X-Press â€“ First on the street, Wednesdays
X-Press â€“ First on the street, Wednesdays
X-Press â€“ First on the street, Wednesdays
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Red Hot Chili Peppers
The wait is over! One of the longest gaps between Australian tours for one of the biggest alternative rock bands of all time is finally FINITO. The mighty geek rockers Weezer are heading to Perth for the first time since they played the building now known as The Doll House Gentlemen’s Club in 1996. On Wednesday, January 23, 2013, they will step into the hallowed home ground of your Perth Wildcats, Perth Arena, for a massive stadium rock show.They’ll be performing their seminal self-titled debut, affectionately known as The Blue Album, in full as well as a swag of their greatest hits. Tickets go on sale from Ticketek at 9am on Thursday, July 26. Or you might want to think about heading to weezer.com for presale info.
The 2013 Big Day Out line-up was revealed on Sunday, and unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably already know how frickin’ awesome it is. On public holiday Monday, January 28, the Big Day Out will return to Claremont Showgrounds (much to the displeasure of the suburb’s tuxedo wearing, coin counting locals) bringing with it the first Red Hot Chili Peppers WA show in over a decade, as well as new material from The Killers, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Vampire Weekend, Band Of Horses, Foals and Animal Collective. Plus headline making acts of 2012 in Against Me!, 360, and Alabama Shakes. Oh, and did we mention B.O.B, Sleigh Bells, Jeff The Brotherhood, Off!, Jagwar Ma, Delta Spirit, Every Time I Die, House Vs Hurricane, Childish Gambino, Logo, Death Grips, Adventure Club and Gary Clark Jr? The dance festival within the festival, the Boiler Room returns, and beat lovers will be able to check out a brand new set from The Bloody Beetroots, along with Kaskade, Crystal Castles, Pretty Lights, Nicky Romero, Morgan Page and Sampology with his AV/DJ show. Wanna get your hands on a ticket? Hit up bigdayout.com from 8pm on Thursday, July 19. Yeow!
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You Am I main man and avid fixed gear bicyclist Tim Rogers has created some new noise by announcing a new album through new music label FOUR | FOUR which operates under ABC Music. The album, equipped with the quirky title Rogers Sings Rogerstein, will be released on August 24 and Rogers will head out to support the album shortly thereafter. He will play Clancy’s in Dunsborough on Thursday, September 27; the Fly By Night on Friday, September 28; the Rosemount Hotel on Saturday, September 29; and he’ll even make a stop at Wave Rock Weekender in Hyden on Sunday, September 30. Tickets to the first three shows via Heatseeker and soulhighway.com.au is the place to go for Wave Rock Weekender information.
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WALL OF SOUND
NewYork-based virtuoso songstress Regina Spektor is heading over our way. Spektor will take audiences through a journey of heartbreak at the wonderful Belvoir Amphitheatre on Wednesday, December 19. The tour supports her recently released sixth album, What We Saw From The Cheap Seats, which again showcases her wild imagination, vast vocal range, and mastery of songwriting. Supporting her is fellow New Yorker, Only Son. Tickets via Ticketmaster on July 26, or head to frontiertouring.com to get some presale action.
KINGDOM OF FEAR
Industrial metal legends Fear Factory are heading to Australia to set stages afire with a mixture of passion and aggression. Supporting their notso-cleverly-titled album The Industrialist they will be playing Capitol on Sunday, September 30. Call in sick or otherwise be prepared to work Monday with ringing ears and your skin black and blue. It promises to be a night of extreme volumes with soaring guitars and melodic death metal screaming. With infighting that makes the Gallagher brothers look like babies, who knows if Fear Factory will ever come back. Tickets via OzTix.
Cool news for all you happy campers, as the second announcement of bands heading to Southbound has been revealed, and once again it’s a doozy. English indie rockers Bombay Bicycle Club and Maximo Park, along with English electronic heroes Hot Chip and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs head up the bill, while Aussie hip hop royalty Hilltop Hoods are along for the ride, as are the Swedish folk duo that play Americana First Aid Kit, and hotly tipped Brisbane-based indie poppers Millions. They join the previously announced Beach House, Best Coast, Boy & Bear, last week’s X-Press Magazine cover band The Flaming Lips, SBTRKT and The Vaccines for a festival of fun in the sun.The good vibes will take place at Sir Stewart Bovell Park in Busselton on Friday, January 4, and Saturday, January 5. Announcements on tickets will be coming soon. Hey we forgot to mention Coolio. Come along and ride on a fantastic voyage. Slide, slide, slippity slide.
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THE KING IS DEAD
Max and Therese buy their dream home. They have lovely neighbours on the left and on the right, King and his drug dealing friends.Wild all night drug fuelled parties from King’s home become the norm, their house is broken into twice and their car is stolen. Life then rapidly spirals out of control the night they break into King’s home with the intention of framing him for the robberies that occurred. Want to win tickets? Enter now as we have five double passes up for the taking.
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JUDITH LUCY - NOTHING FANCY
Perth the wait is over. Judith Lucy is back! One of the country’s most popular comedians is finally back live on stage and she is coming to Perth with her brand new show - Nothing Fancy. There’ll be no singing and no dancing, just gags about everything from internet dating and her cockroach phobia to meditation and terrariums. After all, who doesn’t want to talk about terrariums? Judith will be performing four shows from Thursday, July 26, to Sunday, July 29, at the Octagon Theatre UWA and we have two double passes up for grabs to her July 26 show. Get in now for your chance to win.
The Tea Party
THE TEA PARTY
Canadian rock trio the Tea Party have reformed after a seven-year separation and are now returning to Australia with their 12 stringed guitars, sitars, sarods and goblet drums in tow. We have three monster prize packs up for grabs with each one consisting of a double pass to see the Tea Party perform live at Metro City on Thursday, July 26, plus a meet and greet with the band and a sit in at soundcheck! Phew! This is going to be a knock out gig so get your entries in now for your chance to win this awesome chance of a lifetime.
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Australia’s premier black truffle celebration is back! The entertaining gourmet weekend set in picturesque Mundaring features an array of truffle-themed dishes, exhibitions and master classes to inspire and tantalise your taste buds. With a standout line up of Chefs, some of the well known Australian names taking part are Guillaume Brahimi, Alain Fabrègues, Nino Zocalli and Anna Gare. We have a bunch of double passes up for grabs to the festival running from July 28 to July 29 at Mundaring Community Sculpture Park. Get in now for your chance to win tickets.
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An American Werewolf
AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF
Pop culture classics continue at Hoyts Carousel and we have five double passes up for grabs to see the special screening of An American Werewolf on Friday, July 27. The film tells the story of David (David Naughton) and Jack (Griffin Dunne), two American college students backpacking through Britain when a large wolf attacks them. As the story unfolds David discovers the horrible truth as he contemplates ending his life before the next full moon.
Trance Mission is a new compilation series from the Oneloveteam that will take Trance to another level. After successfully branching out with their hugely popular Dubstep Invasion series, Onelove has recognised first hand the massive response that touring global superstars such as: Tiësto, Armin van Buuren and Paul Van Dyk have had with Australian audiences. We have five copies of Trance Mission to giveaway so get in quick for your chance to win.
The Big Day Out lineup has just been announced, featuring Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Killers,Yeah Yeah Yeahs,Vampire Weekend, Band Of Hoses,The Bloody Beetroots, Kaskade, Animal Collective and many more. Here’s what our Facebook fans had to say about the bill…
Matthew I hate to say it but not even impressive. Chili Peppers are not what I would consider a headliner anymore. Almost wish the Perth boycott was a reality this year
Demelza OMG I’m there!
Gabe Fuck the world’s changed, to say Peppers aren’t headliners? I must be getting old… bring on Peppers!!!
Sarah Alabama Shakes! Yesssss Jasmin My lord!
Simon Well at least it’s stepped up to a reasonable lineup compared to the shitfest fuckup that was last year
Hel Meh. Rather have Tomahawk than any on that line up
Rob Matthew – rather than whining like a little bitch, just don’t go!
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TOMORROW NEVER KNOWS
Best known for The Waitress Song, Melbourne MC Seth Sentry is coming to Western Australia in October in support of his soon to be released debut album, This Was Tomorrow. The MC will play Studio 146 in Albany on Thursday, October 4, the Prince of Wales in Bunbury on Friday, October 5, he will then take his tour to the Rosemount Hotel in Perth on Saturday, October 6, before finishing at the Norfolk Hotel in Fremantle on Sunday, October 7. His album will be released on Friday, September 14, through Sentry’s own record label, High Score Records. Tickets go on sale on August 2, through sethsentry.com.au.
Badass New Zealand rockers Shihad are finally returning to WA as part of their The Meanest Tour. The band released a career retrospective disc in New Zealand last November and an announcement on an Australia greatest hits album is imminent. To support the soon-tobe released album they will play Amplifier on Friday, September 28; the soon-to-be announced Wave Rock Weekender in Hyden on Saturday, September 29; before finishing at Mojos Bar on Sunday, September 30. Tickets go on sale this Friday through Heatseaker and Oztix for the Perth and Fremantle gigs and soulhighway.com.au for Wave Rock. US iTunes single of the week world champions Emperors support.
HAPPY WHEN IT RAINS
Red haired singer Clare Bowditch has announced a new album and a national tour entitled The Winter I Chose Happiness Tour. Bowditch heads into the Astor Theatre on Saturday, October 20. The album The Winter I Chose Happiness will be released on September 14, and lead single You Make Me Happy was introduced to the public through Channel 10’s Offspring, a show Bowditch now appears on. Tickets to the show are available through BOCS.
Boy & Bear’s Tim Hart is stepping out from behind the drum kit to promote his soon to be released solo album, Milling The Wind. Hart will come to Perth for a show at the Ellington Jazz Club on Friday, August 31; and he will then play the Newport Hotel on Saturday, September 1. The drummer will place down his drum sticks and pick up an acoustic guitar for an intimate, heartfelt performances. His solo album, inspired by Simon & Garfunkel and Bob Dylan, will be released on Friday, August 17. Tickets for the Perth gig are available through ellingtonjazz.com au and Moshtix for the Fremantle show.
FOREVER & EVER
After selling out their last Australian tour in April, the lads of Six60 are heading back to Australia for their biggest shows to date. They’ve recently played shows in London, Germany, France and Holland, so they’re certainly not rusty. In Perth, the Dunedin five-piece will step into Metro City on Saturday, September 29, to play songs from their self-titled debut album. Grab your tickets from Oztix from tomorrow.
GREAT SOUTHERN BAND
Last seen at Kings Park in February, almighty Aussie icons Icehouse are returning to Perth for a series of intimate shows. Iva Davies is responsible for some of the most enduring radio hits ever to be heard on the airwaves, such as Electric Blue, Crazy, Hey Little Girl and Great Southern Land, and you’ll hear all of them on this tour that celebrates the reissues of Man Of Colours and Primitive Man. See them at the Astor Theatre on Friday, August 10 (tickets from BOCS); and at the Strike A Chord Charity Ball in Burswood on Saturday, August 11 (tickets from strikeachordforchildren.org).
If you’re in possession of a fedora and a Cuban style shirt and still remember all the words to ’90s hits All Star and Walkin’ On The Sun, then chances are you’ll be pretty stoked to hear that San Jose lads Smash Mouth are heading our way. After a six year hiatus, Smash Mouth will return to the charts with a new album in September, followed by a national tour of our great land down under in October. The Magic tour will check into Metropolis Fremantle on Saturday, October 27, for an over 18s show; and at the same venue on Sunday, October 28, for an under 18s show. Support comes from Kid Mac. Tickets are on sale now from bigtix.com.au.
Irish Australian singer Damien Leith is coming to Perth in September in support of the release of his sixth album, Now & Then. The former Australian Idol winner will play at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre on Friday, September 7; and at the Astor Theatre on Saturday, September 8. The nationalised Australian will perform his own hit songs while giving a nod to the past by playing hits by Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan and George Harrison. Tickets are available through manpac. com.au for the Mandurah show and BOCS for the Perth show.
Australian electro-pop pioneers, Pseudo Echo are touring the country in August and September to celebrate their 30th anniversary. The ‘80s legends will turn Perth into Funky Town at the Charles Hotel on Saturday, August 25. The band has also released their first single since the decade of the mullet, Suddenly Silently. The first 150 punters will get a free digital download card of the new song. Tickets via BOCS.
Rock’n’rollers Empra are set to wheel around the country, including two dates in Western Australia. The band will play at the Rocket Room in Perth on Friday, August 3, and the Prince of Wales in Bunbury on Saturday, August 4. Australian of the year Gotye co-produced their self-titled album, lead singer Sanny Veloo has a metal elbow, and the rest of the band are all called Matt, so now you’re up to speed on Empra. Tickets available through Moshtix.
SHE’S THE VOICE
Praise the lord, after winning The Voice 2012, Karise Eden has announced her first capital city tour, which includes a stop in our capital city the capital city of Perth. Performing under the banner of Heavenly Sounds, Eden will follow in the footsteps of Lisa Mitchell and Seeker Lover Keeper and head inside Subiaco’s St Joseph’s Church on Wednesday, October 17. The angelic Eden has had a miracle year so far after taking out The Voice, performing at the State of Origin final, and scoring six top 10 singles on the ARIA charts. Tickets go on sale this Friday through Ticketek.
HERE COME THE BASTARDS
We already told you that Astriall, Fuck… I’m Dead, Alarum, Sensory Amusia, Psychonaut, Enforce, Chainsaw Hookers, Animistic, Paradise In Exile, Cold Fate, Advent Sorrow and Mhorgl are playing Bastardfest 2012, but now there are a whole new bunch of bastards to make your day even shittier. Desecrator, Empire Laid Waste, Death Fucking C#nt, Emerald City, Silent Knight and Death Dependant are joining the bill in an ultimate bastard showdown at the Civic Hotel on Saturday, October 27. If you are a metal head this is your chance to show the world your inner bastard. Tickets via 78 Records and Prime Cuts Music, you bloody bastard.
Inspired by the greatest band of all time Fleetwood Mac, The Falls are heading to WA. The former lovers and now heartbreak kids are playing the Rosemount Hotel on Wednesday, August 22. The tour supports their debut EP Hollywood Is Home inspired by their weekly residency at the Hotel Hollywood in Sydney. The bittersweet couple are supporting UK troubadour Passenger. Tickets through Heatseeker.
Drowning Horse Currently reigning world champions of loud ear drum destroying music, Drowning Horse are set to launch their debut album at The Bakery on Friday, August 24. Released on double vinyl through local label Heartless Robot, the self-titled album contains over an hour of soul crushing drones and relentless rhythms. Support at the launch comes courtesy of Grief Contest, Ourobonic Plague, and DJ Craig McElhinney. Local garage rocker globetrotters The Chevelles have just dropped the video for new single Bettie Page, and they will launch it at Devilles Pad on Friday, August 17. To celebrate Perth’s ever-growing number of incredibly talented musicians, a new band competition is set to start up next June and it could very well be WA’s biggest and most prestigious band competition to date. The Bakery, Mojos, Norfolk Basement, The Bird, and the Rosemount are some of the venues involved, but the organisers need a name. Send your band comp name suggestion to email@example.com and whoever comes up with the best name will receive VIP treatment at all heats and finals, and a $100 bar card on grand final night. Local singer/songwriter extraordinaire James Teague is set to release his single Strange Birds through Darren Hanlon’s label Flippin Yeah Industries. Released on 7’’ vinyl with new track Hollow as the B-side, it’s out on July 27. If you’re underage and wanna check out some of WA’s finest bands, head along to Cleanbeats at the West TV studio on Wellington Street this Friday, July 20. Playing live are none other than Morgan Bain, Smooth Intentions, Selekt Few, New Mono, The Cabarets and The Stoops, while DJ JS and DJ Genga hit the decks. All money raised goes to Teen Challenge. The City of Joondalup’s Battle of the Bands competition is back for 2012. The council is now calling for entries from young, up-and-coming duos, trios and bands. Prizes include recording time, vouchers, tuition and merchandise. To enter, the majority of band members must be aged 12-18, and at least one member must reside or attend an educational institution in the City of Joondalup. Head to y-lounge.com.au for more info. Entries close on August 24. With a video clip about naturalist Francois Peron currently impressing Australian of the year Tim Flannery, The Government Yard are launching their new album at the Velvet Lounge this Friday, July 20. Support comes from The Scotch Of Saint James, The Order Of The Black Werewolf, and Tuxedo Pig. Metal heroes Animistic will launch thier debut EP Incarnate at Amplifier on Friday, August 10. The five-piece band deliver savage riffing, driving rhythms and violent vocals and they’ve recruited Befallen, Paradise In Exile and Inanimacy to lend a hand at the launch. The next WAM Wheatbelt Tour is happening this week! The Sneaky Weasel Gang will team up with Justin Walshe and play this Friday, July 20, at The Commercial Hotel Merridan with Georgie Saddler; Saturday, July 21, at Northam’s Grass Valley Tavern with Lauren Arthur; and Sunday, July 22, at Quindanning Inne with Wheatbelt MCs. Before they head to Splendour In The Grass, Pond will play a warm up show at the Norfolk Basement this Friday, July 20. Word is some super special guests will join them. Who could they be?
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THE TEA PARTY Strange Brew
After a seven year hiatus, cult Canadian psychedelic rockers The Tea Party are back, bringing their comeback tour to Metro City on Thursday, July 26. TRAVIS JOHNSON sits down with singer Jeff Martin to talk about the band’s unlikely resurrection. Jeff Martin shrugs his shoulders. “Well, this is why you learn to never say never,” he says. He’s speaking about the reunion of The Tea Party, the acclaimed and adored altrock band he fronted from 1990 until 2005. Post Tea Party, Martin has kept himself busy: his solo album was a success, as were his projects with bands The Armada and Jeff Martin 777, and so it seemed less than likely that Martin and his former bandmates, Stuart Chatwood and Jeff Burrows both of whom have had their own post-breakup successes - would ever feel the need to patch up their differences. All that changed in mid-2011, when a show at Canada’s Sarnia Bayfest was followed by two Canadian tours - the first a handful of dates, the second a country-wide epic - and now a worldwide jaunt. The Tea Party, it seems, are back. The question must be asked, though: what could possibly have brought this most unlikely of reunions about? “It was a series of circumstances that brought it together,” Martin explains. “But the overall one would be demand. The Tea Party is something... the music, the people just wouldn’t let it go. Can’t let it go. And besides the hundreds of thousands of Tea Party fans that were with us from the beginning, there’s also a whole new generation out there discovering the music. After seven years, we felt that, whatever our differences were, we could put them behind us for the sake of the music. And, lo and behold, we got back on stage and everything was there, times 10. Just magic - everything I remembered that made that band so special was just so familiar again.” Which isn’t to say that such an undertaking was entered into without some misgivings; seven years is a long time, and the band’s split, while not wholly acrimonious, was not the happiest of occasions.
Religious. What people describe to me - obviously, I’m onstage, and there’s so much going on, working a crowd and things like that, but what people tell me they experience is like a rock’n’roll religious experience. It’s ecstatic. Because of the emotional rollercoaster that The Tea Party take you on. There’s lots of tears, and lots of joy. And to play music in that environment, in those venues, was just so powerful - the absolute power that The Tea Party puts out. It’s just too much; it’s too much to say no to.” Such adulation is a heady - and addictive - brew for any performer to drink down. Still one has to wonder how he feels, knowing that his subsequent
The Tea Party work will never be as recognised as his Tea Party performances. Even Jeff Martin 777, the acclaimed outfit he formed with The Sleepy Jackson’s Jay Cortez and Malcolm Clark, has been lost in the blaze of anticipation surrounding the reunion, despite the fact that the band’s first - and perhaps only - album was released barely a year ago. Martin says he is comfortably resigned to it. “For the most part. I mean, The Tea Party is my legacy - all those songs that I wrote, I’m very proud of. Actually, to me it’s very much a blessing that we’re able to do it again, and to do it with such conviction.
Because it’s not a case of doing it for the money or anything - we don’t need the money. It’s doing it for the glory. It’s massive. It’s something that’s tangible and intangible in my life. Playing with Jay and Mal was such a pleasure - they’re incredible musicians, but I wrote all the songs on that record, except for one, The Mekong, which Jay wrote. If Jeff Burrows and Stuart Chatwood had played on it, it would have been one of the best Tea Party records ever. It’s that type of thing - I keep doing what I do, and I evolve what I do, but to have the three of us together, performing and composing, will be really something.”
