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Ngaiire Laneway, Freo-bound

NGAIIRE’S LAMENT

Following the release of her debut LP, Lamentations, Ngaiire will be appearing at The Aviary Rooftop Sessions on Sunday, September 29 for a free show. Supported by Morgan Bain and Lucy Peach from 4pm, she will perform the LP, a body of work encompassing electronic soul, folk and storytelling elements.

The National

LANEWAY GOES TO FREO

It’s always a big day on the musical calendar and next time around it comes with a difference. The West Coast leg of St Jerome’s Laneway Festival has been announced for Saturday, February 8, moving down to Fremantle to take place around Esplanade Park and Freo’s West End. The actual line-up for Laneway will be announced on Tuesday, September 24.

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THAT’S NATIONAL

Their previous WA performances have been heat-stirring and it should be no exception to the rule when The National return to Perth for a show at Red Hill Auditorium, as part of the Perth International Arts Festival, on Friday, February 14, 2013. Tickets have gone on sale for the rest of their Australian tour, but over here you’ll need to wait until the festival box office opens at 9am WST on Tuesday, November 12. Head to perthfestival.com.au for updates.

Sharknado

With their brand new album, Dirty Pop Fantasy, out this Friday, September 6, Regurgitator are hitting the road in usual grand, quirky style. Catch them in WA at the Indi Bar on Wednesday, October 16, at the Indi Bar; Thursday, October 17, at the Prince Of Wales, Bunbury; Friday, October 18, at Metropolis Fremantle and Saturday, October 19, at the Rosemount Hotel. Tickets are available from oztix.com.au (1300 762 545), Heatseeker outlets, regurgitator. oztix.com.au and venues. Regurgitator

FISHY, FISHY, FISHED

Vendetta Films is bringing the by now very infamous Sharknado to Hoyts Carousel for a special one-off screening next Friday, September 13. Starring Ian Zeiring (Beverly Hills 90210) Tara Reid (American Pie) and several hundred CGI sharks, Sharknado tells the story of a freak hurricane swamping LA leaving chaos in its wake and something about thousands of free falling sharks. Tickets from hoyts.com.au.

EVENIN’ ALL

Another tasty Evening On The Green scenario has been announced for Saturday, November 16, when Hoodoo Gurus, You Am I, The Whitlams, Dave Graney & The mistLY and Perth’s Rainy Day Women get together for a great Australian rock collection at Kings Park & Botanic Garden, presented by X-Press Magazine. Tickets go on sale 9am next Thursday, September 12, from ticketmaster.com.au (136 100). For event information head to adayonthegreen.com.au and mellenevents.com.au.

Deerhunter, Slanted And Enchanted

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Following last week’s big announcement that The Roots had been added to the line-up, the Southbound festival folk have let it be known that they’ve also just added Johnny Marr, The Rubens, The War On Drugs, Hungry Kids Of Hungary, Emma Louise, Thundamentals, Horrorshow, Violent Soho, The Paper Kites and Oliver Tank. They join the likes of Bonobo, Crystal Fighters, Flight Facilities, Gossling, Grizzly Bear, London Grammar, MGMT, Neil Finn, Vampire Weekend, Violent Femmes and many more at Sit Stewart Bovell Park, Busselton, on Friday-Saturday, January 3-4. Tickets are available from southboundfestival.com.au/tickets.

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Named after Pavement’s oblique yet beautiful 1992 album, Slanted And Enchanted is brought you to by the folks at Life Is Noise and is suitably double-pronged musical affair happening on Saturday, December 7. From 6.30-11.40pm the Astor Theatre will feature Deerhunter, Metz, Cave, Fabulous Diamonds and DJ Jamie MacDonald, while Sugarpuss, Runner, Cow Parade Cow, Mt Mountain and DJ Jane Azzopardi will star in the upstairs Cool Perth Nights Room. Tickets are $69 (+bf ) from showticketing.com.au Over at The Bakery, from 10pm ‘til late, there’s Jon Hopkins (UK), LE1F with Mess Kid (USA), Kelpe (UK), wwMathas and Diger Rokwell plus DJs Rok Riley and Craig Hollywood. Tickets are $39 (+bf ) from showticketing.com.au There’s limited tickets to both events for $99 (+bf ) from lifeisnoise.com, Oztix, Heatseeker and the usuals - you can buy a $5 bus transfer from the Astor to The Bakery before midnight from lifeisnoise.com, Oztix, Heatseeker.

Huge Magnet

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Fresh from a stubby-worthy time spent at the Discovery festival in Darwin (where they played two sets in one day and dodged crocodiles on the beach) garage boogie alpha-males Huge Magnet are back home to get it on. First shake is this Saturday, September 7, at the Rosemount Hotel with Day Of The Dead, The Floors and the Blind Tiger Blues Box; then it’s Sunday, September 8, at the Indi Bar with Dux N Downtown and the Blind Tiger Blues Box once again. Further on, it’s the mythical, majestical Wave Rock Weekender on Saturday, September 28. Their six-track EP, Bootleg, is available from all shows as well as iTunes. You’ve been weaned, now get warmed. 7


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Snakadaktal are days away from the WA leg of their Sleep In The Water tour in support of their new album of the same name. See them this Thursday, September 5 at the Newport; Friday, September 6 at Capitol and Saturday, September 7 at Settler’s Tavern, Margaret River or alternatively, enter to win a double pass!

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Sticky Fingers are back as part of their nation wide, Sun Shine Down On Us All tour. With the band’s live show on the up and up and already highly rated by anyone crossing their path, Sticky Fingers are delivering a refreshing vibe to the Australian music scene. We’ve got a double pass to see the boys this 9213 2888 Friday, September 6 at The Bakery.

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I Killed The Prom Queen

PROM QUEEN TOUR

Fresh from the recording their third full-length album, metalcore act I Killed The Prom Queen will be hitting up WA with a four-date stint on their aptly named West Coast Rampage Tour. Get ‘em on Thursday, November 28 at Bunbury’s Prince Of Wales; Friday, November 29, at YMCA HQ, Leederville; Saturday, November 30 at Amplifier and Sunday, December 1 at the Newport, Fremantle. Support comes from Saviour, tickets from oztix.com.au.

CASTLECOMER Living In Harmony

Sydney folk rockers Castlecomer play YaYa’s this Friday, September 6, with support from Riley Pearce and These Winter Nights. TRAVIS JOHNSON chats with singer/guitarist, Bede Kennedy. It’s hard to pin down when Castlecomer first came into existence as a discrete musical entity, seeing as how four of the members are family, the fifth is a lifelong friend, and they’ve been noodling around together for as long as they can remember. “We brought in our piano player, who’s a friend, in pretty well the start of 2011,” muses singer/ guitarist Bede Kennedy, sounding a bit doubtful about the whole thing himself. “And then we kind of had a nine month break because our guitarist went overseas and then right at the start of 2012 we released our first EP, called Danny’s Den. That’s when we say we started, just because we didn’t have a chance before then. But we’ve been hanging for years, as cousins do, and the other guy was just always around. It’s been a lifelong thing, but we decided we had something that could work well as a proper band/outfit around the start of 2011.” It was with their latest EP, the recently released Lone Survivor, that things really started happening and now, after a successful run of East Coast shows, the boys are about to hit Perth for the first time. “We’re really looking forward to it,” says Kennedy.“It’s gonna be awesome.”

Mama Cass, Soulsides 15th anniversary

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Castlecomer Their sound, as evidenced by current single, Rosie, is at once easy to describe in the broad strokes and difficult to pin down in the specific. The folk influences are obvious, but there’s a rockier edge to their stuff that sets it apart. Add in the layered five-part harmonies, and you have a band with a distinctive identity all of its own. “People compare to bands like, say, Fleet Foxes and Mumford And Sons and The Beach Boys - things like that,” Bede says when asked about their influences. “We don’t really draw on their music as influences, but we do play harmony rock. That’s what we call it - just with a firecracker up its arse. There’s heavy rhythms and big guitar lines. “Just in terms of my personal influences, in terms of songwriting and stuff, there’s this Canadian band called Half Moon Run and they are just so hectic. They write such good songs and they’re really good live - they’re one I’ve been looking at recently. But there are influences everywhere - it’s hard to pin it down.” After this tour, the band plan to head back into the studio as quickly as possible, having already accrued a wealth of new material they’re keen to lay down. “We’re demoing an album right now. We’ve got four songwriters in the band so there’s just a lot of material coming through. It can almost be frustrating, how many songs we’re writing, which is such a strange thing to say - it’s such a first world problem. But we’re getting all these really good songs that we don’t have the money to put down properly yet so we’re just demoing the songs, saving up the money and we’re gonna record it and hopefully get 12-13 songs out by early 2014. Hopefully February.”

Get funky with RTRFM’s Soulsides crew to celebrate their 15th year anniversary on Friday, September 20, at Devilles Pad. DJs Big Ear Chad, Foxman, Super-J, Microgroove, Spud Murphy, Claude Mono and Mama Cass will be joined by MC Jonny Hopper. Presale tickets are $15 for subscribers and $20 for general admission via rtrfm.com.au. RTRFM’s funk, soul and disco program, Soulsides runs every Friday night from 7-9pm.

The Cat Empire

The Cat Empire have announced the local supports for their Steal The Light World Tour at this Saturday, September 7. Tinpan Orange, Boom! Bap! Pow! and DJ Charlie Bucket will be joining the sixpiece at Red Hill Auditorium. Tickets from redhillgigs. com.au. Sounds goodie.

STICKY FINGERS Rock On Rottnest

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Stonefield Photo: Michael Wylie Amplifier Bar Saturday, August 31, 2013

as the heaving inside room at Amplifier is abuzz. Amy takes the drum stool for a few songs mid-set, bashing out Move Out Of My Shadow and Mr and Mrs Findlay back in rural Victoria’s Darraweit new tracks To The Mountains and Digging My Way Guim must be pretty proud right now, with their Out without missing a lyric, before Bourakis resumes four daughters rocking stages around the country his position. in advance of next month’s release of their debut The album was recorded with backing album, and the girls are giving it a red hot shot with vocals by a gospel choir, no less, and as the singer their brash ‘60s psych and classic rock fusion. gets back to the front of the stage a tape plays the Lead singer Amy lays down the drums in gospel intro to new single Put Your Curse On Me, the studio, but is front and centre on stage, leaving quite possibly their best track yet. tour drummer Manny Bourakis to sit behind the kit Old favourites Ruby Skies and Bad Reality for most of the night. Amy possesses a powerhouse irrefutably kick butt as the set edges towards the voice, and after a psyched-out Jim Morrison musical poetry intro, Stonefield blast through C’mon and finish line, and an enormous House Of The Lonely Love You Deserve from the forthcoming self-titled another teaser from the album – ends the set. The Findlay sisters are still young and record. The rest of the band – guitarist Hannah, keyboardist Sarah and Holly on bass guitar – deliver their stage presence is a little wanting, but there’s no a mature, tight and resonating backing, obviously denying they have the musical chops to take their influenced by the likes of Led Zeppelin, The Doors psychedelic view of the world far. With Stonefield’s and the psych rock spirit of the rest of their parent’s momentum just starting to build, we can safely brace ourselves to hear a lot more of this band in the record collection. The focus is firmly on the new material, months to come, and although many of these songs with nothing aired from 2010’s Through The Clover are new to us now, chance are we’ll all know them EP, and four tracks from last year’s Bad Reality EP. If pretty well by the end of the year. the intention is to stir up interest and get some preorders happening, then the night is a roaring success _ SHANE PINNEGAR www.xpressmag.com.au

Dub-pop stars Sticky Fingers bring their Sun Shine Down On Us All Tour to The Bakery this Friday, September 6, before heading to Rottnest Island on Saturday, September 7, to headline the 2013 Rottofest. TRAVIS JOHNSON gets on the blower to bass player Paddy Cornwall. Two missed calls and half an hour later, Paddy Cornwall, bassist for Sydney outfit Sticky Fingers, is all apologies. “I was in a really intense match of FIFA,” he says by way of explanation. We can’t be mad. The beginning of a nationwide tour is mere days away, and downtime seems to be at a premium for Cornwall and his four bandmates, especially since their first album, Caress Your Soul, blew up big. Cornwall concurs, explaining the nonstop touring cycle that now comprises their lives. “I think for the past couple of years we’ve been touring so much that being in the band has sort of overtaken any sort of other life that we had outside the band, like any other jobs or stuff like that. “Beaker, our drummer, is still concreting in between tours and stuff, but that time has mainly become just writing and recording in our garage together, because we all live together in a house in a suburbs in Sydney called Croydon Park. So between tours it’s pretty much just writing and recording demos, gearing up for the next album

and just trying to get by on the little cash we’ve got because once we’re on the road we can live off whatever we make on it and save up for whatever we need in between.” It sounds both heavy going and more than a bit hand-to-mouth, but Cornwall wouldn’t have it any other way. He’s especially looking forward to kicking off the tour in Perth, a frequent stop for the boys.“We love it over there. We’ve been over to WA like five or six times now. We like to play a show in Perth and then Fremantle, make it to Margaret River and Bunbury, sometimes make it down to Albany as well,” he says, demonstrating an impressive grasp of local geography before ruining it by adding. “We’re also playing the Bakery, which I think is in Fremantle?” Sun Shine Down On Us All represents the band’s last live shows of the year, after which it’s back into the studio to work on their sophomore album. “We’re really looking forward to that because we’ve got, like, so many songs now. We built a studio in our garage earlier this year and we’ve just been writing and recording non-stop since then, so we’ve got 30 demos and counting. We’re pretty much gonna choose the best out of those and re-record them and then that’ll be the second album.” Perth fans can look forward to getting an early taste as the band test-firest some fresh material. “We’ve got about four new songs in the set list that are all potentially in the new album,” Cornwall says. “It’ll be the first time we’ve played them live so we’re looking forward to seeing how people react to them in the live realm.” 11


other, and how we want to take care of each other, instead of just trying to take advantage of each other and drain each other’s energy. Because hopefully, at the end of the day, it isn’t about money. “Hopefully, at the end of the day, it’s about art and helping each other survive, whether it’s with money or with the kind of music that makes us want to survive and get out of bed in the morning. If that’s the agenda we can talk about, we’re talking about the right stuff. If artists and fans are screaming at each other about Spotify and digital downloads, I think we’re screaming about the wrong things.” The crowd sourcing debate wasn’t the only controversy Palmer found herself embroiled in over the past 12 months. She also wrote A Poem For Dzhokhar, a stream-of-consciousness work that appeared to take a sympathetic view of alleged Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

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AMANDA PALMER At The End Of The Day

Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra perform at the Astor Theatre this Sunday, September 8. ROHAN WILLIAMS chats with the ever-controversial singer/songwriter/performance artist. Earlier this year, Amanda Palmer delivered the performance that her entire career had been building towards. No, it wasn’t her attack on The Daily Mail (but we’ll get to that), and it certainly wasn’t her poem for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (but we’ll get to that, too) — it was her TED talk. Palmer ’s presentation for the TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) Conference spanned her life’s work, from her time spent busking as a living statue and sleeping on fans’ couches to her game-changing, record-breaking Kickstarter project for her acclaimed Theatre Is Evil LP. Between TED.com and YouTube, the erstwhile Dresden Doll’s February speech, The Art Of Asking, has already attracted over four million views, and served as a watershed moment in the crowd sourcing debate. “The big thing that inspired the TED talk,” Palmer says, “was a need to really deeply explain myself after feeling that I’d been heavily misunderstood when I came under fire for crowdsourcing things. In my community, that’s such a natural way of doing stuff, and I was so caught off guard when I was criticised for it. “I really felt like I was standing up, not just for me, but for all the artists I know who do a lot of crowdsourcing and exchange a lot, creatively, with their fans and their friends. The culture is shifting, especially in America right now, and a lot of artists are coming under fire for how they do things. I felt like it was an important talk to give, to remind people

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that it really is the artist’s prerogative how they want to interact and exchange with their fans and their friends.” Followers of Palmer (and keen observers of internet shitstorms) will be aware that when she talks about “coming under fire,” she’s mostly referring to the criticism she received when she attempted to crowd source “professional-ish horns and strings” musicians to play with her Grand Theft Orchestra last year in return for beers, high fives and free merch. Palmer had raised $1.2 million from 24,883 backers for her Theatre Is Evil LP, but claimed she could not afford the $35,000 to pay these additional musicians. Legendary producer, Steve Albini, called Palmer an “idiot” for making the request (he later apologised for using that word, but stood by his sentiment that it was “just plain rude” for Palmer to ask fans to play in her backing band for free). American Federation of Musicians president Raymond M. Hair Jr joined in the chorus: “If there’s a need for the musician to be on the stage,” he said, “then there ought to be compensation for it.” Palmer eventually caved to public pressure and agreed to pay the volunteers; I ask her why she relented and if she regrets not standing her ground? “It was the easiest way to get back to work,” she counters. “That’s the easiest answer. It wasn’t like I reversed my principles. My principles stayed steady. But with so many people screaming, and with a job to do – this was literally happening during the first few weeks of our tour, while we were driving from

