossibly workable. Like The Postal Service before them (minus the dinky beats), Broken Bells have fearlessly delivered an album that fuses the absurd and the ethereal – it’s both fun and moving. It won’t rattle music’s foundations, but it’ll make more than a few people thank the heavens these two men crossed paths. _JULIAN TOMPKIN

FOZZY Chasing The Grail

ACRASSICAUDA Only The Dead See The End Of The War

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Alright, perhaps some explanation is needed for the uninitiated. Fozzy is lead by WWE wrestler Jericho who joined the band in 1999 when they were known as Fozzy Osborne, an Ozzy Osborne cover band. They shortened their name to Fozzy later and created a back-story suggesting the songs they covered were actually stolen from them in a dodgy record deal. Fozzy started to release original music eventually, mostly ending up on WWE soundtracks. Chase The Grail encapsulates the wrestling spectacle in a nutshell: it’s loud, brash, and perhaps a little too masculine. You don’t watch wrestling for the dialogue, and Fozzy shouldn’t be listened to for the lyrics: ‘I can pay the price / I can live after I die / I can roll the dice.’ Everything else, however, is awesome. The groove metal is brutal and heavy without suffering the cheesy stink of the lyrics, and Jericho’s booming voice has a nice Ozzy vibe to it. With the exception of the god-damn awful Broken Soul, Chasing The Grail is a listenable, solid album that’s best played while doing pile-drivers off the back of the couch. _BRENDAN HOLBEN

This EP is evidence that beautiful story of perseverance has run its intended course. Acrassicauda were first introduced to us in the critically acclaimed rockumentary Heavy Metal In Baghdad (2007) as the one and only Iraqi metal act at the time. In their nine years as a band, they not only survived Saddam Hussein but also the American invasion and subsequent insurgency, escaping their turbulent homeland to try to resettle in Turkey and Syria – finally being granted refugee status in America in 2009. They now finally have a professional recording to their name, produced by none other than Testament’s Alex Skolnick, who adds his fair share of shine to this four-track release. Standout first single Garden Of Stones is all ablaze with tightly packed riff-work akin to early era thrash metal titans Metallica and Slayer but without sound rip off-ish . Rather, the outfit use these stylings to portray their own brutal underpinnings as children of war, incorporating traditional indigenous vocals, spoken word and soaring strings from Tony Aziz. It’s pretty inspirational stuff to hear from a band that have literally shed blood to keep their passion for metal alive. _JESSICA WILLOUGHBY


THE BIRD AND THE BEE Interpreting The Masters Vol 1: A Tribute To Daryl Hall And John Oates

FRANCIS F RANCIS myspace.com/francisishere

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The duo of Inara George and Greg Kurstin may have started their band out of a mutual love of jazz standards, yet with Interpreting The Masters Vol 1 they give some of the best known songs of Philadelphia act Hall & Oates a synth pop work over. The least known song on the album is opener Heard It On The Radio which sets the scene perfectly with Kurstin’s knack for dance hall filling electro. The arrangements are toyed with enough to be loved again for a whole new set of reasons without sucking the heart out of the original. George has a smooth as silk voice that covers a wide range of moods during these nine borrowed songs. Rich Girl is particularly soulful, One On One pensive and Kiss Is On My List is delightfully playful. Garbage’s Shirley Manson even lends a hand for the mega hit Maneater. When looking to interpret the ‘masters’, Hall and Oates may not be the first band that springs to mind, but The Bird And The Bee, make it an inspired choice. _CHRIS HAVERCROFT

We heard about Francis over at swedesplease. net, a mightily well compiled blog that comes highly recommended to anyone who loves the offbeat, experimental and sometimes downrightodd musical output of Scandinavia. Francis is from Dalarna, an icy little outpost in the north of Sweden famous for its red wooden horse ornaments. Fronted by the appropriately blonde songstress Petra Mases (what’s a Swedish band without a foxy blonde lead singer?), the band create melodic indie pop with a croon-y, jazzy almost ragtime feel. Beat Beat Beat is a good example of this theatrical and fun style. Bad To The Bone sees Mases deliver a crazy, devilish and downright disturbing vocal somewhere between Billie Holliday and CocoRosie. Yikes! Key track: I Was Never Bored At All (you can download a free version of the song at francisishere.com) _DAVID CRADDOCK

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JAKOB DYLAN Women And Country Columbia/Sony

Being Bob Dylan’s musical son must be a tough gig. It’d be like being Michelangelo’s son and deciding you’ll have a crack at sculpture. This, however, is the conundrum facing Jakob Dylan. On his second solo album, Dylan Jr makes this job a little easier by evoking other iconic songwriters like Tom Waits or an acoustic Bruce Springsteen rather than his once nasal, now croaky, dad. Lend A Hand is a funereal, trumpet laden march littered with Waits-esque thumps and junk percussion. Talk of a ‘toothless woman’ and ‘one armed man’ conjure up his dad’s love of carnival-esque imagery but, once you slap yourself on the wrist and stop playing that futile little comparisons game, the track stands on its own two feet proudly. Everybody’s Talking, featuring sublime backup vocals from Neko Case, is much more country in its twangy harmonies and talk of dirt floors, barrels and ploughs. Fans of Bruce Springsteen’s acoustic excursion Devils And Dust may also enjoy Yonder Come The Blues. As with most things he touches, producer T Bone Burnett is the unsung star of this record. Every thud and pedal-steel shimmer is masterfully placed. It may be genetically assisted but this is a seriously high quality album.

In 1990 Billy Corgan was a Chicagoan outcast with a hit-and-miss album, a dysfunctional band and a full head of hair. Then in 1991 Nirvana dropped the Nevermind bomb and suddenly Smashing Pumpkins didn’t seem so impossible after all. By 1993 – after reassessing his decision to top himself – Corgan recorded the album of his career: Siamese Dream. While Nervermind channelled enraged punk and Ten was fuelled by ’70s stadium rock, Siamese Dream’s take on so-called ‘grunge’ was far more complex, dabbling in Cure-esque goth-pop. And, like the aforementioned ’90s landmarks, it stands up as an undisputed classic of its time. The steady instrumental climax of Cherub Rock, the perfect explosion of Today, the cutting acoustic sabre of Disarm, the volatile journey of Mayonaise – all masterworks of their epoch. Corgan proved the perfect rock chameleon: angst-riddled, love puckered and guitar-slingin’. He’d soon shave his locks, go all-creepy and court Jessica Simpson (WTF?) – but before that he gave us Siamese Dream, and that was enough. Key Track: Today

_JULIAN TOMPKIN

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With there being a resurgence in lo-fi at the moment, there aren’t too many bands creating the kind of hype that is being heaped on Dum Dum Girls. Starting as a solo project for Dee Dee (Kristin Gundred), Dum Dum Girls have quickly grown to a four piece to bring her debut album I Will Be to the stage. Gundred may have a lacklustre approach to musicianship, but she excels in taking the best parts of ‘60s girls groups and early punk to make glorious blasts of fuzzed out pop. Most of the eleven tunes clock in at well under three minutes with buzz saw guitars and rapid fire vocals being churned out in an almost relentless fashion. Rest Of Our Lives is a slower burn about being wrapped up in a relationship. Crocodiles’ Brandon Welchez adds his vocal to Blank Girl to give it an unmistakable Jesus & The Mary Chain feel. I Will Be has all the ingredients of your favourite records of 1986, yet is a more than welcome addition to this new decade.

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The old saying goes ‘a picture tells a thousand words’, and now, thanks to the Camera Recycle Project, you can help disadvantaged youth get their thousand words simply by donating an old or unused camera. Established by Perth lass Jade Stott, the Camera Recycle Project aims to help underprivileged youth by allowing them to borrow items from a technology library, comprised of camera equipment donated by the community. If you have an old camera lying around your house, dust it off and donate it to the Camera Recycle Project – it’s bound to make someone very happy. For info on how you can take part in the initiative, check out camerarecycleproject. org.au.

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Leading European music ensemble, The Harp Consort, will pack their bags (and their harps) to head down under for a series of concerts this May. Primarily inspired by the 17th century harp consort at the court of Charles I; The Harp Consort fuse music, rhythm, dance and performance, delivering fantastic concerts time and time again. Fans of the group can catch them on Tuesday, May 18, at the Perth Concert Hall. Tickets are on sale now from BOCS.

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The party atmosphere of Rio will engulf Kulcha in Fremantle this Saturday, March 27, when So Brazil take to the stage with their new concert A Night In Rio. Featuring Juliana Areias, Jose Henrique Alves, and percussion by Ricky and Rafa Gonçalves, So Brazil fuse traditional Brazilian rhythms with well known numbers from the ’80s rock movement in Brazil. Along with their instruments the folks from So Brazil will bring with them colourful costumes, eyecatching decorations and plenty of good vibes. Tickets are on sale now from kulcha. com.au, or in person at 13 South Terrace in Fremantle. Doors open 8pm. So Brazil

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The Indian Film Festival is back for 2010, This year’s festival is replete wi head to Luna Outdoor to go Bollywood goodtime blockbusters, seductive roman And Beyond from Thursday, March 25, comedies and edge of your seat thrille until Wednesday, April 17. Highlights for Bhowmick Lange are... “3 Idiots, which is also the highe By now we all know that India’s ‘Bollywood’ grossing Bollywood film in history; Lo film industry is the biggest producer of Aaj Kal, which is a beautiful, very mode movies n the world outside of Hollywood love story; Dev D, a darker, edgier, mo itself. What’s great about the annual Indian contemporary version of the eternal class Film Festival is that it offers those who only occasionally see an Indian film or even the Devdas; and Dil Bole Hadippa, which is mildly curious, the chance to sample what heartwarming tale of a girl who just wan the country’s movie industry actually offers. to play cricket against all odds.” For Bhowmick Lange, the ha For Mitu Bhowmick Lange, creative director of Mind Blowing Films, the film programming work has resulted in a fi company behind the 2010 Indian Film roadshow that is again touring the count Festival, it is a chance to convey both the What does she hope people take away fro this year’s festival? richness and reality of Indian cinema. “We wanted to convey the variety “I hope people will come an and the versatile nature of our films,” just have fun,” she says. “Bollywood is she explains, “where there is something about pure escapist entertainment that h for everyone. Whether it’s a romantic, something for everyone and has differe contemporary love story like Love Aaj Kal, or wonderful stories to tell. That’s exactly wh the tale of a renegade student of 3 Idiots, or we hope people will take back from here. the crime thriller of Kaminey.” The festival caters for a general _ BOB GORDO audience and but also ensures there is enough for aficionados of Indian cinema. It Tonight’s opening night event kicks o can be a tricky distinction. “It is a bit hard but we were very from 7pm, with the musical/romant clear that we wanted as many different comedy, Dil Bole Hadippa (starrin genres as possible to showcase Bollywood,” Bollywood Queen, Rani Mukherjee), plus says Bhowmick Lange. ”So we tried to Bollywood themed evening of spectacul find the balance between films that were colourful dance and pulsating music. F commercially successful as well as critically bookings and full information head acclaimed and got this great mixed bag.” lunapalace.com.au.

Sounds Outback commences at 5pm on Friday, April 2, and runs ’til Monday, April 5. Tickets are available from Tura New Music on (08) 9228 3711 or at tura.com. au. The Australian outback is a place of otherworldly wonder. Even without condescending to the faux-spirituality that normally comes with that opening sentence, the sheer breadth and scope of the outback borders on ethereal, and its haunting, serene-yet-deadly expanse has been the influence of much art since man first came to experience it. Tura New Music’s Sounds Outback seeks to showcase the work of some of Australia’s pre-eminent artists, all of whose work or practice had been influenced by a direct contact with the environment. Over three days, artists such as Ross Bolleter, Jim Denley, Jon Rose, Hollis Taylor and Alan Lamb will showcase a series of works to a privileged audience of a hundred, who will all be camping at Wogarno Station in MidWest Western Australia. Tos Mahoney, Tura’s artistic director, is quick to point out that the event will be closely recorded both visually and aurally, so the experience will in fact be available to the wider public. The reason for this perceived exclusivity is that the event “is not so much a festival as it is a weekend spent with five Australian composers. It’s very much about the work related directly to the environment. Some of those works specifically have grown out of remote areas not just the Australian bush per se. So they fit perfectly into what has evolved as the ethos for the event which is as much a research and development process as it is a public event.” The works are as eccentric as they are varied. Mahoney outlines. “For example, there’s Ross Bolleter who’s worked with a ruined discovered piano from a place near Kew. Since then, he’s discovered dozens and dozens of ruined pianos... each ruined piano is quite something to behold really.” This work is complemented by other works of similar scope, and yet of completely different approach. Alan Lamb, for example, has worked with recording telegraph wires and the sounds they produced; his major contribution to the festival will be a wire installation at Wogarno Station. Mahoney describes the work as being “quite haunting... the wires sing perpetually, whenever there is wind blowing.” Other events include Jim Denley’s Intimate Saxaphone, which takes audiences on a musical journey. “He’s ventured into the remote parts of NSW exploring the acoustics of various environments. Taking audiences

