People don’t often think that playing in a cover band is something that is hard for musicians to do, but according to the guys from Surf Coast cover band Driver, it can be harder than playing your own original material. The band’s line-up consists of bass player Stewart Tyrer, guitarist Nathan Bennett, keyboardist Robbie Dalziel and drummer Adam Gilliver, four musos who says they’re just a part-time band playing “basic meat and potatoes rock ’n’ roll”.
Regardless of whatever preconceived idea you have of Sticky Fingers, you’ve got to admire their ability to give it their all. “We’ve put it all on the line, if this doesn’t work out we’re all fucked,” says bass guitarist Paddy Cornwall. “If you’re going to go for it you have to put all in, otherwise there’s no point doing it half-assed. Because so many bands that do it half-assed you can smell it a mile away.”
It’s quite a moment when you say goodbye to one festival as you welcome another one which takes its place. With Pyramid Rock now reserved to the memory bank, this year Phillip Island welcomes Beyond the Valley. With a new vision, this could well become the new “It” festival for the New Year period.
It’s a long way from the sleepy town of Forbes, NSW (population: 7000) to the stage of TV talent show The Voice, but it’s a psychological leap Celia Pavey has seemingly taken in her stride. Having won over a national TV audience and judge Delta Goodrem, the 19-year-old folkie is now embarking on a national tour in support of her new EP, Bodies.
Upon returning home from his last tour of Australia, Hayward Williams thought he was going to die. Tired and feeling gaunt, he battled through the terminal to reach his connecting flight and then something started to feel very wrong. “I got to the airport and I was having a panic attack, but I didn’t know that at the time.
For someone who is an ARIA Hall of Fame member, a holder of a Medal of the Order of Australia, and is often called an icon of Australian music, former Australian Crawl vocalist and songwriter James Reyne is a refreshingly laid-back character. Perhaps it’s because he’s happy with what he’s achieved in music, or maybe he’s simply enjoying life and the freedom that being his own boss gives him.
Reigning kings of the circle pit, DevilDriver know better than anyone how brutal winter can be. On the back of their sixth studio album Winter Kills, DevilDriver, together with deathcore band Whitechapel, has spent the better part of 2014 whipping crowds into a frenzy at sold-out gigs across North America. So now that the snow has melted and spring has sprung Down Under, it’s our turn to come out and play with these two metal giants – after dark.
Graeme Heard mightn’t be a household name, but the Geelong West artist sure knows how to name-drop. After painting portraits of John Howard, Ricky Ponting, Cathy Freeman and Gough Whitlam, there’s few prolific Australians Graeme hasn’t captured on canvas. Though from his impressive list, Graeme looks on the late and well-respected Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe as a highlight.
Marvin Gaye can easily be put down as one of the greatest soul singers of our time, and it seems only fitting that Vika Bull help tell his story in the biographic show Let’s Get It On. Vika is no newbie to the tribute show scene, as she’s helped tell the story of Etta James for the past year and a half. Rather than adding another notch to her achievements, Vika is an admirer of the artists’ work and relishes in the chance to help tell their story.
Cat Canteri may describe herself as a drummer/singer/songwriter from west of Ruckers Hill, east of Merri Creek, north of Northcote High School, south of Arthurton Rd, Northcote, Melbourne, but after a chinwag with the affable brunette (on the side of the highway on her way to a gig in Adelaide) I could tell she is finally right where she wants to be.