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ScreenWest’s financial incentive to lure great drama to WA appears to paying dividends. With local productions Blame and Wasted On The Young currently in post production and busily securing international distribution, the debut series of The West Wing (G’Day From WA) is wrapping up on Parliament Hill. Despite its low budget, this local adaptation of the multiple Emmy Award winning US franchise has got everything you’ve come to expect and more – lies, power, money, sex and danger! Lead protagonist, the Buzz (a kind of ocker version of the Fonz) is already being tipped as the frontrunner for this year’s Golden Fogie Award for his wrenching performance in episode three: Is The Grass Really Greener…? This follows stellar performances in the first two episodes of this triumphant mini-series, There’s A Chair In There and Snap. Now seeking inspiration outside of the parliamentary box, the boy from Busso has accepted a mentoring roll in Playlovers’ new production of Bedroom Farce – coming to Hackett Hall in Floreat from May 7-22 (tickets on sale now through BOCS). If that isn’t enough to keep you warm and fuzzy this winter, extra-marital dating site Gleeden has just announced its arrival onto the Australian market. Launched in Europe last December, gleeden.com has reportedly tempted more than 220,000 subscribers in its first four months alone. Promising 100 per cent ‘real profiles’ and high security, Gleeden proudly proclaims it’s every man’s answer to blissful happiness and every woman’s perfect tool of revenge. But don’t forget the moral of The West Wing’s blockbuster third episode: just don’t use the company credit card. _JULIAN TOMPKIN
THE CAT’S OUTTA THE BAG
Playlovers’ production of Bedroom Farce, playing this May
Once known as Cat Stevens, Yusuf Islam is a singer-songwriter who has touched generations with his music – generations who will no doubt be pleased to hear that the enigmatic performer is finally breaking his 36 year touring drought of Australia. Responsible for favourites such as Moonshadow, Morning Has Broken and (Remember The Days Of The) Old School Yard, Islam will hit the road with legendary guitarist Alun Davies in tow this June to share his music with fans Australia wide. Catch Islam performing live on Thursday, June 10, at Challenge Stadium for what promises to be a powerful night of song and spirituality.
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It’s time to dust off your leathers and rev up the old beast because the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club are about to roll into town. Hot on the heels of the release of their latest album, Beat The Devil’s Tattoo, the folks from Black Rebel Motorcycle Club will hop on their bikes and ride to Perth for a stellar show at Metropolis Fremantle on Tuesday, August 3. Tickets go on sale on Thursday, May 6, from Ticketek.
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SPRING WITH SARAH
The ever-lovely Sarah Blasko will return to the touring circuit this October and November for a national spring tour. As flowers bloom and the sun shines above, Blasko will hit the road, stopping off for shows at the historic Astor Theatre on Friday, November 5, and Saturday, November 6. The concerts will see Blasko perform tracks from her latest release As Day Follows Night, plus many old favourites that are sure to have the audience tapping their toes and singing along. Tickets are on sale now from Heatseeker.
The Cat Empire
On Friday, June 25, the cheery chaps from The Cat Empire will release their fourth studio album, Cinema, followed by their only Australian tour for 2010. Cinema promises to be as contagiously catchy as The Cat Empire’s previous offerings; perfect for summer festivals and outdoor extravaganzas. Fans of the Empire are encouraged to put on their best dancing shoes and mosey on down to The Astor on Thursday, September 2, to catch the band live before they hit the international touring circuit.Tickets are available from the usual outlets.
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THINK WHAT YOU WILL Dear X-Press and Grandmaster Slash, (Re: Reactions #1209 ‘Too Cool For School’) Two weekends ago we played our first live gig. It was a pretty big occasion for us and was the culmination of years of hard work and a whole lot of practice. We finished up on the night knowing that we had reached the goal we had set for ourselves, being the songs performed in a live setting. We were relatively happy with how things went. There was a decent crowd (thanks to all our friends and family who came down and cheered at the right times and said they liked it, even though it may not have been their cup of Bovril) very few technical glitches and for the most part, the night ran smoothly. Audio Cephlon and Ylem also rocked the place, muchos gracias to those guys. But there is always a downside. We didn’t realise it until days later when it was brought to our attention that an über trendy hipster had written in to your fine magazine about us. This scarf-wearing trendite talked about his bike, fashionable beers, being fauxmosexual and looking cool more than he did about anything else.Which is fine, I suppose. It is a free country. Sort of. Anyway - that particular Mt Lawley Knitting Group attendee (I’m sure he only goes because it is ironic) should get his hand off it and move to M-e-l-b-o-u-r-n-e where they appreciate people with his particular talents which include talking himself up, being in vogue and masturbating furiously to his own reflection.There is only so much smug that Perth can house. We don’t take kindly to his type around here. To the point where we are breaking up the band. It’s been fun but we just can’t deal with and don’t want to attract pudding sniffers like this emo-culture misappropriating, style cannibalizing scenester. Take your skinny jean shorts, your delicate tiny white slip on shoes and collection of Slint and Tortoise on vinyl (because it sounds
‘warmer’) and move far away. Please. It is a little disappointing that this was the first and last gig but we just can’t condone that type of person in general. We are sorry to those that missed out and couldn’t make the show but imagine seeing NIN or QOTSA or Ministry at their peak, minus the pyrotechnics, and you will be able to fill in the blanks. You won’t see us again until our streets are safe to walk down without being sneered at because we choose to wear our clothes, instead of gran’s cardigans. Regards, E.N, Lloyd, Andy and A.S. Watkins Think What You Will
THE WORST OF PERTH Dear X-Press, Perth you are a sad and sorry city. Stratocasters plus Marshall amps does not equal sit down and tap your toes (or walking stick as the case may be). It’s a shame that the most vocal the crowd at the Richard Clapton gig on Sunday night was when the gorgeous dancing girl (one of about three there) wanted to get up close to the vibes and shake her groove thing, only to be told she was in the way. Fantastic set by a fantastic muso, thanks Richard you sex god, shame your supporters don’t have half the moves you were showing. Yes, wake up Perth.
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Headed down to the Fly By last Sunday nite to see Richard Clapton. Much to my despise when we entered the gig (a rock and roll one at that!) the majority of people were seated. Was I going to see a play?? No!! I was there to listen to one of Australia’s finest musos, have a dance, a sing and just generally a nice time. This become frowned upon, mainly by a woman sitting with a crutch, who later appeared up there shaking her booty too…? Funny that! What is wrong with Perth and the Fly By Night club? You’ve lost my vote guys, which is pretty sad considering I’ve seen so many great artists over so many years and plenty of good dancin’ too. As Mr Clapton himself put it to the audience “wake up!”. If he can stand up, sing and play guitar and do some pretty rockin’ moves himself, why can’t we? I felt sorry for him and his great band and sorry for all you poor old boring farts!
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Gyroscope’s fourth studio album, Cohesion, is out now and the band will be touring Australia throughout June. They’ll be in Perth on Sunday, June 6, playing at Metro City. To celebrate the release of their current album, we’re giving away five copies to X-Press readers! The White Ribbon
Creamfields ends the festival season for 2010, but will leave us wanting more with a wicked line-up featuring the Bloody Beetroots, Steve Angello, MSTRKRFT, LMFAO and many more. Coming to Perth on Sunday, May 2, we have four double passes to Creamfields for X-Press readers. To enter, let us know in 100 words or less who you want to see at Creamfields and why!
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A comedy about clean homes and messy lives, The Clean House tells the story of Matilde, Lane and Virginia and how life, emotions and relationships aren’t always as tidy as we would like. Anyone who has experienced the comedy and tragedy of life’s ups and downs will take delight in Sarah Ruhl’s wonderfully fantastical comedy. Black Swan State Theatre Company presents The Clean House, from Saturday, May 29, to Saturday, June 19, at the Playhouse Theatre. We have five double passes to a preview performance of The Clean House on Saturday, May 29, at 7.30pm up for grabs.
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In a village in Protestant northern Germany, on the eve of World War I, the children of a church and school run by the village schoolteacher and their families experience a series of bizarre incidents that inexplicably assume the characteristics of a punishment ritual. Who could be responsible for such bizarre transgressions? Leonie Benesch stars in this Palm d’Or-winning period drama. We have ten double in season passes to see The White Ribbon, out in cinemas on Thursday, May 6.
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Acclaimed filmmaker Eve Sussman will journey to Perth this May to present her groundbreaking text, The Rape Of The Sabine Women. Sussman’s video work reinterprets the Roman myth made famous by Jacques David’s1799 painting The Intervention Of The Sabine Woman; pulling the myth into the hedonistic 1960s. An avant-garde costume drama, The Rape Of The Sabine Women was filmed throughout Athens, Hydra and Berlin with a massive cast, resulting in stunning visuals not to be missed. PICA will present a screening of the film on Tuesday, May 18, at 8pm at the Astor Theatre. Tickets can be purchased through PICA via pica.org.au. Todd Rundgren, coming to One Movement
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Following the huge success of 2009, O ne Movement For Music Per th h a s announced its first round of speakers for this groundbreaking event to be held October 6-10. Expect to hear from music industry luminaries such as Todd Rundgren (singer/songwriter/producer) and Steve Schnur (Worldwide Executive and President of EA Music) in their first ever speaking engagements in the Southern Hemisphere. Also on board are Ron Spaulding (President, Fontana Distribution), Gary Chen (Founder, co-Chairman/CEO, Orca Digital/Top 100, China – Google’s music partner in China), Thomas Scherer (Head of International Repertoire, BMG Rights Management, Germany), Mandar Thakur (Founder, MT Consulting, India), Nic Harcourt (DJ, KCRW Los Angeles/Editor at Large, Music & Culture, LA Magazine), Mike Walsh (Head of Music, Xfm UK), Spek Hussain Yoosef (Managing Director, Fairwood Music Arabia & Middle East) and Aussies Richard Kingsmill (Music Director, Triple J) and Damian Trotter (Managing Director, Sony/AT V Music Publishing Australia). For full details and updates, head to onemovementmusic.com.
Internationally acclaimed Senegalese performer, master drummer and kora player Ziggi Bey Jan has become something of an icon in the local, comtemporary/multicultural scene. His songs express praise, promote unity and give insight into the rich cultural heritage of Senegal. With their debut release, Senegal Down Under, drawing together a growing and diverse audience, Ziggi New Generation bring their high energy afro/jazz dance music to Kulcha this Saturday, May 1, from 8pm.
Best known for his iconic hit Release Me, Englebert Humperdinck has enthralled audiences over four decades. As such, it’s time to lock up yer grandmas as he has announced a return to Australia, which brings him to Burswood Theatre on Wednesday, November 3. Tickets go on sale from Monday, May 3, through www.ticketek.com.au Bring it on!
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The folks at Quality Comics on Hay Street will share their love of comic consumption on Saturday, May 1, with Free Comic Book Day. Designed to encourage people to pick up comics and have a gander, the day will see Quality Comics hand out a huge selection of comics for free, ranging from Archie to Iron Man. Anyone who pops into the store, located downstairs at 872 Hay Street, on May 1 will leave with a free comic – talk about getting something for nothing! For more info head to qualitycomics.com.au.
The third Wild West Comedy Festival is about to saunter into town and draw its guns for 12 days of laughs from May 19 ’til May 30. Outof-towners Jimeoin, Akmal, Peter Berner, Kitty Flanagan, Fiona O’Loughlin, Jeff Green, Tommy Dean, Jason Cook and Felicity Ward will shoot it out with local talent across this ever-growing, multi-venue event. The Opening Gala will take place at The Astor on Wednesday, May 19, with MC Dave Callan, Felicity Ward and Jason Cook featuring, and a taste of Ben Cousins – The Rock Opera. The Critical Mass Debate on Monday, May 24, brings an exciting new element to the festival with two teams battling it out with keen wit. The Brass Monkey Festival Club will keep the laughs rolling until late with comedic tit-bits and after-show revelry on offer from 10pm throughout the festival, as well as the Laugh Resort nights taking place on Monday, May 24 and Tuesday, May 25. Ticketing information and details on the full festival lineup including Dave Callan, Matt Dyktynski, and Xavier Mchelides show The Boys Are Back In Town is available at wildwestcomedy.com.au.
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The West Australian Symphony Orchestra invites music fans to join them this June as they perform Antonin Dvorák’s Slavonic Dancers. Known for its bohemian rhythms and beautiful melodies, Slavonic Dancers will transport audience members to the Czech Republic; Dvorák’s homeland. Featuring 18 year old Maxwell Foster on piano, Slavonic Dancers will be performed at Perth Concert Hall on Friday, June 18, and Saturday, June 19. Bookings can be made through BOCS.
SO YOU THINK YOU CAN MIX?
Dusk Lounge and X-Press Magazine are on the search for Perth’s best up and coming DJs for a massive competition. Heats begin at Dusk Lounge on Friday, May 7, with competitors vying for the grand prize of a guest DJ set at the famous Sky Garden Lounge in Bali, plus $200 spending money and a $1000 voucher for DJ Factory. If you have what it takes contact Jason on 0434 038 236 or email@example.com.
Puerto Rican superstar Julio Voltio will touch down in Perth on Thursday, May 6, for a celebration of salsa and reggae at the Fly By Night in Fremantle. Hailing from Santurce in Puerto Rico, Voltio is one of raggaeton’s biggest names, sporting a massive back catalogue of hits – including Pónmela, which featured on the Grand Theft Auto IV soundtrack. Tickets are on sale now from flybynight.org.
DESIRE FOR LIFE
Fans of Irish music and dance will be pleased to hear that the passionate Dance Of Desire is finally making its way to WA after an eight month season on the east coast. Based on the Celtic legends of Erin, Dance Of Desire is set in a land before time began, where a terrible curse is inflicted on a loving king. Promising breathtaking dancing, costumes and music, Dance Of Desire will take over the Burswood Theatre on Friday, May 14. Tickets are on sale now from Ticketek.
YOU’RE THE VOICE
Denmark will be buzzing with energy come Foundation Day in June, thanks to the vibrant Festival Of Voice. Taking place from Friday, June 4, ’til Sunday, June 6, the Festival will bring together musicians, comedians, poets and everyone else in between, for performances and workshops that will excite and entertain. So far, the line-up includes Dya Singh, Andrew Winton, Leon Ewing, Cellokate, Xave Brown and many more. For the full line-up and more information on the festival head to dfov.org.au. www.xpressmag.com.au
Toodyay’s most famous ‘resident’ was a fella named Moondyne Joe, a burglar transported from England in 1849 who performed Houdinilike escapes from various prisons (even from a so-called ‘escape proof’ prison cell in Fremantle Gaol). His life and times are recreated annually in Toodyay, and this Sunday, May 2, at the Moondyne Festival, Joe and his gang will run riot through Toodyay, evading the local constabulary and once again come to trial. Locals and stallholders will also dress in period costume in an event for all the family. It all starts at 9am, with an opening by the Premier Colin Barnett at 11am and the Grand Parade at 3pm.
A LITTLE WAMI SUGAR
No only have Sugar Army been nominated for eight WAMi Awards, they’ve just been announced as performers at the 2010 WAMi Awards night on Thursday, May 20, at Capitol. The event will be co-hosted by triple j’s The Doctor and RTRFM’s Golden WAMi Nominee Peter Barr and also features performances by Will Stoker & The Embers, The Brow Horn Orchestra and Hayley Beth. A limited number of tickets are available now from moshtix.com. au. For a full list of WAMi Award nominees visit www.wam/asn.au check the voting form at perthnow.com.au. Don’t forget that the WAMi Music Business Conference will run from May 20-22 at The Empyrean Function Centre in Northbridge, featuring local, national and international speakers through various panels and forums, including Mary Elizabeth Carter (Director, The Underground Management), Rev. Moose (Vice President of Content, CMJ Network; Editor-inChief, CMJ New Music Report), John Mullen (A&R Manager, Dew Process Recordings), Stuart Coupe (Director, Laughing Outlaw Records and manager, Black Cab, Grand Atlantic, The Devoted Few) and more to be announced. Registrations for the 2010 WAMi Music Business Conference are open now – head to wam.asn.au.
Closure In Moscow
Melbourne’s Closure In Moscow recently wrapped up their Supreme Turbo Facilitator Tour, which stopped by Perth and won the band many new fans in the process. Barely having unpacked their suitcases, they’re set to hit the road again on the Singularity tour, a national run in the lead up to their inclusion on the Warped Tour in the US. Catch Closure In Moscow on Friday, May 29, at the Civic Hotel and at YMCA HQ on Saturday, May 30, (all-ages, 2-5pm). Hit up moshtix.com.au for tickets.
