Items filtered by date: September 2013

1. Boys in tangerine speedos and girls in 'the bottle-opening bikini' (a real thing that exists).

2. Enough alcohol to make everyone want to skinny-dip, but not enough to make me ACTUALLY do it.

3. A seven-hour loop of Fleetwood Mac's 'Go Your Own Way'. Trust me.

4. A Hovercraft. Make an entrance and show people who owns this beach.

5. Sunscreen. Forget all the cancer scaremongering, the real danger with the sun is AGEING. No one wants to see anything super-wrinkly at the beach — why do you think men only cover one thing?

'Psycho Beach Party' is on until September 28 at The Loft, QUT as part of Brisbane Festival.

Published in Theatre
Wednesday, 18 September 2013 15:17

New Globe Theatre: Venue In Preview

The New Globe Theatre (formerly the Globe Theatre) is currently under fast-paced renovations.

Paul Robinson, the venue's new owner, explains some of the changes that are taking place.

"The [main] stage will actually form part of the floor — about a metre-and-a-half back from where it is. And there will be a stage built on top of that. It will look like a much more grandiose room than what it was.

"The cinema is still there but we have ripped out all the upholstery because it's a bit old and rank. But it's going to be re-upholstered. This area might not be ready on opening night [although] it's not a crucial part of the venue, but it's going to be there as an [alternative] very soon after and it'll be either for cinema or sit down shows, or whatever."

Tim Price — who's handling PR for the New Globe — explains the cinema room "could possibly be used for a cabaret type thing, it might even be a movie with a live floor show. We've already got someone booked in who wants to do that."

He also explains there is "going to be a small stage and a sit down lounge area [near the bar space] … It will have a cocktail lounge sort of feel."

Paul adds: "there is three very different spaces and they can do almost anything — whichever one you want for whatever you want — but primarily focussing on music obviously because that's what my passion is."

Tim explains the newly renovated venue has a number of selling points.

"The live stage room is much more bearable to go and see live music in. [Also], you no longer have to sign in to come into the venue, [there'll be] dedicated bar staff, rather then volunteers that were here before, but let's not focus on old … [Also] we're gonna have people in here that are professionals, the people in here are a part of the venue and are passionate about the venue. That goes from the sound guy, to the bands, the bookers, the PR, to the guy who owns it.”

The New Globe Theatre will open in time for The Queensland Festival Of The Blues November 2.

Published in Rock
Wednesday, 18 September 2013 15:03

Banco De Gaia: Apollo Has Landed

The UK’s preeminent purveyor of ambient dub and world electronica is Australia-bound once more.

Banco De Gaia, also known as Toby Marks, has fashioned a global following by combining organic and electronic sounds with ambient, dub, tribal, gypsy, techno, breaks and trance influences. Throughout a career spanning over two decades, he has released over a dozen albums and compilations and worked with the likes of Pink Floyd's Dick Parry, Paul Horn, Natacha Atlas and Tim Wheater.

Now Australia-bound for January’s Rainbow Serpent Festival — Victoria’s annual celebration of music, art, culture and positivity – Marks is excited to be touching down in Lexton with the first original Banco De Gaia material for seven years.

“What’s really nice is having new material to add to the set,” he says. “It’s been awhile since I’ve wrote anything new. It’s nice to have fresh stuff which people aren’t familiar with, which I’m not bored with.

“I try and make sure there’s an interesting visual spectacle [because] I learned a long time ago that one guy on stage pressing buttons gets a bit boring to watch and not everyone is going to be wanting to dance all the time.”

A career musician, Marks is better placed than many to comment on the structural changes that have transformed the music industry over the past decade.

His first EPs dropped on cassette in the early ‘90s, before a long relationship with ‘90s powerhouse label Planet Dog saw him release albums like the ambient ‘Last Train To Lhasa’ and the more up-tempo, trancey ‘Live At Glastonbury’ on CD.

So as ‘Apollo’ drops on his own Disco Gecko label as both a CD and digital download Marks maintains the rapid advances in technology are both a curse and a blessing.

“In theory, everything should be much simpler now. The new technologies have opened up a lot of possibilities and made some of the boring tasks a lot quicker, but they also, in a way, take away some of the exploration, the excitement of discovering how to do something which you haven’t done before which sometimes makes it really work.”

