Photos and Words: Elize Strydom
|Maryland’s favourite sons Clutch have continued to foster a strong relationship with their Australian fans, with three releases hitting stores in 2009, following the launch of their own record label Weather Maker, locally. Full Fathom Five, a live DVD & CD pack featuring the full Metro Theatre set filmed in Sydney on their last Australian tour, a studio LP from the bands instrumental side project, The Bakerton Group, and most recently Clutch’s 9th studio album Strange Cousins From The West. It’s been a big year for the band in stores here in Oz.|
2010 it’s all about the live show. In 2010 Clutch return to Australia joining the likes of Faith No More, Jane’s Addiction, AFI, Placebo, Anthrax and many more for the Soundwave Festival. And now the band would like to announce their own national headline tour that will for the first time ever, take them to Western Australia.
|Blitzen Trapper is a group of native Northwesterners, most of whom grew up in Salem, Oregon. They have lived and played together in Portland since 2000. Critics and fans have compared their music to just about everything; there have been calls to coin a new genre. Blitzen Trapper‘s Pavement-meets-Southern rock sound, grabs influences from The Grateful Dead, Neil Young, Big Star and Frank Zappa while playing in a scene that spawned The Shins, Fleet Foxes and Elliott Smith.|
For the inaugural Australian series All Tomorrow’s Parties (ATP) have announced that arguably the most significant Australian export of the last twenty years Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, are to make their curating debut. The Bad Seeds intimate knowledge of all things Australian (music and otherwise) coupled with their innate sense of the weird and wonderful will – we are sure – make for a series of very unique events.
Performers already chosen to appear at All Tomorrow’s Parties 2009 include seminal Australian punk band, The Saints – featuring original members Ed Kuepper, Chris Bailey and Ivor Hay performing their first Australian shows (outside Brisbane) since 1977; British transcendentalists, Spiritualized; avant-blues artist, James Blood Ulmer (US); krautrock supergroup, Harmonia (Germany); electro-terrorists, Fuck Buttons (UK); pioneering synth-minimalists, Silver Apples (UK); psychotic space rockers, Afrirampo (Japan); Ex-Swan M. Gira (USA), the jazz-noir stylings of the Laughing Clowns (Aust), former Go-Between Robert Forster (Aust), the synth-punk of Primitive Calculators: former Birthday Party guitarist, Rowland S. Howard (Aust), post-grunge/noise devotees, The Stabs (Aust), classical-rock teenagers Bridezilla (Aust) & the sublime ambience of The Necks (Aust)
Awaken from thy nightmarish faerytale and prepare for the violation of thy soul as the Lords of all the metal-goth-vampire disciples, the inimitable Cradle of Filth, descend upon Australian soil in 2009. Just Say Rock Productions, in bloodied unison with Roadrunner Records Australia, proudly presents the Australian leg of Cradle of Filth’s, Godspeed on the Devil’s Thunder tour in May 2009.
Conspicuously missing from our shores since 2000’s Midian tour, the highly successful extreme metal innovators from Suffolk, England will deliver their full theatrical rock show to Australian audiences who have been kept waiting in the depths of murky darkness for ‘ages’.
Laneway Festival 2009: Second Announcement
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In the continuing tradition of presenting music fans with the very best music that the country has to offer, the Laneway Festival is pleased to announce a huge array of amazing local acts to the line-up – see below – in each city, in addition to a few exciting developments in 2009 across the country.
In Melbourne, the gorgeous, historic Victorian State Library will play host – for the first time ever – to a music stage on its steps, transforming the grassy knoll into an ampitheatre featuring the best of Melbourne’s underground. We’re also teaming up with QV to present a stage in their quadrangle. Chill out to some of our finest low-fi acts as the Laneway Festival takes over the entire QV precinct. Melbourne punters can also admire Warwick Baker’s astonishing pictures in his Laneway Festival photography retrospective.
The people at The Thousands are using their considerable knowledge of the best local designers, street fashion and art to present independent designer markets at the Laneway Festival in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. Buy some cool vintage stuff, designer gear or baked goods and use their concierge mail service so you don’t have to lug it around. ??We are excited to support the thriving W.A music scene as we head to Perth for the first time for a special twilight show. The Path to Laneway program offers emerging, original, unsigned (to a major record label) Western Australian acts the chance to open the Perth leg of the festival. You only have a week to enter, so get to www.sonicbids.comfor all the details.
Tickets to all shows are selling quickly and there will be no second release of tickets. Get yours now from www.moshtix.com.au
Plus! Subscribe to Lost and Found to win two VIP tickets to Melbourne’s Laneway Festival, airfares, accommodation and drinks with Temper Trap! Lost and Found is a free insiders’ guide to Melbourne, arriving with a ‘ping’ in your inbox just when you need it. Covering music, design, fashion and caffeine, it’s guest edited by the likes of Susien Chong (Lover), Dan Whitford (Cut Copy) and Pedro ‘Busy P’ Winter. Visit Lost and Found before January 19 to enter.
DATES AND VENUES
Over 18’s only.
Saturday, 31 January 2009
Alexandria St off St Paul’s Terrace, Fortitude Valley
Sunday, 1 February 2009
*PLEASE NOTE THAT MELBOURNE IS A NON-SMOKING EVENT
Lonsdale St, Caledonian Lane and Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne
Friday, 6 February 2009 (Twilight Event)
Perth Cultural Centre, Northbridge
Saturday, 7 February 2009
Fowler’s Live, North Terrace
Sunday, 8 February 2009
The Basement, Macquarie Park & Reiby Place, Circular Quay
Online Booking: www.moshtix.com.au
Phone Booking: 1300 GET TIX (438 849) and all Moshtix outlets nationwide.
Purchase Laneway tickets from these Levi’s® stores to receive your FREE Laneway T-shirt (while stocks last).
St. Jerome’s Bar, 7 Caledonian Lane, Melbourne
Polyester Fitzroy store: 387 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy – (03) 9419 5137