As far as gigs go, this one was probably the nicest smelling one I have attended.
I don’t know where it came from really. I don’t know if it was the lady’s shampoo I was standing near or if someone was burning some incense in an art room or whether I am just slightly unhinged… but god damn it smelt like musk Lifesavers and it was so great.
So pair this with the comforting ambiance of Fremantle Arts Centre and a night that’s slightly colder than perfect and BAM you have got a good time.
Oh yeah, the music.
Henry Kissinger – the better one – is surprisingly cool. He’s probably my new favourite keyboardist (sorry Ray Manzarek) thanks to his bass fueled loops and beats that make me dance quite good without having to think about it too much.
Ziggy’s performance is astounding. I love Hip Hop. A lot. Discovering a new local artists I can listen to at home and follow throughout their career is why I keep going to gigs really. That and the exercise I guess. So give these guys a listen if you like your breakbeats and flows. Ups to JCAL as always, as well.
POW Negro hardly need an introduction sentence anymore. If you live in Perth you’ve probably already witnessed their wondrous live performance; theatrics, musical instruments and now these amazing visuals, and well if you live anywhere else, you can’t claim to be the music connoisseur of your mate group unless you know these guys, sorry.
On this particular Friday night, the gang was launching their single ‘Money for Portraits.’ The song in its self is a banger. Not just because its catchy but because its arranged nicely. The verses have great lyrics, the bridge is a highlight and really pumps you up for the riff driven chorus.
When I said musical instruments before I wasn’t just drawing attention to the fact this band plays instruments (shocking, I know) but more that Pow! Negro are a breed of artists that interchange the composition and roles of their members frequently.
This reminds me of A – The Beatles and B – the struggle millennials are facing to get a job; no one’s going to look twice at you soon unless you bring that little bit more to the table.
The drummer sings, the guitarist plays drums, there is a saxophone, singing and rap intertwine, there is dancing, banter and so on and so forth. I love it, but also am exhausted by the dynamics, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
I guess the band it’s an accurate representation of life. Without stating the obvious, we all know art is a perception of society so what I am trying to say here is Pow portray feelings of the community on a small scale and humanity on a global scale well, which is ah kind of necessary, but a bit deep for a single launch review.
I existentially wonder what is next for music. I love the hybrid everything that seems to come with conscious human evolution condensed into one lifetime, but also still love simple well-though out compositions. Really, I don’t know what I want and I am sure you don’t either but that being said we can figure it out together. Something to look forward to in this post-truth world.
As an audience member and a music consumer I can kind of tell that each member is bringing their own vibes to the table behind the scenes and then as a band they pick up what’s good and work on something from that – obviously beautiful cooperation.
It really is ‘Zac de la Rocha-ish,’ but to be honest I’m sick of people comparing them to Rage Against the Machine. Like that’s accurate but lazy and they’re so much more.
They’ve nailed the funk, the melody and the jazz. Next up I would love to see more slow jams. They already have one or two – check out Sam | Saim on Soundcloud – which they pull off well.
RacketBall goes off as always and when performing ‘Hidle Ho’ they are joined on stage by Ziggy and MC Marley which made everyone smile. Trust me, I genuinely looked around and took note and everyone had their pearly whites on show.
A lot of their music is still not available online, or rather has been quite scarce in the past but with their Big Splash 2016 win, hopefully we will see more recordings pop up on the World Wide Web.
So anyway, that’s enough tangents from me – to wrap it up, can’t wait for the EP.
Maybe it’s because his voice is as smooth as a dolphin’s underbelly, maybe it’s because I read an article last year where he named his top 3 musical influences as D’Angelo, Radiohead and Fat Freddy’s Drop or maybe it is because the harmonies and tempo’s in his songs can entice a rolling sense of relaxation while simultaneously encouraging the listener to move their body.
Whatever you chalk it up to, there is no denying that there is something quite refreshing about Jordan Rakei.
On March 26th he graced Perth with his presence, performing at Jack Rabbit Slims with an amazingly curated line up of supports.
