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Wednesday, 26 June 2013 14:25

The Cat Empire: Steal The Light

The undefinable genius of The Cat Empire returns to our music collections with a new album.

Frontman of the eclectic six-piece, Felix Riebl, conceptualised the new record, ‘Steal The Light’, on his travels around the world. The first waves of inspiration took hold amid the chaotic riots in Athens, while the new single ‘Brighter Than Gold’ was born in jazz capital New Orleans.

“I really wrote 'Brighter Than Gold' in New Orleans … I saw so many shows that went all night and there was something in the colour of the place. I just wanted to create this midnight, quite chaotic and mysterious feeling.”

As their fifth studio album and first fully independent release, ‘Steal The Light’ shows a handful of new influences for the band and a return to their original party aesthetic.
“We just wanted to create a festival album again and get back to that thing that The Cat Empire does really well … I remember when we made our first album, I just thought ‘what if someone could play it at a house party and could just press play and it would be great?’ That was sort of what I had in mind with this album.”

As a band that’s made their career on the road, The Cat Empire now has close to 1,000 live shows under its belt, and they’re keeping on with a massive world tour to introduce the new record.

“We're bringing the new album so there will be a lot of new songs. We were pretty determined that a lot of these songs would be potential songs to put into the set so there will be a lot of 'Steal The Light' in the tour that we do … it's just going to be a very colourful, exciting tour. I can feel it already.”

Well-loved for their energetic and partly improvised performances, the band attributes more than a little of their success to the fans.

“The crowd's responsible for this band being together and making new albums … I don't know what it is about [our fans] but they really do generate such a unique atmosphere at our shows and it's been such a trip playing for them.”

The Cat Empire play the Tivoli September 27-28. ‘Steal The Light’ is out now.

Published in Rock
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 14:22

Whitley: The Resurrection

After cross continental trips and a three year dry spell from the music industry, Whitley is back with a new album, ‘Even The Stars Are A Mess’.

All it took were a few mojitos on the Mexican coast and a phone call to the label, and Whitley (aka Lawrence Greenwood) had leaked his excitement for a new body of work. Now the caressing sounds of the Australian artist have returned with nine fantastic songs.

“They sound exactly how I wanted them to sound and are a perfect summary of the feeling that I was going through at the time of writing it. To add to that, I don't feel that it sounds like anything else, I think it very much stands on its own as individual and as me,” Whitley says.

Greenwood also says he owes the majority of his inspiration and positive outlook on life to his friends.

“I'm amazed by how much strength they give me to perform that really intimate music because they love me for who I am as this flawed, fucked up dude, and it makes me feel I can write anything.”

His upcoming national tour will see Whitley accompanied by a range of back-up vocalists, including Esther Holt. Greenwood has his own strong views on why he tends to surround himself with female singers.

“I’ve always enjoyed playing with female singer/ songwriters because they don’t get enough assistance [at] the beginning [from] the songwriter faction of the music industry. I think if they're willing to sell themselves on a sexual basis then the old boys club are happy to let them in; but they aren't taken as seriously as they should be on a grassroots level. They work hard and are amazing, and it's an aspect that's good to have around you, it's impressive.”

Whitley remains as laidback and casual as ever as he chuckles over the idea of his new tour.

“I'm looking forward to it, I seriously can't wait to plug into a PA. We are the only band on the Splendour line-up that cannot afford a rehearsing studio too. We all have to rehearse in my room because we're all broke, but that's what happens when you take three years off and piss around on beaches.”

Whitley plays Black Bear Lodge July 12; he also performs at the sold out Splendour In The Grass July 26-28. ‘Even The Stars Are A Mess’ is released July 5.

Published in Rock
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 14:09

King Parrot: Thinking Man's Metal

Melbourne thrash metal outfit King Parrot will be visiting Brisbane this July to headline The Dead Of Winter Festival.

To the casual observer, King Parrot is the archetypal metal group. Go to one of their shows and you will undoubtedly see multitudes of imposing, long-haired types flailing to songs with titles such as ‘Shit On The Liver’ or ‘Bite Your Head Off’. For an outsider, the music and scene in general may be bewildering, but vocalist Matt Young says the metal experience can be cathartic.

“I’ve been into metal since I was a kid,” he explains. “The first concert I ever went to was Poison when I was seven or eight years old, so in a way I always thought it was cool. When it comes to playing it it’s a really good outlet. Rather than taking out your frustrations or feelings on the world we just channel it through music.

