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Issue 003 Autumn, 2015


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issue 003 - autumn 2015

From the Editor - 6 things - 8 North Terrace City Skate Park: going, going, gone - 10 Eat Children Crew - 16 Hilltop Hoods - 26 Dave Gill - 30 America: A Photo Essay - 34 Syria: If You Don’t Know, Now You Know - 44 These Wild Animals - 48 Mick Fanning - 56 World Wild - 62 Yewth exclusive tee order - 73 Josh Searson - back cover talk to us www.yewthmag.com instagram: @yewthmag facebook.com/yewthmag advertising and enquiries: yewthmag@hotmail.com cover photo: Jarrad Lee Jackson, World Wild - shot by Sam Berry


Caleb Sweeting - Editor Caleb is an 18 year old skater from Osborne, whose passion for writing and youth culture led him to start Yewth. He loves the smell of freshly printed magazines in the morning and is currently studying journalism at UniSA. yewthmag.com Dave Court - Art Director, Designer Dave is a 23 year old artist, designer, screenprinter and person. As well as designing Yewth, he runs clothing label foolsandtrolls, the store Created Range and makes pictures. foolsandtrolls.com Ethan Allen Ethan is a 16 year old BMX rider from Balaklava who loves to shoot photos and write/design cool stuff. Lawn mower wakeboarding and stand up paddle boarding in sewers are just some of his favourite things to do in sometimes boring Balaklava. Dave Rubinich Dave is a photographer who has been involved in ADL’s BMX scene since the early 2000s. He has extensively contributed to most Australian BMX media outlets including Focalpoint and 2020, in that time he has had numerous covers. dprubinich.com Jay Lim Jay is the 18 year old co-founder and creative director of Adelaide based photographic & design business, Avant Garde. She always has her camera ready to capture the best shot. avantgardeproductions.com.au Lachy Pfitzner Lachy is a 19 year old freelance photographer and videographer currently in his last year of film school. He directed Adelaide’s own skateboarding documentary, Ambivalence and is always working towards his next project. facebook.com/LachyPfitznerPhotography Roman Wojtkowski Roman is a 16 year old skater who received his first camera last Christmas. Ever since he’s been taking photos at skate parks and events and hopes to bring out more material in the future. facebook.com/kowskiphotography


This magazine wouldn’t live up to its genre if we didn’t cover the closure of the North Terrace City Skate Park. After years of providing a skate haven for the youth of Adelaide, it has officially closed to the public and is soon to be demolished to make way for the new medical precinct. I had a chat to Greens MP Tammy Franks and SA Skate Space Association representative/ owner of Elan Skateboards, Andy Walker, who have both been heavily involved in representing the Adelaide skate community since the closure was announced back in 2012. The bottom line is, while a temporary skate space is under construction, there are still unanswered questions regarding a permanent replacement. Keep reading for the full story, as well as some rad interviews with BMX boys Eat Children Crew, Australian hip hop kings Hilltop Hoods, local surfer David Gill, Adelaide grunge trio These Wild Animals, and of course the long haired sunglassed musician on the cover, Jarrad Lee Jackson AKA Wild World. We are super stoked about this issue and would like to thank everyone who has picked up the mag and purchased our tees so far - Yew! -Caleb Sweeting

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City Park Final Farewell photo by Kowski

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eat/play The Hungry Hippo Board Game Cafe has found a new home in the west end. Get some eats and play some board games. -thehungryhippo.com

caffeinate

Mischief Brew, hand crafted cold coffee, can be found travelling around at various markets, instore at Created Range or delivered to your door. -mischiefbrewcoffee.com

art Amanda Radomi and Henry Walker are collaboratively creating a colourful extravaganza, to be exhibited as a set for performance and music at Tandanya National Cultural Aboriginal Art Centre. -at Tandanya 26th July till the end of September.


shop

Shed Seven is a new retail/showroom/ office/workspace featuring clothing brand Yeo Haus, Cheer wetsuits, Nosha Creative Goods, Alfredo Gonzales socks + more. Located in Port Elliot, have a shop if you’re in the area -facebook.com/shed7seven

collaboration

Adelaide labels foolsandtrolls and Average Cat have released a pretty sweet collaboration. Available at both Created Range and Average Cat stores in Regent Arcade. -foolsandtrolls.com -averagecatclothing.com

art/fashion/design

Beyond Killa is a new ongoing collaborative art project by Gab Cole and Lucas Croall. Check Created Range for tees, zines and artwork, look at walls around you for mural work -@beyondkilla

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The North Terrace City Skate Park has been a hot topic in the media ever since it was given the death sentence back in 2012. There were pissed off skaters from Gawler to Goolwa, who did everything in their power to save their stomping ground.

Greens MP Tammy Franks, says she is “disappointed” with the effort of the State Government who have failed to replace the city skate park. “The Greens definitely would have dealt with this situation differently – and we have consistently called on the Government to give some surety to riders,” she said. “The key is consultation, planning and communication. It feels like the State Government has failed on all three counts, yet skaters and the Council have made the effort every step of the way.

