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PURPLE RAIN SCREENS AGAIN It’s time to get your purple on and celebrate the life of one of the most influential and unique musicians the world has ever seen. Luna Cinemas Leederville and Luna on SX are showcasing special tribute screenings of Purple Rain on Friday, May 6. Purple Rain was released in 1984, and quickly became a cult classic as it landed Prince his first performing lead role. The movie soundtrack features classic Prince songs such as When Doves Cry and of course Purple Rain along with many others. Prince fans rejoice, and celebrate his life together on what is set to be a spectacular night! For ticketing details, visit lunapalace.com.au.
IN DEEPO Perth outfit, Sprawl, are set to release their debut LP, Deepo. It’s the band’s first release since 2014’s Aleph EP and was recorded last year by Kieran Kenderessy (The Birds of Tokyo, Usurpers of Modern Medicine). The band describes the LP as a “sparse, jagged blend of dissonant melodies, sore-thumb samples and the asymmetric rhythms of the mathematically distressed”. Sprawl will launch the album with special guests Moana, Hip Priest, The Government Yard and Good Try on Friday, May 20, at the Rosemount Hotel.
PUNKS FOR WEST PAPUA Award-winning documentary Punks For West Papua is set for a special screening in Perth along with guest filmmaker Anthony Brennan, and performances from Yob Mob, King Of Travellers, Rabid Abbott and DJ General Justice. The event will take place at Four5Nine Bar in the Rosemount Hotel, on Wednesday, May 4. Punks For West Papua is an intriguing story of one man’s selfless gesture that inspired a nation, and is recommended viewing for not just fans of punk rock but for anybody who believes in justice. Proceeds go to The United Liberation Movement for West Papua. Doors open 7pm, $10 entry.
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FOY EVER Just days away from releasing his third studio album, The Wild Swan, on mate and collaborator Ed Sheeran’s label Gingerbead Man Records, Irishman Foy Vance has outlined what his upcoming headline sojourn to Australia will look like. Vance says of the September tour, “This is my second official World Tour and it’s the second time that it will start Down Under. No better place to begin. The weather, the food, and the people are quite unlike any other. Looking forward to a schooner already.” Byron Bay neo-folk artist Kyle Lionhart will be joining Vance on the run which kicks off on Saturday, September 10, at Mojos. Tickets on sale from 10am, Friday, May 6, via oxtix.com.au.
ENTER SEPTEMBER Having toured Australia just last year, UK favourites Enter Shikari have announced they’ll be heading back this September for a string of shows, where they’ll be joined by fellow English outfit Hacktivists and Sydney band, Stories. They’ll stop by Metropolis Fremantle on Saturday, September 24. Tickets via livenation.com.au. Enter Shikari
COMMON GROUND Hip hop legend Common who recently announced his East Coast Australian tour, has due to popular demand added a one-off show in Perth. After blowing away Australian audiences in 2014 on the Soulfest bill, Common’s first ever headline tour hits Metro City, this Saturday, May 7, with special guest Talib Kweli. Tickets are on sale via megatix.com.au.
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Vera Blue, an electronica folk artist who has surfaced as one of Australia’s up and coming music sensations, is embarking on a national tour entitled Fingertips and will make her way to Perth on Sunday, May 15, when she performs a free concert at the Aviary as part of the Aviary Rooftop Sessions. She will be accompanied by Perth pop artist Teischa, electronic act Luna May and INDORSE. Be sure to book a spot via theaviaryperth.com.au.
The Used have announced an Australian tour set for November. For the first time ever in Australia, The Used will be performing their self-titled album in full one night and then perform In Love And Death in full the next night in every city the band play. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for fans to see the band play two completely different shows, performing two iconic albums, over two nights. The Used hit Perth on Saturday-Sunday, November 26-27, at Metropolis Fremantle. Tickets available via tickets. destroyalllines.com.
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With such an epic and much-loved back catalogue Iron Maiden more than most bands, could play for three or four hours and not have a boring moment. Choosing a setlist can’t be easy. “Well, it’s not easy!” laughs Harris. “We could get up and play a whole load of songs that we’ve never ever played before, and still have two full sets of it, we’ve got that many songs! Maybe one day we should think about
Ed Force One Is Cleared To Land Playing Perth Arena on Saturday, May 14, on the Antipodean leg of their Book Of Souls World Tour, is legendary British band Iron Maiden. SHANE PINNEGAR gets bassist, Steve Harris, on the phone for a chat. Iron Maiden are being flown from city-tocity on this world tour by none other than commercial pilot and band vocalist Bruce Dickinson. Dickinson, who recently successfully battled throat cancer, causing the delay of their Book Of Souls album and tour, was not behind the controls when their Boeing 747400 plane – Ed Force One – was damaged at a Chilean airport on March 12, causing logistical headaches for the band when the plane was grounded for repairs. “Yeah, it was frustrating,” says bass player/songwriter, Steve Harris, taking up the story. “I think, obviously, Bruce was devastated about it – even though it was not his responsibility, because he wasn’t even on the plane when it happened. The ground staff messed up, but it’s one of them things, what can you do?
these days it just wouldn’t feel right to do that. I think we would have knocked it on the head to be honest.” Iron Maiden had Harris’ daughter Lauren as the main support act on their last Australian tour, and this time round it’s his son George’s turn, with his band The Raven Age. It must be proud for him to stand in the wings as a dad and see the response they’re getting. “Yes, it’s fantastic,” Harris enthuses. “Obviously they’ve got to be there on merit - it’s no good them just being there, they’ve got to hold their own because our audiences are tough and they soon let you know if they don’t like it. “Basically, The Raven Age has been going down absolutely fantastic everywhere, getting great remarks, great reviews. They’re a bloody good band with really great songs and I can only give them the compliment to say that I wish I’d written them myself!”
“It’s all fixed, we’ve been flying on it since,” Harris assures us, confirming that Ed Force One is fully operational again and Dickinson will be piloting her around Australia. Book of Souls is studio album #16 for the metal stalwarts, and successfully marries their early heavy metal with your more recent progressive leanings. It’s a fantastic record, and Harris says the songs have been going down well live. “Yes, they are. It’s like any new tour with new songs, you’re not going to get the reaction that the old stuff gets. It’s just always like that when you’re playing new stuff. Maybe one day a couple of them songs will be regarded as a massive part of the set, once people know them more. But I think it’s really important to push your new stuff: it keeps things fresh.”
doing that. But, it’s not easy. These days, after what happened to Bruce, we basically said, ‘you choose the set because you’ve got to sing it,’ and to my amazement he wanted to put Hallowed Be Thy Name back in, which is a tough song to sing. You know, maybe he just wanted to prove a point. He’s been singing better than ever, I think.” Referencing Dickinson’s cancer battle, I ask Harris if the singer had been forced to retire, would Iron Maiden have found a replacement for him? “No, I don’t think so,” he says bluntly. “It was difficult enough before without him (Dickinson left the band between 1993 and ‘99),
FIVE GREAT MAIDEN MOMENTS 1979: Iron Maiden, with singer Paul DiAnno, release the 7” single The Soundhouse Tapes, spearheading the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal movement. 1982: Run To The Hills and The Number Of The Beast (from the latterly titled album) the band’s first singles with new singer, Bruce Dickinson, are released and go Top 20 around the world. 1984-85: The band embark on the massive 187-show World Slavery Tour, culminating in a headline appearance in front of 300,000 fans at Rock In Rio. The tour was recorded in Long Beach Arena, California and released as the ground-breaking Live After Death album in 1985. 2008: Iron Maiden embark on their Somewhere Back In Time World Tour, with singer Dickinson piloting the band’s chartered jet from gig to gig. Starting in Mumbai, the tour took in the band’s first shows in Australia since 1992, as well as visiting North and South America and Europe. The tour was commemorated with the Flight 666 DVD. 2015: Iron Maiden’s 16th studio album, Book Of Souls, is released, including the 18-minute epic, Empire Of The Clouds. The album tops the charts in 24 countries, reaching #4 in the US, and spawning the Book Of Souls World Tour.
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from Carl Sagan to Jenny Holzer popping up in lyrical asides. “I’m drawn to people who are process driven. I see an article and start thinking about it as a metaphor for something Notes To Self about the human condition, and then a song happens. So She might be about to release what happens is all one of the year’s most glistening marked by process,” electro-pop albums, but Olivia she enthuses, before worrying Bartley, Olympia, wants to get she’s “laying on the home and do her washing. ALEX artspeak” too thick. GRIFFIN reports. She needn’t worry, though; despite Having come off touring with that’s taken the litany of ideas her away from her base in Melbourne, Olivia pinballing around, Bartley’s now swinging into promo for her Self Talk is anything debut solo record as Olympia, Self Talk. but exclusive or The hectic schedule mirrors the exclusionary, with heady swirl of intellectual pop, putting her amongst the likes of St Vincent, Sia and Blood the densely layered hooks on tracks like Orange in the way she smuggles complex Honey being well and nuanced big ideas into tight, infectious and truly stadiumelectropop. sized. All according Coming from a folkier background, to plan, Bartley says. Olympia is a pretty significant break with “My hope is that where Bartley has been before. “I’d always it feels like it’s all played music and written, as well as done design work, so work was always happening,” accidentally fallen into a pop record! she explains. “But I didn’t want people to The songs are the see my name on a bill and think ‘oh, let’s most important go see how Olivia Bartley feels today’, she laughs. “These songs aren’t autobiographical. thing. It might sound poppy, but I hope I’ve been learning about design theory and that someone who wanted to bring that to music, so while the songs are a bit personal, they’re coming from accepts it as a pop song might fall for one of the lyrics.” more of a conceptual perspective.” The record is also another notch The new moniker of Olympia comes in the belt of indie superproducer, Burke from Manet’s then-controversial and bold Reid, and Bartley describes the end result as portrait of an unashamed nude, and the songs are all equally referential, with everyone a collaboration through and through. “I had
no idea what a producer did when I started; people told me to go home and think of my favourite records, and see who produced them, and they were all by Burke! Love Is Gone by Jack Ladder, the Drones, Holly
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the new album is a little different to what fans may be expecting. While upbeat rock number, Monkey, saw a return to their roots, follow-up single, Keep On Running, received some mixed reviews from fans on social
Peters from The Alarm, so it’s sort of weird being in a band with those guys when you grew up listening to their music.“ It’s a similar relationship between The Living End and their long-time Aussie heroes Cold Chisel that sparked the Between The Greens flame that turned into the new The Living End have been such album, Shift, to be a prevalent influence on the released on Friday, Australian music scene since the May 13. After a mid ‘90s that it can be a bit hard studio collaboration to believe that frontman Chris in 2014 with Jimmy Cheney has spent the better part Barnes, the band joined him around of the past five years living in LA. DANIEL CRIBB reports in the the country for A Day On The Green lead-up to the trios Perth show at the Astor Theatre on Thursday, later that year, which is when their June 16. seventh LP came to life through a means The shredder fell in love with the US when completely foreign he flew to New York for three months in to them. 2010 with his family to write the band’s “We were last effort, The Ending Is Just the Beginning doing A Day On The Repeating, and things took off from there. Green and there’s “After that, we just thought, so much time in ‘Wouldn’t it be good to try base ourselves between – they’re overseas for just a couple of years or three only weekends those things – so we just years, four years’,” Cheney begins from thought we might as well jump into a studio his Californian abode. “It’s sort of still a during that time and just throw some ideas temporary arrangement; we’re just kind of around and not really put any pressure on playing it by ear at this point,” he adds. as far as having to have songs; just get in There’s no shortage of opportunities there and press record, which is a pretty over in the States, which is why he’s probably daunting task. spent so much time there. Regularly taking “I’ve always had songs to bring in advantage of the smorgasbord of gigs and we’ve always wanted to be prepared, so available at any one time, he caught The there was a certain danger by doing that that Damned at iconic venue The Roxy a few it would be a failure and that we would come nights earlier. “I actually play in another out with nothing.” band, The Jack Tars, over here which has got It was because of that creative Captain Sensible from The Damned in it and shake-up that some of the material on Slim Jim Phantom from Stray Cats and Mike 10
included Sydney pop wunderkind Jonny Benet on drums. “I have the luxury of being able to be proud of the record because my collaborators were so fantastic; we all played a lot and pushed each other, some things worked, some Olympia, aka Olivia Bartley didn’t, but it was such a pleasure, and so many of the elements that came out were a surprise.” That isn’t the only thing on her plate at the moment, though; she’s also a prolific touring musician, having just come off supporting Paul Dempsey on a national jaunt. Though it’s a highpressure gig, taking a back seat has been a relief. “It’s been great to just enjoy playing music instead of driving it, but it’s quite intimidating to play with him! His audiences are so reverent, they just study every second, and his work is complex – he’s an incredible Throsby, all artists I love, but each album had songwriter.” With Self Talk out in the world a unique voice, he doesn’t make them sound now, Bartley could say the same for herself. the same. It’s an incredible undertaking, I don’t know how he does it, but that’s what makes him so good.” Other collaborators
media. “For The Living End to release a song like Keep On Running, I think a lot of people were just like, ‘What the hell is happening?’” Cheney explains. “It’s just not what you’d expect from us; there’s no solo in the middle, there’s no overly energetic slapping bass. Even though we’ve done lots of things, I think people forget we have a pretty diverse range of tunes and albums over the years. “There was just an initial, kneejerk reaction I think, people wondering what the hell we were doing with a full string section and it’s a very pop kind of melody, but I’m quite proud to go out with a song that people
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don’t expect. What’s the point of coming out with something that’s just The Living End by numbers, it just doesn’t excited me.” Gearing up to head home for the band’s first headline run in five years, Cheney cast his eye on local talent as they chose tour supports; a exercise that proved an inspiring process and will see The Living End on their toes as they sweep across the country in June. “I’m really exited by all those bands like The Smith Street Band, Royal Headache and The 131s; they all just seem hungry, edgy and everything that I love and I find it really inspiring “I’m sort of making sure I’ve got my shit together for the tour because I know that (support bands Bad//Dreems and The 131s) are going to be forces to be reckoned with. There’s just bands out there that are no bullshit; just laying it down and they’re damn good, they’re not hiding behind anything, it’s just raw rock’n’roll - how it should be.”
