#003: the summer holiday issue The Lucksmiths · Girl Talk · Emiliana Torrini · Mountain Goats Purple Sneakers · Fleet Foxes · Howling Bells · Franz Ferdinand Tegan & Sara · Laneway Festival · Born Ruffians #003: march 2009 So, you were probably expecting this issue in mid-December or something, right? Well, to be honest, we’ve not been busy with work, we haven’t been in hospital and we haven’t been eaten by (fuck yeah) sharks. We’ve been holidaying and festivaling it up. Not to rub it in, frozen-to-the-bone Northern Hemispherians. In between all our frolicking, we’ve scraped up enough content to bring you issue #003. Inside we have photos and reviews galore, an interview with Sara Quinn of Tegan & Sara, another one with Joel Stein of the Howling Bells, and a few articles. How about that? So we hope you enjoy issue number three. Check back in two months or sign up for our mailing list - link’s on the home page, as always! 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Love, Kate and Natasha xo Co-founder and Art Director: Co-founder and Contents Editor: Natasha Theoharous Kate Walton Contributors: Stephen Box· James Chen· Conor Curtis· Cass Grant· Roanna Manlutac· Nicola Moore· Natasha Theoharous· Elle Vee· Kate Walton 4 insight: monumental music 6 in review: the lucksmiths 9 insight: girl talk 12 photography: emiliana torrini 22 insight: in our bedroom after the war 25 photography: the mountain goats 30 photography: purple sneakers nye 40 self-indulgent wank: top 10 of 2008 44 photography: fleet foxes 50 in review: fleet foxes 52 interview: howling bells 56 photography: franz ferdinand 65 interview: tegan & sara 72 photography: tegan & sara 80 photography & review: laneway festival 106 photography: born ruffians 112 see+listen+read 3 by elle vee One afternoon in my senior year of months of a relationship. He made me high school I skipped class with a friend a mixed tape, I made him a mixed tape. and we drove to the local Burger King The one he gave me was in constant to see if T was working. He was in rotation. Walking to my classes on a really cool indie band that played campus, it was playing. Sitting in my around town. I had met him the other bedroom doing homework or talking night and I was going to flirt with him, on the phone, it was playing. Driving to maybe even ask him out. The blood see him two hours away, it was playing. shot through my veins, my heart sat up And then we broke up. I listened to the in my throat. On the way there, we tape with an increased frequency, if only listened to Bee Thousand by Guided by to torture myself further. That depth of Voices. I was unaware at the time that feeling coupled with the connection with this record would forever resurrect the music left me crippled upon hearing feelings of anxiety deep in the pit of my it. stomach. Playing it reminds me of the overcast skies that day, the excitement And now, years later, when I run into of knowing that all of my other friends anything by the Trashcan Sinatras or were in school, and of handing my phone The Sea and Cake, or particular songs number over the counter to him on a by Catherine Wheel, Morrissey or Billy Burger King napkin. Bragg, I’m nearly brought to my knees with the flood of memory. But it wasn’t Flash ahead a few years. only the anxious moments that led me to bond so intensely with the music. It I was in the throes of the kind of passion happened while screaming the lyrics that can only exist in the first few to The Pixies’ ‘U-Mass’ in a car full of 4 teenagers. It happened listening to Belle without the swinging feelings. And maybe and Sebastian on a road trip to New York when the emotional waters are less City for the first time. It happened by rough (there are less crests and troughs), playing Sonic Youth on an airplane flying the music that you listen to during those over the Atlantic. moments just doesn’t have the chance to hit as hard. But I can’t remember the last time that I’ve really connected a moment of life And so I’m now at a time when I find to the music that surrounded it. I think myself selecting music from Back Then I may be moving into a time in my life more than ever before. When I used to when I stop having monumental music complain about my dad playing only classic moments. During the teens and early 20s, rock and would tease him about knowing every major life event had a particular very little about my music (though he did soundtrack. Who am I kidding; even the buy a copy of Mother’s Milk by the Chili minor life events had soundtracks. The Peppers!), he told me to wait until I’m examples listed above were easily selected older, that the music I was playing would from the many that rushed instantly to someday become the classic rock of my mind. generation. Upon thinking about it, I suppose it does sadden me a bit to think And it’s not that I’ve stopped listening to that I’ve already dipped into the waters of new music or stopped exposing myself nostalgic music listening. to the possibility of music making an impact. I read the music blogs and buy But maybe my dad was right. The music the records. I have satellite radio and a of your most formative years sticks with campus radio station in near constant you, inside you, as a helpful reminder of All rotation. I still go see bands play and have The Things You Went Through. And unless a great time. I have lots of favorites that others were in the car, on that road trip, I carry around in the car (The National, part of the breakup, their monumental for example, gets lots of car play, as does music will be different from yours. They Phoenix, and Devendra Banhart). I really will have their own ‘classic rock’ to turn like this music, but I wouldn’t say that I’m to for comfort. I always thought that particularly moved by it anymore than if I had kids, they would think I was so I seem to be moved by the day to day cool because I listened to Pavement occurrences in my life. Back then, daily life and the Jesus and Mary Chain. They was scary, unknown, varied, impromptu would see how much I felt it. No one and dramatic. It was also a collection else’s parents would listen to such cool of firsts. Experiencing so many different music! But the deep seat of your own things for the first time changes you. And nostalgic memories, music linked and if the radio is on, the music gets to come music sustained, will never be as relevant along for the ride, becoming an unwitting or accessible to others. Look out reminder of every tear and laugh you your window. See the next generation, happen to let go along the way. Maybe headphones on? They are in the process it’s that growing up makes life more of building their own monumental music stable, that we are able to deal with things moments. 