Ex Full Scale members Ezekiel Ox, Crutey, Tristan Ross and Ben Brennan are getting back together this June with an updated moniker, Full Scale Revolution, and a slew of national tour dates. Fans of the ex-Perth noise-mongers can catch the lads on stage at The Foundry on Wednesday, June 2; The Prince Of Wales in Bunbury on Thursday, June 3; Players Bar on Friday, June 4; and Amplifier on Saturday, June 5. Support for all shows will come from Melbournites the Tim McMillan Band.
The multi-talented Nicky Bomba is now well cosied up in the ranks of The John Butler Trio, currently touring the globe in support of the band’s new release, April Uprising. However, he’s not one to rest on any laurels, with the first peek of his new solo project available now. The track, Rock Ya Mama, (co-written with long-time collaborators Alisha Brooks and Murat Yucel from 10-piece Middle Eastern boogie outfit Unified Geko, and more recently bOTTOMENd Empire) is available to download for free at his website. A new film clip for the song is also online. It’s all yours to check out at nickybomba. com.
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Two late Perth shows have been added to Wil Anderson’s Wilful Misconduct tour. The new shows will take place at the Octagon Theatre on Friday, May 14 and Saturday, May 15 – both beginning at 9.30pm. Having spent a considerable amount of time in the USA and UK throughout 2009, including gigs in comedy hot-spots Edinburgh and Montreal, Anderson has received glowing reviews on the East Coast and throughout the world. Don’t miss the opportunity to see one of Australia’s A-list talents at the top of his comedic game. Tickets through BOCS.
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Established back in 2007, the Human Rights Arts & Film Festival is an annual celebration of art that utilises creative mediums to encourage discussion about human rights issues. Kicking off on Friday, May 14, HRAFF will start proceedings for 2010 with a photography exhibition entitled Peace And Conflict Resolution at Freerange Gallery in the city, comprising of images taken from the United Nations’ official photo gallery. The festival will continue through ’til Saturday, May 22, with screenings of human rights related films at Cinema Paradiso. Films on offer include Reel Change (a session of shorts that address climate change), Pray The Devil Back To Hell, A Powerful Noise, My Tehran For Sale and William Kunstler: Disturbing The Universe. For more information on the festival program head to hraff.org.au. 11
VAMPIRE WEEKEND Bound For Bunbury
The handsome, well dressed chaps from Vampire Weekend will hop a plane bound for Australia next month to join Spoon, Silverchair, and Empire Of The Sun, on the national Groovin The Moo tour, which stops off in Bunbury on Saturday, May 15. having complete control of the band. That was the most important thing when choosing a label for us was choosing one where we could do whatever we wanted and XL have been incredibly supportive of us. I noticed that you sampled M.I.A in Diplomat’s Son – how did that come about, are you fans of her work? I know Rostam always really loved that part in Hussle and he’d often work with it and try singing over it and it was just something he tried when he was working on the beat for that song. It’s cool because it’s her voice and it’s an incredibly powerful voice but it’s being used in a percussive way more than a melodic way and we liked that about it.
“I THINK WE FEEL INCREDIBLY LUCKY THAT WE GET TO PERFORM FOR PEOPLE EVERY NIGHT AND THAT PEOPLE WANT TO HEAR OUR MUSIC. ANY DIFFICULTY THAT COMES WITH HAVING TO DO THAT SHOULDN’T MATTER BECAUSE IT’S AN INCREDIBLY LUCKY POSITION TO BE IN.” Vampire Weekend (Rostam Batmanglij, Chris Baio, Christopher Tomson, Ezra Koenig)
Since taking the music industry by storm with their self-titled debut in 2008, New Yorkers Vampire Weekend have gone from strength to strength, becoming household names thanks to stellar tracks such as Mansard Roof and Oxford Comma. Earlier this year the lads returned to the charts with Contra, a slick release with plenty of fast-paced party tracks combined with sweet, melodious numbers – perfect for summer parties, or as the case may be, autumn musical festivals. Ahead of their first ever trip to Western Australia for Groovin The Moo, guitarist Chris Baio caught up with X-Press to chat bats, tour buses, and Saturday Night Live.
You’re obviously on the road a lot with touring and whatnot, do you try to find time to write new material while touring? We don’t really write on tour but obviously we talk a lot about music while we’re on tour. It really comes down to being in the practice room – some songs get hashed out with the four of us in the room and some songs on this record were based in the studio with Ezra and Rostam working on them for a while before bringing us in.
Does it make it difficult then not wanting to write while on tour? Yeah, definitely. We all love recording music but we realise that performing for people and getting out there is an important part of the process. It depends but when you’re deep in By EMMA BERGMEIER touring you miss recording and when you’re deep in recording you miss touring… I think that’s the How and where are you? I’m really great, we’re on the tour bus nature of the beast. right now in Milwaukee – we’re playing there in a So in general, do you enjoy touring? couple of hours. Yeah absolutely, I have been enjoying So what’s it like on the Vampire Weekend tour travelling and enjoying the people. You certainly get homesick but the alternative of having people bus? We love to watch really bad movies and not want to see us play is way worse than touring! we watch so many of them (laughs)! Whether it’s The Wendell Baker Story or Mr Woodcock – do you You guys recorded Contra over a year ago now, know that movie? It’s Billy Bob Thornton playing a is it weird to still be talking about this album and touring the songs from it? gym teacher and it’s really bad but we love it! Well, we started it a year ago but we didn’t really finish ’til September. In a way it is The things you do to pass time on the road, weird to still be doing interviews about it when huh? we did finish it that long ago but it’s still a record Exactly! You gotta fill those nights on that I relate to and think about and it’s definitely the bus somehow. a representation of a period in my life not too long ago. I’m certainly not tired about talking Your first album was so well received; did you about it yet! feel much pressure going into the writing/ recording process for Contra? I think that working on a record is definitely an excruciating experience and we’re very hard on ourselves when we’re recording. We put a lot of pressure on ourselves but ultimately, you’re not really thinking about the perception of others when you’re in that creative mode. I think most people realise quickly when being in a successful band that people are going to say everything about what you put out there, they’re going to say ‘it sucks, it’s the worst record ever’ and others will say ‘it’s incredible’. You can’t gleam any one opinion out of that so to really worry about the kind of pressure of following up the first record is an impossible thing to really do. The last two years have seen Vampire Weekend become a household name, what’s this experience been like for you? It’s been very busy! That’s the main thing (laughs)! It’s a very interesting lifestyle to be travelling everyday and to be in a different place everyday. I don’t know how you can prepare for that beforehand. I think we feel incredibly lucky that we get to perform for people every night and that people want to hear our music. Any difficulty that comes with having to do that shouldn’t matter because it’s an incredibly lucky position to be in.
In addition to featuring M.I.A on Diplomat’s Son, your video for Giving Up The Gun features quite a few famous faces; so how did you get Jake Gyllenhaal, Lil’ Jon, RZA and Joe Jonas to be a part of the clip? All those people had heard of our band and we had the Malloy brothers (directors) and our management email some of them – they came in one way or another; I think everyone was just a fan of the band. As far as being friends with those people… not yet, but maybe in the future (laughs). The interaction was pretty much just the day they came but they did some really great work and they were really friendly, wonderful people.
So you’re headed down to Australia in May, do you have any particular rituals you like to do while visiting new places? I like to go running actually and when we were in Melbourne in the summer of 2008, there was this big lake nearby where we staying and I remember running around the lake and it being very beautiful and incredible, like fall in New York (which is my favourite weather in the whole world). I remember the sun was setting as I was running and all these bats flew out and I’m kinda scared of bats… I remember running super fast and getting scared shit-less. That’s a very vivid Speaking of celebrity encounters, I saw you on memory and I anticipate that I will be running Saturday Night Live with Zach Galifianakis the from bats again at some point during our stay in other week – what was that experience like? Australia. It was cool, Zach was great; he was just a super friendly and warm person. We really wanted Well, I’m pretty sure there aren’t many bats in to get back on the show with this record and to be Bunbury, so you may be safe. able to do that now for both our records makes us That’s good to know (laughs)! feel incredibly lucky. We were very happy with the way our performance turned out and the way it I was reading the liner notes for Contra and sounded and everything. noticed that Rostam Batmanglij not only plays in Vampire Weekend, he produced the album, did the string arrangements and designed the Once you’ve wrapped up the tour in May what album artwork – it seems like you guys are do you have planned? I think we’re going to spend a lot of the very hands on compared to some other bands, summer in Europe, then a couple of fall tours – we would you agree? I think it is important – every aspect of have August to rest. A lot of touring is in our future. our band we want to have control over, whether It makes relationships hard, it’s not the ideal living it’s something as big as the way a song sounds or situation but you can make it work. as tiny as a press picture, because we realise that all those things together really represent the band. Have you started working on new material? No, not really. We’re going to take our It doesn’t just boil down to the music while you’re doing it, even though that is the most important time with the new record. When we do start part, you really have to create a whole world of working on the third record it will be an exciting your own and that’s what makes most sense, thing!
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MSTRKRFT By A Whisker
MSTRKRFT was born out of the remains of the muchhyped outfit Death From Above 1979, with JFK and AL-P exchanging the heavy rock for some dancefloor dictating electro. JFK gives REUBEN ADAMS a peek into his profound persona, before hitting the inaugural Creamfields at Claremont Showground this Sunday, May 2. JFK is man with multiple layers. On one level, he and AL-P have all the swagger of rock stars; swigging whiskey and blowing crowds over with their blockbuster electro/ rock sets whilst managing to keep those phenomenal moustaches so well groomed. JFK declares that his plans for this year are very straightforward: “Tour. Make records. Do chin ups. Wash my hair more often.”
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And then there is the philosopher, a deep, seemingly tortured and articulate thinker. His love of the classic novel The Fountainhead is testament to this, and it is quickly apparent that he straddles the line between hard-out party animal and armchair academic with effortlessness. “Yes, I am very against collectivism and very pro-individual freedom and personal responsibility”, he muses. “The Fountainhead was huge for me because when I finished it I didn’t feel alone anymore. I recommend it to everyone, but not for that reason. I really like the story and enjoyed the book as a novel as much as a statement of personal politics.” Case in point: MSTRKFRT were considering a shift to LA, the residence of the all-powerful Dim Mak label (to which they are currently signed), before personal responsibility put these plans on hold. “I love LA but I can’t move there because I have a kid in Toronto,” JFK asserts. “I need to be close to her and she’s more important than my personal happiness, I suppose. LA is where the bulk of my work is based, so I’m there all the time anyway. Every scene is in a constant state of flux... if it’s not, it’s dead. I think Toronto has a strong thing going, so it’s not like I’m in a bad place by any means.” Their anti-collectivist ideology manifests itself in one particularly interesting way. While the boys use programs like Reason for production, they incorporate a variety of vintage synthesisers and other ‘faulty’ equipment in order to create unduplicatable sounds. JFK has often lamented the apparent confines of dance music as we know it. “I don’t think using broken gear is necessarily part of it, but I think just trying to make new, possibly un-replicatable things is good,” he clarifies. “I have a new track called Face Pump where the main sound was the result of a computer glitch that we quickly recorded before it was gone. Whatever works I guess.” With the insane popularity of The Looks in 2006, response to their follow-up attempt, Fist Of God, was somewhat muted. That’s the problem with releasing such a phenomenal debut; artists are typecast by fan expectation, and any deviation from a par ticular sound is considered nearblasphemy.
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What’s interesting, however, is that after a sluggish beginning, their sophomore effort is now receiving a torrential downpour of adoration from punters. Perhaps this has something to do with the absurd amount of touring, with JFK commenting on his MySpace that “I never unpack my suitcase because there is no point.” Perhaps the well publicised leak of Fist Of God, which seems to becoming the norm these days, didn’t help either. Despite much of the blog world working with MSTRKRFT to prevent the leak from spreading, high quality promos were being downloaded months before its official release. JFK is short and to the point when asked if it was accidental or not. “Not even,” he exclaims. “Someone actually did it maliciously. None of the people who got promos leaked it.” Their live sets are stuff of legend. At a Dim Mak showcase in Austin, Texas, MSTRKRFT caused a near riot, complete with paddy wagons police on horses and hundreds of unhappy punters who had been shut out of an already over-capacity gig. The set was paused and JFK pleaded with the crowd to pull their heads in; luckily, it worked. He laughingly states that sometimes he feels the need to wear riot gear during a set. “More than I can type, yes.” He says. “It’s fun to have a crazy party like that, and it’s equally fun for me to just play amazingly well for whatever reason and have the crowd sense it as well. It’s an intangible set of circumstances that makes it right, but when it is I feel like the whole room experiences it together.” JFK and AL-P believe that it is always the DJ’s responsibility to lead by example; if they aren’t flailing around having an awesome time no one else is going to. The fact that they can get up there night after night, on little or no sleep, and hype the crowd into a frenzy indicates a real passion for what they do. “It never feels like work when you love what you’re doing,” JFK concludes. “That makes it easy. When I go to see other DJs I wanna jump on (stage) the whole time.” Hittin’ the town since 1985
HENRY ROLLINS Like A Rollins Tone
After 28 years of spoken word, Henry Rollins marks his 27th trip to Australia by swapping the van for more high-flying endeavours. Notching up a hefty amount of credit on his Frequent Flyer tour, the revered Mr Rollins will be spilling his guts to audiences at the Astor Theatre this Saturday, May 1 and Sunday, May 2. JESSICA WILLOUGHBY reports. â€œDiscipline. Insanity. Exile,â€? (1985). This is the motto of Henry Rollins. Coined by the then starving and lonely 20-year-old Black Flag frontman, this slogan shone as an action of pouring confused, young emotions from soul to paper. Now, almost three decades later, it is ironic how each of these words has even more relevance today for the established character. Rollins â€˜do or D.I.Eâ€™ ethic â€“ excuse the pun â€“ has become part of his legend. Only one meagre glance at his illustrious resume can testify to this clause. More than 20 studio recordings, live albums and audio books documenting his articulate spoken word career. Running parallel to these ventures since the mid-80s, his continued music-making ventures after his So-Cal hardcore days with Wartime, the Rollins band, his solo recordings and numerous guest appearances. Getting his mug in a slew of feature films, he has also hosted his own LA radio show for more than six years. Let us not forget he has written more than his fair share of books while operating his own record label and publishing house, 21361 Publishing, as a home base for all of his operations. Disciplined? Yes. Insane? Hell yes. Exiled? Maybe isolated would be the correct term to use, due to Rollins love of personal solitude. But, as always, Rollins is continually evolving. For the past three years his work has taken a walk into more high-flying territory. An avid traveller, his need to tread into unknown destinations has become an obsession. â€œOkay, are you ready?â€? Rollins takes a sharp intake of breath. â€œThailand, Burma, Laos, Saudi Arabia, Mali, Timbuktu, Brunei, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, South Africa, Belgium, Sweden, China, Senegal, Dublin, Scotland, the UKâ€Ś and thatâ€™s only been between midOctober last year and January this year,â€? he exclaims. â€œSo, as you can imagine, there is a pretty extensive list of where Iâ€™ve been in the past three years. Some of it was work-related, but most of it was just me out there, by myself, with my backpack and a camera â€“ seeing the world. I just go to the places where they tell me not to go.â€? Taking up a post as a regular performer on United Services Organisation tours â€“ which provide non-partisan entertainment to American troops out in the field â€“ he used his experiences to form the basis of his current brainchild, the Frequent Flyer spoken word tour. Some of his locations played on his mind more than others though, according to Rollins. â€œOh Jesus, Burma was really interesting,â€? he says. â€œItâ€™s run by this man, Than Shwe, who is the senior general there. I think he treats his people very badly and I didnâ€™t like that, but the people were beautiful. I was there in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis in 2008, the whole place was in chaos â€“ it was pretty devastated. I tried to become part of the clean-up efforts going on at the time, but me and my crew couldnâ€™t get government clearance to head into the worst affected areas; they just wouldnâ€™t let us in there. That totally sucked. So we had to just hang out on the outskirts of all this bedlam, doing what we could in the areas we had access to. â€œThese are the types of stories that inform what I say on stage and what I write about when I put pen to paper. Travelling is so much of what I do now; it comprises so much of how I live my year. And when you live and breathe something so much thatâ€™s all youâ€™re going to talk about. So if I want to talk about places like Mali â€“ I go to Mali. These tales are not something Iâ€™ve read out of a book, because that would be someone elseâ€™s story. I try to actualise the experience as much as possible and bring my truth of the situation to anyone who wants to hear it.â€? Turning 49 two months ago, Rollins is not the man to get all nostalgic about the looming big 5-0. But, in lieu of the half-century celebrations, he has again decided to slot something new into his musical agenda. â€œFunnily enough, I am thinking of getting together with some people later this year,â€? he exclaims. â€œIt was weird, because the people who I have in mind had the same idea as me â€“ almost simultaneously. We fired off emails to each other at the same time, and I was like hang onâ€Ś are you reading my mind? â€œIâ€™m not giving too much away, as it is early days yet. 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BLUEJUICE Out On A Limb Bluejuiceâ€™s Ainâ€™t Telling The Truth Tour saunters into town with shows at the Newport Hotel on Thursday, May 6; Prince Of Wales in Bunbury on Friday, May 7; and Capitol on Saturday, May 8. BRENDAN HOLBEN caught up with Jake Stone and Stavros Yiannoukas. There ainâ€™t no lyinâ€™, Bluejuice are on a roll. 2009 was a stellar year for the band with the release of sophomore album Head Of The Hawk and the immense success of Broken Leg, and now currently touring their most lavishly produced shows yet. With a growing profile, the cheeky quintet are coming to terms with their rising popularity and the strange situations they find themselves in. â€œWe just had to do this ABC3 TV spot and they had this challenge where we had to get covered in jelly and not flinch,â€? Yiannoukas begins. Bluejuice have made a name for themselves with their eccentric, if not epic film clips (especially in the case of Broken Leg) and irreverent demeanour, so a little slime from time-to-time is hardly unexpected. â€œThereâ€™s definitely weird stuff that happens to us at shows,â€? Yiannoukas continues.â€œBut the things we consider weird are like last night in Geelong, how pretty much the whole front row were amazingly beautiful girls when itâ€™s normally meaty guys who want to sweat all over you after the show. â€œWhen we toured with bands like Butterfingers the crowd would be full of blokes, full of moshing, and full of violent morons. Itâ€™s
worked out alright for us, I guess us being a bit girly and faggy helps.â€? â€œAfter the first record,â€? Stone interjects, â€œand mostly after the second record (the crowds) became much more well dressed, youngâ€Ś and more girls.â€? Finding the happy medium between freedom and safety has been part of the challenge of Bluejuiceâ€™s growing popularity. â€œWe need to find a way to make some of the audience understand itâ€™s about having a party,â€? Stone continues.â€œDoing what you want to doesnâ€™t mean forming a full-on circle of death and punching some girl in the face.â€? With the backing of indie label Dew Process, Bluejuice have upped the ante of their live shows and have turned into true road pigs. â€œWeâ€™ve got a lot of production on this tour â€“ a lot more lights and projections,â€? Stone explains, â€œand weâ€™ve added some tech so we can play on bigger stage and get a fuller thicker sound from the band. â€œWhen people come to see us theyâ€™ll see a much tighter show â€Ś I couldnâ€™t tell you how many gigs weâ€™ve played in the last twelve months and I think the bandâ€™s at a much higher standard now.â€?