“It’s more than disappointing that the State Government has so far failed to work with the Council and the skating community to replace the former City Sk8 Park with another (better!) permanent facility.” Ms Franks also attended the ‘Final Farewell’ held for City Skate Park in February and says it was a day of “mixed emotions.” “It should have been a day to also celebrate a brand new city skate

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space, not a day of uncertainty at a construction site with no access to even a water tap!” She even organised an online petition that was signed by a whopping 700 people in 10 days. It was designed to urge Planning MinisterJohn Rau to make a decision over the park. However, Mr Rau quickly fobbed off a real plan when he suggested that Victoria Square was an option for a replacement.

People then expressed their opinions to the minister on social media questioning the location.

“Are you prepared to host international skateboarding competitions/ events in the square following City Park’s closure?”- (@JacobHendryx). And…

“Great, but doubt that space (Victoria Square) would work with all the skate park users at once. Now is the time to discuss a purpose built facility.” - (@SASKATESPACE). But what’s next?

The Adelaide City Council has finally discussed a purpose built facility and committed $300,000 for a temporary park off Wakefield Street. SA Skate Space Association representative, Andy Walker has been talking closely with the council and says they are working towards providing the “best temporary facility possible.” “The site will not have ramps or permanent obstacles, but things such as concrete barriers and parking blocks could be used,” he said.

Walker says it’s really disappointing that is currently no talks happening for the permanent facility.

“It really feels like this ‘temporary’ park is just a band aid solution to make it look like something is being done. Temporary has no definition at this point in time. It could be years,” he said. “As for the park we should be getting in the mean time I have worked on a design with Jarrod Knoblauch and Mike Moore and it’s looking pretty good. The budget and other costs involved with making the area suitable may change our current design though.”

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While the park will cater for the BMX community, the majority of users will be skaters so it will predominately be designed that way. Walker estimates the temporary park will be ready around June/July, however at this point it’s hard to say exactly when.

Both Andy Walker and Tammy Franks have made it clear that we will have to push a lot harder for a permanent city skate park or it will continue to be ignored. For more info check out S.A Skate Space Association and Tammy Franks MLC on Facebook

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Adam Coxon with a 180 whip out the in-out at the jam


Eat Children Crew, a name that most parents most probably fear. (No parent likes an eaten child). But this group of skilled bike riding folk wouldn’t dare eat a child, instead feed the little whipper snapper assorted rap music, bikes and as the rapper Dr Dre put it, “the strength of street knowledge.” The group not only rides hard but also puts out some rad apparel ranging from hoods to beanies, this being a way to fund trips and VX tapes. The team is full of amazing riders coming from all areas trails, park and the big one street. There is more emphasis on their street crew though. One of the latest edits from ECC was an edit from Indigo Hensgen. I myself come from a trails background but holy crap! This edit was something I hadn’t seen, it was bat shit crazy with Indie going for a double kicker which might be the gnarliest I have seen. Also he did all of this after he recovered from a neck injury. It’s hard to dwell on just one rider within the crew especially when one of their rad mix tapes come out can go for a solid 10 minutes. Within these edits it seems that everyone never stops throwing down; its clip after clip of astonishment. Tell us about Eat Children Crew, how did it come about? Eat Children Crew is just something that just kind of organically happened, it wasn’t planned or organised. We all grew up riding, chilling together and to this day are good mates. So it just made sense to make something of it. It was a blog for years because we always filmed and shot photos anyway, but that’s all it was until about mid last year then we decided to put some thought into it and pick a direction in which to push it.

title photo: Ricky Catanzariti with a wild flair on the tit at the DIY spot


Who does the crew consist of? Media wise it’s probably Shizee, Rhys, Sam, Liam, Ricky, Tristan, Hitchman, Kane and Wazza. The Eat Children Crew is more than that though, its everyone we hang out with like photographers, any out of town riders who come visit… pretty much anyone who’s down for the cause you know? We just want to keep having fun, push good vibes and try to get people as stoked on BMX as we are. Who’s the young blood? Definitely Ricky and Tristan, they’re both seriously good with slightly different styles. Tristan is a crazy ramp rider. He doesn’t even appear to have any fear; he can just send it first shot. It doesn’t matter if it’s a fronty or a double whip, he just sends it calmly usually pulling it and taking anyone who witnessed its breath away. Ricky... I can’t really say anything more than he’s just the future of fucking BMX the shit he does, I couldn’t of even imagined three or four years ago and he just does it so easy then sits down like ‘what else can I try?’ He’s a treat to ride with.

The finer details on the West End shirt

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VX or HD? Definitely VX for now, just because we’ve always had it… We know there are advantages with HD, but we’ve got three VXs between us and need to make the final step, like a DVD, so it feels right before moving on. We definitely want to go HD eventually, but we’re just not there yet. Plus VXs are beautiful.

