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FLYING THE COOP
Much loved local Rooster Police is set to join Sola Rosa on their massive national tour which includes shows at The Indi Bar on Wednesday, September 26, at Clancy’s in Dunsborough on Friday, September 28 (no Rooster Police at the Dunsborough show), at Amplifier on Saturday, September 29, and at Wave Rock Weekender on Sunday, September 30. Don’t chicken out!
The Dandy Warhols Yeasayer
HARVEST BRINGING DANDY SIDESHOW
THEY DID IT, LANEWAY
Harvest Festival might not be coming to Perth but we’re lucky enough to get one epic sideshow – a night of eclectic indie rock with LA’s Silversun Pickups and the chipper, upbeat sounds of The Dandy Warhols as they co-headline their only Australian sideshows. Expect a grand set of alternative rock from the Silversun Pickups, having released their fourth album, Neck Of The Woods, earlier this year, and The Dandy Warhols will be bringing their swirling, dark and eccentric live show, riding on the back of their fresh record, This Machine. It’s all happening on Tuesday, November 13, at the Fremantle Arts Centre. Tickets from Oztix and Heatseeker now.
Future Entertainment has just announced a new online platform that will allow music lovers to support and promote events while earning cash, free tickets and other great rewards. It’s called Future Fans. It’s pretty simple: head to futurefans.com.au and click the ‘sign up’ button, then connect with Facebook and allow access to their page. If you don’t want to do that, you can enter your details and email address on the site instead. Once you’re a member, you can select the events, festivals and music that you’re passionate about and start promoting. The more you spread the word, the more you earn. For more info, head to futurefans.com.au.
Pilbara-based Aboriginal artist Lois Olney has just announced a rare one-off performance next month. After overcoming a series of hardships, Olney is emerging for one show only to showcase her remarkable jazz talent. See her perform at The Ellington Jazz Club on Thursday, October 11. Book a table now at ellingtonjazz.com.au
The Laneway Festival has announced an appropriately eclectic line-up to fire up your February in 2013. Take this in: Alpine, Alt-J, Bat For Lashes, Chet Faker, Cloud Nothings, Divine Fits, El-P, Flume, Henry Wagons & The Unwelcome Company , Holy Other, Japandroids, Jessie Ware, Julia Holter, Kings Of Convenience, The Men, Ms Mr, The Neighbourhood, Nicolas Jaar, Perfume Genius, Polica, Pond, Real Estate, The Rubens, Shlohmo, Snakadaktal, Twerps and Yeasayer. And it’s all yours on Saturday, February 9, in the Perth Cultural Centre. A Laneway Members pre-sale commences 9am, Wednesday, October 3, (sign-up at lanewayfestival.com.au before 11.59pm, Monday, October 1, to receive all the pre-sale information). General public tickets go on sale from 9am on Friday, October 5, from lanewayfestival.com.au.
CUBAN CRAZY FOR NYE
The line-up for Perth’s only New Year’s Eve beach party at Salt On The Beach is out. Headlining the event will be the Cuban Brothers, making the journey down under all the way from the UK. These dudes are hilarious and if you haven’t seen them before, now is your chance. UK DJ Mr Thing (formally of Scratch Perverts) will be bringing his sensational turntablism, ex-Perth boy N’FA (frontman of the successful 1200 Techniques) will be returning to bust out beats and local party starter Charlie Bucket and The Funk Club House Band will also be bringing the good vibes. It’s all happening on Monday, December 31, from 6pm ‘til 2am. Tickets are $80 plus booking fee, snatch them up from Friday, October 5, from funkclub.com.au.
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BLAST OF SOUND
Mental health is a massive issue and Soundblast, an all-ages youth event to be held in Kings Square in Freo shortly, seeks to help reduce mental health related stigma in young people. Soundblast will see the launch of the 2012 Music Feedback CD/DVD and is one of the biggest events of Mental Health Week 2012. The CD features tracks from the likes of Missy Higgins, Dappled Cities, Pond, San Cisco, Emperors and more, while the DVD features interviews with the Voltaire Twins, Karnivool and more. Get on down to the launch on Sunday, October 14, from 12pm, ‘til 4.30pm. Emperors, Rainy Day Women, The Stoops, Morgan Bain, Codie Sundstrom and Tomás Ford will be bringing the entertainment. It’s free!
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PERTH ROLLER DERBY GRAND FINAL
The AFL isn’t the only Grand Final game making headlines this Saturday. The Perth Roller Derby Grand Final will see the Mistresses of Mayhem battle it out with the Bloody Sundaes. The two teams are one-all at the business end of the season, so fans can expect a hard-fought game. The captains are both confident. “Both teams have brought a really high level of skill and strategy to the track,” says Mistresses of Mayhem captain, Maggie Snatcher. “We’re always pushing each other to the limit and it’s made for some of the best derby Perth’s seen yet. We’ve been perfecting the new strategies that Perth Roller Derby fans have seen emerge this year. We had a few players out for injury or personal reasons at the earlier games, so it’ll be great to field our strongest Mayhems team yet at the Grand Final.” Minnie Screwdriver, the Bloody Sundaes captain, is also looking forward to a thrilling bout. “The Mistresses are a tough bunch of awesome skaters and they always bring it, we couldn’t wish for a better opponent. The Bloody Sundaes have been working on strengthening our teamwork and some killer new strategies that are really going to serve it to them. We are known for being a very competitive team that also knows how to have a lot of fun on the track and that combination of fun and fierceness is what will see red reign supreme in the end.” Who will reign supreme? There’s only one way to find out. Roll on down this Saturday, September 29, to the Herb Graham Recreation Centre (Chesterfield Rd, Mirrabooka). Doors open 6.15pm, the action starts at 7pm. 5
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THE ASTON SHUFFLE
The Aston Shuffle return from a year in the studio with the first taste of their sophomore album release - the epic, and aptly titled, Can’t Stop Now. Only a year and a half ago the boys cemented their place as the next wave of Australia’s emerging electronic elite with their debut album release. Get your entries in now for your chance to win a double pass to their show at Villa on Friday, October 12, as well as a copy of their debut record Seventeen Past Midnight.
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It has arrived. The debut album from Melbourne MC Seth Sentry has been unleashed. The album, This Was Tomorrow, is a ground breaking and utterly relatable hip hop masterpiece. Sentry is checking in to Perth at The Rosemount on Saturday, October 6. We have double passes up for grabs so get in quick for your chance to win tickets.
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There’s no doubt about it, the biggest thing in the worldwide drum’n’bass scene is UK collective, Rudimental. Don’t miss the bass bonanza at Ambar on Thursday, October 11, as the lads smash out their first Australian exclusive DJ set. Unashamedly on a mission to bring back soul into electronic music, Rudimental aren’t just electronic bedroom producers. They’re guitarists and pianists who grew up on everything from grime to jazz and blues and hip hop to house. Enter now for your chance to win a double pass to their show as it’s sure to be a knockout.
Dear X-Press, I just wanted to write to say how impressed I was at the wonderful array of designs that graced the runway last week for the Perth Fashion Festival. Having never attended any Perth Fashion Festival events before it was an amazing experience and a credit to Perth’s ever-evolving style, youthful exuberance and fashion-forward personality. I was able to meet some incredibly dedicated and fantastically fashionable people (I even spotted Johnny Ruffo sitting in the front row on Saturday night!) and see some amazing collections from all over Australia. But my absolute highlight was the Student Runway on Sunday night. The graduates from this year each had amazingly unique, highquality collections and I particularly loved the Evening Wear and Costume Couture designs. I really felt for the judges because picking just a handful of winners from the 60 design students would have been an exceedingly difficult task. All in all, this year’s Perth Fashion Festival has been nothing short of amazing. I can’t wait for next year - and to get my hands on some of the gorgeous threads I saw on the runway! Anna W Via Email
EDX’S ON THE EDGE
Hailed as a “genius” by dance music bible Mixmag, Italian native artist, producer, DJ and the multitalented EDX has been extensively productive and successful for more than a decade now. On The Edge is a 14 song album that is able to bring together everything that encapsulates EDX’s sound. We have five copies of the highly anticipated album up for grabs. Get in now for your chance win.
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PASSION FOR FASHION
A troubled hedge fund magnate desperate to complete the sale of his trading empire makes an error that forces him to turn to an unlikely person for help. Starring a stellar cast including Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon and Brit Marling, get in now for your chance to win one of 10 double passes we have up for grabs.
Popular local songstress Helen Shanahan has been hard at work writing her debut album Driftwood and is ready to showcase her efforts on Friday, October 5, at the Fly By Night Club. Driftwood comes three years after her first EP Girl In Love which established Helen as a firm favourite on the WA music scene and saw her support the likes of Matt Corby, The Basement Birds and Passenger. We have two double passes to the launch up for grabs. Get in quick.
X-Press – First on the street, Wednesdays
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Easy Star All Stars Alison Wonderland
Joining American party hip-hop icons Arrested Development on stage for their 20th Anniversary Tour show are one of Australia’s most in demand party bands and local favourites Brow Horn Orchestra. Match made in heaven? We think so too. But hold the phone, as the Arrested camp has also invited the super popular uber chic Sydneybased party jams legend Alison Wonderland to join them one the 1s and 2s. This is all going down on Saturday, November 3, at Metro City. Tickets are just $39 from Oztix.
ALL STAR LINEUP
Unfortunately The Original Wailers won’t be appearing at All Fruits Ripe 2012, the Spring Reggae Jamm. But, the event is still going ahead for Saturday, October 27, at the Fremantle Arts Centre. Offworld Productions have managed to secure an uber new headline act – New York’s Easy Star All Stars. These guys attempted to transform the entire of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon into reggae with the 2003 release of Dub Side Of The Moon. Pretty good. They’ll be joined by Blue King Brown, New Zealand’s Tomorrow People and more. Stay tuned to the Offworld Productions Facebook page for all the info, including a potential refund policy.
Danish-American psychobilly rebels Nekromantix are returning to our shores this month to freak out crowds with their unique brand of horror-punk. Coming along to the Perth show to chill your bones and get a little dangerous are local punkers Chainsaw Hookers and rockabilly creepers Blazin’ Entrails. Don your prettiest black t-shirt and go get frightened at The Rosemount Hotel on Tuesday, October 2. Tickets on sale now through Heatseeker.
Jazz songstress Catherine Summers is temporarily heading back home for a slew of WA shows after setting her sights on Sydney to pursue her career in music. The charismatic Summers, whose soulful, husky tones have captivated audiences around the nation, will be performing classic interpretations from the Great American Song Books, as well as a heap of modern favourites from the likes of Amy Winehouse and Katy Perry. Catch her at The Ellington on Tuesday, October 2; at the Wembley Downs 2nd Birthday Festival on Saturday, October 13, and at The Naked Fig on Sunday, October 14.
CUBAN GARDEN PARTY
Cuban Club is back for New Year’s Day 2013 and the lineup has officially dropped: London’s funny lads the Cuban Brothers are headlining the garden party styled event. If you haven’t seen these dudes before, it’s well worth getting down for the day just for some pure entertainment, they are hysterical. UK producer Ross Dewbury will also be smashing out a set on the day alongside Ballarat’s very own Yacht Club DJs, our electric-surfy rock dudes Stillwater Giants, the epic Death Disco DJs and the mysterious El Ginger Mojito. It’s all happening on Tuesday, January 1, 2013, at the Flying Squadron Yacht Club in Nedlands. Tickets go on sale from 9am on Thursday, October 4, from Ticketmaster.
SMELLS LIKE PERTH SPIRIT
Much-loved songstress Holly Throsby will be performing in the Spiegeltent at the annual Awesome Festival this year, but don’t expect to see her usual tunes – she’ll be debuting her new children’s album, See! The album is inspired by childlike logic, the natural world and old musical favourites like Yellow Submarine, and features vocals from children, adults, and of course, the lovely Throsby. Don’t miss this unique event – head down to the Spiegeltent on Saturday, October 6, and Sunday, October 7, behind the WA Museum.
After a stunning debut performance in December, 2011, for the Rocket Room’s Xmas party, Nirvanarama are set to return for their only Perth show of 2012 this Sunday, September 30, at Amplifier. Comprising of members from three of Western Australia’s biggest rock bands of recent years, Nirvanarama is a tribute act with a pedigree like no other. Featuring Dan Sanders (vocals/ guitar) and Brad Campbell (vocals/ bass) from Gyroscope, Drew Goddard (drums/vocals) from Karnivool, and Chris Daymond (vocals/ guitar) from Jebediah, this is an all star line-up that delivers a mind blowing set of tunes by Seattle’s greatest grunge heroes, Nirvana. Kill Teen Angst, Chainsaw Hookers and Mezzanine and DJ Brett Rowe will have you rocking into the Queens Birthday Public Holiday until 2am, so there’s no excuse not to head out on a Sunday! Tickets are only $15 and available exclusively at the door.
DEMOCRATIC DITTIES Brisbane indie darlings Tin Can Radio are set to drop their new EP Open Ears Open Mind today, and as if that weren’t enough excitement for one week, have just announced a national tour in honour of it. The EP wasn’t exactly created in the usual way – the quintet decided to put it the public in what they called The Audio Democracy Project, allowing you guys to listen to and choose which tracks the band would record and release. Now, a few months on, the boys are keen to repay the favour. Check them out in Bunbury at The Prince of Wales on Thursday, October 4; in Margaret River at the Settlers Tavern on Friday, October 5; the White Star in Albany on Saturday, October 6, or at the Indi Bar in Scarborough on Sunday, October 7.
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PAUL DEMPSEY Life Gets Bigger
Something For Kate release their sixth album, Leave Your Soul To Science, this Friday, September 28. Their national album tour hits the Fly By Night Club on Saturday-Sunday, October 27-28. It’s been six years since Something For Kate’s last album, Desert Lights, and for vocalist/guitarist, Paul Dempsey, much has happened since then. He released his debut solo LP, Everything Is True, in 2009, and spent the better part of two years living in New York, with his wife/bass player, Stephanie Ashworth. In that time the couple had their first baby and life got bigger. So when Dempsey, Ashworth and drummer, Clint Hyndman, got together to record their sixth album, Leave Your Soul To Science, it seems the only way to go for the band was somewhere else. And here they are. By BOB GORDON It’s the eve of the release of the first Something For Kate album in six years, how are you feeling? It’s very exciting, as always, but I guess there is another dimension to this because it has been six years since our last record and a lot has changed in that time, for us, just personally and musically. By the time we got together again to write this album at the end of last year we were all just different people and different musicians to what we were six years ago. So it’s a really different record and there’s sort of an extra excitement to this because we want people to hear what we sound like in 2012. It just feels like a new band and it feels like a very different record. You played in Brisbane last week at the EMI National Conference. What was it like getting up and representing your new material, as well as just being a band onstage in front of people again? It felt great. It’s just really nice to have the chemistry back between the three of us. I’ve been playing with a sort of revolving cast of different backing musicians for the last three years since doing my solo record. So it’s really nice for me playing with Clint and Steph again and having the sort of automatic chemistry which you can only build from playing together for 15 years. It’s just like getting back into your favourite old t-shirt or something (laughs). But at the same time it also feels really fresh because it has been a while and the songs are really different for us and they feel very different to play. Having played with so many people over the last few years my whole approach to it has changed, the same with Clint and Steph. Clint has also been playing with different people. Steph, on the other hand, didn’t play much at all, so coming back for her has been a whole new fresh approach as well, because none of us do things the way we used to. The new songs are just really fun to play. They’re... I don’t know. A lot of our old material, you could just attack it with abandon but the new songs sort of require a bit of nuance. It’s just a different style of playing and it’s been enjoyable. Given it is the first SFK album in six years and one that is separated mid-way from the others by a solo release, did you have a certain vision in mind, or whatever flowed naturally? We never approach anything with a premeditated idea. We really just rely on being in the moment and that’s really what informs the decisions we make when we are writing. If it doesn’t feel good, don’t do it. If you’re excited straight away, you know you’re onto something. It’s really that simple. Also, with this record, just with the different realities of our lives as well, we made this record in half the time. We
wrote it in half the time; we recorded it in half the time; there’s a whole lot less procrastinating going on and as a result we feel like we’ve made something that just has a lot of energy and doesn’t sound laboured or over-thought and that is something we’re really happy about because there was an over-tendency with our previous records to over-think them. John Congleton produced the album, you were originally looking at him for your solo LP. Did you enjoy working with him? He was the perfect man for the job. He totally understood where we were coming from in not wanting to go over old territory. He totally understood that it’d been a while since we had made a record and that we felt no need to have a rulebook, that we basically wanted to capture the songs and the energy that they just had. We all felt very aware of that dangerous line where you go from capturing the energy of something to suddenly losing all the energy of it, because you start thinking about it too much. He is very good and very quick and he was perfect because he just doesn’t screw around. As soon as you want to do something he’s ready to hit record. He’s just... so fast. While we were recording we would hit ‘record’ and ‘play’ and just decide if it felt good and we’d just keep on moving and decide if we’d start doing overdubs or other parts. We barely listened back to anything, it was actually kind of bizarre to make a record that way, but we’d record a song and then without even listening back to it, if it felt good we’d keep going.
Something For Kate
In a similar way you’ve embraced your falsetto on Survival Expert. Hmm... I guess, again, probably the benefit of a couple years spent playing solo shows means that when you’re up there with just your guitar and your voice you get a lot more I’ve heard the term ‘organised chaos’ being used, confident an you become a better singer and a do you have to be careful with that? better guitar player because there’s nothing to Only insofar as you care about being hide behind. So I’m certainly more confident careful (laughs). I guess we weren’t worried. We just with my voice and with my falsetto than I’ve ever weren’t worried about it. Something John said that been. I guess I’m just more willing to use it. In made a real impact on us, was ‘if you want to listen back the past I’ve had a falsetto but it’s been difficult to everything to check for mistakes that’s totally up top you, but just bear in mind that nobody listens to music to use it with Something For Kate because we’ve to try and find mistakes in it. It’s just not how people hear been such a loud, bashing, crashing sort of band, music. They’re not listening for errors’. Unless you hear but we’re just not anymore (laughs). There’s a bit something glaring that’s really bugging you don’t more room for it. worry about it, just keep moving. So that’s what we did. We pretty much Do you feel it’s important to challenge recorded live and unless there was some glaring need yourself as a vocalist? Guitarists can study to fix something we just didn’t. We just kept on going. different styles but in the case of the natural instrument singers can tend to go, ‘this is I believe the song that jumped out from your what I’ve been blessed with and this is what it demos at him was Eureka. What do you think does’. Is it a case of rethinking how you sing called out to him and what did it mean to you that and finding new aspects in your voice? Yeah, I’m definitely aware of it and I’m Eureka was the one he chose first? I’m not sure I know. I guess it’s just a also aware of the fact that I have a very particular personal thing, out of all the songs that it’s just the one sounding voice and it seems to be something that he happened to get particularly excited by early that people either like or vehemently dislike. My on. By that point he might’ve only been sent three or voice is my voice, I can’t really do much about it, four songs, so it may have just been a favourite out of but I guess I’ve been trying to sing some songs the first handful he was sent. I mean obviously I like a certain way. It also depends on what the lyrics are, there’s some songs on the record that almost that song. I wrote it (laughs). I guess one of the things that hung over call for a shift in character, like you’re almost from my solo stuff is the way I play guitar - even when I assuming a persona. I guess I’ve become a lot play electric guitar now - I’ve played so much acoustic more comfortable doing that sort of thing as guitar over the last few years that I almost approach well. You know, there’s only so much you the electric guitar now like it’s an acoustic guitar. I’m doing a lot of finger-picking and a lot of intricate stuff. can do with the larynx that you have, but I think It just sort of propels the music in a different way in recent years I’ve been trying to write lyrics instead of just whacking the strings with a plectrum. that suit my voice, if that makes sense. You can If you’re picking you can create all these extra levels of sort of write for your voice and I’ve only just percussion and rhythm. Eureka definitely has this kind realised that in the last few years. It’s interesting, of propulsive finger-picking. I’m definitely trying to do different things.