Sounds Outback the driving musical passions of Taylor’s life. She is an accomplished virtuoso violinist who has made a career out of recording, documenting and working with birdsong. Rounding off the artists at the event is Jon Rose, whose showcased work is perhaps the most technical. Mahoney explains it as such. “Jon Rose’s major body of work is as a virtuoso improvisational violinist but has developed alot of interactive technology to do with music. ‘Ball and Fence music’ involves a giant ball with accelerometers in the walls of the ball. And it measures the wind on the ball and sends it to a computer that interprets the wind into sound. It is highly technical, especially since it will involve the audience playing volleyball.” This interactivity between artist and audience is a key feature of Sounds Outback. “There’ll be times when people as a group will go to one of the artists’ work, and there will be a presentation and performance if you like. And that will be structured across the weekend. On the Saturday night there is a concert where we invite the local community to come. There’ll be lots of opportunity for audience to go as they choose to any of the artists work and interact on a private basis. There is also plenty of time for spontaneous action to happen. It’s a camping experience. We’re creating a community for the weekend.” The intimate nature of the experience belies an ambitious artistic endeavour. And although this is only the second Sounds Outback, the history of the event stretches back to the early naughties, when it had more of a festival feel. “We had 600 people at Easter weekend 2001, it was like a festival. However we looked at our books, and although it was an artistic and audience success it was a financial burden even with funding and sponsorship. We’ve now got a model that’s shown to be sustainable into the future. Although it’s small in scale it’s large in artistic scope and does attract attention nationally and if we can set up a good rhythm for it happening every two years it will be sustainable into the future.” Mahoney promises potential audiences of Sounds Outback that it will be an event the likes of which are rarely, if ever found. “Look... for anyone thinking of coming it really is quite a unique experience. The landscape is otherworldly and even that justifies a trip to Wogarno itself. But to have these challenging, witty and intelligent works happening across the weekend... it will really make it quite unique...the chance to get away to something really alternative

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SOUL KITCHEN Hip To Be There

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Directed by Fatih Akin Starring Adam Bousdoukos, Birol Unel, Moritz Bleibtreu, Anna Bederke

known as Franka Potente’s offsider in Run Lola Run), a petty thief/burglar and not at all work-based, obtain a work-release from prison by giving him a ‘job’ at Soul Kitchen. It seems that Zinos’ well‘Let me sleep all night in your Soul Kitchen meaning employment philosophy doesn’t just Warm my mind near your gentle stove extend to family - upon witnessing a chef, Shayn Turn me out and I’ll wander baby (Birol Unel), being sacked from a nearby high-class Stumblin’ in the neon groves’. restaurant, he takes him on too. Soul Kitchen, The Doors, 1967 Shayn, a real chef, soon throws the trash food menu off the menu and replaces it with quality Like that ole Doors song, the phrase Soul Kitchen sustenance. At first it clears the establishment of its opens up a sea of flavours - music, booze, sex, regulars, but very soon, teamed with interesting/ necessaries, un-necessaries, misdemeanours, Miss- ingestible live music, Soul Kitchen becomes the demeanours, Miss-whatever-her-name-was, etc, place to be. Sounds like a bit like The Moon Cafe... etc. However, there does loom an evil real Yet in spite of lead actors Adam estate guy in lamb’s clothing. And Zinos’ mission to Bousdoukos’ Jim Morrison mane, the musical soul Shanghai may not be so worthwhile. And... can he of this film, for locally-minded pundits, sounds really trust his brother, Illias, to take the whole thing more along the lines of a night at the Funk Club (or over if he jets off to give Lucia a Shanghai surprise? afterwards at The Manor, with tunes by good-time Can he trust her? musicologist, Charlie Bucket). Digest! The answer is no. And yes. Less of the That should send suitably enlightenedminded folks along to this movie in droves, but former and more of the latter. Maybe. Soul Kitchen whatever the origin in director Akin’s mind the tale is a quasi-cool flick with righteous tunes that is about the later hours (as opposed to the latte seems to have scored rave reviews and festivalones) a few of which we have all have lost along ups and rightly so. However, like the late nights it portends, there’s not an entirely satisfying end to our ways. Zinos is a German of Greek descent who the proceedings. For most satisfactory results, best catch runs a hip-to-be there cheap soul food place in Hamburg called... well, you guessed it (that’s Soul a screening then head to the Funk Club,The Manor Kitchen in the off chance you haven’t registered it or The Moon thereafter. yet). It’s a slap-dash affair on a property he picked _ BOB GORDON up by chance for a song – easy food, cool-lookin’, comfort zone stuff. However when Zinos’ journalist girlfriend, Lucia (Anna Bederke), is sent to China, his Soul Kitchen screens at UWA’s Somerville heart starts calling louder than his soul. See what Auditorium from Monday-Sunday, March 29-April 4, and at Joondalup Pines from they did there? Amidst the heart/soul imbroglio, Zinos Monday-Sunday, April 5-11, as part of the helps his convict brother Illias (Moritz Bleibtreu, best Lotterywest Festival Films season.

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WELCOME Franc Law Directed by Philippe Lioret Starring Vincent Lindon, Audrey Dana, Firat Ayverdi

both legal and illegal. In France President Nicholas Sarkozy has been sharply criticised (and praised) for reviving an old law which makes it illegal to help an undocumented immigrant. And only weeks ago, in the country’s regional elections, the hard rightist National Front saw a sharp resurgence at the ballot, taking out 17 percent of the vote in the regions where they qualified to run. So it comes as quite a surprise that Welcome’s writer and director, Philippe Lioret, never set out to make a provocative work of social commentary. “Definitely not,” he explains down

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Destruction at the hands of war and religion; refugees fleeing thousands of miles on foot; neighbours reporting each other to the police for harbouring ‘unwanted’ peoples – Welcome could easily pass on paper for yet another World War II biopic. But this is not another harrowing Nazi flick – Welcome is a real contemporary story set in an archetypal first world country. Since its release in its native France in 2009, Welcome has gone on to become a surprise hit both at home and throughout Europe. It even managed to pick up the European Parliament’s Lux Prize and two gongs at the Berlin Film Festival along the way. Welcome is the story of Bilal (Firat Ayverdi), a 17-year-old Iraqi Kurd refugee who’s fled war at home and walked 4,000 miles to the north west of France. Like many thousands of refugees every year, Bilal has one dream – to get to England. Except his is less for money and security as it is for love. It’s here that we meet Simon (Vincent Lindon), a middle-aged swimming teacher whose apathy has fuelled the recent breakup of his marriage. After a futile and near fatal attempt to cross the boarder by truck, Bilal decides there is no other option to be with his love – who has recently moved to London with her family from Iraq – besides swimming the freezing, rough and traffic-heavy waters of the English Channel. He uses the little money he has to join Simon’s swimming class, and a relationship slowly develops. The film comes as France – and much of Europe – battles a prolonged resurgence of the extreme right, largely founded on xenophobic attitudes towards immigration,

The foundations of a story based on an illegal immigrant first came to Lioret after noticing one such man on the street in Paris He decided to explore the idea or further travelling to the north west of France where thousands of illegals try and cross into the UK every year, with many never making it alive. Here he met a 13 year old boy who had walked all the way from Iraq with the $1,000 a people smuggler loaned him, which he was to pay back with exorbitant interest within six months of arriving in the UK. He also met another young man who had escaped war in the Middle East so he could get to London to be with the woman he loved. The character of Bilal was now real. It was only on the drive back to Paris that the character of Simon was created and the complete plot for Welcome finally took shape. While Lioret is pleased the film has provoked a public debate in France on attitudes towards immigration, he’s more satisfied that it’s reignited a resurgence of provocative French cinema that can be both inspirational and popular. “The roll of the artists is to disturb,” he concludes. “For a long time everybody was afraid and scared of failure, so many good film makers just made conventional films. The Welcome thing I am proud of is Welcome shows people the line from Melbourne, where he is a guest of that you can make a film that on paper is not the Alliance Française French Film Festival. “I am so sexy. Welcome is disturbing – it’s only these a filmmaker, I am not a moralist. For me it was disturbing films that can change things in a big surprise that Welcome was so successful, Europe.” but I know it’s been successful not because of the theme but because of the story and the Welcome screens tonight, Thursday, March 25, at Paradiso and Sunday, March 28, at drama, and it touched people. “It’s a trap – I built the film like a Luna On SX as part of the Alliance Française trap. I said ‘come to see some good drama with French Film Festival before commencing a love story’ and afterwards people talk about its own season at both locations from the theme. But if you asked people to come Thursday, April 1. and seel a socially political film they won’t _JULIAN TOMPKIN come…”

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VISUAL ARTS or stagger against an unseen wind, sheltering their face from rain that is not falling. Dutch photographer Annet van der Voort presents Tulipa & Vanitas, an exploration of life and death, featuring a modern take on still life painting from Holland’s ‘Golden Age’. Exhibition runs til Saturday, April 10. Another Story, Fremantle Arts Centre, 1 Finnerty Street, Fremantle. Pingyao is a small city in regional China, known for its commanding city wall and its international photography festival. Whilst the city wall remains a relic from Pingyao’s prominence during the Qing dynasty, its contemporary photography festival attracts visionaries from around the world. On display as part of the FotoFreo Festival, Another Story is a snapshot of a China undergoing incredible change. Exhibition features photographs by Ji Zhou, Li Xiaofei, Lu Yanpeng, Ma Liang, Qin Wen, Song Jing, Yang Rui and Zhao Yongsheng. Exhibition runs ’til Thursday, May 20.

are beautiful, adventurous, idealistic and b that the world is theirs for the taking forward to 2009: these footloose and fan types have turned into successful and people who are juggling careers, famili mortgages and are grappling with midd Each in their own way, they feel trapped b life choices and are baffled by their chi youth culture in the new millennium. reunion on their magical Greek island b to rekindle their spiritual fire? Season opens on Saturday, Ma and runs ’til Sunday, April 18. Bookings made through BOCS.

Breakings, PICA Performance Space, 51 Street, Northbridge. Perth choreographer Aimee Smith is bec known for her cutting-edge political dance first full-length solo work, Breakings, Smith Silence, Fremantle Prison, 1 The Terrace, Fremantle. into her fascination with how media influ Perth-based photographer Brad Rimmer presents an evocative recollection of growing up the way people perceive the world. Break in rural Western Australia, capturing the quietness of the environment and its inhabitants in piece developed from a short experimenta Silence. Rimmer’s images glow with the rich colours of the countryside, making them a perfect she performed at PICA in 2008, is set amo addition to the FotoFreo Festival. pile of out-of-tune television sets and is a Exhibition runs ’til Sunday, May 16. The Swimming Club, Playhouse Theatre, Pier confronting and reflective look at today’s No Culture Icons, Il Cibo, 2 Market Street, exhibit the work of photographer Stewart Allen. Street, Perth. saturated world. The beautiful images in Driftwood: A Guide For Six young people from around the world, Fremantle. Season opens on Thursday, Apri The FotoFreo Fringe Festival’s No Culture Icons Beachcombers explore the connection between including two UWA students, spend one glorious runs ’til Sunday, April 11. Bookings can be is an exclusive opportunity to see a selected people, cultures and the sea across five countries: summer together on a Greek island in 1983. They through PICA on (08) 9228 6300. showcase of new photo based works by 18 Australia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, The Solomon leading local and international artists. The aim of Islands and Samoa. Our seas are the largest the exhibition is to introduce talented emerging single natural entity on the planet. Religions photographers from various ethos, sharing attach great significance to them; evolutionists their works in a physical form to inspire and say we crawled out of them; they have been inform the public of current global perceptions muse to philosophers and poets. For Stewart by young people. Exhibition features works by Allen, the ocean is the big blue metaphor and Adam Cohen, Alistair Dickinson, Brian Luman, the images in his exhibition show what the sea Jackson Eaton, Jia Zhu, Jon Stanley Austin, and means to different people in different places. Exhibition runs ’til Friday, April 2. many others. Exhibition opens on Wednesday, March The Uncanny, Juicebox Creative, 24 Angove 24, and runs ’til Sunday, March 28. Street, North Perth. Concrete Skin and Some Day We’ll Be Married, Evoking confusion, photographer Jessica Davis Alda’s Gallery & Project Space, Wolf Lane, aims to disambiguate ideas of separation and attachment, in relation to objects that both Perth. Alda’s Gallery and Project Space presents two attract and disturb us, in The Uncanny. A part of the FotoFreo Fringe Festival, The Uncanny draws solo projects as a part of the Foto Freo Fringe Festival; featuring local talent Rhiannon Newton, on psychoanalytic theory of repressed desires, whose practice as a dancer and photographer the infantile experience and the maternal, intertwine in her project Concrete Skin; and interrogating the recurring emotions of rejection Melbourne photographer Sapna Chandus’ new and hysteria. Exhibition is on display (only on series of work Some Day We’ll All Be Married. In Concrete Skin, Rhiannon Newton’s weekends) ’til Sunday, April 11. interest in sensation, perception and the unquestionable consequence of a life in dance, Untitled Movement and Tulipa & Vanitas, has motivated attempts to trace the ephemeral Turner G alleries, 470 William Street, Northbridge. and gestural nature of the body. In Some Day We’ll All Be Married, Two beautiful and darkly poetic photographic Cities Are Like Oceans by Cyrus Co Sapna Chandu examines weddings, playing exhibitions will be showing at Turner Galleries with the language of ritual, considering the this month as part of the FotoFreo Fringe Cities Are Like Oceans, Wolfe Lane, Rear 321 Murray Street, Perth. influence of wedding rituals in the construction Festival. Cyrus Cornut’s FotoFreo Fringe exhibition, Cities Are Like Oceans, explores the place of h In Untitled Movement Simon Obarzanek of contemporary society. beings in cities that are increasingly chaotic and where modernity takes over traditions that observes the physical movements of people Exhibition runs ’til Friday, April 2. been established over time. Man as a social being no longer has a place here. Human sca pushing through the space around them in a been reduced to nothing. Man, with an individualistic future is lost like a drop in the urban o Driftwood: A Guide For Beachcombers, Kidogo city. Removed from the busy streets, dislocated, Houses crumble, skyscrapers grow, the ground is filled with urban communication netwo his subject is isolated and framed against a dark Arthouse, Mews Road, Fremantle. Exhibition runs ’til Tuesday, April 13. As part of Foto Freo 2010, Kidogo Arthouse will background. Some twist away from the camera, Silence by Brad Rimmer