“And besides the hundreds of thousands of Tea Party fans that were with us from the beginning, there’s also a whole new generation out there discovering the music.” “I didn’t know how our personalities would mesh,” Martin admits candidly.“Or if they even would any more. But slowly, since that first rehearsal and subsequent two tours, the friendship has come back again. It’s not important onstage, because what we are onstage is totally different from what we are offstage, but offstage is also very important as well - that camaraderie. And that’s starting to come back as well. And it’s a good thing, because the two of them are my brothers. I’ve known Jeff since I was seven years old, and Stuart since I was 13, you know? There’s so much history between the three of us. There’s obviously a big love between the three of us, like brothers, but we have, in the past, fought like brothers as well. We decided not to talk to each other for seven years. But the love got us through, and the music got us through.” The music never really went way, apparently. Although Martin confesses to some personal trepidation about reuniting with his bandmates, he maintains that their creative connection was reignited at “the first rehearsal we had in Toronto, for the first tour in June of last year. Obviously I hadn’t seen the boys in about seven years. So, I walk into the rehearsal room, and there’s a bit of ice - it’s pretty icy, yeah? So we have some cordial little conversation, and basically, once all the gear was ready to go, I said, ‘Okay boys, let’s do this chronologically. Let’s hit The River. And we started playing The River, and it was like ‘Where did those seven years go?’. So it was instantaneous - just an instantaneous sense of gratification.” And it didn’t take long for that rehearsal room fusion to translate onstage, with Martin telling us that it all came together very early on that first, toe-dipping Canadian tour.“The second or third show in, in Montreal at a place called Metropolis. The Tea Party have done so many legendary shows there. It was one of those nights, you just couldn’t fit another soul in there - there was, like, 3000-4000 people in there. And the band was just on; the whole magic just happened again. When it all kick in - that’s rock’n’roll. www.xpressmag.com.au
Weird Scientist From the humble streets of Perth, Kim Salmon became a punk pioneer and is been credited with being one of the godfathers of grunge for his work with seminal band The Scientists. CHRIS HAVERCROFT spoke to WAMi Hall Of Famer member Salmon as he prepares for his show at Hidden Treasures on Friday, July 27; and The Bakery on Saturday, July 28. Forming his first band in 1976, Kim Salmon has seen many changes in the music industry. Lately he has been attending to his Facebook page by adding a sizeable collection of photos that see his one stage, with fish in front of his eyes and even posing as a lizard king. It is a long way from the simple punk rock roots he was spawned from. “It is so self-absorbed this stuff,” suggests Salmon of the Facebook era. “It makes you look like you don’t take an interest in the outside world. It is a bullshit world too because you can’t say what you think. My girlfriend says that the quickest way that you can get a response within two seconds is to actually post a real opinion instead of saying all is nice. If you say something sarcastic on Facebook, people get really heated up.” It can also be a lazy medium as Salmon recently found out. He invited people to join his band page on Facebook and received messages from people who clearly hadn’t read the fine print, apologising that they wouldn’t be able to attend as they were busy that day. More fool them because they are the ones who missed out on the video of Salmon singing Dean Martin’s Welcome To My World. Salmon is stepping out of his virtual world to be joined by Pete Stone and Todd Pickett who will make up the members of his backing band for the shows in Perth. It is not the first time that Salmon has had these two accompany him at gigs. “It’s not that I cultivated them, they attached themselves to me. I would like it to happen more often. I have a drummer in Sydney [Leanne Chock from The Scientists] and some people in Paris who have offered if I was to tour that way. I am not the first that has had this happen to them, I know that Spencer Jones has done that.” Currently living in Melbourne, Salmon has had a very busy 12 months musically. He credits this increase of activity to the fact that he lost his regular pay packet and full time job at Shock Records. Salmon was at a phase in his musical career where he felt he could do whatever he liked as he didn’t need to make a living of it, but the loss of his day job saw him ‘plundering’ his back catalogue. There has been some new projects pop up though too, including his recent residency of shows with Spencer P. Jones. 14
“It wasn’t rehearsed so it felt pretty raw and I wasn’t sure what people would think of it, reflects Salmon of the shows with Jones. “I saw a DVD of it and I finally got what people were taking about. Because we are such seasoned hacks we know how to fake it until it looks real. I looked at it and I may have thought I was faking it but it was actually real. It was really done on the fly, but when I saw the DVD of it I thought it was something we should do something with. We are going to record to see if we can recreate it.” Salmon will be appearing as part of the Hidden Treasures festival in Fremantle, but as well as his high octane show, he will be handed the task of mentoring local up and comer Tim Gordon. Salmon will meet with Gordon to share his experience, wisdom, knowledge in songwriting, performance and music industry skills. While it is a novel idea for the Hidden Treasures festival, it is not a new process for Salmon. “I have given people some mentoring in the past,” he recalls. “It has been with people who wanted to get some input on their songwriting. I have sat around and spoken about composition and my thoughts on it and I find it an enjoyable process. I am looking forward to doing that with Tim Gordon too.
“The problem with old bands is that people aren’t interested in new recordings and they won’t listen to them.” “It hasn’t started yet, it will just begin when I get there. It is just a matter of responding to what he presents me with in the way of new ideas and these things probably work best if it is an honest initial response. Gut reactions are an important factor in music, as people initially act emotionally, and only later do they decide if it is something that they want to continue to have a relationship with. I am sure it will be a rewarding process for both of us. You’d hope I’ve learnt a thing or two over the years that I can inflict on him.” With the amount of bands reforming to play shows and put out records in the hope of revisiting the glory days, there is bound to be a market for The Scientists. Even if there was, it isn’t a path that Salmon is keen to go down as he is intent of recording batches of new songs. “The problem with old bands is that people aren’t interested in new recordings and they won’t listen to them. I do have a perfectly good bunch of songs and I have recorded them with Leanne from The Scientists. We play together as a two piece, but we haven’t given ourselves a name yet. We wrote a bunch of songs that we are in the process of recording. We did a couple of gigs and paid for some studio time to get the drums and guitar tracks down and I am just demoing the vocals now. To me it was a way of doing that kind of material without it being wasted in a reformation format.” X-Press – First on the street, Wednesdays
Prosperous Times Rooster Police
Bearing the terribly clichéd nature of this question, how would you describe your sound? Apparently it sounds like a mix of Bowie/Gorillaz/ Doves and a Nintendo...someone said that. To me it just sounds like me mucking about. Of all the musical folks you’ve played alongside, who’ve been some of your favourites? Fellow musicians, all of them. I’ve played in a few bands and have had many cool, inspiring and hilarious band mates across different styles. As for other bands – Kraftwerk, Beastie Boys, James Brown. I’ve been lucky to share festival stages/do supports for a heap of cracker acts. Why should a local music lover check out your Hidden Treasures show? I play on stage with a live chicken. What other Hidden Treasures shows are you keen to check out and why? All of the acts on this look great. It’s nice and diverse. It will be cool to see Spank again, and the Trophy Wives are a new band some friends are playing in. The Funilingus fellas will be dropping some beats. Checking out a band you haven’t seen is all the fun of the fair at these sorta things isn’t it? What is your favourite thing about Freo? Those crepes in the Freo markets, I have friends all around the place, the trippers getting about, the good parties, the Freo Arts Centre. When I was in school we used to go down and jump off the old bridge, [which] was fun. As I’ve always said, if you were dropped here from another county and knew nothing about Perth, was shown everywhere really quickly and had one hour to pick where you were going to live, you would surely pick Freo wouldn’t you? What have you got planned for the rest of 2012? I plan to finally release the Rooster Police album this year, or I will die! Rooster Police plays alongside Amani Consort, Ensemble Formidable and Funnilingus at HIdden Treasures on Thursday, July 19.
Triffids Jill Birt and Alsy Macdonald perform at Hidden Treasures on Thursday, July 26, alongside Richard Lane and Friends, The Morning Night, The Phonetics, and The Shalalees. But before all that, MATTHEW HOGAN talks to Birt about her new solo album Render & Prosper. While the remaining members of The Triffids may have been quiet since they wrapped up their live show tribute to their late leader Dave McComb last year, Jill Birt has prepped her solo debut, Render & Prosper. Birt says that the nine track album contains songs old and new.“It’s been a long slow process, but I started writing it before The Triffids [reunion] shows,” she begins. “One of the songs was actually written in 1990 or 1991 with the next Triffids record in mind, but
of course that never happened. So that’s been hanging around for a very long time. I’ve just been fiddling around writing in the bedroom, just as something to amuse myself really. Doing the Triffids shows certainly gave it a little bit of a push-along. I started looking at it a little bit more seriously just because it was so much fun performing and playing.” It was actually a young Perth musician who helped the project come to light in Adrian Hoffmann of The Morning Night. “I actually have him to thank in many respects, ” Birt says. “We met Adrian when we did the Perth Festival Triffids show. Along with Brendan [Humphries] from The Kill Devil Hills, they were both invited to perform a song. I think the Perth Festival liked the idea of having a local guest or two. We invited both of them. Adrian was 17 at that point in time, and in the process of doing that he heard that I had these songs, and just through this conversation with someone else who was also involved, he then would occasionally politely contact me and ask me if I would like to record these songs. I just thanked him and said, ‘not really’.” Later in 2009, Birt ran into Hoffmann at a benefit show at the Buffalo Club in Freo and realised that his offer to record her music was genuine. “It was probably a few months after that we began recording my songs,” she recalls. “The songs were completely formed but once we started recording it became obvious that the songs were really coming to life. I think on top of that, we were all having so much fun doing it. We would meet out in the studio once a week, and
Jill Birt sometimes three months would pass and then we’d go back when people’s time was available. It reminded me of how when bands start up and there’s no constraints. You’re actually just doing it for the sheer enjoyment of music.” Birt and her husband Alsy Macdonald will grace the stage of FTI for Hidden Treasures next week to play a mix of songs old and new, but they certainly won’t be playing the most obvious Triffids songs.“With these Triffids reunion shows that we’ve been doing, the idea behind them was in memory of Dave and to honour Dave’s work,” says Birt.“So had a proviso that we weren’t going to do any songs other than Dave’s songs, so I think what we’ve done with my little show is we’ve gone the other way, and said ‘here’s an opportunity to do the songs that I wrote’, because they were not part of the Triffids show.’
Bearing the terribly clichéd nature of this question, how would you describe your band’s sound? Poppy, a bit messy, pretty but rough around the edges. We’ve been described as a lot of different things but our favourite so far is surfwestern. Cowboys at the seaside. We like to lasso babes from our surfboards. Of all the musical folks you’ve played alongside, who’ve been some of your favourites? We only just started playing shows at the start of the year, but we’ve been able to play with some really great local bands that we love like Hootenanny, who were nice enough to tune our terrible drum kit - probably because they had to use it as well. Bermuda was the best because they gave us our first show despite never having heard us before which could have turned out horribly for everyone. Why should a local music lover check out your Hidden Treasures show? It seems like there’s going to be something for everyone; some really great musicians playing in Trophy Wives and Spank and then Edie Green who’s really only just starting out but is super talented which is exciting. We’ll be there too trying to lift our game! We’re looking forward to seeing how the FTI building is going to look as well; it will be awesome to see all these bands in one of Fremantle’s amazing old buildings. What other Hidden Treasures shows are you keen to check out and why? The Kim Salmon show the weekend after ours should be good [and] we’re looking forward to seeing Gunns play as we haven’t seen them yet. What is your favourite thing about Freo? The old buildings, the sense of community, the music scene, venues like Mojo’s. You can pretty much just walk the streets any day of the week and there will be something great going on. Dianas play alongside Spank, Trophy Wives and Edie Green at Hidden Treasures on Friday, July 20. www.xpressmag.com.au
SLASH Apocalypse Now
With his new album Apocalyptic Love out now, guitar god Slash is heading to Perth to play a sold out Metro City on Wednesday, August 30. BENN LAIDLOW chats to the former Guns N’ Roses man himself. “Yesterday’s got nothin’ for me, old pictures that I’ll always see.” Those words might have been written by his estranged former colleague Axl Rose, but they apply even more so to Slash, who from all accounts has purged his memory banks and conscience of nearly everything pertaining to Guns N’ Roses. In the time since the dissolution of ‘Old Guns’, as Rose has retrospectively rebranded them, Slash has recorded at least six full-length studio albums, collaborated with countless artists, started a family, won a couple of Grammys, starred in a computer game and written his autobiography. Sure, there might be the occasional G’N’R cover in his set-list, and journalists will continue to ask him about it for as long as he lives, but for Slash the past is the past, and there’s no point retreading old ground. Instead, there lies a desire to forge ahead and to make music for its own sake; the philosophy being that a good musician is an active one. Meeting Slash is admittedly a slightly surreal experience – after all, no one human being has done more for the combined sales of top hats, Jim Beam, PlayStation guitar-controllers or sunburst Les Pauls, and to contemplate the musical elite he’s shared a stage with is truly mind-boggling. But in person he is softly-spoken, selfdeprecating and good-humoured, the greying stubble and fidgety, now cigarette-free fingers serving as outward reminders that he is in fact a human being, and not an avatar or fictional character on South Park. Speaking from behind mirrored sunglasses and clearly slightly unaccustomed to being up and about in the AM, he is nevertheless enthusiastic about his new album Apocalyptic Love, and the formation of his new band The Conspirators – particularly the soaring and majestic contributions of new lead vocalist Myles Kennedy, who was at one point considered as a possible replacement for Scott Weiland in Velvet Revolver. Indeed it was Kennedy who deputised for Axl Rose at Guns N’ Roses’ recent induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and whom Slash selected as a live stand-in for the multiple vocalists of his previous solo outing.
Conceding only that the new album is “dark” and “heavy”, Slash is adamant that there is no grand scheme or overarching concept to the record, and cautions against reading too much into it. “This record was written on the road, was performed live, and is really just a four-piece rock band,” he explains. “I didn’t get into overdubs, or embellishing anything. There’s a million things I could have done with this record, just to make it musically more ‘intricate’ with harmonies and all that, but [producer] Eric Valentine and I just wanted it to keep it as live and in-your-face and strippeddown and honest as possible. The only outside instrument we used was a tiny bit of piano on one song.” Several mini-documentaries on the making of the album were recently released on YouTube and show a band clearly revelling in the creative process, interacting with a distinct lack of hierarchy or ego in a strange purpose-built hut, which was constructed to maintain a band dynamic whilst retaining the necessary audio separation – an innovation which Slash describes as “a mini revelation”. While he is often touted as a guitar purist, one wonders whether he ever feels straight jacketed by this, or by the instrument with which he has
“Sometimes I feel the need to get away from the guitar itself. Like, when you pick up a guitar, you tend to know what you’re doing and what you’re about to do. Sometimes the best way to get away from that is to pick up another instrument.”
Slash with Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators become so indelibly associated. “Yeah, sometimes I feel the need to get away from the guitar itself. Like, when you pick up a guitar, you tend to know what you’re doing and what you’re about to do. Sometimes the best way to get away from that is to pick up another instrument,” he says. “I’m a fuckin’ terrible piano player, but I can write on it, much like I type: very slowly. But I come up with ideas on piano that I wouldn’t necessarily come up with on guitar. Having said that, I find that I’m still exploring the way the guitar works in a regular, sort of, standard setup, and seeing what I can come up with within that and still make it unique.” Noting that the timeframe between his records is actually decreasing, and that apparently some 15 songs were recorded in the Apocalyptic
Love sessions alone, Slash speaks about his career with the fervour of a man at the beginning of a new endeavour, rather than a grizzled old veteran. Now that the new band is gelling, and now that he has a singer who doesn’t complain and actually turns up to the venues on time, and with a large-scale tour planned for later in the year, the focus is decidedly on the future. But is there any place for nostalgia, or revisiting old ideas? “Nah,” he shrugs. “There’s tons of ideas over the years that haven’t been utilised, but I hate to go backwards and look through old stuff... If there’s an old riff that’s been bugging me for years, then it might get used. But if it’s just one of those things that I thought was cool at the time and never got used, chances are I’ll just throw it away without a second thought.”
The prolific ensemble has been putting out an album or more a year since their first in 2003, and while Amos reveals they’ve never struggled to come up with new material, commitments to other musical projects (for Amos it’s solo project Holy Sons and the heavy rock band Om) has impacted their output in recent years. “It’s more just the laws of physicality that For most bands instrumentals are slow us down... Grails has become somewhat of a band where everyone’s quite busy with amusing interludes designed to fill long-distance their other commitments. Every year we’ve released a out albums, but for Portland’s Grails Grails record, there’s always been Om tours and Holy records alongside it so there’s always several they offer the chance to abandon the Sons projects we’re attending to on the larger assembly constraints of vocals and explore new line,” he says. As such, it’s been more than a year since sonic territory. JENNIFER PETERSON- Grails released any new material, however Amos WARD chatted to drummer Emil reveals his band is readying the fifth installment of Black Tar Prophecies series to bring down under Amos ahead of Grails performance their for their national tour in October. “The recording at boutique event This Is Nowhere on process for this volume has dragged on for a couple years so it feels particularly cathartic to close the door Sunday, October 14. and move on to what’s next,” he says.“We’re definitely super stoked to get out there. The days off in Perth Ninety-nine point nine per cent of pop and rock are going to be a highlight for sure. [Guitarist] Zak music is vocal, but what of the minuscule remaining [Riles] will probably go surfing and the rest of us will fragment? Why do people write instrumentals and, likely take tranquilizers and just rock hammocks to just as importantly, should they bother? watch him.” Grails, a psych-loving four-piece from Portland, fully embrace instrumental music for both its rigor and its possibilities. Original conceived as a casual side-project in 2000, for the last 12 years, they’ve been showing the world what magic can be made when an unforgettable melody meets a sequence of unusual sounds. “Each song is its own massive project of deconstruction,” explains drummer Emil Amos.“Layers are constantly added and removed until there’s a sense of constant movement throughout the song. It’s largely a matter of taking a solid/memorable melody and perverting its surroundings until the whole beast becomes a progressive piece of music.” Existing almost in a universe of their own has meant that Grails are used to doing things their way, whether it be recording their own music or creating their album art work. “We can’t really approximate the height of analogue recording in the ‘70s alone, so for the bigger/glossier songs we always hire our friend Jeff Saltzman to record and mix. Otherwise, literally everything is done at home where we can sit on it for months until the original recording is totally re-pieced and transformed,” Amos says. “[Creating the art work] especially something we have to do on our own... just the placement of a word on the cover being moved slightly could send us into depression. Each release has its own intrinsic psychology so the various pieces have to correspond on every level if we’re going to feel right about letting Grails the record go out into the world.”
Holy Moly Stonefield & Owl Eyes
OWL EYES & STONEFIELD Walking The Line
JENNIFER PETERSON-WARD talks to Brooke Addamo, better known as Owl Eyes, and Stonefield’s Amy Findlay about their involvement with the federal government’s new initiative, The Line. Catch Owl Eyes at Artbar and Stonefield at the Newport Hotel on Thursday, August 16, before they come together to play the Settlers Tavern on Friday, August 17, and Studio 146 on Saturday, August 18. It’s been a busy start to the New Year for Melbourne songbirds Brooke Addamo (aka Owl Eyes) and Stonefield’s Findlay sisters. After embarking on national tours and releasing a stack of new material they are the latest ambassadors to join The Line Campaign, an Australian government initiative promoting respectful relationships throughout society. While both artists admit they weren’t aware of the campaign when approached by the organisers, once learning of the shocking statistics about youth abuse, they say the decision to be involved was a “no brainer”. 16
“For us – and Brooke as well – we didn’t know a lot about it so it involved reading up about what it was about. Once we learned more about it we realised it was very relevant and we wanted to get involved,” Amy Findlay says, to which Addamo adds: “It’s so relatable. We’re both in young bands and The Line message is aimed at young people.” Addamo and Finlay have each faced forms of disrespect during their young careers. The music industry has traditionally been a difficult environment to navigate, and both artists have overcome many obstacles on their way to achieving astounding success in a short amount of time. “I think that everyone has experience with some form of disrespect in their lives,” Findlay says. “For us, being in a band and putting our music online and our videos on YouTube and receiving all these negative comments that aren’t constructive, or even about our music, has been something we’ve had to deal with.” In order to spread the messages of The Line, Owl Eyes and Stonefield will be hitting the road together for a national co-headline tour this August. “Hopefully we’ll be able to make more people aware of The Line’s messages. The more people support us, the more we can spread this message,” says Findlay, to which Addamo adds: “We’re not going to be on stage preaching anything. We’re just going to go out there and play our songs.” It is the first time the label-sisters have toured together and both artists are excited about not only spreading The Line’s message via their music and performance, but also by the anticipation of their time on the road together through predominantly regional areas of Australia.“Out in the regional places they don’t always get a lot of live music or get an opportunity to get out to a lot of venues or anything like that so it will be nice to take our music and The Line’s message there and spread it around a bit,” says Findlay, to which Addamo adds:“We’re really looking forward to it. Going on tour with friends and with girls will be really nice.” “We are planning on working on a cover together which we will finish the shows off with,” Findlay concludes. “It’s awesome to have two different styles of music playing alongside. Usually at a gig you have support bands that are very similar to the main act, so I think it’s really nice way of doing it.”
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Forever In Your Debt
BARONESS Going Green
Baroness is a band of extremes. Yellow And Green, their first full-length in three years, sees them bridging the gap to create their most decisive sound yet. Lead guitarist Peter Adams fills JESSICA WILLOUGHBY in ahead of this album’s release this week.
Perth’s favourite gobshite Brit-rockers The Spitfires will be launching their debut album Songs From The Debt Generation this Friday, July 20, at Amplifier Bar; and Saturday, July 21, at L’Attitude Bar in Geraldton.BEN WATSON spoke to singer/ guitarist Sean Regan. It’s difficult to think of a more appropriate location to interview Sean Regan than at his local bar. Relaxing in the beer garden with a pint of lager as – it just so happens – Oasis’ All Around The World blares out of the PA, Regan is an alluring mix of selfdeprecating and self-promotional. He’s clearly a cunning and canny tactician – one of Perth’s better self-managers – with the sharp mind of an engineer and the sardonic tongue of a Scouser; but as the title of The Spitfires’ new album suggests, he’s also community-minded, socially conscious and actually gives a shit about the people around him. He understands
The Spitfires strength in numbers. This might come as something of a surprise for those who remember Regan best as the guy who insulted Luke Steele so relentlessly in early interviews, but for the past two years, in addition to running his own band with all the voracious hunger of a late starter, he’s been extremely active in fostering the business end of the local music community. “I’ve always been passionate about helping out whatever bands I can,” he says sincerely. “But also being absolute bastards to everyone who I meet, ‘cause that’s part of my personality. It’s like an evil relative who will turn up and pour scorn on everything, but I suppose I just want everything to be better, and I want Perth to be on the map. But you don’t get onto the map by blowing smoke up everyone’s arses. Everyone needs a bloody good kick.” The trajectory of the band has long mirrored this weird duality, and in many ways The Spitfires have
been equally difficult to pin down: part Spınal Tap (this album alone features three drummers), part sincere selfexpression, part indignant punk commentary and part boozy Northern rock star. And yes, they’ve been all around the world. Since 2008 The Spitfires have toured internationally twice, have maintained a regular domestic touring schedule, pumped out two EPs, three singles, and two highly unconventional video clips. The latest features a mock royal family beating each other over the head with an enormous dildo (yes, you read that correctly), vomiting on cue and a whole array of other, extreme weirdness. The Spitfires break the mould, and somehow it works. The result is a complete package that plays to the strengths of its creators. And people, especially journalists, can’t get enough. When the band decided to announce their upcoming re-location from Perth to Sydney by radio advert (how else?), the phones started ringing straight away. “I suppose if I was more organised I would have got a press release about it,” Regan explains, “but it’s quite funny ‘cause members of the press have been calling me for the last two days saying ‘is it true, or is it a massive publicity stunt?’.” “If it is a publicity stunt,” he laughs, “then obviously I’d say it was true. And if it’s true then I’ll still say it’s true. So I don’t think anyone can still tell. I’ve got one hell of a poker face on me.” The Spitfires’ reputation, it seems, precedes them—but in this case, it’s not actually a joke.“Well, look,” Regan quickly clarifies,“I don’t want people to think we’re being cynical about this. Yes, it’s definitely happening. That’s it. We’ve burnt our bridges; it’s time to go!”
