February, 2011

SLIP DOWN THE ALLEYWAY // CHRIS GOES TO LANEWAY

Monday, February 21st, 2011 by Chris

Laneway Festival

St Jerome’s Laneway Festival
Cultural Centre, Northbridge.
12/2/2011

By Chris Wheeldon

The Big Day Out one weekend, Laneway the next, never a dull moment in Perth. The difference between the two festivals is mammoth not only in punters but also in bands and the mentality of the day.

Laneway is a hipster and wannabe hipster’s paradise. A place where indie kids can shrug shoulders with original indie kids, a place where the day counts but it seems the music is much more important.

Set in the wonderful surrounds of the Cultural Centre, Fringe World glistened in the sunshine and the newly renovated urban garden created the perfect backdrop.

After finishing a quick stint on radio and dodging my way through the bike race taking place through Northbridge I walked in to catch the end of The Antlers. A band that recorded are a cavalcade of sounds and melodies, live they struggled to convey the complexity of their recordings.

Violent Soho, over on The PICA stage however had no sense of complexity. Instead they were straight up ballsy rock and roll. Harking back to the sound of Nirvana and Magic Dirt, this Brisbane band leave little room for your ears to recover and it was only 4pm.

Over on the Frances Street stage there seemed to be a bottle neck as people clambered for shade and to get a sight of the wonderful women of Warpaint. Brooklyn in a nutshell, this four-piece sound checked away lulling people into the belief the show had started. When it did the swelling crowd were treated to a tribal, bass filled set of songs that echoed through the afternoon air.

Dashing off to check Menomena I was surprised at the small size of the crowd. One of last year’s finest albums should have indicated higher interest but the extra space was wonderful. They set about a well-crafted and extremely enjoyable forty-minute set. Musicians in every sense this five piece dance about instruments and sounds that bellow from their arrangements.

I set in for a couple of hours at the PICA stage as the sun began to set. PVT began their final show of a very long tour in true form. This was a show form the Sydney boys that they had clearly been looking forward to. Their energy, passion and talent oozed from the stage and into the hearts of a growing crowd.

Blonde Redhead boasted the most impressive resume of all the bands on Laneway this year and their set showed their pedigree. Decked out in white the New York natives created a wall of sound that filled the amphitheatre, bouncing back off the library glass. Standing in that wall of sound is the best way to listen to Blonde Redhead, their music and melodies grip you and envelope you as they dance around on stage.

Les Savy Fav leave nothing on stage when they play. Word spreads quickly when things get crazy. It took Les Savy Fav half a song before singer Tim Harrington was off. He dived into the crowd and managed through forty minutes to see every inch of his audience. Technically the show suffered a little but this band put a smile on your face that goes nowhere until they leave.

Elsewhere, Arial Pink’s Haunted Graffiti played to a massive crowd treating them to, not just a musical feast but a show, costumes and lights and dancing. Glam is not dead.

Holy Fuck took off on the PICA stage. Their intricately woven sounds show a complexity that most mathematicians would struggle with. This was one of those shows that to really enjoy you had to be involved. This is not a band that will engage you with witty banter but instead tear your head off with electronic music that you may never hear unless Holy Fuck were in front of you.

Deerhunter finished my evening with their treble filled aural explosion. Catching the last few tracks of their set they seemed a little washed out and at times their drummer battled with timing. Bradford Cox owned the stage even if he struggled to think of ‘anything cool to say’. However it seem that they may have played one too many shows in recent times, they seemed tired and little ready to head back home.

As the hipsters and crew headed off into the night, perhaps to forget they were hipsters and revert back to their bogan credentials, the indie fest that is Laneway provided an oasis for the festival going audience. It’s interesting how successful music festivals can be when they concentrate providing good music.

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A BIG DAY OUT WITH CHRIS //

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011 by John

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BIG DAY OUT 2011
Claremont Showgrounds
07/02/11
Chris Wheeldon

Every year I walk into the Big Day Out with the same feelings of dread and loathing. It’s hot, dusty and full of people who’s enjoyment of music is matched only by their love of denim shorts, wearing singlets and their want to stay in one spot, drinking over priced beer and watch one just band all day, but it’s always a sick day, man.

