X-Press â€“ First on the street, Wednesdays
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SUNNS & DAUGHTERS
Doom metal legends Sunn O)) are coming to Perth on Sunday, October 28. Formed in Seattle in 1998, they are known for their extreme volumes and exploration of sonic landscapes. Expect the eerie as the band plays in robes whilst thick layer of fog obscures them. Supporting them is Chicago’s Pelican who visit Perth for the second time. Pelican recently released a new four song EP on Southern Lord entitled Ataraxia/Taraxis. See these two titans along with locals Drowning Horse at Capitol. Head to lifeisnoise.com for more information.
IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT
Melbourne indie rockers Oh Mercy are one of the country’s most consistently brilliant bands of recent times and barely over a year since the release of Great Barrier Grief, they return with Deep Heat through EMI on August 24. Recorded just outside of Portland with Burke Reid (Jack Ladder, The Drones), the first single drops this Friday in Drums. Alexander Gow and his band, which includes Perth ex-pat Simon Okely (formerly of The Preytells), return to WA on their Deep Heat national tour. See them on Thursday, October 4, at Settlers Tavern; Friday, October 5, at the Norfolk Basement; and Saturday, October 6, at The Bakery.
Good times at Big Day Out 2012\ (Photo: Dan Grant)
RED HOT DAY OUT
The announcement of bands set to play the 2013 edition of the Big Day Out happens next week, but in the meantime some facts and clues have been revealed. After a difficult year in 2012, the Perth Big Day Out will return to full-strength in 2013, and it will return to Claremont Showground. The festival now plays out differently to past years, and will happen in Perth on public holiday Monday, January 28. Tickets go on sale at 7pm next Thursday, July 19, for the all-inclusive price of $165, while a limited amount of holographic souvenir tickets go on sale from Monday at General Pants. We’d like to thank the residents and council of Claremont for their tireless and failed efforts to keep the festival away from their affluent suburb.
Music: The Flaming Lips
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HAVE A SIGUR
It was in April, 2006, when Iceland post-rock masters Sigur Ros played their first, and only, show in Perth. Since then they’ve released two new albums including the recently released Valtari, which came after a four year hiatus. Defined by their ethereal sound, Jonsi’s falsetto vocals, and healthy use of bowed guitar, the four-piece finally returns to our part of the world on Tuesday, November 13, for a show in the picturesque surrounds of Belvoir Amphitheatre. This will be one of the best gigs Perth sees in 2012, and you’d be a darn fool to miss. Tickets go on sale this Friday, July 13, at 9am from Ticketmaster. Get in quick! Sigur Ros at Belvoir Amphitheatre is proudly presented by X-Press Magazine.
Sydney indie-psych exponents The Laurels have been the subject of a fair bit of chatter around the traps in the past year or so and this week they will be showing Australia that they can deliver the goods. Their debut album Plains is released this Friday, and the band are setting out on the road to support its release, headlining shows all around the country, including one WA show on Saturday, August 25, at Mojos Bar with two Pond offshoots – Gum (the side project of Jay Watson) and Shiny Joe Ryan (the side project of, yep you guessed it, Joe Ryan). There aren’t any pre-sale tickets for this one, so you’ll want to head down super dooper early on the night to secure your spot.
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Diplo, pulling double duty at Stereosonic
PUMPING ON YOUR STEREO
The line-up for Stereosonic 2012 is out and it’s huge. On the bill for the festival which hits Claremont Showground (subject to council approval) on Saturday, November 25, is Dutch king of the decks Tiësto, Swedish man of the moment Avicii, Scottish dance-floor inducer Calvin Harris, UK MC and singer-songwriter Example, the legendary Carl Cox, Diplo pulls double duty performing sets by himself and with project Major Lazer, Dutch DJ and producer Laidback Luke, Frenchman Martin Solveig, Dutch progressive-trance project Dash Berlin, UK dubstepper Flux Pavilion, young gun Porter Robinson, the one and only Bassnectar, trance-progressive DJ and producer Ørjan Nilsen, British hip hop, grime and dubstep group Foreign Beggars, Atlanta producer Treasure Fingers, Melbourne’s Acid Jacks and Markus Schulz, Sander van Doorn, Infected Mushroom, Chuckie, Mr Oizo, Loco Dice, JFK MSTRKRFT, Excision, Adam Beyer, Aly & Fila, Caspa, Datsik, Joris Voorn, Bingo Players, Tommy Trash, Simon Patterson, Gesaffelstein, Dillon Francis, Zedd, Brondikski, Krewella, Nina Kraviz, Van She, Alvin Risk, Destructo, MaRLo, Beni, Mickey, Kaz James and Feenixpawl will also be playing. Tickets go on sale from Ticketmaster on Thursday, August 2, from 9am local time. An app and a mobile site will be launched shortly but in the meantime, head to stereosonic.com. au for all the deets. Yeah boi! 5
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TAKE THIS WALTZ
Michelle Williams plays Margot, happily married to Lou (Seth Rogen), a good-natured cookbook author. But when Margot meets Daniel (Luke Kirby), a handsome artist that lives across the street, their mutual attraction is undeniable. Warmly human, funny and bittersweet, Take This Waltz deftly avoids romantic clichés and paints an unusually true and unsentimental portrait of adult relationships. Want to win a double pass? Get in now as we have five up for grabs.
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BROW HORN ORCHESTRA
The Brow Horn Orchestra introduces us to their second five track EP Two Fires with an 11 date national tour across three states. The guys check into Perth’s Rosemount on July 13, The Vault and Mojos Bar on July 14, and Clancy’s Fish Pub Dunsborough on July 15. We have two double passes up for grabs to the Rosemount show plus a copy of their new EP. Enter now to be in the running
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TWERK @ THE BAKERY
As footwork, ghetto tech and trap music tears up dance floors around the world, DeadWeight! Crew presents Twerk, a showcase of some of the best music in the scene as played by only Perth’s finest underground music selectors. Headliners include Nebula and Sauss Bauss, so it is sure to be one hell of a party at the Bakery on Friday, July 20! Enter now as we have two double passes up for the taking.
Take This Waltz
When Jo (Ana Villafane) witnesses the gruesome murder of her parents, she becomes a key witness against a notorious crime boss. She is placed into the Witness Protection Program and is relocated to the rural countryside of Montana. We have a whopping ten DVDs to give away so enter now to snag yourself a copy.
Filmed at the MEN Arena in Manchester on December 16, 2011, this stunning Duran Duran live show is the perfect combination of great music, amazing visuals and iconic style which has been the band’s trademark throughout their career. Following the release of their acclaimed All You Need Is Now album, this concert combines new songs from that release with their classic hits. To experience their live show in the comfort of your own lounge room, we have five DVDs and five Blu-rays to giveaway! Enter now for your chance to score one.
Hidden Treasures - Fremantle Winter Music Series is going ‘old school’, taking over the old Fremantle Boys’ School, better known as FTI, for four special nights in July. We’ve got a double pass to giveaway to Thursday, July 19 (Rooster Police, Amani Consort, Ensemble Formidable and Funnilingus); and Friday, July 20, with Trophy Wives, Spank, Dianas and Edie Green. Simply lets us know which show you want to go to.
On Saturday, July 21, Villa Nightclub will be going off with the cream of the crop in electronic music when they host Major Bass! The line-up is insane and features some of the best talent in the biz including Rennie Pilgrem, Cutline and Nick Thayer. The opportunity to see three acts of this calibre, supported by the best of the Boomtick bass elite, in one room on one night is rare-as-hell. We are giving our readers the chance to score one of two double passes we have up for grabs so get in now as this is going to be BIG.
AN ENGLISHMAN, AN IRISHMAN & A SCOTSMAN
It’s that time again for the comedy event of the year: An Englishman, An Irishman And A Scotsman three world class international stand-up comedians flying direct to these Australian shores for an unforgettable night of comedy. We have double passes up for grabs to what is going to be a night filled with belly laughs at the Riverside Theatre on Saturday, July 14. Get in quick as you don’t want to miss this one.
The Big Day Out returns to Claremont Showgrounds on Monday, January 28, which is the Australia Day public holiday. We asked our Facebook fans who they would like to see headline the festival.
Brett One Direction
Anton RHCP, Stone Roses, Bill Withers
Sam Muse can headline the Boiler Room so the rest of us don’t have to listen to their shitty take on dubstep.
Kyles Madonna! Joel The Hives
Justin Rancid, Black Sabbath, Jamie T and Gurthrie
Carla Beck, Radiohead, Prince and anyone else who couldn’t be arsed coming to Perth
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Estonian princess, Maria Minerva (aka Maria Juur) has just announced she’ll be visiting Australian for the first time ever this August. Best known for as one half of the duo mariaUNDmaria, along with her collaborations with LA Vampires, Minerva will play an intimate show in a spectacular location upon the banks of the Swan River, with special guests Mei Saraswati and Leure. It all goes down on Sunday, August 26, at the Maylands Yacht Club. Hit up Oztix for tickets.
TURN UP YOUR RADIO
Now that McDonald’s isn’t moving to Mount Lawley, we can start saving our pennies to help RTRFM stay alive with Radiothon 2012! It costs over 10 grand a week to keep Perth’s finest community radio station alive and that money comes from subscribers, members and the community. The most important fundraising event of the year is Radiothon, which this year runs from Friday, August 17, until Sunday, August 26. By taking out a subscription or making a donation, you go into the draw to win such prizes as a four night trip to Broome for two; a 50cc Piaggio Scooter and accessories; a whopping 250 feature albums; a This Is Nowhere access all areas experience, and a heck-load more. Plus Radiothon is also a good time to party, and some details about the opening weekend party have dropped: it will be a Northbridge-wide blow out on Saturday, August 18, taking place at The Bird, Ya Ya’s, PICA Bar, and The Bakery. Stay tuned for more information.
Shortly after they went on sale on Monday, the massive Mumford & Sons with Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros and Willy Mason show was completely sold out. Did you miss out? Fear not as they’ve added a second show to take place at Belvoir Amphitheatre on Friday, October 12. Tickets go on sale from Ticketmaster this Friday, July 13, at 9am. Don’t miss out!
HIS NAME IS JONAH
Jonah Matranga is coming to Per th in September as part of his Onelinedrawing Australian Tour. Jonah is only doing one show at Amplifier’s The Academy on Wednesday, September 12. With his sound been described as a combination of Nick Drake, Cheap Trick and Sinead O’Connor, he is a man worth seeing especially as he’s worked with the likes of Lupe Fiasco, Deftones and more. Tickets are only available at the door.
Tame Impala Lady Gaga, Photo by: Yoshika Horita
Lady Starlight Burswood Dome Saturday, July 7, 2012 A girl wearing only small balloons pinned to her body, a young man wearing black tights with a green mohawk and a black-and-white skull painted face, a 40-year-old bogan wearing a snap back with a plastic, peach coloured jacket, young girls in coloured wigs of every variety, numerous shoulderpad wearing folk, heavily made up dolls and even some girls wearing literally just white underwear and bras, flocked into the Dome for the Born This Way Ball, a completely outrageous arena show from the queen of pop, Lady Gaga. But first, punters had to endure the ‘entertainment’ of Gaga’s support act, Lady Starlight. Sensibly, a lot of Gaga fans chose to stock up on drinks, get near the Monster Pit at the front of stage or go to the toilet during Starlight’s set. What an utter joke. Starlight was dressed like Jasmine from Aladdin and proceeded to ‘entice’ punters by spinning around on stage, beating the floor with her disco cane, gesturing strange arm movements and wandering in and out of a mini stage within the actual stage. She didn’t even sing. It was a boring slice of mime which did not showcase one measly bit of talent at all. The only reason her ‘set’ seemed appropriate as a support act for Gaga was because it was weird. As soon as the house lights went down, a euphoric communal scream erupted. The little monsters were ready with cameras in hand, bow
WHAT’S THE FREQUENCY?
Progressive surf roots rockers Band Of Frequencies have announced their debut tour of Western Australia in August. The Queenslanders are set to touch down at the Prince Of Wales on Friday, August 3; Quindanning Tavern on Saturday, August 4; Mojos on Sunday, August 5; Indi Bar on Wednesday, August 8; Settlers Tavern on Friday, August 10; Albany’s White Star Hotel on Saturday, August 11; and Clancy’s Fish Pub in Dunsborough on Sunday, August 12.
head-pieces glowing in the dark and hands in the air. Dressed as a glitter alien-like creature, Lady Gaga entered the stage from a massive castle on a ‘horse’ accompanied by her ripped, sexy troupe of dancers down a circular runway. Although the storyline for the Born This Way Ball was difficult to follow – with a large 3D Gaga robotic head floating in and out during certain songs and ranting about ‘being ready to enter earth’ - the kids in the Monster Pit and those already dancing in the stands clearly didn’t care. They grinded, foot-tapped in their high heels and shook their sparkling booties to Gaga as she danced about the stage in an origami dress, a bull-head piece, a revealing, black leather leotard and a plastic long dress with a Ndebele-look-a-like head piece. Running through popular tracks Judas, Americano, Government Hooker, and Electric Chapel from Born This Way, a grand crowd sing-along occurred when Poker Face, Just Dance, Telephone, and Bad Romance smashed through the speakers. There were tender moments – Paparazzi saw Gaga play a victim of the media and Princess Die, a new, slow ballad which Gaga said might not appear on her new album because she doesn’t like to “put a price on music”, saw her take the stage solo, playing a piano attached to a motorbike. She even tried on a wig and a quirky yellow t-shirt which was thrown on stage for the song. But, it was the marijuana which was thrown on stage which fascinated her the most: “it’s basil, what a rip off”. Thoroughly outrageous, egotistical and, at times, manipulative, Gaga put on an incredible live show. Big snaps to her dancers too – they engaged in a mini ‘orgy’ on a plastic meat couch, were exceptionally strong, and beat Usher’s dancers any day. Finishing with the anthemic The Edge Of Glory, all energy was saved for the huge, dance rock tune and final song for the evening, Marry The Night. Even Calvin Harris can’t make people dance like Gaga can. Gaga ooh la la, indeed. _ANNABEL MACLEAN
TONI! TONI! TONI!
Emmy winner and three-time Grammy nominated artist Toni Childs is hitting Aussie soil for a 26 date Because You’re Beautiful winter tour. This tour will see her performing tracks from Keep The Faith, along with well-loved favourites and a special preview of her forthcoming album, Citizens Of The Planet. Childs plays Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre on Wednesday, August 15; Fly By Night on Thursday, August 16; Goldfields Arts Centre on Friday, August 17; Esperance Civic Centre on Saturday, August 18; and Albany Entertainment Centre on Sunday, August 19. Tickets can be purchased from the respective venues.
Tame Impala have revealed that their second album, entitled Lonerism, will be out in October. Your next chance to see them looks to be Parklife on Monday, October 1, but if you were more worldly you could see them at Splendour In The Grass in Byron Bay, Lollapalooza in Chicago, or supporting The Black Keys in Iowa. The first taste of record is Apocalypse Dreams and it’s available for free download now from tameimpala.com. Speaking of those guys, The Bakery is hosting the Gift Of Sound Fundraiser GBF#03 on Sunday, July 22. Raising money so Dada Records Garage can get some better equipment for their free all-ages events, Mink Mussel Creek, Drowning Horse, Usurper Of Modern Medicine, Frozen Ocean¸ Chris Cobilis, Sacred Flower Union, and Craig McElhinney will all hit the stage. On the subject of record shops that put on gigs, Fat Shan Records do it for the love of music, which is why they’re holding a fundraiser at Mojos on Sunday, July 29. Head along from 2pm to catch Amanda Merzdan, The Flower Drums, Jacob Diamond, Our Man In Berlin, Sam Perry, Sean O’Neill, The Silent World, Gerard Mcartney, Heathcote Blue, Mulder acoustic, Lucy Peach, and Rachael Dease. Rock’n’rollers Black Board Minds launch their debut album, What Do You See, at Mojos on Friday, August 17, with support from Rainy Day Women, Deep River Collective, and Jane Azzopardi. Tireless songsmith Benedict Moleta will release his seventh album, Singleton, on Sunday, August 12, at The Bird. The record features Andrew Ewing, Bill Darby, Scott Tomlinson, and Miranda Pollard. Shattering ears since 2009, Scalphunter have readied their new EP, Get On Board With Self Destruction, for launch next week. See them on Friday, July 13, at Amplifier with Grim Fandango, Blazin’ Entrails, Faim, and The Shakeys; and on Saturday, July 14, at the Prince Of Wales with The Decline, Nighthawker, and Fumar Mota.
THIS CHET ATTACK
Melbourne electronica artist Chet Faker has announced a headline national tour in support of his new single Love And Feeling. You can see him at The Bakery on Friday, August 3; and at Mojos on Satuday, August 4. 2012 has been a standout year for the artist, he played SXSW and also The Great Escape Festival in the UK. In March, he released his debut EP Thinking In Textures and he is currently touring Europe with The Temper Trap. For tickets to the shows visit nowbaking. com.au (The Bakery) and Moshtix (Mojos).
IN THE KNXW
Wanna be part of a mid-week musical meeting to remember? Well you best be getting on down to The Bird next Thursday, July 19, to witness Philadelphian beat-maker KNXWLEDGE smash out some crunchy hip hop beats seasoned with dusty soul samples for the first time in Perth ever! Having released tunes on All City, Tres, Klipmode and Hit+Run and pricked the ears of tastemakers like Mary Anne Hobbs and Benji B, KNXWLEDGE has been bubbling under the surface of beat music community for a long time now. Get on down from 8pm, it’s $10 on the door.
DIAMOND IN THE RUFFO Sandi Thom
SANDI WAS A PUNK ROCKER
Cast your mind back to 2006 and you might remember a little ditty called I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker (With Flowers In My Hair). The voice behind that #1 hit was Scottish songstress Sandi Thom, who’s just announced plans to tour the nation in January 2013. Thom will be showcasing tunes from her new album Flesh And Blood, which hits shelves next month. Catch her on Thursday, January 10, at the Fly By Night. Snap up your tickets from flybynight.org. www.xpressmag.com.au
X-Factor finalist and Dancing With The Stars champion Johnny Ruffo will be signing copies of his debut single On Top at the Whitford City Shopping Centre at noon this Saturday, July 14. Head along.
Newly announced dates for Barry Humphries’ Eat Pray Laugh! Farewell Tour means Perth will not miss out on the chance to say goodbye to the legendary comedian. Humphries will perform at the Burswood Theatre next year from Friday, February 1, till Sunday, February 3. Alter egos such as Sir Les Patterson and Dame Edna Everage will be making their final appearances on this big tour. The brand new show is directed by multiaward winning director Simon Phillips. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketek now.
Indie dance trio Rufus are touring the country in August in celebration of their new EP Blue. The boys will play Amplifier on Saturday, August 18; and follow it up on Sunday, August 19, at the Newport Hotel. Earlier this year, the band toured the country on their This Summer tour, playing sold out shows. Their track Talk to Me was picked up by French label Kitsuné who featured the track on their Soleil Mix compilation. Electronic pop artist Elizabeth Rose will support the band on this tour. For tickets, head to Moshtix, Heatseeker or Oztix. 9
THE FLAMING LIPS Wayne’s World Record
There’s no rest for The Flaming Lips. They’ve just broken a world record, released a new album, and there’s another in the works. MATTHEW HOGAN speaks to Wayne Coyne six months out from the band’s first WA show in almost a decade at Southbound. The Flaming Lips & Heady Fwends is out now through Warner Music. What have The Flaming Lips been up to in 2012? In the first half of this year Oklahoma’s favourite sons have written a fight song (based on Race For The Prize) for NBA finalists the Oklahoma City Thunder, broken a Guinness World Record for most gigs played in different cities in 24 hours, released a 24 hour song encased in a gummy foetus, and collaborated with Coldplay main man Chris Martin, pop skank Ke$ha, soul queen Erykah Badu (which resulted in a music video featuring Badu’s nude sister amid much controversy), and Perth’s own Tame
Impala, among others. The collaborations resulted in The Flaming Lips & Heady Fwends, originally a Record Store Day vinyl release. After all those copies sold out, along with the super limited edition which featured the featured artists’ blood encased in the vinyl, a CD version was released last week. At the time of our chat last week, head Lip Wayne Coyne was still recovering from playing shows in Memphis, Clarksdale, Oxford, Jackson, Hattiesburg, Baton Rouge, and New Orleans all in a 24 hour period. “When you think about something like that and you’re
The Flaming Lips three months away from it, you think ‘On that day I’ll sleep til four in the afternoon and I’ll just get up and we’ll start’,” Coyne says. “But that does not happen, you don’t really sleep for five days before then because it’s so much work. So even when we got done with it, we finished and it was probably about 7.30 at night when we actually finished. I was still very wired up until about one o’clock in the morning. Delusional, but wired up. Delusional because I was thinking I was going to sleep for an hour and then go out and party. That was the dumbest thing because I lay down and then I didn’t want to get up for a couple of days!”
While the likes of Jackson Browne and Neon Indian joined them on stage throughout the 24 hour tour, Coyne says it wasn’t about the celebrity or even getting into the record books, it was about the fans. “I think that was the main reason we set it up the way that we did,” he says. “We were in a bus with the TV crew, and there was a bus full of crew, and there was a bus with all the other band members, and there was giant bus full of about 50 of our greatest craziest fans that would be at every show, having breakfast with us, and stopping at places to get gas. Doing everything together, we’d see each other in the middle of the night. That was the real reason I wanted to do it. The world record is fine, I’m not dismissing that at all, but I really like the idea of these really special moments that we get with our fans.” While it might be a while before the Lips do another 24 hour tour, their appetite for day-long activities is still there.“This idea of doing 24 hour things started when we did this song that was six hours long,” he says referring to the track I Found This Star On The Ground. “That made us think we could do a song [7 Skies H3] that was 24 hours long, and so I think this idea of 24 hours had sort of become a thing. I know we’re going to release two movies next year, and a revamped version of our classic documentary Fearless Freaks, and I think we’re going to try to have a thing in theatres, where you go in and spend 24 hours in a theatre watching Flaming Lips movies and documentaries and concerts, and then there will be a quiet time about six hours in starting at about three in the morning where we’ll all be sleeping in sleeping bags in the theatre. I think more and more we’re thinking of events like that.