West End VX

Is all your apparel self-funded? Yeah, it’s all self-funded; we’ve always been around it. We’ve got James who runs Dishonour self-funded apparel and he’s been doing that for years. People like him and Hodgey are super positive people and just give you the motivation and what you need to hear to just go for it, but yeah, we’re self-funded. We sell everything from eatchildrencrew.com and use whatever change we have in our pockets to get samples and keep growing the project.

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Does the money you make from these products go back into the crew? Definitely at the moment it goes back into what we are trying to do, which is get in front with our clothes. Get them up to the standard and quality that we want and get to, the point where we can do consistent quality drops. It all comes with time and connections, which we’re slowly growing. That all being said we ain’t making bank, but who cares, we’re having fun. Hopefully while filming for this DVD we can pack a van and take a decent riding road trip using some ECC money to make it cheaper for the crew and us, but for now it all goes back into ECC itself for future drops. How did the ‘ECC DIY Spot’ come along? We’ve always built things in Murray Bridge, like when we were young teens we built a quarter under the bridge, which is still there to this day, but we built it with 13 bags of cement and just water and nothing else. We didn’t know what we were doing; we just wanted something fun to ride! We never had a skate park. The closest thing we had was the backyard of Travis Reddington. His parents just let us build whatever we wanted and by the time we were teenagers it was fence to fence with dirt jumps and plywood ramps with nails sticking out. It was heaven. We eventually got a skate park, but it’s pretty boring and repetitive, so we searched for a spot where we could build what we wanted and ride like we wanted. That was about 2 years ago,and now we have the ‘ECC Spot.’ We could have never built what we have there with just BMX riders. The whole crew helped build it, everyone we grew up with who wanted somewhere positive and fun to hang out at. Anyone’s welcome, just come with a 6 pack of West End and you’re the raddest guy out. Unfortunately it’s on government land (Department of Transport Planning and Infrastructure) and they aren’t too stoked on it. By the time you read this I imagine it would have been levelled which is disheartening, but there’s plenty of other spots around to rebuild.

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Squad jerseys, are rad what else can we expect clothing wise in the future? Definitely more of the jerseys! We’re currently working on some t-shirt lines and trying to just slow down to get everything spot on. We’re pretty harsh on ourselves, we know what we want and we don’t want to sell anything 2nd rate, and we won’t! Even if it means we make fuck all on the product. We just want the best in the end. None of us are designers, so that’s been the hard obstacle, but we have designs now, and more designs in the works. We’re nearly at the point where we want to be, but it all just takes time. That being said, we’re light years away from our first drop a year ago. Everything might not flow smoothly yet, but our products have been/ are something that we can be proud of! And lastly, tell us about this new DVD you’re working on? Well, we always film and just throw the edits up on the internet but it’s just a constant circle of being burnt and forgotten about. We can make something we put a lot of effort into and if the website that pick them up don’t write a good and positive review about them they don’t get watched. We aren’t going to pay websites to give us amazing reviews like big companies do; even now 90% of their BMX stuff they put up is just crap. So we figure if the boys are putting in 110% then let’s make something legit, that we can always have and watch and not be forgotten about… We still will make web edits, but we want something bigger, like a DVD. The riding level is high, all the dudes shred every chance they get and filming isn’t something new to us, so why not aim high? We have a cinema we can already do the premier at, so it’s things like that which is enough motivation to want to film a DVD and show off what a group of grimey friends from South Aus can do if they put their minds to it. And then the best part is to have a sick night at the cinema then get loose at the pub after See more from ECC at eatchildrencrew.com

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ready for one big party at Groovin the Moo Caleb Sweeting

Suffa on stage at Future Music Festival, Photo taken by Mark Metcalfe


Twenty-fourteen was a massive year for the Hilltop Hoods, some say the year of the ‘Cosby Sweater.’ From playing sold out shows overseas, to a national tour back home in Australia, no-one would blame the Hoods for saying, “Look everyone we need a break now.” But, they haven’t shown any signs of slowing down, after playing at Future Music Festival only a few weeks ago, they are now gearing up for the highly anticipated regional, Groovin the Moo festival. I had a chance to speak with one third of the Hilltop Hoods, Suffa MC, who says GTM will be one “big party.” Congratulations on ‘Walking Under Stars’ hitting platinum. Is this something you guys expected considering how powerful and deep this album is? No we never expect anything … We are grateful when it comes to that. Last year was a massive year for you guys. How do you find the right balance to stay motivated on the road while juggling your own personal lives and spending time with family? The thing about touring is it’s usually in big chunks and your album is like all your writing and recording, which means you’re around home a lot and then once the album’s out you’re on the road a lot. So it sort of balances out in equal amounts, where you disappear, then you’re sort of back in large chunks as well. Like if I had a day job it’d probably work out about the same… And it’s a lot better right? Yeah haha. We were gone for like six months on and off, but when the next writing thing comes around I’m back here for five or six months. You played your first Future Music Festival only a few weeks ago. Was the atmosphere different playing at an electronic, dance festival? It was! It was obviously our first time there as a band or as punters, so it was kind of different for us. Cause the festivals we usually attend or play at, the sounds a bit more diverse. So it was interesting. It was good though, the crowds were great, other artists were great and their crew was great too… We had a ball.

