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Toby and her band are embarking on a massive WA tour that will see them performing 18 shows in 31 days. Energetic, raw and feisty, over the past seven years Toby has performed nearly 1,000 shows throughout Australia, Europe and Canada and has released f i ve a l b u m s. S e e h e r metro shows at the Charles Hotel for the Perth Blues Club on Tuesday, May 14, and Ellington J a z z B a r o n M o n d ay, May 20. Full details at tobymusic.com.au.
THE RHOMB DIAGNOSIS
You thought Frenzal Rhomb only had one tour left in ‘em? Now they have tumour! At least that was the gag they had ready to go before doctors discovered it wasn’t a tumour, just tapeworm larvae in frontman Jay Whalley’s head. Anyhoo, Frenzals are back and you can see them at the Prince Of Wales, Bunbury; Players, Mandurah; the Indi Bar and the Rosemount Hotel from Wednesday-Saturday, May 15-18. Tickets from Heatseeker and Oztix.
FANNING THE FLAMES
Former Powderfinger powerhouse Bernard Fanning is keeping himself busy. Hot on the heels of his new single, Battleships, and the announcement of his forthcoming second solo album, he’s also decided to embark on a mammoth pan-Australian tour. The Departures Tour touches down in Perth on Sunday, August 25, taking over the Astor Theatre. Support comes from Big Scary and Vance Joy. Tickets from bernardfanning.com, showticketing.com or the venue.
Dilip N The Davs, May Day
SUNDAY BLOODY MAY DAY
The May Day festival and march happens this Sunday, May 5, at Fremantle Esplanade from noon–4.30pm. There’s a long and significant history attached to May Day, which first began in the US and Canada on May 1, 1886, as a day to focus on efforts to secure an eight-hour working day. It grew as an international commemoration when a rally held on Tuesday, May 4, 1886, at Haymarket Square in Chicago to support workers striking for an eight-hour working day was dispersed by police fire following a bomb being thrown. It’s since been held to mark significant victories, including the right to vote, fair pay, occupational health/safety protections and holiday leave, amongst others. Meredith Hammat, Secretary UnionsWA, told X-Press this week of the continuing importance of the May Day celebration in this day and age. “Employers rarely grant working people pay and benefits willingly and past wins for working people remain under challenge,” she says. “For example, this year a theme for May Day is secure work. At present almost a quarter of a million working West Australians have no entitlement to holiday or sickness leave – many are casuals or on contract employment often for long and unsociable hours of work. Privatisation of public services such as hospitals makes job insecure.” Entertainment will include Dilip N The Davs, Pimps Of Sound (featuring Milly James), DJ Sledgehammer, Beleza Samba Group and plenty of food and fun for families. “The rally through the streets of Fremantle, starting at 12 noon from the Esplanade gives movement and light,” Hammat says, “the bands, some fun, and a few speeches will give food for thought!”
A STATE OF GRACE
MUTANT CITY BLUES
It’s been three years since Naik released his first LP, In The Shadow of Thunder Mountain. No doubt that wait will have been worth the while, as we’ll learn at The Bird on Friday, May 3, when he drops his new EP, Mutating Machines. An innovative soundsmith and acclaimed live performer, Naik is also proving to be hell of a nice guy by giving away the EP for free - you can’t ask for more than that.
The headline acts for the 2013 State Of the Art Music Festival have been announced, and if they’re anything to judge by, it’s going to be a hell of a show. Karnivool, Abbe May and Dave Hole and Chain will be occupying the top slots at the show, which runs from June 1-3, with Bob Evans, Eskimo Joe’s Kav Temperley and Gyroscope also on the bill. The rest of the 30-odd acts will be announced soon, so keep your ear to the ground. Tickets are on sale now from ticketek.com.au.
Due to unforeseen circumstances Manchester’s Happy Mondays have rescheduled their Australia tour to June, instead of May and have announced that Peter Hook has had to drop off as support. The upside is that they will now be joined by seminal Madchester outfit 808 State on the bill for a DJ set. All tickets purchased for their Friday, May 10, gig at Capitol will now be valid for the Wednesday, June 5, show at Metropolis Fremantle.
Andy Bull Spit Syndicate
Sydney singer/songwriter Andy Bull will be stepping up to the decks at The Aviary Rooftop Session on Sydney hip hop duo Spit Syndicate are gonna bring Sunday, May 26. The acclaimed performer, who made the beats to Vic Park tonight, Wednesday, May 1, with a name for himself with the one-two punch of his support from Joyride and local lad Knoe. Catch them 2009 debut album and 2010 EP, The Phantom Pains, at The Causeway Bar from 6pm. Free entry for the first will be joined by Anton Franc, Charlie Bucket and two hours, $10 thereafter. Lightsteed. It all kicks off at 4pm, and entry is free.
Fourteen Nights At Sea
ALL AT SEA
Melbourne’s premier instrumental post-rock outfit Fourteen Nights At Sea are bringing their epic postrock to the Rosemount Hotel on Saturday, July 20. They’ll be joined by Eleventh He Reaches London and Mt. Mountain. Tickets are $15 (plus booking fee) from lifeisnoise.com and Oztix.
Yolanda Be Cool
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Back by popular demand, Yolanda Be Cool are heading back for an exclusive Groovin’ The Moo sideshow at the Newport Hotel next Friday, May 10. With over 10 years DJing under their belts, the duo’s musical influences extend far beyond their native Sydney from old school hip hop to Chicago house, techno and pretty much everything in between. Entry is free and VIP tickets (limited) are available from the venue.
Last year’s Bob Marley Tribute was such a success, we’re getting a follow up effort this year. The Reggae Club presents a killer line-up of reggae, dub and roots talent gathered in celebration of the late, great musical and cultural pioneer, including Jessie Proverbs, DJ General Justice, The Empressions, Mumma Trees and Sista Che. It all happens at Fremantle’s Bar Orient on Friday, May 10 from 8pm, and entry is free.
GET YOUR GROOVE ON
Musos of South West WA, this is your last chance to join the line-up of the utterly (udderly?) sold out Groovin’ the Moo Festival! One spot remains in the GTM Bunbury Moolin Rouge Tent, and one lucky and talented unsigned act (from Bunbury and surrounding areas) will be awarded the opportunity to play alongside The Kooks, Flume, Tame Impala and Tegan & Sara. Whoever takes the top slot at the Groovin’ The Prince local band competition will be opening the festival, but the entry deadline - Friday, May 3 - is fast approaching. Head over to gtm.com.au for more info. 7
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The biggest name in Australian dance music this decade, Tommy Trash, returns to Australia for a headline tour. Ministry of Sound’s international electro superstar heads our way in June playing at the new 133 Aberdeen St (The old Black Betty’s) on Sunday, June 2. This will be one to get excited about! Enter to grab one of two double passes we have for 9213 2854 this show!
We have 10 double in season passes to see Spring Breakers, in cinemas May 9. It’s ‘Scarface meets Britney Spears’ when four college girls fed up with their dull small town rob a restaurant to fund their spring break trip. Starring Disney girls gone bad Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson and Vanessa Hudgens, joined by James Franco with grills and Gucci Mane, this is a must see. Enter now to win!
To celebrate the Never Be The Same tour, a limited edition deluxe album of The Rubens debut self-titled album has been released. This album landed at #3 on the ARIA Album chart, #1 in the iTunes Album The Rubens Deluxe CD chart and was certified gold late last year! The deluxe package features a previously unreleased track and seven live recordings from their sold out show at Melbourne’s Forum Theatre late last year. We have 5 copies to give away, get your entries in now Ruben fans!
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Reflect is the newest dance production from Performing Lines WA. Nurturing independent West Australian theatre and dance, this production is performed by five amazing, emerging local dancers. Deadlines It’s a contemporary dance productions that is being EDITORIAL held at Studio Underground at the State Theatre General: Friday 5pm,, Eye4 Arts: Thursday 10am, Comp’ Centre, running from the May 3 - 11. We have a Thing: Monday Noon,, Salt Clubs: Monday 5pm , Local Scene: double pass to give away to the preview performance Monday Noon,, Gig Guide: Monday 5pm on Friday 3rd May at 8pm. Enter now. ADVERTISING CAB AUDITED CIRCULATION: 38,000 OCTOBER 2011 – MARCH 2012
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Drift is a story set on Western Australia’s spectacular and rugged South West coastline in the early 1970s. The two Kelly brothers, who spend their spare time searching for the perfect wave, launch a backyard surf business. Battling killer waves, small town conservatism and hard-core criminals, Drift tells a tale of courage and the will to survive at all odds. Stars Sam Worthington, Myles Pollard and Xavier Samuel. Enter now to grab one of 10 double in season passes we are giving away!
P.T.A.A. proudly presents t h e N a t i o n a l Ta t t o o The Audi Festival of German Films starts next Convention 2013. Held Thursday. The festival runs from May 9 - 13 presenting at the Perth Convention a wonderfully audacious collection of contemporary C e n t r e t h e r e w i l l b e German cinema. Showcasing a diverse slate of films Tattoo booths, Tattoo and documentaries from inspiring thrillers to wry Competitions, trading stalls, Tattoo Convention comedies and critically lauded feature dramas. It’s all bands, bars and various happening at Cinema Paradiso, Northbridge, to check stimulating entertainment. out the program head to lunapalace.com.au. We have It’s all happening this weekend Friday to Sunday. 5 double passes to giveaway to any of the film in the We have six three day passes valued at $80 each to giveaway, get in quick! festival, enter now to grab one.
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Having just had their single ‘Evolution’ added to high rotation on Triple J, you are about to hear a lot more from Bonjah! Now on a national tour they hit Perth May 9, playing a string of south west shows at the Prince of Wales and the Quindanning Inne before heading to Perth to play in Fremantle. We have a double pass to giveaway to their show on the May 11 at the Fly By Night. Enter now to win!
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JAZZ HAPPY AS CAN BE
It’s here and it’s about time, too. The inaugural Perth International Jazz Festival is getting ready to roll from Friday-Sunday, May 24-26, with 35 performances across seven stages throughout Perth and Northbridge. Tickets will be available for performances at the Perth Concert Hall, The Gardens at Bishop’s See and Ellington Jazz Club, with free events taking place at Brookfield Place, Perth Cultural Centre, Weld Square and Barrack Square. Programmed by local jazz giant, Graham Wood, the festival will feature local, national and international jazz artists including Joe Lovano, Katie Noonan, Vince Jones, Kneebody and Hank Marvin and also includes the Abbey Foster Falle album launch. For tickets and full details hit up perthinternationaljazzfestival.com.au.
He might be pissed off about the non-invention of hoverboards but Melbourne homeboy Seth Sentry currently has a lot to smile about. JO CAMPBELL talks with him about his recent US exploits ahead of his WA appearances, which will see him docking into: Breakers Bar, Geraldton, on Thursday, May 9; Villa on Friday, May 10; Bunbury’s Groovin’ The Moo on Saturday, May 11, and the Newport Hotel on Sunday May 12. Seth Sentry is on a roll. His debut album, This Was Tomorrow, has been well received by fans and industry pundits alike, coming in as #1 ARIA Australian Independent Album and he’s taken out the titles of Best MC and Best Album in this year’s OzHipHop Awards. He’s also potentially on the verge of cracking the US market and has just made history by being the first Australian rapper to perform on US TV after winning a competition at Austin, Texas’ famed South By Southwest festival. “We just got invited as an oddity,” Sentry says of his appearance with DJ Sizzle at the SXSW competition, where he was given just one minute to triumph over two other American hip hop outfits to win the hearts of onlookers with a part rendition of Dear Science. “We were just trying to get all the shows we could and somehow my manager met one of these dudes (from SXSW) and they invited us to play the showcase. “That was our first overseas show and we had to go first as well, in the competition. So yeah, it was a pretty nerve-wracking experience. It was the most nervous I’d been for a show in a long time. “We tried not to think about it and just made sure we could do our song the best we could and I tried to enunciate all my words, so that there was no barrier with language and so that people could perhaps laugh at a lyric here and there.” The prize-booty included a spot on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, where Sentry performed live to 3.5 million viewers and landed the support spot for LL Cool J’s Authentic US tour next month. Not bad for an independent Aussie artist who, up until recently, posted out his own CDs. “The whole crew were lovely, it was a really nice experience,” Sentry says of the TV appearance.
Seth Sentry “When you think of the numbers watching at home it all seems so daunting, but then when you’re actually up there on the stage with the audience, it’s just like doing a show and I forgot about the cameras and tried to rock it for the crowd that was there.” With production from Trialz from the Funkoars, Styalz Fuego of 360 fame and Matik, who produces for Pez and Bliss N Eso, This Was Tomorrow has been over four years in the making and features Sentry’s signature endearing and witty take on life. “There are a lot of the same things that the Waiter EP had, just because I’ve spent so much time writing this album - so it’s kind of like the transition from the Waiter EP and how I was feeling then to what I’m doing now. “Unlike with a lot of albums where you write it in six months and you see that brief window of time, this is about gradually coming out of working hospitality and starting to do music as a career.” Many of the tracks on the LP feature Sentry on vocals, who quite seriously relays the story of being shut down by a singing teacher due his lack of skills. “I don’t even think I am a singer. I think I’m a terrible singer; I’m not really that good at it,” he says without laughing.“I went to a teacher who told me that after a few years of lessons, I could be an okay singer. “Most of the time when I write a chorus I’ll say to my mates, ‘okay this bit here there’s going to be some dude rocking the fuck out on this chorus and right here there’s going to be this singer doing (insert singing sound)’ and it never eventuates. “It just ends up being me, because I record it and I can’t find anyone that gets it exactly as I imagined it, so I just end up doing it myself. That’s how every song I make takes shape.” Whether or not the man can hold a note, Sentry has just embarked on his biggest national tour to date, which will see him taking in gigs at clubs and smaller venues. “That’s kind of more my style. I like being close to everybody and being a bit more intimate, a bit more relaxed. That’s definitely more my vibe. You can’t interact much at those big festivals.”
FOLKWORLD FAIRBRIDGE FESTIVAL Pinjarra Friday-Sunday, April 26-28
It’s the jewel in the crown of WA folk music and it shone brightly again last week. The Folkworld Fairbridge Festival attracted a legion of folk aficionados and general music lovers to Pinjarra and in spite of some inclement weather has been hailed by many as the best Fairbridge ever. Well done folk(s)! Photography by Tamara Szep
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Joe Lovano will co-headline with Katie Noonan and Vince Jones on May 25 at the Perth Concert Hall as part of the Perth International Jazz Festival
MARIECLAUDE MARCHAND The Bug Picture
Cirque du Soleil’s Ovo continues at the Grand Chapiteau, Langley Park, until Sunday, June 9, (tickets via cirquedusoleil.com/ovo). BOB GORDON chats with the show’s vocalist, Marie-Claude Marchand. When describing Marie-Claude Marchand, the phrase ‘Singing Cockroach’ wouldn’t necessary spring to mind. However that is indeed her role in Cirque du Soleil’s production of Ovo. The French-Canadian vocalist is the sole singer in Ovo, amidst a crawling, cavorting world of acrobatic, aeronautic insects, with a hint of romance thrown in. Every night Marchand knows full well she will be singing to an audience that will not merely be amused, but completely amazed. “It’s an incredible experience,” she says, chatting in the Artistic Tent at the Grand Chapiteau. “It’s not just me, it’s not just the artists, it’s such a big production. It’s good to be part of something big like this because you get those crazy reactions. It’s really fun. It’s not every show where you have the chance to be involved in something so big and so well produced.” As Marchand chats shyly, dressed simply in jeans, t-shirt and jacket - in marked contrast to the spectacular cockroach costume she dons for the show - it’s hard not to be distracted, as the ‘dragonfly’ practices his height-and-gravity-defying hand-balancing act only metres away. In the middle of the tent, the ‘firefly’ is rehearsing his diabolo act. Hurling four spools to the 20 metre high ceiling, they return to earth, landing on his string (except for when he pushes himself and they clang loudly in mid-air before they thud on the floor). It is amongst this beautiful chaos that Marchand must sing to the audience every night. “In the beginning I’d say I was looking around more and thinking, ‘wow, this is amazing, but I need to stay focussed’,” she recalls. “But now we’ve done it so many times that it’s just normal to be surrounded by all those amazing things they are doing and all those amazing artists. “It’s fun to be their voice and trying to sing while saying to the audience, ‘look at this, isn’t it beautiful? Isn’t it amazing?’ and trying to be supportive. I’m like the public; I’m observing more than in it. I am like the link in between.” The Quebec-based Cirque Du Soleil d i s cove re d M a rc h a n d, a g ra d u a te i n J a z z Interpretation at Montreal University, via her MySpace page in 2009, whereupon she auditioned successfully and came onboard for the conception of Ovo. “It was hard to see the big picture,” she recalls of the origins of the show.“‘Is this music going to fit with this act? And how is it going to be possible?’ Then we’d work on the sections and extend parts and it was like, ‘oh yeah, it’s part of the act now’. In the beginning it was a bit doubtful for me, it seemed so big. “But I already had something that they were looking for. They were searching around and found me and said, ‘you have the type of voice we’re looking for’. I think that made it easier, the creation of it, in that they want you. When I leave they’ll probably want someone who looks like me, because I’ll be the reference for the other singers. “I was practicing with the composer. He’d be like, ‘can you sound more like this? What can you do there? Can you use more bug sounds?’” Amidst the samba, bossa nova, funk and
Marie-Claude Marchand, Ovo electro feels that inhabit the music, composer Berna Ceppas has evoked the insect-like nature of Ovo’s world within the songs. The emphasis, for the most part, is on sounds rather than words. “For the lyrics we have Portuguese,” Marchand explains. “For the last act, there are three songs in Portuguese, and the rest are more like... I was asked to do like, (sings) ‘na na na na’. Then for the Wake Up, the first number, Berna said he wanted more like, ‘ze ga goo ga gee’... more bug sounds. “So it may sound like French-speaking, because I am French-Canadian, but other than the Portuguese songs, there are no words.” Ovo has been performed around the world well over 1,000 times since 2009, but Marchand seems to have no problem retaining a freshness for each approaching performance. “I’m lucky in that because the people in the audience are always different, that’s the only motivation I need,” she says. “It’s their first time; it’s their only experience with that show and I don’t want 2,000 people to think I’m bad, or to have a lesser experience than the day before just because I don’t feel like doing it tonight.” And what of the future? Ovo would seem like a hell of a hard act to follow, but Marchand seems happy to live life under a wide umbrella. “I don’t know,” she smiles. “I’ve never been like, ‘I want to perform and it’s the only thing I want to do in life’. I’m just happy to do it; I’m really grateful that I’m having this job and I can do it again. But if I go back home I can do anything. I was working as a substitute teacher and was going to go back to school to become a teacher. I like to take care of children. “At the end of the show each night when we come down the ramps and are closer to the children we exchange little waves. You know, I love it. I’m not looking for a big, busy life.” 11
promise of commercial success. But Turin Brakes have always preferred to keep their aesthetic a genuine one, relying more on word of mouth support from their fans. (Though getting played on The Ricky Gervais Show didn’t hurt matters much.) It’s fitting then, that when it comes to inspiration in their songwriting, Knights acknowledges those around him. “The music of the human condition, our angle on the world,” he says of where the band finds their ideas for songs. “We never really tell stories, I think we’re more interested in atmosphere and the invisible. It’s more about feeling than understanding.” How Turin Brakes relate those feelings to their crowds is often a source of contention, however. Originally born in London’s pubs, the nature of the
TURIN BRAKES The Human Condition UK folkists, Turin Brakes, perform at the Fly By Night Club on Sunday, May 5, at the Fly By Night Club. JOSHUA KLOKE reports. Best friends since childhood, Gale Paridjanian and Olly Knights have utilised their friendship to such a degree that it’s formed the basis of their career as Turin Brakes, the acoustic folk duo. Though their debut EP, The Door, was released in 1999, the two have shared a lifetime of memories since their childhood. So strongly do these memories resonate with Paridjanian and Knights that the majority of their six studio full-lengths and countless other EPs and live albums have been inspired by the friendship they share. When asked then if their friendship has indeed remained intact throughout their career, Knights’ answer is somewhat of a foregone conclusion. “Yes, or we wouldn’t still be going,” says the guitarist. “Humour and understanding get all of us through. We have so many shared moments in life, that is where our music comes from, partly.” There’s a benign sense of possibility to the majority of Turin Brakes’ six studio albums, one that
inspires with ease. As such, there’s very little cynicism not only in their approach, but in the manner in which Knight reflects on how him and Paridjanian got their start in the late ‘90s – he insists luck played a part in getting Turin Brakes up and running. “We were really lucky with our timing,” he says. “Everyone around us seemed to be making electronic beat music in the late ‘90s in London. We could simply pick up some guitars and have a whole sound right there in front of people. And that got us noticed, fast.” Getting noticed may have happened relatively easy for the duo, but sticking with Turin Brakes is another matter altogether. Not only has the band made great efforts to tour with consistency, their focus when it comes to songwriting, is to remain innovative. The light-hearted nature of The Optimist, their Mercury Prize nominated debut LP, gives way to more thoughtful, complex tracks heard on Outbursts, their latest. Knights doesn’t understate the importance of constantly working towards a new sound in the slightest. In the 14 years he’s been playing as Turin Brakes with Paridjanian, attempting to constantly move forward has been one of the givens within the band.
