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Surfers Paradise Oneway Project Band Sketches 9-7-11

July 10, 2011

Part of the Surfers Paradise Festival here in the Gold Coast, The Oneway Project brought together art stalls, live graffiti art and live music in one little lane in Surfers. Despite being a cold day and being out of practice, I had heaps of fun trying to sketch the bands. Bonus points for being able to test drive an ipad for field work as well. Must endeavour to do more…
-Emmanuel Hernaez

Steph Pickett
Steph Pickett
The Winnie Coopers
Winnie Coopers
Winnie Coopers


Nothing Extraordinary Ever Happens In Toowoomba (Ever)

May 5, 2011

By James Cobb

After an award-winning debut at the Melbourne Fringe Festival in 2008, Sarah Collins has brought her one-woman show to the Brisbane Powerhouse for what promises to be a very successful season.  Nothing Extraordinary Ever Happens In Toowoomba (Ever) is an engaging and interactive comedy about dysfunctional relationships, overcoming adversity, and rediscovering what it means to be a kid.

The performance is told through the eyes of Kevin John and his quest to overcome the monotonous boredom he feels with being ‘just an ordinary kid’.  Collins takes the audience on a heart-warming journey that is filled with anecdotes and fantastic characters that are incredibly sincere and quite often, all-too-familiar.  Her ability to capture the essence and naturalness of twenty different characters with a simple change of costume or expression is a tribute to her ability as a performer.

When you enter the space, you are greeted with a small stage, very basic props and a minimal lighting rig.  I was amazed at the number of different ways she used these materials.  It is fair to say that Collins is a genius when it comes to creating entire worlds with the most basic materials.  She relies as much on the audience’s imagination as she does on her own.  Instead of spoon-feeding you every detail, she sets your imagination free.

Nothing Extraordinary Ever Happens In Toowoomba (Ever) is running at the Brisbane Powerhouse until Saturday 15th May (excluding Mondays).  All ticketing information and performance times can be found at the Brisbane Powerhouse Website:

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

November 18, 2010

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

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

w/The Keep On Dancin’s
Saturday November 20th
FREE before 10pm, $5 after

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

Another day another dollar Donny.

October 29, 2010

Thank god I can spend all day watching live NBA games on 1 and still go out & kick it w/ the rest of the world @ night- otherwise I’d totally get bummed out ’cause I missed seeing kyü at the (lovely) old museum and in some future reality I’d finally go see them at the Hifi bar and spend the whole time stuck to the floor, guzzling $10 beers in a state of harrowing regret…

Friday 29th Oct;

– Kyu / Pikelet / Nimble Animal @ Old Museum (Cnr of Gregory Terrace and Bowen Bridge Rd
Spring Hill) 8pm, $10 (srsly you aren’t going to more heartfelt warm smiles in your heart for $10).

– Talkshow Boy / Laura Hill @ Ric’s (FREE) (Talkshow Boy is NUTS. Not everyone’s cup of tea but if you dig Gameboys, electronics & getting yelled at-this will be the best place to invest your $0.00).

Saturday 30th Oct;

– Dimi Dero Inc / Hits / Obliterati @ Troubadour (8pm/$12) (!!!)

– Ice Cube / Scorcher / Briggs @ Tivoli (8pm/$89) (Ice Cube is both the best rapper AND best actor in the world…- & Briggs is totally badass, but this one is for millionaires and dealers only. I might have to stay at home and watch All About The Benjamins 2 or 3 times and huff some glue instead).

– Oh Ye Denver Birds / Ghoul (SYD) / Toy Balloon / Tiny Migrants @ The Zoo (8pm/$10) (Maybe I’ll pass on the glue and just hit up the Zoo instead- killer bands AND it’s being billed as a halloween party-so go get your freak on).

I was hoping to post a picture of zombie Ice Cube-but google images failed me-failed us all.

PS Why didn’t anyone inform me Brian Wilson / Chicago / America / Peter Frampton were tearin’ up the Riverstage?? POWERHOUSES. (my pick for worst best tour ever envisioned)

Frankly! It’s a Pop Festival

September 6, 2010

Frankly! It’s a Pop Festival graced our fine Powerhouse this last Saturday past, bringing with it an enviable lineup of some serious pop bands. In the last year or so my definition of ‘pop music’ has done a complete backflip. So, I can understand if you’ve read this review so far and thought “hells no! A pop festival??” But, Zeders, fear not – this is pop music at its purest, with just plain mother fucker catchy tunes. The lineup was made up of Fabulous Diamonds (Melb), Guy Blackman (Melb), Surf City (NZ), Crayon Fields (Melb), High Places (US) and Xiu Xiu (US). I found it interesting that there seemed to be a pretty decent crowd right up until Xiu Xiu played – perhaps the lure of pretty and colourful fireworks got people’s attention. Lawrence English who curated the festival certainly did a great job at piecing together this fantastic pop festival!