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While Future Music was something new, Hilltops are no stranger to Groovin the Moo. What can festival-goers expect from your set this year? Well, just more of the same… We’re trying to have a party at Groovin the Moo! You know we’ll have Plutonic Lab along, our drummer, we’ll have a horn section and we are just gonna try put on a big show and hopefully everyone has fun. Only just recently a band you are quite fond of, the Beastie Boys also celebrated a milestone of diamond status for their debut album, ‘Licensed to Ill.’ How have this trio influenced Hilltop Hoods, I mean you guys even covered ‘So What’cha Want’ on Triple J’s ‘Like A Version?’ They were a huge influence, I mean apart from showing us that three white kids can be successful making hip hop… We were huge fans of their music. ‘Licensed to Ill’ was one of the first hip hop records I ever heard. ‘Check Your Head’ changed everything when they were playing their own instruments and bringing a live element. Apart from that when I was a kid I saw them like three times live, and their live shows are a huge influence on us because there was so much energy. So what’s next for the Hoods? Is there anyone else you’d like to collaborate with in the future? I also have my own theories… Maybe even a Hilltops documentary could be on the cards? Another DVD could be on the cards, a new album is always on the cards, we’re always working towards the next album. Obviously we are going to have a bit of time in-between now and then because we want to fall back into the studio. As far as collabs go, we have a lot that we are working on at the moment. In-between projects we always sort of work with friends and other like-minded artists. We’re working with Drapht on his album, we’re working with a track for K21’s album… Yeah we’re putting in a lot of work, apart from the mix-tape that’s coming out and the re-mix EP we’re doing. For more Hilltop Hoods info and tour dates check out www.hilltophoods.com


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SURF COMPANY DREAM Caleb Sweeting


We all have the urge to pack up everything and leave behind our boring and sometimes predictive lives for an unknown adventure. That’s exactly what Adelaide surfer David Gill did, he packed up his trusty van, said see ya to his mates and drove to NSW in pursuit of following his passion involving surfboards and big waves. “I got a job working for Al Merrick Surfboards and the opportunity was just too good to pass up. I always wanted to leave home and live by the beach so I just moved over there packed my van will all my furniture and drove over.” The prospect of leaving it all behind is easier said than done, especially when you’re in a foreign state without anyone you know. However, David relished the opportunity to make some new mates and pick up valuable skills along the way. “In my time working for Channel Islands Surfboards, I was lucky enough to make boards for Mick Fanning, Simon Anderson, Kai Otton and Taj Burrow… And I actually made friends with Kai Otton!” photo by Jiah Frodsham, Avalon Beach, NSW


Dave - photo by Hodgkinson

Back home in Adelaide now he hopes to apply everything he has learnt from his experience with Al Merrick Surfboards to eventually start his own similar company here in SA. “I plan on moving down to Seaford where Mum said I can use the shed with my own shaping and glassing bay in there and make my own boards and do ding repairs. Eventually from there I’d like to start my own company, but I still have a lot of learning to do.” Apart from surfing, David also has a massive passion for skateboarding and says they really go hand in hand. “It’s awesome always have time on a board no matter what it is always having fun and living so close to one of Adelaide’s best skate parks (Osborne), is a bonus so lucky to live here.” David is a fun dude with a love for surfing, skateboarding and the lifestyle that comes along with these two past times, look out for him in the future he’s sure to make some noise in SA no matter where the waves take him. See what Dave Gill is up to on instagram at @davegill_

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Lachy Pfitzner

Late last year I traveled to the US to visit family and friends for a month. I spent most of my time in Texas and Colorado in the snowfields, each day with something new and exciting. It was an amazing experience that I will never forget, although I didn’t take nearly enough photos here are a few of the memories that stood out to me and the stories behind them.


LA Highway: Driving through the outskirts of Compton in some dodgy ass taxi on my first day in the states was not what I had on the agenda. But it made for an interesting experience.


San Diego: was the next stop, I could live in this place that’s for sure. It’s such a clean and beautiful city. The ‘City of Love’ they call it.

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San Diego strip: A week into my trip was beginning to realise how eccentric and huge everything was in the States. Highways were always something that interested me for some stupid reason. This was one of those crazy 14 lane highways.

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Racked: Everywhere you went in America there were a large number of homeless people. Especially the big cities.


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Floating house: This house looks a lot like the house on that Lemony Snicket’s movie. There was something striking about the way that buildings are constructed in the U.S.

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Beachmont: Everything looks like it’s directly from a Hollywood movie over there. Even the lifeguard towers on the beaches. This photos was snapped from the car on my 35mm camera.