In terms of life getting bigger, or different, you spent two years in New York and in that time yourself and Steph had a baby, which is always a profound thing. As an artist and writer you’d be deeply contemplative about yourself and how things affect you and in turn it comes out in your songs, but when a baby comes along as a parent you put yourself second, or third. What’s that been like for you, as well as your creativity? (Pauses). It’s interesting... to be honest, I’m not really sure yet. I’m sure that it obviously has and will continue to affect things in some way, but I’m really not sure yet if it has entered into my writing in a very clear way. There’s not suddenly a bunch of songs on the record about being a parent, or whatever. Of course, it is the most profound thing to happen to me, but I haven’t felt completely compelled to start singing a bunch of songs about it at this point. I think the themes I’ve gravitated to have always been more philosophical things that come out of curiosity about existence, or the meaning - or lack of - to all of this. While being a parent has been the most wonderful thing that has happened to me it hasn’t suddenly given meaning to the entire universe. It’s just made it more mysterious? Exactly. It’s made my own individual, personal life a whole lot more exciting, but I still remain curious about a lot of things that still warrant writing about (laughs). There’s a line in the track, Begin, which goes, ‘all of my beautiful friends, there’s never been a better time to begin’. Does that encapsulate the three of you in Something For Kate at this time? Absolutely, that song is supposed to be like a hymn and a lullaby and a celebration. It’s the last song on the record and I guess the whole idea was to just send you on your way with the most positive sentiment that every single individual moment is a chance, an opportunity and a beginning. It’s a nice way to end a record and begin whatever else you’re about to do.
CITIZENS! Manifesto Pop
It’s one of the most consistent undercurrents in pop music; anti-pop, pop denial, pop horror. Call it what you will, there are still swathes of pop bands who find nothing more offensive than the notion that they play pop music. UK quintet Citizens!, by contrast, wears their love of pop like a badge of honour. Their oft-quoted mission statement is to ‘reclaim pop.’ HENRY ANDERSEN chats to the band’s sharp-dressed frontman, Tom Burke, ahead of the group’s Parklife appearance at Wellington Square this Monday, October 1. “When we were just starting the band,” says Tom Burke, “We were looking around at all the other bands in England and thinking that pop music was in trouble. “There were bands trying to be Kings of Leon or The Killers or something and all the other bands were looking at the floor and doing very ‘cool’, ‘alternative’ stuff. There’s always been a place for bands from the Beach Boys to the Flaming Lips who make what is undeniably pop music but it’s credible and it’s creative. We thought, ‘this band needs to come around again and it’s going to be us’.” Bold words, certainly, but part of the charm 10
of Citizens! is the decisiveness and confidence with which they put themselves forward (even their name is an exclamation!). You can hear it in the music too. Every droll disco beat, every glistening synth line, every guitar riposte, every vocal drawl is convinced and elegantly placed. There’s is immediate and broad music, but it teems with humanity and deft composition. “Pop is always changing in terms of what it actually sounds like,”claims Burke as if it’s a statement that he’s been practicing for years.“You could say that’s one of the definitions of pop, that it’s a fluid thing. It’s something that has an immediacy to it and can be enjoyed by a lot of people at once. It’s something where you can take a big
Citizens! idea and express it in a really simple way.” Citizens!’s high-pop ideals are most clearly manifest on their debut album, Here We Are, (another bold statement). The album was recorded in a house in Scotland’s West, with Franz Ferdinand singer, Alex Kapranos, producing. While recording the album, the band set out another manifesto of sorts, a set of rules to govern their approach – ‘no two sounds from the same influence, no auto-tune, no nudging or time correction’. Burke puts it neatly when he says“if you have rules and an objective, then you have a game. Once you have a game you can start to be really playful.” It’s intriguing to see the way that Burke sells
his band’s grand ideals on pop. There is something fascinating about a band that has the gall to say that they are going to “reclaim pop” and a sound that seems to suggest they might just succeed. Andy Warhol, that other great lover of pop and maestro of the sound-bite used to say ‘when you spoke to the press [about pop], it was with gestures. It’s more artistic that way’. Pop music has always been every bit about the narrative and the conversation as it has about the music – the teenage experience in a three-and-a-half minute format. Burke agrees. “It’s something where you can take a big idea and express it in a really simple way.” X-Press – First on the street, Wednesdays
BAND OF HORSES Workin’ On The Railroad
Having settled into life as a hard-working touring band, South Carolina rockers Band Of Horses’ recently released fourth album, Mirage Rock, continues on the trajectory laid out with 2010’s Infinite Arms despite being crafted under different circumstances. Ahead of the their forthcoming appearance at the Perth Big Day Out on Monday, January 28, at the Claremont Showgrounds, JENNIFER PETERSON-WARD speaks with guitarist Tyler Ramsey. On Knock Knock, the opener of their recently released fourth album Mirage Rock, Band Of Horses describe themselves as a ‘ramshackle crew with something to prove’. It’s a statement which is hard to correlate with the quintet given the fact that they have, in recent years, consolidated their full-time lineup (which was somewhat malleable across their earlier records) and made their major label debut in 2010’s Infinite Arms, netting them a Grammy Award nomination for ‘Best Alternative Music
Album’ (they lost out to The Black Keys) along the way. But while Mirage Rock is the second album to feature the stable line-up, on production duties they have swapped long-time collaborator and indie rock royalty Phil Ek for general musical history royalty, Glyn Johns, a renowned English musician and producer who has worked on albums by the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Bob Dylan, Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and The Eagles, among many others.
Band Of Horses As guitarist Tyler Ramsey admits, after making Infinite Arms – which received mixed reviews from critics – the chance to craft an album under Johns’ guide was too good to refuse. “We had a list of producers that we were all just kind of considering and his name popped up because he produced the last Ryan Adams record [2011’s Ashes And Fire], which we really liked, and our management also manages Ryan Adams, so they brought up his name as a possibility,” he says. “Then they hooked up a time and he
came over to see us play in D.C. and he liked the show. Personality-wise we hit it off right away, and we ended up hanging out the first night for four or so hours.” However, as Ramsey attests, their budding friendship never got in the way of getting the job done. “It wouldn’t be right to say he was harsh, or mean, or anything like that, but he certainly never let there be any laziness in the studio,” Ramsey says. Mirage Rock is also the first album to properly display the talents of Ramsey. Having toured with the band as a support act during a 2007 tour, Ramsey was invited by frontman Ben Bridwell to become a full-fledged member of Band Of Horses four years ago. Although Ramsey co-wrote the tune Evening Kitchen for Infinite Arms, Mirage Rock contains more songwriting credits for the talented musician, with Heartbreak On The 101 and Shut-In Tourist standing out as two of his “favourites” on the record. Having spent the last few months release road-testing tracks as special guests of My Morning Jacket, Ramsey says he’s feeling confident releasing Mirage Rock into the big, wide world. “So far so good,” he says in regards to the reception the band has received to the new songs. “All of the songs were recorded analogue and live so it hasn’t really been hard for us to work out how to play them at shows. We were never going to go out and play the whole album start to finish [but] we were also surprised at how well they sit alongside the older songs as part of set.”
“We had a list of producers that we were all just kind of considering and Glyn Johns’ name popped up because he produced the last Ryan Adams record [2011’s Ashes And Fire], which we really liked, and our management also manages Ryan Adams, so they brought up his name as a possibility,” he says. “It was certainly a different environment to what we were used to. He’s got his thing that he does and he still does it. I mean, that’s how he’s been making records for years.” As Ramsey attests, their live show will be “hopefully almost perfect” by the time they hit our shores, due in part to a large bout of touring which includes joining Willie Nelson, actor/musician John C. Reilly, and Jamey Johnson on the Railroad Revival Tour. The trek that previously saw Mumford & Sons and a host of other musicians travel to outdoor dates by train, Band Of Horses will travel aboard 16 railcars from the 1940s, performing in open-air, popup venues in various locales adjacent to train stops. “I can’t wait. It’s going to be great to see these parts of America we’ve never seen before,” Ramsey says excitedly. “I mean John C. Reilly and Jamey Johnson are going to be there, obviously, but then there’s Willie Nelson – I mean, Willie Nelson!” Although their last tour of Australia was delayed by several months when the Kings of Leon, who had invited them along for the ride as opening act, had a bout of brotherly disagreement, Ramsey says the band are keeping positive about making it here again on time and says people can expect a rockin’ live set. “People can expect a high-energy show,” he concludes. “We’ll play a bunch of the new songs and some older ones too. We’re primarily a rock band so people can expect to see a very rock‘n’roll performance.” 12
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TORTOISE Slow And Steady
Between their massive ambient dream-scape tracks and their driving, jazzbased epics, Chicago post-rock outfit Tortoise has a catalogue of music as emotionally variant as any classical music composer of the last century and are just as influential. JENNIFER PETERSON-WARD speaks with drummer, John Herndon, ahead of their highly-anticipated performance at boutique event, This Is Nowhere on Sunday, October 14, at the Somerville Auditorium.
When Chicago outfit Tortoise first came to attention in the mid-‘90s, descriptions of their sound were hard to find. The band’s ability to mix and match, combined with their obvious desire to leap and bound across soundscapes and styles, made them almost impossible to pigeonhole. However with the release of their self-titled debut album in 1994, Tortoise found themselves laden with the label of pioneers of a brand new genre: post-rock. Yet as long-time drummer John Herndon attests, his band have never felt particularly comfortable being burdened with the weight of the title. “I’ve never paid attention to all that stuff, there’s other shit to worry about,” Herndon explains. “What we’re concerned with is making vibrations in a room and that’s still fun and interesting for us to do. Creating energy and creating our own space in a room somewhere is still a personal challenge for us. It’s enough for us to worry about without all those other expectations.” Borrowing from dub reggae, rock, jazz, classical, exotica and electronica, Tortoise incorporates just about every genre under the sun to come up with its own unique tunes. Their instrumentation is the same as a rock band: guitar, bass and drums, but with the addition of vibes and electronics. Naturally this level of consistent innovation takes time and, as such, the band’s output has been characterised by long gaps between releases. “I’ve found that it’s no use trying to push anyone to do anything they don’t want to do,”
Herndon attests. “About two years ago I was like ‘let’s get in the studio and record it right now’ but it was like yelling into the Grand Canyon. We’ve all just kinda got to feel it at the same time or else nothing gets done.” Such longevity is usually associated with a thinning of options and the suffering of creativity, but Herndon is optimistic about Tortoise’s future and says it is their (albeit increasingly rare) live performances which keep their passion ignited. “Obviously on record there are all these layers and we can’t bring all the instruments that we’d need to recreate that on the road with us. We have to pare things down and from that a different side to the songs comes about,” he concludes. “At some point it would be nice to put out a live record so people who’ve never seen us before can listen to the songs and hear how different they are live.”
European Vacation Life on the road for Chicago’s Russian Circles seems to toe-theline between lucidity and absolute chaos. Fresh off the European touring wagon for their latest album, Empros, bassist Brian Cook tells why this trend continued with vengeance. JESSICA WILLOUGHBY reports ahead of their show at The Bakery alongside Eagle Twin on Sunday, September 30. “Mike (Sullivan; guitarist) drops a speaker cabinet on this thumb and his thumbnail immediately turns black and blue. The doctor didn’t speak much English, but he was able to communicate to Mike that he shouldn’t play guitar. There’s an awkward moment where we have to consider cancelling the entire tour…” – Brian Cook. What we are reading here is an excerpt from a rare diary of the Russian Circles’ recent European tour. Formulated by bassist Brian Cook, the blow-by-blow account of the run of dates following the release of their fourth LP, Empros, reveals the chaotic measures this Chicago-based trio go through every time they set out on the road. Last time X-Press spoke to Cook, he told of car accidents, stolen gear and being stranded by a volcanic eruption. This time his story was a little different but still filled with the same nerve-racking intensity. “I seriously don’t know how we end up in these situations,” Cook says.“There always seems to be a series of mini catastrophes that happen every time we head to Europe. The worst was Mike hurting his thumb. He basically broke it at the very start of the tour, so it was a very rough beginning and we weren’t sure if we were going to make it all the way through. “We had to cut a few songs from the set to compensate, but the people at each show were great and understood our limitations. He’s doing much better now and we won’t have to cut anything when we come to Australia.” Venturing down under for the second time in a year, Cook says this time they hope to get a “better feel” for Australia as a whole. “We packed so many shows into such a tight schedule that we really didn’t get to do much sightseeing at all last September,” he says.“It’s funny, because Mike said he now routinely seeks out Bundaberg, Coopers and Vegemite after that tour. “But we met so many nice folk that we knew we couldn’t keep away from Australia for long.” Although they will not have any new material to showcase on this tour, the instrumental outfit hope to spend time writing their next opus before the end of this year. Cook admits he is unsure about where the next album may take Russian Circles. “Each full-length is a reaction to what we have released before. That’s the way we challenge ourselves, by opposing our own material. Writing with an open mind also presents a lot of potential story ideas. I know we are in very early stages of writing our fifth album now, but we are hoping to have it recorded sometime in the spring. So hopefully that means we’ll be back in Australia in another year or so.” 14
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CHARLI XCX Dark Disco Diva
CLAUDE HAY D.I.Y. Troubadour
One man blues explosion Claude Hay performs at the Velvet Lounge on Friday, September 28; the Fly By Night Club on Saturday, September 29, (both shows with Morgan Bain and Junior Bowles) and supports Joe Bonamassa at the Perth Concert Hall on Monday, October 1. BOB GORDON reports.
UK singer-songwriter, raver, dancer and lover of hyper-realism Charlotte Aitchison, better known as Charli XCX, is on her way to becoming the queen of a new generation of British electro-disco-pop maestros. ANNABEL MACLEAN chats with the lass about warehouse raves, coming down and her forthcoming debut record. Charli XCX plays Parklife on Monday, October 1, at Wellington Square. “I went with no expectations and ended up in this crazy wonderland world of all these fashion club kids being ultra bitchy but ultra cool, taking those drugs and partying in these peanut factories until like 9am the next day,” Charlotte Aitchison says down the line from the UK, speaking of the warehouse raves she played at for two years when she was 14 and 15 years old. “I’d just been putting out my music online and this guy contacted me from London and was
like, ‘I really like your stuff, you should come and play my warehouse party, my rave’. I was like, ‘okay cool’, didn’t really know what to expect, I’m from a very countryside town, it’s not very cool, the music scene is kind of non-existent. I was playing these shows and I found at the time I was so in awe of it, I thought it was like the most amazing thing ever. “I was really young and I thought, ‘wow, I only want to do this for the rest of my life’ and I did it for like two years and I was like, ‘get me the fuck out, it’s too much’. It’s a very narcissistic scene. It’s definitely fun if you’re out of it but you could never live that life forever doing the club kid thing… it’s not real. Everything about it is fake.” Aitchison, however, admits being part of that rave scene helped her get to where she’s at today, having performed at South By Southwest earlier this year, toured with Santigold and currently supporting Coldplay on their UK and US tour. “It’s amazing. I get to play the crowds of 65,000 people, I’m definitely not complaining about that,” she laughs. “They’re like the nicest guys and all of their team are just so lovely, they’ve really looked after me, it’s been really, really cool. It’s such an honour.” Currently working on her debut record which is due for release next year, Aitchison has been collaborating with Ariel Rechtshaid (Major Lazer), Joakim Ahlund (Robyn) and Patrik Berger (Robyn, Lana Del Ray) for the album. “It’s weird, over the past couple of months; it’s really just grown and expanded whereas at the beginning, it was just Patrik and Ariel doing stuff for the record,” she says. “But, I just discovered that I really like getting sent beats and writing over them and finding new people that I like.
Charli XCX “I have actually learnt one thing about myself which is - when I’m really hungover or when I’m like coming down from a night out, I often come up with better ideas in the studio because I’m way more relaxed and way more chilled. I come up with all my weirdest shit then which is really nice. When I actually go and write a hit, I have to be completely on the ball, up in the morning, eating breakfast and doing really good shit.”
Claude Hay’s new album, I Love Hate You, unsurprisingly, is titled after the nature of one of his relationships. More surprisingly, it actually refers to the state of affairs with his motor home, a highly modified, yet moody vehicle he tours around Australia with. It’s a marriage made on the road. “It sure is,” says Hay from a London hotel room.“I must say, after my countless consultations with a social worker I am now on an up and steady path, she hasn’t let me down at all lately. Last year it broke down so many times it almost sent me bankrupt, my credit card went into recession. But now literally everything mechanical has been changed at least once. “She is just the coolest home inside, she’s all pimped out, black walls, flashing lights, built-in bar, shower, kitchen, toilet, and a huge PA system. In fact I miss her dearly, I’ve been touring here for a couple of weeks so I guess you can say I’ve been cheating on her and staying in hotel rooms all across the UK and Poland. I have to say it’s not the same. I’ll take the van any day over a hotel room, she really feels like home. I’m shedding tears.” I Love Hate You is Hay’s third album. He says he wasn’t looking to make it different to his first two, evolution is taking care of that. “There was no vision,” he says, “things kind of just happen with me. I’m definitely not a planner. It’s like I almost have no control of what comes out; even when I have an idea that comes into my head for a song it never turns out like I first thought.” Hay was spoilt for choice with the amount of material for the album and let quite a few tracks go. Recycling unused songs for the next LP, however, is not on the cards. “I’ll move on for sure,” Hay says. “In fact, if I don’t like it there and then I delete, never to be heard again. Even if I spend 10 or so hours on it. I’m a fussy bastard; I feel sorry for the rest of my band members.” Hay is very much a builder, whether it be his studio, his motor home, or his guitars. The connection he feels with what he has built is an important part of Hay’s creativity. “One hundred per cent,” he affirms. “I absolutely love building stuff. I like the challenge of figuring something out, making something custom, just to suit my own needs. Making something a little bit different with a different sounds hugely influences me. I constantly find ways to build things differently to try and create an out-of-the-square sound. “I used to sell guitars for years and after a while I found there wasn’t, for me, enough difference between them. As a kid I ruined so many guitars by modifying them. You got to learn somehow!”
BALL PARK MUSIC Museum
GRIZZLY BEAR Shields
Given the near-universal acclaim that surrounded Veckatimest three years ago, the fact that Brooklyn’s Grizzly Bear have decided to open their follow-up album, Shields, with Sleeping Ute, a song that appears to be about bringing a relationship to a close, is intriguing. Indeed, those who came to Grizzly Bear through pastoral, Fleet Foxy moments such as Two Weeks are likely to find Shields a much harder record to connect with. Although tunes such as A Simple Answer, Sun In Your Eyes and Yet Again showcase those wonderfully elaborate harmonies which have become synonymous with descriptions of Grizzly Bear’s unique sound, there’s little else on the record which is comparable with Veckatimest. Those who have stuck around since 2006’s Yellow House, will likely find Shields a more engaging proposition. Noise and melody, lyrics and beats come tumbling out in streams and rivulets, but no matter how frenzied a song becomes, there is always, somewhere, a sense of order and proportion. Each intricate layer of sound and percussion adds something to the other – and yet, the excitement of experimentation and improvisation is never lost. In the end it may be best describe Shields, in that elusive of all music criticism terms, as a ‘grower’. This is an album that doesn’t slam your brain with immediately accessible audio goodness, but slowly seeps into your mind, refusing to let you go.
Less than a year after their debut record gained them a gargantuan following of devotees, Ball Park Music have dropped their second LP, Museum. First up, for those wanting another Happiness And Surrounding Suburbs – forget it. But, don’t stress – this isn’t a case of second album syndrome, it’s simply a slight departure from the poppy vibe of the group’s first record, and an excellent venture into something a little deeper. The album starts out almost as expected; Fence Sitter and already-released single, Surrender, are upbeat and up-tempo, featuring those sing-along choruses the group are renowned for. Third track, Coming Down, then sets the tone for the rest of the record – a little moodier, a little darker, and almost none of that saccharine sound that Ball Park exuded on their previous album. From the dripping sarcasm of Bad Taste Blues (Part 1) to the despairing social commentary on Cost Of Lifestyle, the band hasn’t changed their style, they’ve simply done what many in their position fail to do and ascend to new musical heights. It all comes down to frontman Sam Cromack - his ability to create hilarious, relatable, frank, painful, exuberant lyrics is truly phenomenal, and his penchant for trying out new sounds and layers – like the heavy dosage of synth on this record – allows for music that is adventurous, original and cohesive. Bottom line? Surrender to this record – literally, baby.