“I really just pushed full force and ended up doing most of the Bon Iver, Ke$ha, Erykah Badu, My Morning Jacket, and Chris Martin collaborations in January.”
Just really great special once in a lifetime events that we can do with our fans.” Early last year, Coyne and his cronies set out to record new material every month and release itto their fans. This morphed into a project where they collaborated with an artist on a release every other month, and eventually it turned into Heady Fwends, a full-length which features a massive list of collaborators. “ When this year began, I really just pushed full force and ended up doing most of the Bon Iver, Ke$ha, Erykah Badu, My Morning Jacket, and Chris Martin collaborations,” he recalls.“That was all done in January, so you could imagine what those days were like with one day you’re recording with Ke$ha and then two days later you’re recording with Erykah Badu, and then a couple of days later you’re recording with you know... These are all big songs. There’s a lot going on. It’s not nothing. I think by then we’d worked our way into a pretty good way of working very intensely, but efficiently, and getting the most bang out of our buck, or the most out of our time together.” Heady Fwends also features a track called Children Of The Moon, a joint outing with Tame Impala. Coyne recalls meeting the local boys done good. “I think we ran into them about three or four years ago at a festival in Japan, and they’d just got done playing,” he remembers. “They came up to me and gave me a couple of their CDs, and they were bubbling with glee. They confessed to me that they had just taken a bunch of LSD and they wanted to know if I wanted to come and jam with them in their dressing room. I wasn’t able to jam because we were just getting ready to play, and they gave me their CD, and they were just charming. As fun as you could possibly be, and so I was interested in them, and I played their CD as soon as I got home and thought they were really great, freaky, drug-damaged, fun, good, music, stuff. They ended up working with our producer Dave Fridmann, so we knew more about them. And then Kevin [Parker] recently went back to Dave Fridmann with the new Tame Impala album, and they’re just great. “I think that’s the nature of people being interesting, when you get to be around people that are so enthusiastic and so much fun, if the music is as cool as they are, you wonder if they’ve found a special entity in the world. It’s great.” X-Press – First on the street, Wednesdays
Not Today Gaga You know you’re onto something special when a venue turns down Lady Gaga for your band. That’s exactly what happened last week with two-piece rock’n’rollers Jackson Firebird. Guitarist/vocalist Brendan Harvey chats to MATTHEW HOGAN ahead the band’s shows at the X-Press Readers Party this Friday, July 13, at the Hyde Park Hotel; and the Railway Hotel on Saturday, July 14. Australian music and news websites were in disbelief last week as the news had filtered: “Melbourne venue turns away Lady Gaga”. Cherry Bar in Melbourne had been asked by Gaga’s people if they could drop everything and host a party for the pop queen and her hangerson, but the bar wasn’t about to cancel it’s already planned show: Jackson Firebird. Firebird frontman Brendan Harvey and drummer/bottle bin hitter Dale Hudak started making music together in 2006 in their native Mildura in regional Victoria, and they’re risen through the ranks since. Signed to Warner in Australia and P-Vine in Japan, they return to Perth this weekend with their debut album Cock Rockin’ in hand. The last time they were in our parts was for the One Movement Festival. “It was great,” says Harvey of the festival, which was made defunct last year. “I thought it was a very well run festival, and it was just a great thing to have in Australia. I know Big Sound in Brisbane is kind of a similar thing now, but I really like One Movement with the larger festival down on the lawned area. It was great. We did a make a few connections. I think we initially started talking to Shin [Fukuzumi] from P-Vine, which we’re signed
Jackson Firebird with now in Japan. I think that eventuated out of One Movement, so happy days from there on!” Back then they were handing out their five-track EP to anyone who would listen, but now Harvey says they’ve got a much better document of their explosive live sound with Cock Rockin’. “The thing with our band we’ve always found is how hard it is to capture our live sound onto a disc,” he offers.“I think the best thing about Jackson Firebird is the live show. Our main issue was trying to get that sound. We’d done an EP in 2008 and I don’t think that it captured it that well, and I still think it’s quite a hard thing to capture because there’s no visual presence on board. “We wanted to do it on tape, the old school way, and we sort of wanted to do it just for ourselves,” Harvey continues. “Just something to do in our lifetime; just put out an album, and we heard about Mick Wordley through the grapevine, and ended up meeting him at the Fuse Festival in Adelaide. We had a good chat and showed him the EP and he was keen to jump on board, so we made the trek to Adelaide.” The fiery two-piece has been on a road constantly of late with shows at Byron Bay Bluesfest and the UK’s Great Escape Festival, and it seems like now their national album tour just won’t end. “We did all through June and we ended up playing in Mildura on the 30th, and they were all great shows,” Harvey says. “We’re looking forward to bringing it over to Perth and give it a run, and we’re in Cherry Bar tonight in AC/DC Lane, so the album tour is just snowballing through.”
Brow Horn Orchestra
BROW HORN ORCHESTRA Firing On All Cylinders
With tunes that zip gleefully from genre to genre, the Brow Horn Orchestra have been keeping fans and critics alike on their toes since they exploded onto the scene in 2009. JENNIFER PETERSONWARD catches up with them ahead of the their launch shows this Friday, July 13, at the Rosemount Hotel; Saturday, July 14, at The Vault in Booragoon in the arvo, and Mojos Bar at night; and Sunday, July 15, at Clancy’s in Dunsborough. Brow Horn Orchestra, affectionately known as “The Brow”, burst on to the scene in 2009 with their genre-defying musical style and sensational live performance. Marrying the world-building possibilities of genre-mutating pop to funk, soul, world beats and even rap, the self-labeled “brass n’ beats” ensemble www.xpressmag.com.au
make music which sounds about as bold as mainstream music gets. Their recently release second EP Two Fires only continues to show off their eclectic stylings and versatile influences, this time flirting with more electronic sounds than heard on previous releases. “We all love electronic music and we always wanted to make an album with more of those elements,” Karri Harper-Meredith says.“We’re definitely more electronic these days.” Harper-Meredith acknowledges the pressure of producing an album in the shadow of last year’s wildly successful Can’t Afford This Way Of Life, however he claims extensive line-up changes (which have seen no less than six members leave their ranks over the last three years) made the whole creative process much easier this time around.“We had to force it not to be an issue,” he says. “Although it’s less fun with less people, it’s much easier to tour with less members.” With just five members, The Brow have managed to capitalise on their growing fame by making regular trips to the east coast, including, most recently, a seven-date tour of Melbourne and Sydney to showcase Two Fires. While Harper-Meredith says the band is grateful for the opportunity to reach new audiences, he says there’s one major thing he’s found east coast audiences lacking:“They seem to dance less.” With plans to head back to Brisbane in September to take part in music industry event Big Sound, it’s hardly surprising that rumours have begun to surface regarding a possible relocation for the promising young band. However Harper-Meredith is quick to quash them in the bud:“No way. I don’t wanna move to the cold east. It’s not my scene,” he says. For now, he says the Brow are happiest playing to a homegrown crowd. “We’re definitely looking forward to the local shows. Playing four shows in three days is gonna be pretty hectic but it should be a good run,” he says, adding that local audiences should be on the lookout for a special guest at their shows: “Definitely one of the highlights of the tour so far was finding this amazing paper-mâché camel on the side of the road… Hopefully it’ll make it back to Perth with us.” 11
The Times They Are A-Changin’ It’s been 15 long years since the blonde haired Hanson brothers set girls’ hearts a’flutter the world over with the release of MMMBop, and as Isaac Hanson tells EMMA BERGMEIER, the music industry has changed more than he and his brothers could have ever anticipated in the years since they shot to pop stardom. Hanson check into Metro Freo on Saturday, September 22, on their Shout It Out tour. Though it’s mostly been smooth sailing for Isaac, Taylor and Zac in the period following the release of their debut record, the Hanson lads have had to adapt their approach to the business of music as it’s evolved, and Isaac is quick to point out that there have been a few bumps along the way. “Amongst other things, if you know that your new label partner after a multi-national record company consolidation is going to end up being a big hip hop label, get out as quickly as possible – which was unfortunately, basically, the situation we were in for
about a year or so,” he explains of the band’s falling out with Island Def Jam Records when questioned about high and low points in his career. “The music business has been going through an extraordinarily complicated period, maybe its most complicated period in history. Whether it be label consolidations, the change that the broad internet world has had on the way people get their music, whether it be piracy or whether it is the constant changing we see going on culturally and socially on the web, with everyone having their own websites, their
“There’s no question that the advent of social networks and the proliferation of them has been incredibly positive for the band to fan relationship. There are all kinds of extraordinary positives.” own world they see their friends and favourite things through MySpace or Facebook or Twitter or whatever it is, there’s a strange world that’s going to get really creepy sometime soon.” Back in Hanson’s hey-day, there was no such thing as social networking or online marketing, inventions which have innately changed the way bands interact with their fans. “There’s no question that the advent of social networks and the proliferation of them has been incredibly positive for the band to fan relationship.There are all kinds of extraordinary positives. Amongst over things, as an indie band starting out you kind of have a worldwide distribution instantly. And the question becomes, how to start to connect with audiences on an individual and localised basis and how you can get them to connect with you in some form or another. You can definitely find some great stuff that is very local and it can grow from there without having to have a machine behind you. That being said, music is in some form of another a business and has in many centuries past relied on patronage. But ultimately the patronage is the audience. “It’s been a tumultuous time for the music entertainment business as a whole. The world of the internet has changed the game and in that nature, it’s been pretty profound. But there’s a lot of huge positives.” Though the Hanson boys released their eighth studio album Shout It Out in the US back in 2010, the record won’t hit shelves in Australian until later this year, something which this journalist finds a bit odd… “It doesn’t feel weird at all! Actually, it feels really exciting. We’re really very proud of this record and it’s been really fun to tour on it around the world.We just came down from a couple of shows in the Philippines and we hadn’t been there in about five years, and Europe too, so it’s good to get that full-scale tour going on. We actually had been working on getting tour dates for Australia for around a year. We had the right timing and the right people involved to ge the tour scheduled and the response has been really positive. We’re just excited to play it because it’s definitely not old hat for us, it’s always fun!” With eight album’s worth of material to choose from, selecting songs for a set list isn’t always an easy exercise for the Oklahoma based lads. “We consistently play relatively long shows. There are definitely songs that are always consistently part of the show. Where’s The Love and I’ll Come To You, plus singles we’ve released over the years. A band we’ve always been a little bit eclectic. If you listen to Middle Of Nowhere, there’s a pretty wide range of stuff, it leans to a bit Motown-y, and then more pop, and then stuff that’s a little bit funky and raw or the ballads and things like that, so we use quite a wide range of stuff. We just try to make sure that no matter what show you’ve gone to, it’s an interesting and fun experience. We’re music fans first, so our goal is whether or not you’re a fan of the latest record and fully up to date on everything Hanson, or whether you haven’t seen a show in the case of Australian fans, in seven years, or even longer, than you have an experience that is really satisfying for you as a music fan and that is really our goal and we have a lot of fun doing it. Our shows have on average anywhere between 20 to 25 songs.” 12
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At The Gate Of Sethu, the seventh full-length from American technical death metal outfit Nile, sees the band freeing themselves from personal drama. Multi-instrumentalist Karl Sanders tells JESSICA WILLOUGHBY why this album united the band. “For the first time as a band, we are actually working as a unit,” Karl Sanders of Nile explains of the band’s current set-up. “After years of drama, it actually feels like we are finally using all our energy towards the music.” The past six months have been a tumultuous time for these South Carolina death metallers. While recording their latest effort, At The Gate Of Sethu, they encountered an unexpected obstacle. Bassist Chris Lollis, who had been with the band on-and-off since 2007, disappeared. He was not at home with no replies to emails or phone calls. His girlfriend was even left in the lurch. With three months passing and no end in sight, the now-trio did the only thing they could – they replaced him. Guitarist Sanders said they were left with no other choice. “It was a very bad move on his behalf,” he tells X-Press. “It was only just recently he actually contacted us again. Turns out he had legal troubles and decided not to tell anyone. I’d say we’re cool with him now, but he left us in a crap situation. There was just no other way, we had to replace him. We had to finish the album and there was a lot of touring after that. We just couldn’t wait any longer for him to get his shit together. “I guess what really upset me about the whole thing is that he could have just talked to us at the start and we would have been able to sort something out. But now, even if we could have him in the band again, he can’t tour or travel so that causes more issues for us. It would have been nice if it had all worked out differently though.” Todd Ellis was asked to fill Lollis’ void. The three men at Nile’s core trawled through a reserve of videos from past member auditions, with this bassist proving to be a cut above
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Nile the rest. Though Ellis does not feature on their seventh full-length, Sanders notes it was his personality that drew the band to him. “He is just so easy-going,” he says. “Which was exactly what we needed after a long run of fairly demanding members. We tell him what to do and he just does it. And he’s a fantastic player too. We would have liked him to appear on our latest album, but there literally just wasn’t any time with tour dates looming. He was just coming in on weekends to learn the live set. We didn’t want to throw him in the deep end by giving him a whole new album of songs to learn too.” But that did not mean that Ellis did not contribute to the release, even if it was in a small way. He joined bassist Jon Vesano and drummer Pete Hammoura, both former members of the band, on guest vocals. “We’ve always loved to have a few guests on each album,” Sanders says. “Jon makes some good contributions on this one. We also feature some nice clean vocals, which we’ve thrown into past releases from time to time.”
Hardwork Sydney soul punk band Fait Accompli have just released their Spies EP. BENJAMIN COOPER chats to the band ahead of their shows at the Rosemount this Thursday, July 12; Ya Ya’s on Friday, July 13; and the Railway Hotel on Saturday, July 14. There really is no rest for the wicked. Not that Mr Ray, frontman of Sydney soul punks Fait Accompli, is particularly bothered. “We’re packing the van and heading off on the road again. Tonight - Wollongong. Tomorrow - who knows,” he intones gleefully down the line. ���We’ve always made an effort to tour as extensively as possible, heading to regional cities and town where we can.” The opportunity to play outside of the usual capitals is one that the band relishes, with Ray admitting, “The vibe is so different for regional shows. Sometimes it’s harder to get shows in major cities, and you can only play there so often, so we really enjoy heading out whenever we can. Because the population is obviously a lot lower in smaller areas people tend to gather together for a show. Bateman’s Bay [on NSW’s south coast] is a great example: often the whole town shows up and they really get into it. It’s great to see people having a dance, and not worrying about looking cool.”
Punters have no reason to shy away from dancing to the tunes of the band’s latest EP Spies. Eschewing some of the more contemplative sounds of earlier work, the record offers a whole lot of filthy rock grunt. They’re aided by new drummer Ms Skarlett (ex-Chaingang), whose presence frees Ray and bassist Mr Brett to create all kinds of musical mayhem. “We do feel like the band has kind of come full circle,” Ray admits. “Our current line-up is pretty loud, but we’re pretty comfortable with that. My left ear is still ringing, but I can’t be sure if that’s from practicing so hard or watching State of Origin!” The EP was produced by Dylan Adams at his Mr Milk Studios in Sydney, and Ray believes that the slight shifts in their sound are due to the lessons learned through years of recording and self-producing. “We really tried to take our time with this one - we’re generally pretty fast operators so the five days it took us was packed with a lot of work. We have a strong vision of what our sound is, which means we can keep the mix going while we’re recording. We spend the time mixing then and there, so by the time we’ve finished recording all we have to do is get it loud enough and make sure it’s balanced,” he says. Of course the real test of balance and power is what those nearest and dearest - the band’s friends - think of it all. “I can honestly say that the EP has been played at many different volumes at different house parties and people seem to be loving it,” he says. “A lot of people have said they’re really enjoying driving to it, which is great because it means the songs can fit anywhere.” The current tour will see them breaking new ground, with their imminent arrival in Perth hotly anticipated by the band and fans alike. “We’ve always wanted to play in Western Australia, so it’s absolutely a dream come true. We’ve also been really lucky to be booked to play some awesome venues while we’re there. It just feels right to be finally heading over, you know? We’d actually really like to bring a whole lot of our friends’ bands too, just so they can meet all the awesome people in Perth. The bottom line for us, though, is that we’re getting some great responses to the record, which means hopefully we’ll be able to get above ground a bit more. We love playing to more and more people: as long as people are dancing and enjoying themselves, we’re happy too.”
forces and make music under the Set Sail moniker in late 2010 it was for one reason and one reason only - to fund a trip around the world. Mid-2012 finds Set Sail having gone a long way to achieving their ambitious goal of travelling the globe, having visited 40 cities across four continents on a self-funded, busking world tour. “We left Australia with $80 in our pockets and just busked in each city to make enough money to keep travelling,” violinist Josiah Willows explains.“For example, we got into Paris, played until we had enough money to get to Berlin – with about eight Euros to spare – and then we found this big festival in the heart of the city and played there. We just kept repeating that process.” band’s devout fanbase has expanded Jet-setting Sydney-based folk/pop trio far beyondThe their Sydney origins and Willows and his Set Sail drop anchor in WA for the first cohorts made the most of it on tour. “As soon as we announced the tour on Facebook we had all of these time later this week – playing shows people offering us places to stay,” he says. “We spent at the Rosemount Hotel on Friday, close to 100 days in Europe but only spent about seven of those days in hostels, the rest was just crashing with July 13, Saturday, July 14, at The Vault friends and fans.” The keenness of the band’s supporters was (all ages afternoon show), and Mojos proven earlier this year, when lead singer Brandon Bar; and Sunday, July 15, at Clancy’s Hoogenboom was literally forced to ‘set sail’ after being by Australian authorities for breaching his visa Pub in Dunsborough. In honor of this deported conditions. momentous occasion, violinist Josiah As Willow attests, without Hoogenboom’s there would have been very little chance Willows indulges JENNIFER PETERSON- presence that their new EP Hey would have seen the light of day WARD with some travel tales. this side of 2012. “We started writing in New Zealand and then as soon as we got back to Australia Brandon When university dropouts Brandon Hoogenboom, was deported. Not knowing what was happening for Joshua May and Josiah Willows decided to join a month-and-a-half was a lowlight – we thought we’d
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Set Sail have to fly to LA and start from scratch.” Luckily for the trio, a Facebook petition, which attracted over 8,500 signatures of support within a day of its creation, successfully lobbied the government to allow Hoogenboom to stay in Australia. “We were told the support from fans and the media was one of the major reasons he was allowed back,” Willows says. “Finding out Brandon was allowed back into the country has definitely been a highlight of the year so far.” With their singer back on Australian soil, Set Sail were able to finish Hey and are now ready to showcase the new tunes on an epic 18-date national tour, which includes their first ever shows in WA supporting the Brow Horn Orchestra.“Expect a very fun, high-energy, very passionate show,” Willows concludes. “There’s quite a bit of camaraderie between our bands so it should be really fun.”
MARK GARDENER Ridin’ Dirty
With the year 2012 marking the 20th anniversary of the Ride album Going Blank Again, the band’s former singer Mark Gardener is dusting off his acoustic guitar for some Australian shows. While the next generation are strapping on electric guitars and a board full of pedals, the grandfather of shoegaze returns with his acoustic guitar at the Fly By Night on Wednesday, August 1. CHRIS HAVERCROFT reports. Mark Gardener concedes that there is a bit of numerology involved with his current tour of Australia with the 20 th anniversary edition of Going Blank Again being released. Gardener could have gone on mixing songs in his recording studio and had a quiet celebration by himself, but he thought it would be nice to share the anniversary with others. These shows aren’t just focused on that one album, but celebrates his whole 20 plus years in music. “Obviously Ride is a big and significant part of my history, but this is not me coming out and trying to be Ride because that wouldn’t be right either,” says Gardener of the upcoming dates. “I would be stupid to come out and think that people would be interested in only hearing the new music that I am doing and my soundtrack work. There will be a few crowd pleasers and that’s good. It won’t just be a Ride tribute act though.” The choice to play solo on this tour came about as Gardener doesn’t feel totally comfortable playing Ride songs in a band that is not Ride. As he feels more comfortable addressing those songs in the solo set, Perth crowds can expect a few more songs from the Oxford shoegaze quartet. “ S o n g s i s t h e k e y h e re, ” h e s ay s. “Shoegaze or whatever sound you do is only going to work if you have good songs whether it be reggae or whatever style you want to do. If the songs are good and you strip it back to the bare bones and it still works then you have a good song. This is the way that a lot of the songs were written – by using an acoustic guitar. The noise and the long hair were all places that you could hide behind, but I don’t have either of those any more. It is a lot more intimate in that way and it feels right for where I am in my life at the moment.” Gardener has his own recording studio in Oxford that takes a lot of his time and reduces his capacity to do strings of dates on tour. The role of studio producer is one that he has been working towards since his early days in music. During the Ride days Gardener was always keen to demystify the process of the studio and what factors are needed to makes good records. It is this growing knowledge of recording studios that has seen Gardener sought after for soundtrack work. “Soundtrack work is great because the brief is so weird sometimes,” he offers. “With the Upside Down soundtrack I had a director saying make it sound purple. I was thinking what the hell is that! People watch a film and don’t realise why they are being drawn in to the narrative, so it is good to working against people’s dialogue on a soundtrack. In a way it is something that you notice but you don’t really notice also. You don’t want it to be distracting but you do want it to draw people into the narrative. It is interesting then when you watch it in cinemas.” 14
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CHILDISH GAMBINO Royalty
DIRTY PROJECTORS Swing Lo Magellan
No one is going to up and call Dave Longstreth a predictable dude. Following 2009’s art-pop gamechanger Bitte Orca with a record that owes more to an unsteady intersection of John Wesley Harding and Timbaland seems at first glance like a step sideways, and for the most part, it is. Fortunately, the highlights here are staggering; Dance For You is a triumph of pop songwriting nudging the avant-garde, as a spring day gets sideswiped by Charles Ives drowning himself in a duck pond (the two are only a step removed from each other, after all). Impregnable Question is a piece of ‘70s MOR pop that would make Harry Nilsson fly into a drunken rage of envy if he wasn’t already in one, and About to Die is another casual show of brilliance, lyrical nonsense aside (“seize the tablet and redact it”, said nobody, ever). In fact, the lyrics are a recurring problem, as Longstreth – in lieu of an overarching concept – is wont here to undercook a heap of metaphysical garbage, sullying the strong points and burying the weaker songs. Tedium slips in; something unthinkable on prior records. However, the willingness he has to commit himself fully that throws a spotlight on his flaws also permits him to bring his genius into sharp relief, and there’s enough of it here from Longstreth and co. to make Swing Lo Magellan a success.
