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My German wife likes to taunt me about the Australian Christmas: “It’s 40 degrees and you have a steaming hot lunch; you’re all damn kooky!” Maybe she’s right, but I’d never have it any other way. There’s nothing quite like the dense smell of roasting turkey on the weber barbecue doing the tango with the pungent scent of summer eucalypt. Or ripping open a steaming plum pudding drowned in ice cream while the nephews and nieces go apeshit in the pool, pinging to their eyeballs with sugar-fire. It’s always a highlight of any year. The Australian Christmas may not be everyone’s cup of mulled wine, but by-golly it’s unique. While the rest of the Christmas–celebrating world bunkers down for subarctic conditions (take that London), the Aussie Christmas is all about getting out there and living – popping over to see friends; offering a “merry Christmas” to your weird neighbour; racing your new bike up and down the cul-de-sac; and feeling the warmth of a world that is far too often plunged in darkness. And warm it shall be! On behalf of the X-Press family, we wish you the happiest of Christmases. Hello sunshine!

X-Press Recommended Christmas Listening: A Christmas Gift For You From Phil Spector – Various Artists White Christmas – Bing Crosby Not Another Christmas Album: An Alternative Christmas – Various Artists Elvis Christmas Album – Elvis Presley A Christmas Album – Bright Eyes Christmas – Low Santa Cause: It’s A Punk Rock Christmas – Various Artists Does Christmas Fiasco Style – My Morning Jacket Christmas A Go-Go – Various Artists Songs For Christmas – Sufjan Stevens You Sleigh Me – Various Artists Christmas In The Heart – Bob Dylan Christmas With Dino – Dean Martin Cajun Christmas – Various Artists Ella Wishes You A Swinging Christmas – Ella Fitzgerald Have Yourself A Jazzy Little Christmas – Various Artists Classic Christmas – Johnny Cash A Rock ’N’ Roll Christmas – Various Artists A Jolly Christmas – Frank Sinatra

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One of the most acclaim artists in the comedy industry, Ardal O’Hanlon who has starred in such sitcoms as Father Ted and My Hero, is returning to our shores. After a successful Australian tour in 2007, O’Hanlon is coming back for one show only at the Regal Theatre on Wednesday, April 13. The man known to many as Father Dougal McGuire returns with a new show which was critically acclaimed at the Edinburgh Festival and throughout a huge UK tour. Tickets are on sale now through Ticketek. Can’t wait for the superhero antics!


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With one of the most distinctive voices in pop, BJ Thomas has sung some of the most famous songs of all time and sold over 70 million records in the process. The five time Grammy award winner will belt out such classics as Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head, Hooked On A Feeling and I Just Can’t Help Believing among others when he hits Mandurah Performing Arts Centre on Wednesday, March 16; and the Regal Theatre on Friday, March 18. Tickets from the venues and Ticketek.



After her first show sold out in almost record time last week, Cat Power has added a second and final Live At The Quarry show to her schedule. With tickets all gone to her show on Monday, Januar y 24, she will now play on Australia Day Eve, Tuesday, January 25. Tickets are on sale now from Ticketmaster, so get in quick!

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One of Perth’s most successful and critically acclaimed jazz outfits is back together for one night only. That’s right, K, featuring the skills of saxophonist Graeme Blevins, bassist Dane Alderson, pianist Grant Windsor and drummer Andy Fisenden are all back home for the holidays and will play The Bakery on Friday, January 7. With the members having worked with Kylie Minogue, Phil Collins, Matthew Herbert and more, you can be sure they’ve still got the goods. Tickets from









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After reading the review of the No Sleep ’Til Perth gig at Arena Joondalup I just wanted to add my comments on what a great day out it was! Okay, I realise Soundwave gets the ‘big‘ names but this for me was superb and also for my wife and two sons (10 and 12). We were actually able to see the bands without the aid of video screens! I mean we could see the whites of their eyes. Highlights = 3 Inches Of Blood... How metal should be! Awesome set. Dropkick Murphys = brilliant ...The Pogues crossed with Black Flag with a hint of the Wolfetones. GWAR - respect! 30 million units shipped in 25 years and first gig in Aus! (My youngest did not stay for this one!) We will be there on their return which must be on the cards. Megadeth playing Rust In Peace... one of the Big four and rightly so. Metallica don’t have sole rights on the mighty Diamond Head back catalogue. Mustaine and crew still rock out. To the promoters a big thanks. Megadeth in my back yard, it’ll do for me! More next year please. Stuart Massey Via Email

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X-Press Magazine and Amplifier bar are proud to give you the chance to win a double pass to the Amplifier NYE Party. With a great line-up featuring Grafton Primary, Sugar Army, Harlequin League, Siren Tower, Sleepwalker. Death Disco DJs, DJ Eddie and DJ Ryan, this will be an amazing way to spend your countdown to the end of 2010, one that you will never forget. So get your entries in now!

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Ishu presents his new album A World In Progress, a great contemporary mix of world music with a down tempo beats and heavy hip hop blends. We have five copies up for grabs!

When hard-working TV producer Becky Fuller (Rachel McAdams) is fired from a local news program, her career begins to look as bleak as her hapless love life. Stumbling into a job at Daybreak (the last-place national morning news show), Becky decides to revitalise the show by bringing on legendary TV anchor Mike Pomeroy (Harrison Ford). Unfortunately, Pomeroy refuses to cover morning show staples like celebrity gossip, weather, fashion and crafts – let alone work with his new cohost, Colleen Peck (Diane Keaton), who is a long-time morning show personality. Get your entries in to win a double pass!


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The much anticipated album of newly completed recordings from Michael Jackson entitled Michael is now out. The creative process never stopped for the King of Pop who was always planning his next album. Get your entries in to win a copy of his last goodbye album, not to be missed.


In this contemporary re-imagining of Jonathan Swift’s classic tale, Jack Black stars as Lemuel Gulliver, a struggling writer who works as a mail delivery person at The Times. To impress the travel editor, Gulliver finally ventures into uncharted waters – on a boat bound for the Bermuda Triangle. But the storm-tossed voyage lands him on a very different kind of island, one populated by a tiny civilization known as Lilliputians. We have the chance for one lucky X-Press reader to win the major prize which will feature a double in season pass to see Gulliver’s Travels, a reverse magnifying glass and giant earphone speakers. We also have five runner-up prizes of a double pass to see Gulliver’s Travels.


We have three Ministry Of Sound Summer Packs up for grabs. Get your 2011 started with the best indie, electro, dance, reggae, chill out music Ministry have to offer. Packs include a copies of. The Annual 2011, Chillout Sessions XIII and Running Trax Summer 2011.


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Another Christmas, another great So Fresh Christmas CD - this year’s edition features Christmas classics from Andre Rieu, Elvis Presley, Bette Midler, Kate Ceberano, Guy Sebastian and more! Get your entries in to win a copy over this festive season.


Come Around Sundown is the follow-up to the hugely successful Only By The Night, which sold over six million copies worldwide and garnered four Grammy Awards. It’s yet another bold and expansive statement by the Nashville, Tennessee-based quartet, Kings Of Leon, who in the last two years, have become one of the biggest bands in the world.We have five copies up for grabs.


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No idea what to do for this coming New Year’s Eve? Too many things to choose from? Well here’s another grand idea to add to your long list: Luxe Bar is hosting one of the hottest NYE parties around. Graeme Blevins who was previously Luxe Bar’s resident percussionist back in the day is returning from the UK to hit up what will surely be an amazing evening. Blevins has recently worked with Kylie Minogue, Craig David, Kyle Eastwood, Clint Eastwood, Kelly Rowland, The Script, The Fratellis and too many more to list. He’s back to perform under the stars for one night only and if that isn’t enough for you- he’s to be joined by Resort, DJs Jonno Choy, Marc Allen, Feminem, VJzoo and Fliptease. Tickets are $70 plus booking fee and are available from Get in quickly, you’ll receive a free cocktail on arrival which is always nice. Mary Black Gulumbu Yunupingu’s winning work


You’ve had the opportunity to vote and now the numbers are in. Congratulations to Gulumbu Yunupingu who has won the final category of Australian richest Indigenous contemporary art awards, picking up the $5,000 People’s Choice Award at the Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards 2010. The People’s Choice Award was voted by visitors to the awards exhibition at the Art Gallery of Western Australia. Yunupingu’s paintings on carved wood and bark in Garak, The Universe, Ganyu and Stars depict an infinite universe. The works embody understandings of Yolngu belief systems and culture. The 50,000 winner of the national award was presented to Wakartu Cory Surprise. You still have the chance of viewing all the nominated and winning works which include sculptures, video, painting and photography until Monday, January 3, at the Art Gallery Of Western Australia. Get down and check out our talent!


Despite what you may think, St Patrick’s Day is not actually that far away. It’ll creep up on you, just you wait. Irish national treasure Mary Black is returning to our shores with her band for an Australian tour to get the celebrations underway. Black was worked with Van Morrison, Joan Baez and Mary Chapin Carpenter just to name a few. Known for her commitment to original material by Irish songwriters and her unique interpretations of songs she chooses to perform, Black has released 11 (yes 11!) studio albums, all of which achieved platinum sales status. Ridiculous. One of her albums No Frontiers spent more than a year in Irish Top 30. She’ll be bringing this and her more recent release 25 Years/25 Songs to Perth to get you pumped for St Pat’s. It’s all happening on Thursday, March 10, at the Quarry Amphitheatre. Hit up ticketmaster. for tickets. You never know, Dirty Old Town could be in there somewhere.

Did you dig the hit singles from Justin Bieber and Katy Perry this year? Then perhaps you shouldn’t vote in the Triple J Hottest 100. Voting is now open at hottest100 where you can throw in your two cents on the track that will be this year’s Little Lion Man. Not only will one band have their song cast in stone for the rest of time, but by voting you have the chance to win Triple J’s Golden Ticket, which will get you into each and every Triple J supported show in 2011! Voting closes on Sunday, January 16.

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Set to embark on his first tour of Australia, New South Welshman Daniel Lee Kendell has just been added to the previously announced Old Man River and Passenger tour. Kendall’s debut EP, Lost In The Moment, has garnered a positive response, and you can see him in action at Amplifier on Friday, March 4; Mojo’s on Saturday, March 5; and at the Indi Bar on Sunday, March 6 (without Passenger).


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Chain, playing Perth Blues Club

If you need a cure for the Boxing Day public holiday blues, then the Perth Blues Club just might the place for you. Australian blues legends Chain, featuring WAM Hall Of Famer Matt Taylor, will take to the Charles Hotel this Tuesday, December 25, with support from the PJ O’Brien Band. The PBC fun continues into 2011 with Zydecats, Gary Cox and Andrew Winton playing on Tuesday, January 4; and Great 88 – A Celebration Of Piano with Bob Patient, Simon Cox, Sue Buck and others on Tuesday, January 11. The Red Eyes


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Firmly established as one of the country’s leading original acts in the dub/reggae genre, Melbourne’s The Red Eyes are heading back out on the road to show off their acclaimed album Red Army. With an explosive live show consisting of a core group of seven multi-instrumentalists from diverse cultural backgrounds, they create a melting pot of beats, soul, heartfelt lyrics and shake the house club rhythms. See them at the Mustang Bar on Thursday, January 20; Settlers Tavern on Friday, January 21; Prince Of Wales on Saturday, January 22; the Indi Bar on Sunday, January 23; and at Raggamuffin on Wednesday, January 26, at Fremantle Oval.

Beardyman 10.30 - 11.40pm Tijuana Cartel 9.10 - 10.10pm Edan The Dee Jay 7.50 - 8.50pm The Soft Pack 6.50 - 7.40pm Big Scary 5.30 - 6.20pm The Bedroom Philosopher & Guests (Comedy) 4.20 - 5.10pm Daara J Family 3.00 - 4.00pm The Morning Benders 1.40 - 2.30pm Charlie Parr 12.10 - 1.10pm Boom! Bap! Pow! 11.15 - 11.45am


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That’s right everyone, the Maj Monologues Competition is here again. If you think you’ve got what it takes to write a funny or perhaps not so funny but equally as entertaining monologue, then get your creative thinking cap on because now is more the time than ever. Entries must be submitted in hard copy form and only one entry per person will be allowed. The monologue must be eight to 10 minutes in duration. Entries must have minimal stage and technical requirements. There is a Judges’ Choice Award for $3,000, an Australia Post Peoples’ Choice Award for $1,000 and an Astrid Jackson Encouragement Award for $500 up for grabs. If your entry is selected by the judging panel as one of the eight finalists then your monologue will be performed live as part of the 2011 Finals Season DownStairs at the Maj. Entries close Friday, February 4, at 5pm. Head to for more info on how to get involved.

Our very own gypsy-world music ensemble, Trio Alegra has joined forces with the Velvettes to create an afternoon of ethnic, east European influenced music as part of the Sunset@subi series. Sunset@subi is a free community concert series that covers a mix of themes and genres which are suitable for all ages. This eclectic mix of swing, Latin tangos, French waltzes, Italian tarantellas and bluegrass will having you dancing about like a street gypsy or perhaps a French cabaret artist. Intriguing you say? Very much so. The series runs through to Sunday, February 27 excluding Boxing Day. It is held at a variety of parks and garden across the City of Subiaco. Hit up or contact the city on (08) 9381 1679 for more info. Australia’s highest circulating Street Press


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If watching D grade celebrities singing Deck The Halls on the idiot box on Christmas Eve makes you want to deck your roommates/family, escape the festive banality by heading down to Lazy Susan’s Comedy Den for An Orphans’ Christmas, a comedy show featuring the affable and always hilarious Werzel and John Robertson. Join a jolly Werzel and a not-so-merry Robertson as they take to the stage for a night of Christmas cheer with more Egg Nog and sexy Santa elves than you could poke a candy cane at. Head upstairs to Lazy Susan’s at 292 Beaufort Street in Highgate from 8pm on Friday, December 24. Tickets are available on the door.

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THE NATIONAL Buckeyes Of Brooklyn Coming off the biggest year of their career, Brooklyn indie rockers The National are set to celebrate the New Year at Southbound, which hits Busselton from Saturday, November 1, ’til Monday, November 3. MATTHEW HOGAN catches up with bassist/guitarist Scott Devendorf. Since releasing their fifth album, High Violet, in May, The National’s star has risen rapidly, affording them the opportunity to be among the headliners at some of Australia’s biggest festivals this summer. As a testament to their popularity, they were even awarded the Q Award for best album in October. “We’ve gotten on year end lists from time to time, but this is the first time we’ve actually ever been given an award that’s made out of metal,” Scott Devendorf begins. “It was a surprise and it was an experience for sure. Q’s a sort of big English music mag, obviously, and they had a big music magazine event to go with the award ceremony, which was interesting. It was midday, but it was set up to feel like it was night and Bernard Sumner handed us the award, which was awesome.” Meeting the New Order and Joy Division guitarist wasn’t the only honour they got this year, as they did a ‘Fleetwood Mac circa 1993’ and hung out with the leader of the free world. In 2008, The National were staunch supporters of Barrack Obama’s presidential campaign, selling t-shirts featuring Obama’s image and the words ‘Mr November’, and they even played a rally in their hometown of Cincinnati to encourage voting. And this year during the midterm elections they did the same. “We were on tour in the States and we were going to be in Madison, Wisconsin, which is in the northern Midwest and it’s a big college town,” Devendorf sets the scene.“It turned out that about a week before we were going to be there we got a call from his team – his organisers – and basically they were doing a pitch about voting for students. It was before the midterm elections, which kind of went badly in retrospect, but the President was going to be there and we were going to be there and they asked us, and we said sure. We went to the rally and we played a few songs acoustic – we amplified them, but it was just a couple of guitars and some speakers, not the whole band thing. Ben Harper was there as well and he did a couple of songs, there were a few speakers from local politics as well and then Obama spoke.” Afterwards the band got to meet President Obama for a couple of minutes, which Berninger says was both awesome and bizarre.

“…HE HAD THAT THING ABOUT HIM, YOU KNOW ABOUT PRESIDENTS HAVING A MAGICAL QUALITY? HE WAS VERY CHARISMATIC AND HE WAS SUPER NICE. HE SHOOK EACH OF OUR HANDS AND SAID THANKS FOR PERFORMING AND WE TRIED MAKE TO SOME JOKES. HE WAS SUPER FUNNY AND WE PROBABLY WEREN’T, BUT IT WAS AN INTERESTING EXPERIENCE FOR SURE.” So what did the bassist say to the President? “Probably something really dumb,” he laughs. “We were kind of lined up in a hallway in a very secure area and he came up and he was very cordial – he had that thing about him, you know about Presidents having a magical quality? He was very charismatic and he was super nice. He shook each of our hands and said thanks for performing and we tried make to some jokes. He was super funny and we probably weren’t, but it was an interesting experience for sure.” Devendorf concedes that he never thought this would be the type of band that met world leaders when they started out 11 years ago. “No way,” he agrees. “In fact, even when we were asked to play the rally we were thinking that it wouldn’t happen and it was a bit of a surprise in the end, because obviously they have things to do that are a hundred times more important than

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talking to some band. So we were shocked and it was a pleasant surprise.” To top off the career year for The National, they’ve just reissued High Violet with an extra disc of unreleased material. “We had b-sides that were released here and there that we kinda wanted to compile for people and also we had a couple of tracks that didn’t make the record,” Devendorf explains. “We had some other recordings we’d made and we just put them together as a sort of end of year round up. I think the record company wanted to put something together to let the record get more notice, but also we didn’t want people to buy it all over again, so you can buy the tracks individually – if people are still paying for tracks or whatever. We’re an album band and we did that with Alligator a few years ago as well.” The band has even played some of the

biggest shows of their career recently, leaving them on a hot streak as they head to Australia. At London’s O2 Academy Brixton late last month, fellow indie rock royalty Sufjan Stevens joined them on stage. “He’s a good friend and we’ve known him for a few years now because he lives in the same neighbourhood,” Devendorf explains.“We have shared studio space from time to time. He used our studio to record his record The Age Of Adz. We share equipment and while we were recording our record, he popped by the studio a few times and helped us out on a couple of songs – doing vocals, harmonium and things like that. So yeah, it’s been an organic relationship in that way. He’s a great guy and he’s been busy because obviously he’s got a new record and he’s been touring, but he happened to have some time off at the end of tour, so he came over for a few days to hang out in London and played a show with us.”

PNAU More Than Wild Strawberries Sydney dance music duo Pnau, aka lifelong friends Nick Littlemore and Peter Mayes, took over the airwaves in 2007 with their self-titled, party anthem record. Known for their fun-filled and colourfully entertaining live show, Pnau had disco revellers and dance music scenesters frothing with excitement. ANNABEL MACLEAN talks to Peter Mayes about working with Elton John, the serious side to Soft Universe – due out early next year – and hitting the Big Day Out at Claremont Showground on Sunday, February 6. Speaking in an accent that resembles a mishmash of the classy English and the more familiar sounds of down under, Peter Mayes sounds relaxed on the other end of the line in London, where he and Littlemore have been living for the past couple of years. The duo had always wanted to move to the UK for numerous reasons, but one reason in particular stands out: meeting Elton John. The story goes: Littlemore was in the dentist chair when he got a call from the English singer/songwriter himself, and the rest is history. The duo has been collaborating with John on their new album and Mayes is initially almost lost for words when describing the experience. “It’s been great, we’ve got an amazing relationship with him,” he says. “There’s so much you can learn from a person like that; he’s been such an amazing source of so many things to us. He’s just been a great mentor, musically. He’s sort of done it all. If you’re in a situation then the chances are he’s been in that situation. Above everything else, he’s been a great friend. He’s always very forthcoming and very honest, which is the most important thing because you could easily just go ‘wow that’s amazing guys’ even if you didn’t like something. But then it’s kind of pointless really, because you’re not being honest. But he’s been really great; he’s really pushed us to work beyond our ability. He’s driven us to


achieve more and that’s what we want to do.” Soft Universe is focused around “IT’S HARD TO PUT Littlemore’s personal experiences. Lyrically, the THESE THINGS INTO album is dark and quite an emotional offering compared to their self-titled album, which featured WORDS WHEN YOU TALK light-hearted party hits like Embrace, Baby and Wild Strawberries and guest vocalists including Luke ABOUT YOUR CREATIVE Steele (Empire Of The Sun, also Littlemore’s other PROCESSES BECAUSE IT’S project) and Ladyhawke. “I guess we sort of grew up as kids NOT THE SAME EVERY together writing instrumental, electronic music – very long arrangements, very repetitive, very TIME, YOU KNOW, EVERY contemporary electronic music,” Mayes says. SONG AND TUNE HAS “We’ve always loved vocal music so it took us a while to achieve what we wanted to achieve, so A DIFFERENT STORY. I with this last record we definitely wanted to have THINK THE MORE OFTEN a record that was based around proper songs.” Soft Universe doesn’t feature any guest WE CAN CHANGE OUR vocalists and Mayes says it has been written to be played live. “It’s more of a band sound than ever APPROACH, THE MORE before and we have some new people on stage, FRESH AND EXCITING we have a new guitarist and a new drummer, it looks like more of a band, it sounds like more of a OUR IDEAS WILL BE band, Nick sings every song. “I think Pnau has always been about BECAUSE THEY PUT YOU good energy and positivity. Even though some of IN A DIFFERENT PLACE.” the lyrical content on the new record is quite dark, the music behind it might be quite up, energetic... the juxtaposition of bright happy music with a we both admire from many songs of the past; lyric that really means something, it’s something it’s an interesting thing to do because the music makes you feel good but if you listen deeper into the lyrics there’s actually a story in there, there’s a guy feeling something, it’s quite emotional I guess compared to Wild Strawberries which is just more of a party track.” And the album is Littlemore’s journey, lyrically at least, but for Mayes, the completion of Soft Universe marks new territory for the duo, something which Mayes says they approached differently yet again and worked solidly on for two years in amongst other projects. “It’s hard to put these things into words when you talk about your creative processes because it’s not the same every time, you know, every song and tune has a different story,” he says. “I think the more often we can change our approach, the more fresh and exciting our ideas


will be because they put you in a different place. For me, this is just a massive achievement in my career because it really is something we couldn’t have done three years ago, so for us we know that we’re moving forward creatively.” Playing Big Day Out 2011, Mayes says he’s very much looking forward to performing alongside Nick Cave’s band, Grinderman (“I hope we get to meet him afterwards!”) at what is his favourite Australian music festival, and is hoping audiences reach out and connect with their new material. “It’s a real team on stage musically; we’re not doing the dancing characters,” he says. “This time it’s all about incredible overload of colour and visual intensity, which it always has been about, but this time done in a different way. Instead of having big dancing fruit on stage, or whatever, it’s more about reaching into another world.”

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THE DAMNED THINGS Spiked Punch What do Anthrax, Every Time I Die and Fall Out Boy have in common? To be completely honest, not a whole lot apart from the fact that ‘rock’ is incorporated somewhere in all of their genre descriptions. But apparently that minor link is enough for Scott Ian and Rob Caggiano (Anthrax), Keith Buckley (Every Time I Die), and Joe Trohman and Andy Hurley (Fall Out Boy) to join forces and create a new ‘supergroup’ – The Damned Things. BRIONY JONES reports.

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“It’s not as strange as bringing together a guy from a metal band, a guy from a smooth jazz band and a guy from a weird goth band and saying ‘everyone contribute equal amounts of ideas and let’s see what happens’,” Joe Trohan muses.“It is different, but we all essentially play rock music.” Distant rock connection or not, it is hard to see what initially brought these five diverse musicians together. A melding of pop/rock, thrash metal and metalcore – it’s something that you don’t see everyday. “Basically a mutual friend of Scott and myself introduced us in Los Angeles, we hit it off and later that night discussed doing a band,” Trohan offers as an explanation. “We started jamming several days later in my hotel room and from there, it was me and him jamming for a little bit. I got Andy involved pretty fast after that; being together in a band before, he was the first guy I went to. “Once Scott, Andy and I had jammed together, Scott and I talked about getting Keith involved,” he continues. “We were listening to Every Time I Die, listening especially to the singing he does on the Every Time I Die records, and we were like ‘Okay, this is the guy we should try to get to sing for the band’. We contacted Keith, he seemed interested, we sent him some demos, he seemed more interested, then we got him to come out and do some stuff in the studio and that solidified the idea of the band for us. After that, we got Rob involved kind of out of a drunken hang out. “And that’s how we unintentionally made ourselves a three-guitar-player band,” he surmises with a smile. Three guitar players, a whole lot of different experiences and a wide range of areas of expertise; The Damned Things were always going to be a bit different. And, one would assume that their backgrounds and other projects would place certain expectations, or stigmas, on their new collaboration. “Fall Out Boy, Anthrax and Every Time I Die are all subject to expectation,” he says, matterof-factly. “That being said, I have not, or we have not, tried to meet anyone’s expectations outside of the band. I think we have very high expectations for what we are doing and we made the record we wanted to make. “I know some people are going to hate the band based on certain members; they may hate us regardless of the music and there’s nothing we can do to change that. But we sure as hell aren’t trying to meet anyone’s expectations,” he contends. “People’s expectations for this band have been all over the place; everyone expects something and wants something different. The only thing I want to do, just for everyone who wants to listen to this, I want to give them something that I can at least stand behind and that I can enjoy listening to.” So, what has this melding of pop/rock, thrash metal and metalcore created? Well, Trohan succinctly describes it as a heavy/classic-rock, blues-orientated sound. But he refuses to provide any further in-depth details. “It was always going to be different from my last band,” he tells.“I mean, everybody musically has their input, and then obviously Keith brings what Keith brings to the table too: the lyrics and the inherent sound of his voice. “But, I don’t really like trying to describe the music on the record. I don’t want to describe it to people, because no matter how I describe it, it’s going to do the record an injustice. You kind of just have to hear it. If you really want to know about it, you have to listen to it.” He doesn’t leave the name of their undescribed debut effort Ironiclast go unexplained though. “It’s obviously a combination of iconoclast and ironic,” he states.“I think it somewhat represents the band as far as I think everybody in the band may be considered to some, if not to many, iconoclast of their own genres or scenes of music that they come from. Also, due to the fact that on paper this band looks really strange, it is kind of ironic that we would be playing together. So it sort of represents that to a degree.” Ironic and completely different to his Fall Out Boy past, this is a big jump for the once ‘topof-the-charts’ pop/rocker. But according to Trohan, it has been a very positive move. “It’s good for me to be doing this because I needed to expel a bunch of song ideas and music that I’ve had but I’ve bottled up and haven’t expressed. I needed to expose myself more and this allows me to put myself out there personally. I think everyone else in the band is doing the same thing, putting themselves on the line. It’s a good thing to do. I think it’s a really good thing to do.”

BUILT TO SPILL Carrying The Zero From iconoclastic shoe-gazers to indie sharmen, Built To Spill have weathered the best part of 20 years of rockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;roll to come out well and truly on top. JULIAN TOMPKIN tunes into enigmatic frontman Dough Martschâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wavelength ahead of the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s show at The Rosemount on Tuesday, January 4. The last time (which also happened to be the very first time) Built To Spill played in WA you could have assumed it a rather inglorious affair. Playing one of the smaller stages at Southbound 2008, the vast majority of the 20,000 punters at the festival were off being wooed by some flyby-chart topper, leaving just a couple of hundred people patiently watching the bearded and rather befuddled Dough Martsch stroll onto stage regaled more like a roadie, unpack his guitar and fumble with his amp. But when the unmistakable indie fuzz exploded as Martsch chugged into one of his iconic riffs, you only needed to peer into that lean crowd to truly gauge that what you were witnessing was hardly insignificant. Indeed, every other band on the festival line-up was there (as well as half of WAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s music fraternity), mouths ajar as Built To Spill ignited into the most memorable set of the day. Such has been the life of Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s titans of indie rock. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know if weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve proven anything,â&#x20AC;? Martsch dismisses of the suggestion that persistence has been the root of Built To Spillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s slow burning success. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had that experience through a lot of luck, and a lot of it is just being able to get along with each other â&#x20AC;&#x201C; you know what I mean? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a long time for a group to exist, through personality conflicts and egos and all of those issues, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had pretty good luck. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had pretty decent success. We didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have skyrocketing success that blew our egos out of proportion, and all of a sudden no oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interested in us and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just too humiliating to go out touring. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a real steadyâ&#x20AC;Ś there have been rises and declines but theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been gradual and steady and slight. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just made sense. That, and a group of people who can get along together, has been our secret. And weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not the first to do this.â&#x20AC;? Formed in 1992 from the remnants of infamous Idaho alternative rockers Treepeople, Doug Martsch had one rule with his new project: there were now no rules. Nothing was out of the question â&#x20AC;&#x201C; anything was possible. The trick was to just let the music come. And come it did. The bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s debut album of 1993, Ultimate Alternative Wavers, set a new agenda for indie rock â&#x20AC;&#x201C; snarling, lo-fi guitar rock that carried a heartbeat and an undeniable sense of melody. It was delicate, but would threaten to combust as any given moment. A string of highly acclaimed albums would follow throughout the â&#x20AC;&#x2122;90s â&#x20AC;&#x201C; including perennial â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;best records of the â&#x20AC;&#x2122;90sâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; fixtures Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nothing Wrong With Love (1994), Perfect From Now On (1997) and Keep It Like A Secret (1999). Built To Spill would never become chart toppers in their home country, but their influence would spread right down to the very core of that countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s music industry, inspiring a new breed of indie rocker which would later manifest itself in names such as Modest Mouse and Death Cab For Cutie, and beyond. No indie-chic record collection was complete without Built To Spill; and every fan vehemently proselytises of the merit of their favourite Built To Spill album. As with other defining underground bands throughout rockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;roll history, Built To Spill fans are fanatics. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re intuitive â&#x20AC;&#x201C; we just do thisâ&#x20AC;Ś we just kind of make it up as we go,â&#x20AC;? Martsch says of the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s business plan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s definitely no formula with anything we do; the way we run the business or the way we make our music. I feel like I am learning things all the time, and forgetting things all the time as well. And I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think that our records get better and better â&#x20AC;&#x201C; I think some people like our first record the best, or our third record or whatever. Some like the new one [There Is No Enemy, 2009]. I feel like each time I am doing the best I can and reacting to what I feel about music at the time, and think that if I try to make our second record today itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d sound vastly different, but I am not saying itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be better. The things that I change about it might be the things that drew people to it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s definitely at the centre of this band,â&#x20AC;? Martsch concludes, of his constant drive to improve. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no one way to do this; thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no kind of music thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right or good or better than others. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stumbling across ideas and keeping the ones which seem to appeal to me for whatever reason, and getting rid of the ones that donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t for whatever reason. I think musical taste is arbitrary; I definitely have a strong sense about what I like and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With every record I get to the point where I think â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;what the fuck am I doing â&#x20AC;&#x201C; I have no business being a professional musician, I have no idea what Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m doingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. I think that happens with every record at some point, many, many times. And at the same time two days later I am exhilarated and so excited and canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait to share it with the rest of the world. I think thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just the nature of doing this thing; this life in general is something that seems magical one day and a horror the next day.â&#x20AC;? Australiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s highest circulating Street Press


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ILL NINO The Revolucion Latino American metallers Ill Nino have always been an outfit that held their origins vehemently at their core. But with their fifth studio release, Dead New World, this six-piece have taken things up a notch.JESSICAWILLOUGHBY talks to drummer Dave Chavarri ahead of their slot at Soundwave on Monday, March 7. Ill Nino, the well-known Latino American “WE WANTED TO WRITE heavy metallers from New Jersey, have a bone to pick. But this is a rind they have A RECORD ABOUT been gnawing at their whole career. Only, after 10 years on the horse, they’ve gotten WHAT IT’S LIKE TO SEE just that little more pissed off about it. THROUGH THE EYES “We wanted to write a record about what it’s like to see through the eyes of an OF AN IMMIGRANT IN immigrant in America,” drummer Dave Chavarri AMERICA. ABOUT ALL explains about the concept behind their latest effort, Dead New World. “About all the different THE DIFFERENT THINGS things they go through. Like dealing with really fucked shit, from having no work, turning to THEY GO THROUGH. LIKE crime to survive and leaving family behind. We DEALING WITH REALLY consciously set out to talk about the prejudices we, as immigrants, deal with.” FUCKED SHIT, FROM Fuelled by the recent enactment of HAVING NO WORK, stringent new illegal immigration law in Arizona, which has made the failure to carry relevant TURNING TO CRIME TO documentation a crime, Chavarri says their fifth studio album was never meant to carry a theme SURVIVE AND LEAVING but the influence of media during the writing FAMILY BEHIND.” process was too hard to ignore. “Cris [Machado, vocals] came to us with the idea, but I don’t think he was trying the forefront. We aren’t just talking about Latinto take a stance or anything,” he says. “He based origins, but anyone who comes from wanted to bring the plight of immigrants to anywhere around the world. If you pay close attention, America isn’t the only country going through similar issues. We just want for the Government to give them a break. That’s where the title for the album stems from. Like coming to a new world will be the answer to all your problems, when instead there is a whole bunch of new issues.” The law, which President Barack Obama himself criticised, also gives police broader powers to detain anyone suspected of being in the country illegally. The resounding agreement between the six-piece was in order to make one of the most anger-laced albums in their history, at least in the lyrical realm, the music had to suit. Stepping away from the more experimental

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Latin-ties of their previous recording, Enigma (2008), they vied for an all-out assault of the senses. “ We d e c i d e d t o l e t t h e L a t i n production breathe a bit more and bring the raw energy back,” Chavarri says. “We had many discussions about what direction we wanted to take the band in and we all came to the same conclusion; our roots. We realised that when people first started to like Ill Nino, it was because of our rawness. So we decided to go back and try and recapture what we did on Revolution Revolucion (2001). But, of course, with a more contemporary outlook. “We got Eddie (Wohl) back on-board to mix again; he did Revolution… We also reverted to the writing style we used for that album, where we jammed and edited out a lot. It’s odd, because on all the albums after Revolution…, we tended to over think and not jam everything out as much. A lot of bands get into this rut. So we let that go and stuck to the spontaneity and attitude, without over analysing everything. But one of the main ways were able to modernise our approach was to get everyone involved; no one was left out.” Quite literally, in terms of production. Charvarri, who has taken up the reins on every album since their debut, was joined by frontman Machado, bassist Laz Pina and lead guitarist Ahrue Luster. Sevendust’s Clint Lowery and Ra’s Sahaj Ticotin also co-produced the album.

