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X-Press – First on the street, Wednesdays



X-Press – First on the street, Wednesdays

JONESING ON NEW YEAR’S DAY Scooters 4 Hooters, the Pink Cadillac awaits...


Do you own a scooter (under 500cc and automatic geared – no clutch) and want to raise community awareness for breast cancer? Then you’d better get on board with Scooters 4 Hooters, a charity ride that aims to raise money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation [] and raise awareness. The ride begins at 3pm in Russell Square, Northbridge, into Aberdeen Street, along Beaufort Street, Walcott, Vincent Street, down Thomas Street and around Kings Park, back along William Street and Roe Street to Russell Square. Entry Fee is $25 per scooter. Once accredited, each entrant has their name entered into a trade draw to win one of two scooters and loads of other prizes. For a further gold coin donation you get a hot dog and bottle of water. The procession will be lead by a pink ‘59 Cadillac, with pick-up vehicles and first aid support following behind. For more details, head to Scooters 4 Hooters is proudly sponsored by X-Press Magazine.

Shake off the past year and shake your hips along to the sweet sounds of the New Year’s Day Concert 2013 on Tuesday, January 1, on the lawn at the Fremantle Arts Centre. In its fifth annual installment the concert brings us the electrifying soul of Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, surf sounds from Madrid’s Los Coronas, as well as local acts Sunshine Brothers, Cosmo Gets and DJ Paul Gamblin. Tickets are available at

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Fremantle darlings San Cisco will be sharing their breezy sunset sound at Arena Joondalup for Rock-It on Sunday, October 28, ahead of the release of their self-titled debut album on Friday, November 23. Be sure to get along and see the indie pop four-piece before they head off on their national tour, playing Homebake and Falls Festival among solo shows with guests The Preatures, before returning home to play Southbound in the new year. Get your Rock-It tickets at It is, as ever, all happening.

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Bluegrass aficionados sit up and take notice. Mandolin maestro Mike Compton will be leading a bluegrass journey on Sunday, October 28, at the State Theatre of Western Australia titled In Constant Sorrow. Supported by Melbourne folk duo Ruth Hazleton and Kate Burke and an ensemble cast of WA’s best bluegrass musicians, Compton’s pedigree is imperious having started playing the mandolin at 15 and winning countless awards including a Grammy for his work on the Cohen Brothers’ O Brother Where Art Thou. Tickets can be purchased from


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Off the back of four platinum plaques, two APRA awards and 500,000 singles sold, Potbelleez are heading back to the clubs on a national DJ tour whilst their brains tick on new songs for an upcoming album due in 2013. Catch them on Friday, November 30, at the Prince of Wales, Bunbury, and on Saturday, December 1, at Metropolis Fremantle, as part of the club’s mega 20th anniversary celebrations. Tickets available now from Oztix and Moshtix.


Hot on the heels of the release of their critically acclaimed new album Lonerism - which debuted this week in the UK album chart at #14 and received at 9.0 rating in the US from Pitchfork Perth psychedelic wunderkinds Tame Impala have announced a national headline tour. The boys will wrap it all up in front of a hometown crowd at the Fremantle Arts Centre on Saturday, December 15, with fellow Perth buddies The Growl. Tickets are on sale now through Heatseeker. For something really heartwarming check out ‘PS22 Chorus “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards” Tame Impala’ on YouTube. So much goodness.

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It’s going to sound beautiful. With a new album, I Awake, soon to emerge, Australian chanteuse Sarah Blasko is set to embark on an orchestral tour of Australia. In Perth she will join with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, February 23, at Kings Park & Botanic Garden. Tickets for Sarah Blasko with WASO go on sale on Friday, October 26, (the same day that I Awake is released) from, 136 100, or WASO 9326 0000.

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Those making the annual southern pilgrimage are in for a treat as Southbound has announced more stellar acts to join its already joyous line-up. Mexican guitar heroes Rodrigo Y Gabriela are the only new international guests announced, but locals Loon Lake, Oh Mercy, San Cisco and The Jungle Giants are also sure to put on stellar performances. These acts join the likes of Two Door Cinema Club, Beach House, Hot Chip and loads more, setting up the perfect opening weekend of 2013 with the festival running on Friday, January 4, and Saturday, January 5. Tickets are available through Moshtix or from

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Cover: Arrested Development play Metro City on Saturday, November 3

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Lawrence Leung, Perth International Comedy Festival


After a massive festival this year, the Perth International Comedy Festival is coming back atcha in 2013 to tickle your funny bone with a host of international, national and local guests. The first announcement is out today, and we’re already laughin’: Jim Jeffries, Lawrence Leung, Lawrence Mooney, Gordon Southern, Tommy Dean, Joel Creasey, and Asher Treleaven head up the line-up, and there are over 40 more acts still to be announced. The festival will run again from Wednesday, May 1, ‘til Sunday, May 19, with a Gala Launch Party held on Friday, March 22. The tickets are on sale 9am Wednesday, October 24 through Show Ticketing. 5

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Five friends go for a break at a remote cabin in the woods where they get more than they bargained for. Together, they must discover the truth behind the cabin in the woods. We have three copies of this newly released DVD up for grabs; enter now for your chance to win.


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To celebrate Tim Burton’s new black and white, stop-motion, 3D animation Disney’s Frankenweenie, in cinemas from Thursday, October 25, win one of five treat bags worth over $170 including the film soundtrack Frankenweenie Unleashed featuring Mark Foster, Passion Pit and more. For your chance to win, simply email in with “Happy Halloweenie!” in the subject line.


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Ball Park Music have released their second album Museum exactly 13 months after the release of their debut Happiness And Surrounding Suburbs. The Brisbane five-piece achieved two songs in the Triple J Hottest 100 this year and last year they were voted Unearthed Artist Of The Year. We have five copies of their new album up for grabs. Get in now for your chance to snag one.



Prepare yourself for psychedelic audio mayhem with Greenthief this October. The Brisbane boys are trekking around Western Australia with shows at the Rocket Room on Friday, October 26; the Prince Of Wales on Saturday, October 27; before finishing up at the Newport Hotel on Sunday, October 28. Enter now to win tickets to one of the three shows and don’t forget to specify your preferred night.


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9213 2888 Sydney based Declan Kelly and the Rising Sun are set to spread their soul infused reggae beats with the people of West Australia. We are giving you the chance to win a double pass to their Mojos show on Wednesday, October 24. Enter now for your chance to win.

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Pop Culture Classics continue at Hoyts Carousel with a special screening of Edward Scissorhands starring Johnny Depp on Friday, October 26. Get in now to win a double pass!

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I rang Belvoir Amphitheatre on Friday to find out what public transport options were available for the Mumford & Sons gigs for the weekend and the woman who answered wasn’t even aware that Mumford & Sons were even playing (let alone knew who they were) and said she didn’t know anything about public transport to and from the venue and that I needed to ring Transperth. Excuse me!? Surely your venue would know what the hell is going on! Ridiculous! Even going on Belvoir’s website is joke. They need to sort their shit out. You might be a good venue Belvoir but get some good PR people, it’s embarrassing.

In a violent, futuristic city where the police have the authority to act as judge, jury and executioner, a cop teams with a trainee to take down a gang that deals the reality-altering drug; Slo-Mo. Want to win tickets to this film? Enter now as we have five doubles up for grabs.


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Belvoir Amphitheatre is totally under-utilised. Have you been there? It’s insane! I went to see Mumford & Sons on Friday night and it was probably one of the best shows I’ve ever seen. They were so tight and the whole the crowd was jumping and jiving right from the get go. It may have drizzled a little but that didn’t dull spirits. Main man Mumford has an astounding voice and it was so brilliant to see him and the crew in action amongst the beautiful scenery out in the open air. Please, can someone make more Belvoir gigs happen, they are truly brilliant!

Tinpan Orange


Tinpan Orange are bringing their beautiful roots music on a national tour to celebrate the release of their new album Over The Sun. We are giving you the chance to win a double pass to either their shows at The Bakery on Thursday, October 25, or at The Fly By Night on Friday, October 26. Enter now for your chance to win and don’t forget to state your preferred venue.

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Rooftop Movies are returning to Northbridge for an extended Perth summer season. The six months worth of programs will be released one month at a time but expect a lot more old-school film favourites, cinephile classics, cult and art house movies and B-grade schmaltz every night of the week. We have double passes up for grabs so get your entries in now to be in the running to win.


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X-Press – First on the street, Wednesdays

The Paper Kites

Fuck... I’m Dead, Bastardfest


Nick Alexander


The year was 1988, the club was Boko’s in Subiaco and Nick Alexander was freshly arrived in Perth from the UK to spread his brand of ‘black’ music. The initial reaction from club owners was ‘if you think you are going to play that music in this town, you might as well head to the airport and get back on the plan right now!’ Some 25 years on, it was only fitting that last Friday Nick Alexander’s farewell Lick Party was held in the same venue (now Flawless), with a packed house of old school RnB and soul lovers to farewell Perth’s Godfather of R&B. With so many contributions to the scene from clubs to radio to groundbreaking mix CDs, Nick Alexander will be sorely missed when he departs for the US at the end of the month. Thanks for the memories, Nick.

Alright you bastards, this one’s for you. Bastardfest takes place at the Civic Hotel on Saturday, October 27, from 2pm. It’s a twostage, 18-band bastard bill starring Astriaal, Fuck... I’m Dead, Alarum, Desecrator, Sensory Amusia, Psychonaut, Enforce, Chainsaw Hookers, Empires Laid Waste, Advent Sorrow, Paradise In Exile, Death Fucking @#*!, Mhorgl, Animistic, Death Dependant, Cold Fate, Emerald City and Silent Knight. Tickets from 78s, For full details hit Do it, you bastards!


After the success of their first compilation album, Total Hits and Menu Magazine will be releasing its second compilation album featuring WA artists seeking to be heard in cafes and restaurants. The CDs will be distributed to cafes, restaurants, booking agents, record labels and artists around WA. Acts involved will receive 50 copies of the compilation CD for personal use; be profiled in the next issue of Menu Magazine; featured on and Interested local artists should call (08) 9430 6007 or e-mail for full details.

Richard Hawley


British singer-songwriter Richard Hawley will be touring Australia for the first time in January of next year, bringing his brand of rumbling ‘50s throwback nostalgia. Renowned for his cheeky, raucous live shows, Hawley has been a regular on the British music scene for well over 20 years, playing with and supporting the likes of Pulp and The Arctic Monkeys, not to mention releasing a number of hugely successful records and earning a slew of award nominations. The crooner is only performing three shows in Australia, so count your lucky stars and get your tickets quick-smart for Hawley’s only WA show at The Astor on Thursday, January 31. Tickets through Show Ticketing.



Thursday nights just not doing it for you? Take your chances and make bold advances to the Leederville Loungeroom, where your host, the irrepressible Tomas Ford showcases the best of Perth’s live music and open mic performers. Think of a variety night with pizza and beer. Guesting this Thursday, October 18, are Astro Lix, Neutral Native and Hello Colour Red, Thursday’s children one and all.



There’s a couple delectable one-off tour appearances happening at Ya Ya’s in coming weeks. First cab off the rank is this Sunday, October 21, when Sydney’s TigerTown celebrate the release of their sophomore EP, Before The Morning, supported by Bishi Bashi and Warning Birds. On November 4, Jordie Lane pops by on his national single tour, for his new tune, Fool For Love, (available now on iTunes). It’s a special solo appearance for Perth. Don’t forget Ya Ya’s Jammin’ Band Comp, heat #3 is this Sunday, October 21.


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Grammy winner Tim Garland and Barclaycard/ Mercury-nominated pianist Gwilym Simcock are two of the most outstanding composers of our time in both jazz and classical genres and are regarded as among the very best in the world on their respective instruments. Along with Asaf Sirkis playing a custom built percussion set of frame drums, bass Udu, Hang drum and more they come together as Lighthouse. Catch them at Ellington Jazz Club on Saturday, October 27, and Sunday, October 28. Bookings are essential

Melbourne indie-folk quintet The Paper Kites have just released their second EP, Young North, and are heading West for a couple of shows to wow us with their indie wiles. CHLOE PAPAS has a chat to guitarist/ singer Christina Lacy ahead of their gigs on Friday, October 19 at Mojos and Saturday, October 20 at Amplifier. When X-Press calls Christina Lacy, she is parked outside of somebody’s house on top of a hill. “They probably look outside and say ‘Who’s that crazy girl’,” she laughs, explaining that there is no reception in her house. The Paper Kites are currently having some downtime at home prior to their upcoming national tour. The group formed a few years ago as a casual acoustic hobby for Lacy and co-singer/songwriter Sam Bentley, then evolved into a band after the duo realised they were getting some attention and “needed to make it a bit more legit.” Receiving significant attention from the independent airwaves, supporting big name bands like Boy & Bear, and

Get ready for some cool grooves as Bar Orient hosts The Reggae Club’s Tribute To Peter Tosh on Friday, October 19. Tosh was a core member of The Wailers alongside Bob Marley and Bunny Wailer, as well as a prominent activist for equal rights, abolishing nuclear war and, surprisingly, legalising marijuana. DJs will be playing a selection of Tosh’s choicest cuts along to a projection of Stepping Razor-Red X, the movie about his life. Entry is free and doors open at 7pm.


Her local fans will be tickled pink to hear that pop superstar P!nk has added two extra shows to her already massive The Truth About Love tour in 2103. She’ll now play Perth Arena on Friday, June 28, and Saturday, June 29, in addition to the already announced shows on Tuesday, June 25, and Wednesday, June 26. Tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster and Live Nation.

garnering a crazy amount of Facebook ‘likes’ and YouTube hits are only a few of the things that the quintet have to brag about just after the release of their new EP, Young North. This EP is the second for the band, but the first that they’ve worked with a producer on – and the producer they managed to snag was the awardwinning Wayne Connolly (whose new Knievel LP is reviewed on page 13). “We were a bit nervous before we met Wayne. We were sort of worried about having someone else involved in the creative process – it was a bit scary. But it ended up being so great to work with Wayne, and he’s such a great producer. He was just another creative mind to give us ideas and he really worked with us on pulling some really great guitar and drum sounds, and things that we hadn’t worked on too much in the studio before,” Lacy explains. The newest single from the EP, A Maker of My Time, has received much attention interwebs-wide due to not only the song itself, but the stunningly evocative film clip that accompanies it. Lacy breaks down the premise behind the song. “It’s about - like the title says - being the maker of my time, it’s about being responsible for your life. And we’re all in control of what we do with our lives, and that we have to be responsible for that and live with the consequences of the good and bad choices that we make.”


Be aware that you are cordially invited to Sir Thomas’ grand launch of their debut album, Lantern Slides, next Friday, October 26, at The Bakery. Quality support comes from Beside Lights, Lilt and special guest Vive. Tickets are available now from Stop by for more pertinent information.


Beats-maker Evil Eddie has been flying under the radar for the past year or so, holed up in his studio recording new album Welcome To Flavour Country, which will be released later this month. To celebrate the new record, Evil Eddie will be heading off on a massive national tour. including his three shows in WA – at Amplifier on Thursday, December 13, C5 in Freo on Friday, December 14, or in Bunbury at the Prince of Wales on Saturday, December 15.

Suicidal Tendencies

It seems to be a year for punk, and the awesome just keeps on coming – a massive tour has just been announced and we’ve got the deets right here. Legendary punk outfit Suicidal Tendencies will be joined by the equally lauded Unwritten Law, and both will be supported by none other than those insane Finnish pranksters The Dudesons. This tour will undoubtedly cause mayhem and devastation nationwide, with more rad riffs than you could ever dream of, backed up by some crazy thrills and spills from The Dudesons. Strap yourself in and check it all out at Metros Freo on Wednesday, December 19, with tickets through Oztix and Heatseeker now.



The Blackeyed Susans make their annual return to Perth for two very special Christmas shows on Friday, December 7, at the Rosemount Hotel and Saturday, December 8, at Mojos. Special guests for both nights are Jill Birt with Alsy MacDonald (The Triffids) and The Morning Night. Tickets on sale now from, 78 Records, Planet Video, Mills Records and Star Surf outlets.


US pop-rockers Gin Blossoms are heading to our shores for their first ever Australian tour. The Arizona-based quintet have been on the scene since the late ‘80s, revered by critics for their most successful single to date, Hey Jealousy, and selling out shows around the U.S. Five albums, a much-deserved extended break, and a number of line-up changes later, Gin Blossoms are ready to bring their ‘perfect pop’ to us, with only four shows across the country. Don’t miss out on seeing these legendary rockers in action – check them out next year on Sunday, February 10 at Capitol. Tickets through Oztix and Heatseeker.


X-Press Magazine was saddened to learn of the passing of Tony Gurgone, the week before last, of a heart attack. While better known in recent years as the man behind the Doll House, Tony ran Planet Nightclub in the mind-tolate ‘90s, presiding over a unique room that wholeheartedly supported local bands and saw many of the era’s best national and international acts grace its stage. He may have been a hard man to get to know, but once you did, he was a real sweetheart. Sincere condolences to all family and friends. _ BOB GORDON

Fly In Fly Out By Andy Quilty


With the increasing prevalence of fly-in fly-out workers in Western Australia, a new culture has been created of financially valued blue collar workers. Perth artist Andy Quilty believes that many hold an elitist sentiment towards FIFO workers, and that the term ‘cashed up bogans’ is thrown around far too loosely. His new exhibition, using his trademark combination of ballpoint pen, aerosol and auto enamel paint, will provide an honest account of FIFO, free of arrogance or judgment. FIFO will run at Linton And Kay Galleries in the city, from Friday, November 9, until Thursday, November 22.

The Graveyard Train


Melbourne based horror-country band Graveyard Train have had a hell of a year – receiving heaps of nationwide love for their new record Hollow, taking over the airwaves on Triple J, and selling out shows all over the joint. Now, the bearded lot are heading back West for the second time, and are gearing up to terrify you all with their foot-stomping musical madness. They’re bringing partners in crime Brothers Grim and Blue Murders along for the menagerie, and playing a massive four shows, including a set at Rock-It on Sunday, October 28. Catch their headline shows at the Indi Bar on Monday, October 29, at Mojos on Tuesday, October 30, and Devilles Pad on Wednesday, October 31. Tickets on sale now through Oztix. 9


Martha Wainwright’s new album, Come Home To Mama, is out now, with an Australian tour looking promising in early 2013. While personal loss lies at the heart of Come Home To Mama, the long-awaited new collection from the ever admirable Martha Wainwright, it is predominantly a superb celebration of life and love. With the premature birth of her son, Arcangelo, in 2009 and the death of her mother – the celebrated Canadian folk singer, Kate McGarrigle – from cancer just two months later, Wainwright’s recent years have been crowded with personal obligation. Channeling these experiences into Come Home To Mama, there is no doubt this collection exposes feelings that cut deep. But, in their tremulous, spirited delivery and their layered structures – at once sparse and intricate – they also inspire a sense of hope for the future and ultimately serve as a hard-hitting reminder of the strength of the human spirit.

So Come To Mama is obviously a very personal record for you, but was the writing process very different for this record given the changes in your personal life? My role in life, as a person, has changed since I made the last record. As such, the subject matter is different – it’s about loss, the difficulties of keeping a marriage together, and of wanting to be a good mother. It’s angry in a way that’s very similar to my first album [2005’s Martha Wainwright].