With that record in the can, Avery took up the role of bass player in Tame Impala – replacing Nick Allbrook, with whom Avery shares titular sovereignty of the band Allbrook/Avery. “I’m pretty tired,” admits Avery, speaking from the Tame Impala tour bus near the end of the their European tour. “I haven’t noticed it much before in other hectic touring times but the other day I was like, ‘Fuck, I’m tired’.” However, a busy year is hardly going to slow him down. Reflecting on The Growl’s Australian headline tour, Avery reports there’s plenty more on the horizon. “After that tour I’m doing the new Growl album. I’m going to try and do it all in two-and-a-half, three weeks; and then I’m going back to the States with Tame Impala.” While it may appear new to some, The Growl is not exactly a recent incarnation. The project – which sounds something like The Birthday Party meets Nine Inch Nails via Tom Waits’ Bone Machine – is Avery’s primary avenue of expression, and he makes very specific demands of his band members. “I’m the bossiest, most control freak-ish person. I come to The Growl rehearsals with the whole song pretty much recorded Cam Avery, frontman of Perth’s The Growl, should and show it to everyone and say, ‘This is what you have surely be exhausted. In the last 12 months, The to do’. I feel really lucky that those guys want to follow of the stupid ideas that I have.” Growl have toured both Australia and the US in me with some Avery reveals the forthcoming record will support of close comrades Tame Impala, as well as depart from the shrieking industrial intrigue that recording and releasing their debut album, What dominates the first album to include “a lot more Would Christ Do?? ballads and chorus-y songs.” The new material, he

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show to show and working with these musicians every night – I didn’t really feel like it was the correct time for a political battle. It was time to play music for people. “What I really did need to do was just shut everybody up and change the agenda back to the tour and away from being at the centre of yet another internet shitstorm. That was the most expedient way of doing it. But it did really suck, because it made the entire tour incredibly awkward with all of these musicians who had just happily volunteered to come up on stage with us and all of a sudden felt like they were under some sort of cultural fire. I felt badly for them that they got stuck in the middle of this stupid situation.” In Palmer’s defence, it hardly seems unfair to ask fans to volunteer their services in a time when music streaming services like Spotify have legitimised their ability to enjoy her work without compensating her fairly. Add outright piracy to the mix, and it’s never been easier for fans to take without giving. “Well, yeah,” Palmer agrees, “and this is the grand irony of it all. You can look at it as theft; you can look at it critically. The world is the way it is, and things are constantly changing, and we can look at things negatively and pessimistically or we can look at them optimistically and say, ‘okay, digital music is here to stay. How are we going to take care of each other in a culture like this, without yelling at each other and without punishing each other?’ And that goes both ways, for the artist and for the audience. I don’t like it when artists punish the audience, either! I don’t like seeing anyone greedily demanding that the system be some way that it organically does not want to be. “I have absolutely no desire to go hunting down and punishing someone who’s torrented my music. I think torrenting is a totally obvious, natural thing to do, especially if you’re just 13, you’re on your computer and you’re interested in my music. I think we’re at a really volatile cultural point right now and I think the most important thing is to have a discussion about what our relationship to each other is. How we think about each other, how we treat each

“Hopefully, at the end of the day, it’s about art and helping each other survive, whether it’s with money or with the kind of music that makes us want to survive and get out of bed in the morning. If that’s the agenda we can talk about, we’re talking about the right stuff. If artists and fans are screaming at each other about Spotify and digital downloads, I think we’re screaming about the wrong things.” “My views about this are probably continually controversial,” she shrugs, “but I think human beings should feel empathy towards everybody. When I say ‘everybody’, I mean absolutely everybody. It doesn’t work if it’s selective. That means young, old, violent, non-violent, black, white, you name it. If we’re selectively empathetic, we’re just not doing it right. That being said, it’s a lot easier to feel empathy for a five-year-old than it is for a 37-year-old suicide bomber, but that doesn’t mean it’s not possible.” Most recently, Palmer attracted more positive press for her skewering of The Daily Mail. The British tabloid wrote a bizarre review of Palmer’s Glastonbury performance that made no mention of her music, focussing instead on a minor “wardrobe malfunction”; in response, Palmer threw off her kimono at her next show and performed a new song, Dear Daily Mail, entirely nude. “When I saw that Daily Mail article,” she remembers, “my first reaction was to laugh. I really thought it was so fucking funny that The Daily Mail thought I would be embarrassed that someone could see a quarter centimetre of my nipple. Someone at The Daily Mail obviously didn’t Google my name. I just thought that was so funny, but also so telling about how culture is built, because they’re functioning on a planet where a female artist is fundamentally supposed to be embarrassed by something like that. “As a female performance artist, nudity is definitely a powerful tool... especially if you use it with humour. That can be a really powerful statement because often, female performance art and nudity gets stuck in a box of ultra serious, highly academic feminist bullshit. Sometimes it’s just really funny to rip your clothes off and do something hilarious.” says, is “a lot more chilled. It’s not as garage psychoexplosion rock. It’s probably more orchestral than anything else. I started a new song on the weekend and it’s got timpanis and a six-piece string part and grand piano and horns.” What Would Christ Do?? has commanded plenty of attention for The Growl, but Avery is determined to not let public expectations interfere with his creative ambitions. “At the beginning of this writing process there were all of these songs coming out of me and some of them were a bit more popbased, and I was like, ‘This is so weird, I’ve never written music like this before’. Then I spent two weeks with a good friend of mine in LA and he was like, ‘Just write them and record them’. Even Kevin (Parker) and Nick (Allbrook), they were both like, ‘They’re going to sound like you anyway – whether you’re recording Someday by The Strokes or a classical thing it will always sound like you regardless’.” Music made purely to satisfy external pressures is likely to prompt both personal and public dissatisfaction, and Avery explains how this understanding has emboldened his ideas for the next record. “I’ve thrown all those paranoias out the window recently and the music that I’ve started recording for the new album is quite different. I think all you can ever do is record what sounds good to you at the time. If your tastes change and your expression evolves then follow it, don’t try to fight it.” X-Press – First on the street, Wednesdays


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ARCTIC MONKEYS 5 AM Eternal

Arctic Monkeys release their fifth album, AM, this Friday September 6. CHLOE PAPAS checks in with guitarist, Jamie Cook.

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The Arctic Monkeys rocketed to the top of the world’s musical agenda in 2005 as very young and equally brash lads from Sheffield singing about somebody looking good on the dance floor. Seven years and four albums later, they’re a little more mature and a lot slicker, and are about to release their fifth LP, AM. “I’m over the moon, really excited about it,” guitarist Jamie Cook enthuses to X-Press in that unmistakable Northerner accent, affable and ever so slightly uncomfortable at being the subject of questioning. “We’re really chuffed about how it’s all turned out, and we can’t wait for it to come out, really for everyone to hear it.”

The band began writing in September of 2012, and recording was wrapped up a fair while before the middle of this year – a time period that Cook says was, “really, really long – well, for us.” The album is entitled AM as a sly nod to the Velvet Underground’s VU and perhaps the first thing that fans will notice about it - something that has been alluded to through the three singles already released - is that it has a funky, disco undercurrent running through it. Almost every track alludes to it - whether it be a subtle up-tempo beat or not-sosubtle vocal shoo-wops. To put it simply, a listen through of AM lends to visions of awkward indie kids shuffling under a disco ball, wondering which way to sway. “We definitely took a step away from the last one,” says Cook referring to 2011’s Suck It And See. “Every time we do a record, we try to mix it up a little bit from what the last one was. When the rumours first started flying about the new album, reports stated that it would be a heavier record than the fairly moderate Suck It And See, and Alex Turner himself even confirmed that it was the direction they were moving towards. But, things changed when the foursome got down to the nitty gritty. “When we first started, a few of the songs were a lot more guitar-rock sounding, and I think then we suddenly came up with Do I Wanna Know. It was the first one of those songs that just kind of worked all the way through, and even when we did it we were like, ‘Can we get away with this?’” Cook laughs. “But it still sounded massive, and then all of the rest of the songs followed suit.” That’s the point of difference between the Arctic Monkeys’ brand of sexy dance rock and that of other artists – no matter what genre they delve into, the Arctic Monkeys always manage to create tunes that are big and unforgettable. AM is chock-full of earworms, not least of all a track entitled Knee Socks, featuring the inimitable Josh Homme. The relationship between Homme of Queens Of The Stone Age and the Arctic Monkeys is a beautiful one; he has featured on and produced songs for the band over the past few albums, and they all seem to be great rock’n’roll pals. Homme recently riffed to the media that AM is a “sexy, aftermidnight record,” a delightfully accurate four-word review. Knee Socks truly k nocks any other collaboration between the two out of the park, and will surely be a contender for fan favourite tune on AM. Cook says of the song and working with Homme: “He’s a good friend of ours and he wanted to come down to the studio one night and say hello – not to do anything, just to have a listen, really. “Then a few tequila shots later he was in the vocal booth doing an amazing part on the record. So it’s nice when that kind of thing happens.” The song features impressive falsetto vocals, which Cook laments will be “funny” to attempt to recreate for live shows. The LP is littered with collaborations, featuring some guitar magic from the legendary Bill Ryder-Jones (The Coral), which Cook confirms was “so, so amazing,” and rhythm lessons from drummer Pete Thomas, of revered Elvis Costello fame. It also features words from punk poet, John Cooper Clarke, on I Wanna Be Yours. Crooner Alex Turner used Clarke’s poem almost word for word, a text that he studied in high school, only tweaking a few words to ensure it flowed. Though the dancey vibe is evident, there’s nothing boring about the record, and the influences nodded to are diverse. “We always sit around and reference stuff, we’ve always done that. Even if it’s just a drum sound or even if it’s just the tambourine part, you know,” says Cook of the band’s writing process. “I know some bands hate that stuff and just want to be in their own world, but I think for us we’ve always played each other stuff when we’ve been recording for inspiration – for ideas and stuff.” Cook struggles to remember specific artists that the band turned to while recording AM, but mentions that they listened to a lot more R&B than usual, namedropping Aaliyah. Arctic Monkeys have spent the months following their studio wrap-up hitting the festival Europe and the UK, and Cook says that although they love festival season, they’re itching to get on the road for their own tour with AM. “We can’t wait to really get stuck into the new album and play a lot more, but with the festivals it’s not your crowd really, so you can’t go out and expect everyone to listen to your new songs,” says Cook.“We can’t wait to get out there and start playing them.” So, what do the Arctic Monkeys want listeners to get from AM? “I just want people to have a good time, really. As long as you can dance to it, that’s good enough for me,” he chuckles. “That’s what I do when I listen to music – it just takes me somewhere else, and that’s a good thing, I suppose.” As of yet, there’s no confirmation of Australian festival appearances or tour dates from the Arctic Monkeys. 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TIMOTHY NELSON & THE INFIDELS Nix The Nostalgia Born In The ‘90s, the new single from rock pop royalty Timothy Nelson & The Infidels, is launched this Friday, September 6, at Amplifier with support from Odette Mercy And Her Soul Atomics, Golden String and Cygnet Committee. TRAVIS JOHNSON speaks with the frizzy-haired frontman.

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It’s no exaggeration to say that, in many ways, the ‘90s are the new ‘60s - a kind of counter-culture golden age, fondly remembered by the surviving veterans - and frequently used by the very same to disparage those with the misfortune to have been born too late. In fact, it’s such a common trope that Timothy Nelson, a man who could paper his walls with WAM Song Of The Year awards, decided it was suitable grist for his music mill. “The first line just popped into my head one day about four years ago,” Nelson recounts.“I remember it coming together pretty quickly. I thought it was a cool idea for a song because a lot of my friends are older than me, and I always found it funny how people like to rub it in that you’re too young to remember a certain period of time, in music or just culture in general, and

how silly it is to find yourself pining for someone else’s nostalgia. “I figured it should empathise with that as well as take the piss at the same time.” Yet while the song is a critique of that kind of cultural one-upmanship, it’s an affectionate one. After all, Nelson himself sometimes pines for the heady days of yore. “I don’t think any nostalgia is unearned,” he says. “It’s a feeling, not a medal. Put it this way, when I wrote this song I was just starting to miss hearing guitars on the radio, like proper guitars. Not that LionKing-indie-pop stuff you hear a lot of these days, but the big, crunchy, jangly chords that just jump out at you when you put on a You Am I record, or Teenage Fanclub. “Generally, I think enough people started wanting to go back to something about the different kinds of music in the ‘90s that it just became popular again.” Of course, the commonly held opinion is that nostalgia leads to stagnation; looking back at a fictitious golden age means not making the most in your own time in the spotlight of history, after all. It’s a charge that has been levied at countless bands and musical genres but Nelson, diplomatically, thinks it’s not something worth worrying about too much. “It’s not a big deal, it just depends where you look. It’s not like there aren’t loads of bands doing throwbacks to other decades, plus there’s a tonne of great new music that is fresh and exciting, but again it’s about where you look for it. “I guess on an individual level, sometimes if you put the sounds of the past on a pedestal it can hold you back from trying to achieve something new, so as a songwriter that’s something to be careful of. I know it’s something I definitely can keep working on.”

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PATIENT LITTLE SISTER The Famiglia Sounds Of...

Patient Little Sister launch their self-titled debut EP this Saturday, September 7, at PICA Bar with support from Atlas Mountains and Jacob Diamond. BOB GORDON reports. James and Eliza Rogers, as siblings, grew up in a musical family, but it was not until the end of 2010, when they began to make a more formal arrangement. “My former band, The Old Croak, had a gig booked for the unplugged night at the Ellington,” James recalls. “As the name of the night suggests it was all about acoustic guitars and doing away with distortion pedals, so for some reason I just thought to ask Eliza to come down and join in. The response from the crowd that night was really promising and with that Eliza and I decided to make a something of it. “Before all of this, it was family jams at Christmas and other family gatherings with our dad, who is a music teacher.” While performing at home is one thing - familiar and familial - taking music to stages across Perth and now on a debut EP release, is another thing. One wonders if this is how they both imagined it -musically and otherwise - or is it something beyond? “In some ways yes and in some ways no,” James responds. “After that first show, our next move was into the studio, Eliza had been given some recording time with Corey Marriott of The Novocaines and so we decided to capitalise on that. The two songs we did on those sessions (Priority Tree and Nothing Left to Prove) are on this EP and we really had nothing in mind whilst recording was taking place. Not having that, was in a way a good thing, but we did know then that our harmonies were important to our overall sound. “From those recording sessions to then playing as a duo live with just guitars, violins and vocals our sound became quite intimate and stripped back, a bit of thought had gone into how we would sound from the recordings to the stage but Eliza and I like to do things that come naturally and not force something that just isn’t going to work. To be playing in a band with my sister and not be playing an electric guitar was totally beyond me when I was 19.” James explains that the EP is a reflection of a band in two different stages. A second recording session Soundbaker Studio with Rob Agostini found the pair in a different frame of mind. “We now had a live sound which we wanted to build on just a little bit more with drums and bass but we did also want some continuation from our time with Corey. “It had been a year between recording with Corey and recording with Rob, both Eliza and I had been busy with commitments to our other bands at the time (Ruby Boots and Harlequin League, respectively) and we were working on honing our live sound. The difference definitely does show but for me its a good thing as it displays how we as a musical act have evolved over two and a bit years.” While they still write as a duo, the siblings have now added a rhythm section with drummer Alex Megaw and bass player Matt Mullin. Another EP, set for 2014 release, shall reveal more. “They’ve definitely given us some drive when performing live whilst not being over bearing,” James says. “With Matt and Alex we now have a bit of shuffle to our sound and we’ve gone from being intimate to being a band to dance to after a few beverages.” 16

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TIM FITZ Unscene EP Independent

CHRIS MCNULTY The Song That Sings You Here

CROCODILES Crimes of Passion Shock Records

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BELLE AND SEBASTIAN The Third Eye Centre

Tim Fitz is a one-manband who walks a fine line Rough Trade/Remote Control between electronica and the old caveman methods of bass, guitar and drums. Melding real instrumentation Scottish indie darlings Belle with electronic beats has been tried by many And Sebastian have never hopeful musicians since home recording became been ones to throw away a commonplace; but it is rarely pulled off. song. They may take their fair Fitz seems to have become one of those time between albums, but along the way they pack their singles and EPs with some quality moments. The scarce examples who can merge the two arts Third Eye Centre collects the rarities and non-albums successfully. Witty and irreverent lyrics tie together raw but intricate beats and acoustically intriguing tracks of the band from the past decade. The Third Eye Centre also documents the instrumental choices. A winner of Sydney independent radio time when Belle And Sebastian gave up the mantle of the kings of twee in favour of a more polished and station FBi’s Unsigned Artist Of The Month award, Fitz shiny approach to their hummable pop delicacies. (I is moving out of his bedroom and into the spotlight. Believe In) Travellin’ Light has been a tune often trotted Unscene is a genre defying EP moving from the out live and is given the loving treatment in the studio. melancholy pop sensibilities of tracks such as The Jaunty The Life Pursuit was unlucky not to make an Wanderer and Fracture to the hopeful sound of appearance on an album, the up tempo Suicide Girl is Happiness Is Tugging At Your Heart and finally to the worthy of a higher billing and the timid Heaven In The hipster folk (if such a genre exists) of Poem Of Suburbia. Warm references to Fitz’s new home of Afternoon shows an outfit with plenty of hidden gems. The only previously unreleased morsel Sydney will make this EP rival the radio friendliness of here is Your Cover’s Blown (Miaoux Miaoux Mix) which Ben Lee and really add something new to local music. makes every effort to turn the relatively standard pop Perhaps it’s not only US musicians who can reference number into a Saturday Night Fevered disco romp. their cities without it being embarrassing after all. It doesn’t play to the band’s strengths necessarily, although it is enough of a point of difference to be a _ NATHAN CHRISTIANSEN worthwhile curio. It would be unrealistic to expect The Third Eye Centre to reach the remarkably lofty heights of the early seminal Belle And Sebastian EPs, but there is still a sizeable amount of gold spread throughout to make this worthy of much attention.

