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Wednesday, 23 October 2013 14:45

Taylor: Deliciously Dark

Taylor’s dark take on modern folk music shines a light on the creative vision that saw him brooding for months, trying to put his demons to bed.

“A lot of these new tracks come from a sense of loss and it's a bit of a heart strings album. There's a lot of heart ache on there. This is more like just sitting in the corner of a dark room and brooding. It reminds me of one particular room where I spent many months; this is putting things to bed.”

Taylor's band, including guitarist Nick Stewart and drummer Geoff Green and Scott French (mandolin, ukulele, trumpet, melodica) released their sophomore album, 'To Bed With You', in June.

“I think we wanted to experiment a little bit more. The electric guitar features a little more heavily and I think with our first record we were probably a little bit folkier than we are now. This album's a little bit rockier, it's certainly heavy folk. We kind of wanted more of a produced sound.”

The band strayed from the path of their first album, opting to be more heavily involved in the post-production process of creating 'To Bed With You'.

“I learned a lot being so close to the production this time around. I had a hands-on approach and because we allowed ourselves plenty of time in the studio, it gave us time to experiment. With our first album the whole idea was to keep it really raw and organic. This time we started doing things that we wouldn't regularly do. And I guess I've always been more drawn to the darker, sadder sounding songs as a listener as well as a writer.

“Obviously this record came from a dark place, but it often takes great pain to create great music.

“I felt like I was going around in circles doing the same thing over and over in particular relationships and it just got to a really dark place. Ultimately I would like to start writing something with a little bit more joy, so this collection of songs are kind of deliciously dark, but the idea was to get them together and put them to bed.”

Taylor headlines Live At Bond at Bond University Sunday October 27. ‘To Bed With You’ is available now.

Published in Reggae/ Roots
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 14:41

Laique: Live Review

The humidity and heat are stifling and oppressive on this Thursday evening as the gibbous moon, threatening and leering in melancholy, emerges.

Rolling clouds part and a refrain of lilting banjo and fiddle passes across the ear in the riverside refuge of the Brisbane Jazz Club.

The woes of metropolitan life ease, as the wistful and upbeat Laique have grown and evolved in the three years following the release of ‘Cravin’ Just A Little Misbehavin’ (2010). They are currently in the studio for their new album, due out early 2014.

In that vein we find the evolution in presentation from the group as they presented a much more mellow and well-travelled feel to the pieces.

The hot jazz and gypsy folk styles employ a powerful and driven instrumentation, which in the case of Laique is a diverse and qualified delight to hear; each member fulfilled various roles and aspects of the arrangements, using many skills and techniques which added to the marvellous blend of styles.

With personality and drive in every measure, this group have spliced and corded the energy of Parisian hot jazz, western European and Australian folk traditions into a steady torrent of smooth tunes, blended and arranged with a very personal twist.

Vocalist Kylie Southwell sweeps us along in a jaunt through manifold tales, “mostly of alcohol and love, or mainly a lack thereof”, we are indeed enfolded in a very personal and emotional night of music encompassing loss and regret, with irreverence and jollity fitting counterparts.

The soaring and visceral flamenco and pastueno style solo from Gerard Mapstone (improvised from a meditation in a local church. That day, no less) and an amazing mini-continuo on violin from Michael Patterson cut a finer slice into the night’s music, throwing a bright contrast to the more recreational convention.

Laidback and free in their movement, this group stirs much more into café jazz, by dipping into the more worldly styles, yet keeping a distinctly local sound; none the worse or even slightly pastiche in its composition.

The thunderous bass of Samuel Vincent, hand-in-hand to the flighty kit of Will Eager and the fiddle of Patterson, were all seemingly passive in their roles until the urge and the pocket took their fancy, when each would strip it out and rework a whole new feel into the section, be it a piece blown from the smooth and glassy vocals or the haunting blend in the varied string combinations.

While maintaining the kick and joie de vivre of the great acts of the ‘20s and ‘30s, Laique seem equally capable of extravagance and control, in the grounded and attentive manner of those with real passion and respect for their art and the artists of their inspiration.

Laique played at the Brisbane Jazz Club October 17.

Published in Jazz/ Fusion

1. Howlin Wolf. One of history’s most influential bluesmen, Wolf was an electric live performer. His long time guitarist Hubert Sumlin had a profound impact on most of the rock players that followed him. Song titles such as ‘Built For Comfort’ and ‘300 Pounds Of Joy’ say it all.

2. Hollywood Fats. This LA blues guitarist was given his nickname by Buddy Guy and Junior Wells, and played as a sideman for Muddy Waters. He also performed with the likes of James Harman, Junior Watson, Kid Ramos, John Lee Hooker and Albert King before he died way too young.