Sonically would you say people can expect something similar to your first album? The tone and the singing style are more similar in format and style to the way I perform live, actually. With this record I really tried to emulate the energy of one of my live shows. I’ve found that hard to capture on record [in the past]. There’s also more keyboard and bass on this record. I really wanted to steer away from any kind of By JENNIFER PETERSON-WARD Americana sound. I really wanted it to be a little weirder and more esoteric. Though that really was [producer] You’re about to release your first new music in Yuka Honda’s doing – she added a lot into where it went more than four years, how are you feeling at musically. this point? I thought you just said this was my ‘first What was it like working with Yuka? album in 40 years’ (laughs). Really great. I’ve always wanted to work with women. People say women don’t work well together Does it ever feel it’s been that long? but it couldn’t have gone any better. I’m really excited Not quite, although it’s certainly been a about this record; I think it came out really great. long time coming in many ways. I’ve been working on it for a while and I knew, of course, that I Why did you opt to have her produce Come Home To eventually wanted to release another record. It’s just Mama as opposed to your husband [Brad Albetta] that a lot had happened – I had a baby, my mother who produced your first two records? died; these things take energy and time. Neither of us wanted to work together – I think we both knew that we would have killed each Did this change in your personal life have much other if we’d sat down to make another [record] of an affect during the writing process for Come together. We’ve already done two together. We worked Home To Mama? together, but now we have a child together and we Oh absolutely. I always write, for the most have a home together and we went through my part, in a pretty autobiographical way and working mother’s death together – he loved her very much – on this new record was no different. It’s just my style and the nature of our relationship has just changed. of writing and I’ll stick with it until it bites me in the ass. I mean, it’s kinda nipping me in the ass at the Did you find it easier or harder to go through the process without him by your side? moment but it’s not full-on biting me yet. I never really thought about it like that. You’ve never felt reluctant to put all your own When I was making this record I wanted to have a really emotions and personal flaws out there on display private experience – to lock myself in a room and make for the general public to devour? music. Although the fact that I’m releasing them out into Well, I think if I read my own press I’d the world contradicts that in some ways. be embarrassed (laughs). Generally speaking, I like to write subversive lyrics rather than being wishy- So where does the title Come Home To Mama come washy about a subject. into play? In a way, I almost think it shows my own It comes from a line in Proserpina, which is lack of creativity – if I were more creative I’d be the most important song on the record. It was the last able to make up things to sing about rather than song [Wainwright’s mother] Kate ever wrote and in that just writing another song about myself and my way I see it as her gift to the world and also her last gift emotions. to me. She’s singing ‘come home to mama’ as she nears

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“I always write, for the most part, in a pretty autobiographical way and working on this new record was no different. It’s just my style of writing and I’ll stick with it until it bites me in the ass. I mean, it’s kinda nipping me in the ass at the moment but it’s not full-on biting me yet.”

You’ve said in interviews before that you often feel you’ve lived your life “in Rufus’ shadow”… Always – in the sense that I am always watching Rufus. He’s my mentor in many ways. I denied it for a long time, but I realise it now. I watch him, I follow him, I imitate him, I try to work as he does. I think he’s really paved the way for the way I perform.

Given the fact that Rufus’ April-released album Out Of The Game has been received so well by critics and fans alike, have you felt any pressure releasing your album this year? I think this last record of his has really triumphed. When I have someone to look up to who is as successful as he is it’s really good for me because it really pushes me. Do you have any concrete ideas about what you’d like to achieve with Come To Mama? I trust and I believe in the power of the end of her life. It was something she handed to poetry and the importance of following your me, this wonderful gem of a song. Actually she gave own heart. I believe in the power of feeling closer it to both Rufus and I – we both own the song. to other human beings by talking about those You never toyed with the idea of recording the universal things everyone can identify with. Then again, maybe I’m just attention seeking. song together as a duet? Although we’ve worked together in the past, we don’t really collaborate. And I think I When can we expect to hear your new songs felt more of a connection because it’s a ‘mother/ in a live setting? At the moment there are plans to be daughter’ song. I never asked Rufus’ permission, I just recorded it. Of course, I asked him before I put there in your fall. I’m really hoping to be able to it on the record, but he was fine with it. make it down there around March.


Divine Fits don’t like to be thought of as a supergroup. They don’t appreciate the novelty of the term and are adamant that as a band they are an ongoing concern and will not be treading the path of also-rans who have dabbled in part-time side projects. Ahead of their set at the 2013 St Jerome’s Laneway Festival on Saturday, February 9, CHRIS HAVERCROFT speaks to Britt Daniel, the mastermind behind Divine Fits, about their acclaimed debut. When Britt Daniel was taking some time out from indie rock success story Spoon, he approached Dan Boeckner [Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs] to see if he was keen to start a band. Boekner moved from Montreal and stayed in Daniel’s house in Los Angeles as they wrote and recorded an album over a four-to-fivemonth period. It was a different approach to how they had both worked in their previous projects. “It was a little bit faster than a Spoon record,” says Daniel of the process for A Thing Called Divine Fits. “Definitely the writing went a lot faster and then the recording went a little bit faster too. I had never worked with a producer that I didn’t know before and that was the case with Nick Launay [Grinderman, Arcade Fire]. The biggest difference in this band is that I am not writing all the songs and I am not singing all of the songs so there is different roles to play and I really dig that.” From the very beginning Divine Fits was a very collaborative effort. There are some songs that were written together and some that started out as jams with everybody playing and Daniel would put vocals on top of them. There were also a couple that Daniel or Boeckner had written on their own and would take to the other members of the band for tweaking. This is a totally different process to the one that Daniel has been used to 10

in Spoon where he is the sole songwriter. “I will take it any way I can get it, because songs are hard to come by,” he says. “People often tell me that I am prolific, but I don’t think that I’m that prolific. I am prolific in that I have been doing it a long time, but I don’t think that I am all that fast, unless I get lucky. Sometimes I get lucky. Some people are happy with writing shit, but I never have been.” As well as the 10 original tunes on A Thing Called Divine Fits, the trio do a version of Boys Next Door tunes Shivers that thankfully wipes away the tragic memory of the Screaming Jets butchering the tune in the ‘90s. Daniel says that the song came to his attention when a good friend from Sydney played it to him for the first time on his last visit in Australia. “I didn’t even know about Boys Next Door, I thought that Nick Cave’s first band was The Birthday Party. I just totally missed it. I had never heard the band and never heard the song before and it just blew me away. The lyrics especially and the fact that it was written by a 16 year-old was kind of hard to believe. It sat there in the back of my mind for a while and when we started this band I thought that we could give it a shot.” The third member of Divine Fits, Sam Brown, has played drums with New Bomb Turks and was known to Daniel as he was recording some demos last year. When the time came for

Divine Fits Daniel to meet with Boeckner, he brought Brown along and the band was formed. The only thing left to do was to come up with a name for this brand new trio. “We basically had a bunch of band names and we were trying to decide which one it should be and it was a hard call as it is something that you have to live with for a while,” Daniel recalls.

“I had this idea that I would make a bunch of phoney record covers and put all of the potential band names on each cover and that is the one that we liked the best. We were having so much trouble figuring it out I thought that it might help to be able to picture it on a record cover.” X-Press – First on the street, Wednesdays


ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT 20 Years In The Life Of... After two decades of ups and downs, Atlanta hip hop group Arrested Development are heading our way to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their classic debut album, 3 Years, 5 Months & 2 Days in the Life Of... at Metro City on Saturday, November 3. JOSHUA HAYES speaks with Todd Thomas, aka Speech. “To be honest, we weren’t even sure if we’d make it 20 years,” says Todd Thomas. “And the fact that we did, we were excited. I think what we’re really encouraged about is how much it means to the fans that we’ve stuck to our guns, as far as the style of music that we do, over these last 20 years.” Arrested Development’s style of music – raps laced with positive messages, beats incorporating bluesy live instrumentation – was the antithesis of the gangsta rap dominating hip hop in 1992. It placed Arrested Development amongst the vanguard of alternative voices emerging in hip hop, including the Native Tongues collective on the East Coast and The Pharcyde and the Hieroglyphics crew out West. 3 Years, 5 Months & 2 Days In The Life Of... was certified four times platinum in the States, spawned the hit singles People Everyday, Tennessee and Mr. Wendal, and earned the group two Grammy Awards. Unfortunately they failed to capitalise on this momentum with their follow up, 1994’s Zingalamaduni, receiving a mixed response with the group breaking up soon after. They reunited a few years later and continued to tour and release albums for a smaller but dedicated fan base – including many

Australians, making Arrested Development regular visitors to our shores. Their latest effort, Standing At The Crossroads – recently released as a free download on their website – was largely recorded while touring Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and Bali. Thomas says that recording in this corner of the world, as opposed to the US, had a strong effect on the album. “There’s a certain musical aesthetic that you don’t get when you’re in the States, and so it allowed us to open up a little bit more,” he says, citing tracks like the Fela Kuti-sampling Soul Sister and the Ravi Shankar-sampling Raga In Coolangatta. “It just had a totally different energy to what we would have done if we did the same record in America. We really just went different places that I think we normally would not have went, because we were on the road.” It also comes after a few turbulent years for the group. Their ‘spiritual elder’, Baba Oje, suffered a stroke and had to stop touring, while singer and dancer Eshe left the group to return to school. Thomas says the 80-yearold Baba is recovering with his family but is unlikely to return to the stage, where he had earned the distinction of oldest man in hip hop. Despite the changes, Thomas says the group’s line-up is now set for the busy year of touring they’re engaged in. Thomas is joined onstage by vocalists One Love, Tasha Larae and Farina, drummer Smoke, guitarist JJ Boogie and Ze on bass. Their 20th anniversary shows promise to be standouts – even for fans who have caught one of their many gigs in Australia over the years. “This show is going to be very unique; we’re really going to celebrate a lot of the classics, and we’re sort of bringing people back to how it was in the ‘90s, and paying a huge tribute to the golden era of hip hop,” Thomas says. “We’re going to do stuff that we’ve released all throughout our career, but

Arrested Development this show to me feels more like a party than any of our other shows that we’ve done before.” And the 20th anniversary shows they’ve performed to date have helped reassure Thomas of Arrested Development’s place in hip hop history. “I feel more clearly about [our legacy now] than I have ever before, because there’s been times when I wasn’t sure of our impact,” he says. “For the 20th year anniversary, the crowds have been really surprising us with clarity about what we mean to them, what the music has meant to them over the years.” In addition to the group’s impact on its fans, they also helped put the US’s South on the map, more than a decade before the region would go on to dominate hip hop. “I think that we opened doors for groups like Goodie Mob or OutKast,” Thomas notes. “I think that being from this side of the world, I think, really helped a lot

BIRDS OF TOKYO Fighting Fire With Fire

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Despite having album number four waiting in the wings, Bird Of Tokyo have dropped a new EP, This Fire, and will be debuting the new tunes live on Sunday, October 28, during Rock-It at Arena Joondalup. Ahead of the festival, guitarist Adam Spark explains to JENNIFER PETERSON-WARD how defying expectations has helped the much-loved rockers set the bar even higher for themselves. “We’re going to win over some people and we’re going to lose some people,” begins Birds Of Tokyo guitarist, Adam Spark – it’s an apt statement given the fact that his outfit are readying themselves to shed the sound which helped them traverse indiedom into the major label leagues. Discarding the formula which bought them commercial success, the band has utilised the ashes of former album incarnations whilst simultaneously venturing away from the anthemic song structures which made their name. “We were actively staying away from our comfort zones but funnily enough it ended up being our most organic and natural process to date,” Spark says. Recorded during the same sessions that produced their upcoming as-yet-untitled fourth album, Spark says the four tunes on This Fire are “closer to the work we’ve done so far,” than those on their upcoming LP but still signify a change for the band. “ The tracks on the EP are the ones which didn’t have a place on the album – when competing against the other 11 or 12 tracks on the album these ones missed out, but we still thought they were great songs,” he says. While fans can get a first taste of the band’s new sound at Rock-It, Spark says punters should expect a “pretty singles12

heavy set” littered with a couple of new songs. “Unless you’re a band like Radiohead, it’s not ever going to be your show. We’d love to play deeper cuts but people at festivals just don’t have the attention span for it. At a festival it’s just about trying to keep the vibe up, and the best way to do that is to play the songs that people love,” he explains. “We’re planning on putting on a pretty colourful show. We’re feeling really invigorated and having been away for so long we’re itching to play.” As Spark attests, it’s taken the careful modification of the older cuts to fit comfortably and cohesively with their new tunes. “We’ve had to retro-fit some of the older stuff to make it sound fresh,” he explains. “The older songs feel a bit ‘teenager’ and a bit scrappy to us now. We’re at a place now where we’re feeling bigger, cooler and better than ever.” While Spark admits he is more than aware of their new material may alienate some listeners, if his palpable enthusiasm for his band’s new direction is even slightly reflected by their fans then they’ve likely got nothing to worry about. “We’ve found ourselves in a pretty humbled place – we’ve realised we’re pretty fucking lucky to be where we are right now,” he concludes. “I feel like we’ve got a lot to fight for.”

BLACKMILK Tune In, Psych Out

Three years in the making, Blackmilk are about to release one of the most anticipated local releases of 2012 in debut album, In Lak’ech. JENNIFER PETERSON-WARD chats to the band ahead of their launch this Friday, October 19, at the Rosemount Hotel with support from Diger Rokwell, Rachael Dease and The Love Junkies. Having gathered plenty of plaudits for their 2009 released EP, Light Body, local five-piece Blackmilk are set to continue with the release of their highly-anticipated debut full-length LP, which weaves the boundaries of hip hop, miscellaneous electronica and psychedelic rock. “I guess the idea was creating a really lush, textured record... but it really grew as time went on and shaped itself,” explains guitarist Tim Sherry. “I’ve been listening to a lot of instrumental hip hop/electronica, artists like Four Tet, Boards Of Canada, etc. I love the way the music can really

of other group get recognised by major labels.” Standing At The Crossroads is a fitting title for the group’s latest effort; Thomas says that they are only concentrating on their current tour and haven’t been recording new material or thinking about what comes after their 20 year anniversary celebrations. “We’re not even focused on next year, much less the years ahead. At this point the only thing, at least, that I’m focused on is this anniversary and making sure that this is everything it should be,” Thomas says. “We don’t know what’s going to happen next year, I mean, we’re just not sure, and so I’m just liking that fact. “I’m liking the fact that I’m not planning ahead, we’re just sorta living in the moment and the moment is 20 years in the game.” move you even if there is no lyrical content; I guess that had an influence on the overall production and stuff. I kinda wanted the whole record to have a flow of opening up into some intense vortex then sucking back down to simplicity.” “Flying Lotus, Hudson Mohawke and Squarepusher are some of my faves,” adds vocalist/ guitarist, James Sherry. “Bob Marley has always been and always will be a massive influence on me, personally. I can relate to his general disdain towards consumerism and the establishment.” Although Tim partially attributes the three years between releases to “plenty of sitting around philosophising and generally being larrikins,” the quintet’s decision to record the album themselves in their North Perth home also prolonged the process. “I mean it’s great being able to selfproduce an album but I guess you can also take a lot longer to get things finished,” he explains. “We had said a few times that it would be out way sooner than now, but I’m really glad we didn’t rush the release. Looking back, a lot my favourite parts of the album happened in the last few months; getting friends to come over to our studio and add some outside treats. We had our friend Rachael Aquilina add violin on a couple of songs and our friend Aden from The Flower Drums and Weeks to add some electronic flourishes, all very nice.” When recording for the 12-track release finally wrapped up, James reveals the decision to title the album In Lak’ech came easily. “I came across it while reading a book and wrote it down ‘cause I thought it sounded cool,” he explains. “It also had a meaning that resonated with me as well as fitting with the general theme of the lyrics on the album. It’s pronounced ‘In Lakesh’ and it’s an old Mayan greeting which essentially means ‘I am another version of you’.” Having gleefully experimented the conventions of the rock genre on In Lak’ech, Tim attests the band have been working on live incarnations of their new songs which are set to astound and confound punters at their hometown album launch and during an East Coast tour, planned for 2013. “ L i ve, o u r s h o w s h ave a l o t o f atmosphere. We seem to change a lot in a live setting, feeding off energy on stage. So each show seems to be different from the last, which for us at least keeps things fresh and interesting. On this album we’ve branched into new ways of writing, using loops and more electronica elements, loads of layered vocal harmonies too. “We’re pretty darn excited about the launch. It’s the first time were incorporating some electronics into the set, its going to be a party of cosmically explosive heights.” X-Press – First on the street, Wednesdays




Green Day have journeyed through a number of musical stages throughout their 25 year career – from dirty stoner punks to political activists and everything in between. This year sees the release of their ninth full-length, !Uno! , the first in a trilogy of releases. Firstly, this record is an obvious nod to early Green Day work (Dookie, Nimrod) with fairly basic non-politicised subject matter, a whole lotta ‘fucks’, and simple musicianship. There’s nothing terribly offensive about !Uno!, but it feels stale - as if Armstrong and co. knew they had to shake things up after the fairly averagely received 21st Century Breakdown. The riffs are recycled, the production is far too smooth for a ‘punk’ record, and it gets a little tedious – which is probably not a good sign for the forthcoming follow up records. There are no overly memorable songs, though, bar the utter shit that is Kill The DJ, each track is accessible and at least vaguely likeable – check out Let Yourself Go and Loss Of Control. Call it cynicism or nostalgia, but what it comes down to is that records like Dookie and Insomniac were relatable. They were angsty, dirty, raw and in no way musically sound – but they were jam-packed with young-person anthems. !Uno! seems like an awkward attempt by a bunch of middle-aged rich men to relive their glory days, when really they should’ve stuck with the political rock. Give this one a listen, but don’t expect to get hooked.

Showcasing Natasha Khan’s most accomplished songwriting to date, The Haunted Man continues Bat For Lashes’ journey away from the mainstream success that beckoned following her breakthrough, Fur & Gold. Released earlier in the year, Laura sounded like a unique single, but as it turns out, it was anything but a one-off: the album is packed with similarly beautiful stuff. Opener, Lillies, soars gloriously away from a shadowy string motif, while Oh Yeah rests on gloriously heavy belching synths and grandiose strings and minor-key melodies collide with off-beat rhythms and gurgling atmospherics, to convey an epic sadness on the title track. One can’t help but think The Haunted Man represents the kind of beautiful, dark journey Lana Del Ray attempted to undertake on Born To Die. The difference is, the quality of The Haunted Man is high throughout, which is presumably what you get if you assemble a crack team of collaborators, including Beck (who appears on Marilyn) Portishead’s Adrian Utley (who guests on Horses Of The Sun), PJ Harvey collaborator Rob Ellis and Justin Parker, the man who, funnily enough, co-penned Lana Del Ray’s Video Games. An album of lonely beauty and piercing sorrow, The Haunted Man is Bat For Lashes at the peak of her considerable powers, a brave and brilliant refocusing of her energies which could almost be heralded as a rebirth and should be celebrated as such.


KNIEVEL Emerald City

MUSE The 2nd Law


Warner Music

Wayne Connolly has been such an in-demand producer over the past decade that he has rarely had time to pull out his own project, Knievel. The songs for their fifth album, Emerald City, were initially worked on in 2010 with Connolly putting lyrics and finishing touches on the tunes in the following 18 months. Ten years between outings hasn’t changed Knievel dramatically, with guitar interplay, tight harmonies and an appreciation for an understated hook still being their weapons of choice. Through The Rainbow Park is what you are likely to get if you were to place Art Of Fighting and Fleetwood Mac in a blender with simple production and Connolly’s effortless pop voice. Th e re i s t h e u s u a l w a r m - h e a r te d melancholy evident, particularly on This Is The Time, the tale of a couple in trouble where Lara Meyerattken (Ben Lee) makes a stunning appearance. Knievel sing songs of the big smoke on Emerald City with late night tale of New Light and lazy melody of The Time I Found My Feet acting as a poster boy for cerebral pop. For all of Connolly’s obvious skill behind a production desk, it is a crying shame that he doesn’t get step out behind a microphone often enough. Like the man they are named after, Knievel have come back from the dead with Emerald City and are better than ever.

