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Fireside Chats: With Leafy Suburbs

Andrew Ryan

Lyndon here thinking about the course and direction of human civilization.

Lyndon here thinking about the course and direction of human civilization.

Lyndon Blue is a man with many friends. He is impossible to hate. If somehow, he rubs you the wrong way, you might be on the list of people I would want to have nothing to do with. (and when I say list in this case, I probably hint something like Arya Stark’s kind of list)

Anyhow, Lyndon Blue is a man with many talents, the first and foremost is the skill in which he masters the musical arts. He is proficient with the violin, guitar, double bass, bass guitar and keyboard. He also writes for Cool Perth Nights when he has some Sriracha/ABC-spicy music to tell Perthlings about.

As I began my interview, Lyndon prepares himself a delicious satay tofu (well i’m more partial to the satay part than I am on the tofu part). One of Lyndon’s many acts is Leafy Suburbs, which represents his foray into the world of ambient and electronica, and he has recently released a record named ‘Blushes’ which is out via Roof Garden Records, a Glasgow-based label (Glasgow is renowned producing top-tier musical acts such as CHVRCHES). Clayton Lin, part-time music journalist, film and arts reviewer and amateur-professional Magic: The Gathering player sits down with the man himself to talk about tunes

C: To get to the present, one must look to the past- how did Leafy Suburbs come about?

L: All my musical projects basically start because I get an urge to make something (or something I accidentally like), but it doesn’t feel like it belongs in the world of an existing project. At the time around late 2011, I had a few things on the go but none of them really lent themselves to fully electronic soundscapes, which was something I enjoyed making. I was also getting inspired by “musique concrete” and new age ambient type stuff. So those interests came together and made sense to me under one umbrella.

C: For the uninitiated, what is “musique concrete?”

L: Basically, it’s just an early form of sampling- using recorded sounds from the world as musical material, as opposed to using purpose made musical instruments.

L (cont.): It emerged from the work of French composer Pierre Schaeffer who said he wanted to collect “concrete sounds, wherever they came from, and to abstract musical values they were potentially containing and finding way to create it. Which to me, is very inspiring. I spend a lot of time walking around, if I hear something of interest, I’ll record it on my phone or field recorder, then go home and find the bits that to me, are the most “musically” compelling and use that as the foundation for a new tune.

C: No conversation about you would go without mentioning that you play in a lot of bands, or fill in as substitutes in other people’s bands. How do you juggle of all this?

L: Hahah, with some difficulty. For example, we did the launch for the new Leafy Suburbs record two nights ago, and then this coming weekend I'm playing with the Solar Barge Big Band at a top secret festival in WA, I'm sure you can guess which one. And it does take a bit of mental and emotional gymnastics to get out of one headspace and into the other. I like to think I'm getting better at pacing myself, for example it's been a few years since I was willing to play multiple gigs with different projects on the same night. That was silly and I was getting burnt out.

C: Okay, let’s get to the main event- to the record at hand- ‘Blushes’ which you’ve mentioned revolves around themes in the realm of science fiction. Can you elaborate?

L: Sure can, so, the record's called 'Blushes' which refers to the old Hebrew name for Mars... 'Ma'adim' or 'The One Who Blushes.' I was reading about Mars and thinking about it how it's been flagged culturally as this kind of contingency plan, a destination to colonise once we (maybe inevitably) ruin the Earth. And I found it amusing, this idea that resettling on Mars would be this kind of embarrassing concession - a reason to 'blush' - rather than a triumphant moment of space conquest.

L: (cont.) What does this have to the music? Nothing necessarily, there are no lyrics, so you can take or leave the thematics. I guess the music and the concepts that I've framed it with kind of developed in parallel, and you can hear the space junk, the cold Martian winds, the digital interference and so on in there if you listen for it. But it's not supposed to be a coherent narrative or anything, Leafy Suburbs is all about evocation rather than trying to represent anything directly.

C: Obviously it’s not often that you have music associated with rather celestial subject matter, but there are probably examples out there. Was there anything that inspired the direction of this record?

L: Strangely enough I had never considered that question until now, like in terms of what actually influenced it sonically. I guess had been listening to more aggressive, cold-sounding dance music - for example a lot of footwork and techno, and some of that seemed to resonate with the apocalyptic themes. Kind of stripping back the human warmth and letting the machines just spin out.

L: (cont.) But then there are some warm moments 'cause I'm a big softy at heart. The track 'Sun Dew' is a more juicy, upbeat tune where I was imagining a sun dew plant gaining purchase in Martian soil. And I'd say it was probably influenced in part by Mort Garson... his 'Plantasia' album is a big favourite of mine. Oh and 'Sojourner' was built around an Ariana Grande vocal sample, go figure.

C: Was there any interesting lessons learned, or new techniques you applied in the creation of this record?

L: Mmm, the process for this record wouldn't have been particularly interesting to look at - no microphones poised over waterfalls or anything. But it was interesting for me personally: it was the first time I recorded tracks by "performing" them in Ableton Live, as opposed to developing layers and spending hours tweaking the arrangements. I think it sounds a bit more spontaneous as a result. I also used various DJ effects to add variation as the sections played out - things like beat repeat, bandpass filters and live delay... which is not to say I know how to DJ, but I was trying to kinda get into that mindset. I wanted to achieve a kind of "alien dance floor" aesthetic.

