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New show. New songs. Rare format. Extra mates. It’s been almost 9 months since Mathas

& his mates last took the stage to deliver their signature set of lucid, stripped-back adaptations of songs from Mathas’ back catalogue. Featuring Michelle Smith on harp, Jerome Turle on drums and Phil Waldron on double bass, this band creates a melodic, brooding soundscape to accompany the density of Mathas’s lyrics. It also lays them bare like no other format. With a mixture of unheard new songs, mainstays from his 2015 release Armwrestling Atlas and a few old tunes fished out from the depths of his 2009 debut, 10lb Hairless Sasquatch, this show is a rare presentation that is not to be missed! Featuring Michelle Smith on harp, Jerome Terle on drums and Phil Waldron on double bass. Plus special guests joining on the night are

EMPTY WITH STRINGS –  Empty is a veteran. His resume reads like a ‘how-to’ in live band arrangement and leadership, freestyle performance and appreciation, and beat making utilising instrumental virtuosity. He runs the group of freestylers ‘Emptybars’, organises and co-hosts the monthly freestyle night ‘Colab’ which features a live band, is filming an episodic documentary ‘In Search of Freestyle’, and is one half of rap duo ‘The Dead Edits’. He’s written and scored the music for many live band projects, such as 10 piece Soul-Hop WAMi award winners ‘The Typhoons’ or 7 piece String-Hop phenomenon ‘The Empty Cup’, and single-handedly wrote, performed and recorded all the music for short films Rays of Sunshine & The Little Astronaut.

Plus also supporting is ZIGGY RAMO – To say Ziggy’s voice is an important one in the Australian music scene would be a gross understatement – over a very short period it’s become as integral as peers like Briggs and the Remi. At a time when artists like AB Original are (quite rightly) swinging sledgehammers in their efforts to expose Indigenous Issues in this country, Ziggy is right there beside them with a cut throat razor, sharp and on fire, slicing deep into the heart of race relations in modern Australia. The Perth-based hip hop artist very rapidly went from “emerging” to “established” over the course of 2016, with his insightful, emotional and arresting debut EP, Black Thoughts, very quickly followed up with the telling single, Black Face, and its equally stirring video clip. With a style that owes itself more to the Golden Era of hip hop than the glossy, over-produced, auto-tuned “rap gods” of today, Ziggy’s scything flow, effortlessly combined with a politically-charged focus, puts him in a league of his own. Tipped by triple j Unearthed as One To Watch in 2017, you’ll get the chance when he begins the next phase of the Ziggy journey – that is, in the live arena. With a full live band that features his production partner in crime JCAL on the drums, Ziggy is only just getting warmed up, and he’s about to change the face of what it means to be a hip hop artist in Australia right now. And don’t forget there will be DJ selections from Fremantle’s favourite jazz hip hop outfit Koi Child.

Doors 8pm | Tickets $10+bf

Earlier Event: 8 June