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BrisbaneoutfitViolentSohoreleasetheirdebutself-titledalbum this Friday,April 30.LAURA GLITSOS gets in the insight from the bandâ€™s frontman, Luke Boerdam. Violent Sohoâ€™s vocalist/guitarist Luke Boerdam certainly has a story filled with irony. At 24, he fronts a group born out of the contagious mendacity of Mansfield, a town in the middle of Brisbaneâ€™s â€˜bible beltâ€™. Not long ago the band was teetering on the verge of calling it quits. Now this group has worked with some of the biggest names in alternative music both here and abroad, and thatâ€™s not even the ironic part. Boerdam recounts how the band actually met through the guitaristâ€™s sister. â€œI was actually engaged to be married to Jamesâ€™ (Tidswell) sister, then we broke up five months after The Grates tour because I had been working so much on the band.â€? So the catalyst for the formation of the band became the death knell of said catalyst. On top of that, Boerdam explains:â€œShe was becoming super-religious.â€? Unsurprisingly, this is actually where one of the highlight tracks from the debut album was born; Jesus Stole My Girlfriend. Violent Soho is often photographed with the number 4122 and itâ€™s now become a running joke. Boerdam says itâ€™s the postcode for Mansfield, the heavily religious town that has shaped the bandâ€™s quite obvious critique of religious sentiment. â€œEvery one of our Dadâ€™s went to bible college,â€? Boerdam says. â€œSo yeah, a lot
of the religious content comes out of that area â€“ one being the break-up, the other thing is just the boredom.â€? While the band may differ in religious beliefs, Boerdam says they all still have an interest in it from an intellectual point of view. â€œYou canâ€™t ignore how fundamental Christianity fits into society,â€? he says. In fact, the album is copping attention from the conservative right in the US. â€œThere was just a blog from a religious group claiming the album is just rubbish from â€˜those who have been rejected by the Almightyâ€™,â€? he laughs. â€œThere are a lot of people who really donâ€™t understand what weâ€™re doingâ€?. As for the parents, Boerdam says his Mum heard the album and asked:â€œDoes this mean youâ€™re going to get a tattoo now?â€? With the band currently touring the US to capitalise on serious interest from the country, Boerdam admits he actually expects to one day be back in Brisbane working a â€˜realâ€™ job. â€œYou can only really push a band this hard when youâ€™re young,â€? he concludes. â€œI think when Iâ€™m back working it might be nice to have a desk. America does something to you.They always tell you that weâ€™re going to be the next big thing. But weâ€™ve been sceptical, because chances are near to nothing.â€?
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The Avett Brothers’ album, I And Love And You, is one of the year’s most affecting releases. BOB GORDON speaks with Scott Avett.
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Formerly recording under the name New Buffalo, Sally Seltmann is releasing her new album under the name that God gave her. CHRIS HAVERCROFT talks to the humble Seltmann about Heart That’s Pounding and being friends with Feist.
The Avett Brothers formed in 2001 but of course to the wide world they are something of a brand new act. Scott and Seth Avett teamed with bass player, Bob Crawford, after some years of playing in various bands in North Carolina, to focus on something more acoustically cooked, an enticing folk/rock/pop blend. Over four albums – plus live release and EPs – they grew in popularity as a touring entity and labels came calling as a result. They signed with American Recordings and teamed with highly-esteemed producer Rick Rubin, for their acclaimed current album, I And Love And You. This is now very much stage two in the band’s evolution. “It’s surprising that you say that,” Scott Avett begins,“because it is like stage two of the life of this band. And we intend to be lengthier than a couple albums. With this album we learnt a lot
doing it, working with Rick and we’re just eager to continue it in stage two. This is the first step into it. “The first seven or eight years were us really campaigning and learning why we were doing this, what we were doing it for, better ways of doing it. We feel like now we’re building on that. Like you said, it’s stage two and it’s education on different levels.” It seems in the early, organic days, the Avett Brothers played more simply because it enabled them to play more. At this point they can be more ambitious and are comfortable with the lines between art and commerce. “I think at this point, that the first stage, our maturing process, gave us tools to go into this and not feel at all put off by what anybody thinks of us because we’re very content with what we are (laughs). Commodity or not, we just do what we do – people will bounce off or they will hang on and come along.” Courted by a succession of labels a few years back, Scott says the Avett Brothers were quite clear about what they needed and what they simply didn’t want. “What we had going on was a very lean and mobile business plan anyway and what they usually offered was the potential of a better business plan. “What we did not need was a better business plan. What we were in search of was, ‘how do we make the art better? How do we advance what we do? Which is make songs’.That was never clear in anything that anybody approached us with, until Rick came”. Following a warm first encounter at Rubin’s home, Scott says a mutual respect was developed that led directly into the recording
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“What we do with our songs, he told me point blank, he had no interest in changing that,” Scott recalls. “That is the way we looked at it and approached it and he was really very un-intrusive about most of the record. “He didn’t do anything but enhance some possibilities we hadn’t explored because we just didn’t take the time to. The key there was not to say no to something until we tried it.That’s okay, it doesn’t change our take on things or our sound, it just makes it better.”
In late 2008, Seltmann and her husband (Darren Seltmann from The Avalanches) had a baby daughter. Seltmann has described motherhood as a dream come true, and there is no doubt this peace of mind has translated onto her new record. The real question is how has this new type of sleep deprivation influenced Seltmann’s songwriting? “The main thing that I have noticed is the time issue and I have learnt to be really focused when I have time to work on things,” Seltmann says of juggling the new addition with her rock’n’roll duties. “It is quite a massive and great thing to experience in life and it has certainly given me a new way of looking at the world and a new way of experiencing things.” Part of the new world is for Seltmann to record and release material under her own name. It is something that her American label (Arts & Crafts) have been encouraging and Seltmann admits it has been on her mind for some time. She always felt there was some confusion with being called New Buffalo when it was a solo venture, so when the songs for Heart That’s Pounding were so personal in nature the decision was made. In spite of her comfort in the decision, Seltmann concedes it does feel different playing under her own name. “We just played at South By Southwest and I really feel now that being Sally Seltmann people treat you differently,” she quips. “When I am playing on stage it feels like it is me and some people playing with me, whereas I really love to feel that the whole band has a lot of input in playing the music together – and not be just about me. I think that when you go by your own name as a singer songwriter you can’t help but have people think that it is all about the one person.” Seltmann is responsible for penning 1234, the song that became an über-hit for Feist. Seltmann keeps in touch with the Canadian singer and reports that Feist’s manager still asks her if there are “any more hit songs”. “It doesn’t feel like the right thing for me to do right now,” The song writer says of singing or recording 1234, “but I don’t know how I will feel about it in ten years or so. I think that it is Feist’s song to sing.”
HOUR OF PENANCE Paradogma
BONNIE ‘PRINCE’ BILLY & THE CAIRO GANG The Wonder Show Of The World
Unique Leader Records/Stomp
Increasingly Wil Oldham has felt the need to bounce off another voice during his Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy outings. This time around he has given Emmett Kelly, of Cairo Gang fame, equal billing for his minimalist avant-folk effort The Wonder Show Of The World. Kentucky songwriter Oldham is always at his best when being dour about relationships and during The Wonder Show Of The World he is on top of his lyrical game. As big a call as it is, Troublesome Houses is as good a song about houses of ill repute ever penned and should see itself as a staple in the Oldham canon. Restrained drumming and acoustic strumming with tasteful lines of electric guitar for additional colour is the formula strongly adhered to. Oldham knows how to let a song breathe and The Sounds Are Always Begging and Kids are prime examples. Kelly’s voice is the perfect foil for Oldham’s tender timbre particularly during moments like the call and response of Go Folks, Go and the haunting Someone Coming Through. Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy is loathe to break out of character, and that is why you can assure that each album will be every bit as good as the last.
“This song has lyrics that are absolute black metal nonsense,” said Mikael Âkerfeldt of Opeth on their live 2007 album The Roundhouse Tapes, a sentiment perfectly fitting of Paradogma. As the Pope and Catholic Church comes under stronger scrutiny and condemnation for recently uncovered controversies Hour Of Penance could not have picked a better time to release an album. The themes are - shall we say - a little critical of the big guy in the sky. Where Cannibal Corpse relies on vile, confronting content for their music, Hour Of Penance make religious desecration their weapon. Paradogma has less vitriol than their last album The Vile Conception, but the sheer force and brutality of their music is enough to shock a nun out of her habit. Typical of the more extreme metal bands you will find blast beats and machinegun drumming on Paradogma, but it is broken up nicely with driving guitars. The overall effect gives the album a grand, thick sound. Kudos should be given to Paradogma’s producer for keeping the often convoluted elements of death metal clear and distinct. In the spirit of the fashion houses of their native Italy, Hour Of Penance makes death metal classy.
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THE FLATLINERS Cavalcade
THE TALLEST MAN ON EARTH The Wild Hunt
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Cavalcade is the sort of music I grew up on, and also the sort which went the way of the dinosaurs around the start of last decade. Not without reason mind you, by the end of the ‘90s poppunk was well played out. These were the days before the post prefix and core suffix were attached to every genre imaginable, before drop-b tuning, and well before the dreaded ‘E’ word cropped up. Look at me getting all misty eyed. The Flatliner’s third album is more than just simple nostalgia, it’s a revival piece; a reminder of great punk of the ‘90s that was buried under the big-name commercial acts. Cavalcade is made up of fist pumping and shout-out-loud moments helped by punk choir The Impenetrable League Of Throats, somewhat reminiscent of NOFX’s The Brews. The music really excels in re-imagining the punk sounds of old from reggae/ska inspired He Was The Jazzman to the massive hardcore beats of Shithawks. Lyrically the album is antagonistic and written in first-person, so expect a lot of I’s and I’lls. In fact Count Your Bruises is the only song without and I in sight. The themes are a definite fit with modern punk styles but the deliciously catchy pop-punk hooks and lack of screechy vocals make this a great album.
K i r s t i a n M a t s s o n ’s (aka The Tallest Man On Earth) 2008 debut Shallow Grave earned him a gradual yet devoted underground following of listeners (and a staggering number of bloggers) seduced by his jittery, finger-picked, fire-cracker folk songs delivered with an odd nasal rasp. ‘It sounds a bit like Bob Dylan’ was the resounding critical reaction to the Swede, which, complimentary as it may be, is like saying tomato soup tastes a bit like tomatoes. No shit. Of course the great man’s sound will creep its way in to many a contemporary folk brew. The Wild Hunt sees Matsson’s simple formula stoically unchanged. I guess he could have gone electric to shake those pesky Dylan comparisons but… oh oh. Standout track Burden Of Tomorrow is typical of a TMOE song in that it carelessly mixes metaphors and ideas in a nonsensical way, but makes sense as a sum of its parts, rather than as a logical narrative. Perhaps it is Matsson’s stilldeveloping grasp of the English language, but you get the sense that most lines are thrown in just because they sound good rhythmically or as potent little vignettes (‘once I held a glacier to an open flame’) - rather than as carefully considered extensions to the song. It’s like watching a slide show where the slides have been jumbled up. Liberating and intriguing in its _BRENDAN HOLBEN randomness. The beat of the North. _DAVID CRADDOCK
RICHMOND FONTAINE We Used To Think The Freeway Sounded Like A River El Cortez Records/Shock
MANDALAY VICTORY TALES OVER TIME Independent
There are two key factors that determine what makes a good metalcore record, those being originality and execution. Whilst Mandalay Victory do not tick the originality box (but honestly, who can be original in metal-core anymore anyway?), they well and truly make up for it in the execution department. Last time I checked, Mandalay Victory were another Perth metal-core band who were making ripples. That’s not to take anything away from the band, but they have been at their craft for quite some time, and really haven’t got a whole lot to show for it. This is why Tales Over Time is such a monumental accomplishment for a local band who have taken a gigantic step towards national recognition. Independently funded and released, Tales Over Time is a solid statement from an outfit who are ready to take things to the next level. They have grabbed the bull by the horns, shipped themselves off to Adelaide, and returned home with a record that achieves international standards. The production is absolutely top notch, and the musicianship shown rivals some of the nations’ best. Had this record have been released by an American band, you can bet your bottom dollar that thousands of Australian kids would be flocking to their shows, because it is just as _CHRIS HAVERCROFT good, if not better, than many efforts that come from the USA.
Richmond Fontaine have never been too far from a detailed narrative, often focusing on prostitutes and death. The circumstances behind the new album surround the death of front man Willy Vlautin’s mother, and a horse riding accident that saw the singer nursing a badly broken arm for months. When finally healed, Vlautin resurfaced with a swag of songs focusing on love and loss. The band have always focused on the more desperate and unglamorous sections of society. The Boyfriends tells of the impression a woman’s male visitors can have on a child which may have an autobiographical bent. The Pull vividly tells of a boxer’s successes, injuries and resultant battle with the bottle. Vlautin has a voice that sounds strikingly like Jeff Tweedy. There are many worse people to sound like for sure, but at times during We Used To Think The Freeway Sounded Like A River, the similarity is a little too close for comfort. Maybe We Were Both Born Blue brings some Westerberg into the equation and 43 pours on the dirt. While the subject matter during We Used To Think The Freeway Sounded Like A River may give little to celebrate, it is another gritty piece of brilliance.
