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X-Press read with interest WA Police Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan’s opinion piece in WA’s daily newspaper this week, proselytising his objection to the development of Perth’s bar culture. Offering up his hide as a ‘wowser’, O’Callaghan tripped over the usual statistics – alcohol consumption is on the rise and Northbridge is to blame – in a dash for his final destination: that we’re all drunkard philistines who can’t tell out left foot from our liver, especially after a night on the tiles! O’Callaghan cited the number of licensed establishments in Northbridge – more
than 70 in a 0.6 square kilometre radius – as the root of the “endemic”, coupled with “designer drinks”. If I can be so presumptuous as to speak for any one out there with half a working brain (the other half’s sadly pickled in alcopops), the problem very clearly isn’t the number of licensed venues but a national drinking culture which glorifies getting smashed! There is one way - and one way only – to solve the antisocial nature of our hard-drinking culture and that’s to reeducate people as to what is acceptable drinking behaviour. And closing doors won’t do that! The fact O’Callaghan and his boys in
blue objected to the brand spankin’ new State Theatre’s application for a liquor licence is proof at how deluded the argument is. It begs the question: have you ever stepped foot into a theatre before? Yep – those folk love a good ol’ glassing in between Sam Sheppard acts at interval. You dills! The theatre-going crowd is exactly who you should be enticing into Northbridge. You only needed to pop down to the recent Northbridge Festival to witness the beautiful calm that comes over thy streets of rum’n’peril when families and non mega-swillers pop in for a wander. And it’s the same with small bars. I will here and now admit that, for a while, I deserted Northbridge. I was tired of the very ugliness which has become your obsession. But over the past 12 months or so I have once again become a regular; largely thanks to a couple of great small bars promoting a fresh approach to socialising with booze. No longer is it the big swill, but a casual meeting with friends in a non-aggressive environment. Whether you believe it or not, these small bars are – very slowly – changing Perth’s drinking culture. It ain’t cool to be an aggressive, pissed twat in such a niche establishment – it just isn’t! To blame the masses for the behaviour of a couple of smashed losers is like me claiming all police are Taser-happy thugs. And, I am sure you will agree Mr O’Callaghan, that just simply isn’t true… _JULIAN TOMPKIN
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Perth’s newest venue, the Red Hill Auditorium, will play host to some of our nation’s most loved musos come April when the inaugural Songlines concert takes over the picturesque location for a celebration of music on ANZAC Day. Featuring sets from Crowded House’s Neil Finn, iconic Aussie singer/songwriter Paul Kelly, plus solo artists Lior and Ben Merito, Songlines promises to be a thoroughly patriotic affair, so don’t delay, get your tickets now from redhillgigs.com.au, Oz Tix, 78’s, Mills or Planet.
2010 was an amazing year for The McClymonts. Their second album, Wrapped Up Good, debuted at #2 on the ARIA charts, achieved gold status after 10 weeks and three of their singles topped the country charts. To top it off, they even picked up the ARIA Award for best country album and now they’re nominated to five Australian Country Music Awards. They’re heading to WA and will play at Mandurah Performing Arts Centre on Wednesday, March 30; Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre on Thursday, March 31; Burswood Theatre on Friday, April 1; and Queens Park Theatre in Geraldton on Saturday, April 2. Tickets from the venues.
Since releasing his solo album, Strange Tourist, last October, Gareth Liddiard has played solo shows around the country leaving audiences enthralled. With the album recently being released on double gatefold vinyl, The Drones’ frontman has plotted another tour around the country, this time with his former bandleader, Dan Kelly, in support. Kelly also had a big 2010 with his album Dan Kelly’s Dream picking up plenty of acclaim. This raw and stripped back show takes in The Bakery on Saturday, April 2. Tickets are $25 plus BF from nowbaking.com.au.
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Together for over four decades, legendary Texan trio ZZ Top are stopping by Perth on their Australian tour. Set to take in Perth Motorplex in Kwinana, the trio of guitarist Billy F. Gibbons, bassist Dusty Hill and, the only guy in the band without a beard, drummer Frank Beard play on Saturday, April 23. With classics like Legs, Gimme All Your Lovin, Sharp Dressed Man and heaps more in their repertoire, this will be a blues and rock show not to be missed. The only thing that would make it sweeter is if they busted out the drag races for this event! Tickets go on sale tomorrow from Ticketmaster.
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crappy gigs. We are living in a day and age where anybody thinks they can play in a band and recording gear is available to everyone. This isn’t a problem except for the fact that certain twats just don’t understand they have no creativity and usually either rip off other bands or at worst just can’t execute what they are attempting. It’s annoying but thumbs up for trying. Recently I attended an EP Launch at the Amplifier advertised in your magazine. I was blown away, the band Reapers Riddle performed great and had a lineup to match, I hadn’t had a night out like that in ages. My faith was restored and I expected it to be a one off but then the weekend following (just gone) I went again to the Amps and saw the Sins of the Father launch, again a great show from a local act, the lineup not as great but a well executed event. I hope this trend continues and look forward to the rebirth of what was a dwindling local scene
In reference to the woman who wrote in last week about the piss take (Reactions #1248). What the hell? I feel that I am not alone here but, Dirty Bitch? Yes! It’s one thing to soak up the dance floor like that, but to publically write in and attempt to defend you actions? Not a good plan, now every one knows, and by doing that now a thousand more people have watched your very special disco boogie (including myself). I was around back in them old by gone days of the 1990s with the underground raves, and I am pretty damn sure I don’t remember any one lighting up the dance floor like you did! One of your stray shots even hit some Ian Gray poor guy in the leg! I don’t think that that patch Via Email of grass will ever grow back…
some over-zealous security guard. She was dancing with a drink in her hand close to the stage, and then – boom – she’s kicked out. I followed her out and security said she wasn’t going back in… and neither was I. Rosemount’s security is renowned for being a tad over the top – that case a few months back where a punter got the shit kicked out of him by security in the car park is a prime example – but I think they might want to consider drawing the line at kicking people out of gigs that they paid $50 to get into because they’re dancing. It’s a live rock’n’roll show – people will move at them. No wonder Perth people are so scared to move close to the stage or dance and enjoy themselves – it’s a police state!
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I was lucky enough to meet Mr Jon Spencer and band post-gig on Thursday night where they gladly signed t-shirts and posed for photos. Dear X-Press, Thanks guys for putting on an earLOCAL AND LOVIN’ IT I was at the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion gig at the splitting, rocking show and for being so gracious Rosemount the other night and what started out and humble. Please return to our sleepy lil’ town Dear X-Press, as a good time – booze flowing, band rockin’, feet soon! moving – was over before we knew it. Just as Judah Bauer started rapping Chicken Dog I want to start by saying that I was losing interest in the local music scene with unorganised and on Fuck Shit Up, my lady friend caught the eye of Mt Lawley Luis Via Email
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The greatest party of the summer, the Good Vibrations Festival, is coming our way on Sunday, February 20, at Claremont Showgrounds. Proudly presented by Jam Music, the eighth Good Vibrations Festival brings you the summer’s most electrifying beats; with a line-up featuring pioneering UK dance act Faithless, French indie rockers Phoenix, as well as Nas and Damian Marley, Sasha, Ludacris, Erykah Badu, Kelis, The Ting Tings, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Mike Posner, Miike Snow, Koolism and many more. With a massive line up for 2011, Good Vibrations is the one festival you can not miss this summer! You could win one of two double passes for you and a friend to attend. What are you waiting for? Get your entries in now! To check out the full line-up head to gvf.com.au.
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Get your entries in to win a double pass to see this fantastic film, starring Barry Pepper, Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, Hailee Steinfeld and Paul Rae. Fourteen-year-old Mattie Ross’ father has been shot in cold blood by the coward Tom Chaney, and she is determined to bring him to justice. Enlisting the help of a trigger-happy, drunken U.S. Marshal, Rooster Cogburn, she sets out with him to hunt down Chaney. Her father’s blood demands that she pursue the criminal into Indian territory and find him before a Texas Ranger named LeBouef catches him and brings him back to Texas for the murder of another man.
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The Fighter is a drama about Irish boxer Micky Ward’s unlikely road to the world light-weight title. His Rocky-like rise is shepherded by half-brother Dicky, a boxer-turned-trainer who rebounds in life after nearly being KO’d by drugs and crime. Starring Mark Wahlberg, Amy Adams and Christian Bale, get your entries in to see this truly captivating film.
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Returning for the third time to the Rosemount Hotel, Scorcherfest will again take place on Sunday, March 20. After catching the organiser’s attention at the Boxing Day instalment, Amberdown, Wating For Andy and Tempered Decent will return and your band can be part of the 40-strong contingent simply by registering your interest at scorcherfest.com.au.
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The team at RTR are very pleased to announce that they’ve just welcomed a fresh member to their ranks in the form of Melissa Callanan, the brand new General Manager of the station. Having worked at the Perth International Arts Festival, Kulcha and Barking Gecko Theatre Company, Callanan is well equipped for the job as the GM of Perth’s longest running community radio station. A warm welcome from X-Press!
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Art fans will get a sneak peek at what the next generation of creative minds have to offer this lovely State of ours come Saturday, January 29, when the Art Gallery Of WA opens the doors to Year 12 Perspectives, an annual exhibition featuring work from WA’s most promising high school graduates. A celebration of painting, sculpture, fashion and form, Year 12 Perspectives is always inspiring, and has attracted quite a following since it was first launched 18 years ago. Also featuring select works from Japanese high school graduates, the exhibition is on display until Friday, July 15.
There’s a brand new festival in town and it takes place… next week. That’s right on Australia Day, Wednesday, January 26, Eftel Oval in Lathlain will host Hillside 2011 featuring one of Perth’s biggest bands and three of the country’s leading dance acts. Tame Impala, fresh from playing Southbound and taking out the J Award for album of the year, will kick things off straight after the Triple J Hottest 100 countdown before Snob Scrilla Sound System, Mobin Master and Hook N Sling make sure the party goes well into the night. Plus local DJs will let loose in the Silent Disco. It’s an 18+ event that kicks off at the home of the Perth Demons at 3pm, and tickets are $55 (+bf) from stickytickets.com.au.
The hottest soul act in the world right now, Aloe Blacc is heading our way. Aloe Blacc is probably best known for his highly successful hit I Need A Dollar which became the theme song for Mark Walhberg’s latest TV show, How To Make It In America. Blacc started his career as an MC in the hip hop duo Ernanon and has been on the rise since then. He’ll be in town for one night of musical explosion with his band The Grand Scheme. Blacc will be supported by London DJ and broadcaster Benji B who has recently taken over BBC radio legend Mary-Anne Hobbs’ radio show on BBC 1. The Move DJs, Claude Mono and Charlie Bucket will also be dropping some beats. Expect to be sensually stimulated by Blacc’s latest offering Good Things on Saturday, February 5, at the Bakery. Tickets are $45 (+bf) and are available from nowbaking.com.au, Mills and 78’s. Doors open 8pm.
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Perth… let’s get ready to rumble! That’s right folks, the WWE World Tour will return to our shores once more this July, bringing with it some of wrestling’s biggest and baddest names. Set to invade the Burswood Dome on Sunday, July 3, for an epic and undoubtedly entertaining show, the event will feature John Cena, Randy Orton, Sheamus, The MIZ, CM Punk, John Morrison and WWE Diva Eve. Tickets go on sale via Ticketek at 9am on Friday, January 28.
FELA GOOD CINEMA
Theatre devotees will head in droves to Luna Cinemas on Saturday, February 5, and Sunday, February 6, for a very special screening of Fela! as part of the National Theatre Live initiative. Bringing groundbreaking performances from British theatres direct to the people of Perth via the big screen, the initiative is now in its second season, having screened in 22 countries previously. Featuring an all star cast led by Sahr Ngaujah, Fela! tells the tale of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, the bonafide Afrobeat legend. Screenings are on at Luna Leederville and Luna on SX in Fremantle, and tickets can be purchased via lunapalace.com.au.
GO APE WITH GRAPES
Thousands of tourists flock to Spain every year for the always colourful and extremely messy La Tomatina, a festival where punters hurl tomatoes at one another for no apparent reason. On Saturday, January 29, Oakover Winery in the Swan Valley will give La Tomatina a run for its money with the Throwing Of The Grape first harvest festival. Guys and gals will get to throw grapes at each other while live bands and DJs provide the perfect musical accompaniment. Tickets for the festival are on sale now from Moshtix and include transport to and from the Swan Valley, entry into the Throwing Of The Grape plus gourmet lunch and an early dinner. Find out more about this curious event via throwingofthegrape.com.au.
One of Australia’s busiest bands in 2010, British India are hitting the ground running in 2011 with tours to New Zealand, USA, Germany, England, Ireland and Japan all planned. But first, they head out on an Australian tour in celebration of their next single March Into The Ocean, which is out on February 20. See them ion action at the Prince Of Wales on Thursday, May 26; Settlers Tavern on Friday, May 27; and the Rosemount on Saturday, May 28.
BLACK NOT BACK
The Black Keys have regretfully announced that they won’t be heading to Australia and New Zealand for their shows scheduled. They will also not be performing at any of the Big Day Out festivals throughout the country. Here’s what The Black Keys’ management had to say: “An arduous year of touring and promotion has drained the band and necessitated time off. Dan and Patrick wish to thank all of you who have shown such incredible support since the release of Brothers and have helped make the album a success.” Rest up boys!
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Abbe May Mother Machine Gun will play solo this Friday, January 21, at Indi Bar and will then hit up Mojo’s on Saturday, January 22. On Friday, the rocking goddess will be supported by Rachael Dease and Jill Bill. Amber Fresh and Polly Medlin will support for the Saturday gig. These will be the last shows before May launches her next single Design Desire which fans will be able to preview this weekend. Join in the celebrations from 8pm for either show. Tickets available on the door. There will be dancing.
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Known for his talent in tickling the ivories and humorous vocals, Pugsley Buzzard is returning to WA to the show off his dark hoodoo blues musings and good time boogie. See him next Saturday, January 29 at Clancy’s Freo; Sunday, January 30, at the Ellington; Tuesday, February 1, at the Charles Hotel for Perth Blues Club; Thursday, February 3, at Settlers Tavern; Friday, February 4, at the Southwest Blues Club in Bunbury; and Saturday and Sunday, February 5 and 6, at the Spiegeltent for Fringe World.
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Ahead of their hotly anticipated set at Raggamuffin, Melbourne’s reggae kings The Red Eyes will hit up Perth for a slew of shows across this fine city of ours. If you’re keen to get a sneak peek at what The Red Eyes will dish up at Raggamuffin on Wednesday, January 26, be sure to catch them when they step into the spotlight at The Mustang Bar on Thursday, January 20; Settlers Tavern in Margaret River on Friday, January 21; the Prince Of Wales in Bunbury on Saturday, January 22, and the Indi Bar on Sunday, January 23. Tickets for all shows are on sale now from Ticketmaster, Moshtix, and the venues. If you’re short on dough, fret not because the band’s Prince Of Wales show is free to enter, woohoo!
With recent shows from The Living End, Hoodoo Gurus and more, Hotel Rottnest is turning into a great place to watch live music while enjoying a great holiday at the same time. But it doesn’t stop with the You Am I gig next Wednesday, January 26, as two more days of sublime entertainment have been planned. On Saturday, February 5, Cold Chisel legend and solo star Ian Moss will tread the beer garden stage with local stalwart Nathan Gaunt in support. On Sunday, February 6, two of Australia’s finest divas join forces with Kate Ceberano and Grace Knight of Eurogliders fame taking to the stage. Tickets from Heatseeker, Mills and Planet with ferry packages from Rottnest Express.
American punk-rock act Against Me! are bringing their anthemic, hardcore tunes to Australia to make up for their cancelled tour late last year. The rockers released their fifth studio album White Crosses in June last year and will be touring in support of it. FYI White Crosses was produced by veteran producer Butch Vig who worked with Green Day, Nirvana and The Smashing Pumpkins. Vig also produced the band’s 2007 album New Waves. The boys will be touring with special guests Off With Their Heads, some seriously hardcore punk-rockers. Catch all the action on Wednesday, May 11, at the Rosemount Hotel. Grab tickets from Mills, 78’s and Oztix.com.au. Maybe indulge in a pint of Guinness when you’re there.
Swamp rock legend Tony Joe White will saunter down under this May, armed with his faithful Fender Stratocaster, for a slew of shows across the country. Touring in support of his brand spanking new musical offering, The Shine, White will hit up The Fly By Night on Thursday, May 19, to share old and new tunes, the likes of which have earned him quite the sizeable fan base. Tickets for this special gig are on sale now from Heatseeker. 13
DON WALKER In From The Cold
Speaking to X-Press just days before the tragic death of his Cold Chisel bandmate Steve Prestwich, Don Walker’s tribute to his lifetime friend in this interview is now all the more poignant. At the time this article went to print Walker was still scheduled to play the Quindanning Tavern on Saturday, January 22, and Fremantle Arts Centre on Sunday, January 23. When Don Walker phoned in for this interview from Sydney, Cold Chisel still – in theory – existed. However, with the passing of drummer Steve Prestwich on Sunday from a brain tumour, so comes to an abrupt end the classic line-up of Australia’s most definitive rock’n’roll band. As Chisel’s major songwriter, Walker has somehow managed to elude the kind of celebrity which has haunted frontman Jimmy Barnes and, to a lesser extent, guitarist Ian Moss throughout their careers. And it’s this freedom which has allowed him to continue penning his unique brand of song, evoking images of his homeland far removed from the cliché – epitomised in the early classic Khe Sanh and, more recently, songs such as Harry Was A Bad Bugger, with Tex, Don & Charlie. But, with a recently released autobiography in Shots, and the reissue of his Catfish solo albums Unlimited Address and Ruby, plus his solo reissue We’re All Gonna Die, Walker is far from ready to cower down before his legacy. Now, more than ever, there is still much work to be done. By JULIAN TOMPKIN
wasn’t landing where I wanted to be, but I was doing the best I could with the skills that I had at the time. Shots; it’s very distinctive in style – very lyrical and languid, yet at other times very abrasive in the brevity of the chapters. Did you purposefully piece this together as a non-traditional memoir? A lot of the writing had accumulated before I entertained the idea of putting it into a book, so the writing was there in the form that it was and that style, if you like, is merely the style of me writing for myself, because for most of it I wasn’t that interested in anybody else reading it. I was writing for the fun of writing. So it’s not a considered style with any aim in mind to produce a certain kind of book. I asked Paul Kelly recently whether he learnt anything new about himself in the process of writing his memoirs and his answer that he perhaps wasn’t as shit a songwriter as he thought himself when he was young. Did you writing Shots reveal anything new about Don Walker? There’s not much in common between Paul’s book and mine, although when we were in the editing process we emailed each other some extracts just to see what each other was doing – because he was curious, and I got curious too. But apart from there, there’s not too much in common between the books. My book is not about songs – there is very little mention of individual songs, but people say they can read individual sections of the book and identify which songs came out of that, and that’s not surprising because both the book and the songs are coming from the same source. And they are in the same language, just in a slightly different format. So that landscape that you see dimly through the songs is exactly the same landscape – just given more scope – in the book. The songs and the book are the same thing.
From the outside it appears the last couple of years has been a period of reflection; what with the Catfish reissues, plus We’re All Gonna Die being reissued, and of course your memoirs, Shots. Have you enjoy digging deep into your past over the past few years? Yes, it’s been enjoyable but I don’t feel any sense of kind of summing up, or reflection at all. I mean, the bulk of the writing for Shots was done years and years before and then there was a lot of cleaning up and what to include, and what not. Re-releasing the Catfish stuff, and We’re All Gonna Die, I would never have done that except that the company that had it out there in the marketplace if anybody wanted to get it dropped the ball and it was no longer available, and I was quite happy to just leave things as there are but I wasn’t happy to see a situation I am markedly impressed by your memory where those albums were lost forever. – you can recall fishing as a two year old… Yes, that’s a memory. And I left [the Is that a great fear of a songwriter – that family farmhouse near Ayr, North Queensland] albums can simply be lost for good? when I was four. We moved away from there, Well I have only hit that moment once, and moved south, but I have a lot of memories when I realised there was a very real possibility. of incidents and the whole landscape in North Back in 2006 or 2007 I suddenly realised that the Queensland that can only be there before I albums I thought were available weren’t and, was four years old. The next time I visited that in fact, at that stage they’d lost the masters, so place was on a Cold Chisel tour when I was in fortunately I have the raw material in the form of my late 20s and we drove south through Ayr original tapes – I have them very, very well stored and I said ‘let’s turn off and see if we can find the and looked after – so I could go back to the first principles and put them together. So once I knew “…THE SHOCK MOMENT I had to do that I enjoyed it a lot; namely with the Catfish albums. I redid a couple of things and had IS WHEN YOU GET INTO A some fun with it. But I’m not really in a position ROOM AND STEVE, WHO of looking back or summing up, or spending too much time in the autumn years or anything. HASN’T PLAYED DRUMS When I play in Perth – and these days when I FOR FIVE OR SIX YEARS… play I guess half the set is songs that haven’t been released that will be released through some YOU JUST GET THIS format or another in the coming years. With the Catfish albums, for example, is there a reflective curiosity of hearing another version of you? I don’t waste too much time on that. I can do things a lot better now than I could then, but I knew that then (laughs). I knew then that I
BANG! AND IT’S UNLIKE ANYTHING MUSICALLY THAT THE REST OF US EXPERIENCE.”
