it’s back... SPECTRUM the violet protocols undue noise belly dancing movie manic FREE! December 2003 Spectrum is back! Yes, dear readers, this ship is afloat once again, and with a new captain aboard hopefully not even the roughest seas can keep this baby from sailing. OK, enough nautically themed metaphoric b.s. After some deliberation, much discussion and perhaps a tad procrastination, Spectrum is back in the publication circus and is here to stay. With that said, it needs to be acknowledged that it could have never have happened without the assistance and patience of certain people (see below). I must raise my sea cap to all the contributors who have helped the good ship Spectrum this issue. Thanks for all your hard work and dedication. This publication can’t survive alone with just the same people churning out the same things over and over, so please consider contributing something to us, anything really. Why not admit that we are desperate and are willing to publish anything we can get our grubby little hands on. Well, perhaps we haven’t sunken that low yet, and I’d sure as hell like to avoid that. I know there’s stuff going on out there and we wanna know about it, document it, photograph it, write about it, publish it. So pick up a pen or poise your mouse and start clicking. Send us your ideas, thoughts, sketches, stories, rants, reviews, bitching, gigs, photos or comics. Spectrum is Bendigo’s only non-affiliated street press that gives young writers this sort of artistic freedom. And best of all it’s FREE. See you in 2004 J Faithfully your captain, CRD Editor. Editor: Claire R Dulloo Contributors: Rhett Butler, Claire Dulloo, Emily Faulkner, David Hosking, Hans Jansen, RantMan and Beck Sutton. Thanks to: Davels for making this, Beck for her unwavering support and all her scrumptious help with the editing, Corey & Joel (my predecessors), Jacques Soddell, Owen, Frank Costanza, Lica, Ed, The Cat Empire, Phil Martins, Vikkie for being cool, Mr Brown, Asher and Theo for not chewing up my manuscripts and to all the staff at CD&E for believing in us. And some Extra-Big-Spesh-Thanks to: Nadia Reid, Lizzie Rockefeller & Bendigo Arts Alliance. Cover: RantMan [photo: crd] Printed by: Bendigo Copy Centre, Allans Walk, Bendigo. 2 Spectrum The Violet Protocols Since their beginning in 2000, four-piece Bendigo band, The Violet Protocols (TVP), has made a strong impression both locally and in Melbourne. The original outfit comes together with Phil Martins on guitar and vocals, Dave Turpie on guitar, vocals, and piano, Gary Bishop on drums, and Trevor Daly on bass. The band’s influences include Something for Kate, Powderfinger, Paul Kelly, Tumbleweed and Third Eye Blind. Dave Turpie has been a part of the local music scene for about 14 years and has contributed to a number of bands including Maine, Berth, Jettison, The Violet Protocols latest CD, Vast Expanse of and Meester. As well as The Violet Protocols, he is Limestone Nothingness also the drummer for Bendigo-based blue grass funk band, Clumpy Bogg, and local cover act, The What makes the journey of TVP so amazing is Fat Bastards. that every project they undertake is self-funded. Phil has designed and crafted every CD that TVP In 2000 The Violet Protocols recorded the six has released, and plans to do the same thing next track EP, Care Factor, which was inspired by Phil year with the release of their new album. ‘We sold Martin’s overseas adventures. The recording every copy we made of Limestone, so that was features emotive melodies like the aggressive, very encouraging.’ People can still order copies Power Tripping, and the hauntingly sweet, Chinese through TVP’s website. Tea. ‘Chinese Tea seems to be a favourite of many The band is due to start recording an album people’, says Phil, ‘there’s nothing like a soppy in January. Copies will be available at gigs and love song.’ through the website, with the band looking into distributing nationally through record stores. The Vast Expanse of Limestone Nothingness followed song writing is shifting into a new phase, one that in 2003 featuring tracks that had evolved into a will no doubt carry fans along into a fresh and balanced mixture of rock and pop. This album exciting period for the band. offers eight original songs (plus a hidden track on some copies). It’s clear that such bands as ‘You can expect a lot more rock this time,’ Phil says The White Stripes, Feeder, and even The Beatles of their upcoming release. had an influence on the material. With Dave and Check out some tunes at: Phil co-writing the album, a diverse sound was www.mp3.com.au/thevioletprotocols produced both musically and lyrically. If you like Or hit ‘em up at: the catchy sound of ‘progressive pop’ coupled www.geocities.com/thevioletprotocols with meaningful lyrics, then this album is for you. Spectrum 3 Belly Dancing: Seduction or seen as an act of worship. The same undulating stomach movements Something Deeper? were used in early Middle Eastern and Mediterranean villages to aid women in Beck Sutton childbirth; even today similar techniques are taught in pre-natal classes. W hen we think of belly dancing we Belly dancing was first introduced to cannot help but see the images America in the Victorian era when the of popular culture—a fat sultan puffing morality of the day wouldn’t even allow away on his opium pipe as silk-clad people to say the word ‘breast’ when asking beauties writhe for his attention; adorned for the white meat of a chicken. Needless women hustling up a sideshow in a smoky to say, it was an instant success and people Middle Eastern restaurant, Britney Spears flocked to see it. Its appeal peaked in the and Shakira wiggling it out in glitzy film 70s with the sexual revolution. clips. The line between artful dancing and Anyone who sees belly dancing cannot stripping seems to have become very thin. mistake it for anything else. It is designed But this form of expression was originally solely for the female body as it involves performed for a very different reason than complex movements of the hips, chest, that of the Hollywood character and pop and abdominal muscles. The feet are idol of today. traditionally kept bare as a symbol of To understand the real reason why Western woman’s connection to Mother Earth. women gather in scout halls to learn this Since the import of this ancient dance ancient Eastern dance, we must go back to the west, the media has adopted it to to the earliest times when people had just portray the power of women over men. begun to establish themselves on the land. Perhaps we should see it as less a display Back then people depended upon the of sexuality and more a celebration of seasons for their survival; if the rain femininity. didn’t fall the crops wouldn’t grow and the animals died. This is why they worshipped a deity that symbolised abundance and new life—the Mother Goddess. To keep on ~Kashmir Belly Dancers~ Explore how this ancient artform can her good side they’d supply offerings—the strengthen your muscles and your inner fruit of the field, fat cows, and sometimes, seductress: even people. We imagine a young maiden strapped to a bloody stone waiting for the Beginners and Intermediate Classes: knife to fall, but in reality, a woman better Mon 11am-12pm, Bud Hall, Heathcote Mon 7-8.30pm, Community House, Maryborough served her goddess alive and performing Tue 7.30-9pm, Loddon House, Wedderburn sacred dance in the temple. Because the Wed 10-11.30am VRI Hall, Bendigo Mother Goddess’s fertility was symbolised Wed 6-8pm VRI Hall, Bendigo by the stomach from which all new life All Welcome J Call 0408 176 505 for comes, these dancers would leave their more info. bellies exposed. Men were not supposed to witness this dance at all because it was 4 Spectrum The Texas Chainsaw Massacre The original has 5 young people getting lost whilst traveling through the dusty back Reviewed by Rhett Butler roads of Texas. They stumble across a creepy old house and fall prey to its freaky Slasher films have been around for a long inhabitants, one of which—the aptly named time and their formula hasn’t altered much ‘Leatherface’—wields a chainsaw and wears since their heyday in the 80s. It’s simple, masks of human skin. Jessica Biel, probably really: take a bunch of sexed-up, dope- manic better known as ‘that chick from 7th Heaven’ smoking teens; throw them in an unfamiliar leads the cast as the kick-ass heroine Erin and setting; chuck a mask-wearing, seemingly is really the only recognizable face in a cast invincible, ever-looming stalker into the of relative unknowns. Erin is accompanied mix, complete with his or her weapon of by her friends who bite the dust early on, choice and some serious anger issues, and leaving her to outwit and outrun Leatherface you have yourself the perfect recipe for some and his family of slack-jawed yokels for the slice ‘n’ dice fun. last half of the film. Though the Friday The 13th and Nightmare Does the 2003 revamped version live up On Elm Street films have, over the years, to Hooper’s original? Hardcore TCM fans established themselves as two of the more will answer that with an emphatic ‘no’, predominant series of the horror genre, it but it’s rare that a remake is ever as good was in fact Tobe Hooper’s 1974 macabre or better than its predecessor. The grainy, psychodrama—The Texas Chainsaw documentary-style images that gave the Massacre— which introduced the ‘teens original such a raw, claustrophobic and vs. psycho killer’ concept to the film world. disturbingly real look have been replaced Inspired by serial killer Ed Gein, this low- with crystal-clear, high-tech visuals. The budget, masterful little film influenced what cinematography in the remake is quite became known as the ‘slasher films’ of the stunning, however the original’s bluntness movie 80s. Flash forward 30 years and we have the is one of its best qualities. To see this aspect inevitable remake of The Texas Chainsaw missing from the remake is a real shame Massacre. as it definitely detracts from the viewing experience. Remakes are risky business, especially when you’re dealing with a cult classic such as Although it doesn’t have a hope of reaching the original TCM. The bar of expectation the cult status of its original, The Texas is set rather high. Hell, you only have to Chainsaw Massacre is a fine remake and take a look at Gus Van Sant’s lamentable not nearly as bad as some critics may re-imagining of Psycho to see just how have you believe. Admittedly, some of the damaging a remake can be in the wrong mysteriousness of the original is missing hands (having said that, Hitchcock’s Psycho from this edition, with guts and blood should never have been tampered with, full replacing a lot of the more effective implied stop). Thankfully, Marcus