Everyone’s favorite triple threat Donald Glover – who acts, writes and raps under the moniker Childish Gambino - gave listeners an Independence Day treat hot off the grill when he dropped new mixtape Royalty last week. True to a royal fashion, Gambino boasts assists from kings of the musical realm, including RZA, Schoolboy Q, Ghostface Killah, Danny Brown, Beck and Nipsey Hussle and makes for an an impressive return on wax since his debut Camp dropped late last year to mixed reviews. The tape incorporates all of these superstar collaborators with surprising ease (not an easy task considering all the stylistic differences at play) and pieces together the first release in over a year that’ll remind people why they liked Childish Gambino so much in the first place. As a TV writer and a comedian he’s naturally focused on punchlines and creating moments, which at his best is enormously entertaining and at the worst forced. Regardless of whether the rhymes work or not, Glover’s witty pop-culture referencing is absolutely tothe-minute – whether it be making fun of Chris Brown and Drake’s recent bar brawl on Black Faces or referencing Pitchfork’s infamous review of Camp (they gave it a lowly 1.6 out of 10) on We Ain’t Them. Even Emmy-winning comedienne Tina Fey drops verses on Real Estate. For a successful comic who’s decided to fight for rap legitimacy, Royalty is a pretty sure-footed step in the right direction.
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BONNIWELLS Sneeze Weed
LUKE RUSSELL Second Guesses
Z-Man Records / Anti-Fade Records
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Melbourne trio Bonniwells fit pretty perfectly into the thriving Australian garagerock scene right now. They certainly share an aesthetic with scrappy bands like Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Straight Arrows, Twerps and Royal Headache – that old chestnut of soulful vocals mixed with fuzz-addled power chords. This sound dominates their second LP Sneeze Weed, a follow up 2010’s critically acclaimed Unprofitable Servant. That first album was slightly shaggier and more ragged than their newer offering and unfortunately this lighter sound accounts for a more tired and less original sound. That’s not to say there aren’t some compelling rockers in the week – particularly the high energy From The Sunn which beckons listeners in with a sweeping group chorus and breaks down into bursts of spacey guitar. Though most of the group’s reliance upon lengthy instrumental sessions comes with a satisfying pay-off, some serve as an opportunity to tune out. For example, while Suntan And Freckles commandeers attention with its opening, the chaotic ending provides an easy point of exit from the album. Not all listeners are likely to enjoy the moments of instrumental experimentation, but the varying forms of garage rock that pack the 11 tracks of Sneeze Weed are enough to please existing fans and might even garner them some new ones.
Not to be confused with the Gold Coast footballer of the sam e name, Luke Russell is a philosopher at the University of Sydney, sibling of Sally Seltmann and a multiinstrumentalist with more than tidy exponent of ‘60s referenced pop tunes. It would be easy to say that Russell’s strength is his intelligent and often comic lyrics, but that would be selling his likeable voice, honest guitar playing and pop smarts short. Song titles like the playful You Chose The Wrong Girl, My Girl Is Prematurely Grey and Handsome, But Not Dashingly Handsome certainly offer a window into Russell’s engaging prose. Amidst all the foot tapping and handclap inducing sing-alongs, Russell plays the part of failed romantic to a tee even enlisting his sister Seltmann to provide backing vocals to drive home the point. The more sedate Not Even Nina Simone is a standout as it finds Russell creating a love nest to no avail as he becomes resigned to “drinking for two”. Half A Cow records’ head honcho Nic Dalton liked Second Guesses so much that he joined Russell’s band. The least you could do is jump on the bandwagon. _CHRIS HAVERCROFT
CHARLIE MAYFAIR Fall In Time
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Zachary Cole Smith is the guitarist for buzz Brooklyn band Beach Fossils and like most musicians he has a very fertile bedroom. It is this place that he retreated to when working on songs for his solo project DIIV that he thought may never see the light of day. In the age of blogs and Soundcloud, a bedroom is nowhere near as isolated as it once was and DIIV have evolved into a full band and have a record deal to show for it. Those who are internet savvy would be familiar with the tune Sometime and the debut album Oshin is similarly filled of dream-pop goodness. Smith makes much of the fact that all members of DIIV are ‘water signs’ and the band were briefly named Dive, which may account for why the vocals are immersed well below the shimmery guitars. How Long Have You Known is scant on lyrics which allows it to be carried by a wall of jangle and propulsive drumming. Sonically the tunes roll into each other making Oshin a discrete little package that hits you with different peaks and troughs with each listen, although it is hard to go past the bright melodies of Follow. There has been a resurgence in the sounds of shoegaze over the past few years and DIIV have captured its elements so completely on Oshin that they sound positively authentic. _CHRIS HAVERCROFT www.xpressmag.com.au
Charlie Mayfair’s 2010 EP Watch My Hands was lauded by critics and somewhat hyped by fans around the country upon it’s release, so the recent release of their second EP sure had a lot to live up to – and it seems to have done the job. Though their first offering was certainly an accomplishment, second EP Fall In Time brings a higher level of musical maturity, and takes a step back from that indie standard that now seems to be something we endure rather than enjoy. Hannah Shepard and guitarist Dave di Marco share the task of lead vocals throughout the four-track record, and this proves to be a welcome shake-up; their voices not only complement each other, but have the ability to stand on their own and add that little bit of individuality. Stone is a darker foray into the oft-deemed ‘whimsical’ world of Charlie Mayfair, with exceptional lyricism, a worthy guitar build-up and stunning vocals from di Marco. Tell Her shows off the enhanced use of percussion on this EP, and Shepard’s powerful vocal prowess seizes the song. Final track Blue Water begins in a deceptively ethereal manner, then storms directly into a deeper, charged lyrical ascent, and finishes with just a little poignancy. Charlie Mayfair’s four track EP is just enough of a taster to leave you satisfied, but not enough to stop you from wanting more. _CHLOE PAPAS 15
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HELCHILD: Pirates and Sex Dolls In Outer Space Wild West Comedy Festival presents a mad adventure in the sixth dementia! Experience the satirical characters of Helchild, transformer extrordinare, as she takes us on a wildly drunken misadventure into outer space. You will journey to the dark side, see the master of the universe, witness the celebrity stuck in a worm hole and meet a run-away sex doll fighting for freedom and liberty. Helchild is a powerhouse performer of creative wit and skill. With echos of Python and The Mighty Boosh, this show is a socially philosophic, scientifically absurdist event of universal proportions. SHOWS: Catch Helchild at Rosie O’Grady’s in Northbridge from Aug 30-Sep 1. TICKETS: On sale now from wildwestcomedy.com
After her personal collection of vintage clothing outgrew her wardrobe, and then her home, Irish born Jasmine Campbell decided it was time to bite the bullet and open her own store. And thus, Oh Henry Vintage was born. Named after her husband-to-be, Oh Henry is Campbell’s pride and joy, home to fashions, home wares and accessories from eras past. Decked out to resemble a kitsch old ship sailing the high seas in search of vintage treasure, Oh Henry Vintage is a nautical themed vintage paradise that looks out over William Street. With colour coded racks, friendly staff and super cute merchandise. “I was an avid op shopper as a teen,” Campbell says of the beginnings of her love affair with vintage. She sets the scene: “It was the ’90s and instead of looking like Courtney Love I looked more like Neil from The Young Ones: big flares, cons, band t-shirts and old man cardigans were my staple. In my late teens my fashion repertoire expanded, saving me from spinsterhood and catapulting me into a world of ’60s mod dresses, glam rock shimmer, ’70s prints in bolder colours and everything in-between. “I love vintage for so many reasons: the fabric, colours, cut and style of each garment is so superior to today’s fad fashions. The history each piece is steeped in always makes me pause and think ‘I wonder if the lady wearing this 1950s prom dress fell in love for the first time the night she wore this dress?’. Or did the fellow who wore this ’60s fringed leather jacket rock out at Woodstock? Each piece has its own story.” Though we’ll never know whether the lass wearing the prom dress fell in love, or if the fringed jacket was in fact worn while its owner rocked out, the mysterious history of each vintage piece is intriguing, and has a personality and sense of history that mass produced, modern garments lack. The raven haired Campbell opened her flagship Oh Henry store upstairs on the corner of William Street and Francis Street in Northbridge
Jasmine Campbell of Oh Henry Vintage close to two years ago, and she’s now also the proud manager of a pop up shop at 224a William Street until the end of July. “The pop up shop has been huge so far. I’ve never been so rushed off my feet! I’m sharing the space with my friend Claire, owner of Beleza Vintage who also sources her stock in the USA. The shop is literally bursting at the seams with amazing one off vintage pieces. One of our customers referred to it as ‘vintage nirvana’. The pop up shop is running until July 29 and our winter sale starts today, with 25 per cent off all winter clothing (jackets, coats, jumpers etc) so everyone can afford to look spectacular and stay warm this winter!” Whether you’re on a tight budget or are looking to splurge on something fabulous, Oh Henry has just what the fashion doctor ordered; so don’t delay, check out the massive pop up shop before it closes later this month, or take your time perusing the fashions at the flagship store. You won’t be disappointed.
THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE FREE Stuﬀ To Do When You’re Totally Skint
THE GARDEN Situated just up from the corner of bustling Oxford and Newcastle Streets, The Garden opened in September 2009 and has since become one of Per th’s most popular venues. Originally part of the Old Leederville, the space has been transformed into one of Perth’s greatest outdoor beer gardens adding a sense of flair and fun to the Leederville scene. The Garden is all about sharing great times and good food! Their seasonal menu offers both grazing and more substantial options and plenty of beer and cider on tap and bottled, to quench any thirst. LOCATION: 742 Newcastle Street, Leederville CONTACT: thegarden.net.au, (08) 9202 8282
Just because you’re broke doesn’t mean you can’t have fun in and around town; we’ve rounded up some of the best free events, activities, performances and exhibitions on offer in Perth during winter.
Living Walls (Photo: Jarrad Seng) Living Walls A survey of work by street and mural artists, Living Walls is a must-see exhibition on show now at Form Gallery. Featuring work by Beastman, Jodee Knowles, Sean Morris, Shannon Crees, Andrew Nicholls, Anya Brock, Chris Nixon, Jae Criddle, Amok Island, Steven Christie and Chloe Spiers-Atherden, Living Walls encourages viewers to think differently about mural and street art. Exhibition is on show ’til August 25. Form is located at 357 Murray Street in Perth. The Big Top Olympians Roll up, roll up, to Forrest Place to catch The Big Top Olympians performing free every day until July 21! Grab your kids (or any circus loving friends within reach) and make your way to Forrest Place daily at 10.30am, 12.30pm or 2.30pm to check out the fast paced performances from jugglers, high divers, dancers, gymnasts, hula hoopers and more. Tickets can be collected from 9am in the Murray Street Mall (near Forrest Place entrance) on the day of performance. Find out more at showmeperth.com.au. OnWilliam Magnet Hunt If you’re broke, chances are your fridge won’t be stocked with lush produce but that doesn’t mean it still can’t look pretty! The peeps at OnWilliam challenge you to visit 25 stores in and around William Street to collect limited edition magnets designed by Perth based artist Amok Island. The magnets won’t cost you a dime and collecting them is a great way to discover all of William Street’s awesome businesses. Download a map from onwilliam.com.au.
Light Locker Art Space Light Locker Art Space Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the Light Locker Art Space adorns the walls of Grand Lane in the city with diverse creations by local art practitioners. Light box cabinets come to life when the sun goes down, illuminating contemporary works that traverse mediums such as textiles, photography, visual art, textiles and ceramics. Until the end of August, the Light Locker Art Space will play host to work by Kenya Bedford Armstrong, Lyle Branson, Dale Buckley, Stephen Genovese and Joe Matthiessen. You’ll find the outdoor art space in Grand Lane, which runs alongside Woolworths; enter from Barrack Street or via Murray Street Mall. Find out what’s showing and when by visiting foodchainperth.com/lightlockers. Made On The Left A marketplace which serves up the best independent art, fashion, food and home wares, the Made On The Left Winter Market will take over the State Theatre Centre on Sunday, July 29, and best of all, entry is free! Over 65 small businesses will have stalls at the market, and everything on sale is handmade or fully produced right here in WA. The market runs from 10am-4pm, to find out more hit up madeontheleft.org.au. X-Press – First on the street, Wednesdays
INTERNATIONAL PINT DAY Drink Up! The friendly folks at The Wembley Hotel love a good pint, so much so that they’ve launched their very own International Pint Day, a massive celebration of amber ales from every corner of the globe. Set to take over the Wembley this Saturday, July 14, International Pint Day is sure to quench the thirst of every punter who walks through the Wembley’s doors, and foodies will be pleased to hear that there will also be pint sized beer matched snacks on offer as well. An A to Z of beers and ciders will be on offer throughout the festivities, including Becks, Beez Neez, Bulmers Original Cider, Carlton Draught, Carlton Mid, Dirty Granny Cider, Fat Yak Pale Ale, Little Creatures Bright Ale, Montieths Apple Cider, Peroni Nastro Azzurro, Redback Wheat Beer, Tiger Beer, V.B. and many more. Some of the mouth watering pint sized snacks chefs will be dishing up during the day include Spanish style meatballs in a tomato tapenade, prawn and chilli scotch eggs, tomato bocconcini and basil mini
Pint sized snacks at The Wembley for International Pint Day calzones and crispy fried onion rings with Cajun salt. A day-out that won’t break the bank, International Pint Day will serve up pints for $7.50, with pint sized snacks $7.50 each or four for $26. The Wembley Hotel is located at 344 Cambridge Street in Wembley. Keep up to date with all things International Pint Day related at thewembleyhotel.com.au.
THE WILLIAM STREET BIRD Put A Bird On It Ironic beards? Navy beanies? Vintage blazers cut from deadstock wool? Yep, you’ve found yourself at The William Street Bird. Since it’s inception in 2010, this inner-city bar and live music venue has become the den of choice for the city’s art set. This small venue is tucked away in an old brick building, hidden from the crowds of the Northbridge nightlife. Formerly an optometrist, the building was stripped back, torn down and transformed into an atmospheric performance space and drinking spot. With wooden floors, leather couches and a striking brick bar (built from bricks recovered from the removed internal walls), this intimate venue has a rustic, homely vibe perfect for catching some alternative tunes and up and coming new acts. One of Perth’s most popular small music venues, the Bird has been the launch pad for many indie artists and is favoured by local musicians for its intimacy and unique aesthetic. Fridays and Saturdays are the gig nights here, and past performers have included Detroit-born hip hop artist Waajeed and US psych-pop stalwarts Sun Araw. Regular mid-week event nights DTF (featuring the local scene’s hottest DJs), Bring It Up (an evening of vintage soul, funk and R&B), and Hip Hop Karaoke have
Pizza and Pint at the Flying Scotsman
also proved to be big draw cards, with the hippest of hipsters lining up around the block to gain entry. Even if it’s a haute dog you’re after, they even serve up Bird-Dogs (this isn’t the stale, greasy hot dogs that you might imagine – these people know food, and theirs is gourmet) every Wednesday night. The performance room fits less than 100 or so people, which means you’re likely to find the majority of the crowd sipping on cocktails in the courtyard.
As the Shit Perth People Say video attests, eating out in P-town isn’t always an affordable exercise, with some restaurants charging a small fortune for a tiny slather of meat and a chip or two… which is why X-Press has tracked down some of the best bargain eats in Perth, so that you can fill up without having to mortgage your house (if you haven’t already done so to pay for last night’s dinner). The Hyde Park Hotel is a great place to start. Nestled on the corner of Fitzgerald and Bulwer Streets in North Perth, The Hydey has daily lunch and dinner specials that are delicious and budget friendly; including lunches under $15 from Monday-Friday between 11am and 2.30pm. If you’re serious about parmas, there’s no better place to be on Monday nights than at The Hydey, where you can choose from 15 different parmas served with chips for only $17.50, or with chips and salad for $20. If protein is your vitamin of choice then Chewsday Steak Night at the Hydey is a must. Chow down on a 250gm rump steak for just $13 or a 400gm rump steak for $18; and for an extra $5 you can upgrade your dish to include crumbed calamari, egg and bacon, soft shell crab, pork ribs or grilled prawns – yummo! If you’re dining with friends and have a serious appetite, the steak sandwich for four at the Hyde Park Hotel is great value. For $66 you get enough steak
sandwich and chips to feed an army, and split between four friends it only costs $16.50 each. If cheap pizza and pasta is your idea of heaven then there’s no going past The Moon in Northbridge. Wander into The Moon from Wednesdays to Fridays between 11am-4pm for $11.95 pizza or pasta with a glass of house wine or soft drink; or on Monday and Tuesday nights from 6pm ’til late for $11.95 pizza and pasta plus cheap drinks. Our top picks from the menu include The Spinster pizza, which is adorned with spinach, mushroom, fried onion, fetta and parmesan; and the Arrabbiata Penne, which is chock full of cacciatore sausage, mushroom, kalamata olives, chilli and napoli sauce - perfect fare for cold winter evenings. The Moon is always busy, so reservations are recommended. Lock down your spot by calling (08) 9328 7474. A staple for those who are pinching pennies, Govinda’s Restaurant in Northbridge is probably the best value eatery in Perth. Serving up belly filling vegetarian fare, including more curries than you could poke a samosa at, Govinda’s is open for lunch and dinner from Monday-Friday, with an all-you-can-eatbuffet only costing $10, or $8 if you’re a student. Check it out for yourself at 194 William Street in Northbridge. When the week draws to a close, Sunday sessions at the Flying Scotsman are great value, with the $10 pizza and pint deal attracting plenty of hungry and thirsty punters every weekend. Get your fill at 639 Beaufort Street in Mt Lawley. The key to saving money while eating out is to hunt down weekly specials – we suggest liking your favourite venues on Facebook to keep up with their meal deals, your wallet will thank you!
Steak Sandwich For Four at the Hyde Park Hotel
I HEART PERTH Local And Loving It Kat Black of VJ ZOO When I’m strapped for cash, my favourite free attraction/activity in Perth is…? The Art Gallery of Western Australia is a great place to visit, and apart from big travelling blockbuster exhibitions, it’s free entry.They’re often changing stuff around so there’s always more to see of their world-class collection. And they have great air conditioning so fellow VJ ZOO owner, Jasper and I spent a lot of time there in summer when we were poor art students. When I’m short on cash and thirsty I drink at…? Home until I can save up for a cocktail or two at one of Perth’s brilliant small bars. Or I keep an eye out for specials nights at some of my faves - eg Martini night at 399 Bar. When I’m after a cheap feed I head to…? Utopia. I’m a vegetarian and Perth’s still a bit lacking in that department, but Utopia is always good for a delicious, inexpensive meal. And they were the first Bubble Tea shop in Perth when they opened 11 years ago, so there’s some history there too. When I need a new outfit I make my way to…? Any one of the regular vintage markets held around Perth. And sometimes they have the bonus of entertainment!
Kat Black of VJ ZOO
Drapht When I’m strapped for cash, my favourite free attraction/ activity in Perth is…? Naturally the beaches. Starting the day with a swim and a run along City Beach in summer is something I only realise I take for granted when I’m on tour. When I’m short on cash and thirsty I drink at…? Flying Scotsman, it’s my local and is run by good folks. Plus when I did drink a Sunday rarely went by that I missed the $10 pizza and pint combo. Stella value. When I’m after a cheap feed I head to…? The Greenhouse on St Georges Terrace in the CBD. I have been there twice this week as it is, so I would have to say there. Food is amazing, with the use of seasonal and minimal produce, nice warm fit-out and overall put together really nicely. I recommend the oyster mushrooms. They come with these little potato things that are making my mouth water just at the thought. When I need a new outfit I make my way to…? Highs and Lows in Mt Lawley, really good people, stock a heap of cool gear. One of the best boutique sneaker/ Drapht street wear stores in the country. Invaluable to this city. www.xpressmag.com.au
SECRET GARDEN T h e S e c r e t G a r d e n C a f é ’s menu is fresh, free-range, and homemade. Come in for a quality meal in our laneway location, sit in the back garden to escape the hustle bustle of the city and indulge in our tasty treats and outstanding coffee. Every Monday come and get our hearty Mexican Burrito for $10. On Wednesday mornings we offer eggs any style on toasted sourdough with a coffee for $10. Every Tuesday your choice of American Cheeseburger or Roasted Mushroom and Haloumi Burger with hand cut chips for just $14.
LOCATION:Location: Shop 7/ 329 Murray Street Perth, 6000 CONTACT: 9322-5885, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.secretgardencafe.com.au
ZAMBRERO FRESH MEX Zambrero is more than just fresh healthy food done fast. Opening with a bang in the west recently with two restaurants in Leederville and Mount Lawley, Zambrero has quickly developed a loyal following stemming from an ethos of the integrity of ingredients. One of the more unknown facts about Zambrero is that every time a customer buys a meal from Zambrero the restaurant provides a meal to someone in need. The program is called PLATE4PLATE, developed by Zambrero i t i s ve r y d i r e c t a n d transparent, and has fed almost 800,000 children in Africa since the program began last April.