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old farmhouse’ and I managed to navigate the great bands as there are great drummers’ and band vehicle 30 kilometres downriver from Ayr he said ‘having seen Steve in the studio that’s to the farmhouse, and I hadn’t been there since my first thought’. I was a kid… You said that when people think of Cold It’s difficult to quantify in words, but you Chisel they think of Ian and Jim, despite the tend to write about a particular type of fact you were the major songwriter. Have you Australia that doesn’t rest on clichés; from enjoyed that anonymity? Cold Chisel to Tex, Don & Charlie. You have Yes (laughs)! Well, it means I can turn never fallen into the Men At Work template up at Quindanning and I can do a night of music of this invented paradise of sun and surf – that has nothing to do with Cold Chisel – well, you instead manage to sum up the real lives I guess it does have to do with Cold Chisel as of the very real people of this complex land. it’s me writing the songs and they come from And, in the process, you afford Australia a the same landscape as Cold Chisel’s songs and bit of mystery. I wonder whether that comes the book. But it doesn’t, in any superficial way, from growing up on the land? represent a Cold Chisel concert in the slightest. Whether it’s pastoral or city outer And I am free to turn up and not do a Cold suburbs or inner city, about the only thing Chisel song – nobody calls out for a Cold Chisel you can say for sure anywhere is that people song. There are probably a whole pile of them defy caricature. And if you’ve got a simple there that don’t like Cold Chisel, and I don’t box that you think applies to a certain type agree with them. But they are coming at it of people – ‘they’re gonna be like that’ – then from a different perspective. There are a lot of you’re going to be proved wrong all the time. people who come and see me who discovered People are far more complex and subtle than me through playing with Tex, Don & Charlie, they are portrayed in the media and that some and there are even a few people there who others believe. discovered me through listening to me (laugh)! Do you ever feel your purpose in life was to document real Australian life? My job here isn’t to document. But I have always felt it far better to write what I know and what I’m looking at, so rather than what I am receiving through broadcast or media, or what other people are writing. Because I always think that if I write something from what I have actually been through and seen – the reality and subtlety and complexity of it – if I can distil that down, that’s going to be a lot more real than if I am reflecting on something somebody else has reported to me. Was that something you identified very early on as a songwriter? Nah – it’s just natural selection. You write a lot of stuff and a lot of it’s fake and a lot of it feels more real, and then you learn to stick in the directions that are going to give you more of the weight and the humour of real life. The past decade or so has seen you return to Cold Chisel a number of times. Can you surmise how it feels when you’re back in that band; the band which has been defined by your songs? What makes it special? Well, I don’t think it represents who I am. Most people who are really committed to Cold Chisel probably have an image in their mind of Jim and Ian. What it is on the ground when Cold Chisel gets together, it involves me walking into a room – the other guys are there, and there’s no big novelty in that as we see each other regularly anyway socially, even when years go by that we don’t play together. When walking into a room and playing music together, what you find is everybody getting an explosive charge from Steve and the drumming. Because we all play in bands and we all play with the best people around, but for all of us the shock moment is when you get into a room and Steve, who hasn’t played drums for five or six years… you just get this bang! And it’s unlike anything musically that the rest of us experience.
Don Walker albums are few and far between, as are Tex, Don & Charlie albums. These days do you still, first and foremost, consider your daily grind as being a songwriter? Yes, that’s what I consider that I do. My solo albums are the main thread and I’d like to put one out every year, but everyone I put out I want to be ultra special. I have got enough songs written and recorded that I could put out a double album now, but it wouldn’t add up to what it needs to add up to, to be completely unique and good to my ears. As with Shots, the world’s got enough books. There’s no point in putting out another book, you’re just cluttering up the earth – no, don’t use the word ‘earth’… I’m not one of them (laughs)! You’re just cluttering things up unless you can dream up some completely new angle so that your book is not like any other book that’s come out. And that’s what the brief has to be, and that’s what the brief has to be with albums. We’re decades past the point where there are too many CDs, so if you’re going to burden the world with another CD it needs to be unlike anything else. How do you know when you’re there? You just kinda feel it. Are you almost there? No, I’m not there. I put together a set of songs last May as I thought I was there, and then I listened to them a month later and though ‘Nah, it’s just a set of good songs’. There was not enough mystery in it. I don’t know how to get that in, but I am not going to put it out until I get there. And that’s why they are unfortunately so few and far between. The world doesn’t need songs just for the sake of it.
What keeps you working at it – keeps you going back to the piano? I ver y seldom go to the piano. Sometimes a long while goes by that I don’t write anything I think is much good, and sometimes I don’t try for months on end. And there are other times that I am intensively Keith Richards can vouch for the importance productive without me driving it. of the drummer. He spends a large portion of his new autobiography, Life, writing about So you need to accept the silences as well? the aptitude of Charlie Watts… Yeah, that’s alright. And if that silence Many years ago, last time Cold Chisel is permanent then that’s alright too. did an album, we did a session in Electric Avenue studios with Phil Punch just watching And never write another song? on – he produces my albums, and is quite an There are far worse things than that. astute music producer. And he came out and Most people don’t write a song and a significant said to me ‘I have this theory; there are as many proportion of them are happy. www.xpressmag.com.au
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RAMMSTEIN Big Day Kraut A decade on from headlining the nation’s biggest festival, German industrial metal gods Rammstein are coming back for their second Big Day Out, ending with a stop at Claremont Showgrounds on Sunday,February 6.But as guitarist Richard Z. Kruspe tells MATTHEW HOGAN, the band is still breaking down new barriers. You wouldn’t expect the lead guitarist of a fire-loving, x-rated music video-making, dildopeddling German industrial metal band to be warm, friendly and speak in fluent English over the phone, but Richard Z. Kruspe sounds like he’s more excited than ever about being in Rammstein ahead of their return to Australia for the Big Day Out. Having not played in Australia for a decade, the band just broke their US drought of more than a decade between shows in style with a sold OUt show at the most famous arena in the world; Madison Square Garden in New York City. “That was a hell of a show – wow! It was crazy,” Kruspe enthuses. “I was so nervous just to play that and it was crazy. I’m just glad it happened – it was one of those dreams that came up. In the beginning, we introduced the idea like three years ago and people said, ‘woah, you can’t do that – it’s much too big for you’. And I was saying, ‘you’re in America, you have to think big!’. You have to exaggerate everything so I thought we should at least try it. We sold it out in 30 minutes – it was great.” Krupse says the band has played mainly in Europe for the past decade, but judging by the reception in NYC, perhaps it was a mistake. “We kind grew in Europe so much faster than in
America,” he says. “We always had a hard time to adapt the show like we do in Europe to America. The last shows we played were 11 years ago and, in the meantime, we had off time of two years and we had two years to do a record, and there was always something that came in between. We didn’t like to play in America so much because for some reason we thought that we weren’t going anywhere there. I realised that we are special and interesting and underground there, I think I thought with the language barrier that we can’t make it there. But then when we played the big show in Madison Square Garden, I realised that Rammstein had become big and it had become more visual then it becomes almost like an opera – you know? “In an opera, people sing in Italian or German or whatever – it’s not so much about language and that’s the same thing about Rammstein,” he continues. “If you put on a show like that, it could work even in America. So it was a good moment.” Set to strut their stuff alongside Tool and Iggy & The Stooges at the BDO, Kruspe says the band’s live show is better than ever. “We’re much more confident as musicians – at the beginning we didn’t really know what we were doing,” he reflects.“We were playing like little kids;
“WE WERE PLAYING LIKE LITTLE KIDS… RAMMSTEIN IS ALMOST LIKE AN OLD WINE, AS THE YEARS GO BY IT JUST GETS BETTER.” I think we’ve developed a lot. For some reason, we just got back from this North America tour and I thought, well we haven’t played there for 12 years. Rammstein is almost like an old wine, as the years go by it just gets better. People are much more global these days, they’re checking the internet to know what’s going on and it’s like you are in Australia and we are in Europe or in America, people are now a part of the whole world, therefore I think it’s not like if you don’t play for 12 years that people forget you; at least for Rammstein… I don’t know for other bands. The show is now more intense, there are more spectacular things coming up.” He says the band will be more prepared than they were last time where they were the only band in the festival’s history to be upgraded to headliner after the tour had started. “We remember the last time we were there we weren’t prepared to play the headline show – we were just meant to play there as another band and then
Limp Bizkit left and we became the headliner, which was a big surprise for us. But this time we’re much more prepared,” Kruspe promises. “I remember it was a mix between holiday and the business. It felt like it was the most relaxing festival I ever played.” In 2011 it seems Kruspe is going to take advantage of the holiday vibe. “I want to see more of the country,” he says. “So what I’m doing right now is I have some friends coming over to Australia and we’re taking cars and basically cruising through the whole country. I just want to know more about the country, and when you’re flying you don’t really get to know the country so I will change the set-up a little bit. I’ll just rent a car and drive through the country from Brisbane to Perth basically.” After explaining to him that driving from Adelaide to Perth in under 48 hours may pose a challenge, we get to talking about dildos. Specifically, the deluxe edition of their latest album Liebe Ist Fur Alle Da that comes with six dildos, handcuffs and lubricant. “It just popped up in my mind – we were talking about gimmicks and we become really silly when we are all together. I think we are a real sexual band in a way,” the guitarist says in the understatement of the year. “And things just pop up, and now we’re just thinking about what has nobody ever done? And we thought let’s do that. I think it’s just silly!”
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SUFJAN STEVENS State Of Mind
Five years after Illinois – a gobsmackingly epic achievement of orchestration and mythology, like an American-history lesson taught by Van Dyke Parks - Sufjan Stevens finally released another studio longplayer, The Age Of Adz. He plays The Regal Theatre on Thursday, February 3, and Friday, February 4. CAITLIN WELSH reports. Steven’s long-awaited full length album of songs follows a procession of wonderfully discombobulating projects: a multimedia package including a modern-classical work about a New York road; an album of off cuts from the Illinois sessions; bootlegs of 10-minute songs about birds and peace; and, in August last year, an hour-long EP released with zero notice or fanfare on Stevens’ Bandcamp site. Fans had long known that the ‘50 States Project’ was on the shelf – probably permanently – but it was difficult at first to come to terms with the fact that with it had gone Michigan and Illinois’ particularly per fect blend of orchestral scope, folk intimacy and finely-wrought storytelling. Instead, The Age Of Adz was a record about feeling and fearing, in no place more specific than the terrifying landscape of the mind – and layered over it all were strata of noise and electro-mechanical disturbance that, at first, seemed like nothing so much as a small but significant betrayal. For those familiar with Stevens’ second album, Enjoy Your Rabbit – a concept album about the Chinese zodiac that was far more experimental sonically than what came immediately before or after – it was less of a shock. But, for Stevens himself, it’s still pretty conservative. “I think I’ve always been obsessed with noise,” he says. “I love going to see shows where it ’s just made-up noise. I remember seeing a lot of shows like 10 years ago with the members of Sonic Youth – they weren’t playing as a band, they were playing individually, just improvising with downtown New York jazz people. You know, just playing a whole hour of just white-noise feedback. “I do consider myself a folk songwriter, still, at the heart of it all,” he goes on. “I’m still very much rooted in narrative and songwriting, and lyrics and melody, you know – and beauty. Beauty is really key to everything I do.” The broad jumble of Adz’s abrasive textures, he says, is a way of widening his own concepts of beauty as well as expanding the listener’s experience. “I’m allowing for a lot more of the cacophony that’s developed and worked its way into the song, and I think for some people aesthetically it’s a little jarring. But for me it’s always been part of my vernacular.” In inter views as early as 2006, Stevens admitted to wanting to “sabotage” the prettiness of his music with noise. “I kept it at bay quite self-consciously,” he says now. “Illinois’ a very populist record. I would interject little noise diversions here and there but they were really controlled, you know, because I was focused on a very conservative harmonic orthodoxy. There’s so much more to discover [in Adz] because you have to really confront it as a listener and come to terms with it on your own – it isn’t, sort of, spoon-fed to you. “Beauty is suspiciously easy, you know?” he goes on. “Like, you see a beautiful person, the visage of like a beautiful woman or a handsome man is so per fec t and formalised and it has such an immediate, galvanising effect on the viewer… I’m very suspicious of that. And the more and more I think it over, I’m kind of interested in the opposite of that – finding meaning and value in ugliness.” The other, related thematic concerns of Adz draw on the work of ‘outsider’ artist Royal Robertson. Suffering from paranoid schizophrenia that eventually cost him his family and employment, Rober tson lived the rest of his life alone with his delusions of being a prophet and foretelling the impending apocalypse. Stevens, who had been researching Rober tson as he S AT U R D AY JANUARY 22nd Amplifier Bar Perth 18+
scored a friend’s documentary on outsider artists, found himself repeatedly drawn to Robertson’s story and to his brash, disorderly, naïve art. “He didn’t really have a sense of distinguishing between reality and fiction, and I think I found that really fascinating – not so much with the mental illness, because I think it’s very unfortunate, the life he had to life in isolation and in poverty – but as a state of mind,” Stevens explains. “As a musician I’m always having to juggle between the life of the imagination and the life of the ordinary world… I think a lot of my music confuses those two things. And I find that Royal; he really embraced that – the fantasy world, the world of the imagination.” When I proffer my interpretation of the place of noise in the sonic landscape of the album – that it represents the sort
“I DO CONSIDER MYSELF A FOLK SONGWRITER, STILL, AT THE HEART OF IT ALL. I’M STILL VERY MUCH ROOTED IN NARRATIVE AND SONGWRITING, AND LYRICS AND MELODY, YOU KNOW – AND BEAUTY.”
of psychological white-noise produced by an unwell mind – Stevens muses that it’s “probably an accurate reading. “There’s a kind of interior noise in the body that I’ve always been fascinated with,” he says. But he discourages me from dwelling on the jarring effect of the record’s electronic aspects, and laughs when I agree that it’s “not exactly Metal Machine Music.” “No! It’s really not that aggressive or noisy or cacophonous – once you begin to learn the language of the record it becomes really harmonious after a while. And it isn’t meant to be provocative, you know – I’m not creating rebellious music here.” The main shock of Adz was not the noise in and of itself, but rather how much of a departure from the much-worshipped Illinois it seemed. But as Stevens says, once the listener “learns the language” the beauty emerges from beneath the noise, all the sweeter for having been a little hard-won. “I never underestimate the listener, you know?” he concludes. “I think people have tremendous capacity for change. People are really open to trying something out. I don’t think this stuff is all that weird, once you get beyond the surface of it. Things could get a lot weirder, and I kinda hope they do.”
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THE NECKS All That Jazz Bad boys of Australian jazz, The Necks return to Perth to play two shows at The Bakery on Wednesday, January 26, and Thursday, January 27. JULIAN TOMPKIN phones into the eye of an epic hailstorm over bassist Lloyd Swanton’s Blue Mountains home. “Can you hear that?” Lloyd Swanton begins, referring to the deafening percussion of hail stones on his tin roof. “Ah, it’s beautiful… amazing.” To most it’s hail, but to Swanton it’s music. To those familiar with his material, namely as the bassist in three piece musical mavericks The Necks, Swanton’s awe at the elements comes as little surprise. No band has advanced – and some purists would say contaminate – jazz and free form further than the trio of Swanton, pianist Chris Abrahams and percussionist Tony Buck. “I am glad we have offered some new template to young players – I am quite chuffed,” Swanton says of The Necks’ immeasurable influence over young jazz players in Australia after 23 years and 13 studio albums, plus various soundtracks and live albums. “I don’t feel like we draw on [jazz] much any more. I feel we’ve moved through jazz to something else which is kind of our own, and it’s too early to hitch it to one particular movement. “We came through jazz and then drew on a lot of different disciplines and traditions and developments. I love jazz; I don’t really have much time for people who want to see it preserved as some classical status because I think that’s basically an admission of defeat. The thing we took from jazz is the understanding that music should always evolve; if other people don’t have that attitude to jazz they’re welcome to it, but that’s the one thing that we took as our understanding of what jazz should be, and perhaps we’ve moved away from jazz because we didn’t feel enough support for that mindset.” It’s this ravishing determination to always push barriers that has seen The Necks emerge as one of the country’s most celebrated acts internationally. From Paris to New York, The Necks have been lauded for their stunning live shows and prolific recorded output, and stand side by side with Nick Cave and The Dirty Three as Australia’s greatest exponents of experimental contemporary music.
With lofty acclaim for 2009’s Silverwater album, the hallmark of The Necks’ success appears their ability to set fire to the template with each new recording, constantly reinventing their sound and taunting the limits with brash – and frequently beautiful – compositions which set a new standard each and every time. Not bad for a group that often arrives in the studio without a single idea of what might befall them. “I totally have faith,” Swanton says of the band’s ability to write on the fly. “Numerous albums have come out of us going into the studio with no ideas except that it’s time for an album. That’s the only thing we know – we just go in there and start messing around, and usually in the first half day we’ve found a direction and that’s what we pursue. “I think there is a patience and a willingness to let the music unfold at its natural organic pace,” he concludes of the longevity of the group. “I think there’s an understanding of each other; there’s a tolerance of each other, as we very often push the boundaries to breaking point. But we’re all allowed to do that because we respect the basic concepts, and we’ll always return to it. It’s hard to put in words – I often say you play music to express feelings that can’t be expressed verbally, and here I find myself in a classic case of that. There are some things you just can’t verbalise but you know it’s real and the music’s proof.”
WIRE Here Comes The Noise Veteran post punkers Wire have been pushing the boundaries of music for close to four decades, influencing bands such as Fugazi, Guided By Voices and REM along the journey. CHRIS HAVERCROFT spoke to bass player Graham Lewis as their 12th album Red Barked Tree hits the shelves. Wire play The Bakery on Tuesday, January 25 – their first ever Perth show.
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Wire do not apologise for their inability to make their way to Perth in their 37 year history; instead laying the fault with the promoters who have not made too many offers until now. Lewis does recall an offer in the late ’80s where a promoter insisted they play their “old stuff”. The band’s response to that invitation, as you can imagine, was quite short and sharp. “We never really toured that much,” Lewis adds. Wire have a reputation for being unorthodox and experimental, but when making Red Barked Tree they returned to a more traditional approach to making the album. The group have never been one that would write their songs out of meandering jam sessions, instead opting for a more structured and studious approach. This time around text, lyrics and tunes were all well constructed before the outfit entered the studio. “I don’t think that experimentation and doing things by design are mutually exclusive,” Lewis explains. “In our case we are tyring to design something that is suitable for the work that we are tyring to accomplish, and that in itself is experimentation. The experimentation is in having an open mind and being willing to change your mind. For most of the people that I know that make
experimental music it isn’t just twiddly rubbish off the top of their heads. That’s kind of amusing but it doesn’t really sustain.” For better or for worse, nothing that Wire have done has ever been influenced by commercial sensibilities. Lewis would argue that principles are always expensive, and have always had a critical role in Wire. They were born out of a punk scene where people could actually do something themselves and get in front of people and fail royally. The attitude was that you could do whatever you wanted to do. “We were not a punk group, as punk was about making a mess and being sloppy and all of those things – and that wasn’t really where we came from,” he explains. “But the attitude of trying to change things or change yourself was something that we certainly embraced. It was rather sad that a lot of people lost sight of that and it quickly descended into the same kind of shallow shabby rock’n’roll, drug crippled, star struck scene that had preceded it pretty much earlier. By that time we weren’t even near the wreckage, we were down the road. We weren’t interested.” www.xpressmag.com.au
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Here Comes The Sun Chan Marshall, better known as Cat Power, talks to CHAD PARKHILL about her album-in-progress, Sun, the difficulties of choosing, and what keeps her coming back to Australia, where she plays The Quarry Amphitheatre on Monday, January 24, and Tuesday, January 25.
