Bio: Davy Knowles & Back Door Slam

Davy Knowles & Back Door Slam
Blues/Rock (UK)

Davy Knowles   Every so often a truly explosive, blues-steeped star comes slamming down the pike. The ’60s were filled with acts – from Buddy Guy and Eric Clapton to Jimi Hendrix and Jimmy Page – but each generation has since added to the legacy. Think of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Robert Cray, Susan Tedeschi, Warren Haynes and Kenny Wayne Shepherd.

Now think of Davy Knowles. Think long and hard and toast a bright future. Fronting his band Back Door Slam, the 22-year-old British phenomenon with an encyclopaedic grasp of blues-rock draws on influences from Robert Johnson to

Rory Gallagher and gives it a fresh Celtic feel along the way.
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Amandah Wilkinson of Operator Please tells Tara-Kai Hammond, “It’s good to be home…” in the lead up to the Valley Fiesta

Amandah Wilkinson of Operator Please tells Tara-Kai Hammond, “It’s good to be home…” in the lead up to the Valley Fiesta

Operator Please

This years Valley Fiesta promises to be the biggest yet, with artists like yourselves set to headline, joined by the likes of Sparkadia, Urthboy, DJ Dexter (Avalanches), Jeff Lang, Katy Steele (Little Birdy), Avalon Drive, Winnie Coopers, The Gin Club and Texas Tea, to name a few. How do you feel to be included in such a noteworthy line up of artists?
We feel honoured to get the chance to play. We have never played the Valley Fiesta and I have been wanting to see the bands on the line-up. We have been away for such a long time, so it’s good to be home.

So what do you think it’ll be like playing the Valley Fiesta now that you’ve produced a Top 10 album and achieved international acclaim?
I don’t really know to be honest, and I don’t really think about those things when we play a show.
If anything you should never have any expectations, you never know what the crowd or atmosphere will be like until you are onstage. Hopefully it will be okay.

Who are you looking forward to seeing perform at this years Valley Fiesta? And Why?
I am looking forward to seeing DJ Dexter! He’s is incredible.
I want to see Katy Steele, because I haven’t seen just her play before.

Operator Please would have played at some very different venues, (small and large, etc) over the years… What’s the best gig you ever did? And why?
The best gig to date for me is a toss up between Melt festival in Germany and the Shorditch Crawl! We played Melt festival at night and it was the perfect atmosphere! We had a beautiful crowd too. It was amazing to go there and have people come to see us and what was a major bonus was that there were people singing! And the Shorditch Crawl show was messy and hilarious but still a favourite. It was about 1am and the place was packed, everyone was dancing, lots of people swinging off various light stands and stairs into the crowd and even people dancing on the bar! The fold back was shit, all our instruments broke, stage divers mangled the kit. Incredible!!!Amandah I read somewhere that you picked random people who could play an instrument to join the band. How did you all combine your musical styles to make the winning combination that is Operator Please?
We didn’t really consciously combine our styles, I think that’s what makes us Operator Please. We were obviously influenced by different music but we really didn’t think about the sound we were going to make. We did what we could do with our instruments and still do the same.

What made you decide to record an independent EP, do some shows and self-promotion, then head over to the Big Apple, (New York)?
We recorded an independent EP because it was the next logical thing for us to do, we just started playing shows and we made little badges and our own screen printed tshirts but we didn’t have any music recorded. So we scraped up some money between us and recorded some songs live, all very quick. We distributed it ourselves by burning copies and getting my sister to design the art and got bits and pieces like cardboard and stuff to print on. You have to do things by yourself if you want to get them done, we decided to go to New York because we were invited to showcase a week before CMJ.So the line up for Operator Please has changed quite a few times since the beginning…Why is this?
Being in a band isn’t for everyone. Our first Violinist left because she didn’t want to perform music live and didn’t enjoy it. Our keyboard player left as a mutual decision between her and the rest of the band. We are away so much from home and touring is a strenuous thing and if you can’t cope the slightest it isn’t right. You are put totally out of your comfort zones and you have alot of time to think and you live in and out of eachothers pockets day in and day out. We started out really young and growing up touring and making music and seeing things you form your own opinions and forge your way of life, if you don’t love what you are doing, then you shouldn’t do it.I’ve read that you’ve never expected anything and are happy enough to have people turning up to your shows and liking what they hear. So what motivates or inspires you to write and perform? The artistic expression? As an outlet? For the joy of it? For others enjoyment?
I enjoy making music. I enjoy playing music. Music is a release for me from everything, it is also and expression. Ultimately when you start making music, you make it for yourself, you never think that other people are actually going to listen, but when they do it’s amazing and you are appreciative for it. Music like many forms of art is a single minded thing. If you are constantly thinking of how to please everyone else, how are you supposed to be happy with yourself.