C: Leafy Suburbs has previously released other EPs and records, such as ‘Slow Light’ and ‘Psychic Lease’. How do you feel ‘Blushes’ differentiates from the aforementioned titles?

L: I think it definitely sounds colder and more digital... those other two records you mention both had plenty of live synth, some guitar and field recordings from nature. The more recent album, Honda Jazz, is also quite warm and organic sounding in a lot of ways. So I guess the short answer is, Blushes is less "earthy."

C: What next for Leafy Suburbs, after this record?

L: I've got a backlog of tracks that will hopefully see a release in the next 6 months or so. 'Blushes' is strictly digital which I think suits its sound, but looking forward to getting some vinyl out, which would be a first for the project. The forthcoming material will be a mix of "lush" electronic sounds and maybe some elements that people wouldn't normally associate with Leafy Suburbs. I like setting limitations for projects, but also pushing at the corners to expand the possibilities.

Lyndon Facts:

Breakfast: Generous spread of eggs and sourdough toast with mexican style beans, coriander, mango salsa, avocado and many varieties of hot sauce. And a big pot of coffee.

Lunch: Just a Perfect Sandwich. The Di Chiera Veg Conti was a good example. And the sandwiches you can curate at Elmar's on Beaufort Street.

Dinner: It's a draw between pizza (which is the sort of food that makes life worth living) and like, a felafel situation with heaps of baba ganoush and hommus and pickled turnips and olives and everything. Oof.

Other tidbits: Lyndon also likes to garden, planting some tomatoes and strawberries. They are yet to mature and bear fruit.

Listen to Leafy Suburbs Blushes here

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Tash Sultana's Second Fremantle Arts Centre Show Announced

Andrew Ryan

The one and only Tash Sultana has just announced a second show Friday December 8 at Fremantle Arts Centre! 🎉

Tickets go on sale Thursday September 14 at 10am WAST >

Be sure to get in quick as the first show sold out in 24 hours!

Sailing in the wake of a recently sold-out world tour, this will be the last chance to witness Tash Sultana's mercurial talents until the end of 2018, as she bunkers down to write and record one of the most anticipated debut albums in recent memory.

Live in the Labyrinth: Emlyn Johnson

Andrew Ryan


Gertrude Stein said of Picasso that he was the only painter at the time in her charismatic biography of the well know painter. Such sweeping statements are the stuff of fancy and we love it. Give us absolutes or wither away – you dandies.

Similarly, Emlyn Johnson is Australia’s only poet. Good friend and unhinged muse to other musicians who are far more well known to the man.

We capture Emlyn in the Labyrith at Rosemount. A place more commonly used by lovers or soon to be lovers, who dine and wot not in these spaces at Rosemount Hotel.

Vote for Marriage Equality

Andrew Ryan

The Libs have used a barely disguised tactic of demographic targeting via the marriage equality postal vote. They believe young people will be too disengaged to bother voting Yes.

We can see what they’re doing – and we will prove them wrong. You have 14 days to register to vote or update your details if they have changed since the last election. Make sure you are enrolled to vote now

Photo: Lukas Coch / AAP

Photo: Lukas Coch / AAP

Somewhere Over The Babe Rainbow | Interview with Angus Dowling of The Babe Rainbow

Andrew Ryan

As soon as the needle settles into the bright orange grooves of The Babe Rainbow's debut record, a tingle of fresh air seems to hit your skin. Laptop speakers and increasingly condensed I-Phone head phones never really do it justice. Their jangling, psychedelic tunes colored with gliding bass lines and melodic vocals fuse our modern day experience into the free lovin', grass roots spirit of the 60s and 70s green change movement. Your soul remains satiated long after the record ends.

We were lucky enough to take a few minutes of drummer and vocalist, Angus Dowling time to have a quick chat.

Can you tell us a bit about how you all met and came together as The Babe Rainbow? The origin story?

In the Dreamtime, all Earth lay sleeping. Nothing moved. Nothing grew. One day the babe rainbow came out from under the ground to make love (forever).

This is your debut album after the release of your much loved (and sold out) EP. What was the recording experience like? How did this filter in to your lives outside of the band?

The EP was very much our life in performance and a reflection of us as young people and members of the young people's society of music for chameleons. We went to Paris in the summer of 16' and met a young venezuelan who taught us so much about love and folk songs and electronic sound. The new record is Phase 2 : Jungle Music. It's travelling music, and music made while travelling through music as a stratosphere. We've just finished our second full length album called 'Double Rainbow' it will be out soon too. Our lives filter into the recording process more than the vice versa I think.

The video clip for Peace Blossom Boogy released in April is such a visually beautiful showcase of freedom, landscape and love with a real 60s/70s nostalgia vibe (including an amazing dog of course!). How did the concept come together? And what was the process for filming?

The process for filming that video and any video we've ever made or maybe will ever make is totally immediate and the creation of a completely heavy New Zealand friend of ours named Kristofski (thats Masedonian for Equinox). He carries his camera around often and usually films these clips without the general consent of the collective and more because he just knows what he's doing at the time than the round table pool of ideas we might have in mind. I'd like to make a video with him in a hot air balloon. I think it would be lovely, though.

The album artwork and vinyl design for both your EP and new album is incredible. Was there any particular inspiration? How does the artwork play into the music? 