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For years Pete Guazzelli has been one of the premier drummers on the local scene but rarely has he fronted his own project. There were times when he would write and sing tunes in Harry Smith, but his latest project is a different beast altogether. Guazzelli has been prone to placing a white sheet over his drums to muffle the sounds, thus inspiring the name Ghostdrums. Working as a solo artist the new project combines his goldsparkle drumkit with pedals, synths, loops and junk-percussion to produce a lo-fi electronica of the highest order. Morning Sun has the sound of MĂşm playing in a childâ€™s bedroom while The Internationalist draws from Guazzelliâ€™s rock roots to be the most overtly drum driven track. Clouds Painted On has irrepressible synth lines that would make Dosh proud, whilst Red Thread continues the striking foray into glitch. The attention to detail that characterises the tunes is also evident in the packaging as Ghostdrums is delivered in full multimedia splendour on USB format and held in a cutely packaged cassette case. There are few people in Perth who would have the capacity and nous to do what Ghostdrums are doing, but after first listen most will wish they could.
If The Reprisal, the second single from Melbourne trio Gosteleradioâ€™s debut album is anything to go by, these chaps have spun their copy of Pet Sounds to death. The track opens with a lush layered vocal before a warm psychedelic organ kicks in, upon which the track gently floats. Floating is indeed the key word here â€“ everything about this song is light, delicate and dreamy in that Grizzly Bear, drifting downstream in a psychedelic canoe, way. The band was formed in 2009 as a studio project for brothers Josh and Ben Strong. Drummer Marty Umanski (Tic Toc Tokyo) was soon brought in to round out the sound. The beautifully nuanced and delicate audio quality of this track undoubtedly has something to do with Japanese producer Nao Anzai being on board to master the album. Anzai was responsible for producing Jimmy Hawkâ€™s debut Echo Park â€“ another delightfully air-y, spacious and hi-fi sounding Melbourne release. Great Deeds Against The Dead will be released on Friday, May 7. Key Track: The Reprisal
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Envy On The Coast â€™s debut record Lucy Gray had its moments. There were some absolutely killer tracks on it, but it also hit a huge lull about seven tracks through and never recovered. Thankfully, their second full-length offering Lowcountry is strong, from start to finish. From the opening seconds of Death March On Two, Ready? there is an obvious Southern USA rock swagger, and it isnâ€™t just in the opening track. Lap steel guitar, organ, and dirty southern vocal stylings are strewn throughout the album which allows for an unexpected and original perspective on the post-hardcore genre. Where the aforementioned Lucy Gray lacked hooks and consistency, Lowcountry showcases Envy On The Coastsâ€™ growth and maturity as songwriters and musicians. The only area where the band still have room to grow is their influences. Lucy Gray had obvious Glassjaw overtones, whilst the guitars on The Devilâ€™s Tongue and the vocals on The Great American T-Shirt Racket borrow obviously from Incubus. Lowcountry is an exceptional take on the post-hardcore genre, and interestingly creates a vibe as if youâ€™re near the swamps of Louisiana â€“ an unusual but welcome mix that makes Lowcountry a winner.
â€œHave you ever been free?â€? This is the lingering question iconic Washington DC musician Ian MacKaye poses in the dying moments of their first full-length release Repeater (1990). And it is this rhetoric that has defined the stamp this â€˜supergroupâ€™ made into the legend of what post-hardcore is today. Their style was not hardcore. Repeater was something moreâ€Śemotional. Delving further into a quasi-funk and reggae feel, Fugazi instilled utter confusion in those who blindly followed band membersâ€™ former Minor Threat/ Rites Of Spring forays. The combination of co-frontmen and guitarists MacKayeâ€™s barking, blunt delivery and Guy Picciottoâ€™s style â€“ the eternal metaphor â€“ along with the tribal thumping of Joe Lallyâ€™s bass and the moody, skittish behaviour of Brendan Canty is insatiable. But this album also reveals the band beginning to understand how abrasive noise and passion can be portrayed, even in the slowest and most repetitive of songs (Shut The Door).
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RAW NERVE Paralysed (EP) Independent
Resident zany uncles of the Perth rockâ€™nâ€™roll scene, Raw Nerve singer Don Rat and guitarist Andrew â€˜Undiesâ€™ True have been turning their tricks in beer-soaked dives around WA for longer than anybody can remember; so although Paralysed is their first release together, itâ€™s impossible to remove it from context as the latest in a long line of punk rock debauchery. Four to the floor the entire way, this EP is straight up and straight to the point. It will not convert those who donâ€™t like rockâ€™nâ€™roll, so if youâ€™re going to get pretentious about â€˜originalityâ€™ and accessibility donâ€™t bother. For the rest of us though, itâ€™s a midpaced sampler of minor classics. Ruby Ruby and Somebody Elses Girl are sure to get some dance floor action in some of Perthâ€™s more unseemly dives, while Ride The Steel chugs along the taboo line and secret track Stop Pissing On My Shit continues a tradition of deliberately retarded Don Rat classics that trace a line back to his work with The Rats in the mid-1990s. In fact, there are quite a few similarities here with The Ratsâ€™ early work. Certainly thereâ€™s none of the machismo which began to hound The Homicides toward the end. Don is sounding more dynamic, disgusting, and fun than he has in years. You can catch them at The Den on Friday, April 30. _BEN WATSON
Itâ€™s been hard to believe the man who brought us the Lord Of The Rings films and King Kong could deliver a flop. But Peter Jacksonâ€™s announcement that he was going to tackle Alice Seboldâ€™s hit novel The Lovely Bones raised a few eyebrows. What could the man who portrayed the epic struggle to save Middle Earth possibly find interesting about a teenage girl in limbo between heaven and earth after her rape and murder by a neighbourhood psycho? The answer lies in the sequences of Susie Salmon watching her family unravel with the grief of her disappearance from a fantasy world of her own making. Mountains shift across the landscape, gigantic ships in bottles crash against a rocky shore, a sky full of purple and azure sunbeams glows with stars â€“ Jacksonâ€™s in his element. Most critics found the rest of the film wanting. Where Seboldâ€™s book penetrated the emotional depths of the family Susie left behind, Jackson paints the rest of the movie in broad strokes, glossing over the finer dramatic points and toning down the inherent nastiness of the subject matter. Audiences didnâ€™t know which world the story was suppose to be in, returning a career low box office for the director, but itâ€™s worth catching on DVD.
The Lovely Bones (Paramount) The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Umbrella) Broken Embraces (Paramount) Shintaro! (Madman) Avatar (Fox) _DREW TURNEY
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You’ve seen him on Good News Week, Thank God You’re Here and The 7pm Project, and now you can see him live, thanks to the Art Gallery of WA’s ArtBar. That’s right ladies and gents, Mr Tom Gleeson is packing his bags and heading to Perth this June for what promises to be a very hilarious show. Don’t miss Gleeson when he takes to the stage at ArtBar on Thursday, June 24, from 6.30pm. Tickets are on sale now at artgallery.wa.gov.au/artbar.
Having toured Australia and the world as a song-writer, comedian and all round raconteur, Fred Smith has had the opportunity to share his work with many audiences, and next Friday, April 30, Perth crowds will get their turn. Touring with the legendary Spooky Men Of The West, Smith will stop in at Kulcha to share his engaging music and personality, from 8pm ’til late. Bookings can be made online at kulcha.com.au or can be purchased on the door.
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Renowned for her magnificent vocal chords and the ability to scat faster than Scatman ever could, Michelle Nicolle is a talented jazz performer who will take to the stage of the Don Russell Performing Arts Centre on Saturday, May 8, at 8pm. The evening promises plenty of jazz standards and originals, with musical accompaniment by Ronny Ferella, Geoff Hughes and Tom Lee. Tickets are on sale now from gosnells. wa.gov.au.
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The Revelation Film Festival will return in 2010 for its 13th year running; this time asking film makers to explore the theme ‘curiosity’. As part of the Festival, The Revel-8 competition will charge film makers with the task of exploring ‘curiosity’ through drama, documentary, animation and every other genre of film imaginable; shot in sequence on just one cartridge of Super 8 film. Film makers are prohibited from processing the film in any way before submitting it to Revel-8; who will then pass the films on to music composition students from WAAPA who will compose and record music soundtracks for the top 20 films. During the Festival a special screening of the 20 films selected will be shown at the Astor, where awards will be presented for Best Film, Best Music Soundtrack, Audience Choice Award and more. If you fancy entering be sure to head to myspace. com/revel8super8filmfest for all the details.
THE BREAK Surf’s Up The Break teams ex-members of Midnight Oil with a Violent Femme on a self-titled album of instrumental surf rock goodness. They’ve arrived with a delicious kind of noise, but The Break may well have turned out to be something else entirely. The teaming of ex Violent Femmes bassist, Brian Ritchie, with former Midnight Oil members - guitarists Jim Moginie, Martin Rotsey and drummer Rob Hirst – happened firstly out of friendship, good timing and serendipity (Richie moved to Tasmania a few years ago following the demise of the Femmes). Musically, however, they had some feet to find… “Well we went through quite a few exploratory phases,” Ritchie recalls. “We tried male and female vocalists; it was a pretty interesting process. We were also trying to sing ourselves and Rob, for example, it’s enough of a challenge for him to play drums the way he does, like an uncaged beast, without him having to worry about singing as well. There was a just a lot of reasons to go instrumental and one of the good ones is that we don’t get too any direct comparisons with, for example, the Oils or the Femmes. If there was a vocalist people would always compare them to both those previous bands.” At this point the band’s friend, David Minear from the Bombora Records label suggested they make a surf album. It was a suggestion that ticked all sorts of boxes. “We were like, ‘yeah we can do that,
that’s great, then we won’t even have to worry about this vocal concept’,” Ritchie recalls “Then we reconvened and started working on songs that were intended to be instrumental, which gives you a difference focus because you have to make the guitar melodies, the riffs and grooves and all the musical elements as interesting as what people usually focus on – the words and the vocal melody. “So that was a nice challenge. It was a lot of fun and it was pretty easy, actually.” Moginie, Rotsey and Hirst grew up on Sydney’s northern beaches and for years honed their live chops in beachside pub venues. Ritchie’s interest in surf music came from another place. “Well as a listener I always liked listing to surf music and other kinds of instrumental
rock, like Joe Meek. In Milwaukee I lived near the beach but it wasn’t a surf beach… it was up near Lake Michigan,” he laughs. “But we used to sit around listening to all the old rock music, including surf music, rockabilly, blues, dixie stuff, psychedelic stuff… there were even sub-genres, motorcycle instrumental music, Davie Allan And The Arrows, stuff like that I was into. There were things that the Femmes sometimes would to play, we used to do Pipeline and Surfin’ Bird. It wasn’t completely foreign to my previous experience.” The three Midnight Oils members have played music together longer than not. For Richie it’s been an experience witnessing this chemistry – seeing it, hearing it and feeling it. “Well it’s magical, but there’s two different ways I’d like to answer your question. First of all, it strongly appealed to me to play with them knowing that they’d been playing together for 35 years and had a strong desire to play with each other and be around each other. I was moved that they’d been around each other that long and still cared enough about each other to want to play together. “Then musically, when you get into the room, Martin and Jim are, I think, one of the more underestimated guitar duos in rock music. And I always thought that way about them because of course people mostly focused on Peter (Garrett) in the Oils, but there’s not that many bands that would have that kind of interplay. The Stones would be one, Television another and various configurations of The Yardbirds. But considering how many
The gorgeous ladies from Sugar Blue Burlesque will kick off proceedings for 2010 on Sunday, May 9, with Viva Lust Vegas. Starring A’dora Derriere, Coco Poppin, Clara Cupcakes, Mia Bella and many other stunning performers, Viva Lust Vegas promises to be an eye-catching, tassel-twirling extravaganza. Join Perth’s premiere burlesque performers as they tease and tantalize with jazz, cabaret and speakeasy stylings. To be a part of the fun, make your way to the Fly By Night in Fremantle; entry is $35. Bookings can be made online at flybynight.org.
rock bands there are there aren’t that many that would have this kind of quality of guitar playing. “Those two guys can do that and it’s really interesting to see the way they work together because they’re ego-less. A lot of times they end up playing parts that the other guy thought of, they hone it until it really works and they do that by tossing it back and forth like they’re playing tennis. That of course comes from all the years they played together and Rob, of course, is this monolithic drummer and I always admired his playing and was kind of envious of Bones (Hillman, ex Oils bassist) for being able to play in a rhythm section like that. “I didn’t think I’d play with Rob but here I am and as soon as we started playing together it was perfect fit. We have the same feel and same idea about rhythm, how to divide the beats and how to emphasise things, we have the same kind of propulsion. So it’s a very good rhythm section – you mix all that together and you’ve got a pretty kick-ass band.” The Break have been touring as national support to the Hoodoo Gurus and there are plans to continue playing live because, as Ritchie notes, “that’s when bands really gel.” After an acrimonious break-up of his last band, this one sounds like nothing but pleasure. “The audiences come because of who we are and they’re not really sure what to expect,” he notes. “Then they get washed over by the sound and they become receptive after a few songs. It’s just great.” _BOB GORDON
Ka� Steele Performs solo – Thursday 27 May 2010 As the front woman of Aussie band Little Birdy, Perth songstress Katy Steele hardly needs an introduction. Katy will mesmerise her ARTBAR audience with an intimate and exclusive solo Perth show.
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44 INCH CHEST Malcolm In The Middle Directed by Malcolm Venville Starring Ray Winstone, Ian McShane, John Hurt, Tom Wilkinson, Stephen Dillane, Joanne Whalley For such a powerhouse movie, it’s somewhat surprising that 44 Inch Chest is the feature film debut for director, Malcolm Venville. Venville worked at Propaganda Films, for producer Steve Golin (Being John Malkovich, Wild at Heart and Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind) successfully directing commercials. After the script for 44 Inch Chest had bounced around for some time almost in spite of widespread interest, Golin offered it to Venville. “The option for the script had expired,” explains Venville. “I believe Danny Boyle was interested and Guy Ritchie’s name came up and a bunch of directors were hovering around and it ended up in Steve lap and he offered it to me. “I know that people had been surfing it. It was a tough one because no one in London wanted to finance it, it took a Hollywood producer to get it made.” It’s not surprising that Boyle and Ritchie were interested. The script, revolving around a bunch of London gangsters coming together to sort out their mate Colin (Ray Winstone), whose wife has left him for a young French waiter is an exercise in intensity. It jumped out at Venville from the first. “Absolutely,” he says, “it was so confined. I thought the confinement could be so dramatic, it was something I picked up right from the first reading.” 44 Inch Chest, i n i t s c o n f i n e d circumstances, acts out very much like a play, with the heavyweight teaming of actors Ian McShane, John Hurt, Tom Wilkinson and Stephen Dillane calling the shouts as the gangsters enraged at Colin’s misfortune. Hurt is hilarious as Old Man Peanut, a grizzled old bastard incensed at anything and everyone, whose each exasperated outburst could well be his last. McShane is Meredith, a charming gambler who, by-the-by, is homosexual, much to Old Man Peanut’s distaste. Wilkinson is a more soft-hearted gangster who still lives with his mother; Dillane is a likely lad and Winstone is powerful as the sad, angry bear, Colin. “The actors are very much like the script,” Venville says, “so the rehearsals were really critical in finding the movie and finding the actors’ performances, the tempo, pace, wit,
humour… even the way they moved across the room and the body language of the characters. So it was really important that we did the rehearsals like a play, to have that intense rehearsal time. “John Hurt and Ian McShane did their first play in London in 1962 at the Royal Court. Ray Winstone and Shane had worked together on Sexy Beast. Ian and John had worked together on Indiana Jones. They knew each other; there was a great feel and affinity there.” There’s almost a Pacino-meets-DeNiro weight to the film given the calibre of the actors present. Colin is the man in the middle, initially, his emotions spilling out. Soon his wife’s boyfriend, nicknamed ‘Loverboy’ is the gagged and bound centre-of-attention. Venville couldn’t help but notice the power on-set. “It’s a fantastic amount of atmosphere,” he says. “What’s great about working with these guys is that they’ve spent a lot of time in television and theatre and they’re really, highly professional. They just step in and start acting; it was effortless to work with them. When you get McShane, John Hurt and Ray Winstone facing off it’s the greatest joy, it’s wonderful to watch.” While the script and performances evoke tension, Venville says the attitude on-set remained workmanlike at all times. On-screen however, containment verges on claustrophobia. “As the film develops the paranoia grows and the doubt grows and the characters feel different, the lens changes to exemplify that,” Venville says. “As the film becomes a study in paranoia, the camera goes from a dolly to a steadi-cam. The steadi-cam had a very subtle, loose movement that kind of amplified that.” The only female character in the film is played by Joanne Whalley, the forlorn Colin’s soon-to-be ex-wife. The lack of women in the film and the treatment of Whalley’s character have been criticised by some. “There is some concern that the film is misogynistic,” notes Venville. “I’ve never had that feeling at all. I actually felt it was championing a woman. She, as a woman, is fully resolved, she’s made up her mind, she’s leaving her husband. And she’s acting on her own freedom and brings down a big man. So I’ve always felt that was championing her individual capability to make a decision.” The ‘controversy’ is brought to the fore by the film’s shall we say, colourful language. Venville has himself commented that ‘one use of the c-word is considered very offensive, but with
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two hundred, it suddenly became banal’. This is a world of hard-talking, hard criminals and they’re not likely to talk all purty. Tell that to the PC Brigade… “The PC thing is a real concern,” Venville notes. “The people I’m interested in are the people who are aware that the language is connected to the root of the material. That language is Old English, almost Chaucerian, it goes way back. What worries me is that the chattering classes are offended by this language yet the film is R-rated and has adult language. It’s language that is in use and happens ad infinitum. It kind of scares me how banal the middle of the road is.” While 44 Inch Chest seems to be getting a wary response in the UK, it’s attracted
good reviews in other territories. It’s not an action-packed Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels affair, but it would certainly appeal to those who enjoy that kind of Guy Ritchie fare. The tour de force is in the acting and that aspect alone is something not to be missed. “It’s amazing the feedback I’ve been getting from Australia,” Venville says. “I think in England people have been guarded about it because it’s so ‘blasphemous’ and ‘obscene’. In America people have tended to like it as well. But again, it’s very divided and it’s really only a movie aimed at people who kind of like to watch a bunch of motherfuckers in a room.” And that it certainly is. _BOB GORDON
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Jason Cook will take to the stage of the Astor Theatre on Friday, May 21, at 7.30pm as part of the Wild West Comedy Festival. Bookings can be made through BOCS.