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Blind: This is probably the best photo I took on the trip. I was 200 miles out of Dallas, Texas at a shooting Ranch, where they sky’s were crystal clear.

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Nebraska: Heading from Red River, NM back to our cabin after a day of doing tourist things. We managed to get lost and ended up on the boarder of Nebraska. The sun was going down fast and it was starting to get a bit creepy when I jumped out the car and snapped this shot.

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SYRIA – IF YOU DON’T KNOW, NOW YOU KNOW Street wear brand, Average Cat loves to express knowledge through art and design, so have a read and get familiar. The history of Syria and what is currently taking place in the region has inspired us to create a tribute design called camo spring. The camo background to the Arabic text symbolises the years of conflict and guerrilla warfare taken place in Syria and the middle East. The Average person isn’t privy to the details and complexities of the Syrian civil war. The perception of the uniformed is that it’s just another group of Muslim terrorists reeking havoc. Let them get on with their business and let me get back to the E channel!! Well let me assure you that what has played out in Syria is fit for any fictional Hollywood film and is quite mind blowing to say the least. To put things into perspective you need to know who is running the country and why civil unrest has broken out, where civillians have been forced to employ guerrilla style tactics to defend themselves against different factions in the country. Syria is made up of 60% Sunni Muslims and 12% Shi’ite Muslims and have been in conflict and disagreement since the founding of the religion by Mohammed in the seventh century. For those unsure of the difference between these two factions of Islam the short and simple answer to a very convoluted division is that they are two groups of the same religion that disagree on theology illustrated through violence on one another. Now that you know that... The Syrian government is run by the Ba’ath party, they are Shi’te Muslims and some bad mother fuckers. Apart from reports that they have used chemical weapons on their own people, to say they’ve ruled with an iron fist is an understatement. Hafez Al-Assad took power in 1970 setting ruthless policies, massacring civilians and being an all out Badass tyrant. Responsible for the ‘Hama massacre’ to suppress the uprising of Sunni Muslims, it left tens of thousands dead. The minority Shi’ite’s were running the country and the majority Sunnis were suffering at their hands, so it isn’t hard to understand the resentment towards the Ba’ath party and its leaders. This is something that would brew for decades and now the


pressure cooker has culminated with what we are seeing today, civil war infecting the whole country. Just to add to the Hollywood script Hafez Al-Assad had a brother just as ruthless as he. When Hafez fell ill in 1983 his brother Rifaat vice president at the time attempted to take over the country leaving Hafez off his committee. Rifaat had a whole army numbering 55,000 behind him. As you could imagine this didn’t go down too well with good old Hafez, so the shit storm began... Don’t worry the expendables are on their way! Seriously though..this resulted in a bitter fued between the two brothers exemplified through the Latakia protests in 1999 where hundreds of Rifaat’s supporters were arrested and two were killed. It has even been reported that a meeting between Rifaat, Hafez and their mother took place in order to resolve the brothers issues. Rifaat never came into power and was essentially exiled from the country. He is now living in a 10 million pound home in Mayfair. Hafez died a year later and his son Al-Bashar Assad now reigns supreme. Take a second to process... could you imagine if this debacle took place in the US. Like it to Free Syrian Army fighters ready for battle. Photo via the Guardian UK


Romney being president and the mormon minorty fucking shit up on the Christian majority. Or Obama had an evil brother trying to overthrow him while he lay sick in the White House. You couldn’t make this shit up... it’s more likely Obama was born in Kenya and Donald Trump is a love child to a human female and an orangutang (Bill Maher fans know what’s up). This brings us to present day where Bashar Al-Assad is running the show and civil war is reeking throughout the whole of Syria. Conflict began on the 15th of March 2011 and initially was aimed towards the regime. As it has progressed to present day the disposition of the conflict has become sectarian. So basically where the aim was to overthrow the government it has now become a game of thrones within Syria against different ethnic and religious groups. Some of these groups have been labelled Islamist extremists. The main force and opposition is the Free Syrian Army (FSA) made up of defected soldiers from the Syrian army who’s purpose is to protect civilians against the government. Again using the US as an example, imagine half the military switching sides and banding together to fight the government, its unfathomable. As well as the official Syrian army the government use an unofficial militia called the Shabiha to do their dirty work. They’re responsible for many civilian deaths as well as breaking up protests, often more than not through violence. The US has designated them a terrorist organization so they’re nothing to fool with. As the days, weeks and months go by the violence doesn’t seem to be quelling with reports the government has used chemical weapons on its own people just an example of the chaos that continues to ensue in the region. According to the UN the death toll hit 70,000 in February. A huge concern that has world leaders on edge is that if the government is overthrown there is a long line of Islamic extremist groups vying for the throne all resembling the lannisters and none like the Starks (Game of Thrones fans will know what I’m talking about). So next time you see Syria on the news don’t change the channel, stay tuned and witness the twists to an unwandering plot fit for the movies. This article was originally published on Average Cat’s blog averagecatclothing.com