“If we didn’t make new music we would simply be a nostalgia band on the live circuit,” he notes. “That would never work for us, we can’t help but create new music,” he says before adding with a unabated sense of purpose, “I always feel like our best work is the next thing we’re going to do. It’s something we can’t seem to help; our new album is always a reaction to the one before it.” So is Outbursts any indication of what the band’s next full-length will sound like? Knights, busy at work in the studio on their next album, doesn’t believe so. “Outbursts was made with laptops across a whole year, at home and our little studio. The new album is currently being tracked to analogue tape in just two weeks at a wonderful old studio in the countryside with our live band. It’s a totally different approach for a totally different sound and feel. With this album we’re trying to bring back an acoustic rawness we had on our first album as well as the energy and groove of our live band,” he says. Throughout their 14 years, Turin Brakes has developed a reputation of being a band whose music is easily shared; a language that their fans use to communicate with. Their albums have even consistently charted well on UK Charts, showing
“We were really lucky with our timing. Everyone around us seemed to be making electronic beat music in the late ‘90s in London. We could simply pick up some guitars and have a whole sound right there in front of people. And that got us noticed, fast.” band’s folk rock means it’s conducive to intimate venues. And on this upcoming Australian tour, the band will set up shop in some of the country’s more iconic smaller venues. Though when Turin Brakes do roll into larger venues, as they will at the Apollo Bay and Gum Ball festivals respectively, Knights insists not much will change. “On big stages you just have to pronounce what you’re doing a little more,” says Knights.“But we just adapt, we’ve played so much it’s second nature by now.” You can’t help but believe Knights when he refers to the work he’s done with Turin Brakes as second nature. Turin Brakes have stayed grounded and focused in an industry which so often lacks said qualities. For Knights and Paridjanian, staying honest with each other has always remained top priority. And it’s working. “I couldn’t imagine it any other way,” he says. “I guess we can only be honest with each other. If we were dishonest the other one would know immediately.”
Eyes On The Disguise Jello Biafra & The Guantanamo School Of Medicine hit the Rosemount Hotel on Tuesday, May 14. PATRICK EMERY reports.
TRUCKFIGHTERS Here Comes The Fuzz Swedish fuzz rock titans Truckfighters kick off their national tour at the Rosemount Hotel this Friday, May 3, supported by The Devil Rides Out and The Sure-Fire Midnights. JESSICA WILLOUGHBY talks to guitarist, Niklas Källgren, aka Dango, ahead of the show. “I don’t think we’ll ever give up the fuzz,” Truckfighters guitarist Dango, aka Niklas Källgren, says of the band’s ethos. “It’s kind of an art that we have mastered.” It’s been almost two years since the acclaimed Joerg Steineck film Fuzzomentary dubbed the Swedish group as modern ‘fuzzmasters’ of the past decade. But what is the fuzz? According to Dango, founder and main proponent behind the band’s sound, it’s become Truckfighters’ trademark. “It’s how we live and breathe,” he tells X-Press. “It’s the way we manage the dynamics of our sound using distortion and feedback as our guide. This isn’t a new concept but it is a technique we have mastered in our time together.” But it’s been a rough few years for this three-piece. Still riding the wave of their 2009 offering Mania, a continuous rollover of drummer changes has seen serious setbacks in the release department. Though their luck is looking up with Dango earmarking 2013 the year to unleash their fourth, yet-to-be-named LP. Recording the basic drum tracks almost two years ago, the band have now settled with Poncho behind the skins – a move which these 12
musicians hope is permanent. “It has caused many delays for us,” Dango says. “But Poncho has learned really fast, which has been good. We’ve had to take some time, yet again, to rehearse the old songs for the tour. It can get a bit boring because some of the songs we’ve played since 2001. It’s not fun to play those songs in the rehearsal room anymore. It’s good to play them live, though. We’ve changed drummers once a year for almost the past three or four years now and it makes the creative process go back a bit. Two steps back and one step forwards. “I would say we wrote the majority of the new album with no drummer. Me and Ozo (Oskar Cedermalm; frontman and bassist) did 99 per cent of the album together. Ozo and I have been playing together for 12 years now and for someone to come in and get the hang of us – I understand it’s really hard. We still hope we’ve found the right person now but time will tell.” With a majority of their new album laid down in the studio between touring cycles, Sony Music has already signed for the new album’s release throughout Scandinavia later this year. But the boys have decided to shop around to see how far their next full-length can reach internationally. “I would say it’s 90 per cent completed,” Dango says. “We’re still looking at having other labels release it, though. That’s why we haven’t set a release date now because we are looking to see if we can get bigger exposure with it. “I think we have a bigger name now, so when we release the next album – more people will know about it. It’s been four or five years since our last release and we’ve been constantly touring in that time.”
Jello Biafra isn’t shy to offer an opinion on anything, whether it’s the extra-territorial activities of the American military, the evils of corporate excess, the patronising antics of the mainstream music industry or the seemingly endless swarm of malicious government programs that purport to limit the lives of the modern citizen. “I’m grateful my parents didn’t change the TV channel when bloody Vietnam war footage came on, or African-Americans being hosed by the cops or attacked by German shepherds because of the colour of their skin,” Biafra says. “So how could I not be radicalised when this is all going on?” Born Eric Boucher in the college town of Boulder in Colorado (a town which would find a modicum of publicity as the location for the Mork And Mindy television series in the late ‘70s, coincidentally, at the same time as Dead Kennedys were spearheading the San Francisco punk rock scene), Biafra formed Dead Kennedys with East Bay Ray, Klaus Fluoride and Ted in 1978. Biafra had taken his nom de plume after the short-lived African state formed during the Nigerian civil war of the late ‘60s. The name of his punk rock band was a typically confrontational reference to the assassinated members of the Kennedy family. Dead Kennedys would go on to become one of the most outspoken punk bands, its aesthetic a confronting blend of shotgun garagepunk and Biafra’s polemical observations on domestic and international events from rightwing. In 1985, Dead Kennedys released Frankenchrist, which included a poster featuring sexually explicit artwork by HR Giger. Obscenity charges were brought against the band and it was to be the beginning of the end for Dead Kennedys.
Jello Biafra Photo: Elizabeth Sloan Dead Kennedys eventually broke up in 1987 after releasing the Bedtime For Democracy album. Biafra transferred his energy into spoken word performance, as well as trying to stymie the efforts of Tipper Gore’s Parents Music Resource Centre to censor offensive lyrics. A few years ago, having been inspired by Iggy Pop’s 60th birthday celebratory concert, Biafra formed the Guantanamo School Of Medicine; the group has gone on to release three albums, including this year’s White People And The Damage Done. After all these years - and beyond the polemical diatribe - Biafra has his own insights into the vexed definition of ‘punk’. While some have argued that punk is a social movement, for Biafra it’s not that simple. “I’ve never considered punk to be a movement – a movement is political, and has its eyes on a political prize. Martin Luther King had his eyes on a prize. People with their eyes on all the mining and fracking, even in Australia, there’s a very specific political goal that makes anti-mining, anti-fracking, a pro-planet type movement,” Biafra says. “What is the prize with the punk movement? More punk? No, that’s culture. Yes, like it or not it’s a consumer culture, even before it was co-opted – we all bought into it because it had so much energy, and the lyrics were cool and it finally rekindled the spirit of rock’n’roll.” X-Press – First on the street, Wednesdays
walking out during the Dog Man Star sessions, at which point the music press collectively lost its shit. And lost it again, when Butler was replaced by Richard Oakes, a 17-year-old Suede fan who could play Butler’s ‘trademark’ riffs note-for-note. And when they weren’t fighting each other, they fought media battles with everyone else: Blur, Oasis and Pulp, or in short, anyone.
Impossible Princes Of all the bands that made Britpop such a huge part of the ‘90s, few can lay claim to having survived the viciously fast cycle of praise and vilification of the British music press as well as Suede. Founding member and bassist Mat Osman speaks to SABIAN WILDE about their astounding 2013 comeback album, aptly named Bloodsports. Mat Osman is fairly straight up when it comes to the effort required in reforming Suede and recording their new LP, Bloodsports. “It was a lot of hard work, much harder than I’d thought it would be,” the bass player admits. “Reformed bands coming back and making albums, well, they’re generally fucking awful as a rule,” he laughs. “I realise now why a lot of bands who reform don’t record a new album; when the Pixies got back together I couldn’t understand it, but the answer is that it’s really hard,” Osman says. Between 1993 and 1999, Suede released four critically and popularly lauded albums, were acclaimed/blamed as founders of Britpop and then
Suede trying to kill the movement, before the disappointing A New Morning in 2002 and the band’s subsequent split in 2003. Somewhat surprisingly, they reformed in 2010 to play a reunion show and incredibly, went on to tour Britain, Europe and the US playing the songs that had made them great. “I don’t think we could have made this album if we hadn’t spent the last two years playing the old songs,” Osman says. “When it was time to do the new record, it was so informed by our best songs. We’d spent the last five years (1998-2003) of being a band trying to do whatever it was people said we couldn’t do. Sometimes it worked and sometimes... it hasn’t. “This time, we just said, ‘there are our best 10 songs, let’s try doing something as good as that’.” Overwhelmingly, the response from audiences and critics alike is that, against all expectations, they’ve done just that. Bloodsports is a tour de force from an act that has almost compulsively played Russian roulette with every release. “There was a process for this album in which we started by writing very quickly and we wrote a lot. We had the bare bones of a strange little Suede record, quite icy and dark,” Osman explains. “We played a gig in St Petersburg and just dotted them through the set and they went down quite well. But when we got home and listened to the tapes, they just didn’t fit in.
“It’s not just that they weren’t good, but when you stick a song between So Young and Everything Will Flow, it had better be pretty bloody good. But they didn’t feel part of the canon. I think in everyone’s mind, it became a matter of, ‘can we play this between The Two Of Us and We Are The Pigs? If we can, then fantastic - if we can’t, we can’t’. “We threw away about 40 songs, and then the rest had to get past Ed Buller. It was brutal. I thought some were really interesting, but if one of the five of us didn’t like it, it was out. And then Ed would say, ‘not good enough.’ “At times it was kind of dispiriting; you’d come in one week with five new songs and at the end you’d have none. But we had to be that way to make this album. To get the kind of reaction that we’ve had, where people appreciate we’ve captured the sound and the soul of the band - that’s been great. “Right off the bat with the critical appraisal, to playing big shows with the new songs in the set right up against our very best and people are singing and throwing themselves around. I couldn’t be happier,” he says. When Suede’s self-titled debut album was released in 1993, it became the fastest-selling debut album in British history, a veritable riot of decadent, drug-addled youth (So Young, Animal Nitrate) and over-the-top drama (Pantomime Horse, Sleeping Pills), ably guided by uber-producer Ed Buller. Musical differences between Buller and guitar prodigy Bernard Butler resulted in the guitarist The truth is that, if you’ve been paying any sort of attention to the duo’s music over the last few years, the sonic shift doesn’t come as that much of a surprise. The incredible harmonies, the canny melodies and the lyrical heartbreak are all still there – they just come in a slightly shinier package than before. “Our previous records had lots of keyboard elements,” Sara Quin says. “The only difference is that on those albums, they were present in the small details, whereas this time, we really wanted to focus more openly on the idea of pop music.”
“Now I’m in my 30s, I’m finding that pop music inspires and provokes me. I hear things like Katy Perry, Alicia Keys, Britney Spears, Beyoncé, even Justin Bieber, and I think, ‘I’m going to go write something like that’. I mean, I’m not saying I want to write a Justin Bieber song, but I want to capture that kind of pop experience through my own lens.” The songs on Heartthrob tap into a particularly teenage pop sensibility – it’s not that hard to imagine the pair singing a song like Goodbye, Goodbye into hairbrushes in front of a big bedroom mirror. Classic Madonna and Cyndi Lauper are obvious touchstones, but the Quin sisters are just as inspired by the pop music of today. “When I was in my 20s, bands like Tegan & Sara Arcade Fire and Wolf Parade and Peaches inspired me,” Sara says.“Now I’m in my 30s, I’m finding that pop music inspires and provokes me. I hear things like Katy Perry, Alicia Keys, Britney Spears, Beyoncé, even Justin Bieber, and I think, ‘I’m going to go write something like that’. I mean, I’m not saying I want to write a Justin Bieber song, but I want to capture that kind of pop experience through my own lens.” One of the biggest challenges of making was opening up to the possibility of Canadian darlings Tegan & Sara perform at Metro City on Thursday, Heartthrob collaboration. Producer Greg Kurstin, who has worked May 9, and at the sold-out Groovin’ The Moo at Hay Park, Bunbury, on with everyone from Pink and Kelly Clarkson to indie pop star Sia, helped shape the sound and direction of Saturday, May 9. ALASDAIR DUNCAN reports. the album and the pair were greatly inspired by his studio skills. Much has been made in the press of Tegan & Sara’s decision to ‘turn pop’ on their newest “Greg can make records for anybody and album, Heartthrob. The record places a new emphasis on bouncy synth lines and catchy chorus hooks. with anybody,” says Sara. “He’s amazing. When you’re
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“The music press culture here is a good thing and a bad thing; obviously it’s a good thing if you can ride it out. But it was fun. If I had been in another band watching these people get every front cover for six months, well I’d fucking hate them too. “The music press culture here is a good thing and a bad thing; obviously it’s a good thing if you can ride it out. But it was fun. If I had been in another band watching these people get every front cover for six months, well I’d fucking hate them too. “Having said that, getting every cover for six months is a lot of fun,” Osman says impishly.“What you were seeing from thousands of miles away were turf wars over four square miles of Camden. It’s more than a little crazy - we lived in the same squares, dated the same people -it was utterly ridiculous,” he laughs. “The whole thing was basically playground spats. Of course, they seemed very important at the time. Back then, I couldn’t see the vaguest connection between our band and the others, that we were in any way linked together,” he reflects.“It’s only in hindsight, you can realise, well yes, we were all quite British.” Working without any agenda other than being their best has resulted in a 2013 album that cannot help but impress their former fans. Most importantly, it’s a vindication of guitarist Richard Oakes, who had always lived in the shadow of Bernard Butler. “The patience of that man is insane, it’s been such a rough ride for him,” Osman says of Oakes. “He’s such an incredibly talented musician, and the first record he made with us sold more than everything else we’d done, put together. He has an absolute knack for really poppy stuff, without being showy. In one sense, he benefited more than anyone from the way we did this record. ‘What do we do really well? Big, dramatic rock songs. Right, let’s do some’.” working with someone like that, you feel like you need to step things up, to be accomplished at a certain level. Writing hooks and melodies with someone like Greg is not unlike training with an Olympic coach. It puts you on a different level.” The biggest lesson that the twins took away from those sessions was that sometimes, it’s okay to open up and share – in life and in music. “I’m an incredibly snobby and stubborn person,” Sara laughs. “My past songwriting experiences have mostly involved telling people ‘no’. I will say that, over the past couple of years, starting to collaborate with other producers and artists, I’ve learned how to say, ‘yes, I will consider that’, or ‘yes, I will write two or three more choruses because you don’t think my amazing first chorus was the best one’. You start to realise that you can do better, and you can always push yourself. You can always go back to your original idea, but sometimes you realise it wasn’t the best.” Kurstin’s key trait, according to Sara, is inquisitiveness. “He’ll ask, ‘is there something better?’ or ‘can we move this part here to give it more impact?’” she says. “I’d never worked like that before, and all of those things have led me to the realisation that, as a songwriter, it’s important to accept change and constructive criticism. Tegan and I were never able to take criticism. Not positive criticism, not ever or at all, at any point in our lives. To get to a point where we’re able to take criticism and thrive, and say, ‘let’s try something better’ or ‘you’re wrong, but it’s up to me to prove you wrong’ – that’s incredible. We’ve never experienced that kind of motivation before, and it’s taking us to a better place as songwriters.” Heartthrob’s poppier new songs have made for a more energetic live show. “We’ve been touring the new album for about a month-and-a-half, integrating the new songs into the set,” Sara says. As an established band, playing new songs for people is tricky – you’re always aware that it’s not exactly what they want to hear, but you still want to blow their minds, and make them want to go listen to the new record. At this point in their careers, Tegan & Sara are well aware of how to approach this challenge. “It’s 10 new songs and about 15 old ones. It depends on what the audience wants – it’s a tugof-war between playing the songs we know they want to hear, and spoon-feeding them the things we want them to hear and to like.” The Quin sisters have been making music together for more than half their lives. Does Sara see this collaboration continuing well into the future? She laughs at the thought. “It changes all the time for me,” she says. “My creative relationship with Tegan will stand as long as we’re both alive, and I look forward to that. I also think that there’s a natural timeline and life cycle for bands, and I don’t want to be around too long. I’m happy as long as we’re saying something new, adding something different to the Tegan & Sara catalogue. As long as I feel excited and creatively challenged, I’m going to keep doing this.” X-Press – First on the street, Wednesdays
The Place To Be The Red Parrot Reunion celebrates the legendary Perth club’s 30th anniversary this Saturday, May 4, at The Bakery, just a stone’s throw from its old home at the corner of Roe & Milligan Streets, Northbridge. Original DJ Snuff is flying in for the night; DJ Ian Jopson has had to cancel due to recent eye surgery - the pair worked together during the early years, sharing a long residency. CLAUDE MONO walks with them down memory lane in the lead up to this sold-out event. The Red Parrot opened in 1981 and closed somewhere around 1987 when it morphed into Berlin. How did you get to be a DJ there? Snuff: I made a C-90 mixtape and gave it to James Phillips (first manager). I probably mentioned that I’d done some radio work, but simply said that if he gave me the gig, this was the sort of music I’d be interested in playing. I don’t remember exactly what was on it, but there would have been songs by Simple Minds, Joy Division, Grace Jones, The Clash, B52s, The Cure, Iggy Pop, Siouxsie & The Banshees, The Birthday Party, British Beat, The Pretenders, Hunters and Collectors, Stray Cats, The Police, Cabaret Voltaire, etc. About six months later he rang me one Wednesday evening and said that although the club was going well, he was considering being more adventurous with the music, and could I come in that night. Of course I said yes, but then immediately called him back and said that what I’d be able to do that evening would be the equivalent of an impromptu speech, and asked him if I could have more time. We settled on a week, so the following Wednesday evening I started with Radio Clash, and the rest, as they say … I was there every night for the next three years, until Denis Marshall sold it to Bill Oddy. They dropped me when they took over but offered me the job again within a few weeks. I’d already made plans to leave Perth by then, so I agreed to work for 10 weeks, after which my tenure there ended. Ian: I started opening night and was resident for about two-and-a-half years. I had been a barman at the Clarendon Hotel, a gay bar run by James Phillips who was also given the Red Parrot to run. Monday nights I used to take my record collection to the bar to give to the DJ (Furby) to play for me and my friends to dance to. James saw this and asked me if I’d consider working at the Parrot - incredibly I’d never DJ’d before, but in those days it was about the music and not how you put it together.