“It was definitely a full house,” Chavarri laughs. “We co-produced two songs with Sahaj. And we’ve wanted to work with Clint for a long time; he is such a great songwriter. We just decided this was the way to go, doing the album as a whole band.” And Ill Nino have learnt that strength comes from sticking together, as the success of fourth LP proved. A trying time for the outfit, last year saw the split from Cement Shoes Records. Although Enigma still sold more than 80,000 copies worldwide, Chavarri points to this being due to the band’s work ethic; not help from their former label. “Enigma sold more records worldwide than our third album,” he states. “We out sold everywhere, but America. The label went bankrupt about a week after the album was released. So we basically toured our arses off to get any response in America. Three US tours in 15 months is hardcore. It sucked because we like to stick with labels that give a shit about their bands. But they just couldn’t deliver for us. “Now, at Victory Records, we feel like we’re home. I’d been talking to them for about six months prior to us moving and they really believe in the band. I just think a lot of the major labels have lost interest in the bands because of downloading. Victory has our back and we are very thankful for our fans sticking by us during that time.”


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ILL NINO The Revolucion Latino American metallers Ill Nino have always been an outfit that held their origins vehemently at their core. But with their fifth studio release, Dead New World, this six-piece have taken things up a notch.JESSICAWILLOUGHBY talks to drummer Dave Chavarri ahead of their slot at Soundwave on Monday, March 7. Ill Nino, the well-known Latino American “WE WANTED TO WRITE heavy metallers from New Jersey, have a bone to pick. But this is a rind they have A RECORD ABOUT been gnawing at their whole career. Only, after 10 years on the horse, they’ve gotten WHAT IT’S LIKE TO SEE just that little more pissed off about it. THROUGH THE EYES “We wanted to write a record about what it’s like to see through the eyes of an OF AN IMMIGRANT IN immigrant in America,” drummer Dave Chavarri AMERICA. ABOUT ALL explains about the concept behind their latest effort, Dead New World. “About all the different THE DIFFERENT THINGS things they go through. Like dealing with really fucked shit, from having no work, turning to THEY GO THROUGH. LIKE crime to survive and leaving family behind. We DEALING WITH REALLY consciously set out to talk about the prejudices we, as immigrants, deal with.” FUCKED SHIT, FROM Fuelled by the recent enactment of HAVING NO WORK, stringent new illegal immigration law in Arizona, which has made the failure to carry relevant TURNING TO CRIME TO documentation a crime, Chavarri says their fifth studio album was never meant to carry a theme SURVIVE AND LEAVING but the influence of media during the writing FAMILY BEHIND.” process was too hard to ignore. “Cris [Machado, vocals] came to us with the idea, but I don’t think he was trying the forefront. We aren’t just talking about Latinto take a stance or anything,” he says. “He based origins, but anyone who comes from wanted to bring the plight of immigrants to anywhere around the world. If you pay close attention, America isn’t the only country going through similar issues. We just want for the Government to give them a break. That’s where the title for the album stems from. Like coming to a new world will be the answer to all your problems, when instead there is a whole bunch of new issues.” The law, which President Barack Obama himself criticised, also gives police broader powers to detain anyone suspected of being in the country illegally. The resounding agreement between the six-piece was in order to make one of the most anger-laced albums in their history, at least in the lyrical realm, the music had to suit. Stepping away from the more experimental

Ill Nino

Latin-ties of their previous recording, Enigma (2008), they vied for an all-out assault of the senses. “ We d e c i d e d t o l e t t h e L a t i n production breathe a bit more and bring the raw energy back,” Chavarri says. “We had many discussions about what direction we wanted to take the band in and we all came to the same conclusion; our roots. We realised that when people first started to like Ill Nino, it was because of our rawness. So we decided to go back and try and recapture what we did on Revolution Revolucion (2001). But, of course, with a more contemporary outlook. “We got Eddie (Wohl) back on-board to mix again; he did Revolution… We also reverted to the writing style we used for that album, where we jammed and edited out a lot. It’s odd, because on all the albums after Revolution…, we tended to over think and not jam everything out as much. A lot of bands get into this rut. So we let that go and stuck to the spontaneity and attitude, without over analysing everything. But one of the main ways were able to modernise our approach was to get everyone involved; no one was left out.” Quite literally, in terms of production. Charvarri, who has taken up the reins on every album since their debut, was joined by frontman Machado, bassist Laz Pina and lead guitarist Ahrue Luster. Sevendust’s Clint Lowery and Ra’s Sahaj Ticotin also co-produced the album.

“It was definitely a full house,” Chavarri laughs. “We co-produced two songs with Sahaj. And we’ve wanted to work with Clint for a long time; he is such a great songwriter. We just decided this was the way to go, doing the album as a whole band.” And Ill Nino have learnt that strength comes from sticking together, as the success of fourth LP proved. A trying time for the outfit, last year saw the split from Cement Shoes Records. Although Enigma still sold more than 80,000 copies worldwide, Chavarri points to this being due to the band’s work ethic; not help from their former label. “Enigma sold more records worldwide than our third album,” he states. “We out sold everywhere, but America. The label went bankrupt about a week after the album was released. So we basically toured our arses off to get any response in America. Three US tours in 15 months is hardcore. It sucked because we like to stick with labels that give a shit about their bands. But they just couldn’t deliver for us. “Now, at Victory Records, we feel like we’re home. I’d been talking to them for about six months prior to us moving and they really believe in the band. I just think a lot of the major labels have lost interest in the bands because of downloading. Victory has our back and we are very thankful for our fans sticking by us during that time.”


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GRAFTON PRIMARY Flying High Joshua Gardenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s voicemail says â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m caught between worlds right now so please leave a message.â&#x20AC;? And there are many. Not only does this half of Sydney electronic duo Grafton Primary have an eight month old daughter now, his brother Benjamin (other half of the act) recently got married and the boys have only just come off the back of their national tour for their new single, The Eagle. Joshua talks to ANNABEL MACLEAN ahead of the duoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Amplifier show on New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Well I was sort of caught between my own world of everyday reality and editing my photographs, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what I was doing. I have a sideline in the way that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a very keen photographer as well,â&#x20AC;? Joshua says straight up after apologising for missing the call. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been taking a lot of landscape shots; Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve just got this wide angle lens, get some prints, hopefully put a few in cafes around here, maybe sell some, you never know,â&#x20AC;? he elaborates. B o t h h i s a n d n o w B e n j a m i nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interest in photography seems somewhat ironic when talking about the concept inspiring The Eagle. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I guess the song is aboutâ&#x20AC;Ś we are sort of living in this very modern technological age, we can get very caught up in that â&#x20AC;&#x201C; as Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve just been on my computer editing â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and with all the mobile and that, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s that sense of us being really swept up in this technological boom,â&#x20AC;? he explains. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The metaphor of the eagle, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sort of this ancient creature â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a bird that sits way above everyday life looking down on the big picture in a way. So I guess the notion is stepping away from things and seeing the big picture but at the same time having the electronic eagle, we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to go completely back into the past.â&#x20AC;? Having just toured with electronic dance music act Infusion, the duo pushed audiences, re-working old material, playing five new tunes in the set and playing/ trialling with a bass player which added a completely different dimension to the live show. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All the new material went over really well, particularly The Eagle â&#x20AC;&#x201C; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been on the radio, so people kind of tend to know it a bit more. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s such a really rocking straight ahead song,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really in your face and people can really go crazy to it whereas some of the more deeper or kind of complex stuff, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve

â&#x20AC;&#x153;WE WEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;RE DOING A LOT OF DANCING WHEN WE STARTED OUT SO WE WANTED STUFF THAT WE COULD DANCE TO. BUT WE NEVER REALLY SAT DOWN AND SORT OF PLANNED IT OUT, IT JUST HAPPENED TO BE THE SONGS THAT WE MADE AT THE TIME THAT WE THOUGHT WERE THE MOST FUN OR KIND OF GOT US THE MOST EXCITEDâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;? gotta work up to or people have to really be in a certain type of mood to really get it. I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good to challenge people though. It was definitely really cool playing with a four piece, some nights it really worked and some nights it didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work so well.â&#x20AC;? Joshua says the duo tries to make Grafton Primary as live as possible but as a small electronic act, he believes there are lines you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t cross, and having a solid grasp or direct vision of the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sound plays an important role in determining this. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re pretty diverse with what we can create; I mean, we sort of in a way have to narrow our focus in a sense to actually do Grafton Primary because you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t put all your ideas into the one band,â&#x20AC;? he explains. â&#x20AC;&#x153; Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a few bands that can probably pull it off; bands like Outkast seem


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to do anything and ever ything, Groove Armada; theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got sort of dub and reggae type tracks on their album, kind of soul tracks, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got electronic tracks. I think, particularly when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re starting out, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very important to have a fairly focused sound.â&#x20AC;? Strangely, coming to choose â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;the soundâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; of Graf ton Primar y, however, is something Joshua canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t easily pinpoint down to a simple decision. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It sort of just naturally happened... I think there was an unspoken thing where we both definitely wanted to work with synth as opposed to guitars,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing a lot of dancing when we started out so we wanted stuff that we could dance to. But we never really sat down and sort of planned it out, it just happened to be the songs that we made at the time that we thought were the most fun or kind of got us the most excited, and then over time I suppose that sort of just developed into a sound. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We start working on a track, and we can already tell when we start working on it whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a Grafton Primary song or not because occasionally we do write other songs and we go â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;this is a great song but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a Grafton Primary songâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;.â&#x20AC;? The brothers are ver y different people and Joshua says that music is one of the few things they have in common, other than being related. But there is the occasional niggling. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had arguments over things like me wanting to have stuff sor t of simpler and more minimal, and Ben wanting the arrangements to be more complex, more complicated,â&#x20AC;? Joshua reveals. Heading back into the studio early next year to finish off the new album which the boys envisage completing by March/ April, there will be some more reworking of old material and even re-visiting tunes which Joshua believes are now more relevant than ever.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sometimes you write tracks that are sort of ahead of their time and you actually come back to them three or four years later and go â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;ok now this is the time to look at itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard for me to even conceptualise the second half of next year, in terms of the ground to cover between here and there, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot.â&#x20AC;?


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Hey kids. Are you sick and tired of that same old boring metalcore? Well, have I got just the thing for you. The Chariot’s third studio album Long Live is here to save the day, providing some much needed rule-breaking to an evertiring genre. The Chariot have been grinding away at the chains of convention since their debut record in 2004, which was recorded live in the studio. It was clear from then that this Christian hardcore band wasn’t going to do things by the book, unless of course that book was written about a carpenter-come-magician with a beard. Long Live is full of twists and turns that you’re not going to see coming. Right when you think things are going to get heavier, there’s a harp. Right when the song should kick on, it stops. There is absolutely no predictability throughout the record, and when the rest of this genre is now based on predictability, Long Lives comes as a breath of fresh air. While “hear comes the breakdown” metalcore is all but destroying the genre, there are still bands out there like The Chariot pushing the envelope and keeping the genre moving forward – chaotically forward.

Virginian band Thao With The Get Down Stay Down have moved from their native Virginia to San Francisco where the three-piece indie rock outfit appear to have settled in with a bunch of influential friends. Their fourth album Know Better Learn Faster is full of well known guests without pairing down any of Thao Nguyen’s chaotic character. Know Better Learn Faster has been kicking around overseas for the past 12 months, but is finally seeing a release in Australia thanks to the tune When We Swim being used by prime time TV show Offspring as the opening theme. Andrew Bird offers his trademark whistling and sweeping violin to the frenetic title track while Laura Veirs, Shelley Short and Tune-Yards also make their presence felt with a swag of backing vocals during this angular collection of break up songs, including the scuzzy Goodbye Goodluck and the spacious But What Of The Strangers. Know Better, Learn Faster comes across as sounding like the bastard child of Deerhoof and Cat Power – it’s slightly weird, harmed and pretty all at the same time.



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West Australia’s own Ian Simpson has forged a name for himself playing with some of Australia’s finest songwriters and he teams up here with John Kane to show their passion for chosen instrument – the banjo. The two bluegrass aficionados feel that there is no style of music that the banjo can’t play and take to showcasing this on their instrumental album. The tune that bought the sound of the banjo into almost every household is given a grand airing as the two virtuosos make their way around The Ballad Of Jed Clampett. There are mountain tunes like Cumberland Gap and Devil’s Dream that are played with gusto. Banjo players love to interpret those tunes favoured by the fiddle and here Simpson and Kane add a different flavour to Turkey In The Straw and She’ll Be Coming Round The Mountain. It is the tunes that are made for the instrument in Duelling Banjos and Earl Scruggs Medley that most show off the duo’s prowess. The banjo sure is creeping its way into many a genre with indie artists being quick to adopt the instrument. Few people play it with the precision and charisma of Simpson and Kane. _CHRIS HAVERCROFT

Difficult to pigeonhole, N e w Yo r k i n d i e enthusiasts (and selfprofessed sauerkraut-pastry aficionados) Mon Petit Chou Chou could easily be defined as an art-rock band. However, with elements of multifaceted indie-pop, complex post-rock and ethereal electro noisescapes clearly apparent on recently released debut EP Headlights, the talented trio exude a spontaneous nature throughout their outstanding compositions which lessens their predictability and aptly displays the promise of some truly exciting musical minds. Whether you’re an extroverted indiehipster, introverted post-rocker, or just a good old-fashioned fan of either pop or rock; do yourself a favour and let this triumphant little four-track release win you over. Key Tracks: Headlights and Smash Your Brain. _JENNIFER PETERSON-WARD

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In the two short years since the release of her full length debut, Sugar Lights, Adelaide-turnedSydney-turned-Melbourne singer-songwriter Amaya Laucircia has risen to become one of the brightest young stars on the Australian indie pop scene. On sophomore LP Early Summer, elements of compositions mirror that of her better-established contemporaries Sarah Blasko and Sally Seltmann, as Laucircia meshes emotionally-drenched countrified folk with a pop gleam, all wrapped in swirls of classic bluesrock energy. Providing listeners with songs that describe intimately the needs and weaknesses that often turn relationships into battlefields, this collection of finely crafted tunes displays an honesty and passion which is distinctly female yet completely sexless, a contradiction in terms which may seem unfathomable, but reveals itself delicately from reverb-laden opener This World Can Make You Happy through to self-harmonised closer It’s So Wrong. As Early Summer more than proves, Laucircia is one of a rare few musicians who benefit from playing and saying things exactly as they are; and it is in this simple power that this superb talent exceeds all expectations and positions her as one of Australia’s greatest new songwriters.

While it almost goes without staying that every band’s aspiration is to ingeniously pique the interest of their listeners by reinventing old elements and coupling them with new and creative tones, it seems that Brooklynbased avant-rock duo Buke & Gass’ goal is not necessarily to go without saying, but say it all in the fewest possible breaths. Debut LP Riposte utilises refined remakes of all but two tracks from +/-, their 2008 EP, as the basis of its construction, and while you might wonder why they would recycle material, in this case it’s a strong move. Like a promising short story expanded into a novel, this skilfully-made lo-fi debut conveys a sense of intimacy, grasping at the simplest and purest of human sentiments (fear of mortality, want of companionship, etc) with an urgency and desperation which provides the feeling of a one-to-one conversation between the artist and the listener. Wilfully odd, beautifully hypnotic and with a wonderful lightness of touch, Riposte shares a woozy, woodsy ambience with many _GEORGE GREEN soaring autodidactic pop-rock outfits populating the genre today, however ululating vocals, cello improvisations and foot-propelled percussion rhythms go far to distinguish this promising new talent.

If you’ve been sitting at the lights and have witnessed a guy laughing uncontrollably in his car, chances are you’ve caught me listening to Hamish & Andy’s Celebrating 50 Years – a collection of the best bits of the funnymen’s drive-time radio show over the last five years. The double disc is chocked full of elaborate jokes, phone pranks and all-round hilarity that the two best friends have shared on the air over the last five years. Whilst the CD might not have staying power as the punch lines don’t have the same impact the second time around, there’s still plenty of fun to be had. There’s a certain chemistry between these two that is hard to come by. Blake and Lee both have their obvious roles when it comes to who sets the jokes up and who cracks the punch line, but ultimately it is the way they feed off each other that makes their interaction so funny. With five years of humorous radio behind them, there’s no doubt that Hamish & Andy’s adventures into the world of television are going to be just as entertaining.




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He is one of the highest selling male artists in America and while hip hop carries a stereotype of being music for the low-socioeconomic, Nelly is an astute entrepreneur. From shoe endorsements, selling his share in an NBA team to Michael Jordan, making fitness DVDs and having two clothing lines, he is doing very nicely for himself. His main claim to fame though is as the smooth toned hip hop-come-R&B performer and after two disappointing releases is keen to make his sixth album 5.0 a winner. Naming the album after the model of your car is not a particularly cerebral start, but this isn’t music for brain surgeons. Rap and hip hop has never been about hiding your light under a bushel and Nelly is acutely aware of this as the first words uttered on 5.0 is the proclamation I’m Number 1. Things improve markedly from there when guitar and strings are added to the irrepressible beats of Just A Dream. Chris Brown, T-Pain and Akon drop by to lend a hand with mixed results but Nelly has shown that he is at his best when teaming up with Kelly Rowland and he does so again with Gone, the follow up to 2002’s Dilemma. 5.0 is another hit and miss effort from Nelly, but he is smart enough man to know that it’ll still sell by the bucket load. _CHRIS HAVERCROFT

This Melbourne act’s selfdescription as “heavy, baritone-voiced postpunk ” is reasonably accurate. Vocally there’s plenty of influence from the likes of Ian Curtis and Nick Cave, and there are moments of zaniness that recall ‘80s Matchbox B-Line Disaster—without being anywhere near as intoxicating as any of those acts. This EP is the band’s first and there’s plenty that needs to be ironed out. The distinctive vocals sit uneasily with the scuzzedout guitars that sound more grunge or early‘90s pop-thrash than post-punk, per se. Not that genre swapping is a problem, but the overall mix just sounds kinda shitty—a problem compounded by a pedestrian rhythm section and weak-as-piss drum sound. This is a shame because there are some cool ideas at play, as evidenced by the absurdly mundane lyrics of Lazy Assassin, where vocalist Jim even manages to work in the word ‘crestfallen’. Overall though, the EP really fails to make an impact and sits together awkwardly.

No matter how much money Keith Urban makes (and rest assured he makes a sizeable amount) he is not one to move too far away from his image. He will present in trusty denim jeans and a well worn t-shirt more often that not, has designer messed up hair and a three-day growth that neither gets any longer or shorter in length. The biggest issue with Get Closer is that it suffers from the same fate as his image. It is comfortable and recognisable but it just doesn’t change greatly enough. Effectively Get Closer is a carbon copy of Urban’s past few releases, except it is not as good. Get Closer is littered with Urban’s bread and butter. There are sing at the top of your lungs country rockers like Put You In A Song and Long Hot Summer coupled with love struck ballads like Without You. Nothing here is particularly offensive, it’s just the sound of someone who is loved up and content. It’s fantastic that the country boy can marry a film star and have strange named babies... it’s just that Urban was a far more interesting artist _BEN WATSON when he was an addict.

Before Weezer were essentially a novelty band and making music with the likes of the Jackass crew and Kenny G, they brought out albums – classic albums. The second of which, Pinkerton, saw poor Rivers Cuomo dealing with the success of their self-titled debut album, but not in a heroin and shotgun way like some of his label mates. Unsure of himself and, seemingly, confused about females, he wrote one of the first major label pre-emo albums. Every song seems to show River’s problems. Whether he’s boning girls that don’t mean anything to him on Tired Of Sex; or expressing his affections for girls with tattoos and pet snakes on No Other One; or simply being sceptical about lasting love on Why Bother, Rivers goes through a gamut of turmoil on this classic raw record that was something of a polar opposite to the polished and poppy ‘Blue Album’. The 10 tracks on Pinkerton are all you need. Unfortunately the recently released ‘deluxe reissue’ is just not worth the materials it’s printed on. Instead of dusty gems and raw nuggets, we just learn that Cuomo’s voice is better suited to full band arrangements and not acoustic renditions. Key track: No Other One _MATTHEW HOGAN

It’s a great time to appreciate the craft of pretending to be someone else for a living this week as some of the finest actors around show what they can do. Despite being ridiculously good looking – traits he capitalised on in big studio chaff like Smokin’ Aces and X-Men: Wolverine (as well as the forthcoming Green Lantern), Ryan Reynolds is also very talented and he sometimes shows up in very compelling indie fare like Paper Man. He plays the imaginary superhero friend of washed up writer Jeff Daniels, guiding and at times hindering the latter’s burgeoning friendship with a teenager who comes into his life. You’re also in good hands with Michael Sheen, playing Tony Blair for the third time in The Special Relationship. It was the mid ‘90s and the US and UK – thanks to their liberal respective leaders – formed a geopolitical bond stronger than they ever had before. But while Blair was genuinely trying to better the nation and the world around him, Clinton (played with surprisingly smooth panache by Dennis Quaid) was riding the economic good times and chasing tail. The film shines a light on what the relationship between the two could well have been like, with Blair finally realising that in order to fulfill the legacy he’s been working towards his whole career he might have to cut off the baggage Clinton’s become when impeachment talk starts to build. If you liked The Queen and the little-seen The Deal, this one’s essential.

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OLD SCHOOL SUMMER SOUNDS It’s not just the whippersnappers who’ll have their music tastes catered to this summer with many ‘old school’ performers making their way down under, much to the delight of mature audiences. Read on for a run down of the classic music stars who’ll be performing in Perth in 2011.

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From 1994 right through ’til 2009, the Craigie High School tennis court walls were a place where artists could paint to their hearts’ content without fear of persecution. After 15 years standing tall adorned in murals by local creatives, the walls were sadly demolished last year and now a book is being put together to commemorate and celebrate the artworks that graced this iconic spot. If you have photos, sketches or tales about the artwork or individuals who contributed to the walls, please get in touch with Trevor at

Kenny Rogers Kenny Rogers will bid the good ol’ US of A adieu next year to travel down under for a series of shows with the WA Symphony Orchestra. A country music crooner, Rogers can boast more than 120 hit singles to his name, so his Perth show at the Lake Karrinyup Country Club on Saturday, January 29, is sure to be packed full of all your favourite tunes. Tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster.

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When the sun is shining and the sea breeze is a’blowing, the perfect way to whittle away a Sunday afternoon is at Fremantle Arts Centre enjoying the Courtyard Music program. Running practically every Sunday until the end of March, Courtyard Music sees live performances in the pristine grounds of FAC. As couples, friends and families gather under the trees with picnic blankets and locally brewed beverages, performers take to the stage, and in 2011 punters will get to witness sets from June Smith and The Apple Band on January 2, The Fancy Brothers on January 9, The Honeys on January 16, Don Walker and the Lucky Strikes on January 23 and local lads Split Seconds with support from Goodnight Tiger on January 30. There are plenty more acts lined up for shows in February and March, to find out who’s playing and when head to Entry is free so be sure to head along between 2pm and 4pm any Sunday until March.


The lads from Tripod will take a much needed break from their Dungeons And Dragons exploits next year to face off against one of the most feared mythical creatures ever imagined in their brand spanking new show Tripod Versus The Dragon. Promising new songs, big laughs and more geeky references than you could poke a PS3 controller at, the show will take audiences on musical journey at the Astor Theatre from Tuesday, February 15, ’til Sunday, February 20. Whether you’re a class A nerd or just love a good laugh, you won’t want to miss out on this hilarious new show. Tickets are on sale from BOCS – get yours before Christmas Eve to save some moulah. 26

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Dom Mariani If you grew up listening to the power pop sounds of Perth act The Stems, don’t miss the opportunity to catch frontman Dom Mariani when he takes to the stage of the Fremantle Arts Centre for Courtyard Music on Sunday, February 27. A free show that’s open to all and sundry, the afternoon concert will also feature tunes from The Rippled Souls. Gates open at 2pm and punters are welcome to bring a picnic. Joe Cocker If you love Joe Cocker’s iconic gritty vocals then chances are you’ll be pleased to hear that the seasoned rocker will make his way to Perth with George Thorogood And The Destroyers in tow for A Day On The Green at Sir James Mitchell Park in South Perth on Saturday, February 19. With more Grammys, Golden Globes and Academy Awards under his belt than you could poke a guitar at, Joe Cocker is one heck of a music icon who is bound to put on a great show next February. Tickets are on sale now from Ticketmaster.


Acclaimed comedian, puppeteer and all round performer Tim Watts will head down to Mandurah in February to give the south west a taste for his acclaimed solo show The Adventures Of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer. Since premiering the show at the Blue Room Theatre last year, Watts has toured the production all around the world, including sell-out seasons at the New York International Fringe Festival and the Adelaide Fringe Festival. Set in the deep blue sea, the show follows a solitary explorer as he searches for his long lost love. Find out what all the fuss is about when Watts hits the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre from Monday, February 21, ’til Wednesday, February 23. Bookings can be made by calling (08) 9550 3900 or visiting

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Sting Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, known to most as Sting, will pack his bags and head down under next year for what promises to be a captivating live show at Sandalford Wines in the Swan Valley. On Saturday, January 22, Sting will take to the stage at Sandalford to perform tracks from his extensive back catalogue including Every Breath You Take, Fields Of Gold and hits from The Police such as Message In A Bottle and Roxanne. Tickets are on sale now from Ticketek.

Mark Seymour and James Reyne If you’re a fan of Australian Crawl or Hunters & Collectors, you certainly won’t want to miss Live At The Quarry’s spectacular concerts featuring Mark Seymour and James Reyne, taking place at the picturesque Quarry Amphitheatre in Floreat next year. Two of the four shows have already sold out but punters can still get their hands on tickets for performances on Saturday, January 29, and Sunday, January 30. Expect to hear classic hits and a combined encore that promises to blow you away. Tickets are on sale now via Ticketmaster.


If you’re a budding director looking to share your short films with local audiences then the folks at the Margaret River Shorts Festival want to hear from you! Now in its fifth year, the Margaret River Shorts Festival recognises excellence in a variety of fields, with cash prizes awarded to those with the Best Film, Best Southwest Film, Best Grommet Film, Best Surf/Sports Film and the film that gets the Best Audience Reaction. Entrants’ films will be screened at the Colonial Brewery in Margaret River on Saturday, March 26, and Sunday, March 27. If you’re keen to get involved, head to

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Tina Arena with WASO Since rising to fame as a child star in the 1970s, Tina Arena has become a household name in Australia. Responsible for hits such as I Want To Know What Love Is and Chains, the amazing Ms Arena will head to Perth for concerts with the WA Symphony Orchestra on Friday, April 8, and Sunday, April 10, at the Perth Concert Hall. Bookings can be made through BOCS.

West Coast Blues ‘N’ Roots Never ones to disappoint, the folks at the West Coast Blues ‘N’ Roots have organised one hell of a shindig on Sunday, April 17, with their festival boasting sets from legendary performers such as Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello And The Imposters, Grace Jones, Mavis Staples and many more. Whether you love Bob Dylan’s folk rock, or are a fan of Grace Jones’ electronic pop, you won’t be disappointed by this incredible festival. Tickets are on sale now via

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Directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner Starring Kristin Scott-Thomas, Melusine Mayance, Neils Arestrup, Frederic Pierrot and Aidan Quinn Sarah’s Key is a movie as gripping as it is emotional. It is certainly not one of those movies you can say you enjoyed watching, but I was engrossed from the very first moment until the conclusion. The movie is based on the novel by the same name, written by journalist Tatiana de Rosney. It tells two distinct stories that slowly become more and more intertwined as the film progresses. The first story is set in present day Paris and follows US journalist Julia Jarmond (Kristin Scott-Thomas). Julia begins researching an article about the horrific but largely forgotten 1942 round up and deportation of thousands of Jewish families in Paris by the local police. When Julia finds an obscure connection to her own family she becomes obsessed with one particular family who she believes may have lived in the flat her husband grew up in and is now renovating for them and their own daughter to move into. She is determined to find out if her family has a connection to the events that happened in 1942 and intends to uncover the fate of the original occupants. The alternate story follows Sarah, played incredibly brilliantly by 10-year-old Melusine Mayance. Sarah’s family is among those who are rounded up from their Paris apartment and deported to the camps. The pivotal moment of the story occurs when Sarah protects her younger brother from the police by locking him

in a closet and lying about his whereabouts. Once the family realises they won’t be released, Sarah is driven to find a way to return and free her brother. It is hard to imagine how these two stories can be artfully woven together, particularly as Sarah’s story is entirely in French with sub-titles whereas Julia’s is in English, but it is done quite masterfully. This story shows us the depth of cruelty people can be capable of and the devastating toll religious bigotry can have and has had in our history. It’s not all dark though; this story is wonderfully interspersed with moments of beauty, laughter and random acts of generosity, compassion and kindness. The sets and costumes are outstanding and make it far easier to adjust to the switches in timeline. It must have been incredibly difficult to replicate some of what they needed to for this film, particularly the stadium in which many of the Jewish families were kept without access to food or sanitation, but they pulled it off. There really is no point during the film where you feel inclined to question the realism of the story; you are too busy being pulled emotionally into the tale as it unfolds. I found this movie incredibly sad and difficult to watch in parts, but I am glad I saw it. It revealed historical events that I had no idea had even occurred and gave a deep and emotional insight into a life far removed from our own comfortable existence. If you enjoyed Sophie’s Choice, then this is the kind of film you will love to see. Take tissues.


of his character is revealed in tiny, telling details Directed by Sofia Coppola Starring Stephen Dorff, Elle Fanning, Chris - in one scene he lies that a broken arm is the Pontius result of a stunt mishap, to general disbelief; in the next scene he’s wearing a Stuntman’s “Write what you know” can be a very useful Association shirt, to shore up not only his own axiom, and it’s one that Sofia Coppola certainly lies, but also his sense of self worth. It’s delicate cleaves to. A child of fame, wealth and privilege touches like these that allow us ingress into - she is, of course, one of those Coppolas - a character who would otherwise remain an her films have thus far dealt exclusively with enigma. the problems of the cultural and social elite, Other characters drift in and out of exposing the devastating hollowness that is the elegiac narrative - Chris Pontius of Jackass hidden under all the glitz and glamour. It can be fame is enjoyable as Johnny’s childhood friend somewhat distancing - an audience struggling Sammy, and Benicio del Toro and Michelle through the tail end of the GFC might find it Monaghan lend their famous faces to fleeting hard to emphasise with Coppola’s invariably cameos - but the focus is firmly on the dynamic wealthy characters - but at their best, her films between Johnny and Cleo. It’s here, in the space reveal a commonality of experience that draw between the boy grown old and the gifted but the audience into her subjects’ inner lives. emotionally vulnerable girl that the heart of The latest to go under the microscope is Hollywood actor Johnny Marco (Stephen Dorff). the film lies, and so much hinges on Johnny’s Ensconced at the iconic Chateau Marmont, questionable ability to put his daughter’s needs Johnny is clearly a lost soul, wandering through ahead of his own id. It’s a subtle kind of drama, an endless procession of parties, sordid sexual but enough to propel the film to a strange and encounters and press responsibilities like a ambiguous conclusion. Coppola has trod this path before, ghost. He only shows signs of life when he spends time with his precocious 11 year old notably in the celebrated Lost In Translation, daughter, Cleo (Elle Fanning), but it’s only when with its similar setting and dénouement, but forced to spend a longer than usual period of she remains a trustworthy guide. Her ability time with her that he begins to get an inkling to unearth deep humanity from beneath superficial surfaces is a rare gift, and one worth that he needs to change his lifestyle. Somewhere is a character study, more savouring. While Somewhere will no doubt be concerned with observation than forward overshadowed by the blockbusters that crowd momentum, and close attention is required to the holiday season, it’s a film of rare grace, and wring real meaning from the text. Johnny is a will richly reward the more discerning viewer. broken manchild, ostensibly an alpha male, but _TRAVIS JOHNSON _ALECIA HANCOCK clearly longing for love and approval. So much