What is the band up to at the moment? Writing? Jammin’? Recording? Touring? Or just taking a break?
We are writing, playing a couple of shows, but we are just happy to be at home and in one country for more than a week

SUPERGRASS – Australian Tour 2008

SYDNEY SELLS OUT, SECOND SHOW ADDED
They are a band that make joyous, galloping punk-pop music and after announcing their return to Australia next month, the Diamond Hoo Ha Men’s SYDNEY show at the FORUM on FRIDAY OCTOBER 3RD has SOLD OUT!

The good news for Sydney fans is that an extra night has been added to their Australian run. SUPERGRASS will now play a second Sydney date at the FORUM on SATURDAY 4TH OCTOBER. Tickets to this second and final Sydney show go on sale 9.00 am, THURSDAY 4TH SEPTEMBER.

While tickets to their Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth shows are still available, they are selling fast, so if you haven’t got your tickets yet, better giddy-up as no more shows for this tour will be announced. Don’t miss your opportunity to see one of the most highly regarded and accomplished live bands to come out of the UK.

Listen out for their new single Rebel In You pumping on your stereo and stay tuned for support info in coming weeks.

SUPERGRASS TOUR DATES
Thursday 2 October – The Tivoli, Brisbane (over 18) – tix still available
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Tickets from Ticketek outlets: Ph 132 849 or >www.ticketek.com.au; Rocking Horse Records, Ph 07 3329 5360,

September 3 – On This Day In Music

1934, Born on this day, blues guitarist Freddie King. Eric Clapton covered his ‘Have You Ever Loved A Woman’ on the ‘Layla’ album. Died on 28th December 1976 of heart trouble and Ulcers aged 42
1955, Born on ths day, Stephen Phillip Jones in Shepherds Bush, London. rock guitarist, singer, guitarist for punk rock band Sex Pistols.
1964, during a US tour The Beatles played two shows at the Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis. They were paid $85,000 for the shows, tickets cost $4.00.
1966, Donovan hits #1 with “Sunshine Superman”
1970, Bill Halley and Comets reject $30,000 for 15 date tour of Australia
1972, ‘Mama Weer All Crazee Now’ by English glam rock band Slade hit number 1 on the UK top ten singles.

Australian Defence Force Air Show – October 4-5, 2008

Australian Defence Force Air Show
RAAF Base Amberley October 4-5, 2008
Australian Defence Force Air Show

Link to flickr photo group for the 2008 Australian Defence Force Air Show:
http://www.flickr.com/groups/amberley/pool/

The 2008 Australian Defence Force Air Show, to be conducted on Saturday the 4th and Sunday the 5th of October will be the largest and most exciting Air Show conducted by the ADF.

This year’s Air Show will include aircraft from the United States Air Force, the Republic of Singapore Air Force as well as representation from across the Australian Defence Force.

The F-111, based at RAAF Amberley will star, performing its dump and burn display. The Roulettes, the Air Force aerobatic team, the Red Beret Army parachute team and the Navy Squirrel Team will also perform on both days of the Air Show.

A host of ground displays will also showcase career opportunities and capabilities within the Australian Defence Force.

A packed program of air displays will include participation from war birds from past conflicts and professional aerobatic displays.

Parking, food and facilities will be provided to guarantee those interested in an Australian Defence Force career and families and those interested in aviation enjoy an action packed day.

