Paul Kelly is widely regarded as one of Australia’s greatest lyricists. Nick Cave, too. But in 1983 Austen Tayshus, the stage name of Alexander Jacob Gutman, released a song whose lyrics were quite brilliant. The spoken-word hit ‘Australiana’ was the number one single in Australia for eight weeks and remains the highest-selling Australian single of all time.
Now, I would like to tell you how the Good Time Aussie Bogalars describe their band on Facebook, but it is a little rude for a respectable publication such as this. However, they do use a word beginning with ‘C’. Clue: it is a word that has been used a great many times recently to describe a certain prime minister and his sidekick. So cleaning it up, they write ‘Loose Tunes from Scamps in Ballarat’. And loose they indeed are – loose by name, loose by nature.
In 1989, Luc Lemay, Sylvain Marcoux, Éric Giguère and Stephane Provencher formed technical death metal band Gorguts. They released their debut album, Considered Dead, in 1991, an album that features James Murphy and Chris Barnes. They released their latest effort, Colored Sands, last year – their first since 2001. Luc Lemay has remained the only constant member throughout their existence. NSC – November 14.
One of the UK’s biggest artists, Tinie Tempah is set to touch down in Australia this month. Born Patrick Chukwuemeka Okogwu, Tinie made his name after he joined the Aftershock Hooligans in 2005. As a solo artist, Tinie has released two albums, his latest being last year’s Demonstration. Tinie also features on Cheryl Cole’s comeback single, ‘Crazy Stupid Love’. Trak Lounge – June 25.
How’s this for a bit of an early treat as we eye the weekend? The first line-up for 2014’s Queenscliff Music Festival has been announced and it’s a ripper. Taking to the lovely small town on the Bellarine Peninsula will be The Jezabels, Stonefield, Xavier Rudd, Kasey Chambers, The Waifs, The Church, Perfect Tripod, Hiatus Kaiyote, D.D Dumbo and The Bombay Royale.
Beautiful You Australia is a massive weekend aimed at redefining beauty. The ideal girl’s day or weekend out, ‘Beautiful You’ explores the glamourous you, the happy you, the healthy you, the stylish you and the younger you. Ambassadors include Carmelo Pizzino (Dancing with the Stars), Jules Sebastian (MTV stylist) Mrs Australia 2014 Kate Johnson, Jennifer Hawkins and Sophie Falkiner. Royal Exhibition Building – September 13 & 14.
Songman Daniel Champagne is slowly winding up his final Australian tour for the year, a tour which began back in March. While most five-year-olds are running around committing felonies, Daniel had a guitar in his hand. It has pretty much been there since. Writing songs from the age of 12 and classically trained throughout his teen years, the young songman left school at the age of 18 with an eye cast on the big open road.
Remember the 2001 Australian hit comedy The Man Who Sued God? It starred Billy Connolly and was pretty darn funny. Well, Borat helmer Larry Charles has signed on to write an American remake. Charles also wrote several Seinfeld and Mad About You episodes. At this stage it looks as though Charles’ take on the film will veer from the original premise. Eh, keep an open mind, I guess.
The Kills’ Alison Mosshart recently spoke with Nashville Scene, a local publication in Mosshart’s hometown, about the band’s fifth release. She said: “We’re trying to make a record that’s completely different. Anything that sounds like it could have sat quite easily on any of the other records will probably get scrapped or reworked…” Bandmate Jamie Hince has apparently turned to dubstep and reggae for inspiration.
Armed with their new album Volition, Canada’s Protest the Hero are set to return to our shores shortly. Volition, their fourth effort, was released last year and was entirely funded by their fans through an Indiegogo campaign. The album features Lamb of God’s Chris Adler on drums, following the departure of founding member Moe Carlson. The band started life as Happy Go Lucky in 2001. The Hi-Fi – September 6.