Archive for November, 2010

My Disco & Absolute Boys review

November 30, 2010

I’m slowly becoming more and more convinced that tom drums make people lose any sense of self control. My Disco and Absolute Boys at The Zoo on Saturday night presented no exception to this rule.

Adelaide trensters Absolute Boys started off the evening playing to an unfortunately nearly empty room. The few punters scattered around The Zoo were far from given an empty performance, however. Absolute Boys were tight and expressive, combining catchy pop tunes with fierce and jagged eccentricities. Their stage presence I found to be polite, but extremely “cool” at the same time. And “cool” is definitely a key word for this review. Absolute Boys had a definite hipster vibe going on, with a clear vision of trend beaming out amongst the plaid button-up shirts, layers of bass delay and slashing guitar layered on top of the soft and precise vocals. But, you know what, I’m not even saying that’s a bad things. As hipster tre cool as the Absolute Boys may have come across, there was also a “reformed boys from the Adelaide burbs” vibe too, which acted as a sort of subtext to their whole performance. So don’t get me wrong, I absolutely loved the Absolute Boys set. They were thoroughly enjoyable and made me want to dance, and this could never lead to a bad thing.

I admittingly didn’t hang around for the Slug Guts set. They seem to be playing every show in Brisbane lately, along with a couple of other bands who seem to be dominating all the shows and venues around town. And personally, I’m getting pretty sick of Brisbane’s entire underground music scene being represented by three or four bands. So this is the reason I didn’t stay to watch them.

While I found quite a few similarities between the Absolute Boys and My Disco sets in terms of repition, driving basslines, vast walls of sound and insistent minimalism, there was a real rawness harnessed by My Disco which makes it easy to see how so many people have become obsessed with them. They played their entire new album Little Joy from start to finish, with slight deviations away from the recorded version of the songs. As you have heard, Little Joy is not a participants album in the way that it is a mesmerizing one. My Disco have created a repetitious monster of the trance kind, and Saturday night they unleashed it onto The Zoo patrons with an unstoppable force. The little lighted worked perfectly with the minimalistic sounds of My Disco and created a great atmosphere. While I was a little disappointed when I found out they were going to play Little Joy from start to finish (why should I pay an extra $20 to hear something I already have), I think it made sense. It was a very complete set that went through all the right levels of energy and intensity like waves.

Overall, it was a really awesome night with quite an interesting lineup. There was all the genetic makeup here for a possibly mediocre evening, but My Disco brought their balls to the table and once again proved that they are probably one of the most unique bands in Australia right now, and definitely one of my favourite.

Liza Harvey

Fizzy Good Make Feel Nice (Highly Suggested Fun Times for the Weekend)

November 18, 2010

The Bleeding Knees Club
Friday November 19th
Woodland Bar
18+
$5
Good times to be had by all


Gareth Liddiard (The Drones)
Friday November 19th
The Old Museum
18+
$25.50 Oztix
Songs to melt your brain to


TWIN PEAKS THEMED PARTY!!
w/The Keep On Dancin’s
Saturday November 20th
18+
FREE before 10pm, $5 after

Many a good theme song to dance to – or murder to

Interfused

November 16, 2010

The Queensland National Ballet is a curious company; youthful and energetic it offers its dancers a chance to explore contemporary dance within the confines of the Russian Vaganova method of classical ballet.
In Interfused, Artistic Director Martyn Fleming has created a dance of tension and romance located within office politics. It explores themes of workplace relationships through the intersection of three couples; a janitor and a young intern, the boss and his PA and two middle-management lovers.

The QBN dancers are very young and most likely have never worked within the grey walls and oppressive atmosphere of a city corporation, yet their interaction with this soul-sucking environment is expressed beautifully through rigid postures, busy group pieces and desolate solos. The musical score turns contemporary pop songs into piano score perfect for the young dancers. The music builds throughout the performance, filling the concert hall of the Old Museum with sound. The dance flits through each pas de deux coming to a crescendo in which the corps de ballet join the principals in strenuous leaps and very fast floorwork. Interfused leaves you quite breathless and also amazed that such young dancers can express such mature and complicated themes. Keep an eye on their upcoming performances here, http://www.qldnationalballet.com.au/.

