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The Creative Issue – News for Creatives | June 20, 2021

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AboutJames Bullock, Author at The Creative Issue

James Bullock

James Bullock

I think my first ever concert was Muse in 2010. After the Entertainment Centre started to empty, ears still ringing from Matt Bellamy’s final note, I decided that despite a subsequently temporary lack of hearing, I quite enjoyed live music. I began to venture into Brisbane’s West End, the Valley- ever learning of the new and exciting bands and producers that Brisbane was churning out at a dizzying rate. Brisbane is a city of flavours, bands with hints of past eras of rock, punk, electronica, grunge, folk and hip hop and more, all with respective venues to match. Circles form; faces from recent gigs becoming more and more recognisable in and out of stage lighting, bands discussed and recommended, the music scene of a city on the river slowly but surely bringing people together. There’s a lot to write about.

Posts By James Bullock

You’re In Treble Now: Date Nears for Record Store Day

March 12, 2015 |

“Hi everybody, I’m Dave Grohl and I’m here to talk about how wonderful it is to discover things at independent 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. Read More

All Shiny And New: The Foundry Launch

March 9, 2015 |

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.”
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Emily Lubitz- Tinpan Orange: Interview

February 19, 2015 |

The voice of Emily Lubitz needs little introduction; the air-filled sound behind iconic 2012 safety campaign Dumb Ways To Die’ 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.  Read More

Chinwaggin’ with Chase City

February 15, 2015 |

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.  Read More

Young Lions New EP, Blue Isla

February 9, 2015 |

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.
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Hamjam: Terrible Jam, Tasty Tunes

January 27, 2015 |

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.  Read More

Interview: The Cairos

January 26, 2015 |

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.  Read More

Woodford Folk Fest: Colour & Sound

January 14, 2015 |

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. Read More

Open Shutter: An Interview With Handy Andy Pandy

January 9, 2015 |

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.  Read More

Interview: Husky

January 8, 2015 |

It’s been a busy year for Husky. After releasing their highly anticipated new album Ruckers Hill, 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.  Read More

Blister In The Sun- A Brief Guide To Woodford Folk Fest

December 23, 2014 |

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.  Read More

Brisbanes First Asia-Pacific Film Festival Comes To A Close

December 23, 2014 |

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.

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Swans To Miss Brisbane On 2015 Tour

December 15, 2014 |

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.

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Cafe Focus: Contessa

December 6, 2014 |

Located opposite Roma Street Station, a little pocket of chill seems perfectly located to provide a degree of sanctity to those who feel they need a break from UV or exhaust fumes.
Also, Streetfighter.  Read More