“With some regrettable hindsight, I see our old records merely as interesting pieces of music cobbled together…We’ve gotten lucky at times, not so much at others” – Baroness frontman John Dyer Baizley. It is difficult to look back at your own work with a feeling of satisfaction. Issues always arise and hindsight seeds itself as a double-edged sword. No matter how heralded by peers and fans alike, your personal critique stands as a hangman’s noose. It is in this pit that Baroness lay, according to lead guitarist Peter Adams. Instead of letting this notion of diminished self-worth dig them deeper, this four-piece used it as ammunition to produce. Yellow And Green, the first double album from this Savannah outfit, sees them taking a more holistic approach to their writing. “It seemed extremely natural for us, so I don’t know why we didn’t do it before,” Adams says. “There were no time constraints; all the powers that be said we could take our time. Which meant we could spend time with family and friends inbetween. After years and years of touring, it was a huge change and a relief. And you can really hear it in the music. “One of the main areas you can hear the change is in the vocals... In the past, it was always an afterthought. The music was always first and the vocals were not a focus. It’s funny because now people are listening to what we are saying, we want to say it right. So we really worked on getting our message across.” Naming the album following the primary colour pattern of their previous two releases, the band returned to producer John Congleton – the man behind the Blue (2009) record. Spending their longest time in the studio yet, due to the sheer length of the double LP, the album was tracked over six weeks between two studios in New Jersey and Dallas. “John was definitely the right man for the job,” Adams says.“When we initially discovered him, it was like we had found a treasure. We just developed this awesome relationship, both professionally and as great friends. So when it came to this album, we just had so much material – being a double album – that we really wanted to work with someone we knew and were comfortable with. “This was a marathon, no doubt about it. But we were very prepared before we went into the studio, we made sure of that. John just made the whole process smoother, especially because we were going through a time of reassessing how we approached our music. And I’m sure this album will challenge our fans, just as it challenged us. We have broadened our scope again, so we hope they will broaden their minds along with us.”
Cracks In The Pavement At the dawning of the ‘90s, three men bashed out crudely recorded gems in a Brooklyn apartment. They called themselves the Silver Jews, and their Early Times record is out now through Fuse/Drag City. Sometime Jew / most of the time Pavement member Bob Nastanovich chats to MATTHEW HOGAN.
Train Reaction It may have been six years in the making for Soul Asylum but their new album Delayed Reaction turns back the clock to the heady days when they were an MTV staple hanging around the fringes of grunge. CHRIS HAVERCROFT spoke to the voice behind the band Dave Pirner on the eve of release of Delayed Reaction. Minneapolis has had its share of ragged rock bands and at their best Soul Asylum stack up against any of them. During a period in the ‘90s they were nominated for Grammy awards, played at Bill Clinton’s inauguration and dated their share of movie stars. For a band to last over three decades, you would expect they would have a tidy resume along the way but priorities may also change during the journey. “It does affect the way that we do things as a band because the individuals become different in a way that they know what is needed and they know what they are willing to put up with,” offers Pirner of the results of their experience. “Different people in a band have breaking points where they have seen all the bullshit before and they know that when it gets to a certain level is when it is that they are going to jump ship. We all know what the limitations are and what we are going to put up with. It is usually just conditions and how uncomfortable people are willing to be and how far they are willing to be inconvenienced.” Soul Asylum have indeed paid their dues so there are certain aspects of the life of a musician and comfort levels that they are not going to budge on. Pirner is happy to be guided by the other members of Soul Asylum as if it were up to him, he suspects he would just drive around in a van and play horrible places all year round. “No one misses playing in the middle of nowhere during the week
Soul Asylum in the middle of the night and having nobody give a fuck. To that effect it is progress. I miss that blind ambition of just being in a van and touring like it is a kamikaze mission, but it is not that realistic a thing to be doing.” The commercial side of playing music is something that can have an impact, but Pirner tries to avoid that side of his craft. When he started playing music he didn’t think that he would make a dime, but over 30 years later he is still alive, with a record coming out and some tours booked so he considers that he has done something right. “You really have to have a sense of humour and you can’t try to make logic out of it and you certainly can’t expect rewards, so in that way nothing has changed at all,” he says. “I think the balancing act is mostly psychological. It is trying to be happy about being a fucking manic depressive dreamer. Often you end up in a funk and riding a spiral down saying what is the point and it is hard to rationalise because there is no point - its fucking art! It is just something that we like and we aren’t really sure why.” After six years without a release, Soul Asylum are still able to maintain their share of spit, vinegar and irreverence on Delayed Reaction. While people put up many reasons for long delays between records, Pirner suggests that the reason this one took so long is that the guys in Soul Asylum are a ‘pain in the arse’ to write songs for as their standards are so high. “I could put a record out every eight months, which is another thing that you can do with the internet, but I don’t know if everybody needs to put out a record that often. I reckon we could have put out a record two years ago that would have been just as good, but there are a lot of hoops to jump through.”
While many ‘90s indie rock devotees would associate Stephen Malkmus and Bob Nastanovich with Pavement, the fact of the matter is that they first ‘played’ together in Silver Jews - the quintessential underground band headed by David Berman. Nastanovich recalls meeting the two future indie rock demigods at the University of Virginia.“There weren’t too many of us into underground rock at Virginia,” Nastanovich begins. “We’d see each other at gigs like Green On Red and Windbreakers. We’d road trip to Richmond, DC, and even New York or Athens, Georgia to see bands.” After graduating with a degree in American government, Nastanovich moved to Jersey City in September of ‘89, and Malkmus and Berman soon followed suit. Nastanovich’s “shabby apartment” on the corner of 10th and Willow in Hoboken is where they recorded both Dime Map Of The Reef and The Arizona Record - the two long out of print EPs that make up Early Times. Nastanovich explains his intricate drumming set-up on these old recordings. “I honestly can’t remember what I had drum-wise,” he recalls. “There were ‘non-drums’ involved including a stand up metal ash tray and tambourines laid on stuff. As a musician, I still don’t have much experience in regards to time spent playing. Is this a way of telling me the drumming sucked? If so, I’m cool with that.” After these two recordings, Silver Jews went ‘studio’ with 1993’s Starlite Walker, before Berman recruited a new band for every album. “We got fired before Natural Bridge, and I still have never listened to it. But, I don’t know why. I think just to be a jerk. The first time I heard any of those songs was when they were practiced for the first Jews live tour,” Nastanovich says referring to the mid-’00s Jews tour that he tour managed, but didn’t perform on. If there was one thing that Nastanovich, Malkmus and fellow dual-bander Steve West took from their time in the Silver Jews, it that was the Pavement EP of 1996, Pacific Trim, which emerged from a Silver
Silver Jews Jews session Berman didn’t turn up to. “That is true,” Nastanovich says. “Pavement or, in that case, just Stephen, Westy and I, made the most of booked studio time that David split Memphis on. He just hated being around us at that time. Pavement made sure he didn’t have to pay for it by making Pacific Trim and The Unseen Power Of The Picket Fence. The vinyl version of Pacific Trim features the song I Love Perth, and now Nastanovich can exclusively reveal to X-Press the inspiration behind that song about our fair city. “Perth is the most isolated large city in the world,” he says. “It is unusual. Stephen wrote a tribute song to the place.” Silver Jews were not the first band the members of the Silver Jews found themselves in. Forming in the mid-’80s, Ectoslavia featured Nastanovich, Malkmus, Berman and future Yo La Tengo bassist James McNew. So when can we expect Ectoslavia’s Early Times to see the light of day? “I hope not,” says Nastanovich. “That may prove even more unlistenable and, with offensive lyrical passages like ‘Hey bitch, you heard what I said, pull down my pants and give me some head!’, it’s discardable.”
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DIRTY PROJECTORS Collecting Moments
“Oh, forget about it. That’s proprietary information, dude.” Dave Longstreth is tired and irritable. It’s his 11th straight hour of interviews, and he has no interest in hearing yet another faceless music journalist praise the new Dirty Projectors record, Swing Lo Magellan. LUKE TELFORD reports. The release feels like a disarmingly informal step down from the heady conceptualism of the band’s three previous releases. But he knows that, so when I say it’s great, his response of “Oh, thanks” feels laden with a subtext that’s closer to “Please just hurry the fuck up, man.” As the interview begins to yield to his fractiousness, I decide to risk a curveball of a question. Though Dirty Projectors has clearly always been Longstreth’s brainchild, it’s the ensemble vocals of the group’s female members that make his labyrinthine pop deconstructions so viscerally and immediately relatable. Most people connect with the voice in a piece of pop music before anything else, but these vocals are different – their dexterity, invention and sheer lemony timbre disassemble what in most other bands would pass as harmonies and group vocal arrangements. They’re viscerally human, but sound bizarre enough to be improvised – and following this line of thought through an awkward pause, I ask Longstreth about a recent article published in The New Yorker, called ‘The Song Machine’. It’s about the people and processes behind the creation of top 40 pop songs, but particularly, it’s about a singer called Ester Dean. Dean is a top-liner – a vocalist hired by production teams to improvise those crucial vocal hooks that make hits like Beyoncé’s Halo so invasively catchy. I ask if this approach to music has any remote bearing on how the vocals in Dirty Projectors songs come together, and it transpires, to my relief, that Longstreth has worked as a top-liner himself.“I’ve done a little bit of top-lining for some weird J-pop music,” he admits, laughing. “Which was like way outside [my comfort zone], and it definitely informed the way that I wrote some of the songs that came after.” So, some headway. But when I ask him which J-pop band he was working for, he responds with the opening quote. Two steps forward, one step back…
“I knew that when we were done with all the touring from Bitte Orca that I wanted to grow in a commensurate way as a songwriter” Longstreth is careful to note that, although the top-lining improvised approach to vocal melody does inform the Projectors’ melodies, there’s nothing improvised about the music at all. “One thing that sometimes bamboozles listeners of Dirty Projectors is the fact that there are eight to 12 chords in a verse, as opposed to one or two or four chords repeated over and over again,” he says. “So some people walk away with this conception that the music is essentially improvised, but that really just has to do with the unit of musical focus in 2012, as opposed to 1961 or 1942, or 1886 or something. The unit of musical attention is so compressed at this point that it’s crazy to me that people hear the songs that I write as somehow improvised on-the-fly or something.” This is a curious comment in light of Swing Lo Magellan. Like Bitte Orca and Rise Above, the record doesn’t want for stunningly inventive musicality, but it feels infinitely more reserved, relaxed and accessible than anything the band has previously put to tape. It’s very much like a collection of songs, in the classic rock sense – the tension of opener Offspring Is Blank yields its levee to a massive, widescreen payoff riff, while the title
Dirty Projectors track kisses Simon & Garfunkel extremes of folk-rock affability with meditative ease. This informal feel may have stemmed, in part, from Longstreth’s decision to retreat to a secluded house in New York state to write the record, a hermitude that was tempered with visits from bandmembers, or occasional trips into the city.“I don’t know that it did [colour the songs], except it provided a place to focus,” he says.“I knew that when we were done with all the touring from Bitte Orca that I wanted to grow in a commensurate way as a songwriter, so it seemed like the thing to do would be to create the conditions for that kind of isolation. So the house was a pretty isolated spot, but it felt like the right place to be, and I wasn’t lonely. In part, because I would come down to New York, or sometimes Amber [Coffman, one of the group’s key vocalists] would come up and be with me – but mostly just because I was really interested in the things that I was doing.”
The album cover captures the overall feel very well: an image of Longstreth, with Coffman, in a bemused encounter with a local on the house’s driveway. “He kind of just showed up. I don’t know, because the photo was just hanging around. It was there, and it just seemed to me to be this strange moment, but it had a lot of power,” says Longstreth, trailing off. “That idea was a little bit of something that guided the recording process itself. I wasn’t really looking for this kind of digital recording that you’ll get a lot of times these days, that just feels like the performances – the parts are objectively rendered, flawlessly corrected, and all of this. I wanted a recording that’s a collection of moments. Not to say accidents, but moments that mark themselves, that have the impress of some kind of… ah, I don’t know, some sort of quality. That’s what we were looking for in the performances from the record. A lot of the vocals are just the very first time the song is being sung.”
EMPERORS Stay Frosty
VAN SHE Idea Of Happiness
MGM / Gun Fever
Catchy electro-pop, that pretty much sums up Sydney fourpiece Van She’s sophomore record Idea Of Happiness. And, in a world where electro-pop and indie-synth bands seem to be all the rage, Van She stand out above the mediocrity and ‘same same but different’ sound which all these bands in said-league offer. Beginning the record with the bopping, ‘80s-sounding title track Idea Of Happiness, it is the catchy chorus in which Nick Routledge lets his vocals soar, offering “And she says stop, you know you lift me up dancing/ You know how to find me, you take me away/ With your idea of happiness and your heroes in your life”. Sonically, it’s the best tune on the record and the easiest one to get stuck in your head. Calypso is a synthy beast with glitchy production, bubbling beats and exotic-sounding muffled drums and Jamaica carries through the tropicalholiday sound with a xylophone permeating its poppy melody. It incites day-dreams of holidays, beaches and sun-drenched getaways. This is the same vibe gauged from Coconuts, the boring, repetitive sounding track which could serve well as an interlude on the record. Underrated Beat Of The Drum will without doubt become a hit with its euphoric and big room vocals and You’re My Rescue is a summer soundtrack gem. Some great electro-pop lullabies if this is your thing but otherwise, probably not worth checking out.
I f y o u a r e n’ t a w a r e o f Emperors you haven’t cast even a lazy eye over the local music scene or stumbled across the national youth radio station by chance over the past few years. The local chaps (and lass) have been turning heads with each and every move but it is the outfit’s debut album Stay Frosty that aims to be their crowning glory. There is little doubt that each and every moment leading up to Stay Frosty has been a calm and calculated effort by Emperors. Where a large portion of bands that are travelling the pub circuit are focused on pushing the boundaries or their art, Emperors have a far different focus with their eye clearly focused on larger stadiums. Cracking single Be Ready When I Say Go may draw from a similar sound pool, but is a better tune than the Smashing Pumpkins have put their name to in some time. What Emperors lack in cool they make up for in energy with their predictability robust tunes with fist pumping choruses. There are loads more solid rock tunes in the mix too, with Rebecca, Song Of The Year and Plastic Guns proving the catchiest of the bunch. Stay Frosty is an appealing dose of mainstream rock that stops just short of falling into Nickleback territory. As such it should sell by the truckload.
BUCKLEY WARD So Pretend
TENNISCOATS All Aboard
If you have listened to Triple J much during the last six months or so, you could be forgiven for thinking it was the 1980s. There seems to be a real trend amongst Australian indie-guitar-bands-of the-moment to hark back to that particular decade and with their new LP So Pretend, Melbourne band Buckley Ward fit pretty comfortably amongst the scene. What immediately differentiates Buckley ward from fellow indie-pop luminaries like Young The Giant and Hungry Kids Of Hungary is the bass presence. Where most indie bands seem to be opting for bright, treble heavy guitar sounds Buckley Ward use warmer, mellower tones. The result is that So Pretend gives off an oddly comforting air of intimacy. Furthermore, whilst So Pretend’s production and songwriting betray a strong love of ‘80s guitar pop, Buckley Ward are undeniably adept within the form. The harmonies are suitably lush, the choruses suitably anthemic and the synth tones understandably cheesy. It is Buckley Ward’s willingness to indulge these eccentricities, and their competency to pull them off, that makes So Pretend so successful. Truth be told, synth solos and steel drum samples will pretty much always make me wince, but they are used here with such a cheesy sense of fun that So Pretend actually winds up being a pretty enjoyable listen.
I f any band was going to release a record called All Aboard, it would be Tenniscoats. The Japanese dream-twee duo have been making warm, simple pop music that reaches out and strokes your hair a little for a decade. This welcoming spirit also rises in their approach to recording; they are serial collaborators, producing records with the likes of The Pastels and Deerhoof’s Satomi Matsuzaki. All Aboard collects recordings the band made with legendary Nippon psych underground drummer Ikuro Takahashi, and it sees Tenniscoats follow his lead. Sonically, it’s a detour from their earlier records (like high-water mark Totemo Aimasho) into vaguely psychedelic territory. Wah wah, flute and caveman guitars dominate, all propelled by Takahashi’s wiry, playful drums. Sonically, it’s a casual, lovely trip; however the songwriting (with the exception of the strange, spiky Hoochi Chikoo Man) tends towards the barely there. This isn’t a problem if you’re going to treat All Aboard like the paisley electric blanket it is- it coasts along with an unruffled, joyous pleasantness that runs like the photonegative of Sister Ray- but active listening engenders sharply diminishing returns. All Aboard is a lesser Tenniscoats record, but that’s nothing to send hatemail about. Let it warm you up some leftovers and put on a DVD.
INGRID MICHAELSON Human Again
New Wave-inspired Australian band Expatriate’s name reflects their story. Lead singer and guitarist Ben King spent some of his childhood in Jakarta while drummer Cristos Kollias was a Greek immigrant to Australia. After releasing their ARIA-nominated debut album In The Midst Of This in 2007 they moved to Berlin. They toured Europe playing large rock festivals including a stint with Placebo. Eventually they got back into the studio, recording at Monnow Valley Studio in Wales which has hosted rock legends Led Zepplin, Black Sabbath and Queen. The resulting album is a mixture of new wave and alternative genres with synthesizers and guitars dominating. Influences like New Order, The Killers and former tour mates Placebo are easily heard on the album. The guitar work is a bit repetitive as it continuously repeats alternative styled riffs.The exception is the track Skool which ventures into a more metal sound before synthesizers drag it back to a New Wave influenced style. Opener Miracle Mile begins with a cool bass line before being engulfed in various layers of guitars, drums and synthesizers. This multi-layered approach is prevalent on the album and occasionally it is a bit too full on. Lyrically, King summons his most painful relationships whilst focusing on the dark sides of love, loss and regret. _AARON CORLETT 20
Ingrid Michaelson’s fifth album Human Again presents clean compositions, orchestral additions, airy lyrics, and a tiny dose of edginess. All in all, it’s the type of indie pop-rock you’d expect to hear on the soundtrack to some American TV dramas. As it happens one such drama, Grey’s Anatomy, propelled Michaelson out of obscurity six years ago, paving the way for several TV shows, films, advertisements and trailers to feature her music. The album’s premise is that the singer has just found her feet after going through a dark time. It was produced by orchestral composer David Kahne, who has also worked with indie songstress Regina Spektor. Michaelson veers into kooky Spektor territory on the tracks Keep Warm and Ghost, however, for the most part, the acoustic guitar and violin strings are coated with a polished veneer. Admittedly, much of Human Again sounds samey and only a few songs truly enhance it. The catchier tracks Do It Now and Blood Brothers have a punkier attitude recalling ‘90s Alanis Morissette, while Live It With Love is a tender and sweet tune. Michaelson’s recent offbeat YouTube covers of Gotye and Rihanna have proved she can be both quirky and popular. It’s a shame her album is not as interesting or versatile as these cover versions. Neither disagreeable nor memorable, Human Again is middle of the road stuff. _CORAL HUCKSTEP X-Press – First on the street, Wednesdays
JUSTIN BEIBER Believe Universal
So, the Biebs has finally turned 18 and, disputably, made it into manhood. To celebrate growing his first chest hair (lulz jk), Bieber’s put out an album – hoorah! Believe is the new nuisance of a record, with his face on the front and a foldout poster inside for you to tack on the wall and stare at lovingly. Here’s a quick sum-up of the songs that this reviewer made it through: Believe is an evangelical angst-fest from the kid worth over $100mil who really loves God and has a tough life and stuff. Right Here features Drake, who apparently started that ‘swag’ thing and consequently has a special level of hell reserved for him – and the song is crap. Catching Feelings is another song about Biebs loving girls and stuff, because he’s an adult now. Beauty And A Beat features Nicki Minaj, and this song represents the formula for the whole album: the two ‘superstars’ repeat their own names, name drop other celebs, and sing about utterly inane bullshit to a completely generic R&B beat. Boyfriend is possibly the only listenable track, mostly because Beiber’s voice almost sounds manly, he mentions Buzz Lightyear, and because he says swag between (swag) every (swag) word. This record is uncomfortable, forgettable, and super duper mature (not). Oh, and Justin, if you ever read this: YOU’RE NOT JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE AND YOU NEVER WILL BE. _CHLOE PAPAS
DEEP TIME Deep Time Hardly Art/Inertia
Weird can be wonderful, weird can be unbearable. Deep Time, an Austin duo are undoubtedly oddball, a combination of a slowed down version of The Strokes and The Velvet Underground. Legal reasons forced a name change after releasing their first album under the moniker Yellow Fever in 2010 and their sophomore album is a bizarre indie pop collection of songs dominated by lead singer Jennifer Moore who yelps, howls and groans with unique vocal variety. Despite her powerful pipes, she lets herself down in the front half of the album by using too many non-word lyrics, but her partner Adam Jones does a great job taking control of the rhythm section, playing drums along with some cool bass lines. Opener Bermuda Triangle begins with one such bass line along with a simplistic garage guitar riff before Moore’s indecipherable lyrics take charge. Moore’s organ playing takes hold of tracks Sgt Seirra and Coleman with the former coming off as sounding like a video game in parts. The music for the most part however is restrained, the band has a tight, compact sound but it rarely explodes. Songs like Gold Rush are annoyingly repetitive, as the guitar, organ and drum progressions seem endlessly circular. The album is also let down by its one paced nature, with the album constantly staying mid-tempo. At its best this album is innovative but at its worst it is irritating.
LITTLE SCOUT – Go Quietly (Independent) If there was ever any doubt any music biz bigwigs were actually tuning in to Triple J’s fledgling Unearthed radio station, the story behind Brisbane quartet’s Little Scout’s new single Go Quietly should clear things right up. The tune was penned specifically for the band by The John Steel Singers’ Scott Bromiley and was mixed by Lars Stalfors (The Mars Volta) in Los Angeles, who approached the band after hearing one of their tracks on the station. A deft mixture of self-confession, master class musicality and downright catchiness, the tune is stiflingly pretty and confirms Little Scout’s status as deeply talented up-and-comers. AMANDA PALMER – Do It With A Rockstar (8ft Records) Dresden Doll Amanda `Fucking’ Palmer recently made headlines thanks to her raising a vast sum of money on Kickstarter to fund her forthcoming record, Theatre Is Evil, due out this September. The album’s first offering, Do It With A Rockstar, more than proves her fans’ money hasn’t gone to waste. Featuring her new band The Grand Theft Orchestra, the tune is raucous, anthemic, and a tad bit retro, for those who consider the late ‘90s heyday of alternative radio “retro”. While some of the studio tricks are a little too familiar, Palmer is clearly re-invigorated and, unlike like her last fractured offering (2011’s Amanda Palmer Goes Down Under), the result is a spiky, stylish pop-rock gem. DELTA – Alien (Obese Records) Since releasing The Second Story to critical acclaim three years ago, the hip hop world has been anxiously awaiting Aussie hip hop stalwart Delta’s new release. It’s finally dropped in the form of Alien, the first single from upcoming album Pyramid Schemes (due late 2012). Serrated with pixel edges, Alien is a hypnotic sample-heavy track which explores human identity outside of the rat race, among the infinite cosmos that lies beyond. Factoring ‘80s-inspired crisp beats and Sci-Fi influenced lyricism into playful computer glitches, Alien really pushes all the right buttons. _JENNIFER PETERSON-WARD
DON’T THINK The Chemical Brothers Live at Fuji Rock DVD EMI/Omniverse
Standing not a lot higher than 5ft, Kristian Matsson clearly has a sense of humour by tak ing the stage name The Tallest Man On Earth. For his first two albums the comparisons to Bob Dylan came thick and fast but with his third album now under his belt, it is clear that The Tallest Man On Earth is forging his own identity. There is still the subtle influence of folk legends Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger but The Tallest Man On Earth is finding his own voice without the aid of his signature harmonica or the banjo that rarely see the light of day on There’s No Leaving Now. The tunes are less urgent this time around too as Matsson fashions a set of tunes that explore people’s willingness to deal with their own weaknesses. The open tunings and precision finger picking is still at the forefront with Leading Me Now and To Just Grow Away playing to the artists considerable strengths. Matsson places himself behind the piano for the sparse title track to illustrate that he is no one trick pony. It may not be as immediate as his earlier albums, but there is no doubting that There’s No Leaving Now is every bit as rewarding – if not more.