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GULLIVER’S TRAVELS Economy Class Directed by Rob Letterman to its hackneyed moral lesson about being Starring Jack Black, Jason Segel, Emily Blunt, honest and true to yourself, you’ll be too Amanda Peet, Chris O’Dowd, Billy Connolly numbed by the preceding hour of inanity to even notice how cheap and obsequious the There’s a moment early on in Gulliver’s Travels whole exercise is. where a co-worker informs Jack Black’s Perhaps the greatest tragedy of eponymous hero that he, as a person, has Gulliver’s Travels is how such a talented cast peaked; this is as good as it’s going to get, and it has been wasted on such dross. Jason Segel, just plain isn’t that great. It’s an awkward scene, so good in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, struggles because the barb could be just as easily directed to get any mileage out of his thankless role at Black himself. High Fidelity and School Of Rock as Gulliver’s Lilliputian best bud, while The were a long time ago, and his rock’n’roll loser I.T. Crowd’s Chris O’Dowd chews the scenery act is starting to wear thin. Unfortunately for as the nominal villain of the piece, but only him, Gulliver’s Travels does nothing to curtail his comes across as annoying and needy. The downward spiral. legendary Billy Connolly, meanwhile, just Simply put, the film is a complete sleepwalks through the film as the King of mess; a lazy, cynical and senseless exercise in Lilliput, perhaps daydreaming of ways to punish digging for the lowest common denominator. his agent. On the distaff side, none of the Every joke is forced, every action beat entirely female performances are worth mentioning, contrived, every performance hollow. Line by but this is a more a function of the poor script line and element by element, it’s a terrible than any failing of talent. Amanda Peet and movie. An updated backstory, wherein Black’s Emily Blunt suffer in underwritten roles that Gulliver is a mailroom worker who bags a travel could have been played by almost anyone, and writing assignment to the Bermuda Triangle Catherin Tate’s part as the Lilliputian Queen and finds himself shipwrecked on Lilliput, is could have been excised without anyone quickly dispensed with so we can get to the noticing, so small and unrewarding it is. effects-heavy meat of the film, where Gulliver There is a demographic for Gulliver’s introduces the diminutive natives to the joys of Travels, albeit a small one, and if you have any Guitar Hero, Star Wars, and other refinements of catastrophically simple-minded children in modern living. It’s here that you’d expect to be your care, or coma patients that you’re trying able to leverage some enjoyment out of the to convince to go into the light, then the film is film, but every comedy setpiece is just a pop well worth the price of admission. Anyone else culture reference or act of product placement is advised to avoid this crime against cinema wrapped in some of the worst effects work like the plague. _TRAVIS JOHNSON in recent memory. By the time the film gets

we get to watch two of the greatest foxtrot around Directed by Tom Hooper Starring Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena each other beautifully. The other striking element of The King’s Bonham Carter Speech is that there is a complete absence of In the latest filmic offering by Tom Hooper, King malice or cruelty in the entire film. There is no George the VI overcomes his personal, public villain, no spiteful, jealous character out to destroy speaking demons by enlisting the unorthodox anyone who stands in their way, no moustache and irreverent Australian voice coach Lionel Logue. twirling what-so-ever. Even Hitler, who makes a What follows is the story of personal triumph over few appearances via old newsreels, is to a degree terrifying obstacles, all taking place in the arena admired for his ability for public address. In a genre of depression era England as Europe and indeed where it is often easy to find characters lost in the the world, prepares for the theatre of World War II. ignorance of their period worldviews, warring with What becomes clear, and becomes clear the enlightened protagonist, director Tom Hooper very quickly is that although this film is taking a has steered clear of this completely. The result of fairly predictable premise - a man’s triumph over these seemingly ongoing choices, is something himself - the delivery of that premise is anything quite moving and hopefully foretelling for future but commonplace and is by all accounts simply films, future Australian films at least. The film asks the audience to understand extraordinary. The interaction between Bertie aka King each character, even those whose behaviour is George (Colin Firth) and Lionel (Geoffrey Rush) is no suspect. This is where the film finds its strength, it doubt the foundation upon which the entire film is incredibly life-like. Even for a period piece where triumphs. The delicate and masterful portrayal of we see the invention of the radio being a similar their characters is a sight rarely seen in modern inconvenience for public figures as YouTube and day motion pictures. Rush and Firth both hold Twitter is today, it feels as modern as a Sat Nav and a powerful presence on screen, reminding the a latte chino. The drama moves away from being viewer of similarly intense performances by Daniel Shakespearean and becomes truly authentic. It is interesting to note The King’s Day Lewis in There Will Be Blood or Heath Ledger in Speech is an Australian/UK co-production. The last Brokeback Mountain. They are Bertie and Lionel. It is incredibly satisfying to watch Australian film which was arguably as good as this brilliant actors interact and convey characters that was 2005’s The Proposition, also co produced with are at once completely believable and undeniably those across the pond. With results such as these, compelling. Acting can be compared to abstract perhaps we can hold off on the Republic for just a painting, in the sense that anyone can have a crack little while longer. at it, some can get away with it, but really there are _ADAM MORRIS only a few great masters, and in The King’s Speech

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HEARTBEATS Love Triangle Directed by Xavier Dolan Resembling an extended film clip Starring Xavier Dolan, Niels Schneider, Monia for a trendy, young band with a fondness for Chokri cinematography (here’s looking at you El Guincho), Heartbeats is a pleasure to look at but struggles to Just like Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette, there’s draw you in with its story. To be honest, you could not much narrative substance to Heartbeats, but probably watch this film with the volume down boy oh boy is it one heck of a beautifully shot, all and subtitles switched off and still get the same round good looking film. Written, directed and effect as if your were watching the original. starring 21 year old wunderkind Xavier Dolan, Though the dialogue is at times witty, Heartbeats tells a cautionary tale about two close there isn’t much of a plot – Dolan doesn’t seem to friends Francis (Xavier Dolan) and Marie (Monia care too much about what happens, more how it Chokri) who both fall head over heels for the same happens. Though he’s barely legal, this young film curly haired lad. maker certainly has an amazing eye for cinema, The French Canadian answer to crafting stunning frames that will delight those vampire heartthrob Robert Pattinson, Nicolas with a penchant for pretty pictures. (Niels Schneider) is a living, breathing modern day In terms of the cast, Dolan, Schneider Adonis who quickly captures the attention of our and Chokri really excel. The trio are friends in protagonists and ends up reeking havoc with their friendship. Unaware or perhaps uncaring of the real life and this translates to great chemistry turmoil he’s creating in his admirers’ lives, Nicolas on screen, which is vital for a film about a love flirts unashamedly with both Marie and Francis, triangle. There’s no doubt that Xavier Dolan is a talented young chap – he is a fantastic actor and sending mixed signals to both camps. From the very first moment the pair director - but he should probably leave the writing meet Nicolas, neither is sure which team he bats for to someone else. If you wear your jeans tight, ride a fixie – he’s touchy feely with Francis and loves Audrey Hepburn but flirts with girls and likes to gaze into and have ironic facial hair (or love boys who do), this flick’s for you. Marie’s eyes… Curiouser and curiouser. Full of seductive slow motion shots matched with a fantastic score, featuring the likes Heartbeats screens as part of the Perth of The Knife and Dalida doing a delightful Italian International Arts Festival’s Lotterywest Festival cover of Cher’s Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down), Films season as Somerville from Monday, Heartbeats is most definitely a film for the hipsters. December 27, ’til Sunday, January 2; and at With the same sensibility as Australia’s own Frankie Joondalup Pines from Monday, January 3, ’til Magazine, the composition of shots in Heartbeats Sunday, January 9. is flawless – you could take just about any frame, print it and put it up in a photography gallery. _EMMA BERGMEIER

It’s rare to find anyone who writes, directs and stars in their own films and even rarer to find someone who does all three and is only 21 years of age. Canadian actor, director and writer Xavier Dolan is one such rarity, with two full length films already under his belt. Back in 2009 Dolan released his first feature I Killed My Mother, and it didn’t take long for the film industry to sit up and take note. After garnering acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival with his first cinematic offering, Dolan began work on his second feature, Heartbeats, which is currently screening as part of the Lotterywest Festival Films season. Just like I Killed My Mother, Heartbeats is loosely based on Dolan’s personal experiences, charting the relationship between two friends who get trapped in a love triangle with a mysterious man. “Writing is so personal and it takes so much time and energy so you put a lot of yourself into it,” Dolan tells X-Press down the line from his home town of Montreal. “Even if it’s an alien story there’s such an involvement that you can’t help talking about yourself somehow. It seems narcissistic but it’s true. “I’m young so I don’t have a lot of choices – I want my writing and my stories to be interesting so I have to have this empirical approach and take into account my life, my memories, my stories and my past. My third film Laurence Anyways is fictional – I had to imagine a lot of things and it’s not that close to my life, in fact it’s not close to my life at all.” When ask ed why he chose to undertake the massive task of writing, directing

and starring in his first two films, Dolan reveals that it all comes down to control – he knows what he wants and being involved in all facets of the production process helps him achieve his vision. “I’ve always been an actor since I was four years old. I couldn’t bare the idea of not acting. I actually wrote and directed I Killed My Mother in order to be the only one who could play the lead. That was the reason why I decided to act in my own film. I was unemployed and it seemed like it was the only way to make a film – to write and direct and give myself a role. I’ve always written since I was a kid and directing, even though it was the only option I had to be able to act in my first film, it became a new passion I discovered afterwards. I love to direct.” Though he’s relatively new to the whole directing caper Dolan excels at it, crafting beautiful shot after beautiful shot which creates a visual feast for those who seek out his films. For Heartbeats Dolan tried his darndest to recreate the feelings we experience when in love. “In Heartbeats because it talks about love and people who are madly, blindly infatuated with others, it just seemed logical to me to pay as much attention to the aesthetic of the film in order to portray with accuracy the feeling of awe in which we are when we’re in love. Characters are in slow motion, the colours, the costumes, the songs – all the visual aspects of the film were very important because love magnifies things.” _EMMA BERGMEIER

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PIAF 2011 THEATRE PROGRAM Putting On A Show The Perth International Arts Festival runs from features no less than nine productions, including Friday, February 11, ’til Monday, March 7. For two world premieres and two Australian premieres. full program details and to purchase tickets Spurred on by a desire to reach out to visit a diverse range of audiences, Magadza explains she was compelled to find a balance between As PIAF’s Artistic Director Shelagh Magadza attests: presenting the big-budget productions, and risky “There really is no other experience like the work that may not have mainstream appeal with excitement you feel as the lights go down and plays that are “really well made” and “a great night out” for the upcoming festival season. the curtain rises.” “It’s very easy to cater the performance Kicking off her final season in the role, Magadza has unveiled a thrilling, edgy and diverse program to one particular group of regular theatre 2011 theatre program, set to feature the finest in goers, but I’m hoping the diverse experiences on offer in 2011 will encourage a lot of people local, international, new and familiar voices. “2011’s performance program reflects who don’t usually go to the theatre to give live our continued commitment to a celebration of performance a go,” she says. The decision to program around each international excellence in arts practice,” Magadza explains of the packed theatre program, which particular venue – His Majesty’s Theatre, the Regal

Theatre, the Octagon Theatre, the Astor Theatre, the Subiaco Arts Centre and the brand new Heath Ledger Theatre – is another key part of Magadza’s approach to programming. Roughly speak ing, ‘big tick et ’ productions sit at the Heath Ledger Theatre, the more risky or experimental works sit at the Octagon, the Astor and Subiaco Arts Centre, and your “feel-good” theatre lives at the Regal and His Majesty’s theatres. “The program has been arranged primarily in terms of what performance we feel sits best in each venue – visually, and also in terms of the audience’s expectations. With the availability of the new State Theatre spaces we’ve been able to go to town on some of the largerscale productions,” Magadza explains, reiterating:

“in the end, it all comes down to the nature of the individual events.” With the GFC in the recent past, it’s no small achievement that after a little over 36 months in the hot seat and three seasons executed, Magadza’s tenure has so far seen unprecedented growth in audience numbers with more than 200,000 West Australians attending theatre-based Festival events last year – a figure which is sure to increase as local audiences lap up the array of lively entertainment on offer during the 2011 theatre season. Summing it up perfectly, Magadza concludes: “A ticket to the 2011 season is a ticket to a great night out.” _JENNIFER PETERSON-WARD


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Direct from the UK comes Kneehigh Theatre’s dark, witty and highly original take on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale of a young girl and her magical red shoes. This vibrant, witty and dark tale sees a wonderfully warped cast dipping into music, mime, dance and devilishness to entertain while reminding audiences to be careful what they wish for. “With shades of both light and dark, this vicious little story is beautifully executed and thoroughly enjoyable. I think this grisly fairytale adaptation will be one of the ‘hot tickets’ for the performance season.”

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From West Australian theatre company Yirra Yaakin comes Australia’s first all indigenous original music theatre work Waltzing The Wilarra, which showcases the talents of Australia’s leading Indigenous theatre makers and features an all-star cast, which includes iconic actor Ernie Dingo. Set against a backdrop of curfews and the fear of arrest for consorting, Magadza explains that audiences will be taken on a musical journey back to 1940s post-war Perth, which describes the intolerable weight of our racial past whilst still succeeding as “feel-good” entertainment. “Waltzing The Wilarra is a strong Australian story encompassing an important time in Perth’s history. Apart from being an excellent, highly entertaining piece full of light and music and fun, this ambitious story is important to have. This groundbreaking new performance is local theatre at its best.”


For those looking for an intimate, powerful theatre experience Magadza suggests The New York Theatre Company’s production of Aftermath. Based on the firsthand accounts of Iraqi citizens who fled the violence and chaos of their country following the arrival of the Americans in 2003, the performance puts a human face on the Iraqi invasion, its effect on the lives of ordinary people and the heartbreak and hope of survivors, offering a transformative and touching performance experience like no other. “While it may be easier for audiences to shy away from this performance due to its confronting nature and controversial subject matter, I encourage people not to be afraid to challenge themselves. These are real stories told in a way which you simply can’t help but be touched by.”




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Peggy Guggenheim: A Collection In Venice, Art Gallery Of WA, Perth Cultural Centre, Perth. In Peggy Guggenheim: A Collection In Venice, art fans can gain a rare insight into Guggenheim’s love of art, in particular her strong affinity for two key artistic movements of 20th century modern art: Surrealism and Abstraction. Also on display will be personal photos and items which belonged to Peggy, such as a pair of her famous sunglasses. The exhibition will present the vitality created by the combination of European and American artists that transformed Modernist art throughout the world, and will feature works by Pablo Picasso, Max Ernst, René Magritte, Piet Mondrian, Constantin Brancusi, Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollock. Exhibition runs ’til Monday, January 31. Frozen In Time, Fremantle Arts Centre, 1 Finnerty Street, Fremantle. Canadian artist Nathalie Daoust presents a series of delicately hand-coloured photographs from the picturesque Alps in her Perth International Arts Festival exhibition. Frozen In Time is a record of the artist’s response to the landscape during a six-month residency in Switzerland. Offset by the perfect whitewashed backdrops, luminescent figures appear in awkward and unexpected places, creating a landscape that drifts between dream and reality. Exhibition opens on Saturday, January 29, and runs ’til Sunday, March 20.

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are revealed and we discover that reconciliation is more than saying sorry. A teaming of two of Australia’s leading Indigenous theatre makers, David Milroy (Windmill Baby) and Wesley Enoch (The Sapphires), Waltzing The Wilarra is an original music theatre work featuring an all-star Indigenous cast. Season opens on Thursday, February 3, and runs ’til Sunday, March 6. Bookings can be made at The Red Shoes, Octagon Theatre, University Of WA, Nedlands. How far would you go to stop dancing? A young girl tricks her blind stepmother into buying her a pair of risqué red shoes. After dancing, spinning and revelling wildly in the freedom of her sensual new prize, she is horrified to discover the shoes won’t come off ... or stop dancing. Luckily one man has the chops to provide a solution. This dark, witty and highly original take on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic story presented as part of the Perth International Arts Festival sees a wonderfully warped cast dipping into music, mime, dance and devilishness to entertain while reminding us of life’s precariousness. Season opens on Friday, February 11, and runs ’til Saturday, February 19. Bookings can be made at



Cinderella, Quarry Amphitheatre, 1 Waldron Drive, City Beach. In 2011 the Perth City Ballet will proudly present a full length production of Prokofiev’s Cinderella. With direction by Diana Waldron, Cinderella will feature artists such as Allan Girod and Shane Adamczack (as the ugly stepsisters), plus Sarah Sutcliffe and Sergey Pevnev. Season opens on Wednesday, January 19, and runs ’til Saturday, January 22. Bookings can be made through Ticketmaster.

Marnie Kent Quintet, December 30 Ellington Jazz Club; bookings through

Waltzing The Wilarra, Subiaco Arts Centre, 180 Hammersley Road, Subiaco. Join Charlie, Elsa and Fay as they take you on a musical journey back to 1940s post-war Perth. Against a backdrop of curfews, and the fear of arrest for consorting, whites and blacks manage to form their own club. For a night they can experience rare happy times singing, dancing and with a little luck... find romance! Forty years on, as the club faces demolition, our three characters stage a musical reunion in protest. The trio reflects upon loves lost and found, dark secrets

Imelda May, December 26 Howard Park Winery; bookings through BOCS.

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, January 13 Rosemount Hotel; bookings through BOCS. Kenny Rogers With WASO, January 29 Lake Karrinyup Country Club; bookings through Roy Ayers, February 12 Beck’s Music Box; bookings through The Unthanks, February 13 Beck’s Music Box; bookings through

Genevieve Thauvette: Beheld, Perth Centre For Photography, 91 Brisbane Street, Northbridge. Genevieve Thauvette presents self-portraits in the guises of important women artists of the 20th century – all of whom were eclipsed at times by the men they inspired. From Georgia O’Keefe to Frida Kahlo, the series is an assertive yet enigmatic portrayal of women artists and artistic developments by women throughout the century. Genevieve Thauvette: Beheld is on display as part of the Perth International Arts Festival’s Visual Arts program. Exhibition opens on Saturday, February 12, and runs ’til Saturday, March 12.

VISUAL ARTS They, Freerange Gallery, 339 Wellington Street, Perth. They continues an articuratorial project for Nick Mahony and Ben Waters. They are it. They did it. It is not a collective. It always starts with them or should it be they. They are curators dressed as artists. It is a collaboration of sorts, if only sequentially. It certainly has a beginning and a narrative and an opening and a context and an ending. Exhibition runs ’til Saturday, January 1 . Imaginopolis, Breadbox Gallery, 233 James Street, Northbridge. If you could take a peek inside the creative mind of Perth installation artist Rose Skinner you might see something that resembles Imaginopolis: a spellbinding realm of surreal bubblegum coloured landscapes, teeming with bizarre dreamlike creatures, quirky sounds, delicious smells, sweet tastes, and whimsical lighting. Imaginopolis has been under construction for the last five months and is inspired by the likes of Dr Seuss, Tim Burton and Lewis Carol. Exhibition runs ’til Sunday, January 9.

Port City exudes an energy that only port cities have, and artists of all generations have gathered here and made this city their home. They’ve created a place to live and work, which fuels their craft and surrounds their lives. Home Open is an exhibition which tells the story of Fremantle and the environments people make to sustain their lives. A sprawling meditation on the multiplicity of our creative minds, Home Open reflects the diversity and energy of our artists and their homes. Artists create environments that reflect who they are and what they make. With an eye for design and attention to detail, they collect furniture, art, objects and artifacts that continue to inspire and motivate. Exhibition runs ’til Sunday, January 23.

Insider Art – Recent Work By WA Prisoners, Prison Gallery, Gatehouse of Fremantle Prison, Fremantle. Featuring work by current WA inmates, Insider Art features contemporary artworks produced by prisoners from across the state, including Roebourne, Broome, Bunbury, Karnet, Hakea, Acacia and Casuarina and has a strong representation of Aboriginal art. The exhibition also features pieces created Home Open, Fremantle Arts Centre, 1 and crafted in the various prison industries Finnerty Street, Fremantle. workshops around the State. Fremantle has always been a hive of creativity Exhibition runs ’til Sunday, January and inspiration. Western Australia’s historic 30.

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A new, exciting journey begins When you start your journey at ECU, you’ll find that we do things differently. Our approach to learning is based around the needs of our students and what employers say they’re really looking for. We work very closely with industry, and our courses reflect this ‘real world’ contact. They balance theory and practice to help you hit the workplace running whether you’re starting your future career or advancing your current one. We’re in constant partnership with industry bodies and individual, community and government organisations to make sure our courses – and your knowledge – stay fully up-to-date. At ECU, you’ll get plenty of access to lecturers and the full support of our friendly staff. Our flexible degrees and entry pathways can help you fit study around your busy life. We’ve over 400 courses for you to choose from. So you can combine a diverse range of major, minors and elective studies. We also have an exciting range of double degrees. At ECU, we’ll equip you with the knowledge, confidence and practical skills to deal with whatever challenges are thrown your way, making you a relevant and valuable employee, wherever you are in the world. Relevance, support, accessibility and engagement; these are the four principles that affect everything that we do. Now’s the time to take a closer look at our study areas, and find the combination of courses that best suits your future plans. ȸ̅Vʏʼʞʼɾ͆ɇ̅Zʌɗʧʏ˷̈˨͆̅Ȟ̅ Environmental Science












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Changing your preferences? Check out your options online If you’re thinking about changing your uni course, now’s the time to change your preferences. The best place to start is with our new Online Course Finder at Simply enter your score, select an area you’re interested in and our Course Finder will give you a range of exciting options to choose from.

So what do our students think? University is one of the most exciting adventures you will ever experience! It marks the beginning of a new journey towards your future career and opens up a fascinating new phase of your life. No two students’ experience of university and campus life is the same. So, why not listen to what some of our students have to say.

‘I have loved my time at ECU! From my incredible experience in the WA Business Icon ompetition, my career is now heading in a very exciting direction – I’m starting my own business.’ Rebecca Olsen – ECU Business student

‘With ECU’s Sport Management Degree, I hit the ground running. The hand-on nature of my course gave me the advantage of being job-ready.’ Ben Smith – ECU Sport Management graduate

‘Becoming a teacher has made me a valued member of the community.’ Sam Miller – ECU Health and Physical Education Teaching graduate

‘My lecturers were passionate and committed.’ Karina Inostroza – ECU Marine & Freshwater Biology Honours Student

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WELCOME TO E.T.C. School is over. Leavers is over (your body loves you). Summer is coming and the future is closer than you think. As much as some of you might not want to consider more study right now, you should at least start thinking about what you might like to do come next year. Choosing your university or institution can be an frustrating process so X-Press gives you this Education & Training feature to mull over and hopefully make this process a little bit easier. There are so many pathways you can take, more than what we can cover in here, but the important thing to do is think about what direction or course you might like to study, whether you’d like to take time off or perhaps go on exchange or even do an apprenticeship. The next step is to keep abreast of application processes. No one wants to miss out on getting into the course they so badly want to get into because of one little thing called “I missed the application deadline.” I n s i d e t h i s m a g, yo u w i l l f i n d overviews of universities and institutions and the types of courses that they offer. There is also some information on short courses (if you want to take time out from study), life as a

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UNIVERSITY OR TAFE/INSTITUTES? The most common study options these days involve either going to a university or choosing a TAFE (or “Institute” as they are now called) to get your tertiary study cracking. Studying at university: Generally, courses at universities are longer than those at institutes. They require a lot of academic and assessment work throughout the course of each semester. There are exams and lectures and tutorials to attend. Courses vary in size dependent on the university and the course itself. So for example, UWA (University of Western Australia) have much larger lectures, we’re talking hundreds of people in one lecture, compared to say, Notre Dame, which has smaller, more intimate lectures in some courses. Universities tend to offer a broad range of courses in the fields of medicine, law, engineering, science and arts. With courses like science and arts, you can often pick and

choose electives or subjects which interest you to study; there is a lot more flexibility than in courses like medicine or law. At universities, you can work towards completing a degree, double degree, honours or a masters in your chosen field of study. Studying at TAFE/Institutes: TAFE is practical. For people looking to get their hands dirty, learn practical skills and gain industry knowledge in their chosen area of work, this is the place for you. This can range from anything to do with fashion, graphic design to learning the skills to becoming a chef or being involved with the electrical or plumbing industry. At TAFE/Institutes, you can work towards certificates, diplomas or advanced diplomas. TAFE/Institute courses usually take between six months and two years to complete. They have a variety of campuses throughout Perth too, most of which you can get to quite easily by public transport. ECU Mount Lawley campus


Challenger Institute is located across the southern metro area - from Fremantle to Murdoch and down the coast to Rockingham and Mandurah. More than 25, 000 full time and part time students study here. The institute has ‘live works’ training centres based in the heart of Fremantle such as Quinlan’s on High Bar and Café, Visage Health and Beauty Clinic, Visage Fashion Studio and the WA Maritime Training Centre. Challenger Institute offers apprenticeships, short courses, traineeships, cadetships and courses with over 140 different careers to choose from. For more info on everything at Challenger, head to


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Notre Dame is a Catholic university which is on the rise. It now has over 7000 students enrolled on its three campuses in Fremantle, Sydney and Broome. All three campuses are absolutely stunning. Notre Dame specialises in undergraduate education and focuses on training young people in the professions of medicine, law, teaching, nursing, accounting, finance, physiotherapy, counselling, health sciences and the priesthood. The courses are highly practical in orientation, with internships or practical components in every undergraduate degree. This means you can get contacts in your chosen field of employment. It’s a private uni and is medium sized, intentionally. This allows for personalised, individual attention for students to help with your studies. They also have an admissions policy that encompasses a full evaluation of a person’s talent and ability, rather than just a rank based on year 12 exams results. Head to for more info.



Murdoch is recognised as one of Australia’s leading research institutions. It has over 18,000 students and 1400 staff working together to explore new ways of thinking. There are over 200 undergraduate degrees and postgraduate courses across a range of disciplines, including veterinary science, law, teaching, psychology, business and nursing. You can study full time, part time and there are on campus and off campus studying options. As a student, you will also have access to lecture recordings for most courses on a 24 hour basis. Murdoch is highly recognised for its chiropractic care to indigenous communities and its vet course. Vet students have travelled to Kruger National Park in South Africa to help vaccinate and conduct health checks on anaesthetised lions. If this sounds like you, hit up for more info. 4 ETC

Polytechnic West is known for its flexible, accessible training opportunities. It is West Australia’s largest trade training organisation. Over 32,000 students join Polytechnic West each year to learn a trade or vocation. They have six campuses across the metro area, offer over 300 full time or part time qualifications and are focused on the practical elements of training. At Polytechnic West, you can do an apprenticeship, certificate or associate degree and be nationally recognised for your qualification. The training environment which Polytechnic West provides gives graduates practical, industry-relevant skills and the interaction with staff and the local business community allows for the development of real world knowledge and skills of students. Studying at Polytechnic West can offer you numerous career pathways into curating, arts administration, film and television, public and community art and the design industry which includes industrial and interior fashion and textiles. If you want to find out more, head to

Also known as ECU, Edith Cowan University is a one of Perth’s larger universities. It has two campuses in Perth - one in Mount Lawley and one in Joondalup. The Joondalup campus has a multi million dollar sport and fitness centre, a new library and even an outdoor cinema during the summer months. There is also on campus accommodation. The Mount Lawley campus is close to the CBD and has modern facilities. ECU also have a campus in Bunbury which is the largest university campus outside a metro area. This campus also has on site accommodation. ECU has more than 400 courses on offer through four faculties which include Business and Law, Computing, Health and Science and Education and Arts. In fact, in terms of arts it is very well off. The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) is one of Australia’s most renowned schools for those looking to get into broadcast, costume design, musical theatre, acting, music, dance, backstage or arts management. To check out more of ECU, head to

SAE PERTH PLUS NEW QANTM COLLEGE SAE is one of the world’s largest entertainment technology institutes with over 30 years experience in audio, film, multimedia and 3D animation. If you want to break into the sound or film industries then SAE is worth checking out. It has a Bachelor of Film Production which covers film making, screen writing, camera operation, production management, directing, editing and sound design. They also have a Bachelor of Audio Production which teaches students about the technical and creative aspects of the recording process including studio recording, live sound techniques, mixing, mastering, modern music creation and the music business. It also has a new partner institution

called Qantm College which is opening in February next year in WA. Qantm already has well established campuses in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Qantm will offer a Bachelor of Creative Media and Bachelor of Interactive Entertainment If you want to do anything in the fields of animation, games design, games programming, interactive digital media, graphic design or digital video production then this is your calling. If your dream career is obtaining a degree and producing music for an international act or working on a film set, it no longer needs to be a dream. SAE Institute is now taking enrollments for 2011.


Curtin is massive. It is Western Australia’s largest and most multicultural university. It has strong ties overseas and has Australia’s third largest international student population. With campuses in Singapore and Malaysia, Curtin aims to prepare students and graduates to experience and work in the growing global environment. Curtin has the highest enrolment of Indigenous Australians of any university in our lovely country. Their Centre for Aboriginal Studies is recognised as an important leader in its field. Curtin has a reputation for being extremely practical which is just what you want when you get into a course. Their courses are designed to equip students with essential skills by exposing them to the industry and business early on so that their students can get a job asap upon graduation, something which can still be quite tough. The uni has partnerships with industries, government and businesses which, in turn, assist in scholarship opportunities, teaching and research. Curtin is a popular choice for many who want that practical approach. They have fashion and architecture/interior design exhibitions and huge social nights too featuring big up and coming bands. Get your mittens on more info at

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SCIENCE Science is about discovering, inventing, testing and learning. There are so many career pathways in science and in our world today, these pathways are more important than ever. By studying science, you could be at the forefront of the next big discovery. WA has a lot to offer for those wanting to head in this direction. There are diplomas, short-courses, contemporary and innovative degrees in this ever changing, progressive field.


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VINAY MENON Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences The best part of medicine at UWA is that from early in the course you spend time with patients, listen to their stories and are part of their lives when they’re at their most vulnerable. The learning atmosphere at UWA is world-class. During the course, I’ve worked late night shifts with ambulance crews, assisted in operating theatres and even helped deliver babies. On medical rotations I’ve spent time with the Royal Flying Doctors in rural WA and with the Red Cross at a refugee camp on the borders of Tanzania and Congo. Studying Medicine at UWA has given me the confidence and medical knowledge to volunteer with leprosy patients and orphans with HIV in rural India. I am currently researching the prevention of recurrent middle ear infections, a condition disproportionately affecting Aboriginal children. Studying medicine is hard work but these opportunities only ignite my passion and desire to become a doctor.


Murdoch University is improving its production animal teaching facilities in a bid to encourage students to take up rural vet positions. Professor Ian Robertson, Acting Dean of Murdoch’s School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, says vet shortages in rural and production animal practices are a problem in Australia, New Zealand and the United States. “To encourage students to take up careers in rural and production animal practices we need to give them the best production animal experience possible and that means providing the latest state-of-theart equipment,” says Professor Robertson. “We are refurbishing the sheep and pig facilities to showcase best practice, including the most rigorous animal welfare and human health and safety standards. Additionally, we are upgrading our reproduction labs to assist in developing of breeding stock and artificial insemination. Australia is one of the world’s largest exporters of primary products and this has been achieved through efficient farming practices and freedom from the major diseases affecting animals in many other countries. “These facilities will help maintain best practice training of veterinary and animal science students which indirectly contributes to maintaining our valuable export markets.” The University has also expanded the number of veterinary students from 40 to almost 100 per year and is seeking additional funding to complete the project. “In order to attract students for field placements, build confidence in animal handling skills and demonstrate the opportunities for research and practice in production animal fields, Murdoch must demonstrate best practice on its veterinary farm,” Professor Robertson says. To find out more on Murdoch’s vet course, head to For info on making a donation, contact the vet trust on (08) 9360 2731.

A Challenger Institute of Technology marine studies graduate has landed her dream job swimming with whale sharks at Western Australia’s world famous Ningaloo Reef. Originally from the wheatbelt town of Quairading, 22 year old Emma Johnson has made a giant sea change since graduating from Challenger, now providing guests at an exclusive resort in the north west with unique marine experiences. With the resort located in spectacular Cape Range National Park and at the water’s edge of Ningaloo Marine Park, Emma’s job involves taking tourists on ecological adventure tours and kayaking, snorkelling and hiking excursions. “It’s never a chore waking up when you know your day will be spent swimming with whale sharks or snorkelling among the turtles in one of the world’s greatest coral reefs,” Emma says. “My marine studies diploma at Challenger Institute has proven invaluable in helping me secure my dream job, and there is not a day that goes by when I don’t utilise the skills and training I learned in the course.” After completing the diploma in 2008, Emma furthered her skills with a dive master’s certificate at Challenger. Challenger Institute marine studies lecturer Katie Gill says Emma was one of Challenger’s top marine studies graduates. “I recently took a snorkelling holiday at Ningaloo Reef where I bumped into Emma,” Gill says. “It was fantastic to see a student who had so much enthusiasm and tenacity land her dream job – an achievement most deserved.” The Diploma of Marine Studies provides training in marine science and maritime operations and students can learn about safety at sea, vessel operations, coastal navigation and meteorology. The course also teaches marine science and fishing technology, including marine biology and ecology, aquaculture and open water diving. The course opens up numerous exciting career pathways to students such as a marine tourism guide like Emma or a fisheries officer, coastal ranger, marine research assistant and ship deckhand or master.