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aesthetic photographs. Though Lee has travelled ov extensively, The Art Of Travel focuses on life in Snap Happy featuring hundreds of snaps of the peop vulnerability so much. The clown does, and so with the clown I am able to become more vulnerable... The Art Of Travel is on display at Caffissimo East places synonymous with this city. “I photographed beach bodies b And sometimes I am the artist, I drop the character Perth at the ABC Studios ’til Sunday, April 18. I think that’s a major cultural icon and fro of the Bouffon, and the Bouffon plays Eric Davis the photographs of different types of peop For many young Australians travel is a rite of artist.” The show centres on several such passage, a chance to escape day-to-day life in can tell things about them by what the I’m not looking at the people themselves triptych ideas. The Fruedian Id, Ego and Superego favour of different cultures and landscapes, in go without saying, but interestingly, Davis mentions person and on film. One such traveler is Perth why there are no faces as such. I’m just loo another performative triptych central to the show. lass Rebecca Lee, a nomadic photographer what they’re wearing and what they’ve d “I’ve been playing with this idea of the Whore, the who loves nothing more than travelling with themselves, either tattoos or so forth, to e Fascist and the Anarchist. The Whore just wants to her camera in hand. Unlike her peers, Lee isn’t themselves. Once again, it’s a marking – please everyone, the Fascist just wants to put his content with just travelling for the sake of it; she marking not a natural marking.” So how did the residents of ideas across and the Anarchist just wants to make wants to know why we travel and what we’re crazy in the space.” looking for when we leave home, ticket in hand, respond to Lee’s request for on-b bather photos? The result is a tumultuous show, where in search of adventure. “They loved it! Everyone was the audience never knows what to expect, or what Lee explores this notion in her is coming next. The space positively brims with a FotoFreo Fringe exhibition, The Art Of Travel, an ‘you must have had 50 per cent of the people seething energy, creating an environment where exhibition which came about following a two you to bugger off’ but out of a hundred three would tell me ‘I’m just not comforta everything is to be laughed at, and the sacred to year stint in India. be spat on. “I did love India but photographically I good luck’. They were very encouraging an Freo Heave Ho Yet in this most chaotic of environments, always felt like I was doing somebody else’s thing. happy to have their photo taken. It wa beauty emerges. Early in the performance the Red So that’s when I realised I didn’t want to capture easier than I expected.” The Fremantle Street Arts Festival takes over the Bastard declares that what the audience puts in to parts of India, I wanted to capture the feeling and _EMMA BERG port city over the Easter long weekend, from the show is what it will take from the show. And it that’s when I started analysing ‘what am I really Saturday, April 3, ’til Monday, April 5. A huge is a promise not reneged upon. When the audience looking at? What’s really inspiring me?’. array of performers are headed to Fremantle opens up, there are moments of touching clarity. “What I concluded in India was that I was for the Festival; to find out what’s on and where, “To me it is the conversation between really focusing on photographing man’s markings; head to fremantlefestivals.com. myself and the audience that is sacred. Some the elements man makes, either windows, doors, people really take this conversation as something signs – everything that directs and describes a Eric Davis’ Red Bastard show has been touted not to piss on. And some of these moments landscape - and that’s another reason why we by many critics for its hilarity. And, while it is of connection are truly beautiful. People open have culture, we have a cultural environment that indubitably funny (very funny) the show exists and themselves up and some people really seem to people are visiting. It’s mainly because of man’s plays on a level of primacy far below and beyond get what I’m saying and take steps to change their imprints on the land, not necessarily from the land comedy or tragedy. The Red Bastard is the tirade lives.” itself. [I’m interested in] what we’ve done to create of your own unconsciousness against yourself, This does not even touch on the culture or environmental culture that people are employing mockery and irreverence against the precision of Davis’ physical work. Davis teaches going to visit.” bindings of reason, demanding the realisation of at the Jacques Lecoq School in Paris and brings Lee’s works consist of large collages of our innermost desires. his incredible skills to bear throughout the images of doors, people, signs, and other manRed Bastard is a Bouffon, a term coined in performance. Beyond everything else said in this made markings. She likens this collaging of images the early 1960s to describe a mode of performance piece, Red Bastard is special for that. And yes, it is to the collecting of various species of butterflies. centred on mockery. It is a deformation of the self hilarious. “I see photography as a scientific designed to provoke a response. Yet the show is You can catch the Red Bastard roaming approach of studying the land. So it’s just like carefully balanced on a relationship between three the streets of Fremantle for the duration of the pinning butterflies. That’s the representation aspects of the character. “A Bouffon is somebody festival. I want – it’s more of a study rather than The Art Of Travel by Rebec who is very manipulative, who doesn’t show _JOE LUI

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Fridays at the Left Bank offer up the soulful sounds of the Mocha Trio featuring Natalie Gillespie, Roy Martinez and Howie Morgan from 3.30pm. There’s no better way to finish your day than listening to these very talented and well known individuals while sitting back with a friend and a drink in hand. From 5pm, Cocktail Fridays begin where selected cocktails are $10 and far too irresistible to pass on. Bumby Johnson takes to the stage on Friday nights, kicking off the weekend with a bang. The best part is that you can enjoy all of this while watching the sunset, taking in the amazing views and even forgetting about cooking dinner and ordering straight from the café. See you at the Left Bank this Friday! Lick Clothing

LICK CLOTHING

Located on Fremantle’s busy Market Street strip, Lick Clothing is a haven for fashion lovers, offering up a huge array of labels for style hungry men and women. Wander into the store to discover labels such as Ladakh, Living Doll, Totem, Shilla, Paul Frank, Stussy, Mooks, Ocean Zone, Faux Pas, Wrangler and many more. To celebrate the owners of Lick Clothing recently getting married, the folks at Lick are holding a special ‘Wedding Sale’, offering massive discounts on awesome items.

MOJO’S

Nearly all the summer festivals have passed, those one night stands are over and what are you left with? That’s right, your long term lover, Mojo’s Bar with live music events seven nights a week! This week Mojo’s present the Mess Hall playing Thursday, Horrorshow on Saturday and Old Crow Medicine show Monday night. Mojo’s forgives your summer flings – let’s go steady!

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FOTO FREO FRINGE

The North Fremantle hub of venues and Cool Perth Nights present the North FotoFreo Fringe. Running from March 20 ’til April 18, with an exhibition opening celebration at all venues this Sunday, March 28, from 3pm. North FotoFreo Fringe is in proud association with FotoFreo 2010, The City of Fremantle and Eventscorp. Venues involved are Mojo’s Bar, Harvest Restaurant, North Fremantle Bowls Club and Mrs Browns. For more info head to fotofreo.com.

WINIFRED & BANCE

Live in Freo? Have friends that do? Winifred & Bance have just opened a stall in the Fremantle Markets! Don’t fret about this new addition, the fabulous, original Winifred & Bance store in Inglewood is still open and is jam packed full of delights! Make your way to Winifred & Bance in Fremantle on Fridays from 9am ’til 8pm; Saturdays from 9am ’til 6pm; Sundays from 9am ’til 6pm, and Public Holidays from 9am ’til 6pm. The Inglewood store is open from Tuesday to Saturday, 10.30am ’til 5pm.

THE RAILWAY HOTEL

Established in 1898, the Railway Hotel is a unique North Fremantle venue, neighbouring fellow original music venues Mojo’s Bar and the Swan Hotel. Acts to play the Railway’s stage in coming weeks include Downsyde, Drapht, The Basics, The Screaming Jets, Mick Thomas And The Sure Thing, Snowman, The Kill Devil Hills, Ross Wilson, Charles Jenkins, The Exploders, TechN9ne, John Paul Young and many many more.

The Fly by Night Musicians Club is a not for profit music venue located in a heritage listed building in the heart of Fremantle. The Club was founded in 1986 by musicians and music lovers and is renowned for its acoustics and ambience. The Fly has gained a solid reputation for the presentation of high quality national and international acts and has traditionally been recognized for its commitment to developing local musicians with band members having access to rehearsal space as well as the use of the Transit Lounge for shows. Future events include the Eostre Festival on Saturday, April 3, featuring Jeff Martin, Dave Mann, Jaimi Faulkner and JV Zoo. Upcoming performances also include Imelda May, Eddi Reader, Paul Dempsey, Justin Townes Earle, Bob Brozman, as well as a swag of local, national and international artists. For all upcoming event details and to purchase tickets, head to www. flybynight.org.

THE CLINK

The Clink has undergone many changes over the past 12 months. With all-new DJ line up, crowds are queuing early to listen to their musical genius. Rooms are available now for function hire and can be catered to any group size. Check The Clink out now, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday or on Sunday evening.

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The Bingo Players are two Dutchmen, Paul Baiimer and Maarten Hoogstraten, who aren’t ashamed to be making music for the EDM masses. Hoogstraten flippantly tells REUBEN ADAMS the recipe for their unbelievable 2009 success. Hoogstraten is quick to make an obvious reference to the dirty electro scene headed by the likes of Boys Noize and the Bloody Beetroots. “The only thing that we really want to keep in our tracks is the energy and accessibility,” he explains. “Not too freaky or chaotic, and this seems to work really well. We’re very happy that the releases are doing so well.” Indeed. This is perhaps a bit of an understatement on Hoogstraten’s behalf, with most of the Bingo Players 2009 releases dominating the Beatport top ten. Devotion, Wanna Go Again and Chop all placed number one, but let’s be honest... lists are boring. Hoogstraten is quite happy to answer the same question they have been asked countless times before in the last six months; where the hell did you guys come from? He doesn’t know, still finding the whole situation quite surreal. “Yeah, yeah things have really blown up,” he exclaims. “This year we are playing so many gigs outside of Holland and finishing so many tracks. It’s crazy. We have the Australian tour coming up in April, in June we have the US and Canada....”. Perhaps it has something to do with their Dutch heritage. He attributes part of the burgeoning scene (and their personal success) to Dutch radio, which plays dance music all hours of the day and night. Continued on page 40


 BAG ‘N’ BEN Bag Raiders have been killing it of late, with their massive track Shooting Stars still getting heaps of radio play, whilst the Raiders have been busy rocking dancefloors at all the major festivals and doing a slew of remixes for the likes of Kid Sister, Headman, the Midnight Juggernauts and K.I.M. Meanwhile, signed to the uber cool Kitsune label, Beni has been smashing clubs around the country and remixing artists like Tiga, Digitalism and Fischerspooner. Bag Raiders and Beni come to Limelite at Metro Freo for a monster of an Easter show. Thursday, April 1. $15 prior to 10pm, and $20 thereafter. Doors open 9pm.

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Perth’s essential pre club night for discerning music lovers bringing you indie, electro, rock, punk & club classics with Andrei Mazz 8pm Free Entry

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$10 Pizza & Pint special with Nathan J, Chris Wright and The Nisbit.

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The Bloody Beetroots

BEETS ‘N’ CREAM Tick ets to international dance event Creamfields are selling like hotcakes, with the first and second round of tickets all sold out, and a third release now on sale. Now in its 12th year, Creamfields continues to dominate the festival market, spanning seventeen countries and attracting a worldwide audience of nearly three million people. The Australian line up features something for everything: there’s dirty electro (The Bloody Beetroots/MSTRKRFT/Dirty South); trance (Ferry Corsten/Sean Tyas); progressive (Marco V); rap (Kid Sister); and French house (Lifelike). But of course that’s only a small slice of the Creamfields cake – for the full line up, check out www.creamfields.com.au. S u n d a y, M a y 2 , C l a r e m o n t Showgrounds. Tickets on sale for $107 plus booking fee from creamfields.com.au, Moshtix (outlets and www.moshtix.com.au) and inthemix.com.au. Don’t let yourself miss out!

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The Beat Suite

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Flying High

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TWIST

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Snob Scrilla

Born and raised in California, Snob Scrilla has rocked sets with Diplo, Jesse Rose, Fake Blood, Boy 8-Bit and more: his eclectic blend of future and commercial has established him as one of the most hyped up acts on the Australian scene. With a new Snob Scrilla record set to be released in 2010, as well as now being signed to Hussle/Ministry of Sound with his new group Cutlass Supreme, Snob is poised for an absolutely massive year. Don’t miss his show with Helena on Friday, April 23 at Limelite, Metro Freo. $15 or get on a guest list for cheaper entry. Doors open 9.30pm.

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MONDAY

Chris Sorbello

SORBELLO SWEETNESS One of the hottest emerging female dance vocalists in the country, Chris Sorbello has been likened to a cross between Lady Gaga and La Roux. She delivers a thrilling slice of electro pop, with hypnotic vocals, and has recently been signed to Ministry of Sound, through which she’s worked with dance music icons like Sam Lamore and Hook N Sling. Catch the first lady of dance strutting her stuff and working her vocals, live, on Friday,

Jaymes Voltaire of The Voltaire Twins

FREESTYLE FREAK OUT

TITO IN TOWN

Break beat banditos The Freestylers, responsible for the electro explosion Drop the Bomb, have been rocking clubs and parties for over a decade. They’ve had Top 20 chart hits, headlined big festivals, won numerous awards, sold half a million albums and were the first electronic act to play fully live on legendary BBC TV show Top Of The Pops. Now they’re bringing their fast-moving, electrorocking monster to Perth. Get ready to be swept up with breakbeat’s party boys! Also playing is the founder of Supercharged and Against the Grain Records, Skool Of Thought. Saturday, May 1, at Villa, Highgate. Tickets $33 plus booking fee from Planet, Mills, 78s www. moshtix.com.au and www.boomtick.com.au.

There’s a brand new disco night in town, and it’s set to turn your world upside down! King Tito’s Dirty Disco kicks off this Friday, March 26, in Fremantle, featuring local electro act The Voltaire Twins, cool cabaret crooners Boom! Bap! Pow! plus plenty of local DJ talent: Azwon, Fkn Midas, Paul Malone, Cooker, Buda, Ink, TCee, Grubby Gorilla and more. Get set for throbbing electro, dirty disco, future funk, delicious pop, indie dance and soul party hip hop all night long. Keep your eyes on this one: King Tito plans to bring DFA/Modular act Canyons and electro man of the moment, Miami Horror, into town very soon (see In The Diary for dates). The East End Bar, 189 High St, Fremantle. Doors open 9pm, tickets on the door. For more information, check out www. myspace.com/kingtitosdirtydisco.

