HUSKY FOREVER Bleeding Knees Club
What to do when you have nothing to do? Write a song about it and bam! You’ve got a new single, new album and new tour around the country. That’s exactly what Gold Coast band Bleeding Knees Club did. Their ode to all things boredom, Nothing To Do, is the title track for a new album that is a collection of fun and vibrant songs about everything from getting girls to getting high. Taking it on the road for the first time, the duo will start off their WA leg at Scarborough’s Indi Bar on Wednesday, April 25, followed by The Prince of Wales Hotel Bunbury on Thursday, April 26; Amplifier on Friday, April 27, and then Mojos Bar on Saturday, April 28. Click on over to bleedingkneesclub.com to grab your tickets.
Melbournian quartet Husky have been signed to US record label Sub Pop, the one-time home of Nirvana and Soundgarden. The folk four-piece will take a crack at the lucrative American market as the first ever Australian band to join the iconic label. Needless to say the guys deserve a hi-five, and you can give them one when they play the West Coast Blues ‘N’ Roots Festival on Sunday, April 1. Having already supported the likes of Gotye, Laura Marling and Noah And The Whale, we’re predicting these guys are about to go big, so don’t miss your chance to catch their critically lauded live show before their trot overseas. Grab your tickets from westcoastbluesnroots.com.au.
GROWN UP ANIMALS NOW
Straight form New Orleans, USA, genre-bending three-piece Mutemath are coming to Perth for one gig only. Their eagerness to bend the parameters of music and make it their own has seen them enjoy great success since releasing their first self-titled album in 2004 - a success which is sure to be repeated when they unleash their latest album, Odd Soul. On Sunday, May 20, the trio will showcase their new tunes at Amplifier. Tickets are available from moshtix.com.
SLAM DUNK DA FUNK
SLAM (Save Live Australian Music) – a collective of non-politically aligned, independent, local musicloving citizens - are set to celebrate live music venues and the artists that play in them on the first National Slam Day, this Thursday, February 23. Going to a live show at a local pub or club allows you to experience artists for a relatively cheap price, but if that culture is not supported then maybe the music might not either. Participating in the WA sector this year is Clancy’s Fish Pub in Fremantle, Mojos Bar, The Rosemount Hotel, The Paddington Ale House and the Murdoch University Bush Court. Help support it or you’re gonna lose it. You can check out what other artists have had to say for the cause, as well as what’s happening on the day at slamrally.org.
After the completion of the first full Fringe Festival held in Perth, local chanteuse Rachael Dease has come out a winner, becoming the first recipient of the Martin Sims award. The award is created in his honour and bestows upon its winner $10,000 and the title of most promising West Australian work at the Fringe. Rachael won the award for her piece entitled City Of Shadows, which is a song cycle of her own creation that is set to a large backdrop of 1920s photographs from the archives of Sydney’s police records as well as a live violin and cello addition. After winning this award, Rachael has the opportunity to take her performance to fringe festivals around the world. Needless to say; a big congratulations to Rachael on her award and consequent prospects.
Joining the after-school fun that is Frat House Fridays are the duo of youngsters who go by the name of Block Ness Monsters. So while you are enjoying the sensation that is an American frat party with authentic red cups and cheap drinks to fill them with, you can listen to the dudes with the party jams. If you want to see these guys at the launch of Frat House Fridays this Friday, February 24 then do the cool thing and check out Facebook or simply head down to Metro Freo and prepare to get messy!
Well no, not really but chanteuse, storyteller, lover and traveller Sam Buckingham is back home for her Homeward Bound tour. After the success and joys of her 2011 maiden voyage (which included a sold-out supporting set for Aussie pop superstar Washington), she’ll be coming to a town near you anyway she can this year, whether it be by car, plane, train or good ‘ol hitch-hike. This sweet and lovely storyteller will be playing Mojos Bar on Tuesday, February 28. Tickets are $10 from sambuckingham.com.
The Brow Horn Orchestra Added to the already extensive list of artists at the Fairbridge Festival of Folk and World Music, is longtime Aussie singer-songwriter Shane Howard. Howard has been working on his skills for a while now and has a variety of songs handpicked from an extensive career to showcase at the festival. Howard will be joining artists such as My Friend The Chocolate Cake, Seth Lakeman and The Chipolatas. The festival takes place from April 13-15 and ticketing inquiries can be made at fairbridgefestival.com.au.