Let’s start by getting one thing straight – The 2nd Law does indeed have all the things that Muse haters hate: complex, busy instrumentals, OTT vocals and, yes, it’s still heavily indebted to Queen, but love ‘em or hate ‘em, this new collection of tunes is a bounteous testament to the vitality and curiosity that has made Muse a quintessential band on the rock scene for close to two decades. Despite frontman Matt Bellamy announcing the band’s sixth album would be a “Christian gangstarap jazz odyssey, with some ambient rebellious dubstep and face-melting metal flamenco cowboy psychedelia,” apart from the dubby Unsustainable, the music on The 2nd Law is very familiar. Bellamy’s guitar is sonic, sweeping, and rings out as it always has, Dominic Howard’s drums powerful and thunderous, Chris Wolstenholme’s bass precise and exacting. The band explores giant, spaced out prog-rock blues riffs on the layered and diverse Follow Me and those ‘ol familiar Muse keyboards ring out on Panic Station. Yet it is The 2nd Law’s simplest and catchiest track, Madness, which contains some of the band’s most deceptively sculpted playing – and some of Bellamy’s most poignant lyrics: ‘I need to know is this real love? / Or is it just madness / Keeping us afloat’. It’s tunes like this which serve to prove that the more time one spends with a Muse album, the richer and more nuanced it becomes. Haters are always gonna hate, but that’s not going to stop Muse from doing what they do.




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Do you ever find yourself visiting Baskin Robbins, with all those flavours to choose from, and leaving with vanilla? If so, Reptile Youth’s self-titled debut may just be the album for you. This album is so safe, condom makers are considering putting a copy in their boxes to cut production costs and save rubber trees the world over. This collection of mid-tempo ditties will undoubtedly garner the Copenhagen duo major airplay and a throng of pre-pubescent fans but it lacks the saccharin sweet hooks and melodies that propel acts like Foster The People and Yeasayer to the chart peaks to make it worth any repeat listens. What we’re dealing with is a buzz band too late to the feeding trough. Single Speeddance is the sort of track Grafton Primary would leave on the cutting room floor, Dead End sounds like a B-side from The Music in the early noughties and A Flash In The Forest is so boring the pair of clapping hands on the end of the track is a bit generous. On Beatles-lite track It’s Easy To Lose Yourself we’re given the repeated lyric, ‘I want a girl who squirts’. How edgy. After a while it all feels like one homogenous beat, retreading the same path track after track, going absolutely nowhere and saying exactly nothing. That said, the album does have some redeeming features. It’ll remind you to revisit bands like The Rapture or Cut Copy, and the whole ordeal is over in 37 minutes.

When you see the words Calexico and Algiers in the same sentence you could be excused for thinking that you have just opened the page of an atlas, but in this case Algiers (named after the town it was recorded in) is the name of the current studio album from Tex-Mex wonders Calexico. After having spent the past few years recording soundtracks, the band with the passion for latino sounds moved to the heartland of New Orleans for their latest set of tunes for public consumption. With New Orleans being known historically as a soulful place that has a touch of creepiness associated with the edge of the town, it is the perfect place for a band who evoke emotions like Calexico to make a record. Joey Burns’ breathy vocals have always suited the dusty tunes that Calexico peddle and Fortune Teller builds on the accessibility that has been creeping into their latest albums. Sinner In The Sea is the most potent tune here and is evidence of how compelling they can be when drawing on their mariachi roots. Calexico has a signature sound and Algiers certainly subscribes to this, but it is not as rough and rugged and earlier efforts. There is a sinister undercurrent to much of Algiers that could have been blood chilling with a heavier hand, for better or for worse.





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STORIESOFME The new documentary, Paul Kelly - Stories of Me, plays at The Astor theatre on Saturday, October 27, with Paul Kelly and director, Ian Darling, in attendance. Flick over to page 16 to read an interview with Kelly. Documentary filmmaker Ian Darling has been an admirer of Paul Kelly’s music for about as long as he can remember. “I guess I’ve been a fan for over 30 years,” he reflects. “I grew up in Melbourne in the ‘70s, and in the early ‘80s started seeing this guy, Paul Kelly And The Dots, appearing on the pub scene. So I’ve been listening to his music for a long time, but never, ever thought about making a film about him.” The impetus for the film project took place, unexpectedly, during a European sojourn. “I was on a train in Italy of all places, with (executive producer) David Leser and we both discovered that we were listening to Paul Kelly on our iPods. For the next two to three hours we got into this fun yet heated discussion about the best Paul Kelly songs. And we thought, well, if we’re having this kind of conversation on the other side of the world, trying to do something as crazy as listing the merits of the best songs, then maybe there’s a potential documentary in it.” The resulting film is a fascinating portrait of one of Australia’s true musical icons. Constructed mostly from interviews with Kelly’s colleagues, collaborators, family, and friends, it’s both intimate and wide-ranging, recounting the sweep of Kelly’s career while weaving through more personal anecdotes and themes. Indeed, given that Kelly himself is notoriously protective of his private life, it’s somewhat remarkable that the film ever got made - something that Darling is very aware of. “We decided that the best way in was to write a really detailed proposal about what the film was going to be about,” Darling says. “And what our intentions were, and why he should say yes - knowing that, over the years, he’s always said no. Then we sent it to his manager and sat anxiously by the phone.” To Darling’s surprise and elation, Kelly said yes - a turn of events that the director puts down to the timing of their request. “We approached him when he was completing his autobiography, How To Make Gravy, and that had put him in a state of mind where he was prepared to reveal a little bit more about himself.” Even so, there were limits, which resulted in the film shifting from a fly-on-the-wall style to a more interview-based format. “He was incredibly giving,” Darling says of Kelly. “And didn’t put restrictions on us, but it became obvious early on in the process that Paul wasn’t the kind of subject who was keen on having cameras hanging around him for days on end, exploring the intimate elements of his life. I’m traditionally an observational filmmaker, but it was clear it wasn’t going to be an observational film. I always like to star t a project with a clean canvas, and not have any preconceived ideas. With the observational nature not there, we had to determine the style of the film.” _TRAVIS JOHNSON


Indeed, Kelly’s role in the production other than being the object of the exercise - was limited to approving the final sound mix of the live music sequences. “They got me up before the final cut with all the sound,” he explains. “They wanted to make sure I was happy with all the sound and stuff. They used concert footage and rehearsal footage and all sorts of stuff. I wasn’t totally hands off; I came up and saw it and sort of signed off on the sound. That first time seeing it, I just kind of sat there and squirmed in the seat the whole time! But once it had been shown in public, I’d already seen it, so I’d been through it. It is an awkward experience; there’s no way around it. You just sort of get through it, really. I was probably more worried about the book coming out than the doco.”

“I think it’s great that you can hear a song, or someone tells you about a song, you can go and listen to it, you can stream it, and if you like it, maybe buy it online.”

Paul Kelly in Stories Of Me

PAUL KELLY Stories Of Him

In addition to appearing at the screening of the new documentary, Paul Kelly - Stories of Me, at The Astor Theatre on Saturday, October 27, Paul Kelly will open up to Grammy Award-winner Lucky Oceans in an intimate performance of music and conversation as part of Sonic Sessions at the Fremantle Arts Centre on Friday, October 26. Iconic Australian performer Paul Kelly has a reputation for being a fairly guarded individual, but it’s a reputation that is now inaccurate. Following decades of keeping his private life, well, private, the acclaimed songwriter has opened up to the world, not only releasing his memoir, How To Make Gravy, in 2010, but also allowing documentarian, Ian Darling, to make a film about Kelly’s life, Paul


Kelly - Stories Of Me. According to Kelly, the later wouldn’t have happened without the former. “The memoir really sort of paved to way to it,” Kelly says of the film. “Ian Darling and his team approached me around the time the book came out, and they were keen to take a little bit of their cues from the book. So, maybe I’d been softened up a bit by writing the book, which was personal, as a memoir needs to be. So I was probably more amenable to the idea. ‘You want to do a doco? Fine, go ahead. It’s your movie, it’s not mine.’ “Once I said yes to it, it was a matter of just letting it roll. They followed me around for a year and a half, filming different things, and they talked to a lot of people, and in the end, it’s their movie. I don’t see it as mine; it’s something someone else made. It’s something I was part of, and something I participated in, but it’s sort of behind me now.”

Kelly is much more effusive about the upcoming release of his new album, Spring And Fall - the first collection of new material he’s produced since 2007’s Stolen Apples. Given Kelly’s normally prolific output, a five year gap is notable, but there is an explanation. “There was the book again,” he says. “The book took me two and a half years to write, and while I was writing the book, I didn’t write a song. I didn’t know that was going to happen, but it did - it was like flicking a switch. And the book was a daily labour, once I set myself to it. I did some tours in between, but pretty much every time I wasn’t performing, I was working nine to five on the book. Normally, if I hadn’t written a song for a few years, I’d be pretty antsy about it; I always like to feel the songs are coming. But I guess it’s just another form I’ve writing; it was like, ‘Okay, once I finish doing this, I’ll get back to songs.’ “So I finished the book, I handed it in, went through a fair bit of the editing process. Then, when the book came out, I did a fair few shows related to the book. With my nephew, Dan Kelly, we did a fair few shows with the same structure of the book, and that went on for a year and a half or so. I suddenly looked up, and it’d been four or five yours

since I’d made a record. But once all that had done its thing, I was back on the songs again. That’s the reason why it’s taken five years.” Kelly also admits that getting back in the song writing saddle wasn’t a painless experience. “I felt sort of rusty. It’s like anything; you’ve got to do it. It’s like any activity; if you stop doing it for a while, you forget how to do it, or at least you feel a bit rusty. It takes a while to get to the point where you’ve got five or six songs that could be the nucleus of a record. You get to that point, and it gives you a little chain reaction, and you write the rest of the songs to fit. So, I guess with Spring and Fall, it started slowly, getting those first few songs,” he says. Of course, Kelly didn’t get his rep as one of Australia’s best songwriters by treading water, and so the new album isn’t just a collection of leftovers and offcuts - which, frankly, would have been forgivable - but rather a unified piece. “I decided to try and make Spring And Fall a song cycle, as well,” he explains. “Once I had that in my head, things just started to fall that way. It’s not that dissimilar to how I make records anyway, because I try to get a group of songs together that talk to each other, and try to make the record have coherence, I guess, or a unity. That’s always my intention, when making records, but with Spring And Fall, I definitely did decide to push it further, and write the songs, and then put them in order, so that they would tell, if the listener listens to it in order, they would hear or feel a story. The song cycle idea’s been around for a long time in classical music as well. It’s just taking it a bit further; it’s not musical theatre, or a musical, but I wanted each song to have a link to the next song. That became more conscious as we went along.” But the question must be asked, is there still a place for the concept album in the age of iTunes, with the single having taking primacy over the LP? “I think there is, definitely.” Kelly says emphatically. “Many of us listen to music now song by song- I do! I think it’s great that you can hear a song, or someone tells you about a song, you can go and listen to it, you can stream it, and if you like it, maybe buy it online. Now, if I buy an album, it’s got to be all killer, no filler. I think the very fact that there is this more grazing way of listening to music, if you can make an album that gives a different experience if you listen to it all the way through in the right order, you will get something more out of it than just listening to a collection of 10 songs.” _TRAVIS JOHNSON

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Bradley Cooper and Zoe Saldana star in The Words


Directed by Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal Starring Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Irons, Zoe Saldana, Dennis Quaid, Olivia Wilde The story behind The Words makes you want to like it more. Childhood friends Brian Klugman, Lee Sternthal, and Bradley Cooper struggled for years to get the project mounted, and it was only Cooper’s post-Hangover success that enabled the trio to get their dream film up and running. It’s a triumphagainst-the-odds story, and who doesn’t like those? The problem is that the film itself can’t triumph over its own innate pretentiousness. Literary heavyweight Clay Hammond [Dennis Quaid] stages a reading from his new novel, The Words, for the New York literati. In the book, struggling writer Rory Jansen [Bradley Cooper] discovers an old manuscript that is far better than anything he has ever written - indeed, anything he ever could write. At the urging of his wife, Dora [Zoe Saldana], who thinks he wrote the thing, he publishes the story to enormous critical and commercial success. Things start to come unstuck, though, when an old man [Jeremy Irons] approaches Jansen, claiming to be the true author of the book, and tells him about the actual events that inspired the story. As can be seen, the film is lumbered with an overly complex nested-box structure, and it’s easy to imagine that there are meant to be some

parallels between each layer of narrative, but what few connections that exist are either thin or hamfisted. Poor dialogue and unclear motivations make it difficult enough to empathise with the characters, and that difficulty is compounded by the fact that the majority of these characters are fictional, not just in actuality, but in the context of the film. We spend the bulk of the running time dealing with the Rory Jansen storyline, and it doesn’t really matter that he may be a fictionalised avatar of the troubled Clay Hammond he is both a) a smarmy git (they need to stop casting Cooper as neophyte writers) and b) not real. It also doesn’t help matters that the ‘masterwork’ at the centre of the story comes across as Hallmark Network historical romance tosh. The film gets some good mileage out of Irons’ character berating Jansen for appropriating his pain for financial gain - and there’s a great moment when he derides Jansen’s chosen title, The Window Tears, as meaningless - but, in the end, nothing that happens in the book comes across as emotionally true. It’s a young man’s approximation of an old man’s pain, nothing more. And that’s the biggest problem the film has - for all its nattering on about emotional truth, it’s a shallow and manipulative exercise in cheap sentiment. There are some nice performances here and there - Irons is good value, as always, and Quaid really does deserve a better career than the one he’s got - but they can’t elevate this material beyond the banal. The Words is a smug, soporific effort that’s too caught up in its own sense of self worth to actually do anything of value. _TRAVIS JOHNSON

Shia LaBeouf and Mia Wasikowska star in Lawless


Moonshine Meander Directed by John Hillcoat Starring Shi LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Jason Clarke, Guy Pearce, Jessica Chastain, Gary Oldman, Mia Wasikowska A filmic collaboration between director John Hillcoat and musical icon-turned-writer Nick Cave is something to be anticipated - cast your mind back to the gruelling prison drama Ghosts... Of The Civil Dead, or the excellent Aussie Western, The Proposition. With that in mind, it’s possible that Lawless’s failure to match the quality and audacity of those earlier works isn’t its fault - like Shia LaBouef’s character, it’s living in the shadow of its much more formidable elder brothers. Drawing on The Wettest County In The World, the factual novel by Matt Bondurant - which is in turn based on the exploits of Bondurant’s grandfather - the film details a prohibition-era clash of wills between the bootlegging Bondurant brothers - stoic Forrest [Tom Hardy], amiable savage Howard [Jason Clarke], and young and ambitious Jack [Shia LaBouef] - and the corrupt forces of law and order, personified by the sadistic Special Deputy Rakes [Guy Pearce]. Over the course of their conflict, much blood is spilled, much moonshine is rocketed down backwoods roads in souped-up old jalopies, and much is made of abstract notions of honour, loyalty, and family - albeit to little effect. So, all the ingredients are there for fine and furious time, including solid supporting turns from

Jessica Chastain as a former Chicago goodtime girl, Mia Wasikowska as the preacher’s daughter that Jack has gone sweet on, and Gary Oldman as the big-shot gangster the Bondurants do business with. Sadly, all these elements don’t add up to much and Lawless trudges more than it glides. A major problem is the pacing; Hillcoat spends so long introducing his characters and setting up his scenario that we’re halfway through the film before the main plot kicks off. Even then, the film moves sluggishly; Hillcoat is in love with his location and his impressive period production design, so much that it harms the film, rendering it largely inert. Worse, Lawless doesn’t seem to be actually about anything. Though lip service is paid to values like familial loyalty, it never pays off in the actual narrative. The thematic depth that lifted The Proposition above the ordinary is absent here; as far as the film is concerned, this is just some stuff that happened to some brothers back in the day, and screenwriter Cave’s usual ruminations on morality, mortality, and God are much missed. There’s still much to admire, though. Hillcoat’s eye is as good as ever, and his propensity for staging horrifying yet fascinating acts of violence remains undiminished. The performances are uniformly excellent, with Pearce’s controlled, deliberately off-kilter and instantly iconic turn as the mannered, malevolent Rakes being a standout. Yet there’s a hollowness at the core of the proceedings that prevents Lawless from being anything more than a midweight curiosity, interesting but forgettable. _ TRAVIS JOHNSON



Strange Times

The Boy From Perth

Let’s Go, Magic Weirdos opens at Paper Mountain at 267 William Street in Northbridge on Thursday, October 25, from 6-9pm, and runs ‘til Sunday, October 28. Intent on curating a group exhibition where every artwork on display is as compelling as the next, Perth artist Sean Morris will showcase a selection of original works by artists from near and far flung places later this month with Let’s Go, Magic Weirdos, his first curatorial outing. Set to be staged at Paper Mountain, the exhibition will unite a dynamic group of creative and occasionally subversive thinkers, including a few characters Morris had the pleasure of meeting during some recent overseas adventures. “There’s something I can’t even really define about all of these artists, where their work just gets under my skin, makes me pay attention,” Morris explains of his selection process for Let’s Go, Magic Weirdos. “I’ve been to so many group exhibitions where maybe a couple of pieces will give me that feeling, and then my eyes will just gloss over the rest. I wanted to put on a show where every single piece was brilliant and strange enough to arrest people and make them feel something, the sort of show you keep thinking about long after you leave.” An accomplished artist in his own right, Morris spent much of the last 12 months travelling for his own practice, encountering a plethora of weird and wonderful artists and inspiring exhibitions along the way. “I had a solo show in London late last year then spent some time in Europe, and spent the middle part of this year in the USA. I had a group show in Los Angeles, then one in New York, did some painting in Manhattan, and met a lot of awesome art folks, including a few people who are in this show. It’s my favourite way to experience new places - doing creative junk and being surrounded by like-minded people. I’m doing a show over in Madrid early next year, so that should be a lot of fun as well. “I hatched the idea [for Let’s Go, Magic Weirdos] in Perth and started planning the show earlier in the year. I had what I thought was the full list before I was away, then when I was in the States I met a handful of amazing artists like Eric McHenry, John Malta and Sheryo, who were too awesome not to ask to be in the show.” Boasting work by 24 artists - with pieces

TODD MCKENNEY Go behind the scenes of The Boy From Oz with Todd McKenney in Songs And Stories Of Peter Allen this Thursday, October 18, and Friday, October 19, at the Astor Theatre. Tickets are available now through BOCS, Show Ticketing or from the venue.

