AboutJames Bullock, Author at The Creative Issue
It’s rolled around to that time of year yet again.
After last year’s Class-A lineup amongst which the likes of Lorde, Danny Brown and Jamie XX graced the stages of Australia’s major cities, our sunburnt shores are once again beginning to brace themselves for another several days of dagwood dogs, vendor burgers, and the bittersweet sounds of final songs from your bucket list bands that inevitably end during your sprint from Lorde to Jagwar Ma.
Who says I’m insinuating anything?
A brief flashback to 2005, when new band on the block Wolfmother had become Australia’s answer to distortion-laden rock contemporaries Queens of the Stone Age, and Joker and the Thief had become the radio anthem that punk teens and rad dads could both happily nod their heads to.Â
Listening to Triple M on a Sunday night is a bit of a lottery, with a favourable outcome of either Bon Jovi, ACDC, INXS, Cold Chisel, Greenday or any other group that appeals to it’s sweaty Baby Boomer listener base, to whom ads about Ride-On mowers slide in nicely with football snippets and power-chord station ID’s.
Very rarely however, they begrudgingly sample a track from a lesser known act, and when this happens it may actually be worth the listen.Â
While most of us were enjoying the dazzling promenade of an official opening night of The Triffid with a little help from The Creases, the er, less financially viable among Brisbane’s indie alt/ rock fan base were sweating it out at Fortitude Valley’s Jubilee Hotel on Saturday 8th.
“That’s rock n roll. Thanks to all the deadshits that came out this year. You’re f*ckin alright,” were the official closing words of 2014’s Blurst of Times Festival, organised and orchestrated by people connected by the defining ideology that throwing a bunch of bands at a 6 hour time-slot and a couple of venues will produce a night worth remembering- people who absolutely pulled it off.
It’s a waiting game that becomes all too familiar.
As the Christmas period draws near and employers and employees alike scramble for jobs to fill for the upcoming chaos of the next two months, it can be easy to assume that part time positions in the retail and hospitality industry are in abundance; especially after a flurry of recent openings in Brisbane City including Top Shop and Forever 21, and developments for a revamped Wintergarden precinct well underway.
Eddie Vedder is donating all proceeds of his recently released cover of John Lennon’s Imagine to Heartbeat.fm, an organisation that aims to nurture peaceful ties between Israeli and Palestinian youth through music.
It’s going to be a busy November.
With tension at rising levels in Australia after the National Terrorism Public Alert System was recently movedÂ to ‘High,’ it seems that a significant amount of pressure is being placed on organisers of the G20 to ensure maximum security for public areas surrounding affected venues and transport facilities as the attention of the world is fixed- for a brief period- on our humble River City.
The news has long been out that a new live music venue awaits the glass-coated suburb of Newstead, owned by none other than veteran Powderfinger bassist John Collins.
The term ‘more than you can shake a stick at’ would be an apt term to reference the scrum of delegates, journalists, managers and musicians who made their way to Fortitude Valley’s Judith Wright Centre early on Wednesday morning, September 10th. Even more so if you had several sticks, and five hands.
After winning the Headspace National Bands Competition to play at Big Day Out in 2013, the MX Local Love Competition earlier this year for Brisbane’s Valley Fiesta, as well as releasing their second EP in time for Father’s Day, four-piece act The Royales have found a welcoming home in The River-City.
Velociraptor: a band whose exploits as a home-grown garage/pop rock act will have any lover of Brisbane’s indie scene itching to move.
The highly adaptable band on Friday welcomed back the members of the DZ Deathrays to their ranks, progressing …