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And what a whacky week it’s been at the big end of town. When X-Press went to print last week little Kev was riding the big horse towards an election, but suddenly – to borrow from the Mad Monk – the jockey was beaten off his horse with a sodden News Limited newspaper… and up jumped Julia. It’s funny how quickly things can change. For the past 12 months News Limited – most notable Rupey Murdoch’s national broadsheet The Australian Newspaper – has taken it upon itself to bring down a government; to influence Australian politics and infiltrate the minds of Australian voters in a way we haven’t seen since they tried to convince us John Howard’s wars in Iraq and

Afghanistan were a noble cause. The attacks against Rudd have been so vehement in The Oz (plus a few other rightleaning newspapers in resource rich states, which shall remain nameless) that they’ve bordered on a hilarious right wing parody. And this is from the newspaper that only a year before had declared Rudd ‘Australian Of The Year’, for steering us nearon unscathed through a financial meltdown unlike anything we’d seen for three quarters of a century (say what you will, but you can’t take that away from him). But what’s more side-splittingly ridiculous are, after The Oz secured his downfall with the worst

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With his band The Killers on something of a sabbatical, singer Brandon Flowers is all set to roll with his debut solo album. Titled Flamingo, the die has already been cast with the release of the first single, Crossfire, which was the #1 Most Added Song on Australian radio last week. Flamingo continues Flowers’ enchantment with Las Vegas, seeming forever ending the cliché that ‘what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas’. Flamingo is released on September 3, with Crossfire now available on iTunes and ready-to-hear on Flowers’ website at

Melbourne’s three piece rock machine Calling All Cars have spent the past year supporting acts like AC/DC, Grinspoon and Cog, and are now set to take Australia by storm with their first national headlining tour. The tour will launch their highly anticipated new album Hold, Hold, Fire this September. The guys will hit every major capitol city in the country to celebrate the release, starting off in ol’ Perth, playing at The Rosemount Hotel on Saturday, September 4. Tickets are available from and Calling All Cars



















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It’s that time of year again, when RTRfm calls out to the good people of Perth for support, and raise funds the station needs to deliver Perth the alternative sound we’ve come to need and love. Radiothon kicks off on Friday, August 20, outside Caffissimo at The Art Gallery Of WA, in the Perth Cultural Centre, with a live broadcast of Breakfast With Barr. Peter Barr will be joined by his regular guests and some super-special local musicians, playing live and loud. Radiothon will be its usual action-packed week, encouraging listeners to take out an annual subscription, with massive prizes up-for-grabs for those who do. Listeners can subscribe by calling the Radiothon hotline on (08) 9260 9210, logging onto or sending a cheque or money order to PO Box 842, Mt Lawley, WA 6929. Keep an eye out for all the week’s festivities.


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Perth-formed world-beaters Pendulum have announced a national tour in support of their new album, Immersion. The first single, from the album Watercolour, has already hit the #1 position on the iTunes chart and the album itself has the honour of knocking off the Rolling Stones’ Exile On Main Street re-issue off the top of the UK charts. Immersion features collaborations with the likes of The Prodigy’s Liam Howlett, Swedish metal outfit In Flames, Public Enemy and Anthrax. Pendulum will perform at Challenge Stadium on Saturday, November 6, for an all-ages event. Tickets are now on sale through


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polling the party had seen in recent history, the glowing obituaries now lining their pages – ‘He is such a brilliant politician who did so much for this country – don’t waste such a talent’ (yes, I am talking to you Mr Greg grumble-bum Sheridan). Little Kev’s brother was spot on when he said Australia had three main political parties – the Australian Labor Party, the Liberals (with a bit of help from the Nationals) and the media. Rupey has made an art of bluntly cutting into US politics (through his Bush-idolising Fox network) and it appears he similarly plans to treat Australia’s future as his little plaything, steering it to the right – where he is most cosy. Since when did freedom of the press become a bullying and intimidating supremacy of the press? I know what you’re thinking – ‘there they go, those whining little lefties at X-Press Magazine’. But I assure you our conservative credentials are more than sound – when our music man Davey ‘Dynasty’ Craddock isn’t rocking with music’s big guns you can find him rolling around in his 1,000 thread count sheets, and my incessant appetite for escargots de Bourgogne at breakfast is now folklore! And let’s not get started on Emma Bergmeier’s exorbitant collection of polar bear skin handbags, or Danielle Marsland’s impressive trophy wall from her Sunday game hunts. We’re so blue we often get mistaken for black. But now, with an election imminent, Australia is sailing blind – the Mad Monk(ey) vs Guess Who Gillard. We let populist opinion poison our judgement – we believed the hype. And the lesson? Don’t believe everything you read (especially not this column). Some fella called Marx once quipped “we have a world to win”. But from where I’m sitting in 2010 it looks like, if we’re not careful, we’ll have a world to lose.







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I feel cheated by our Government! After the random political overthrow seen this week we said goodbye to Ruddy and said hello to Australia’s first female PM. I find it very odd that supposedly the most powerful person in the country can be done in so easily! I feel cheated because I didn’t elect Julia Gillard in to office, I voted Rudd back in 07, and yes, he may have been sliding by the wayside the last couple of months, but I think he still deserved a fair election. What kind of people do we have running our country, if the Prime Minister can be chucked out by a show of hands in the cabinet? So far that sneaky ginger ninja has jumped straight in to the job, her popularity is up and she seems to be saving the Labor Party, I just don’t know if I can trust her or her party anymore. Why should I even vote if it means nothing in the end? What am I supposed to do now come election time, I can’t trust the L a b o r Pa r t y ’s r u n n i n g a ny m o re, a n d I hate the Liberal’s and Abbott ’s ideas. I guess mine will be just another vote for the Greens.

Re: the comment in ‘Shop Til You Drop’ (X-Press #1219), “If you don’t want to shop on Sundays, then don’t.� Does this also mean if you don’t want to work on Sundays, then don’t? As if!

A big thank you to Snowman Event Management for bringing Melbourne band Forgiven Rival to Western Australia. I had been waiting two years for this to happen! It was the best weekend of my life. Everyone who did not have the pleasure of seeing them play, do yourself a favour, go buy their album (This Is A War) right now! Be sure to check them out the next time they grace our side of the country.

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Dear X-Press, I came to the Paddo to watch the soccer and saw The Good Sons, who were playing live before the game. They went off. I had no idea Perth bands were rocking like that. I came to listen to one song to see what the fuss was and stayed for the whole show. Wicked work, lads - really, really good. I for one will be on the lookout for your next gig for sure.

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We have ten double passes to see the new, action packed Ong Bak 3! Picking up from where Ong Bak 2 ended, Tien (Tony Jaa)’s talents are once again put to the test by his mighty rivals and he is not afraid to show off his amazing Martial Arts skills. This is a non-stop, bonecrushing film not to be missed. Get your entries in now to win a double pass!

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We have five copies to give away of the dramatic comedy series I ROCK. I ROCK is a story about a struggling indie rock band called Boy Crazy Stacey. Josh Mapleston, who plays ‘Nash Taylor’, is a wannabe rock god who is trying to take over the world, one disaster at a time. His schemes and hard work start to fall apart when he falls in love. Don’t miss your chance to win this fantastic DVD!

Enjoy a seriously sharp and funny new comedy sitcom, Lowdown Lowdown filled with sizzling scarlets, sports cheats and fallen idols. Lowdown Lowdown tells the story of a man who’ll risk everything to secure and report every scandalous action of the celebrity world, in order to feed the public’s appetite for gossip. Get your entries in now to win one of five copies!

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Australia’s leading female DJ, Havana Brown, has returned to home shores after an extensive U.S. tour to give us a taste of her pumping new dance floor beats via her compilation, Crave Vol 4. This three disc compilation is filled with the hottest dance, hip hop and R&B tracks around, and we have two copies up for grabs!

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Hospital Records are back with yet another instalment of their popular mix series for all you drum ‘n’ bass lovers. Mixed by award-winning DJ London Elektricity and Hospital artist Agent Alvin, Hospital are taking things to yet another level with these soul-infused grooves and inspiring funk sounds. We have three copies to giveaway to X-Press readers!


Don’t miss your chance to see the rock ‘n’ roll talent of The Soft Pack. Kicking off at the Rosemount on Saturday, July 10, The Soft Pack (formerly known as The Muslims) are a four-piece band from San Diego who began as a collaboration of two friends. Today they are gathering comparisons to the likes of The Strokes. We have two double passes to giveaway, so get your entries in now!

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This is a moving story of love, life and unexpected friendships. The Hedgehog is based on Muriel Barbery’s very popular French novel, The Elegance Of The Hedgehog, a story that follows the life of a simple yet intellectual janitor who befriends a witty but depressive child living in the building she cleans. We have 10 double passes for you and a friend to see this uplifting film!


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The Mace Francis Orchestra’s Neverever national tour swings past The Ellington this July. The national tour celebrates the Orchestra’s fifth year together, led by conductor Mace Francis – the Perth based jazz orchestra featuring some of Perth’s finest and exciting young musicians. Get into the groove on Thursday, July 15 – doors open at 8.30pm and bookings are essential. Secure your tickets at

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Oh Snap is gonna bring the party to Perth, launching late July at Black Betty’s. The event will be headlined by Brisbane’s punk rock screamo supremos The Amity Affliction, who will be touring in support of their stunning new album Youngbloods – which hits stores Thursday, July 22. Oh Snap will also have local acts Mandalay Victory and In League supporting Amity Affliction, and there will be some huge giveaways from the ever awesome Hopeless Records, and DJs playing your favourite punk, hardcore, emo and rock tunes all night. Sound like your thang? Well, get down to Black Betty’s for the first night on Thursday, July 22. Doors open at 9pm.

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The big top is coming to town this July, with Circus Royale hitting Perth for the first time in 15 years. Remember the clowns, acrobats, the wheel of death and Australia’s only man in the bottle? We certainly do – especially the clowns! Head on down to see a circus the good old fashioned way, with plenty of animal shows for the little (and big) kids. Circus Royale has had a rich heritage dating back to 1437, and is renowned the world over. The circus hits Langley Park from today, Thursday, July 1, until July 25, and tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for kids. Tickets are on sale from circusroyale., daily from the ticket office or door tickets are available an hour before the show.


Fresh jazz outfit, 2 Out + 2 present I Hear A Rhapsody, a show encompassing the silky skills of saxophonist Paul (Pax) Andrews, Steve Elkins on piano, Phil Waldron on bass, Toby Anning on drums, Sam Graham on trumpet and Bazil Psanoudakis on turntable at Kulcha this Friday, July 2. Pax’s life and music have always been intrinsically linked and this performance will explore this through narrative excerpts - from his National Jazz Writing Award-winning book, 2009, plus readings from his printed essays. Tickets at the door $15, or $13 pre-sale and $10 members from

Perth’s newest R&B and hip hop club night, Hush Saturday is hitting the city this July. But there’s a catch – you see, Hush is so exclusive you have to be on the invite list to get in, making it a one stop shop for well dressed guys and girls looking for a care free night. Bling bling – cha-ching. The location is top secret, unless you’re lucky enough to be on the Hush list, which you can join at Each night will feature a new R&B or hip hop talent, with DJs such as Adroc, Angry Buda and Kyle Blue. Hush will launch on Saturday, July 17, and then go weekly from July 24, featuring special guest DJ Nacho Pop from So You Think You Can Dance. Make sure you hit up the Hush website to get a spot on the most coveted club list in Perth.

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A perfect mix of indie, blues, psychedelic rock and all out brass ‘n’ beats funk will come together for a night filled with good vibes, for a very just cause. A musical fundraiser, Go Wild For The Kimberly comes to Freo in support of The Wilderness Society’s campaign to protect the Kimberly’s coast and marine wildlife from polluting industries. Catch WAMi Award winning bands The Joe Kings, BlackMilk and The Brow Horn Orchestra at The Fly By Night on Saturday, July 24, from 7.30pm. Presale tickets are $15 (+$3.50 booking fee) and available now Enjoy some fine tunes and support a noble cause… all in one!


Music heavy-weight Ross Wilson returns to the charts in 2010 with I Come In Peace, his remarkable 15th studio album. Over the last 40 years Wilson has built a reputation for superb songwriting, responsible for tracks such as A Touch Of Paradise and Cool World. To celebrate his 15th release, Wilson will hit the road, stopping off in Perth on Friday, October 1, for a gig at the Charles Hotel. Expect to hear tracks from Wilson’s massive back catalogue plus unheard material from I Come In Peace. Tickets are on sale now from


In spite of a revolving door line-up, Canadian punk legends SNFU have been at it for almost three decades, helping create and define the entire skate punk genre and releasing nine albums in the process. Vocalist, Mr Chi Pig and co are on the verge of releasing a new album and have announced an Australian tour which will see them perform in Perth for the very first time on Friday, July 16, at The Rosemount Hotel with support from Chainsaw Hookers, Bloody Hollys and SSA. Tickets are available now through Moshtix.

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Perth indie-rockers Good Little Fox are finally set to unleash their new EP, We Make Party. Since coming together in ’06, the guys have lapped up SHORT N’ SWEET the success, getting air time on triple j with their With his long awaited fourth studio album, I Will singles Jealousy and Love, Lust And Interest, and Love You At All, set for release on July 16, Darren sharing the stage with the likes of The Hoodoo Hanlon is headed out on a national album tour in Gurus and The Getaway Plan. Now, after a little bit August. Performing in his band and opening each of a hiatus, the trio is back with their trademark show will be US singer/songwriter, Shelley Short, driving guitars, flamboyant bass lines and plenty who hails from Portland and has been described of profanities! Good Little Fox will be celebrating by Giant Magazine as ‘Mazzy Star meets Emmylou the release of their new EP at Amplifier Bar on Harris’. Discover for yourself when Hanlon hits Friday, July 16, with support from the Jackards the Fly By Night Club on Saturday, August 21, and Luna Parade. It all kicks off at 8pm; tickets are presented by X-Press Magazine. Tickets are on sale $10 on the door and $15 with a CD. The title track now from will be hitting shops August 6. Darren Hanlon

Available now on iTunes is the new bundle of tunes from The Basement Birds, featuring the tracks Holly, Hardest Part and Heartache On The Radio, along with a bonus digital booklet and a short video interview. Just around the corner is the full, physical release of the boys’ album on July 16, pre-dated by the release of the second single, Not The One, scheduled for radio and iTunes on Monday, July 5. And don’t forget that X-Press Magazine’s 25th Birthday celebrations present The Basement Birds at the Astor Theatre on Friday, August 13, with Old Man River and Sun Orchestra (solo). Tickets available from and, and stayed tuned for news on the upcoming X-Press birthday celebrations.

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Congratulations to The Kirbens, Brash & Sassy, James Teague, Minute 36, The Love Junkies and Homebrewe who are progressing to the semifinals of the Next Big Thing 2010, happening on Friday, July, 30, at Amplifier and Saturday, July, 31, at the Civic Hotel Back Room. The remaining metro heats take place over the next week and it goes a little something like this: Heat 5: Friday, July 2, Civic Hotel - Village Kid, Trent Williams, Michael Gabriel & The Quixotics, Endora, Good Little Fox, The Jade Diary, Short Fuse. Heat 6: Saturday, July 3, Rocket Room – Heytesburg, Blackwater Station, The Smiling Assassins, Jack Action, One Thousand Years, Sean Brown & The Red Lights and The Brown Study Band. Heat 7: Wednesday, July 7, Rosemount Hotel - Rachel And Henry Climb A Hill, Cim Ciaru, Sonpsilo Circus, Minky G & The Effects, Escape Artists,The Brow Horn Orchestra and The Spitfires. The State Final happens on Saturday, August 7, at the Rosemount Hotel. For more details head to



Hey songwriters! The WAM Song Of The Year competition for 2010 is on for young and old. Now in its 21st year, the WAM Song Of The Year offers its Grand Prize winner $5,000 cash, a three-day recording session supplied by Poon’s Head Recording Studio, a mastering session with James Hewgill Music and the pressing of 500 CDs by Diskbank. Unpublished songwriters are invited to enter their compositions in 10 genre categories, two special categories and two school age categories, all with prizes of $500 plus one day of recording time in a professional recording studio. This year also features the ‘Mentally Healthy’ category, where songwriters are encouraged to share songs which deal with positive messages relating to mental health. The ‘Love’ category has also returned and outstanding regional and indigenous songwriters will once again be recognised in bonus categories. A ‘Most Popular Song’ public vote will be held in conjunction with, through September and October. For full details and prize specifics, head to Entries close at 5pm, Monday, July 26.

Internationally acclaimed Australian guitar virtuoso Bruce Mathiske is coming to WA to play at The Fly By Night on Thursday, July 8, and at The Denmark Civic Centre on Saturday, July 10. The shows will also feature ukulele powerhouse Greg Young, who will also be joining Mathiske on stage for a stringed musical feast that touches on Spanish, African, Latin, bluegrass, Celtic, swing and groove styles. Mathiske is currently launching a CD and DVD that documents his travels through Morocco and South America. “It is a travel music documentary to get to the heart of a cultures musical core,” Mathiske explains. “I hope to do more of these, with me getting to play with some amazing local musicians.”

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Perth Amnesty International supporters have used arts activism to urge Aussie citizens and the Federal Government to think again about asylum seekers. ARTillery activists and Amnesty are aiming to raise awareness of the plight of asylum seekers recognised as genuine refugees who enter Australia by boat. To raise awareness, the good guys at ARTillery and Amnesty are starting a range of human rights arts actions in the months ahead, ending in a 10-day festival in December. Keep an eye out for the various projects and more news on the festival in these pages. 11

GARY MEHIGAN The Hero Of The Dish Love it or hate it, Channel Ten’s amateur chef competition Masterchef, has become an Australian ratings sensation, with last week’s episode filmed in London reportedly drawing 1.95 million viewers who tuned in to see every last thrill, sauce spill and parfait chill. Slick editing, caricatured contestants, and cinematic flourishes can leave you wishing they’d take some cheese out of the recipe, but like watching any good drama, employ some suspension of disbelief and Masterchef can become a ridiculously addictive, enjoyable and tasty obsession - even for the most hardened reality TV snob. Two of the show’s judges, Gary Mehigan, and his one time apprentice George Calombaris, will appear at the Perth Convention Centre this weekend as part of the Good Food & Wine Show, with the duo giving audience members a taste of their upcoming cook book Your Place Or Mine at the Celebrity Theatre demonstration stage. Having moved to Australia from the UK 19 years ago, Gary Mehigan has become one of Australia’s most recognised TV chefs, thanks to appearances on 9am With David & Kim, the Lifestyle Food Channel and, most notably, Masterchef. Mehigan trained in London at The Connaught and Le Souffle in his youth, and after stints at the helm of several high-profile Melbourne kitchens, now runs two of his own eateries Fenix, and the Maribyrnong Boathouse. Taking a break from filming the final week of Masterchef series two, Mehigan reflected on the success of the show, his favourite dishes, and gave X-Press a few ideas on what to cook for dinner.

By DAVID CRADDOCK Ninety per cent of the people I tend to interview for these pages are rock or pop musicians – does it surprise you how much cooking and food culture has crossed over into mainstream pop culture? It’s ridiculous. It’s certainly a surprise. Last year in [Masterchef] series one I remember George [Colombaris], Matt [Preston] and I standing up the front of the room going ‘do you think this will work? Do you think we’ll be caned in the first week and we’ll be off-air within two?’. And we turned into the highest rating show on [Australian] television of all time this year and we have to be reminded every so often that this is a bit of fairy dust – I don’t think it happens often with many things. We’re the highest rating show, not one night a week, but five nights a week – we’re absolutely caning everything. What do you think it is about the format that is so appealing? It happened at the right time last year with the global financial downturn. I think people didn’t want to see touched up television – people being criticised and put down. When you’re in times of stress you need support and something nurturing going on and I think that that was what we offered. I think people like the fact that it’s a positive family program. They see us mentoring as well as criticising and offering support to the contestants. I think the food is just this lovely medium by which messages are carried. George and I did a food show in Melbourne this year and we sold out all of our shows; we did about 12,000 people over the six sessions. It’s like being a pop star – we kick each other as we run out on stage and just laugh. It’s such fun and it’s lovely to be able to translate that foodie message, but it’s also a bit crazy. You just go ‘what’s going on?’. We know it’s going to go away, but we’re just enjoying it while it’s going on. We’re enjoying the fact that maybe we’re changing a little bit of the food culture in Australia and inspiring more than a few people to have a go.