anything was a very broad church. It was a place where everyone felt free to be whoever they wanted to be, a sanctuary where people could explore limits, unconstrained by what many saw as the straitjacket of suburban society. Those extremes proved destructive for some; creative for others. Ian: I think what made it so special was the mixture of people that attended, at the time most big clubs just played from the Top 40 chart, disco or mainstream pop. It was unusual for a club the size of the Red Parrot (1000+) to attempt to be cutting edge. Perth at the time was filled with British ex-pats, and we definitely had our eyes on the UK music pulse, so I think many people felt at home. The mix of live music and club vibe was also a unique thing. There was an early ‘live music’ crowd and a later ‘club’ crowd - this ensured a full night, every night. What are some of your favourite musical highlights as a DJ with a long and legendary residency? Snuff: What I hope was part of the Parrot’s success was that what got played, and when, was determined by constantly reading the crowd, the dancefloor, and what those there were up for. Absolute Parrot classics include Song To The Siren - This Mortal Coil, Release The Bats - The Birthday Party, Somebody Else’s Guy Jocelyn Brown, Man Overboard - Do Re Mi, Yashar - Cabaret Voltaire, Soweto - Malcolm McLaren, Towtruck - Hunters and Collectors, Slave To The Rhythm - Grace Jones, My Spine Is The Bassline Shriekback, Blue Monday - New Order, Someone, Somewhere, in Summertime - Simple Minds, Cruiser’s Creek - The Fall… stop me now. Ian: Oh God, what a question... that’s too hard, because we pioneered new tracks and also played classics from the ‘60s onwards... what was distinctively Parrot though: Simple Minds, The The, Cabaret Voltaire, Living On The Ceiling - Blancmange, Right Now - The Creatures, Depeche Mode, Icehouse - Great Southern Land, Hunters and Collectors - Talking To A Stranger or The Slab. We had an advance copy of Relax by Frankie Goes To Hollywood that used to raise the roof and I had a South American pan pipes track called Carchapaya that sent people out of their minds. The more I think, the more that pop up... The Parrot pioneered the mix of live bands and clubbing. You were able to go early and see local and international touring acts and stay for a full on clubbing experience until 3am, often with a pile of serious clubbers who would only arrive after the bands. I don’t think any other 1000+ venue in Perth has ever managed to mix it up like that. What are some of your favourite live memories? Snuff: The live gigs at the Parrot which immediately stand out for me include those by Australian bands like The Birthday Party, Do Re Mi, Hunters & Collectors, Machinations and the Hoodoo Gurus, to name a few. There were also unforgettable gigs from international artists like Screamin’ Jay Hawkins and Jonathan Richman, along with local bands including the Bamboos and the Triffids. One of the most amazing shows I’ve ever seen, anywhere, was the performance artist Michel Lemieux, and as a jazz lover, I really enjoyed the Manteca evenings. As a DJ, I loved the mix of live bands and vinyl. Different bands would obviously draw different crowds, which allowed me to explore genres complementary to those bands more deeply. While not as broad a spectrum as we’d normally cover, it meant I could delve deeper into music that might have been of interest to those particular audiences. Ian: Without question the three nights played by The Allnighters were off the hook, people were climbing the walls going crazy. Hunters & Collectors, Jonathan Richmond & The Modern Lovers, Machinations... it became more live focussed after I left.
For the 2013 Red Parrot Reunion nearly 700 tickets sold out in just a few days and many people are still trying to get tickets. For a venue that only existed for a few years - and some 30 years ago - many people seem to hold unique and special memories of The Parrot. What made it so special? Snuff: Looking back, it was certainly a seminal time for our generation, and I think The Parrot helped engender a belief for us that anything was possible. Above all, what I think made it so special was the mix of people, a mix that had probably never come together before in the way they did. They were so diverse, so For the extended version of this interview extreme, and all were up for a wild time. The and a Red Parrot photo gallery head to Parrot was anything but mainstream, but that xpressmag.com.au. 16
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WHITE FENCE Cyclops Reap Castle Face
DROPKICK MURPHYS Signed And Sealed In Blood Dew Process/Born & Bred Records
Boston’s Dropkick Murphys hit the bullseye on their eighth studio album, striking straight to the heart of everything they hold dear in the rough ‘n’ tumble life of the Irish American communities they come from. Raucously clutching family, brotherhood, honour and a bottle of whiskey close to their hearts, their music stridently takes in the best punk, celtic and Americana elements to form a unique sound best likened to that of an American Pogues. The album starts with the itching-for-a-brawl gang vocals of The Boys Are Back –‘The boys are back and they’re looking for trouble’ serving as a call to arms for a wild night out and a warning to stay outta their way if you want to stay safe. Rose Tattoo is as punky and belligerent a love song to family as any sea shanty there ever was, and Jimmy Collins’ Wake ruminates on the Boston Red Sox baseball legend, again with the themes of loyalty and respect to the fore. Like Bruce Springsteen, they tell stories that resonate with their blue collar devotees – The Season’s Upon Us is an hilarious Christmas tale of family dysfunction; My Hero is another love letter, this time to the steady guiding hand of a father. A trio of boozy drinking songs bring the album to a fine, if sozzled finish, and if the chant ‘It’s the end of the night/but we ain’t goin’ home’ resonates with you, just flip the CD back to track one and pour another shot.
RENEE GEYER Swing
KURT VILE Wakin’ On A Pretty Daze
Tim Presley is pretty much the Samuel Beckett of garage rock. All the stuff he uses is familiar by themselves (tape loops, John Lennon impersonations, riffs), but the in combining them he revels in making the simple incomprehensible. Cyclops Reap, his fifth record, is the most extreme distillation yet of his hooky, introverted Son Of A Preacher Man-cum-Smoke On The Water songwriting into forms that dissemble, reassemble and disappear. While his San Franciscan contemporaries and collaborators (Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall) regard garage music as a force for seeking and destroying, Cyclops Reap celebrates the obscuring powers of psychedelia. Last year’s incredibly sprawling Family Perfume double LP remains the high water mark, but songs like Chairs In The Dark and White Cat are irrepressible achievements as dense as they are weird. Yet, underneath the collapsing strangeness, there’s an immense emotional core to his work; peel back the fuzz and the fumbling on something like Live On Genevieve and there’s a deep, grey sadness drawing it all together. Cyclops Reap may be dense and knotty, but if you’re one-eyed enough about it, persistence reaps rewards.
Kurt Vile has never sounded so refined. Wakin’ On a Pretty Daze isn’t just the cleanest-sounding material he’s recorded, it’s also the most carefully written and considered. Gone is the snarling enigma hiding behind the passive-aggressive folk and single-note psych freakouts of his relative youth. This is basically a classic rock album, for better or worse. Despite its newfound sparkle and generic palatability, Wakin’ still brims with Vile’s signature slacker non-sequiturs and quiet insights – they just happen to be laced with signifiers that smack of your parents’ fave FM stations; duelling guitars and stomping ’70s FM drums (KV Crimes); supine Fleetwood Mac-nabbing finger-style guitar ballads (Too Hard), or bewildering but fascinating left-turn ’90s alt-drone-athons (Air Bud). The most welcome development is the length of the songs. The ones he wrote as a younger man may have felt more potent for their brevity, but Wakin’s pieces spool out to six, eight, even 10 minutes in length, giving the singer room to eke the full heft out of his affable slackerisms. The album’s bookended by two extended ruminations, rife with stoned equivocation, that speak volumes for their playing time. On paper, the lyrics are infuriatingly vague, but Vile’s drawling burr twists them to balance intimacy and disdain beautifully, somehow conveying the full weight of his melancholic ruminations.
Those who grew up with Countdown on a Sunday night would know Renee Geyer as Australian music royalty. She has covered most genres from pop, reggae, soul and blues yet it has always been on her mind to one day make a big band album. Swing is the realisation of that dream for the ARIA Hall Of Fame member. Geyer takes a handful of standards and gives them her charismatic and husky best. Things are kicked off with a sassy take on Baby, Please Don’t Go that evokes images of dark bars in the Treme. Geyer also reinvents one of her biggest hits on home soil with a brassy rearrangement of Say I Love You, that is bound to please those who have been along for the journey. It is the known and loved standards that have been given a slight twist that will be the ones that get people handing their money over the counter, and Fly Me To The Moon and What A Wonderful World will serve that purpose and more. Geyer has been making records for 40 years, and Swing sounds as fresh as anything the crafty fox has put her name to. People shouldn’t be putting out the album of their lives at this stage of their career, yet Geyer proves there is no substitute for class and talent.
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KRISTA POLVERE Reservoir Drive Sony
Travel has been kind to Krista Polvere. The singer/songwriter moved from Adelaide to Melbourne where she made quite a splash on the local scene, before a trip to New York to get a closer look at the folk scene saw her cross paths with Ryan Adams. It was this friendship that made many turn their ears towards Polvere’s classy debut. The sophomore album, Reservoir Drive, finds Polvere maintaining the friendship with Adams (he plays guitar and sings backing vocals), but it is Black Crowes guitarist, Marc Ford, who wields the biggest influence on this outing. Polvere has favoured acoustic styled songs in the past, yet Jack And Me has way more meat on the bones than her often gentle tunes. Looking For Love is billed as featuring Ryan Adams, but this isn’t the duet you would expect. Adams vocals are ‘treated’ and this little rocker certainly has Polvere’s hands on the steering wheel. It’s not that Polvere has a voice all that out of the ordinary that is her strength, it is certainly the songs that speak volumes. The Appalachian-like The Widow’s Daughter has plenty of bite in spite of its lack of volume. Everybody’s Hurting meanders beneath the lustre of everyday lives without becoming too dire in its intent, all the while being wrapped up in a glorious melody. Reservoir Drive unlocks more of its charms with each listen and shows Krista Polvere to be an underrated gem. _ CHRIS HAVERCROFT
COLD WAR KIDS Dear Miss Lonelyhearts Downtown/Co-op
Cold War Kids have released album number four at an interesting point in the lifecycle of the band. Dear Miss Lonelyhearts is a transition record; the band can’t quite decide what it is now, and the album suffers as a result. Guitarist Jonnie Russell has been replaced by former Modest Mouse player, Dann Gallucci, who also produced the album, bringing with him new ideas and a penchant for electronic manipulation. To quote vocalist Nathan Willett, the rest of the band were happy to run with these ideas to escape further from the “bluesbased spastic minimalism” of the first two albums. But they’re not yet ready to rip up the previously successful CWK template entirely. The honky-tonk heavy single and album opener, Miracle Mile, shows as much and sounds great. Willett had, for the first time, taken vocal lessons in preparation for Dear Miss Lonelyhearts, and his curious voice is certainly one of the best things about it, proving most effective when it is left to shine. So it is, backed by a gospel choir, on slow blues number Tuxedos – which in Willett’s own opinion features some of his best vocal work to date. If only CWK stuck to what they know; the synth percussion on the otherwise enjoyable Lost That Easy is jarring. On other tracks that heavily feature space-age sound effects, they sound like they’re (unsuccessfully) shooting for The Killers’ stadium audience (Loner Phase) or, worse still, just plain lost, as with the cosmic jazz of Fear And Trembling. The highlights are strong but a lack of cohesiveness means that Dear Miss Lonelyhearts mainly misfires. If it ain’t broke… _ DAVID WILD www.xpressmag.com.au
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Adam Hills performs his new show, Happyness, at the Riverside Theatre on Friday, May 3, and Saturday, May 4. Head to perthcomedyfest.com.au for tickets and information. You know Adam Hills. If you didn’t see him on Rove, you saw him on his own talk show, Gordon Street Tonight. If not there, then on The Glass House. If not there, certainly on the long running music quiz show Spicks and Specks. If you’re lucky, though, you’ve caught him engaging in his first love, stand up comedy, something he’ll be indulging in for two lucky Perth audiences this week. Happyness, which Hills describes as being “...basically about positivity” is the result of him running face first into failure, in the form of a dismal reception on an American TV show. “I wound up on an American chat show called Chelsea Lately,” he explains. “And basically made a fool of myself. I tried to do these negative, mean jokes and completely died - like it was just awful. And it made me realise that what I was good at was putting positive energy out into the world, which is something I didn’t realise until a year later when I wound up on stage with The Muppets and thought, ‘Oh, okay, these are my people.’” While the debacle may not qualify as a complete life-altering experience, it did help Hills get a handle on his own position in the world in general, and in the comedy firmament in particular. “Oh, totally!” he agrees. “I tried to do edgy jokes and they didn’t work, and then a year later I’m on stage with The Muppets watching them sing Rainbow Connection to a few thousand people in Montreal who are loving every second of it, and I kind of remembered that you can put lovely energy out there and people will respond to it and that’s fine. You don’t have to be edgy. If you put good stuff out into the universe, then the universe will give good stuff back to you.” You might think that something of a bold statement, considering that the superstars and statesmen of Hills’ chosen field are such curmudgeons as Bill Hicks, Louis C.K., Lenny Bruce and George Carlin, but Hills disagrees. “Those guys, I really idolise those guys, especially George Carlin and Lenny Bruce, but I think that, deep down, as negative as they were, they were trying to say something positive. They all believed in a better world and a higher consciousness, and they were all trying to make the world a better place. It’s funny: those guys probably influence me more than anyone.” Still, like his heroes, Hills is no stranger to controversy. Consider his recent turn at the Logies, where he good-naturedly slammed Australia’s current cutthroat political landscape. It’s funny,” he muses. “On the night I really questioned whether or not I should have said it, because I really got caned on Twitter. Thankfully, George Negus grabbed me at the after party and took me aside and said, ‘What you said was brilliant! I’ve tried to say stuff like that for years. It didn’t get a big response in the room, but it’s important that people say stuff like that.’ So, to be honest, once George Negus gave me his approval I felt much better about it.” _ TRAVIS JOHNSON
TUNES AND TAPAS
Head down to Gypsy Tapas House, one of Fremantle’s favourite dens of delectation, this Sunday, May 5 for the launch of their first combination CD and cookbook. Long known as a haven for eclectic local music, Gypsy has been quietly recording many of the acclaimed artists who have performed there, with the aim of putting together a compilation. Featuring songs by Dillip ‘n’ The Davs, John Bannister, Shangara Jive, Funkerellos and more, it’s a perfect snapshot of contemporary music in Perth, and what’s more it comes with a 20 page cookbook! Entry is $10 from 4pm.
A LOAD OF OLD RUBBISH
Metamorph-This! is a free art event that’s going down in Forrest Place this Saturday, May 4, presented by Act Belong Commit and REmida WA. Six artists will create six original works out of six piles of discarded refuse. Artists include Minaxi May, Matt McVeigh, and Sean E. Avery. It’s all for REmida Day, which reminds us of the value of recycling and repurposing in the service of a sustainable future and a vibrant culture. Go to remidawa.com for more.
ART SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL Maul of the Dead
THEATRE’S A DYING ART
Wildly talented installation artist Rose Skinner is paying it forward by opening her own art academy. The Children’s School of Contemporary Art’s grand opening is this Saturday, May 4, on Planet St, Carlisle, between 11am and 2pm, and parents and kids are invited along to check out what’s on offer. Go to csoca.net for more details.
Dark Psychic Productions is bringing their new production, Maul of the Dead, to the Phoenix Theatre in Hamilton Hill. Written by Mitch Brian and directed by Jayde Clarke and Shaun Griffin, this ‘70s-set tale of the hungry dead spoofs both zombie movies and the disco culture of the period. This blend of melodrama and black comedy will appeal to theatre aficionados and gorehounds alike. It runs from May 10 - 18. head to TAZtix.com.au for tickets.
Rachelle Dusting’s new exhibition, Beauty in the Particular, opens this Saturday, May 4, at Wellington Street’s Free Range Gallery. Dusting presents a series of drawings and paintings that highlight the often unremarked upon beauty of the everyday and mundane. As she says, “My vision is to take the viewer on a journey that broadcasts everyday themes and issues to a wide audience. My work is deeply shaped by my faith and personal experiences, and the desire to share these revelations through a visual context. Beauty in the Particular features works that are conduits of my internal moments of clarity, and expressions of my own spiritual and physical experiences.” The show runs until May 13. Go to freerange.rog.au for details.