3. John Belushi. The Blues Brothers introduced an entire generation to the blues and also resurrected the careers of most of the great musicians who played in the Blues Brothers Band.  Belushi was a passionate blues fan who sadly went the same way as Hollywood Fats at a young age.

4. Willie Dixon. He may not have received as much stardom, but Willie Dixon was the songwriter/ arranger/ producer/ session musician behind many of the classic cuts by the likes of Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Howlin Wolf and others during Chess Records’ golden age.

5. 1970s Elvis. By the ‘70s, Elvis may have become a drugged and bloated parody of himself but his 1950s recordings with Sun Records, featuring some covers of classic blues tunes are some of the most raw and exciting ever made.

Morningside Fats performs as part of the Queensland Festival Of Blues at The New Globe Nov 2.

Published in Rock
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 14:26

The Wombats: Synth Fans

New Year’s Eve for The Wombats bassist Tord Øverland-Knudsen normally means snow and family times in his native Norway.

The band's upcoming appearance at Falls Festival will change all that.

“On a personal level it's going to be strange,” he says. “I've never been away from Norway for New Year's Eve; I've always been back with my family. I'm always home for a white Christmas and a really cold winter, so it's going to be really weird to not have snow around, I think.

"We're really looking forward to the shows – Australia is our favourite part of the world to play in, and playing a big gig on New Year's Eve is going to be pretty special. We've done a few pretty hot shows in America and Dubai and different places, so hopefully we can cope!”

The Liverpool-based trio have kept themselves out of the spotlight in recent months, with work on a new album under way.

“We've been in Liverpool working on new songs,” Tord says. “We've been making the demos and trying to finish the third album. We've been to LA to record one song properly, and we've done a few gigs here and there in between.

"We went to Brazil, which was a nice experience; we did some headline shows in fairly small venues in both São Paulo and Rio. It was the first time we've been there and it was amazing; the gigs were packed and people knew our songs, which was kind of crazy.

“Hopefully we'll finish the writing this year and record half of it before Christmas, and the other half in January, with the idea of a release around March or April, but you never know with these things. It depends on when producers are available and stuff like that as well.”

It has been a long road for the band, who first got together in 2003, to arrive at the synth-led sound they’re now known for.

“We met in university. At our first practice we all had massive hangovers, and in the beginning we were just really crap, but I'd like to think we're not crap any more. Murph's songwriting is still recognisable in the early stuff, but it was more like Pixies or Weezer, except more garage-y and immature, and his voice was softer and more high-pitched in the early days.

“After we released our first album we didn't stop touring for about two-and-a-half years, and we only wrote one song in that space of time. I think we almost forgot how to write a song, and I think you have to keep doing it for a while before you can make anything good.

"We had to get refreshed, take a month without doing anything with The Wombats, then get down to writing again. We wanted to do something different, and there was only so much we could do as a three-piece, and that's when we brought the synths in.

“We had a couple of synths in a practice room and brought a couple more in because we didn't know much about them before we started experimenting with them. After we wrote more and more songs, they became an integral part of most other songs, and it's really great that we got to learn how to handle them. We'll still be using them on the third record.

"I think that as soon as you experiment with something it's really hard to go back – especially in the studio. I really love experimenting and using technology, but maybe at some point we'll get really bored of that and just do a guitar album again, just the three of us.”

The band's upcoming appearances at Falls will allow Australian fans to sample the new material.

“We're really looking forward to coming back and doing some big gigs,” he says. “We haven't done that many shows recently, and it's really exciting to be able to play some of the new songs. It's going to be nerve-wracking as well; it always is with new songs, but it will be great to play them live in a place that we know appreciates our live shows. We're really looking forward to it.”

The Wombats play The Falls Festival Byron Jan 2.

Published in Rock
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 14:19

Busby Marou: Get You Outta Here

After two years spent travelling the globe, Busby Marou return with a sophomore album that promises gifted storytelling, soaring harmonies and a little bit of Nashville charm. 

“The process for our second album, ‘Farewell Fitzroy’, has been so different to our first,” reflects Jeremy Marou. “For our first album we obviously had a lifetime to perfect the songs and get them exactly how we wanted. We got signed off our first album, so the next is… ‘Ok, we’ve signed you, now go and do a better one’.

Rockhampton boy Marou and his best mate Tom Busby make up the duo, whose debut self-titled album fell just shy of gold sales and was nominated for APRA, Deadly, NIMA and Queensland Music Awards.

“That puts a little pressure on writing a good second album that the label is going to like and push. We never had a problem writing good songs, that’s always been an easy process, so it was just about making sure that it was better than the last album and that people like it, because if people don’t like it we have to go back to our day jobs!”

Although the album’s title is taken from the Fitzroy River, which runs through their hometown, the boys travelled halfway across the world to record with US producer Brad Jones in his Nashville studio, ‘Alex The Great Recording’.