Grievous Bodily Calm were kicking off their first song by the time I walked in. The sound hit me in the face like a big beach ball I was welcoming with open arms. The drums were off to the left of the stage, the keys to the right and the wall of sound they created ebbed and flowed in fervent waves. Pierced, but not punctured, by the rolling sounds of Matthew on the trumpet, the vibe was gaining momentum. By the end of their set, the guys seemed to be enjoying themselves just as much as the crowd were as we all bounced along to this hybrid-jazz-funk that seems to be (finally) infiltrating the Australian scene.
Pow! Negro were up next. Awarded the 2016 WAM Award for ”Most Popular Live Act’ as voted by the public, their performance literally never disappoints. Front man Nelson brings a theatrical element to their set, his facial expressions and lucid dance moves are their point of difference; luring the patron into their narrative that is far from being based on fiction. Watching them perform padded out songs that grew from short verses heard in sets they played early least year is a pleasure and personally I can’t wait for their EP in October. The dynamics between band members are a joy to watch (re: Rhys on the drums) and the ambience is contagious as more people flooded to the dance floor while they finished their set with some old crowd favourites.
Ruby Ruby Ruby. It is hard to believe such a huge voice comes from such a petite lady but ya know what, it does and it’s amazing. I always feel myself getting wrapped up in emotions when I hear Ruby May sing because she is just that good. Her sunshine soul radiates through her voice and when she performs with the Chakra Khans it’s feels like a huge yet intimate family reunion everyone is over the moon to be invited to.
All these soulful sets were sandwiched with beats from Nicole Filev who dosent even really need introducing. Her name is associated with a good time in the local scene as she brings those disco and funk bangers most of us can’t remember the name to but LOVE so it’s like kind of bittersweet but of course you dance your little heart out to the track while you can.
Born over the ditch in New Zealand and currently based in London, Rakei finally hits the stage and cascades straight into his set. Seeing him perform with a full band, their dynamics and ability to merge perfectly produced production with creative improvisation is immaculate. Their enjoyment apparent. Rakei is not only an amazing singer but a multi-instrumentalist and his talent for creating perfect compositions is evident when he is performing on stage. Every inch of his body sways in time as all the impeccably placed sounds take the audience through a range of genres, all without missing a beat. ‘Blame it on the Youth’ was a highlight, a slow jam, crammed into a funky set that didn’t bring the tempo down at all.
Music consumers are looking for more. They’re looking for that human connection in their selection, the emotions, the soul and the improvisation of the essence of living through sound. We are seeing less of a lean towards the segregation of genres and more ‘fusion’ compositions. Hip-Hop artists rapping over jazz-noise, the funk of rnb mashed with catchy punk riffs, nothing is off limits – think Tom Misch, Questlove and Hiatus Kaiotye.
There is no denying that we are smack bang in the middle of an ‘intelligent music’ surge. In a time period where we are bombarded by different sources, an array of noise, a choice of representation of our identity – we want more than catchy beats and lyrics that get stuck in our heads, we want to feel, to be rattled in both positive and negative ways and Jordan does this oh so well – and I’m not the only one to notice judging by his sold out European shows.
So here’s the thing, I’ve been a bit slack on the ol’ blog posts lately and well I’m going to blame it on the huge amount of great parties going down in Perth at the moment/this Summer/actually always.
To make up for it I’ve got a tasty little morsel of an interview with Hindley.
Always the creator of his own narrative, Alex Hindley produces, creates, interviews and writes, and I’ll bet a red lobster that list will expand as each project he undertakes strengthens his own brand of creativity.
Describe your sound in 5 words, please.
Music for hate, for love.
I really vibe the artwork you choose to feature with your tracks, what is the process behind this?
I usually like to either create them myself or source an artist who’s work I admire. For example the WEAK, Dejection Psalms and Migraine covers are my design, but I’ve had art commissioned by Oliver Haidutschek and Feeb Lee or used art with permission from artists like Erin M. Riley.
A lot of people have said that Perth is in a slump, while others say the creativity scene has never been better. How do you feel about Perth right now?
Perth is a beautiful nightmare. It’s easy for diverse and unique talent to stand out, the acts who deserve a pedestal to play on, however it’s just as easy to fall from narcissism or climb from infamy.
When can we see you live next?