An Illustration from The Professor And The Paperboy By John Malta priced between $50-$1500 (the majority of which are between $200-$300) - Let’s Go, Magic Weirdos promises to be an arresting affair with a few offbeat surprises thrown in for good measure. “I’m pretty excited about everyone’s work, but equally as excited to see the reactions of people who come down to the show... there’s some really amazing art in there. I guess the brat in me is most excited to witness the horrified reactions to James Unsworth’s amazing but unbelievably NSFW Ninja Turtle porn drawings.” _EMMA BERGMEIER

Having only recently visited Perth as part of the Annie The Musical revival tour, local audiences won’t have to wait long to witness Todd McKenney in all his glory once again as he returns to the West coast with his new national stage show, Songs And Stories Of Peter Allen, which is debuting at the Astor Theatre this week. McKenney’s life has intertwined with Peter Allen’s since he starred as the showman in the original The Boy From Oz 14 years ago.While McKenney may have sung more than enough of Allen’s songs in his time, he says his new show is different to his previous ventures. “I wanted to do all the Peter Allen hits but I also wanted to make it fresh for me, so I just went back and started again,” McKenney says. “Peter has been such a massive influence on my life... but I wondered what influenced him, which is also how this show came about.” After finding out all sorts of stories about Allen’s life, McKenney knew he was onto a good thing. “He was a great gossip as well as a great songwriter so I incorporated a lot of goss and a lot of jokes,” he says. McKenney will also recollect the time the pair met at a barbeque in Sydney. “I remember a lot about that, about how funny he was and how he liked to hold court,” McKenney says. The show will have an intimate feel through these personal mementos, and McKenney will examine his own life as a performer. “One of the reasons I’m putting it on is that I’m not hiding behind the character. I think it’s important in a one-man show for audiences to feel like they’ve met the performer - I want people to think I’m performing for them in their lounge rooms,” he says. McKenney is already in lounge rooms across the country in his role as a judge on TV show Dancing With The Stars. McKenney says he could never have predicted the way his life has changed since adopting a public persona. “You lose your anonymity and discovering what that’s actually like is actually a lot different to how you imagine it to be! I think it’s both good and bad,” McKenney says. McKenney is offering youngsters a chance to share in the limelight during Songs And Stories, where a competition winner will join him onstage. McKenney says watching the theatre through children’s eyes was

Todd McKenney one of the main joys of Annie for him, although he admits the young cast wasn’t interested in asking him for advice. “They asked for a lot of photographs and autographs and lollies,” McKenney laughs. McKenney will be onstage again early next year when he performs as Pluto in Jonathan Biggins’ operetta Orpheus In The Underworld. McKenney admits he was surprised to land the role but thrilled to accept it. “Why did they ask me?” he says.“I thought opera would be something I’d never do in a million years.” For now, McKenney is venturing back to the past - revisiting Peter Allen and where his stage obsession began in Perth. “It’s great to be back home,” he concludes.“Perth really is such a beautiful place.” _CORAL HUCKSTEP

Heath Franklin as Mark “Chopper” Read

HEATH FRANKLIN The Chopping List

Aussie comedian Heath Franklin - aka Chopper - brings his new show, The (S)Hitlist, to UWA’s Octagon Theatre on Friday, October 26th. There are a handful of comedians who will always be somewhat overshadowed by their most famous comic persona. Bill Cosby and Fat Albert. Garry McDonald and Norman Gunston. Barry Humphries and Dame Edna.To that list, we can add Heath Franklin and Chopper, his extended riff on Australia’s favourite career criminal turned multimedia celebrity, Mark “Chopper” Read. Since first coming to public notice on The Ronnie Johns Half Hour, Franklin’s Chopper has become a cult hit, the subject of both critical plaudits and popular acclaim. “I think part of it is Australia’s obsession with criminals and lovable scumbags,” Franklin says of the character’s appeal.“And I think part of it is that strange combination of trying to make him quite likable and appealing and charismatic, and then just being a total bastard. Apart from that, I don’t know. I used to have a theory that it was the amount Chopper swears, and his slightly blue collar honesty. I used to work on construction sites and things like that, and that’s how people spoke. I always thought it a bit odd that no one spoke like that on television. It’s like there were two sets of rules, where people out on their day to day life were saying f- this and f- that, using it almost as punctuation, and then you turn the TV on, and we 18

all have to pretend that word doesn’t exist.” The new stage show, The (S)Hitlist, sees Chopper dealing with encroaching middle age, and coming to the realisation that his scattershot approach to amiable violence is perhaps not the best way to go about things. “It’s about Chopper’s rage,” Franklin explains. “His near-endless rage at the things surrounding him as he graduates to being a totally grumpy old man, and it’s about getting organised and not letting opportunities for revenge slip through your fingers. Making sure that, if something really irks you and really gets under your skin, you don’t just let it slide past and accidentally forgive it through neglect. Revenge is always at the top of the list for Chopper, but this time he’s organised; this time, he’s getting all Oskar Schindler about it and making sure he doesn’t miss anything.” Franklin chalks up the character’s enduring appeal to the flexibility with which he can be deployed; for what could have been a one-note parody, the topics that Franklin can tackle through Chopper are almost limitless. “There’s no doubt that there is stuff that doesn’t fit into the realms of what Chopper would talk about,” he says.“But at the same time, I’ve made the character as broad as possible. You discover pretty quickly that the Neville Bartos references and things like that, as far as people want to hear them, they’re not new and surprising any more. Those wells run dry, and you’ve got to move on to new ones. It’s about coming at things from a different angle.” _TRAVIS JOHNSON X-Press – First on the street, Wednesdays



Cinema Paradiso Thursday, October 11, 2012

Chilli Couture Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Film fans flocked to Cinema Paradiso last Thursday night to celebrate the opening of the Lavazza Italian Film Festival. There was even an after-party following the movie with the Perth Jazz Society and DJ Seventh Son entertaining the crowd. It was a grand evening had by all! The Lavazza Italian Film Festival runs until Wednesday, October 24, with screenings at Cinema Paradiso and Luna on SX.

Angie, Sisca, Cyrena

Christina, Debra

More than 50 of Perth’s leading beauty and style fashionistas celebrated the launch of Style Your Hair at Chilli Couture last Tuesday night. Style Your Hair is a phone App featuring over 60 high-quality professionally produced hair-styling demonstrations that users can perform at home. There was champagne and canapÊs and cupcakes had by all! Photos by Matt Jelonek

Photos by Matt Jelonek

Nathaniel, Pamela

James, Sonya

Alan, Adriano

Rachel, Emmanuelle

Danielle, Lara

Stephen, Kristie

Wayne, Brigit

Annette, Laura

Nina, Ivan

Katie, Erica

Lauren, Natali

Jameson, Andrew, Leah

Charles, Amy

Adelle, Julie Di, Andrew

David, Daniella

Rachel, Alex



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SEXY GIRLFRIENDS Stasia Irons has two song titles tattooed on her arms. On one arm is a South African, anti-apartheid anthem Senzenina, which Irons first heard while studying in Cape Town. On the other is Michael Jackson’s 1982 hit-single Thriller. The music which Irons makes in THEESatisfaction with her bandmate and lover, Cat Harris-White, is born of a similar counterpoint; one part revolutionary message of black, feminist and homosexual empowerment; one part feel-good dance groove.“I took a course in white, I had the force to bite,” intones Irons on Enchantruss.“I ate the Meklah fruit; I fell in love with the blues.” HENRY ANDERSON gets the lowdown. “Social change has always been a part of [music],” claims Irons.“It echoes all the way back. Even in the days of slavery, the slaves would be out in the field making music”. “To kind of guide you along the way,” chimes in Harris-White (even over the phone the two seem very close and have a tendency to finish each other’s trains of thought). “To ease the pain, change the situation up. Naturally, this album is going to be about black, queer women because we are two black, queer women. We’re story-tellers at the end of the day and we’re just trying to tell a story about us and our experiences.” The couple met back when they both were students in Seattle. “I used to go crash parties at the University of Washington,” Harris-White says. “I went to a small arts college not too far away and they just didn’t have the same sorts of events. I’d be crashing these parties and bumping into Stasia a bunch of times. We became friends from there and eventually started dating. When we were both in our senior year in college Stasia went on ‘study abroad’ trip to Cape Town. I started messing around on garage band and sending her stuff. Meanwhile she was writing a bunch of poetry and when she came back we were just so done with school and we just needed a way to release.”



THEESatisfaction After several free mix-tapes on Band Camp, the duo broke some serious ground with a cameo on Shabazz Palaces’ 2011 album Black Up, followed shortly by a signing to Sub Pop Records and the release of THEESatisfaction’s debut fulllength, awE naturalE. Such is the gravity of Shabazz Palaces in Seattle’s still nascent hip hop scene that many reviews of awE naturalE treat the album and its makers as something of an adjunct to Black Up. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Though both THEESatisfaction and Shabazz Palaces make cameos on each other’s albums, each artist has a wildly different aesthetic. Whist Black Up occupies a synthetic, nocturnal, somewhat sinister sound world owing much to current trends in bass music, awE naturalE is an altogether livelier, more organic experience. Off

beat hip hop collides with Erykah Badu-esque neosoul. There are samples of old jazz records too, and warm vinyl crackle. The overall aesthetic belongs more to the legacy of ‘60s and ‘70s soul and jazz than to club music. “We like to think that we were alive in the ‘60s and ‘70s in another life,” Harris-White laughs. “We just really love listening to music from that time, looking at pictures, watching footage from Soul Train. We listen to Curtis Mayfield, Gill Scott Herron, Chaka Khan.”“And the speeches too!,” Irons interrupts,“Stuff like Malcolm X. We listen to a lot of that too.” The duo’s love of retro is perhaps most evident in the video clip for QueenS, a lushly-lit film of Irons, Harris-White and a host of other black women putting on makeup, hanging about on lounges and dancing. The video was inspired by the multimedia works of Brooklyn artist Mickalene Thomas. “There was a series of pieces she did which all involved black women with natural hair,” Harris-White says. “Black women just lying around and enjoying themselves with all these different fabrics and patterns; it’s very ‘70s.” One of Mickalene Thomas’ trademarks is a process of creating collages and then painting over them.It’s an approach that parallels THEESatisfaction’s own – samples are pulled together into a sonic collage which acts as a canvass for the two singer’s brush strokes. “Definitely!,” enthuses Harris-White, “That’s a cool connection.” The breadth of sources which THEESatisfaction draw from is impressive. Musically, it’s not hard to find evidence of any of the defining genres of black America – jazz, soul, hip hop, blues, etc. Lyrically, the duo name-check Orson Welles and Archie Bunker, or spill Egyptian mythology into Bible references. If you had to sum up THEESatisfaction, you would come equally close with the revolutionary call to arms of Earthseed - “THEESatisfaction couldn’t give a fuck about the fascists!” - as you would with the refrain from QueenS – “Whatever you do, don’t funk with my groove.” Both lines are accurate but neither is a complete representation of the duo. That both these lines appear in the album some 40 seconds apart is all the more indicative of THEESatisfaction’s duality. From the political to the personal, the sound of awE naturalE is passionate, heady and convinced. This is a band that wears their hearts on their sleeves and their influences on the ink in their arms.





For over 10 years now, the Dewaele brothers from Belgium have been at the forefront for every evolution in dance music.They are the one and only 2manydjs and they’re coming to town. Woohoo! These guys are the undisputed kings of electro and also have their other band project Soulwax on the go, for those of you who are unfamiliar with their many talents. If you want to hear The Beatles mixed in with Kraftwerk and a touch of Eye Of The Tiger moulded into a huge, banging electro-party smacker then you need to get on down to Villa on Friday, November 30, to witness the lads deliver an epic DJ set. Tickets are $35 plus booking fee from Moshtix. Get on it because this will set out y’all!

That’s right guys, Sets On The Beach, Perth’s super Sunday session, has announced the line-up for Volume 8. First up on the bill is American house DJ Mark Farina. Having delivered stellar chunkyfunky underground house beats for years, Farina may even bring out some of his more jazzy and down-tempo beats. Melbourne’s Miami Horror will be making the trip over west for a DJ set too so expect to hear smash hits Holidays, I Look To You, Sometimes, and more. NYC’s The Knocks will also be bringing their summery, shimmering synths and beats and Norwegian space-disco producer Todd Terje will smashing out some bouncy beats. It’s all happening on Sunday, December 2, at Scarborough Beach Amphitheatre, from 1.30pm ‘til 9pm. Head to to get tickets at once!


Homegrown FreQs is back again for another year to uncover Australia’s freshest untapped talents and give all you DJs out there the opportunity to showcase your skills. We’re talking about the Perth Final for the National D&B Mixing Competition. With heats in all major cities around Australia, you’ll be able to vote for your favourite DJ to become the national champion and be crowned the Homegrown FreQ for 2012. The winner will be added to the Inhibit local DJ roster, win free VIP entry to all events for a year and support a massive line-up to hit Villa on December 15. It’s all happening on Friday, October 26. Tickets are $10 on the door. For more info, hit up twistedaudio. com. Be quick, entries close this Friday, October 19!

The Knocks


Sydney loud, dirty bass duo Doctor Werewolf have just unveiled their fresh Wolfzilla EP and are in the middle of the touring the Klub Kids release. ANNABEL MACLEAN chats with one half of the duo, the hilarious Adam Zae, about all of the above.


The very first Outbreak series of gigs are set to take off shortly. Outbreak will be all about live drum’n’bass and phat beats. Spanning over a few weeks with different line-ups at multiple venues, you can catch the first instalment of Outbreak at The Newport Hotel on Thursday, November 8, with DJ Scorpius accompanied by Gamma MC. Joining them will be live drum’n’bass band Freqshow as well as electronic trio Child’s Play. It’s all about the mid-week rave fix from 8pm, so get on down. Keep your eyes on the Club Guide and In The Diary for all upcoming dates!



If you’ve heard the hilarious Trololo which has received well over 150,000 views on YouTube or the more recent genre-bending tune Lasercat Rocket Attack, you’d know that Doctor Werewolf are all about the head-thrashing, brilliant banging, delicious bass. And, it’s no different for Wolfzilla, the latest EP from the lads. “The EP peaked at #14 on the Beatport dubstep releases chart which was just awesome and exciting and humbling all at once,” Zae says from their studio, in the midst of remixing a track from local legend Phetsta. “It also peaked around the same place on the electro and drum’n’bass charts too. It’s really great to have people knowing more about our tunes than just the one track. You know the one. We’ve been celebrating with Coopers Green; nectar of the gods.” In the midst of the Wolfzilla Tour, Zae says it couldn’t be going any better.“It’s been insane, had such an outpouring of love and booze from every city so far, really enjoying the reactions our new tunes are getting,” he says. “It’s pretty gratifying to write a song and enjoy it and say ‘this is what I’m feeling right now’ and have people come up to you at shows just wanting to tell you they’re into it. We’ve still got a couple of big shows left before the tour ends too so that is a very good feeling.” Released on long time friend Kid Kenobi’s label Klub Kids, the boys are stoked to be involved with the imprint. “We’ve known Jesse [Kid Kenobi] for a long time, since he was a breaks DJ and as soon as his label got started we were into it,” he says. “We did remix for him that he liked so when we sent through an original for his consideration, he had the idea for us to put together an EP. We’re obviously very proud to be associated with Klub Kids; the producers on the label are some of Australia’s best and providing amazing bass and house music of every flavour.”


Doctor Werewolf The duo have come a long way since their first gig at World Bar in their hometown of Sydney. “It was packed but only with our friends,” Zae says. “We were terrible but our energy was through the roof. We did a lot more practice after that (laughs).” They’re finishing off the Wolfzilla Tour back home with Stereosonic before dropping some more releases. “We have remixes for Phetsta and Krafty Kuts featuring Nick Thayer coming out soon, plus another collab with our uber talented vocal muse Yasoda on the boil,” he says. “Basically [we’re] going back in the lab to follow up the first EP with some more original work. I might be picking up the mic on the next one as well to finally commit some of the rhymes I’ve been known to spit at gigs.” Aside from that, they’re also working on a music video for Wolfzilla too. “We have a few gig videos coming and yes, we just had a preproduction meeting for our first official music video,” Zae says. “It’s quite a weird and freaky concept. Sadly though, no wolf suits this time. For us, a wolf suit never goes out of style though so don’t give up the dream.” Perhaps we can expect the wolf suits when the lads venture over west for Origin NYE shortly. “Can’t let all the cats out of the bag yet but we’re two very busy little doctors this summer,” he concludes.

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Melbourne DJ and producer Nick Thayer is currently on the Poseidon Tour alongside German producer Zedd and young gun Porter Robinson in America. This year alone he has signed to Skrillex’s label OWSLA, released his Like Boom EP, played South By Southwest and is has just put the finishing touches on a new EP. ANNABEL MACLEAN gets the lowdown. Nick Thayer has got to be one of the hardest working producers around. Currently on tour in the States alongside Zedd and Porter Robinson (and doing a show in Toronto with Calvin Harris), life’s not slowing down for the Melbourne lad when he returns down under. “After I finish this next tour, then we come back to Australia for 10 days and then go back on another four week tour through the States and then doing a couple of Stereosonic shows and then over to London for Christmas and then back to the States for New Year’s, so it kind of keeps going,” he says, before taking a breather. “But when you’re having this much fun and you’ve been working so hard for so long to get to this point, it just energises you more than tires you to be honest.” Having signed to Skrillex’s OWSLA label at the beginning of this year and released his Like Boom EP on the imprint, Thayer has massive respect for Sonny Moore (Skrillex) for changing up the EDM scene. “He’s changed the game for everybody with the doors which he’s opened up with his music and with his attitude and with his approach to doing what we do,” he says. “He’s scoring films, he’s running labels… breaking all those boundaries. I’ve always been someone who plays music across the board but it wasn’t until someone like Sonny came through and did that as well that suddenly it’s widely accepted that you can actually do that. “People can come to a gig expecting to hear music from across the board as opposed to being surprised and a little bit caught off-guard which is just fantastic. And obviously on a personal level being signed to his label has changed things hugely for me.”

Nick Thayer Indeed, Thayer has just put the finishing touches on his forthcoming second EP to be released on OWSLA but can’t reveal too many details. “It’s right across the board in terms of tempos, styles and guest vocalists and all the rest of it,” he says. But, he says fans can definitely expect to hear tracks from the EP when he gets behind the decks at Ambar shortly. “It’s been a long time since I’ve been at Ambar and I’m thoroughly looking forward to it,” he says. “The EP will definitely be done by then, we’ll be road-testing it so you can hear all of that and a bunch of other remixes I’ve just finished with the likes of Yolanda Be Cool and all of those kind of guys so there will be so much new stuff to play, it’s very exciting.” Aside from this forthcoming EP and extensive touring, Thayer is planning on writing music for a ballet next year, something a little different to his usual line of work. “My wife is a dancer at the Australia ballet and one of the other girls in the company is a choreographer and yes, we’ve been talking about doing a piece together for a long time and I think next year it’s finally going to happen,” he says.“That’s certainly something I’m looking forward to; stretching myself and trying something different.”

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VOICE OF THE PEOPLE Having released his personal and political record Lasers last year, American rapper Lupe Fiasco is back with Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album. He tells DAVID SEIDLER that he wants “to be around smart, educated people and not fucking jackals and wolverines and wild motherfuckers.” The ‘backpack rap’ tag is one that Lupe Fiasco has welcomed since he recorded the seminal American Terrorist for debut LP Food And Liquor. While probably best-known for feel-good tracks like 2007’s Superstar and the Modest Mousesampling Show Goes On, a powerful undercurrent of social commentary flows through his four-album discography. Even on last year’s record Lasers, All Black Everything pondered an alternative reality in which civil rights activists wrote the constitution and Bill O’Reilly read from The Quran.With the newly released Food And Liquor II, that anti-establishment rhetoric continues across Audubon Ballroom and the Pete Rock T.R.O.Y.-sampling Freedom Ain’t Free. Reflecting on a role he’s assumed unintentionally, Fiasco chuckles at the suggestion that he is the one of the game’s chief critical voices, dipping into the first of many lucid analogies. “I have to tell a story,” he offers, “And unfortunately to tell a story you need characters, and those characters are those characters. You can’t tell a story about nuns using prostitutes. You have to use nuns. And you can be Shakespearean about it and allude to nuns as being prostitutes but I don’t want to do that – I want to talk about nuns.” Fiasco’s nuns, the targets of his activist streak, are a diverse bunch, but he doesn’t come across as uncomfortably hostile. Rather, he seems sage, wise beyond his 30 years. Although associated with the Occupy Movement late last year, his criticisms are more directed and considered than that often frantic organisation, and his objectives more obviously utilitarian: “I just want to be around smart, educated people and not fucking jackals and wolverines and wild motherfuckers,” he says. Whether worn down by years of label skirmishes or just resigned to commercial realities,

Lupe Fiasco Fiasco is hyper-aware of the precarious duality he promotes – half mainstream hip hop, half lyrical and vocal critic – and he knows when to temper the latter. He realises that his albums “are gallery shows”. “I have to sell paintings, The gallery has 50 paintings and they want to sell them all.” Unhurried in his deliberations, he obviously has a sincere appreciation for the realities of what he ultimately terms a “commercial pursuit.” He hides nothing when it comes to acknowledging the industry powers that be. “I’m unapologetic about it as much as the label is unapologetic about it as much as the consumers are unapologetic about it,” he says. Fiasco remains steadfast in his artistic ambition; Food And Liquor II boasts pitch black cover art: no artist, no title, no lyrics. “That’s a ballsy, artistically fucking weird thing to do,” its creator claims. Besides joking, he’ll never have to sign the thing (unless someone produces a white-out pen), he says that the last artist to do it was Metallica in 1991 – and even they had a coiled cobra in the bottom corner. Change is one of the only constants for Fiasco in a career now spanning six years; a career kick-started by a guest appearance on Kanye West’s Touch The Sky and his new record is just as schizoid as its counterparts. “If one boat starts leaking, I’m jumping on another boat,” he says. “And there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s not selling out or whatever people want to call it, because I can always come back. My boats haven’t sunk.”