“At first when we were going to Nashville, I thought it was a bit of a cliché thing. Just so Tom and I could wear our tight, black jeans and be like the rest of the muso nerd world. But I guess I found out that there is more to Nashville then the cliché! The studios there are a thousand times better than anything in Australia, and the Yanks really know how to record live, so our album has such a lovely, live sound to it compared to our first album which was all tracked individually.”

‘Farewell Fitzroy’ tells stories of our land, from suburban love songs to memories of the Kimberley, carefully combining acoustic-tinged folk rock and compelling craftsmanship.

“A lot of the songs are about travelling and places we’ve been and people and relationships. Tom doesn’t always tell me what the songs are about, he does the writing and I do the music. But I do know that the first single, ‘Get You Out Of Here’, is about being away from people we love, and travelling.”

After two solid years spent touring the globe with some of the world’s biggest artists like Dolly Parton and Tim McGraw, Tom and Jeremy were determined to capture new songs with a full band sound. So tour buddies Damon ‘DJ’ Syme, Vincenzo Russo and Vaughan Jones joined the boys in Tennessee, where the friends spent a month literally sleeping in the studio.

“We made a decision that it was going to be a live album, which Tom and I could never do acoustically, even if we wanted to. Instead of using session musos, we fought for our band to go to Nashville with us. We’re very loyal to our band. I wouldn’t even call them our band. They’re our mates.”

The October release of ‘Farewell Fitzroy’ will be accompanied by a national tour.

“In our live show we will strip it back. We will do a section where it’s just Tom and I playing three or four songs acoustically, but the majority of the show will be the full band playing the songs how they are on the album.”

Regardless of success, the boys love nothing more than returning to Rocky to play for the hometown crowd.

“You know, your family and friends and the people who have supported you since day one are there. We’ve played some amazing gigs, but playing back home in Brisbane and central Queesnland is just it. It’s just it for us. I’m still based here in Rocky, I’ve got a family and three kids, so I will stay here for as long as possible.

"A lot of music industry people said to me that you’re never going to make it if you stay here and I’m pretty sure we’ve proved them wrong. We’re an example to younger kids who are in bands in small regional towns. The way the music industry is these days, you can make it from anywhere.”

‘Farewell Fitzroy’ is out now. Busby Marou play The Soundlounge, Gold Coast, October 24 and The Hi-Fi October 25.

Published in Rock

If your New Year’s resolution for 2014 is to be more cultural, then look no further: Queensland Theatre Company has a season all lined up to make you giggle, sob, ponder, and discuss.

You remember theatre, right? Like movies, but acted out in real life, in front of you? Like knitting and vinyl, theatre is making a comeback.

“The sense of going back to the analogue because it feels more human, I think it’s a real movement, and theatre is part of that,” says QTC director Wesley Enoch. “Are you bored with television? Rightly so. Get off Facebook; get into face-to-face.”

You heard the man. The 2014 QTC season has been announced and is shaping up to be one of the biggest yet, with more than 60 actors treading the boards and 7 mainstage productions.

“I was looking at themes of leadership in the programme,” explains Enoch. “Going through this federal election recently, and the conversations around leadership and what it is, here is a series of plays that can explore a particular theme but in very different ways as well.

“You want a kind of diverse, balanced meal of ideas and of form and things, so you can see the world through the plays that we're making.”

With such a wide range of productions on offer, which ones would Enoch recommend especially?

“It’s like asking a parent which child they love more,” he laughs. He points out ‘A Tribute Of Sorts’, an award-winning look at the art of theatre itself, and Ben Elton’s satirical comedy, ‘Gasp!’.

“I feel that what he’s trying to say through privatisation of air as the central storyline is something very relevant and interesting for those who are politically-minded and thoughtful and who also like their politics delivered with humour and wit.”

Enoch says ‘Black Diggers’, the untold stories of Aboriginal servicemen in World War I, is likely to pull a crowd interested in exploring another side of history, and British playwright Lucy Prebble’s ‘The Effect’ will be a conversation-starter among the younger generation.

“It’s about depression, basically, and the effect of anti-depressants. I think mental health is so much more an open issue now, and what I love as a theatre company [is] we can say ‘here’s a play that I think is really relevant and interesting; let’s do it; let’s find out a way of talking about it with different people’.

“And I think a younger generation is a lot more open to discussions around mental health than, you know, someone in their mid-40s or older.”

QTC will also tackle Shakespeare classic ‘Macbeth’ — but don’t let a shonky high school reading discourage you from seeing this one.

“I think everyone knows Shakespeare, but very few people get to see it done live and appreciate its strength and what it can offer. Because we do it at high school, we kind of have an opinion that isn’t based on it being done in the theatre as it was meant to be done.