Anyone who’s ever seen one of The Chemical Brothers’ mind-blowing live shows would know the task of trying to capture the large scale, audio devastation and brain-melting, psychedelic, light and visual show, would be very difficult. But they’ve outdone themselves here, almost achieving the impossible. Following the release of Further, this film captures their epic 2011 performance at Japan’s Fuji Rock Festival. Anyone who’s seen their recent tour will recognise some images, no more so than the giant evil clown that appears near the end of the show, to snarl “You are all my children now” at an audience still vulnerable from having their senses overloaded with a soaring, orgasmic audiovisual explosion. Directed by Adam Smith – the visual artist they have worked with from the beginning, the video is lush beyond belief - well edited and shot by 20 cameras wandering the crowd, there’s superb footage capturing the Bros on stage behind their massive, spaceship-like banks of equipment, and great crowd shots that really capture the electric atmosphere. A giant lighting rig is suspended above them and visuals tower behind them on three gigantic screens. Between tracks we follow a Japanese girl wandering bemused around the festival, and other scenes of covert visual projections. The performance itself captures the Brothers at their finest; mixing and reworking their own material live, with a setlist spanning their 20 year career. An incredible selection of tunes that reminds you just how ground-breaking and consistently brilliant The Chemical Brothers have been. You are taken on a whirlwind ride through Swoon, Star Guitar, Hey Boy Hey Girl, Setting Sun, Saturate and the title track. It’s heavier on more recent albums, but the finale medley of Leave Home/Galvanize and Block Rockin’ Beats nods to their classic old material. This truly captures the magnificence of a Chemical Brothers live show and is not just a brilliant dance music DVD, but one of the greatest concert films of all time. It’s definitely worth seeking out the BluRay for full mind-blowing potential. It’s here. Don’t Think. Just buy it.
THE TALLEST MAN ON EARTH There’s No Leaving Now Dead Oceans / Inertia
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ROCKABILLY ROLL OFF
Crack out your Elvis wig, your favourite pair of creepers and get ready to roll because the WA Roller Derby gals return to the Kingsway Indoor Stadium on Saturday, July 28, for the Jailhouse Block. A rockabilly themed roll-off, the bout will see the Electric Screams go head to head with Sonic Doom, and only one team can reign supreme! Tickets are only $11 for adults and $6 for kids, so don’t delay, hit up warollerderby.com.au to score your seats.
Attracting over 60,000 entertainment hungry punters each year, the Fremantle Festival is Australia’s oldest celebration of art, music, food, drink, fashion and culture. Organisers of the 2012 festival, which is set to take place from October 28-November 11, are on the hunt for artists, performers, organisations and collectives to propose exhibitions, shows and other events for this year’s festivities. If you’re interested in getting involved hit up fremantle.wa.gov.au/festivals.
The King Is Dead
THE KING IS DEAD! Neighbourhood What? Meow Meow
THE CAT’S OUTTA THE BAG
Sexy,talented and oozing femininity from her every pore, international chanteuse Meow Meow is set to return to our shores come November, vowing to wow audiences with her kamikaze cabaret. A performance artist who was won over crowds the world over, and has picked up prizes for her sensual shows at both the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival and the New York International Fringe Festival, Meow Meow will slink her way into the Astor Theatre on Friday, November 16, for a night of sequins, sex appeal and saucy tunes. Tickets are on sale now from BOCS.
You’ve seen him on Good News Week and now you can catch him live and in the flesh; that’s right Perth, funny man Paul McDermott is coming to town. Heading west with his new show Paul Sings, McDermott’s upcoming stint in P-town will be a tell-all singing extravaganza, with backing from an all star band. During his many years on TV, McDermott wrote, rehearsed and performed hundreds of satirical songs; and it’s these songs which will be given a new lease on life come Friday, August 31, when Paul Sings takes over the Astor Theatre. Tickets are on sale now from BOCS.
DO YOU WANT TO KNOW A SECRET?
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.
Directed by Rolf de Heer Starring Dan Wyllie, Bojana Novakovic, Gary Waddell, Roman Vaculik, Luke Ford, Anthony Hayes Dutch-born Australian filmmaking legend Rolf de Heer turns his attention to the cultural battleground of the quarter-acre block in this somewhat dark but mostly genial suburban fable. Young, middle class couple Max (Dan Wyllie) and Therese (the ubiquitous Bojana Novakovic) think they’ve found the perfect home in what appears to be a quiet, picturesque street, but soon find things aren’t all that they seem when they meet their new neighbours. On one side is the gregarious chef, Otto (Roman Vaculik) and his picture-perfect family, including a cute-as-a-button young daughter (Liley Adey), with whom they soon bond closely. In stark contrast, their other flank is hemmed in by the household of the broken-down, drug addled King (Gary Waddell) and his band of bogan brigands. While the pair are, at first, somewhat amused by the goings-on at the King house, it isn’t long before the relentless barrage of high-decibel Aussie hip hop, foul language, and regular bouts of domestic violence take their toll. After realising that they have no legal recourse, Max and Therese decide to take matters into their own hands. On paper, it reads like any other run of the mill “quirky” Australian comedy, and in lesser
hands that’s just what it could have played out like. However, even a cursory examination of De Heer’s back catalogue - a diverse body of work that includes Ten Canoes, Alexandra’s Song, The Tracker and, of course, Bad Boy Bubby - reveals an idiosyncratic approach to genre, along with a keen sense of identification with the underdog. In this case, it’s not Max and Therese who engender our sympathies, but the hapless King, who is presented not as a figure of menace, but rather as a weak-willed victim of circumstance and his own proclivities. It’s this unwillingness to cleave to obvious lines of sympathy that lifts The King Is Dead! above other, similar Australian works - the audience may identify with the photogenic young couple, but are they really worthy of our loyalty? Even so, it’s still a lesser de Heer film; a curious dabbling in genre tropes rather than a striking artistic statement. The film meanders more than it drives, before taking a weird turn into violence during the third act that doesn’t sit well, tonally speaking, with the rest of the story. While de Heer’s refusal to be constrained by genre norms is usually laudable, here the lurching shift feels not so much shocking as vaguely baffling: a change for its own sake, rather than for any good effect. Still, a lesser effort by de Heer is worth a lot more than a top-flight film from most other Australian directors. The King Is Dead! isn’t going to spark any post-movie debates about socioeconomic disparity in the suburbs, but it’s an arch and amiable modern fairytale with enough going for it to justify the price of admission. _TRAVIS JOHNSON
As Luck Would Have It screens as part of the Spanish Film Festival
THE 15TH SPANISH FILM FESTIVAL The Spice Of Life
Showcasing the very best comedies, dramas, animations and thrillers from Spain and Spanishspeaking Latin America, the 15th annual Spanish Film Festival takes place at Cinema Paradiso from Thursday, July 19, ‘til Thursday, July 26. Tickets can be obtained from the box office, by phoning (08) 9227 1771 or lunapalace.com.au. As Spanish Film Festival founder and director Natalia Ortiz attests, while Spain’s economy may be in meltdown, there is nothing lacking in terms of culture. Accrording to Ortiz, this year’s Spanish Film Festival almost didn’t go ahead because of the financial woes of sponsors in Spain hit by the economic crisis. However, the dedicated festival director managed to pull it off at the last minute with the help of Palace Cinemas, the fest’s long-time exhibition partner. It wasn’t without consequence though – the disrupted preparation forced Ortiz to move this year’s edition from its traditional May berth to July, and also to trim the number of features down to 22 from 36 in 2011. However Ortiz attests she’s content to simply be able to stage the festival at all, particularly as 2012 commemorates the 15th incarnation of the annual festival.“When I came to Australia from Spain 17 years ago, I didn’t feel like the Spanish films we’d get here were indicative of what was really happening there,” she says. “What really surprised me was the lack of representation of Spanish films in Australia. There was so much happening in Spain 24
but Spanish cinema on Australian screens was not reflecting what was happening in Spain.” This year’s opening night attraction is As Luck Would Have It, a contemporary satire starring Salma Hayek, which tells the tale of an out-of-work advertising executive who suffers an accident and plans to sell the exclusive interview rights to the highest bidder in an attempt to provide for his family. A 15th birthday fiesta with complimentary sangria and a live band will follow the screening. Hayek ’s film will have some stiff competition for audience favourite against comedies such as Cousinhood, which follows the misadventures of three cousins after one of them is jilted, and the Mexican smash hit Saving Private Perez, in which a motley drug cartel attempts to rescue their leader’s brother from war-torn Iraq. Tissues will be needed for the heartbreakingly sweet animated film Wrinkles. Set in a retirement home, the film details the friendship between two elderly men, one of them in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Thriller fans haven’t been forgotten either, with Sleep Tight, a psychological thriller about an apartment block concierge in Barcelona who stalks the residents after dark, and The Bad Intentions, a drama focusing on a young girl who is convinced she will die on the same day her brother is born, both tipped to draw huge audiences. “For the first festival I just picked what I liked but I learnt over the years that you need to please your audience,” Ortiz says of the film selection process. “We’re covering a continent – the audience is different from one city to another, even from one session to another. I don’t want to make a festival that’s too arty, too funny, too trendy or too scary. My main aim is to try to please everyone.” _JENNIFER PETERSON-WARD
Ryan Kwanten and Peter Templeman on set of Not Suitable For Children
PETER TEMPLEMAN Primal Instincts
“It is true that 0.4 per cent of semen doesn’t survive the freezing process and that was the key – ‘hang on it doesn’t always work’.” This was what local Oscarnominated director Peter Templeman and friend/ writer Michael Lucas discovered when researching facts on testicular cancer for Not Suitable For Children, Templeman’s debut feature film which explores an untold storyline in cinema: a young Aussie bloke (Jonah, Ryan Kwanten) on a body clock countdown, desperate to have a baby with just about anyone after being diagnosed with testicular cancer. Having spent three months of every year for the last seven years working on the screenplay for Not Suitable For Children alongside Michael Lucas (his good friend, godfather of one of his children, and also writer for Offspring), the initial concept of a young man being diagnosed with testicular cancer spawned from a real experience which Lucas went through. “He had a little lump - how he got the idea for the story was a little scare, little pimple on his testicle,” Templeman says. But, the screenplay grew and built with each draft Lucas and Templeman did. They even scrapped parts of the story during the drafting process. “We had a version where he [Jonah] fell in love with the sperm bank technician,” he says. “We had one where it used to be called ‘The 20-Something Survival Guide’ about the mates running a website about being in your 20s and showing all these anecdotes on YouTube about being in your 20s and then he gets nut cancer. The character himself changes a lot from being a high
strung, preppy kind of guy to the guy who you would of seen in the film; showing a far less capable guy, which just works. We just realised, writing for a while, it needed to be a guy who had no money and no sense of responsibility, who is reckless, suddenly really wanting to do it [become a father] and being terrible with kids as well and then that’s what worked for us.” The film captures vulnerable moments which impinge on everyday life – the actors and Templeman himself even shared their own moments of vulnerability during filming. “Every single day, I’m terrified, yeah,” he says. “A big part of it was - in terms of the father thing - trying to show [desires/insticts] without spoiling it [the story]. The guy wanting a kid and everything, especially in Jonah’s case, it’s a very noble desire but it’s not as important as other things in life like survival and those more primal instincts. “The important thing for me with the film was to show those relationships around us, those surrogate families you form when you are young and you are sharing a house with people, living together and having a great time in shared spaces. They are like family - and they were for me - and the people you have around you are the most important things in life. I believe it is something that isn’t really a core, primal, kind of instinct, it’s more of a wish; you grew up in a family and you want a family. You want to nurture a kid but it’s not necessary to have a great life and my life is not better because I have kids, I love them now they are here but if I’d never met them I’d still be happy and I’d have made another film by now. Now they are here, I’d never give them back.” _ANNABEL MACLEAN X-Press – First on the street, Wednesdays
Rolf de Heer
ROLF DE HEER All Hail The King!
“It was fun. Fun in a serious way - filmmaking always has to be that way.” That’s Australian film icon Rolf de Heer’s quick description of the production process on his new film, The King Is Dead!, a darkly comic tale of the suburbs that pits a young couple (Dan Wyllie and Bojana Novakovic) against the neighbours from hell, in the form of King (Gary Waddell) and his unruly clan. The film sprang to life out of the ashes of a previous, now abandoned, project. As de Heer explains, “Each film is different. With this one, I had a script to write that didn’t work, it wasn’t going to work - that’s another long story. And they said, ‘No, don’t return the money; just write anything you want. Just give us something’. Which is very nice, because then you can have fun: you can have a play, have an experiment. So I had a think, and this notion came into my head. I was living in suburbia, and I’ve had lots of bad neighbours in my life - and I’ve had lots of good neighbours as well - and it just struck me: this image of a bloke with a fishing rod, casting the thing into the next door neighbours place, pulling clothes off the washing line in order to make the neighbour paranoid. That isn’t in the film, but that’s sort of where it started - the plotting against the neighbour in order to get rid of him.” From that tiny seed, the film sprang to life, becoming along the way a kind of cautionary tale about community and communication. In the
process of writing, de Heer came to realise he knew the perfect actor for the role of King: Australian screen veteran Gary Waddell (The Proposition, Gettin’ Square). “When I was writing, the actor Gary Waddell occurred to me, part of the way through, as King,” de Heer recalls. “So I wrote it down on a little note. I’d seen him in a film back in the ‘70s, and he gave an extraordinarily energetic, kinetic performance in Pure Shit, one of the great classics of Australian cinema. Then I’d met him around the time of Ten Canoes, and I remembered that meeting, and his face, and what he was like, and he began to inhabit that part, despite the fact that I was only writing. But I tend to go with that sort of stuff, and so ultimately that part was sort of written for Gary. So when I cast, the first thing I did was ring Gary.” That casting, though serendipitous, made filling the remaining roles more difficult, with each subsequently added performer needing to work in conjunction with Waddell’s portrayal of King. “Everything else had to be cast around him,” de Heer explains. “Even though Max and Therese are the leads. It was a difficult process for me, because the threat dynamics in the film are complex. In the first instance, you’ve got to have Max and Therese working, truly, believably, as a couple. Dan will work with some Thereses, Bojana will work with some Maxes, but not all. To juggle all this stuff, was difficult, and it all started to click into place near the end of pre-production. It was a difficult and complex process.” _TRAVIS JOHNSON
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PICA SALON VERNISSAGE
A Sophisticated Celebration PICA will host its exclusive Salon Vernissage this Saturday, July 21. The gallery’s third flagship event will be open to the general public between Sunday, July 22, ’til Sunday, August 12. The Salon Vernissage, or private art viewing, originated in 17th century France and epitomised grandeur and prestige. PICA will hold its own Vernissage this weekend, but never one to follow the traditional route, it will be staging the event in futuristic theme. “This year we are looking at the idea of the Salon for the 21st century and beyond,” PICA’s director of six years Amy Barrett-Lennard enthusiastically tells X-Press. “People will arrive and there will be futuristic style cocktails and furniture. Our staff and our lovely MC Narelda Jacobs will be dressed in theme. It’s just a really fabulous night.” The exhibition is PICA’s biggest of the year and is the gala event for its Art1000 donor program, which gives donors behind the scenes access to PICA and its events. This exhibition is an unmissable opportunity for guests to mingle with other Perth collectors. “People do like to buy at the Vernissage,” Barrett-Lennard says. “It’s a great opportunity to be there first.” Some guests will likely pay above the base entry of $1000, and with around 150 guests expected, Barrett-Lennard says the event’s a vital boost for PICA. This year’s entry fees will go to artists’ education, training and development programs. Barrett-Lennard says PICA Salon will satisfy everyone’s budgets and tastes. The prices range from around $600 to $9,000. There’ll
be everything from watercolour paintings to performance, from emerging local artists such as Clare Peake, Tom Freeman and Benjamin Forster to established artists Brian Blanchflower and Brian McKay. Three works have been selected for the event’s pièce de résistance: the silent auction. “We’ve chosen three artists (Brook Andrew, Thomas Rentmeister, and David Rosetzky) who are pretty much at the height of their careers. Two have made works especially for PICA Salon, so collectors can be rest assured they’re not going to see those works elsewhere,” Barrett-Lennard says. Melbourne-based interdisciplinary artist Brook Andrew is submitting his AUSTRALIA II PEACE to the silent auction. “His works are really accessible but also really layered and he likes to make some interesting statements,” Barrett-Lennard says. Berlin-based Thomas Rentmeister is currently exhibiting at PICA and his silent auction submission Schnarchpflasterbild 3, 2012 will be available for public viewing until the event. “It’s made of these flesh-coloured strips that go over your nose to stop you snoring,” Barrett-Lennard says excitedly. “He’s placed these on beautiful paper and it becomes abstract. You can momentarily forget what these things are and it creates this unbelievably beautiful pattern.” The third artist is David Rosetzky, who will be submitting his video piece, Nothing Like This, 2007. “He is one of Australia’s leading artists,” BarrettLennard says. “His works are incredibly beautiful and mesmerising.” Guests will also be treated to a surprise during the silent auction. Meanwhile, the countdown is on until Saturday night. “This week will be the exciting week! The works have all arrived and I have to say, I’ve got my eye on a few of them myself!” Barrett-Lennard admits. _CORAL HUCKSTEP
Home Is Where The Heart Is Paperhouses is on display at Earlywork Gallery in South Fremantle from July 20-29. In a bid to lessen the emotional distance between her current home and her homeland, French born, Perth based artist Magali Dincher looked across the seas to the streets of Paris, deciding to recreate the city’s iconic buildings in a stylised 3D form. A town planner by trade, Dincher translated her love for architecture into art when she moved to Perth in 2008, and Paperhouses is an ode of sorts to the country she left behind. “In 2008 I was living with a French guy and he’s a geologist and we lived together in France. He got offered a great job opportunity for three years working as a geologist in WA and I didn’t even think about it for two minutes, I just jumped on a plane,” Dincher begins when asked about the catalyst for her relocation to Perth. “I tried to find a job and couldn’t find one in my field – I was a town planner in France but when I arrived in Australia my English was limited and when you’re a town planner the most important skill is communication, so I wasn’t able to find a job in my field. I wanted to do something else with my life so I set up a business making prints and they started selling well, and I had lots of support from Australian people and artists, and that’s why I decided to stay.” Though she loves her new home and is appreciative that local artists and the wider community have embraced her practice, Dincher can’t help but feel homesick every now and again, a sentiment she explores in her latest exhibition entitled Paperhouses. “When I make a print which is inspired by French or Parisian architecture it’s a way for me to decrease the distance between my culture and where I live. There are 15,000kms between my country and where I live. Creating is my way to limit that gap,” she muses. Hoping to bring a sense of happiness to visitors of Paperhouses, and emotionally transport them to the streets of her homeland, Dincher decided to create in 3D rather than 2D for her forthcoming exhibition, constructing intricate models instead of prints. “Before I had always created in 2D - so just normal prints - and the thing is obviously a house has four sides, so when I drew houses they were two dimensional. When I looked at my prints I found that 26
Paperhouses a bit frustrating. I thought: a house has four sides, why should we only see one?” “It’s lovely but I’ve got to be honest, it’s been very challenging because I’ve always been better at [humanities] but the mathematics and geometry, when you have to learn numbers and play with a ruler, for me it’s really hard so it’s still quite challenging and I’ve been a bit anxious about this exhibition. Now all the houses have been created I’m very happy but if you had called me three weeks ago, I don’t think I would have felt the same!” Following Paperhouses, Dincher will head to Buenos Aires in September for a month long artist’s residency at Ace, where she hopes she’ll be inspired by the city’s bustling, vibrant streets. “I’ve applied because I just want to complete a project about architecture. So again I will be trying to get some inspiration the city’s architecture - the different kinds of buildings.” Dincher must pay for her own flights, accommodation and meals during the residency, to help cover costs, fans of her work can donate to the project via Pozible: pozbile.com/beauestmien. _EMMA BERGMEIER X-Press – First on the street, Wednesdays
Magnesium Light: John Curtin Gallery, Curtin University, Bentley Magnesium Light is a two-part video project by experimental media artist Dennis Del Favero which investigates the interrelationship between war and identity. In the provocative You And I, Tohoku – Through The Eyes Of Japanese Del Favero explores events around the infamous Abu Ghraib photographs from Baghdad of 2006. Photographers: Council House, Perth The Consulate-General of Japan has partnered Australian-born Del Favero is an internationallywith the City Of Perth to present Tohoku – recognised ar tist and academic who has Through The Eyes Of Japanese Photographers, exhibited throughout Australia and Europe. consisting of works by nine photographers and Runs ’til Aug 5. one group of photographers which together portray the past, present and future of the people The World Is Everything That Is The Case: John and culture of the Tohoku Region in northern Curtin Gallery, Curtin University, Bentley Japan. Works ranging from photographs taken Six Australian artists come together to explore in the 1940s to those taken in recent years will the space that embodies the transformation be on display, and the exhibition aims to give of cultural practice occurring across states, people throughout the world a feel for the b o r d e r s a n d d e m a r c a t i o n z o n e s . I n t h i s enduring fascination of Tohoku. Runs ’til Jul 27. exhibition, the ‘globite’ suitcase, synonymous with travel, transportation and distribution, The Longing/An Aperture: Moore’s Building becomes a metaphor for the distribution of data. When unpacked, the contents become the Contemporary Art Gallery, Fremantle The Longing/An Aperture is the highly anticipated materialisation of the artists practice. Curated exhibition of new works by West Australian by Sean Cubitt, Vince Dziekan and Paul Thomas, artists Anya Brock and Sara Winfield. This visually the exhibition features the work of artists stimulating show encapsulates the two artist’s Karen Casey, Mark Cypher, Tina Gonsalves, Mark signature styles of complex line work and bright Guglielmetti, Nigel Helyer and Mitchell Whitelaw. bold colours in a kaleidoscopic onslaught of Runs ’til Aug 5. detailed pattern work, sensual female forms and flora and fauna. Conceptually the work Light Locker Art Space: Grand Lane, Perth deals with notions of desire and yearning and Located within Grand Lane off Murray Street attempts to expose the often hidden and surreal Mall and viewable from Barrack Street, the Light Locker Art Space can be accessed 24/7 world beneath the façade. Runs ’til Jul 29. but is best viewed at sundown when the Sacred Gardens For The Blind: Perth Centre For lights turn on. Since launching in June 2011, the space has supported and commissioned Photography, Northbridge Patricia Casey’s exhibition Scented Gardens new works from 21 young artists, with many For The Blind displays her artistic creativity more to come! This exhibition is the fourth in in the form of black and white photographic a year-long program of peer curation, resulting prints on cotton, with embroidered details of in an organic approach to mapping out artist metallic threads and handmade lace. These networks and commonalities. For this latest works are firmly embedded in the tradition of exhibition, Joe Matthiessen, Dale Buckley, Kenya photography forming a partnership with high Bedford Armstrong, Stephen Genovese and Lyle end digital imaging and old world crafts. Runs Branson created new 2D and 3D artworks. Runs ’til Aug 31. ’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 don’t think about being an animal, the animal is the animal. Where is cognition situated and how do the animal ‘others’ fit into the artistic realm? These ideas have been explored in the paintings of Stephanie Reisch. The works evoke sensorial worlds, creating new spaces that unfurl in the in-betweens. Runs Jul 20-31.