Always planning good live shows but I’d love to see the people come down for the 9th Beat down competition.
Your Top 5 Local Artists who are killing it on Soundcloud…
In no ranking;
Chiseko – Deep love for hip hop, no time for wave riding.
Your Girl Pho – Old mate Phoebe has one of the most dynamic voices and interesting production teams in Perth.
Tobacco Rat – Easily one of the most intense live performers in Perth, cares for the craft, creates for the dark.
TWERL – Tertiary institute classmates gone on the electronic uplift, really cool to see those two doing so well.
MAX BLACK – Impossible to deny the natural quality and flourish Max has with production, every new drop is always gold.
Also Kopano, my friend/collaborator/mentor is set to release big things on her soundcloud (and elsewhere) very soon so keep the peepers peeping.
Co3’s stunning new work, the cry, is a visceral and powerful dance piece that explores the highs and lows of human existence. Created by Co3 founding Artistic Director, Raewyn Hill, and featuring the extraordinary Co3 dancers, The Cry slowly unfolds the inner landscape of ordinary lives, where characters collide, reconcile and gather strength in situations requiring recovery and survival.
Showcasing Hill’s unique movement language, and set against a stark and clinical backdrop, the cry is invigorated by a newly commissioned score played live on-stage by international musician and composer Eden Mulholland (NZ).
Four days of new Australian dance, right here in Perth. MoveMe Festival lets you experience an arts festival in a radically new way. One pass gets you into all the main events as the Festival transforms the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia for a week of big new shows and big new ideas.
See Mitch and Andrew on stage in September at the State Theatre Centre of WA for the 2016 MoveMe Festival.
Performing Lines WA presents Dark Matter by PRAXIS.
Raewyn Hill’s the cry presented by Co3 Australia
STRUT Dance presents Decadance Perth 2016
Choreographer: Raewyn Hill
Composer: Eden Mulholland
Lighting Design: Mark Howett
Design: Raewyn Hill
Dance Director: Richard Longbottom
Performers: Eden Mulholland, Katherine Gurr, Mitch Harvey, Zachary Lopez, Talitha Maslin, Andrew Searle, Russell Thorpe.
Dance Secondees: Tanya Brown, Cheyenne Davis, Anthony Rinaldi, April Vardy (LINK Dance Company)
Boykie are a mix of talented local musicians who span a heap of genres, coming together after lead signer, Sam, sought out a band for his solo project.
Their catchy hooks and eclectic mix of pop and grunge make for a sweet outrageously energetic live show.
Definitely one to keep your eye on in the coming months.
You’ve got some pretty cool creatives involved in the making of this including local guy Periwinkle on the album artwork and Will Bowden mastering – how did you form these relationship’s and get the on board? Sam: You are very right, luckily I have managed to find some pretty amazing collaborators. Perry is an old uni friend I met during my first and only year at UWA in 2012 (I’m still technically “deferred” lol). At the time I think he was studying a BCom while shooting a bit on the side for fun. Well as it turned out, he was pretty damn good at it. What was once a hobby became an intense passion and ended up motivating him to drop out of uni and invest in some serious gear. 4 years later he has become a household name around the city amassing a growing total of almost 6,000 likes on Facebook and 37.8k followers on Instagram. What I love about Perry, apart from him generally just being a very loveable dude is that for some weird reason I can always tell when I’m looking at one of his shots, he has cultivated a very distinctive style and I’m super proud of him. He captured my vision for the EP artwork perfectly and I couldn’t be happier or more grateful.
As for Ol’ Willy Bowden I have the producer of the EP Andy Lawson (Eskimoe Joe, Gyroscope, Tired Lion and Verge Collection) to thank for introducing me. Well kind of, he lives in Tassie so we’ve never actually met. But thankfully email exists. They are a bit of a dynamic duo, I recommend both of them very highly to anyone needing somoen to mix and or master their music. Hell Andy can even help you record. 😉
You’ve said the single ‘Family Man’ is about your Dad, what emotions are attached to the song? Is it difficult or uplifting to perform?
Pwoah, emotions hey. Well I suppose mainly the realisation that my parents are human beings and not some animatronic robots created to serve me. That was a doozie. And then being so thankful for the wonderful life and upbringing they’ve given me. So an uplifting sensation I’d say would be the most accurate.