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I’ll admit that I approached interviewing Chan Marshall – the style icon, rehab survivor and singer-songwriter better known as Cat Power – with some trepidation. Not that she’s famous for prima donna antics à la Alison Goldfrapp, but she has a reputation for being more than a little distant. Her first concert DVD (Speaking For Trees) was, after all, filmed in an isolated location where the only audience were trees; her early concerts were notorious for such stage antics as hiding behind the piano, giving lengthy monologues and cutting songs short when she tired of them. Then there are her well-known personal struggles, including alcoholism and a stint in the psych ward of Mount Sinai hospital. And, although it’s clear she’s gotten her act together over the past few years – beginning with the more sunny disposition of The Greatest and continuing through to her measured, mellow, and assured performances in Australia in 2009/10 – I’m still not sure which Chan Marshall I’ll end up speaking to. Will she be the flighty, inattentive genius, or the candid, eloquent survivor? As it turns out, Marshall is a little more complicated than that simple dichotomy suggests. She’s cheerful and polite, asking me how I’m doing in her low, slow drawl; but it’s also clear that there’s quite a few things on which she doesn’t wish to be drawn. I start by talking to her about Sun, the much-delayed record she’s working on, and her first album of original material since 2006’s The Greatest. “I started it out about two years ago,” she says, “never having stopped my life to do something. I think that was just the way of life I had adapted to: touring was what I always did, and I never ever thought it was different to what anyone else ever did; I thought it was normal. So I slowed down and started writing, and started developing a new part of what I thought was just going to be a part of the album, because the album was going to be mostly songs I’d already written. But now, some time later, I’m not recording the older songs I had thought were going to be the core of Sun, and I’ve written more songs…” she trails off.“Sorry, this is so boring!” she giggles, clearly uncomfortable with talking about herself. “This is the first time I’ve ever had time off to write an album,” she presses on. “There’s a couple of writers I know, painters I know, who’ve had a situation like that, but for me it’s the first time anything like that’s happened. I do a tour occasionally, but I’m not running around the globe any more. I don’t know if that’s changed the way that the songs are being written, or musically being recorded, but…” One of the difficulties Marshall is currently battling is the process of choosing what goes and what stays in the album: “It’s like having a split personality, because you have to decide,” she says.“It’s like having a tonne of babies, and you have to decide which ones get to have a public life. Which ones do you send to school, which ones do
“IT’S LIKE HAVING A TONNE OF BABIES, AND YOU HAVE TO DECIDE WHICH ONES GET TO HAVE A PUBLIC LIFE. WHICH ONES DO YOU SEND TO SCHOOL, WHICH ONES DO YOU DO HOMESCHOOLING WITH? I’M NOT SAYING THAT MY SONGS ARE AS PRECIOUS AS A CHILD, BUT I’M GOING A LITTLE BONKERS TRYING TO FIGURE IT OUT.” you do home-schooling with? I’m not saying that my songs are as precious as a child, but I’m going a little bonkers trying to figure it out. There’s also the aesthetic differences in the material, given the amount of time I’ve been recording: which ones do I respect, and which ones am I tricked into respecting because they’ve been around for a few years? Which ones do I truly respect and value, and which ones are just familiar to me?” Since Marshall relies only on herself as a producer, the responsibility here is all hers. “I’ve always been the person, the producer – if there’s eight songs out of 30 that I didn’t know wouldn’t be on the album, I have to make that call,” she says. “I’ve always played iffy songs to friends, but the confusing part of that is that every friend always likes the song that the other friends didn’t like. So there’s nobody’s opinion I hold greater than mine. I’m not saying my opinion is greater than anybody else’s, and there are times where I don’t trust my opinion about something that’s confusing the shit out of me. But I don’t know how I’d work with a producer.” Despite taking time off from touring to focus on Sun, Marshall has still made the time to visit Australia, a country she clearly holds dear. She has toured here frequently, including a support slot for homegrown hero Nick Cave, and recorded the entirety of her breakthrough album Moon Pix in Melbourne in 1998 with members of Dirty Three (Dirty Three drummer Jim White plays in Marshall’s touring band, Dirty Delta Blues). So what is the basis of her close connection to the country? “The country reminds me of something – I love the terrain, I love the landscape. Maybe it’s based on a romanticised observation of the people, but there’s something earthy about the place. It’s not industrialised – there’s major cities, obviously, but I just love all that earth you have over there, and all the people you’ve got walking on it.”
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An MGMT concert is a mesmerising experience. As your hands are thrown relentlessly up in the air and you dance amongst a mob of tye-die shirted strangers, you unwillingly leave the spectacle of a concert drenched in sweat, a slaphappy grin permanently glued to your starry-eyed face. Although you’re not completely sure what just happened or just how long you’ve been dancing, you know that you’re on a life high, that your head can’t stop bopping and, for some unidentifiable reason, you’ve developed an insatiable desire to wear a bandanna. Local fans had a big taste of the MGMT live experience when the Brooklyn-based duo landed in WA in 2008, and while we have to wait until Future Music Festival to feel the bellyrumbling bass of Weekend Wars again, the duo is giving listeners another chance to relive the magic with new live record, Qu’est-ce que c’est la vie, chaton? (which roughly translates to “What is life, kitten?”). Recorded last October at the Bataclan Theatre in Paris, this lovely little record showcases the eclectic duo’s raw musical talent and ability to encompass a whirlwind of emotions to a danceable, disco-like beat, more than proving that they have plenty of libido left to thrust their pelvises at international audiences for a good while to come.
Urban music superstar R Kelly has had an interesting journey. On the way to being named by Billboard as the #1 hip hop/R&B artist of the past 25 years, he has had his share of time in the court room and turned his gifted hands to professional basketball along the way. Love Letters is the album that shows his little seen gentle side. Kelly has never shied away from a sexually explicit lyric – in fact just the opposite, he has openly embraced them, but Love Letters is a change of pace. Throughout the album, Kelly touches on love and forgiveness with the music borrowing from the classic soul records of his past. While the ladies have been giving away plenty to Kelly in the past, this time he is giving a little something back. It is a move that is well suited to the man who has the smoothest voice of the current R&B clan. The title track is like butter dripping off hot toast, and Number 1 Hit has Kelly sounding like a male version of Sade. While he is being sentimental, he also tributes Michael Jackson with You Are Not Alone. The biggest mystery offered up by Love Letters is how a man so suave and with a voice that makes knees tremble would think it is still okay to have a goatee in this day and age. _CHRIS HAVERCROFT
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Among the rash of what can be loosely termed Kiwi synth-pop bands – The Naked and Famous, Computers Want Me Dead, etc – it was Kids Of 88 who were the first to have a major impact this side of the pond with smash-hit single My House back in June 2009. As instant as they come, the electropop anthem exploded like a sudden cascade of sparks, recalling the energy bursting out of Yeasayer’s Ambling Alp earlier last year; Passion Pit’s Sleepyhead, and MGMT’s Kids before that. Thankfully the trio has resisted the temptation to stretch the instant success of their #1 synth-pop stunner across their debut LP Sugarpills. Sure, there are other My House-style chart-baiting moments, like the synth-driven singalong Everybody Knows and fast-paced nu-wave album opener Ribbons Of Light; but the band also proves they have a few more tricks up their sleeve with a slew of darker, experimental tunes, including the strangely wonderful Kraftwerk-influenced crooner San Fran, replete with ever-so-slightly-suss lyrical references to ‘80s sitcom Full House (“I can play uncle Jesse, you can play Mary-Kate,” frontman Sam McCarthy suggests in a smoky tone). Moody, clever, and catchy as hell, Sugarpills more than lives up to its name as a candy-coated electro-pop treat.
This is the fifth album by The Hard-Ons since the band’s comeback This Terrible Place (2000), and mines pretty much the same vein they’ve been in ever since. The difference between that album and this is that the band has now succeeded in mashing together all of their disparate elements into a coherent whole. It certainly ain’t an easy task to combine paisley pop, thrash metal and punk— and harder still to effectively wrap it all in subtly subversive humour—but The Hard-Ons have this down to a fine art. While this album starts with the almost sickly-sweet Feisty, it moves through a multitude of different moods within and without its 19 tracks. The real skill here is in making the entire thing seem effortless: frontrow ear-drum smashing thrash with a blinding solo one minute, three-part harmonies the next; indecipherable lyrics through an echoladen sludge immediately followed by a Bruce Springsteen riff. How? Fans will also likely get a kick out of comedian Steve Hughes’ guest interjection on a track lampooning the importance of sport in Australian culture. Amusing! _BEN WATSON
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Husband and wife duo from Denver, Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore, fled their hometown to sail around the North Atlantic coast for eight months. It was during this time that the couple began writing music together as a way to document their travel experiences and decided to name themselves Tennis as a dig at the rich man’s sport. The debut Cape Dory is the result. When a couple live together on a boat for a period of time they learn a fair bit about each other and in the case of Riley and Moore they learnt that they both have a love for music from the ‘60s. This will not be news to anyone who has heard the handclap laden first single Marathon that has been given its fair time in the sun on the airwaves. Pigeon owes a fair bit to The Shirelles and Long Boat Pass sounds as if it could have walked straight out the front doors of the Brill Building. There are bound to be comparisons to Best Coast as they find themselves paddling in the same waters, but Tennis are not a mere carbon copy. There appears to be no shortage of lo-fi bands with a passion for the Beach Boys kicking around at the moment, but Cape Dory is a good-un. Anyone for Tennis? _CHRIS HAVERCROFT
Belonging to that certain ilk of singer-songwriters that use the simplest of guitar riffs and the most basic of drums, coupled with hearty vocals, Brisbane-born troubadour Andrew Morris showcases all the hallmarks of a laidback crooner on fifth LP, Shadow Of A Shadow, and does so in conjunction with a whole swag of guests. Bernard Fanning, Tim Rogers, Clare Bowditch and Megan Washington are among the selection of high-profile collaborators featured on the successfully peaceful album, a polished yet ragged collection of complex ‘love and exasperation’ tunes. His guests are consistently impressive without stealing the show; instead, the spotlight remains firmly upon Morris, who leans toward the stickier, more romantic side of the blend of wistfulness and melancholy that Australian indie pop audiences seem to lap up. Although there are indeed some moments of poignancy in his cathartic balladry, unfortunately, just as often, Morris lulls about with shades of the alt-bore movement, alternately vying to be Jack Johnson one moment and John Mayer the next, yet falling short of matching the polish and free-flowing energy of either artist. In the end, if the guest list has you salivating, Shadow Of A Shadow will be right up your alley; if not, Morris’ heavy-handedness is unlikely to convert you to his cause any time soon. _JENNIFER PETERSON-WARD www.xpressmag.com.au
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In a landscape where instant pop stars roll off the production line like hamburgers – granted, without the supernatural durability of a Big Mac – Sam Beam is a magnificent tectonic glitch on the horizon. Anathema to the get-big-quick doctrine of a planet polluted by reality TV, Beam – better know as Iron And Wine – has taken the slow road to success; a decision which has paid great dividends on Kiss Each Other Clean, his fourth studio release. Veering slightly from the strippedback Appalachian tones of The Creek Drank The Cradle and The Endless Numbered Days, Kiss Each Other Clean further embraces the more modern approach of Iron And Wine’s 2007 album The Shepherd’s Dog, embracing the digital age – but never allowing it to clutter the roomy warmth of his subtle ballads. Me And Lazarus takes this to its limits, unashamedly sporting a kind of sexy swagger, whilst Tree By The River transports a traditionally rustic Beam straight into the ’70s singer-songwriter terrain of Jackson Brown, Tim Buckley and Bert Jansch – circa LA Turnaround. While you get the feeling Beam is still working towards his great masterpiece, Kiss Each Other Clean is a perfectly timed pit stop on the scenic route to perfection.
Blues rock is perhaps the most played style of music in the history o f r o c k ’ n’r o l l a n d certainly takes a certain something to make it sound fresh, but relatively new local four-piece The Growl somehow manage to stand out from the pack. Having recently been introduced to the four-piece’s music at the Spinning Top Music Christmas Party at The Bakery, they opened the show and it was clear this was a band who wanted to explore the grittier sides of the blues. They weren’t afraid to experiment with tempo changes and odd percussion to keep things interesting. Smoke It Down To The Bone is the band’s first single from their forthcoming debut EP and is a prime example of their strengths. Having two drummers may seem like a novelty but these guys use it to create such a gritty percussive sound which perfectly compliments the singer’s textbook voice (think a less-exhausted Dan Auerbach from The Black Keys) and the fuzziest bass known to Perth. Key track: Smoke It Down To The Bone _MATTHEW HOGAN
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The latest romantic comedy to star Drew Barrymore playing a character younger than her real age is Going The Distance. The film revolves around a couple who meet in New York but find themselves on other sides of the country from each other trying to maintain the relationship. The plot sounds terrible, but luckily it comes accompanied with a fine enough soundtrack. There are plenty of indie tunes that would ensure a full dancefloor including Passion Pit with The Reeling and Either Way by the Generationals. The movie obviously has ebbs and flows with the music varying from The Cure and The Pretenders to a point where Cat Power and Band Of Skulls must slow down the pace. The band The Boxer Rebellion feature in the film and they find themselves with two songs here. They are a slow and brooding affair that play it relatively safe – and thus perfectly suited to the film you would expect. And any album that contains The Replacements’ aching Here Comes A Regular has to have something going for it. Going The Distance has some great little tunes on it, but in the era of iPods and the shuffle feature you have to wonder the relevance of a soundtrack collecting one-off tunes from various artists.
You could pick a dozen Sonic Youth releases to look back on, but their 1986 release, EVOL, really stands out among the noise pioneers’ finest work of the ‘80s. Originally released on hardcore label SST in the States and through Au Go Go in Australia, it’s the band’s third album and first with current drummer Steve Shelley. The album features the classic Hitchcock-referencing Kim Gordon track Shadow Of A Doubt, which is undoubtedly one of the finest tracks in the considerable SY arsenal. Add that to the fact the band lured Mike Watt out of his depression following the death of his Minutemen bandmate D. Boon to play on In The Kingdom #19, and another guest appearance by Lydia Lunch on Marilyn Moore and plus the droning opener Tom Violence, which is pure ear candy. Album closer Expressway To Yr Skull, not only brought in the oft-used use of the abbreviation ‘yr’ into rock’n’roll, but also originally featured a locked groove, meaning the song’s running time was infinite.
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REAPER’S RIDDLE A Touch Of Death Independent
Perth’s Reaper’s Riddle turn the clock back with this first EP (they ’ve previously released a demo album) to when heavy metal was dark, and they’ve mixed it up with something from the mid- ‘90s. These guys are clichéd from all angles and all the way down to a parental advisory sticker. The songs are corny, but only if you’re a pretentious music critic. The EP opens with a spoken intro taken from Romero’s classic original zombie film Night Of The Living Dead, and the opening track Zombified continues the undead analogy and is probably the stand out track with a mean guitar solo breaking up the middle-of-the road metal riffs. Cursed is a straight up metal-rock song with some hard hitting drums, Fall Away opens with a cool stadium rock intro-lick which carries on through the tune, that and the ‘fall away from me’ chorus brings to mind a merge between Anthrax and Aussie rockers Noiseworks. What these guys offer is good oldfashioned heavy drinkin’ metalhead pub rock. They’re without pretence and have all the honesty and dedication required to make a go of it. This decent, well-produced rock’n’roll album is for the tradies too old for Aussie hip hop. _DANIEL PARKINSON
The success of films like Batman (1989) and The Addams Family (1991) convinced studios they were sitting on a goldmine of back catalogue content, and the rise of DVD a few years later gave us a new Hollywood model. Put together a blockbuster remake with hot stars and release the box set of the old series in the wake of the film’s attention to cash in. With forthcoming big screen outings for Thor, The Green Lantern and Captain America the craze is far from over. Just one franchise being dusted off and given the CGI once-over is The Green Hornet, and the inevitable TV series box set is out this week. The series that made Bruce Lee a star in the US as Kato is coming from director Michel Gondry of Be Kind Rewind fame, with Jay Chou in the role and Seth Rogen as Britt Reid. You could say the same thing about the endless American remakes of foreign hits like Spain’s [Rec] (remade as Quarantine) and the Japanese horror of ghostly, black-haired young girls. Ordinarily the announcement of a US remake of the triumphant Swedish Millennium trilogy (with the first sequel – The Girl Who Played With Fire – out this week) would be tiresome except for one detail that’s hard to ignore. Taking the helm is none other than David Fincher.
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If you’ve ever wanted to strut down a catwalk and pose in front of a photographer’s lens, then the folks at Australia’s Next Top Model want to hear from you! If you think you’ve got what it takes to follow in the footsteps of 2010 finalists Amanda and Kelsey, be sure to head in to Forrest Place in the city from 11am-3pm on Sunday, January 30, for season seven auditions. Host Sarah Murdoch will be joined at the auditions by ANTM judges Charlotte Dawson, Jez Smith and model mentor Josh Flinn, so be sure to dress your best and practice your smyzing! Interested lasses can find out more info and download an application form via fox8.tv.
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If your wallet is suffering a bad case of post-Christmas depression, fear not because the folks at The Moon and Cinema In A Cave have some fantastic free entertainment in store for Perth this Sunday, January 23. Head on in to The Moon in Northbridge at 8pm to catch a free screening of Modern Love Is Automatic, a comedy flick that received rave reviews at South By South West in 2009. Directed by Zack Clark, Modern Love Is Automatic stars Melodie Sisk as Lorraine Schultz, a nurse who is rather bored with the tediousness of day to day life.
This March UK ex-pats and comedy fans will head in droves to the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre and the Regal Theatre for An Englishman, An Irishman And A Scotsman, a comedy spectacular featuring comedians from, you guessed it, England, Ireland and Scotland. Boasting sets from Simon Evans, Paddy Courtney and Brian Higgins, the show is likely to be a big hit so if you’re keen to get in on the fun, be sure to nab some tickets which are on sale now from Ticketek and manpac.com.au.
Though street artists make it look easy as pie, it takes some serious skills to create aerosol art, skills which local creator Dan Duggan has in spades. Later this month, Duggan will join forces with the folks at the City Of Melville for Phaze, a vibrant urban art project that will see 10 volunteers aged 12 to 17 create a colourful mural on the side of the Willagee Community Centre garden wall. If you’re aged between 12 and 17 and are interested in learning aerosol and mural painting techniques, be sure to sign up to the workshops, which are set to take place from Monday, January 24, ’til Friday, January 28. To get involved contact Ms Odeleye on (08) 9364 0818.