Full information about the Air Show is available at www.airforce.gov.au/airshow

September 1 – On This Day In Music History

1653, Born on this day, Johann Pachelbel, composer, in Nuremberg
1947, Born on this day, Barry Gibb, singer, songwriter, producer, The Bee Gees
1956, Elvis Presley shared his success with his family by purchasing his mother a pink Cadillac.
1967, Boz Scaggs joined the Steve Miller Band.

Taikoz – The Gathering @ Brisbane Powerhouse, 28-30 October 2008

Taikoz – The Gathering @ Brisbane Powerhouse, 28-30 October 2008
Brisbane Powerhouse presents The Gathering – TaikOz

Described by The Sydney Morning Herald as ‘bold and original’, TaikOz is Australia’s most energetic and exciting taiko drumming group. From 28 – 30 October 2008, Brisbane audiences will have the chance to experience their compelling performances when TaikOz tours The Gathering to Brisbane Powerhouse.


The Gathering is an unforgettable concert experience. The powerful and thundering sound of taiko drumming is counter-balanced with the beautiful, ethereal tones of the shakuhachi bamboo flute. Featuring performances by shakuhachi Grand Master Riley Lee and guest percussionist Timothy Constable, the result is a synthesis of east and west, old and new.

Since its formation in 1997, TaikOz has become Australia’s most exciting and energetic taiko drumming ensemble, attracting devoted audiences across the country and around the world. While observing ancient practices, the Japanese art form of taiko is given a uniquely Australian interpretation with muscular choreography, hypnotic compositions and delicate musicality. Continue reading Taikoz – The Gathering @ Brisbane Powerhouse, 28-30 October 2008

Musgrave World Medieval Tournament – 20-21 September 2008

Your ticket to travel the world through medieval times. Experience the many ages of Europe, and then travel the lands and sea to explore the wonders of Asia. 

Musgrave World Medieval Tournament – visit the encampments of many cultures through time, see how they lived day to day and the battles they fought.  This years event will include Asia with Korean swordsman and Shaolin Monks.

Activities:
Jousting
Cannon Fire
Living History Encampments
Asian Re-enactments
Medieval Music and Dance
Children’s Knight School & Costume Competition
Medieval Markets
Roving Entertainment

Don’t forget to dress up the kids for the costume competition drawn daily!!

When:
20th – 21st September 2008 / 9am – 5pm
Where:
Musgrave Park
Edmondstone & Rusell Street,
South Brisbane

Kate Miller-Heidke acoustc performance @ GOMA Picasso Up Late – 12 Sep 2008

The Up Late program for ‘Picasso & his collection’ concludes with a rare acoustic performance by Kate Miller-Heidke, presenting never-before seen material from her forthcoming new album in October 2008 and subsequent national tour with a full band.
Kate Miller-Heidke

Miller-Heidke is one of the most talked about performers in Australian music today. Her unique vocal ability has captured the imagination audiences nationwide and established her as one of Australia’s most exciting musical talents.

Taking a break from her touring schedule in May 2008, Miller-Heidke has been recording a new album, her second full-length album, in Los Angeles.


The yet to be titled album follows the gold-selling debut Little Eve (Sony/BMG, 2007), which featured the hit singles ‘Words’, ‘Make it last’ and the stunning ‘Space they cannot touch’ , which entered the ARIA charts at number 11 in June 2007 and earned the artist four ARIA Award nominations. Little Eve topped numerous ‘Best Release’s of 2007’ lists Australia-wide and 2008 has already seen Miller-Heidke perform at the Adelaide Fringe Festival, East Coast Blues and Roots Festival, Brisbane’s Big Gay Day and as a supporting performer for Cyndi Lauper in 2008.

The Kate Miller-Heidke live experience is compelling – her theatrical stage presence, and fresh, innovative and edgy pop captivates audiences.