Fabulous Diamonds
One of the things that really struck me about Fabulous Diamonds was there skill in keeping repetition interesting. Sure, there songs are a collection of one drum beat and a keyboard riff that slowly develops over a period of about 7 minutes or so, but for some reason I find it really easy to get into it. I thoroughly enjoyed their set at Frankly on Saturday, much more so than at their LP launch the night before at Burst City. Fabulous Diamonds seemed to balance the right amount of tension and drone quality across their Frankly show and I’m not sure if anyone else could have pulled it off quite as well as they did.

Guy Blackman
I’m still not quite sure how I feel about the Guy Blackman set at Frankly. For a lot of the time his simple pop keyboard melodies, clean vocals and daggy jokes made me feel like I was watching my Dad perform. But maybe that was just his charm? I think I kind of appreciated it in the same sense that you can appreciate a dad-joke, and his set did get more interesting as it went on. By the last two songs, the boys from Crayon Fields had joined Blackman on stage to perform a super up-beat version of “Gayle”, which ended the set on a fantastic note.

Surf City
Surf City really carry on that classic New Zealand pop sound that is reminiscent of bands like The Clean and even Songs (yes, I know they’re from Sydney but three of them are from NZ!). There was a real particular nostalgic pop sensation that flowed through the Surf City set and I really enjoyed it. However, listening to music that makes you feel like dancing, while it’s really the middle of the day and everyone’s sitting down inside a big brick building just didn’t seem to bring the right vibe to their set. There was definitely something missing in the middle, some kind of translation or understanding where even though the Surf City boys performed really well, the crowd just didn’t respond in the way that I think they deserved.

Crayon Fields
There was something extremely wholesome about watching a bunch no particularly attractive guys play 60s inspired pop with a geeky precision! Crayon Fields are now one of my favourite bands, and I think it might be just because I feel like if I took one of them home my dad would be very happy! Their set at Frankly was really great and they injected a fair dose of renewed excitement into the festival air. Not that the previous bands didn’t perform well, but the whole timetable had been pushed forward by about an hour and this made everything feel a little rushed, like the organizers were trying to rip off a band aid as fast as possible. So when Crayon Fields played fantastically, there was a fair amount of excitement that seemed to drive up the vibes a little bit.

High Places
There were a few things about the High Places set that really distracted me from really enjoying their set. There were a fair amount of sound issues before they started playing which pushed back their time by half an hour (and actually bringing the festival back to its original playing times) and there’s always a nervous tension in the air when even the audience can tell that something’s gone wrong. Then when they started playing the mix just seemed a little bit out, like there was some phasing or something happening with the speakers… and then I realized it was all because of a photographer who was leaning his entire body against the right hand speaker to steady his camera and in doing so cutting out most of the higher frequencies and quite radically changing the sound. As a trained engineer/producer, these little things really get to me and I’m sure even those in the audience who don’t know anything about the physics of sound would have heard the extreme change in sound. As I said, I was pretty distracted through the High Places set, and so while their beats came across really brutal and meaty from their drum machine, I felt like for most of the set the entertainment value of watching two people on stage and a drum machine just didn’t hold its worth. It was real shames because their recorded works are fantastic and pack a shitload of punch, but it just didn’t seem to translate live. This, doubled up with my audiophile distractions proved High Places to be a bit of a disappointment.

Xiu Xiu
While in their stage setup, Xiu Xiu weren’t all that too different from High Places in term of two people on stage adorned by drum machines, keyboards, guitars and a few percussion bits and bobs, their live stage presence was surprisingly overwhelming. I felt that they were super intimidating on stage, especially Angela Seo. Maybe because I’ve seen her throw up for the entire 3:56 of the “Chocolate Makes You Happy” filmclip I thought ‘wow, there’s really not much these guys wouldn’t do for their art’. And that completely translated into their set at Frankly. Xiu Xiu had an air about them where they really came across as being completely there for the audience and for their music. I know this sounds cheesy, but they really ‘performed’, and it was thoroughly entertaining, engaging and exciting. Even though the crowd had maybe halved by the time Xiu Xiu graced the stage, I really don’t think it altered anything about their performance and it was really flattering.

Liza Harvey

Beyond the Banana Curtain Launch Band Sketchies..