_ CHLOE PAPAS
ILLY Bring It Back
CATHERINE BRITT Always Never Enough
When Melbourne MC Illy released his sophomore record The Chase, back in 2010, singles It Can Wait and Cigarettes went huge, landing in Triple J’s Hottest 100 in 2010 and 2011, respectively. Illy, known as Al Murray to some, spent a vast amount of time touring the record as well as finishing a law degree. Mad dog. Now, he’s back with his third record, an album he describes as a “passion project” that was never intended to be a record. Produced by Melbourne hip hop producer M-Phazes and Trials of the Funkoars, Bring It Back features collaborations with Pez, Mantra and Reason, amongst others and is a lot more rap-based than Illy’s previous material. Opening with the catchy title track Bring It Back, this is pure festival gold with chorus lyrics ‘Breathe motherfucker’ and ‘woop woop’ standing out. All The Above (feat.Thundamentals) proves Illy a master behind the mic and Where Ya Been (feat. Pez) is a little repetitive but the banter between Pez and Illy works brilliantly. Where It Starts is solid, The Real (feat. Grey Ghost & Mantra) smashes out some superb scratching and unpredictable beats and Check It Out is the perfect hip hop ballad for a summer afternoon. Reason and Elemont bring their talents to The Bridge and Heard It All is one of the few tracks on which Illy brings his singing talent to the table. It’s impossible to touch on everything which Illy’s thrown at us with this record but one thing’s for sure, he’s back.
As a teenager Catherine Britt was plucked out of Newcastle and placed smack in the heart of Nashville. In spite of the invitation to Music Row, Britt never released an album in the US, even though she was a darling of the Australian country music scene. Always Never Enough is her second full-length since choosing to reside again on Australian shores. Britt gets her contractual obligation out of the way early with the title track being the type of radio single that the record label would love. It has a chorus that you can’t shake while lamenting the downturn of a relationship that may well have never been in good shape to begin with. There are tales of childhood streets, drunken fathers, heartbreak and trains as Britt touches all of the cornerstones of life outside the big smoke. When looking for someone to play the voice of a troubled man, Tim Rogers would be one of the first people that spring to mind. Thankfully Britt had the same thought process and the two of them do a duet about a dead end relationship justice. Britt is currently hosting the Alt Country program on CMC yet on Always Never Enough she places herself firmly in the hands of the more traditional sounds of the country genre with great affect. _ CHRIS HAVERCROFT
_ ANNABEL MACLEAN THE VACCINES
Come Of Age
BOB DYLAN Tempest
Bob Dylan is a long way from being the poster boy of social unrest that accompanied him throughout the ‘60s, but he still can’t put out his first album of new music in three years without legions of punters waiting on the results. Dylan’s 35th studio album, Tempest, sees the troubadour again defying his use by date with a dark and intriguing listen. Having nothing left to prove to anyone, Dylan opens proceedings by sounding more like Tom Waits that he does himself. Jumping around genres, Dylan pens a traditional blues track (Early Roman Kings) and a ripper barroom rocker (Narrow Way), but it is the 14 minute title track with its 45 verses and no chorus that sees Dylan still slaying his peers. Dylan continues to age with dignity as Tempest is a far more vibrant effort than is expected for someone who has been neck deep in making records for over 50 years. And just to keep things fresh, it’s bound to be only a matter of time before he plays these songs in the live setting with a totally different arrangement that renders them unrecognisable compared to how they appear on Tempest. _ CHRIS HAVERCROFT
We’ll leave the ‘growing up’ puns for other publications, but yes, it’s true, The Vaccines have matured musically on their second full-length effort. Though sonically similar to its predecessor (2011’s What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?) the new album sets aside whimsical wandering to make room for more straight-for-theheart (by way of the throat) conviction – simply put, it rocks harder. Despite the fact that even their loudest songs still have a foggy distance to them, the album is still more accessible and immediate than anything The Vaccines have done before. This may be partially to do with their influences, which are particularly identifiable during the first half of the record. Bob Dylan’s presence is palpable on opener, No Hope, in which singer, Justin Young, snarls his way through the shimmering rock song, almost going off key. Likewise, Teenage Icon recalls a rougheredged Strokes, Lonely World is distinctly Walkmanesque and Aftershave Ocean could almost be mistaken for a Teenage Fanclub B-side. The remainder of the album veers from very good to not-nearly-as-exciting, and perhaps it’s the fault of setting such a high bar with the initial few tracks that leaves others feeling inadequate. Come Of Age is by no means perfect, but it’s a damn fine specimen of a band on the way to something great. Even with a couple of missteps, this is a solid album that will likely stay in heavy rotation on your stereo for months to come. _JENNIFER PETERSON-WARD
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Locally-produced web series, Super Dingo, is an internet sensation. A deliberately weird, satirical sci-fi hybrid pitched somewhere between Blinky Bill and Monkey, its first episode, Super Dingo Vs The Pirates, garnered a staggering number of hits, pretty much guaranteeing that further adventures would soon follow. Now that’s coming true, with the second instalment, Super Dingo Vs The Hippies, finally debuting. Not bad for a concept that co-creator Werzel Montague wasn’t sure would make the grade. “It was one of those ideas, I guess.” he reflects.“Ethan (Marrell, collaborator) and I were kind of in a creative zone - we’d been working on TV concepts for the best part of a year, and this was the idea that never really deserved to get up. It was a crazy idea that came to me in a friend’s lounge room, and it became an in-joke. But when we came down to the pointy end of what we should actually shoot, what we should push on with, I thought ‘You know what? this one is so crazy and weird, it might just be worth pursuing’. Ethan agreed, and so we did.” Realising that their own meagre funds wouldn’t cover production costs, the pair turned to crowd-sourcing website, Pozible, and
were pleasantly surprised by the response. “For us, crowd-funding was a great experience,” Montague says. “I mean, obviously we needed the money to shoot the episodes, but it was such an ugly baby of an idea that I didn’t really know if anyone was going to get it. So us having our pitch video on Pozible, and people responding and going, ‘Yeah! I want to see that!’ - that was the real juice. That was the exciting part, that people wanted to get on board with this. That was a huge encouragement, because I thought this just might be the worst idea ever. As it turns out, people wanted to see it. “We shot the first two with the crowd-funding. We did actually end up throwing in some money ourselves, because we’re not accountants - we’re creatives. We massively underestimated what it would cost us to shoot the two episodes. But the crowd-funding was the majority of the budget, so that was really helpful.” The debut episode quickly went viral, leaving Montague shocked by the speed with which it spread around the world. “It’s been great,” he tells us.“Pirates did break the million views threshold on YouTube, which was amazing - amazing and terrifying, just
watching the attention span of the internet. We got to a million views in something like eight, nine, or 10 days, and ever since then, it’s been slowly, slowly creeping up. It’s been a real lesson in just how ravenous the beast that is the internet is. It’s exciting that we can do this anywhere in the world.“ And with Super Dingo Vs The Hippies already cracking 400,000 hits since it’s release last week, it’s not hard to predict bigger things lie ahead for the Super Dingo family.“Perth is stuck on this weird little brother complex - we’re not as sexy as Melbourne or Sydney. But now we can toss down the gauntlet and throw it out to the world. Most of our hits are coming from the US and considering we’re doing most of it from Ethan’s spare bedroom in Subiaco, that’s incredible.” See Super Dingo by visiting the web series’ YouTube Channel, SuperDingoTV. _ TRAVIS JOHNSON
The Ghost’s Child
THE GHOST’S CHILD
Illustration by David Downton
DRAWN TO FASHION
Having drawn some of the world’s most beautiful faces and bodies – including Cate Blanchett for Vogue Australia, burlesque performer Dita Von Teese for some of the world’s most revered labels like Chanel, Dior and Tiffany & Co. legendary fashion illustrator, David Downton, is heading to Perth for the first time to unveil Drawn To Fashion, a collection of his most iconic illustrations. Drawn To Fashion runs until Sunday, October 7, at enex100.
The Mandurah Performing Arts Centre presents the world premiere of Sonya Hartnett’s The Ghost’s Child, adapted and directed by Helpmann Award winner Sally Richardson at the Fishtrap Theatre from Friday, September 28, ‘til Friday, October 5. Winner of the 2008 Australian Young Adult Book award The Ghost’s Child recounts an encounter between 75-year-old Matilda, who lives alone with her scruffy dog, and a solemn-faced boy she finds in her sitting room. Who this visitor is, and why he’s arrived, become apparent as Matilda tells him about her life. Don’t miss this enchanting fable of haunting resonance about the worth of life, the quality of happiness and the power of love. Tickets are on sale now from manpac.com.au.
FAC PRINT AWARD WINNERS
Sydney-based artists Lucas Ihlein and Ian Milliss have taken out top honors in the 2012 Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award for their collaborative work Yeomans Project, a series of prints which explore the influence of Percival Alfred Yeomans, an Australian farmer and engineer whose research into sustainable agriculture continues to attract international acclaim. Ampersand Duck, from Canberra, was awarded the $5000 Non-Acquisitive Prize for her work Discontent. These works, along with the other shortlisted entries, will be on exhibition at the Fremantle Arts Centre ‘til Thursday, November 8.
Coinciding with a cluster of cultural holidays celebrating the lives of loved ones passed – Day Of The Dead, All Saints Day, All Soul’s Day, Halloween – the Northbridge Piazza is set to become home to ghoulish and ghastly characters celebrating all things other-worldly from Saturday, October 27 ‘til Sunday, November 4. With a zombie march, Halloween costume ball, and international Thriller dance leading the program, there will be plenty of opportunities to get in costume and share in some delightfully dark fun.
BOOK TO SCREEN
2012 is shaping up to be a very literate year in motion pictures and to further feed your hunger for book-to-film adaptations, Luna Palace Cinemas are presenting panel discussions featuring debate between some of Perth’s leading film, media and literary critics. This Friday, September 28, they’ll take on the classic seminal novel On The Road by Jack Kerouac following a screening of Walter Salles’ big screen adaptation at 6.30pm. If throbbing loins and aching hearts is more your style, don’t miss the discussion of Academy Award-winning writer-director Andrea Arnold’s take on Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights on Friday, October 12. Tickets to both sessions are on sale now from lunapalace.com.au.
Paul Capsis (Photo: Penelope Beveridge)
PAUL CAPSIS Cover Guy
Stage and screen, and recent Helpmann Award winner, Paul Capsis draws on his musical influences for a one-off special performance of the Paul Capsis Revue at ARTBAR on Thursday, October 11. Tickets are on sale now through Ticketek. Paul Capsis is, without a doubt, one of the busiest people in showbiz. A quick web search will result in confusion as to whether sleep fits into a schedule boasting writing and performing his own play, performing live cabaret and music shows, and appearing in a documentary about his hair – and that’s just the past six months. When X-Press gets on the phone to Capsis, 20
he explains that the endless hours and projects are natural to him.“My grandmother, Angela, instilled in me great work ethic. That’s something that’s in my blood, it’s in my being,” he explains. Capsis is currently in Melbourne, performing Angela’s Kitchen, an autobiographical play based around his relationship with his late grandmother, a Maltese immigrant. Capsis’ performance in the production also nabbed him this year’s Best Actor gong at the renowned Helpmann Awards for Performing Artists. He explains that though it’s been “cathartic and amazing,” performing eight nights a week can take its toll emotionally. “When you’re speaking for an hour and 20 minutes without a break about personal things, it does get taxing. Even just talking to people after a show – people want to share their stories, they want to share their experiences and their families. All sorts of people, not just Maltese. I’ve always wanted to do something like this, but until you do it you don’t really know what you’re getting yourself into. It’s been quite an overwhelming thing really.” Talk turns to Capsis’ one night only show in Perth, a live musical performance as part of the 2012 ARTBAR series. Capsis’ live shows are renowned for being theatrical, bombastic and above all, exceptionally entertaining. “This one, it’s a much rockier show than I did the last time I was in Perth, I did sort of a dance thing last time. This time it’s more rock, soul, blues and pop. It’s a bigger mixture, and it’s also drawing on the theme of the museum, and on artists around that time in New York – so early Prince, Lou Reed, Patti Smith, and other New York rock legends and icons.” Each time that Capsis performs in a solo musical capacity, the set list is carefully put together. He explains that choosing what to perform is a very organic process. “I draw on my heroes, music that speaks to me more than anything else. It’s always about the lyrics, about the melody and the combination of those two things,” he says. “It’s like alchemy in my body – and how I feel about it, and the way it connects to me. I don’t look for songs that are popular, or trying to be cool or modern or whatever. I just do what I like.” Capsis constantly has new projects in the pipeline, most of which he won’t talk about until they are set in concrete. When asked how he keeps up with it all, he laughs. “The day I don’t care is the day I stop, I suppose – but that ain’t happening. I love performing more than before, if anything,” he concludes. “It’s still remarkable to me that I’m still doing it. I’m constantly moving into different areas and trying different things, and you know, and I’m not tired of exploring.” _CHLOE PAPAS
On The Road
ON THE ROAD Kerouac Condition
Directed by Walter Salles Starring Sam Riley, Garrett Hedlund, Kristin Stewart, Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen, Amy Adams After more than 30 years of development and numerous aborted attempts - Joel Schumacher was once attached, a thought to chill the blood Jack Kerouac’s hugely influential novel finally gets transcribed to the big screen, under the auspices of director, Walter Salles (The Motorcycle Diaries) and producer, Francis Ford Coppola (come on, now...). Sam Riley plays author avatar, Sal Paradise, an aspiring writer who comes into the orbit of the dangerously charismatic and cheerfully irresponsible Dean Moriarty (Garrett Hedlund). Together, the two travel back and forth across the landscape of late-’40s America, frequently drunk, often high, and generally in some sort of trouble, in search of a kind of ecstatic philosophical apotheosis. Given the book’s stature - it’s a key text of the Beat Generation and a major cultural touchstone, inspiring countless homages, appropriations, and imitations - there’s little wonder that it took so long to get to the screen, but Salles and screenwriter Jose Rivera do an admirable job of massaging the source material’s loose and unwieldy form into something that, more or less, works as a piece of cinema. The film evokes the mysticism and romance of the Beats and the tidal draw of the road, while
simultaneously highlighting the perils and compromises that such a carefree existence brings. Chiefly, this is done by beefing up the female roles, such as Kristen Stewart’s Marylou and Kirsten Dunst’s Camille, with Salles taking the time to show how the behaviour of the freedom-loving but essentially selfish Moriarty impacts their lives. That Moriarty still remains a likable figure is down to Hedlund’s performance. It’s axiomatic that the current crop of young performers lack talent, but perhaps what they really lack is worthwhile roles. While his turns in Eragon and Tron: Legacy did him no favours, Hedlund sinks his teeth into the iconic role of Moriarty, delivering a standout performance. The rest of the young cast deliver turns that are equally astute, if not so showy; Riley makes for a sensitive and empathetic point of view character, and even the much-maligned Stewart brings warmth and a kind of ingénue sexuality to her role. The more accomplished supporting cast also fare well; Terence Howard and Steve Buscemi crop up in small cameos, and every moment that Viggo Mortensen is onscreen as William S. Burroughs stand-in Old Bull Lee is a delight. Purists might find their sensibilities offended by some of the liberties taken, but a direct translation was never going to work. Salles and his team have managed to preserve - and occasionally, arguably heighten - the tone and the theme’s of Kerouac’s novel. While the result may not match the viewer’s own personal mental image of the source material, Salles’ version is still a worthy and thoughtful adaptation of one of the most important books of the 20th century. _ TRAVIS JOHNSON
TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL The next generation of Western Australian fashion talent showcased their fresh-out-of-school designs to an audience of fashion lovers at the Perth Fashion Festival Student Runway last Sunday, September 23. Kicking off with a selection of designs from Nicole Marrington, Jessica Hogg and Samuel Donaldson, the winner of last year’s Carton initiative, the show featured designs in a range of categories, including ready to wear, costume couture, evening wear and eco, from WA’s top fashion design students.
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Talia, Matt & Shannyn Lauren & Tim
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Zoe Kazan and Paul Dano on the set of Ruby Sparks (Photo: Merrick Morton)
ZOE KAZAN & PAUL DANO Sparks Will Fly
Director/writer Rian Johnson and Joseph Gordon-Levitt on the set of Looper
They Call Me Bruce If the early reviews are anything to go by, Looper is set to be one of the highlights of the year. The science-fiction film, full of masterful visual and special effects, tells of an assassin (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) sent into the future to kill his older self (played by Bruce Willis). CLINT MORRIS speaks to director Rian Johnson and Gordon-Levitt about this remarkable new special-effects showcase. Joseph, we don’t want to give too much away, but there’s a point in the movie where you’re literally wearing Bruce Willis’s face. Was that fun? Joseph Gordon-Levitt: One of the highlights of the whole thing was Bruce seeing me, for the first time, and tripping out a little bit. He’s a sweetheart. It’s hard to rattle him because he’s seen a lot. He’s an understated man, so to get any reaction out of him is pretty exciting. I remember him doing a double take, and I was so thrilled about it. There was also one point where we were shooting one of our scenes together and, in between takes, he got really quiet and was like, ‘You sound like me’. I was like, ‘You’re fucking right, I do!’. I didn’t let him see me do that.
“Part of the pleasure of science fiction, in general, and time travel movies, specifically, always seems to come back to the big moral questions of, ‘Would you kill Hitler?’ They’re very good at making you confront questions like that.” Rian Johnson: My favourite was when Joe’s parents were on set, and they were even freaked out by it. JGL: It was interesting. My mum said, ‘When you stand next to me and I don’t look at you, you’re like yourself. You’re who I know. But then, as soon as I look at you, you’re not my son anymore’. She was a little disconcerted. Joseph, did you watch a lot of Bruce Willis movies to replicate his voice and mannerisms so well? JGL: I think the thing I focused on most was his voice. I find the voice is what I look for, first and foremost, with just about every character that I play. I don’t have an answer, as to why. And Bruce was really accommodating and open and collaborative, in helping me do that. He actually recorded himself reading some of my voice-over lines, so that I could www.xpressmag.com.au
hear how he would sound saying them, which I thought was really cool. But mostly, it was just about hanging out with him, getting to know him, having dinner with him, and talking about music or anything else. That was probably what was the most useful, in trying to get a sense of what I was then going to portray. Rian, the theme of this film, about getting rid of the deviants and bad people in the world, is really interesting. What about that interests you so much? RJ: Part of the pleasure of science fiction, in general, and time travel movies, specifically, always seems to come back to the big moral questions of, ‘Would you kill Hitler?’ They’re very good at making you confront questions like that. So, I guess my answer to that would be the movie itself. I can’t articulate my answer better, about some of those moral questions, than I did in the movie. A big part of the movie is this notion that you see in action movies, that you can solve a problem by finding the right person and killing them. The very title of the movie - Looper - is the notion that that thinking creates a self-perpetuating loop, and what can we do as human beings to break that. This sounds very highfalutin, but these are some of the things that we wrestle with a little bit, in the movie.