You’ll be in Perth soon for The Good Food And Wine Show – do the live shows get a bit crazy now? Are people throwing knickers? Utensils? I haven’t seen any knickers yet! What we do get though, strangely, at the opposite end of the scale, are little kids bringing in banners saying ‘I love Matt’, ‘I love Gary’ or ‘I love Alvin’, and that’s lovely. There’s nothing nicer than seeing such enthusiastic youngsters – but when I say youngsters, they’re anything from six to 15 year old boys. I remember being a 15-year-old boy and grunting for a living. Your social skills aren’t developed, and you see them and they’re slightly embarrassed but they really just want to come up and say hello and get you to sign a book. What can audiences expect from the live show? They see an extension of the master classes we do on a Friday but it’s much faster; it’s 20 to 25 minutes. We bring a bit of fun and energy to the stage, we get out there and I suppose they get to see a bit of the close and personal side of Gary and George and a little bit of our sense of humour.

“PEOPLE GO ‘WHY DONUTS?’ AND I’LL TELL THEM ABOUT MY BREAD MAN WITH HIS WHITE JACKET, HIS LEATHER SATCHEL, HIS JINGLING COINS AND A VAN THAT SMELLS LIKE SUGAR AND SPICE.” How is your relationship with George, given that he was your apprentice? Do you have to stop him licking the spoons? He’s famous for his bad table manners. We joke about funny things, but what I’m very proud of, and I joke about the fact, is that he was my apprentice but now he’s my master. He once aspired to be like me, now I aspire to be like him. He’s such a successful restaurateur, he’s so driven. Here I am trying to slow down at 43 and he’s just pacing it up, which is fabulous. The show, and your live appearances, make cooking look very glamorous, but there is also the incredibly hard slog that goes with being a chef. Was there a part of being an apprentice that you absolutely hated? I think it’s like having children; you strangely forget all the bad bits and remember the good bits. As I’ve got older I think I’ve forgotten the bad bits. When I think about it, it was doing the thankless jobs, cleaning kidneys, chopping veal bones and cleaning squid. I remember doing mountains of brunoise and juliennes, little cuts of vegetables, mountains before I got it right. What seemed to be just really boring and mundane jobs, on reflection, were perfecting the art. It’s like driving a car; when you don’t have to think about changing the gears and putting the clutch in anymore, then that’s basically when you learn to drive… I thank my mentors for that because they put me in a position where I didn’t need to think about changing gears. It was about learning really how to cook where you can be creative and inspire others into doing things.

When people have asked you about your favourite dishes in the past things like osso bucco or braised oxtail seem to come up. What is it about these slow cooked dishes that appeal to you? I think it’s a bit about my classic French training. My training was very classically French. But then French food goes from being technically driven, luscious, gorgeous and over the top, to the other end of the scale on the Mediterranean where it’s just kissed by the sun - simple ingredients beautifully done. I think of that Provencale type cooking. I’ve also got that charming side of British food where I’ve taken some of the best of British food and turned them into staples that I still love to eat - and I admit that occasionally they’re fattening. But there’s also a bit of me where I’ve lived in Australia for 19 years - I love all things Asian, and I consider myself very lucky where I’ve had this journey in Australia that has changed my style. The seasons change, so even though I talk about osso bucco maybe it’s just the fact that it’s winter, whereas if you ask me in the middle of summer then I’ll tell you about asparagus, tomato, basil and fish. Grilled Dublin Bay prawns or a piece of barramundi! I love all food. There was an episode on Masterchef early in the season which dealt with ‘food memories’. Do you have a particular food memory that sticks out in your mind? I’ve got lots of food memories. I wrote a book called Comfort Food which came out a few months ago and each one of those dishes I put a little prologue in there, with an introduction to each dish which is about my food memory. Like the bread man that used to come down our little dusty street and open his van and I remember being six or seven and just begging mum for a sugary jam donut, and they were the best donuts in the world. Of course they probably weren’t, if I tasted them today, but as a six year old getting a sugary paper bag with a doughnut in it covered in sugar and jam is just a fond memory and I’ve got lots of those.

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Does that inspire what you serve today in your restaurant? Do you do a modern take on the jam donut? Yeah! Doughnuts come up on my menu regularly. Whether they’re at The Boathouse, our café, cropping up with a little pot of chocolate sauce. We do conferences at Fenix and we throw them in as a winter special you get hot jam donuts with your coffee break and people go nuts because I’ve got a fabulous doughnuts

Gary Mehigan recipe. They’re the lightest doughnuts you’ve ever had. People go ‘why donuts?’ and I’ll tell them about my bread man with his white jacket, his leather satchel, his jingling coins and a van that smells like sugar and spice.

What about your relationship with Matt, did you know him before the show started? I’ve known him for years but it was always a food critic and restaurateur relationship, which was quite stand off-ish. If you see a food critic in the street it’s like ‘hi! How are you going?’ and you’re thinking ‘do I talk to you?’. When we got the gig on Masterchef it was like ‘this is an interesting little mix’… Matt summed it up brilliantly, at the beginning he said good food was very subjective, where we all have a very different opinion, but as it turns out we don’t – we all know what good food is. Whether you like your steak medium or well done, you know whether it’s a good steak. Had Matt ever given your restaurant a bad review? He told me I had a wobbly table last time; he made a sarcastic little remark about being given a bad table. That was before we were on the show, so I stab at him every so often about that. All he had to do was asked to be moved. Before you go, I can’t resist giving you an ingredient challenge. When I get home I’ve got some sweet potato and lamb in the fridge, what am I going to make for dinner? Ooh. What kind of lamb is it? They’re little lamb rump steaks. There are also chick peas in the pantry if that helps? Okay, look to be honest if you roast the sweet potato with garlic, roasted sweet potato and garlic is lovely. I’m going to add ingredients, because now I’m starting to think ‘what would I do with sweet potato?’ and I’m thinking of Moroccan type spices like sumac, a sprinkling of that on roasted sweet potato with chick peas, and a little squeeze of lime and all of a sudden I’m starting to think that’s a nice combination of flavours. Even some roasted pine-nuts and picked coriander – all of a sudden I think you’ve got a salad that I think’s interesting. With the lamb steaks just sprinkle with a little bit of the same… Maybe a quick grill or fry on the BBQ and I reckon it would go brilliantly. Good Food & Wine Show takes place at the Perth Convention Exhibition Centre from Friday, July 2, until Sunday, July 4. For ticketing information head to

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THE CAT EMPIRE Music For The Paw The Cat Empire are like the SBS of the Australian music scene - well travelled and with a broad and informed cultural outlook, you can always count on them for a multicultural twist, an exotic Latin interlude, or a sexy late-night boogie. The band’s expansive fourth album Cinema is no exception and, as frontman Felix Riebl told DAVID CRADDOCK, if the group were ever to record a film soundtrack this would be it. Felix Riebl is walking home from a trip to the dentist in his band’s beloved home town of Melbourne. Apparently the co-frontman’s tooth-poker is a massive country music fan and “likes to talk shop”, so conversations between scrapes and polishing can be perilously dangerous. With his mouth free of instruments, however, Riebl is happy to discuss his band’s new wide-screen long player Cinema, an album he says is the sound of a hard-touring band in full spirits and enjoying making music again. “Sonically it’s quite a cinematic album in some ways,” he explains. “Some of the chords and sections are darker than what we’ve done before… They’re still ‘worldy soundy’, or however

have also shifted over half a million records, an impressive feat for an act of any genre, let alone jazz, funk and Latin fusion. “In some ways there’s an enhanced sound in some of the songs that has developed as a result of touring and expanding middle sections,” Riebl says of how the band’s heavy touring schedule influenced Cinema, the first album in which all six members were involved as songwriters. Long stretches of time spent away from home have also coloured the lyrical themes of the release. Tracks like Call Me Home and On My Way are still musically uplifting, but suggest a restlessness and or confusion with the outside world. “It’s sort of about a ‘nowhereness’ and trying to grasp onto an idea of home, which is “A LOT OF THE LYRICS something very personal for travelling musicians ARE DARKER THAN WHAT – but also in a broader sense,” Riebl explains of Call Me Home. “A lot of the things I’ve written WE’VE WRITTEN BEFORE, lately have been about home and finding a sense of it while you’re travelling, but also while EVEN THOUGH WE STILL you’re surrounded by distractions. I find being PLAY SONGS THAT MAKE alive at the moment quite strange at times. “There’s an undercurrent that goes PEOPLE DANCE. IT’S AN through the album. A lot of the lyrics are darker than what we’ve written before, even though ELEMENT I LIKE ABOUT we still play songs that make people dance. It’s THIS ALBUM, IT STILL an element I like about this album; it still sounds like The Cat Empire, but it has a different world SOUNDS LIKE THE CAT view than the first album for example.” A different world view is exactly what EMPIRE, BUT IT HAS A comes across on a track like Oh Hell, a song DIFFERENT WORLD VIEW.” which deals with the armchair apathy, and sense of unreality, that can come with watching crises The Cat Empire sounds, but they’ve got choruses unfold on the other side of the world from your on them and sections that expand out.” living room. If The Cat Empire’s first album was Since their inception in 1999, initially a wild multicultural house party, then songs like as an ensemble mentored by Melbourne jazz this are the folks having an intense chat in the musician and educator Steve Sedergreen, kitchen over coffee. The Cat Empire have evolved into a six-piece “That one starts off with ‘all hell’s touring powerhouse that have sold more tickets crashing down’,” Riebl explains of the song, internationally than any other contemporary which he says he particularly enjoyed recording Australian band. Although best known for their the French theatre-esque keyboard part for. horn-driven, party-starting live show, the group “It’s just a scene of looking at SBS World News

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at night or something like that, or reading The Guardian, and looking at world news in general and just discovering how fucked and messed up it is. There’s this tendency where if you live somewhere else, you can say ‘well it’s happening somewhere else and it’s not happening here’. That song just theatricalises that idea for me”. Despite being an articulate spokesperson on global warming in recent years, discussing social issues is not something that Riebl says he necessarily feels comfortable with. Rather than donning oversized sunglasses or preaching in Bono-like proportions, the songwriter says he’s much happier trying to create change in his own individual way. “I can’t say that the band goes to the frontline

of world problems – we’re musicians,” Riebl laughs. “I love writing songs and music and that’s really what I can do. I think I’m more effective as an everyday person, as an individual, than I am as a spokesperson necessarily. I write about it because I find the concept interesting creatively, so I think the songs I write about it are genuine, not just efforts to do something because I feel better of myself. I’m not really of the Bono school at all. I think just getting on with it and making the right decisions in your own life can probably do more good in the end.” The Cat Empire play at The Astor in Mt Lawley on Thursday, September 2.





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LAMB OF GOD Shank The Lord As Lamb Of God release anthology Hourglass and announce their supporting slot for the upcoming Australian Metallica tour, BRENDAN HOLBEN spoke with drummer Chris Adler who has just made it home from touring exotic locales. industry speak, is called an “untested market”, as their record sales numbered a whopping five records. Adler said the band was understandably apprehensive to play there. “They said ‘don’t worry, trust us: everyone knows you,’ so we go down to the show and 40,000 people had come to the stadium to see us,” he laughs. “These countries don’t have a music commerce; there isn’t music stores in the strip-malls, it’s a completely different culture. “If you go to a place where you can’t even buy a record and see so many people enjoying what you’re doing it’s really very special.” Lamb Of God are certainly at the top of their game with six albums under their belt and several Grammy Awards, so it had to be asked: what does it take to get the band back to writing new material?

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Apparently in the Philippines you only need to sell five records to pull a 40,000 strong crowd, and in China having the word ‘God’ in your band’s name is problematic to say the least. Adler learned these lessons on the tail end of the world tour for 2009’s release Wrath and the band came away with a lot to think about. “Nobody sat around in a shanty town learning the Indian fiddle or anything like that; we did see these different cultures, these different class societies, the way people and animals are treated and people starving in the streets,” he begins. “Most Americans rarely – if ever – leave the country and think everything about America is normal. “That’s complete horseshit! You have to travel and see how other people do things to realise how in some ways you’re right and in some ways you’re wrong. In doing that I think, as a band, we’ve grown as people and matured a little bit, and it has given us something to think about. I think those themes will certainly

end up playing into at least the lyrical content of our next album and will provide us with some ammunition for the aggressive nature of our music.” Lamb Of God struck difficulties in China when the Shanghai show was cancelled as the Government didn’t believe they weren’t going to preach religion. The fact they call their fan-club The Congregation probably didn’t help, nor the album titles Sacrament and New American Gospel. ”We were respectful of their culture and Government rule… but the Beijing shows were awesome,” Adler explains. “You could feel in the air this gross pollution and the tension of the people who felt suppressed, but it wasn’t like this Rocky movie communism thing. “The kids who came to the show were the same if we’d played in New Jersey or Perth; they were all in the mosh-pit going crazy and having a good time.” There was also a daunting run of shows in the Philippines which, in music

I’D RATHER WALK AWAY AND LEAVE THE MONEY ON THE TABLE KNOWING I CAN TELL MY GRANDKIDS WE DID IT AS HARD AS WE COULD AND LONG AS WE COULD AND ARE PROUD OF EVERY MOMENT. “It’s tough, there’s never a day where we all decide that ‘Yeah this is going to work or not work’,” Adler explains. “We’re very committed to not repeating ourselves; we don’t want to make the same album over and over again which our fans seem to want us to do. “We want it to evolve. Personally, I don’t want it to get watered down, or just pick up the cheque from the label and just put out whatever. I want to feel personally invested, feel

like I’ve evolved as a player and come up with something new that I’ve never been able to do on previous records. Or else, I’d rather walk away. If the best I can do isn’t better than the last thing I did we should leave it alone. “I’d rather walk away and leave the money on the table knowing I can tell my grandkids we did it as hard as we could and long as we could and are proud of every moment.” This might account for why the band poured so much effort into making the Hourglass anthology set something more than a cynical cash-grab. There’s even a US$999 set that comes with a freakin’ guitar. The three-CD set spans their entire career, including their pre-Lamb Of God days as Burn The Priest. It’s very obvious talking to Adler that he and the rest of the band are fiercely proud of their music, and putting together the best of their work was never going to be an easy task. “We argued forever,” he says. “By the time everybody had their say on what they wanted on the album it was every single song from every single album. We came up with these criteria to use the songs that have connected best in a live setting and made a difference in the career path of the band. The third disc… has some stuff that in some ways is straight up embarrassing.” For the Richmond Virginia natives, balancing family lives with their ever-growing profile is always important, especially for Adler who has a wife and daughter. “My wife and I were married before New American Gospel came out 10 years ago, and she’s seen everything from basement shows to massive shows like Download,” he continues. “She’s been very supportive the whole time. I’ve done everything I can to support her and rush home as much as I can, I’m very fortunate to have a very patient and supportive wife. “Now that we have a child it’s becoming more difficult for me emotionally to be away, because I feel like I’m abandoning responsibility. It’s tough to know I’m missing time with my daughter.”



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With the help of his new band 6s & 7s, 2007 WAMi Song Of Talk Of The Townies The Year winner Josh Fontaine has produced one of the year’s most captivating local releases - Choose The Sentinel Hailing from Athens Georgia, neo-college rockers The Whigs Blooze. DAVID CRADDOCK spoke to Fontaine ahead of the have always held strong ties to their place of conception. band’s album launch at The Rosemount on Saturday, July 3. JENNIFER PETERSON-WARD spoke to frontman Parker Gispert who confirmed the influence of their musical-Mecca Fontaine says of distinctive sonic palette that the whole album draws on. “Once something didn’t hometown on recently released album In The Dark.

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6s & 7s are not a band that are scared of reverb and echo. Every corner, nook and cranny of their expansive debut swells and thunders with a cavernous production value. It’s like putting your ear against a tiny hole in the ground and hearing The Beach Boys jamming in a concrete maze hundreds of kilometres below. “We found a tonal quality that we just splashed on everything,” 6s & 7s songwriter Josh

have it, it really stuck out. We’ve had to throw it over everything. I guess the philosophy or idea behind having this sound for the album… it’s meant to be a bit dreamy. Something a bit nocturnal; a little bit David Lynch-ian perhaps.” Indeed like the cycle of sleep itself, Choose The Sentinel Blooze begins at dawn and ends at dusk. The album’s lengthy introduction Drunk Liberties rises with cricket, bird-song, and an uplifting chord change, while closer Drunker Liberties is a balmier or, as Fontaine says, “crepuscular” affair. “It’s not my favourite by any means,” Fontaine explains of the tracks, which were originally one song that was split at the seams to book-end the album. “It’s one I used to play as a solo artist and they were kind of lonely times – not just from an on-stage aspect - but there was a period of life where there was some kind of hermitage that was occurring. It became the soul of the heart of the album I think. It’s not necessarily my favourite song, or the one that encapsulates everything, but it has a grace that I found sort of summed everything up.” Light and dark is a dynamic explored right throughout the release, both musically and emotionally. The playfulness of Todd Rundgren, the brass and string arrangements of Randy Newman and the big vocals The Beach Boys are cited as influences, but Choose The Sentinel Blooze is by no means a wildly experimental or off-puttingly whacky – there are still plenty of shiny, summery hooks and pop melodies hidden just beneath the dark swelling waves. “Yeah, well they aren’t all good days are they,” Fontaine jokes of the way even his upbeat pop numbers can have melancholy to them. “I try to balance the sad and the happy somewhat, even the way that they’re stacked [on the album]. If there’s maybe two sad ones in a row then something will come along. There is an element of chronology with that also. I wanted to it to have ups and down, just like the way you’d mix a set.”

As The Whigs’ vocalist, Parker Gispert attests there’s certainly something in the water in Athens, Georgia. Recognised as the epicentre of the early evolution of the alternative rock and New Wave genres, the southern city is well-known as the home of chart-topping bands REM and The B-52s, as well as the birthplace of several hugely successful indie rock groups including Neutral Milk Hotel and Of Montreal, and is also the hometown of psychedelic garage rockers The Whigs. “It’s a small town run by a very artistic community,” Parker explains, “There’s a college, so there’s always lots of kids, bars and clubs to play in. It’s not a place where there is a ton of entertainment other than bands, so it creates an environment where music is really encouraged.” Recorded in a small studio in downtown Athens, with good friend producer Ben Allen (Animal Collective), Gispert speaks fondly about small-town rivalry. “There’s a clear divide between the people who live in town and the students who reside in the colleges on the outskirts of the city,” he continues. “There is a playoff between the two, kinda like a long-standing traditional opposition.” Despite emerging from the student contingent, Gispert explains that The Whigs’ third LP In The Dark blossomed when the band embraced a maturity that came from a growing awareness of their surroundings and a willingness to merge elements from both camps. “We came to realise that the ‘artistic townie’ aspect of things was important because it’s crucial to be true and credible to your art,” he explains. “But also, at the same time, we were writing music knowing that we were primarily going to be playing it in a bar to a hundred drunk 20-year-old kids and we didn’t want to be party poopers, we wanted everybody to have a good time at our show. This album is our attempt at being introspective and being artistic, but also

being aware of our surroundings and knowing how to put on a good time.” While The Whigs continue to present garage rock heavy on hooks, riffs and swagger – breaking guitar strings and drumheads along the way – Gispert explains that there is a wider range of textures and tones present on the new record. “It’s a little darker than the last couple,” he says. “It’s still an upbeat rock record; it’s not a dreary record per say. It’s just a little more moody.” However, despite the depth and complexity which differentiates In The Dark from their previous two records – 2005’s Give Em All a Big Fat Lip and 2008’s Mission Control – Gispert attains that the fundamental Athens musicmaking ideology still remained at the forefront of production. “As artists we’re always pushing ourselves to try new things, to do things a different way,” he concludes.“And with this record we wrote songs in a way we had never written them before, but it was always in the back of our mind that we would be performing them at home, and that desire to entertain which comes with being an Athens band really drove where we were going.”