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PAUL DEMPSEY Mystery Hooks Over two decades fronting beloved Melbourne trio, Something For Kate, Paul Dempsey has long been one of Australia’s most intriguing songwriters.
But you were still writing on that 20th Anniversary Tour weren’t you? I was trying to, but it was a pretty hectic year. In late 2015, Steph (Ashworth, Dempsey’s wife and SFK bassist) got pregnant and we had another kid on the way so then it was a lot of different things happening. Early in 2015 was when I was like, halfway through the record and knuckling down a bit more, I had all the music. All the music was done. I was sitting on an album’s worth of music for all this time and I just needed to write the lyrics which is the hardest part for me, it takes the longest.
Are the music or the songs or the instrumentals - as they are at that point - searching for themes or have they maybe suggested themselves by the mood or the tone? Yeah, both. Some of them suggest themselves. Like Morningless is one of those songs where the music suggest the lyrics. It’s this driving intense thing with this kind of desperate atmosphere to it, and that definitely influenced the BY BOB GORDON lyrics; the way the When does it come apparent to you about chorus drops away. Instead of being a when to do a solo album. Is it logistics or big chorus, It’s a logic or is it just the right time? lulling chorus. I think It’s more of the latter. There’s that’s, possibly, more definitely no logic and hardly any logistics than anything that so it must be the latter. Yeah, I knew I’ve done before, after the first one that I wanted to make another solo record but I knew I wanted to something that the lyrics and the music make another Something for Kate record are really in sync first. with each other in So there are all these things terms of their moods that I know are going to happen at some and themes. point. I know there’s going to be another Most of the songs Something For Kate record but I don’t know if its going to in the next year or the on the record had year after, I just don’t know. It depends on their music almost as you hear it and was what else comes up in the meantime and what kind of pace I’m writing, or what I’m really just waiting for words. It’s not writing. You can give yourself a deadline the easy part for me, but they never work, not for me anyway. words are just not I give myself false deadlines, but I know the easy part. It’s they’re false deadlines. a challenge. Every time I sit down to write lyrics I go, ‘how do It’s very hard to trick yourself. Yeah it is. I mean, I started writing you do this again? What am I writing, why am I this record in 2013 thinking that maybe I’d writing? How do I write I don’t know?’ You feel like you’ve never done it before. make it in 2014.
In my listening sense of your music, it can be almost bleak, but there’s also always a bit of an earworm in there. It gets in there, but it’s not ever obvious. No it’s not. Look, I get that the music Something For Kate and the music that I do… it’s not hooky, it’s not pop. But it’s strangely hooky... Maybe, which if it is, it’s a happy accident. We love making music, we love playing music, but we’re not out to try and make people dance or make people fall in love with us. It’s more about trying
final thing. Yeah, I feel like I’m narrowing that gap which is a good thing. You know, I’ve made some records where I’ve been shooting for one thing and I’ve ended with a vague approximation where I’ve gotten close but I’ve not quite gotten there. With this record I feel like I’ve gotten closer to articulating my sort of strange skewed view of the world and the universe where we are strange creatures on a rock and we’re all completely aware of our impending death, surrounded by so much beauty and we’re capable of so much stuff, and we’re also capable of the most moronic shit.
It’s a characteristic that showcased a different hue when he released his debut solo album, Everything Is True, back in 2009. Dempsey always planned to record another solo album but it took somewhat longer than he imagined and here we are, some seven years later, toasting the release of his second solo LP, Strange Loop - co-produced by Tom Schick (Wilco, Ryan Adams) at Wilco’s The Loft Studio in Chicago - which drops on Friday, May 13. Quite literally toasting it. This X-Press Interview took place on a sunny Thursday afternoon several weeks ago at the Brisbane Hotel. Not only is Dempsey an intriguing songwriter, he’s quite the beer aficionado. Here’s cheers.
Where you writing the record or were you just writing? I was just writing songs; I’m never writing a record. I don’t think you’re writing a record until you’ve written six songs. Then when you’ve written six songs its like, ‘hey, four more and this is a record’. But to start out with you’re just writing songs. Maybe you know in some secret part of your brain that you’re writing a record but you won’t admit that to yourself because that would be too much pressure or something. But yeah, I started writing these songs in 2013 and then in 2014 we were like, ‘hey, Something For Kate has been together for 20 years, we should do a tour’. So then it was like, ‘this solo thing is going on the backburner for a while’.
Some writers are typically ‘I’ll-write-iton-the-back-of-a-napkin-just-give-me-15 minutes’ or somesuch, which implies a pretty lassez faire attitude re the commitment to that side of things... It depends what you want out of it, you know? Like if you can write something on the back of a napkin it could become the greatest thing ever and it will be exactly what that piece of music needed. You’ll be able to shake your hips all night long and enjoy that. That’s absolutely fine. It’s not really where I’m coming from for me. Music and lyrics and the marriage of those two things are the reason I do it. I’m obviously not trying to make people dance, it’s more like I’m trying to articulate something, express something, trying to, I don’t know... get out of my head.
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to just… there’s a certain energy and a certain mindset, a certain view and a certain perspective that I am trying to present as a lyricist and that we as a band try and create musically. Its almost about wanting to undermine the listener. Look, its just an instinct. We just do what comes naturally to us according to our instincts and our instincts are informed by a whole lot of obscure ‘80s, American, indie, punk, hardcore, baroque, weird art rock. But lyrically, I guess I’m sort of trying to take a part of my head and make it available to people, and to also just get it out my head. It’s like I’m removing something and at the same time inviting people to ask themselves if they’ve considered the same things.
There’s comedy, and awe and wonder. Hopefully more of the comedy made it on to this record. I think that’s one thing that has always surprised me is that I’ve always found my lyrics funny and then I’ve always been continually surprised at how people didn’t find it funny and I only have myself to blame. But maybe with this record. When you get older you relax more. There’s more of me in this record than, I think, the previous ones.
Where is the gap between what you hear in your head and what you physically put down these days? It’s narrower. I guess that’s the feeling of progress to me, that I’ve narrowed that gap between what I want to do in my head and what I can actually achieve on the
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We’ve Come A Long Way, Darling +1 Records
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Hopelessness Rough Trade/Remote Control
Beyoncé’s sixth studio and second visual album Lemonade dropped via HBO on Saturday, with 12 tracks and slightly over an hour of a vast variety of musical genres from hip hop, reggae, rock, country and soul. Her messages throughout the album — loosely based off the Kubler-Ross model of the five stages of grief — delve into the stages of overcoming a partner’s infidelity, from ‘intuition’ all the way to ‘redemption’. Beyoncé explores a range of aspects of feminism and race, constantly surrounded by groups of iconic black women, from tennis player Serena Williams to French-Cuban doom-soul twin duo Ibeyi, feminist actress Amandla Stenberg and 12-year-old child actress Quvenzhane Wallis. Lemonade gives voices to minorities and shows immense depth, an undeniable wide range of talent and an evolution of Beyoncé’s artistic style.
Luke Daniel Peacock had been hiding his light under a bushel. The creative leader behind The Painted Ladies and long-time keyboardist for superb Brisbane octet Halfway, these outings have only hinted at the promise on his debut solo album, We’ve Come A Long Way Darling. There are moments such as Dreambox, where Peacock’s timbre will draw comparisons to Springsteen, but it is Alphabet City where he sounds like The Boss. Born Into Battle is a modern spin on the sound of a husky troubadour, that starts of gently before ringing guitar drives the tune to its conclusion, whilst Trees stays truer to the plucked acoustic sketchbook. Peacock is clearly a fan of the classic songwriters. While it is way too early to be placing him in such company, he has come up with a classy yet fresh sounding debut.
Western Australian guitarist Jaime (nee Jamie) Page’s debut solo album, Dark Universe, will forever be entwined with her coming out as transgender: indeed, she has admitted that her acceptance of her inner self was integral to this new music flowing out of her. It shouldn’t be, though: that revelation and her ongoing gender reassignment treatment has the potential to overshadow the beauty and grace of this epic album that is about overcoming adversity and being true to oneself. More progressive and overtly melodic than her previous work with Black Alice, Trilogy, Cozy Powell, Angus McDeth or Black Steel, Dark Universe features the stellar contributions of vocalist of Donna Greene and backing players, True Spirit.
