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Wednesday, 24 July 2013 14:55

Lauren Lucille: Top Five Non-Jazz Artists

1. Imogen Heap. She writes, records, produces, involves her audience in her recordings constantly, really has her own style (musically and fashion-wise) and was one of the first women to do what she's doing — a songwriter who's used electronics to give her music a different flavour!

2. Amy Winehouse. What a sad ending to this incredible woman's life. She was never compromising about what she wanted in her music and her life. She was strong and independent. Her music is a diary of her personal life and she wasn't afraid to share it. Her musical ideas and production on her albums are raw and real. I love that.

3. Regina Spektor. This woman is a ball of fun and not afraid to really let loose at a live performance. Her music is great to wake up to, clean the house to, dance to and get happy to!

4. Kimbra. She’s 23 and from little ol’ New Zealand. She’s like no-one you’ve heard. She has the right physical make-up to sing the way she does. Big mouth = big sound! Kooky tunes mixed with lots of vocal looping, rad beats and electronics.

5. Florence And The Machine. Again, someone that sounds like no-one you've heard before. Rich, strong, big, full, open, raw. Incredible songwriting and execution of the songs! A big sound! So watch out!

Lauren Lucille joins the The Soundscapes Trio at the Brisbane Jazz Club this Saturday July 27.

Published in Jazz/ Fusion
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 14:51

Stephen Lynch- The Musician's Comedian

The US comic who calls himself ‘a musician trapped in the body of a comedian’ is coming to Brisbane.

This is Stephen Lynch’s second Australian tour, and there will be a particular focus on his fifth and most recent album ‘Lion’, which explores topics such as acid trips, veganism and – in the case of the title track – all the things he wouldn’t do for a romantic partner.

“The show is really focused on ‘Lion’, of course, because that’s the newest material and for me it’s the freshest and it’s the most fun, and it generates the most laughs because these are the songs that people know the least… but I’m not an idiot. I know people want to hear old songs.”

Stephen’s goal with ‘Lion’ was to make a record he was musically satisfied with, as well as making sure the jokes were funny.

“I set out with that in mind. I was determined that I was not going to sacrifice the quality of the music just to make a joke funnier … If I played something and I didn’t like it I just didn’t pursue it. I waited until I had something I really liked and then I laid in bed for three months trying to figure out what lyrics to put to it.”

Stephen has played piano since he was a kid and was “bitten by the drama bug” at a young age. He studied acting at college and entered the comedy world “by accident” after playing a gig at a cabaret club and getting laughs. While gigging in New York he worked part-time jobs for years, which he eventually quit in order to pursue comedy full-time. In 2006, his love of music and acting came together when he was cast in the lead role of the Broadway production of ‘The Wedding Singer’.

 “I had seen the movie, but I didn’t watch it after I’d been cast, intentionally, so that I wouldn’t do a copy of what Adam Sandler had done in the movie. And since it was all original music that they wrote for the musical … that made it easier to interpret it in my own way and come at it from my own perspective instead of just doing a bad Adam Sandler impression. I don’t do very good impressions.”

Stephen Lynch Performs at The Tivoli Wednesday Aug 21.

Published in Pop/ Electro
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 14:46

Cloud Control: Speleology Majors

Cloud Control’s new album was recorded inside a cave, and not the metaphorical kind.

Joy Division did it on the roof, Radiohead did it in a medieval mansion, and now Cloud Control can add their name to the list of artists who've recorded in strange places. Their sophomore release, 'Dream Cave', was partly recorded during a subterranean adventure that, according to singer Alister Wright, was influenced by a track on the album.

“There's a song on the album called 'Dream Cave' so I guess the inspiration to record in a cave came from that song and the desire to record somewhere different that sounded naturally really nice as well … it's a little bit like singing in the shower but the reverb is longer. It sounds pretty magical.”

When he's not exploring rocky hollows, Wright still has speleology (the scientific study of caves) on the brain.

“I was listening to a lot of Roy Orbison and I had this thought of him being trapped in a cave ... what it would be like if he was trapped in a cave for 20 years like Gollum and ended up going crazy? And then I thought 'what kind of song would he write?' and I tried to write that.”

The album's due for release next month, but the debut single, 'Dojo Rising', has been unleashed.