Thank you! The first EP art cover was a hilarious accident inside photoshop with a simple watercolor thing a librarian named Elliot painted for us. The second one the LP cover was inspired by the work of Bridget Rilley foremost, whom we love and admire, and is our version of the 'babe rainbow' herself, a woman bending with her curves inside the curves of a bent rainbow (us). I've been thinking about the next cover lots, I think it's going to be a photo. I think we're finally ready.

You’re about to embark on a truly epic International Tour for the album. Any secrets to handling the hectic tour schedule?

It is hectic. Drink plenty of water I guess, stay hydrated, stay cool. We only eat superfood, that's a joke. 

Are there any surfing breaks over west you’re looking forward to checking out while you’re here?

Yes please you will find us at the city beach superbank. We're coming early to go to Margaret River on Thursday actually we're really exited we've heard big things. It's different without frogs or crocodiles. Thank-you (in a pleasant way).

Having sold out their shows at Babushka on Friday July 28, and Clancy's on Friday July 29, you can pre-order a vinyl copy of their debut record The Babe Rainbow at their website. Digital downloads of their EP are available via their Bandcamp page.

RPGs, Authentic Forms, Montaigne Q&A with Amber Fresh

Andrew Ryan

This is a very tiny interview with Jessica Cerro, stage name Montaigne. It weren't over the phone or Skype otherwise we would have wangled longer answers from her and posed follow-up questions, but this still gives a sense of her, and if you are a fan will give you more fuel to invite your friends to the show at Mojos, 30th July. She is a great singer and songwriter, a free deep thinker who named her music after a French philosopher of the Renaissance and loves to play puter games.

So, here you go….

                                                MONTAIGNE - "Maybe an RPG"

AF The other night I was watching Rage - the women from The Go Betweens were programming. One of your songs came on and my housemate stopped in his tracks. We both watched and listened in silence while you played and sang and lip synched and acted. I think it was the power that comes from pure self expression - not everyone can do this, but you can. How do connect with your deep self and then translate it to music? 

JC I spend a lot of my time focusing on my thoughts - thinking about my thoughts, you could call them metathoughts - and where they come from, why I have a proclivity for certain attitudes or modes of thought or behaviour etc. From that very clinical, cerebral place, I then let my natural irrational emotions wash over, and I think that maintains a sense of trueness to my Authentic Form whilst allowing for a bit of melodramatic storytelling and poetic whining.

AF I know you think and act to care for the planet, other animals etc. How do you deal with caring about climate change and world issues, and having many long flights and van rides as part of your creative life? 

JC Well, no one is perfect. And at least I am doing the best that I can, within the parameters of my lifestyle. 

AF As a never-gaming person, can you tell me what you love about gaming?

JC The escapism of it. I’m a big fan of fantastical universes and the stories and worlds and lives that exist within them. The soundtracks are almost always incredible, too.

AF What would an RTS game of your life be like? 

JC Haha, I don’t really imagine my life could be made into an RTS game. Maybe an RPG.

AF What genres of music do you think people would be surprised to learn you're close to? As in, music you love, or music you see as near yours that might not seem a straight forward comparison? We've been listening to Joni Mitchell's Blue album at home, and her lyrical density and experimentation and whatnot reminds me of you. Kate Bush of course but people probably mention her all the time to you… Who do you love that would surprise people? Apart from David Byrne :) 

JC Secondhand Serenade, Jonathan Boulet, John Mayer, My Chemical Romance, Owen Pallett, M83, Yann Tiersen, Darwin Deez, Big Scary, The Swell Season, Bright Eyes, Sigur Rós, Paramore, Linkin Park, Utada Hikaru - people would probably be surprised by most of the music I listen to. 

AF “It was a melancholy humor … which first put into my head this raving concern with writing,” the other Montaigne says… I only just found out it's not by accident you share the same name. Do you find writing songs a 'raving concern' for you? 

JC Yes, yes I do.

AF So many heavy questions! So lastly I guess, what's your favourite way to do your hair ATM? 

JC Hmm. I don’t really do my hair per se, I kind of wake up and hope for the best, or get out of the shower and let it dry and hope for the best. 

AF Also: comment not question, but I think you should have your own new-age/sci-fi tv show. If you don't become a sports star after music, maybe that could happen.

JC Heheh, who knows!

AF THANKS Jessica, good luck for life as a human and musician, love Amber Fresh

JC Thanks guys x

Photography courtesy of Montaigne @montaignemusic

Tash Sultana | Homecoming Tour

Andrew Ryan

Cool Perth Nights is incredibly proud to be presenting Tash Sultana at Fremantle Arts Centre, Thursday December 7.

Tash has fast become one of Australia's rising stars, landing the number three slot in last year’s triple j Hottest 100, picking up the Unearthed J Award and hitting the top 10 of the ARIA chart with her EP Notion.

The Homecoming Tour marks her last headline shows for almost a year as Tash bunkers down to finish her debut album and continues to tour internationally. Tash will be supported by fellow former buskers the Pierce Brothers and tropical rave pop duo Willow Beats.

Sign up to exclusive pre-sale tickets before they go on sale to the public on 10am AWST, Friday 28 July. Pre-sale tickets are on sale from 10am AWST, Thursday 27 July.