5 in review: the lucksmiths songs, the harpoons hopetoun hotel sydney, NSW 15th november, 2008 by cass grant 6 Sometimes I wish The Lucksmiths neatly avoided the label of ‘pretentious’. would get off their arses and hit the Also, they played a damn good version road more often. Bass player Mark of ‘Shaking All Over’ that had Lucksmiths Monnone may call Tasmania his current lead singer Tali White dancing jerkily home, but that’s hardly an excuse for on the dance floor. White himself drew the mostly Melbourne-based band to stares of polite horror from those tour as infrequently as they insist on around him, something I suspect had less doing. They’re popular enough to make to do with his enthusiastic flailing and it worth picking up their game; their last more to do with the scrappy moustache show in Sydney speedily sold out and I he was cultivating in the spirit of the was one of the fans turned away at the month. It certainly didn’t help matters door. That’s why, when the band rolled when he bantered between songs in his into town to promote their new album own set. (“I’ll still drink the beer that’s First Frost, I made sure I was there early been sitting in the spotlight.” Pause. “I enough to catch the first opening act. like it at body temperature.” Leer. Cue audience recoil, but laughingly, tempered What a good idea. The Harpoons are with affection. After all, this band has held a really excellent cover band more than the hearts of Australian music fans for anything else; when I first arrived they fifteen years. We’re old friends.) were wrapping up a version of ‘Smokers in Love’ that, for a panicked moment, had For the sake of balanced journalism I me convinced I’d missed the Lucksmiths really ought to dedicate the same level themselves. The most striking thing of analysis to the second opening band about the members of The Harpoons Songs as I did for The Harpoons, but is their slightly neurotic resemblance to there are times when personal bias celebrities in their youth. It seemed only will overcome any sense of fair play. fitting that Zooey Deschanel sang lead This is one of them: I’ll readily admit to vocals, though the upturned cuffs of her preferring The Harpoons’ toe-tapping jeans fascinated me more than Gary catchy tunes over the shoegaze- Sinise as drummer. Pete Doherty, puffy- country-rock-inspired sounds purveyed faced and barefoot, clutched his guitar by Songs. You know you’re in murky to his chest as he played as if he’d never territory when you start to draw on heard of Kate Moss or crack. Ryan Ross genre labels to describe a band, more would have savaged Pete’s Hawaiian shirt so when you then proceed to mention before the end of the first song, but since entirely unrelated bands like Kings of he was only a Ross imitation any sartorial Leon and Crowded House in order fits of rage were thankfully averted. to find a common point of reference, as I’ve just done. Nonetheless, Songs A cover band covering celebrities, what delivered a well-rehearsed set that a bright idea! Not really. The Harpoons steadily built up into an impressive wall redeemed themselves easily enough, of sound. Also impressive was the level since they were refreshingly unaware of of grooming each member dedicated to the comparisons they drew and thereby their appearances—excepting the lead 7 singer, whose impression of a balding another, or worse, Oasis performing roadie was singularly convincing until covers of Oasis songs. The Lucksmiths the moment he stepped up to the have instead stamped out a formula microphone and opened his mouth. that works well for their low-key Speaking of grooming: Tali White’s pop concerns, and earned them the moustache deserves another mention dedicated respect from an array of fans. due to its horrifying prominence under They still need to work on coming back the orange spotlights. Three songs into to Sydney sometime soon, and preferably The Lucksmiths’ set, the humid conditions without any hirsute accessories: at soon had White scrubbing his face and this I draw the line and say no, Tali, palms against the sleeve of his shirt, the impersonating John Holmes will not cymbals, the drapes behind the stage. It result in a good outcome for you. didn’t help much; twice his brushes went flying out of his hands. Still, the band performed a typically tight set, dropping old favourites ‘Camera Shy’, ‘Hiccup in Your Happiness’ and the terribly appropriate ‘T-Shirt Weather’ in between songs from their forthcoming album. “It’s good to know you guys like the new stuff so much,” Marty Donald said to an appreciative audience. “I guess that’s a good sign. Now here’s one that’s pretty rustic in comparison.” They launched into ‘Under the Rotunda’, and it was easy to see what Donald meant; when held up against new songs like ‘California in Popular Song’ and ‘Pines’, the later songs have a fullness and quality that the earlier tracks can’t match, due in large part to the presence of Louis Richter on second guitar. His addition to the line-up in 2004 helped to build on the signature Lucksmiths sound, and continue a process of musical growth that can be traced in the band’s lengthy discography. Judging from their performance the night I saw them play, there’s little chance of them churning out variations on the same theme. Other bands may end up sounding like pale imitations of one 8 insight: It shouldn’t feel like old news to talk about Girl Talk with under a year elapsed since his record dropped... by sam yurick 9 It shouldn’t feel like old news to talk Girl Talk is that he occasionally fails on a about Girl Talk with under a year elapsed musical level (chipmunking vocals, mixes since his record dropped. However, that yield shit dynamics, dissonances without that kind of ratcheted up curve between different keys etc.) and while for how fast we consume music, without I’m not usually conscious of these things, the synaptic glower engendered by the let alone bothered by them, (possibly just web 2.0 tendency to put everything a sign that the onslaught aspect of the within a few degrees of everything else, music is working) it made me realize that we’d probably be talking about him a I’d love to see him change it up. What lot less in the first place. This isn’t to would the Girl Talk answer be to Slint’s say that failing to outsource some of seminal post-rock epic “Good Morning your life to the Internet keeps you out Captain”? What about the dense of the club as far as enjoying his music. technical grindcore of Discordance Axis? However, if you’ve ever held facebook How many more iterations of Feed The vigils over a crush, if you’ve ever had a Animals will the market bear and, given vertiginous 2001: moment with RSS, that mainstream music is incidental to Girl Talk makes visceral sense in a way a large chunk of his audience, what will he might not otherwise. This is music he be mashing up in five more years as a perfect modern lifestyle accessory; and how will it be arranged? I’m already schizoid wallpaper for an era that forces nostalgic for the first time I heard “Juicy” you to unearth tiny infinities and process + “Tiny Dancer” on Night Ripper and sprawling contradictions just to stay that wasn’t even two years ago. informed. Bottom line is that I think Girl Talk is Physical exhaustion is a key component immensely unique, often moving, and of Girl Talk’s shows because this is dense enough to remain rewarding music that sets out to terraform your after dozens of listens. There are solid senses. However, you rarely lose cases to be made that he embodies yourself in Girl Talk record. Part of the decline of Western Civilization and the point is that shiver of recognition the bastardization of the very notion when an old favorite takes center stage of authorship. However, to my mind, or something you’d dismissed spills he works in the tradition of Situationist it’s guts. Everyone is working through detournment (the reappropriation of his or her context, picking up different a known work, but with some aspect punchlines, and misapplying different changed; often to subvert the work’s dance moves. However, when the original meaning) albeit with an inverse surrender to an ecstatic moment does level of malice towards popular art. arrive, it’s a detourned kiss from The Instead of cutting pop distractions with Beast that unshellacs buried wiring, piss takes, he seeks to inflate what leaving everything to spin like planets in might seem trite into something epic. mid-formation. Inasmuch as he detourns, it’s often towards the hyperreal, inflating the One of the more salient critiques of ostensibly human scale of pop music into 10 something so big it can only be collective. sample-based musicians to approach it His emphasis on creating an event as as an artform and to think of themselves opposed to a spectacle