The Sea Inside
DO YOU SEA WHAT I SEA
German aerialist Russya Connor’s new work, The Sea Inside, is running as part of Season 1 of The Blue Room Theatre 2013 programme. An incredibly visual performance that combines aerial work, sound, imagery, the show takes the audience on an interpretive journey through a mysterious subaquatic landscape. It runs from June 11 -29 at The Blue Room Theatre. Head to blueroom.org.au for session times, tickets, and further information.
Adam Mitchell (centre) directs rehearsals of Death of a Salesman
DEATH OF A SALESMAN Adam Mitchell
The Black Swan State Theatre Company’s production of Arthur Miller’s immortal classic, Death of a Salesman, runs at the Heath Ledger Centre from Saturday May 4, until Saturday, May 25. Go to bsstc.com.au for session times and tickets. “This play is kind of a survival guide for losers in a way. What happens to the people who don’t measure up? Where do they end up? What happens to them?” That’s director Adam Mitchell’s assessment of Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, a work that was first performed way back in 1949. Coolly received by American audiences on its debut, it is now heralded as a classic of the form; perhaps the quintessential American play of the 20th century. Mitchell’s production stars Australian acting heavyweight John Stanton as Willy Loman, the put-upon protagonist of the piece, with support coming from Perth talents Austin Castiglione (The Motherfucker in the Hat), Adriane Daff (The Importance of Being Earnest) and Luke Hewitt (A Midsummer Night’s Dream). Still, even with such an impressive cast, the obvious question is why mount a new production? What does this play, now over 60 years old, have to offer a modern audience? “I think, first and foremost, it’s a play that is just heartbreaking.” Mitchell tells us. “It feels really contemporary, and that’s what really caught me off
guard when I went back and read it last year - just how contemporary the language is, and also the ideas in the piece. Particularly post-GFC. I think a lot of people forget that this play is kind of a searing indictment against the American money system, against the way that people in the western world operates. The idea that anyone in America can be whoever they want to be, that if you work hard you’ll get far, and actually that’s not the case.” Indeed, it was that point blank refutation of the myth of American success that turned audiences off during its initial run. Now, though, Mitchell believes that the play is more relevant than ever, particularly in light of the world’s recent monetary woes.“The protagonist of the piece is Willy Loman, and he wants to be bigger than he is, he wants respect in the business world and the world of finance, and he’s bought entirely into this idea of the American Dream. It’s almost got this nihilistic undertone to it, that really, by letting go of that American Dream, one can be free, and one can seek contentment, which is what eludes Willy Loman.” For all that, the heart of the film is the relationship between Willy and his two sons, Biff (Josh McConville) and Happy (Ben O’Toole). “That’s why this play has worked,” Mitchell affirms. “Essentially, that’s why this play is so successful, because there’s this incredibly human story between Biff Loman and his father, Willy Loman, and that’s what it’s about. It’s about these false expectations that the dad has for his son. The play is about the love that a son has for his father and that a father has for his son. Death of a Salesman doesn’t happen unless that kind of relationship is intact.” _ TRAVIS JOHNSON circa 1985. The film revels in the fashions and trends of its period setting, and it’s interesting to note that Camille travels back to the year that was Marty McFly’s point of departure in the influential Back To The Future. Although Chemla herself was born in the middle of the ‘Me’ decade, her memories of the period are hazy. When it came to wardrobe and style choices, not to mention musical tastes and language, Lvovksy was her anchor. “She gave me a lot of advice. She wanted me to have my hair much darker, for example, and she wanted me to have a fringe. But, of course, you are very free to make your own choices and suggestions as well.”
Judith Chemla (second from left) in Camille Rewinds
CAMILLE REWINDS Time For A Change
Directed by Naomie Lvovsky Starring Naomie Lvovsky, Samir Guesmi, Judith Chemla, India Hair, Julia Faure, Yolande Moreau, Michel Vuillermoz Camille Rewinds - or Camille Redouble, for the Francophiles amongst us - takes a somewhat wellworn but intriguing trope and gives it an appealing Gallic twist. What if you could go back and change the direction of your life? It’s a fantasy that has been tackled in film and literature countless times; Back To The Future comes immediately to mind, as does Francis Ford Coppola’s Peggy Sue Got Married. However, when French writer/director/actor Naomie Lvovsky turned her hand to the subject, she made something that is at once wistful and funny without wallowing in nostalgia. Lvovsky, familiar to local audiences from such recent festival favourites as Granny’s Funeral, 20
Farewell, My Queen and Skylab, is the titular Camille, a hard-drinking, chain-smoking 40-something Frenchwoman trying - and failing, by and large - to cope with the breakup of her 25 year marriage to Eric (Samir Guesmi), whom she fell in love with at high school. Hitting the hooch rather too hard at a New Year’s Eve party, she blacks out and wakes up with more than the usual post-binge regrets; she’s jumped back into her own body in the year 1985 (amusingly, Lvovsky plays both the adult Camille and her teenage antecedent). This strange turn of events - we’re never really clued in as to whether it’s real or fantasy, but from Camille’s point of view that’s largely irrelevant affords her the opportunity to evaluate her youthful choices, and perhaps even change them for the better. However, doing so means re-encountering Eric at the time she first fell for him, and his charms are difficult to refuse. It also means reconnecting with her parents (Yolande Moreau and Michel Vuillermoz) and her childhood posse of BFFs, Josepha, Alice and Louise (Judith Chemla, India Hair and Julia Faure). Although a relative newcomer to the screen - her first role was in the 2007 French comedy-thriller Hellphone - Chemla has been remarkably prolific,
appearing in 18 different projects over the past six years. Playing the spiky, self-possessed Josepha gave her the chance to essay a markedly different role from those she’s played in the past, although, as she explains, it almost didn’t happen that way. “At first they wanted to give me the part of Louise in the movie - the girl with the glasses,” Chemla explains, referencing Camille’s mousier other friend. “But they couldn’t really find anyone who would suit the part of Josepha. I’d already played the parts of girls who have been a bit frail, a bit vulnerable, or a bit clumsy, so I wanted to play a character that is very strong, that believes in life, that will stand up to everyone.” Lvovsky concurred, and Chemla is effusive in her gratitude to the triple-threat filmmaker for granting her the opportunity to flex her acting muscles. “She felt the same way,” she says of Lvovsky. “She thought that would be for the best. The film was very personal for her, so it made the whole process make a little more sense. We were very close. She was giving us so much, and she was acting and directing at the same time.” Lvovsky also acted as Chemla’s guide into the world and mindset of the average teenage girl,
“Although a relative newcomer to the screen - her first role was in the 2007 French comedy-thriller Hellphone - Judith Chemla has been remarkably prolific, appearing in 18 different projects over the past six years. Playing the spiky, selfpossessed Josepha gave her the chance to essay a markedly different role from those she’s played in the past, although it almost didn’t happen that way.” And though, as mentioned, the broad outlines of the film’s plot is hardly the most original story, Chemla is adamant that it retains its own distinctive personality, which she puts down to Lvovsky’s emotional connection to the material. “It is very close to Naomie’s personality,” she says. “Life always moves between laughter and tears, and this movie is really like that, the way it is done. It very much reflects the way she sees life, and it’s a very good reflection of her humour as well.” She’s right, too. Camille Rewinds works best when it’s examining the nature of regret, and the notion that, for all the pain our choices sometimes bring us, they all contribute to who we are, making even the bitterest memory important, even necessary. Speaking of which, it seemed germane to ask Chemla if, young though she may be, she has any lasting regrets, anything in her past that she would change, given the chance? “No!” she exclaims, and laughs. _ TRAVIS JOHNSON X-Press – First on the street, Wednesdays
THE AUDI FESTIVAL OF GERMAN FILMS Goethe Get A Movie On
The Audi Festival of German Films runs from Doris Dörrie, the most successful female May 9-13 at Cinema Paradiso. For screening director in Germany for the past 25 years, brings info and tickets go to lunapalace.com.au. to the festival this year her new film, Bliss. The film tells the harrowing story of Irina, a Macedonian Sprechen Sie Deutsch? Nein? Luckily that won’t immigrant who must survive the streets of Berlin be a problem at The Audi Festival Of German Films. by selling her body. Based on a true story by Arranged by the Goethe-Institut Australia, the defence attorney Ferdinand von Schirach, it may festival is a significant event in the Perth cultural prove to not be for the faint of heart. calendar and it is back for its 12th year with a new But it’s not all doom and gloom. The line up of award-winning films to slake the thirst of Adventures of Huck Finn promises to be an interesting cinema lovers and Germanophiles alike. entry this year. A German-language adaptation of A healthy mix of drama, comedy, horror Mark Twain’s classic story, it appears to stay quite and documentary awaits festival goers this year, all faithful to the book and its satirical view of the fresh from the festival circuit in Germany and across American South. Starring August Diehl as Huck’s Europe and America. The opening night film will be drunken father and comic legend Henry Hübchen as the historical satire, Hotel Lux. Directed by Leander slave-hunter Packard, the film will be fun for all ages. Haußmann, the film is set in the early 1930s, and What film festival would be complete centres on the shenanigans of a cabaret act (played without a road trip picture? Doll, The Fatso And Me by Michael Herbig and Jürgen Vogel) after they are follows the adventures of a dwarf, a mute giant and marked as seditious by the Nazi regime for making a pregnant woman as they travel together across fun of Adolf Hitler. Germany. The beer will assuredly flow, along with a Summer Window is a slightly older film few tears, but this film is set to be quite the crowd to come down the pike, having been released in pleaser. 2011, but it comes with a touch of surreality that will A hotly anticipated appearance this year set it apart from its fellow entries. Nina Hoss stars has to be the Dreileben Trilogy. Directors Dominik as a woman who, while travelling through Finland, Graf, Christian Petzold and Christoph Hochhäusler wakes to find herself back in her native Berlin, six each made a film revolving around the same months in the past, reliving a tragic memory. Echoes conceit; a criminal escaping from police custody. The of Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind bring an project was their attempt to discuss, through film element of intrigue to proceedings that will attract language, ideas of aesthetics, genre and Germany those keen on a good mystery. itself. Don’t Follow Me Around (Graf) portrays a police For horror and thriller fans, there is psychologist who reconnects with old friends while Forgotten, by first-time feature director, Alex on a case. Beats Being Dead (Petzold) revolves around Schmidt. A chilly tale of two women who travel a man fulfilling his national service who embarks on together to an isolated house on an island and must a doomed love affair, and Hochhäusler’s One Minute confront shared repressed memories and a ghostly Of Darkness chronicles a policeman on a case who child, the film promises to provide the requisite begins to doubt his abilities. These three alternating number of shocks and scares for those so inclined. viewpoints make for an exciting and fascinating Documentarian, David Sieveking, puts his triple bill. mother Gretel front and centre in Forget Me Not, a Like previous years, the festival is robust chronicle of her battle with Alzheimer’s. His father and varied, with audiences being spoiled for choice. If - and Gretel’s caregiver - Malte, goes on holiday, European cinema is your thing, or you are looking for leaving David to take care of the ailing matriarch, something a little different from the usual Hollywood so he decides to ask his mother about her life. What fare, The Audi Festival Of German Films will certainly be emerges is a story of a couple of young Germans in just what Herr Doktor ordered. love during the counterculture of the 1960s. Bring the tissues to this one. _ LIAM DUNN
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Old Father Time Dial is on at Melody Smith Gallery, Carlisle. The opening night is Friday, May 3 and the exhibition ends Saturday, May 25. “Portraiture has always been a challenge because unlike any other topic in art, it’s obvious when you get it wrong,” Matthew Jackson says. “The challenge is to make it look like [the subject] but also to convey something about their personality.” We’re in Jackson’s backyard studio, encircled by his 12 latest paintings. Faces peer out of dials painted in thin oils on square canvases. There are nine in all, each as striking as the last. A portrait of the artist’s wife is warm, rich and red with birds repeated in the dial’s inner layer; another of the artist’s daughter is green, black and challenging with rabbits in the dial and a pop art rendering of skulls and roses. “If you can imagine there’s the sitter and there’s the artist and the painting is the conversation between the two. Every communication between two people is subjective. You can have the same conversation with another person and it will mean a completely different thing,” Jackson says. The dial and motifs add a new dimension to the conversation. They may mean something to the artist or subject or both, and they keep you guessing what that meaning might be: “I’m trying to capture something about their character,” Jackson says. A dial itself conjures many things: you spin the dial, you read the time on a dial, it’s English slang for face, and you dial people on your phone. Among the 12 paintings there are three with dials but no portraits– these will also be sold at the exhibition and Jackson will arrange to paint the buyer. One of Jackson’s favourites, a portrait of his friend Elliot, has a dial with horses, beetles and skulls painted in the inner layer. Animals also appear on Jackson’s self-portrait (bears and deer) and on a blank canvas (lions). Outside of the dials are other symbols to be admired – a portrait of Jackson’s studio partner and her partner contains intricate suns and moons in the canvas’ corners. “I was trying to capture something about the balance between light and dark in these two, they tend to balance each other quite nicely,” Jackson says. It’s apt for an artist who also teaches first year cultural history and theory at ECU. “It’s basically semiotics,” Jackson says. “You have to think about what you’re creating.” Dial started because Jackson wanted to move away from this deep analysis of his works. “The whole thing started as a reaction to finishing
Matthew Jackson 2013 DIAL Dani mixed media on canvas 101cm x 101cm my PhD. I’d been studying for such a long time and creating work specifically designed for academic research so when I came out of it all I wanted to do was paint for the sake of painting. I found that I’d got quite lazy in my technique… so this was a way of forcing myself to be a little more patient with my skill levels and forcing myself to get back to using the paint and really enjoying the process.” This led to different influences, through elements of memento mori –“the inclusion of skulls is there as a reminder that we are all mortal” – to neo-Baroque – “there’s a level of respect for the sitter, it’s less about the artist’s ego and more about trying to capture something about that person and where they sit in your life,” Jackson says. _ CORAL HUCKSTEP
JOHN ROBERTSON The Dark Man
John Robertson presents his bizarre interactive show The Dark Room as part of the Perth International Comedy Festival at The Astor on March 2 - 4, 9 - 11, and 16 - 18. Go to perthcomedyfest.com.au for information and tickets. When we speak to Perth-based comedian John Robertson, he’s taking a brief break from working on his new project, about which he can tell us little, except that it’s a sequel to his breakout work, The Dark Room. “It’s called The White Room,” he says guardedly. “I can tell you that a UK production company paid a significant amount of money for it and it’s slightly over deadline; I can tell you that one. I can tell you that, unlike The Dark Room, you’re not trying to escape anything, but you might be trying to find something - it’s a parody of open world games, so there’s the ostensible freedom to do anything, but combined with ‘I’ve lost my beard! Go and find it for me!’ and then the quest is really quick and easy, like every quest in every one of those games, you know what I mean?” He is free to talk about The Dark Room, though, the oddball interactive comedy show he’s bringing back to Perth after performing it to sold out crowds and rapturous reviews at comedy festivals across the globe. Loosely based on the old Choose Your Own Adventure books familiar to every literate human being on earth, it’s a difficult thing to describe. “It’s a live interactive video game,” he tells us. “With a floating head screaming at the crowd while options appear on the screen, a live action Choose Your Own Adventure. Innovative, immersive, beloved of the British press.” That’s not a lot of detail to go on, but it sounds intriguing. What we do know is that it began as a throwaway bit on stage before going on to become a YouTube sensation. “It started as a joke in the middle of a show, which was me impersonating being trapped in a dark room while a man yells at you and you can’t escape. A crowd of 2000 people, upon hearing this, began to scream loudly and began to shout out different potential ways of getting out of the room, because they genuinely just decided as an audience, ‘Oh. hell no! We ain’t trapped in no room!’ They freaked out. So I went home thinking there was really something in this. 22
John Robertson “So I made a little YouTube sequence of about ten videos, uploaded it, people enjoyed it, added another 40 and it went mad! Added another hundred quietly, and then people got pretty excited about that, and I’m still getting mail about it.” Clearly it’s a phenomenon that must be seen to be fully understood, but what is notable is that it has attracted the attention and approval of one of the founders of the form it playfully parodies. “We had Ian Livingstone. who created the Fighting Fantasy books, so he created the form, we had him play in Edinburgh. He came. There’s really something about listening to a man with an OBE swear at you it’s quite good. ‘Go north! Go fucking north!’ It’s been a wild ride. We’ve just been having a really wonderful time writing this franchise.” _ TRAVIS JOHNSON X-Press – First on the street, Wednesdays
VISUAL ARTS Picturing New York: Photographs From The Museum Of Modern Art: Art Gallery Of WA, Northbridge Depicting the iconic New, this exhibition from MoMA’s extraordinary photography collection celebrates the city in all its vitality, ambition and beauty. Made by approximately 90 artists, including Henri CartierBresson, Walker Evans, Lewis Hine, Helen Levitt, Cindy Sherman, Alfred Stieglitz, and Weegee. Runs until May 12. Made To Remember: Art Gallery Of WA, Northbridge A beautifully considered display of significant Indigenous objects from the State Art Collection. With a diverse selection of works including glass and ceramic objects, textiles and clothing, as well as examples of traditional sculpture, Made to Remember encourages dialogue about the place of an object not only in Indigenous art and culture, but in the broader Australian context. Runs until June 30.
curator Andre Lipscombe and FAC director Jim Cathcart, this show is a must for anyone interested in Fremantle’s artistic and cultural heritage. It runs until June 2 - head to fac.org.au for more. Secrets of the Afterlife: The Western Australian Museum This collection of over 100 Egyptian artefacts from the British Museum collection - including two mummies! - explores ancient attitudes to life after death. The exhibition runs from May 17 - September 22. Go to museum.gov.au for more. Van Gogh, Dali and Beyond - The World Reimagined: Art Gallery of WA, Northbridge The third exhibition in AGWA’s MoMA Series promises to be one of the most fascinating. This extraordinary show encompasses 134 works from 96 artists, including Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Cezanne, Richard Long, Frida Kahlo and more, tracing the development of modern art in the 20th Century. The exhibition runs from June 21 - Dec 2. Go to artgallery.wa.gov.au for further information.
The Oracle: Turner Galleries, Northbridge In this new collection, Anna Nazzari examines the prophet-like abilities of the octopus through a series of images that allude to the impending fates of notable Australians. The exhibition runs until May 18. Go to turnergalleries.com.au for more. Barry Humphries Weimar Cabaret, Perth Concert Hall Year 12 Perspectives: Art Gallery of WA, Northbridge Performance May 8. Tickets via aco.com.au An exhibition of works from the best, brightest, and most creative graduating high school artists in the state. Runs until June 30.