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THE SHAPE OF THINGS
Theatre With A Twist The Shape Of Things runs at PICA from Saturday, May 15, ’til Sunday, May 30. Bookings can be made through BOCS. The Black Swan State Theatre Company’s HotBed Ensemble has become known over the last few years as the company’s ‘experimental’ arm, producing work that has been slightly edgier and grittier than BSSTC’s more traditional fare. The ensemble’s newest production of Neil Labute’s The Shape Of Things, seems to carry that tradition. The play deals with such issues as disparate (some might say) anorexia and art, and has generated powerful critical and audience responses worldwide. Adam Mitchell, director of the piece and of the HotBed Ensemble, has clearly harboured the desire to put this play on for awhile. “Firstly, The Shape Of Things is a play that I have wanted to do for years. I first read it six or seven years ago, maybe longer, and I was thrilled by it. I was surprised with the twist. The Labutean twist, a sting in the tail, has become watered down over his years as a writer on Broadway and such, but I think this is his most potent play. I was thrilled by what the play did to me. And I thought, if it’s done well, I’m hoping the audience doesn’t see it coming to the end of the piece.” Mitchell describes the work as a continuation of a series of ‘art’ plays. “It makes me
think about what art is, about whether you can frame something and call it art. The Shape Of Things continues that theme. The story also parallels the biblical tale of Adam and Eve and asks if the price of knowledge is too high.” The play is also, at heart, an American tale. The Shape Of Things deals in dialogue and imagery that is quite quintessentially American, a fact which has not eluded Mitchell. “His writing is masterful; I don’t think anyone writes dialogue better than him, although having said that his writing is also definitely American. They’re college kids.We’ve got to make the place as real as possible because it’s the only way to make it work. I’ve seen productions of it that try to Australianise it but it doesn’t work in Australia, it’s an American text.“ The HotBed Ensemble this year also features a full complement of design creatives, and a smaller, more streamlined group of performers. “I couldn’t be more pleased with the actors. It is a smaller ensemble this year because I wanted to give further opportunities to creatives.” Although clearly focused on more experimental work, Mitchell appreciates the need for theatre of all kinds within Perth. “I think that it is very important to the ecology of the theatre company that we have a strong state company that does do conservative mainstream work. The more audience that the state theatre can garner the healthier everything else will be. The hot bed is the studio programme for black swan. It’s given us a chance to be a little more adventurous and to see work that newer and rougher than the main stage programme.” _JOE LUI
The annual Wild West Comedy Festival rolls into Perth this month, bringing with it comedians from near and far, including Geordie comic Jason Cook. Down the line from New Zealand where he’s currently touring, Cook explains the premise for his Wild West show One Night Only. “Well, I decided at one point I’d been playing at hens and stags nights way too long, so I decided to write a show that was 100 per cent true and this is what came out of it,” shares Cook from the land of fush and chups.“It was a big hit at Edinburgh and it’s taken me all over the world, and since then I’ve written three more show all with the promise of true stories. “Someone said to me ‘it must be easy telling the truth’ but it’s actually quite difficult to stick to the truth and make it funny. There’s some heavy stuff in the show, it gets really heavy, but it’s still funny. It’s quite an emotional show so it strikes a chord with people; I get quite a few emails from people who’ve had similar experiences.” Eager not to give away all that happens in his show, Cook reveals that One Night Only deals with love and loss, but insists on leaving it at that. So is dealing with personal issues on stage a cathartic process for the Geordie comic? “It’s quite harrowing actually, I’m usually a bit of a mess afterwards but I think it’s a good thing to do. I don’t want to sound wordy because I’m not a wordy person, I’m a corrupt and morally defunct individual,” he says with a chuckle. As a touring comedian, Cook has had his fair share of celebrity encounters, but asserts that it’s the reviewers he most likes having in his audience, and not just because he likes getting mentioned in the press. “I always like to know who’s in the audience. It’s got to the point where I know most of the reviewers so I’ll single them out and victimize them, which I think in my head means that if they give me a bad review, it’s not the show’s fault it’s because they can’t take a joke.”
Luckily for Perth reviewers Cook has only ever travelled to Australia once before, and has never visited Perth, so critics need not fear public persecution. “I came to Australia for the first time last year for the Adelaide Fringe Festival and then this year I’ve been to Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. I talked to Ross Noble and he said the crowds are amazing in Perth, he really likes them. “I was in Adelaide last year and I loved it because it’s quite a beautiful place. I loved it for the whole month I was there then the Clipsal Rally arrived and there was an influx of bogan and feral people into the town. A guy tried to stab me at 2pm in the afternoon! It was like paradise, paradise, paradise, leave! But I’d like to live in Australia one day…” Afternoon stabbings aside, Cook absolutely loves Australia, and promises that his first ever show in Perth will be a hilarious night not to be missed! _EMMA BERGMEIER
IRON MAN 2 It’s Good To Be Back his father and every other country is 10 years Directed by Jon Favreau Starring Robert Downey Jr, Mickey Rourke, behind. Well, they should be. You see Howard Stark had help creating his Arc, angry Ivan’s Sam Rockwell, Gwyneth Paltrow father Anton, who was deported from the US Clearly riding the momentum built from the in a shroud of shame and lived out his life poor first movie, Iron Man 2 opens on the day that and bitter in the blocs of Russia. Harnessing Iron Man ended on. It is Russia, and in a poor the power of the Arc Reactor, Ivan creates his ghetto bloc Ivan Vankor (Mickey Rourke) sits Whiplash suit, a suit that channels the power of by his father's deathbed. In the background the Arc in to long whips made of superheated the TV is cutting live to America, to the news plasma. Trust me, they look bad-fucking-ass conference at the end of Iron Man. And as and are worthy of their screen time. Tony’s own Arc, while keeping him Tony admits he is in fact Iron Man, Ivan's father breathes his last breath, giving Ivan his dying alive is also slowly killing him, giving him a wish - the ruin of the Stark legacy. Whiplash, larger than usual self-destruction tendency. Here we see Tony at his worst, dancing drunk and our villain of the piece, is born. Tony’s opening couldn’t be anymore in his suit at a party and living his days like different. Suited up, he blasts into an auditorium they are his last. When the inevitable hope of screaming fans and as his suit is stripped from for a cure is found, Tony channels his thirst his body, a line of cheerleaders (the Ironettes - for life in to a new Arc core and a new suit. complete with glowing chest costumes) dance Tony’s father Howard is much more of a behind him. It is the reopening of Stark Expo character this time round, talking to his son - a city built by his father to celebrate science from beyond through recorded private films. and technology, mirroring our own World’s Fair. Tony has revelations about his father and Tony has reopened it for one year in celebration their relationship as well as gaining valuable of the rebirth of Stark Industries - you see, Tony information through the watching of these films. There is a lot going on in this movie, has succeeded at privatising world peace. America is a safer place as he is the I haven’t even mentioned Justin Hammer most advanced weapon on the planet, the (Sam Rockwell), Whiplash’s benefactor and ultimate deterrent. The technology running his corporate rival of Stark Industries or Scarlett suit, the glowing Arc Reactor, was created by Johansson’s character and S.H.I.E.L.D double
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agent Black Widow. Rourke is terrific, as always, with a calm anger that only he can do so well. Rockwell does his thing as a man of spontaneous energy and Sammy ‘I’m In Every Mo-Fuckin’ Thing’ Jackson has screen time as Nick Fury, head of S.H.I.E.L.D. In fact, Scarlett delivers the the only real poor performance, offering up cardboard cut out acting and her scripted action sequences feel just a tad too Matrix-y. Now, for the nerd-terbation this movie delivers on its hype and trailer, giving its fans one big nerd-gasm. There are references to upcoming and past Marvel
universe movies, and clearly introduces us to 2012’s Avengers movie. Even Captain America (slated 2011 release as well) cracks a mention. At times this movie is purely for the fans who have watched the Iron Man blu-ray like it's tech-porn, replaying and pausing the shots of his suit and inside his helmet - getting a good look at that HD armour. This movie delivers in spades for those fans, ensuring not only massive disc sales but also raises the bar for CGI. In fact this movie's CGI has amazing definition. The particle effects and damage that Whiplash's plasma whips throw out is jaw dropping-ly beautiful and are visually arresting on their own. And while all this is a massive positive for the Marvel geek, it might pander just too much to them, alienating others in a dizzy cacophony of plot points and characters. For wowing the audience so many times at the start, this movie still saves its meat and potatoes for the end. The end battle sequence is worthy of the trailer, and while it doesn’t offer many surprises, the action alone enthrals. This makes up for Spider-Man 3, now bring on Joss Whedon's The Avengers. _TOM VARIAN
Get a fresh perspective on Year 12 art Discover how the talented young artists of Year 12 see themselves in one of the Gallery’s most popular exhibitions Year 12 Perspectives – A showcase of Year 12 Art and Art & Design 20 February – 31 May 2010 open 10am – 5pm Wednesday – Monday Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth Cultural Centre artgallery.wa.gov.au For information 9492 6600
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VISUAL ARTS Mama Things, Perth Centre For Photography, 91 Brisbane Street, Northbridge. Bo Wong’s second solo exhibition continues her exploration into the fluidity of the human memory and its complex relationship to the static nature of ‘things’. Mama Things observes the multifarious bind between child and mother, where everyday logistics encounter the ethereal and miraculous. Exhibition runs ’til Sunday, May 16.
Harry’s body, mind and soul are publicly dissected - to the comedic delight of audience members. Devised, written and performed by Allan Girod, When Harry Met Harry is the hilarious story of one man’s struggle to come to terms with his existence by confronting his demons. Season opens on Wednesday, May 12, and runs ’til Saturday, May 29. Bookings can be made on (08) 9227 7005 or online at blueroom. org.au.
Hatched 2010, Per th Institute of Contemporary Arts, James Street, Perth. Exclusive to Perth, the Hatched National Graduate Show provides an unparalleled opportunity for talented art school graduates to present their work in a professional gallery context alongside that of their national peers. Bear witness to these brave contemporary pioneers as they head into new artistic territory with their extreme but thoughtful mix of expanded drawing and painting practices, soft architecture and aural environments - amongst other eye, mind and ear-bending aesthetic experiments. Exhibition runs ’til Sunday, June 13.
PERFORMANCE Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, co-created by Pierre Bismuth
Pierre Bismuth, Fremantle Arts Centre, 1 Finnerty Street, Fremantle. Academy Award winning artist Pierre Bismuth is packing up and heading to Fremantle for an exclusive screening of this cult film, an exhibition of his visual arts, and to share the stories he has collected over his expansive career. On Sunday, May 23, Bismuth will introduce a special screening of Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind. The film will be followed by a Q&A with the artist; the man whose idea spawned the storyline that’s become a modern classic. On Wednesday, May 26, Pierre Bismuth opens at Fremantle Arts Centre. An exhibition comprised of two works, Bismuth deploys humour to disorientate the viewers’ understanding of cultural forms like print media and film. Exhibition opens on Wednesday, May 26, and runs ’til Sunday, July 18. Today I Am What You Want Me To Be, Turner Galleries, 470 William Street, Northbridge. Olga Cironis has been wrapping and stitching objects for several years, sometimes in velvet and in more recent years she has turned to blankets. Her new exhibition features blankets she has been collecting for many years, each one representing a different period of time by its colour or design. Olga’s work addresses identity and memory and how we link it to notions of place, tradition, culture and customs. Exhibition runs ’til Saturday, May 15. Paper Products, Turner Galleries, 470 William Street, Northbridge. Much like Olga Cironis, Theo Koning has been wrapping domestic objects in brown paper, giving them new life and identities. The simplicity of the brown paper strips the objects of individuality, almost like home-brand objects, yet their distinctive shapes still place them from specific periods of time. Exhibition runs ’til Saturday, May 15.
Tetrafide Percussion Young Artists Showcase, Music Auditorium, WAAPA, 2 Bradford Street, Mt Lawley. The Tetrafide Percussion Young Artists are secondary school age percussion students who have completed six months of workshops, masterclasses and rehearsals in performance and composition led by Tetrafide and guest artists. The Young Artists Showcase will feature a new work for Japanese taiko, contemporary and Latin percussion by members of Tetrafide and works for junk, body and contemporary percussion by the Young Artists. Performance takes place on Saturday, May 7, at 7.30pm. Bookings can be made through the WAAPA Box Office on (08) 9370 6636.
Attempts On Her Life, WA Academy Of Performing Arts, Roundhouse Theatre, Braford Street, Mt Lawley. The third year acting students at the WA Academy Of Performing Arts will take to the stage of the Roundhouse theatre later this month with a production of Martin Crimp’s Attempts On Her Life. First produced at London’s Royal Court in 1997 and subsequently translated into 20 languages, Attempts On Her Life has been described as ‘a mesmerising theatrical experience of outstanding agility and imagination’. Season opens on Friday, April 30, and runs ’til Thursday, May 6. Bookings can be made through the WAAPA Box Office on (08) 9370 6636.
Flash, Geoff Gibbs Theatre, WAAPA, 2 Bradford Street, Mt Lawley. Flash, featuring eclectic dance works by Amaury Lebrun, Dean Walsh, Andries Weidemann and Sue Peacock, opens WAAPA’s 2010 dance season this May. Headlining the Flash program is the premiere of In Praise of Shade, a new work created for the WAAPA dance students by French choreographer Amaury Lebrun. Flash, with its four new dance works by highly-respected choreographers performed by WAAPA’s second and third year dance students, promises a richly varied and In Transience, Riseborough Estate Winery exciting evening of contemporary dance. and Gallery, Lot 21 Mooliabeenie Road, Season opens on Saturday, May 1, and Gingin. runs ’til Friday, May 7. Bookings can be made Emerging artist Stuart McMillan’s exhibition through the WAAPA Box Office on (08) 9370 6636. examines the contemplative experience of being, in a world of constant change. In When Harry Met Harry, Blue Room Theatre, 53 Transience features a selection of paintings, James Street, Northbridge. drawings, prints and recent installation work. Harry is a creature of pedantic ritual. Same routine, All are welcome to attend the opening and same people, same places, same happenings. meet the artist, this Sunday, May 2, from Above all else, he loathes personal development 2pm. seminars. Forced into a flurry of team building Exhibition runs ’til Saturday, June 27. sessions and effective communication workshops, Play Terrain, Perth Centre For Photography, 91 Brisbane Street, Northbridge. Play Terrain, photographed out on Cockatoo Island in Sydney, explores notions of role play, environment and self portraiture. As a self-portrait artist, Emily Portmann’s interests lie in the body, exploring how we convey our emotional and psychological states of being through our subconscious body language. Exhibition runs ’til Sunday, May 16.
