AboutJames Bullock, Author at The Creative Issue
“Hi everybody, I’m Dave Grohl and I’m here to talk about how wonderful it is to discover things atÂ independentÂ record stores, bring them home, and have them change your lives.”
The internationally celebrated Record Store Day is once again fast approaching with 2015 ambassador Dave Grohl, and once again the flurry of backorders, exclusive deals on re-pressed classics and the inevitable 9am queues will haunt the streets of every participating independent record store, of which there are 116 in Australia alone.
Rumour had long circulated about the multi-purpose space and creative hub developing in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley; the stripped out four walls and ceiling of an old backpacker’s hostel designed to channel an ever-growing stream of Brisbane musical talent into something distinctly palpable.
With an additional cunning title:
“Oh, ‘The Foundry?’ As in like, it makes things? Nice.”
The voice of Emily Lubitz needs little introduction; the air-filled sound behind iconic 2012 safety campaign ‘Dumb Ways To Die’Â as well as the fiery-haired songstress at the front of folk/indie outfit Tinpan Orange, whose storm of regular festival and headline appearances as well as three albums- some of which were produced by husband Harry Angus- have over the years built them a loving local and not-so-local fanbase.Â
Everyone remembers Vampire Weekend.
Everyone ever, and more so when played anything from Tasmanian outfit Chase City, whose own interpretation of uplifting chords and bubbling tempo combined with an urge to toe-tap a hole through your floor has had Australian crowds doing just that throughout their last 3 national tours. With an extra splash of sunshine to the music that could only come from the local hole in the ozone layer, the band’s newest track ‘I Lost Myself,’ yielded a glowing response from Triple J’s Lachie Macara in late 2014.
Creative Drinks took the time to sit and chat to Tarik and Michael before their Trainspotters show a couple of weeks back.Â
Appearing as part of a fast-maturing strain of new Australian alternative rock, Brisbane band Young Lions are stepping back onto the stage to deliver a string of shows for their sophomore album ‘Blue Isla.’ The fully crowdfunded album is courtesy of a loyal fan base, who’s appreciation for the ringing guitar lines and powerful vocals of a band performing well beyond their years has ensured that the 5-piece enjoy an upcoming Australia-wide tour.
It’s the song that has recently slouched its way onto regular TripleJ circulation and into our waiting ears, a pop mix of garage psychedelia that you will soon discover to be accompanied by an irony-laden, fantastically put together Lo-Fi rendition of a couple o’ m8’s having an ace time in beachy Perth Suburb.Â
It feels like the furthest I’ve been away from home in the last few months has been my local IGA, and that place in Chinatown that lets you order through the wall. A few steps away from an authentic Asian experience perhaps, but I was trying my best to be open minded.
Brisband The Cairos however have gone several extra steps, touring just about everywhere following their Dream of Reason release- including Asia, but Alistar and Reuben stopped to sit and chat at Woodford Folk Festival while busily sketching what can be described as a conceptual and very slightly penis-shaped series on the table beside us.Â
It makes for a refreshing start to an event when the standard festival gateway of confiscated hip flasks and burly security guards are replaced by a huge woven bamboo structure by Taiwanese artist Wang Wen Chih and a smiling group of volunteers.
The quality of a photo, it is said, is only limited by the imagination behind the camera, and
in a world where Instagram and Tumblr are saturated with monochromatic stills of gloomy girls and cafe porcelain, it can be difficult to sift through the cliches to find a true work of passionate and progressive photography.Â
It’s been a busy year for Husky. After releasing their highly anticipated new albumÂ Ruckers Hill,Â the band have made a string of headline and festival appearances to crowds new and old, the intimacy of their live shows and soulful lyrics making for a moving and ultimately enthralling performance.
So when frontman Husky Gawenda sat down in a small, but thankfully air-conditioned backroom at Woodford Folk Festival, it was with a degree of restraint that I managed to keep the chorus of ‘History’s Door’ firmly under my breath.Â
Woodford Folk Festival will stick in the mind as one of the most laid back environments you could possibly hope for when it comes to a few days of camping, drinking, and absorbing the smooth sounds of international folk, rock, soul, and world music that constantly permeates the blue skies of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.Â
After the handing over of the Brisbane International Film Festival to the Brisbane City Council, the newly revamped Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival had some big shoes to fill in 2014, despite the remaining $700,000 a year of funding from Screen Queensland.
First emerging in the 1980’s as part of New York’s ‘No Wave’ vibe and subsequently rising as an iconic pioneer of symphonic and psychedelic experimental rock, Swans have taken to their To Be Kind tour with gusto, planning in 2015 to make it as far as Hobart… but not Brisbane.