Perth International Comedy Festival: numerous locations across Perth Encompassing over 50 acts and 150 performances over 19 days, the 2013 Perth International Comedy Festival brings together the world’s top comic talent for a concentrated blast off laughs. Guests this year include 30 Rock’s Tracy Morgan, Margaret Cho, Jim Jefferies, Stephen K. Amos, and The Wayans Brothers. It runs May 1 - 19. Head to perthcomedyfest.com.au for details.
From War to Remembrance - A Living History of the RSL: The State Library of WA An exhibition on the history, goals and activities of the RSL in Western Australia, encompassing art installations, interactive displays, archival photographs and objects, film screenings and guest speakers. It runs until June 30.
Stretch Arts Festival: Mandurah Mandurah’s main arts and cultural event this year explores the theme of ‘identity.’ It runs until May 5. Head to mandurah.wa.gov.au for more details.
Audi Festival of German Films: Cinema Paradiso, Northbridge Offering up a smorgasbord of contemporary German Apparition - The Syndicate II: Fremantle Arts cinema, this festival, now in it’s twelfth year, comes to us courtesy of the Goethe Institute. With a program Centre Renowned WA sculptor Peter Dailey presents a that spans every conceivable genre, this is one of the series of ten life-size human figures presented highlights of the year for any serious connoisseur of under specific lighting designs in a darkened world cinema. Runs May 9 - 13. Head to lunapalace. g a l l e r y i n o r d e r t o a l l o w t h e v i e w e r t o com.au for tickets and info. contemplate the cultural, economic, political and environmental mechanism they are a part Audi Festival of German Films: Cinema Paradiso, Northbridge of. Runs until June 2. Offering up a smorgasbord of contemporary German Mad About You - 40 Years of the Fremantle Arts cinema, this festival, now in it’s twelfth year, comes to us courtesy of the Goethe Institute. With a program Centre: Fremantle Arts Centre In a nice bit of metatextuality, this exhibition that spans every conceivable genre, this is one of the at FAC is all about FAC; specifically, the history highlights of the year for any serious connoisseur of and culture of the now 40 year old institution. world cinema. Runs May 9 - 13. Head to lunapalace. Co-curated by City of Fremantle Art Collection com.au for tickets and info.
Jim Jefferies, Perth International Comedy Festival
THEATRE/DANCE/ PERFORMANCE The Agony, The Ecstasy and i: The Blue Room Theatre This provocative piece by Laura Hopwood and Tarryn Runkle, partly inspired by Mike Daisey’s now largely debunked monologue, The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, examines our relationship with technology, consumerism and ethics. The season runs from until May 4. Go to blueroom.org.au for session times and tickets. Death of a Salesman: The Heath Ledger Centre Perhaps the greatest American play of the 20th century, Arthur Miller’s sobering Death of a Salesman is a perennial favourite amongst theatre aficionados. This version by The Black Swan State Theatre Company stars Austin Castiglione, Adrianne Daff, Luke Hewitt and Eden Falk. It runs May 4 - 19. Go to bsstc.com.au for session times and tickets.
The Trail of Time - The Sandalwood Project: Fremantle Arts Centre WA born, Melbourne based artist Michael Bullock’s sculptural exhibition is a look at WA’s sandalwood industry. It mixes personal experiences of place and family with a detailed understanding of the history, trade and uses of sandalwood. The exhibition runs until June 2.
The Trail of Time - The Sandalwood Project
Nevermore: Hackett Hall, Floreat This mysterious musical based on the life, loves and work of Edgar Allen Poe, widely regarded to be the father of modern horror, should prove to be macabre evening’s entertainment. It runs from May 3 - 18. Go to playlovers.org.au for detials and tickets.
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ROCKABILLY STYLE Rock ‘N’ Roll meets the Rodeo A term originally coined to describe a genre-bending style of music made popular in the 1950s, the rockabilly cult has endured all the ups and downs of contemporary culture, somehow remaining on record players and in wardrobes (to varying degrees) since its inception. Drawing style influences from the era of its birth, rockabilly fashion tends to be retro with a vampish twist for women, and outlaw biker meets spaghetti western for men, inspired by taste-marking trouble-makers of yesteryear such as Elvis Presley and Bettie Page. A reaction to the wholesome tunes and threads that dominated the 1940s and 1950s, rockabilly is (and always has been) a bit rebellious, providing sexier silhouettes for girls and a rougher, more masculine look for lads who didn’t buy into the dandy dressing of the day. In most cases the rockabilly colour palette tends to be fairly monochromatic, featuring lashings of black and white punctuated by red and the occasional leopard, cherry or nautical print. Gingham is also a mainstay component of the trend, adding a bit of country twang to all-black outfits that ooze old school rock and roll. Though you’re not likely to find rockabilly threads in most high street stores this Autumn and
Winter, there are a few specialty retailers in Perth who stock a fine selection of creepers, retro cut dark denim and other genre-appropriate, on-trend items, starting off with Red Stripe on Roe Street. Home to everything from creepers to Lime Crime Cosmetics (every self respecting rockabilly gal should rock a bright red lip and winged eyeliner at all times!), Red Stripe is loaded to the brim with rockabilly inspired items, and if you’re too lazy to head into the city, you can opt to visit their rad online store instead via redstripeclothing.com. Over the train line and Burlesque Baby on Wellington Street is another great destination for retro and vintage reproduction frocks, with plenty of rockabilly dresses, separates and accessories, including a killer selection of vampish heels and hair bows. Head to burlesquebaby.com.au to see a selection of what they have on offer. Around the corner at enex100 (or online at dangerfield.com.au) and Dangerfield is definitely a disciple that frequently worships at the shrine of rockabilly. If you’re feeling autumn’s chill, make a bee-line for Dangerfield to stock up on cute cardigans or long sleeve shirts and jackets that exude hillbilly rocker charm. Just like any other trend, you can go all out and wear rockabilly head to toe opt to style it in moderation by picking just one or two rockabilly inspired pieces and mixing them with modern staples like t-shirts or skinny jeans (because style rules are always meant to be broken!). _EMMA BERGMEIER
Dangerfield Wasted time pants $88
Ultra Lux Sunglasses $125 by Très Noir from Red Stripe
Revival Cactus shirt $98
Flamingo tie blouse $49 and Priscilla fringed skirt $69 both by Collectif from Red Stripe
Revival @ Dangerfield Mon Cherry Cardi $98
Halty Black Quilted Leather Heels $129.99 from Wittner at Wesley Quarter Bullseye Western Shirt $79 by Rock Steady from Red Stripe
Revival @ Dangerfield Kentucky cardi $60
Grey suede pointed creepers $130 by TUK Shoes from Red Stripe
Patchuli heels from Melissa @ enex100
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MISS KITTY’S SALOON Raising the Bar Standing on the corner of Beaufort Street and Ninth Avenue in Inglewood, its matte black façade connoting something forbidden if it weren’t for the glowing red neon sign saying ‘OPEN’, Miss Kitty’s Saloon is a den of delicious decadence. This new eatery offers up a North American inspired menu that is as tasty as it is unexpected and served up by friendly and attentive staff within an eclectic and comfortable Wild West atmosphere. With an emphasis on sharing, dinner at Miss Kitty’s is designed to allow a wide variety of different tastes and textures. Sticky, lip smacking tamarind pork ribs served with chilli and yoghurt are a perfect place to start, followed by wood oven fired corn fritters that are absolutely mind blowing (order two serves, they’re that good), and the poutine is a wildly sweet and salty delectation, perfect for a quick snack at the beginning or the end of your night. Of course, what meal would be complete without a tasty beverage to go along with it, and Miss Kitty’s has a nice selection of local and imported beer (and if you think America can’t make a beer that doesn’t taste like watered down swill, give the Brooklyn Lager a try) while also providing a wide variety of wines, some great cocktails and something no self-respecting saloon can do without, hard liquor. Unfortunately, their current liquor licence only allows the purchase of alcohol with food, but hopefully this will change in time.
Tamarind Pork Ribs at Miss Kitty’s Saloon
Poutine at Miss Kitty’s Saloon Dinner at M iss K itt y ’s is cer tainly recommended, but it is their weekend brunch where the establishment really comes into its own. Between the interestingly set hours of 8:27am and 2:57pm, make your way down with a group of friends and spend a lazy few hours shooting the breeze over plates of some truly inspiring American staples; steak and eggs, flapjacks and doughnuts, to name a few. To wash it all down, order a bloody mary, or a head sized jar of iced tea which is advertised as “bottomless” and does not disappoint on that score. The menu is reasonably priced with most dishes being under $20, which can be a rarity these days, but the portions might leave some diners wanting more bang for their buck. The emphasis toward meat dishes may disappoint some potential customers, but there are a few vegetarian options on the menu, so most are bound to find something they will enjoy. The staff are very friendly and take a service approach that is almost communal. There are no set areas per staff member, they all appear at numerous times over the course of the meal ensuring customers are satisfied while never being too obtrusive. It is just right. The atmosphere is even better, with a soundtrack of indie classics and country legends played low while you dine over long wooden tables. This is complimented by a décor of American ephemera which not only transports you to another place, but also to another time. Miss Kitty’s Saloon just might be the perfect hang out. _ LIAM DUNN
The Australian Tattoo Convention a team of inkslingers from Bali Dreamz in Indonesia. The Eastern States will also be well represented, as will local talent such as Jackson May of Sinister Ink in Rockingham. Trade booths will include Burlesque Baby, Red Stripe Clothing, Hurl Burly Clothing, Aftermath Clothing, Suburban Rebel Clothing, Dalida Hair, Skull Duggery and Tattoo Ink Supplies ,while Showcasing the best, brightest and most brutal in entertainment over the weekend comes courtesy new ink art, The Australian Tattoo Convention is of Carnies With Candy, The Bad Piper, and The Dread on this weekend at the Perth Convention Centre Pirate Roller Derby Girls. Whether you’re a seasoned from Friday May 3 until Sunday, May 4. aficionado or just contemplating your first piece, The Australian Tattoo Convention should be your number It used to be that tattoos set you apart. Just a hint of one destination this weekend. Prussian blue under the skin meant you hailed from _ TRAVIS JOHNSON the rougher end of the spectrum: biker, sailor, trucker, stripper, whatever. Things have changed, though. Circa 2013, sporting a tattoo tells the world exactly one thing: at some point in your life, you had enough money to get a tattoo. That’s no bad thing, though. The mainstreaming of tattoo culture has meant that the peripheries of the scene have become more accessible; the range of styles and techniques available is amazingly diverse, and understanding off the history and heritage of tattooing runs deep. We’ve also seen the acknowledgement of tattooing’s legitimacy as an art form. Presented by the Professional Tattooing Association of Australia, the Australian Tattoo Convention 2013 marks the second time they’ve held an event in Perth. The first time, 2010’s Perth Tattoo Carnivaal, attracted over 9000 punters, and was regarded as the must successful PTAA event nationwide. This year they aim to break that record, with a host of attractions and stalls to entice those interested in feeling the steel of the tattooist’s needle. Artists from across the globe will be in attendance, including six from Japan, 12 American practitioners, a traditional tattooist from Borneo, and Portrait by Jackson May
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Back with his first headline tour in three years and a new album in the works, hip hop artist Pez is truly back in the game. Like the honest and soulful lyrics he’s known for, the Melburnian rapper is open and humble as he talks with JO CAMPBELL about his health problems and the road ahead. Pez (Perry Chapman to his mates) has been through a lot since revealing via an online freestyle that he’d been diagnosed with Graves’ disease, an autoimmune disorder that causes an overactive thyroid. Since then, the rapper that brought us The Festival Song has had to deal with the effects of having a overwrought head, becoming super skinny and having to cancel the planned release of the follow up to his critically acclaimed debut album, A Mind Of My Own. “I felt that my mind was so frantic and it was so hard to concentrate that I didn’t even think of trying to write a song,” he explains. “To sit in a room and try to focus your energy and attention on writing didn’t come all that naturally in that period. “Perspective-wise, it changed the way I looked at things. When you’re really caught up in everything, things seem really serious and everyone is jocking for position and there’s all this intense stuff. But when you step back and look back at it from a distance, it doesn’t seem like that big a deal.” After two years of not being able to write a song, Chapman is back with renewed health, a nation-wide tour and a new single, The Game, a precursor to the yet-to-benamed LP planned for release later this year.
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“A lot of the pressure is more from me, even though everyone is sort of saying ‘yo, let’s do this’ I think it was more just getting past the fear barrier and getting out there one step at a time,” Chapman says of the pressure to get the new album out. “I got into a pretty dark place when I was going through that (the illness), which has helped me break down a bit of a wall that was probably there and allowed me to become a bit more vulnerable and talk about things that in the past, I probably wouldn’t. So I have made more of a personal album, whereas, in the past it was sort of me looking more out at the world.” In terms of the almost finished LP, Chapman has kept it all in the family, choosing to collaborate with past favourites 360 and his brother Tys while Matik has again produced some of the beats, as he did for the last album. There’s also a curve ball in the form of collab with Aussie troubadour Paul Kelly. “I met him at a birthday party,” Chapman retells of his hook up with Kelly. “It was a friend’s dad’s 60th and they are a really nice family and wanted me to come along and play a song. “So I was like ‘ok, I’ll do that’, because they are really nice and when we got there we heard that Paul Kelly was there and we thought that was bullshit. My mate came up to me from the back and said ‘dude, I just met Paul Kelly and he said he bought your album.’ I was like ‘yeah, fuck off mate’ and he was like ‘nah man, I’m fully serious, he bought your album’ and I was like ‘man if you’re joking, I’m gonna kill you, but alright.’ So I went out and spoke to him and yeah, he said that he did and I was just freaking, so I was like ‘man, if you ever want to do a song with a rapper, you let me know’. The two then jammed at Kelly’s home over bagels and tea with the result being a single recorded a couple of months ago that has yet to be released entitled Livin’ On. Despite the initial nerves about getting back on the road, Chapman has been smashing it over the last couple weeks, playing small intimate shows and some large festivals. He’s currently making his way to WA for three shows, including Groovin’ The Moo alongside friend Seth Sentry of current hoverboard fame. “We still keep in touch, him me and 360 all met at the start. It was kinda really cool to have each other to bounce off and now after stepping back, seeing them both killing it has been good. It’s inspired me to say ‘get your shit together and get out there and have some fun instead of hiding away in your room.’”
SELECT LOUNGIN’ John Digweed
Dance music legend John Digweed is on his way to Villa with his swirling cinematic soundscapes and energy-infused bass-bothering tech growlers on Friday, June 7. Famous for his part in the UK’s embryonic acid house scene, Digweed has evolved into a force to be reckoned with via his Global Underground mix series with Sasha and his Bedrock series, now onto its 14th edition. Tix are $40+bf from Moshtix.
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MINISTRY OF SOUND
A compilation of electro house music should contain dancefloor fillers, uplifting chord progressions and a wide variety of sub-genres, and that’s exactly what Ember and Chardy deliver on Ministry of Sound’s Electro House Sessions 6. It’s also about the flavours of the month, combining the likes of Duke Dumont, Boys Noize and Porter Robinson with older-hands John Dahlback, Wolfgang Gartner, Alesso and Nicky Romero. The musical styles vary from house to heavy electro with bangers including Channel 42 by Deadmau5 and Wolfgang, The Way You Are by Peking Duk and Oliver’s MYB. The downside to a Ministry of Sound mix is the predictability of the tracks you will find, as the selections are about popularity as much as quality. However, the difference between a compilation such as this and a shuffled playlist on your iPod is significant: the tracks are mixed together with the individual touches of party-starting DJs. EHS6 has been collaborated on by up and coming Aussie DJ’s Ember and Chardy on the Ministry of Sound label, giving this big selection of tunes a unique feel you can’t get from a regular album. As the dance music world turns to podcasts and online mixes to discover new music, Ministry of Sound is keeping up and maintaining a shopping centre record store presence with their series of mix albums. Smothered under the huge Ministry of Sound banner, Ember and Chardy may not get all the credit they deserve for putting this mix together, but if their track selection is anything to go by they’re on their way to stand-alone success.
Letherette are childhood friends Richard Roberts and Andy Harber from the UK. They have released so far on Bibio, but have recently signed with NinjaTune. The result is this first long-player showcasing their skills at producing emotion driven electronic sounds. Aptly titled opener, After Dawn, starts with a sunrise evolving into an exquisite filtered guitar refrain with stuttering vocal and it sets the scene for the rest of the album to follow, segueing between influences as diverse as the lounge stylings of Serge Gainsbourg, the nu-wave trip-hop of Bonobo and the sampled strings of J Dilla. The album works best when we encounter those tunes which have the BPMs stepped up a little, showing the appearance of a little Gallic flair. The filtered disco sounds and chopped refrains of Warstones are reminiscent of that late ‘90s French sound captured so perfectly by Thomas Bangalter, whilst the laidback groove of Space Cuts could almost be something produced by Sebastian Tellier. Whilst initially sounding inconspicuous amongst a slew of similar recent releases, further listening opens this album out to be deep, affecting, uplifting and worthy of more attention.
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JON EE ALL REVVED UP
Local DJ Jon Ee has made it to #3 in the Beatport 100 mixes chart with his Under The Hood mix. Traversing house, garage and tech house, the mix oozes feel good vibes and is guaranteed to get you into weekend mode in a click. Check lineups at The Como, The Avenue, The Saint and The Queens for Jon Ee skills live.
Five-piece brass n beats hip hop outfit The Brow Horn Orchestra are just about to embark on long string of gigs beautifully entitled the Inglourious Brassterds National Tour in support of their new EP, Two Fires. High-energy and genre-defining, their live show is a pleasure to witness. They’ll be playing Residence alongside UpnUp, who have just released their debut single, Whatever Man, and DJ NDORSE on Friday, May 31 at Metropolis C5. Do it.
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TWELVE INCH O HOUSE Five house/techno producers from Adelaide calling themselves UNTZZ have set up their own label, pressing up vinyl only with an emphasis on the analogue. In a few short months they’ve received support from Jackmaster, Bicep, South London Ordnance and Ben UFO and now they’re on the road to Perth to showcase their house-leaning vision of the rave.
on life, which would somewhat tie in with the approach we take with the label and our DJ sets. We are all great friends and look to each other for honest feedback, whether it’s on a DJ set or some new music. I think this is crucial for the label to stay relevant and exciting. Why are you releasing exclusively to vinyl? Because vinyl is real, and we wanted to be able to frame our music and show our children that we were cool once. What was your best gig? We hold a weekly residency at Sugar in Adelaide. This is the best gig as far as a permanent spots go. We’ve played alongside some incredible ar tists like Levon Vincent, Prosumer, Ben UFO and Chez Damier to name a few.
