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Wednesday, 27 November 2013 14:55

Top Five Things About Being In Lords Of Wong

1. Jimmy Dirt: I enjoy the freedom to express my freedom of speech freely. Sometimes I even feel like Ace Frehley.

2. The Colonel: The many doors that have opened for us. Mainly the exit doors we've been escorted out of. Watching Bizee Fingers knock himself out while moonwalking through the Step Inn’s toilets was a highlight.

3. Gerry: It has been an un-learning experience. Being in this band has made me significantly dumber. From my barely capable beginnings, I now find myself fighting the urge to eat trough lollies and I’m captivated by dramas like ‘Two And A Half Men’.

4. Scotty Wong: I like being free from the chains of mathematical precision. I like wearing my velvet suit. I like having the longest hair in the band. I like hiding in the corner, where I am relatively safe.

5. Bizzee Fingers: What do I like about being in Lords of Wong? What makes you think I like being in Lords of Wong? I enjoy the end of each Thursday night practice when I realise that I don't have to do that again for another week. I enjoy drawing blood from a fellow drunken Wong on stage or dry humping them to see that uncomfortable look in their eyes. I enjoy tweaking the nipples of society with my Flying V.


Lords Of Wong launch their ‘Club Bistro’ LP on vinyl at Beetle Bar Saturday November 30.

Published in Rock
Wednesday, 27 November 2013 14:44

Machine Translations: Out-Of-Body Experience

It’s been six years since musical explorer J. Walker released his last album.

Along with his band, Machine Translations, the musician has been in full swing recording ‘The Bright Door’ – the most orchestral of his works. “A lot of water has gone under the bridge since the last album and I think I've learnt a lot as a musician and a producer,” he says.

“There's a bit more collaboration on this record and I've tried to push the boundaries a bit in terms of the songs I'm writing, and I've had a slightly more orchestral approach to the whole thing.”


Known for his experimentation and unusual instrument selections, ‘The Bright Door’ features many musical layers, another trademark of Walker’s. “The nature of my albums is that they're very layered and complicated. I like that the new album takes its time and has layers in it that, if you're patient with, will keep unfolding.”

Another aspect of Walker’s music is his poetic writing style, which has been influenced partly by the Chinese language. “A lot of Chinese language is very compact and simple but it's also complex as well ... I do use some automatic writing techniques and also some subliminal mumbo tracks [as well].”

A producer as well as an artist, Walker gains the most satisfaction from his craft when he’s collaborating with other musicians. “Having produced a lot of [albums for] other people the past four or five years, I've really absorbed a lot of great musical lessons from people I've worked with. I've really liked the fact that I've been influenced by local people rather than by overseas stuff. I feel like I'm becoming more and more of an indigenous Australian musician because I'm just surrounded by talented, local people.”

Looking forward to touring the album, Walker says he’s interested in seeing how the tracks will “evolve” on stage. “I just want people to feel stuff. When I turn up to a gig, I want to have some sort of out-of-body experience and that's always what I'm hoping will happen to my audiences. You're immediately in a more instinctive state of being and it's awesome to spend time in that place.”

Machine Translations play The Hi-Fi Saturday Nov 30. ‘The Bright Door’ is available now.

Published in Rock
Wednesday, 27 November 2013 14:40

El Moth: Life Is A Ride

On the bill for January’s Rainbow Serpent festival in rural Victoria, Melbourne funk party band, El Moth, are excited to be playing.

“It will probably be one of the biggest shows we've played,” bassist Nick Ohlson says. “It's big on numbers, but also the fact that we've been patrons of that festival for many years and always enjoyed the Rainbow family vibe. So to have been asked to play there is a really big thing for us and we're looking forward to it. It's a great festival. We usually go every year.”

Understandably, playing Rainbow Serpent is a massive achievement for the four-piece funksters, who had their humble beginnings playing in backyards, alleyways, warehouses and parks. "El Moth originated as a warehouse party band, so a very late night jam-oriented band. The first few years of the band’s history was always warehouse and underground parties in the northern suburbs in Melbourne.