certainly fits with as songwriters as opposed to simply this idea as well, as does his tendency to curators, performers, or technicians. In undercut the produced, expensive quality the same way that punk stripped rock of many of his samples by ripping them and roll down to its sonic nucleotides, out of context and contrasting them with leaving exponentiating possibilities in its rawer sounds. wake, Girl Talk creates a whole new set of possibilities by laying bare the genetics Most importantly, however I consider him of popular music while showing that it a liberating force. Not that he’s “year can all be reintegrated into something zero” for mashups as an artform, but that fresh and genuinely affecting. That isn’t by staking out “art” territory with what old news, that’s history. he does he encourages the next wave of photo by Miles Tsang: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nirazilla/ 11 photography: emiliana torrini charge group metro theatre sydney, NSW 17th november, 2008 by james chen 12 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 insight: in our bedroom after the war: the australian musical id. A typically successful Australian artist must not only sound by conor curtis good on record, they must be a relatable and enjoyable live performer. This ties in with the notion of ‘mateship’; in short, Australians want musicians to be their real-life friends. 22 Some time ago, I walked into Sydney The problem with this is that it restricts community radio station FBi with the opportunities for bedroom musicians several copies of a demo CD I hoped to flourish. Contests such as V Festival’s they would play. I sat down with one Garage2V and Triple J Unearthed offer of the volunteers from the station and the chance to play a desired concert as discussed my work, ran briefly through a ‘prize’ without even considering that the biography that I had appended to some artists do not create their music each copy and suggested radio-oriented with the ultimate goal of playing at a tracks. The girl smiled and nodded and festival. Some artists never intend to play coaxed me alone until when I was done a single concert in their lifetime. she asked if I had any gigs lined up for the near future. When I asked why, she The idea that this makes them more replied that gig advertisements were the difficult to associate with is in and of itself easiest way to gain airtime on the radio a foolish one; modern-day artists such as station. Atlas Sound and Rick White composed entire albums in their bedrooms, I’m a bedroom musician; I use an old, albums that have been noted for their cumbersome desktop computer to accessibility and emotional content. And write and produce my songs. This has its I’m fairly positive most people reading advantages, the most notable of which is this article would have listened to a little that I always have a progress recording album called Pet Sounds. of whatever song I am writing at any one time. And indeed, given my position Moreover, this assumes that every artist within Generation Y, I’m constantly should aspire to the common Australian uploading my songs onto the Internet ideal, that performing live is the apex of to be critiqued by other like-minded musical achievement. Albums like Britney bedroom musicians. Spears’ Blackout dispel this notion convincingly through their use of the Despite the advent of social networking human voice as an instrument, morphing websites such as MySpace that allow and twisting it into snarling forms that bedroom musicians worldwide to not only sound completely dissimilar communicate and self-promote with to the source material but forms that ease, Australia’s musical identity seems also rob the voice of its gender. Critical to be intrinsically tied to the rock’n’roll acclaim has been lavished upon groups culture we’ve bred over the past fifty who have utilised this line of thought; years. A typically successful Australian both Kid A and Silent Shout were met artist must not only sound good on with unanimous approval from the press. record, they must be a relatable and enjoyable live performer. This ties in Of course, none of these artists are with the notion of ‘mateship’; in short, Australian, so why am I even talking Australians want musicians to be their about them? Put simply, the chasm real-life friends. between Australian and international pop music is a vast one, and one 23 that threatens to stereotype our Anyone who’s listened to “Guitar Over- musical output in the future. The most Drive” by the Wild Cherries will attest internationally well-known Australian to that, as will anyone who’s listened to band to date is arguably AC/DC. Two The Birthday Party or The Saints. The of our most successful exports this recent All Tomorrow’s Parties festival decade have been Wolfmother and Jet. highlighted the depth of Australian music We are getting a reputation as being a created within the past thirty years or backwards-thinking nation musically, and so, and proved that we have a lot to it’s a problem that’s tied intrinsically to offer the world. Modern-day groups like the Australian virtue of ‘mateship’. Hunter Deanna, Bridezilla, and Beaches all show that Australia could easily be When reviewing Bernard Fanning’s a force upon the international music “Wish You Well”, Drowned In Sound’s landscape. Jonathan Fisher writes: Two of my favourite Australian albums “It seems apparent that the only reason of recent are On Second Thought by he has a solo record deal is that his Sandpit and Hope Springs by Gersey. other band, Powderfinger, are quite Both of these albums convey an insular the ‘rock stars’ in Australia. So, anyone environment, one though loneliness and looking to make a quick buck could the other through dreaminess. Neither do worse than starting an Incubus/ was picked up upon release, one of The Black Crowes tribute band and the bands is no more and the other is emigrating to the land famed for its on hiatus as far as I know. Bands who sun, surf and, on this showing, utterly mine similar emotional territory, such as appalling music.” Sodastream, are also no longer with us, in their case after a decade of living with While more than a bit blunt, Fisher little fanfare. makes his point clearly. The archetypal Australian rock band is typically For a long time, Australia’s most well- male. They are strongly influenced known music has evoked our beaches by Australian rock heritage such as and our bars and our easygoing lifestyle. Billy Thorpe & the Aztecs and the There’s more to us than that, but in aforementioned AC/DC. They drink order to convince the world of this first regularly, they laugh heartily, they tour we have to convince ourselves. We’re their home country frequently. And not just a country of Working Class Men, above all, they come across as distinctly we’re a country of Internationalists. Or at down to earth. In Australia, if an artist least, we could be. seems like a good Australian, then their output gains additional credibility. The thing is, Australia has been host to several creative outlets in the past. 24 photography: mountain goats manning bar sydney, NSW 5th december, 2008 by kate walton 05 25 26 28 29 photography: purple sneakers frightened rabbit, yves klein blue, british india manning bar sydney, NSW new year’s eve, 31st december, 2008 by stephen box 10 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 self-indulgent wank: You didn’t think you were going to walk away from this issue without us throwing some self-indulgent end-of-the-year album lists in your face, did you? by kate walton, roanna manlutac & natasha theoharous 40 10. Sigur Rós - Með suð í eyrum enjoyable as its predecessor, við spilum endalaust but it’s definitely a grower, and I wasn’t much of a Sigur Rós fan has remained a staple of mine until this year. A casual one, sure, throughout the year. kate but not one who’d rave about them to anyone who’d listen. 