August 21, 2010

A fun night with Nikko, Turnpike, Monster Zoku Onsomb and 6Ft Hick rocking out with glorious abandon. Had lots of fun sketching and was exhausted for it.



6FT Hick


Monster Zuko Onsomb

More Zoku!


August 4, 2010

Splendour in the grass 2010

4ZZZ headed up to the annual music festival in style this year, Wicked Camper style! The lovely people at Wicked let us take the 4ZZZ camper for our sojourn in Woodfordia. All decked out with mini kitchenette and sleeping room a plenty, Giordana and Michelle tell their tales of weekend adventures.

On the trail to Woodford we thought we’d be cheeky and take the cross country back route through Beerwah, well adventurous it was what with the dirt road littered with giant potholes! The Zed Wicked Camper barely noticed though and it was actually a very pretty and interesting way to start our weekend, the vehicle line up to get into the main festival entrance was not however. Finally making it through to the camping grounds we set up on a luscious hillside overlooking the Glass House Mountains.

wicked camper 1

Unfortunately we missed Yeosayer, the first band on our agenda, due to the traffic congestion but we quickly made it in to the festival grounds to check out the Gold Bar and get the lay of the land, which proved to be very comfortable and accessible on the Friday before the majority of the punters turned up.

First band we caught was Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and their heady garage rock filled the Amphitheatre like a fuzzy haze descending on the crowd. Next stop was the GW McLennan Tent and indie folk rock Texan’s, Midlake. With over 7 members onstage, their sound was amazing and very fitting for our first night in Woodfordia.

We wandered back over to the Gold Bar to quench our thirst and skip the bar lines that the plebs had to encounter. The only other band we ended up checking out on the Friday was Grizzly Bear and in this reviewers opinion, boring as batshit! I can’t see where the hype has come from and nor can my companions. After a few more thirst quenchers we head back to camp and enjoy the lovely evening air and night sky.

wicked camper 2

Saturday ends up being a scorcher and not what we all expected for this winter festival, gone are the jackets and leggings with everyone scavenging or wishing they had packed cooler clothes. Don’t get me wrong, there were plenty of ‘cool’ outfits and we discussed the fact that out of the 30,000 or so attendees at least 20,000 were fashionable and great looking, Splendour really is the indie cute people’s festival!

With more bands than you can poke a stick at, we ended up catching a few throughout the day. Standouts included Jonathan Boulet, who seemed to have a huge following with the large crowd enjoying the Sydneysider and band, Tame Impala, who’s cover of Remember Me by Blueboy reverberated throughout the Amphitheatre with the crowd joining in on the chorus.

Throughout the Saturday there was a creeping feeling of anticipation that seemed to be building, it basically climaxed when The Strokes walked on stage late that night. We caught most of Florence & The Machine but not really my cup of tea so I’ll continue with The Strokes, who didn’t’ disappoint! They took the stage with all the expected rock n roll swagger and quickly churned out hit after hit much to the crowds delight. Julian Casablancas seemed to be blown away by the size of the crowd and it really was the majority of the 30,000 plus festival goers packed into Woodfordia’s Amphitheatre. A great way to end a steamy day, The Strokes were definitely one of the focal points of the entire festival.

Michelle Brown

Years and years of toil by the Queensland Folk Federation and countless dedicated volunteers have made Woodfordia the premiere festival site in Queensland. It’s picturesque, pristine and actually feels kind of magical when thousands of people come together there to celebrate music and life. With Splendour in the Grass decamping from the alt-culture-mecca that is Byron Bay one had to wonder how things were going to go down north of the border. Would the site be ruined by a sea of fluorescent shorts and skinny singlets or would the rest of the world finally see why over 50,000 people make the pilgrimage to Woodford every year?

Things definitely felt different upon entering the site, no hand-made signs and lots and lots of security guards with defensive attitudes ready to search and destroy any DIY fun you might be packing. There were fences and crowd control barriers galore and absolutely no getting anywhere near the man-made dams that are usually focal points for basking in the sun. The beauty of the site was still evident though, the vast views from amphitheatre and the shaded hillsides allowed thousands to enjoy the music without being fenced in. Moving around the site was another matter, Splendour crowds move in packs and with half the usual routes cut-off by mini-malls and giant burrito bars there was only one direction for you and 20,000 other people to go. It was a real shame that the site’s natural crowd control features were abandoned for cattle stocks and hessian walls.