Where did you get the name Boykie?
It’s an old Afrikaans slang word that means “little boy”, and it was also the name of my first dog.
In one sentence, how would you describe your sound?
Any pre-gig rituals?
Usually arguing about the set list haha.
If you were on death row, what would be your 3 course last meal?
Fried Chicken, Fettecinnnie chicken pasta and a 24 pack of mixed Krispy Kremes. In that order.
You’re pretty predictable, like don’t get me wrong, I like it.
It’s good because I know you’re going to enjoy this news.
The wait is over!
So thats 3 rooms, plus a smoker friendly beer garden, a stack of live music and food trucks.
How about ALL drinks $5 BETWEEN 7-8pm?!!!
1. Get yo tix – www.badlands.bar
2. See you there!
We’re All Meat and We’re Gonna Get Eat.
So have a gander of this chat we had with their delightful lead singer Addison Axe, chuck on some of their recommended tunes while you have pre’s and head into town (great plan).
We all met 2 years ago at The WA museum. We just clicked instantly, despite coming from totally different musical backgrounds and as a result have learnt a great deal from each other.
The title is a line from the song Safe House. We’ve spent a lot of time on the road, living in a van together over the past year and that has had a huge impact on our dynamic and a the way we write and work together and it’s been an exciting process putting all that into this EP. We were really lucky to be able to crowd-fund this too, and the feeling that people have so much faith in us is inspiring. The songs on this EP are more personal and intimate than on our first one, so I feel quite vulnerable putting it out there, but we’ve had so much support with the first single Hollow it’s humbling.
Rag n Bone
King of The Travellers
Lets end with a difficult question, what are your Top 5 Albums of all time?
Neil Young: Harvest
PJ Harvey: Stories from the City Stories from the Sea
Police: Outlandos D’Amour
Ani Di Franco: Knuckle Down
Patti Smith: Horses
“If a possum does a shaka in the bush, but no one is there to witness it, does the bush shaka back?”
It’s that time o’ the year again! Camp Doogs is back and lusher than ever in 2016!
Taking place South West of the swan coastal plain, WA, Camp Doogs 2016 sees bloody plenty of music, heaping tonnes of food, chockablock art delights, night queens, spontaneous frivolities & sleepover cubbyhouse activities zone.
Watching live music in the open or enjoying some chill time and a stimulating chat, why can’t you have both? Get a tattoo while making your first ceramic pot while listening to a kookaburra lol, why not all three?!
What is a doog? Why do I feel so tranquil? How do you I pronounce it? Is it edible? Emotionally tax deductible? Yes, yes & yes!!
The Glen C. Doogs guarantee is to provide a licence-to-chill alternative to the hustle and bustle of traditional live music platforms in WA/AUS. By giving campers a full pallet of experience, punters can become platonic ships in the night a.k.a possum to possum to possum.
Camp Doogs is put together by artist collective Good Times Arts Inc, who put forth our finest picks of the glitter for you to enjoy. We are entirely B Y O, fully D I Y, and secretly D T F.
Low-key Doogs alumni include: Kirin J Callinan, No Zu, Tim Richmond Band, Superstar and Scott and Charlene’s Wedding, Nicholas Allbrook, Kucka, Peter Bibby Midline Line Jug Band etc.
Also boasting a critically curated Deep Doogs dance stage, frothing all night long with past headliners including DJ Nozaki and Noise In My Head in 2015.
So sign up, hop in, and enjoy the luxurious float down the river doogs while the good times last.
COLD PRESSED ACTIVITIES VITAMIN RICH LINEUP
MORE CAR PARKING
LESS BUS ANXIETY
Tickets are already on sale (yay)
PS Heres some flashbacks from last year (yay)
Perth is home to one of the best comedy scenes in Australia, however due to the sheer volume of creative talent we’re pumping out, it sometimes gets overlooked.
Individuals such as Rory Lowe are changing this, and man do we love it.
We had a chat ahead of his show’s at the Mt Lawley Bowling Club this week.
I like your shoes.