4. Santogold - Santogold This record persuaded me that Completely deserving of doing so would be a good idea. the hype, Santogold sees our new favourite Brooklyn girl, 9. Cut Copy - In Ghost Colours Santi White, dipping her toes Antipodean pride represent. My in everything from hip-hop electronic/dance/whatever-you- to perfect-for-summer 80s call-it fallback of the year. throwbacks. It’s undeniable that Santogold will go down in history 8. High Places - High Places as one of the indie icons of 2008. This came totally out of the blue for me. I downloaded it on a 3. Foals - Antidotes whim and have been singing its Math rock with feeling. Antidotes praises ever since. Island pop runs the gamut from echo-y, has never sounded so good. rainy-day music to some of the catchiest and most danceable 7. Los Campesinos! - Hold on tunes of the year. Now,Youngster... One of two records put out 2. Lykke Li - Youth Novels by the Welsh indie popsters Lykke Li’s charming debut is full this year (well, the second was of quirky details you only notice described by the band as an over the course of multiple “extended extended player”), listens. It’s like nothing I’ve ever Hold on Now, Youngster... could heard before, mixing Caribbean well end up being the poster rhythms, off-beat R&B sensibilities, album for zine-loving, vinyl- and vocals that are alternately buying, internet-addicted kids of breathless and soaring. And the late Noughties. judging by videos splashed all over the internet, Youth Novels 6. Frightened Rabbit - The translates even better in a live Midnight Organ Fight setting. A devotional and sometimes almost too earnest album about 1. The Kills - Midnight Boom life and its frustrations. It’s a Undoubtedly my most-played record to lose yourself in, and a record of the year. It was great one at that. criticised by some as being too much of a pop-focused excursion 5. Wolf Parade - At Mt. Zoomer from The Kills’ usual raw and Somehow I’d completely missed bluesy stripped-back guitar rock, Apologies to the Queen Mary but just because it doesn’t sound when it was released; I don’t like the lovechild of Animal know how, but I did. And boy, Collective and of Montreal via the am I regretting that now. At Mt. surrogate mother of Deerhoof, Zoomer isn’t as immediately doesn’t mean it’s not a bloody good album. 41 9. Hercules & Love Affair - albums, B/E/A/T/B/O/X should’ve Hercules & Love Affair come first. B/E/A/T/B/O/X is pure Another primary disco album dance floor gold. that is as smooth as the milk in your morning coffee. With 4. Gang Gang Dance - Saint roanna its beats varying from tribal to funk, Hercules & Love Affair’s Dymphna Saint Dymphna is a record of self-titled release is an album of surreal landscapes but delivered thorough joy. with potency and strong conviction. Its rather confusing 8. Thao Ngyuen & The Get if a record makes you physically Down Stay Down - We Brave twitch. So on that alone, it must Bee Stings and All be something special ...I hope. If only Katy Perry put a sock in it, we might see someone 3. No Age - Nouns like Thao Ngyuen surface to With the contrasting styles prominence. Ngyuen has a of Randy Randall and Dean talent for crafting the most Spunt, No Age are certainly a adorable pop tunes and if Perry band worth hearing. Nouns is a can beatbox like Ngyuen, I will kick to the gut, knees, face and happily withdraw the earlier ears. Stemming from an entire statement. subculture, No Age have certainly traveled long and far to get to 7. High Places – High Places where they are now. Finally a The Brooklyn duo have risen band that actually doesn’t give a from no where with some fuck. fascinating instrumentals this year. Experimental in approach, 2. Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever technically resolved on record, High Places’ self-titled release is Ago an exploration into sound and Justin Vernon’s retreat into imagery. discovery, heartache and isolation manifested into the debut album of the year. Vernon presents 6. Mount Eerie - Lost Wisdom a vulnerability so sincere and Phil Elverum’s (predominantly) evocative through his falsetto and duets with Julie Doiron produce bare instrumentals. For Emma, some of the most heart-tugging Forever Ago is a romance in reality. songs this year. Simply stunning. 10. Pivot - O Soundtrack My Heart 1. Beach House - Devotion They could be the best 5. Glass Candy - B/E/A/T/B/O/X This Baltimore duo have made export this land has to offer Disco has been riding high on some of the most luscious, right about now. O Soundtrack my radar this entire year and dreamy psych-pop gems this year. My Heart thumps and technically this album shouldn’t Devotion holds your hand and provokes you in the most be here because its release takes you on the most wondrous delicate and alluring of plagues. date was last year. However, journey ever. Before you know it’ll O Soundtrack My Heart is a if repetition was a factor in hold your heart too. It is simply revelation for Pivot. determining the ranks of these beautiful. 42 10. Stephen Malkmus & The 5. of Montreal - Skeletal Lamping Jicks - Real Emotional Trash Like an hour-long groping. A tokenistic entry into my Although exhausting to listen top ten as a result of my poor to, Skeletal Lamping provides us listening habits in 2008. Whilst further insight to the 24/7 acid natasha the efforts of Malkmus and co. are more cohesive here than trip taking place in Kevin Barnes’ head. Or should I say, Georgie on their previous offerings, Fruit’s head? God, I don’t even frustration sets in as potentially know any more. interesting songs go nowhere. 9. Foals - Antidotes 4. Cut Copy - In Ghost Colours You say “math rock”, I say UK Dan Whitford delves deeper into indie finally gettting it right for his record collection and emerges the first time in a long while. with this gem. Taking everything that was good about the 80s, 8. Be Your Own Pet - Get swirling it around and pepper- Awkward ing it with his painfully earnest, One of the many bands to vulnerable, romantic lyrics, Cut break up in 2008, Be Your Own Copy achieve something rare Pet delivered us this raw, girl- in this world of the indie-dance group-influenced garage punch crossover act; producing an album to the face before taking off into with heart. the sunset. Crack open a cheap beer, sit back and try not to take 3. The Dodos - Visiter it so hard. This San Fransican duo produce one of the most potent, manic 7. Girl Talk – Feed The Animals and interesting albums of this Pop culture enthusiast year. Coming from a person who extraodinarre Gregg Gillis takes never thought she would use the your typical family wedding last three adjectives to describe and mates it with a bunch of what is essentially a folk record, alternative favourites, some that is a powerful statement. hip-hop, and all those guilty pleasures you and everybody 2. Born Ruffians - Red,Yellow & else knows word for word. Blue The end result is music that Born Ruffians have taken my makes you want to rip all your heart with their debut record. clothes off and grind against a Twitchy, nevous, mid-song change- stranger in a dark, sweaty room. filled, completely endearing but never tiring. 6. Deerhunter - Microcastle/ Weird Era Cont. 1. No Age - Nouns Microcastle is the sound of I actually bought this album. Holy someone grabbing you by the shit. hair of your nape, thrusting your head into a fish tank and watch- ing you slowly drown (except, you know, more fun than that sounds). 