“After many years and not much sleep and a lot of partying, this year and last year we've really tried to take it more seriously and record and sleep before gigs and not be drunk at the beginning of the gigs, just at the end."

While El Moth are getting more traditional music venue bookings, they haven’t entirely split from their party roots. "Every tour is still heavily based on partying for sure. It was really needed, it was a good chemistry within the core members, and it was just a matter for us to take it more seriously. We always loved to do festivals and bigger gigs, but you really can't get away with it just as a jam/ party band.

“So, stuff like rehearsals came into it and having a good direction and concentrating more on songs rather than jamming. We all love to just improvise and jam but lately we're focused more on songwriting."

It’s this focus that has seen El Moth release their debut EP, 'Life Is A Ride', with solid plans to record a full-length album. "We're planning to record an album maybe next year and release that in time for summer and just really enjoy getting back on the festival line-ups."

El Moth play Rainbow Serpent, Lexton in Victoria, Jan 24-27. rainbowserpent.net

Published in Reggae/ Roots
Wednesday, 27 November 2013 14:37

Friends Of Ben: Not Gentle Ben

High school musicals. The birthing ground of many great talents. Brisbane... welcome Friends Of Ben.

“Aled, Damian and I actually did musicals together at school,” admits Friends Of Ben’s Rory J Dawson. “[It’s] not the most rock & roll start to a band — ‘The King And I’, in which I played Willie, the sailor boy; not so rock & roll. But nevertheless, that's definitely where we earned some of our live chops.”

Flash forward to late 2013 and the makers of intelligent pop are ready to unleash their new single, appropriately in time for the change of seasons. “‘Summer’ came out when I was just mucking around as I do. I wrote a bassline and I just let that loop and then basically the song kind of wrote itself. It was one of those good experiences where I was just sitting there and then I played through all of the sections pretty much in the first take ... It's a pop song but it's got three distinct sections and a pretty intense build and coda as well, — we like writing songs with a big, emotional, cathartic buildup.”


The trio will be launching the single next week, with a midweek show in the Valley. “In terms of our live show, [we’ll] be expanding our sound to a six-piece when we play live. We've been honing that since about September when we debuted the new live set at the Spiegeltent.”

While still fresh on the scene, Rory is realistic about a future in the music industry. "Being in a band is a big hassle with a fairly minor payoff, especially at this stage [of our careers]. I wouldn't do it if I didn't think the songs we had weren't good. I've always been doing musical stuff, and I kind of knocked around in a band, but when I started writing these songs, and I thought there was real merit to them, that's when I decided I wanted to do this [rock] thing.

“And I've always enjoyed being up on stage, but I didn't think that that should be my motivating factor; I didn't want to be the singer for a band whose music I didn't like."

Friends Of Ben launch ‘Summer’ at Black Bear Lodge December 4.

Published in Rock
Wednesday, 27 November 2013 14:22

Abby Dobson: Songs That Made Me

If you were to choose only a handful of things that had helped shape your identity, what would they be?

Former Leonardo’s Bride frontperson, Abby Dobson will join a group of six artists in a revealing performance entitled ‘Songs That Made Me’. The all-female show brings together renditions of songs that each performer believes have affected their lives and their music. “'Songs That Made Me' is a project that Katie Noonan conceived and put together,” Abby explains. “There's six of us on stage and we basically just all share the stage and tell stories about the songs that we love. We play a few original songs, there are a few group songs, and then there are songs that we've chosen that have been inspirational for us at various points in our life, so there's a lot of storytelling and revelations. It's really beautiful.”


Choosing a couple of meaningful songs out of a list of potentials could prove to be a difficult task to anyone. “A lot of songs that I wrote down, I thought, 'Oh, maybe that one, or maybe that, and how could I not do a Beatles song and how could I not do a Bob Dylan song'. So that was the hardest part about the show – choosing the song.”