“[‘Macbeth’] says something about power and revenge that’s really quite fascinating to watch.”

Other shows to look out for include season opener ‘Australia Day’—a comedy that probes our national identity—and a behind-the-fame glimpse of civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr in the days before his murder in ‘The Mountaintop’.

Enoch says that while theatre audiences are diverse in age and lifestyle, young people in particular are becoming more fervent theatre-goers. That number may even grow larger if QTC can change the perception that theatre is an expensive pastime.

“You can come to the theatre for basically 25 bucks a show if you come to previews, and we have also a cheap night on Tuesdays that people hardly ever use,” says Enoch.

“If you’re interested in a show, check it out, because you can sometimes come very cheaply if you can plan it out and work out when you can go according to what you can afford. Get on the website and check out cheap it can be.”

Enoch says a healthy sense of curiosity — coupled with a bit of trust in the company to deliver an entertaining night out that’s worth the cost — can open the door to an experience that beats watching a film or playing a video game hands down.

“It’s strange, you think you’re sitting in the dark alone, but in fact you’re sitting in a room with, you know, five hundred, eight hundred people, and you’re sharing something together that’s real and not something that’s mediated to you through an electronic device.

“So come and see something that’s truly analogue and very interesting. I actually think, once people come to the theatre and experience something really good that moves them, then you’ve got them for life.”

Pencil in the rest of your life, but start with the 2014 season, which Enoch sums up neatly.

“I think it’s a mix of enjoyment and engagement, a mix of the wonderful entertainment theatre can do with the ideas and a sense of a microscope on our community: so it’s reflecting us and letting us laugh at ourselves and others, but also allowing us to dig down a little deeper and explore what it means to be human.”

QTC Season 2014 tickets are on sale now. queenslandtheatre.com.au

Published in Theatre
Tuesday, 22 October 2013 17:22

Top 5 Gigs Abroad With Deena

1. The Escape Artist — Taipei, Taiwan. This was a unique trifecta venue with food, music and art. People were eating and drinking in one corner, I was playing away in another and in the next room were artists interpreting my music onto canvas.

2. Caloundra Music Festival — Sunshine Coast, Australia. This was my very first full blown music festival and it was such an exhilarating experience as an artist and as a punter. I got to enjoy the four day festival and the cruisy, chilled, laidback feel was welcomed as it wasn't the usual festival feel.

3. M Bar K — Tokyo, Japan. This was a small Aussie pub in a cranny, away from the hustle bustle of Tokyo city. It was my very first gig and I only did it because I hadn't seen my dad for 7 years and he egged me on to get up there (he was the owner then and live music commonly occurred there). It's where I got the buzz for performing.

4. The Gypsy Den — Santa Ana, US. A funky hub in a spunky street of Santa Ana made this gig one of my favourites. I went there a few times to get some grub during my breaks from recording my debut album. I joined in with the local musicians on my last visit and had a jam off.

5. Music on the Glade — Inverloch, Australia. Who could complain after a morning fish, an afternoon pipi hunt, a cold beer and then playing the sundown while sunburnt to a sleepy sea town of people sprawled out all over the hillside.

Deena supports Taylor at Live At Bond, at Bond University, Sunday October 27.

Published in Reggae/ Roots
Friday, 18 October 2013 16:05

Drunken Moon Festival Double Pass

Drunken Moon Festival returns to Brisbane for its second year for a spooky and boozy Halloween.

Held at The Joynt Saturday October 26, the Drunken Moon Fest seeks to promote the best live music from punk to roots right through to rockabilly.

This year The Brothers Grim & The Blue Murders, The Floors, Chris Russell’s Chicken Walk, Guthrie and more of the finest and filthiest bands will take the stage.

Given the sheer size of the event, The Joynt will be extending its floor space, so you know it's going to be huge and a little bit hazy.

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Friday, 18 October 2013 15:49

Avicii T-Shirts

Tim Bergling — better known under the moniker Avicii — has been listed in the top 100 DJs by DJ Magazine twice, and he's only 24.

He's best known, of course, for 'Levels', a song requested at clubs so much it inspired its own series of memes, and 'Wake Me Up' — one of the UK's best selling singles of all time, after spending three consecutive weeks at the top of the charts.

We've got three Avicii t-shirts to give away to loud and proud fans of the Swedish lad.

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Friday, 18 October 2013 15:34

The Beatles: All The Songs Book

For the first time in one massive volume, readers can find the stories behind the recording of every song released by The Beatles — from ‘Please Please Me’ to ‘The Long And Winding Road’.

Musical historians Phillippe Margotin and Jean-Michel Guesdon delve deep into the history and musical origins of every Beatles albums, recounting the circumstances that led to their composition, the recording process, and the instruments used.

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