Nispel has crafted violence utilized by Hooper in his original, a better-than-average modern version of but flaws are to be expected. Overall, it’s not Hooper’s grisly cannibalistic tale, remaining a bad little film; it certainly decapitates the true to the basic premise of the original, Psycho remake. whilst also peppering it with a few other plot elements to keep it fresh. Spectrum 5 undue noise [a series of evenings of music by mainly local experimental musicians] Did you know that Bendigo regularly hosts evenings of contemporary experimental music? No? Well read on and find out more. undue noise was created by Jacques Soddell, a lecturer in Microbiology at La Trobe Uni. Jacques is also the host and producer of a fortnightly radio program on community radio station 3CCC-fm, broadcasting from Bendigo. ‘Possible Musics’ is usually on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday at 10pm-midnight. Presented since 1983, the program covers a range of experimental, avant- garde and innovative musics. Jacques has long had a passion for avant-garde and experimental compositions and he conceptualised the idea of undue noise in 1999. The forum has since showcased a variety of local experimental underground/electronic musicians from Bendigo and surrounding areas. These include the eccentric Koba No Gomi, Atbash Cipher, sig.int, Soft Black Stars and Jacques himself. undue noise is the only music event of its type in Bendigo and that we know of in Victoria. It takes place i n the Old Fire Station onView Street once every two months. Anyone is welcome to perform and any given night may bring an extensive variety of sounds, instruments and ambiance fused together with electronics and improvisation. undue noise will go ahead again next year, with some Melbourne acts appearing as a well as local ones. Check the website for upcoming dates in 2004. For more information or to join the email list contact: email@example.com Or hit: http://ironbark.bendigo.latrobe.edu.au/~soddell/un.htm And for possible musics go to: http://ironbark.bendigo.latrobe.edu.au/~soddell/pm.htm [crd] 6 Spectrum Photograph by Hans Jansen Spectrum 7 heart and soul of the band. He blink-182 likened making music to ‘life blood’. The band that you see today may have kept its name, but the members and the music Self Titled are much changed from early days. Emily Faulkner Gone are the fun catchy tunes, although long-term fans will I say this often, but did smile when hearing some of anyone fall in love with blink- the guitar riffs that are 182 back in the day of Helen reminiscent of their earlier Razor’s ‘Dear Boy’ segment on work. The first single released Triple J? From their humble from this latest recording, beginnings in 1994 blink Feeling This, has all the has become a very profitable makings of a teen anthem. commercial success. Standout tracks are I Miss You, Down and the heartfelt, Like so many artists this Always. year, this new offering marks a move away from the old sound All Of This, presents vocals by in favour of a new edgier Robert Smith—a rather strange one, all the while keeping and dreary addition to a the childish antics that made mismatched collection of songs. them so popular for their live What were you thinking, Robert? performances. There’s nothing wrong with this song but it’s misplaced, that’s In punk circles, just as Linkin for sure. Park were labelled as ‘New Metal’, blink-182 has been This album will no doubt bring lumped with the tag ‘Pop Punk’. in a whole new audience and Despite the stigma attached, alienate some old schoolers as far as pop goes it isn’t along the way. It doesn’t that bad. It’s probably this possess the energy that is very label that encouraged the present on their old recording— band to move toward a grittier or maybe I’m just a sucker for sound, not unlike Boxcar Racer Garage punk and Indie labels— (Tom and Travis’s other musical but it’s not too shabby and endeavour.) will definitely grow on you if you give it a chance. Scott Raynor (now drummer for Grimby) originally formed [blink-182 Self Titled is blink-182 back in high school; released on Geffen Records] he invited Mark and Tom into www.geffen.com the band only to part ways www.blink182.com following the release of Dude Ranch. Although you will be lucky to find him in the blink history books, Scott was the 8 Spectrum RantMan : Inside the Mind of a Social Misfit. So, I’m in a car. I’m the passenger. ‘Coz I don’t drive. I always sit on the left- hand side of the car. Even if it’s in the back. I must be sitting on the left-hand side of the car, or I just don’t feel right. Driver pulls up behind another car at intersection. Lights in front of us are flashing. At about 3.8 flashes per second. Nice and fast. Then this other car, the car that is in front of that first car (it’s an old car, and older cars have slower flashes) is flashing at 2.1 flashes per second. They are not in synchronization. I can see the reflection of Driver’s lights in the shiny back of the car in front of us. And we are not in synchronization either. None of the cars in the line up are in synchronization. And this is the problem with the world today. All of this talk about unity across countries. I find it strange that so much talk goes on about unity across the nations, across the waves, but no one seems to care for the unity of our country. The unity of the people in this town