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Directed by David O. Russell Mark Wahlberg may play the lead Staring Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale and in The Fighter but there is no denying that it is Amy Adams. Christian Bale who actually steals the show. Bale is extraordinary and in fact almost unrecognisable There have been a lot of boxing movies in modern in the role. His gaunt features and awkward cinema, from Rocky right through to Ali, Million body movements makes him worlds apart from Dollar Baby and Cinderella Man, so you may ask his previous characters, particularly the slickly do we really need another one? The saving grace handsome Bruce Wayne. Bale looks clammy, ill and constantly for The Fighter is that it isn’t just a movie about boxing; not only is this a true story, it is an intense distracted. He chews incessantly even when he emotional drama focusing on family, relationships has no food in his mouth. He is absolutely and completely believable as a drug addict who and the realities of drug addiction. In a nutshell The Fighter tells the tale of constantly goes to extreme lengths to hide his Dickie and Micky, two brothers who have both problem from his family, all while a video crew dedicated their lives to becoming professional follow him around making a movie about the boxers. Dickie (Christian Bale) was once the toast dangers of drugs. Although over-shadowed at times by of the town after he defeated the notorious Sugar Ray Leonard by knock out. Unfortunately Bale, Wahlberg puts in an admirable performance he becomes something of a one hit wonder and as the strong silent Micky. Torn between his descends into crack addiction while dreaming of loyalty to his family, his love for his brother and his desire to succeed, Micky is unhappy but feels his big comeback. Micky (Mark Wahlberg) is the younger unable to move forward with his life. All in all The Fighter is a character-driven brother and the film focuses on his struggle to achieve his own success in the world of drama and its success hinges on the experience professional boxing. Micky has been living in the and skills of a top-notch cast. If you enjoyed shadow of his larger than life older sibling and Cinderella Man, I think you’d definitely enjoy The despite his potential, his brother’s needs always Fighter as both movies focus on personal tragedy seem to come first. A series of bad decisions and and circumstances as much as they do the sport his brother’s growing addiction gets in the way of itself. There really is little wonder the awards have Micky achieving any kind of success. It is only when started rolling in and this is an impressive cast he meets Charlene (Amy Adams) that Micky begins who showcase some mighty fine talent. to think he may have to leave his controlling family _ALECIA HANCOCK behind if he ever wants to succeed. 28
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and Chou just beat the living tar out of each other Directed by Michel Gondry Starring Seth Rogen, Jay Chou, Cameron Diaz, for what feels like ten minutes. Cameron Diaz also crops up in the largely thankless role of love Christoph Waltz interest Lenore, a character that could have been It’s okay if you haven’t heard of The Green Hornet cut from the proceedings with no discernable ill before; the venerable crimefighter never made effects. In truth, the whole thing is a bit of much of a splash after his pulp ’30s heyday, apart from an extremely short-lived television series mess, albeit an enjoyable one. Those expecting back in the ’60s, which was most notable for straight-up heroics will be disappointed, as the having the Hornet’s kung fu kicking chauffeur, film kind of ambles along at its own pace, content to let the audience hang out with the characters Kato, be played by Bruce Lee. A kind of proto-Batman, the Green rather than propel us headlong to the climax, Hornet fights crime in a spiffy suit and fedora and the plot is weak even by the lax standards combo rather than an armoured bondage of the genre. Gondry gets to display a certain suit, with the aid of the aforementioned Kato amount of visual flair, but while fans of his work and his tricked out car, The Black Beauty. It’s a will recognise his style, you get the sense he’s not neat but unremarkable concept, and it’s lack coming at the material with all guns blazing. Having said that, The Green Hornet of cultural cachet gives star/writer Rogen and director Gondry enough wriggle room to make is never not fun. Rogen is as self-effacing and charming as ever, and he has an easy chemistry themselves at home in the property. You see, the new Green Hornet is less of with Chou, whose truly impressive martial arts a superhero action movie and more of a slapstick skills more than compensate for a shaky grasp of buddy comedy that sees newspaper heir Britt English and the occasional lapse in comic timing. Reid (Rogen) and Kato (Taiwanese pop star Jay The whole affair is soufflé light, and it’s clear that Chou) decide to become masked vigilantes everyone involved is having a blast. The odds of Rogen’s masked doofus more for kicks than anything else. Much troubling the Dark Knights and X-Mens of this like almost every other character Rogen has world are fairly remote, and although it’d be played, Reid eventually learns to stop shirking fun to revisit these characters, the film never responsibility, only this time it’s by taking on achieves the escape velocity necessary to launch crime lord Chudnofsky (Waltz, who brings much a franchise. As a bright and breezy cinematic needed life to a bland character) rather than confection, though, the film succeeds. Taken at marrying Katherine Heigl. Along the way there face value and on its own terms, The Green Hornet are plenty of fight scenes and elaborate stunts is worth the watch. peppered between the jokes and one liners, including one extended sequence where Rogen _TRAVIS JOHNSON
Directed by Steve Antin Starring Cher, Christina Aguilera, Erica Dane, Cam Gigandet, Stanley Tucci, Kristen Bell Some movies are designed to make you think, others to make you shed a tear, while others are simply designed for entertainment. Burlesque is one of the latter. There’s nothing too serious in this film, but it’s most definitely a piece of good high-wattage fun. As you can imagine in a film starring
musical heavyweights like Cher and Christina Aguilera, there is a lot of music in this movie, but given the story is about performers in a burlesque club at least it’s in context. In some ways Burlesque is more like a Broadway show than a movie, but you can’t help but be drawn into the sound, colour and energy that permeates every part of this film. I’ll be honest and say I wasn’t expecting a lot from this movie, but I was pleasantly surprised. Although the film is packed with every cliché you’re expecting from a story like this, it still manages to hold its own. The storyline definitely isn’t anything new, it’s a typical small town country girl makes good kind of tale, but there’s a few subplots to keep things from becoming boring. A bit of scandal, backstabbing and romance is thrown in with an incredible soundtrack, some fantastic dancing, stunning costume and great set design. A g u i l e r a’s p o r t r a y a l o f A l i i s particularly stellar; it’s hard to forget you are watching pop star Christina Aguilera, her stage presence is undeniable and her voice is so incredible it can almost carry the storyline unaided. Cher does a remarkably good job as burlesque club owner Tess. Although her facial expressions are somewhat limited, she manages to convey a lot of emotion in her voice and body language. I think this is the first time I’ve seen Kristen Bell in a minor role, but it was nice seeing her a bit more challenged playing the alcoholic and malicious Nikki. The chemistry between Stanley, Cher, Christina and Kristen is great and gives this story much more depth than it would have otherwise. Last but not least, ladies everywhere will also appreciate the inclusion of Cam Gigandet, best known as the troubled Volchok from TV show the OC or the vicious James from Twilight, and Eric Dane, Grey’s Anatomy’s McSteamy. Both fill the space of potential love interests and eye-candy and Gigandet frequently seems to misplace his shirt. Overall Burlesque is miles ahead of other similar vehicles like Glitter and Crossroads so if you enjoy a good singing, dancing spectacular, this is a great movie for a night out with the girls. Make sure you check it on out on a big screen with a good sound system for maximum benefit. _ALECIA HANCOCK
TRUE GRIT Coen Out West Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen the relatively untried Steinfeld is a revelation Starring Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Hailee as the prickly, iron-willed girl whose burning Steinfeld, Josh Brolin, Barry Pepper need for justice drives the story, giving no ground to the more seasoned cast members The Coen Brothers continue their tour through who might have overshadowed a lesser every genre in the cinematic spectrum with performer. In a year crowded with strong the new western True Grit. No mere exercise in female performances, Steinfeld’s work is arcane trope juggling, the film, which is more a comparable with Natalie Portman’s in Black fresh adaptation of Charles Portis’ novel of the Swan and Jennifer Lawrence’s in Winter’s Bone. same name rather than a remake of the famous But let us not forget that this is, above 1969 film starring John Wayne, is arguably the all else, a western; not an homage or a satire, Coens’ most assured and affecting film yet. but an honest-to-God, pure-blooded, unironic The narrative spine is simple but cowboy picture. The Coens clearly have a love rugged; after her father is gunned down by the for this most iconic of genres and delight in vagrant Tom Chaney (Brolin), self-possessed 14 its trappings. There are stream trains and year old Mattie Ross (newcomer Steinfeld) hires dusty streets, outlaws and Indians, horseplay the tough as nails Marshall Rooster Cogburn and gunplay. Though there are few action (Bridges) to hunt down the fleeing murderer. sequences in the film, what there are number Accompanied by dandyish Texas Ranger amongst the best that the genre has to offer. LaBoeuf (Damon), their quest takes them deep Released a month ago in the US, the into the lawless Indian Territory and up against film made many critics’ best of 2010 lists. It’s the outlaw gang under the command of the hardly surprising. Unless the cinema of 2011 bloodthirsty Lucky Ned (Pepper). has something remarkable to offer, the best While always interesting filmmakers, it could be argued that, for the Coens, maturity has been a long time coming, and much of their earlier work has been marked by a certain self-consciousness, a willingness to hide in homage rather than fully grapple with the themes their films have presented. True Grit displays none of that reticence; it is a remarkably robust and astute film, made with surety, confidence, and a gravitas first seen in the much-lauded No Country For Old Men. Cinematographer Roger Deakins shoots the proceedings with a classical grace that, although austerely beautiful, is never ponderous, and while there is much humour in the film, it never strays into buffoonery or self parody. While Bridges has the showiest role as the grizzled, drunken Cogburn, it is the character of Mattie that truly resonates, and
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VISUAL ARTS Cloud City, Langley Park, Riverside Drive, Perth. Presenting his visionary art for the first time in Australia, distinguished artist Tomas Saraceno creates Cloud City for the people of Perth. The work is an ambitious massed form of white modules encapsulating the architectural precision and the poetically utopian ideal that is the hallmark of Saraceno’s highly regarded practice. Challenging the boundaries of earthly living, Saraceno explores the possibilities of airborne living, predicting a social space in which moving over the world can be seamless and free, and where the environment might benefit from humans inhabiting the skies. Exhibition opens on Saturday, February 17, and runs ’til Sunday, February 27. The Quod Project, Heathcote Museum and Gallery, Duncraig Road, Applecross. The Quod Project is a multidisciplinary art exhibition by painter Tania Ferrier about The Quod – a building that is now known as the Rottnest Lodge. Prior to becoming a luxury tourist resort, The Quod housed many individuals imprisoned on the island, and during its operation it became the largest deaths in custody site in Australia. In collaboration with Aboriginal elders representing Wadjemup/ Rottnest and photographer James Kerr, The Quod Project exposes hidden history and holds up a mirror to ourselves; are we responsible for our ignorance? Exhibition runs ’til Sunday, February 27. 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.
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. Year 12 Perspectives, Art Gallery Of WA, Perth Cultural Centre, Perth. Year 12 Perspectives is your yearly taste of art by the best, brightest and most talented graduating high school artists in the State. An annual barometer of what our youth are thinking and feeling, it is also a rich celebration of the role of the arts in the development of individual identities. As can be seen in this dynamic exhibition, the visual arts are a medium through which thought, inspiration and intellectual inquiry is given striking form. Exhibition opens on Saturday, January 29, and runs ’til Friday, July 15.
PERFORMANCE Hamlet, Old Mill Theatre, Mends Street, South Perth. Directed by the experienced and well-known John Milson, Hamlet is set in the kingdom of Denmark and tells the story of Prince Hamlet gaining revenge on his uncle Claudius for murdering the king – Hamlet’s father and Claudius’ brother – after he gains the throne and marries the widowed queen. Starring Paul ‘Werzel’ Montague who is best known for his stand up on the Perth comedy circuit, Hamlet sees the experienced comic depict a ghost, a grave-digger and Fortinbras, the prince of Norway. Season opens on Friday, February 4, and runs ’til Saturday, February 19. Bookings can bemade on (08) 9367 8719 or oldmilltheatre@ iinet.net.au.
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 Frozen In Time, Fremantle Arts Centre, 1 manage to form their own club. For a night Finnerty Street, Fremantle. they can experience rare happy times singing, Canadian artist Nathalie Daoust presents a series dancing and with a little luck... find romance! of delicately hand-coloured photographs from Forty years on, as the club faces demolition,
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60 Minute Snapshot, The Slaughterblouse, 451 Beaufort Street, Highgate. 18 Photographers were given a 60 minute window during the Beaufort Street Festival to capture 60 images to a theme of their choosing. This exhibition brings together a selection of these images showcasing each shooter’s unique perspective of the Beaufort Street Festival. 60 faces, 60 kisses, fables, from one moment to the next, and what you might not have seen are just some of the themes shot by Bohdan Warchomij, Victor Hugo, James Wills, Adam Borrello, Emma Bergmeier, Giselle Natassia, Seng Mah, Bel Downie, Johannes Reinhart, Lauren Waye, David & Rhonda Crocker, Shenade Unicomb, Marianne Symons, Matt Bedford, Natalie Blom, Leanne Clements and Rhiannon Newton. Exhibition opens on Friday, January 21, and runs ’til Thursday, February 3. our three characters stage a musical reunion in protest. The trio reflects upon loves lost and found, dark secrets 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 PerthFestival.com.au. 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 PerthFestival.com.au.
MUSIC Kenny Rogers With WASO, January 29 Lake Karrinyup Country Club; bookings through waso.com.au. Roy Ayers, February 12 Beck’s Music Box; bookings through PerthFestival.com.au. The Unthanks, February 13 Beck’s Music Box; bookings through PerthFestival.com.au.
INKED! Tattoo Taboo Inked! is on display at Gallery East, 94 Stirling Highway, North Fremantle, ’til Saturday, February 6. Gallery East is open from 11am5pm Tuesday to Saturday and from 2-5pm on Sundays. Not too long after man figured out how to scribble on cave walls, the art of tattooing – scribbling on oneself – came into the picture. Mostly decoration to attract the other sex, tattooing has been around long enough to have at one point been everything our culture creates: fashion, un-fashion, spirituality, stupidity, marks of victory, marks of punishment, art, pornography... you name it, tattoos have been it at some point in human history. So there are eras, epochs, regions and even ‘dialects’ of tattooing method and trend. The Inked! exhibition explores Japanese tattoos through the work of 19th and 20th Century master print artists whose own work captured the art of tattooing through different forms. Heavily featuring the print work of Paul Binnie and ceramic work of WA’s Amanda Shelsher, Inked! presents the beauty and depth of traditional Japanese tattooing, interpreted by western artists. Whether art was imitating life, life was imitating art, or some fiendish combination of the two; a peculiar trend permeated Japan’s cultural relationship with tattooing. Crossing mediums, tattoos and the rising culture of tattooing were romanticised and popularised as woodblock prints – often depicting both tattoo artist and recipient during the intimate process. “Most of the images in the Japanese prints are of Kabuki actors assuming the roles in which tattoos could be displayed,” affirms Inked! director David Forrest. “The coloured woodblock prints of Ukiyo, depicting the hedonistic life of urban society, gave ample opportunity for artists to incorporate elaborate tattoo designs on their depictions of heroes of legend, and of the Kabuki actors in the role of the urban gangs of discontented and master-less samurai, of bands of young townsmen who chose to protect defenseless commoners.” And although it’s utterly outdated to think of tattoos in western society as being class related or the domain of the morally dubious, at one point that is exactly how they were perceived. Similarly in the Orient, different classes responded to the tattooing phenomenon differently, with many non-participants settling for 30
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“ASSOCIATED CLOSELY WITH LOYALTY, SPECIAL RELATIONSHIPS AND DEVOTION, TATTOOING BECAME HIGHLY VALUED BY CLOSELY KNIT GROUPS WHETHER CRIMINAL GANGS (YAKUZA), FIREMEN, PALANQUIN BEARERS, PORTERS, CARPENTERS OR CONSTRUCTION WORKERS.” a quality woodblock print. Of course for others it was a different story altogether. ”Associated closely with loyalty, special relationships and devotion, tattooing became highly valued by closely knit groups whether criminal gangs (yakuza), firemen, palanquin bearers, porters, carpenters or construction workers. These were also a rich source of inspiration for Ukiyo-e artists. “For the merchant classes who avidly enjoyed the entertainment quarters of Edo (Tokyo) and Osaka and purchased the woodblock prints, tattoos were an exotic sight; but not something to be adopted by them.”
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And much like the art imitating life thing again, the popularity and complexity of woodblock depictions of tattoos were to eventually influence and inspire the very art of tattooing they were depicting. ”As the woodblock prints acquired more colour and complexity of design, so the motifs and pigments used in tattooing grew more ambitious,” explains Forrest, who says the exhibition has helped strengthen his own understanding of the commitment and artistry involved in full-body Japanese tattooing. With the western world currently enjoying a rise in the popularity and acceptance of tattoos – particularly traditional Japanese
tattoos, whose Koi, dragons, blossoms and demons adorn a high percentage of Generation Y, both male and female – Forrest says that now seemed like the perfect time to launch Inked!. Following a timeline that starts in ancient China, making its way to Japan in the 19th Century, then popularised and distributed through the west through 20th Century prints, Inked! is a unique look at how the endurance of art and tradition can keep art forms alive and progressing, across eras, cultures and generations. _MIKE WAFER www.xpressmag.com.au
sizes, Coco Butter embraces the female form with beautiful, flowing gowns and form fitting, body conscious cocktail frocks. “I really want it to be glamorous and casual chic,” Yek specifies when asked about her vision for Coco Butter. “I want people to be able to wear my designs over and over again and not get sick of them and feel glamorous [when they put them on].” Growing up in a family with seven daughters, Yek was forced to get creative with fashion at an early age, reworking her older sisters’ hand-me-downs, giving her young self a taste for the design process. “I grew up with four half sisters and two sisters, so we had a family of seven girls and when we were kids we didn’t have much. Because my half sisters are like 10 years older than me I would get hand-me-downs, and I think that’s when it started,” Yek muses. “I would rummage through their stuff and pick out outfits. We used to sew our own clothing; I even used to cut my sisters’ hair because it was a creative outlet. I had first dibs on anything second hand! I made do with what I had. “High school was the worst time because I’d have to try and be in that cool crowd but I had second-hand clothing, so I had to make do with what I had. I had to make my own social dresses and ball dresses, just to fit in. I learnt that when you don’t have money you get more creative with what you have!” To view the full Coco Butter collection head online to cocobutter.com.au. Want to win a $100 Coco Butter voucher? Simply email firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘Coco Butter’ in the subject line to go into the draw.
Design by ECU’s Carine Abreu (Photo: Danielle Johnston)
MISPLACED SEAL Perth fashion fans will get a taste of what the next generation of designers have to offer this Saturday when soonto-be-graduates of ECU’s Contemporary Fashion course present Misplaced Seal, an exhibition and runway show featuring their debut collections. Taking place at ECU in Mt Lawley, the show kicks off at 6.30pm on Saturday, January 22, with tickets available from The Optical Superstore in Morley, Perth and Warwick. If last year’s show is anything to go by, Misplaced Seal promises to be a spectacular, so get your tickets fast if you want to head along.
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The team at FashionWA.com are kicking off 2011 with a very fashionable bang, hosting an intimate showing on Sunday, January 30, for local resortwear label Me + Mr Martini. Established by Penny Dunn and Yasmine Jebb, Me + Mr Martini caters to those with a penchant for the casual chic aesthetic, perfect for long days on the beach or sunny afternoons lounging by the pool. Taking place at a showroom on Oxford Street in Leederville, the event will allow folks to get up close and personal with Me + Mr Martini creations with Margaret River wines in hand, so don’t delay, get your tickets now by emailing email@example.com
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Many people dream of quitting their day job to pursue their passion on a full time basis, but very few actually have the confidence and strength of character to forgo their weekly pay cheque and venture out on their own. After working in fashion retail for eight years, Perth lass Ming Yek decided to do exactly that, waving her job, salary
Coco Butter by Ming Yek (Photo: CKYmedia) and colleagues adieu to pursue her dream of becoming a fashion designer. One year on and Yek definitely isn’t regretting the decision to change the path her life was taking, powering full steam ahead with her WA based womenswear label Coco Butter. Designed for women of all shapes and
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SUNNY SATURDAYS Punters braved the summer heat on Saturday, January 15, to indulge in a spot of al fresco shopping courtesy of the Oxford Street Markets. Taking place at 100 Oxford Street in Leederville every Saturday until April, the Markets offer up jewellery, décor, photographs, art, fashion, and just about anything else you could possibly imagine. Check it out for yourself this Saturday from 9am ’til 4pm.
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HE LOVES THE NIGHTLIFE The most accomplished drum’n’bass DJ/label owner in the world, Andy Clarke has recently released the fifth instalment of the celebrated Nightlife compilation, but he tells REUBEN ADAMS that he still gets nervous when he presses the ‘record’ button. “I was talking to somebody about the fact that I feel as if I’ve been in an 18 year long weekend. I’ve probably missed a night’s sleep a week, every week, for the last 18 years,” Clarke says. That’s enough to send most people crazy, but Clarke has proved time and time again that he is no ordinary human. Perhaps the most amazing aspect of his career is the legacy that his label, Ram, firmly indented on the drum’n’bass landscape. An electronic music label that has not only survived, but thrived, for 18 years is remarkable. “We’ve never had this amount of artists with this amount of potential,” Clarke recalls. “But Ram has been through many phases, that whole era at the end of the ‘90s was when we were selling vinyl, 30,000 copies of every release.” And Clarke spends a fair proportion of time sifting through this music that is due for release. “Oh man, it’s crazy!” he exclaims. “I looked in my library and since the summer of 2007 I’ve been sent over 12,000 tunes. It’s unbelievable. When I saw that number I was like ‘no wonder I never sleep’. “Sometimes there are too many, so what I try to do is pace my listening sessions. There’s no point in listening to 50 or 60 tunes at a time because by the time you get to 30 your ears are well and truly worn out.” But Clarke definitely isn’t complaining about it though. “Yeah man, that’s what it’s all about,” he enthuses. “That’s the buzz, right there. It’s about finding new tunes, new artists and hopefully geting hold of that one special tune that other people have passed over. It’s pretty easy to miss them, you know?” Clarke came across one tune recently that went straight onto Dubplate. The problem, however, is that he doesn’t know who the artist is because they didn’t write down their details. He makes mention that this is a pretty common occurrence. “Take Culture Shock for example,” he says. “He’s on Ram records now, but he sent me a tune a few years ago with no artist details or anything and it wasn’t until I played it at Fabric in London that he came up to me at the end of my set. He said ‘hey mate, my name’s James and I made that tune’. So we had a chat and I was like ‘why didn’t you write down your details?’.”
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BUTCH ME UP Experimental, house, techno. If you love any of these genres, read on. Habitat is presenting a special five hour set from one of the world’s most in-demand DJs, Butch. The versatile artist has spent the past five years giving the world an amazing array of music through various genres in electronic dance music. Last year alone, Butch became the highest charted artist ever on music bible Resident Advisor. This is a ridiculously insane achievement. He had 10 top tracks on Beatport too, won Track Of The Year at the Ibiza Dance Music Awards and released his second album Eyes Wide Open last year as well. Wow. His 2011 calender is already packed so make sure you don’t miss this bad boy hit the decks on Friday, February 11, at Geisha. He’ll be supported by Flex, Richard Lee, El Dario and Rohan Smith. Tickets are $30 plus booking fee. Available from Moshtix outlets and geishabar.com.au. Do it.
Shit hot. There’s no other words for them. The Bloody Beetroots can pretty much be heard in any club or even regularly in fashion stores which has somehow miraculously become the norm. Weird? Yes. The crew are coming to our shores for Big Day Out to showcase their signature live show consisting of disgustingly hectic head-beating electronica which we love so dearly. To celebrate their return, MOS are releasing a special 18 track album. The record showcases tunes from the likes of The Aston Shuffle, Chemical Brothers, Robyn and even The All American Rejects – all remixed by The Bloody Beetroots. The collection is called Best Of… Remixes and will be available to the lovely public from tomorrow, Friday, January 21. Get your disco mittens on this one, definitely a cracker.
LUPE UNLEASHES LASERS This man is one of the reasons we’re getting so hyped up about Big Day Out. And now, another reason to stop watching Modern Family and jump up and down with excitement: Lasers. That’s right everyone, the American rapper, DJ and producer Lupe Fiasco is unleashing his third full length collection titled Lasers. The first single from the album The Show Must Go On has been bangin’ around clubs everywhere. FYI Lasers stands for Love Always Shines Every time Remember to Smile. The album follows his highly successful Lupe Fiasco’s The Cool and Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor. Both these albums exploded on Billboard’s Top Rap Albums charts at #1. If you want to catch some Lupe action and perhaps hear some tunes from one of 2011’s most highly anticipated albums, you best be getting yourself a Big Day Out ticket. Lasers will be out on Friday, March 4. Big Day Out hits Perth on Sunday, February 6, at Claremont Showgrounds. Grab tickets from ticketmaster.com.au, Mills, Planet, 78’s and Live Clothing. The show’s not over yet.
BLACK COFFEE BRINGING HIS FLAVOURS Armin van Buuren boasted about doing a nine hour set over New Year’s Eve. Well move over Buuren. South African born Nkosinathi Maphumulo or Black Coffee as he is better known as, is coming to Perth to show us what he’s made of. The one-armed DJ recently entered the Guinness Book Of World Records for the longest DJ set. He played a massive 60 hours, yes 60 hours, for his charity The Black Coffee Foundation which helps out disabled children in South Africa. With house music shakin’ things up in South Africa and Durban, Black Coffee has shot to the forefront of this emerging sound and has headlined around the world, playing alongside Louie Vega and Marques Wyatt. This is the superstar’s first time to Perth so make sure you get on down to witness what will without doubt be a jaw-dropping spectacle. It’s all happening on Saturday, January 29, at the Railway Hotel. Tickets from moshtix.com.au.