Make It Happen by Alexandre Schoelcher
Make It Happen, Little Creatures, 40 Mews Road, Fremantle. Photographer Alexandre Schoelcher invites Perth to join him on a photographic journey through Ghana, Nepal and the Phillipines in Make It Happen. Featuring images that capture scenes of day to day life, the Make It Happen encourages viewers to hop a plane in search of adventure. Exhibition opens at 6pm on Friday, April 27, and runs ’til Monday, June 7.
IT’S HATCHED The spacious galleries at the Perth Institute Of Contemporary Arts were packed full of art-fans on Friday, April 16, for the opening of Hatched. Spread over two floors, Hatched is a comprehensive survey of emerging artists, featuring 39 creators from 20 art schools across Australia. Photographs by Matt Jelonek
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FASHION SILENT NIGHT
The folks at Pigeonhole think a change of season definitely warrants a change of wardrobe, which is why they’re inviting fashion fanatics to make their way to Bon Marche Arcade this Friday evening for a celebration of autumn and winter fashions. Kicking off at 7.30pm, the event will feature a parade showcasing designer labels such as Velour, The Acadamee, Limedrop, Orri Hemrisson, plus Pigeonhole’s new accessories and vintage clothing collections. If you love scoring secondhand bargains but don’t have time to rifle through op-shops, chances are you’ll fall head over heels in like with Pigeonhole’s new vintage range – it’s cheap, cheerful and doesn’t require sorting through stinky odds and ends to find a gem. Musical accompaniment on the evening will be provided by the dapper chaps from The Silents, who promise toetapping numbers for a night of good music and great fashion. All are welcome to come along to the launch on Friday; for more information on the event, head to pigeonhole.com.au. You’ll find Pigeonhole in the Bon Marche Arcade off Barrack Street, plus stores in London Court and Shafto Lane.
Wander into the incredibly chic Zara Bryson Boutique in Subiaco to discover a veritable treasure trove of designer wares. Opening late last year, the Hay Street boutique is home to an incredible array of high-fashion labels that will tempt anyone with an eye for style. In addition to garments and accessories from talented folks such as Karen Walker, Make Believe and Tristan Blair, you’ll discover gorgeous creations from Perth’s own Poppy Lissiman and Carly Hunter, plus designs from Stretsis, Katie Hosking, Friend Of Mine and many many more. Whether you’re hunting for a gift for someone special, or just want to spoil yourself, be sure to wander in to Zara Bryson – it’s doubtful that you’ll leave empty handed! Zara Bryson is located at shop 2, 502 Hay Street. For a taste of what you’ll discover in store, head to zarabrysonshop.blogspot.com.
Pigeonhole’s A/W range (Photography by Christine Lim, Styling by Hannah McGrath and Anna Brown)
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The Victoria Park Hotel is located in the heart of Victoria Park and is regarded by many as the areaâ€™s premier sporting and entertainment venue. The Hotel comprises of four bars, a licensed restaurant, private function room and drive-thru bottle shop. Focusing on hearty pub grub, the Victoria Park Hotelâ€™s menu is packed with great value options. Daily specials are prepared using the freshest local produce and the food ranges from steaks, pasta, salads and seafood dishes. The restaurant is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner with children welcome. The Vic Park Hotel is also a great place to have a casual drink and catch up with friends, watch the game on the huge screens or even have a great night out listening to live entertainment. There are 17 local, boutique and imported beers on tap, and an extensive wine and cocktail list. The front and lounge bar areas boast three huge screens showing all your favourite sports from rugby, AFL, racing, cricket, boxing and more. Tuesday Night is Student Night at the Vic Park Hotel with drink specials, free pool and DJs from 8pm.
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Isolation Walpurgisnacht ! Dance around the indoor bonfire all night to ward off evil spirits. Get pagan with Dj Koe & Travs Dooms mix of post-punk, Goth & Cold wave
Open Decks First Birthday
Featuring Micah, FrankINFX, Munkee, Affiliate, Sixfaez & dMo
Community presents the
DEPH ONE Auf Wiedersehen triangle party with all your community favorites. 9pm Gold Coin Donation.
Big Screen Spectacular. The Derby Eagles VS Dockers
MARCO V GENRE BENDING MAESTRO No stranger to these shores, Marco V last visited Perth with Trance Energy 2009, rocking the main stage at Belvoir but 2003’s Godskitchen tour remains fresh in his mind when mid set Metros had to be evacuated due to a fire door being opened but as he explains, that was far from his worst experience on the road;“One thing that I still remember and that was for Godskitchen also, I went to play at this party and the Police came and shut the party down. It was all licensed and they had approval from the government but the Police still came in and shut the whole party down so I went all the way over to Kuala Lumpur for nothing, just came there and didn’t play one record and went back home again!” With the nation-wide Creamfields tour mere days away, Marco’s thoughts surprisingly begin to wander far from the task at hand; “I love smoothies from Australia! I can’t wait to get a smoothie! The first thing I want to do when I get off the plane is to get a big smoothie!” He pauses momentarily, seemingly lost in the alluring world of Australian smoothies before regaining his train of thought and continuing; “You’ve got such a beautiful country and such a great party atmosphere you know, people are always very enthusiastic so I’m really happy to be back again this year, I wasn’t in Australia for a couple of years and then two times last year so yeah really happy
Marco V to be back now!” 2009 saw Marco not only release one but two studio albums, Propaganda v 1 and Propaganda v 2 and he emphasises the true measure of their success isn’t in dollars and cents; “You know about record sales, I don’t even want to talk about the sales for CDs or records but I know when something is going well, like last week I was in Minsk, I’d never been there before and they know my music and I know that its good then because I don’t know how they get it all but it seemed all the people in the room they knew my music so that’s when I can say it was very successful!” With global album sales in dramatic freefall across the globe, many artists are now focusing on releasing singles instead of full
length albums. Marco shares his thoughts on the challenging environment ahead; “It’s something that I’m going to do now for a while because it’s a lot of time and effort that you put into an album and hard to say how successful an album is because the sales are not there like they were before so there are not so many record stores anymore, definitely not in Europe and you almost think, what am I doing it for? But now this album is half a year old and I’m DJing all over and people know my music so I’m reaching the people anyway, if it’s by the internet or whatever, it doesn’t matter how they get it, as long as it reaches the people then that’s what my goal is!” It is a simple philosophy that has served Marco V extremely well over a career spanning fourteen years and whilst many of his contemporaries are often straining to catch a glimpse of what he does next, his dreams for the future remain uncomplicated; “As long as I can keep producing my music and doing my gigs and having fun then I’m more than happy! It’s not like I want to be top of the world or I want to be this or that or go into the studio with P-Diddy (chuckles), it’s not something that I’m after! I’m really happy with the way things are going you know!” Marco concludes with some reassuring news for his legion of fans across the globe; “I’m even going to play when I’m in a wheelchair, in fifty years you’ll still find me behind my decks on a wheelchair!” MARCO V SUNDAY, MAY 2 @ CREAMFIELDS, CLAREMONT SHOWGROUNDS Hittin’ the town since 1985
THE GOLDEN FILTER SOLID GOLD
Stephen Hindman and Penelope Trappes, formerly of electronic duo Lismore, have both found success with a brand new beast: The Golden Filter. On the eve of releasing their debut album, Voluspa, they It’s impossible to mention speak to GLEN PARKS about Nordic poetry, first impressions and not listening to internet hype. last year’s Trance Energy tour themes really rang true to both of us.” without reliving one of the most The Golden Filter are a band with two The first occurred when “In the poem, essentially this epic trance sets Perth has ever beginnings. American Stephen Hindman met Australian woman tells the story of the beginning of witnessed, that of Sean Tyas, Penelope Trappes - Hindman and Trappes struggles and perceives the end. And out of whose back to back performance lived in buildings adjacent to each other the end she sees humanity. Which is pretty after meeting on the street, they started deep, but I think it’s a cyclical message that with Simon Patterson has become and, talking. Trappes remembers Hindman as people can relate to.” part of local trance folklore. “shy but intelligent”, while Hindman says he So far, ending Lismore and GLEN CANNING managed to was “kind of intimidated” by Trappes. beginning The Golden Filter has been a wise They hit it off, but according move for the duo. The Golden Filter have track down Sean Tyas midway to Hindman music was wasn’t their first been receiving a lot of hype from various through his much anticipated connection. “We were chatting about film, blogs and music websites. But Hindman photography and just generally. On our third return tour of Australia preaches keeping a “healthy distance” from meeting, somewhere in there, Penelope told me, ‘by the way I know how to sing.’ I was like, ‘Oh really?’ So eventually we just decided to try and work on music together.” Forming Lismore, Hindman and Trappes released two EPs and an album, We Could Connect Or We Could Not. But after writing Solid Gold, Lismore was no more. Hindman explains. “The Golden Filter is a different band altogether. It’s a different sound. As far as we’re concerned, it’s not even in the same headspace at all. They’re two different things. We’ll never go back to Lismore; we killed it off completely, it’s a dead project.”
Sean Tyas At the recent Trance Awards, Tyas picked up the ‘Best New Face’ award and polled third and fifth in the ‘Best Remixer’ and ‘Best Producer’ categories, proving his move from his native New York to Switzerland had really paid off. Tyas agrees. “It really is flattering and it’s nice to know that the productions are resonating with people, it’s really good to know I’m on the right path.” Tyas’ recognition seems quite overdue considering his productions have been a regular feature in the playlists of iconic DJs Armin Van Buuren, Ferry Corsten, Paul Van Dyk and Above & Beyond for the past five years. Says Tyas: “You know what? That actually means more to me than any of the awards!” It’s only been in recent years that dance music has really been exposed to the masses in America, a country that has long been drowning in the hugely popular country, rap, r ‘n’ b and hip hop cultures. Tyas attempts to explain how a young boy living in New York was drawn to the driving rhythms of trance. “As a young teenager around thirteen, fourteen years old I was into gabba and happy hardcore but then I guess after happy hardcore, the next logical step in the progression would be to calm it down a bit and it sort of moulds into trance. I was really into the melodies! I really got into trance music and started going out and seeing guys like Paul Van Dyk when he played in the States and it has just gone from there!” With a staggering 91 original and remixed productions under his belt, Tyas has worked with trance heavyweights Armin Van Buuren, John O’Callaghan and Above & Beyond to name but a few, but even successful artists can be left a little awestruck when working with other producers, as Tyas exclaims. “ G u i s e p p e O t t i v i a n i ! We h ave spoken before about a project and we’re planning on doing at least one or two tracks together in the future so I’m really looking forward to that because I really look up to him as the best in trance and most talented musically. I’m really thrilled to even get a chance, to get a crack at working with him!” Tyas’ weekly radio show Tytanium Sessions has recently broadcast its forty second episode and Tyas has been thrilled with the support it has received in its first year, as he shares: “It’s been amazing! I love going on every couple of weeks and checking the statistics for each show and how many subscribers it has done officially and I’m shocked at how well its done in the course of a year!” Alongside his projected launch of Tytanium Recordings and a punishing tour schedule, Tyas squeezes into the studio as much as he can; “I’m still trying to find that balance! It’s really hard and I don’t think that will ever be perfected.”
The Golden Filter Beginnings and endings have been a big theme for Trappes and Hindman. So much so in fact, it resulted in the interesting name of Voluspa. As Trappes explains, “I found myself exploring Nordic history and one door opened another door to discovering this old poem, Völuspá. The
what’s written about them, thanks to some valuable advice. “We were on tour with The Presets and we were looking at Twitters about ourselves early in our career and Kim Moyes was like, ‘don’t do that! You can’t pay attention to that stuff.’ So since then we’ve tried to keep it at a distance. Basically there’s every opinion under the sun and it’s really information overload so you can’t let it affect you.” THE GOLDEN FILTER VOLUSPA [BRILLE RECORDS/ REMOTE CONTROL]
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MAGGOT MOUF STRAIGHT FROM THE MAGGOT’S MOUF
Upcoming Melbourne rapper Maggot Mouf (or, as his grandfolks probably prefer to call him, Dave Carter) is performing in Perth for the first time on Saturday, May 1. He speaks with JOSHUA HAYES about the show and his new album. Carter, an affiliate of the Hospice Crew and member of their record label Broken Tooth Entertainment, is touring to get his name out in the lead up to his debut full length You’re All Ears, which he hopes to release in the next few months. But before we get to that, we need to find out how he ended up with the name Maggot Mouf. “Me and my mates are always fucking around and calling each other names like shitheel or dickward or pubeface,” he explains – common behaviour in an atmosphere of testosterone and alcohol, really. “Someone came up with ‘Maggot Mouf’ and it just stuck. I think it was (Hospice Crew front man) Ciecmate that said ‘you should rap with that name’ and I just went ‘fuck it, yeah, why not?’.” Carter first got involved in hip hop as a teenager in Canberra, where he attended the same high school as Hospice Crew rapper
Rhys. He first came to the attention of listeners nationwide with his guest spot on the Hospice Crew’s Visiting Hours album (which saw the group collaborating with artists nationwide, including Perth’s Drapht, Downsyde and Clandestien). In recent years he moved to Melbourne, where he officially joined Broken Tooth Entertainment and featured on their compilation Dental Records Volume 1. He released his Maggots Anonymous mixtape in October 2008. The mixtape consisted of only 13 songs, but saw Carter collaborating with over 20 prominent rappers and producers. “I just wanted all my mates that helped me out to get on that album,” Carter explains, comparing Maggots Anonymous to the upcoming You’re All Ears. “This album is more solo, more personal type shit. A lot of work went into those tracks, I’ve been sitting on some of those tracks for like three years and I just wanted the right time to release them. I wanted to get more personal on every track,” he continues.“I’d say I only really write raps
Maggot Mouf in the shittiest of times, in the worst times I’ll write raps and I’ll really feel it. When I’m all energetic and happy I just don’t feel like rapping at all.” However, this doesn’t mean that You’re All Ears is going to be a depressing listen.“I reckon people might be surprised. There’s two sides you can take to anything that happens in the world; you can laugh at it or you can get pissed off, and that’s pretty much, track for track, what my album is,” Carter says. “You’re either gonna relate and get angry, or just laugh and I dunno, just smoke a doobie and listen, and I reckon whoever’s smoking that doobie will feel it, hopefully.” Carter will preview tracks at his Perth show, where he will be supported by the likes of Hunter and Dazastah and Wolverine. Carter is touring with fellow rapper Dekoda, who recently released his debut EP Songs For Ben.“We’ve gonna try and make a good set that people can vibe to and get pissed to and have a good time,” he says.
MAGGOT MOUF SATURDAY, MAY 1 @ CIVIC HOTEL
If Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade [Onelove/Sony] Once upon a time, there was a breakbeat DJ/ producer from Italy known as Madox, who eventually fled the scene to produce music under the Riva Star alias. While breaks fans might be grieving his departure from the scene, one listen to If Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade is enough to show he’s achieved far more under the Riva Starr alias than anything he’d managed in his previous lifetime. The bizarre, Eastern European flavour of his hit If I Was Drunk made me wince at the prospect we’d have a novelty album on our hands; but it turns out these fears were misguided, as here we’ve got a veritable smorgasbord of musical delights, with the heavy Balkan inspiration working cleverly alongside slickly produced electro glitch, and a solid groove that’s present every step of the way. Literally every track brings something new to the table - whether it’s the wonky basslines and glitchy bleeps of China Fuzz, the rolling tribal beats of Maria or the percussive tech house of Black Mama. Original, exciting and more than a little strange – If Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade is clever stuff and it’ll definitely go down as one of 2010’s most memorable dance releases.
ANGUS PATERSON 4/5
Kitsuné Maison 9: The Cotton Issue [etcetc/Kitsune]
FRIDAY MAY 14. 10PM-5AM
There is no denying it, French-Japanese independent music label Kitsuné Maison have always had their finger on the pulse. Kitsuné Maison 9 (playfully subtitled ‘The Cotton Issue’) is no different. Inspired by a birth in the Kitsuné family and a baby floating around the place, Kitsuné 9 is a soft, peaceful album that leaves you feeling warm and fuzzy. Throw a bunch of carefully selected names onto the one CD, including the likes of Washed Out, Holy Ghost, Penguin Prison and Yuksek, add remixes by The Twelves and Lifelike, and coat it all in the hand-drawn signature Kitsuné album collage cover art, and you can’t lose. Unlike the last few Kitsuné albums, the song selections (with the exception of a few tracks) are hitherto relatively unheard of on the blog stratosphere. Priding themselves on good taste and the future of cool, this album is littered with great tracks and slow burners that you can’t help but dance to. With The Cotton Issue, the Kitsuné shepherds ensure that us lambs are lead to water, and that we don’t stray to close to the usual popular wolves of music genre.