Zoe Kazan and Paul Dano have become an indie acting super-couple, both on screen and in real life (they fell in love on stage years ago). Already Kazan and Dano have had solo successes, acted opposite each other off-Broadway, and costarred in 2010’s Meeks Cutoff. They’re now set to charm audiences with Ruby Sparks, which also happens to be Kazan’s screenwriting debut. It’s no surprise the actress is also a writer. Her parents are both screenwriters, her grandmother was a playwright, and her grandfather was Elia Kazan, the legendary director behind A Streetcar Named Desire, On The Waterfront and many others. Appropriately, the story of Ruby Sparks centres on a writer. Successful young novelist Calvin (Dano) is suffering from a case of writer’s block, until a dream inspires him to create an impossibly adorable indie dream-girl character, who he calls Ruby Sparks (Kazan). In a fit of creativity Calvin takes to his vintage typewriter, crafting a love story starring the fictitious Ruby. Calvin’s brother Harry (Chris Messina) thinks the character is inauthentic: her perfection-in-her-imperfections make her nothing like a real woman. But suddenly she is real, appearing in Calvin’s house as a real life, real brawearing realisation of his character. While writing Ruby Sparks, Kazan experienced something similar to Calvin, the feeling that her characters were creating their own story. “It feels like these people are totally real,” she admits. “Calvin and Ruby were doing things that I felt I wasn’t making them do. They were just
behaving and I would say, ‘What’s happening, where are you going?’ And they would reveal themselves to me. It sounds crazy, but I swear a lot of writers feel this way.” Something else Kazan was unconsciously doing was creating a film for her and Dano to star in. “I showed him some pages and he asked me if I was writing it for the two of us. It hadn’t occurred to me until then, but I thought, ‘Well, clearly that’s what I’m doing!,” she says. Though he got a sneak peek at the beginning, Dano preferred to stay in the dark about the characters she was writing until the script was complete. “I knew she was onto something, but I wanted to be surprised by it,” he says. “I also don’t want to be aware if somebody’s writing to a strength or a weakness of mine. Whenever we talked about the film, it was just tossing things around and dreaming about the film we would make. It was not about us acting in it. That came later.” An important presence in the film is Calvin’s Olympia typewriter, the device used to bring Ruby to life. It may seem out of place in today’s computer-driven world, but Dano says it was a clever way to illustrate Calvin’s loneliness. “It was there on the first two pages Zoe wrote: we did have reason for it and it certainly did a lot for me. I remember going to the house alone and hearing the sound of that typewriter in that big house and how lonely that was. Also if I was to imagine being a writer I like the idea of the typewriter, because you have to be stronger with your choices, and I like that feeling.” But when asked whether Kazan herself wrote Ruby Sparks on a computer, she laughs and says, “Yeah, I’m not a romantic. I’m a pragmatist!” _ ALICIA MALONE
How has Rian changed as a filmmaker since you guys made Brick together, Joseph? JGL: Good question. I think everything was just easier. He had quite a confident hand, directing Brick. I’ve seen a lot of the shorts that he made proceeding Brick, that allowed him to do that. After Brick, and after The Brothers Bloom, and now doing Looper, I was working with a seasoned filmmaker. I’m an enormous fan of his. I think that this movie is the one on which he had the lightest touch, which isn’t to say that he was, in any way, uninvolved or aloof. It’s like judo. If you know which way the current is going, you can use it to your advantage. This might be a weird comparison, but Jackie Brown, to me, is the Quentin Tarantino movie in which he has the lightest touch. I love Jackie Brown. I also love Kill Bill, where it’s saturated with Tarantino, but there’s a difference there. And I think you can definitely very much tell that Looper is a Rian Johnson movie, just like you can tell Jackie Brown is a Quentin Tarantino movie. But, it feels like he knew how to really let it all blossom as it does. You’re about to tackle directing yourself? JGL: Oh, yeah! I just directed a movie that I wrote, called Don Jon’s Addiction. We just finished shooting about two weeks ago, and we’re starting to cut it. I do think that having a 2011 where I worked with Rian, and then Chris Nolan, and then Steven Spielberg, I couldn’t have asked for a better year, leading up to directing a movie, for the first time. Those three directors actually do have a lot in common. Rian is obviously less known than Chris and Steven, at this point, but I think, when all is said and done, they’ll actually be three directors that are regarded in a very similar fashion. Looper opens in cinemas from Thursday, September 27. 21
VISUAL ARTS Pearth: Little Creatures Brewery, Fremantle Perth street artist Hurben’s third solo show promises to be a strikingly poignant critique of the hypocritical culture of Perth. Runs ’til Sep 26. Paris En Hiver: Elements Art Gallery, Dalkeith Fremantle artist, Julie Podstolski, braved the snow, fog and wind, taking to the streets of Paris during the early hours in winter during trips to the French capital over the past year. The resultant culmination of her dedication and passion will be displayed in the form of stunningly detailed drawings in colour pencil. Runs ’til Sep 28. SEETHiNGS: Victoria Park Arts Centre, Victoria Park This eclectic, highly creative exhibition features the work of 17 young artists, including sculptures, paintings, jewellery, photography and installation pieces. Runs ’til Sep 28. Pictures Of The Floating World: Melody Smith Gallery, Carlisle Suspended in pigment and linseed oil, Woody Mellor’s large scale atmospheric paintings are exploration of mark making and abstract materiality as much as that of light, depth and movement. Runs ’til Oct 13. The Passage South: Emerge Art Space, Mt Lawley Iraqi born artist Ayad Alqaragholli’s new exhibition The Passage South, features silicon bronze sculptures and paintings inspired by the varied and often poignant stories of human suffering and oppression in the Middle East. Runs ’til Sep 28.
sinister holes in the ocean floor. Runs ’til Oct 1. There Is No Grey: Mossenson Galleries, Subiaco An exhibition exploring the dichotomous power between positive and negative, dark and light, black and white. Runs ‘til Oct 9.
desert landscape around them. Exhibition runs from Sep 28 ’til Oct 25. Edge Of Centre: Through The Wall: Heathcoate Museum & Gallery In their joint exhibition Anne Duff and Jane King have explored the past life of a small corner shop on the city Mechanically Speaking: Linton & Kay Gallery, fringe. They peered through the keyhole to another time; when the world was bigger and slower, when Perth Internationally acclaimed Queensland artist James old social networks were localised, like single, fragile Corbett presents spectacular metal sculptures of spider webs stretching delicately out toward each other, unrivalled detail utilising antique car parts. Each of connecting thinly, at random. Runs ‘til Nov 4. his ‘creatures’are infused with personas, defying the FAC Print Award: Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle conditions of rigid metal. Runs ‘til Oct 4. Features works by emerging and established artists Here & Now: Lawrence Wilson Gallery, Nedlands and showcases the best in Australian printmaking. Here & Now is the Lawrence Wilson Gallery’s Runs ‘til Nov 8. inaugural annual exhibition of early-career, contemporary Western Australian artists. Features 2012 Photographic Commissions Exhibition: Council work by Tom Freeman, Ben Kovacsy, Clare Peake and House Foyer, Perth Professionally renowned photographers Toni Wilkinson Jacob Ogden Smith. Runs ’til Oct 6. Spinifex: People Of The Sun And Shadow: John and Juha Tolonen’s photographs capture the essence of our city at a particular moment in time. Runs ‘til Nov 30. Curtin Gallery, Bentley This exhibition celebrates the 15th anniversary of the Spinifex Arts Project, established as part of the Picasso To Warhol: 14 Modern Masters: Art Gallery Of documentation process of the Spinifex People’s WA, Northbridge Picasso To Warhol: 14 Modern Masters features over 120 Native Title claim. Runs ’til Oct 12. works by 14 of modern art’s most iconic artists including Chasing Shadows: Turner Galleries, Northbridge Matisse, Picasso, Pollock and Warhol. Runs ’til Dec 3. An exhibition of new prints by Kati Thamo, which are the result of travel and research the spectral past of her migrant Transylvanian parent’s homeland in 2010. Runs ’til Oct 20. The Method: Turner Galleries, Northbridge Two distinct new bodies of work by acclaimed Melbourne artist Alasdair McLuckie, who has previously had his work acquired by MONA, Artbank and Art & Australia among others. Runs ’til Oct 20.
Look Both Ways: Turner Galleries, Northbridge Holly Story’s current exhibition has grown from an intense forest experience during a nine-week Home: Paper Mountain: Northbridge Home, a solo exhibition by Perth artist Ashleigh residency she undertook in King’s Wood, England Whyte, explores the transient nature of space and in 2011. Runs ’til Oct 20. loss of small histories through housing demolition. Yonder: PICA, Northbridge Runs ’til Oct 1. Yonder is an exhibition brings together an Australian 2012 Black Swan Prize Exhibition: Linton & Kay and international group of 14 artists who share the wistful desire to know “what’s over there.” Gallery, Perth Some of Western Australia’s and Australia’s finest and These artists, who hail from near and far, offer most creative artists will be on display in September contemporary perspectives on mobility in an era of as finalists in The Black Swan Prize for Portraiture unprecedented voyages. Runs ’til Oct 21. and The Black Swan Prize for Heritage. Runs ’til Oct 1. Not The Way Home: Buratti Fine Arts, North Fremantle Tricking The Depths: Bivouac, Northbridge Martin E Wills’ latest solo exhibition features a mash- A group exhibition featuring the works of 13 of up of science-fiction inspired landscapes and street- Australia’s best contemporary artists who travelled art characters, exploding as a colourful vista full of together into the Australian desert and created unpeeling meat-men with bouffant hair, all dodging artworks in response to the arid environment and
THEATRE/DANCE Boy Gets Girl: Heath Ledger Theatre, State Theatre Centre, Northbridge Boy Gets Girl is a psychological thriller that discovers what happens when a bad date turns into a stalker. Season runs Sep 15-30. Bookings via BOCS. The Tempest: Murdoch University Drama Workshop Young Perth-based Theatre Company The Revellers present a unique interpretation of Shakespeare’s final play, The Tempest. Season runs Sep 21-29. Bookings via revellers.com.au. Tinkertown: Blue Room Theatre, Northbridge Fresh from its Melbourne debut, Perth playwright Nathaniel Moncrieff’s black comedy is a heart-warming tale of murder, car chases, alcoholism, bad parenting and yaks, and features a musical score by local songstress Felicity Groom. Season runs Sep 27-Oct 13. Bookings via blueroom.org.au. Cat Balloon: Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, Fremantle Spare Parts Puppet Theatre brings to life one of Western Australia’s most loved stories, Cat Balloon, the story of a tiny cat with a large imagination and an intense desire to fly to the moon. Season runs Sep 29-Oct 13. Bookings via sppt.asn.au. The Warrior And The Princess: Blue Room Theatre, Northbridge Incorporating performance, shadow play, puppetry, and live piano, The Warrior And The Princess tells the story of a chance meeting between a child refugee and a Japanese diplomat in the wake of the 1939 Nazi invasion of Poland. Season runs Oct 2-20. Bookings via blueroom.org.au. Romeo & Juliet: Crown Theatre, Burswood Romeo & Juliet is perhaps the greatest love story ever told – but it hasn’t been told by one of Australia’s greatest storytellers. Until now. Graeme Murphy (Swan Lake, Nutcracker) adds another ballet classic to his list of audacious reinventions with this tale of a feisty girl and a feisty boy who are willing to take a stand for their love. Season runs Oct 10-14. Books via Ticketek.
Pictures Of The Floating World by Woody Mellor
Art In Action: Art Gallery Of WA, Northbridge See the art of the Picasso To Warhol: 14 Modern Masters exhibition brought to life through drama, comedy, music and movement. Season runs Oct 10-Nov 7.
FRAME: The Bird, Northbridge An insight into the world of creative driven skaters that love op-shoping, and take their cameras everywhere they travel, capturing the cities they skate and the scenes that encompass their lives and friendships. Runs ’til Oct 17.
Eve: Blue Room Theatre, Northbridge Fresh from a hit season in Brisbane, this contemporary work is inspired by the experiences of mid-twentieth century Australian writer Eve Langley, chronicling her life as an artist whose journey and creative works challenged gender stereotypes of the day. Season runs Oct 23-Nov 10.
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JULIA MORRIS Loves Judging
Australia comedian, writer and actress Julia Morris has an enormous amount of self belief which has taken her on a wild journey living and working in the UK and US and now, she’s back home. The outrageous and friendly lady brings her national solo tour No Judgement to The Astor Theatre next Friday, October 5, and Saturday, October 6. Tickets through BOCS. “Whenever I read a road rage article for example, I really judge those people, I’m like ‘what is wrong with you?’, and then I’ll get onto the street and let someone in, thinking what a chill pill I am, but if they don’t thank me, then I feel like following them to their home and killing them,” Julia Morris begins, discussing judging, the concept for her new show.“So I can’t confess I have the judging under control so now I’m trying not to judge others who judge too much (laughs).” Morris loves judging and says it’s only recently, since she had kids, that she’s taken a look at the way she judges others. “When I started to think about how the show should take place - which was nearly a year ago - I was kind of getting sick of the hating culture. The fact that it’s really floated to the surface in the last few weeks with all this, the Twitter trolling, it’s hot right now to hate. “I was thinking about this a while ago - why are we hating so much? Why are we judging each other? And then I found myself judging people who judge. And then it kind of had a wave over me and I thought hang on, I like judging. I think I just need to do it quietly. Do a national tour and tell everyone exactly what you judge them on, I think that’s the way to win friends (laughs). It’s not like an hour and a half whinging festival; I’m trying to look into the psychology of why we feel that way. “I think that becoming a parent has had – that sounds ridiculous – a huge influence in my life, of course it fucking has. Because you’re teaching your children not to judge others harshly, it kind of makes you take a look at yourself.” Morris says she used to get so furious until her “eyes popped” when people used to say things she didn’t agree with and now, she’s somewhat mellowed in that department. “It would make me reactionary whereas now, I’m trying to accept that we’re all different,” she says.“I know that sounds like a ridiculous thing to have to say at 44.” But, Morris is, and always has been, dealing with the fact that people judge her, being a lady in the limelight. And, since making an appearance on Celebrity Apprentice Australia and now,
No Country For Good Men The Comedians’ new black comedy Tinkertown is showing at The Blue Room Theatre from Thursday, November 27, ‘til Saturday, October 13. Bookings via blueroom.org.au.
Julia Morris with her starring role in fresh television drama series House Husbands, Morris’ public image has changed. “When I first came home, I took a lot of meetings with people and said ‘what I’d really like to do is a drama’ but I’m not really sure that anyone was ever going to cast me in a drama, it’s not how I’m seen,” she says. “There was a really huge shift in how people seemed to feel about me and I think having spent nearly eight years in the UK and two years in the US and 10 years away from this country even though I’ve come and gone and toured every year, I think what it [Celebrity Apprentice Australia] did is it introduced whoever watched that show to a 43-year-old version of me rather than a 25-year-old version of me which I think is what most Australians remembered… it just changed people’s minds a bit and they were like ‘oh, I didn’t realise she actually had any substance, okay well that makes her an entirely different performer’.” In fact, Morris was even getting judged by her three-year-old Sophie when the show was on. “The beginning of this year - she doesn’t say it anymore - but she used to walk into every room and look at me and say ‘you’re fired’ and I’d be like ‘god almighty’,” she concludes, laughing. _ANNABEL MACLEAN
Google Tinkertown and you’ll find links to an outdoor amusement park in Canada (beware of the shifty clowns), and a Wowpedia (yes, World-of-WarcraftPedia) site on a small town populated by teleporting gnomes. Thankfully, The Comedian’s production at The Blue Room Theatre features neither clown nor gnome, but centres on the darkly-comic relationship between a kidnapping ex-crim and his daughter in rural Australia. Props for the irony. X-Press talks Tinkertown with one of The Comedian’s, writer and co-director, Nathaniel Moncrieff. Early in the interview, Moncrieff is capturing the eerie landscape of his play, explaining the stretching highways, long dead ends, and decrepit shacks that are our outback, and Tinkertown. “The kind of locations I write tend to be quite rural and isolated, so a lot of gothic elements come inadvertently when the characters there are isolated and develop a skewed and twisted way of thinking,” he explains. When we enter Tinkertown, 40-something Chester (Phil Miolin), has just been released from prison after serving 15 years for murdering his wife. That time away seems to have done little to remedy his questionable habits, because his daughter’s aunt and caretaker soon meet the same bloody end. In kidnapping his daughter, Tammy
(Tessa Carmody) at gunpoint, Chester is hoping to achieve something beyond unlikely (given the circumstances), and that is to bond with his offspring while they dodge the coppers across the Western Australian desert. Moncrieff reveals that though raised to be religious and morally upright, the more time Tammy spends with her wayward father, the more the latent parts of her personality begin to surface. “Chester is the side of her that’s repressed. The fact is she has a part of him inside her,” he explains. “The overarching theme here is family – the idea that through birth we’re bound to these people no matter what. We’re looking at these people, a father and daughter, who want to make this relationship work, but they’re so completely at odds in every way – in their morals, their way of thinking – and it’s incredibly difficult for them to relate, but they try to make it work purely because they’re bound by blood.” Moncrieff credits his final product to a highly collaborative process with codirector/producer Sam Farrington (with whom he produced the acclaimed Fringe World smash Sleepyhead), as well as the cast, crew and local songstress Felicity Groom, who plays an impressive original set throughout the show. “We’ve been incredibly lucky to find a musical artist who has connected so brilliantly with the material. She’s kind of omniscient, like a musical narrator in a way,” Moncrieff concludes. “The music has a very folksy-bluesy feel, and really articulates the mood, thoughts of the characters, and desolation of the landscape.” _EMMA D’ORAZIO
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O UT S I D E L O O K I NG I N On his breakout track The Waitress Song and recent single My Scene, Melbourne rapper Seth Marton, aka Seth Sentry, presents himself as a passive observer, content to sit back and document the world around him. However, with the launch of his debut album, This Was Tomorrow, he’s being thrust to the forefront of Australian hip hop. Marton speaks with JOSHUA HAYES. All going to plan, Morton’s long awaited debut full length would have been out years ago. He only released his Waiter Minute EP in 2009 with producer Matik to capitalise on the growing buzz surrounding The Waitress Song. “We were going to go straight into an album but then we kind of got side-tracked and things happened with the EP that we’d never really anticipated, so we kind of put the album on the backburner a little bit,” he says. Those “things that happened” of course, were The Waitress Song peaking at the top of the Triple J Unearthed charts, and then going on to place at #31 on the 2009 Hottest 100. This enabled Marton to spend a couple of years building his reputation on the tour and festival circuit while making a fresh start on his debut album.“[I’ve been working on it for] four years but it wasn’t a consistent thing; it’s really been the last few that we’ve upped the pace and smashed it out,” he says.
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Fuego, who handled the majority of 360’s Flying And Falling earlier this year. This Was Tomorrow was recently released through Marton’s own label, High Score Records. Although things didn’t go as originally planned, he definitely thinks things worked out for the best. “I’m glad we did it the way we did it because I think it’s a much more evolved and confident sound now,” Marton says. Despite not releasing anything since the EP three years ago, the buzz generated by My Scene and his second single, Float Away, had him ready for the release of the album. “It’s been crazy; it feels like we’re right back where we were, you know? Especially after such a long hiatus, it’s been great,” Marton says. He’s currently promoting the album on a national tour that brings him our way early next month, joined onstage by Australian DMC champion B.Two (“he’s ridiculously overqualified for this,” he deadpans). And, after that, work begins on the follow up.“By the end of the year, [I’m] looking at starting to think about writing for the next album. I really want to keep that momentum up,” Marton says. This Was Tomorrow, however, has potential Seth Sentry to keep Marton’s momentum going for some time.“I Incidentally, he didn’t even like The think it’s a natural progression from the EP... with the Waitress Song at first. “[It] was a song that I wasn’t EP it was me and Matik just doing it in his parents’ even gonna include on the EP in the first place, house, in his bedroom, you know? But this time I because Matik wasn’t really feeling it and I thought it actually had the option of recording in a proper was a bit of a silly song. But then it kind of resonated studio and having some live instrumentation and really well with people, and I guess there’s a lot of getting to work with other producers,” he says. stalkers out there that really identified with it,” This has, for example, enabled Marton Marton laughs. to incorporate eclectic influences into his music, “We didn’t expect it to do so well, and such as the ‘90s grunge that drives album opener to get into the Triple J Hottest 100, of course, really Campfire. His sense of humour also shines through, helped, and yeah, to be able to tour off a five track such as on Float Away, a hilarious and touching EP for so long is pretty ridiculous.” ode to fighting growing up, and Dear Science, on The pair met through a local hip hop which he poses a question that plagues many in his night that Marton used to run in Fitzroy. Looking generation – where are the hover boards promised for upcoming acts to perform, he offered a slot to us by Back To The Future Part II? to Pezmatik – a young pairing of rapper Pez and He may have made a name for himself producer Matik. “They came through, did a set using his humour and honesty to observe and which included The Festival Song, which I think then comment on the world around him, but it now was called Summer Days, and smashed it out – that seems that all eyes will be on Marton as he becomes was their first gig ever,” Marton recalls. one of the rising stars of the Australian hip hop “I started knocking around with Matik a scene. little bit and we decided to make an album. We got about five tracks in, and The Waitress Song started getting some play through the Triple J Unearthed » SETH SENTRY site; we just thought ‘fuck, let’s turn it into an EP and » THIS WAS TOMORROW [INERTIA/ HIGH SCORE get it out as quick as possible’,” he says. » RECORDS] OUT NOW Marton continued working on his debut » SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6 @ THE ROSEMOUNT HOTEL album with Matik, who produced My Scene, as well » SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7 @ THE NORFOLK HOTEL as producers Trials, of the Funkoars, and Styalz
CUBAN GARDEN PARTY
Above & Beyond
GOING ABOVE & BEYOND
The legendary UK trance trio are back! That’s right folks, Above & Beyond are coming back to town as part of their fresh national tour. These guys are in a league of their own and are the only dance act in history to win the Essential Mix Of The Year twice! They’ve played to one million people on Barra Beach in Rio and have DJ’d at the launch of Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo. Crazy. The lads play Metro City on Friday, February 1. They’ll be supported by Washington producer Andrew Bayer and the up and coming Norin and Rad. Tickets are on sale now from Moshtix.