Anohni’s — formerly known as Antony (Hegarty) — surprising new album jettisons the sweet orchestrations of The Johnsons. The delicate chamber pop melancholia has been replaced with dark brooding electronica from the laptops of Oneohtrix Point Never and Hudson Mohawke. Anohni takes us on a bleak downward spiral that artfully juxtaposes the personal and the political. The blue-eyed soul of Execution wistfully sings of the governments that punish with death while Crisis confronts the sickening kind of war-torn violence we see on the news on a personal not political front. Once a supporter, the dirge-like Obama sees Anohni feeling duped and angry. Everything leads to the title track where destructive sleepwalking passivity is held to account. Is it really a case of hopelessness, or are we just plain hopeless?
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Hatched 2016 at PICA marks the 25th anniversary of the national graduate exhibition, sourced from almost two-dozen art schools and universities across the country. GILLIAN O’MEAGHER reports. Hatched 2016 curator, Nadia Johnson, says one of the standout themes this year in is gender politics. “A lot of people are looking at sexuality and maybe also because of the strong representation of women in the show, there’s a lot to do with representation and stereotypes of women in society, especially stereotypes of older women in culture. So there’s quite a lot around those kind of ideas, and a lot of different people are exploring gender identity.” Other recurring focal points include explorations of colour, form, and architecture. If you’re thinking the exhibition is made up of primarily traditional mediums, such as painting, think again. While they’re still present, diversity is a key element of Hatched 2016. Johnson cites photography as a strong medium, with everything from modern digital photography to film photography and polaroids present. “There’s quite a lot of performance art and sound art in this year’s Hatched, with artists straddling lots of different forms: it might be installation and sound, or performance and installation.” Continued on page 19...
Pic: Cat Mueller, Dawn Fairy + LOOM-inious (detail), 2015
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“It’s quite lazy of the AMA because if they took any notice of that particular bit of footage, it’s got nothing to do with venues whatsoever,” Harris Proposed Perth said. Laws Condemned “That has to do with anti-social behaviour and a Perth music bunch of kids out body WAM has slammed on the streets, recent comments from bored with nothing the Australian Medical Benjamin Witt @ Northbridge to do. venue The Bird Association advocating Pic: Mark Piasecki “They’re just out for lockout laws to be looking for trouble, implemented in the state one way or another and lockouts won’t fix following a brawl in Northbridge that, except within six to 12 months they’ll over the weekend. be less people on the streets of Northbridge because venues will start to struggle and it The violent scene took place in the early will shut down one of the only entertainment hours of Sunday morning on the main strip of districts we have left.” the WA entertainment hotspot which hosts a Speaking with 6PR radio, AMA number of live music venues such as The Bird WA president Michael Gannon said lockout and Jimmy’s Den. laws would not have an impact on the city’s WAM CEO Mike Harris told vibrancy. theMusic.com.au lockout laws in the “It is not draconian, wowserism area would “decimate an entertainment or threatening in any way the vibrancy of a district” and likely cause more problems. city to say that by 3am it might be time to
consider heading for your cot,” Gannon said. “The evidence exists that the longer the liquor venues are open, the more trouble you see.” Meanwhile, despite reported violence in Northbridge, a report from WA Police issued in March showed the area was safer now than it was a decade ago, with Premier Colin Barnett citing events like Fringe World Festival for bringing it to life. Key areas of crime were reportedly down since 2008, with assaults down 36 per cent, threatening behaviour down 73 per cent and property damage down 48 per cent. “These figures are particularly encouraging considering the substantial population growth we have had since 2008,” Police Minister Liza Harvey said of the report. Sydney’s lockout laws have caused a wealth of issues for the NSW entertainment industry – including a number of high-profile venue closures since being implemented – and see venues unable to let new patrons in after 1.30am and alcohol stop being served by 3am.
THE KATERING SHOW
“The Swedish Chef as well,” McLennan adds. “Anything that’s puppet-based.” McLennan does eventually offer up a slightly more serious answer. “I always come back to watching Maeve O’Meara on SBS. She just kind of flirts with a lot of men and wears very vibrant clothes. But she is my go-to lady. She is my onscreen culinary hero.” Of the six episodes just released on iview, McLennan and McCartney have a special place in their hearts for It Gets Feta - an episode devoted to all things cheese. “It was written in a hurry basically when we were in pre-production already,” McCartney explains. “We hadn’t finished that script so we had two nights when McLennan’s bub was very young and we wrote this script very quickly and you can tell it’s the product of two incredibly tired minds. We edited it to seem like it made sense so you can imagine how it was written on the page.” “It’s just completely off-tap,” McLennan says gleefully. “It ends with me waving at some imaginary audience.”
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to play with some amazing visiting artists and begin to build a network of jazz contacts in Australia and overseas. I have also enjoyed the opportunity of playing in a Big Band.
The Future of Jazz At 15, WA’s Lachie Glover is one of the youngest ever finalists for the James Morrison Scholarship. Set to play before a crowd of thousands in Mount Gambier, South Australia, the talented teen gives us the lowdown on jazz, WAYJO, and the Variety scholarship program.
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almost swung around to McCartney’s way of eating now,” McLennan says of motherhood. “I pretty much only eat things I can hold in one hand. A lot of muesli bars, bits of biscuit and wraps. Anything from the fridge just chucked in a wrap and then I eat it in one hand.” “That does sound like me,” McCartney throws in. Anyone who has seen series one’s most popular episode where the ladies road-test a Thermomix won’t be surprised when the question of their culinary ideals throws up a couple of names not usually listed alongside the Maggie Beers, Nigella Lawsons or Rene Redzepis of the cooking world. “Mine’s Cookie Monster,” McCartney shouts like an overexcited three-year-old.
What was it like to play solo with James Morrison and WASO at the Perth Concert Hall recently? Playing with James Morrison and WASO was undoubtedly the highlight of my career to date. James was inspirational and the atmosphere was incredible. It was very easy to enjoy the experience in the company of James, his band and WASO.
How did it feel to be named a finalist in Morrison Jazz Scholarship, and the only finalist on two instruments? How old were you when you began playing I set myself a goal of winning the with WAYJO (West Australian Youth Jazz James Morrison Scholarship when I first started Orchestra)? playing trumpet at 10 years of age. To be I filled in for WAYJO when I was 11 named as a finalist is a great honour and a step and was then accepted at 12 on alto saxophone. in the right direction. I am very excited to be going to Generations In Jazz for the first time. Would you recommend the WAYJO experience To have the opportunity to play in front of to others? 6,000 people in a huge tent is amazing. WAYJO has given me the opportunity WWW. XP RE SS MAG.COM. AU
How has being a recipient of the Variety Scholarship program helped you, in terms of achieving your goals? The Variety Scholarship has enabled me to have additional lessons on multiple instruments (sax/trumpet and piano) that my parents would not otherwise have been able to afford. The scholarship also partially funded my Tenor Sax – again this would not have been possible otherwise. Do you think dyslexia has impacted your experiences with music? Whilst school can be a challenge in lieu of my reading difficulties, music comes naturally. I never feel more free than when I am soloing on stage! Reading music is automatic, text I have trouble retaining. What does the future hold? I have been offered accelerated entry to The James Morrison Academy in 2017. Upon completion of my Music Degree I hope to further my studies at Juilliard in New York. GILLIAN O’MEAGHER
THE JANGLE BAND Yes Men They never thought it would come to this. The Jangle Band will launch their debut album, Edge Of A Dream, at 459 Bar on Saturday, May 7, helped along by am ‘acoustic jangle jamboree’ featuring Greg Dear, Wayward Johnson, Jason Cleary, Tracey Read, Steve Mancini, Toni Italiano, The Outryders and The City Views. BOB GORDON chats with guitarist/vocalist, Joe Algeri.
You’re no stranger to long-distance songwriting, but how does it work when it comes to The Jangle Band? The internet is your friend. For my part I stopped writing with an acoustic guitar and notepad over a decade ago. I start recording half-baked ideas and I then share them via cyberspace. The final track on the album, Exile On Murray Street, was literally written as we were all chatting on Facebook one Friday night. We were having a laugh at Ian’s jigsaw puzzle of Perth city from the 70s (that had a piece missing), I can’t remember who came up with the title but Jeff (Baker, guitar/ vocals) spontaneously writes a complete set of lyrics and 20 minutes later I banged out some chords on my piano. Song finished.
What’s the album say of who you all are then and now? We’ve all moved on - left, grown, changed, whatever - but somehow we found a moment in time to reconvene just to find out we are all still pretty much the same. To me there’s a parallel universe Before you fronted The Stonemasons, thing happening with this album, it could Jack & The Beanstalk, The Britannicas and the JAC, you were the kid in the front be 2016 or 1986. Without discussing or planning it we’ve stuck to Jeff and Ian’s row at shows by The Palisades, Mars Palisades or Mars Bastards song blueprint Bastards and The Rainyard back in the and yet it somehow feels modern and day. What’s it like, as a grown-up, to be optimistic about the future. Even more in a band with them now? bizarre is the way Sid (Eaton, drums) Fantastic. The same applies to and Dave (Wallace, bass) have brilliantly every local musician from my ‘fan days’ tapped into it without having much that inspired me to be in a band in the knowledge of that scene the first time first place. It’s great that this older scene around. is re-uniting in a slightly different way that then becomes part of the current Beyond Saturday’s launch what are the scene. plans? Or will you wait for something to just start happening before you’ve From forming for a one-off set at In The Pines last year, every little step with The planned it? There was serious talk about Jangle Band seems to have been a step a European tour to coincide with the ahead more than you initially intended. album’s release in Spain but it took a fair Have you now just faced the fact that while to get the album pressed in the US you’re a real band now? so we thought it would be too soon for Probably. I generally lead and control every aspect of ‘my’ bands but I’m this European summer. Otherwise we’ve decided we’re not going to do any longmore than happy to be lieutenant with term strategic planning - if someone has this one. The random and spontaneous an idea we’ll just say ‘yes’.” nature has caught us all by surprise. Ian’s (Freeman, vocals) motto is if someone has an idea just say ‘yes’.
Steve Bisley, Big Sky Readers & Writers Festival
VISUAL ARTS PICA Jan-July Program Perth Institute Of Contemporary Arts (PICA) has released its guide for the next six months up to July. Exhibitions, performances, resident artists and education dominate the scene, providing a landscape for wide community to enjoy, including pieces such as Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg’s The Secret Garden, the always massive Revelation Film Festival, PVI Collective’s blackmarket, and more. For the full program, head to pica.org.au.
