Tuesday, March 9th, 2010 by John

Mass Music Festival

Bringing together a unique combination of Music, Arts, Surf and Style – MASS, the festival will add a welcome creative element to the competition in and around the surf capital of WA, Margaret River.

Following the Women’s Surfing Final on Saturday afternoon March 20, the music component of the inaugural MASS Festival will be headlined by Gyroscope. Their latest single Some Of The Places I Know from their highly anticipated forthcoming album “Cohesion” due for release in April this year, is getting a flogging on pretty much every rdaio station that isn’t ABC Classic FM.

Joining them will be Cog who’s second album, “Sharing Space” (2008), proved even more successful than its predecessor, charting as high as number two on the Australian albums chart and spawning the Top 50 hit What If.

Eddy Current Suppression Ring will be belting out new stuff from their latest album “Rush to Relax” as well as their  multiple award winning 2008 release “Primary Colours.”


Last Hope

Sunday, February 21st, 2010 by Nicole Norelli

Last Hope is the fusion of sixteen original short films compiled by Andrew Kidman accompanied by a unique soundtrack put together by Spunk Records. Some of the artists include SmogSufjan StevensMogwaiMy Morning JacketDirty ThreeHolly ThrosbyVetiverBonnie Prince Billy, Machine Translations and The Brown Birds From Windy Hill. The films centre on the theme of the splendor of the sea and the infinite myth and culture of surfing.

Andrew Kidman chose six of his favourite surfing filmmakers to create short films that were inspired by the ocean. The filmmakers include Albert Falzon, Jon Frank, Monty Webber, Michelle Lockwood, Patrick Trefz and Richard Kenvin. Kidman also provides four shorts of his own.

On Friday 20th February, Last Hope played to a most welcoming crowd at the Astor Theatre, Mount Lawley. After a fitting introduction by Andrew Kidman himself, the films were brought to life with an amazing live soundtrack by The Brown Birds of Windy Hill, Machine Translations and the beautiful and absolute highlight of the night: Miss Holly Throsby. The affect of live music articulates the breathtaking beauty of the ocean and strengthens a connection we share with it. The result is at times emotional, selfless, humorous and sincere. It was a welcome end to a busy week in the rat race. A relaxing and thought provoking escape, I thoroughly enjoyed it.