One of Australia’s great jazz vocalists, Chris McNulty, recently won the Australian Bell Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album, a well-deserved acknowledgement by the Australian jazz community Recorded in Manhattan, McNulty has lived in New York for many years but there are frequent homecomings which allow us to enjoy her undeniable talent. The songs selected on this CD have come from various genres but it is her interpretation and musicality, along with some great jazz musicians such as guitarist, Paul Bollenback, Ugonna Okegwo on bass, Marcus Gilmore on drums, tenor and soprano, Igor Butman and two Aussies, vocalist, Anita Wardell and on piano/Rhodes, Graham Wood, that make it shine. The repertoire that McNulty has chosen to record and her delivery, shows what musical grace and insight she has from How Little We Know, to Burt Bacharach’s One Less Bell To Answer, the rarely recorded How Are Things in Glocca Morra, from the musical, Brigadoon to Fats Waller’s Jitterbug Waltz and her own composition, Long Road Home – The Song That Sings You Here. This is a memorable musical journey by an outstanding jazz artist. _ HELEN MATTHEWS

Crocodiles’ fourth album has no filler, pulling together a tightly wound collection of lust-driven, loaded tunes with an undercurrent of cutthroat violence. Above all else, it’s just a great pop album. The latest album from this San Diego duo follows on from last year’s 10-track Endless Flowers and pares things back even further by averaging out the songs at three-and-a-half minutes each. It’s a taut, accessible offering that drags Jesus And Mary Chain drudgery into Raveonettes-style pop trappings. Think Crystal Stilts’ In Love With Oblivion, Primal Scream’s Screamadelica or The Raveonettes’ Lust Lust Lust. Charles Rowell and Brandon Welchez continue their business of delving headlong into seedy worlds of dark sex, from the sadomasochism of Marquis De Sade and the purist fantasy of Virgin to the rousing, faithless opener, I Like It In The Dark. The latter song embraces gospel and features some surprising bursts of vocal gymnastics, while the remainder of the album confidently walks a tightrope of scuzzy garage rock and classic British indie guitar music. Final cut Un Chant D’amour takes its title from Jean Genet’s highly charged 1950 film: savage and sordid, but also a simple, sweet story of love. _ CHRIS GIRDER

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OKKERVIL RIVER The Silver Gymnasium ATO/Spunk

Something’s happening at all points on The Silver Gymnasium, giving off the sense that every movement is essential. This feeling largely comes from the pulsing presence of vocalist/songwriter Will Sheff. Hearing someone broadcast from the source of alarm, lust or melancholy is rather captivating and many songs on The Silver Gymnasium benefit from this urgency. Opener, It Was My Season, tells of two childhood friends being kept apart. It’s a heartwrenching experience (‘If you want to stop our thing you’ll stop my heart’) but the pain doesn’t last and Sheff concludes, ‘I hardly think about it now.’ The two central themes established in this song (the exigency of youth can’t be returned to, and being told what to do shapes the person you become) recur throughout the 13song sequence. On Down Down The Deep River Sheff muses, ‘We can never go back, we can only remember’, and Pink Slips contains the confession ‘I can’t stop without going all the way, it’s a habit someone gave me’. In the record’s best moments, Sheff’s figurative impressions of experience evoke a palpable sense of longing. The record’s learned instrumentation (incorporating horns, strings and synthesisers into the standard rock band setup) remains reasonably disciplined and John Agnello’s spacious production fends off potential claustrophobia. Moments of towering melodic uplift nominate the album as the bent cousin of Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs. _ AUGUSTUS WELBY

GLEN CAMPBELL See You There Thrillhill Music/Inertia

When word came around that superstar Glen Campbell had acquired the early stages of dementia there was discussion that he would pull the pin on his recording career. A few albums on and Campbell is still delivering the goods, even when he is taking a trip down memory lane on See You There. Campbell reworks some of his best known tunes and adds them to some left over recordings from the sessions for his previous full length on See You There. His recent partnerships with Teddy Thompson and Paul Westerberg have clearly had an effect on Campbell, who is quite adventurous with the arrangements this time out. Galveston is given a modern workout to add some hipster country guitar sounds, percussion and accordion to an aging yet no less appealing Campbell voice. Gentle On My Mind is all twang and foot-tapping goodness, but it is Campbell’s best known tune in Rhinestone Cowboy that is turned on its head. It’s as if Campbell has handed over the reins to Alan Sparhawk for this subdued and splendid new interpretation of a timeless classic, such is the transformation. The adage of ‘if it aint broke don’t fix it’ doesn’t apply to Glen Campbell. See You There manages to add to the worth of some of the most impeccable tunes to have been recorded. It looks like you can teach an old dog new tricks. _ CHRIS HAVERCROFT www.xpressmag.com.au

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Passion For Fashion Now in its 15th year, the Perth Fashion Festival is the biggest event on the WA fashion calendar. A celebration of homegrown talent both on the catwalk and in the cutting room, it draws guests from across the nation and around the globe. This year - the crystal anniversary, if you’re keeping track - promises to be the biggest yet, outdoing last year’s record attendance of 35,000 couture-conscious bods. It all begins with the 15th Anniversary VIP opening, where designers including Ruth Tarvydas, Flannel, Morrison, Empire Rose, Zhivago and One Fell Swoop will offer their interpretations of the theme ‘crystal’ in honour of the festival having reached such a landmark. As in previous years, Fashion Central in Forrest Place plays host to a wide variety of free events, including Fashionably Loud, where DJ duo The Faders will provide tasty tunes to soundtrack a display of the latest in bleeding edge streetwear. The Business Behind The Glamour sees Marie Claire editor Jackie frank and IMG Fashion’s Elle Persson hold court over a two course lunch to discuss the commercial realities of the garment business, while An Evening with Camilla and Marc pairs the 2103 Suprematist collection with a heavenly three-course meal, all to raise awareness of the good work done by the McGrath Foundation. Of course, it’s not all haute couture. Restyle sees seven of Perth’s top fashion bloggers show off their upcycled ensembles on the Forrest Place catwalk, demonstrating the perennial appeal of the op-shop experience. Finally, Ellery Closing, presented by Newmont sees a fine jewellery piece by Perth-born designer Ellery make its public debut. The 2013 Perth Fashion Festival runs from September 11 - 16 at various locations. For the full programme, go to perthfashionfestival.com.au.

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AMAZING ABROLHOS

Seeing Change - Photo by Leonie Noble

Seeing Change: A Photographic Stor y from Abrolhos Fishers runs at the Western Australian Maritime Museum in Fremantle from September 9. The awardwinning exhibition charts the numerous changes the Abrolhos rock lobster fishing community have weathered over the past decade, and runs until November 24. Go to museum.wa.gov.au for further information.

PANIC BY THE SEA

The Perth International Arts Festival, The National Film And Sound Archive Of Australia and the ABC have put out the call for Super 8 footage to be incorporated into the upcoming documentary feature, Girt By Sea. The film, which will be scored by Perth favourites The Panics, is a celebration of Australian seaside life and culture, so if you have any scenes of swimming, fishing, boatbuilding, surfing, holiday-making or anything that occurs where land meets water, they want a look at it. Head over to abc.net.au/arts/ girtbysea for full details.

PIAZZA PIZAZZ

Ring in Spring at the Northbridge Piazza this Sunday, September 8, from 1pm, for the first Sunday Piazza Live Concert. The City of Perth Brass Band will get things started with a set of Broadway showtunes, classic movie themes and old time favourites, followed by the Metro Big Band stepping things up with a mix of Swing, Jazz, Soul and Motown. Best of all, the whole thing is free.

HYPOTHETICALLY SPEAKING

Strictly Hypothetical follows the tradition of Geoffrey Robertson’s spirited and wildly popular television debates in presenting thorny and controversial issues for dissection by a panel of experts and thinkers. Held at Rosie O’Grady’s in Northbridge, each shoe tackles a real-world issue by presenting it as fictional scenario, to thought-provoking and often hilarious result. The inaugural show this Thursday, September 5, is Submerged, which deals with the issue of climate refugees. The panel includes Professor Colleen Hayward, Professor Janette Hartz-Karp, Professor Ashley Flair, comedian Sami Shah and Greens Senator Scott Ludlam. Go to strictlyhypothetical.com.au for details.

White House Down

WHITE HOUSE DOWN Capitol Caper Defying Gravity

THE GRAVITY OF THE SITUATION

Defying Gravity, the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts percussion ensemble, is bringing us Drumming up A Storm, their latest concert series. Directed by WAAPA principal percussionist Tim White, this series sees the group team up with drumset artist Tim Eastman to present music by the likes of Frank Zappa, Henry Mancini, George Green, Iannis Xenakis, David Pye and more. Catch them at the WAAPA Music Auditorium from September 19 - 21. Tickets are available from the WAAPA box office.

REVELATION REVIVAL

It seems that the dust has only just settled after the 2013 Revelation Perth International Film Festival and things are already in motion for the 2014 edition, which will run from July 3- 13. The call for entries has gone out and filmmakers have until April 11 to get their work in to the curatorial team. Go to revelationfilmfest.org for details.

Directed by Roland Emmerich Starring Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, James Woods, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jason Clarke, Joey King, Richard Jenkins, Jimmi Simpson, Lance Riddick Die Hard clones have been a bit thin on the ground over the last few years, so it’s notable that 2013 saw two films that not only both aped the seminal action flick’s basic setup, but both set their action at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. But while Antoine Fuqua’s Olympus Has Fallen was a rather joyless affair, this effort by disaster film specialist Roland Emmerich (Independence Day, 2012) is pretty charming, largely because it never takes itself too seriously. Channing Tatum is our singlet-clad hero, John Cale (no, not that one), a cop who, having just blown an interview for a Secret Service gig, finds himself the one man who can save President James Sawyer (Jamie Foxx) after domestic terrorists, led by ex-Delta Force operator Emil Stenz (Jason Clarke, glowering all the way), seize the White House. This is complicated not only by the presence of his young daughter, Emily (Joey King), from whom he is separated in the initial attack, but also by the fact that the whole thing is an inside job orchestrated by embittered Secret Service agent Martin Walker (James Woods, clearly relishing playing the bad guy yet again). After a lengthy first act that is low on action but works hard to delineate our characters’

motivations and foibles, Emmerich stomps on the pedal and rarely taps the brakes for the rest of the film. This is a brisk, fun, occasionally brutal action flick that plays by its own Gonzo logic, ramping up the stakes until our beleaguered hero is fighting not only to save his daughter and his Commander in Chief, but to prevent the outbreak of World War III. It’s patently ridiculous, of course, but everyone involved seems to understand that, never quite outright winking at the camera, but coming awfully close. Tatum and Foxx share an easy, enjoyable chemistry, and Emmerich shows that, when he’s not preoccupied with wreaking destruction on an epic scale in his usual world-ending B-movies, he’s a dab hand at staging exciting skirmish-level action sequences. It’s not very original, of course; Jimmi Simpson’s eccentric computer hacker is a carbon copy of the same figure in Die Hard, for example, while Nicolas Wright’s tour guide may as well be named Argyle, but the whole thing is so much fun that such swipes never come across as cheap or cynical. At one point, the script even lifts a significant line of dialogue from Lethal Weapon, but it’s done in such a way to let the audience understand that the film is celebrating its antecedents, not hiding them. White House Down’s ambitions are modest but admirable. It gives us a hero to barrack for, bad guys to boo at, steadily rising stakes and a goodly number of well-executed action scenes. At the end of the day, it’s a meat and potatoes action flick – if that sounds good to you, dig in. _ TRAVIS JOHNSON

You’re Next Red Obsession

RED OBSESSION Full Bodied

Directed by Warwick Ross and David Roach Narrated by Russell Crowe Timing can be crucial for a good documentary. In Red Obsession, Warwick Ross and David Roach, through that magic combination of luck and hard work, capture an extraordinary moment in time for the wine industry, as a confluence of events creates a ‘perfect storm.’ This window into the Bordeaux ‘grand cru’ estates comes at a time of historic significance, but also of dramatic market change. Central to this film’s understanding of Bordeaux is terroir, that almost mystical combination of elements that give a region specific growing characteristics. Bordeaux is steeped in this sense of place, as attested by every sweeping vista lovingly filmed by Lee Pullbrook and Steve Arnold. This tradition, combined with the vagaries of climate, has produced the unprecedented event of two consecutive years (2009-2010) of ‘miraculous’ wines. Yet this is taking place in a rapidly changing world. Wine is a financial investment, that can see millions of dollars worth of stock being traded without a crate being opened. Prices have risen to record highs, placing many of the traditional markets out of contention. Into this vacuum has come the emerging Chinese market. Affluent, with a taste for luxury and novelty, this market has been attracted to Bordeaux premiere labels due to its high brand recognition and position of status. 20

At its heart, Red Obsession is a documentary about often opposing views held in a degree of balance: traditionalism versus modernity, art versus finance, Europe versus Asia. It grants us a rather narrow focus on viticulture, concentrating primarily on ‘first growth’ wines, but an extraordinarily wide ranging tale in regards to the influence of these products. Russell Crowe’s narration guides us through this far-spanning tale, from the old world charm of Bordeaux to a desert in the outer provinces of China. Personal insight into this world is granted by a host of characters involved in a multitude of aspects of the business. These engaging talking heads range from vintner and filmmaker, Francis Ford Coppola, to millionaire sex toy manufacturer and avid wine collector, Peter Tseng. There is a certain voyeuristic thrill about being granted access to a world that few of us will be financially empowered to visit, even if the price tags are sobering. However, in trying to cover this wide scope of wine as the new ‘silk road,’ Red Obsession feels like it meanders. Marketing strategies, a romantic Disneyfied image of the chateau, the psychological effects of the cultural revolution, numerology, counterfeit wines, and viticulture in China are all touched upon. Given the short running time it is very ambitious and it feels as if the main narrative arc is temporarily lost to various interesting sidelines. Ultimately Red Obsession is a strong documentary lifted by wonderful cinematography, and presenting a fascinating insight into a world few of us will see. A votre sante. _ DAVID O’CONNELL

YOU’RE NEXT Family Splatters

Directed by Adam Wingard Starring Sharni Vinson, A.J. Bowen, Joe Swanberg, Nicholas Tucci, Wendy Glenn, Amy Seimetz, Rob Moran, Barbara Crampton What starts out as a pretty standard home invasion slasher flick becomes something much more interesting and fun in the hands of emerging horror auteur, Adam Wingard (Pop Skull, A Horrible Way To Die). In the lead-up to the 35th anniversary of Paul (Rob Moran) and Aubrey (Barbara Crampton) Davison, their whole clan gathers at a remote country mansion to mark the occasion. Proceedings are marred by the usual familial rivalries and mutual needling, particularly between smug alpha male, Drake (Joe Swanberg), and schlubby college professor, Crispian (A.J. Bowen), but such sibling grudges become the least of the family’s worries when a murderous trio of animal-masked strangers assault the house, determined to subject all the occupants to a gruesome and painful death. This doesn’t sit well with Crispian’s fiancée, Erin (Sharni Vinson), who begins to fight back using a skillset that nobody suspected she possessed. Wingard is part of the loose collective of young filmmakers that sit at the odd crossroads between horror and mumblecore, and You’re Next exhibits the best traits of both genres, counterpointing loose, naturalistic dialogue and characterisation with precisely calibrated tension

and spectacularly violent set-pieces. He’s also roped in a few fellow travellers on this one: A.J. Bowen and Joe Swanberg are familiar faces from the indie scene, as is Amy Seimetz, last seen in the excellent Upstream Color, who plays one of the Davison daughters. House Of The Devil director Ti West even crops up for an extended cameo, before being dispatched by crossbow. But star here is Home & Away alumnus Sharni Vinson, who gives us a Final Girl who’s tough and resourceful without going down the Sarah Connor ‘Rambo with ovaries’ route. Raised by a survivalist father, Erin is just as terrified as the rest of the would-be victims here, but she knows that running and hiding is a fatal error, and so fights back with everything she’s got, exhibiting a savagery that is both shocking and exhilarating. Too often in horror, character is skimped on in favour of novelty of execution (pun intended), but here we get a heroine who’s worth cheering for. Whether it’s a breakout turn or not remains to be seen, but based on the strength of her work here, Vinson is definitely a performer to keep an eye on - not to mention handy with a meat tenderiser. Narratively, what impresses the most is how the script, by Simon Barrett, largely eschews relying on faux-spoilers to generate tension. There is a reveal regarding the motive behind the attack, but the most part the fun comes from the audience knowing things that the protagonists don’t, which is refreshing. You’re Next doesn’t rewrite the rulebook as such, but it’s a solid entry into the genre, and horror fans should lap it up. _ TRAVIS JOHNSON X-Press – First on the street, Wednesdays


Paranoia

PARANOIA

Business As Usual Directed By Robert Luketic Starring Liam Hemsworth, Harrision Ford, Gary Oldman, Amber Heard, Richard Dreyfuss, Embeth Davidtz, Julian McMahon Given the prominent abuses of electronic surveillance making news of late, it should be a safe assumption that Paranoia would have enough substance to make decent fare of its world of industrial espionage amongst high-tech business rivals. After a rash act puts him in a compromising position, a young corporate go-getter from the wrong side of the tracks (well, East River in this case), Adam Cassidy (Liam Hemsworth), is blackmailed into being a catspaw in industrial espionage, by his former boss Nicholas Wyatt (Gary Oldman). After a corporate make-over, Adam infiltrates Wyatt’s rival Jock Goddard’s (Harrison Ford) company. As Adam falls under the wing of Goddard, he garners a taste for the good life, and romances a young PR executive with ‘a thing for bridge and tunnel boys,’ Emma Jennings (Amber Heard). Soon though, he comes to realise the stakes in this game of corporate espionage, and that it threatens both him and his loved ones’ lives. Dissatisfied with being a pawn, Adam seeks to change the odds. Although it has a promising cast and a script based on a best seller, Paranoia ultimately fails to deliver. Instead we are served a by the numbers