Thanks, I love Adidas, its something about the logo, the 3 stripes is nice to look at.. and everyone knows Nike is evil, I don’t think everyone knows Adidas is evil… it’s not as bad maybe.
I really like the classic look, all one colour, I got a blue pair, these black pair, a white pair with black stripes, a light blue pair and gazelles are the best.
What do you usually drink?
Red wine, shiraz actually. I don’t really like beer, its like my default, beer. If someone’s like “So you want a beer i’m like ‘yeah! lets go have beers, okay,” then I’m like “oh fuck I would have much preferred to think about what I want.” Dudes just seem to do it, like lets just keep this easy and simple; *Aussie accent* “I’ve been lifting the bricks all day mate just give me whatever.”
Thats a pretty impressive impression of an aussie you did there…
I love doing Aussie impressions, it’s so much fun. Aussies love Aussies, Aussies love laughing at bogan Australia, it’s actually so funny, but it is just such a weird thing – everyone acknowledges it, everyone takes the piss out of it, even bogans are like, “bogans are fucked” haha.
Like how does this cycle end?! They acknowledge it! They are like “yep were bogans, we love being bogans,” so well maybe we should just accept that they are bogans.
Everyone assumes they’re rednecks, but like the Australian version, but its so much more. I love a good bogan, just having a conversation with someone you didn’t know was a bogan. Half way through your just like “OH MY GOD TELL ME MORE THINGS.” I’d rather talk to a bogan than a vegan anyway…
“What did you do tonight? I did some skids and punched a guy then like we had a big BBQ and set some shit on fire,”
Then the vegan guys like, “Oh yeah I sat down in silence next to a candle.”
Haha so true. What do you think of the Perth comedic scene at the moment?
It’s so underrated, we have some of the best talent in the nation. Ciaran Lyons is on Triple J now – he’s just a kid from Perth who was just doing his bits and being funny and he got picked up. Melbourne International Comedy Festival put together a show called Comedy Zone and they go through all the states and put together the best up and coming comics and showcase them and put them in the gala, Tien Trang was doing Southbound and stuff, Jim Jefferies went to WAAPA as an opera singer.
The promoters don’t have the budget to targeting our demographic. People don’t think it’s an option they’re just like “Stevos bands playing, we can smoke ciggies out the back.”
Check out whats on, come have a good time.
Do you smoke?
I quit 4 days ago, but I’m not going to say I quit yet, I’ll give it a month or so, cigarettes aren’t cool.
At this point we run out of liquid to drink to I head to the bar to get us another round (wine for Rory), I leave my phone recording on the table…
I didn’t really listen to Prince, I don’t know if I really care that much, everyone thinks Prince is ‘Yeah! oh!’ they’res so many classics, there’s hundreds of classic artists, hundreds of greatest artists… I’m not going to hear them all. Theres too many. I don’t have to like prince, just leave me alone facebook.
What’s it like writing comedy?
I was watching Straight Outta Compton last night and everyone was in the studio getting down having fun and I’m like that looks sick! Meanwhile, I’m just gonna sit by myself in my room and make funny jokes.
Comedy is the most funniest thing to do in public, like you look like a crazy… your just sat by yourself writing into a book pissing yourself laughing at what you just wrote down.
I just got a burger and it just began to fall apart, stop putting so much shit in the burger, I reckon it would be sick if they made heaps of tiny burgers so like ill have 4 mini burgers for 15 bucks.
I think that’s already a thing… like sliders
Well I’m gonna come through the game strong, put this in the article, ‘Rory Lowe said sliders are coming back, sliders are the new black,’ give it 3 years and there will be slider bars everywhere and they will all be served on metal plates, because of modernism or something.
Do you like social media?
I don’t know. Some days I do. Today I hate it. Today I fucken hated it because like, the sky was all grey and I looked it my phone and oh no some country somewhere has run out of water and some guy has killed 100 people and theres no more air left and the ground is now jelly and theres no more water in the ocean and theres too many fish so all the fish are dead and now theres too much water so I was like oh man FUCK facebook today. Sometimes I say I cant do this and sometimes I’m like ‘yay awesome!,’ sometimes you post a status and you’re like ‘fuck yeah everyone likes what I said.’