The show is all about being able to share the stage with other artists, a privilege that is not often exercised in the music world. “For me as a singer, singing with other singers that I love in harmony is one of my favourite things to do. Even just being on stage listening to these iconic singers is lovely — just to sit there and behold their craft and stories. They’re really beautiful women and it's a lovely project.

"It's not texted or scripted or anything like that too, and every night seems to be a bit different. It's really quite conversational and I suppose it depends on how many glasses of red wine have been consumed,” Abby laughs. “It's a different kind of project for me and I love the fact that there's not a lot of pressure on me either. It's not up to me to hold everybody's attention all night.  It's nice being a collaborator and a support person as well.”

On top of the show, Abby has been busy touring ‘Baby et Lulu’ — her latest batch of French songs as part of her musical collaboration with singer and violinist Lara Goodridge. “It's kind of weaving in between the other shows and we're hoping to get to Queensland. I seem to be in that point in my life where I'm just doing love projects and things that I love. I've always loved speaking French and visiting France whenever I've got any money in my pocket.

"Lara, who is a good friend of mine, also has a love of all things French and we discovered that while we were in Paris. We were like, 'Maybe one day we should do a song together in French', and it was that simple. We did that song together at a warehouse party and we sang in harmony in French on these milk crates and we were just like, 'Oh my god, we can't end — this is so much fun’. We found an accordion player to accompany us and then we put this band together and we'd just dress up and talk in a ridiculous French accent,” she laughs, pulling off a convincing accent.

The record includes a French version of Leonardo’s Bride’s most popular hit, ‘Even When I’m Sleeping’. “It's nice to give it a new lease of life in French,” Abby says, “and it still feels like it has the same essence.”

The youngest sibling in a musical family, Abby has her older brothers to thank for introducing her to some of her favourite artists. “I learnt to get into music through their love of music. It's probably the most effortless thing that I do. Putting the show on and getting warmed up and learning songs and writing songs – that's all hard, but when I'm actually up there and singing, it’s the easiest thing in the world and everything is right with the world at that point.

"It’s always been something that I've done that's always made me feel better, and in later years I've just grown into it and it's become something I've done to make other people feel better as well.”

Songs That Made Me plays at The Old Museum Concert Hall Saturday December 14.

Published in Pop/ Electro
Wednesday, 27 November 2013 14:08

A Day To Remember: Path To Prevail

When A Day To Remember started working on their latest record, 'Common Courtesy', they never imagined releasing it had the potential to ruin their careers.

Why would they? When you're a band like ADTR and you've sold in excess of one million albums, played to packed houses of 30,000 fans and been on the front page of next to every alternative publication on the planet, you'd think putting out a new LP would be easy.


Obviously that wasn't the case. ADTR firstly had to engage in a lawsuit with their record label, Victory Records, over unpaid royalties. The civil action case — which is still pending — only got worse because Victory Records refused to allow the band to release 'Common Courtesy'. “We were pretty worried ourselves,” vocalist Jeremy McKinnon says. “We finally finished this album and it took us almost a year to do, and when we finished, we couldn't come to an agreement to put the album out.

“[Victory Records] said to us, 'Good luck releasing this album in 2015'. Obviously if 'Common Courtesy' didn't come out until 2015, we wouldn't have been able to afford to be in a band anymore. It was a pretty scary time for us.”

It was a grim time for the group, but it sounds like they've been on top of the world since they independently issued the record digitally in October. “We've put out the album and it's smooth sailing from here, regardless of what happens in the lawsuit — that can happen in the background. Whatever happens, we can now continue our career and not be affected by it, and that's all we care about.”

Physical copies of ADTR's latest concoction of bruising guitars, venom-tipped screams and majestic melodies will also be self-released later this month. “We're working with people in different territories to spread the album as much as humanly possible. We're working with different teams in different countries, so we're really excited about it. It's going to be the first record [of ours] that gets pushed properly around the entire planet. The sky's the limit and we're all pumped about it.”