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words by Caleb Sweeting photos Jay Lim


Beau smashing the kit

Anyone who is a fan of 90s grunge or 70s rock is likely to appreciate the sound of Adelaide three piece, These Wild Animals. The trio consisting of Josh Bills, (vocals/guitar), Beau Heffernan (drums) and Anthony Katern, (bass), just released their second EP, Enstasy and already have a cult following in their hometown. But they hope to stretch their musical presence further than little old Adelaide, with plans to tour the East Coast of Australia in 2015.  Josh Bills the only founding member remembers when their original drummer left the band to join the navy after playing only two shows. In the early days stuck with no drummer Josh and the original bass player, Ryan got into contact with an old school mate; Beau who they remembered was a “good drummer.” Josh sitting on the edge of the pool table recalls, “It was a drunk night at the Saily I think where we asked Beau (to join the band).” Originally named after the song “Thieves for Children,” before settling on These Wild Animals, they played local gigs for a couple of years until the bass player too called it quits.

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Left without a permanent bassist for 6 months they eventually found Anthony who was recommended by a close friend. Ant agreed to join the band after only listening to a couple of their songs, telling Yewth, “I had no idea who they were.” Luckily for all of us, the trio gelled from their first encounter in 2012, discovering they all shared similar interests and music tastes.  After having my own taste of their music I honestly believed these boys had been raised on a music diet consisting of Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden etc., however after asking them I realised it was in fact the complete opposite. “Originally when a lot of the first songs were written I hadn’t actually listened to much of the 90s, like grunge, alternative sort of sound…” says Josh. “Then we started playing shows and people were saying, oh you guys sound like Pearl Jam or you guys sound like Soundgarden. And apart from “Black Hole Sun” we had no idea what any of their songs were… Then we started listening to it.” Beau said he was more into punk music and bands like Blink 182, and didn’t even start listening to any “grungey stuff” until after he joined the band. While Josh on the other hand was a big Guns n’ Roses, Led Zeppelin, Sabboth and Metallica fan and hadn’t listened to much grunge, but was always into Chili Peppers and early Powderfinger. Ant the odd one out did however, loved the grunge sound during high school and is especially fond of the genre. Josh in the studio


Like any band all the current members had to overcome their own different challenges - Josh only started singing when he formed the band, and soon realised he had to get better (and let me tell you he did!) And Ant came into the band having to learn 12 songs. Josh says some of the songs are now 5 to 6 years old, but bits have slowly changed as the band has evolved and matured. The song writing process is mainly crafted by Josh, especially older tracks that were written before Beau and Ant were even apart of These Wild Animals. However, Beau says more recent work is something they are collaborating and producing together. “It mainly comes from jams, because we have this studio if something good happens we can push record and sometimes songs come out of that, but a lot of it is Josh structuring the songs and me and Ant adding our bits.”  The band actually considered releasing songs from their first two EPs as one album, but decided it would be more effective to release their work in two instalments that would allow them to generate more attention.  “We thought we would split it into two (EPs) make it a little more accessible. While making one the softer more acoustic side and the other one the heavier side,” says Beau. “We also made the covers the same and the names Ecstasy represent an experience outside the body, which is the bit more full on one and Enstasy is the within yourself experience and that’s why that’s a bit softer and a bit more mellow sort of (Left to right) thing.” Beau Heffernan, It’s quite obvious they wanted people to desire their music, rather than forcing it upon them in one big cd. “By the time we released that second cd people wanted that cd, and there was a bit of a demand for it, mainly for “Lay Down Bonnie” because that’s been around so long and it’s a lot of people’s favourites and it wasn’t on the first EP.

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Sweeting, Josh Bills, Anthony Katern


But it is good to release music when people want music, rather than releasing it for the sake of it.” When I asked the boys my final question of was there any reason for choosing their instrument, no-one was more excited than Beau who has been drumming since he was 11 and said the drums solved his “annoying tapping problem.” “I would just sit there and make sticks out of Lego and just bash them on a couch. Mum and Dad sort of picked up that I was hitting them in time so they were like maybe we should just channel this somewhere and they sent me off to drum lessons and ever since then I’ve played drums. And I still tap and Dad still hates it!” Josh has been playing guitar since he was 8 and was inspired by his Dad who was also a musician, “he gave me a guitar and I started learning!” And picked up singing because firstly they had no-one else to fill the role and, “Ryan our first bass player said you should sing, because he heard me scream in the car.”  While Ant was a bit of the late comer, picking up the bass at the ripe age of 16, “My Dad is a pretty sick guitarist so he taught me some stuff, and I mucked around on it for about a week. I’d sort of throw the pick down and finger pick and he was like, don’t take this the wrong way but you’re a bass player you should play bass, and I just found it so much more natural.”