Food Awards at Curtin University Lupin and fruit slice, chia fettuccine, cheesy potato balls, macadamia and rose shortbread, banana snack, Chinese-style ice-cream and chia muesli snack were just some of the innovative food products created by Curtin University students for the second annual Department of Agriculture and Food (DAFWA) Awards. The 2010 DAFWA Student Food and Beverage Product Development Awards, held in early November, recognised the most innovative new food products created by Curtin’s third year food science and technology students. Minister for Agriculture and Food Western Australia, Terry Redman, presented the awards to the winning student teams. Dr Ranil Coorey of Curtin’s School of Public Health said he was very impressed with the new products the students had developed as part of the Food Processing and Preservation units. “The


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Researchers from ECU, in collaboration with the University of WA, Flinders University and primary sponsor Thales Australia, were announced as one of six international finalists in a multi-million dollar competition run by the Australian Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) and the US Department of Defence. Known as the Multi-Autonomous Ground-robotic International Challenge, or MAGIC 2010, the competition attracts the most innovative solutions from around the world to address a technology gap faced by coalition forces operating in urban combat zones, with the aim to develop robots that can operate autonomously on the battlefield in dangerous situations, keeping soldiers out of harm’s way.

students have been very creative,” Dr Coorey said. “A lot of the food they have produced is at a standard where it could be taken further and commercialised. “They have also shown a great level of skill and matured over this semester and will perform extremely well in the food industry as professionals.” The Food Processing and Preservation units have been introduced to meet industry demand for skilled professionals who could create and develop new consumer products. Curtin is still the only university in WA to offer food science and technology as an undergraduate degree and has strong ties with the local food industry. For more information on studying food science at Curtin, check out the Curtin website at


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Emma’s top tips for surviving vet school 1. Become involved in your faculty student organisation. 2. Do not be afraid to ask for help. 3. Find a balance in life; you know what they say about all work and no play. 4. Make some friends in older year groupsthey can help you a lot and be a great source of advice.

Curtin University has re-structured its Bachelor of Science degree for next year. There will be more options and greater flexibility. Students will have the ability to focus their studies primarily on one area of science (by completing a single extended major) or study more than one area of science (by completing a double major). Head of Curtin’s Department of Environment and Agriculture, Professor Mark Gibberd, says specialists in the environmental and agricultural fields are in high demand. This is why Bachelor of Science students will now be able to study complimentary majors in agriculture, environmental biology and coast zone management in either single major or double major mode. “Graduates are needed to meet the current challenges we are faced with in relation to environmental protection, sustainable food production, diminishing resources and the need for sustainable management practices,” he says. “If students are passionate about agriculture, biology, conserving biodiversity and the environment, or management of the coastal zone, then we can offer a degree with a strong practical emphasis, providing the opportunity to work with related industries and organisations.” Professor Gibberd says the combination generates graduates with a high level of understanding of the natural processes and human impacts on the coastal zone and graduates are highly sought after by the oil and gas industries, state and local government agencies and companies responsible for managing the coastal areas of Australia and other parts of the world. Cur tin also offers degrees in agriculture which continue to gain momentum as food production and population pressures intensify. Graduates from Curtin’s agriculture and agribusiness programs have always enjoyed very high levels of employment on completion and there is a well recognised lack of graduates in agriculture. “Agriculture is one of the few careers in which opportunities exist to be practically involved from the farm production level- grain, livestock, horticulture, t h r o u g h t o p l a n t b r e e d i n g, p r e c i s i o n agriculture, pest and disease management and food technology,” Professor Gibberd says. For more info on science at Curtin, head to

The MAGIC 2010 Robotics Team was one of only six international university teams chosen for the finals, which consists of teams from America, Turkey and Japan. The final six teams, announced by Australia’s Acting Chief Defence Scientist, Dr Warren Harch have now gone on to compete in the international finals which were held in Adelaide recently. “These teams are at the forefront of robotics technology,” Dr Harch says. “ They have survived a rigorous assessment and elimination process against six other semi-finalist teams. “The assessment for the finals is pretty heavy. The team is required to field at least three robots and accomplish a complex task involving mapping and identification of threats while demonstrating a high level of autonomy

between the robots.” ECU Acting Vice-Chancellor, Mr Warren Snell, says the achievements of the WAMBOT team highlight’s ECU’s continued commitment to research and innovation. Australian and USA officials visited all 12 short-listed teams over a three week period, assessing the teams on a range of tasks, including the ability of their robots to operate autonomously and to map their surroundings digitally, before selecting the final six teams. WA team coordinator and lecturer at ECU’s School of Computing and Security Science, Dr Adrian Boeing, says he was thrilled that the team has made the finals. “I am very proud of our team’s efforts and to be the only remaining Australian team in the competition is a fantastic achievement!”

E m m a m ove d to Pe r t h f ro m N S W to study Veterinary Science at Murdoch. She discovered this broad degree would allow her to combine her interests in science, animals and people and expand her career opportunities. “I chose Murdoch because from my research I believed it offers the best vet course in Australia,” Emma says. “One of the major attractions is that Murdoch has a working farm and equine clinic on campus and the degree enables you to work in Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Europe, the US and Canada.” Emma became the President of the Murdoch Veterinary Students Association in 2009 and has achieved several awards including the Academic Excellence Awards for 2006 and 2007. In her spare time, she enjoys skiing, horse riding and organising vet social events. She loves spending time on the vet farm and being surrounded by people with similar interests and passions. “Murdoch has taught me that if you have a passion and are willing to put the work in, anything is possible.”

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Engineering is about design, thinking outside of the square and applying mathematical and scientific principles to create things that benefit society. Engineers design bridges and important medical equipment as well as developing processes for cleaning up toxic spills. These are only a few examples out of thousands. There are heaps of specialist areas for engineering, including chemical, civil, electrical, industrial, aerospace and biomedical engineering and WA has a lot to offer to get you started.


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Bethany Williamson is studying a Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Energy Management and a Bachelor of Engineering in Renewable Energy Engineering and Electrical Power Engineering. During high school, Bethany developed a keen interest in renewable energy and physics, so science and engineering seemed the obvious choice for her degree. “I chose to study at Murdoch because it offers a wide variety of majors that aren’t available at other WA Universities,” Bethany says. Murdoch has taught Bethany to keep active and take part in the many sports programs available. She has won silver and bronze medals competing for Murdoch at the Australian University Games in Beach Volleyball. She was also awarded the Vice Chancellors Award for Academic Excellence in 2008. “Murdoch is a great place to study. My lecturers are friendly and always willing to help,” she says. “The University offers many resources and the courses are hands on and practical.” For more info on engineering at Murdoch, visit

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Australia and the world is currently experiencing a shortage of commercial pilots, cabin crew, aircraft maintenance engineers and airport personnel. Polytechnic West is well placed to address these shortages through its specialist AeroSpace Training Centre (ASTC) at Jandakot Airport, one of the largest general aviation airports in Australia and the busiest airport in the Southern Hemisphere. The AeroSpace Training Centre builds on over 50 years of experience and achievement in the field of aerospace training for PWA – from flying theory, to engineering and maintenance training, to all aspects of ground operations, including airport management and cabin crew operations. The ASTC is also home to Polytechnic West’s very own Boeing 737. The former airliner is 30 metres long and over 30 tonnes in weight. It is fully equipped and configured with business class and economy seating for 100 passengers. The jet made aviation history in early 2010 as the largest aircraft to have ever landed at Jandakot airport. The Boeing 737 is maintained in a fully serviceable condition and used as a non-flying static training facility for students undertaking a range of engineering and non-engineering skills training, including cabin crew safety and ground handling. Polytechnic West’s training fleet also includes a Beech Baron, Cessna 340 and Robinson Helicopter. These aircraft ensure a broad range of training resources which compliment a cross section of aviation. Pretty cool hey? If you have always wanted a career that involved aircraft, this is the place to start. Courses in aviation provide multiple pathways in three technical areas: avionics, mechanical and structural. If you’re looking for a career as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineering, you can also look at entering through the Certificate II or Associate Degree, which combines Aircraft Maintenance theory with practical components to aid in learning. The Aeronautics program provides pilot trainees (with all the relevant theory) with an opportunity to complete their CASA examinations. The Associate Degree in Aviation (Aeronautics) will provide you with advanced flying theory up to, and including, instrument rating theory. Polytechnic West’s Aerospace Training Centre also provides training for those students wanting to embark on a career with the airlines or within an airport. The programs include airline marketing, operations, sales, safety and airport design. For more info, head to polytechnic. 8 ETC


ECU commenced the construction of a new Computing, Engineering and Technology Building earlier this year. The $39 million project will house the School of Engineering, School of Computing and Security Science and the Electron Science Research Institute. ECU Professor Kerry Cox says the university has a strong history in the service industries such as teaching and nursing but recently has been focusing on widening its offering into areas such as engineering and security science. “The new building will provide state of the art facilities for students and staff and further cement ECU’s reputation as a world leader in these areas,” he says. Construction is expected to be completed by September 2011 with students and staff moving into the building in January 2012.


So many pathways, it’s ridiculous! U WA i s a n e xc i t i n g p l a c e t o s t u d y engineering. The Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics puts on a variety of lovely competitions and opportunities for the students to get involved with and get designing and creating, as well as being given an insight into the industry they wish to head into. Each year, a team of students design, build and race a Formula SAE Motorsports car. In 2007, the UWA team won the overall award for Formula SAE Australasia. Formula SAE is a major annual international competition run by the Society of Automotive Engineers in which some 200 universities from North America, Europe, Asia and Australasia compete. UWA Motorsport provides a unique opportunity for undergraduates to learn and develop multi-disciplinary teamwork plus innovative, design, leadership, management, marketing, finance and practical skills. Students in Computer Science and Software Engineering can get involved with animations. Exciting things are happening in this department with some projects and research being undertaken in robotics, avian flu, bushfires and 3D modelling. You can study so much in the field of engineering at UWA, too much for us to even write up in here, so head to ecm.uwa. for more info.

CHALLENGER INSTITUTE Engineering Scholarships

T h i s y e a r, C h a l l e n g e r I n s t i t u t e o f Technology offered 11 women the unique opportunity to gain rewarding careers in engineering through new industr y sponsored scholarships. Sponsored by BHP Billiton and Chevron, the scholarships have been designed to encourage more women to enter careers in the largely maledominated field of engineering. The Cer tificate III in Civil and Structural Engineering course will provide fo u n d a t i o n s k i l l s fo r e m p l oy m e n t i n construction industries associated with Western Australia’s expanding resources industry or serve as a pathway to higher level engineering qualifications. Challenger Institute Managing Director, Liz Harris, says the program has been specifically designed to provide women with a supportive, applied learning environment. “Delivered in collaboration with our industry partners, it will provide work placement and access to female role models,” she says. “ The course has also been designed with flexibility to cater for women with children and family commitments.” The scholarship recipients were from diverse backgrounds; some returning to study after extended periods out of the education system and workforce, while others were seeking to consolidate their professional careers. The ladies have had to complete core units in subjects like engineering drawing, computer draf ting, science, mathematics, scale modelling and policies and procedures as part of the program. A key focus of the program was to provide the participants with an insight into engineering from a female perspective and to address barriers that might discourage women from entering an engineering career. A commendation prize of $1000

Scholarship winner: Toni- Marie Smith

was presented to Toni-Marie Smith to support her progression in the Diploma of Civil and Structural Engineering. Toni was rewarded for her outstanding academic performance and role as a team leader and mentor to the other women. The former flight attendant said engineering presented her with a mental challenge and exciting career path. “I never want to find that I am working for the sake of working,” she says. “I love studying something in which I can really immerse myself.” Mother of three and former nurse Martina Baker says the course had offered her a career change and a new sense of purpose. “ The course has given me the confidence to pursue engineering as a real career option, which simply seemed unattainable in the past,” she says. Challenger ’s Australian Centre for Energy and Process Training (ACEPT ) is the leading provider of process operations training in Australia, offering recognised qualifications for the oil and gas, mineral and chemical processing industries.


Student-Designed Electric Car Gets Design Award with extremely low energy losses, high e f f i c i e n c y b ra k i n g s y s te m s, s te e r i n g geometry and vehicle suspension.” Challenger’s eye-catching entry - a car that leaned as it cornered, using a steering wheel that controlled only the tilt, impressed judges. The shift in the centre of gravity enabled the vehicle to steer around corners while maintaining speed. The winning entry was a collaborative effort from engineering students and staff at Challenger’s Beaconsfield campus while Challenger’s composites and laminates te a m a t H e n d e r s o n co n s t r u c te d t h e body. Ross said the vehicle was modelled Engineering students and their on Computer Aided Drafting software. award winning electric vehicle. The frame was checked using computer Student engineers from Challenger Institute simulation and the body was designed of Technology have designed and built an using aerodynamics software. “ The car award winning electric vehicle using a is completely unique,” he says. “It was unique steering system to conserve energy designed to go around a five metre radius and maintain speed. at 40km/h which requires the car to lean T h e A d v a n c e d D i p l o m a into the corner at an angle of 30 degrees. Mechanical Engineering students won a It’s quite an interesting driving sensation.” highly competitive engineering design Challenger‘s engineering award in the annual eV Challenge in program manager Mervyn Wilson says the Midland. The competition requires the mechanical engineering students would students to design and build an electrically continue to hone their design skills in 2011, powered vehicle that would travel as far as assisted by composites apprentices in the possible in one hour with limited electric manufacture of a composite carbon fibre power. chassis. Electronic engineering students Mechanical engineering lecturer, would contribute to an improved motor and Ross Jarvis, says the contest promotes controller design. “These and other projects alternative energy use and engineering give students the design, management, innovation in the field of electric vehicles. manufacturing, budgeting and teamwork “The vehicles entered were judged on the skills required in the engineering industry design, development and construction of and an insight into the significant challenges their motors, as well as on electronic motor confronting engineering design into the controllers and mechanical transmissions future,” she says.


Curtin Engineering aspires to be nationally and internationally recognised as a leader in Engineering Education and Research. It is dedicated to the enhancement of teaching and research and the pursuit of excellence and innovative applications of engineering technology as a contribution to the advancement of scientific knowledge, understanding and community relevance. Their vision is to support cross-disciplinary teaching and research, providing educational and service benefits to their students. Engineering is part of the Faculty of Science and Engineering and offers undergraduates as great range of opportunities to move in whatever direction you wish. For example, you can choose to study civil and construction engineering which involves designing and constructing facilities for the community or you can choose to study mechanical engineering which is more involved with the conception, design, manufacturing, control, maintenance and management of any system in which motion is a key feature. There are other pathways within engineering such as chemical, petroleum or even electrical and computer engineering which are also available. Postgraduate and research opportunities are also big opportunities which Curtin offers. For more info on engineering at Curtin, head to

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HOSPITALITY Do you like food? Are you a social butterfly? Do you enjoy talking about wine? Do you like meeting and greeting new people and visiting new places? If so, then working in hospitality might just be your calling. People with qualifications in food, hospitality and tourism are in heavy demand worldwide and there are so many different fields you can get involved in. Find out more below.

AUSTRALIAN SCHOOL OF TOURISM AND HOTEL MANAGEMENT - Student profile Liezl Elica, hospitality student

What course are you studying? Diploma in Hospitality. What year/level are you currently completing in the course? First Semester - Diploma in Hospitality. How have you found the course in general so far? Interesting and promising. The course gets more interesting everyday because it covers all the vital industry standards and the career opportunities are boundless. What have been the most exciting parts about the course? The Food and Beverage Management subject. I had the opportunity to be the Food and Beverage Manager on one of the events. Our class received excellent feedback from both guests and school executives. How did you find out about the course? Through a family friend who went to the school a few years ago and now holds a high position in the industry. What do you plan on doing after the course? I will either establish my restaurant/ pastry boutique or work as a food and beverage manager in a five star hotel or a cruise ship.


Training Future Hospitality Professionals. Edith Cowan University’s Faculty of Business and Law’s Degrees Restaurant is open for business. It is a unique learning facility that is run by a fully qualified chef and restaurant manager. Degrees Restaurant gives ECU Bachelor of Hospitality Management students the chance to hone their skills in a real restaurant environment. Located on the Joondalup Campus with recently upgraded facilities, Degrees serves restaurantstyle meals at cafe prices in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere while providing ECU students with the perfect learning environment. Head Chef and Restaurant Manager, Chad Tilbury, believes the restaurant provides students with a unique opportunity to gain vital industry experience which is essential in the hospitality industry. “Being a live training environment, Degrees offers students the opportunity to put both their theoretical and practical knowledge and skills to the test in this working restaurant,” Tilbury says. “ This in turn provides students with invaluable work experience whilst fulfilling curriculum requirements.” Bachelor of Hospitality and Tourism Management student, Michaela Schuetz says the restaurant helped her gain an insight into the hospitality industry. “The Degrees restaurant is a good facility for hospitality students as well as any kind of guest,” she says. “The menu caters for different tastes and offers the students the chance to get real world experience during their studies,” Schuetz says. Degrees Brewery Restaurant is located in Building 9, room 207 on ECU’s Joondalup Campus. Go and check it out!

What would you say to people/high school graduates who are interested in hospitality/ tourism or hotel management? Come to ASTHM where studying is not just done inside the classroom but in the real world as you will be given opportunity to work in restaurants/hotels where you put into practice what you learn in the classroom. Practice makes perfect!


Do you see yourself working in either industry for the rest of your life? Definitely. Hospitality covers broad career opportunities from restaurants, hotels, cruise ships, resorts, airlines, and convention centres so I’m sure I will stay in this industry. What other options/areas does the course allow you to lead into? The course covers eight different subjects i.e. Human Resources, Sales and Marketing, Finance, Communications in Liezl Elica Organisation, Service Management which will also allow me to expand my career in those into practice what is being taught in the class. areas. The school has a industry liaison manager that handles deployment of students in the industry. What is the study/teaching environment like at ASTHM? Is it hands on? Overall, how would you say the course is The teaching environment at ASTHM setting you up/ already has prepared you for is “theory put into practice”. Lectures, practical the industry you are about to enter? applications, workplace experience and industry I am confident that ASTHM has immersion. equipped me with the proper knowledge that the industry requires. My work placement has Do you have work placements and work in given me positive feedback which confirms that the industry over the period of your study? the school has. The school also conducts regular Yes, ASTHM ensures that students consultancy with the industry to ensure that the work in the industry while still studying to put students meets the industry standards.

Do you want to work in the snowfields of Europe, Japan or America? Or maybe, you’d prefer to explore the tropical isle in the South Seas ie the islands of the Pacific? If you were to get a management career in hospitality and tourism, then you could be on your way and not only that, you’ll be paid to get there. You can even explore this all in our own backyard if you don’t fancy going overseas. Murdoch can teach you all about contemporary tourism management which includes management theory and practice, including destination management, policy and planning, government and business. T h e H o s p i t a l i t y a n d To u r i s m Management degree focuses strongly on sustainable tourism as well as incorporating data analysis techniques used extensively across the industry to help forecast areas of growth and decline. Murdoch also has teachers and staff who are some of WA’s best tourism experts who have worked in the industry and are still actively involved in tourism research. The course is structured to give you every opportunity for success with small class sizes designed to give you the kind personal attention you’ll need to keep you motivated and on track throughout your studies. For more info on studying hospitality at Murdoch, head to Courses/Hospitality-and-Tourism-ManagementCommerce.


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Polytechnic West in association with Murdoch University are offering associate degree programs in Business, Hospitality and Aviation. There are the Associate Degree in Business, the Associate Degree in Hospitality Management and the Associate Degree in Aviation. Students study these two year programs at Polytechnic West’s Bentley campus. Upon graduation, the students will enter the third and final year of the Bachelor of Commerce at Murdoch University. These courses have many advantages including utilising the practical facilities of a vocational college, low course fee of $12,200 per year, mix of academic and practical study and a pathway into third year of university. Graduates of the associate degree in hospitality management are highly sought after by many businesses within the hospitality industry, particularly five star hotels. G ra d u a te s c a n establish a career in hospitality such a restaurant supervisor/manager, food/beverage manager, front office manager, events and conventions manager and hotel manager. A Murdoch University Bachelor of Commerce degree provides access to higher level job opportunities and an internationally recognised degree. Visit for more info.

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Andrew Irvine, Mandurah Apprentice Chef When floor layer Andrew Irvine left Scotland for Australia two years ago he had no idea he was destined to become an award winning apprentice chef. The 35 year old Port Bouvard resident has received Challenger Institute of Technology’s International Student of the Year Award in recognition of his commercial cookery skills. Andrew’s supreme cooking talents have also led to his Mandurah employer sponsoring him to live and work in Australia. “The Challenger Institute course led me to a position at Café Pronto which then offered me sponsorship to stay in Australia – in addition to a managerial position!” Andrew says. “The sponsorship and the course combined have helped me settle in Western Australia and have prepared me for my future career goal of running my own café/bistro.” Andrew began a commercial cookery apprenticeship through Challenger Institute shortly after arriving in Australia in 2008. He said his confidence in the kitchen grew throughout his training. “By term three I had finally found my feet,” Andrew says. “The course gave me good direction and then I knew I had made the right career move. I was so lucky to be studying at Challenger’s Peel campus as the classes had a close-knit, family feel. I had a lot of one on one time with the lecturers and established close friendships with many of them.” Challenger Institute hospitality lecturer, Nada Lubay, says Andrew’s attitude towards learning is exceptional. “His employer has provided us with excellent feedback and this is due to his outstanding work ethic and willingness to assist with community events,” Nada says. Andrew’s advice to other students is to keep learning and never give up. “Take in as much as you can, ask questions, take notes and study hard and then the rewards will come,” he says.

WHERE TO NOW? Didn’t get the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) score you needed? Looking for a different pathway to university or training? Cyril Jackson Senior Campus in Bassendean offers Åexible learning opportunities to suit your individual needs. • Accredited courses leading to university and training. • Prepare for employment with Nationally Accredited courses. • Study for interest. • Flexible learning that includes on-campus, on-line and correspondence modes. • Part-time or full-time programs.

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Amy Collins, Faculty Of Arts, Humanities And Social Sciences Amy Collins says that being involved with arts and humanities at UWA provides vital skills which you need simply for getting by in life. “I’ve majored in history and French and been blessed throughout the course with excellent teachers who have encouraged and supported me to reach my full potential. “I was lucky enough to go on exchange to study history at the University of Bristol, and I’ve had countless other opportunities throughout my degree- being involved in the annual UWA French play, participating in mock United Nations debates, conversing with native French speakers and going on heritage excursions around Perth, all of which have made studying arts that much more exciting.” With great students and teachers, topquality facilities and a beautiful location, there’s no better place to study arts than at UWA. I’ve loved it so much I’ve decided to stay on and do Honours in history next year, confident I’ll be able to take on anything in the years to come.”

Creating a buzz within the digital media world, Qantm College, one of Australia’s leading creative digital media educators, has announced the launch of two fully accredited degree courses from its new campus opening in Perth next year. Commencing in February 2011, Qantm College will offer a Bachelor of Creative Media (majoring in Interactive Media) and a Bachelor of Interactive Entertainment (majoring in Animation) made available through its partner college SAE Institute. For those of you who don’t know what SAE is- it is a leading tertiary education provider offering specialised industry focused training in the areas of audio, film and electronic music production, located in the city. Since its formation in 1996, Qantm College has fast become one of Australia’s most successful and innovative creative digital media educators, providing specialist courses in animation, games design, games programming, interactive digital media, graphic design and digital video production. “Qantm College Bachelor degrees give students the perfect balance of academic tuition and practical skills,” he says. “Students will graduate with a full Bachelor degree which will enable them to develop careers in leading companies around the world.” Qantm College prides itself on delivering quality assured, intensive and highly practical courses designed to reflect current industry demands. For more info on both of these degrees and more, head to or contact SAE/Qantm Perth directly on 08 6217 4100.

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Damian Smith, WAAPA Broadcasting Student Why did you choose ECU? Is it easy to access from a public transport The reputation of the course I point of view? chose was unmatched by any other in I live in Fremantle and drove the state, and I knew completing it would most of the time - mainly because of all the s t a n d m e a g o o d c h a n c e o f g e t t i n g camera gear I had to carry around, but also a j o b i n a ve r y co m p e t i t i ve i n d u s t r y. because it took a fair while to take a train to Have you been to any other uni previously the city, then a bus to ECU. It’s certainly wellserved by public transport, but sadly, from a and then switched to ECU specifically? I was at Murdoch University for Fremantle point of view, it’s much quicker to my undergraduate degree, and it gave me drive. Having said that I know plenty of people a ver y good grounding in the industr y nearby who took public transport every day. b u t b ro a d c a s t i n g a t WA A PA p rov i d e d t h e b e s t , m o s t p r a c t i c a l a n d h i g h l y What would you say about your course to regarded post-graduate option for me. students considering enrolling in it? Do it. The lecturers are very savvy Why have you chosen to study in this field? judges of character and talent, so if you get Simple - I like talking to people, through the audition process, you obviously I like questions, and I like learning new deserve it. In fact, even if you get knocked back, things all the time. Any job where I can chances are you could still be very good. The share newfound knowledge and a good standard is high. It’s well worth getting your laugh with an audience has got to be ideal! head around what’s actually done in the course, Would you say that ECU has really helped because it sure isn’t like normal university (if there you learn practically about the business/ is such a thing). Having a chat with the lecturers prior to applying is a wise idea, and they’re very industry you hope/have entered? The practicality of my course was happy to straighten out any misconceptions. one of its stand-out features. It wasn’t just that we shunted to one side most of the Is your course staged in a small or big theory and simply learned by doing and environment? doing it often - we also had a team of well It’s a very intimate course, with roughly regarded industry professionals looking over 20 young broadcasters all working side by our shoulder while we did it. They offered side, day in, day out. You become firm friends tough but invaluable feedback to prepare us quickly and learn to deal with competing for work in what can be a ruthless industry. personalities in a high-pressure environment - surely good training in anyone’s book! Your What has ECU offered you personally that fellow graduates become like a family to you. other universities might not have? Outside uni, I’ll be telling a story using their first It would be difficult to find a set of radio and TV studios as well-equipped as names and other friends unfamiliar with the those at ECU, not to mention the excellent course will have to stop me and ask who I’m staff who are always there to help. My referring to. You talk to your fellow students so lecturers were also able to use their personal often you forget others might not know them. connections in the industry to offer hands on tours, speakers and work placements. How full on is it - can you have a part time job and complete your course successfully? What has been your favourite part of the It’s extremely difficult to work and course? also give this course the time it deserves - the It didn’t feel like I was a student - we course is basically a full-time job. To be fair, the were treated like employees in the industry. lecturers make that point very frankly before There was no wrapping us in cotton wool. you sign up. It can be done, but it’s hard and I No one could possibly escape from the other wouldn’t recommend it. I had to quit my job as side of this course and fail to understand a guitar teacher because I was never going to be what it’s like to work in broadcasting! It also didn’t box us in - unlike some other courses, free in the early afternoon. I got by on Centrelink which have a bias towards one type of job or and teaching the occasional training course at another, this one fostered learning across a RTR-FM. If you’re going to attempt working and variety of passions. If you wanted to become doing this course, you also need to bear in mind a commercial radio jock, or an ABC TV reporter, that you need some slack in your schedule so or a website video journalist, or a production you can pick up industry work if it presents itself manager - it was all okay, and we got a chance as the months roll on. After all, that’s the point to dip our toes in all of those styles and more. of the course - to get you work.

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ECU FILM STUDENTS SMASH AWARDS Studying Film Can Lead Into Different Career Pathways


Music students perform at Cyril Jackson CD launch



Wrongly considered the “field of study chosen by those who don’t know what to do with themselves come end of high school”, arts has a very misplaced reputation. If you are creative, want to learn more about the world, love anything from film to textiles to visual arts to history, to learning a language, this is your area. Don’t be misguided, arts and media are extremely valuable to our world and you can go almost anywhere career wise, that’s the beauty of it. Fine Arts And Textiles If you’re interested in studying the diverse and complex traditions of fine art, then Curtin is for you. Curtin’s Bachelor of Arts (Humanities) majoring in Fine Art calls for a high degree of self discipline, the capacity of self criticism and a dedication to artistic demand. This degree is not for slackers. It is for passionate, creative and determined people. It will ensure you graduate highly accomplished, knowledgeable and able to contribute to the artistic, aesthetic and social needs of contemporary society. In this major you’ll be able to focus on traditional and contemporary forms of fine art practices including painting, print media, sculpture, electronic art and photography. If you like fashion, art and creativity then perhaps studying Curtin’s Bachelor of Arts (Humanities) majoring in Textiles is your calling. In this major, you’ll explore textiles in relation to the body, sculpture, performance, design, costume and habitable space. You’ll be introduced to historical and traditional processes and theories and explore these potentialities within a broad contemporary art and cultural dialogue. Throughout your studies, you’ll experiment with various techniques and processes which may combine your interests in fashion, art, design and other creative disciplines. This major will offer you the opportunity to engage with surface design and textile structures, computerised and traditional embroidery, embellishment, print, dye, tufting, felting, fusing and many other textile processes. For more info on these courses and more, head to courses.cfm.


Cyril Jackson Senior Campus Cert II Music graduates wowed an audience with a high-octane performance for the launch of Certified, an album of their own personal 2010 originals this year. The audience were treated to highly professional show and some standout performances. Principal Ms Karen Woods says the Certificate students certainly put on an engaging and entertaining production. Cyril Jackson has quietly been setting young people on their way in the music industry for years now. If you want to find out more about studying music at Cyril Jackson, head to

ECU’s film making students from the WA Screen Academy took The Dungog Film Festival by storm earlier this year with ten of their films being selected to screen at this years’ event. The Dungog Film Festival held in, you guessed it, Dungog NSW, is Australia’s most prestigious and unique film festival showcasing the very best of Australian cinema from the past, present and future. Acting Director of the WA Screen Academy, Barbara Connell, says she was thrilled to have four documentaries and six dramas selected.“Dungog is a highly regarded festival and it is an honour to have our films shown alongside the nation’s best as it reaffirms our reputation as one of the leading screen training programs in the country,” she says. “We are extraordinarily proud of our students and thrilled that their work is being recognised.” Dungog’s Screen Programmer, Laura MacDonald, says the Dungog team was sincerely blown away by the quality of content submitted by ECU’s WA Screen Academy. Last year the festival attracted more than 6,000 film lovers with screenings of independent features, short films, forums and readings of new scripts. Some of the films selected from the WA Screen Academy were Pig Skin – an innovative collaboration between ECU’s Aboriginal Theatre Program and the WA Screen Academy, Trolley Boys which featured Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) actor Felix Jozeps, Hidden Clouds which also featured WAAPA graduates Chantelle Jamieson and Hannah Greenwood in lead roles and Stuffed - written by Magdalena Wozniak, who was recently awarded Best Screen Play at the WA Screen Awards. Four documentaries also screened at the festival, including; The Bubbleologist, Rock’n Roll Mudwrestling, Back to Burlesque and Living Colour, all written, directed and produced by the students.

WHERE TO NOW? Didn’t get the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) score you needed? Looking for a different pathway to university or training? Cyril Jackson Senior Campus in Bassendean offers Åexible learning opportunities to suit your individual needs. • Accredited courses leading to university and training. • Prepare for employment with Nationally Accredited courses. • Study for interest. • Flexible learning that includes on-campus, on-line and correspondence modes. • Part-time or full-time programs.

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The world is about business. If you have commercial ambition or want to work in the entrepreneurial sector or even start your own business, get a little bit of an insight right here. Universities around Perth and TAFE offer business courses and law degrees to kick start your dream career. Hear from students first hand about what it’s like to study business or law.


Ben Smith, Business Graduate And 2010 Business Icon Competition Winner What was your favourite part of the course? Without doubt my third year practical placement in which I was lucky enough to travel to the Pilbara in the state’s North West to work with the Department of Sport and Recreation, Rio Tinto and the Shire of Roebourne. Here I was responsible for creating a 16 month sporting calendar for the indigenous youth of the Pilbara. Was the student lifestyle at ECU a highlight? ECU offers its student countless opportunities to get involved. It’s simply a matter of stepping out of your comfort zone and immersing yourself. It’s well worth it! What would you say about the course you did to students considering enrolling in it? If you want a job in a dynamic, rewarding and highly sociable sector then Sport Management is for you. The beauty Ben Smith of this course is that it continually presents opportunities for the student – all you have to Why did you choose ECU? Edith Cowan presents itself as the do is reach out and grab them. “Peoples’ University”. It is diverse in both what it offers to students course wise as well as Is your course staged in a small or big the students which it attracts. Furthermore its environment? Do students get to know each campuses are in fantastic locations and are very other? well kept – in particular Joondalup. The course is a very good size. I have formed some fantastic relationships with fellow Why have you chosen to study in this field? students which still exist on both a friendship My passion lies in sport. Whilst many and professional level. In reality, these fellow passionate sport students elect to undertake their students are here for very similar reasons to you studies in the sport science stream my choice to so it’s hard not to get along! study sport management was simple – There are a lot more jobs on offer upon graduation in a diverse How full on is it - can you have a part time range of areas. job and complete your course successfully? It depends on the person. In my Would you say that ECU has really helped you learn practically and prepared you for the opinion, it was fine. I was a HD student always wanting the best possible grades so to achieve industry you have entered? Absolutely – One of the major this I worked very hard whilst also working up to differences between other universities and ECU 35 hours a week, playing sport and maintaining is that ECU pays greater attention to practical a social life. For anyone to say the workload was learning. In proving my point- in my second year I ‘super intense’ is kidding themselves. undertook a prac placement and was offered a job with that business afterwards – this kick started my Where are you headed now career-wise? professional employment within the industry prior Would you go back to ECU? to graduating. I’m currently working full time as What did ECU offer you personally that other a Sports Consultant, studying a Master of Commerce part time and lecturing and tutoring universities might not have? A personal experience. At ECU you at ECU in Sports Management and Event are not just another number. Further to this, it Management. So yes, I have gone back to ECU offers students current employed professionals as purely because in my opinion it is a fantastic lecturers and tutors who make learning far more university in general and the best place to study entertaining and relatable. Sport Management in Australia.