INTO THE AFTERLIFE
Parklife is finally here this coming long-weekend. And, if you feel like continuing the party on after the big festival, lock in the Official Parklife After Party. Traditionally, this after party has drawn some of the best artists in the world for a huge night – there’s even going to be one of the headline artists off the line-up joining the after party for an exclusive club show. But, you’ll have to wait until midday, Monday, October 1, to hear the lineup. Naww. It’s all happening on Monday, October 1, from 10pm. Tickets are $20 plus booking fee and are on sale now from Moshtix. You’re welcome to get down in your festival gear but no thongs allowed. Frothing already.
GET SLIM WITH MICKY
If anyone went to Birmingham bred producer Micky Slim’s show at Ambar last year, you’d know everything got pretty wild. Now, the badass bass maestro is returning down under once again to play Ambar on Friday, October 19. Having risen to fame off the back of the success of the anthemic electrohouse mashup Jump Around, Slim has been pretty busy over the last year having remixed Example’s tune Stay Awake for MOS UK, collaborated with Tom Piper and Majestic and released beats on Laidback Luke’s Mixmash imprint. Tickets are $15 on the door or hit up the Boomtick Shop for presales. Do it.
In an industry awash with onetrick ponies, producers that define themselves by their genre and rarely travel the twisted paths outside the scope of that short description, Glasgow producer Gary Beck has made a name for himself by doing just the opposite. SHAUN COWE chats with Beck about his new record Bring A Friend, released as Soma Records celebrates its 100th album celebrations.
Swedish dance-pop singersongwriter Robyn became a worldwide name in the ‘90s with the release of her debut record Robyn Is Here. But, it wasn’t until she released With Every Heartbeat that she was truly propelled into mainstream success. ANNABEL MACLEAN chats with the sassy lass ahead of her appearance at Parklife.
Gary Beck is regarded as one of the most prolific producers in the EDM scene. He’s got support from the likes of Dubfire, Chris Liebing, Nic Fanciulli, Richie Hawtin and Pete Tong and releases tunes on Saved, Soma, Electric Deluxe, Drumcode, his very own imprint Bek Audio and more. Soma Records is currently celebrating its 100th album release and Beck is super pumped that the release of his new LP Bring A Friend marks Soma’s 100th album release. “One thing I love about Soma [Records] is that they don’t stick to one style, a bit like me,” Beck begins. “So I felt this was the best possible place and an honour to release my album with them.” Known to shift labels as capriciously as he does styles, Beck explains his history with Soma and why he has chosen to release several albums with the label, including Before The Crash and Diva. “I have been a massive fan of Soma for so many years. I had every release growing up and they are my hometown label.” With Bring A Friend marking Soma’s 100th album, it was important to both Beck and the label to release a strong album. Surprisingly, however, Bring A Friend was not intended to be the technoheavy album that it has become. “Initially I wanted to do an album full of down-tempo experimental beats, however, it began to mould into something completely different and more techno [orientated],” he says. The end result may be a long way from his initial goal but Beck admits he rarely goes into the studio with a set plan. “The track just evolves and if it’s more funky then so be it,” he says. “I think boredom would set in if I only made techno; better 26
Cuban Club is back for New Year’s Day 2013 and the lineup has officially dropped: London’s funny lads the Cuban Brothers are headlining the garden party styled event. If you haven’t seen these dudes before, it’s well worth getting down for the day just for some pure entertainment, they are hysterical. UK producer Ross Dewbury will also be smashing out a set on the day alongside Ballarat’s very own Yacht Club DJs, our electric-surfy rock dudes Stillwater Giants, the epic Death Disco DJs and the mysterious El Ginger Mojito. It’s all happening on Tuesday, January 1, 2013, at the Flying Squadron Yacht Club in Nedlands. Tickets go on sale from 9am on Thursday, October 4, from Ticketmaster.
Those local party boys Bombs Away are back in town in October to deliver their epic party electro bangers and bass bombs. You only need to look up their video for tune Super Soaker to find out what the lads are all about. They’ve just played Fat As Butter and are super pumped to be heading back home again for their show which smashed Eve Nightclub on Friday, October 12. Total dudes, get on down.
CLOSURE FOR ESG
Originating in the South Bronx, disco-punk legends ESG are coming to town to play their final show after the announcement of their disbanding with the release of their final EP Closure. Cited as one of the most overlooked influences in American music since their inception, ESG began their musical career when their parents gave them instruments in an attempt to keep them out of Bronx-ian trouble. They’ve supported The Clash, Larry Levan, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and lent samples to the Wu-Tang Clan, Beastie Boys and Public Enemy. It’s all happening on Sunday, January 20, at The Bakery. Tickets are on sale now from lifeisnoise.com, nowbaking.com.au and Oztix.
YAY FOR BOOMTICK
Congratulations to Boomtick who have once again owned it at the National inthemix Awards, taking out Best Club Night for Japan 4. Big props you and all the party people keepin’ the good times rolling!
WANTS TO SEE HOBBITS
Gary Beck to keep things interesting.” He says that this process of producing songs in the studio would often result in creating a 10-song track list only to have it chopped and changed in a fit of creative fervour. Despite Gary’s fickle approach to music production, a common theme unites all his work and marks his definitive sound. He believes that theme stems from his use of analogue equipment in the studio. “I love analogue very much,” he says. “When I started off, I bought myself drum machines and keyboards. I like to play things in the studio so I decided to keep it this way. I knew I was generating my own sound and once this happens I believe you shouldn’t change, as it’s the most difficult part of learning to be a producer.” With the album finished, the focus has shifted to promotion and touring. Having recently launched into his Bring A Friend Tour, Beck admits to the thrill he gets from playing live. “It’s an amazing feeling creating a track that you know is special and it’s also a fantastic feeling to see a crowds reaction to it,” he says. “I’m excited about every gig. I’ve just played Japan to 12,000 people and shared a stage with Sven Vath at Cocoon Amnesia.” Despite this hectic touring schedule, Beck has no plans for an Australian leg at the moment so fans will to buy the album for now and await an upcoming tour announcement.
» GARY BECK » BRING A FRIEND [SOMA RECORDS] » OUT NOW
“I’m doing my first show in New Zealand ever and I have a day off there so I wanna see some hobbits,” the quirky lass says from her home in Stockholm, speaking of her plans besides Parklife when she touches down in our side of the universe this week after a quick visit to Singapore on the way down. One of the hardest working artists in the music scene, Robyn is constantly on the road. She’s supported Katy Perry and Madonna and she’s just come off supporting Coldplay on their America and UK tour. “Coldplay were super nice to tour with, we felt very welcome and were taken care of,” she says. “The Manchester show was my favourite, the audience was dope! But the shows in the US were easier for me since I’ve toured there more on my own the last couple of years. Coldplay are still on the road but I got a nice thank you and goodbye by the band and their crew on our last night.” Back in 2010, Robyn released three mini albums called Body Talk Pt 1, 2 and 3 with the idea of breaking the tour/album schedule which the music industry runs by. After this all finished up, Robyn said she was never going to undertake such a mission again. But, there were positives of undertaking such a heavy schedule. “The idea was not to break the schedule set by the industry but more to follow my own schedule,” she says. “I had so many songs ready after not being in the studio since the Robyn album  so it was nice to be able to not hold back. But, it was hard work to keep up the touring while recording, still recovering!” Robyn also had the privilege of collaborating with Snoop Dogg (or Snoop Lion, as he’s now called), on the track U Should Know Better which features on Body Talk Pt.1, something she was pretty stoked about. “ Snoop is funny,” she says. “I laughed a lot during the three days we had together
Robyn in the studio.” But, due to her hectic touring schedule, Robyn hasn’t had much of chance to get back in the studio and start writing again. But, she’s looking forward to getting back into writing after touring Germany, the UK and France post-Parklife. “I’m not supposed to tour right now because I should probably be in the studio, but I can’t help myself,” she says. “We’re playing Pitchfork Festival in Paris, Brixton Academy in London and a few shows in Germany in November and then I hope to start writing again.” But, for the moment, Robyn is excited to coming down under for Parklife. She’s pumped for Wiley and “curious” to see the Justice DJ set. “[I also want to check out] Charlie XCX, Jacques Lu Cont and The Presets,” she concludes.
» ROBYN » PARKLIFE » MONDAY, OCTOBER 1 @ WELLINGTON SQUARE X-Press – First on the street, Wednesdays
TRANCE DEMIGOD For a man generally referred to with powerful adjectives, Ferry Corsten remains humble and modest - a testament to his Dutch heritage. As a musician, producer, remixer, DJ, family man and general legend, the last decade has been a very busy time for the man often dubbed ‘the trance godfather.’ RK talks to Corsten about the evolution of electronic music, his greatest love the studio - and return to Australia. You would be brave to argue that Ferry Corsten isn’t one of the finest proponents of trance the world has known. And in 2012, very little has changed. He is still the affable and polite Dutchman; he is still adored by fans the world over; his productions continue to push boundaries and create new directions and his DJ sets are often the stuff of legend. And, very little upsets him, except he explains “when equipment doesn’t work properly,” he says. “Besides that I can’t really come up with anything.” Otherwise, Corsten has been rather busy travelling the world as well as spending time in the studio as well as running his labels. “Right now, we have a specific niche for every label,” he says. “For example, Flashover Progressive is focusing on the progressive stuff and Flashover Recordings is focusing more on the trance sound. This wasn’t always the plan but it just happened to go this way.” Indeed, his personal discography is extensive and riddled with anthems, experiments and everything in between. “I love the studio,” he says. “I started as a producer and because of the demand that came from it; I also started being a DJ. Right now, I have to say I really love doing both but if I had to make a choice, I would go with the
Ferry Corsten studio. I was studying to become an engineer so I guess I would be doing that if not for touring.” Sure, the hearts of legions of fans just sunk but, fear not, because Corsten has no plans to give up the stage, headphones and his mixer any time soon. Studio wise, he has recently completed some fantastic collaborations with Markus Schulz for Loops & Tings as well as collaborations with Chicane for One Thousand Suns - and a remix of Snow Patrol which have all kept him busy. “I am also working on another new remix too but I can’t tell you anything about this just yet,” he adds. “Other than that, if I could do anything else, I would open a music university. I wonder how that would end up, me being in front of a class?,” he says in jest. Other than that though, he says to keep checking his website for all the latest: “Rumour is fact, perhaps?,” he suggests. Finally - as always - the chap is firmly looking forward to getting back to the other end of the world to reconnect with his large group of fans down under. “I always have a great time in Australia, it’s always great music, awesome productions and a lot of fun,” he says. “The people in Australia are very open-minded and there is always a great blend of styles being played. Whenever I create music I always try to give it a Ferry Corsten sound and I guess that is my way of staying fresh.”
» FERRY CORSTEN » SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 @ VILLA
BOOKA SHADE TOMORROW BELONGS TO US Berlin-based house duo Booka Shade are one of the world’s hardest working electronic acts. Having released four critically acclaimed records and remixed for the likes of Moby, Hot Chip, Depeche Mode, The Knife and more, Arno Kammermeier and Walter Merziger are at the top of their game. ANNABEL MACLEAN chats with Kammermeier about their forthcoming fifth record, working with Steve Aoki and handing over the reigns for their Get Physical label. Arno Kammermeier and Walter Merziger are currently back in Berlin starting production on their new live show for their forthcoming tour. They’ve just finished their fifth, yet-to-be-titled, record which they recorded in Manchester. Now, it’s just a matter of finalising the track-listing for the album and getting their new live show in order before they kick off their next world tour which starts here down under with Summadayze 2013. “2013 is going to be a great year,” Kammermeier begins. “We recorded a lot of analogue stuff and all the acoustic instruments so the whole album will have a little bit more of, well not an acoustic feel, but of a live feel so to speak. It’s still very electronic and quite dancey but I think sonically it will have a little bit more depth because of all of these instruments and because of the noise that they make. It’s straight from the laptop and everything ran through machines which add noise so we’re quite happy with it. That’s why it takes so long nowadays for us make albums because we like to live with the songs for quite a while and then we think ‘alright, if they don’t bore us now after almost two years then okay’.” Kammermeier says many of the synthesisers on their forthcoming fifth album were played by hand which is where the ‘live feel’ comes into play. “I hope that you will hear – and that’s always the difficult thing now – on the fifth
album, how do you progress and find something new for yourself and not repeat yourself but still give the audience or the listener the feel that he/ she listens to Booka Shade? Of course, there are surprises but not complete surprises. I have a good feeling.” The lads have collaborated with vocalist Fritz Helder from Toronto group Azari & III and German DJ and producer Fritz Kalkbrenner. “For a minute we thought we should call the album ‘Fritz’, Kammermeier jokes. “We have a couple of other things like Andy Cato from Groove Armada; there are little things here and there. It all feels a little bit more musical.” Having recently released two exclusive tracks (Honeyslave and Tomorrow Belongs To Us) for the All Gone Ibiza compilation alongside Pete Tong, Kammermeier says he and Merziger are still deciding on whether either of the tracks will make an appearance on their fifth album. “We don’t know yet,” he says. “At first we thought not and now we have had so much good feedback, initially it wasn’t part of the idea because we wanted to do something completely new but now that we’ve got all this positive feedback and because we have to still finish the track-listing, probably one of the songs will make it on there.” Regardless of whether the tracks make it onto the record, being involved with the compilation was a privilege and honour for the duo and bought them a rare opportunity to work with Steve Aoki, something they’d both wanted to do for a while. “We felt very privileged because Pete Tong is a great name in Europe and he has been a great supporter of Booka Shade but also of the Get Physical label when we first started it so to be invited to do the compilation was a great honour,” he says. “Steve Aoki came along, who always wanted to do a single with us because he’s a great man, he likes the music that we do. We already met last year on a five week tour of the U.S and he always talked to us and said ‘I want to do a single with you guys’ and we never knew how to do it with him really, we couldn’t really imagine how these worlds should come together but then there were these two songs on the Pete Tong compilation and we said ‘this could be a good idea, why don’t we mix universes up and just do this’ and many people were quite surprised by this when they heard about this collaboration. But that’s
Booka Shade great for us, we always like to surprise people and do things a little bit differently.” It is these little surprises and challenges which keep the duo happy and, having handed over their A&R responsibilities to DJ T and M.A.N.D.Y for their Get Physical label which they started back in 2002, they’re feeling even more happy about life. “The thing that we loved most about the record label was when we first started it and we could produce the music for the label, we basically did the first 13/14 records for the label itself which was DJ T or Booka Shade or M.A.N.D.Y… the more successful the label became and the more the individual characters did their own stuff and everybody was on tour, the more distracted everything became and it just got to the
point where we said ‘this isn’t really why we started the label’, there’s so much politics involved and so much business. “ We are musicians and producers basically so we care most about the music and not so much about the A&R stuff. Working at a record label was never my dream; my dream was always to stand on the stage and present my own music and be very proud of it.”