Abbe May's Weekly Residency at Mojo's

Andrew Ryan

Perth's fave musical queen Abbe May returns to Mojo's for her weekly residency each Wednesday in August! Catch Abbe's electrifying performance of her back catalogue, plus a sneak peek into unreleased music from her upcoming record, as well as a slew of stellar local supports. Find further info and tickets here

For a taster, check out RTRFM's The View from Here featuring Abbe, KT Rumble (Bass) and Matt Wright (Drums), filmed at the historic Victoria Hall on High St below :)


Andrew Ryan

Canadian two-piece Japandroids are touring Australia this July, off the back of their new album “Near To The Wild Heart Of Life”. Prior to the release of this record, the band had spent three full years completely removed from public life, giving no interviews and disappearing from social media. Now they are back and as busy as ever. I caught up with drummer David Prowse at his home in Vancouver to discuss returning to public life, playing new songs, challenging yourself creatively and the weather in Australia.

Jackson: So how does it feel to be “back”, so to speak, after your three year break from touring?

Dave: Three Years is a very long time, obviously. So there’s a little bit of fear that, you know, your time has come and gone for you. I mean it feels great that, you know, there’s been a good response and it’s been fun coming back and playing all these different places over the world we haven’t been to in a while, having great crowds there and people are stoked on the new record. Life’s pretty good, man.

Jackson: Did you spend a lot of that time [away from public life] working on the new record? The record itself marks a step forward, perhaps a step in a different direction, from the last one. It feels like you’re working with a broader range of songs on this record.

Dave: Definitely. We take a while to write, you know. And we did with Celebration Rock. But the thing about recording Celebration Rock or Post-Nothing, compared to this record, is once the songs were written, it was about documenting it pretty much as is. Whereas with this record there was a lot more experimenting in the studio. It was a much more involved process with mixing because we just tracked so much more on every song. So yeah that part definitely took a lot longer than previous records, for sure.

Part of it was just a break, we toured forever and then took a much deserved break at the end of the tour cycle for Celebration Rock. Then writing took quite a while and in the studio, you know, we spent at least twice as much time making this record than we did with [Celebration Rock]. I think, like you said, you can kind of hear there’s just a wider variety of sounds and moods from song to song. A lot more attention to dynamics, a lot less of that feeling of having to record the songs the way you play them live. Instead we went pretty far in the other direction, where we tried to not concern ourselves with how to recreate the songs live and just follow whatever idea we had, for how to enhance the songs in the studio. It’s a bit of a rabbit hole, you know. Like, you can do that forever. Or you can do it for as long as you have money to pay for recording time [laughs]

Jackson: [laughs] yeah, for sure.

Dave: But we definitely took our sweet time recording and mixing this record. I think that was a really liberating experience, having more time to just sort of mess around in the studio. Some of those songs, like I’m Sorry (For Not Finding You Sooner), that song was basically written in the studio. Arc Of Bar was a song that took on a life of it’s own in the studio as we kept building and building on it.

It would have been a very different record if we were just in a hurry and needed to get something out there to get back on the road. That wasn’t really appealing to us. It was a lot more interesting to see where we could go in the studio. You know, really try to take some sort of step, maybe not forward but take multiple steps outward from what we’d done in the past.

Jackson: I think it’s necessary, especially if you’re on your third record. You want to start seeing what else you can do and how you can challenge yourself in that environment.

Dave: Exactly! I think some people would have probably been real happy if we just made another Celebration Rock. That just wasn’t a very appealing concept to us. It was more interesting to see what we were capable of, if we pushed ourselves to make something that was still Japandroids but with a different spin on what we’d done before.

Jackson: So this tour that you’re doing in Australia is the fifth time time you’ve visited us since the band broke internationally?

Dave: I think it’s the fourth? We did Laneway, we did another tour of clubs on Celebration Rock, then we did a sort of half-tour of Australia late last year, where we didn’t make it to quite a few cities. We did Sydney & Melbourne and played a couple festivals. That was round three in australia and this is round four.

Jackson: And how have you found it here, since you first came with Laneway?

Dave: I mean Laneway was one of the most magical experiences I’ve ever had as a touring musician. First of all it’s, like, February. Which means it’s the grimmest weather back home or in Europe.

Jackson: And the weather would have been beautiful here.

Dave: Yeah, we just got to hang out in summertime Australia. Second of all, it’s just a fantastically curated festival. I mean the bands we were playing with. That year was such a stacked line-up, really awesome bands (Chet Faker, El-P, Nicolas Jaar, Perfume Genuis, Shlohmo, The Rubens, The Men, Twerps). You get to tour with all these bands that you really love and admire. It was kind of an amazing, like, weird rock and roll summer camp. So that was a fantastic experience. And a great introduction to touring Australia. Then, getting to come back and play proper shows where everybody is actually there to see you is always a lot of fun. The one downside of festivals is it’s hard to gauge how much people know your band or whether people are just strolling by and checking it out because they’re at the festival. But when we came back and did that club tour it was awesome, the response was great. And the shows we just did were kind of the best of both. We got to play Meredith Festival and another whose name escapes me at the moment [Fairgrounds Music Festival]. And then we played these super sweaty, smaller shows in Sydney & Melbourne in these little punk spaces which was really rad.

Jackson: I had some friends who were at those shows. I heard they went off, man.