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REFUSED Colour And The Shape It’s been more than a decade since the tumultuous break-up of Swedish hardcore maestros Refused and their one parting message, 1998’s The Shape Of Punk To Come – an album that some people are still trying to wrap their heads around. GEORGE GREEN spoke with drummer David Sandstrom about the re-release of an album that will go down as one of punk’s finest. As a music journalist it’s an obviously common occurrence to interview musicians. What’s not so common, however, is interviewing musicians who lead the way in their respected fields - musicians who are at the forefront of their genres, pushing things forward so that music itself is forever improving. Then, once in a blue moon, you get to speak with guys like David Sandstrom. Sandstrom and the rest of his Refused buddies weren’t busy ‘leading the way’, or ‘flying the flag’ for any particular genre… they were creating one. At the time, The Shape Of Punk To Come wasn’t recognised as an instant classic. Sure, it received some generous press and support around the world, but it certainly was no Nevermind. This is


perhaps what makes The Shape Of Punk To Come such a monumental record in the context of punk rock. Only now, 12 years after its original release, are we able to realise just how forward-thinking Refused were. The Shape Of Punk To Come was a record so ahead of its time that we actually had to travel forward in time to get it. Of course, by the time the world realised just how good of a record it really was, Refused as a band were well and truly buried. “The record was the arena in which all of the conflicts between the members could be played out, and I think when you listen to the record you can hear the tension,” Sandstrom explains.“You can hear the differences in direction that we were all wanting to go. The record turned out to be a shattered, fragmented message really.

history, it came at a cost. “There were some differences of opinions, not so much between Kris (Steen, guitar) and I, but Dennis (Lyxzen, vocals) definitely wanted to do something different, and Jon (Brannstrom, guitar) also got caught in the middle of it,” Sandstrom continues.“I guess in a way, the way we went about making The Shape Of Punk To Come “THE ARRANGEMENT was what really reflected the punk mentality, rather than the sound. OF THE SONGS AND THE “To me, that record is more straight-up rock and roll, but the attitude of punk is all about BRUTAL SLOGANEERING concentrated disagreement, and disagreeing with OF THE VOCALS ARE the world, and that is what we were able to capture on that record. It’s not punk in any stylistic sense, ALMOST CLASHING RIGHT but it is punk in not settling for less.” Twelve years on, and with the re-release THERE ON THAT RECORD, of a deluxe edition of The Shape Of Punk To Come, AND THOSE TWO the rest of the world are able to fully understand just how far Refused went in actually shaping the OPPOSITE POLES, THAT punk to come. At the time, the record changed the mindsets of those around it, but it took longer to PUSHING AND PULLING, change the music scene in general, due to the fact I THINK IS WHAT MAKES that most people simply didn’t understand it. Right here in Perth, we’re able to see THE RECORD EXCITING just how much Refused has influenced the world. If you’ve ever been at the Amplifier bar TO LISTEN TO.” after midnight, chances are you’ve heard the It’s not clear what we’re trying to say or where commanding chant of “Can I scream?” from New Noise. Judging by the reaction the song gets, Perth we’re trying to go with it; but somehow it works. “Sometimes it feels like the vocals and likes it, but how does Sandstrom feel about the the music aren’t from the same school, you know? record 12 years later? “Kris and I still feel pretty unromantic The arrangement of the songs and the brutal about it,” he says. “We were the two who wrote sloganeering of the vocals are almost clashing most of the record, and in ’97 when we finished it right there on that record, and those two opposite we kind of shrugged our shoulders as if to say ‘Well poles, that pushing and pulling, I think is what we came close’. Then some time passed and we makes the record exciting to listen to.” thought ‘It’s okay’, and when Kris and I spoke about In a somewhat paradoxical twist, it the other day we agreed that there’s really only the making of The Shape Of Punk To Come was one or two songs on the record that we still think an epic beginning to an abrupt end. As much are really good today. as Refused were able to create an album that “That’s not to say that we’re not proud of would stand as a defining moment in punk rock the record that we made, but the songs The Shape


Of Punk To Come and Tanhauser are the only two songs that I could picture maybe being played on a classic radio station in 25 years. It also doesn’t help and Kris and I are our own harshest critics,” Sandstrom laughs. It’s almost unfathomable that after receiving so much acclaim for The Shape Of Punk To Come that Sandstrom could be anything but over the moon about it. In essence, the reason that the album was so good is because of how ahead of its time it was. It does, on some weird level, make sense that the reason that Sandstrom is now “unromantic” towards it is because he is still thinking ahead of it – it’s soooooo 1998. Nonetheless, at least he is still able to hold the achievement of the record close to his heart. “I was in Refused from 16 to 22, you know,”he explains.“Most people don’t do anything worth a shit when they’re in their 20s, and it was the best way for me to spend those years. I think that whole experience really helped me grow as a person.” It seems odd that Sandstrom views The Shape Of Punk To Come in the light that he does, because with an album title as grand as that you’d almost bet your house on the band being their own biggest fans. But that’s part of the charm and complexity of Refused. They weren’t willing to do things by halves, and they certainly weren’t willing to let anything stand in the way of them writing the record that they needed to write. Hell; writing The Shape Of Punk To Come resulted in the demise of the band. This pursuit for creating something so honest and so genuine is what makes The Shape Of Punk To Come an album that will forever be remembered as a true classic. If there’s ever a line that truly sums up just what Refused were all about it would have to be in Summerholidays Vs. Punkroutine, where Dennis Lyxzen proclaims: “Rather be forgotten than remembered for giving in.” Amen to that.

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RUFUS WAINWRIGHT All Days Are Nights: Songs For Lulu

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If you are already a Rufus Wainwright fan, the extent to which you enjoy his sixth album All Days Are Nights: Songs For Lulu, will depend very much on which side of him you enjoy – the sparkle and sequins or the delicate melancholic balladry. If, like me, you like your Rufus served with flamboyance, razzle dazzle, and orchestral ‘chamber-pomp’, then you won’t find it here. That’s not to say that Songs For Lulu doesn’t offer something for everyone, but it is a decidedly sparse and stripped back release (just voice and piano) from a showman who famously replicated an entire Judy Garland concert at Carnegie Hall. The sombre tone of the album can partly be attributed to the gradual decline in health of Wainwright’s mother Kate McGarrigle, who died earlier this year after being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. Tracks like Martha see Wainwright in an introspective mood, reflecting on visiting his father and mother with his sister. Elsewhere on Who Are You New York? Wainwright muses on his relationship with the city, which plays out a bit like a part two to 2007’s Going To A Town from his bombastic last album Release The Stars. With his opera Prima Donna recently premiered, and a couple of highly orchestral albums already chalked up, it’s no surprise that Wainwright has decided to take off the heels, and nestle in for a simpler set of songs. The results are no less enchanting.

It is no surprise 2007’s Black Rain marked the lowest point in Ozzy Osbourne’s solo career. Clearer still was the feeling lead guitarist Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society) had outlasted his welcome. Though Wylde served as the longest running axeman under the Osbourne moniker, it was time for Ozzy to re-establish himself stylistically to continue to have any input towards contemporary metal whatsoever. Enlisting Firewind guitarist Gus G to inject a renewed energy to his 10th fulllength, Scream, it is obvious the ‘Prince of Darkness’ rests the key to his future success on the shoulder’s of this 29-year-old Greek. And Gus, as the primary power metal man, does bring immense and swelling riffage to the party. Despite the new line-up additions, with drummer Tommy Clufetos (Rob Zombie, Alice Cooper) also on-board, it just seems the whole ensemble is riding on borrowed time. Lyrically, this album is an absolute joke. Osbourne’s vocals are layered and overproduced, with Kevin Churko once again at the helm, to the point where his iconic whine has become indistinguishable. Single Let Me Hear You Scream and opener Let It Die hit all the generic catchy notes, with the typical metal ballad in tow (Time). This album is just another disappointingly mediocre recording from a man, and musician, that is no longer relevant. _JESSICA WILLOUGHBY


ROBYN Body Talk Part 1

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Swedish synth-pop diva Robyn is back and she’s got news for you: fembots have feelings too. Although only eight songs long, Body Talk Pt. 1 is a fully formed, imagined futuristic world that uses technology to propel it into a future version of the present day. Robyn’s icy, controlled vocals and cool synthetic textures are almost alienating in their precision, however the beating pulse underneath the dance-bot artifice captures a celebratory mood propelled by memorable choruses and insatiable hooks. Unless you speak Swedish, you won’t understand closer Jag Vet En Dejilg. You will, however, enjoy its simplistic beauty and apparent melancholy as Robyn’s delicate vocals are accompanied by nothing more than occasional tinkling bells. That it doesn’t feel out of place at all on the album is testament to both its quality and the variety on offer throughout. With her self-titled 2008 comebackalbum, the one-time child-superstar assured her contemporaries that pop life does not end as a tween, and with Body Talk she goes a step further, proving that pop music can be for adults. As she herself declares ‘once you go tech you ain’t ever going back’ - prep yourself for Part 2 with this tasty high-tech treat.

Sydney five-piece Bearhug have been making some pretty large waves on the local scene of late and after filling endless venues and having their Myspace bombarded by visits, the good folk at Spunk are giving all and sundry a chance to hear their debut EP To Anything. The four songs here are steeped in ‘old-school’ indie rock from Guided By Voices to Built To Spill, but these young scamps are offering more than pastiche. In Blue meanders wonderfully with plenty of slacker guitar interplay and Ryan Phelan’s laid back vocal. Firey Stars is a bit more urgent bringing the sound into the current decade with a tipping of the hat to Broken Social Scene (who the band will be sharing stages with on their current Australian tour). Grapefruit is the tune that is all over the youth network right now and captures all of the bands trademarks beautifully. It is dense and busy without being too chaotic, and a melody that is far from obvious, yet none the less appealing. Already well versed in creating light and shade, Bearhug constantly remind us why the guitar is the greatest instrument on the planet. _CHRIS HAVERCROFT


FANFARLO Reservoir


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There is no more important statement in a musician’s life than their debut album. A notable single can be – and too often is – a one off; a brazen fluke. Careers have been built on less. But to fully and completely craft a collection of songs worthy of high acclaim is the much illusive prize. Fanfarlo are one such rarity. With equal nods to Coldplay and Interpol, this England-based five piece (four parts British, one part Swedish) have struck black gold in the great barren wasteland between beauty and sadness, impregnated with undeniable glimmers of hope. The band’s debut, Reservoir, is the sound of the Swedish winter everso-slowly transposing to spring – grey to gold, dark to light. Originally released independently in early 2009, Warner got whiff of Reservoir and quickly set about reissuing it with worldwide distribution. Resident Swede, Simon Balthazar’s impressive vocal range see a band unhinged from the heavy chains of the ‘introspective’ rock band tag and inject some real emotion atop a glorious cascade of guitars, horns, melodica and some good old fashioned glockenspiel in Comets and The Walls Are Coming Down. It’s this sheer aural beauty and power that’s brought Fanfarlo to the attention of the folk behind Grey’s Anatomy and The Twilight Saga – but don’t blame them for it. While Reservoir falls just shy of instant classic status it’s an album that declares Fanfarlo a real contender amongst Britain’s sea of tender rock consorts. _JULIAN TOMPKIN 22

Although claiming not to have been in the same room since 1998, it hasn’t hindered The Britannicas making music. Recording in their home studios in Byford, Sweden and Chicago respectively, the trio of Joe Algeri (Jack & The Beanstalk), Magnus Karlsson (The Charade) and Herb Eimerman (Nerk Twins) traded tracks across oceans to create an impressive pop record. With each individual well known in international ‘boutique pop’ circles, there is no shortage of melody throughout these twelve tracks. The trio throw in all the ingredients that made classic Teenage Fanclub so appealing during opener Those Good Vibrations with the guitar jangle and sweet harmonies hardly abating for the remainder of the record. Byford farmer Algeri adds a bit of Byrds-like twang on Stars and the gentile Blue Sky Grey. Karlsson isn’t to be outdone with the toe-tapping Don’t Go Back and folky Love Trap. The American cousin Eimerman has arguably the sweetest voice and more straight forward approach with One Of Those Nights and Baby Say Yeah Yeah being fine templates of the genre. Sounding anything but a cobbled together product, The Britannicas could teach IKEA a thing or two about the ease and simplicity of constructing a worthwhile project. _CHRIS HAVERCROFT



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She may have moved to Nashville only to be dropped by her record label after the release of a solitary single, but Catherine Britt is still one of the leading lights in Australian country music. While other artists get all the plaudits, Britt continues to make songs that leave most of her peers for dead. Returning home after a six year sabbatical that saw the success she was chasing allude her, Britt is in much better shape for it. Her fourth album is an honest and mostly subdued effort where Britt explores love, loss, pain and sorrow in greater depth than ever before. She has always possessed a voice that belies her tender years, and with the added rasp and rawness of Lonely and Anywhere You Are she continues this parabola. This album is not a complete wallow in the delightfully sombre though as I Couldn’t Change A Thing is this decades answer to Accidentally Kelly Street. In a fair world, this would be all over radio and Britt would grace the covers of teen magazines for the next 6 months. Where Britt excels though is in the vulnerable Sweet Emmylou and piano ballad Where Do You Go? which display the heartbreak that her idol Ryan Adams has a knack for penning. Catherine Britt, you’ve outdone yourself!

Shaking the dust off of Kraut, are Sydney fourpiece Songs. Comprised of a photographer, a book publisher, an ex post punk musician and a lassy called Stila, they manage to maintain a casual sound on the outside but internally, there’s some pretty deft song structure going on. Laissez-faire, but with an attitude for nostalgia - an Eddy Current Suppression Ring reference might be apt. Songs are off the cuff, a little unrehearsed. Their tunes are understated and stripped back but nonetheless possess an immediacy that should prevent you from turning your cheek. Their debut album Songs, released late last year (the album art is a photo of a pile of cheese!), purrs along with whatever the opposite of ineptitude is. Different Light is my favourite, it’s minimal and slighty Velvet Ungerground-y and smells like cheap heroin. Dazed & Confused Magazine said it pretty well with this, so I’m just going to go ahead and quote them: “Songs make music that sounds like dancing around your kitchen.” I would add to that:“…drunk on the cheapest bottle of red you could find.” Key Track: Different Light _DANIELLE MARSLAND



THE DEVIL RIDES OUT The Heart & The Crown


The Devil Rides Out should need little introduction. Their reputation in this town has been built over four years of relentless live shows. And, further to all the other adjectives that have been thrown at them, such as ‘bad-ass’ and ‘balls’n’all’, ‘relentless’ is another one that defines this album to a tee. Over 13 tracks, The Heart & The Crown chugs and fuzzes through a tapestry of scuzzedout desert rock. Some things remain constant. Andrew Ewing’s under-stated guitars never let up and the stoned groove is strong and powerful, without threatening to kick your brain in. All those lovely post-Kyuss sounds are also there. Singer Joey Kapiteyn attacks every song with a familiar growl and surprising dynamism. Lyrically, the themes swing around apparently at random, with plenty of genuinely personal anguish hinting that, below the ‘bad-ass’, there’s a soul as deep as an aquifer. Regardless, Kapiteyn saves plenty of venom for those who he deems deserve it, most notably on The New Idle where he asks: ‘Talkin’ about your generation / are you smarter than a fifth grader?’. There’s also a bunch of automobile imagery, and this author thoroughly recommends readers hire a convertible, point the thing at the desert, flick their lit cigarette at the petrol-soaked bridge behind them, put the pedal to the metal, and crank this album full bore.

A former ’60s teen pop idol, John(y) Farnham was a washed up cabaret has-been by the end of the ’70s. A stint in The Little River Band in the early ’80s was doing him very few favours and by 1985 it appeared Farnham’s career had well and truly hit dead end. The only one with any faith was his manager Glenn Wheatley, who decided to mortgage his house to raise enough capitol for Farnham to record a debut solo album – an insane risk considering Farnham was headed for retirement age in pop star terms (35). The hunt for suitable songs ensued, securing future classics A Touch Of Paradise and Pressure Down. They turned down a little number called We Built This City (later a mega hit for Jefferson Starship) but just prior to recording received a demo of a ditty that would become known as You’re The Voice. Farnsey’s fate was sealed. Whispering Jack would go on to sell 24 x Platinum – the highest selling album in Australia by an Australian artist…ever. The king of pop became the king of (soft) rock, and – with his trusty mullet – would own the rest of the ’80s. Key Track: You’re The Voice _JULIAN TOMPKIN


FRIGHTENED RABBIT The Winter Of Mixed Drinks Based on the real-life aftermath of a breakup between vocalist Scott Hutchinson and his long-time partner, Scotlandbased rock act Frightened Rabbit’s third album, The Winter Of Mixed Drinks, circles the drain of failed relationships and bad sex. Offering reverberating guitars to highlight their tales of love and loss, Frightened Rabbit’s brand of charismatic, bass-free folk rock is sadly scathing but always pleasantly rousing as catchy acoustic melodies soften the jagged edges of their songs. A deep feeling of instability and uncertainty penetrates the rich texture of the album, exacerbated by recurring imagery of being lost at sea and surrounded by (or drowning in) water. Lead single Swim Until You Can’t See Land is the most obvious example, but the motif is found, to varying degrees on numerous tracks. Frightened Rabbit’s sound can be best described as an amalgam of the dour musings of Echo & The Bunnymen, The National, Interpol and Arcade Fire, particularly in the band express their aggression through trembling acoustic and electric guitar interplay. A startlingly strong representation of Frightened Rabbit’s slow, sad appeal, The Winter of Mixed Drinks is sure to enthrall those who missed the band’s previous records, as the tuneful Scots somehow find sparks of hope in mountains of crushing hopelessness.

‘One, choo, three, fawww!’, this week’s DVD column has been hijacked by The Boss – or to quote Bruce Springsteen’s on-stage comments at Glastonbury last year “What time is it? Boss time.” Exactly this time last year, Springsteen and The E Street band were staging a UK insurgency. They played a triumphant two and a half hour headline slot at the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury, before heading back into London the next day for a show of epic proportions in Hyde Park. A DVD of the Hyde Park show has just hit the shelves, and if this doesn’t get you turning up your TV speakers then nothing will. Ever the charmer, Bruce kicks off with The Clash’s London Calling, before a career spanning ‘best of’ set including all the favourites: The Rising, Glory Days, Dancing In The Dark and Born To Run amongst them. Don’t expect Born In The USA, however. Springsteen is now famously sparing with the oft-misunderstood protest song – and didn’t pull it out at Glastonburyor Hyde Park. Unlike other icons of his ilk, the thing that strikes you about Springsteen as he struts around fists a pumping, with sweat and steam rising off his solid frame, is just how fit, energetic and engaging he still his. Watching a Boss show in 2009 or 2010 is no nostalgia act, The man can still cut it, as illustrated by his anthemic rendition of 2009’s Working On A Dream . Could there be a more archetypical ‘Springsteen’ song? Workin’ hard? Check. American dreams. Check. 172 minutes of husky, sweaty, meat ‘n’ potatoes rock. Glorious.



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Fremantle’s favourite comedy night, Little Comedy, is making the move from Fridays to Saturdays in July, offering laughs each and every weekend. Taking place upstairs at the Little Creatures Loft, Little Comedy evenings feature sets by touring comedians plus Perth’s finest stand-up talent, including Sydney’s Jacques Barrett and home grown comics Mike G, Josh Makinda and Adam Scott this Saturday, July 3. If you can’t make it along this weekend, fear not because Little Comedy will return every Saturday in July, with doors opening at 8.30pm followed by comedy at 9pm. Tickets are available on the door.

A variety of art and craft will be on offer at the Art ‘n’ About markets


To prevent shoppers from having to brave wild weather this winter, organisers of the City Of Wanneroo’s Art ‘n’ About markets have decided to move their markets indoors, safe from blustering winds and pouring rain. Escape the chill this Sunday, July 4, by heading inside the Wanneroo Library and Cultural Centre, located at 3 Rocca Way in Wanneroo, which will be brimming with 62 stallholders offering art, craft and everything in between. Taking place from 10am ’til 4pm, the markets will also feature free workshops that cover topics such as wool spinning, reconstructing fashion, crochet, and many more. Whether you want to bag a bargain or learn a new skill, the Art ‘n’ About markets has it all.


The Good Food & Wine Show will take over the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre this weekend, bringing with it some of the world’s best chefs, plus loads of fresh ingredients and cooking gadgets. Taking place from Friday, July 2, ’til Sunday, July 4, the Show will offer Perth foodies the chance to witness celebrity cooking demonstrations from the likes of Matt Moran, Manu Feildel, Tobie Puttock, and MasterChef’s Gary Mehigan (this weeks X-Press Interview) and George Calombaris. For cheese lovers there’s a 45 minute Cheese Matters Masterclass to undertake, which promises to teach participants how to choose the right cheese for their dish, and how to match cheese to wine and a range of accompaniments. For wine connoisseurs a trip to the Decanter Bar is must, with a panel of wine experts on hand to share their tips about picking the perfect drop. To find out everything that’s on offer at the Good Food & Wine Show, jump online to goodfoodshow.

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On cold winter nights there’s nothing quite like a trip to Pancho’s Mexican Villa Restaurant to warm the heart and fill the belly. Located at 885 Albany Highway in Victoria Park, Pancho’s is open from Tuesdays ’til Saturdays, dishing up divine Mexican fare to hungry hoards. With friendly staff, mouth watering fare and a drink list that will quench any thirst, Pancho’s is a great place to go for a quiet meal for two or a large gathering of hungry friends. Head in to Pancho’s on Thursday nights during winter to make the most of $5 tacos and an array of delicious Margaritas, including flavours such as strawberry, melon and lemon lime. To check out the full menu head to Pancho’s is a very popular spot so if you’re planning on heading along, book ahead of time to avoid disappointment on (08) 9361 2135.


