Archive for November, 2013

Interview: Paper Mountain

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

1476141_636764459698581_253650246_nInterview by Rich Moore. Back in October, Paper Mountain saw their new open workshop project the Common Room finally funded.  With just a few days left before the Launch, we talked gigs, Perth artists and illegal casinos with Ashleigh Whyte […]

Bastille returns to Australia

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

Bastille--MAIN_1686198aThe band that brought you the song you can’t help singing at premature Christmas parties this year is gearing up to do it all again- BASTILLE have announced a secondary Australian tour that will see them joining us on the […]

Photos: Hits & Pits 2.0 at Amplifier

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

-57 Black Flag, at Amplifier BarHits & Pits 2.0 at Amplifier Bar, Perth on Sunday November 24, 2013. Photo’s by Christopher Harris. Featuring: Good For You, Bad Astronaut, Snuff, Boy Sets Fire and Black Flag.

Get on your dancing shoes- Arctic Monkeys to tour

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

arctic-monkeys-2013Last time they graced our presence it was at Belvoir Amphitheatre and it was in the company of Miles Kane. Now the ARCTIC MONKEYS are back and it’s on the 13th of May at Perth Arena. The lads recently have been […]

Tourist to launch ‘Holding On To What Hurts’

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

Tourist PJ C -LoTOURIST have been quiet as of late- living a life outside music is sometimes necessary to start that busy twelve month period up again. They are now going about re-injecting themselves back into the WA scene with the new single ’Holding […]

Cat Power announces intimate Fly By Night gig

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

DSC4255 Stefano Giovannini.jpegChan Marshall AKA CAT POWER returns to Australia- and more importantly, Perth- over the course of January and February. Her enigmatic, intimate coevals will be reverberating around the walls of Fly By Night on the 4th of February. Her set […]

Review: Ermine Coat — “Parking Lots”

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Down and out on Redfern street, by way of Kenwick: Alex Griffin views the world through a skewed lens. Ever since I met the little guy (full disclosure: the man is obviously a contributor here and via a series of one sentence e-mails got me the gig rambling bullshit nonsense on these very pages) we’ve bonded over shared interests, interests like The Fall and most consistently, alcohol. I’ve seen the best and worst of a person by way of shambolic performances, relationships disintegrating and some wonderful turns of phrase and melodies. When he sings ‘there’s no pretty white girls/wearing lace on the riverbank’ it tears me up inside. Parking Lots is his second album, which had a long production and it shows: this is a confident, fully-formed piece of work. The sheer noise and muffled tones of his previous releases is of course present still, but it is subdued and hardly as intrusive – while LP made us long for the day where he didn’t record things through a goddamned loafer and obscure the gold underneath, these songs breathe and live as if we were in the room with them. If we were in the same room however, discomfort would abound.

Alex still frames his work around irony, like most I suppose: there are tracks ‘about’ telethon, Neil Young’s hearse and Coles prices. Of course, empty irony is the worst thing an artist can do, but Alex is exploring his psyche through these winks and one-liners. One tune in particular will haunt my waking days for a long time to come: ‘Police Academy VII’ recasts Spandau Ballet and that woeful series of guffaws as a chilling tale of what seems to be a relationship that turned sour and grew some mould right on top. It’s a scarily good tune, a perfect match between subject matter and delivery (slow, rumbling samples and a fingerpicked guitar part – technique is not a bad thing if it assists and nurtures). It’s also very well sequenced in the scheme of the record, smack back in the middle, so it creeps up on you and the daze it casts upon you is lifted immediately by ‘(Dropping Out)’ although that is again a nice cheat, for any tune that quotes ‘Suspicious Minds’ for a closing line has some serious delirium working underneath.

This is a complicated dense wave of a work from a guy who has a keen critical ear – where he wants his music to go, what image to present and all that. More than this though, this is a slice of life from a guy in his early 20s – as confused, alienated and lost as the rest of us. These contradictions between the head and the heart make for some frighteningly powerful results. For those in the midst, it’s a welcome tonic and for those who have seen it past, well, be thankful you’ve got a mortgage and a career, because there’s nothing scarier than an artist who knows what path to follow, but has seen the road crumble underfoot. In short: a terrific album.

Photos: Boy & Bear at Astor Theatre

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

-15 Boy And Bear, at Astor TheatreBoy & Bear at Astor Theatre, Perth on Saturday November 23, 2013. Photo’s by Christopher Harris.

Live Review: Boy & Bear at The Astor Theatre

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

boy-and-bearSaturday November 24th, 2013 – Review by Jessica Tucker Not too long ago, a defining moment in a concert would often be represented by the placid waving of a cigarette lighter to a power ballad. One lone soul at BOY & BEARS’ 16 Days […]

Vinyl Retention: Débruit and Alsarah

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Every Wednesday, Sardi lets us know what’s tickling his eardrums in the world of electronic music…

France meets Sudan as prolific beatmaker and producer extraordinaire Débruit teams up with vocalist Alsarah to bring us an amazing new album Aljawal.

The eleven track release is an amalgamation of Débruit’s chunky and funky, analogue bass driven beat production, fused with the ethereal and poetic vocals of Alsarah.

Haunting and evocative, yet full of fun, it’s a very strange and bold collaboration of two quite diverse sounds, yet somehow, it works. It’s reminiscent in parts to local hero Diger Rockwell’s excursion into worldly beats.

Exciting stuff and hopefully a pairing that will continue to work together.

If you like what you hear, be sure to tune in to RTRFM’s Full Frequency between 3pm & 5pm, as Sardi and Dart explore the latest beats and bass from around the globe.