Alyce Di Biasi, Bachelor of Business (Marketing) at ECU Why did you choose ECU? ECU has an excellent business course structure and offered the specific course I was seeking. ECU was also located close by.

amount and significants of these activities and lifestyle opportunities. What would you say about your course to students considering enrolling in it? This is a fantastic course especially if you take advantage of the opportunities available in terms of work experience and networking. This course has opened many doors for me including two job offers in the areas of my studies before the end of my degree.

Why have you chosen to study in this field? I had many ideas for my career so I decided that the best choice to start with would be a business degree (Bachelor of Business). A business degree would open doors to all industries. I enjoy working with people and using creativity to engage society so Marketing and Human Resources I s y o u r c o u r s e s m a l l / b i g / i n t i m a t e seemed the appropriate double major. environment? Do students get to know Would you say that ECU has really helped each other? The Business course is a big you learn practically about/prepare you for the business/industry you have/are but intimate environment. Students are constantly given the opportunity to engage about to enter? Absolutely! ECU has provided a with other students. There are also student well rounded practical learning environment groups within business that you can join. that has given me the opportunity to work with large and small organisations and has How full on is it - say can you have a taught me the skills I need to find, apply and part time job and complete your course achieve my career goal. My work experience successfully? with ECU also offered a “real world” view on Full time study and par t-time/ my studies. casual work is manageable but there will What did ECU offer you personally that be times when the load is quite full – especially around the end of semester. A other universities might not do? Employability skills, networking casual/part-time job with some flexible work opportunities and unlimited support. arrangements would be suitable. I study part-time and work part-time and this works What is your favourite part of the course? fine for me. Wo r k i n g w i t h n o n - f o r - p r o f i t organisations and learning from lecturers Where are you headed career-wise? with extensive industry experience. Would you study at ECU again? I haven’t yet decided whether I Was the student lifestyle at ECU a highlight? There are a variety of lifestyle/ will be heading into Human Resources or activities available at ECU but there is of Marketing but I would like to use the skills course room for more. Student groups within learnt from both of my majors to work with ECU are currently working on increasing the non-for-profit organisations. 16 ETC

Royal Shalimar Indian Restaurant owner: Kiran Kosagi

ECU Community Kitchen


ECU Partnership Helps Change Lives Of Troubled Youths Depression, obesity, broken families, and drug use are issues which affect thousands of young people each year, leading to a number of troubled youths within our local communities. In light of this, ECU is working with local Mount Lawley businessman and owner of the Royal Shalimar Indian Restaurant, Mr Kiran Kosagi, to develop the ECU Community Kitchen, which aims to engage and inspire troubled youths through the art of cooking. The program, which was trialled last year, was an initiative of Mr Kosagi, who, following the vandalism of his shop, wanted to develop a program that would motivate local youths who lack a sense of direction. Through the sponsorship of ECU’s Faculty of Business and Law, the initiative has developed into a six week cooking program that provides 12 individuals with the chance to experience commercial cooking in a real life restaurant kitchen. Mr Kosagi believes the program is a fantastic way for local businesses to make a difference within the community. “Local businesses are constantly complaining about security in the area so I decided to see if I could help make a difference by giving youths something to work towards,” Kosagi says. “Through the support of ECU and other local organisations, this idea has developed into a wonderful program that gives troubled youths a head start, boots their self esteem and provides a launching pad to start their cooking career,” he says.

GETTING DOWN TO BUSINESS Scott Molloy, UWA Business School

STUDYING LAW AT UWA Jade Roberts, Faculty of Law

Jade Roberts is studying law because she says it forms the basis of any society and understanding its processes is essential to creating social change. “I am involved in the Progressive Law Students’ Association which generates discussion, facilitates workshops and incites debate on social justice issues. “The skills you gain in a law degree are invaluable as they prevail through time and across jurisdictions. I have gained an appreciation of the principles of the law, the skills to critically analyse judicial decisions, and an ability to detect policy trends and predict the direction of legislative reform.” She says that law is a tool for righting wrongs and for structuring a well-ordered society. “Justice is the noblest ideal to strive for and law is the tool with which to build a fair and just society,” Roberts says. “I’m not certain of the path my law degree will take me down, but I am happy to be travelling in the right direction.” For more info on studying law at UWA, head to

Scott Molloy says he was intent on keeping his options open after year 12 which is why he decided that a law/commerce combined course at one of Australia’s most reputable universities was the best choice for him. “After the broad range of subjects covered in first year, I developed an interest in financial economics and econometrics,” Molloy says. “I received a scholarship to complete my honours thesis on international financial markets. “At UWA, surrounded by WA’s brightest, access to staff expertise and the latest research are huge rewards. My understanding of financial market theory has allowed me to develop the practical skills I will need to succeed in the complex and dynamic commercial world.” Molloy says that business students at UWA are given many opportunities including representing the University in Berlin at the Students in Free Enterprise World Cup and doing a summer internship at a top-tier investment bank in Sydney. Wow. Look no further. For more info on studying business at UWA, jump online and head to or call the Admissions Centre on (08) 6488 2477.

UWA Business student Scott Molloy

MURDOCH MOVING UP IN LAW Murdoch University’s Global Law School 2010 has been a big year for Murdoch University Law students with wins at two prestigious international mooting competitions. For those who don’t know what mooting is, it involves arguing a hypothetical case and gives students the opportunity to develop practical skills and network with the international legal community. M u rd o c h’s te a m b e a t H a r va rd University and City University of Hong Kong teams to become the overall winner for

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arbitration and mediation in the Alternative Dispute Resolution Moot in Hong Kong. Murdoch law students also won the Foreign Direct Investment Moot where they competed against 31 other teams from around the world. These WA students showed they weren’t afraid to take on the big guns, adding these latest prizes to others won in previous international competitions. Murdoch law school students have the opportunity for a truly global education. They can expand their horizons by completing some of their studies overseas. The School of Law offers students travel and study options in Italy, Switzerland, Hong Kong and the United States. These exciting international programs run during semester breaks and can be used towards the requirements of their Murdoch degree. Murdoch’s Law School’s global approach to teaching the Bachelor of Laws and Juris Doctor courses prepares students to pursue careers internationally. Graduates have opportunities to work in the United States, United Kingdom, the European Union, Singapore and Malaysia. Pretty cool really. Head to law. for more info.

WEST AUSTRALIAN ACADEMY OF PERFORMING ARTS (WAAPA) If you know your passion lies in acting, musical theatre, costume design, music, film, dance or visual arts then this is where you want to be. Renowned as one of Australia’s finest performing art schools, WAAPA is for the creative type. For more info on all things WAAPA, head to


Kareena Daws, lighting student Why have you chosen to study in this field? That is what I enjoyed doing most at gigs; being on the lighting crew. I was working at gigs before I started this course. I knew that it was what I wanted to do because I like making shit look cool.

How full on is it? Can you have a part time job and complete your course successfully? Hours var y from 9am – 11pm Monday to Saturday. Some weeks you can be at WAAPA for the full extent of those hours. Some weeks you only have 15 contact hours plus assignments. It varies a lot so you need a very flexible job. Or if you freelance, like me, you can find and choose what hours you work outside of WAAPA. But I still missed out on lots of outside work due to being part of WAAPA productions.

What has WAAPA offered you personally that other universities might not do? Access to state of the art lighting desks, awesome lighting mentors, teachers who know what they are doing who have been in the industry for years and who are Where are you headed career-wise? really good at sharing their knowledge. I have gained alot of lighting work What would you say about your course you since graduating through local production did to students who could be considering companies. I have also got some interstate and have international work lined up over the next enrolling in it? Very long hours. Lots of politics. few months and plan to continue working at gigs and travelling the world. Really good teachers.


India Mehta, design student Why did you choose WAAPA? I chose WAPPA because I loved the idea of being surrounded by a huge amount of talented and artistic people; from musicians, actors to dancers. It’s a great environment to be in. Would you say that WAAPA has really helped you learn practically about/prepare you for the business/industry you have/are about to enter? As a student at WAAPA, you are constantly exposed to one on one teaching from directors, choreographers and designers that are currently working in the industry right now. This has allowed me to develop a great network of contacts and has also motivated me to produce work at the highest standard. You really get an insight into how the industry works and what needs to be done to succeed. What has WAAPA offered you personally that other universities might not do? You get the opportunity to design for film, theatre and dance whilst here, and the support that your class work provides is really good. It’s also the size and professionalism of the productions that is really important. There are high quality actors, directors and choreographers so you really get a feel for the industry and great exposure too. Additionally, throughout your three years here the class work is really angled at providing you with a foundation for success with units in scenic painting, computer aided design (CAD), graphic design, textile manipulation and history of costume and theatre, just to name a few.

Studying costume and set design will become a huge part of your life, mostly due to the large amount of hours that need to be donated to projects and performances. How full on is it? Can you have a part time job and complete your course successfully? To be honest, there are a lot of hours. Throughout an average week I would spend approximately 45 hours at the campus and during productions this can double. I have two casual jobs and can only work on the weekends. Second year is probably the toughest; you have the same amount of class time as first year, as well as the productions. But at the end of the day I don’t see this as a negative thing, if you are this passionate about your field, it’s worth your time. Where are you headed career wise? Would you study at WAAPPA again? The easy part of this question is the second half, yes I would study at WAAPA again. At this point in time working on films really has my interest and I am currently taking on a voluntary roll on a low budget film being shot for Tropfest. I believe you have to get yourself out there as much as you can and start the ball rolling and I am itching to do so.

Describe the on-campus social-life? There is a real social scene at WAAPA. People mingle from all areas and there is always the end of a production to celebrate or the beginning of a new one to form friendship over.

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APPRENTICESHIPS Like working with your hands? Want something practical and hands on? Don’t mind getting dirty? Like the outdoors? Even if you answered “yes” to only one of these questions, an apprenticeship could be for you. Perth has an incredible amount of apprenticeships on offer, seek and you shall find.

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Pauline Edwards is gearing up for an automotive career thanks to a retired WA mechanic. The WA teen was mentored by former mechanic Peter Madden as part of the Seniors Supporting Juniors program at Challenger Institute of Technology. Upon completion of her automotive studies at Challenger’s Peel campus, Pauline undertook three weeks work experience at Mandurah Toyota and was offered a job straight away. The mentoring program started at Challenger last year and has seen numerous retired or semi-retired tradespeople work alongside students to give them a better understanding of their trade and help them complete their training. Edwards says it was extremely helpful having Madden in the automotive workshops in addition to a lecturer as he was able to spend extra time with the students and clarify and explain certain projects. “Peter would go around the workshop and show us what to do if we ever needed help,” she says. “His advice was really useful and it has helped me in my apprenticeship at Mandurah Toyota. My apprenticeship will take three years and after that I hope to undertake a heavy diesel course.” Madden says the program is a good way to share his automotive knowledge and interact with students. “I enjoy watching students like Pauline work hard and achieve their goals,” he says. “When Pauline told me about her apprenticeship I was so happy. It made me realise how worthwhile this mentoring program is, and I look forward to doing it all over again.” Th e p ro g ra m b e g a n w i t h o n e volunteer at Challenger’s Peel campus in January last year. Since then 15 or more seniors between 60 and 80 years of age have joined the program to act as mentors to metals, floor and ceiling, construction and automotive pre-apprentices, many of whom are Mandurah Senior College students. The mentors share their expertise by spending between four and 15 hours each week with the students in the trade workshops. Challenger’s Seniors Supporting Juniors program coordinator Dorothy Maley says most of last year’s mentors returned this year to continue with the program, which shows the program has been a success. “The program has benefited both the students and mentors. The students have gained valuable skills, support and encouragement from the mentors while the mentors have gained a sense of purpose and built a rapport with the students,” she says. “Some of the mentors are so dedicated that they express disappointment when school holidays approach as they miss the regular workshops!” Anyone interested in volunteering or finding out more about the program can contact Dorothy on 9586 7427 or 0401 588 522 or email

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Kelly Discombe, Plumbing Apprenticeship Arnold Schwarzenegger went from action hero to Californian governor, Richard Branson from band promoter to airline mogul and Paul Hogan transformed from bridge painter to prawn-cooking Aussie icon. But few career deviations can quite match that of Kelly Discombe, of Waikiki, who has swapped pedicures for pipe wrenches. From the high-end salons of Subiaco where she worked for years as a beautician, Kelly has completed a plumbing and gas fitting apprenticeship at Challenger Institute of Technology. “My previous job encompassed all aspects of beauty, from waxing to makeup,” explains Discombe. “I wouldn’t have dreamed of changing a tap washer back then. “At that stage, the only manual labour I would attempt would be to pump my own fuel! How things have changed.” The impetus for the life-changing

career switch was when she and her partner, Steve, decided to knock down their house and rebuild. Very soon her acrylic nails were in work gloves and her polished toenails occupying a pair of steel-capped boots. “I did not think I was capable of climbing into roof spaces, knocking over brickwork and driving a bobcat,” she says. “The experience increased not only my confidence but also my interest in different kinds of construction and installation.” When the offer of an apprenticeship came her way from her plumber partner, Discombe jumped at the chance to take up an entirely new career. “Challenger Institute was fantastic,” she says. “The plumbing and gas lecturers were thorough, supportive and the lessons were comfortable for people who’d had little exposure to the industry. “They were skilled in teaching a class

that included a range of ages as well as women.” Working in the male dominated field has caused a few wry smiles. “Other plumbers have been very accepting but some customers are still a little wary,” she says. “I quite often knock on a customer’s door only to have them look behind me for the ‘plumber bloke’. Some are sceptical but most are just surprised, then congratulate me on becoming a lady plumber.” Discombe, a mother of five, said she would encourage more women to consider plumbing or gas fitting as a career option. “Getting a trade can set you up for life, creating opportunities in domestic, industrial and mining,” she says. “Doing this kind of work does not mean you have to give up being feminine. The only hard part is making the decision to go for it. The rest is easy.”


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Scott Harvey, Completed A Welding Pre-Apprenticeship Scott Harvey left school in year 11 with no / Fabrication Light) that provides people who idea what he wanted to be when he “grew up”. have completed year 10 with the opportunity to Today at age 26, he is celebrating ten years gain an apprenticeship to become a boilermaker, as a boilermaker welder and says it all started Sheetmetal worker, welder or heavy welder. Using a mix of industry and virtual with a pre-apprenticeship that sparked his interest in the job. “I studied metal work at reality equipment in a workshop environment, school and soon discovered my passion for experienced lecturers will teach students gluing metal together,” Harvey says. “A pre- practical skills and knowledge to cut, shape, apprenticeship taught me the basic skills of the join, and finish metal to make, maintain or repair job and led to an apprenticeship which saw me metal products and structures. Students will learn skills in using qualified in four years.” Harvey has worked on the mines as tools, measuring and calculating, drawing and a fixed plant boilermaker; travelled and worked interpreting sketches, mechanical cutting, overseas as a general fabricator for the London thermal cutting, gouging, and arc welding. Fabrications Lecturer Tom Kelly Olympics and for a short time, owned his own business. He now works five minutes from home says some of WA’s most thriving mining and at TracWest Machinery where he fabricates infrastructure projects are seeking qualified from engineering drawings to convert trucks, metals and engineering tradespeople. “Preexcavators and buses to travel on the train apprenticeships at Trades North provide line. “Boilermaking is great and once you’re students with the opportunity to get trained in qualified you can benefit from high earnings, a field they are passionate about faster and take reasonable working hours and plenty of work advantage of some of these wonderful career opportunities,” Harvey says. “I love my trade and opportunities,” he says. If you want more info, call (08) 9233 encourage others to get trained and give it a go.” Trades North, a new state of the art 1800 or email TradesNorthClarkson@wcit. trades training facility in Clarkson is offering a to register your interest in a preCertificate II in Engineering (Pre-apprenticeship apprenticeship.


Jayden Palmer, Pre-Apprenticeship

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If you’re in the northern suburbs of Perth, you can now take advantage of Trade North’s new state of the art trades training facility at Clarkson. Part of West Coast Institute of Training (formerly West Coast TAFE), Trade North’s multimillion dollar campus will see experienced lecturers use industry and virtual reality equipment to train future electricians, welders, carpenters, joiners, plasterers, bricklayers, blocklayers, floor and wall tilers. School students who have completed year 10 can fast track their trades career by participating in a pre-apprenticeship program at Trades North. Trades North Executive Director Patrick O’Brien says pre-apprenticeships take about six to twelve months to complete and

the skills you gain can lead to employment in a trade and shorten the term of your apprenticeship. Jayden Palmer completed a preapprenticeship in year 11 to learn the basics of bricklaying, plastering, floor and wall tiling. He has now completed an apprenticeship with Homebuyers Centre and says he is enjoying working outdoors and being financially secure. “Participating in a pre-apprenticeship was the best thing I ever did,” Palmer says. “It got me out of school and onto the tools doing a job that I love. I wouldn’t have it any other way.” To r e g i s t e r n o w f o r a p r e apprenticeship at Trades North, call (08) 9233 1236 or email

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Don’t know what to do with yourself after school? Don’t want to delve into something that requires a massive four year or so commitment? Short courses are your answer. Perth has a lot of universities and institutes which can get you started in a short course in a variety of fields that may spark new interests or career ideas. Think about it, seriously.



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Cruising the Mediterranean Sea is just an average day at the office for Challenger Institute of Technology beauty therapy graduate Hollie Davis. Davis has gained employment with the luxurious Norwegian Gem cruise ship after being recruited by the world renowned Steiner Training Academy in London. The 18 year old Secret Harbour resident, who completed a beauty therapy diploma at Challenger Institute, is currently sailing around Europe performing beauty treatments on high-flying clientele in the ship’s day spa. “I love working on ships; it’s a lot of fun and you meet some amazing people,” Davis says. “It’s hard work I won’t lie but if you love your job then it is easy and you receive incentives if you hit sales targets.” Davis said the Challenger beauty therapy diploma gave her an edge over other applicants when she applied for the job. “The Challenger course prepared me in every way possible for a career in beauty therapy,” she says. “I enjoyed every moment of the course and I received all the practical and theory help I needed to be ready to enter the industry.” For more info on all these and more, head to

With over 120 courses on offer at West Coast Institute of Training, you’re bound to find something that will spark your interest, drive your passion and put you on the road to success. Whether it’s a career in hospitality, commerce, health, community services or trades that you’re after, West Coast’s high quality training will make you stand out from the crowd. Take Kaila Riley. She jumped into study despite being unsure what she wanted to do. Having completed a Certificate II in Sports Coaching, Riley is now reaping the rewards. “It’s easy to become unmotivated but once you start doing something you enjoy so many opportunities become available,” Riley says. “Through my training I have secured two jobs and developed the skills and knowledge that have set me Rochelle Anderson (left) on a very successful career path.” with Kaila Riley Head to for more info.


Have you ever wanted to try your hand at cooking Asian cuisine? Would you like to know how to make a perfect long macchiato? Do you want to learn how to mix a mean cocktail or fine tune your bar skills for your next party? Then you should enrol in a short course at WCIT (West Coast Institute of Training). Director of West Coast’s Academy of Hospitality and Tourism, Patrick O’Brien, says short courses are a great way to try your hand at something new. “Not only will you be able to impress your friends and family with your new found skills in the kitchen, you will meet new people and have some fun too,” he says. John Bate completed the Thai cooking course earlier this year and loved it.“We worked with an experienced, enthusiastic chef using state of the art equipment, and best of all, I learnt to cook dishes that have become family favourites. I make them all the time,” he says. Short course enrolments for Term 1 2011 are opening soon. Call 1300 134 881 or visit to find out more.


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This exciting and informative school holiday program for year 10, 11 and 12 students offers acting, improvisation, movement and voice studies. It is taught by members of WAAPA’s acclaimed acting staff. Participants will also work with experienced industry professionals to create a self-devised performance piece. At the conclusion of the course, the students will present their performances on stage in front of family and friends in WAAPA’s Roundhouse Theatre. It’s all happening on Monday, January 17 through ‘til Friday, January 21 from 9-5pm. It costs $550. For more info, head to

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Life on campus is what makes the university experience so great and rewarding. Whether it be chilling at campus cafes to get work done, lying on the lawn in the sun or attending performances, exhibitions or events featuring your fellow students’ work, it’s all about enjoying yourself.



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Carli Allen, journalism graduate You can go anywhere after uni, it’s really up to you. Carli Allen went to ECU and had a ball. She chose ECU because she wanted to complete a practical, hands-on course. “ECU is well known for this and that was the main attraction,” she says. She now works full time at the Avon Valley Community Newspaper. Had you been to any other uni previously and then switched to ECU specifically? I have only ever been to ECU, but it was the only university I put down as a preference. Why have you chosen to study in this field? I chose to study communications because I really excelled at English in high school. I wasn’t too sure which communications field I would end up working in, for example public relations, but had faith I was at least studying something that interested me.

Carli Allen. Photo by Matthew Poon

Would you say that ECU has really helped you learn practically and prepare you for the business/industry you have entered? My course and lecturers at ECU gave me the best start to my career. The course was practical, relevant and the lecturers were experienced in their fields. I completed work experience in my last semester and it set me up well for my first job. Without the skills I learnt from my course, I would have gone into work experience floundering and would have been less likely to secure my job.

What would you say about your course to students considering enrolling in it? I felt my course offered me a wellrounded experience. It also gave me the opportunity to study different majors in the communications degree and across other schools in the university. I never expected to be a journalist. I only switched to journalism towards the end of my course after studying human resources, marketing and public relations. But the opportunity to try other things and the expertise of the lecturers in journalism eventually lured me in!

What did ECU offer you personally that other universities might not have? ECU had lecturers with a wealth of experience. They were always approachable, had excellent advice and small class sizes in the last year meant you got a lot of individual attention.

Is your course staged in a small or big environment? Do students get to know each other? The first-year lectures are really big and a bit overwhelming but from the second year when people branch off into their majors, classes get smaller and there is more opportunities to make close friendships.

What was your favourite part of the course? My favourite part of the course was completing work experience and the having the How full on is it - say can you have a part time opportunity to gain first hand experience in the job and complete your course successfully? industry I knew I wanted to be in. I worked part-time most of the way through my degree, and most of my friends did Were the on-campus activities and lifestyle too. As long as you can manage your time well, it a highlight? was easy. The student lifestyle is awesome. As I got further into my course, I made more friends Where are you headed now career-wise? and really enjoyed spending time with them at Now I have been working full-time as a journalist uni, after classes at the tavern or on weekends. for a year, settling into my role and striving to work A group of us still catch up regularly. my way up the gradings by learning new skills.


Not Too Shabby The ECU Australian University Games team achieved their best ever result by finishing in fifth place at the 2010 Australian University Games held in our lovely town this year. The Australian University Games is Australia’s largest sporting event involving over 5,000 students competing in 31 sports, ranging from AFL and fencing to badminton and ultimate frisbee. This year was the highest ever finish for the ECU team, who took home a total of 19 gold, 11 silver and 13 bronze medals and also finished runner up for the Doug Ellis Trophy which recognises the best team achievement per capita. Highlights of the competition included ECU’s win over dominant team Monash University in the men’s soccer to achieve gold, winning performances in the 200m sprint and 100m backstroke and wins in both the men’s and

women’s beach volleyball competition. Other winning teams included the men’s squash team; mixed touch rugby team (division 2); lawn bowls team (division 1), men’s fencing team, taekwondo, and the mixed netball team (division 2). There were also some outstanding individual performances which saw ECU take home gold in the men’s individual fencing, men’s pole vault and the men’s triple jump. Manager of ECU Sports, Belinda Somers says it’s a massive achievement for ECU. “Well done to all involved, we look forward to building on ECU’s success at next year’s event at the Gold Coast.” For more information on the Australian University Games, including the full list of results, visit the Australian university sport website at

For students at Murdoch University, life is more than just lectures, essays and exams. They also have the opportunity to enhance their employment prospects by giving something back, through participating in one of Murdoch’s volunteer programs. Volunteer programs help develop leadership, communication, organisational and time management skillsattributes that are highly valued by employers. Students can choose from a wide range of volunteer options. For example repairing and recycling unwanted computers through the Guild of Students Free Computer program, or helping high school students discover what inspires them as a STAR Peer Tutor, or practicing public relations skills by promoting the university in the community as a Student Ambassador. No matter what your interests, Murdoch has a volunteer program to suit. Murdoch understands that studies are important which is why the volunteer programs are designed to fit around a student lifestyle. You may commit to just one or two hours a week, or indulge a passion by participating in several programs at once. To recognise the contribution students

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have made to the community, their commitment is recorded on a Community and Careers Skills Developmental Transcript. This is a formal document outlining achievements as a volunteer that can used to give the edge in the competitive job market. Get on board at Murdoch!

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SAE AT ONE MOVEMENT FESTIVAL Audio Students Assist At Music Festival

It’s now the second year that One Movement For Music has run in Perth and also the second year that SAE audio students have had the opportunity to assist at the festival. This year’s itinerary included artists and delegates from the likes of Lady Gaga’s manager Troy Carter, Triple J’s Richard Kingsmill, Ian “Molly” Meldrum, Paul Kelly, Karnivool, The Jezabels and many more. Production manager for One Movement, Simon Hunt says the SAE students were great and did a fantastic job. “It was great to see that for once the students were willing to be a part of the entire production of the stages and not pre focused on the opportunity to do FOH [front of house] or foldback,” he says. “This gave them the opportunity to mingle with the people of Perth production who have been in the industry for years and build contacts for their future. This will give those with the real want and attitude to do live audio production the quickest route to employment opportunities after completion of their training with SAE.” We’re jealous too! To find out more info how you can get up close and personal with SAE and One Movement, head to


Student Edge Student Discounts Since 2004, Student Edge has been saving students money. It was founded by four university friends: Damien Langley, Craig Chetty, Simon Loader and Jeremy Chetty. Student Edge provides a free discount card for students. All full-time or part-time secondary and tertiary students (including apprentices/trainees) in Australia are eligible to join. Get your very own Student Edge card and receive big discounts on big brands. Today the program has launched nationally, boasts over 80 discount partners and has 300,000 plus members. Its mission is to reduce the financial and social pressures of being a student, unite students through the creation of a national student membership and at the same time, adhere to the principles of sustainability and environmental responsibility. Students get their free personalised Student Edge card with their own choice of colour. Simply flash your card and save money at either of the following places: McDonalds, City Beach,

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Many universities and institutes host employment expos for their students so that upon graduation, they’re familiar with available options, and are able to take the appropriate course of action to kick start the career they want. Most information on expos will become available when joining a university or institute via email, word of mouth or around campus. Make sure to keep your eyes open.

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SO YOU WANT TO BE A FASHION DESIGNER? Well, before you can see your label hanging on the racks of boutiques across the nation, you will need to enrol in a course that will equip you with the skills needed to design and sell your wares. Choosing the right course isn’t always an easy process – a range of universities and institutes in WA offer bachelors and diplomas in fashion, each with their own specialties. To save you a whole lot of research, E.T.C. has rounded up all of the options, Words and photographs by Emma Bergmeier making it easier to find the perfect course for what you want to do.

Curtin University

Budding designers interested in employing the latest (and greatest) cutting edge production techniques should look no further than Curtin University’s undergraduate Bachelor of Arts (Humanities) course, majoring in Fashion. Home to state-of-the-art equipment and teaching staff constantly looking for new ways to create and manipulate fabrics, Curtin allows students to develop their own approach to fashion, encouraging them to innovate and push the boundaries. A full time, three year course that takes place at Curtin’s Bentley campus, the Fashion program is highly regarded in the WA industry for producing graduates that are inventive and market ready. Love fabric? Perhaps a Bachelor of Arts (Humanities) majoring in Textiles will be more up your alley. In this three year course students discover the history of textiles and look to the future with new kinds of fabric design and manipulation. Learn how to embroider, embellish, dye, tuft and fuse, and utilise computerised fabric production methods to create your very own prints and textiles. To find out more about Fashion studies at Curtin, jump online to

Design by Curtin University graduate Paye Lin

If you’re not sure whether you want to focus on textiles, garment construction or design, cover all your bases with Polytechnic West’s course in Applied Fashion Design and Technology. A three year diploma, Polytechnic West’s qualification ensures students understand the ins and outs of all facets of the fashion industry, from patternmaking to how to run and maintain a successful label. Students are offered extensive work experience opportunities with designers located in WA and over east, and a mentoring program allows industry heavyweights to guide students and provide advice and feedback on their collections. Units on offer include Commercial Viability, Cost Design Production and Experimental Textiles. Get the full rundown on the course at

Challenger Institute

Design by Challenger Institute graduate Kayleigh Allen

Edith Cowan University

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Offering a slightly shorter course than other educational institutions in WA, Challenger Institute’s Diploma in Fashion Design and Textiles is renowned for producing some of our state’s most promising and accomplished fashion designers. Offering small classes that ensure every student receives one-on-one assistance, Challenger’s course of study focuses on both design and construction, equipping students with a wide variety of skills. With close connections to organisations such as The Fremantle Fashion Collective, students at Challenger are encouraged to undertake extensive industry placements, working closely with established designers who know the ins and outs of life in the fashion fast lane. To get the low down on Challenger’s hands-on course, check out challenger. au.

Design by Polytechnic West graduate Kelly Saunders

Fusing the realms of art and fashion, ECU’s Contemporary Fashion (Bachelor Of Contemporary Arts) course encourages students to look beyond form and functionality to develop new ways of creating, deconstructing and understanding garments. A three year course offered at the Mount Lawley ECU campus, the Contemporary Fashion steam of study is perfect for budding artists and designers who perhaps aren’t necessarily looking to create ready-to-wear garments. Students develop highly tuned analytical skills as well at the practical knowledge required to execute avant garde and fashion forward creations. Units on offer include Materials And The Body, Fabric Manipulation and Contextualising The Garment, among many others. Find out more about Contemporary Fashion at ECU via

Central Institute

Design by Central Institute graduate Shelly Tindale

Whether you’re keen on print design or textile manipulation, there’s no going past Central Institute’s Diploma of Fashion and Textile Design course. Instead of just learning how to construct and design garments, students at Central Institute are offered the opportunity to create their own fabrics and learn how to design prints using traditional and cutting edge techniques. A range of practical core units are offered as part of Central’s Fashion And Textile Design course including fashion drawing, digital design techniques, fashion textiles and fashion marketing; ensuring that graduates leave the course equipped with all the skills needed to design, create and launch a successful label. With previous graduates including the likes of Jaime Lee Major (Jaime Lee), Kirsten Skye (Paper Skye) and Chloe Jones (Lonely As A Cloud), students at Central Institute know they’re in safe and very capable hands. To find out more about Central Institute’s courses, head to

Design by ECU graduate Meghan Hosie

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Let the job hunting begin! When you finish your studies and start to think about finding work in your chosen field, the first thing you should do is polish up your resume and cover letter to give yourself the best chance possible of securing that covetable dream job. In most cases an employer’s first impression of you will come from your resume, so it’s absolutely vital that the document you present is perfect, even one small spelling mistake can be enough for picky employers to disregard your application. Your resume should include all the necessary info about who you are as a person and as an employee, and if you list your email as, that indeed tells an employer all they need to know about you, your personal life and your work ethic. Though we certainly don’t encourage anyone to lie on their resume, it doesn’t hurt to bend the truth in your favour every now and again. Say you’re going for a customer service job, talk up the roles you’ve had previously that relate to this area and don’t bother listing previous work that isn’t relevant. If you’re applying for an office job but have only ever worked in retail, be sure to mention any administrative experience you may have picked up while working in a store to give your application context. Relate your old jobs and roles to what you’ll possibly be doing in a new job so that the employer knows you’re capable. Don’t make the mistake of just listing your previous employers in your resume; it should also include relevant information (depending on the employer) about your passions, what drives you and what your goals are. If you’re applying for a job at a magazine for instance, it’s worthwhile to mention what magazines you enjoy reading and what you think you can bring to that publication. Avoid making the mistake of listing too much personal info though – unless you’re applying for a job at a gym or as a personal trainer, nobody cares that you enjoy running or that you’re a Taurus who likes to spend time walking on the beach. And if you’re not applying for a position in retail, don’t bother including a picture because it’s rare that your appearance will have any impact on whether you get hired (we hope). Once you’ve sorted out the content of your resume ensure that your formatting is clear, concise and professional. Avoid small fonts, novelty type faces, clip art and coloured paper, which only detracts from the vital information. Cover letters are crucial! Craft each cover letter to suit each employer; don’t just rehash the same spiel over and over. Do a bit of research about the company you’re applying to work for and incorporate aspects of that information into your cover letter to show that you understand and care about

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Resume Essentials: Contact Information Employment History Academic History Career Objectives Referral Letters and Contacts Cover Letter Resume Optional Extras: Accomplishments and Awards Interests and Hobbies Ability to speak foreign languages Memberships and Affiliations Special Skills


Us youngsters are rather lucky that job hunting can be done without ever leaving the house thanks to an abundance of career websites that are chock-a-block with positions needing to be filled. If you’re searching high and low for a new career, be sure to check out the following sites to find out what positions are currently available.