Picasso To Warhol: 14 Modern Masters: Art Gallery Of WA, Northbridge Picasso to Warhol: Fourteen 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 k now 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. S e a s o n r u n s J u l 1 9 - Au g 5 . B o o k i n g s v i a 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. 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.
This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing: Subiaco Arts Centre, Subiaco Three sisters are abandoned in the middle of a forest by their father. Facing an uncertain future, one decides to walk one way around the world, one decides to walk the other way and one decides to stay right where she is. After 20 years having crossed oceans, toppled lighthouses and conquered armies – the two wanderers find themselves back at the same place in the woods, where the third sister waits… One of Australia’s most exciting playwrights, Finegan Kruckemeyer, has created a modern day fairytale that will thrill, delight and surprise audiences of all ages. Runs ’til Jul 21. Bookings through BOCS.
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UK drum’n’bass DJs, producers and brothers Phil and Dan Brookes, aka the Brookes Brothers, “fight over stupid shit every day; from snare drums to doing the dishes”.They’ve also played after Jamiroquai at Exit Festival in Serbia and have smashed out beats in the Slovakian mountains at Let It Roll alongside Dirtyphonics, Friction and Aphrodite. ANNABEL MACLEAN catches up with Dan the man ahead of their show here this Friday night. “Phil put itching powder in my pants before a wedding one day when we were kids,” Dan begins, looking back on the tricks he and his brother Phil used to play on each other. “You were only supposed to apply a small amount but he used the whole bag! [It was] one of the most painful experiences of my life. And I’ve broken my leg in four places. We fight over stupid shit every day; from snare drums to doing the dishes.” But, clearly their fights work in their favour, as Phil and Dan Brookes have been smashing it in the drum’n’bass scene since 2006. In 2007, the brothers were exclusively signed to UK DJ and producer Adam F and DJ Fresh’s label Breakbeat Kaos and went on to put out a slew of releases and collaborations before releasing their debut self-titled record last year. But, they’re currently holding off production on a sophomore record, instead choosing to focus on a couple of EPs. “We’re doing a couple of EPs just to tide things over; the first of which is gonna be out very soon on Breakbeat Kaos so watch this space,” he says. “[We’re] working on a few other projects as well, we’ve produced the next Foreign Beggars single out on Mau5trap this summer and are doing some more production for some other artists.”
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DOWN TO URTH
Sydney MC and hip hop maestro Urthboy is coming to town to celebrate the release of his fourth record, Smokey’s Haunt. The first single from the record Naïve Brovado, featuring Daniel Merriweather, garnered a lot of support, even receiving iTunes Song Of The Week. Coproduced by Hermitude and Count Bounce, Smokey’s Haunt is an electric, invigorated body of work which Urthboy himself will be showcasing on Saturday, September 8, at The Rosemount Hotel. The Last Kinection and Slawjaw will be supporting. Stay tuned for ticketing deets.
Brookes Brothers Those “other artists” include an upcoming third collaboration with Danny Byrd for his forthcoming record and a possible collaboration with UK drum’n’bass up-and-comer Metrik. “[We] would love to do a track with Metrik,” he says. “Gonna do that soon I think. Fresh has been talking about doing something soon as well so hopefully he’ll find some time in his new popstar schedule to fit us in. We’re doing a third collab with Danny Byrd, it’s sounding awesome so far, I think it could be our best yet - proper ‘80s inspired but bang up to date. Can’t wait to finish it.” Aside from the forthcoming EP they’re currently working on, Dan says they’ll be doing an EP under a new pseudonym before moving on to another EP as the Brookes Brothers. “The new stuff is pretty top secret still but we’ve been developing lots of ideas and it’s gonna be sick,” he says. “It’s very ‘80s influenced… aside from our EP, I think Adam F has an EP planned for the near future which is exciting. Adam and Fresh are very selective with what they put out which is a good thing I think. Having said that; they’ve always given us 100 per cent creative control with the music, can’t ask for much more than that really!” The Brothers have been busy on the road, having recently played an “amazing!” gig in Slovakia. “Drum’n’bass is the biggest form of dance music out there and it has been for a few years now,” Dan says. “We were playing Let It Roll, a purely drum’n’bass festival with 5000 people up in the Slovakian mountains - us, Dirtyphonics, Friction and Aphrodite. Ridiculously cool party, they know all the tunes out there and the dancefloor is pure madness.” But Slovakia hasn’t been the only gig which the lads have played that falls into the “madness”
category.“Probably the craziest for me personally was back in 2009 in Madrid with DJ Craze,” he explains. “We were playing at the Atlético Madrid football stadium in the players’ lounge to about 1500 people. After the gig we were all pretty drunk messing around backstage and we happened to go through a few doors we shouldn’t have and found our way to the outer part of this 80,000 seat stadium. We jumped over these fences onto the football pitch and continued our party in the middle of the pitch. I heard the security got fired the next day; one of the girls we were with had graffitied in the players’ dressing room (laughs).” Although the Brookes Brothers’ upcoming gig at Villa won’t quite be like their Madrid gig, Dan says he’s pretty pumped about it. “Got a brand spanking new set for you guys, some amazing new tunes and our new EP, plus the best of the last year or two thrown in there,” he says. “[I] haven’t been to Perth since my gig with Danny Byrd in 2008 which was epic. Phil has done the last two [gigs]. I just can’t wait to party with you all again!” And, as for the boys’ plans for the remainder of 2012, it’s all about the party. “I’m off to Corfu directly after this tour for a week’s holiday then back on the music properly,” he says. “Phil is taking some time off now; sand, sea and strong drinks. He’s playing Secret Garden Party next week and we’re both at Global Gathering and Creamfields. Hoping it’s gonna be a killer summer in the UK!”
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ALL ABOUT THE BATTLE
The 2012 Australian DMC Championships are upon us! The WA State Final will be held next Friday, July 27, at The Bakery. This year, entrants are allowed their choice of Digital Vinyl System and their own choice of mixer to create their best six minute routine with two turntables. Get on down to witness epic showcase sets from DJ Kuya and Zeke and watch Beni Chill, Charlie Bucket, Charlie Chan, Defyre and Midsole battle it out. Judging the madness will be Kuya, Zeke, Fdel and Junior. Hit up nowbaking.com.au for all the info.
MONO/POLY OF BEATS
Two of the world’s most progressive and bombastic beat barons, Jonwayne and Mono/Poly are coming to town. Jonwayne hails from Southern-California and is an integral member of the LA beat scene and will be bringing a slew of live beats and raps from past and future releases with him down under for his first visit to Australia. Joining him will be fellow LA based gent Mono/Poly who has released beats on War, Planet Mu and Brainfeeder. It’s all happening on Saturday, August 11, at Mojos. Expect glitchy hip hop and funky beats.
BOILING BIG DAY OUT BILL
That’s right guys, just in case you haven’t heard, the 2013 Big Day Out lineup is out and boy, is it a ripper! Aside from the Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Killers returning for the big day, the Boiler Room is looking pretty hot to trot: The Bloody Beetroots will be bringing their new live show, American DJ and producer Kaskade will be behind the decks, Crystal Castles will be bringing their usual madness alongside Canadian electro-popster Pretty Lights, Nicky Romero, Morgan Page and the wonderful Sampology. Tickets are $165 and go on sale tomorrow, Thursday, July 19, through bigdayout. com.au. Big Day Out hits Claremont Showground on Monday, January 28, 2013.
DJ and producer Bart van der Meer, aka Bart B More, has been added to the Stereosonic 2012 lineup. He’s all about the beat-driven looped techno music infused with big room house and electro. Stereosonic 2012 hits Claremont Showground on Sunday, November 25. Tickets go on sale on Thursday, August 2, at 9am local time. Snatch them up from Ticketmaster.
The Bloody Beetroots
After spending nine months of 2011 on the road, this year has seen Martin Doorly, the Yorkshire born DJ, producer and record label owner, dedicate more time to the studio – but that isn’t stopping him from hitting up our shores for the first time in three years. He chats with JOSHUA HAYES.
Childhood friends Dan Wilberforce and Jeryl Wilton came together as Cutline in 2010 and since then, the UK bass music duo have released tracks on UKF, Pilot Records, Never Say Die Records, Suicide Dub and their own label Not Safe For Work. Their UKF podcast has received over 1.2 million streams. ANNABEL MACLEAN chats with Jeryl Wilton ahead of their appearance at Major Bass.
A CUT ABOVE THE LINE
DON’T PIGEONHOLE HIM
Most of you would have heard The Waitress Song floating through the airwaves over the last couple of years. It’s by Melbourne MC Seth Sentry. Now, having established his own record label (High Score Records) and dusted off his debut record This Was Tomorrow, Sentry is hitting the road in celebration of its release. Catch the young lad on Saturday, October 6, at The Rosemount Hotel and Sunday, October 7, at The Norfolk Hotel. Tickets are on sale on Thursday, August 2, from sethsentry.com.au.
BART FOR STEREO
“I wanted to make a lot more music this year, so I’ve given myself a lot more time at home this year to be able to make music,” Doorly says, speaking from his recently adopted hometown of London. That being said, he notes that it’s the first time he’s been home in a while, having spent the last month “yo-yoing around between Ibiza and Europe doing festivals”. But the move to London has paid off for Doorly. “I’ve made a load of music. I’ve got about 30 tracks good to be released now,” he says. This includes many collaborations with artists as far ranging as Grandmaster Flash, Beardyman and Jake Shears from the Scissor Sisters. He plans to release most of his recent output over the coming months. “God knows what’s going to happen with this next run of tracks but I feel like we’ve got some really big things there and I want to keep focusing on that,” he says. Most of Doorly’s new material will be released through his label, Pigeonhole This, which he says he is currently focusing on getting off the ground. In addition to his own music, he’s been busy working with his recent signing; soul band Extra Curricular, who just released their EP Won’t Stay Down. “I think Pigeonhole will always be an outlet for new talent, to take them to the next level and give something back,” Doorly says. Although he has been spending less time touring, he’s still managed to rack up some very notable work behind the decks recently. Last year he received the call to DJ for Usher in Ibiza, and remixed his tracks into a suitable set for the party capital. “We decided that doing the set in the way that he would normally do it wouldn’t be exciting enough for Ibiza, so at that point we did a week’s work and I designed a set for him and re-produced all his tracks,” Doorly says.“It was great working with an artist that big, and when we’re walking around there’s girls fainting because he’s walking past.”
Doorly This led to an opportunity to do similar DJ duties for Nicki Minaj in Times Square in April. “I got to live my dream and shout down the microphone in Times Square; ‘thank you very much New York, good night!’,” he says, laughing. Big name credits aside, his upcoming Perth show will be an opportunity to remind local punters that he earned his reputation as a DJ’s DJ. Very much into his musical equipment, he’ll be touring with at least three CDJs (“I play off USB sticks so I have a lot of parts of my own tracks that I can separate and remix on the fly”), as well as drum machines, samplers and the new Pioneer RMX-1000 remix station, which he helped design. “I’ll have a lot of equipment, a lot of button pressing. I’m a bit of a geek, really, but I like my show to be an experience and a visual performance, rather than somebody mixing two tracks together,” Doorly says. “So just expect something quite entertaining, I suppose.”
» DOORLY » SUNDAY, JULY 29 @ THE BAKERY
“Anybody seen Game OfThrones? Is it fairly homosexual in nature like 300 was, or is it better than that? Should I spend the next hour of my life watching an episode?” and “There’s a shop across from my hotel called Sex Cave which sounds to me like a euphemism for an old lady’s vagina” are just two recent Facebook statuses which Cutline have enlightened their fans with.“It just seems natural; if someone came up to us who wanted to talk to us, we wouldn’t just ignore them, we would have a conversation and it feels like it’s [Facebook] the same kind of thing,” Wilton says. “People will come onto our Facebook and ask a question or if they want us to listen to their tune, we will.” Facebook isn’t the only online medium in which the boys hit the popularity mark, their UKF podcast has received over 1.2 million streams and has been downloaded by more than 150,000 people and their tracks have racked up over five million views on YouTube. It’s not bad for a duo who haven’t even released their debut record yet. “We just signed a record deal with Speakerbox [MistaJam’s label] and Ministry Of Sound for our debut album,” he says. “We are squeezing in as much touring as we can while we are writing tunes for that so it’s super busy. “At the moment we are just making a little pool of tunes that we are going to pick which one that we are going to release as our first single through Speakerbox and then we will obviously be building stuff up for an album. I’m not sure how long that album is going to take, we haven’t put a lot of pressure on ourselves and fortunately they [labels] are not putting a lot of pressure on us, they just want us to come up with the best possible product. We have a bit of breathing space.”
Cutline As far as collaborations go, the lads have been working with drum’n’bass DJ and producer TC, Manchester hip hop and grime collective Virus Syndicate and UK vocalist Fleur. They’ve also recently done a remix for UK bass music duo Major Look and are doing another for Ram Records shortly. Aside from this, the lads will be touring until they die and trying to keep fit at the same time; whether that be busting out weights at the gym or jumping behind the decks. “We like to go to the gym when we have time, it’s quite difficult to squeeze a routine in with the lifestyle we are living at the moment but we try and keep ourselves a little bit healthy,” he says. “We tend to come off [after a set] sweating buckets and all that. We definitely get a mini workout while we are there. Dan once jumped around so much he hit his head on the mixer, he just bled for half the set.” Hoping there won’t be any blood sweated out on their debut club tour down under, Wilton’s looking forward to it. “We play a lot of electro, house and dubstep and everything in between so it depends on what the crowd is feeling, if they want it hard then we will give it to them hard, if they want it a bit softer then we will give it to them a bit softer. We try to cater a little bit towards the crowd, fingers crossed it will go down well!”
» CUTLINE » MAJOR BASS » SATURDAY, JULY 21 @ VILLA X-Press – First on the street, Wednesdays
KICKIN’ THE JUKE BOX As part of Perth’s DeadWeight! crew, DJ and producer Nebula is a driving force behind this new wave of bass music emerging from underground. Pushing a wide range of fresh sounds, the collective are hosting a night called Twerk this Friday at The Bakery, dedicated to the juke, trap and ghetto tech music which is currently blowing up across the world. Nebula tells ALFRED GORMAN more. With the rise and commercialisation of dubstep, the mainstream are desperate to label and latch on to the next big trend. This has seen the purists retreat to the underground and explore the more experimental fringes and roots of bass music. “Bass music for me is not really a genre - it’s more of a name that is used to describe a huge variety and collection of music,” Nebula begins.“It seems to have become a tag people give their music when they don’t really know where else it fits in.” Nebula himself (or Aidan as he’s known to his mum) was involved in music from a young age. Having played the piano and drums for many years, he then graduated to mixing and producing his own electronic music. “I kind of approach music with an ‘anything goes’ sort of attitude,” he says. “I pull influences from anything and everything. At the moment the drum patterns in my music are kind of on that footwork tip. I’ve been vibing pretty hard on Om Unit and some of the output from his Cosmic Bridge label. I listen to a lot of hip hop and a lot of electronic music out of the UK.” Nebula has a steady flow of tracks and mixes available through his Soundcloud, and even a remix of a tune from San Francisco producer DNAEBEATS coming out on Starkey’s label Seclusiasis, that was part of an online remix competition he won. After recently spending some time living and working in London and travelling around Europe, he was inspired by the depth and diversity of the scene.
ON A TRANCE MISSION MaRLo is a man with a split personality – he is part Dutch and part Aussie.The DJ and producer is on the path to stardom and he’s doing it with aplomb and grace. RK gets the lowdown on what’s been happening in the studio from the man himself. “The past year has been really busy,” Marlo Hoogstraten says pleasantly down the line. “I’ve had two, three track EPs come out as well as a whole bunch of remixes. In between all of that, I’ve signed another six remixes; so in all, I’ve been really busy in the studio.” Aside from all of this, Hoogstraten has been hard at work mixing Trance Nation, a fresh, double-disc compilation series from Onelove. “I was really happy that they asked me to mix it,” he says. “The first CD is broader and has more of a crossover vibe with vocals and things; the second has more of a stadium sound feel to it.
“There are artists like Hardwell and Michael Woods on there. They would be considered trance, but it sort of sits comfortably. It’s accessible but it’s also different, sometimes very different. The second one I think, the trance lovers will hopefully really feel that one.” Gareth Emery and W&W also feature on the compilation, reflecting the nature of changing trance scene and it’s inclusive attitude. Even Hoogstraten admits the genre is nothing like it used to be. “It has opened up completely,” he chimes. “Today, DJs are mixing so many different styles together, almost like in song.They are incorporating all sorts of things and I think it’s great. Some genres of music are considered social, more relaxed or whatever; trance seems to have this association with smoky venues and lasers – but for the people who live it, it’s so much fun. It’s not intimidating anymore, it’s dynamic but it’s not necessarily as fast or intensely energetic as it may have been in the past.” This change in the scene is evident in some of the projects which Hoogstraten is currently part of. “I’m doing my radio show of course for Triple J now too and that’s great because it’s a genre they haven’t really done before,” he says.“I get the chance to introduce the listeners to something they haven’t heard either. I don’t want to scare people off so it’s a mix of what I play in the clubs and stuff that I find accessible. It’s an opportunity to play for people who wouldn’t have necessarily listened to trance on their own.”
MaRLo And, to that note, Hoogstraten says he’s looking forward to playing here in Perth shortly to showcase his productions and celebrate the release of Trance Mission. “The response so far has been really positive so I’m looking forward to playing all around the place as well as sharing some of the music from the CD with you,” he says.“I’m also super excited that it’s out on Onelove.”
» MARLO » SATURDAY, JULY 21 JULY @ SHAPE
Nebula “Yeah, I saw some pretty amazing shows - like catching Tokimonsta, Lazer Sword, Starkey and Daedelus play in a random basement in Hackney, and Sonar Festival in Barcelona was easily one of the best experiences I’ve ever had - Kidkanevil and Illum Sphere killed it. Hearing Africa Hitech’s Out In The Streets was the starting point of my admiration for the footwork sound.” Juke and trap music has its origins in the underground of late ‘80s Chicago scene, evolving hand in hand with the footwork dance movement - a battle style that has influenced shuffling. The music is characterised by minimal vintage synths, hi-hats, crisp snares, sub-bass and pitched-down vocals, and is now being blended with modern styles to produce a raw, cutting edge sound. “There are a few local cats about who are repping the sound,” he says.“I’ve seen people getting down to it in Perth already, even though they might not realise it. One thing I find with footwork and juke is it can be really repetitive, so an hour set could be too much, but when it’s mixed in with other sounds, it definitely pops off!” And, with regards to what Twerk has to offer, you’ll have to get on down to find out. “As far as I know, it’s just a one off gig, but if it’s a success, there might be a follow up,” he says. “It’s gonna be straight gold teeth business, one of those anything-goes sort of nights. I heard they’ve got some surprises and even have dancers sorted!”
» NEBULA » TWERK » FRIDAY, JULY 20 @ THE BAKERY www.xpressmag.com.au
WEDNESDAY 18/07 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 Villa - The Big Ape Tour ft Joker/ Skream/ Sgt Pokes/ Plastician YaYa’s - DJ Agent 85/ Dr Zaius
THURSDAY 19/07 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 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
Left Bank – DJ Frankie Button Library – Dorcia 23 Irwin Street, Perth - Syrup 2007! ft Little Creatures Loft – Marine Beats Mr Starks/ Clunk/ Allstate/ Boy Prince/ Llama Bar – DJ Reuben/ DJ Morris Merriwa Tavern – DJ Real McCoy Kit Pop/ Robbihusslin Metro City - C&C Music Factory Ambar – Bootleg ft Mind Electric/ Metro City (Solace Bar) – DJ Slick Joe Revell/ Tapeheads/ The Bootleg Metro Freo – Frat House Fridays ft Brothers/ DNGRFLD Death Disco DJs Amplifier – Cowboys & Indie Kids Mint Nightclub – Club Retro ft Chris Bar 459 - DJ Smurf McPhee Boheme Bar - DJ Majiika Mojos – Kid Mac Boulevard Tavern – DJ Andyy Mullaloo Beach Hotel - DJ John Broken Hill Hotel – DJ Nick Paul Alexander Mustang – Swing DJ/ DJ James Brooklands Tavern - DJ Misschief MacArthur Mel Paddy Hannans – Crazy Craig Capitol – Retro Mash Paramount - DJ Johnny Boi/ DJ Capitol (Upstairs) – I Love ‘90s Jordan Carine Tavern – Greg Packer/ MC Players Bar – Sugar Assassin Queens Tav – DJ Rueben Clancy’s (Canning Bridge) - DJ Rocket Room – DJ Franky J Boogie Claremont Hotel – DJ Pasha/ Jon Ee Sail & Anchor - Balcony Beatz/ DJ J-MAC Club Bayview – Amnesia ft Fendi/ Sovereign Arms – Dylan Hammond Axon/ Fellis The Avenue – JMC Como Hotel – DJ Gazz The Bakery - TWERK ft Nebula/ Eastern Hotel – DJ Munch Kit Pop/ SaussBauss/ Oni Cash/ Empire Bar – Josh Tilly RobiHusslin/ Boy P Eve – DJ Don Migi/ DJ Danny Boi/ DJ The Carine – Mind Electric/ Little LStreet Nicky/ Az-T Flawless – DJ Ryan The Causeway – 4by4 DJs Flying Scotsman – DJs Jo19/ Rok The East End Bar – Az-T Riley/ Armee Flying Scotsman (Defectors) - Back The Generous Squire - DJ Anaru The Manor - J.Period To Mono DJs Ginger Nightclub – Rondevoo Fridayz The Queens – DJ Rueben The Saint - DJ Jordan Gosnells Club – DJ Now The Shed – DJ Glenn 20 Hipe Club - DJ E-Funk The Whale & Ale – Josh Tilley Honey Lounge – DJ Curlee/ Drew Tiger Lils – Paul Malone/ Adam Kelly Green The Vic - DJ Giles Lakers Tavern – Fresh Fridays - DJ Dooey The Wembley Hotel – Abstar
Windsor – DJ Riki and Ray Victoria Park Hotel – DJ Giles Villa – Brookes Brothers/ BARE YaYa’s – Junk ft DJ Whoa!