Dave: Red Rattler and The Tote? Man, those shows were so much fun. So much fun, man. And I’m excited about this run. The best thing about it is that we finally get to play to people that have had a chance to hear the new record. That was the only downside of that tour we did in december. We were leaning heavily on the new record which, at the time, were a bunch of songs that nobody had heard yet. It was a little bit of a weird vibe, because you’re introducing music to people. There’s this atmosphere at Japandroids shows that’s very much about people being involved in the show, singing along and having the feeling that everybody’s part of the show. It’s not about everybody just standing and watching us play in silence. People are totally engaged in the show and singing along. So it’ll be cool to see that aspect come alive a bit more with these new jams now. After working on this record for a million years you want to get the payoff of seeing people react and respond to it in this inspiring way.

Jackson: That must be such a good feeling, you must really be looking forward to coming back.

Dave: It’s the best feeling in the world. Getting to play songs and people singing along, it’s incredible.

Jackson: Where are you headed after Australia?

Dave: So after Australia we’ll play a couple of shows in New Zealand and then we go home for a little bit. Then we’re doing another run in Europe, playing some of the summer festivals like Reading & Leeds and End Of The Road. Then we’re doing a big North American Tour in the fall in like October, November. After that, we’re gonna take a little breather.

Jackson: It sounds like it’ll be well earned at that point. Finally man, can you tell me what you’re listening to at the moment?

Dave: What am I into at the moment? Well, I’m going to see Kendrick Lamar right after I get back from this tour and that’s going to be incredible. I’ve loved everything he’s ever done and I think his new record is just as amazing as his previous ones.

Jackson: Likewise.

Dave: Yeah man, he’s just so far ahead of every artist, regardless of genre. He’s the guy who’s killing it on every level right now. I’m really digging the Sleaford Mods record [English Tapas]. We got a chance to see them, we played this festival called Primavera in Spain & Portugal and we shared a stage with them and the whole after party thing… yeah. They’re a really unique band, maybe band’s not the right word, but they have a very unique sound and I really really enjoy that new record. I really love this band Priests. They’re an American band from Washington DC and they’ve put out a really great record called Nothing Feels Natural. They’re super rad. I’ll give you a local guy too, there’s this artist Andrew Lee who has a thing called Holy Hum. He’s about to put out a record that he’s been working on for a really long time. It’s a combination of like, Bon Iver’s new material, modern sounds mixed with singer songwriter stuff, and then this great post punk vibe. He’s releasing it in Canada, hopefully it gets out to the world. I think it’s great.

Jackson: Thanks for your time Dave. My band [Foam] is supporting you here in Perth, I’ll catch up with you then.

Dave: Oh that’s rad! For sure man, see you then.

Interview conducted by Jackson Hawdon


Andrew Ryan

RTRFM have teamed up with Fremantle Story to bring you the next series of The View From Here, RTRFM’s long running video series highlighting local bands in unique and special locations.

For this series RTRFM heads to the port city to showcase the amazing spaces in and around Fremantle with some of Perth’s favourite musicians.

We join Thee Loose Hounds deep in the bowels of Fremantle as they take up position in the Whalers Tunnel, Bathers Beach Art Precinct, Fremantle.

Thee Loose Hounds, consisting of Graeme Duffy (Drums), Matty Rodrigues (Guitar), Reuben
(Guitar, Vocals) roll through fifteen minutes of relentless rock n’ roll, blasting down High Street.

They roll through six songs – My Brain Doesn’t Work, Diggin’, Psychodelic Music, Fried Pickles and Mayonaise, WRAY GUN (!) and Scabs – in an onslaught of the senses. Reverb and fuzz reverberating through the tunnel and into the world of Fremantle. Rueben’s vocals soar and fall in a haze of distortion.

As quickly as it starts it is over, returning the Whaling Tunnel to its once serene self, a walk way to Bathers Beach and a landmark of Fremantle.

The View From Here will cover a variety of genres, showcasing the wellspring of talent in Western Australia’s music scene. The performances themselves will also take place in a variety of unique Fremantle locations, to be revealed as the series progresses.

Watch The View From Here, Episode Twenty: Thee Loose Hounds in its entirety now, via

A to Z of Big Sound's First Announcement

Andrew Ryan

Big Sound have just announced the first round of artists playing 2017, and we're incredibly stoked to see Boat Show, Ziggy Ramo, Peter Bibby, Dream Rimmy, Mama Kin Spender and POW! Negro on the bill!

Check out the full first round below:

Alex The Astronaut
Alexander Biggs
Baker Boy
Bespin (NZ)
Boat Show
Body Type
Daggy Man
Donny Benét
Dream Rimmy
Endless Heights
Fanny Lumsden
Good Morning
Haiku Hands
Hayden Calnin
Hockey Dad
Horace Bones
IV League
Jess Locke
Jim Lawrie
Kardajala Kirridarra (Sandhill Women)
Kylie Auldist
Maddy Jane
mama kin spender
Merk (NZ)
Obscura Hail
Party Dozen
Peter Bibby
POW! Negro
Ruby Fields
Sloan Peterson
Spirit Bunny
Splashh (UK)
The Cactus Channel
The Creases
The Teskey Brothers
Total Giovanni
Willaris. K
Winston Surfshirt
Ziggy Ramo


Snapshot of the Literary Youth Festival with Steven Finch

Andrew Ryan

Photography by Tasha Faye

Photography by Tasha Faye

Can you tell us a little about the origin of the Literary Youth Festival?