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We‘re here to put you on the right course The choices you make over the next few weeks could determine what you do with the rest of your life. Every ECU course is designed with the right balance of theory and practice so you’ll graduate with job ready skills. But with so many courses on offer, you might find the choice overwhelming. That’s why we have a team of expert Course Advisors to help you. So once you receive your scores, come and talk to us. We’re at Building 18, Joondalup Campus, 270 Joondalup Drive. And we’re open to take your calls from 9am to 5pm on the following dates: Thursday, 30 December 2010 – Friday, 31 December 2010 Tuesday, 4 January 2011 – Friday, 7 January 2011

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If your friends or relatives are MasterChefs in the making, be sure to pop into Kitchen Warehouse this week to stock up on last minute Christmas gifts. Considering that it’s the time of year when we’re all supposed to eat, drink and be merry, gifts that can be used in the kitchen and at the bar score extra brownie points, and whether you’re hunting for decanters, cocktail making products or tools to help you put on the perfect Christmas lunch or dinner, Kitchen Warehouse has it all. Head in to any of the five Kitchen Warehouse stores across Perth to stock up on cheap and cheerful presents such as these gorgeous Babooshka Measuring Cups ($19.99), or decadent items such as this Riedel Smile Black Tie Decanter ($269) that reveals a hollowed out heart when filled up. To find out where your nearest K itchen Warehouse store is located, head online to

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If there’s a special lady in your life with a penchant for all things old fashioned, be sure to check out The Gently Unfurling Sneak’s delightful range of brooches via online boutique Moose: Art For Living. A Melbourne based label created by crafty lass Anika Cook, The Gently Unfurling Sneak offers up cotton brooches framed in circular bamboo frames that ooze wit and whimsy. Check out these designs and many more at

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West Australian designer Fenella Peacock (of Ant!podium fame) recently opened her very own boutique tucked away in a quaint cottage at 17 Glyde Street in Mosman Park. Stocking designs by Ant!podium, Fenella’s self titled label, TotoMoto, Teagan Sewell and more, the Emporium is choc-a-block with covetable curios and designs. In February next year Nell’s Café will open in the same location, making use of the beautiful courtyard situated behind the store. Open from 9am ’til 5pm from Monday to Saturday, Nell’s Emporium is well worth seeking out.

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DEMOCRACY TO GO OUT WITH A BANG After three years and 39 international DJs, Democracy has announced its last ever show for Perth. Sad, we know. But you’ll be happy to hear this: Brighton star, Matt Edwards, better known as Radio Slave will be here to deliver on the decks. He’ll be bringing some of his more recent influences from the home of the electronic movement in Berlin where he’s been residing for the last decade. Along with Radio Slave, SOS The Collective, aka sonic soundmaster duo Omid 16B and Demi, will be bringing the good vibes from the infamous boat parties they host in London to bounce off the walls at Ambar. Get on down to show Democracy one last time what you’re made of on Friday, January 21. Support acts and ticketing info is still to be confirmed. Watch this space.

Think Malente is a place? Yep, you are right. FYI it’s in Germany. But he’s also a DJ. That’s right everyone, one of the world’s cutting edge producers is destined for Perth. For the last decade, Malente has been releasing albums spanning genres from crankin’ electro to breaks to dirty rocking digital beats, he’s a step ahead of the cool cats. For those Bloody Beetroots fans, you may be interested in this too: Steve Aoki backed Malente’s They’re Killin It earlier this year which took the German charts by storm, reaching #1. His next track Hunting is sure to annihilate dancefloors around the world, one of them being here when he jumps on the decks at Limelite on Friday, January 21, at Metropolis Fremantle. He’ll be supported by local DJs Zelimir, JS and Slickenside. Doors open at 9.30pm. Tickets are $20 on the door or $15 before 11pm/on a guestlist. Party on yo.










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KASKADE OF DANCEFLOOR DELIGHTS One of the most revered names in house music, Kaskade, aka Ryan Raddon is setting out to please his Aussie fans by bringing his energetic and euphonious collection of dance floor anthems to our shores. The San Francisco go-to producer is known for his creativity and versatility. He’s transformed pop hits of Lady Gaga, Beyonce and Timbaland into disco jiving dance tunes and is now bringing his sixth studio album Dynasty as part of his Australian tour to smash your eardrums and give you pleasurably sore dancing feet. Dynasty is currently one of the top five downloaded albums on iTunes in North America and has been the #1 dance music album overall for four weeks straight. Catch the master himself on Saturday, January 22, at Villa. Tickets are $27 plus booking free and are available from Planet, Mills and moshtix. Doors open 10pm. Do it.

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BRING IN THE NEW YEAR IN YOUR PJS Limelite is presenting an absolute cracker of a New Year’s Eve party. Ballarat’s very own Yacht Club DJs will be bringing their exceedingly grand mashups to absolute whip up a frenzy on the dance floor. If anyone saw them at Amplifier earlier in the year, they would be able to tell you - these guys know how to party. And not only that, they’ll most likely be in their pyjamas as it is a PJ party! Woohoo! It is going to be one mother of an event with pillows, fluff, flying PJs and general mayhem as the mixing merchants bring their creative juices to the decks. Downstairs in the mainroom, local peeps Jus Haus?, The Pearl Whites and Zelimir will be smashing out some tunes. Doors open 9.30pm. Tickets are $35 plus booking fee from Door sales $55. No sleep on the cards here!

PVT TURNING POINT “We’ve always been aware we’ve had a singer in the band but we developed in a certain route and we wanted the experience of having a vocalist to be a natural one and not one that we forced at an awkward time.” The theme of natural evolution is one that comes up often when talking to Pike and Church With No Magic was didn’t just “happen” as per say. “Church With No Magic took longer to make than O Soundtrack; it definitely felt longer,” Pike declares. “We weren’t exactly sure what we were doing, we wanted to throw caution to the wind and try some different things. When you do that you have to be willing to go down a certain path and then have to turn back or take a tangent. “We were really trying all sorts of stuff in terms of ways of writing and obviously working more with vocals. Developing that part of the music was a whole new element to the process which took a bit of time but we didn’t want to rush it.” The outcome has been an album that features on several year-end ‘Best Album’ lists, something Pike is very happy with. “I think we’ve taken a big step up with Church With No Magic. In a lot of ways we knew we were taking a step up and moving forward and that’s what we wanted to do. We wanted to try something here and I think it’s quite a bold record in that regard.”

PVT When questioned about what it’s like working with his brother, Pike quickly turns the question around. “It’s so normal to me because Richard and I have done this since we were kids, we have a pretty good relationship,” he says. “It’s quite easy because we’ve grown up with a lot of the same influences. We both have different experiences musically but we seem to have an unspoken understanding with how we work. If anything it’s probably a more relevant question to ask what it’s like to work with someone who’s not your brother. Dave’s probably the one that suffers the most.” Pike is pricklier when the topic of Warp Records comes up. PVT are the first Australian band to have signed with the benchmark electronica label but Pike says they can’t afford to rest on their laurels. “To us it’s not something we can think about, we’re just trying to make albums and tour. For all intents and purposes our music could be coming out on Dino Music. We have to make albums whether Brian Eno is producing them or no one is listening.”

Gareth Emery, aka young British DJ superstar, is headed for our lovely country. Emery has absolutely taken the electronic global house down this year, voted #7 in DJ Mag’s Top 100 poll. He’s produced remixes for Armin van Buuren and Above & Beyond which lead him to spend more time at the top of Beatport’s trance charts than any other artist last year. Although it may seem like Emery had “overnight success” with the sudden launch of his new Garuda label and club night which saw an incredible amount of people travelling miles to see him at one of the world’s finest clubs, Emery has done the hard yards. He started playing the piano when he was four years old and then become immersed in Britpop and indie in the mid 90s. It wasn’t until a chance trip to Ibiza in 1998 that Emery became interested in dance music. At 29, Emery is conquering the electronic music world with his latest offering Northern Lights. You can catch this hot shot on Saturday, February 5, at Metro City. Head to for tickets. See you on the d-floor peeps.

Perth audiences will have the chance to see two separate sides of PVT when they follow up their Summadayze appearance in January with a spot at St Jerome’s Laneway Festival in February. “The last time we did something dance orientated like Summadayze in Sydney, we threw caution to the wind and tended to improvise and made it quite ravey and psychedelic,” Pike says. “It was actually quite fun. So I don’t know if we’ll take a similar tack on this one or play the set we’ve been playing. Our intention for Laneway is to play some new songs. We’re trying to write at the moment.” It’s a testament to PVT’s work ethic that, despite citing burnout, the band still plan on releasing a new album soon. “I think our approach is always to make whole records that you can listen to beginning to end and there’s some kind of thread there. “We’re already starting work on a new record now, we just want to power through. We already hear how we feel like we can make it better, make it more concise in all sorts of ways. “It’s exciting for us because it’s like Church With No Magic has opened up all these spaces to move in. I kinda wish we were in a position where we could make two albums a year. But the nature of the industry is that you have to be on the road a certain amount to promote the music and potentially make an income.” PVT SATURDAY, JANUARY 8 @ SUMMADAYZE SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 12 @ ST JEROME’S LANEWAY FESTIVAL

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NERO BASS HEAVY BEATS As New Year’s Eve fast approaches, Origin at Belvoir is shaping up to be a monster of a night. GLEN CANNING caught up with Daniel Stephens, one half of UK duo Nero to talk about bass, beats and escaping the freezing UK weather. It’s been a productive year for Nero, recently picking up Best Dubstep Act and Best Dubstep Track for Act Like You Know at Beatport’s 2010 Awards as well as putting the finishing touches on their debut album to be released under Chase And Status’ label MTA. With their upcoming tour to Australia imminent, Stephens can’t wait to escape the cold. “It’s been a while since we were last out in Australia so it’s good to come back there and maybe because it’s just fucking cold here as well! It’s always nice and hot over there so it’s great,” Stephens says. Nero’s sound has evolved over the years to incorporate both house and dubstep alongside their drum’n’bass foundations to create a sound Stephens describes as “epic and bass heavy.” Listening to one of their tracks like This Way, you soon understand what he means. Enjoying considerable success with their dubstep, Stephens explains the production process in comparison to a drum’n’bass track.“It’s kind of different really, it’s a different school of thought, some things are quite similar obviously like the sounds that you make, like the bass sounds and stuff like that but what we do in the space between the mix is quite different to drum‘n’bass so it is quite different but it’s quite interesting.” With dubstep being a relative newcomer to EDM, it has been embraced by a lot of drum’n’bass artists including Nero who incorporate it into their live sets but is dubstep merely a companion to drum’n’bass? “I think they really cross over themselves,” Stephens explains. “I remember when we decided to play a mix of drum’n’bass and dubstep, it went down really well and it’s really well accepted now which is a sign that everything is crossing over nicely which is great.” Chase And Status have been doing a lot of experimenting recently and Will Kennard (one half of Chase And Status) suggested that drum’n’bass was getting a bit stale and Stephens seems to share this point of view. “I pretty much agree man. For us, if you go and buy our album there’s not a lot of what you’d call modern drum’n’bass on the album but there is a lot more housey/dubstep sounds on there,” he says.

Nero “But on it all getting stale, I think it hit a bit of a brick wall but occasionally you’ll get a few songs that really change the whole sound so it may have hit the wall but I’m sure it will bounce back.” As technology evolves, one would expect the quality of productions to improve but due to easy accessibility, often the reverse is the case with the industry being flooded by thousands of average tracks. And there are ways to stop this so call flooding as Stephens reveals.“I think it’s cool to try produce but you have to keep writing and writing until it’s good enough to send out,” he says. “Every track you make should be better than the last one until you get that amazing one that you send out. People have to be very careful with what they put out but when it’s a great song then it’s good to saturate the market with great music!” NERO ORIGIN FRIDAY, DECEMBER 31 @ BELVOIR AMPHITHEATRE

FREESTYLERS PUSHING UP British electronic dance music act, Freestylers, are bound for Breakfest. With a busy Australian touring schedule ahead of them, one half of the brains behind the breakbeat production, Aston Harvey, talks to ANNABEL MACLEAN about working with Pendulum, their album currently in production and why there’s no money to be made in music anymore. Aston Harvey doesn’t get sunburnt. The producer and DJ won’t be taking any risks though when he hits our shores shortly. He’s arriving a few days before the big touring schedule starts to “easily climatise myself” as he puts it before admitting that he’ll probably just get here and go out on the town anyway. “I’ve got to ease myself into the tanning situation, it’s great that we can come over in your summer time, it’s like the most un-Christmassy vacation it’ll probably be,” he laughs. It’s a big touring schedule and even Harvey sounds as if he hasn’t taken it all in on the other end of the line in chilly England but compared to what the duo have accomplished this year, flying from Melbourne to Adelaide and back on the same day shouldn’t be problem. Recently released Say Yes which Harvey describes as a “pretty underground sort of breaks sort of dubsteppy” track, the duo have been working towards a fifth album for next year and DJing throughout the course of 2010. “We’ve just bought a whole load of new equipment so we’ve done a whole studio as well,” Harvey says. Harvey says most of the tracks for the forthcoming offering are finished but re-working them has been keeping them busy. “We’ve been putting out tracks in the meantime on the internet, it’s kind of like - the way people put albums out these days is completely different, it’s a different strategy completely,” he says. Having worked with great names in the past, it comes as no surprise that Freestylers have recruited a number of artists for the new album, despite how little Harvey lets on. “Possibly, I mean we’ve been working with a few new artists but more like artists people have never heard of really,” he says. “Generally the people that you’ve heard of - you either have to be really really hot or have the same management so everyone puts you in the same room together or they always want loads of money so we’re kind of just working with people that we know.” Touching on the duo’s work with Pendulum on airwave smash hits Painkiller and Fasten Your Seatbelts, Harvey offers a different insight on the brains behind Pendulum. “We worked with Rob (Pendulum’s vocalist), it was 66

Freestylers like Rob in his bedroom at home, loads of Coke cans everywhere and quite studenty but I’m sure now he’s living very very well and has a nice studio,” he says. “Even back then you could hear their sound, sometimes when you’re that massive, you can’t not cross over, not just because you’re making something that is a bit more poppy but because of the sound, it’s just attracting loads of people.” And if there’s any tune which has gone commercial this year, Harvey says it’s Duck Sauce’s Barbra Streisand. “I think now with the way that music is going, people should be even less precious about sampling, there’s no money to be made in music anymore, it’s a weird thing, it’s alright if I sample a record that is 30/40 years old, like that Duck Sauce record, you listen to the original and they haven’t really done that much but like millions of kids out there have never heard of Boney M but… that’s the way music works.” FREESTYLERS BREAKFEST SUNDAY, DECEMBER 26 @ BELVOIR AMPHITHEATRE

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FREQ NASTY DREADLOCKS AND CIGARS Most recollections of Darin McFayden are those photos of him puffing on a cigar, sporting a massive head of dreadlocks. And then of course, there’s his unflinching ability to rip the dance floor with his twisted beats, bass and breaks. And little it seems has changed over the last decade because McFayden is still about delivering the best experience possible. RK talks to him about, well, pretty much all of that. “I guess the last thing I really did was the Fabric 42 compilation which is great because it’s always fun to work with the Fabric people; it’s an amazing organisation and the record label and club are internationally known as the best or one of the best labels in the world,” McFayden begins. Having played at Fabric since it opened, McFayden believes that Fabric has really become a part of dance music history and culture.“It’s done a lot for me and it’s great to use it as an opportunity to highlight the artists coming out that weren’t necessarily known for a particular style of music, if that makes sense?” But for McFayden though, it has almost always been beats and breaks or variations on that theme. Right now, it’s what he calls “just good bass music.” But that doesn’t change the fact that it’s generally a riot and not something you can stand around having a chin stroke to. “Things are happening in breaks and drum’n’bass now, much more so than ever before,” he says. “Genres are so constricting in terms of what they force you to do. One of the things about Baltimore and dubstep was that it’s always been nice to showcase newer forms of music when you play or do a compilation or whatever. “I think for a start, the music is cross

pollinating a lot more that ever before. Sounds from any given genre that maybe used to define a genre are now becoming so mixed up that you have trance and you hear hip hop and electro in any style. I thought at first it was crazy but then you get used to it and find that it works. The sounds that used to be unique to a certain genre broke down a long time ago and then the tempo switched up a lot and then 138 bpm became average and 140 bpm became dubstep track and now all that stuff can sound pretty similar depending on who plays it or when or how.” What this has meant is that people are getting into different styles more so than ever because it’s diversifying and opening the floodgates to more open-minded punters. And McFayden agrees. “I think it’s great that the audience are listening to their iPods and getting into new music,” he says. “People are beginning to understand the music and the culture so much more and all of that – it’s fantastic for the scene in general.” Musically, McFayden says there will EPs and other things coming your way soon. He’s also been campaigning with friends for a program called Give Back ( to help musicians and artists support causes they’re passionate


Atomic Hooligan have been causing breaks induced mayhem on dancefloors worldwide, earning them accolades a’plenty including Best Live Band at the 2008 International Breakspoll Awards. ANDREW NELSON splits the atom with one half of the UK based duo, Terry Ryan, ahead of his appearance at Breakfest. Freq Nasty about.“Kids can come along spend some time with artists and friends and hang out,” he says regarding the cause. “It’s just a little something that a few of us are doing to give something back to our communities. It’s really rewarding.” FREQ NASTY BREAKFEST SUNDAY, DECEMBER 26 @ BELVOIR AMPHITHEATRE

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It’s been a busy year for the duo that is Atomic Hooligan. After the success of 2008’s Sex, Drugs & Blah Blah Blah, the pair began an intense period of consolidation. Matt Welch (the classically trained Yin to Ryan’s Yang) returned to the studio whilst Ryan took flight to DJ around the world. This didn’t stop them from releasing tracks however, as they managed to develop a way of working that suited both Welch’s home bird tendencies and Ryan’s love of travel. “I’ll sit at home or wherever with my Ableton Live and knock a few ideas together, maybe play a little bassline and program some beats and send them over to Matt and he’ll take it from there really,” Ryan explains. “Then we’ll go back and forth on it either cutting it down or adding more bits and pieces to it. That’s how we’ve been working for the last couple of years really. I’m very seldom at home and he’s always at home in the studio. We’ve figured out the best way to do it and just go through with it.” This unique dual way of working allows Ryan to constantly road test material and make the necessary tweaks until it’s a guaranteed winner, evident on their latest release Is it Real, an instantly likeable bassline groove packed full of old school samples. “There was one interesting one I road tested in Perth about four years ago, a track we did that didn’t have a vocal on it,” he recalls. “It kinda worked. It was alright, I played it out at The Cott, it went down well but I was humming this melody and I had it going around in my head. When we got home we got a girl to vocal it and that’s what turned into Electro Ain’t Electro.” Not only is The Cott a highlight on Ryan’s Australian memories list, he attributes much of his success to playing in Perth. “Playing at the Belvoir Amphitheatre is the highlight of my career, not just in Australia but my whole career to date,” he says. “Coming out into that venue, with the crowd was awesome and I can’t wait to get back”. Apart from the venue itself, Ryan attributes a lot of the experience to the Aussie crowds. “They know what’s going on,” he says. “If was going to play a classic, people appreciate why I’m playing it rather than just going back and digging out old stuff out and not really trying. Also they appreciate you trying to play something new to them as well, trying to give them something that you’re into and hopefully they’ll be in to as well. I’ve always been confident enough to be able to do that in Australia so that’s nice.” And considering Atomic Hooligan has produced two hit albums, remixed the likes of Underworld and N.E.R.D as well as performed everywhere from Canada to Japan and even taken in the iconic Glastonbury Festival, we will be throwing some appreciation their way too come this weekend. ATOMIC HOOLIGAN BREAKFEST SUNDAY, DECEMBER 26 @ BELVOIR AMPHITHEATRE

16 BIT THE MACHINE GUNNERS Life for Eddie Jefferys and Jason Morrison hasn’t been too bad. They’ve been around for about five minutes yet already they’ve covered most corners of the globe, spreading their message of musical love; then providing the soundtrack to a Nike commercial with their seminal smash hit Jump. RK talks to them about sex, collaborations and their love of alcohol. First though, let’s not forget the Noisia remix of Machine Gun that proved that dubstep could be tough as nails as well as make you want to bop. This year, the duo supported music masters Chase And Status on their live tour while winning plenty of categories across various websites and portals. It appears the Sega Mega Drive influenced lads from old London town are here to stay yet Morrison is somewhat more circumspect about their success, revealing their initial desire behind getting into music.“We were having a really hard time getting laid,” he says. Musically, the duo have been working on a variety of different projects and their philosophy is a simple one: “Don’t be a boring generic prick, be different,” Morrison says. “We love dubstep as much as anything else. Any kind of UK bass music will do nicely.” Having just finished a remix for Professor Green’s new single Jungle and now recently signed to MTA, Morrison says there is a lot of new material and exciting collaborations in the pipeline. Not to mention an album slowly in the works. “We have lots of potential material in the studio that we’re continuously improving on; adding and changing ideas and that sort of thing. So when we’re ready we can put it all together as an album,” Morrison says. ”We are also working with Bjork on several tracks for her upcoming album.” Indeed, it has been interesting to watch dubstep absolutely explode onto the world stage in recent times and Morrison has what he thinks is a most valid explanation. “Maybe it’s because people were getting bored with other dance music genres and dubstep has given people something new and exciting to listen to,” he says. “It really helps that there’s always something new to listen to. There are also a lot of innovators in the scene. “As always, there are a lot of replicators too but the innovation always gets people to where they want to go. In fact, there are a lot

MISS HAWAIIAN TROPIC INTERNATIONAL The Clink Friday, December 17, 2010 The world’s biggest swimwear model search was all happening last Friday night at Fremantle’s disco dancing den, The Clink. After four heats, the final for Perth’s side of the competition proved to be quite the party. Tiffany Baker took out first place and is now in the running to win a trip to the world finals in the USA. Runner-up was Ashleigh Munro-Smith and third place went to Eloise Smith.

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16 BIT of amazing producers who are inspirational to us – they can come from a lot of different genres too. Guys like James Blake, Alchemist, Youthman, Rockwell and Redlight are all doing great things.” And to that end, the lads are heading to Australia over the new year period to deliver what will no doubt we some of the finest and most rambunctious dubstep you are ever likely to hear. All the boys are asking for is a lot of sex and plenty of alcohol. So don’t miss this chance to catch two of the genre’s most incredibly gifted and talented young performers. You’ll be kicking yourself if you don’t.

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DJ HARVEY SARCASTIC DISCO Harvey Bassett is an old school rocker. His legions of adoring fans from across the globe will testify to it. He’s not your run-of-the-mill fashionable DJ. This is the guy who does his own thing – it’s music how he wants, when he wants. It’s on his terms and after belting out say a nine hour set, people understand why. RK talks to Bassett on the eve of his return to Australia. Right now, Bassett has been lapping life up on Venice Beach in California. It’s the quintessential void. It’s like a place where time stands still; sunshine, surf and the laid-back essence that is the beach. He’s been working on bits and bobs in the studio and is looking forward to the new year where he wants to wipe the slate clean and have a fresh start, do something else. In between, he says he’ll spend some time in the surf or play with what he terms his “mantiques” (antiques that are masculine – things like guns and swords and battle helmets). It’s an interesting life and one that he thoroughly enjoys. It’s his status quo. “I say that but in reality, I don’t think what I do has changed much in the last 20 years,” he says. His other great love is his themed disco parties which involves hiring out a warehouse space and busting out the speaker stacks.“Yes, the Sarcastic Disco parties have been great and they’ve always gone from strength to strength,” he says. “It’s basically a warehouse with a sound system and we play records and everyone has a really good time.” The roots of the Sarcastic Discos go back

to Bassett’s childhood and his general love of all music when growing up in England in the 60s and 70s. “I had mum playing a lot of rock and roll and jazz; I was playing drums from an early age too and I put out a couple of singles that DJ John Peel liked and were played on the radio,” Bassett reveals. “Then I started hearing the early 80s hip hop records and I found out it was basically DJs who were putting the sounds together. Once I determined that the DJs were doing that, I realised I wanted to be a part of it!” Being in the right place at the right time also helped things along. When the acid house scene movement came to the fore in the late 80s, it was a new wave for him to ride.“There is no big design or philosophy behind what I play and what I produce,” Bassett says. “Other than having a good time and making a good time and having a good time doing it, I’m just about trying to pin down the sorts of influences I’m into. I’m sort of influenced by what’s around me, I get in my buddies’ car and I think about what’s playing on the radio or the CD player - I like music in general. “In fact, I like country and western. I

suppose generally, I produce and play more so what people might consider to be adult dance music. It could be the direction of the project- for example, so if I’m going to make a single, I might look to make something that’s dance floor fodder. Or if I’m going to make a psychedelic album and stumble across something that inspires me, I’ll do that as well. Basically, I’ll let the people decide.” And he sure will when he hits the decks here in Perth this weekend.“I’ve got a major tour in Australia soon and I don’t know a lot more about it than that it should be a lot of fun.” And with him will come the legacy of The Beach Boys and the Mansons, in a nice, murderous way.


LYRICS BORN As U Were Mobile Home Recordings Shock Entertainment With a career that spans nearly 15 years and five albums to his name, it is a wonder that Lyrics Born has managed to stay as underground as he has. From the early Quannum days that launched his career in San Francisco to As U Were, his latest LP offering, Lyrics Born has had an unmistakeable sound that is firmly rooted in the history of hip hop. And speaking of history, it’s all here. The opener Kontrol Phreak could be a late 80s east coast hip hop jam; Coulda Woulda Shoulda sounds like disco in its purest chic form (and features Sam Sparro- is he still alive?); Oh Baby! brings a slice of New Orleans party vibe and the not-so-subtle bashing of the pharmaceutical industry in Pillz brings to mind Melle Mel’s tongue in cheek White Lines. There are even a few comedy skits thrown in, just like the old days. Something has to be done, however, about artists writing their own liner notes. Lyrics Born’s long-winded essay about his recent trials and tribulations doesn’t educate us about the music, nor does it enhance our listening experience. Recreating the album’s diverse sound will definitely need a mammoth live band and time will tell whether Lyrics Born tours it to Australia. In the meantime, this might be the perfect album of summer jams to listen to while driving to the beach.


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Steve Aoki, the man behind Dim Mak records, seems to be classed as an electro house DJ but he shows which musical genre he truly likes the best with this release titled I Love Techno. He reveals his intentions right from the first salvos of opening track Paradise Poltergeist by TAI featuring Steve Aoki. There’s no easing the listener into things with a couple of warm-up tracks, it goes straight for the juggler with an intense piercing hook-line, pounding beats and shouting lyrics that will immediately sort the wheat from the chaff. The intensity trickles through every track on the album. Make no mistake this is hard music that should be listened to at 3am in a dark sweaty club with added strobes to bring the atmosphere to insanity. The dark jacking acid techno of Green Velvet’s Harmageddon is followed by Armand Van Helden (in partnership with Aoki himself ) sounding his most underground in a long while, delivering essentially a blueprint for a club banger in Brrratt! with its rolling drum breakdowns and climaxes. The tunes just keep coming thick and fast with the likes of Told Ya by Sandro Silva playing host to an unimaginative drum beat and average vocals. But tracks like Love by Felix Cartel soon make up for this. Its central crescendo seems to last for minutes and would whip crowds into a frenzy before dropping them back into the maelstrom. Don’t be put off by the cheesy “infomercial” title. This is a good solid techno outing that refuses to bow to commercialism or trendy minimalism and needs to be played loud and long. Not for the faint hearted.



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THURSDAY 23/12 Villa - The Metric Christmas Party – Jus Haus/Audageous/ Yon Jovi/Scott D/Mickey Juice/Time Travel Agent/Dead Vents/Macbeth/Meow/Tony Montana/Dangerousandlyons If you haven’t already bought tickets to this then you need to hurry up or it looks like you’ll be scrounging at the door. If you have loved every minute of Villa this year then it is time to get on down and knock up one hell of a party. Get into the festive cheer by joining in what will no doubt be one of the best Christmas parties of the year. Perhaps dress up? There are no boundaries here, expect capacity, expect surprises, expect great dance music too - because that is what you will be getting. That’s right everyone, Perth’s best DJs Jus Haus, Audageous, Yon Jovi, Scott D, Mickey Juice, Time Travel Agent, Dead Vents, Macbeth, Meow, Tony Montana, Dangerous DanDlyons and many more will be hitting up some sick tunes. And guess what, if you dress up in festive attire, you will receive a gift on entry. Sounds mysterious? Oh yes, it is. Doors open 9pm. Hit up Moshtix for tickets or else try your festive luck on the door. Sick. Bird - Hiphop Kara’yo’ke Broken Hill Hotel – Fixed C l a n c y ’s ( C a n n i n g Bridge) - DJ Righteous Club Bayview –Hush- Sox Draw / Maxwell Club Marakesh –DJ Simon Cottesloe Hotel - DJ Shots / DJ Andy M Double Lucky - DJ Adam 12 Dolce – Maxwell/Damian John/ Hippo Club Eve - DJ Tony Allen Flying Scotsman ( DEFECTORS) Cowboys / Indi Kids Flying Scotsman (Main Room) – Pasha’s Kitchen Leopold Hotel - DJ Riki / Roger Smart Liquid Nightclub – DJ Buda / Dj Nino Brown Mustang – DJ James MacArthur

Newport - Mills DJs Niche Bar – Flaunt / Johnni P / Feminem Niche - Johnni P/ Rob Blandford Oxford Hotel – Johnny Taylor Paddy Hannans – Dr Bogus / Crazy Craig Swinging Pig – DJ Simon The Deen – DJ Flex/ DJ Nano/ DJ Surge/ DJ Don Migi The East End - DJ Midfield The Queens – Kapitol P The Whistling Kite - DJ Gareth The Shed – DJ Andyy Toucan Club -Shut Up & Dance - DJ Matty J Wolfe Lane - Soul Purpose - DJ Jimmy Mac Woodvale Tavern – DJ Melvin

FRIDAY 24/12 Flying Scotsman (Defectors) – Micah / Sharif Galal It’s Christmas Eve and do you have plans? No? Then hello, here are some for you. Get on down to the Flying Scotsman to bring on the festive cheer with Perth Dance Music Awards recent winner for Best Breaks DJ Micah. Micah also won the PDMA category for Best Radio Show for Full Frequency on RTRFM. If you want to know what hot to trot beats are coming up this summer, you need to head on down and catch these boys on the decks because it is going to be a great start to the festive season! Make sure you grab a bite to eat down there too, with pizzas, chips and plenty of pub food, you can’t go wrong. Eat, drink and listen to some merry beats, maybe even dress up for the occasion? Hardcore? Oh yeah.


Rosemount - Roller feat. Phetsta/ Marty McFly/ Tee El/ Angry Buda/ Dart/ Devo/ Kent & Blend Perth Dance Music Awards were held at this lovely venue a couple of weekends ago and now the Rosemount is playing host to some of the winners from the awards who will be spinning awesome beats. Angry Buda won Best Hip Hop DJ at the awards and will be at your dancing call this Christmas Eve. Alongside him will be good old Phetsta who was in the running for Best Drum & Bass DJ at the awards this year too. Perth’s up and coming party starters Marty McFly, Tee El, Dart, Devo and Kent & Blend will also be there to get your Christmas celebrations cracking. Make sure you get on down to the Rosemount for some lovely bevvies and to smash the dancefloor when these guys hit the decks. Do it. Bird - Rhythmatism #7 - Dr J/ Josh Taaffe/ Dave Cutbush/ Big Chief/ DV MLLR/ Wooshie/ Camryn Rothenbury/ Special/ Nathan J/ Fahmadanman/ Marcus!/Mason/ PCJ/Big ‘Holiday’ M/Diger Rokwell/ Mike O’Hanlon/ Ben Taaffe/ H A XO R W 4 N G / V i s h n u / Clunk/ Nic Elliot Get down and see some of Perth’s very best DJs, including the worldly sounds of Diger Rokwell who has sampled slices of musical beats from all over the globe in his recent works and continues to do so. As you can see above, this night is bound to be a cracker with an incredible amount of fresh and talented musicians keen to rock out and get you in the turkey-eating mood. If you love the Bird and you want to know what’s going to be hot come 2011 in Perth, you shouldn’t miss this. Get down and support local talent, have a lounge, have a dance and have some merry Christmas drinks. Too good to be true.