Current Top 5 Tracks? Anthony Naples – I’ll Still [Rubadub] Lucretio – Want [Warm Sounds Les Sins – Grind [Jiaolong] Floating Points – Wires [Eglo] How did you guys meet? Magic Mountain High – Workshop B1 [Workshop] The whole crew kind of amalgamated through a lot of chance encounters. Obviously we are and have been in to a lot of different Three words to describe UNTZZ? Heavyweight Twelve Inch. music for a while, and I guess these interests can bring you closer to similar, likeminded people. Adelaide is a really small place too. What’s the UNTZZ ethos? We’ve obviously all got our own ethos
RTR FM’s late night purveyors of fine underground hip hop are taking over Velvet Lounge this Friday, May 3 for a night of dope tunes. Loungin’ will witness the All City Selectors crew taking the decks from 8pm with Nick Sweepah, Eddie L, Calvinist Paul, PDS and Arn One dropping pearlers across all styles from classic to current. Entry is nada and those who want to check the All City Selectors in the interim can restream past shows from the RTR website. Or tune into the live broadcast from 11pm to 1am every Friday.
» UNTZZ » SATURDAY, MAY 4 @ THE HELLENIC CLUB OF WA X-Press – First on the street, Wednesdays
THIRD PARTY SWEET RELEASE
English producers Third Party are on a rapid rise, having been spotted and signed by one of house music’s biggest names. The duo speak with TOM KITSON ahead of their upcoming Perth visit.
Despite being mates with Steve Angello, remixing Alex Metric and Swedish House Mafia, playing Ibiza and producing house anthems such as 2010’s Release, Jonny and Harry of Third Party are two down to earth guys. Jonny’s London accent is immediately endearing as he speaks about the beginning of the project and how far the two mates have come in a relatively short time. Although their opportunity came swiftly, the boys were forced to prove themselves, and have come out of such a learning curve to become international jet-setting performers. “We actually hadn’t played out a lot before we got signed, so for our first gigs three years ago we were sort of thrown in at the deep end,” Jonny says. “It’s up to the point now where we’re doing our first full world tour, which is pretty exciting.” The transition from part time DJs to full-time recording artists has seemed to have little influence
on their outlook, with Jonny referring to a sense of bewilderment at initially being picked up by Steve Angello. “Our big break was finding out Steve wanted to sign us to his label Size Records, and even now we can’t quite believe it,” he says. “Literally at the time we were doing regular part-time jobs, then to have a guy like him want to sign you, we were amazed.” Jonny cites big UK house producers as some of their early influences, but loves to discover new music wherever their musical career takes them.“In the dance world we’re influenced by, obviously Daft Punk, and when we first started making music, people like Chris Lake, Michael Woods and Mark Knight were quite heavy influences because of the Toolroom Knights in London, which was very big at the time,” he says. “When you start travelling the world and playing all types of clubs and festivals you’re listening to so much more music, and that influences you when you go back into the studio. “House music has always been pretty strong in Europe, but the place it’s kicking off at the most at the moment is America because they’re just throwing crazy amounts of money at it and doing everything bigger and better,” he says. “It’s good because it gets you bigger shows and you can play where you wouldn’t otherwise be able to play, but some people would argue that it’s overhyped and it may burn out quicker.”
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With new track Drunk Arcade ready for release, Bombs Away are living the high life after honing their skills for years. One half of the brother duo, Sketch, speaks with TOM KITSON ahead of their upcoming visit to Villa. Former Perth club promoters-turned-nationwide DJ’s and producers Thomas Hart and Sketch have always been all about the party, churning out hits like Party Bass and Super Soaker with film clips exclusively featuring themselves amongst bikini-clad women partying hard. Their newest single Drunk Arcade follows suit, reinforcing their desire to bring the party atmosphere wherever they go. Now residing on the Gold Coast after growing up in Perth, these electro DJ/MCs haven’t got to where they are by chance alone. As they began performing as a group, the boys were also working on their own music including early releases Big Booty Bitches and Swagger, tunes which quickly hit the charts and put their name on the map. With their name generating a lot of interest across the country, they have set up on the Gold Coast, where they work on their music when they aren’t on tour, while still trying to get home to Perth every few months. Sketch says their musical education started with Perth’s own artists, himself and his brother taking interest in various bass genres. “We both come from a bass background, guys like Kid Kenobi and Perth’s Micah have always influenced us heavily,” he says. It’s this combination of mutual enjoyment and camaraderie behind the decks that spurs on Sketch, with performing always being a party in itself, allowing the duo to bounce off other artists while doing their own thing. “The party electro stuff is what we’re really digging, just because it turns into such crazy nights,” he says.“We get to hang out with other DJs and people in the same industry, and not just the big guys like Steve Aoki and those guys, but also other crew around the country who are all in it for the same reason and are cool people to hang out with.” Describing the Bombs Away signature sound, Sketch outlines the mix of genres and styles of music they pick from, with the intention to bring the party while exploring music further and in different directions. “People kept asking us what we play, and we said it’s bass music, as in dubstep, trap, electro and all that,” he says. “But it’s not just any of those genres. We have a party bass take on it, and that’s where the name for the song came from.” Releasing new material in the coming months with collaboration from Luciana, Bombs Away are also making big plans to tackle the American scene, having started work on another track with Lil Wayne through remote recording. Their lyrics and video clips would seem suited to the US dance market, and their efforts to push themselves and work with other artists can only broaden their reach and enhance their reputation. As he discusses what goes on behind the scenes of one of their music videos, Sketch is almost in disbelief about what some parts of their work allow them to do. “Every music video we’ve done has essentially been an actual party,” he says. “As soon as the cameras turn off we end up partying for the rest of the night, so it’s good times.”
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WEDNESDAY 01/05 Amplifier –Harlem Wednesday’s ft Genga Bar Orient – DJ Ben Renna Beat Nightclub (Downstairs) – SWAG Boulevard Tavern – Wub Wub Wednesday Captain Stirling –Fiveo Club Red Sea – Cheek Connections – LMW Flying Scotsman – DJ Armee Geisha Bar – Nice7/Back To Basics Llama Bar – Akuna Club Mustang Bar – DJ Giles Newport Hotel – Tom Drummond/Angry Buda Rosemount Hotel – DJ Anton Maz Sovereign Arms – Lokie Shaw The Bird - Before 12 ft Craig Hollywood/Allstate/Mike Midnight/Emerald Cabal/Reece Walker The Court – Wicked Wednesday The Grand Central – Jeremy Stark
THURSDAY 02/05 Boulevard Tavern – 151 Thursdays Old Skool R&B Claremont Hotel – DJ Live Phase/DJ Pup
Connections – BINGAY & POP! Devilles Pad – Rock N Roll Karaoke Eve Nightclub – Retro Thursdays DJ Crazy Craig Flying Scotsman –Gidget Duck/Muldoon Wing Lost Society – Burger Malt Supper Club – Kabaret Thursdays Mustang Bar – DJ James MacArthur Newport Hotel – Rubadub/ DJ Tim Paramount –DJ Jordan The Avenue – Jon Ee The Craftsman – Michael Brittliff The Deen – Chase The Sun ft DJ Flex/ DJ Nano/ DJ Surge/ DJ Don Migi The Grand Central – Roger Smart The Queens – Fiveo
FRIDAY 03/05 Ambar – District: Turntables & Bass ft Zeke/Kill Dyl/Marko Paulo/Fellis/Klean Kicks/Joe Macc/Pussymittens Art Gallery Of WA - AGWA Nights ft Chris Wheeldon & Craig Hollywood Bar Orient – The Reggae Club ft The Kib Sound System/Ed
Kays/The Empressions/Mumma Trees/Sista Che Beat Nightclub (Downstairs) – Control Black Betty’s - Third Party Boulevard Tavern – 151 Thursdays Old Skool R&B Brass Monkey – Vicktor/James Ess/Green George C5 Freo – Residence Capitol – Retro Mash ft DJ Jamie Mac Capitol (Upstairs) – I Love ‘90s Claremont Hotel – Soul Purpose DJs Devilles Pad – Mondo DJs Eve Nightclub –DJ Don Migi Flying Scotsman – Back To Mono DJs Flyrite – Self Help Social Club Geisha Bar - Blokhe4d Ginger Nightclub – Mondo Fridays Lakers Tavern – Grizzly And Friends Leisure Inn – DJ Peta Metro Freo – Frat House Fridays Mojos Bar – Fisherman Style 7th Birthday ft Earthlink Sound/ Future Soundz/DJ Corby/DJ Sorted/Rasta Fyah/Drop Bass Sound/Choppa Crucial Mustang Bar – Swing DJ/DJ James MacArthur Newport Hotel – Tom Drummond/Sardi/Evan Norma Jeans – DJ Phat Dazz Paramount –DJ Jordan Players Bar – DJ Cookie Rocket Room – Howlers ft DJ Frank N Bean Shape - Wilkinson Sovereign Arms – DJ ANG3L The Avenue – Lokie Shaw The Aviary (Birdcage) – NDORSE The Aviary (Rooftop) – NDORSE/Paradise Paul The Bird – Naik/Weapon Is Sound/Lowaski/Leon Osborn/ Nathan J The Deen – Chase The Sun ft DJ Flex/ DJ Nano/ DJ Surge/ DJ Don Migi The Grand Central – Jinx Project The Queens – DJ Riki The Shed – DJ Glenn 20
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Toucan – Deep Groove ft DJ Grizzly Whale & Ale – DJ Spinback
SATURDAY 04/05 Admiral Hotel – Insane Dwaine Ambar – May The 4th Be With You ft Surecut Kids/Dead Easy/ Bezwun/Tee El/Black & Blunt Amplifier – Pure Pop ft Eddie Electric Bar120 – Little Nicky Bar Orient – DJ Troy Beat Nightclub (Upstairs) Canvas Boheme Bar – JMC Brass Monkey - DJ Peta (downstairs)/ DJ Jewel (upstairs) Brighton Hotel - Misschief Capitol – Death Disco Capitol (Upstairs) – Cream Of The ‘80s ft DJ Ryan Claremont Hotel – DJ G-Martin Club Bay View – DJ Roger Smart Connections – Glitterstorm ft BarbieQ/Sheila Mann Empire Bar –James Shipstone Eurobar – DJ Fat Albert/DJ Zoom Flying Scotsman – Andrei Maz Flying Scotsman (Defectors) – Future Wives Club Flyrite – Family Hellenic Club Of WA - Untzz Showcase ft Freddie Norwood/ HVCK/Babicka/Dass/Mic Mills Liquid Nightclub - DJ Klar55/ DJ Stevie M Llama Bar – DJ Reuben Malt Supper Club – Scotty J Metro City – Seven Deadly Sins Metro Freo –Roger Smart/DJ Wazz/Ben Carter Metro Freo (Upstairs) – I Love 80s 90s DJ DTuck Mint Nightclub – Pop Life ft DJ Aaron/ AJ Mullaloo Beach Hotel – DJ Danny Mustang Bar – Rockabilly DJ/ DJ James MacArthur Newport Hotel –Tahli Jade/Tom Drummond/Steve Parkin Norma Jeans – DJ Phat Dazz Paramount- DJ John/DJ Jordan Players Bar – LUXE ft DJ Francesco
Surecut Kids Rosemount Hotel - Optamus ft Dazastah/Layla/Mortar/Dmac & Complete/DJ Armee/Adam Crook/LStreet & SMA/Kaizer Sozaye/Paulie P/Seasta Chani Sail & Anchor – Catch The Child’s Play DJs Sovereign Arms – The Jinx Project The Avenue – Jon Ee The Aviary (Rooftop) – Zel/ Paradise Paul/Tomas Ford The Bird – May The Fourth Be With You ft Seams/Electric Toad Djs The Causeway – Luke Miguel/ Clint Turner The Cornerstone – DJ Spinback The Court – DJ Flex/DJ TimBee The Craftsman – ANG3L The Generous Squire – On Tap ft DJ James Nutley The Grand Central - Armee The Queens – Kenny L The Saint – Az-T The Shed –DJ Andyy The Wembley – Lokie Shaw Toucan – WHIP ft DJ Kevvy T Villa - Bombs Away ft Kastel/ Mo’Fly/Acebasik
SUNDAY 05/05 Claremont Hotel – DJ Double Dee/DJ Pup Club Bay View - Fiveo Empire Bar –DJ Riki/ DJ Victor Eve Nightclub –DJ Slick Flying Scotsman – Pizza & Pint ft Nathan J/ Nizbet/ Pasha/ Chris
Flying Scotsman (Defectors) – Raaghe Ginger Nightclub – DJ Rudebean Mullaloo Beach Hotel – DJ Vi Son Mustang Bar – DJ Rockin’ Rhys Minq Bar – DJ Don Migi/ Dannyboi/Skooby Newport Hotel –Tom Drummond The Avenue – Az-T The Aviary (Rooftop) – Aviary Rooftop Sessions ft Ben Sebastian/NDORSE/Zel The East End Bar –DJ Gold Finger/AZ-T The Queens – Samuel Spencer The Saint – Jon Ee/ANG3L The Shed – James Wilson and more
MONDAY 06/05 Eve Nightclub - DJ Don Migi Llama Bar – Jo 19 Malt Supper Club – Industry Night The Deen – DJ Birdie
TUESDAY 07/05 Bar Orient - DJ Lyndon High Road Hotel – DJ Matty J Llama Bar – Charlie Bucket Victoria Park Hotel – DJ Melvin
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FRAT HOUSE FRIDAYS
IN THE THIS WEEK Before 12 ft Craig Hollywood/Allstate/Mike Midnight/Emerald Cabal/ Reece Walker Wednesday, May 1 @ The Bird Blokhe4d Friday, May 3 @ Geisha Bar District: Turntables & Bass ft Zeke/Kill Dyl/Marko Paulo/ Fellis/Klean Kicks/Joe Macc/ Pussymittens Friday, May 3 @ Ambar Third Party Friday, May 3 @ Black Betty’s Wilkinson Friday, May 3 @ Shape AGWA Nights ft Chris Wheeldon & Craig Hollywood Friday, May 3 @ Art Gallery Of WA
Chani Saturday, May 4 @ Rosemount Hotel May The 4th Be With You ft Surecut Kids/Dead Easy/ Bezwun/Tee El/Black & Blunt Saturday, May 4 @ Ambar Untzz Showcase ft Freddie Norwood/HVCK/Babicka/ Dass/Mic Mills Saturday, May 4 @ Hellenic Club Of WA
COMING UP Alex Niggeman Friday, May 10 @ Geisha Bar Example ft Sun City Friday, May 10 @ Metro City
Groovin The Moo Festival ft Alison Wonderland/ DZ Deathrays/Example/ Flume/Midnight Juggernaughts/Pez/Seth Sentry/Shockone/Tuka w/ Ellesquire/Urthboy/ DJ Woody’s Big Phat Mixtape/Yacht/Yolanda Be Cool Saturday, May 11 @ Hay Park Bunbury Flume ft Chet Faker Sunday, May 12 @ Metro City RTRFM Full Frequency Pres: Altered States ft Joe Starwarz/Reece Walker/ Emerald Cabal/Basic Mind/Allstate/El Dario/ Declan Doherty/Craig Hollywood Friday, May 17 @ Geisha Bar
Brown Horn Orchestra Friday, May 31 @ C5 Freo Saturday, June 1 @ Settlers Tavern MixMash Australian Tour ft Oliver Twizt/Uberjak’d Saturday, June 1 @ Villa Dash Berlin ft Marlo Sunday, June 2 @ Metro City Tommy Trash ft ACEBASIK/ Chiari Sunday, June 2 @ 133 Aberdeen St DJ Rashad & DJ Manny ft Rok Riley/420 Crew/Oni Ca$h Vs Starks/Allstate Vs Clunk Sunday, June 2 @ The Bakery
Bob Marley Tribute ft John Digweed Jessie Proverbs/DJ General Friday, June 7 @ Villa Justice/The Empressions/ LAPALUX Mumma Trees/Sista Che Jack Beats ft Qwerk/ Friday, May 17 @ The Bakery Friday, May 10 @ Bar Orient DNGRFLD/Get More Bombs Away Saturday, June 8 @ Villa DJ Afrika Bambaataa Pez Saturday, May 4 @ Villa Saturday, May 18 @ The Friday, May 10 @ Amplifier Bakery Goldfields Optamus ft Dazastah/Layla/ Break-A-Holics Anonymous Mortar/Dmac & Complete/ Friday, June 21 @ Metro Freo ft Tom Drummond/Tee DJ Armee/Adam Crook/ Delta Heavy ft Fred V & Saturday, June 22 @ Amplifier El/Tone/Ben Mac & Wish/ LStreet & SMA/Kaizer Grafix/Killafoe/Illusiv & Micah/Oli/Philly Blunt Sozaye/Paulie P/Seasta Dvise/Gracie/Systym Hook N Sling ft DJ Friday, May 10 @ Ambar Saturday, May 18 @ Villa Kenny L/Jus Haus/John Paul/Slick Rephase EP Vol. 2 Atari Teenage Riot Launch Party ft Greg Sunday, June 24 @ Mullaloo Sunday, May 19 @ The Packer/MC Assassin/ Beach Hotel Killafoe/Vltrn/Sardi/ Bakery Xsessiv/Network Allday Friday, May 10 @ Shape Elite Force ft Oli/ Saturday, June 29 @ Amplifier STRANGERTHANDIGITAL Yacht Friday, May 10 @ The Bakery Friday, May 24 @ Ambar A$AP Rocky Sunday, June 30 @ Metro City tyDi Frat House Fridays Groovin Saturday, May 25 @ Villa The Moo Pre Party ft Alison ALT-J Optamus Wonderland Saturday, July 27 @ Challenge Friday, May 10 @ Metro Freo Japan 4 ft Nick Thayer/ Tee El/Micah/Dead Easy/ Stadium Seth Sentry Mr eD Friday, May 10 @ Villa Saturday, May 25 @ Ambar SUPAFEST ft T.I./50 Cent/ Sunday, May 12 @ Newport Waka Flocka/Akon/Ne-Yo/ Hotel Young Jeezy/Mindless Von D ft DDWYT Behaviour/DJ Unk/Kevin Flight Facilities ft Elizabeth Crew/Bolsty/Bazil McCall/DJ Nino Brown/ Zemplys/Clunk Rose Thursday, May 30 @ Geisha Dizzy Doolan/Phinesse Saturday, May 11 @ The Postponed date TBC Bar Bakery
OPTAMUS TRIO ALBUM PREVIEW SATURDAY, MAY 4 @ THE ROSEMOUNT
WATCHING THE KLOCK DERRICK MAY/ BEN KLOCK CAPITOL Wednesday April 24, 2013 It was a straight fight on ANZAC day eve in Perth dance-party wise. Local boy done good, ShockOne, was holding his album launch over the two venues of The Bakery and Metro City against the twin electronic titans of Derrick May and Ben Klock. Judging by the queue at Capitol, the old and the new vanguard of techno had certainly set the bar high early on. Both floors of the venue were full from the off, smoke and strobes turning the crowd into bobbing shadows. Whilst Derrick May is famed for his techno, the set he played was more akin to what he likes to describe as hi-tech soul and the juxtaposition between cool clinical electronica with warm organic elements was certainly audible. Small in size but not in stature, May was ever energetic behind the decks, teasing tracks into the mix and using the faders to remix tunes on the fly. Using tracks such as Plastic People by Santiago Salazar with its bubbling filtered bassline and chopped repetitive vocal sample, he was able to lock the crowd into a groove and hence command their full hypnotic attention, until he finished his set to rapturous applause sometime after midnight, his exit from the stage impeded by the many fans who wanted to speak to and photograph the man. There was a definite mix of old and young whilst those of a certain age had come to see one of dance music’s true originators still plying his trade over 25 years after helping redefine the electronic landscape, the other half of the audience, although obviously aware of May’s work, had come to see one of today’s heroes from the European techno capital of Berlin. Ben Klock’s usual haunt is Berghain, the cavernous club in Germany’s capital that has become a mecca for fans of harder edged electronica worldwide. There he is able to indulge himself with sets that last well into the morning, entrancing the crowd with rythmatic sounds. This evening he only had two and a half hours with which to transport his brand of teutonic techno into WA, but he certainly managed to give us a feel of the all-encompassing bassline and seismic beats he likes to channel throughout the night.