This year the feeling was the same, if not a little worse. The line-up did little to make me smile but when I left eight hours later my mind was changed, and I didn’t even get stuck in traffic.

The Big Day Out’s relevance has diminished over the years with bigger and better festivals taking its place but with It was because of the older and lesser known acts the 2011 Big Day Out shone.

I checked out Airbourne from the comfort of the grand stand, not a bad place to watch a band whose show is more about the antics then the music. Although their guitarist did churn out a kick ass solo from on top of the speaker rig.

A quick peak over at Andrew WK did little to garner my interest. High energy and a hell of a lot of bravado did little to counter the fact that songs about partying can only go so far.

Perhaps the most interesting and highly anticipated act of the day was the gangster ninja’s of South Africa’s Die Antwood. Half mockumentary, half comedy duo but all fun and perhaps the smartest ‘rappers’ on the plant. With the alien voice of Yolandi echoing over the Boiler Room there is something to behold with this duo of ninja’s who put on quite a show.

The Greenhornes began to a very small but interested crowd on the Hot Produce stage. Having been around for a while and with most members spawning in other bands, theses guys know how to play, shame the people crossing in front of them ignored that fact.

As the day turned into evening it was time for the old hands to take to the stage. Iggy Pop and The Stooges were the daddy’s of the daddy’s. Bursting on stage with the bravado you would expect, middle fingers in the air and pushing camera men around Iggy Pop belted out a collection of his serious back catalogue. His energy is infectious and his control over the crowd was something to behold. With dancers on stage and frequent trips into the crowd, he even managed an encore. Well played Sir Iggy.

Primal Scream continued the old timers feel with their playing of the classic Screamadelica. Bobby Gillespie swaggered, everyone danced. Punctuated by a brilliant light show, Primal Scream were an evening wonder and a testament to the endurance of a truly great album.

Tool played back over on the main stage. I only caught a few songs, both of which were loud and baked by a quite spectacular light show. Maynard was silhouette on a drum riser and although for a non fan the lights were more impressive than the sound I can see why die hard fans would have been in rapture.

Grinderman finished my night. Nick Cave may just be more relevant than any current artist in the world and he could just be the finest performer Australia has ever produced. With his ‘second’ band behind him this became the most enthralling and intense hour of any festival set I have seen. Warren Ellis made noises to behold and Cave himself sang not to a crowd but, seemingly, to a bunch of pals. Where the singlet and demin shorts mob were playing in silence and being shot by MIA the true music lovers were getting their heads torn off by Grinderman.

With rumors around that the Big Day Out may not be back this was a very, very, good swansong.

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YOU NEVER LOSE WITH RAASHAN LIVE//

Thursday, February 10th, 2011 by Nicole Norelli

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WHO: Raashan Ahmad and The Paper Plane Project
WHERE: The Bird Nightclub, Northbridge
WHEN: Friday 4th January 2011
So what? SO WHAT!? Radtimes ensued. That’s what. Need proof? Take a look!

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RAASHAN AHMED BEHIND THE SCENES//

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011 by Nicole Norelli

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Last week we spent some time hanging with MC Raashan Ahmed of Crown City Rockers fame, right here in sunny lil’ Perth. Raashan was in Perth as part of an Australian tour plugging his new album “For What You’ve Lost”, released on Perth label Paper Chain Records for Australian and New Zealand distribution. We had the absolute pleasure of filming a new music video for Raashan’s feel good track ‘Sunshine”. With John Macliver in the director’s chair and Lewis Potts as DOP, and help from a great crew. Here are some photos taken from behind the scenes!

Enjoy the ‘Sunshine’….

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KITO VS REIJA LEE ON SET//

Friday, February 4th, 2011 by Nicole Norelli

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Over the last weekend I had the pleasure of taking photos behind the scenes for Kito and Reija Lee’s NEW music video clip ‘On The Jam’. Directed by Sam Price, and DOP by Sam Winzar, the day was filled with trapeze artists, loose dirt, black paint and two very lovely, hard working, local and pretty electronic artists: Kito and Reija Lee!


Photos by Nicole Norelli

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