IN BRIEF... Defunct

DESTINATION: DEFUNCT Transatlantic dance music superstars Defunct!, AKA Jack Stuart (UK) and Slade Templeton (US), hit Destination! this Friday. With a huge number of dancefloor bombs under their belt, Defunct!’s re-working of house, fidget and electro has resulted in a hybrid sound that is truly their own. You can check out their stuff on labels Dandy Kid Records, Wearhouse Music and Destination?, else just head to Ambar this Friday, March 26. Support from James Francis, Grantley Hyde, Alex Tong, A-Jam and Thirteen. Doors open 10pm for $15.

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Grant Smillie is one of Australia’s most in demand DJs. Host of Australia’s biggest dance radio show, Overdrive, on the national Nova radio network, he has also scooped two ARIA Awards with his dance outfit TV Rock, and is co-owner of Neon Records. In December 2008, Grant also collected the prestigious title of being the GQ DJ Of The Year. As one half of TV Rock (alongside compatriot Ivan Gough) the duo broke all records in Australia- not only scooping two ARIA awards, but also spending the longest time inside the top 10 charts in history. Don’t miss your chance to see Smillie in action, when he hits Limelite, Metro Freo, on Friday, April 16. $15 or get on a guest list for cheaper entry. Doors open 9.30pm.

With a slew of critically acclaimed compilations on various labels under his belt, for the likes of labels Renaissance and Ministry of Sound; James Zabiela will invade Villa with his glistening electronic sonics on Thursday, May 20. Known for his skills on the turntable and extensive use of loops and effects, his set will be a pleasure to witness indeed. Plus, Boomtick are excited to offer a free copy of James Zabiela’s forthcoming album, his second for Renaissance’s The Masters Series, to those at the show! $30 plus booking fee from Planet Video, Mills, 78s and Moshtix outlets and online from www.boomtick.com.au, moshtix.com.au and inthemix.com.au. Limited VIP Tickets available from the www.boomtick. com.au for $35. Doors open 9pm.

Intergalactic soul soundmakers Space Invadas recently unleashed Soul:Fi, their highly anticipated debut album. To celebrate the release, they take off on an Australian concert series next month, playing a series of special live shows with their full band. The duo have caught the attention of influential tastemakers world wide like Gilles Peterson, Mayer Hawthorn and BBC’s Benji B. Having recently supported Lupe Fiasco on his tour, and with three radio smash hits under their belt, Soul:Fi are sure to deliver a quality set. Catch them at the Groovin’ The Moo Festival

If you couldn’t get enough of Eddie Halliwell last Summadayze, it’s your lucky day: he’s back as part of his Fire It Up solo tour. Support from Kenny L, Jason Creek, Nathan Francis, Sketchism & Jackness. Friday, April 16, Villa. Tickets on sale at Live clothing outlets, and through Moshtix. Bristol’s ‘Godfather of Dubstep’, Pinch, brings the dubstep sounds to the Perth massive on Sunday, April 4, at Bar Open. Support from Rekab, Vishnu, Proximity Effect and Ylem. Presale tickets $20 from Planet Video. Jackin’ tech/electro superhero Bass Kleph, head of one of the world’s slickest dance labels, Vacation Records, flies into Villa on Saturday, May 8. Tickets $20 plus booking fee from www.boomtick.com.au. Doors open 9pm. Cape Town psych trance master Broken Toy brings his twisted funk to Gilkinsons for awesome party night Infexious. Also playing is UK’s John Doe. Tickets $30 plus booking fee from Heatseeker, Planet, Mills, The DJ Factory and Live stores. Saturday, April 10. Doors open 9pm. Following the success of last year’s Roller After Party, Ambar have put together a massive lineup of local talent to help you party long into the Easter Weekend. Tee El, Philly Blunt, Dart, Devo, Kent and Deflo keep you shaking ‘til close. Easter Sunday, April 1, Ambar. $10 from 10pm. Early bird tickets are selling fast for Foundation Day Long Weekend dance festival extravaganza We Love Sounds, featuring Underworld, Crookers, Tiga, Laidback Luke and more. Grab yours before they run out: $89 plus booking fee from Planet Video, Mills Records, 78 Records and online from www.moshtix.com.au and inthemix.com.au. Sunday, June 6, Supreme


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 Behind the decks - 2 minutes witH NATHAN FRANCIS Nathan Francis has pretty much DJed all over town; playing clubs such as Ambar, Sapphire, The Claremont, Metro City, Shape, Geisha and more. He’s played support to a host of internationals, including the likes of Twocker, Derick Carter, Kelevra and Bingo Players. All Francis’ hard work saw him awarded with‘Best NewTalent’ at the Perth Dance Music Awards last year. Salt squeezes in a quick chat with this busy guy.

played an amazing six hour set that had everyone in awe the entire time. It was a combination of amazing tunes, the atmosphere and I suppose the respect everyone who was lucky enough to be there had for what they were experiencing. What track can’t you get enough of at the moment? There are so many great tracks around at the moment, but Stefano Norferini – Burujava is one I’m currently loving, it has a lot of groove in it and is guaranteed to get people bopping on the dancefloor.

BAG RAIDERS

STILL PUNCHING FUNNY After touring their live show Bag To The Future all the way across Brazil, the U.S.A and Japan, Sydney wonderboys The Bag Raiders are back in Australia, with plans for a new album. RZ pulls them aside for a chat.

Australia, it seems, plays host to all manner of exciting successes. The lawn mower and the Hills Hoist are our own. So are Kylie and Elle. But the Bag Raiders – now I’m not sure what planet they come from - but I think they might be from Australia as well. Though How did you first get your start in DJing? I digress - Chris Stacey and Jack Glass are two What has been one of the most memorable I had been attending gigs and festivals experiences you have had to date as a DJ? undeniably cheeky buggers. Quite comfortable for many years before I started playing on the in their own little world, they come across as There have been two real stand out decks - I have been a music addict for all my life experiences of late, last year winning the PDMA two children in a doctor’s surgery, making as so it was a natural progression to want to get into award for Best New Talent which was a real honour Where can we catch you DJing next? much noise as possible to see what they can DJing. I first started out in 2008 when I entered to win in my first year of playing. The other would This Saturday: Filthy Gorgeous at get away with. a DJ competition hosted by Destination! at the be playing at Future Music Festival this year in Sapphire Bar, Subiaco; Sunday, March 28, “ We met in high school – I was Como Hotel. I was lucky enough to win that comp front of an amazing crowd. I’m very lucky though, supporting Nima Gorji at the Rosemount; Sunday, actually a year above Chris,” says Jack. “We and from there, gigs started to come my way. playing out and partying weekly with everyone April 4, supporting Nom De Strip of Stupid Fresh were into music, though but it wasn’t until Early on I got involved with Strike 3 who have gives me some very memorable experiences. fame at the Cott; Friday, April 9, at the reopening after school that we started hanging out as of Rouge, our monthly night at Geisha; Friday, April buddies and realised that we had the same given me some great opportunities to grow. Best DJ set you ever saw and why (can include 16, supporting Eddie Halliwell at Villa. Busy times tastes in music. We made some edits and bootlegs and friends were starting a club up ahead! How would you describe your DJ style? international)? here in Sydney. They would bring us down to Over the past few years it really has Over the years I’ve seen some amazing evolved, today you can find me playing anything sets both from locals and internationals, however For more information on Nathan, check out the club and guys like Ajax started playing there. After that, we did some remixes for Facebook or myspace.com/djnathanfrancis. from house to my real love, which is tech house recently I was at a house party where Sven Vath Sneaky Sound system and stuff and then it really moved on.” In a few short years Chris and Jack have risen from relative obscurity to Aussie based powerhouses in the house music scene. Their performances are always a sight to behold and will twist you into a dancing mess of funk-laced beats. Relentlessly touring, releasing and generally being debaucherous, the lads are back in 2010 to whet the appetites of those who missed out or want more. So what have they been up to lately? Join us and celebrate the 1st birthday of Perth’s hottest 187 STIRLING STREET. DOORS OPEN 9PM “Well, we’ve bought a lot more TICKETS: $30+BF Available from: Planet Video, Mills venue, Villa Nightclub, with a night of bouncy, funk- fuelled keyboards from eBay!” chimes Jack, slurping grooves from some of the biggest names in house music! 78s and Moshtix Outlets (1300 GET TIX) and online from soup from his spoon, in doubtless a fashionable Darlinghurst haunt – or a soup kitchen! “We’ve It’s a TONIGHT ONLY menage a trios with mash- up man of the Boomtick SHOP, moshtix.com.au and inthemix.com.au been focusing more and more on producing. the moment Kissy Sell Out, the king of jacking 4/4 Hijack Limited VIP Tickets available from the Boomtick SHOP for $35! We’re doing a lot of vocal stuff and stuff that and rising Italian tech house superstar Solo. For more info head to: www.boomtick.com.au hopefully is going to be at home on the radio

Nathan Francis and techno. Regardless of which music genre I’m playing, I try to make sure all my sets are energetic and fun for the crowd.

Who do you rate on the local scene? There are so many amazing local DJs around in Perth, we have so many established DJs and we have a lot of new talent coming through. There are to many to name, I have so many friends in the industry and each and everyone of them are amazingly talented, the Perth scene is very strong and I’m glad to be apart of it.

KISSY SELL OUT [DJ SET] VILLA NIGHTCLUB HIJACK [UK] & SOLO THURSDAY 1 APRIL

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Kissy Sell Out’s album “YOUTH” out now on Hussle Recordings

Bag Raiders as it is on the dance floor. The album is nearly done and we’re getting the final touches sorted on the vocals and spending some time in the studio here in Sydney and Melbourne”. “At first, we thought doing an album was going to be a massive mountain to climb. It was going to be daunting all along and it sort of has been, but it’s a relief to be finishing it up. We’ll take a bit of time now to enjoy it and then I’d love to get back into remixing, but in the meantime we’ve got a fair bit of time to tour the album. The album has taken up most of our time recently though.” Indeed, having toured the globe with shows in Brazil, the U.S.A and Japan, the boys are firmly entrenched on the radar of many an international promoter. Those tours, debuted their live show aptly titled Bag To The Future, which featured re-workings of original tracks and remixes replete with live guitar, keyboards, percussion, bells and whistles. In all, it’s hard to take umbrage at either of these two despite their clowning around. The fans are convinced that when it comes to twiddling knobs – there are n o t r i c k s – a n d t h e s e t wo a re o n t h e money. Their music plays host to a raft of influences and seeks to do nothing other than make people dance and have fun. “Music is what we do together – we just love sitting in the studio and jamming over keyboards. We’ve worked really hard for the last 12 months. We’re always working on our performances. We don’t have anything else specific lined up. We’ve held off given how busy we were with gigs but the reality is that we just want to spread the Bag Raiders message throughout Australia and the world.” That’s what drives it and keeps things exciting. When we play with our friends we see what they like and what their friends like – it’s that sort of thing.” BAG RAIDERS THURSDAY, APRIL 1 @ LIMELITE, METRO FREO (W/BENI) 38

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COOL HAND LUPE LUPE FIASCO/Phrase/Lowrider Metro City, Northbridge Tuesday, February 23, 2010 As punters slowly and surely trickled into Metro City, Lowrider kicked off with enthusiasm, putting in a solid effort for a Tuesday night. Next up, MC Phrase strutted the stage with his customary swagger, he got the energy in the room elevated long before the main event, and the patrons rewarded him with a reception not often seen for a support act. There wasn’t long to wait before Lupe Fiasco hit the stage with his three piece backing band, and from the first moment it was obvious that this was going to be nothing like listening to a Lupe Fiasco hip hop record. With his drummer sitting behind a kit that would’ve impressed an ‘80s hair metal band, and a guitarist that clearly cut his teeth in a garage punk outfit somewhere, the explosive start with last year’s single Shining Down was a perfect example of Fiasco’s ability to blend hip hop with rock. He encouraged the crowd to sing and they responded with full voice, Hip Hop Saved My Life, Go Go Gadget Flow and I Gotcha getting the dance floor pumping early. Having not released an album since 2007’s The Cool, there were a couple of new tracks from the long anticipated Lasers LP due for release later this year, with Scream and We

GROOVE ARMADA Black Light [Shock/Cooking Vinyl] Lupe Fiasco (Pic: Matt Jelonek)

Are Lasers sitting alongside older tracks perfectly without slowing the tempo or enthusiasm. Following a blistering reworking of Streets On Fire, Fiasco left the stage and returned on a stool under a single spotlight. Declaring softly ‘sometimes the best stuff is written when you’re completely fucked up’ he started a new song Beautiful Lasers. What was obviously meant to be an emotive moment, the only effort to slow the night down fell a little flat as the punters were at fever pitch, and were clearly enjoying the furious dancing. It wasn’t gone for long, with Superstar and Paris, Tokyo restoring the mood. When the DJ played the introductory notes of Daydreamin’ the sweaty writhing mass that had replaced the crowd at the front

of stage found full voice and chanted the opening verse with unparalleled gusto. Entirely unnecessarily Fiasco stopped the song and tried to start some US style intercity rivalry stating that ‘the guys in Sydney said when you finished west side return and we’ll show you how it’s really done’, before starting again to a chorus of boos. This thunderous version would’ve been the perfect finale to an incredible show, but he attempted a drum vs. guitar showdown that may have worked better if the lighting techs had taken their cues correctly, it was somewhat anticlimactic, but no one cared as this was one of the most dynamic shows Perth had ever seen. ALASTAIR BOVELL