Banco De Gaia plays the Rainbow Serpent Festival, in Lexton Victoria, Jan 24-27. ‘Apollo’ is out now.

Published in Electronic
Wednesday, 18 September 2013 14:55

Pocketlove: The Voice

Pocketlove brings the funk back to the Wunder Bar this Brisbane Festival – so get your airplane arms ready for some dancefloor destroying, bombastic rhythms.

“There wilL be a lot of dancing and crowd participation and stage tricks too,” warns lead guitarist Tom Combes. “If you look at me you will see some for sure – but not all my tricks are very good for personal health and safety, so it’s lucky that I have public liability insurance.”

The Brisbane based funksters have seen a multitude of line-up changes over the last five years, but are looking forward to showcasing the talent of new lead singer, Sharon Brooks.

“You can expect to see a lot of our old and new originals being played and some covers that we really like too, like Stevie Wonder and that sort of stuff. Sharon’s from Barbados and because of her background we’re doing a lot of soul/ funk stuff, which is exciting because she’s really got the vocals to back it up and — because of her background — the experiences to really make it authentic.”

Regular local residencies led to an appearance at the 2011 Caloundra Music Festival, before Pocketlove followed up with the release of their debut EP, ‘Reload’, in 2012.

“After that, we signed up lead singer Luke Kennedy and started recording a few things with him, but then he got signed up to ‘The Voice’ and came second. He used one of our originals as the original that he released and it got up to number four on the iTunes charts, was on national TV and was sung for Ricky Martin about a week before the finals!”

According to Tom, seeing their song performed on national television was a career highlight.

“We wrote that song with Luke and we sort of knew that if he did well that it would be good for the band, and it was nice that he was able to support us back and say ‘this is a song that I wrote with these guys’. The song went really well and everyone seemed to enjoy it – you are against a lot of competition so it’s great.”

Pocketlove are in the process of recording a new single, which they hope will turn into an EP towards the end of the year.

“There’s some nu-soul kind of stuff happening but we don’t think about what we’re trying to sound like, we just kind of do it! Of course it makes it easier if you are trying to imitate someone, but when you do the sort of originals that we tend to do, you kind of have to follow a path and see where it goes, you know? It can lead to anything!”

It’s high energy when the band play live, something that the groovers at Wunder Bar are sure to experience.

“When we get excited… we get excited. Sharon sometimes gets people up from the crowd and has a dance off with them. She engages the crowd a lot and everyone enjoys it — if you get people involved they enjoy the music more.”

The band simply likes things that make you dance, really.

“We enjoy all the old funky stuff. Even when we rehearse we have to wear earplugs because we play loud. We just want people to have a good time.”

Pocketlove play Wunder Bar at Qpac as part of Brisbane Festival September 27.

Published in Urban
Wednesday, 18 September 2013 14:46

Moka Young: New Blood

‘New Blud’ is the aptly named debut single from fresh Australian hip hop and soul artist Moka Young.

“The track's inspired by the birth of my son, which is good because I like to put out my personal experiences and how I see life,” explains the Gold Coast lad who only recently turned his childhood passion for hip hop into a serious career.

“The new album is called ‘Young N Restless’, because it's all about me growing up and the way I see things. I like to put it out there and see what comes of it.”

Moka was 23 when he started rapping for friends and creating his signature sound, which is heavily molded by his love of melody driven soul music and a passion for hip hop.

“It was more of a fun thing but my friends just loved it, so I kept building on it and it went from there... Once I figured it all out and how to approach it, it was pretty easy!”
'New Blud' was produced by Horace ‘The Beatsmith’ and features emerging American hip hop artist Wideframe, who contributed his own verse via correspondence.

“I bought Tech N9ne's album 'Sixes And Sevens' on iTunes and it came with a video that featured Wideframe, so I googled him, got hold of his management and it just went back and forth from there with me sending him the track, him sending what he had and from there we just worked on it together.”

It's an exciting time for the emerging artist, who looks forward to bringing his fresh, soulful sounds to the Australian public. After the album’s official launch party on the Gold Coast this weekend, Moka plans to hit the road immediately, hoping to leave no hip hop head around the country without a slice of the action.