TRUS’ME THIS WILL BE A GOOD NIGHT One of Manchester’s brightest producers who is taking the dance music world by storm, is heading to Perth. Trus’me, aka David Wolstencroft, has collaborated with Chez Demier, Amp Fiddler and Dam Funk. Wolstencroft is influenced by deep techno and house sounds of Detroit as well as classic American disco, funk and UK base aesthetics. He’s also picked up support from the big guys, including Gilles Peterson who first revealed his admiration on radio saying. “If there was ever a house record made for me, it would sound like this.” Trus’me will be supported by Rob Blanford and Ben Taafe on Friday, January 28, at the Bird. Tickets are $5 on the door from 8pm.
AMON VISION TAKES SHAPE Amon Vision is one of Australia’s most successful record labels. The label’s tracks are played by the likes of Armin van Buuren, Ferry Corsten, Gareth Emery, Above & Beyond, Tiesto and more. Amon Vision are now bringing you events. Getting your party started will be DJs GeRmAn, Illuminor, Jackson and Perry, Kenny L, Darren J, Jason Creek, Jay Vincente, Travis Eddy, JT Yo!, Ryan Lee, Conor Arkins, N.abled, Ball Z and Avesta. It’s all happening on Friday, January 28, at Shape. Doors open 9pm. Tickets $10 on door. No phat pants. Sick.
ANDY C Clarke believes Ram is on the verge of more success. A documentary on the history of the label is due for the release shortly. The trailer focuses on Clarke’s supernatural abilities on the decks and his ability to hyper-focus on mixing for hours on end, however, Clarke laughs at the suggestion that he is the sole focus of the Ram saga. “The part that has been featured which people are terming the ‘documentary’, that’s just one part of the overall Ram story,” he says. “I don’t think it’s going to be an hour of me and what I eat for breakfest. To drive R am fur ther into the new decade is a fifth addition to the highly successful Nightlife series, which has been flying off the shelves since its release. Clarke says he still feels the pressure when it comes to his mixes though. “There’s pressure that I put on myself when it comes to the mixing of it,” he explains. “I don’t know whether it comes across on the CD but I really do care about whether the tracks sit right together. It’s just that personal pressure for it to be right. “It’s just a case of letting go. I had Red One [his label partner] bashing down my door on the morning that it had to be mastered going ‘is it finished or what?’. I’d basically been mixing nonstop all night, because there’s always that different angle to mixing when you press the record button. I’ve always felt a lot freer when the record button isn’t pushed in.” As many electronic labels move away from the album model to a more singles or EPbased release template, Clarke is adamant that Ram will remain a label that promotes creativeness through the LP format. A move against the grain, it would seem. “Obviously we’re going to be releasing singles but hopefully they’re going to be coming from the bigger picture,” he says.“I feel that artists have more to offer than releasing singles every now and again. “I think with the way that music is now, more open-minded, the album is the perfect platform for artists to experiment and try out these new ideas. And when they do it right, like Chase And Status did, the proof is there that albums help people to really get into an act or an artist, more than just a tune or a remix.” Ram’s releases have been matched by some of the parties they throw, especially at their 34
Andy C Fabric residency in London. Clarke knows that an impending 20th anniversary bash will have to be something truly spectacular. “We’ve had a couple of conversations about it, because before you know it it’s going to be 2012 and we want to make it something special, “he says. “There have been so many people who have contributed to Ram over the years that I think we want to make it a celebration of everyone who has been involved. It’s going to be one hell of a party. “I can guarantee that,” he chuckles. ANDY C TUESDAY, JANUARY 25 @ METRO CITY www.xpressmag.com.au
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Mama SaysYes! was born whenTim Mac and Sam Cutri met at a community studio in Fremantle. The boys starting making tracks and went on to perform at numerous festivals around the country under the moniker. With WAMi Awards and WA Screen Awards under their belt as well as receiving unexpected amounts of publicity for their band Lake Of Bass, ANNABEL MACLEAN grabs a slice of time with Tim Mac from the multitalented duo ahead of their label’s tenth release celebration. The moniker ‘Mama Says Yes!’ was not entirely inspired by The Rolling Stone’s Rip This Joint from Exile On Main St. “It was chosen because that’s what my six year old daughter used to say when she wanted something,” Mac begins. “She would come to me with something like: ‘daddy can I go play horsies with my neighbour’s Rottweiler?’ and of course I would say no. Her response was always an impassioned lie, ‘but mama says yes!’. After hearing this a few hundred times, it resonated to me as a good name for our act.” After collaborating and releasing tracks for some time, a vision was born and the label, Wak Traks, was created. “We were making all this stuff together and had no way to put it out,” Mac says. “We approached a label in the UK [Kudos Records] and they loved the stuff so it just rolled from there. It’s quite handy to have your label based in London even though we both live here. We started Wak Traks because we loved the vinyl format and wanted people who dig similar stuff to play as well as listen to it as the funk, beats,
and hip hop gods intended.” This Sunday night will see the boys unleash their tenth release through Wak Trak Records, and it’s one which draws on their love of funk, hip hop, soul and even snippets of rock and electro. Mac says these influences are mostly drawn from their work with their other label, Nefarious Music. “Wak Traks was to give us a less serious and more beat-laden, fun and funky outlet,” he says. “We both also DJ’d, so a natural blend kind of occurred with us approaching dance records like we would write rock, folk or pop songs. Our influences evolved from being kids in the ‘90s soaking up all that wonderful hip hop, electro and big beat that sprung from new computer technologies. You didn’t need a huge million dollar studio, you could do it all from home and still sound good and that’s how we have done it all; D.I.Y. from our home studios.” Wak Traks’ tenth offering, Bak Waks Remixes Vol.1 is a 12 inch release, featuring various remixes of the label’s classic tunes
Mama Says Yes! and showcasing local flavour. “We put out that we were keen on remixes for the tenth release, everybody was keen to get in on it so we stemmed up the tracks and sent to the producers,” Mac says. “I guess for the artists it was an opportunity to get on board with an international label as well.” The boys are hoping that the launch will familiarise Perth with Wak Traks as the label itself sells most of its records internationally. “High time that people in Australia got to know who Waks Traks and Mama Says Yes! are,” Mac says. “If we can get people to like what we do that will be enough for us.” MAMA SAYS YES! BAK WAKS VOL. 1 LAUNCH SUNDAY, JANUARY 23 @ THE WEMBLEY HOTEL
Tom Piper almost talks at the speed of sound. A distinguished gentleman no less, he refers to me as‘Sir’which is nice.Yet before we even get started, he’s already describing how the final write-up should be. “Add this” and “and that” he chimes with unashamed enthusiasm. Fair enough too; for the cream of Australian musical talent should possess this level of gusto. RK talks to him about his new Ministry Of Sound compilation; Clubbers Guide To 2011, due out tomorrow. A well-crafted musician, Piper has spent much time playing all manner of instruments. His love for music is diverse, having played in bands, listened to punk, enjoyed house, adored Gabber and hardcore as well listening to the Arctic Monkeys. There would be few who would be game enough to call him ‘narrowminded’. This fresh, free-thinking mindset is the same approach that Piper uses to write music. “Around the time I was in year 10, I got into rave music,” Piper says. “Basically that’s where I had my first musical confrontation and it just developed from there. I did a Bachelor of Contemporary Music and Video which has led to my where we are now.” To that end, Point And Clap (a project consisting of Piper himself and childhood best friend Elroy) featured the vocals of Gabrielle Abela and was perched precariously near the top of the ARIA charts a couple of years ago. So if nothing else, Piper is a commercial success story.“The stuff I’ve been doing at school, even during my HSC has led to this,” Piper says of his current success. And not discounting his considerable ability as a DJ (something we can discuss another time) but as far as his ability to nurture, support and be a part of our home-grown body of talent as well as carving out a specific niche in his native home of Australia goes, the guy is almost unstoppable. Ministry Of Sound’s latest offering, Clubbers Guide To 2011, mixed by Piper and buddy Goodwill, is crafted and presented with a tasteful and typical nonchalance. “Look, I just sat down and did it,” Piper says. “It’s always a pleasure and honour getting asked to do this sort of stuff; I’m always trying to work on the music in the studio, do gigs, you know? Keeping busy is easy. Finding something to do that keeps me productive; that’s that hard part,” he jokes. “I’m just keeping my head down; I’ve got a whole bunch of remixes including one for Malente which is pretty cool. I was also in Europe and that was unbelievably cool and there’s lots to look forward to during 2011.” So with Goodwill in tow, the boys are ready to tear dance floors up around the country. “We have heaps and heaps of shows planned,” Piper reveals. “If fact, if you’re half an hour from anywhere, you’ll be able to see us!” he claims, perhaps joking again, perhaps not. But rest assured, their pull will see them playing at a party place near you.“All in all, there are lots of interesting things happening now in music. Lots of contributions from other genres so it’s really exciting,” Piper concludes. Could 2011 take Tom Piper higher than ever before? There are longer odds out there.
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LAIDBACK LUKE INDESTRUCTIBLE
KASKADE LIVING THE DREAM
Producer, DJ, label owner and the creator of the innovative worldwide Super You & Me events; Luke van Scheppingen may have chosen the moniker ‘Laidback Luke’, but he’s one of the hardest working DJs out there. Ahead of his Australia Day gig, van Scheppingen talks to GLEN PARKS about his crazy schedule, what Perth audiences can expect and his most memorable moment in music.
US DJ and producer Kaskade, aka Ryan Raddon, is bound for Perth this weekend. YASMIN SHERIFF has a yarn with the nomadic artist about his longstanding and significant religious affiliations and his upcoming album.
Born in Manila in the Philippines, but brought up in Holland, Luke van Scheppingen first made his name as a graffiti artist, but by the early ‘90s he had found a mentor in Gaston Steenkist, better known as Dobre from Dutch DJ duo, Zki & Dobre. Taking the moniker ‘Laidback Luke’ after listening to Snoop Dogg’s Gin & Juice, van Scheppingen released his first record in 1995. Two albums followed; Psyched Up in 1998 and Electronic Satisfaction in 2002. Countless singles and remixes have dotted van Scheppingen’s discography and, with a new record indefinitely on hold, it’s a theme he seems set to continue.“I actually have about 75 per cent of a new album ready,” he says.“But I don’t think it’s such a good idea to release an album in this day and age. At the moment, it feels like I should focus more on singles first.” Finding new ways and places to produce music however, seems to be something of a hobby for van Scheppingen. “I do 150 shows a year and take 200 flights, it’s crazy!” he says. “And the thing is, I just love, love, love working in the studio. But basically, I produce everything on the road now. Just on my laptop at airports, in airplanes and hotel rooms. I really need to make the best of my time on the road.” The forever occupied artist has played at some of the world’s biggest festivals and has had some truly memorable gigs but his most memorable moment is an easy call. “There’s tonnes of shows I can name, but at this moment what made the most impact on me is to realise what I do is my home and my life,” he says. “I once did a parachute dive before I went on stage; the promoter thought it would be a cool idea. It was at an open air event and, since I’m not afraid of heights, I did it. I experienced a higher state of consciousness while doing the fall. Hanging above the party and hearing the music coming from there, I realised I was made to do this.”
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Laidback Luke Whilst Perth audiences probably shouldn’t count on a sky diving entrance when van Scheppingen plays on Australia Day, he does have some advice on what he has in store. “I’m going to come and do my thing, this is such a good question to answer,” he laughs. “Expect the unexpected.” It’s good advice when going to a Laidback Luke gig, as he is known for his Super You & Me events which feature a superhero themed dress-code. A fan of comics and superheroes, van Scheppingen sees a night out on the town as a great way to escape ordinary life. “I love the feeling of epicness you get at a good party. The ‘hands up, we can take on the whole world’ feeling. We should feel like superheroes at a party. Not only the DJ is the hero, but the crowd as well, and we both rock it!” LAIDBACK LUKE WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 26 @ SALT ON THE BEACH
With six full length albums and a producing history that would make anyone green with envy, Kaskade is on top of the game. Following up on the success of 2010’s offering Dynasty will be a daunting task but the man himself says he is well up for the challenge. “I have a lot of really cool ideas that I’ve started but nothing is complete yet,” Raddon says. “I’ve managed to space out some of my tour days to give me some time focus to on the album. I rented a house on the beach to write Dynasty. The nice, easy/slow vibe here sucked me in. I live right on the ocean; it’s where I find my calmness.” Who would have thought moving to Los Angeles would bring serenity? Living up to his nickname ‘Big City’, Raddon plans on moving back to San Francisco after his next release. ”I love that city with all of my heart and soul,” he declares. Sitting on the beach in Los Angeles is far from his nightclubbing days as a kid in Chicago, where his interest in electro first piqued. It was no shock to his parents that while he attended the famously religious Brigham Young University, he started to focus on producing and spinning. “I’m a devout Mormon and was in Salt Lake City (well known headquarters for the Church of Latter-Day Saints) for seven years,” he says. “I cut my teeth as a DJ in that town.” While many may believe that holding rank as one of the most significant US house DJs and maintaining a solid relationship with the Mormon Church could cause conflict, this is not the case for Raddon. ”I’m in this because I love the music,” he says. “I think there are probably a lot of people in it for other reasons - the lifestyle or culture. To me house music has always been very uplifting and inspiring. That’s what I try and write. If anything, I feel like I am doing exactly what I am supposed to be doing. I’m doing what I love and living the dream.” Having said that, there have been a few occasions where Raddon’s religion and the stereotypical DJ lifestyle and his personal beliefs have come to a cross, but, in true style the happily married Raddon reserves judgement and laughs it off. “Sometimes there
Kaskade are promoters, who are like, ‘hey, I’ve got the cocaine and strippers for you’ and I just remind them that that is not me. I say, ‘that’s for the other dude, the DJ tomorrow night’,” he chuckles. Despite the significant role religion plays in his life, Raddon isn’t afraid to speak out about some of the controversial sides of Mormonism and the emotionally charged Proposition 8, the constitutional amendment passed in California in 2008 stating ‘only marriage between a man and a woman is recognised by the state’. “Of course, everybody should have equal rights,” he says. “Without the support of the gay community and the underground clubs we’d be talking about rock and roll right now. That’s hard to imagine.” KASKADE SATURDAY, JANUARY 22 @ VILLA
SOAKING UP BEATS ON THE BEACH Sets On The Beach Vol. 2 MIDNIGHT JUGGERNAUGHTS/ KNIGHTLIFE/ THE REVENGE/ CANYONS/ and more Scarborough Beach Amphitheatre Sunday, January 16, 2011
It was perfect weather and an Ibiza-like setting for the second instalment of Sets On The Beach. Coupled with a slew of Melbourne acts including Knightlife and Midnight Juggernauts, as well as UK producer The Revenge, it quickly sold out. At 5pm, The Revenge would have been enjoying the sunshine. Wearing over-sized glasses and sticking his tongue out in concentration, he didn’t play the deep chuggy house that some were expecting, but the sunny/funky house vibe that he created was perfect and got plenty of crew onto the amphitheatres ‘sand-floor’. His set didn’t rise or fall in intensity and he stayed away from any epic big room tunes (although he did finish with a reedit of the seminal Peaches and Herb tune Shake Your Groove Thing). Apparently dancing on the beach is great fun but quite difficult, especially when punters have been downing UDLs for hours in the intense sunshine. The upside was that epic faceplants didn’t result in broken teeth or concussions; in fact, the first aid tent didn’t seem to see much action all day despite an average punter age of 20 and the plethora of hazards. A great result. Melbourne favourite Knightlife commandeered the decks from The Revenge with a jolly smile and an endless supply of CDs. He continued along the same vein; nothing too epic or too deep, just funky house tunes with a consistent and driving bass line. The soundsystem was spot-on as well; crystal clear from anywhere in the amphitheatre but satisfyingly loud when you were in the front row, especially when he dropped his booming remix of Bag Raiders’ Nil By Mouth. There was always going to be a bit of biffo at an event like this, but response times by
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Knightlife the police and abundant security was very efficient and low-key. Security up the front were quick to eject sloppy people from the dance pit which was great, because it gave everyone else room to dance (or flail about like spastic mannequins) without the danger of being smooshed into a sweaty armpit. As an added precaution, it seemed, the bars closed at 7.45pm, an hour or so before the gig was due to end which was a good move. The transition from DJ setup to live show was handled quickly and efficiently. Unlike other festivals where such transitions lead to nightmarish sound issues, the Midnight Juggernauts were
Midnight Juggernaughts able to launch straight into their set complete with crisp drums and punchy bass lines. The only issue, a minor one, was that Vincent Vendetta’s vocals were a little muted at the beginning. While their second song Into the Galaxy was an obvious crowd favourite, it seemed that tracks from recent album The Crystal Axis dominated proceedings. With the sun well and truly setting, the Juggs set the mood with some blue lighting and smoke machine action which gave the sloppy and sunburnt crowd a second wind right up until the very end. Despite being a sold-out gig, there was always plenty of room to move and no wait at any facilities. No set truly blew the crowd away but that didn’t seem to matter, it was an awesome beach party. Bring on Volume #3. _REUBEN ADAMS
MODESELEKTOR Modeselektion Volume 1
AEROPLANE We Can’t Fly
Berlin based producers Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary, aka Modeselektor, have been described as ‘wildly diverse, infused with exuberance and inspired by a slap of the absurd’ by Resident Advisor and this release, their first ever compilation, certainly seems to live up to that billing. This is not a mix CD, the purpose is not to ‘take the listener on a journey’ or ‘tell a story’. Each track is intended to be listened to independently in its entirety, as David Mancuso famously championed at seminal New York after hours disco club ‘The Loft’. Hence we swing from the subtle sounds of (sometime co-collaborator) Apparats’ King Of Clubs through the deep minimal of Robag Wruhme’s Bierholer to the syncopated techno of their own VW Jetta. Whilst varied and not limited to one particular genre, the recurrent theme of the CD is bleeps and bass. From the excellent acid squelch of Cyclob’s Pepper Spray to the chest thumping, speaker destroying onslaught of Ramadanman’s Pitter, every track is heavy on the bottom end accompanied by smatterings of top. No melodic pianos or three part harmonies here. At times the theory is let down, especially with the monotonous cartoonish tones of Tadd Mulinix and Daniel Meteo’s The Good Star, however, on the whole this is a varied offering showcasing their penchant for upfront underground music that’s doesn’t confine to one particular genre or style.
With a string of singles behind them, the duo from Belgium have often impressed with their eclectic and well mixed DJ sets, but just before the release of their debut album, Stephen Fasano, one half of the duo, left due to creative differences. The remaining solo pilot is Vito De Luca and after listening to We Can’t Fly, you can understand why there were differences. The album is laidback, with touches of electro and disco but at heart, it’s an album of pop songs. The trouble is, it doesn’t really hit the mark and often misses entirely. The ideas are apparent, but at times fall flat, like on boring Superstar with its faux vox and lame piano. Things begin promisingly with the soundscape of Mountains Of Moscow kicking in with an interstellar bit of Pink Floydesque lead guitar. The title track is a highlight, chugging along on a funky groove complete with gospel vocals. But apart from this, there are little standouts amongst the wishy washy collection of soft electro with audaciously progressive rock guitar, keyboard elements and odd soul vocal. It’s like a combination of the worst parts of Air and Daft Punk. The last track We Fall Over redeems things slightly, with its lush, female vocal led, chill out sounds. But it all adds up to a yawnworthy effort that makes you scratch your head. De Luca seems to be steering his craft into very different territory.
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THURSDAY 20/01 Broken Hill Hotel – Fixed Clancy’s (Canning Bridge) - DJ Righteous Club Bayview –Hush- Sox Draw / Maxwell Club Marakesh –DJ Simon Cottesloe Hotel – DJ Shots / DJ Andy M Dolce – Maxwell/Damian John/ Hippo Club Eve – DJ Tony Allen Fl y i n g S co t s m a n ( M a i n Room)- The Big Man Flying Scotsman (Defectors) DJ’s Cowboys / Indie Kids Leopold Hotel – DJ Riki / Roger Smart Manhattans – Punch feat. Ndorse / Karri Harper-Meredith 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 PK Wolfe Lane – Soul Purpose - DJ Jimmy Mac Woodvale Tavern – DJ Melvin
FRIDAY 21/01 Ambar- Radio Slave / Nina Van Dyke vs Kid Deep / Progress Inn vs Aarin F Richard Lee vs Christoph Krogel /Chach vs Mono Lisa That ’s right ever yone, UK techno producer and DJ, Radio Slave, aka Matt Edwards is bringing his bootilicious beats to our town. Originally from the lovely Brighton, Edwards moved to Berlin in Germany and immersed himself in the booming electronica scene. He produced under numerous aliases, including Matthew E,
Quiet Village, Sea Devils and Rekid. His DJing career took off when he started playing at the Milk Bar in London. He’s since played gigs for MOS and toured around the globe. He also has his own label Rekids. Phew, a busy busy man. Originally, the SOS Collective were to be joining him on this night of jaw-dropping beats but they’ve unfortunately had to pull out. We don’t know why. Radio Slave will be joined by Nina Van Dyke, Kid Deep, Progress Inn, Aarin F, Richard Lee, Christoph Krogel, Chach and Mona Lisa. Tickets are $20 on the door. No umming and ahhhing on this one.