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technothriller. Every prerequisite trope is on display here: tense scenes involving a download bar, banks of security monitors, thumb print scanners, POV from CCTV, hacking that borders on magical, and chases down neon lit alleyways, all intercut with shots of the omniscient security camera lens. Robert Luketic’s (Legally Blonde, 21) direction seems competent and workmanlike, but with such a slight script there is not a lot to separate it from many previous examples of the genre. The main joy to be had in this are the performances. Hemsworth puts in solid work, but is often overshadowed by the bigger name stars. Harrison Ford is well cast as the industry giant Goddard, lending his world weariness and general dissatisfaction to a character that has sacrificed friends and family to the cause of business. Oldman capers about in a role that borders on cartoon villainy, but lends it an emotional core and a much required vulnerability. It is in the scenes that these two rivals directly confront each other , trading veiled barbs, that Paranoia lifts itself from mediocrity. Similarly, Hemsworth’s interaction with his poor, yet paragon of blue collar virtue, father (Richard Dreyfuss) provide some levity, while obviously serving to help give Adam a corrected bearing on his moral compass. For all this, Paranoia still comes across as a boilerplate thriller. There is not enough novelty in the plot to challenge or engage, and ultimately it feels as if the movie is running through a check-list of imagery we have seen many times before. _ DAVID O’CONNELL

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STEVE BISLEY Stillways

Perennial Australian actor Steve Bisley recently took a break from interpreting other people’s stories to have a crack at telling his own. The result is Stillways, a funny, poignant and at times confronting childhood memoir. He wasn’t always an actor. To Australian audiences he’s motorcycle cop Jim Goose in Mad Max, shifty car salesman Gordon Farkas in The Big Steal, any number of weathered Aussie icons from any number of Aussie dramas. But there was a time when he was just a country kid growing up on a farm in rural New South Wales, and its those experiences that are recounted in his new memoir, Stillways, named for the property where he spent his formative years. “It was always a story that I wanted to write,” Bisley explains. “About growing up on the farm, for various reasons. I’ve had 35 years of telling other people’s stories and I just thought, well, I’d like to tell my own. And I really liked the process. Once I started the book I really thought I found a voice in the book that I really liked and so on it went. I made a deal with Harper Collins and I felt like a real writer then.” Indeed, it’s a remarkably well written book, especially for a first-timer. Bisley has a gift for language, and an unselfconscious flair for a poetic turn of phrase, which he ascribes to the influence of his mother, who he describes as “... a poetess, a writer and a romantic. She was a wordsmith.” but he also admits to a fierce love of language himself, saying “I do like books and I do like words, and now I’ve got the bug. I do think there are times when the language is very poetic and I like it, you know? It was never gonna be a book like, ‘I walked down the road and got on the school bus and went to school and had a fight.’ It was never gonna be a stream of consciousness book. It was always gonna be poetic, and that’s what it is.” It’s a confronting work at times, dealing as it does with Bisley’s relationship with his father, a violent alcoholic who took out his frustrations on his wife and children. However, recalling such early traumas was not as troubling as one might expect. “I think it was fairly cathartic,” Bisley tells us. “There were things that I really wanted to address and to work out that had been with me for a long time and,

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Steve Bisley sure, they were very confronting at times when I was writing, as you’d know by reading the book. I touch on a couple of episodes that were fairly dark. But at the end of the day I think it was very healing process, in a way.” Not that it’s all gloom and doom, mind you. “I think there’s a lot of sunlight in the book, too. I like the story - I really do like the story. I was really chuffed by the time I finished it and I thought that it was a good journey and a truthful journey. I wanted to include those things as well as all those first encounters and first loves and all of those experiences that you have as a kid growing up. It’s as truthful as I could make it.” Stillways by Steve Bisley is out now through Harper Collins. _ TRAVIS JOHNSON

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VISUAL ARTS Secrets of the Afterlife: The Western Australian Museum This collection of over 100 Egyptian artefacts from the British Museum collection - including two mummies! - explores ancient attitudes to life after death. The exhibition runs until September 22. Go to museum.gov.au for more.

Eclectica: Emerge Art Space A group exhibition from Angela McHarrie, Pierre Capponi, Lindsay Harris, Gigi Hesterman and Kathryn Haug. Runs until September 18. Go to emerge-art. com.au for more.

Cavalia: The White Big Top This magnificent equestrian event combines spectacle and acrobatic skill reminiscent of Cirque Du Soleil with jaw-dropping displays of horsemanship and derring-do. From December 4 - 29. Head for cavalia. net for more.

Aconitum: YMCA HQ Gallery The first solo exhibition by emerging WA artist Dominika Grotowski. It runs until September 12.

Shrine: The State Theatre Centre Presented by The Black Swan State Theatre Company, written by Tim Winton, starring John Howard. Runs until September 15. Go to bsstc.com.au for more information.

Face Up: Wanneroo Library and Cultural Centre An exhibition of large scale portraiture by Adelaideborn artist Daniel Connell. It runs from September 7 - October 13. Go to wanneroo.wa.gov.au for further information.

Recent Acquisitions Your Collection: Art Gallery Brief Moments Of Sanity: Blend(er) Gallery of WA Many of the more recent additions to the gallery’s A joint exhibition by Harry Davies and Renata Wright. extensive collection are on display until October 27. It runs from September 15 - 28. Go to artgallery.wa.gov.au for more. Lab Partners Showcase: Outré Gallery Van Gogh, Dali and Beyond - The World Reimagined: Original paintings and prints by San Franciscobased husband and wife team, Lab Partners. From Art Gallery of WA The third exhibition in AGWA’s MoMA Series November 1 - 30. Go to outregallery.com for more. encompasses works from Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Cezanne, Richard Long, Frida Kahlo and more. The exhibition runs until December 2. Go to artgallery. wa.gov.au for further information.

THEATRE/DANCE/ PERFORMANCE

Little Paintings, Big Stories: Lawrence Wilson Art The Little Mermaid: The Blue Room Theatre This reworking of Hans Christian Andersen’s darker Gallery than you may remember children’s tale by director Runs until December 14. Ian Sinclair is a far cry from Disney - and that’s a good thing. It runs until September 7. Head to blueroom. Here & Now 13: Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery org.au for tickets and session times. This annual exhibition of contemporary Western Australian artists includes works from Katrina Barber, Patrick Carter, Clive Collender, Aquinas Crowe, David Guhl, Tim Maley, Julian Poon, Jane Ryan, Robert Turpin, Lisa Uhl and robin Warren. Runs until September 28. Go to lwgallery.uwa.edu.au for more.

FESTIVALS Broken Colour: The Blue Room Theatre Nina Pearce’s award-winning examination of the line between sanity and madness runs from September 17 - October 5. Head to blueroom.org.au for details. Colder Than Here: The Melville Theatre A thoughtful comedy about a woman facing terminal cancer, written by Laura Wade and directed by Susan Lynch. It runs until September 14. Go to meltheco.org. au for session times and bookings. Storm Boy: The State Theatre Centre Barking Gecko Theatre Company presents this adaptation of Colin Thiele’s immortal Australian children’s classic, which runs from September 19 - October 5. Barkinggecko.com.au has further information. Tickets available through Ticketek.

Rottofest: Rottnest Island Our annual explosion of stand-up comedy, music and film runs from September 6 - 8. Head to rottofest.com. au for details and tickets. The 2013 Perth Fashion Festival: Various Locations The biggest event on the calendars of WA’s fashionistas runs from September 11 - 16. Hola Mexican Film Festival: Cinema Paradiso This celebration of south of the border cinema runs from November 14 - 24. Go to holamexicoff.com for more.

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Beyond The Pale - Hits From Australia’s Top Rock Poster Studio: Fremantle Arts Centre This fascinating tour through the history of rock art runs until September 15. Go to fac.org.au for further info.

Black Cat And Beyond... Diatribe Of The Squeegee: Fremantle Arts Centre A collection of political posters crafted by Black Cat/Gato Negro, an anarchist collective formed in New York City in the late ‘70s. It runs until September 15. Go to fac.org.au for further details. Riley (the cow): Fremantle Arts Centre A look at the central character that has dominated the work of Perth artist Rachel Salmon-Loams for the past 18-odd years. It runs until September 15. Go to fac.org.au for more. You & Me (Part 1): Ruck Rover General Store A collection of works by Perth based artist and writer Kate-Anna St. Valentine. It runs until August 31. Go to ruckrover.com.au for more. Barrack Street - A Time To Reminisce: The State Library Of WA An interactive exhibition that looks at the changing face of Barrack Street throughout the thoroughfare’s history. It runs until September 6. Part of the Perth Winter Arts Season. Mekel - Illustrative Exhibition: Tu Gallery Ethereal illustrations by Mekel, featuring model Chrysta Copland and fashion from Flannel, Dyspenea, Ae’lkemi and Kemi. It runs until September 15. Go to tu.com.au for details. New World Order: Venn Gallery A group exhibition from artists Tom Muller, Yarra Vega and Augustyn Schwarzwald that takes a look at globalisation and the shifting liminal lines between fiction and reality through print, sculpture, installation and video. It runs until October 4, and venn.net has further details. 33: Fremantle Arts Centre An exhibition of works from three Martu women Nora Wompi, Bugai Whyoulter and Nora Nungabar - that carries on from the successful We Don’t Need A Map. On display until September 15. Go to fremantle. wa.gov.au for further info. www.xpressmag.com.au

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THE RAW TRUTH Denim. It’s everywhere. I would be very surprised if you don’t own a pair. But have you ever wondered why? How come this pair of work pants has taken over the world? More importantly, which pair should you choose next time you go out and buy some? This is where things get interesting – no, really; this is where you can make some choices that go beyond whether or not they make your bum look big! As you have probably worked out, most things are made in China. That includes your jeans. But not all of them; if you go to the bottom of the food chain, you will probably find they’re made in Bangladesh, and if you look at expensive brands, then Turkey, America, Japan come into the picture… Now I don’t know about you, but I’m not at all comfortable with the idea that the people making my clothes may end up underneath the rubble of the illegally built factory they work in, so that counts Bangladesh out for me. Ethical choice #1. Okay, so what do those new strides look like? Have you chosen a pair that have been beaten/ washed/sandblasted to within an inch of their life? Let’s consider the implications of all this; I would suggest that you ask your sales assistant to show you a pair of raw denim jeans. Raw denim has never been washed (it’s also known as ‘dry’ as it has never been near water). All the denim you have ever owned originally looked like this. Have they found you a pair, by the way? If not, you’re in the wrong shop! So, these raw jeans are sent to a washing factory, and they get to work on them. All kinds of bits of stone and rubber are chucked into massive industrial washing machines with hundreds of pairs of them. Chemicals and detergent are added. The jeans are often sandblasted and hand sanded on special metal frames to replicate wear creases. Some of the jeans in your wardrobe could have taken six to nine months to prepare, and all that work can add up to $100 to their price tag. Now that’s just the cost to you. How about all those chemicals and all that detergent spewing out into the rivers of the countries producing all these distressed jeans? How about the lungs of the worker sand-blasting those cat whiskers onto the front of your next pair? Many major manufacturers are discontinuing the process in the face of increasing cases of the disease silicosis, caused by the sand-blasting. Ethical choice #2.

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And what are you buying into when you choose denim? Effectively, you’re buying into the rock and roll, beatnik, cowboy, punk, grunge, hip hop counter culture of the last 60-odd years. So why are you choosing all of that wear and tear? Because you want the look without all the hard work, right. Back in the day, you had no choice; you bought your jeans raw and you washed them (or sat in the bath with them on) so they shrank to fit you, and then you wore them. You wore them while you fixed your car or rode your horse or crossed the States high on Benzedrine writing On The Road. And they faded. The indigo dye wore off at the knees and where they creased as you knelt down. Your wallet left an imprint in the back pocket. Rips and tears started to

tell stories. And eventually, they fell to pieces, and you were heartbroken because they were your favourite pair. And that is why denim is so popular; it changes with you. It tells a story – your story. But like all stories, you need to start with a blank page. Like all works of art start with a blank canvas. So go back to that raw pair of jeans (if they had any) and look again. Look to the future, it’s unworn. Now I can get into some more specifics selvedge, organic cotton, shuttle looms, natural indigo dye - but it’s all a question of degrees. Sometimes ethical choices cost us more in the short term, but offer value for money in the long run. I believe you get more for your money if you buy raw denim because you get more wear out of it. After all, the

washes you buy offer the illusion of five years hard work, so that’s five years off the life of your jeans. Buy less, wear more. Ethical choice #3. One more thing; the biggest problem you come across trying to sell raw denim is the stiffness of the fabric. Some of it’s like cardboard! This is because the fabric has been starched to ensure it stays flat when the pattern for your jeans is cut. Remember, all jeans started out like this- all you have to do is take them home and soak them in warm water for all that starch to fall out. Or you could do like me and wear ‘em for a year before you wash them…. Then they really tell a story! _ NICK SHEPPARD

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SHAVE AND A HAIRCUT The Razor’s Edge Blame Mad Men and Boardwalk Empire. It’s a post-metrosexual world now, guys, and men keen to reclaim something resembling a more traditional form of masculinity are fuelling the resurgence of the good old-fashioned barber shop. We took a look around town at some of the finest exponents of the scissorly arts. DR SNIPPY’S BARBER LOUNGE Since 2005 this place has been a Subiaco institution. Luxurious leather couches and a fair whack of magazines on hand give the place a relaxed atmosphere, as does the free Coopers Pale Ale you get with your cut or style. Prices top out at around the $30 mark, which means you can treat yourself to a trim and straight razor shave without breaking the bank. UNCLE JOE’S BARBER SHOP This King Street CBD joint has an odd vibe pitched halfway between a hipster haven and the kind of old-fashioned hair palace where you half expect to see a mafia hit go down. In terms of service they spread a wide net, offering not only the usual hair services, but also dry cleaning, top notch coffee and food courtesy of sibling shop Uncle Joe’s Mess Hall (the meatball subs are highly recommended) but also a $15, 15 minute man facial designed to make even the dourest office drone feel sprightly. Recommended.

THE MEN’S ROOM This no-nonsense old school salon has been around for donkey’s years now and is located within eyesight of the Hyde Park Hotel on Bulwer Street in North Perth. It’s a no-fuss neighbourhood joint that predates the recent resurgence in barber culture. Nothing fancy, but no extraneous bells and whistles either it’s the kind of place your bachelor uncle would go. GUY’S GROOMING Situated on Hay Street in the CBD, Guy’s Grooming bills itself as Australia’s largest male grooming venue and bucks the trend by being tricked out with more LCD mod cons than you can shake a stick at. LCD screens blare sports and music and the dozen cutting chairs are rarely unoccupied. This place offers a full range of hair, beauty and grooming products and services and their target demographic is clearly the young professional set. As such, don’t expect to walk away with much change from a hundred.

Pintxos

HALCYON DAYS

Perth’s first pintxos (pronounce it pin-chos to save embarrassment for all concerned) bar is about to throw open its doors on Tuesday, September 10. Located in uber-trendy Wolf Lane, Bar de Halcyon’s signature offering is a range of traditional Spanish bar snacks served on a stick. Best of all, payment works on the honour system - simply tally up the number of sticks at then end of your session and settle your tab. It’s certainly a novel addition to Perth’s burgeoning small bar scene - head down soon to decide if it’s a worthy one.

EDIBLE AND ETHICAL

Zambrero don’t just serve up delicious Mexican fast food, they’ve got a social conscience, too. today, Wednesday September 4, is Plate4Plate Day, where two dollars from every burrito or bowl sold at any Zambrero location goes to famine relief charity, Stop Hunger Now. Go to zambrero.com for details.

Jus Burgers

BETTER BURGERS FOR YOUR BUCK

Western Australia’s favourite burgers just got a whole lot more appetising, with the gourmet burger chain offering daily $10 deals through their social media presence. Keep an eye on their Facebook page to take advantage of Mullet Monday, Wagyu Wednesday and more.

SOUND AND VISION

Online eyewear retailer Vision Direct have made shopping for glasses even easier with the implementation of their virtual fitting room. Utilising augmented reality and facial recognition software, the system allows the erstwhile shopper to use their webcam to try on any number of eyewear options, trying out various looks in full 3D. Social media integration means you can get a second opinion from your friends, too! To try it out, head to visiondirect.com. au/3D-Try-On. www.xpressmag.com.au

Smith Street

THE SMITH STREET BRAND

We all know that French cuffs are the true signifier of masculine sophistication. Smith Street have just launched the latest line of cufflinks, featuring monochromatic geometric shapes, classic knots and even World Cup-inspired soccer cufflinks. These dapper accessories would be right at home decorating the wrists of a Daniel Craig, A Peirce Brosnan... indeed, any Bond of your choice (Lazenby excluded). Head to theiconic.com.au to peruse the line.