For almost 15 years Andy Cato and Tom Findlay have traded in vivid dance and pop tracks. But with their sixth studio album they’ve changed pace, making songs that are darker and moodier than anything they done previously. While dance is still a key component of their music, the songs on Black Light are influenced by rock and indie music more, too. Eve n w i t h t h i s u p d a te d s o u n d however, GA show the same strengths they have always had. In particular, their ability to select the perfect vocalist on their tracks remains intact. Black Light features some great talent, including SaintSaviour, Will Young, the incomparable Bryan Ferry and Australia’s own Nick Littlemore, of Pnau and Empire Of The Sun fame. And whilst it is a risky move to c h a n g e p a ce b e t we e n a l b u m s, G A’s exceptional songwriting enables the gamble to pay off fast. The fizzing opener Look Me In The Eye Sister sets the stage nicely for what’s to come, with plenty of highlights dotted throughout the tracklisting. The gorgeous I Won’t Kneel and defiant Paper Romance are the other clear standouts. Occasionally the latter tracks come off as a little flat or devoid of the innovation of the early album highlights but in Black Light, GA have brilliantly articulated their darker side. It’s a worthy entry into their discography and points to fer tile new ground for GA to mine. GLEN PARKS 4/5

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Tickets: $45+BF. Available from Planet Video, Mills Records, 78 Records (Hay Street), Dirt Cheap CD’s (Carillion Arcade & Harbor Town), Moshtix (1300 GET TIX) and online from the Boomtick SHOP, Moshtix.com.au & inthemix.com.au For more info: www.boomtick.com.au or email events@boomtick.com.au Villa Nightclub – 187 Stirling Street, Perth

CARL COX Global Underground: Black Rock Desert [Global Underground/Stomp]

He’s been around forever and a day, but it’s clear it’s not nearly over yet. UK stalwart Carl Cox’s love of all things electronic dance has shone through strong recently in an increasingly eclectic track selection, but for his first ever contribution to the esteemed Global Underground series, he’s returned to his roots with a pure techno focus that’ll put a smile on the face of the purists. Inspired by the revered Buring Man Festival in America’s Black Rock Desert, while GU:38 might lack the exhilirating love of life that Coxie displays when he’s throwing in a bit of everything, what we do have is a superbly polished slice of underground dance. The first disc is brimming over with supremely clever, creative and groove-laden underground tech and tribal house, while the second leads us down a dark path of twisted, sinister techno. It shows Coxie to be an immaculate music selector who knows how to spot an excellent track from a mile off. An extremely clever choice on the part of the Global Underground crew, this is one for dance enthusiasts. The year’s best compilation so far? You betcha. ANGUS PATERSON 4.5/5

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PHATCHANCE MAKING HIS MARK Sydney rapper Phatchance, AKA Chance Waters, is unique in Australian hip hop; drawing as much inspiration from the Hilltop Hoods as he does from Death Cab For Cutie. He speaks with JOSHUA HAYES about his introspective debut album Inkstains. “I use music like a release; I just use it to deal with whatever’s around me. Inkstains came together really slowly, and because of that it’s got a lot of, that ‘youth trauma’ in it,” says Waters, half-jokingly. As a result, Inkstains is a very personal album. Dealing with painful break ups, alcoholic parents and other challenges, Waters describes the album as a collection of moments that have Don’t Stop shaped his life. [Smalltown Supersound] And although he says he has been happy with the response to Inkstains, Waters Six years after the release of her fantastic debut acknowledges that the album has polarised some album, Anniemal, Annie Strand returns with her listeners.“I guess it’s different to most Australian hip effervescent – and much delayed – sophomore hop, you know? It is a fairly melancholy album, and effort, Don’t Stop. Richard X and Timo Kaukolampi it is an album that makes no apologies for being return to production duties, being joined by Paul really personal and being fairly introspective,” he Epworth and Xenomania. says. “And that kind of release, particularly for an Frontloaded with the best songs, Don’t Australian hip hop artist, has a tendency to polarise Stop begins with the percussive rush of Hey people.” Annie, followed by the perfect pop of My Love Is Waters is one of the many talented Better. From there Don’t Stop is nearly flawless in young acts to emerge from the new generation the run up to Richard X collaboration and album of Australian hip hop acts. He made a name for standout, Songs Remind Me Of You. himself supporting the likes of Bliss N Eso, Drapht, When Annie is cool or coy, the songs Pegz, the Funkoars and The Herd on the east coast, can’t help but stand up to her previous work. before releasing Inkstains with distribution through But for the first time in her career, Don’t Stop Obese Records. also finds Annie sounding forced. The puzzlingly “Originally it was going to be an EP and over-the-top The Breakfast Song breaks the flow then I decided to extend it out and make it an of the album and sounds frankly silly, whilst Take You Home and Loco are Annie-by-numbers. But by the time the yearning When The Night and vibrant Heaven And Hell roll around, one can’t help but feel that Annie has managed to make a worthy successor to Anniemal. Worth the wait for sure, but hopefully LP three doesn’t take six years to release. Some purchasing advice: seek out the double disc version. The bonus disc features five songs, two of which – I Know UR Girlfriend Hates Me and Anthonio – were intended to be lead singles for the album proper. Moreover, they are highlights of Annie’s career and Don’t Stop is not complete without them in some fashion.

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KISSY SELL OUT Youth

[Ministry of Sound/Universal] Essex upstart Kissy Sellout is the darling of the UK’s Radio 1, the youngest host currently manning the dials at the hugely influential station, and he was doing fine pumping out the boncy electro as a club DJ/producer too. However, it wasn’t enough for Kissy; he had his heart set on fronting his own live band, which he’s already toured all over Europe, in addition to bringing it to Australia last June (to a mixed response). And Youth is the result – a solid debut album that’s got sincerity to burn. Bringing an indie-dance vibe with lashings of the colourful electro that we’ve come to know him for, it also carries a genuine pop sensibility. It’s hard not to be won over by its warmth and friendliness. He best nails the grindy pop sound he’s going for with This Kiss, and Pop Bottle gets it pretty on the money too. Some will find Kissy’s wide musical smile endearing, while it’ll probably grate on others like nails down a chalkboard. Whatever the case may be, he’s proved himself a man of substance who’s willing to take risks to chase his dreams.

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three well received shows in Perth earlier this month. Despite the polarising effect the album has had, Inkstains has received significant acclaim with Waters recently being a featured artist on MySpace and Triple J Unearthed. “I’m sure that the releases that come after it will be more polished and less introspective and more reflective on life as a whole, but the first album was always going to be really cathartic because you have to deal with all that crap, that baggage the builds up through the high school years and through the youth, and I guess that’s what I was airing out on the record,” says Waters. And he is already looking at his next project. In keeping with his tendency to avoid predictable avenues, it will be an acoustic hip hop EP. “I really want to do something a bit different,” says Waters. “I think it would be really cool to do some remix work and write some new material just for acoustic stuff, because nobody in the country Phatchance has done that before, there’s not really any acoustic album because I figured it was about time I got hip hop out here… Actually I don’t really know if really serious,” says Waters. “If I’d put together an there’s much in the U.S. either, but I just think it EP, that’s an easy thing to let go under the radar, could be a really fun blend.” and it’s an easy thing to excuse yourself for not pushing hard.” PHATCHANCE He recently completed his first national INKSTAINS [OBESE RECORDS] headline tour to promote Inkstains, which included


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he’s compiled many of Ministry’s wildly successful releases, including Progression 2 and Clubbers Guide to 2008, and has remixed an impressive array of artists including Stanton Warriors, The Potbelleez, The Cobra Dukes and Martijn ten Velden. Catch him playing with Anna Lunoe tonight. Support from Mind Electric, Kastel, Acebasik and Bacich. Doors open 9pm. Tickets through www.moshtix.com.au.

only, from 9.30pm. Rise members $5 before 11pm; $10 thereafter. Non-members $10 before 11pm; $15 thereafter. Or dress in white from head to toe for free entry before midnight!

Tizer/ Eyan/ Gully /Mushy / Bongo Loco High Wycombe – Fill In Da Gap Hipe Club - DJ E-Funk Llama Bar - DJ Morris/DJ Reuben Library – DJ AZT/ DJ Fiveo Liquid Nightclub - DJ Matty / THE MANOR MASS APPEAL Think Ricky Twice is ready to kick out the jams Lakers Tavern – Fresh Fridays - DJ with a brand new night dedicated Dooey to ‘90s golden era hip hop, Mass Manor – Mass Appeal – Charlie Appeal. Mass Appeal features DJs Bucket/ Nathan J/ Junior Junior (playing a special trick set), Metropolis Fremantle – Limelite Charlie Bucket, Nathan J, Benny – Pearly Whites/ Pins & Needles/ SHAPE EDU K One time pin up Chill, Ad Roc, Selekt and Kit Pop, Zelimir/ Mel B/ Jus Haus/ boy for Brazil’s baile funk sound, all spinning 12” vinyl only. There’s Maxwell Edu K has moved through genres a pop locking competition, live Merrina Tavern – DJ Terry like fidget house, new rave, rap graffiti art in the laneway and Mint – Club Retro – Chris McPhee and bass and now on to the prizes for best dressed, so get Mustang- Swing DJ/ James Bar Republic - Isolation Clancy’s (Canning Bridge) - DJ rather contemporary tribal/ your most fly hip hop kit on (ie MacArthur tropical/tech house sound. Wrighteous Norma Jeans – DJ Phil Expect a night of audio madness bling!). Entry is $10. Club Bayview – DJ Ryan Onyx Bar – Slick/ Adroc Double Lucky – Greek as he comes to Knowledge Amplifier – DJ Shannon Fox/ DJ Oxford Hotel – DJ Sequeria Independence Day Party – DJ Monthly tonight! Support from Jamie Paddy Hannans - Crazy Craig Lightsteed, Clunk, Pussy Helton Mihali Paramount – DJ Morgan / and Micky Juice. Upstairs $10 Ambar – Destination? – Defunct!/ Jordan Eve - DJ Tony Allen James Francis/ Grantley Hyde/ Flying Scotsman (Main Room) - before 11pm, $15 thereafter. The Alex Tong/ A-Jam/ Thirteen Principal Micro Brewery – DJ bar downstairs will be open from Pasha’s Kitchen – The Big Man Bar Open – Dorica – Bad Weather/ Simon Flying Scotsman (Defectors) – 8pm (free entry) for tapas, pizza Yon Jovi/Scott D/Time Travel Queens Tav – DJ Rueben and cocktails. Ben Taaffe/ Dave Miller Rise –The White Party - Simon Agent/ Ari Gold Flying Scotsman (Velvet Barwood/ GeRmAn/ Travis/ Joe CONNECTIONS FOUR O CLOCK Basement On Broadway – Friday Benger/ Adam Jackson/ Steven Lounge) - Isolation Therapy – DJ Urban Tiger CLASSIC Full Frequency presents Foundry - DJ Ricky Broken Hill Tavern – DJ Nick Tranzor Kalamunda Hotel – Tip Top a night dedicated to the ‘Four O Alexander Rocket Room – DJ Jessica Kill/ Clock Classic’. Just like the regular Sound DJ Al segment on RTRFM, the Full Capitol – Capitol Fridays Retro MC Tomas Ford Liquid Nightclub – DJ Buda Rubix –DJ Pascal Mash Llama Bar – Run Rabbit Run – Frequency DJs will be spinning Clancy’s (Canning Bridge) - DJ Sapphire Bar – SuperFly Nhat/Craig Hollwood/Jorg Thor/ gems from the past to put a Boogie Shape – Pure Knowledge - Edu K/ smile on your dial and a tap in Holy Thursday Lightsteed/ Clunk/ Pussy Helston/ your toes. On the bill tonight are Como Hotel – DJ Gazz Mustang Bar – DJ Giles Micky Juice Connections Full Frequency – Newport Hotel – Culture Clash – Ben Mac, Massiv Trav, Dart, Sardi, Four O’clock Classics - Ben Mac/ South St Ale House – DJ Jay Ben Elliott, Declan, Rok Riley and DJ Shannon Fox Dan the Man. On the terrace bar, Massiv Trav/ Dart/ Sardi/ Ben Stamford Arms – DJ Jay Niche - Johnni P/ Rob Blandford Rudy, Lara H, Devo, Petrosex, Ben Elliott/ Declan/ Rok Riley/ Dan The Clink – DJ Jinx Onyx - Avicii M and Mama Cass throw down. the Man/ Rudy/ Lara H/ Devo/ The Deen – DJ Birdie – Zone 2/ DJ Paddy Hannans - Crazy Craig Tony Allen – Zone 3 Petrosex/ Ben M/ Mama Cass Players Bar – Neon Lights - DJ Bid adieu to Dan ‘the Man’ Moore, Double Lucky –DJ Adam Kelly/ The Eastern – DJ Midfield who is off to Melbourne to work Samuel Spencer The Manor – Norman Jay DJ Cee Rocket Room – Horrorshow/ Spit for RTRFM’s sister station RRR. East End Bar – King Tito’s Dirty The Queens – DJ Rueben Presale tickets are on sale now at Syndicate The Republic – Pin Up! - Francesco Disco The Voltaire Twins /Boom! www.rtrfm.com.au/events. $10 Swinging Pig – DJ Simon entry for RTRFM subscribers and Bap! Pow!/ DJs Azwon/ Fkn Midas/ Pilling/ Cluedo Pierres/ Amnesia/ The Clink – DJ Jinx Muv & Larry Paul Malone/ Cooker/ Buda/ Ink/ $15 for general admission. Doors The Deen – The Latin Quater - DJ open 10pm. The Shed – DJ Andyy TCee/ Grubby Gorilla Flex/ DJ Don Migi Eve – Suga N Spice – Dannyboi/ Tiger Lils – Paul Malone/ Joby / The East End - DJ Midfield Alex K RISE THE WHITE PARTY Feel the Don Migi/ Skooby The Queens – Weekend Warm-up pure energy as Rise is transformed Fly By Night – Northern Soul – DJ Toucan Club – DJ Armee The Whistling Kite - DJ Gareth into a brilliant white celestial Tony ‘TBone’/ Suzie Cue/ Marry Vic Park Hotel – DJ Melvin The Shed – DJ Andyy Windsor – Dj Riki and Ray palace. The sounds of uplifting ‘Mr Motown’/ DJ Denny anthemic trance will make your Flying Scotsman (Downstairs) – Villa - Ministry of Sound Clubbers spirit soar! Featuring trance Time Tunnel - DJ Rok Riley/ Joe 19 Guide to 2010 – Hook N Sling/ ▶ FRIDAY 26/03 classics from legends such as Flying Scotsman (Defectors) Anna Lunoe/ Mind Electric/ VILLA CLUBBERS GUIDE TO 2010 Tiesto, PvD, Ferry Corsten, Armin, - The Beat Suite – Micah/ Sharif Kastel/ Acebasik/ Bacich – HOOK N SLING/ANNA LUNOE Above & Beyond, Picotto, Agnelli Galal Hook N Sling is one of the & Nelson and more presented Flying Scotsman (Velvet most unpredictable producer/ by Simon Barwood (three times Lounge) - Kevvy T Stoitzy/ ▶ SATURDAY 27/03 DJs to come on the scene in PDMA Best Trance DJ), Adam Mad_E/ Barry J/ Sistym & Katten/ VELVET LOUNGE MINIMAL recent years. With an impressive Jackson, GeRmAn, Joe Benger ENC X-POSURE Head down to Perth’s collection of hits under his belt, and Steven Tranzor. Door sales Geisha Bar – Sound Seduction - premiere electronic music ROCKET ROOM HORRORSHOW Sydney hip hoppers Horrorshow drop their Inside Story tour on The Rocket Room for their only Perth show. Along for the ride is the fresh perspective of Spit Syndicate - MCs Nick Lupi and Just Enuf have perfected a unique approach that presents an innovative and adventurous sound of genre-bending pop sensibilities and underground intensity. Tickets through Planet and www.heatseeker.com.au. Doors open 8pm.