Flying Scotsman (Defectors) – Back To Mono with the Death Disco DJs The Death Disco DJs (Anton and Andrei Maz) are calling it “like a house party but you don’t need to clean up afterwards”. The new, freshly squeezed sounds of the Death Disco DJs have recently come out to play. Having previously been on a Sunday, Back To Mono sessions have moved to Fridays and the news has spread far and wide already, punters have been shuffling around, all cosy and sweaty in the packed venue. Originally, their music policy was all about the chilled out which evolved to suit the wide and varied audience. But the boys are mixing it up – you’re likely to hear Johnny Cash, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, The Rolling Stones and Rusko. Talk
about a sick mishmash! Head on down and see what all the raving is about. You’ll be able to indulge in killer cocktails too. The boys are also guaranteeing that you won’t see an Ed Hardy t-shirt or a Southern Cross tattoo ever. They mean it. It’s all happening every Friday from 8pm. Jump on the band wagon and shake yo booty. Shape - Deathface /Trouble & Bass/Mad Decent/U$A/ Shockone / Rekab / D.Y Master of the bass, Deathface, is here this weekend. Woohoo! And no doubt will you hear about it, if you haven’t already. Deathface has been causing dance floor explosions for over 10 years now. Also known as Johnny Love, this guy has been part of the LA electro juggernaut Guns’n’Bombs. He has recently been moving into darker, more dub type territor y. He has released two EPs on New York label Trouble and Bass. (These guys are responsible for the likes of Drop the Lime, AC Slater, Rico Tubbs and a whole heap more.) Joining Deathface will be our very own Shockone. Shockone has been shocking (pun intended) the globe with his hardcore drum’n’bass and dubstep. He took out Best Drum and Bass DJ and Best Producer at the Perth Dance Music Awards last year and he’ll be dropping some huge remixes and singles at this gig ahead of his highly anticipated debut album due to be released later this year. Tickets are $15 on the door before 11pm and $20 thereafter. Get out your drum’n’bass shoes and stomp the yard. Swan Basement - Undertow MC / DJ Armee /Dazastah Chekid /Cortex /DJ Jambu / Bryte MC For all you fans of hip hop, this is for you. Sydney MC Undertow is stopping by the Swan Basement for his Minds Believing Tour. Having MC’d and rocked the mic weeks
in and out for years, toured nationally and even fronted JJJ’s Unearthed, this dude is one of the most modern and culturally enticing MCs Australia has ever seen. He raps about real life topics and issues inherent in Australian youth culture like love, mental illness and friends. Sound a bit depressing? Never! He’s so full of energy that he creates this wild, explosive atmosphere amongst his audiences. Joining this exciting entertainer will be DJ Armee, bringing his drum’n’bass and hip hop influences to the energetic evening. Local beatmaker Dazastah (of Downsyde fame) will also be joining the party. This is going to be good. If you miss this, you can catch them on Sunday, January 22, at the Civic Hotel. Dazastah won’t be there but there will be other surprises. Get on it.
Banham/ Adem K’s /Painkillers / Thomas Ford Fl y i n g S c o t s m a n ( M a i n Room)- 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 Newport – Micah/ Sardi/Can-le / Tom Drummond Norfolk - Perth’s Best DJs NormaJeans–DJ Phil Oxford Hotel – Recliners Paddy Hannans – Crazy Craig Paramount - Flyte /DJ Morgan/ DJ Jordan Principal Micro Brewery – DJ Simon Queens Tav – DJ Rueben Rubix – Gene Bourne/ Kenny/ Riki Sail & Anchor - Balcony Beatz / DJ J-MAC. Sapphire Bar – SuperFly 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 Kaskade The Queens – DJ Rueben The Shed – DJ Glenn 20 Tiger Lils – Paul Malone / Joby Amplifier – Jamie Mac / Alex K Bar Open- Boutique Fridays Broken Hill Tavern – DJ Nick The Vic - DJ Durra We m b l ey H o t e l – D J Alexander Funk ybottoms / DJ Dean Bakery – Voltaire Twins Charles Capitol – DJs all night Carine Glades Tavern - DJ Windsor – DJ Riki and Ray Woodvale Tavern – Dr Bogus Abstar Clancy’s (Canning Bridge) - DJ Victoria Park Hotel – DJ Melvin Jimmy-Mac Como Hotel – DJ Gazz Deville’s – Jerry Lee Lewis SATURDAY 22/01 Show / DJ Little Franco Berry Double Lucky – Aadam Kelly Villa – Kaskade / JMC/ Mind Electric / Oli / Cee Enex100 Podium Level, Perth Kaskade or Ryan Raddon as he is known to some, is a Mormon. City - Live DJ Flying Scotsman ( Velvet Quite interestingly, this does not Room)- Chris Cobilis/ Matt seem to change or have any
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effect on his music and lifestyle. We talked to him this week and he said sometimes there are some conflicts. “Sometimes there are promoters, who are like, ‘hey, I’ve got the cocaine and strippers for you’ and I just remind them that that is not me. I say, ‘that’s for the other dude, the DJ tomorrow night’,” he chuckled. Kaskade is coming to Perth to unleash some beats from his album Dynasty which stole the hearts of all electronic music lovers upon its release last year. The man is a legend. He is an active member of Summer Of Space, Late Night Alumni and The Stellars. FYI Kaskade took his name from a nature book when he saw a picture of a waterfall and then, you guessed it, he changed the spelling. But his music isn’t as simple as his show name and the only way you are going to find this out for yourself is to head on down to Villa this Saturday night. Doors open 10pm. Tickets are $27 plus booking fee from Planet, Mills and Moshtix outlets. This will sell out. Amplifier – Eddie Electric Bakery – La Dispute Basement On Broadway – DJ Ricky Broken Hill Tavern – DJ Nick Alexander Capitol –Death Disco DJs Capitol (Upstairs) – DJ Ryan Captain Stirling - DJ Dano Clink – DJ Cheese Club Bay View – VIP Saturdays – DJ Ryan Deville’s –The Burger Kings / DJ Wrighteous Double Lucky – Tim Brown Eurobar – Roger Smart/ DJ Raci Flying Scotsman (Main Room) - Andrei Mazz Flying Scotsman (Defectors) – Lucid Dreaming High Road Hotel – DJ Simon High Wycombe – DJ Matt Hipe Club – DJ E-Funk Liquid Nightclub - DJ Klar55 / DJ Stevie M Mint – Pop Life – Darren Briais Mullaloo Beach Hotel – DJ Danny
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SUNDAY 23/01 Captain Stirling – DJ Jay Clink – DJ Tony Allen Club Bayview – DJ Pete Euro Bar – DJ Flex Eve – DJ Birdie Flying Scotsman (Main Room) - Nathan J/Chris Wright Mullaloo Beach Hotel – DJ Kenny L Mustang - DJ Rockin Rhys Players Bar – DJ-Udas Queens Tav– DJ Rhys Rubix – The Rotation – Krule/ Dazz K/ Untertone/ Lyndon Toucan Club – DJ Darren The Cott – Cott Sessions The Saint - DJ Anaru The Shed – DJ Andy The Wembley – Mama Says Yes! Bak Waks Tenth Record Launch
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Aston Harvey Friday, January 28 @ Ambar
Undertow MC / DJ Armee Friday, Januray 21 @ Swan Basement Kaskade Saturday, January 22 @ Villa QLD and Brazil Flood Benefit Gig feat. DJs Ben Taffe/ Rok Riley/ Declan/ Nic Elliot/ King John/ Captn K Sunday, January 23 @ The Bird
Amon Vision Friday, January 28 @ Shape Trus’ Me Friday, January 28 @ The Bird Black Coffee Saturday, January 29 @ The Railway Hotel Butch Friday, February 11 @ Geisha
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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
Stanton Warriors Tuesday, January 25 @ Villa
Mickey Avalon Thursday, March 3 @ Villa
Laidback Luke Wednesday, January 26 @ Salt On The Beach
K i d Ke n o b i : D u b s t e p Invasion Saturday, March 5 @ Ambar
Raggamuffin 2011 feat. Mary J Blige, Jimmy Cliff, Maxi Priest, Sean Paul, The Original Wailers, The Black Seeds, Ky-Mani Marley , The Red Eyes + More Wednesday, January 26 @ Perth Fremantle Oval
Future Music Festival feat. The Chemical Brothers/ MGMT/Mark Ronson/ Pendulum/Dizzee Rascal/ Leftfield + more Sunday, March 6 @ Arena Joondalup
DJEDJOTRONIC Housemeister Tuesday, Januar y 25 @ Ambar
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Get down to the Leederville Hotel this Australia Day Eve, Tuesday, January 25, for Perth’s biggest and best early Australia Day party. Showcasing the best of Aussie rock and pop, resident DJs will pump the floor from 7pm. Party Aussie style with babes, beer and a free barbeque. There will also be prizes for the best dressed Australiana guy and girl. Entry is free.
Tonight, Thursday, January 20, Steve Poltz (USA) play Mojo’s Bar with support from Tracksuit in duo mode. Presales $15 are available from Heatseeker or on the door on the night from 7pm. On Saturday, January 22, Abbe May plays Mojo’s Bar. Abbe’s playing this one with her new band Abbe May Mother Machine Gun. Supports for this show are Amber Fresh and Polly Medlen. Entry is $15 from 8pm. Tuesday, January 25, at Mojo’s sees the ultimate Australian event. This show features local blues rock juggernaut The Joe Kings. Supports are Emperors and Goodnight Tiger. Tickets are $15 from 8pm on the door.
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This Friday, January 21, join Gasoline Inc as they say farewell to Perth before heading east to Melbourne with support from Stillfire. Then on Saturday, January 22, Canadian maestro of shimmering pop delights, Owen Pallett (Final Fantasy, Arcade Fire, Beirut) hits the Fly stage showcasing tracks from his highly acclaimed orchestral pop masterpiece Heartland.
This Friday, January 21, the finest lady in Perth music today, Abbe May, will be playing her “Solonesome” show – a show not to be missed! In Perth for the Raggamuffin festival, The Red Eyes bring their reggae infused tunes for a cool Sunday session, this Sunday, January 23. Tickets available online.
Hyte will be playing a ‘teaser’ CD launch at Rocket Room this Friday, January 21, with killer supports Dexter Jones (Adelaide), The Corner and Pigeon. Doors open at 8pm and its $10 to get in and see some great rock acts live and loud.
THE COURT HOTEL
The Court and AudioVault events present the biggest silent disco Perth’s ever seen. On Tuesday, January 25, The Court celebrate the eve of Australia Day in silent disco style. Tickets are strictly limited and this event will sell out, so get in fast!
The Saturday, January 22, sees Perth’s hip hop community join forces for a flood relief fundraising event featuring Drapht, Optamus, Bitter Belief & Creed Birch, Smiley, Cortext and Chekid plus DJs Defyre, Selekt and Carlsani. Doors open 8pm and tickets are $15 at the door.
This Sunday, January 23, The Sunshine Brothers continue their Sunday residency in the Railway Hotel’s Beer Garden joined by special guests The Crux. Doors open 6-10pm and entry is $10.
The Mustang Bar continues its support of original music on Thursdays, and tonight, Thursday, January 20, welcomes The Red Eyes. Their profile has steadily risen and they are renowned for their larger-than-life festival appearances and successful Australian east coast tours. They have toured internationally to New Caledonia, and have supported or been billed alongside the likes of The Original Wailers, Horace Andy, Luciano, The Mad Professor, Easy Star All Stars, Dub Syndicate, Salmonella Dub, The Black Seeds, Cornerstone Roots, Concord Dawn, Sola Rosa, Pitch Black and The Resin Dogs to name a few. Come down to the ‘Stang and enjoy these guys for one show only plus DJ James MacArthur.
Known for powerful performances, Hailmary are a band not afraid to go out on a limb. The band travelled to Georgia, USA, to tour the South East and to record their second EP A Million Miles And Days with producer Jeff Tomei (Jerry Cantrell, Smashing Pumpkins, Matchbox 20) at Cock Of The Walk studios in Kennesaw. Hailmary built up momentum through supporting The Screaming Jets and Mammal on their national tours. Catch Hailmary with support from Sonpsilo Circus and Ozmonaut at the Newport Hotel tonight, Thursday, January 20. Tickets at the door.
BDO LOCAL ROLL CALL THE FAGS (TONY POLA) Your Big Day Out history? I played 16 BDOs with the Beasts Of Bourbon, and they all blur into one! The first one I went to as a punter was the ‘94 BDO in Freo, I remember walking out of the toilet and bumping into Joey Ramone. Favourite BDO memory? Being mistaken for Iggy Pop at the 2006 BDO. What does your band have in store for 2011? A big year is planned for The Fags. Our debut album released April 2nd. East coast touring is definitely on the cards as well as vinyl release with Bang Records. World domination is the plan for 2011.
THE NOVOCAINES (LIAM YOUNG) The first Big Day Out you went to? 2009, Neil Young headlined and I was 17 at the time. The dude played a great set with his wife by his side and he had a kick ass drummer. I also remember how damn hot it was. Favourite BDO memory? Playing the Essential Stage last year. It was pretty humbling to know so many people came to watch our set in that sweaty metal den. Hot tip for the 2011 BDO? The Greenhornes! I love these guys to death and I’m the only one in the band who hasn’t seen them live. The other guys have always said it was one of the best live sets they’ve ever seen from any band ever.
SHOCKONE The first Big Day Out you went to? 1996 was the first Big Day Out I went to, I distinctly remember two things: 1; Rage Against The Machine were freaking awesome; and 2; The Prodigy were even better. This was pretty much one the first times I’d ever seen any rave music like this live, and from that moment on I was hooked. Your hot tip for the 2011 BDO? I can’t wait to see Tool again, legends of rock. Also I think Ratatat are an amazing act to see live. And of course Die Antwoord are a must see! What do you have in store for 2011? I’ll be releasing my debut album on Viper recordings early 2011. I’ll also be putting a live act together and touring extensively. The Big Day Out takes in Claremont Showgrounds on Sunday, February 6. The Fags play the Hot Produce stage at 2pm; The Novocaines play the Hot Produce stage at 7.45pm and ShockOne plays the Boiler Room at 1pm.
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Beer enthusiasts and novices alike banded together to learn the fine etiquette of beer matching at the Greenwood Hotel on Tuesday evening, hosted by Matilda Bay Brewers. Diners were given handy hints on what goes with what to accentuate flavour, with lots of helpful insider information for the not so beer-educated. Photographs by Matt Jelonek
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Mosey on down to the Flying Scotsman in Mount Lawley on Australia Day eve to indulge in a free sausage sizzle and $4 tinnies while Moflo Leigh takes to the stage to crank out classic Aussie mash ups.
Every year thousands of West Australians descend on the foreshore on Australia Day to witness the spectacular Skyworks. Presented by the City Of Perth, this year’s Skyshow theme is ‘celebrate families’, featuring a soundtrack of songs by well known musical families. Kicking off at 8pm, the Skyworks will light up the sky on Australia Day so be sure to pack a picnic, grab your friends and family and enjoy the festivities. To find out all there is to know about the Skyworks hit up perth.wa.gov.au/skyworks.
Tame Impala play the inaugural Hillside festival
This Australia Day will see the birth of Hillside, a uniquely Australian festival boasting some of the country’s leading artists. To carry on their Triple J Australian Album of the Year form, Tame Impala will be taking to the stage in their home city to show exactly why they deserve their countless Australian and international accolades. Joining the lads from Tame Impala will be Hook N Sling, Mobin Master and Snob Scrilla Sound System. Set to take place at Eftel Oval in Lathlain, gates open at 3pm; tickets are on sale now for $55 plus booking fee from stickytickets.com.au.
THE LEEDERVILLE HOTEL
Make a beeline for the Leederville Hotel this Australia Day Eve (Tuesday, January 25) for Perth’s biggest and best early Australia Day party. Showcasing the best of Aussie rock and pop, resident DJs will pump the floor from 7pm. Party Aussie style with babes, beer and a free BBQ; there will also be prizes for the best dressed Australiana guy and gal. Entry is free.
You Am I play Hotel Rottnest on Australia Day
The lads from You Am I will celebrate all that’s great about this big ol’ nation of ours come Australia Day when they’ll take to the stage at Hotel Rottnest to play much loved tracks from their extensive back catalogue. With support from Perth’s own The Novocaines, this Australia Day gig is set to go off, so be sure to get your tickets now from rottnestexpress. com.au (for ferry and ticket packages), or from Heatseeker, Mills and Planet for just concert tickets. The fun is set to kick off at 3pm and the concert is a licensed event. For more info hit up hotelrottnest.com.au.
THE COURT HOTEL
The Court and AudioVault events present the biggest silent disco Perth’s ever seen. On Tuesday, January 25, The Court celebrates the eve of Australia Day in silent disco style. Tickets are strictly limited and this event will sell out, so get in fast! Secure yours by calling (08) 9328 5292.
Celebrate all that’s awesome about Australia when That’s Not A Gig: This Is A Gig invades Mojo’s for an evening of Aussie tunes on Aussie Day eve. With sets from The Joe Kings, Emperors and Goodnight Tiger, That’s Not A Gig: This Is A Gig is set to go off, so get down early. Doors open 8pm and tickets are $15 on the door.
Wednesday 26th January Australia Day
Christine Anu plays the Too Solid Music Festival
A celebration of music and culture at the Supreme Court Gardens, the Too Solid Music Festival will kick off at noon on Australia Day, offering up an afternoon and evening of fantastic live entertainment. Featuring performances from Christine Anu, The Last Kinection, Optamus, Gya Ngoop Kobori dance group, John Bennett, Ulla Shay, Reno James, the Central Desert Band, Matt Gresham, Shakara Walley and others, entry to the Festival is free and promises to be a great day of fun for the whole family. Find out more at toosolid.com.au.
THE ROSEMOUNT HOTEL
If you’re a die-hard Triple J fan, you won’t want to miss The Rosemount Hotel’s official Hottest 100 party. Doors open early at 9am to kick off the countdown and punters can enjoy a hearty BBQ breakfast and lunch. Fun and games throughout the day will help raise funds for those affected by the floods across the country. With free entry and great drink specials all day including four stubbies of XXXX Summer Bright Lager for $20, save yourself the clean up and get out of your backyard and into The Rosie’s.
Homemade Beef Pie with Home Chips $13 Graziers Rump Steak $13 Aussie Lamb Cutlets $16 From Midday to 10pm
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Grab your mates and shimmy into Eve the night before Australia Day to party your way into the public holiday! Special guest DJs Def Rok and Regz will get behind the decks, with Sydneysider Jayson also on the bill. There will be plenty of fun and giveaways so be sure to check out Eve on Tuesday, January 25, from 9pm. Entry is free until 10pm.
The folks at the Newport Hotel invite you to join them on Australia Day for a sizzling Hottest 100 party. Once the countdown is over, DJs will spin the best Hottest 100 songs of all time, so expect the dancefloor to be pumping!
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If the idea of heading down to the foreshore to watch the Skyworks doesn’t tickle your fancy, head on over to Fremantle Over to celebrate Australia Day with the likes of Mary J. Blige, Jimmy Cliff, Maxi Priest, Sean Paul, The Original Wailers, Ky-Mani Marley, The Black Seeds and The Red Eyes. Back for another year of great music and awesome vibes, Raggamuffin never fails to impress fans of urban music. Tickets are on sale now from Ticketmaster; Raggamuffin is an 18+ event. For the full rundown on the festival hit up raggamuffin.com.au.
THE BRASS MONKEY
Head on in to the Brass Monkey from midday on Australia for the best view of the Skyworks that Northbridge has to offer! Book your table now in the Grill Restaurant to watch the show while indulging in some tasty treats and thirst quenching beverages. There will be entertainment all day long and those looking for a laugh can check out the Laugh Resort Comedy Club from 8pm in the Glass House. Book your table now by calling (08) 9227 9596. www.xpressmag.com.au
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JON SPENCER BLUES EXPLOSION / Felicity Groom Rosemount Hotel Thursday, January 13, 2011
HEALTH / The Wednesday Society / Injured Ninja The Bakery Friday, January 14, 2011
It all started with a small statement of fact. “We’re Health, from LA”. But what took place was far from simplistic. It was a literal ‘mess’…and a glorious one at that. A cacophony of barking noise, jolting between the electronic and strings-driven melody – each sound vying for attention. These Californian experimental greats ability to triumph over the senses sent tongues wagging after their somewhat “legendary” performance last year at Beck’s Music Box, but tonight had a different flavour. It was about getting a closer look as the modus operandi of this four-piece. A journey that let the listener fall beyond the brink…then made them claw their way back out. A trait that locals Injured Ninja know all too well. Touting the headliners as one of their more auspicious influences, this quartet brought their own form of ritual to the night. One based on restrained revelry. “I tore the demon apart with my…” the stern command from guitarist Steven Hughes, “…hands” echoed in turn by bassist Dominic Pearce’s tortured scream – the spark between the two insatiable on well-known track IDDQD. Drawing a solid line between the curious personalities of the two, Matt Bairstow’s aggressive percussion and Jake Steele’s synths and beats ensemble brought the cluster of noise to its peak – never stopping for a moments reprieve, especially on new pick Redeemer. The Wednesday Society took a page from the same book, layering murky grooves with the bells, trumpets, shoegazer-ties and reverb – all now so customary coming from these now maturing lads. Although it can be a long time between drinks, with their links to the illustrious Sugar Army, there is never any conflict between the two. In fact, it often builds on the distinctions. When multi-instrumentalists Ian Berney and Jamie Sher take the step from bass to guitar and drums to bass respectively, you are left with a band that exudes intensity – taking a nod towards
Health (photo: Matthew Hogan)
synchronicity in a whole organised chaos kind of way. Highlight Pendant, with its minimalistic harmonies and trumpet flourishes, held its own as an obvious crowd favourite. Health are pure energy. There is no better way to describe this Los Angeles outfit. Often touted for their “whirlwind” live shows, understandably so as their recorded output being only 61 minutes over their two albums, they are unfazed. Unapologetic, even. Their performances are the sum of confront and comfort. The draw onmemorable hook-driven guitars, severed by the bludgeoning skins of BJ Miller. The ethereal vocals of Jake Duzsik, much akin to My Bloody Valentine stakes, aside the feminine yelps of bassist John Famiglietti. And the result of this equation melts your brain. No two ways about it. What makes these four men so intriguing, both as musicians and performers, is just that – they are each their own autonomous people who somehow meld together to create a sound that teeters on edge of sanity. The goofy, spasmodic thrashing of Famiglietti – his face all awash with hair – serves as the groups centre, marked by the cool detachment of Duzsik, guitarist Jupiter Keyes stern conduct and Miller’s frenzied approach. Each to their own, but all for the greater good of them all. Surging through content from their entire back catalogue, the drum solo of Crimewave led straight into the highpitched screams of Courtship – duties of course filled by the band’s colourful bassist – with breaths baited until the more conventional indie hit Die Slow, followed quickly by We Are Water.