LOCATION:Newcastle St, Leederville (Opposite The Garden), 625 Beaufort St, Mt Lawley (Opposite Planet Books) CONTACT: zambrero.com
AUSTRALIAN BARISTA ACADEMY A cheap and cheerful daily indulgence for most, coffee is serious business for office workers braving the nine to five. Dedicated to serving up good coffee and educating others so that they can do the same, Juliana Nobre was recently awarded the top prize the 2012 Western Australian Barista Championships, and her journey to the title started five years ago when she began her career as a barista. “Back then I never thought I would win one day. Being so passionate about what you do and being recognised for it feels amazing,” she says. For the 2012 Western Australian Championship she used 5 Senses Coffee Roasters who sponsored and roasted her coffees. For her signature drink she picked flavours that complimented and represented the natural flavours in her espresso blend. “It was served in two glasses, the first glass was a warm drink made of a reduction of lychees and green grapes,” she says. The second glass was cold and filled with non-alcoholic Semillon grape juice.“Both glasses were then topped up with an infusion of limes, dry rose petals and espresso coffee,” she concludes of her winning coffee. The title did not reap any rewards in terms of prizes but it still offered her some special opportunities. “The biggest accomplishment is the recognition within the specialty coffee industry and also being able to travel and compete on a national and international level.” Nobre divides her time between being a barista trainer for Australian Barista Academy in Northbridge and working for a coffee shop, Bench Espresso. The Australian Barista Academy runs training courses for all levels of baristas from introductory to advanced as well as offering corporate packages. The Academy is open for businesses to hire it out for half days, full days or a whole week. It also offers state-ofthe-art brewing equipment so café owners can train their staff to a high standard. Nobre recommends coffee training courses
Juliana Nobre to people who are interested in learning more about coffee. “This includes professional baristas, coffee enthusiasts and home baristas who want to make the most of their equipment,” she says. As to what makes the perfect espresso blend, Nobre says it’s all about balance.“Being a barista is constant striving for perfection but a really nice espresso blend is a balance between sweetness, acidity, bitterness and flavours from the coffees being used.” She says the best cafes and baristas keep it simple by using only two to three origins in their blends. “Look for quality coffee and freshly roasted coffee is a big part of it,” she says. She adds that if you are buying coffee that you should make sure it is freshly roasted because coffee only has three or four weeks of shelf life after it has been roasted. “There’s almost no price difference between quality coffee and non-quality coffee, so make sure you are making the best out of your money by buying coffee that has been freshly roasted by a good local coffee roasters.” Find out more about The Australian Barista Academy at baristaacademy.com.au
CUT PRICE COMEDY
SNAGS AND SONS Perth’s very first sausage shop nestled in urban Leederville, Snags and Sons offers hungry punters a nostalgic European style deli with a modern twist. The grazing style menu is full of choices, with sausages, salads, smallgoods and even options for those with a sweet tooth. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week, Snags and Sons is home to bratwurst, kransky, boerwors, salsicce, traditional pork sausages plus vegetarian, gluten free and kids choices.
Stand-up is big business these days. And big business means big ticket prices. However, cut-price comedy shows are cropping up all over as big names book themselves into small venues to road test new material and up-and-comers take to the stage in the hopes of making it big. Here are some regular events happening around town where you can bag a comedy bargain.
Every Tuesday from 8pm Lazy Susan’s Comedy Den (above The Brisbane) plays host to Shapiro Tuesday - a night of experimentation and comedy chaos. This is where first time comedians come to pop their cherries and professionals bust out new material. See the great alongside the gruesome all for $5.
HA HA’S AT YA YA’S
LOCATION: 749 Newcastle Street, Leederville CONTACT: snagsandsons.com.au
Chris ‘The Bloke’ Franklin hits up Ya Ya’s
If you suffer from the usual hump day blues, why not cheer yourself up with a spot of fine comedy at one of Perth’s most exciting small venues? Ya Ya’s is set to play host to a fortnightly comedy night on Wednesdays which will showcase some of the best of local and international comedic talent. This Wednesday, July 11, catch the bogan stylings of ARIA-nominated Chris ‘The Bloke’ Franklin, 2012 WA Raw Comedy winner Jon Pinder and a bunch of other talented local acts from 7.30pm. Tickets are just $10 (or $6 for students).
CHEEKY AFTER WORK COMEDY
Up to 15 open mic comedians will have you laughing as you get your midweek comedy fix at The Cheeky Sparrow every second Wednesday from 6pm. Entry is just $5. This Wednesday, July 11, twelve of this city’s finest up-and-comers are set to impress, plus local comedy bigwig Jeff Hewitt will bring his unique brand of dark comedy as the evening’s MC.
If you like your comedy a little more literary, look no further than Barefaced Stories for honest, risk-taking, refreshing entertainment that hits the spot! On the last Tuesday of every month, Perth’s best solo raconteurs – from comedians to pro wrestlers and everyone in between – come together to tell their tallest of tales. The next incarnation is themed ‘Under The Covers’ and will be a night of steamy, stormy and spy-tastic stories. Duck under the doona on Tuesday, July 31, at The William Street Bird from 7.30pm. Tickets are $10 on the door.
WILD WEST COMEDY FESTIVAL
If you’re on the hunt for top notch comedy on a budget, look no further than this year’s Wild West Comedy Festival. There are truckloads of shows which will only set you back around 20 bucks, including Two Blokes And A Bro where three rising stars of Perth comedy get together for a big night of laughs on Thursday, August 23, at Rosie O’Grady’s. Don’t miss out on a fantastic opportunity to see three comedians for the price of one! Hit up wildwestcomedy.oztix.com.au for tickets. _JENNIFER PETERSON-WARD 20
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The Blue Room Theatre’s Summer Nights program is always a popular event and organisers are currently on the hunt for producers, performers, key creatives and theatre makers who want to get involved in the forthcoming season. A brand new lineup of shorter works, entitled 600 Seconds, will be launched in 2013 and the team behind this new concept are seeking expressions of interest from artists to create a new piece of performance no more than ten minutes long. Applications to Summer Nights and 600 Seconds close on Friday, July 27. All applicants must be Blue Room members, to become a member contact sally@ blueroom.org.au or phone (08) 9227 7005.
Briana Bluebell headlines Hooray For Hollywood
FLY BY BURLESQUE
A shrine usually reserved for the worship of music, the Fly By Night will play host to a bevy of beauties this weekend when Sugar Blue Burlesque return with their latest show, Hooray For Hollywood. Head to the Fly on Saturday, July 14, to catch the likes of Miss Burlesque Australia 2012 Briana Bluebell take to the stage, alongside local lasses Coco Poppin, Sapphire Demure, Agatha Frisky, Ruby Slippers, Kitty Litteur and Cecile Mimieux. Perth comedian Bonnie Davis will host the night, sharing her own saucy comedy to spice up proceedings. Dress in your finest eveningwear or come as a Hollywood legend to win prizes. Tickets can be booked through flybynight.org or by phoning (08) 9430 5976.
The story of five strong women whose music and attitudes influenced the development of modern music, queer lifestyles and racial tolerance is coming to the Ellington Jazz Club. A Saucy Little Secret is a modern theatre cabaret combining five saucy monologues with the blues music. The sounds of Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Gladys Bentley, Ethel Waters and Alberta Hunter will be brought to life by some of Perth’s best musicians including Kali Caramia, Libby Hammer, Odette Mercy, Natalie Gillespie and Harry Deluxe. The season starts on Monday, July 30, and runs until Saturday, August 4. Bookings can be made through ellingtonjazz.com.au.
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Get ready for some big laughs because The Big HooHaa is getting ready to celebrate their 10th birthday and we’re sure their celebratory bash is going to be a doozy. Ten comics will go head-to-head for your comedic benefit at His Majesty’s Theatre on Friday, July 27. The Big Hoo-Haa made a name for itself at The Fremantle Hotel before moving to the freshly renovated Lazy Susan’s Comedy Den. After launching the careers of comic talents like Tim Minchin and Claire Hooper a new breed of comics will face off against the original members in a gladiator like battle. Sam Longley, Damon Lockwood, Sean Walsh and Andrea Gibbs are just some of the comics guaranteed to make you giggle. Bookings can be made through BOCS.
BEAM ME UP
Trekkies are invited to boldly go where no man has gone before later this month when Star Trek returns to the big screen once more as Luna Cinemas in Leederville celebrates the show’s 25th anniversary. Beam into Luna on Thursday, July 26, to catch two of the most popular Next Generation episodes: 106 Where No One Has Gone Before and 114 Datalore, which have both undergone a $10 million restoration with enhanced special effects. As a special treat for fans, the screening will also include a behind the scenes look at the restoration of season one as well as interviews with cast and crew. Find out more at lunapalace.com.au.
The Amazing Spider-Man
THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN
Does Whatever A Spider Can Directed by Marc Webb Starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Sally Field, Martin Sheen Take your mind back to the release of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man, just 10 years ago in 2002, when superhero films weren’t the mainstays of cinema as they are now, with 1999’s X-Men only just starting the flood of next generation comic book adaptations. A short decade later we find ourselves looking at box office statistics and wondering how Hollywood survived so long without Marvel or DC supplying box office content. Spider-Man rounded off as a trilogy with the truly horrible and uninspiring Spider-Man 3, released just five years ago, and after a tiny amount of time we’re given a reboot with Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man. This is an honest to god reboot of the film series, with nothing from the earlier trilogy being carried over or even considered - and that is for the best. For this adaptation the writers went back to the original comic book series of the same title. So instead of Mary Jane as Spidey’s love interest we have Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), Peter Parker’s original high school crush. Instead of Spider-Man developing a way of shooting his webbing organically, he invents his own web shooter wrist mounts, as he always did. But let’s get down the plot, for those somehow not familiar with the superhero. Peter Parker (played by Andrew Garfield) is your average high school student, a lone wolf who was orphaned
at a young age. One day he comes across his father’s old briefcase containing the genetic research he was doing with a Dr Curtis Conner. Tracking Dr. Connor leads Parker to Oscorp where he finds a strange room of engineered spiders, one of which bites the back of his neck giving him some spider-like abilities. As he comes to terms with a personal loss, his path for revenge is shown with deliberate care and time. Peter first throws himself unmasked into the dark alleys of the city trying to track down a murderer. Like a foolish kid with a loaded weapon he fumbles his way around the city until getting more serious and training up his strength and abilities. Something we don’t often see in origin stories such as this - an actual explanation of his origins and not just waking up one morning armed to the teeth with abilities. The things they nailed with Spidey they nail well. The all important suit he dons is the most realistic yet, looking more like a set of motocross leathers. Also his spidey-senses, those razor sharp reflexes that save his ass, have always been something that has been hard to translate to the screen, but Marc Webb does a great job with sharp visual and audio cues instead of the usual bullet-time effect. We are also given lots of cool shots looking through Spider-Man’s mask, as he flings himself over the city skyscrapers. But with just over a month since Marvel released their climatic epic The Avengers, I can’t help but think this was a poorly timed release. Audiences could definitely be starting to feel superhero fatigue and could overlook what is truly the best interpretation of Spider-Man to date. _TOM VARIAN
NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN He Wants A Baby
Directed by Peter Templeman Starring Ryan Kwanten, Sarah Snook, Ryan Corr, Bojana Novakovic It’s not a concept that’s seen often in cinema – a young Aussie bloke diagnosed with testicular cancer begging his ex-girlfriends, chicks he’s had flings with and – eventually random lesbian couples – to have a baby with him. Jonah (Ryan Kwanten) is a chilled out, young dude who lives in a share house and likes to party. Well, that’s until he’s diagnosed with testicular cancer after getting half a gobbie from a random chick (she notices a lump) at one of the regular parties he and his housemates host. Set in Sydney, this is Perth’s own Oscarnominated director Peter Templeman’s debut feature film. Wanting to capture his good, party years of living in a share house with mates back in the day in Scarborough, the camera weaves in and out of a tightly packed kitchen as 20-somethings head bang, drop pills, skull beer, drip in sweat and dance to the likes of Heavy Soul by The Black Keys and Mammalian Locomotion by local rocker Abbe May. It feels like you’re in the kitchen soaking it all up. Gus (Ryan Corr) and Stevie (Sarah Snook) are Jonah’s best friends and house mates. They both react in very different ways when Jonah reveals that he’s got testicular cancer – Stevie is shocked and upset and, although Gus is too, he hesitantly asks Jonah “what do they do with the ball? Do you get to see it afterwards?” when speaking about Jonah’s upcoming operation to remove his left testicle. It is these natural, comedic moments littered throughout the film which make Not Suitable For Children an uplifting and heroic film, beautifully combining tragedy with a touch of classic, Australian humour. After learning that his sperm failed the freezing process (yes, you learn something new in every film – apparently this can happen!) and that he’s got three weeks left of fertility until the operation, Jonah decides he wants to become a father. Desperately. It is this desire which spawns many of the funny moments in the film as Jonah confronts all his past lovers and girlfriends and asks each of them if they’d like to have a baby with him. He doesn’t tell them the true reason behind his desire to become a dad which makes each www.xpressmag.com.au
Not Suitable For Children confrontation and girl’s reaction all that more funny and awkward. There’s an awkward scene in which Stevie hooks Jonah up with a lesbian couple from her work and they have a meeting to discuss Jonah’s capabilities as a father – he talks about creating YouTube videos and other un-fatherly activities. And, when Jonah walks past kids playing in a playground, and grips onto the fence yearning and starring at the children frolicking about, it makes for another hilarious moment when the female teacher looks at him cautiously and takes the children inside. Kwanten and Snook are great on screen together and Corr brings out many of the brilliant ‘in the moment’ one liners in the film. But, it is the tender moments between Jonah and Stevie which really bring this film to life. The close-up shot of Stevie cuddling a baby, accidently knocking its head when taking it out of the car and realising her oppressed love for children is one of the best moments in the film. The delicate, awkward moments of two best friends in bed trying to have sex for purposes of instant procreation instead of love is also showcased brilliantly. Aided by one of the best music scores which pays tribute to a few brilliant upcoming bands and established rockers of today, Not Suitable For Children is a beautiful debut feature film from Templeman, sprinkling humour through a tragic and untold storyline in cinema. _ANNABEL MACLEAN 21
HYSTERIA No Big O
Directed By Tanya Wexler Starring Hugh Dancy, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jonathan Pryce, Rupert Everett, Felicity Jones Less titillating than its premise would suggest, leisurely paced two-hour period drama Hysteria nevertheless charms in unexpected ways and is a reasonably tasty banquet for the same Anglophiles who embrace Downton Abbey and devour the novels of Austen and her contemporaries. The film’s story centers on Dr. Mortimer Granville (a wonderfully proper Hugh Dancy), a modern-thinking physician struggling against a medical establishment mired in the age of bleeding and leeching. Fired from his most recent post for insisting on following the tenets of germ theory, he struggles to find a new job – until he eventually lands one as the assistant to Dr. Robert Dalrymple (Jonathan Pryce), whose private practice specialises in treating upper-class women. Specifically, he deals with what he says is an epidemic of “hysteria,” a then-popular diagnosis only for women. Its cause was thought to be “a wandering uterus” and its treatment is what Dalrymple refers to as “pelvic massage,” performed on clothed women with their drawers off and their feet up in stirrups, under a drape with plenty of “medicinal oils”. Dalrymple keeps at it for 45 minutes or so, until they achieve a paroxysm – in other words, he’s finger-banging them until they reach orgasm. But it’s all in the name of medicine, of course.
The procedure for treating “hysteria” continues to evolve when, after suffering from a serious case of RSI, Granville enlists the help of a wealthy dilettante inventor (played by a typically camp Rupert Everett). That, in a roundabout way, is how the vibrator comes into being. Dalrymple is so pleased with Granville’s invention that he grooms him as his successor and sets him up with his demure and prudish daughter Emily (played with just the right mix of childish naivety and properness by Felicity Jones). But all bets are off once the young, idealistic doctor is introduced to Dalrymple’s other daughter, Charlotte (the scene stealing Maggie Gyllenhaal), a suffragette who campaigns for women’s rights and runs a center to help feed and educate the poor. Although it’s not particularly hard to predict which sister will ultimately win Granville’s affections, the screenplay does a reasonably skillful job of interweaving its subplots and creating some mild surprises. This is a programmatically feel-good movie whose tempered optimism and insistence that it’s never too late to leave your comfort zone and explore new horizons stays mostly (but not always) on the safe side of sentimentality. Director Tanya Wexler re-creates the costumes and trappings of the 1800s nicely, but unfortunately she stuffs the corsets and carriages with one dimensional characters and a bogus subplot, in which Charlotte’s tangle with a policeman over an unpaid debt threatens to land her in a hospital for the criminally insane and facing a hysterectomy. Despite its charming cast and stunning set design this historical reimagining doesn’t induce a big O. _JENNIFER PETERSON-WARD
Genevieve Bailey and Giorgi behind the scenes on I Am Eleven
GENEVIEVE BAILEY Coming Of Age
Six years in the making, Genevieve Bailey’s uplifting documentary about that pivotal period between childhood and adolescence is finally hitting the big screens, and as critics and audiences alike will attest, it’s a joyous and heartwarming piece of cinema well worth the price of admission. An independent production, I Am Eleven gives voices to members of society who are usually overlooked, and quashes common stereotypes about tweens (despite what popular culture leads us to believe, 11 year olds have much bigger things going on in their lives than Justin Bieber and One Direction). Over the course of 2005-2010, Bailey travelled the world in search of 11 year olds with stories to tell, visiting 15 countries, including far flung locations such as Bulgaria, Japan, Morocco and India in the process. “When I started making the film back in 2005 I decided early on that I didn’t want to go to schools to find the 11 year olds, even though that’s probably the easiest place to go; I wanted to find them in a more random, organic way,” Bailey explains when asked about her approach to locating interview subjects. “I started finding such amazing personalities in that organic fashion so I decided to stick to that. So I would hit the streets and talk to people in market places or in shops or ask friends or friends of friends if they knew people in different cities… I hit the ground and put the leg work in to find these kids and I found them in such fun ways that that became part of my adventure.” When you’re an adult it’s easy to forget that 11 year olds have opinions on issues that exist outside
of the playground, including typically adult topics, something which surprised Bailey and her subjects’ parents. Take for instance Remi, a charismatic boy (for want of a better word) from Maguelone in France, who is full of mature insights and aspirations. Bailey reveals that even Remi’s parents were surprised to learn about their son’s take on poignant matters such as global warming and homophobia. “I even had that response from parents who were like ‘wow, I didn’t know my kid had opinions on such things’. Remi’s mum helped me translate the interview and she said ‘it’s really nice to hear because we don’t talk about global warming at the dinner table’. [When I was doing the interviews] we were just hanging out, it wasn’t like there was a boom pole hanging over their bed and I wasn’t lighting their loungeroom, so it was intimate and relaxed.” Though the documentary touches on plenty of heavy issues, Bailey is quick to point out that as a whole, I Am Eleven is distinctly optimistic and upbeat.“Documentaries can sometimes be very dense and very important but they leave you feeling a bit flat about the state of the world but this film makes you laugh. “The whole project has probably been the biggest life lesson I’ll ever experience. I’ve learnt so much from each of the kids, especially from the kids in India who have such a sense of resilience in the face of adversity.” Catch screenings of I Am Eleven at Cinema Paradiso followed by Q&As with Genevieve Bailey on Thursday, July 12, at 7pm; Saturday, July 14, and Sunday, July 15, at 1.30pm. Bookings via lunapalace.com.au. _EMMA BERGMEIER
Legion 49 by Barry William Hale
WINDOWS TO THE SACRED It’s A Kind Of Magic An exhibition devoted to esoteric and spiritual art, Windows To The Sacred opens - appropriately enough - on Friday, July 13, at Buratti Fine Art in North Fremantle. When X-Press speaks to Barry William Hale, a man acknowledged as one of the leading exponents of esoteric art in Australia, he’s very busy, preparing not only for the opening of the new exhibition featuring his art, but also for a show at Revelation Perth International Film Festival with Noko, the cross-medium magical performance group of which he is a member. ‘Magical,’ in this case, may be a redundant adjective, as Hale explains: “I’ve always tried to use esoteric art practices within my own art through a contemporary kind of lens. I think that all of the artwork that I produce is a residue of my occult practices. I kind of see that, in exploring different modes of altered states, and different types of ritual magic and meditative stuff, I express that content through my art practice. It’s fairly integrated, I suppose, and that’s the source from which my inspiration comes from - from my own personal practice.” Hale has built a career out of his willingness to transcend boundaries, mixing media as well as spiritual traditions in order to create works that are simultaneously both wholly new and redolent of ancient religious and mystical patterns. In a way, no matter what the medium, Hale’s chosen from is the collage, as he draws on various disparate - and arguably 22
incongruous - philosophies in order to make his statements. “I don’t try and tie everything exclusively together,” he explains. “I’ve travelled a lot and I’ve always been a seeker of spiritual traditions, so I’ve had exposure to Voudon and various forms of Santeria when I spent a lot of time in Mexico. I couldn’t help but be influenced by the aesthetic expression of that culture, and especially stuff that dealt with a pure folk form that I found very, very vibrant - kind of refined over the years and reaching a rich stylism.” Indeed, Hale points out that the adoption of outside practices is common in the European mystical world, saying “In the Western Esoteric Tradition, there have always been collisions between cultures and different spiritual practices, from Yoga in the late 1800s being integrated into English esoteric groups. I think it’s very important to be respectful and mindful that these traditions are a pure expression of a cultural spirituality.” Ultimately, Hale sees the line between art and magic as largely illusory. “Magical practice is a voyage towards a pure expression of the self. In some ways, magic reverts the issue and takes away a lot of the ways you’ve been taught to perceive yourself - it’s kind of like reverse engineering. It’s an old axiom among esoteric traditions and I think what they’re saying is that being in touch with your creative expression is being very close to your true will.” _TRAVIS JOHNSON X-Press – First on the street, Wednesdays
VISUAL ARTS The Holding Of Chosen Weight: Studio 281, Maylands Returning to Perth with a long awaited solo exhibition, Jodee Knowles’ latest body of work is inspired by the act of packing for a holiday, where one is forced to decide which objects in our life are the most important. Featuring a range of haunting characters, The Holding Of Chosen Weight is a must-see for contemporary collectors. Exhibition opens on Friday, July 13, at 6pm.
Paradise Falls: Venn Gallery, Perth Kate McMillan is a local artist upholding a position at the forefront of Australia’s contemporary art sphere. In her latest series, Paradise Falls, McMillan presents a significant body of works produced as a culmination of her 2011 six-month residency as a guest of the renowned Christoph Merian Stiftung Foundation in Basel, Switzerland. Paradise Falls showcases the artist’s dexterity with a diverse range of media, including painting, drawing, photography, film and sculpture. Runs ’til Jul 20. At Her Majesty’s Pleasure 2011: Turner Galleries, Northbridge Debra Dawes has earned the reputation as one of Australia’s finest contemporary abstract painters. On the surface it appears that her new series of paintings have taken a sharp change of direction, gone are the hard edge patterns of recent years, replaced by carefully reproduced excerpts from hand written letters. Yet Debra’s paintings have always conveyed more than their mere surface suggests. Her new series, At Her Majesty’s Pleasure 2011, is based on a series of letters received from a young man incarcerated for 18 months. Runs ’til Jul 21.