PORSAH LAINE FEELING IT

Civic Hotel Saturday, March 20, 2010 After years of making cameo appearances at other artist’s album launches, local songstress Porsah Laine seized her moment in the spotlight when she launched her debut album Feel This on Saturday. Porsah pulled out all the stops for the launch, with a strong line up of local hip hop talent, an impressive lighting set up, balloons and even a raffle, and the large female turnout meant the atmosphere was more laidback than at most local hip hop gigs. Upcoming local group FreekStyles entertained the crowd with an energetic early set, finishing with their Porsah Laine collaboration Freeks Are Of Nature, a bonus track on Feel This. Hunter was his charismatic self as the night’s host and DJ Defyre was spinning popular Downsyde and Drapht tunes; however, a lot of the 42

male attention was directed towards the stripper pole prominently installed onstage. They didn’t have to wait long for Hunter to introduce pole dancer Jaz, who entertained the crowd with some very acrobatic (and tasteful – no clothes were shed) moves to Aussie tracks such as Tomahawk’s At The Strippers and The Funkoars’ Do it Together, as well as raunchy hip hop classics like Snoop Dogg’s Ain’t No Fun and 2 Live Crew’s Me So Horny. Porsah’s set was preceded by a number of her music videos, shown on a large screen installed above the stage. Footage was shown from her appearance on the final episode of The Western Front for 2009 with Hunter, followed by a clip for her swinging anti-war protest Soldier, set to footage from the Iraq War, 9/11 and Abu Ghraib, and lastly a video for her song My First Time. Porsah Laine took to the stage with DJ Endeva, launching into the upbeat title track from her debut. At first the crowd was quite laidback, but after a live performance of Soldier, the crowd gave Porsah a loud, warm response. From there, a number of guests joined Porsah onstage. Ciecmate, who flew over from Melbourne to perform, helped Porsah perform Myspace and Layla received a rowdy reception

night MX tonight to catch local producer Arn One who produces different facets of electronic music from techno to hip-hop. Joining him on the night will be AutoRC, breaking it down with alt pop, New Wave ‘80s and current stuff. EDWA plans on spinning deep house and tek sounds; and Bokchoy will also be on standby in case some glitch hop is needed. Free, from 8pm. SHAPE DISCOTEK – DARREN J In the first of a new series of nights, Discotek is presenting some of Perth’s finest DJs playing intimate three hour sets. Forget the flash in the pan, thirty minute club sets – this is the real deal. Mr Darren J, winner of ‘Best Progressive DJ’and ‘Best Techno DJ’ at the 2009 Perth Dance Music Awards is the first DJ to tackle the three hour spot. Entry is only $10 upstairs, free downstairs. RISE SHOCKONE One of Perth’s top drum ‘n’ bass talents – nay, Australia’s top drum ‘n’ bass talents - ShockOne - joins the Revolution crew to play a feature set alongside Perth’s finest resident DJ lineup of Greg Packer, Rousa and Simon Barwood, with special guests Muller and MC Xsessiv. Door sales only from 9.30pm. Free entry before 10pm. Rise members free before 11pm, $5 thereafter. Non-members $5 before 11pm $10 before 12am, $15 thereafter. Ambar – Japan4 – Buda/ Oli/ Philly/ Ben Mac/ Wish Amplifier – Pure Pop – DJ Eddie Electric Bar Open (Upstairs) - Black Market - James Francis/ Matt Wright/ Nina Van Dyke/ La Gooch/ Progress Inn Bar Open (Downstairs) – Open House - Time Travel Agent/ dMo/ Rikache/ Klarr-55/ Jewel Basement On Broadway – DJ Ricky Black Bettys- DJ Trubble/ DJ Jinx Broken Hill Tavern – DJ Nick Alexander Capitol (Downstairs) –Death Disco – Death Disco DJs Capitol (Upstairs) – 80s Classics – DJ Ryan Captain Stirling - DJ Dano Clink- DJ Cheese Club Bay View – DJ White Label/ DJ MC

Connections – Michy T / JJ / Brian Double Lucky – DJ Tim Brown Dusk - Platinum Beatz – Rowdy B2B Skinny/ Fusion/ Concept/ Phaze/ Deflo B2B Render/ Affiliate/ Harry B/ Johnny Quest Eurobar – Roger Smart/ DJ Raci Eve – Eve Resident DJs Flying Scotsman (Velvet Lounge) - Arn One/ E.N./ Bokchoy Flying Scotsman (Defectors) – Flying High – Ryan Sandilands/ Pex/ Sarah Tout / Andrew Ewing Flying Scotsman (Downstairs) – Transmission – Andrei Mazz Geisha – Joie – Colin/Scott/ Jay / Cam Duff High Wycombe – DJ Matt Hipe Club - DJ E-Funk Impact Bar – DJ Abstar Leederville - DJ Loco Ren Library - DJ AZT/ DJ Fiveo/ DJ Jimmy Phatz/ DJ Zeke/ DJ L Street Liquid Nightclub - DJ Matty / Ricky Llama Bar – VJ Zoo/ DJ Rueben/ DJ Tony Lopez Mojos – Horrorshow/ Spit Syndicate/ Simo T/ Rhythm Infinit Mint – Pop Life - Darren Briais Mullaloo Beach Hotel – DJ Danny Mustang – DJ Rockabilly/ DJ James MacArthur Niche – DJ Manda Power/ Cee/ Adam/ Kelly/Josh D Norma Jeans – DJ Dwayne Oxford Hotel – DJ Sequeria Paramount – DJ Meezy / Jordan / Reuben Queens Tav – DJ Gear Rocket Room – DJ Brett Rowe Rise – Revolution – ShockOne/ Muller/ Greg Packer/ Xsessiv/ Daze/ Simon Barwood Rubix – DJ Pascal Sapphire Bar – Filthy Gorgeous Shape (Upstairs) – Darren J/ Richard Lee/ Flex/ Gene Bourne South St Ale House – DJ Jay Stamford Arms - DJ Anaru Tiger Lil’s –Ben Sebastian/ Adam Kelly The Brighton - Philly Blunt/ Creek/ eSQue/ Kill Dyl/ Mad Dogs The Deen - DJ Birdie – Zone 2 / DJ Tony Allen – Zone 3 / DJ JJ Zone 5 The Saint – DJ Anaru The Shed – DJ Andy The Victoria Park Hotel – DJ Melvin The Whistling Kite - DJ Craig

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when she took the stage for Dumb Dumb. After a 25 minute set, Porsah announced that she was taking a short break, during which time Delta Forse kept the crowd entertained. Porsah was back on ten minutes later with the upbeat Happy As A Pig in Shit which, for the first time that night, got the crowd jumping. Downsyde got their chance to repay Porsah for numerous appearances at their gigs, with Dazastah, who produced half of Feel This, joining her for the ominous Big Brother and the uplifting Roll, and Optamus taking the stage to perform his solo track Fire Up.

Energy levels were high as Porsah launched into her final song of the night, protest anthem Hell No, and her powerful vocals and Drapht’s excellent guest verse were well received by the crowd. The night ended on a light-hearted note with the punters singing Porsah Laine Happy Birthday for her birthday two days later, and, fittingly, she got the biggest crowd response of the night, despite the calibre of the rappers she shared the stage with. JOSHUA HAYES Hittin’ the town since 1985


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Defectors Wednesday, March 17, 2010 The Flying Scotsman’s upstairs bar, now known as Defectors, kicked off its new Wednesday night event, Twist, with a bang last week. Each and every Wednesday, Twist will take over Defectors, delivering special DJ sets to keep punters dancing all night long. To find out what all the fuss is about, make your way to Twist next Wednesday, entry is free.

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Friday, March 26, Soul Tree celebrates the release of their much anticipated first CD. After establishing himself as a singer-songwriter, Troy Preverall gathered friends and great musos to master a bunch of folk / rock tunes that are set to get the Amplifier in full swing. You’ll get true band for your buck, because joining Soul Tree will be, Hailmary, Opia and The Sure Fire Midnights.

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There’s excellent food and drink throughout the week, including our famous Pie and Pint night on Wednesday and Curry and Pint night on Thursday for $15 apiece. Thursday finds us with Rhys Wood and Friday with the ever popular and all-round wonderful lads The Healy’s. Liven up your Saturday night with Blue Umbrella and finally, on Sunday the Original Music Night! Playing this Sunday are Jamie Seinemeier, Nice Verdes and Jimmy Stewart. Hope to see you all here!

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Sunday, March 28, The North Fremantle hub of venues and Cool Perth Nights present the North FotoFreo Fringe. This event runs from March 20-April 18 with an exhibition opening celebration at all venues on March 28 from 3pm. Entertainment at Mojo’s for this exhibition includes jazz infused three piece the Butchers followed by a DJ set from Simo T. North FotoFreo Fringe is in proud association with FotoFreo 2010 www.fotofreo.com. The City of Fremantle and Eventscorp.. Entry is free to Mojo’s all day and all of the night!

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Don’t miss the big moment in local music history this Saturday, March 27, when The Den (which is yet to be “officially” opened) hosts Melbourne band A Death In The Family. Playing their only headline show in WA during their extended national tour with Gyroscope and joined by special guests So Night Owl, Chilling Winston and Grim Fanbanjo. Doors 8pm, Entry $10

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This Friday, March 26, catch a balmy evening of musical fun with friends, beverages and great performances when The Morning Night are joined by BMC, Automasters and Wolves at the Door for the West Coast Blues ‘n’ Roots Fremantle Fringe Festival. Set in the beer garden under the stars, this gig marks The Morning Night’s last show for eight weeks as frontman Adrian Hoffman heads off to Europe for a few guest appearances fronting The Triffids when they play England, Belgium and Greece.

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This Saturday, March 27, Diamond Eye returns to the stage with their trademark ‘larger than life’ show including plenty of rock riffage, vocal power and guitar shredding all accompanied by an awesome pyrotechnic display.They’re joined by guests Homebrewe, The Surefire Midnights and Artillery Rd. Doors open 8pm & Entry $12

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On Thursday, March 25, Sydney hip hoppers Horrorshow will drip vivid lyrics and raw energy when they drop their Inside Story tour for an exclusive Perth show. Along for the ride is the fresh, genre-bending perspectives of fellow Sydney-siders Spit Syndicate. Last minute tickets are available thru heatseeker.com.au & Planet Video.

CAPITOL

Sunday, March 28, local legends Gyroscope are back to shake the foundations and remind us of the amazing talent they’ve bought throughout the years. Playing new material from their upcoming release Cohesian, as well as the classics, they’re supported by touring partners A Death In The Family, and local upcomers The Reserves. This show is bound to be one to remember.

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SHELTER FROM THE STORM MACHINE HEAD / Hatebreed / Bleeding Through / Emmure Metro City, Northbridge Monday, March 22, 2010 La Roux (Photos: Amy Vinicombe)

PLUIE LA ROUGE LA ROUX / Bertie Blackman / Tim & Jean Belvoir Amphitheatre Sunday, March 21, 2010 Perth youngsters Tim & Jean jumped on stage and brought the waiting crowd out of their seats for a bit of a jig. Closing their set with triple j Unearthed favourite, Come Around, it was obvious that they have a overwhelming presence of their friends and family, as the screaming echoed for quite some time after they departed. Next up, Bertie Blackman took the stage; cool as a cucumber, belting out a long list of trendy tracks including Thump, Byrds of Prey and Heart. It didn’t seem fitting to have the songstress on as a warm up for a pop crowd and the mood remained low for most of her set with most punters seeking something to jump around to rather than mellow out. Regardless, her solid voice echoed through the humid air. A few fans paid homage to her talent, while many chose her set as a time to socialise, refill drinks and empty bladders. La Roux repeatedly insist they are a duet, rather than a songwriter and performer combination, but it’s hard to believe as live performances feature only Elly Jackson and a backing band all while Ben Langmaid stays at home. This perhaps works in their favour as Jackson commands an entire stage with her now iconic red wedge haircut and ‘cool as shit’ strut.

