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BLANCHE DUBOIS

Building Bridges Perth sisters Nadija and Adriana Begovich make up Blanche DuBois – who have been performing around Australia for over a decade. Ahead of their performance at The Ellington Jazz Club on Thursday, March 8, one half of the duo, Adriana, sat down with JENNIFER PETERSON-WARD to discuss their sisterly relationship and why it took them four years to release new album Young Heart. Their first studio outing since 2007, recently released LP Young Heart proves that Blanche DuBois’ sound has changed little over the years, but, as guitarist Adriana Begovich attests, a quarrel in the interim became the inspiration for their most autobiographical collection of emotive songs to date. During their four year break from the music industry, the sisters had what Adriana calls their “Noel and Liam Gallagher moment”, after a disagreement left them on non-speaking terms. “We had a bit of a time where we weren’t speaking and it really put a strain on everything – our family, everything, and, of course, the band. It was really awful but we kissed and made up and we’re all the better for it,” she explains. The overall tone of their resulting album is not what one might think. There is no self-pity and little melancholy about the arrangements on Young Heart. “Thematically, this whole album is about that situation we were in,” Adriana explains.“I had also exited a pretty bad relationship…It’s about hitting rock bottom, climbing back up again and seeing that once you’ve gotten back up again you’re all the better for it.The whole album is

FEELS LIKE HOME

Gimme Shelter, the annual fundraiser for the homeless at Fremantle Arts Centre is on again on this Saturday, February 25, with another amazing line-up including Jill Birt and Alsy Macdonald (The Triffids) together with The Morning Night’s Adrian Hoffman, songstress Felicity Groom, balladeer Dave Mann and The Starlight Hotel Choir. Every cent from ticket sales will go directly to feed and nurture the homeless. Tickets are dirt-cheap at $25 plus booking fee in advance from fac.oztix.com.au, Fremantle Arts Centre and usual outlets (or $35 on the door).

RASTA REVIVAL

By popular demand reggae returns to Freo with the rebirth of the infamous Higher Fyah Reggae Club at Bar Orient every Friday! Higher Fyah became known as Freo’s finest reggae club, launching the careers of The Empressions (Australia’s first ladies of dancehall), who have gone on to promote and perform with iconic Jamaican artists such as Anthony B, Cecile and Gyptian. Higher Fyah launches in 2012 on Friday, February 24. Running from 8pm ‘til 1am, the opening party will feature Australian reggae legend General Justice, The Empressions, Mumma Trees and Sista Che, as well as the highly respected turntable skills of Zimbabwean DJ Gridlox, and up-and-coming Kenyan DJ KevzBlaq. Best of all, entry is 100 per cent free!

NIGHT VISION

After 11 years since its last event the Big Night Out is back to showcase the best in local original music. This extravaganza will be held on Saturday, February 25, over two stages at The Den and The Civic Hotel back room. The line-up includes Meaning Of, Animal, Sleeping Giant, Brutus, The Loved Dead, Ben Merito, Nevsky Prospekt, We Build Pyramids and Ozmonaut. Entry is $12 on the door, from 7pm.

TWIST AND SHOUT

about that concept of building a bridge and getting over it.” As the creative process was very much a healing experience for the sisters’ damaged relationship, Adriana explains that the sisters took their time writing and recording the album. “The album was recorded over a month, but that period was spread out over about six months.We would record a week here and then take a week break and then head back into the studio,” she says.“It’s about rediscovering our love for making music and our love for each other.” This record also marks the first time Blanche DuBois has explored co-writing – working with fellow Australian artists Angie Hart (Frente!) and Mick Thomas (Weddings, Parties, Anything) to pen three songs. “Our publisher Mushroom has always encouraged us to write with other artists on their books but we’ve never really taken them up on the offer, primarily because we live so far away,” Adriana explains. “However I had moved over to Melbourne and made a base for myself over there and so we thought ‘why not?’. We were actually really surprised at how well the collaboration process went for us because we’ve only ever written songs with each other before.” Apart from the circumstances of its making, however, Adriana reveals that not much else has changed in their songwriting approach. “2012 marks 10 years of our band. We’ve been doing this since I was 18 and we’re still essentially writing in the same way we always have – I’ll have a basic idea of a guitar progression or a melody and we’ll just build it up together,” she concludes. “It’s really been a natural career progression for us. I honestly believe we’re releasing our best record to date with Young Heart.”

THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE

Catch a very rare free entry (yep you heard us) show at the Rosemount Hotel this Saturday, February 25, featuring the local rock’n’roll trio of Trigger Jackets, the back-in-action The Scotch Of Saint James and newcomers The Vincent Gallows. Action starts from 8pm.

FLOOR PLANS

This Friday, February 24, roll up and roll in to a rock‘n’roll spectacular at Mojo’s Bar! Only just back from circuiting the country with The Kill Devil Hills, rhythm and blues aficionados The Floors will headine the show while sword swallower and knife thrower Matty Blade will be performing his knife throwing act! Eeek! As well as all the punters who love a special rock show High Horse and the Belle Ends are along for the party. Entry for this once in a lifetime crazy show is $15 from 8pm.

SLEEPING GIANT Bearing the terrible clichéd nature of this question, how would you describe your band’s sound? Massive eclectic heavy rock mixed with smooth deltones of awesomeness.

Just five months after their first ever gig, pop-punk trio Twisted Affection is gearing up for their album launch! The band’s highly anticipated debut self-titled album will be released on Friday, February 24, and to celebrate they will be performing tracks at The Rocket Room. Be there or be square.

What do you love about making music? Making music is like making love, you need to hit it hard, then settle in for the long haul, a few twists and turns, building to a crescendo, and then finish with a bang.

MANN POWER

What do you hate about the music industry? The vultures, they’re everywhere man. Don’t sign anything.

The always awesome Dave Mann Collective hit the Indi Bar this Friday, February 24, for their last show before launching their much anticipated fifth album at the Fremantle Arts Centre on Friday, March 9. Support comes from amazing Melbournian singer-songwriter Van Walker, who’ll be showcasing tunes from his latest album Underneath the Radar. Doors open at 8.30pm, entry is $10.

LOVE LOCKDOWN

This Friday, February 24, at Fat Shan’s latest installment of Friday I’m In Love you can catch lofi tunes from the mystical Rabbit Island, some smooth topical hip hop from Mathas, as well as the acoustic stylings of Lee Schneider. Tickets are $10 and available from tickets@fatshanrecords. com.

TO THE MOON AND BACK

This Wednesday, February 22, Going Solo at the Moon late night café presents uber talented outsider tunesmiths in the form of soft-spoken chanteuse Rabbit Island, awesomely talented funkadelic king Nick Allbrook and pop-rock purveyor Ben Witt (The Chemist). Proceedings kick off from 8pm. Entry to the restaurant is always free!

TRASH TALK

Featuring the finest mid-week lineup Perth has seen since Marshall stacks were still cool and bogans drank VB instead of energy drinks,White Trash Heroes Ya Ya’s continues with its fifth show next Friday, February 24. Get down early to catch electro-rock up-and-comers Broken Royale and indie-rock outfits Shimmergloom and Damn Few do their thing live on stage. Doors open at 8pm. 40

Blanche DuBois

Out of all the local folks you’ve played shows with, who’s been one of your favourites? Helmet weren’t too bad, they have an interesting sound – should be a really good band in a couple of years. If you could travel back in time and show one of your musical heroes your tunes, who would it be and why? Bach – just to trip his ass out on where music could end up. What can a punter expect from your upcoming set at the Big Night Out 2012? Massive eclectic heavy rock mixed with smooth deltones of awesomeness. What other acts will be performing with you on the bill? The Meaning Of, Animal, Brutus, The Loved Dead, Ben Merito, Nevsky Prospekt, We Build Pyramids, Ozmonaut. Anything else you’d like to add? About 10 years ago the Big Night Out franchise was born. These gigs quickly turned into one of Perth’s most popular local music gigs. It’s a chance to see a bunch of Perth tops bands from various genres for an extremely low door price of $12. Don’t sit at home and play with yourself. Only losers do that. For song samples from all the bands head to sleepinggiantband.com. Sleeping Giant take to the stage at The Civic Hotel on Saturday, February 25 as part of the Big Night Out 2012. Doors open 7pm and entry is $12 on the door. X-Press – First on the street, Wednesdays

X-Press Magazine #1306  

Wednesday 22nd February, 2012

X-Press Magazine #1306  

Wednesday 22nd February, 2012

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