GET BACK TO BIVOUAC

Northbridge staple Bivouac recently launched their new Spring menu, and we can confirm that it’s a winner. The range of share plates combine old favourites with fresh offerings, such as the Crispy Skin Pork Belly and Brussel Sprouts with Kumquat Ginger Puree, the Dukkah Crumbed Local Garfish Fillets and the Pan Fried Gnocchi. Swing by to sample their wares sooner rather than later. 25


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Williamson will be playing another three hour set this weekend at Villa, joined onstage by MC Felon. He says that he’ll be playing brand new material from Prolix, Ram Records and Rene La Vice, as well as many tracks from unsigned artists, who now make up a large part of his playlist. “It’s good for them, it’s good for me, because I’ve got brand new music and no one knows who it is,” he says. With three hours to play with, he’ll also be going through the classics. “During the week [I was] going through some old Dillinja stuff that I’ve been pulling out, which really got me excited, actually, because I totally forgot about some of these tracks,” he says. “[The set will be] like a story, basically; we can go up, we can go down, we can go left, right. It’s gonna be everywhere man.” Williamson grew up surrounded by drum ‘n’ bass, having been raised by his stepdad, DJ Kenny Ken. “If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be a DJ. I don’t know what the hell I would be,” he says. “When I was really young, I didn’t know what Kenny did, I just knew he had a room with lots of records, a computer, and a mixing desk, and he just plays the loop all fucking day long and it’s annoying; it’s right next to my bedroom, it’s all I know,” Williamson recalls. “When he’d go out, I’d jump in and try to pretend like I’m him and press all these faders and put a record on, so that’s sort of how I got into it, and then he’d come back the next day and his needles would be broken and I’d be the number one suspect.”

UK DJ, producer and BBC Radio presenter Chris Williamson, aka Crissy Cris, is back in town to wow local drum ‘n’ bass heads with another one of his acclaimed three hour sets. He speaks with JOSHUA HAYES about the upcoming show, his DeadExit dubstep project and being raised by legendary junglist DJ Kenny Ken. Williamson’s last Perth show, at Amplifier in June 2012, was not only memorable for local punters, but also for him, as it was one of his first live three hour sets. “It was definitely one to remember. I kept telling all my people back home it was one of the best sets I’d probably played,” he says. “I had to get dragged off to stop playing. I had a counter on my iPad, and I thought ‘Right, I’ll have it there so I know how long I’ve got left, I know how to play, what I can fit in’. And then that went out the window because the battery died, so after twenty minutes I didn’t know what the time was, and then, literally, someone said ‘You’ve got to play one more”, and I’m like ‘What? Is that three hours?’… Obviously time flies when you’re having fun.”

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Peter Van Hoesen

PETER VAN IN THE HOESE

Underground Belgian techno producer Peter Van Hoesen is coming back for another Throw The Hammer gig, this time at Matches on the long Sander van Doorn weekend of September, Sunday 29. One of the scene’s forefathers, Van Hoesen plays contemporary techno that branches out into house, broken beats and Dutch producer Sander van Doorn is on his way classic ‘80s/’90s vibes. Support from Allstate and to vibe up Metro City on Thursday, October 3. One Craig Hollywood. Tickets are on sale via Oztix - the of EDM’s big remixers, van Doorn is well known venue has a strict capacity limited to 100, so better for his technical production. He’ll be supported by get in quick. Australian house duo Feenixpawl and M4SONIC of mashup fame. Presale tickets are $35+bf or $45+bf for general admission.

HANDS IN THE AIR

Crissy Criss Williamson was shown the basics of mixing at a young age, and by 12 was hosting his own show on pirate radio station Kool FM. At 13, he played his first gig abroad, in Mannheim, Germany, and international gigs became a semiregular occurrence while he was in high school. “Sometimes I’d have a Monday off [school] because I didn’t get back til Monday morning from being abroad, and my friends would be like ‘Where have you been?’. ‘Oh, I’ve just been on tour in Canada’. ‘Oh whatever Chris, you’re talking shit mate’, ” he recalls. He also began dabbling in production as a teenager, and released his first album, Give You The World, with Youngman in 2010. Although his life had been devoted to drum ‘n’ bass, Williamson also produced dubstep tracks that attracted the interest of the genre’s kings and led to his new side project, DeadExit. “A lot of guys like Skream and Chase & Status and Benga were playing my tunes, which I thought wasn’t really worthy, but they seemed to like it,” he says. “It sort of got to a point where I started doing dubstep gigs, and a lot of people were turning up to see me play drum ‘n’ bass, and vice versa… [Now] all drum ‘n’ bass is Crissy Criss

and all the dubstep is DeadExit. It makes it easier then, people know what to expect.” Williamson formed DeadExit in November 2012, along with fellow DJs Craig Lee and Sammy P, and the group have quickly gained a strong fan base. “We’ve signed some tracks to a label, but I can’t say which label yet. There’s about four tracks which are really, really good, man. All sorts of different ones, something for everyone,” he says. Williamson has also been busy working on remixes for the likes of Drum Sound and Bassline Smith and Tantrum Desire, in between working on a new Crissy Criss album. “With all the new people coming out and breaking Rogerseventytwo through, I’m just listening to how the music is changing and what’s out there, to give me an idea of what I can add and what I can take away,” H a i l i n g f r o m T h e H a g u e , N e t h e r l a n d s , he says. “I’m just taking my time with that at the Rogerseventytwo started producing in the early moment.” 2000s with support from Laidback Luke, Bart B More and Bingo Players and will be playing at Parker on Friday, October 4. He made tidal waves as half of TWR72, the techno duo responsible for jams like » CRISSY CRISS Future Tool, a favourite of everyone from Erol Alkan and Brodinski to Diplo and A-Trak. Door sales are $20; » SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 @ VILLA support from ACEBASIK, Oli, Paul Scott.

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MANTRA CLUB CARTEL RECORDS LA-based duo Charity Strike have released their new EP Mantra. After giving away much of their music for free in their early days as resident DJs in Santa Barbara, California, Mike Lisanti and Philip Scully are stepping things up a notch, releasing their four-track, hard hitting EP on Beatport through Club Cartel Records in August. Mantra, the EP’s title track is a huge, billowy, deep house track. A killer, driving intro builds the energy to a teaser drop before building on it one more time, creating a vacuous, high energy sound that transports you from your headphones to the club dancefloor – you can just feel it. The length of that sentence is justified by just how well this track is executed. Trust me on this one. No Heart, featuring vocals by Glenna Bree is a much lighter, track, balancing out the EP. It maintains a driving beat that could fill a stadium of a thousand people. Again, it’s a big track. It rounds out with some heavy, super sexy, synthy bass. Australian producer Jason Risk provides and excellent, airy remix of No Heart. He can be attributed with providing more of the pure electro sound for the EP. In the final track, Daav One puts his magic hands on Mantra. On the Soundcloud preview of the EP, Club Cartel Records switched around the order of the last two tracks and beefed up the Daav One remix, which personally worked better for me. I will be very surprised if this mix doesn’t feature heavily in dance clubs around the world for the Southern Hemisphere summer and northern winter.

» HAYLEY DAVIS

Nineteen year old hip-hopper, Joey Bada$$ is to make his debut Australian tour with fellow Brooklynites The Underachievers and Australia’s newest Remi at Capitol on Wednesday, December 11. Bada$$’s lyrical form is beyond his years, his complex flow bubbling effortlessly on top of jazzy instrumentals. Signed to Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder imprint, The Underachievers are part of the new wave of rappers that have been coming out of New York while Remi has been tearing a hole in triple j playlists with the jazzy Sangria and the funk-filled Saggin.

RAS G

Rob Shaker

BACK ON THE PLANET BRAINFEEDER Despite the title, instrumental hip hop producer Ras G’s latest effort, Back On The Planet, sounds like something broadcast from somewhere deep in outer space. That being said, the album is at its best when Ras G plants himself back on earth - or, at least, somewhere in near-earth orbit. Been Cosmic sounds like a slowed down and fuzz-heavy take on Hermitude’s The Villain, and hits every bit as hard, while Natural Melanin Being…’s stumbling drums, droning organ and thundering dub bassline create a hypnotic effect. One 4 Kutmah, meanwhile, has a booming drum break that would sound right at home on circa-1993 New York hip hop album - until several layers of hyperactive synths are laid over the top of it. Other moments are endearingly weird, such as the mash up of a traditional African handclap rhythm with whining synths and old school video game samples on Injera, Lentils, And Kale. However, tracks like CosMc Lounge Kisses, Asteroid Storm and Find Ya Self (ANU Wrld), which largely eschew beats in favour of experimental sounds, feel aimless. The Los Angeles beatmaker is often compared to Sun Ra, and he does for hip hop what the space-faring composer did for jazz in the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s. And the results are the same - sometimes dazzling, sometimes puzzling, but never boring.

UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH ROB SHAKER What’s your favourite new track? Mantra - Loud Mouth. Best track to clean the house to? Q-Tip. What’s the most twisted tune you’ve ever played? Billy Bunks - Devils Clay. It’s about throwing human faeces at people from a roof top.

Aslan THROWBACK: a new fortnightly gig at The Good Shepherd. Ethos: Taking it back to the old skool. Throwback attire encouraged. Expect to hear: Nuttin’ but tha classics. Next Lineup: Nicky Santoro, Doorgirl Mafia, Aslan, Midsole. Cool stuff: Dranks specials and classic ‘90s video clips on screen.

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SO BADASS

BEHIND THE DECKS

SALT NIGHTS OUT

CHARITY STRIKE

Joey Bada$$

What was the tune that got you into your favourite genre? I can’t remember the first hip hop tune I listened to. Probably MC Hammer or Vanilla Ice. The album that probably got me into hip hop production was Dr. Dre - Chronic 2001. What’s the weirdest thing that’s ever happened to you whilst DJing? During a Drapht set on the east coast some gigantic knickers with “my mum loves you *mobile number*” written on them were thrown on stage. Thankfully the message wasn’t for me. Your most exciting moment behind the decks? I’d say probably some of the big Drapht shows at festivals - Clipsal, Splendour In The Grass, Big Day Out. Also playing my own production even though it’s to a smaller crowd.

» ROB SHAKER » DOWN UNDER GROUND EVENTS’ SECOND BIRTHDAY/ALLIANCE TOUR » SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 @ THE BAKERY X-Press – First on the street, Wednesdays


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CLAPTONE SOUL SOUNDS

The masked, crusading beatmaker that is Claptone hits Geisha this weekend with the intention of bringing people to the far corners of the emotional spectrum through his unique sounds.TOM KITSON reports. The mysterious German producer who released the critically acclaimed Cream last year on Berlin based label Exploited is instantly recognisable with his golden bird-like mask. He’s been imprinting his blend of house influenced and bass heavy music in clubs and on stages globally with the aim to have a significant impact on the listening and dancing experience of people who come to his shows. “I love to make the people curious, scared, excited, amused, anxious, euphoric, sad and happy,” he says. “I don’t produce dance music, I create sound. Sound that reaches into your soul and touches your body.” Claptone has a deep and spiritual take on music, saying he exists to express himself through sound and a unique performance experience. “I exist because I express myself; I can not be otherwise,” he says. “There is so much sonic unrest in me, which needs manifestation, and as long as I am, I must communicate through sound so there will be Claptone.” Giving little away on the contents of his upcoming set at Geisha Bar, Claptone says you have to listen closely to his music in order to get

an understanding of the man and the driving force behind him. “If you listen very closely to the sound of Claptone you might get a glimpse into my whole universe full of secrets,” he says. “Let those secrets thrill you, allow them to fascinate you and enjoy the excitement they create within you, but accept them as what they are: secrets!” Asked why he doesn’t show his face while performing, he philosophically describes wearing a mask as a common thing we all do in life’s different roles. “All people take in interaction with others on a daily basis; a lot of different roles. One could describe these roles as masks,” he says.“It is a tangible outward identity description, yet also identity.” Claptone explains that his success has come from his soul, as he is honoured to play music that brings out a physical and emotional response in his audience. “My biggest influence is certainly the soul, for the soul is always the main ingredient in the sonic soup,” he says. “But Claptone is also a creation of the people; only those who come to my gigs and listen to my music make me Claptone.” “Music casts a spell upon people, evoking their emotional response in many ways. It is a great honour to be able to touch people with my music and very rewarding to see them being swept away by the love and heartache, the ecstasy and melancholy that I bring onto them.” Every show he plays is enjoyable and fulfilling he says, with each set taking on it’s own ‘special energy.’ “Of course Warung in Brasil, Revolver in Melbourne, Creamfields in the UK or Watergate in Berlin are amazing, but I had great nights in Romania, Beirut, Montreal, Shanghai, Bordeaux, you name it,” he says. “But I dare say that almost every Claptone night is memorable for everybody involved.”

» THE ENCHANTED FEAT. CLAPTONE » FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 @ GEISHA BAR

MISS NINE

MODEL MUSICIAN Having just arrived back home in Amsterdam after her Colours - Around The World tour - Kristin Schrot is relaxing after having visited some far flung corners of the globe. With that, her recent Turn Up The Love release is going strong too, so she is basking in the glory of a particularly positive period in her career. She talks to RK about her anxiety around releasing tracks and her love of Holland. “It always makes me a little nervous, releasing new songs to the world,” says a circumspect Schrot. “Right now, I’m working on my new radio episode of Nine Sessions and preparing myself for some upcoming modeling projects.” No less, admitting how grateful she is to be able to combine two jobs she absolutely loves – in a wonderful country she now calls home. “Holland is absolutely breathing dance music,” says Schrot with pride. “With Dutch artists like Tiesto, Afrojack, Nicky Romero, Armin van Buuren and many more, this is a logical result. The Dutch electronic dance scene is now very diverse. Both the mainstream and underground scenes are popular – and it helps that the Dutch government supports the development of EDM.” Certainly, the best example of this backing is the Amsterdam Dance Event – a massive musical festival that is one of the biggest worldwide – and it’s popularity is helping underpin the growth in dance music everywhere. “Even the American market has been a beneficiary of this growth,” she says. “I also expect that EDM will keep on growing for several years. I think the flexibility and openness of the dance scene is a big part of that.” Musically, Schrot is working on a number of projects currently. “Around the end of July this year, I went to London to work in the studio on some new tunes with several singers and producers.” Proudly too, she professes that the snippets from these projects are already sounding great. “My next single will be an uplifting big-room follow-up of Turn Up The Love.” Likewise, her 925 Music label – born in 2008 – continues to move from strength to strength. www.xpressmag.com.au

Miss Nine An incubator for the music she likes as well as her own releases, the imprint continues to foster the more innovative side of progressive house and techno, with releases not only from artists like Shiloh, Luke Chable and Donatello - but also more powerful, big-room purveyors like Vince Moogin, Sebastian Bronk and David Puentez. Further, the annual 925 Music compilation - and recently released for 2013 – features herself in the mix with tracks from Digitalism & Tommy Trash, Nicky Romero as well as Miss Nine. A truly powerful mix, the compilation presents a musical journey to listeners with what she terms “a unique experience.” And it that’s not enough, tune in to her Nine Sessions radio show for a warm up – because she is getting back to Australia for the second time is as many years to break hell.