Amplifier - Perth United DJs Bar Open- Boutique Fridays Broken Hill Tavern – DJ Nick Alexander Capitol – DJs All Night Carine Glades Tavern - DJ Abstar Clancy’s (Canning Bridge) - DJ Jimmy-Mac Como Hotel – DJ Gazz Double Lucky – Adam Kelly / Cee Flying Scotsman (Main Room) – Time Tunnel - DJ Rok Riley/ Joe 19 Funk Club – DJ Charlie Bucket High Wycombe – Fill In Da Gap Hipe Club - DJ E-Funk Liquid Nightclub - DJ Klar55 / DJ Jewel / DJ Stevie M Lakers Tavern – Fresh Fridays - DJ Dooey Merriwa Tavern – DJ Real McCoy Mint – Club Retro – Chris McPhee Mustang- Swing DJ / DJ James MacArthur NormaJeans–DJPhil Oxford Hotel - Recliners Paddy Hannans – Crazy Craig Paramount - Flyte /DJ Morgan/ DJ Jordan Principal Micro Brewery – DJ Simon Queens Tav – DJ Rueben Rise – Rousa / Ravix/ Rinksi/ KC Taylor Rubix – Gene Bourne/ Kenny/ Riki Sail & Anchor - Balcony Beatz / DJ J-MAC. Sapphire Bar – SuperFly

Toucan Club - DJ Matty J The Clink – DJ Jin The Deen – DJs Birdie / DJ Surge / DJ Nano The Eastern – DJ Midfield The Generous Squire - DJ anaru The Saint - DJ Jordan The Queens – DJ Rueben The Shed – DJ Glenn 20 Tiger Lils – Paul Malone / Joby / Alex K The Vic - DJ Durra We m b l ey H o t e l - D J Funk ybottoms / DJ Dean Charles Windsor – DJ Riki and Ray Woodvale Tavern – Dr Bogus Victoria Park Hotel – DJ Melvin

SATURDAY 25/12 Liquid Nightclub - DJ Klar55 / DJ Stevie M Mint – Pop Life – Darren Briais


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B elvoir Amphitheatre – Breakfest - Plump DJs/ Freestylers/Freq Nasty/Kid Kenobi/MC Shureshock/Rico Tubbs/Atomic Hooligan/Far Too Loud/Soul OfMan / The 2 Live Crew/Beardyman /Dan The Man/ Fdel/Micah/ Philly Blunt/Oli/ Blend/ Ben Mac/ Mono Lisa/ Marty Mcfly/ Tee El/ Prizzy/ Wish It is finally here! Woohoo!! And boy is it a fantastic line-up. Just look at it. For all those keen peeps wanting to party it up to some great tunes and beats on

Kid Kenobi and MC Shureshock

Boxing Day, you are so in luck. We’ve been chatting to a lot of the artists on this absolutely sensational line-up and they are mighty excited to bringing you some hot to trot beats and their most recent works at Belvoir. Terry Ryan from Atomic Hooligan even said that Breakfest made his career and his last performance at the big event is the highlight of his entire career to date. Pretty damn cool hey? And such high praise coming from the music master who has produced two hit albums and has remixed the likes of N.E.R.D and Underworld. Freestylers will be showcasing their latest works as well although we are secretly hoping they’ll be playing Push Up. But of course, everyone must be looking forward to seeing 2 Live Crew absolutely smash the decks with their disgustingly inappropriate beats and downright dirty lyrics. And if you haven’t heard of Beardyman, we’re not even going to explain. YouTube him now. If you’ve missed out, you can catch Beardyman at Southbound. This is going to be off tap, get pumped people! Bakery – DJ Harvey If you like old school dance music then the Bakery is where you should be on Boxing Day. DJ Harvey, the known starter of the famous Sarcastic Disco will be hitting up this newly refurbished joint to give you all an absolute cracker of a postChristmas celebration. If you didn’t go hard on Christmas

CHRISTMAS GUINCHO Indie kids were out in force last Friday night when Spanish music sensation El Guincho took to the stage of the Bakery to get the party started. With contagious percussive beats and more energy than a toddler after a glass of red cordial, El Guincho proved why he’s been called ‘one to watch’ by those in the know.


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Day then now is the time. DJ Harvey has something for everyone and is all about letting the people decide what music to play; he gages the vibe of the crowd and then hits out tracks depending on what everyone wants. He’s been in the business for a long time now so you can trust this master on the decks will be bringing some amazing tracks to get pumped for the little Christmas/NY period. Do it.

Toucan Club - Boxing Day! Sunset Sunday- DJ Samuel Spencer The Cott - Cott Sessions The Saint - DJ Anaru The Shed – DJ Glenn 20 The Wembley – Deckeclectic DJs /FiveO/ Funkybottoms/ Boogie

MONDAY 27/12 Eastern Hotel – Adam Morris Toucan Club - Sunset Monday DJ Lee Stevens The Deen – Plastic Max / The Token Gesture The Paddo - DJ John Paul The Shed – DJ Andyy

TUESDAY 28/12 Bar Orient - DJ Lyndon Eastern Hotel – Jon Edwards High Road Hotel - DJ Matty J High Wycombe - DJ Ricky Hipe Club – DJ Roger Smart Mustang Bar – DJs The Cott (Upstairs) –Maxwell/ DJ Jus Haus/ Damian John Victoria Park Hotel - DJ Melvin DJ Harvey

Bar Orient - DJ Dred Carine Tavern – Micah /Fiveo /G Martin Captain Stirling – DJ Jay Clink – DJ Tony Allen Club Bayview – DJ Pete Double Lucky - DJ TBC Euro Bar – DJ Flex Eve – DJ Birdie Flying Scotsman (Main Room) Nathan J / Chris Wright / The Nisbit Flying Scotsman (Defectors) DJs Gareth Richardson/ Ted Schlechte / Death Disco’s DJ Anton Mazz. Mullaloo Beach Hotel – DJ Kenny L Mustang - DJ Rockin Rhys Paddo -DJ Riki Players Bar - DJ-Udas Queens Tav- DJ Rhys Rise - Q-Bik / MC Seeka/ Greg Packer/ Rekab Rubix – The Rotation – Krule/ Dazz K/ Untertone/ Lyndon

WEDNESDAY 29/12 Basement On Broadway – Damien John/Angry Buda/ Maxwell/Headayke Captain Stirling – WhiteLabel Clanc y ’s (Applecross) – Upbeat – DJ Andy Connections - DJs Joby / JJ / Rueben Dusk – Blackbelt/ Aswon Eurobar – Wild Wednesdays DJ iPod/Ben Pettit Eve – DJ Don Migi / Skooby Gold – Slick/ Adroc Hipe Club – DJ Roger Smart Mustang – DJ Giles Newport- DJ Tony Allen / DJ Tom / The Chad Niche - DJ Frankie Button Paddo - Ben Merito Rise - 4 Strings / Jason Creek/ Joe Benger/ Travis Eddy/ Piet El The Clink – DJ Jinx The Deen- DJ Zelimer / DJ Viper & DJ Benny T– Zone 1 The Queens – Wriggle on

THIS WEEK The Metric Christmas Party feat Jus Haus/Audageous/ Yon Jovi/Scott D/Mickey Juice/Time Travel Agent/ Dead Vents/Macbeth/ Meow/Tony Montana/ Dangerousandlyons + more Thursday, December 23 @ Villa Breakfest feat. Plump DJs/ Freestylers/Freq Nasty/Kid Kenobi/MC Shureshock/ R i c o Tu b b s / At o m i c Hooligan/Far Too Loud/ Soul Of Man + more Sunday, December 26 @ Belvoir Amphitheatre DJ Harvey Sunday, December 26 @ The Bakery 4 Strings Wednesday, December 29 @ Rise

COMING UP Baked NYE feat. Flying Lotus/Hudson Mohawke/ Gaslamp Killer + More Friday, December 31 @ The Bakery NYExcuse feat Kele (Bloc Party) DJ set Friday, December 31 @ Villa Challenger Ready Friday, December 31 @ Ambar Yacht Club DJs at Limelite Friday, December 31 @ M e t r o p o l i s Fr e m a n t l e Origin NYE 2010 feat. Chase & Status/Subfocus/ High Contrast/Nero/ Spor/16Bit/Breakage/ Evol Intent + more Friday, December 31 @ Belvoir Amphitheatre


Sinners Ball feat Claude/ Liam/M@/Brenton/Jess Friday, December 31 @ Manhattan’s Cuban Club 2011 feat. Arrested Development / Bag Raiders Saturday, Januar y 1 @ The Flying Squadron Ya c h t C l u b, N e d l a n d s Club Paradiso feat. Digitalism/Sebastian L e g e r + m o r e Saturday, January 1 @ Salt On The Beach Baked New Year’s Day ft. Flying Lotus/Hudson Mohawke/Gaslamp Killer + More Saturday, January 1 @ The Bakery

Netsky Saturday, January 15 @ Villa Mos Def Saturday, January 15 @ Metro City Kaskade Saturday, January 22 @ Villa DJEDJOTRONIC Housemeister Tuesday, January 25 @ Ambar Andy C / MC GQ / Blockhead / MC Cowqui Tuesday, January 25 @ Metro City Stanton Warriors Tuesday, January 25 @ Villa Raggamuffin 2011 ( Mary J Blige, Jimmy Cliff, Maxi Priest, Sean Paul, The

Southbound 2011 feat. Public Enemy/Bliss n Eso/ Peaches (DJ set)/Yacht Club DJs/A-Trak + more S a t u r d ay, J a n u a r y 1 – Monday, January 3, 2011 @ Sir Stewart Bovell Park, Busselton Off The Rails feat Dazastah/ Layle & Porsah Laine/ Chekid & Cortext/Bitter Relief & Creed/Complete Friday, January 7 @ The Railway Hotel

Original Wailers, The Black Seeds, Ky-Mani Marley , The Red Eyes + More Wednesday, January 26 @ Perth Fremantle Oval Good Vibrations 2011 feat. Faithless /Phoenix/ Sasha/ Nas/ Damian Marley/ Cee Lo Green/ Kelis/ Ludacris/ Erykah Badu/ Friendly Fires/ Miike Snow/ Fake Blood/ Rusko/ Sidney Samson/ Janelle Monae/ Mike Posner/ Yolanda Be Cool + more Sunday, Februar y 20 @ Claremont Showgrounds Future Music Festival feat. The Chemical Brothers/ MGMT/Mark Ronson/ Pendulum/Dizzee Rascal/Leftfield + more Sunday, March 6 @ Arena Joondalup

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Summadayze 2011 feat. Erol Alkan/Chromeo/Armin Van Buuren/David Guetta/ N.E.R.D/Wolfgang Gartner/ Rivastarr/Miami Horror/ Yuksek/Aeroplane + more Saturday, Januar y 8 @ Supreme Court Gardens Juicy Music Tour feat Willie Morales/David Solano/ Tony Puccio/ Sebastian Morxx. Friday, January 14 @ Metro City

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Theme: Baked NYE Entertainment: Flying Lotus, Hudson Mohawke, Gaslamp Killer Dam Funk, Harmonic 313 Ticket Info: Tickets sold out Time: 8pm ’til late Location: 233 James Street, Northbridge

So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen 2010! That’s right folks, it’s time to put on your dancing shoes and hit the town because next Friday, December 31, is New Year’s Eve. As always, there are literally hundreds of gigs, parties and events on around town and to save you a whole heap of work, we’ve rounded up the best options in one place for your reading (and partying) pleasure.

THE BOTANICA BAR AND BISTRO Theme: A Classy Cocktail Affair Entertainment: DJs Paul Malone and Maxwell Ticket Info: $30 via (08) 9445 3111 Time: 7pm ’til 2am Location: 401 Scarborough Beach Road, Innaloo


With the launch of a new cocktail list, chances to win Moet, plus cocktails, canapes and ice sculpting, NYE at The Botanica is set to be one of Perth’s hottest parties. Ticket price includes two designer cocktails.



Theme: Blues Brothers Revue Entertainment: Live stage show Ticket Info: Tickets via Time: 8pm Location: Burswood Entertainment Complex, Great Eastern Highway, Burswood

The most dynamic and authentic Blues Brothers show to ever hit the stage is coming your way direct from the US for an unforgettable night of comedy, music and mayhem this New Year’s Eve. Bringing together the humour and hits of the original Blues Brothers movie, relive it all with Jake, Elwood and The Band as they take you on a journey through Chicago’s rich This NYE the Broken Hill will come alive with history of blues, gospel and soul music, along the Black and White party. With an exceptional with special guest Evelyn Duprai. lineup of five of Perth’s hottest DJs, the Broken Hill is the place to be on NYE. Theme: Black and White Entertainment: DJs Philly Blunt, Ben Mac, Mario Tavelli, Fiveo, Manda Power Ticket Info: $10 presale on (08) 9361 1038 or on the door Time: 6pm ’til 2am Location: 314 Albany Highway, Victoria Park


Sugar Army play Amps on NYE

AMPLIFIER Theme: Original live music Entertainment: Grafton Primary, Sugar Army, Death Disco DJs, Harlequin League, Siren Tower, Sleepwalker, DJ Eddie Electric, DJ Ryan Ticket Info: Limited presale $30 plus booking fee from Planet, Mills and 1300 Get Tix Time: 8pm ’til very late Location: 383 Murray Street, Perth (access via laneway)

Perth’s premiere indie and electro NYE party is back! Amplifier hosts one exclusive show for Sydney’s Grafton Primary who will team up with local favourites Sugar Army and the Death Disco DJs. Plus Harlequin League, Siren Tower, Sleepwalker, DJ Eddie Electric and DJ Ryan with 80s overload. Four rooms, an outdoor area and a bangin’ way to bring in 2011.

Theme: N/A Entertainment: Break the Seal vs Tee El, Blend vs Marty McFly and Prizzy, Micah vs The Bootleg Brothers, Oli vs Meet Mark vs Bacich, Bob Noceros vs Dead Easy vs Bulk China Ticket Info: Door sales $15 Time: 10pm ’til late Location: Murray Street, Perth Ahh, NYE - it’s that one night of the year when being surrounded by all the people in your hood and celebrating together is what it’s all about. Ambar delivers time after time all year ‘round, so where better to see out the year than at your #1 night spot Ambar?

The Captain Stirling

THE CAPTAIN STIRLING Theme: N/A Entertainment: Live band and DJ Ticket Info: Free Time: 5.30pm ’til late Location: 80 Stirling Highway, Nedlands Celebrate this NYE at the Cap S starting with complimentary nibbles from 5.30pm, live entertainment from 6.30pm followed by guest DJs taking you through to 2011.

NEW YEAR’S EVE No cover charge - $7 Smirnoff Mules Open till 2am - Resident DJ Anaru playing all night. 397 Murray Street, Perth 74



The Brass Monkey

THE BRASS MONKEY Theme: Hawaiian Entertainment: DJs, prizes and giveaways Ticket Info: Free Time: 8pm ’til 2am Location: Corner James and William Streets, Northbridge Don’t miss out on getting a taste of the tropics with The Brass Monkey’s Hawaiian themed NYE party. There’ll be prizes and giveaways all night and entry is free.

Theme: Disco Inferno Entertainment: DJs Ticket Info: Tickets on sale at burswood. Time: 9pm ’til late Location: Burswood Entertainment Complex, Great Eastern Highway, Burswood

Theme: Funk, Soul, Hip Hop Entertainment: Arrested Development, The Brow Horn Orchestra, Gentlemen Of Leisure featuring NFA (1200 Techniques) and Charlie Bucket Ticket Info: Tickets on sale via funkclub. Time: 6pm ’til 2am Location: 42 Port Beach Road, North Fremantle The East End Bar

The Funk Club and Salt On The Beach are proud to present for the third year in a row a New Year’s Eve party on the beach! This year is the best lineup yet, headlined by eight-piece Arrested Development live.

THE HIGH ROAD HOTEL Theme: N/A Entertainment: Proof Ticket Info: Free Time: 4pm ’til late Location: 361 High Road, Riverton

New Year’s Eve at the High Road Hotel kicks off at 4pm with a free BBQ until 10pm in the beer garden and Proof live on stage in the evening! Entry is free, what better value can you get than that on New Year’s Eve?

THE EAST END BAR Theme: 1920s Entertainment: Frankie Button, DJs Whitelabel and King Tito Ticket Info: Members $10, General $20 Time: 8pm ’til late Location: 189 High Street, Fremantle The East End Bar & Lounge will transform into a 1920’s theme to celebrate the abolishment of the18th amendment in 1920s charm for New Years Eve. Featuring Frankie Button, Dj Whitelabel, King Titos Djs and live shows by Sugar Blue Burlesque, this New Years Eve event should not to be missed. Tickets are available on the door from $10 for members and $20 general admission with the inclusion of complimentary beverages and canapés. Blast into the past in 2010 & 11.

Dust off your flares because the disco balls are set to sparkle at Burswood Entertainment Complex as Eve heads back to the ’70s this New Year’s Eve! Get your groove on, and shake it on the dance floor as Perth’s hottest nightclub Eve brings in the New Year with Disco Inferno. The energy will be electric as top Djs remix all your favourite top 40 hits!


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COTTESLOE BEACH HOTEL Theme: Circus Ilumina Entertainment: Hed Kandi, Frankie Romano, Jem Quinn, Chiari, Terry Waites, Sirius B, J-Boy, Keefy B Ticket Info: $80 plus booking fee from Moshtix Time: 7.30pm ’til late Location: 104 Marine Parade, Cottesloe Following sold out NYE events on the east coast in 2009, Hed Kandi is heading to Perth with the Circus Ilumina show for a very special New Year’s Eve at the Cottesloe Beach Hotel. Hed Kandi is the most stylish name in music and together with the Circus Ilumina, NYE at the Cott is set to be sensational!

THE COURT HOTEL Theme: College Toga Party Entertainment: DJs Tim Bee, Seb Sharp, Sir Clancealot, Flex Ticket Info: $20 presale from the venue Time: 8pm ’til 2am Location: 50 Beaufort Street, Perth This NYE at The Court get ready to party college style. With cheerleader change rooms, a steaming hot jack locker, frat house games and the city’s biggest outdoor dance party in the Overflow with DJs Seb Sharp and Tim B. ’Cos life’s too short to play it straight!


THE CIVIC HOTEL Theme: Monte Carlo meets Moulin Rouge Entertainment: Roulette and Black Jack tables, Showgirls and Elvis impersonator Ticket Info: $25 (includes casino chips) on the door Time: 8.30pm ’til 2am Location: Beaufort Street, Inglewood This NYE the Civic will turn on some Vegas charm as Kate and the girls from Dance Etc take to the stage. The bandroom will be converted into a casino for the evening, with The King set to play to the live audience.

THE ELLINGTON JAZZ CLUB Theme: Cotton Club Entertainment: Graham Wood Quartet, Ali Bodycoat, Jeremy Gregory Ticket Info: Available on the door or via Time: 7.30pm ’til late Location: 191-193 Beaufort Street, Perth Bring in the New Year in class and style with one of Perth’s most elegant and stylish gals - Ali Bodycoat. NYE will be a Cotton Club theme so if feel like dressing up then flapper dresses, pin stripe suits with braces and pork pie hats will be the way to go - or you can come just come along with your normal sense of taste and style. Australia’s highest circulating Street Press


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METRO CITY Theme: R&B Superstars Entertainment: Iyaz and DJ Jam Ticket Info: $55 pre sale or $60 on the door Time: 8pm ’til 4.30am Location: 146 Roe Street, Northbridge



Theme: Dress as your favourite rock star Entertainment: Matt Gresham, The Bloody Ramblers, Minky G Ticket Info: $20 on the door Time: 8pm – 2am Location: Hastings Street, Scarborough.

Theme: Club Retro Vs Pop Life Entertainment: DJs Chris McPhee and Darren Briais Ticket Info: $10 from 9pm, free entry before 10pm. Time: 9pm ’til 5am Location: Corner James and Lake Streets, Northbridge

LLAMA BAR Theme: 1970s Vegas Cabaret Club Entertainment: Boom! Bap! Pow!, DJs Maxwell and Reuben, Sugar Blue Burlesque and VJ Zoo Ticket Info: $45 via venue, Heatseeker, Mills or Planet Video Time: 8pm ’til 3am Location: 464 Hay Street, Subiaco

Llama Bar

Stylishly trashy and deliciously decadent is how you can describe the Llama Bar’s NYE shenanigans. Expect a feast for the senses all night long with seriously good music, a jumping dance floor, saucy cabaret acts, go-go girls and more.

The Left Bank

THE LEFT BANK Theme: Glitz and Glamour Entertainment: Felix and Bumpy Johnston Ticket Info: $85 which includes two drinks on arrival Time: From 7pm onwards Location: 15 Riverside Road, East Fremantle

Everybody loves a good mash up so combining Mint’s two most popular nights (Club Retro and Pop Life) is sure to be a huge hit this New Year’s Eve. Before midnight Chris McPhee and the Club Retro crew will be behind the decks, followed by Darren Briais ringing in the New Year.

‘Glitz and Glamour’ is the theme at The Left Bank this New Year’s Eve, and you definitely don’t want to miss out on the party as they sure know how to throw one! Join the folks at the Left Bank for a New Year’s to remember and get your tickets now from The Left Bank before it’s sold out.

JB O’REILLY’S Theme: N/A Entertainment: Jane Germain & The Yahoos Ticket Info: Free Time: 9pm onwards Location: Cambridge Street, West Leederville JB O’Reillys has been an institution in Perth for many years offering the best in food, drink, music and fun. This New Year’s Eve head on down to JB’s, grab the table by the open fire, enjoy a few sneaky ales, indulge in some fantastic pub grub and be entertained by the melodic sounds of Jane Germain and the Yahoos to see in a fantastic 2011.

LEEDERVILLE HOTEL THE GENEROUS SQUIRE Theme: N/A Entertainment: DJ Anaru Ticket Info: Free Time: 11am ’til 2am Location: 397 Murray Street, Perth

Theme: Beach Party Entertainment: Rueben and special guests Ticket Info: $25 via Moshtix Time: 7pm ’til 2am Location: 742 Newcastle Street, Leederville Get on down to the most original pub with the best atmosphere in central Perth this New Year’s Eve. With resident DJ Anaru playing all night and $7 Smirnoff Mules, what could make this night any better than the fact that there is also no cover charge?!

The Leederville Hotel presents the largest innercity beach party in Perth this NYE! There’ll be ice cold tunes, beach bars, sand and water! Limbo, slip ‘n’ slide, take part in bikini and board shorts comps, with life savers and giveaways!

Yacht Club DJs

METRO FREO Theme: PJ Party Entertainment: Yacht Club DJs, Jus Haus, Zelimir, D Tuck, Suave, Pearly Whites Ticket Info: $35 plus booking fee from Heatseeker and the venue Time: 8.30pm ’til late Location: 58 South Terrace, Fremantle Yacht Club DJ’s are going to tear apart your favourite songs and smash them back together this NYE amidst a flurry of flying pyjamas, nudity, crowd invasions, dancing on the decks and general looseness. Downstairs the mainroom decks will be awash with local land lubbers Jus Haus?, The Pearly Whites and Zelimir smashing out the tunes. Climb the mast to level two where Suave will be serving up latino salsa at a sleepover.


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Theme: Smokin’ New Year’s Eve Entertainment: The Joe Kings, Felicity Groom Trio, Cal Peck And The Tramps, Hootenanny, The Love Junkies and Tracksuit Ticket Info: Presales are $20 Heatseeker, tickets also available on the door for $30 Time: 6pm ’til 2am Location: 237 Queen Victoria Street, North Fremantle

Theme: N/A Entertainment: Chase And Status (DJ set), Sub Focus, High Contrast, Nero, 16 Bit, Ms Dynamite, Spor, Evol Intent (DJ set), DBridge, Kito, Breakage, Loefah, Killa Kela Ticket Info: On sale via Ticketmaster and Moshtix Time: 4pm ’til late Location: Belvoir Amphitheatre

Mojo Bar’s Smokin’ New Year’s Eve goes like this: the Joe Kings, Felicity Groom Trio, Cal Peck And The Tramps, Hootenanny, the Love Junkies and Tracksuit. Smokin’ talent, smokin’ rock and roll, smokin’ good times… smoked bacon?!

In its fourth year Origin NYE returns to its throne as the biggest purely bass culture party in Australia. With drum and bass and dub step’s strangle hold tightening on the club and festivals scene over the last 12 months Knowledge Music is ready to show everyone how its done.

THE QUEENS Theme: NYE in Wonderland Entertainment: Empire from Funk Club and Queen DJs Ticket Info: $80 for the set menu tea party or free entry without menu Time: 7pm ’til 2am Location: 520 Beaufort Street, Highgate OBH

THE OCEAN BEACH HOTEL Theme: Alice In Wonderland Entertainment: DJs Acebask, Tanktop, Don Decato and Zen Burger Ticket Info: Gold ticket $80, standard ticket $40 Time: 3pm ’til 2am Location: Corner Martine Parade and Eric Street, Cottesloe Head to the OBH on NYE for an Alice In Wonderland themed party with sounds from special guest DJs and Zen Burger playing in Top Bar from 9pm. There will also be complimentary snacks, including wood fired pizzas, steak burgers and finger food served until 12am. Want to spend the night in style at the beach front restaurant with a fantastic three course menu, complimentary cocktail and VIP entry to the hotel? Be sure to buy a Gold Pass.

The Mustang Bar

THE MUSTANG BAR Theme: Mexican Moustache Party Entertainment: Marco & The Rhythm Kings (late), The Damien Cripps Band (late) Ticket Info: Free Time: 7pm ’til 3am Location: 46 Lake Street, Northbridge Calling all eses and mamacitas! Get down to The Mustang Bar this New Year’s Eve for a Mexican Moustache Party! Put your best foot forward into the New Year in true Pedro Sanchez style and get down with Marco & The Rhythm Kings and The Damien Cripps Band. Proudly supported by Cuervo Tequila; there will be Cuervo promo girls with games and gear all night and prizes for the best dressed.

Join the tea party with a three course set menu, entertainment all night long with Funk Club band Empire starting things off and then the Queens resident DJs playing until 2am. Don’t be late for this very important date! Bookings essential.





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NEWPORT HOTEL Theme: Toga Party Entertainment: Gravity and DJ Fossil Ticket Info: $5 on the door Time: 7pm ’til 2am Location: 2 South Terrace, Fremantle The Newport’s New Year’s Toga Party is the best value party in Fremantle; tickets are only $5 and if you come dressed in a Toga entry fee will include your choice of one Corona or Skyy Blue Vodka RTD. Australia’s highest circulating Street Press

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Theme: Caribbean Countdown Entertainment: DJ Ray, Simba, Tutomath, Ricky Trooper, General Justice, Big Man, Mumma Trees and Sista Che Empressions Sound Ticket Info: $20 on the door Time: 8pm ’til 2am Location: 59 Canning Highway, East Fremantle

Theme: Toga time Entertainment: The Fix (main room), DJ Ricky (deck bar), a la carte menu in the restaurant Ticket Info: Free entry Time: Open ’til 2am Location: 2 Morris Road, Innaloo

Australia’s best dancehall DJs hit The Tradewinds Hotel to countdown 2010 and open 2011 in a Caribbean style with a bass booming sound system and awesome entertainment. There will be fireworks, free tapas and champagne on entry.

The Shed transforms into Las Vegas for 2010’s New Year’s Eve. The Original Showgirls will perform, and Elvis will be waiting for you at the Chapel. The venue setup has been flown in from Vegas for the night and with Skyy vodka as the sponsor, it’s going to be an evening to remember.

ROSEMOUNT Theme: New Year’s Eve Fiesta Entertainment: Red Jezebel, Will Stoker & The Embers, Sons Of Rico, Emperors, Split Seconds, Simone & Girlfunkle, Tomas Ford, Pelicans Of Paris and DJ Shannon Fox Ticket Info: $20 plus booking fee from Planet, Mills, Star Perth and Heatseeker Time: 6pm ’til late Location: Corner Angove and Fitzgerald Streets, North Perth

The Paddo

THE PADDO Theme: Back To School Entertainment: Cheeky Monkeys Ticket Info: $20 on the door Time: 8pm ’til 2am Location: 141 Scarborough Beach Road, Mt Hawthorn Dress in your finest ‘Back to School’ threads for the best New Year’s Eve party in town. Tickets are only $20 (pre-order and on the door) which includes a drink on arrival thanks to Bacardi Breezer and Coopers Clear.

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The Rosemount Hotel’s New Year’s Eve Fiesta returns again this year to ring in 2011! Friday, December 31, sees one of Perth’s premier venues host a killer line-up of Perth’s biggest and best for the ultimate NYE party for live music fans.


RISE Theme: Trance, Hard Dance, Drum ‘n’ Bass, Hardcore Entertainment: DJs Rousa, Greg Packer and Xsessiv, Simon Barwood, Pace, Daze, Ravix Ticket Info: Door sales from 9pm: $10 before 11pm, $20 thereafter Time: 9pm ’til 6am Location: 139 James Street, Northbridge There are no guarantees in life but one thing is for certain, Rise will absolutely go off on New Year’s Eve. The past 11 New Year’s Eves at Rise have confirmed Rise is the place to be to see in the New Year. Head to Rise at the special opening time of 9pm to rock the dance floor until the sun rises on the first day of the New Year. It’s no fun standing in a queue at midnight so arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Opia play Rocket Room on NYE

ROCKET ROOM Theme: Original Live Music Entertainment: Opia, Copious, Arkayan and Soul Tree (early), Kickstart and DJ Brett Rowe (late) Ticket Info: $15 (early), $10 (late) available on the door. Time: 8pm ’til late Location: 174 James Street, Northbridge To celebrate the huge year that has been and bring on 2011 with a loud bang, Opia will headline the New Year’s Eve show at the Rocket Room in Northbridge, joined by Copious, Arkayan and SoulTree, with Kickstart and DJ Brett Rowe keeping the party going until the early hours.

The Flying Scottsman

THE FLYING SCOTSMAN Theme: N/A Entertainment: Joe 19, Chris Wright, Anton and Andrei Maz Ticket Info: Free Time: 8pm onwards Location: Corner Walcott and Beaufort Streets, Mt Lawley 78

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VILLA Theme: N/A Entertainment: Kele Okereke (Bloc Party DJ set) Ticket Info: On sale via Boomtick, Moshtix, Planet, Mills and Moshtix Time: 9pm ’til 5am Location: 187 Stirling Street, Perth The Shed

THE SHED Theme: Las Vegas Entertainment: Elvis and The Original Showgirls Ticket Info: $10 on the door Time: From 7pm onwards Location: 69-71 Aberdeen Street, Northbridge The Shed transforms into Las Vegas for 2010s New Years Eve, The Original Show girls will perform, and try out our Vegas style little white chapel with our very own Elvis and much more….. The venue setup has been flown in from Vegas for the night and with Skyy vodka as the sponsor it’s going to be a night to remember. Strict dress code applies, so dress to impress.

Hold on to your hats Perth because Tick Tock and Boomtick have conjured up the sexiest New Year’s Eve party on the west coast featuring one of the biggest names in music, Kele Okereke of Bloc Party! This hugely successful indie-pop icon will be hitting the stage and dishing up the perfect soundtrack to take you into 2011.



Theme: Racing, Fashion, Fun Entertainment: Various Ticket Info: General Admission $35 on the door Time: Gates open at 9am, first race at 11.45am, last race at 5.15pm Location: 70 Grandstand Road, Ascot

Theme: Baked NYD Entertainment: Flying Lotus, Hudson Mohawke, Gaslamp Killer Dam Funk, Harmonic 313 Ticket Info: $90 from Time: 8pm ’til late Location: 233 James Street, Northbridge.

Welcome in 2011 at Perth’s original New Year’s Day celebration! The BMW Perth Cup is an iconic summer event and the highlight of the WA racing season. Celebrate trackside in the heart of the action. Visit ascotevents.

After selling out their NYE show in less than three days, Artrage and {move} have managed to pull together a second show with the same spectacular line-up in all its glory on New Year’s Day (night). Also joining the bill will be bass virtuoso Thundercat and drummer Ronald Brunner Jr, who will be playing live with Mr Steve Ellison (aka Flying Lotus), for their first run of the new Flying Lotus live show outside of the US!

THE VELVET LOUNGE Theme: Hip Hop, Breaks and Dubstep Entertainment: Harvey Fresh and Rad One Ticket Info: Free Time: 9pm ’til late Location: Corner Walcott and Beaufort Streets, Mt Lawley

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CUBAN CLUB AT PERTH FLYING SQUADRON YACHT CLUB Theme: N/A Entertainment: Arrested Development, Bag Raiders and more Ticket Info: $249 (includes oysters and champagne, gourmet lunch, dinner and top shelf drinks) Time: 1pm ’til late Location: Esplanade, Dalkeith

FREMANTLE ARTS CENTRE Theme: Roots, Reggae and World Beats Entertainment: Xavier Rudd, Sunshine Brothers, Grace Barbe, DJ Phil Cooker and Paul Gamblin Ticket Info: Tickets on sale via Mills, Planet, Star Perth, Live Clothing, Heatseeker and via the venue Time: 5.30pm ’til 10pm Location: 1 Finnerty Street, Fremantle In 2011 FAC throw their arms around the good people of WA once again with a warm, fuzzy line up of roots, reggae, soul and worldly rhythms, beats and grooves to turn the south lawn of Fremantle Arts Centre into a New Year’s Day love in.

SALT ON THE BEACH Theme: Beach Party Entertainment: Digitalism, Sebastian Leger, Zelimir, Mind Electric, Jus Haus?, Mel B, Maxwell, Pearly Whites, Tank Top, Frankie Button, Nathan Francis, Moe Steez and Master Dash Ticket Info: Tickets on sale from Planet, Mills, Rokeby Records and Moshtix Time: 2pm ’til late Location: 42 Port Beach Road, North Fremantle Club Paradiso’s third New Year’s Day outing is set to continue in fine form with international stars Digitalism and Sebastien Leger confirmed for the festival. The Club Paradiso billing marks a return from the wilderness for Digitalism, who we’ve been told have been slaving away on a new record of razor-edged bangers in an underground German bunker.

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J.B. O’Reillys will be the cosiest place to be this Friday, December 24. The delightful Healys will be playing making it the perfect place to share a drink and a dance the Christmas Eve.


The Rosemount Hotel’s New Years Eve Fiesta returns again this year to ring in 2011! Friday, December 31, sees one of Perth’s premier venues host a killer line-up of Perth’s biggest and best for the ultimate NYE party for live music fans, that won’t hurt the wallet much, either! The night features Red Jezebel, Will Stoker & The Embers, Sons Of Rico, Emperors, Split Seconds and Simone & Girlfunkle. All this plus a special late performance from Tomas Ford, DJ Shannon Fox in the beer garden and some very special surprise (and ARIA-winning) guests. Doors open 6pm until late, tickets are only $20 plus BF on sale now from Planet Video, Mills Records, Star Perth and Heatseeker. You can also buy tickets just for beer garden entry from the same outlets.


Following sold out NYE events on the east coast in 2009, Hed Kandi is heading to Perth with the Circus Ilumina show for a very special New Year’s Eve at the Cottesloe Beach Hotel. Hed Kandi is the most stylish name in music and together with the Circus Ilumina production NYE at the Cott is set to be sensational! A first time in Perth for Circus Ilumina, the evening also boasts an exceptional line-up with Frankie Romano, Jem Quinn, Perth’s Chiari, Terry Waites, Sirius B, J-Boy and Keefy B.Tickets are $80 plus BF on sale now from all Moshtix outlets and the Cottesloe Beach Hotel.