THEATRE/DANCE/ PERFORMANCE Subiaco Theatre Festival Running from Wednesday, June 8, until Saturday, July 2, at the Subiaco Arts Centre, the Subiaco Theatre Festival brings together four independent theatre companies for a season of challenging and entertaining stage productions. Among the works on offer are The Last Great Hunt’s FAG/STAG; Damon Lockwood’s I (honestly) Love You; Moving On Inc. from Lost Boys Theatre, and Second Chance Theatre’s Coincidences At The End Of Time. Tickets are available now via Ticketek. Craig Robinson & The Nasty Delicious Veteran comedian Craig Robinson is coming to town with his band, The Nasty Delicious, for a special one-off show at The Rosemount Hotel on Wednesday, June 15. Having built a career on a string of scene-stealing turns in The Office, Hot Tub Time Machine, This Is The End and more, Robinson is a highly tuned laugh machine who is certain to leave it all on the stage. For info, head to wearenice.com.au A Conversation On Making A Murderer Attorneys Dean Strang and Jerry Butling, who defended Steve Avery as seen in the acclaimed Netflix series Making A Murderer, will be shedding more light on the subject in a just-announced speaking tour of Australia. They will address the systemic failures of the US justice system, using the Avery case as a jumping-off point, following up with a Q&A session with the audience. It all takes place at the Perth Concert Hall on Tuesday, November 1 - go to livenation.com.au for full details and ticketing info. Fawlty Towers - Live On Stage One of the most beloved television series of all time comes to the stage for a strictly limited engagement. Written by series creator John Cleese, Fawlty Towers - Live On Stage sees Stephen Hall as outrageous hotelier Basil Fawlty and Blazey Best as his long-suffering wife Sybil in a show that is sure to have fans of British comedy howling with laughter. Check in at the Regal Theatre from Thursday, November 17, until Sunday, December 18.
Beats In The Heat With Early Bird VIP tickets sold out, the Pilbara’s two-day Beats In The Heat festival is looking to be one hot ticket. Friday, June 24, features John Williamson, Potbelleez, KLP (Triple J), Some Blonde, Nino Brown, Che Fu + DJ Tiklez, Kid Kenobi, Black & Blunt and Pilbara artists Panda, Genga, Fl3ggless, Saccas, Corey David, Matt M, Lace Em Tight, Hemi, Lachy Mckay, Jackt, DJ Oh, Rhyval, Fred Kettlewell, Brandon Saena, Dpx, Knew and Harry Gray. On Saturday, June 25, catch The Cat Empire, Drapht, Art vs Science, British India, Yolanda Be Cool, Mashd n Kutcher, Savage, Sid Diamond, Kate Foxx and DJ Tiklez. It’s all happening at Karratha Entertainment Complex, Bulgarra. Tickets (including VIP) are available from Moshtix. com.au. Big Sky Readers & Writers Festival From Friday, May 20, until Sunday, May 22, Geraldton is the place to be for lit-lovers and bibliophiles. Headlined by Australian actor and author Steve Bisley, the festival encompasses more than 22 events over three days, including readings, debates, masterclasses and presentations. For more information, go to library.cgg.wa.gov.au. Fremantle Heritage Festival This year the Fremantle Heritage Festival’s ‘choose your own heritage’ theme explores the colourful history that has shaped Fremantle into one of Lonely Planet’s top cities to visit in 2016. One of Australia’s most critically acclaimed pianists, Simon Tedeschi, will play a selection of piano favourites at St Johns Church. Donna Simpson from The Waifs will be taking the stage at Mojos Bar alongside Fremantle music legends – Dom Mariani (The Stems) and Greg Hitchcock (You Am I) as part of Patron Saints of Pop. There’ll be a keynote speech from author Robert Drewe, a Vintage Collectors Fair, Fremantle’s Outback Fusion Fundraising Gala, The Ultimate High Tea, Fremantle’s Fightin’ Forties Long Table Dinner, A Sailor’s Guide to Fremantle and plenty more. Author and talented storyteller, Robert Drewe will round out the opening night events by demonstrating how truth and myths can shape history with the Festival’s keynote speech at The University of Notre Dame Australia. Vintage enthusiasts are spoilt for choice with the return of the ever-popular Arthur Grady Day. Joining the line-up of classic motorcycles in Kings Square this year, a stunning collection of vintage wedding dresses will be on display in the ground floor space at MANY 6160, the Morsecodians demonstrate Morse code and the Vintage Collectors Fair returns to Fremantle Town Hall. Internationally renowned chef, Mark Olive, fuses native ingredients with contemporary dishes as part of Headspace Fremantle’s Outback Fusion Fundraising Gala. Foodies can also enjoy a classic English afternoon tea served on Antiquitea’s vintage china and silverware at The Ultimate High Tea, or a 1940s threecourse, heritage-inspired dinner at Fremantle’s Fightin’ Forties Long Table Dinner. The Fremantle Heritage Festival is an annual initiative of the City of Fremantle and runs from May 27–June 6. Full details at fremantlestory.com.au/heritagefestival.
FESTIVALS Spanish Film Festival 2016 Spanish Affair 2 heads up the roster of great cinema coming our way with this year’s Spanish Film Festival. Running at Cinema Paradiso and Luna On SX until Wednesday, May 11, the festival brings us the best cinema the Spanish-speaking diaspora has to offer. For more details, head to lunapalace.com.au. WWW. XP RE SS MAG.COM. AU
Simon Tedeschi, Fremantle Heritage Festival
CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR Stark Contrast Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo Starring Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johanson This third outing for Captain America follows the Marvel Civil War storyline. Instead of a panel-for-panel remake of the original event, Anthony and Joe Russo adapt key elements to the established Marvel Cinematic Universe. With rivals DC having already released a superhero slug-fest between former allies, how will this film compare? After an Avengers mission ends with the loss of civilian lives, the world seeks to put constraints on ‘enhanced individuals’. Wracked by personal guilt, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) supports the legislation purposed, but Captain America (Chris Evans) worries about what this loss of personal freedom would cost the team. With the return of Cap’s old friend Bucky (Sebastian Stan), seemingly in the guise of the murderous Winter Soldier, this difference is pushed to breaking point. It is a schism which will split the Avengers and pit team-mate against team-mate. This kicks off Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with a bang. Thirteen
films in and the MCU is powering along like a super-solider. There is a fair bit of positioning here as characters are introduced (or re-introduced) and the board is set up for the final showdown, but it all feels organic. Civil War has a reliance on motivation and established characters that it can fall back upon, having already set up the groundwork. The fallout between Stark and Rogers isn’t forced, rather arising from previous history. Best still that ‘70s tone of film (delving into a complex conspiratorial script, concentrating on story and character) is carried over from Winter Soldier. Also like the previous film, the action beats are purely modern and amazingly executed. There is a balance of staging and frenetic editing about these scenes. You always have a sense of exactly what is going on even as the action ramps up, and everyone has a distinctive style of fighting. The results are jaw-dropping. The airport sequence alone is one that fans are going to be talking about for a long time to come, as friend turns against friend and the Avengers disassemble. Add to this the sense of personal stakes present all throughout this film, and the audience are well and truly invested as things heat up. If you only see one film this year about a billionaire playboy in a robot suit beating on a super patriot, then this is your obvious choice. In the words of Stan Lee, “Make mine Marvel.” DAVID O’CONNELL
MARGUERITE herself. Pompous, deluded, and ridiculous at first inspection, Frot brings us into this socialites’ world and makes us feel for her. Directed by Xavier Gianolli We see the tragic motivation behind her Starring Catherine Frot, Andre Marcon, delusions, the fragility of her Michel Fau world and the generosity of her spirit. Through sheer Based on the life of charisma we’re forced to Florence Foster Jenkins, a empathise with the absurd, famously bad opera singer and barrack for Marguerite (who will be portrayed at the end. Hence when by Meryl Streep later the final tragedy unfolds, it this year), Marguerite effects the audience deeply. transposes the character Marguerite revels in to the Paris of the 1920s, the period, not merely and creates something for the detail of the sets wonderfully different. and costuming, but also for the theme. Its Bored socialite Marguerite Dumount time and place are a hotbed of creativity (Catherine Frot) is obsessed with singing, a pity she has no talent for it. A greater pity still and a redefinition of art. Dadaism, jazz, that no-one has had the nerve to tell her this. futurism, surrealism, modernism, classicism, romanticism - all mesh in this film giving us Not her poor industrialist husband (Andre a rich stage for this preposterous character Marcon), nor her suffering singing coach to stride. This environment allows director (Michel Fau). All want something from her in Xavier Gianolli to have a rather complex their own way, but can they actually put her discussion about the creation of art and on stage for a public performance? question the extrinsic factors that give it There is a reason theatre is worth. It is a deep script drawing on multiple represented by two muses masks -one threads, all given a detailed texture on screen laughing, the other in tears. It’s ripe ground tinged with a little absurdity. for drama. Marguerite embodies this conflict A very European take on the between the comic and the tragic with keen subject, the richness of script, character, precision. It is a line this film’s script strides visuals and setting more than make up for any so well, changing our expectations, playing third-act drag. Marguerite is excruciatingly with our allegiances. What starts off gutfunny, but moves beyond that to reveal a wrenchingly funny, will bring different tears story that is as fragile, tragic and as human as by the end. the lady herself. This is personified none more so than by the character of Marguerite Dumount DAVID O’CONNELL
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THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY
behind a morass of trite tale-telling. This is soggy Euro-pudding with a touch of cardamom. To be fair, there is a big challenge here. The mathematical concepts at the centre Jeremy Irons and Dev Patel in The Man of The Man Who Knew Who Knew Infinity Infinity are esoteric stuff, and difficult to explain to the layman. Beyond a single stab at one concept, this film doesn’t even attempt to bridge this gap. It’s a lackadaisical approach that is carried over to the portrayal of Ramanujan’s Divide By Zero life. Why work to delve into nuances, when you can rely on cliched archetypes, and plaster over Directed by Matt Brown the gaps with a swelling emotive score? Hence Starring Dev Patel, Jeremy Irons, Toby Jones what could have been an interesting story of a mathematical genius is instead blandly rendered, If you have ever desired endless scenes of Dev despite a multiplicity of other interesting ways Patel writing by candlelight, then your wish may to approach the tale. have finally been fulfilled by this biopic about The cast does its best with what it Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujuan. has been given. There is a genuine chemistry Following the life of Ramanujuan (Dev between Patel and Irons, and you can feel the Patel), who, despite his lack of formal training, competitive camaraderie. Patel is believable as had a genius for theoretical mathematics a genius struggling with cultural differences and that has an impact even today. Unable to systematised racism. Irons is born to this sort of find publication in India he is finally invited to role, a man so practised in period acting, he can study at Cambridge by Professor G.H Hardy maintain perfect diction while smoking a pipe. (Jeremy Irons). Together they seek to prove The rest are lumbered with mere caricatures, Ramanujuan’s theorems, but the outbreak of although Toby Jones does manage to bring World War One, and the embedded racism of some life to his. the fraternity, stand against them. A film so obviously middlebrow, it Based on the biography by Robert would have been burnt as a werewolf in the Kanigal, The Man Who Knew Infinity instead Spanish Inquisition, The Man Who Knew Infinity feels like an unholy mash of A Passage To India, shamelessly apes Merchant Ivory, but 30 years A Beautiful Mind and Brideshead Revisited. The too late and missing the charm and subtly of film reeks of the desperate yearning of Oscar the originals. bait. It is an artless film, sinking all the good aspects of casting, location and cinematography DAVID O’CONNELL
Continued from page 15... Among this year’s exhibitors is an indigenous artist from a street art background (in the past artists coming from a street art angle have rarely presented in the annual exhibition), and it’s also worth noting the ages of the graduates vary from young to mature age students. “All of these artists are so well informed,” says Johnson. “They’re involved and contributing to a lot of global and I suppose local, within Australia, really topical ideas… I can see how a lot of them are very current, very contemporary, and very well informed, which is always really, really great to see. They’re not just reflecting on things they’ve learnt through art history they’re engaged in current conversations and dialogues. It’s really exciting to see a new generation of artists that are engaged globally as well.” Johnson encourages people to come along and check out what’s happening in the emerging contemporary art world. “I think the thing that puts people off about contemporary art all the time is they can be intimidated, they’re not really sure, they think they might not get it - but I think this selection of artists offers so much variety, in works and themes and that kind of thing, so it’s a really interesting, exciting and accessible exhibition. “It takes over our whole building, so yeah, it’s just a really great exhibition, it’s loads of fun, and the opening party is going to be great.”