The Literary Youth Festival (LYF) emerged out of a conversation with the members of the National Youth Week Planning Committee and Propel Youth Arts WA. In planning the KickstART 2017 festival, some of the committee members felt that there was need for a literary festival for young people. A subcommittee was formed, and I, as the Project Officer for National Youth Week provided guidance and direction for LYF. This is a pretty admin-heavy start, but really, a literary youth festival in WA is something that was inevitable and necessary. Literature is necessary and alive.

Literary Youth Festival Do-directors - Maddie Godfrey, Karen Murphy

Secretary - Caroline Stafford

Committee members - Laurent Shervington, Katie Bennett, Katie McAllister, Kayla McGillivray

This will be the first book launched by the LYF - how did it come about in terms of selecting writers and artists to contribute?

The committee was responsible for the selection of the artists and writers in the book, which happened pretty organically. Each person in the LYF book are either artists that were in the festival or people that attended, and then submitted works.

The LYF book is a snapshot of the festival that was, including transcriptions from some of the speeches and discussions that happened at festival events, as well as artwork and creative writing from the people that were there.

How can young writers get involved?

The Literary Youth Festival has finished for 2017, but will continue in the future. We will be selling the LYF 2017 book to raise funds for next years festival. Contact the Literary Youth Festival facebook page or email if you'd like to get involved in the future.

Boris - Pink

Andrew Ryan

The immortal Japanese trio will be shaking Rosemount Hotel to its foundational core on Saturday May 20. Supporting on tour will be local post-metal act Tangled Thoughts of Leaving.

"No home stereo system can capture the rich, bottom-heavy sound of Boris live, a sound so muscular, with so much presence, it's as much felt as heard."
- The Quietus

With a discography spanning over two decades, Boris have established themselves as one of the most prolific, genre bending bands in heavy music. Experimenting with drone, sludge, noise, doom, even dabbling into the realms of shoegaze and garage rock, the only thing more awe-inspiring than their musical versatility are their ear-shattering live performances.

Pink has been revered by numerous publications as one of Boris’ finest albums. It shone like a beacon in the mid-2000s metal scene - a bold combination of infectious energy, hypnotic atmosphere and broken boundaries. This show presents Boris in their element as they showcase an album dedicated to unbridled diversity, taking the high energy of hard rock and washing it in a shoegaze dream.

"Its unshakably addictive refrain, blistering, scorched-out guitars, thunderous, supercharged rock, and countless change-ups not only warrant its extended length, but make it feel about half as long as it actually is, and keep the listener fully engaged throughout its entire runtime."
– Pitchfork

Support act Tangled Thoughts of Leaving have consistently impressed fans and critics with music that haunts like an old scar, forcing listeners to wallow in entrancing instrumentals and an inescapeable dread. Their 2015 release, Yield To Dispair, was universally applauded as an atmospheric masterpiece, and their live shows are equally as awe inspiring.

This May, Boris will continue on their Pink 10th anniversary tour, promising one of the loudest shows you’ll catch all year. Don’t be caught waiting another decade for a show like this to happen again.

Back from extinction with Wooly Mammoth

Andrew Ryan

We're lucky to live in a city that is always producing talented new artists, musicians, bands and performers. Local act Wooly Mammoth have risen from this sweet city of ours and emerged in the wave of new acts taking our hearts. It was our pleasure to get an insight into the beautiful double single 'Arrival', Wooly Mammoth will be launching this weekend at Rosemount Hotel during my chats with Jon and Christian from the band.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourselves, and how you came to play together?

Jon: I had a few songs written and along with Andrew (Bass), I’d been trying to get a band together for a while, but nothing had really clicked. This led me to WAAPA, where I found myself in the same course as Christian (Guitar, Keys, Vocals) and the two of us hit it off immediately. Josh (Drums), who was also studying with us, came into the picture a little bit later. The 4 of us gel together as both a band and friends and we all share an absolutely un-ashamed love for playing and listening to music.

You’ve been playing around for a little while now, what’s your favourite aspect of being part of this community?

Christian: Everyone is tight, and most have each others back. Though we're the most isolated city in Australia, there are no hard feelings for those who move onto bigger and better things - everyone gets right around them.

Do you recall your first gig? We all love a good origin story!

Christian: It solidified that this whole band thing was going to work, for me anyway. We packed out 459 Bar, and with mates like that you can't go wrong. I do remember not being able to move a muscle though.

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Your music fuses a lot of styles together - a bit of dream pop, jangley rock, a hint of jazz - was this a conscious decision, or did it happen organically?

Christian: Organically, definitely. We all listen to different artists, and though we're playing the same song and we're all on the same wave length, different influences always shine through.

You’re launching your double single ‘Arrival’ at the Rosemount this weekend. What was the idea behind this release?

Jon: We had a couple of songs that we felt stood out among our early tunes. We were also really keen to get some more music out there, and while we didn’t feel we were ready for an EP, we thought a ‘Double Single’ would be a good way to do so.

Christian: Neither climbed on top of the other either. It didn’t feel like one of them should be an A-side. 

The artwork is beautiful. Who is the designer/artist and what was the inspiration behind it?