» BOOKA SHADE » SUMMADAYZE » SUNDAY, JANUARY 6 @ PATERSONS STADIUM
X-Press – First on the street, Wednesdays
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 Toucan – Disco Inferno ft DJ Misschief Mel Velvet Lounge – Descent Woodvale Tavern – DJ Melvin
WEDNESDAY 26/09 Blvd Tavern – Dub Step Captain Stirling – Lockie Shaw 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 Llama Bar – Jo 19 Matches Bar – Pussy Mittens Metro Freo - Rapture Mustang – DJ Giles Newport – Newport Wednesdays Sovereign Arms – Jordan Scott The Deen - DJ Zelimer/ DJ Viper/ DJ Benny/ T– Zone 1 The Queens – Wriggle on YaYa’s – DJ Paul Burgess
Mt Henry Tavern - DJ Matty J Mullaloo Beach Hotel - DJ John Paul/ DJ Slick Mustang – DJ James Newport - Urban Swagga Paramount – DJ Johnny Boi/ DJ Jordan PICA Bar - High Wolf 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 – Jaymie Franchina The Civic Hotel - DAS EFX/ Black Sheep The Craftsman – Roger Smart The Deen – DJ Flex/ DJ Nano/ DJ Surge/ DJ Don Migi
THURSDAY 27/09 Clancy’s (Canning Bridge) - DJ Wrighteous Claremont Hotel- DJ Fiveo/ Jimmy Thorne Club Marakesh – DJ Simon Cottesloe Hotel – DJ Shots/ DJ Andy M Empire Bar – Halo/ DJ Bojan/ DJ Ben Sebastian Eve Nightclub – DJ Tony Allen Flying Scotsman – Cowboys & Indie Kids DJs Leopold Hotel – DJ Riki/ Roger Smart Library - Dorcia Llama Bar – Danni Boi/ Charlie Bucket Mint Nightclub – DJ Simon Barwood
Ambar – Break-A-Holics Anonymous: Vinyl Night ft Marty McFly v Tone/ BAA (Micah/ Ben Mac/ Fdel)/ Wish v Oli/ Nyquist Freqs Amplifier – DJ Jamie Mac Bar 459 - DJ Smurf Blvd Tavern – DJ Andy/ Tommo/ Conan/ Luke Boheme Bar - DJ Majiika Boulevard Tavern – DJ Andyy Broken Hill Hotel – DJ Nick Alexander Brooklands Tavern - DJ Misschief Mel Capitol (Upstairs) – I Love ‘90s Carine Tavern – Greg Packer/ MC Assassin Clancy’s (Canning Bridge) - DJ Boogie Claremont Hotel – Jon Ee Club Bayview – Amnesia ft Fendi/ Axon/ Fellis Como Hotel – DJ Gazz Eastern Hotel – DJ Munch Empire Bar – Lockie Shaw Eve Nightclub – Mind Electric Flawless – DJ Ryan Flying Scotsman – DJs Jo19/ Rok Riley/ Armee Flying Scotsman (Defectors) - Back To Mono DJs Ginger Nightclub – Rondevoo Fridayz Gosnells Club – DJ Now Hipe Club - DJ E-Funk Honey Lounge – DJ Curlee/ Drew Green Lakers Tavern – Fresh Fridays - DJ Dooey Left Bank – DJ Frankie Button Library – DJ Sneaky Little Creatures Loft – Marine Beats Llama Bar – Jim Pearson/ Jehan/ Ben Edit/ DJ Cee Matches Bar - Hatchling Merriwa Tavern – DJ Real McCoy Metro City (Solace Bar) – DJ Slick Mint Nightclub – Club Retro ft Chris McPhee Mullaloo Beach Hotel - DJ John Paul Mustang – Swing DJ/ DJ James MacArthur Norma Jean’s –DJ Waz Paddy Hannans – Crazy Craig Paramount - DJ Johnny Boi/ DJ Jordan Players Bar – Miss Football Queens Tav – DJ Rueben Rocket Room – Extreme Aggression ft DJ Cain Sail & Anchor - Balcony Beatz/ DJ J-MAC Shape – R.T.D Sovereign Arms – Dylan Hammond The Avenue – Dale Ingvarson The Carine – Mind Electric/ Little Nicky/ Az-T The Causeway – Jus Haus? The East End Bar – Az-T
FRAT HOUSE FRIDAYS
The Generous Squire - DJ Anaru The Queens – DJ Rueben The Saint - DJ Emmanuel The Shed – DJ Glenn 20 The Whale & Ale – Josh Tilley Tiger Lils – Paul Malone/ Adam Kelly The Vic - DJ Giles The Wembley Hotel – Abstar Windsor – DJ Riki and Ray Victoria Park Hotel – DJ Giles Villa - Speakeasy ft Northeast Party House/ Tim & Jean DJ set/ Metric Allstars and more Ya-Ya’s – Hero DJs ft Pup
SATURDAY 29/09 Ambar – Challenger Ready ft Benny P v Micah/ Bezwun v Dead Easy/ Marko Paulo/ Philly Blunt v DNGRFLD/MR eD v Bob Noceros Amplifier – Pure Pop ft Eddie Electric Basement On Broadway – DJ Ricky Boheme Bar – Carte Blanche DJs Broken Hill Tavern – DJ Roger Smart/ Matt Richards/ Ben Dallin Capitol (Upstairs) – Cream Of The ‘80s ft DJ Ryan Capitol – Death Disco Clancy’s (Canning Bridge) - DJ Dood Claremont Hotel – Fiveo/ J.V.R Club Bay View – Fiveo Eastern Hotel – DJ Munch Empire Bar – DJ James Ess Eurobar – Roger Smart/ DJ Raci Eve Nightclub – DJ Crazy Craig/ DJ Don Migi Flying Scotsman - Under The Influence DJs Flying Scotsman (Defectors) - Fore DJs High Road Hotel – DJ Simon High Wycombe – DJ Matt Hipe Club – DJ E-Funk Honey Lounge – DJ Saxon/ Sardi Library – MKT ft DJ Riki/ DJ Vicktor and more Little Creatures Loft – Marine Beats Liquid Nightclub - DJ Klar55/ DJ Stevie M Llama Bar – DJ Reuben/ DJ Melvin Malt Super Club – Fiveo Matches Bar - Houseworkz ft Special Guests Metro City - DJ Matty S/ DJ Makka/ DJ Angry Buda/ DJ Kenny L Metro City (Climax) - DJ Francesco/ DJ Don Migi/ DJ Slick Metro City (R&B Lounge) - DJ Soso/ DJ Ruthless/ DJ Brett Costello Metro Freo – Havana Brown Mint Nightclub – Pop Life ft DJ Aaron/ AJ Mullaloo Beach Hotel – DJ Danny Mustang – Rockabilly DJ/ DJ James MacArthur Niche – Frankie Button/ Cee/ Jonny Zimber Norma Jeans – DJ Phat Daz Oxford Hotel – DJ Sequeria Paramount- DJ Cornflake / DJ Jordan/ DJ Johnny Boi Players Bar - Luxe Queens Tav - Gareth Richardson
Rocket Room – DJ Perry South St Ale House – DJ Jay Sovereign Arms – Rockwell The Avenue – Jon Ee The Boheme – DJ Sneakee The Brighton (Upstairs) – Micah/ Kill Dyl/ eSQue The Causeway – Rhys Johnson The Clink –Az-T The Cornerstone – Dylan Hammond The Craftsman – DJ Shortz The Deen - DJ Birdie/ DJ JJ/ DJ Tony Allen The East End Bar - Fiveo The Generous Squire – On Tap ft James Nutley The Honey Lounge - Steffi The Saint – DJ Anaru The Shed –DJ Andyy The Wembley – Lokie Shaw The Whistling Kite - DJ Craig The Vic – DJ Kristian Tiger Lils – DJ Bojan/ DJ Ben Sebastian Toucan – DJ Hages Victoria Park Hotel – DJ Melvin Windsor – DJ Ray Woodvale Tavern – DJ Real McCoy Ya-Ya’s – Hero DJs ft Pup
SUNDAY 30/09 221 St Georges Terrace, Perth - Winter Wonderland ft Ruby Rose/ Grant Smillie/ Audageous/ Gav Trotter Captain Stirling – DJ Jay Claremont Hotel – DJ Double Dee Clink – DJ Tony Allen Connections – Richard The Second/ Monarchy DJs/ Salut Barbu/ J’amiez Bruine and more Empire Bar – CB3/ DJ Riki/ DJ Vicktor Euro Bar – DJ Flex Eve Nightclub – Phoenix Long Weekend Party ft DJ Francesco/ DJ Slick/ DJ Birdie/ DJ Don Migi Flying Scotsman – Nathan J/ Nizbet/ Pasha/ Chris Flying Scotsman (Defectors) – Eclectic Picnic Mint - Chris McPhee Mustang – DJ Rockin Rhys Paramount – Glo/ DJ Slick/ DJ Benny C/ DJ Matty S Players Bar – Lucky Charm Rocket Room – Coyote Ugly Sovereign Arms – Dylan Hammond The Avenue – Az-T The Causeway – Lukas Wimmler The Cott – Cott Sessions The Kiosk – DJ Cinder The Saint - DJ Anaru The Shed – DJ Tony Dee Toucan – White Party Villa - Ferry Corsten/ Shogun
MONDAY 01/10 Bar Orient - DJ White Label Broken Hill Tavern - DJ Mario Tavelli The Deen – Plastic Max/ The Token
Wiley Gesture The Den (Civic Hotel) - MC Lars The Paddo – DJ John Paul The Shed – DJ Andyy Villa – Afterlife: Official Parklife After Party Wellington Square - 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)/ Hermitude/ Flume and more
TUESDAY 02/10 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:
Get Weird Launch ft Punks Jump Up Friday, October 5 @ Ambar
High Wolf Thursday, September 27 @ PICA Bar
TZU Saturday, October 6 @ Amplifier
DAS EFX/ Black Sheep Thursday, September 27 @ The Civic Hotel
Seth Sentry Saturday, October 6 @ The Rosemount Hotel
Break-A-Holics Anonymous: Vinyl Night ft Marty McFly v Tone/ BAA (Micah/ Ben Mac/ Fdel)/ Wish v Oli/ Nyquist Freqs Friday, September 28 @ Ambar
Paul Oakenfold Saturday, October 6 @ Villa
Japan 4 ft Nick Thayer Saturday, October 20 @ Ambar Matrix & Futurebound/ Smooth/ Phetsta Saturday, October 20 @ Villa THEESatisfaction Saturday, October 20 @ The Bakery Jay Sean Thursday, October 25 @ Eve Nightclub
Speakeasy ft Northeast Party House Friday, September 28 @ Villa
Seth Sentry Sunday, October 7 @ The Norfolk Hotel
Madlib Medicine Show ft Madlib/ J Rocc/ Egon Saturday, October 27 @ The Bakery
Challenger Ready ft Benny P v Micah/ Bezwun v Dead Easy/ Marko Paulo/ Philly Blunt v DNGRFLD/MR eD v Bob Noceros Saturday, September 29 @ Ambar
Rudimental Thursday, October 11 @ Ambar
Into The Limelight DJ Competition Saturday, October 27 @ Villa
Big Daddy Kane/ Clandestien (SBX)/ Leonidas/ Adam Crook/ Charlie Bucket Thursday, October 11 @ The Rosemount Hotel
Challenger Ready: Halloween DressUp Party ft FTW v Benny P/ Blend v DNGRFLD/ Marty McFly v Tee EL/ Black & Blunt/ Marko Paulo v Oli Saturday, October 27 @ Ambar
Havana Brown Saturday, September 29 @ Metro Freo
The Aston Shuffle Can’t Stop Now Tour Friday, October 12 @ Villa Sampology (DJ set) Friday, October 12 @ The Manor
Heavyweight Sounds ft London Elektricity/ Dynamite MC/ Xilent and more Friday, November 2 @ Metro City
Ferry Corsten/ Shogun Sunday, September 30 @ Villa
Downlink Friday, October 12 @ Shape
‘90s Party ft Snap! Saturday, November 3 @ Villa
Phoenix Long Weekend Party ft DJ Francesco/ DJ Slick/ DJ Birdie/ DJ Don Migi Sunday, September 30 @ Eve Nightclub
Fresh Produce: Double Trouble ft Lemon Lime n Love Town/ Benny P & Genga/ 4by4/ The Tapeheads/ CK RUCKUS v StrangerThanDigital Friday, October 12 @ Ambar
The Court Street Party ft Wynter Gordon/ Kitty Glitter/ Nino Brown/ Skarlett Saramore/ Dan Murphy Saturday, November 3 @ The Court
Winter Wonderland ft Ruby Rose/ Grant Smillie/ Audageous/ Gav Trotter Sunday, September 30 @ 221 St Georges Terrace, Perth
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 MC Lars Monday, October 1 @ The Den (Civic Hotel)
COMING UP TZU Friday, October 5 @ Bar 120 Habitat ft Monkey Safari Friday, October 5 @ Geisha
Bombs Away Friday, October 12 @ Eve Nightclub Emalkay Saturday, October 13 @ Shape This Is Nowhere ft Jimmy Edgar/ Ikonika/ Slugabed/ Salva/ D’eon/ James Ireland/ Move Crew/ Rok Riley/ Travis Doom/ Jo Lettenmaier Sunday, October 14 @ Dolphin Theatre & Lawrence Jackson Court, UWA Nadia Ali/ Jason Creek/ DJ Kenny L Friday, October 19 @ Metro City Micky Slim Friday, October 19 @ Ambar
Smoke DZA/ LV/ Jesse Boykins III/ Shigeto/ Melo X/ Raaghe/ Savior/ Zeke/ Rok Riley Saturday, November 9 @ The Bakery Prefuse 73/ Teebs Saturday, November 17 @ The Bakery Floating Points/ Fatima/ Alexander Nut Thursday, November 22 @ Ambar 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/
Trus’me Wednesday, November 28 @ The Bird The Knocks Sunday, December 2 @ Venue TBC Sets On The Beach ft lineup TBC Sunday, December 2 @ Scarborough Beach Amphitheatre Perth Dance Music Awards Sunday, December 2 @ The Court
Breakfest ft Krafty Kuts/ A.Skillz/ DJ Yoda/ Lady Waks/ The Nextmen/ Jaguar Skills/ Specimen A/ Pyramid/ Marten Hørger/ High Contrast/ Spy/ Camo & Krooked/ MC Wrec Wednesday, December 26 @ Belvoir Amphitheatre Origin NYE ft Chase & Status (DJ Set)/ Knife Party/ Gaslamp Killer/ ShockOne/ Pearson Sound/ DMZ (Coki & Mala)/ Goldie/ Brookes Brothers/ Ed Rush/ Wilkinson/ Dillinja/ Marky & Stamina/ Sigma/ Delta Heavy/ Metrik/ DC Breaks/ Skism/ Gemini/ Inspector Dubplate/ Jakes/ Mensah/ Dodge & Fuski/ Bar9/ Distance/ Dark Sky/ Ben Ufo/ New York Transit Authority/ Pariah/ XXXY/ Om Unit and more TBC Sunday, December 30 & Monday, December 31 @ Fairbridge Village, Pinjara Cuban Club ft Cuban Brothers/ Yacht Club DJs/ Russ Dewbury/ Death Disco DJs and more Tuesday, January 1 @ The Flying Squadron Yacht Club, Dalkeith Summadayze ft Chemical Brothers (DJ Set)/ M.I.A/ Fedde Le Grand/ Mark Ronson (DJ Set)/ Kimbra/ Booka Shade (live)/ Eddie Halliwell/ AN21 & Max Vangeli/ Carl Craig 69 (live)/ Maya Jane Coles/ Disclosure Live/ Adrian Lux/ Erol Alkan/ Breakbot (live)/ Fake Blood/ Hudson Mohawke/ Araabmusik/ Icona Pop/ Scuba/ Aeroplane/ Jesse Rose/ Danny Daze/ AC Slater/ Stafford Brothers & Timmy Trumpet/ Bombs Away and more TBC Sunday, January 6 @ Patersons Stadium
ESG Sunday, January 20 @ The Bakery Big Day Out ft The Bloody Beetroots/ Crystal Castles/ Kaskade/ Pretty Lights/ Nicky Romero/ Morgan Page/ Sampology and more Monday, January 28 @ Claremont Showground Above & Beyond Friday, February 1 @ Metro City
Mr Grevis Wednesday, December 12 @ Mojos
Sets On The Beach ft lineup TBC Sunday, January 13 @ Scarborough Beach Amphitheatre
MONDAY, OCTOBER 1 @
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, March 17 @ Scarborough Beach Amphitheatre
MODERN DAY LITERATURE Californian Andrew Nielson, aka MC Lars, has always rapped to the beat of his own drum. The musician, who describes his style as ‘post-punk laptop rap’ and, more recently, ‘lit-hop’, speaks with JOSHUA HAYES about the numerous projects on his plate. Nielson, who had an ARIA hit in 2006 with Download This Song, describes his first headlining tour of Australia in three years as “a ‘return to the roots’ kind of tour, with my laptop and video projections - lots of new songs, old songs, freestyling and moshing.” The tour is promoting his recently released The Edgar Allen Poe EP, which focuses on the writings of the 19th century American author. “I love how so many teachers have been emailing me telling me they’re using it as a teaching aid in the classroom,” he says.“It feels dope! It’s more unified-sounding than Lars Attacks!, which I was proud of,” Nielson says. “The Poe EP gives the fans more of what they were looking for: the hardcore, funny, smart lit-hop!” He’s also working on EPs based on William Shakespeare – which he says might end up being a full album – and Moby Dick author Herman Melville. Over the years Nielson has dabbled in many art forms, including comics, filmmaking, theatre and radio, although music has remained his focus, in
a way that has become increasingly serious. “These days, my music is more of a vehicle for education and activism. I love promoting literacy and raising awareness with groups like the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to teach about mental health and self-empowerment,” he says. “While I will continue to always do music, touring and producing straight-up pop culture parody rap stuff doesn’t interest me as much. I’ll be 30 in October! I’m manifesting some very exciting and fun changes in my life these days.” In addition to his music, Nielson has recently been holding hip hop workshops and lectures throughout America, drawing connections between rap and literature. He’s working on a pilot for an educational hip hop television show for kids, called Yes Yes Y’all, and a book about the history of hip hop culture, which he says will be released next year. Like everything he does, the book promises to be unique. “It’s a history of hip hop tracing the culture back to its African roots that presents everything in a funny, sardonic way with my own illustrations. We make comparisons between like Dr. Dre and Dr. Seuss, talking about some of the most important albums the casual fan should own and speculating on its future,” Nielson explains. “It’s awesome how far the genre has come, I’m proud of what the younger generation has done with it. When I started touring in 2003, it was not so common to be a DIY artist touring internationally with just your beats and rhymes on a laptop. Now you’re hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t have a friend doing what I do,” he says. “It’s dope! The geeks have inherited the world.”
» MC LARS » MONDAY, OCTOBER 1 @ THE DEN, CIVIC HOTEL
CABARET EXPLOSION Indi Bar Saturday, September 22, 2012 Celebrating the return of our local electronic cabaret hero, the one and only Thomás Ford, peeps were getting down and dirty at the Indi Bar last Saturday night to witness Ford’s recent show which he’s just bought back from a gruelling 24 date run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Shit got wild! Photos by Dan Grant
Kristy-Lee, Misty Jack, Georgia
Keiran, Lynn, Nikki
Joel, Michael, Katie
Celebrate the long weekend with three huge days of music! Harlequin League headline on Friday, September 28, Leafy Suburbs are taking to the stage Saturday, September 29, and finish the week off on Sunday, September 30, with The Crooked Cats, Calectasia, Limpin’ Dave Foley & The Straight Legged Freaks and The Midnight Mules.
KISStake have got some Spring in their heels and are set to get back in the Northbridge groove. With tongues in their cheeks and their hearts in the right place, the boys return to the stage in authentic costumes for a free gig at the Mustang Bar this Thursday, September 27. Poor Stanley, Clean Simmons, Fake Frehley and Pizza Criss bring you the look and feel of Kiss in all their made-up glory, playing all the hits and classics hits plus more, and then some. God gives rock’n’roll to you from 8.30pm.
MULLALOO BEACH HOTEL
Parklife tickets are being given away at The Mullaloo Beach Hotel this Friday, September 28! What better way to get excited about festival season than to head down to Mullaz on Friday night, have a beer with your mates, watch the sun set over the ocean, dance to the mad tunes mixed by DJ Kenny and go in the draw for FREE Parklife Tickets!
Straight from NZ making their first much awaited appearance at The Indi Bar, Sola Rosa play this Wednesday, September 26. The group successfully meld hip hop, reggae, jazz, latin, soul and funk, its going to be a corker! Then on Thursday, September 27, Sticky Fingers are back and if you have heard their latest track Caress Your Soul blaring from the airwaves of late then you’ve been living under a rock, these boys are on the up and up, catch them whilst you still can in the warm confines of Scarborough.
Come along to Paddo POW this Wednesday, September 26, and see Gombo, Hostile Little Face and Dead Set Radio perform live on stage. Doors open at 8pm and as always it’s entry is free. 32
THE BROKEN HILL HOTEL Sunday, October 7, from noon ‘til late dress up in your Oktoberfest outfit for a day of fun and games, including competitions, live music, food stalls and much more. Tickets available now from Moshtix or the venue.
HYDE PARK HOTEL
Come along to the Hyde Park Hotel this Friday, September 28, and see Astro Pig, Hostile Little Face and Paperfly take the stage. The catch Meg Mac And The Squeeze on Saturday, September 28, from 9pm. Entry is free.
This Friday, September 28, Spilt Cities launch their debut EP. Heavily influenced by ‘90s indie rock bands like Modest Mouse and Built To Spill, as well as progressive, folk and grunge of the last several decades, Spilt Cities strive to make music that can be both melodic and loud. Joining them are Foxes, Only Hope and Celebrator. $15 at the door includes a copy of the EP. Kicks off 8pm.
This Wednesday, September 26, catch Sound The Rescue launching their debut EP Main Room with special guests Further Earth, Lights Of Berlin and Archer And Light. To win a double pass to this show email win@ rosemounthotel.com.au with ‘Win’ in the subject line.
This Friday, September 28, catch some new local rock courtesy of Masonic Noize, Breed and The Itch. Sunday, September 30, it’s the Gignition new band showcase featuring St Jude’s Hostel, SaySky, Parker Avenue, Abandon Earth and Reilly Craig all playing in the wonderful Beer Garden.