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Adam Anderson, Deer, from the series Pluto’s Satellites, 2015. Image courtesy of and copyright the artist
The Hatched 2016 Opening Night Party is a free event on Friday, May 16, 6.30-9pm, PICA Galleries and Perth Culture Centre. Hatched National Graduate Show 2016 runs May 14July 17 at PICA Galleries.
TRIPOD The E-Leg-tric Six Tripod appear at the Heath Ledger Theare as part of the Perth Comedy Festival on Thursday-Saturday, May 12-14. SAM WALL chats with third leg, Steven Gates. Tripod have been doing their thing for 20 years now and to celebrate they released a music book of 101 of their favourite songs. “Like, song books are even more hipster than vinyl and we’ve always been at the cutting edge… (cough),” says third leg, Steven Gates. Hipster or not it’s the 101-track songbook that makes up their new act. “On stage we have a bingo barrel with 101 numbered ping pong balls and we generate a random playlist every night. It’s nail-biting but so much fun. Reminds me of our first few years where we had no idea what we were doing but the difference is we know who we are now. “We wanted to have a party really. Doing a show that celebrates the entire spectrum of the work we’ve done, not just 12 of the audience’s ‘favourites’. We didn’t want to sing the same songs every night. We wanted to challenge ourselves and also challenge our audience. Some songs were written for video games or cartoons with an
emphasis on story rather than comedy so when they turn up, the show does turn like a light cycle in a Tron sequence. Of course the risk in light cycleesque swerving is the chance you might hit a wall, but it’s a challenge the trio obviously relish. “We sang a song full of Melbourne references to an audience in Brisbane during this show because it came up on a ping pong ball. Now there is no way would ever choose to sing that song to a Brisbane crowd, but after explaining they wouldn’t get any of the jokes, they laughed because they weren’t getting any of the jokes. That’s a perfect audience.
“We’re proud of the songs we’ve written over the years and although we found ourselves in the comedy world, with good reason, we believe there’s more to it than that.”
to sing, and all the workouts Madonna does? I like just watching The Bachelor, and I don’t think any of the divas are doing that. It’s all about my lack of commitment.” False modesty and a serious understatement about her work ethic aside, it is hard to deny how many areas Rusciano Not At All Idle covers and how bloody well she does them. This is her fifth large scale musical Em Rusciano performs at the comedy show in about as many years, all Regal Theatre as part of the done alongside hilarious blogging and some Perth Comedy Festival on awesome occasional podcasting. Not A Diva is Saturday-Sunday, May 7-8. LIZ a comedy music cabaret that includes original GIUFFRE reports. tunes and some good old razzle dazzle. “I hate pushing Em Rusciano is a singer, myself on people but I dancer, actor, comedian, want people to come writer, broadcaster and former to the show because I athlete. What she is certainly put in so much work, not, however, is a diva. and I love it. Please Her new show, Not come, you’ll have a A Diva, is all about working great time and shiny out what to do when youthful eyes from either plans of world domination start crying or laughing or to shrivel. It’s not a sad show both,” she says with by any stretch, but is about endearing, honest accepting that sometimes goodness. you’ve gotta leave your own Of course, fabulousness in the amateur there is always the realm and let the professionals chance that late-intake over. life divahood might “The show is about come to Rusciano as well. “I can’t wait,” she that experience of growing up when I says. “I’m going to be such a gross old lady. genuinely thought that by the age of 25 I I’m getting all the plastic surgery, I’m wearing would have won a Tony, an Emmy, a Grammy, turbans, I’m gunna have gay guys bringing a Logie and an Olympic gold medal. As time me gin, it’s going to be great.” Catch her now has gone on I’ve realised I’m not willing while she still has all original parts. to put in the kind of work that the divas put in. You know, all the squats and laps Beyoncé has to do just so she’s fit enough
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LITTLE WING COLLECTIVE CONFERENCE The Little Wing Corner Gallery is once again hosting a four-day creative conference, continuing until Friday, May 6, with 12 creative industry professionals sharing their unique experiences, advice and challenges that they have faced in their chosen creative field. There will be 3 guest speakers each evening with 10mins of Q&A after each speaker and time before and after for networking opportunities. $5 tickets (per evening). • Wednesday, May 4; Brendan Hutchens (Documentary Producer, Director), Matsu (photographer), Alex Paioff (Pilerats, Metric Events). • Thursday, May 5; Caitlin Nienaber (RTRFM Breakfast Presenter), Kate Daniel, Sam Newman (Core Studios, Events), Robert Buratti (Artist, Gallery Owner at Buratti Fine Arts). • Friday, May 6; Dirk Penny (Gage Roads Brewing Manager), Jacob Snell (Monster Music Management), Adam Christou (RTRFM Music Director). After the talks on Friday, May 6, there’ll be an after party with live art and live music from Oakland, Ah Trees and Marlinspike. $10 entry, 18+.
AUDI ART BALL The inaugural Audi ART BALL presented by the AGWA Foundation and VOGUE Australia will be held at the Art Gallery of Western Australia from 7pm on Saturday, May 14. In a first for WA, fashion bible VOGUE Australia is co-presenting this exclusive event with the AGWA Foundation and Audi. Guests are encouraged to weave their way through the Gallery to discover a place where the worlds of art, fashion and music collide to create a high-end spectacle never before seen in Perth. Headliner Sneaky Sound System will be supported by Kučka and Triple J Unearthed High winners, Mosquito Coast. Guests will also be treated to special performances by opera legend Teddy Tahu Rhodes courtesy of WA Opera, the Perth Symphony Orchestra, DJ Dan D Lyons (Harrison Kennedy), DJ Beryl Steep (Scarlett Stevens of San Cisco), DJ Charlie Bucket, rising acoustic star Siobahn Cotchin, Co3 Contemporary Dance Company, a glamorous Studio 54 floorshow plus fashion moments by Jonetsu and Aurelio Costarella. Tickets for this 18+ event are $170 (inc GST). Head to artball.com.au for tickets and full details. Sneaky Sound System
HOTSHOTS UNZIPPED Hotshots, the outrageously handsome guys all from Sydney have been storming across Australia for the past 15 years and are back for 2016 with their brand new show called the Unzipped Tour. After 400 shows and approximately 80,000 happy ticket holders in 2015 they swing by our way at the Paddington Ale House on Wednesday, May 11, 8-10pm. Full details at sydneyhotshots.com.au.
NITRO CIRCUS LIVE The world’s most exciting, adrenaline-charged, live action-sports show, Nitro Circus Live, is returning to Australia to launch its all new, 10th anniversary tour. Australian fans will be treated to a newly designed, multi-million dollar set with unbelievable features that will be seen for the very first time worldwide, on this tour. Travis Pastrana leads an all-star cast of 40 of the biggest action sports stars on the planet, including the world’s most exciting rider, France’s Thomas Pages, New Zealand’s X Fighters champion, Levi Sherwood, the 1st man to triple back flip a dirt bike Josh Sheehan and the Nitro funny man Blake ‘Bilko’ Williams. The line-up will also include FMX riders from Canada, Japan, Sweden, Norway, Spain and Germany, ensuring the greatest FMX cast ever assembled for a live show. It hits Perth on Saturday, May 7, NIB Stadium. Bookings via ticketmaster.com.au.
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HATCHED 2016 2016 marks the 25th year of the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts’ annual survey exhibition, the Hatched: National Graduate Show. This year 23 of the top tertiary art schools around the country nominated over 90 of their most outstanding recent graduates for consideration for Hatched . A selection panel made up of industry experts were then tasked with the difficult process of assessing each application and whittling the list down to 34 artists. The opening night party is set to be as epic as ever with live entertainment from local lo-fi psych pop band Spaceman, plus DJs, a live broadcast from RTR FM, an outdoor bar and food trucks. The Hatched 2016 Opening Night Party is a free event on Friday, May 16, 6.30-9pm, at PICA Galleries and Perth Culture Centre. Hatched National Graduate Show 2016 runs May 14-July 17 at PICA Galleries. Samantha Sommariva, The Fetishism Of Consumpt… the artist. Hatched 2016 WWW. XP RE SS MAG.COM. AU
WILKINSON AT THE MAJ Perth Theatre Trust is proud to announce that Sydney-based acoustic artist Mark Wilkinson will perform Downstairs at The Maj in May. The singer-songwriter has sold out shows in Australia, as well as New Zealand, the United States, and across Europe and the United Kingdom. Wilkinson has toured arenas with some of the highest selling artists of all time including Brian Wilson, Chicago, America, and Peter Frampton. He recently released his new EP, Come With Me Tonight, a five-track taster of his next studio album. Wilkinson will perform Downstairs at The Maj from Friday-Sunday, May 20-22. Bookings via ticketek.com.au. Mark Wilkinson
COMEDY VIRGINS Once again Vulture Culture have handpicked a selection of Perthonalities to give the comedy game a crack for the very first time - and among them is X-Press editor Bob Gordon, plus Scalphunter frontman Steven Knoth, 92.9fm’s Ross Wallman, burlesque artist The Sugar Duchess, visual artist, Steve Browne and hip hop artist, Silver Tongue. Don’t miss this special night, happening at the Perth Town Hall on Thursday, May 5. The Sugar Duchess Pic: Jason Matz Photography
BRING IT ON Uniting some of the freshest and funniest creative minds on Broadway, Bring It On: The Musical is bitingly relevant and sprinkled with sass. The acclaimed staff and students of WAAPA bring this blockbuster musical to life with the flair and exuberance audiences have come to expect. Inspired by the hit film, Bring It On takes audiences on a highflying journey filled with the complexities of friendship, jealousy, betrayal, and forgiveness. It runs at the Regal Theatre from Saturday June 11, until Saturday, June 18. Bookings via ticketek.com.au or 1300 795 012. WAAPA presents Bring It On
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The Fringe World favourite returns with a show about, well, all kinds of madness. One of the best of the current crop of alt-comedians, Nicole Henriksen hits the Mt Lawley Bowls Club on Saturday, May 14, and Sunday, May 15.