Jon: Responsible for the painting is fantastic local artist named Jane Spencer. In the process of recording the songs, I visualized a painting featuring a woman facing forward and a male gazing across at her. To me it represented the break down of a relationship. I took this idea to Jane and we bounced a couple of ideas back and forward and ended up with the beautiful centerpiece that’s now on the CD cover! We then enlisted the help of James Shepherd, who beautifully captured the painting on location for us.

Tell us a little about the supports joining you on the night.

Jon: The lineup is a bit of a family affair. I used to play music with Michael and I’m a huge fan of his stuff, so it was awesome to get him on board. He’ll be opening the night with his beautiful acoustic tunes. Noah Dillon and his band play a striking brand of indie folk and Demon Days are the coolest neo soul cats going round Perth right now. We met both bands through WAAPA and at the end of the day, they’re our mates and people we respect and we are beyond excited to share what should hopefully be a special night with them!

What album (or albums) are you really loving at the moment?

Bob Evans - Suburban Songbook. Though it was released over a decade ago now, I still find the intertwining melodies and song arrangements quite interesting. Kevin's voice sound like home to me, too. Christian

Alabama Shakes – Sound and Colour. Chilled vibes and great grooves for the drive to uni. Gimme All Your love, especially, is an absolute tune. Josh

Bloc Party – Weekend In the City. This album is filled to the brim with great lyrics, emotion, edginess and musical creativity. I love the raw energy of the vocals. Andrew

Jordan Rakei – Cloak. This album has everything, grooves, emotion and atmosphere to get lost in. The man is a genius. Jon

You can join Wooly Mammoth along side Demon Days, Noah Dillon and Michael Dunstan celebrating their new single 'Arrival' at the Romseount Hotel Friday April 28.

Interview conducted by Ellen Oosterbaan.

Stella Donnelly's Thrush Metal

Andrew Ryan

Stella Donnelly is yet another freakishly talented person from the W.A music scene. She has the chops and the ‘tude. CPN have been given the privilege of exclusively sharing her latest EP Thrush Metal. Company head honcho Andrew had a tiny chat about the new EP, the scene and Stella’s launch.

Andrew: Mechanical Bull feels tough and isolated. How do you feel about those words and what are few additional words that describe your enjoyment/ catharticism that comes with sharing this song with others?

Stella: Yeah this song definitely touches on the experience of feeling isolated in a relationship and also working in a bar and serving men that physically and verbally treat you like piece of shit. I was scared to show this really angry side of myself to people but it feels good now that I've done it.

Andrew: Aside from this do you enjoy the music community in Perth AND who are some artists your really relate with – off top of your head?

Stella: The music community in Perth is great and getting greater. There is more awareness now around diversity, safety and acceptance and because of this I love going to shows! 

Some Perth artists that I relate to and/or enjoy the music of at the moment are Lifestyle, Foam, Oosterbanger, Heathcote Blue, Lana, Terrible Signal, Tanaya Harper and New Nausea.

Andrew: When and where and with whom are you launching this EP?

Stella: The launch for this is going to be at the Bird on Thursday the 6th of April, with Shit Narnia, Lewis O'Donnell and BOAT SHOW.

Listen to Stella Donnelly's new EP Thrush Metal below!

5 Minutes With The Hunting Birds

Andrew Ryan

Folk-rock quintet The Hunting Birds have been announced as a local support for modern Americana heroes The Lumineers, Saturday April 22 at Metro City! Cool Perth Nights writer Amber Fresh met up with guitarist Connor Minervini to chat songwriting, which dream act they'd love to support and hitting up the Nonno for olive foraging tips in Fremantle. 

AF: You guys are from Fremantle, but where are you actually from? 

THB: It's funny, I was born and raised in Fremantle myself. But I'm the only one - I'm super grateful to have my hometown as the band's adopted one. As for the rest - three others are from regional country WA and our guitarist Chris was born in Saudi Arabia I'm fairly sure. How exotic is that though?  

AF: How do you guys write? Who's involved and how? Has Kendra ever brought you lyrics that you didn't want to sing or vice versa?

THB: Most of the time it's very dependent on the song and overall position of the band. Sometimes it's Kendra or I bringing in a finished work that the rest help polish, other times Kendra and I sit in a room and try to get the song down to bring to the guys in rehearsal. As far as not singing lyrics - we do argue from time to time when we write, but I guess that's more a passionate thing than hating the others' opinions and musical choices - we are fairly straight forward when we express how we feel about words or melodies. 

AF: Have you ever been angry enough to actually burn a house down? What deeply gets your goat in this world? 

THB: I have not gone down the route to becoming an arsonist unfortunately - if that's the question. How bad are cheeky speed cameras and parking fine mediators though? Answer - the worst. 

AF: You guys are playing with The Lumineers in April - were/are you fans already, or is this going to be a first taste? Who'd be your dream to play with? Any guesses for how the other members would answer that question?

THB: Kendra and I are major fans of The Lumineers. I had listened to their debut album when I was in high school and one of my best friends Michael and I would talk about and play their tunes in the car religiously when he got his licence. It's one of those things that I have extremely fond memories of - it's an honour to be opening for them.

Honestly as a folk-rock band this is a dream come true in a lot of ways. 

I think it would be wrong not to say that we would have loved the chance to play with Fleetwood Mac - there are so many great artists that we all individually strive to one day play with, but Fleetwood are close to the top of all our lists.  

AF: What's your best memory of singing, together or alone or with someone else? 