Friday, September 28, The Woohoo Revue and Ensemble Formidable play Mojos. The Woohoo Revue are heading back to WA by popular demand after overwhelming acclaim at Fairbridge Festival this year and a sellout show at the Fringe World Spiegeltent last year. Pre-sale tickets are $20 through Heatseeker or $30 at the door from 8pm! X-Press – First on the street, Wednesdays
The Domnicks (Photo: Guang-Hui Chuan)
THE DOMNICKS Custom Royal / The Floors Mojos Saturday, September 22, 2012 Hey Rock And Roller may have been the title of The Domnicks’ 2009 EP, but if you’d grabbed the microphone and yelled that phrase at their Super Real album launch last Saturday, half the crowd would have turned their heads and said ‘what?’ It was certainly a rollcall of Perth rock’n’rollers, who clearly hold a reverence for the members of The Domnicks. But the whole bill was well rock steady, with Custom Royal opening proceedings and marking the first appearance of a member of the Mariani clan. Dion Mariani is already a veteran from several years in The Flairz, and has the ability on guitar to be as cocky and confident as he is. His white-shirted-black-waistcoated-skinny-tied-cubanheeled cohorts are too, with vocalist/guitarist, Mitchell MacKintosh, also a true showman across the quartet’s riff-heavy tunes. A driving version of the Stones’ Jumpin’ Jack Flash closed their set and cleared the altar. The Floors have occasionally disappeared into the background
due to the demand for guitarist Luke Dux and his brother/bassist Ryan’s sideman services, but they play a mean, dirty blues that cannot be ignored. With a new album forthcoming, the time is nigh for The Floors to claim their own place in a national rock scene that could do with some other kind of Beasts Of Bourbon. With some slide bass. Howl... There was certainly a sense of occasion, but The Domnicks simply got down to informal business, rolling into Let’s Go Baby (Where The Action Is), dosing the dedicated with the kind of soul they would revel in for the rest of the evening. Backing vocalist, Monica Guerrini, made the first of her excellent contributions, a nice foil to Nick Shepherd’s gravelled growl. Reconcile, a Dom Mariani-sung number, evoked Exile-era Stones, while the single, Cool Runnings, was a far breezier concern, with Shepherd on acoustic guitar. The rhythm section of Howard Shawcross (bass) and Marz Frisina (drums) just locked it all in from the get-go, allowing both Mariani and Shepherd to bump and grind on the guitar riffs. For the many guitar-slingers in attendance, it was a tasteful treat. Shepherd took a tumble offstage late in the piece, fair into DJ Charlie Bucket’s soulful set-up, but emerged slightly stirred yet not shaken, as the set ended with a blues take on Whole Lotta Love and the inimitable Brand New Cadillac. There’s certainly a lot to be said for a decent pair of jeans and an electric guitar. Always has. _ BOB GORDON Is there a concept which runs through build/rebuild? We didn’t go in with an exact vision. We had a vague idea but it started to develop its own soundscape during preproduction, where old songs were improved and changed and new songs were written. Everything then changed even more in the studio and it started to take form in a way we were excited about. Having never been in the studio before, all we had were references and knew we wanted to create a dark, atmospheric recording. There isn’t a direct, intentional concept, but the lyrics do follow a certain journey. It has a lot to do with the stages that come between any significant life scenarios. It wasn’t intentional but it played out well. With any batch of recordings I think there will always be a loose concept based around what is happening in that person’s life at that point, whether you mean to or not. Where did the title build/rebuild come from? The title actually took us a while and was the last thing we came up with. Eventually we just started coming up with words that described the sound and ended on ‘build/rebuild’.
Alternative rock outfit Spilt Cities launch their debut EP build/rebuild at The Beat Nightclub this Friday, September 28. Bit of a generic question - where did your band name come from? After brainstorming a few names, we liked the imagery that came with the name ‘Spilt Cities’. We wanted a short and direct name. How would you describe your sound? Heavier end alternative rock… Quiet loud dynamic and a lot of influence from ‘90s indie-emo through to current day melodic hardcore and alt rock.
SIMPLY THE BEST
Don’t forget to hit up flybynight.org (or call 08 9430 5976) to get your pre-sale tickets to this year’s WAM Song Of The Year Awards Night which will be held at the Fly By Night Musicians’ Club on Thursday, October 11. Hosted by 96FM’s Darren de Mello and with the presence of Kav Temperley (Eskimo Joe – APRA Ambassador), the evening will feature live performances by 2011 Song of the Year Grand Prize winner Timothy Nelson & The Infidels, as well as Yabu Band, Ku ka and Boom! Bap! Pow!
WHAT LIES BENEATH
It’s been less than a year since Lilt played their first gig on a windy rooftop in Kings Park, but the three-piece have accomplished a satisfying amount since. From supporting industry heavyweights like Flume to a WAM Song Of The Year nomination for Electronica/Dance, to airplay on Triple J, Lilt are now ready to present their debut EP, Swim. Don’t miss their launch this Sunday, September 30, at Geisha Bar. Support comes from electro whizkids Carl Fox and Leure.
Hard hitters Emerald City will be headlining Black Bettys this Sunday, September 30, loaded with new tunes and all their old faves. Supports included new comers Room at The Reservoir, rock chicks The Sure Fire Midnights and Ragdoll who’ve recently returned from a whirlwind tour of the US. Entry is $12 on the door from 8pm. www.xpressmag.com.au
What were the main influences - musical or otherwise - when writing material for the record? Everyone in the band listens to a lot of different music, so when we play together the original idea for a song changes. While everyone brought different elements to the song writing we had a vague idea of what the bigger picture of the recording would be. Certain albums that capture a great mood and flow were really important to us, and we wanted to find a way to reach that with our songs. You’re launching the record later this month at the Beat Nightclub - what can punters expect? We have Celebrator, Only Hope and Foxes supporting us so there will be a lot of different music from great bands. Entry will be $15 which comes with a copy of the EP… Come down to the launch, see some live bands and take home a copy of our EP. What’s the most impressive thing you’ve ever built or re-built? We built a pretty impressive relationship with Laurie at Sumo Studios while we recorded there. We are very fond of him and his Scottish ways.
SHIMMY SHIMMY GO GO
After spending the last few months working on the up and coming second EP as well as appearing live on air as part of RTR FM’s recent Radiothon, Shimmergloom are set to dust off the amps to get the Spring party firing. Catch them on Friday, September 28, with support from Harlequin League and Starcleaner. Doors open at 8pm and entry is free.
Having taken out top honours in this year’s WA final of the National Campus Band Competition, local four-piece Bishi Bashi are heading to Adelaide next month to battle it out with the best and brightest from around the country. Good luck guys!
Following a huge month so far that’s seen them play headline shows in Sydney and Melbourne, appear at Brisbane’s BigSound conference and do a killer Like A Version set on triple j, Emperors are back in Perth and will be supporting Shihad this weekend. Catch the pair at Amplifier Bar this Friday, September 28, and at Mojos Bar this Sunday, September 30. Tickets from Heatseeker.
CHEAP AND CHEERFUL
Four bands for $5 is a bargain by anyone’s standards. Get your fix of local music radness this Saturday, September 29, at Ya Ya’s when Leafy Suburbs, Puck, Mayor Dadi and Chief Richards get your long weekend pumping from 7.30pm. 33
New Gods, October 5, Capitol & October 7, Newport Hotel
Washington, November 16 & 17, Quarry Amphitheatre
18 Prince Of Wales DANDY WARHOLS 13 Fremantle Arts Centre 19 The Bird NEKROMANTIX BEN FOLDS FIVE 20 Indi Bar 2 Rosemount Hotel 14 Fremantle Arts Centre CLARE BOWDITCH 26 Esperance Civic Centre DEFEATER / BLACKLISTED 20 Astor Theatre THE BEARDS / THE 28 Albany Entertainment 3 Amplifier SNOWDROPPERS PAUL HEATON 4 YMCA HQ Centre 15 Prince Of Wales 21 Fly By Night OH MERCY 16 Settlers Tavern SHELLAC 29 Fremantle Arts Centre 4 Settlers Tavern 17 Rosemount Hotel 25 Rosemount Hotel 30 Caves House Yallingup 5 Norfolk Basement 18 Indi Bar TINPAN ORANGE 6 The Bakery WASHINGTON 25 Bakery SETH SENTRY 16 & 17 Quarry 26 Fly By Night SOLA ROSA 4 Studio 146 Albany Amphitheatre LEB I SOL 26 Indi Bar 5 Prince Of Wales NICKELBACK / JACKSON 26 Chares Hotel 28 Clancy’s Dunsborough 6 Rosemount Hotel FIREBIRD SUZANNAH ESPIE 7 Norfolk Hotel 29 Amplifier 17 Perth Arena 26 The Velvet Lounge TIN CAN RADIO PREFUSE 73 & TEEBS LISA MITCHELL 4 Prince Of Wales 17 Bakery 26 Astor Theatre 5 Settlers Tavern THE EASTERN JEFF MARTIN 27 Prince Of Wales 6 White Star 27 Clancy’s 22 Friends Restaurant BASTARDFEST (Astriaal, 7 Indi Bar Fuck I’m Dead, Desecrator, DEEP SEA ARCADE KELLY CLARKSON / THE 23 The Rosemount and more) FRAY HIGH WOLF STEREOSONIC (Tiësto, 27 Civic Hotel 5 Challenge Stadium Avicii, Calvin Harris, ALL FRUITS RIPE (Easy Star 27 PICA Bar REVERSE GRIP All Stars, Blue King Brown, Example, Carl Cox, Major 5 Rocket Room Lazer, and more) Tomorrow People) LOREN KATE 25 Claremont Showgrounds 27 Fremantle Arts Centre JULIA STONE 5 Red Mill Store Bunbury THE LIGHTHOUSE TRIO 28 Astor Theatre JOHN WILLIAMSON 7 Kidogo Arthouse Fremantle 27 & 28 The Ellington 30 Quarry Amphitheatre THE RUBENS/ NEW GODS SMASH MOUTH THE SAINTS 27 & 28 Metropolis Fremantle 30 Fly By Nightclub STEPHEN MALKMUS 5 Capitol 6 Prince Of Wales SOMETHING FOR KATE & THE JICKS 7 Newport Hotel 27 & 28 Fly By Night 28 Rosemount Hotel TZU GREENTHIEF 5 Bar 120 27 Rocket Room 6 Amplifier JOHN WILLIAMSON 28 Prince Of Wales AARON 7 Prince Of Wales 1 Quarry Amphitheatre 29 Newport Hotel GOMEZ JUSTINE CLARKE ROCK IT (The Black Keys, GOLDBERG 6 Fly By Nightclub 1 Astor Theatre John Butler Trio, Birds Of 28 & 29 The Ellington 7 Rosemount Hotel NATURAL NEW ZEALAND Tokyo, The Panics, Lanie AWESOME 2012 (Holly Lane, Last Dinosaurs, Royal MUSIC FESTIVAL ( Throsby & more TBA) Headache, Graveyard Train, Shapeshifter, Kora, Ladi6, KATIE NOONAN & 6-19 Perth Cultural Centre Trinity Roots, David Dallas, Brothers Grim, The Toot KARIN SCHAUPP HYPERFEST (Bluejuice, Seth Toot Toots, and more) P-Money & More) 28 Winthrop Hall UWA Sentry, Grey Ghost,, and 1 Red Hill Auditorium 28 Joondalup Arena more TBA) RUSSELL BRAND HARRY JAMES ANGUS 29 Mandurah Performing 7 Midland Oval 2 Perth Arena 28 Fremantle Arts Centre Arts Centre HEDGEHOG THE KNOCKS THURSTON MOORE 7 The Astor 2 Venue TBA 30 Rosemount Hotel BENOIT PIOULARD SIMPLE MINDS / DEVO / CLAUDE HAY 7 The Bird THE CHURCH / MODELS 28 The Velvet Lounge THE AMITY AFFLICTION 4 Kings Park & Botanical 29 Fly By Night Club / THE GHOST INSIDE / Garden HOT CHELLE RAE / CHER ARCHITECTS KASEY CHAMBERS/ SHANE LLOYD 7 & 8 Metropolis Fremantle NICHOLSON 1 Astor Theatre SIX60 CANNIBAL CORPSE / 5 Albany Entertainment KARMA COUNTY 29 Metro City Centre DISENTOMB / ENTRAILS 1 Clancy’s Fish Pub 6 Civic Centre Esperance ERADICATED Fremantle 7 Goldfields Arts Centre 9 Capitol GYPSY & THE CAT HAVANA BROWN 8 Mundaring Weir Hotel STEEL PANTHER/ THE ART 2 Capitol 29 Metropolis Fremantle 11 Metro City JLO BILLY BRAGG 6 Perth Arena PAUL CAPSIS 2 Astor Theatre LAGWAGON/ THE SMITH 11 Artbar CARUS THOMPSON SHIHAD STREET BAND BIG DADDY KANE 2 Indi Bar 28 Amplifier 5 Prince Of Wales 11 Rosemount Hotel 3 Norfolk Basement 30 Mojos Bar 6 The Rosemount TIM ROGERS AT THE GATES MISSY HIGGINS 11 Clancy’s Dunsborough 3 Capitol 12 Fly By Nightclub ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT 8 Fremantle Arts Centre WAVE ROCK NICKI MINAJ / TYGA 13 The Rosemount 3 Metro City 8 Perth Arena THE DECLINE WEEKENDER THE LIVING END PRIMAL SCREAM 12 Civic Hotel (The Den) 1-7 Rosemount Hotel (Stephen Malkmus & 11 Astor Theatre MUMFORD & SONS / HARRIS The Jicks, Tim Rogers, EDWARD SHARPE & THE EMMYLOU PARKWAY DRIVE 6 Perth Concert Hall 19 Challenge Stadium MAGNETIC ZEROS / WILLY JOE LONGTHORNE / Shihad, and more) REGINA SPEKTOR MASON MELISSA MANCHESTER 29 - 30 Wave Rock 19 Belvoir Amphitheatre 12 & 13 Belvoir Amphitheatre 7 Regal Theatre Caravan Park JEFF MARTIN SOUND OF SEASONS JOSH PYKE 21 Clancy’s Dunsborough 12 Metropolis Fremantle 8 Artbar 22 Mojos Bar 13 Amplifier CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE RUSSIAN CIRCLES / 23 Indi Bar 14 YMCA HQ BAND EAGLE TWIN EVAN DANDO / JULIANA DAVE WARNER’S FROM THE 8 Fly By Night HATFIELD 30 The Bakery SUBURBS TRIPOD 22 The Rosemount 13 Charles Hotel 9 Quarry Amphitheatre COUNT BASIE ORCHESTRA REFUSED FEAR FACTORY/ 14 Perth Concert Hall 9 Metropolis Fremantle SENSORY AMUSIA/ EVERCLEAR JOHN WAITE 14 Capitol CUBAN CLUB (Cuban 9 Metro City INANIMACY DON WALKER Brothers, Yacht Club DJs, GEORGE MICHAEL 30 Capitol Russ Dewbury, Still Water 14 Fremantle Arts Centre 10 Perth Arena THIS IS NOWHERE PROGFEST (Ne Obliviscaris, Giants, Death Disco DJs & El Ginger Mojito) (Tortoise, Xiu Xiu, Grails, more TBA) JOE BONAMASSA/ The Bank Holidays, HTRK, and 1 The Flying Squadron Yacht 10 Civic Hotel Club, Dalkeith Puro Instinct, High Tea, New DAN SULTAN / LEAH CLAUDE HAY SOUTHBOUND (The War and more) FLANAGAN 1 Perth Concert Hall Flaming Lips, SBTRKT, Best 14 Somerville Auditorium 10 The Bakery Coast, Beach House, Boy & and surrounds 11 Fly By Night Bear, Coolio, The Vaccines, PARKLIFE (The KARISE EDEN MATCHBOX TWENTY Bombay Bicycle Club, First Presets, Nero, Passion 16 & 17 St Joseph’s Church 11 Perth Arena Aid Kit, Hilltop Hoods, Subiaco SWAMP THING Pit, Plan B, Rusko, Hot Chip, Maximo Park, TIGERTOWN 11 Fremantle Arts Centre Millions, Totally Enormous Tame Impala, Chiddy 18 Ya Ya’s ELTON JOHN Extinct Dinosaurs, Angus 19 Norfolk Basement 12 Perth Arena Bang, Robyn, and Stone, Ball Park Music, TODD MCKENNEY SIGUR ROS more) Cosmo Jarvis, Django 18 & 19 Astor Theatre 13 Belvoir Amphitheatre WE ALL WANT TO 1 Wellington Square SILVERSUN PICKUPS/ THE Django, The Hives, Jinjo
Tyga, December 8, Perth Arena Safari, Lisa Mitchell, Matt Corby, Sharon Van Etten, Two Door Cinema Club ) 4 & 5 Sir Stewart Bovell Park Busselton 65 DAYS OF STATIC 5 The Bakery SUMMADAYZE (M.I.A, Fedde Le Grand, Mark Ronson DJ Set, Kimbra, Booka Shade Live, Eddie Halliwell, AN21 & Max Vangeli, Carl Craig, 69 Live, Maya Jane Coles, Disclosure Live, Erol Alkan, Fake Blood, Adrian Lux, Breakbot Live, Hudson Mohawke, Araabmuzik, Icona Pop, Scuba, Aeroplane, Jesse Rose, Danny Daze, AC Slater, Stafford Brothers & Timmy Trumpet, Bombs Away & More) 6 Patersons Stadium Subiaco SANDI THOM 10 Fly By Night NIGHTWISH 20 Metropolis Fremantle ESG 20 The Bakery WEEZER 23 Perth Arena JEFF THE BROTHERHOOD 27 Mojos BIG DAY OUT (Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Killers, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Vampire Weekend, Band Of Horses, Kaskade, Animal Collective, Against Me!, 360, Foals, B.O.B, Sleigh Bells, Jeff The Brotherhood, Off!, Grinspoon, Jagwar Ma, Delta Spirit, Everytime I Die, House Vs Hurricane, Alabama Shakes, and more) 28 Claremont Showgrounds
FEBRUARY ST. JEROME’S LANEWAY FESTIVAL 2013 (Line-up TBC) 9 Venue TBC GLADYS KNIGHT/ MARCIA HINES 10 Kings Park Botanic Garden CELTIC THUNDER 16 Perth Arena DAVID HASSLEHOFF 17 Capitol ED SHEERAN/ PASSENGER 23 Challenge Stadium CLIFF RICHARDS 23 Sandalford Estate NORAH JONES 24 Riverside Theatre
MARCH SOUNDWAVE 2013 (Metallica, Linkin Park, Blink-182, A Perfect Circle, The Offspring, Paramore, Garbage, Slayer, Cypress Hill, Bullet For My Valentine, and more) 4 Claremont Showgrounds GLENN SHORROCK/ WENDY MATTHEWS/ DOUG PARKINSON 14 & 15 Quarry Amphitheatre THE CIVIL WARS 15 St Joseph’s Subiaco
SEPTEMBER ONE DIRECTION 28 & 29 Perth Arena
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RUFUS WAINWRIGHT Washington / Krystal Warren Riverside Theatre Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Gyroscope (Photo: Emma Mackenzie)
GYROSCOPE The Scotch Of Saint James / Boston & Chevy The Rosemount Hotel Saturday, September 15, 2012 It’s been a long time between drinks, gig-wise, for Perth long-runners Gyroscope, largely due to lead guitarist Zoran Trivic having broken both his legs in a motorcycle accident back in May. Finally, the drought was broken with this weekend’s benefit gig for assault victim Dana Vulin. Three-piece Boston & Chevy opened the proceedings, performing before a fairly thin assembly. They were a strange choice to kick the evening off, to be frank, their melancholy alt-country stylings at odds with the more stripped-down, back-to-basics rock‘n’roll attitude of the night. Which isn’t to say that they’re a bad band - far from it. Their work is redolent with heartache, low key, atmospheric guitar work counterpointed by Amy Page’s quavering, singular voice. It’s just that, given the nature of the headliner, we could have used a starting act that kicked things off, rather slowed things down. In a different context, though, Boston & Chevy would be fantastic. The Scotch Of Saint James, on the other hand, go together with Gyroscope like bacon and, well, more bacon. Arguably, there’s not a whole lot of difference between these boys and almost every other guitar-centric rock band of the last decade or so, except for the simple matter of quality - they’re very,
very good at what they do. “Stoner rock” is an easy, if somewhat simplistic, label - there’s more going on here, and it was exactly what the doctor ordered after the somewhat soporific opening set. But let’s face facts here: the crowd did not come for The Scotch Of Saint James, nor did they come for Boston & Chevy. They came for Gyroscope and Gyroscope alone, as evidenced by the way the Rosemount front room went from half full to packedto-the-gills in the interim between sets. Anticipation was high, and the crowd was humming with energy. Still, there was a little apprehension in there as well; would they be rusty? Would there be new material? How long can a man with broken legs play the guitar? We needn’t have worried. Straight out of the gate, Gyroscope proved that their recent sabbatical was just that - a momentary blip of inactivity. There’s a reason these guys are one of the most popular rock acts in town, and a few months of downtime doesn’t counter 15 years of hard work. After a brief bit of banter from frontman Daniel Sanders, we were into it, and the pace never flagged for a second. The band played a spread of songs from their career, from the early EPs through to Cohesion and beyond, although, to be honest there’s not a world of difference between the former and the latter. That’s no bad thing, though – Gyroscope have always been more about the refinement of an aesthetic than any major stylistic experimentation, and judging by the crowd - who sang almost every damn word throughout the set - there’s still a pretty enthusiastic audience for their particular brand of punk-flavoured rock. _TRAVIS JOHNSON
After composing for opera and other dramatic musical forms – and making time for his tribute/ recreation of Judy Garland – Rufus Wainwright’s fine new album, Out Of The Game served as the talented troubadour’s return to pop music, with Mark Ronson’s slick production touches balancing Wainwright’s more flamboyant tendencies. Wainwright’s show last Wednesday evening perfectly matched the eclectic mood of the new record, swinging from wise and wistful ruminations on love and loss to droll disco pop ditties delivered with tongue planted firmly in cheek. Indeed, the course of tonight’s performance saw Wainwright commence his journey singing the mournful Candles in rich, folky, a cappella harmony, with the only light from candles (electronic of course) at his feet. Resplendent in his all-white wedding suit – which he professed to be a remnant from his nuptials with partner Jorn Weisbrodt shortly prior to this tour - throughout the set he moved from the new (with just a few of the highlights including Out Of The Game, Barbara and Montauk, which he dedicated to 18-month-old Viva, his daughter with Lorca Cohen, Leonard’s daughter), back to the old (Cigarettes And Chocolate Milk, April Fools, but sadly no Poses) and to the ones in the middle, including The Man That Got Away from his Judy Garland show, which he re-named The Bitch That Got Away in reference to a recent feud with Garland’s heir, Liza Minnelli. Despite covering a wealth of material during his 90 minute set, Wainwright also knew when to step back out of the spotlight. Mid-way through the set he gave guitarist Teddy (son of Richard and Linda) Thompson a mini-showcase to sing songs written by his late mother, Kate McGarrigle, including a rendition of Saratoga Summer Song, which was one of the show’s most devastatingly beautiful moments. Another was a soulful version of One Man Guy – a go-to favourite by Wainwright’s father, Loudon Wainwright III – on which he and Thompson harmonised with backing vocalist Charysse Blackman to bare guitar accompaniment. Likewise, backing vocalist Krystal Warren (who also doubled as tonight’s opening act) commanded the stage with her stunning voice on a short-but-sweet cover of McGarrigle’s I Don’t Know.