Starting with Tigerlily, the electric drum kit and large LED light display melded well with the sweet synthesiser sounds. There was very little crowd interaction early, just a somewhat surprised exclamation of “you have umbrellas”, before working through popular tracks, I’m Not Your Toy, Quicksand and As If By Magic. The average age was about 18.2, with each scantily clad female bopping spastically to the new wave sounds and screaming every word ‘cross their heart hope to die’ style. The only track not featured on self titled debut album was a passionate version of The Rolling Stones’ Under My Thumb, which seemed lost on a number of the crowd. Jackson prefaced the track, strongly proclaiming they would “never record a cover”, which is a bit of a pity. As the main set drew to a close, a vicious wind whipped through the amphitheatre. Amidst screams from centre stage fans, the large LED display at the back of the stage collapsed, sending the backing band scampering for cover, visibly shaking the usually unflappable Jackson. While the roadies attempted to prop up the screens, she regained composure quickly and invited the nearby punters to share some oneliners. Unfortunately Perth showed its worse side when some uneducated twit told an unsavoury racist joke, causing Jackson to scold said punter and take the lead in filling in time by introducing

her band.

Once satisfied it was safe to continue, the bass line for trendy pop song In For the Kill bellowed, bringing a majority of young girls close to hysteria. Fascination closed out the main set accompanied by a few raindrops, causing all in attendance to hope and prey the monsoon would hold off until the end. Sensing the urgency of pending weather and noise ordinances, the trio stepped off stage for the obligatory break before encore, then came running back just as the familiar chorus to Bulletproof started up. Not much more than 45 minutes before it started, it was all over. It was short, fast, loud, and fun. Eighties disco-pop is back with a new sound, and a damn fine haircut. _ALASTAIR BOVELL, YASMIN SHERIFF

La Roux

And so the heavens opened and dropped a proverbial shit-storm of havoc all over Perth. Lights went out, the streets were flooded with both water and debris, and there was a huge question mark hanging over whether this tidy triple headliner billing would go ahead after Metro’s PA system crashed for the fourth time that day due to Mother Nature being a total bitch. But no amount of rain, sleet and hail could keep Perth fans away from this massive evening – not even an hour wait outside in the rain while the bands tried to sound check, once again. Queens deathcore number Emmure probably did not get the experience they were expecting for the kick-off of their debut Australian tour. Already halfway through their 35-minute set by the time most punters were able to scrape their way into the venue, frontman Frankie Palmeri’s hybrid rap-growl style was thrown around on newer tracks like Sunday Bacon and Bars in Astoria. But he failed to connect with any kind of brute force the band was trying to portray. Orange County ruffians Bleeding Through certainly raised the bar on this shindig. Tearing through both love and venom in the same breath, a trademark established by these bruisers over the past decade, this sextet was down a member with guitarist Brian Leppke absent from the ranks. A fill-in drummer was also used as Derek Youngsma was at home with his newborn. But the void was not even aired as frontman Brandon Shieppatti lurched around the stage – possessed, burly and sweating through cat-calls of “…tonight we dine in hell” from Finnis Fatalis Spei and other

FACE TO FACE TOUR The Angels reunited in June 2008, since then the band has gone on to play to over 100 sold out shows and festivals around the country performing to over 100,000 fans. They’ve wanted to do a series of concerts in regional areas of Western Australia for some time now and are really looking forward to returning to the West Coast to give fans a real dose of good old Angels’ rock!

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pick Orange County Blonde And Blue. Guitarist Dave Nassie and bassist Ryan Wombacher stepped up and took the challenge by the balls with ender Kill To Live, though no new material from their upcoming self-titled album was aired. S p i t t i n g I Will Be Heard to t h e rafters, Connecticut’s Hatebreed brought t h e b r u t a l i t y t h e o n l y w ay t h e y k n ow how – absolute domination. The more hardcore flavoured of tonight ’s treats, these much-respected men were joined once again by original guitarist Wayne Lozinak and whipped the Perth crowd into a devastating frenzy of fist-pumpin’, circlepit inducin’, damn good times. Though they work solely in blunt force trauma, their caveman-esque rhythms all proved to be gloriously aggressive and honed on Destroy Everything and Beholder Of Justice. Splicing fresh material like Everyone Bleeds Now in between the juicy established goods, they delivered over an hour of fine form that made punters think twice about this act being a support act. No sooner had the dust settled on Hatebreed’s assault did the cries of ‘Machine fucking Head’ ring through the air, peaking and falling for the next half an hour until the stage exploded in an atmospheric blend of red lighting, smoke and chorus heralding the return of Machine Head for the third time in as many years. Bursting into the opening chords of Clenching The Fists Of Dissent, the band set the mood for the night with a taste of old rare cuts and, of course, their more recent picks from The Blackening as they poised themselves to get Perth “… head banging like it is 1994 days” in vocalist Robb Flynn words. And head bang we did. More than that, Perth positively thrashed. There was no doubt over who every single person in that building came to see as they touched the old-skool pleasure buttons with Bite The Bullet and Aesthetics Of Hate, with Dave McClain’s drumming pulsating through everyone’s core.

Amplifier Friday, March 19, 2010

Hype is a funny thing. Ever since their humble beginnings a few years ago, Eddy Current Suppression Ring’s popularity has been on a rapid increase and it came to a point where they can easily sell out any venue they play around the country. While some bands work hard on their hype, it appears that it all came natural to ECSR, They didn’t do anything special but play the stuff they love, record all three albums on no budget at all and kissed no ones ass along the way. So, the popularity that they are enjoying lately couldn’t happen to a better band. However, it resulted in enormous amount of total dicks (of both gender) attending their shows, as was the case on Friday night. But let’s stick to the music, rather than talk about Neanderthals who flocked in masses to the venue. Pond opened the proceedings with a nice take on late ‘60s/ early ‘70s hard rock. It seems that the band’s line-up is an ever changing one and tonight they were a five-piece ‘supergroup’ consisting of familiar faces on the local scene. A couple of songs into their set, it became apparent that Pond have clearly embraced a retro approach to their music and even though the band members swapped their instruments often, the sound stayed the same, with only an occasional wah-wah pedal and percussions bringing some variety to their songs. When Super Wild Horses supported ECSR in Perth just over a year ago, their set was a bit pedestrian and clumsy at times. But what a difference a year can make – tonight they were super confident, engaging, and to this reviewer totally stole the show. Ex-Perth, now Melbourne ladies Amy Franz and Hayley McKee are quickly becoming one of the most exciting acts in the country. They put primitive in rock’n’roll in the best possible sense of the term. SWH took some great pop hooks, stripped down all the boring _JESSICA WILLOUGHBY bits and kept it very minimal, while still

Eddy Current Suppression Ring (Photo: Lisa Businovski)

maintaining a rich sound. Amy was on guitar and Hayley on drums for the first half of their set (they both shared vocals throughout) and that’s when What Started The Noise and the Bonds commercial featured On the Corner were played. Once they swapped over their roles, the set turned more abrasive, which might be an indication of the direction their debut album will go. Hopefully we will see them on a headline tour soon. When ECSR took the stage, the venue was jam-packed and sweaty with lots of tension in the air. The band opened, oddly enough, with the hypnotic Second Guessing off the new album. Halfway through the song, Mike’s keyboard decided to die but the band managed to finish the song as if nothing happened. From then on there were no glitches, apart from morons in the audience unplugging vocalist Brendon’s microphone lead during obligatory walk through the crowd in Precious Rose. The band’s set consisted mostly of songs from Rush To Relax, with a good measure of stuff from the previous two albums. Live, the new material sounded better

than on the recordings, but the whole show suffered from too much treble in the mix and not enough low frequencies. The audience obviously didn’t mind and were having a lot of fun. Some of them had way too much of it and thought it was cool to invade the stage almost every couple of minutes, staying there doing the stupid dance until the bouncer get them off, or even worse, standing in front of the stage the whole time, taking photos of the audience. How pathetic. As expected, everything came to a boiling point during Which Way To Go and Get Up Morning, and nearly one hour into their set, ECSR started wrapping it up with I Admit My Faults and that was it for the night. It was a great pleasure to see that the band is so huge these days but hopefully they will know how to manage it without compromising their artistic merits. Gone were the days where one could attend their shows and have a ball with no dickhead factor at all, but some things just come with a price. _PREDRAG DELIBASICH

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A POSTCARD FROM SXSW Every year thousands of musicians from around the world descend on Austin, Texas, for the South By South West festival

and its countless showcases, spruiking sessions and trade events from March 12-21. X-Press’ man on the ground BRETT LEIGH DICKS provided this snapshot of how Western Australian acts were faring mid-festival. You know you have arrived in a musical town when you step off a plane and into a concert. Such is the experience of flying into Austin, Texas. And it’s not just because of South by Southwest that the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport boasts a stage with live music even when the world’s largest music festival isn’t triggering an annual pilgrimage to the Texan capital, you can still find everything from singer songwriters to rock bands offering passengers a big ol’ Texanstyle musical welcome. Austin is a music town through and through. The countless bars and clubs that line downtown’s 6 th Street offer a diverse array of musical styles seven nights a week. But traverse any side street and you quickly stumble across legendary venues such as Antone’s, The Continental Club, The Broken Spoke or The Cactus Club. Not only is music infused into Austin’s heart, it’s what fires its soul. And, with SxSW in town this week, an estimated 200 000 people have converged upon the city for a musical celebration unlike any other. The Western Australian Music Industr y Association has long held a formidable presence at SxSW. The organisation has staged an annual showcase of Western Australian artists that has seen the likes of The John Butler Trio, End of Fashion, Little Birdy, and The Stems tout their musical wares. This year WAM merged their undertaking into what is traditionally the largest Australian showcase – The Aussie BBQ – and offered Karnivool, Nathan Gaunt, and The Chevelles, the opportunity to join the likes of Paul Dempsey, Pivot, and Kate Miller-Heidke. While it was Karnivool that led the proceedings at Saturday’s Aussie BBQ, this was by no means their first undertaking of the week. Fresh from the Big Day Out and riding on the back of a European tour, the quintet had already seen action at the Manic Fest Destiny, Full Metal Texas, and SIN Showcases on Wednesday and Thursday. All in all, the band undertook six separate performances with three of those happening in one day. This offered the collective plenty of opportunity to

Karnivool at SXSW

get their name out in front of industry personal and punters alike. “It’s a challenge. It’s like a musical zoo, I’ll give you that,” offered frontman Ian Kenny when quizzed about his SxSW induction. “For us, having our record out, this is basically one big promotional tour. Plus we’re here chasing agents. Everyone’s got an agenda of what they’re here to do, but it’s also a festival, and it’s a bloody great one because there’s that much music going. I would love to come back here as a punter and get on the piss and just listen to music.” Another Western Australian with a hectic SxSW schedule is Nathan Gaunt. The songwriter has based himself in the Unites States of late, having recently played his way across the country. For Gaunt, SxSW offers a

prime networking opportunity. Having already teamed up with the likes of Carrie Rodriguez and Shawn Colvin for some performances, he is here with his eyes firmly set on finding an experienced booking agent. “The thing that I find is that through the networking and the industry presence, this is one of the few times that you can meet this density of people,” Gaunt explained backstage after his Aussie BBQ appearance. “But the music here is also insane. Sometimes as an artist you can caught up in your own little world.” Returning to SxSW in 2010 are The Chevelles. This time around the collective are incorporating their various appearances at the festival into their twenty year anniversary tour which promotes their latest release Accelerator. Having undertaken over a thousand live shows

in their two decades of musical sojourning, they have taken their garage style of power pop to the world on countless occasions; so their five performances in three days here in Austin shouldn’t prove too much trouble. Now in the midst of the US portion of the tour, the four-piece have brought along Travis Caudle to open to their shows. While Caudle might have last visited SxSW as a conference attendee rather than a performing artist, he is certainly no stranger to playing the in US. Last October the solo Woodenelve undertook a national US tour. “This tour has been pretty cool,” enthused Caudle shortly after his performance at Acoustic Australia on Tap. “I do something like a hundred and seventy gigs a year, and on this tour I have something like eight gigs in three weeks and they’re all half hour gigs as opposed to three-hour gigs. It’s almost like having a holiday for me… It is a little like Schoolies Week on steroids.” With Natalie D-Napoleon rounding off the Western Australian presence via a solo appearance at Acoustic Australia on Tap, the 2010 installment of SxSW heralded more Australian-promoted performances than ever before. Along with The Aussie BBQ and Acoustic Australia on Tap, there was Aussie Tastes & Tunes, and the SxSW Block Party, all of which offered over fifty performance opportunities to Australian artists. Here in the west, artists are well familiar with the tyranny of distance and the challenges that throws up. It is through initiatives such as those presented by WAM, Sounds Australia, and their associated partners, that artists are provided the opportunity to get out of town and showcase at events such as SXSW. Perth’s isolation and the effect that has had on the local music scene has been discussed and analysed countless times. But there is no denying that when it comes to music there is indeed something in the water here. So it seems only fitting that an offering of artists from Australia’s most dynamic music city be presented with the opportunity to display their talents in one of America’s music capitols.