43 photography: fleet foxes metro theatre sydney, NSW 3rd january, 2009 by stephen box 06 44 45 46 47 48 49 in review: fleet foxes the dodos metro theatre sydney, NSW 3rd january, 2009 by nicola moore 50 A good concert is one that can convince like this atmospheric crossover, between you of something. Fleet Foxes managed pretentious Vogue-smoker and prolific to convince me that I was, in fact, there VB-consumer; inhibitions lost in favour of solely to see them, and not just for their sharing something we all really know is supporting act (The Dodos – amazing, sort of special. bluesier live than recorded, but still not as good as the headliners.) Whether it was As mentioned afore, their harmonies are the powerful performance of Fleet Foxes almost chilling, and though I know that in themselves, or the potency of the seven the wide world of Fleet Fox reviewing, dollar gin & tonics I was drinking down the comparison is becoming tired, there like mother’s milk, I don’t know – but I definitely are echoes of Crosby, Stills was also convinced of a sudden pining to & Nash about them. Listening to them take up violin, mittens, and pre-civil war I feel like my Dad, only slightly more north-eastern America. modern, a little more choral. I spent all of high school wishing the hymns Atmosphere was the strong point we sang sounds like this. It was gospel of the night. The hour and a half set re-education, with the added benefit seemed momentary upon reflection; of much more snowflake and scarf- I awoke from something dreamlike at wrapping imagery. eleven o’clock. Opening with a deafening five man harmony, they stunned their The encore showed lead singer, Robin audience into total silence. After the Pecknold, address the crowd most first twenty or so awestruck minutes, personally, stepping out from behind I wondered whether Fleet Foxes were his mic and playing an acoustic piece one of those live bands; technically (which I’d not heard before, apparently brilliant but with not much else going on. in the style of “ye olde Englande”) to But no, their banter was redeeming, and calm us all down and ensure that we left they managed to break the stillness, that remembering their impact. A packed out frigidity which can smother the greatest Metro Theatre standing in silence as a live potential. When it came time for single man serenaded us all with only his the likes of ‘White Winter Hymnal’ and voice and a tinny guitar. ‘Oliver James’, the crowd pretty much Basically, this concert was like good sex. lost their shit. And I know for a fact that Exhausting, surprising, powerful. And no one else had been frequenting the like all good sex, there was nothing to rear bar as much as my boyfriend and I, do afterwards but laugh, and then step so that must tell you something about outside for a Vogue. the quality of the performance. In this second half a corner was turned, from sophisticated-reverence-of-old- timey-obscure-Washington-musings (Lord knows she’s good with a hyphen), to boozy feelings of group unity, whooping, heckling, laughing. I particularly 51 interview: by natasha theoharous 52 Sidestage: So how are you this-- I’m they just came together in the country. assuming it’s not morning over there? Joel Stein: No, I don’t even know what How was the song-writing effort this time it is, let me— oh, it’s still morning. time around, being a more collaborative Forty minutes until the morning is gone. effort whereas your debut was more singular? (Lead singer, Juanita Stein, Oh, you’re currently back in Australia? solely penned the first album.) Yeah but being in a band, it’s always the It was really, really good. We’ve all grown morning [laughs]. [as musicians] so we’re all writing more now than when it was just Juanita, I’ve also been sleepless, but no matter. whereas before, [when we each tried Yeah? Well, a few ecstasy pills and a few writing ourselves], it just wasn’t all lines of coke will get you through that. coming together and it wasn’t what the (Ed’s note: He’s joking, kids. Drugs are bad band wanted at the time. This album, or for you.) this process, we all connected more, all grew together more and fit into the idea What have you and the band been up of what we wanted more. to of late? Rock climbing, bungee jumping, sky diving, Was it a case of all being at the same a pool comp... our bassist has become place, at the same time mentally? an excellent ping pong player and the Uh, maybe, possibly; I’ve never actually drummer has just invented the first thought of it in that way. It’s just when tricycle that can ride up walls. you spend so much time with a person, like you do in a band, the band’s ideas - Now that’s an innovation. Patented it they’re all still different - but they’re more yet? united. Not yet. Soon, soon. You wrote the album’s closer, “How I take it you’re still based in London, but Long”, by yourself though. How did that you wrote your new album, Radio Wars, song come to be? somewhere in country Victoria. What I’d love to give you an interesting story made you want to write there? but— [pauses] it’s about me getting my I guess isolation; it’s just so much easier heart ripped out. for us when we’re not being distracted by the jungle of the city. Oh. Okay. I feel horrible now. It’s okay. [laughs] I’m just telling you the Where exactly did you write these truth. songs? Well the songs weren’t actually written Moving awkwardly on, this album there, some of them were written in touches on some more traditionally London. Actually, the majority of the post-punk themes and instrumentation, songs and ideas were written in London, evident in tracks such as “Radio Wars” 53 and especially in “Digital Heart”, with experimentation is going into the studio its thrumming, mechanical rhythm. with nothing and coming out with this Where do you think the influence experimental album. Don’t tell the comes from: now living in a city much record company or they’ll kick me out. larger than Sydney, or what you’ve been listening to of late...? Ha, they don’t tend to look so I think it’s a big melting pot of all those favourably on these things, do they? things, actually. I guess we don’t all sit No [laughs]. Maybe [I can leave that] down in a circle and make a conscious as a solo project for when I’ve built a effort to be all “so this is going to sandpit in my house with a piano inside be like this” and “this’ll be like that”. it. I think we’ll have this idea for a song and then dress it in the way that it calls Nice. How did you find your producer for. But definitely, for this album, I think our Nigel Godrich frames of mind (who has are completely produced for different to [Our producer, Nigel the likes of the first album; Radiohead, we do want to Godrich] used to say Air and Paul experiment more. “don’t do this” and McCartney)? I don’t think we Through our experimented we used to tell him to management. enough on this fuck off but he— he We sent album. It’s just a stood his ground. him some number of things; recordings and ideas and feelings. well, he liked And then some them. It was more ideas, again. great working [laughs] with him, he was very very – what’s that word? In terms of experimentation, did you Enthusiastic and passionate and— try a lot of experimentation in the studio - well, even if it was not enough? Would work with you rather than [laughs] We tried! We were really trying to impose a certain direction? rushed, trying to record all our songs, That’s right. Nigel definitely has more but you can definitely hear it on this of a pop, electronic mind which was album. For example, in “Treasure Hunt” great, because we’re always open to we were marching on this big wooden new things, and just this fresh set of ears stage all the way throughout, I got this because, and this happens a lot, you just new analogue keyboard, Brendan got end up getting lost inside yourself. He one too and we were coming up with was challenging to