Bullet For My Valentine

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“The best British metal band to emerge in years.” – Q Magazine

The Welsh metal-core band Bullet For My Valentine has spent most of the past two years taking over the world with massive U.K., European, U.S. and worldwide tours, sharing the stage with Guns N Roses, Metallica and Iron Maiden, playing the Main Stage at just about every rock festival on the planet, and seeing their 2006 debut album The Poison – an album London’s daily The Sun called “One of the finest debut albums in rock history” – sell more than one-million copies worldwide – 350,000 in the U.S. alone – a very rare achievement for an emerging band.
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Back home, Bullet For My Valentine has graced the covers of the UK’s Kerrang!, Rock Sound, and Metal Hammer. They won Metal Hammer’s 2006 “Golden God Award” for Best British Band, and the 2006 Kerrang! Award for “Best UK Single” for their track “Tears Don’t Fall.” Here in America, Revolver magazine heralded the band “British Import of the Year,” and The Poison generated the hit singles “Tears Don’t Fall” and “All These Things I Hate (Revolve Around Me),” with the video for “All These Things I Hate” going to the #1 spot on MTV2. The band has toured North America three times, and in early 2007, they sold out their first headline trek. Continue reading Bullet For My Valentine

V Festival – Gold Coast, 30 March 2008

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Review By: By Lisa Kither courtesy of thedaily.com.au

The festival gods were smiling once again on Sunday when a clear blue sky greeted the V Festival as it rolled into the rolling hills surrounds of the Avica Resort on the Gold Coast.

The day brought with it a huge host of bands and thousands of music loving punters, and one Sir Richard Branson who cruised the festival meeting punters and having a great time himself.

In everyone’s life, there is music that defines certain events, or entire generations, and this festival certainly had these on the bill.

Headliners Duran Duran, Smashing Pumpkins, Queens Of The Stone Age, The Presets and Jesus and Mary Chain are among these for many and they were sure to delight. But the earliest acts were dropped as the official start time was postponed until 2pm.

Sadly the days of rain beforehand had turned most of the venue into a muddy slop-fest (that smelled like manure in places) but it failed to dampen spirits despite claiming many pairs of thongs in the boggy holes that were knee deep in some parts.

But we were there for the music. And after wading our way through the bar line and across the crowded fields, there were more problems as the first band on the main stage, Hot Hot Heat, were delayed a further 30 minutes before microphone problems caused more chaos.

But the show did go on and fans were treated to a cracker set from Modest Mouse and Cut Copy, and while Roisin Murphy did nothing to thrill me, a large crowd was singing along to her latest hit.

As the sun set the action picked up as the big names hit the stages.

Queens Of The Stone Age, led by founding member Josh Homme delivered all their hits with high energy and power.

And in the name of safety it was good to see them halt their set when one loser fan threw a can at the stage, only to find himself berated and belittled by Josh before the music continued.

Seeing The Pumpkins was a thrill for me and it was awesome to see them come out on stage and kick off with Today, my personal favourite, for which the crowd sang the first verse without Corgan whose grin and applause for the crowd gave way to a set of sing-a-longs from their biggest albums Siamese Dream and Mellan Collie and The Infinite Sadness as well as newer hits from the 2007 release Zeitgeist.

Rounding out the day, The Presets had a huge dance space cranking in the mud with young and old bouncing up and down to My People, Are You The One, Down Down Down and more, with their live performance assuring fans that the forthcoming new album is sure to be another winner.

Once again Mr Branson has delivered a great festival. The transport out of the venue seemed to go well with shuttles to park and ride stations. The only downside seems to be the $9.50 drinks and $4 waters, far too few toilets and the dodgy stage lateness.

But if you were there I’m sure you didn’t care.

As the final summer festival for 2008, we now look towards Splendour In The Grass which has now been confirmed as the first weekend in August.

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Links:  TheDaily.com.au
Photos: V Festival photo set on flickr

The East Coast Blues & Roots Music Festival Byron Bay – BluesFest

John Butler

The East Coast Blues & Roots Music Festival Byron Bay (or BluesFest) is held at the Belongil Fields, Ewingsdale Road in Byron Bay over the Easter long weekend (20th March – 24 March 2008).  A line up of international and national blues, folk, hip hop, reggae, roots, soul, rock, and world musicians have been put together to perform and includes the amazing Sinead O’Connor, KT Tunstall, Patty Griffin, Clare Bowditch, Xavier Rudd, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Keith Urban, John Butler Trio, Lior and many, many more!

Jeff Martin Keith Urban  Wilco  Sinead O'Connor  Xavier Rudd  Buddy Guy
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The Byron Bay Blues festival is truly an event and shouldn’t be missed! The new venue is roomy and the event is massive!! Along with the fantastic musical lineup, roaming entertainment and food stalls that sell really good food, I have too tip my hat too the organisers… the complete setup is run with precision.  Transport, security, service, sanity, schedule, direction… everything was organised, ensuring that the average punter had an memorable experience! 

The opening night saw Jeff Martin, Xavier Rudd, Keith Urban and John Butler whipping the crowd into musical bliss.  Wilco rocked! and Buddy Guy delivered a mind-blowing gritty set of blues…

 Link: Official Bluesfest Website
Related: http://www.byron-bay.com/
Photos: lifemusicmedia flickr photoset

Fraser Island – Queensland, Australia – 15 March 2008

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Fraser Island – The worlds largest sand island is a paradise of immense beauty and wonder.  Lush rainforests, crystal clear lakes, giant trees, enormous sandblows, shipwreck, wildlife, beaches and more… 

I was fortunate to have a day of four-wheel driving through this wonderland and discovered an amazing array of contrasting landscapes (eg. forests that surrond huge sandblows).  A day will only afford you visits to a small number of attractions (given the size of the island and the slowish pace required to navigate the sand tracks) and entice you back to see more.  The Maheno shipwreck was definitely a hightlight as was the rain forest around “Central Station” – originally used as a logging station (what were people thinkin!).  Also managed Wabby Lake and Lake mcKenzie (and when “they” say crystal clear – they really mean crystal clear).