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AMPLIFIER/CAPITOL

WEDNESDAY 04/09 Amplifier/ Capitol - Harlem Wednesdays Pensioner Party ft Genga/ Peter Payne/ JS The Bird – Before Twelve #3 ft. Henry Sims & Viv G/ Mr Sinclair/ Reece Walker/ Emerald Cabal The Brass Monkey - Victor Captain Stirling – Lokie Shaw Club Red Sea – Cheek ft. PeKing Duk Gold Bar - Famous Hump Day Tunes The Grand Central – ANG3L Groove Bar (Crown) – DJ Crazy Craig Leederville Hotel (upstairs) Kreem ft. DJ Karl Blue and MishTee Leederville Hotel (downstairs) Arena Party ft. DJ Vi Son/ Pup The Llama Bar – Akuna Club Mustang Bar - DJ James MacArthur Newport Hotel - RnB Heaven with Mr Phat ft. DJs Tom Drummond/

THE COURT

Angry Budda/ Mel B Players Bar - DJ Ambadextrus Sovereign Arms – Fiveo The Village Bar - Village People Wednesdays

THURSDAY 05/09 The Avenue – Jon Ee The Beat (downstairs) - Fantasy Thursdays The Causeway - Xport Thursdays Club Bay View - Dj-Vi Son The Craftsman – Fiveo Eve Nightclub - Retro Thursdays ft. DJ Crazy Craig The Grand Central - DJ Roger Smart Kalamunda - Grizzly Leisure Inn - DJ Molotov Metro Freo - The Game Mustang Bar - DJ James MacArthur Newport Hotel - Tiki Bar Open Mic Night

John 00 Flemming

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FRIDAY 06/09 Air Nightclub - VIP Platinum Fridays Ambar – Deep Space ft. Pussymittens/ escue/ Benny P/ Wish, Deflo Amplifier - Fridays Are Back ft. Jmac The Avenue - DJ Lokie Shaw The Aviary - Ben Sebastian/ Miss Demeanour/ DJ Armee The Bakery – Sticky Fingers Bar Orient - The Reggae Club The Beat (downstairs) – PLAY The Bird – Grillah Radio ft. Leon Osborn/ Jack Doepel/ George Capelas/ Sleepyhead Broken Hill – DJ Lukey D C5 – Bass Attic ft. Bass Attic DJs Capitol - Capitol Fridays ft. DJ Roger Smart Capitol (upstairs) - I Love 80’s & 90’s ft. Darren Tucker The Carine - Az-T The Causeway – Acoustic Sundowner The Como - Funadelic Fridays ft. Philly Blunt/ Jay Lee Lloyd The Craftsman – James Barclay Devilles Pad – Popsorn Oldies Eve Nighclub - DJ Don Migi Flawless - Monarch Fridays Geisha - Fierce Ginger Nightclub - Mondos “Feel Good” Dance Party The Grand Central – Jay Mackay Groove Bar (Crown) - DJ Crazy Craig The Hyde Park - DJ Hages Lakers Tavern – Grizzly/ Merqury Library - Dorcia Mustang Bar - Swing DJ/ Cheeky Monkeys/ DJ James MacArthur My Place - Karaoke Newport - Karaoke Classic with Steve Parkin with DJ Tahli Jade/ Angry Buda/ Sardi/ Mr Phat Paramount Nightclub – Flyte with DJ John Jordan Parker - Miss Nine The Queens - Reuben Rocket Room - Howlers ft DJ Frank N Bean Sovereign Arms - ANG3L Tiger Lil’s - Paul Malone/ Adam Kelly/ Alex Koresis The Vic - Friday Funktion ft. Jix Project

I LOVE 80’S &90’S

CAPITOL

Villa - Navi Launch Party ft. The Thrillseekers YaYa’s - ACE ft DJ Pup

SATURDAY 07/09 Ambar - Japan 4 ft. Tone/ Philly Blunt/ Marko Paulo/ DNGRFLD/ Blend Amplifier - Pure Pop ft. Eddie Electric/ KLa The Avenue - Jon Ee The Aviary – Zel/ Paradise Paul/ Samuel Spencer The Bakery - The Alliance Tour ft. The 4 Aces/ Maundz w/ Deece & Discourse/ Dialect & Despair/ Social Change The Balmoral - Back To The 80’s Bar 120 – Little Nicky/ Lokie Shaw Beat Nightclub (Upstairs) CANVAS Beat Nightclub (Downstairs) Runaways Brass Monkey - Grizzly/ Jewel The Brighton – DJ Mel Broken Hill - DJ Roger Smart C5 - I Love 80s & 90s ft. Darren Tucker + Dr Wazz C5 Metro Freo - I Love 80s & 90s ft. Darren Tucker /Dr Wazz Capitol - Death Disco ft. Death Disco DJs Capitol (Upstairs) - Cream of the 80’s ft. Roger Smart The Causeway - House party Club Red Sea – Fresh Saturdays The Como – DJ Anaru East End Bar - Home Flyrite - FΔMILY Flawless – Cube Geisha - 2013 Habitat Dj Competition HEAT 3 The Good Shepherd - Chocolate Jesus The Grand Central – DJ Armee Groove Bar (Crown) - DJ Dan Leederville Hotel (downstairs) – Under The Arena Party The Library - DJ Victor / DJ Riki Lost Society - Chalk (indie/ hip-hop) Metro City – EDM Prime ft. John 00 Flemming & Marlo Metro Freo – Metropolis Saturdays ft. Darren Tucker/ Dr Wazz/Ben Carter/ Shane Hewson

Midnight Juggernauts Newport – Karaoke Classic with Steve Parkin Parker - Parker Saturdays ft. KNO Agents/ Oli/ Chiari/ ACEBASIK/ Axen Paramount Nightclub – Felix with DJ John Jordan Players Bar - LUXE ft. DJs Francesco/ DJ Tito The Queens - Kenny L Tiger Lil’s - DJ Bojan/ Benjamin Sebastian/ Alex Koresis Villa - Crissy Criss & MC Felon ft. Vltrn/ Xsessiv/ Terrance & Phillip The Wembley – Lokie Shaw YaYa’s - Arcadia

Empire Bar - DJ Victor/ DJ Riki Eve Nighclub – DJ Slick Groove Bar (Crown) - DJ Crazy Craig Mustang Bar - DJ Rockin’ Rhys Newport - DJ Tom Drummond The Queens – Fiveo Rosemount Hotel - soundz like sundayz The Saint - DJ Jon EE/ Az-T

SUNDAY 08/09

TUESDAY 10/09

The Aviary (Rooftop) - Aviary Rooftop Sessions ft. Ben Sebestian/ Philly Blunt/ Zel The Bakery - Demarco

Mustang Bar - Danza Loca Salsa Night

MONDAY 09/09 Mustang Bar - Triple Shots The Rosemount Hotel - Bada Bingo!

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METRO FREO

THE MUSTANG

THE COLLECTIVE

MALT

IN THE THIS WEEK Machine Gun Kelly Wednesday, September 4 @ Capitol Fierce Friday, September 6 @ Geisha Bar Miss Nine Friday, September 6 @ Parker EDM Prime ft. John 00 Flemming & Marlo Saturday, September 7 @ Metro City

Crissy Criss & Mc Felon Hiline ft. Valentino Khan Saturday, September 7 Friday, September 13 @ @ Villa Ambar Midnight Juggernauts Saturday, September 7 @ Claptone Friday,September 13 @ Capitol Geisha

Sander van Doorn ft. Feenixpawl & M4SONIC COMING UP Thursday, October 3rd @ Parker Saturdays Metro City ft Mind Electric Ghost Poet Rogerseventytwo Thursday, September 12 Saturday, September 21 @ Parker Friday, October 4 @ @ The Bakery Parker The Aston Shuffle (DJs) RA The Rugged Man Friday, September 13 @ Friday, September 21 @ Rap City 2013 ft. Talib Rosemount Hotel Parker Kweli/ Homeboy Sandman Ministry Of Sound: Saturday, October 4 @ Clubber Guide To Villa Spring Friday, September @ Villa Horrorshow Thursday, October 3 Fabulous, Prince Of Wales Bunbury Omarian & Chingy Friday, October 4 Thursday, September 26 Amplifier @ Challenge Stadium Saturday, October 5 Laurel Halo & Objekt Mojos Bar Saturday, September 27 Rufus @ Bakery Thursday, October 10 @ Cake ft. Fake Mojos Bar Forward & Katie Friday, October 11 @ Villa Valentine Friday, September 27 Booka Shade + Crissy Chet Faker Criss @ Villa Digitlism Friday, October 25 @ Villa Illy: On & On Tour Saturday, September 28 Porter Robinson @ Villa Saturday, October 26 @ King and Queen of Villa the Decks ft. DJs Ruby Rose/ Nino Brown Chet Faker Saturday, September 29 Thursday, October 31 @ @ The Court Hotel ARTBAR

CRISSY CRISS & MC FELON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 @ VILLA

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The Aviary Rooftop Stereosonic Sessions ft. Ngaiire/ Saturday, November 30 Morgan Bain/ Lucy and Sunday, December Peach Sunday, September 29 @ 1 @ Claremont The Aviary Showgrounds

Alison Wonderland (Photo By Aaron Webber)

ALISON WONDERLAND GET READY

Oliver Tank/Tigerlily/ALISON WONDERLAND @ Villa Friday, August 30, 2013 Annie Mac has described her sets as “the best party set I’ve heard in a long time.” An equally enthusiastic patron in a dodgily -constructed, batik shirt predicted outside Villa that it would be “the greatest night ever.” Both were talking about the acclaimed work of super-babin’, classically trained, boss of a disc-jockey and producer Alison Wonderland. And she certainly converted Villa to a wonderland on Friday night for the Perth leg of her Get Ready tour. Sydneysider Oliver Tank opened up the floor with his characteristically spacey, atmospheric vibe. People were spaced. The vibe was weird. Good, but weird. But then holy fuck. Alison Wonderland. She took to the decks, arms wide open like some sort of eagle-Jesus, to the roar of a dedicated fan base. Warming up with a bit of SBTRKT and some much appreciated Genuwine, it wasn’t too long before she dropped her debut single Get Ready. Amping up the crowd the whole way, she knew exactly every sweet spot to hit. She’s the ‘Don’t Fuck With Me’ incarnation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice …she knows who she is, she’s by no means lost and she’s here not just to tell you all about it, but to bring you straight down that rabbit hole to where the party’s at. The crowd loves her interaction and a good portion of security’s night was spent trying to keep people off shoulders.

The set featured Kanye’s New Slaves, Fat Boy Slim and – my personal favourite – the opening track to the Lion King. The mix was testament to the eclecticism she’s come to be known for, bouncing between rock, Disney, house and electronic. She rarely lets the energy drop. Wonderland landed a global deal with EMI last year and released her debut compilation record Welcome to Wonderland, after having steadily grown a fan base from a couple of years on the EDM circuit. She’s played at the official LA Grammy’s after party, all throughout Ibiza and at the Brit Awards after party in London. At the end of 2012 she was a headline act at Falls Festival and has played the likes of Future Music, Splendour In The Grass and Parklife. But before all that she was a principle cellist with the Sydney Youth Orchestra – her musical sensibilities evident in how she seamlessly mixes tracks and an uncanny sense of timing. It was the August instalment of the monthly Speakeasy, indie music and DJ night at Villa. To round out the evening was another, super respected Sydney DJ Tigerlily. Keeping much with the feel of the evening, she started with some sweet Chilli Peppers before mixing into the house and electro. She was recently voted number 12 in the In The Mix Top 50 DJ Poll for 2013. Villa’s Speakeasy is just one stop on a pretty monstrous national tour for Wonderland, ahead of some other upcoming international shows that include visits to Jakarta and Bali in Indonesia. I think anyone in attendance of the Get Ready tour and those who’ve had the pleasure of seeing this little wonder in action could testify she has the power to induce a state not unlike Alice-in-Wonderland-Syndrome, but one we are blessed to be able to exit and remember for weeks after.

» HAYLEY DAVIS

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Simone & Girlfunkle Photo by Stefan Caramia

SIMONE & GIRLFUNKLE The High Learys/The Dianas PICA Bar Friday, August 30, 2013 To say the weather was wild last Friday night would be an understatement. This reviewer got stuck in his car waiting for the heavy rain to ease a bit and, when it finally did, ran to the venue almost in time to catch the beginning of The Dianas’ set. PICA Bar only recently re-opened its doors full time to bands and music acts and those of us who remember it as a regular venue a long while ago should welcome this fact. It was never the best venue acoustically, but it’s nice and cosy and right in the middle of a Cultural Centre that is often anything but on Friday/Saturday nights.

The place was packed from early on and it stayed like that until the end of the show. One of its advantages is that the punters who come to fully enjoy the show can get right up close to the stage without feeling uncomfortable, while others can still enjoy the music from the back end of the room. By the time The Dianas played their new single, Cruelty, it was obvious why they are considered one of the hottest acts in Perth at the moment – their spontaneity eliminates any technical disadvantages. Add great song writing/ structuring skills and you get a great band as a result. They went smoothly from quiet to loud bits and musically from dreamy ‘60s pop to psychedelic rock, without sounding too cheesy, trendy or retro for retro’s sake. Speaking of retro, The High Learys are the epitome of the term in the best possible way. In just over 30 minutes they went through a set consisting of mostly covers, spiced up with some original materials. While it was great to see a Perth band doing Leiber/Stoller’s Love Potion No. 9 or Rufus Thomas’s Walking the Dog, it would have been far better if the High Learys stuck to equally exciting originals. Needless to say, the whole set was performed immaculately and Johnny B. Goode was the perfect party closer. But the party was not over yet and while it might have seemed hard for a pop band to go on stage after a full-throttle ‘60s garage beat combo, tonight it worked just fine! Simone & Girlfunkle know how to write perfect pop songs and even better, they know how to juggle between upbeat and slow numbers without losing the audience’s attention, although the quieter moments got a bit lost amongst the crowd’s loud chatter occasionally. The ever changing/ever expanding line up this time included seven people on stage, often swapping instruments and vocal duties. These magnificent seven of Perth pop got the punters eating from the palms of their hands with seductive, often slightly melancholic, yet always uplifting melodies. It seems that this city produces a real great pop band every couple of years or so. Most of them do not last too long before they lose themselves in everyday life and the inability to find some long term solution for their existence. Here’s hoping Simone and Girlfunkle do not repeat the same mistakes as bands before them . _ PREDRAG DELIBASIC

THE SCOTCH OF SAINT JAMES The Scotch Of Saint James Photo by Matt Jelonek

Cat Brush/Pat Chow YaYa’s Northbridge Friday, August 30, 2013 The evening marked the launch of Real People Fucking, the second album from The Scotch Of Saint James. The title and cover alludes to humanity, primal and unvarnished. The night’s earliest instance of such human drama preceded a note being played, when a patron was mysteriously arrested mid-drink order. As the police escorted him out, a friend stayed to remonstrate with the bar staff, as if accusing the good people of YaYa’s of orchestrating an elaborate sting. I choose to give them the benefit of the doubt. Our openers were Catbrush, a messy power trio, all skittish energy, grungy twang and muted PJ Harvey sexuality. Their real trump card is front woman Ellen’s voice, shifting gears from cool-kid drawl to pained howl to coquettish flirt with the bat of eye. They may well have peaked with the closing Frangipani – starting with a chirpy back and forth about a rejected peace offering between Ellen and sparkle-eyed drummer Annetta before exploding into a Vaselines-style stomper and eventually dissolving into joyous disarray. The opening tete-a-tete turned their biggest weakness, their tendency to insularity – which occasionally gives the impression they’d be happiest if the stage was arranged so that they could face one another rather than the audience - into a virtue, revealing the jumpy chemistry at their core.

Pat Chow followed. One note, they certainly ain’t – the set ran a gauntlet from the slow-burn intensity of Pleasure Unit to the sunny guitar band melodicism of Push On. They have a hell of an ear, this band, the ability to spin a chorus you’ll be singing along with the second time you hear it, a skill best evidenced by the stop-start ‘50s girl group bounce of School Kids. Lead singer Ben’s shambling, dissolute banter between songs (veering from a declaration of ‘Fuckin’ YOLO’ to simply ‘Awww Christ’) almost seemed designed to undermine the direct sincerity of their work. If that was the intention, it is to their great credit that it so resolutely failed. Onto our headliners. One might accuse The Scotch Of Saint James of drawing from a limited sonic palette, but when the result is as fun, assured and fully realised as this, it’s hardly a cause for complaint. Their driving, airtight rock is full of subtle and playful time shifts (a delayed kick drum here, a winningly counter intuitive bass rhythm there) and speaks of a deep and abiding love of what two guitars, a bass and a drum kit can do. Songs like Progress, San Francisco Rash and Passenger all recall Britpop’s moddish, upright cool, but also Britpop’s unashamed reverence for the grabby hook, for the big sexy chord change. By the time Nosebag’s lusty riff spat forth from the stage (think Helter Skelter as covered by Iggy and the Stooges), replete with band wide yelps of ‘Hey-hey!’, the bands infectious swagger had pervaded the crowd that filled YaYa’s dance floor. Real people fucking. Authenticity and sex. Surveying the evening’s line up, one would conclude that that was just about right. _ CHARLIE LEWIS

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YAYA’S

This Friday, Sydney locals Castlecomer are playing a very special gig at YaYa’s to launch their highly anticipated second EP, The Lone Survivor. If that’s not your style then come check out the grand finals of Perth City Battles’ Spin The Mic competition from 2pm on Saturday! One skilled freestyle rapper will decimate his opponents and walk away with $1500 in cold hard cash; if that’s not a recipe for no-holds barred battles then we don’t know what is!

MOJO’S

Saturday, September 7, The Growl play Mojo’s Bar. Having sold out The Ellington the night before, these guys will be pumped and ready to produce their machine-like sex music. Special guests Peter Bibby & His Bottles Of Confidence and Ben Witt. Tickets are $17 plus booking fee through Oztix, with limited stock avail at the door on the night from 8pm. For your chance to win two tickets, email your details to mjos@coolperthnights.com with The Growl in the subject line.

UNDER THE COVERS PJ PARTY The Beat Nightclub Friday, August 30, 2013 Last Friday dressing up meant dressing down at Beat, when everyone wore their finest bedroom attired to get their groove on to First And Final, Pink18Stink and Black Fridays. Photos by Matt Jelonek

Lauren, Kim, Ruby, Deb, Meagan

SWALLOW BAR

This Thursday, Nick Sheppard presents 1950s and ‘60s nostalgia, jazz and soul, kicking off from 7pm. Then, on September 8, our legendary Sunday afternoon set presents Voudou Zazou’s Gypsy jazz stylings from 5pm.

THE BIRD

Saturday, September 8, sees the release of Praxis Dub, the first track off the upcoming EP, Direct Dub, by The Weapon Is Sound. To mark this momentous occasion, Diger Rokwell and Mudlark will be on hand, too. Doors open at 8pm, entry is $10.

Josh

INDI BAR

This Sunday, September 8, Huge Magnet are back with a show that is pure top quality garage boogie blues. Joining them on the night: the gutter-grit After a sold out national Fans First tour earlier this year, blues of Dux N Downtown and of course - the world it is now time for the rest of Australia to experience famous, hand-built, homemade Blind Tiger Blues Box Josh Pyke’s brilliant new record, The Beginning And spinning the coolest old blues records you have ever The End Of Everything live, as Josh takes his swag of heard with the greatest old time MC/disc jockey, new tunes and his band on the road. Catch him this Captain K, at the controls on the good vibrations. Friday, September 6, with special guests. Doors open at 8pm, tickets available through flybynight.org or on the door if still available.

