“A thumbs-up with a smile and a beer goes a long way!” I couldn’t have said it any better myself, but that pearler was revealed in my recent interview with The Bennies’ magnetic and very wise frontman, Anty Horgan, when we were chatting about his band’s most recent trip to China. “We’ve been there once before and geographically it feels like the other side of Saturn, and culturally so different. But it was the best two weeks of my life.”
“I’m more than happy to be doing an interview with such a cool, free magazine. It sounds like a human movement and I’d love to be of any help to you – we should keep in touch.” Bert McCracken happily announced when he called us to chat about his band’s upcoming national tour with Taking Back Sunday, and their latest album Imaginary Enemy. However, talk quickly turned to his passion for free press, his admiration for the works of Dostoevsky, Noam Chomsky and Stephen King, and his burgeoning initiative for the first “anti business” record label.
If you’re hard pushed to find time to run your business, raise a family and write your next album all at once, what’s the solution? That’s easy: organise a national tour, invite Adalita along for the ride and let the pieces fall into place by themselves. At least, that’s what Clare Bowditch will be doing with her upcoming Winter Secrets Tour. “My other project, my business, has been a very incredible but demanding love child,” she says. “But I realised I write my best work after I’ve been talking with the people that I write for, which is my audience. So I needed to get back out on the road and hang out with them for a bit.”
On his SoundCloud page he is described as “an enigma, wrapped in a mystery; immersed in weed smoke. He is Geko, aka Phil Gektor, a purveyor of a sacred Lingua Franca long forgotten”. After reading that, we just had to get to know him a little better…
If you’ve seen The Holidays’ latest video clip for ‘Tongue Talk’ (the 3rd single off Real Feel – out now), you may have spotted some familiar faces. Not wanting to name-drop, the always charming and humble frontman, Simon Jones played coy when pressed about the making: “Yeah, it has a fair few cameos in there, mainly friends of the producers that were roped into it! Who can you spot? Even one of the producer’s cameos is in it! With Real Feel we wanted to experiment and make some really interesting clips. It’s been so much fun.”
The humble beard is currently in a renaissance, the likes of which we have never seen. Celebrities, sportsmen, musicians – the list goes on for those embracing the once oppressed facial feature, all thanks to the tireless work of four brave men. “We knew we were up against it spruiking for such a highly maligned attribute. Certainly at the time those were dark years; we’d walk down the street and people would spit at our feet,” says Facey McStubblington, lead guitarist of The Beards on the time the band formed 10 years ago.
They’ve been hyped as a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma, so when news came in that Tom (aka T, one half of the core duo behind the publicity-shy collective) called Forte Mag to dispel a few myths, jungle fever spread throughout the office. Not to be confused with American hip hoppers Jungle Brothers, heavy metal rockers Jungle Rot, UK girl band Neon Jungle or Brisbane’s own indie four-piece The Jungle Giants, the London-based collaborative Jungle were noticed by all the right people at this year’s SXSW Festival, toured Europe and the UK with Haim and are now heading our way for Splendour in the Grass and a one-off Melbourne sideshow.
Surfcoast grunge group The Underhanded are about to release their debut EP, Superpsycho. The EP was recorded at Melbourne’s Birdland studios with producer Rob Long and is due for release later this year. The Underhanded features Patrick Doolan on vocals, Ian Hawkins on bass, Jarrah Taylor on drums and guitarist Cory Balloch, who says they all really enjoyed recording the EP.
Among the celebrities who have admitted to bravely tapping their name into Google’s search engine is Reese Witherspoon, who said: “I know what I’m in for. You never read anything positive … You’re fat, you’re ugly, you’re tired, you’re worthless, you don’t have a career anymore, you’re a bad actor. It’s just an affirmation of every horrible feeling you have about yourself.” Though she admitted to such behaviour only during darker times, the web and anonymity has bred a playground for the cruellest of personal attacks, something that has been well documented. Then there are those who find themselves the centre of a death rumour – and they’re in a league of their own.
Oozing colour and happiness, Morgan Connoley’s vibrant works are the perfect pieces to adorn your bare walls whilst effortlessly putting a smile on your face. Featuring wolves, typography, pineapples and flamingos, there’s a quirky artwork to suit the plainest or most eccentric of rooms. Unsurprisingly people love her work, as her pieces have been featured in such glossy magazines as Real Living, Shop, Fashion Journal and Sunday Style magazine.