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WEDNESDAY 17/10 Captain Stirling – Lokie Shaw Clancy’s (Applecross) – Upbeat – DJ Andy Connections – DJs Joby /JJ /Rueben Eurobar – Wild Wednesdays - DJ iPod/ Ben Pettit Eve Nightclub – Retro Thursdays ft DJ Tony Allen 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 – Pussymittens Metro Freo - Rapture Mustang – DJ Giles Newport – Stereosonic Club Launch Sovereign Arms – Jordan Scott The Deen - DJ Zelimer/ DJ Viper/ DJ Benny/ T– Zone 1 The Queens – Wriggle on YaYa’s – DJ Paul Burgess

THURSDAY 18/10 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 Mt Henry Tavern - DJ Matty J Mullaloo Beach Hotel - DJ John Paul/ DJ Slick Mustang – DJ James Newport - Bass Invaders/ Independence Bass Paramount – DJ Johnny Boi/ DJ Jordan Players Bar – MASH South St – DJ Castasia/ Dpad Swinging Pig – DJ Simon The Avenue – Jon Ee The Carine Tavern – Punchy & Juicy/ Little Nicky The Causeway – Jaymie Franchina The Craftsman – Roger Smart The Deen – DJ Flex/ DJ Nano/ DJ Surge/ DJ Don Migi The East End Bar - The Prestige ft Az-T The Queens – Kapitol The Whale & Ale – Josh Tilley The Whistling Kite - DJ Gareth Tiger Lils – Paul Malone/ Adam Kelly Velvet Lounge – Descent Woodvale Tavern – DJ Melvin

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FRIDAY 19/10 23 Irwin Street, Perth - Syrup ft Zeke/ Clunk/ Saxon. Boy P/ Ben T/ Bolsty/ Z|ZM Ambar – Mini Fat ft eSQue/ Ben Mac/ Marko Paulo Amplifier – DJ Battle ft DJ Jamie Mac & Eddie Electric Bar 459 - DJ Smurf Bar Orient – The Reggae Club ft General Justice/ The Empressions/ Ras Mwas/ H-Mut/ Tedro Blvd Tavern – DJ Andy Boab Tavern – Gavyn Mytchel Boheme Bar - DJ Majiika Boulevard Tavern – DJ Andyy Broken Hill Hotel – DJ Nick Alexander Brooklands Tavern - DJ Misschief Mel Capitol – Retro Mash Capitol (Upstairs) – I Love ‘90s Carine Tavern – Greg Packer/ MC Assassin Clancy’s (Canning Bridge) - DJ Boogie Claremont Hotel – Jon Ee Club Bayview – Amnesia ft Fendi/ Axon/ Fellis Como Hotel – DJ Gazz Eastern Hotel – DJ Munch Empire Bar – Lockie Shaw Eve Nightclub – Pink Party ft DJ Don Migi/ Dannyboi/ Francesco 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 – Fredrick Anderson Merriwa Tavern – DJ Real McCoy Metro City - Nadia Ali/ Jason Creek/ DJ Kenny L Metro City (Solace Bar) – DJ Slick Metro Freo –Frat House Fridays 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 – The Switch Sovereign Arms – Lokie Shaw The Avenue – Little Nicky The Carine – Mind Electric/ Little Nicky/ Az-T The Causeway – Jus Haus? The East End Bar – Az-T




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 Ya-Ya’s – Hero DJs ft Pup

SATURDAY 20/10 Ambar – Japan 4 ft Nick Thayer Amplifier - Pure Pop ft Eddie Electric Basement On Broadway – DJ Ricky Bird - Zeke/ SaussBauss/ KnoeFM/ MentalGroove/ Armin Van Goff 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 Duckstein Brewery (Margaret River) – DJ House Junkie Eastern Hotel – DJ Munch Empire Bar – DJ James Ess Eurobar – Roger Smart/ DJ Raci Eve Nightclub – DJ Crazy Craig/ DJ Slick 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 – Jstokes/ Valerio 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 – Roger Smart/ Ben Carter/ DJ Wazz Mint Nightclub – Pop Life ft DJ Aaron/ AJ Mullaloo Beach Hotel – DJ Danny Mustang – Rockabilly DJ/ DJ James MacArthur Niche – Frankie Button/ Cee/ Jonny Zimber Norma Jeans – DJ Phat Daz Oxford Hotel – DJ Sequeria Paramount- DJ Cornflake / DJ Jordan/ DJ Johnny Boi Queens Tav - Gareth Richardson Rocket Room – DJ Perry South St Ale House – DJ Jay Sovereign Arms – Rockwell

Matrix & Futurebound The Avenue – Jon Ee The Bakery - THEESatisfaction 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 – Millie Bro 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 – Gavyn Mytchel The Vic – DJ Kristian Tiger Lils – DJ Bojan/ DJ Ben Sebastian Toucan – DJ Hages Victoria Park Hotel – DJ Melvin Villa - Matrix & Futurebound/ Smooth/ Phetsta Windsor – DJ Ray Woodvale Tavern – DJ Real McCoy Ya-Ya’s – Perth City Battles ft Lethal/ PM/ Azmatik/ Donkey/ Dazer/ Dash and more

Flying Scotsman (Defectors) – Eclectic Picnic Mint - Chris McPhee Mullaloo Beach Hotel – John Moss 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

SUNDAY 21/10


Captain Stirling – DJ Jay Claremont Hotel – DJ Double Dee Clink – DJ Tony Allen Empire Bar – CB3/ DJ Riki/ DJ Vicktor Euro Bar – DJ Flex Eve Nightclub – DJ Angry Buda/ DJ Slick Flying Scotsman – Nathan J/ Nizbet/ Pasha/ Chris

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

MONDAY 22/10 Bar Orient - DJ White Label Broken Hill Tavern - DJ Mario Tavelli The Deen – Plastic Max/ The Token Gesture The Den (Civic Hotel) - MC Lars The Paddo – DJ John Paul The Shed – DJ Andyy

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Madlib Medicine Show ft Madlib/ Stereosonic ft Tiësto/ Avicii/ J Rocc/ Egon Calvin Harris/ Example/ Carl Nadia Ali/ Jason Creek/ DJ Kenny L Saturday, October 27 @ The Bakery Cox/ Major Lazer/ Laidback Luke/ Martin Solveig/ Dash Friday, October 19 @ Metro City I n t o T h e L i m e l i g h t D J Berlin/ Markus Schulz/ Diplo/ Competition Sander van Doorn/ Infected Syrup ft Zeke/ Clunk/ Saxon. Boy Saturday, October 27 @ Villa Mushroom/ Chuckie/ Flux P/ Ben T/ Bolsty/ Z| Z M Pavilion/ Mr Oizo/ Porter Friday, October 19 @ 23 Irwin Street, Challenger Ready: Halloween R o b i n s o n / L o c o D i c e / Perth Dress-Up Party ft FTW v Benny Bassnectar/ JFK MSTRKRFT/ P/ Blend v DNGRFLD/ Marty Excision/ Adam Beyer/ Aly Mini Fat McFly v Tee EL/ Black & Blunt/ & Fila/ Caspa/ Datsik/ Joris Friday, October 19 @ Ambar Voorn/ Bingo Players/ Tommy Marko Paulo v Oli Trash/ Simon Patterson/ Saturday, October 27 @ Ambar Pink Par ty f t DJ Don Migi/ Gesaffelstein/ Ørjan Nilsen/ Dannyboi/ Francesco Eve’s Halloween Costume Party ft D i l l o n Fra n c i s / Fo r e i g n Friday, October 19 @ Eve Nightclub DJ Crazy Craig Beggars/ Zedd/ Brodinski/ Saturday, October 27 @ Eve Krewella/ Nina Kraviz/ Van Gavyn Mytchel Nightclub She/ Alvin Risk/ Destructo/ Friday, October 19 @ Boab Tavern MaRLo/ Treasure Fingers/ Bart B More and more Halloween ft Swanky Tunes Perth City Battles ft Lethal/ PM/ Wednesday, October 31 @ Villa S u n d ay, N o ve m b e r 2 5 @ Azmatik/ Donkey/ Dazer/ Dash Claremont Showground (TBC) and more Heavyweight Sounds ft London Saturday, October 20 @ Ya-Ya’s Elektricity/ Dynamite MC/ Xilent Trus’me Wednesday, November 28 @ and more Zeke/ SaussBauss/ KnoeFM/ Friday, November 2 @ Metro City The Bird MentalGroove/ Armin Van Goff Saturday, October 20 @ The Bird District: Krunked Up ft GET 2manydjs MORE/ Donald Krunk/ Angry Friday, November 30 @ Villa Japan 4 ft Nick Thayer Buda/ Philly Blunt/ Meet Mark/ Saturday, October 20 @ Ambar The Potbelleez Easy P Saturday, December 1 @ Metro Friday, November 2 @ Ambar Matrix & Futurebound/ Smooth/ Freo Phetsta ‘90s Party ft Snap! Saturday, October 20 @ Villa Saturday, November 3 @ Villa Deadweight!2 nd Bir thday Bender ft Eprom/ Saxon & THEESatisfaction The Court Street Party ft Wynter Boy Prince/ Nebula & Modo Saturday, October 20 @ The Bakery Gordon/ Kitty Glitter/ Nino and more TBC Brown/ Skarlett Saramore/ Dan Saturday, December 1 @ The John Moss Murphy Bakery Sunday, October 21 @ Mullaloo Saturday, November 3 @ The Court Beach Hotel Sets On The Beach ft Mark Outbreak ft Child’s Play/ Farina/ Miami Horror DJs/ The Freqshow/ DJ Scorpius/ MC Knocks/ Todd Terje S u n d ay, D e c e m b e r 2 Gamma Thursday, November 8 @ The @ S c a r b o r o u g h B e a c h Amphitheatre Newport Hotel Jay Sean Thursday, Oc tober 25 @ Eve O u t b r e a k f t L i l t / Perth Dance Music Awards Nightclub Sunday, December 2 @ The Fregshow/ DJ Sani/ MC LZ Friday, November 9 @ The Hyde Court Douster Park Hotel Friday, October 26 @ Ambar Mr Grevis Homegrown FreQs 2012 Smoke DZA/ LV/ Jesse Boykins Wednesday, December 12 @ Mojos III/ Shigeto/ Melo X/ Raaghe/ – National Drum’n’bass Mixing Savior/ Zeke/ Rok Riley Competition, Perth Final Friday, November 9 @ The Bakery Breakfest ft Krafty Kuts/ Friday, October 26 @ Shape A.Skillz/ DJ Yoda/ Lady Waks/ The Nextmen/ Jaguar Skills/ Ben Sims Specimen A/ Pyramid/ Marten Friday, November 13 @ Ambar Hørger/ High Contrast/ Spy/ Camo & Krooked/ MC Wrec Prefuse 73/ Teebs Saturday, November 17 @ The Wednesday, December 26 @ Belvoir Amphitheatre Bakery




Inspector Dubplate/ Jakes/ Mensah/ Dodge & Fuski/ Bar9/ Distance/ Dark Sky/ Ben Ufo/ New York Transit Authority/ Pariah/ XXXY/ Om Unit/ Friction/ Bare Noize/ Flying Lotus/ Benga/ Youngman/ Doctor Werewolf Sunday, December 30 & Monday, December 31 @ Fairbridge Village, Pinjarra 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 Sets On The Beach ft lineup TBC Sunday, January 13 @ Scarborough Beach Amphitheatre 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 Future Music Festival ft The Prodigy/ The Stone Roses/ PSY/ Dizzee Rascal/ Bloc Party/ Azealia Banks/ Rita Ora/ Boys Noize (live)/ Hardwell/ The Temper Trap/ Fun./ Madeon/ Rudimental/ Ellie Goulding/ Steve Aoki/ Alesso/ Gypsy & The Cat/ A-Trak (live)/ Feed Me (live)/ Zeds Dead/ Kill The Noise/ DJ Fresh (live)/ Nervo/ Zane Lowe/ Borgore/ Sven Vath/ Richie Hawtin/ Ricardo Villalobos/ Seth Troxler/ Magda/ Cosmic Gate ft Emma Hewitt/ W&W/ tyDi/ Andy Moor/ Super8 & Tab/ Ben Gold/ The Stafford Brothers/ Timmy Trumpet/ Tenzin/ Bombs Away S u n d a y, M a r c h 3 @ A r e n a Joondalup

Origin NYE ft Chase & Status (DJ Set)/ Knife Party/ Gaslamp Killer/ ShockOne/ Pearson Sound/ DMZ (Coki & Mala)/ Goldie/ Brookes F l o a t i n g Po i n t s / Fa t i m a / Brothers/ Ed Rush/ Wilkinson/ Dillinja/ Marky & Stamina/ Sets On The Beach ft lineup TBC Alexander Nut Thursday, November 22 @ Ambar Sigma/ Delta Heavy/ Metrik/ Sunday, March 17 @ Scarborough DC Breaks/ Skism/ Gemini/ Beach Amphitheatre Launch Block Party ft Def Wish Cast and more Sunday, November 18 @ The Aberdeen



Don’t be misled by lead single Naïve Bravado’s title, Urthboy is an MC on top of his game on his fourth solo album Smokey’s Haunt. While his voice is distinctly Australian, his raps on Smokey’s Haunt are so effortless and soulful, he’s once again put himself at the head of the hip hop pack. He keeps his eye on the political landscape as always on Empire Tags but the album mostly weaves personal stories and experiences giving us a picture of a man who understands his past but is uneasy about the future. The Big Sleep has Urthboy pondering death and the loneliness of our last moments, while Hey Dianna is as universal a tale of lost love and mistrust imaginable, and features an amazingly understated performance from Bobby Flynn. The album guest list includes Daniel Merriweather, Delta, Solo and Alex Burnett, but it’s Jane Tyrell’s chorus on Glimpses that steals the show, a timeless moment so airy and infectious it’ll rattle around your brain long after it’s finished. All the guests add to the fabric of the album but Urthboy is the thread that ties it all together. What he’s managed on Smokey’s Haunt is impressive, his personal yet universal stories and fears offering not just a look at who he is but who we are too.

Out Of The Black, the latest full length from German electro star Alex Ridha under his Boys Noize moniker, is a globe trotting record, dizzyingly traversing genres from all corners of the world delivering an intense, varied and rewarding listen. It’s a much darker and grittier album compared to previous releases Power and Oi Oi Oi, with dirty synth splattered across Ridha’s canvas of frantic build ups and thundering beats. Rocky 2 smashes it taking hallmarks from the explosion of American dubstep and mangling them to fit a hard-house style. The dubstep influence is carried over on the album’s grimiest and most gripping track, Circus Full Of Clowns, including a guest spot from rapper Gizzle drowning in misanthropy. The off kilter build up of Conchord is intentionally needling, whipping up a chaotic fervor making the inevitable release all the more enjoyable. Back to back seven minute tracks Reality and Merlin are entrancing to the point of hypnosis, and XTC cheekily tells us repeatedly to “Take it, take it, take it” over a dancefloor filling beat. The only major misstep comes in the appearance of Snoop Dogg on closer Got It, who should be left to retire quietly into the mediocrity of Snoop Lion and should have got nowhere near this project. Despite his worst efforts Snoop doesn’t manage to detract from the quality of the rest of the record too badly. This is an album crafted for big nights and big hangovers and will surely deliver both in droves.






If you love those British/Spanish folktronica crew Crystal Fighters and you’re a fan of a bit of bass bangin’ too then you’ll love this – it’s a party banger with a touch of exotic melodies, crazy Spanish instrumentals and beautiful lyrics. Worth checking out even if you’re not a fan.



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WAM SONG OF THE YEAR 2012 Celebrating the cream of WA’s songwriting talent, the annual WAM Song Of The Year presentations took place last Thursday, October 11, at the Fly By Night Musicians Club. The evening saw performances from Timothy Nelson & The Infidels, kučka, Boom! Bap! Pow! and Yabu Band, while Rainy Day Women took out top honours for their hooky pop tune, Sleigh Bed. Congrats to all winners and nominees. Grand Prize – Sleigh Bed by Rainy Day Women Blues/Roots - Driller by Dilip n the Davs Country - Take Me Home by The Ghost Hotel

Heavy - Walk Away by The Sixth Extinction Indigenous - Crash by Jarred Wall [Jake and the Cowboys] Jazz - Maelstrom by Abbey/Foster/Falle Love - Falling Outta Love by Brian Mitra & Jake Webb [Sugarpuss] Mentally Healthy - Petrol Paint & Glue by Yabu Band Pop - Sleigh Bed by Rainy Day Women

96FM’s Darren De Mello

Sugapuss, winning at Love

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Delson Stokes, Yabu Band

APRA Ambassador Kav Temperley

WAM CEO Wendy Were with SOTY winners, Rainy Day Women

Regional - Heart Of A Lion by Codie Sundstrom Rock - Ordinary by Husband Schools - 14 Years & Under - Inside And Out by Lucinda Nicholls Schools - 15 to 17 Years - I Think I’ve Got You by Morgan Bain Urban/Hip Hop - The Ego-dystonic Blues by FG

Electronic/Dance - Slew by Ylem World/Folk - Mother’s Petunias by Brayden Sibbald Experimental - Polly (serialkillersundays) by Kučka Photos by Emma Mackenzie

Brooke and Sylvia

Timothy and Graham





WA heats of the 2012 Australian Poetry Slam are taking place at The Bakery on Tuesday nights during October. Witness the verbal fitness as eclectic word-wizards battle each other for prizes. Calling all WA word-wranglers! Have you got what it takes to be Australia’s next Poetry Slam champion? WA winners receive cash and prizes and be flown to Sydney to compete for the title of 2012 Australian Poetry Slam Champion!


Oct 19 & 26

Blacksmith ADDRESS: Sports Bar at Moondyne Joes

ADDRESS: 233 James Street, Northbridge PRICE: $2 entry, Free to slam!

CONTACT Allan Boyd - 0402 573 580 /


CONTACT (08) 9430 5513



Oct 19 & 20

BASTARDFEST : Heavy rock double stagers all this month at The Civic with Bastardfest (feat. Astriaal, Fuck… I’m Dead and more), Progfest (feat. Ne Obliviscaris, Breaking Orbit, Chaos Divine and more) and Bloodrock Fest (feat. Arrowhead, Chainsaw Hookers and more)

This weekend catch some fresh rock n roll courtesy of The Black Jackets, The Take Over, Art Unknown and Document Control on Friday night, and Tuxedo Pig launching their new EP on Saturday night, with special guests The Government Yard.