These Wild Animals first EP, Ecstasy

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This year the band hopes to bring their dark, alternative sound full of guitar solos and aggressive drums over to Melbourne followed by Sydney. But I highly recommend you see them live in Adelaide, where they are in their true element on the stage at Jive. TWA say they have enough songs to release another CD but they are going to give it sometime before they do. “The idea is now that we’ve got the two CDs that show what we can do we can get them out there and get as many people to listen to it as possible.” Check out These Wild Animals on Facebook to stay up to date with gigs and new music - facebook.com/thesewildanimals


Snapper rocks, Mick Fanning’s home turf. I ventured to this tropical place a few months back when the weather was pristine and girls were showing plentiful amounts of skin. As the waves roll in with perfect barrels you can see yourself out there with your $5 boogie board. But these waves are unlike your average dump waves. Whilst in class at school it feels like the day will never end, it drags on and on, the waves surfed in Queensland are much like these strenuous school days, long and never ending. At the end of a school day everything you learnt is a blur, which you will pick back up tomorrow at 9.00am. Likewise at the end of these long barrels is froth which reminds you of the wave you just surfed instead of forgetting the barrel. Whether in the water or on the beach admiring/watching Mick hurtle down a wave is a sight which you won’t forget. The smooth to sharp turns, make the style of which skateboarding and bikes was built upon come to life anyone will understand this (if you ride). Home to many pro surfers it is understood once you look at the perfect waves, it’s almost like you are looking at the Ripcurl logo. As people come to realise the surfer who is out there is the number 1 surfer, crowds gather and photographers get out their 400mm 2.8 all waiting for the shot that could be the next cover of tracks surf mag.

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WORLD WILD


World Wild is the latest musical venture from long haired and sunglassed man about town, Jarrad Lee Jackson, turning out a deliciously cheesy blend of indie surf pop and gritty 80s synths. Writing and recording all studio tracks himself, he and his band put on a high energy live show that sounds like they should be opening for a Van Halen stadium show in 1986. As well as music, Jackson is making apparel inspired by 80s skate and surf culture, working closely with local artists, designers and screenprinters to engineer a multi-headed cultural beast that is going to turn the world into a huge sun soaked Miami beach party. Here are some rambling sentences I shared with Jarrad just before the release of his debut EP, Carribean Gold. What do you say to people when they ask what you do? What do I do? I dunno, I guess I’m trying to stay true to myself and hold on to my youth and be exactly who I wanted to be when I was a kid. I always wanted to skateboard and I love music and I always wanted to play guitar and drums and stuff and I always wanted to look cool and be cool and be happy, so thats sort of what I’m doing. I also wanted to be Monkey Magic, but I’ve learnt to let that dream go. So you’re doing World Wild at the moment, have you been planning that for long or is it something you’ve always wanted to do or just something that happened naturally after Dangerous? I always wanted to make my own music at some point, in Dangerous! I was always busy making music with those guys, when that band dissipated and fell apart I was suffering from depression and I decided yeah I’m not going to sit around and do nothing. I had a lot of inspiration from over the years, coming up with ideas while being on the road and touring the world and whatnot, when the time came to make my own music I had a huge catalog of ideas that I had recorded on my iPhone and had stored in my brain… it poured out World Wild is very 80s, where does that come from? When I first heard music as a kid that was the stuff I remember, I remember hearing George Michael on the radio, it’s the sounds I remember hearing as a kid and when I hear them now it hits me...

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In the nostalgia? Yeah just that, and when I feel nostalgia, it’s a feeling or an emotion which I want to tickle more and more... It excites me. And is that what you’re trying to do for other people that listen? It’s like, painting a picture, or trying to take a photo or make a movie that looks genuinely 80s.. it’s such a hard thing to do and if I can do that with sound that would be cool. So you’re touring World Wild? Yeah this year we’re gonna be going to America to tour around California, so thats the goal for this year, tour Australia as much as possible and then go to America for like a month or so for inspiration ... Lets see how we go. And you DJ as well? Yeah I do a DJ set, I add in a few World Wild songs, more funky type 80s songs “unreleased World Wild” stuff… and then I just mix up  a lot of other funk music from the 80s. The best stuff.

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How does that compare to playing live? It doesn’t. DJing music and performing live are on two different levels. I don’t consider myself a dj as it’s an art in itself that would take a considerable amount of time, which I don’t have to master… much respect to all the greats - such a good way to play your music and get it heard and have people dance to your stuff but it’s just not the same as performing live. And how are you finding singing and front manning and writing and performing? I enjoy it more, it’s more of a thrill, its exciting, there’s more of a challenge, it’s harder than I thought it would be but it’s definitely ten million times more rewarding than anything I’ve ever done in bands before. Because I write and produce all the music I’m really passionate about giving my best performance and making sure the audience perceives it the way I want them to. It’s good, I like being in control of everything I do, and being the frontman is another way for me to control that situation.