Waaahey! Alright! Jon Spencer is in town! All of those people around who are interested in rockin’ blues were out in force at the Rosemount Hotel as a cool summer’s night greeted the early gatherers for a night of kick ass rock’n’roll entertainment. Local lass Felicity Groom is not the opener to the JSBX circus you might expect, but with her slower moody sound, she played the support role just right. Someone mentioned that Ms Groom’s guitar looked just like the one that belongs to Spencer. Groom was clearly pleased with the helluva-coup support slot and the loan of a famous, and heavy-looking, guitar. The sound of Andrew Ryan’s cool crunching guitar and intermingling vocal, as always, is able assistance to Flick’s chords and occasionally off-key low-down singing-style. After warming up nicely the Grooms sounded more like an indie-rock band, played newer songs towards the middle of the set and channelled PJ Harvey for the insatiable 39 Ways To Leave Your Lover. The crowd of old and new punters and local band members was still working towards capacity when Jon Spencer Blues Explosion came on surprisingly early at half-nine. No time for a wastin’ as Spencer announced the apt name of his band - not for the last time this night - and the frontman’s low-drone versus riotous-yelling vocal stylings and blues rock guitar playing exploded from the very start. After a riotous opening of familiars came the psychedelic blues jam Fuck
Shit Up, with Bauer on vocals, then a short break to recouperate. JSBX have never been a huge commercial success, but their loyal following knows where it’s at, Spencer’s rock moves (particularly the ‘bent-legged BX drop’, as I’ve dubbed it) are classic and bring to mind great showman like Cash and Elvis. He is and they are as a band, true performers. It was a beautiful thing to watch. JSBX have been around for 20 years and paved the way for bands like The White Stripes and The Black Keys with their anarchic blues-rock sound. Two guitars played through classic Vox and Fender rigs tweaked with a bit of creative tuning, drums with triggers, and classic Spencer vocals, are what make the JSBX sound. Combined with guitarist Judah Bauer’s effortless riffs and a kick drum booming a foundation for all the madness. The Rosemount band room was to capacity by the time Spencer grooved through I Wanna Make it Alright and Magical Colours. The Blues Explosion play a longer set than most bands. Partly, one suspects, because they jam out and make shit up as they go, but it takes dedication to the cause to do that night after night. These guys are devoted to their music and appreciative of their fans. Post the inevitable Theremin finale, the band came back for and encore playing Orange and jamming out some more before exhausted band members and punters alike staggered back in to reality and the cool air outside to debrief on what was a solid, very cool, most fun and classic night out. _DANIEL PARKINSON
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion (photo: Mike Wylie)
SHAPE RATTLE AN ROLL SHAPE OF PERTH TO COME LAUNCH Civic Hotel Friday, January 14, 2011 The Backroom of the Civic is a no-nonsense kind of a venue. There’s a stage at one end of the room, a bar at the other, and not much else in the way of cultural refinements. In its way, it’s a perfect place for a punk gig, insofar as there’s not much there that a rowdy crowd could conceivably destroy. Really, that’s what you want for a hardcore venue; the platonic ideal would be a concrete bomb shelter with a PA and a firehose. The Bob Gordons kicked off the evening’s proceedings, filling in for The Lungs, who have apparently come down with a bad case of assault and battery. The boys warmed up the small early crowd with a rapid barrage of raw and furious punk-flavoured Aussie rock. There’s an insistent anger in their music, and a good sense of place and culture that echoes the old school DIY punk ethos that seems mostly forgotten these days. Chainsaw Hookers were next up to bat, operating a man down due to guitarist - and, as was repeatedly remarked upon, soulless ranga Alex Cotton’s absence. Even so, they rampaged through a solid set, delivering the fast, heavy, distortion-fuelled sound they’re renowned for, before wrapping it up with a killer cover of The Misfits’ Static Age. Battletruk frontman Cory Day certainly took the prize for most energetic and driven performer of the night when, barely 15 seconds into their first song, he leaped from the stage to prowl amongst the audience, alternately berating and bantering. As a set, it was all about speed 46
and intensity, with every song short, sharp and brutal. As a live act, they’re mesmerising, with a muscular stage presence puts them ahead of the pack. Laith Tyranny of the Bible Bashers knows all about stage presence, of course; the boy is a natural showman. His Memphis-tinged vocals are the spoonful of sugar to main songwriter Jon Schmidt’s Faulkner-by-way-of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre lyrics. The Bashers poured their hearts into a typically bombastic and barnstorming set, proving once again that they’re one of the best live acts plying our city today. But they weren’t the best of the night. Not this time. That honour goes to the Blazin’ Entrails. The rockabilly three-piece carved an infectious, bass-heavy groove through the final leg of the night, and the dance floor filled with writhing, bodies as the boys belted out such heartwarming party favourites as Hail Satan, Zombie Elvis Lives, and a cheerful little ditty about serial killers David and Catherine Birnie. A previously lacklustre crowd couldn’t keep themselves from moving to the music, and simply based on that, there can be no doubt that it was the Entrails’ night. The only real downer was the need to pull the pin on the proceedings before midnight; otherwise, it was an excellent showcase of local talent. After a killer blast of noise such as this, there can be no doubt that the Perth punk and hardcore scene is alive and well. _TRAVIS JOHNSON www.xpressmag.com.au
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After hitting the ground running last year, rockers Further Earth kick off 2011 with the release of their debut EP Kingdom. Recorded with famed producer Forrester Savell (Karnivool, Dead Letter Circus) at Sing Sing Studios in Melbourne, it was also mastered in New York by Tom Coyne (Michael Jackson, Pink). They launch Kingdom this Saturday, January 22, at Amplifier with Chasing The Ninth, I Said The Sparrow and Frighteners; and again at the Prince Of Wales with I Said The Sparrow on Saturday, January 29. Bone
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BONE Thugs & Harmony Returning to Perth with sack full of new riffs, a new single in Charlie and a range of underwear to appease their female fans, indie rockers Bone will play their first show on home soil in over a year. Like countless before them, the four-piece upped and moved to Melbourne 18 months ago because they felt they’d grown too large for sleepy old Perth. “We just ran out of places to play really,” offers bassist Mike Ward. “We were always at the Hydey and Mojo’s and whoever’s backyard and it just got a bit boring really. We live in Footscray. It’s beautiful here – heaps of smackheads and Vietnamese, which is fine. We play in ‘Shitzroy’ and wherever really. We wanted to tour more and there’s more opportunity to do that over here.” While the band’s touring schedule hasn’t seen them play anywhere outside of Melbourne or Perth, they have a Sydney show coming up and are following up their two EPs with a split single release with Melbournites The Beat Disease. Bone contribute the brutal track Charlie.“Some guy does 100 copy runs of 7’’s and he wanted to put it out,”Ward explains. “Yeah, we jumped on the bandwagon, pretty much. Most of it’s been paid for, we just had to get it mastered and recorded. So it’s all been real cheap and real easy.” In addition to offering a line of women’s panties they think “everyone should buy”, they also think you should go to their show because it may be you last opportunity to see them, as drummer Sam Reid is threatening to pursue a more ‘agricultural lifestyle’. “He’s got some prospects over in Equatorial Guinea for work on a farm,” Reid elaborates. “He just likes farming heaps – I don’t really understand it, but he’s a complex guy. I guess we’ll replace him, or maybe we’ll just get a drum machine.” Bone launch their new 7’’ and line of women’s underwear at The Bakery, next Friday, January 28, with support from Astral Travel, Frozen Ocean and These Shipwrecks. _MATTHEW HOGAN
BLIZZARD OF GOZZ
Gozzy Rock is one of the biggest and longest running band competitions in WA and heat one of the 2011 edition takes place at the Don Russell Performing Arts Centre in Gosnells tonight, Thursday, January 20. Kicking off at 6pm, Pound, The Kings & Sons, Jake & The Cowboys and The Fretlines will each play a 20 minute set with the best band getting a chance to play the final on Saturday, February 26.
Made for headphones and darkness, Salamander launch their debut full-length, Jaws Of The Vise, this Saturday, January 22, at Dada Records. The Heartless Robot label album will be launched with the band playing alongside These Shipwrecks and Goat Faction. Kicking off at 5pm and costing you nothing, there will also be toasties on offer.
DON’T PITY THE FOOLS
The Rocket Room this Saturday, January 22, ain’t no joke with Fools Of April launching their latest EP! They’ve locked in solid support in Hailmary, who’ll be bringing back grunge with their rocking riffs and soaring vocals! Rock’n’roll-fuelled Ragdoll bring the rock of the ‘80s and modern rockers Nevksy Prospekt open the night up!
BLACK CROAK ARKANSAS
After a three month break, The Old Croak return to the stage this week with a new line-up in tow. See them at The Den tonight, Thursday, January 20, with Eye Spy, Higgs Boson and Branson Tramps; and/or at Manhattan’s on Friday, January 21, with The Autumn Isles, The Gizzards and The Tumblers.
Punk rocker Project Mayhem are out of straight out of the studio and onto the stage this weekend as they play The Den this Saturday, January 22. They’ve recruited Chainsaw FIRE FUNDRAISER Hookers, SSA and Scalphunter in support. Drakesbrook Tavern in Waroona is hosting an all ages event from 4pm this Saturday, January 22, with proceeds going to the Lord Mayors Lake Clifton Fire Relief Fund. It features Pyramid Of The Coyote, Damian Thornber & The Orphans, World A Fuzzy and Anite Downes.
WHISTLING DIXIE Place Of Indigo
INDIGO YOUR OWN WAY
This Friday, January 21, at The Bakery, indie rockers Place Of Indigo launch their debut selftitled EP, which harks back to The Cure and Joy Division through to The Horrors and Interpol. Joining them on this big night is Arms Like Branches, Seams and Runner. Add that to DJ action courtesy of the Voltaire Twins plus an art exhibition by local artists Deer, Fox Design and Rachel Audino.
This Friday, January 21, The Whistling Dogs headline Kulcha. The all-singing, all-sawing, all-whistling outfit have recruited The Lonely Brothers and That Velvet Echo to join them on this occasion.
There’s a few ways you can support the victims for the recent floods and fires this week. This Friday, January 21, the North Freo Bowls Club is hosting a two-stage event raising funds for the victims of the Queensland floods featuring Salvage Diver, The Moltens, Michael Gabriel, That Velvet Echo, The Morning Night and nine more local bands. Entry is $10 from 5pm with dogs and kids getting for free!
HELP A NINJA
Having been invited to play at South By Southwest this March, the only thing stopping Injured Ninja from making the trip is the money! That’s where you come in: head down to the Velvet Lounge this Sunday, January 23, to catch performances by Usurper Of Modern Medicine, The Weapon Is Sound, Dirty Symbiot and Kucka along with a Super Nintendo tournament sure to make you wish you’d never wasted your time with an X-Box.
Diamond Eye Style / Format:
Original Heavy Rock
Members / instruments:
Will Kelly – Lead Vocals/Guitar Greg Fawcett – Lead Guitar/Vocals Chase Cameron – Bass Guitar/Vocals Geoff Keating - Drums
When did you start playing music?:
Diamond Eye formed in 2006 after Will and Greg returned from ventures on the East Coast. We have all being playing our instruments since early teens.
What have been your biggest inÁuences along the way?
I guess collectively we like anything from Led Zeppelin to Disturbed but essentially any band that puts on a great show and writes quality rock or heavy music to go with it.
Who are your favourite local bands?
Stone Circle and The Corner of course! That’s why we asked them to join us for this show
What do you want this band to achieve?
To be successful enough to quit our day jobs
Where to next?
Looking to obtain some label interest and distribution for Alive and Kicking, aswell as our debut studio album that is currently in post production. Oh yeah, and Tour, Tour, Tour!
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THIS WEEK JANUARY 20 – 26
Baby Animals, February 3, A Day On The Green
A DAY ON THE GREEN (INXS, Train, Baby Animals) 3 Kings Park SUFJAN STEVENS 3 & 4 Regal Theatre THE RED EYES AMANDA PALMER 20 Mustang Bar 4 Fly By Night 21 Settlers Tavern ALOE BLACC & THE 22 Prince Of Wales GRAND SCHEME 23 Indi Bar 5 The Bakery IAN MOSS, NATHAN STEVE POLTZ GAUNT 20 Mojo’s Bar 5 Hotel Rottnest GLENN SHORROCK / OWEN PALLETT / WENDY MATTHEWS 5 Mundaring Weir Hotel JESSICA SAYS BIG DAY OUT 22 Fly By Night (Tool, Rammstein, Bloody Beetroots STING DC77, Iggy & The 22 Sandalford Winery Stooges,Wolfmother, John Butler Trio, DON WALKER Deftones, MIA, Pnau, & THE LUCKY LCD Soundsystem, Bliss N Eso, Lupe Fiasco, STRIKES Grinderman, Operator 22 Quindanning Tavern Please, Primal Scream, 23 Fremantle Arts Centre Birds Of Tokyo, Plan B, Jim Jones Revue, CAT POWER Booka Shade, Children 24 & 25 Quarry Collide, Angus & Julia Amphitheatre Stone, Die Antwoord, Gyroscope, Kid Kenobi WIRE & MC Shureshock, Dead 25 The Bakery Letter Circus, Little Red, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, RAGGAMUFFIN Gypsy & The Cat, The 2011 (Mary J & Famous, Vitalic, Blige, Jimmy Cliff, Naked Sampology, Lowrider, Maxi Priest, Sean Andrew WK, CSS, Kids Of Paul, The Original 88, Ratatat, Airbourne, Wailers, The Black Blue King Brown, Will Styles, Matt & Kim, Seeds, Ky-Mani Sia, The Greenhornes, Marley, The Red Washington, Black Milk, Eyes) Reggfie Watts, Wunmi, 26 Fremantle Oval Ed Bacteria Vacuum, The Baloonatic, The UV Race, Barbarion, V Dentatas YOU AM I and more) 26 Hotel Rottnest 6 Claremont Showgrounds THE NECKS KATE CEBERANO, GRACE 26 The Bakery KNIGHT 6 Hotel Rottnest RATATAT 7 Capitol THE NECKS DON MCLEAN 27 The Bakery 9 Burswood Dome YOU AM I RETURN TO FOREVER 29 Palandri Winery 9 Riverside Theatre (Margaret River) THE GETAWAY PLAN MARK SEYMOUR & 9 Capitol JAMES REYNE ST JEROMES LANEWAY 27 – 30 Quarry FESTIVAL (The Antlers, Amphitheatre Beach House, Bear PAUL DEMPSEY In Heaven, Blonde 28 Fly By Night Redhead, !!!, Cut Copy, TIM ROGERS Djanimals, Deerhunter, 28 Norfolk Basement Foals, Gotye, Holy Fuck, KENNY ROGERS Jenny & Jonny, Les 29 Lake Karrinyup Golf Savy Fav, Local Natives, Course Menomena, Two Door BLACK COFFEE Cinema Club, Sherlock’s 29 Railway Hotel Daughter, Stornaway, PUGSLEY BUZZARD The Holidays, Violent 29 Clancy`s Fish Pub Soho, Warpaint, Cloud 30 Ellington Jazz Club Control, PVT, World’s End Press, Yeasayer, Gareth Liddiard, The John Steel Singers and more) PUGSLEY BUZZARD 12 Perth Cultural Centre 1 Charles Hotel, Perth DE LA SOUL Blues Club 12 Metro City 3 Settlers Tavern ROY AYERS 4 Southwest Blues Club, 12 Beck’s Music Box Hotel Burlington, Bunbury THE UNTHANKS / (HED)P.E CATHERINE TRAICOS 2 Amplifier 13 Beck’s Music Box THE HARKNOTZ TRICKY 3 Amplifier 14 Capitol
Roy Ayers, February 12, Beck’s Music Box
GWILYM SIMCOCK TRIO 15 Beck’s Music Box THE BOOKS 16 Beck’s Music Box MAYER HAWTHORNE & THE COUNTRY 16 The Bakery CATHERINE TRAICOS 16 Malt Bar (Dunsborough) 20 White Star Hotel (Albany) 26 Rosemount LLOYD COLE 17 Beck’s Music Box DAVID HELFGOTT 19 Mundaring Weir Hotel CARIBOU / FOUR TET 19 Beck’s Music Box AN EVENING ON THE GREEN (Joe Cocker, George Thorogood, Diesel, The Dingoes) 19 Sir James Mitchell Park (South Perth) ROXY MUSIC, MONDO ROCK 19 & 20 Leeuwin Estate Winery KASEY CHAMBERS 19 Mandurah Performing Arts Centre 20 Bunbury Entertainment Centre 22 Albany Entertainment Centre 24 Esperance Civic Centre 26 Elmars In The Valley 27 Queens Park Theatre (Geraldton) GOOD VIBRATIONS (Faithless, Phoenix, Sasha, Nas & Damian Marley, Kelis, Ludacris, Erykah Badu, Friendly Fires, Miike Snow, Fake Blood, Rusko, Sidney Samson, Janelle Monae, Mike Posner, Yolanda Be Cool, Koolism, Kill The Noise, Fenech-Soler and more) 20 Claremont Showgrounds KOOL & THE GANG 20 Perth Zoo SWERVEDRIVER 20 Beck’s Music Box DOVES 21 Metro Freo MARTHA WAINWRIGHT 21 & 22 Beck’s Music Box JOE CAMILLERI 23 Friends Restaurant DOC NEESON 24 Friends Restaurant TUUNG 24 Beck’s Music Box KATIE NOONAN 24 Ellington 25 Kings Park THE PLATTERS / MONROE POWELL 24 & 25 Café Coast Wannanup BONJAH 24 Mojo’s 25 Settlers Tavern 26 Royal Palms Resort 27 Redcliffe On The Murray THE BATS / LAURENCE ARABIA 25 Beck’s Music Box LIOR 25 Fly By Night THE SEARCHERS 25 Friends Restaurant DAME KIRI TE KANAWA & WASO 25 Kings Park
THE BLACK SORROWS, VIKA & LINDA BULL 26 Mundaring Weir Hotel THE PUBLIC OPINION AFRO ORCHESTRA 26 Beck’s Music Box JACK DEJOHNETTE 26 & 28 Astor Theatre IMELDA MAY 27 Beck’s Music Box KONSTANTIN LIFSCHITZ 27 Government House Ballroom
MARCH ARCHIE ROACH 1 Beck’s Music Box JOANNA NEWSOM 2 Beck’s Music Box BANG ON A CAN ALLSTARS 2 State Theatre Centre THE PLATTERS / MONROE POWELL 2 & 3 Friends Restaurant 5 Mundaring Weir Hotel 6 Fly By Night CLARE BOWDITCH 4 Fly By Night DARREN HANLON 5 Fly By Night WILDBIRDS & PEACEDRUMS / AMIINA 3 Beck’s Music Box MOUNT KIMBIE 4 Bakery BEST COAST 4 Beck’s Music Box MUSIC FOR AIRPORTS / BANG ON A CAN ALLSTARS 4 Bishops Garden NANNUP MUSIC FESTIVAL (The Pigram Brothers, Clare Bowditch, Passenger, Shane Howard, Kim Churchill, Oka, Rosie Burgess and more) 4 – 7 Nannup Amphitheatre 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 OMAR SOULEYMAN 5 Beck’s Music Box THE WAIFS 5 Old Broadwater Farm (Busselton) 6 Castelli Estate (Denmark) 8 Performing Arts Centre (Mandurah) 9 Fremantle Arts Centre 10 Astor Theatre NIKOLA SARCEVIC (MILLENCOLIN) 6 Rosemount FUTURE MUSIC (The Chemical Brothers, Dizzee Rascal, Pendulum, MGMT, Mark Ronson & The Business Intl, Ke$ha, The Presets, Leftfield, Plastikman, Steve Angello, Sven Vath, Sander Van Doorn, Steve Aoki, Loco Dice, Don Diablo, Etienne De Crecy, Zane Lowe, Cosmic Gate, The Subs, Sound Of Stereo, James
Friday January 21
with special guests Zarm & Dilip and the Davs (Beer Garden, 7.30pm, $20 entry or $15 before 9pm)
Saturday January 22
CLOSED FOR PRIVATE FUNCTION
Sunday January 23
The Sunshine Brothers with special guests The Crux (Beer Garden, 6-10pm, $10 entry)
Best Coast, March 4, Beck’s Music Box Holroyd and more) 6 Arena Joondalup OS MUTANTES 6 Beck’s Music Box OLD MAN RIVER 6 Indi Bar STEVE REICH’S 2X5, BANG ON A CAN ALLSTARS 6 Perth Concert Hall SOUNDWAVE (Iron Maiden, Queens Of The Stone Age, Slayer, Primus, Slash, Social Distortion, Rob Zombie, Avenged Sevenfold, 30 Seconds To Mars, Stone Sour, Gang Of Four, New Found Glory, Pennywise, Sum 41, Anberlin, The Gaslight Anthem, Third Eye Blind, DevilDriver, Sevendust, Less Than Jake, The Bronx, Monster Magnet, Terror, MxPx, Protest The Hero, Melvins, 36 Crazyfists, Ill Nino, The Ataris, The Starting Line, Bayside, Mad Caddies, The Maine, Trash Talk, Mayday Parade, Foxy Shazam, Never Shout Never, The Blackout, Alesana, Asking Alexandria, All That Remains, High On Fire, Dommin, The Sword, Kylesa, A Skylit Drive, There For Tomorrow, Breathe Carolina, Taking Dawn, I See Stars, Rise To Remain, Nonpoint, Veara, Every Avenue, Sevendust, One Day As A Lion, Bullet For My Valentine, Bring Me The Horizon, Murderdolls, Dimmu Borgir, Millencolin, Coheed & Cambria, The Amity Affliction, Feeder, H20, The Rocket Summer, Saxon, Silverstein, Fucked Up, We The Kings and more) 7 Venue TBC
The Bronx, March 7, Soundwave
KE$HA 7 Challenge Stadium GANG OF FOUR 8 The Bakery GERRY & THE PACEMAKERS 10 Mandurah Performing Arts Centre 11 Mundaring Weir Hotel MARY BLACK 10 Quarry Amphitheatre WAVVES / BLEEDING KNEES CLUB 11 The Bakery IAN MOSS 12 Mundaring Weir Hotel DEAD PREZ 12 Villa RIHANNA 12 Burswood Dome NEW ORLEANS 13 Perth Concert Hall SANTANA 13 Sandalford Estate USHER / TREY SONGZ 15 Burswood Dome CHRIS ISAAK 16 Kings Park STONE TEMPLE PILOTS / GRINSPOON 16 Challenge Stadium JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE 16 & 17 Mojo’s BJ THOMAS 16 Mandurah Performing Arts Centre 18 Regal Theatre UNWRITTEN LAW 17 Capitol SWEET 17 Regal Theatre 18 Bunbury Entertainment Centre BELLE & SEBASTIAN 18 Astor Theatre KATE CEBERANO 19 Mundaring Weir Hotel WEIRD AL YANKOVIC 21 Burswood Theatre KINGS OF LEON 21 NIB Stadium DOOBIE BROTHERS 22 Burswood Dome MF DOOM 25 Metro City
Jimmy Eat World, April 5, Metro City
LIOR 25 Fly By Night DIESEL 26 Fly By Night DAVE HOLE 26 Mundaring Weir Hotel FINNTROLL 28 Capitol NEIL DIAMOND 29 NIB Stadium EDDIE VEDDER 31 Perth Exhibition Centre
APRIL EDDIE VEDDER 1 Perth Exhibition Centre THE SCRIPT / TINIE TEMPAH 2 Challenge Stadium ERIC BIBB 2 Fly By Night GARETH LIDDIARD / DAN KELLY 2 The Bakery LIONEL RICHIE / GUY SEBASTIAN 6 NIB Stadium TIM BARRY 6 The Den JIMMY EAT WORLD 5 Metro City CYNDI LAUPER 5 Burswood Theatre LUKA BLOOM 7 Fly By Night JS-1 / RAHZEL / SUPERNATURAL 8 Villa SUPAFEST (Snoop Dogg, Bow Wow, Nelly, Taio Cruz and more) 10 Joondalup Arena CITY & COLOUR 11 Astor Theatre GOOD CHARLOTTE / SHORT STACK / BOYS LIKE GIRLS 15 Challenge Stadium SNEAKY SOUND SYSTEM 15 Villa SPARKADIA / OPERATOR PLEASE / ALPINE 16 Capitol BARRY MANILOW 16 Sandalford Estate
WEST COAST BLUES ‘N’ ROOTS (Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello & The Attractions, The Cat Empire, Rodrigo Y Gabriella, Gurrumul, Michaelo Franti & Spearhead, Blind Boys Of Alabama with Aaron Neville, Rockwiz Live, Mavis Staples, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Toots & The Maytals, Washington, Ruthie Foster, Grace Jones and more) 17 Fremantle Park DISTURBED, TRIVIUM, AS I LAY DYING 20 Burswood Dome INDIGO GIRLS 21 Perth Concert Hall ZZ TOP 23 Perth Motoplex CHILDREN COLLIDE 25 Amplifier NEIL FINN, PAUL KELLY, LIOR, BEN MERITO 25 Red Hill Auditorium
MAY MAROON 5 1 Burswood Dome CLASS OF 59 / LONNIE LEE 6 Burswood Theatre JUSTIN BEIBER 7 Burswood Dome KYUSS LIVES 11 Capitol AGAINST ME! 11 Rosemount Hotel GROOVIN THE MOO (artists TBA) 14 Hay Park (Bunbury) SUICIDAL TENDENCIES 18 Capitol JOE BONAMASSA 23 Perth Concert Hall JAMES BLUNT 23 Riverside Theatre BEN FOLDS 24 Riverside Drive
THE RED EYES
The Red Eyes
Melbourne reggae superstars The Red Eyes are in town for the Raggamuffin festival next week, but they’ve decided to drop by early for a bunch of their own headlining shows. See them tonight, Thursday, January 20, at the Mustang Bar; Friday, January 21, at Settlers Tavern; Saturday, January 22, at the Prince Of Wales; and Sunday, January 23, at the Indi Bar. They also appear alongside Mary J. Blige, Jimmy Cliff, Maxi Priest and more at Fremantle Oval on Wednesday, January 26 with tickets available from Ticketmaster.