“Generally at our shows people just go absolutely mental. It’s kind of a universal thing, metal is an outlet for frustration or pent up energy or whatever. It’s definitely got that masculine thing going on but I definitely don't think it’s restricted to that because we have plenty of female fans too. I can’t quite explain it. It exists, it’s really popular. It’s got its place in culture.”

It is this channelling of aggression through music that has become the hallmark of the metal genre. While Matt credits King Parrot’s success to the intensity of both their music and live show, he also attributes it to a macabre sense of humour which fuels the ethos of the group.

“We have really short songs and we pack a lot into them but with our live performances we try to exert as much energy as we possibly can. For me that means really putting in a hundred and ten percent every time; getting the crowd involved, getting in people's faces, jumping all over the crowd, just really making it a spectacle. That said, we also have a tongue in cheek humour going on too which really resonates well with the crowd. We like to think we have good tunes, but we also bring a show and that has definitely been part of our success. We're lucky enough to have been signed by Candlelight Records over in Europe and America so they’ve obviously taken notice and given us an opportunity to get our music out to the world.”

This humour can be observed in the music video for ‘Shit On The Liver’, worth watching if only for the perversely funny two and a half minute scene which precedes the song. Matt says it was the group’s intention to create a video which stood apart from those of their contemporaries.

“With the video we wanted to incorporate some different elements to what would be a stock standard metal video. It's because we're fans of music of all genres, not just metal. We watch a lot of stuff and we take a lot of cues from other genres, so when we were looking at doing this video there were definitely a few videos that we had in mind that we wanted to pinch a couple of concepts from and meld them together. I don't think we could have really prepared ourselves for what the final result was, we had these ideas and concepts but when you get other people involved and bring them into the creative process I think it adds different flavours.”

With an upcoming slot co-headlining The Dead Of Winter Festival, Matt hopes King Parrot will make an impression upon Brisbane punters.

“We've never played Dead Of Winter before and I've never been. I've heard many Melbourne bands who have played there say it’s one of the best festivals in Australia. Our band personally has been working on building our brand and developing our fanbase and we're just really grateful that we've been asked to co-headline.

“It's all too easy for bands these days to stand there and do nothing. We take a lot of influence from many different genres. Our music probably kind of sounds metal, but we take influences from punk rock and thrash and death metal, as well as from rock & roll. We want people to take notice and we will do pretty much anything to get that. We believe in our music and we believe in what we're doing and it seems to be translating really well at the moment. We're always looking to improve but we're pretty happy with the formula we've got going at the moment.”

King Parrot play The Dead Of Winter Festival at Jubilee Hotel Saturday July 13.


Published in Rock
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 13:53

Spiderbait: Back At It Again

Growing up together in small town Finely in New South Wales, Janet English, Damian ‘Whitt’ Whitty and Mark Maher (better known as Kram) were raised listening to commercial radio and their parents’ varied record collections.

Despite their shared interest in music, it was only after they had left high school that the three childhood friends decided to form the band that is now known as Spiderbait.

“I used to love listening to the radio and I just loved rock and pop music when I was a kid. I’d go down to my cousin’s place in Melbourne and they would always have heaps of pop stars posters on their walls and everyone loved glam rock and AC/DC and stuff so it was a real part of my childhood. One day I just started tapping chopsticks on the table and I found I could keep a beat, eventually I started learning the drums at high school and one thing lead to another and I ended up studying it,” Kram says, who is also one of the band’s vocalists alongside English.

“We got into punk and indie music when we were at university and back in those days there wasn’t really much of that stuff on the radio. It was very exciting music and we really liked the sound. We all started getting into it as friends and we thought we should start a band. I was studying music at the time and I was drumming, and Whitt and I had been jamming for a few years as kids on guitar and drums. We thought we’d get Janet in and see if she wanted to play bass and then we all started jamming. Our first jam was on her parent’s farm in the shed where she kept her tractor, so we had to move the tractor out. One of our earliest photos is of us playing in this shed surrounded by all this farm equipment, with a giant tractor parked out the front. It was really cool and we still very much have a close friendship with each other that extends from being friends from the same town for so long. That’s been a big part of shaping what our band is.”

It’s been a while between drinks for Spiderbait, with the trio on hiatus to work on individual projects and concentrate on their personal lives. However, over the past couple of years the band has gradually been working on a new record and are about to head to Los Angeles to finish it off ahead of its release later this year. This will be the first album they’ve released in nearly ten years.

“We started recording our new record and we’re about to go to America to finish it so that’s really exciting. We did it with a guy called Franc Tetaz … he’s been a great producer for us, he really has brought out brilliant things in all of us and he’s a great friend, the record sounds fantastic. It’s our first record for a long time so we’re looking forward to going to LA and finishing it,” he says.