“If I can I will cover all of Australia, I don't mind... I will just throw everything in my van, take off and try and play gigs wherever I can.”
 
Moka Young launches ‘Young N Restless’ at The Miami Sharkbar Friday Sep 20.

Published in Urban
Wednesday, 18 September 2013 14:35

Korpiklaani: Not Bloody Metal

Finnish folk metal band Korpiklaani have been acclaimed for their ‘beer metal’ songs.

But violinist Tuomas Rounakari says there’s more to the band than drinking anthems.

“Beer metal — that's kind of an understatement. I have to admit we do play happy metal, but we play because it's fun to play and also music in our tradition has a huge role, it's always had a huge role,” Tuomas says.

“Most of the songs are deeply rooted in Finish folklore and folk songs that are roughly collected and preserved in Finland. We are very lucky in Finland because we have a nearly 200 year old collection of folk melodies and folk texts, so that's actually where all our ideas come from.”

Tuomas says Korpiklaani hoped to demolish stereotypes surrounding metal and Finnish people.

“If you look at the generic ideals of Finland, it's people who don't talk to each other and have a very black sense of humour. It’s very natural for us to look beyond those strict lines. I wanted to learn to improvise and I wanted to do something special with my own instrument and something that would break the boundaries and break the traditions.”
Sharing a joke about the huge range of metal sub genres, Tuomas questions why metal has often been stereotyped as “bloody”.

“Metal has so many different genres and even I don't know the difference between Pagan metal and Viking metal. I think it's really good for anyone to expand their horizons [in] what they listen to.”

Having toured places such as Europe and America, Korpiklaani are set to hit Australia for the first time this October.

“I know there are some really enthusiastic people who are waiting for us to come over and we're really [excited] to go over there. It's a new territory and a new audience for us and it's going to be interesting to see how it's going to be in Australia.”

With a love for nature and history Tuomas says the band has “kept alive” the history of the nation and its people.

“Music is always connected to who you are; it's [part of] your identity and you can't escape it.”

Korpiklaani play The Zoo October 22.

Published in Rock
Wednesday, 18 September 2013 14:23

Northlane: Top Five Coffees

Little known to most, prior to Northlane I was working in a women's jail teaching inmates barista skills so that they could get jobs in cafes and the like when they'd completed their sentence. Prior to this I was working in cafes and as a result I'm a huge coffee fiend. Provided the person behind the machine knows what they're doing, this is my top 5 in preference.

1. Ristretto. The best part of an espresso extraction; it's a little sweeter and lighter on the tongue — my pick if I really want to taste the coffee.

2. Espresso. I love espresso shots because of how intense they taste, only when made well though. Nine times out of ten it's like drinking diesel.

3. Cappucino. The usual classic favorite, can't beat that silky froth. Usually my go-to when on the road.

4. Affogato. Essentially an espresso shot poured over a scoop of vanilla ice cream. This is a real treat and the ice cream melts into a thick vanilla/ coffee pool of deliciousness. If you've never tried one of these you owe it to yourself.

5. Macchiato. If I'm not feeling ballsy enough for an espresso I'll go for one of these, the dollop of steamed milk really helps the flavour but it's still very intense.

Northlane play Surfers Paradise Beergarden September 19 and Racecourse Hotel, Ipswich, September 21.

Published in Rock

1. Julien Wilson. Julien was inspiring to me when I was in my early 20s and first moved to Melbourne. He was playing with a Hammond outfit called Festa, and what he was doing was so original and powerful that it set me in the direction I decided to go.

2. Sandy Evans. Sandy was my major female role model on saxophone. She is such a creative and imaginative composer and player. She made me see that there is a place in this country for women to play saxophone seriously (and with fun).

3. Tony Buchanan. My guru and mentor. We call Tony ‘The Tone’ and it's easy to tell why. Every note I go to play, I picture Tony's sound. He is totally in my heart as a true saxophone genius.

4. Lisa Parrot. Another strong Australian woman to bend the rules and be respected as a player in her own right. We haven't heard much from her over the years purely because she is living and working professionally in New York. A unique and beautiful sound and style.