The Cabaret Soiree Carnival kicks off with a bang this weekend, courtesy of the always sultry Caroline Nin, who will pay homage to the legendary Edith Piaf in Hymne a Piaf. From Thursday, July 1, ’til Saturday, July 3, Nin will take to the stage DownStairs at the Maj to perform some of Piaf’s greatest musical offerings, including La Vie En Rose, Padam and Hymne à l’amour. Once Nin wraps up Hymne a Piaf, The Covergirls will keep the Cabaret Soiree season going strong with their tribute to saucy ’60s divas. Featuring tracks from Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, and Shirley Bassey, The Covergirls show is performed by local lasses Caitlin Beresford-Ord, Sharon Wisniewski and Clare Moore, who promise to delight audiences from Thursday, July 8, ’til Saturday, July 10. To find out the full lineup for the Cabaret Soiree season, head online to Bookings can be made through BOCS.

BIRTHDAY BASH Fashion devotees made their way to Wolfe Lane on Saturday, June 26, to celebrate the one year birthday of West Australian fashion label, Natasha Mapleson. The soiree featured a special auction of Mapleson’s designs, with funds raised donated to the World Society For The Protection Of Animals.

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NAIDOC WEEK Even Millroy Gets The Blues

The annual NAIDOC Week celebrations come to Perth’s bastion of blues, The Charles Hotel, on Tuesday, July 6, from 8.30pm featuring an all-star cast of Derek Nannup, Lois Olney, David Millroy, Doreen Pensio and Patrick Woodley, accompanied by the mighty house band. David Millroy entreats: “let’s celebrate”. For the first full week of July every year Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander people come together, along with the rest of their countrymen and women, to celebrate indigenous life and culture. With this year’s event running from July 4-11, NAIDOC Week (or National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee Week) will see thousands of events take place across the nation under this year’s theme: Unsung Heroes - Closing the Gap by Leading Their Way.

Director James Mangold Starring Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, Peter Sarsgaard, Viola Davis, Paul Dano, Marc Blucas, Maggie Grace

Bunny hopping - Tom Cruise seems to be doing a lot of it lately. One minute he’s - if you’ll excuse the pun - cruising along at a safe and steady pace, riding in reliable vehicles like Mission: Impossible and Jerry Maguire, the next he’s all over the place - jumping around on couches, making movies nobody wants to see, and saying ‘the darndest things’ in interviews. But then Ben Stiller took hold of the controls for him. Cruise’s popularity soared back to Risky Business heights when he made a surprisingly out-of-character comedy turn in friend Stiller’s Tropic Thunder. Cruise’s stout and arrogant studio head, Les Grossman, was the highlight of that movie, and so good was the actor in the role that many didn’t know, until the end credits, that it was actually him behind the prosthetic gut. Knight and Day, though not a huge misfire (some of his films may not be as good as his others but they’re never bad films), isn’t going to help speed up Cruise’s return to the big league. It’s a perfectly okay movie – for someone else; it’s not the movie Cruise needs to be making right now. Audiences want Vodka from Cruise now, not Coke. And this is definitely coke - sweet, frothy, bubbly pop. In Knight and Day, Cameron Diaz plays June, a young woman who soon discovers she’s boarded a plane with some sort of secretagent. While June is in the loo, Roy Miller (Cruise), the charming man she’s been chatting to throughout the flight (and earlier at the airport), is taking down assassins posing as both passengers and pilots. When June returns to her seat, she’s informed by Roy that he had to kill the pilots (“Actually, I shot the first pilot then he accidentally shot the second pilot. It’s just one of those things”, Mr. Cool says) and at present, nobody is flying the plane. Typically, Miller leisurely swaggers down to the cockpit and takes the controls. Upon landing the plane in a field, Roy reveals himself to be a secret agent wrongly accused of going rogue. He explains that he’s out to protect an energy-sustaining battery created by teen genius Simon (Paul Dano), that former partner Fitzgerald (Peter Sarsgaard) is after. Nothing about the film makes much _JULIAN TOMPKIN sense – for starters, what the heck is Knight and


Knight and Day

Day supposed to mean!? It’s incomprehensible! Yes, there’s mention of a ‘Knight’ in the film (more precisely, a toy one), but it’s a throwaway reference – nothing too crucial to the storyline. As for the ‘Day’ part? Obviously the Fox titling department came up with that one while playing the ‘what goes with Knight’ game? But it’s pretty evident that the studio really didn’t know what kind of film they had from the getgo – originally calling it Wichita, because that’s the city the two lead characters first meet. Again, doesn’t tell you anything about the movie, and, quite frankly, has shit all to do with it. But even good movies have bad titles, so we can let that one slide. Besides the few action sequences that raise a smile (one where Cruise flies off a motorbike and onto the hood of a car is a doozie), it’s Cruise and Diaz that hold the thing together – if only just. Two of the prettiest and most charismatic performers around, they know what they’re selling – and they’ve got it all on show here, as if they’re having a going-out-ofbusiness sale. Cruise, though appreciably older, still proves he’s fit and handsome enough to play the ageless superhero, while Diaz’s killer smile and bubbly personality makes for a fun sidekick. Someone might need to take the decisions out of Cruise’s hands. It’s a vital time for him and he needs to make ‘all the right moves’.

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David Millroy, playing NAIDOC Week at The Charles Hotel


“I think it ’s a great oppor tunit y to be communities together,” acclaimed indigenous playwright and musician David Millroy begins, “to step out of the shadows in a way and celebrate the culture that we have. But also it’s a great opportunity to celebrate the great Aboriginal artists that not only work within the Aboriginal community but have a high profile in the general music and arts scene. NAIDOC Week is a really great opportunity to get out there. “It’s very important to reaffirm our culture and identity on the Australian landscape. I guess it’s also important to keep a balance; it’s not just about playing to main stage houses or touring overseas – it’s also about putting back into your community as well, so if you can strike a balance between the two it’s a great way forward.” Millroy understands life on the main stage better than most. As one of WA’s – and indeed the country’s – most acclaimed indigenous playwrights and directors, he’s taken stories of Aboriginal Australia to playhouses the world over, including successful runs of King Hit, Runumuk, One Day In ‘67, No Shame, Cruel Wild Woman and Barking Gecko’s production of Own Worst Enemy. A former Artistic Director of Yirra Yaakin Noongar Theatre, Millroy is currently completing work on a commission for the 2011 Perth International Arts Festival – a work entitled Waltzing The Willara. To be staged during the 2011 festival by Yirra Yaakin, the work is a postSecond World War look at Aboriginal music, and their people’s ability to take any genre of music and infuse it with a definite sense of Aboriginality – from country to rock, folk and blues. And, fittingly, it’ll be the blues side of next year’s premiere of Waltzing The Willara which Millroy will be previewing at the NAIDOC Week performance at The Charles Hotel. “Aboriginal art is not just about the financial market side of it but appreciated for its aesthetic value, and it often breaks new ground,” Millroy concludes. “To think in 1967 Aboriginal people weren’t even citizens of this country - Australia has taken some monumental steps in my lifetime, just to recognise Aboriginal people as citizens… let alone their art. Art is one area that’s shone through so strongly. I guess that’s always the focus of the celebration – out comes the art.”

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his zeal for his work barely held in check by his Victorian demeanour. Connelly likewise does fine work in a role that could have been rendered flat by a lesser actor; whereas Emma could have come Darwin’s theories of evolution and natural selection across as cold and distant, a mere obstacle in the stir up enough trouble now, 150 years after he path of Darwin’s destiny, here she comes across as published On The Origin of Species. In telling the very warm and human, albeit scarred by loss. Director Amiel wrings every drop out story of the famous book’s writing, director John Amiel and writer John Collee locate the evolution of his limited budget, never letting the period versus creation argument in a time when there verisimilitude slip, even when the narrative takes was only one side to back. In an overwhelmingly us from Victorian England to Tierra del Fuego or religious society, Darwin’s ideas posed a danger Borneo. His use of stock footage is very effective, to the established order, and Creation traces his with simply beautiful nature sequences making internal struggle over whether to publish his us understand Darwin’s fascination with the living world around him. controversial and groundbreaking work. If the film has a flaw, it’s when the Dar win’s (Bettany) concerns are personified in his wife Emma (Connelly), a deeply filmmakers attempt to use modern cinematic and religious woman, and he frets over whether his narrative techniques to externalise Darwin’s inner theories will damage both his relationship with her, conflict. It’s an understandable gambit to try and and her ability to cope with a family tragedy that dramatise what is essentially an intellectual battle, still haunts them both. All the time, Darwin’s friends but in practice it come across as jarring, and serves in the scientific community urge him to publish, only to take the audience out of Amiel’s carefully constructed world. knowing that his ideas will change the world. Creation is a fine example of the kind This is a stately and deliberately paced film, as befits both its period setting and its of adult drama rarely seen in the modern cinema concerns with intellectual rather than physical landscape. By centring the story on Darwin’s family conflict. The drama evolves naturally from the life, Amiel gives us a way into a world of ideas interplay between the characters, as dogma and that might otherwise seem dry or inaccessible. science collide with both broadly political and While possibly too slow for an audience grown intensely personal concerns. Bettany is excellent as accustomed to multiplex blockbusters, it’s an the conflicted naturalist, which only makes sense, intricate and rewarding film that’s worth seeking as his role in Master And Commander a few years out. ago was basically a dry run for his performance _TRAVIS JOHNSON here. His Darwin is a passionate and driven man,

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THE KARATE KID Chan’s The Man Starring Jaden Smith, Jackie Chan, Taraji P. relocated to China with his mother, has trouble fitting in, runs afoul of local bullies who beat seven Henderson, Zhenwei Wang, Mei Ying shades of shoeshine out of him, and eventually Directed by Harald Zwart gets trained in martial arts by mysterious local Some kids get a bike for their 10th birthday, really handyman Mr Han (Chan). It’s a precision-built lucky kids get a pony. Jaden Smith got a movie catharsis-generating machine, designed to get us franchise, judging from the fact that his parents are cheering when the kid finally faces his tormentors, listed as producers on the credits of this remake and it’s a cold heart that doesn’t root for the of the much beloved - but hardly classic - 1984 underdog as we follow Dre and Han through what original. It’s a not a rehash worth getting bent out is essentially one long, extended training montage. If there’s a dissonance, it comes from of shape over; the basic story was venerable when Ralph Macchio was perfecting his crane kick, so it the ages of the antagonists; whereas the original can stand another run. A film like this isn’t about film was populated by teenagers, here we have a new ideas, but rather about how well very old cast of tweens hell-bent on battering each other archetypes are presented for a new audience. to death, and these kids are heir to all that 20 years Having said that, every second film released these of advances in stuntwork and fight choreography days is relying on the same instinctive response to have to offer. The action sequences have a real familiar tropes, so what makes The Karate Kid stand weight and brutality to them that is initially troubling - these are, when all is said and done, out from the pack? For starters, unlike the recent A-Team, the children - but ultimately, it works to enhance the filmmakers have wisely chosen not to elaborate on drama of the narrative. It also helps that it’s Jackie Chan teaching the simple and robust framework of the original. New kid in town, Dre (Smith, displaying a fair young Dre how to find inner peace through whack of his father’s innate charisma), having been stylised violence. It’s been hard to watch Chan over

The Karate Kid

the past decade as he racked up bad comedy after bad comedy, but his performance here reminds us why he’s one of the most popular stars the world over; effortlessly cool, he imbues what could have been a two-dimensional character with grace, warmth and pathos. Your enjoyment of The Karate Kid will basically come down to whether you allow yourself to buy into the myth that it’s peddling. Anyone who owns a television set has seen the

underdog rise to challenge their oppressors a thousand times, but it’s a story that meets a very common need, so it won’t be going away soon. Buoyed by winning central performances from Smith and Chan, coupled with some stunning location work from journeyman director Zwart, this latest iteration doesn’t rewrite the rulebook, but is nonetheless a solid and satisfying ride. _TRAVIS JOHNSON

JACK SARGEANT Revel Yell The Revelation Film Festival takes over the Astor Theatre in Mt Lawley from Thursday, July 8, ’til Sunday, July 18. For info on screening times head to

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The Revelation Film Festival kicks it into high gear next week, celebrating two decades of bringing the best, the brightest and the most bizarre independent film to Perth’s ravenous cineastes. Festival Director Jack Sargeant ripped a quick 15 minutes out of his busy schedule to hit us with some revelations. How does Revelation differ from other festivals? Firstly, we’re a small team and we work well together. Secondly, there’s the geographical separation of Perth from other cities, which means that what we want to do isn’t competing in the same way, so that gives us a different kind of edge. I think also, it’s the personalities involved, because I’m really involved in film culture, Richard’s (Sowada, founder of the Festival) really involved in film culture, we’ve got people we can draw upon and pull in, so I think that gives us an advantageous position. That gives us a lot of freedom, and that is really important. I think we’re lucky at Rev to have that kind of creative freedom. How does your curatorship differ from Richard Sowada’s? That’s interesting. I don’t know. Every curator has their own sensibility, in terms of how you position things and put things together. I guess my sensibility developed over 25 years of writing about films, and putting films on, and putting bands on, and being involved in subcultures, and so on. It’s something I’ve always done. And I think because I’ve always worked in film, along with everything from curating performance art events, to gigs, to art galleries, I guess my experience is kind of quite wide and quite diverse on that level. Whether it’s the bands I’ve put on or the art gallery shit I curated years ago inform my selection of films I don’t know, but they inform my sensibility, which informs my selection of films.

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a comedy about romance that made me laugh, so I programmed it, because I don’t normally see things like that that make me laugh. We’re doing two science fiction musicals this year, and both of those, you don’t really think ‘Oh science fiction and musicals, there’s a genre to pursue’. I look to be surprised, I look for things I’m not expecting. I think if you start expecting things, you’re going to be disappointed. It’s almost like not looking in a way.

And finally, what are the standouts this year? A Town Called Panic, which is a really crazy French-Belgian kids’ animated film which is just wild, that’s a lot of fun. The Family Jams, which is about Joanna Newsom and Devendra Banhart, which is a really good documentary. One Hundred Mornings, which is a really serious melodrama about the end of the world and the breakdown What do you look for in a film? of civilisation, and it shows what you can do with Oh, you can’t answer that question, the apocalypse without millions of dollars, and because if you start looking for things, you end Double Take, which is about the cold war and up being boring. I’m looking to be surprised, Alfred Hitchcock, and lots of other things. I guess looking for something different. I’m not a big fan of those are my four that I’d recommend. romantic comedies, but we’ve got a film screening _TRAVIS JOHNSON called A Day At The Oasis, which is from WA. And it’s

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MARY G The Pardon And The Passion

What Comes Around Goes Around Rounds is on display at PICA in Northbridge â&#x20AC;&#x2122;til Wednesday, August 25. Head along to PICA on Tuesday, July 13, at 6pm for a meet the artists evening, or on Friday, August 13, for the Rounds book launch. If you only go to one art exhibition this year, Rounds has got to be it. Curated by Sarah Rowbottam, Rounds is a fantastic exploration of contemporary art practice, featuring the work of nine emerging West Australian artists. During 2009, Rowbottam enlisted artists to create new work over a period of four six-week cycles. Once each cycle was complete, the artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work was passed on to another one of the nine artists, who then created a work in response to the work from the previous round. Rowbottam explains, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The idea developed from the concept of pass the parcel â&#x20AC;&#x201C; an artist creates a work then passes it on and another artist who creates a work in response to that and so on and so forth. We developed the idea so that everyone would be working simultaneously over quite a long period of time. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It actually only started a year ago and the idea was conceived by myself and Matthew Giles. Matt and I have been friends for a long time and we wanted to do a project together, just us two and we were going to work in response to each other; he was going to write and I was going to do photography. When we met up to discuss it one night we came up with the idea to involve a group of artists and a group of writers.â&#x20AC;? To complement the art produced for Rounds, Rowbottam and Giles decided to create a significant publication featuring critical essays and interviews with the artists, which will be launched on Friday, August 13. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The writing element Matt really drove. It was an opportunity for a writer to have full access to an artist and their practice, as well as the artist having someone critically engage with their work, which is quite rare at this stage in their career. I know for some of the artists that was an apex for them, to have their practice really investigated by someone.â&#x20AC;? After examining the work of a range of West Australian writers and artists, Giles and Rowbottam narrowed the list down to nine,

Untitled by Sarah Rowbottam including artists Bennett Miller, Neil Aldum, Shannon Lyons, Elise & Jurgen, Tim Carter, Rebecca Baumann, George Egerton-Warburton, and Rowbottam herself. These artists were then paired up with writers, including the likes of Katie Lenanton, Jessyca Hutchens and Andrew Nicholls. Each artist has approached the brief differently, resulting in a diverse exhibition of installation, sculpture, photographs, and sketches. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been interesting working with multiple personalities and multiple practices for creating works. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s video and projection, installation, a lot of free form objects. One of the works that I did was an instrumental foosball table. So the men on the foosball table have been replaced by tuning forks which have been amplified. Each tuning fork has a magnetic spot pickup which amplifies the sound of the tuning fork and you wear headphones and play it like a regular foosball table but youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re making music instead. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a huge variety of works,â&#x20AC;? Rowbottam said of her take on the Rounds brief. Though it may have started out as a casual exchange of ideas between friends, Rounds has now grown into a comprehensive project involving a huge number of writers and artists; so do yourself a favour and check it out before it comes down from the walls of PICA come the end of August.





Mary G

Mary G launches her second album, Pardon My Passion, at His Majestyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theatre on Saturday, July 10, as part of NAIDOC Week. Tickets through BOCS.

from situations or things that have happened in the past,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mary G, sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the funny woman, so she gives it her own interpretation. So, for example, if I write a song like Pardon My Passion If you feel as though itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a while since you - which featured in the movie, Stone Bros, and heard from The Queen Of The Kimberley, the is the title track of the album - for me, as a one and only Mary G, then things are about songwriter, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s saying I have a passion for what I to come to order with the release of her new do and on another level itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about a man pining album, Pardon My Passion. for a woman. And with it comes her first â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mary G takes it and turns it around. performance in quite a while in Perth, at His She puts a swing on it that connects it to Majestyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theatre. audiences; theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re expecting something to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yes darling, the show is at His Majestyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theatre, but that night itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be come out of her mouth that gives you a bit Her Majestyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theatre,â&#x20AC;? Mary G exclaims. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The of a chuckle, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s funny, where did that come whole show is going to be a celebration of the from?â&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not deliberate comedy. She interprets launch of my second album, Pardon My Passion, the songs in a reconciliatory way, be it for our which has many connotations, as do the songs country or in terms of relationships. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t write it for it to be comedy, she makes it comedy.â&#x20AC;? from the album. This is the power of Mary G â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the â&#x20AC;&#x153;One of my passions is working with emerging artists. So we have a very young girl warmth and humour coming from someone named Kiara Penny who is starting off, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s her who can get away with saying what others will first premiere show; weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got Mervyn Mulardy only think to themselves. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I can give the example of having a Jr, an emerging cultural ambassador for his people â&#x20AC;&#x201C; theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to be performing two Grand Aunt, the matriarch of the family who songs in traditional language, talking about the will bring you back down to earth,â&#x20AC;? Bin Bakar dreamtime, where your soul, your spirit comes says as a cultural reference. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to talk to from. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve also got Phillip Walley-Stack a your mother about sex but the matriarch of the didgeridoo player who plays on my new album family, in any culture, can say, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;have you found a and will make an appearance and Reno James, woman yet?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; or, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;have you found a husband yet?â&#x20AC;&#x2122;. who has the voice of silk. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a superstar and Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re the ones with whom you can bring he touches my heart to the depths of my loins your guard down and confide in them like (giggles).â&#x20AC;? soulmates. Dr Richard Walley will also present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every culture has them and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the Welcome To Country for the event. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what Mary is. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s relevant, particularly to a trademark merge of fun and the spirit of Australia and sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s passionate about Australia reconciliation which has seen Mary G and her and its history and that people understand it. producer/creator, Mark Bin Bakar, become well- Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like that matriarch that connects with little beloved figures in both indigenous and showbiz kids, teenagers, adults and elderly people.â&#x20AC;? circles. Mary G will travel nationally behind â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wrote most of the songs for Mary G,â&#x20AC;? Bin Bakar states, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but she picks the songs Pardon My Passion, but the opportunity to launch the album in Perth during NAIDOC Week that are suitable for her and if sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happy with them she records them. Basically the songs are makes for a splendid event indeed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a big night of positive, messages, about reconciliation, education, learning about our history as a country, with a bit of comedy.â&#x20AC;? happy messages, laughter, mayhem, music, Clearly, it is the humour that helps cabaret and fun,â&#x20AC;? Mary enthuses. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everybody the message travel so effectively, though from the Western Australian community is interestingly, Bin Bakar says that the songs arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t welcome to come along. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m looking forward to being there and hope you will be too, darling!â&#x20AC;? necessarily written with comedy in mind. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Myself, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t write songs from a _ BOB GORDON point of view of comedy or novelty, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more



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VISUAL ARTS Pause The Moment, Gallery East, 94 Stirling Highway, North Fremantle. In Pause The Moment Jennie Nayton continues and extends her unique combinations of photographic prints of natural phenomena, with geometric three-dimensional structures which have been worked into the print material by cutting, folding and expanding. Exhibition opens on Friday, July 2, and runs ’til Sunday, July 25.