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Nine’s Mixtape creator, dub-step leader Rekab, will be on the decks, as well as an exclusive performance MOJOS KING BROWN RECORDS from the Dub Get Dirty Jam Band NIGHT Head to Mojos on the last (last seen supporting HEALTH Thursday of every month and you at Beck’s Music Box). The Cut N can pretty much be guaranteed a Paste Soundsytem will likewise good time, thanks to the kids at King Brown Records, who’ve been be showing off their new visual pulling together some damn fine hi-jinks, mixing sounds and sights. line ups of local Aussie hip hop Don’t miss out on what’s sure to be talent, and providing a great party a ripper of a night! Tickets $15 from atmosphere, to boot. Tonight sees cutandpaste.com.au or epicevent. Smiley, LSD, Apprentice, Delirious, com. Doors open 8pm. Down South Crew and Azmatic Kid bringing the beats. $10 on the RISE SEAN TYAS Sean Tyas returns to Australian shores for the first door from 8pm. time since his breathtaking main Broken Hill Hotel – Fixed - DJ Die stage demolition of the Trance Energy tour. Currently ranked 46 Wrekt Vs Pope Civic Hotel (The Den) – DJ Messy in DJ Mag’s Top 100 (2009), Sean brings to the dancefloor a mix of Clancy’s (Canning Bridge) - DJ melodic harmony, driving groove Wrighteous and cutting edge production Club Bayview – DJ Ryan techniques. Get your piece of Tyas Club Marakesh – DJ Simon when he comes to Rise tonight, Eve –DJ Tony Allen for the Tytanium Sessions. Rise Flying Scotsman (Main Roo members $5 before 11pm, $10 - Pasha’s Kitchen – The Big Man thereafter. Non-members $10 Flying Scotsman (Velvet before 11pm $20 thereafter. Lounge) – Isolation - Koe/ Travis Door sales only from 9.30pm. Doom Foundry - DJ Ricky S H A P E ( U P S TA I R S ) P H AC E Liquid Nightclub – DJ Buda Currently at the forefront of the Llama Bar – Run Rabbit Run international scene, German drum Mustang – DJ Giles ‘n’ bass producers Phace can Mojos – King Brown Records boast a plethora of outstanding Night - Smiley/ LSD/ Apprectice/ releases on labels like Renegade Delirious/Down South Crew/ Hardware, Subtitles Music, Virus Azmatic Kid Niche - Johnni P/ Rob Blandford Recordings, Cyanide, Lifted and Onyx - Avicii more. Yet they’re equally as well Paddy Hannans - Crazy Craig respected for their incredible, Players Bar – Neon Lights - DJ impulsive and precise DJ Samuel Spencer performances. Phace take over Swinging Pig – DJ Simon Shape (upstairs) tonight. Support The Clink – DJ Jinx from Muller, Descent, Deflo, Sempy The Deen – DJ Flex/ DJ Nano/ DJ and hosted by MC Xsessiv. Tickets Serge/ DJ Don Migi $20 presale from shapebar. The East End - DJ Midfield com.au or $25 on the door. The Queens – Weekend Warm-up The Whistling Kite - DJ Gareth METRO FREO LIMELITE – DJ The Shed – DJ Andyy FALCON Signed on the French Woodvale Tavern – DJ Melvin record label Roulé, DJ Falcon is one half of the team responsible for classic French house hit So ▶ FRIDAY 30/04 Much Love To Give, which he coTHE BIRD CUT N PASTE ISSUE 9 wrote with none other than Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter. The man LAUNCH Local DVD publication Cut N Paste launch their first DVD has played all over the world at prestigious clubs like Pacha, Fabric of the year, filled with highlights from the summer festival season, in London, Rex in Paris, Cocoon in Frankfurt and Womb in Tokyo. as well as interviews with WA Screen Awards winners and street His sets are inspired by a touch of electro, old skool, house classics, artist Creepy. To launch this great issue, the C n P crew are holding indie dance and new rave: you can guarantee any Falcon show is full to a shindig tonight, featuring some top entertainment from Paper the brim with spine-tingling, dirty Chain Records’ Ta-Ku, in his first live- house beats. Catch him at Limelite showcase featuring a list of local tonight. Support from Zelimir and emcess and singers. Cut N Paste Mel B.
▶ THURSDAY 29/04
BAR OPEN (UPSTAIRS) FUNKED UP A very groovy line up is set to have to dancing your funk out ‘til the early hours at the return of popular night Funked Up. Dash makes his debut set, an old school legend who promises to bring only his funkiest house and tech to the table. Aaron Richards, Sirius B, Mireyleese and AshBee will be delivering the finest in tech, Dutch and big room house for your listening pleasure. Dress smart. Doors open 10pm. $10 before 11pm; $15 thereafter. Amplifier – DJ Shannon Fox/ DJ Jamie Ambar – Destination? - TOM EQ/ Signal Drivers/ Grantley Hyde/ James Francis/ DYP Bar 138 – Uptown Rankin - Dj Chio/ Ricky Trooper/ Ricky Trooper Bar Open (Upstairs) – Funked Up - Dash/ Aaron Richards/ Sirius B/ Mireyleese/ AshBee Bar Open (Downstairs) – Control – Scott D Bar Republic – Pin Up! –Time Travel Agent/Pin Up DJs/Amnesia Basement On Broadway – Friday Therapy – DJ Urban Tiger Broken Hill Tavern – DJ Nick Alexander Capitol – Capitol Fridays Retro Mash Clancy’s (Canning Bridge) - DJ Boogie Como Hotel – DJ Gazz Double Lucky –Full Circle – Adam Kelly/ Cee/ Masri Eve – Suga N Spice – Don Migi/ Skooby/ Dannyboi Flying Scotsman (Main Room) – Time Tunnel - DJ Rok Riley/ Joe 19 Flying Scotsman (Defectors) - The Beat Suite – Micah/ Sharif Galal Flying Scotsman (Velvet Lounge) - Open Decks Sessions 1st Birthday – Micah/ FrankINFX/ MunkEE/ Affiliate/ Sixfaez Geisha Bar – Mezzanine – Lara Hyams/ Frankie Button/ Miss Tokyo High Wycombe – Fill In Da Gap Hipe Club - DJ E-Funk Impact Bar – So Fine Fridays - The Empressions/DJ Zoom Llama Bar - DJ Morris/DJ Reuben Library – DJ AZT/ DJ Fiveo Liquid Nightclub - DJ Matty / Ricky Lakers Tavern – Fresh Fridays - DJ Dooey Manhattans - Stratosfunk Metro City – R&B Superstar – DJ Rectangle/ DJ Kartoon Kidd/ DJs Junior/ Headayke/ Ruthless/ Brett
HERNAN’S HOUSE OF HOLLER HERNAN CATTANEO / Mono Lisa / Progress Inn Ambar Sunday, April 25, 2010
The last long weekend for a while was good reason to celebrate: for the Anzacs, for the Dockers and for Democracy - who, in a major coup, secured Argentinean legend Hernan Cattaneo, for a supposed three hour set. Initially planned or the Quarry Amphitheatre, the gig was moved to Ambar, and while it would be great to get your rave on at the Quarry, the move was probably for the best, as it was a cosy night in the club and the music was cranking, as it should be! After some appropriately progressive warm up tunes courtesy of Mono Lisa and Progress Inn, it came time for the main event, at the relatively early time of 10pm, though the atmosphere in the club had already reached considerable heights. As Hernan took to the booth, the 36
discerning, ‘up for it’ crowd hollered their approval. This was Hernan’s first time playing his own gig in Perth, on the back of his Masters Series mix (and landmark 50th Renaissance release) of last year, it was a pleasure to get to enjoy the man in an intimate club set, rather than a festival environment. His slow burning, gradual mixing style really suits a smaller room and he fed off the energy of the crowd, displaying an innate sense of timing – reading the vibe and going with it. He had everyone dancing all night with a tightly mixed set of tribal beats, that didn’t let up for a full four hours! A purveyor of true, deep, progressive, percussive house – Cattaneo has a firm hold on the mix at all times, always keeping it moving. The entire set was like one silky smooth, seamless journey through all shades of house. Never cheesy or commercial, but music that tugs at the heartstrings - he mixed a lot of fresh, underground material, with dark, driving rhythms, bubbling beneath the
Costello/ Kyte/ Nick Alexander Metropolis Fremantle – Limelite DJ Falcon/ Zelimir/ Mel B Merrina Tavern – DJ Terry Mint – Club Retro – Chris McPhee Mustang- James MacArthur/ DJ Swing Norma Jeans – DJ Phil Onyx Bar – Slick/ Adroc Oxford Hotel – DJ Sequeria Paddy Hannans - Crazy Craig Paramount – DJ Morgan / Jordan Principal Micro Brewery – DJ Simon Queens Tav – DJ Rueben Rise – Sean Tyas/ GeRmAn/ Travis Eddy/ Simon Barwood/ Steven Tranzor Rocket Room – DJ Jessica Kill/ MC Tomas Ford Rubix – Gene Bourne/ Kenny L Sail & Anchor - DJ Anaru Sapphire Bar – SuperFly Shape – Phace/Muller/Descent/ Deflo/Sempy/MC Xsessiv South St Ale House – DJ Jay Stamford Arms - DJ Janic The Clink – DJ Jinx The Deen – DJ Birdie/ DJ Nano/ DJ Serge The Eastern – DJ Midfield The Manor – Norman Jay The Queens – DJ Rueben The Republic – Pin Up! Francesco Pilling/ Cluedo Pierres/ Amnesia/ Muv & Larry The Shed – DJ Andyy Tiger Lils – Paul Malone/ Joby / Alex K Toucan Club – DJ Armee Windsor – Dj Riki and Ray Victoria Park Hotel – DJ Melvin
▶ SATURDAY 1/05 VILL A FREEST YLERS/SKOOL OF THOUGHT Rock ing clubs and parties for over a decade, Aston Harvey and Matt Cantor, AKA The Freestylers, are still one of the most exciting names in dance music. They’ve had Top 20 chart hits, headlined big festivals, won numerous awards, sold half a million albums and were the first electronic act to play fully live on legendary BBC TV show Top Of The Pops. The Freestylers are a fast-moving, electro-rocking monster that’ll hit your house like a tidal wave with tune after tune after tune. There’s Push Up, Painkiller, Get A Life, Warning and a realm of filthiness from Adventures in Freestyle, Raw As F**k and A Different Story Vol. 1. Hot breakbeat producers Skool Of Thought, also on the line up, make this an unmissable Saturday
night! Tickets $33 plus booking fee from Planet Video, Mills, 78s and Moshtix Outlets and online from Boomtick.com.au, moshtix.com. au and inthemix.com.au. Doors open 10pm. T H E V E LV E T LO U N G E T H E COMMUNITY PRESENTS - DEPH ONE The Community’s King of the Triangle, Deph One, is leaving for overseas adventures, so The Community are hosting ‘Deph One’s Auf Wiedersehen Triangle Party’: head to the Velvet Lounge dressed ‘triangular’ or in an outfit inspired by the magical shape. Deph One is also known as a purveyor of all dub inspired sounds. So The Community are providing the finest in community dub inspired beats and movements, featuring WattHZ founder Ylem, R T R F M ’s Basscheck c o - h o s t Sibalance, Arms in Motion, Boost Hero Man, Intenso 33 and The Community Jam Band, that features all the members jamming with whatever is left over on the night (featuring Deph One on drums!). Doors open 9pm, free entry. Head on down and give Deph One the send off he deserves! RISE MAYDAY – SHOCKONE Join PDMA ‘Best Drum ‘N’ Bass DJ’ for the past two years running, ShockOne, as he plays alongside Revolution residents Greg Packer and MC Xsessiv. Special guests DJs Muller and Jazza. Host of RTRFM’s Bass Check programme, and PDMA ‘Best Dubstep DJ’ of 2009, Rekab, will also be making his Rise debut. Doors open 9.30pm. Free entry before 10pm. Rise members free before 11pm, $5 thereafter. Non-members $5 before 11pm, $10 before 12am, $15 thereafter. Ambar – Japan 4 – Buda/ Len Bones/ Prizzy/ Philly/ Mono Lisa Amplifier – Pure Pop – DJ Eddie Electric Bar Open (Downstairs) – The House Of Medici – Sirius B/Artista/ Acebasik/Kastel/Chiari Bar Open (Upstairs) - Mix It Up DJ Blackbelt/DJ Suave Basement On Broadway – DJ Ricky Black Bettys- DJ Trubble/ DJ Jinx Black Tom’s – Revival - DJ Trevor Hutchison Broken Hill Tavern – DJ Nick Alexander Capitol (Downstairs) –Death Disco – Death Disco DJs Capitol (Upstairs) – 80s Classics – DJ Rya
Captain Stirling - DJ Dano Clink- DJ Cheese Civic Hotel (Backroom) – DJ Red Club Bay View – VIP Saturdays – DJ Ryan Connections – Michy T / JJ / Brian Double Lucky – Mario Tavelli Eurobar – Roger Smart/ DJ Raci Eve – Eve Resident DJs Fly By Night – Northern Soul – DJ Tony TBone/ Suzie Cue/ Barry Mr Motown/ DJ Denny Flying Scotsman (Velvet Lounge) – The Community Presents Deph One (see above) Flying Scotsman (Defectors) – Lucid Dreaming - James Francis/ La Gooch/Luke Reti/ Flex Flying Scotsman (Main Room) – Transmission – Andrei Mazz Flying Scotsman (Velvet Lounge) - Deph One’s Auf Wiedersehen Triangle Party – Yelm/ Sibalance/ Arms In Motion/ Boost Hero Man/ The Community Dub Jam Band/ Intenso 33 Geisha –Joie – DJ Tizer/ T-Box/ Johnathon Livingston High Wycombe – DJ Matt Hipe Club - DJ E-Funk Impact Bar – DJ Abstar Leederville - DJ Loco Ren Library - DJ AZT/ DJ Fiveo/ DJ Jimmy Phatz/ DJ Zeke/ DJ L Street Little Creatures Loft – Liquid Lounge Intelligent D’n’B Liquid Nightclub - DJ Matty / Ricky Llama Bar – VJ Zoo/ DJ Rueben/ DJ Tony Lopez Manhattans – Rhythm Train – JO19 Metro City – Australia’s Hottest Dance Crew – Heat 2 - DJs Kyte/ Slick/ Angry Buda/ Matty S Mint – Pop Life - Darren Briais Mojo’s – Urthboy/Mantra Mullaloo Beach Hotel – DJ Danny Mustang – DJ Rockabilly/ DJ James MacArthur Niche – DJ Manda Power/ Cee/ Adam/ Kelly/Josh D Norma Jeans – DJ Dwayne Onyx - DJ Kayper Oxford Hotel – DJ Sequeria Paramount – DJ Meezy / Jordan / Reuben Queens Tav – DJ Gear Rocket Room – DJ Brett Rowe Rise – Mayday - ShockOne/ Greg Packer/ Muller/ Jazza/ Rekab Rubix – Kenny L/ DJ Delaney Sail & Anchor – DJ Shannon James
moved into a deeper, harder, more abrasive, techy style – effortlessly shifting gears. The last hour was particularly solid, as he raised the bar even more, the dancefloor remaining packed. Pleasantly surprising us by deciding to play on ‘til two, Hernan was obviously enjoying himself. A sly grin across his face, as he shook his head side to side, his shaggy mop of hair swaying in time with the beat, as he guided the next tune in; looking up occasionally, cracking a smile as he spotted some mad punter throwing themselves around with reckless abandon. After a huge climax, the crowd roared for ‘one more!’ and Cattaneo obliged, winding out the awesome Christian Smith remix of Carl Craig’s At Les – a perfect track to end a wicked night. Pure, unadulterated dancefloor rocket fuel. Respect to the Democracy crew for putting on the gig, and to Cattaneo for delivering one of the best club sets in recent memory. And respect to the crowd who were in high spirits Hernan Cattaneo surface, shimmering synths, huge breakdowns all night - it was great to see such an awesome and sparse minimal textures, before exploding vibe in the club all night. All hail Hernan the with thundering basslines, all tweaked to man – the South American god of dance! perfection. ALFRED GORMAN As the night wore on he slowly Hittin’ the town since 1985
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▶ SUNDAY 2/5 CLAREMONT SHOWGROUNDS CREAMFIELDS One of the world’s greatest electronic music festivals, now in its 12th year, Creamfields continues to dominate the festival market, spanning 17 countries and attracting a worldwide audience of nearly three million people. The Perth premiere event sees some pretty amazing artists fly in for the occasion, both up and comers and established names alike. Featuring The Bloody Beetroots Death Crew 77, Steve Angello, MSTRKRFT, Ferry Corsten, LMFAO, Dave Clarke, Marco V, Green Velvet, Dirty South, Kid Sister, Joris Voorn, Lifelike, Riva Starr, Tommie Sunshine and loads more, you can grab your tickets from www.moshtix.com.au or Moshtix outlets. Doors open 11.30am. For map and playing times see Salt News, a few pages back. There are no ATMs, so make sure you bring your cash! And your ID, too. Captain Stirling – DJ Jay Clink – DJ Tony Allen Club Bayview – DJ Pete Euro Bar – DJ Flex Claremont Showgrounds – Creamfields - The Bloody Beetroots Death Crew/ 77 live/ Steve Angello/ Ferry Corsten/ MSTRKRFT/ LMFAO/ Dirty South/ Green Velvet/ Kid Sister/ Zelimir/ Frankie Buttons Eve – Industry – Birdie/ Don Migi/ Skooby/ MC Jex Flying Scotsman (Defectors) – Back To Mono –Gareth R/Ted Schlecte/Anton Mazz Flying Scotsman (Downstairs) -
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Kosmic Sound Block Party Saturday, April 24 Kosmic Sound, Osbourne Park DMC champion J Red and Optamus from Downsyde entertained a crowd of loyal Kosmic Sound customers, Perth DJ royalty and partygoers at Kosmic Sound’s pumping block party on Saturday. A massive 33K sound system saw the entire Osbourne Park vicinity pumping with sound like never before! Some lucky punters went home with great Pioneer DJ equipment prizes thanks to Kosmic; all went home with mad beats ringing in their ears. Photographs by Matt Jelonek