The Longing/An Aperture: Moore’s Building Contemporary Art Gallery, Fremantle The Longing/An Aperture is the highly anticipated exhibition of new works by West Australian artists Anya Brock and Sara Winfield. This visually stimulating show encapsulates the two artists’ signature styles of complex line work and bright bold colours in a kaleidoscopic onslaught of detailed pattern work, sensual female forms and flora and fauna. Conceptually the work deals with notions of desire and yearning and attempts to expose the often hidden and surreal world beneath the façade. Runs Jul 13-29. Sacred Gardens For The Blind: Perth Centre For Photography, Northbridge Patricia Casey’s exhibition Scented Gardens For The Blind displays her artistic creativity in the form of black and white photographic prints on cotton, with embroidered details of metallic threads, and handmade lace. These works are firmly embedded in the tradition of photography forming a partnership with high end digital imaging and old world crafts. Runs ’til Jul 29.
Superanimal: Free Range Gallery, Perth What is it like to be human? This type of question is in itself a particular trait of the human species. Animals Among Other Things: Perth Galleries, North don’t think about being an animal, the animal is the Fremantle animal. Where is cognition situated and how do the In Among Other Things, Angela Stewart’s second animal ‘others’ fit into the artistic realm? These ideas solo exhibition at Perth Galleries, she continues her have been explored in the paintings of Stephanie exploration of the genre of portraiture. In these Reisch. The works evoke sensorial worlds, creating new delicately painted portrait fragments and sumptuous spaces that unfurl in the in-betweens. Exhibition runs floral and lace motifs, she combines delicate painting Jul 20-31. with stenciled acrylic and layered opaque oil paint. Runs ’til Jul 22. Magnesium Light: John Curtin Gallery, Curtin University, Bentley Dark Lights: Greenhill Galleries, Claremont Magnesium Light is a two-part video project by In his forthcoming exhibition at Greenhill Galleries, experimental media artist Dennis Del Favero which Stormie Mills continues his exploration into the investigates the interrelationship between war and characteristics that define humanity. By shining a light identity. In the provocative You And I, Del Favero explores into the darkness his work seeks to uncover what lies events around the infamous Abu Ghraib photographs beneath in each of us. Dark Lights explores the idea from Baghdad of 2006. Australian-born Del Favero is that a villain in society can still possess a captivating an internationally-recognised artist and academic who human quality when the light is shined within them. has exhibited throughout Australia and Europe. Runs Runs Jul 13-26. ’til Aug 5. Tohoku – Through The Eyes O f Japanese Photographers: Council House, Perth The Consulate-General of Japan has partnered with the City Of Perth to present Tohoku – Through The Eyes Of Japanese Photographers, consists of works by nine A Fruitful Ending by Jodee Knowles photographers and one group of photographers which together portray the past, present and future of the Perth 1: Spectrum Project Space, ECU, Mt Lawley Perth 1 is the newest exhibition from Bosnian-born people and culture of the Tohoku Region in northern artist Igor Mihajlovic. Drawing from his own experiences Japan. Works ranging from photographs taken in the as a migrant, he uses collaging to share the cultural 1940s to those taken in recent years will be on display, confusion often experienced by migrants. The artwork and the exhibition aims to give people throughout the reflects on his own memories and experiences as a new world a feel for the enduring fascination of Tohoku. Runs Jul 9-27. migrant in Australia. Runs til Jul 20.
The World Is Everything That Is The Case: John Curtin Gallery, Curtin University, Bentley Six Australian artists come together to explore the space that embodies the transformation of cultural practice occurring across states, borders and demarcation zones. In this exhibition, the ‘globite’ suitcase, synonymous with travel, transportation and distribution, becomes a metaphor for the distribution of data. When unpacked, the contents become the materialisation of the artists practice. Curated by Sean Cubitt, Vince Dziekan and Paul Thomas, the exhibition features the work of artists Karen Casey, Mark Cypher, Tina Gonsalves, Mark Guglielmetti, Nigel Helyer and Mitchell Whitelaw. Runs ’til Aug 5.
Light Locker Art Space: Grand Lane, Perth Located within Grand Lane off Murray Street Mall and viewable from Barrack Street, the Light Locker Art Space can be accessed 24/7 but is best viewed at sundown when the lights turn on. Since launching in June 2011, the space has supported and commissioned new works from 21 young artists, with many more to come! This exhibition is the fourth in a year-long program of peer curation, resulting in an organic approach to mapping out artist networks and commonalities. For this latest exhibition, Joe Matthiessen, Dale Buckley, Kenya Bedford Armstrong, Stephen Genovese and Lyle Branson created new 2D and 3D artworks. Runs ’til Aug 31. Picasso To Warhol: 14 Modern Masters: Art Gallery Of WA, Northbridge Picasso to Warhol: 14 Modern Masters is the exciting launch exhibition of the Australian exclusive partnership between AGWA and MoMA. Featuring over 120 works by 14 of modern art’s most iconic artists including Matisse, Picasso, Pollock and Warhol, this exhibition presents a world-class introduction to the figures who redefined the very idea of art. Runs ’til Dec 3.
THEATRE/DANCE The Fremantle Candidate: Deckchair Theatre, Fremantle Get to know the real man before he was Prime Minister - before he was the war-time hero, and back when he was fighting for his political career and for his personal life at home in Perth. In this new political thriller by multi-award winning WA playwright Ingle Knight (Taking Liberty), Jack Curtin is returned from Canberra a broken man, his hopes and spirit crushed. His Labor seat is lost and his chances of re-election are slim - he has turned to drink and is struggling with depression. Season runs Jul 19-Aug 5. Bookings via deckchairtheatre.com.au. Signs Of Life: Heath Ledger Theatre, State Theatre Centre, Northbridge The Dirt Music story continues… Alone in her farmhouse on the riverbank one night, Georgie Jutland hears noises out on the highway – car doors, voices, weeping. She’s recently widowed and a little spooked. It’s not just her – the entire world feels wrong, as if the land beneath her feet is dying. It hasn’t rained for years. The river has dried up and the olive grove is beginning to wither around her. Signs of Life is a story about people with uncertain futures navigating with only shreds of the past to guide them. It’s about the mutual incomprehension between white and black – the anxiously safe and the pragmatic dispossessed – in country where nobody is really sure they belong anymore, and where everyone’s fate seems to have been determined by those who came before. Runs Jul 21-Aug 18. Bookings via BOCS.
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The University of Western Australia’s new courses were introduced at the beginning of this year and have drawn record interest from school-leavers. If you’re interested in checking out the plethora of career options at UWA, you’ll need to head along to UWA’s annual Open Day on Sunday, August 12, from 10am ‘til 4pm. In the Future Students’ Marquee, you’ll learn about new courses, study abroad opportunities and scholarships. You can tour the faculties and schools and visit all-day displays and demonstrations on subjects including the challenge of the oceans; managing animals and plants for the future; living in cities; sport and exercise physiology; and earthquakes and tsunamis. You’ll also be able to enjoy films and music made by UWA students and check out the students’ motorsport racing car. Open Day is a family-friendly event with face-painting, a bouncy castle and a petting zoo for kids and scenic tram rides and a guest lecture on astronomy and the Square Kilometre Array. Check out openday.uwa.edu.au for all the info.
SAE GRAD GOING FAR Australia’s Got Talent
Hot off the set of hit series Australia’s Got Talent, SAE Perth graduate and supervisor, Brad Vellacott, is showing the world just what he can do. Since initially enrolling into the then Diploma of Music Industry in 2008, Vellacott went on to study in one of the first degree cohorts at SAE Perth. Since graduating with the Bachelor Degree in 2010, he has been active in the live music scene, not just as an audio engineer but also as a performer. But that was just the beginning. In January 2011 he and three friends (Adrian Wilson, Terence H’ng and Jarryd Price) formed the band, Beside Lights. With influences from bands such as Coldplay, Paramore and The Script, it wasn’t long before their engaging live performances and catchy songs built them a strong reputation. Not only this but they quickly went on to win the WA Busselton Battle Of The Bands Competition in the very same month. Despite only being a band for a short amount of time, 2011 brought some amazing opportunities. In early 2011, Vellacott and the band were invited to Canada’s largest music festival in Toronto - Canadian Music Week. This opportunity also saw the band travel to Vancouver and spend a week recording with legendary producer Warne Livesey (Midnight Oil, Xavier Rudd). They then went on to release their debut self-titled EP in November. Upon arriving back home in Australia, the band were announced top 10 in Australia for Nova FM’s I Am With The Band competition, competing against 700 other acts nationally and winning the judges over with a demo they submitted called Pieces. After several months of exposure on Nova during which their song was received extremely well by the voters, the band were invited to support Aussie rockers The Vines at a Nova event raising money for Telethon, performing to a sell out crowd at Astor Theatre. Now, they are steadily becoming a national sensation on a little show you may know, Australia’s Got Talent. From the thousands of entrants they’ve beat all odds and have wowed crowds with their music and production. Beside Lights reached the semi-finals and even received standing ovations from judges and crowds alike.
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Looking through an optical telescope at the sun Meeting Doris the sheep – she’s the ambassador of the clean, green and ethical agriculture of the future Enjoying the courtroom drama of a mini-trial with the Blackstone moot law students – the trial has a witness, two counsels and two judges Seeing invisible information through a stateof-the-art infrared camera Trying your hand at gold-panning to see if you have what it took to get rich quick in the Gold Rush Finding out how easy it is to convert an everyday car into a plug-in electrical vehicle that almost runs on the smell of an oily rag Matching the sperm with the species – those evolutionary biologists are at it again Chatting with flesh-and-blood Robogals who aim to increase female participation in
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NETSKY TRACK BY TRACK Belgian drum’n’bass prodigy Boris Daenen, aka Netsky, played one of the best sets at Breakfest here last year. Now, he’s playing some huge festivals around the world with his brand new live show and has just released his sophomore record 2. ANNABEL MACLEAN chats with the humble, friendly young gent about all of the above, Hospital Records and a possible tour down under next year. “The one gig that was really special for me was a festival called Rock Werchter and it’s a really big rock festival here in Belgium but they had a dance tent, it’s like a 10,000 capacity tent,” Daenen says, currently in his native country Belgium, speaking of epic shows he’s played recently. “We had 10,000 people inside and there was about 20,000 people outside trying to get in the tent and that was such a crazy view - there were people outside the tent crowd-surfing everywhere and jumping up and down all the time!” Rock Werchter was a big stepping stone for Daenen who, since April, has played 10 live shows accompanied by his band, guest vocalists and an MC. “It’s just crazy to see drum’n’bass and us being invited to play a festival like that because a couple of years ago, drum’n’bass was only accepted as a club genre and now we’re bringing it as a live band and people are looking at it more from an open kind of perspective and are thinking ‘ok, it’s proper music as well’. It’s just great to see bookings like that coming in because that really makes a difference for us.”
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Creating, rehearsing and bringing a live show on the road is an exciting challenge for Daenen who’s “really happy” with the result so far. “From the first day I started writing music, especially the last couple of years, I’ve always been thinking about a band kind of perspective,” he says of how the concept for the live show came about. “I’ve always felt ‘this needs to be played by a pianist, this could be where the guitar is playing’. “So for me, it was a logical step to start looking for a band and to start looking for ways to carry your music live on stage. I met my drummer for the live band a year ago now. He’s always been really interested in electronic drums and the whole idea about it – to create drum’n’bass and play it live. We started working on some stuff. A year later, we’re playing some really cool festivals here in Belgium and around Europe.” Vocalist Selah Sue who contributes the vocal on Get Away From Here on Daenen’s new record 2 recently made a guest appearance on stage for Daenen’s set at Rock Werchter and vocalist Scarlett Quinn who does the vocal on Come Alive off 2 also tours with Daenen and the live band. But, Daenen says he’s not sure whether his next Australian tour will see guests accompany him down under for the live show. But, he can say that an upcoming tour is definitely in the works.“I think it’ll be for 2013, it’s probably going to be February or March or something but I haven’t got details on that yet,” he says. “I love Australia… I really want to go back as soon as possible. If I’m not touring, I’m probably going to come back this year just on a holiday or something.” Taking a holiday is a priority for Daenen who has virtually spent the last two years on the road – even celebrating his birthday on tour. “A couple of years ago I would’ve hated the idea of celebrating my birthday without my friends from back home, it’s fine now,” he says.“Next year I’m going to do the same tour in America and I’m going to get as much friends over as I can for my birthday and same for Christmas, I’m going to try stay home for that because I had a really busy year, I missed about everything. At first it feels alright because you’re doing the tour and your thing and you’re still in contact with everybody over the internet but after a while you start missing stuff like that so I’m definitely going to try and get some time free around those periods this year.” But, Daenen does have his Hospital family when he’s on the road and he says it’s been a “really good” journey since signing to the UK independent drum’n’bass label. “We do a lot of Hospitality nights here as well in Europe and the UK and we’re always on the same bill all together so it’s really a lot of fun to hang out with the rest of the artists, it’s just like one
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Netsky big family. It’s really good to see that Hospital wants to grow with me. They really want me to push the album  as much as I can and they wanted to license it to Universal in some territories and it’s really good that they are open minded about big labels and radio stuff and trying other genres and stuff so I’m really happy with that.” Daenen is really happy with 2, and says the main difference between his debut record and 2 is that he might have “grown up a little bit as a producer”. “I felt more confident doing my own thing [for 2]. My first record, I’d just got signed to the label [Hospital Records] that I’d dreamt of being with and the first time I had to rush the album a little bit, well I didn’t have to rush it, but there wasn’t enough time to get used to tracks before I put them out. “I wanted to keep it simple. I wrote the album over two years in all different parts of the world; I wrote tracks in Australia, I wrote tracks in South Africa and America and for me, each track has got much more of a story behind it than the full album does. It’s really hard to create an album and have an idea in mind and work your tracks out after that because you don’t feel free anymore, you feel like you’ve got to end the story. I think it’s much nicer to work on music separately and create a story for each track. I guess that’s the reason why I wanted to call it 2, it’s just because I think the tracks and the music is more important than the story behind the album.”
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Most breaks fans known Rennie Pilgrem for starting out in UK hardcore breakbeat producer act Rhythm Section (releasing Feel The Rhythm (Comin’ On Strong) and running TCR, Thursday Club Recordings. His breaks tracks – particularly Like No Other and Hey Funky People – dominated sound-systems in clubs around the world and he’s been at the forefront since starting out in the scene somewhat 20 years ago. Now, Pilgrem is releasing a milestone anthology – The Best Of Rennie Pilgrem. Including some of his best work and some genuine classics from the breakbeat scene, releasing the anthology is something Pilgrem says felt right. “The time seemed quite right,” he says down the line from London. “I don’t think there’s been a lot of very exciting breaks for the last three or four years. There’s now quite an interesting scene with the future jungle stuff that’s sort of breaks at 140bpm that’s like dubstep speed but proper breakbeat which is quite exciting. For instance, in Spain which is a big market for breaks, they’ve gone mad for this retro sound where they get you over and they want you to play your classics, partly because there’s been a vacuum of good, new stuff. So I’ve been doing some sets and I thought ‘actually some of this isn’t even available for people to buy digitally’ so it seemed like a good idea [to release The Best Of Rennie Pilgrem].” But, the release of this anthology isn’t the only nostalgic moment which Pilgrem has been celebrating. Last weekend marked the 10th anniversary of TCR Recordings, the label which Pilgrem started more than 10 years ago and has been at the forefront of the breaks, rave, nu-funk and future jungle scene since it started. To celebrate 10 years running, TCR Recordings put on a BBQ, something they do every year. “The main focus of it 28
Surely you’ve heard the 2010 anthem WUT? It was proclaimed ‘single of the year’ by some of the most influential figures in underground club music before it was even released. It’s by London producer Philip Gamble, aka Girl Unit. Signed to Bok Bok’s imprint Night Slugs, Girl Unit recently dropped his anticipated third record, the Club Rez EP. It’s all about rave friendly basslines aimed for the dancefloor. Now, the underground talent will be showcasing his beats on Saturday, August 4, at The Bakery. Stay tuned to nowbaking.com. au for ticketing deets.
The NY Times called J.Period one of the world’s top DJs. He’s been recruited for remix and production works by Grammy winners Kanye West, Mary J.Blige and John Legend & The Roots. He is DJ and producer J.Period. He’s remixed Bob Dylan – and he’s been praised for it. His music has featured in a variety of film trailers, video games and promotional campaigns and he’s been the official tour DJ for Lauryn Hill, Black Thought, Q-Tip, Def Poetry Dam and as a solo artist. If you’re into grand hip hop, get on down to The Manor on Friday, July 20, to witness the legendary J.Period doing his thang. It’s $15 on the door. Happy sixth birthday to The Manor!
If you haven’t heard about Syrup, you need to get amongst it. It’s Perth’s fresh as fuck, monthly UK bass and future beats night which has just taken off. It’s from midnight ‘til daylight and the next instalment Syrup 2007! hits 23 Irwin Street (45 Murray Street) on Friday, July 20. Mr Starks, Clunk, Allstate, Boy Prince, Kit Pop and Robihusslin will be bringing the beats and bass. It’s $10 on the door. Doors open 12am; get on down early to avoid the queue. Sick ballz.
BANGERS & MASH
There’s a new club night starting up – it’s called Bangers & Mash and it’s going to be all about the house music. It’s all happening this Thursday, July 12, at Flawless Nightclub. DJs Those Usual Suspects, Nia & Phek, Deadvents and the Bangers & Mash Competition winners will be smashing out beats on the night. Get on down early for some cheap drinks and to check out the latest house night to hit town.
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THE BEST OF BREAKS
UK DJ and producer Rennie Pilgrem is well known as the godfather of breakbeat, if not, the pioneer of the nu-breaks sound. Now, releasing his anthology entitled The Best Of Rennie Pilgrem, ANNABEL MACLEAN chats with the humble, humorous lad about the breaks scene ahead of what he has deemed his last tour down under.
The lineup for Stereosonic 2012 is out and the peeps behind the festival have said that it’s one of their biggest yet – and they’re right. On the bill for the festival which hits Claremont Showground (subject to council approval) on Saturday, November 25, is Tiësto, Avicii, Calvin Harris, Example, Carl Cox, Major Lazer, Laidback Luke, Martin Solveig, Dash Berlin, Diplo, Flux Pavilion, Porter Robinson, Bassnectar, Ørjan Nilsen, Foreign Beggars, Treasure Fingers, Acid Jacks and more. Tickets go on sale from Ticketmaster on Thursday, August 2, from 9am local time. An app and a mobile site will be launched shortly but in the meantime, head to stereosonic.com.au for all the deets!
WAAPA grad James Ireland plays keys in The Chemist and has been crafting his own beats and gigging around town. Now, the local multiinstrumentalist, is about to release his debut EP. ANNABEL MACLEAN chats to the humble youngun about his sudden hearing loss, his yet-tobe-titled EP and his two, fresh projects Savoir and HamJam.
Rennie Pilgrem is great music and the main thing is to try and beat the drinking record at this bar every year,” Pilgrem says, half-jokingly. “It starts off quite civilised and then it’s serious, heavy drinking for 13 hours and having a good party.” Do you remember the first BBQ? “Vaguely,” he says, matter-of-factly. “People can’t believe it’s all free,” he says of the BBQ. “We’ve had people fly from Europe and Italy and stuff just to come to the party. We actually had a guy fly there, get a cab from the airport, part for 12 hours, get a cab to the airport home and then he had to go to work. Quite impressive” Now running a night called Ruffneck alongside DJs and producers Jay Cunning and Jurassic, Pilgrem says his upcoming tour down under may well be his last ever visit to Australia. “Yes I think it could well be the last time,” he says, seriously, before adding “Because I’m now 78 years old (laughs/ jokes). I’m not sure how long I’m going to be going all over the place and so yeah, I think it probably is.” But despite the upcoming tour registering as his last possible tour down under, Pilgrem says Australia is one of his favourite places to tour. “I don’t think I’ve ever had a bad tour over there,” he says. “Even the last couple of times where they were saying ‘oh breaks is suffering, etc’, I had a lot of great feedback where people were really pleased to hear it… Ambar is really stand out, it’s still got to be up there as one of the best clubs around. I remember going in there for the first time and the knowledge of the people in there of the tunes and just the whole vibe is pretty much perfect.”
» RENNIE PILGREM » MAJOR BASS » SATURDAY, JULY 21 @ VILLA
James Ireland. Photo: Sam Thurtle In March this year, James Ireland found out that he’d lost 65 per cent of his hearing his right ear. “I literally just woke up and it was like that and I thought it’d be some sort of wax build up or something – like musicians get their ears cleaned out. I assumed it would be like that sort of deal where I’d just have to go in and get rid of whatever was blocking the sound but it turned out to not be as simple as that,” he says, quietly. In fact, Ireland says the doctors “don’t even know how it happened”. “They’ve found some sort of link to hereditary diseases like arthritis and diabetes and that sort of thing but I’ve been tested for all of that and I’m all good. They’ve got some theories about viral infections in the inner ear and lack of blood circulation to that part of the inner ear.” With no certain future regarding whether his sudden hearing loss will make a “spontaneous recovery at some stage” or “stay at this level”, Ireland remains undecided as to how he feels about the whole situation but, he’s not letting it stop him from creating and releasing music. “I’ve been pretty recluse
about the whole thing,” he says. “I haven’t really been out and doing much music stuff for a while. I haven’t really made my mind up. I’m still going to do my thing, I’m still going to push forward, I’m going to try not let it stop me or try not let it limit the amount of stuff I can do, but I don’t really know. I’m going to have to rethink the way I make my own music.” In fact, Ireland has been working on his yet-to-be-titled debut EP for roughly a year and feels it’s now time to unleash it on the masses. “I’m pretty excited about it,” he says.“I haven’t released any music yet and I hold onto the music a little bit too long. I should actually just let it go and put it out rather than constantly working on different songs. “This EP that I’m about to release - it’s the music that I like making. It’s kind of an example of stuff that I actually want to make. Some of it is really minimal and some of it is really aggressive, more bassheavy stuff. So there are two flipsides to the EP.” Part of Melbourne-based This Thing Collective alongside good friend, producer and founder of This Thing, Wooshie, Ireland says he’ll be releasing his EP sometime over the next couple of months. “I’m just getting artwork and stuff together now,” he says.“I think it’s being mastered in Melbourne by the This Thing guys and I think Wooshie’s going to dub it to tape.” Alongside his own solo production, Ireland has been working on two other new projects – a “’90s, R&B, disco, hip hop throwback [project]” called Savoir with Mei Swan “singing incredible vocals” and Andrew Sinclair and HamJam with Hamish Rahn from The Chemist and a bunch of other musicians and beatmakers. “That’s like a garage band project which I get to play drum kit in that which is pretty fun,” he says. But, aside from these two projects, Ireland is looking forward to his gig alongside Wooshie and a bunch of other beat-makers at The Bakery this weekend.“For my live show at the moment, I pretty much play my beats live on the MPD and let the arrangements sort of play themselves out. It’s not really a strict arrangement,” he concludes.