“Some of it’s really heavy, I’m back into metal and heavy rock, and some of it’s very pop as well, sort of glam influences. It kind of sounds like the history of our whole band in a way, there’s some stuff you could have heard us play 20 years ago and there’s some stuff that could be really futuristic, I guess. We really tried to explore everything this band is about and what we’ve always tried to be, and even looked deep into things we didn’t realise we were. We did spend a long time writing the record, about two years, and we’re really proud of it. It’s sort of like the record of our whole lives, it’s just really dynamic and it will be an interesting record.”

Brisbane audiences may be treated to a couple of these brand new songs when Spiderbait headline Winter Festival.

“We’re not quite sure yet, we don’t really know what we’re going to do until we do it, we’re a fairly spontaneous band. We don’t really know what’s going to happen when we play, we have our set list but spontaneity is a big part of our show. I’ve always believed in a very strong way to keep things fresh, ‘cause if you play for a long time it can get boring, say if you play too much and you play the same thing the same way all the time. For me a live show is very much about spontaneous interaction with the audience and just seeing what happens on your instrument. I’m sure it will be exciting and lots of fun, we’ll just kick ass and go crazy,” Kram laughs.

With talk of a possible tour in support of the new record, live Spiderbait shows may not be as rare as they have been over the past several years. It doesn’t sound like these three will be putting down their instruments any time soon and Kram puts their long career making music, both together and individually, down to their friendship outside of the band, as well as their genuine love for the artform.

“I think the friendships are the most important thing, and that everyone gets an equal share in the profits of the band and what goes on, that’s a big part of it too. It’s great to be able to make good money and have a living in music but everyone’s got an equal share in what goes on, everyone’s happy and in a band that’s really important. Also, I think we’ve been lucky to have a really strong fanbase and to sell a lot of records; we’re still a big band 20 years down the track. Triple J is still very supportive of us and commercial radio too, so we’ve always managed to somehow keep a good support base in different parts of the industry, so we’re very thankful for that. We just love playing music together,” he says.

“It really is a fantastic thing, I really like writing too. I’ve done a lot of collaborating with different writers and I’ve done a lot of different shows with different people outside the band. Music itself is a very broad and varied artform where you do all sorts of different things, but it’s actually really simple. The simplicity of writing a great song and singing it is a great feeling and playing drums is just so fun, it’s like driving a sports car and skiing down a slope all at the same time. That gives you some idea of why I’m still doing it, it’s just really awesome and it’s great for the soul and a great way to express yourself. Johnny Cash made records until he was 80 years old, so I think ask any musician, the main reason you do it is for the love of the artform.”

Spiderbait, alongside British India and Kingswood, headline Winter Festival at Eatons Hill Hotel July 20.

Published in Rock
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 10:42

Mono Tickets

Through windswept leaves the protracted crescendo draws forth the holy throne of Japan's instrumental legend Mono.

‘For My Parents’ is the most recent album by Mono, the Japanese quartet who over the course of half a dozen albums in twice as many years have followed their own muse, and in the process have become ‘one of the most distinctive bands of the 21st century’.

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Tuesday, 25 June 2013 19:08

Seven: Permanent Holiday

Gold Coast hip hop artist Seven is poised to release his third EP, ‘In Transit’.

A surfer with a sunny disposition hailing from the beaches of Coolangatta, Seven (aka Zach Humphrey) has spent a large chunk of the previous two years touring the country alongside Aussie hip hop heavyweights 360 and Drapht. Amid this intensive touring schedule, Zach has managed to produce a record which he says was inspired by the highs and lows of life on the road.

“This record is a bit darker; the last two years have been all travel for me between music and work. It's kind of just inspired by living out of one bag and everything that surrounds that, whether it be missing home or enjoying the fun times while I've been away. It's also about this underlying love for where I live now and pining for that while I was away.”

Zach is often accompanied on stage by best friend and fellow emcee, Mr. Hill, and together the pair have cultivated a reputation for producing an energetic live show that frequently borders on chaotic.

“We just try to have as much fun as possible and I'd probably describe our sets as wild,” Zach explains. “We've got a lot of friends and influences around us who are into hip hop but who are also into hardcore music, and that provides inspirations for how I want my crowds to be. We just want them to be as wild as us and that happens quite a bit. We've had circle pits and mosh pits at our shows. One of our Byron Bay shows nearly destroyed the massive speaker stacks so I would say it definitely gets very rowdy.