Spirit Fingers, Blue Room Theatre, 53 James Street, Northbridge. Unlike other magic shows, where banter and visual misdirection rule, Plink Plonk Productions’ Spirit Fingers will provide a visual feast of illusions with no cheesy jokes, no banter, in fact, no vocals at all! See only the magicians’ hands performing world-class tricks and choreographed hand dancing by emerging company Ludwig Productions. Season opens on Tuesday, July 6, and runs ’til Saturday, July 24. Bookings can be made via The Blue Room on (08) 9227 7005 or online at

Skin Deep, Elements Art Gallery, 131A Waratah Avenue, Dalkeith. Western Australian artist Brian Simmonds continues to explore the quiet beauty of the world at our feet. The surface qualities of the ground are often inadvertently missed yet carry a plethora of textures and stories. Through his art Simmonds is calling us to look more closely, to take a breath and bear witness. Exhibition runs ’til Sunday, July 11. Nicholas Folland, Turner Galleries, 470 William Street, Northbridge. Nicholas Folland’s self titled exhibition has an aesthetic of chaotic beauty, it’s playful, sometimes whimsical, and often humorous. He works with materials as diverse as crystal and granite, and incorporates domestic objects into dramatic new creations, such as chandeliers that grow ice, glassware that forms an icy floe, a bathroom that continuously overflows, and a cloud formed from multiple chandeliers. Nature and the romantic landscape make regular appearances in his work, but always with a twist, or a fractured unease. Exhibition runs ’til Saturday, July 24. Holding The Line, Perth Galleries, 92 Stirling Highway, North Fremantle. Showcasing work by Judith Forrest, Holding The Line features drawings and sculptures that document the people and objects familiar to the artist. Accompanying A3 works in crayon and watercolour will be sculptures made with coloured forton, a gypsum and resin compound. Exhibition opens on Friday, July 2, and runs ’til Sunday, July 25. Get smART, John Curtin Gallery, Curtin University, Bentley. With over 60 new works from established artists, Get smART features an array of ceramics, paintings, drawings, sculptures, objects, photographs, prints and audio visual works. The exhibition showcases the work of artists who have exhibited their creations at the gallery since its inception in 1998, or are part of the Curtin University Art Collection. Exhibition runs ’til Friday, August 13. Bevan Honey, PICA, James Street, Perth. In this self titled exhibition, Bevan Honey presents an ambitious new body of work that interrogates cycles of boom and bust, failed building projects and consumerist fetishes. With a title that refers to Australian Better Homes And Gardens magazines of the ’60s and ’70s, Honey’s latest exhibition builds on his interest in modernist utopias. Exhibition runs ’til Wednesday, August 25.

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Puturru Palyalpayi – Stringmakers, Holmes à Court Gallery, 1/11 Brown Street, East Perth. In 2009, the International Year of Natural Fibre and the International Year of Reconciliation, an artist’s exchange project was arranged, enabling three established female artists from the coastal plains of Perth, to visit senior women artists from the remote community of Warburton in the Gibson Desert. Together the women camped out for 10 days in the bush where they experimented with natural bush dyes and various materials to explore colour and texture. Exhibition runs ’til Sunday, August 8. The Mighty Ambassadors, DownStairs at the Maj, 825 Hay Street, Perth. Immerse yourself in an exhibition of photographs, posters, programmes and sound tracks from a Hollywood dream palace so opulent that it is hard to believe it once stood in Hay Street Mall. Called the Ambassadors Theatre, it opened in September 1928 when smartly uniformed usherettes flung wide the doors to an auditorium seating 2000 awestruck patrons beneath a blue dome twinkling with stars and embellished with projected moving clouds. Re-live the glory of Ambassadors Theatre in this exhibition which documents the venue’s existence from 1928 to 1972. Exhibition runs ’til Tuesday, August 31.

PERFORMANCE Stop! Don’t Blink, PICA, James Street, Perth. Created by Cadi McCarthy, Stop! Don’t Blink takes a look at the destruction of the natural environment and the constantly changing urban landscape. Seen through the eyes of a child, the 50-minute piece is based on the loss of a playing field. Season opens on Saturday, July 3, and runs ’til Saturday, July 10. Bookings can be made via PICA on (08) 9226 2322.

Red Cross, The Blue Room Theatre, James Street, Northbridge. This month The Wet Weather Ensemble playfully revisits and reinterprets one of American playwright Sam Shepard’s earliest and most experimental works, Red Cross. Carol (Caris Eves) fears that her head will explode, killing a million people; so she promptly goes shopping. Jim (Ian Sinclair) has bugs crawling under his skin, and Maid (Alicia Osyka) has never learnt to swim because she fears drowning, so Jim takes her for some impromptu swimming lessons. Season runs ’til Saturday, July 17.

WAAPA Showcase, Playhouse Theatre, Pier Street, Perth. For its 30th Anniversary year, the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts is presenting a theatrical showcase of the best Cosi, Don Rusell Performing Arts Centre, of their performance program. Featuring Murdoch Road, Thornlie. performances from the WAAPA Big Band For one night only, Cosi will take over the Don and highly lauded percussion ensemble Russell Performing Arts Centre, following the Defying Gravity, the Showcase will also see life of Lewis, a young director and university performances of much loved scenes from the drop out who takes a job in a mental asylum world of opera and theatre. Still Life, Kulcha, 1 3 S o u t h Te r ra ce, Fremantle. Rosina Wonglorz was born in Germany in 1985 and has spent the most recent years painting and living in Western Australia. Inspired by the pleasure we sometimes get when looking at beautiful objects such as fruit and household items, Rosina’s work aims to create opulent, sensory delights; still life with luscious colour and delicious fruit that arouses the viewer’s visual and tactile appetite. Exhibition opens today, Thursday, July 1, and runs ’til Friday, July 30.

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working with patients interested in the dramatic arts. Roy, a long-term patient, hijacks the show and insists that the production be nothing less than a staging of Mozart’s opera Cosi Fan Tutte. Characters among the eccentric cast include an aging nymphomaniac, an obsessive and a pyromaniac. Performance takes place on Sunday, July 4, at 7pm. Bookings can be made online at or by calling (08) 9493 4577.

LoveBites, Playhouse Theatre, Pier Street, Perth. Love bites hard, love bites soft, sometimes it leaves a bruise and sometimes it makes you laugh so hard you have to cry! LoveBites is a delicious collection of bite-sized vignettes revealing how modern romantic relationships start, and how they end... or end up. Told through the stories of seven different couples, audiences experience sudden love, forbidden love, true love, self-love, sexual love, unrequited love, and love that just isn’t enough. Season opens on Thursday, June 24, and runs ’til Sunday, July 11.

MUSIC Becc Sanderson, July 16-17 The Ellington; bookings through venue (08) 9228 1088. Diesel, July 17 Charles Hotel; bookings through BOCS. Black Sorrows, July 30 Charles Hotel; bookings through BOCS Clare Bowditch, August 5 ArtBar; bookings through BOCS. Deborah Conway & Willy Zygier August 5-8 Va r i o u s ve n u e s ; b o o k i n g s t h r o u g h Heatseeker. Ingrid James & Trudy Kerr, August 6-7 Ellington Jazz Club; bookings through venue (08) 9228 1088. WAYJO Winter Nites, August 13 Perth Concert Hall; bookings through BOCS. David Campbell, August 14 Perth Concert Hall; bookings through BOCS. The Dingoes, August 21 Charles Hotel; bookings through BOCS. Darren Hanlon, August 21 Fly By Night; bookings via

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Personal Political Physical Challenge, PICA, James Street, Perth. Directed by performance innovator Sam Fox, PPPC is a provocative, exciting and adult interpretation of the childhood game: truth, dare or physical challenge. The presentation uses contemporary dance blended with surreal theatre and flaming set design to comment on relationship stories in contemporary society. Season opens on Friday, July 16, and runs ’til Tuesday, July 20. Bookings can be made through PICA on (08) 9228 6300 or




Carved cameos have been a popular jewellery style for centuries, dating all the way back to the 3rd century BC. In the many years since their creation, cameos have been used to depict members of royal families, politicians and prominent historical figures, and in more recent years, contemporary imagery has made its way onto these pretty items of jewellery. Many designers now offer up cameos with a modern twist, including West Australian label Kittie Chaos. Launched back in 2009, Kittie Chaos is the brainchild of sisters Angela and Rachel Seeley, two Perth girls with a passion for accessories, cameos in particular. What started as a market stall last year has turned into an online boutique, stocking an array of stunning cameos, clothing and accessories. “We are inspired by dark romances, heartbreak, pop culture, alternative fashions and lifestyles, tattoos, music, photography and burlesque,” the sisters say when asked about their design aesthetic. “We believe dames and dolls from all walks of life can express their unique personalities through the Kittie Chaos range of jewellery and accessories. Kittie Chaos only stocks the things that we love and would wear or use ourselves.” If you have a curiosity for cameos now’s the perfect time to indulge, with Kittie Chaos offering cut price designs as part of a huge end of financial year sale. To view the full range of Kittie Chaos’ creations, jump online to

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The wonderful wares of West Australian designers will go on show this July thanks to Made On The Left, an independent market event that celebrates local art, craft and design. Taking place on Saturday, July 17, and Sunday, July 18, at The Saint Hotel in Innaloo, Made On The Left will feature over 60 stalls selling products handmade in WA. A different batch of designers will be peddling their wares on each day of the market, so shoppers are encouraged to pop in to Made On The Left on both Saturday and Sunday to avoid missing any of the action. Anyone who feels the cold won’t be able to go past Mel P Designs’ stall, which will offer up hand crochet gloves, leg warmers, hats and scarves, perfect for beating winter’s chill. Those with a penchant for quirky accessories need look no further than the Osier stall, which will dish up necklaces, brooches and plenty of other covetable creations. Whether you’re shopping for yourself or someone special, you’re sure to find the perfect piece at Made On The Left. Due to the licensed location, under-18s will need to be accompanied by an adult. For further info check out _EMMA BERGMEIER

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“I would never have thought all those years ago that I would be down with guys like Kanye and Bow Wow and Akon. When I met some of those guys I was giggling like a little girl.” T-Pain reflects on his meteoric rise to fame with RZ, ahead of his appearance at Winterbeatz. I’d like to introduce you to Faheem Rasheed Najm. The 20-something rapper from Tallahassee, Florida comes highly recommended. You’ve peeped I’m N Luv Wit A Stripper right? I have – catchy tune. But that’s just a mere taste of this flamboyant and eccentric rapper. Most importantly, T-Pain’s hip-hop doesn’t take itself too seriously. It’s fun and unashamedly boisterous and cheeky. It is what it is – nothing more and nothing less. Even the whole auto tune thing, whereby T-Pain’s voice is processed via a pitch correcting audio processor, is his trademark. The name of course comes from the pain of growing up in ‘the hood’ as he terms it. But since then, it’s been all about the music for T-Pain. “Man, I think my story is the same as everybody else’s you know? Everybody be having a hard time in their hometown at some time; my break came when Akon signed me to his label.” Of course since then, it has been a fleeting path to commercial success that includes work not only as a DJ and producer, but also songwriter, rapper and actor. Moreover, since the release of his debut album, T-Pain has produced numerous hits of his own and for other rappers and r ‘n’ b singers. T-Pain has also had a number of top ten singles on the Billboard Hot 100. In 2008, he won a Grammy with rapper Kanye West for Good Life. And in 2010, he won another Grammy with Jamie Foxx for the single Blame It. T-Pain is also the founder of the record label Nappy Boy Entertainment, established in 2005. Keeping busy it seems, is par for the course. “Man, the success that I had and what has happened to me since I’ve come up is pretty amazing. I’m thankful for it every day. And the whole significance of where I came from is a given; it’s what molded me into what I am today. People ask me questions like ‘do I remember the hood?’ Sure I remember it. And then they be like, ‘do I get back to the hood?’ And I say, ‘sure, I get back to my hometown’. And do we give back to our hood? Sure. I did a sold out show with Kanye and Bow Wow and we gave all the money back to the community. But I have to say, I got into music to get out of the hood, you know?”

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HIP HOP HORROR Ego-free hip hop dudes Horrorshow’s live reputation goes from strength to strength: their Inside Story tour earlier this year was a smashing success, and they were recently featured in the triple j magazine, JMag, for the tattoos fans have made out of their lyrics. After appearances supporting Hilltop Hoods in England and Germany, as well as a spot on the sold out Splendour In The Grass line up over east, Horrorshow will hit Perth as part of their Walk You Home tour, with support from Seth Sentry, whose Waitress Song was one of 2009’s best loved tunes, coming in at #31 on triple j’s Hottest 100. Horrorshow play Mojos on Friday, September 17, then another show at Rosemount on Saturay, September 18. Tickets on sale from or www., or from Star, Mills and Planet.




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JUICY PRODUCE Providing a chance for Perth’s crucial beat producers and live elec tronic and MC performers to have their stuff heard, new local beats night Projuicer kicks off on Thursday, July 1, at Mojos in Fremantle. Appearing on this inaugural version of Projuicer are DJ Hykus, Emcee, Alphanumeric, Knoe FM, Producer, Slackjaw plus very special guests. Entry is $10, doors open 8pm ‘til late.

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Perth’s essential Free”N”Funky Sunday Sesh. Rare Groove, Ska, Rocksteady, Dub, Funk, Soul, Reggae, Afro Beat. With Dj’s Gareth Richardson, Ted Schlechte & Death Disco’s Anton Mazz. 5pm Free Entry

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OK, listen up, because you don’t want to miss the boat on this one! Tickets for this year’s Parklife festival go on sale today, Thursday, July 1, through Buying a Parklife ticket is your instant pathway to partying down to the likes of Bloc Party lead signer Keele performing solo, US indie superstars The Dandy Warhols, Missy Elliot, Darwin Deez, Ou Est Le Swimming Pool, Cut Copy and loads more exclusives and favourites. Step into a spectacle in which the surroundings are idyllic, the music is great and summer’s on the horizon! The Perth show is on Sunday, September 26, at Wellington Square Gardens.


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Since their very early releases, Al Bleek and Kid Drama, AKA Instra:Mental, have been steadily building momentum with a number of influential singles. With a style unrestricted by tempo, their productions cross the artificial boundaries between contemporary genres such as dubstep and drum ’n’ bass, reaching out to a wide range of listeners. From their early material alongside Source Direct to their more recent collaborations with Skream and Burial, Instra:mental have consistently attracted artists of the highest calibre to work alongside. Their south London studio The Zoo has hosted luminaries and like-minds such as Jonny L, NoU-Turn legend Nico and dBridge. The strength of these partnerships continues to grow, with two further and very different joint works by Instra:mental and dBridge appearing on the Sepia Tones EP for Darkestral and more joint works in store, including a number of three-way efforts alongside Skream. Head down to The Bird on Wednesday, July 14, for an Instra:mental spectacular. Support from Ben Taaffe, Ylem and Muller. Tickets $20 on the door from 8pm.

PA PA L’ AMERICANO! If you haven’t heard the surprisingly catchy We No Speak Americano on the airwaves lately, you must be living under a rock or something, because it’s pretty much pumping on the radio every few minutes! The track is by Yolanda Be Cool and DCup, party starters from Ajax’s record label, Sweat It Out. These rebels with a cause are ready to bring their funky house and Afro-beat to Perth, to get you dancing and sweating it out all night. Friday, August 20, Ambar. Support comes from Blend, Après-Ski, Micah and Oli. Tickets $25 plus booking fee from or

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Dancehall takes to the port city of Fremantle this weekend, with a Soundclash event scheduled for Saturday. Soundclash has a long standing tradition in Jamaican and African dancehall, and is an event where each performer competes to play the most popular tunes and custom made dubplates, in a clash of the titans, with the audience reaction determining the winner. The Empressions (featuring Sista Che and Mumma Trees), both long time Fremantle residents and currently Australia’s first ladies of dancehall, will be battling it out, together with the Fireside Crew (DJ Fyahstar and Mellow), both originally from Zimbabwe. DJ Rasta and Legalize, AKA Future Sounds, come fresh from a performance at Fully Loaded in Jamaica to you, with General Justice rounding out what promises to be a damn fine night of dancehall. Saturday, July 3, Bar Orient, Fremantle. Doors open 8pm-1am. Free entry. Get ready for some rum and rumble! top



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HIDEY HOLE Think Twice, Cut & Paste and The Community have gone into hiding! That’s right, every Friday downstairs at the Leederville the brand new night The Hideout is in action, bringing us some of Perth’s premier emcees, DJs and producers. This week, local underground hip hop heavyweight and co-founder of local crew The Community, Mathas, will headline with a set of live raps. Joining the bill will be a solo effort from Stoop Fresh emcee Coin Boogie, who’s upcoming release with super-producer Ta-ku has already got the scene abuzz. Showcasing some new tunes and some old tunes will be The Community’s other founder, radio show host and psych-hop mysterio Diger Rokwell. Resident DJ Arms In Motion will be in full effect spinning a selection of hip hop from all eras, as will guest DJ Ol Wright. The Hideout kicks off this Friday, July 2, at the Leederville Hotel (downstairs). Doors open 8pm.

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Ever the modest man, he laughs for a moment, as I recognise the contribution he has made to his community. “Man, we don’t show off in the hood and go back and chill out there but I also have a completely different mentality to what I might have had back then. The people I hang with are completely different. People can’t always work out my life or everything that has happened in it, but that doesn’t matter. What I understand now is that wearing a shirt that was three times oversised or shorts that sat so low they looked like pants, isn’t cool. I just didn’t understand that back then but you learn, you know?” Indeed, touring and spreading his message isn’t T-Pain’s only



We know that it’s freezing cold and you love staying in your house these days, but it would love. Twiddling knobs forms one of his major be well worth stepping outside the front door interests; so much so that he holds three and checking out Republic in a few weeks’ time studios down in his house. to enjoy a different kind of house – house music! “ M a n , i f I n e e d a s t u d i o, I g o Saturday, July 24, marks the official opening downstairs! Touring can be difficult sometimes, night of Jack In The Box, a night dedicated to especially with a wife and three kids. Sometimes house music in all its guises. ShockOne, whilst I take her along but I don’t like taking the kids known for his impact in the drum ‘n’ bass world, on tour. My wife grew up in a household where will show a different side to his musicianship, her father spent 30 years in the military. So she playing house grooves all night. Defeat was this military baby and I really don’t want plans to bring the dancefloor some ‘80s sci-fi, my kids to be a part of that sort of lifestyle. I soundtrack-inspired French disco, Amnesia try to manage the life that I have and that’s Effect will be spinning a delightful selection of the most important thing for me.” As for the some of the early sounds of house, including music, Pain is four albums down and still going Chicago house and UK acid house, while NVS strong. He acknowledges that you can never will bring us some ‘90s house anthems and please everyone and continues down his own happy house. Doors open at midnight for $7. path rather than one dictated or delegated. The person with the best outfit is in the running “I mean anybody can see that the to win a $50 bar card, so the promoters advise T-Pain era is a whole new genre of music. I you to ‘jack your body!’. The Republic is located haven’t got any reason not to believe that. on the corner of Shafto Lane and Wellington St I even feel that I’m in a place that a lot of in Perth. people can’t say they’ve been in. The way I feel about the whole thing is that I must be doing something good and something right. “I would never have thought that all those years ago that I would be down with guys like Kanye and Bow Wow and Akon. When I met some of those guys I was giggling like a little girl. I almost hated Bow Bow at first but then I met him and he was cool and it’s a different state of mind once you’re in that place. And right now, I’m in a great place. I gotta say that I’ve been real lucky and to be doing music man, that’s where it’s at for me right now.” Finally, the Pain is ready to bring NVS it. Download his iPhone app and get in the zone. T-Pain ends with a suggestion o f w h a t t o e x p e c t o f h i s l i v e s h o w. “At the shows, I usually do a bit of a time line from stuff you forgot about to stuff you haven’t heard before. I’m all about giving my fans a good show and its non-stop energy. I won’t bore you with the whole five minutes of a song. I got so many hits; I just want to break it down into small bits – one minute each. We got a lot to get through man!” As I chuckle to myself in amusement, I reiterate the words ‘humility’ and ‘energy’ – T-Pain’s very raison d’être. T-PAIN SATURDAY, JULY 21 @ WINTERBEATZ, BURSWOOD DOME

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HOLD ONTO YOUR SEATS Drum ’n’ bass six piece Pendulum have sold over a million albums worldwide, their albums In Silico and Hold Your Colour both reaching Platinum sales. With a new album now out, Immersion ( t h e f i r s t s i n g l e, Wa t e r co l o u r, h a s already shot straight to #1 on iTunes!) Pendulum are starting the ignition and heading off on an Australian tour, fresh from plenty of gigs on the international festival circuit, including Glastonbury, D ownload, V a n d Global G athering. Pendulum’s live act is known for being exhilarating and unforgettable - this is a tour that you will not want to miss! Pendulum hit Perth on Saturday, November 6, playing Challenge Stadium. Tickets now on sale through or 136 100. The event is all ages.