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RISE OF THE NEW GUARD While just into his 30s, Nic Fanciulli could already be called a veteran of the game. An accomplished DJ and producer, he also runs the highly regarded Saved Records. He’s part of the new breed of UK house DJs, greatly influenced by the past dons, now taking the mantle from them. Having just returned from a tour of the US, promoting his new Balance 021 mix, ALFRED GORMAN catches up with Fanciulli at home. He’s calling from his home studio,in Maidstone where he grew up, just outside of London. Fanciulli (pronounced Fan-chew-lee) was actually first raised in Kenya, then Italy, but spent most of his formative years in the UK, his mother being British. But with an Italian father, he also likes to get back to his second homeland of Italy, a place you can tell he holds very dear to his heart. “Yeah I spend a lot of time there. I visit every couple months. I mean, it’s my favourite place in the world. My world revolves around food,” he laughs.“And that’s the best place for it - food and family and football.” Fanciulli is one of the few UK DJs really making inroads in the USA, having toured there for years. “I was lucky enough to get a break with Deep Dish when I was younger and toured as their warm up DJ,” he says.“So that’s how I got started in America and I’ve been going there for 10 years now. Back then in 2002, no one was going there, just Sasha, Digweed, Paul Oakenfold. Me and [James] Zabiela started going there together. America’s become so big now. I’ve seen the scene grow and become something of a phenomenon. I just got back – we did Chicago and Toronto and a couple weeks ago I played at the Electric Daisy Carnival, and there were 300,000 people!” He’s gone from strength to strength since starting DJing at 16.“I was in a band when I was 15 – we thought we were like The Stone Roses or The Happy Mondays at the time,”he says.“Then I started getting into stuff like Underworld, Boards Of Canada, The Chemical Brothers and Daft Punk, so I got some decks. I was really
Nic Fanciulli inspired by Laurent Garnier and Lee Burridge - I used to drive him to his gigs and now I’m playing with him!” While from our perspective, most of the dance music we hear from the US is more the popular electro and dubstep side of things, this has also supported a new wave of underground activity. “Obviously the commercial side of it is big over there but it trickles down to the underground,” he says.“I think there’s some amazing promoters out there, that do it for the love, and if it wasn’t for them then there would be none of us.” Of his new mix, Fanciulli says it was the most difficult thing he’s ever done, taking him from September-March to complete, starting with a list of over 500 tracks.“I really wanted to get this CD right,” he says.“I’ve got so much respect for Tom [Pandzic, founder] and the Balance guys, especially in a marketplace that’s so tough at the moment and music is so disposable.” The result is a painstakingly crafted, seamlessly flowing, exquisite house mix on CD1 that achieves Fanciulli’s goal of being somewhat timeless rather than being caught up in the sound of now. For CD2, he was given free range to put together a showcase for his Saved label, that he’s very proud of, featuring names like Loco Dice, Davide Squillace and even his younger brother Mark. This Sunday at The Court, following in the footsteps of his close friend Zabiela, who recently blew the place up; Fanciulli is looking forward to doing the same.
» NIC FANCIULLI » HABITAT GARDEN PARTY » SUNDAY, JULY 15 @ THE COURT
Blvd Tavern – Dub Step Captain Stirling – Fiveo Clancy’s (Applecross) – Upbeat – DJ Andy Connections – DJs Joby /JJ /Rueben Eurobar – Wild Wednesdays - DJ iPod/ Ben Pettit Flying Scotsman – UniQue DJs/ DJ Bones/ DJ Moflow Flying Scotsman (Defectors) – Beaufort Bop ft DJ Anton Maz Gold Bar–DJ Adroc Hipe Club – DJ Roger Smart Leederville Hotel – We Love Wednesdays ft DJ Slick Metro Freo - Rapture Mustang – DJ Giles Newport – Newport Wednesdays Sovereign Arms – Lokie Shaw The Deen - DJ Zelimer/ DJ Viper/ DJ Benny/ T– Zone 1 The Queens – Wriggle on YaYa’s - DJ Agent 85/ Dr Zaius
Ambar – Ajax/ Audageous/ Mo’Fly/ DNGRFLD/ Meet Mark Amplifier – DJ Jamie Mac/ Shannon Fox Blvd Tavern – DJ Andy/ Habitat/ Lemz/ Tom Bar 459 - DJ Smurf Boheme Bar - DJ Majiika Boulevard Tavern – DJ Andyy Broken Hill Hotel – DJ Nick Alexander Brooklands Tavern - DJ Misschief Mel Capitol – Retro Mash Capitol (Upstairs) – I Love ‘90s Carine Tavern – Greg Packer/ MC Assassin Clancy’s (Canning Bridge) - DJ Boogie Claremont Hotel – DJ Pasha/ Jon Ee Club Bayview – Amnesia ft Fendi/ Axon/ Fellis Como Hotel – DJ Gazz Eastern Hotel – DJ Munch Empire Bar – Josh Tilly Eve – DJ Don Migi/ DJ Danny Boi/ DJ Slick Flawless – DJ Ryan Flying Scotsman – DJs Jo19/ Rok Riley/ Armee Flying Scotsman (Defectors) - Back To Mono DJs Ginger Nightclub – Rondevoo Fridayz Gosnells Club – DJ Now Hipe Club - DJ E-Funk Lakers Tavern – Fresh Fridays - DJ Dooey Left Bank – DJ Frankie Button Library – Dorcia Little Creatures Loft – Marine Beats Llama Bar – DJ Reuben/ DJ Morris Malt Super Club - Fiveo Merriwa Tavern – DJ Real McCoy Metro City - C&C Music Factory Metro City (Solace Bar) – DJ Slick Metro Freo – Frat House Fridays ft Death Disco DJs Mint Nightclub – Club Retro ft Chris McPhee Mullaloo Beach Hotel - DJ John Paul Mustang – Swing DJ/ DJ James MacArthur Paddy Hannans – Crazy Craig Paramount - DJ Johnny Boi/ DJ Jordan Players Bar – Sugar Queens Tav – DJ Rueben Rocket Room – DJ Brett Rowe/ DJ Cain Sail & Anchor - Balcony Beatz/ DJ J-MAC Shape – The Lick ft Enei Sovereign Arms – Dylan Hammond The Avenue – JMC The Carine – Mind Electric/ Little Nicky/ Az-T The Causeway – 4by4 DJs The East End Bar – Az-T The Generous Squire - DJ Anaru The Queens – DJ Rueben The Saint - DJ Jordan
THURSDAY 12/07 Clancy ’s (Canning Bridge) - DJ Wrighteous Claremont Hotel- DJ Double Dee/ Jimmy Thorne/ Matt Club Marakesh – DJ Simon Cottesloe Hotel – DJ Shots/ DJ Andy M Empire Bar – Halo/ DJ Bojan/ DJ Ben Sebastian Eve – DJ Tony Allen Flawless – Bangers & Mash ft The Usual Suspects/ Phek/ Deadvents/ Nia Flying Scotsman – Cowboys & Indie Kids DJs Leopold Hotel – DJ Riki/ Roger Smart Library - Dorcia Llama Bar – DJ Maxwell/ EMAS/ Lukas Wimler Mint Nightclub – DJ Simon Barwood Mt Henry Tavern - DJ Matty J Mullaloo Beach Hotel - DJ John Paul/ DJ Slick Mustang – DJ James Paramount – DJ Johnny Boi/ DJ Jordan Players Bar – MASH South St – DJ Castasia/ Dpad Swinging Pig – DJ Simon The Avenue – Jon Ee The Carine Tavern – Punchy & Juicy/ Little Nicky The Causeway – EMAS DJs The Craftsman – Roger Smart The Deen – DJ Flex/ DJ Nano/ DJ Surge/ DJ Don Migi The East End Bar - The Prestige ft Az-T The Queens – Kapitol The Whale & Ale – Josh Tilley The Whistling Kite - DJ Gareth Tiger Lils – Paul Malone/ Adam Kelly Woodvale Tavern – DJ Melvin
The Shed – DJ Glenn 20 The Whale & Ale – Josh Tilley Tiger Lils – Paul Malone/ Adam Kelly The Vic - DJ Giles The Wembley Hotel – Abstar Windsor – DJ Riki and Ray Velvet Lounge - Fatter Than Ever ft Philly Blunt/ Voltron & MC Stylee/ Frantik/ Rufkut/ MC J Rippa/ Greg Packer & Assassin/ Lo-Key Fu/ Angry Buda Victoria Park Hotel – DJ Giles Villa – Snowbreeze Dance Party YaYa’s – Junk ft DJ Whoa!
SATURDAY 14/07 Ambar – Japan 4 ft Benny P/ Carla/ Wish/ Micah/ Philly Blunt Amplifier – Pure Pop ft Eddie Electric Basement On Broadway – DJ Ricky Boheme Bar – Carte Blanche DJs Broken Hill Tavern – DJ Roger Smart/ Matt Richards/ Ben Dallin Capitol – Death Disco DJs Capitol (Upstairs) – Cream Of The ‘80s ft DJ Ryan Clancy’s (Canning Bridge) - DJ Dood Claremont Hotel – Jon Ee/ Fiveo Club Bay View – Little Nicky Empire Bar – DJ James Ess Eurobar – Roger Smart/ DJ Raci East End Bar - Fiveo Eve – DJ Angry Buda/ Crazy Craig Flawless – Offset/ Jackness/ Travis LeBrun Flying Scotsman - Under The Influence DJs Flying Scotsman (Defectors) - Fore DJs High Road Hotel – DJ Simon High Wycombe – DJ Matt Hipe Club – DJ E-Funk Library – MKT ft DJ Riki/ DJ Richie G/ DJ Vicktor Little Creatures Loft – Marine Beats Liquid Nightclub - DJ Klar55/ DJ Stevie M Llama Bar – DJ Reuben/ DJ Melvin Malt Super Club – Fiveo Metro City (R&B Lounge) - DJ Slick/ DJ Ruthless/DJ Soso/DJ Brett Costello Metro Freo – DTuck/ Darren Briais/ DJ Wazz Mint Nightclub – Pop Life ft DJ Aaron/ AJ Mullaloo Beach Hotel – DJ Danny Mustang – Rockabilly DJ/ DJ James MacArthur Niche – Frankie Button/ Cee/ Jonny Zimber Norma Jeans – DJ Darren Oxford Hotel – DJ Sequeria Paramount- DJ Cornflake / DJ Jordan/ DJ Johnny Boi
FRAT HOUSE FRIDAYS
Players Bar – Embrace Queens Tav - Gareth Richardson Rocket Room – Delicious (Ladies Only) ft DJ Brett Rowe South St Ale House – DJ Jay Sovereign Arms – Rockwell The Avenue – Jon Ee The Bakery - Wooshie/ Rainbow Chan/ Outerwaves/ Andras Fox/ James Ireland and more The Brighton (Upstairs) – Micah/ Kill Dyl/ eSQue The Boheme – DJ Sneakee The Causeway – Sun City DJs The Clink – Az-T The Cornerstone – Dylan Hammond The Craftsman – Dylan Hammond The Deen - DJ Birdie/ DJ JJ/ DJ Tony Allen The Generous Squire – On Tap ft James Nutley The Saint – DJ Anaru The Shed –DJ Tony Dee The Wembley – Lokie Shaw The Whistling Kite - DJ Craig The Vic – DJ Kristian Tiger Lil’s – DJ Bojan/ DJ Ben Sebastian Victoria Park Hotel – DJ Melvin Villa - The Substance Showcase ft The Substance/ Phetsta and more Windsor – DJ Ray Woodvale Tavern – DJ Real McCoy YaYa’s – Saturday Social ft The Kings Of Cheese DJs
SUNDAY 15/07 Captain Stirling – DJ Jay Claremont Hotel – DJ Double Dee Clink – DJ Tony Allen Club Bay View – Fiveo Empire Bar – CB3/ DJ Riki/ DJ Vicktor Euro Bar – DJ Flex Eve – DJ LStreet/ Crazy Craig Flying Scotsman – Nathan J/ Nizbet/ Pasha/ Chris Flying Scotsman (Defectors) – Eclectic Picnic Mint - Chris McPhee Mustang – DJ Rockin Rhys Paramount – Glo/ DJ Slick/ DJ Benny C/ DJ Matty S Players Bar – Electro House Battle Rocket Room – Coyote Ugly Sovereign Arms – Josh Tilley The Avenue – Az-T The Court – Habitat Garden Party ft Nic Fanciulli The Causeway – Lukas Wimmler The Cott – Cott Sessions The Kiosk – DJ Cinder The Saint - DJ Anaru The Shed – DJ Tony Dee
MONDAY 16/07 Bar Orient - DJ White Label Broken Hill Tavern - DJ Mario Tavelli The Deen – Plastic Max/ The Token Gesture The Paddo – DJ John Paul The Shed – DJ Andyy
Bar Orient - DJ Lyndon Eastern Hotel – Jon Edwards High Road Hotel – DJ Matty J High Wycombe – DJ Ricky Hipe Club – DJ Roger Smart Players Bar (Norma Jeans Bar) – Stevie M Victoria Park Hotel – DJ Melvin
IN THE THIS WEEK: C&C Music Factory Friday, July 13 @ Metro City Ajax/ Audageous/ Mo’Fly/ DNGRFLD/ Meet Mark Friday, July 13 @ Ambar The Lick ft Enei Friday, July 13 @ Shape Snowbreeze Dance Party Friday, July 13 @ Villa The Substance Showcase ft The Substance/ Phetsta and more Saturday, July 14 @ Villa
Illy J.Period Friday, July 20 @ The Friday, August 31 @ Matro Freo Manor Illy Major Bass ft Rennie Saturday, September 1 @ Capitol Pilgrem/ Cutline/ Nick Krayzie Bone/ Wish Bone (Bone Thayer Thugs N Harmony) Saturday, July 21 @ Villa Saturday, September 15 @ Metro Yuksek (live)/Clubfeet/ City Audageous/ Paper Parklife ft Chairlift/ Modestep/ Planes/ Metric DJs The Presets/ Nero (live)/ Passion Friday, July 27 @ Villa Pit/ Plan B/ Justice (DJ set)/ Robyn/ Benga (live)/ Rusko/ Lee Coombs Wiley/ Labrinth/ DJ Fresh (live)/ Friday, July 27 @ Ambar Flume/ Alison Wonderland/ Lee Foss/ Jack Beats (live) and more Doorly Sunday, July 29 @ The Monday, October 1 @ Wellington Square Bakery
Wooshie/ Rainbow Chan/ Outerwaves/ Andras Fox/ Zombie Crawl James Ireland and more Friday, August 3 @ Villa Saturday, July 14 @ The Bakery Chet Faker Habitat Garden Party ft Friday, August 3 @ The Bakery Nic Fanciulli Sunday, July 15 @ The Jungle Shakedown Court Friday, August 3 @ Villa
Japan 4 ft Vengeance Saturday, August 4 @ Ambar
The Big Ape Tour ft Joker/ S k r e a m / S g t Po ke s / Chet Faker Plastician Saturday, August 4 @ Wednesday, July 18 @ Villa Mojos
This Is Nowhere ft dance lineup TBC Sunday, October 14 @ Dolphin Theatre & Lawrence Jackson Court, UWA Stereosonic ft Tiësto/ Avicii/ Calvin Harris/ Example/ Carl Cox/ Major Lazer/ Laidback Luke/ Martin Solveig/ Dash Berlin/ Markus Schulz/ Diplo/ Sander van Doorn/ Infected Mushroom/ Chuckie/ Flux Pavilion/ Mr Oizo/ Porter Robinson/ Loco Dice/ Bassnectar/ JFK MSTRKRFT/ Excision/ Adam Beyer/ Aly & Fila/ Caspa/ Datsik/ Joris Voorn/ Bingo Players/ Tommy Trash/ Simon Patterson/ Gesaffelstein/ Ørjan Nilsen/ Dillon Francis/ Foreign Beggars/ Zedd/ Brodinski/ Krewella/ Nina Kraviz/ Van She/ Alvin Risk/ Destructo/ MaRLo/ Treasure Fingers and more Sunday, November 25 @ Claremont Showground (TBC)
Bootleg ft Mind Electric/ Girl Unit Joe Revell/ Tapeheads/ Saturday, August 4 @ The The Bootleg Brothers/ Bakery DNGRFLD Friday, July 20 @ Ambar Z-Trip Saturday, August 11 @ The S y r u p 2 0 0 7 ! f t M r Bakery Starks/ Clunk/ Allstate/ Boy Prince/ Kit Pop/ Mental Powers/ Holy Robbihusslin Sets On The Beach ft lineup TBC Balm Friday, July 20 @ 23 Irwin Saturday, August 11 @ S u n d a y , D e c e m b e r 2 @ Street, Perth Scarborough Beach Amphitheatre PICA Bar TWERK ft Nebula/ Kit Pop/ Jungle Fever ft Kenny SaussBauss/ Oni Cash/ Ken/ SS/ Skibadee RobiHusslin/ Boy P Saturday, August 11 @ Villa Friday, July 20 @ The Bakery The Pharcyde Brookes Brothers/ BARE Saturday, August 25 @ Friday, July 20 @ Villa Capitol
Sets On The Beach ft lineup TBC S u n d ay, J a n u a r y 1 3 @ Scarborough Beach Amphitheatre Sets On The Beach ft lineup TBC Sunday, March 24 @ Scarborough Beach Amphitheatre
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IDEA OF AWKWARDNESS
OUTSIDE THE BOX Croydon-based English dubstep producer Skream, aka Oliver Jones, has been a prominent pioneer in the bass music scene since releasing his 2006 debut record Skream!. Jones is also part of dubstep supergroup Magnetic Man. MORGAN RICHARDS catches up with the young gun ahead of his appearance at The Big Ape Tour. Oliver Jones first became interested in music production “at about 13 or 14 after watching [a friend] making a tune on a PlayStation”. Jones began making hundreds of tracks in his bedroom while working at the now-legendary Big Apple Records in Croydon, England. Having a job in a record shop, he got used to listening to a lot of different style of music and describes himself as having been influenced by techno, house, drum’n’bass and especially garage. The first record he ever bought was a Booker T vocal remix of Bizzi’s Party by UK garage producer Bizzi. Surprisingly enough, Jones also admits he’s a “huge disco fan”, although you’d be hard pressed hearing any influence in sub-heavy floor-destroyers like Rutten and Exothermic Reaction. When the “dark garage” Jones and his peers were producing began to emerge as a genre in its own right and chatter about dubstep began circulating on BBC Radio 1 and the UK music press, the name Skream was right at the head of the pack. With his 2005 release Midnight Request Line already cemented as one of the early defining tracks of dubstep, Jones released his debut record in 2006, the excellently-titled Skream!, and was met with nearuniversal acclaim from fans and critics alike. As dubstep exploded in popularity across the UK and abroad, Jones found himself a highly indemand producer and remixer. He gained crossover appeal with some high-profile releases such as his remix of La Roux’s In For The Kill. When some of his older fans reacted strongly to his commercial outings, Jones took to Twitter and defended himself against the backlash.
VAN SHE/ Voltaire Twins Capitol Thursday, July 5, 2012
Skream To his credit, he has largely resisted the temptation to take the sugar-sweet pop path. Last year, he turned down an offer to produce UK starlet Cher Lloyd’s Dub On The Track, saying in a previous interview “... the track is fucking awful. They asked me to do it originally, they offered me so much money and I was like ‘fuck that, I’m not doing it’… you’d have to pay me a lot more because I’d have to give up my career, that’d be it!.” Today, a good chunk of Jones’ time is taken up with Magnetic Man, his collaboration with fellow Croydon producers Benga and Artwork. The dubstep supergroup have an album currently in the works, the follow-up to their self-titled 2010 album which was massive crossover hit. On top of that, Jones has just finished work on Skreamizm 7, which is due for release within a month or so. Aside from that, he has a myriad of other commitments including his show on BBC Radio 1. “Benga and I was approached to start a monthly show on Radio 1 a year or so ago which was called In New DJs We Trust,” he says. “The show went amazingly well and next thing we know, we was being offered a full-time show every Friday night taking over from Judge Jules... it was crazy.”Now, Jones hosts the weekly show alongside the likes of DJ Chuckie, Heide, Toddla T, Andy George and Jaymo.
» SKREAM » THE BIG APE TOUR » WEDNESDAY, JULY 18 @ VILLA
It’s been four years since Sydney electro-pop four-piece Van She released their debut record V and although they’ve been working with the tracks from their recently released sophomore record Idea Of Happiness for more than two years, this show conveyed little evidence that the band had prepared a live show for their national tour to celebrate the release of the album. But, the bogan-hipsters (moustache, mullet, nose-ring and cardigan – where do these people come from?), metro-muscle-flexing dudes, indie chicks, gays and old-school Van She fans rocked on in to Capitol, curious to see Van She’s new live show and super fresh tunes. Remaining a spacious, synthy disco den for the evening, it was surprising to see so many eager punters early on, witnessing local indie-electro poppers Voltaire Twins deliver a happy, problem-free set. Enticing the frontline with tunes from their new EP Apollo, including Young Adult, Tegan and Jaymes Voltaire and their band warmed up the gradually growing crowd with their perfectly poppy melodies and shimmering synths. In fact, you may as well have left after their set, as the show didn’t get much better than that. After a 45 minute wait – with DJ Shazam pumping out eclectic, tropical-flavoured beats from behind the decks upstairs – Van She emerged on stage as their holiday-enticing, dreamy fresh tune Coconuts ran through the speakers. Right from the get go, it was awkward. Frontman Nick Routledge dressed like a mash of Elvis and some sort of health-spa advocate with a slicked back hair-do wearing flowing white pants and a red, long sleeve shirt. Before they’d even begun their set, Routledge apologised on behalf of the band for being “seriously jetlagged” having just returned from Jamaica where they shot the video-clip to their song of the same name. Swiftly launching into Jamaica, it was Tom Archer’s skills on the xylophone which kept the topsy-turvy set on track and visually, dampened the awkwardness created by the frontman’s uncomfortable movements about the stage throughout the duration of the band’s set.