where I live. I want a new law. A new paradigm for all flashing lights in this country. It’s got to be 1.8897637795275590551181102362205 cycles per second (plus or minus 1 percent) or nothing! This corresponds with 127 beats per minute, the tempo of music that optimally agitates the heart rate while dancing. This is why so many great songs from the disco and techno eras are all at this speed. It is the tempo that makes you happiest. Slow enough that you can tap your feet, and dance easily too, but fast enough that you can get pumped up, and feel the energy that the artist is trying to impart upon you. Unity is flashing lights. If that fails, increase the unity between yourself and someone else by flashing them. Spectrum 9 Street Racing - The cheap and legal way Need For Speed: David Hosking Underground T Publisher: EA Games he latest in a long series of about getting the gear changes right www.needforspeed.com titles under the Need For Speed (no auto transmissions here) and (NFS) banner from EA Games, knowing the best time to hit the Pros is Underground, a street racing nitro can help. I found the difficult • Great graphics and game inspired by films such as The part was getting the revs right for gameplay Fast and the Furious. Even at first the initial launch as the lights go • Lots of custom car glance, it’s obvious that this release green. options is yet a further advance on the In drifting, you earn points for Cons previous NFS, Hot Pursuit 2. The getting your car sideways. Liberal • No LAN play graphics and game-play have been use of your accelerator foot and • very linear underground enhanced greatly and the game has handbrake lever is essential. “story” mode; have to win every race to advance kept me entertained for hours. Refined skills are required because Rather than being simply a racing the slightest touch on a wall will Available game, there are a few extra elements lose your current drift score. on PC, Playstation2, Xbox, and Gamecube at your to keep things interesting. In As usual graphics are a step up from local games retailer now underground mode, you embark on the previous NFS release. Motion a “career” in street racing, earning blur and reflections make the game money, and the right to more cars attractive, using the latest PC and and upgrades as you win more console hardware. races. Upgrades to performance, Game-play is smooth and has a such as engine mods, addition good feel, something that has been of turbos, better tyres, and even missing on occasion in the NFS nitrous oxide injection give you a series. NFS HP2 did a good job, but boost as the competition from the Underground seems to have gone AI (computer controlled) drivers one better again in terms of physics becomes tougher. Style points and the handling of the cars. unlock upgrades in both the visual Online play is available enabling and performance enhancement competition with players around the catalogues. The more visual world, however LAN play is sadly upgrades you make to your car the missing, something that many PC higher your reputation becomes. owners will find objectionable. This gives you a bonus when it Another great game for car racing comes to awarding style points after enthusiasts, even appealing to the each race; earned for such things as general gaming community with the powerslides and near misses with street racing and custom car genre. oncoming traffic. Not one for simulation enthusiasts, There are five types of racing events: it’s definitely an ‘arcade’ game, drag, drift, knockout, circuit and sticking with the NFS paradigm. sprint. While the knockout, circuit Naturally it includes a warning to and sprint races will be familiar keep the racing on the track, or in with anyone who has played the this case, on your PC/console. NFS series in the past, the new The lack of LAN play was a big drag racing and drifting events minus for me, but an otherwise are totally new. In drag racing, it’s impressive game. Overall 8/10 10 Spectrum Local&Live Golden Vine: Every Tuesday Night Jam Night Saturday Dec 20th McAlpine’s Fusiliers – CD Launch w. Damien Neil Wednesday Dec 24th Ethanol, TH3, & Resident Friday Dec 26th Surrender Monkeys Sat Jan 24th 2004 The Violet Protocols Hopetoun Hotel: Every Friday Night Original local bands Brian Boru: New Years Eve Shivoo Open Stage Night: Old Fire Station, View St Open Stage on the 1st Friday night of every month. Call: 5447 7690 to book a spot Boundary: Sunday Dec 14th 4-7pm Matt Chapman Sunday Dec 21st 4-7pm Ethanol Star Cinema: Kids films during Jan; Hildegarde and Finding Nemo Check website for updates: www.starcinema.bendigo.net.au Honey Fluffer Vocals & acoustic guitar solo act. Busks in McCrae St most weekend nights McAlpine’s Fusiliers Fri Dec 19th Railway Hotel, Castlemaine Jan 10th Great Ocean Hotel, Apollo Bay Jan 17th The New Albury Hotel, Albury Spectrum 11 Have you got what we want? Or would u rather stay silent and unheard? If not then SPEAK OUT: - Spectrum wants some stuff… Rant Read Write Review firstname.lastname@example.org [ Web designers also wwwanted ] Disclaimer: This publication under no means is trying to reproduce any syndication of its kind. In other words, we are not trying to be Forte or Inpress, and we think that we can stand on our own feet and be email@example.com recognised as an individual and unique publication. Oh yeah, I almost forgot. Ed is hardcore.