work with, too. He all these new sounds. But my idea of 54 used to say “don’t do this” and we used to be like when the album drops, like to tell him to fuck off but he— he stood anybody, but the UK music press is kind his ground. [laughs] of like one giant school: one day you’re the coolest kid, the next you’re sitting in The album release date has been put the corner, staring at some marbles on back more than once. When were you the floor. originally supposed to release it? I think late October but then it was Conversely, the Australian music scene pushed back and back again. To be has started to swing away from that honest, it wasn’t finished; we still “rock” dominance that held five, ten haven’t gotten the final product back. years ago and has started to embrace It is finished now, though. We ended up a further diversity in their acts. finishing recording in August, uh— you Being connected to this as Australian know what? Don’t hold me on those musicians but having uprooted dates. yourselves into a completely different scene, what are your views on this? Ha, sure. How have you been spending I think it’s brilliant. I’m really happy that a that downtime from then until now? band like The Presets have gotten really We have been back in Sydney for the big. There’ll always be a few bands, in my past two and a half weeks, but before opinion, that shouldn’t be big [laughs] that, we were playing a few shows, doing and bands that need to be big. The best some promo in London, a bit of writing. pub rock band that we ever had were AC/DC, and they were brilliant but I Getting a start on the next release? think what the Australian scene [as a Always, we’re always writing. whole] traditionally did was try to follow that. You’re not the types that try to prolong the writing process? I guess when there’s a success in one Well I didn’t say we’re always writing area, others will try to follow. good stuff [laughs] but we’re always Exactly, exactly. Everybody wants another writing, whether it’s electronic stuff or AC/DC but you know, AC/DC were more classical stuff or more art nouveau- AC/DC. I think what is happening now style. is really positive and I hope it keeps expanding and getting better and better. You’re set to play an NME Shockwaves show in early February. How has the Sadly, I think our time is up but I hope UK music press continued to treat you, you enjoy the rest of your day, hope considering their less-than-spectacular that it isn’t one big perpetual morning. track record with these matters? I shall. I think it should be quite chill. You Good. Surprisingly good. We’ve only have a good day, thanks a lot! done some very limited shows of late, but the reflections of the mirrors have Radio Wars is now out through Liberation been good. I don’t know what it’s going in Australia and Independiente Records in the UK. 55 photography: franz ferdinand red riders, temper trap enmore theatre sydney, NSW 6th january, 2009 by kate walton 11 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 interview: by kate walton 65 Sidestage: Hi Sara, how are you? So you prefer being in the studio to, Sara: Fine, thank you. How are you? say, touring? Oh yeah. Obviously, I couldn’t be in I’m very well. Where are you today? the studio a hundred percent of the I’m in New York City right now. time, that would make me crazy. But I think I feel the most challenged and Oh, cool. What’re you doing in New the most satisified, artistically, when I’m York? writing and in the studio. Touring is a I’ve just been sort of hanging out, really weird thing, it’s like-- that hour or actually. Just over the last couple of two hours or whatever, when you’re months, since we got off tour. Just sort performing, is often incredible, yet you of like hanging out, working on some probably spend 22 hours of the day other music stuff, not my own stuff, doing nothing. You’re travelling or you’re but just helping setting up but there’s a real monotony out with some and boredom that friends, and being comes with that, social, and going Oh yeah, well I mean and that’s when I to museums. I start to ger really some people are giant anxious. You only would call this a vacation, but assholes. But I mean, I get to be creative for like an hour or it’s the probably feel like that, and I feel an hour and a half most busy thing I’ve down all year, like that’s what’s always every day, really. being in New York been awkward for me, And so, for me City on vacation. when I’m in the having quote-unquote studio it’s like this [laughs] “fans”. unbridled-- just, Do you find it you’re working and hard to settle making music for down and actually relax? twelve or fourteen hours a day. It’s like, I don’t know this thing you speak oh, so satisfying. of - “relaxing”. [laughs] I think-- You know what? I recently realised that my Have you started working on the favourite thing to do is to be in the next Tegan & Sara album yet? Are you studio. I’m very, like, OCD and I like planning it? to be very intellectually stimulated by We have planned it, and we have about activities and whatever, so I find it really 40 songs written. We just went down to hard to relax because when I start to New Orleans actually, and wrote, Tegan relax I start to get really anxious and I and I did, for the first time together, need to like work out or something. wrote about seven songs together. We starting to look at studios, and I think we’re about to go in and start making it in May. May or June. 66 With the lyrics and everything so far, musicians for me. It can be writers or do you think it’s going to be similar to people who’ve done art or who have The Con? a job I’m really impressed by, I’ll just I’m not so sure. You know, it’s tough right feel unworthy. Or I’ll feel really-- well, now. It’s hard to sit back and really see I really like to deconstruct and analyse it for myself. It’s a strange way to look at what people do and how they do it things. It’s like when you look at yourself and that makes me feel really insecure and it’s hard to see changes in who you because I want to like ask them a million are as a person or your body or your questions and that makes me kind of life. Sometimes in retrospect when a feel vulnerable. So I think that’s why we lot of time has passed, it’s easier to see geek out a bit. We’re not like, oh hi nice the differences. Like, I can go back now to meet you. We’re really inquisitive, we and listen to previous albums and think, want to know a lot about people. wow this sounds so different to how it sounded to me when we made it. So, I think that’s quite reassuring for fans right now because the material is so new of bands, to know that even people in it sounds really different to me. But for bands themselves feel like that, too. all I fucking know it sounds like the same Oh yeah, well I mean some people are thing. [laughs] giant assholes. But I mean, I feel like that, and I feel like that’s what’s always been Okay, so because you’ve already toured awkward for me, having quote-unquote Australia for The Con, I thought we “fans”. I’m a fan, so like I understand it, might just have a bit more of a general but I also feel very uncomfotrable with chat today. Is that alright? that attention turned on me. I think Oh sure, yeah. we try to sort of stabilise the audience sometimes in that fashion, by being really Great. So, I read this old interview human and being really genuine and where you were talking about how authentic, which I think even grosses when you meet other bands that you people out sometimes. Like, especially-- come across as fannish or geeky. Do People who are there who are like you still feel like that? journalists. We’re kind of over the top Oh yeah. But I mean, I feel that way with this every person kind of banter, about most