BACK FROM BUCKINGHAM
With the musical zeitgeist swinging toward reunion tours and celebrating the halcyon era of Australian pub rock, a much-anticipated comeback tour by one of this nation’s greatest musical outfits seems perfectly timed. Having formed in the early ‘90s and been privy to much success after that, Baby Animals have been back performing together now for a couple of years. With enigmatic frontwoman Suzi DeMarchi at the lead vocals again, and the supremely talented Dave Leslie on guitar, this rock’n’roll success story are set to explode when they return to the stage at the Charles Hotel on Friday, March 23, and the Endeavour Hotel in Lancelin on Saturday, March 24. Don’t miss your chance to see them before they become the ‘Old Age Pensioner Animals.’
Block Ness Monsters
LOCAL LOVIN’ FOR FUTURE
Future Music Festival is just around the corner and we are getting pumped. The final line-up additions have just been announced and shit’s going to get real – Anna Lunoe will be in the Pure Blonde Dome, Naik ft Pat from Sugar Army will be playing their first full length set together, Stillwater Giants and Cut & Paste Soundsystem will be tearing up the DFA Stage, local turntablist Junior will showcase his new collaboration with Raji and the Brow Horn Orchestra will be smashing it too. Perth’s tech and progressive exponents Darren J and Progress Inn will be there in good form and trance masters Jason Creek and GeRmAn will also be joining them. Riot Class, Death Disco DJs, Ekko & Sidetrack, Black & Blunt, Mind Electric, Kenny L, Massiv Trav, Valle Zoo, Jack Masel, Lukas Wimmler vs Chris Moro and last but definitely not least – the winner of the Future Of Future DJ Competition will all be hitting the decks. Future Music Festival hits Arena Joondalup on Sunday, March 4. Woop woop!
Australian songwriter Dave Graney will be performing at Mojos Bar in Fremantle on Sunday, February 26, whilst in town for the Perth Writers Festival. Despite being known for his eclectic collaborations, Graney will be kickin’ it solo style on the night. Joining him on the night is everyone’s favourite local electo-pop purveyor Tomas Ford, whose song writing efforts will also be on display with a cabaret showmanship flavour. Soulstress Odette Mercy will also lend her vocals to some classics on the nights, while Adam Brown is sure to entertain with his own rhythm and blues tunes. Tickets will be $15 at the door from 6pm.
NOT SO CHIC
1970s disco hit machine Chic (feat. Nile Rogers)’s show scheduled for Saturday, March 10, at the Fremantle Arts Centre has been cancelled. According to promoters: “Faced with advanced ticket sales well below any reasonable expectations, we have no choice but to do the responsible thing and cancel the event.” Refunds can be obtained from original point of purchase.
NUTS OF THE WORLD UNITE
It’s been quiet on the front lately for Australia’s most notorious hardcore band, Deez Nuts. But while they haven’t made noise in Australia since the Destroy Music Tour last May, they have been conquering the rest of the world. Having toured Europe, Asia and the US with bands like Madball, Parkway Drive, Bring Me To The Horizon and H2O, JJ Peters and his rotating gang of members are preparing to record their third album in the US this Winter but not before they showcase their wares one more time at Amplifier on Saturday, April 21, and YMCA HQ on Sunday, April 22. Tickets can be purchased from both Moshtix and Oztix The shows will coincide with the release of F#*K The World a digital package which includes a documentary, live footage and exclusive interviews.
IN GOOD COMPANY
Out there pop act Bluejuice enjoyed some pretty big highlights these last 12 months, including playing a slew of sold out shows across the east coast, acing their spot at last month’s Big Day Out and dropping their latest album Company, which topped many local music critic’s Year End Lists. Continuing their aural assault in 2012, the band are taking the new album on the road and launching it to the rest of the country, including WA shows on Thursday, April 19, at the Settlers Tavern in Margaret River and then at Capitol on Friday, April 20. Support comes from Melbournian buzz band Loon Lake and postpunk aficionados The Cairos from Brisbane. Tickets are available from Oztix, Moshtix and Heatseeker.
Hurricane Fighter Plane
Just as the doors of perception were detonated 45 years ago, comes a sonic and visual celebration of one of the key turning points in rock’n’roll history. A Psychedelic Reaction will showcase four of WA’s finest exponents of the psychedelic and blues rock genre: Datura, Sonpsilo Circus, The Deep River Collective and Hurricane Fighter Plane. This one-off event will be set to a background of visual effects and colours in a tribute to Bill Graham’s Fillmore East and West Shows in San Francisco as well as the groundbreaking 14 Hour Technicolour Dream experiments conducted in London in 1967. Witness the kaleidoscopic sensory derangement wrought by these experimental local ensembles on Saturday, April 14, at the Fremantle Arts Centre. Tickets are $29 from the venue or Heatseeker. www.xpressmag.com.au