Archive for February, 2016

European Cotton Club, A Great Gatsby Affair

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016
Midlandia, Rectangle Room, Perth Fringe Festival 2016
Saturday, February 13th

by Nicola Heyes

SHE’S got style, she’s got flair, she’s definitely got talent – and an amazing magical stage presence, so much so, that on Saturday afternoon I was transported into some deep, dark roaring ‘20s club. This was no speakeasy or a grand Great Gatsby type mansion, this was Midlandia’s Rectangle Room with Cathrine Summers and her talented four-piece band – part of Perth Fringe Festival 2016.
The European Cotton Club experience is something to be seen – it’s uptempo with a brilliant mix of traditional jazz from France, Spain and Italy to modern electro jazz, taking songs like Beyonce’s Crazy in Love to ‘Charleston’ level.
Summer’s shows – Summer Groove Sundowner at Lamont’s Bishop House and A Summers Night in Paris, at the Parrott House in Maylands (also part of Perth Fringe Festival 2016) have been incredibly popular – in fact A Summers Night in Paris was a sell-out – and has been nominated for an award. There’s no denying that this British-born Australian is a roaring success.
The two-hour set – along with her band: pianist, double bassist, drummer and saxophonist – took the audience through a journey of jazz and storytelling – particularly about Cole Porter’s influence on jazz – and how he inspired Summers. Her exquisite and perfect French accent shone as she belted out Edith Piaf’s ‘Non, Je Ne Regret Rein’ – her performance of such an iconic song was incredibly moving. From Parisian jazz to modern swing uptempo – with a great twist on Adele’s Rolling in Deep – Summer’s charismatic engagement with the audience is exhilarating.
With regular shows at Tart’s café in Northbridge – and other venues, Cathrine Summers will be wowing fans across Perth for many years, not just Perth Fringe Festival.
European Cotton Club’s final performance is Saturday, February 20th at Midlandia – be sure to see it.

Anger Management: Cursed Earth — Enslaved By The Insignificant

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

Cursed Earth spent 2015 laying waste to venues, house parties and ears across Australia via a sonic scorched earth policy. Playing a load of gigs, with a refreshing amount of diverse genre lineups, the groups powerful hardcore meets Swedish HM2 buzzsaw Death Metal turned heads and dropped jaws. Like if Crossed Out or Infest started jamming on Entombed’s gear, super intense but not afraid to riff out with some headbanging riffs.

New flexi ‘Enslaved By The Insignificant’ was introduced by a simply effective (and addictive) browser game. ‘Ensnaked’ (still playable at allowed some with the muscle memory of the Nokia era an early listen to the new tracks. This kind of simple marketing is genius and makes me wonder why more bands don’t try this more often, sometimes making an effort larger than a youtube clip goes a long way.

The two new tracks (Degenerate, Enslaved) sound excellent and heavy. A powerful and clear production makes Enslaved really shine, some off putting dissonant riffage puts this one at the top of my ‘would like to hear live’ list.

The download contains 9 older tracks, the remastered ‘Vae Mortis’ ep from 2104 and tracks from the split with Burning Season. This is a buzzsaw to the face and a can’t miss live band. Essential listening.

Critical Mass airs every Wednesday from 9PM (GMT+8) on RTR FM 92.1 in Perth, Australia.

PBS Drive Live — Taipan Tiger Girls

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

Melbourne community radio station PBS is right in the middle of Drive Live — their annual week-long celebration of live music.

All this week there will be a stack of great Melbourne artists playing live in the PBS studios from 5pm to 7pm.

Yesterday saw the most-excellent Taipan Tiger Girls put on a showcase of exceptional droney, synth-filled goodness. Check out the full 25+ minutes right here:

The rest of the week’s PBS Drive Live lineup is:

Tuesday, February 2 – Mixing Up The Medicine
The Drones
Deaf Wish

Wednesday, February 3 – The Afterglow Radio Show
Terrible Truths
Sui Zhen
Jess Ribeiro

Thursday, February 4 – Fang It!
Wet Lips

Friday, February 5 – Stone Love
Little Desert
Waterfall Person
Drug Sweat

Head to the PBS website for more info.

Two Minutes with Skullcave

Monday, February 1st, 2016

Ahead of their spot supporting High On Fire at the Rosemount in Perth on February 17, we spend a couple of minutes with Skullcave and find out what’s been happening…

Describe your music in five words or less.
Riff, whinge, harmony, chugg, riff.

What’s going on in the world of Skullcave?
We put out 2 EPs last year and we’ve been writing for our next release which we’ll hopefully record with Ron Pollard.

What motivates you to make music?
The local heavy music scene in Perth has actually been the biggest motivator to me recently. There are a lot of great artists creating some really unique sounds, so their artistic success inspires me to keep writing.

What have been the high and low points of your musical experiences so far?
Lows: Spending all your money on a new amp/guitar and then struggling to eat for the rest of the month.
Highs: Spending all your money on a new amp/guitar and then struggling to eat for the rest of the month.

What music are you listening to at the moment?
Elder, Drowning Horse, Melvins, Hard-Ons, High On Fire

If you were stranded on a desert island, which member of the band would get eaten first?
I think Liam would be the easiest to catch and pin down. Then again I’m definitely the least fit. Either way, Steve would probably last the longest.

Here’s an opportunity to bitch about something, whether music related or not. What really pisses you off?
Phil Anselmo’s racism. What a loser.

You’re putting together your perfect gig featuring Australian artists. Who would you get to play and where? Feel free to include acts/DJs/bands/venues that no longer exist.
Mine would be an all day outdoor heavy music gig made up largely of local acts.

Drowning Horse, Lo!, Tangled Thoughts of Leaving, Forstora, Cursed Earth, Serious Beak, Unravel, Self-Harm, Hard Ons, Mark of Cain, Foxes, Territory.