Rufus Wainwright (Photo: Callum Ponton) Any sense that the evening was going to end on an overly sentimental note was quashed by a 20-minute encore which saw Wainwright’s band return to the stage decked out to the nines as mythical gods. After some awkward, though nonetheless endearing, banter the group summoned Wainwright’s alter-ego ‘Rufus Apollo’ – complete with peroxide blonde wig, gold body glitter and a dangerously short toga – who proceeded to coax willing audience members to jump on stage for a mardi gras conga line climax to the completely appropriate Gay Messiah. Hidden amongst the writhing bodies and a giant foam Panini (yes you read right) was mid-bill support act Megan Washington who had performed with gusto earlier in the evening. On any other line-up Washington’s impressive vocals, charming demeanor and often hilarious banter would have threatened to out-star the headliner, but, as it stands, she’s still got a long way to match the astonishing, agonisingly human and always amusing Rufus Wainwright. _JENNIFER PETERSON-WARD
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WEDNESDAY 26.09 BALMORAL Andrew Winton BAR 120 Felix BRASS MONKEY Sugar Blue Burlesque CLANCY’S CANNING BRIDGE Jay Grafton The Painted Bird CLANCY’S FREMANTLE Chet Leonard’s Bingotheque CLAREMONT HOTEL Open Mic Night DEVILLES PAD The Toot Toot Toots ELLINGTON JAZZ CLUB David Downer Tal Cohen Double Bill GREENWOOD Bernardine GROOVE BAR (CROWN CASINO) 5 Shots HALE ROAD TAVERN Fenton Wilde INDI BAR Sola Rosa LUCKY SHAG Howie Morgan MOJOS BAR Nathan Kayes Band The Feb 20’s Simon Marks MUSTANG Flash Nat & The Action Men PADDO Gombo Acoustic Hostile Little Face Dead Set Radio PADDY HANNANS 5 Shots ROSEMOUNT Sound The Rescue Further Earth Archer & Light ROSIE O’GRADY’S (NORTHBRIDGE) David Fyffe THE BROWN FOX
Courtney Murphy THE MOON Jess Wells Edie Green Jesse Woodward UNIVERSAL Strutt
THURSDAY 27.09 BELGIAN BEER CAFÉ Chasing Calee BRASS MONKEY Rhythm Bound Karaoke BRIGHTON Open Mic Night BROOKLANDS TAVERN Celebrations Karaoke CIVIC HOTEL (THE DEN) Das EFX & Black Sheep Defyre Slackjaw Niccy Fear DJ Jamu CLANCY’S CANNING BRIDGE Our Latin Thing CLANCY’S FREMANTLE The Eastern COMO HOTEL Courtney Murphy DEVILLES PAD Rock ‘N’ Roll Karaoke DUNSBOROUGH TAVERN Open Mic Night ELLINGTON JAZZ CLUB Emma Hamilton GROOVE BAR (CROWN CASINO) Switch HIGH WYCOMBE HOTEL Matt Milford INDI BAR Sticky Fingers KARRINYUP SHOPPING CENTRE Grant Hart LUCKY SHAG Nathan Gaunt MARKET CITY TAVERN Rachel Dillon Emily J
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Shontay Snow, Friday at Norfolk Basement Brad Wintle Nick McPherson Greys & Blues MERRIWA TAVERN Overload MOJOS BAR Northeast Party House Perry Crooked Colours MUSTANG BAR KISStake NORFOLK Mister & Sunbird Mo Wilson & The Drivers Polly Medlen OXFORD HOTEL Johnny Taylor PADDY HANNANS Proof ROSEMOUNT Hello Colour Red P Is For Pumpermickel Dead Set Radio Seer Cya ROSIE O’GRADY’S (FREMANTLE) Clayton Bolger ROSIE O’GRADY’S (NORTHBRIDGE) Neil Colliss SOVEREIGN ARMS David Fyffe SWAN LOUNGE Daisy Clover THE BIRD Sean O’Neill 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 Zander Merman Aurelia Scott Dharshini Muru Tiaryn Griggs
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7 AVENUE Free Radicals ADMIRAL Steve Hepple AMPLIFIER Shihad BAILEY BAR Mod Squad BALLYS BAR Anderson BALMORAL Mike Nayar BELMONT TAVERN The Bluebottles BENTLEY HOTEL Dove BLACK BETTYS Everlong BRASS MONKEY Adrian Wilson BROKEN HILL HOTEL Nat Ripepi CAPTAIN STIRLING Carbon Taxi CARINE Pop Candy CARLISLE HOTEL Reload CHASE BAR Chasing Calee CIVIC HOTEL (THE DEN) Got Sharks? Pyromesh Human Extinction
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Project Borc CLANCY’S CITY BEACH Our Latin Thing CLANCY’S DUNSBOROUGH Sola Rosa CLANCY’S FREMANTLE Tabas.co COMO HOTEL Trevor Jalla CORNERSTONE 5th Avenue CRAFTSMAN Nicki Rose Trio CROWN CASINO Decoy DUNSBOROUGH TAVERN Qynn EAST 150 Chris Gibbs EDZ SPORTZ BAR Sugarfield ELEPHANT & WHEELBARROW Daren Reid & The Soul City Groove ELLINGTON JAZZ CLUB Simon Jeans Trio Aaron Goldberg Triple Threat EMPIRE Electrophobia GREENWOOD Greg Carter HERDSMAN One Trick Phonies HIGH ROAD HOTEL Clayton Bolger The Damien Cripps Band HIGHWAY HOTEL The Caskades HYDE PARK HOTEL Nathan Gaunt Astro Pig Hostile Little Face Paperfly INDI BAR Vdelli INDIAN OCEAN BREW Ben Merito KALAMUNDA HOTEL Disrty Scoundrels LAKERS Slickenside Melee LANGFORD ALEHOUSE Nasty Dogz M ON THE POINT Karin Page Duo MARKET CITY TAVERN Matt Burke Luke Kordyl MOJOS BAR (ARVO) Captn K Simmo T MOJOS BAR (EVE) The Woohoo Revue Ensemble Formidable MOON & SIXPENCE Soul Corporation MUSTANG BAR Harry Deluxe Cheeky Monkeys NEWPORT Party Rockers NORFOLK BASEMENT Live Badger & The Fox Shontay Snow Tashi PADDO Simon Kelly PADDY HANNAN’S Courtney Murphy & Murphy’s Lore PARAMOUNT Flyte PEEL ALEHOUSE Acoustic License
PRINCESS ROAD TAVERN Midnight Rambler PRINCIPAL B.O.B QUARIE BAR Jack & Jill RAILWAY HOTEL Masonic Noize Breed The Itch ROCKET ROOM Enforce Nails Of Imposition Dawn Of Leviathan Memoria ROSE & CROWN Christian Thompson ROSEMOUNT Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks Split Seconds ROSIE O’GRADY’S (FREMANTLE) Spyce ROSEY O’GRADY’S (NORTHBRIDGE) Neil Colliss SAIL & ANCHOR The Bluebottles Childs Play SOUTH ST ALE HOUSE Robbie King Karaoke SPRINGS TAVERN Greg Carter Karaoke SWAN BASEMENT Young Giants Chrispy Nylon Yes Chef Phil Watts Ryan Ammon SWINGING PIG Overload Greg Carter THE ALEXANDER Julius Lutero THE BOAT The Organ Grinders THE GATE Smoking Section THE SAINT Emmanuel THE SHED Baby Piranhas Hi NRG THE VIC Jen De Ness TIGER LILS Paul Malone Adam Kelly Alex Koresis TSUNAMI SUSHI PIANO BAR The Charisma Brothers UNIVERSAL Nightmoves VELVET LOUNGE Claude Hay Junior Bowles Morgan Bain VICTORIA PARK HOTEL Ivan Ribic WOODVALE TAVERN Switch YA YA’S Harlequin League Shimmergloom Starcleaner
SATURDAY 29.09 ADMIRAL Pop candy AMPLIFIER Sola Rosa BALLYS BAR Bernardine Dove BALMORAL
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Amend, Saturday at The Den The Mojos BAILEY BAR Dr Bogus BAR 120 Flyte BELGIAN BEER CAFÉ Mike Nayar BLACK BETTY’S J Babies BRIGHTON The Rumble Subject To Change Seer Cya CROWN CASINO (PRIZE DRAW STAGE) Switch CIVIC HOTEL (THE DEN) Hardcore In The Den Amend Foul Mouth The Captain Deranged CLANCY’S CANNING BRIDGE 3’s a Crowd Funk Duo CLANCY’S CITY BEACH Russell Holmes Trio CLANCY’S FREMANTLE Dillip and the Davs & Busher Man COMO HOTEL Howie Morgan CORNERSTONE Retro ELLINGTON JAZZ CLUB Anea Duratovic Trio Aaron Goldberg Tiaryn EMPIRE James Ess FLY BY NIGHT CLUB Claude Hay GREENWOOD Cargo Beat GROOVE BAR (CROWN CASINO) Hi NRG Plastic Max & The Token Gesture HIGH ROAD HOTEL Losing Julia HYDE PARK HOTEL Meg Mac & The Squeeze INDI BAR Blue Shaddy LAKERS Carbon Taxi LANGFORD ALEHOUSE Die Hard Karaoke LEOPOLD HOTEL Steve Hepple LOBBY LOUNGE (CROWN CASINO) John & Shaun Sandosham M ON THE POINT Retriofit Rhythm 22 MERIDIAN ROOM (CROWN CASINO) Midnight Rambler MOJOS BAR Sure Fire Midnights Cal Peck & The Tramps The Raging Lincolns Three Hands One Hoof MOON & SIXPENCE Grand Theft Audio MUSTANG Milhouse Marco & The Rhythm Kings NEWPORT Kizzy Gravity NORFOLK BASEMENT Play Resident EightoEight PADDY HANNANS
Decoy PARAMOUNT Felix PEEL ALEHOUSE Overload QUARIE BAR Electrophobia ROCKET ROOM Kickstart ROSEMOUNT The Government Yard Neutral Native One Armed Scissor Mat Cammarano ROSIE O’GRADY’S (FREMANTLE) Flavor ROSIE O’GRADY’S (NORTHBRIDGE) Blue Gene SAIL & ANCHOR Better Days SEAVIEW HOTEL Open Mic Night SUBIACO HOTEL Chris Gibbs Trio SWAN BASEMENT Psychonaut Silent Knight One To Many Camel Empire Of Ants SWINGING PIG Greg Carter Rock-A-Fellas THE BOAT 11:11 THE BROOK Retriofit THE GATE Dirty Scoundrels THE SHED The Bluebottles HUGE UNIVERSAL Soul Corporation WANNEROO TAVERN Proud Mary WHALE & ALE Everlong WOODVALE TAVERN Daren Reid & The Soul City Groove YAYA’S Leafy Suburbs Puck Mayor Dadi Chief Richards
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7 AVENUE Deuce AMPLIFIER Nirvanarama Kill Teen Angst Chainsaw Hookers Mezzanine DJ Brett Rowe BALLY’S BAR Greg Carter BALMORAL Chasing Calee BLACK BETTYS Emerald City Room At The Reservoir The Sure Fire Midnights Ragdoll BRIGHTON Mooditj Bros BROKEN HILL HOTEL Matt Milford BROOKLANDS TAVERN Greg Carter CAPITOL Fear Factory CAPTAIN STIRLING Christian Parkinson CARINE Wesley Goodlet
Friday Friday Travis Caudle Emerald City, Travis Caudle Fly ByNight Night Sunday atFly Black Bettys By Jamboree Scouts CIVIC HOTEL Che Fu Chad Chambers Box Party Ronmak CLANCY’S DUNSBOROUGH Special Brew CLANCY’S FREMANTLE The Zydecats CLAREMONT HOTEL Sunday Driver COMO HOTEL Adrian Wilson ELEPHANT & WHEELBARROW Daren Reid & The Soul City Groove ELLINGTON JAZZ CLUB Masina Miller Empire EMPIRE CB3 FLY TRAP Stage Fright Open Mic GEISHA BAR Lilt Carl Fox Leure HIGH ROAD HOTEL Nat Ripepi HIGH WYCOMBE HOTEL The Organ Grinders INDI BAR The Feb 20’s Simon Kelly The Big Bamboo INDIAN OCEAN BREW CO Retriofit KALAMUNDA HOTEL Jack & Jill KARRINYUP SHOPPING CENTRE Stuart McKay Michael Battersby LAKERS TAVERN Jamie Powers LANGFORD ALE HOUSE Guy Tucker LAST DROP John Unit M ON THE POINT A Bit On The Side MOJOS BAR (ARVO) Shiny Joe Ryan Bloke In Coats MOJOS BAR (EVE) Shihad Emperors MUSTANG BAR Peter Busher & The Lone Rangers Easy Tigers NEWPORT Tim Nelson Custom Royal OCEAN VIEW TAVERN Two Plus One PADDY HANNAN’S Flyte PADDY MAGUIRES Brett Hardwick PEEL ALE HOUSE Ricky Green PIG & WHISTLE Sugarfield PINK DUCK LOUNGE BAR Kevin Conway QUARIE BAR Gotham City QUEENS TAVERN Big Al & The Deacons RAILWAY HOTEL St Jude’s Hostel SaySky Parker Avenue AbandonEarth
Simon Kelly, Sunday at Indi Bar
Reilly Craig ROSEY O’GRADY’S (NORTHBRIDGE) Neil Colliss Bill Chidgzey SAIL & ANCHOR Mike Nayar SOUTH ST ALE HOUSE Ryan Dillon SOVEREIGN ARMS Ivan Ribic SPRINGS TAVERN Sophie Jane STIRLING ARMS Dove SWAN BASEMENT Atacama Giants Tempest Rising Nightmare Effect Idle Eyes Amadeum Let the Evil Go East SWINGING PIG Matt Angel Simon Kelly THE GATE Better Days THE SAINT Howie Morgan Trio UNIVERSAL Retriofit VICTORIA PARK HOTEL Damien Cripps WANNEROO TAVERN Eddie McMellow WOODVALE TAVERN Good Karma X-WRAY CAFÉ The Charisma Brothers YAYA’S Calectasia The Midnight Mules Limpin’ Dave Foley & The Straight Legged Freaks The Crooked Cats
MONDAY 01.10 BRASS MONKEY Nathan Gaunt CIVIC HOTEL (THE DEN) MC Lars 10 Past 6 FAIM
GROOVE BAR (CROWN CASINO) Pop Candy INDIAN OCEAN BREW Jack & Jill MOJOS BAR Wide Open Mic Night MUSTANG BAR Marco & The Alley Cats PERTH CONCERT HALL Joe Bonamassa Claude Hay THE DEEN Plastic Max & The Token Gesture YA YA’S Open Mic Night
TUESDAY 02.10 ELLINGTON JAZZ CLUB Catherine Summers LUCKY SHAG Christian Thompson MERRIWA TAVERN Celebrations Karaoke MOJOS BAR Dreamtree Nu Jazz Ensemble Koby Ensemble Formidable PADDO Simon Kelly PRINCE OF WALES Open Mic Night ROSEMOUNT Nekromantix Chainsaw Hookers Blazin’ Entrails SETTLERS TAVERN Open Mic Night THE BROOK Greg Carter Karaoke TWO ROCKS TAVERN Jump For Joy Karaoke YAYA’S Cram Family One Man Jam Mr . F Yarhkob Wa$abi Pea$
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JOJO MAYER PERFECT BALANCE PEDAL CLINIC
Highly acclaimed Swiss drummer Jojo Mayer is heading our way for the exclusive Jojo Mayer Perfect BalancePedal drum clinic! Known for bringing together jazz, drum’n’ bass, jungle, and other influences, Mayer is also famous for his “reverse engineering” technique which involves playing the rhythms of programmed jungle drum‘n’bass music on acoustic drums. Don’t miss your chance to see Jojo’s mastery of the instrument up close and in person on Tuesday, October 23, at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. Tickets are only $19.95 from Kosmic Osborne Park (08 9204 7577) and Kosmic Cannington (08 9258 4236). This is an all-ages event. Email Sam on firstname.lastname@example.org to book your spot!
KOSMIC SOUND V-DRUM EXPO
In conjunction with Roland, the fine folks from Kosmic will be offering free drum lessons at Carousel shopping centre from Tuesday, October 2, ‘til Friday, October 5, from 9am. With an emphasis on fun, up to 10 people can learn at the same time - making the free drum lessons perfect for fathers and sons or mothers and daughters. The entire range of Roland drums kits will be set-up and ready for you to see, hear, touch and play them for yourself, and there will be special prices on all Roland Drum Kits used at the Expo. Plus there will be performances and demonstrations on Roland electronic percussion and Roland Percussion product specialists will be on hand to answer your most pressing questions. 38
The Roland V Drums Australasian Championship is now on with the chance to win a brand-spanking new Roland TD-30KV Electronic Kit. All you have to do to enter is upload a live performance drum solo to YouTube (five minutes or less) using any Roland V-Drum Kit before Wednesday, October 31. If you’re in Perth, head on down to Kosmic’s Osborne Park store on Thursday, October 4, and they’ll organise your entry for you. You can use the new model Roland V-Drum kits in-store and they’ll film your performance and then provide it to you on a USB so you can upload your entry to YouTube. It’s really that simple – and it’s free! To book, simply contact email@example.com with your e-mail, name and phone number. This event only runs from 5am9pm and places are limited so book now to avoid disappointment.
WHAMMY PITCH-SHIFT GTR PEDAL W/MIDI
The DigiTech Whammy Pitch-Shifting guitar effects pedal is the premier pitch-shifting pedal for any guitarist’s board, and it only gets better with time. The recently released fifth generation model which features the classic Whammy sound that guitarists have embraced for over 20 years, and moves to the next level by introducing chordal Whammy pitchshifting, additional Whammy intervals, and true bypass. The Whammy-V is currently distributed in Australia through CMI Music & Audio. Click on over to cmi.com.au/digitech-dealers to find your closest dealer.
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