… Admit it, everyone likes free stuff (New Weird Australia)

November 14, 2010

Come on, you have to admit it. When it comes to music especially, nothing can top getting it for free – especially legally!

New Weird Australia is an organization based down south that loves to give give and give music away with compilation albums available for free download every two months. These compilations are fantastic and include new, interesting, weird and experimental music from around Australia. Artists involved with the New Weird Australia compilations include Alps, Paint Your Golden Face, Bum Creek, Caught Ship, Justice Yeldham, Ambrose Chapel and Anna Chase amongst other undiscovered delights.

I highly recommend New Weird Australia to anyone and everyone as it’s a fantastic way to discover the fantastic music that Australia has to offer. Check out their website here and enjoy!

Liza Harvey

Bleeding Knees Club, Virginity.

November 14, 2010

Sometimes, the dreams of youth feature musical aspirations. You know what I’m talking about; those conversations with friends that go a little something like this:

“You know what, broseph? We should start a band.”
“Yeah, totally dude.”

Usually, this pipe dream goes no further than the list of names you’ve managed to scrawl on a beer-soaked napkin, with “Best Friendz Forevs” at the top. That is, unless you happen to be the two chums from Brisbane who decided to call themselves Bleeding Knees Club.

These guys write tunes about the four pillars of youth: the opposite sex, resenting the elderly, parties and generally being raucous. The vocals are raw, the lyrics are simple and the music is as loose as they are. Virginity is an extremely infectious EP, with surf-come-garage-punk beats that make my little teenage heart pound faster than housewives at a Boxing Day sale.

Recently added to the No Years line-up, Bleeding Knees Club is also playing Woodland on the 19th of November. It’s sure to be a riot.

Check out their site for more deets: http://thebleedingkneesclub.tumblr.com/

– Sophie.

Smac Photography

November 9, 2010

By Kenada Quinlan

5 minutes with Music Photographer Silvana Macarone of Smac Photography

Silvana Macarone has been taking live shots of local Brisbane artists and major national and international acts for over 8 years. From humble student beginnings to a Sydney relocation and back again, this music professional has survived many a mosh pit in the line of duty. 4ZZZ catches up with the visual artist about the highlights, hard work and occupational hazards of being on the frontline.

 

Ben Kweller

 

 

 

When and how did you start your career?

I began shooting live music early on, basically bringing my camera to any gig they’d let me shoot at. I set up my business Smac Photography and was first published in 2002. I completed a Bachelor of Photography at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University in 2003 but I was already published in BLUNT Magazine, Australian Guitar and various local mags by then.

While continuing to shoot for BLUNT and Australian Guitar, I also went on to shoot for Rolling Stone Australia, plus zines Bizoo, Utopia, as well as various non-music related Magazines, also covering LIVID, Splendour In The Grass, The Woodford Folk Festival, M1 for MMM, East Coast Blues and Roots Festival, eventually moving to Sydney in 2004. There were more opportunities in Sydney and I was able to expand into CD Covers, promos and touring with bands including The Bronx and The Art.

What happened next?

After moving back to Brisbane in 2008, I continue to freelance. Contributing weekly to Time Off Magazine and covering gigs for other live music hubs like Life Music Media, as well as expanding my events folio to include the Northern Brisbane Rollers Derby bouts, I’ve also returned to the Studio. I head back to Sydney yearly to cover the Monster Sessions MS Fundraiser held by Zombie Dog Entertainment, which is old Punk bands reforming to fundraise for MS. It’s a great cause and is always good fun.

 

SpitFireLiar

 

 

When was the moment that you decided you wanted to be a rock photographer?

There wasn’t really a particular inspirational moment – it was more of a natural progression, combining my two loves, music and photography.

What is your most memorable show you’ve photographed?

I’d have to say The Divinyls headlining Homebake in 2007.  The Divinyls have been one of my favourite bands since I was a kid.  Seeing them reform and having the opportunity not only to see them live, but to photograph them, was amazing.