“When I first went on tour with 360 last year I had a number of shows within Queensland under my belt, but I was still quite timid when performing. I guess the two tours have boosted my confidence a lot and I think that shows … At first we were performing to crowds who had no idea who we were and we got such a positive response and expanded our fanbase greatly throughout the country just through those shows, so I was really proud of that.”

With his current EP due for release later this month, Zach already has plans to begin work on a full-length album. Still in the conceptual phase, Zach hopes his next record will take shape during the well-earned hiatus he has planned for the remainder of 2013.

“It's time to be a real boy and release an LP which I'll attempt to do next year, and it will be the first time I can put 100 percent of my time into a release and really fine tune it and get it perfect because I still don't think I'm there yet. I've started gathering beats and ideas for it but I haven't started any extensive writing for it yet. I'm going to Rarotonga in the Cook Islands in July for six months and will spend a lot of time over there getting the writing together and perfecting the material.”

Despite the trying nature of life away from home, Zach says he will be back in 2014 with aspirations of securing prestigious slots with some of Australia's biggest festivals.
“I'll come back next year and get the LP done and release it properly and try to tour as much as possible in the next year and just keep going at it. My ultimate goal from the outset has always been to play Splendour In The Grass so that'll be a highlight for me if I make it there.

“I don't think the touring lifestyle has been that difficult because I've always enjoyed travelling. It has become difficult at times when there's no opportunity to be at the beach and it's just so far removed from what I've always normally done. Mostly it's been an adventure and I've enjoyed it immensely thus far.”

‘In Transit’ will be released independently June 28.
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Tuesday, 25 June 2013 16:15

Tom Piper & Kronic Tixs

Bass addicts — feed your addiction with the latest in trap, bass, electro, deep house & the Melbourne sound with the Ministry of Sound Addicted To Bass Tour featuring Tom Piper and Kronic at The Met Friday June 28.

After the huge debut of the Addicted To Bass brand in Australia, Ministry Of Sound are back with the next instalment - Ministry Of Sound Presents Addicted To Bass Vol. II.

Kicking things into fifth gear from the get-go is notorious party starter and serious bass addict Kronic. Smashing it up with his unique brand of audio artillery, including tracks and remixes from the likes of Bingo Players, Mat Zo & Porter Robinson, Tommy Trash, Steve Aoki, Will Sparks and Bombs Away.

Pushing the boundaries of bass Tom Piper leads the way mixing and mashing his signature blend of bass fuelled bangers, with tracks from Disclosure, Duke Dumont, Tiga, Boys Noize, Dizzee Rascal, The Bloody Beetroots and Dirty South.

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Thursday, 20 June 2013 15:43

Oliver Tank Tickets

Celebrating two anticipated releases, producers Oliver Tank (Syd) and Oisima (Adel) are bringing their live shows to Queensland to serenade you with their ambient beats, jazz-infused hip hop and a sprinkle of R&B.

After the success of his debut EP, ‘Dreams’, Oliver Tank enjoyed a successful 2012, supporting the likes of Lana Del Rey and Julia Stone plus performing alongside Active Child, Youth Lagoon, Bonobo and Megan Washington at the Sydney Opera House.

Oisima's instrumental, jazz, soul and hip hop infused ambient beats have earned praise from the likes of Chet Faker and Flume, and earned his EP ‘Goddess’ a release with Berlin's Herbebe records.

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Wednesday, 19 June 2013 18:02

GC Roller Derby Star Wars Theme Tixs

A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away, a women’s not-for-profit roller derby league decided to host an all-out Star Wars themed bout!  

Carrara Indoor Stadium will become a mash-up of roller derby and sci-fi culture, as Gold Coast Roller Derby hosts a very special ‘Star Wars’ themed event. Not only will families enjoy all the nail-biting excitement of roller derby, but there will also be Wookies, Stormtroopers, and maybe even Boba Fett!

It’s as close to a trip to the Mos Eisley Spaceport as you’re going to get without leaving the planet!

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Wednesday, 19 June 2013 17:47

The Look Of Love Tickets

‘The Look Of Love’ is the latest film by Michael Winterbottom, the director of ‘24 Hour Party People’ and ‘The Trip’, and is based on the outrageously true story of Britain’s richest man.

Starring Steve Coogan as Paul Raymond, the man behind Soho’s notorious Raymond Revue Bar and Men Only magazine, it is a modern day King Midas story, with Raymond acquiring fabulous wealth, but at the cost of losing the people who are closest to him.

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