IN THE NICK OF TIME One of the most widely recognised and respected names across a multitude of genres, Nick Thayer’s sets have decimated dancefloors the world over, with massive tracks like Ca$h Money, Reach For The Lazers and Mind Control tearing through speakers in clubs everywhere, and he’s had releases on respected labels such as Southern Fried, Passenger, Sweat It Out, Klub Kids and more. His long-awaited debut LP Just Let It Go has been released and to celebrate, Thayer’s headed to Perth. Saturday, August 21, Ambar. Support from Fdel, Marty Mcfly, Philly and Tee El. $15 on the door from 10pm.



Geisha, Northbridge Friday, June 25, 2010

Darlings of the indie-pop scene, London’s New Young Pony Club are heading down under to showcase their delicious electro talents at Parklife. Guitarist Andy Spence chats with TYSON WRAY.



Continuing on their quest to bring quality, underground artists from around the world to Perth, Democracy scored again in bringing a true techno legend to town - Motor City pioneer, Robert Hood, who’s been creating his unique brand of cutting edge, minimal techno for around 20 years now - he’s seen trends come and go, but has never compromised on his sound or vision. Along with cohorts Jeff Mills, ‘Mad’ Mike Banks and DJ Rolando, Hood was a formative member of the legendary Detroit collective, Underground Resistance, who explored the possibilities of sound, as a purist, futuristic, experimental artform in the early ‘90s. UR specialised in hard, uncompromising, synthetic, deep, moody, soundtracky instrumental sounds, invoking the cold, industrial vibe of their city. Using the expressive power of music, Hood, Mills and co revolutionised techno, giving it a message, a meaning, a subversive context with antiestablishment political overtones, channelling the militant spirit of the Black Panthers, in a similar way to Public Enemy, but without the hype, and always the focus was on the music and the mixing. So a crowd of techno aficionados had gathered in anticipation of the legend’s appearance at Geisha on this cold winter’s night, and Hood didn’t disappoint, serving up a couple hours or pure techno goodness. Alex Cooke warmed the crowd up with a nice mix of funky tech and house beats, before handing over to the dark, capped figure of Rob Hood, who emerged around 1.30am. Not messing about Hood quickly took control of the mix, kicking in with a lone bass drum, before dropping a sinister synth bassline; he stamped his distinct sound all over the system with immediate authority. Spatterings of sparse, industrial beats, infused with a soulful groove. Tweekin’ and twisted breakdowns flew by at a frenetic pace, with each new track creeping in as a subtle wave. The antithesis of commercial, festival party music, this unadulterated, raw techno is best experienced in a dark, intimate club.

Robert Hood (Photo: Matt Jelonek) Hood’s efficient and effective mixing style is almost clinical in its approach, giving the EQ’s a proper workout. Building the intensity with low, rumbling beats, breaking it down to its bare elements, a singular backbone beat, before layering it back on, slowly erupting into a deep, stabbing, elastic bassline. Each new onslaught drew howls of appreciation for the discerning crowd. His classic, minimal style of DJing always keeps the momentum going, pumping hard and fast, not holding back like some minimal DJs who get a bit lost, teasing with endless, washed out breakdowns – Hood’s tunes are focused squarely on making you move and he paced the tracks just right, finishing just before four, with a huge encore track that ignited the dancefloor one more time with its ferocious pounding beat. Stepping down to rapturous applause, Hood handed over to Andrew Utting who kept the momentum going, playing a great set of smooth tunes, and on real vinyl too! He started off slowly building it up, before kicking in the big beat. Following was local techno star, Joe Stawarz, who’s been signed to Scottish label Soma, to take us home for the late set. A night of proper bangin’ techno - a real schooling from one of the masters and originators himself. ALFRED GORMAN

New Young Pony Club “I wouldn’t really say there are any other artists that are similar to our sound, we’re unique. We’re always lumped together with groups like LCD Soundsystem, CSS and Friendly Fires. Basically anyone who has an alternative take on dance,” he calmly states. “But we’re much more than just an electronic band. Our lyrics are very powerful and distinctive. Tahita sings and has an amazing voice that really stands out in this day and age when you’ve got so many bland and boring bands out there.” Rather than just picking shit on others, Spence now offers up how NYPC transcend the aforementioned mediocrity. “Along with our production, it really gives us a unique and different sound to everyone else. It’s hard to describe, but we love playing our style of music as we just never hear it anywhere else.” For a group with such a unique and powerful sound, they believe working with the basic rules of live gigs is the best way to convey themselves and allow the audience to enjoy their performance to the full degree. “Basically we just want them to enjoy the music and let themselves go. It sounds generic, but it’s true. We want the crowd to really get into it, join in with the music and create and a vibe and just ensure they have an amazing time. It’s a

simple formula, but it always works”. He moves on to fondly reminisce about a recent tour. “We really encapsulated our live show recently at a show on our Germany tour in Hamburg. We had just had to cancel our Scandinavian shows because of the volcano issues. The following tours we’re already in doubt, so when we got out there it was such a relief and both the band and the fans we’re raring to go and really excited. In truth we’ve probably played hundreds of greater shows in the past, but that one had a really special feeling about it and we’ve really learnt and taken from that show.” New Young Pony Club are part of the 2010 10th Anniversary Parklife line up, that also features international dance heavyweights Missy Elliot, Groove Armada, The Dandy Warhols and Soulwax. Spence regales his great love for our country and his excitement for the upcoming festival. “Our experiences in Australia have been great, really positive. We really love getting down there. There’s no cynicism in Australia, the response to our music from the country has always been amazing. People always go for it, they just love going for it and having a great time and that’s what really works with our music”. The group won over thousands of fans with their last visit, but are promised this tour will be even more memorable. “We’ve got two albums under our belt for this tour which will really make a huge difference. Last time we were down we had only just released Fantastic Playroom, and while we loved playing it and had some great material to work with, when you only have one album you basically have to play the entire album and maybe a cover to get through a set. There isn’t any room for impromptu performances or improvisation. Now that we’ve got The Optimist released we can play the best half of both albums and not have any dulls or lows, that and we’ve been playing together as a band for a lot longer now, we’ve learnt a lot from each other playing live.” He calmly begins to chuckle.“Watch out Australia, we’ve got a few surprises for you.” NEW YOUNG PONY CLUB SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 @ PARKLIFE, WELLINGTON SQUARE, EAST PERTH



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In its first week of release Immersion topped the UK charts, stomping all over typical top 40 fodder like teen dreamboat Justin Beiber and the newest Glee soundtrack. Rob Swire infers to REUBEN ADAMS that recording in a proper studio this time, and not aâ&#x20AC;&#x153;Turkish manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s purple painted bedroomâ&#x20AC;?, might had something to do with it.

UNKLE main man James Lavelle is one of those people who you just want to hate. Having worked with everyone from DJ Shadow to Josh Homme and even Thom Yorke, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s never exactly been closed-minded when it comes to taking new directions and incorporating varying influences into his works. Lavelle tells MIKEY CARR about finding the middle ground.


â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think it was the missing step in the second album; we pretty much didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do anything like that. It was an important step to take.â&#x20AC;? Swire is quick to recognise the significance of their album preview tour. In fact, the responses they got from people pretty much shaped Immersion in the end. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were sitting in the studio going Well, that one didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work in Melbourne or Sydney, but it kind of worked in Perth....what do we do?, and we pretty much decided what to do from there,â&#x20AC;? he explains. Rob Swire doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t strike you as a particularly excitable guy, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s evident that heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proud of what Pendulum have achieved this time around. Immersion is an extraordinarily diverse offering, from the melodic metal of Self Vs Self (featuring In Flames), the Nine Inch Nails influenced Comprachicos, to the uplifting straight beat stylings of The Island. And yet, the album retains cohesiveness and purpose. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Well, we wanted to make it more club-friendly, but we also wanted to make sure that the rock tracks that we put on there were heavier than anything we had done before,â&#x20AC;? Swire declares. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think that we mostly nailed it.â&#x20AC;? It would be fair to say that this diversity is a product, in part, of the many and varied collaborations on the album. Liam Howlett, production powerhouse behind The

Prodigy, partnered with Pendulum on a track after they got talking backstage at the 2009 Big Day Out. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We got chatting about the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;animosityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; between us in the music press, and how it didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t actually exist. Then we got talking about doing a track together to put that all to rest,â&#x20AC;? says Swire. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There was talk that we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get along, that Pendulum and Prodigy were rivals, that Pendulum were trying to be the new Prodigy, and that Prodigy were trying to sell out Pendulum on their new album,â&#x20AC;? he sighs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So we just said fuck this, letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s write a tune and bury the hatchet once and for all.â&#x20AC;? Despite putting in some epic studio time into Immersion, Swire asserts that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the most relaxed album theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever put together, despite at least one 34 hour stint as deadlines loomed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yeah, it gets a bit weird and the time that it takes to complete a task increases exponentially,â&#x20AC;? he chuckles. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But sometimes you only have a limited time to do something, so you just have to get it done. If the music doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t nearly kill you, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s probably not worth listening to.â&#x20AC;? Swire reveals that while the process was still very intense, having an actual studio this time around helped a lot. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I mean, the previous two were recorded in a Turkish manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s purple painted bedroom,â&#x20AC;? he laughs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a rental place that we had in Barnet, North London, and the guy that owned it was Turkish. It was a bit of a shithole; purple walls, green carpets and shit, so it was less than ideal,â&#x20AC;? Swire says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think we had the CEO from Atlantic records come down before they signed us, and the first thing he said when he walked in was so this is where the fucking magic happens?â&#x20AC;? PENDULUM IMMERSION [MUSHROOM] SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 6 @ CHALLENGE STADIUM, PERTH

UNKLEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest album Where Did The Night Fall continues this tradition, moving even further away from the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trip-hop roots following the rockier and more psychedelic direction Lavelle and Co took with 2007â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s War Stories. With all this genre hopping, the UNKLE sound is understandably a little difficult to nail down. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got to have elements of melancholy and thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a certain density that needs to be in the songs, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to pinpoint,â&#x20AC;? Lavelle explains. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re always saying it needs to sound like an UNKLE record, but you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what that is until you hear it.â&#x20AC;? It seems trying to pinpoint the sound wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the only obstacle in the recording process this time around as Lavelle and his recording partner Pablo Clements went for a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;more is moreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; approach leading to a somewhat chaotic scramble to finish everything. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I mean at one point we were working on 28 songs at the same time,â&#x20AC;? he tells me with a sigh and a laugh.â&#x20AC;&#x153;At moments it was great and at others we just absolutely couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see the wood for the trees. It was never negative though. There were times where because weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d all spent so much time together in our quite small studio it definitely became a little Das Boot if you know what I mean, but it was always quite a good shared experience.â&#x20AC;? Comparisons to Nazi maritime crises aside though, Lavelle managed to draft in a massive crew of collaborators yet again, this time working with a varied selection including San Francisco psych lords Sleepy Sun, Screaming Trees frontman Mark Lanegan as well as The Black Angels and Autolux. However despite this impressive list Lavelle remains quite ambivalent as to how he manages to put together such epic line-ups for his albums. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sort of like choosing friends really isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t it.â&#x20AC;? While some of the artists such as Mark Lanegan only came on board after years of communication with Lavelle, it seems that this isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always the case. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With Black Angels, that was quite random actually. We had a few tracks that we just werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t getting the right vocals for, and while we

were shooting the artwork one of the people I was working with on the shoot just kept playing their records and by the end of it I was just like fuck it, I just gotta try and get a hold of them. It had just been ingrained in my brain after 12 hours of hearing Black Angels getting played non-stop at this photo shoot, and yeah, the next day we got in contact with them and we were doing a track.â&#x20AC;? With a reputation like Lavelleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d expect that he goes through some torturous Stanley Kubrick-like process when collaborating with other artists, images of Josh Homme crashing through a door with an axe in his hand over and over again spring to mind, yet in reality, Lavelle seems to be pretty hands off. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All these things are in many ways based on pot luck, you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to come out of it and you just hope for the best because of all the crazy people youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re working with you know. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always felt itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to let people go off though, Pabloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like that, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll just meander off into his own world and I have to just try and pull the really good parts back so it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go too far off. Mind you Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what Pablo would say about me, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an interesting process and it isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t easy.â&#x20AC;? However while he may sometime surrender to the will of the musical gods this doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean everything is just left up in the air as Lavelle has to act as a sort of mediator in-between all this creative flux. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A l l g o o d m u s i c c o m e s f r o m collaborations between great individuals, whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s within a band like Radiohead or whatever else, when you get that sort of energy then youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to get a lot of great stuff. Equally though it can also lead to things going off on tangents and there is always a lot of opinion thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be getting thrown around. You know itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s funny, I sometimes sort of think Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m just trying to find the middle ground, you know I kind of feel like a politician.â&#x20AC;? UNKLE WHERE DID THE NIGHT FALL [SURRENDER ALL/INERTIA]


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The ‘flirtation turned full blown romance’ involving techno and dubstep is a hot topic around the water cooler these days. Surgeon subscribes to the idea that techno, like all musical styles, is in continual danger of folding back onto itself in the unrelenting search for inspiration. Thus, he has put together a compilation that showcases his current sound, a mix that effortlessly flits between banging techno, atmospheric dubstep... and everything in between. The mix starts with a location recording at the Kuramae Subway Station in Tokyo, a homage to Surgeon’s love of Japan, before building wonderfully with some atmospheric techno sounds. Robert Hood’s Superman, a minimalistic techno masterpiece which is the first track in the mix to get a full play-through, mixes seamlessly with Appleblim’s dubstep influenced remix of X Speaks to X. The driving industrial undercurrent of the mix never falters, which appears to create a heightened, almost hypnotic, awareness of the subtle variations between tracks. Surgeon has been innovating under the techno banner since the early ‘90s, which leaves him with absolutely nothing to prove. This creates an interesting dichotomy between his refusal to subdivide genres and his years of mixing experience; this leaves the listener with a well thought out, genre-bending yet surprisingly cohesive selection of tracks. A definite standout in this long-running series.

For what started as a one-off, collaborative supergroup project all those years ago when Psyence Fiction was released with much ado in ’98, James Lavelle has seen UNKLE develop and evolve over time, ‘til now it is something almost as far removed as you could imagine from that first DJ Shadow produced record. Once again, Lavelle invites a wide range of guests to collaborate with him. But while War Stories had variety and substance, this album continues mining the same vein but with lesser results. While there are some great moments of surging beats and crunching guitars, it’s overall an album of fairly bland electronic infused rock ’n’ roll, held together by a loose theme of excess. From the exotic sounds of Follow Me Down, led by the soaring vocals of Rachel Fannan from Sleepy Sun, to the more upbeat, psychedelic sounds of Natural Selection featuring The Black Angels, Joy Factory featuring Autolux and OTT orchestral epic The Answer, the tracks just seem to get bogged down with production. The second half is better; Lavelle himself sings Ablivion, a classic UNKLE tune about extremes. The Runaway is a dark rattling number reminiscent of Massive Attack, but probably the finest moment of the album comes courtesy of Mark Lanegan and his beautifully crooned outro, Another Night Out. Perhaps it’s because we have such high expectations, but even the usual quality packaging and dark, artistic black and white photography can’t distract from this overall sub-par effort from Lavelle and friends. Could this be the last?

Talking about Anidea in a purely dub format is a fairly futile affair as this is a reasonably unique effort from Bristol based producer Guy ‘Guido’ Middleton. As a traditionally bassline and percussion preoccupied style, dubstep here is morphed and twisted by Middleton’s layered, colourful synth instruments and polychromatic sounds, providing a crossover appeal to a wider mass audience. Worthy tracks are the title track Anidea, characterised by its ambient, spacey texture, and club filler You Do It Right with its infectious, danceable, almost two-step rhythm. Way You Make Me Feel is an old track re-energised with beautiful vocals provided by Yolanda, who recently toured with Massive Attack. Her input brings this otherwise minimal track to life with her R&B-esque inspired vocals, culminating in a soaring chorus superimposed over a pulsating buzz and undulating rhythm. There is a definite wash of colour on display throughout Anidea. It’s well composed and the mix never seems oversaturated. At times, it harks back to conventional dub heavy chords, which grab hold of the speakers, such as during the considerable finale Tantalised. Yet interestingly, it’s melody, colour and instrumentation that are the propelling trio for this undeniably unique album.

‘Deep’ club music had a resurgence last year, and Berlin mainstay Phonique’s new album Kissing Strangers can be seen as nicely representative of this. It’s an approach that was also showcased in Will Saul’s sublime Balance compilation – ‘deep’ can mean a lot different things, and similarly here, Phonique is drawing from a lot of different musical palates. There’s tracks that are reminiscent of what we were calling deep house a decade ago, but there’s others that bring a much more futuristic electro sheen. There’s even a misguided adventure into ‘50s swing, but for the most part, it’s an eclectic and enjoyable exploration into ‘artist album’ territory that still sees Phonique holding onto his clubbing roots. T h e r e ’s a p l e t h o r a o f v o c a l collaborations on the album, as well as an assortment of live instrumentation, which sees Phonique swinging the pendulum well towards the soulful side of the house spectrum, while avoiding falling into the ‘diva house’ trap. There’s plenty of inviting singalongs, and lots of heart and soul, but the ‘deepness’ of it means he’s not trading in the credibility for the warmth, and a firm techno sensibility is intact. While it might not be either gripping or groundbreaking, that doesn’t stop Kissing Strangers from being a joy.