Have there been any roadblocks along the way?

In 2005 my house was broken into.  My computer and equipment were stolen as well as boxes full of negatives, most of my folio.  I was new to Sydney and so it came as quite a blow.  I was essentially back at square one, having to shell out for new equipment and build up my folio again. And of course, there are those precious images I’ll never get back.

As for other challenges… well, getting kicked in the head is an occupational hazard, because you’re working with your back to the crowd, so the random boot of a crowd surfer pulled down over the barricade by security has more than once made contact with the back of my head.  Then there was the time I nearly got my head taken off by some pyrotechnics at a Muse gig in Sydney.

Slash

The less romantic side of photography…

Well, the equipment tends to get heavy after lugging it around for a while, which is great for your back.  Then there’s getting rained out at festivals, with said heavy equipment, dodging all the water and the mud.  And camping at said festival, in said mud and water, with said heavy equipment, and no dry clothes left.  But the highs far outweigh the lows.

Do you have any advice for anyone who is considering becoming a music photographer?

It’s more than just point and click. You’d think that was obvious, but you’d be surprised.  It’s definitely a ‘for the love’ job, not ‘for the money’.

What are you most looking forward to coming up in the next 6 months?

I will be participating in a fundraising exhibition on December 2 for the Northern Brisbane Rollers, my Roller Derby league. The series I’m exhibiting is called Derby Dolls. I have taken some of the derby girls and turned them into fifties pinups, and will exhibit them alongside live images from this year’s bouts.

 

Northern Brisbane Rollers

 

 

View live shots of Slash, Metallica, SpitFireLiar, Murder Junkies, Brisbane Roller Derby and more at the Smac Photography online gallery.

For updates see Smac Photography on Facebook.

Next Events:
Northern Brisbane Roller Derby, Convention Centre, Southbank, Saturday November 20 – Facebook Event Page

Northern Brisbane Rollers Fundraiser Exhibition, Woolloongabba Art Gallery Thursday December 2 @ 6:30pm – Photography, performance art, bands and raffle – one night only! For updates keep tabs on Smac Photography

Review: Age of Adz, Sufjan Stevens.

November 2, 2010

I know what you’re thinking: “Heck yes, Sufjan Stevens is back! Better don my white choir robe, daisy chains, and head to the nearest open field for a frolic.” Well, hold your unicorns, guys; the god of indie folk pop has gone electronic, and I’m thinking you might want to take a seat for this one.

Futile Devices, the first track of the record, is a quiet and mellifluous song that probably belonged on an earlier album, like Seven Swans. From there, The Age of Adz gets progressively, well, crazier. The songs are still quintessentially Sufjan Stevens, with beautiful orchestral arrangements and those choir vocals, defining features all reminiscent of the majestic Illinois record. However, it seems that Sufjan Stevens has also recently developed a feel for next level beats and I’m guessing it’s because Bjork started teaching at his Sunday school.

A chaotic melange of indie folk pop and electronics may sound ugly, and at some points, the album leans a little that way, but yet again, Sufjan Stevens has proved to be an incredibly unique musician. The Age of Adz is certainly no letdown; it is a work of genius but it’s also FLIPPIN’ insane.

In this respect, I purport that Sufjan Stevens was abducted by aliens and wrote this album after returning to Earth, still spaced-out on moon drugs. There’s no other logical explanation. And when they finally find extraterrestrial life out there, I’m going to ask for the Sufjan Stevens treatment.

– Sophie.

P-UKE

November 2, 2010

Lock up your monkeys – P-UKE are formed and ready to mobilse their brand of Uke disorder.

By Kenada Quinlan

Partaking in verses of monkey violation, chatting about willingly getting your sister pregnant and promoting the use of diarrhoea induced mouthwash, this Ukulele inspired trio exist only to fufill one shared desire – to make you a little sick in the throat.

Usual SpitFireLiar bass-head and founding member, Mung tells 4ZZZ more about his recent mini guitar shenanigans.

When did the P-UKE entertainment start?