ADDRESS: 981 Beaufort St, Inglewood PRICE: Tickets provide access to The Den & The Back Room. Find us on facebook for all ticket details

ADDRESS: 44 Tydeman Road, North Fremantle PRICE: Fri night - $8 / Sat night - $5

CONTACT : (08) 9272 1011 /

(08) 9335 2732 /



Open EVERY night of the week, including our Wednesday club and student nights, and live music all weekend. Original music line-ups on Sundays this month include Charity Rock Fest for Cerebral Palsy, Greenthief (QLD), Breaking Orbit (NSW) and double stage rock marathon SLAM 2.. ADDRESS: 08 9335 2428 / PRICE: $Free! (Unless featuring special guests)

OCT 20

OKTOBERFEST: Welcome the sun back to the Southwest with a huge Beerfest. Featuring live music from the mighty Blue Shaddy, with support from Travis Caudle and DJ Damon Rollings. There will also be games and prizes to be won, authentic Duckstein Craft Festbier and German favourites such as Spit Roast, Bratwurst & Sauerkraut. Dress standard is fancy, fashionable or whatever you wish. Bus transfers from major centres are available from ADDRESS: 3517 Caves Rd, Wilyabrup PRICE: $Tickets $39.90 or $32 for groups of 10 or more. Get online from Heatseeker

CONTACT:  2 South Terrace, Fremantle



(08) 9755 6500 /


OKTOBERFEST: The Sail & Anchor has gone all Oktoberfest pouring beers Weihenstephan and Last Drop German Brew house beers all month. Including the once a year “Fest” brews from both breweries served in genuine Bavarian beer boots that are yours to keep. Also featuring “Fremantle’s biggest wiener”, a foot long German sausage hotdog with all the trimmings. Pop into the Sail to enjoy $10 Parma Monday, $10 Burger Tuesday & $10 Pizza Wednesday, $15 Steak Thursday or $15 lunches Monday to Friday. Head upstairs for cocktail and tunes from local DJ’s on Friday and Childs Play every Saturday night.


OCT 21

SCOOTERS FOR HOOTERS: Do you want to be part of Australia’s largest Scooter Ride? Then be part of the 1000 plus scooter enthusiasts on a 10km charity ride around Perth to raise money for Breast Cancer support. Registration from 12pm. ADDRESS: Russell Square, Northbridge 3pm PRICE: $25 per person

ADDRESS: 64 South Terrace Fremantle

CONTACT : (08) 9431 1666 / /



30 MINUTE & 60 MINUTE FLIGHTS: Experience the thrill of aerial manoeuvres and feel what it’s like to take the controls of a powerful jet airliner with an experienced pilot by your side to ensure you get an amazing and realistic experience. Open 7 days a week 8.30am-8.30pm. Bookings essential ADDRESS: Unit 8, No 4 Moonie Street, Willetton PRICE: 30 minute flight for $195.00, 60 minute flight for $350.00


Oct 27 & Nov 3

HALLOWEEN: Metro City and Paramount Pictures teaming up for a huge Halloween Celebration across TWO massive weekends! All the activity has led to this – decked out halls of horror in Perth’s one and only Superclub plus free double passes to Paranormal Activity 4 (only at the movies October 18). Fancy dress encouraged! Standard club entry. ADDRESS: 146 Roe Street, Northbridge PRICE: Free entry all night

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HED KANDI: October 20. Halloween Ball – October 26. Pump It CD Launch – November 3. End Of Exams Party – November 22. Full Moon Party – November 30. ADDRESS: 189 High Street, Fremantle

Oct 28

WA’s largest independent WA owned and operated music event offers it’s 11th instalment with The Black Keys, John Butler Trio, Birds Of Tokyo, Lanie Lane and much more.

PRICE: $10-$30

ADDRESS: Joondalup PRICE: $99 + BF through Heatseeker, Mills, 78s, Planet, and the venue.

CONTACTS: (08) 9335 3331 or hit




SHANE’S BIG BURGER CHALLENGE: $40 for the burger and if you eat it, the chips and the onion rings in 30 minutes, we’ll give it to you for free! It’s taller than a pint glass, comes served on one of our function food platters and our wait staff use it for weight training! Conditions and time limits apply ADDRESS: 361 High Road, Riverton PRICE: $40 each

CONTACT 08 9457 0477 / 


ADDRESS: 46 Lake St, Northbridge PRICE: Free

CONTACT :(08) 9401 8411 /


OCT 31

ROCKY HORROR HALLOWEEN: It will be a night of spooky entertainment with the Rocky Horror Revue Live Show, a zany theatrical tribute to the late ‘70s cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Dr. Frank-N-Furter and Magenta will take you on a Time Warp, capturing the dynamic songs and characters as they play out their roles using people from the audience to part-take in the fun and spirit of the storyline. The Event Cartel DJ’s will also be spinning all the best Halloween themed tunes the whole night. ADDRESS: 232-234 William Street, Northbridge PRICE: $15 + BF from Oztix or $20 at the door


OCT 19

Hello Friday! Your Ultimate weekend kick start by the beach. Huge Prize Giveaway! Brand new Numark DJ turntables with iDJ Live system. Don’t miss out! Free drinks on arrival for Guest list members - Check out Facebook Page for details - facebook. com/hellofriday.mbh .Tunes provided by DJ Vison & DJ Max


CONTACT :(08) 9202 8222 /



THE GO GETTERS: Sweden s The Go Getters mix blues, rockabilly and country, generating a positive party atmosphere that will keep the beer-taps open all night at any bar. This is CITY FIED and COUNTRY FRIED ROCKABILLY!! ADDRESS: 46 Lake St, Northbridge PRICE: Free

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SPIT SYNDICATE: Catch Sydney duo Spit Syndicate showcasing their brand new single on their Beauty In The Bricks Tour.

Nov 6

MELBOURNE CUP 2012: This Melbourne Cup, come to The Kalamunda and see the race LIVE on any one of our five screens. Meals and snacks will be served all afternoon in the bars, and both beer gardens. For something a little more special, we are hosting a scrumptious four course set menu in the restaurant, for only $55. Our acoustic solo artist Adrian Wilson will be taking the stage from midday, and there’ll be plenty of sweepstakes, drink specials, and some fun competitions and prizes

ADDRESS: 3147 James Street, Northbridge PRICE: $18.40 (through Ya Ya’s Website)

ADDRESS: 43 Railway Road, Kalamunda PRICE: $55 Set Menu - Restaurant spaces for the set menu are limited, so book now

CONTACT: (08) 9257 1084 /


Nov 3



NOV 9 &10

HARLEM HUSSLE: Fly by Night’s 26 Birthday Party! It’s time to get down and feel tha funk to celebrate the Fly’s 26th Birthday! Calling all guys, gals and closet disco queens to Harlem Hussle! A night of funk, soul and Motown tunes from 10 piece big band Stratosfunk, Go Go Dancers, The Degrussa Soul Experience, the smooth smooth sounds of DJ Cook, visual masterpieces from VJ Zoo and more to inspire those vintage dance moves.

TRIPOD: The showbiz juggernaut that is Tripod thundered on in 2011, with the boys continuing to tour their epic musical Tripod Versus The Dragon locally and internationally, followed by the release of their feature packed DVD. Due to popular demand, Tripod has just announced a second LIVE AT THE QUARRY performance. Don’t miss this chance to have three times the fun!

ADDRESS: Fly By Night Musicians Club, Parry Street, Fremantle PRICE: Presale Tickets: $25 or $23 for groups of 6+. Door Tickets: $30

ADDRESS: Reabold Hill, Oceanic Drive, City Beach PRICE: $73.85 A Reserve $54.05 General Admission

CONTACT : (08) 9430 5976 /




NOV 23

FULL MOON STREET PARTY: The Court’s Full Moon Street Party after the Pride parade. Featuring international superstar Wynter Gordon, Australia’s no. 1 urban DJ Nino Brown, Kitty Glitter, Skarlett Saramore, Dan Murphy and more. Free massages, free shisha bar, silent disco, rides and all the craziness of The Court. Tix: Eventbrite and The Court.

SAM SIMMONS: A man is standing next to another man, they have nothing in common and nothing to speak of, maybe they can talk about the weather? After a year that saw him nominated for comedy’s equivalent of an Oscar – the Fosters Edinburgh Comedy Award – as well as taking home Best Comedy at the Adelaide Fringe, Australia’s own maestro of suburban absurdism, Sam Simmons, returns to the Astor Theatre with a new hour of sublime joy.

ADDRESS: The Court, 50 Beaufort Street, Perth PRICE: $65 presale

ADDRESS: 659 Beaufort Street, Mount Lawley PRICE: $39 standard or $35 concession

CONTACT : (08) 9328 5292 / /

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MELBOURNE CUP: Featuring Mobin Master


KASEY CHAMBERS & SHANE NICHOLSON: This wife & husband’s duo live shows are always a very special treat. The superb set list ranges from old favourites to the brand new, drawing material from across their 12 collective album releases. ‘Wreck & Ruin Australia 2012’ tour will be one that the whole family will enjoy and is sure to delight fans past, present and the future. Be sure not to miss them at this historic venue.

ADDRESS: 742 Newcastle Street, Leederville PRICE: $20+BF from ticketbooth or $25 on the door

ADDRESS: Mundaring Weir, Cnr Hall Road, Mundaring PRICE: $67.50

CONTACT : / / 0412 403 899

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KULCHA Fare For All

A not-for-profit organisation, Kulcha is the multi-culturally focussed jewel of Fremantle and has some special shows coming up during the Fremantle Festival, which runs from October 28-November 11. BOB GORDON chats with Kulcha’s Program & Agency Manager, Frank Italiano. The last year has seen a change at Kulcha from monthly to seasonal programming. What have been the benefits? Programming seasonally has enabled Kulcha to be more discerning as to the selection of events for the performance calendar. Not having to program so many events means that Kulcha can choose from the cream of talent available - from local

Carolina Cordeira

Odette Mercy & the Soul Atomics

with diversity and excellence. The season kicked off with a night of champagne tango with music and dance featuring the prowess of Trio Alegra followed on the next night by a CD launch by Aboriginal reggae band Oz Island. The season will also include the merchant How does Kulcha approach programming these of menace himself, comedy legend Austen Tayshus, days? Kulcha rarely produces productions from sensational songbird Kavisha Mazzella, unbeatable the ground up; it does not have the resources or the Afro-Kreol Rhythms from Grace Barbé, the explosive luxury of that kind of funding. Kulcha, however, aims sounds of Odette Mercy & the Soul Atomics, to assist artists during the festival by giving priority beautiful and soulful sounds from Indigenous all to performers who are planning a production over girl group The Merindas featuring the music of the festival period. We offer technical support, such Motown, super smart pop from the Warning Birds as a technician, audio and lighting gear as well as plus many more. promotional support by including festival events in Are you doing any off-site projects? our seasonal calendar and media releases. On November 17 we’re presenting, on What are Kulcha’s highlight shows during the behalf of the Indonesian Consulate, The Ramayana, a dance and music performance by The Indonesian Fremantle Festival? Kulcha’s Fremantle Festival highlights this Institute of Arts, Denpasar. It’s at the prestigious year are the Melbourne-based, Portuguese songstress Riverside Theatre and is a free event sponsored by Carolina Cordeira on Friday, November 2, and the the Republic of Indonesia. The first season for 2013 will begin on awarding-winning Aboriginal hip hop duo Native Friday, February 22. We’ve already confirmed the Ryme, from Brisbane, on Saturday, November 3. remarkable London Klezmer Quartet for the program. 2013 looms closely. What are Kulcha’s plans Kulcha will also once again produce the Oz Concert. It’s the landmark 25th anniversary concert, featuring heading into the New Year? Kulcha’s dancecard is filling up as we head especially commissioned songs from composer Josh into 2013. The current season runs until December Hogan and writer Afeif Ismail and will once again be 1, presenting a typically eclectic program brimming broadcast on SBS. and touring performers. The strategy appears to be working with shows selling out more often than not. This translates as an actual increase in audiences while actually presenting fewer shows.

Austen Tayshus

“Programming seasonally has enabled Kulcha to be more discerning as to the selection of events for the performance calendar. Not having to program so many events means that Kulcha can choose from the cream of talent available - from local and touring performers. The strategy appears to working with shows selling out more often than not. This translates as an actual increase in audiences while actually presenting fewer shows.”

Kavisha Mazzella

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Charles Jenkins


Crooked Reign Charles Jenkins has had his toes in the water of Australian music for over 25 years. He arrives in Fremantle to play songs from his latest album, Love Your Crooked Neighbour With Your Crooked Heart, on Thursday, October 25, at the Norfolk Basement as well as a Perth show on Friday, October 26, at the Velvet Lounge. CHRIS HAVERCROFT reports. With the longevity of Charles Jenkins’ career he is perfectly placed to comment on the industry over the past three decades. He is thankful that he is no longer at the beck and call of the industry and the vagaries of luck to make music work for him. The thing that keeps Jenkins’ passion and enthusiasm is his role as a mentor for younger songwriters.


“The songwriting is just as enjoyable as ever,” offers Jenkins, of his craft. “I have spent the last couple of days with young up-and-coming songwriters and it is inspiring. I’m hoping to happily rip them all off and run off into the sunset. “It is like any sort of conversation that you have when you are hopefully offering some useful advice in that it probably has a greater effect on you than them. It is a constant reminder to me to do the things that I am telling them to do. I tell them to read as widely, and listen as widely, and work as hard, and to be as dogged in the pursuit to make a good song into a great song. To put in a lot of effort so as it appears effortless. These are the things that I try to pass on.” Always trying to extend himself as a writer, Jenkins new album is a collection of country/ folk tunes that was brought about by his recent production work with Suzannah Espie, Snooks La Vie and Dave Garnham. It was the clarity of writing in a genre that is steadfast in its choices of production ideas, the instrumentation and the packaging, that appealed to Jenkins at the time. “I can’t see myself walking down the red carpet in Tamworth,” he notes. “It was a couple of years of sticking my head into this area, which was not unfamiliar territory to me. When working with Suzannah she introduced me to The Yearlings and I got to spend some time with them in Adelaide and it was a beautiful house and I had romanticised about going back there and hanging with them and luckily it is what I got to do.” The initial recording for Love Your Crooked Neighbour With Your Crooked Heart was completed in that house with The Yearlings as the backing band, but when it came down to it Jenkins felt his performance was too flawed and he opted to rerecord the whole album when back in Melbourne with his own band. “The tunes from the session in Adelaide became the demos in retrospect,” he explains. “Demos can be really hard to improve upon because of their carefree nature. The performances were flawed on my side of things with bum notes and the like. I really had to think about it for a couple of weeks because I love records where the performances are flawed, but it just didn’t feel right that this should be the record to have so many bum notes on it. “That was why the decision to re-record. It was quite different because there are drums and bass on this version, but every now and again I would have to go back and listen to the version I did in Adelaide that was flawed to get the essence. I had this template to match and improve upon.”

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Metro City Thursday, October 11, 2012

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros / Willy Mason Belvoir Amphitheatre Friday, October 12, 2012 There’s something about Belvoir Amphitheatre that makes everyone dance. Perhaps it’s being out in the open air amongst the tall trees and greenery which brings out the fun-loving, party-animal in all of us. Or, perhaps, it’s just the type of jovial, care-free atmosphere which blues and folk-rock music seems to ooze. Regardless, there was genuine excitement in the growingly brisk air last Friday night for English folk-rock lads Mumford & Sons’ first show for their national tour since they were last here roughly two years ago. While the sun was setting and the amphitheatre was filling with mosquitoes, a large group of punters had already nabbed spots down on the frontline as American singer-songwriter Willy Mason stepped out to indulge the mixed crowd with his brand of blues. There appeared to be a group of hardcore fans down the front but Mason’s set was so cool, calm and collected that his voice may as well become part of the background music in between sets, well at least, that’s the vibe he established. But, when American big band Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros hopped on stage in all their trumpeting, ukulele-ing and dancing glory, bums were off seats and all eyes were on hippie-come-hipster dressed frontman Alex Ebert who looked like Tom Hanks in Cast Away and vocalist Jade Castrinos who donned a long, floaty earth-coloured dress and casual boots which she rocked back and forth on whilst delivering beautiful harmonies, adding a brilliant, feminine touch to the band’s set. Unexpectedly kicking off with their most popular tune Home, it was Ebert’s on-stage antics which made for a refreshingly entertaining performance. Not only did the 10-plus piece band look like they were thoroughly enjoying every minute of the show, it was Ebert’s whistling and the tambourine-shaking which got the crowd jiving, throwing hands in the air and

Mumford & Sons (Photo: Guang-Hui Chuan) booty-jiggling.The epic, gospel-bopper That’s What’s Up once again saw Ebert casually throwing his limbs about stage as if he’d indulged in too much red wine (wine hands) and didn’t have a worry in the world. Gradually, the whole audience began to feel the same as they ran through Man On Fire and the musical-like 40 Day Daydream and Ebert got amongst it; literally. But, it was men of the moment Mumford & Sons who the crowd really cheered for. Beginning their set virtually in darkness which eventually broke out into a startling light-show during Lovers Eyes, the multiinstrumental UK four-piece delivered a tight set, with main-man Marcus Mumford entertaining the huge crowd throughout their performance; asking the sea of fans if they were aware that big ants could be crawling all over them – something which happened to him earlier in the day when he was sitting on the luscious grass of the amphitheatre. A communal clap ensued during the catchy Below My Feet and it was toilet break time for many as the four-piece belted out great harmonies on Timshel but everyone joined in the chorus for new tune I Will Wait off the band’s recently released sophomore record Babel, with the lyrics “I will wait, I will wait for you” echoing out over the trees and into the night. The fresh Lover Of The Light also went down a treat with punters swaying down on the forefront and Marcus showing off his many talents; taking to the drums. The delicious lullaby Awake My Soul was followed by the euphoric Dust Bowl Dance with Marcus enlightening the audience that Pink played to more people in Perth on her last tour than they would be playing to on their entire Australian tour. Finishing with an encore pleasing long-time fans which saw the entire amphitheatre on their feet, everyone was left humming Winter Winds and The Cave as they reluctantly left the amphitheatre. There wasn’t a frown in sight. _ANNABEL MACLEAN

Steel Panther know the secret. Van Halen knew it, Whitesnake knew it, AC/DC and KISS sure knew it. Hell, even Spinal Tap knew it! It’s a secret that punk were too busy sneering and feeling sorry for themselves to even contemplate, that grunge tried to erase from the history books, and that the majority of modern metal never even knew - heavy metal rock‘n’roll is supposed to be FUN!!!!! Steel Panther took the stage on Thursday night in front of a sell-out crowd with absolute confidence in their show, a swagger in their strut, and the chops to turn what is essentially at its core a comedy theatre show into a fully over-blown cock rock masterwork. Steel Panther take you back to a time when hair was big, clothes were skin tight and tastefully torn and the guitar was king – when all we wanted from a night out was nuthin’ but a good time! Barrelling through most of the best tracks from both of their albums, the song titles alone should give you a clue what to expect - Supersonic Sex Machine, Just Like Tiger Woods, It Won’t Suck Itself, Fat Girl, Asian Hooker. The band pad out a two hour set with long stretches of between song banter – as funny as hell as it is wildly un-PC and definitely adults-only. That much of this is the same jokes they’ve been using at home in Los Angeles and Las Vegas for the past few years is pretty irrelevant when confronted with a crowd that lap up every word. Guitarist Satchel and singer Michael Starr do most of the talking, the former a veteran of one of Rob Halford’s postJudas Priest bands, the latter with a pedigree that includes a stint out front of the Atomic Punks Van Halen tribute as ‘David Lee Ralph’. Bassist Lexxi Foxx milks his trademark jokes as he primps and preens in front of his on-stage fan and mirror, and offers up the dumbest on stage comments known to man, whilst drummer Stixx Zadinya (you may recognise him from the Hahn Super Dry adverts) is content to be the superglue who holds it all together. Satchel’s solo spot is a full of familiar riffs from the likes of Sabbath, Purple, Priest, Van Halen, Metallica and, err… The Sound Of Music! It’s testament to the years they’ve spent playing covers three nights