5. Paul Williamson. He has kept the R&B style strong in this country. An impeccable sense of time and groove with a huge tenor sound. We call him the ‘Grand daddy of the saxophone’ although he's not so old! And his gigs at The Rainbow Hotel off Brunswick Street in Melbourne are an institution.

Martha Baartz plays the Brisbane Jazz Club Friday September 20.

Published in Jazz/ Fusion
Wednesday, 18 September 2013 13:58

Toy Death: Horror Pop

Toy Death’s manipulation of treasure-trove goodies and modified toys leads the audience into a wacky world of childish wonder.

“We're not restricted to a genre and the toys have an incredible variety of sound. It's a journey through electronics, psychedelics and noise. It's been described as 'horror-pop'.”

'Agent Orange', 'Super Dad' and 'Big Judy' may sound like characters fashioned up by our overactive imaginations, but in fact the trio make up Toy Death – a band that circuit bends toys to create a blend of electronics known as 'toy music'.

“I guess [the characters] are our alter egos. I have always been a kind of GI Joe, action man character so it evolved into Agent Orange. We do a few acting exercises — that is our way of generating characters. We ask questions like 'what would they do in this situation?' and 'what's their darkest secret?'

“For years I didn't know about circuit bending, so we played the toys just as they were. That [discovery] unleashed incredible sounds out of the toys. Suddenly they could go really slow or really fast. Some of the toys like Speak & Spell, you can actually break down into the phonetics of the sound because they are an alphabet, and the chips are full of the little sounds that make up speech. You can make them [and] go crazy in a way, so it's kind of like the toy has turrets.”

With all three band members working in toy shops, new instruments are constantly on the horizon.

“I can't really walk past a toy shop or two-dollar shop without looking. We go on excursions to different suburbs where they have a lot of op-shops, as well as the major toy shops like Toys R Us. Sometimes I walk down an aisle and leave about ten toys playing because I just had to try them out.”

With colourful costumes and dance moves to boot, the band gives new musical life to forgotten playthings.

“A toy gets selected if it has really good sounds in it. We are always looking for really good feeds, really interesting sounds and if it's a talking toy. [It's] sort of poetry in a way. We use alphabet apples to make SMS poetry.”

Toy Death Play the Festival Of Toy Music st The Brisbane Powerhouse Saturday October 5.

Published in Pop/ Electro
Wednesday, 18 September 2013 13:47

The Stillsons: Going Their Way

Melbourne alt-country outfit The Stillsons are amped to tour the east coast of Australia with their newly released album, ‘Never Go Your Way’.

Applewood Lane Studios was the home among the gumtrees for The Stillsons as they recorded their new record while in the middle of their 'No Distractions' tour. Cat Canteri, the band’s drummer and vocalist, explains the situation:

"We already had an album’s worth of material while we were touring off the back of our last record ['Earnest'] … When you're on tour, I think the whole band gels and everyone works together, and you're all away for a purpose — which is to play music — so everyone is very focussed and we really wanted to harness that energy and that focus that we all had on the road, when we recorded.

"Also having the recording session in the middle of the tour was excellent too because you had all these gigs right before you went into the studio [so] everyone was already really, really prepared for the studio. But then you have the live aspect as well because you're coming off the back of doing shows, which always changes the energy in the studio."

Recording at Applewood Lane in Fernvale (60kms west of Brisbane) also provided a spark to record the album.

“It's very easy, when you're recording in your home town,” muses Cat. “Like travelling from your house to the studio in the morning can be a pain in the arse… like having to drive through traffic and you always have bits of things to do like paying a bill or paying rent, or doing some shopping or whatever … So we really liked the idea of being isolated or out in unusual surroundings.”

The release of 'Never Go Your Way' (which Cat describes as "broad, lush and fat") has been highly anticipated.

"We're really stoked … we have had a really positive response from our fans who pre-ordered the album … we're also really happy with how it sounds. We're really looking forward to [playing] The Joynt and The Powerhouse. It will be great."

The Stillsons play Solbar Sept 26, The Soundlounge Sept 27, The Joynt Sept 28, The Powerhouse Sept 29 and The Beach Hotel Oct 3. 'Never Go Your Way' Is Out Now.

Published in Reggae/ Roots

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