Fabric 53: Surgeon [Fabric]


Where Did The Night Fall [Surrender All/Inertia]


Anidea [Punch Drunk Records]


Kissing Strangers [Dessous Recordings/Stomp]








THURSDAY 01/7 Ambar – Tom Neville Bird – Wisdom 2th / DJ Illy B / Marksman / Mathas /DJ Apt Broken Hill Hotel – Fixed Clancy’s (Canning Bridge) - DJ Wrighteous Club Bayview –Hush- Sox Draw / Maxwell Club Marakesh –DJ Simon Cottesloe Hotel - DJ Shots / DJ Andy M Eve –DJ Tony Allen Flying Scotsman (Main Room) - Pasha’s Kitchen – The Big Man Flying Scotsman (Defectors) – DJs Fang / Lady Carla / Andy Razorback Jarvis Foundry - DJ Durra Liquid Nightclub – DJ Buda Mojo’s – Projuicer - DJ Hykes / Emcee / Alphanumeric /Knoe FM / Producer / Slackjaw / Roughsoul Mustang – DJ Giles Niche Bar – Flaunt / Johnni P / Feminem. Newport – DJ Shannon Fox Niche - Johnni P/ Rob Blandford Paddy Hannans – Dr Bogus Swinging Pig – DJ Simon The Deen – DJ Flex/ DJ Nano/ DJ Serge/ DJ Don Migi The East End - DJ Midfield The Queens – Kapitol P The Whistling Kite - DJ Gareth The Shed – DJ Andyy Toucan Nightclub (Mandurah) - DJ Matty J Woodvale Tavern – DJ Melvin

FRIDAY 02/7 SHAPE THE CUBE Australia’s hottest dance music exports, ShockOne and Phetsta, return to Perth’s home of drum ‘n’ bass, The Cube, to deliver one of their dancefloor destroying sets! Expect a club that’s packed to the rafters and heaving with the sounds of the duo’s productions and choice DJ selections. On supporting duties are a group of very talented up and coming producers, handpicked by ShockOne and Phetsta themselves: Dub Z, Muller, Jazza, Ekko and Sidetracked. On MC duties are Bear, Assassin, Stylee, Tenacity and Rtilery. $5 before

11pm; $10 thereafter. $10 pizza Bird – Batrider / Rabbit Island / and pint before 11pm. Friday, July The Growl 2, Shape, East Perth. Broken Hill Tavern – DJ Nick Alexander AMBAR DESTINATION ‘VS’ Capitol –Retro Mash – Lady Destination? have always kept Penelope an ethos of bringing fresh talent Clancy’s (Canning Bridge) - DJ and music to the Perth scene - Boogie now it’s time for the newcomers Como Hotel – DJ Gazz to step up and show off their Double Lucky –Cee / DJ Adam talents against the veterans Kelly of Destination? parties in a Eve – Suga N Spice – Don Migi/ ‘Newcomers vs. Residents’ party. Skooby/ Dannyboi The residents include: breaks Flying Scotsman (Main Room) and electro-house legends the – Time Tunnel - DJ Rok Riley/ Signal Drivers, Grantley Hyde, Joe 19 A-Jam, Brockman and Thirteen. Flying Scotsman (Defectors) The newbies include Alex Tong, - The Beat Suite – Micah/ Sharif Rikaché, DYP, Mim:loe and Galal Allstate. $15 on the door from Geisha – Sound Seduction – 10pm. Game on! Eyan/Jim Pearson/Tizer/MK/ Bongo Loco GEISHA SOUND SEDUCTION High Wycombe – Fill In Da Gap Let Perth’s finest deep house Hipe Club - DJ E-Funk and funk DJs lead you out onto Leederville Hotel (Downstairs) the dancefloor with a superb –The Hideout – Mathas / Coin selection of underground sounds Boogies / Diger Rokwell / DJ at Sound Seduction. Brought to Arms In Motion / DJ Oi Wright you by the experienced Tasty Llama Bar - One Island East Beat Studio (Eyan, Jim Pearson Library – Dorcia Fridays - n. and RTRFM’s Tizer), Sound Cision / Scott D /Yon Jovi/ Seduction will tonight also feature Mickey Juice/The Pearly Whites/ special guests, MK and Bongo Arrigold/Dirk Chops Loco. For more information, Liquid Nightclub - DJ Matty / check out Ricky au. $15 from 11pm. Lakers Tavern – Fresh Fridays DJ Dooey MOJOS FISHERMANS STYLE Manor – Fridays At The Manor Reggae masters of Perth get Craig Hollywood/Selekt/Benny together to perform in a tag Chill team style tonight in twenty Metro City - R&B Superstar minute sets. Earthlink, Sabata, Merrina Tavern – DJ Terry Future Sounds and Sensei Sound Mint – Club Retro – Chris do the rounds, warming up for McPhee them is DJ Masimba. Doors open Mojo’s – Fishermans Style - DJ 8pm. Free entry before 9pm, Masimba / Sabata / Future $10 after. Sounds / Sensi Sound / EarthLink Sound Amplifier – DJ Shannon Fox/ Mustang- James MacArthur/ DJ Jamie DJ Swing Ambar – Destination? – Vs Newport –Culture Clash - DJ Singal Drivers / Grantley Hyde / Andrei Mazz/Jerrem Lynch A-jam / Brockman / Alex Tong Norma Jeans – DJ Darren / Rikache / Dyp / Mim:loe / Onyx Bar – Slick/ Adroc Allstate Oxford Hotel – DJ Sequeria Bar Open – Proximity Effect / J Paddy Hannans – Blue Gene Nitrous / Killafoe / J Switch Paramount –DJ Morgan / DJ Bar Open (Upstairs) – Jekyll & Jordan Principal Micro Brewery – DJ Hyde / EZ-PZ / 4 Leaf /Ogden / Simon Meet Mark /M!spr!nt Queens Tav – DJ Rueben Bar 138 – Lokal - Mixbag Republic Bar - Republic Fridays Bayswater Hotel – Beat/Off Rise – The White Party- Simon Marty McFly/Ogden/Bacich

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SATURDAY 03/7 RISE RESONATE If you like your beats broken and your bass shattered, new night Resonate is a night for you. Bringing together the tightly coiled productions of dubstep with the fast breakbeats of d ‘n’ b, Resonate allows DJs from both spectrums to slam down tracks and have them amplified on a system with brutal force. Local legends and up and comers alike feature on a diverse roster aimed at presenting the good, bad and dirty, only the best the genres offer. The opening night of Resonate kicks off with Phetsta, reg Packer, Affiliate, Jazza, Kurt Ox, Auren and MC K-Pax on the decks. Door sales only from 9.30pm. Free entry before 10pm. Rise members free before 11pm, $5 thereafter. Non-members $5 before 11pm, $10 before 1am, $15 thereafter. V E LV E T LO U N G E LU C I D DREAMING has round up some of the most sought after and talented artists Perth has to offer for a night of techno

and progressive. LD book artists based on their creativity, skill and ability to get the dance floor moving, allowing DJs to experiment with sounds that might be ruled out at other club nights. Tonight’s artists include Nina Van Dyke, Progress Inn, Darren J, De|Mech and Mim:Loe, with visuals by VJ Matty Moon. Entry is free, from 7pm - 2am. MANHATTANS UNSTOPPABLE GLUE features an eclectic mix of good time music from indie to boogie funk, disco and hip hop. A mere $10 cab charge from town will see you on the dancefloor breaking it down to the likes of FKNG MIDAS, Mickey Juice, Tom Fom and special guest Grubby. Entry is free from 7pm. Doors close at 12pm. Ambar – Japan 4 / Tee El / Ben Mac / Micah / Philly /Marty Mcfly Amplifier – Pure Pop - Eddie Electric Bar Open (Upstairs) – Bombs Away /Sketchism & Jackness / Thomas Hart / Travis Le Brun / Aaron Richards /James Yelland Bar Open (Downstairs) – Open House Bar Orient – Soundclash - The Empressions / Fireside Crew / DJ Rasta /Legalize / AKA Future Sounds /General Justice Basement On Broadway – DJ Ricky Bird – Therapist / Dux /The Downtown Black Bettys- DJ Trubble/ DJ Jinx Broken Hill Tavern – DJ Nick Alexander Capitol (Downstairs) – Death Disco – Andrei Mazz Capitol (Upstairs) – Cream Of The 80s – DJ Ryan Captain Stirling - DJ Dano Clink- DJ Cheese Club Bay View – VIP Saturdays – DJ Ryan Connections – Michy T / JJ / Brian Crush – Volume Double Lucky – Tim Brown / Victoria Dusk – Flashback – DJ Benny c/ DJ Josh Eurobar – Roger Smart/ DJ Raci

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY EVE Eve Nightclub, Burswood Saturday, June 26, 2010 Perth’s hottest Saints and Sinners filled Eve at Burswood on Saturday night for their huge first birthday. Party-goers danced the night away amongst flame lights and gargoyles to hot tunes from DJs Don Migi and Skooby, while others escaped the heat of the dance floor to cool off on the balcony. The hottest costumes were selected to strut their stuff on stage, with the crowd voted best dressed scoring $1,000 in prizes.

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No one does retro Americana quite like the Mustang Bar, and this year their 11th annual Independence Day Party will showcase the cream of the crop of Perth bands in nostalgic style. With a vintage car show outside on Lake St, swing dance displays, and rockinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; DJs, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be a grand olâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; day. Catch Adam Hall & The Velvet Playboys, Peter Busher & The Lone Rangers, Rusty & The Drag Strip Trio and headliners Rocket To Memphis for a day long music and style extravaganza. Kicks off at 1pm on Sunday, July 4.

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RTRfm FREMANTLE WINTER MUSIC FESTIVAL The Railway Hotel / Mojo’s / The Swan Hotel Saturday, June 26, 2010 RTRfm’s Fremantle Winter Music Festival returned for 2010, hitting the port city of North Fremantle for a night full of rockin’ tunes and sweet beats which warmed a wintry WA night. Sounding like the detonation of a rockabilly cluster-bomb, Favourite Newcomer WAMi award-winning lads The Joe Kings livened The Railway Hotel early with their brand of angular funk, driving blues and ‘pretty-power-rock’. Highly crafted and gloriously messy, heavily conceptual but still visceral, and serious while also being funny, this young band’s potential is as clear as spring water. Exploding with creativity, hardcore bursts of noise and addictive rock hooks which threatened to leave brains hurting and ears ringing, Blackmilk’s bold, provocative sound and musical adventurousness proved intoxicating and surprisingly easily digestible. Elsewhere at The Swan Basement, blurry build-ups and stark breakdowns were the order of the day as a throbbing mass of electro lovers were treated with live danceable delights from a swag of Perth’s best emerging local electro acts. Alternating between a lean, fuzzy synth-throb and sweeping, overdriven sonic trills, indie-tronica idol Carl Fox’s bright pastel contrasts and unforgettable melodies made for a charmingly cheery, infectious romp. Sneering their set with macho Billy Idol bombast and high falsetto choruses, dance/electronica duo The Transients also amazed the throng with sass aplenty - their serpentine melodies, healthy backbeats, and pinging guitar notes transforming frost-bitten patrons into hot, sweaty, dancing messes. For those keen on continuing the party, over at Mojo’s Bar there was dancefloor action aplenty furnished by local DJ stars including Underground Solution Crew, Claude Mono, Rok Riley, Camryn, Pex, and Taku. Meanwhile, over at the Swan Hotel there were roots rockin’, as folk-rock MC Justin Walsh introduced some folky, rootsy, and world-y additions to an already eclectic festival. Holding the audience rapt with her dreamy crooning, lovely chanteuse Eva McGowan’s low-key charms and understated style worked perfectly in the intimate setting of The Swan. Strumming acoustic and singing plaintively, McGowan covered all the bases with a subtle and sweet lack of pretension. A freshly minted purity and innocence prevailed, but underneath there was a distinctly sexy and seductive core with an edgy jazz sensitivity. Headlining the Swan Lounge stage, two-time WAMi Best World Act winner Grace Barbé charmed those who managed to squeeze into the venue with her world music fusion of afro-Creole, island roots and reggae. Nimbly utilising the smoky, vulnerable instrument that is her voice, Barbé enveloped the crowd with a performance of pure class, sophistication and melancholic soul. This year’s winter warmer proved to be an enormous evening of quality homegrown talent. With a nomadic crowd darting excitedly from venue to venue, North Fremantle was transformed into a musical winter wonderland for one very special night. 46


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HOPE FROM DARKNESS HOPE SANDOVAL & THE WARM INVENTIONS / Mick Turner / Dirt Blue Gene The Astor Theatre Monday, June 28, 2010 Hope Sandoval may have never toured Australia with her much loved outfit Mazzy Star, and although her solo career appears to move along at a snail’s pace, the release of her second album with The Warm Inventions, Through The Devil Softly, saw her touch down at The Astor Theatre on Monday for a special performance. Dirt Blue Gene were the openers, but the vast majority of the members of the group would return later in the night as Sandoval’s backing band. The Dublin quintet play slow and loose with a sound that combines folk, country and shoegaze, as they build up atmospheric sounds. Pedal steel was the chosen instrument for the first half of the set for band leader Charles Cullen before moving onto a striking array of guitars as the set wore on. The tall figure of Dave Brennan bore a resemblance to Even Dando at times, but his playing sounded anything but. With eerie country tinged riffs, he offered the much needed light and shade for a band like this to rise above the ordinary – which they did with ease. It was during their instrumental pieces that Dirt Blue Gene shone, as they carefully set the tone for the evening. The much loved and acclaimed Dirty Three guitarist Mick Turner was next to show his wares. Accompanied by Jeffrey Wegener on drums, Turner fired up a set of instrumentals while projections of his artwork flashed in the background.With a set of loop pedals, a violin bow and some erratic time changes in his guitar work, parts of the set sounded particularly free-form with varied results. There is no denying the talent of either figure in this duo, but at times it was if

they were each playing a different song. There were moments when this approach worked a treat and others when it certainly did not, but there was enough gold in there to have the punters inclined to keep panning. With the stage dimly lit, Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions arrived by stealth. Rumours of Sandoval’s coyness were confirmed with it being difficult to spot the singer in the gloom. Of course when you have a voice like Sandoval’s you can hide in a bin if you choose to and people will still flock to hear. Sandoval’s voice may be hidden at times on her solo records, but in the confines of the Astor Theatre she was clear and pristine. She could have arrived from 1990 dressed in her black dress and knee high boots as the enigmatic singer calmly held centre stage. Although a study in stillness, her image was arresting as tender tunes like There’s A Willow wafted around the venue. My Bloody Valentine’s Colm O’Ciosoig was positioned behind the drum kit, but his role in the band is far more significant that just time keeping. It may be a different flavour to his outings with Kevin Shields, but in spite of the considerable reduction in tempo, O’Ciosoig is only slightly less tamed in The Warm Inventions. Recent single Trouble was aired towards the latter part of the evening with the band combining for impeccable harmonies as O’Ciosoig threw around some inspired and frenetic drumming. The set was made up of much of the material from Through The Devil Softly but the dreamy Suzanne from Sandoval’s debut was probably the night’s highlight. Ending the set with the haunting For The Rest Of Your Life Sandoval was found pounding away on a vibraphone as The Warm Inventions built towards a crescendo. The only words spoken to the crowd were a whispered ‘Thank you, Goodnight’, yet Sandoval had given enough of herself through song to make this one a memorable event. _CHRIS HAVERCROFT

HOLY SOUL BALLS, MUSTANG! BOOM! BAP! POW! / Louis And The Honkytonk / Goodnight Tiger Mustang Bar Thursday, June 24, 2010 Drawing on the soul genre’s deep history and giving it a pop ‘n’ roll makeover, three-time WAMi award nominated trashy doo-wop quintet Boom! Bap! Pow! finished their residency at the Mustang Bar last Thursday night on a fittingly fun-filled note. Braving sub-arctic temperatures in mini-skirts and sheer blouses, lovely female duo Goodnight Tiger gifted listeners with the full complement of their sparse and fragile songs. Combining craft, instinct, and emotion, the pair’s astonishingly mature lyrics framed pretty melodies and acoustic moods, which coalesced into a hushed, beguiling whole. Jarring traditional New Orleans blues and rhythm styles with distorted guitar, swinging drum beats and experimental piano-based poprock elements, Louis And The Honkytonk’s raw originality made for an absorbing performance, which threatened to veer into a slightly ostentatious realm with vocalist Leigh Gardiner’s divergence into an incongruous three-part solo routine. As they took to the stage in Motownstyle suits, the talented quintet Boom! Bap! Pow!’s musical stylings were seemingly the product of another time, as they presented a group that wouldn’t seem out of place on the phonograph of a post-war American living room. Playing a selection of tunes from their debut album You Got It So Bad, Boom! Bap! Pow! moved effortlessly from the engagingly innocent bop-fest My World, to the simmeringly sexy Science, the quintet weaving together ‘40s pop vocalising, ‘50s doo-wop, jazz, roots and pop elements in a seamless mélange. The band’s reverence for its source material - all horns, Stax soul and ‘he-done-mewrong’ lyrics - occasionally got so close that it was more clone than homage, but luckily, the talented band wore their sound well, driving the performance with astonishing intensity. Complete with whistling,hand claps and

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tinkling tambourines, Boom! Bap! Pow!’s intention initially seemed to be to supply the Mustang’s patrons with the soundtrack for a straightforward rollicking good-time, however, the band never stayed in an obvious comfort zone for long. With her slightly raspy timbre and fullthroated yelps, vocalist Novac Bull made for a terrific, swaggering frontwoman - truly shining in the performative realm, as she gleefully donned and discarded personas and influences from song to song. Her four band members were the perfect accomplices, letting their various musical talents shine on Survivor, a ringer for a classic dance-floor burner, with pumping bass, snappy drum beats, and perfectly staccato brass, lifting Bull’s forceful singing through the roof. Despite their up-beat vibe and sparkling harmonies, the band’s performance wasn’t all sweetness and light, as, at times, their doo wop style oozed bitter romantic regret, and unleashed scalding putdowns of inadequate lovers. As anyone who has seen Boom! Bap! Pow! perform will know, there really isn’t any other local outfits to compare with this brilliant band. Having created a niche for themselves on the Perth music scene, it isn’t hard to see why so many people love them – they’re slinkier, funkier, and fresher than just about anything out there. _JENNIFER PETERSON-WARD

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WAM SONG OF THE YEAR 2010 Learning From The Best Entries for the 2010 WAM Song Of The Year are now open, with songwriters of all genres encouraged to enter their finest ditties for consideration in WA’s most prestigious songwriting competition. Entries close at 5pm on Monday, July 26, so there’s plenty of time still left for budding entrants to pen a winning tune. With this in mind DAVID CRADDOCK tracked down the winners from the past five years and asked them to reflect on their song writing process (and to try and pry out some tips). Damian Crosbie (The Panda Band), 2005 winner with Sleepy Little Death Toll Town What do you most remember about writing your winning song? I think it may have taken me a couple of Sundays and that was it. A process I’d love to replicate on every song! I remember figuring out some writing formulas after watching several good music documentaries on telly. Bob Dylan was in there for sure. I realised it’s pretty easy to write with a template like that. I’ve felt guilty when I’ve come up with anything similar since, because it feels like maths and not the great mystery that would satisfy the myths. Umpire Was there a particular emotion or theme that you were trying to explore? I wanted it to be ambiguous, a song that people project their own colours onto. Some see it as bright and Umpire, 2009 winner with Streamers bouncy and some darker.The pop dazzles and distracts when you first hear it, then if you see past its glittering facades you have to figure out if it’s healthy or rotten. And it’s the listener’s judgement, as I feel I’m just reporting on the subject in this song. It’s given me some interesting insights into the collective Perth mind, and we’re a little messed up, but What do you most remember about writing your winning song? Damian Crosbie that’s every town as far as I can tell! Simon Struthers (bass): At the time when we wrote Streamers we were living in different Erik Hecht (Institut Polaire), 2006 winner cities so the writing process was quite different to with City Walls & Empires other bands that we have been part of. The song really evolved through emailing the track between What do you most remember about writing your winning song? the three of us. So I guess I remember receiving the I remember it being the first time I had experimented with proper string and horn arrangements. track through email which consisted of a couple I’d always loved the concept, but the band finally had the right line-up and instrumentation to put it into of guitar tracks and some rough drums. I then practice. I also remember it being a song that seemed to come together very quickly and naturally. worked out the bass line and the keys in my spare bedroom at home. Mike [Lake] came up with the Was there a particular emotion or theme that you were trying to explore? guitar hook while driving which really defined City Walls & Empires was definitely a song reflecting how I felt about the path the world, the chorus. After we had the music together we and the USA in particular, was heading down at that time. To see the country I was from going from gave a rough mix to Geoff who then came up with being a great place that stood for great things to becoming such a paranoid and reactionary place was the vocals. It was really more of a collaboration saddening and unnerving to say the least. It was about feeling alienated by what was happening to my Institut Polaire between all three of us rather than any one person country and literally having the sense the end of another great empire was not far off. writing a song.

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Josh Fontaine, 2007 winner with Holidayz

Was there a particular emotion or theme that you were trying to explore? Mainly it was about feeling lost and not being sure which direction to go. I’ve had that feeling a lot. The first line pretty much represents the whole song – ‘You don’t like big crowds / they make you feel alone’. Do you have any advice for budding entrants trying to win the gong? Don’t take it too seriously, it’s just a song competition and after all what do judges know anyway?

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Was there a particular emotion or theme that you were trying to explore? The era that it was conceived in was antipodean to the tenor of Holidayz. Erraticisms that would soon become fixture, began to converge. The heart of the song lies in sentiment I wished to feel. Through playing the song, I hoped Holidayz and I would stick it out together to a scenario which somewhat emulated that in which is espoused in the song. It does have an inherent positivity to it, one which people seemed to have taken to, yet with an individuality sorely needed in oft banal terrain - you know, girl and boy stuff. There have been bridal waltzes, first kisses and friendship formulated under the watchful eye of Holidayz.

Do you have any advice for budding entrants trying to win the gong? Geoff (vocals/guitar):Don’t pay attention to anything that’s fashionable or be writing and playing music for any other reason than it gives you an immense amount of satisfaction and you couldn’t imagine anything you’d rather be doing. Simon: After receiving the award last year, Johnny Young who hosted the awards passed on some advice that was given to him by Barry Gibb from the Bee Gees: “fuck the Rules”. We were just blown away that Johnny Young swore. Head to for full WAM Song Of The Year entry details.

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The Civic Hotel’s new band room The Den will host a fundraiser this Friday, July 2, intended to raise money for the Perth punk compilation currently being put together by Adam Hall. Hall was recently profiled in Rock xtras, and described how the CD is intended to promote Perth punk bands by being handed out for free at record stores when buyers purchase a punk release. Playing at the fundraiser are The Reptilians, SSA, Apathetix, Fun Razor, Donny Rat (solo), and Robbie Rotten. Entry $10, from 7.30pm.