“We just thought it was a good song to show what we've been up to because in some ways it's pretty similar to our old stuff but it's pretty different as well. We didn't want to completely alienate anyone so we thought it was a good mix of our old and new vibes … [on the album] we took the approach of mixing a lot of different things together and being more free with our palette than last time.”

Cloud Control play Splendour In The Grass Jul 26-28. They also have headline shows at the Cooly Hotel Aug 22, Tivoli Aug 23 and Kings Beach Tavern Aug 24. ‘Dream Cave’ is released Aug 9.

Published in Rock

1. Mia Wallace overdoses. Vincent Vega stabbing an adrenaline shot into Mia’s chest after she snorted his heroin thinking it was cocaine. Full on.

2. Ezekiel 25:17. After eating a terrified kid’s burger then drinking his “tasty beverage”, Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson) recites the epic bible verse Ezekiel 25:17. “The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men’ etc. “Does he look like a bitch?”

3. Opening scene, I love you honey bunny. “Everybody be cool this is a robbery.” “Any of you fucking pricks move and I’ll execute every mutherfuckin’ last one of you!”

4. Jack Rabbit Slims Twist Contest. Mia Wallace and Vincent Vega dance their iconic twist dance to the soundtrack of Chuck Berry’s ‘You Never Can Tell’.

5. Bring out the gimp. Marsellus Wallace and Butch (Bruce Willis) are tied up with bondage snooker balls in their mouths by two rednecks who bring out a gimp to sodomise them. Great movie, great soundtrack!

Cheap Fakes will perform the ‘Pulp Fiction’ soundtrack as part of The Long Player series at the Brisbane Powerhouse August 9.

Published in Reggae/ Roots
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 14:36

Dubmarine: Laser Sound Beam

It’s onwards and upwards for the Dubmarine crew. As they consolidate years of hard work and commitment, in mid 2013 they’re on the cusp of their latest triumph – a new album.

Building on the success of their 2010 debut LP, ‘Depth Of Sound’, the band continues to garner the attention of fans from all corners of the globe with their energetic live show – while rather proudly representing their Aussie roots. And while their latest album was a 12-month production project, it also saw them reunite with long-time collaborator Paulie B and ARIA-winning producer Magoo.

Built on the modern technologies of the current electronic musical era, the mob has ensured not to overlook their roots. With all bases covered, their ensemble encompasses keyboards and percussion as well as bass and the drums – not to mention the sultry vocal talent that is Billie Weston. And all that effort has paid off – from nominations at the Queensland Music Awards, to being featured on the annual national HOME compilations that profile the country’s best new Indigenous artists.

Musically, Dubmarine are well entrenched in their unique, forward-thinking sound that fuses rock, hip hop, dub, reggae, dancehall as well as a little electronica. With that, the nine-piece outfit has recently released ‘Beat In Control’, the first single from their sophomore album that is due for imminent release. Titled ‘Laser Sound Beam’, Billie explains their determination to evolve and refine their sound, but also to ‘keep it real’ as it were.

“We are dedicated to the Dubmarine brand; it’s something we really believe in and something we want to make work, otherwise what’s the point?” she explains.

To begin with, the band was entrenched in the sound of the urban culture including dub, reggae and dancehall.

“Originally Dubmarine had a strong dub and reggae element,” Weston confirms. “But we’ve evolved over the years to refine the sound — and right now, we’re getting into the bass driven culture and we’re incorporating that sound into our music.

“We’ve got some Brazilian vibes too but really, there are all sorts of powers in play. We really approached the album to try to ensure the evolution was natural; we wanted to have fun with it of course, but it had to represent everything Dubmarine stood for,” she says.

Their first album ‘Depth Of Sound’ saw the crew travel to far-flung areas of the world, including Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium and The Czech Republic. Expect nothing less this time around, except that Australia gets to see it all first.

“We are scheduled to play some really good regional gigs around the country over the next few months,” explains Weston. “People have said that our show is like nothing they’ve seen before. It’s a really great compliment for us. So we’re kicking off the tour at Hi-Fi in Brisbane in August — and we’ve got a really great show planned. We’ve got some great supports, but we’ve also got some surprises in store for our fans as well.