'Common Courtesy' is also the third album ADTR has co-produced with New Found Glory guitarist Chad Gilbert. It might just be worth putting money down that the artists will share plenty more nights together in the studio. “Chad's a part of our team,” Jeremy explains. “It's not so much that he's our sole producer because we all sort of do it together and oversee the whole thing. We've done some amazing things together and if we changed it, it would be like getting the combination for Coke and then deciding, 'No, I don't wanna make a crazy-ass soda; I'm just going to make something completely different now'.”

ADTR and Chad are perhaps the perfect combination because musically, they both exude a diverse yet similar cast of influences. On one hand, ADTR crafted some of their latest tracks while on tour with metalcore titans Bring Me The Horizon. On the other, Jeremy says he's just as fond of groups like Coldplay.

Then, when considering Chad's discography, which stretches from hook-laden punk to old school hardcore, it's easy to see why they're so dynamic together in the studio. “Being as versatile as we are I think is one of the main reasons we've grown so much … Like, if we were just a metal band, we couldn't branch out like we do because our whole fanbase would only love us as a metal band."

According to Jeremy, Australia forms a hefty chunk of that fanbase — enough that since they first played here with Parkway Drive in 2008, ADTR has headlined three national tours and been on two Soundwave bills, and they’ll be here again for next year's Soundwave Festival. “I'll never forget our first Soundwave. They put us on the metal stage — I think we headlined the metal stage — and we played after Anthrax and Meshuggah. We expected to be bottled and have crap thrown at us because why the hell is A Day To Remember playing after Anthrax and Meshuggah?

“I broke a broom and we duct-taped the Australian flag to the broom, the lights went out and we all started to walk out with the spotlight on me holding the Australian flag. Then, we went right into 'The Downfall Of Us All', and the lights in the whole tent lit up and there were 30,000 people who knew every single word of every single song.”

A Day To Remember play Soundwave 2014 at the RNA Showgrounds Sunday February 22. 'Common Courtesy' is released November 29.

Published in Rock
Wednesday, 27 November 2013 12:32

Courtney Barnett Tickets

The Queensland Art Gallery’s Up Late program offers a unique opportunity to explore the ‘California Design 1930-1965: Living In A Modern Way’ exhibition after hours.

You can hear from local designers, enjoy Californian cuisine, and — on Friday December 6 — enjoy a performance from Melbourne-based phenom (and Pitchfork favourite) Courtney Barnett.

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Wednesday, 27 November 2013 12:14

Arj Barker Tickets

Arj Barker is back.

Arguably Australia’s favourite American comedian (and definitely everybody’s favourite ‘Flight Of The Conchords’ supporting character), Arj has come to understand our culture better than we understand it ourselves.

His new show, ‘Go Time’, is both “what audiences expect from me AND the last thing they expect from me, which if my calculations are correct, will make for a great show”. It takes place at the Brisbane Powerhouse December 3-22.

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Tuesday, 26 November 2013 15:35

The Stone Roses: Made Of Stone DVDs

In 2012 a resurrection no one thought possible took place when legendary band The Stone Roses reformed after 16 years.

With unprecedented access to archive footage, ‘Made Of Stone’ is a revealing journey through the life of one of the most revered and influential bands in British music history.

Acclaimed filmmaker Shane Meadows brings his unique directorial style, humour and emotional depth to the film, capturing the band at work and in their everyday lives as they rehearsed for their much-anticipated reunion, which culminated in three triumphant homecoming gigs at Manchester’s Heaton Park in front of 220,000 adoring fans.

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Tuesday, 26 November 2013 15:11

Bad Education DVDs

'Bad Education' follows Alfie Wickers (Jack Whitehall) – the worst teacher to ever (dis)grace the British education system.

Hungover, potty-mouthed, politically incorrect, disorganised and dishevelled, Alfie is the slacker of the classroom — and he’s meant to be in charge! He’s a maverick and his rag tag group of students love the chaos and unconformity that he brings to the classroom.

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