Van She (photo by Daniel Grant) It was clear that he felt uncomfortable on stage – either that or unprepared – he engaged in whimsical, half-assed limb flailing, gawky and camp movements about stage, appearing unsure of himself or in what direction the set was heading. And, attempting an acapella cover of James Blake’s The Wilhelm Scream, did not help the situation. He sung one verse completely out the blue and then abruptly moved on. Running through new tunes Tears, Beat Of The Drum and Sarah, it was the semi-uplifting rendition of popular You’re My Rescue, old school track Strangers, and title tune Idea Of Happiness which saw a few hands in the air and moods amongst the crowd lift. But, they could’ve left it there. Punters had been slowly filing out over the course of their set and so when it finished, there weren’t cheers for an encore. In fact, when the band returned to stage it was embarrassing as half the audience had left. Left saying “thank you” to a relatively sparse room, the band then launched into an unknown B-side, asking the audience to forgive them if it sounded bad as they’d never played it live. But, the audience weren’t as forgiving as they’d hoped – a couple of drunken lads down the front started yelling “sing a fucking song”.And, as if it couldn’t much worse, they were then cut off midsong. Considering Van She’s popular and respected musical output, this show was disappointing, awkward, sad and embarrassing. Van Shit.
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The Bamboos (Photo: Dan Grant)
THE BAMBOOS DJ Charlie Bucket / Naik The Bakery Friday, July 6, 2012
phenomenal; her voice is unwavering and powerful, with enough soul for the whole audience to absorb. New band member and young co-vocalist Ella Thompson also held her own, and it isn’t difficult to see why she was added to the lineup and taken under Auldist’s experienced wing. The nine-piece’s cover of a cover (of a cover) of Wilhelm Scream was phenomenal, and their rendition of Kings Of Leon’s King Of The Radio reached almost-painful levels of cool, with an out of this world flute solo from Anton Delucca – who, apparently, is bringing the flute back. Each and every member of the band exudes this level of casual coolness that is obvious when they play together, melding their musicianship and fitting together without a hitch. The band’s three-song strong encore was the greatest 20 minutes or so of the night, featuring I Got Burned (despite rumours, Tim Rogers did not make an appearance) and ending on Keep Me in Mind. By the end of the band’s set, being in the audience was an inadvertent love-in, with new friends and sweaty dancing partners abound. The Bamboos are a band best devoured live, and whether you subscribe to the genre or not, the funk will, quite simply, blow your mind. _CHLOE PAPAS
A bit of rain didn’t stop a massive crowd from rolling in to sweat it up to one of (arguably) the greatest Australian funk bands of the past few decades on Friday night – and oh, what a diverse crowd it was. From new young converts to older fans who were downing the drinks and pretending it wasn’t past their bed time, The Bakery was a heaving mass from early on in the night. Local DJ Charlie Bucket kicked off the night with his soul-filled beats, getting the crowd a little loose and setting the tone. Naik followed on with his brand of psychedelic electronica and heated up the packed out room, amping up the crowd and getting people moving. Not long after Naik’s quick set, The Bamboos took to the stage to thunderous applause, looking all suave in suits and dresses. Right from the word ‘go’ the band had the crowd eating out of the palm of their hand, projecting their massive sound out into the venue, all brass and percussion. The group kicked off with a few oldies before performing tracks like Cut Me Down and What I Know from new record Medicine Man, which is where they truly dominate. Kylie Auldist’s vocals truly have to be heard live to be believed, the lady is
HUSH: AN EVENING OF QUIET MUSIC Guildford Grammar Cathedral Saturday, July 7, 2012 Davey Craddock had a dream. He longed for an evening where he didn’t have to lug his heavy guitar amp around, leaving plenty of room in the car for an ample array of condiments that he could share with a captive audience. His good friend and golf buddy Stacy Gougoulis helped to hatch a plan where local bands would have access to serene setting of the Guildford Grammar School Chapel to show their wares in a hushed format.
JONATHAN BOULET Wolves At The Door Amplifier Saturday, July 7, 2012 A man can cram a mess of headbanging into an hour when his songs average about three minutes in length. Sydney pop-rocker Jonathan Boulet knows this well. But well before Boulet took the stage at Amplifier on Saturday evening local three piece Wolves At The Door had a good crack at the increasingly thick and sweaty audience with a darkly atmospheric performance punctuated by heavy guitars juxtaposed with airy boy/girl vocals. With nearly an hour to kill and hardly any songs in his arsenal ranging longer than three or four minutes, Jonathan Boulet zig-zagged through almost all of the tunes contained on recent release We Keep The Beat, Found The Sound, See The Need, Start The Heart as well as a couple of choice slices from his 2009 self-titled debut. From early in the set, Boulet proved an admirable performer as he thrashed around the neck of the guitar, with his fingers moving the speed of a With a complete lack of ego, the cohosts were the first two acts to greet the crowd. Gougoulis aka Moustache shed his electronic backing for the evening and enlisted his friends to form a backing choir, while Davey Craddock & The Spectacles stripped back their country tinged tunes and promoted Craddock’s fresh batch of home made chutney. The beautiful yet intimidating setting meant that you could hear every time that Amber Fresh shuffled her chair across the floor or the false starts to her songs. It is these real moments that make Fresh one of Perth’s most enthralling musicians. You may never know exactly what you are going to get, even if you can be sure that Adam’s Song and Once I Was are exquisite in any setting. Benedict Moleta has given us gentle narratives on suburban life for some time, and by teaming up with Miranda Pollard he has made a good thing even better. As a stylist songwriter who uses works such as incongruous in his lyrics Moleta has fared very well on his own, but it is Pollard’s understated presence that has ensured
HYDE PARK HOTEL
The Hyde Park Hotel and X-Press Magazine are teaming up for Night Of The Living Dead - An X-Press Readers Party this Friday, July 13. Prepare yourself for a massive night of high voltage rock’n’roll, featuring Devil Rides Out, Will Stoker & The Embers, Jackson Firebird (VIC), Cal Peck & The Tramps and Loose Lips. To add to the awesomeness, there’ll also be giveaways, drink specials, and it’s free entry from 7.30pm. See you down at the Hydey!
Beat Nightclub Saturday, June 30, 2012 Children of the ’90s (and those who wished they were) flocked to Beat Nightclub on Saturday, June 30, for a celebration of the decade and all the awesome and not so awesome things that came along with it. The drink du jour on the evening was of course the Millions of Peaches cocktail, which punters sipped while getting down to tunes spun by the Event Cartel DJs.
Allan, Rochelle & Garth
Tonight, Wednesday, July 11, Paddo POW will feature Dove, Stu Nugent and Tim Montgomery. Proceedings kick off at 8pm and, as always, entry is free.
Photographs by Courtney McAllister
Hailee, Caitlin & Mel
Get your weekly fix of original music this Thursday, July 12, at the Mustang Bar as Wash, Cavefire Cinema and We Move Walls hit the stage, with DJ James MacArthur on the decks ‘til late.
The fine folks at The Ellington know our home grown talent matches it with the best in the world and that’s why they’re putting on a full roster of local artists this week. Hit up ellingtonjazz.com.au for the show schedule.
Tim, Brodie & Hugh
Meghan & Ella
Liam, Aaron & Matt
his current act is truly something special. Intermission saw cake and coffee served outside before punters returned to the chapel to bask under the ample hair of Timothy Nelson. The larger than life singer rarely stood still during his tongue in cheek moments like I’m Quitting Music and New York You’ll Never Be Mine. During a short set Felicity Groom managed to circumvent autoharp, piano and guitar while working through tunes from her stellar debut before ‘borrowing’ Gougoulis’ choir to flesh out Finders And Keepers and An Ache. Runner finished the night as a duo who were soon accompanied by a string section. They sounded nothing like they do on record but were equally as good. With short sets for each act no one outstayed their welcome. Hush was one of the most pleasant nights out with too many highlights to mention. Off the back of the success of this event, there will undoubtedly be another installment. _CHRIS HAVERCROFT
This Thursday, July 12, catch My Perth Riot (the new sister event to the annual My Sydney Riot) which will feature Will Stoker & the Embers, Fait Accompli, The Love Junkies, Frozen Ocean and Wash. To win a double pass to the show email email@example.com with ‘Win’ in the subject line.
Saturday, July 14, catch an east coast double-bill with Sydney rockers Fait Accompli and Victoria’s Jackson Firebird hitting the stage with support from locals The Disappointed and Misty Mountain. Doors open 8pm, $10 entry.
The Reggae Club at Bar Orient Fremantle has planned an amazing line up for you this Friday, July 13, with DJ Super Bros hitting the decks from 8pm. Entry is free and there are $7 pints and spirits ‘til 9pm.
The Court Hotels Super Sexy Saturdays are one big club night every Saturday night. Get yourself on the door list with free entry this Saturday, July 14, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘I’m Super Sexy’ in the subject line.
EAST END BAR
Every Thursday night get down to The Prestige, a night of house, funk and electro from 9pm ‘til late! Dance the night away, recline into a chesterfield or soak up the tunes over a delicious cocktail. Entry is free before 10pm and there are student priced drinks all night long. If you’re a night owl and don’t think you’ll make it down before 10pm, we can get you on the door list on Thursdays after 10pm by simply emailing email@example.com with ‘Prestige’ in the subject line.
Finish your weekend with a bang this Sunday, July 15, at the Rocket Room, starting with the beautiful Allure Entertainment ladies dancing for the weekly Coyote Ugly showcase from 8pm to 11pm. Afterwards live rock legend and Bon Scott impersonator Antonio will take you Riding On The Highway! 32
Tonight, Wednesday, July 11, Wet N Wild Wednesdays makes a one night only appearance at the Beat Nightclub from its usual home at Geisha Nightclub (due to renovations). And head down on Friday, July 13, to get your hardcore fix with Helta Skelta, Cabin Fever, Tikdoff, Worst Possible Outcome and The De Niros.
BEAT NIGHTCLUB Kris, Dominic & Liam
hummingbird’s wings. Yet it was his tight four-piece band who really glued all the elements of his layered songs together – indeed, at first glance, it was hard to discern who indeed was the ‘leader’ on stage. The quintet struck the right balance between guitar-hero antics and sticking faithful to Boulet’s recorded songs, letting moments of song structure peek through the wild, distorted jamming. This approach brought a brand of energy that lent itself to a live setting, and it didn’t remove any shred of the hooks or songcraft heard on their studio counterparts. With it’s pounding anti-establishment themes and snarling “I’m not in control of myself/I don’t even know where I stand” lyrics, Trounce was the moment when the bubbling energy finally burst, ushering in an intensity from the crowd that didn’t wane until the houselights came on later in the night. The crowd also expressed its approval of new tunes This Song Is Ragged and FM AM CB TV in shrieks and fist pumps before joining in for a massive sing-along on final tune You’re A Animal. Despite its 50 minute runtime, the set seemed like it was over all too soon – yet it still afforded Boulet the opportunity to prove why his concerts are becoming more and more well-known as fun, rock‘n’roll shows, the kind that’ll make anyone who was there drag a few more friends with them the next time he rolls back in to town.
Saturday, July 14, The Brow Horn Orchestra launch their Two Fires EP with help from Set Sail, Sunshine Brothers, DJ NDORSE and more. There’ll be limited on the door tickets available on the night for $20 from 8pm but you can email firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘Horn Blowers’ in the subject line to win double passes. X-Press – First on the street, Wednesdays
THE FLOWER DRUMS
Home Sweet Home The Flower Drums have produced an homage to one very special house in new EP Suburban Wilderness. JENNIFER PETERSON-WARD chats to Leigh Craft ahead of the launch of the new record this Saturday, July 14 at The Bird. Pop has always loved a visit to the suburbs, whether in the high-street hellraisers of Pet Shops Boys’ Suburbia or the soaring anthems of the Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs. It’s fitting, then, that local indie outfit The Flower Drums have chosen to name their forthcoming EP Suburban Wilderness. “Ironically none of us grew up in a ‘suburb’,” begins vocalist Leigh Craft. “Aden [Senycia] grew up in the Middle East and nearly everyone else grew up in the hills, so I guess you could say we grew up in towns opposed to suburbs, or are they the same thing?” As Craft attests, Suburban Wilderness doesn’t draw inspiration from suburbia in any sort of contemptuous way, but rather aims to capture the romanticised lifelessness of “the white house” – one very special house which has had a major influence on the young band. “It’s a big white house that looks over the city on Walcott Street,” he explains.“I moved in there about a year ago, and since then it’s become a hive of creativity for bands and artists, from the front it looks like a classic 1950s suburban house but inside and out the back has what some may refer to as a slightly more bohemian look. It’s funny how people glamorise houses that artists live or have lived in, we all love the white house but to be honest I’m sure we’d rather be on the beach front somewhere around Cottesloe.” The story of how Craft came to reside in this humble abode is a storied one. Originally known for his work in local outfit Streetlight, he had been slowly developing his own sound under the moniker of The Flower Drums which culminated in the release of a debut EP, Shadows Aren’t Real. Following the disbanding of Streetlight, Craft uprooted himself to Melbourne for a short while before deciding to head west again to find able band members to introduce to the fold. The new digs Craft had moved into in Perth doubled up
The Flower Drums as a recording studio for The Flower Drums and were subsequently dubbed “the white house”. “One of my friends referred to my house as a ‘suburban wilderness’ and I thought that was an interesting way of describing it. We intended to name one of our releases after the house in order to create some kind of future nostalgia and Suburban Wilderness seemed more fitting than The White House,” he says. Appropriately, Craft cites releases that embrace the home recording process as some of the biggest influences on the new record. “A big influence for me, personally, is the imperfections in recordings, like the person who accidentally walked into the studio during a vocal take or the bottle that you can hear smash during a live recording. That stuff is beautiful and makes me excited about recording music, it’s a real shame people cut those bits out. Nick Drake’s album Family Tree is a perfect example of beautiful imperfections,” he says. Having already wracked up an enviable number of shows since securing their line-up just one short year ago, they’re expected to pack out The Bird for their EP launch this weekend.“The support bands are all friends of ours so I get the feeling it’s going to be more of a party than anything, and the best part is we don’t have to clean up, bars are good like that. We’ll hopefully be creating some atmospheric sounds that could possibly transport a small cat into the next dimension. Also expect to see three amazing bands play before us that are also capable of achieving this; it’s going to be a weird night,” Craft says. With new albums in the pipeline, as well as a slew of upcoming gigs, Craft confirms that all thoughts of packing his bags and moving to the other side of the pond have vanished in recent months. “I honestly think the quality of Perth music is at an all time high, bands are blowing my mind left right and centre, we should be grateful that people like you guys [X-Press], Fat Shan Records, Cool Perth Nights, RTR, Life is Noise and all the other beautiful people are helping bands do their thang, it’s made the idea of moving elsewhere in order to further your music career seem like a distant memory. Good times.” You’ve spent some months in hibernation - what were you up to? Well, we’ve had a few changes in the band since last year; now we have Hayley-Jane Ayres on violin/viola, keys and harmonies, and Jozef Grech is playing acoustic guitar, the odd shaker or two and more harmonies. We’re also somewhat ‘self managed’ now, you could say, because Hayley’s taking care of that side of things mostly now and we both figure out what the band’s doing together. On top of that, the new songs have kind of got everyone excited again to be in this band so it almost feels like we’re starting over.
Timothy Nelson & The Infidels
TIMOTHY NELSON & THE INFIDELS What do you love about making music? I just love being lost in my own head writing songs, thinking of melodies or guitars or whatever… I’m a bit of a space cadet as a result of this but I figure it’s for a good cause. I just feel like I’m supposed to write songs and it feels right to me. There are certain things you just couldn’t express any other way as well… all art is like that; it’s just another way to communicate. Of all the musical folks you’ve played alongside over the years, who’ve been some of your favourites? Clare Bowditch springs to mind because she’s just a lovely person to catch up with when I manage to. As a gig experience I’d probably say either Birds of Tokyo or Eskimo Joe because their fans are very interested in what the support band has to say and if you get to open for either of them you’ve got a good gig right there. Most recently we had Race To Your Face on a show with us at The Bird, and they’re an awesome two-piece band.
2012 has seen pop aficionados Tracksuit release a new single in Beat Up Radio and a new addition to their line-up in bassist Travis Leggett. Now the local lads have announced a run of gigs for their hometown fans to attend, as they celebrate the release of their new single, Classy Girl. Catch the new tune live this week on Thursday, July 12, at Mojos with Axe Girl and Blackboard Minds, and Saturday, July 14, at Settlers Tavern (guests TBA).