This truly is a special place! 

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Links:   Fraser Island Information  –  Wikipedia
Photos: LifeMusicMedia flickr photoset 


4C Arts Collective – Art Party – 7 March 2008

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4C say “4C is an arts collective devoted to utilising and promoting the strengths and talents of artists in a myriad fields to create events that positively contribute to the community”. 

Friday night saw just such a commitment fullfilled with a massive arts party @ The Valley Studios – Brisbane.  Offering live bands (Black Mustang, Villains of Wilhelm, The Black Arts, My Fiction), DJ’s (Beat and Blue, DJ Charlie Hustle), burlesque performers (Lena Marlene, Dangergirl), artwork exibits (Clarissa Bones and more), Breakdancers and Circus Performers, the night was ever moving and entertaining.  Crowd participation was inspired with an art wall that attracted many a budding artist. 

Links:  4C Arts Collective
Photos: flickr photoset 
 

WOW Brisbane Broncos Fan Day

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In the lead up to the NRL season, the WOW Brisbane Broncos held their annual Fan Day at Roma Street Parklands.  The day saw the entire Broncos first grade squad meet their fans for autographs, photographs and a game or two of touch footy. 

Wally Lewis  Darren Lockyer  Sam Thaiday  Justin Hodges

Links:  Brisbane Broncos Site

Photos: Photoset on Flickr

Quiksilver Pro Show Music Festival – 2008

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Lach Leckie of Roger That @ Quicksilver Pro-Show
[Photo: Stuart Blythe]

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“Debuting in 2007 as the must-attend party alongside the Quiksilver Pro – the first contest on surfing’s ASP Mens World Tour – the inaugural festival saw bands like The Beautiful Girls, The Herd and The Winnie Coopers dominate the line-up in front of a sell out crowd of 2500 sun-drenched fans.

Now in its second year, the Quiksilver Pro Show is paddling into a musical feast of roots, rock, electro and hip hop – right on the sand at Duranbah Beach, one of the Australia’s most consistent surf breaks.

Appearing as headliners after their biggest and most successful year yet is the three piece synth-electro outfit the MIDNIGHT JUGGERNAUTS.” (ref: Official Proshow website)

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When: Saturday March 1st, 2008. John Follent Park, Duranbah Beach, Tweed Heads
Links:  theproshow.com.au
Photos: 2007 Photos 

The Odyssey 2007 Xmas Cabaret Freakshow – The Globe, Fortitude Valley – December 15 2007

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Review by Lisa Lamb

The Odyssey Xmas Cabaret Freakshow is one of the highlights of the year, held annually with three stages of music, theatre, art, dance, film, animation, comedy, puppetry, experimental noise, digital media, fire, mask, magik and soul. Combining the best of local talent with international performers such as Tiger Lil (*The Happy Sideshow* & Machine Gun Fellatio).

All part of an evil plan devised by Daniel Endicott of Odyssey Productions to unleash the world’s most daredevil entertainers on the seedy underbelly of this city starring the cream of Brisbane Burlesque including Miss Bertie, Miss Kitty Conquest, La Viola Vixen, Lena Marlene, The Gamble Sisters, Miss Mindi, Peppa Minx and Tony Campbell in all his tap dancing glory

Kafka played the foyer stage with their unique blend of jazz and funk.
The Blood Poets were a great opening band on the main stage with their catchy pop, rock and dance tunes, just the name alone is enough to keep you interested. Delivering a tight set with an unexpected appearance by burlesque performer Lady Vee as an added bonus!
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Tripod – Smaller Than Jesus

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After a chance meeting with Gatesy, Scod and Yon at Southbank, I was fortunate enough to gain photo access to their Tripod – “Smaller Than Jesus” show at the Tivoli in Brisbane 1 Dec 2007.   

Photos:  LifeMusicMedia flickr photo set
More:     Tripod interview by fellow comedian Lisa Lamb (at FasterLouder) 
Show review at Australian Stage by Jack Teiwes
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CD Review – The Exploders, Easy and the Sun

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The variation of influences throughout The Exploders second LP, Easy and the Sun, are easily identifiable not only by a familiar feel of all that was good of the 70’s to the current era’s commercially successful rock songs, but also a nice harmonised original approach to certain tracks that only enhance the listening experience.

This album is a well balanced mix of raunchy rock, roll and pop with a splash of tailored grunge. The first four tracks, for me, were the most outstanding.

‘Little Summer Dress’ is a feel good song, bringing back the innocence and boppiness of the early Beatles era.

‘Straight Ahead’ with its well grooved bass riffs, tightly woven lead riffs and fast pasted lyrics will leave you pumped. If you’re after an in-your-face, attitude levels to the max, Rock, Roll, Jump and Shout experience then look no further.

With adrenalin pumping, ‘Cola’ delivers a steady paced catchy song that safely delivers you back, but not too softly, to the ground.

‘Blueberry Lane – for me, a five minute journey spanning a number of emotions. This is due to the many characteristic changes e.g, driving verse, floating chorus, raunchy guitar interlude and more!

There are enough hooks (but not too many) to promote a few songs to commercial airplay – and rightly so, the well crafted punchy songs, in my book, are a winner.

Reviewed for:  TheDwarf.com.au