It’s always a heart-warming start to winter and this time it’s cosying itself nicely down at Elizabeth Quay. WA music showcase State Of The Art brings the goodness to the EQ on Monday, June 6, from noon-9pm, headlined by the dearly beloved Jebediah and San Cisco. Joining them will be Ta-ku (live), Koi Child, The Love Junkies, Mathas, Mosquito Coast, Morgan Bain, Verge Collection, Our Man in Berlin, The Merindas, Jacob Diamond, Riley Pearce, The Tommyhawks, Galloping Foxleys, Joel Barker, HUSSY and Jennifer Renee. There’ll be a licensed area and food market, plus sports clinics, circus skills workshops, pop-up performances, tours and community artwork. You could have the chance to win a trip for two to the UK, courtesy of Etihad Airways, to see Perth’s Methyl Ethel live at End of the Road Festival. To register for the competition and for more details about the big day, head to sotafest.com.au.
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SNEAKY SOUND SYSTEM Let’s Have A Ball
Sneaky Sound System will headline the Audi ART BALL, presented by Vogue Australia and the AGWA Foundation, on Saturday, May 14, at the Art Gallery of WA, along with Mosquito Coast, Kučka, Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Perth Symphony Orchestra and more. BOB GORDON reports. They’ve been seemingly quiet in recent years - at least on the airwaves - but Sneaky Sound System surprised a few people last month with the release of a new single, I Ain’t Over You, and they’ve been well pleased with the reaction. “Indeed we are,” says multiinstrumentalist producer, Black Angus. “It’s definitely gaining traction in the clubs now and each time we play it the response is getting stronger and stronger. We like it and our fans seem to as well, so that makes us happy.” I Ain’t Over You is Sneaky Sound System’s first single release in four years and while they wanted to return with a bang, Angus and vocalist, Miss Connie, weren’t too overly-concerned about tailoring the track specifically for comeback success. “We just wanted something strong and uplifting and this track ticked the right boxes,” Angus notes. “Connie’s vocal is massive and the lyrics have a message of strength even though sometimes it’s hard to be strong.” While things may have seemed quite in Sneakyland, Connie and Angus have been busy with DJ appearances both far and wide, as well as writing and recording in the studio.
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“It’s been hectic and varied,” he says. “We had been touring non-stop for 10 years and were feeling like we needed to take some time out to do some normal things - like spend time with family, renovate our house, build a new studio, get married - that kind of stuff. “Of course we kept touring through Europe and the US and building our club night, Sneaky Sundays - both here in Bondi and also in Mykonos. And writing, writing, writing and producing.” The new single is only the start of further hectic times for Sneaky Sound System for the rest of the year and beyond. “We have about 20 songs ready to go,” Angus reveals, “so expect some more singles, a couple of clubbier tracks and there’s a good chance we’ll have an album by the end of the year. “Touring-wise we head over to Europe on June 1 for another season in Mykonos, Ibiza and Barcelona, which is always amazing. Then we plan to come back and do some proper Sneaky shows over the Australian summer.” Meanwhile, what can folks expect of Sneaky Sound System’s performance at the AUDI Art Ball? “It sure looks like quite the party so we plan to turn things up a notch or two,” Angus says, “and you can expect an outfit to remember from Connie.” The Audi ART BALL also features DJ Dan D Lyons (Harrison Kennedy), DJ Beryl Steep (Scarlett Stevens of San Cisco), DJ Charlie Bucket, acoustic artist Siobahn Cotchin, Co3 Contemporary Dance Company, a Studio 54 floorshow plus fashion moments by Jonetsu and Aurelio Costarella. Tickets are available now from artball.com.au.
Local music interviews by Bob Gordon
LEOH Two Hearts Leoh launch their debut single, Girlz, on Friday, May 6, at the North Fremantle Bowls Club. Singer/songwriter, Franca Dobbins, brings us up to date.
You’ve been writing songs since the age of 12, it’s clearly something you’ve been drawn to and continues Tell us a bit about the to fascinate you. first single, Girlz? Discuss… Girlz is one Songwriting has of many songs I’ve always been a way of written about arguing expressing myself. I with friends. However like to think of myself in particular, it’s about as a introspective arguing with girls, and analytical and their tendency to person. So I usually let emotions dictate explore ideas and the argument. Once emotions through my music. This does mean emotions start ruling rational people, the that many songs I write never get played a argument turns into something completely irrelevant to the real problem and so we turn in second time, because they’ve served their to babbling idiots. We expend countless energy purpose. I always like a good challenge too, so I also use songwriting as inspiration to better on fighting, when being calm and rational my technical skills, and also explore new would solve the problem more efficiently. concepts. I expect I will forever be fascinated I wrote Girlz as an acoustic solo because I will always maintain a curious mind, song, so when I introduced it to the band it and forever need a form of expression for it. was pretty filled out. It was great to hear it stripped back to a solid rhythm section so With the single out now, what are the plans that I could relax into the guitar parts a little ahead for the rest of 2016? better. It also meant we could include more Release more songs, maybe a couple synth to drive home that messy feeling. more singles then and EP? We’ll play some gigs and take any opportunities that come You have about an album of material recorded, what are the rest of the songs like? our way. Mostly, we plan to have fun. There are a few more upbeats songs designed around some pretty simple guitar
LIONIZER Alone With You Lionizer launch their new EP, Be Alone, at Bar 459 on Friday, May 6, with help from The Kuillotines, Odlaw, Yiannos McStavros and Rapscallion. We caught up with vocalist/guitarist, Vez Litten.
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licks and a solid rhythm section. There are also a few songs that revolve more closely around the lyrics and more complicated guitar work. In these songs, the band acts as more of a support for the more intense parts of the songs. These have very strong emotional tones delivered with firm hearts. There’s a good balance between the heart-wrenchers, and also the heart-lifters.
You spent April touring around Australia touring in support of the EP. How’d it go and what were the highlights? The tour was awesome! We had a great time catching up and playing with old mates and meeting new ones. We were lucky to play with some really awesome bands as well. The highlight for me would have to have been playing the Cranker in Adelaide again. The crowd there is always super supportive and energetic and it was awesome to see so many familiar faces again!
What has your new bassist, Wheels McKenzie, brought to the fold? Having Wheels on board has really added a weight to our live sound but also opened up a bunch of doors for us musically within our songwriting. Personally I feel a lot less pressure having Wheels on bass and I can focus more on playing with different vocal melodies and explore that side in a bit more depth, something I struggled with as a twopiece. If we were ever going to add a bass player, it couldn’t be just anyone and we’re really lucky that the dynamics between the three of us both on and off stage works so well.
Has Lionizer become the band you wanted to be, or something different besides? When Bailey (Lions, drums) and I first started Lionizer back in 2012, I don’t think we ever had an overall goal of what we wanted to be. In fact, we had no clue, we just wanted to make music with each other and have a good time. Anything other than that was just a bonus. Now we’ve been doing it a bit longer I don’t think much has really changed. I still get to play music with my best mates, but now I also get to tour the country and Have you ben pleased with the reaction to meet some amazing like-minded people as the EP so far? well. I think if anything, that view has really It’s been rad! It’s really humbling to have so many people backing us and enjoying worked in our favour. We never set out to be anything or anyone in particular, which the music we made in our bedrooms. I think meant we never placed limits on ourselves, this EP is another step up for us songwriting wise and it’s great to see other people getting our writing or our shows. into it. WWW. XP RE SS MAG.COM. AU
What’s been the evolution of the band since forming via working at Mojos? Well, we started as the Mojos house band for a one off New Year’s Eve extravaganza and rocked the pants off all of the six people in the room. They begged for more so we gave it to them and started gigging as a four-piece rock band. The lovely, long-legged Shiny Joe Ryan offered to record us one day so we thought we’d add a little mandolin and violin for the sessions. An EP and an album later we still haven’t got rid of them and I guess at this stage they’re here to stay. We just brought in the vivacious James Dolin so now we are like seven wonders of the world.
We All Scream... Galloping Foxleys have been announced as part of the hefty local line-up for the State Of The Art festival on Monday, June 6, at Elizabeth Quay, with Jebediah, San Cisco, Ta-Ku, Koi Child and many more. Vocalist/ guitarist, Shane Corry, brings us up to trot. You recently played at the Fairbridge Festival, how was that? Fairbridge was a real hoot. We got to play five shows; recorded a dripping wet cover of an Eric Bogle song; caught some killer music, had sweet jams and generally made a nuisance of ourselves.
What’s it like to be on the State Of The Art festival? We were all pretty amazed to see our band name swirling around Elizabeth Quay in crazy digital bliss! Can’t wait for the festival, we got some new songs to try out.
You also recently won the ‘Folk’ category of the WAM Song Of The Year Award, that must be pretty satisfying as songwriters... Who knew you could write a song about sex, drugs and chocolate icecream and get an award? It was a lovely surprise and we’re really stoked about it. Our collective mammies and daddies were beaming with pride.
What are the plans for the rest of 2016? Recording a new EP this week, playing some more sweet shows, writing more songs, going on holidays, lots of chocolate ice cream and hopefully another album towards the end of the year.
Has the band changed much over time, or are you musically on the same track as ever? We have a mission statement in Kimura; ‘All songs must be heavy and groovy’. Along the way, with the odd line-up change, obviously there are variations in writing styles and song composition techniques, but we believe we have remained true to the original concept. We’ve also introduced the use of samples to live shows which brings a point of difference.
Take Strength Kimura launch their new EP, Kintsukuroi, at Amplifier Bar on Friday, May 13, supported by DFC, Psychonaut, Enforce and Dethlahem. Drummer, Gordo Steinberger, fills in the cracks. Take us through the Kimura experience in the last 12 months... We’ve had the opportunity to do a few regional WA shows in the last year or so and found it quite rewarding as not many original Perth metal acts get out into the country. One of which was supporting East Coast metal act LORD in Kalgoorlie this time last year. Taking part in Metal United Down Under shows in 2014 in Bunbury and 2015 in Perth were also quite exciting. Earlier this year we had the opportunity to play at Amplifier Bar in support of Tempest Rising and Reapers Riddle, very exciting to play on the same stage as some of the world’s best international metal acts.
What is the significance of the EP title, Kintsukuroi, and what it means to the band in particular? Kintsukuroi is a Japanese form of art, the definition of which is ‘to repair with gold’ - the art of repairing pottery with gold or silver lacquer and understanding the piece is now more beautiful having been broken. There is theme running through most of the songs on the EP about coming out of a bad life experience stronger than what you were prior. Basically, you should always try to take strength from the tough situations that life throws at you. What did you want to evoke of the band on this release? We wanted to give the listener a sense of the precision and brutality our live show brings. Also give them a feeling of strength. Listening to metal for most people is a release, a way to shake of the burdens of life in a positive way. What are the plans now that the EP is out? We are heading back into the studio to work on new material for our next release plus also do the odd local Perth show. Later in the year we plan to do a few regional WA shows and head over east to do a couple of shows as well.