IN THE MINK
Tell us a little about your upcoming show at The Bakery: We haven’t played a show since the start of April and after this one, unfortunately we won’t be playing again until October I think. It’s funny, everyone in the band is jetting off to somewhere else in the world and all at different intervals… so our only time together for the next months will be spent rehearsing and playing this show. It kind of sucks that we can’t play for a while but we’re going to make this gig as good as we can to make up for it. We’ll be joined by some very good friends of ours; James Teague and his wonderful band, The Empty Cup and Thee Gold Blooms. Will you be showcasing any new tunes? Yeah, loads. Almost the entire new album I think, bar a couple of tunes that aren’t quite there yet. It’s so exciting for us to have new tunes in the set again, the stuff off I Know This Now we’ve been playing since we started and we’ve noticed with the new tunes there’s a really cool energy happening when we play them. I think the direction we’ve headed in packs more of a punch and should make for a more fun show than we may have had before. When are you expecting to put out a new record? Realistically, I think mid next year is when album #2 will come out by which point I think I’ll have #3 in the oven as well given the rate that I’m writing at the moment. Exciting times. I know we’re definitely putting out a single before this year is over though. What are your plans for the rest of 2012? With what time we have we’re recording demo after demo for the next record and currently booking another national tour for December to support the single we put out. We’ve all got overseas travels coming up as well as our other bands keeping us busy - I think I’m doing a High Horse record around November and I just did an EP with Amanda Merdzan so we’re rehearsing for the launch of that also. Any spare hours amongst all that I’ve been compiling demos at home for record number three, four, five, six…
Quirky jazz/pop duo Minky G And Roscoe return to the Ellington for their first gig back in Perth on Sunday, July 15, following a two month tour of the UK, with a Catch Timothy Nelson & The Infidels at The Bakery new, self-titled EP in hand. this Friday, July 13. www.xpressmag.com.au
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Ladyhawke, July 24, The Bakery
The Smashing Pumpkins, July 26, Challenge Stadium
STONEFIELD AUGUST 17 Settlers Tavern MARK GARDENER 18 Studio 146 Albany 1 Fly By Night DENI HINES / MONIQUE NORTH WEST FESTIVAL (Hilltop Hoods, The MONTEZ SAY ANYTHING 2 Bunbury Entertainment Living End, The Cat / THE GETAWAY Empire, Regurgitator, Centre PLAN Dead Letter Circus, and CHILDREN COLLIDE more) 11 Amplifier / DUNE RATS / BAD 18 Port Hedland Turf DREEMS Club 2 Prince Of Wales TERROR RUFUS 3 & 4 Amplifier Bar 12 Amplifier 18 Amplifier EMPRA 19 Newport Hotel 3 Rocket Room GEORGE GARZONE FAIT ACCOMPLI 4 Prince Of Wales 18 & 19 The Ellington CHET FAKER 12 Rosemount Hotel KENNY ROGERS / GLEN 3 The Bakery 13 Ya Ya’s CAMPBELL 4 Mojos Bar 14 Railway Hotel BAND OF FREQUENCIES 21 Riverside Theatre ADAM PAGE 3 Prince Of Wales HOUSE OF SHEM 4 Qunidanning Tavern 21 The Ellington 23 Albany Entertainment 12 Wanneroo Tavern 5 Mojos Bar Centre 8 Indi Bar 13 Elliot Bar Bunbury BURNING LOVE 10 Settlers Tavern 14 Rosemount Hotel 22 The Den 11 White Star Hotel 15 Leisure Inn HERMAN’S HERMITS Albany Rockingham 12 Clancy’s Dunsborough 22 Friends Restaurant PASSENGER SNAKADAKTAL 22 Rosemount Hotel 4 Astor Theatre JACKSON PITBULL / TAIO CRUZ THE BRIDE FIREBIRD / HAVANA BROWN / 4 C5 Metropolis 13 Hyde Park Hotel TIMOMATIC Fremantle 23 Burswood Dome 14 Railway Hotel 5 YMCA HQ DANIEL GASSIN ED SHEERAN 23 The Ellington 6 Riverside Theatre SET SAIL ALPINE TIM BARRY / JOSH 13 Rosemount Hotel 23 Newport Hotel 14 Melville Youth Centre SMALL 24 Prince Of Wales 8 The Den 25 The Bakery (early) / Mojos Bar (late) JINJA SAFARI / BONNIWELLS 15 Clancy’s Dunsborough OPOSSOM / WHITE 24 Velvet Lounge ARROWS 25 Dada Records 8 Astor Theatre JULY 26 Mojos Bar BELL BIV DEVOE / HETTY KATE FLIGHT OF THE GINUWINE 25 The Ellington CONCHORDS 9 Astor Theatre THE PHARCYDE 18-20 Challenge Stadium BOB BARRETT 25 Capitol 9 The Ellington TROY ROBERTS THE LAURELS EVEN 19 The Ellington 25 Mojos Bar 9 Prince Of Wales DOC NEESON MARIA MINERVA 10 Rosemount Hotel 19 Friends Restaurant 26 Maylands Yacht Club 11 Mojos Bar PENNYWISE / THE MELISSA ETHERIDGE 12 Indi Bar / SHARKS 20 Riverside Theatre HOUSE VS HURRICANE MENZINGERS 29 Metropolis Fremantle HEROES FOR HIRE / CONFESSION / IN SLASH FEAT. MYLES HEARTS WAKE 20 The Den KENNEDY & THE 10 Prince Of Wales 21 YMCA HQ CONSPIRATORS 11 Amplifier KID MAC 30 Metro City 12 YMCA HQ 20 Mojos Bar KATE MILLER-HEIDKE / ILLY 31 Metropolis Fremantle 21 Settlers Tavern THE BEARDS TIM HART BAND OF SKULLS 11 Astor Theatre 31 The Ellington 23 The Bakery HOLY BALM THE SMITH STREET 11 Pica Bar LADYHAWKE BAND TOMMY EMMANUEL 24 The Bakery 31 Rosemount Hotel 12 Perth Concert Hall ROSETTA NASUM / DYSCARNATE 25 Rosemount Hotel SEPTEMBER 15 Amplifier Bar DARYL BRAITHWAITE TRANSIT ILLY 25 Friends Restaurant 1 Capitol 15 YMCA HQ THE TEA PARTY THE ENGLISH BEAT 16 Amplifier Bar THE BEAUTIFUL GIRLS 1 Astor Theatre 26 Metro City HOWARD JONES 15 Prince Of Wales THE SMASHING 5 Astor Theatre 16 Settlers Tavern PUMPKINS JOSE FELICIANO 17 & 18 Fly By Night 26 Challenge Stadium 5 Regal Theatre TONI CHILDS CLUBFEET/YUKSEK THE BEACH BOYS 15 Bunbury Regional 27 Villa 6 Burswood Dome Entertainment Centre KARNIVOOL DAMIEN LEITH 16 Fly By Night Club 7 Mandurah Performing 17 Goldfields Arts Centre / REDCOATS / Arts Centre Kalgoorlie SLEEPMAKESWAVES 8 Astor Theatre 27-29 Rosemount Hotel 18 Esperance Civic THE MEDICS Centre NARISSA CAMPBELL 19 Albany Entertainment 8 Amplifier 27 & 28 The Ellington URTHBOY Centre EIFFEL 65 / N-TRANCE STONEFIELD 8 Rosemount Hotel ROTTOFEST (Millions 28 Metropolis Fremantle 16 Newport and more) OWL EYES KIM SALMON 8 & 9 Rottnest Island 16 Artbar 27 Hidden Treasures SUBHUMANS HUNTING GROUNDS Fremantle 12 Amplifier 16 Prince Of Wales 28 The Bakery JONAH MATRANGA 17 Amplifier LOADED DICE 12 Amplifier HILLTOP HOODS 28 & 29 Charles Hotel AMERICA 17 Challenge Stadium 12 Perth Concert Hall OWL EYES /
THIS WEEK JULY 11 – JULY 17
Kim Salmon, July 27, Hidden Treasures July 28, The Bakery
PATRICK WOLF THE MAGNETIC ZEROS / 14 Fly By Night WILLY MASON KATCHAFIRE 12 & 13 Belvoir 14 Astor Theatre Amphitheatre 15 Settlers Tavern COUNT BASIE 16 Prince Of Wales ORCHESTRA EARTH / MARGINS 14 Perth Concert Hall 15 Rosemount Hotel EVERCLEAR RUFUS WAINWRIGHT 14 Capitol 19 Riverside Theatre THIS IS NOWHERE WHEATUS (Tortoise, Xiu Xiu, Grails, 20 Metropolis Fremantle Beach Fossils, The Bank Holidays, HTRK, Puro GIAN SLATER Instinct, High Tea, and 21 & 22 The Ellington more) HANSON 22 Metropolis Fremantle 14 Somerville Auditorium and surrounds GYROSCOPE TODD MCKENNEY 22 Rosemount Hotel 18 & 19 Astor Theatre JULIA STONE PAUL HEATON 28 Astor Theatre 21 Fly By Night AARON GOLDBERG BASTARDFEST(Astriaal, 28 & 29 The Ellington Fuck I’m Dead, and KATIE NOONAN & more) KARIN SCHAUPP 28 Winthrop Hall UWA 27 Civic Hotel 29 Mandurah Performing THE LIGHTHOUSE TRIO 27 & 28 The Ellington Arts Centre SUNN O))) / PELICAN XAIVER RUDD 25 Goldfields Arts Centre 28 Capitol ROCK IT (The Black Kalgoorlie Keys, John Butler Trio, 26 Esperance Civic Birds Of Tokyo, The Centre 28 Albany Entertainment Panics Lanie Lane, Last Dinosaurs, Royal Centre 29 Fremantle Arts Centre Headache, Graveyard Train, Brothers Grim, 30 Caves House The Toot Toot Toots, and Yallingup STEPHEN MALKMUS & more) 28 Joondalup Arena THE JICKS 28 Rosemount Hotel WAVE ROCK NOVEMBER WEEKENDER (Stephen HOT CHELLE RAE / CHER Malkmus & The Jicks LLOYD and more TBA) 1 Challenge Stadium 29 - 30 Wave Rock THE LIVING END Caravan Park 1-7 Rosemount Hotel RUSSIAN CIRCLES / EMMYLOU HARRIS EAGLE TWIN 6 Perth Concert Hall 30 The Bakery JOSH PYKE FEAR FACTORY 8 Artbar 30 Capitol CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE BAND 8 Fly By Night OCTOBER GEORGE MICHAEL JOE BONAMASSA 10 Perth Arena 1 Perth Concert Hall PARKLIFE (The Presets, SIGUR ROS 13 Belvoir Amphitheatre Nero, Passion Pit, Plan B, Rusko, Tame Impala, STEREOSONIC (Tiësto, Chiddy Bang, Robyn, and Avicii, Calvin Harris, Example, Carl Cox, more) Major Lazer, and more) 1 Wellington Square 25 Claremont DEFEATER / Showgrounds BLACKLISTED 3 Amplifier 4 YMCA HQ DECEMBER MARTIKA JUSTINE CLARKE 4 Metropolis Fremantle 1 Astor Theatre OH MERCY SIMPLE MINDS / DEVO / 4 Settlers Tavern THE CHURCH / MODELS 5 Norfolk Basement 4 Kings Park & Botanical 6 The Bakery Garden KELLY CLARKSON / THE FRAY JANUARY 2013 5 Challenge Stadium SOUTHBOUND (The HYPERFEST (line-up Flaming Lips, SBTRKT, TBA) Best Coast, Beach 7 Midland Oval Boy & Bear, THE AMITY AFFLICTION House, Coolio, The Vaccines, / THE GHOST INSIDE / and more TBA) ARCHITECTS 4 & 5 Sir Stewart Bovell 7 & 8 Metropolis Park Busselton Fremantle SANDI THOM CANNIBAL CORPSE / 10 Fly By Night DISENTOMB / ENTRAILS BIG DAY OUT (line up ERADICATED TBC) 9 Capitol 28 Claremont STEEL PANTHER Showgrounds 11 Metro City PAUL CAPSIS SEPTEMBER 11 Artbar ONE DIRECTION MUMFORD & SONS / 28 & 29 Perth Arena EDWARD SHARPE &
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Mei Saraswati, Wednesday at The Moon
WEDNESDAY 11.07 BALMORAL Nathan Gaunt BAR 120 Felix CLANCY’S CANNING BRIDGE Johnny Taylor Luke Kordyl CLANCY’S FREMANTLE Chet Leonard’s Bingotheque CLAREMONT HOTEL Open Mic Night ELLINGTON JAZZ CLUB Tribute To Tony Bennett Featuring Trent White GREENWOOD Bernardine HALE ROAD TAVERN Fenton Wilde INDI BAR Nathan Kaye LUCKY SHAG Howie Morgan MOJOS BAR Blue Lucy David Craft Tom O’Donovan Brian Rice Dalton MUSTANG Kickstart PADDO Dove PADDY HANNANS 5 Shots ROSEMOUNT The Yokohomos Fucking Teeth Doctopus Air Mutande The Apprentice ROSIE O’GRADY’S (NORTHBRIDGE) David Fyffe THE BROWN FOX Courtney Murphy THE MOON Odette Mercy Farren Wood Mei Saraswati
THURSDAY 12.07 AMPLIFIER Terror The Others Vanity BELGIAN BEER CAFÉ Chasing Calee BLVD TAVERN Midnight Escapade Lucas Jones BROOKLANDS TAVERN Celebrations Karaoke COMO HOTEL Courtney Murphy DEVILLES PAD Rock ‘N’ Roll Karaoke ELLINGTON JAZZ CLUB Tom OHalloran Trio FUSE BAR Howie Morgan HIGH WYCOMBE HOTEL Chris Murphy HYDE PARK HOTEL Harlequin League Hostile Little Face INDI BAR Valley Floor INGLEWOOD HOTEL Easy Tigers LOBBY LOUNGE (BURSWOOD) John Sandosham LUCKY SHAG James Wilson MARKET CITY TAVERN Andrew Bond Brad Wintle Allison Bell Sulu Rubbertime MOJOS BAR Axe Girl Tracksuit Black Board Minds MUSIC CENTRE
Brow Horn Orchestra
THE BROW HORN ORCHESTRA SET SAIL FRIDAY,JULY 13 – SUNDAY,JULY 15
Tracksuit, Thursday at Mojos Bar & Saturday at Settlers Tavern FREMANTLE 10,000 Rupees MUSTANG BAR Wash Supported Cavefire Cinema We Move Walls NORFOLK BASEMENT Puck Dux & Downtown Dianas OCEAN BEACH HOTEL Open Mic Night OXFORD HOTEL Johnny Taylor PADDY HANNANS Dr Bogus ROSEMOUNT Will Stoker & The Embers Fait Accompli The Love Junkies Frozen Ocean Wash ROSIE O’GRADY’S (FREMANTLE) Clayton Bolger ROSIE O’GRADY’S (NORTHBRIDGE) Bill Chidgzey SOVEREIGN ARMS Fenton Wilde THE BOAT Jen De Ness THE BROOK Open Mic Night THE GATE One Trick Phonies UNIVERSAL Off The Record WANNEROO TAVERN House of Shem Box Party WOODVALE Two Plus One YA YA’S Chris Mason Dave Cooper Sarah Pellicano Jamie Turner
Scalphunter, Friday at Amplifier
CAPTAIN STIRLING Bluebottles CARLISLE HOTEL Reload CIVIC HOTEL Amend At Depths Alex The Kid Idle Eyes CLANCY’S CITY BEACH Bob Patient & Sue Bluck CLANCY’S FREMANTLE The Witness Elli Schoen COMO HOTEL Trevor Jalla CRAFTSMAN Nicki Rose DEVILLES PAD Rocket To Memphis Screaming Lord Miff Les Sataniques EAST 150 Ryan Dillon EASTERN HOTEL Matt Milford ELEPHANT & WHEELBARROW Daren Reid & The Soul City Groove ELIOT ST BAR House of Shem Box Party ELLINGTON JAZZ CLUB The Graham Wood Trio Jodie Tes The Squeeze Featuring Danny Martin EMPIRE Howie Morgan FLY TRAP Lynda Smith & The Borrowed Few FUSE BAR Groove Karaoke GREENWOOD Greg Carter HIGH ROAD HOTEL FRIDAY 13.07 Damien Cripps Band 7th AVENUE HYDE PARK HOTEL Undercover Acoustic The Devil Rides Out AMPLIFIER Will Stoker & The Scalphunter Embers BAILEY BAR Jackson Firebird Mod Squad Cal Peck & The Tramps BAKERY Timothy Nelson & The Loose Lips INDI BAR Infidels Vdelli BALLYS BAR INDIAN OCEAN Christian Thompson BREW BALMORAL Ben Merito The Mojos KALAMUNDA HOTEL BEAT NIGHTCLUB Dirty Scoundrels Helta Skelta LEGENDS BAR Cabin Fever The Organ Grinders The De Niros LOBBY LOUNGE Worst Possible (BURSWOOD) Outcome Tikdoff Pop Candy BELMONT TAVERN LYNWOOD ARMS Everlong Acoustic Mustangs BENNYS MERRIWA TAVERN Faces Overload BENTLY HOTEL MOJOS BAR Dove Zeke BLACK BETTYS The Weapon Is Sound Everlong Mei Saraswati BRASS MONKEY Slackjaw Simmo T Bernadine
MOON & SIXPENCE Soul Corporation MUSTANG BAR Oz Big Band Cheeky Monkeys NEWPORT Party Rockers NORFOLK BASEMENT The Novocaines Nevada Pilot Blue Lucy Nu Mono OXFORD HOTEL Recliners PADDO Dean Anderson PADDY HANNANS Gun Shy Romeos PARAMOUNT Flyte PRINCESS ROAD TAVERN Midnight Rambler PRINCIPAL Ryan Mikey ROCKET ROOM A Haunting On Ravenswood Death Dependant Nexus Reapers Riddle It All Ends Here ROSEMOUNT The Brow Horn Orchestra Set Sail Boom! Bap! Pow! ROSEY O’GRADY’S (FREMANTLE) Spyce ROSEY O’GRADY’S (NORTHBRIDGE) Neil Colliss SAIL & ANCHOR Howie Morgan SOUTH ST ALE HOUSE Robbie King Karaoke SPRINGS TAVERN Greg Carter Karaoke SWINGING PIG Better Days Greg Carter THE BIRD The Growl HamJam Hunting Huxley THE BOAT Deuce THE GATE Smoking Section THE SHED Kickstart UNIVERSAL Nightmoves VELVET LOUNGE Philly Blunt Voltron & MC Stylee Frantik Rufkut MC J Rippa Greg Packer & Assassin Lo-Key Fu Angry Buda VICTORIA PARK HOTEL Ivan Ribic WANNEROO TAVERN Fenton Wilde
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Worst Possible Outcome, Friday at Beat Nightclub
Friday Friday Travis Caudle The Flower Drums, Saturday Travis Caudle Fly By Night atBy The Bird Fly Night
MOON & SIXPENCE Blaze M ON THE POINT Rhythm 22 MOJOS BAR Brow Horn Orchestra Set Sail Brothers SATURDAY 14.07 Sunshine MUSTANG AMPLIFIER The Rusty Pinto The Milkshake Combo Strategy Milhouse BAKERY NEWPORT Wooshie Kizzy Rainbow Chan Gravity Outerwaves NORFOLK Andras Fox BASEMENT BALLYS BAR The Lucky Numbers Bernardine Hombres Del Mar BALMORAL OSBORNE PARK The Recliners HOTEL BAILEY BAR Nathan Gaunt Insideout PADDY HANNAN’S BAR 120 Decoy Flyte PARAMOUNT BEAT NIGHTCLUB Felix Era BELGIAN BEER CAFÉ QUARIE BAR Electrophobia Christian Thompson RAILWAY HOTEL BLACK BETTY’S Fait Accompli J Babies Jackson Firebird BLVD TAVERN The Disappointed Bee Gees Tribute Misty Mountain BURSWOOD (PRIZE ROCKET ROOM DRAW STAGE) Kickstart Switch CLANCY’S CANNING ROSEMOUNT House Of Shem BRIDGE Jahmoko Justin Walshe Duo ROSIE O’GRADY’S CLANCY’S CITY (FREMANTLE) BEACH Flavor Mitch Becker Duo ROSIE O’GRADY’S CLANCY’S (NORTHBRIDGE) FREMANTLE Blue Gene Toby CLAREMONT HOTEL SAIL & ANCHOR Kickstart The Zydecats SEAVIEW COMO HOTEL Open Mic Night Howie Morgan SETTLERS TAVERN DEVILLES PAD Tracksuit Viva La France SOUTH ST Ginger La Minge ALEHOUSE Cancans Sataniques Shawne & Luc ELEPHANT & SWAN LOUNGE WHEELBARROW Define My Addiction Timeout Take It Or Leave It ELLINGTON JAZZ A Nameless Fear CLUB Fatal Intentions Marnie Kent Trio SWINGING PIG The Ben Vanderwal Ragdoll Experience Greg Carter Accumulated THE BIRD Gestures FLY BY NIGHT CLUB The Flower Drums Hooray For Hollywood GreyJoy Dianas GREENWOOD Leure Cargo Beat THE BOAT HIGH ROAD HOTEL The Organ Grinders Lush THE GATE HYDE PARK HOTEL Dirty Scoundrels Sugartooth THE SHED Drimble Wedge Huge The Vegetations THE VAULT INDI BAR The Brow Horn Matt Gresham Orchestra LAKERS Set Sail Billy & The Broken Bass Reflex Lines THE WHALE & ALE LEOPOLD HOTEL Urban X Steve Hepple UNIVERSAL LOBBY LOUNGE Soul Corporation (BURSWOOD) WANNEROO TAVERN John & Shaun Greg Carter Sandosham WOODVALE TAVERN METRO FREO Damien Cripps Band Hi NRG WOODVALE TAVERN Dr Bogus YA YA’S Fait Accompli Shock Octopus The Disappointed
XWRAY CAFÉ The Whistling Dogs Mitch Becker YAYA’S The Sure Fire Midnights Cal Peck & The Tramps Dux & Downtown Thee Gold Blooms
Minky G & Roscoe, Sunday at The Ellington
OCEAN VIEW TAVERN Peter Ashton PINK DUCK Kevin Conway ROCKET ROOM Coyote Ugly Antonio “Bon Scott” ROSEY O’GRADY’S (NORTHBRIDGE) Jonathan Dempsey SAIL & ANCHOR SUNDAY 15.07 TH Shawne & Luc 7 AVENUE SOUTH ST ALE Good Karma HOUSE BALLY’S BAR Christian Thompson Greg Carter SOVEREIGN ARMS BALMORAL Ivan Ribic Cranky SWAN LOUNGE BAR ORIENT The Basement Sea Clayton Bolger Trio BLVD TAVERN THE BIRD Annabelle Fait Accompli Lucas Jones Sugarpuss Jane Bakers THE GATE Matt Angel Better Days Jordan McRobbie Chris Gibbs Trio Michael Van THE MOON Oudtshoorn BROKEN HILL HOTEL James Teague John Martyr Chris Murphy THE SAINT CAPTAIN STIRLING Howie Morgan Project Christian Parkinson THE SHED CHASE BAR The Healy’s One Trick Phonies Blue Hornet CLANCY’S THE VIC DUNSBOROUGH The Mojos The Brow Horn UNIVERSAL Orchestra Retriofit Set Sail VICTORIA PARK CLANCY’S HOTEL FREMANTLE Neil Colliss The Zydecats WOODVALE TAVERN COMO HOTEL Free Radicals Matt Midford EAST 150 BAR MONDAY 16.07 Jamie Powers BRASS MONKEY ELEPHANT & The Organ Grinders WHEELBARROW Daren Reid & The Soul ELLINGTON JAZZ CLUB City Groove Dale Boaden Trio ELLINGTON JAZZ LOBBY LOUNGE CLUB (BURSWOOD) Minky G and Rosco Courtney Murphy EMPIRE MOJOS BAR CB3 Wide Open Mic Night INDIAN OCEAN BREW CO Retriofit INDI BAR James Hall Jacob Diamond Jackie Treehorn KALAMUNDA HOTEL Karin Page LAKERS TAVERN Jamie Powers LAST DROP TAVERN John Unitt M ON THE POINT Electrophobia MOJOS BAR (ARVO) Peter Bibby Shiny Joe’s Tristen Fidler’s Ringham’s Ask Jefferson MOJOS BAR (EVE) Nevada Pilot Patient Little Sister Lammas Tide Amanda Merdzan MUSTANG BAR Peter Busher & The Lone Rangers NEWPORT Tim Nelson Salty & The Luna-Seas The Insinnerators Blazin’ Entrails
MUSTANG BAR Marco & The Alley Cats THE DEEN Plastic Max & The Token Gesture
TUESDAY 17.07 ELLINGTON JAZZ CLUB Jazz Jam Session LOBBY LOUNGE (BURSWOOD) John Sandosham LUCKY SHAG Christian Thompson MERRIWA TAVERN Celebrations Karaoke MOJOS BAR Dilip N The Davs Hombres Del Mar Ensemble Formidable Sound System PADDO Simon Kelly PRINCE OF WALES Open Mic Night SETTLERS TAVERN Open Mic Night THE BIRD Fat Shans Open Mic Night Kate Gilbertson Ralway Bell Keegan Ross Moana Lutton Daisy Clover Luke Jones The Empty Cup TWO ROCKS TAVERN Jump For Joy Karaoke X-WRAY CAFE Open Piano Night YAYA’S Lillium Stargazer Flyball Gov’nor Bears & Dolls World – A – Fuzzy
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SOUNDCADDY ONE Seriously Sound System Providing powerful, reliable, convenient sound reinforcement for a wide variety of applications, HK Audio’s new Soundcaddy One PA is the perfect road companion for those musicians who have found other portable systems fiddly and time-consuming to set up. This week, Volume takes a look at this new plug and play system. No matter where your music leads, HK Audio’s new Soundcaddy One PA system has the power and portability to go with you. It has all the power and high-quality sound you need to fill a small performance space, yet it is small and light enough to take wherever it is needed. No other PA sets up and is ready to go in such a short time. HK Audio’s engineers have packed everything you need in a portable PA into this remarkably convenient and elegant looking caddy. Transporting it from A to B on its built-in wheels is an exercise in speed and convenience. Life is just as easy once you arrive at the venue: simply extend the mid/high range unit pneumatically. Then connect the signal sources to the easy-to-use onboard four-channel mixing console. Presto, the system is ready to go. The Soundcaddy One system not only sets up in mere seconds – as a genuine HK Audio brand PA, it sounds as good as it is enjoyable to use. The Soundcaddy One is a 600W full-range system based on the same modern line source technology used in the versatile HK Elements system; however it takes ease of use one step further than the Elements model, by allowing the slim line-array speakers to be stowed in the top of the sub for transport. The portable sound system’s name comes from its golf-caddy styling, in that it is built using 38
The Soundcaddy One PA System
a 19mm birch plywood cabinet with integrated handles and wheels. Other features of the new model include an integrated 4-channel mixer and 3 x 6-inch subwoofer. The model also comes equipped with edge guards and a cover to protect the unit in transit. When packed for transport, the Soundcaddy One measures 1020 x 270 x 340mm and weighs in at just 29kg. Pressing the top edge of the line-array speaker column releases a catch, allowing the line array to rise by way of a hydraulic system, to a height where it just clears the cabinet. This lets you reach the twist lock beneath it and set the integrated speaker pole as required, up to a maximum height of 2.1 meters. Simply pushing the speaker back into the sub unit latches it into place. Great sound has never been so portable – or easy to use. High quality, convenience, and power to go! The Soundcaddy One PA system is distributed in Australia through CMI Music & Audio. For more information on the full range of HK Audio products, please visit cmi.com.au. X-Press – First on the street, Wednesdays