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 – Az- T The Whistling Kite - DJ Craig Ambar – Japan 4 ft Busa/ Marty The Vic – DJ Kristian McFly/ Tee EL/ Blend/ Micah Tiger Lil’s – DJ Bojan/ DJ Ben Amplifier – Pure Pop ft Eddie Electric Sebastian Basement On Broadway – DJ Ricky Victoria Park Hotel – DJ Melvin Boheme Bar – Carte Blanche DJs Villa - Major Bass ft Rennie Pilgrem/ Broken Hill Tavern – DJ Roger Smart/ Cutline/ Nick Thayer Matt Richards/ Ben Dallin Windsor – DJ Ray Capitol – Death Disco DJs Woodvale Tavern – DJ Real McCoy Capitol (Upstairs) – Cream Of The ‘80s YaYa’s – Saturday Social ft The Kings ft DJ Ryan Of Cheese DJs 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 Captain Stirling – DJ Jay East End Bar - Fiveo Claremont Hotel – DJ Double Dee Eve – DJ LStreet/ Crazy Craig Clink – DJ Tony Allen Flying Scotsman - Under The Empire Bar – CB3/ DJ Riki/ DJ Vicktor Influence DJs Euro Bar – DJ Flex Flying Scotsman (Defectors) - Fore Eve – DJ LStreet/ Angry Buda DJs Flying Scotsman – Nathan J/ Nizbet/ High Road Hotel – DJ Simon Pasha/ Chris High Wycombe – DJ Matt Flying Scotsman (Defectors) – Hipe Club – DJ E-Funk Eclectic Picnic Honey Lounge – DJ Saxon/ Sardi Library – MKT ft DJ Riki/ DJ Richie G/ Mint - Chris McPhee Mustang – DJ Rockin Rhys DJ Vicktor Paramount – Glo/ DJ Slick/ DJ Benny Little Creatures Loft – Marine Beats C/ DJ Matty S Liquid Nightclub - DJ Klar55/ DJ Players Bar – Electro House Battle Stevie M Rocket Room – Coyote Ugly Llama Bar – DJ Reuben/ DJ Melvin Sovereign Arms – Josh Tilley Malt Super Club – Fiveo The Avenue – Az-T Metro City (R&B Lounge) - DJ Slick/ DJ Ruthless/DJ Soso/DJ Brett Costello The Causeway – Lukas Wimmler The Cott – Cott Sessions Metro Freo – DTuck/ Darren Briais/ The Kiosk – DJ Cinder DJ Wazz The Saint - DJ Anaru Mint Nightclub – Pop Life ft DJ Aaron/ The Shed – DJ Tony Dee 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 Players Bar – Embrace Queens Tav - Gareth Richardson Rocket Room – Delicious (Ladies Only) ft DJ Franky J South St Ale House – DJ Jay Sovereign Arms – Rockwell The Avenue – Jon Ee 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 – Tammy Stevens
MONDAY 23/07 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
TUESDAY 24/07 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
X-Press – First on the street, Wednesdays
IN THE THIS WEEK:
Yuksek (live)/Clubfeet/ The Big Ape Tour ft Joker/ Skream/ Sgt Pokes/ Plastician Audageous/ Paper Planes/ Metric DJs Wednesday, July 18 @ Villa Friday, July 27 @ Villa Bootleg ft Mind Electric/ Joe Revell/ Tapeheads/ The Bootleg Brothers/ DNGRFLD Friday, July 20 @ Ambar Syrup 2007! Ft Mr Starks/ Clunk/ Allstate/ Boy Prince/ Kit Pop/ Robbihusslin Friday, July 20 @ 23 Irwin Street, Perth
Australian DMC Championships ft DJ Kuya/ DJ Zeke/ Beni Chill/ Charlie Bucket/ Charlie Chan/ Defyre/ Midsole Friday, July 27 @ The Bakery Lee Coombs Friday, July 27 @ Ambar Doorly Sunday, July 29 @ The Bakery
TWERK ft Nebula/ Kit Pop/ SaussBauss/ Oni Cash/ RobiHusslin/ Boy P Friday, July 20 @ The Bakery
Zombie Crawl Friday, August 3 @ Villa
Kid Mac Friday, July 20 @ Mojos
Jungle Shakedown Friday, August 3 @ Villa
Brookes Brothers/ BARE Friday, July 20 @ Villa
Japan 4 ft Vengeance Saturday, August 4 @ Ambar
J.Period Friday, July 20 @ The Manor
Chet Faker Friday, August 3 @ The Bakery
Chet Faker Saturday, August 4 @ Mojos
Z-Trip Saturday, August 11 @ The Bakery Jon Wayne/ Mono/ Poly Saturday, August 11 @ Mojos Mental Powers/ Holy Balm Saturday, August 11 @ PICA Bar
Parklife ft Chairlift/ Modestep/ The Presets/ Nero (live)/ Passion Pit/ Plan B/ Justice (DJ set)/ Robyn/ Benga (live)/ Rusko/ Wiley/ Labrinth/ DJ Fresh (live)/ Flume/ Alison Wonderland/ Lee Foss/ Jack Beats (live) and more Monday, October 1 @ Wellington Square
Seth Sentry Jungle Fever ft Kenny Ken/ Saturday, October 6 @ The SS/ Skibadee Rosemount Hotel Saturday, August 11 @ Villa Seth Sentry White Trance Party Sunday, October 7 @ The Norfolk Anthems Hotel Friday, August 24 @ Villa The Pharcyde Saturday, August 25 @ Capitol Liquid Stranger Friday, August 31 @ Shape Urthboy Saturday, September 8 @ The Rosemount Hotel Roger Shah Friday, September 14 @ Shape
Krayzie Bone/ Wish Bone Girl Unit (Bone Thugs N Harmony) Saturday, August 4 @ The Bakery Saturday, September 15 @ Major Bass ft Rennie Pilgrem/ Metro City Cutline/ Nick Thayer Saturday, July 21 @ Villa
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/ Bart B More and more Sunday, November 25 @ Claremont Showground (TBC) Sets On The Beach ft lineup TBC Sunday, December 2 @ Scarborough Beach Amphitheatre Sets On The Beach ft lineup TBC Sunday, January 13 @ Scarborough Beach Amphitheatre
SATURDAY, JULY 21 @ VILLA
Big Day Out ft The Bloody Beetroots/ Crystal Castles/ Kaskade/ Pretty Lights/ Nicky Romero/ Morgan Page/ Sampology and more Monday, January 28 @ Claremont Showground Sets On The Beach ft lineup TBC Sunday, March 24 @ Scarborough Beach Amphitheatre
BOYFRIEND MATERIAL AND MORE WOOSHIE/ Andras Fox/ Rainbow Chan/ Outerwaves The Bakery Saturday, July 14, 2012 The Bakery opened its doors to celebrate the debut release of not only one, but four of the east coast’s best, for a three-way record release party of epic proportions. Following from early sets courtesy of locals Salamander, Kucka and James Ireland, Brisbane beat purveyor Outerwaves (otherwise known as Dominic Stephens from folk outfit Oh Ye Denver Birds) took to the stage to launch his Grains Vol #1 split 7” (with Rainbow Chan). Less about banging beats and cheap hooks, his set was effusive, lean and playful, and displayed a strong pop sensibility which was comparable to the work being churned out by his contemporaries Oscar + Martin and Neon Indian. Stephens clearly enjoys himself onstage and his evident enthusiasm for his craft helped to overcome the fact that the gentle set, at times, seemed to lack interesting dynamics. Sydney solo artist Rainbow Chan’s outerlimits electronic pop is ethereal and electronic but always accessible – even at its most atonal. Her extraordinary sound is achieved by singing gaily into the microphone, sampling her own voice, looping it with bass and beats and singing over the results until the whole thing becomes a wondrous, melodious, disorienting web of noise. It’s heady and ethereal but physical: an explosion of youthful creativity, without rules. Sweet Tooth was brilliantly woozy, while on Seaside she sounded like Cocteau Twins’ Elizabeth Fraser backed by hip hop beats. In lesser hands this simultaneously eerie and cute electro-pop might seem girly and unprofessional. Instead it was atmospherically intoxicating and often quite catchy. Tak ing to the stage to launch his Daydreaming mini-LP, Melbourne based DJ and producer Andras Fox stood out as the most immediately listenable of the line-up, displaying vintage soul and carefully selected samples in style and perfect ease. Having earned a rightful spot at the Red Bull Music Academy in London alongside
Wooshie (photo by Guang-Hui Chuan) bigwigs including Mark Ronson, Fox earned his stripes supporting artists including TuneYards, Carl Craig and James Pants. Witnessing his live set, it’s not hard to see why this young gun has been sought out by some of the world’s best – Fox clearly has a welltuned ear for samples and is well skilled in peddling them out to exhilarating effect. Yet while his set remained incredibly fun and danceable throughout, Fox remained intensely focused and steady, ensuring his melodies bloomed and faded in the mix with perfect precision. The music of Perth expat Wooshie (Dylan Michell to his mum and dad) was decidedly darker and more bass-heavy than his predecessor. Launching his EP Boyfriend Material, he played an extended set that, although at times a little repetitive, never lost steam. There’s an undeniable sonic virtuosity to Wooshie, both live and on record, and it’s clear that he has a most adroit understanding of sound; not only in his production, but in the way he reconstitutes his material live. The crowd shuffled and nodded along, and although it was clear they wanted to dance, the opportunity was snatched away by an artist who sees no sense in obeying the conventions of electronic music when he has worked so hard to challenge them.
» JENNIFER PETERSON-WARD
X-Press â€“ First on the street, Wednesdays
A staple of the bustling inner-city small bar scene. Wolf Lane has been refurbished into a homely loft bar, prefect for after work drinks, weekend nights out on the town, and mid-sized functions. X-Press Magazine chats to bar manager Patty Kasprzak. What led you to become the bar manager at Wolf Lane? I have worked in hospitality for five years now with stints at The Weld Club, The George, The Byrneleigh and now running Wolf Lane. I was given the opportunity to flare my style with the recently re-invented Wolf Lane. It has been a great journey so far and there are many more exciting things to come to the venue and in my career. Is Wolf Lane similar to any previous bars you have worked at? Not at all. Wolf Lane is a unique venue, one that welcomes people of all ages... Anyone can mix without feeling out of place or uncomfortable. Wolf Lane Bar is a hidden secret embracing its name and exploring the Brothers Grimm tale of Red Riding Hood with the styling. It’s like grandma’s house inside with plenty of worn and comfortable furniture, big bad wolf artwork spray painted on the wall out the front. What was Perth’s inner city small bar landscape like when Wolf Lane opened? Wolf Lane was one of the first small bars to open in Perth back in 2009 - small bars were pretty much non existent. We would like to think that Wolf set the precedent for small bars in the market place. The small bar scene has come to be the ‘rage’ at the moment and will continue to grow and offer residents of Perth the opportunity to experience a variety of different locations - intimate spaces and eclectic themes separating each other and giving individualism. How is Wolf Lane different from the other bars in the city? Wolf Lane has recently gone through a refresh both inside and outside! The atmosphere offers a relaxed feel through a series of vintage chic furniture giving a more homely feel whilst having sophisticated offerings through our extensive cocktails. Our furnishings have come from a variety of vintage and antique shops across Perth and there are plenty of interesting things to look at including our collection of vintage suitcases. Wolf Lane is different because the team embrace the basics. By using the base spirits, and altering the style of drinks to compliment each variety, we ensure our cocktails are amazing and best of all, they don’t have a long wait attached to it. Our range of small tapas are perfect for sharing and having a nibble with a drink. They are well made and delicious - put together by our bar team with limited resources. Tell us the giant wolf on the outside wall? Hurben (Steven Buckles) is the creative street artist who transformed our building into a part of Perth’s culture. The piece is called Inside Your Head There Is A Heart. The artwork was done over three weekends and we hired in a scissor lift in the laneway. Over 120 spray cans were used, as the piece is 12 metres high. What cocktail do you love to make the most? I am sweet enough so any cocktail that gives the tingling sensation of the right balance is a favourite of mine. From our menu I love the Charlie Chaplin featuring Hayman’s Sloe Gin, apricot brandy and freshly squeezed lime juice. It tastes amazing! What do you think the greatest ingredient for a cocktail is? Egg white. I’m not training up to be the next Rocky but in a drink, egg white allows the texture of the drink to emulsify the characteristic flavours in your mouth.
X-Press Magazine is giving away the chance for one lucky reader and three friends to win the ultimate Friday after work drinks experience in the City, at three of Perth’s premier venues from 5pm on Friday, August 10. Winners will start the experience at The George on St Georges Terrace with a complimentary $100 bar and food voucher to use on their choice of drinks and food, then jump to Wolf Lane to really kick the night off with a complimentary $100 bar voucher. To finish the night in the best possible fashion, the experience makes its way to The Aviary on William Street to party on the rooftop with the best views of Perth. At The Aviary, the winners will receive priority entry and another complimentary $100 bar voucher. To enter the ultimate Friday after work drinks experience, email firstname.lastname@example.org. au with ‘Friday work drinks’ in the subject line, and tell us what you love most about Perth city nightlife and bars.
Winter is a great time to appreciate red wine - what drop would you most recommend from your wine list? We are loving everything Spanish at the moment so we highly recommend you get your hands on a bottle of the 2008 Solar Viejo Crianza Tempranillo ($65). It comes from Rioja in Spain from a well known wine maker showcasing modern Spanish wine making style with rich cherry aromas and plenty more! Why should people come to Wolf Lane for after work drinks? Get out of your comfort zone of drinks at the local water hole. Enjoy the venue’s characteristics and unique attributes that comfort any person, especially if you’ve done a hard day’s work. Relax in our well worn and extremely comfortable couches while our bar team look after your needs. Tanquery 10 Gin dirty martinis always help after a hard day in the office! Tell us about the Hen’s Cocktail Experience that Wolf Lane offers. Our Hen’s party cocktail making afternoon is something a little different than the standard hens party. Our experienced team of bartenders will show the ladies how to make three cocktails and then they get to drink them. It doesn’t get any better than that!
Unplugged Thursday is making a name for itself with some of Perth’s best acoustic artists. The first four to mention X-Press Magazine to the bar staff this Thursday, July 19, can have a mulled wine on the house! Sunday is the perfect day to unwind, so head down on Sunday, July 22, for Chillax And Relapse featuring five bands across four hours. The first four to mention X-Press Magazine to the bar staff get a pint of Coopers on us! Cheers!
THE ROSEMOUNT HOTEL
Disgruntled at how little a $10 note can get you these days, the team at The Rosemount has just launched a $10 dinner specials menu, helping punters fill their bellies without breaking the bank from Sundays through to Thursdays. Available from 5.30pm, the $10 special offers something different every day, with barramundi served with chips and salad on Sundays; pizza and an Indian Ocean schooner on Mondays; pasta on Tuesdays; rump steak served with chips and salad on Wednesdays; and chicken parmi served with chips and salad on Thursdays. Find out more about the Rosie’s mouth watering deals at rosemounthotel.com.au.
HYDE PARK HOTEL
Come along to Thursty at Hyde Park Hotel on Thursday July 19, for the weekly student/indie night featuring Harlequin League and Wash. Friday, July 20, sees Pat Nicholson take the stage in the arvo, with Soho, Underground Hound and The Vincent Gallows performing from 8pm. Saturday, July 21, catch The Renzullo Project, Spoonful of Sugar, and Kim Olsen.
The Court Hotel’s super sexy Saturdays is one of the biggest club nights in Perth! Get yourself on the door list with free entry this Saturday, July 20, by emailing email@example.com with ‘I’m Super Sexy’ in the subject line.
Wolf Lane is one of Perth’s best kept secrets. Nestled down an alleyway off Murray Street in the heart of the CBD, Wolf Lane provides the perfect spot for corporate cocktail events, relaxed after work drinks with friends or even a late night rendezvous. The bar itself resembles an NYC loft, with exposed brick work and high ceilings contrasted with eclectic vintage furniture and antiquated finishing touches. To compliment the extensive beverage list, Wolf Lane offers a range of quirky bar snacks and share plates, perfect to nibble on with friends.
Having just returned from an epic nine show east coast tour, indie rockers The Morning Night hit The ‘Stang this Thursday, July 19. Support comes from Dianas and Chloe McGrath with DJ James MacArthur on the decks ’til late.
Want to receive free entry to Beat Nightclub every Friday night for the rest of the year? Be in the running to win an X-Press Golden Ticket by telling us in 50 words of less who your favourite Perth band is, and why? Email your entries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
X-Press – First on the street, Wednesdays
The Aviary combines the best of both worlds; the intimate Bird Cage restaurant on level one and The Nest – Perth’s largest rooftop bar. The Nest is an open air rooftop paradise complete with trees, astro turf and decking and is the place to be for Friday night drinks or a hearty mid-week lunch. Even though winter is well and truly in full swing, The Aviary hasn’t let the weather dampen their spirits. Snuggle up on the rooftop under their brand new heaters with complimentary Aviary blankets and treat yourself to some chilli mussels with crusty bread. Chilli mussels are available every Wednesday from 5pm for $15 or $20 including a schooner of tap beer or glass of house wine. Every Thursday the legendary Perth band Empire bring their soulful contemporary take on R&B to the Aviary rooftop. If you haven’t had the chance to catch these boys play live trust us – you don’t want to miss out. As the week comes to an end, relax with Lazy Sundays in the Bird Cage. The best way to describe this unique dining experience is that it’s like dim sum, but with an Aviary twist! For only $30 per person for eight dishes, book your table today! Email email@example.com or phone (08) 9226 0259.
The hottest sunday session in Perth has just got hotter! Coyote Ugly at the Rocket Room has made national news after it was sought out by one of Australia’s leading men’s magazines. It seems that word is getting round that the local Perth grown night is currently one of the best in Aus. Check it out on Sunday nights.
This Saturday, July 21, the Rosie is hosting the special event Hail To The Tribute: The Music Of Radiohead featuring Tomas Ford, Still Water Giants, The Love Junkies, Sugarpuss and The Disappointed. Doors open at 8pm and pre-sale tickets are available from rosemounthotel.com.au. To win a double pass to this show email firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘win’ in the subject line.
EAST END BAR
Every Thursday night get down to The Prestige, a celebration 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 after 10pm by simply emailing email@example.com with ‘Prestige’ in the subject line.
Tonight, Wednesday, July 18, head along to Paddo Pow and see live artists Trav & Jay, GFH and Craig Skelton. Doors open at 8pm and as usual it’s free entry!
PINT SIZED FUN The Wembley Hotel Saturday, July 14, 2012 The friendly folks at The Wembley Hotel love a good pint, so much so that they launched their very own International Pint Day over the weekend, hosting a massive celebration of amber ales from every corner of the globe. With an A to Z of beers and ciders behind the bar, punters quenched their thirsts with local, national and international brews, while filling their bellies with affordably priced beer matched snacks.
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Hyde Park Hotel Friday, July 13, 2012
Ya Ya’s Wednesday, July 11, 2012 The HaHa’s at Ya Ya’s relaunch went off with a very hilarious bang last week, with MC John Robertson bringing his fast talking, mind-bending A-game to the table with support from Zach Dresler (USA), Dayne Rathbone, Jon Pinder and Corey White. The highlight of the evening was ARIA nominated Chris Franklin who stole the show with his hilarious take on being a bloke, getting drunk and dealing with the aftermath. The next monthly HaHa’s at Ya Ya’s shows are on Wednesday, August 8, and Wednesday, September 5. Find out more deets on Ya Ya’s Facebook.
Our beloved readers joined the X-Press team for a rock‘n’roll extravaganza at the Hyde Park Hotel last Friday, July 13. Tasty tunes came courtesy of local heavyweights Devil Rides Out,Will Stoker & The Embers, Cal Peck & The Tramps and Loose Lips, and Melbourne two-piece Jackson Firebird, while more daring patrons donned their bloodiest zombie attire in keeping with the evening’s Night Of The Living Dead theme.
Clare & Lachie
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Fiona & Bruna
Kimberley, Shannan & James
Jamie, Sheridan & Rachel
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James, Cat & Alan
Sunili & Noel
Pete, Vicki & Laith
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THE BRASS MONKEY
An iconic Northbridge venue, The Brass Monkey has daily food specials on offer for hungry punters, with a huge array of delicious and affordable treats to choose from. If your appetite is huge but your wallet is unhealthily skinny, fear not because The Brass has $15 meal specials each and every day of the week. Head into The Brass Monkey on Mondays to indulge in a freshly caught barramundi with chips and salad, or on Tuesdays to devour a pizza and pint. On Wednesdays meat lovers come into their own with 250g graziers rump steak with chips and salad, and the beef-love continues on Thursdays with wagyu beef burger and a pint for, you guessed it, $15. On Fridays you can score a steak sandwich with chips, then on Saturday it’s time for chicken parmigiana before fish and chips on Sunday. Yummo!
Sail And Anchor
SAIL AND ANCHOR
It’s all happening at Fremantle’s Sail And Anchor right now with their awesome specials. You can enjoy $7 Dry Dock pints all week. Plus there’s $15 lunch specials from Monday to Friday; their $12 pizza and pint special from Wednesday; and six beer tasting trays with notes for $14. And to make matters more awesome, Sail And Anchor are offering free function room hire for July (conditions apply). Head to sailandanchor.com. au for a voucher entitling you to $8 off any main meal over $20.
The Brass Monkey
If you’re planning a function or special event look no further than The Newport Hotel’s freshly renovated function rooms. To celebrate the refurb, the generous folks at the Newport are giving away an ultimate function pack to one lucky reader and their friends, with the winner getting to choose from one of the snazzy new rooms in which to host a three hour event, with a $300 bar tab, security hire and VIP drink deals all night. To go into the draw to win this fantastic package email firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘ultimate function’ in the subject line.
The George Perth is a contemporary, sophisticated bar and restaurant with an eclectic range of dining options and beverages on offer. Whether you are interested in breakfast, a corporate or leisurely lunch or dinner or even a post work drink, The George Perth is the place to be. Located at the West End of St Georges Terrace, The George is the perfect destination for your corporate function and private dining needs. If you’re looking for something fun put on your sombrero and get yourself a ticket to South Of The Border, happening on Thursday, August 9. This event celebrates all things South American and features five canapés designed by executive chef Telina Menzies matched with four South American beverages. Tickets are selling fast! At $55 per person, tickets are available from thegeorgeperth.com.au.