Derrick May (photo by Matt Jelonek) Whilst Capitol is some way short of being able to capture the sound of the Berlin superclub, the raised balcony and high roof certainly allowed the sweeping snares and solid kicks to reverberate around the space. Klock continued to hold the audience in his thrall with tech sounds ranging from minimal percussion and warm textured electronics through to synth-edged harder house with dashes of 303 throughout. Contrary to the stereotype of a techno crowd being cold and aloof, there were warm smiles around as everyone was eager to share the appreciation of the tunes and the DJ, some practically running outside to smoke their ciggies as quickly as possible without missing a beat. So it was no surprise the reception the young German received on the all too early completion of his set. Time had beaten the Klock, so to speak
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British India - Photo by Matt Jelonek
album, Controller, was born from testing times. “Who’d have thought we’d still be here four records in?” frontman Declan Melia asked to the crowd on Capitol Saturday night. Well, they are, and this gig was a Saturday, April 27, 2013 short but ever so sweet return to Perth. It’s rare for the first band of the night to It’s been three years since British India released an album and they’ve had a helluva time getting back have the majority of ticket holders turn up to watch on track. From their record label going bust to their but The Love Junkies played to a nearly full room. rehearsal space flooding, the band’s fourth studio There’s no messing around with The Love Junkies.
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HOODOO GURUS Peter Case/The Flamin’ Groovies The Astor Sunday, April 28, 2013 Sunday night brought an odd mix of characters to The Astor: over 40s rocking leather jackets and killer sideburns ready to relive their glory days, younger punters embracing musicians of old, and the odd local muso taking tips from rock music overlords. All were there to witness mini-festival
Dig it Up! curated by Australian legends Hoodoo Gurus. Unabashedly tacky aluminium UFO’s hung from the ceiling of the stage, setting the scene for what was to come: a full run-through of the Hoodoo Gurus’ second record, 1985’s Mars Need Guitars. First up on the bill was Peter Case, a US pop pioneer with a CV including seventies powerpop group The Nerves, and ‘80s alt-rock outfit The Plimsouls. Case took to the stage to a half-packed theatre, receiving a smattering of applause before launching into a forty-five minute set. Though the crowd was happy to politely respond to the appropriate cues throughout the show, it was easy to deduct that his music was not well-known. Up next were The Flamin’ Groovies, ‘70s rockers hailing from San Francisco – another odd choice. As the four-piece took to the stage, it wasn’t hard to figure out who they were influenced by. Frontman Cyril Jordan could have almost been John Lennon’s long-lost brother, decked out in stovepipe
At 8.30pm on the dot they began a heaving set, marking the beginning of a sweaty night. They’re a young band playing with angst and borrowing more than a few vibes from eras past. While they sound a lot like a heavier version of The Hives circa mid ‘00s, their biggest affiliation lies in the ‘90s grunge period, mixing in psychedelic ‘60s undertones and screamo for good measure – a blend particularly potent in Oxymoron. Their latest single Maybelene was an indicator of their catchiness and a personal favourite was Peter Rabbit. After an interlude involving long queues at the bar, British India began with an uncompromising March Into The Ocean leading into a chaotic Safari. “You are about to dance as you’ve never danced before,” Melia announced midway through This Dance Is Loaded. And they did. For once, there was no one standing still in the crowd. Starting the set with older material ensured the audience was riled up and anticipating the new tracks, the first of which was Plastic Souvenirs, an anthemic belter much aligned with the three openers. This one, like the album’s other nine tracks, feels like it has an altogether bigger sound than their other material. Blinded up next was also tidy; it’s an introspective song albeit with clumsy lyrics – “I used to be so blind/ but now I sort of see/that everything I had/was right between my feet”. Rather than carry on through the album’s track list, the band dug into the past with You Will Die and I Will Take Over: it was drum-rolling and guitar-sodden. Tie Up My Hands, the sing-a-long track that pushed their popularity half a decade ago,
and the moodier Vanilla also featured. Meanwhile, a man’s white t-shirt was thrown onstage and Melia and bassist Will Drummond realised they were wearing the same shirt. The most popular songs of the night were Summer Forgive Me and I Can Make You Love Me, the latter played softer to match the lyrical melancholy. Melia announced I Said I’m Sorry would wrap up the hour set – “It’s kind of about leaving,” he said, before checking his watch and realising it wasn’t time yet. The real last song was a crowd pleaser: This Ain’t No Fucking Disco, which was played, ironically, under three disco balls. _CORAL HUCKSTEP
jeans, round glasses, and rocking flowing locks. Again their tunes were a bit lost on the crowd, but they fared better than Case and livening the mood a little. A quick beverage break later, and it was time for the main event – and man, the crowd was amped. The Hoodoo Gurus don’t do anything by halves, and their entrance was no different: Also sprach Zarathustra blared from the speakers, drums thumping, providing the perfect soundtrack for the band to run on stage. The quartet launched straight into Bittersweet, earning whooping and calls of “let’s rock!” from those in the crowd reliving their glory days. A couple of songs on, and it was evident that The Gurus are, in a word, flawless. Thirty years on, and they’re still a class act: tight musicianship, great tunes, and an all-round fantastic performance. The band ran through the Mars Needs Guitars record in its entirety first.Faulkner and guitarist Brad Shepard complemented each other
perfectly. Shepard encapsulates the character of a true rock guitarist, and he absolutely shredded the solos, leaping around the stage as Faulkner emitted perfectly pitched psychedelic wails and yells. After finishing up with the album, the Gurus turned to the audience for requests. All the usual hits were played; 1000 Miles, What’s My Scene, The Right Time – and then the band departed the stage, leaving their instruments for a sign of things to come. A few foot-stops and whoops later, and they were back for an encore, beginning with a dedication to the amazing Chrissy Amphlett – Easybeats’ I’ll Make You Happy. It all ended with Miss Freelove and I Was A Kamikaze Pilot, leaving the audience exuberant and gushing about the genius that is the Hoodoo Gurus – a band that, after three decades of rocking – are still truly phenomenal. _ CHLOE PAPAS
The Love Junkies Photo by Michael Wylie
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This Friday, May 3, Fisherman Style celebrates its 7th Birthday! Come check out Earthlink Sound plus special guests Future Soundz, DJ Corby, DJ Sorted, Rasta Fyah, Drop Bass Sound and Choppa Crucial. The first 150 people through the door will receive an Earthlink 7th Birthday CD plus more giveaways on the night. Doors at 8pm with free entry until 9pm, then its $10. To win a double pass to the show, email email@example.com with ‘Fisherman Style’ in the subject line.
This Thursday, May 2, catch the next special edition of Space Ship News’ Band Of The Month competition. See the cream of the crop in the form of Living Dying, Tired Lion, Tracksuit, Like Junk and Black Stone From The Sun all hitting the stage. Doors open 7.30pm and entry is $8.
Mr Mullaloo Grand Final Mullaloo Beach Hotel, Friday, April 26, 2013
It was almost the full monty at Mullaloo Beach Hotel last weekend as 11 barely clad gents battled it out for the auspicious title of Mr Mullaloo. Brodie Sciberras came up tops thanks to a nerd outfit (it came off ) and a penchant for rapping. He and runner-up Chace Frost shared in a veritable treasure trove of goodies Adelaide Heavy-hitters Far West Battlefront kick off from Wild Turkey 101, Anytime Fitness Beldon and their The Malice Over Perth Tour at The Beat this Thursday, $1000 cash put up by Schweppes. If Brodie really is May 2, with support from Temporal, Winterfold, Iconoclast, We Run with Wolves and Take It Or Leave a nerd, he’s probably been smart enough to acquire some threads with his cash prize. Well done gents. This Friday, May 3 catch indie rockers Shimmergloom It upstairs from 8pm. Then hit the unofficial Black
playing their first show for ages, along with The Georgians, Such A Wreck and The Skinny Kids. Doors open 8pm, $8 entry. Then on Saturday catch Adelaide heavy hitters Far West Battlefront with special guests Winterfold, Temporal, Iconoclast, Reflections Of Ruin and We Run With Wolves. Doors open 7.30pm, $10 entry.
Sabbath pre-party on Friday! Local Sabbath-influenced bands Beyond Never, Crankenstein and Legacy of Photos by Matt Jelonek Supremacy bring an array of doom and heavy blues from one of the worlds most influential heavy bands, upstairs from 8pm! Saturday, Royston Vasie are headlining a floorshow downstairs with support from PUCK, Kill Teen Angst and Room At The Reservoir. Then Stereoflower and Pat Chow turn things up again after midnight!
Are you ready for a week of musical madness? Get down to Arcadia featuring MC Red on Saturday, May 4. Four DJs battle it out and spin your favourite party-starters while MC Red hypes up the dancefloor into a veritable frenzy from 8pm till late! To help you settle back into your week, try The Germein Sisters on Tuesday, May 7. Supported by China Doll and Timothy Nelson, this will be a great, one-off intimate show.
After some pretty serious globetrotting in 2012, Hussy Hicks are coming back to the West Coast for their second visit in 2013. They bring with them a new album, The London Sessions, recorded, you’ve guessed it, in London and featuring a swag of new tunes and a whole lotta stories from the road. See them tonight, Wednesday, May 1, joined by Jordan McRobbie.
ROCKET ROOM & VOODOO LOUNGE
‘May The Fourth Be With You’ this weekend! Starting on Friday, May 3, with a midnight countdown at Howlers Bar! Seven Star Wars themed dances, prizes & giveaways and six live sets from Mike Nayar & Big Guns! Then it’s the big one on Saturday, with a choice of two great Star Wars dress up parties at the Voodoo Lounge and Rocket Room, with prizes for best dressed, a light saber air guitar competition, themed dances and live entertainment from Kickstart! 32
Mr Mullaloo (Brodie Sciberras)
Mark, Rachel, Tex
Apollo, Cindy, Rhino
Eileen, Jamie, Melanie
Dan, Ricci – Geordie Shore
MULLALOO BEACH HOTEL
The crew from Geordie Shore will be getting ‘Mortal’on Sunday May 12, and this Friday May 3, is your chance to win exclusive VIP tickets to the event. Head down to Mullaz and you will go into the draw to win a chance to mingle with Dan and Ricci!
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years with Jack Wagner on drums. We started off playing grunge and Beatles covers in our garage in Northam and, as you do, we started to write songs. Two EPs and now a debut album later we’re still a band!
TRIGGER JACKETS This Friday, May 3, sees the launch of Skinny, the debut album from three piece Perth rock outfit Trigger Jackets at Amplifier, with support from Royston Vasie, Mezzanine, Further Earth and Apache. We caught up with guitarist and singer Chris Simmons for a brief chat. How did you guys form? Patto (bassist Glen Patton) and I have been in a band in one form or another since we were about 12. We’ve been going under the Trigger Jackets name for about eight years and with the current lineup for two
How would you describe your music? Who are your key influences? Our key influences haven’t changed, but a lot more have been added. We still love Nirvana, Sonic Youth and a lot of ‘90s grunge music and the Beatles, as well as You Am I, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Queens of the Stone Age, but we also listen to Neil Young and Jeff Buckley - so all kinds of music, really. How did recording the album go? There were no hiccups in the recording process. It was the most fun we have had as a band, spending a couple of weeks in Blackbird studio with Dave Parkin. We all got a bit weird, in the best way, and loved every minute of it. What’s your writing process like? Usually Patto or I write an almost full song and bring it to rehearsal and let the other boys work their magic on it. It’s all pretty straight forward. What’s up next? Our album launch happens on Friday. Then we’re planning an east coast tour to promote the album. Apart from that, more writing, recording and hopefully we’ll have another release ready this year, be it an EP or single. We’ll see what happens!
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WHERE THERE’S A WILL
In memory of Rock Scholars student and Vitriole lead singer Will Atkinson, who succumbed to an aggressive brain tumour last month, a benefit will be held this Sunday, May 5, at Osborne Park’s The Garage. The Love Junkies and Foam, as well as a raft of emerging local musical talent, will be giving it there all with the aim of establishing The Will Atkinson Rock Scholarship. Doors open at 2pm, entry is $10.
KEEPING THE SABBATH SACRED
The good folks at The Beat Nightclub have decided to herald the approach of the mighty Black Sabbath by hosting a little preparty this Friday, May 3. Sabbathinfluenced local rockers Beyond Never will be stalking the stage, with Crankenstein and Legacy of Supremacy. There are sure to be a lot of Sabbath and Ozzy covers cranked out through the night! Legacy of Supremacy Doors open at 8pm, entry is $10.
Continuing the run of successful punk gigs held at The Rosemount Hotel’s Bar 459, Feel Lucky Punk #5 goes off this Friday., May 3rd. With local legends The Lungs headlining, you know it’s gonna be a good show, and support comes from Stone Def, The Branson Tramps, The Reptilians, The Choke and Lost/Tuneless. Doors open at 8pm, entry is $10.
Them Sharks ply their nefarious trade at Ya Ya’s this Friday, May 3, with support from The Bob Gordons, Blindspot and Medicine. Doors open at 8pm, entry is $10.
HOT AND HEAVY
X-Press favourites The Volcanics are set to drop some serious no-frills rock ‘n’ roll on The Indi Bar this Saturday, May 4. Joining the ferocious four piece will be Paul McCarthy and Mark Constable of The Wishes and Freo-based due The Belle Ends. Doors open ay 8pm.
03/05 Trigger Jackets Skinny LP Launch @ Amplifier 03/05 NAIK Mutating Machines EP Launch @ The Bird 05/05 Various LP/Cookbook Launch @ Gyspy Tapas House 10/05 Underground Hound Soulless City/Sterile Streets LP Launch @ Ya Ya’s 11/05 Rokwell & Groom Impossible Alps Single Launch @ Mojo’s 11/05 Joel Smoker The Human Condition Album Launch @ Kulcha 11/05 The Reductors Gonna Make You Mine Single Launch @ Ya Ya’s 16/05 46 Brigade Reverse The Future Album Launch @ The Irish Club 23/05 The Devil Rides Out The Righteous Walk Single Launch @ Mojo’s 21/06 Violet Scene EP Launch @ Ya Ya’s
Folk/punk/country/whatever outfit King of the Travellers are bringing their eclectic noise to Mojo’s this Thursday, May 2, as a kind of warm up to their impending single release. Also on board for this raucous event are The Yokohomos and DJ Blake Hate.
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Black Sabbath, May 4
THIS WEEK THE RUBENS 2 Prince Of Wales 3 Capitol 4 Settlers Tavern
BOB EVANS 2 Settlers Tavern 3 The Bakery 4 Prince Of Wales
TRUCKFIGHTERS 3 The Rosemount
BLACK SABBATH 4 Perth Arena
THE DELTA RIGGS 3 C5 Freo 4 Amplifier
ROYSTON VASIE 3 Amplifier 4 Beat Nightclub 5 The Newport
TURIN BRAKES 5 Fly By Night
BETH ORTON / ALEXANDER GOW 6 St Joseph’s Church
MAY NORMA JEAN 8 Amplifier UNIDA 9 The Rosemount TEGAN AND SARA 9 Metro City 11 Hay Park, Bunbury EXAMPLE 10 Metro City BONJAH 9 Prince Of Wales 10 Quindanning Inne 11 Fly By Night PEZ 10 Amplifier 12 Indi Bar ALISON WONDERLAND 10 Metro Freo THE BRONX/DZ DEATHRAYS 10 Capitol 11 Hay Park, Bunbury THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS 10 The Rosemount 11 Hay Park, Bunbury FLIGHT FACILITIES 11 The Bakery
OM 11 The Rosemount SETH SENTRY 10 Villa 12 Newport Hotel GROOVIN THE MOO (Alison Wonderland/ Alpine/The Amity Affliction/ The Bronx/ DZ Deathrays/ Example/Flume/ Frightened Rabbit/ Hungry Kids Of Hungary/The Kooks/Kadyelle/ Last Dinosaurs/ Matt And Kim/ Midnight Juggernauts/Pez/ Regurgitator/ Seth Sentry/ Shockone/Tame Impala/Tegan And Sara/The Temper Trap/They Might Be Giants/Tuka With Ellesquire/ Urthboy/DJ Woody’s Big Phat 90’s Mixtape/ Yacht/Yolanda Be Cool) 11 Hay Park, Bunbury THE KOOKS 11 Hay Park, Bunbury 12 Fremantle Arts Centre FLUME/CHET FAKER 12 Metro City DARYL BRAITHWAITE/JOE CAMILLERI/JAMES REYNE/ROSS WILSON 12 Perth Concert Hall CRADLE OF FILTH 12 Metropolis Fremantle TENACIOUS D 15 Riverside Theatre EVERMORE 16 Newport Hotel 17 Players Bar 18 The Charles CHRISTINE ANU REWIND – THE ARETHA FRANKLIN SONGBOOK 17 & 18 The Ellington DJ AFRIKA BAMBAATAA 18 The Bakery
Om, May 11
TAME IMPALA 18 Belvoir Amphitheatre FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND 18 Prince Of Wales Bunbury 19 Amplifier THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM 19 Metro City DEFTONES 21 Metropolis Fremantle JULIE ANDREWS 21 Riverside Theatre MATT CORBY 23 The Astor THE GHOST INSIDE 23 Amplifier OWL EYES 24 Amplifier BORN OF OSIRIS 25 The Bakery AND YOU WILL KNOW US BY THE TRAIL OF DEAD 25 The Rosemount JINJA SAFARI 25 Amplifier AIRNORTH KIMBERELEY MOON EXPERIENCE (Guy Sebastian/ Mark Seymour/ James Reyne/ Gurrumul Yunupingu) 25 Jim Hughes Amphitheatre Kununurra ANDY BULL 26 The Aviary THE REVEREND HORTON HEAT 28 The Rosemount BOOMTOWN RATS 28 Challenge Stadium THE SEEKERS 30 Riverside Theatre ROSE TATTOO 31 Charles Hotel DRAGON 31 The Astor Theatre
JUNE SAN CISCO 1 The Astor KAKI KING 1 The Bakery STATE OF THE ART MUSIC FESTIVAL (Dave Hole/Abbe May/Karnivool/ Bob Evans/ Gyroscope/Kav Temperley and more TBC) 2 Perth Concert Hall
The Reverend Horton Heat, May 28
CABLE SOUNDS (Icehouse, The Stephen Pigram Quartet & Desert Child) 2 Cable Beach Amphitheatre EARLWOLF (Tyler, The Creator & Earl Sweatshirt) 4 Capitol NORTHLANE 4 YMCA HQ 5 YMCA HQ 6 Amplifier HAPPY MONDAYS/808 STATE 5 Metropolis Fremantle KATE MILLERHEIDKE 5 St Joseph’s Church 6 Mandurah Performing Arts Centre 7 Albany Entertainment Centre 8 Margaret River Cultural Centre SOMETHING FOR KATE 7 The Astor THE BEARDS 7 Amplifier 8 Prince Of Wales KILLING JOKE 9 The Rosemount EMMA LOUISE 13 Prince Of Wales 14 Fly By Night 15 Amplifier THE BLACK ANGELS 17 Capitol GOLD FIELDS 21 Metro Freo 22 Amplifier MUNICIPAL WASTE 21 The Rosemount THE SUPERJESUS 21 Amplifier 22 Amplifier PINK 25, 26 & 28 Perth Arena BILL ODDIE 27 The Astor A$AP Rocky 30 Metro City
YOU AM I 13 Astor Theatre JONNY CRAIG 17 Amplifier SAINT VITUS/ MONARCH 21 The Rosemount ALT-J 27 Challenge Stadium
AUGUST DON MCLEAN 19 Perth Concert Hall ANDREW STRONG: THE COMMITMENTS 22 Metro Freo JAPANDROIDS 26 The Rosemount THE WHITLAMS/ WASO 30 Perth Concert Hall
SEPTEMBER MANHATTAN TRANSFER 1 Regal Theatre THE CAT EMPIRE 7 Red Hill Auditorium AMANDA PALMER & THE GRAND THEFT ORCHESTRA 8 Astor Theatre PARKWAY DRIVE 15 Capitol FOALS 22 Metro City RIHANNA 24 Perth Arena ONE DIRECTION 28 & 29 Perth Arena
OCTOBER SOILWORK 8 The Rosemount THE BREEDERS 31 The Astor ENSLAVED 31 The Rosemount
SUPAFEST (T.I/50 JULY Cent/Waka Flocka/ LA DISPUTE Akon/Ne-Yo/Young 6 Amplifier Jeezy/Mindless 7 YMCA HQ BALL PARK MUSIC/ Behaviour/DJ Unk/Kevin McCall/ EAGLE & THE DJ Nino Brown/ WORM Dizzy Doolan & 12 Metro Freo Phinesse) ENGLEBERT Date TBC Perth HUMPERDINCK 13 Crown Theatre Arena
Tired Lion, Thursday at The Rosemount
Hyte, Friday at The Civic.