The seeds were sewn during a 28 Days after party when Benny Rag (Ex-Toerag, now     vocals/bass for Deputy Dipshit) brought his Uke along…fast forward from there to a gig at the Jubilee where myself, Benny and Eamonn met up and decided to form the band there and then.

What happened next?

We booked our first gig with a month to get ready for the show – with 2 weeks left to go, we made it to Benny’s and wrote songs completely sober and coherent. I’ve stopped drinking since forming this band – I want the experience to be pure.

How do you mean pure?

Well… P-UKE have a connection that can only be verbalised through mini-instruments and the purity of sobriety.

What kind of connection?

That is something that can only be witnessed 3 dimensionally at our show – the aura is amazing…

How would you describe your sound?

Music your mum would love – lyrics your Mum would hate.

Catch the true essence of this trio at the Prince Of Whales show on November 6 with The Vampers, Harming Monica, Main Street Brats and The Irrits. For more event information, check out the Facebook gig page.


Baby Zombie Walk

November 2, 2010

Photos and story by Rachel Tinney

‘Twas the week before Halloween, when all through the city not a man was alive, not even a kiddy.

Like a scene straight out of Hollywood, over 10,000 zombies moaned, limped and grumbled down the streets of Brisbane last weekend in search of brains. Meeting in the dead centre of town (Wickham Park to be exact), they left a trail of bloodshed, limbs and echoing screams in their wake as the undead slowly ambled towards Fortitude Valley – a place well-know to harbour brainless punters on a Saturday night.

There were the usual zombie brides, zombie prostitutes and zombie “I’m not trashy if I’m covered in blood” types. And then there were the more creative: a zombie Storm Trooper, a zombie Viking, zombie Avatars and a fair few zombie Wallys (I found him, many times).

But while the amount of fake blood would rival that used in ‘Dead Alive’, the Brisbane Zombie Walk was less along the lines of ‘Dawn of the Dead’ and more like baby ‘Zombieland’.

The Walk is youth orientated (let’s face it, not too many self-respecting businessmen willingly cover themselves in fake blood on a Sunday afternoon) but there were an astounding number of undead children –undead children who did not look happy. Either these children were brilliant actors or they had been dragged out of their peaceful graves by parents willing to show off their Halloween costumes a week early.

In a scene that would make child safety officers question their motives, children and babies were the perfect accessory to complete mum or dad’s outfit. While some just got to experience the joys of make-up and talcum powder, others got to delight in being doused in fake blood and gore.

The youngest of the young, wearing mummy’s make-up or half a bottle of tomato sauce, sat peering from their strollers, intrigued and confused by the scene playing out in front of them. Others, perhaps future academy award winners, became the perfect dead addition by sleeping through the walk.

One mother, pushing a blood-soaked stroller, screamed: “I can get him to eat pork, chicken and beef but when I give him human, he won’t eat it! What’s wrong with him?!” Her son sat oblivious to her demands, wide-eyed and gently holding onto the thumb of a bloody, severed human hand.

The older children (ones easily embarrassed by mum and dad) marched robotically beside their parents, eyes downcast, hoping beyond hope no one they knew saw their mother in something she should’ve stopped wearing ten years ago.  But the younger ones were slightly more fascinated by the wave of zombies. One boy, armed with a toy gun and intent on ending the apocalypse on his own, was delighted by the many dramatic deaths he witnessed due to his own careful aim.

Another child, this one armed with a chainsaw, hacked at anyone within reach and seemed intent on killing undead Dorothy’s dog, Toto.

Since 2006, the Brisbane Zombie Walk has brought people back from the dead to raise awareness for the Brain Foundation and this year was the biggest awakening yet, doubling in capacity and raising more than $10,000.

 

 

Island Vibes 2010 – Coalition Crew vs Kelly Gang

November 2, 2010

Coalition Crew are joined onstage by Georgia Potter

Early on Saturday at the Sunshine stage Coalition Crew got the crowd up and dancing despite the heat and the hangovers. The final number saw the stage filled with other Brisbane hip hop artists including Georgia Potter, Pesto and Apex for a massive joint effort.