…are a’blowing through here.
We’re not dead. Hardly. Just busy struggling with work etc.
Plus, what’s been newsworthy? Chinese Democracy came out? Who cares! Unicorns wouldn’t mean shit to anyone if they were real.
My weekend life is a lot quieter now that festival season in Canberra has run into it’s proverbial lightpost and stopped dead for the year, so I will post up some late-2008 CD reviews in the coming days, and we’ll also do the obligitory Top XX of 2008 album/CD/concerts/faceplants lists that EVERY blog does.
Actually, it’s the reason this blog was started, so I may do two, just to get it out of my system.
Until then, my flickr is a scorching case of photo herpes ie. grungy, discoloured, painful, and won’t go away without cream. As far as analogies go, that sucked. Like herpes. Uh, check it out.
Press releases/journo’s etc…
It is with a great deal of regret that The Vines today announced that they have cancelled all of their Australian festival appearances – Homebake, Pyramid Rock and Big Day Out – and their forthcoming Japanese tour scheduled for late November .
Craig Nicholls’ mental condition has deteriorated extremely rapidly over the past month to the point where he requires immediate help over an extended period of time.
Craig’s fellow band members Hamish Rosser, Ryan Griffiths and Brad Heald are all extremely saddened by this turn of events and wish to extend their heartfelt thanks to all the fans, friends and family who have shown faith in the band since their successful return to the live stage in 2006.
“On behalf of The Vines we would like to extend our sincerest apologies to those of you who have bought tickets to see us perform and will not get to do so” said Hamish. “We are all absolutely devastated that we’ve been forced to cancel all upcoming shows as there’s nothing we love more than playing on stage before an enthusiastic audience.
We ask for your understanding in this situation”
The band and management wish to extend a massive thanks to all of the promoters who showed such faith in the band by adding them to their bills, and to thank each and every one of them for their sensitivity and understanding of the band’s situation.
Big Day Out Co-Ordinator Sahara Herald Shepherd said
“The entire Big Day Out family is deeply saddened by the news that Craig Nicholls and his band The Vines will not be joining us on our 2009 summer tour. The Vines performances at the 2007 Big Day Out were nothing short of dazzling and they will be greatly missed. That said, we recognise that now is the time for Craig to focus on re-gaining his health. Our thoughts and best wishes are with him and his family at this time.
The band and Craig’s family would like to ask that sensitivity be shown at a difficult time and ask that this statement be taken as their only comment on this matter.
As bad as their music is, mental health issues bite, so psych that puppy up dude.
In other news, this means no more contracts. Or does it?
All Tomorrow’s Parties 2nd Round Announcement
Dead Meadow, The Reels, Psarandonis, Bill Callahan, Dirty Three performing Ocean Songs, Small Knives, The Holy Sea, Hunter Dienna, Passenger of Shit, and more to be announced. No Drones yet, but give it time, since they are playing the next two festivals I’m about to talk about.
Big Day Out 2nd Round Announcement
Serj Tankian, Dropkick Murphys, Black Kids, Hot Chip, Lupe Fiasco, Holy Ghost!, Z-Trip, Died Pretty, The Vines, Infusion, Children Collide, Pee Wee Ferris, Sparkadia, The Getaway Plan, Little Red, Mammal, Mercy Arms, Ajax, Andee Frost, The Drones.
Golden Plains Festival 1st Announcement
MOGWAI, TONY ALLEN, GARY NUMAN, BLACK MOUNTAIN, OF MONTREAL, THE DRONES, THE CHURCH, DAN DEACON, BRANT BJORK AND THE BROS, OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW, JIM WHITE AND JOHN DOE, QUINTRON AND MISS PUSSYCAT, THE BLACK SEEDS, LULUC, YOU AM I
So basically The Drones are a bunch of festival sluts. I’m ok with it though since I saw them at Stonefest on Saturday and they were FUCKING AMAZING!
Those who write media releases write newspapers.
“O week in Canberra is a yearly tradition that welcomes first year students to university and gives them a chance to loosen up and socialise in a relaxed environment before plunging head first into the merciless world of tutorials, textbooks and two minute noodles.
Friction & Lexington Music, ACT’s own promoters behind Foreshore & Wareshouse festivals have teamed up with ANU and UC campuses to deliver the ultimate O week celebration!
Across multiple stages you’ll catch some of the hottest headline talent representing indie, rock, hip hop, dance & more!
While we are keeping the venue under wraps just for now, we can tell you it’s a very exciting outdoor space fit for thousands of party mad uni students and all their friends!
O In The Park is set to be the largest social event of O Week that provides the opportunity to meeting and party with your new classmates, friends and other likeminded people from both inside and outside your own campus.
University social and residential groups will be participating on the day, getting involved with a whole host ofdaytime activities and stalls alongside the bands and DJs rocking this major event!
Line up announced early November!”