WEDNESDAY 01.05 UNIVERSAL BEAT NIGHTCLUB (DOWNSTAIRS) SWAG BRASS MONKEY Sugar Blue Burlesque CAPITOL Harlem Wednesdays CARINE Open Mic Night CLAREMONT HOTEL Acoustica Turin Robinson Rob Hinton Andy Newman FLYING SCOTSMAN DJ Armee GREENWOOD Bernardine GROOVE BAR 5 Shots INDI BAR Hussy Hicks Jordan McRobbie LUCKY SHAG Howie Morgan MOJOS BAR Fremantle Blues And Roots Club Jay Hoad Junior Bowles MOON CAFÉ Adrian Hoffman Sinead O’Hara Lauren O’Hara MUSTANG BAR Almost Famous DJ Giles PADDO The Red Embers The Date Veronica’s Assassin ROSEMOUNT Hostile Little Face Opine This Other Eden The Monicans DJ Anton Maz
MOJOS BAR King Of The Travellers The Yokohomos Valiant & Duncan Strachan DJ Blake Hate MT HENRY TAVERN Neil Adams MUSTANG BAR Jay Hoad Junior Bowles DJ James MacArthur THURSDAY 02.05 PADDO Ben Merito BEAT NIGHTCLUB PRINCE OF WALES (UPSTAIRS) The Rubens Far West Battlefront ROSEMOUNT Temporal Space Ship News Winterfold Band Of The Month Iconoclast Living Dying We Run Wwith Tired Lion Wolves Tracksuit Like Junk Take It Or Leave It Black Stone From BELGIAN BEER The Sun CAFÉ SETTLERS TAVERN Jean Proude Bob Evans BRASS MONKEY SWAN LOUNGE Rhythm Bound Ben Macri Karaoke The Mornings BRIGHTON The Evergreen Open Mic Night Triangle Flight BROOKLANDS THE AVIARY TAVERN Empire Celebrations Karaoke THE BIRD DEVILLES PAD Morrie Beth Rock’N’Roll Karaoke Mt Mountain Old Blood INDI BAR Bex’s Open Mic Night THE BOAT Jen De Ness LUCKY SHAG THE GATE James Wilson Greg Carter MARKET CITY THE VELVET TAVERN LOUNGE Rachel LG Descent Sarina Cooper UNIVERSAL Emily J Off The Record Jessica N YA YA’S Nathan Mayers Louis And The Andrew Edwards Honkytonk Nevada Pilot Jimmy Rockets Patient Little Sister Axel Carrington Strutt Ses Sayer Retriofit VILLAGE BAR Village People - Open Mic YAYA’S Lionizer The Georgians The Itch
Louis and The Honkytonk
LOUIS AND THE HONKYTONK
NEVADA PILOT PATIENT LITTLE SISTER AXEL CARRINGTON THURSDAY 2,YA YA’S
AMPLIFIER Trigger Jackets Royston Vasie Mezzanine Further Earth Apache BAKERY Bob Evans Tigertown Davey Lane BALMORAL Mike Nayar BEAT NIGHTCLUB (DOWNSTAIRS) PLAY
Naik, Friday at The Bird
BEAT NIGHTCLUB (UPSTAIRS) Black Sabbath PreParty Beyond Never Crankenstein Legacy of Supremacy BELMONT TAVERN Electrophobia BEST DROP TAVERN Avalon Duo BRASS MONKEY Jean Proude C5 FREMANTLE Residence The Delta Riggs CAPITOL The Rubens CHASE BAR & BISTRO James Wilson CIVIC HOTEL Hyte Cothe Mantl Devanta DEVILLES PAD The Burger Kings Mondo DJs EAST 150 BAR Adrian Wilson FLYING SCOTSMAN Gidget Duck & The Muldoon Wing GREENWOOD Anthony Buttaccio HERDSMAN Astrobat HYDE PARK HOTEL Steve Parkin INDI BAR Vdelli KALAMUNDA HOTEL Frenzy LAST DROP TAVERN Neil Adams MARKET CITY TAVERN Tamika Alicia Risk MOJOS BAR Fisherman Style 7th Birthday Earthlink Sound Future Soundz DJ Corby DJ Sorted Rasta Fyah Drop Bass Sounds Choppa Crucial MUSTANG BAR Adam Hall & The Velvet Playboys Swing DJ Cheeky Monkeys DJ James MacArthur PADDO Easy Tigers Chris Gibbs
PEEL ALE HOUSE Better Days PRINCE OF WALES Rufus RAILWAY HOTEL Shimmergloom The Georgians Such A Wreck The Skinny Kids ROCKET ROOM Star Wars Party Mike Nayar Big Guns ROSEMOUNT Truckfighters The Devil Rides Out The Sure-Fire Midnights ROSEMOUNT 459 BAR Feel Lucky Punk #5 The Lungs Stone Def The Branson Tramps The Reptilians The Choke SAIL AND ANCHOR Howie Morgan Duo Nightshift SCARBOROUGH SPORTSMEN’S CLUB It’s My Party SOUTH ST ALEHOUSE Robbie King Karaoke SPRINGS TAVERN Die Hard Karaoke SWAN BASEMENT The Garden Path Animal Subject 2 Change Black Ink SWINGING PIG Rock A Fellas THE BIRD Naik Weapon Is Sound Lowaski Leon Osborn Nathan J UNIVERSAL Nightmoves WANNEROO TAVERN Che Fu King Kapisi YA YA’S Them Sharks The Bob Gordons Blindspot Medicine
SATURDAY 04.05 AMPLIFIER The Delta Riggs BAKERY Red Parrot Reunion BALMORAL Retriofit
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Kill Teen Angst, Saturday at The Beat Nightclub
BEAT NIGHTCLUB (DOWNSTAIRS) Royston Vasie Kill Teen Agnst Puck Stereoflower Pat Chow Room At The BEAT NIGHTCLUB (UPSTAIRS) CANVAS BELGIAN BEER CAFÉ Mike Nayar BOAB TAVERN Astrobat CIVIC HOTEL A Nameless Fear Wicked Wench Align Divides Living Dying DEVILLES PAD The Wal-Tones Gleny Rae Virus Les Sataniques FLY BY NIGHT Triptease Sugar Blue Burlesque FLYING SCOTSMAN Under The Influence Andrei Maz GOSNELLS HOTEL Back2Back GREENWOOD Passionworks GROOVE BAR (CROWN) HI-NRG HOTEL ROTTNEST Karin Page HYDE PARK HOTEL Hussy Hicks Morgan Bain INDI BAR The Volcanics Paul McCarthy The Belle Ends INGLEWOOD HOTEL Neil Adams LAKERS Celebrations Karaoke LYNWOOD ARMS Mustangs M ON THE POINT Rhythm 22 MOJOS BAR The Siren Tower Timothy Nelson & The Infidels The Order Of The Black Werewolf Hoot And Howl MUSTANG The Rusty Pinto Combo Rockabilly DJ Milhouse DJ James MacAurthur
Friday Friday Travis Caudle The Siren Tower, Saturday Travis Caudle Flyat By Night Mojo’s Fly By Night
NEWPORT HOTEL Kizzy Gravity NORTH FREMANTLE BOWLING CLUB Parmezan Die Gestult Coalminers Sect PADDO Cheeky Monkeys PEEL ALE HOUSE Spritzer PERTH ARENA Black Sabbath PORT KENNEDY TAVERN Shaun Street PRINCE OF WALES Bob Evans QUARIE BAR Little Ebony RAILWAY HOTEL Far West Battlefront Winterfold Temporal Iconoclast Reflections Of Ruin We Run With Wolves RIGBY TAVERN It’s My Party ROCKET ROOM Star Wars Party Kickstart ROSEMOUNT Optamus Dazastah & Layla Mortar Dmac & Complete DJ Armee Adam Crook Lstreet SMA Kaizer Sozaye Paulie P Seasta Chani ROYAL PALMS Kris Buckle SAIL & ANCHOR Tequila Mockingbird Childs Play SETTLERS TAVERN The Rubens SWAN BASEMENT Big Girls Blouse The Brothers Duke Needles Douglas Falloway When It’s Over SWAN LOUNGE Darren Guthrie Living Dying Mind Canary Ethereal Mystique SWINGING PIG Big Steve Spouse Band
THE BIRD May The Fourth Be With You Electric Toad DJs Seams THE GATE Diamond Dogs THE SHED Huge DJ Andyy UNIVERSAL Soul Corporation YAYA’S ARCADIA MC Red
SUNDAY 05.05 ALEXANDER BAR Neil Adams BAILEY BAR Gary Fowlie BALMORAL Andrew Winton BELMONT TAVERN Jamie Powers BOAB TAVERN Chris Gibbs Duo BRIGHTON Nate Lansdell BROOKLANDS TAVERN Mike Nayar CARINE Acoustic Aly CHASE BAR Chasing Calee CIVIC HOTEL Simon Kelly COMO HOTEL Sophie Jane & The Chilly Bin Boys FLY BY NIGHT Turin Brakes INDI BAR Jay Hoad Junior Bowles INDIAN OCEAN BREW CO Retrofit KALAMUNDA HOTEL Alitia Martin LAKERS TAVERN Wesley Goodlet Jamboree Scouts M ON THE POINT Third Gear MOJOS BAR (ARVO) Crafternoon MOJOS BAR (EVE) Caravana Sun Joel Barker Band Jake & The Cowboys MUSTANG BAR Jack Royale The Hot Shot Playboys DJ Rockin Rhys
Darren Guthrie, Saturday at The Swan Lounge
NEWPORT HOTEL Chapel Royston Vasie Deep River Collective Dix & Downtown Tim Nelson PORT KENNEDY TAVERN Electrophobia QUARIE BAR & BISTRO Better Days QUEENS TAVERN Velvet SWALLOW BAR Sunday Sessions SWAN BASEMENT Lost/Tuneless Cyclone Tess Abandonearth Coronal Sky Ginger Rabbit Raging Lincolns Lola Cherry Cola The Reptilians Solifugae SWAN LOUNGE Fuzz Bucket MC Splodge Spoken Word Lillium Stargazer Madame Hex Rag N Bone Bleeding Teeth Buzz Kill Vamps Minx Scalphunter SWINGING PIG Pat Nicholson THE AVIARY Rooftop Sessions THE BIRD Divine Frenzy #1 Erasers Mental Powers Bamodi THE GATE Greg Carter THE SAINT Howie Morgan Project
UNIVERSAL Retrofit WANNEROO TAVERN Adam James WHISTLING KITE Dove YA YA’S Lady Velvet Cabaret
MONDAY 06.05 BRASS MONKEY James Wilson MOJOS BAR Wide Open Mic MUSTANG BAR Tripple Shots ST JOSEPH’S CHURCH Beth Orton Alexander Gow YA YA’S Big Tommo’s Open Mic Night
TUESDAY 07.05 BRASS MONKEY Open Mic Night KALAMUNDA HOTEL Open Mic LUCKY SHAG Ben Merito MERRIWA TAVERN Celebrations Karaoke MOJOS BAR Fat Jackal Hideous Sun Demon Mt Mountain Silver Hills MUSTANG BAR Danza Loca Salsa Night THE COURT Open Mic & BBQ Night YA YA’S The Germein Sisters China Doll Timothy Nelson
SHIMMERGLOOM THE GEORGIANS SUCH A WRECK THE SKINNY KIDS
FRIDAY 3, RAILWAY HOTEL
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EMPLOYMENT & TRAINING Do you know what a roadie is? Have you got any background in AUDIO, LIGHTING or BACKLINE? Are you looking for CASUAL work in the entertainment industry? If that sounds like you contact Events Personnel Aust. On 08 9361 5005. ADVERSE REACTION NEEDS A DRUMMER!! We need a dedicated drummer to complete our line up. Must play double bass. Old skool metal style drummer. Influences are Motorhead, Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth. Phone Bagzy on 0427 799 089. BANDS WANTED Young Top 40/Triple J/Classic Rock bands wanted. Regular country gigs available. Focus Promotions Mon-Fri 9am-5pm 9272 4144 firstname.lastname@example.org BASS PLAYER WANTED Koverd Dirt establishing blues/rock cover band, wanting reliable/committed player with good old fashioned bass skills. Avg age 42 yrs rocking. Contact email@example.com OPEN MIC NIGHT every Thursday night at Indi Bar. Just call Bex on 0404 917 632. OPEN MIC NIGHT Every Tuesday night at the Craigie Tavern 8-11pm. Call Corey for bookings 0431 448 235 RHYTHM GUITARIST AND DRUMMER WANTED For Rock Band. Keen to jam & play anytime. To be part of the future greatest rock band. Contact Jesse 0409 684 136 THE CROOKED CATS seeking bass player. Gigs waiting. Contact via Facebook or call 0448 436 491 VOCALIST WANTED For original project with view to record/tour within the year. Influences include REHEARSAL STUDIOS Muse, Queen, Radiohead. Please contact Nick at firstname.lastname@example.org for details and demos. AAA VHS REHEARSAL ROOMS Great facilities, great VOCALIST WANTED Male preferred for Funk/Soul/ vibe & great price!!! Unit 5 /16 Peel Road, O’Connor. Phone 9418 5815 or 0413 732 885 R&B cover band. Contact 0423 429 363. BIGBEAT SOUND STUDIO Clean rooms, all new PHOTOGRAPHY PA systems, air-con and good parking . Willetton PROJECT PHOTOGRAPHY Promo photography, Ph: 0425 698 117. studio, live, location. M ike Wylie 0417 9 7 5 9 6 4 w w w . p r o j e c t p h o t o g r a p h y . c o m PLATINUM SOUND ROOMS Professional rehearsal rooms, airconditioned, quality PAs mob 0418 944 722 When its time to ice the cake...
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DEEZER PRETTY GOOD The boffins behind schmick music streaming service Deezer have come up with a neat solution to trying to access online music when your mobile data coverage isn’t too crash hot - smart caching. Unveiled as part of their iOS mobile app upgrade, the feature identifies and remembers your most played tracks, which means that, even out in the sticks, miles from the nearest phone tower, your favourite tunes will still be with you.
A BOSS PRICE Up until May 12, BOSS is offering $75 cash back on any purchase of a GT-100 Multi-Effects Guitar processor purchased from an authorised Australian Dealer. The GT-100’s next generation amp modelling is designed to both mimic classic, oldschool amplifiers and provide the crisp, polished tones demanded by today’s guitar innovators. The user interface has been completely upgraded and now boasts a unique dual-LCD system, while the A/B Channel Divide allows to switch between different amps and effects effortlessly. RRP is just south of $600, not including cash back. Head to kosmic.com.au for details.
LIKE SIMS, BUT WITH MORE REVERB Ovelin Ltd has announced an new iteration of their GuitarBots online guitar learning game. No you can interact with other players through social media, competing with and encouraging each other and honing your guitar skills at the same time. Utilising nothing more complex than your computer’s microphone to record and evaluate your playing, GuitarBots is suitable for players of any skill level or experience. Head over to guitarbots.com for more info.
A JEM OF AN INSTRUMENT For anyone with the time, the talent, and an impressive amount of disposable income, Ibanez’s range of JEM electric guitars, co-designed by legendary fretmaster, Steve Vai. Since 1987, Vai and Ibanez have worked together to produce a truly impressive signature series of instruments. The JEM7V&, pictured, features DiMarzio Blaze pickups, a Lo-pro Edge 7 bridge, a beautiful Tree of Life fretboard inlay and, of course, Vai’s trademark monkey grip. Head to ibanez.co.jp to ceck it out.
Ibanez Steve Vai JEM 7V7
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