“I think the best way to describe it, is that we’ve learnt from things we’ve done in the past and applied that to try in some ways to reinvent our sound. There is always a lot going on, on stage; it really is a show in the truest sense of the word and there are a lot of theatrical elements in there.”

And while the crew has seen some members come and go over the years, they remain a tightknit posse that’s hell bent on going higher and higher.

“The group was originally formed close to six years ago at a house party in West End. We’re still based there – and funnily enough, it’s quite an incestuous scene!”

Which in itself fosters enormous camaraderie among the band members. A relative newcomer to the group – she is a two-year veteran – Weston has been privy to their evolution to the extent that she feels the crew is well on top of their game right now.

“We’ve gone through some transformations sure, but that is part of growing and maturing as a band. I think right now, we’re really happy with where we are and where we’re headed.”

Finally, Weston shares a few more words on the forthcoming tour.

“We’re doing quite a few dates – a fair chunk of Queensland including the Sunshine Coast, but we’re taking in Melbourne and Sydney as well. And as a little bonus for our Brisbane fans, the ticket price also includes a copy of the new album, so that’s a pretty good deal.”

Dubmarine play The Hi-Fi Aug 9 as well as Bigsound Sept 11-13 and Island Vibe Oct 25-27. ‘Laser Sound Beam’ will be released Aug 8.

Published in Reggae/ Roots
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 14:30

Mutemath: Living The Dream

Some of Paul Meany’s first memories are of learning to play music. After reading a Time Magazine article on U2 as a youngster, the Mutemath singer realised playing music was all he wanted to do.

“I remember reading an article about U2 the first time they were on the cover of Time Magazine when I was like eight or nine years old. It was about this rock band from Ireland and it was simply amazing, they were taking over. I was intrigued by what I was reading and I think the seed got planted at that point. I wanted to aspire to something like that, I wanted to find this brotherhood of other guys who were willing to travel the world and make music together. It just seemed like such a romantic idea,” Meany says.

Towards the end of the ‘90s Meany met Darren King (drums) and the two of them created an “electronic experiment” that started what would later become Mutemath.

“Darren was a fan of my former band, one of my first bands I was working in, and he would send me demos of stuff he was working on and I was really impressed so we actually started working via mail — he would mail me a CD and I would work on something and mail it back to him. The band I was in was breaking up, and he moved down to New Orleans … that kind of laid a foundation as we put the band together. It started out as me and the drummer doing electronic tracks,” he laughs.

“We thought we should start playing some shows, it was more fun when we had Greg [Hill] our guitarist join us for a show and we were a three-piece for a while which was really good. Then we finally started having a bass player and it felt complete, like we were able to pull off the ideas we were trying to create. When Roy [Mitchell-Cárdenas] joined in 2005 it felt right, and it kind of evolved into this hybrid of a rock band that we’ve become.”

Despite the tumultuous recording of their second album, ‘Armistice’, that culminated in the departure of Hill, Mutemath is currently finalising their fourth studio album set for release by the end of the year.

“I think the second record took its toll on our band, the writing was on the wall for us at that point and when we got to the end of that touring cycle we just didn’t want to go on. We realised there was too much tension and it was just time to split. I mean, it was amicable. He finished doing some shows with us, it wasn’t middle fingers flying, thankfully, and we were able to end things civilly. I think that was it, he was just ready to do something else and it was causing tension. But we just let it go, it was tough, it’s crazy ‘cause now he’s been out of the band almost three years and when I think back I can’t remember one bad thing, I don’t remember why there was tension,” Meany says.

“All I remember are the times we were laughing our ass off or we’d just had a great show and we were on a high. Maybe over time your brain just functions to remember the good stuff. I don’t know why he’s not in the band anymore, but we have a great time with Todd [Gummerman] our new guitar player and it’s wonderful. So I’m still hopeful that our time with Greg isn’t over, one day maybe something will happen, he was a good guy and we had a great time with him.”

Their latest musical offering has led the band to work on redefining what a Mutemath song sounds like, raising the bar for themselves both instrumentally and lyrically.

“We’ve never written so many songs for a record before. We really are trying to exhaust the tank and we’re really searching for the ten best songs we can possibly find. We just want to push this record, we’ve raised the bar for ourselves and we’ll hopefully reach new heights with how things come across and push the show further.