Young Revelry (photo: Libby Edwards)


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Psych, soul and garage melding trio The Bluejays were one of the most exciting bands on the Perth scene a few years ago, but sadly, we lost them to Melbourne town (don’t worry, apparently they’ll be back for shows in September). We don’t hold a grudge, however, and were mightily interested to hear of the band’s debut album Colours In The Window which was released last week. Here’s what enigmatic frontman Felix had to say about the release which was recorded at The Bakehouse in Fitzroy with Callum John Barter. There still seems to be a big soul and garage influence on the band’s sound. Are there any particular bands that were a big influence? We’re an odd bunch. I’m deep into ‘40s and ‘50s rhythm ‘n’ blues, rockabilly, and honky-tonk swing. Bassman Jesse travels anywhere from late ‘60s rare groove funk, to psychedelic Turkish rock, and our drummer Ross is quite down with the classics - Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and early Metallica. So it’s that good ol’ meltin pot of ingredients which wouldn’t normally taste any good together, but stewed for long enough and with enough love. Can you give Perth fans an update as to what’s been happening with the band since you moved to Melbourne? After an amicable split with drummer Ryan, Jesse and I were on the hunt for a new skins-man in Melbourne. Friend of a Perth friend, of a Perth friend, Ross (of Jack On Fire fame) stepped up, and we set about dusting off some old tunes and pumpin’ out a bunch of newies in preparation for the debut album. A song like Ride The Pony reminds me a bit of The Hives – do the Bluejays still put on a wild rock ‘n’ roll show live? How do you think this album will translate on stage? Ah yes, a man possessed I’ve been called, when the sound takes over me there’s no stoppin’, the other guys just gotta keep up. The show is always high energy, now if we could just get Melbourne crowds to dance like y’all do so well back in Perth.


Local pop darlings of the late ’80s The Honeys are heading to Sydney to play a string of shows in their old stomping ground. Local fans can catch them at a special acoustic performance on Sunday, July 4, from 6pm at Barchetta in North Cottesloe, where the band will be warming up for the Veronica Says tour. Bookings essential.

The second edition of We All Deserve To Be Loved, a new weekly shindig at Manhattan’s, will feature stellar live performances from Young Revelry, The Love Junkies and Harlequin League DJ’s this Wednesday, July 7. Every Wednesday We All Deserve To Be Loved features local and national live acts and as well as party starting DJs.


Indie folk duo Goodnight Tiger are the latest act to grace the stage at Manhattan’s, a new music venue in Vic Park that is steadily gaining a reputation as a great place for an alternative night out. Minute 36 and Davey Craddock are also joining the girls on Friday, July 2. Entry is $5 from 7pm.

Sonpsilo Circus (photo: Amber Bateup)


Heats for the Next Big Thing competition continue to take place right across Perth, with The Kirbens, Brash & Sassy, James Teague, Minute 36, The Love Junkies and Homebrewe already securing a coveted spot in the semifinals which will take place at Amplifier on Friday, July 30; and at The Civic backroom on Saturday, July 31. There are still spots up for grabs however, with Heat Four kicking off at The Civic on Friday, July 2, featuring Village Kid, Trent Williams, Michael Gabriel & The Quixotics, Endora, Good Little Fox, The Jade Diary, and Short Fuse. On Saturday, July 3, Rocket Room also hosts a NBT heat which will showcase Heytesburg, Blackwater Station, The Smiling Assassins, Jack Action, One Thousand Years, Sean Brown & The Red Lights, and The Brown Study Band. Closing a huge week of competition, Rachel And Henry Climb A Hill, Cim Ciaru, Sonpsilo Circus, Minky G & The Effects, Escape Artists, The Brow Horn Orchestra, and The Spitfires, tussle it out at a particularly talent-laden heat at The Rosemount on Wednesday, July 7.

LIKE A ROCKET Stately Shape

CUTTING SHAPES Solar system formation can be a turbulent time. As bands coalesce like planets out of stardust, a wealth of uncertain forces can come into play. BEN WATSON caught up with Stately Shape guitarist Gordon Holland ahead of the band’s CD launch at the Rosemount tonight, Thursday, July 1, and it quickly became apparent that the newcomer has his head tightly screwed on. As a band, Stately Shape’s reputation has yet to spread far beyond their home suburb of Joondalup, yet Holland reveals that plenty of hard work has been occurring behind the scenes. “The wonderful Tim Bransby from our band - the drummer - has a portable studio so we recorded it with him,” he says of the forthcoming recording. “He had a laptop with ProTools and some nice mics and whatnot, and we ended up recording it through that, just at a friend’s house. We set up the lounge room as an impromptu recording studio and basically took all the furniture out. I was playing guitar in the kitchen, and Tim was playing drums in the living room. “We essentially set up, y’know - ‘this will go in that room, this will go in this room’, that sort of thing and just kind of, nodded at each other down the hallway when we were ready to start. It was very low-fi, and very fun to do that way. It was very casual.” With a love of diversity and major influences including The Clash and Ryan Adams, the results of Stately Shape’s labour will be revealed this evening, Thursday, July1, with support from Minute 36, The Shallows, and Nathaniel Parbery.

Like Junk have been very busy working on their forthcoming LP, but are taking time out this Friday, July 2, to hit the streets of Northbridge to play their very first gig at the Rocket Room. The boys will be playing indie nuggets like Love Song (Shut Me Down) and Looking Backwards and will be joined on the night by Bat Country, Tangled Thoughts of leaving and My Majestic Star.


Wolves could very well be Perth’s next buzz band after attracting the attention Of American producer Sylvia Massy, an influential figure known for hosting System Of A Down, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tool and Johnny Cash at her Californian recording ranch. Having now written their debut album, the band are jetting off to Massy’s ranch to record the disc, but not before playing a farewell party (that will also raise money for the international adventure) at Amplifier on Saturday, August 14. Doors 8pm, tickets $15 at the door.

Wolves (photo: Lisa Businovski)


Two brand spanking new bands, The Wilhelm Screams (a seven-piece featuring members of Head Full Of Steam, and Michael Strong & The Ghost Anyway) and Some Weird Sinners (featuring Paul McCarthy, Luke Dux and Callum Kramer) will be playing gothic country, and twangin’ harmony laden tunes at The Velvet Lounge on Thursday, July 1, with Gilroy & The Cold Shoulders in support. If you can’t catch them then, they’ll be back on Friday night, July 2, with Shaun Cechner, and Robbie Jalapeno & The Fabulous Band Of Faceless Bureaucrats.


Mongrel Country will peddle their brand of filth to the fine people of Mojo’s this Saturday, July 3, in support of local rockers The Kill Devil Hills, MF, and His Truckload Of Hope. Doors open at 8pm. Mongrel Country have been massively busy of late, supporting Brisbane madmen Six Ft Hick. Singer/ guitarist Max Ducker has also been holed up in his studio completing his Cellar Sessions compilation – a release that features two songs each from Mongrel Country, Bible Bashers, Bonehouse, Moonlight Wranglers, The Trevallys and Cat Black. Catch the Cellar Sessions launch on Friday, July 16, at The Rocket Room.

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Sugar Army are giving fans the chance to hear some new material on their final tour before heading into the studio to begin work on a second album. The band will be taking the In Control tour to the Indi Bar on Thursday, July 1; The Prince Of Wales in Bunbury on Friday, July 2; Amplifier on Saturday, July 3; and Mojo’s on Sunday, July 4. They’ll will be supported by Arts Martial and The Bumblers at the Indi Bar, Emperors in Bunbury, Young Revelry and Emperors at Amplifier, and Boom! Bap! Pow! and Trigger Jackets at Mojo’s. Tickets through 49
















Honey Coated Roots Victorian singer-songwriter Lee Rosser is crossing the Nullarbor for a string of West Australian shows from July 3 â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;til July 17 (see Tour Trail for details). DAVID CRADDOCK spoke to the talented guitarist about twisting, turning, and dirtying the roots. his percussive, driving sound. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All my influences are the rock thingâ&#x20AC;Ś [but] it does change, we go through folk styles with just an acoustic guitar through to the rock feel.â&#x20AC;? Rosser, who formerly played in rock band Rambunctious, recorded his debut solo album Giving Yourself Away, with current John Butler Trio drummer Nicky Bomba. With Bomba currently touring the world with Butler, Rosser will tour WA in duo mode with drummer Tim Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Conner, a format that allows him to rapidly change the pace or energy of his set at will. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Being a two piece [means] we can sort of go anywhere musically,â&#x20AC;? he explains. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to worry about yelling chords Lee Rosser at a bass player and stuff like that. It just means The Australian touring circuit is jam- that you can play to the gig a little bit as well. packed with acoustic guitar-slinging roots I find myself doing that a lot depending on troubadours jumping from bar to bar on a whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a Sunday afternoon winery thing or a Saturday night pub gig. trail blazed by the likes of John Butler, Ash Rosser may turn up to gigs with an Grunwald and Xavier Rudd. acoustic guitar, but punters shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be fooled Butler may now be playing to crowds into thinking theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in for a breezy strum-fest. in excess of 8,000 in the middle of the Arizona Lugging a huge Marshall amp around the desert, but back home there still seems to be country, the guitarist says his sound is deeply a solid audience with an insatiable thirst for influenced by the beloved rock bands of his driving, percussive, Australian acoustic music. youth like Sound Garden, Stone Temple Pilots, Victorian artist Lee Rosser crosses Mother Love Bone and Pearl Jam. the Nullarbor this July for an extensive tour â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s overkill for one bloke but it of Western Australia which will see him play gives a pretty full sound and I get a lot of that shows from Margaret River all the way to Shark bottom end,â&#x20AC;? Rosser explains of the Marshall Bay. But before he arrives, Rosser has decided amp he runs his acoustic through. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of to dish out a little bit of sweetness in the form people ask me whether Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got loop pedals in of his latest single Honey Coated; a track which there â&#x20AC;&#x201C; but I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t.â&#x20AC;? is currently available for free download at his Unlike many other roots performers, website Rosser has also decided not to incorporate any â&#x20AC;&#x153;We sort of describe it as hard roots, slide guitar into his set, leaving his strong left because although itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s acoustic it has sort of got hand to drive along a unique and rhythmic a real tuned down heavier rock vibe but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s style. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Probably what I do has a little less of fairly blues based as well,â&#x20AC;? Rosser, a left hander that reggae feel,â&#x20AC;? he explains. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s definitely that actually plays guitar right handed, says of got that, dirty, grunge-y style. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a bit dirtier.â&#x20AC;? Li ve e Mu c 5 Ni gh httss a we ek k at B.. Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Re eiilllly yâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122;ss ea nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; & dr nk kiin nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; em po orriiu um m Liv Mussiic Nig wee at J. J.B Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;R eattiin driin emp


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Simon Phillips returns to Perth for shows at The Norfolk Basement on Friday, June 25, and Settlers Tavern on Saturday, June 26 and Sunday, June 27.

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Emperors, Saturday at Amplifier

THURSDAY 01.7 BELGIAN BEER CAFÉ Ben Pettit BENNY’S Howie Morgan BOTANICA Benjamin Glynn BROOKLANDS TAVERN Celebrations Karaoke CIVIC HOTEL (The Den) The Revelationship The Long Strides Kim McDonald Band Lucy Peach COMO HOTEL Christian Parkinson DOUBLE LUCKY Variety Open Mic Night ELEPHANT & WHEELBARROW Gun Shy Romeos ELLINGTON JAZZ CLUB Jono McNeil FENIANS Pearce Ward FOUNDRY SideFX HOTEL NORTHBRIDGE Aaron Spiers Trio INDI BAR Sugar Army Arts Martial The Tumblers IMPACT BAR Vdelli JB O’ REILLY’S Adam Shero KINGSLEY TAVERN Chris Murphy LEGENDS Bill Chidgzey LUCKY SHAG James Wilson MANHATTANS Adrian Hoffman David Craft MARKET CITY TAVERN Alex Aztech Cradle And Grave 44th Sunset MARRI PARK TAVERN Open Mic Night METRO FREO The Beautiful Girls Washington MOON & SIXPENCE Bob & Clem MUSTANG The Brow Horn Orchestra Seams NORFOLK BASEMENT Valiant Cam Avery & The Glasgow Tan PADDO Ben Merito PADDY HANNANS Dr Bogus ROSEMOUNT Stately Shape CD Launch Minute 36 The Shallows Nathaniel Parbery ROSIE O’GRADY’S (Northbridge) Fenton Wilde

ROSIE O’ GRADY’S (Fremantle) Clayton Bolger SETTLERS TAVERN Coby Grant SOVEREIGN ARMS David Fyffe SPICE LOUNGE Courtney Murphy UNIVERSAL BAR Off The Record VELVET LOUNGE Some Weird Sinners Gilroy & The Cold Shoulders The Willhelm Screams WANEROO TAVERN Keith McDonald

FRIDAY 02.7 AMPLIFIER Nazarite Vow Arturo Chaos Stillwater Claims BALLY’S BAR Free Radicals BALMORAL James Wilson BELMONT TAVERN Groovetime BENNY’S Faces BIRD Batrider Rabbit Island The Growl BROKEN HILL Glenn Davies BURRENDAH TAVERN Keith McDonald CAPITOL Lady Penelope CAPTAIN STIRLING Shawne & Luc CARLISE HOTEL Billy & The Broken Lines CIVIC HOTEL (Backroom) Village Kid Trent Williams Michael Gabriel & The Quixotics Endora Good Little Fox The Jade Diary Short Fuse CIVIC HOTEL (The Den) SSA Funrazor The Creepers Reptilians Apathetix Lucille COTTESLOE BEACH HOTEL Open Mic CRAIGIE TAVERN 11:11 DEVILLES PAD Cal Peck & The Tramps DOUBLE LUCKY Cee DUSK RedStar EAST END Supanova ELLINGTON JAZZ CLUB The Graham Wood Trio Jono McNeil ESS BAR Zenburger

Nathan Gaunt, Saturday at The Den FENIANS Tom Haron & The Clan FLY BY NIGHT Natasha Bouchard FOUNDRY Adrian Wilson Crave GLENGARRY TAVERN Crocodile Rock GREENWOOD HOTEL Baby Piranhas HALE ROAD TAVERN Mia & Good Company HIGH ROAD HOTEL Airbag HOTEL NORTHBRIDGE Groove Karaoke IMPACT BAR Skinny Lane INDI BAR Vdelli INDIAN OCEAN BREWING COMPANY Shawne & Luc JB O’REILLYS The Healys KALAMUNDA TAVERN Ryan Carbray LANGFORD HOTEL Power Train LEFT BANK Bumpy Johnson LEISURE INN Grand Theft Audio MANHATTAN’S Goodnight Tiger Minute 36 Davey Craddock MARKET CITY TAVERN Mike Anderson The 3rd Q Lemon Red MERRIWA TAVERN Bauxhead MOON & SIXPENCE Motherfunk MOONDYNE JOES The Happy Cannibals MOUNT HENRY TAVERN Full Circle MUSTANG Adam Hall & The Velvet Playboys Cheeky Monkeys NEWPORT Felix NORFOLK BASEMENT The Wilderness Hunting Huxley Will Udall OLD BAILEY TAVERN Rockstar PADDO Gun Shy Romeos PADDY HANNAN’S Blue Gene PADDY MAGUIRES 43 Cambridge PARAMOUNT Felix PEEL ALEHOUSE Lips McConague PLAYERS BAR (Mandurah) Slim Jim & The Phatts

Tangled Thoughts of Leaving, Friday at The Rocket Room

PRINCE OF WALES (Bunbury) Sugar Army PRINCIPAL MICRO BREWERY Chris Murphy Duo Wesley Goodlet Jamboree Scouts RAILWAY HOTEL Mhorgl Advent Sorrow Khariot Prisoners of Faith ROCKET ROOM Bat Country Tangled Thoughts Of Leaving My Majestic Star Like Junk Heytesburg (late) Grand Suns (late) ROSEMOUNT I, Said The Sparrow (CD launch) Wolves Sleepwalker Village On The Moon ROSIE O’GRADY’S (Fremantle) HI-NRG RIVERVALE HOTEL Stella Donnelly SAIL & ANCHOR Switchback SETTLERS TAVERN The Beautiful Girls Washington SEVENTH AVE BAR Midnight Rambler SOUTH ST ALEHOUSE Robbie King Karaoke SWAN BASEMENT The Kirbens Heath Marshall Shimmergloom The Jephesuns SWAN LOUNGE The Main Attraction Cygnet Committee 44th Sunset Ivory Wolf SWINGING PIG Damien Cripps Grand Theft Audio THE BOAT Mod Squad THE BURRENDAH Keith McDonald THE EASTERN MIDLAND The Damien Cripps Band THE GATE Mike Nayar THE SAINT The Bluebottles THE SHED Kickstart UNIVERSAL Retriofit VELVET LOUNGE Shaun Cechner Robbie Jalapeno & The Fabulous Band Of Faceless Bureaucrats Some Weird Sinners The Willhelm Screams VICTORIA PARK HOTEL Ivan Ribic WATERFORD TAVERN Bogan Bingo WOODVALE TAVERN Dr Bogus

SATURDAY 03.7 AMPLIFIER Sugar Army Young Revelry Emperors BALLY’S BAR Glen Davies BALMORAL The Recliners BAR 120 Flyte BELGIAN BEER CAFÉ Chris Murphy BIRD Therapist Dux & The Downtown BLACK BETTY’S Red Star BROOKLANDS TAVERN Spritzer BROKEN HILL HOTEL Howie Morgan Project BURSWOOD CASINO Murphy’s Lore CIVIC HOTEL Adrian Wilson (CD Launch) Ruby’s Letter Astro Jason Ayres CIVIC HOTEL (The Den) Nathan Gaunt Sunset Riders The Joe Kings Boston & Chevy COTTESLOE BEACH HOTEL Acoustic Duo COMO HOTEL James Wilson DEVILLES PAD The Stingrays The Chevelles Joey Valdez DUNSBOROUGH HOTEL Julius Lutero & Band DOUBLE LUCKY Tim Brown ELEPHANT & WHEELBARROW Timeout ELLINGTON JAZZ CLUB James Flynn FENIANS Shanks Pony FOUNDRY Three & A Half Men GREENWOOD HOTEL Hotplate Heaven HIGH ROAD HOTEL Fuse INDIAN OCEAN BREWING COMPANY The Other Guys INDI BAR Zarm JB O’REILLY’S The Limerick Lads LEFT BANK Raggi Man Mantra MANHATTAN’S Fkng Midas Micky Juice Tom Fom Grubby MARRI PARK TAVERN Acoustic jam night














1st JULY

SWAMP... featuring Valiant, Cam Avery (Red Shoes Boy) and The Glasgow Tan. Doors 8pm.

2nd JULY

SOUTH OF THE BORDER feat. The Wilderness, Hunting Huxley & Will Udall. Doors 8pm, be early.

3rd JULY

LIVE ON TOUR: Batrider plus Golden Staph and special guests. Doors 8pm.


Fri 9th July > Spit Syndicate... Fri 16th July > Pond... Thurs 8th /15th / 22nd July > The Kill Devil Hills

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Minky G & The Effects, Wednesday at The Rosemount METRO FREO Lady Penelope MOJOS The Kill Devil Hills Mongrel Country MF & His Truck Load Of Hope MOON & SIXPENCE Blaze MOONDYNE JOES The Freo Mob MOUNT HENRY Aaron Woolley MUSTANG The Damien Cripps Band The Rusty Pinto Combo NEWPORT Gravity NORFOLK BASEMENT Batrider Golden Staph PADDO Cheeky Monkeys PADDY HANNANS Decoy PADDY MAGUIRES Pandora’s Box PARAMOUNT Felix PLAYERS BAR (Mandurah) Grand Theft Audio PRINCIPAL MICRO BREWERY Free Radicals RAILWAY HOTEL Hunting Huxley The Strobes Hurricane Fighter Plane Heath Marshall ROCKET ROOM Heytesburg Blackwater Station The Smiling Assassins Jack Action One Thousand Years Sean Brown & The Red Lights The Brown Study Band Kickstart (late) ROSEMOUNT 6s & 7s The Painkillers Split Seconds Craig McElhinney ROTTNEST HOTEL Jamie Powers ROSIE O’GRADY’S (Northbridge) Blue Gene SAIL & ANCHOR Bluebottles SETTLERS TAVERN Lee Rosser SUBIACO HOTEL Off The Record SWAN BASEMENT Brockman Broken English SWAN LOUNGE All Eyes On Saturn Ashoka The Salt Echoes Of Django SWINGING PIG Zenburger THE EASTERN MIDLAND Plastic Max The Token Gesture THE GATE Retrofit THE SHED Threeplay Huge

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RAILWAY HOTEL IChoRa Hundred Acre Wood Ultrasound Paul SAIL & ANCHOR The Recliners SALT ON THE BEACH Trent Williams SETTLERS TAVERN (Margaret River) The Joe Kings SEVENTH AVE BAR Mia & Good Company SOUTH ST ALEHOUSE Blackhart Strangelove SOVEREIGN ARMS Ivan Ribic STAMFORD ARMS Kevin Conway SWAN BASEMENT Five Hours Sean Brown & The Red Lights Paper Thin SWAN LOUNGE Blackjack Clean Living Smooth Intentions SWINGING PIG Nat Ripepi THE COURT HOTEL Funk Club House Band THE EASTERN MIDLAND John Meyer’s Blues Express THE GATE The Other Guys THE SAINT Threeplay THE SHED The Healys Renegade THE WANNEROO Damien Cripps UNIVERSAL Retriofit VICTORIA PARK HOTEL Matt Milford WANNEROO TAVERN Damien Cripps WOODVALE TAVERN Reckless Kelly

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