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exceptionally talented group breezed through a solid repertoire of songs from new album Sunshower. New fans quickly jumped on board at closing and made their way to the merch stand (graciously manned by the band), who quickly sold out of albums. Anticipation built awaiting the rather late entry of Regina Spektor. Finally the lights dimmed and a petite red head in a casual and loose fitting black dress stepped out and timidly, in an almost sickly sweet and infantile voice, greeted the sold out crowd. Tardiness was quickly forgiven as Spektor began poppy hit The Calculation and recent release Far. Although most were starving for her start, it was hard to miss the clinical tone. Slowly, but surely Spektor seemed to settle into her skin, becoming stronger with every song. For fans that missed Jupiter One, Spektor re-introduced them, as they doubled as her band. K Ishibashi on the violin, Dave Heilman on drums and Ben Cho on the cello - each dressed in all black with hipster skinny ties - so very Brooklyn. With the first chord of Laughing With, there was a sigh from the clearly pleased soldout crowd. This was a turning point of the set, with the gusto of the track letting Spektor’s powerful and flawless voice shine - the clarity and zeal igniting goose pimples. It proved fascinating to people watch the reactions from the diverse attendees at the show. Whilst most were young Mount Lawley hipsters or couples, or a combination of the two, there were just enough baby boomers and pre-adolescent girls scattered to reinforce Spektor’s broad appeal. Picking up her signature teal guitar and standing solo she slowly started That Time, creating a picture perfect moment that highlighted the essence of who Spektor is; a Regina Spektor (photo: Amy Vinicombe) quirky, passionate yet still slightly confused but assured young woman. The lyrics ridden with to drug use and the randomness Regina Spektor /Jupiter One references of her reality didn’t make her strange, just genuine and irregular as the rest of us. Riverside Theatre, Perth Convention Centre After a four song encore, Spektor left Wednesday, 21 April, 2010 with a ‘big fat kiss from America’ as we rose in unison for an extended standing ovation Running late, Jupiter One stepped on stage hopefully with enough passion to encourage a to a capacity crowd eagerly awaiting Regina return visit, time and time again. Spektor’s first appearance in Western Australia _YASMIN SHERIFF and the first date of her Australian tour. The
THE EARLE OF ROSEMOUNT Justin Townes Earle/Justin Walshe Duo/Hayley Beth The Rosemount Hotel Friday, April 23, 2010 Humans have invented football-field sized TVs, competitive cooking shows, and laid down a vast networks of intraweb pipes, but the simple combination of a lone songwriter accompanied and an acoustic guitar continues to have uncanny appeal as a form popular entertainment. They could’ve been at home watching 3D television, or listening to the latest Timbaland single, but the Friday night Rosemount crowd had chosen to watch Justin Townes Earle, a rakish man wearing a bow tie strumming an old guitar, and wailing about girls he’d rather forget. Despite an esteemed Tennessean being in the house,flu-addled opener Hayley Beth chose black sambuca over Jack Daniels to inebriate the frog in her throat. With even more swagger and drawl than usual (perhaps owing to the medicinal tipple), Beth played well, but struggled to hold a crowd clearly anxious to see the main attraction. Beth’s impressively powerful pipes are an obvious strength, but it’d be nice to hear more light and shade to give the set more dynamics. Justin Walshe kept with the all-acoustic theme of the evening with Rhyll Wilson joining him on ukulele throughout. Current single Pockets Full Of Gold was a highlight with its slow-burning chain-gang thump, and eerie outback narrative. With Earle’s music so indebted to American country, blues and folk, Walshe’s bush-tinged tales
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were a nice reminder that Australia has a strong tradition of its own. Audience members expecting country rock in-line with Earle’s father Steve’s would have been given a wake up with the hillbilly, bluegrass twang of opener They Killed John Henry. With evocative talk of long roads to Texas and country murders, it was a good way to lead the audience into Earle’s world of classic American songwriting, rattling railways and fried chicken. Poor Fool was a croon-ier affair with its Hank Williams-esque wail. Looking particularly dapper in a waistcoat and bow tie, Earle’s lashings of southern charm made The Rosemount feel more like the Grand Ole Opry than a Perth rock room during numbers like this. Slow ballad Mama’s Eyes was perhaps the most personal moment of the evening with the songwriter slowly meditating on a reportedly drug-heavy and troubled upbringing: ‘I went down the same road as my old man’. While the first half of Earle’s set may have been more reflective, What I Mean To You kicked things into fifth gear, beginning a huskier and more blues-heavy bracket including a swinging cover of Lightnin’ Hopkins’ My Starter Won’t Start . As the songs got grittier, so to did Earle’s banter. Happily chatting away about finding ex-girlfriends shacked up in sleazy Dallas motel rooms and cousins in Oklahoma that ‘make his dad look like a pussy’, Earle had an uncanny knack of making the audience feel like they we were the only people he felt like playing to on that given night. A timeless quality indeed. _DAVID CRADDOCK
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All-girl alternative-rock and grunge duo Lantana headline a show at The Rosemount on Wednesday May, 5. Oiishi, The Raw Electrics and Jonny Taylor play in support. The band are currently mixing their new EP which is pencilled in for a June release. Doors 8pm.
CHASING THEIR TALE
Nova FM I Am With The Band winners Chasing The Ninth will launch Tales Of Empathy, a single from their debut EP Subway To Sleeping Cities at The Rosemount on Friday, April 30. Joining the band are Mercurial, Ravior, and Further Earth. Doors 8pm, tickets $12. Free single for first 50 payers. Sean Pollard, Split Seconds
RTR FM’s enchanting In The Pines concert takes place in the Somerville Auditorium on Sunday, May 2. This week we asked some local musicians to put on their rose coloured glasses to answer: What has been your favourite In The Pines moment over the years? “Over the years they’ve kind of blended into one brilliant shaded drunken afternoon. I do remember pushing [Institut Polaire drummer] Russ Loasby around the UWA campus in a shopping trolley though. That was pretty epic.,” Sean Pollard, Split Seconds. “Playing in 2007 with Kill Teen Angst. Jebediah headlining. Seeing Adam Said Galore for the first time when I was 18. Sets from Hooper’s Store and Mongrel Country stand out as well,” Greg Sanders, Emperors.
TO THE BAP MOBILE!
WAMi nominated soul act Boom! Bap! Pow! are heading out to the Gascoyne for a WAMi regional tour, but not before playing Deville’s Pad on Friday, April 30. BBP! Have WAMi Nominations for Most Promising New Act, Best Funk Act, and vocalist Novac Bull has been nominated for Best Female Vocalist.
SO FRESH, SO AUTUMN
Mint Wind, a fresh new local music night at The Norfolk Basement will kick off with sets from The Silents, Sugarpuss, and Modularman on Wednesday, May 5. The night is intended to promote the edgier, art rock-y and off-beat corners of the local indie scene.
SCHVENDES Lay The Noose / Shades Of Grey Independent
Critically lauded masters of light and shade Schvendes have enlisted Dave Parkin (Sugar Army, Snowman et al.) to help them with their latest release, a double A-Side single. Parkin gives Lay The Noose a cinematic polish with its manically bashed piano, horror-movie string quirks, and percussive thumps. Singer Rachael Dease’s smooth but haunting voice ties all the spooky discordant elements together - like a velvet noose around broken glass. Shades Of Grey is more subdued, but builds at the 3:30 mark into a whirlwind that’d be rather epic live. The double A-side will be launched at The Rosemount on Saturday, May 8, with support from Felicity Groom & The Black Black Smoke, The Wednesday Society, and Minute 36. _DAVID CRADDOCK
On Saturday May 8, Rocket Room showcases Numbers Radio when they hit town on the back of their debut album Acquiring Satellites armed with the record’s third single U & I. Numbers Radio are high energy rock n’ roll at its freshest and most potent. Solid support from The Scotch Of Saint James and Project Mayhem ensuring a full-on night of frenetic shenanigans! Also Vote for the Rocket Room for most popular venue in the WAMI awards for 2010.
Sunday evenings at J.B.’s continues to satisfy our thirst for original music. If you are an original act and want to grace the J.B.’s stage, contact Monique through myspace.com/jboreillys. Looking forward to seeing and hearing you here!
FLY BY NIGHT
Having started the year with a far-reaching Australian tour, The Kill Devil Hills return to their Freo roots for a gig at Mojo’s on Friday, April 30. Joining the snarling cockfighters are Jack On Fire, Cal Peck & The Tramps, and Cat Black. Doors 8pm, entry $15.
LATE NIGHT MADNESS
MC Tomás Ford (who has been nominated at this year’s WAMi’s for Best Live Act) leads a particularly menacing line-up of acts for Late Night Live at The Rocket Room on Friday, April 30. Fear Of Comedy (who have supported Marilyn Manson and The Stabs), grime-y rockers Moonlight Wranglers, and DJ Jessica Kill will keep you up from 11:30pm-3am. Entry $5.
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REVELING WITH EMPERORS
Young Revelry will headline at Amplifier on Saturday, May 1, with the first 80 payers though the door receiving a free five track demo. Joining the band are Emperors who have been nominated for Most Promising New Act and Favourite Newcomer at this year’s WAMi awards. Wolves At The Door, and The Spitfires also support.
MAY SHAKES PNEUMONIA
Abbe May has announced that she will be retiring her backing band The Rockin’ Pneumonia. Anyone who has caught the pneumonia’s rockin’ disease can say their final goodbye to this phenomenally talented blues rock outfit when they play at the Norfolk Basement on Thursday, April 29. Jack On Fire and Hootenanny are also on the bill. May says she is currently recording a solo album and will continue to write and perform as a solo artist, touring Australia in the mid year.
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Much loved and sartorially extravagant Perth act The Tucker B’s are returning from their new home-base in Sydney to play two special shows this weekend. As well as playing at In The Pines on Sunday, May 2, the band will play their only Perth headline show for 2010 at The Norfolk Basement on Saturday, May 1. “The new Tucker B autumn range features more soft pink flesh than is sensible for men with bodies like ours,” says bass player and vocalist Andrew Houston. “Perth shows are always a bunch of fun and folks come to shows with their big party hats on. It’ll be fun to play Fremantle this time as well – we haven’t done that in years.” The band were last in town in late 2009 to launch their fifth album Nightmares In The Key Of ((((((WOW)))))). They are supported by Sonpsilo Circus and Switch Switch Switch Blade Knives (an oddly renamed Adam Said Galore) at the Norfolk gig.
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This Friday, April 30, the Civic Backroom will be punking it up as it hosts a two stager with The Proletariate, Silver Lizard, Grim Fandango, Burning Fiction, Cameo Thieves, 10 Points for Glenroy, Run And Kill and Disquiet from 8pm (tickets $10). On Saturday, May 1, Musical Allsorts comes to The Den featuring Place Of Indigo, Sidewalk Diamonds, Ruby’s Letter and guests. Doors 8pm, tickets $8.
Saturday, May 1, Vasco Era play Mojo’s Bar! Supports are the Big Scary and the Novocaines. Presales are available from oztix.com.au for $17 (plus booking fee) or $20 on the door from 8pm.
The Railway Hotel hosts some fresh talent this This Friday, April 30, drag out your flares and Sunday, May 2, courtesy of Stunning In Red, Grand platforms and get down for Boogie Nights. On Suns, Juwana and Our Fallen Legacy. Doors open Saturday, May 1, dance your socks off all night with 6pm, entry $6. an across the board mix of Motown, Northern soul & modern soul.
This Friday, April 30, catch one of the best acts in Australian rock, The Vasco Era. The Melbourne trio have recently released their sophomore record Lucille which charts the journey of a difficult relationship, garnering rave reviews across the country. The Vasco Era are known for their frenetic, spellbinding live shows, so don’t miss out on seeing them in the best venue in WA.
Do you like it indie? Do you like it bangin’? Then get down to Death Disco at Capitol this Saturday, May 1, and ring in the new month on the hottest dancefloor in Perth. The inimitable Maz brothers will be spinning their unique blend of sexy indie rock dance. Doors open from 10pm. www.xpressmag.com.au
Claim The Throne
Local metal merchants Claim The Throne launch their new range of merch this Saturday, May 2, with special guests Gallows For Grace, Skyshark and Arterial Hemorrhage. Doors 8pm, tickets $10 on the door. See myspace. com/claimthethrone for more info. 41
THE BLACK RYDER Join The Cult
Hotly tipped, swampy Sydney rock outfit The Black Ryder will support The Cult at Metro City on Wednesday, May 12. DAVID CRADDOCK spoke to guitarist Scott Von Ryper about the band’s broody debut Buy The Ticket, Take The Ride.
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It’s impossible to introduce The Black Ryder without alluding to their high-profile musical friends. Despite never having released an album, the duo, made up of Sydneysiders Aimeé Nash and Scott Von Ryper, were asked to support bleus-y San Franciscan fuzz-rockers the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club on their Australian tour throughout 2008. The duo met BRMC whilst playing in their previous band The Morning After Girls, who supported the San Franciscans on a number of stateside shows. Before they knew it, what was initially intended as a private recording project, had grown into a fully fledged touring entity. “It was them who hurried us up in terms of getting a live band together,” Von Ryper explains of how BRMC triggered The Black Ryder into action. “They said they were coming out to Australia and that we should get out shit together so that we could play with them.” “Initially we had three guitarists with us all the time, just to try and match that wall of sound that we were doing on the record. But as time has gone on, and as Amy and I have
been able to get our heads around some things, and become better guitarists, and worked out how to manipulate loot pedals etc, we’ve really managed to get away without having that third guitar all the time. ” The band’s new touring line-up continues to evolve, with drummer Nick Kennedy (of The Cops) one of the new members on board. While he doesn’t play with the band live, Ricki Maymi, of legendarily volatile San Francisco group The Brian Jonestown Massacre, was also involved in the recording of The Black Ryder’s 2009 debut Buy The Ticket, Take The Ride. “He was living at our place, well he really doesn’t live anywhere, he’s a wanderer of the world,” Von Ryper explains of Maymi influencing the band’s sessions. “But he does have a Perth connection – he has some family there. He loves Australia, he spends as much time as he can out there. When we were starting the record we were living in a big house with a couple of extra rooms… He was living at house on and off through one or two years, it probably totalled for four or five months. It wasn’t really hard for it to happen. It was him driving us more than anything. Saying ‘come on lets do something’. The studio’s always been in the house.” With their album soon to be released in Japan and the USA, and with accolades such as a Rolling Stone naming Buy The Ticket, Take The Ride as one of the best albums of 2009, the remainder of 2010 looks to be an exciting time for The Black Ryder. “It’s been very much an underground thing… we never saw ourselves as being a radio band,” Von Ryper says of the groundswell of interest in the band. “So when we get radio play it’s quite nice. But we never expect it. The word has been spread person to person and over the internet and in a very organic way… that kind of makes it even nicer I think. It’s all managed to happen because people think it’s great.”
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