THB: I think a lot of the time playing or singing is always producing new memories and I have enjoyed so many thus far in my lifetime. I guess my favourite memories would just have to be my first memories - realising as I was introduced to music that it was something I felt connected to whole heartedly and letting it become a major part of my fabric. 

AF: Favourite bird - present or prehistoric.... I realise if you're a true bird lover this one may be hard to answer....

THB: Owls - they are just the coolest little predators ever.

AFI've been picking olives and hunting herbs around Freo - do you have any hot tips for places to go for musicians to get the best, cheapest entertainment or comestibles in the Port City? 

THB: You could talk to my Nonno about getting olives. If anyone ever sees a small 75 year old Italian man walking the streets of Fremantle (like there isn't a heap already) with a bucket full of olives - feel free to ask where he picked them. He would probably lie to you though, very sneaky.

As far as musicians go, we are so spoiled for choice in Fremantle. From up and coming bands, national staples and international acts gracing us year round. Venue wise I am a fan of The Odd Fellow just under the Norfolk Hotel for a lower price local/national show, it's pretty intimate and leaves you to really listen and engage with what's happening on stage. 

AFHow would you convince a family member to go to The Lumineers show?

THB: Such a good question - tricky. I'm not quite sure how I would go about convincing them to be honest! I think my family are really supportive - as are all the band's families to be fair. I think it would take very little to convince them this was a show they need to see! 

AFWhat are the Hunting Birds hoping for in the next 12 months >>>>>>>?

THB:We are going to really get to work with organising our debut EP and getting some more touring under our belt, just trying to get ourselves familiar with the Eastern states. Fingers crossed for a fruitful twelve months. 

Find tickets to The Hunting Birds supporting The Lumineers at Metro City April 22 at the Metro City website

Chatting the Big Chats with The Money War

Andrew Ryan

The Money War meld Californian and WA flavours in their sound, set to hit the Metro City stage with The Lumineers on April 22. CPN's Amber Fresh chatted the big chats with Dylan Ollivierre, man part of the handsome duo.

Amber: Hello Dylan!

After being part of variously futile and fruitful action to stop destruction of Beeliar Wetlands, seeing how police, big business and government really truly work in collusion, my lady balls are swinging further to the 'anarchy' setting. We all know 'War/what is is good for?/absolutely nothing'; do you also agree 'Money/what is it good for?/absolutely nothing'? My dream is that your band name represents some deep political convictions, but feel free to disambiguate me… 

Dylan: Ah yup, I’ve lived in Bibra Lake pretty much my whole life so it has been extremely upsetting and strange for me to see what is happening with Roe 8. The band name isn’t meant to be specifically political, more just represents my view on the world right now if I were to try and encapsulate it in a few words. It was a phrase that we used heaps when writing our first batch of songs- kind of like an album title that represented what we were writing about.
Amber: Same question, in relation to your song "Stars"? Do the imbalances between haves and have nots always affect you, or was it a particular LA phenomenon you were writing about? 
Dylan: Yup, definitely. The imbalance is everywhere but LA was the worst and most blatant display of it that I’ve seen. I mean, a lot of people have talked about it before, but it really shook me up how many homeless people there are.
Amber: So from the story of your band it seems like you got all the chess pieces in place "industry"- wise before recording (management, label etc), before getting deeper into songwriting. Is that true or have I got the queen in the pawn's spot etc? Are you guys keen on being 'in the music industry' or are you just writing songs for pleasure/other reasons?
Dylan: If it weren’t for our manager, we probably wouldn’t have put the songs out - or definitely wouldn’t have approached it in such a precise way. Pete managed my previous band Rainy Day Women and wouldn’t let up on me having another crack. I’m always writing songs - it’s the main thing I like to do in my life, but I was kind of burnt out by the rest of it.
Amber: Your songs seem made for radio, catchy Best-Coasty tracks, with the bonus of both of you (Dylan + Carmen Pepper) being strong singers. How have you guys been writing so far? Who's musical heart is in the tracks and in what ways?
Dylan: So far, they’ve all been my songs. We have a lot of songs that aren’t as radio friendly that will hopefully see the light of day, but when it comes time to release music, the most immediate tracks usually get favored. We both love and grew up on pop music, so it’s not a specific consideration to write stuff that’ll be catchy.
Amber: How do you get a whole band sound when you play live? 
Dylan: Live it’s a 5 piece made up of some of our friends.
Amber: Seeing as we're talking on International Women's Day, what's it like to be a man in music in 2017? 

Dylan: I haven’t been in the industry that long, but in my time I haven’t really noticed much bias either way to be honest. I’m not saying it doesn’t exist, but the people that we’ve worked with haven’t shown any of that. I personally just like good songs, and if it’s a man or a woman that has the better song, they should get the opportunity IMO. It’s not a question of sex, race etc. for me. It’s a beautiful thing that both men and women can tell a story through a song in such different ways.

Having said that, a lot of friends have horrible stories so it’s great that women can feel more comfortable speaking up. Actually, I have had blokey blokes comment that I sing like a girl, which is supposed to offend me ??
Amber: Dylan, how is The Money War different to Rainy Day Women? 
Dylan: RDW started when we were in high school and I’ve changed a fair bit since then. I think we get an opportunity to use what we’ve learned from past mistakes.
Amber: What do you wish people would feel when they hear your songs/see you live? 
Dylan: I hope it can be a break from their lives.