Xiu Xiu

THIS IS NOWHERE Sommerville Auditorium, Dolphin Theatre & Jackson Court Sunday, October 14, 2012 Set amongst the picturesque pines of UWA’s Sommerville Auditorium, This Is Nowhere promotes itself as the festival for people who hate festivals. Notably (and thankfully) absent were many of the long standing festival staples; macho drunkenness, The Living End, Australian flags as capes, etc. In last week’s edition of X-Press I wrote about how the kinds of bands that thrived at festivals tend to be big, brash and easily digestible. At This Is Nowhere however, this rule seemed not to apply with many of the event’s most talked about acts (Tenniscoats, Xiu Xiu, HTRK) playing sets marked by introversion and emotional sincerity rather than bombast and rock posturing. Unfortunately for the early acts, it took a while for This Is Nowhere to fill up with patrons and reach the critical mass needed for ‘that festival atmosphere.’ Both Mayor Dadi and Jo Lettenmaier played excellent sets to only a handful of people. The first really exceptional act of the day came in the form of Japanese duo Tenniscoats. Using little else than an acoustic guitar and melodica (or ‘melody bong’ as a friend called it) the duo effortlessly charmed the entire crowd with their beguilingly naive tunes. They finished the set by skipping through the crowd singing and smiling like characters from a Wes Anderson film. Given the nocturnal and claustrophobic sound of HTRK’s material I was unsure of how the band would translate in a festival setting. To their credit, the duo did a spectacular job of drawing listeners from the pristine outdoor festival into the bleary inner spaces of their music. Whilst all this was happening in the main 32

Steel Panther (Photo: Denis Radacic) a week in shitty Sunset Strip dives, and culminates with him atop the drum riser beating the bass drum whilst peeling off riff after riff to huge cheers. An acoustic interlude featured an hilariously failed attempt to “gay” up Iron Maiden, leading into the gloriously rude Girl From Oklahoma, before Starr and Satchel dragged a clutch of strippers on stage seemingly at random, for a grind through the Bon Jovi-flavoured Fuck All Night (And Party All Day) and the single that started it all for them 4 years ago, Death To All But Metal. An encore barrage of Community Property, Eyes Of A Panther and 17 Girls In A Row left not a single clichéd hair metal move unturned nor a sad face in the house, before the crowd came down off the saccharine high and exited back into reality. Did everyone GET IT? Probably not. But what makes Steel Panther’s show work is that they have successfully straddled the divide between being a cheap novelty or parody and delivering a comedy homage – in short, they appeal to those who still love the music of the era and beyond, and to those for whom it’s a guilty pleasure or an excuse for a laugh. Accordingly, the crowd seems halfand-half real rockers and weekend warriors who thought it might be good for a laugh to don cheap spandex and a fluffy wig for a rare night out, “Back to the ‘80s” style. To clinch the deal, Steel Panther prove live that they have the songs, musical skill and sheer unbridled showmanship – Van Halen, Poison, Warrant and Motley Crue style - to back it up. _SHANE PINNEGAR

Tortoise (Photos: Dan Grant) auditorium, in Jackson Court a rogue band of local solo performers, known collectively as ‘The Inglorious Buskers’ took turns wooing those festival goers taking a break for food. David Craft, as always, sung fantastic set of Americana-tinged folk while Chris Cobilis played a set that moved from gentle bedroom lullabies to squalling noise. Meanwhile, looking like a theatre-piece set in a nightclub, the Dolphin Theatre played host to some fine local and international beat-smiths. Local renaissance-man James Ireland proved to be an early highlight, conjuring deep, syncopated grooves from his APC controller. Ireland’s sounds are heavily synthetic, owing almost no reference to the concrete world and he handles them with poise and restraint. Slugabed was another festival favourite. The Brighton-based prodigy mixed with incredible speed and dexterity, working though cycle after cycle of drops, rises and breakdowns at breakneck speed for a thoroughly appreciative crowd. As expected, Xiu Xiu’s set was an emotionally intense experience with singer, Jamie Stewart, burying himself deeply in the duo’s melodramatic sound. Although Xiu Xiu remains very much an expansion of Stewart’s personal psyche and neuroses, it was the subtle and inventive contributions of percussionist Angela Seo that made the set a stand out. Her use of vibraphone, gongs and other orchestral percussion in lieu of a standard kit beautifully offset Stewart’s rawer moments. Closing main stage were Chicago instrumental quintet Tortoise. Though they apparently hate the term post-rock, Tortoise are synonymous with the genre. Unlike many post-rock acts (such as Grails who played earlier in the evening) Tortoise don’t indulge much in the swampy jams that typify the genre choosing more tightly structured, propulsive material. Though Grails played an excellent set, Tortoise’s taught, muscular compositions which draw on jazz, dance and hip-hop, won the day. An elegant close to an adventurous festival. _HENRY ANDERSEN X-Press – First on the street, Wednesdays

The Growl

THE GROWL Lever Action

Having spent most of 2012 thus far trotting the globe with psych-rock wunderkinds Pond, Cam Avery is back in town and ready to launch a new single with his other outfit The Growl this Friday, October 19, at Villa. JENNIFER PETERSON-WARD sat down with the man himself to talk about changing outfits, changing line-ups and changing musical directions. “It’s a completely different thing playing drums in Pond and singing in The Growl,” Cam Avery begins. “They’re polar opposites in terms of musical vibe, they both have a completely different feel in their approach to everything, so it’s not hard at all – it’s easy. I like it. The change is awesome.” Despite the ease with which Avery navigates between his multiple musical outfits, he admits he’s finding it more challenging dealing with the doubling of The Growl’s line-up (originally a trio, the outfit now boasts no less than six members) which has forced him

out from behind his guitar and into the spotlight. “It’s a six piece with Marc [Earley] playing upright, James Ireland playing keys, two drummers – Sam Kuzich and Mike Jelinek – and Clint [Oliver]’s back on guitar so now I just have to sing, which is the weirdest bit – I have to try and be a frontperson now,” he says, adding that the new members have lent themselves to some experimentation with live incarnations of their tunes. “That’s always heaps of fun for me. Just playing songs gets really boring for me and that’s where the whole upright bass thing came from – some of the songs are actually really stripped back now, so it’s just me singing and the upright, or the upright, piano and singing. The re-working is really awesome, I love playing songs different live to how they are recorded.” Avery explains that their upcoming single launch will be no less experimental, with the band aiming to traverse the boundaries between traditional rock gig and full-on theatrical show. “I like going to gigs but I also like going to shows where everything is put on and orchestrated and it’s a one-time-only experience,” he says. “In the middle of [Felicity Groom]’s set and our set there’s going to be no break – it’s going to be a rehearsed show where she’s going to play some songs and then we’re going to play some songs and then do some duo stuff in the middle. We’re just going to practice lots in the next week and a half. It’s going to be hard but fun.” Confusingly titled Cleaver Lever, the same name as their debut EP, Avery says the new single is the first taste of a new direction for The Growl, who are set to release a full-length debut in early 2013. “Calling it [Cleaver Lever] was just a bit silly. I just couldn’t think of calling it anything else. That was just the name of the song, I tried calling it other things and I just couldn’t,” Avery says.“The meaning discussed runs a bit deep, it’s kinda funny to talk about, but I suppose it just came from a different time in my life. The whole general vibe of the songs is a bit darker. You don’t write that kind of stuff on purpose – you don’t sit down and think ‘this is going to be heaps happy or sad’ – it just comes out. It’s hard to put a finger on a direct meaning but it’s definitely got a heavier feel than previous stuff. “The whole album’s a bit full on, in retrospect… It’s pretty different. Some of it’s a bit experimental – there’s more fiddling and playing around with sounds and trying to work out how to get an emotion across in a song even if there aren’t lyrics. There are some really mechanical drums sounds where it sounds like a big machine.” Despite the considerable local and national success which The Growl garnered following the release of their bluesy rock EP Cleaver Lever in early 2011, Avery says he isn’t concerned about alienating fans of their previous sound. “If you try and limit yourself you shoot yourself in the foot. If you’re going to box yourself in around the boundaries of success – like, if you’re doing it for that financial success or to get played on Triple J – you may as well go work in a bank.”


Crooked Colours

CROOKED COLOURS With the launch for their long-awaited debut self-titled EP finally set to happen this Friday, October 19, at Amplifier, the lads from indie electro duo Crooked Colours give us the lowdown on their creative process... For people who’ve maybe never heard of you before, how would you describe your sound? Pretty much indie/electro. We try to keep it upbeat and give the synths a good thrashing. Did you have a particular vision for your debut EP? This is our first EP so we kind of just let it run and develop itself. This time round we were largely just trying to find our sound and we think it came out pretty well. What were the main influences - musical or otherwise - when writing the tunes for the EP? Our main influences are other Australian electro bands and we’re lucky there’s so much amazing music in the country at the moment. We also like writing in cool places so we moved around quite a lot when we wrote this EP.


After spending the last six months scattered around the globe, the lads from post-rock ensemble Runner have returned to record a debut album. The dual singles of Footprints and Cubs are a glimpse of what to expect. This Friday, October 19, the band launch the new singles at The Bakery. Joining on the night will be Stillwater Giants, fresh from the release of their Fly Under The Radar EP. Antelope, Weeks and Grady complete the line-up for assurance of an absolutely killer night of tunes. Tickets are $7 presale or $10 at the door from 8pm!


Primarily instrumental rock trio Water Temple are gearing up to launch two cassettes – Guildford Hotel Was An Inside Job and One Generation’s Tragedy Is The Next One’s Joke – this Saturday, October 20, at Dada Records. Special guests are set to include Basic Mind (the synth wizardry of Tim from Astral Travel), Scum Of The Earth (Joe from Pond and Nick from Cease) and Happy Families. Entry is free and the music kicks off from 5pm.


Although you guys have been playing together since early 2011 it’s taken a while for the EP to be released - why the wait? We’ve had some other commitments during that time and it took us a little while to figure out our groove. We also didn’t want to release anything until we could deliver it live.

On Saturday, October 20, The Den is going to be rocked to its very foundations with the long anticipated release of the 4-way Perth split 7” by budding Perth label Sewing Circle Records. This record features previously unreleased tracks from Grim Fandango, Chilling Winston, Celebrator, and 10 Points For Glenroy, all of who’ll be playing their tunes live from 8pm. Entry is $10 on the door.

What can punters expect from your EP launch? We’ve got amazing supports from LILT and Carl Fox in one of the best live venues in Perth so it should be a pretty special night.


You’ve supported some of the hottest names in indie music right now – including The Rubens and The Aston Shuffle – which band was your favourite to open for? They’ve all been pretty amazing. We’ve been blown away by how nice and down to earth all these bands are, but the best would probably have to be Rufus, those boys know how to party. You also recently played Parklife - what was that experience like? Amazing. We had such a fun show and to be part of the amazing local line-up was awesome. Not to mention meeting The Presets. What have you got planned for the rest of 2012 ? Hopefully try to get some more festival slots and just enjoy the summer. We’re working on some new stuff now so we’ll hopefully drop a single towards the end of the year. Is there anything else you’d like to add? Big thanks to all the help and support we’ve had making this EP. We love you all.

In anticipation of their set at the Natural Music Festival in early December, Ben Merito will be performing shows with his band throughout WA to showcase their new single. Don’t miss their sureto-be-awesome set at The Rosemount Hotel this Saturday, October 20. To find out where Ben will be playing next, hit up


After a hectic few months of rehearsing and fine tuning her live show Cindy Stevens is back to perform songs from her 2011 album Live Wire at the Charles Hotel on Tuesday, October 23. Acclaimed for her unique sultry voice and catchy songs, Cindy is sure to create a great rockin’ atmosphere in this special performance.


This Friday, October 19, at the Velvet Lounge, Sonic Velvet hosts a night of rock’n’roll on the swampier end of the spectrum featuring The Government Yard, The Painkillers, Order of the Black Werewolf and Neutral Native. Doors open 8pm and entry is only $5! 33

Tigertown, October 18, Ya Ya’s & October 19, Norfolk Basement

Clare Bowditch, October 20, Astor Theatre

Tripod, November 9 & 10, Quarry Amphitheatre

ARRESTED SOUTHBOUND (The Of Monsters & Men, DECEMBER DEVELOPMENT Flaming Lips, SBTRKT, Perfume Genius, Polica, JOHN WILLIAMSON 3 Metro City Best Coast, Beach House, Pond, Real Estate, The 1 Quarry Amphitheatre Boy & Bear, Coolio, Rubens, Shlohmo, JUSTINE CLARKE 16 & 17 St Joseph’s Church JORDIE LANE 4 YaYa’s The Vaccines, Bombay Snakadaktal, Twerps, 1 Astor Theatre Subiaco THE LIVING END NATURAL NEW ZEALAND Bicycle Club, First Aid Yeasayer ) 1-7 Rosemount Hotel MUSIC FESTIVAL ( Kit, Hilltop Hoods, 9 Venue TBC Shapeshifter, Kora, Ladi6, Hot Chip, Maximo EMMYLOU HARRIS GIN BLOSSOMS TIGERTOWN Trinity Roots, David 6 Perth Concert Hall Park, Millions, Totally 10 Capitol Dallas, P-Money & More) Enormous Extinct 18 Ya Ya’s JOE LONGTHORNE / AMANDA PALMER MELISSA MANCHESTER 1 Red Hill Auditorium 19 Norfolk Basement Dinosaurs, Angus Stone, 14 Astor Theatre RUSSELL BRAND 7 Regal Theatre Ball Park Music, Cosmo CELTIC THUNDER TOUCHE AMORE/ MAKE 2 Perth Arena Jarvis, Django Django, 16 Perth Arena THE KNOCKS TODD MCKENNEY DO AND MEND The Hives, Jinjo Safari, DAVID HASSLEHOFF 2 Venue TBA 7 YMCA HQ 18 & 19 Astor Theatre SIMPLE MINDS / DEVO / Lisa Mitchell, Matt 17 Capitol 8 Amplifier THE CHURCH / MODELS Corby, Sharon Van Etten, ED SHEERAN/ JOSH PYKE 4 Kings Park & Botanical Two Door Cinema Club, PASSENGER Garden WE ALL WANT TO 8 Artbar Bertie Blackman, DJ Nu- 23 Challenge Stadium CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE REEL BIG FISH/ Mark Toy Set, The Jungle CLIFF RICHARDS 18 Prince Of Wales BAND GOLDFINGER/ Giants, Loon Lake, Oh 23 Sandalford Estate 19 The Bird ZEBRAHEAD 8 Fly By Night Mercy, Rodrigo Gabriela, SARAH BLASKO 5 Metro City TRIPOD 20 Indi Bar San Cisco & more TBA) KASEY CHAMBERS/ 23 Kings Park & Botanical 9 & 10 Quarry 4 & 5 Sir Stewart Bovell SHANE NICHOLSON Garden Amphitheatre 5 Albany Entertainment Park Busselton GLENN FREY CLARE BOWDITCH REFUSED 65 DAYS OF STATIC Centre 24 Kings Park & Botanical 9 Metropolis Fremantle 6 Civic Centre Esperance 5 The Bakery 20 Astor Theatre JOHN WAITE 7 Goldfields Arts Centre SUMMADAYZE (M.I.A, Garden 9 Metro City 8 Mundaring Weir Hotel Fedde Le Grand, Mark NORAH JONES BLEEDING KNEES CLUB JLO OCTOBER Ronson DJ Set, Kimbra, 24 Riverside Theatre 9 Metro Freo 6 Perth Arena SHELLAC Booka Shade Live, Eddie 10 Amplifier LAGWAGON/ THE SMITH Halliwell, AN21 & Max 25 Rosemount Hotel MARCH SARITAH STREET BAND TINPAN ORANGE Vangeli, Carl Craig, 69 5 Prince Of Wales 9 Fly BY Nightclub FUTURE MUSIC 25 Bakery Live, Maya Jane Coles, 6 The Rosemount 10 Settlers Tavern FESTIVAL 2013 (The 26 Fly By Night Disclosure Live, Erol THE BLACKEYED GEORGE MICHAEL Prodigy, The Stone CHARLES JENKINS Alkan, Fake Blood, SUSANS 10 Perth Arena Roses, PSY, Dizzee 25 Norfolk Basement Adrian Lux, Breakbot 7 The Rosemount PROGFEST (Ne 26 The Velvet Lounge 8 Mojos Bar Live, Hudson Mohawke, Rascal, Bloc Party, Obliviscaris, and more PAUL KELLY MISSY HIGGINS Araabmuzik, Icona Pop, Azealia Banks, Rita Ora, 26 Fremantle Arts Centre TBA) 8 Fremantle Arts Centre Scuba, Aeroplane, Jesse Boys Noize, Hardwell, 10 Civic Hotel The Temper Trap, FUN, NICKI MINAJ / TYGA LEB I SOL Rose, Danny Daze, AC DAN SULTAN / LEAH 8 Perth Arena 26 Chares Hotel Slater, Stafford Brothers Madeon, Rudimental, FLANAGAN SHANE NICHOLSON Ellie Goulding, Steve SUZANNAH ESPIE 10 The Bakery 10 Fremantle Arts Centre & Timmy Trumpet, Aoki, Alesso, Gypsy & 26 The Velvet Lounge Bombs Away & More) 11 Fly By Night PRIMAL SCREAM The Cat, A-Trak, Feed LISA MITCHELL 6 Patersons Stadium MATCHBOX TWENTY/ 11 Astor Theatre Me, Zeds Dead, Kill The 26 Astor Theatre Subiaco HUSKY INXS/ EVERMORE Noise, DJ Fresh, Nervo, 27 Prince Of Wales SANDI THOM 12 Mojos Bar 11 Perth Arena Zane Lowe, Borgore, BASTARDFEST 13 The Bakery 10 Fly By Night SWAMP THING (Astriaal, Fuck I’m Dead, 11 Fremantle Arts Centre EVIL EDDIE Cocoon Heroes ft Sven NIGHTWISH Desecrator, and more) ELTON JOHN 13 Amplifier 20 Metropolis Fremantle Väth, Richie Hawtin, 14 C5 27 Civic Hotel Ricardo Villalobos, Seth ESG 12 Perth Arena 15 Prince Of Wales THE LIGHTHOUSE TRIO DEXYS Troxler, Magda, Wake 20 The Bakery TAME IMPALA 27 & 28 The Ellington Your Mind ft Cosmic 12 Astor Theatre 15 Fremantle Arts Centre WEEZER SMASH MOUTH Gate & Emma Hewitt, 23 Perth Arena SIGUR ROS PARKWAY DRIVE 27 & 28 Metropolis W&W, tyDi, Andy Moor, 13 Belvoir Amphitheatre 19 Challenge Stadium WOODS Fremantle Super8 & Tab, Ben Gold, SILVERSUN PICKUPS/ SUICIDAL TENDENCIES/ 23 The Bakery SOMETHING FOR KATE THE DANDY WARHOLS UNWRITTEN LAW/ THE JEFF THE The Stafford Brothers, 27 & 28 Fly By Night Timmy Trumpet, Tenzin, 13 Fremantle Arts Centre DUDESONS BROTHERHOOD GREENTHIEF 19 Metro Freo BETWEEN THE BURIED Bombs Away & More 27 Mojos 27 Rocket Room AND ME/ ANIMALS AS REGINA SPEKTOR TBA) YANNI 19 Belvoir Amphitheatre 27 Perth Arena 28 Prince Of Wales LEADERS 3 Arena Joondalup JEFF MARTIN 29 Newport Hotel 13 Amplifier SOUNDWAVE 2013 20 Fremantle Arts Centre BIG DAY OUT (Red ROCK IT (The Black Keys, BEN FOLDS FIVE Hot Chili Peppers, The (Metallica, Linkin Park, John Butler Trio, Birds Of 14 Fremantle Arts Centre 21 Clancy’s Dunsborough Killers, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Blink-182, A Perfect Mojos Bar Tokyo, The Panics, Lanie SANTIGOLD/ CRAZY P 22 Vampire Weekend, Band Circle, The Offspring, 23 Indi Bar Lane, Last Dinosaurs, 14 Metro City Paramore, Garbage, EVAN DANDO / JULIANA Of Horses, Kaskade, Royal Headache, THE BEARDS / THE Animal Collective, HATFIELD Slayer, Cypress Hill, Graveyard Train, SNOWDROPPERS 22 The Rosemount Against Me!, 360, Foals, Bullet For My Valentine, Brothers Grim, The Toot 15 Prince Of Wales ORIGIN NYE (Chase & B.O.B, Sleigh Bells, Jeff and more) 16 Settlers Tavern Toot Toots, and more) Status (DJ Set), Knife The Brotherhood, Off!, 4 Claremont Party, Gaslamp Killer, 17 Rosemount Hotel 28 Joondalup Arena Grinspoon, Jagwar Ma, Showgrounds ShockOne, Pearson HARRY JAMES ANGUS 18 Indi Bar Delta Spirit, Everytime I GLENN SHORROCK/ Sound, DMZ (Coki & 28 Fremantle Arts Centre WASHINGTON Mala), Goldie, Brookes Die, House Vs Hurricane, WENDY MATTHEWS/ 16 & 17 Quarry GRAVEYARD TRAIN Alabama Shakes, and DOUG PARKINSON Brothers, Ed Rush, Amphitheatre 29 Indi Bar more) 14 & 15 Quarry NICKELBACK / JACKSON Wilkinson, Dillinja, 30 Mojos Bar 28 Claremont Marky & Stamina, Sigma, Amphitheatre FIREBIRD 31 Devilles Pad Delta Heavy, Metrik, DC Showgrounds THE CIVIL WARS 17 Perth Arena THURSTON MOORE Breaks, Skism, Gemini, RICHARD HAWLEY 15 St Joseph’s Subiaco PREFUSE 73 & TEEBS 30 Rosemount Hotel Inspector Dubplate, 31 Astor Theatre WILLIAM ELLIOT 17 Bakery Jakes, Mensah, Dodge WHITMORE JEFF MARTIN & Fuski, Bar9, Distance, NOVEMBER 23 Mojos Bar 22 Friends Restaurant Dark Sky, Ben Ufo, New FEBRUARY HOT CHELLE RAE / CHER DEEP SEA ARCADE York Transit Authority, ST. JEROME’S LANEWAY LLOYD Pariah, XXXY, Om Unit 23 The Rosemount FESTIVAL 2013 (Alpine, APRIL 1 Astor Theatre and more TBC) OMAR RODRIGUEZ KARMA COUNTY 30 & 31 Fairbridge Village, Alt-J, Bat For Lashes, THE SCRIPT LOPEZ Chet Faker, Cloud Pinjara 1 Clancy’s Fish Pub 3 Perth Arena 24 The Rosemount Nothings, Divine Fits, ElFremantle STEREOSONIC (Tiësto, P, Flume, Henry Wagons GYPSY & THE CAT Avicii, Calvin Harris, JANUARY 2013 & The Unwelcome JUNE 2 Capitol Example, Carl Cox, Major CUBAN CLUB (Cuban Company, High Highs, PINK BILLY BRAGG Lazer, and more) Brothers, Yacht Club Holy Other, Japandroids, 25, 26 & 28 Perth Arena 2 & 3 Astor Theatre 25 Claremont DJs, Russ Dewbury, Still Jessie Ware, Julia Holter, CARUS THOMPSON Showgrounds Water Giants, Death Kings Of Convenience, 2 Indi Bar JOHN WILLIAMSON Disco DJs & El Ginger The Men, Ms Mr, The SEPTEMBER 3 Norfolk Basement 30 Quarry Amphitheatre Mojito) Neighbourhood, ONE DIRECTION AT THE GATES THE SAINTS 1 The Flying Squadron Nicolas Jaar, Nite Jewel, 30 Fly By Nightclub 3 Capitol Yacht Club, Dalkeith 28 & 29 Perth Arena