people. Meeting most all hey I’m just like you! And being so people. Like a twelve year old came up authentic, I think that-- It’s just so strange to me the other day on the street and to me. Sometimes it’s really exhilarating wanted to take a picture with me, and I but when they’re just screaming, like felt totally geeky and intimidated and like, I love you! I’m just like, [sounding you know just sort of socially-- maybe exasperated] oh come on, how could not intimidated but certainly socially you love me? You don’t even know me! awkward. I think that it’s just strange So I think sometimes we really try to when you feel that you’re meeting calm the audience down, to the point people who have had a really serious where we’re actually awkward. impact on you. Sometimes it’s not even While you’re out here in Australia, is 67 there anything you want to do here I hate-- no, hate is a strong word. I that you didn’t get around to last time? generally don’t have a great New Year’s Like holding koalas or anything like Eve. I’m not like, an organised celebrating that? kind of person. Birthdays make me really [laughs] We did a lot of the quintessional uncomfortbale. Maybe Christmas is Australian tourist kind of stuff when we okay? I get bummed out on holidays, so first went years and years and years I’m excited that we’re actually working ago. We occasionally do the koala thing, on New Year’s Eve. We’ll have friends I mean that doesn’t get old for us. But around and we’ll be with all of our band I think this time, we have a lot more and crew. One of my aunts is travelling time off. We’ve really made some great with us. So it’s going to be really nice, like friends in Australia. So we’re gonna like a group family thing. If I was at home, go surfing and do some beach stuff. It’s I’d probably would do something really nice to have friends in cities. When we reclusive, like watch a movie and drink a used to tour in bottle of wine. Australia we didn’t really I still kind of groan You’re still living know people in in Montreal, the cities and when we’re doing right? stuff, so we’re [interviews], but I used Yeah. That’s sort going to try of my main and see it from to be like a kid having residence, yeah. their perspective a tantrum, you know? I feel like I’m and get more [puts on a childish floating around of a local hang the world a bit out kind of voice] “But I don’t right now, but vibe instead of want to. “ yeah. like, on tour, in the hotel, And Tegan’s still the promoter in California? recommends a restaurant or something She’s been going back and forth and that’s all you see of the city. I’m between Vancouver and LA. She’s home really looking forward to this trip. We now for the holidays right now. She’s the also have a lot of family in Australia, in good daughter, she spends so much time Brisbane. So coming to Australia now is with my mom that even if I spent the a lot more familiar and homey for us. rest of my life with my mom, I’d never be able to catch up. You’ll be in Australia over New Year’s Eve, playing Falls Festival. If you weren’t The reason I ask is that I was wondering playing at Falls, how would you be if we could talk a bit about Proposition celebrating? 8? [Proposition 8 is a bill that passed [immediately] I hate New Year’s Eve. in California in the US election last November that banned gay marriage 68 in California, despite gay marriage being that’s genetic, that’s not a choice, previously legal in the state.] then it becomes even more upsetting, Oh yeah, sure. I guess the thing that’s obvsiously. And I think that’s what’s really been really upsetting for me is... I mean, beomce a challenge for me, that I don’t I’m not really involved myself politically really understand why in America it’s in America or the gay rights movement still being put to a public vote. I don’t in America. I mean, I’m obviously very think that’s fair. And I think that a lot of concerned about Canada and when the the advertising and the commericals Civil Marriage Act was passed in Canada, and whatever that were happening at I was thrilled and I was in a long-term the time, they’re just so slanted and they relationship and we’d been, y’know, don’t really explain, that it’s not just, “hey, we’d done notorised common-law we wanna have a wedding and a cake”. documents for immigration purposes. It’s what comes with any marriage, that So I really thouht of myself as married you have rights and benefits. If you die and I’d come to accept and almost or you end up in the emergency room. become complacent that in Canada, not And health care and dental care, and only can you marry, but you can adopt, just, you know, just sharing your life with and-- we have basically the same rights. somebody. It just pisses me off but it And once you have those rights, you also makes me so sad. It directly affects realise how tremendously unfair it is, that people that I know now, because I have people don’t have those rights based on so many friends in the state. Like, my sexuality. And if you believe that sexuality sister has been living in California. It’s is something that’s pre-determined, really just so sad, especially when you 69 think about it as a human rights issue. People in the future will look back on On a lighter note, what have your this as being really fucked up, so we’re favourite records of 2008 been? really part of that movement right now I’ve just been making my top ten list. to change that and to draw attention I really loved the No Age record and to it. I loved the Atlas Sound record, and-- [laughs] I love Rihanna. I would marry It’s really good that people have her. I would ditch any girl for Rihanna. recognisable figures in that scene-- [laughs more] But, um-- I like a lot of Well, yeah, I mean-- We’re at a really instrumental stuff, like this record called interesting time right now. It’s different flying lotus. Honestly, though-- I haven’t now, because it’s normal to have gay been listening to a ton of music, because people in the public and you’re not i’ve been writing. So I get really hooked marginalised the on certain way you used things.. I bought to be. Doing a best of Patsy what Tegan and I Cline the other do-- we still get day -- well, not a lot of the “girls the other day. as gay people” About three thing. There’s months ago. only so many And that’s all battles we can I’ve listened to. fight, because I stare at my people are going iTunes, and it’s to stereotype us like, What am I or judge us or going to listen be homophobic to? Hmm, Patsy anyway. So, we’re Cline! I just just trying to be haven’t stopped ourselves-- like, listening to it. for teenagers and for people who feel uncomfortable or who feel ashamed. You’re playing a lot of festivals while We’re part of a movement for people you’re here in Australia. Why should who need role models. I feel really people drop by and check out your happy about that, but we still have so set? much more to do. It’s not just the stigma You know.. This question always stresses and the humiliation and the stereotypes, me out. Because I don’t know why! I when you don’t even have the rights think we’re at a really good time in our on a government level. It’s very hard to career, and I feel like you could pop us change people’s views when you don’t in front of people who don’t know us. even have the rights on a government And we’d definitely entertain them and level. potentially get some converts. What’s 70 starting to happen is that we have a What are your favourite festivals to body of work, we have six albums -- five play? albums. [laughs] Getting ahead of myself. Oh geez.. I don’t really like festivals all [imitating herself] Yeah, we have 100 that much. albums. Lots of material. But yeah, there’s not necessarily something for everyone, No? but