DEEP ROOTS

Soul Tree, a band formerly known as Peverall, are launching their second EP, a self titled release, at Amplifier on Friday, March 26. Recorded at the highly regarded Kingdom Studios, the EP melds a broad range of blues, acoustic, and classic rock styles. “It’s not just a couple of guys bashing out a few songs, a lot of thought, love and spirituality goes into this music,” frontman Troy Peverall says of the band’s sound. “We’re not just a band, we’re friends and we’ve gone through a lot together and we really project that out to the crowd.” Lyrically, Peverall says he was interested in challenging the listener to look outside of their own lives and stretch themselves personally: “Challenging yourself to become a better person and also to challenge your society - not to become complacent.” In April Peverall will set out on a farreaching solo tour which will include gigs scattered right around the world.

TRIFFED TRAILS

The Morning Night, well know for their frontman Adrian Hoffman being invited to sing with Perth icons The Triffids at last years PIAF, are performing at the Railway Hotel on Firday, March 26, alongside Automasters, Wolves At The Door, and BMC – who feature members of The Triffids and a Bad Seed. Keep watching this space for a full interview with Adrian about his upcoming European tour with The Triffids.

FUNK FOR DA FISH

Matt Gresham, The Brown Horn Orchestra, DJ Charlie Bucket and the Funk Club house band are joining forces on Friday, March 26, for a fundraiser for the Save Our Marine Life Campaign. Proceeds from the concert will go to marine protection in the South West. The event will take place in the Funk Club upstairs at the Leederville Hotel.

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POWER CUT

In keeping with the spirit of WA’s recent power outages, a number of high-quality acoustic acts will play completely unplugged at the X-Wray Café in Fremantle on Saturday, March 27. Abbe May, Fall Electric, The Fancy Brothers and Khin Myint will all leave their cables at home for an old-fashioned good time. Spots are limited to 100 seats with presale tickets available for $20 from the café, or $25 on the night (subject to availability). Doors from 7pm, Music from 8pm.

Melodic rockers Blackmilk will launch their latest single Morning Star at The Rocket Room on Saturday, March 27. The track has been described as a hypnotic and shimmering excursion into soul and blues. Support comes from Naik, Mile End and goth-folk up and comers Stereoflower. Tickets $10 on the door. 8-12pm.

On Friday, March 26, The Coalminers Sect end their summer hibernation with a gig at the Swan Lounge as part of the Freo Blues ‘n’ Roots Fringe Festival. The psych, country and classic rock melding band will be joined by The Old Croak, Big Old Bears, Feldspa and James Teague.

ALL TOGETHER NOW SPREAD THE WORD

Grungy, alternative all-girl duo Lantana bring their intoxicating sound to the Newport on Sunday, March 28. The band are currently working on an EP so get on down and learn the tunes before it comes out. Free entry. Doors 6pm.

Perth musicians are donating their talent and time at a benefit gig at the Swan Hotel on Saturday, March 27, in support of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society’s fight to end commercial whaling. Battletruk, Suffer, The Reptilians, 3 days Later, Death Grenade, S.S.A, Apethetix, Gozu and Born Into Suffering are all lending a hand. Tickets $15. From 6.30pm.

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SHEPHERDING IN CHANGE

The Global Oneness project is intended to explore interconnectedness in an increasingly complex world. Organised by Green Penguin Events, it will take place in the new Northbridge Piazza on Friday, March 26,from 6-11pm.As well as free screenings of short films from places as diverse as India, Equador and outback Australia, musicians James Teague, Reverse Engine Ear, Rupert Guenther and British Racing Green, will play at this very worthwhile community event.

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A SPOONFULL OF SUGAR

Theatrical local rock act Cim Ciaru are launching their debut EP at Mojo’s on Friday, March 26, with Sonpsilo Circus, The Veescars, The Silent Republic and Limpin’ Dave Foley. Speaking to X-Press the band said people coming to the show can expect the kind of fun and dramatic gig the band have become known for. “Yeah we like to keep it all pretty upbeat,” they say. “There are definitely bands around town that believe their own hype a bit too much and forget that you have to entertain in some capacity if you expect to set foot on a stage. Fortunately this isn’t a problem for us as we have no hype to speak of.” Recorded at Crank Recording Studio in Northbridge with Les Williams and Chris Kirkby, The EP has a diverse range of sounds verging from early grunge-y You Am I to classic Australian indie pop. “Basically all types of guitar music are stolen from,” the band says of their influences. “We like to call our music ‘Full Spectrum Rock ‘n’ Roll’.”

PERTH’S BLUES COMMUNITY COMES TOGETHER

Perth’s blues music community gather tribute to their fellow musician Paul F Sunday at the Charles Hotel. The line rock royalty included Dave Hole, Ma Lindsay Wells Band, John Meyer, Bo Band, Pete Romano & The Gators, Ste Cyclone Tracey, Rick Steele and Gerard plus special guest Robin Riley (ex-Ros and many other musicians paying trib One of the many highlights Taylor’s Oz-rock classic, Black And Blue, by a boogie which rocked the house w Riley, Garde and Patient. Around $13,000 was raised was filmed and recorded - DVDs will be to purchase in a few weeks with all going to Paul’s ongoing medical treatm

NICE ‘N’ SHINY

Folk-y songstress Ruby Boots will play at opening party of the West Coast Blue festival on Saturday, March 27 at The Arts Centre. Joining Ms Boots are Cal the Tramps, The Floors, Miche Suite, and Down. Doors 6pm with free entry to Blu ticket holders.

IN BLOOM

Hard hitting prog rockers Opia will join S the bill at Amplifier on Friday, March 26 are just about to send their EP off to be so keep an eye out for some activity exciting local prospect.

A MIGHTY TANGLE

Prog merchants Tangled Thoughts Of L play their first show of 2010 when they stage at the Rosemount on Saturday, To celebrate their emergence from h the band have released a freshly record minute single entitled Contextually In Nexus and Ibex will also play on the ni 8pm, entry $10.


THE SUNDANCE KIDS In My Place

With 90,000kms of touring last year and a debut album to boot, The Sundance Kids are returning to WA this week for a string of headline shows. BRENDAN HOLBEN speaks with guitarist Jason Shepherd aheadoftheshows,whichtake them to The Esplanade Hotel in Busselton on Thursday, March 25; Settler’s Tavern in Margaret River on Friday, March 26, Amplifier Bar on Saturday, March 27; and an all ages show at The Vault on Sunday, March 28.

The Sundance Kids to be a band that celebrated relationships and friendships by creating encouraging, hopeful lyrics,” he explains. “It’s something about our personality: we’re all pretty joyous people.” When Fall Into Place was released The Sundance Kids hit the road supporting acts like The All American Rejects, Evermore and End Of Fashion, staying on the road for most of the year. “It’s been pretty intense – we worked it out that last year we did 90,000kms on the road and just as many flights to go with,” Shepherd says. “We love touring and that’s why we do this. We go out to play to people and put on good rock shows.” On top of that, the band has been asked The Sundance Kids are living proof that hard work to support The Fray in April. Putting in the hard and persistence pays by finishing 2009 with a self- yards touring is indicative of The Sundance Kids’ funded debut record, scoring a record deal with mentality, according to Shepherd, and is reflected Warner and now headlining a nationwide tour. in the creation of their debut record. Fall Into Place Starting out in suburban Adelaide, the band slowly was recorded in Adelaide over three months grew to five members and, with the release of Fall and was completely financed by the band, who Into Place, quit their jobs and became a full-time decided not to wait for record label support. band. “It was a tough decision, but we really Starting out as three friends playing at believed in our songs and we had a lot of pride in 21st birthday parties, they soon enlisted bassist what we’d created in the rehearsal room.”Shepherd Jeremy Wright and drummer Suresh Meyer in continues: “We believed that, regardless of label 2007, during the production of the Including The help, we could create the album we wanted. Atmosphere EP. These changes pushed Ash Gale “It was a bit of a relief to release the from the drums to the front of stage as the lead album because we recorded it and sat on it for a singer to form the band as it is today. while, and then we went through the contract “Years ago, when we were back in high negotiations, legal and business side of it. By the school, Luke, Ash and I were playing together and time we released the album in September last year Ash was a drummer,” Shepherd explains. “He can we’d had it for a year or so.We always thought ‘If we still hit the skins pretty well but he definitely makes ever got signed to a label things would get easier,’ but a better singer – he’s got a fantastic set of pipes.” it just got a whole lot harder. Shepherd says the band is strongly “It just means there’s so much more influenced by their relationships with friends and pressure,” he concludes, “and more to do and family, which is the core of their positive outlook because you’re got more opportunities there’s on life. more opportunity to take hold of… it opened up a “There’s so much joy in life… we wanted whole lot more doors.”

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WHAT A CONCEPT Volume is committed to bringing all the latest equipment news to local musicians, so when we heard Concept Music had expanded its store we thought we’d head on down to see what the changes mean for you. CHRIS GIBBS reports.

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Concept Music’s recent expansion solidifies the store’s reputation as the ‘littlest big music store’ in Perth. Owner Graham Hoskins held focus group meetings with his most valued customers prior to finalising plans for the expansion, and took note that his clients did not want to see Concept become another of the‘stack and sell’warehouse-type music stores which seem to have become almost standard in Perth over the last few years. The new-look shop, still situated on Cambridge Street in Wembley, is exceptionally well-presented.Essentially comprised of two levels, the simple design allows for relevant products to be grouped together without any area feeling cluttered or cramped. The main area, which displays electric guitars, basses, amps, drums, effects, pickups, and microphones,features a large service counter where strings,leads,and all relevant accessories for electric musicians can be purchased.Take a few steps up,and a second sales counter offers acoustic strings and accessories, as well as other items relevant to the second store area, which displays acoustic guitars, keyboards,brass and wind instruments,percussion, and a selection of software. The main area features a new amp room, where products can be tested in privacy, and the

second area also has a dedicated room for trying out acoustic guitars. Both areas have plenty of room to move amongst the well-placed displays, as well as numerous areas to sit and really get to know a new item before purchasing.Collectors and musical instrument aficionados will also be pleased to know that the vintage collection of guitars and amps still adorn the walls, offering an educational visit every time. Concept’s aim for the expansion was to offer customers more room to move throughout the store, while still maintaining the intimacy that the store has become known for. This has been well achieved through simple yet effective product placements, perfectly understated displays, and the logical grouping of products. There’s plenty to choose from in all areas of the new store, with most popular brands represented, yet the design does not make you feel overwhelmed by all the products on offer. It’s certainly a music shop which is very hard to leave, especially empty-handed, given the welcoming nature of both the new design and Graham’s staff.Concept Music is celebrating its new look (and thirty years in business) with an exclusive one-day sale this Saturday, March 27. Check the advertisement in this issue for full details. Hittin’ the town since 1985


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Behringer Xenyx 1002FX Mixer

$99

Paiste Twenty Series 18 Crash

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Deering B6 Banjo 6 String

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Pearl PERFB1450 Ref 14x5 Snare

$901.22

Behringer DI800 8 Ch Di Box 1

$159.61

Propellerhead Reason 4

Paiste Twenty Series 20 Ride

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DW 5000AD3 Acc Pedal Gold

$1,249.53

Yamaha Pocketrak 2g Recorder

$462.74

Fender 50s Road Worn Tele 2sb

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DW So 6X14 Eq Snare Quilted Maple

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Sabian SAV024 16 Vault Crash

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Squier Blue P Bass & Amp Pack

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DW Ex Candy Apple Red W/Gold Kit

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Schecter Floyd Rose White L/H

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Squier Hello Kitty Strat Blk

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DW 5pc Collectors Maple Satin Kit

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Schecter Damien B2

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Mesa Boogie Stiletto Ace 1x12

$4384.20

DW 7x14 Satin Specialty Nat Snare

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Mesa Boogie Lonestar Special

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Schecter Hellraiser V1 Black

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Alesis Performance Pad -8 Velo

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Epiphone EGG4LC Sg Cherry

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Schecter Hellraiser V1 Fr Bch

$1,082.27

Rode NT2000 Microphone

$932.47

Maton EM225C D/Nought

$1,270.13

Schecter Hellraiser V1 Fr Blk

$1,581.84

Rode Ntk Microphone

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Epiphone Enchs Les Paulcustom

$1,175.22

Schecter Electric Active Fr

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Behringer Xenyx 24 Input Mixer

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Ensleb Epiphone Standard

$900.81

Schecter Electric Active

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Jackson India Js30dkt Black

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Schecter STILCUS5VRS Bass

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Hardcase 22" Bass Drum Case

$257.80

Fishman Stereo Delay

$529

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Aguilar Cab 300w 1x12 8ohm

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Fishman Acoustic Dreadnought

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Schecter Tempest Classic Fcsb

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Almansa Classic Rw Cutaway Pickup

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Fishman Prefix Plus-T Preamp

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Se Mic Tube Studio Condensor

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Behringer B1 Mic In Hard Case

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Fishman Matric Infinity

$299

Spector Euro 4 String N/Thru

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Breedlove Dread Xbrace with Pickup

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Genz Benz Xb2 4x10 Bass Cab

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Spector Legend 4 Bass

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Breedlove Focus Concert Acoustic

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Legend LED30CE Guitar Solid

$330.73

Stagg Sh Brill 21" Rock Ride

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Coffin Case CFLF110 Pedal

$128.62

Legend LED40 Dread Rosewood B&S $367.51

Tree Works Tre35db Classic

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Fire Wire Audio/Midi Interface

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Legend LED43CE Grand Aud

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Ultimate Ts 80s Original Spkr

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Cakewalk Sonar 8 Producer

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Legacy J75TSB 175 S/Burst

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Zildjian A 19" Armand Ride

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Zildjian K Custom 24" Complex

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Dr Rock Candy Diamond Sparkle Guitar

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Zildjian ZIP0503 20x24 Gong

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Daisy Rock Candy Custom Pink Guitar

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Gibson Les Paul Classic Ebony

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Mackie SR1522Z Powered Box

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LP Giovanni LP799XAW Djembe

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Dr Bass Rock Candy Silver

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Boogie Express 5.50 1x12 Combo

$2,492

Ludwig LM402T Supraphonic

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