The overt commercialism of Splendour in the Grass came as a reality check after years of seeing only minimal branding at the Folk Festival. Those annoying Js were everywhere and mobile phone recharge stations were about as popular as the headline acts, funny for a place where mobile reception was nearly non-existent until recently. The very small-mall was kinda gross, but the inclusion of a mini-Nine Lives Gallery, Sea Shepherd spruikers, Eco-cops and the intellectual banter at the Forum stage almost balanced things out. The other gross things was the rubbish, Emu Parade anyone?

I openly admit to being in love with Woodfordia, and I really hope that despite the crowds and the traffic and the incredibly steep hills to the reserved campsite, the Splendour crowd fell in love with it too. The beach might be 40 minutes away and there’s no deluxe off-site accommodation, but there’s paddymelons and gum-tree forests and the unstoppable spirit of The People’s Republic of Woodford.

Giordana Caputo

Super Wild Horses Album Launch Review and Cured Pink Tape Launch Review

July 21, 2010

The Hangar, Saturday 17th July

Super Wild Horses Album Launch
These guys have got to be one of my favourite Brisbane bands around at the moment. They certainly didn’t dissappoint on Saturday night. They opened their set with a chunky and neurotic guitar-led song that seemed to bury the Hangar deep within guitarist Harry’s riff. There was a real amount of energy to the Loomer set on Saturday night, with a really solid performance from the group. While the crowd weren’t dancing around or “losing their shit”, Loomer certainly had everyone captivated and in complete control.

Southern Comfort
This is more than I can unfortunately say for the two fine Sydney gals, Southern Comfort. They didn’t seem to hold the crowd’s attention for long, with a constant flow of people moving in and out of the venue during their set. While parts of the songs were really lovely to listen to and were easy to follow in the groove, there was just something lacking with Southern Comfort’s presence that didn’t get me as worked up as I would have liked. Perhaps a bit more attitude as apposed to apathy would have been more thrilling?

Kitchens Floor
The Kitchens Floor set on Saturday night at The Hangar was probably one of the best I’ve seen of theirs for a good while now. They flirted for a while back there with a keyboard, but it was really great to see the guitar, bass and drums trio keeping it raw and stripped back again. They performed fantastically, and the crowd knew it, with bodies flying across the floor in a playful puppy way. Kitchens Floor seemed to respond magestically with the crowd, by responding with cheeky banter and general raucousness. It was the crowd feeding off Kitchens Floor and vice- versa , making Saturday night’s show a real spectacle of “how to have a good time”.

Due to the raging 40th blasting out hits from ’70s, 80s, 90s and now!’ in the warehouse right behind The Hangar, I didn’t even realise that Super Wild Horses had started their set, only catching a fleeting moment in their last song. Needless to say I was really dissapointed and extremely bummed that I missed out on the headline act, because I had been very much looking forward to their set. But I’m extending the invitation to anyone else who was there to send us their thoughts on the Super Wild Horses set.

Burst City, Sunday 18th July

Sunday Ice Cream Socialist/Bastard Theater of Brisbane (Cured Pink Tape Launch)
Heart Flew Like An Arrow
I really like Heart Flew Like An Arrow, so it was kind of painful to watch as every piece of technology the guys were relying on for their set fell apart mirthlessly song by song. The crowd seemed to will them on as singer, Adam screemed “I’m Sorry! I’m Sorry!” in between versus during the set. But, the boys powered through and got the set finished with diginity intact and came out as men on the other end. Despite all the hiccups and painful moments, Heart Flew Like An Arrow carried a lot of charm, and you could tell this from the audience’s reception to the band.

Teen Sex
Despite all the amazingly hilarious jokes you could make about these guys’ name, Teen Sex was not filled with awkward and embarrassing moments of pubescent insecurities. Instead, they delivered a brutal noise set of deafening proportions. Coming out of the doomily lit hall that is Burst City and into the dark courtyard, pierced by continuously flashing LED lights and a noise wall that smacked you in the face was a confronting task, but thoroughly enjoyable. Teen Sex had a fantastic performance element to their set, jumping around the courtyard and bashing snare drums.

Gerald Keaney and The Gerald Keaneys
Gerald Keaney has a fantastic sense humour about his work when he performs, and this really came across on Sunday night. He tends to pick apart what we know about the music world and throw back the obvious ridiculousness of it all that we might never have noticed before. Song lyrics like “the video clip to this song is much better than the song itself” were highly entertaining and kept the audience interested. Gerald Keaney and the Gerald Keaneys border somewhere between witty intelligent noise music and cheap entertainment; they flirt with the two but seem to find a balance in the middle close to perfection.