And you’re doing clothes as well, under World Wild? Yep, I wanna do a lot of clothing, I feel like a band is also a brand and I want to sell that like it is a clothing company … Clothing companies will source music for promotions and video’s and runway’s etc... Bands already have the music, the image, the clothing, the video’s .. lets bunch it together! Music has the raw end of the stick these days and we need to take control Like one step past just being band merch? Yeah I think there is a thin line and don’t know why people haven’t tried to cross it before Have people done it before? I guess like a drop dead or whatever? Or those other rapper dudes... Odd Future, yeah. so thats similar to what you want to do? Yeah I want to focus on the clothing and just push it in the music videos, pushing it at live gigs. Like it’s a brand that has a sound and has an image and it has a vibe… it’s all art.


Now that everyone can do everything, make a website, make designs, print t-shirts, produce your own music, it’d be rad to have it all as one bundle. Yeah and have it all be controlled by you? You’re having input from other visual artists right? Yeah I will be collabing with artists like yourself, but they’ll be riding on the vibe that is World Wild and my vision, but yeah there will be different styles of art going on within World Wild but all in the same vein. What do you think about Adelaide clothing scene and music scene? You would have more of an idea than most with your travelling and stuff I think that the Adelaide music scene is amazing and something that I’ve been trying to be more a part of. I’ll be working with Music SA as a mentor, I feel like I’ve learnt a lot and have a lot to give.With brands and clothing I guess, like in California and stuff it is there, but here, I dunno, I love Adelaide and I just feel like it’s cooler here as we seem to gather inspiration from all over the world and mix it all up. Do you  listen to music when you’re writing music? I don’t, well, I try not to. Do you binge beforehand or anything? Nah I don’t, I’m too easily influenced. I think about what I want to make a lot, and I look at images and watch a lot movies. I constantly have music in my head and I try to get that out without being possessed by something else I’d been listening to. Do you have visual artists that you’re into then? Just like old skateboard photography and 80s stuff like Glen Friedman, also just being alive and being in the moment and aware of what’s around you, do you skate? Nah not really, I think I was inside drawing at the age most people started skating, did you always skate growing up?

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Yeah I was given a fishtail board when I was like 5 years old - it was given to me by my cousin who passed away. So I got that and then was just skating around in the backyard, and then picked up a skateboard again when I was in year 6 and then I skated every day, and I still skate but just not as much because I’m busy. I was trying to get sponsored and film stuff and just killing myself but yeah, never reached that goal. So it was always skateboarding and music? Yeah... When did you start playing music then? Ahh, started playing the drums in year 7. Did you love it straight away? I was instantly obsessed with it. And when did you pick up other instruments? Like you do everything on World Wild? My dad always had this ratty old acoustic guitar around the house and would teach me chords, and as soon as I started drumming, and drumming with other guitarists/bands, I sort of just watched and saw what they were doing with their fingers and after practice I would be at home learning how to play the guitar by myself. So I picked up the guitar very easily because I already had coordination from drums, left and right hand, and I always was singing. I did a piano competition in year 5 that I won... I can’t really play the keyboards very well  but I can do it well enough. You could win a year 5 level competition? Yeah haha, like every time I see an instrument I try and pick it up and get a tune out of it, you can if it’s in your head, you don’t really need to have a diploma in music or anything. How was the single launch? Yeah we had a launch at Rocket Bar in Adelaide and one in Melbourne at Yah Yah’s. The music is just good vibes, you look out into the crowd and everyone smiling and nodding along and dancing and people are smashing booze. First time ever singing in a band was fucking scary, like having these nerves, you can use that to your advantage though, it was awesome


Melbourne was the first time you’d ever done that right? Sung in a band yeah... How was that? Like first time in Melbourne compared to first time in Adelaide Umm, so the Adelaide show was a lot of friends, like I’d be on stage dancing and doing whatever and I’d look out and see my mates watching me, like oh yeah, how you going, this is what I’m doing right now… Dancing for you haha. In Melbourne it was more strangers, and I felt comfortable in front of strangers How was the show in Melbourne? Sat in a van all day with four other dudes, stopping at service stations trying on ALL the sunglasses and just being all round pests was great fun but by the time we got to Melbourne we were all exhausted. We got to the venue and it was insane, just the perfect room with cool staff serving the freshest beers known to man. We did sound check and everything ran smoothly, guzzled a few pints and headed to our hotel... it was pimp! I treated the boys to the luxury double bedroom suite with a good mate Ben pitching in for the night. Showered up and headed back to the venue, I was shocked when we were pulling in with the bus as there were actually a lot of people at the show, I was so nervous because it was my first time fronting a band, also excited. The support bands killed it, I watched them all and they were making me even more nervous... we got on stage and I hit a shot of Jager and before I knew it we were rockin. I meant every word I sang and the crowd responded so grandly... they danced and chanted for more songs... it was perfect! We ended up getting kicked out of the venue that night, we must have been too excited, partied too hard and drove home the next morning… gold! World Wild’s debut EP Carribean Gold is available now in stores and on itunes Check worldwild.com.au for upcoming tour dates and info follow jarrad on instagram at @jarradleejackson

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