we’re not just touring one album. No, not really. It’s totally not conducive We have a lot of different material and to-- I don’t know. It’s like playing in a a lot of different energy with different wind tunnel. You’re dealing witht he albums, different songs. If anything, at a element,s and it’s hot and the sun is lot of festivals, there’s barely any girls. So, out, and people are just-- loitering and I guess if you wanna see both genders drinking. Huge amounts of people. it’s represented, I guess you can come see hard to connect one on one and that’s us because we’re kind of what girls. [laughing] we do. There’s No, no, don’t always like even quote that. sound problems. That’s terrible. But this year, our goal was to play Do you think festivals, and to your audience try to actually has changed get into it. And as you’ve honestly we had progressed as a a great festival band? season I loved it, Oh my god, we played a lot yeah. It definitely of US festivals, grew with us. and a bunch We started out of festivals in playing to like 20 Europe-- and people, maybe Germany in not even that sometimes. We’ve seen particular was amazing. So I’m starting to different tiers of audiences - college kids, feel better about it. I still kind of groan girls, queer kids. Then you start to see a when we’re doing them, but I used to be real mix across the board, even though like a kid having a tantrum, you know? it drives me crazy when people say [puts on a childish voice] But I don’t that -- I’ve def noticed a lot more boys. want to. And now I’m kind of like, oh, When we started out, we really did have okay. a huge female audience. We’re definitely seeing the dudes come out. Rock out Sadly, our time’s up now, so thank you to The Con and stuff. Our audience has very much for talking to me, and we’ll definitely changed, for sure. see you soon! Thank you! 71 photography: tegan&sara an horse enmore theatre sydney, NSW 8th january, 2009 by kate walton 10 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 photography & review: photos by k at review by c as 80 reiby place sydney, NSW 8th february, 2009 te walton 35 ss grant 81 yv kle blu 82 ve s ein ue 83 jack ladder 84 When I think of festivals I think of cheap beer, pub rock bands, dusty grass or churned mud (or both, depending on the season) and impolite boys who cannot keep their shirts on or their hands to themselves. St Jerome’s Laneway Festival sidesteps any distaste I feel for the whole phenomenon by providing an experience so far removed that at times I forget that I’m really at a music festival. 85 At other times it’s hard to deny what’s staring me in the face. Long drinks and bathroom queues are a given at an event like this, but when the line for The Basement stretches well into two set lists’ worth of songs you start to question the logistics of it all. At least the Sydney festival crowds remained at a manageable level, unlike the near-riots that threatened to break out in Melbourne the previous temper trap 86 week. With all four Sydney stages presence at a festival, any festival, taking neatly contained in the one locale, photos and pills in equal measure. the organisers avoided having to Listening to bands both home-grown negotiate the re-entry of festival- and from overseas in the Basement goers from city streets back into the or on the Reiby Stage afford fans enclosure. The wire fencing didn’t a relative amount of intimacy that stop people from peering through is difficult to achieve in most larger an adjoining hotel’s windows, hosting festivals. impromptu Laneway parties in the foyer and dancing to the music The informal nature of Laneway leaves echoing from the Park Stage. its mark on the bands. Solid acts I saw included the impossibly tall Jack This is the drawing card of Laneway, Ladder curling around his guitar and or at least one of its key selling points. microphone, belting out soul-country In bringing lesser-known international croons; Yves Klein Blue, whose singer’s acts to our shores and staging them strangely British accent nonetheless in the backstreets of multiple cities, had the crowd bouncing along; St Jerome’s Laneway Festival meets Canadian band Born Ruffians; and Kiwi the demands of a niche market who favourites Cut Off Your Hands, who care about the music more than their used the set to announce... 87 n ag 88 o ge 89 the depa guitarist Ramirez still deliv typically perform 90 arture of Mikey while vering a electric mance. cut off your hands 91 92 93 94 A personal highlight was Port O’Brien’s outstanding show in The Basement; the cramped conditions worked in their favour as they riled up the crowd and had them singing along at deafening levels. Closing with their hit ‘I Woke Up Today’, the band invited members of Yves Klein Blue and Papa vs. Pretty onstage so they could flail around madly and add to the general noise of the show. Collaborating seemed to be a popular idea among the bands. Architecture in Helsinki were briefly joined by Greg Gillis of Girl Talk in order to sing a truly bizarre cover of what we could only identify as possibly being a Metallica song. Architecture’s unusual set of covers and revamped versions of their own songs left fans at a loss for how to respond. Later, Girl Talk continued the stage invasion theme when he took to his headlining slot at Reiby Stage and immediately filled the decks behind him with some very excitable ladies, including festival organisers. Given his reputation as a mash-up artist, Gillis’ set packed an effective party-starting punch, with smooth transitions between tracks that soon had the crowd cheering upon each recognisable sample and singing along with everything from Kelly Clarkson to AC/DC. Sadly, a council-imposed noise curfew meant that the night ended fairly early and we were summarily ejected from the venue. Half the crowd looked set to carry on, while the rest (myself included) shuffled home in tired contentment. I don’t know whether it had to do with the wildly varied audience that Girl Talk’s music drew, or the inevitable 96 97 port o’brien 98 99 flattening effect as St Jerome’s grows and reaches mainstream audiences, but the shift in the festival’s attendee demographic was remarkable. The number of carefully- groomed indie hipsters is slowly shrinking when faced with the glossy ladies and buff lads who normally frequent electro, Modular-style events. I could be reading into things too deeply. 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If Lan ew eve nt, lash in ite t place instream e back in the fir s t another ma ily attend. Th organiser s. to ye happ r the inal turns in w festivals I’ll g moment fo eir orig of the fe erin eep th s a sob m that and k rne wa o Melbou ey learned fr ference. I hop e th r futu re re sight fo goals in 104 105 ki lsin he in re tu ec photography: born ruffians oxford art factory sydney, NSW 5th february, 2009 by roanna manlutac 06 106 107 108 109 110 111 see: 3rd April: The Kills (with Louis XIV) – Prince Bandroom, Melbourne We’ll sure as hell be there, will you? 2nd, 9th & 16th May: Groovin the Moo Festival - Townsville, Maitland & Bendigo, Australia Australia’s most well-traveled festival, with a rotating roster of regional locations each year. Worth the trip out of the city. 22nd-23rd May: Yo! Gabba Gabba – Brisbane Convention Center, South Brisbane No, we’re not kidding. Holy fucking shit. listen: Wavves - Wavvves Various Artists - Dark Was The Pains of Being Pure the Night at Heart - The Pains of Being Pure at Heart 112 read: And you call yourself a music fan. Pick up yourself a copy and learn. (and if possible, try and track down this edition; the American edition has been severely edited down.) 113 sidestage sidestage magazine ∙ issue #003∙ march 2009 ∙ sidestagezine.com watch your back.