The ever-charming Mr Fidler had me on his late night talk show Midnight Special in the Up Late slot of RTRFM on Tuesday morning, and if you click the link you can hear me rant about 2016, read the first part of my online sequential fiction piece Wormwood, and gush over the playlist. Also on were Korrin Stoney, a beaut artist, performing two songs for us and Danni McGrath, fine artist, talking about the Perth art scene for the year past.
Some time ago Pelican Magazine interviewed me relating to their Space edition’s cover, featuring the Drones’ frontman Gareth Liddiard. It’s soft and vague and I talk a bit about being queer and being a cartoonist in it, and you’ll see some art I haven’t shared elsewhere.
Thank you Claudia, Kate, Ruth and all the Pelican crew for giving us artists so many opportunities, and for using such a soft filter on my face.
As the music evolves into more cohesive ideas, within the soundscape, an element of a desolate landscape appears in Richard En’s painting. Capturing the essence of the music, the painting of a barren skull creates quite a specific visualisation of the music’s harshness.
Thank you Hayden, Caz, Tom, Jess, Kate, and everyone involved in this wonderful night.
Many thanks to Northbridge Piazza, Emiko Watanabe and Fresh Prints for having Xero back this year even though I put pictures of a dog vagina and a bong on the giant screen and read a poem about heroin to a crowd of families last year.
Emiko, you’re an angel. We’ve worked through Xero (and bongs and dog vaginas) to resist the kitschification and gentrification of art in this city where you work with it – and bless you, when you create something beautiful and kitsch and family friendly like Fresh Prints, you still invite us to take part. I really can’t say thanks enough. Sure, I think what we do – resistance – is important, but no one can function alone and this is not a war. Thank you so much for always inviting us along as a weirdo presence in your lovely events. Maybe if the other people in our lives growing up had embraced our weirdness as much as you do, we wouldn’t be half as hurt as we are today.
They even put our art in the cute little video!
And of course, thanks to Hayden Dalziel and Caz Bank for helping out with the stall, you know I couldn’t do it without you guys, and Clara Seiglaand Ben Yaxleyfor keeping us laughing, and everyone who came down to see us and buy our stuff as always.
RICHARD: I’ll ask another generic question and we’ll go one by one. This generic question is: can you tell me about your instruments? And like… what it is, do they have a name… what is your relationship with your instrument?
Out-takes from an interview done for GAPE Zine Issue #1, spend some time with Perth post rockers Rag’n’Bone as we chat about Radelaide, scunge and the Perth scene.
Why Rag N Bone?
KIERA: So I guess we were going through a few different options – we started jamming way before we ever had an idea for a name – and we were like, “oh yeah, we should come up with something!” So we had Summertime Dark, was an option.
AXEL: Still could be honestly, it’s not too late to change. What have we got to lose?
KIERA: But I don’t know if you’ve ever heard of the rag’n’bone man or the rag’n’bone men… how they used to collect heaps of junk and people’s food and bones and chuck them in a cart and wheel them down the street… and I dunno, we just felt that that was appropriate for our music because it’s a bit of a mix.
AXEL: Unfortunately though, there is a rapper in the UK called Rag’N’Bone Man.
SARA: And there’s also like a Dutch dude, Danish dude who’s like a folk dude? He’s solo. Maybe the next time we release something we should do a split…
It’s not so unusual to see a heavy act take over The Bird these days, but The Pissedcolas, always uncommon faces in the scene, like to remind us of the limits of our sound equipment once in a while. Their newest release, a 12″ vinyl offering, will extend this to the stereos of their fans, but to launch it this drone/psych/garage/distortion group took roost in a packed Bird with a host of other bands. Continue reading LIVE REVIEW: The Pissedcolas at the Bird, 21.08.15