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Chevonne, Sarah

ROSEMOUNT HOTEL

This Wednesday, September 4, catch indie-rock duo Lionizer, who are putting on a fundraiser to help them record their debut EP. Then on Thursday local rockers SuperSalt launching their new EP. Friday, catch The Midnight Mules launching their new EP and then Saturday it’s the Rock ‘N’ Roll Triple Threat courtesy of Day Of The Dead, Huge Magnet and The Floors. Doors open 8pm each night, head to rosemounthotel.com.au for ticket info. 32

Rich Widow

RAILWAY HOTEL

This Saturday, September 7, catch Rich Widow, The Reductors, Calectasia and Limpin’ Dave Foley and the Straight Legged Freaks. Doors open 8pm and entry is only $5.

James, Ezra

Brooke, Tarly X-Press – First on the street, Wednesdays


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What’s your sound? We come under the envelope of indie rock but we definitely encompass elements of singer-songwriting, punk and alt-rock. Our sound has been compared to that of The Strokes, Last Dinosaurs, Two Cinema Club and also Perth indie legends 1

THE MIDNIGHT MULES First World Problems, the debut EP from The Midnight Mules, gets its first public airing at The Rosemount hotel this Friday, September 6, at The Rosemount Hotel, with support from Paradise Motor Inn, FAIM and Lacey. We caught up with singer and guitarist, Tom Mantle.

CHESTY BONDS

This Saturday, September 7, get a dose of classic West Coast indie excellence at YaYa’s with a hellaciously good lineup of local talent. The Community Chest take the headline slot, with support from The Leap Year and The Coalminer’s Sect. Doors open at 8pm, entry is $10.

What’s your writing process like? I’m the primary song writer but we all work as a team to create the songs. A lot of the time I will be bring in a riff to practice and we will jam it out If I haven’t written lyrics I’ll usually freestyle some stuff and see what comes naturally to the mood of the song until I know what I want to write about then I’ll take the words home and refine them. Tell us about the EP. We recorded First World Problems at YoYo’s studios in Perth with Novocaines frontman Corey Marriott at the helm. It was a great experience. It was a real treat to be inside such a fantastic and gorgeous studio. There’s even a tiki bar out the back with an old organ just chillin’ in there! Corey is a really accommodating and energetic dude and he went out of his way to do everything he could for us. What’s up next? We are actually heading out on a tour of the east coast in October. We have two shows in Sydney two shows in Melbourne. In November we are doing a regional tour down south. Once we get back from touring we are going to go into post production for an album which will probably come out mid 2014.

TAKE YOUR MEDICINE

Usurper Of Modern Medicine continue their unstoppable upward trajectory with a support slot on the WA leg of the Midnight Juggernauts national tour, along with Fascinator. See them at Bunbury’s Prince Of Wales Hotel on Friday, September 6 and Amplifier Bar on Saturday, September 7. Tickets are available through Oztix.

THE GRAND OLD GIRL OF YORK

The Community Chest

PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE

From the heart of the wheatbelt comes Girl York, formerly known as Fieltrip, a second-generation musical trio ready to make their mark on the contemporary scene. Catch them at The Mustang Bar this Thursday, September 5, along with New Animals and Odlaw. Entry is free.

After an impressive debut year, folk-pop siblings Patient Little Sister are ready to set their self-titled debut EP free, and if you’ve already had a listen to the lead single, Priority Tree, you know that’s a good thing. Catch them at PICA Bar this Friday, September 6, alongside The Atlas Mountains and Jacob Diamond.

Patient Little Sister

Girl York

WALL OF SOUND

Bluesman MattyTWall has a busy couple of weeks ahead of him, with gigs at the new Northern Blues & Roots Club this Thursday, September 5; the Indi Bar on Thursday, September 12 and YaYa’s on Tuesday 17 - ample opportunity to catch an earful of this talented songsmith.

RIGHT ON TRACK

Hard rocking three piece, Tracksuit, want to put the finishing touches on their upcoming album, but they’re a bit short on scratch. Help them out by getting along to their fundraiser at the North Fremantle Bowling Club this Saturday, September 7 to cop a load of their tasty tunes, along with offerings from Ragdoll, The Violent Scene and Louis and The Honkytonk. Doors open at 7pm, entry is $5.

Tracksuit

THE LION SINGS TONIGHT

05/09/2013 Arkayan Supersalt EP Launch @ The Rosemount 06/09/2013 Clint Bracknell Rough Music Album Launch @ PICA Bar 06/09/2013 The Midnight Mules First World Problems EP Launch @ The Rosemount 06/09/2013 Timothy Nelson & The Infidels Born In The ‘90s Single Launch @ The Amplifier 07/09/2013 Patient Little Sister Self Titled EP Launch @ PICA Bar 12/09/2013 Omega Is The Alpha Self titled EP Launch @ PICA Bar 13/09/2013 Chainsaw Hookers Party Man Video Launch @ Amplifier 13/09/2013 Vida Cain The Rule Of Gravity Album Launch @ The Bakery 14/09/2013 TV Snow Neon Nights Single Launch @ Amplifier 19/09/2013 Julius Lutero Hazy Day Video Launch @ The Rosemount 05/10/2013 Eleventh He Reaches London Bānhūs Album Launch @ The Bakery 19/10/2013 Sirgin One Love EP Launch @ The Civic

Make your way to The Rosemount Hotel tonight, September 4, for an evening of awesome music with Lionizer, Priority One, The Order Of The Black Werewolf and Lights Of Berlin. Doors open at 8pm, entry is $8. www.xpressmag.com.au

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Devin Townsend, October 15 MANTRA & GREY GHOST 19 Flyrite 20 Mojo’s Bar THE PREATURES 20 Flyrite 21 Mojos Bar THE PAPER KITES & GEORGIA FAIR 21 Fly By Night THE DRONES 21 The Bakery FOALS 22 Metro City RIHANNA 24 Perth Arena ROLO TOMASSI 25 Amplifier LAMB OF GOD & MESHUGGAH 26 Metro City CALEXICO 27 Astor Theatre TWELVE FOOT NINJA 26 Prince Of Wales, Bunbury 27 Rosemount Hotel MELBOURNE SKA ORCHESTRA 27 Fly By Night, 28 Astor Theatre 29 Wave Rock Weekender WAVE ROCK WEEKENDER 28 - 30 Wave Rock Caravan Park THE CULT 28 Metro City ILLY 28 Villa 29 Prince Of Wales, Bunbury KIM SALMON 29 Mojos ONE DIRECTION 28 & 29 Perth Arena XAVIER RUDD/ DONAVON FRANKENREITER/ NAHKO & MEDICINE FOR THE PEOPLE 28 3 Oceans Winery, Margaret River 29 Fremantle Arts Centre LISTEN OUT FESTIVAL 29 Ozone Reserve NGAIRE 29 Aviary Rooftop Sessions TINY RUINS 30 Mojos Bar

Foals,September 22

KATCHAFIRE 10 Prince Of Wales, Bunbury 11 Metro Freo 12 Rosemount Hotel HARRISON CRAIG 11 Regal Theatre ME FIRST & THE GIMME GIMMES 11 Amplifier 12 Prince Of Wales, Bunbury BRING ME THE HORIZON 12 Challenge Stadium WELCOME TO THE VALLEY 12 Belvoir Amphitheatre RICKY MARTIN 12 Perth Arena THE DAVID LIEBE HART BAND 13 Amplifier DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT 15 Metro Freo LLOYD SPIEGEL 15 Perth Blues Club 16 Mojos Bar 17 Indi Bar AMORPHIS 16 Capitol REGURGITATOR 16 Indi Bar 17 The Prince Of Wales, Bunbury 18 Metro Freo 19 Rosemount Hotel MARINA PRIOR 18 Astor Theatre JUNGLE GIANTS 17 Newport Hotel 18 Capitol LOONLAKE 17 Flyrite SEPTEMBER SPIT SYNDICATE ANBERLIN 17 Newport Hotel 11 Metro Freo 18 Amplifier FOR THE FALLEN DIESEL DREAMS 18 Fly By Night 11 YMCA HQ 19 Charles Hotel 12 Amplifier 20 Ravenswood Hotel WENDY MATTHEWS ELECTRIC VINES 13 The Ravenswood 19 Oakover Winery 14 Charles Hotel MICKY AVALON THE BIG SCARY 19 Amplifier 13 Fly By Night KIM WILDE THE GETAWAY PLAN 20 Astor Theatre 12 Prince of Wales, PAUL DEMPSEY Bunbury 20 Fly By Night 13 Players Bar, EVERY TIME I DIE Mandurah 24 Amplifier 14 Rosemount Hotel BEHEMOTH 15 YMCA HQ 24 Capitol RUDIMENTAL THE AMITY 13 Metro City (sold out) OCTOBER AFFLICTION 14 Metro City SWERVEDRIVER 26 Metro City PARKWAY DRIVE 3 Rosemount Hotel 27 Metro Freo 14 Metro Freo HORRORSHOW MATT CORBY 15 & 16 Capitol 3 Prince Of Wales, 27 Fremantle Arts MAIDS Bunbury Centre 14 PICA Bar 4 Amplifier TELEVISION 14 Newport CARUS THOMPSON 28 Fly By Night CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: 4 Clancys Fremantle SLEEP MICHAEL JACKSON CHOCOLATE STARFISH 28 Rosemount Hotel IMMORTAL 4 Charles Hotel THE CRIBS 18 – 22 Perth Arena EMMA LOUISE 29 Rosemount Hotel RED DIRT ft JIMMY 4 Astor Theatre ANDRE RIEU BARNES JINJA SAFARI 29 Perth Arena 19 Kalgoorlie Boulder 4 Prince Of Wales, TONY HADLEY Race Club Bunbury 30 The Astor Theatre DAN CRIBB 5 Astor Theatre 19 Newport Hotel THE BLACK SORROWS 5IVE 30 Metro Freo 20 PICA Bar 5 Charles Hotel CHET FAKER KVELERTAK KATE CEBERANO 31 ARTBAR 19 Amplifier 5 Regal Theatre THE BREEDERS DEAD LETTER CIRCUS SOILWORK 31 The Astor Theatre 19 Prince Of Wales, 6 Rosemount Hotel ENSLAVED Bunbury DEEP SEA ARCADE 20 Metro Freo 31 Rosemount Hotel 6 Amplifier

THIS WEEK

MACHINE GUN KELLY 4 Capitol HIT THE LIGHTS/ HEROES FOR HIRE/ STATE CHAMPS 5 Amplifier FAT FREDDY’S DROP 5-6 Astor Theatre JOSH PYKE 5 Prince Of Wales, Bunbury 6 Fly By Night 7 Astor Theatre SNAKADAKTAL 5 Newport Hotel 6 Capitol 7 Settler’s Tavern, Margaret River STICKY FINGERS 6 Bakery 7 Rottofest THE CAT EMPIRE/ TINPAN ORANGE 7 Red Hill Auditorium ROTTOFEST 7-8 Rottnest Island MIDNIGHT JUGGERNAUTS 6 Prince Of Wales, Bunbury 7 Capitol REZUME 7 Civic Hotel AMANDA PALMER & THE GRAND THEFT ORCHESTRA 8 Astor Theatre CONVERSATIONS WITH GHOSTS 8 Perth Concert Hall JAMES REYNE 8 Newport Hotel

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Snakatdaktal, September 5 - 7

YELLOWCARD 31 Capitol VIOLENT SOHO 31 Mojos Bar

NOVEMBER VIOLENT SOHO 1 Amplifier YACHT ROCK BALL 1 Fremantle Town Hall BABY ANIMALS 2 Astor Theatre JESSICA MAUBOY 2 Perth Arena PITBULL & KEI$HA 5 Perth Arena BEYONCE 8 & 9 Perth Arena LISA MITCHELL/ JOSH PYKE 9 Wanneroo Showgrounds DREAM ON DREAMER 10 Amplifier 11 YMCA HQ SCOTT KELLY AND THE ROAD HOME 10 Rosemount Hotel LEONARD COHEN 13 Perth Arena DANCE GAVIN DANCE 13 Amplifier BEAUFORT STREET FESTIVAL 16 Beaufort Street DAN SULTAN 16 Fly By Night 17 Ellington Jazz Club JILL SCOTT 17 Riverside Theatre AN EVENING ON THE GREEN Hoodoo Gurus, You Am I, The Whitlams, Dave Graney & The Mistly, Rainy Day Women 16 Kings Park & Botanic Garden AN EVENING ON THE GREEN Bernard Fanning, The Cruel Sea, Sarah Blasko, Bob Evans 17 Kings Park & Botanic Garden NILE 17 Amplifier COLD GROUND 18 Beat Nightclub BELINDA CARLISE 20 Astor Theatre THE BELLRAYS 21 Fly By Night BOY & BEAR 22 Metro Freo 23 Astor Theatre FLEETWOOD MAC 22 & 23 Perth Arena HITS & PITS 2.0 Black Flag, Boysetsfire, Bad Astronaut, Snuff, No Fun At All, Good For You, Off With Their Heads, Jugheads Revenge 24 Amplifier & Capitol MOONSORROW 24 Rosemount Hotel EROS RAMAZZOTTI 23 Challenge Stadium I KILLED THE PROM QUEEM 28 Prince Of Wales, Bunbury 29 YMCA HQ 30 Amplifier 1 Newport Hotel THE ATARIS 29 Amplifier

STEREOSONIC 30 Claremont Showgrounds MUSE 30 Perth Arena SCREAMING JETS 30 Astor Theatre

DECEMBER MARTHA DAVIS & THE MOTELS 4 Astor Theatre CITY AND COLOUR 7 Belvoir Amphitheatre SLANTED AND ENCHANTED 7 Astor Theatre/The Bakery AIR SUPPLY 8 Perth Concert Hall JUSTIN BIEBER 8 Perth Arena CHIC & NILE RODGERS 8 Astor Theatre KATAKLYSM 8 Rosemount Hotel THE BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE 10 Astor Theatre TAYLOR SWIFT 11 Perth NIB Stadium BON JOVI 12 Perth Arena THE NERVE 19 Mojo’s Bar HUMAN NATURE 20 Perth Zoo

JANUARY SOUTHBOUND !!!, Bonobo, Crystal Fighters, Grizzly Bear, Horrorshow, Johnny Marr, London Grammar, MGMT, Neil Finn, The Roots, Vampire Weekend and more! PARAMORE 16 Perth Arena CELTIC WOMAN 24 Riverside Theatre

FEBRUARY BIG DAY OUT Pearl Jam, Arcade Fire, Blur, Snoop Lion, Major Lazor, Tame Impala, Flume & more! 2 Claremont Showgrounds BRUCE STRINGSTEEN & THE E STREET BAND 7-8 Perth Arena LANEWAY FESTIVAL 8 Fremantle THE NATIONAL 14 Belvoir Amphitheatre BRUNO MARS 28 Perth Arena

MARCH SOUNDWAVE Green Day, Stone Temple Pilots, Alice In Chains, Rob Zombie, Megadeth, Placebo and more! 3 TBA 30 SECONDS TO MARS 25 Challenge Stadium

APRIL MICHAEL BUBLÉ 26 & 27 Perth Arena

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Vdelli, Friday at Indi Bar

WEDNESDAY 04.09 AMPLIFIER The Academy Volumes Prepared Like a Bride Iconoclast Surroundings BAR 120 Felix THE BIRD Before 12 #3 Henry Sims & Viv Mr Sinclair Reece Walker Emerald Cabal BRASS MONKEY Sugar Blue Burlesque CAPITOL Machine Gun Kelly CARINE Open Mic Night Chris O’Brien CLAREMONT HOTEL Acoustica GREENWOOD Bernardine ELLINGTON JAZZ CLUB Soultown Melody Itzstein Howie Morgan GROOVE BAR (CROWN) 5 Shots INDI BAR Songwriter Sessions Jay Grafton Little City Dream Jessica Shanks Natasha Shanks LUCKY SHAG Howie Morgan MOJOS BAR Fremantle Blues and Roots Club Steve Andrews Jordan McRobbie WayFarer MOON CAFÉ Going Solo Jake Webb David Craft Kim MacDonald MUSTANG BAR Blue Gene DJ James MacArthur NEWPORT HOTEL Gaz & YO! MAFIA PADDO Lost Pilot Effect Cowboy X Omaha ROSEMOUNT Lionizer

Nails of Imposition, Saturday at The Civic Hotel

Priority One The Order of the Black Werewolf Lights of Berlin UNIVERSAL Retrofit VILLAGE BAR Village People - Open Mic X-WRAY CAFE Nicole de Hoog Beau Jones YAYA’S National Campus Band Heats YMCA HQ Being As An Ocean Vanity El Capitan Idle Eyes

THURSDAY 05.09 THE ALBION Mama Red & Co AMPLIFIER Hit The Lights State Champs Heroes For Hire ASTOR THEATRE Fat Freddy’s Drop BEAT NIGHTCLUB (DOWNSTAIRS) Fantasy Thursdays THE BIRD Dave Place Of Indigo Sidewalk Diamonds THE BOAT Jen de Ness BRASS MONKEY Rhythm Bound Karaoke BRIGHTON Open Mic Night Rob Walker BROOKLANDS TAVERN Celebrations Karaoke THE CAUSEWAY BAR Xport Thursdays LOBBY LOUNGE (CROWN ) Monarchy DEVILLES PAD Rock & Roll Karaoke ELEPHANT AND WHEELBARROW Distant Sun ELLINGTON JAZZ CLUB Soultown Melody Itzstein Howie Morgan Sorcha Albuquerque Qunitet FLYRITE Doctopus