Cured Pink
I have seen Cured Pink play a couple of times now, and what I always thoroughly enjoy about his performances are that they are a real performance. Flinging himself and his instruments around the stage, often diving into a pile of massive pieces of steel hooked up with contact mics, sending a wall of noise into the audience. His complete willingness to give his everything into his sets definitely helps him stand out from the pack and there were no exceptions at Burst City, and his tape launch.

Yout Dem
The Yout Dem set from Sunday evening was a real dance number compared to the predominantly noise artists that had graced the stage before them. It was well suited and enjoyed none-the-less, adding a nice little bit of diversity to the night. Yout Dem still carry those elements of experimentation that the other acts pursued, but seemed to balance it out a bit with a more conventional sensibility. Yout Dem were a great end to a hectic and brutal evening from some of Brisbane’s best underground musicians.

Heads up to Joe from Bedroom Suck who organised The Sunday Ice-Cream Socialist Bastard Theatre of Brisbane ‘mini festival’.

tune into 4ZzZ to hear more about what’s happening around Brisbane city and keep checking the blog dammit!
we love you long time

Liza Harvey

July 15, 2010

Your Weekly Weekend Planner!

Thursdaaaayyy 15th July

– Lambda Lambda Lambda –


$10 (student card gets you in for $5!)
Alhambra Lounge

Fridaaaaayy 16th July


Burst City $8 BYO

Saturdaaaayy 17th July

SUPER WILD HORSES(Melb) Album Launch

Lofly Hangar
$10 BYO

Sundaaaayy 18th July

Sunday Ice Cream Socialist/Bastard Theater of Brisbane
– a festival of the brisbane underground –

and appearances from

Burst City $6 BYO

Enjoy the weekend, kids!

The Outpost’s I Used To Skate Once #6 Review

June 29, 2010

The Outposts’ 6th annual “I Used To Skate Once” exhibition was definitely a night of visual and sonic delights. The artworks were all displayed and hung around the windows of The Zoo and down in the alleyway, making every turn into a new encounter of cultural pleasure. I stupidly enough forgot to copy down the names of the artists whose work I enjoyed the most, but I have included a few photos of the displays so hopefully you’ll still be able to appreciate some of the fantastic artworks.

The artworks were highlighted by local bands Per Purpose, The Deadnotes feat. The Legend, Community and Sydney group Songs donning the two stages at The Zoo. I really enjoyed the evening, as it brought together some really interesting people and the artworks and bands were chosen very creatively, making for a great night.

Per Purpose - photograph by Ashlea Gleeson

Per Purpose were the first to take to the stage, delivering their raw, high-energy sound to a capacity full laneway. I think a few people were a little confronted by the volume level, but I much rather enjoyed the boys’ performance. There were a few technical troubles I noticed in the beginning of their set, but it all seemed to work out fairly well in the end. One of the things I loved about the Per Purpose set was definitely the energy that leadman Glen Schenau and bassist Harry Byrne brought to the stage. They’re young, talented and moody and don’t have any hesitations with their style in making it as chunky and angular as possible. As I said, I think a few people in the crowd were a little confronted by this, but I thoroughly enjoyed their set.

Due to the amount of people trying to get into The Zoo even after maximum capacity was filled, I missed out on checking out Community until the last verse of their set. But it was great to see so many people supporting IUSO and getting into it.

Deadnotes feat The Legend - photograph by Ashlea Gleeson

Deadnotes feat. The Legend were definitely the highlight of the evening. They were entertaining, inventive and just downright awesome. The Legend (Everett True) added his own two-bit to the set, commenting on things here and there about the event, Brisbane and just his greater life knowledge. My favourtie quote of his for the evening was “watching Deadnotes feat the Legend won’t provide you with much economic revenue, but it will give you cultural revenue.” That along with lyrics like “I want to fuck a man with a beard” and “there two types of songs – love songs and monster songs. I love you AAHHH! I love you AAHHH!” provided some serious entertainment. Deadnotes created a great groove between them as they moved in and out of subtle melodic changes, making a set of awesome songs that drew you in with their repetitiveness. They have a real talent by making repetition interesting and keeping you involved through their entire set. They’re an awesome band and I would definitely recommend checking them out.

Songs - photograph by Ashlea Gleeson

Songs, as usual, were tight and beautiful. It was a really great end to the IUSO night with their melodic tunes filling the main room of The Zoo. In a sense they served two purposes; to entertain those who were willing to stop and listen, but also created a great backdrop of music for those still lingering around the artworks. Their stage presence wasn’t great, but I think their music really made up for it, which was why it worked so well within the context of the exhibition. Songs really made for a great end to the night.

Well done Outpost!

– Liza Harvey