‘Miller-Heidke’s punishing vocal prowess is the impetus of the gutsiest show in Australian music at the moment. There is nothing contrived here; just a cathartic release of punk opera – stunning, fine and porcelain-fragile meets pummeling, bruising rock & roll.’ (Adelaide Fringe Festival review, February 2008)

Don’t miss experiencing some of Kate’s new musical creations come to life with her long term collaborator, Keir Nuttall on guitar, alongside audience favourites from her previous albums and her much loved comedic twist, to conclude the Up Late program for ‘Picasso & his collection’.
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When: 12th September 2008
Where: Queensland Gallery Of Modern Arts (GOMA)
Full Details: GOMA – Picasso Up Late
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Nova Live and Loud @ EKKA – Faker & Intercooler – 16 August 2008

On the closing night of a bumper year at the Brisbane Ekka, Faker and Intercooler proved to be a major drawcard for the Nova “Live and Loud @ Ekka”  2008 series of concerts. 

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Links: http://www.ekka.com.auNovaFaker – Intercooler

Don’t Miss Out – Experience the Brisbane Ekka 2008

With only a couple of days left, you don’t want to be one of the few to miss out…  the Brisbane Ekka only has a couple of days to go and there’s so many things to do and see for young and old.  With the thrill of the many varieties of rides, racing cars, bikes, horses, animal nursery, monster trucks, bands, fireworks, sideshow alley, showbags, the list is endless.  Get along, enjoy the day and experience all it’s got to offer.

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Saturday 16 August 2008 is the last night of the Ekka and the last in the Nova “Live and Loud @ Ekka” series of outdoor concerts.  Faker will be supported by Intercooler from 7:00pm at Ekka’s Nova Park. 

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The John Steel Singers headline free Nights Outside concert

John Steel Singers
Fresh from touring nationally with The Polyphonic Spree and ahead of their national tour with The Grates, Brisbane’s The John Steel Singers return home to headline at QPAC’s Nights Outside.

Describing themselves as “purveyors of glorious backyard summer pop melodies” the John Steel Singers, also known as Tim Morrissey, Scott Bromiley, Ross Chandler, Pete Bernoth, Pat McDermott and Luke McDonald, will take centre stage in QPAC’s outdoor music venue, Cascade Court, on 23 August.

Triple J Next Crop winners in 2007 and finalists in the Q Song Awards 2008, John Steel Singers’ recently released mini LP ‘The Beagle and The Dove’ to rave reviews.

The Nights Outside line-up will also include performances by Brisbane rock, indie, post punk four-piece The Gallant and French pop, punk, reggae outfit, Yeo and the Fresh Goods.

Stay tuned for September Nights Outside gigs:
13 September – Repeat Offender + The Frets
27 September – The Gin Club + Tim Steward Band and James Grehan
 
Ticket Information:
What:               Nights Outside – featuring The John Steel Singers, The Gallant and Yeo and the Fresh Goods
When:              Saturday 23 August from 7.30pm
Where:            Cascade Court, QPAC, South Bank
Tickets:           FREE
 

Brisbane EKKA – Regurgitator & Yves Klein Blue – 9 August 2008

Nova “Live and Loud & Ekka” presented another huge night of entertainment with Regurgitator and Yves Klein Blue blasting away the winter chills… the perfect end to a day at the Brisbane Ekka.
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Saturday 16 August
Faker will be supported by Intercooler in the final of the Nova Live and Loud & Ekka series.
Don’t miss this one!!

http://www.ekka.com.au

Brisbane EKKA – Butterfingers & Avalon Drive – 8 August 2008

Last night we saw Butterfingers and Avalon Drive in the first of the Nova Live and Loud @ Ekka series of concerts at the Brisbane Ekka.  These concerts are perfect in combination with an amazing array of activities and events that make the Brisbane Ekka such a magical experience. 
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DON’T FORGET!!
Tonight (Saturday 9 August 2008) it’s Regurgitator with Yves Klein Blue from 7pm 
Since releasing their first self titled EP in late 2004, Regurgitator has received national and international success touring the all over the world with particular success in Europe and Asia. Regurgitator has recorded their albums all over the world with their sixth and latest album Love and Paranoia recorded in Brazil. Indie Punk band Yves Klein Blue was the product of the four members love of Led Zeppelin forged in high school. Their current album Yves Klein Blue Draw Attention to Themselves was recorded in Brisbane and Byron Bay and was released in April this year.

Brisbane Ekka

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