I don’t get Instagram, I still don’t. I think I’ve figured it out but its not what I wanted it to be. I wanted it to be cooler than that. There was this dude walking down the street talking to his girlfriend about this picture/this picture, he goes “its just people taking pictures of their food and shoes mate, I don’t wanna see that, I don’t wanna see that what makes them think I wanna see that?”
And I was just thinking, ‘they’re not taking those photos for you’ you know what I mean? Instagram isn’t about taking photos to show people it’s about taking a photo because you wanna take a photo and that’s why somedays I like social media. It’s just a really good way for people to express themselves, a good platform, its able to connect everyone on the planet but usually its just ‘look at this cat doing this thing’ but you need that too.
I was feeling a bit blue today because of all the shit I said before but then there was this thing saying ‘if you’re sad look at this!’ and it was just this dog looking at its owner, while its owner was on a swivel chair and it was just playing that ‘all around me are familiar faces, worn out places…’ and it was just like this pug with eyes wide open because its upside down being spun around, and man it was fucking hilarious.
That Lion king video went huge.
Yeah its so strange, you know, it’s like ah really? Is that what everyone likes?!
I sent through an Aladdin one today so hopefully that goes up. I wanna do a Toy Story one. It’s not a new idea, like taking something and putting an Aussie accent on it, its not a new thing. It’s just those things where like you muck around with stuff … like you look at Alex Williamson and Frenchy and all these big massive YouTube dudes and youre just like oh yeah just put on an Aussie accent and act like a bogan and do those things, a lot of the things that successfully go viral (esp. in aus) are things that have Aussie accents that shouldn’t have an Aussie accent,.
But those guys are funny, I don’t wanna knock them, haha next minute headlines everywhere – ‘Rory slags off everybody in the business.’
Who’s your comedic idol?
Bill Burr is the best, he is an American comic who has been out for years, he is the best. Louis CK is a game gamechanger – he did 5 specials for 5 years and really changed how comedy was made, he will be remembered more than Bill. I really like a guy called Chris D’Elia he is just funny, like theres nothing too much too it, nothing too phisolophical or analytical of society, he just says some really funny shit and I like it.
When did you realise this was what you wanted to do?
I did a gig in high school for the talent show at Aquanis and it just went well. It pissed off the people I didn’t like and the people I did like loved it, so a year later I did another gig because people were telling me to do it… so I did it and that went well. Then I did it six months after that and again it went well so from there it just became more frequent. I got some more gigs and opened up for Tame Impala at Big Day Out and that was awesome. My friends and I used to pretend we were Tame to get chicks and then it ended up we ended up being part of the crew and I saw Kev when he was back in town last and it was cool, it was just one of those things where I was like fuck how the fuck did this just happen?
I fanboy so hard to myself in secret, like one night I was hanging with Stephen K Amos and some other guys and we ended up going to Connections because they were so gay and I had to pinch myself, it was so fun.
When I met Snoop Dog, he is so tall, I looked at his chest and I just went ‘oh my god’ and there was a light behind him and I was like its Jesus! Coolest mofo, he was just in their singing Bob Marley and shit.
Check out Rory’s gig Instagram’s to Grammy’s at the Mt Lawley Bowling club running from tonight to Saturday.
We’ll hook you up with some cheaper tickets here, because we like you xo
It will be a sad day when Free Range Gallery closes its doors later on this year, so we really encourage you to check out some of the local talent they’re showcasing over the next few months and experience this unique space while you can!
Running until Saturday, Support Structure is an exciting exhibition of new works by Liam Colgan (WA), Emma Schrader (WA) and Grace Herbert (TAS). Examining the artists shared interests in built environments; the show will consider the ways in which these spaces have the ability to influence their occupants.
Drawing inspiration from three very distinct spaces: the gallery, bedroom, and construction site, Support Structure highlights the unseen mechanisms of our built world. Through multi-media installation Colgan playfully explores how the environments we live in can subtly shape our identities. Schrader uses sculpture to sensitively examine how the human body can connect and relate to the space it occupies. Herbert’s photographic installation seeks to investigate the transient nature of built spaces.
This project is supported by the Department of Culture and the Arts.