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Carl Fox, Friday at Amplifier

WEDNESDAY 17.10 BAKERY Fresh Faced Follies BALMORAL Nathan Gaunt BAR 120 Felix BRASS MONKEY Sugar Blue Burlesque CLAREMONT HOTEL Open Mic Night ELLINGTON JAZZ CLUB Simon Barker FLY BY NIGHT CLUB Exhumed GREENWOOD Bernardine GROOVE BAR (CROWN CASINO) 5 Shots HALE ROAD TAVERN Fenton Wilde INDI BAR Loren LUCKY SHAG Howie Morgan MOJOS BAR James Willing The Whistling Dogs Patient Little Sister MUSTANG Aftershock PADDO Sophie Jane Alistair Hunt Gerard McCartney ROSEMOUNT Spilt Cities Creature Mattress Security Gutter Drakes Dry Dry River ROSIE O’GRADY’S (NORTHBRIDGE) David Fyffe THE BIRD Cam Avery THE BROWN FOX Courtney Murphy THE MOON Rachel Dease Todd Pickett Ivory Wolf UNIVERSAL Strutt

YAYA’S Badger & The Fox Oak Tree Suite Lionzier

THURSDAY 18.10 BELGIAN BEER CAFÉ Chasing Calee BRASS MONKEY Rhythm Bound Karaoke BRIGHTON Open Mic Night BROOKLANDS TAVERN Celebrations Karaoke COMO HOTEL Adam James DEVILLES PAD Rock ‘N’ Roll Karaoke DUNSBOROUGH TAVERN Open Mic Night ELEPHANT & WHEELBARROW Dr Bogus ELLINGTON JAZZ CLUB WAYJO Now FLY TRAP The Crooked Cats Wayfare The Beers Limpin Dave & The Straight Legged Freaks Robo & The Cosmic Starfish HIGH WYCOMBE HOTEL Chris Murphy INDI BAR Bex’s Open Mic Night KULCHA Austen Tayshus LEEDERVILLE HOTEL Leederville Loungeroom Astro Lix Neutral Native Hello Colour Red LUCKY SHAG James Wilson MARKET CITY TAVERN Louise Ratcliffe Sharyce Ferris Elephant Sky Dirty Blues Museum MOJOS BAR Accumulated Gestures The Gypsie Howls

Grim Fandango





Felicity Groom, Friday at Villa MUSTANG BAR The DomNicks NORFOLK BASEMENT Timothy Nelson & The Infadels OXFORD HOTEL Johnny Taylor ROSEMOUNT Graceful Sun Moths Mud Lark Green The Trees Bad Breath ROSIE O’GRADY’S (FREMANTLE) Clayton Bolger ROSIE O’GRADY’S (NORTHBRIDGE) Bill Chidgzey SOVEREIGN ARMS Fenton Wilde THE BIRD Don’t Sleep THE BOAT Jen De Ness THE BROOK Open Mic Night THE GATE One Trick Phonies THE SHED Baby Piranhas UNIVERSAL Off The Record WOODVALE Two Plus One YA YA’S TigerTown Bishi Bashi Warning Birds

FRIDAY 19.10 7th AVENUE Free Radicals ADMIRAL Steve Hepple AMPLIFIER Crooked Colours Carl Fox LILT BAILEY BAR Mod Squad BAKERY Runner Stillwater Giants Weeks Antelope Grady BALLYS BAR Anderson BALMORAL Mike Nayar BAR ORIENT The Reggae Club General Justice The Empressions Ras Mwas H-Mut Tedro BEAT NIGHTCLUB The Novocaines Agaitated Hideous Sun Demon Santa Muerte BELMONT TAVERN Electrophobia BENTLEY HOTEL Sophie Jane BLACK BETTYS Everlong BRASS MONKEY Christian Thompson BROKEN HILL HOTEL Matt Milford CAPTAIN STIRLING Velvet & Stone CARINE Pop Candy CARLISLE HOTEL Reload CHASE BAR Chasing Calee

Blue Shaddy, Saturday at Duckstein Brewery

CIVIC HOTEL Classic Rock For Telethon Lady Zeppelin Jac Dalton Gazman’s Crown Jewels CIVIC HOTEL (THE DEN) Listening For Triggers Dyatlov Cabin Fever The Corner Remember The South COMO HOTEL Trevor Jalla CORNERSTONE 5th Avenue CRAFTSMAN Urban X CROWN CASINO Decoy DEVILLES PAD The Houstons Les Sataniques DUSK LOUNGE Aftershock EAST 150 Adrian Wilson ELLINGTON JAZZ CLUB James Sandon, Tom O’Halloran & Ben Vanderwal Trio Simon Barker Hopkins brothers EMPIRE Howie Morgan FLY TRAP Cross Eyed Cats GLOUCESTER PARK Midnight Rambler GREENWOOD Greg Carter HERDSMAN Ali Towers Duo HIGH ROAD HOTEL Clayton Bolger The Damien Cripps Band HIGH WYCOMBE HOTEL Flash Nat & The Action Men HYDE PARK HOTEL Cal Peck & The Tramps Thee Golden Blooms Creature INDI BAR Dilip & The Davs Palatial Digs INDIAN OCEAN BREW Ben Merito KALAMUNDA HOTEL Overload KULCHA Kavisha Mazzella LEGENDS BAR The Organ Grinders LYNWOOD ARMS Mustangs M ON THE POINT James Wilson MARKET CITY TAVERN Tamika Mike Anderson MOJOS BAR (ARVO) Captn K Simmo T MOJOS BAR (EVE) The Paper Kites Art Of Sleeping Battleships MOON & SIXPENCE Soul Corporation MUSTANG BAR Harry Deluxe Cheeky Monkeys NEWPORT Party Rockers NORFOLK BASEMENT Tigertown Warning Birds PADDO Simon Kelly

PARAMOUNT Flyte PEEL ALEHOUSE Baby Piranhas PINK DUCK LOUNGE BAR Chris Murphy RAILWAY HOTEL Merito De Grussa Band Malachi Wenipeihana ROCKET ROOM Fools Of April Ragdoll Room At The Reservoir Star Anise ROSE & CROWN Christian Thompson ROSEMOUNT Blackmilk Diger Rokwell The Love Junkies Rachael Dease ROSIE O’GRADY’S (FREMANTLE) Spyce ROSIE O’GRADY’S (NORTHBRIDGE) Neil Colliss SAIL & ANCHOR Howie Morgan Duo SOUTH ST ALE HOUSE Robbie King Karaoke SPRINGS TAVERN Greg Carter Karaoke STEVES BAR Honey SWAN BASEMENT The Aunts The Prevues Bryan Rice Dalton BurnHabit Zara Huts SWAN LOUNGE Alteria Motive Mitchell Jones Littlest Fox Riley Pearce Trojan John SWINGING PIG Better Days Greg Carter THE BIRD We All Want To THE BOAT Deuce THE GATE Smoking Section THE SAINT Huge THE VIC Double Take TIGER LILS Paul Malone Adam Kelly Alex Koresis UNIVERSAL Nightmoves VELVET LOUNGE The Government Yard The Painkillers Order Of The Black Werewolf Neutral Native VICTORIA PARK HOTEL Ivan Ribic VILLA The Growl Felicity Groom Maurice Flavel Fucking Teeth WOODVALE TAVERN Switch YA YA’S The Bob Gordons Scalphunter The Lungs Them Sharks

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Kill Teen Angst, Saturday at Indi Bar

SATURDAY 20.10 ADMIRAL One Trick Phonies AMPLIFIER The Paper Kites BAKERY THEESatisfaction Savoir BALLYS BAR Dove BALMORAL Greg Carter BAILEY BAR Insideout BAR 120 Flyte BELGIAN BEER CAFÉ Mike Nayar BLACK BETTY’S J Babies BLVD TAVERN Jason Baker BRIGHTON The Crooked Cats Calectasia & The Raging Lincolns Logan Crawford CORNERSTONE Tina Turner Tribute CROWN CASINO (PRIZE DRAW STAGE) Switch CIVIC HOTEL Leukemia Benefit To Hell With Honour Hello Darling The Silent World The Rumble CIVIC HOTEL (THE DEN) Grim Fandango 10 Points For Glenroy Celebrator Chilling Winston COMO HOTEL Ricky Green DEVILLES PAD Johnny Nandez Hammond Explosion Les Sataniques DUCKSTEIN BREWERY (MARGARET RIVER) Blue Shaddy Travis Caudle ELLINGTON JAZZ CLUB Adam James Robinson Trio Stratosfunk EMPIRE James Ess FLY TRAP The Differentials GROOVE BAR (CROWN CASINO) Hi NRG HIGH ROAD HOTEL Dr Bogus HYDE PARK HOTEL Meg Mac & The Squeeze INDIAN OCEAN BREW CO The Blackbirds INDI BAR We All Want To Kill Teen Angst KULCHA One Tribe & Sol-R LAKERS Jukebox Bandits LANGFORD ALEHOUSE Die Hard Karaoke LEOPOLD HOTEL Steve Hepple LOBBY LOUNGE (CROWN CASINO) Pop Candy LYNWOOD ARMS Mustangs

M ON THE POINT Rhythm 22 MOJOS BAR Ganga Giri Sam Perry DJ Kilogram MOON & SIXPENCE Damien Cripps Band MUSTANG The Continentals Milhouse NEWPORT Kizzy Gravity NORFOLK BASEMENT The Violet Scene Winter Calling Benny Macri NORTH FREMANTLE BOWLING CLUB The Sure Fire Midnights The Dirty South Moonlight Wranglers Those Wretched Horses The Coalminers sect The Wishers Timothy Nelson Brendon Humphries PADDY HANNANS Decoy PARAMOUNT Felix PEEL ALEHOUSE Overload QUARIE BAR Electrophobia RAILWAY HOTEL Tuxedo Pig The Government Yard ROCKET ROOM Kickstart ROSEMOUNT Merito De Grussa Band Malachi Wenipeihana ROSIE O’GRADY’S (FREMANTLE) Flavor ROSIE O’GRADY’S (NORTHBRIDGE) Mod Squad SAIL & ANCHOR The Kickstarts Childs Play SEAVIEW HOTEL Open Mic Night STEVES BAR Jamie Powers SWAN LOUNGE Lipstick Pickup Rough Surface Scarlet Therapy India 9 Nine SWINGING PIG Greg Carter Pulse THE BOAT The Organ Grinders THE GATE Dirty Scoundrels THE SAINT Retrofit UNIVERSAL Soul Corporation WHALE & ALE Urban X WOODVALE TAVERN Flash Nat & The Action Men YAYA’S The Main Attraction Avastera Young Alaska

SUNDAY 21.10 7TH AVENUE Good Karma BALMORAL Chasing Calee BLVD TAVERN Annabelle Harvey Bishop Beshop Riley Pierce

Friday Friday TravisCaudle Caudle `Merito, Saturday at The Travis FlyBy ByNight Night Rosemount Hotel Fly BREAKERS BAR Kate Gilbertson BRIGHTON John Read BROKEN HILL HOTEL Switchback BROOKLANDS TAVERN Kevin Curran CAPTAIN STIRLING Jamie Powers CARINE The Bluebottles CIVIC HOTEL Helen Shanahan CLAREMONT HOTEL Sunday Driver COMO HOTEL Adrian Wilson ELEPHANT & WHEELBARROW Daren Reid & The Soul City Groove ELLINGTON JAZZ CLUB Metro Big Band Laura Bernay & Mike Nelson Quartet EMPIRE CB3 HIGH ROAD HOTEL Glen Davies HIGH WYCOMBE HOTEL The Organ Grinders INDI BAR Ganga Giri INDIAN OCEAN BREWING COMPANY Retrofit KALAMUNDA HOTEL Christian Thompson LAKERS TAVERN Jamie Powers LANGFORD ALEHOUSE Zalia Joi LAST DROP John Unit M ON THE POINT Sophie Jane Chili Bin Boys MAHOGANNY INN Dean Anderson MOJOS BAR Mama Kin Lucy Peach MUSTANG BAR Peter Busher & The Lone Rangers NEWPORT Tim Nelson Charity Rock Fest For Cerebral Palsy Stone Circle Arcane Saints Ragdoll The History Of The Midnight Mules Fliptop Ngati Queens Boulevard The Branson Tramps Coronal Sky NORTH FREMANTLE BOWLING CLUB Rachel Dillion NORTHLANDS TAVERN Chris Gibbs PADDY MALONE’S Gary Fowlie PEEL ALEHOUSE Scott Nelson PIG & WHISTLE Velvet & Stone PINK DUCK LOUNGE BAR Kevin Conway QUARIE BAR Jack & Jill QUEENS TAVERN Big Bamboo ROSEY O’GRADY’S (NORTHBRIDGE) David Fyffe Neil Colliss

Cindy Stevens, Tuesday at The Charles Hotel

SAIL & ANCHOR Mike Nayar SOUTH ST ALE HOUSE Leighton Keepa SOVEREIGN ARMS Ivan Ribic SPRINGS TAVERN Ryan Dillon STIRLING ARMS Stu McKay SWAN BASEMENT From The Dunes Lunar Universe SWAN LOUNGE Honey And The Wolf Andrew C SWINGING PIG Matt Angel Pat Nicholson THE BIRD Timothy Nelson & The Infidels THE GATE Better Days Greg Carter THE MOON James Teague Allana Eileen THE SAINT Howie Morgan Trio THE SHED James Wilson UNIVERSAL Retriofit VICTORIA PARK HOTEL Damien Cripps WANNEROO TAVERN Eddie McMellow WOODVALE TAVERN Deuce XWRAY CAFÉ The Charisma Brothers YA YA’S Chelsea Cullen Sam Wylde Old Blood

INDIAN OCEAN BREW Jack & Jill MOJOS BAR Wide Open Mic Night MUSTANG BAR Marco & The Alley Cats THE DEEN Plastic Max & The Token Gesture WOODVALE TAVERN Damien Cripps YA YA’S Open Mic Night


CHARLES HOTEL Cindy Stevens ELLINGTON JAZZ CLUB WAAPA Jazz Graduation Recital Lana Rothnie Harry Winton Shaun Rammers Kate Pass Phil Stroud LUCKY SHAG Ben Merito MERIDIAN ROOM (CROWN) Courtney Murphy MERRIWA TAVERN Celebrations Karaoke MOJOS BAR Jess Wells Merle Fishwyck The Rupert Crook Confusion The Georgians MUSTANG BAR Danza Loca PADDO Simon Kelly PRINCE OF WALES Open Mic Night TAVERN MONDAY 22.10 SETTLERS Open Mic Night BRASS MONKEY THE BIRD James Wilson ELLINGTON JAZZ CLUB Fat Shan’s Open Mic THE BROOK Song Lounge GROOVE BAR (CROWN Greg Carter Karaoke TWO ROCKS TAVERN CASINO) Pop Candy Jump For Joy Karaoke







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