Located in the heart of Northbridge, Matches is Perth’s newest small bar, offering patrons a chic space in which to party their weekend away. A stylish sanctuary at 91a James Street in Northbridge, Matches serves up $10 cocktails every day, and has a great range of beers and wines on offer behind the bar. Open from 4pm ’til late, Matches is the perfect place to catch up with friends after work or dance the night away.
Friday, July 20, catch Blackjack, Rot Nymph Honey and Mat Cammarano playing at the Railway. Saturday, July 21, it’s the annual RTRFM Fremantle Winter Music Festival featuring Felicity Groom, Usurper of Modern Medicine, French Rockets and Mezzanine (plus heaps more at the Swan Hotel and Mojos Bar). Music kicks off at 7pm, and tickets are available from rtrfm.com.au.
Friday, July 20, Kid Mac touches down at Mojos Bar to launch his No Man’s Land album. Supports include Sam Perry, Adam Crook and Rob Shaker. Mojos is giving away double passes to this show, simply email email@example.com with ‘Big Mac’ in the subject line www.xpressmag.com.au
THE BROW HORN ORCHESTRA
INNERSPACE 2 Bastian’s Happy Flight/ MmHmMm/Leure Geisha Bar Sunday, July 15, 2012 I’ve always associated Geisha Bar with crushing disappointment for two reasons; I blew off seeing Broadcast at The Bakery for someone’s 18th there a few weeks before Trish Keenan (RIP) died, and I also drank my weight in vodka and cranberry that night, to severe ramifications. This is likely to change though, as Geisha is being opened up for live music through the Innerspace series of themed gigs. Mink Mussel Creek apparently blew the top off things there last week, so the first electronic night had a bit to live up to. As to the venue, Geisha is permanently shrouded in darkness and smoke which can be a drag, but I like the place for shows; there’s a nice space to dance in, room for people to sit near the stage, and room round the corner to get away from things. The sound seemed a little bass heavy, but maybe I’m insane. Leure (the new solo project from Ash Hendriks of Wolves At The Door) opened the night up with a drifting set of minimal pop built with guitar, drum machine and synth to a receptive audience. She opened with a song that impressively peaked and valleyed through a few different themes, but it never quite cohered into something bigger. The rest of her set was pleasant but plain, feeling like a series of vignettes. There wasn’t much going on; her voice is gorgeous, but it doesn’t cut through the thick layer of effects she lathers it in, and the songs amble in second gear. It sounds
Set Sail/Boom! Bap! Pow!/DJ Ndorse Bastian’s Happy Flight (Photo: Emma Mackenzie) enchanting at first, but so far, it’s sound over substance. MmHmMm were reduced to a two piece for the night due to a missing rhythm section, but adjusted by stitching together a set of their experimental, twitching hip-hop. They moved seamlessly between a wide range of disparate ideas, but they lacked in energy a little while cycling through and started to lag halfway through their set. The closer, a soulful, sung number akin to James Blake without the future shock, proved to be infinitely more charismatic, indicating how things might’ve gone had they had the full line-up in place. Bastian’s Happy Flight closed the night, and they quickly got the crowd more excited than they’d been with their emotionally detached good time party stuff. Yet, for a band of trained, talented musicians, their songs ring a little flat live; there’s not much groove going on. Maybe it’s because the bass is coming from blocky, thick sine waves instead of something more reactive, or maybe it’s the way the doubled percussion tends to make every beat an exclamation mark instead of opening up some space. The earwormy hitz (It’s OK, My Love’s Not Good Enough) still take off completely – the people erratically grooving out the floorboards were testament to that – but the less hooky numbers to plod along instead of prowl as they should. Still, they get the job done better than anyone in Perth when it comes to inducing dancing via Korgs. _ALEX GRIFFIN
Rosemount Hotel Friday, July 13, 2012 The freezing cold and the threat of Friday the 13th nightlife didn’t keep punters from heading to The Rosemount for Brow Horn Orchestra’s EP launch, and the place was well and truly warming up before the first act even began. The super multi-talented DJ Ndorse, aka Brow Horn frontman Nic Owen, dropped some awesome beats for the early gig-goers, setting the tone for the night. Boom! Bap! Pow! graced the stage next, oozing sass and pumping out their cheeky funk-filled tunes with a level of finesse that can only be achieved with expert musicianship. Set Sail descended on the joint after the crowd had consumed a few more beers, bringing their hair and scarves and hippie rock vibes. The Sydney band is over here promoting new EP Hey! and were a great warm-up for The Brow with their quirky folk songs and high-energy set. Set Sail’s tracks have a real summery beach vibe about them, but not in the traditional power cords and distortion way; Josiah Willows is killer on the violin, both bowing and plucking, and frontman Brandon Hoogenboom’s voice has an earthy, chilled feel. Suffice to say, Set Sail’s set made the audience take notice. When The Brow Horn Orchestra burst onto the stage with their usual unstoppable energy, the crowd was boozed up and ready to bust out the
FAIT ACCOMPLI Jackson Firebird Railway Hotel Fremantle Saturday, July 14, 2012 First of all, Jackson Firebird is that band. You know, the one that out-booked Lady Gaga at Melbourne’s Cherry Bar and set the tongues of entertainment reporters across the country a-waggin’. The slightly shabby looking pair from Mildura offered no pretensions on stage and followed up with a stream of ball-stomping rock and roll. The small crowd and seemingly disinterested atmosphere made the start of their set a bit of a slog as the silent gaps they threw up were quite pronounced and jarring, but they quickly got over it. Drummer Dale Hudak started off on his DIY bottle-bin drum kit up front and pounded out a thumping beat with only the power of his fists, looking every bit like The Muppets’ Animal.
The Brow Horn Orchestra (Photo: Dan Grant) moves. The Brow really can’t be boxed into a genre; their talents and range are limitless, and somehow they turn styles of music that you may have previously detested into works of musical art. Nic Owen is the ultimate frontman, never pulling back or slowing down during a performance and leading his bandmates through set after triumphant set. The horns are also always stellar during Brow performances, with the brass lads seamlessly keeping up with the switches from ska to reggae to hip hop and back again. The group played songs from last year’s EP Can’t Afford This Way of Life, including crowd favourites Every Single Day and We Were Where the Heart Is, plus a bunch of tracks from new EP Two Fires. The Brow has featured at a few festivals lately, so it was great to get the full experience and a long set; which, incidentally, included a huge paper-mache camel mascot called Callum. Towards the end of the set, guitarist and hip-hop dude Ben Fear’s charm became too much for the ladies in the front row, who took it upon themselves to join the band on stage. By the time the encore rolled around, a significant portion of the audience, plus members from both support bands had joined the menagerie on stage – and the night finished in true Brow Horn way – with a bang. _CHLOE PAPAS To his side Brendan Harvey pulled out some of the finest down-south blues rock riffage this side of Clutch while growling blues tinged vocals. It all came together as Hudak got behind the traditional drum kit and beat the living hell out of it as Harvey’s bowel rumbling riffs came through with gritty intensity. Sydney’s self-proclaimed soul-punks Fait Accompli took little time to match the intensity of Jackson Firebird, accomplished with the fantastic sound mix on the night. No Fool had a catchy hook you couldn’t help but hum on your way home after the gig, and Galaxies was chock full of soaring crescendos. The drums where punchy and the guitar could do no wrong - credit to the sound mixer where it’s due. There’s something to be said about a band that can fill a room with sound the way Fait Accompli did, working in a quiet/loud dynamic with a heavy use of spacey pedals and effects. It may be that he was simply being outshone by the great sound mix, but Mr Ray’s vocals just didn’t have the same impact. His voice fits the band’s stripped back aesthetic to a point but the presence was lacking. _BRENDAN HOLBEN
his acoustic and electronic sets. In both instances there is a sense of solid, block textures ebbing into one another at a glacial pace. McElhinney’s music is a slow, wide landscape for wandering through with only occasional melodic landmarks for reference. Next up was instrumental quintet Smrts. Of all the bands of the night Smrts needed the least Dada’s Garage drastic adjustments to be able to perform acoustically. Saturday, July 14, 2012 They played with three acoustic guitars and two drum kits. Smrts play a particular brand of upbeat, When the apocalypse finally happens (I’m thinking 27 instrumental surf rock which is always enjoyable. Days over Mad Max in this instance) there will be a lot Without amplification, however, the band couldn’t quite more gigs like Power Out. The basic idea for Power Out back up the weight of their driving grooves and the set is to take a handful of interesting local bands, a sizeable never quite reached the moments of catharsis that the crowd of non-zombie survivors and all meet in the music needed. relative shelter of Dada’s Garage for a night of music If the other bands treated the night’s making without any electricity at all. No microphones, ‘unplugged’ rule as a challenge, for headliners The no speakers and no battery amps. Even the lighting for Growl it was a gift. Without amps or mics, The Growl the night comes courtesy of a few rows of flickering were given a perfect opportunity to play up their candles, casting eerie shadows to further play up the early gospel/delta-blues leanings and they took to it gig’s post-apocalypse aesthetic. Salamander began proceedings playing from with gusto, playing with guitar, vocals, two drummers, the floor in a seven-strong drum circle. I’m always surprised upright bass and piano accordion. Even without amps, how often percussion is overlooked at most acoustic gigs The Growl can really pack a punch. With an impressive I go to, so it was nice to see it featured here. Typical of assortment of junk percussion the band’s heavier tunes Salamander, the vibe of the set was jubilant, loose and came out sounding like Tom Waits in his prime, all boozy communal. The resultant and sound was something like stomp and gruff, guttery vocals. As great as the band’s rockier material was, a Brazilian Samba band with everyone contributing little the set’s highlight came when they stripped everything fills and interjections over the central groove. The second set of the night came from local right back for a cover of Hoagy Carmichael’s 1938 tune new-music practitioner Craig McElhinney. The last The Nearness of You. Accompanied only by double bass, time I saw McElhinney perform he was perched behind Cam Avery’s voice crooned quietly and beautifully, a laptop and tape deck so I was keen to see how his bringing the whole room to pin-drop silence. When the music would translate to a purely acoustic realm. Here, aforementioned apocalypse rolls around, I’m heading McElhinney performed solo on a 12-string guitar and straight for Dada’s. _HENRY ANDERSEN surprisingly, there were remarkable similarities between
The Growl/Smrts/Craig McElhinney/Salamander
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SHONTAY SNOW Artificial Intelligence
Balancing ballast with beauty, Shontay Snow is the new sweetheart of Perth pop. JENNIFER PETERSON-WARD chats to the young singer/ songwriter ahead of the launch of her new EP Artificial Love this Saturday, July 21, at Amplifier. Nineteen year old Perth songstress Shontay Snow is injecting some much needed legitimacy into the singer/songwriting tradition. Fusing crystal-clear vocals and wan, wafting melodies, Snow has been showcasing her particular blend of folk and pop on the local scene for more than four years. In September last year she was able to release her debut EP Just A Thought thanks to the fundraising efforts of her ever-growing fan base and now, little over six months later, she’s set to release a follow-up in Artificial Love. “This time because I had the profits I made from my first EP to fund my new one which is great because recording is one of the most satisfying parts about playing music. It’s awesome!” Snow says. “I feel a lot more confident with the sound I have created this time around, the songs turned out better than I envisioned them to be as I had some really talented people helping me out along the way… I was shocked at how quickly everything came together! I used a different recording studio and had a vision of how I wanted everything to sound. My producer, Matt Gerber, was full of great ideas and I really think that without him, my EP wouldn’t be what it is. I had jammed out a couple of songs with the band so when we jumped into the studio magic happened.” While Snow’s folk-tinged pop record would likely find her compared to the likes of Laura Marling, Lisa Mitchell or Julia Stone, in actuality the singer/songwriter’s musical influences are far more diverse. “My influences come from absolutely everywhere,” she explains. “I think my writing style is quite like Bob Dylan’s, sometimes there is absolutely no musical structure in my lyrics at all, but somehow it works. I idolise Eminem for his brutal honesty,
Shontay Snow it’s a funny person to look up to as my music is nothing like his, but I really am influenced by his music in one way or another.” As for lyrical inspirations, Snow admits she aims to craft music which communicates a deeply sincere and personal message.“Artificial Love [is] about making massive mistakes purely by acting on the wrong feelings. Artificial love is just not love at all. It’s lust, it’s man made, or forced or just completely fake,” she says. “When someone tells me a secret that affects me in one way or another, I’ll hide all of my unwanted opinions somewhere in my music; it’s a way of venting freely without offending anyone. Artificial Love came from a secret I will never be allowed to tell.” While Snow has been one of Perth’s best kept secrets up until now, a recent support set for rising folk troubadour Matt Corby is an indicator of the big things in store for this rising young talent. “Obviously knowing someone as talented as Matt Corby is sitting in the audience watching your set puts you under quite a bit of pressure, but it was still awesome. I actually had a cold that night and was really worried about singing, so he went into the kitchen and made me a lemon and honey tea, what a nice dude!” she says. Local music lovers can catch Snow’s beguiling live show when she takes to the stage at Amplifier next Saturday night to launch Artificial Love. “[Support acts] Soho, Bears And Dolls and Bedouin Sea are all amazing local acts. People should come down for them alone! People should expect a pub filled with great people and great music,” she concludes. “I love music, I love what I do, and it would be great to have the support.”
WILD AT HEART
This Sunday, July 22, help save the Kimberly at Mojo’s Bar. The Wilderness Society, with the help of Revert Entertainment have sourced a massive and awesome line-up of local acts for the betterment of WA’s state treasure - the Kimberly. The Morning Night, The Gypsie Howls, Raurke George, Kirsty Hulka, Dilip Parekh and Keir Nicoll have all dedicated their time to this noble cause. This Sunday session kicks off at 4pm through ‘til 10pm. Entry is $10 and all proceeds go towards the Wilderness Society of Western Australia.
Pond Stillwater Giants
THIS SIDE OF THE POND
Following the release of Beard, Wives, Denim earlier this year, Pond have have spent very little time on home turf. After being named ‘’the hottest new band in the world’’ by NME, they’re back in the country to play Splendour In The Grass and thought a warm up show was in order! This Friday, July 20, at the Norfolk Basement head down and check out the Pond show live in colour. Tickets on the door only from 8pm.
ON THE RADIO
A slew of Perth’s best and brightest (including Tomas Ford, Stillwater Giants,The Love Junkies, Sugarpuss and more) take on Radiohead’s best and brightest this Saturday, July 21, at the Rosemount Hotel. An absolute must for fans of Thom Yorke & co.
TWICE AS NICE
Fresh off the back of a brand new EP, a national tour with San Cisco and recent supports with Van She and The Maccabees, electro popsters Voltaire Twins are throwing a party at the Bird this Saturday, July 21. Support comes from Hamjam and Lily Rossen.
Severtone are set to crash The Civic Backroom this Saturday, July 21, to launch their brand new EP Novus Initium. Support acts Blunt Force Trauma, At Depths and Alizarin Haze are also set to display their ferocious displays of playing technique for an evening which promises to burst eardrums and blow minds!
With wailing winds and showers predicted for this weekend, the interiors will seem all the more cozy as RTRFM take over Mojo’s Bar, the Railway Hotel and the Swan Hotel to showcase some locals in the midst of winter. This Saturday, July 21, RTRFM’s Fremantle Winter Music Festival will play host to 24 musical acts, including the likes of Felicity Groom, Usurper Of Modern Medicine, Ruby Boots, Rocket To Memphis, The Weapon Is Sound and heaps more! Pre-sale tickets are available now from rtrfm.com.au
GAGA FOR DADAS
Some of the local scene’s most loved musos are banding together for a fundraiser show at the Bakery to help the Dada Records Garage get new equipment so they can keep doing sweet gigs! Dada Records has steadily become an institution for some of the best live music in our fair city. The garage has become famous for regularly hosting completely free and all ages events in the humble back garage, showcasing local, national and international talents in a totally intimate space, completely dedicated to the artist and at no profit to itself (aside from the odd record sale). Sunday, July 22, will see Mink Mussel Creek, Drowning Horse, Usurper Of Modern Medicine, Frozen Ocean, Chris Cobilis, Sacred Flower Union and Craig McElhinney strutting their wares for this good cause. Entry is $10 and further donations will be accepted on the night. www.xpressmag.com.au
The fine folks at The Academy have hooked up three of Perth’s most underrated bands for a hump day celebration of epic proportions. Catch punk-rockers Only Hope (featuring members of We Are The Emergency and Foxes), metalcore purveyors Adrift and punk/metal heroes Statues tonight, Wednesday, July 18, at Amplifier.
Still basking in the aftermath of critically acclaimed sets at the increasingly popular Darwin Blues Festival, WAMi award winner Junior Bowles and blues man Hollerin’ Matt Southon are combining for the Darwin Blues Festival Travelling Road Show. Promising to be an absolute treat for blues lovers, the dynamic duo will play the Indi Bar on Sunday, July 22.
CAN’T STOP THE POP
A lovable line-up of pop purveyors have just the treat to get your weekend started in the sweetest of ways when they take over the Beat Nightclub this Friday, July 20. The Prevues, The Insatiables, The Stanleys and Bears And Dolls are promising a “magical, mystical, super duper fantastical night of musical fun” which may, or may not, include slices of cake.