Crooked Colours

CROOKED COLOURS

NEW ANIMALS PHIL SLABBER WILLY SUEDE SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 THE CLAREMONT HOTEL

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Puck Red Engine Caves Thee Gold Blooms THE GATE Greg Carter GROOVE BAR (CROWN) Decoy INDI BAR Bex’s Open Mic Night LANEWAY LOUNGE Nicola Milan Trio LUCKY SHAG James Wilson MARKET CITY TAVERN Luke Argall Trojen Acoustic Duo Union Rook Kane Dodd Jennifer Odebrecht MOJOS BAR Matt Gresham MUSTANG BAR Girl York New Animals DJ James MacArthur NEWPORT HOTEL Snakadaktal Fishing Flower Drums NORTH FREMANTLE BOWLS CLUB The String Beans NORTHSHORE TAVERN Northern Blues & Roots WA Club Matty TWall On The Level Darren Adair and Richard Ellis PRINCE OF WALES BUNBURY Josh Pyke ROSEMOUNT HOTEL SuperSalt Arkayan Sully Jackdaws SETTLERS TAVERN Acoustic Open Mic Night SWALLOW BAR Nick Sheppard UNIVERSAL Off The Record THE VIC Voudou Zazou YA YA’S The National Campus Band Heats YMCA HQ Volumes Prepared Like A Bride

FRIDAY 06.09 AMPLIFIER Timothy Nelson & The Infidels Odette Mercy and Her Soul Atomics Golden String Cygnet Committee THE BAKERY Sticky Fingers Lime Cordiale Lo & Behold NDORSE BALMORAL Mike Nayar BAR ORIENT The Reggae Club BEAT NIGHTCLUB (UPSTAIRS) Silver Lizard Beerfridge Scalphunter Nighthawker BEAT NIGHTCLUB (DOWNSTAIRS) PLAY

Jessica Morhall, Tuesday at YaYa’s

BELGIAN BEER CAFÉ Jeane Proude BELMONT TAVERN Acoustic Aly BEST DROP TAVERN Pretty Fly THE BIRD Grillah Radio Leon Osborn Jack Doepel George Capelas Sleepyhead THE BOAT Jonny Dempsey THE BOAB TAVERN Frenzy BRASS MONKEY Jamie Powers THE BRIGHTON Indigo BROOKLANDS TAVERN CoverUp CAPITOL Snakadaktal Fishing Flower Drums THE CARINE Velvet CHASE BAR & BISTRO James Wilson CITRO BAR Dove CORNERSTONE ALEHOUSE First And Final DEVILLES PAD Popcorn Oldies Jumpin Josh Sugar Boy Ash Johnny Safari Mister Kicks DUNSBOROUGH TAVERN Big Steve Spouse Band EAST 150 BAR Stella Donnelly ELEPHANT AND WHEELBARROW Darren Reid & The Soul City Groove ELLINGTON JAZZ CLUB The Growl The Spread ft Matt Allen EMPIRE BAR Shawne & Luc FLY BY NIGHT Josh Pyke THE GATE Dirty Scoundrels THE GREENWOOD Greg Carter GROOVE BAR (CROWN) Tod Johnston & Peace Love HYDE PARK HOTEL Steve Parkin INDI BAR Vdelli KALAMUNDA HOTEL B.O.B. KULCHA The Isolites LANEWAY LOUNGE Brenda Lee Trio Kizzy LYNWOOD ARMS Mustangs M ON THE POINT Retriofit MAHOGANY INN Leah Grant MOJOS BAR Fisherman Style Earthlink Sound Fireside Imperial Ras Movements & DJ Sorted Papa Flava

MUSTANG Oz Big Band Swing DJ Cheeky Monkeys DJ James MacArthur NEWPORT HOTEL Karaoke Classic PADDO Easy Tigers PADDY MALONES Gary Fowlie PADDY MCGUIRES Madam Montage PARAMOUNT NIGHTCLUB Flyte PEEL ALE HOUSE Electrophobia PICA BAR Clint Bracknell Polly Medlen Band Jake and the Cowboys PORT KENNEDY TAVERN One Trick Phonies THE PRINCE OF WALES BUNBURY Midnight Juggernauts Usurper Of Modern Medicine Fascinator THE PRINCIPAL Roger Roger RENDEZVOUS HOTEL Howie Morgan ROSE & CROWN HOTEL Sophie Jane ROSEMOUNT The Midnight Mules Lacey FAIM Paradise Motor Inn ROSIE O’GRADYS FREMANTLE GrooVe SAIL AND ANCHOR Howie Morgan SAIL AND ANCHOR (UPSTAIRS) NightShift SOUTH ST ALEHOUSE Robbie King Karaoke SPRINGS TAVERN Die Hard Karaoke SWAN LOUNGE Harley Rockets SWAN BASEMENT Malignant Monster Mhorgl Bayou Legs Electric SWINGING PIG Tandem Greg Carter TRADEWINDS HOTEL Adrian Hotel UNIVERSAL Nightmoves YA YA’S Castlecomer These Winter Nights Riley Pearce YMCA HQ Emberville The Take Over Calm, Collected When Autumn Falls Travis Collins

SATURDAY 07.09 AMPLIFIER Midnight Juggernauts Usurper Of Modern Medicine Fascinator ASTOR THEATRE Josh Pyke BALMORAL Retriofit THE BAKERY

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MattyTWall, Thursday at The Northshore Tavern The Alliance Tour The 4 Aces Maundz Deece & Discourse Dialect & Despair Social Change BAR 120 Flyte BEAT NIGHTCLUB (UPSTAIRS) CANVAS BEAT NIGHTCLUB (DOWNSTAIRS) Big Kidz Cowboys and Indians Party BELGIAN BEER CAFÉ Mike Nayar THE BIRD The Weapon Is Sound Diger Rokwell Mudlark BOAB TAVERN James Wilson BREAKER TAVERN GERALDTON First And Final THE BROOK Dirty Scoundrels THE CIVIC HOTEL BACKROOM Grind My Bitch Up Facegrinder Bloodklot DFC CCATCCF Nails of Imposition Sensory Amusia Rome Entrails Eradicated Rezume The Mighty Scrape Disentomb THE CHARLES HOTEL Slippery When Wet Chris Gibbs THE CLAREMONT HOTEL ANTICS Crooked Colours New Animals Phil Slabber Willy Suede CRAFTSMAN GrooVe DEVILLES PAD Jerry Lee Lewis Show Pete Stone Tina Gia Burlesque Les Sataniques DUNSBOROUGH TAVERN Travis Caudle ELEPHANT AND WHEELBARROW Blue Hornet ELLINGTON JAZZ CLUB Mark Wilkinson Perth Samba Social Club THE GATE Jamie Powers GOSNELLS HOTEL Astrobat GREENWOOD Passionworks GROOVE BAR (CROWN) Hi-NRG HYDE PARK HOTEL Howie Morgan Project INDI BAR Matt Gresham INDIAN OCEAN BREWING CO Shawne & Luc KULCHA Phillip Walley-Stack LAKERS TAVERN Celebrations Karaoke

Friday Friday Travis Caudle Little City Dream, Saturday at Travis Caudle FlyBy By Night The Swan Lounge Fly Night

LANEWAY LOUNGE Astrid Ripepi Libby Hammer Duo LOBBY LOUNGE (CROWN ) Why Georgia? MERRIWA TAVERN Back2back M ON THE POINT Rhythm 22 MOJOS BAR The Growl Peter Bibby His Bottles Of Confidence Ben Witt MUSTANG Shot Down From SugarTown Rockabilly DJ Milhouse DJ James MacArthur NEWPORT HOTEL Karaoke with Steve Parkin Gravity PADDO Cheeky Monkeys PARAMOUNT NIGHTCLUB Felix PEEL ALE HOUSE Velvet & Stone PICA BAR Patient Little Sister The Atlas Mountains Jacob Diamond PORT KENNEDY TAVERN Bernardine RED HILL AUDITORIUM The Cat Empire Boom Bap Pow! Tin Pan Orange Charlie Bucket QUARIE BAR & BISTRO Little Ebony RAILWAY HOTEL Rich Widow The Reductors Calectasia Limpin’ Dave Foley and the Straight Legged Freaks ROCKET ROOM Kickstart ROSEMOUNT Day Of The Dead Huge Magnet The Floors Blind Tiger Blues Box ROSIE O’GRADYS FREMANTLE Flava ROTTNEST ISLAND Rottofest Sticky Fingers Grace Woodroofe Lime Cordiale Sun City The Brow Horn Orchestra Boom Bap Pow! SAIL & ANCHOR Better Days SAIL & ANCHOR (UPSTAIRS) Childs Play SETTLERS TAVERN MARGARET RIVER Snakadaktal SCARBOROUGH SPORTSMANS CLUB It’s My PArty THE SHED Huge SOUTH ST ALE HOUSE Robbie King Karaoke SPRINGS TAVERN Die Hard Karaoke

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SWAN LOUNGE Esme Little City Dream Tumble like Alice Leah Emily Grant Shimmergloom SWAN BASEMENT Esme Leah Grant Family Trio Tumble Like Alice SWINGING PIG Greg Crater Frenzy UNIVERSAL Soul Corporation WHALE & ALE Sweet Surrender YA YA’S (DAY) Perth City Battles Drastik The Apprentice Donkey Phatigue (NIGHT) The Community Chest The Leap Year The Coalminers Sect YMCA HQ Xenobiotic Reflections Of Ruin Iconoclast Animistic Exanimis Ascensio

SUNDAY 08.09 ASTOR THEATRE Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra THE BAKERY Demarco BALMORAL Andrew Wintont BELGIAN BEER CAFÉ Belleville Quartet BELMONT TAVERN Dove THE BIRD Fucking Teeth Catbrush Doctopus BOAB TAVERN Astrobat BRIGHTON Ali Hill BROKEN HILL Courtney Murphy BROOKLANDS TAVERN Gerry Azor THE CARINE Acoustic Aly THE CAUSEWAY Accoustic Sunday CHASE BAR Chasing Calee CIVIC HOTEL Mike Nayar DUNSBOROUGH TAVERN Kris Buckle ELEPHANT AND WHEELBARROW Darren Reid & The Soul City Groove ELLINGTON JAZZ CLUB Mark Wilkinson FLY BY NIGHT Brian Kennedy THE FLY TRAP (FLY BY NIGHT) Stage Fright Open Mic THE GATE Greg Carter GROOVE BAR (CROWN) Peace Love INDI BAR Huge Magnet Dux n Downtown

Sugarpuss, Sunday at Mojos

Blind Tiger Blues Box INDIAN OCEAN BREW CO Retriofit KALAMUNDA HOTEL Jean Proude LAKERS TAVERN Wesley Goodlet Jamboree Scouts LAST DROP TAVERN Jim Moore LOBBY LOUNGE (CROWN ) Jack & Jill MIDLAND RAILWAY WORKSHOPS Mr Sour and the Strands Louise Ratcliffe John McNair and Keith Anthonisz Duet M ON THE POINT Nathan Gaunt MOJOS BAR Sugarpuss Santa Muerte Spilt Cities Health Legend MUSTANG Tailgate Sundays The DomNicks DJ Holly Doll NEWPORT HOTEL James Reyne Timothy Nelson NORTHBRIDGE PIAZZA Metro Big Band City of Perth Brass Band PERTH CONCERT HALL Conversations With Ghosts QUARIE BAR & BISTRO Better Days ROSEMOUNT Soundz like Sundayz THE SAINT Howie Morgan Project SOUTH ST ALEHOUSE Anthony Nieves SWALLOW BAR Voudou Zazou SWINGING PIG Pat Nicholson UNIVERSAL Retrofit WANNEROO TAVERN Jonny Dempsey WHISTLING KITE James Wilson YMCA HQ The Others BLKOUT Monuments Ruthless Truthseeker

MONDAY 09.09 BRASS MONKEY Wire Birds ELLINGTON JAZZ CLUB Jangoo Chapkhana Trio GROOVE BAR (CROWN) Justin & Mike MOJO’S BAR Wide Open Mic MUSTANG BAR Triple Shots YA YA’S Big Tommo’s Open Mic Night

TUESDAY 10.09 BRASS MONKEY Open Mic Night Josh Terlick THE COURT Open Mic Night THE CRAGIE TAVERN Open Mic Night GROOVE BAR (CROWN) Jack & Jill ELLINGTON JAZZ CLUB Sydney Conservatorium Jazz Orchestra KALAMUNDA HOTEL Open Mic Anthony Kay LOBBY LOUNGE (CROWN) Hans Fiance MERIDIAN ROOM (CROWN) Howie Morgan MERRIWA TAVERN Celebrations Karaoke MOJOS BAR The SicNote Capelas ROOMS MC Amani MUSTANG BAR Danza Loca Salsa Night YA YA’S Lone Rangers The Asylums Bryan Rice Dalton Leah Emily Grant Jessica Morhall

The Weapon Is Sound

THE WEAPON IS SOUND

DIGER ROKWELL MUDLARK SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 THE BIRD

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ANDY’S STUDIO International multi award winning songwriter / producer. No band required. Broadcast quality. A songwriter’s paradise. Ph 9364 3178 B A N D S ! - U N LO C K YO U R S O N G S ’ POTENTIAL + F R E E A P P R A I S A L S . U K Producer, 40,000+ hours studio experience. 20 yrs in London with bands and songwriters. Kicking arrangements, great studio and the ability to really listen will give your material the edge you need. Call Jerry on 0405 653 338 or visit www. jerichomusic.com.au GOLDDUST Production Mixing, recording and composition. Leederville $70 p/h. 0408 097 407 POONS HEAD MASTERING Master with tape, tubes & transformers. Clients include: The Melody’s Echo Chamber, Pond, Gossling, Knife Party, Felicity Groom, The Floors, Jeff Martin & The Panics. World class facility. World class results. www. poonshead.com 9339 4791 R E CO R D I N G M I X I N G M A S T E R I N G PRODUCING Fremantle location. Call Pete Kitchen Cooked Records. Ph 0407 363 764 / 9336 3764 REVOLVER SOUND STUDIO Ph 9272 7505. www.revolverstudio.com.au S AT E L L I T E R E C O R D I N G S T U D I O www.satelliterecording.com 0419 908 766 ProTools..17 Years exp REHEARSAL STUDIOS AAA VHS REHEARSAL ROOMS Great facilities, great vibe & great price!!! Unit 5 /16 Peel Road, O’Connor. Phone 9418 5815 or 0413 732 885 BIGBEAT SOUND STUDIO Clean rooms, all new PA systems, air-con and good parking . Willetton Ph: 0425 698 117. PLATINUM SOUND ROOMS Professional rehearsal rooms, airconditioned, quality PAs mob 0418 944 722 STREAM STUDIO’S 89 Stirling St, Perth. Mobile: 0403 152 009 info@streamrehearsal. com.au VISION REHEARSAL Per th’s premier rehearsal facilities. Visit www.visionstudios. com.au for all info. East Vic Park. Email rehearsal@visionstudios.com.au or call 0432 034 122 TUITION ***GUITAR LESSONS*** Perth’s ultimate guitar studio. Beg-adv, all styles and levels including bass. Cliff Lynton Guitar Institute. Mt Lawley 9342 3484 / www.clifflynton. com BASS LESSONS Rock, funk & jazz.Tony Gibbs 9470 6131 GUITAR & KEYBOARD TUITION (BeginnersProfessional) One on One lessons. Free guitar trial lesson. Burswood Ph 6460 6921/ 0415 238 729 www.gvkschoolofmusic.com.au To advertise in Classified call 9213 2888 or email musicservices@xpressmag.com.au

GOT WOOD?

Concept Music WA is currently home to a truly unique instrument - the Fender Custom Shop Joe Wood TCB Kingman Acoustic. Painstakingly crafted by the Fender Acoustic custom Shop and hand-painted by T.S.O.L. frontman Joe Wood, this beautiful instrument features A solid Engelmann spruce top, solid mahogany back and sides, a nitrocellulose lacquer finish, a Fishman Matrix Infinity pickup system and a Stratocaster headstock. It’s the only one of its kind in the whole wide world - which explains the $4999.00 price tag.

Fender Custom Shop Joe Wood TCB Kingman Acoustic

FOLKWORLD APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN

If you’re keen to strut your stuff at the 22nd Folkworld Fairbridge Festival in 2014, now’s the time to get a move on. Applications this year close on September 30, and applications will only be received online. Head to folkworldfestival.com.au for details.

GEARBO X JABRA REVO WIRELESS HEADPHONES

Dutch company Jabra don’t have a very large footprint in the Australian audio gear market, but they’re looking to change that, and the impressive functionality of these ‘phones indicates they’re in with a fighting chance. Bluetooth connectivity means that snagging your headphone cables is a thing of the past, and the long battery life - north of eight hours on the pair we road-tested - means you rarely have to resort to the wired backup. The earcups are comfortable and the sound quality is clear, with an impressive range and volume. If there’s a downside, it’s that the one-touch control, mounted on the right earpiece, is fiddly and prone to sticking, making using your phone or MP3 player much easier. Retail prices vary pretty wildly, as a quick Google search can attest, but expect to pay around the $200 mark.

Jabra Revo Wireless Headphones

JABRA SOLEMATE BLUETOOTH SPEAKER

Like the Revo ‘phones, the Solemate’s big selling point is its wireless connectivity. It’s a compact, solidly built little number easily connected to a playback device. Battery life is, once again, over eight hours, but the volume could be better and bass notes tend to distort somewhat, although not enough to ruin the experience. This is a neat little unit which is fine if you want to throw on some background tunes at a quietish location, say at a picnic or the beach, but it’s by no means a portable party machine. Expect to pay about $150.

Jabra Solemate Bluetooth Speaker

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