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For something a little different this year get down to The Court for an old fashioned College Toga Party! With the biggest inner city outdoor dance party, frat house games in the beer garden and a cheerleader change room inside, The Court is the place to be this NYE. Tickets on sale now at The Court. Because life’s too short to play it straight!


Don’t miss the weekly line-up of local bands playing each Wednesday at the Paddo. On Wednesday, December 29, come see The Tumblers, Bulls & Bears, Joe Graham and Von Leon. Acts start at 8pm and as always, it’s free entry!

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Warming up the festive season, local rockers Stillfire get things rolling on Christmas Eve, Friday, December 24. Boxing Day, Sunday, December 26, brings back the brothers of dub, The Sunshine Brothers, who return to the stage fresh back from their trip to Spain.


This Friday, December 24, Claire Hollingsworth plays Mojo’s Bar for the Crassmass night.Punters are invited to wear anything that pokes a bit of fun at Christmas! Joining her will be Stu Orchard, Merle Fyshwick, Kudos Fiasco and Justin Walshe. Entry is $5 from 7.30pm. Sunday, December 26, will be an explosion of the unkempt, a celebration of all this is righteously wrong, it’s the Boxing Day Knockout. Playing this barbaric night of total trouble will be the Bible Bashers, Capital City, The Painkillers, The Fags, Hootenanny, Dux & Downtown and Creature. Entry is $10 from 4pm or $15 from 6pm through ‘til 10pm.


Sunday, December 26, is a big reggae party at Manhattan’s from arvo to eve. It’s all about dancing and ending the year on the highest note! Your last chance at proving yourself on the dancefloor! Entertainment provided by Fireside Imperial crew, Masimba, Mello & Mr. Madz plus special appearances by some of Perth’s finest MCs S.O.X, Kreem and InEffable. Dress to impress. $10 Cover charge from 4pm.


Come down and check out Sneaky Weasel Gang this Thursday, December 23, plus DJ James MacArthur. These three young guys explode into action and start working on grooves that take the crowd from an island beach party, to a smoky, funky blues dance and beyond. They’ve been around the ropes a few times now having played over 300 shows, including several independent tours and festival billings including west and east coast blues and roots festivals, Rollercoaster, Island Vibes and Wave Rock Weekender among many others. SWG enjoy music from many places but choose to play any combination of blues/funk/ reggae and rock whilst still holding a root in all four. For an independent, West Australian band of young mates, these guys really have something.

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U2 / Jay-Z Patersons Stadium Saturday, December 18, 2010 With AC/DC and Metallica already holding sold out two night stands in Perth in 2010, the year of massive tours was set to go out with a bang – the first U2 show in our state since 1998. Approaching the venue that will forever be at least colloquially known as Subiaco Oval, 55,000 fans were greeted by a mirrorball poking out the top of the massive stadium – our introduction to the Irish rock band’s rather pricy stage set-up they call ‘The Claw.’ A 15 minute countdown on the structure’s 360 degree screen signified Jay-Z was on his way and his band came out and got the crowd excited as Smells Like Teen Spirit played over the PA. Once the timer was up, Rihanna’s voice blared through the speakers and Jay-Z got the gig started with Run This Town. 99 Problems also received an early airing in the hour-long set as much of the crowd partook in the hand gestures and gave Jay-Z the welcome he deserved. With Izzo and Empire State Of Mind also on the set list, the rapper was more than happy to be on a Perth stage, but he seemed content leaving too, as he went straight from the stage to a heavily tinted black Mercedes and into the night. Just as Jay-Z had given the photographers a wave as he left, Bono greeted us with a similar gesture as we prepared for U2’s much anticipated performance. David Bowie’s Space Oddity aptly set the scene for the moment tens of thousands fans had been waiting 12 years for, if not their whole lives. Return Of The Stingray Guitar acted as the intro as Bono and The Edge took the time to greet fans by strutting along the massive runway that put fans in the thick of the action, before the band’s biggest hit of the ‘00s, Beautiful Day, put the show in full swing. The pint-sized band stood tall with Get On Your Boots, while Mysterious Ways was the first of few ‘90s tracks played. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For had the crowd singing along with the iconic frontman adding a snippet of Primal Scream’s Movin’ On Up just for kicks.

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Jay-Z (photos: Matthew Hogan)

New track North Star gave everyone a chance to sit down before Pride had everyone back and singing again. After some moments of watching Bono woo a woman from the crowd and Amnesty International joining the show, The Claw’s screen started to steal the show. The band’s rendition of the Eno-heavy I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight was the most impressive use of the screen before Sunday Bloody Sunday reminded us just how long the band’s been going and how their skills on their respective instruments haven’t waned over the decades. There was little wait for the encores as the videos kept us entertained, including one with two aliens talking to each other through text on the screen, which included the line “don’t worry its gone now” complete with poor grammar. This perfectly set the scene for the final moments as Bono returned to the stage in his Tron: Legacy inspired outfit complete with flying fluoro frisbee microphone, but thankfully U2 had more than visuals to rely on, unlike the film. Moment Of Surrender was an odd choice of closer, but the band proved tonight their recent material isn’t that bad… especially when teamed with the biggest live music production of all time! The 360 Tour was definitely worth the wait and more than lived up to the hype. _MATTHEW HOGAN

HOT FOR PREACHER REVEREND HORTON HEAT / Cal Peck & The Tramps / Ruby Boots Rosemount Hotel Wednesday, December 15, 2010 The Rosemount is a great venue for summer, and whenever you check out a gig there, there’s always the temptation, however slight, to give the main bar a miss and while away the evening in one of Perth’s best beer gardens. This time around, though, we barely had time to even entertain the notion; no sooner had the doors opened at a whisker before 8pm, than the first support act had mounted the stage. Ruby Boots kicked off the night with a typically fine performance. Bex Chilcott’s sultry vocals are a hell of a thing to hear floating through the warm air, buoyed by the rest of the band’s exemplary musicianship. There’s an argument perhaps that the Boots

are an odd fit for a night with the Reverend, but their soften, more reflective country-blues tunes proved a perfect opener before the next act kicked it up a notch. The next act, of course, being the redoubtable Cal Peck & The Tramps, a band born to tread the same boards as the Reverend Horton Heat. Taking the same blues and country influences that dominated the night and spinning them together with a good dose of old fashioned rock’n’roll, The Tramps dominated the stage with a vigour and energy that has made their live appearances justifiably legendary, and when they finished their set they left the boards steaming. A state that didn’t change when the Rev, or Jim Heath to his friends, set his boot upon the. By this stage of the game the main bar was packed shoulder to shoulder, and though there was a fair variety of subcultures

SMOKED SALMON YOU ARE EXOTIC The Bakery Saturday, December 18, 2010 Saturday was warm, but it was a very cool Perth night down the western end of Northbridge. This event, showcasing Perth’s old and new rock’n’roll establishment, was going to be an excellent way to spend an evening. The Kurbist Gong Band - and their array of improvised traditional instruments, gongs and practice amps – held court amongst the early arrivers outside. 84

The first rockin’ band on this evening’s rather extensive line-up were The Bible Bashers, with a rock punk and disrespectful-blues styling, they play love-songs with titles like Peepshow and that are about lusting after young girls and such things. Well-dressed front man Laith Tyranny casts a figure like Jello Biafra in a dark, dark mood and holds together his band of misfits with dapper. Followed by Cal Peck & The Tramps, a quality band without pretence. A harmonica wails from the dour and anxious Kill For You and through rollicking tracks like Hideaway. Just as Cal Peck and cohorts are the real deal, so too is Justin Walshe, the evening’s

Whilst in another part of town, a band of a certain well-loved Irish rock supergroup turned 360 degrees towards Perth, much-loved UK rock trio Muse descended upon our city on Sunday evening with much less hype but no less magnificence, delivering an uplifting, sweeping and spectacularly grand concert experience which more than proved their validity as a contender in the competition for the world’s most impressive stadium band. Wielding whiny guitars and knifeedged pop riffs, Scottish pop-rockers Biffy Clyro kicked off the evening’s proceedings with adequate verve. Although, with lyrics that tugged at the heartstrings of emo-infused teens the world over, the scraggly lads’ set was far from everyone’s musical cup of tea, for every rock-centred Muse fan standing with a pained expression there were two more joining in the fun, with the talented trio displaying more than enough pop nouse and on-stage swagger to win most over, with popular single Mountain seeing the first sing-along of the night. Impressive, in every sense of the word, any doubt that UK prog-rock demigods Muse operate under the assumption that bigger is always better was vanquished tonight, as they did their best to shine a light into every nook and cranny of Bassendean’s Steel Blue Oval, so that even those high up in the bleachers felt like they got their money’s worth. Initially positioned on three video-LED pedestals with matching columns overhead – as represented. It was hard to miss the large number of well-coiffed, immaculately dressed rockabillies who had come to kneel and worship at the foot of the legend. The heat in the venue was palpable, and the smell, frankly, pungent, but Heath’s only concession to the humidity was the removal of his hat before launching into the set; his suit jacket remained resolutely on. Driven by veteran bassman Jimbo Wallace’s deep, thundering string work, Heath kept the music up-tempo and kicking along, punctuating the songs with a dry, wry humorous commentary. Though they’re famous for eschewing set lists, nonetheless there are an handful of songs you’re pretty much guaranteed to hear at a Horton Heat gig, and this night didn’t disappoint, with Big Sky, Baddest Of The Bad and, of course, Psychobilly Freakout all getting an airing to the roaring adulation of the crowd. And, in a way, it’s the crowd that made the night. The Rev has an innate understanding of his relationship with his people; the MC. And he announces like a doomsayer to the wandering masses,“Day Of The Dead is upon us!” In fact, the evening was not only showing signs of life but bloody hemorrhaging surf sounds from the guitar of Day Of The Dead’s Ben Frichot. What followed was a the classic Pipeline, the western-soundtrack themed Dead Man’s Justice, new track The Black Lotus and a bunch of other excellent tunes. Then, an unexpected but altogether awesome addition to the evening, the appearance between bands of Sugar Blue Burlesque and all their hula-hoops and shaking and moving and whatever it is that they do. Now for some more rock music. Kim Salmon rocks the hell out, as he should. With The Scientists, with The Surrealists, and tonight under his own name, Salmon has been a fixture of Australian music for years. This man is the

if positioned midway up a flashing skyscraper – the powerhouse trio traversed the boundaries of their custom-built stage whilst a legion of 50-foot honeycomb screens beamed out hi-def visuals and a series of intricate lighting fixtures emitted enough rainbow strobe lights to leave even the mildest of epileptics in a woeful state. But for all the theatre of their stage show, it was the music that truly drove home Muse’s songs, as Bellamy’s employment of expressive falsetto-laden vocals, titanic guitar solos, whammy-bar acrobatics, and symphonic classical piano suites continued the evening’s relentless assault on minds, eyeballs and eardrums with awe-inspiring extravagance. Whipping up a storm from the opening riffs of Queen-aping opener Uprising, and other operatic prog-rock tunes Guiding Light and United States Of Eurasia from most recent smash-hit LP The Resistance, Muse retained their signature garage attitude during iterations of anthemic fan favourites, including Supermassive Black Hole, Starlight and Stockholm Syndrome, concluding their two hour set with an encore consisting of a euphoric steam flume-laden rendition of Knights Of Cydonia and an epic 20-minute instrumental suite which found the group jumping from harmonica-driven Krautrock movements to guitar fretwork to sweeping, swaggering, operatic rock with ease. Although one couldn’t help but wonder whether these experimentations would have made a bigger impact earlier in the set list, their mere presence confirmed that Muse is finally growing comfortable with their own aspirations and may indeed be ready to make a vie for the stadium rock crown in the not too distant future. _JENNIFER PETERSON-WARD

Reverend Horton Heat (photo: Mike Wylie)

band, the music, the crowd – all are one, a seething, heaving, rocking mass of humanity in celebration. Heath knows just how to interact with his audience, just how much to give them, and just when to walk away, so that, when we poured from the Rosemount after the last note had faded, though the music had stopped, in our hearts the Reverend still rocked on. _TRAVIS JOHNSON reason why a whole lot of people were here. Slow and dirty rock with a stoner bent, between jams there’s ‘summertime in the south’ sounding tunes then heavy rock and fat guitar noises. It’s postpunk noise, almost grunge, and totally awesome. Playing tracks from across a career, Salmon came back for an encore and played The Scientists’ We Had Love to a most appreciative audience. Finally, fine tuning their instruments and then launching at a frenetic pace into an instrument bashing were stalwarts Kill Devil Hills. Slowing things down a little for Angry Town then picking it up again for fan favourite Gunslinger. Then, an excellent as usual set. Top work Cool Perth Nights on another very cool line-up of bands. _DANIEL PARKINSON

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Are you interested in watching some live bands on Boxing Day? How about 38 live bands? The Rosemount is hosting Scorcherfest this Sunday, December 26, kicking off at noon and on the bill are The Darlings, Tempered Descent, Tahnee Dubai, S.O.X, Paper Like House, Chilling Winston, Templeton, That Velvet Echo, Varial, Amberdown, Lizzyspit UK, Mudguts, Cave Fire Cinema, 44th Sunset, Available At The Counter, Youngsta, The Coil, Kon Tempt, Cold Fate, Chet, Juwana, Tektonik, John Smith Quintet, Oblivion, Diamond Eye, Complete, Pitch Axis, Three Of Life, Sebastian Simich, When Summer Ends, Sean Scott, BURNhabit, DT, Blatjang, Waiting 4 Andy, Applebite The Beggars On Acid, Matty Trash & The Horribles and Endora. Prepare to discover your new favourite band!

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This new 7’’ release by Perth’s prodigious Pond, is a perfect piece of pop psychedelia for summer. Now, I’m assuming that this song is inspired by the place Green’s Pool, near the town of Denmark, down south. There’s a rocky cove there where people go to swim. It’s one of the nicest places you’d ever see. Green’s Pool, the song, is a blissed out but rocking sing-along. It sounds like the lads had a lot of fun recording, and if that comes across in a listen, then that can only be a good thing. _DANIEL PARKINSON





A Path Well Trodden After 15 years at the forefront of Perth metal, Pathogen are calling it a day at the massive Sovereign Studios two-stager at Capitol and Amplifier early next year. Through a series of EPs and an album in Bloodline, the band toured Australia several times, supported some of metal’s top bands and garnered a strong following. Both the band and Sovereign Studios are the brainchild of guitarist Aidan Barton, and he says he could no longer focus on both. “The band’s been a little bit inactive for the last few years – mainly due to line-up changes and what not,” he begins. “Also, me personally I’ve always taken on the role of managing the band a lot, I’m ready to put it to rest. My work and my recording studio seems to be doing really well and I just don’t seem to find enough time to dedicate enough energy to both causes to do them properly.” The band is pulling out all the stops for their farewell show with Barton joined by drummer Louis Rando, vocalist Cain Cressal, guitarist Jarrod Curley and bassist Dave Sandstrom. “The final line-up was pretty much put together just for this show and it features really the most key members that I’ve had over the last 15 years and really the best friends I’ve ever had in the band,” Barton says much to the satisfaction of Rando who is sitting next to him. The band has had many successful members, but they all managed to be available for the show.“Louis tours the world virtually constantly playing with Nervecell from Dubai,” he says.“Most of the other guys play in Malignant Monster, who are doing quite well and Cain also sings for an east

coast band, The Amenta. So everyone’s really busy and everyone is really active in the industry, so naturally it’s pretty much impossible to lock all those guys down to focus on one project.” Looking back, Barton and Rando agree that their east coast tour with Finnish power metal heroes Children Of Bodom in 2005 was a highlight. “That was our first national tour,” recalls the guitarist. “We’d gone over and done the occasional show in Melbourne and Adelaide, but this one definitely topped them. They were all sold out shows and we got a great response. Record sales just tripled over one week! Ever since then we’ve seem to have developed a pretty loyal fan base.” Rando reels off some more highlights. “All the gigs have really been fun,” he says. “It’s always been a great band to be part of. In the past we’ve done some good supports which were great fun - like Mayhem and Opeth. We played with Fear Factory at Metro City. That was fun – it was our first huge gig that we’d ever played; the first gig that ever had a line going down the street!” “It was our first thousand plus show that we ever played,” Barton chimes in, “and we got pretty hooked to that kind of vibe really quickly.” Pathogen headline Sovereign Studios’ Sampler Vol II launch at Capitol and Amplifier on Sunday, January 2. Joining them are Brisbane’s Dead Letter Opener and locals Chaos Divine, Malignant Monster, Vespers Descent, Mhorgl, I Am Eternal and Befallen.


heavyweights Mandalay Victory continue their good form since the release of debut album Tales Over Time. Joining them is Vanity, Sensory Amusia, Refrain, First And Ten and Afraid Of Heights. Do not miss out on the second edition of Perth United!

A management company with plenty to celebrate this year, Spinning Top Music is teaming up with Acres to put on a Christmas party you can set your watch to. The mighty Pond will take to the stage of The Bakery tonight, Thursday, December 23, in what may be one of the last opportunities you get to see the band in their natural environment. They’ll be launching new 7’’ single Greens Pool. With her debut album due out in 2011, Felicity Groom will be bring the joy along with The Silents and The Growl. Add that to DJ Dom of Tame Impala and DJ Leo of Canyons and you’ve got yourself a deal!



For a Boxing Day Massacre, look no further than the Rocket Room this Sunday,December 26.With the almighty Brutus heading up proceedings. Sparring For Shotgun, Scalphunter, Gotham City Crusaders and Lucille all will be there too, hangovers in tow.


When you wake up this Boxing Day smelling of all kinds of horrible muck, the best way to cure said stench is head to Mojo’s Bar. Boxing Day Knockout is this Sunday, December 26, and features the smashing sounds of The Bible Bashers taking time out from their busiest period of the year. Joining them are The Painkillers, Capital City, The Fags, Hootenanny, Dux & Downtown, Creature and Donny James Rat. It kicks off at 4pm with a special reduced price until 6pm.

Whether they intended to or not, Red Jez have managed to create a sound that is fairly close to the merging of British and Australian sounds, for this half-decent ‘90s sounding pop-rock tune. It’s been released as a free download to coincide with the current Ashes cricket series and also comes with some cool cricket-themed ‘cover art’. Bodyline, of course, refers to the infamous Ashes test series of 1932-33 when the English team decided that the best way to cope with a rampant Don Bradman was to aim the cricket ball at his head. See you in Melbourne suckers! _DANIEL PARKINSON


Tonight, Thursday, December 23, head down to Mojo’s for Women Of The ‘80s. The lovely and talented Jodie Tes, Anna Wallwork and Rebecca O’Brien will be leading the charge playing quality ‘80s tunes while Oats Supply with new singer Sassy da Haar will also be doing what they do best.



Tonight, Thursday, December 23, sees some of the new cool kids on the indie rock block head into Manhattan’s for a pre-Christmas bash. Garage rock darlings The Tumblers are set to headline proceedings with feel good kids The Vans playing an unplugged set. The GET YOUR YA YA’S OUT New Northbridge venue Ya Ya’s tonight, night kicks off at 7pm with DJs playing after Thursday, December 23, hosts a Christmas party 10pm. along with the good folk at FasterLouder. Recent album launchers The Coalminers Sect head up THE SUCCESS OF SANTA proceedings along with The Spitfires, who are If you need a little pre-Christmas cheer, then launching their new single Radio Control late head on down to Manhattan’s on Friday, next month. Mark Neal rounds out the line-up. December 24. Frozen Ocean, Mercy Mercy & The Success Of Saturn, Bad Houses and The Milky Magnets will be playing sweet UNITED STALWARTS What better way to spend Christmas Eve than bean Christmas covers and originals from with your favourite local metal bands? Hit up 8pm. Free entry to those wearing Christmas Amplifier this Friday, December 24, as hardcore sweaters on the 30+ degree day!

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DON WALKER & THE LUCKY STRIKES 22 Quindanning Tavern 23 Fremantle Arts Centre


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DOVES 21 Metro Freo

ST JEROMES LANEWAY FESTIVAL (!!!, The THE BLACK SORROWS, Antlers, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Beach VIKA & LINDA BULL House, Blonde Redhead 26 Mundaring Weir Hotel and more) 12 Perth Cultural Centre DE LA SOUL 12 Metro City

GANG OF FOUR 8 The Bakery

TIM MINCHIN 4 & 5 Kings Park OLD MAN RIVER, PASSENGER 4 Amplifier 5 Mojo’s MICHAEL BUBLE, NATURALLY 7 4 & 5 Sandleford Winery, Swan Valley 6 Sandleford Winery, Margaret River THE PLATTERS WITH MONROE POWELL 5 Mundaring Weir Hotel FUTURE MUSIC (Chemical Brothers, MGMT, Pendulum, Dizzee Rascal, Mark Ronson and more) 6 Arena Joondalup


APRIL THE SCRIPT 2 Challenge Stadium LIONEL RICHIE / GUY SEBASTIAN 6 NIB Stadium JIMMY EAT WORLD 5 Metro City LUKA BLOOM 7 Fly By Night SUPAFEST (Snoop Dogg, Bow Wow, Nelly, Taio Cruz and more) 10 Joondalup Arena

Wednesday 22nd December - Open Thursday 23rd December - Open Friday 24th December - Open Saturday 25th December - Closed Sunday 26th December - Open


WEST COAST BLUES ‘N’ ROOTS (Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello & The Attractions, The Cat CHRIS ISAAK Empire, Rodrigo Y 16 Kings Park Gabriella, Gurrumul, Michaelo Franti & STONE TEMPLE PILOTS / Spearhead, Blind Boys GRINSPOON Of Alabama with Aaron 16 Challenge Stadium Neville, Rockwiz Live, Mavis Staples, Robert JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE Randolph & The Family 16 & 17 Mojo’s Band, Toots & The Maytals, Washington, BJ THOMAS Ruthie Foster, Grace 16 Mandurah Performing Jones and more) Arts Centre 17 Fremantle Park 18 Regal Theatre DISTURBED, TRIVIUM, AS I LAY DYING SWEET 20 Burswood Dome 17 Regal Theatre 18 Bunbury INDIGO GIRLS Entertainment Centre 21 Perth Concert Hall BELLE & SEBASTIAN 18 Astor Theatre

The following week Wednesday 29th December - Open Thursday 30th December - Open Friday 31st December - Open Saturday 1st January – Closed 14/16 South Terrace, Fremantle WA 6160 (08) 9336 1919


KATE CEBERANO 19 Mundaring Weir Hotel

MAROON 5 1 Burswood Dome

WEIRD AL YANKOVIC 21 Burswood Theatre

JUSTIN BEIBER 7 Burswood Dome


KYUSS LIVES 11 Capitol

DOOBIE BROTHERS 22 Burswood Dome

JOE BONAMASSA 23 Perth Concert Hall

MF DOOM 25 Metro City

JAMES BLUNT 23 Riverside Theatre

DAVE HOLE 26 Mundaring Weir Hotel

BEN FOLDS 24 Riverside Drive






An incredibly influential post-punk band, Wire are heading to Perth for a not-to-be-missed show at The Bakery on Tuesday, January 25. Their seminal debut of 1977, Pink Flag, ranked on Rolling Stone’s greatest albums of all-time list and it’s been cited as a major influence by R.E.M. Since reforming in 2006, the band has a released more strong contributions to experimental music with their 12th album Red Barked Tree due out next year. Do not miss this rare opportunity to see some pioneers in action.



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When The Strokes and The Hives and The White Stripes brought ‘back’ stripped back rock’n’roll a decade ago, nobody stopped to realise that the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion had been doing the same thing for a decade before that. Throughout the ‘90s, JSBX brought out album after album of increasingly bizarre, but always awesome, rock’n’roll. Extra Width, Orange, Now I Got Worry and Acme are albums that have only got better with time – now you can see if the band too has gotten better over the years when they hit the Rosemount on Thursday, January 13 with support from Felicity Groom. Australia’s highest circulating Street Press




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Libby Hammer, Friday (X-mas Eve) at Ellington Jazz Club

THURSDAY 23.12 BAKERY Pond Felicity Groom The Silents The Growl BAR ORIENT Simon’s Open Mic BELGIAN BEER CAFÉ Ben Pettit BENNY’S Adrian Wilson BIRD Hiphop Kara’yo’ke BOTANICA Bluebottles BROOKLANDS TAVERN Celebrations Karaoke COMO HOTEL Christian Parkinson CONTACIO Karin Page DEVILLES PAD John Madd’s Karaoke CIVIC HOTEL (The Den) Open Mic Night






ELEPHANT & WHEELBARROW Gun Shy Romeos ELLINGTON JAZZ Libby Hammer FENIANS Pearce Ward FUSE BAR Nathan Gaunt HARRY’S BAR Camacho HIGH ROAD HOTEL Quiz Night INDI BAR Bex’s Open Mic Night JB O’REILLY’S Rhys Wood KINGSLEY TAVERN Chris Murphy LEGENDS Steve Hepple

LUCKY SHAG James Wilson MANHATTAN’S The Tumblers The Vans Born With Rain MARKET CITY TAVERN Matt Burke No Thru Road Noisy Poppy MARRI PARK TAVERN Open Mic Night MERRIWA TAVERN Shawne & Luc MOON & SIXPENCE Bob & Clem MOJO’S Jodie Tes Anna Wallwork Rebecca O’brien Oats Supply MUSTANG Sneaky Weasel Gang

Brutus, Sunday (Boxing Day) at Rocket Room THE GATE Better Days UNIVERSAL BAR Off The Record WANNEROO TAVERN Keith McDonald

Sunshine Brothers, Sunday (Boxing Day) at Indi Bar

WHEELBARROW Darren Reid ELLINGTON JAZZ CLUB Libby Hammer ESS BAR Krackatinni Brothers FENIANS FRIDAY 24.12 Tom Haron & The Clan AMPLIFIER FUSE BAR Mandalay Victory Groove Karaoke Vanity GLENGARRY Sensory Amusia TAVERN Refrain The Mustangs First And Ten GREENWOOD Afraid Of Heights HOTEL BALLY’S BAR In The Groove Copy Cat HIGH ROAD HOTEL BALMORAL Entourage Kate Gilbertson INDI BAR BAR ORIENT Stillfire Easy Tigers JB O’REILLYS BELGIAN BEER The Healys CAFÉ KINGSWAY TAVERN Shameem TaheriRiddum Shak OCEAN BEACH HOTEL Lee Trio LANGFORD BELMONT TAVERN Carra & Band ALEHOUSE Good Karma PADDO Power Train BENNY’S Ben Merito LEGENDS Faces PADDY HANNANS Fenton Wilde BENTLEY HOTEL Dr Bogus LEOPOLD HOTEL Bernadine Grigson Crazy Craig Better Days PADDY MAGUIRES BLACK BETTYS James Wilson Redstae Limerick Lads MANHATTAN’S BURRENDAH ROSEMOUNT Frozen Ocean TAVERN Aztech Suns Mercy Mercy & The Keith McDonald The Silence InSuccess Of Saturn COMO Between Bad Houses Tip Top Sound Delusions Of The Milky Magnets CAPTAIN STIRLING MERRIWA TAVERN Grandeur Shawne & Luc AstroPig Blaze CARLISE HOTEL ROSIE O’GRADY’S MOON & SIXPENCE Blaze (Northbridge) Sonic COTTESLOE BEACH MOONDYNE JOES Bill Chidgzey HOTEL ROSIE O’GRADY’S The Happy Open Mic (Fremantle) Cannibals CRAIGIE TAVERN Clayton Bolger MOJO’S SETTLERS TAVERN Acoustic Inc Claire Hollingsworth DUSK Coby Grant Stu Orchard SOVEREIGN ARMS RedStar Merle Fyshwick David Fyffe DOUBLE LUCKY Kudos Fiasco STEVES BAR Soul Train Justin Walshe MOUNT HENRY Stella Donnelly ELEPHANT & TAVERN Full Circle MUSTANG Adam Hall & The Velvet Playboys Cheeky Monkeys NOVOTEL VINES RESORT Acoustic Nights OCEAN BEACH HOTEL Parker Ave OLD BAILEY TAVERN Zenburger Mandalay Victory PADDO Felix Greg Carter PADDY HANNAN’S Blue Gene Crazy Craig PADDY MAGUIRE’S Diablo PARAMOUNT NIGHTCLUB Flyte







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The Bible Bashers, Sunday (Boxing Day) at Mojo’s BROOKLANDS TAVERN Dom Zurzolo CAPTAIN STIRLING Leighton Keepa COMO HOTEL The Select Few CRAGIE TAVERN Barry Gee GREENWOOD TAVERN Ben Pettit Duo HALE ROAD HOTEL Slim Jim & The Phatts HIGH ROAD HOTEL Flyte Mike Nayar INDI BAR The Sunshine Brothers INDIAN OCEAN BREWING CO Retriofit Chris Gibbs KALAMUNDA HOTEL Christian Thompson KINGSLEY TAVERN Richard Roberts LAKERS TAVERN Jamie Powers OCEAN BEACH HOTEL Parker Ave MANHATTAN’S Fireside Imperial Crew Masimba Mello Mr. Madz S.O.X Kreem InEffable MOJO’S The Bible Bashers The Painkillers Capital City The Fags Hootenanny Dux N Downtown Creature Donny James Rat MOON & SIXPENCE Acoustic Inc MUSTANG Pete Busher & The Lone Rangers NEWPORT Kevin Smith & The Seven Storey Jumpers PADDO Groovetube PADDY HANNANS Peace, Love & All That Stuff Crazy Craig PRINCIPAL MICRO BREWERY Wesley Goodlet Jamboree Scouts PUBLICAN BAR Open Mic ROCKET ROOM Boxing Day Massacre Brutus Sparring For Shotgun Scalphunter Gotham City Crusaders Lucille

Andrew Winton, Tuesday at Charles Hotel

ROSEMOUNT Scorcherfest The Darlings Tempered Descent Tahnee Dubai S.O.X Paper Like House Chilling Winston Templeton That Velvet Echo on Varial Amberdown Lizzyspit UK Mudguts Cave Fire Cinema 44th Sunset Available At The Counter Youngsta The Coil Kon Tempt Cold Fate Chet Juwana Tektonik John Smith Quintet VIC Oblivion Diamond Eye Complete Pitch Axis Three Of Life Sebastian Simich When Summer Ends Sean Scott BURNhabit DT Blatjang Waiting 4 Andy Applebite The Beggars On Acid Matty Trash The Horribles Endora ROSIE O’GRADAY’S Big Ears SAIL & ANCHOR Other Guys SETTLERS TAVERN Stirling Rangers SEVENTH AVE BAR Mia & Good Company SOUTH STREET ALEHOUSE Anthony Nieves STAMFORD ARMS Bill Chidgzey The Midnight Collective SWINGING PIG Ivan Ribic Murder Mouse Band THE BOAT Kevin Conway THE EASTERN HOTEL The Bluebottles THE GATE Better Days The Other Guys THE SAINT Howie Morgan Project THE SHED Huge THE SMALL CABIN BAR Gianni Unplugged Nicky T VICTORIA PARK HOTEL Neil Colliss

KINGSLEY TAVERN Michael Power LEFT BANK Will Udall LUCKY SHAG Howie Morgan MANHATTAN’S MONDAY 27.12 Michael Swan & The BAR ORIENT Fox Fantasy James Wilson Heathcote Blue MOJO’S Killer Bee Open Mic Night MUSTANG MUSTANG Marco & The Milhouse Rhythm Kings MOUNT HELENA PADDO TAVERN Gang Of Three Open Mic Night SPICE LOUNGE OLD BAILEY Courtney Murphy TAVERN THE DEEN Norbert’s Karaoke Plastic Max And The PADDO Token Gesture The Tumblers THE SHED Bulls & Bears The Healy’s Joe Graham Blue Hornet Von Leon TUESDAY 28.12 PADDY HANNANS WEDNESDAY BAR ORIENT Threeplay 29.12 Mick Nayar PADDY MAGUIRES BELGIAN BEER BALLY’S BAR Rattlin’ Bog CAFÉ Greg Carter Karaoke ROSIE O’GRADY’S Red Beret BLACK BETTY’S (Northbridge) BENTLEY HOTEL Audacity David Fyffe Better Days BENNYS ROSEMOUNT BROOKLANDS Adrian Wilson The Super Sweet HOTEL BURSWOOD Mystery Ska Band James Wilson Grim Fandango CAPTAIN STIRLING CASINO HI-NRG The Shallows Prita Grearly ELLINGTON JAZZ CHARLES HOTEL Liz Wreck Matt Taylor Simon Fisenden Dyonysis Chain FENIANS SAIL & ANCHOR COTTESLOE BEACH Cranky Songs In The Green HOTEL HALE ROAD HOTEL Adrian Wilson The Mad Agents Fenton Wilde SETTLERS TAVERN Pounds Of Dave INDI BAR Open Mic Night ESS BAR The Cannonels THE MOON Norbert’s Karaoke Ladybug Lil Lionie Lionheart FENIANS INGLEWOOD Maurice Flavel Chris Gibbs HOTEL Gosia Winter IMPACT BAR Ella & Scott Bourne UNIVERSAL Open Mic Night Strutt KINGSLEY TAVERN JB O’REILLY’S Connie Kis Andersen Open Mic Night Ses Sayer WANNEROO TAVERN Damien Cripps WOODVALE TAVERN Reckless Kelly


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