I’m excited. These guys, whilst being dance-centric, do pull some good headliners, and if they’re doing a crossover festival, sweet. I do have four words though: EDDY. CURRENT. SUPRESSION. RING.
A year or so ago, if not longer, Daniel Boud planted the word ‘bluejuice‘ into my subconcious with his photos and stories of the irreverant Sydney band. Playing some retarded inbred lovechild of a hip hop, electro, rock threesome whereby two musical sperm, one from hip hop and one from electro, fertilised the egg of rock at the exact same time. I don’t believe there is a more medical term for this than ‘Fucked Up’.
After releasing the disturbingly wonderful Problems last year, they’ve been touring, jumping out of planes, breaking themselves, breaking spirits, getting arrested, working day jobs, and touring their arses off some more.
Bass player Jamie took time out of his day to answer a few of our questions…
What have you interrupted to do this interview?
Work! We mostly have music-related jobs when we’re not making music-related albums.
Your video for Vitriol beat out a video by some friends of mine in the finals for the Sunscreen video comp a year or so back. For the sake of argument, let’s pretend that they’re really cut up about it. Any advice for them?
I’d suggest that having a walk in the sunshine, or patting a friendly dog, or meeting an old friend for ice-cream; all these things can help one escape the crushing burden of depression. There will always be another Sunscreen video comp, and when that day comes, you can finally leave your darkened room with hope in your hearts.
About your videos, you guys have some pretty different ideas when it comes to concepts. Your video for The Reductionist, for instance, sees Jake and Stav skydiving whilst still singing along. How much planning and co-ordination did that require? Can you give us a rundown of how the whole thing came about?
Well, actually – I can’t. I was the only one in the band who refused to do the jump, so I didn’t have much to do with it. I’m not afraid of skydiving you understand – I’m just frightened of what latent emotions might erupt if I’m strapped to another man in a harness.
Basically though, as I understand it, Jake and Stav did two jumps each, with iPods in their ears, and the iPods played The Reductionist over and over so that they could sing in time. The director of the clip jumped with them, as well as a second cameraman. To finish there was an exhaustive laundry session involving Stav’s pants.
I saw another video on Youtube of Jake being arrested mid set. What exactly happened there?
During a show, Jake was wearing a NSW police shirt, and halfway through the set (which, I might add, was for a tsunami benefit) three cops jumped on-stage and escorted him off. He was charged with impersonating an officer or something, but the charges were later thrown out in court, suggesting that the cops in question were utter imbeciles.
Your live shows are known to be a hotbed of acrobatics, energy, and nudity. Last time I saw you guys was at Transit Bar in Canberra and there was plenty of swinging from lighting rigs and such, and I’ll be there at Trackside when you play. Do you tend to go off more at a small venue or at a festival?
Playing to thousands at a festival is energising every time, though I still think we’re slightly more suited to dank drinking dungeons. Everything is more immediate in a smaller venue, and the crowd gets a better opportunity to cop a faceful of whatever liquid is coming out of our bodies at the time.
You guys supported Tricky when he played The Metro, how did that go? Something about breaking something? Do you think you upstaged the main act? Personally, I’d shit myself if I thought Tricky was worried I’d stolen his thunder. Hell, I feel bad just using his name without permission.
Yeah, Jake was a little frustrated, and he punched the stage hard enough to break his hand (having already broken his leg a month before). There was no real risk of us upstaging Tricky that night – he was great (and must have developed some serious whiplash from all the head-thrashing he does).
He did offer to help us carry my speaker after the show, which was frightening enough.
Obligitory follow-up album question: What’s the plan? How do you top the cover art?
We’ve worked up a pool of pretty good songs for the next album. We’ve also written some really shit ones, which as my girlfriend might point out – is most of them.
As for the cover art, maybe we’ll disembowel some baby hedgehogs on the next cover. That’s the only thing I can think of that would be more disturbing that the last one.
Did you know Micheal Parkinson was possibly going to be called Melbourne Gershwin Parkinson? How would you ridicule that in a playground?
How could you ridicule Parkinson? You’d try to insult him and he’d just smile sweetly, and ask you a gently probing question about your upbringing, followed by some carefully researched questions about your career and in no time you’d be having a laugh and chatting to Hugh Grant about where to find the best pot of tea in Derbyshire.
What are you going to be doing right after this interview?
The powers that be are replacing our PCs with Macs this afternoon. So I’ll probably spend the next 5 hours right-clicking things that should be double-clicked, or whatever the difference is.
bluejuice are playing near you real soon.
Nov 22nd – Trackside Festival, Canberra
Nov 23rd – VROOM Summer Escape Festival, Perth
Nov 29-30th – Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenscliff
Dec 6th – Homebake, Sydney
Dec 30th – Peats Ridge Festival, Glenworth Valley
Dec 31st – Purple Sneakers NYE Party, Sydney