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KARNIVOOL Sugar Army Badlands (formerly Devilles) Thursday, April 28, 2016 Perth’s newest live music venue, Badlands Bar, was packed to capacity for the first night of Karnivool’s string of sold-out shows. Perth rock band Sugar Army kicked off the night, with dream-like vocals and a buzzing bass line enticing the crowd out of the shadows. A slow start saw the three-piece lacking in oomph, playing songs as if they’d been rehearsed to perfection. Showcasing tracks from their upcoming album, Beast, it was clear the crowd had arrived early to hear their older songs, with the sound of people talking at times overtaking singer Patrick McLaughlin’s gentle vocals. The boys seemed to enjoy playing their older tracks as much as the crowd loved hearing them, with the venue lighting up as Sugar Army ripped through Tongues In Cheeks and Acute. Airy melodies juxtaposed an aggressive beat, with voice creating an otherworldly sound. Well before Karnivool were due on stage every free space in Badlands was occupied. The crowd swelled as the lights went down, only for it to be a false alarm, leaving everyone anxiously holding their breaths. Karnivool kicked off with Simple Boy, the bass line so thick and heavy you could feel
it pounding in your chest. Singer, Ian Kenny, commanded and controlled the audience like a conductor, letting them know when to slow down and when to go crazy. His dance moves in between musical breaks were questionable, reminiscent of Drake’s dodgy dancing in Hotline Bling. Despite this, Kenny’s voice captivated the audience, sounding angelic and beautiful when backed by crashing cymbals and distorted guitars. New songs like Aozora showed potential, but everyone clearly wanted to hear Karnivool’s classics, with the crowd chanting the lyrics to Roquefort in between songs. Cote and Themata nearly tore the roof down, the venue exploding with energy as the crowd jumped along. Smiling, it was clear the band loved how passionate people were about their music, something not all Perth bands get to experience. As the band rapidly changed tempos during Umbra, Kenny looked physically and emotionally exhausted — not surprising considering how much heart and soul he poured out into every word he sang. Karnivool didn’t disappoint, mesmerising the crowd from the get-go, their tight and precise performance setting high expectations for the rest of their tour and their upcoming album. FRANKIE MANN Photo by Mark Piasecki
THE DRONES Benjamin Witt Quartet Rosemount Hotel Saturday, April 30, 2016 The local experimental sounds of the Benjamin Witt Quartet proved to be a stellar opening of the evening’s proceedings. Not only did he draw a crowd in from the exterior bars but he wowed with a dense use of electronic beats stacked on the warm sounds of upright bass and saxophone as somewhat of a natural progression from the sounds developed with his previous band, The Chemist. Witt’s guitar melodies, while understated in their presence among the band’s sound, dominated heavily in their complexity and ability to drive to the fore with scratchy riffs leaning to outright bombastic and mesmerising solos. From the moment The Drones took to the stage, the noise favourites created something that cannot be described as anything but powerful. Wailing guitar lines and waves of feedback lead the opener of Private Execution, beginning a procession of angst, vitriol and gritty rock’n’roll with Gareth Liddiard’s unapologetic stance on stage and the ruthless thrashing of his sixstring. Though Feelin Kinda Free may have only been in our ears for a few weeks now, on first listen it was difficult to imagine how
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of Taman Shud leading to a bone rattling bass breakdown from Fiona Kitschin. While the night was a homecoming celebration for the new record the set left nothing behind, cutting through Jezebel, To Think That I Once Loved You and The Minotaur, the compressed bodies in the crowd hardly given a moment to breathe. It’s been seven years since the band blasted River Of Tears at the Cannot Buy My Soul tribute concert. The song’s composer Kev Carmody once said something along the lines of ‘The passion in that performance is unbelievable,’ and as the same song hit the crowd to close the night, the comment still rang true — the echoing power, passion and ruthless nature The Drones bring to their live performance, while just a piece of what makes them one of the country’s finest acts, is exactly why they continue to jam venues everywhere. MARK BERESFORD Photo by Amber Bateup
MT MOUNTAIN Reaching The Summit Mt Mountain launch their debut album, Cosmos Terros, on Saturday May 14, at the Rosemount Hotel with help from Tangled Thoughts of Leaving, Skullcave and Erasers. ALEX GRIFFIN reports. To hear guitarist Glenn Palmer tell it, Mt Mountain’s steady ascent to their place as one of Australia’s bleariest psych bands has been less a K2 climb than it has floating uphill. The Perth five-piece, who blend desert rock, hard blues, and shamanistic drone into a boiling, dusty moonshake, they’ve had good fortune to match the effort and precision of their tight, roiling songs with things just coming together everywhere else. Take how they came to nab the miasmic and striking cover art for Cosmos Terros, for example; it came courtesy of the respected NYC sculptor, Paul Kaptein, after more or less falling out of the clouds. “Originally, I just saw it on my Instagram feed!” Palmer exclaims, “but then it clicked, his surname – he’s my friend’s girlfriend’s uncle, randomly enough. We had been looking for a cover, and we all felt the picture was perfect straight away, so just
as he was having an exhibition we asked her if she could run the idea past him. He was down, so we emailed him, and then it was done! We didn’t even have to edit the image.” Recording the impassive and occasionally crushing Cosmos Terros came about through the same kind of serendipity. Producer Broderick Madden-Scott also worked with the band on 2014’s breakout Chantry 7”, the sessions for which were the start of Cosmos Terros. When it came
just snowballed. We ended up recording way more than the song or two we expected to. Like, four or five songs later…” The boys’ first national tour, in support of respected German heavyweights Kadavar (“we’re super, super excited”), developed in similar fashion. “Dave Cutbush had been pushing us for a long time to do a tour, and we mentioned some dates we were planning to play in Melbourne. He said, ‘well, maybe not, I’ve got Kadavar booked the same night in Melbourne; why not do the full
to hooking up with Brod, “it just kinda happened! We’d played a lot of shows with Spaceman and become friends, and always talked about recording with him next, trying to do a seven-inch and then an album, and as soon as we got in the room everything
support with them’, which was way too good to pass up. We’ve been itching to go for a long time.” Looking back on the three years they’ve been playing, the highlights aren’t hard to see for Palmer. “Opening for OM was
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pretty unreal,” he recalls. “A band we’d all been listening to for years, especially when we’d only been playing for a year or so. None of us had played shows or been in a band before. And then there was the EP launch at the Rosemount in 2014, which is probably still the best reception we’ve ever had at a show. We weren’t too confident because it’s such a big venue, but we had more than what we expected turn out, so we were pretty blown away, it was unforgettable.” If things have been clicking into gear externally for the band, it’s only because of what happens when they click together, with all the material built up from scratch in the jam room. “We jam every week; someone will have a bass line, and we just write it together in the room. When we’ve tried to do it any other way, like one person writing the majority of a song, it doesn’t feel as natural or come out as well. We’ve moved way more towards just jamming everything out as a group instead of trying to preconceive anything.” If moving by intuition has served Mt Mountain this well so far, looks like they’re set for the summit.
X-press TWENTY ONE PILOTS, THURS, MAY 5 @ ASTOR THEATRE
TO UR S THIS FORTNIGHT THE WONDER YEARS TEX PERKINS 14 Amplifier 4 Norfolk Hotel 5 Bridgetown Hotel THE UPBEATS 14 Villa 6 The Ravenswood CAST 7 Charles Hotel 15 Capitol MATT CORBY ELUVEITIE 5 Perth Convention 17 Capitol and Exhibition Centre MAY 2016 MS MR A WILHELM 5 Rosemount Hotel SCREAM RATATAT 19 Rosemount Hotel 5 Metro City VIOLENT SOHO VIC MENSA 20 Metro City 5 Villa APIA GOOD TWENTY ONE TIMES ft. DARYL PILOTS BRAITHWAITE, 5 Astor Theatre KATE CEBERANO, CELTIC THUNDER JOHN PAUL YOUNG 5 Albany & JON STEVENS Entertainment 21 Perth Concert Centre Hall 7 Perth Arena 22 Bunbury Regional 8 Bunbury Entertainment Entertainment Centre Centre O RAPPA ODESZA 25 Metropolis 6 Metro City Fremantle THE BEST OF THE BASEMENT EAGLES 31 Amplifier 6 Astor Theatre THE BLACK JUNE 2016 MASQUERADE ft. CHERIE CURRIE JOE LETZ, RUBBLE 1 Rosemount Hotel OF EMPIRE, COLD IAN MOSS FATE, ONE OF 2 Mandurah NONE Performing Arts 7 Gilkison Dance Centre Studio 4 Albany GROOVIN THE Entertainment MOO ft. ALISON Centre WONDERLAND, 5 Bunbury BOO SEEKA, BOY Entertainment & BEAR, BRITISH Centre INDIA, DRAPHT, MS ALEX GOW & DAN MR & more KELLY 7 Bunbury 2 Mojos COMMON 3 Jimmy’s Den 7 Metro City THE VANNS DANNY BROWN 2 Odd Fellow 8 Metro City 3 Settlers Tavern HINDS 4 Four5Nine 9 Rosemount Hotel DEAFHEAVEN COHEED & 6 Rosemount Hotel CAMBRIA SOTA ft. JEBEDIAH, 13 Capitol SAN CISCO, KOI L7 CHILD, TA-KU, 13 Metropolis THE LOVE JUNKIES, Fremantle MOSQUITO COAST MENTAL AS & more ANYTHING 6 Elizabeth Quay 13 Charles Hotel FEAR FACTORY 8 Metropolis IRON MAIDEN Fremantle 14 Perth Arena NORTHLANE & IN THE SCREAMING HEARTS WAKE JETS 10 Metro City 14 Charles Hotel 30