ST JEROME’S LANEWAY FESTIVAL
One look at all the top 10 lists that have come out over the last few weeks and it become more obvious that the St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival might just be this summer’s hottest ticket. On Saturday, February 12, the magnificent setting of the Perth Cultural Centre will play host to a line-up of some of the world’s hottest indie bands all in their prime. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti’s track Round & Round was named the best song of the year by Pitchfork, while Beach House, Deerhunter, Foals, Les Savy Fav, Two Door Cinema Club and Yeasayer all ranked highly in album lists across the world. Head to lanewayfestival.com.au for tickets.
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SATURDAY 22ND JANUARY
HEAVEN, HELL & HOLLYWOOD 80’S STYLE
BAR ORIENT Simon’s Open Mic BELGIAN BEER CAFÉ Ben Pettit BENNY’S Adrian Wilson BOTANICA Bluebottles BLACK BETTY’S Born Into Suffering Crowned Kings BROOKLANDS TAVERN Celebrations Karaoke DEVILLES PAD Jon Madd’s Karaoke CIVIC HOTEL (The Den) Open Mic Night CIVIC HOTEL (Backroom) Eye Spy Higgs Boson The Branson Tramps ELEPHANT & WHEELBARROW Gun Shy Romeos ELLINGTON JAZZ The Carl Mackey Quartet FENIANS Pearce Ward FUSE BAR Nathan Gaunt 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 Karri Harper’Meridith Ndorse MARRI PARK TAVERN Open Mic Night MARKET CITY TAVERN Sean Miller Silent Republic Kings & Sons MERRIWA TAVERN Good Karma MOJO’S Steve Poltz Tracksuit Duo MOON & SIXPENCE Bob & Clem MUSTANG The Red Eyes NEWPORT Hailmary Sonpsilo Circus Ozmonaut PADDY HANNANS Dr Bogus Crazy Craig PADDY MAGUIRES Limerick Lads ROSEMOUNT
Chilling Winston From Deep Within Kevin Got Lucky The Exit Line ROSIE O’GRADY’S (Northbridge) Fenton Wilde ROSIE O’GRADY’S (Fremantle) Clayton Bolger SETTLERS TAVERN That Velvet Echo SOVEREIGN ARMS David Fyffe SWAN LOUNGE Zee Agnes Wizard Sleeve Lee West THE GATE Better Days UNIVERSAL BAR Off The Record VELVET LOUNGE Tomas Ford The Painkillers Adem K’s Community Chest Matt Banham Chris Cobilis WANNEROO TAVERN Keith McDonald X-WRAY CAFÉ Jack Doepel Jazz Quartet
FRIDAY 21.01 AMPLIFIER Sydonia The Meaning Of Brutus Sparring For Shotgun BAKERY Place Of Indigo Arms Like Branches Seams Runner BALLY’S BAR Copy Cat BALMORAL Kate Gilbertson BAR ORIENT Easy Tigers BELMONT TAVERN Good Karma BENNY’S Faces BENTLEY HOTEL Bernadine Grigson BLACK BETTYS J Babies BUSWOOD CASINO Tod Johnston & Peace Love BURRENDAH TAVERN Keith McDonald COMO Tip Top Sound CAPTAIN STIRLING The Blue Bottles CARLISE HOTEL Blaze
CHARLES HOTEL Salsa COTTESLOE BEACH HOTEL Open Mic CIVIC HOTEL (The Den) Born Into Suffering Crowned Kings Afraid Of Heights Refrain Resistance First And Ten CIVIC HOTEL (Backroom) Born Into Suffering Afraid Of Heights Refrain Resistance First & Ten CRAIGIE TAVERN Good Karma DUSK RedStar ELEPHANT & WHEELBARROW Daren Reid ELLINGTON JAZZ CLUB Bronwynn Sprogowski Punky Reggae Party ESS BAR Sonic FENIANS Tom Haron & The Clan FLY BY NIGHT Gasoline Inc FUSE BAR Groove Karaoke GLENGARRY TAVERN The Mustangs GREENWOOD HOTEL Baby Piranhas HALE ROAD HOTEL Slim Jim & The Phatts HILTON PARK BOWLING CLUB Moonshine Sugar HIGH ROAD HOTEL Entourage INDI BAR Abbe May JB O’REILLYS The Healys KULCHA The Whistling Dogs The Lonely Brothers That Velvet Echo KINGSWAY TAVERN Christian Thompson LEFT BANK Bumpy Johnston MANHATTAN’S Autumn Isles The Gizzards The Tumbler Old Croak MARKET CITY TAVERN Matt Burke Kim Mc Donald Jessica Lee MERRIWA TAVERN Aaron Spiers Duo MOON & SIXPENCE Sonic
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MONDAY 24TH JANUARY
ADAM JAMES ROBINSON
PERTH JAZZ SOCIETY (AUST/UK)
‘… A SOULFUL VOICE AND EXPERIENCE GAINED FROM SO MANY DIFFERENT MUSICAL SETTINGS, ADAM IS TRULY A WORLD CLASS PERFORMER, ADAPTABLE TO JUST ABOUT ANY MUSICAL SITUATION ON ANY STAGE, ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD…’
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TUESDAY 25TH JANUARY
Kill Devil Hills, Friday at the Indi Bar
Place Of Indigo, Friday at the Bakery
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MOJO’S Rocket To Memphis Blazin Entrails Marco & The Detroit Caskets Carnies Candy MOUNT HENRY TAVERN Full Circle MUSTANG Harry Deluxe Cheeky Monkeys NEWPORT Everlong NORTH FREO BOWLS CLUB That Velvet Echo Steve Andrews Michael Gabriel James Mittell Elk Gabriel Lee Lachy Banjo Fremantle Ukelelle Collective Brown Dog Saloon The Morning Night Salvage Diver The Moltens NOVOTEL VINES RESORT Acoustic Nights OLD BAILEY TAVERN Zenburger PADDO Entourage PADDY HANNAN’S Blue Gene Crazy Craig PADDY MAGUIRE’S Mayhem PARAMOUNT Flyte PLAYERS BAR (Mandurah) Slim Jim & The Phatts PRINCIPAL MICRO BREWERY Nathan Gaunt RAILWAY HOTEL Nature Zarm Dilip & The Davs ROCKET ROOM Hyte Dexter Jones The Corner Pigeon ROSEMOUNT HOTEL Wing It Delusions Of Grandeur Aztech Suns The Silence In Between ROSIE O’GRADY’S (Northbridge) Blue Gene ROSIE O’GRADY’S (Freo) Hi-NRG SAIL & ANCHOR Switchback SETTLERS TAVERN The Red Eyes SEVENTH AVE BAR Midnight Rambler SUBIACO HOTEL Empire Groove SOUTH ST ALEHOUSE Robbie King Karaoke STAMFORD ARMS Lixy STEVES BAR Adrian Wilson SWINGING PIG Neil Colliss SWAN BASEMENT Undertow MC Dazastah Chekid Cortex SWAN LOUNGE Jasmine Riley & The Distractions Sea Reilly & Tim THE BALMORAL Shawne & Luc THE BOAT Mod Squad THE DEEN James Wilson THE EASTERN MIDLAND The Damien Cripps Band THE GATE
Better Days The Other Guys THE SAINT Threeplay THE SHED Kickstart THE VIC Karin Page Duo UNIVERSAL Nightmoves VIC PARK HOTEL Ivan Ribic WOODVALE TAVERN Mod Squad X-WRAY CAFÉ The Traffic Stoppers
SATURDAY 22.01 AMPLIFIER Further Earth Chasing The Ninth I, Said The Sparrow Frighteners BAKERY La Dispute BALMORAL Retrofit BALLYS BAR Glen Davies BAR ORIENT Better Days BAR 120 Flyte BELGIAN BEER CAFÉ Chris Murphy BENTLEY HOTEL James Wilson BLACK BETTY’S Red Star BROKEN HILL HOTEL The Other Guys BURSWOOD CASINO Courtney Murphy & Murphy’s Lore CHARLES HOTEL West Of October Cydonia Baby Jane Basically Naked CLANCY’S FREO The Fancy Brothers COMO HOTEL Tip Top Sound COMMERCIAL TAVERN Robert Rodoreda CIVIC HOTEL (Backroom) Project Mayhem Chainsaw Hookers Lucille Strychnine Cowboys DEVILLES PAD The Burger Kings DRAKESBROOK TAVERN (Waroona) Pyramid Of The Coyote Anita Downes World a Fuzzy Damian Thomber & The Orphans ELEPHANT & WHEELBARROW Timeout ELLINGTTON JAZZ CLUB James Flynn Standard Time Howie Morgan Melody Whittle FENIANS Shanks Pony FLY BY NIGHT Owen Pallet Jessica Says FREMANTLE ARTS CENTRE Waiting For Andy The Joy Evelation The Shrinkickers GREENWOOD HOTEL In The Groove HIGH ROAD HOTEL Fit Swimmers INDI BAR Toby INDIAN OCEAN BREWING COMPANY Rhyme & Reason KARDINYA TAVERN Worx KINGSLEY TAVERN Neil Adams KINGSWAY TAVERN Dizzy Miss Lizzy JB O’REILLY’S
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Substance, Friday at Villa Black Velvet Band LEOPOLD HOTEL Greg Carter LEFTBANK Raggi Man Mantra MANHATTAN’S Cal Peck & The Tramps Selk & The Bone Singers Big Old Bears METRO FREO HI-NRG MOON & SIXPENCE Blaze MOJO’S Abbe May Mother Machine Gun Amber Fresh Polly Medlen MOUNT HENRY Aaron Woolley MUSTANG The Rusty Pinto Combo The Damien Cripps Band PADDO Cheeky Monkeys PADDY HANNAN’S Decoy PADDY MAGUIRE’S Double Take PARAMOUNT Felix PRINCIPAL MICRO BREWERY Acoustic Inc. ROCKET ROOM Fools Of April Hailmary Ragdoll Nevsky Prospekt Kickstart (Late) ROSEMOUNT HOTEL Drapht Optamus Bitter Belief Creed Birch Smiley Cortext Chekid ROSIE O’GRADY’S (Northbridge) Blue Gene ROSIE O’GRADY’S (Fremantle) Spice QUINDANNING HOTEL Don Walker & The Lucky Strikes SAIL & ANCHOR The Bluebottles SANDLEFORD WINERY Sting SETTLERS TAVERN The Joe Kings STANFORD ARMS Parker Ave SUBIACO HOTEL Off The Record SOUTH BEACH HOTEL Joint Band SOUTH STREET ALEHOUSE Paul Daly & The Heavy Hitters SWINGING PIG Zenburger SWAN LOUNGE Blackjack Caprycon Witness Theory Requiem For Resistance THE BOAT Bill Chidgzey Renegade THE EASTERN MIDLAND Sketch THE GATE Ben Pettit Duo THE MIGHTY QUINN Indigo Alley THE SAINT Threeplay THE SHED Huge THE WANNEROO Christian Thompson UNIVERSAL Soul Corporation WOODVALE TAVERN Slim Jim & The Phatts X-WRAY CAFÉ The Morning Night Brendan Gaspari Chloe McGrath
Waiting 4 Andy, Saturday at the Fremantle Rts Centre
SUNDAY 23.01 BALLY’S BAR Greg Carter BALMORAL Electrophobia BELMONT HOTEL Damien Cripps BENTLEY HOTEL Dove Lee BROKEN HILL Nathan Gaunt BROOKLANDS TAVERN Dom Zurzolo BURSWOOD CASINO 2che Tod Johnston & Peace Love CAPTAIN STIRLING Adrian Wilson COMO HOTEL Acoustic Inc ELLINGTON JAZZ CLUB Jodie Tes FREMANTLE ARTS CENTRE Don Walker & The Lucky Strikes GREENWOOD TAVERN Chris Gibbs Duo HIGH ROAD HOTEL Mike Nayar INDI BAR The Red Eyes INDIAN OCEAN BREWING CO Retriofit JB O’REILLY’S Geoff Symons Heath Marshall Shimmergloom KALAMUNDA HOTEL Stella Donnelly KINGSLEY TAVERN Richard Roberts LAKERS TAVERN Jamie Powers OCEAN BEACH HOTEL Parker Ave MANHATTAN’S Like Junk All Eyes On Saturn HiHello Zeks Mezzanine MOJO’S Sydonia Opia Copious Arkayan MOON & SIXPENCE Cherry Acoustic MUSTANG Peter Busher & The Lone Rangers NEWPORT The Joe Kings PADDY HANNANS Hi-NRG PERTH CULTURAL CENTRE Kate McNaughton Peter Byfield Greg Cunningham John McNair & Keith Anthonisz PONY CLUB Brooke Russell Chris Sealey PUBLICAN BAR Open Mic RAILWAY HOTEL The Sunshine Brothers The Crux ROSIE O’GRADY’S Big Ears SAIL & ANCHOR Other Guys SETTLERS TAVERN Steve Andrews & Sunrise Possee SEVENTH AVE BAR Mia & Good Company SOUTH STREET ALEHOUSE Anthony Nieves STAMFORD ARMS The Midnight Collective Heath Marshall SWINGING PIG Flammin Rascals SWAN BASEMENT SuperSalt Santeria Family Band Adrian Wilson & Slik
Piglet SWAN LOUNGE The P-Whack Express The Seals The Dark Rooms Barrel Monkeys THE BOAT Chris Murphy THE EASTERN HOTEL The Bluebottles THE GATE Better Days Mike Nayar THE SAINT Howie Morgan Project THE SHED The Healy’s Renegade THE PONY CLUB Brooke Russell Chris Sealey VICTORIA PARK HOTEL Nat Ripepi WANNEROO TAVERN Damien Cripps WOODVALE TAVERN Reckless Kelly UNIVERSAL Retrofit
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SCHOOL OF ROCK The good folks at Music Rocks have made it their mission to help get kids at public schools infected by the band bug, and they’re looking for local musicians to help spread the word. Music Rocks started on the belief that school-based music programs only cater to some, and the elite and academic approach to music education simply can’t reach the bulk of youngsters who benefit most from music participation. Using music as a tool to focus on the musical, social and personal development of young participants – their system guarantees success for everyone from elite young musicians to entry level beginners, young people at educational and personal risk and those with disabilities. 2011 is already set to be a massive year for the company, with the West Coast Eagles climbing aboard to deliver the all new Eagles Rock My School presentation, which kicks off next month and will reach more than 300 schools this year. Kosmic Sound and Roland Australia have also enabled the establishment of the Kosmic Ensemble Showroom at Music Rocks HQ in Morley, which will allow young bands access to a state of the art rehearsal space and recording studio. Music Rocks founder and director Dean Blanchard says they’re on the hunt for some ensemble directors. “Although we have the latest and most authentic gear, our equipment is usually not what people talk about,” he says.“They always comment genuinely on their admiration
and wonder they feel for our ensemble directors and you can see it with the way kids and parents follow their every move.” Ensemble directors choose their own hours and have the option of teaching rock and pop ensembles, hip hop programs, songwriting courses, touring regionally or becoming part of production teams for West Coast Eagles and Perth Heat presentations. They also have the option of working in the studio or using the Music Rock vehicles to get the music out to the kids and work in new and exciting environments. A unique teaching system for developing repertoire is easy to learn ensuring that ensemble participant management is ‘a breeze’. The system allows amazing results in ensemble for even beginners. All ensembles perform each school term to crowds of hundreds of people at venues like the Astor Theatre and Charles Hotel. Skills acquired at Music Rocks will render any applicant as one of the best teachers and communicators worldwide, so it won’t just be the kids picking up valuable skills! Add this to the high level of job satisfaction that comes from being the inspiration for countless young people to pursue and learn music and it’s a winwin situation. For more information about Music Rocks Australia and how you can get involved at musicrocks.com.au.
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