“I know that the last record was really just about capturing live energy and making a record that was all about that and perhaps I might not have pushed a chorus of a song as far as I should have writing wise ‘cause there was such a great drum beat going on, it’s things like that. The attention that we’ve given in the past to the rhythm section and drum beats, we want to bring that equal amount of attention and even more to what the song is saying, what it’s doing, and so we’re really trying to push that on this record,” he says.

The New Orleans four-piece will be debuting some of these new songs when the band visits Australia at the end of the year for Harvest Festival. While they’re down under Meany is looking forward to seeing more of the music Australia has to offer, as well as checking out the other international acts that will join them at Harvest.

“The thing that we didn’t realise when we were at Groovin The Moo was that we were going to get somewhat of an education on a lot of the music that was happening in Australia that we had no idea about. I’m looking forward to that and getting to see other bands, that’s the easiest and the most convenient way for us to get to see other bands play. When you’re travelling and you’re doing your own shows it’s hard to catch someone else’s show. The festivals kind of bring that together so I’m always looking forward to that,” he says.

Despite the inevitable ups and downs that come with making music for over a decade, Mutemath’s love for music hasn’t gone anywhere.

“We’ve always said if the sparks aren’t there anymore we should do something else, you just hope that they still happen. When we play together or we put music together it still feels like something important is happening so we just go with it. For as long as it lasts you just chase it but it’s certainly something that we don’t try to force,” Meany says.

“It was just kind of this dream and I feel pretty fortunate that I found some guys and we get to play music.”

Mutemath play Harvest Festival Sunday November 17 at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens.

Published in Rock
Tuesday, 23 July 2013 02:24

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Published in Flipbook
Thursday, 18 July 2013 16:28

The Imposter DVDs

Madman proudly presents the year’s most talked about documentary, ‘The Imposter’.

A remarkable and chilling true story, ‘The Imposter’, is the story of the disappearance of Nicholas Barclay, his grieving family and friends’ reaction upon his unexpected return and the authorities who began to question where truth ends and fiction begins.

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Thursday, 18 July 2013 15:19

Russian Resurrection Gold Passes

The Russian Resurrection Film Festival celebrates its tenth anniversary starting next week. So escape the winter chill and enjoy some warm, proud and passionate Russian cinematic hospitality at Palace Centro Cinemas.

The festival runs from July 26 – August 4 and this year’s program showcases an array of dramas, comedies, thrillers, animations, retrospective films and a very special retrospective from award-winning director Valery Todorovsky.

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Wednesday, 17 July 2013 17:05

Bam Bam- Bedrock's Golden Boy

From spinning on his back to spitting on tracks, breakdancer and musician Bam Bam has got it all figured out.

With plans already in motion to create a record of his own, the young Melbourne artist strives to be different. Choosing the right beats is a lengthy process, but one he says should eventually pay off.

“I've got a really unique taste in what I like, I don't really want to pigeonhole myself as just a hip hop artist. When I look for beats for the album, I'm more looking for whatever my ears prick up to, from electronic dance, to straight up hip hop stuff to acoustic guitar type shit. I just try and get as many people to send me as much stuff as they can and hopefully find the gems I'm searching for.

“I'll definitely be releasing more free material, but at the moment I want to focus more on the business side of things. So far everything is going according to plan.”

After releasing two mixtapes of his own and supporting close friend 360 both in Australia and overseas, it's evident he's not a shy guy on the mic. But he admits his own material wasn't always well received.

“Ages back I was doing a heap of music but there was no market for it and nobody liked it. One of the main reasons why I actually thought about giving music a real go in the last couple of years was because I think Australia's ready for it now.”

Hip hop throughout the country has most definitely taken a step in the right direction; adding to the list of success is Sprung Festival. It's an event that showcases hip hop talent of all different tastes and styles — it's something Bam can appreciate.

“Having a festival like Sprung probably wouldn't have worked so well many years ago, but now Australian hip hop is accepted by the mainstream market and the younger generation, it's awesome to see,” he says.

“I'm amped about having it in my home town, that's going to be crazy. I've got a bunch of really cool shit planned so I hope it's a show that people don't forget anytime soon. I'm not gonna fire myself out of a cannon or anything, but there'll be some hectic stuff going on.”

Bam Bam plays Sprung Festival at Victoria Park September 21.

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