Punk rockers The Government Yard are launching new album Rock And Roll For The Reptile Mind at the Velvet Lounge this Friday, July 20. Support comes from The Scotch Of Saint James, The Order Of The Black Werewolf and Tuxedo Pig. Entry is $6 on the door. 41
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Flight Of The Conchords, July 18-20, Challenge Stadium
Band Of Skulls, July 23, The Bakery
Puro Instinct, October 14, This Is Nowhere
ED SHEERAN ALPINE STEPHEN MALKMUS & PAUL HEATON 6 Riverside Theatre THE JICKS 23 Newport Hotel 21 Fly By Night 28 Rosemount Hotel TIM BARRY / JOSH 24 Prince Of Wales BASTARDFEST(Astriaal, AARON GOLDBERG SMALL 25 The Bakery Fuck I’m Dead, 28 & 29 The Ellington 8 The Den BONNIWELLS Desecrator, and more) FLIGHT OF THE KATIE NOONAN & KARIN 27 Civic Hotel JINJA SAFARI / OPOSSOM 24 Velvet Lounge CONCHORDS SCHAUPP / WHITE ARROWS 25 Dada Records THE LIGHTHOUSE TRIO 28 Winthrop Hall UWA 26 Mojos Bar 18-20 Challenge Stadium 8 Astor Theatre 27 & 28 The Ellington 29 Mandurah Performing SUNN O))) / PELICAN BELL BIV DEVOE / HETTY KATE Arts Centre GINUWINE 25 The Ellington 28 Capitol TROY ROBERTS SHIHAD 9 Astor Theatre THE PHARCYDE ROCK IT (The Black Keys, 19 The Ellington 28 Amplifier BOB BARRETT 25 Capitol John Butler Trio, Birds Of 30 Mojos Bar 9 The Ellington PSEUDO ECHO Tokyo, The Panics Lanie WAVE ROCK WEEKENDER EVEN 25 Charles Hotel Lane, Last Dinosaurs, DOC NEESON (Stephen Malkmus & The 9 Prince Of Wales THE LAURELS Royal Headache, 19 Friends Restaurant Jicks, Tim Rogers, Shihad, Graveyard Train, Brothers 10 Rosemount Hotel 25 Mojos Bar and more TBA) 11 Mojos Bar MARIA MINERVA Grim, The Toot Toot 29 - 30 Wave Rock Caravan Toots, and more) MELISSA 12 Indi Bar 26 Maylands Yacht Club Park ICEHOUSE PENNYWISE / THE ETHERIDGE 28 Joondalup Arena 10 Astor Theatre MENZINGERS / SHARKS RUSSIAN CIRCLES / 20 Riverside Theatre HOUSE VS HURRICANE 29 Metropolis Fremantle EAGLE TWIN 30 The Bakery / CONFESSION / IN SLASH FEAT. MYLES NOVEMBER HEROES FOR HIRE HEARTS WAKE FEAR FACTORY KENNEDY & THE HOT CHELLE RAE / CHER 30 Capitol 10 Prince Of Wales 20 The Den CONSPIRATORS LLOYD 11 Amplifier 30 Metro City 21 YMCA HQ 1 Challenge Stadium 12 YMCA HQ ILLY THE LIVING END OCTOBER KATE MILLER-HEIDKE / 31 Metropolis Fremantle 1-7 Rosemount Hotel KID MAC JOE BONAMASSA THE BEARDS TIM HART EMMYLOU HARRIS 20 Mojos Bar 1 Perth Concert Hall 11 Astor Theatre 31 The Ellington 6 Perth Concert Hall PARKLIFE (The Presets, HOLY BALM THE SMITH STREET 21 Settlers Tavern JOSH PYKE Nero, Passion Pit, Plan 11 PICA Bar BAND 8 Artbar B, Rusko, Tame Impala, / MONO/ 31 Rosemount Hotel CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE BAND OF SKULLS JONWAYNE Chiddy Bang, Robyn, and BAND POLY 23 The Bakery more) 11 Mojos Bar 8 Fly By Night SEPTEMBER TOMMY EMMANUEL 1 Wellington Square GEORGE MICHAEL TIM HART 12 Perth Concert Hall DEFEATER / LADYHAWKE 10 Perth Arena NASUM / DYSCARNATE 1 Newport Hotel BLACKLISTED SIGUR ROS 24 The Bakery ILLY 15 Amplifier Bar 3 Amplifier 13 Belvoir Amphitheatre 1 Capitol TRANSIT 4 YMCA HQ STEREOSONIC (Tiësto, THE ENGLISH BEAT 15 YMCA HQ MARTIKA JULY Avicii, Calvin Harris, 1 Astor Theatre 16 Amplifier Bar 4 Metropolis Fremantle ROSETTA Example, Carl Cox, Major HOWARD JONES THE BEAUTIFUL GIRLS OH MERCY 25 Rosemount Hotel Lazer, and more) 5 Astor Theatre 15 Prince Of Wales 4 Settlers Tavern DARYL BRAITHWAITE 25 Claremont JOSE FELICIANO 16 Settlers Tavern 5 Norfolk Basement 25 Friends Restaurant Showgrounds 5 Regal Theatre 17 & 18 Fly By Night 6 The Bakery THE TEA PARTY THE BEACH BOYS TONI CHILDS SETH SENTRY 26 Metro City 6 Burswood Dome 15 Bunbury Regional 4 Studio 146 Albany THE SMASHING DECEMBER DAMIEN LEITH Entertainment Centre 5 Prince Of Wales PUMPKINS JUSTINE CLARKE 7 Mandurah Performing 6 Rosemount Hotel 16 Fly By Night Club 26 Challenge Stadium 1 Astor Theatre Arts Centre 17 Goldfields Arts Centre 7 Norfolk Hotel CLUBFEET SIMPLE MINDS / DEVO / 8 Astor Theatre Kalgoorlie 27 Villa KELLY CLARKSON / THE THE CHURCH / MODELS THE MEDICS 18 Esperance Civic Centre KARNIVOOL / REDCOATS FRAY 4 Kings Park & Botanical 8 Amplifier 19 Albany Entertainment / SLEEPMAKESWAVES 5 Challenge Stadium Garden URTHBOY Centre 27-29 Rosemount Hotel HYPERFEST (line-up TBA) REGINA SPEKTOR 8 Rosemount Hotel STONEFIELD NARISSA CAMPBELL 7 Midland Oval 19 Belvoir Amphitheatre ROTTOFEST (Millions and 16 Newport 27 & 28 The Ellington THE AMITY AFFLICTION more) OWL EYES EIFFEL 65 / N-TRANCE / THE GHOST INSIDE / 8 & 9 Rottnest Island 28 Metropolis Fremantle 16 Artbar ARCHITECTS JANUARY 2013 SUBHUMANS HUNTING GROUNDS KIM SALMON 7 & 8 Metropolis Fremantle SOUTHBOUND (The 12 Amplifier 16 Prince Of Wales 27 Hidden Treasures CANNIBAL CORPSE / Flaming Lips, SBTRKT, JONAH MATRANGA 17 Amplifier Fremantle DISENTOMB / ENTRAILS Best Coast, Beach House, 12 Amplifier HILLTOP HOODS 28 The Bakery ERADICATED AMERICA Boy & Bear, Coolio, 17 Challenge Stadium LOADED DICE 9 Capitol Perth Concert Hall The Vaccines, Bombay OWL EYES / STONEFIELD 12 28 & 29 Charles Hotel STEEL PANTHER PATRICK WOLF Bicycle Club, First Aid Kit, 17 Settlers Tavern 11 Metro City 14 Fly By Night Hilltop Hoods, Hot Chip, 18 Studio 146 Albany PAUL CAPSIS KATCHAFIRE Maximo Park, Millions, NORTH WEST FESTIVAL 14 Astor Theatre AUGUST 11 Artbar Totally Enormous Extinct (Hilltop Hoods, The MARK GARDENER 15 Settlers Tavern MUMFORD & SONS / Dinosaurs, and more Living End, The Cat 1 Fly By Night 16 Prince Of Wales EDWARD SHARPE & TBA) DENI HINES / MONIQUE Empire, Regurgitator, EARTH / MARGINS THE MAGNETIC ZEROS / 4 & 5 Sir Stewart Bovell Dead Letter Circus, and 15 Rosemount Hotel MONTEZ WILLY MASON Park Busselton 2 Bunbury Entertainment more) RUFUS WAINWRIGHT 12 & 13 Belvoir SANDI THOM 18 Port Hedland Turf Club Centre 19 Riverside Theatre Amphitheatre 10 Fly By Night RUFUS CHILDREN COLLIDE WHEATUS THIS IS NOWHERE (lineWEEZER 18 Amplifier / DUNE RATS / BAD 20 Metropolis Fremantle up TBA) 23 Perth Arena 19 Newport Hotel DREEMS FEAR FACTORY 14 Somerville Auditorium BIG DAY OUT (Red GEORGE GARZONE 2 Prince Of Wales 30 Capitol COUNT BASIE Hot Chili Peppers, The 18 & 19 The Ellington 3 & 4 Amplifier Bar GIAN SLATER ORCHESTRA Killers, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, KENNY ROGERS / GLEN 21 & 22 The Ellington EMPRA 14 Perth Concert Hall Vampire Weekend, Band CAMPBELL 3 Rocket Room HANSON EVERCLEAR Of Horses, Kaskade, 21 Riverside Theatre 4 Prince Of Wales 22 Metropolis Fremantle 14 Capitol Animal Collective, ADAM PAGE CHET FAKER GYROSCOPE THIS IS NOWHERE Against Me!, 360, Foals, 21 The Ellington 3 The Bakery 22 Rosemount Hotel (Tortoise, Xiu Xiu, Grails, B.O.B, Sleigh Bells, Jeff 23 Albany Entertainment XAIVER RUDD 4 Mojos Bar BAND OF FREQUENCIES Centre 25 Goldfields Arts Centre Beach Fossils, The Bank The Brotherhood, Off!, Holidays, HTRK, Puro Grinspoon, Jagwar Ma, BURNING LOVE 3 Prince Of Wales Kalgoorlie Delta Spirit, Everytime I 22 The Den 4 Qunidanning Tavern 26 Esperance Civic Centre Instinct, High Tea, and Die, House Vs Hurricane, HERMAN’S HERMITS 5 Mojos Bar 28 Albany Entertainment more) 14 Somerville Auditorium Alabama Shakes, and 22 Friends Restaurant 8 Indi Bar Centre more) PASSENGER / THE FALLS 29 Fremantle Arts Centre and surrounds 10 Settlers Tavern KARISE EDEN 28 Claremont 11 White Star Hotel Albany 22 Rosemount Hotel 30 Caves House Yallingup 17 St Joseph’s Church Showgrounds 12 Clancy’s Dunsborough PITBULL / TAIO CRUZ TIM ROGERS / HAVANA BROWN / SNAKADAKTAL 27 Clancy’s Dunsborough Subiaco TODD MCKENNEY TIMOMATIC 4 Astor Theatre 28 Fly By Night Club SEPTEMBER 18 & 19 Astor Theatre 23 Burswood Dome THE BRIDE 29 Rosemount Hotel CLARE BOWDITCH ONE DIRECTION 4 C5 Metropolis Fremantle DANIEL GASSIN JULIA STONE 28 & 29 Perth Arena 20 Astor Theatre 28 Astor Theatre 23 The Ellington 5 YMCA HQ
THIS WEEK JULY 18 – JULY 24
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Bears And Dolls, Friday at Beat Nightclub
WEDNESDAY 18.07 BALMORAL Nathan Gaunt BAR 120 Felix CHALLENGE STADIUM Flight Of The Conchords CLANCY’S CANNING BRIDGE Minky G Simon Kelly CLANCY’S FREMANTLE Chet Leonard’s Bingotheque CLAREMONT HOTEL Open Mic Night ELLINGTON JAZZ CLUB A Small Hotel GREENWOOD Bernardine HALE ROAD TAVERN Fenton Wilde INDI BAR The Shallows Aarons Crusade Fiona McMartin LUCKY SHAG Leighton Keepa MOJOS BAR Polly Medlen Mr & Sunbird Jordan McRobbie MUSTANG Blaze PADDO Trav & Jay GFH Craig Skelton PADDY HANNANS 5 Shots ROSEMOUNT Grim Fandango Chilling Winston White Oak & Stuyvesants Suburban & Coke ROSIE O’GRADY’S (NORTHBRIDGE) David Fyffe THE BROWN FOX Courtney Murphy
THE MOON Doctopus Salamander Mei Saraswati UNIVERSAL Strutt YAYA’S Rich Widow The Raging Lincolns Calectasia Sulu
THURSDAY 19.07 BELGIAN BEER CAFÉ Adam James BROOKLANDS TAVERN Celebrations Karaoke CHALLENGE STADIUM Flight Of The Conchords CLANCY’S FREMANTLE Hidden Treasures Dinner Set Tom Fisher The Layabouts COMO HOTEL Courtney Murphy DEVILLES PAD Rock ‘N’ Roll Karaoke ELLINGTON JAZZ CLUB Libby Hammer Quartet Troy Roberts Quartet HIGH WYCOMBE HOTEL Chris Murphy HYDE PARK HOTEL Harlequin League Wash INDI BAR Bex’s Open Mic Night INGLEWOOD HOTEL Easy Tigers LOBBY LOUNGE (BURSWOOD) John Sandosham LUCKY SHAG James Wilson MARKET CITY TAVERN Alicia Risk Luke Kordyl Kris Keeble No Thru Road Subject To Change
SHONTAY SNOW SOHO BEARS AND DOLLS BEDOUIN SEA
SATURDAY,JULY 21 AMPLIFIER
Dead Set Radio, Friday at Rocket Room MOJOS BAR Axe Girl Limpin Dave Foley & The Straight Legged Freaks Nat Ripeppi MUSTANG BAR The Morning Night supported Dianas Chloe McGrath OCEAN BEACH HOTEL Open Mic Night OXFORD HOTEL Johnny Taylor PADDY HANNANS Dr Bogus ROSEMOUNT Pimps Of Sound Freqshow Deflo & Design Mash Jungalist Prime ROSIE O’GRADY’S (FREMANTLE) Clayton Bolger ROSIE O’GRADY’S (NORTHBRIDGE) Neil Colliss SOVEREIGN ARMS David Fyffe SWAN LOUNGE Daisy Clover Abarai Mido THE BIRD KNXWLEDGE Raaghe Ben M Rok Riley Ben Taaffe THE BOAT Jen De Ness THE BROOK Open Mic Night THE GATE One Trick Phonies UNIVERSAL Off The Record WOODVALE Two Plus One YA YA’S Em Richardson Paper Plains The History Of Mike Podmore
FRIDAY 20.07 7th AVENUE Midnight Rambler AMPLIFIER The Spitfires Will Stoker & The Embers Tomas Ford Wash BAILEY BAR Mod Squad BALLYS BAR Christian Thompson BALMORAL Dirty Scoundrels BEAT NIGHTCLUB Bears And Dolls The Stanleys The Insatiables The Prevues BELMONT TAVERN Everlong Acoustic BENNYS Faces BENTLY HOTEL Sophie Jane BLACK BETTYS Everlong BRASS MONKEY Bernadine BROKEN HILL HOTEL Nat Ripepi CAPTAIN STIRLING Bluebottles
Severtone, Saturday at Civic Hotel
CARLISLE HOTEL Reload CHALLENGE STADIUM Flight Of The Conchords CHASE BAR Chasing Calee CIVIC HOTEL (THE DEN) The Others Tikdoff Cabin Fever Losing Grip Forstora Fatal Intentions CLANCY’S CITY BEACH Bob Patient & Sue Bluck CLANCY’S FREMANTLE Hidden Treasures Dinner Set Stoney Joe Diamond Dave The Doodaddies COMO HOTEL Trevor Jalla CORNERSTONE Krakatinni Brothers CRAFTSMAN Nicki Rose DEVILLES PAD High Learys Galeforce Les Sataniques EAST 150 Adam James EASTERN HOTEL Matt Milford ELLINGTON JAZZ CLUB Tal Cohen Trio Libby Hammer Quintet Donna Summer - Disco Was Born EMPIRE James Wilson FUSE BAR Groove Karaoke GREENWOOD Greg Carter HERDSMAN One Trick Phonies HIGH ROAD HOTEL Damien Cripps Band HYDE PARK HOTEL Pat Nicholson INDI BAR Vdelli INDIAN OCEAN BREW Ben Merito KALAMUNDA HOTEL Dirty Scoundrels LANGFORD ALEHOUSE Nasty Dogz LEGENDS BAR The Organ Grinders LOBBY LOUNGE (BURSWOOD) Pop Candy MERRIWA TAVERN Overload MOJOS BAR Kid Mac Sam Perry Adam Crook Rob Shaker MOON & SIXPENCE Soul Corporation MUSTANG BAR Harry Deluxe Cheeky Monkeys NEWPORT Party Rockers NORFOLK BASEMENT Pond OXFORD HOTEL Recliners
PADDO Dean Anderson PADDY HANNANS Gun Shy Romeos PARAMOUNT Flyte PRINCESS ROAD TAVERN Free Radicals PRINCIPAL Ryan Mikey RAILWAY HOTEL Blackjack Nymph Honey Mat Cammarano RIVERSIDE THEATRE Melissa Etheridge ROCKET ROOM Dead Set Radio Hostile Little Face One Armed Sister Midnight Boulevard ROSEMOUNT Reapers Riddle Aztech Suns Coronal Sky Spoonful Of Sugar Kym-Louise ROSEY O’GRADY’S (FREMANTLE) Spyce ROSEY O’GRADY’S (NORTHBRIDGE) Neil Colliss SAIL & ANCHOR Switchback SOUTH ST ALE HOUSE Robbie King Karaoke SPRINGS TAVERN Greg Carter Karaoke SWINGING PIG Better Days Greg Carter THE BIRD Electric Eel Band Dave THE BOAT The Organ Grinders THE BROOK Tod Woodward THE GATE Smoking Section THE SHED Aftershock UNIVERSAL Retriofit Nightmoves VELVET LOUNGE The Government Yard The Scotch Of Saint James The Order Of The Black Werewolf Tuxedo Pig VICTORIA PARK HOTEL Ivan Ribic WANNEROO TAVERN Clayton Bolger WOODVALE TAVERN Dr Bogus YA YA’S Jacob Diamond The Warning Birds Russian Winters
SATURDAY 21.07 AMPLIFIER Shontay Snow Soho Bedouin Sea Bears And Dolls BAKERY Shout It Out! The Never Ever For This Cause A Sleepless Melody
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The Floors, Saturday at Ya Ya’s BALLYS BAR Bernardine BALMORAL The Recliners BAILEY BAR Dr Bogus BAR 120 Flyte BEAT NIGHTCLUB Runaways BELGIAN BEER CAFÉ Christian Thompson BLACK BETTY’S J Babies BURSWOOD (PRIZE DRAW STAGE) Hi NRG CIVIC HOTEL Blunt Force Trauma Severtone At Depths Alizarin Haze CIVIC HOTEL (THE DEN) Perdition SSA Warthreat The Painkillers Arbitrage CLANCY’S CANNING BRIDGE Mister Duo CLANCY’S CITY BEACH The Urban Gypsies CLANCY’S FREMANTLE Squid CLAREMONT HOTEL The Zydecats COMO HOTEL Leighton Keepa CORNERSTONE Absolute Kylie Show DEVILLES PAD The Jerry Lewis Show Les Sataniques EASTERN HOTEL John Talati Acoustic ELLINGTON JAZZ CLUB Allira Wilson Trio James Flynn The Amani Consort GREENWOOD Local Heroes HIGH ROAD HOTEL Switch HYDE PARK HOTEL The Renzullo Project Spoonful Of Sugar Kim Olsen INDIAN OCEAN BREW CO The Mojos INDI BAR Ben Merito LAKERS The Organ Grinders LANGFORD ALEHOUSE Die Hard Karaoke LEOPOLD HOTEL Steve Hepple LOBBY LOUNGE (BURSWOOD) John & Shaun Sandosham MOON & SIXPENCE Blaze M ON THE POINT Rhythm 22 MOJOS BAR RTRFM’s Winter Music Festival DJ Holly Doll Rocket To Memphis Cal Peck & The Tramps The High Leary’s Blazin’ Entrails Coaster T
Alissa Jane Razor Jack Seventh Son Mr Kavebeat MUSTANG The Rusty Pinto Combo Milhouse NEWPORT Kizzy Gravity NORFOLK BASEMENT Spank OSBORNE PARK HOTEL Nathan Gaunt PADDY HANNAN’S Decoy PARAMOUNT Felix QUARIE BAR Electrophobia RAILWAY HOTEL RTRFM’s Winter Music Festival Felicity Groom Usurper Of Modern Medicine French Rockets Mezzanine ROCKET ROOM Kickstart ROSEMOUNT The Music Of Radiohead Tomas Ford Still Water Giants The Love Junkies Sugarpuss The Disappointed ROSIE O’GRADY’S (FREMANTLE) Flavor ROSIE O’GRADY’S (NORTHBRIDGE) Blue Gene SAIL & ANCHOR Kickstart SEAVIEW Open Mic Night SOUTH ST ALEHOUSE Shawne & Luc STEVE’S BAR Pat Nicholson SWAN HOTEL RTRFM’s Winter Music Festival Ruby Boots Spoonful of Sugar The Flower Drums Tim Gordon The Weapon is Sound Ensemble Formidable Dilip & the Davs SWINGING PIG Rock-A-Fellas Greg Carter THE BIRD Voltaire Twins HamJam Lily Rossen THE BOAT 11:11 THE BROOK Retriofit THE GATE Dirty Scoundrels THE SHED Huge THE WHALE & ALE Billy & The Broken Lines UNIVERSAL Soul Corporation WANNEROO TAVERN Greg Carter WOODVALE TAVERN Renegade YAYA’S The Floors High Horse The Kuillotines
Friday Friday TravisCaudle Caudle Frozen Ocean, Travis Fly ByBakery Night Sunday at The Fly By Night
SUNDAY 22.07 7TH AVENUE Reckless Kelly BAKERY Gift Of Sound Fundraiser Mink Mussel Creek Drowning Horse Usurper of Modern Medicine Frozen Ocean Chris Cobilis Sacred Flower Union Craig McElhinney BALLY’S BAR Greg Carter BALMORAL Cranky BAR ORIENT Neil Colliss BROKEN HILL HOTEL Chris Murphy CAPTAIN STIRLING Christian Parkinson CARINE Wesley Goodlet Jamboree Scouts CHASE BAR James Wilson CLANCY’S DUNSBOROUGH Tom Fisher & The Layabouts CLANCY’S FREMANTLE The Zydecats CLAREMONT HOTEL Sunday Driver COMO HOTEL Matt Midford EAST 150 BAR Jamie Powers ELLINGTON JAZZ CLUB Belleville EMPIRE CB3 GEISHA BAR Tusk Deputation Touchell Soans INDIAN OCEAN BREW CO Retriofit INDI BAR Darwin Blues Fest Roadshow Two Rivers Blues Junior Bowles Matt Southon KALAMUNDA HOTEL Stella Donnelly LAKERS TAVERN Jamie Powers LANGFORD ALEHOUSE Zalia Joi LAST DROP TAVERN Peter Ashton M ON THE POINT Electrophobia MOJOS BAR (ARVO) Peter Bibby Shiny Joe Tristen Fidler Ringham Jefferson MOJOS BAR (EVE) The Morning Night The Gypsie Howls Raurke George Kirsty Hulka Dilip Parekh Keir Nicoll MUSTANG BAR Peter Busher & The Lone Rangers NEWPORT Tim Nelson Fear Of Comedy Antelope Tired Lion
Matt Southon, Sunday at Indi Bar
OCEAN VIEW TAVERN Vanilla Vox PADDY MAGUIRES Kristen Kingwell PIG & WHISTLE One Trick Phonies PRINCIPAL Dove ROCKET ROOM Coyote Ugly ROSEY O’GRADY’S (NORTHBRIDGE) Jonathan Dempsey SAIL & ANCHOR Shawne & Luc SOUTH ST ALE HOUSE Leighton Keepa SOVEREIGN ARMS Ivan Ribic SPRINGS TAVERN Sophie Jane SWAN BASEMENT Atacama Giants Nakedflame Dadadam SWINGING PIG Darren Gibbs Adam James THE GATE Better Days Chris Gibbs Trio THE MOON Michael Triscari Ricky Green Empty Pocket Amanda Merdzan The Renzullo Project THE SAINT Threeplay THE VIC The Mojos UNIVERSAL Retriofit VICTORIA PARK HOTEL Damien Cripps WOODVALE TAVERN Good Karma
MONDAY 23.07 BAKERY Band Of Skulls BRASS MONKEY The Organ Grinders
ELLINGTON JAZZ CLUB Song Lounge Unearthed LOBBY LOUNGE (BURSWOOD) Courtney Murphy MOJOS BAR Wide Open Mic Night MUSTANG BAR Marco & The Alley Cats THE DEEN Plastic Max & The Token Gesture
TUESDAY 24.07 BAKERY Ladyhawke ELLINGTON JAZZ CLUB The Class Of 2012 WAAPA Music Theatre LOBBY LOUNGE (BURSWOOD) John Sandosham LUCKY SHAG Ben Merito MERRIWA TAVERN Celebrations Karaoke MOJOS BAR Zealous Chang Electric Toad Starcleaner Amber Fresh PADDO Simon Kelly PRINCE OF WALES Open Mic Night SETTLERS TAVERN Open Mic Night THE BIRD Fat Shans Open Mic Night TWO ROCKS TAVERN Jump For Joy Karaoke YAYA’S Empty Pocket Mudlark Neutral Native Rich Widow
RTRFM FREMANTLE WINTER MUSIC FESTIVAL FELICITY GROOM,USURPER OF MODERN MEDICINE, FRENCH ROCKETS, MEZZANINE,ROCKET TO MEMPHIS,RUBY BOOTS, SPOONFUL OF SUGAR,THE WEAPON IS SOUND & MORE
SATURDAY,JULY 21 RAILWAY HOTEL,SWAN HOTEL & MOJOS BAR
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SPOTLIGHT STEALING LIGHTING TECHNIQUES There is a lot more to properly lighting a concert than just setting up a couple of lights and turning them on and off with the music. Lighting sets the mood, allows for changes between songs and spotlights the performers. This week Volume looks at lighting techniques you can use to enhance your performance.
LED Lighting System
or venues with limited electrical power supply because they draw less power than other lights. LED lights come in a variety of sizes and shapes, and tubes of varying lengths can be set up all over the stage, or you can set up an LED wall behind the band. LED walls change color and allow you to program different video projections or scenes, time-lapse videos and any other custom video. How often have you watched a gig where the In addition, strobe lights, siren beacon flashing lights and awful colours are more of a lights and other effects lights can help take your gig distraction than an enhancement? While bands to the next level. who’ve hit the big time may have the funds to hire capable lighting designers, bands of all Controlling The Lights levels of experience should take time to explore Investing in the equipment to put on a lighting options – there’s no point working hard great light show in a small place is one thing, but on your image and delivery if you’re going to keep then you have to concern yourself with who will run disappearing from sight in a lurid nightmare of the lights. Consider hiring someone to control the flashing green and orange. light board, or asking a friend to do it. That being said, it is possible to run the Types Of Lights lights yourself. If you use intelligent lighting, the Cans are the most basic types of stage controller board can be programmed to follow the lighting. Typically placed on a truss at the top of the beat of the music and cause the lights to change stage in front of and behind the band, you can angle colors or strobe. All you need to do is press a button the cans however you want, but once they are in on the programmed controller board before the place, you cannot move them during the show. Aim song starts, and the program will do the rest. Foot at least one can on each band member, and the pedal boards on stage will allow you to easily control rest at appropriate angles to light the stage evenly. any of your basic on/off lights while you are playing. During the show, you can have someone control the lights by fading some cans in and out of the lighting Check Out Your Venue design to change colors and show movement. Before you spend a lot on renting or Moving light fixtures take concert lighting buying stage lighting for your next gig, scope out the to the next level. Moving fixtures are lights that are venue’s size and how much power is available. For fixed in one place, but have a motor that spins the example, attempting to light segments of the stage lights. They shoot out a variety of colors and patterns in a small venue may not work and you may end up as beams, which you can program before the show lighting up the entire stage. Always remember it is or change during the show using a light board. best to power the lights on a different circuit than LED lights are another popular option for the music gear – the last thing you want is a mid-set lighting a show. LED lights are good for small venues power outage.
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