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IRON MAIDEN, SAT, MAY 14 @ PERTH ARENA
THE SMITH STREET BAND 10 Capitol THE ATARIS 12 Amplifier RICHARD MARX 14 Astor Theatre 15 Astor Theatre CRAIG ROBINSON 15 Rosemount Hotel SAM BRITTAIN 15 Ellington Jazz Club THE LIVING END 16 Astor Theatre MAT MCHUGH 16 Jimmy’s Den 17 Mojo’s Bar 18 Indi Bar 19 Clancy’s Dunsborough BIG COUNTRY 18 Rosemount Hotel THE RUBENS 18 Metro City FOSTER & ALLEN 40TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION TOUR 23 Astor Theatre STEEL PANTHER 23 Metro City SHIHAD & STORYTIME 23 Settlers Tavern 24 Rosemount Hotel 25 Rosemount Hotel 26 Newport Hotel BEATS IN THE HEAT ft. JOHN WILLIAMSON, POTBELLEZ, THE CAT EMPIRE, DRAPHT, ART VS SCIENCE, BRITISH INDIA & more 24 & 25 Karratha Entertainment Complex Bulgarra SWERVEDRIVER 28 Amplifier Bar BLACK STONE CHERRY 29 Capitol WES CARR 30 Albany Entertainment Centre JULY 2016 THE PAPER KITES 1 Astor Theatre PHIL WALLEYSTACK 7 Astor Theatre JUNGLE GIANTS 9 Jack Rabbit Slim’s RUSSELL HOWARD 15 Riverside Theatre JOE AVATI 16 Astor Theatre WEEDEATER &
CONAN 17 Rosemount Hotel SNAKEHIPS 21 Villa Nightclub AUGUST 2016 MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS 11 Perth Arena TROYE SIVAN 13 HBF Stadium ROLLING THUNDER VIETNAM 17 – 20 Crown Theatre THE RUBENS + MORE T.B.A 19 – 21 North West Festival TOMMY EMMANUEL 22 Mandurah Performing Arts Centre 23 Bunbury Entertainment Centre 24 Albany Entertainment Centre SEPTEMBER 2016 CRYPTOPSY 4 The Rosemount Hotel PAM ANN 5 Regal Theatre THE WHITLAMS 8 Rosemount Hotel BRING ME THE HORIZON 14 HBF Stadium FROM THE JAM 17 Capitol FOY VANCE 10 Mojo’s Bar LOUIS THEROUX 22 Riverside Theatre MARINA PRIOR & MARK VINCENT 23 Perth Concert Hall HENRY ROLLINS 23 & 24 Regal Theatre 25 Margaret River Cultural Centre ENTER SHIKARI 24 Metropolis Fremantle COG 24 Metro City JOE BONAMASSA 25 Perth Concert Hall OCTOBER 2016 THE LEVELLERS 12 Capitol ELLIE GOULDING 12 Perth Arena
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MAYDAY PARADE 13 Astor Theatre BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE & ATREYU 20 Metro City NOVEMBER 2016 ANDRE RIEU 3 Perth Arena DISTURBED 9 HBF Stadium VENGABOYS 12 Metro City DESTROYER 666 13 Rosemount Hotel THE MISSION 16 Capitol THE USED 26 Metropolis Fremantle 27 Metropolis Fremantle BEN HARPER & THE INNOCENT CRIMINALS 29 Kings Park & Botanic Garden
W E E K LY WEDS 04/05 BABUSHKA Open Mic Night BIRD Kitchen People Doctopus The Darling Rangers CLANCY’S CANNING BRIDGE Songwriter’s Night ELLINGTON JAZZ CLUB Nathan Gaunt Carus Thompson FLY BY NIGHT The Gaslight Club ft. Dave Roberston Blue Fondue Dilip Parekh INDI BAR The NbC MOJO’S BAR Blood Groove Faceplant ATLATLIST MOON CAFÉ The Tawny Rajah Moana PRINCE OF WALES Adam Brand 459 ROSEMOUNT HOTEL Yob Mob King Of The Travellers Rabid Abbott ROSEMOUNT HOTEL Rock’N’Roll Karaoke
LEAF CROWN, FRI 6 @ BASSENDEAN HOTEL
ROSEMOUNT HOTEL (BACKYARD) DJ Anton Maz SETTLERS TAVERN Open Mic Night UNIVERSAL BAR Decoy
BOYS BOYS BOYS! , SAT 7 @ ROSEMOUNT
BIRD Rhythmatism ft. Ben M Mango Ben Taaffe Henry Maxwell CLANCY’S CANNING BRIDGE THURSDAY 05/05 Steve Parkin CLANCY’S BABUSHKA FREMANTLE El Capitan Diamond Dave & The Enemy Minds Doodaddies Fight the Morning ELLINGTON JAZZ The Murderbirds CLUB BIRD Bringing Back Greeves Bacharach Sidewalk Diamonds Vicious Von Vixen’s Absent Hearts Late Night Cabaret DEFECTORS BAR FLY BY NIGHT Songwriter’s Club Mod Squad ft. ELLINGTON JAZZ DJ Barry Simpson HQ LEEDERVILLE CLUB Figurehead WA Youth Jazz Pacific Tide Orchestra: Andrew Mixed Signals Murray Pot Plant House INDI BAR Party Open Mic Night MALT SUPPER CLUB INDI BAR Lachy Doley Old School Thursday MOJO’S BAR MOJO’S BAR Earthlink Sound Red Engine Caves 459 ROSEMOUNT Spaceman HOTEL The Durongs Lionizer The Kramers Odlaw Leon Osborn The Kuillotines Recycled Rainbow Yiannos McStavros DJ’s ROSEMOUNT NEWPORT HOTEL HOTEL Record Club ft. “Goo Shaze” ft. PRINCE OF WALES French Rockets Tell the Shaman Dream Rimmy 459 ROSEMOUNT Lanark HOTEL Hyla Kat Wilson Starcleaner Holly Denton & more Sian Brown SETTLERS TAVERN The Floors Georgina Dacheff UNIVERSAL BAR ROSEMOUNT Nightmoves HOTEL MS MR Grrl Pal SATURDAY 07/05 METROPOLIS AMBAR FREMANTLE Japan 4 Gumbo Thusdays AMPLIFIER UNIVERSAL BAR High Horse Off The Record Pat Chow BABUSHKA Hip Priest FRIDAY 06/05 Sealamb AMPLIFIER Yaqui Yeti Madchild People Like Us BABUSHKA ELLINGTON JAZZ Tell the Shaman CLUB The Midnight Mules Bringing Back Sly Withers Bacharach The Silent Deeds The Big Boyband BASSENDEAN Show HOTEL MOJO’S BAR Old Blood Henry Wagons & The Patient Little Sister Only Children Little Lord Street Lucy Peach Band The Wilds Leaf Crown Galloping Foxleys
459 ROSEMOUNT HOTEL The Jangle Band ROSEMOUNT HOTEL Boys Boys Boys! Pool Boy SETTLERS TAVERN Moondog UNIVERSAL BAR Soul Corporation SUNDAY 08/05 BABUSHKA SUNDAE SHAKES ft. The Aretinos Death Valley Sun Dirty Howler ELLINGTON JAZZ CLUB Random Act INDI BAR Shovelful Of Blues Ft. Rick Steele And Friends MOJO’S BAR Barefoot Soujourns Mister and Sunbird Ms VIDA LOCA 459 ROSEMOUNT HOTEL Henry Wagons Davey Craddock ROSEMOUNT HOTEL Laith No More The Limbs ROSEMOUNT HOTEL (BACKYARD) Get Down ft. Aslan Klean Kicks Pawel Good Company DJs Sleepyhead Beni Chill Jo Lettenmaier Tim King SETTLERS TAVERN Moondog UNIVERSAL BAR Justin and Mike MONDAY 09/05 CLANCY’S CANNING BRIDGE Quiz Night ELLINGTON JAZZ CLUB Trinity College Jazz MOJO’S BAR Wide Open Mic ROSEMOUNT HOTEL Hinds Doctopus Childsaint DJ Scarlett Stevens TUESDAY 10/05 BRASS MONKEY Open Mic Night
CYCLONE TESS, FRI 13 @ BASSENDEAN HOTEL
CHARLES HOTEL Perth Blues Club CLANCY’S FREMANTLE Quiz Night ELLINGTON JAZZ CLUB The Persuasion LANEWAY LOUNGE Open Mic Night MOJO’S BAR Tha Strangerz The Merindas Bryte J-Point Lord Dazastah 459 ROSEMOUNT HOTEL The Kohesia Ensemble ROSEMOUNT HOTEL Lycra Tuesdays ROSEMOUNT HOTEL (BACKYARD) David Craft WEDS 11/05 BABUSHKA Open Mic Night BIRD Mung Dahl Shit Narnia Segue Safari The Kramers CLANCY’S CANNING BRIDGE Songwriter’s Night FLY BY NIGHT The Gaslight Club ELLINGTON JAZZ CLUB Lachlan Gear Quartet - Gypsy Jazz INDI BAR Club Acoustica ft. MOJO’S BAR Lachy Doley Callum Kramer MOON CAFÉ Luke Dux Timothy Nelson 459 ROSEMOUNT HOTEL Twin Haus ROSEMOUNT HOTEL Rock’N’Roll Karaoke ROSEMOUNT HOTEL (BACKYARD) DJ Anton Maz SETTLERS TAVERN Open Mic Night THURSDAY 12/05 AMBAR Japan 4 AMPLIFIER Last Night ft. BABUSHKA Orquesta Yambeque
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MT MOUNTAIN, SAT 14 @ ROSEMOUNT HOTEL
CLANCY’S FREMANTLE The Writer’s Block DEFECTORS BAR Songwriter’s Club INDI BAR Open Mic Night MOJO’S BAR REEF and the Riff RAFF The Durongs Goodnight Moon Meg Wheeler Dan Howler Nic Brown NEWPORT HOTEL Record Club Season Five PRINCE OF WALES Lachy Doley 459 ROSEMOUNT HOTEL Los Ducks Triangle Fight Gypsy Howls Dirty Howler ROSEMOUNT HOTEL Three Hands One Hoof Elephant Isle Bliss Is Berlin No Shortcut Home The Piscos SETTLERS TAVERN Open Mic Night FRIDAY 13/05 AMBAR Fresh Produce AMPLIFIER Kimura BABUSHKA The Reams Trad & Sumoe Skrew-Loose Illdok & Wrelmz Cara Lauren Divine and DJ Bace Kadet BASSENDEAN HOTEL Tenderhooks Lazy Horse The Lunettes Cyclone Tess Shy Guy CAPITOL Coheed and Cambria CHARLES HOTEL Jaime Page MOJO’S BAR Milwaukee Banks Chu S.O.X. Evanda PRINCE OF WALES Crash Rat Jackson Koke RAILWAY HOTEL Killing The Riff Room17
MATT CAL, SUN 15 @ MOJOS BAR
Applebite Kilmister 459 ROSEMOUNT HOTEL The Desert Sonnes Majumba Nodes Emily Garlick ROSEMOUNT HOTEL Plavi Orkestar S.A.R.S SETTLERS TAVERN Lachy Doley THE GARAGE The Love Junkies Figurehead Uncle Jeffery Moth SATURDAY 14/05 AMBAR Japan 4 AMPLIFIER The Wonder Years Knuckle Puck Our Past Days ART GALLERY OF WA Art Ball ft. Sneaky Sound System Kučka Mosquito Coast Perth Symphony Orchestra DJ Dan D Lyons DJ Beryl Steep DJ Charlie Bucket & more BABUSHKA Peter Combe and the Juicy Juicy Green Grass Band BIRD Phil Stroud Band Banjamin Witt & Sean O’Neill Akioka Ben Taffe JACK RABBIT SLIMS The Love Junkies FOAM Rag N Bone Shit Narnia MOJO’S BAR Client Liaison GL PRINCE OF WALES Gombo 459 ROSEMOUNT HOTEL House Arrest Paper Plains Burning Fiction Incomplete Todd Fishwick ROSEMOUNT HOTEL Mt Mountain Tangled Thoughts Of Leaving Skullcave Erasers
SETTLERS TAVERN P-DIGSS SUNDAY 15/05 BABUSHKA Fine Court Segue Safari Mung Dahl JFK Saga CAPITOL Cast MOJO’S BAR Tom Day Mat Cal Blue Child Collective Nicky Sandover ROSEMOUNT HOTEL All That Glitters ROSEMOUNT HOTEL (BACKYARD) Get Down ft. SETTLERS TAVERN MANOA MONDAY 16/05 CLANCY’S CANNING BRIDGE Quiz Night ELLINGTON JAZZ CLUB Song Lounge April ft. MOJO’S BAR Wide Open Mic 459 ROSEMOUNT HOTEL Book of Shapes ROSEMOUNT HOTEL Scorcherfest ft. Beni Bjah Blood Blossoms Gus McKay Incharge June Riot Lost For Reason LS Marto New Found Heights & more TUESDAY 17/05 CLANCY’S FREMANTLE Quiz Night ELLINGTON JAZZ CLUB Josh Novak MOJO’S BAR Bowser Joe Mac KZNZA Superflog 459 ROSEMOUNT HOTEL Luke Minness Quartet ROSEMOUNT HOTEL Lycra Tuesdays ROSEMOUNT HOTEL (BACKYARD) David Craft 31
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